I saw a few curious pieces in the past week, all related to recognition, and there was a bunch of updates on my LinkedIn network around awards nominations and appreciations.

First my favorite from abstrusegoose

Second Kerala government claiming Chief Minister’s office and the government are independent and have pretty much nominated themselves for a UN award

Third Monsanto sponsors an award and gives away the award to their own CTO with total disregard to the purpose of the award around food security and none of Monsanto’s work ever came close to achieving even 1% of the outcomes.

Of course nobody other than the losers pay attention to the selection criteria, objectivity and data collection methods. Pity…

cognoise, f.art

Recognition, Awards and Selection idiosyncrasies


To Indianise a Cartoon, please dont

I saw 2 curious editorials about importing Archie to India in Point Counterpoint in Times yesterday.

If I were to take sides, mine will be on the side of not trying to Indianise anything.

Simply because of the variety and colours that India offers, cannot do justice on any “Indianise” process however clever.

Secondly my personal experience with 2 of my kids with Cindrella, which they just don’t relate.

While fables are most easily transferable across cultures, (see how Panchatantra got the reach and derivatives across cultures)

stereotype transfers (like this Archie transfer) from another culture will fail to convey anything or even be mildly entertaining.

Archie will be in for a rude shock in India…