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Precatory PREH-kə-tor-eePart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid-17th century
Precatory PREH-kə-tor-eePart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid-17th century
1Relating to or expressing a wish or request.
Examples of Precatory in a sentence “Her letter had a precatory tone as she asked for money for the foundation.” “A marriage proposal is one of most commonly precatory experiences in life.”

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“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” — George Moore

HBD’s in July 2021

Birthdays: July 2021

Birthday July 2021 Content Marketing Ideas

Princess Diana – 1 July

Pamela Anderson – 1 July

Lindsay Lohan – 2 July

Margot Robbie – 2 July

Tom Cruise – 3 July

Julian Assange – 3 July

Harbhajan Singh – 3 July

Post Malone – 4 July

PV Sindhu – 5 July

Kevin Hart -6 July

50 Cent – 6 July

Sylvester Stallone – 6 July

Frida Kahlo – 6 July

Ranveer Singh – 6 July

Dalai Lama – 6 July

Sachin Bansal – 6 July

Ringo Starr – 7 July

MS Dhoni – 7 July

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – 7 July

Sourav Ganguly – 8 July

Tom Hanks – 9 July

Guru Dutt – 9 July

Nikola Tesla – 10 July

Sofia Vergara – 10 July

Alessia Cara – 11 July

Giorgio Armani – 11 July

Malala Yousafzai – 12 July

Harrison Ford – 13 July

Ken Jeong – 13 July

Patrick Stewart – 13 July

Conor McGregor – 14 July

Shiv Nadar – 14 July

Ariana Huffington – 15 July

Katrina Kaif – 16 July

Mallika Dua – 17 July

Vin Diesel – 18 July

Priyanka Chopra – 18 July

Kristen Bell – 18 July

Richard Branson – 18 July

Smriti Mandhana – 18 July

Benedict Cumberbatch – 19 July

Gisele Bündchen – 20 July

Naseeruddin Shah – 20 July

Robin Williams – 21 July

Selena Gomez – 22 July

Willem Dafoe – 22 July

Daniel Radcliffe – 23 July

Woody Harrelson – 23 July

Jennifer Lopez – 24 July

Amelia Earhart – 24 July

Azim Premji – 24 July

Pankaj Advani – 24 July

Matt LeBlanc – 25 July

Jim Corbett – 25 July

Sandra Bullock – 26 July

Jason Statham – 26 July

Mick Jagger – 26 July

Helen Mirren – 26 July

Kriti Sanon – 27 July

Disha Patani – 27 July

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – 27 July

Dhanush – 28 July

Sanjay Dutt – 29 July

JRD Tata – 29 July

Arnold Schwarzenegger – 30 July

Lisa Kudrow – 30 July

Henry Ford – 30 July

Christopher Nolan – 30 July

Sonu Nigam – 30 July

Sonu Sood – 30 July

J.K. Rowling – 31 July

Kiara Advani – 31 July

Premchand – 31 July

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Lessons you can learn from Ariana Huffington’s life
  • Infographic idea: X Best Tom Cruise movies to watch
  • Video idea: X Outrageous Mick Jagger moments
  • Podcast idea: Should Julian Assange be extradited?

Festivals: July 2021

Festivals: July 2021

Festivals july 2021 Content Marketing ideas

Eid-ul-Adha/ Bakr Id – 20 July

Guru Purnima – 24 July

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: What are the observances during Bakr Id?
  • Infographic idea: X Sweet dishes to prepare during Bakr Id
  • Video idea: What is the significance of Guru Purnima?
  • Podcast idea: How do impactful teachers change your lives?

Fun days: July 2021

Fun days: July 2021

Fun day Ideas July 2021

International Joke Day – 1 July

World UFO Day – 2 July

International Plastic Bag Free Day – 3 July

World Chocolate Day – 7 July

International Rock Day – 13 July

World Snake Day – 16 July

World Emoji Day – 17 July

World Jump Day – 20 July

International Chicken Wing Day – 29 July

World Ranger Day – 31 July

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Myths around Area 51
  • Infographic idea: X Chicken wing recipes you must try at least once
  • Video idea: X Fun upcycling projects you can do at home
  • Podcast idea: How can ingesting fish with microplastics affect your health?

What’s New in July

July 2021 – Scatter Content Calendar

July 2021 Content Marketing Ideas

What’s new in July 2021?

