Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Modern Day Tales of Shakespeare

On April 22nd, we kick-off our 3-day event of “Celebrations of 400 years of Shakespeare“.

So, all you wonderful storytellers, let’s start with doing what Shakespeare was best known for – his stories!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Pick up your favourite Shakespearean story.
  2. Identify the underlying theme, and write a 100-word synopsis.
  3. Attempt your own take on the same theme and write a story of 2000 words or less.
  4. Refer to the synopsis to guide you when you get stuck, stay close to the original story and yet make it different by giving it your own voice. You may use different characters, settings, incidents and even plot. Only the premise has to be the same.
  5. Publish it on your blog.
  6. Pingback to this post or directly share the link here in the comments section.
  7. Read other stories and offer your feedback.

Rules –

  1. Pingback to this post is important to let readers find and read your story.
  2. It is not enough to write and share your own story. Please take out time to read someone else’s too.
  3. Stick to the word limit. That’s the biggest challenge. 🙂
  4. Please share the word, reblog, share on Facebook and encourage others to participate too.
  5. Non-members are welcome to participate. They can leave their links in the comments or ping-back via the post link. If you chose to share the link, please remember to tag the post as #400yearsofshakespeare. If you chose to ping-back, please select the direct url of this specific post and not of the homepage.

The event shall run on April 22nd from 00:01 hrs to 23:59 hrs GMT .

Look forward to your stories.

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Bloggers World Celebrations of 400 years of Shakespeare

April 23rd being the legendary playwright’s 400 death anniversary, let us also celebrate his life and works right here.

Below is a list of events that will run from April 22nd-24th on Bloggers World.

  • April 22nd – Modern Day Tales of Shakespeare

Write a contemporary story with your own interpretation based on your favourite work of Shakespeare. This must be published on your own blog, with the link shared here. Word Limit – 2000 words or less.

  • April 23rd – Poetry in Motion

Share original excerpts of his poems, and write your own take on the same theme. Word Limit – 100.

  • April 23 – Shakespeare and Me

Share a personal story of the impact Shakespeare had on your life.
Did you find your passion for reading after you read or watched one his plays?  Do you have a childhood memory of reading Macbeth? Or did reading    Romeo and Juliet make you believe in love at first sight? Did your grandparents meet and fall in love while rehearsing for A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Word Limit – 200-250.

  • April 24th – Shakespeare and The World’s Stage

All the World’s a Stage, right? So, let’s look at the theatrical and cinematic adaptations of his works. Share your own reviews of movies or plays based on his original works. Word Limit – 500.

Please tag all submissions for this event as #guestfeature and #400yearsofshakespeare.

Do you think this would be fun? Would you be participating?
Any other suggestions are welcome.

Look forward to your feedback and hope for maximum participation. Happy Writing!
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400 years of Shakespeare

With this year being the 400 death anniversary of the legend called Shakespeare, I had thought of doing the weekly feature on him. A quick check revealed that Rashmi’s already shared his works in an earlier post.

If you’ve read her post, you’ll know why we are talking about him again.

Yes, you guessed it right. With April 23rd just round the corner, we’re celebrating his birthday as well as his 400th death anniversary this very week. So, instead of just writing about him or talking about his works, let’s celebrate the life and times of Shakespeare along with Britain and the rest of the world.

Special events are being organised by various organisations and institutions across the world.

UK of course, leads the world, in celebrating the occasion in a grand manner.  The Royal Mint in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company has released a set of £2 commemorative coins. The collection is the first of its kind dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist, special edition pieces feature three designs – representing the playwright’s comedies, histories and tragedies.
The Royal Mint in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company has released a set of £2 commemorative coins. The collection is the first of its kind dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist, special edition pieces feature three designs – representing the playwright’s comedies, histories and tragedies.
BBC drama series Doctors is to celebrate the anniversary with a week of episodes inspired by the playwright’s poetry.
A special edition Tube map has been produced in which station names have been replaced with characters, names of plays and modern adaptations of William Shakespeare’s work to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the renowned poet and playwright, will be hosting a day-long celebration on April 23rd. Events will include live music, stage fighting workshops and a Blood, Guts and Gore demonstration about stage makeup, ending the event with a grand firework finale.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is hosting  a special event on the theme of  ‘All the world’s a stage’. The banks of the Thames will be lined for 2.5 miles with 37 screens, each showing new footage shot in an international location, such as Cleopatra in Egypt and Hamlet in Denmark.

