I first went to India in 1974 as a very young woman and surprisingly didn’t return to Australia for a decade. I thought I was just going to explore my spiritual mecca for a short period but ended up living in an ashrama and doing volunteer work as a teacher, seamstress, editor and general Jill of all Trades. In those pioneer days, just to make a phone call to Calcutta (now Kolkata) meant booking the call two days in advance and then having to shout and scream down the phone to be heard. Yesterday I arrived in the same place for what has become an annual stay of three months. Today I had wireless internet installed and I’m ready and set up to service my clients from around the world. Don’t you just love technology!
For authors and editors, the evergreen ‘Strunk and White’ is a great reference. Many of us don’t know when to use semi-colons and often misuse them. Here is what Strunk and White says about the matter: “Do not join independent clauses by a comma. If two or more clauses grammatically complete and not joined by a conjunction are to form a single compound sentence, the proper mark of punctuation is a semi-colon. [EG] ‘It is nearly half past five; we cannot reach town before dark.’