As the scorching summer gives way to copious rains, India breathes a sigh of relief. Monsoon touches all aspects of our lives and people look for all kinds of information starting from monsoon skin to monsoon hair fall, to monsoon travel destinations, to monsoon fashion. This gives the brand a wide broad canvas to strike multiple relevant conversations with the customers this July 2021.

New TDS, TCS provisions applicable from July 1

Tds and EPF

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: What are the changes that have been implemented according to the new rules?
  • Infographic idea: X apps that can help you file your taxes
  • Video idea: TDS vs TCS: How do they differ?
  • Podcast idea: Is it necessary to take a re-look at our country’s taxation system?

Fixed days:

GST Day – 1 July 2021

gst day

This day marks the anniversary of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: How does GST benefit businesses?
  • Infographic idea: What are the different GST slabs applicable across products?
  • Video idea: The steps it took for GST to be implemented
  • Podcast idea: A look back: has GST actually been helpful?


National Doctor’s Day – 1 July 2021

Doctors day

This day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of doctors to individual lives and communities.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: What are the most difficult specializations for doctors to master?
  • Infographic idea: Which countries have the best doctor-to-patient ratio?
  • Video idea: A year in the pandemic: Stories of doctors who worked tirelessly during the pandemic
  • Podcast idea: How can doctors take care of their mental health?

A brand campaign that worked:

This ad by Max Hospital shows how doctors work hard when you are sick, to make sure that you reach home to your loved ones as soon as possible.

Scatter – My fav Content Newsletter

JULY 2021CONTENT CALENDARA lot of heart goes into the creation of this monthly newsletter.
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July – The monsoon with all its hope, trials and tribulationsThere is something magical about July. The sky is overcast, the temperatures have dropped, and the scorching summer heat is a distant memory. This time, many of us are also praying that the rain washes away the memories of the difficult summer of 2021. We can always see the signs of invigorated hope all around us. People might cautiously decide to step out of their homes to resume their normal lives, yet again. With schools and colleges mulling reopening, students will be eager to interact with their peers on campus. The threat might not be gone- but committing to social distancing and taking vaccinations on time seem to be the long-term solution that could help us go back to the happy-go-era of mask-less socializing. Until then, it looks like we might still be in the home stretch to beat the pandemic.  However, staying indoors for a little while longer isn’t bad- you can still continue your efforts to connect with your customers. From World Youth Skills Day to International Day of Friendship, this month is chock-a-bloc with events that can help you initiate conversations and further your brand’s #contentmarketing efforts. Read our July blog to see what Scatter Recommends
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29th June 2021 MOST READ THIS MONTH: Insurgency in Mozambique: Oil and Gas under threat?
The insurgency in Mozambique hit international headlines in early 2021 following a multi-pronged, well-organised and deadly attack on Palma – just a few kilometres away from one of Mozambique’s oil and gas interests at the multi-billion dollar Total Energy site in Afungi. Senior Regional Analyst for Africa, Viraj Pattni, explores the origins, background, tactics, targets and significant activities of the group behind these attacks, and takes a look at some possible scenarios going forward, and the threat level presented by the Mozambique insurgency. ⇒ CONTINUE READING
 War in Afghanistan: What does it mean for the future of the TAPI Gas Pipeline? The latest episode of The Insight explores the ongoing conflict between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s security forces that has created severe, widespread insecurity in the country, a situation that could be further exacerbated by the planned US withdrawal from Afghanistan by 11th September 2021.
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Catch up: Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean – The Geopolitical Impact of Greece/Turkey relations
READ [5 MIN]:Conflict between Greece and Turkey, with overlapping claims of sovereignty in Agean and Eastern Mediterranean seas leading to regular clashes and occasional significant flare-ups, caused the EU and US to call for de-escalation at a recent NATO summit. We took a look at this ongoing ‘frozen conflict’ and the likelihood of any escalation between the two countries.
Catch up: Instability and insurgency in the Sahel – The key security risks to gold mining operations
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READ [5 MIN]:A deadly insurgency being waged by Al Qaeda and Islamic State affiliated jihadists, a fragile political situation, severe levels of poverty and weak state authority are just some of the security challenges being faced across the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Our report dives deep into the risks facing companies looking to capitalise on the region’s rich gold resources.
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Coming Soon: Kidnap and Ransom Activity in South America 
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10 Quotes From Presidential Speeches That Made History | Inspiring Quotes

To celebrate the anniversary of that stirring speech, here are 10 other presidential speeches that have changed the course of history.

