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The complete actor inaugurates the complete store at Edappally

Text: Shibul Pavithran 

MyG digital hub opened its 55th showroom in Edapally, opposite Lulu mall, bringing remarkable products and offers for customers. It is one of the largest showrooms in South India which was inaugurated by actor Mohanlal. myG chairman and director A K Shaji , HMT global sales general manager T S Sridhar , myG  marketing general manager Anish C R, operations general manager Nadir CKV, state head Mohammmad Jaisal, marketing AGM Feroz KK, zonal manager Jacob Jobin, purchase head KK Wahaab were present for the inaugural ceremony.

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Mobile phone, Laptop, Tablet, Camera, Land Phone, SIM and recharge, gadgets insurance, repair and service and many more digital accessories will be available in the store. It has the best international level customer care for their customers. The professional staff at myG store have been trained by experts to handle all queries of the customers. Special G DOT protection, is available for customers at direct delivery in one hour’s time, those who are unable to come till the showroom to purchase it. Additionally, they have privilege card provided to all customers for all their purchases from myG which will carry credit points for their next product. They provide pick and drop services, where the myG executive will come to your doorsteps to collect and deliver gadgets. This service will be applicable for Mobile Phones, Laptops, Camera and Tablets. This service guarantees full data protection. Moreover, various financing schemes will also be present in the showroom for the convenience of the customers.

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All the latest gadgets are available at myG showroom. Updates and changes brought in the international technology market will also be available in myG. Over 400 types of products from 36 brands will be available at myG showroom. myG showroom will serve all types of customers, ranging from all economic zones. In spite of the discounts provided by various brands, additional myG discount will also be available, not only during festival time but on normal days as well.

 

It aims at opening 100 showrooms and a 700 crore turnover by the start of the year 2019. In Malabar, myG is still known as 3G digital world. In future, this 3G digital world will in turn be called as myG digital world. Besides Kerala, myG has plans to open new ventures in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and outside India in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

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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

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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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An Ode To Raja Ravi Varma – These Memes Are Definitely Your Daily Woes

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By drawing a modern version of the paintings of renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma, this Instagram page depicts the everyday struggles of women through memes

Be it Damayanti and the royal swan or Shankunthala looking for Dushyanth, Raja Ravi Varma, the renowned artist with his magical brush had bestowed the epitome of beauty upon women. Even after ages, his remarkable paintings are greeted with the same awe-struck gaze from people. But little would you have imagined a modern version of his gorgeous women. The Instagram page Raja Ravi Varma Memes‘ is up with the hilarious memes of his historical paintings with a tinge of humour. These memes are absolutely the everyday struggles of the modern women.

The owner of these witty memes is Soumya, who created them as part of her portfolio for an art course. Begun last December, this page is grabbing attention from all the meme lovers on Instagram. Her memes don’t limit to daily woes but also takes a sarcastic glance into the contemporary quandaries. Here are some of her funniest memes for you to tickle your funny bones.

That tireless moment of posing even after your husband clicked your 100 photographs

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That moment when you have to act ‘fine’ even when the stress is killing you into bits

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The ‘high’est moment of solace

Happy Holidays everyone! 😋🍷🎄 #rajaravivarmamemes

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Monday Morning: Come on baby

Me: No. 🙁

The Monday Morning Blues

#rajaravivarmamemes #mondayblues #mondaysadness #mondaymoods #mondaysgoaway

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The IDGAF look

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The Hungry mode-on moment

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When even the spell-check betrays you

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And the last one on immigrants

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Memes have undoubtedly conquered everyone’s heart, mainly because of its witty approach towards everything in life. They not only fill us with waves of laughter but makes us take a moment to think about the matter intensely.

Talking about why Soumya choose Raja Ravi Varma for the creation of memes she said to The Better India, “There’s always room for more humour in the world. I have always been very fond of memes and was confident that people in India (and the world) would appreciate art served with a side of humour. What I came up with for the portfolio made me laugh, so I decided to share it on my personal social media handles. I was highly encouraged by those who saw my posts to create an account for the same. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings are known for their realistic and original presentation. By blending the European techniques with Indian sensibilities in his painting, his artworks have travelled beyond borders. Through these memes, Soumya proves that ‘Art is Freedom’, and she uses this freedom to express herself the best.

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Ambika Pillai: Growing From Strength To Strength With Kaytra

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Seasoned celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Ambika Pillai offers her special secrets and hair expertise through Kaytra, the latest on her ever-growing list of achievements

Thirty years of incessant work has failed to show any signs of it on her, as she beams with the same spark of excitement and eagerness that she came to be known for from the outset. It is the same that has kept her going, being deeply passionate about what she does. And while many trace a downward turn on their graph of a protracted career, Ambika Pillai has only grown from strength to strength, constantly innovating and ensuring there is a freshness in what she does.

