31 Aug
2019

The LifeChanging Magic of Being Messy

first_imgAs a stereotypically “messy” person myself, I’ve received my own share of scorn. Living in a boarding school, I’m obligated to keep my room nice and tidy, ready for visitors and as a model to underclassmen. Monday room inspections are the norm, and faculty members have sometimes passively, sometimes aggressively, urged my roommate and me to clean up. For these purposes, I used to harbor a 24 x 24 x 24 cardboard box in which I’d stuff everything on Monday mornings and empty it out later that evening. Now, I just throw everything downstairs into the communal storage. Out of sight, out of mind. You might have a “messy” friend or family member. You can’t help but sigh at the chaos of their room — clean and dirty laundry mixed together. Odds are it’ll be difficult to walk two feet without encountering an empty chip bag. Gross? Yes. Bad? Not necessarily. As much judgment as we get for our clutter, research has shown that messiness can be a sign of creativity and openness. In the NYT article “It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity,” Kathleen D. Vohs’ study of messiness serves as a rare champion for us less-than-neat people. In her study, she gathered a group of subjects in a tidy room and another in a messy room. When each subject had to choose between a “classic” or “new” smoothie on a fake menu, the subjects in the tidy room chose “classic” while subjects in the messy room chose the “new” smoothies. This shows that “people greatly preferred convention in the tidy room and novelty in the messy room.” In addition, Vohs revealed that messy people were more creative. So, what does this mean? Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Man held with fake currency in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested after fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of more than one lakh was recovered from his possession, police said today. The man was arrested yesterday from Akhra Fatak area under the jurisdiction of Nadial police station in the city’s port area, the police said.The fake notes recovered from his possession were in denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, a police officer said.The accused is a resident of Manasipalli in Nadia district, he added.”We are investigating the matter and trying to find out whether any gang was involved in it,” the officer said.last_img

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31 Aug
2019

Of self and the other

first_imgIn describing the arts, the ancient Indian canonical text Chitrasutra encompassing the theory related to visual art i.e. paintings and sculpture describes their disciplines to be one of the noblest offerings to the almighty. Intertwine this thought with the expression of the age of miniature, give it the garb of watercolour and tempera, playing with sufism and women who are distinctly Nayikas blended in with sentiment of Sringar Rasa — you get the works of Satish Chauhan in the show titled Inner Universe.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With an artistic vocabulary culled over more than two decades, Chauhan has been experimenting with the ethos of expressionism, the medley of miniature techniques and the subject of men and women with a subliminal perception of the art works being an offering to the god, transporting the viewer to another realm almost seeking communion with the almighty.“I started blending the elements of Mughal and Kangra art with details of contemporary reality” says Chauhan. “For me a painter is like a yogi, lost, in his art. Like a sufi disconnected from the immediate but active in a state of consciousness which is different from the normal state of waking.” adds Chauhan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis recent works depict Nayikas romancing the clouds celestial dancers and musicians with long flowing lehengas like skirts, ablaze with elements and mythic symbols born of romance, eroticism, mystery, nobility and exoticism, submerged in invigorating romance of birds and beauties in the clouds of gods perhaps deep in meditation.Despite moonlit romanticism and the perfume of Ottoman Empire legends, works produced by those under the spell of the miniatures can best be characterised as academic art- scrupulous in historical and pragmatic detail, and strongly narrative- resonant with photgraphic immediacy. These paintings go beyond, they gleam like little jewels, they are notable for painstakingly accurate realism of character and setting, particularly natural elements and materials in service of mood and figurative representation of anatomical excellence and emotional poignancy. These works are small, delicate and often luminous. They use progressively fewer colours, and most share one quality: they are composed of very specialised shapes and have a kinetic buzz.Where: Shridharini Art Gallery, Triveni kala sangamWhen: March 31 till April 9 Timings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Indians believe in resolutions to enrich relationships

first_imgSpending time with partners has topped New Year’s resolutions list, reveals a survey. A survey was conducted by matchmaking portal shaadi.com to understand the mindset of unmarried Indians and their views involving relationships and marriage. The online poll received over 16,500 responses from unmarried men and women, aged between 25 and 34 years.When men and women were asked if they believe in making New Year’s resolutions, 42.5 per cent said “Yes, if it involves spending more time with your partner”, 33.9 per cent said “No, resolutions never work out”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While 23.6 per cent said “Maybe, if it’s about getting rid of bad habits”. When 7,547 women were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 59.4 per cent said “Yes”, 13.1 per cent said “No” and 27.5 per cent said “It depends”. When the participating women were asked about their own resolutions, 38.1 per cent said: “Would try to spend less time on social media and more time with their partner”, while 28.5 per cent said: “Would plan to travel more often with their partner”, followed by 33.4 per cent who said: “Would try to exercise regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen 9,025 Indian men were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 64.1 percent said: “Yes”, 17.3 per cent said: “No” and 18.6 per cent said “It depends”.When these men were asked about their own resolutions, 42.7 per cent said: “Would try to maintain a balance between their partner and favourite sports”, followed by 36.4 per cent who said: “Would try not to binge sleep on holidays and actively make plans with their partner”. While 20.9 per cent said: “Would learn to cook new dishes”. “This is an interesting insight into how there is a shift in the way people are thinking. The latest trend shows that people are not taking decisions on their own, but as a couple,” said  Shaadi.com CEO Gourav Rakshit.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Redesign interiors with interesting colours