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant… I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.
— George Washington

George Washington’s “Farewell Address” of 1796 set the standard that U.S. presidents would serve only two terms in office. As the most popular figure of his day, and the first to hold this office,, Washington could have served as President for life. Instead, he chose to step down from his position of power, putting the good of the nation before his personal ambition. Washington had already displayed his selflessness when, in 1783, he gave up his military power to Congress. When King George III of England was told Washington meant to return to private life he declared, “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
— Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic “House Divided” speech in 1858 when he was chosen as the Republican nominee for the presidency. The United States was already on the precipice of war over the matter of slavery, and Lincoln told voters that they would not be able to ignore the issue much longer. There would have to be a great reckoning, and it was not one that Lincoln intended to lose.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
— Abraham Lincoln

After Lincoln won the presidency in 1861, the United States endured a bloody civil war over the issue of slavery. In his second Inaugural Address in 1865, with the Union at the precipice of  victory and millions of enslaved people freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln set out his bold vision of reconstruction and reconciliation between the North and South.

It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in; and particularly that it be made safe for every peace-loving nation which, like our own, wishes to live its own life, determine its own institutions, be assured of justice and fair dealing by the other peoples of the world as against force and selfish aggression. All the peoples of the world are in effect partners in this interest, and for our own part we see very clearly that unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us.
— Woodrow Wilson

Despite campaigning for President on a vow not to enter the First World War, Woodrow Wilson found himself leading the United States into the conflict. In 1918, looking toward the peace that would follow the war, Wilson gave a speech setting out 14 points necessary for a lasting settlement. His plan led to the creation of the League of Nations, which paved the way for the United Nations of today.

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

In Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first Inaugural Address in 1933, he set out clearly the dire state of the nation amid the Great Depression. Yet he also sought to comfort Americans and promised change. Reflecting that fear itself was the only true obstacle, Roosevelt set out his project to rebuild the United States, the New Deal, telling his audience that “this nation asks for action, and action now.

The United States pledges before you — and therefore before the world, its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma — to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.
— Dwight Eisenhower

In 1953, the United States and the Soviet Union were facing each other in a Cold War that threatened at any moment to turn into a destructive conflict of atomic warfare. In his “Atoms for Peace” speech, Eisenhower opened up nuclear technology to the world, instead of guarding it secretly. Trading fear for knowledge, this helped demystify the new science, which paved the way for the development of nuclear energy around the globe.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
— John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy laid down a challenge to Americans and to the world in his Inaugural Address of 1961. His speech set the tone for a government that would bring the nation together and foster a global community. Promoting service over selfishness, he promised the country that no challenge would be too great if people worked together.

We cannot, we must not, refuse to protect the right of every American to vote in every election that he may desire to participate in… It is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.
— Lyndon Johnson

The United States in 1965 (as it is now) was struggling with issues of racial injustice. After 600 civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, were brutally attacked by state troopers, the nation was shocked into action. President Johnson went to Congress and pressed for the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The new law would guarantee equal rights to vote to all U.S. citizens by abolishing discriminatory voting laws.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
— Ronald Reagan

The Cold War had dragged on for 40 years by the time President Reagan stood to speak beside the Brandenburg Gate in a divided Berlin in 1987. Outlining simple demands, he challenged the Soviet Union to speed up its promises of reform and freedom. It marked the closing chapter of an age of uncertainty, and promised better relations between the two global superpowers.

For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we’ve been told we’re not ready or that we shouldn’t try or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.
— Barack Obama

In a campaign speech in New Hampshire in 2008, Barack Obama hit on a phrase that channelled the optimism of America. He would later repeat it in his acceptance speech delivered on November 4, 2008 in Chicago after his victory.. He reminded Americans, “A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination… America, we have come so far.”

