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901. Beyond the ‘God Wars’

For many years – running into decades, even centuries – the idea of a fundamental opposition between believers and non-believers has anchored public discussion about religion. The metaphors are of battles: these are ‘God Wars’, with ‘zealous religionists’ mounting their defences against ‘militant atheists’.

The post Beyond the ‘God Wars’ appeared first on OUPblog.

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902. Young Charlotte, Filmmaker

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

by Frank Viva (MoMA Publications, 2015)

So this is a super cool book. It’s part MoMA history, part this funky young visionary’s story. Look at her camera perched by her side! Her confident gaze directly into the reader’s eye! A nearly animated cover where the bittiest blocks of color almost blink!

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

One of the things that I always look for in books for kids are stories that honor their realness. Their hopes and dreams and fears and feelings that sometimes grownups have forgotten all about. Charlotte always carries that slim smile, even when the nun tells her none of that. I’d imagine this isn’t the only place she’s heard that she might be a bit unusual.

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

That’s because Charlotte prefers black and white to color, and when kids have a preference, it’s usually a pretty strong one. Kids don’t generally go around only sort of caring about something.

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

And here’s a beautiful example of that. Charlotte’s safe world is black and white, a stark contrast to that of her parents. To the left of the gutter, a home, and to the right, something unfamiliar and loud.

But her parents know this and they understand.

On Friday nights they take her to see black and white movies. And Charlotte is happy.

And on Sundays, they go to the Museum of Modern Art. And Charlotte is happy.

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

That’s where Charlotte meets Scarlett, an aficionado of black and white too, and how it clears away the clutter. And that’s where Charlotte’s smile returns.

Here’s a kid, wholly in love with something that might seem unconventional. But she has parents who get it, a trip to an art museum that seals it, and a cat who is always willing to play a part.

So that’s what Charlotte does: makes a film in black and white. Scarlet calls it dazzling and genius, but the colorful people?

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viiva

Only that was their reaction at the beginning, before Young Charlotte, Filmmaker had finished telling her story.

Be sure to check out Young Frank, Architect as well. These two are a perfect pair.


PS: Over on Instagram, a bunch of us teamed up to share one book on a particular theme each month. This was Michelle‘s brilliant idea, and we’d love it if you followed along. Check out #littlelitbookseries! Janssen of Everyday Reading shared another favorite Frank Viva book as part of that series, which is the same one that I wrote about once upon a time for Design Mom!

And thanks to Frank Viva for the images in this post!

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903. Göteborg Book Fair

       The Göteborg Book Fair starts today, and runs through the 27th.
       Hungary is the foreign focus, but there's a lot else going on -- 780 writers and lecturers from 31 countries !

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904. Jill Esbaum's ELWOOD BIGFOOT - Guest Post

by Jill Esbaum

      Bigfoot wasn’t a Thing when I was a kid. That’s probably good, since my family did a lot of camping in remote forests in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Even during our summer, “explore-America” vacations, we always stayed overnight in National Parks, National Forests, etc. There were often bear sightings nearby, but bigfoot? Nope. The only thing I really worried about were vampirous ticks.
      Now, of course, bigfoot is hot. And the idea intrigues me. I mean, what if…? Three years ago I watched a few episodes of Finding Bigfoot, and something started to bother me about reported sightings: Most people claimed to have seen “a” bigfoot. I searched the internet (who knew there were so many sites devoted to bigfoot encounters?), and found the same thing.
      “…saw a manlike creature on an island in a bog. Tracks seen … deep snow conditions and temperatures no human could survive.”
      “…this creature … was covered in dark brown fur and was 6-7 ft tall. It had a broad nose with little hair on its forehead or cheeks.”
      “…We were scared. I had worked as a wilderness guide, and this was nothing that I had ever seen before. It walked on 2 feet and stood AT LEAST 7 feet tall.”
      Hmm. If bigfoot were real, wouldn’t life be a little lonely? Once that thought entered my head, I had to write about a desperately lonely bigfoot.
      In ELWOOD BIGFOOT, Elwood longs to befriend his neighborhood birdies. Unfortunately, he’s so BIG and BOISTEROUS that he has trouble convincing them he’s harmless. He knocks himself out trying, though (sometimes literally). Does he learn what it takes to make friends? Eventually, yes. But easy, it ain’t. And because he’s had to work so hard to succeed, Elwood finds these new friendships all the sweeter.
      My Sterling editor found the perfect illustrator in Nate Wragg. Type Nate Wragg into Google images, and you’ll see that he’s a bigfoot guy from way back. Lucky Elwood!
      Nate was kind enough to answer a few questions for this post.

