The beginning of the Spring semester brings to an end this winter season of Don Quizote and new hopes for a smoother and streamlined, yet much chagrined online semester. On the bright side, this return to routine also comes with a bunch of “lit” events planned through the semester, so stay posted to our social media handles at @literati_iitb on Instagram and IITB Litzkrieg on Facebook to keep in touch with upcoming events!
With best wishes for a joyful and fulfiling New Year from the Literati council, See you all in Summer!
What started with Rina Palenkova, a teenager who lived in south-eastern Russia who posted a selfie in 2015? In the photo she is standing outside. A black scarf is wrapped around her mouth and nose. She is sticking her middle finger up at the camera. The photo’s caption read “Nya Bye”.
The origin of the name is also uncertain. Some people say that it comes from a song by the Russian rock band Lumen. The opening lines of the song being Why scream When no one hears What we’re talking about? and features a “X” that can’t break through the net. (X being the answer) Others believe it to be a reference to beaching. What is being talked about or Id X.
In Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit, the lifestyles of the Inuit features heavily. Taking all the base words (such as siku – ‘ice in general’), derived terms (such as sikuliaq – ‘made ice’), descriptive names (such as sitilluqaaq – ‘a recent solid mass’) and words with a broader meaning (such as maujaq – ‘any type of quicksand, which includes snow in which one sinks’), the total number of terms referring to the various aspects of snow and ice goes upto ninety – three.
However in Inuktun, the dialect spoken by the Inughuit (the planet’s most northerly people), two words, which have fairly different meaning for most of us, have the same Inuktun translation. One of the words is winter. What is the other word?
X is a dystopian novel by English writer P. D. James published in 1992. The story is set in England in 2021 and centres on the impact of mass infertility . The author describes a United Kingdom that is steadily depopulating and focuses on a small group of resisters who do not share the disillusionment of the masses.
The novel received stellar acclaim from critics, and a film adaptation of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen directed by Alfonso Cuarón was released in 2006. What novel is X?
With its first marketing campaign slogan as ‘It’s round and long-lasting. (In Catalan)‘, this company was one of the revolutionaries in the confectionary market. The founder of the company realised that sweets were particularly inconvenient for their main consumers, children. Sticky hands caused them to run into trouble with their parents. So he decided to stick the sweet on a stick. Their famous logo was designed by Salvador Dali, who described the logo as a brightly coloured daisy shaped logo which could be placed on the top of a lolly instead of the side. This was the perfect place for the logo as it could always be seen intact. Name the Spanish company which entered the Indian market in 2016.
With the distinction of being the most discussed game ever on Twitter with more than 35.6 million tweets in the course of the game, which match was dubbed as the _X_ as a result of the one-sided victory. Fans from all over the world compared the winning team’s dominating performance to their stupendous military efforts during the World War, and hence the pun was created combining both.
The game was also dubbed as _Y_, evoking a previous spirit of national shame known as the Maracanzo in which the losing side in the above mentioned game unexpectedly lost another crucial game on home soil. Thus, the pun came into existence which means Agony of __ (Y is derived from this word).