RBI GOVERNOR’S TERM ABOUT TO END

RBI GOVERNOR’S  TERM ABOUT TO END
RBI GOVERNOR’S TERM ABOUT TO END Shruti Anand

RBI GOVERNOR’S TERM ABOUT TO END

RBI governor's term ends on 4 september following which the selection of new one is on head of the Union government. here is to the achievements and the work done by the governor in the short period that he served.

The 23rd Governor of RBI, Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan, has announced officially to his team that he would not serve a second term as their chief. He has planned to go back to his academic profession after his term ends on 3 September, 2016.

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sithara said that the government appreciates the work done by Raghuram Rajan as the Governor of RBI and respects his decision to continue in academics. If YV Reddy is known for bringing in highest GDP growth in the country during his tenure, then Dr. Raghuram Rajan’s has set a landmark in combating inflation and interest rates.

Rajan belongs to a family of learned individuals, his father Mr R Govindarajan being a member of Indian Police Service (IPS) who topped his 1953 batch. Rajan was academically proficient and is an alumini of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad where he earned a Post graduation diploma in business management.

After working as a professor in University of Chicago, he started handling policy issues. On 10 August, 2012 Rajan was appointed as the Chief adviser to India’s Ministry of Finance and later appointed as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by ex- Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Undoubtedly, Rajan has brought stabilisation in the economy. When he took over, Indian economy was labelled one of the ‘Fragile Five’ but his policies have shifted the country far from that list. The foreign reserves have boosted up the margin and the country’s development has shot up. Payment modes are highly expanded as he initiated mobile phone payment system as well, making it convenient from user’s point of view. He also developed a large loan database to improve mapping of distress in this area. Through such measures, inflation has been halved and savers earn positive interest after a long time. Currency has stabilised and our forex reserves are at a record high and the government has launched a 40 year bond for the first time. Many improvements have taken place in the RBI and consequently, the whole of the nation.

There have been quite a few tussles between Rajan and the government employees, for instance, Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, who asked him to lower interest rates but he wasn’t ready to bring it lower than the margin he sought. The media was occupied with news of their disagreements, but in the public interviews, they respected each other’s perspective. Unlike other RBI governors, Raghuram Rajan is the most popular amongst the youth and he claims a seat in clarifying and putting forward his opinions. He shares his opinions and his academic background supports him in interacting with students and people of all ages. He is dynamic, enthusiastic and carries a problem solving attitude.

He has served as a RBI governor for the least period and many educationists advocated that he should be reappointed for the next term. But, his self will to resign has to be respected and granted diligently.

The government is up with its task of choosing new RBI governor. It has shortlisted some names, four among them being, RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel, former Deputy Governors Rakesh Mohan and Subir Gokarn, and State Bank of India Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya.

The new governor is expected to control inflation like Rajan had worked for it. If everything goes well, the government is expected to announce the selected candidates’ name till 15 July.  Fingers cross, let us see who shoulders this huge responsibility from now on.1

The present trend of schooling is rather quick and early for toddlers. A child turns two and half years of age and parents are keen to send the child to playschool and begin the longest phase of a child’s life. The child learns to speak and develop various skills, and every parent has a dream that their child turns into a marvellous academician.

A child’s creativity and innovation gets hidden in the long monotonous and, sometimes useless, study material. Indian education system follows learning by cramping rather than knowledge. Practical knowledge is not where the school masters, rather grades and marks are the subject of significance. How irrelevant!

Undoubtedly, the awareness of other golden opportunities and careers came into light and people have come to respect those fields. For instance, sports, dance and music is given due importance, but the awareness rate is quite low. I have myself seen educated people comment on sport oriented people and discouraging them when they are busy toiling up the nights. To develop as a society and a nation, it is necessary that we change the way education is imparted to the newborns. Help them understand life values and give them the desired practical knowledge which gives them an edge over others.

Children are neither imparted logical reasoning nor encouraged to choose sports or extra- curricular activities as career. Once a child is successful in his field of work, then all mouths are shut. But before that, those always- open- mouthed people in the society doesn’t let you live peacefully.

In the age of Gurukuls, the child had to go to his teacher’s place named ashram and learn all the skills and build his personality. Knowledge wasn’t restricted to reading books and scriptures but overall personality development was given due importance. They were taught the skills that were required to lead a King’s life.

Over time, the education system has evolved and teaching- learning has become more systematic and compressed. No doubt, the subjects we study carry a particular significance but the real problem is about the style in which things are taught. To develop understanding, it is important that the concepts rather than marks are focused on. Children should understand by doing, not just by reading. Even Raghuram Rajan, the present governor of RBI, said that students must get a chance to learn by doing, not by reading. Almost all the educational institutions of developed and super power nations have adopted this method for education of their young generations.

Education must involve training for personality development and instilling values in a child which helps him distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. This way he will be a change seeker in this world, who would help change the orthodox and insensitive activities prevailing in the society. Though, a lot has changed in comparison to what existed previously, but still there are multiple things that can change for the betterment of all. Why do you think only a few percentage of people qualify the entrance exams of higher order even after being the high scorer at school and even the graduation level? Maybe, because marks are just the pretence of knowledge, not the actual statement of what you contain.

If parents are spending a large portion of their income in fulfilling the basic right of education, isn’t it the need of the hour that the quality of education should be enhanced? I guess it is.

Every child cannot share a common interest. Elders must understand that every child is unique and his talent should be enhanced and appreciated, because after all we just not require Albert Einstein, but also Sachin Tendulkar, William Shakespeare and Kalpana Chawla to make our nation proud.

The education system should be inclusive, leading to the fulfilment of the interest of all students irrespective of what they want to pursue. It should not be biased. Capture the interest of a child and let him grow in that field, so that he turns up the master of what he chose, setting a path for others too.

A huge change in the portfolios in the Union Government is the talk of the town. Ms. Smriti Irani has been removed from the Human Resource Department (HRD) ministry and she has been shifted to the less glamorous and not-so-prestigious Textile department. Her post has been filled by Prakash Javadekar who has been promoted to handle this portfolio right from yesterday.

There have been few other changes in other departments, Venkaiah Naidu will now act as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, a portfolio held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as an additional charge. Sadananda Gowda loses the Law Ministry to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also the Information Technology Minister.

But the biggest news has been of Smriti Irani’s reshuffle, because it has been a mere respectful demotion infront of the people at large, but politically more stories have come up regarding this action of the Modi government.

Smriti Irani has been in controversies from quite a big period of time. Her education has been quite a murky topic from time immemorial. In 2004, she presented an affidavit that she had a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Correspondence, Delhi University. But in the 2014 General elections, she declared that she had a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University Of Delhi which was quite fishy. She has been accused in the case of Rohith Vemula’s suicide, a Hyderabad University scholar, wherein it was claimed that HRD ministry was involved in the negligence to provide accommodation facilities and banning lower castes students from assessing certain areas on campus. It invited huge protests and mass demonstrations in the whole country. The mishandling of the issue was not the only blunder of Ms. Irani, she was also accused of altering facts in her Parliament speech. Many scholars and activists believe that this issue raised the alarm and was a huge factor that encouraged the reshuffle.

Ms. Irani’s two year term was challenging and controversial too. Even after losing the seat of MP of Amethi while contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, she was given such a prestigious post as per her calibre and strength. After the reshuffle, she exclaimed, “In the last two years, all initiatives at HRD Ministry have been towards increasing learning outcomes for students and improving quality of education.”

Let us wait and watch what this reshuffling brings for the entire country and the upgradation of the Modi’s government standard.

How Should India Respond if Pakistan Uses Nuclear Weapons?

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” Bhagavad Gita.

The above words were spoken by J Robert Oppenheimer American theoretical physicist and leader of the Manhattan Project, during World War II and he is often called "father of the atomic bomb." He spoke those words from the Bhagavad Gita moments after the first atom bomb was detonated which was codenamed "Trinity".

Catastrophic Consequences

Any nuclear attack carried out by Pakistan over Indian soil will have catastrophic consequences for both nations. So it must be safe to assume this nightmare scenario must have been discussed and analyzed by highest echelon of policy makers and military strategists at length. But one thing is certain the impact of any nuclear attack on the Indian subcontinent will have far reaching effect which will impact generations. Other nations who border both our nations will also suffer significantly and economic fallout will also carry global implications.

But the true motivation behind this article is what India should do in the event, Pakistan in its desperation use of nuclear bombs to target our cities, important industrial facilities and target our advancing military with tactical warhead in the battle field. What should we do? How should we respond?

The plausible response will be a counter nuclear strike and since Pakistan is not a very big country we can hit all the targets. We would be compelled to act and the authorization to launch nuclear strike using ballistic missile from ground, air and sea will initiated. Millions will perish on both sides and the refugee crisis which the global community will face will be unprecedented in our history. A new Exodus of hundreds of millions of human being scrounging for food and water and the Indian subcontinent will become a “Mad Maxian reality.”

Read: TOP 10 MISTAKES MADE BY PAKISTAN

But enough with the apocalyptic talk and let us get back to business, what should India do? The answers is simple retaliate! We will have the moral authority to use nuclear weapons and no country can question that. But is that enough? Would our comprehensive response neutralize the geo political problem for the coming and presumably difficult future? Here lie the complicated questions which surely our leaders and strategists would have asked themselves.

But what if there is another alternative wherein after being attacked with nuclear weapons we chose to show temporary restrain. If there is a war between India and Pakistan without the use of nuclear bombs, India will surely win because of our overwhelming conventional military power and that is a foregone conclusion. Pakistan psychologically since 1971 has no reservation what so ever that they will indeed lose to India in conventional war and this is a equation which they can never match. If there are hostilities and India use the “Cold Start Doctrine” which would basically dissect Pakistan into three parts without losing its territorial integrity and international standing. The idea of cold start was to negate the threat of nuclear strike by making strategic inroads into Pakistan but not enough for them to collapse. This was indeed a brilliant plan but it comes with its own risks and how far we can push it.

Pakistan is habitually an insecure nation which is still grappling with identity and is torn between modern democracy and the seduction to Islamic theocracy and any provocation which mildly overwhelms them could trigger a nuclear strike by them. Their nuclear button is on a hair trigger and their launch protocols are not just questionable it is nonexistent so the cold start doctrine though highly effective but the chances are tactical nuclear bombs could still be used inside Pakistani territory.

However what if India shows restraint and we do not use nuclear bombs as definitive response which Pakistan surely be expecting it. This would indeed be a very dangerous and difficult political decision to make for any leader who would stand to lose so much politically because the use of nuclear weapons by India will not only be a politically expedient move but we will also have moral authority.

But what if we show we showed restraint?

One must explore all possibility and this is my take. For years I suffered from the moral dilemma whether it was ok to drop the atom bomb over Japan in 1945. After having done my own research I concluded it was the right decision which saved the lives of hundreds and thousands of American soldiers. But recently I read this article which forced me to think things over which then also led to the idea of India showing temporary restraint.

To summaries the article, after the atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the mood of the Japanese high command was not to surrender but continue fighting. However in July 1945 Soviet Union which until then was not at war with Japan declared war having beaten Germany. This was the turning point in the strategic thinking and the prospect of fighting two armies, America and the erstwhile Soviet Union on two separate fronts proved too much. The thought of surrendering to Joseph Stalin would mean slavery that was not was agreeable and the leadership felt it would be better to surrender to the Americans. Hence according to my understanding the dropping of the atomic bomb proved advantageous to Japan as they were able to call upon the benevolence of America where in some quarters there was moral outrage after seeing the outcome of the devastation.

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However America also did not make the same mistake as it did in First World War with Germany making it sign the treaty of Versailles and the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm which left a vacuum and we all know what followed. Most of the Japanese leadership survived and with the financial support Japan because a economic powerhouse in no time and the king became the figurehead to give political stability. This prompted me to think what if we do the same but with our own little twist.

Act 1

Due to a second Mumbai type attack orchestrated by Pakistan India is forced to use its Cold Start Doctrine. However in my opinion and research this may not be possible to achieve by India due to long delayed military hardware procurement for our army which will lead the main thrust, but still we have enough . But assuming everything is fine and the plan is implemented and all the objectives have been achieved India would now hold some Pakistan territory without compromising sovereignty.

Act 2

Pakistan panic and launches its tactical nuclear missiles at the advancing Indian troops and also some cities and important instillations are stuck by its long range ballistic missiles. Now they await retaliation which never comes. Note once Pakistan uses nuclear weapons in a conflict with India it can forget any support from China because under no circumstances they would want to embroil in this mess.

Act 3

Hours go by and there is no nuclear retaliation, instead the Prime Minster goes on national television which is viewed worldwide and declares immediate ceasefire and ending of hostility. Pakistan thinks they have won but a surprise awaits them.

India’s demand

India calls for a temporary ceasefire and gives Pakistan 48 hours or else suffer annihilation and puts forth the following conditions.

  • Pakistan must hand over military officers who were responsible for launching nuclear strike over India to face criminal charges
  • Pakistan must give up all their nuclear bombs or else no deal.
  • All leaders of Jihadist group who have attacked India in the past to be handed over unconditionally.

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These demands would confuse Pakistani generals who are expecting homicidal rage from India and it would be only natural but the end of days never arrived, instead castration of its military. Now this sounds like an amateurish fantasy but so are most ideas until they are realized. The reason this could work is very simple because most human beings value self preservation and by showing restraint and some benevolence we can get the people of Pakistan to our side after all we spared their lives. International community will be livid with Pakistan and scared because now the real possibility of nuclear bomb falling into the hands of Islamic terror group will increase exponentially.

With Pakistan people on our side along with international community, Pakistani generals and the army will lose all power because they know further escalation would lead to their utter destruction and again it is my assessment when it will come to self preservation Pakistan military will be more scared then its civilians.

At this point they will have face two scenarios!

  • Do not surrender and make threats for further nuclear strikes which would mean complete destruction of the military plus the civilian population.
  • Surrender the nukes which would mean army’s leverage is gone and India is free to go after anybody who India think is responsible for the nuclear attack.

The second scenario will be very hard to digest for the General staff and many of the radicalized officer’s core who might mutiny and further the escalation in which case India will totally destroy most of Pakistan and it would cease to exist as a nation. But since most of the officer’s hail from state of Punjab which is their richest and most populist province it seems practical the Pakistan military will surrender otherwise their families will die along with the families of ordinary soldiers.

Many experts believe the use of tactical nukes in the battle field will prove counterproductive because the bombs will explode within their own territory causing more damage to Pakistan. Yes it will cause causality to the Indian forces also but it will be limited and we have far superior targeting mechanism to take out their reserve forces. However it is also possible that in case of conflict with Pakistan, its army might deliberately pass a nuclear warhead into the hands of Jihadists and fain failure to protect them. And if that bomb is detonated on Indian soil then India will have no choice but retaliate because the people responsible are proxy of Pakistan military/ISI.

Epilogue

It is not even possible to comprehend if there is ever a nuclear war between India and Pakistan cool heads will prevail and India might show restraint. This article is nothing but an academic exercise because the pressure the ruling government will be under is beyond me. Plus to discover many of my dear friends and relatives perished might possibly me to demand our government give the same reply. But since this is all make believe it was my thinking that if Pakistan ever uses nuclear bombs against India and we show restrain, it will give us opportunity neutralize the threat that is Pakistan forever. There will international pressure and jointly we can disarm Pakistan and at the same time punish the guilty and go after the Jihadist who will now have no place to hide from. We would be able to break Pakistan and give Baluchistan its freedom and who knows they might even join our union which might lead to total unification but will it be good for us remains to be seen.

The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country. J. Robert Oppenheimer

Save the Arctic campaign has been initiated by Greenpeace to protect the Arctic, principally by preventing oil drilling and unsustainable industrial fishing in the area completely. It has been a movement around the globe to create awareness and gather support of the masses putting a pressure on the International organisations to take a stringent action for the benefit of the people, wildlife and the entire ecosystem.

SUPPORT

Greenpeace began aimed to take a million signatures supporting the campaign to place on the sea bed at the North Pole in April, 2013. At 2013, the petition crossed 2.5 million signatures. The World Wide Fund for Nature is running a related campaign to protect Arctic Polar Bear habitat, in partnership with Coca Cola. Various celebrities have joined the move seeing the urgency of the situation. Around 60 celebrities have joined the move, some among them being Viviene Westwood, Naomi Campbell, Maisie Williams.

NEED OF THE HOUR

It is not just about the people residing nearby the Arctic that will be affected due to the depleting glaciers and rising temperatures. The Arctic is the hope of the globe. “What affects her community affects my community, what affects us affects them. When one nation loses the right to subsist on their foods, it affects all of us too.”

THE PROBLEM

While the people- powered movement to save the Arctic won a major victory when Royal Dutch Shell halted its drilling plans-leading the Arctic Ocean off the table for the oil drilling for the next two years- the fight isn’t over yet. The Arctic is not safe from the dangers of oil drilling until a long term policy to save the precious fuels is put into action. Indeed, we don’t just need the natural fuels for a year or two, but forever. We are completely dependent on the Arctic for our fossil cover and it is excessively mined in the current period.

Not only this, statistics confirm that the ice bed of the Arctic has been shedding thrice the acceptable and normal rate, exposing the water bed and inviting global warming, bringing in a rise of temperatures. Rise of temperatures again lead to more and more shedding of ice cover and further global warming. The glaciers that were once frozen are not being exposed off. This repetitive cycle is warming our planet and we all are aware of the consequences of global warming we are experiencing today. When the ice shed, it becomes a great deal of easy job for drillers to extract fossil fuels, it might even account for a good news for them as they are earning huge profits but for the globe, this is a menace that will take over their life and make survival impossible on this very unique and gifted planet. I don’t need to explain why I used the term gifted for our lovable planet- it is pretty clear.

The extravagant wildlife living in the polar caps is dreading the effects of further depletion of their habitat. The Arctic is the home to incredible species that cannot survive in any corner of the world except their current mother land. The amazing and rare land species that call Arctic their home are Polar Bear, foxes, oxen and reindeer. Their world is depleting and will fall to pieces if no action is taken to protect their habitat.

Threat to the Arctic is undoubtedly a threat to the 4 million people living near it, who will be the worst sufferers, particularly indigenous groups. The Arctic is home to more than 40 distinct ethnic and cultural groups. Any surrounding change will bring a huge change in their heritage, language and way of life. An oil spill in the region will bring a Humanitarian crisis.

SAVE AND PROTECT

The Arctic is a beautiful creation maintaining the sanctity of our globe. It helps and supports our life in ways inexplicable. It is not just our duty, but the urgent need to protect the place from dying. Help and do your bit before it is too late. Our existence is dependent on the natural protectors, which we are ignorant about. Stop the casualness, it is time to show our alertness and strive for what is needed.

Save the Arctic- not just for the wildlife, climate or people but for the existence of the entire human race ever born and walked in this world and giving it in the safe shoulders of the future generations that will continue to call this Earth their home.

Somewhere between battling for recognition and growth as a developing and an emerging nation, India still lives under the darkness of widespread poverty, hunger, cultural and social riots. It holds the “World’s highest demographics of children suffering from malnutrition, where nearly 72% of infants have anemia and 44 % of children who are under the age of 5, are underweight”. Campaigns for a clean India, an educated India and women-friendly atmospheres are soaring high, but we tend to forget the fact that each day millions of little souls sleep with empty or half-stomachs. One such state is Odisha that has accounted for about 11 lakh children living with malnutrition, last year. Till now, it continues to be among the top five states in the country, where the scourge of malnutrition among the children is still haunting, despite being one of the prime locations to carry out the industrial activities by serving to be one of the most mineral-rich land in the country.

NAGADA VILLAGE HAS NO FOOD FOR ITS OWN KIDS

Between March and June this year, at least 12 children died in Nagada village, located in the forests of Odisha's Jajpur district. The Prime reason for their deaths was malnutrition, as local medical authorities and community had told.

The village population is solely of the Juang scheduled tribe, one of India's ancient tribes, been declared as 'particularly vulnerable' by the government. “For the past two months, a chicken pox epidemic has been raging in the village, with at least 35 kids displaying the typical blister-like rashes”. G Naresh, an activist of Aspire, an NGO told TOI that after they informed them, the local authorities made a few trips to distribute medicine. On the latest trip, doctors found several children suffering from bronchial pneumonia, which often occurs among malnourished children. Sadly, one-third out of 83 kids between the age of 5-12 were among the top categories of those suffering from malnutrition and had a below-the-line Body Mass Index (BMI).Is there really a future for the state where the seeds sown today can barely breathe?, is one of the issues which must be considered a subject of national emergency.

HOW IT HAPPENED IN NAGADA AND IS STILL PREVELANT

Nagada, a tribal village is located right in the middle of one of the most iron rich, chromium and manganese deposits in the world, stretching across Jajpur, Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts in Odisha, surprisingly has NO school, NO anganwadi centre, NO health-sub centre, and NO fair-price shops, even is NOT accessible due to absence of a motorable road. Completely cut-off from the required interference, Nagada has always been a hell for those who live there. Originally, the government had made the village to be covered under the Chingdipal anganwadi centre (but, Chingdipal is five-forested kilometers away), that has made Nagada to be deprived of such facilities most of the times. The locals, basically, older children and adults, work at the mining fields to meet their ends, earning for about Rs 3,000-4,000 per month and many of them grow paddy and some vegetables on tiny patches, where others hunt wild edible pants and fowls to sustain themselves.

NO school NO angadwadi centers and NO fair price shops, children growl for, nutritious meals, adequate food at rationed prices and basic education. It seems like they are confined to live in this hell, with no or little knowledge of the world around them. Several NGOs holding many campaigns and crying out only one issue –‘SAVE THE CHILDREN’, seems to be unheard and falling into only deaf ears, as of now.

What if someone needs a quick –medical facility or there is a widespread disease in the village? The nearest government hospital is in Kuika, which is 272 kms away. Fortunately, there is another one such but poorly operating centre, which is 18 kms away, where the seriously afflicted kids were rushed as there was outbreak of chickenpox in the district few months ago.

Only 10,000 people belonging to the Juang tribe are left, mostly living in these un-remote districts of Odisha and adjoining Jharkhand, they are barely making a living out of what they earn and what they grow. The only question that boils down to the point is, should they be left for being perished by massively growing hunger and the unattended diseases even if the country becomes a superpower? Or is it one such sacrifice in the name of national development?

Central Delhi is the most amazing place featuring attractions of every interest in Delhi. Cannaught Place- named after H.R.H Field Marshal the First Duke of Connaught and Strathearn- is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi. Indeed, it is one of the most sought after, maintained, marvellous and pretty clean place of Delhi. A tourist who comes to Delhi definitely loves to visit Cannaught Place, abbreviated CP. Once you have a look at all the attractions situated at an arm’s length (definitely, it is a hyperbole) from CP, this place is surely going to be your first priority in the list of places you visit; anytime you visit Delhi. Certainly, it is the Heart and Soul of Delhi.

Let us quickly give a look at few places situated in and around CP, and prove what we have been telling the whole time.

  • BANGLA SAHIB GURUDWARA

BANGLA SAHIB GURUDWARA

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a very pious, clean and holy place of Sikhs, but people of every religion show a keen interest in visiting this beautiful gurudwara. It has a marvellous architecture, the sarovar adding four stars to its beauty. The daily langar service welcomes a lot of people to fill their stomach and attain blessing of the divine power.

  • JANTAR MANTAR

2) JANTAR MANTAR

The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial, consisting of a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies. Take a guide with you, and you’ll know how logical and scientific our ancestors were.

  • CENTARL PARK

CENTARL PARK

Central Park is simply like any other park situated around the circle. But the thing that distinguishes it from any other park is the Flag which keeps hoisting with pride like a flying hero. It is a much-loved seating space and a picnic spot for all the passer-by, especially treasured by couples as it is even called ‘ lovers point’. At night, the area spotted with colourful lights gives a pleasure of its own.

  • NIGHT LIFE

NIGHT LIFE

CP is renowned for its night life as the best cafes and pubs are found in the place, some of them being Warehouse Cafe, HotMess, House of Commons, The Junkyard Cafe and the lsit is endless. It has an unbeatable and rocking nightlife. You want to go party with your friends, or there is an office informal meeting, or just a get-together – CP is the perfect place that will suit all of these needs, promising fun, dance, in-beat performances and a lot more in store for you.

  • SHOPPERS’ HUB

palika bazaar

Cannaught place is a Shopping hub. No matter what kind of shopping you have come out for- street shopping or proper costly branded outfits- CP is your right destination. The first underground market stop, Palika Bazar, is constructed here, where shopping is easy and economical.

janpath market

All the branded showrooms have their outlets here. For cloth lovers and shopping maniacs- this is a dream-like perfect place to visit.

  • RAJPATH- INDIA GATE

RAJPATH- INDIA GATE

Who isn’t aware of India Gate!! It is a beautiful monument, rather a picnic spot to hang out with friends now-a-days, where a sacred fire AMAR JAWAN JYOTI is lit day in and day out, paying homage to those unsung heroes who sacrificed themselves for the Independence of our motherland. Apart from the glorious history it contains, the beauty and the marvel attract millions of people as tourists. The connecting lane of India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, referred to as Rajpath, features a delightful walk, especially at night when its beauty increases manifold.

For sure, next time you visit Delhi- do not forget to visit CP- because truly it is not something to be missed.

This might sound as if the Kerela Government is planning to levy a cess on the obese fat population, is it?

No, definitely not. But the news might be shocking and startling for food lovers, especially who are crazy about junk food!!

Kerela government presented its Budget recently in which the Finance Minister has officially introduced ‘Fat Tax’- a tax on pizza, burgers and other junk food on reputed restaurants and food ways.

After Bihar’s Luxury Tax on samosa, a much-favourite street food of North Indian cuisine popular in the entire country, this has again startled the complete country. Kerela has already banned alcohols, which has closed innumerable bars and pubs in the state, giving relaxation to only 5-star hotels where alcoholic beverages are still allowed.

Fat Tax is not a new phenomenon. Denmark was the first country in the world to introduce such a tax to control the problems of obesity and unhealthy poor diet in the country. Even the ex- Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron supported the move and favoured the tax in the best interest of the fellow citizens. He has a mindset of introducing the same in his own country as he commented on the present condition of United States in which 50% of the population is suffering from obesity.

 But it was a mere failed attempt as after its launch in October 2012, the tax was shut down again in November 2013. It was criticised by the people on the grounds that it was just a source to grab hefty amounts from the general public and fill government pockets. The fall and shut down of various food products and gourmet and restaurants respectively shocked the Danish people.

In the same way, critics are commenting on the issue as an effort to increase government revenue, more than fixing the health problems of the people at large. The cut in the alcohol related tax due to the ban in alcoholic beverages has made the government search for other alternatives to increase their revenue- an opinion of thousands of people. True it may seem, because the government itself stated that the Fat Tax would result in at least 10% increment in revenue collection. Statistics figures itself prove that recently, for the first time, Kerla government has collected the least tax in last two decades.

