AnomalyCity: Homelessness

An old rusty bus being used as a makeshift home. Homelessness is still an increasing problem in the country. Specially cities.

There are 1.77 million homeless in India, according to a 2011 census.

“While there has been a 28% decline reported from rural India, there has been a 20% increase in houseless people living in the cities. But still there is a long way to go.”, according to a 2017 HT article.

13.7 million households, or 17.4 per cent of urban households, live in informal settlements.

AnomalyCity Series: Settings out of the ordinary, around everyday life, captured to showcase life and culture.

Cause-ing Creativity: No Smoking

No to Smoking

A play on the word ‘Cigarette’ to warn the user or potential user that smoking will be regrettable. Words are powerful, and anomalies such as these help with recalling messages that matter. Additional post copy on latest statistics help with driving the message.

These images I’ve shared in my last two posts can all be created using non-designer tools like Canva and Adobe Spark Post.

Have you checked out the previous posts? You can see it here – Cigarette Kills & Smoslave.

Cause-ing Creativity: SmoKing or a Slave?

Slave, not a King

This creative may seem slightly far-fetched, nevertheless, the point is to drive home the message that Smoking in essence is a form of slavery. You are no more a King of your life, but a Slave.

What does slavery entail? Abject subjection of an individual to a form of work they are unable to be free from. Their freedom is lost, leaving them stuck to work without remuneration and a life beyond work.

I once asked a friend why he can’t quit smoking. Why he cannot just will it, and break the chains. Like a few others I’ve heard say, they are unable to stop because they fear a relapse.

What’s really happening? The lack of purpose in life, boredom, anxiety, troubles, etc. potentially lead people into smoking. The toll from all the stress on their body is such that they give in to finding something external to soothe their senses. They are so consumed with soothing their body that they forget to address the real issue, which is the mind and heart. Of-course, smoking is only one of the problems.

I’ve had friends tell me they overcame the problem of smoking by finding a purpose in life. A purpose that required active thinking daily, followed by action that helped achieve short or long term goals.

Cause-ing Creativity: Smoking kills

No Smoking

Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds.

Let the above statistic sink in. The rate of consumption has only increased over the years.

An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report says that use of tobacco accounts for about 30% of all cancers in men and women in India. Cancer of mouth is most common among men followed by lung cancer. Tobacco related cancer accounts for 42% of the male deaths and 18.3% of female cancer deaths. More here, a TOI article.

Nonprofit leaders or communicators with low budgets and paucity of time can create similar graphic using Adobe Spark Post or Canva. Human lives are precious and raising awareness in a cluttered digital world is paramount to making a wider and deeper impact.

Note: Cause-ing Creativity is a series where I get creative using simple design tools used by non designers for Cause based social media ads or organic posts.

AnomalyCity: Headhunting, the state of the human heart

I’ve often walked by this part of the road, never noticed it, until I did. This sight of a (doll) child’s head on display. It takes a troubled mind to put it up on display.

I was reminded of the practice of Headhunting, which was a way of life for many native tribes across the world.

A horrible cultural practice that is now popularly considered long gone. Really? I don’t think so. Heads are still cut, the heart of man is only getting worsened. Do a Google Search for “head found in …“ and you will find scores of news reports from across the world.

Mankind has only gotten more sophisticated about evil. How could a culture like that ever exist? Is it the lack of Education? Well, today, educated people kill in much more “sophisticated and elegant” ways.

This practice does not exist today in its current form because not all cultures are worth preserving. But, who gets to decide that? Each person thinks his or her own culture is perfect. Education makes an effort to unite the world, but is it working? Partly.

I believe the only solution is when people turn to God. Only God who is perfect can unite man.

AnomalyCity: Statue of Man eating human babies

Bern, Switzerland has a statue of a man eating human babies. No one knows why!

Kindlifresserbrunnen means, “Fountain of the Eater of Little Children”.

A 500 year old statue in the middle of the street, with no credible historical record of why and how it came into being. What is the education here?People censor and seek bans on so many inane issues, yet this is fine.

This truly reveals the heart of man and how most censorship or ban-tivism is mostly political with 💰 as top motive.

A sight like this is not recommended for children, nor mentally unstable addicts. Who cares! It’s a tourist spot bringing in money for the city.