King’s College London, in coordination with various cultural and educational institutions like The Arden Shakespeare and Royal Shakespeare Company, has organised a series of events and activities including screenings, talk shows, performances and exhibitions. These go on all till May.

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Image Courtesy – http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/home.html

British Council and Great Britain campaign, have jointly organised ‘Shakespeare Lives’ – an year-long programme of events and activities, all across the globe.
In Rome, ‘Shakespeare in Rome’ is an exhibition to pay homage to his genius and the influence he still has over artistic languages through essays and paintings.
Shakespeare Lives Microfestival in Toronto celebrates the impact that Shakespeare’s stories have had on the community through a series of debates, workshops and plays.
In Iran, Tamashagan Institute of Performing Arts will be organising an elaborate event on April 23rd, to commemorate Iranian translators, directors, performing artists and scholars who influenced Iranian literature and dramatic art through their works on Shakespearean masterpieces.
A 3-day symposium in Canada would focus on Shakespeare’s “afterlife” — to examine what functions and roles Shakespeare’s works have played in Canada. Talks would include the influence of his work over the years and the contributions that Canadians have made to understand and/or disseminate his works.
At France, a theatrical performance has been organised for the evening of April 23rd. This exceptional event will be broadcast live on the web.
At UAE, special English classes, photographic exhibitions and science discussions have been organised.
British Council India has organised a 3-day celebration to study the life and times of the Bard. Events include book exhibitions, poetry sessions, performances and a 3 hour long cultural programme titled ‘All The World’s A Stage’.

What are the celebrations planned in your country?  Would you be attending any of them?

 

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Delhi in a Day, through a Foodie’s Eyes

I was on a short trip to Delhi in December last year i.e., 2015. Though I had stayed there for four years, I certainly feel a connection with the India’s capital. And that’s my favourite city too 🙂

I and my husband stayed there just for a day. I had promised him to show the main foodie points where I would eat and trust me, whenever you go to Delhi try visiting these places. They are worth visiting and having the best food!

We started our day with Nizamuddin dargah; visited and prayed. If you visit Delhi on Thursday and like the Sufi poetry, you should visit this place.

Our next stop was Al-Bake in New Friends Colony, popularly known as NFC. We hired an auto for Rs. 60 and reached NFC. Oh yes, Al-Bake is famous for Shawarmas. Don’t try anything else here, just go straight to shawarma. They are heavy but you’ll definitely fall in love with this Arabic cuisine!

Just outside Al-Bake, there was a coffee stall. We had the coffee, it’s nothing out of the world but tasty. My next stop was Carnatic Cafe. They have one-of-their-kind dosas. I never had such dosas anywhere else, not even in Hyderabad. It’s a small Cafe and since there was too much rush, we couldn’t get the table. And I settled on leaving; I still regret 😦

We headed to Lajpat Nagar, a hub for shoppers in Delhi. I didn’t wanted to shop that day because I was on a food trail! I love eating! 😀 😀

At Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market, which is a walking distance from metro station, there is a pakode wala. We had Kachori, bread pakoda, paneer pakoda, aloo pakoda and one more I cannot recall the name. It’s the best pakode wala. Cross the lane and infront you will find a chaat wallah too. That’s my favourite spot for chaat (street foods) but since it was 2.30 pm he wasn’t there. To have the chat you need to visit the central market in Lajpat Nagar by 5 pm. And since we were short of time, we didn’t wait. And yes, if you visit Lajpat Nagar Central Market, have the momos at Dolma’s. They are perfect dumplings.

Since we already had so much, we took a walk at the market and headed to Select City Walk, it was all glittering on Christmas eve. We had a friend waiting at Amici Cafe. More food was coming and we (I and my husband) were already full by this time. Still, we had a small pizza, shared by three people, and mojitos.

