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Weekly Digest #8

Updated: Oct 17, 2020


THE PAPERLESS PRESS

August 23, 2020


The Weekly Digest

WAKANDA FOREVER


Issue #8


Index-


Article- How to get inspired...to be inspired: Pages 1 and 2

Cover Story- The element of suspense: Pages 2,3 and 4

Article- The show must go on: Pages 4 and 5


AND, OUR USUAL QUOTA OF HAPPINESS

Happiness quotient from around the world: Pages 5 and 6

Entertainment quotient for the week: Page 6

Art for our sake: Page 7

Photo Mania: Page 8

From the literary world: Page 8 and 9


The Cooking Corner:with Vaanya Bhandari: Page 9


Before you go:Page 10

A note to our readers: Page 10




TOP STORIES

How to get inspired...to be inspired

By Abhimanyu Rao

Inspiration=Chameleon. This is one of the undeniable equations of truth. Inspiration is all around us, but ever so often, it is hidden in plain sight, like a camouflaged chameleon, there, but not there, present, yet absent. Inspiration is all around us, but is always extremely hard to find. On some days, a painter may not know what to paint, a writer may not know what to write, a builder may not know what to build, and someone may not know what to do…



We at The Paperless Press completely understand this problem, because it is not always smooth sailing for us. Many of our stories do not just appear out of thin air (alright,some do{cue sheepish grin}). Even then, there are times when we have to think and think and think and think∞ and then finally figure out what to write about. Now, as two months of The Paperless Press are completed along with the release of Issue #8, we have decided to help inspiration come out of hiding. The common misconception that usually drives inspiration away, is that thinking is the solution. Nooooooooooooooo. Thinking is helpful, and yes, I know I said that we think and think and think and think∞ , but that is not the whole solution. Thinking is great, but not always the best. The best way to find inspiration is to look! Look inside yourself, look outside, at the world around you, close your eyes, then open them, and follow the ‘The Book of Sense-itivity’


  1. Sound: Do you like to work with music? With ambient sounds like chirping birds? With complete and utter silence? Test yourself for compatibility in these three conditions, and once you have found which one is meant for you, not only inspiration, but all your other work will be so much faster! Talk about two birds with one stone!

  2. Taste: Taste is the most lingering of senses. Some dishes (or attitudes :D) may leave a bad taste in your mouth, whereas others may be the stuff of your dreams! Having a good taste lingering on your taste buds is the best way to calm yourself, and set the mood right, and welcome inspiration through your door!

  3. Smell: Have you ever thought about why so many of us use things like incense (sticks, cones and others)? Because the fragrance is the deciding factor in anything. Would you ever buy something that smells foul, if there is an identical object that smells of roses? So see what you would like the fragrance of the environment to be, and use that, to calm (or excite) yourself.

  4. Touch: What do you want to be feeling while on a search for inspiration? Some may like the gentle itchiness of a sweater, while others may like the softness of a cotton T-shirt, or a furry puppy sleeping at their feet. Touch, being the most widespread sense of the body, is undoubtedly important in your search for inspiration. And now… the final sense…

  5. Sight: What soothes you when you see it? It may be the sight of a soft bed, it may be the sight of waves crashing against rocks, but all this is required in your hunt for inspiration. What colours calm you down? A cool aqua blue, a hot burning red, a mysterious green? Whatever the colour is, surround yourself with it, and your task shall properly begin.


After doing this, your neurons will fire like never before, giving you inspiration in millions! Now that you're done, why not send us the result of your inspiration, to be featured in our next Weekly Digest?


Cover Story

The Element of Suspense

By Mihir Rao



The lockdown is making us lead very boring lives right now, making us go through the same, boring old routine, Every. Single. Day. I am sure at least some of you, (Including me) will be getting bored and restless because of this. Not to worry! There is something that can help you, and that is, the element of


Suspense.

That element of ‘suspense’ and ‘mystery’ is all you need to spice up your life. In the annoying and boring lockdown, there are many ways through which you can get that, such as Netflix, which gives you a variety of options to choose from, like crime, thriller or mystery shows which will keep you entertained.

