Monday, November 15

Masala mix..


Remember, i had posted a story about Judo kid, this is installment number 2 from the same newsletter. Most of you might know the story of how Coca Cola was born. Here goes the story..
Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton was working hard on a new invention -a syrup to treat an upset stomach .But poor thing,just couldn’t get it right. One day he discovered that two of his employees had been mixing his syrup with water and drinking.Apparently the employees were young and they loved the taste.As opposed to being angry at his workers for loafing on the job, Pemberton chose to be curious and tried it himself. Then, he added a little club soda to give the drink some fizz. And he soon began selling his new-found drink in his pharmacy, calling it “Coca Cola”…
Anything like this happened to you- set off to do something and accomplished something else ?.happens to me all the time!.

On another note,sometime back i read another article (rather belatedly) about Enid blyton's books getting a makeover.The article said that Hodder Children's books is coming out with a new set of 10 Famous five books replacing old-fashioned words and phrases found in the originals.This news item is pretty old,so as i speak,the changed books might actually be sitting on shelves and being taken home by a new generation of kids waiting to discover the magic of Enid Blyton books.

"Mercy me" would have become "Oh no!" ; "fellow" to "old man" and It's all very peculiar" to "It's all very strange". I don't swear here, but this news made me say "what the *beep*!".I am not a purist,but tweaking the language of one of my favorite authors is Anathema to me. Several generations of kids have not had any problems with the antiquated language(which i think contributed to the charm in the first place),so why the change now?. What do you think?.You can in read the whole article here

For my final random bit.. I have signed up for "Holiday swap" ,a really sweet little idea to spread some holiday cheer. Book bloggers who sign up can send books and other knick-knacks to each other. Lovely idea, no?. you can read more about it here.

Have a great monday folks !

10 comments:

Vaishnavi said...

I agree! How can they tamper with the author's original text?? I grew up reading Enid Blyton and I agree that part of the charm was the language. This is ridiculous. Kids should be taught to appreciate the value of a book by itself, not by turning it into something that it is not.

Bedazzled said...

Vaishnavi.. yeah !. Maybe its just some way to pump of the sales and nothing else.

SG said...

Coca Cola story is a nice one. That is what called serendipity.

Geeta said...

Too late for the 'Holiday Swap'.

My 2 cents on the Enid Blyton books. A set of new books will be out and the original ones will be sold every now and then as a specialty item with a huge mark up.

Bedazzled said...

SG.. :-) !

Geeta..Maybe i should buy up the originals now itself.. sorry about the Holiday swap thing.. didnt notice the date.

wordsndreamz said...

I can not understand this makeover of Enid Blyton books. That way, we should have been having Shakespeare's works being made over , and that goes for all the classics, doesn't it? Her language is part of the charm - part of the time that she wrote about..

Bedazzled said...

words.. ah!,yeah Shakespeare given a makeover.. now thats something i mite want to buy !

Dhanya said...

Makeover-ing Enid Blyton's book with new words? Mercy me!

;)

lifeunderthesky said...

Someone is really jobless! EB is any day special! My son's been hoarding Famous Five and Secret Seven series like crazy. Hope these are not the ones with the face-lift:(

Bedazzled said...

Dhanya.. lol :-)

Life- Some of the new books have facelifts.. the others have been left alone. Thankfully