Our next stop heart of Delhi – Connaught Place! We straightaway went to Khan Chacha in CP and had chicken tikka seekh roll. Sigh! Stomach was full and yet we had to eat so much and many we’d left 😦 😀

Outside Khan Chacha restaurant there are many pan shops, we had ice pan from there… mouth-melting and ice cold pan!! We then walked again so that our poor stomach would adjust to so much food.

Finally, the last stop – Kareem’s at 10.00 pm! Without Kareem’s our trail would have been nothing. And so we entered this over 100-year-old restaurant, situated in Old Delhi. With less options in food menu, we didn’t find it difficult to order.

The day was well spent and yet our stomachs were good 🙂

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Deadlines!

April 7th, Thursday E.O.D. was my deadline for posting on Blogger’s World and it made me not just anxious but also curious. Curious about deadlines. Odd, useless questions such as: why deadlines are called deadlines, when did the term first find its way into our vocabulary, why deadlines have this deadly streak, began to raise their bald and spotty heads.

Since morning, I had been plagued by the need to meet the deadline. Having missed two already, this might be my last chance to redeem myself in the eyes of the admins and the members of Blogger’s World, I thought for the umpteenth time this afternoon; even right before slipping into my siesta. But the siesta was marred with terrible and dark dreams of the forum moderators running after me, practicing their shoe-hurling skills with the passion and aggression of those possessed.

So you see, until this evening, I had no idea what I would be writing about, until inspiration struck, and I decided to torment my tormentor. I decided to unearth the truth about deadlines. Truth be told, the truth was as boring as I had expected it to be – and you can read it here.

When I didn’t find anything inspiring in the history of deadlines, I tried deadline quotes, and found most of them to be as lifeless as the term itself. Here are two samples.

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all. – Rita Mae Brown

I would never finish a painting if I didn’t have a deadline. – Peter Doig

While I agree with both the quotes, they didn’t help me warm up toward deadlines. So I turned inward, and decided to take the line apart.

A deadline is a dead line. A line that has no life of its own, and so it sucks the life out of our lives. In other words, a deadline is a sickly looking vampire that feeds upon our happiness and leaves us listless and weak. A deadline is also the line that is drawn at that point in the space of time (!) after which we are contextually dead. And it’s this knowledge that makes us run hard – so that we are able to catapult ourselves across it while there still is time! We don’t care whether we hurt ourselves in the process, or become ill; because if we don’t, we end up dead.

Anandhotep, who has been dead for a while, believes that deadlines are for weak-spirited mortals such as yours truly, because we can’t see that these lines are figments of our imagination – we believe that they are real, and the mirage holds us captive until we die, and this post proves it.

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Nobody Cares. SERIOUSLY

Run WildI turned 21 today (she says, ominously). 21 is the age where you are considered more of an adult. You are no longer a 19-year old teenager, or the in-between-stage of 20.

The closer I have become to turning 21, the more I have been thinking about things that, as you grow older, you stop caring about.

Here is a list of things that, in my opinion, no one could give two hoots about:

  • How you Spend your Friday Night
    Whether you spend it curled up on your sofa with a packet of Doritos and a box set of Friends, or you spend it partying, no one cares. You don’t have to go out all night, just so others will think you are ‘cool’.
  • What Music you Listen to
    When I was in high school, you were a nobody unless you listened to bands like Slipknot and Paramore (which sucked for me as I hate Slipknot aha). At this point in my life, I couldn’t care less what type of music I listen to, and who knows about it.
    If you want to stick on a bit of Westlife and sing your heart out, you do it. Don’t let your pre-notions of teen life stop you.
  • Being Bitter
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    When being bitter gets out of hand…

    So your flatmate didn’t listen to the passive-aggressive note you left for her, and ate all your cheese anyway? As you get older, you start to realise that being petty and bitter is of no use. We should forgive and forget, life is too short to hold on to things which make us angry.
    Instead of being bitter, talk, face-to-face, to the person who has offended you. There’s no use in leaving notes and text messages for them.

  • Failing
    Failing is a good thing. Without failure, how are we supposed to know what to avoid, the next time we try again? Consider this quote from John Keats, an English Romantic poet:

    “Don’t be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience… the highway to success… every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid”. 

  • What a Celebrity is Doing, What They are Wearing etc
    I’m going to use Kylie Jenner as an example here. Over the past year or so, she has become an icon. Girls want to be her, guys want to be with her. I’m sure we all remember the Kylie Jenner Lip Plumping Challenge (where you place your lips into a shot glass, in the vain hopes that the suction effect will plump up your lips to look like Kylie Jenner’s).
    As you grow older, it does get to a point in life where you think “who the hell bloody cares if you look like a celebrity?!”.
    Every human being is unique; we should be showing our individuality, not coveting after a celebrity.
  • What Others Think About You
    To put it bluntly, not everyone will like you, just like you will not like everyone in your life. This, however, does not mean that you are allowed to behave in a bad way towards them (going back to my earlier point about being bitter). You cannot control their thoughts.
    You should stop obsessing over what other people think of you; do not let them validate your worth. If you truly be yourself, without caring what others think of you, you will quickly realise who your closest friends are.
  • Having a lot of Followers on Instagram (or other social platforms)
    Honestly, it is not the end of the world if you do not have a lot of followers on your online profiles. That has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Besides, wouldn’t you rather have ten followers who actively appreciate your posts, than a thousand who do not?
    You should not use the internet to measure your self-worth. Self-worth comes from inside of you, not from the the popularity of your online profiles.

 

That’s all from me! Comment below if you know of other things which no one cares about.

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Tagging – Ready Reckoner

So, I’ve been harping about Tagging the posts correctly  all this while, and so was the admin team before me.

Here’s why Tagging is important, not just here on Bloggers World but also for your blog. Fortunately, tagging on our own blogs is a little easier. Here, not so much!

Add to that, there are tags where the categories should be. I’m giving up on sorting that out or editing previous posts.

In the recent poll, most of you indicated that you would like to be told where the tags were incorrect so that you could use the correct ones the next time round. (The results came as a relief! I was worrying about being too strict and that everyone would choose the ‘No’ options 😀 )

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Poll Results for ‘Admin Assistance on Tagging’

So after much research, I think I’ve figured out the tagging bit.

The only way to ensure that the posts are easily visible in tag search results is to get the tags correct. So, here’s a ready reference guide. You may use them from the tag box in the post editor or add them manually.

Add #feedback to posts asking for feedback.
Add #help to posts requesting help
Add #techhelp if you have a technical problem.
Add #idea to posts with an idea

These are suggestions. You may add additional tags as needed.

Add following tags to the individual Weekly Feature Posts :
Add #weekly for all weekly feature posts. 

Additional tags as per the respective weekly feature –
Monday – #etymology
Tuesday – #triviatuesday
Wednesday – #authorstory
Friday – #fridayfeature (also, add the following tags for the respective Friday feature – #quotations for Friday1, #100wordsstory for Friday2, #filmreview for Friday3 and #bookreview for Friday4)
Saturday – #creativewriting
BlogCast – #blogcast
Sunday 13 Words Story – #13wordsstory
Guest Posts – #guestfeature

This post may again get lost in the sea of posts that shall follow it. So, for your convenience, the same ready reckoner is there on the right side menu under the heading “Tags”.

Now if only I could figure out how to tag this post!

(Categories, I hear you say. You kidding me?!! that’s for another lifetime! 😛 )

Do you think this would be easy enough to follow? In case you have further doubts, please feel free to reach out.

 

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Weekly Schedule for April 2016

This post is to confirm schedule of weekly features from April 1st – April 30th.

Fridays:  3 Quotes , TV Review, Book Review, 100 Words Story

(Schedule Incharge – Piyusha @piyushavir)

Please confirm for the dates availability for the dates of April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.

This Friday being the first Friday of the month (April 1st) is the turn for 3 Quotations.
* Update : BarbCT is doing this week 3 Quotations @barbct .

