EXTEMPORE TOPICS-WITH HINTS
Summers Have Come
For this topic, you could focus on both the obvious interpretation of the topic i.e. the season of summer has arrived, as well as the metaphorical i.e. summers (or good times) have come into a person’s life.
For the first (the obvious) interpretation, one can speak about the features of the season of summer. These could include: • Bright, sunny days
• Longer days and evenings for children to play outside for longer periods • The heat and the sweat that people associate with the Indian summer • The things that people wait for in summer: mangoes, ‘litchi’ fruits etc
But, in extempore topics, it would be great if you could go beyond just the obvious. You could interpret the topic in many different ways. Here you could say that ‘Summers have Come’ can be interpreted to mean that ‘Good Times have come into One’s Life’.
The phrase that ‘The sun is Shining’ is often used in this context. This is because light and brightness generally has positive connotations. On the other hand, the dark, cold, dull days of winter often have negative connotations. This is more so in the colder parts of our country and in the relatively colder countries of Europe, Russia etc where people wait for summers to come.
Hence you could link the topic to either ‘why the sun is shining for you’ (the positive things in your life) or for your country and its economy etc.
The main point here is that besides the literal interpretation, you can come up with alternative ideas/ interpretations of the topic.
“Make Hay while the Sun Shines”
This is a well known proverb. What it means is that you should make the best use of the situation. Hay cannot be made in the dark when there is no light available, but can only be made in the daytime when the sun is shining and the day is bright and clear.
Hence the proverb basically means that you should make the most of any opportunity that you get.
Sometimes, during Extempores, it is a good idea to start with a quote or proverb yourself. For this topic, for example, you may say that ‘Make Hay while the Sun Shines’ could be related to another proverb, “Strike the Iron when it is Hot”. This again means make the most of the situation and grab every opportunity.
After beginning in this manner (with the quote/ proverb and the explanation of what it meant), you could go on to give examples of situations where: • You have exhibited this (i.e.’Made Hay while the Sun Shone’) and made the most of opportunities that came your way (This also serves another purpose-you could highlight your achievements in front of the Panel members and impress them!). • Examples where others have made the most of opportunities that came their way-these could be people you admire etc • Your recommendations on what can be done in the future (in line with the topic). For example, you could state that ‘India could make Hay while the Sun Shines’ by increasing its stature while the rest of the world goes through an economic downturn
“Red vs Blue”
This topic is similar to some topics given in Abstract GDs. Once again, besides the literal interpretations of the two colours, you should try and come up with alternative interpretations.
You could again try and start with a quote. For example, you could say that as Shakespeare has said, “What’s in a Name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Similarly, what’s in a colour? Is there anything special about a particular colour?
Now you could go on to describe the various characteristics or emotions that people associate with different colours. For example:
• People associate the colour Red with danger, anger, brightness, being fiery and energetic etc. A ‘Red Flag’ means danger. A Red Traffic Light tells you to Stop. • People associate the colour Blue with calm, peace, tranquility. Think of the Blue Sky, the deep Blue Waters of an Ocean etc
So different colours do stand for different qualities. At the same time,...
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