Let me give you a few examples:



We have covered different shows in our previous weekly digests such as White Collar and The Blacklist (Both 15+) Which give you a peek at a life of mystery and crime. Easily bingeable shows like these will keep you entertained for a long time.

You can get this element of mystery and thrill from watching some shows with the family, such as Blue Bloods (PG 13) and have a nice time while spending quality time with your family.


But what if shows aren’t what you seek? What if you want something other than that?


Books are a great way to unwind after a long day, and are a nice way to relax, and they keep you hooked for a long time. If you want to spend some time by yourself, then books are a nice way to spend that time while keeping you entertained and happy. Book series are even better, because the element of mystery and surprise can get enhanced, case in point being ….


Harry Potter. It was a great book when it was released, featuring elements of mystery and having sudden twists in the story which keep you hooked, but when the second book was released, you could see the masterpiece it was. It had many twists and turns, and made you want to read more.


Let me talk about another book series, which really made it big.


Sherlock Holmes, was a series which got a lot of traction and popularity and still is one of the best murder and crime mystery series ever. It is meant for more mature audiences (PG 13) but still is a great read and is worth it, because it catches you with a twist when you are least expecting it.


Even if book series may not be your thing, there are many authors who write thrilling books that you will love, such as Agatha Christie, whose books we have recommended before also.


There are two wildly different approaches to ingesting content. You can read a small bit, maybe a few pages, or watch 1 or two episodes a day, and this will leave you wanting to watch more..


The other approach is done by a lot of people nowadays. Bingeing. Bingeing , as you all know, is taking all the content of the show at once, as much as you can handle. Again, bingeing is not just watching 10 seasons at once, it could even be watching 5 episodes a day, it is just a measure of how much you can handle at once.


I am not saying any approach is superior, because everyone has their different ways to ‘digest’ (see what I did there? ;D) content, and each approach has their ups and downs.


Now, you may say all this is fine, but why? Why mystery? Why thriller?


Well, like I said in my introduction, the lockdown is making us go through very boring and very repetitive routines, and this will bring a new element to that boring routine.


With this, I would like to end my article by saying, stay hooked, and stay happy!

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The Show Must Go On

How Covid-19 has affected the many versions of screen, and how it has improved it

By Agastya Rao


In the memory of Chadwick Boseman


Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow, Death on the Nile, Minions: Rise of Gru, Jungle Cruise etc. These were just a few movies that fans and movie buffs were waiting for. I was waiting to watch Black Widow right after my exams ended… then came Covid-19. What does this mean for movies and movie lovers all over the world? What about film studios who provide employment to millions? Is the “new normal” going to be a drab, boring entertainment-less normal? At The Paperless Press we like to stay positive and spread positivity so, here’s our take-


  1. The rapid growth of OTT-

OTT services have been a saviour during the lockdown. Streaming services like Netflix,Amazon Prime, Disney+ and many more are rapidly growing. According to The New York Times, in April 2020 Netflix had 182.8 million subscribers worldwide. According to Forbes, Disney Plus had 54.5 million subscribers- just 6 months after its launch. This was in May 2020. Streaming services like Amazon Prime Video are quickly increasing their Indian content, and are getting scores of original TV shows and movies made to appeal to Indian audiences. Netflix is getting movies and tv shows in almost every language, and Disney+ is well...releasing almost every Disney movie on Disney+. Disney also owns: The Marvel Franchise, The Star Wars Franchise, National Geographic, the Indiana Jones franchise etc. Their options for content are limitless.


  1. OTT’s reach-

I am a big movie buff, and I love going to watch movies on the big screen - and who doesn’t? With cinemas shut in India, filmmakers have decided to move to the next best option - releasing their brand new films on OTT platforms. Some would say that it is cheaper to get a subscription to a streaming service rather than going to the theatre. With subscribers for streaming services increasing rapidly,no wonder many filmmakers are choosing this option.


  1. The Big Debate-

One of the biggest debates in the entertainment industry is OTT vs. traditional cinema releases. Films like Shakuntala Devi and Disney’s Onward have gone directly to OTT, whereas films like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet are going to theatres. At The Paperless Press we still believe cinemas will open soon, and filmmakers’ hard work will be up for us to enjoy on the big screen.


