Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Comics Wars- Marvel Vs DC

Hello everyone !!! Long time no see… I’ve been battling with a condition called “WRITER’S BLOCK” for the past few months. It was really tough deciding what to do after I’d started my own blog. I am happy to inform you that I am over it and I AM BACK !!!

We’ve all been witnessing the rise of super-heroes (Superman, Batman, Ironman, Captain America, etc) and super-villains (Lex Luthor, Ultron, Donald Trump)… Only true nerds know fully about the super-hero genre and the war that has been going on between DC Comics and Marvel Comics over comic book and movie ticket sales. Here’s an article depicting my own take on this war.

Let us jog our memories first with this small photo of Marvel & DC super-heroes…



Comics

I am not familiar with the comic book genre. But based on the numerous articles that I’ve read, it seems that both the companies have had their own fair share of successes and failures in this genre. Marvel has tasted success with various titles such as “Civil War”, “Secret Wars”, “Illuminati”, etc. On the other hand, DC has succeeded with “Flashpoint”, “Infinity Crisis”, “Rebirth”, etc.

Winner : Not deducible

Animated Movies
DC has come up with a wide roster of movies which include “Justice League: Flashpoint”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Superman Vs The Elite”, and about 20 more animated movies, most of which are really good. The story-lines are complex and the characters are well received. But, Marvel has given rise to a mere 8-10 movies which are mostly one-shot and do not offer any fresh take on the characters.

Winner : DC Comics, for incorporating critically acclaimed comic book arcs in their animated movies and for creating some seriously kickass movies.



Animated TV Series

Marvel has offered less number of animated TV series and they mostly deal with the good guys beating up the bad guys at the end. But DC has a lot of offerings which include Batman, Superman, Justice League, Young Justice, Teen Titans, etc. DC is known to experiment with themes such as the acceptance of super-heroes by the public, relationship dynamics, covert ops, etc in the series. Young Justice provides ample proof of this.

Winner : DC, for its diverse story-lines and suspense-filled twists.


Live-Action TV Series

Instead of focusing on the animation genre, Marvel has shifted its attention towards live-action genre, and it has come up with really good series like Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage etc. Along with tight complicated story-lines, these TV series have the added advantage of taking place in the same universe as all the movies, thereby offering its viewers a slight possibility of hearing the names of their favorite heroes being mentioned onscreen and the story-lines being influenced by the live-action movies.

DC has come up with a few good TV series like Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, but its decision to maintain both TV and movie universes separate has let down its viewers (including me).

Winner : Marvel, for shedding light on some relatively unknown super-heroes and inducing dark themes and grittiness into their story-lines.



Live-Action Movies

Marvel has had a lot of difficulties in the past since the movie rights of its characters (X-Men, Spiderman, Fantastic Four) were sold to 20th Century Fox. Its journey into live-action cinema began with Iron Man (2008) and has strived to maintain the timelines of various characters on a constant pace and incorporating various other characters at certain phases (Currently, the 3rd phase has begun, 1st ending with Avengers and 2nd ending with Ant Man).

On the other hand, DC is yet to taste success in the live action cinema genre, especially after critical failures such as BvS and Suicide Squad. All its hopes are pinned on the upcoming Justice League movie. Granted, Nolan’s take on Batman was wonderful, but hopefully, after the removal of Zack Snyder as show-runner and promotion of Geoff Jones, DC might surprise us all.

Winner : Marvel, for its slow unwavering progress into the creation of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)



Conclusion

There you go, Marvel needs to focus more in the animated genre, and DC needs to get a grip of the live-action genre. Both of them have created unforgettable characters and really great stories about the imperfections faced by people who’re born perfect. After all, that’s what life’s about, right J

Friday, 10 June 2016

The Importance Of Education In Underdeveloped Countries

There are so many things that we need on a day-to- day basis. We are used to the things that we have and that surround us. These things do not exist in underdeveloped countries. There are many things that lack there from food and water to education. While many think about needs and try to say that all that is really needed is food, water and shelter, there are many other things that are important. One of those that are underestimated is education. Why is education so important in these countries? This is what we will try to highlight in the following paragraphs.

Better Communication

Communicating becomes really difficult when the individual cannot read or write. That is something we should all understand. Imagine the fact that the person that is not educated in an underdeveloped country has no way to read what you read right now. This also means that there will be no easy
understanding about how money works and much more. Teaching people to read and write is a
fundamental need that can lead towards improving education in the future. You basically open the door for knowledge.

