Commenting on his appointment, Carrion said: “I’m delighted to be overseeing one of our industry’s foremost data science teams and feel confident that Gaming1 can continue its impressive growth streak in the weeks and months ahead. In August, Gaming1 released a suite of AI-powered responsible gambling tools, which aim to monitor customer behaviour and identify early signs of problem gambling using artificial intelligence and data machine learning technologies. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address “We are a data-obsessed company so with David’s precise, data-driven approach, as well as a remarkable skillset and experience portfolio, he’s perfectly placed to help take our brand to the next level.” People moves His tenure at The Stars Group saw him develop the strategy, teams and technology for SEO, PPC, paid social marketing, affiliate and display marketing operatoins, leading several award-winning campaigns. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Carrion joins having previously worked for Spanish casino group Cirsa, and The Stars Group, where he served as group director of performance marketing before becoming marketing director for PokerStars in 2017. In his new role, Carrion has been tasked with leading Gaming1’s international profile, and overseeing its data science team. Gaming1’s chief operating office and co-founder, Sylvain Boniver, added: “On behalf of everyone here at Gaming1, I’d like to wish David the warmest of welcomes. A world-class addition to our team, his appointment forms part of a recruitment drive aimed at accelerating our continued international expansion into crucial markets such as the US. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain David Carrion named as Gaming1 CMO Topics: Casino & games People People moves “The company’s history and goals align very closely with my own, and the strength of our talented team gives me full confidence that we can make these ambitious expansion targets a reality.” Stars Group veteran David Carrion has been named the new chief marketing officer of Belgium-based technology supplier and online casino operator, Gaming1. 5th October 2020 | By Aaron Noy
RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2005 presentation For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2005 presentation Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
ASO Savings and Loans Plc (ASOSAV.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about ASO Savings and Loans Plc (ASOSAV.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ASO Savings and Loans Plc (ASOSAV.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ASO Savings and Loans Plc (ASOSAV.ng) 2010 annual report.Company ProfileASO Savings and Loans Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing mortgage banking products and services. The company also offers a range of transactional accounts, fixed deposits and financial loans as well as e-banking solutions such as mobile and desktop banking. Real estate investment banking products and services offered by ASO Savings and Loans includes residential and commercial real estate finance, loan syndication and structuring, financial advisory and integrated financing. The company offers services related to deal underwriting, lease documents analysis and business plan modeling. ASO Savings and Loans has delivered social mortgages to beneficiaries under the National Housing Fund Scheme and directly developed five housing estates around Abuja. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. ASO Savings and Loans Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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photographs: Kai NakamuraPhotographs: Kai NakamuraSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADText description provided by the architects. The narrow site is located at the heart of Osaka, surrounded by the back of some apartment houses. The client wants to have a view towards the Yodo River from the house, as well as having a rooftop terrace for enjoying the annual firework competition above Yodo River.Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraInstead of simply putting openings on the direction to Yodo River, we displayed the small windows from the ground to second floor spirally, as if they were swirling. This arrangement of openings frames the view in particular to the river, the street and the sky. By connecting the interior with the fantastic view, the volume of the living space also expands visually. We decided to use small windows rather than installing big windows in the center of the elevation, because it will provide a balance between the sense of freedom and the need of privacy for the households in its urban context.Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraIn terms of construction, the plaster is applied on the walls, which become surfaces without joints but sashes. This allows us to place the windows freely on the surface. Besides, it was not possible to build a bearing wall on single flat surface due to the spiral display of the windows, so we used a steel frame to support and managed to realize a spiral form of bearing walls. Also, the opening on each slab is triangular via using Hiuchi-beam a beam spans diagonally. These triangular cuts on the slab form a fluid spiral volume for the circulation internally, from the ground to the terrace. Although it’s a minor geometry change, it creates a flow for both the interior and the exterior of the building, which shows a sophisticated relation with the complicated context.Save this picture!Structure DiagramProject gallerySee allShow lessGöteborg Bathing Culture / raumlaborSelected ProjectsLecture: Hamonic+Masson & Associés in ShanghaiLecture Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeAlphaville ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOsakaJapanPublished on October 25, 2015Cite: “Spiral Window House / Alphaville Architects” 24 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Houses “COPY” Architects: débert architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Photographs ArchDaily Area: 494 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933186/duplex-villa-debert-architects Clipboard Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933186/duplex-villa-debert-architects Clipboard 2018 Duplex villa / débert architects Photographs: Balázs Danyi, Tamás Bujnovszky Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Balázs Danyi+ 35Curated by Paula Pintos Share Hungary “COPY” Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Hansgrohe, Sika, Guardian Glass, Laufen, MIRAGE, Wienerberger, Schuco, VMZINCEngineering:Attila Wächter, Sami ZinaeddinLandscape:Borbála Gyüre, Gergyely LádCity:BudaörsCountry:HungaryMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Balázs DanyiRecommended ProductsPlasticsEGGERABS End-Grain EdgingPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. Environment. Central Hungary, agglomeration of Buda, western verge of Budaörs. The street lies in the catchment area of Huszonnégyökrös Hill and cuts a rift among its slopes, leading to popular hiking routes, birding spots, and panoramic vistas. Due to the atmospheric conditions, gliders taking off from Budaörs and Farkashegy airports can be seen flying above the hill’s ridge in clear weather.Save this picture!© Balázs DanyiThe building plots are 100 metres deep between two nature reserves. The sky and landscape provide a sense of vast space with 360 panoramas in certain viewpoints of the site. A vista of several dozen kilometres opens up towards the Danube between the cumulating forms of Huszonnégyökrös Hill, Csík Hill, Út Hill, Odvas Hill, and the Törökugrató Hill. Siting. the plot’s location is serene and descends towards the east-northeast. The road leads right to the foot of the site. The view and the sunshine would turn the living rooms into two different directions, the place favors twofold oriented, multifunctional, large living spaces.Save this picture!© Balázs DanyiSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyThe installation preserves the mood and the natural sunlight of the street, as well as its unity and relation with the landscape. The retaining walls along with the sidewalk accord with human proportions, do not rise above chest-height. Walking up the street, the observer will see the slope slide towards the retaining wall in its original angle, its forms outlined by mostly flat natural lighting. Trimmed shrub patches on the edges of the garden filter scenic perspective. The house ascends towards the apex of the site towards sunlight and panorama, while on lower ground, completely below the natural terrain, lies utility wing without positive mass. Garden. the building body and floral garden, split by a pedestrian pathway, form one harmonized pattern: the slope, once an orchard, covered by a green blanket — by the subtly abstract move — dissolves into wide, slightly curving ribbons at the ledges of the street.Save this picture!© Balázs DanyiThe blanket and the building both open up along the pathway. In front of the house, in the garden, we recall former orchard with green lawn and a few smaller-scale, blooming, fragrant fruit trees, as well as some low shrubs in patches, thickening the layer of the green lawn. Behind the house, the foliage of medium-scale forest trees shapes a backdrop, standing above the vistas, providing shade from the south. House. the house is a smaller group of regular prisms, cut into a natural slope. Their geometry is modular, lower prisms split into two cubes, while the forms placed on the roof are both an eighth of a cube. The roof gardens rotate obscured from each other spontaneously behind building mass parts, but they both make equal use of the view.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyWe designed two apartments of equal value within the building. Due to the strong slope, instead of frontal gardens and terraces, landscape connects to the inner spaces via extensive roof gardens. The layout of the levels is reversed: below, near the ground, there are bedrooms under tempered conditions, the living rooms, as well as parental bedrooms, are situated upstairs with huge glass windows. On the roof, wall-to-wall terrace and panoramic view make up — at least partially — the flat garden. The drawing of the wall openings is a formal variation derived from the facade module. Ground floor openings are glassed in the exterior wall surface with wide wooden reveals behind the glass, visible from the outside. Floor-high glass windows on the upper level stand by the interior wall surface. The building structure draws silhouette along the glass edges.Save this picture!