Graphics enrich Delhi editions of The Hindustan Times and The Times of India in more than one ways

Analytical stories, backgrounders, accident sequences, action-picture led sports stories, the key political developments (triggering Aap-BJP war of words), all embellished with quotes from political bigwigs and celebrities keep the imagination of graphic designers in the two leading English national dailies ignited.

Also, the Delhi editions of The Hindustan Times and The Times of India are vying with each other to leverage the opportunity offered by front jackets and half jackets. Having positioned the slot as the most lucrative advertising opportunity, the onus is now on the editorial (or the advertorial) wings of the newspapers to keep the marketability of these slots alive.

Therefore, long after the novelty of these two most expensive ad slots has worn out, the newspapers are compelled to showcase their best-packaged content here. The bid to outdo each other in developing front and half jackets as the most marketable property of the edition is all too evident. So when there are no ads in the half jackets, the readers find the most readable and often knowledge-driven capsules of the edition, powerfully packaged as a graphic. More often than not these are key sports developments of the day. So be it Saina bagging the Australian Open title or Team India’s “Coach ki Khoj”, half jackets emerge as the top grosser of the day.

Top 10 and the World’s Best 10 Approach

At times the “Top 10” or the “World’s Best 10” approach that the print media strategist devised in face of the “Top down approach” of digital platforms  go into devising the most reader friendly half jackets in print, despite the content scoring zilch on the key traditional news value of proximity.

Graphic 1: The Top 10 Approach

Graphic 1_The Hindustan Times Half Jacket_The Top 10 Approach

(Credit Graphic 1: The Hindustan Times Half Jacket, June 15_The Top 10 Approach)

Identifying, Establishing and Analyzing Trends

Moreover, the use of graphics is not restricted to jackets and front jackets alone. One of the most clichéd role assigned to a graphic is to tabulate statistics establishing the trend referred to in the story. A case to the point is the news report on the human toll on Yamuna Expressway. In an excel sheet presentation of the data, the graphic compared last year’s statistics with the current year’s toll and arrived at the % increase in the death toll. Embellished with the most significant dimension of the story(The Yamuna e-way passes through 5 UP districts of which Aligarh saw the biggest jump in deaths), the graphic targets the readers belonging to or traveling to the five districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Graphic 2: Yamuna Expressway

Graphics 2_The Hindustan Times_Yamuna Expressway

(Credit Graphic 2: June 15, The Hindustan Times, Delhi_Yamuna Expressway)

A front page graphic of the 13th June edition of The Hindustan Times, Delhi illustrates the analytical strength a graphic lends to a trends story. The data (captured as bar charts and pie charts) profiles the social strata, education, and age group of terror suspects linked to Islamic states. The story scores high on the scale of news values and its further enriched by an impactful narrative that hypothesizes class shift in radical terror groups.

Graphics 3_The Hindustan Times_Dark Shadow of Terror

(Credit Graphic 3: June 13, The Hindustan Times, Delhi_Dark Shadow of Terror)

Ground Zero View

Graphics have also emerged as a useful tool in encapsulating political turmoil and converting the news report into an “At a glance” property. Arvind Kejriwal’s battle of words over the disqualification of 21 parliamentary secretaries or the office of profit row establishes this not-so-old trick of the trade. In such instances newsrooms churn out knowledge bytes, timelines or who-says-what inputs for a reader friendly graphic. The most impactful of these are the ones that depict the likely outcome of the turmoil, as are the analytical stories that predict the consequence of the political tussles.

Graphic 4: Office of Profit Row

Graphics 4_The Hindustan Times, Delhi_Profit of Profit Row

(Credit Graphic 4:  June 14, The Hindustan Times, Delhi_Office of Profit Row)

Last but not the least, another unmatched contribution of a graphic is recreation of the accident spots and sequences. Be it a hit-and-run case, the missing Malaysian Airlines episode, or the instance of a CISF jawan rescuing the girl from the escalator of a metro station, the graphics recreate ground zero reality. Not to be missed is the value addition that comes things to remember while using an escalator.

Graphic 5: How the Girl Was Saved

Graphic 5_The Times of India_How the Girl Was Saved

(Credit Graphic 5:  June 13, The Times of India, Delhi_ How the Girl Was Saved)

Preeti M Surya,

Programme Coordinator

Dept. of Mass Communication

JIMS Lajpat Nagar



Psychological impact of colors on human mind/interiors


Embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought, Psychology is the study of behavior and mind. Researching specific cases, it is an academic science which seeks to understand individuals and groups.

Concerning environmental conditions of the interior, Interior design Psychology is a field within environmental psychology. It directly studies the relationship between an environment and how that environment affects the behaviors of its inhabitants.

Perception of the environment and the aesthetic appeal of that environment involves the acquisition of information through our five senses (Sight hearing smell, touch and taste) cognition is the mental processing of this sensory information.

Color proves to be an important factor in the perception of an environment’s aesthetic. If it is used carefully and skillfully, it can positively influence mood and behavior. Color selection Plays and integral part of any interior project design whether it is painting walls, installing floor covering, upholstering furniture or selecting art, plants or graphics.

Medical science has proven that different Colors have definite and various effects upon our nervous system. All matter emits vibrations. Colors are the deepest significance to us throughout all phases of our life. If we use them intelligently, they can help us by strengthening, soothing and inspiring us. Dark, drab and dingy colors can harm our spirits and health. Bright strong colors may bring out best in us, physically, spiritually mentally and emotionally.

Colors are associated with certain feeling and meaning, which influence people. The associations are defined by both the culture we live as well as our personal experiences. Selection of colors is a very important element that affects people emotionally and mentally on the subconscious level. Color has a long association with symbolism and affects us psychologically, e.g. “Seeing red” as associated with anger, “green” with envy.

Reaction of people is very emotional to the wide range of different colors. By looking at one we connect it with our memories to associate the color with personal experiences. For marketing activities colors are perfect to arouse emotions.

What is it about the rainbow that gives most people a sense of happiness? It signifies the calm after a storm, but the colors  themselves have an effect on our minds. People prefer certain colors over others due to a reason. This preference says volume about our personalities, because each color has an association with a reaction our brain gives when we internalize it.

Color psychology is a well known, but less explored branch of the study of how over brain perceives what it visualizes. The impact that colors have on our brains is used to manipulate our decision making by multiple facets of society.

Personality based on color


  • It is associated with war, energy strength, danger, Power, determination as well as passion, desire and love.
  • It enhances human metabolism, raises blood pressure and increases respiration rate.
  • It signifies danger at times and simultaneously attracts attention more them any other color.

Yellow – 

  • It is associated with happiness, joy, energy and intellect.

Bright pure yellow is an attention grabber

  • It may have a disturbing effect if over used.
  • It produces a warming effect, stimulates mental activity, arouses cheerfulness and generates muscle energy.


  • It is associated with joy and happiness.
  • It represents enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, attraction, success, encouragement, fascination, determination and stimulation.


  • It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, fertility and is the color of nature.
  • It has great healing power.
  • It symbolizes loyalty, trust, intelligence, wisdom, confidence, truth, faith and heaven.
  • It is considered beneficial to the mind and body.
  • It is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.
  • It provides a strong emotional correspondence with safety.
  • Green suggests stability and endurance.
  • It slows human metabolism and produces on calming effect.


  • It conveys wealth and extravagance.
  • It is associated with royalty. It symbolizes luxury, power and ambition.
  • Purple combines the stability of blue and energy of red.
  • It is associated with dignity, independence, creativity, wisdom, mystery and magic.


  • It is considered to be the color of perfection.
  • It is depicts faith and purity.
  • It is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity and virginity.
  • It can represent a successful beginning


  • Black is associated with power, elegance, mystery, evil and death.
  • It is a mysterious color associated with fear.
  • It denotes strength and authority, it is considered to be a very elegant, formal and prestigious color.
  • It is a symbol of grief.

We feel color. How or what we feel about it varies from person to person. Some color gives us a sense of serenity and calm,  the other induces rage and make us uncomfortable.

Color perception is subjective, and certain colors have a very universal significance. This is coded into our reptilian brain, giving us that instinctive feeling of fire being dangerous and the beach being relaying.

Color psychology is a very important tool used by artists and interior designers.

The reason that many offices have a lot of greys, blues and browns incorporated in their décor is because these colors tend to increase productivity. Color stimulates our brain, and it has been proven from ancient times to be useful alternative psychotherapy. The Egyptians and Chinese used colors to heal, a process. That is known as chromotherapy.

There are four psychological primary colors red, blue, Yellow and green. They relate respectively to the body, the mind, the emotions and the essential balance between these three.

The Bottom Line is that color psychology and associations are an interesting part of the complex working system of our brain. It’s no surprise that color is a main component of how we experience the world around us. Believe it or not the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions.

Shikha Drabu

Programme Coordinator

Interior Design Department

JIMS Lajpat Nagar


EDMODO: Web Enabled classroom tool


With the advent of the web enabled classroom tools, a throng of new possibilities on how to use online technologies such as social networking sites for blended learning has received an ample amount of attention from the society of researcher’s.The researchers finding the best possible way to capitalize on these tools. An upcoming social networking site catered especially for teaching and learning is Edmodo.


The benefits of Social Networking Sites (SNS) and the advantages of Edmodo compared to other SNSs. Social Networking Sites (SNS) such as MySpace and especially Facebook have rapidly earned fame among the current generation. Being aware of the popularity of SNSs among students, instructors started to apply their instruction with SNSs to primarily enhance student’s learning motivation and autonomy.  Various researchers have shown that the application of the social networking sites, if utilized in an appropriate manner can better engage the  students’ general learning performance, and strengthen their learning motivation and autonomy. SNS is a platform which provides an easy, accessible way to connect and interact with others, share ideas and opinions and gather feedback in a easy and quick way. SNSs allow interaction with others directly in a virtual environment. This feasibility creates a useful and enjoyable medium of communication, which keeps students engaging continuously.

Edmodo which is also a type of “Facebook” for the higher education. The basic purpose of this is to create a user friendly interface for the students, teachers and parents . However the difference between Edmodo and other Social Networking Site, it is a social learning platform for students, teachers and parents to collaborate, communicate, share content, access homework and view grades. The biggest advantage of Edmodo compared to other SNSs is that it has the inbuilt academic requirement for assessment such as Quiz, Assignment, Poll, etc. These features really support learning and communication between lecturers and students even when they are away from the campus. Besides that, parents can also view their children’s academic progress when the parents log in. As for the teacher, they are able to get the statistics of assessment immediately therefore reducing their time taken if they had to calculate it manually.


Edmodo is a free and secure learning platform designed by Jeff O’ Hara and Nick Borg in 2008 for teachers, students, parents, schools, and districts. This website looks similar to Facebook, but is much more private and safe because it allows teachers to create and manage accounts and only for their students, who receive a group code and register in the group, can access and join the group; no one else can participate or spy on the group (Jarc, 2010). The site provides a simple way for teachers and students in a virtual class to connect and collaborate. Borg and O’Hara believed that a social networking geared towards the needs of students could have a profound impact on how students collaborate and learn in their world, rather than the school setting their teachers grew up in (Bruce K. Gushiken, 2013). Teachers have noted that Edmodo even strengthened the relationships between students, and led to a stronger classroom community (Mills, 2011). Students can also share content, submit homework, assignments and quizzes, receive their teachers feedback, notes and alerts as well as voting on polls (Jarc, 2010).


