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Camera’s Day Out At Waterfront Granary

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When the camera had a wonderful day out!

It’s fun when we get a day off, from all the stress and work load, isn’t it? Ever thought of someone, or something else, enjoying the same? Well, no, right? But hey, here’s a camera talking to us about it’s day out, working for a cover shoot with a ‘lioness’!

I was carried into the hotel by my owner and the first sight I saw was that of a bright yellow arch that had it’s doors open, facing the sea! It definitely did look like my day out was going to be fun!

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Moving on, I saw an eagle perched on a ledge. Yes, an eagle. Imagine my excitement upon seeing an eagle up close. My owner’s glee made me capture the best ever shot of the eagle. *I played the Game Of Thrones theme in my head*

The whole place was brightly painted! Look at the yellow walls, man! Best day ever so far.

 

Had to begin the shoot soon, so my owner was fine-tuning me to make sure the photos were damn good! IOS- adjusted. Exposure-adjusted. Aperture- adjusted. All set for the shoot. I’m seeing the model all ready, posing for a selfie on her phone, to see how she looks. I had to take a picture of that. Funny part, my owner felt the same, too. That’s what they call a connection, I guess.

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While the model was getting her touchup done, I had some time to look around, and I saw a vintage scooter there. It added to the charm of the hotel, giving it all a vintage feel.

Chandelier! Let there be light! Oooh, the chandelier set the mood to the entire place, giving it a romantic feel.

Looking around, I saw a small souvenir, and it reminded me of the Egyptian era.

Oh! Anyway, it’s time for me to get to work! The model’s ready and waiting for ME! So, if you guys want to know who I’m shooting and what sort of photos I took, do wait for the June issue to hit the stands.

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Pulitzer Prize For Andrew Sean Greer and Kendrick Lamar Among Others

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The awards for the highest honour in journalism, literature, and music were announced on Monday

The highest award for success in journalism, literature, and music in the US – the Pulitzer Prize – was announced on Monday in various categories. Prizes were announced in 14 categories within journalism and seven in arts.

The biggest winners included The New York Times and The New Yorker for public service for their coverage on Harvey Weinstein and its repercussions that led to the #MeToo campaign. Reuters bagged two honours in international reporting and photography, respectively, a first for the top agency.

In literature, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Andrew Sean Greer for his book Less which is a comic story about a middle-aged novelist. Martina Majok bagged the award for drama for her work Cost of Living. The book on the life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder Prairie Fires by Carolyn Fraser won for biography. Half-Light by Frank Bidart won in poetry.

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However the biggest newsmaker was rapper Kendrick Lamar who became the first rapper to win the award in music, which has so far been awarded in classic and jazz. He won the award for his album Damn.

The following is the selected list of winners:

Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Non-Fiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.

Poetry: Half-light by Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart

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Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok

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History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis

Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser

Music: DAMN by Kendrick Lamar

Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker

Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post

Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah for GQ

Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York Magazine

Feature Photography: Reuters

What is Pulitzer Prize?

Hungarian born American Joseph Pulitzer, a highly successful newspaper publisher established the awards under his name in 1917 for excellence in 21 categories. Each of the winners receives a certificate and cash award of US$15,000, with the exception of the winner of the Public Service category in Journalism, who is instead rewarded with a gold medal.

Participation in the Pulitzer Prize running is through an entry fee of US$50. Indians who have won the Pulitzer Prize are Vijay Seshadri for Poetry in 2014, Siddhartha Mukherjee for Non-fiction for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer in 2011, Geeta Anand for investigative writings for Wall Street Journal in 2003,  Jhumpa Lahiri in Fiction for her work Interpreter of Maldies in 2000, and Gobind Behari Lal who shared the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 with other four reporters for coverage of science at the tercentenary of Harvard University.

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Malayali Women Are Ready To Booze Up, But Men Are Withdrawing

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According to the National Family Health Survey, there has been a considerable reduction in men who drink alcohol but increase in the percentage of women. The survey shows alcohol consumption by women is slowly getting accepted in Kerala

Text Credit: Shibul Pavithran 

Drinking liquor in Kerala may not be an easy task, given the fact that there are high taxes levied by the government for alcohol, unavailability of enough wine and beer shops and taboo of drinking in public places (might be worse, if you are women). Still, Kerala was regarded as one of the top consumers, when it comes to Alcohol consumption in the country.

