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Looking Forward to a 20×20 Year

Hello and welcome to The Whistle Library! I hope you’re all refreshed and recharged after the festive holidays and looking forward to the new year ahead. I have a set of important reports and articles to start off the January selection with. First, a 2017 OECD Report on shared mobility, which the whole world, including India, has been gearing up for.

https://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/docs/transition-shared-mobility.pdf

Next, an article by economist, Kaushik Basu, on Brookings Institution’s website, titled India and The Mistrust Economy, where he links India’s economic slowdown to a lack of confidence and trust in India’s governance and institutions.

And while we may be looking forward to the new year, life doesn’t seem to be looking up for women in India. Rapes and sexual harassment are all around us and, unsurprisingly, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 says India has slipped four places in the rankings. The article summarising the findings is followed by the full report.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/gender-gap-report-gender-parity-how-to-speed-up-progress/

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2020.pdf

Speaking of women, the eighth film adaptation of Little Women just released on Christmas and as you’d expect, most men seem to think it’s for women! This article from Vanity Fair says its the most joyous version the reviewer has seen, and it also includes a short clip from the film.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/12/little-women-awards-season-men

Staying with Little Women, the author of the next piece from Literary Hub visits the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women and where she lived with her family, and takes us on a tour. Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts sounds like a quaint dwelling, with the attic where Jo wrote her novel still tucked away from public view.

Did you know that drinking gin is cool again?! Well, this next article from The New Yorker tells us of the Ginmania that is catching on at the swishest bars and homes around the world. And if you thought Gin was Beefeater or Gordon’s you certainly need to read this and try the newest tipple in town. Move over, vodka, martinis and more are made with gin now!

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/the-intoxicating-history-of-gin

I shared my thoughts about museums in a short post a few weeks ago in which I wondered aloud if technology could take art to more people around the world. Well, I happened to visit the site of Getty Museums, and what do you think I found? A lovely section on Rembrandt (which claims to be a virtual tour, though not in the way that I imagined virtual museum tours) with a special podcast and section on Rembrandt and India.

https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rembrandt_india/

There is one area where technology has been making a difference, though. Music. Not just in recording and remastering of old classics, but in composing. Believe it or not, AI is helping Beethoven (whose 250th birth anniversary year is being celebrated in 2020) complete his last and unfinished symphony! Read all about his 10th Symphony in this article from The Telegraph, UK.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/13/computer-set-complete-beethovens-unfinished-symphony/

And finally, before I sign off this month, we end by remembering a noted conductor who passed on recently. Gramophone Magazine pays tribute to Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, by republishing his last interview to the magazine, in February 2018.

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/mariss-jansons-the-last-gramophone-interview

Jansons conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with Bavarian Radio Orchestra

Bye for now. Stay warm, hopefully with a good book. See you again in February!


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