Archive for January 1st, 2007

So little time, so much to read

1 January 2007

Heaven knows if any other reporter in any newspaper in Bangalore has invested so much time, energy and enthusiasm—not to speak of money—as our Shilpa P to usher in 2007.

The metro bureau surprise packet has rustled up greeting cards, single roses, bouquets and even a cake to mark the New Year, going to show what a desperately dead place the world would be without the young.

As if that weren’t enough, she wants a list of books to read, probably a new year resolution.

A good place to start may be a daily visit to two good websites, Arts & Letters Daily (www.aldaily.com) and So Many Books (www.somanybooks.wordpress.com).

But surely her well-read colleagues—and we know who they are—may suggest a few?

Oil paintings but not quite oil paintings

1 January 2007

Illustrator Kiran Kumar alias Swami Ananda Bodhi sends us these paintings done using a software called ARTRAGE, which gives the illusion of oil paintings. A few of them have already been published in Vijaya Karnataka.

Asked for permission to reproduce them here, Kiran quotes Osho, who said: “Things can be copyrighted, thoughts cannot be copyrighted, and certainly meditations cannot be copyrighted. They are not things of the marketplace. Nobody can monopolize anything. But perhaps the West cannot understand the difference between an objective commodity and an inner experience. For ten thousand years the East has been meditating and nobody has put trademarks upon meditations.”

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Dateline 2007

1 January 2007

E S Bhanu Prakash wasn’t the only one to get the dateline wrong yesterday. Arts and Letters Daily, the wonderful repository of all things cultural, began the day with a January 1, 2006 dateline and it hadn’t changed even at the time of writing this, 12.50 pm.

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T V R Shenoy, the former editor of The Week, edited a weekly newspaper called Sunday Mail towards the end of his career. He once wrote a fantastic “apology” about getting the dateline wrong in the first issue of the revamped Mail.

The date appeared as, say, October 1, 1987, when it was actually supposed to be October 1, 1988. In other words, on its launch day, the Sunday Mail was a year old. Shenoy’s apology the following week for getting the dateline so wrong was fascinating.

He wrote that when Jawaharlal Nehru died on May 27, 1964, he and his colleagues at the Indian Express brought out a special afternoon edition but with the May 28, 1964 dateline. In other words, the dateline was one full day ahead.

Shenoy’s explanation: “When I was young, I wanted to be ahead of the times; now I want to be behind!”

Career resolutions for 2007

1 January 2007

Forbes magazine has a neat piece on the resolutions we should make for our careers in the new year.

1. Update your resume

2. Assess your satisfaction level at work

3. Set yourself a goal for the year

4. Join a professional body

5. Take classes in skills you are lacking.

6. Find yourself a mentor

7. Exercise and play

Read the full story here

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