An institution in her own right, Ambika Pillai needs no introduction when it comes to hair and makeup in India. But her greatness lies in the fact that all faces and hair are the same for her, whether it be that of a Bollywood star or the girl next door.

Knowing the pulse of the Malayali

“Kerala has its own mindset regarding hair care,” says Malayalis’ favourite beauty boss, who has remained close to the hearts of her followers within and outside the state. The celebrity stylist has been instrumental in changing the rigid minds of Malayalis in Kerala. Asked about the development in approach towards hair care, Ambika says that it has taken her five years to alter the mindset of Malayalis. “When I ask Malayalis when they last got a haircut, they say that it has been one or two years. But the very concept of getting a haircut is to prevent split ends and dry hair. It’s taken me forever to make Malayalis understand that you don’t have to wash your hair every day. It’s not our religion or custom that we should wash our hair every day. It is a mindset that Malayalis are hooked on to. Now, after opening my salon in Kochi five years back, I have women coming in and saying that their hair is growing back after they have started washing their hair only two or three times a week.”

Ambika understands the Indian hair so well that despite being a salon specialist, she has always emphasised natural methods of hair care. Interacting with over 8L fans and followers on her Facebook page, Ambika has avidly heard and responded to their hair care queries over the years. Not long after, the hair expert decided to venture into producing her own natural products. “I used to make my own products at home. It’s easy to source raw materials in Delhi, where I used to get organic cocoa butter, shea butter, etc., and I used to make different products such as moisturisers, scrubs, creams, for my daughter, family, friends, models, and stars and they loved it and used to ask me why I wasn’t bringing them out. But bringing them out is not an easy proposition; it is difficult for any person. I am not a chemist, I don’t have an R&D department, manufacturing, advertising, marketing – all are a different ball game altogether. So all this time I was on the lookout for somebody who could do this and handle it.”

New journey with Kaytra

That is when Ambika came across AVA Healthcare, under the aegis of Dr A V Anoop, and collaborated with them for the creation of brand Kaytra that has a range of hair care products, specially made for frizzy hair. “AVA and I are on the same page regarding organic, herbal, and ayurvedic products. It is a dream come true for me.” After facing numerous setbacks with wrong business partners, Ambika is finally happy in her association with AVA. “I have finally chosen the right partner because Anoop also thinks like me. He is a calming influence. He leads me in the right direction.”

Fending off competition in a market increasingly getting exhausted with brands claiming themselves to be ‘ayurvedic/ herbal/ natural’, Ambika says that Kaytra stands out for its purity and strength of a holistic mix of ingredients. “I didn’t want to do just kaachiya enna; I wanted a blend of oils. This is distinct because it has five different oils, cow’s milk, and eight herbs. It helps in regrowth of hair. You are always running to the salons to take care of yourself; now you don’t have to as here is a product that looks after you.” Targeting both women and men across all age groups, Ambika says that her dream is that the products should reach every household. Kaytra is available in Kerala across 3,500 stores and through online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, and Nykaa, and in Ambika Pillai salons.

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Self-assured symbol of womanhood

A self-taught makeup artist, Ambika is self-confidence personified. “I break all rules and regulations and because of that I am a great makeup artist. I will not shy away from using colour or predicting a trend. I don’t believe in short selling my creativity. I will break all boundaries and explore anything and everything. If you have a burning desire in your belly to become a makeup artist, try your hand at it. I am saying that from my own experience. Just let your creativity run away with you.”

For those aspiring to enter the world of styling, the celebrity stylist has wise advice. “You can work in a parlour, movies, or the fashion world. Fashion is the most creative. In the parlour, you are doing what the client wants; whereas in fashion, you are exploring everything. For me, what completely drives my creative juices is fashion, and what drives me as a person is the salon. Being in the salon, I’m meeting not models or celebrities, but normal kids who say to me, ‘Ambika ma’am, make me look beautiful’. That is what makes me happy and makes me smile.”

For one whose life has been a source of inspiration to many, Ambika draws strength from herself. “My life has only been a bed of thorns and I have learnt to pull my foot out and keep moving forward. And I am still a happy person. Earlier, I was doubtful but not anymore. I don’t allow anybody to walk over myself. Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t fly. I have wings on my feet as well. I never let anyone talk down to me. I am a woman, but I am a strong, strong woman.”

Ambika’s Advice:

  • For upcoming summer and monsoon season: Stop putting a lot of makeup. Do spot treatment instead of applying foundation all over. Use water based products like gel. Always pick and choose products that suit you.
  • Go for colours like burnt orange, pink, red, berry colour tones, old rose
  • Never leave your kit makeup lying around. Do not share your makeup products with others.
  • Message for women: We are no less than anybody else. Don’t let anyone touch your spirit; your spirit belongs to you. Your heart and soul belong to you. Even if someone breaks your heart, learn how to mend it. Life is full of heartaches and heartbreaks and disappointments, don’t let it break your spirit.
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