FAT TAX- A SOURCE OF REVENUE

The Fat Tax, which will supposedly constitute 10% of the government revenue, will be utilised in advancing education opportunities for the students, improvement in infrastructure, betterment in health care facilities and bringing a positive change in the established Universities, making the state an educational hub featuring the best aided Universities of the country and the world alike.

But the real question is whether this tax will achieve the purpose as proclaimed by the State Government. Will it be able to cut down the trending choice of millions of people who lure for junk food? Will it reduce the obese percentage and the related health illness?

The government’s plan to levy an all time high 14.5% tax on fast food sellers is a rather big step. The Dominos Manager himself acclaimed that the amount of tax cannot be wholly recovered from the public, which is in line with the principle of economics. It might reduce the sale of targeted junk food like burgers and Pizzas, but pondering over the logic of reduced fast food consumption leading to lower health problem might sound vague. People might shift to other alternatives equally unhygienic and health deteriorating foodstuff, for instance food stalls in local market, Indian fast food etc may prove equally harmful.

Moreover, the shutting down of various stores or food outlets due to continuous loss graphs may kick away the livelihood of millions of workers, considerably pushing up unemployment rate. No offence, but this might happen.

WHAT MORE!!

Therefore, with this Fat Tax, there must be a simultaneous strategy to actually achieve the motive which the government is planning. If health and fitness is the actual target, so provide subsidies on healthy nutritional food, vegetables and fruits or do something that drifts the masses in the right path, cutting down the possibility of a simple shift from one addiction to other, with no added advantage. Don’t try to make a profit of increasing tax, rather aim for what you want- healthy and fit state.

15 dead and 200 have been brutally injured in the recent uprisings and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir, the adobe of Heaven, is a highly critical area where the terrorist attack is like a routine work. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reassured Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to provide assistance that may be required by the state authorities.

These terrorist attacks are not just destroying us economically and socially, rather it is creating fear in the mind and soul of every citizen of the world. We have had various heinous examples of terrorism in the world, the 11 September World Trade Organisation massacre, 26 November’s Mumbai attacks, airplane hijacks etc. The insensitive attitude of a few people slaves the life of hundreds of innocent soul, unkempt in the final destination of their life.

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TERRORISM OVERLOADED

But why exactly is terrorism so prevalent in the modern society?

Whenever the news of terrorism reaches our ears, we impatiently start blaming Pakistan and it generates a feeling of hatred towards the Muslim community. I do admit that it is Pakistan which is behind all mess, or mostly all such attacks. But the real question that disturbs me is why terrorism has spread its wings in the present era more than any other period of time.

Undoubtedly, the race of competition and the nuisance of hatred is the prime reason for the activities which are highly prevalent in the society. People have lost the values of Humanity; the anger is ebbing to uncontrollable limits and our pathetic, stone-hearted attitude doesn’t feel guilty even in killing our own very breed.

I have read the statements given by terrorism when they are captured- ‘I have done it for my motherland’, ‘This act was solely devoted to my religion and there is glory in my death’, ‘You may call me a murderer, but I am a soldier’. God befalls some wisdom on them!

Undergoing the entire scriptures might seem like a difficult task, but I am sure that no Religion advocates murder and mass killings towards fellow beings. And if it does force you to become a beast, no offence, then that is no religion.

Osama Bin Laden- the founder and head of Islamist group Al- Qaeda was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 by United States Navy- SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development group. The complete search operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear- was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency. He was the man behind all the recent massacres of U.S., which was heftily paid by him. He was an educated man, and he turned educated youth against the society with his hollow teachings.

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The people involved in such acts lose their rationality and calm of mind. Their motive is entire to kill, spread fear and destroy lives. They are victims of bad company, lack of wisdom or low understanding. The tussle and issues of India-Pakistan date back to 1930s, when the nation was fighting for freedom. But why is the decision or the misunderstandings of the ancestors still ruling over the hearts of people, hoping for revenge from those who might not be aware even of the complete history of the time. It is lame, indeed.

When we have advanced technologically, culturally and scientifically- then why is this foolishness playing with our minds. Leave the past and move forward. In this world of globalisation where economies have mingled and people have turned broad-minded, the distinction of religion, race, caste or geographic boundaries should not trouble us. Judge a person by his character; not by the colour of his skin or the line of hereditary.

BEAT TERRORISM

But there has to some steps that should be taken to ensure the protection of all the citizens because the sense of security and peace is of utmost value for human beings.

  • More police personnel should be employed in highly sensitive and crowded areas.
  • The staff should be well-equipped with pistols and devices of latest technologies, which can help them to protect people at the time of needs.
  • Intelligent agencies should be active and keep doing their work honesty.
  • The national security should be enhanced.
  • Promote socio-economic growth and development.
  • CCTV cameras should be fitted in for proper surveillance and detection of crime.
  • Even the slightest clue must be taken care of.

It is important to beat Terrorism before if beats us- because even the life of one innocent when lost fills our heart with pain, agony and heartache.

Health vitality is a global issue. Health issues are havoc for millions of people who are so busy in their modern life, full of stress and casuality, that they forget that there is something more important for you to handle in your life. It indeed is, because your complete life is depended on what health you carry with you.

You may work with poor clothing, but it is definitely impossible to do it with a headache, am I correct?

So here are some super easy and normal tips that will give due regard to your health and help you to cherish every moment with sound mind and lively life.

  • DRINK WATER IN ABUNDANCE

1) DRINK WATER IN ABUNDANCE

Drink a lot of water to remain fit and healthy. Water has soluble and hydrating properties that are not just good for your face and skin, but it cleanses the internal organs and keeps them in the best working condition.

Bear in mind that the water you drink should be free from impurities- dirty and water containing insoluble salts is even more displeasuring. It leads to various water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea. And as we state, prevention is always better than cure.

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  • AVOID JUNK FOOD

AVOID JUNK FOOD

More than half of the problems that occur in human body are the result of the unlimited amount of junk that goes inside our body.  Stop disposing the waste in the body, eat healthy and stay fit. Know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Opt for a healthy breakfast. That is the ideal motive which will be the prime reason for summing up the perfect health and lifestyle.

  • RUN FROM THE SUN

3) RUN FROM THE SUN

The sun’s sweltering heat will make you go crazy. So it is always the best to protect oneself from the sun and not to forget, tanning. Tanned skin is the major cause of worry for the youth, especially teenage girls.

So whenever you go out in the sun, apply sunscreen, wear goggles and cover yourself properly. Do everything it takes to protect your skin. After all, it is our skin that let us be beautiful.

  • SAY GOODBYE TO TANNING

SAY GOODBYE TO TANNING

Definitely covering yourself when you are out in the sun is a preferred option. Still the effects of tanning are immense. But there is a very simple way of how can you get rid of tanning. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps:

  1. Mix lemon juice and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Apply it on the tanned areas with a cotton ball for around 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash your face, and after performing it on a regular basis, you will yourself feel the change.
  • WATCH OUT FOR YOUR HAIR

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR HAIR

Your hair needs protection from dust and pollution, so before getting out from your home, condition your hair with hair serum or balm to make them shiny and let them maintain the charismatic look on your face. Sometimes, use natural and herbal products instead of normal shampoo. This will not just provide protection, but also enhance the texture and beauty of your falling locks.

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  • GO FRUIT WAY

GO FRUIT WAY

Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables, even raw and boiled as the case may be. By fruits, I mean seasonal fruits. Non-seasonal fruits lose the nutritional content by a huge margin, whereas seasonal fruits are rich in fibre and perfect for the body.

  • STRESS ON VITAMIN C INTAKE

7) STRESS ON VITAMIN C INTAKE

Vitamin C is the mechanism behind glowing fair skin. So make sure diet contains the intake of Vitamin C rich fruits and food stuff- for instance lemon, orange, amla stand best in the list. If you are suffering from Vitamin C deficiency, or your body vitamin level is less than the expected rate- refer to a doctor and take supplements. This will be beneficial for you.

  • MEDITATION- THE FOOD FOR THE SOUL

MEDITATION

 The stunning secret of healthy body is that it resides in a cool and peaceful place. Make it a point to give few minutes from your busy schedule to meditation. It will benefit you immensely.

Try to get an open place while you perform meditation, it will relax your nerves and the effect will increase manifold.

  • HEARTY SLEEP

HEARTY SLEEP

Have a hearty and sound sleep. A proper sleep can add value to your life- that is the sole reason why some people call it beauty sleep. Sleep for around 8 hours in a day. Follow the age-old adage: early to bed, early to rise

           makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. 

  • CLEAN- ROUND THE CLOCK

CLEAN- ROUND THE CLOCK

Keep your surroundings clean and be hygienic. You might not feel it but the dirt and garbage causes uneasiness and consequently results in bad health. Statistics say that more than 50% of the diseases spread due to dirty and disturbed surroundings.

So now you know what is on your first-to-do list to maintain proper glowing health. Remember your eating habits relate to your health and works wonder for it.

Ladakh is a prominent place of the beautiful place Jammu and Kashmir which has a colourful and remarkable culture. Annually, a festival is organised in Leh, the capital city. Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh plays host to the famous yearly festival Hemis Tsechu.

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There is no better way to understand the culture of Ladakh than this multi-diverse festival that blows away the mind of all civilians. You’ll find a large crowd of people sitting, walking and enjoying in the festival which mesmerises every eye in the town and country alike.

One of the major attractions in this festival is Ladakh Polo. Polo, also called the sport of Kings, is the game originated in Persia. According to legends, the game of Polo came to Central Ladakh from neighbouring Baltistan, where for centuries, it used to be chief amusement. Historians date the introduction of Polo in Ladakh to king Jamyang Namgyal's reign in the 16th century who married Gyal Khatun, a princess from Baltistan. Apart from nobility, the game was popular in all the major villages of Ladakh, particular in Chushot village in the vicinity of Leh. In fact, all the major villages of Ladakh have their own Polo ground called 'SHAGARAN'.

The game is played with utmost excitement and enthusiasm in Leh, at an altitude of 3500 metres. The aim is to score by driving a wooden ball in the opponents’ goal with a long wooden mallet. The game doesn’t follow the international standard, it has different unique subsided self-standards. With almost every village featuring a Polo ground, the game is famous among all age groups, young and old alike. The local crowd takes keen interest, especially in matches where the civilian takes over the army.

POLO- A SYMBOL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

Today in Ladakh, Polo is more than a game. It is like a cultural heritage for the people. This is the kind of popularity the sport has attained in the snowy mountain regions of Leh and Ladakh. Chushot got its own Polo grounds, where every year on March 21, Polo is played to celebrate Nauraz, the Persian (and Shia) New Year.

Polo is associated with Ladakh in terms of culture and strength.

THE GAME WAY

The game is sometimes called Wild Polo. Each team consists of 6 players and the game is much furious and free with twenty minutes halves and a break in between. Horses used in playing the game are cross breeds from stout and robust Zanskari ponies know for their excellent performance and swiftness in high altitudes. The most interesting part about the game is its unique way of taking a goal- the goal scorer riding fast on music of traditional drum beats called Daman, holding the ball and sticks in his hand hitting somewhere midway targeting the goal. The thunderclaps and the excitement of people reveal the result themselves.

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So this is how the game is filled in the life and blood of Ladakhi civilians. Whenever the culture of Ladakh will be out, the name of Polo will definitely be there.

The Polo sports talent from this place can be taken to benefit the place of Polo in the country. People here should be encouraged to follow the sport and who knows, we’ll get a great team out for the country.

Pokemon trend is taking on almost everything like a storm. That’s right and this time Pikachu might just around be the corner. The Pokemon which remained a big part of our childhood and actually led to interesting fantasies such as, finding an actual Pokemon in real life, and also giving us hopes of becoming a star trainer like Ash Ketchum and fight battles with other gym trainers, and own our very own Pikachu.

Suddenly everyone’s getting caught up with Pokemon fever again. Let’s call attention to what’s leading to it. This July 2016 the mobile game developers Niantic, developed a free-to-play location based augmented reality game called Pokemon Go. It is released for both Android and iOS devices in US and Australasia, and Asian and European releases are yet to follow.

Pokemon Go lets the player use their phone’s GPS and clock, to detect and make Pokemon “appear” (actually on screen) when and where you are in the game so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokemon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The basic idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokemon in the game.

The very basic reasons for this game to turn out to be such a big hit are:-

  • It is available for free download, making it easily available for downloading and playing.
  • It partly fulfills the fantasy that all Pokemon fans have had ever since the game first came out: What if the Pokemon were real and inhabited among our world?

Pokemon Go is an attempt at realizing what fans always wanted from Pokemon.

But first lets look back into the history of Pokemon before we explain any further. Pokemon games originated in Japan which was based on the premise of bug catching, which happens to be a popular hobby in Japan. In Pokemon, games take place in a world which is abundantly populated with exotic, powerful monsters whose appearances could be anything like- rats, snakes, dragons, dinosaurs, birds, eggs, trees, and even swords and the people are called as trainers who travel around the globe to tame these creatures and, in an ethically questionable manner, use them to fight against each other. The first gen of Pokemon i.e., Pokemon Red and Blue to the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon, began with 151 creatures in which the big goal was to collect all of these virtual creatures. Since the first gen the catalog has expanded to more than 720 creatures.(Pokemon Go features the original 151 creatures) The games had become a popular phenomenon in the 1990s widely known as - “Pokemania”. The original handheld games out in 1998 in America, followed by Yellow in 1999 and Gold and Silver in 2000. With the games tagged along the spinoffs as well like, Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Pinball in 1999 and a popular TV show, movies, trading cards, and a lot of other merchandise. Since the games came out for Nintendo’s handheld consoles, fans all around have shared the dream that what if the Pokemon games weren’t limited to the games’ world, what if they could become like Ash, the star trainer in the TV show and catch all of them. I wanted to own a Pikachu myself.

Unfortunately, they are not real, not as of yet, we never know with further evolution in technology we may be able to simulate a world in which Pokemon are real. This is what Pokemon Go attempts to do by tracking your time and location, the game imitates what it would be like if Pokemon were really roaming around us at all times, ready to be caught and collected. More interestingly, the game does a lot to make you explore your real-world environment at different times. If you happen to be near water bodies, you’ll be able to pick up water type Pokemon, or if you are in a park you’ll see bug or grass type Pokemon, and if you go out at night, you’ll see more nocturnal fairy and ghost types. The game is further enhanced by Poke Stops which are essentially notable locations in the real world marked on your in-game map. The game application makes it possible to install special items at Poke Stops that can help lure extra Pokemon, by indicating the stops with a pink glow on the map so the players know that hanging around will attract extra Pokemon.

The game’s depth of making the players travel to catch them all is one way that it has become the very best. Also more importantly, this fans of the original Pokemon are now adults give an extra benefit to this idea by hitting a sweet spot of nostalgia, which has contributed the most in boosting its popularity.

Summer is almost close to meeting its end, its beginning to rain as is the rise in humidity in the atmosphere, but as nice as it sounds its equally straining having to deal with humidity at this awkward mix of weather- still hot, even though little rain, little chilly at times. We’ve got some tricks (tips really) up our sleeve which can help to beat the awful humid weather.

  1. Drink Drink Drink

drink

   This should be everyone’s living mantra. Drink as much water and juices as much you can. Your body needs to be properly hydrated owing to the excessive sweat in this weather. If you’re out in the heat, if your house is humid, or even if you are exercising, drinking is most essential. Plain water is ideal but if you want to add up some nutrients along with your hydration, try a good vitamin water. Only make sure to stay away from anything with high amounts of sugar, because it will leave you more thirstier.

  1. Keep it Light

Keep it light

   The clothing you wear according to the weather makes a lot of difference. If the temperatures are up, more importantly, if the humidity index is really high, then you must dress lightly. Not only should you wear light materials that do not attract the heat but keep in mind that those are light colored as well. Even if you don’t want to wear white, you can stick to pastel colors and avoid very dark colors.

  1. Eat fresh

eat fresh

   Eating fresh fruits and veggies is very necessary, because it is a very effective way to stay hydrated, plus your constitution will improve in general. Try eating a lots of salads, just green, or mix of fruits and green veggies. Eating them cooked is also great, but eating them raw is a better option. Pay close attention to items rich in Vitamin C and water content.

  1. Take care of your Hair

take care of your hair

   Watch your hair, because if they are really long they will cause more sweating, not that it will dehydrate you but still causes feelings of lethargy and even headaches, therefore you need to be kind to your head. You need to style them in a smart way. Throw it up in a bun or a ponytail to keep it off the back of your neck.

  1. Avoid oily protectors

Avoid oily protectors

   Sometimes you need protection from your protectors. Stay, away from sunscreens and moisturizers and makeup that contain a lot of oil. Oil-based products block away your pores and prevents your body from cooling they way it should naturally. You won’ t be able sweat properly which is very unhealthy.

  1. Time to get active even on the inside

active inside

   Doing exercise even in these humid weather conditions is necessary but one thing that is needed to be kept in mind is not to over do it. Its because you will obviously sweat more than normal and in the weather which already makes one sweaty all the time, over working out is a bad option. If there’s not a single breeze stirring outside and the air feels very soupy, keep it indoors, go to gym or exercise in your living room. If you really the need to outside then go swimming but don’t forget to wear your sunblock.

  1. Bathing can be fun

bathing is fun

   A nice, cool bath is one my favourite ways to cool off my body in humid weather. When it’s very very humid, give yourself a an hour or even a thirty minutes, run a cool or lukewarm bath and you could listen to some music. You feel instantly cool even when you get out. Just make sure to not go straight into air conditioning or into an area with high heat because extreme change in temperature that occur too quickly is highly unhealthy.

  1. Stay indoors

Stay indoors

   Try and stay indoors as much as you can or stay in places with shade. If one area of your house is cooler than others then make yourself home at the cooler areas, because when the temperature gets hot you need to stay cool and healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with very sultry summer weather or even unexpected heat waves in spring, fall,etc., these tips will always help you manage the humid weather, and stay cool and healthy.

Theresa May signs in as the Britain’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday after David Cameron exits from the post. May and her husband Philip John May entered for the first time in 10 Downing Street as the new PM of the nation after getting an official invitation to form the government from Her Majesty, The Queen, in Buckingham Palace and outgoing David Cameron’s hearty goodbye to the Parliament.

At her first speech outside 10 Downing Street, she called Cameron as a ‘great modern Prime Minister’ who not only worked to stabilise the economy, but his true legacy is about social justice. His move towards the law of same sex marriage, taking off low wage earners out of the Income Tax leading to a one nation government proves the title.

In her speech, she exclaimed that she will plan to lead in the same spirit as Cameron according to the principles of her party stating its complete name - Conservatives and Unionist party, which is not-so known to people, to promote inclusiveness and unity between all the citizens as the main role of her party.

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“It means we believe in Union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens- every one of us- whoever we are and wherever we’re from” May said. She even said that she would use her position to fight ‘burning injustice’.

She went on: ‘That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others.

‘If you’re black you are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white working class boy you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. ‘If you’re at a state school you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman you will earn less than a man.

‘If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young you will find it harder than ever before to own your own home.’

She is keen to solve all the problems and injustice faced by the masses and promised to bring revolutionary changes in it.

She even addressed the ‘managing group’ saying that ‘If you are one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly. I know you are working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.

‘The Government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.

‘When we take the big calls we will think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws we will listen not to the mighty, but to you.’

‘When it comes to taxes we will prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.’

Some of the new Cabinet members have been appointed by her, for instance Boris Johnson, former London mayor and the prominent supporter of the victorious ‘Leave Campaign’ in EU, is now the Foreign Secretary  and Veteran Rights wingers David Davis and Liam Fox are back in government as secretary for Brexit and International Trade respectively.

Amber Rudd will succeed May as the home secretary, which is a promotion from her previous post as the energy secretary and rapid swing to a woman who has not been so long in Parliament and has joined the Cabinet last May. Michael Fallon will remain the Defence Minister.

Let us see what will befall upon this lady Prime Minister, the second woman to hold such a reputed post after Margaret Thatcher.

I’m quite sure all of you must have heard the popular pop song by Bruno Mars “Billionare” and sung to the lyrics of it singing, “I wanna be a Billionare...Buy all of the things I never had/ I wanna be on the cover of Forbes Magazine/ Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen...”, and wished something like this would come true. Maybe not for us yet, but it has come true for Kelechi Anyadiegwu. This 26 year-old Nigerian-American entrepreneur, who has a masters in human-computer interaction from Carnege Mellon, created an African-inspired clothing and accessories e-commerce destination for merchants from across diaspora to sell their wares and featured in 2016’s Forbes 30 Under 30.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu is just another average girl, a student, yet a little extraordinarily brilliant, with a quick presence of mind and a quality for appreciating things in life very closely. While mostly grad students get consumed with coursework demands, she made a different choice by choosing something unusual for a extra-curricular activity: launching a fashion marketplace with something new that people will find appealing and fascinating and a result of which she was able to turn the business which started with $500 into a business of $2 million as of today.

Her Story

Anyadiegwu grew up with African prints and fabrics and she loved wearing African inspired prints, and every time she wore one of those pieces, friends and people around really liked it and would want to know where and how they could shop African inspired prints. This was the point where she saw an interesting opportunity and saw this unmet demand in the market for African textile prints and fashion, and instead of referring these curious customers on to the designers she knew, she combined her talents and passions and jumped into a full-scale business in 2013 and began “Zuvaa”.

Anyadiegwu has done much in past two years and has much to be proud of along with her being recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs under thirty in Forbes. She being a very humble person, and when asked that what was her proudest moments answered that she is proud of the contribution she has been able to give her roots by creating jobs and a place for African fashion on global terms. She also expressed that she has always looked for ways to integrate her love and pride for African culture into her wardrobe.

Zuvaa

This originated as a result of creating a platform that would provide more exposure for the talented African-inspired fashion designers that she knew existed all around the world. It is a market place which is premier online destination to find unique and one of a kind African-inspired pieces. It works directly with the emerging designers around the world to bring to the customers the best selection of high quality African-inspired pieces the fashion industry has to offer. It’s an approach to globalize and raise appreciation for African-inspired designs in the right way so that the cultural significance of African aesthetics and textiles is rightly understood. Lastly, Zuvaa which means “sunshine” in Shona language of Zimbabwae, is not just an online store but a community which represents the vibrancy and radiance of African Culture.

For Kelecha Anyadiegwu, to have an understanding and cogitation such as these at such an early age, we know this is only the beginning and she has lots of big things yet to come her way.

Bollywood’s BADSHAH Shahrukh Khan has finally launched the star tennis player Sania Mirza’s autobiography ‘Ace against Odds’ in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Published by Harper Collins, the story consisting 40 chapters starts from the time when Sania was 4 or 5 years old.

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It took Sania around 5 years to complete the book, with the constant support of her father Imran Mirza. “The book covers her opinion, everything till this point of her life. It touches on all the controversies of her life, everything has been covered on her life, including her career” he said.

The 29 year old tennis player has had a long career even in this small age. She is ranked at the first position in the doubles with partner Marting Hingis, which is by far her most glorious victory. But, her journey has never been easy. To choose such a sport as professional career from a very young age in India, where we have only selected famous sports, is in itself an achievement. Born in a middle class family and getting access to limited amenities also added to her obstacles. But crossing every hurdle, she surpassed all our expectations and kept growing, stronger and mightier. She has won innumerable titles and awards, which is known to all. Her charismatic and appealing personality complements her life.

In the official book launch, SRK complemented her and said that Sania Mirza’s life is motivational and even a film on her will be very inspiring.

The book contains tales featuring her life’s achievements and hardships. She has even detailed facts about her personal life, for instance her marriage with Shoaib Malik. She carries a very optimistic approach towards life and has the capability to pick the better side of everything.

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She is genuinely happy that she has finally completed the book saying, “I owed it to write it, and I am happy I did.”

“I hope the book is a useful road map to guide the next generation of tennis players from India. If my story can inspire even one youngster to the heights of winning a Grand Slam in the future, I will feel blessed”, said the shining star of Tennis Sania Mirza while speaking to Indian news agency PTI.

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When asked what was the major obstacle of her life, she replied by referring to the three surgeries undergone by her, especially the one of the arm in 2010 after which she thought she would never ever be able to play and do that one thing which is most treasured by her. But then, she switched to doubles’ championship and came up with No 1 position, which added another golden feather in her wings. ‘To be No.1 in the World is the most gratifying and amazing feeling’, Sania said.

Writing biographies and real-life stories is in trend, maybe because the present man believes and is more inclined in real life- touching stories. It is indeed true, the achievements of people who earn it with dignity and hard work can bring in a lot of encouragement. India needs more stories like Mary Kom, Milkha Singh and Sania Mirza to rule the field of sports. We have got ample of talents, but the shortcoming defeating us is lack of awareness and encouragement. Some people break all odds and lead the path of success, but some give up early. So for all those less hopeful group and to make things easier and prospective, the government and the concerned authorities should also give a kickstart to boost up the morale of million others who can make our country proud and create a landmark.

The book launch ceremony isn’t over yet, Salman Khan is going to launch the champion’s book in Mumbai, and Parineeti Chopra will be a guest in Delhi’s ceremony. Let us wait for what is the response of readers on this book and how well it goes.

Hitler asked his generals “Is Paris burning” because he wanted to turn the city into rubble because his army was losing ground. But that never happened.

It’s inexplicable how humans can shoot, stab and run over people employing a truck with impunity and call it a service to god. France was celebrating Bastille Day and people were enjoying the fireworks minding their own business when a truck wreaked havoc by rrunning over hundreds of people at Nice. While so far 84 people have died, there is still a sad possibility of the rise in number. The driver of the truck was shot by police, but by then it was late already, he had painted palm-lined Promenade des Anglais RED with the blood of innocent men, women and children. Not since the end of Second World War and the terror attacks carried out by OAS in the late fifties and sixties has France witnessed such carnage. But the last eighteen months have been the bloodiest period in nearly fifty years and has pushed this country and its core believes of "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" to its limits. But to the astonishment of the world and to those who killed the innocent, the French still stand by their basic fundamental believes.

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The last two years have not been kind to France and Europe in general because of constant terror attacks carried out by Islamic Death Cult ISIS, which follows puritanical form of Islam with aspiration for global Jihad and dominion of Islam over the world. Already ISIS has been responsible for the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo which claimed the lives of ten journalists because they published images of Prophet Mohammad. And in November last year, they carried out a 26/11 Mumbai style attack on Paris which lead to the death of 130 people.

There have been constant onslaught from Islamic terrorists all over the world in the last two years which have claimed hundreds of lives all over the world. The list of attack includes the Bombings at Brussels airport which took the lives of 32 people and more recently at Dhaka, Bangladesh where Islamic terrorists who hailed from well-to-do and educated families took hostages and killed 20 foreigners because they could not recite the Quran. Among the dead was also a young Indian girl named Tarishi Jain, and the other Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, who refused to leave his friend and chose death.

