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Day 365: The Last one

When I started this 365-day blogging challenge,  my goal was to end it around April-May of 2016 so as to commemorate the 10th anniversary of my blog, which was on 17th April 2016. However, due to many personal issues and hurdles, I couldn't complete it last year. Instead, it ends today.

When I began my blogging journey in 2006, it was in a nascent stage in India. The blog culture was just catching up. I was not that good at writing and was actually stuck in a box to even choose the blog title or name. This space has helped me reflect on my own strengths and weaknesses. I have found friends in strangers and writing has helped me find myself. I am surprised at myself to see a 10-year-old blog and since I hadn't accomplished as much as I wanted during these many years, I decided to do this 365-day challenge to test my own strength.

If I were to rate myself in the past one year or more, I would not call myself that successful. I have taken many a number of breaks during this writ…

Day 364: Fighting the fear (for the lack of a better title)

Before I wrap up with the last post tomorrow, here is a poem that I wrote a few days ago. Hope y'all like it.



I'm scared to fall down once more,  To seek a favor and to be denied,  To fight a battle and lose and hide.  To let go of the ones who were never there,  And find new friends from elsewhere.  To let go of the reigns of an old warm dream,  And to weave a magical one with a gleam. 
To climb a tree without the fear of falling down,  To do a ballet smiling and happy in a pink gown.  To walk out alone without hair raising up,  And bring home that dear homeless pup.  To laugh out loud as others watch me bare,  To dress up and hop to parties and fair. 
I tell myself to be not terrified,  To try out these wonderful things in a stride, And smile as I caress the flowers by the wayside. 
© Copyright Meena Arvind 2017

Day 363: Sketchy Me: Ganesha, the ever giving one

Simple lines to create the ever giving and ever happy Ganesha. Inspiration from a sketch I saw online. Used the paint tool to digitally color on the side.

Day 362: Sketchy Me: Eternal lover

Again the Prisma app magic on a simple abstract color pencil fiasco of Krishna, my eternal lover.


Day 361: Sketchy Me: Floral pattern

Not the best but this is again a random doodle inspired by our coaster. It looks better with the Prisma edit!


Day 360: Sketchy Me: Cutesy Foxy !

Day 359: Sketchy Me: Common Man

The next few posts will showcase some time pass sketches from my drawing note. These are done by color pencils and usually without much time in hand. For a few, I have used the Prisma app to give some definition and better look for the simple images. 
The first one is a dedication to the brilliant R.K. Laxman. Here is a common man's rough sketch! 
Real good artists: Please pardon me! 



Day 358: Sexism in ads: Mentholatum

If you want a direct, factual ad for a stuffy nose or a sore throat, all you got to write is how the product will help you find relief by just popping one in your mouth. Isn't it? Well, so you would think. This is a 1940 ad for a product with menthol for a stuffy nose. And look at the copy of this ad. It is about how a woman with a stuffy nose is a problem for men. This was the time when people believed a woman has to be ready and perfect for the man. Look at the visual where there is thumbs-down finger for a woman with a runny nose! Don't men ever suffer from that?

Day 357: Sexism in Ads : Canterbury Belts

Well, when I first saw this ad, I was shocked. A men's belt ad carries a woman barely dressed and only covered with belts. There is a thin line between being sexy and being vulgar. More than the image the copy is just atrocious. For a few these kind of analysis might sound not okay as there are people who believe that ads are for selling and people use the content that sells. However, people forget that these very ads reflect and create impressions in minds that shape how we look at our world. A copy like this is demeaning and for me honestly, doesn't reflect the brand in a good light. Whether the belts are of good quality or not, this ad definitely isn't. 


This ad was printed in 1970 and obviously for the Playboy magazine. I am glad that finally, Playboy has decided to stop publishing the centerfold nude images of the woman. Considering the ad's period and vehicle used, the ad is not a surprise.


Day 356: Sexism in Ads : Chase and Sanborn

Chase and Sanborn is a coffee company established in the later half of 1800's in Boston, MA. It has traveled hands and currently with the Italian company, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group. This is one of the strangest ads I have ever seen. Printed in 1962, this is wrong in so many ways. First of all, the image, then the headline, and the narrative.

Glad that things are changing for better these days. Better late than never.

Day 355: Sexism in Ads : Listerine

The second one in this series is an ad printed in 1932 for Listerine. Well, they seem to have problems with the breath of a woman who is ready for her marriage. This was the time when marriage defined the capability and success of a woman. Of course, things haven't changed much even today.

Day 354: Mad Ad : Sexism in Ads : Kellog PEP

Sexism in advertisements is something that has been on for a very long time. In fact, sexism is found in everything around us. I was not a very expressive in my opinions earlier as much I am today. Despite questioning the norms, it was never practically visible in my personality. Probably blame it on the system or my own lack of confidence in expressing it. Doing graduate studies here is one of the best decisions in my life. That too on a topic of my interest makes it even more special. I have had a chance to work briefly on a project that looked at the presentation of women in ads from select magazines. All this has helped me to better understand and question these norms set forth by society.

During a trip to a cozy downtown in a city in NC during this past winter, I was able to go to a museum that was exhibiting select ads from the past that showcased the sexism in ads. They also display about other issues faced by women and children like trafficking, abuse, etc.,

The next five set…

Day 353: OMG25: Oru kotta ponnundallo

It was hard to choose one from this brilliant musical hit movie Kuttikuppayam. I am choosing the most festive sounding song from the album. This is also L.R. Eswari amma's debut in Malayalam. This film introduced the super actor Philomena to this world. This movie has Prem Nazir, Madhu, Ambika, Sheela, Adoor Bhasi and other supporting actors.



Music: M.S. Baburaj
Lyrics: P.Bhaskaran
Year: 1964
Director: M. Krishnan Nair
Screenplay/Story: Moithu Padiyathu  
Singer: L.R.Eswari



Day 352: OMG24: Thekkennu Vanna Katte

The next in the OMG series is from the first color film in Malayalam. It is Kandam Becha Kottu. It was based on the novel and the beauty of the movie is that the slang was Kozhikodan. That is why the  title says 'becha' instead of usual 'vecha'. Starring Thrikkurisi and Aranmula Ponnamma.

T.R.Sundaram's contribution to Malayalam cinema is commendable. He was the one who did the first Malayalam talkie- Balan and also this color film.

I love the kandam becha kottu song too. It is fun.



Music: M.S. Baburaj
Lyrics: P. Bhaskaran
Year: 1961
Singer: P. Leela
Director: T.R.Sundaram
Screenplay/Story: K.T. Mohammed (popular playright) and T. Mohamed Yunus.


Day 351: OMG23: Annu ninte nunakuzhi

Yet another gem from Pareeksha- Annu ninte nunakuzhi thelinjittila.


Movie: Pareeksha
Lyrics: P. Bhaskaran
Music: M.S. Bhaskar
Singer: K.J. Yesudas

Day 350: OMG22: Oru Pushpam Mathram

This 1967 film was set to tune by M.S. Bhaskaran and penned by the director P. Bhasakaran. It was written by T. N. Gopinathan Nair. With Prem Nazir, Sharadha, and Adoor Bhasi, this film was a commercial success. 
Oru Pushpam mathram was sung by K. J. Yesudas. All the songs had a Hindustani touch to it and was composed in that raga scale. 

Day 349: OMG21: Nairau Pidicha Pulivalu

Enjoy this duet number! In today's day and age, I would not use the same lyrics as it screams gender divide. However, given the time frame, it was set, the song was a perfect and beautiful fit.



Movie: Bhagyajathakam
Music: M.S. Baburaj
Lyrics: P. Bhaskaran
Year: 1962
Singers: K.J. Yesudas, P. Leela
Director: P. Bhaskaran
Screenplay: Jagathy NK Achari

Day 348: OMG20: Ambalakulangare

Odayil Ninnu is a 1965 movie based on the novel by P. Kesavdev. With Sathyan, Prem Nazir, K.R. Vijaya, and became immensely successful. It was remade in Tamil with Sivaji Ganesan called Babu, and in Hindi with Rajesh Khanna with the same title as in Tamil.

With G. Devarajan - Vayalar duo the movie had some wonderful songs. This particular one was rendered by P. Leela. Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan, this movie narrates the struggles of a rickshaw puller. P. Kesavdev is considered as one of the exponents of Malayalam literature.


Day 347: OMG19: Kaatu vannu kallane pole

One of my favorite and dear numbers by P. Susheela. Whatey sweet voice and rendering. This song always makes me smile. The pronunciation of Malayalam words are off as Susheela amma was from Telugu. However, that gave a sweetness to the whole song.


Movie: Karakaanakadal
Music: G.Devarajan
Lyrics: Vayalar
Year: 1971
Singer: P.Susheela
Director: K.S. Sethumadhavan
Screenplay: S. L. Puram Sadanandan

Day 346: OMG18: Manjani Kombil

This is a special film as it launched the great actor, Mohanlal. In this movie, he was launched as an antagonist and this is a musical romantic movie. It is also the directorial debut of Fazil. Interestingly, the music director was also composing in Malayalam for the first the time.

The film had Shankar and Poornima in the lead with Mohanlal as the antagonist. This is one of my favorite movies and songs.



Movie: Manjil virinja pookkal
Music: Jerry Amaldev
Lyrics: Bichu Thirumala
Year: 1980
Singer: S. Janaki
Director: Fazil
Screenplay: Fazil

Day 345: OMG17: Sharathanthal thiri

Madhu, Jayabharathi, KPAC Lalitha starred in this 1979 hit movie Kayalum Kayarum.


Movie: Kayalum Kayarum
Music: K.V. Mahadevan
Lyrics: Poovachal Khader
Year: 1979
Director: K.S.Gopalakrishnan
Screenplay: Vijayan Karote
Singer: K.J.Yesudas

Day 344: OMG16: Aadiva Katte

Koodevide one of the best movies of P. Padmarajan. It had Mammotty, Suhasini, Rahman as the lead. It was Rahman's debut movie for which he even won the state award. Johnson maash's haunting melodies were the highlight.



Movie: Koodevide
Music: Johnson
Lyrics: ONV Kurup
Director: P. Padmarajan
Screenplay:P. Padmarajan
Year: 1983
Singer: S. Janaki

Day 343: OMG15: Sandhyakkendhinu sindhooram

Maaya, a 1972 movie that starred Thrikkurishi, Prem Nazir, Sharadha in the lead role with supporting cast of Sujatha, Shankaradi, and T.R Omana.


Movie: Maaya
Music: Dakshinamoorthy
Lyrics: Sreekumaran Thampi
Singer: Jayachandran. M.
Year: 1972
Director: Ramu Kairat
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