  1. So, what else is good about OTT releases?

With cinemas shut, smaller first time filmmakers may not be able to afford to wait for cinemas to open. They may tell unconventional and unique stories on a smaller budget, hoping to make their mark on the industry somehow- they head to OTT. The interested streaming services will buy the rights to the film and upload it onto their streaming service for their viewers to watch. If it is a big streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime, the chances of people watching it will increase. With everyone longing for entertainment, some would say that OTT is genius and the best option right now. Many in the industry have varying viewpoints, some do not believe OTT’s magic will last this long. Many independent filmmakers are sceptical about this, though. We spoke to an independent filmmaker with award winning short films and her first feature film in development. Her view is that, even when cinemas open post-Covid, people who will be first in line to shoot will need bigger budgets (edging smaller filmmakers out). Similarly, once productions resume, one isn't sure if cinemas will open right away, making larger films crowd the OTT platforms, again making it tougher for independent films.

We would love to hear from our readers - what is your opinion on this? If some of our readers are involved in movie /TV production, we would love to hear from you.


All we can do now is wait… and watch (some TV).


To conclude, we humans have always been creative enough to adapt to the changes, and we did. We will come through this and what better way than to immerse yourself in the magic of movies!



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HAPPINESS QUOTIENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD



-Jeanette Epps will become the first African-American woman to go to the International Space Station in 2021. She is a part of the Starliner-1 mission, which is the first use of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft.



-Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope had captured a few photos of the W51 Nebula. Now, after the telescope has been retired, it has shown us what a nebula really looks like. These nebulae cannot be seen by telescopes that capture visible light, but only infrared and radio telescopes. This makes this even more important, and will help us all understand how the universe works.


-Three newborn babies were welcomed into the Paris Zoological Park family. A patagonian sea lion, an amazon bush dog and a baby puma were all born in a span of two days. We are very happy for all three of them!



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Entertainment quotient for the week:








A.Amazon Prime Video:

The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring

B.Disney+/Hotstar:

Weird but true

C. Netflix

Nowhere boys












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Art for our sake-

Painting Credit- Vaanya Bhandari,14




Photo Mania-



Photo Credit- A happy skygazer

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From The Literary World:

Looking for Books? See how we rank this week’s top book-




Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens:

The first book of the soon to be 9 part blockbuster mystery series, this book is nothing short of exhilarating! Full of suspense and secrets, this is set in the 1930s when schoolgirls The Honourable Daisy Wells and Miss Hazel Wong come across the body of their science teacher, murdered.Together, they form The Detective Society, with Daisy as President and Hazel as Vice-President and Secretary. Alas! When the list of suspects goes on forever, and no one has an alibi, will the newly formed fearless Detective Society be able to solve the case?A perfect mystery book, because whoever you think killed her, it’s wrong… Book ONE(U/A- Violence)11+


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The Cooking Corner-With Vaanya Bhandari

By Vaanya Bhandari, 14

Lemonilicious cupcakes

(Makes 12 cupcakes)

Ingredients 110 g self-raising flour 110 g caster sugar 110 g margarine (softened) 1 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs Grated zest of 2 large lemons, plus extra shreds (to decorate) 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 350 g lemon curd 200 ml creme fraiche (optional)


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Line a 12 muffin pan with liners

  2. Sift the flour and sugar into a large bowl or a mixer. Add all other ingredients except the lemon curd and creme fraiche, and beat until light and fluffy.

  3. Place heaped teaspoons of the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes (until golden and firm to the touch). Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  4. Once cool, slice off the top of the cupcakes and add a generous helping of lemon curd, and place the removed portion back.

  5. Optional- Top off with a dollop of creme fraiche and some tiny shreds of lemon zest.






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A Note To Our Readers:

We thank our readers for helping us in our endeavours. Our mission is to spreading free,fun and positive news of what is going on around the world from a child’s perspective. Our aim is to bring happiness and hope to people when they have none, the lockdown has broken us, torn us apart and has exacted a mental and physical toll on us. We hope that you stay safe and sound in these uncertain times. We welcome as much feedback as you can give to help improve our articles.We hope you enjoyed this issue! Keep smiling and please spread the word :)

-Team Paperless Press


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