Then there was also the mass shooting at Orlando, Florida, Night club which was frequented by the LGBT community by a deranged individual named Omar Mateen. There was also a suicide bombing in Istanbul turkey when ISIS struck the international airport, killing 41 people. Then there were stabbing of people by lone wolf terrorists in France and Israel where dozens of people have died, and more recently a teenage girl was stabbed, while she was sleeping in her home, by a Palestinian. The attacks are not just limited to Europe, they have spread elsewhere as well. Just this month the ISIS carried out the deadliest bombing when Fedayeen struck with two bombs, attacking the district of Karrada and the suburb of Sha'ab in Baghdad, killing nearly 300 people and wounding several who were Muslims.

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Also, in July Islamic terrorists attacked using a Pakistani suicide bomber who targeted security forces outside the Prophet's Mosque at Medina, Saudi Arabia, who also happen to be promoters and proponents of Wahabi Islam. Now it does not get any more personal then this when Islamic terrorists attack the Prophet’s Mosque because if they think this action is permitted then the world must realize that they will not stop killing civilians until they achieve their objectives. These terrorists cannot be called deranged because they are smart and ruthless in their approach when it comes to executing such heinous terror strikes. But they are surely fit to be called evil because, they believe in slavery and have brutally forced thousands of Yazidi women into sex slavery.

Terrorism has no religion, Terrorism has no religion if we repeat that a thousand times it is not going to go away

The time has arrived for the civilized world to get together, and fight ISIS and Islamic terror that is spread all over the world. In India, we have been victims of terror orchestrated by Pakistan and its ruling military which supports and gives training to Jihadis to wage an asymmetrical war on India. The time has come to stop distinguishing between good Islamic terrorists and bad Islamic terrorists. Taliban, lashkar e taiba and Boko Haram because they all espouse same ideology where one must not show any compassion to those who disagree with them.

It is time for Muslims to stand up and be counted because they are also victims. The days of answering attacks by just condemning and carrying on candle light vigils are over, because the very future of Islam practiced by so many peace loving and law abiding Muslims is at stake. No longer one can put out standard statements declaring ‘Islam is a religion of Peace’ These blood thirsty groups are out to kill anyone and everyone so thethe time has come to discuss this problem in equanimity and ameliorate this situation. The time has come to shun those who proselytize false and misinterpreted believes and values because they are simply conning the impressionable minds of our young people. A man like Zakir Naik who is an expert in Dog Whistle Islamic Evangelism uses scriptures to spread his hate. He uses insinuation to create doubt in the minds of people because, hey, don’t we all know "The devil can cite scripture for his purpose." The moment has arrived when the world must come together and do everything in their power to stop the spread of hate because it is counter-intuitive to our pluralistic way of life.

Farmers, we know form the backbone of the society, they are our food cultivators and providers because of which the crops and foods reach the stores from where the normal human being has a daily access to. Now, stop, and think for a while, what happens when crops growth and productivity go wrong, when farmers suicide due to stress under scarce crop production which then leads to increase in the risk of profit and high cost of life causing a vicious cycle and mental stress. Often they might see the suicide as the only solution for their families. It is estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years.

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Main causes

Water management

Water Management

Here in India, the farmers mostly depend upon nature for the cultivation of crops. Rain is very important since irrigation facilities cannot cover the entire land and some regions stay affected due to floods and some do not get a single drop of rain hence being problematic. It is not like the government is trying to aid the farmers with canals and dams, but the problem is in some places these dams and canals are too far away from the requirements. Due to this irregularity in locations, where often they are situated where there is no necessity causes problems in the management of water and adding to the grievances of the farmers.

Water Mangement problem

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GM Seeds

gm seeds

These variety of seeds were introduced and modified for the protection of crops from pests and insects, but they are resulting in being highly unproductive, whereas, international reports suggests the real improvement of production if seeds correctly used. These seeds need an correct dosage of water and pesticides. When used incorrectly, production from these seeds fail. They are in general more expensive than the non- GM seeds but their higher costs were supposed to be positively balanced by the lower costs of pesticides. The most negative point about this is that they are not reproducible, and cannot be saved for the next season therefore, farmers have to buy the seeds again for the next year.

Socio - cultural factors

Socio-cultural Factors

For our country socio- cultural factors are very relevant. Families have to face high expenses mainly related to health care, in particular farmers lack good health care services and have to bear huge costs for hospitalization. Other sources of debts include the expenses for children education and the costs for daughter’s marriage. The expenses incurred to host the ceremony and mainly the dowry that they need to pay to the groom’s family. These issues represent a relevant burden on the family’s resources, as farmers have no other income but agriculture products.

All these causes affect more on the poor farmers than the rich ones. The poor farmers work on daily wages on the farms of others. Their wages are too low. They belong to the class of have- nots, although they are the very backbone of our agriculture. These poor people are hopelessly ignorant. They work in the present but live in the past. Naturally, they believe in all possible types of superstitions. They believe blindly on fate, and due to such ignorance, our farmers seem just like a herd of cattle rather than thinking human beings.

There has been a tremendous positive shift in the food trends of vast multitude of people in the recent time period. The fashion of unhealthy, fast junk food is diminishing, especially among the age group of 18-30 years, as per statistics.

This trend is same throughout the word, even USA which is home to the largest obese population of the world. It is seen that people are getting health conscious and are substituting burgers and calorie-rich foods to walnuts, fruits and protein-rich food. This global trend is being respected and taken as an opportunity for businessmen, who are coming up with hygienic and healthy food stalls to grasp the attention of all.

WHY IS THE TREND CHANGING

It is a perfect positive change. But call it our natural instincts, it is our duty to know why is it happening. The major reason behind the change is growing health hazards among people. Every fourth person is suffering from obesity and weight gain, every fifth person has high cholesterol and sugar level, heart diseases and other intestinal, liver and heart problems are becoming so common that the truth has dawned upon people, which in my opinion was necessary. The hefty fees of doctors and expensive medical ailments and surgeries have been a good way to make people conscious and aware about all what is happening in the neighbourhood.

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There have been several other subsidiary reasons that complement the cause. The urge to get a perfect lean figure have taken a toll on people, especially women who are craving for a zero size figure. Who doesn’t like a beautiful personality coupled with a charismatic face? The recent awareness and popularity of glowing face via natural products and healthy eating has even added to the trend.

A GOOD MOVE

Undoubtedly, it is by far one of the influential news in this era. After all, who gets to hear good news now-a-days. Even various high-profiled and reputed food stalls and gourmet restaurants have started to focus on engaging customers with the new healthy menu fitted in for them. McDonalds has started to focus on better quality of meat and chicken, to make it even more nutritional and safe for people. Though, prices may have gone up, but people are ready to pay for it. Money can be earned again and again, but health once spoilt is a lost story- which neither can be rejuvenated nor bought through money.

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The earning capacity of people, or maybe their willingness to spend has increased manifold. People are ready to spend on things that matter. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and traditional beneficial food stuffs are the talk of the town. A middle class man might not be able to buy huge amenities of life for his loved ones, but is eager to provide them with life-building health services.

Here is a list of items that should be included in the balanced healthy diet of individuals, quantity depending on their age, of course.

  • Five or seven portions of fruits and vegetables should be consumed by an individual in a day. A recent study shows that seven portions are appropriate.
  • I don’t know if milk is a complete food, but milk products are a must in our diet as they provide us with multiple benefits.
  • Walnuts should be a regular and continuous part of our diet as they contain ultimate health benefits, reduce the risk of cancer and other major heart diseases and brain disorders.
  • Your diet should consist of pulse, protein, fibre for proper metabolism and vegetables as a vegetarian diet to provide maximum welfare of the body.

Majority of people who were mad over junk food, high in sugar and calories, are coming back to what they find more healthy and benefiting. Let us wish that this trend takes the place of necessity and hence, the habit of the modern generation. Half of the human issues will itself burst like a balloon.

 

Nike’s latest commercial video “Da Da Ding” is already making abuzz in the internet and practically everywhere. The reason behind is not just the Star cast of the video Deepika Padukone but ten other sportswomen too featuring in the video who have shone for India and made us proud. The video has a fantastic beat song and amazing ensemble of sportswomen from various fields of Sports, models and dancers. Along with promotion of the brand, one more thing this video propagates is the advancement of women in Indian sports and encourages more women to join in. We all know how difficult are the conditions for women to train themselves in India, let alone participate. It is not easy for  everyone, some get the chances and some don’t. While these women deserve the spotlight as much as Deepika whose achievements throw much needed light on the best that the female sporting world has to offer. While people still fail to recognize them, its a shame for us to not know them and their achievements. So here we will introduce you to the accomplished and inspiring athletes who have featured in the video.

Deepika Padukone (Actor/Badminton)

Deepika Padukone

She is obviously on top of the list, because we all know her and she is among the A-list actors of Bollywood and a very successful one. But before she joined silver screen, Miss Padukone like her father, Prakash Padukone was a Badminton Player and has played at State Level. She still plays but not professionally but she is an inspiration to a lot of women in India. Deepika credits to playing sports as a support in her success. She also stated in a tweet, that it was the sportsperson in her which helped her deal with the rough times in her career. In the video campaign we see her manuevring through strneous training, the “Queen of Bollywood” forging ahead to be “Queen of Sports” too.

Rani Rampal (Hockey)

Rani Rampal

The only Indian to be nominated for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2010. She was merely 15 years old when she joined the squad. Rampal has humble roots and hails from a small town in Delhi. For her, sports are her means of self assurance and helped her expand her dreams.

Joshna Chinappa (Squash)

Joshna Chinappa

Chinappa is India’s leading Squash player currently at a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 this month. She was the youngest Indian in Women's National Champion in Squash and also the only Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003. She is also an Arjuna Award winner.

Shweta Hakke (Sprinter)

Shweta Hakke

Hakke is an accomplished Sprinter and has already made heads turn with her wins across various event in Maharastra. She rewrote another record when she clinched the women’s 100m gold with her outstanding 12.55 secs sprint at the Mumbai City (Suburban) Athletic meet in 2015. It was her second record-breaking gold of the day, after having also won the long jump gold. She is now all gearing up for Rio Olympics, and we hope she keeps inspiring and growing.

Ishita Malaviya (Surfer)

Ishita Malviya

Malaviya is the first female surfer from India. She intends to promote India’s vast coastline as an International surfing venue. She has also featured in advertisements for sports brands, apart from that she also runs a surfing school in India.

Jyoti Ann Burrett (Footballer)

Jyoti Ann Burrett

Burrett is the star striker of Indian women’s football team. No one dribbles the ball like she does. She may look petite but she packs quite a punch on the field. She hails from Dehradun and started with freestyle football juggling but her passion for the sport compelled her to strive hard to get into the national team. She has also played for the prestigious Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club in England.

Tanvie Hans (Footballer)

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Hans is another footballer featured in the video. This Delhite is India’s first woman footballer who plays professionally in Europe. She is also an alumnus of Delhi first school that has a football team, Vasant Valley School. Her passion and hard work for football paid off when she was picked by the Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies FC to play for them.

 Namrata Purohit (Stott Pilates Trainer).

Namrata Purohit

Purohit is the youngest certified Stott Pilates Instructor in the world. She has also been a national level Squash player, a footballer, a certified scuba diver, and an entrepreneur. She had end her sporting career in Squash after she fell off a horse and had to undergo a knee surgery. But she didn’t give up, listening to her father’s advice she trained herself in Stott Pilates and has now her own studio in Mumbai, The Pilates Studio.

Shubhlakshmi Sharma (Cricket)

Shubhlakshmi Sharma

Sharma is the only player from Jharkhand in the Indian Women’s Cricket team. A formidable player she hails from Hazaribagh and has five brothers against whom she used to compete fiercely in just about every sport. She was although very committed to Cricket and so was able to convince her father to let her pursue it at a professional level. A right-hand batsman and medium paced bowler, Shubhlakshmi Sharma is an important part of the women’s cricket team.

Smriti Mandana (Cricket)

Smriti Mandana

A key batswoman in the Indian women’s cricket team, Smriti Mandana was just nine when she was picked for Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. She caught the attention of the cricketing community when, as a spunky 16-year-old, she scored a half-century in her Test debut to help her side win against England. At the age of 16 she made her debut in International cricket as part of the Indian team.

Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar (Cricket)

Harmanpreet Kaur

Bhullar is the Vice-Captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team and is a right-hand batsman. She is the first Indian female cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise. She made her international debut in Cricket in 2009. She has recently signed up with Sydney Thunder, the reigning Women’s Bash League champions, for the second edition of the Australian T20 league.

We marveled at the ad campaign before without knowing these fiesty women properly. But now we know, so as the video encourages women in India and everyone to take up sports, we hope that women get inspired and do Da Da Ding.

A 40 year old hockey legend Mohammed Shahid passed away in Medanta hospital in Gurgaon today, after a brief illness.

Shahid, the Indian hockey player titled as one of the best dribblers of the World, was suffering from a serious lung disease. After spending around a month in hospital for treatment, his condition didn’t improve and lately, he had been in coma for a short period of time before his demise.

Talking about his life, Shahid was a famous hockey player. He was a part of the team that won gold medal in 1980 Moscow Olympics, silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian games.

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Born in 14 April, 1960 in Varnasi, Uttar Pradesh, he soon gathered an interest for the game and made his first appearance in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France. Soon, his performance and capabilities gave him a platform to be a part of the renowned Indian Team. He played his first game in senior team under the captaincy of Vasudevan Baskaran in a four- nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Though, the team couldn’t win, yet Mohammed Shahid performed remarkably well which caught the eyes of the World.

Mohammed Shahid had excellent dribbling and running skills and he represented the country in various Olympics and worldwide championships, for instance, he was the member of the Indian team at the Los Angeles Olympic games 1984, Seoul Olympic games 1988, London World cup Hockey Tournament 1986 and many more. Winning and losing didn’t matter, but his performance was always praise worthy.

ACHIEVEMENTS OVERLOADED

It was not in the air that I referred him as a legend. Indeed, he was a true player and a legend. He started to play at the age of 19 years and within one year, he made a place in the Senior Premium Indian Hockey team, which is no easy. Some of his achievements are as follows:

  • Best Forward of 1980 Champions Trophy
  • Gold Medal in 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
  • Member of Asian All-Star team in 1986
  • Padma Shri in 1986

As an honour to his outstanding and amazing service in field of Hockey, he was awarded Arjuna Award in 1980-81, which is a highly respected award. His contribution in the game is immense.

INDIA’S TRAGEDY

Though, he was a marvellous player, people are unaware of him. That is the tragedy of India. We are crazy about cricket and only follow this game. I am not criticising this love, this is absolutely no reason of my disappointment. But, I want everyone to appreciate all sports and sportsmen. No sport is easy and at a level where one has won Olympics or World Championships, he must have the respect of fellow- beings for encouragement. India lacks in sports field, all due to unfair treatment and lack of encouragements; otherwise a country with such a vast population can in no way fall short of talents. Hidden talents remain subdued.

What a trend!! Sportsperson get fame once movies are made on their hardships and achievements or on their demise, Mary Kom, Milkha Singh stand as accurate examples. The system requires some serious transformations, where all sports will be respected to encourage all children to follow what-so-ever they like.

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Hockey, being the national sport of our country, should at least some significance as a start. We salute people like Mohammed Shahid who keep the spirit of tradition alive and bring glory to our country.

RIP.

Are you the explorer type? Do you have the eye of an adventurer? Like off-beat vacations? If your answer to these questions is yes, then my friend this list is exclusively for you. We have picked among the many, the top best places to explore which are surreal and paradise like, places with which you can fall in love in first sight, because I have. India is like a mine, if you keep digging deeper you will keep finding newer and finer things. A lot of land in India is still unexplored, which, if you have the zest to explore should check out. If you think that India has places have that charisma, to make you fall in love, then you must read this.

Tawang (Arunanchal Pradesh)

Tawang

Located in Arunanchal Pradesh and situated at a height of about 3048 meters above the sea level, it is a very beautiful yet offbeat hill town that houses several monasteries, where you can go monastery hopping. It has a well preserved Tawang Monastery which has earned lots of praise for the place. Then there’s beautiful Jang waterfall and the Sela pass which remains covered with snow for most part of the year. Local handicrafts industries thrive well here as it has handicrafts center that promotes the small-scale industries related to handicrafts. The best time to visit this picturesque place is in the months of March and September, as the summers are cool and winters are often snow-clad.

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Majuli (Assam)

Majuli Island

You can call it a surreal fantasy, Majuli, is the World’s largest fresh-water river island. It is located in Assam, situated on the River Brahmaputra 20 kilometers away from the city of Jorhat. It is connected via boats with the city making it an exotic location. It has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. It is mostly referred to as the cultural capital of the state very locally defined due to high tribal population, that is quite unique, and resplendent with several festivals throughout the year. The best months to visit are October-March, with a cool climate. Monsoons is also a beautiful time to visit when the river is swollen and beautiful.

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Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)

Spiti

Spiti is one of the most unexplored and surreal places in India, located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, is a region of desert mountain valley, beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. It is a delight for travelers with a virgin hill resort equipped with adventure sports opportunities and fills visitors with awe at its majestic grandeur. In winters though, the entire region becomes completely isolated. Most known attraction of this place is Key monastery, situated at a height of 4,112 meters was built in the 14th Century whose architecture was influenced by the Chinese style. It is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in Spiti. May-October is the best time to visit, winters should be strictly avoided.

Kalimpong (West Bengal)

Kalimpong

An offbeat hill station located in West Bengal, situated at an average elevation of 1250 meters. You can also call it as “the kingdom in clouds” which hasn’t been explored a lot by too many people outside the East, but among the locales it is known for its Tibetan monasteries and crafts and churches. It makes a lovely retreat for the summers and winters. A lot of educational institutions here were established by the Britishers in the colonial period. It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids, nurseries, Himalayan grown flower bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers. Make sure to shop for orchids in these elaborate flower markets. The best months to visit this place is March to June, September to December.

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Mokokchung (Nagaland)

Mokokchung

This place as it sits in the hills, is one of the biggest urban centers of Nagaland. The main tourist attractions are the District Museum, the Town main Park, Unman village, and the Ao village. There are also other places near by to interest the tourists such as Longkhum, Langpangkong, Mopungchukit and Chuchuyimlang which are situated in the same district. October-June makes the best time to visit. The sowing and Harvesting festivals are colourful and alluring, so visiting at those times makes for a pleasant experience.

Andaman Islands (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Andaman Islands

This island of India is still shrouded under mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility. These islands are a paragon of beauty, and present a landscape of scenic beauty and picturesque extravaganza, shimmering like emeralds in the Bay of Bengal. It consists of total 572 emerald Islands, out of which 36 are inhabited presently, islets and rock slets and rocks. The best time to visit Andaman is during winters when the weather is cool and ideal for sightseeing.

North-Sikkim (Sikkim)

North-Sikkim

It is among the most uninhabited areas in India, with one of the most picturesque locales. Make sure to pay a visit to the monasteries and Gurudongmar lake, which apparently is one of the highest lakes in India. Gurudongmar Lake is located at a height of 5,210 m above sea level and it remains frozen for most parts of the year. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, appearing to be completely surreal. Hiking and trekking are the much sought-after things to do here. May-September make the ideal time for a trip to North Sikkim. The summers are the best time to visit.

Lepchajagat (West Bengal)

Lepchajagat

Located on a hill covered with Oaks forests and beautiful rhododendron, it is situated on Ghoom-Mirik road at the Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling. This place has an astonishing exquisiteness that is difficult to get over. The curious play of colors in the sky strikes you straight away. Partly black and white clouds drift from one hill to another. The other places close by that are not to be missed include Jorepokri, Mirik and Pashupati.

Mawsynram (Meghalaya)

Mawsynram

This is the wettest place in India and also on earth. Located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, 65 kilometers from Shillong. The Rain god is extremely generous when it comes to showers with an average rainfall of 11,872 millimeters. The abundant rainfall makes the place one of the most beautiful places to holiday in, albeit underrated. The main attraction here is a huge formation of stalagmite, which resembles a ‘Shivling’.

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So what are ya waiting for, packs your bags and go make those adventure trips happen!

Pepsi Co India is among the largest companies in India. It has always been on the cutting edge of the culture and been the voice of the generations, and when it comes to campaigning, they have been equally alluring. This year Pepsi Co has brought yet another new campaign that is fresh and very engaging. Pepsi Co chose to spark unexpected conversations and action around the world with today’s truly global language, the Emoji’s. The global #Pepsimoji campaign was brought to India which took inspiration to another to another level having launched truly Indian campaign “Jaisa Mood, Waisi Pepsi” so that the fans can #SayItWithPepsi.

The Pepsi Co Design & Innovation Center created hundreds of PepsiMoji designs for a universal language system proprietary to the brand. In India, consumers will be able to find 38 PepsiMoji designs, including eight designs that reflect the unique nature of India and the Indian consumer – from the traditionally Turbaned man, the quintessential lunch dabba and popular snacks like dosas and samosas, to musical instrument Tabla and celebrities like Virat Kohli and Ranbir Kapoor.

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Well, Pepsi Co made it more striking by using this campaign for a fun and impactful on-ground activation in a college campus in Delhi University. As Emoji’s have become more than just icons to serve as a global language, so Pepsi thought which group of people are more into Emoji’s -- College goers. So Pepsi brought together college kids, emojis and Pepsi- all three go well together and it was further proved by this innovative vending machine in the Delhi college campus based on the theme of “Jaisa Mood, Waisi Pepsi”, so instead of money, the fans were asked to pick an emoji displayed on the interactive machine’s screen. Picture college kids and a sign that says “No Money, No Problem”- can’t get more bang on that. So based on the mood they picked, they were then asked to perform fun activities like “Do your party dance” or “Bowl and appeal loudly” and on successful completion of the task given, the #PepsiMoji machine would dispense a chilled bottle of the beverage, free of cost.

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This was a killer campaign by Pepsi and worked out really well. Perfectly appealing to the target group chosen, given that campus folks practically talk through emojis day in and out. This was just amazing, all you see could were happy faces and grand publicity with actual words. We cannot stop but call for Pepsi to take a bow- awesome job!

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, even in US. This is definitely shocking and mind-engaging too. After the 9/11, when living a life of peace in US is becoming difficult for Muslim people as everyone is viewed in doubt and threat, the sudden growth of Islam certainly startles the mind. Various well-established terror groups that have harmed the society and shook the world with pain, loss and agony in different parts of the world have been identified to be Islam followers. I’m not commenting, neither I am generalising anything. Just simple statistics and stark reality indeed.

Surprisingly, this era is witness to maximum number of people who has converted to Islam. By far, many eminent personalities have converted to Islam. Mohammad Ali, a world class boxer, Janet Jackson, Mike Tyson, Felixia Yeap, Liam Neeson and Akon are some of the personalities who have switched to Islam as religion and, therefore, are practising it whole-heartedly.

FLIRTING WITH ISLAM

We have come across news on various people converting to Islam, but who never did so as of now. Let us have a quick glance at all those people who have been in limelight due to their attraction and possibility of conversion to Islam.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • WINSTON CHURCHILL: The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, one of the most influential men of his time thought of converting to Islam. In 1907, his future sister-in-law Lady Gwendoline wrote to him in a passionately worded letter, “Please don’t become converted to Islam. I have noticed in your disposition a tendency to orientalise (fascination with the Orient and Islam), Pasha-like tendencies, I really have.”

He was highly enthusiastic about Islam, so high that he and his friend Wilfrid S. Blunt- a poet and supporter of Muslim causes- often dressed in Arab outfit.

Many often said that he considered Islam and Christianity as one and the same, ruling the probability of his conversion.

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Lindsay Lohan

  • Lindsay Lohan: An American actress, model, singer, songwriter and director, this woman was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her same day of community service- prompting speculation that she has converted into Islam. But she hasn’t fully converted into Islam, as per sources. She calls herself open- minded, mentioning that her sister is a stringent follower of Buddhism as a result of walking her footsteps. Her love for their language has initiated the move to know their culture. It is definitely clear that she wouldn’t convert until and unless she completes reading the Koran, according to her own statement.

Not among the above examples, but recently Brad Pitt’s heroine Angelina Jolie slamped Donald Trump for Anti- Muslim comments. In his speech, Trump made a controversial statement of temporarily banning Muslims in the US as Syrians fled their war-torn motherland in the numbers unbelievable. The face of refugee re-allocation campaigns Angelina Jolie disapproved of such anti- racial comment, which of course counts as an answer for humanity. But as it goes, different people have different opinions, some people are viewing it as her favour for Islam.

 Yet, all in all, the continuous switch and favour towards Islam is growing tremendously.

PERPLEXED!!

This is actually perplexing. But the question that stands in front of us is what suddenly caused such a swing?

This is a typical question that is difficult to answer.

Let us ponder over at a different story for a while. Here are some unheard facts about The Quran.

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  • THE QURAN INCLUDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR ITS OWN SPREAD: This holy book tells its followers that they must spread Islam as much as possible. Spreading Islam is the ultimate victory of the teachings.
  • IT LAYS DOWN INSTRUCTIONS FOR ITS OWN PRESERVATION, PROTECTION AND DUPLICATION: Next time when you come across a strict follower of principles know that he is doing what is actually written in his holy book. The Quran itself calls for its protection and prohibits any change that is thought to be made with the changing world.
  • ISLAM FOCUSES ON CREATING A GOVERNMENT THAT FOLLOWS IT: The religion follows on giving privilege to a government who is the stringent Islam follower for optimum spread and circulation of the culture.
  • PERMISSION TO SPREAD THE RELIGION BY WAR: Even a war is righteous in the name of Islam. The war which is deemed to result in the spread of Islam is encouraged.
  • RIGHT TO POLYGAMY: All Islam males have the right to marry multiple women for production of more soldiers and consequently, increase in Islam population.

Islam is ordered to spread vastly by the ‘ALLAH’, as Muslims take it. So, in order to follow the advice of the Supreme power, there has to be a way out and that is what is happening. Here is a startling statement by Akon, a famous singer, who said that one woman cannot satisfy any man. Even the man living in this century has believed this theory and made such a public statement, undoubtedly, he has faith in Islam.

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Let us not go into any further details, because believe me, there is no answer that can explain the logic behind the growing trend. One explanation that may work is- it is an individual’s choice and preference. Accept it- right to religion is the fundamental right of all humans.

 One thing should always be remembered, it is not religion that matters; it is our humanity and the love for fellow beings that shouldn’t ever rip apart. If change with time is what is required, then try for that change. After all, we all are here to make this place a bit more beautiful than it was, in our very own way.

Startups in India were reaching to a halt as the investments were drying up, but now it is apparent all those troubles are slowly drifting away. But these startups have realized that getting investments is going to get harder and harder from now on. Times like these calls for the government to come to the rescue of the budding entrepreneurs by making up for what private industries are failing.

The country is starting up, as we can notice the participation of not just metropolitan cities but also the participation of other states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and the most recent Jharkhand. The wind of entrepreneurship is caught by Jharkhand as well. “Momentum Jharkhand” was launched very recently, by the State Government of Jharkhand as its Investment Promotion campaign. Jharkhand was ranked among the best performing states in business reforms, based on an evaluation by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).

Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced that Jharkhand is at present ‘the most investment ready state’. We think so too and we’re going to give you five reasons as to why we see it coming true.

  1. Stepping stones to attract global investments

CM Das positively hopes to make Jharkhand a destination of global investments in India. To encourage this process he initiated a Jharkhand Investment Promotion Board (JIPB) on July 10, 2016. It aims at attracting national and international investors. The JIPB has pivoted itself on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ framework in conjunction with the State Government. The Board is going to form strategies on effective implementation of investment policies, incentivise New Economy sectors and work towards simplification of procedures, policy and reforms for smooth industrial growth in Jharkhand.

  1. JIPB’s pro-manufacturing agenda

Outlining the Jharkhand Government’s resolve to broad-base value-added manufacturing facilities with specific sectors that are chosen, JIPB hopes to push its pro-manufacturing agenda. These selected sectors include industries based on mining, food processing, energy, automobile, IT-ITeS, tourism, infrastructure development, health care, and education. On the maiden meeting of JIPB, CM Das stated that, now that Jharkhand is ushering in an era of industrial growth it is all geared up to showcase its enormous potential to both national and international investment communities in order to attract suitable investments which will benefit both the industry and the country.

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  1. Dearth of Industrial Conflict

In the JIPB meet CM Das clearly stated, “My Government’s policies are in sync with those of the Government of India, in what we truly work as a team with purpose” emphasizing that his govt. is totally committed to protecting and securing the well being of investments, public life and property. He also claimed that ever since his govt came to power in the state not a single case of major industrial conflict has been reported. On this basis CM Das claims that the State and its people testimony their outlook towards organized systems of livelihood.

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  1. On it’s way to becoming a ‘Smart City’

The Urban Development and Housing Secretary, Mr. Arun K. Singh had some similar agenda as those of JIPB, of speeding up urbanization in the state, developing Jharkhand into a “smart city”. The proposed greenfield smart cities in Ranchi and Barhi promise to bring progress and sustainability through comprehensive planning. They are targeting the services sector as the investors would also be equally enthusiastic about that, which would form most of the urban ecology. The services sector has kept up its pace and its share of contribution to the GSDP has grown from 33 per cent in 2004-05 to about 49 per cent in 2015-16.

  1. Investors Sanctuary

The most Investment-ready opportunities have already been presented to prospective investors in a form of a ‘Shelf of Projects’ publication. Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma has ensured these projects that are spanned across the spectrum of focus sectors. What brings ease of business in Jharkhand is it’s single window system. Investors are assured that they would never require escalating matters or visiting any other department. The State Investment Promotion Board is an excellent consultation platform to provide strategic inputs to the top echelons led by the Chief Minister’s Office.

In the meeting of JIPB, CM Das had also stated Jharkhand to be the backbone of Make in India Mission in one way as Jharkhand holds 40per cent of India’s natural mineral wealth and is on its track to become the country’s power hub by 2019. By strengthening the Make in India initiative, Jharkhand has led on to the path to become the most investment ready state, by enhancing prospects of livelihoods for the people of the state and provide a platform for new ideas and innovations for future investment opportunities

Does reputation come to those who have money in hand? Is money something so big that it can define a person’s actual kindness and affection? Why is the growing trend completely in favour of rich-people leading the road?

Right from the time we take birth on this planet, we are expected to follow good activities, to care, to love affectionately and become a praise-worthy human being. Even in the schools and educational institutions, we learn and know people who have sacrificed their lives and luxuries for the well-being of other individuals. We admire soft-hearted people, not money. No doubt, we are told that money is the necessity and we have to be able and stand on our own legs, but there it is no denying the fact that social virtues are what we really inculcate.

 We have innumerable examples of large hearted people who have gained another level of recognition. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi, Sunderlal Bahugana and Martin Luther King stand as great examples showing how good deeds help us grow and make our work count, motivating lives and inspiring people.

But today the trend has slightly changed and made our lives entirely different from what it was. The humans have become quite materialistic and are running after money. The rich are appreciated and kept good relations with. I don’t advocate that rich people are dishonest or inhuman. I am just against the view of judging people based on their income or wealth. Perhaps, there are better solid parameters to judge that.

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DISTRESSING SITUATION

People who have money with them attract the society. We tend to include them in our friends circle, be in their company and listen to their advice. Their words are golden and their activities are trend setters. This is what the general phenomenon of today is.

When I ponder over the situation, it startles me immensely. I mean, how and why we have turned so materialistic and money-minded that other things cease to exist in our mind. Believe me or not, the race to earn and maintain our so-called-standards has taken a toll on people’s happiness. When money has become such a judgemental criteria, then how can even a single percentage of people become remain happy in adjusting with their lives.

When the brand of our clothes matter more than the sincerity and love we show upon others, then sooner or later the love is deemed to die.

WHAT LED TO THE BIG CHANGE

The change is big, and definitely it is no easy to define what led to this change. People blame globalisation, westernisation and the increasing show-up of people. But, are these the sole reason.

According to me, the greed and never-satisfying hearts of people are leading to this change. Inside every individual, there is a greedy side which is showing its true colours. I am not blaming anyone, but just because of this trending world many people are committing crimes and choosing wrong path. The lunacy to match with the social standards of all is leading to such a bitter change.

 IS MONEY ALONE EVERYTHING

Being rich, earning money is definitely good and an appreciable task. You spend more, you earn more and your life becomes more joyful. But do remember, money alone cannot buy happiness. We need the support and love of near and dear ones to enjoy our life and cherish each and every moment. So earn with full dedication and hard work, use your talent and capabilities to make your life ever enthralling, but not at the cost of losing people who value in your life.

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Let your standard of living boost like a skyrocket, but carry humanity, love, care and sympathy while flying along. That is just the best combination.

Surprisingly, majority of qualified people who cross all the levels of selection are disqualified when the interview round begins. Not only this, you would find many people scaring the name of interview. Why? What is real scary about the interview thing?

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It is difficult because we are weak in language, vocabulary and communication. Even after knowing everything, we find ourselves unable to express our thoughts freely.  We get short of words or confidence or ideas. Whatever it may be, things turn against us due to poor display of ourselves. The real problem is our education system. There is nothing wrong with interviews or questions, it is just that we are taught to learn, to grasp things rather than understand the concept.

Gone are the days when Hindi medium schools were considered competent and equally influential. Now, English has become a culture, rather a necessity in India. We judge people by the language they speak. A Hindi speaking genius feels himself worthless in front of a fluent English speaking person. Why has language become a judging criteria in our education? This is exasperating.

A child born in China speaks Chinese and learns everything in the same mother tongue throughout his life. His language is his strength. But what we Indians do?  A child who is utterly efficient in Hindi from his childhood is taught a different language. The entire focus of his schooling is on English as a medium of language. And yet, you’ll find most of the Indian students lacking in the mode of communication. Startling!! The language you focused on your entire life is what you are still weak in. This is because of the manner in which the language is taught to pupils. The education system here focuses on the words and their meaning. Here is a fact: English is one of the largest language in terms of number of words. It has around 200000 words.  So just think for a while, how are you going to memorise the meaning of all the words. After all, we are humans not robots.

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There is a branch of language called etymology. It is a way of working on the origin and root of words to derive the actual meaning. By this, you just don’t learn a word, but multitude of words. It develops your horizon and it is scientifically proved that the people who are good at language has a better understanding of context and are, therefore, able to work in a better way.

Hence, there has to be a shift in teaching methodology. Enough of following the old orthodox method, people must be aware of what needs to be done in order to get the maximum in the least possible time. When you are learning something, then why not learn it completely.

It is true that we lack in English not because of grammatical understanding, but because of vocabulary. Let us build our vocabulary to an extent where we feel confident enough of expressing everything and anything without a second thought. Work it out, and you’ll experience miraculous changes around you and in you- your personality and confidence will reach a fever pitch high level.

Amazon launches its prime subscription service in India, as the American online retailer makes a vision to supersede its customer base and market share here trying to develop an edge over other portals in one of the most populous country. The current decision of Amazon to sprang its wings in India has spurred the economy and e-commerce business with predicaments, elation and excitement.

“We’ve barely scratched the surface of this vast nation, its potential and its immense value to the global economy,” Bezos said in June at the US- India Business Council Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. CEO Jeff Bezos recently called the company’s fastest growing economy as a plan to start its Prime membership in India.

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Some of that investment came to fruition Tuesday, with the announcement that customers in around 100 cities will have access to Amazon prime membership and an unlimited free two day delivery. In 20 cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, free one day delivery will also be available, along with a discounted fee of Rs. 50 per order on over 10,000 products over a general typical cost of Rs. 150.

It is estimated that around one third of the online shoppers in India are expected to drive two-thirds of the sales for online- marketplaces by 2020, according to a study by Google and AT Kearney. This really means that India is a potential target for almost all the online marketing portals dealing in sales and customer service. Flipkart, an Indian based company, has recently taken over Jabong for $70 million in case to increase its market. The acquisition of fashion platform is a move For Flipkart to not only further penetrate in the red-hot category but also maintain its leadership position in the market and keep Amazon at bay, according to Sandy Shen, research director with the e-commerce team at research from Gartner. After all, it has to keep its pace ever-lasting.

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This step of Amazon is definitely going to increase competition in the market of e-commerce. All the online shopping websites will have to be stiff and strict, thereby maintaining their craze and market share in one of the most prospering economy of the world. Let us see how much this innovation works in favour of the people and app alike and what effects this decision brings on the other portals.

With a smashing box office collection of nearly 500 crores and becoming the fifth highest hit in overseas as well, SULTAN has revived the magic of the very Big and HIT bollywood actor, SALMAN KHAN. This year has definitely proved to be lucky and fortunate for the ‘BHAI’ who has not only turned out to be a hit-machine at bollywood’s film collections but also a comparatively ‘free’ man, escaping both jurisdictions and equality.

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A ‘brother’ like figure to many and a God to his supportive fans, many criticize his lifestyle, stating ‘Salman is not hero and his entire life is a proof’. He is the under the list of the worse role models for the youth of today, who are completely drenched and lost in his everlasting charm and muscular figure. One of the Indian radio jockeys, had made it just to the point by saying, “ NA BOLI (not words), NA GOLI( not gun’s bullet), NA GAADI( not car), KISI PAR BHI LAGAAM NAHI BHAI  KA” ( our brother doesn’t holds control on any of them ). Unfortunately, the much generalized statement sounds quite true as one tries to take a deep introspection into the life of Salman. Charged for many controversial cases, including the ‘13 year old hit-and-run case’ and the shameful, ‘blackbuck and Chinkara case of 1988, Rajasthan’, Salman’s life is marked with many more incidents which have some or the other time shook the entire Bollywood fraternity. Apart from these two legal complications, he has been also highlighted as a insensitive man exercising abuse towards his partners, like Aishwariya Rai , who reportedly accused her love, Salman, for misbehavior and maltreatment being experienced by her. Moreover his latest controversial statement, for comparing his tiring shooting sessions to be equivalent to the feeling of a ‘raped woman’ had  landed him into deep troubles as he was summoned by the National Commission for Women ( NCW), who asked him for a public apology and a written explanation of such derogatory remark against women.

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Glutton for punishment, his controversies have been becoming bigger and popular, just like his stardom. There is definitely not silver but a gold lining, within the dark clouds of legal entanglements which had been hovering over the bollywood biggie, as he has been acquitted from two of his big cases, namely the hit and run and the Chinkara deer and blackbuck case, recently.

The heart-rending death of a 13 year old, wherein Salman khan was found guilty of being drunk and driving at an insanely high speed, causing the death of the 13 year old, took an interesting turn when Salman khan’s driver, Ashok Singh in his deposition became a defense witness and said in the trial court, that it was him on the wheels and not Salman. Supporting his ‘sold out’ honesty he further added that he had gone to the police after the mishappening had took place, but his statement was not recorded. Holding the evidences and both the eye-witnesses as ‘weak’ and ‘ suspicious’, Justice Joshi in his jam-packed courtroom had announced, “ strong suspicion can’t be enough to hold anyone guilty”, acquitting Salman. Tears in his eyes and a ‘thankyou’ addressed towards the support of millions, ‘madly’ and ‘blind’ followers, Salman walked out of the clutches of  law, making it evident that there is no rule for the ‘rich’ and ‘famous’. Guilty or not guilty, having huge bundles of that green paper is enough to set you free and live a normal life again.

This wasn’t the only happy news for ‘Bhai’, as his very old yet big case of poaching 2 Chinkaras and a Blackbuck, in the year 1988, has been recently dissolved, when the Rajasthan High Court on Monday, 25 july 2016 acquitted him in two cases related to poaching of Chinkaras and a Blackbuck in Jodhpur in 1998.  While shooting for his film, ‘Hum Saath, Saath Hain’ , Salman khan, along with his co-actors, as claimed, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Amrita Singh went on a hunting spree, killing two of the most endangered species, the Chinkara deer and the blackbuck and thus inviting legal complications again to the lives of all the stars. But, as it seems like, it was only Salman who was summoned by the court, while others were set free (maybe, ‘HUM SAATH SAATH NAHI HAIN).Leading to, Two separate cases were being registered against Salman under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998.

The trial court (CJM) had convicted him in both the cases sentencing him to one year and 5 year imprisonment on February 17, 2006 and April 10, 2006 respectively.

The actor had appealed to the Rajasthan high court challenging a lower court's verdict that convicted him and sentenced him to one and five years in jail for the two cases of poaching. Reserving its decision, the high court acquitted Salman, on the basis of the rightful claims made by the defense lawyer stating the incident was being built on circumstantial evidences and lack of eye -witnesses. Besides this, the major observation by the court was that it did not find the pellets recovered from the vehicle matching with those, recovered from the possession of Khan.

Sitting pretty and leading a life of ‘no sin’ like a newly converted nun, Salman is yet to be relieved of almost all of his crimes. But as it looks like, he’ll be freed out of the rest of the mess as well. To this news, the twitteratis again use the over-hyped platform to express their aggressive views, hastagging Salmankhan. Some of these are quite hilarious and expressing deep distress over the existing judiciary system, like ‘Salman acquitted in blackbuck poaching case - The Indian Justice system is the best joke I've ever heard’, “Breaking- @BeingSalmanKhan to star in Raj Kumar Gupta's next suspense thriller- No One Killed , ‘No one killed the blackbuck’, Chinkara. #SalmanVerdict#BhaiKiJaiHo , and also targeting one of the songs of his movie, Maare hewda mein naache mor" not anymore because Salman might kill it’, was framed well.

Sadly, this is not something new to the land of diversity, claiming secularity, sovereignty and being a socialist democracy, with equality, justice, liberty and fraternity to be the only pillars of its support in the preamble itself, as the reality of everyday seems like a paradox.

Thinking of a vacation to a place somewhere new, somewhere near to sea? Don’t worry, you wouldn’t need to cross seven seas or high mountains for that. India itself is one of the best places for vacation. It has perfect places to visit for those dreaming to escape to the coast. From the fine, golden sands to the rocky pebbled shores- India is a beach lovers paradise. I always imagine myself, like the kind of girl who belongs on a beach with messy hair, tanned skin and a big bowl of fruits watching the waves. So if you are like me you wouldn’t want to visit the usual popular beaches of Goa which are filled with hugely insane crowds, which I think make the beaches lose their charm. So I’ve got here a list of other virgin beaches in India which are not among the mainstream, and are exactly the kind of beaches you and I would want to visit.

Radhanagar Beach

RADHANAGAR BEACH (ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS)

This pretty beach has been awarded as ‘Asia’s best beach’ by Time Magazine. Situated 12 kilometers from Havelock’s ferry pier, it is known for its untouched beauty and alluring charm. While the azure and groovy waters will tickle your senses, the serenity that dwells on this beach will surely make you fall for it. It is undoubtedly one of the best beaches of Andaman Islands owing to its fine white sands and blue waters.

Best time to visit: Spring is the ideal time to visit. (October to May)

Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach (KERALA)

It is located in Kovalam, although Kovalam remains one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala, the Lighthouse beach has remained untouched by most of the crowd. This beach is extremely picturesque in setting, bordered by coconut groves and an ancient lighthouse- Vizhinjam Lighthouse located here due to which this beach gets its name. This beach has gained huge popularity in recent times, where you can escape the crowds to relish the beauty of golden sands on this beach.

Best time to visit: (September- February) Winters are ideal although can be visited all round the year. Try to avoid summer or March-May as the temperature can rise up to 37 Degrees.

Yarada beach

Yarada Beach (ANDHRA PRADESH)

Situated 15 kilometers from Vishakapatnam, it’s a glorious escape from the crowds for those looking to enjoy the view of uninterrupted coastline. It is surrounded by captivating hills and groovy hills on three sides and Bay of Bengal on the other side. This magical beach is still untouched from the hands of commercialization and lies in the most pristine form.

Best time to visit: November- February. Avoid visiting during March- May or the summer and June-September or the monsoon.

Bekal Beach

Bekal Beach (KERALA)

God’s own country, Kerala is truly a haven for nature lovers. Bekal beach is located in Kasaragod region of Kerala and is known for its kaleidoscopic and exotic beauty. Adjacent to it is a giant keyhole shaped fort which offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons a few centuries ago. In addition, one can enjoy Goa carnival with family and friends.

Best time to visit: During Winters, (December-February) is the best time to visit here.

Serenity-BeachPondicherry

Serenity Beach (PONDICHERRY)

Located at just 10 mins drive from the city of Pondicherry, is bordered by wooded line of Palm trees. A perfect destination to relax and rejuvenate yourself after exploring those beautiful French architecture based colonies. Doesn’t the name itself does half of the work in peaking interest? A lazy day spent at the beach, just sun-bathing and reading a novel at your own pace is what makes this beach the most leisurely among the rest. You will not only feel relaxed and tranquil, but also a happy sense of belonging. Won’t we all like that!

Best time to visit: September-March or November-February are the best times.

St. Mary's Beach

St. Marys Beach (KARNATAKA)

St. Mary’s Island is a little slip of land in the sea out from Malpe Beach in Udupi. The beach front of this island is known as St. Mary’s beach. Located 6 kilometers boat ride away from the pilgrimage town, Udupi, it is known for its amazing Basalt rock formations with vertical blocks lining up on the beachfront, it remains unexplored for most of its parts. Embraced by the enchanting charm of the Arabian Sea, its virgin beauty can behold its visitors at ease.

Best time to visit: December is the best time to visit this beach.

Agatti Beach

Agatti Beach (LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS)

Lakshadweep probably is the smallest of Union Territories in India, but it outshines almost all the other destinations, when it comes to stunning islands and virgin beaches. The Agatti beach is a stunning virgin beach known for its scenic beauty among the other 36 coral islands, with breath taking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue water and lush green coconut palms. It has a calm and peaceful surroundings untouched by the tourists, salubrious holiday escape for those who want a break from the hustling city life.

Best time to visit: This beach can be visited all round the year, however, May-September is considered the ideal time.

Ganga Beach

Ganga Beach (KARNATAKA)

Gokarna is popular for beaches but unlike most of the Gokarna beaches, Ganga Beach in one of the secluded paradise and is still untouched by the hands of commercialization. Situated 30 mins from the very popular Om beach in Karnataka, is fringed with ancient lighthouse and scenic groves all around. It is a true nature’s retreat which everyone must experience once in their lifetime.

Best time to visit: This beach also can be visited all through the year, yet November-February is considered the best time to visit.

Mandvi Beach

Mandvi Beach (GUJARAT)

Also known as the Wind Farms beach, due to the wind mills that line the horizon of Mandvi making a beautiful sight. The Wind mills projects running in this beach was Asia’s first Wind-Mills Projects in 1983. Perfect for swimming it still remains a virgin beach. It used to be a ship-building hub in the earlier times but has now been transformed into a haven for the tourists who do eventually turn in.

Best time to visit: This beach can be visited round the year, but Winter is the best time. Ideal months would be October-March.

    “Naan Solrathaiyum  Seiven, Sollathathiyum Seiven.” No, it’s not some shloka written in Sanskrit, but it is also not less than the words uttered by the God himself, i.e, Rajnikanth. It is a dialogue from one of his hit movies, Annamalai, meaning “I will do what I say, I will also do what I don’t say”, and indeed with a prodigious comeback, our ‘Anna’ has proved that he is the supreme, the one and only best, when it comes to stardom and its power. Till now, the total collections of his recent hit, Kabali have been summed upto 415crore, while nearly 215 crore has been the ticket sales and the rest is pre-release money from the sales of various rights.

Breaking even the records of Salman, Sharukh and Aamir’s  box office collection, KABALI’s film collection has even beaten up the souring records of Baahubali, within a span of just one week! Also, the movie has earned Rs 90 crore abroad in the first weekend, out of which Rs 28 crore came from the US itself where the film is among the top 10 films whereas , the Indian collection for the first weekend was at around Rs 100 crore, as Kabali’s producer, Kalaipuli S Dhanu spoke to the Indian Express. Now that’s the fame our very own, Thalaiva, who’s timeless heroism and gripping power-packed action performances have made him attain the position of #1,all by himself, or as he likes to say it, “kanna, panni dhan Kootama varum. Singam Singleaa dhaan varum”, or as it inculcates, ‘kid; only pigs come in herds, but a Lion always comes alone.”. Also, as glittery as it sounds, but Kabali’s total budget was quite modest, for about 75 crores, wherein nearly 50-60 crores belonged to Rajni’s  big lion share, for all what it seems like was worth it. While most of the shoot happened on sets in Chennai, Malaysian Tamils — where Rajinikanth holds sway — helped alot during the Malaysian leg of Kabali’s shooting. In fact, the luxury cars used during the shooting in Malaysia were given free by the people living there, as it was reported.

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From roads, to mobile phones, to malls, and even Airplanes, Rajini was everywhere!

Big brand endorsements were being latched onto Kabali fever. A special aircraft was being readied for takeoff to coincide with the release of the big blockbuster. Yes, Malaysian carrier, Air Asia had partnered with the film and a Kabali-special plane was being painted and stickered in keeping with the theme of the movie and showcasing the face of the superstar as well. Telecommunication giant, Airtel had also jumped onto the Kabali bandwagon, distributing Kabali recharge pack, Kabali special caller tunes, Kabali start-up kits for new customers, an opportunity for subscribers to send SMS-wishes for Rajinikanth and a compilation of these messages into a coffee table book for the actor, a van with holographic technology for film promotions – the Kabali-Airtel package goes on and on. Cadbury, the Indian chocolate factory, has been tagging the 5 star chocolate with Kabali besides advertisement panels on Tamil Nadu buses plying with posters bearing the tagline `Superstar ka 5 star’ and ‘Superstar in 5 star’ besides road shows near colleges, schools and popular malls – nearly 18,000 Kabali-Cadbury cutouts have been placed across India. While radio FM stations have been pitching feverishly, offering free tickets for an SMS from a listener. Fans have been hoping to get lucky, don’t even mind their dimes spent for an SMS, and the mobile services are ringing in a fortune as the total number of SMSs have crossed over one lakh!!! ‘. “Neruppu Da”, which means ‘it’s fire’ seems so appropriate as Kabali’s madness catches fire wherever it has reached so far, while people are seen howling and hooting across all the cinema halls and multiplexes.

Movie Ticket prices are soaring high!

The theatre owners especially in Tamil Nadu have been able to sell the tickets at a price which is 5 times higher than the original! Earning a big portion of Fortune in the name of Rajinikant, seems to the only mantra for a flourishing business for all the movie theatre owners, down to the south. Nearly Rupees 500-600 for morning shows, sounds irrational, but definitely not for a hardcore fan, for who, as reported, have slept near the cinema halls itself, to get the privilege to watch the first day-first show, as the film was released. However, the cost of the ticket is not major issue, but it is the unavailability which had sustained for the initial days, disappointing the masses. As one fan stated, We don’t have issues with the ticket prices. It’s once in two or three years, you get a Thalaivar (Rajinikanth’s) film. If you can’t shell out Rs 1,000 for your matinee idol, then what kind of a fan are you”.  That’s the glory of this godly-figure, who has not only been an on screen hero, but also serving to be a role model to uncountable devotees.

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As it has been anticipated, there are no new releases to compete with this smashing, floor-breaking hit till the first week of August. Thus, it might not be wrong to say, that Kabali Fever shall persist for long and soon the entire nation might be captivated with this madness or as our superstar says himself, Pera kettaale chumma adhirudhulla! (Doesn't everything quake at the mere mention of my name?). Definitely, the movie has shaken the lands it has reached so far and created ruckus with mad-men dancing everywhere. All one can do is, grab a seat for himself and be enchanted to the Ever-green charm of Rajini- the God.

As the second phase of odd-even rolled out in Delhi, a section of auto and taxi unions called for a single-day strike on Monday to protest against the App-based Cab services i.e. Ola and Uber. This was a move that the commuters knew would cause them trouble traveling in the national capital, but little did they know, the move was going to get extended to a second day strike.

The General Secretary of both and ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions’ Rajendra Soni stated, no autos or taxis will function to ground their protest against the app-based cabs, since even their demand for 10,000 new permits of Autorickshaw’s has not been issued since their cancellation after the alleged irregularities in their distribution. He said that they demand to stop app-based cabs because they are “snatching” away their livelihood. According to Joint Action Committee of 20 transport unions, the auto and taxi (yellow-black) unions of domestic and international airports have extended their support by participating in the strike. It’s perhaps the first time city’s rival taxi unions, affiliated to major political parties including BJP and Congress, have come together and given a call for a strike.

As the protesters intend to continue the strike as indefinite, it is going to be a huge problem for the daily commuters as there are altogether 85,000 auto-rickshaw and 15,000 yellow-black taxis in the Capital and imagine them going off-road, the city will almost be empty. The protesters have staged the strike at the New Delhi Railway Station.

It didn’t take long to turn this strike into a political issue. As thousands of autos and taxis went off the roads for the second consecutive day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal attacked on the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung yesterday accusing him of supporting the BJP to cripple Delhi. Even Transport Minister Satyender Jain has questioned on the inaction of Delhi Police alleging them to be supporting the BJP goons who stopped autos and passenger vehicles from plying. To the tweet that CM Arvind Kejriwal made a BJP lawmaker Manoj Tiwari responded in a tweet which said that AAP should stop the blame game with BJP and to look into their own government and stop blaming BJP for everything. At some places yesterday it was also observed that the protesters were forcibly trying to enforce the strike. To top it off it it rained in Delhi and well caused much flooding in many places. Those who commute daily and visiting the Capitol had a harrowing time due to the sprain on the public transport system.

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As the strikes continues today the agitators have clearly warned that they have determined to carry out an indefinite strike until the government takes any strict action against app-based cab services. There hasn’t been any response on the part of the app-based cab services but we’ll have to wait and see how today turns out to be.

 

With how much dedication were we praying for the rains this year!! After the sweltering heat, the rains were the only hope left in everyone’s mind. From a small farmer to the office layman to the government, everyone was dying to listen to enthusiastic sound of joyful rains, especially in Delhi NCR where the ever-rising temperatures caused uneasiness and unbearable weather.

