Saturday, 6 October 2012

Some common internet abbreviations whose meanings you probably forgot.

In today’s fast-texting scenario, we tend to use a lot of abbreviations that makes texting easier, but reading difficult… and yes, make your text look a lot ‘cooler’ than the real words do. Here are some everyday abbreviations you use, and what they have come to stand for.

LOL: Laughing Out Loud. Used to acknowledge a joke which you didn’t laugh over. LMAO (Laughing My Ass Off) if it was vaguely funny and ROTFL (Rolling on the Floor laughing) if it did make you smile.

YOLO: You Only Live Once. Coined by hip-hop star Drake; the wreath on the old Latin phrase ‘carpe diem’. Commonly used in fast philosophy talk and when trying to convince somebody to do something they ought not. It is not even 2 years old, and is already an infuriating cliché.

SMH: “Shaking My Head. An expression of disbelief, disapproval, or an acknowledgement to something uncool and totally stupid.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It. Prefix/suffix on the information that the ‘texter’ thinks is enviable.

TBH: To Be Honest. Used similarly to IMHO, (In My Honest Opinion), both used when the speaker – or in this case the ‘texter’ – would like to assert something and sound like the ultimate know-it-all.

BTW: By the Way. Like LOL, an integral part of every other sentence.

BB: Vaguely a term of affection, short for ‘baby’ when you don’t really feel like addressing the receiver with the actual word.

IRL: “In Real Life” — meaning, not on the Internet; Internet being another word for facebook, based on which we live life BTW. Yeah I know, LOL.

Of course there are more. In fact, if you’re having a lazy day, you could put in only the consonants and claim they’re all there in the lingo. I don’t think anybody is sure anymore.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Spooning the Gateway

It's all about positioning, the Gurus say. An adept chaatwala reaches for the skies at Dehli's famed walkway. Captured by Pramod's truant lens while on a recent jaunt.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wayanad leaves you spellbound!

Carters had a loud and truly boisterous time, with quiet Wayanad as a foil. The mist, the rain, the stream, the gentle and rich hospitality... we communed deeply with nature and with each other.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

5 Commandments of Internal Branding

The first commandment is, treat the company like a brand; one that needs to be launched, built up and sustained.
 Two, it’s important to be consistent. The tone of voice has to remain the same. It has to treat the employee with total respect. And most of all, if you can’t sustain it, it is better not to launch it.
Three, it has to reach deep. Even a fleeting good feeling (forget long-lasting motivation) about the company has to spring from within each individual. No amount of force or noise can change a perception unless it’s honest and pronounced in an atmosphere of caring.
Four, don’t try too hard. People suspect an invisible, deeper agenda to any communication, especially if it’s sweet-sounding. Everyone is resistant to hard-sell.
Five, try innovating with the medium. When everyone’s tired of posters, try a dangler. Or something that wobbles from the wall. Surprise and freshness are the keys.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Megha's acting skills to the fore!

Carters Megha and Pramod had a memorable experience at Navgati's 'Acting As Me' workshop last Friday and Saturday. Megha regaled the group with her very natural acting and spirited performance. Play on, Megha!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Rear View?

From various angles, the CART drivers Pramod and Santosh seem to be contemplating a rear view.

Creative reflections at NGMA

At the lush environs of the National Gallery of Modern Art and its roomy interiors, we rediscovered the immortal art of Ramkinkar Baij. His strokes were, for us, routes to inner discoveries.