Don’t you think “Creatives should be cogent” in selling their art?


Photo: Maleficent (1959) © Copyright Disney.

Photo: Maleficent (1959) © Copyright Disney.

Last week I met some creatives from College of Art & Craft, Calcutta (GCAC). I needed some concrete creative ideas for a social media marketing campaign. Before I met another art graduate team from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. My surprise was 12 out of 10 of them are not interested in the digital media revolution.

Then I called a local freelance graphic design team, they took a week and prepared a presentation. Let’s leave the creative part of it, albeit they presented well. But surprisingly I discovered the enthusiasm in them which I did not find in the Art College graduates.

Don’t you think “Creatives should be cogent” in selling their creativity?

5 Breath Taking Moments from DC Comics Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-13)


Green Lantern: The Animated Series is one of the best Superheroes animated series from DC Universe. This series is about Hal Jordan, the first Green Lantern of Earth and his adventure in Red Lantern Invasion. But at the end the story becomes bigger than just a comic book story. Here come the top 5 moments I loved to see again and again. What about you?

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1. Hal Jordan wearing Orange Rings in a visit in Vega System which manipulate him into avarice or better known as “Greed” which ruin good in the soul. This episode shows how he fought against his Greed and Will and saved himself.

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2. The first Blue Lantern, Sayd helping Green Lantern Kilowog. Together they are fighting against the Red Lanterns. And then comes the Mogo. I think all of the Green Lantern fans know who is Mogo?

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3. Aya and Razer are fallen in love. You must know that Aya is an A.I. (Artificial intelligence). Days may near when computers will fall in love with organic emotions, “Interesting.”

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4. Then comes the Mogo, an entire living planet. What do you think about our earth?

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5. Ganthet found Sayd the first Blue Lantern of the universe. The Blue Lantern Power Rings are powered by the emotion of Hope. Created to bring hope to the future.

KNIGHT OF THE BROOM, Some Indo-Cyprus Recipes by Colette Part I (A Guest Post).


Today it is 69th National Independence Day in India. It’s a national holiday and I got some time to post on my blog. Colette is a write, writing many blogs for my site as a guest. Thank you Colette for giving importance to my little blog. I wish her works will read and appreciated by all readers, food lovers and blogger friends.

Let us learn some of the delicious Indian recipes which experimented by our guest writer and culinarian Colette Ni Reamonn Ioannidou from the country of lovely beaches, Cyprus. She experimenting with the book titled THE INDIAN COOKERY BOOK THE KITCHEN IN INDIA was published by Wyman & Co., Publishers in 1879. There is an interesting story behind how she got this book. To read the preface about this guest post click hereThe Anthropology & Some Indo-Cyprus Recipes by Colette.

Due to her age Collette is suffering from eye problems and I wish her good health.

Thanks!

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Photo: Colette Ni Reamonn Ioannidou (Writer).

KNIGHT OF THE BROOM

(Indo-Cyprus Recipes by Colette)

Part I.

“Finally, one other suggestion is of no little importance, viz, cats, dogs, and sweepers, as a rule, have no business in the kitchen.”

Bear in mind here the ‘sweeper’ is a person. It continues: The sweeper, or, as he is elsewhere called, “knight of the broom,” should only be admitted either before the operations of the day have commenced, or after their final termination. Ninety-nine sweepers out of a hundred know that intrusions in the kitchen are against all established rule throughout the length and breadth of India; and yet, if the master or mistress be indifferent, not only the knight but his lady also will indulge their fingers in many a savoury pie. It is no uncommon thing to find them constantly in kitchens of houses of gentlemen ignorant of this rule, peeling potatoes, shelling peas, and performing other offices for the cook, in expectation of some return for such assistance or services rendered.

Can’t you almost feel the writer looking down a long aristocratic nose at the prospect of a common ‘sweeper’ daring to handle food, as that was written? I found this morsel on page 10:

1. RICE CONGEE:

Rice Congee, Photo: Wikipedia

Photo: Rice Congee from Wikipedia

The water in which rice is boiled should never be thrown away: it is nutritious and fattening for all cattle, horses included, and may be given daily to milch cows and goats with great advantage. That brought back a childhood in which nothing was wasted; the chicken stock was a favourite all-rounder. Mashed potatoes left over from a main meal were later mixed with sage or thyme, salt and black pepper, and fried in Irish butter till the outer layer turned rich crispy brown. Slivered onions and fresh parsley were favourite optional additions.

2. Ball Curry of Liver and Udder:

Get one pound each of liver and udder: thoroughly wash and parboil them, then cut them into pieces, put into a mortar, and pound them to a pulp; mix with pepper, salt, herbs, bread-crumbs, and an egg; make into balls, and curry them in the same manner as any other ball curries.

I’m sure there are people in India, depending on religious sensitivities, who would not dream of eating a cow’s udder. And, I think, there are quite a few Brits who wouldn’t eat one either! When we came to Cyprus there were so many delicious meals to be enjoyed and, having been a Yoga practitioner for years, I was well aware of the value given to organ meats. Cypriots too, know that value. When a true Cypriot eats a chicken, he even sucks the marrow from the bones! Years of poverty made people appreciate every scrap of food. An old man once told me of how he used to trap hedgehogs to eat.

I ate liver as an anaemic child only if it was totally disguised with onions and rich gravy cooked with all the guile my mother could bring to bear on making it taste less like bloody meat. In Cyprus, I politely declined to acquire a taste for animal testicles dressed up to look like potato cakes once I knew what they were. My young son took to them with sheer exuberance – until he found out what part of the animal he was tucking into.

3. FOOD COLOURING FOR JELLIES, CREAMS, ICES, AND CAKES

The fascinating thing about this book for me is the way it shows how much the people in charge of kitchens had to make for themselves and the utensils also show ‘age’. Boil very slowly in a gill of water, till reduced to one half, twenty grams of cochineal, and the same quantity of alum and cream of tartar finely pounded; strain, and keep in a small phial.

For yellow, use an infusion of saffron.

For green, wash well and pull into small bits, a handful of spinach leaves; put them into a closely-covered saucepan, let them boil for a sew minutes, and then press the juice.

Are there places in India where housewives still make their own colouring?

4. POOR MAN’S CHAMPAGNE

Put a pint of Scotch ale into a jug, and add a bottle of good ginger beer.

5. MANGO AMCHOOR

Peel and quarter some green mangoes; sprinkle with salt, and expose them to the sun until they begin to dry up; then rub them with dry pounded turmeric, chillies and dry ginger; sprinkle more salt and expose them to the sun again until they are quite dried up, when they may be bottled and kept for use.

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Photo: Step one, collect raw mangoes. Source Wikipedia

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Photo: Step two, cut mango slices and dry them. Source Wikipedia.

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Photo: Step three, mash the slices, & Amchoor powder is ready to add in any recipes. Source Wikipedia

In Lefkara, the village of my mother-in-law, many years ago, they used to dry fruits on the roofs of the houses. The villagers make wonderful fig cakes by mashing the figs into fat little circles and adding chopped blanched almonds to the mix. They also make a super sweet by repeatedly dipping a string of almonds into grape juice mixed with flour and allowing it to solidify. This long sausage-like treat goes down very well as a nibble to compliment a relaxing evening drink. The village is, however, mostly famous for its handmade lace, a skill taught to the ladies of Lefkara by the ladies of the Venetian court who fled the heat of the central plain in the summer for the blissful cool of hill villages like Lefkara. That lace is still made today.

One thing is sure no matter where we live the joy of having good food to eat and the blessings of nature in their purest state. It’s a sad thing that there are people in the world today with more money hoarded in banks than they could spend in three life times and children still go hungry.