1. How did you get into children’s book illustration?
      I actually kind of fell into it several years back when I was working on the Pixar Film Ratatouille. I was developing an artistic look of our characters from the film for marketing purposes, and they thought the artistic style might be something to consider for a book. Long story short, they decided the style I created would be great for a hard cover cooking/rhyming/counting book Disney was publishing for the film, and so I went ahead and illustrated the book. After that great experience, illustrating picture books was something I hoped to continue doing, and started to pursue.

2. As a non-illustrator, I’m always interested in how an artist goes about devising the physical layout of a story to control pacing. What was your biggest challenge in story boarding Elwood Bigfoot?
      I always try to focus on how the illustrations can support the story, and tell the story without words. I really try to identify with the key ideas that are in the writing, and try to bring visuals to those first. It's always fun to play with page turns to reveal punchlines to jokes, or unexpected turns in the story, so I always try to spot those opportunities as well.

3. Do you have multiple projects going at once? Could you tell us what’s coming next?
      Yeah, I have a few projects that are slated to come out soon. "Monster Trucks" written by Anika Denise; and "10 Little Ninjas" written by Miranda Paul are the ones that are coming down the line next.

Other books illustrated by Nate:

You can learn more about Nate on his blog: http://n8wragg.blogspot.com

      Please check out my website (www.jillesbaum.com) for a free, downloadable (and adorable) Elwood Bigfoot Activity Kit.
      And if you love picture books, please visit my group blog, Picture Book Builders (www.picturebookbuilders.com), where a group of picture book authors/illustrators blog twice weekly about our favorite topic.

      Jill Esbaum is the author of many picture books. In addition to Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends!, she wrote I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, which won a 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite award. Also in print are I Hatched! (Dial, 2014), Tom’s Tweet (Knopf), and Stanza (HMHarcourt). In the publishing pipeline are Teeny Tiny Toady (Sterling, 2016), and If a T Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party (Sterling, 2016). She also enjoys writing nonfiction books for National Geographic. Her latest is Animal Groups, featuring the stunning photography of Frans Lanting. Jill lives on a farm in Iowa. Jill’s recent books:
Illustrations reprinted with permission from Elwood Bigfoot ©2015 by Jill Esbaum Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Illustrations by Nate Wragg.

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905. Arno Schmidt exhibit

       The exhibit Arno Schmidt: Eine Ausstellung in 100 Stationen ('an exhibit in 100 stations') opened at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin yesterday (it runs through 10 January), and it sounds pretty awesome -- see early (German) coverage at Deutschlandradio and the Berliner Morgenpost.
       Among the events held in conjunction with the exhibit, Mein erster Schmidt on 8 October will have Dietmar Dath, Reinhard Jirgl, Kathrin Röggla, Ingo Schulze, and Uwe Timm -- quite the line-up -- talk about their first encounters with Arno Schmidt's work.

       And, of course, if you can't make it, or need your own introduction to Schmidt, I commend you yet again my Arno Schmidt: a centennial colloquy. (Conveniently available at Amazon.com, or on Kindle, or at Amazon.co.uk, etc. etc.)

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906. Swiss Book Prize shortlist

       The Schweizer Buchpreis -- which is, in fact, only the German-language Swiss Book Prize -- has announced its five-title shortlist, selected from 90 entries.
       The winner will be announced 8 November.

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907. सोशल मीडिया और हम


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सोशल मीडिया और हम

शोशा सोशल मीडिया का ….

सोशल बनाया … सोशल बनाया … सोशल बनाया आपने … !!!

वैसे एक बात तो माननी पडेगी कि फेसबुक या अन्य सोशल नेट वर्क ने हमें बहुत एक्टिव बना दिया है. पहले जब कोई त्योहार होता तो पापा  या घर के बडे लोग अक्सर कन्नी काटते थे कि मैं जाकर क्या करुगां तुम लोग ही हो आओ.  वही  अब जब से सोशल नेट वर्क सक्रिय हुआ है  पापा लोग खुद जाना पसंद करने लगें हैं और मम्मी  जो हर में कोई भी त्योहार साधारण  घरेलू साडी मे त्योहार मनाती  अब पूरा सज धज के तैयार होकर इसे मनाती है और सभी सपरिवार फोटो खिचवाने के लिए आगे आते हैं इतना ही  नही बच्चे भी चाह्ते है कि  उनकी पूरी फैमिली की तस्वीर हो  इसलिए घर के दादा दादी, नाना नानी बुआ, चाचा सभी मिल कर मनाए ताकि फेसबुक पर ज्यादा  से ज्यादा कमेंटस बटोर सकें  और कोशिश  यही रहती है कि फटाफट फोटो अपलोड कर दें चलिए , इसमें बुरा क्या है … इसी बहाने से ही सही … सब एक तो हो जाते हैं इसलिए थैक्स यू है जी फेसबुक और  अन्य सोशल नेट वर्किंग साईटस का  !!

सोशल बनाया … सोशल बनाया … सोशल बनाया आपने … !!!