To really care, you need God. To see through the darkness the heart needs to be filled with the Light of God.

Image Source: https://images.app.goo.gl/q3zDca6YXRhHBmSK7

AnomalyCity: Bus Stop Lounge

Another sight to behold on the AnomalyCity series. A bus stop that has additional features. A tea and snacks corner, seating for several, and the most confusing of it all, a barrier.

It’s almost as if it’s a mental and physical challenge of sorts. As you wait, keep calm, get comfortable, but when the bus comes you need to be ready – cut across the chairs, then jump over the barrier to enter.

I’m enjoying spotting the weird around me. This is fun, you should try it too!

AnomalyCity: Ambassador for the dead

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. ‘Jugaad’ in the true sense is made possible when one really needs to get something done, no matter what!

There is always something interesting around us, if we care to look. I noticed this ambassador turned hearse-wagon parked on the road, and managed to take a picture in time, being in a moving car myself.

Ambassadors are a dying breed. Hindustan Motors stopped production in 2014. Once a powerful beast that boasted of being the best in the world is now getting extinct.

This picture is a perfect juxtaposition – dying breed carrying the dead.

Who inspired the greatest western classical musicians?

George Handel, the greatest composer to have ever lived (according to Beethoven), said “My lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.” He said this when he was lauded for his fine performance by Lord Kinnoul.

George Handel’s famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ was inspired by his love for God. “Messiah… has fed the hungry, clothed the naked, fostered the orphan… more than any other single musical production in this or any country.”

Anyone in the classical music community has heard about Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. I’m not a classical music fan of any sort but enjoy listening to music. Ones that glorify God or at least is sourced from Godly inspiration.

“Music’s only purpose should be for the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit.” – Bach

“God is ever before my eyes. I realize His omnipotence and I fear His anger; but I also recognize His love, His compassion, and His tenderness towards His creatures.” – Mozart

“I will place all my confidence in your eternal goodness, O God! My soul shall rejoice in Thee, immutable Being. Be my rock, my light, forever my trust.” – Beethoven

Source: Article by Paul James-Griffiths

Review: Are you looking for good food in North Kolkata?

Diet Pepsi and Fruit Punch
Diet Cola meets Fruit punch | Photo: iPhone 8 Plus

I recently had to go to Salt Lake, and post work, decided to eat at a quiet place. A quiet place is always hard to find. I usually avoid bars or pubs, but hunger got the better of me. I stepped into one called 10 Downing Street at Salt Lake. It was almost empty, there was a guy sitting alone in one corner and three loud chatty friends or colleagues in another area. I was so happy to have found a quiet place.

Order away!

It was 4pm, and I wanted to catch a quick bite. I ordered the Chicken Tikka and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich. The bread was stuffed with generous pieces of chicken, along with fries and a smatter of veggies. I’m not a foodie, and always go for safe orders. What can go wrong with bread and chicken? Lol!

The ‘Chicken Tikka and Cheddar Cheese’ Sandwich

My wife ordered the Vegetable TDS Basket. I’m a hardcore non-vegetarian, but I loved the veggies they served here. I ended up eating quite a bit from her plate as well. Good quantity for a single person – even those who hate sharing will be forced to share. The paneer was delicious, well prepared. Soft and tasty, unlike the bland, rubbery types with no flavour. Since the veggies were fried, the oil was a bit much, yet it tasted quite good.

Veg TDS Basket

Is it pricey? Its not an everyday kind of place. For special occasions this place is affordable. I’d definitely recommend it for corporate get-togethers and lunch parties.

The staff were polite and responsive. Not much to comment about their service because there were hardly any customers during that time. Also, it makes a lot of difference if we approach them as humans and treat them with tenderness. I believe a majority will respond with goodness too.

I loved the decor, and how it’s well spaced between tables. They have a lounge setting too in a corner. A dance floor befitting office parties and live concerts. They had an old multicoloured scooter placed as display.

Facilities

The washroom was clean and well maintained when I was there. What I did not like were the messages on the washroom wall. I missed taking photos of it. Maybe next time.

Based on my experience, I’d give it a 4.5/5. Sharing a few more photos taken on my iPhone.

Love the decor at 10 Downing Street
Old school