Art and empty spaces

first_imgIt is believed that empty spaces have the most energy fields than anything else in the universe; and all the object, matter, particles we know, constitute under ten percent of the universe. It is this eternal vastness and the unseen energy fields that is brought together at ‘Friendly Strangers: Fields of the Universe’ a two man show by Shridhar Iyer and Ajay Narayan. The show is curated by Rahul Bhattacharya. Iyer has been exploring the unknown energy and force of the Universe primarily through the medium of painting and drawing. Highly experimental in life and work, Iyer has often made forays into installation based art practices. Narayan has been painting to invoke concealed, obscure descriptions of the visible world. His recent works are an engagement with the vastness of space, the incomprehensible eternal dark matter within which planets, stars and galaxies float.last_img read more

Rightly said

first_imgCRY works towards sustainable change, by ensuring all children receive their rights. ‘Vote for Child Rights’ campaign aims to pursue political candidates to ensure due emphasis is given to child rights in their party manifestos. The mission was to make politicians stand up and take notice.Instead of a simple pledge, BBH India did something unique and created a vote bank. Strength in numbers encourages the audience, and a vote bank in itself is what politicians pay attention to. BBH created a campaign around the childmark, a yellow dot symbolising your vote for child rights. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film shows how the yellow childmark and a vote bank can make all the difference. Essential child rights were highlighted including the right to education, nutrition, protection and most importantly, the right to a childhood.Emphasizing on the importance to reach out to politicians and public, Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY said, ‘This campaign aims to urge politicians to put children first and the general public to vote for a party that does so. While several nationwide initiatives and policies are in place to protect children against violation of their rights, there is a visible lack of political will to implement the same. We wanted to highlight the support we can garner from public to ensure that the parties take notice and that the best interest of the child be put at the centre of all policy, legislation and practice.’last_img read more

Kolkata police chief among best in world Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday extended her support to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who has been summoned by the CBI in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams, accusing the BJP leadership of pursuing political vendetta. “The highest levels of the BJP leadership are doing the worst kind of political vendetta. Not only are political parties their targets, they are misusing power to take control of the police and destroy all institutions. We condemn this,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The CBI has been trying to locate Kumar to question him in connection with the scams, with officials in the central investigating agency stating Saturday that they might arrest the Kolkata police chief as a last resort. The IPS officer, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, is not responding to notices to appear before the agency, they said. “The Kolkata Police Commissioner is among the best in the world. His integrity, bravery and honesty are unquestioned. He is working 24×7, and was on leave for only one day recently. When you spread lies, the lies will always remain lies,” Banerjee added. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, had also skipped a meeting with Election Commission officials last week.last_img read more

Tired of Coffee Try This SprayOn Caffeine Instead

first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 15, 2014 This story appears in the January 2014 issue of . Subscribe » Entrepreneurs: Ben Yu and Deven Soni, founders of San Francisco-based Sprayable Energy.Bonding at sea: Yu, who studied molecular and chemical biology at Harvard before joining Peter Thiel’s fellowship, and Soni, a venture capitalist, met when they shared a cabin during an entrepreneurs-only expedition to Antarctica in 2011. The duo collaborated on a few projects before developing what they describe as the world’s first caffeine-based topical energy spray.Sprayable EnergyJust a little spritz: “I’m sensitive to caffeine, so I’ve always wanted to find a way to stay energized without having to drink coffee or energy drinks,” says Yu, who gets jittery, then crashes, after drinking a cup of joe. He discussed the idea of sprayable caffeine with his dad, a chemist who studies ways in which substances can be absorbed through the skin. After a year of arduous lab research, Yu and his dad discovered that caffeine’s solubility can be increased by adding a simple derivative of the naturally produced amino acid tyrosine, thus allowing it to be used in spray form.The inventors claim that topically applied caffeine offers a consistent level of energy without the jolting buzz-then-crash that can come from drinking caffeinated beverages. They suggest spraying their product on the neck; four squirts offers about the same effect as a cup of coffee.Building buzz: In August 2013, Yu and Soni created an Indiegogo campaign with the hope of raising $15,000 to produce their product. To their surprise, they ended up reaching their goal within 24 hours of posting it on the crowdfunding site, and within 40 days they had raised $169,862. “We were initially worried that this would be a niche product, but we quickly learned just how many people aren’t satisfied with the current energy products on the market,” Yu says.Cost: The colorless, odorless spray comes packaged in a slim purse- or pocket-size bottle. A two-week supply (40 doses, or 160 sprays) sells for $15 exclusively through Sprayable.co.The goal is to see Sprayable bottles stocked at gas stations and convenience stores.Tireless expansion: Yu is cooking up line extensions, including potentially creating scented versions of the product and offering it in varying concentrations for different energy needs. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more