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2017 in Review

This is my last post this year and with this, I would like to review my blog’s performance along with listing my top performing and favourite posts.

I started Randomzb on 27th January 2017 and since then it’s come a long way, see for yourself:

Total views: 1,139 (based on the time I’ve posted this, it could increase)

Total visitors: 638 (from many different countries I may add)

Total likes: 300 (certainly acted as a boost for me)

Total comments: 297 (I certainly enjoyed reading them)

Now for the posts…

The slow and steady award would certainly go to:

Travelling on Amchi Mumbai’s Lifeline

The posts with the most views, likes, or comments:

A Gift for Santa

Christmas is for Everyone

The Birds and the Bees

How to Melt Someone’s Anger

A Mountain Picnic

A few of my favourites that didn’t make it to the above lists:

Little Joys

A Royal Purple

The Let’s Go For a Picnic Series


Lenovo K6 Note Review

So how was 2017 for you? Also, do mention whether there were any posts you really enjoyed reading on Randomzb​. Till next year…

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Let’s Go For A Picnic



Welcome to Summer 2017. We are really happy you could come. We were just packing to go for a picnic.

You should come too. It’s gonna be so much fun! We will be going swimming , for walks, watch pink sunsets, for… And what’s that?

I’m sorry. I’m prone to go ahead without telling details. So we are all going to Takken. Or atleast most of us. Susie has a horrible cold so she’ll probably  skip this one. Takken is a small place, almost in the middle of nowhere. We do hope that you’ll join us. It would be a pity to waste Susie’s ticket.

Ok. Good to see that you are interested. That’s Jack over there. He is coming with us. His ancestors built a cabin in Takken. Of course since it was built ages ago, some parts may be brittle by now. But don’t worry. We have a set of hammers, nails, screwdrivers and screws. After we are done, the place will look as good as new.

Ok more details later. First let’s begin packing. Be sure to put your things in two bags so that you can carry it in both hands and keep your balance while jumping in the train.

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A Royal Purple

Purple is my favorite colour!

While having the shortest wavelength among all the other colours, this colour also speaks of many shades from lavender (light purple) to violet (extremely dark purple). According to colour psychology purple denotes creativity, luxury, royalty or richness among others.

The above should hardly be a wonder as purple is created by mixing red and blue. This makes it showcase a lovely fusion which uses the energy of red and at the same time retains the calmness of blue. At the same time, it does not fit into a particular mold as unlike other colours, it can neither be classified as a warm colour or cool one.

This is what makes purple different. And probably that’s what makes me like it so much- Two familiar colours (red and blue) turning into something different (purple) which cannot be categorized.

So what’s your favorite colour and what do you feel whenever you see it? Share it in the comments.

PS- Not sure if it has any connection, but one of my favourite bands is called Deep Purple.

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Lush, Green & Beautiful

Green has always stood for nature. Just the word enables me to picture a place with lush green grass, huge leafy trees and singing birds. This is what makes the colour so full of freshness.

However, according to colour psychology, it also has many more meanings:

Green is said to have a calming effect on people.

This is because among all the colours (Think of a rainbow), green happens to be in the centre which requires little strain for it to hit the eye. It denotes a sense of balance. 

Green is also said to denote jealousy.

This may remind you of the phrase “Green with envy.” It is said that the ancient Greeks used to substitute the words sickness or jealousy with green. This is because, they were of the opinion that when the body is under stress, it tends to produce more bile which gives the skin a yellowish green tint. Some sources credit Shakespeare with making the statement popular through the line “Beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

What do you feel when you think/ see green? Share in the comments.

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Just One Line……

Come on, Come on! I urged myself. My feet were aching as I ran the final 100 meters of the race. I could hear the crowd cheering, calling out different people’s names. I was running for second place now. Suddenly at the last 10 meters the girl beside me overtook me.  I put on a final burst of speed but was not able to regain the second place. Crossing the finish line I collapsed on the ground thankful that the race was over. I was sad on losing the silver in the 400 meters race after winning the gold in the 200 meters race, but was happy to settle for the bronze.

After the medals were given, I spotted my friends in the crowd and walked towards them. Susan, my friend hugged me. “Its ok you weren’t going to get the gold anyways, but you should have at least tried a bit harder for the silver,” she said. “You should have ran faster,” said another friend. The smile on my face vanished as I felt sad that no one thought of congratulating me. Everyone just ended up giving me useless advice and reminding me that I hadn’t won the silver medal.  No one seemed to remember or appreciate that after all my hard work, I had won the gold for the 200 meters race and the bronze for the 400 meters race. The attention was only on the fact that I had lost the silver medal.

As I walked towards the exit dejected, one guy walking in the opposite direction stopped and said to me, “Hey, that was impressive! Congratulations!” “Thanks” I replied with a smile. He smiled back, said bye and walked off in the direction he was headed for. I smiled watching him go. I started feeling happier. At least someone had acknowledged my hard work and had congratulated me. It was just one line, but that one line he said seemed to make my day. My heart was swelling with happiness as I walked home humming the tune of my favourite song.