© Balázs DanyiThe facade is raw light grey, the solid sections dividing glass fields have darker patina grey colour. We tested natural light conditions of the building and the premises in sun studies of the two solstices and the equinox. Regarding the length of sunlight we found reassuring, that the hillside was traditionally an orchard, where apples, peaches, grapes, and strawberries ripen year after year.Save this picture!© Balázs DanyiProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Financial Park Offices / Helen & Hard + SAAHASelected ProjectsUNIBROWN Coffee Store / Mur Mur LabSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Budaörs, Hungary Duplex villa / débert architectsSave this projectSaveDuplex villa / débert architects CopyAbout this officedébert architectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookBudaörsHungaryPublished on February 06, 2020Cite: “Duplex villa / débert architects” 06 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 October 2007 | News Tagged with: corporate Payroll giving showcased at awards The Royal Mail won one category at the National Payroll Giving Awards in London last night (17 October) and achieved highly commended in two more.The Royal Mail won one category at the National Payroll Giving Awards in London last night (17 October) and achieved highly commended in two more.The company won the Best Relaunch of an Existing Campaign award for its campaign that was relaunched in January 2006 and has raised more than £700,000. The judges said it had clear objectives and with a large, dispersed workforce had been effective in bringing this together and integrating the scheme well with other forms of employee fundraising. Advertisement Best Overall Campaign was won by Pertempt People Development which achieved a high participation rate of 66 per cent of its workforce with very high donations per employee to a wide range of charities. Judges noted that payroll giving has become part of the culture of the company and is promoted as fully as possible within the group.The Best New Scheme award went to Haymarket Media Group who, with Workplace Giving UK managed to get a 28% sign up from its workforce of 1,200.Other winners included Ecclesiastical Insurance Gorup, Marshalls plc and Home Retail Group.This is the first year of the awards which have been introduced in the 20th year of payroll giving to recognise and reward employers with successful schemes and demonstrate best practice in their promotion to employees. 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Bid for Recovery global auction offers experiences with the world’s best bartenders Three nights bar-hopping in New YorkDante owner Linden Pride will introduce the winning bidders to his favourite NYC hotspots and hangouts on a bar crawl that “might just last three days”. The experience includes three nights’ accommodation in a New York design hotel, as well as dinner and drinks at both outposts of Dante on two different nights. Highlights of the items on offer include:Two nights in Paris and courtside seats at the French Open Ladies’ Final 2021Founding donor Perrier’s prize also includes a chauffeur-driven ride from the court to the five-star hotel George V for two nights where they will enjoy dinner at Le Cinq and Le George for memorable dinners, as well as a fragrance workshop at one of the city’s leading perfumeries. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A global gastronomic auction is underway this week, offering bar, restaurant and travel enthusiasts the opportunity to bid for remarkable experiences with the world’s best bartenders. The ‘Bid for Recovery’ auction is the work of the organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Bars.It is designed to raise funds to provide “direct and tangible financial relief for bars worldwide” as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.50 Best will distribute all proceeds of the Recovery Fund to restaurants, bars and non-profit organisations supporting the sector.The auction is the first fundraising event in the 50 Best for Recovery programme, announced last month, in partnership with founding donor Perrier. 50 Best will make additional donations to a number of charitable organisations that it has identified as supporting restaurants and their staff, as well as feeding those most in need.These include:the newly-founded Singapore Cocktail Bar Association;Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program (USA)Black Urban Growers (USA)Nosso Prato in Brazilthe Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund in South Africathe National Restaurant Association of India’s Feed the Needy campaignHoreca Next in BelgiumItaly’s Ambasciatori del Gustoand Chefs for Spain, the Spanish arm of World Central Kitchen.50 Best will also join forces with Social Gastronomy Movement, a global network of organisations across 38 different countries, in its Food Solidarity Fund intending to provide 1 million meals to those most in need. 50 Best BarsThe World’s 50 Best Bars provides a definitive list of the world’s best drinking venues, voted for by an Academy of over 530 experts worldwide. The list has been published annually since 2009. Additional drinks-based auction lots include:• Three-night eco-hotel package in the Caribbean with Matusalem, Dominican