Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Don't Call Me Mausi- Kareena Kapoor's Character In K3G Movie

Today happens to be actress Kareena Kapoor Khan's birthday.

Recently, I re-watched her two decades old superhit Hindi movie- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum’  (K3G).

K3G was one of the early movies in her illustrious career. 

Kareena Kapoor's performance in this blockbuster emotional family-drama by Dharma Productions is memorable.

She plays an ultra-modern, glamorous and smart college-going girl- Pooja or Poo, who lives in London with her sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and relative.

Poo does not like to be addressed as "Mausi".

The following are two scenes from K3G movie:

Scene I- Poo's conversation with her school-going nephew, Krish, in her introduction scene:

That Precious Bicycle

Raju was visiting the village fair after ages.

There were many shops selling interesting fare.

Raju's eyes fell on a bicycle.

It had many precious memories.

Photo Prompt - Alicia Jamtaas

Containing his excitement, he asked the price. 

The shop-owner quoted an exorbitant amount.

Friday, 2 September 2022

How A Son India Got Mother Arrested And Saved A Tribal Woman

EVIL WOMAN Seema Patra, TRIBAL WOMAN Sunita, & SON INDIA Ayushman

We were/are rejoicing that a highly-qualified, experienced, and competent “Tribal Woman”, Droupadi Murmu Madam, has now been elected as our nation’s President, (More in my posts- Vocal For Local - President Droupadi Murmu, President Droupadi Murmu - Tribal Woman and More,  Droupadi Murmu – Much More Than Her Tribal Woman Identity).

But, it is shocking to see the gross treatment meted out to another tribal woman, a domestic help named Sunita.

The former’s struggles and accomplishments are awe-inspiring; the latter’s experiences are numbingly jaw-dropping.

While so many citizens hailed and celebrated Murmu Madam’s selection and election, many voices express their stern condemnation to Sunita’s ordeal caused by her employer, Seema Patra.

Who is Seema Patra?

Jharkhand's ex-IAS officer's wife and BJP ex-politician - State Convener, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Jharkhand BJP (She has been suspended by the party now).

“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” - a seemingly strong woman, who supposedly stands up for the causes of women, correct?

President Droupadi Murmu - Tribal Woman And More

The largest democracy got its 15th President on 25 July 2022.

What comes to your mind when you think of the new President?

First “Tribal President”?

“Second Woman President of India”?

“Tribal Woman President”?

President Droupadi Murmu is much more. 

Murmu Madam is not just representative of the 8.6 % tribal population of India, or the 48.46% female population of India (Figures as per the 2011 Census); rather she is India’s President.

In the nation where a Chaiwala is the Prime Minister, the President is this self-made citizen belonging to “the poorest of the poor family” from a “small village”, and ex-Teacher, Councillor, MLA, Minister, and Governor!

Credit:  ANI
(Delhi | President Droupadi Murmu receives ceremonial salute at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.)

The top office has an educated, well-qualified, dedicated, resilient, hard-working, disciplined, empathetic, empowered, simple, and inspiring personality from whom we can learn the following:

Monday, 22 August 2022

Human Being and Being Human

I shudder to read news-reports these days.

In today's world, there is a lot of hatred and crime. People mindlessly indulge in shooting, stabbing, killing... Many times, I feel human-beings behave worse than beasts.

 "The difference between the reason of man and the instinct of the beast is this, that the beast does but know, but the man knows that he knows.” John Donne (Poet)

What is the use of knowing and knowledge?

Some human-beings easily get "offended" and forget "reason". 

In the words of prize-winning author, Salman Rushdie, himself a recent victim:

“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read. If you are offended, it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

I can walk into a bookshop & point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn’t occur to me to burn the bookshop down.

If you don’t like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book & decide you don’t like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

To read a 600-page novel and then say that it deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.” 

Human-beings are social creatures. They must be together. 

Like John Donne said:

"No man is an island, entire of itself.; every man is a piece of the continent."

Yet, why do human-beings forget that they need to "BE HUMAN"?


I always sincerely pray and think of this line from the Rig Veda - 

May noble thoughts come to us from all directions.


Source: @bharat_sanskrit

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Seashell Girl

It was Bini's first visit to the 'Palace Museum'.

The portrait of the bowl of seashells attracted Bini. 

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

As she observed intently, she was surprised to hear the waves of the sea!

Bini saw sand and sea-shells all around and realized that she was teleported to the same beach where she had spent her childhood!

Bini was very excited.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Vent It Out Cafe

"This table does not suit us. Please return it." 

Niki told her son, Sunny.

The mother and son were about to launch their cafe.

Sunny had sourced second-hand furniture to cut costs.

Sunny's idea was to create wealth from waste.

He had bought an old table-counter with chairs.

Prompt- Roger Bultot
It was discoloured and the furniture looked shabby.

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Sourav Ganguly - About Rasagola Origin

By now, many must have watched cricketer Sourav Ganguly's latest 2022 video about Rasagola and seen his acknowledgment that Rasagola belongs to Odisha.
It has been well-shared by the media.
But, do you know what was shared in the Dadagiri show by Sourav Ganguly a decade ago in 2011?

Watch the "Maharajah of Cricket", Sourav Ganguly, sharing about the "King of Sweets"-Rasagola in his popular show- "DADAGIRI" - on Bengali channel - in 2011 & 2022:

Whenever Rasagola is discussed, many feel it is an unimportant issue.
But, thanks to our media representatives and media, who have now realized the importance and keep sharing the statements of important personalities about our important heritage products.

When we first started celebrating #RasagolaDibasa on social media from 2015 onwards, and then worked for the GI application for "Odisha Rasagola", many felt it was worthless.
Many still feel the same.
However, no one can deny that Rasagola is an identity and cultural symbol of our Odisha state.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Thanked Her Stars

 Malli had completed her driving lessons.

She soon realized how terrible she was at driving.

But, the newbie driver wouldn't give up.

She would try to drive their old car in the less-populated part of her city during the less-crowded time of the day.

That day, she did not know how she drove the car on the footpath. 

Prompt- Sandra Crook

Ratha Jatra - Department of Posts

Ratha Jatra is a world-famous festival of Puri, Odisha, India. Each year, the divine siblings- Shree Jagannatha Mahaprabhu, elder brother, Shree Balabhadra, and sister, Devi Subhadra, make their annual journey from the Shree Jagannatha Temple in giant wooden and decorated chariots called Rathas and visit their birthplace- Shree Gundicha Temple. 

It is also called Rath Yatra and Ratha Yatra.

Ratha Jatra is now celebrated worldwide. The dates vary as per the tithi. This year, the journey of the deities began on July 1st. It ended on July 12th on Niladri Bije when the deities entered the Shreemandira i.e. the Puri Shree Jagannatha Temple. 

As per the centuries-old ritual, each year, Shree Jagannatha appeases His wife, Devi Lakshmi, by gifting Her Rasagolas along with many other presents like saree, jewellery etc. 

Before 2015, many were not aware of the cultural link of Rasagola (Rasgulla) with Odisha. 

The Department of Posts had issued a "Palanquin Carried Special Cover for Rasagola" on Dola Purnima, 2018.

Shree Jagannathaji Ke Vyanjan Mein Rasagola i.e. Rasagola in Shree Jagannathaji's Cuisine-

It was covered by many media.

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