Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: All The World’s A Stage

It’s Day 3 of Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, so this day we will have the grandest and biggest celebrations of this event.

All the World’s a Stage said the literally genius. Well, let’s prove him right, literally.

Share your reviews of modern movies or plays that are an adaptation of Shakespeare’s original work.

Some Suggestions – Ram Leela (2013; Romeo Juliet), Omkara (2006; Othello), Hamlet (2000),  10 Things I Hate About You (1999; The Taming of the Shrew), My Own Private Idaho (1991;Henry IV and Henry V)

Rules –

  1. It is not enough to write and share your own poem or story. Please take out time to read someone else’s too.
  2. Stick to the word limit. That’s the biggest challenge.:)
  3. Please share the word, reblog, share on Facebook and encourage others to participate too.
  4. This event is open to members only.
  5. Please remember to tag the post as #guestfeature and #400yearsofshakespeare.

The event shall run on April 24th from 00:01 hrs to 23:59 hrs GMT .

Look forward to your poems and stories.

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Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Poetry in Motion

For Day 2 of Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, let us pay tribute in our own unique voices.

There are 2 events that will run all day today:

  • Event 1: Poetry in Motion
    Write a poem inspired from Shakespeare’s work. Use an excerpt from any of his poems, as a prompt and write your own original poem. Word Limit – 100.

    Share the original excerpt and your poem here on the Bloggers World forum.

  • Event 2: Shakespeare and Me

    What impact did Shakespeare leave on you? Did you find your passion for reading after you read or watched one his plays? Do you use his excerpts in your writing? 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?

    Share a personal story of the impact Shakespeare had on your life. Word Limit – 200-250.

Rules –

  1. The poems and stories need to be published here on the Bloggers’ World forum.
  2. It is not enough to write and share your own poem or 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. This event is open to members only.
  6. Please remember to tag the post as #guestfeature and #400yearsofshakespeare.

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

Look forward to your poems and stories.

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When Is Political Correctness Too Much?

 

Political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct), commonly abbreviated to PC, is a term which, in modern usage, is used to describe language, policies, or measures which are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society. In the media, the term is generally used as a pejorative (expression of contempt or disapproval), implying that these policies are excessive.


I was raised in the last half of the 20th century, a time when some job titles carried gender-specific titles, such as waitress/waiter, actress/actor, stewardess/stewards. At least until the term “political correctness” or PC—seldom used before the 1990s—became popular and the job titles became waitperson, steward, etc. I still don’t know why gender-specific job titles were a problem, but apparently somebody thought they were.

And the PC matter extends not only to gender-specific job titles, but to race, culture, even new grammar rules. I have an increasing objection to the more recent trends affecting our history and heritage. The Southern Cross flag, more commonly (incorrectly) referred to as the Confederate Flag, has been declared politically incorrect as a symbolism of slavery. The Civil War had absolutely nothing to do with slavery. But the flags are being taken down everywhere, and a popular TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, has become unpopular due to its use of the flag on a car. And all because a gun-obsessed, hate-filled, mentally-ill young white man named Dylann Roof pulled a gun during a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June of 2015 and killed nine black people.

I remember the beginnings of another PC term during the late 1970s when it became politically incorrect to refer to Native Americans as Indians. Now another issue is becoming increasingly contentious — with many claiming the name is racist or discriminatory and pushing for a change; the name of the Washington Redskins football team. What many either don’t know or are ignoring, is that the team name came about to honor a Native American. When Boston received an NFL franchise, they named the team the Boston Braves. In 1933, owner George Preston Marshall changed the name to the Boston Redskins to honor then-coach Lone Star Dietz, an American Sioux. So the name actually pays tribute to a great people. Continue reading

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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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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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