The National Family Health Survey 2015-2016 (NFHS-4) has shown a considerable reduction in the proportion of men who drink alcohol in Kerala while the number of women who consume liquor has increased. A report by Malayala Manorama said that the percentage of men who drink in Kerala have also reduced to 37% from the 45.2% in the previous NFHS survey of 2005-2006. But, women who consume alcohol in Kerala have increased from 0.7 percent to 1.6 percent. This is when the nation-wide data of women shows a decrease from 2 percent to 1 percent.

The survey shows that in Kerala, women who drink are slowly getting accepted, but still face stiff resistance.

When American ­television host Jimmy Kimmel retwe­eted the video of girls clad in Kerala saris dancing to the ­Jimmiki Kammal song with the words “Love it”, it ­created an instant internet sensation (with record views on YouTube). But the lyrics also tell another story—the ­story of a certain normalisation of the idea, and images, of women drinking in ­Malayalam films.In 2017, at least 2-3 films show women in a pleasant drunken haze, not to mention the mother who downs a whole ­brandy bottle in the song. In ­Angamaly ­Diaries, Lichi does a happy-go-lucky tipsy walk, while, in Sarvopari Palakkaran, a very pleased ­matriarch is poured a drink at the onset of ­marriage celebrations. Many old movies also have good representation of women having alcohol on screen, one scene from Olympiyan Anthony Adam, where Valsala Menon kills it with Jagathy Sreekumar over a few drinks, was quite popular among Malayalam movie lovers.

According to the report, this change is in sync with the national trend as the proportion of men who consume alcohol in the country also declined slightly from 32 percent to 29 percent. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data also back the declining trend.

Kerala’s notorious liquor queues, which usually extend all the way from the beverage-store counters out on to the roads, are not a place for the sober or the weak of hearted. These queues would make for an interesting sociological study: tenanted as an all-male preserve, unashamedly misogynistic. Women rarely venture there for fear of falling victim to the “righteous” wrath of male dipsomaniacs.

The idea that only “loose” women drink was a prejudice reinforced by popular cinema and Orthodox communities. Media and cinema both should bring back or heal that image of women, where they were shown as some old-fashioned lame women, acting all lusty, with her curls let loose and appearing to be submissive for their male counterparts, after a having one or two drinks. But rather show the real side of women in today’s time, who is a fierce feminist; one who is decently educated and independent, unapologetic, highly sarcastic and prudent enough to handle herself, even after she chugs a few drinks down.

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This Hippie Packed Her Bags For India, Now Made $35mn Selling ‘Chai’

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Brook Eddy founded Bhakti Chai after falling in love with India’s most favoured drink. Apparently, she crafted adrak (Ginger) and masala chai all by herself. She can taste the subtle differences in its aroma all throughout India, and has been able to make a brilliant market for it in the United States

Text Credit: Shibul Pavithran 

An American woman named Brook Eddy, an ardent tea lover, started a company called Bhakti Chai in 2007 after she failed to get India-like tea back to her hometown in Colorado. In 2018, her company’s projected revenue is 35 million dollars, her cold-drink product can be found on Whole Foods, Costco, and Target shelves across the U.S.

Ms. Eddy’s love for tea grew during her visit to India in 2002. But when she came back to the US in 2006, she craved for the same brew she had in India but the local cafe’s in Colorado had nothing close to what Ms Eddy tasted in India. In 2006, she decided to build a company based on ideals of Bhakti (devotion), for which she primarily visited India. She started selling mason jars with her one-of-a-kind infusion from the back of her car and in no time she had the huge fan following.

Source: Twitter (@brookbhakti)

Just a year later, Bhakti Chai launched its first website and the company grew from a home-spun operation into a viable business. The path to becoming a tea mogul was challenging and unexpected. The divorced mother of twins had no background in manufacturing, and her experience in food was limited to small-scale catering.

In an interview with Conscious company media from US: she said,  “If I bring in a sample, I know I’m going to start a company. Because it’s really good. Would I want to start a company? I could call it Bhakti Chai, and it could be based on all this stuff I learned in India. And I could kick ass, because all these other chai companies suck.” I’ve always had this kind of competitive spirit in me.

India continues to be Eddy’s muse and she returns frequently for fresh ideas. According to an American weekly magazine: She said, “I’m a white girl born of hippie parents in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and then raised in Michigan, right? I shouldn’t really have this pulse for India, but I do. I love the chaos and vibrancy. Every time I come I’m introduced to something new. It’s just real.”

Her brand; Bhakti Chai, makes an effort to source fair-trade and non-GMO ingredients, has a zero-waste manufacturing facility, and has a philanthropic arm, GITA Giving, that supports small social projects around the globe primarily benefiting women and girls.

 

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