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Finally, the prediction that this year rains will be above average level gave us a lot of hopes. After all, good rain is equivalent to better weather conditions. And the season of rain is out. People are relaxed a bit. But what is happening after the rains is even more exasperating. Yesterday, the high-level of rains caused inconvenience for the people on the road as the roads were blocked with water, creating havoc. People were unable to even reach back to their homes for the whole night. This was disturbing and a bad site. We have been talking about digital India and smart cities now, but where exactly do we lie in terms of development when our infrastructure cannot bear normal variations in weather. Earthquake in Japan doesn’t cause such a disaster which was caused by the simple rains in our country, and that too in the capital city which should be the glory of the country.

Rightly has the name of Gurgaon turned into the new one, Gurugram, which actually proves that the city is the age old village which doesn’t even exhibit the basic facilities of a city life. Road, which is such a basic infrastructure facility is not apt in the city.

Last year, after the same problems, the government promised to maintain roads and make it in a standard working condition, which is a must for organised and managed life. But, the government failed to keep its promise. Whole night, the people were caught in a terrible condition. Lunatic are the people who called it traffic, because it was nothing more than a terrible state.

Definitely, the government needs to do something about it. Every year, a lot of budget is allocated towards the maintenance of roads and buildings. But, where does the money go? Corruption, a major cause, has drowned the complete pillar of work and trust. But, there has to be a solution to solve the problem. After all, it is the reputation of the country and convenience of the citizen. When the capital city faces such a grass root problem, then what can be said about the whole country. The reputation of the country is at stake. Something has to be urgently done about it.

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Let us hope that things work out the way they are supposed to be because we are the people who have to spend the rest of our lives in these roads and places. Making it better is looking after our very benefit.

I’m one crazy Potterhead and most of my friends are too, so we’ve like read the the whole series over and again. But I’m writing this post mainly for the interest of my non-Potterhead friends who most of the times keep debating as to what’s so good about the series, and for everyone out there who hasn’t read them. Well, today when everyone’s going gaga over Game of Thrones(I like this one too :P ) and Pokemon Go, I would like to bring you the magic and charm of Harry Potter series and why you should read it.

1. Friendships

  1. The Series is more than a story about Wizards and Witches.

There’s so much more in it. There’s a whole lot one could learn from. It is full of life lessons and has taught me so much about friendship, love, bravery, goodness that dwells in humans, and also how to deal with one’s downfall. Many people have grown with Harry Potter, so for them it represents their childhood. This applies for me as well since I have loved them since I was in school. These books teach you how there’s no limits to imagination. You will relate to so many characters and it might even help you sort many situations in life. (obviously situations won’t be exactly the same, but still.)

2. Chances to escape

  1. Chances to escape reality and enter the Wizarding World.

So okay, one reason why I like reading these books is because I can lose myself in a world where rules of real world do not apply(well, not all the times). It gives you a chance to escape into the wonderful world where you can travel to bizarrely amazing places that one couldn’t normally think of. You could get to ride the famous Hogwarts express alongside Harry and his friends, attend classes where you don’t have to solve problematic questions of algorithms or find out what plus what amounts to what, instead attend classes such as Transfiguration and Potions(bonus with Prof. Snape). Slipping away into the world of Wizardry will allow you to experience the best adventure of your life.

3. Not a novel about Boy meets Girl

  1. Not a novel about Boy meets Girl and falls in love.

Not that romance doesn’t occur, but that strictly isn’t what the novels all about. Romance comes up in the last few books and trust me that’s how you’ll love it. There’s adventure, fantasy, magic, good versus evil, morality, friendship, family, and more. Romance isn’t the plot and that’s not what motivates the characters in their actions. Our world today is filled with teenage romances and I think it’s great to read a story that is primarily filled with friendship amongst everything else.

4.Women

  1. Women are more than just pretty pieces and love interests.

There’s more to women than being just dainty, helpless, and in love with a man. Harry Potter series has women that are fierce, for example, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, etc. These women thrive on education, friendship, and the betterment of the Wizarding world. Also the women aren’t treated as helpless victims who have to sit on the sidelines and watch the boys do the work, instead, they are equally involved in the action, often proving their magical skills are more capable of victory. All thanks to the author J.K. Rowling for creating such strong female characters just as they should be.

5. Sometimes not so happily-ever-after

  1. Sometimes not so ‘happily ever-after’ is the best resolution.

All those who are already fans of GOT will understand this, because their is a war to defeat Voldemort, so naturally people die. Often the characters with whom you get most attached to at times. The fact that Rowling kills so many of our most beloved characters resembles real life outside of the books. People die unexpectedly, and not everything ends happily ever after. Sometimes, heartache is required in order to reach the next stage in life. This series allows you to experience that within the pages.

6. Instant Connection

  1. Instant connection with characters.

You will easily connect to at least one character in the whole series. Also could be more than one. I personally feel more connected with characters of Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood, funny and a little weird at times. For some it may be the lead character Harry Potter himself. The series gives you insight to many different characters and allows you to learn about the many types of personalities and character traits of humans in general. Reading this series will cause you to bond with a fictional character, and sometimes, those bonds are the ones that truly matter because no matter what happens, they’ll always be there waiting for you to return.

7. Hogwarts

  1. Hogwarts will become your Home.

Rowling once in an interview said- “Whether you come back by page or big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” This series has indeed welcomed me home ever since I started reading them and watched the movies. I find an amazing pleasure in knowing that for the rest of my life I’ll always have Hogwarts, Harry, and the great fandom along with it.

I hope my reasons here will be able to persuade my non-Potterhead friends to read the series at least once, and then they’ll see the magic occurring themselves. As for my Potterhead brethren, if you have more reasons to add you’re most welcome and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

Hurry up everyone!! Here are some never to-miss face tips that will make your skin lighten in a short span of time. Now get ready to get the maximum output with minimum efforts. We prescribe you the shortest and easiest daily-routine work that will make everything get better and your skin will glow like never before. One short solution and your work will be done without hassle, promising prominent results and mesmerising beauty, as per the skin type and use mode.

Don’t let this summer destroy your ever charming and glorious beauty. This summer shine the way like you always do, irrespective of how torn and dusty your day becomes in your busy life schedule.

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Try the mask that suits your skin and see the change without even working hard for it.

TIPS FOR CHANGE

  • ORANGE MASK

Citric acid is an excellent component for skin. It not only lightens the skin, but also makes it glowing and shining. Take an orange, dry it and grind and it turns like a powder. Mix this mixture in rosewater or tomato juice and apply it on your skin.

The biggest advantage of this mask is you can grind the orange in large quantity when its season comes, and keep using it for a long period of time.

  • EGG MASK

Egg is multi-beneficial. Apply it on your skin or face, it will do wonders for you. Mix the albumen, or egg part as commonly called, with glycerine and make it thick for proper mask. Apply it and feel the change.

  • EVER-RELAXING HONEY MASK

For this mask, mix two tablespoon of pure honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon and one wedge of lemon. Mix it and keep it thick, apply and get the best result.

  • EXFOLIATING BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

For this, you require two ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil

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How well we are aware of the properties of coconut oil!! It moisturises the skin and with the combination of brown sugar which helps in removing dead cells. This mask helps in rejuvenating the skin with the natural touch of shine and glow.

  • YOGURT HONEY MASK

Yogurt is rich in good bacteria. It deodorise skin and purifies skin, brightens skin complexion and hydrates skin. Take  a small teaspoon of honey and mix it well, thus making it a healthy easy face mask.

 

In India, where rapes and all other kind of assualts against women takes the centre place every day, in every newspaper, on every television news channel, in any and every debate, in every thought, and in most of the houses as well, maybe builing of proper toilet facilities can ensure some safety for them.

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Claiming to make nearly 80 lakh toilets so far, with a promise of making the count to reach in millions, our Prime Minister’s vision of making India entirely ‘open decefecation free’ seems to work in progress. But, if one comes to terms with reality, the plight of several women remains unattended, unheard and uncovered by media and the local governing authorities. It’s not that the government is not doing it’s best, as they have  made commendable efforts to attain the goals of this noble mission.As we know, there have been always struggles as we go through a transition, be it a change in oneself or the entire nation. Some of these challenges  that have been there are, acceptability issues on the part of local residences, newly-built toilets are not maintained and thus, have literally turned into garbage bins with unbearable toxic smell, confusion regarding the construction incentives and the programme is yet to gain momentum in Delhi due to lack of awareness amoung people, as per the reports of Mail Online in 2015. Infact, the infamous Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has clearly failed to take off in several villages of  Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, the Punjab government claims to have constructed around 33 lakh toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for 7.92 lakh families at a cost of Rs 937 crore. However, a reality check done by Mail Today revealed that most of the toilets were constructed on papers as no money has been provided to the households. 


What is worse is that, the rate of crime against women, in rural areas (specifially) has been persistant and growing

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In the evening gloom of their dirt courtyard, Raj Beti and her six daughters are growing desperate. They last answered nature's call 13 hours ago, but it's dark enough to venture into the fields. As not only the fear of wild snakes and boars is haunting them, the nasty vultures are ready to lay their hands on the little girls and rip off their souls with fear and shame. “We don’t know who’s watching, who’s waiting for us” says the oldest daughter of  Raj Beti as she prepares the meal for the night for only the male members of the family. Women are expected to hold on to their bladder and bowels,as with no toilets in their own house, they have go out in the stark night with no signs of safety and light. For those who dared, incidences of  Gang-rapes, widespread obscene mms and verbal assaults were their only rewards.

The situation has been somewhat same in those houses, where the toilets were constructed. In Maya Devi's home,a dweller living in Katra village, has a bowl of the government-built latrine, which was cracked and the cubicle's door was blown off. But poor aesthetics are not the main problem. "The pit is full," said Maya Devi. "We don't know how to empty it so we've started using the fields again."

In katra, the necessary awareness and sensitivity had spread, after dreadful incidences of gang-rapes. Is there  a need for crime to take place each time, to bring a change? That can be the worst opportunity cost, of building a health and well-sanitized area. There is a desperate need to educate the people with simple yet effective tools,one-sided promises won’t work at all.

Now each time as the day fades away and the night dances with its gloomy shades, it sulks the head of  Raj Beti who dutifully carries her youngest daughter to herself, and the rest five following to her steps, in the open-dead field, where they spread out soon,  pulling down their baggy shalwars. They're frightened, uncomfortable and trying to hurry up the proccess as a tractor shudders past about 20 metres away, driven by men, most of them drunk.

As they wash and walk back to the village, other women and girls appear in twos, all with the same faces of sadness and guilt, as if excretion was a crime of their body and a disgrace to their families.

In 2019, the aim is to construct nearly 12 million toilets in the rural areas with a projected cost of nearly 1.96 crores, as the mission claims. Till then, many fathers who have lost their daughters, who died for no reasons but for ‘ being unaware’ and ‘ being a female’ , the present scenerios is ‘intolerable’ and they wish to see it nowhere around in any houses around them.

But untill the manifestation becomes a widespread reality, there shall be no food, no water and ofcourse no safety for women after the daylight till the newdawn in the villages.

Pakistan celebrated their independence day with more shock than joy showering from both within and beyond the borders. I read somewhere a very beautiful example that an elephant in the house is calm and composed for years, not hurting anyone. But what would be his reaction when he is inflicted with thousand cuts throughout his body? The oppressor has to be trampled. The elephant has now woken from kumbhkaran’s slumber. And the trembles can be felt on the other side of the border.

First Rajnath Singh and then Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised this never-a-blazing-issue called ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Baluchistan’. Actually, it started with Ajit Doval when he talked about it in his speech in 2015, India’s 105 KM running border with Afghanistan and everyone understood he was referring to Gilgit, Baltistan.

The sluggish behavior of India towards POK and Baluchistan made the world believe that the actual issue lies with Indian side of Kashmir, not the other side of Kashmir. PM Modi has finally spoken and now there is ruckus across Pakistan’s political arena. You just need to turn your attention to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who few months back got his throat hoarse shouting ‘ Asi Kashmir Lewange, ek ek inch lewange’. And then PM Nawaz Sharif showed sympathy and grief with the slain terrorist (their own investment) Burhan Wani. We made fun of Bilawal’s speech even their own media people did the same as their media also see in him our own youth icon. When our PM says that POK belongs to India and there is hullabaloo across Pakistan. They are unable to respond properly, stumbling, stammering and remembering the not-known-to-many insurgency groups in our north eastern part of India when they are invited on News debates. That’s the only shield they have right now. They are exposed. The mentioning of Baluchistan in PM’s speech has brought the shadow boxing of India-Pakistan ties to an end.

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There are Baloch people across the globe who are constantly thanking our PM Narendra Modi for talking about of Baluchistan and supporting it. They are very happy and feel indebted as India finally has spoken for them in seven decades. PM Modi also have thanked them from the rampart of Red Fort of India. He said ‘People of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them”.

The atrocities and torture stories in Balochistan are beyond imagination. Ahmar Mushtikan and Tarek Fateh and many other have been asking India to intervene and get the Baluch people their own air, water and peace. The people of Balochistan also deserve peaceful life and prosperity.  Mass graves, recently found, have told the story to the world and those bullet ridden bodies of innocent Baloch people. Pakistan bomb their own citizen and do not hesitate to burn entire village to instill fear in the minds of Baloch people. The world knows that Baloch are brave and strong people then Pakistan should have more Baloch people than Punjabi and other citizens of Pakistan, but there are none.

The Game Changer:

It is yet not clear if it was diplomatic move or a strategic one by the current government. But, the reaction to this statement is apparent now. Nervous Pakistanis have now started to talk to the Baloch people living outside the country. They want to establish dialogue with separatists and government agencies. Pakistan knows India’s strength and current growing stature in the international politics. The world now listens to India. Simultaneously, they have started firing from the borders. We have lost our soldiers on this auspicious day of 15th of August.

Baloch people who were fighting alone have now the support of India which they were seeking for a long time. The agitation will be intense and constant. The local freedom fighters will start protesting against the atrocities. India should support the way Pakistan support separatists of Kashmir, financially, morally and ….. India knows Baloch needs India and India wants a free Balochistan.

They say everyone must have a reason to live which is important because it becomes your life’s driving force. But it is also said, not to get too obsessed or you might miss out on other things or sometimes when you achieve your target you feel lost and lonely because there is nothing more left to do. There is a story of boy who grows up to be a man and he spends all his life hating his father. The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was this boy whose father was very hard on him. He would criticize and discourage all the time and even when he got any success, his father would do everything to pull him down.

But his mother was a very kind and loving women who gave her son all the encouragement that he needed and protected him from his father. The boy really loved his mother very much because she was the ray of sunlight and hope. We start to grow and we start to die the moment we are conceived because that is the law of life and the boy grew into a man and was also very successful but the hate and resentment of this father was too overwhelming to let go, so he was never in any stable relationship. His mother wanted him to settle down and have a family of his own so that he may find peace and satisfaction.

But the son could never shake off his dad and the words that deeply wounded him as child which still festered and slowly it ate him away. He let his hate for his father consume him and his mind was poisoned. His mother spoke to him about the power of forgiveness and reconciliation but the boy in him refused to forgive or reconcile with this father. They say the emotional wounds of childhood are perhaps the most difficult human emotion to overcome. As it is the law of life we grow and as we grow we also get old and with old age come mortality.

The boy who was deeply attached to his mother was very sad to learn that she was sick and did not have too much time to live. So he decided to spend more time with her so that he can look after her because he loved her dearly. But his hate for his father ran much deeper than the love for his mother and this was the dilemma her mother had to face near the end of her life. She again asked him and begged him to find love and forgive his father but the boy had gone too far and for him there was no turning back. After few months his loving mother passed away.

At her funeral all the relatives came and hope they would be able to console him because they knew he loved his mother very much. But to their astonishment he showed no grief or even mourned for his mother. No one understood how this man whose mother who loved him so much would not even shed a tear for her. Throughout the funeral he kept quiet, did not cry and once his mother was lowered to the ground he did not wait for a single second and he left. The father though was heartbroken because he loved his wife dearly and was surprised when the son would not even show up for her anniversary.

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Hate had consumed him. All the success he had bought no joy to him. Even the best of compliment would not put a smile on his face. He became cold and distant and started to look much older than his age. People who knew him asked him to reconcile with his father but to no avail. Years went by the hope his mother carried to the grave that her son would one day find happiness never came true. Then the news of his father getting sick reached him. Everyone thought they would finally see him smile or even laugh and celebrate. But what they saw was anger and fear which no one understood. But somewhere deep inside he did.

His father soon died from complication related to old age and grand funeral was arranged. All the relatives who come wanted to see the spectacle of the sun dancing on the grave of his father but what they saw was a reaction which was inconceivable. The boy was inconsolable at his father’s funeral and no one understood. But in the deep abyss of his cold heart the son knew why he was feeling so insufferable. Whatever he did in his life revolved around his father, weather he came first in class or any game he played he had no opponent but just his father who was always his sole focus of attention.

When his father passed away he had no aim in life. Fact is there was no one to hate. If he was miserable his whole life when his father was alive it was lot worse when he passed away. He did not know how to deal with this anger and started lashing out on others who so far he had treated with respect. Soon he became lonely and the few people who would call on him just stopped. He lost his promising job and started to spend more time in his house isolated. But the worst part was he knew his mother was right when she had asked him to find love and embrace forgiveness. But the hate in him was too strong and his end was ignoble.

The story defines the title. Rest is upon you.

Imagine you are standing on a bus stop,where a beautiful face comes before your sight,her hair pass by your distress from summer,with a flowery and yet fruity fragrance of her perfume which makes the entire scene instantly perfect . Her eyes meet yours, your admiration reaches out to the sky and back. 14 seconds have passed by so far, but instead of jazzy music of violins and saxophones in the background, sound of the sirens of the police car fills in. Puzzeled? Yet, this could soon be a reality, if profounding Rishiraj Singh, the excise commissioner in the southern Indian state of Kerala, manages to successfully implement it. “A case can be filed against men who stare at women for more than 14 seconds," Mr Singh said in Kochi on Saturday.

A wave of memes and sparking humour reactions were immediate response to such bizarre statement. Hysterical comments and people raising out ‘vaild doubts’ were all over twitter and other social media platforms. Detecting the loopholes in his statement, People online asked what might happen if a man blinked, and some quipped that sales of sunglasses would go up,which is possible if such law comes into existance. (Many may go for, cheap ‘Rayban’ shades, as it’s affordable for the masses). But there were others, who supported his statement, as it would possibly foster women safety in an effective way. ( only when you have a proof that the creep stared at you for 14 seconds) or there can be many false cases charged against the innocents, on baseless proofs. One such meme,qouted the same, "Just informed a girl that I didn't like her after meeting her for marriage. She threatened to file a case for staring at her for 14 seconds.", or you are glutton for punishment, your jail-mate might ask "Bro, what is your crime, stabbing or theft?". And you would say “Just went to see a girl for marriage, got convicted for looking at her for 14 seconds."

Also, the commissioner had further mentioned in his statement that women should be proactive in reporting anti-social elements and learn martial arts to be defensive enough. The statement  seems legit in consideration to the rising numbers in terms of crimes against women in kerela and the nation at large. Reacting to Rishi Raj Singh's "14 seconds stare" statement, sports minister Jayarajan described it as "disgusting". Jayarajan said he will bring this to the notice of the excise minister and ask him to examine the controversial speech. As earlier too, the comissioner was barred by the UDF government for breaking the protocol at a function attended by the home minister, Ramesh Chennithala, last year.

The only question boils down to the point is, if this not-yet-existing “law” comes to power, will it actually upgrade the country’s prevelant levels of women safety and general security, or will it become just a subject of mockery which will shall be rulled out on every ground.

 

In the history of Artistic Gymnastics Vault and in the history of Indian Gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar became the first woman gymnast to earn a name worldwide. She became the first Indian woman gymnast athlete to capture the world’s imagination and become a ‘trending’ topic ahead of the Olympic games in Rio. Known famously for attempting the dangerous Produnova Vault and successfully completing it, she has earned a huge fan base including the currently world best gymnast Simone Biles of the USA, who herself won four gold medals including a prolific victory in Dipa Karmakar’s Vault category. Biles went so far as to say that the famous Produnova Vault should be renamed ‘Karmakar Vault’.

In 2014, at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Dipa Karmakar attempted the Produnova Vault, which is often referred to as the ‘vault of death’ and happens to be the hardest vault ever performed in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. This was the act that paved Dipa Karmakar’s way for her qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics and she won a Bronze medal for the country and made every Indian proud. She also made India proud by becoming the first Indian woman ever to qualify for the Olympics. She also won an another Bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championship 2015. To honor her achievements the Government of India conferred upon her the Khel Ratna Award in August 2016 along side PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai.

A country where sports meant no more than Cricket, Dipa hailing from Tripura, a state which many even fail to point out in the Indian map, turned heads around with her magnificent world class performance and successfully turned the eyes of the uninterested country towards her sport. Firstly, she happens to be one among the five women to have ever attempted and successfully completed the vault. First being the woman after whom it is named Yelena Produnova of Russia who did it in 1999, Yamilet Pena of Dominican Republic, Fawda Mahmoud of Egypt, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, and Dipa Karmakar of India, who has the highest contemporary score in what is easily the second neatest execution of the vault.

Let us tell you why is Produnova Vault called the ‘vault of death’. It is infamously the dangerous vault. It has a difficulty rating of 7.0(the highest rating of all vaults) and when not executed perfectly, runs the risk of splitting gymnast’s spin in half or injuring him/her permanently. It consists of a frontal handspring onto the vaulting horse and two front somersaults off. Knowing that attempting this was a risk, yet she still went on with it in Commonwealth Games and completed it successfully. On asking why did she decide to do it was because if she hadn’t attempted something so risky and done it right, she would have disappointed herself little that her country would care and her sport would once again go unnoticed by the people of her beloved country. In fact her performance of the vault is a true inspiring story and the decision to go ahead with it in Glasgow.

Dipa is a great fan of Simone Biles and said Biles is by far the best gymnast this world has produced, she is a champion and proves herself both on and off the mat. They met on practicing grounds one day while in Rio when Biles told her that she had seen Dipa performing Produnova vault and encouraged her to participate more in tournaments to expand her techniques and also called her Produnova vault as ‘Karmakar vault’. The most successful gymnast in America’s history told Dipa, that the Federation International de Gymnastique(FIG) should consider re-naming the Produnova vault to the ‘Karmakar vault’. While she thinks Simone must have been joking, we really like the sound of it. But either way Simone’s pep talk boosted Dipa with massive confidence which we did see in the performance at Rio where she missed the Bronze medal merely by 0.15 points but did win a billion of hearts.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday has vehemently opposed the pleas of the women activists, supporters and their plea in the Supreme Court against the ban on the Islamic practice of Triple Talaq or oral divorce. The Muslim law board claims this attempt as an interference in the personal Islamic laws on the pretext of social reform. The Muslim law board also filed a 68-page affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that triple talaq is a part of the Islamic religious practice and the court has no jurisdiction to annul it.

The 68-page affidavit made some rather unusual claims. The Islamic religious practice justifies the triple talaq according to the AIMPLB. The board also said the ban on triple talaq should be removed for the safety of women, because if the discords are serious within a marriage and the husband wants to get rid of the wife but is delayed due to the legal compulsions and time consuming judicial process, it might lead to the husband resorting to criminal measures to get rid of the wife, therefore in such situations ‘triple talaq’ is a better recourse. According to the board, triple talaq gives more of a private affair than taking it to the court and making the divorce public. Also claimed that ban on polygamy has only increased illicit sex. It was meant to protect women, to meet the social and moral needs. Polygamy in their law was not for gratifying men’s lust, but was a social need since they reason that women outnumber men and would be forced into leading spinster’s life, without receiving any benefits and rights that they would get if they had a husband. They also claim that triple talaq is sourced from the Quran and makes men the ‘decision-makers’ because they do not take hasty decisions. Illegal interpretation of the scriptures is not allowed therefore the Muslim law board arguments against the ban.

The question stands that will the Islam women still be protected of their rights if this ban is not allowed as per the AIMPLB? Would the Islam women enjoy proper rights if the ban prevails? Wouldn’t there be less of over-phone, in-text, verbal divorce and throwing the women out of the houses if the ban prevails! Resorting to legal options is the right of every human being irrespective of them being male or female. Rights that women deserve to practice shouldn’t be taken away behind the facade of religious and personal laws. Moreover, the campaign to ban triple talaq and make husbands criminally liable, help Muslim women? I don’t think so, but shouldn't it be allowed. I realize that most women are reluctant to approach the police and press criminal charges normally. A ban will not change the fact that a woman has to go to a civil court to secure her rights. So the question is: Will such a ban truly change the life of a deserted Muslim woman? The Supreme Court is yet to give its decision, but whatever be the decision will the Muslim women get the justice they deserve.

 

Mother Teresa is widely known for her charitable works on which she devoted all her life in the streets of Kolkata. From taking care of the poor, to the sick, to the ones that had strayed away from God, she did it all. She dedicated her life to bring the message of salvation to those who failed to recognize it. Widely known as the Saint Teresa of Kolkata, she was beatified on 19th October, 2003, then being known as the ‘Blessed’ in the Roman Catholic congregation. On 4th September, 2016, Mother Teresa was finally canonised at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, as the Roman Catholic Church recognized a second miracle attributed to her. This canonisation took place almost after 19 years after her death.

Many people from all over the world paid their reverence in her name. Our very own PM Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mother Teresa in a radio broadcast, and said that when a person like her who devoted her whole life to the poor in our country, is conferred with sainthood, it is natural for Indians to feel proud. Also Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Vatican said that not just the Catholics but every Indian took immense joy and pride in the canonisation of a woman who was an embodiment of boundless compassion, mercy and grace.

As much has this canonisation brought the beloved nun into news, who was already a global icon for her work with the poor, but has also reignited the deep criticism of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, which according to the detractors focused on the elevation than the relief, of suffering. But the woman who had to face criticism about her good work when she was alive, is still criticised after death by some and they seem very dissenting about the canonisation amid the controversies over her missionaries and miracles. Critics also protested against the decision of our PM Modi to send a 100-strong delegation led by the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to the canonisation mass. We found an online petition that said that it boggled their mind that the Foreign minister of a country whose constitution exhorts its citizens to have a scientific temper would approve of a canonisation based on ‘miracles’. Hindu nationalists have claimed that the new proclaimed Saint was a ‘soul harvester’ who proselytized among the poor, and she and her followers baptized the dying secretly. Another critic, goes by the name Aroup Chatterjee, a doctor who grew up in Kolkata and presently works in UK is one of the most vocal critics. According to him, many rogues have become Catholic saints and it bothers him to such an extent that he stated that the world makes such a song and dance about a superstitious, black magic ceremony. He has described Saint Teresa as a “ medieval creature of darkness” and a “bogus and fantastic figure” which went without challenge by world’s media. In his book Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict on her work, shows her to be negligible about the medical care given to the sick and says that she spent a lot of time flying around in a private plane meeting political leaders. A similar accusation was made by another late writer Christopher Hitchens in his book, The Missionary Position, and also stated that the focus of St. Teresa’s work was not the honest relief of suffering but the dissemination of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection. Hitchens also went on to say in his book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice that-

“…But it is difficult to spend any time at all in Calcutta and conclude that what it most needs is a campaign against population control. Nor, of course, does Mother Teresa make this judgment based on local conditions. She was opposed on principle to abortion and birth controllong before she got there. For her, Calcutta is simply a front in a much larger war.”

