The cult that is Mona Lisa.

Almost 500 years old, this painting is a milestone in the history of art. Mona Lisa has had many a reasons to sustain people’s interests through generations and has been the topic of thesis by many. Its secrets, art techniques, dimensions, calculations, her smile, her posture, her dress, the background and the artist’s thought behind the painting are just a few of the many things people have researched on Mona Lisa. The author, Dan Brown, took the secrets to another level in his book - Da Vinci Code, where the painting was shown to reflect the sacred union of male and female implied in the holy union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene! 

As a designer, what is more interesting is how Mona Lisa has managed to evolve with every generation. It is not just an inspiration for artists or historians but a muse for every new pop culture where Mona Lisa is used to interpret the ‘change’ in the society. Mona Lisa has witnessed various pop cultures, entertainment, cartoons, gimmicks, or strong political statements. Below are a few examples that I found and liked:

1. Mona Lisa takes a selfie.

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2. Mona Lisa grows old.

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3. Mona Lisa goes hippie.

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4. The Avatar of Mona Lisa.

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5. Mona Lisa in a Hijaab.

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6. Mona Lisa shows the finger.

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7. Mona Lisa Simpson.

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8. Mona Lisa in Lego.

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9. Barbie Mona Lisa Collection.

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10. Mona Lisa’s Driving License (Comic)

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11. Mona Lisa is pop art.

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12. Mona Lisa in abstract line art.

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Social Media influencers you must follow.

As a social media professional/enthusiast, one follows social media e-mags, blogs, and other resources which provide good alerts and news. But, I recently stumbled upon a list of some strong social media influencers who provide not just news but advise, tips, trends and guidance on social media.

Here’s the list. Hope it helps:

Urban Dictionary

True meaning of today’s internet terms:

I Googled it - Randomly searching through a whole lot of stuff

I Wikied it - Authentically searching through a whole lot of relevant stuff

I Facebooked it - Telling people who I know 

I Tweeted it - Telling people who I don’t know

I Blogged about it - Writing, like I own a magazine

I Instagrammed it - I am too cool for facebook photo updates and twitpics.

I Gmailed it - I have a gmail ID. Talk to me only if you have one!

What to show, what not to show! How to keep your identity safe on Facebook?

Facebook has encouraged more and more transparency and openness about one’s day-to-day issues, work, relations and life, in general. From letting your friends know about your relationship to your workplace to your trip photos, to where you are dining tonight, to even your current mood! Facebook is like a log of your where-abouts and the easiest tool to stalk you!

Here are a few ways you can and must protect your identity on Facebook:

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Five tips to brand yourself, digitally.

Internet maybe the “virtual world” but it’s run by real world characters. From an office boy to a CEO, everyone has a mark on the web, which becomes extremely influential when someone is looking you up on the internet and thus is an important aspect of your portfolio management. Here are a few simple steps, with which you can manage your digital persona and present yourself the way you want to.

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