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Word Nerd: 5 forms of poetry that you must explore

28 Jan

 There is no question that Amanda Gorman, with her elegant and measured performance of ‘The Hill We Climb’, headlined the Presidential inauguration. We were all moved by her words & mesmerised by her rhythmic gestures. And, one of the sections that cheered the loudest were those who are interested in reading, practicing, and publishing […]

Word Nerd: 5 words we want to CANCEL

27 Dec

Yes, we get that languages evolve and change. But the internet has accelerated this evolution into chaos. Tbh, we mostly love the jargon, which makes our preferred method of communication these days really easy. Also, deploying the right slang is a great way of branding oneself on the internet. It can even make us look […]

“Word Nerd: How to use these 4 basic words for effective communication”

25 Nov

We all communicate. But do we communicate effectively? Effective communication means sharing your perspective with another person in a clear and convincing style. If you aim at developing mutual understanding, winning people over to your way of thinking, and having quality conversations then you need to master effective communication. To that end, having a good […]

Are you a serious word nerd? Here are 7 signs that give it away

13 May

BrainGain Magazine started this Word Nerd series in March 2016. Since then we’ve written about Americanisms, the secrets to writing a good sentence, to best way to insult someone, accents, and other oddities of this common language we speak. For this edition, we thought about the series itself, and its name. We thought too about […]

“I wouldn’t change my study abroad experience for any other”: The story of a German student in France

1 May

Anke Wright at a tour organized by her company. Anke Wright is a German whose life has an interesting French twist. She chose to learn French, and later study in France, when most of her classmates were choosing to learn English and flocking to Anglophone countries. Anke went on to marry a Frenchman and start […]

Word Nerd: 4 words from fantasy fiction that are now part of our real lives

29 Apr

In 1989, ‘hobbit’, a creature from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, who is considered the godfather of fantasy writing thanks to his genre defining Lord of the Rings, had a word from his fictional universe recorded in the […]

Summer at Wharton: My ‘dream come true’

27 Mar

Every student who aspires to study in the US probably has Ivy league dreams—an opportunity to be taught by uniquely talented professors and experience life in one of the US’s most prestigious institutes. My dream came true when I got selected for the summer program hosted by Wharton and BrainGain Global called Global Young Leader’s […]

Changemakers: Rethinking Sex Education in India with Reproductown

22 Mar

Tired of our teachers’ embarrassment, fed up of the birds and bees narrative, we decided to take matters in our own hands. Sex education is India’s Achilles heel.   In an education system that has always prioritized numerical investigation and engineering studies, public health has often been overlooked. Despite the importance of sex education, people […]

Changemakers: How one teen’s love for reading is starting a literary movement in Delhi

15 Mar

By Rajveer Sardana It struck me as unjust that these stories weren’t available in Hindi. That their magic was lost for some children because of the circumstances of their birth. Little faces stare up at me, bursting into cries and requests “One more story bhaiya! Please!”” I cannot resist them. I reach into my backpack […]

From Osmania to Otago: How I left a comfortable IT career to pursue my passion for cancer research

27 Nov

Dr. Aniruddha Chatterjee’s is an inspiring story. From Berhampore to Dunedin, his meteoric rise in the world of cancer research has been propelled by a strong drive and insatiable intellectual curiosity. Today he heads the Epigenetics, Disease and Phenotype Laboratory in Dunedin, New Zealand. Read his story in his own words here. I’m from Berhampur, […]