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908. Writing Diversity: More Alike Than We Are Different

Artists working across boundaries must demonstrate profound respect for and deep knowledge of the Other. This means a thoroughly open-minded attitude—and much labor in terms of research and questioning one’s own assumptions.

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909. A history of firsts [slideshow]

We live in a globalized world, but mobility is nothing new. Set on a huge continental stage, By Steppe, Desert and Ocean tells the story how human society evolved across the Eurasian continent from Europe to China.

The post A history of firsts [slideshow] appeared first on OUPblog.

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910. KICKSTARTER - michelle romo

Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth is running a Kickstarter project to launch a series of prints, badges, and stickers. Backers can give various amounts in order to receive the products of their choice. Michelle enjoys illustrating magical landscapes, blobs and cats - so in her new prints she combines all these and although the tree prints can be bought individually they also join together to form

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911. Where's the Pair? A Spotting Book by Britta Teckentrup

I love everything that Britta Teckentrup and every thing that Big Picture Press does and I love that they are working together. Both Teckentrup and Big Picture Press have superb design values making for beautiful books that are perfect for gift giving. With Where's the Pair? A Spotting Book, Teckentrup follows up on The Odd One Out: A Spotting Book, with two rhyming stanzas that tell readers

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912. Let’s invite every writer in our classroom to create mentor texts!

As a writing teacher, I am always on the lookout for rich and varied mentor texts to share with my students as we work our way through genres and, more importantly, try to live writerly lives...

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913. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate -- keeping hold of hope through hard times (ages 8-11)

I find that my students particularly respond to books that touch their hearts, that talk honestly about how kids can survive through difficult times, about how we can keep hold of hope even though everything seems like it's about to crumble around us. I can't wait to share Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate's newest novel, with my students and friends.

by Katherine Applegate
Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan, 2015
Preview at Google Books
Your local library
ages 8-11
*best new book*
Jackson knows that his parents are worried about having enough money for rent. And he's noticed that lately, the cupboards seem pretty bare. But he's a no-nonsense kind of guy, entering 5th grade--the kind of kid who likes to learn all about the facts, not get lost in make believe stories. That's why he's seriously perplexed when he sees a giant cat surfboarding at the beach.
"Maybe I'd gotten sunstroke at the beach... Maybe I was asleep, stuck in the middle of a long, weird, totally annoying dream... Maybe I was just hungry. Hunger can make you feel pretty weird. Even pretty crazy."
Applegate draws readers into Jackson's story, blending humor with small moments that place you right in Jackson's world. For example, instead of just telling us that Jackson is hungry, she shows us how he plays a game with his little sister called Cerealball: "a good trick for when you're hungry and there's nothing much to eat."

Jackson is resilient and smart -- and that's why he's so perplexed that this giant imaginary cat has come to visit him again. But it's also why we, as readers, can relate so easily to him. He wants his parents to realize that they can tell him what's going on, but he's also shaken by the uncertainty. Will they have to move? Will they have to live in their van again? Will he have to change schools?

Applegate helps kids see the impact of worrying, something that kids can relate to all too well. She shows them how a friend can help, how talking with your family can help. But she does more than this. Applegate creates a voice for kids struggling with hunger and homelessness. She says, in effect, I see you, I know you, I care about you. And she helps all of us say the same thing.

When students perform in front of their class at school, we talk about how the audience holds their heart in their hands. I feel the same way about authors who write the books that we read as kids. They hold our hearts in their hands as they take us on a journey. Friends, I hope this is a journey that you take as well.

This book trailer does a great job of introducing the story to kids:

Please use this opportunity to talk with kids about hunger and what we can do about it. Support local food banks and food drives. Check out all the local bookstores that are participating in a nationwide food drive throughout October: #CrenshawFoodDrive.

The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher, Macmillan, and we've already purchased several more copies for school. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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914. NEW SEASON - camp cirrus

The Autumn range by Swedish home label Camp Cirrus has been released. Designed by Cina Kjellsson there are three new designs on small trays and cocktail trays with happy dots or stylish straws in black and white on trivets and a blooming blue tea towel. Cina loves colour and her distinctive prints have their roots in Scandinavian design but are inspired by the whole world.

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915. The Deep

The Deep is thrilling sci-fi adventure. The Deep is something the whole family can enjoy. The Deep is a series of comic books collected into two wonderful volumes. And The Deep is an upcoming animated television series. The Deep is something well worth checking out. Written by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and illustrated […]

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916. To holiday or not to holiday + Caption Contest



Original comic by Lisa Nowlain

So! This debate seems to be a great button-pusher in the Children’s Librarian world. Here’s my two cents – and I do want to locate my comic in my identity as an agnostic/white lady librarian. The comments and points were pulled from the following blogs, and were summaries and paraphrases:



This month’s Caption Contest (I promise it will be monthly! The summer break is over, officially – I’m even wearing a sweater today!) Write your caption ideas in the comments.


The winner of last post’s Caption Contest was Carrie Hummel! See the final comic below!


Lisa Nowlain is the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Fellow and Children’s Librarian at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She is also an artist-type (see more at www.lisanowlain.com).

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917. ‘If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow’ by Steve Kirby

A woman who predicted a hurricane in 1987 famously phoned the BBC, but was told not to be so daft.

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918. Ten fun facts about the xylophone

You'd probably recognize the rainbow-patterned, lap-size plastic xylophone in the playroom, popular among music-minded toddlers. But what do you know about the real thing? The xylophone is a wooden percussion instrument with a range of four octaves, and can be used in a variety of musical genres.

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919. रक्तदान सोशल मीडिया और हमारे दायित्व

मोनिका गुप्ता

मोनिका गुप्ता

रक्तदान सोशल मीडिया और हमारे दायित्व 

सबसे पहले मैं आप सभी से यह जानना चाहूगीं कि अपनी बात को दूसरो तक पहुचाने के कौन कौन से साधन होते हैं. फोन, मोबाईल , कम्प्यूटर, अखबार, टीवी…

जी बिल्कुल, और इसके साथ साथ एक और है और वो है किसी महिला को बता दें यानि tell a women    बात अपने आप दूर बहुत दूर तक चली जाएगी.

डाक्टर इटेलिया ने मुझे महिला होने के नाते अपनी बात कहने का मौका दिया मैं उनका बहुत धन्यवाद करती हूं.

तो बात हो रही है महिलाओ की. आज हर क्षेत्र मे महिलाए आगे हैं. अगर रक्तदान की बात करें तो महिलाएं उसमे भी आगे हैं. बढ चढ कर आगे आती है पर जब होमोग्लोबिन चैक होता है तो नतीजा शून्य. अगर सौ महिलाए भी रक्तदान के लिए आती हैं तो मात्र 5 या 7 ही रक्तदान कर पाती हैं बाकि एनिमिक होती हैं. अक्सर रक्तदान कैम्प में यह देखने को मिल ही जाता है और अगर आकंडो की बात करे तो दुनिया भर में 818 मिलीयन महिलाएं एनीमिया की मरीज हैं और जिसमे से 520 बिलीयन एशिया की महिलाएं हैं.

 अखबार में आए एक सर्वे से यह पता लगा है कि  देश की आधी महिलाए और 70% बच्चे एनीमिक है. उतर प्रदेश, बिहार, उडीसा, राजस्थान  और झारखंड  में तो हालत और भी ज्यादा खराब हैं.

 ये एक कडवा सच है जिसे हमे स्वीकार करना ही पडेगा कि रक्तदान को लेकर जितनी जागरुकता आनी चाहिए वो नही आ पा रही है.

उफ!! महिलाए! बच्चे !!! कडवा सच !!!

वैसे कडवा सच पर एक प्रसंग भी याद आ रहा है. आप कहें तो मैं सुनाऊ. एक आदमी की पत्नी की मृत्यु हुई और उसने दूसरे शादी कर ली. उसका छ साल का एक बेटा था. शादी के कुछ समय बाद उसने अपने बेटे से पूछा कि नई मां कैसी लगी. इस पर बेटा बोला कि नई मां सच्ची है और पहले वाली मां झूठी. यह सुनकर पिता को हैरानी हुई. उन्होने जिज्ञासा वश पूछा कि वो कैसे तब बेटे ने बताया कि पहली वाली मां जब वो शरारत करता तो वो डाट्ती और गुस्से मे कहती कि खाना नही देगी. पर थोडी देर बाद गोद मे बैठा कर प्यार से पुचकार कर वो खाना खिलाती. नई मां भी उसकी शरारत पर यही कह्ती है गुस्सा होती है और कहती है कि वो खाना नही देगी और वो सच बोलती है वाकई में,  वो खाना नही देती आज दो दिन हो गए मुझे खाना नही दिया.

बच्चे ने सच बोलना पर उसे सुनना और निगलना मुश्किल हो गया है ना !!

तो बात हो रही थी कडवे सच की. सोचने की बात यह है कि ऐसा क्या करें!!! ऐसा क्या तरीका अपनाए कि लोग रक्तदान की महत्ता को समझे और ज्यादा से ज्यादा आगे आए.

ये भी नही है अखबारो मे आ गया कि देश की आधी महिलाए एनिमिक हैं तो यह सुन कर हम सब रक्तदान करने लगेगें या फिर कांफ्रेस या मींटिंग मे सुनेगें कि रक्तदान जरुरी है करना चाहिए इससे शरीर भी स्वस्थ रहता है तो हम सब रक्तदान करने लगेगें.