Better Health

People that are educated properly understand what happens when it comes to health. This is really
important. You want to make choices that are proper based on the exact case you are in. That is impossible without education. If you want your health to be high, you require being educated.

In underdeveloped countries we see people that do not know anything about common health problems that are of no concerns for the developed countries. We do not talk about something complicated like varicose veins in Honduras. We talk about basic understandings about flu, bathing, meals and more.

The Possibility Of Helping Ourselves

When we are not educated, we end up focused solely on instincts. Unfortunately, this is what often
happens in the underdeveloped countries. You want to be educated in order to be able to help yourself.

As you gain more knowledge, you will know how to react in various different situations. We do not need to focus on others. The only focus has to be put on the individual. How can you help yourself deal with a situation if you know nothing about it? In order to learn about it you have to be able to read, write and much more.

Conclusions

We only talked about 3 things above. However, all those should be important for you. We should never take education for granted. This is much more complex than just the formal education we get in school.

Everything starts with learning how to read and write. Then, we have to take it one step further. If it is possible to help people in underdeveloped countries, they will end up being able to help themselves.
That is something that will help a lot at the end of the day. Make sure that you are patient and that you always learn all that you can about education. This will help you since you can learn how to do your own part, which is possible wherever you live.

Guest Post By,
Veselina Dzhingarova

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Laser Teeth Whitening - Guest Post By Veselina Dzhingarova

Should You Consider Laser Teeth Whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is a very interesting procedure that is a part of the cosmetic dentistry family. In most situations the patients only need 1 dental appointment. After it, teeth will look as white and as clean as they need to be. We can say that this is a procedure that will be taken into account by most people in the world at least once. Dental implants will help you to get brand new teeth that are similar to your natural ones and laser teeth whitening will make your existing teeth look as white as they should be.
What is interesting is that laser teeth whitening has been around since the year 1996. Laser was added to this procedure as some people were complaining about the fact that results were not as great as they wanted to. Regular teeth whitening can lead to some side effects that have to be avoided at all costs. The use of laser makes this possible. However, only a professional cosmetic dentist can offer teeth whitening.
Advantages Of Laser Teeth Whitening
One of the biggest advantages associated with laser teeth whitening is the speed at which it is done. Regular teeth whitening will be pretty lengthy. The procedure involves various trips to the clinic as only a limited quantity of teeth whitening materials can be used in one session. At the same time, the time necessary between the sessions varies from one case to the next. If the teeth are sensitive, you will need to wait even more.
There are various options that are available when looking at laser teeth whitening. It is the cosmetic dentist that decides the laser type used. Every single option that is available should be discussed with the doctor. It is not at all difficult to find something that is perfect based on the teeth that you have. Lasers will emit light and a special chemical. The reaction between the two will make tooth color change happen.
After Laser Teeth Whitening
The great thing about laser teeth whitening is that the results will last for a really long period of time. This normally happens as fluoride is added to teeth after the procedure is over. There are 2 effects that appear because of this:
  • Teeth are strengthened
  • Shiny luster appears on the teeth
We can say that laser teeth whitening is highly popular at the moment but is it something that you should consider?
Do You Need Teeth Whitening?

This is a really simple question to answer but at the end of the day it is very important that you talk with the cosmetic dentist. We say this because the procedure is not always the best option for all patients. You want to be sure that you always discuss all the opportunities that are available and use what is recommended for you. Teeth condition will have a strong impact on the choices that you make. Do be sure that you always respect the indications of the doctor. This is the best thing that can happen.
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Monday, 27 April 2015

Celebrating Life In My Own Way !!!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

- Oprah Winfrey


Celebrations are an important part of everyone's life. I celebrate it with the help of my family, friends and my hobbies.


1. Family :

Family plays a significant role in shaping my life. It is with my parents' help that I've achieved so much in life. I enjoy life whenever I am with them. It has been rightfully said, "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."



2. Friends :

A friend in need is a friend indeed. I am a lot happier when I am surrounded by my wonderful friends. They are always there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on, and whenever I need to hold a hand in fear. I've been blessed to have really close friends.


3. Hobbies :

I write whenever I feel like doing it. I strongly feel, "Writing is like a flowing river. You only need to let it carve its own pathway. A small drop of water (Idea) is enough to generate a big ocean. We exploit it at the wrong time & when we construct a dam, we tend to stop its flow. All we need to do is to just let it go freely.


Such is the joy of writing. I never would have started it, if not for an English scholar in my university who inspired me by saying these words."