Powerful Words From Our Favorite Divas, From Madonna to Beyoncé | Inspiring Quotes


Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
– Dolly Parton


There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.
– Rihanna


Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.
– Beyoncé


Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people.
– Aretha Franklin


I’ve been out of the box my whole entire career and I’m staying out of the box.
– Donna Summer


As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support and be enlightened by.
– Madonna


I didn’t need a role model. I didn’t need to try to be like someone else. I just needed to be me.
– Queen Latifah


Continue to embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. You are enough.
– Janelle Monáe


I don’t think that we are born with a finite number of dreams. One thing about dreams is that they can be whatever you want them to be, you don’t have to put a limit on them, you don’t even have to know them.
– Cher


It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
– Lena Horne


It takes a long time to get to be a diva. I mean, you gotta work at it.
– Diana Ross


I don’t care what people think about me, I care what they think about themselves.
– Lady Gaga


The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!
– Dolly Parton


Don’t try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you.
– Beyoncé


You have to be unique and different and shine in your own way.
– Lady Gaga


I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.
– Taylor Swift


A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
– Madonna


For me, success is a state of mind. I feel like success isn’t about conquering something; it’s being happy with who you are.
– Britney Spears

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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Leo Tolstoy on Kindness and the Measure of Love

acalendarofwisdom.jpg?w=680“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now,” Jack Kerouac wrote in a beautiful letter to his first wife and lifelong friend. Somehow, despite our sincerest intentions, we repeatedly fall short of this earthly divinity, so readily available yet so easily elusive. And yet in our culture, it has been aptly observed, “we are never as kind as we want to be, but nothing outrages us more than people being unkind to us.” In his stirring Syracuse commencement address, George Saunders confessed with unsentimental ruefulness: “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.” I doubt any decent person, upon candid reflection, would rank any other species of regret higher. To be human is to leap toward our highest moral potentialities, only to trip over the foibled actualities of our reflexive patterns. To be a good human is to keep leaping anyway.

In the middle of his fifty-fifth year, Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) set out to construct a reliable springboard for these moral leaps by compiling “a wise thought for every day of the year, from the greatest philosophers of all times and all people,” whose wisdom “gives one great inner force, calmness, and happiness” — thinkers and spiritual leaders who have shed light on what is most important in living a rewarding and meaningful life. Such a book, Tolstoy envisioned, would tell a person “about the Good Way of Life.” He spent the next seventeen years on the project.


Leo Tolstoy

In 1902, by then seriously ill and facing his own mortality, Tolstoy finally completed the manuscript under the working title A Wise Thought for Every Day. It was published two years later, in Russian, but it took nearly a century for the first English translation, by Peter Sekirin, to appear: A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts (public library). For each day of the year, Tolstoy had selected several quotes by great thinkers around a particular theme, then contributed his own thoughts on the subject, with kindness as the pillar of the book’s moral sensibility.

Perhaps prompted by the creaturely severity and the clenching of heart induced by winter’s coldest, darkest days, or perhaps by the renewed resolve for moral betterment with which we face each new year, he writes in the entry for January 7:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThe kinder and the more thoughtful a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people.

Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy, and dull things become cheerful.

At the end of the month, in a sentiment Carl Sagan would come to echo in his lovely invitation to meet ignorance with kindness, Tolstoy writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngYou should respond with kindness toward evil done to you, and you will destroy in an evil person that pleasure which he derives from evil.


Art by Olivier Tallec from Big Wolf & Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme.

In the entry for February 3, he revisits the subject:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngKindness is for your soul as health is for your body: you do not notice it when you have it.

After copying out two kindness-related quotations from Jeremy Bentham (“A person becomes happy to the same extent to which he or she gives happiness to other people.”) and John Ruskin (“The will of God for us is to live in happiness and to take an interest in the lives of others.”), Tolstoy adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngLove is real only when a person can sacrifice himself for another person. Only when a person forgets himself for the sake of another, and lives for another creature, only this kind of love can be called true love, and only in this love do we see the blessing and reward of life. This is the foundation of the world.

Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.

Feast on more of Tolstoy’s deeply nourishing Calendar of Wisdom here. Complement this particular fragment with Albert Einstein on the meaning of kindness, Jacqueline Woodson’s lovely letter to children about kindness, and Naomi Shihab Nye on the remarkable true story behind her beloved poem “Kindness,” then revisit Tolstoy on love and its paradoxical demands, his early diaries of moral development, and his deathbed writings on what gives meaning to our lives.



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Naomi Shihab Nye’s Beloved Ode to Kindness, Animated

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How Kindness Became Our Forbidden Pleasure

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Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

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Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is Heeere’s Johnny Day? On this day in 1955, CBS introduced the prime-time variety show, The Johnny Carson Show. The half-hour program was one of the first starring vehicles for Carson, a Los Angeles-based comedian who came to the network’s attention as a monologue writer for The Red Skelton Show. Trivia fans: Ironically, the CBS show wasn’t well received and was cancelled 11 months later!