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10 Inspirational Quotes

January has almost ended. With that comes the revaluation of the resolutions made at the start of the year. While that goes on along as we look forward to the month ahead; here are some of my favourite quotes.

“If music be the fruit of love, play on.”  – William Shakespeare

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”  -William W. Purkey

“True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together. It’s Grandma and Grandpa who grew old together.”  -Anonymous

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”  -Jack Kerouac

“Life is like a bicycle. To Keep your balance, you must keep moving”  -Albert Einstein

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground.”  -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain”  -Anonymous

“Hope is a waking dream.”  -Aristotle

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  -Jackson Brown Jr.

“There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.”  -Josh Jameson

Whats your favourite quote?

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THE PHANTOM: In Marxism and Other Theories

The Phantom was started by Lee Falk as a newspaper comic strip on 17th February 1936. He is also known as ‘The Ghost Who Walks,’ ‘Guardian of the Eastern Dark’ and ‘The Man Who Cannot Die’ due to the belief of his immortality and constant return from the dead. This is because the Phantom is not one person but a total of 21 generations of men. The first Phantom was Sir Christopher Standish. In 1525 he had seen his father being killed and his ship being burned by pirates before being washed ashore on Bangalla. With the skull of his father’s murderer, he took an oath (which is known as the oath of the skull) and thus was born the legend of the Phantom. The current Phantom is the 21th Phantom. He lives in a Skull Cave in the jungles of Bangalla, Africa with his wife Diana Palmer and his twin children Kit and Heloise.

Marxism is the analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict which uses a materialist interpretation and a view of social change. The Phantom has worked greatly for the oppressed. This can be seen firstly with the oath of the skull (which every Phantom has to take to continue the family tradition.). The oath of the skull states that, “I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice in all their forms and my sons and their sons will follow me.” Secondly, the first Phantom also started saving the oppressed by saving the Bandar pygmies from the Wasaka tribe who had kept them as slaves for centuries.

Ideology is a systematic body of ideas articulated by a particular group of people. The Phantom’s ideology is to fight against injustice, piracy, to keep peace and maintain law and order. The ideology of the jungle people is that the Phantom is the one and only authority. To please him is to get his blessings and win favour with him. To make him angry can result in death. This is also an example of ‘Ideological State Apparatus’ where the rule of the dominant class (The Phantom) is reinforced through ideology which results in people submitting due to fear of prosecution, violence or social ridicule. ‘False Consciousness’ is the creation of a masked or distorted image of reality. One of the main reasons the Phantom manages to make the jungle people fear him is because he always portrays himself as a ghost who cannot be injured or killed and has lived for centuries; while in reality, he is a normal human being.

Hegemony is the political, social and cultural dominance of one class or group by another. It is also the process of making, maintaining and reproducing this authoritative set of meanings, ideologies and practices. The Phantoms have been more educated and modernized. They have changed a lot of customs of the tribals over the years with the ones they prefer. For example, before the Phantom came to Bangalla, the young men from different tribes used to have a competition where the strongest person killed the others and became the king of the jungle. Over the years the Phantoms managed to change this into a wrestling match to avoid bloodshed. The Phantom also teaches his son the different ideologies and practises of the Phantom lineage in order to train him in becoming the next Phantom and in turn maintaining the ideas passed down from one Phantom to another.

Orientalism is basically the West’s perspective of the east. The jungle tribal people are seen as dark people, cannibals and superstitious by the white people. Their traditions and customs are seen like a lot of ‘mumbo- jumbo.’

Feminism is the ideology that states that women and men have equal rights to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights. In spite of the phantom being a man in each generation, there has been one female Phantom till now. When the 17th Phantom got ill, his twin sister Julie Walker took his place to maintain peace and order in Bangalla. She is depicted as a brave, intelligent and strong woman who is able to fulfil her brother’s role in his absence. When the 15th Phantom had been kidnapped by pirates his wife, Julie Adams rescued him. However, while on one hand women have shown their merit by taking up the role of the Phantom or rescuing him, on the other hand the Phantoms can also be biased. Eg. In the Skyband adventure (Skyband was an air piracy unit which was run entirely by women) the 21th Phantom attributed that the reason for its failure was that its leader had a ‘woman’s heart with hate and jealousy.’

Popular culture or Pop culture is a widely accepted form of culture or practises. After the death of Lee Falk, there have been many authors writing, illustrating and publishing the comic over time. These include Ray Moore, Sy Barry, George Olesen and others. It is currently produced by author Tony DePaul and artists Paul Ryan and Terry Beatty. It has also been published as comic books by various publishers like David McKay Publications (1940s), DC Comics (1988), Moonstone Publications, Hermes Press (2014), etc.

The Phantom comics have been made into films as well as television series. There have been many TV mini-series like the Defenders of the Earth (1986- 1987), Phantom 2040 (1994- 1996) and The Phantom (2009- 2010 and 20th June- 7th Sept 2010). Films of the Phantom include The Phantom (1996) and The Phantom Legacy.

The Phantom has been portrayed through various mediums like newspapers, comic books, films and TV series for almost 80 years. Thus just as its legend, the Phantom (comics) seems to have lived for a number of years as well as will live for a number of years to come.