Always Love,

Colette Ni Reamonn Ioannidou

5 Most Popular Superhero Television Shows Based on Comic Books


The world of entertainment has gone extremely advanced and very exciting. Today I am going a close encounter with a bunch of vigilantes and superheroes who are in action on the television screen. Already many comic book heroes are popular in animated television shows especially made for children and cartoon lovers. Superheroes are being loved by all of us today from comic books to television screens everywhere. For the last three decades, we witnessed a list of powerful Box Office superhits in the Superhero films category. Now we can see them alive on the TV screen too.

Here I spotted out five excellent superhero television series running for last three years. Most of these superheroes are from the house of DC and Marvel Comics based on some of the greatest comic book characters.

  1. Arrow (The CW – American Television Series) Started April 24, 2012 – Running Season 4: The CW’s Arrow is the first modern television superhero series based on DC Showcase character Green Arrow. I am a huge fan of the vigilante hero, Oliver Queen played by Stephen Amell. This show has many ups and downs but they do new experiments with the charecters that always make it interesting. How Oliver is going to protect Starling City in the Season Four?
    Photo: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, from The CW's Arrow Television Series

    Photo: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen from The CW’s Arrow

    Already three successful seasons of Arrow has been aired. The season four is coming soon with all new stories and many surprises.

  2. Daredevil (Netflix – American Television Series) Started April 10, 2015 – Running Season 2: Marvel Comics and Netflix’s Daredevil, the blind lawyer and vigilante Matt Murdock played by Charlie Cox is my second favourite television show. This is a very interesting series because it shows how an ordinary orphan boy who blinded in an accident and got some superhuman skills and sixth sense. With the practice of meditation he enhanced his abilities and masters in various martial arts technique to overcome his spirit. He fights for the justice at the highest limits of his skills and protects Hell’s Kitchen, NY at night.

    Photo: Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, from Netflix's Daredevil

    Photo: Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, from Netflix’s Daredevil

  3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC – American Television Series) September 24, 2013 – Running Season 3: Alike Marvel’s first class super heroes the Avengers and X-men, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are a group of extraordinary men and women who fight major against the Nazi terrorist gang named Hydra and other unclassified inhumen living around the world. Agent Phil Coulson who leads S.H.I.E.L.D.’s very special team of intelligence, they investigate strange occurrences happening in the world and protect regular citizens. Two successful seasons already aired.
    Photo: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season-2 Banner

    Photo: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season-2 Banner

    At the end of Season-2 finale when solving an inhuman mystery Agent Phil Coulson lost his one hand. I am waiting eagerly for the Season-3 with a lot of excitement running through my veins. I am thinking what’s coming next?

  4. The Flash (The CW – American Television Series) October 7, 2014 – Running Season 2: The CW’s the Flash is one of my favourite family telivision shows. This series started in collaboration with the CW’s Arrow. Forensic scientist Barry Allen in his childhood saw an impossible super speed meta human murdered his mother. That day the police did not believe in his statement and imprisoned his father. Adult Barry played by Grant Gustin was happy, despite his childhood trauma. Then oneday in an accident Barry struck by lightening and discovers super speed in himself.
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    Photo: The CW’s Flash played by Grant Gustin.

    Barry teams up with Dr. Harrison Wells (later known as Reverse Flash), Dr. Caitlin Snow, scientist Cisco Ramon and detective Joe West to fight against the crime in Central City. The season one was cool, notable supervillain Dr. Harrison Wells played by Tom Cavanagh was an interesting charecter.

  5. Gotham (FOX – American Drama Series) September 22, 2014 – Running Season 2: FOX’s Gotham is an experimental television drama series to dig the past of Bruce Wayne (before he becomes Batman). Commissioner Jim Gordon had promised young Bruce Wayne to catch the murderer of his parents but due to lack of evidence the case remains unsolved. Bruce runs his own investgation to know the reason and identify the murderer. On the run in corrupt city Gotham where everyday a new criminal gets birth.
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    Photo: FOX’s Gotham

    I am surprised watching Gotham Season one. I hope Season two will be more surprising.