Republic• A mezcal masterclass for eight people with Jay Khan of Coa, Hong Kong• Three nights in a suite at Four Seasons Seoul and a bar shift at Charles H, South Korea• Hokkaido tour and blending your own bottle with Nikka Whisky’s Chief Blender, Japan• A week exploring Sydney with Matt Whiley of Scout, staying on Bondi Beach, Australia 303 total views, 1 views today Charles H Cocktail ExtravaganzaMark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “As soon as we started reaching out to bartenders and brands and challenged them to create amazing experiences to donate for the 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction, the response was unbelievable. From 3 July, anyone with a love for fine drinks and food will have the opportunity to bid on a host of lots that are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of these bars and brands, as we aim to raise as much money as possible to support our industry and give back to the global bar sector.” Home Comforts50 Best for Recovery also involves the publication of an e-cookbook entitled Home Comforts, featuring simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders, now on sale for a suggested $10 minimum donation. Money raised from the e-cookbook will also go direct into the 50 Best Recovery Fund and used to support the global hospitality sector. Tagged with: auction corporate fundraising COVID-19 Bid for Recovery lotsThe 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction will feature more than 130 lots, featuring an array of “the most extraordinary global gastronomic experiences imaginable”, together with rare and limited-edition items. The winner will receive their own private barrel bottling of Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This will yield around 120 bottles. This is the first time that Kentucky-based Michter’s has offered the opportunity to select a private barrel bottling of its 10 Year Bourbon. Howard Lake | 10 July 2020 | News Funding recipientsThe fund will provide direct contributions to bars and restaurants with grants of up to $5,000 per establishment. Applications will be open to independent restaurants and bars from any country in July. 50 Best states that it is “committed to ensuring that the funds are distributed to businesses led by individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.” The company states that it is “committed to using its platform to help fight for equality and inclusivity in the hospitality sector. The Black community has been hit disproportionately hard by coronavirus. This fact has and will continue to help shape the distribution of funds in the 50 Best for Recovery campaign.” 304 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A private barrel selection bottling of Michter’s 10 year BourbonMichter’s 10 year bourbon private barrel The auction will be conducted online at 50BestForRecovery.com. It runs from 3 to 12 July. Trip to Rioja with Beronia About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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ColumnsLaw On Reels : Nuance-Free Depiction Of A Lady Lawyer In ‘Four More Shots Please’ Sanjoy Ghose25 April 2020 12:01 AMShare This – x”I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”― Dolly Parton Allyson Berri, in her rather interesting article “What’s behind Dolly Parton’s rejection of feminism?” points out very interesting statistics. She says less millennial black women identify themselves as feminists (21%) compared to white women (26%). 75% of white women felt…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”― Dolly Parton Allyson Berri, in her rather interesting article “What’s behind Dolly Parton’s rejection of feminism?” points out very interesting statistics. She says less millennial black women identify themselves as feminists (21%) compared to white women (26%). 75% of white women felt that feminism had delivered whereas 46% of African American women concurred. In explanation, she suggests that often woman of colour are asked to chose between identities –race or gender and they were not comfortable sacrificing one identity for another. If this is the complexity of America one can imagine how nuanced is the discourse on feminism in India where each of us-men and women- seamlessly wear a myriad of identities-gender, caste, region, language and ethnicity. Having read so far, it would reasonable for you to raise your eyebrows and ask as to what all this has to do with the promised legal critique of a series on Amazon Prime-that too of its second season? My answer is that I propose to examine how this series-the underlying theme of which is women’s empowerment, “liberation” being both dated and corny, opts the easy route of oversimplification of the nuance and might, in the long run, damage the cause of the woman in the legal profession. First, a brief introduction to the readers who have better things to do during lock down-like exercise videos, saree challenges, legal webinars or cooking lessons-than serial binging. “Four More Shots Please-Season Two” (which hereinafter, in tribute to Karan Johar, unless the context should otherwise necessitate, be never be referred to as “FMSP”, which expression shall include its subsequent seasons and remakes decades later) is a story of four independent women who strike a friendship at