 हां, पर एक बात जरुर हो सकती है कि अगर रक्तदान की अपील ऐसा व्यक्ति करे जिसे लगातार रक्त की आवश्यकता पडती रहती हैं या उनका कोई रिश्तेदार संदेश के माध्यम से अपनी बात कहे तो जरुर एक बदलाव आ सकता है. कुछ दिनो पहले नेट के माध्यम से मैने  कुछ मरीजो से बात की और उनके संदेश ब्लाग और सोशल नेट वर्किंग साईट पर डाला तो उनकी दिल से निकली बात का असर सीधा दिल पर हुआ और बहुत लोग उनका संदेश सुनकर रक्तदान के लिए तैयार हो गए. आप सुनना चाहेंग़ें.

पहला संदेश है संगीता वधवा का

35 साल की संगीता  मुम्बई में रहती हैं अपनी पढाई पूरी करके यह आजकल हशू अडवाणी मैमोरियल फांऊंडेशन हैल्थ एड केयर थैलीसिमिया सेंटर में PRO  और Counseller की भूमिका निभा रही हैं.संगीता थैलीसीमिया मेजर की मरीज हैं.

संगीता ने बताया कि जब वो 5 साल की हुई तब  समझ आना शुरु हुआ  कि कुछ समझ नही आ रहा कि यह हो क्या रहा है. संगीता की बहन भी मेजर की मरीज थी. उनके मम्मी पापा और भईया कभी एक अस्पताल तो कभी दूसरे अस्पताल खून के लिए भागते रहते. लोग आटा चीनी मांगने एक दूसरे के घर जाते है पर वो खून मांगने लोगो के घर जाते थे. एक समय ऐसा आया जब रिश्तेदार भी कतराने लगे कि कही खून के साथ साथ पैसा भी न मांग लें क्योकि खर्चा भी बहुत हो जाता था. जब दूसरे बच्चे पिकनिक पर जाते थे तब वो लोग ब्लड ट्रास्फ्यूजन के लिए होस्पीटल जाते. पढने की इच्छा होती तो लोग दबे स्वर मे पेरेंट्स को कहते कि क्या फायदा पढा के मर तो जाना ही है इन्हें … वो अक्सर पापा से पूछ्ती कि वो ही क्यो? तब पापा उसे समझाते कि वो भगवान के स्पेशल बच्चे हैं और भगवान हमारा टेस्ट ले रहा है. बिना धबराए उस टेस्ट मे हमें खरा उतरना है.

 5 साल के बाद से और आज तक लगभग 700 बार खूब चढ चुका है. अगस्त 2010 में जब बडी बहन की डेथ हुई तब अचानक ऐसा महसूस होना शुरु हुआ कि सही जानकारी न होने के अभाव से उसकी डेथ हुई है. बस तब से एक जुनून एक आग सी दिल में भर गई कि कुछ भी हो जाए जनता को इसके बारे मे जागरुक करना ही करना है. एक संस्था बनाई FACE,  FIGHT ,  FINISH के नाम से.

 आज वो संगीता जो जीने की इच्छा खो चुकी थी आज उन लोगों की काऊंसलिंग कर रही है जो जीने की इच्छा छोड चुके हैं.तो क्या हम भी एक पहल ………………………………….!!!! .

 अगला संदेश है जम्मू निवासी जगदीश कुमार का.

50 वर्ष  के जगदीश कुमार जम्मू में रहते हैं. सीनियर लेक्च्चर हैं. हीमोफीलिया से पीडित जगदीश कुमार ने सन 94 में हीमोफीलिया सोसाईटी बनाई और उन्होने सैकेडो ऐसे मरीजो को गोद लिया हुआ है और उनकी देखभाल मे अपनी आधी तन्खाह खर्च करते हैं.

जगदीश कुमार ने बताया कि जब वो 9 साल के थे तब से उन्हे महसूस हुआ कि उनके शरीर के साथ कुछ न कुछ जरुर असामान्य है. 34 साल के होते होते उन्हें  अपनी बीमारी का पता चल गया. इसी बीमारी के चलते उन्हें अपने तीन बेहद करीबी  प्रियजनों को खोना पडा.

उनका कहना है

कि रक्त का कोई विकल्प नही. आज हम सब आपकी दया के मोहताज है. हमारे जीवन को चलाने के लिए आपके सहयोग की आवश्यकता है. अगर  आज वो संदेश भेज पा रहे हैं तो उसके पीछे वो 248 लोग हैं जिनका खून इनकी रगो मे दौड रहा है. यू तो वर्ष चलते चलते रुक जाते हैं आपका खून मिले तो दौड लगाते हैं. कुदरत की देन कहे या कोई करिश्मा. बस आपके सहयोग से जीवन चला रहे हैं. अब आपको स्वैच्छिक रक्तदान की महत्ता  समझनी होगी ताकि हम जैसे अनेको घरों के चिराग बुझने से बच जाए. दिल से निकली बात सीधा दिल पर ही लगती है. इसलिए जीवन मृत्यु के बीच मे झूलते ऐसे मरीज एक उदाहारण बन सकतेहैं.