April 8th: Anyone interested in doing a TV Show/Film Review?
@jahnavichintakunta @drmegsorick @joseelavallee @beckyaluoch @feelings161 @cluelessbirdie @surbhisachdeva89

April 15th: Need volunteers for Book Review @adriennea3 @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @jahnavichintakunta  @haripriyakm  @notionlux @fjjjuneau @ishitarc1908 @myusername432

April 29th: Need volunteers for 100 Words Story @thegeneviever @xaranahara @whatsandrathinks @jahnavichintakunta @vikrambishla @feelings161 @surbhisachdeva89 @notionlux @iamabloggertoo @srinathtk86

For more information: please check Friday Feature Plan

Saturdays: Creative Writing Tips

(Schedule Incharge – Pam & Dr. Meg @pamkirst2014 @drmegsorick)

Requesting all English language experts to advise their availability.

Pam @pamkirst2014 Meg @drmegsorick Debbie @dalees107 Oneta @onetarhayes

Anyone else willing to do them is welcome too. Please nominate yourselves in advance and let us know.

Sunday: 13 Words Story

(Schedule Incharge – Piyusha @piyushavir)

I shall share a prompt on Saturdays (Suggestions are welcome) and anyone willing to participate can write a story in a word limit of 13 words. You can post here or on your blog and ping-back or both.

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That pencil stroke

That scribbling
That design
That graphite
That imperfection
That pencil stroke
Made my life
Made my dream
Made me believe
That I can make it a reality
Gave me strength
Gave me hope
Gave me a reason
To live my life
That piece of paper
With that pencil stroke
Will always be close to me
Safe in my trunk
Hidden within a pouch
Because that’s the dream
Dream to make this world
Better as I see it
I can’t do it alone
I will need help
I will need friends
I will need accomplishes
But they all will come
At the right time
When I decide
To pursue my dream
To take it seriously
Make it happen
Make it a reality
It may take months & years
And even decades for my dream
To become real
But it definitely will
And before anything
Before any realization of my dream
That pencil stroke
Sealed my fate
Made me follow it endlessly

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P.S.: This work is an inspiration from the movie The Walk. I seriously loved it. I think I watched it at the right time in my life. Today’s song pick is Haven’t met you yet of Michael Buble.

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Authors Who Made History: Selma Lagerlöf

 

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Selma Lagerlof, photographed in 1909

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author born November 20th 1858, died 16th March 1940. She was honoured with a gold medal from the Swedish Academy in 1904 and in 1909 was selected as the first female ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

She also became the first female member of the Swedish Academy in 1914 and hers was the first female portrait to be used on a Swedish banknote, featuring on the 20 Kronor bill, since 1992. In 2008, 150 years after her birth, two commemorative coins were issued in Sweden – one in silver (200-kronor) and one in gold (2000-kronor).

Lagerlöf was a founding member of the Stockholm literary academy,The Nine Society (Samfundet de Nio). This was established for the purpose of promoting literature, peace and women’s issues and distributes eleven prizes for literature.

One of the craters on the planet Venus is named ‘Lagerlöf’, after Selma Lagerlöf.  There are at least two Swedish hotels and a street in Jerusalem also named after her.

Swedish artist Carl Larsson painted her portrait in 1902 and 1908. Several public sculptures exist in Sweden, depicting the author or her stories.

In 1959 her portrait featured on a commemorative USSR postage stamp.

Mårbacka, the mansion home in Värmland (Sweden) where she was born and raised, is now a museum. She repurchased her former family estate and reconstructed the house with her Nobel prize money.

Selma Lagerlöf was the fifth of six children – their father was a Lieutenant and as per the norm for families of wealth and privelege, the children were educated at home by visiting tutors. Selma was an avid reader (she read the entire bible aged ten while concerned about her father’s ill health), she enjoyed story-telling -especially the Nordic tales she heard from her grandmother,  and she frequently wrote poetry from a young age.

In 1882, aged 24, Selma attended teacher training college at the Royal Seminary in Stockholm for three years. From 1885 to 1895 she taught girls at a country school in Landskrona during which she began her first novel, Gösta Berling’s Saga. She submitted work toward this novel to a magazine competition in 1891 and won. She completed the novel and it was published, enabling her to leave her job as a teacher and earn her living as a writer.

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