In addition to that, I am a polyglot, which means I can go wherever I want and speak with a number of persons on the way. What else is there to enjoy in life, other than speaking with a large number of persons, and getting to know their point of view on life !!!

I celebrate life by noticing its small paradoxes and idiocies which we normally do not see. It is with this ability that my blog was created, so as to enable my friends and the world to take a look at otherwise unnoticeable things and wonder about them in amazement !!!

I strongly feel that without these things, I won't be the same and the absence of anyone of the above can change my entire perspective of life.

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Brothers

Mr. Ontoya nervously paced up and down in his one-bedroom flat at the third floor of Manfred Towers, Johannesburg, South Africa. He'd just received news that his brother had escaped from Central Prison and was coming for him. As he walked to and fro, his friend the police commissioner Mr. Gordon called and asked him to calm down and the police were taking control of the situation.

Tim Ontoya was a linguistics professor at the University of Johannesburg. His brother, Njubwe was a corporate chief of a local company. Ontoya was very close to Njubwe that they always called each other own to symbolize their brotherhood. While Njubwe was married to a girl named Bridget, Ontoya preferred to stay single and have fun. Three years before, in a freak accident, Ontoya had unknowingly crashed into Bridget's car while making out with a student of his. The accident had killed Bridget and Ontoya and his "girl-friend" fled the scene.

Ontoya hid the matter from his brother and tried to use Mr. Gordon's influence to remove all the evidence from the place of accident. Njubwe was so disturbed by this that he almost tried to commit suicide, but was stopped by Ontoya from doing so. Njubwe was then sent to a rehabilitation center to recuperate with Bridget's loss. For 2 months, Njubwe was doing fine, when one day, he suddenly disappeared from the center without any trace. All the efforts made by Ontoya to find Njubwe were in vain.

One day, Ontoya was waiting in his flat for Mr. Gordon's visit when Njubwe turned up through his bedroom window holding a knife in his hand.

Ontoya : Own !!! Where were you, and why are you holding a knife in your hand ???

Njubwe : Don't act sweet you piece of dirt !!! I know what you did to Bridget.

Ontoya (Frightened) : What ??? What are you speaking own ???

Njubwe (Angrily) : Don't call me that !!! You've betrayed me !!!

Ontoya (With a stammer) : But.... But.......

Njubwe (Interrupting, tears rolling down his eyes) : I heard you speaking on the phone with that police friend of yours. How could you do that to me ???

Njubwe held up his knife, ready to strike...

Ontoya : Please, don't.... I did it for your well-being.

Suddenly, the door opened, and three police officers stormed in, followed by Gordon. Apparently, someone had seen Njubwe climbing up the window of the towers and had called the police. They attacked Njubwe and over-powered him. During the arrest, Njubwe was smiling throughout and said to Ontoya, "We'll meet again."

Almost a year and a half had passed since this incident and the very mention of Njubwe's name sent chills down his spine. Now that Njubwe had escaped, Ontoya was frightened for his life. He closed all his windows, and started to frequently see through the peek-hole of his door observing for any signs of Njubwe. Gordon had put two police officers in patrol near his house, and they were standing in the entrance of Manfred Towers carefully watching out for Njubwe.

Three days after Njubwe had escaped, Ontoya was still afraid for his life. The two officers became good friends of his and were regular visitors. The next day, Ontoya received a knock on the door, and through the peek hole, Ontoya saw that one of the police officers were standing with his back exposed. Something about the scene did not seem right to Ontoya and he took the reserve pistol that he always kept for security and opened the door.

The police officer turned front, and revealed himself to be Njubwe !!!

Njubwe : We meet again, betrayer.

Ontoya : Own, please don't hurt me. I am really sorry for what I've done. We can talk this out. Trust me.

Njubwe : No, talking doesn't solve anything. You have to die.

Ontoya : Don't do this own. Otherwise, I have to take drastic steps.

Ontoya held out his gun & pointed it towards Njubwe.

Njubwe (relaxing himself and straightening up) : Go on, kill me. I know you won't. Because fate wants us to live as brothers, even though we are not having the same parents.

Ontoya was scared now. What Njubwe had said was right. They were not real brothers. Their fate entangled them to be like brothers. Both Ontoya & Njubwe were the last surviving "Pure" members of the Zuoh Tribe that originated in North Africa. All the other members were either "Impure" or dead, which removed them from the tribe altogether. Pure members had parents who belonged to the Zuoh Tribe, and were allowed access to all the tribal practices and customs. People who married other tribals were considered as impure people and were banished. In order to keep the Zuoh rituals and customs secretive, the impure people were given a secret herbal medicine which removed all their memories of the tribe.

