Personal, Uncategorized

Just a Small Observation

I wanted to post this article yesterday but I had some stuff to do and by the time I finished it, it was already 23:35, but mostly I am just super lazy. So, anyways I will post it today. 
As you know from my previous article, I recently repotted my plant, which inspired me to take on the bigger task of starting a small vegetable garden. As I was looking for some good sunshine-recieving spots, I realized unlike before there were very few. Since we live in a flat and there is another flat attached to our east side, all the balconies are naturally west facing. Thus, before I think in the rainy season we used to get plenty of sunlight between 13:00 upto 17:00 in all the three balconies, it was the best time for my plants. Then came winter which was the worst time for them, almost 5 died due to lack of sunlight, everyday there was just a gray, gloomy bunch of clouds hanging over the city. But when the sunlight did come though, I didn’t notice it then, It had slightly changed its angle and we didn’t receive as much light in the main balcony as before. And in summer it has changed even more:- we have stopped getting any sunlight on all the three balconies, just a little spot in one balcony for 1-2 hours. Now it might sound like I am complaining but I am not, I am just telling it is such a subtle thing I never noticed before. The sun had just changed its route in the sky a bit we can say and I don’t know why it happens maybe because of Earth’s tilt and its rotation around the sun. If you think about it, it has absolutely no effect on our daily lives, on our work, or on our routine. And I don’t think so, I would have noticed it at all, if I hadn’t taken my plants more seriously. This is one of the many advantages of gardening. We inevitably get more in contact with and knowledgeable about our environment which is actually very critical. We understand many things which I have just started scratching the surface of like compost, good fertilizers, quality of soil, etc. So tell me if you are an avid gardener, what have you learned from it? And if you are not, do you plan to become one soon, I definitely do!

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Hello Again!

I know It has almost been 2 ½ months since I last wrote and I am sorry for taking such a long break. But there was some stuff going on and I was hardly able to find any time. But these are all just excuses so I am back here again to write and tell all about being a homeschooled teenager! If you want you can read my Unschooling Diaries In which I have already covered my lessons, experiences, and routine. I also plan to post many more exciting stuff like my experience with gardening, traveling alone, chess, etc. So please stay tuned. I will see you again tomorrow.

As always I am more than happy to read you suggestion and ideas, which you can send me on :-  Contact Me

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The Best Chess YouTubers to Watch Out for to Step Up Your Game

Find out how the internet has evened out the playing field for everyone

Recently, I have participated in a few OTB tournaments. Over there I met many people who had not received any professional coaching yet had a 50% win rate. Even more than some rated players! I asked them their secret and they told me YouTube had helped them a great deal. YouTube has made knowledge accessible and affordable for everyone. Browse through many FM’s, IM’s, and GM’s posting quality and knowledgeable content online.  The best part about youtube is it adds a fun twist to learning. All of this aside I have to say YouTube can obviously never equal a teacher but can only make do. Let us now dive into the world of Chess YouTubers and streamers. 

  1. ChessBase India 

ChessBase India is an organization that helps boost chess in India. They also have a YouTube Channel which is very Informative and contains games sorted according to openings and players. They have more than 100+ videos on how to improve your chess, 100+videos on endgames, and even opening preparations. The Founder and host IM Sagar Shah and his wife, COO, and co-host WIM Amruta Mokal also cover all the major tournaments happening around the world. The best players in the world like Anish Giri, Teimour Rajdabov, Garry Kasparov, etc make regular appearances on this channel. They also have a members feature which one can join by paying a monthly fee of anywhere between 1 to 10 USD, depending on the person’s wish. The entire money which is collected by the end of the month will be given to financially weak chess players to help them on their journey. 

  1. GothamChess

GothamChess will be one of the first YouTubers whose name comes to mind when talking about chess channels. Founded and hosted by IM Levy Rozman, the channel is named after his hometown New York. GothamChess stands apart from others because of his unique way of explaining things, which is fun and very to understand. He not only analyses master’s games but also games of lower rating ranges like 1200 or 1400. Let us see few of his series

  1. Win At Chess
  2. Chess History
  3. Guess the Elo
  4. Endgames
  5. Chess Tips
  6.   Chess Lessons Collabs
  7. Magnus Tour 2020, Lindores Abbey, Chessable Masters, The Legends of Chess, The Final
  8. How To solve Chess Tactics
  9. GothamChess Openings
  10. GothamChess Guide

3. Agadmator’s Chess Channel

Agadmator is a channel founded and managed by Antonio Radić, a Candidate Master from Croatia. As of April 2021, his was the 2nd most famous chess channel with 1.16 million subs only surpassed by GothamChess with 1.23 million subs. Antonio analyzes Master Games on his channel. There is rarely a game you won’t find there:- Old Games, Recent Games, Just Played Games, World Championship Games, First encounters, Last Encounters, and many more. His explanations are lucid and deep. One learns openings, chess facts, and chess history from his videos. I guarantee you will keep coming back for more. 

4. Hanging pawns

I have returned to Hanging Pawns numerous number of times for opening repertoire and preparation tips. Tomic, Stjepan the founder and host describes his channel as ‘ a chess channel for players who are trying to improve (by a player who is trying to improve).’ If nothing else his own story is very inspiring and motivating. Stjepan started playing chess very late (his first tournament game was at the age of 26) and his aim is to work hard everyday until he becomes a GM, his current elo is 1984. His channel is very organized and contains videos on many openings, almost all the openings one can think of. He also has game analysis and endgames on his channel. 