इसके अतिरिक्त On line Competition भी करवा सकते हैं किसी तारीख विशेष पर यह प्रतियोगिता करवा कर जनता का ध्यान आकर्षित किया जा सकता है.Colourful posters बना कर भी आकर्षित किया जा सकता है.

अपना या अपनी संस्था का अच्छा सा प्रोफाईल बना कर भी लोगो का ध्यान आकर्षित किया जा सकता है. ताकि जनता को लगे कि सही मायनो मे कौन किस तरह से और कितना काम कर रहा है और अगर वो भी इस कार्य का हिस्सा बनना चाहे तो बन सकें. उसमे अपनी उपलब्धियां और विस्तार से जानकारी होनी चाहिए.

एक ऐसी ही जानकारी को मैने भी कम्पाईल किया है. आईएसबीटीआई के स्वर्णिम 40 साल एक झलक.

जनता मे रक्तदान को लेकर भ्रांतियां बहुत हैं. डाक्टर आदि के साथ रुबरु वार्ता करवा कर या उन्हे ब्ल्ड बैंक का दौरा करवा कर उनकी भ्रांतियां दूर की जा सकती है.  उपहार स्वरुप कुछ रक्तदान से जुडी समृति चिन्ह दें ताकि वो उसे हमेशा याद रखें.

दसवीं, बारहवीं के तथा कालिजो के छात्रो के बीच मे विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताए जैसे स्लोगन, निबंध या क्विज आदि करवा कर बच्चो को रक्तदान के प्रति आरम्भ से ही जागरुक किया जा सकता है.

होली इत्यादि पर रक्तदान करके लोगो का ध्यान आकर्षित किया जा सकता है.

अखबार में  अच्छे कलरफुल लेखों के माध्यम से जागरुक किया जा सकता है और रक्तदान से सम्बंधित कार्टून बना कर भी लोगो मे जागरुकता लाई जा सकती है.

किसी की प्रशंसा करके भी उसे प्रोत्साहित किया जा सकता है. जैसाकि ट्रांस्कान 2013 की इतनी खूबसूरत साईट बनाई है. इतनी मेहनत की गई है. वाकई मे पूरी टीम बधाई की पात्र है. किसी को उत्साहित करके भी हम  …. !!!

जागरुक करने के लिए कोई ईवेंट कर सकते हैं , कुछ हट कर कर दिखा सकते हैं ताकि जनता के मन मे जिज्ञासा बनी रहे. जैसाकि पिछ्ले साल अखिल भारतीय तेरापंथी युवक परिषद ने रक्तदान कैम्प लगाया था.जो कि अपने आप में ही एक रिकार्ड है.

 आईएसबीटीआई ने 12 अगस्त को एक विशाल ब्लड ड्राप बना कर एक कीर्तिमान कायम किया. आईएसबीटीआई सोच मे था कि कुछ नया कुछ हट कर किया जाए तभी उनकी मुलाकात ब्लड कनेक्ट एनजीओ से हुई. इसे आईआईटी दिल्ली के छात्रोने शुरु किया था. उन्होने सुझाया कि एक विशाल ब्लड् ड्राप बनाते हैं  जिसमें युवाओ को खडा करेगे. इससे पहले यह वर्ड रिकार्ड साउथ कोरिया के नाम था. जिसमे 3000 लोग खडे थे. बस तब से संस्था  इस ईवेंट मे जुट गई और यह सफल रहा. लाल कैप और लाल टीशर्ट पहने हरियाणा के कुरुक्षेत्र की ऐतिहासिक धरती पर इस विशाल ड्राप मे 3069 युवा खडे हुए जिन्होने या  तो रक्तदान किया था या फिर रक्तदान प्रेरक के रुप मे काम कर रहे हैं.

अच्छा तो तब लगा जब यह ईवेंट खत्म हुआ और बाद मे भी बहुत लोग आ आकर पूछ्ने लगे कि रक्तदान कैम्प कहां लगेगा हम भी रक्त दान करके विशाल ड्राप का हिस्सा बनना चाह्ते हैं.

कोई शक नही कि आज हमारे सामने सोशल नेट वर्किंग का विशाल क्षेत्र खुला पडा है. फेसबुक, ब्लाग, ट्वीटर , गूगल प्लस वेब साईट ना जाने कितने आपशन है पर जरुरी है कि उसका इस्तेमाल कैसे किया जाए और उससे भी ज्यादा जरुरी है कि अपने भीतर की आग को, कुछ करने के जज्बे को जगाया जाए. खुद को उत्साहित किया जाए.

क्योकि ….

