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Google pays tribute to legendary Indian artist and it is outstanding

Search giant Google rolled out an artsy surprise for Indian users by paying a tribute to “pioneering artist” Jamini Roy on his 130th birth anniversary with a beautiful horse doodle inspired by the master’s Black Horse painting

It allowed users to take a tour of Roy’s artworks and collections on Google Arts & Culture. The virtual exhibit was curated by Google and the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Roy was among India’s leading modernists in the 20th century and a globally renowned figure too. Originally trained in the British academic style of painting, his earlier works had shades of European impressionism and portraiture. 

But he shunned his Western training eventually and turned to India’s folk and tribal art forms in the wake of nationalist sentiments sweeping the country in the early 1920s. 

He took to portray his own people — the men, women and children of Bengal (his native land and the bastion of India’s freedom movement) — and developed a distinctive style that was bold, vibrant and refreshing. 

Roy believed that like Chinese landscapes, nonessential background details needed to be discarded. Hence, the subjects stood out beautifully in all his works. 

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Image: GOOGLE SCRRENGRAB

Image: GOOGLE SCRRENGRAB

Image: GOOGLE SCREENGRAB

Image: GOOGLE SCREENGRAB

Roy was awarded the Viceroy’s gold medal in 1934. By the 1950s, Roy’s work had been exhibited in London and New York. He also won India’s third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, in 1954. 

In the 1970s, the Ministry of Culture declared him one of the country’s “nine masters” whose artworks are considered national treasures. 

Indians on social media were delighted with Google’s tribute to the legend. 

Well done, Google!

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People in this country might have to follow state orders while dining out

Nope! You can't order so many prawns.
Nope! You can’t order so many prawns.

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In its effort to curb food waste, the Indian government wants to fix serving sizes across hotels and restaurants.

“If a person can eat only two prawns, why should he or she be served six? It’s wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they don’t eat,” a government official said in a report in the Hindustan Times

Stopping food waste is no doubt well intentioned but some are not impressed with the way the government is going about it.

It has already suffered the wrath of internet users following a series of regulations around currency notes and meat slaughter. So the prospect of controlling serving sizes while dining out has created quite the social media storm: 

The promise of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” seems like a forgotten dream now. Sigh!

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Chinese travellers are cutting up their United Mileage cards in anger

Oh boy. United Airlines is trending on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter — but it’s not pretty.

On Monday, United forcibly removed an Asian man from a Chicago-Louisville flight. In disturbing footage, the security staff are seen struggling with the passenger, before he is removed from his seat and dragged down the aisle with a bloodied mouth.

The incident was top on Weibo on Tuesday, with the hashtag #美联航强制乘客下机# , or “United forces passenger off plane.”

Over 140 million users have posted about it, which have generated an additional 890 thousand comments.

Skam refers to the Norwegian young adult TV series.

Skam refers to the Norwegian young adult TV series.

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China is a key market for United.

The outrage is China appears to have come from a media quote from a passenger onboard the flight, Tyler Bridges.

“He said, more or less, ‘I’m being selected because I’m Chinese’,” Bridges had told the Washington Post.

United has said that the four passengers selected to disembark were picked at random. It’s also denied accusations that the man was picked because of his race.

Despite this, the translated comment has sparked fresh outrage on Weibo, where people are boycotting the airline and cutting up their membership cards.

This netizen says: “Boycotting starts with me.”

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SeanHasToStudyMore: “The official response feels so patronising. I’ve canceled my mileage card. @StarAlliance @UnitedAirlines”

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dee__W: “I’ve had enough — now’s the time. I rather pay more money than get on a UA flight.”

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TravellingKid, who lives in the US: “I can’t believe this has happened on my doorstep. My friends have immediately canceled our card with United.”

The race discussion has also blown up.

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Says Joe Wong, a Chinese-born comedian: “I’d love to give this passenger a ‘like’ — many Chinese feel that they’ve been discriminated but never say it out loud because they are afraid of losing face. So the Western mainstream media and the public don’t feel as if racism against Asians is a thing.”

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TheWindBlows: “If the doctor wasn’t Chinese I might not have said a thing…No matter where you’re from, if you’re Chinese, our fates are tied together. We have to fight for our own future!”

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MeiMeidiShouZi: “I feel really pissed. There’s so many people, why make a 69-year-old Chinese doctor who needs to work the next day disembark? And you beat him up and drag him out…shocking. And your computers just so happened to choose an Asian? It’s suspect!”

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DuanLiao: “I think he’s Japanese.”
AquariusZhuDaKe: “No matter the nationality, as an airline, this is not the way to treat passengers.”

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____RRRRRRR: “This is an attack on the human rights of Asians; can you still standby and watch as this guy is attacked?”

China is a key market for the airline. United operates several non-stop U.S.-China flights to cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. It designated new planes for its Hong Kong-San Francisco route early March, and claims to operate “more nonstop U.S.-China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline.”

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Top banker has some valuable relationship advice for grad school students

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It’s not everyday that you get ‘relationship’ advice from a leading banker on a podium.

Hence, when Shikha Sharma, who leads one of India’s biggest private banks, addressed students at IIM-A — the country’s premier grad school — and drew analogies between life partners and workplaces, everyone listened intently.

Sharma, who’s an alumni of the illustrious IIM-A, considers choosing a spouse “the single most important choice in life”. 

She said: “When you’re looking for a partner, look beyond their looks, their success, their style. The strength and durability of your relationship is not going to come from you partner’s personality. It is going to come from their character.”

She went on to say that a workplace was no different. It requires “lasting relationships” with teams. And one must go beyond the surface while choosing an organization. 

“The money, the fancy title, the foosball table in the break room… they’re all very exciting. But in most cases, that’s not what makes for a fulfilling career. You would want to join an organization whose values match yours,” she said

She brought back memories of Sheryl Sandberg’s stirring commencement speech at Stanford University last year where the Facebook COO credited success in personal life and career to ‘3 Ps’ — Personalization, Pervasiveness, Permanence.

Sharma’s entire speech can be viewed here.

Popular Pays raises $3.1M in new funding to connect marketers and creators


How can Popular Pays stand out in the influencer marketing crowd ? The key, according to co-founder Corbett Drummey, is to focus in content.

The approach seems to have convinced investors, with Popular Pays announcing that it has raised an additional $3.1 million, which it rolled up with the $2 million it raised after participating Y Combinator into a $5.2 million Series A. The round was led by GoAhead VC with participation from Pallasite Ventures and Hyde Park Angels.

Drummey told me that when he started Popular Pays, he assumed that the main value the service could provide was connecting marketers with social media influencers to promote their brands and products. That wasn’t entirely wrong, but he said, “The real value of what we’re doing is in the content itself. Brands realized that, too — they wanted the impressions, but they were staying for the content.”

After all, brands need an increasing amount of videos, photos and blog posts if they’re going to keep posting and engaging online, a trend that’s only going to increase as social media shifts towards more Snapchat Stories-style formats.

To be clear, Popular Pays hasn’t abandoned the influencer marketing model entirely. Drummey said most of the company’s campaigns involve a combination of generating content for a brand and publishing promotional messages on users’ accounts.

However, he said the company has switched from calling those users influencers — instead, it calls them creators, to reflect the fact that for many of them, “Their value isn’t necessarily that they’re famous or a celebrity, but that they’re professional content creators.”

Drummey also noted that that Popular Pays offers tools that help marketers manage many creators at once (hundreds, in the case of some campaigns), and to A/B test the content that they produce. And the company is expanding the way it makes money by licensing the technology to other businesses and also working with resellers — in fact, he said resellers already account for nearly one-third of the company’s revenue.