Due to the stringent rules of their community, only Ontoya & Njubwe remained. Ontoya loved the Zuoh language so much that he started teaching the language at the University of Johannesburg. Zuoh was a complicated language which required 16 years of rigorous practice for mastery.

Ontoya : If we die, our entire community and culture dies with us, own.

Njubwe : Let it die. After all, nobody cares about us.

Ontoya & Njubwe were always at loggerheads whenever they spoke about this situation. It led to frequent fights and debates between the two of them.

As the atmosphere between them got tense, both of them pointing guns at each other, a knock on the door was heard. Njubwe turned around to see when Ontoya all of a sudden, reached out for his pocket and took out a small stick with holes at each end. As Njubwe turned to face him, he aimed the blow stick at Njubwe & blew at it. The dart hit Njubwe's exposed neck and he fainted. Ontoya went to him and whispered in his ears,

"You shall forget everything about Bridget"

The herbal medicine which was given to the impure members had the power to wash out the memory of anything in the brain. Ontoya had used it as a last attempt at saving his community. Technically, Njubwe was impure as he'd married Bridget, but Ontoya helped him regain his pure status by using the herbal medicine. The doors were broken down and police emerged. But Ontoya asked Gordon to leave the premises and that everything had been solved between them.

As Njubwe awoke from his hospital bed, Ontoya was sitting by his side.

Njubwe : Own, what happened ??? Why am I in a hospital ???

Ontoya (Happily) : An accident took you to a coma and you've been like this for over four years, Own !!!

Njubwe : Even though we are having different parents, we are truly brothers !!! Thanks a lot for taking care of me, Own !!!

Ontoya (Tears emerging from his eyes) : Please promise me, whatever happens between us, we'll never turn on each other, ever !!!

Njubwe : Yes, Own. Nothing can separate us !!!

Note to the Reader :
Due to the advent of other languages, our own languages die. And with that, our entire customs, culture and traditions are lost. We must learn to respect them and pass it on to the next generations. Or else, the same situations that the heroes of this story undergo, will happen with our future generations. This story was meant to convey this idea in a simple manner.

Disclaimer :
All characters are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Stalker

7.30 am

11 hours later, the fateful event was going to happen.

The man kneeled down near the bush, hiding from plain sight. He was wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans, with a 6-D Canon camera hanging down from his neck. It was almost time the lady emerged from the house. As the man waited impatiently, the sun smiled in the sky and clouds were moving along like herds of sheep. A cuckoo was singing in the background, and the man was getting angrier every second.

7.45 am

Suddenly, the doors of the house opened, and two guards came out, inspecting the environment cautiously. The man further tried to hide near the bush, while the lady came out after giving a kiss to her powerful husband. The man took photos of the whole scene from his hiding. The lady walked down the stairs hurriedly alongwith her fully suited bodyguards into her car which set forth.

The man stood up, and ran towards his moped parked nearby. He'd bought the moped two years ago, feeling that it would help him swerve through the huge amounts of traffic. He rode it fast, taking a different route than the lady's car in order to prevent suspicion.

9.00 am

9 and a half hours to go...

The moment the lady came out of her car, the massive crowd of children rushed towards her asking for her autograph as she walked into the school auditorium escorted by her guards. The man watched at her from a corner of the auditorium, all the while taking photos of hers from his camera.

The lady began her speech and was speaking about how children play a big role in determining the country's future. The man was disinterested in all that she was saying and quickly started munching a bar of chocolate taken from his pocket.

9.50 am

Almost 9 hours for the unexpected event...

The lady got down from the stage after a big round of applause from the crowd and started signing autographs. The man struggled through the crowd of fans as he tried to get a clean view of her. His feet were spraining and sweat was trickling down from his fore head.

The lady was then escorted towards a big dining hall where she was served with the finest dishes. The man stood outside the window, sadly eating the piece of hamburger he'd bought on his way towards the school.

10.30 am

The lady went in her car to the spa as the man rode on his moped, silently stalking her from a distance. He reached the place earlier and was leaning down on his moped. The lady emerged from her car a few minutes later and went into the world famous spa. The man clicked pictures of her as she walked.

2.30 pm

5 hours were remaining...

The lady came out of the building, her skin glowing under the sun and her face looked even more brighter than before. The man was still standing near his moped, his knees shaking due to tiredness and his fore head full of sweat, which made him look like a construction worker who'd spent hours working under the sun.