Some even alleged that she went on to use her influence to further the Vatican stance on abortion. Hitchens also stated that Mother Teresa herself would check into expensive and sophisticated hospitals and clinics in the West but would neglect the fact that her patients suffered from the lack of pain-relieving and illness-combating medical support in her charitable organizations. Also some three years ago a study at the University of Montreal by academics concluded that Vatican had ignored Mother Teresa’s rather dubious way of caring for the sick, suspicious managements of enormous sums of money she received and her dogmatic views on divorce, abortion and contraception.

Albeit criticisms from different people that fact that she did what no one else cared to even think about, cannot be left discredited. In 1950, she established the Missionaries of Charity with 12 followers, and today the order has 5600 members, and hundreds of thousands of lay volunteers, which runs orphanages, schools, homes for the sick and dying, shelters for homeless, health clinics and other services in 139 countries. She was also awarded Nobel peace prize in 1979, which she said she didn’t deserve but accepted the award “in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout the society.” Even in her acceptance speech she focused on abortion, and raised a stunning question that if a mother was capable of killing the unborn child growing in her womb then what was going to prevent us all from killing each other, nothing would. She died after several years of illness on September 5, 1997.

The question that whether Mother Teresa was a ‘Saint or Sinner’ or ‘Caregiver or Exploiter’ is completely subject to one’s own individual belief. If one believes that the work carried out by her was in good faith, he/she will never question that she could be an exploiter or sinner for that matter. As for what message I want hereby to be received is that one shouldn’t question on the works of someone so great and pure until there is a compelling allegation on fitting evidences. Given if anyone finds anything as such then it should be brought out on the larger platform, but if one doesn’t, then they shouldn’t fail from honoring the righteous soul as it deserves.

 

A more controversial and hot news has hardly come out before related to the cabinet of the State government of Delhi under the rule of Aam Aadmi Party. An AAP minister has been caught in a sex tape video, who admits on being married. This has outraged the CM Arvind Kejrival, who has sacked this Social Welfare Minister from the Cabinet and cancelled his primary membership from the party, after a recorded CD reportedly showed Minister Sandeep Kumar in a compromising position with a woman and also carried some objectionable photographs. The suspension of primary membership came after four days of expulsion from his post of Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister.

The famous Chief Minister Kejriwal resorted to micro-blogging social media site Twitter to announce the expulsion. It is his personal life and nobody else business but the reason this very act is seen equivalent to a crime is because, last year on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, the AAP Minister Sandeep Kumar, had thanked his wife Ritu for the ‘sacrifices’ she had made and even revealed that “Main roz subah inke pair chhoota hoon [I touch her feet every morning], which had received a thunderous applause from the audience in the Delhi Secretariat auditorium. The controversy also revealed that the particular CD which caused the whole trouble was handed over to the CM 15 days ago by the complainant Om Prakash but no action was taken wherefore the complainant sent it to Lt Gen Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal’s office denies of any incident happening so.

AAP is facing attacks as soon the matter came out in the open. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken too attacked saying three of six ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged fake degree, corruption, and moral turpitude. Former CM Sheila Dikshit also told the reporters that these stunts are just AAP’s diversionary tactics and are foolish Delhi voters. The BJP decided to hold a demonstration outside the CM’s office for failing to take any action as soon as they got the CD. They also lodged a complaint against the sacked AAP minister and also sought inclusion of CM Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s names in the FIR.

However, in spite of clear visibility in the video, Kumar still claims that the man in the video in the compromising position isn’t him. He alleged that he is being framed because he is a Dalit and demanded probe into the entire episode. The CD is sent by the police to forensics testing for its authenticity and trying to establish its source and how it was circulated. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also said that the party is taking action because they realize what Kumar has done is completely wrong. Disciplinary committee has been handed over the matter and whatever its decision, the party will abide by that. Kejriwal, nonetheless has displayed his grief on the turn of events and the presence of such people in the party grieves him all the more and told the party will never ever compromise on their core values.

 

I had moved to Bangalore in August last year, and on the very first day ran into a neighbor of mine who had the habitual inquisitorial nature of a normal Indian woman. She asked, where I was from and about my family. Finally we arrived at the preverbal “Where is your wifeQuestion” and when I answered, that I am unmarried, the old lady was embarrassed and apologized profusely like I have been offended. Well I was not, but one can hardly blame her for asking me this question since I am on the wrong side of thirties and with more gray hair than I could wish for, so it was and I have conceded a fair question to ask on her behalf. After all she is also a mother who once went through the agony and torment of finding a suitable bride for her son or daughter and in that quest she was successful. What happened after that is a different story or maybe almost every other household story.

Ever since I crossed into my 30s people have been asking me “when do you plan to get married” like it was some kind of master plan which got stuck in red tape. Also, most of my friends had gotten married and were disparate for me to tie the knot so I that would stop blackmailing them. But more so their wives and some of my other female friends who I would occasionally torment. For them, I getting married was like getting sweet revenge by telling my future wife all the things that I had done to them and to others because I have been known for my pranks which could sometimes run for few months. E.g. a very good looking my friend got married and after year or so I decided to register her profile in an online matrimony site and soon she started getting phone calls from perspective grooms parents. This lasted for couple of months or over but as gentlemen I told her about this prank few years later, so one can imagine how eagerly or vengefully she must be waiting for me to get married so she can settle some old scores. Also before the internet, when people used to give ads in newspaper, I would call them on their phone number and just try to have some fun. Well, maybe Karma is paying me back.

But let’s be back to the present, I just turned 38, plenty of gray hair and the crown part of my head getting ever so thinner and still no bride in sight. But I must say one thing when I see online matrimonial sites it gives me some solace (in a good way) that there are plenty of men and women out there who still not married and have crossed the usual age threshold but I still believe it is not the end of the world. However, if it is hard for men to hear the same questions over and over, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for women. I know this because my sister got married when she was 28 years old and by the time she turned 26 people started coming up to my parents with wedding proposal for widowers and divorcés. It was as if my sister had no value or no hope for ever getting married. Now, I don’t intend on saying people who have lost their spouse or they are divorced should never get married but, when someone is opting for arranged marriage these types of proposals can be very disconcerting. Anyway my sister got married to a first time offender and he turned out be a pretty good man.

Shooting arrows in the Dark. kabhi tho miloge jeewan sathi 2

But the point I was trying to make is, there are lots of men and women over the age of thirty who are still single and are still hopeful to finding a partner which gives me hope that there might still be someone for me. But being curious by nature I cannot help myself having some fun when I am surfing the matrimonial site and checking various profiles and the list of demands and expectations the perspective bride and her family have or as a matter of fact the list and demands from the men’ side. Will only marry if the boy has an engineering degree or please do not send proposal if your salary is less than xyz which is, I suppose fair. A while back my mother spoke to a concerned party but they had reservation that I was lot older than their daughter who in fact was only six years younger to me but they did not want the age gap to be more then 3 or 4 years. But the fact is if a man is 34 he is looking forward to marry a girl who is 28 years old and after that it just becomes a vicious circle.

According to my mother this will be her last ditch attempt to help me find a girl and I corrected her she needs to find me a woman because I can no longer aspire to be with a girl. Anyway she was not amused and then we started our quest. Soon the filter process began, too educated for you, makes more money then you, she seems to be very fussy and particular and once we had all the selected ID’s written cleanly on a dairy, we start bombarding. It’s like firing as many arrows in the dark hoping to hit a target.

kabhi toh milegi kahin toh milegi baharon ki manzil…….

Years by years, months by months we see very many new TV shows launching, which may seem to have strong women characters, or at least trying to portray the empowerment in women, but, gradually these very strong women characters turn into the same Saas-Bahu Soap characters who are playing weak and helpless roles, or in a very negative role where women themselves are sabotaging the other female characters. Amid of all these, one day while I was just browsing through the TV to find something to interest myself in, I found a show which won my heart. A group of women who bike away to the remotest towns of the country to make music that is inspired by real life women heroes was a breath of fresh air.

MTV’s Angels of Rock, is a show that reaches out to women who have made extraordinary contributions through their ordinary lives to the society, along with beautifully fusing music with travel. It is the first time in the history of Indian TV, a show is led by all female cast and crew, which has four female celebrities, road tripping their way around India and covering different cities while at it, each with a well-defined cause for women empowerment in mind. The four protagonists the show has chosen are four young singers from different backgrounds. These are women of substance who have at a young age broken the mould in their own small way. Even if they haven’t broken through the capricious Indian music industry, they have made some significant dents in the scheme of things and they are not afraid to speak their voice.

Four of Bollywood’s most loved and incredibly talented singers, the ‘Pareshan’ girl Shalmali Kholgade, ‘Gulaabo’ girl Anusha Mani, ‘Yaar na mile’ fame Jasmine Sandlas and the youngest of all Akasa Singh of ‘India’s Raw Star’ fame, come together and take on a journey of a lifetime - cooking, doing radio shows and composing music on their way. They will not only just mingle with the people they meet, but also live in the same fashion as the locals wherever they go and perform fun tasks to get a taste of the real lives of women in the villages of India. Among many, the biggest challenge these singers have to face will be bringing out the raw, real, and inspiring side of these women with the songs they will be composing on the go.

The show’s main focus is on showcasing female power, in saying ‘yes, we can’. Yet the format of the reality show remains a tricky ground as the four lead women should be able to empathize, bond, and translate onto the camera a camaraderie with the real heroines of the country who probably have never engaged with a TV camera. It is exactly this ruggedly feminine aspect of the show that should work with audiences currently spoilt for viewing choices across digital platforms. This show offers it all- original music for all music lovers, travel delights, and storytelling.

The show producers chose to make use of Bullet, for the girls to travel on, where they could have easily have had them riding on a Scooty instead. But they made sure they singers took classes for bike riding and used Bullet, as it would bring out an element of challenge, ruggedness and an assertion that these girls are of substances more than just mellifluous voices, and a willingness to stretch physical limits further. Not just the crew but even the guitarists and drummers chosen for the show are women.

Angels of Rock is definitely a tribute to the ever-growing spirit of Indian women and their legacy in a contemporary way and is absolutely worth a watch. The energy between the four is palpable and the enthusiasm infectious. Their trysts with bike riding strikes a chord with every girl who has struggled to move on beyond riding a bicycle. The way MTV and Sunsilk have come together to redefine the stereotypical dependent woman in daily soaps is truly admirable.

I’m absolutely in love with the show, and I hope you too don’t forget to catch it every Sunday at 8pm, on MTV India.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, even in US. This is definitely shocking and mind-engaging too. After the 9/11, when living a life of peace in US is becoming difficult for Muslim people as everyone is viewed in doubt and threat, the sudden growth of Islam certainly startles the mind. Various well-established terror groups that have harmed the society and shook the world with pain, loss and agony in different parts of the world have been identified to be Islam followers. I’m not commenting, neither I am generalising anything. Just simple statistics and stark reality indeed.

Surprisingly, this era is witness to maximum number of people who has converted to Islam. By far, many eminent personalities have converted to Islam. Mohammad Ali, a world class boxer, Janet Jackson, Mike Tyson, Felixia Yeap, Liam Neeson and Akon are some of the personalities who have switched to Islam as religion and, therefore, are practising it whole-heartedly.

FLIRTING WITH ISLAM

We have come across news on various people converting to Islam, but who never did so as of now. Let us have a quick glance at all those people who have been in limelight due to their attraction and possibility of conversion to Islam.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • WINSTON CHURCHILL: The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, one of the most influential men of his time thought of converting to Islam. In 1907, his future sister-in-law Lady Gwendoline wrote to him in a passionately worded letter, “Please don’t become converted to Islam. I have noticed in your disposition a tendency to orientalise (fascination with the Orient and Islam), Pasha-like tendencies, I really have.”

He was highly enthusiastic about Islam, so high that he and his friend Wilfrid S. Blunt- a poet and supporter of Muslim causes- often dressed in Arab outfit.

Many often said that he considered Islam and Christianity as one and the same, ruling the probability of his conversion.

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Lindsay Lohan

  • Lindsay Lohan: An American actress, model, singer, songwriter and director, this woman was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her same day of community service- prompting speculation that she has converted into Islam. But she hasn’t fully converted into Islam, as per sources. She calls herself open- minded, mentioning that her sister is a stringent follower of Buddhism as a result of walking her footsteps. Her love for their language has initiated the move to know their culture. It is definitely clear that she wouldn’t convert until and unless she completes reading the Koran, according to her own statement.

Not among the above examples, but recently Brad Pitt’s heroine Angelina Jolie slamped Donald Trump for Anti- Muslim comments. In his speech, Trump made a controversial statement of temporarily banning Muslims in the US as Syrians fled their war-torn motherland in the numbers unbelievable. The face of refugee re-allocation campaigns Angelina Jolie disapproved of such anti- racial comment, which of course counts as an answer for humanity. But as it goes, different people have different opinions, some people are viewing it as her favour for Islam.

 Yet, all in all, the continuous switch and favour towards Islam is growing tremendously.

PERPLEXED!!

This is actually perplexing. But the question that stands in front of us is what suddenly caused such a swing?

This is a typical question that is difficult to answer.

Let us ponder over at a different story for a while. Here are some unheard facts about The Quran.

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  • THE QURAN INCLUDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR ITS OWN SPREAD: This holy book tells its followers that they must spread Islam as much as possible. Spreading Islam is the ultimate victory of the teachings.
  • IT LAYS DOWN INSTRUCTIONS FOR ITS OWN PRESERVATION, PROTECTION AND DUPLICATION: Next time when you come across a strict follower of principles know that he is doing what is actually written in his holy book. The Quran itself calls for its protection and prohibits any change that is thought to be made with the changing world.
  • ISLAM FOCUSES ON CREATING A GOVERNMENT THAT FOLLOWS IT: The religion follows on giving privilege to a government who is the stringent Islam follower for optimum spread and circulation of the culture.
  • PERMISSION TO SPREAD THE RELIGION BY WAR: Even a war is righteous in the name of Islam. The war which is deemed to result in the spread of Islam is encouraged.
  • RIGHT TO POLYGAMY: All Islam males have the right to marry multiple women for production of more soldiers and consequently, increase in Islam population.

Islam is ordered to spread vastly by the ‘ALLAH’, as Muslims take it. So, in order to follow the advice of the Supreme power, there has to be a way out and that is what is happening. Here is a startling statement by Akon, a famous singer, who said that one woman cannot satisfy any man. Even the man living in this century has believed this theory and made such a public statement, undoubtedly, he has faith in Islam.

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Let us not go into any further details, because believe me, there is no answer that can explain the logic behind the growing trend. One explanation that may work is- it is an individual’s choice and preference. Accept it- right to religion is the fundamental right of all humans.

 One thing should always be remembered, it is not religion that matters; it is our humanity and the love for fellow beings that shouldn’t ever rip apart. If change with time is what is required, then try for that change. After all, we all are here to make this place a bit more beautiful than it was, in our very own way.

Startups in India were reaching to a halt as the investments were drying up, but now it is apparent all those troubles are slowly drifting away. But these startups have realized that getting investments is going to get harder and harder from now on. Times like these calls for the government to come to the rescue of the budding entrepreneurs by making up for what private industries are failing.

The country is starting up, as we can notice the participation of not just metropolitan cities but also the participation of other states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and the most recent Jharkhand. The wind of entrepreneurship is caught by Jharkhand as well. “Momentum Jharkhand” was launched very recently, by the State Government of Jharkhand as its Investment Promotion campaign. Jharkhand was ranked among the best performing states in business reforms, based on an evaluation by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).

Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced that Jharkhand is at present ‘the most investment ready state’. We think so too and we’re going to give you five reasons as to why we see it coming true.

  1. Stepping stones to attract global investments

CM Das positively hopes to make Jharkhand a destination of global investments in India. To encourage this process he initiated a Jharkhand Investment Promotion Board (JIPB) on July 10, 2016. It aims at attracting national and international investors. The JIPB has pivoted itself on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ framework in conjunction with the State Government. The Board is going to form strategies on effective implementation of investment policies, incentivise New Economy sectors and work towards simplification of procedures, policy and reforms for smooth industrial growth in Jharkhand.

  1. JIPB’s pro-manufacturing agenda

Outlining the Jharkhand Government’s resolve to broad-base value-added manufacturing facilities with specific sectors that are chosen, JIPB hopes to push its pro-manufacturing agenda. These selected sectors include industries based on mining, food processing, energy, automobile, IT-ITeS, tourism, infrastructure development, health care, and education. On the maiden meeting of JIPB, CM Das stated that, now that Jharkhand is ushering in an era of industrial growth it is all geared up to showcase its enormous potential to both national and international investment communities in order to attract suitable investments which will benefit both the industry and the country.

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  1. Dearth of Industrial Conflict

In the JIPB meet CM Das clearly stated, “My Government’s policies are in sync with those of the Government of India, in what we truly work as a team with purpose” emphasizing that his govt. is totally committed to protecting and securing the well being of investments, public life and property. He also claimed that ever since his govt came to power in the state not a single case of major industrial conflict has been reported. On this basis CM Das claims that the State and its people testimony their outlook towards organized systems of livelihood.

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  1. On it’s way to becoming a ‘Smart City’

The Urban Development and Housing Secretary, Mr. Arun K. Singh had some similar agenda as those of JIPB, of speeding up urbanization in the state, developing Jharkhand into a “smart city”. The proposed greenfield smart cities in Ranchi and Barhi promise to bring progress and sustainability through comprehensive planning. They are targeting the services sector as the investors would also be equally enthusiastic about that, which would form most of the urban ecology. The services sector has kept up its pace and its share of contribution to the GSDP has grown from 33 per cent in 2004-05 to about 49 per cent in 2015-16.

  1. Investors Sanctuary

The most Investment-ready opportunities have already been presented to prospective investors in a form of a ‘Shelf of Projects’ publication. Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma has ensured these projects that are spanned across the spectrum of focus sectors. What brings ease of business in Jharkhand is it’s single window system. Investors are assured that they would never require escalating matters or visiting any other department. The State Investment Promotion Board is an excellent consultation platform to provide strategic inputs to the top echelons led by the Chief Minister’s Office.

In the meeting of JIPB, CM Das had also stated Jharkhand to be the backbone of Make in India Mission in one way as Jharkhand holds 40per cent of India’s natural mineral wealth and is on its track to become the country’s power hub by 2019. By strengthening the Make in India initiative, Jharkhand has led on to the path to become the most investment ready state, by enhancing prospects of livelihoods for the people of the state and provide a platform for new ideas and innovations for future investment opportunities

Does reputation come to those who have money in hand? Is money something so big that it can define a person’s actual kindness and affection? Why is the growing trend completely in favour of rich-people leading the road?

Right from the time we take birth on this planet, we are expected to follow good activities, to care, to love affectionately and become a praise-worthy human being. Even in the schools and educational institutions, we learn and know people who have sacrificed their lives and luxuries for the well-being of other individuals. We admire soft-hearted people, not money. No doubt, we are told that money is the necessity and we have to be able and stand on our own legs, but there it is no denying the fact that social virtues are what we really inculcate.

 We have innumerable examples of large hearted people who have gained another level of recognition. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi, Sunderlal Bahugana and Martin Luther King stand as great examples showing how good deeds help us grow and make our work count, motivating lives and inspiring people.

But today the trend has slightly changed and made our lives entirely different from what it was. The humans have become quite materialistic and are running after money. The rich are appreciated and kept good relations with. I don’t advocate that rich people are dishonest or inhuman. I am just against the view of judging people based on their income or wealth. Perhaps, there are better solid parameters to judge that.

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DISTRESSING SITUATION

People who have money with them attract the society. We tend to include them in our friends circle, be in their company and listen to their advice. Their words are golden and their activities are trend setters. This is what the general phenomenon of today is.

When I ponder over the situation, it startles me immensely. I mean, how and why we have turned so materialistic and money-minded that other things cease to exist in our mind. Believe me or not, the race to earn and maintain our so-called-standards has taken a toll on people’s happiness. When money has become such a judgemental criteria, then how can even a single percentage of people become remain happy in adjusting with their lives.

When the brand of our clothes matter more than the sincerity and love we show upon others, then sooner or later the love is deemed to die.

WHAT LED TO THE BIG CHANGE

The change is big, and definitely it is no easy to define what led to this change. People blame globalisation, westernisation and the increasing show-up of people. But, are these the sole reason.

According to me, the greed and never-satisfying hearts of people are leading to this change. Inside every individual, there is a greedy side which is showing its true colours. I am not blaming anyone, but just because of this trending world many people are committing crimes and choosing wrong path. The lunacy to match with the social standards of all is leading to such a bitter change.

 IS MONEY ALONE EVERYTHING

Being rich, earning money is definitely good and an appreciable task. You spend more, you earn more and your life becomes more joyful. But do remember, money alone cannot buy happiness. We need the support and love of near and dear ones to enjoy our life and cherish each and every moment. So earn with full dedication and hard work, use your talent and capabilities to make your life ever enthralling, but not at the cost of losing people who value in your life.

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Let your standard of living boost like a skyrocket, but carry humanity, love, care and sympathy while flying along. That is just the best combination.

Surprisingly, majority of qualified people who cross all the levels of selection are disqualified when the interview round begins. Not only this, you would find many people scaring the name of interview. Why? What is real scary about the interview thing?

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It is difficult because we are weak in language, vocabulary and communication. Even after knowing everything, we find ourselves unable to express our thoughts freely.  We get short of words or confidence or ideas. Whatever it may be, things turn against us due to poor display of ourselves. The real problem is our education system. There is nothing wrong with interviews or questions, it is just that we are taught to learn, to grasp things rather than understand the concept.

Gone are the days when Hindi medium schools were considered competent and equally influential. Now, English has become a culture, rather a necessity in India. We judge people by the language they speak. A Hindi speaking genius feels himself worthless in front of a fluent English speaking person. Why has language become a judging criteria in our education? This is exasperating.

A child born in China speaks Chinese and learns everything in the same mother tongue throughout his life. His language is his strength. But what we Indians do?  A child who is utterly efficient in Hindi from his childhood is taught a different language. The entire focus of his schooling is on English as a medium of language. And yet, you’ll find most of the Indian students lacking in the mode of communication. Startling!! The language you focused on your entire life is what you are still weak in. This is because of the manner in which the language is taught to pupils. The education system here focuses on the words and their meaning. Here is a fact: English is one of the largest language in terms of number of words. It has around 200000 words.  So just think for a while, how are you going to memorise the meaning of all the words. After all, we are humans not robots.

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There is a branch of language called etymology. It is a way of working on the origin and root of words to derive the actual meaning. By this, you just don’t learn a word, but multitude of words. It develops your horizon and it is scientifically proved that the people who are good at language has a better understanding of context and are, therefore, able to work in a better way.

Hence, there has to be a shift in teaching methodology. Enough of following the old orthodox method, people must be aware of what needs to be done in order to get the maximum in the least possible time. When you are learning something, then why not learn it completely.

It is true that we lack in English not because of grammatical understanding, but because of vocabulary. Let us build our vocabulary to an extent where we feel confident enough of expressing everything and anything without a second thought. Work it out, and you’ll experience miraculous changes around you and in you- your personality and confidence will reach a fever pitch high level.

Amazon launches its prime subscription service in India, as the American online retailer makes a vision to supersede its customer base and market share here trying to develop an edge over other portals in one of the most populous country. The current decision of Amazon to sprang its wings in India has spurred the economy and e-commerce business with predicaments, elation and excitement.

“We’ve barely scratched the surface of this vast nation, its potential and its immense value to the global economy,” Bezos said in June at the US- India Business Council Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. CEO Jeff Bezos recently called the company’s fastest growing economy as a plan to start its Prime membership in India.

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Some of that investment came to fruition Tuesday, with the announcement that customers in around 100 cities will have access to Amazon prime membership and an unlimited free two day delivery. In 20 cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, free one day delivery will also be available, along with a discounted fee of Rs. 50 per order on over 10,000 products over a general typical cost of Rs. 150.

It is estimated that around one third of the online shoppers in India are expected to drive two-thirds of the sales for online- marketplaces by 2020, according to a study by Google and AT Kearney. This really means that India is a potential target for almost all the online marketing portals dealing in sales and customer service. Flipkart, an Indian based company, has recently taken over Jabong for $70 million in case to increase its market. The acquisition of fashion platform is a move For Flipkart to not only further penetrate in the red-hot category but also maintain its leadership position in the market and keep Amazon at bay, according to Sandy Shen, research director with the e-commerce team at research from Gartner. After all, it has to keep its pace ever-lasting.

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This step of Amazon is definitely going to increase competition in the market of e-commerce. All the online shopping websites will have to be stiff and strict, thereby maintaining their craze and market share in one of the most prospering economy of the world. Let us see how much this innovation works in favour of the people and app alike and what effects this decision brings on the other portals.

With a smashing box office collection of nearly 500 crores and becoming the fifth highest hit in overseas as well, SULTAN has revived the magic of the very Big and HIT bollywood actor, SALMAN KHAN. This year has definitely proved to be lucky and fortunate for the ‘BHAI’ who has not only turned out to be a hit-machine at bollywood’s film collections but also a comparatively ‘free’ man, escaping both jurisdictions and equality.

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A ‘brother’ like figure to many and a God to his supportive fans, many criticize his lifestyle, stating ‘Salman is not hero and his entire life is a proof’. He is the under the list of the worse role models for the youth of today, who are completely drenched and lost in his everlasting charm and muscular figure. One of the Indian radio jockeys, had made it just to the point by saying, “ NA BOLI (not words), NA GOLI( not gun’s bullet), NA GAADI( not car), KISI PAR BHI LAGAAM NAHI BHAI  KA” ( our brother doesn’t holds control on any of them ). Unfortunately, the much generalized statement sounds quite true as one tries to take a deep introspection into the life of Salman. Charged for many controversial cases, including the ‘13 year old hit-and-run case’ and the shameful, ‘blackbuck and Chinkara case of 1988, Rajasthan’, Salman’s life is marked with many more incidents which have some or the other time shook the entire Bollywood fraternity. Apart from these two legal complications, he has been also highlighted as a insensitive man exercising abuse towards his partners, like Aishwariya Rai , who reportedly accused her love, Salman, for misbehavior and maltreatment being experienced by her. Moreover his latest controversial statement, for comparing his tiring shooting sessions to be equivalent to the feeling of a ‘raped woman’ had  landed him into deep troubles as he was summoned by the National Commission for Women ( NCW), who asked him for a public apology and a written explanation of such derogatory remark against women.