a watering hole in the Millennium City. One is Kavya Arora, a lesbian gym-trainer from Punjab, the second is Damini Roy, an entitled bong journalist whose parents, for some strange reason, break in Bangla as spoken by Jackie Shroff in Devdas, the third is Siddhi Patel, the bubbly, almost schizophrenic, South Bombay Gujju girl who journeys from reticence to rockstar stand up comic in ten episodes and the fourth is Anjana Menon, a lawyer from National Law School (NLS-as she says repeatedly) whose early marriage ends in a divorce, leaving her to balance her time between an adorable baby girl and a demanding law-firm practice. Needless to add, there is an eerie similarity to the very popular “Sex and the City” series, with Manhattan replaced by Mahadevi. The concept of four independent ladies who know what they want and how to get it in a Man’s world remains intact. Even in this pack of four there is one lawyer, one writer and one easily embarrassed ‘decent’ girl. The character Samantha, my personal favorite, seems to have been distributed between the Indian bens and Samara-a Bollywood film star who falls in love with the trainer! We examine the character of Anjana Menon. I have no cinematographic talent and so I confine my analysis to the portrayal of a lady lawyer through this NLS graduate. Season Two distributes her life in three phases. The first half has her face male chauvinism in her law firm where she hits the road block of the proverbial boys’ club. Conceded that the subtleness of gender discrimination in the legal profession would require some exaggeration to take the message home to the viewer, however, the makers should have known better than to fashion Anjana’s firm in the likeness of a khichdi cooked up with bits of Suits, Ally Mcbeal and Boston Legal! I want to know in which firm would the male senior partner have a drinking party inside the office to drive home the boy’s club message? That is if you were thick enough not to get it in the preceding scene when Ms Menon’s client is handed over to her junior associate in a meeting in their presence-again which ass would do that? The second phase is the briefest and the funniest. Anjana quits her firm peeved at being passed over for the promotion and fights her first independent case for the poor designer whose dress has been ripped off by a powerful European Haute Couture House. This pits Anjana against the debonair and dashing Mr Bose while inexplicably the two have several meetings with each trying to suppress that irresistible urge to jump under the sheets with the other while having to make do with the sheaves of proposals for settlement. A high five for alternative dispute resolution and mediation apart, even now our informal legal resolution has not reached the levels of juvenility depicted with Ms Menon and Mr Bose flirtatiously snapping at each other in a roomful of mysteriously silent props-Bose’s colleagues! The third phase is when Anjana impresses Bose so much that he offers her senior partnership as well as an entry to his “open marriage”. After a little hesitation, enough to establish for the viewer that Ms Menon was not amoral, she is soon completely at ease with jointly vetting a legal contract in the buff with her senior partner, hidden away in a hotel suite. The expressive senior partner and his “new acquisition” have no hesitation in letting their attraction spill over to the conference room-again with the “colleague” props who fail to catch the chemistry between the star crossed lovers-which even a radar in Abbottabad would have detected. The character Ms Menon therefore etches two extremes of the legal profession for us. At one end is a competent woman lawyer by-passed by a boy’s club determined to keep the doors of professional advancement locked for her. At the other is this same hapless soul transformed into a senior partner in a sleeping partnership which also seems to work out swell for her professionally. Before we proceed further, as Ms Menon is presumably from Kerala and as her heart is in Bombay-let us begin by remembering the very first in the profession from these two places. Anna Chandy was born in 1905 when the place was known as Trivandrum. She was lucky to have been born in a kingdom whose regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi had her heart in the cause of advancement of women. In 1926, when Anna obtained her post graduation degree in law from Government Law College, she became the first woman in Kerala with a law degree. Chandy was a trail blazer taking up causes such as widow remarriage and wage disparity. It was this fire in her which led her to contest the Assembly elections in 1930. Some things have not changed with time and like women in the public space, and women in the legal profession have to face even now, immediate connections with a powerful man had to be traced out. Chandy was unfairly linked with the powerful Deewan of Travancore. Unperturbed she fought on and went on the serve in the Assembly from 1932 to 1934. In the assembly, Chandy thundered at her opponent for trying to “ban all efforts by women to gain employment, on the grounds that they are a bunch of creatures created for the domestic pleasures of men and that their lives outside the hallowed kitchen-temples will harm familial happiness.” It was this spirit that drove Chandy