Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Pareeksha is The Final Test for A Bright Future

Being associated with the noble profession of educator, I find great pleasure in watching spectacular movies about education for their emotional connect. Because such movies not just portray the fact that 'Education' can change the world, but inspire one to be determined on his set educational path. 
This morning, while I was checking on some information about the New Education Policy recently introduced in India, a teaser trailer titled 'Pareeksha' popped up in my search. The title Pareeksha instantly caught my attention for obvious reasons and it aroused my curiosity to another level when I realized that it's a ZEE5 original film written, produced and directed by none other than national award-winning filmmaker Mr. Prakash Jha. Because the master storyteller is well-known for crafting socially-relevant films such as Raajneeti, Apaharan, Gangaajal, Mrityudand and Damul. I exclusively remember admiring Aarakshan, an impactful film by Jha based on Indian education system. Now I'm all the way excited for his critical take on the education system through Pareeksha: The Final Test.
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The movie, to be digitally premiered this week on OOT platform ZEE5, is inspired from real-life events of SP Abhaynandan. The storyline revolves around difficulties and hardships which the poor face in order to achieve their dreams. This heart-wrenching tale aptly narrates how a rickshaw puller named Buchchi (played by Adil Hussain) dreams of giving his son a good education and goes lengths to make his dream a reality despite his financial restrictions. His dream takes him on a disastrous path, which could shatter all that he holds dear. It literally pinches your heart to witness what talented but underprivileged youth in economically depressed family backgrounds have to go through in order to attain basic facilities like a decent education. The film literally makes a sharp comment on our education system that has been monopolized by the rich and remains inaccessible to the masses.
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Pareeksha features Priyanka Bose, Sanjay Suri and child actor Shubham Jha in lead roles besides Adil Hussain, all of whom have beautifully donned their roles. 
The subject matter of the film is genuinely dear to many of us and is the need of the hour as the quality of education is one of the major determinant factors to decide the fate of future generations of our country. The film carries forward an important message of 'hope' across to the audiences that talent can bloom if provided with adequate opportunity and dreams do come true with determination & willpower. Such films encourage my faith that the role of education in creating a fairer and more equal society is undeniable. Because those who strive for literacy today, wahi kal apne #SapneSachKarenge and an equal access to education will eliminate discrimination in society.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

A World without Clocks

A poem by my son that he wrote for an International Creative Writing Competition-

No Clocks? Well! The dynamic world will come to a stop,
For my time-driven momma, all her planned activities will flop.
No more pinching tiny scraps of time,
Just letting go tasks that don’t align your system fine.
I fantasize, there won’t be any wasteful time misusing,
Just those purposeful thoughts with no fear of losing.
I envision positive diversions and no stress coping,
But hey! The ‘No-clock’ world cannot be all promising.
With no clocks, there would be no motivation to plan and organize,
Our timely actions will also stand compromised.
How will we dictate our lives each day?
Won’t it slow us down on the life’s speedway?
It scares me to nerves not being able to hear that ‘ticking’,
Don’t want to get my productive energy dipping.
To avoid being a victim of unrewarding fatality,
Let’s continue relying on mindful punctuality.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Trinayani – Meet the Bengali Talent

With vast cultural diversity in India, we are frequently exposed to different sets of beliefs and values. Being culturally responsive, I genuinely love exploring all cultures and languages, but my love for Bengali culture extends beyond curiosity. Bengali literature, music, cinema, food and their rituals; I'm hooked to the heritage that they offer.

I developed a taste for Bengali cinema due to its aesthetics and sweet accent, after watching a few shows at my Bengali colleague's place long ago. We would spend weekends watching those DVDs and discuss at length about performances, sets, dialogue delivery and obviously beautiful traditional Bengali attire.

During my recent stay-at-home during lockdown, I gave my internet connection a spin and subscribed to ZEE5 for its plethora of regional shows and movies.

