We all read the newspapers even today.\nBut in the past 4-5 years, newspapers have been replaced by the internet as my main source of news.\nBy the time I read the papers in the morning, most of the news printed in the papers that arrive in the morning\u00a0 is stale.\nNot only has it been reported on the web within minutes of the occurrence, it has also been regurgitated and\u00a0 analysed and overanalysed and spiced up with the opinions of not just the experts but every citizen journalist or reader with access to a type-pad.\nThe weight I (and most others) assign to the analysis on the internet is less than that of the electrons that get together to create the letters on my screen. But if one ignores the analysis and sticks to the original aim of\u00a0 delivery of facts, there is no doubt that the net has created a huge dent in the usefulness of newspapers.\nThe fall\u00a0 is probably a result of the 24-hour print cycle \u2013 for,\u00a0 newsmakers seem to have absolutely no regard for paper deadlines and they go around creating news at whatever time they feel like \u2026..absolutely inconsiderate don\u2019t you think?\n \nIn this era of instant results, who has the time to wait for news until the next morning!\nSo though the newspaper is still useful \u2013 it is used more a reference for event listings and sales and not so much for the world news updates.\nThere has been a shift in the role of the newspaper at least in my own life, over the past decade.\nFlashback to the 1950s \u2013 to an era that I did not experience at all\u00a0 \u2013 newspapers appear to have played a very important role in the days of people.\nA considerable amount of time was spent reading it and it appears that the reading of a newspaper was almost a ceremonial act in the day of a gentleman. Read at home or at the club, this was an essential and important task to be accomplished for fruitful conversation to follow.\nAnd to assist in the reading ceremony, an object was created to enable men to turn the pages of the newspapers so as to not get their hands stained with newspaper ink!\nImagine how significant the newspaper reading must have been for accessories to be created to support this activity!!\nIt might even be that a small industry of manufacturers thrived to fulfill the accessory needs of newspaper readers! And in an effort to differentiate their products, competitors began adding some unique feature to theirs. Some might have been enhanced functionally, while others were enhanced aesthetically. And as the competition grew fiercer, the brands in the latter group evolved to become prettier and prettier!\nUntil there came a day, when the design of the newspaper-turner reached its aesthetic zenith and stunned the world with its beauty. And then we had THIS newspaper turner:\nPresenting the most beautiful newspaper-turner I have ever seen:\n[truth be told,\u00a0 it is the only newspaper-turner I have ever seen ].\n\u00a0\n\nThe sliver of the main body was handcrafted out of perfumed sandalwood and then embellished with perfectly carved ivory overlay\u2026.\n\nThe ivory carving is overlaid on both sides as can be seen in the above photo taken in front of the mirror.\n\nWhen I saw it, I was compelled to bring it home \u2013 partly because it was just so beautiful. And partly because I thought it would ease my daily struggle of turning the large sheets of newspaper whilst juggling a large cup of coffee.\nI tried it. And failed. All that happened was that I\u00a0 was struggling with 3 things instead of 2. Clearly I do not have the grace of the gentlemen of the old world.\nAnd so, that beautiful piece has now been shifted to the art shelves and is in the queue to get framed and displayed on some wall, somewhere, someday.\n\u00a0\njm\nJune 2016\n#art #antiques #artobject\nExotic Art from an Exotic Era\nThe post Exotic Art from an Exotic Era appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.