to be elevated as Munsif (judge) in 1937, then District Judge and finally, in 1959, to be the first woman High Court Judge of India. Justice Chandy was from Ms Menon’s home state. She may have been the first lady justice of an Indian High Court, some say Asia, but she certainly was not the first lady lawyer. That distinction went to a certain Parsi gentle-lady from Anjana’s adopted city-Mumbai. The city was called Bombay when Cornelia Sorabjee, one of nine children, became the first female graduate of Bombay University. Cornelia did not rest there. With funds contributed by several benefactors, which included the celebrated Florence Nightingale, this prodigy arrived in England in 1889. In 1892, through a special exemption decree, Sorabjee became the first woman to acquire a Bachelor of Law from Oxford. On return to India, she immersed herself in causes of women’s empowerment. The tragedy was she was not permitted to defend women in court on the ground that she did not have an Indian legal qualification. When she remedied that, she was still barred from practice in Indian Courts relying upon a law which disqualified woman lawyers. This foul law would finally be felled only in 1923. Even in 1924 when the Indian profession was open to women, despite the native fascination to hire English lawyers to plead their case, and many an English lawyer flourished in our chartered High Courts, like our Ms Menon would face a century later, Ms Sorabjee was sadly mostly confined to drafting work and giving opinions. She finally called it quits in 1929 and retreated to London. Would it be fair to weigh down poor Ms Anjana with the weight of this dual legacy? In fact, Anjana is make belief, should any lady lawyer- and mercifully with every passing year, the legal profession in India is seeing more and more women take up their rightful place as officers of the Court –have to be burdened with the weight of the historical struggle being fought for generations by India’s women lawyers to find their equal place under the sun in a cloistered eco-system which frowns on merit and is allergic to change? Before you brush this aside as a storm in a tea cup-an overreaction to what is otherwise a good binge worthy series giving the much needed joy and distraction to thousands sentenced to confinement with little to do, try to close your eyes and picture Mahatma Gandhi. Now honestly admit how many thought of Ben Kingsley! My point being that the suggestive power and subtle influence of the entertainment media cannot be underemphasized. The traditional barriers to women in the workplace apply with manifold amplification to her existence in the legal eco-sphere. Imagine, this is a profession which starts off by demanding time with the saying “Law is a jealous mistress”. With minimal salaries, long gestation, preference for pedigree, the legal profession is a Himalayan challenge for the healthy but unconnected male-so one can imagine what a veritable obstacle course it is for a woman. While lot is collected in the name of lawyer’s welfare, as in the case of everything else, the Coronavirus lockdown exposed how the system has remained blinded to the marginalized-lawyers had to crowd fund to support young lawyers left without any earning. There are hardly any initiatives to support lady members with facilities like maternity assistance and child care. It is not the lack of recourses that is the inhibitor every time; it is also the mindset. For example, the biggest stumbling block a lady lawyer on maternity leave faces is how to manage her case-a creative approach could put in place a system of volunteer lawyers who could come to the aide of such women. To my knowledge there is no scheme either to assist young lawyers, men and women rent or purchase office space to start on their own. After all, not all lawyers are as lucky as Ms Menon’s boyfriend (incidentally also from the NLS) who from being an intern in season one, in a matter of months, appears as a happening “junior partner” earning enough to want to support the EMI payments of his girlfriend’s Bombay Flat! Sadly, like in all other vocations, from acting to politics, even in law, we always find it so difficult to credit the dramatic success of a woman to her sheer grit, talent and determination. It is so easy to believe the angle of a “male benefactor”-after all that also serves the subtle purpose of discrediting and tainting her achievement. I am afraid that, given that we live in a world with this predisposition, a completely nuance-free, sleeping with a senior partner character might not help the cause of the female litigator in the long run-even if it be as a bona fide tribute to the sexual autonomy of the female of this age. How would I have viewed Ms Menon? Let’s ask how Ms Menon would herself have so wished. No one puts its as well as Tagore through the words of the Manipuri Princess Chitrangada. The besotted Arjuna, the Pandava Prince in exile, offered to put her on a pedestal and worship her if only she accepted his hand in marriage. Chitrangada replied, I neither aspire for a pedestal nor do I desire to serve thee as a slave, if possible treat me as an equal! (Sanjoy Ghose is a Delhi-based lawyer. He tweets @advsanjoy)(This is the fourteenth article in the “Law On Reels” series, which explores legal themes in movies) Next Story