My current watchlist includes a popular Bengali drama Trinayani, whose lead actress Shruti Das caught my attention when I glanced at its promo poster. After feasting my eyes on the show for a few days and being impressed by the refined performance of the characters, I literally got inquisitive to know more about Nayan and Dipu, the lead cast of the show.
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Nayan, played by Shruti Das in Trinayani, has been a theatre person and a passionate dancer. The actress hails from Katwa, East Burdwan. Shruti is pursuing a course in creative dancing and loves training other students whenever she gets some time off her packed schedule. That's really generous of her! 👏 

I was awestruck to know that Shruti is also a wonderful cook and enjoys experimenting with interesting new dishes. Not believing my words? Check out her Instagram handle @actor_shruti. Her colourful feed lists some yummy delicacies like prawn butter masala, malpua, coffee caramel pudding and much more. I must say, this lady is the powerhouse of talent. With her impressive acting in her debut show Trinayani, Shruti has sealed the lips of those who once criticised her appearance and skin tone. Long way to go, Shruti!
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The male lead of the show Dipu starring Gourab Roy Chowdhury is also an equally chaming personality and a talented actor. Gourab is a well-known Bengali actor who is entertaining the audience with her previous projects like ‘Tomaye Amaye Mile’ or ‘Shubho Drishti’ in the past. The dashing actor, who hails from Maheshtala, South 24 Parganas, has evidently made a place for himself in bengali cinema with his varied portrayals on screen. He believes in playing beyond comfort zone by experimenting with his roles and looks as as actor. Do check out his stunning poses on his Instagram feed on @gourab_official 

Gourab's personality has also got some hidden talents other than acting. He is fond of penning down his thoughts in the form of poem and loves playing flute to make his mundane days full of joy. Despite no formal training in flute playing, the actor is learning through online videos. That's what we call 'real passion'.

Young talent like Shruti and Gourab truly inspire upcoming generation to go beyond their limitations. Bengali cinema has changed, grown and evolved in past years with its accomplished actors and content-driven films/shows. Hoping lots more of #EntertainmentUnlocked in coming times.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Share The Load & Multiply Love At Your Sweet Home

Amidst this grim time, the moments spent with family are priceless. Being locked down in homes for months now, families are coming closer. It’s particularly true for people like me who worked long hours earlier... 
Even in a time of great fear like this, I had a secret pleasure of finally having to spend time with my family, particularly with my busy husband. It sometimes sound so strange that such joy could co-exist with such a sad backdrop. The long-held wishes that I had for my family and which seemed to be fantasies had started coming to life. 🤩 For the first time, it wasn’t just the women like me staying at home, but also the men, the “bread winner” of the families, whose socially pronounced domain had always been the world outside.

For the first few weeks, I was certainly super-charged to stretch my limits to please my family in every possible manner. Regularly dining together, indulging in home makeover, doing morning yoga with kids, experimenting with never tested recipes, doing all sort of recreational activities - the list of fun family moments seemed never ending. 

But after a while, I found myself sunk neck deep in work bearing the brunt of office work deadlines, childcare responsibilities and bulk of household chores compounded together. I noticed my stress levels getting increased when I was unhappy about unfinished chores.

Despite wanting a break from this exhausting new 'normal' setup so desperately, I was hesistant to seek help from my husband and somehow my stress went unnoticed by him until one fine day when he watched this awe-inspiring advert by Ariel India on TV.
The impact of the the advert was so instantaneous that my husband admitted to me, "No chores are unpleasant, especially when it comes to the 'men' in the house. No matter who earns more or who spends longer hours at the office space; now we will equally and fairly take responsibility for dusting, laundry, cooking, bed making,and even toilet cleaning in our household." 

Trust me, a small help offered by my husband exceptionally improved overall positivity in the house. 🏡 I felt myself truly fortunate when my husband and my son fondly came forward for helping n supporting me to #ShareTheLaundry and #ShareTheLoad. 😇

This practice of chore-splitting has strengthened bonding among all my family members. Actually, we're genuinely committed to continue being a support to each other at home even after this #lockdown phase is over. Because for the modern truefit family like ours, 'housework gender gap' is a thing of past. 

It's a bliss to be with a man who advocates the fact that sharing the load is not a threat to his masculinity rather a sincere effort to reinforce gender equality at home. 

Finally, I would say a cultural shift in the expectations of society is crucial at individual level to spur more equal practices in the home. Let's #ShareChoresMultiplyLove with a pledge to uproot deeply protected gender disproportion. 😇 

I will #ShareTheLoad and help in household chores in association with Ariel India and BlogAdda

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Incredible Watchlist for Kannada Cine Buffs

Indian cinema content has always been entertaining and exemplary. Most Indians love watching movies, no matter what the genre is. While Hindi movies have been immensely popular in India since forever, the regional cinema is the new 'cool' in Indian cinema. From the fringes, regional films are moving to the mainstream. Its appreciable that content-driven regional films are no longer isolated by language.