5. Remote Chess Academy 

Founded by GM Igor Smirnov, Remote Chess Academy is a great YouTube channel for newbies trying to improve. It has many traps, opening lines, and game analysis. His explaining style is clear, distinctive, and easy to understand. Even other titled players come and give guest lectures on the channel. He also has a blog and a website, where you can shop for his courses. 

6. ChessMood 

I was really confused about whether I should choose Saint Louis Chess Club or ChessMood to write about.  And although Saint Louis definitely has more content, It is for the more serious players(a.k.a It is kind of hard to keep awake till the end of the video). ChessMood on the other hand has short, lite, and engaging lessons which keep the interest of the viewer and appeal to them to come back again and again. Mainly hosted by GM Avetik Grigoryan, They have an entire team of 5 GMs who regularly post videos, answer their viewers’ questions, etc. They even have a website which is definitely worth checking out, and I even recommend subscribing to the newsletter. Their motto is ‘Right Mood = Right Move’. What makes them great is the fact, they just don’t want to make a few bucks, but sincerely want their students to improve.      

Some other, must-see YouTubers

  1. Eric Rosen
  2. Saint Louis Chess Club   
  3. Chess.com
  4. Chess Talk
  5. iChess.net        

In summary, 

So guys, there you go, I have covered all the chess YouTubers, I hope I didn’t leave out anyone. If you have any suggestions, please do drop them in the comment section below. If you like my content please like and share. Remember Vladimir Kramnick once said “ Chess is body-building. If you train every day you stay in top shape. It is the same with your brain- Chess is a matter of daily training.” 

Uncategorized, Writing

How  to Optimize your Content in Such a Way it Tops Search Engines

4 expert verified SEO tips you have to try out now

Firstly, what is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a tool that helps make our content easily navigable, i.e it is used to top engine searches. For example, you have a cake shop, if you want more customers to visit it you will put the shop where it is easily visible to them. You won’t go and build it somewhere underground will you? SEO is our means of achieving that. My own website was topping engine searches of its name within an hour of creation. Read on to find out how. 

A brief introduction to keywords. 

Keywords are everything, all your seo depends on the choice,  frequency, and the correct usage of them.  Keywords are what a person types in search engines to find websites related to what they are asking for. For example, if someone ( potential visitor) typed ‘online cake shop’ all the websites optimized for this search will come on top.  Thus,  SEO is all about predicting what someone will type when searching, then incorporating that information properly in your content.  

  1. More is the key

Use keywords as much as possible, but stop before you start sounding repetitive.  Adding keywords in the title or in the preview line isn’t enough. Try incorporating these magic words wherever needed: In paragraphs, subtitles,  image descriptions,  Et cetera.  

  1. Search for related topics also

People won’t always use the same words while searching for a topic. Thus we need to broaden our keyword research if we want to get noticed. Use your creativity, think about what relates closely to your topic. For example: for an online cake store you can use words like ‘Birthday cake available online’ ‘cakes for special occasions’ ‘online cake delivery’ etc. Try incorporating these words properly in your content 

  1. Be specific

Small businesses and new websites should use ‘long tailed keywords’ and try to be more specific. Mainly because the search engines show results based on 2 criteria 1. SEO, 2. Views. Keeping this in mind it is more likely that for generalized searches like ‘kitchenware’, ‘best fashion blogs’, well established and big business will be preferred by the software. So what are the things you can do to be more specific? Use long-tailed words like, ‘stainless steel cooking utensils’ ‘latest fashion outfits and ideas for college girls’, Etc. 

  1. Some small tricks you should know

My teacher taught me a few tricks that some professionals don’t even know after years of experience. They have benefited me a lot. I hope you like them and make use of them in your writing.

  1. Add keywords in the file name of your images
  2. Put backlinks in the content
  3. Incorporate keywords in headings and subheadings

In conclusion, 

So guys this was it: My keyword guide which I have practiced religiously. Do give it a try and please write your suggestions and comments in the comment section below.

Parenting, Uncategorized

Is School Just a Social Norm?

Why sending your child to school might not be the best option

A single system can’t be perfect for everyone. Schooling is a great system, let’s rephrase that – schooling is a great system for a certain number of people. A system is best for a person based on his or her characteristics, personality, and individuality. So, how is it possible for 99.97% of children to have the same persona? Why are only 0.3% of all children opting for alternative education methods? Do all of them have the same disposition, I don’t think so. Below are 3 reasons stating it’s high time parents started reconsidering their approach towards education.

  1. Mediocrity

School produces mediocres and followers. The system is designed in such a way that achieving excellence in anything is near impossible. Rather than focusing on a particular field attention is divided in several different directions without reaching specialization in any. 

2. Roots are important

To finish the problems in our society, one must understand the roots and basis of it. We can say that the building foundations of children are; family, school, and society, they are largely impacted by these three factors. A child learns about social dogmas like gender discrimination, warfare, etc. quite early in school. Slowly as he grows older these ideas of politics, money, social acceptance are firmly established in his mind. If the system fails to acknowledge these matters then how can we blame the individual if he grows up to become a misogynist, illusioned, and vacillant person?

3. But are not values too?

One Value Education class in an entire week is not useful for instilling ethics in children. Why doesn’t the schooling system give happiness, love, and health as much importance as studies, jobs, and opportunities? Ethics like not littering, caring for the environment, being more mindful and thoughtful, etc. are also a crucial part of education. We need to teach children that being happy, peaceful, and free is more important than being rich, successful, and famous. 

With the evidence stated above, we can safely say;  school is just a social norm.