जीत की खातिर जनून चाहिए / जिसमे उबाल हो ऐसा खून चाहिए/ ये आसमां भी आएगा जमी पर / बस इरादों मे जीत की गूंज चाहिए!!!


जय रक्तदाता

मोनिका गुप्ता

 (ये मेरी पीपीटी के अंश हैं जोकि सूरत ट्रांस्कान 2013 में बोली गई)

रक्तदान सोशल मीडिया और हमारे दायित्व  कैसी लगी?? जरुर बताईगा !!



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920. I'll Make It Clear

I appear to have annoyed/confused/angered some people by stating I may not continue CBO next year. The thing is that if I am not publishing new books and earning money to live on and there is only 1% (in reality it doesn't even come out as 1% but it's the best I can come up with) response to any postings from the 2000+ who visit here each day then what is it that should persuade me to continue?

A blog with this many visitors/hits and that has been going for 15 or so years cannot generate revenue. No publisher is even willing to consider paying for an ad and I have tried everyone who has benefited from CBO over those years. 

Companies NOT short of a little spare cash.  They WILL take every free piece of free publicity they can get to keep sells coming and even state CBO is a "vital" part of that.  So, it's okay for me to spend all day editing some very bad Press Releases -some not including basic info such as...how to order a book!- and writing up posts taking my time and energy for nothing.  But they will not even reciprocate by a link to CBO or helping out in practical ways?

I dropped event PRs for the same reason -you should really see the awful stuff I get that is supposed to be a "press release" with bad spelling, no real info and images I have to spend a lot of time on to make usable.

I've supported and pushed UK comics since the 1970s.  Result for me -ZERO and nothing but crap.

I've heavily supported the UK Small Press since the 1970s.  Result for me -EXACTLY the same though I did expect better from Small Pressers for some reason.

What have I gotten out of CBO all these years?  Headaches, LOTS of abuse and I've wasted more time than I want to think about.  I sat down last night and realised that had I kept everything posted on CBO only in my head then it would have had the same impact: a wet feather impacting on concrete.

I know six people who read CBO and that's it. Many thousands of others I only see stats on. That is no reward after 15 years.

So, yes, I am quite willing to just stop CBO here and now. 

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921. TOTE BAGS - showler & showler

Tom and Hannah at Showler & Showler have just launched some new Tote Bag designs. With seven different designs to choose from the bags are lovingly made in the UK from 100% cotton canvas. Motifs include multi coloured pencils, raindrops and balloons and they can all be found online here along with cards and prints .

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922. Agent Nicole Tourtelot of DeFiore and Company On What She's Seen Too Much & How to Query

Nicole Tourtelot is a literary agent at DeFiore and Company. Previously, she worked as an agent at Kuhn Projects, in the literary department at ICM, in the fiction department of Esquire, and as a researcher for the Freakonomics authors. She received her BA in English from Columbia University.

Submit to Nicole: nicole[at]defliterary[dot]com
Check out the website: www.defioreandcompany.com
Follow her on Twitter: @NicoleTourtelot

Is there anything you’ve seen too much of in a submission? Lately, I’ve seen a lot of car crashes, which seems like an odd trend. On a more micro level, I see a lot of sample chapters that start with an over-written description of action, combined with a cliché (or many cliches). Here are two invented examples: “My eyes surveyed the landscape, which was dry as a bone.” or “My skin begins to sweat bullets.” In those two cases, the first problem is that the author is overthinking and overwriting. (You don’t need to specify that your eyes are looking; we know that you look with your eyes.) And the second problem is the cliché. Read your work out loud to yourself, especially the first page or the sample chapter, and take notice of anything that sounds unnatural as you say it. If it’s unnatural to your ear when you read it out loud, it will be unnatural to your reader’s ear as well. 

What is it about a manuscript that excites you? I’ve always read for an escapist thrill and that hasn’t changed even though I’m 33 years old now, and I no longer have to read with a flashlight under the covers. The manuscripts that excite me are the ones where I feel like the author is telling the truth to the point where I forget there’s an author at all, and I’m completely engrossed in the reality of the characters and the world. I appreciate writing that’s in service to the story and the characters, rather than the other way around.

What is on your wish list? 
Right now, I’m actively acquiring young adult, new adult, women’s fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and accessible literary fiction. Across all those genres, I’m looking for well-drawn, relatable characters and a high-stakes story. That could mean a character in a dangerous situation or just high emotional states. I’d love to see a story in any of those genres that deals with food or with music, as those are two passions of mine.

What are some of your favorite authors/books and why do you love them?
Roald Dahl has been my favorite author since I learned to read and he still holds the number one spot. I poured my heart into a letter to him when I was nine years old and got a letter back from his estate that he had just passed away. That was heartbreaking, of course, but it
 taught me something beautiful about great stories—they live on into eternity with or without the authors who created them. I really like bad kids or extraordinary kids who buck the system. That explains the Roald Dahl loyalty but extends to my other favorite books and authors, too—from Salinger’s Franny & Zooey and Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon to The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg and everything John Green has ever written, but particularlyLooking for Alaska.