The car driver began the car and the lady was on her way to the house. The man was now riding his moped slowly, but managed to keep in pace with the lady.

3.15 pm

The man parked his vehicle in the same place he'd left in the morning and went towards his hiding. The lady arrived and went into the house. He went near the windows of the house so as to get a clear view of the lady. The lady began to move here and there, as the man clicked pictures of her.

In less than three hours, something the man had never expected was about to happen.

6.27 pm

The two daughters of the lady arrived in their car as the man hid in the tree nearby. The lady came out of the house and greeted her daughters cheerfully. The man was reminded of his own little daughter who was 4 years old, but he felt unhappy that his wife had divorced him when their daughter was only 6 months old. That was the last time he'd seen his daughter.

Minutes from now, the lady would make eye contact with the man. As she kneeled down to converse with her daughters, she gazed at him clicking photos of them. The man suddenly felt a cold feeling gripping his heart as he realized she was looking at him. For a few micro-seconds, they made eye contact with each other. The lady quickly stopped staring at him and concentrated on her daughters instead.

6.45 pm

As the lady went into the house with her daughters, something vibrated within the man's pocket. He took out his cell-phone and read the name "Patricia" on its screen.

He answered, "Hello !"

An pretty much robotic voice replied, "David, we need the photographs NOW !!!"

He asked with a stammer, "Um, where should I bring them ?"

Patricia said, with anger in her tone, "You know the drill, David. Same place, same time, nothing more, nothing less."

Before David could say anything, the line was rudely cut off. He kept the phone in his pocket and hurried towards the place where he always met Patricia.

7.58 pm

David sat on the stool, drinking a can of Coco Cola, holding the memory card of his camera enclosed within a small cover in his other hand. A rather attractive woman emerged from around the corner, wearing a suit which made her look even more beautiful. David had always wondered why such a woman had never married in her life. He held out his hand to throw the can into the dust-bin nearby, when someone commented,

"Looks like you've quit your drinking habit, David."

David threw the can and stood up, "Yeah, high blood pressure makes you take such decisions."

Patricia's lips curved into a smile, "I've always loved your sense of humor !!!"

David kept the memory card onto Patricia's hand and said, "See ya tomorrow, Pat !!!"

8.15 pm

Drops of sweat trickled down David's head and wet spots could be seen in his shirt. A large crew of people were standing in a long queue behind David, as he held out his I.D. card which read,

"DAVID WALKER,
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER,
FIRST LADY,
WHITE HOUSE STAFF COMMISSION"

He went for his moped after completing all the security clearances. He felt satisfied since it was the 38th day of his tenure as the official photographer. He avoided being seen by the First Lady as it made him feel like a stalker. Many of his photographs were taken to capture the most unseen, realistic moments of the First Lady and they were appreciated worldwide. As he reached his home, he went to bed early to get enough sleep for yet another tiresome day ahead.

Note To The Reader :

This story was inspired by an episode of the National Geographic program, "INSIDE". This was written to convey to the reader that, "The collective hard-work of a large number of people results in the success of an individual." The U.S. President is a very powerful person, but behind his success, the hard work of many people remains unnoticed. This story has shed light on one such person, the official photographer of the First Lady.

Disclaimer :

All characters are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A "Face-Off" To Remember !!!

"Face is the index of the mind."

In a bumbling crowd of people, our eyes seem to notice only a few of them. Have you ever wondered why ???



The main reason behind this is their faces. We always tend to notice their happiness and the same spreads everywhere else too.

A well-groomed and clean-shaven face gives us the boon of getting noticed by many people. The face is the first body part that everyone notices in us. All that is inside us comes secondary. A happy and smiling face helps us to make a good first impression. A cleanly-shaven chin is an added advantage.

Try to smile in front of the mirror with a full beard. Then try to give a smile after shaving. Your smile gets accentuated and it is notice-able from miles ahead.

Maybe this is the reason why all the emoticons and smileys have a cleanly shaven face !!!



Many actors are also cleanly shaven so that their emotions can be easily noticed by the audiences and will be able to connect with them instantly. A man with a coarse beard is usually seen as a complex person whose life is full of complications.

"Simplicity is the utter sophistication."

Every time you shave your face, your friends and co-workers start to notice a sudden change in your day-to-day activities. Shaving helps you in a psychological way too. It increases your levels of self-confidence and gives you the essential much-required boost in your personality traits from time to time.

On a conclusive note, I say that I'll step up whenever the right time comes, and say yes to a well-groomed face to be at my best everyday !!!

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette !!!