Hence Edmodo can be seen as Learning Management System (LMS) which can facilitate teachers to set up and manage their online classes easily (Witherspoon, 2011). Edmodo was recognized by the American Association of School Librarians in 2011 as one of the top 25 websites that fosters the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration (Habley, 2011) in the category entitled “Social Networking and Communication”. Edmodo has more than 6.5 million users .


The use of Web-based learning technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade providing new opportunities and avenues for students to interact with their professors virtually using computer-mediated communication technologies (Li, L., & Pitts, J.P., 2009). Online communities provide an increased choice for people to choose to contact with anyone, especially those with common interests, values, beliefs or passions (Baym, 2002). Social networking sites such as “Facebook” and “MySpace” have been subject to much recent debate within the educational community. Whilst growing number of educators celebrate the potential of social networking to (re)engage learners with their studies, other fear that such applications compromise and disrupt young people’s engagement with traditional education provision.


On-line social networks are also an excellent communication tool for knowledge construction based on social relations, conversation, collaboration and shared work. Therefore the networks can be used as an extension of a physical classroom to help students stay in touch with their teachers, while the teachers and educational institutions to update their knowledge and learning methodologies as well as developing collaborative working (Arroyo, 2011). The social networking can benefit the students who are shy and do not participate in class can communicate with their teachers and classmates (Miller, 2011).


RASE Pedagogical model developed to support teachers to use online learning platform such as Moodle, Blackboard, etc in effective, student-centered and engaging way to achieve intended outcomes in their modules. The RASE model indicates that content Resources are not sufficient for full achievement of learning outcomes, we also need to plan Activities for students to engaged in using resources, Support to ensure that students are provided help and tools to independently solve emerging difficulties and lastly Evaluation to inform about student’s progress and serve us a learning tools to understand what else we need to do in other to ensure that learning outcomes are being achieved.

Edmodo is an excellent choice for launching or expanding digital learning in the K-12 classroom.

  1. It’s Free (and no Ads). They make money through in-application app purchases and they have venture funding capitol.
  2. It’s multi-platform
  3. It’s a safe environment for kids: With no advertisements, and a process for inviting and managing which students access which classes, it addresses the fundamental concerns of privacy and safety that are an issue with many other free tools on the Internet that are great for sharing content and social learning.
  4. It’s easy to learn and use: By not being overloaded with features, and offering learning aids like , Edmodo is not very hard to get started with.
  5. It’s a great platform for Blended Learning initiatives: If a teacher or a school is looking to get started incorporating more digital content in their curriculum and looking for a robust platform that is affordable.
  6. It facilitates various types Active Learning: It helps to provide assignments and related resources, have discussions about them, collaborate in defined groups, and provide a place where student-created digital content assignment can be posted.
  7. Features:Discussions, Learning Communities, a Parent Role, Analytics, Security, Groups,. Edmodo has the great features.

Alternatives available to EDMODO

Nearpod is being used by some of the school of nursing faculty. It addresses the need of getting students to collaborate on projects outside of the classroom. It flips the coursework perfectly, in that a homework assignment can be accessed anywhere, anytime on multiple devices.

Edsby is well-suited for day-to-day communication with students, either in the classroom, or at home. It makes planning course progression easier because of the built in day-by-day calendar for the semester. It is transferable, so the work one does in one semester can be copied over to the next.

The college uses Blackboard to develop and deliver online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses for students. We also use it for faculty and staff training…It helps us keep our course content together and allows documentation for grades and communications between faculty and students.

Auburn University uses the Canvas LMS campus wide. It is used for course administration as well as student/instructor communication and resource sharing. I have experience with other LMSs and I prefer using Canvas as opposed to other products. Students as well as faculty have embraced the system.

Schoology is used by THSD-211 primarily to augment classroom learning activities; assessment, feedback, grading, and communication among others. Schoology is also used to support professional learning, connect students with other learners, and engage parents and advisors in learning processes.

