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By Meghna Nair
Everyone loves comic strips. They are cherished components of almost everybody’s childhood. This explains why Guddu, Shan and Sid, along with other characters of the comic strips by Garbage Bin, are so loved.
Based in Gurgaon, Garbage Bin Studios is the brainchild of Mohd Faisal. The small team of Garbage Bin is a tightly knit unit. All the themes for the gags are decided in the group meetings that they have.
“We have regular meetings in our office where everyone talks about some experiences they’ve had. We create stories from the shared experiences which we take out of such meetings, and add a little fun to them. Faisal is blessed with the knack for catching simple day to day experiences and create them into beautiful things.” Mr. Naim Siddiqui, the CEO and Director of Garbage Bin Studios explains.
There are certain things which everyone experiences as a child. Those incidents are the inspiration with which the team at Garbage Bin studios create their much-loved comic strips.
Inspired by the MAD magazine, the creator of the comic strips, Mohd. Faisal, who is also the Founder of Garbage Bin studios says, “Instead of calling our work the best, we call it trash. We believe the audience is the best judge of how our comic strips are.”
Despite the insane popularity their comic strips and merchandise receive, the team of Garbage Bin prefers to not be complacent about their work and likes to remain grounded. On being asked what quality of their comic strips makes them so warmly received by the audience, Mr. Naim and Mr. Faisal, respond in unison that it is because they believe in creating comics out of incidents, which everyone relates to and are simple yet delightful.
Almost every character is based on a real life person. While Guddu is based on none other than Mr. Faisal himself, Shan is inspired from Mr. Mohd. Shah Nawaz, the co-founder of Garbage Bin Studios, Sid is inspired by a student of Mr. Faisal, Amit Ji, is inspired by a close friend of Mr. Faisal, and similarly, all characters are likewise, based on real people. This is another factor which adds to the relatability of the comic strips.
“If a person comes back home after a long day at work, and he opens his Facebook page and reads our comics, it should bring a smile on his/her face. That will be the best achievement for us,” Mr. Faisal says. This is also the reason why they choose fragments from childhood memories and decidedly stay away from issues like religion and politics etc.
“We believe in staying away from politics and religion and all controversial matters. This is why the characters like Mummy and Papa are just named Mummy and Papa. You can’t say which community/religion they belong to,” Mr. Faisal adds.
When a comic strip is produced, not just the creative visualization but also the dialogues, expressions of characters and the tone of communication are vital to make it relatable and funny.
Mr. Faisal, along with his team, daily pens down gags, and then the gags are curated with creative inputs from each member of the team, sometimes spending hours on just deciding if a particular dialogue is mixing up rightly with the strip.
“Our gags are not only audience based, but also reflect a part of our personality and creative mind, hence we make sure that all team members’ inputs are taken into account to produce a creatively collaborated comic strip which would infuse instant giggles in whoever reads them. When we were new even a short comic strip was alright, but now the expectations from our fans are really high and we have to make sure that each comic strip that we create would continue to weave the same magic; and that’s where the whole team comes into the picture,” Mr Faisal added.
They acknowledge that they cater to a vast audience. “Whenever we upload a comic strip, we get almost 3 lakh hits within a couple of hours. There were also times when we uploaded pictures of the merchandise on our website and the amount of traffic we received was so much that our servers crashed. Now that problem has been taken care of and we will soon release our new line of merchandise. We are better equipped to deal with the number of people who come to website to buy the merchandise,” says Mr. Naim.
Mr. Faisal believes in maintaining a close connection with his audience. He has a group of friends and family, with whom he shares the comic strips and modifies them according to the feedback he receives. This not only adds to the universality of the comic strips, but also incorporates elements and suggestions from a diverse group of individuals and thus, making the comics more authentic.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema