Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by famous Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship’s surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage. It is a satire on human nature and a parody of the “travellers’ …

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Memrise

Memrise (memrise.com) is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach languages, but are also used for other academic and non-academic subjects. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning. Memrise was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently. Its carefully paced learning structure and competitive points system, …

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The Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) is the National Tree of India. Belonging to the fig family, the branches of the Banyan spread over a large area take roots and keep on living and regenerating for thousands of years. Over the years, it consistently gains more trunks and branches that add to its longevity. According to Indian Mythology, it is considered immortal. Many of the Indian villages are centred around large shady Banyan trees that provide a good place for public meetings and meetings of the village council. The tree has the widest reaching roots of all the trees and can …

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