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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Past GT essay - Too many old historic buildings are in danger and destroyed in many countries. What are the main reasons? How to protect them?

Modernization of cities is the need of the hour as a result of which many historic buildings are being destroyed. This essay shall highlight the reasons for this phenomenon and also suggest ways to protect these buildings.

The main reason for the demolition of these old historic buildings is to meet the needs of the growing population. Sky-scrapers are part of modern cities and they are needed today as land is becoming scarce. Some old historic buildings are serving no purpose today. They are neither safe to live in nor are attracting tourists. On top of that they occupy a lot of space. Everything has a life and if these are not demolished or renovated, these may crumble anytime and cause threat to life.

Furthermore, road systems are being expanded to meet the needs of the growing number of vehicles. Many old buildings come in the way of these road systems. That is why these buildings need to be destroyed. The benefits of these changes are becoming obvious as traffic jams are becoming things of the past in these places.

Some steps can be taken to preserve these buildings. There are some old buildings which give a unique identity to a place and with a little maintenance can be used effectively even today. For example, the Sainik School of Kapurthala was the home the maharaja of Kapurthala, Jagatjit Singh. It is a magnificent piece of architecture and is now serving a very good purpose. There are many other such buildings which house important government offices or have been converted to hotels for tourists. The Umedh Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan has been converted into a hotel and is a good source of revenue for the government. Therefore, if we renovate these buildings and make them utilitarian, then we can preserve them.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that demolishing old buildings for modernization is definitely advantageous. However, if the historic building is a tourist attraction, is giving a unique identity to a place, it should definitely be preserved.


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  4. Hi Kiran, I am regular reader of you blog. I must appreciate your efforts in keeping it running. It would be nice if you can give a glance to following Task 2.

    Nowadays in many countries schools have severe problems with student behaviour. Some people say this s because parents give children everything they want and do not teach them good behaviour.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    One doesn’t have to look very far, given current circumstances throughout the world, to see that in an enormous number of countries, schools suffer from erratic behaviour of student. There is a school of thought with contends that this is as a result of the fact that parents provide kids with all they want and fail to educate them about appropriate behaviour. To my way of thinking, I have to agree wholeheartedly that this is the case.

    To begin with, there is a plethora of reasons why spoiled kids learn to behave badly. Chief among these is that the average size of families these days is considerably smaller then was the case in days gone by. Accordingly, one child is now given what three kids have had to share in the past.

    In my personal experience, my mother was extremely strict with my siblings and myself when we were out doing the food shopping. I would sometimes ask her to buy a toy or a sweet. If she refused, I started crying or shouting. She responded by punishing me. I didn’t like it at that time, but I understood later that she was teaching me invaluable lesson in appropriate conduct.

    The state of affairs relating to this issue in my country, Australia, is very typical at the way things are elsewhere in the world. It is not doubt a significant problem, but finding effective solution is no easy matter.

    At the end of the day, I can’t agree strongly enough that misguided behaviour by caretakers toward children leads to serious conduct problems, both in school and in later life. If parents thought twice before buying their kids everything they asked for, the crisis facing schools would be non-existent.

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    I would love to get your comments on above task.

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