What are some things you love to see in a query?
I enjoy a query that plainly states what the book is about. I’ll take a crisp, clear, direct description of a story over a long and complicated pitch any day. People talk about an elevator pitch, but I’m fond of the bus metaphor and it works for fiction and non-fiction. You’re at a bus stop as the bus is pulling away, and your friend is on the bus with her head out the window. Tell your friend what your book is about before she can’t hear you any longer. If you can do that, you’ve got your pitch. (Please don’t try this on an actual bus.)

Can you define voice for us?
For me, voice means that the writing has integrity. You’re entirely yourself and no one else could tell your story the way you’re telling it. You’re telling the truth, even if it’s your own particular, weird, wacky truth. I’m allergic to snobbish or “posturing” writing where the fact that the author is a Writer and the reader is Reading is apparent on each page. Even when you’re reading a memoir, you should feel like you’re hanging out with an endlessly fascinating and articulate friend. You shouldn’t think about the author’s ambitions and what they’re trying to have you think about them. Plenty of people would disagree with me on that (especially those who favor experimental or tricky fiction). That’s just my opinion and it’s what works for me as a reader.

What do you like to do for fun?
I sing in a cabaret-type of show every once in awhile. Sometimes, it’s just me and a friend with a guitar and sometimes I get to sing with an extraordinary jazz band. That’s a real treat. I like to ride my bike, go the beach, do hot yoga, and cook stuff. Like most (all?) Vitamix owners, I'm obsessed with mine, and like blending things. Is that a hobby? 

Sure! Why not. Why did you become an agent?
I started in journalism, but ultimately ended up in publishing because in my bones, I’m an agent, and not a writer. I’ve always wanted to bring books into the world, and now I get to do that every day for some of the most talented and interesting people in the world. For non-fiction, we sometimes act as midwives for people’s stories, helping to bring their lives or their life’s work to the page. But in fiction, the author has already spent hours alone crafting an entire world from scratch. It’s my job, then, to help that story find the best version of itself, and to take it into the marketplace and advocate on its behalf. I can’t think of a better job than going out to a group of very intelligent and well-read editors and banging down their doors to say “You have to read this book!” It’s a dream job.  

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923. फेसबुक मित्र

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फेसबुक मित्र

कुछ देर पहले गेट पर घंटी बजी. एक लडकी थी उसने बताया कि वो पीछे वाली कालोनी मे काम करती हैं. निशा दीदी ने भेजा है. मैं खुश हो गई कि शायद नई काम वाली बाई मुझे मिल गई. मैं जैसे ही कुछ बोलने को हुई वो बोली दीदी ने बताया कि आप फेसबुक करती रहती हो. उनका वाई फाई नही चल रहा. आप जरा मेरे दो तीन कमेंट कर दोंगें और फोटो भी बदलनी है.

मैने बाहर जाने का बहाना बना दिया और मना कर दिया. फिर निशा को फोन करके सारी बात पूछी तो वो बोली कि इस काम वाली ने दुखी कर रखा है खुद तो लिखना आता नही english मे… मुझसे ही लिखवाती है शुरु शुरु में तो मुझे बुरा नही लगा अब तो काम छोड कर बैठ जाती है और कभी इस पर कमेंट कभी इस पर लाईक, कभी उसकी यहां फोटो खीचों कभी वहां … इसलिए अब वो उसके आते ही वाई फाई बंद कर देती है … !!

हे भगवान !!! फेसबुक पर भी कौन कैसा है कुछ पता नही चलता … हम समझते कुछ और हैं और निकलता कुछ और !! वैसे आपने तो देखभाल के ही फेसबुक मित्र बनाए होंगें … है ना ??? क्या पता वो भी आपकी फ्रेंड लिस्ट मे … !!! जिसके कमेंट उसकी मालकिन ….. !!!

फेसबुक मित्र के बारे मे आपका कोई अनुभव हो तो जरुर बताईगा !!

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924. गूगल सर्च और कार्टून

गूगल सर्च और कार्टून

आज गूगल सर्च मे मेरे बनाए कुछ दिखाई दिए. बहुत अच्छा लगा …

गूगल सर्च और कार्टून ((मोनिका ग़ुप्ता)

गूगल सर्च और कार्टून ((मोनिका ग़ुप्ता)

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925. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier

Sergio Ruzzier's new book, Two Mice, is set in the same geographical landscape as some of his other books that I have reviewed and loved, including A Letter For Leo Whose Shoe?. Two Mice is a deceptively simple, pleasantly clever book that begs to be read over and over. Two Mice begins (before the title page) with the words, "One house," and an illustration that shows the house from

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