I've been receiving a number of requests from my readers to list some regional movies that could be on their watchlist and could entertain them during this quarantine period. So I decided to reiterate the popularity of OTT platform ZEE5 where an exhaustive list of free movies is being streamed.

Here is a curation of some feel-good Free Kannada movies to help lift your spirits-

Londonalli Lambodara is a light screenplay with a touch of romance that presents quite a realistic character of a lazy guy who blindly trusts his virtual 'guruji' prediction of a luxurious life in London and a wedding with a ‘white girl’ in London. The acting skills of lead actors Sampath Raj and Shruti Prakash are commendable. The two melody songs "Ee Manasu" and "Ee Parinama" shot in exotic locales in London are pleasing to the eyes and ears. Watch this movie to find out how life unfolds for this staunch believer in astrology. 
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For the fans of killer thrillers, Bhinna, an engaging mystery/horror is a must-watch. Bhinna is a ZEE5 Kannada Original movie televising sensitive portrayal of persons with mental illnesses. The lead actress Paayal Radhakrishna’s performance is the highlight of the film who played an aspiring actress obsessed with method acting. The plot beautifully reveals how the actress gets trapped by her hallucinations and life takes an unimagined turn for her. The background music sets the mood for this psychological thriller. An excellent movie all in all.
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Looking for a riot of laughter? Johnny Johnny Yes Papa is your bet. JJYP is a comedy entertainer which is the sequel to Johnny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam. The plot is all about a happy go lucky guy Johnny trying to impress upon his love interest while convincing her to change her mind about settling in the US. The lead actress Rachita Ram’s mesmerizing beauty would impress the younger lot of audience with her utter cuteness. The storyline might be predictable but the jokes would bring many LOL moments especially when watching with buddies. The neat cinematography is worth an applaud too. 
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My Autograph, a Kannada drama based movie, is a subtle attempt to recreate a common man's real life into reel life. The close-to-life scenes reach your heart and the character played by Sudeep makes you feel a strong connect to the storyline. The photography is quite humble yet spectacular. I personally loved that fact that the plot has been kept so unfeigned without any exaggeration The film genuinely sustains audience's interest till the last frame. Such films truly stand out from the crowd. 
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So hey cine buffs, watch out and delight yourselves with these Kannada movies until I bring on some more recommendations for you soon.
Users can access the entire ZEE5 content library on 5 screens simultaneously. Get ZEE5 subscription today and enjoy binge-watching.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

कोरोना - एक असामान्य अनुभव (Hindi Kavita)

Hey everyone

Sharing a hindi poem written by my son on Corona experience-

महामारी का नाम सुना था
अपने पूजित बुज़ुर्गों से
खबर न थी ज़िन्दगी रूबरू होगी
ऐसे असामान्य रोगों से
एक विषैला सूक्ष्म जीव जो
सांसों में घुलता जाता है
बेबस हो इंसान बेचारा
मौत को गले लगता है
रोक लो मिलकर, मेरे देशवासियों
तबाही के इस मंज़र को
'एहतियात' को ढाल बनाकर
नाकाम करो इस खंजर को
कोरोना के कहर ने अब तक
हमको बहुत सताया है
पर लॉक डाउन के कड़े नियमों ने
गज़ब का असर दिखाया है
दुनिया के उन्नत देशों ने भी
कोरोना के आगे घुटने टेके हैं
पर भारत ने अपनी सुव्यवस्था से
कई विषम कंत उखाड़ फेंके हैं
खोज कर एक 'अमृत' जल्द ही
यह जंग भी जायेंगे हम जीत
इंतज़ार है उस शुभ दिन का
जब कोरोना बन जायेगा अतीत

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Count on Waist Trainers for Weight Loss

"Every body is beautiful." 
But sadly, this doesn't hold true when we're living in a society with narrow beauty ideals. Most women have faced one or the other form of scrutiny and objectification of their bodies at some point of their lives. It is unjustified to have unreasonable expectations from our body, but one thing that I strongly advocate is to hustle for the muscle. Yes! it is ok for your body to fall outside the societal standards of beauty, but aim for its 'fitness'.
In case the idea of getting sweaty and working hard at gym doesn't seem to be working for women due to their busy schedule, they should try wearing a waist trainer for enhancing the physical appeal of their body. The waist trainers made of Latex material for added durability and elasticity, not just make your dressing sense look more sensuous, but improve your posture and supplement your fitness goal too. Best waist trainers for weight loss are crafted thoughtfully to meet your dressing expectations without compromising your fashion quotient.
Let's explore some of the famed ones in the weight loss category-