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Glutton for punishment, his controversies have been becoming bigger and popular, just like his stardom. There is definitely not silver but a gold lining, within the dark clouds of legal entanglements which had been hovering over the bollywood biggie, as he has been acquitted from two of his big cases, namely the hit and run and the Chinkara deer and blackbuck case, recently.

The heart-rending death of a 13 year old, wherein Salman khan was found guilty of being drunk and driving at an insanely high speed, causing the death of the 13 year old, took an interesting turn when Salman khan’s driver, Ashok Singh in his deposition became a defense witness and said in the trial court, that it was him on the wheels and not Salman. Supporting his ‘sold out’ honesty he further added that he had gone to the police after the mishappening had took place, but his statement was not recorded. Holding the evidences and both the eye-witnesses as ‘weak’ and ‘ suspicious’, Justice Joshi in his jam-packed courtroom had announced, “ strong suspicion can’t be enough to hold anyone guilty”, acquitting Salman. Tears in his eyes and a ‘thankyou’ addressed towards the support of millions, ‘madly’ and ‘blind’ followers, Salman walked out of the clutches of  law, making it evident that there is no rule for the ‘rich’ and ‘famous’. Guilty or not guilty, having huge bundles of that green paper is enough to set you free and live a normal life again.

This wasn’t the only happy news for ‘Bhai’, as his very old yet big case of poaching 2 Chinkaras and a Blackbuck, in the year 1988, has been recently dissolved, when the Rajasthan High Court on Monday, 25 july 2016 acquitted him in two cases related to poaching of Chinkaras and a Blackbuck in Jodhpur in 1998.  While shooting for his film, ‘Hum Saath, Saath Hain’ , Salman khan, along with his co-actors, as claimed, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Amrita Singh went on a hunting spree, killing two of the most endangered species, the Chinkara deer and the blackbuck and thus inviting legal complications again to the lives of all the stars. But, as it seems like, it was only Salman who was summoned by the court, while others were set free (maybe, ‘HUM SAATH SAATH NAHI HAIN).Leading to, Two separate cases were being registered against Salman under section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in village Bhawad on 26-27 September, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on 28-29 September, 1998.

The trial court (CJM) had convicted him in both the cases sentencing him to one year and 5 year imprisonment on February 17, 2006 and April 10, 2006 respectively.

The actor had appealed to the Rajasthan high court challenging a lower court's verdict that convicted him and sentenced him to one and five years in jail for the two cases of poaching. Reserving its decision, the high court acquitted Salman, on the basis of the rightful claims made by the defense lawyer stating the incident was being built on circumstantial evidences and lack of eye -witnesses. Besides this, the major observation by the court was that it did not find the pellets recovered from the vehicle matching with those, recovered from the possession of Khan.

Sitting pretty and leading a life of ‘no sin’ like a newly converted nun, Salman is yet to be relieved of almost all of his crimes. But as it looks like, he’ll be freed out of the rest of the mess as well. To this news, the twitteratis again use the over-hyped platform to express their aggressive views, hastagging Salmankhan. Some of these are quite hilarious and expressing deep distress over the existing judiciary system, like ‘Salman acquitted in blackbuck poaching case - The Indian Justice system is the best joke I've ever heard’, “Breaking- @BeingSalmanKhan to star in Raj Kumar Gupta's next suspense thriller- No One Killed , ‘No one killed the blackbuck’, Chinkara. #SalmanVerdict#BhaiKiJaiHo , and also targeting one of the songs of his movie, Maare hewda mein naache mor" not anymore because Salman might kill it’, was framed well.

Sadly, this is not something new to the land of diversity, claiming secularity, sovereignty and being a socialist democracy, with equality, justice, liberty and fraternity to be the only pillars of its support in the preamble itself, as the reality of everyday seems like a paradox.

Thinking of a vacation to a place somewhere new, somewhere near to sea? Don’t worry, you wouldn’t need to cross seven seas or high mountains for that. India itself is one of the best places for vacation. It has perfect places to visit for those dreaming to escape to the coast. From the fine, golden sands to the rocky pebbled shores- India is a beach lovers paradise. I always imagine myself, like the kind of girl who belongs on a beach with messy hair, tanned skin and a big bowl of fruits watching the waves. So if you are like me you wouldn’t want to visit the usual popular beaches of Goa which are filled with hugely insane crowds, which I think make the beaches lose their charm. So I’ve got here a list of other virgin beaches in India which are not among the mainstream, and are exactly the kind of beaches you and I would want to visit.

Radhanagar Beach

RADHANAGAR BEACH (ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS)

This pretty beach has been awarded as ‘Asia’s best beach’ by Time Magazine. Situated 12 kilometers from Havelock’s ferry pier, it is known for its untouched beauty and alluring charm. While the azure and groovy waters will tickle your senses, the serenity that dwells on this beach will surely make you fall for it. It is undoubtedly one of the best beaches of Andaman Islands owing to its fine white sands and blue waters.

Best time to visit: Spring is the ideal time to visit. (October to May)

Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach (KERALA)

It is located in Kovalam, although Kovalam remains one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala, the Lighthouse beach has remained untouched by most of the crowd. This beach is extremely picturesque in setting, bordered by coconut groves and an ancient lighthouse- Vizhinjam Lighthouse located here due to which this beach gets its name. This beach has gained huge popularity in recent times, where you can escape the crowds to relish the beauty of golden sands on this beach.

Best time to visit: (September- February) Winters are ideal although can be visited all round the year. Try to avoid summer or March-May as the temperature can rise up to 37 Degrees.

Yarada beach

Yarada Beach (ANDHRA PRADESH)

Situated 15 kilometers from Vishakapatnam, it’s a glorious escape from the crowds for those looking to enjoy the view of uninterrupted coastline. It is surrounded by captivating hills and groovy hills on three sides and Bay of Bengal on the other side. This magical beach is still untouched from the hands of commercialization and lies in the most pristine form.

Best time to visit: November- February. Avoid visiting during March- May or the summer and June-September or the monsoon.

Bekal Beach

Bekal Beach (KERALA)

God’s own country, Kerala is truly a haven for nature lovers. Bekal beach is located in Kasaragod region of Kerala and is known for its kaleidoscopic and exotic beauty. Adjacent to it is a giant keyhole shaped fort which offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons a few centuries ago. In addition, one can enjoy Goa carnival with family and friends.

Best time to visit: During Winters, (December-February) is the best time to visit here.

Serenity-BeachPondicherry

Serenity Beach (PONDICHERRY)

Located at just 10 mins drive from the city of Pondicherry, is bordered by wooded line of Palm trees. A perfect destination to relax and rejuvenate yourself after exploring those beautiful French architecture based colonies. Doesn’t the name itself does half of the work in peaking interest? A lazy day spent at the beach, just sun-bathing and reading a novel at your own pace is what makes this beach the most leisurely among the rest. You will not only feel relaxed and tranquil, but also a happy sense of belonging. Won’t we all like that!

Best time to visit: September-March or November-February are the best times.

St. Mary's Beach

St. Marys Beach (KARNATAKA)

St. Mary’s Island is a little slip of land in the sea out from Malpe Beach in Udupi. The beach front of this island is known as St. Mary’s beach. Located 6 kilometers boat ride away from the pilgrimage town, Udupi, it is known for its amazing Basalt rock formations with vertical blocks lining up on the beachfront, it remains unexplored for most of its parts. Embraced by the enchanting charm of the Arabian Sea, its virgin beauty can behold its visitors at ease.

Best time to visit: December is the best time to visit this beach.

Agatti Beach

Agatti Beach (LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS)

Lakshadweep probably is the smallest of Union Territories in India, but it outshines almost all the other destinations, when it comes to stunning islands and virgin beaches. The Agatti beach is a stunning virgin beach known for its scenic beauty among the other 36 coral islands, with breath taking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue water and lush green coconut palms. It has a calm and peaceful surroundings untouched by the tourists, salubrious holiday escape for those who want a break from the hustling city life.

Best time to visit: This beach can be visited all round the year, however, May-September is considered the ideal time.

Ganga Beach

Ganga Beach (KARNATAKA)

Gokarna is popular for beaches but unlike most of the Gokarna beaches, Ganga Beach in one of the secluded paradise and is still untouched by the hands of commercialization. Situated 30 mins from the very popular Om beach in Karnataka, is fringed with ancient lighthouse and scenic groves all around. It is a true nature’s retreat which everyone must experience once in their lifetime.

Best time to visit: This beach also can be visited all through the year, yet November-February is considered the best time to visit.

Mandvi Beach

Mandvi Beach (GUJARAT)

Also known as the Wind Farms beach, due to the wind mills that line the horizon of Mandvi making a beautiful sight. The Wind mills projects running in this beach was Asia’s first Wind-Mills Projects in 1983. Perfect for swimming it still remains a virgin beach. It used to be a ship-building hub in the earlier times but has now been transformed into a haven for the tourists who do eventually turn in.

Best time to visit: This beach can be visited round the year, but Winter is the best time. Ideal months would be October-March.

    “Naan Solrathaiyum  Seiven, Sollathathiyum Seiven.” No, it’s not some shloka written in Sanskrit, but it is also not less than the words uttered by the God himself, i.e, Rajnikanth. It is a dialogue from one of his hit movies, Annamalai, meaning “I will do what I say, I will also do what I don’t say”, and indeed with a prodigious comeback, our ‘Anna’ has proved that he is the supreme, the one and only best, when it comes to stardom and its power. Till now, the total collections of his recent hit, Kabali have been summed upto 415crore, while nearly 215 crore has been the ticket sales and the rest is pre-release money from the sales of various rights.

Breaking even the records of Salman, Sharukh and Aamir’s  box office collection, KABALI’s film collection has even beaten up the souring records of Baahubali, within a span of just one week! Also, the movie has earned Rs 90 crore abroad in the first weekend, out of which Rs 28 crore came from the US itself where the film is among the top 10 films whereas , the Indian collection for the first weekend was at around Rs 100 crore, as Kabali’s producer, Kalaipuli S Dhanu spoke to the Indian Express. Now that’s the fame our very own, Thalaiva, who’s timeless heroism and gripping power-packed action performances have made him attain the position of #1,all by himself, or as he likes to say it, “kanna, panni dhan Kootama varum. Singam Singleaa dhaan varum”, or as it inculcates, ‘kid; only pigs come in herds, but a Lion always comes alone.”. Also, as glittery as it sounds, but Kabali’s total budget was quite modest, for about 75 crores, wherein nearly 50-60 crores belonged to Rajni’s  big lion share, for all what it seems like was worth it. While most of the shoot happened on sets in Chennai, Malaysian Tamils — where Rajinikanth holds sway — helped alot during the Malaysian leg of Kabali’s shooting. In fact, the luxury cars used during the shooting in Malaysia were given free by the people living there, as it was reported.

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From roads, to mobile phones, to malls, and even Airplanes, Rajini was everywhere!

Big brand endorsements were being latched onto Kabali fever. A special aircraft was being readied for takeoff to coincide with the release of the big blockbuster. Yes, Malaysian carrier, Air Asia had partnered with the film and a Kabali-special plane was being painted and stickered in keeping with the theme of the movie and showcasing the face of the superstar as well. Telecommunication giant, Airtel had also jumped onto the Kabali bandwagon, distributing Kabali recharge pack, Kabali special caller tunes, Kabali start-up kits for new customers, an opportunity for subscribers to send SMS-wishes for Rajinikanth and a compilation of these messages into a coffee table book for the actor, a van with holographic technology for film promotions – the Kabali-Airtel package goes on and on. Cadbury, the Indian chocolate factory, has been tagging the 5 star chocolate with Kabali besides advertisement panels on Tamil Nadu buses plying with posters bearing the tagline `Superstar ka 5 star’ and ‘Superstar in 5 star’ besides road shows near colleges, schools and popular malls – nearly 18,000 Kabali-Cadbury cutouts have been placed across India. While radio FM stations have been pitching feverishly, offering free tickets for an SMS from a listener. Fans have been hoping to get lucky, don’t even mind their dimes spent for an SMS, and the mobile services are ringing in a fortune as the total number of SMSs have crossed over one lakh!!! ‘. “Neruppu Da”, which means ‘it’s fire’ seems so appropriate as Kabali’s madness catches fire wherever it has reached so far, while people are seen howling and hooting across all the cinema halls and multiplexes.

Movie Ticket prices are soaring high!

The theatre owners especially in Tamil Nadu have been able to sell the tickets at a price which is 5 times higher than the original! Earning a big portion of Fortune in the name of Rajinikant, seems to the only mantra for a flourishing business for all the movie theatre owners, down to the south. Nearly Rupees 500-600 for morning shows, sounds irrational, but definitely not for a hardcore fan, for who, as reported, have slept near the cinema halls itself, to get the privilege to watch the first day-first show, as the film was released. However, the cost of the ticket is not major issue, but it is the unavailability which had sustained for the initial days, disappointing the masses. As one fan stated, We don’t have issues with the ticket prices. It’s once in two or three years, you get a Thalaivar (Rajinikanth’s) film. If you can’t shell out Rs 1,000 for your matinee idol, then what kind of a fan are you”.  That’s the glory of this godly-figure, who has not only been an on screen hero, but also serving to be a role model to uncountable devotees.

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As it has been anticipated, there are no new releases to compete with this smashing, floor-breaking hit till the first week of August. Thus, it might not be wrong to say, that Kabali Fever shall persist for long and soon the entire nation might be captivated with this madness or as our superstar says himself, Pera kettaale chumma adhirudhulla! (Doesn't everything quake at the mere mention of my name?). Definitely, the movie has shaken the lands it has reached so far and created ruckus with mad-men dancing everywhere. All one can do is, grab a seat for himself and be enchanted to the Ever-green charm of Rajini- the God.

As the second phase of odd-even rolled out in Delhi, a section of auto and taxi unions called for a single-day strike on Monday to protest against the App-based Cab services i.e. Ola and Uber. This was a move that the commuters knew would cause them trouble traveling in the national capital, but little did they know, the move was going to get extended to a second day strike.

The General Secretary of both and ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions’ Rajendra Soni stated, no autos or taxis will function to ground their protest against the app-based cabs, since even their demand for 10,000 new permits of Autorickshaw’s has not been issued since their cancellation after the alleged irregularities in their distribution. He said that they demand to stop app-based cabs because they are “snatching” away their livelihood. According to Joint Action Committee of 20 transport unions, the auto and taxi (yellow-black) unions of domestic and international airports have extended their support by participating in the strike. It’s perhaps the first time city’s rival taxi unions, affiliated to major political parties including BJP and Congress, have come together and given a call for a strike.

As the protesters intend to continue the strike as indefinite, it is going to be a huge problem for the daily commuters as there are altogether 85,000 auto-rickshaw and 15,000 yellow-black taxis in the Capital and imagine them going off-road, the city will almost be empty. The protesters have staged the strike at the New Delhi Railway Station.

It didn’t take long to turn this strike into a political issue. As thousands of autos and taxis went off the roads for the second consecutive day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal attacked on the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung yesterday accusing him of supporting the BJP to cripple Delhi. Even Transport Minister Satyender Jain has questioned on the inaction of Delhi Police alleging them to be supporting the BJP goons who stopped autos and passenger vehicles from plying. To the tweet that CM Arvind Kejriwal made a BJP lawmaker Manoj Tiwari responded in a tweet which said that AAP should stop the blame game with BJP and to look into their own government and stop blaming BJP for everything. At some places yesterday it was also observed that the protesters were forcibly trying to enforce the strike. To top it off it it rained in Delhi and well caused much flooding in many places. Those who commute daily and visiting the Capitol had a harrowing time due to the sprain on the public transport system.

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As the strikes continues today the agitators have clearly warned that they have determined to carry out an indefinite strike until the government takes any strict action against app-based cab services. There hasn’t been any response on the part of the app-based cab services but we’ll have to wait and see how today turns out to be.

 

With how much dedication were we praying for the rains this year!! After the sweltering heat, the rains were the only hope left in everyone’s mind. From a small farmer to the office layman to the government, everyone was dying to listen to enthusiastic sound of joyful rains, especially in Delhi NCR where the ever-rising temperatures caused uneasiness and unbearable weather.

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Finally, the prediction that this year rains will be above average level gave us a lot of hopes. After all, good rain is equivalent to better weather conditions. And the season of rain is out. People are relaxed a bit. But what is happening after the rains is even more exasperating. Yesterday, the high-level of rains caused inconvenience for the people on the road as the roads were blocked with water, creating havoc. People were unable to even reach back to their homes for the whole night. This was disturbing and a bad site. We have been talking about digital India and smart cities now, but where exactly do we lie in terms of development when our infrastructure cannot bear normal variations in weather. Earthquake in Japan doesn’t cause such a disaster which was caused by the simple rains in our country, and that too in the capital city which should be the glory of the country.

Rightly has the name of Gurgaon turned into the new one, Gurugram, which actually proves that the city is the age old village which doesn’t even exhibit the basic facilities of a city life. Road, which is such a basic infrastructure facility is not apt in the city.

Last year, after the same problems, the government promised to maintain roads and make it in a standard working condition, which is a must for organised and managed life. But, the government failed to keep its promise. Whole night, the people were caught in a terrible condition. Lunatic are the people who called it traffic, because it was nothing more than a terrible state.

Definitely, the government needs to do something about it. Every year, a lot of budget is allocated towards the maintenance of roads and buildings. But, where does the money go? Corruption, a major cause, has drowned the complete pillar of work and trust. But, there has to be a solution to solve the problem. After all, it is the reputation of the country and convenience of the citizen. When the capital city faces such a grass root problem, then what can be said about the whole country. The reputation of the country is at stake. Something has to be urgently done about it.

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Let us hope that things work out the way they are supposed to be because we are the people who have to spend the rest of our lives in these roads and places. Making it better is looking after our very benefit.

I’m one crazy Potterhead and most of my friends are too, so we’ve like read the the whole series over and again. But I’m writing this post mainly for the interest of my non-Potterhead friends who most of the times keep debating as to what’s so good about the series, and for everyone out there who hasn’t read them. Well, today when everyone’s going gaga over Game of Thrones(I like this one too :P ) and Pokemon Go, I would like to bring you the magic and charm of Harry Potter series and why you should read it.

1. Friendships

  1. The Series is more than a story about Wizards and Witches.

There’s so much more in it. There’s a whole lot one could learn from. It is full of life lessons and has taught me so much about friendship, love, bravery, goodness that dwells in humans, and also how to deal with one’s downfall. Many people have grown with Harry Potter, so for them it represents their childhood. This applies for me as well since I have loved them since I was in school. These books teach you how there’s no limits to imagination. You will relate to so many characters and it might even help you sort many situations in life. (obviously situations won’t be exactly the same, but still.)

2. Chances to escape

  1. Chances to escape reality and enter the Wizarding World.

So okay, one reason why I like reading these books is because I can lose myself in a world where rules of real world do not apply(well, not all the times). It gives you a chance to escape into the wonderful world where you can travel to bizarrely amazing places that one couldn’t normally think of. You could get to ride the famous Hogwarts express alongside Harry and his friends, attend classes where you don’t have to solve problematic questions of algorithms or find out what plus what amounts to what, instead attend classes such as Transfiguration and Potions(bonus with Prof. Snape). Slipping away into the world of Wizardry will allow you to experience the best adventure of your life.

3. Not a novel about Boy meets Girl

  1. Not a novel about Boy meets Girl and falls in love.

Not that romance doesn’t occur, but that strictly isn’t what the novels all about. Romance comes up in the last few books and trust me that’s how you’ll love it. There’s adventure, fantasy, magic, good versus evil, morality, friendship, family, and more. Romance isn’t the plot and that’s not what motivates the characters in their actions. Our world today is filled with teenage romances and I think it’s great to read a story that is primarily filled with friendship amongst everything else.

4.Women

  1. Women are more than just pretty pieces and love interests.

There’s more to women than being just dainty, helpless, and in love with a man. Harry Potter series has women that are fierce, for example, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, etc. These women thrive on education, friendship, and the betterment of the Wizarding world. Also the women aren’t treated as helpless victims who have to sit on the sidelines and watch the boys do the work, instead, they are equally involved in the action, often proving their magical skills are more capable of victory. All thanks to the author J.K. Rowling for creating such strong female characters just as they should be.

5. Sometimes not so happily-ever-after

  1. Sometimes not so ‘happily ever-after’ is the best resolution.

All those who are already fans of GOT will understand this, because their is a war to defeat Voldemort, so naturally people die. Often the characters with whom you get most attached to at times. The fact that Rowling kills so many of our most beloved characters resembles real life outside of the books. People die unexpectedly, and not everything ends happily ever after. Sometimes, heartache is required in order to reach the next stage in life. This series allows you to experience that within the pages.

6. Instant Connection

  1. Instant connection with characters.

You will easily connect to at least one character in the whole series. Also could be more than one. I personally feel more connected with characters of Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood, funny and a little weird at times. For some it may be the lead character Harry Potter himself. The series gives you insight to many different characters and allows you to learn about the many types of personalities and character traits of humans in general. Reading this series will cause you to bond with a fictional character, and sometimes, those bonds are the ones that truly matter because no matter what happens, they’ll always be there waiting for you to return.

7. Hogwarts

  1. Hogwarts will become your Home.

Rowling once in an interview said- “Whether you come back by page or big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” This series has indeed welcomed me home ever since I started reading them and watched the movies. I find an amazing pleasure in knowing that for the rest of my life I’ll always have Hogwarts, Harry, and the great fandom along with it.

I hope my reasons here will be able to persuade my non-Potterhead friends to read the series at least once, and then they’ll see the magic occurring themselves. As for my Potterhead brethren, if you have more reasons to add you’re most welcome and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

Hurry up everyone!! Here are some never to-miss face tips that will make your skin lighten in a short span of time. Now get ready to get the maximum output with minimum efforts. We prescribe you the shortest and easiest daily-routine work that will make everything get better and your skin will glow like never before. One short solution and your work will be done without hassle, promising prominent results and mesmerising beauty, as per the skin type and use mode.

Don’t let this summer destroy your ever charming and glorious beauty. This summer shine the way like you always do, irrespective of how torn and dusty your day becomes in your busy life schedule.

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Try the mask that suits your skin and see the change without even working hard for it.

TIPS FOR CHANGE

  • ORANGE MASK

Citric acid is an excellent component for skin. It not only lightens the skin, but also makes it glowing and shining. Take an orange, dry it and grind and it turns like a powder. Mix this mixture in rosewater or tomato juice and apply it on your skin.

The biggest advantage of this mask is you can grind the orange in large quantity when its season comes, and keep using it for a long period of time.

  • EGG MASK

Egg is multi-beneficial. Apply it on your skin or face, it will do wonders for you. Mix the albumen, or egg part as commonly called, with glycerine and make it thick for proper mask. Apply it and feel the change.

  • EVER-RELAXING HONEY MASK

For this mask, mix two tablespoon of pure honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon and one wedge of lemon. Mix it and keep it thick, apply and get the best result.

  • EXFOLIATING BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

For this, you require two ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil

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How well we are aware of the properties of coconut oil!! It moisturises the skin and with the combination of brown sugar which helps in removing dead cells. This mask helps in rejuvenating the skin with the natural touch of shine and glow.

  • YOGURT HONEY MASK

Yogurt is rich in good bacteria. It deodorise skin and purifies skin, brightens skin complexion and hydrates skin. Take  a small teaspoon of honey and mix it well, thus making it a healthy easy face mask.

 

In India, where rapes and all other kind of assualts against women takes the centre place every day, in every newspaper, on every television news channel, in any and every debate, in every thought, and in most of the houses as well, maybe builing of proper toilet facilities can ensure some safety for them.

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Claiming to make nearly 80 lakh toilets so far, with a promise of making the count to reach in millions, our Prime Minister’s vision of making India entirely ‘open decefecation free’ seems to work in progress. But, if one comes to terms with reality, the plight of several women remains unattended, unheard and uncovered by media and the local governing authorities. It’s not that the government is not doing it’s best, as they have  made commendable efforts to attain the goals of this noble mission.As we know, there have been always struggles as we go through a transition, be it a change in oneself or the entire nation. Some of these challenges  that have been there are, acceptability issues on the part of local residences, newly-built toilets are not maintained and thus, have literally turned into garbage bins with unbearable toxic smell, confusion regarding the construction incentives and the programme is yet to gain momentum in Delhi due to lack of awareness amoung people, as per the reports of Mail Online in 2015. Infact, the infamous Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has clearly failed to take off in several villages of  Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, the Punjab government claims to have constructed around 33 lakh toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for 7.92 lakh families at a cost of Rs 937 crore. However, a reality check done by Mail Today revealed that most of the toilets were constructed on papers as no money has been provided to the households. 


What is worse is that, the rate of crime against women, in rural areas (specifially) has been persistant and growing

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In the evening gloom of their dirt courtyard, Raj Beti and her six daughters are growing desperate. They last answered nature's call 13 hours ago, but it's dark enough to venture into the fields. As not only the fear of wild snakes and boars is haunting them, the nasty vultures are ready to lay their hands on the little girls and rip off their souls with fear and shame. “We don’t know who’s watching, who’s waiting for us” says the oldest daughter of  Raj Beti as she prepares the meal for the night for only the male members of the family. Women are expected to hold on to their bladder and bowels,as with no toilets in their own house, they have go out in the stark night with no signs of safety and light. For those who dared, incidences of  Gang-rapes, widespread obscene mms and verbal assaults were their only rewards.

The situation has been somewhat same in those houses, where the toilets were constructed. In Maya Devi's home,a dweller living in Katra village, has a bowl of the government-built latrine, which was cracked and the cubicle's door was blown off. But poor aesthetics are not the main problem. "The pit is full," said Maya Devi. "We don't know how to empty it so we've started using the fields again."

In katra, the necessary awareness and sensitivity had spread, after dreadful incidences of gang-rapes. Is there  a need for crime to take place each time, to bring a change? That can be the worst opportunity cost, of building a health and well-sanitized area. There is a desperate need to educate the people with simple yet effective tools,one-sided promises won’t work at all.

Now each time as the day fades away and the night dances with its gloomy shades, it sulks the head of  Raj Beti who dutifully carries her youngest daughter to herself, and the rest five following to her steps, in the open-dead field, where they spread out soon,  pulling down their baggy shalwars. They're frightened, uncomfortable and trying to hurry up the proccess as a tractor shudders past about 20 metres away, driven by men, most of them drunk.

As they wash and walk back to the village, other women and girls appear in twos, all with the same faces of sadness and guilt, as if excretion was a crime of their body and a disgrace to their families.

In 2019, the aim is to construct nearly 12 million toilets in the rural areas with a projected cost of nearly 1.96 crores, as the mission claims. Till then, many fathers who have lost their daughters, who died for no reasons but for ‘ being unaware’ and ‘ being a female’ , the present scenerios is ‘intolerable’ and they wish to see it nowhere around in any houses around them.