first_imgTo create a calm and peaceful area where you can relax in is about more than just comfortable furniture. If the walls of your living space are loud and vibrant, then it’s going to do nothing for your stress level. At the same time you don’t have to resign yourself to boring white so make sure you redesign your interiors with interesting colours. Designers list down tips to redesign the interiors with colours: Coral colour: You can go for coral shades with cooler undertones. The coral colour is a combination of hues like orange, pink and red. Coral enhances the room and brings a touch of warmth to it. Even though it’s a soothing colour, yet it can also be the perfect bold statement. This colour signifies peace and it keeps negative feelings at bay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMauve colour: If you want your dining area a little sophisticated, then go for Mauve. It’s not too gray, not too violent. It is completely soothing and a graceful colour. This slightly subdued tint is bright enough for a fun-filled environment,but just calm enough to work in an adult’s bedroom when it is mixed with a palette of gray, black, blue, or cream. This is somehow related to spirituality and inspires reflection and self-awareness. Beige colour: Beige is also known as tan or buff, cream. It diverges from nearly brown to very pale cream. Beige will fade into the background as the elegant accessories pop into the foreground. To give a cozy vibe to your living area, Beige is the perfect colour tone. You can add plush pillows and a soft throw and lounge in the space all day. This colour is neutral, calm, and relaxing and signifies happiness, peace and purity. For best results, apply this color to the walls in the west direction. It is also a good color for the library. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShades of green: The green colour has healing properties. It is the colour of vitality and renewal that can be re-imagined in every room of your home. Green is a shade that springs with effervescence, and perhaps because of its roots in nature, it’s also extremely versatile. Since, it is a restful colour that signifies growth and renewal, the green colour is also inspired, brings comfort and equilibrium. It is beneficial health relating to heart, lungs and circulatory system.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

Analyzing the Analytics

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. In the world of website promotion, only three things matter: proper positioning, traffic volume and conversions. The number of people visiting your website–and how many of those people are ultimately doing what you want them to do, such as placing an order or contacting you for more information–is absolutely critical. What the Pros UseAs you shop from the vast array of available web analytics software and services, consider the following options:Omniture SiteCatalyst: Pricey but very powerful, well supported and great for enterprise-level businesses.ClickTale: Hosted service offering affordable tiered plans, visually stunning interface, records and plays back individual user sessions.Google Analytics: Free, easy to install, powerful and well documented.Sentiment Metrics: Great online tool for monitoring social media dialogue.To maximize your return on investment on launching and managing a website, blog, or online campaign, you need to know what’s working and what’s not, where visitors are coming from, what they view, how long they stay and why some wander off. You need to know which campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site and how effective your site is in converting that traffic into targeted behaviors.Enter web analytics tools–applications that collect site traffic data and display it in graphical simplicity. With web analytics, you can monitor the success of web pages, pay-per-click advertising campaigns and other promotional efforts online and off. You gain valuable insight into visitors’ behaviors on your site. Perhaps best of all, you can identify and correct any obstacles to conversion, such as a poorly designed page or registration form, inferior product descriptions, or excessive steps for signing up for an e-newsletter.Assessing and improving conversions with the help of web analytics requires patience and persistence, but following these simple guidelines can simplify the process: Set trackable site goals. Do you want visitors to register for e-mail updates, place an order, contact you for an estimate, or something else?Use analytics to identify and monitor traffic sources and obstacles to conversion.Evaluate your ROI for traffic sources, such as pay-per-click advertising, blogging, offline advertising and social media marketing. Make adjustments as needed.Tweak your site to correct any obstacles to conversion.Continue to track traffic and conversion rates and fine-tune your promotions and approach.The good news for startups is that incorporating web analytics into site development and online marketing is affordable, in terms of both time and money. With a free service like Google Analytics, you can start monitoring traffic in less than 24 hours.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Mikal can be found musing about the world on Belicove.com and can be reached at mikal@belicove.com. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » September 16, 2009 This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

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