Waist Clinchers are buyers' first choice to lose those extra inches. Comes with double belts for a non-slip grip around your waist. Quite adjustable for all sizes and shapes. Helps in burning tummy fat and reducing your abdomen and waist effectively.
Vest Shapers are another best sellers amongst women that are used to control the compression needed to flatten your belly bulges. It's worn around your midsection to slim your waistline instantly. Helps you sweat more with less effort during exercise. It redistributes fat from your middle by cinching your waist, so you look slimmer.
Thigh Erasers/ Butt Lifters are for those with heavier lower body. These are exclusively designed to help reduce the size and appearance of your thighs & lift your butt. Can be worn while working out, doing chores, lounging at home oe even while sleeping. These come with additional waist strap that won't let the garmet budge from place and will provide excellent support.
You can count on waist trainers in long run to smoothen out lumps, add firmness to body and enjoy a sleek silhouette. Just make sure to take correct hip and waist measurements to avoid any discomfort while acquiring a well maintained body with a perfect shape that you always dreamt of.

Friday, 24 April 2020

5 Traits That A Child Can Learn From Krishna on ZEE5 Kids

Given the unprecedented circumstances of lockdown, many working moms like me might have resorted to allowing their children to watch a little more television than usual while we ourselves juggle multiple responsibilities in the work-from-home setup.

In times like this, when parents are making every possible effort to engage their children in all sorts of productive indoor activities, I personally advocate the fact that children cannot sit buckled for a whole day indulging in so-called creative activities and need to entertain themselves to satisfy their appetite for 'screen time'. The sole parental concern here is to intelligently judge and allow your child controlled access of digital content readily available online.

In my quest for sensible media for my child recently, I came across a new exclusive streaming service ZEE5 Kids dedicated for children launched by ZEE Group's over-the-top (OTT) platform.
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What actually left me amazed that this unique and smart confluence of entertainment service offers over 4,000 hours of free content which will be available across nine languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, and Bhojpuri. ZEE5 Kids announced a mix of original and acquired licensed content by onboarding leading production houses like Lionsgate and Cosmos Maya. This new streaming service asserts to offer diverse thematic collections across genres ranging from top animated movies, entertainment/reality/DIY/comedy/fantasy shows, nursery rhymes and much more.

My child easily gets hooked to inspiring character-led stories, so he chose to watch Krishna Kamaal Ka which is an animated movie series on his favourite mythological character Krishna. The movie series beautifully depicts numerous anecdotes from different stages of the life of Krishna and every episode encourages children to imbibe moral values from his character. I myself have admired the pivotal figure of Krishna since my childhood days. So not just my child, but the entire family joined together to witness the great deeds of the Lord streaming on ZEE5 Kids.
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The Krishna Birth episode shows how Krishna had to face a number of adversities right from his birth. Yet he dealt with each of them with a smile on his face. What children might learn from his life story is that your circumstances don’t define you and being 'calm' & 'content' is a choice.

The Krishna Balram episode gracefully teaches us to look beyond physical appearance. The duo brothers Krishna-Balram, despite bearing totally different personalities, were fiercely loyal to each other. Their bond is considered the epitome of brotherhood par excellence.

Krishna always treated his companions, rich and poor, with so much of adoration. His close affinity with his poverty-stricken mate Sudama is still well-celebrated on every mention of true friendship.
When parents like me think that it's too early to teach children about 'forgiveness', the episode of Kalia Naag will effortlessly make them realise how easy it is to accept your enemy's sincere apologies and forgive him without grudges.

Once the children engross themselves in the story of Krishna, they will develop an attitude of gratitude inspired by the character of Krishna. Not surrendering to the immorality and taking a stand against the evils is one of the major virtues that children might undertake.

My family especially my child loved watching this movie series and I recommend all parents to make their children watch Krishna Kamaal Ka as there are meaningful takeaways for a lifetime. Lord Krishna’s teachings are suitable for everyone and not for a particular age group or a section of society. I appreciate ZEE5 to stream such shows that might play a vital role to teach children to always do the 'right' thing, live virtuously in today's world and have #NonStopBachFUN.

With the launch of ZEE5 Kids, ZEE5 is now the OTT destination for the entire family as parents can spend quality time with their children and ensure that their little ones are entertained as well as engaged with securely curated content.