The most important one would be the resources available to support it. While this is true of any LMS product, the flip side of the flexibility and customization advantages is the cost and time to support the product.


Ms.Poonam Verma

Assistant Professor

Department of IT

JIMS Lajpat Nagar







Silence Your Mind and Be Blissful


You are what you think, how you perceive what is around you and how you correlate or manipulate the observations and interactions with the people you are in contact with.  Your mind is the master and what is there in your mind today is your persona.  No other person by his actions or reactions has power to make you happy or sad, till your mind decides in what state it wants to be.

Over the years your mind has developed certain co-relation algorithms based on your feelings, experiences and intellect. With the passage of time, ego becomes the self and gets into manipulations, greed, anxiety and competitiveness; The mind looks outward to the physical world and the ego becomes the doer. Our actions are controlled by our thinking, feeling patterns and on one’s belief system. These are created by extreme positive or negative thoughts which in one’s belief are the truth.

Every thought one thinks now affects his future. One’s actions are controlled by thoughts and their reactions which, are further based on thinking patterns created by mind. Whatever happens today or in whatever status and state of mind one is, it is the creation of one’s mind.  Mind is always active, dynamic and rather it flies, it never stops. All past events are only in your memory.  So it is your memory that makes you suffer.  It is not the people who make you suffer.  Understand this simple truth. .  Nobody is now causing your suffering.  It is the memory in your mind that inflicts the suffering. Spend a few minutes daily observing your thoughts like a third person.  This helps because then you slowly make it a habit to be “aware” of your thoughts.

At the time of birth, the child is very joyful, detached has no boundaries. As we grow we get attached to our body and start enjoying worldly pleasures and forget our true nature and develop ego. We get into narrow I, me and mine attitude and a mindset that I am the doer. Ego is limited, fearful, greedy and narcissistic.  All our emotional and psychological problems emanate from this ego and erroneously we try to solve all these difficulties by trying to strengthen our ego. Ego is the identity of a person. Person gets in to rat race of possession, forgetting that he will be destroyed one day only left will be the soul/ mann,

To be always in a state of bliss you have to silence the mind, bliss is realized only when mind is free of thoughts. Being  in the present and performing  all  worldly duties to the best of individual’s ability, without consideration to the results or the outcome puts the mind in a state of no anxiety and leads to peace of mind a joyful state.

The more you lose your ego, the more you will love others.  Spirituality embraces all that exists as one, loving everything and everyone.  To lose ego one needs to look inwards and calm the mind.  Be in that state and remember Godliness.  It is easier said than done.   You can do it better by being in the company of believers in GOD the supreme conscience. Have faith that there is one and only one super conscience the GOD who is the creator and destroyer. He is Omni present so he is present within you and outside. He is the creator, the creation and the destroyer.  There is nothing else but supreme super consciousness which has all the qualities, knowledge and wisdom, no one knows how many as he the ultimate, and unique. Whatever happens is his will, He is the doer. Supreme conscience expands and contracts on its own will and when expands manifests in living/ non living objects/illusion. Sing his praise with love and devotion and Remember always and every time that you are not the doer whatever is happening is the will of the Supreme power.

Human race is unique with body, mind and an element of supreme conscience called by many as soul or mann.   The aim of life is to remain connected with your roots throughout the life journey by following His will and performing duties towards self, family and society with due consideration to the fact that in every element of creation is the one and only one supreme.

Many seekers over the ages in different parts of the world as per their level of consciousness and prevailing social environment named Him as per the quality they perceived in the Almighty which led them to realize the super conscience. These noble souls are the true gurus.

These paths of realization propagated by true gurus have been followed by the followers of those noble souls and developed into modern religions. All paths are pious and lead to one and only one the Almighty. One should not jump from one to the other but follow one and will realize the supreme and be in a state of bliss by being in your true home the super conscience.



Prof. (Maj. Gen) M.P.Singh

Director – Jims Lajpat Nagar