But untill the manifestation becomes a widespread reality, there shall be no food, no water and ofcourse no safety for women after the daylight till the newdawn in the villages.

Pakistan celebrated their independence day with more shock than joy showering from both within and beyond the borders. I read somewhere a very beautiful example that an elephant in the house is calm and composed for years, not hurting anyone. But what would be his reaction when he is inflicted with thousand cuts throughout his body? The oppressor has to be trampled. The elephant has now woken from kumbhkaran’s slumber. And the trembles can be felt on the other side of the border.

First Rajnath Singh and then Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised this never-a-blazing-issue called ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Baluchistan’. Actually, it started with Ajit Doval when he talked about it in his speech in 2015, India’s 105 KM running border with Afghanistan and everyone understood he was referring to Gilgit, Baltistan.

The sluggish behavior of India towards POK and Baluchistan made the world believe that the actual issue lies with Indian side of Kashmir, not the other side of Kashmir. PM Modi has finally spoken and now there is ruckus across Pakistan’s political arena. You just need to turn your attention to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who few months back got his throat hoarse shouting ‘ Asi Kashmir Lewange, ek ek inch lewange’. And then PM Nawaz Sharif showed sympathy and grief with the slain terrorist (their own investment) Burhan Wani. We made fun of Bilawal’s speech even their own media people did the same as their media also see in him our own youth icon. When our PM says that POK belongs to India and there is hullabaloo across Pakistan. They are unable to respond properly, stumbling, stammering and remembering the not-known-to-many insurgency groups in our north eastern part of India when they are invited on News debates. That’s the only shield they have right now. They are exposed. The mentioning of Baluchistan in PM’s speech has brought the shadow boxing of India-Pakistan ties to an end.

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There are Baloch people across the globe who are constantly thanking our PM Narendra Modi for talking about of Baluchistan and supporting it. They are very happy and feel indebted as India finally has spoken for them in seven decades. PM Modi also have thanked them from the rampart of Red Fort of India. He said ‘People of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them”.

The atrocities and torture stories in Balochistan are beyond imagination. Ahmar Mushtikan and Tarek Fateh and many other have been asking India to intervene and get the Baluch people their own air, water and peace. The people of Balochistan also deserve peaceful life and prosperity.  Mass graves, recently found, have told the story to the world and those bullet ridden bodies of innocent Baloch people. Pakistan bomb their own citizen and do not hesitate to burn entire village to instill fear in the minds of Baloch people. The world knows that Baloch are brave and strong people then Pakistan should have more Baloch people than Punjabi and other citizens of Pakistan, but there are none.

The Game Changer:

It is yet not clear if it was diplomatic move or a strategic one by the current government. But, the reaction to this statement is apparent now. Nervous Pakistanis have now started to talk to the Baloch people living outside the country. They want to establish dialogue with separatists and government agencies. Pakistan knows India’s strength and current growing stature in the international politics. The world now listens to India. Simultaneously, they have started firing from the borders. We have lost our soldiers on this auspicious day of 15th of August.

Baloch people who were fighting alone have now the support of India which they were seeking for a long time. The agitation will be intense and constant. The local freedom fighters will start protesting against the atrocities. India should support the way Pakistan support separatists of Kashmir, financially, morally and ….. India knows Baloch needs India and India wants a free Balochistan.

They say everyone must have a reason to live which is important because it becomes your life’s driving force. But it is also said, not to get too obsessed or you might miss out on other things or sometimes when you achieve your target you feel lost and lonely because there is nothing more left to do. There is a story of boy who grows up to be a man and he spends all his life hating his father. The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was this boy whose father was very hard on him. He would criticize and discourage all the time and even when he got any success, his father would do everything to pull him down.

But his mother was a very kind and loving women who gave her son all the encouragement that he needed and protected him from his father. The boy really loved his mother very much because she was the ray of sunlight and hope. We start to grow and we start to die the moment we are conceived because that is the law of life and the boy grew into a man and was also very successful but the hate and resentment of this father was too overwhelming to let go, so he was never in any stable relationship. His mother wanted him to settle down and have a family of his own so that he may find peace and satisfaction.

But the son could never shake off his dad and the words that deeply wounded him as child which still festered and slowly it ate him away. He let his hate for his father consume him and his mind was poisoned. His mother spoke to him about the power of forgiveness and reconciliation but the boy in him refused to forgive or reconcile with this father. They say the emotional wounds of childhood are perhaps the most difficult human emotion to overcome. As it is the law of life we grow and as we grow we also get old and with old age come mortality.

The boy who was deeply attached to his mother was very sad to learn that she was sick and did not have too much time to live. So he decided to spend more time with her so that he can look after her because he loved her dearly. But his hate for his father ran much deeper than the love for his mother and this was the dilemma her mother had to face near the end of her life. She again asked him and begged him to find love and forgive his father but the boy had gone too far and for him there was no turning back. After few months his loving mother passed away.

At her funeral all the relatives came and hope they would be able to console him because they knew he loved his mother very much. But to their astonishment he showed no grief or even mourned for his mother. No one understood how this man whose mother who loved him so much would not even shed a tear for her. Throughout the funeral he kept quiet, did not cry and once his mother was lowered to the ground he did not wait for a single second and he left. The father though was heartbroken because he loved his wife dearly and was surprised when the son would not even show up for her anniversary.

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Hate had consumed him. All the success he had bought no joy to him. Even the best of compliment would not put a smile on his face. He became cold and distant and started to look much older than his age. People who knew him asked him to reconcile with his father but to no avail. Years went by the hope his mother carried to the grave that her son would one day find happiness never came true. Then the news of his father getting sick reached him. Everyone thought they would finally see him smile or even laugh and celebrate. But what they saw was anger and fear which no one understood. But somewhere deep inside he did.

His father soon died from complication related to old age and grand funeral was arranged. All the relatives who come wanted to see the spectacle of the sun dancing on the grave of his father but what they saw was a reaction which was inconceivable. The boy was inconsolable at his father’s funeral and no one understood. But in the deep abyss of his cold heart the son knew why he was feeling so insufferable. Whatever he did in his life revolved around his father, weather he came first in class or any game he played he had no opponent but just his father who was always his sole focus of attention.

When his father passed away he had no aim in life. Fact is there was no one to hate. If he was miserable his whole life when his father was alive it was lot worse when he passed away. He did not know how to deal with this anger and started lashing out on others who so far he had treated with respect. Soon he became lonely and the few people who would call on him just stopped. He lost his promising job and started to spend more time in his house isolated. But the worst part was he knew his mother was right when she had asked him to find love and embrace forgiveness. But the hate in him was too strong and his end was ignoble.

The story defines the title. Rest is upon you.

Imagine you are standing on a bus stop,where a beautiful face comes before your sight,her hair pass by your distress from summer,with a flowery and yet fruity fragrance of her perfume which makes the entire scene instantly perfect . Her eyes meet yours, your admiration reaches out to the sky and back. 14 seconds have passed by so far, but instead of jazzy music of violins and saxophones in the background, sound of the sirens of the police car fills in. Puzzeled? Yet, this could soon be a reality, if profounding Rishiraj Singh, the excise commissioner in the southern Indian state of Kerala, manages to successfully implement it. “A case can be filed against men who stare at women for more than 14 seconds," Mr Singh said in Kochi on Saturday.

A wave of memes and sparking humour reactions were immediate response to such bizarre statement. Hysterical comments and people raising out ‘vaild doubts’ were all over twitter and other social media platforms. Detecting the loopholes in his statement, People online asked what might happen if a man blinked, and some quipped that sales of sunglasses would go up,which is possible if such law comes into existance. (Many may go for, cheap ‘Rayban’ shades, as it’s affordable for the masses). But there were others, who supported his statement, as it would possibly foster women safety in an effective way. ( only when you have a proof that the creep stared at you for 14 seconds) or there can be many false cases charged against the innocents, on baseless proofs. One such meme,qouted the same, "Just informed a girl that I didn't like her after meeting her for marriage. She threatened to file a case for staring at her for 14 seconds.", or you are glutton for punishment, your jail-mate might ask "Bro, what is your crime, stabbing or theft?". And you would say “Just went to see a girl for marriage, got convicted for looking at her for 14 seconds."

Also, the commissioner had further mentioned in his statement that women should be proactive in reporting anti-social elements and learn martial arts to be defensive enough. The statement  seems legit in consideration to the rising numbers in terms of crimes against women in kerela and the nation at large. Reacting to Rishi Raj Singh's "14 seconds stare" statement, sports minister Jayarajan described it as "disgusting". Jayarajan said he will bring this to the notice of the excise minister and ask him to examine the controversial speech. As earlier too, the comissioner was barred by the UDF government for breaking the protocol at a function attended by the home minister, Ramesh Chennithala, last year.

The only question boils down to the point is, if this not-yet-existing “law” comes to power, will it actually upgrade the country’s prevelant levels of women safety and general security, or will it become just a subject of mockery which will shall be rulled out on every ground.

 

In the history of Artistic Gymnastics Vault and in the history of Indian Gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar became the first woman gymnast to earn a name worldwide. She became the first Indian woman gymnast athlete to capture the world’s imagination and become a ‘trending’ topic ahead of the Olympic games in Rio. Known famously for attempting the dangerous Produnova Vault and successfully completing it, she has earned a huge fan base including the currently world best gymnast Simone Biles of the USA, who herself won four gold medals including a prolific victory in Dipa Karmakar’s Vault category. Biles went so far as to say that the famous Produnova Vault should be renamed ‘Karmakar Vault’.

In 2014, at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Dipa Karmakar attempted the Produnova Vault, which is often referred to as the ‘vault of death’ and happens to be the hardest vault ever performed in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. This was the act that paved Dipa Karmakar’s way for her qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics and she won a Bronze medal for the country and made every Indian proud. She also made India proud by becoming the first Indian woman ever to qualify for the Olympics. She also won an another Bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championship 2015. To honor her achievements the Government of India conferred upon her the Khel Ratna Award in August 2016 along side PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai.

A country where sports meant no more than Cricket, Dipa hailing from Tripura, a state which many even fail to point out in the Indian map, turned heads around with her magnificent world class performance and successfully turned the eyes of the uninterested country towards her sport. Firstly, she happens to be one among the five women to have ever attempted and successfully completed the vault. First being the woman after whom it is named Yelena Produnova of Russia who did it in 1999, Yamilet Pena of Dominican Republic, Fawda Mahmoud of Egypt, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, and Dipa Karmakar of India, who has the highest contemporary score in what is easily the second neatest execution of the vault.

Let us tell you why is Produnova Vault called the ‘vault of death’. It is infamously the dangerous vault. It has a difficulty rating of 7.0(the highest rating of all vaults) and when not executed perfectly, runs the risk of splitting gymnast’s spin in half or injuring him/her permanently. It consists of a frontal handspring onto the vaulting horse and two front somersaults off. Knowing that attempting this was a risk, yet she still went on with it in Commonwealth Games and completed it successfully. On asking why did she decide to do it was because if she hadn’t attempted something so risky and done it right, she would have disappointed herself little that her country would care and her sport would once again go unnoticed by the people of her beloved country. In fact her performance of the vault is a true inspiring story and the decision to go ahead with it in Glasgow.

Dipa is a great fan of Simone Biles and said Biles is by far the best gymnast this world has produced, she is a champion and proves herself both on and off the mat. They met on practicing grounds one day while in Rio when Biles told her that she had seen Dipa performing Produnova vault and encouraged her to participate more in tournaments to expand her techniques and also called her Produnova vault as ‘Karmakar vault’. The most successful gymnast in America’s history told Dipa, that the Federation International de Gymnastique(FIG) should consider re-naming the Produnova vault to the ‘Karmakar vault’. While she thinks Simone must have been joking, we really like the sound of it. But either way Simone’s pep talk boosted Dipa with massive confidence which we did see in the performance at Rio where she missed the Bronze medal merely by 0.15 points but did win a billion of hearts.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday has vehemently opposed the pleas of the women activists, supporters and their plea in the Supreme Court against the ban on the Islamic practice of Triple Talaq or oral divorce. The Muslim law board claims this attempt as an interference in the personal Islamic laws on the pretext of social reform. The Muslim law board also filed a 68-page affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that triple talaq is a part of the Islamic religious practice and the court has no jurisdiction to annul it.

The 68-page affidavit made some rather unusual claims. The Islamic religious practice justifies the triple talaq according to the AIMPLB. The board also said the ban on triple talaq should be removed for the safety of women, because if the discords are serious within a marriage and the husband wants to get rid of the wife but is delayed due to the legal compulsions and time consuming judicial process, it might lead to the husband resorting to criminal measures to get rid of the wife, therefore in such situations ‘triple talaq’ is a better recourse. According to the board, triple talaq gives more of a private affair than taking it to the court and making the divorce public. Also claimed that ban on polygamy has only increased illicit sex. It was meant to protect women, to meet the social and moral needs. Polygamy in their law was not for gratifying men’s lust, but was a social need since they reason that women outnumber men and would be forced into leading spinster’s life, without receiving any benefits and rights that they would get if they had a husband. They also claim that triple talaq is sourced from the Quran and makes men the ‘decision-makers’ because they do not take hasty decisions. Illegal interpretation of the scriptures is not allowed therefore the Muslim law board arguments against the ban.

The question stands that will the Islam women still be protected of their rights if this ban is not allowed as per the AIMPLB? Would the Islam women enjoy proper rights if the ban prevails? Wouldn’t there be less of over-phone, in-text, verbal divorce and throwing the women out of the houses if the ban prevails! Resorting to legal options is the right of every human being irrespective of them being male or female. Rights that women deserve to practice shouldn’t be taken away behind the facade of religious and personal laws. Moreover, the campaign to ban triple talaq and make husbands criminally liable, help Muslim women? I don’t think so, but shouldn't it be allowed. I realize that most women are reluctant to approach the police and press criminal charges normally. A ban will not change the fact that a woman has to go to a civil court to secure her rights. So the question is: Will such a ban truly change the life of a deserted Muslim woman? The Supreme Court is yet to give its decision, but whatever be the decision will the Muslim women get the justice they deserve.

 

Mother Teresa is widely known for her charitable works on which she devoted all her life in the streets of Kolkata. From taking care of the poor, to the sick, to the ones that had strayed away from God, she did it all. She dedicated her life to bring the message of salvation to those who failed to recognize it. Widely known as the Saint Teresa of Kolkata, she was beatified on 19th October, 2003, then being known as the ‘Blessed’ in the Roman Catholic congregation. On 4th September, 2016, Mother Teresa was finally canonised at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, as the Roman Catholic Church recognized a second miracle attributed to her. This canonisation took place almost after 19 years after her death.

Many people from all over the world paid their reverence in her name. Our very own PM Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mother Teresa in a radio broadcast, and said that when a person like her who devoted her whole life to the poor in our country, is conferred with sainthood, it is natural for Indians to feel proud. Also Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Vatican said that not just the Catholics but every Indian took immense joy and pride in the canonisation of a woman who was an embodiment of boundless compassion, mercy and grace.

As much has this canonisation brought the beloved nun into news, who was already a global icon for her work with the poor, but has also reignited the deep criticism of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, which according to the detractors focused on the elevation than the relief, of suffering. But the woman who had to face criticism about her good work when she was alive, is still criticised after death by some and they seem very dissenting about the canonisation amid the controversies over her missionaries and miracles. Critics also protested against the decision of our PM Modi to send a 100-strong delegation led by the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to the canonisation mass. We found an online petition that said that it boggled their mind that the Foreign minister of a country whose constitution exhorts its citizens to have a scientific temper would approve of a canonisation based on ‘miracles’. Hindu nationalists have claimed that the new proclaimed Saint was a ‘soul harvester’ who proselytized among the poor, and she and her followers baptized the dying secretly. Another critic, goes by the name Aroup Chatterjee, a doctor who grew up in Kolkata and presently works in UK is one of the most vocal critics. According to him, many rogues have become Catholic saints and it bothers him to such an extent that he stated that the world makes such a song and dance about a superstitious, black magic ceremony. He has described Saint Teresa as a “ medieval creature of darkness” and a “bogus and fantastic figure” which went without challenge by world’s media. In his book Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict on her work, shows her to be negligible about the medical care given to the sick and says that she spent a lot of time flying around in a private plane meeting political leaders. A similar accusation was made by another late writer Christopher Hitchens in his book, The Missionary Position, and also stated that the focus of St. Teresa’s work was not the honest relief of suffering but the dissemination of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection. Hitchens also went on to say in his book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice that-

“…But it is difficult to spend any time at all in Calcutta and conclude that what it most needs is a campaign against population control. Nor, of course, does Mother Teresa make this judgment based on local conditions. She was opposed on principle to abortion and birth controllong before she got there. For her, Calcutta is simply a front in a much larger war.”

Some even alleged that she went on to use her influence to further the Vatican stance on abortion. Hitchens also stated that Mother Teresa herself would check into expensive and sophisticated hospitals and clinics in the West but would neglect the fact that her patients suffered from the lack of pain-relieving and illness-combating medical support in her charitable organizations. Also some three years ago a study at the University of Montreal by academics concluded that Vatican had ignored Mother Teresa’s rather dubious way of caring for the sick, suspicious managements of enormous sums of money she received and her dogmatic views on divorce, abortion and contraception.

Albeit criticisms from different people that fact that she did what no one else cared to even think about, cannot be left discredited. In 1950, she established the Missionaries of Charity with 12 followers, and today the order has 5600 members, and hundreds of thousands of lay volunteers, which runs orphanages, schools, homes for the sick and dying, shelters for homeless, health clinics and other services in 139 countries. She was also awarded Nobel peace prize in 1979, which she said she didn’t deserve but accepted the award “in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout the society.” Even in her acceptance speech she focused on abortion, and raised a stunning question that if a mother was capable of killing the unborn child growing in her womb then what was going to prevent us all from killing each other, nothing would. She died after several years of illness on September 5, 1997.

The question that whether Mother Teresa was a ‘Saint or Sinner’ or ‘Caregiver or Exploiter’ is completely subject to one’s own individual belief. If one believes that the work carried out by her was in good faith, he/she will never question that she could be an exploiter or sinner for that matter. As for what message I want hereby to be received is that one shouldn’t question on the works of someone so great and pure until there is a compelling allegation on fitting evidences. Given if anyone finds anything as such then it should be brought out on the larger platform, but if one doesn’t, then they shouldn’t fail from honoring the righteous soul as it deserves.

 

A more controversial and hot news has hardly come out before related to the cabinet of the State government of Delhi under the rule of Aam Aadmi Party. An AAP minister has been caught in a sex tape video, who admits on being married. This has outraged the CM Arvind Kejrival, who has sacked this Social Welfare Minister from the Cabinet and cancelled his primary membership from the party, after a recorded CD reportedly showed Minister Sandeep Kumar in a compromising position with a woman and also carried some objectionable photographs. The suspension of primary membership came after four days of expulsion from his post of Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister.

The famous Chief Minister Kejriwal resorted to micro-blogging social media site Twitter to announce the expulsion. It is his personal life and nobody else business but the reason this very act is seen equivalent to a crime is because, last year on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, the AAP Minister Sandeep Kumar, had thanked his wife Ritu for the ‘sacrifices’ she had made and even revealed that “Main roz subah inke pair chhoota hoon [I touch her feet every morning], which had received a thunderous applause from the audience in the Delhi Secretariat auditorium. The controversy also revealed that the particular CD which caused the whole trouble was handed over to the CM 15 days ago by the complainant Om Prakash but no action was taken wherefore the complainant sent it to Lt Gen Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal’s office denies of any incident happening so.

AAP is facing attacks as soon the matter came out in the open. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken too attacked saying three of six ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged fake degree, corruption, and moral turpitude. Former CM Sheila Dikshit also told the reporters that these stunts are just AAP’s diversionary tactics and are foolish Delhi voters. The BJP decided to hold a demonstration outside the CM’s office for failing to take any action as soon as they got the CD. They also lodged a complaint against the sacked AAP minister and also sought inclusion of CM Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s names in the FIR.

However, in spite of clear visibility in the video, Kumar still claims that the man in the video in the compromising position isn’t him. He alleged that he is being framed because he is a Dalit and demanded probe into the entire episode. The CD is sent by the police to forensics testing for its authenticity and trying to establish its source and how it was circulated. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also said that the party is taking action because they realize what Kumar has done is completely wrong. Disciplinary committee has been handed over the matter and whatever its decision, the party will abide by that. Kejriwal, nonetheless has displayed his grief on the turn of events and the presence of such people in the party grieves him all the more and told the party will never ever compromise on their core values.

 

I had moved to Bangalore in August last year, and on the very first day ran into a neighbor of mine who had the habitual inquisitorial nature of a normal Indian woman. She asked, where I was from and about my family. Finally we arrived at the preverbal “Where is your wifeQuestion” and when I answered, that I am unmarried, the old lady was embarrassed and apologized profusely like I have been offended. Well I was not, but one can hardly blame her for asking me this question since I am on the wrong side of thirties and with more gray hair than I could wish for, so it was and I have conceded a fair question to ask on her behalf. After all she is also a mother who once went through the agony and torment of finding a suitable bride for her son or daughter and in that quest she was successful. What happened after that is a different story or maybe almost every other household story.

Ever since I crossed into my 30s people have been asking me “when do you plan to get married” like it was some kind of master plan which got stuck in red tape. Also, most of my friends had gotten married and were disparate for me to tie the knot so I that would stop blackmailing them. But more so their wives and some of my other female friends who I would occasionally torment. For them, I getting married was like getting sweet revenge by telling my future wife all the things that I had done to them and to others because I have been known for my pranks which could sometimes run for few months. E.g. a very good looking my friend got married and after year or so I decided to register her profile in an online matrimony site and soon she started getting phone calls from perspective grooms parents. This lasted for couple of months or over but as gentlemen I told her about this prank few years later, so one can imagine how eagerly or vengefully she must be waiting for me to get married so she can settle some old scores. Also before the internet, when people used to give ads in newspaper, I would call them on their phone number and just try to have some fun. Well, maybe Karma is paying me back.

But let’s be back to the present, I just turned 38, plenty of gray hair and the crown part of my head getting ever so thinner and still no bride in sight. But I must say one thing when I see online matrimonial sites it gives me some solace (in a good way) that there are plenty of men and women out there who still not married and have crossed the usual age threshold but I still believe it is not the end of the world. However, if it is hard for men to hear the same questions over and over, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for women. I know this because my sister got married when she was 28 years old and by the time she turned 26 people started coming up to my parents with wedding proposal for widowers and divorcés. It was as if my sister had no value or no hope for ever getting married. Now, I don’t intend on saying people who have lost their spouse or they are divorced should never get married but, when someone is opting for arranged marriage these types of proposals can be very disconcerting. Anyway my sister got married to a first time offender and he turned out be a pretty good man.

Shooting arrows in the Dark. kabhi tho miloge jeewan sathi 2

But the point I was trying to make is, there are lots of men and women over the age of thirty who are still single and are still hopeful to finding a partner which gives me hope that there might still be someone for me. But being curious by nature I cannot help myself having some fun when I am surfing the matrimonial site and checking various profiles and the list of demands and expectations the perspective bride and her family have or as a matter of fact the list and demands from the men’ side. Will only marry if the boy has an engineering degree or please do not send proposal if your salary is less than xyz which is, I suppose fair. A while back my mother spoke to a concerned party but they had reservation that I was lot older than their daughter who in fact was only six years younger to me but they did not want the age gap to be more then 3 or 4 years. But the fact is if a man is 34 he is looking forward to marry a girl who is 28 years old and after that it just becomes a vicious circle.

According to my mother this will be her last ditch attempt to help me find a girl and I corrected her she needs to find me a woman because I can no longer aspire to be with a girl. Anyway she was not amused and then we started our quest. Soon the filter process began, too educated for you, makes more money then you, she seems to be very fussy and particular and once we had all the selected ID’s written cleanly on a dairy, we start bombarding. It’s like firing as many arrows in the dark hoping to hit a target.

kabhi toh milegi kahin toh milegi baharon ki manzil…….

Years by years, months by months we see very many new TV shows launching, which may seem to have strong women characters, or at least trying to portray the empowerment in women, but, gradually these very strong women characters turn into the same Saas-Bahu Soap characters who are playing weak and helpless roles, or in a very negative role where women themselves are sabotaging the other female characters. Amid of all these, one day while I was just browsing through the TV to find something to interest myself in, I found a show which won my heart. A group of women who bike away to the remotest towns of the country to make music that is inspired by real life women heroes was a breath of fresh air.

MTV’s Angels of Rock, is a show that reaches out to women who have made extraordinary contributions through their ordinary lives to the society, along with beautifully fusing music with travel. It is the first time in the history of Indian TV, a show is led by all female cast and crew, which has four female celebrities, road tripping their way around India and covering different cities while at it, each with a well-defined cause for women empowerment in mind. The four protagonists the show has chosen are four young singers from different backgrounds. These are women of substance who have at a young age broken the mould in their own small way. Even if they haven’t broken through the capricious Indian music industry, they have made some significant dents in the scheme of things and they are not afraid to speak their voice.

Four of Bollywood’s most loved and incredibly talented singers, the ‘Pareshan’ girl Shalmali Kholgade, ‘Gulaabo’ girl Anusha Mani, ‘Yaar na mile’ fame Jasmine Sandlas and the youngest of all Akasa Singh of ‘India’s Raw Star’ fame, come together and take on a journey of a lifetime - cooking, doing radio shows and composing music on their way. They will not only just mingle with the people they meet, but also live in the same fashion as the locals wherever they go and perform fun tasks to get a taste of the real lives of women in the villages of India. Among many, the biggest challenge these singers have to face will be bringing out the raw, real, and inspiring side of these women with the songs they will be composing on the go.

The show’s main focus is on showcasing female power, in saying ‘yes, we can’. Yet the format of the reality show remains a tricky ground as the four lead women should be able to empathize, bond, and translate onto the camera a camaraderie with the real heroines of the country who probably have never engaged with a TV camera. It is exactly this ruggedly feminine aspect of the show that should work with audiences currently spoilt for viewing choices across digital platforms. This show offers it all- original music for all music lovers, travel delights, and storytelling.

The show producers chose to make use of Bullet, for the girls to travel on, where they could have easily have had them riding on a Scooty instead. But they made sure they singers took classes for bike riding and used Bullet, as it would bring out an element of challenge, ruggedness and an assertion that these girls are of substances more than just mellifluous voices, and a willingness to stretch physical limits further. Not just the crew but even the guitarists and drummers chosen for the show are women.

Angels of Rock is definitely a tribute to the ever-growing spirit of Indian women and their legacy in a contemporary way and is absolutely worth a watch. The energy between the four is palpable and the enthusiasm infectious. Their trysts with bike riding strikes a chord with every girl who has struggled to move on beyond riding a bicycle. The way MTV and Sunsilk have come together to redefine the stereotypical dependent woman in daily soaps is truly admirable.

I’m absolutely in love with the show, and I hope you too don’t forget to catch it every Sunday at 8pm, on MTV India.