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ShiviOctober 18, 202011min1460

The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, Nava meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights. It means nine nights of the feminine goddess that are worshipped in our culture since ages.

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Navratri is a nine-day festival that celebrates the nine forms of goddess Durga. On each day of Navratri, a special colour is worn that is dedicated to a goddess and holds special significance.

The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra when the idols of Goddess Durga are immersed into the water body. This is what we know about Navratri. And this what we have been celebrating since ages. What I wish to convey form this video is my perception and my understanding of these nine days.

I’m a firm believer of Shiv and Shakti. Durga Ma is also a form of Shiv+Shakti. 

Navratri – 9 days of Feminine energy, nine days of the feminine divine goddess. Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati are three dimensions of feminine energies. They also represent tamas rajas and sattva these are basic qualities of human existence and its elements.

 

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  • Tamas is the nature of the earth and literally means inertia
  • Rajas mean passion
  • Satva means breaking boundaries melting and merging

 

Navratri falls twice a year. Sharada Navaratri: the most celebrated of the four Navaratri, named after Sharada which means autumn. It is observed in the lunar month of Ashvin (post-monsoon, September–October). In many regions, the festival falls after the autumn harvest, and in others during harvest.

Vasanta Navaratri: the second most celebrated, named after Vasantha which means spring. It is observed in the lunar month of Chaitra (post-winter, March–April). In many regions, the festival falls after spring harvest, and in others during harvest

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Let me tell you the nine forms of Goddess worshipped on all nine days.

Day 1 – Shailaputri

Known as Pratipada, this day is associated with Shailaputri (literally “Daughter of Mountain”), an incarnation of Parvati. Shailaputri is considered to be the direct incarnation of Mahakali. The colour of the day is red, which depicts action and vigour.

 

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Day 2 – Brahmacharini

Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Parvati, is worshipped. In this form, Parvati became Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is worshipped for emancipation or moksha and endowment of peace and prosperity. Depicted as walking bare feet and holding a japamala and kamandal in her hands, she symbolizes bliss and calm. Blue colour depicts tranquillity yet strong energy.

 

 

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Day 3 – Chandraghanta

Tritiya commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta – the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with the ardhachandra (lit. half-moon). She is the embodiment of beauty and is also symbolic of bravery. Yellow is the colour of the third day, which is a vivacious colour and can pep up everyone’s mood.

 

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Day 4 – Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on Chaturthi. Believed to be the creative power of the universe, Kushmanda associated with the endowment of vegetation on earth and hence, the colour of the day is Green. She is depicted as having eight arms and sits on a Tiger.

 

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Day 5 – Skandamata

Skandamata, the goddess worshipped on Panchami, is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The colour of Grey is symbolic of the transforming strength of a mother when her child is confronted with danger. She is depicted riding a ferocious lion, having four arms and holding her baby.

 

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Day 6 – Katyayani

Born to sage Katyayana, she is an incarnation of Durga and is shown to exhibit courage which is symbolized by the colour Orange. Known as the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Devi. In this avatar, Kātyāyanī rides a lion and has four hands. She is a form of Maha Lakshmi

 

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Day 7 – Kalaratri

Considered the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is revered on Saptami. It is believed that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The colour of the day is White. On Saptami, the Goddess appears in a white colour attire with lots of rage in her fiery eyes, her skin turns black. The white colour portrays prayer and peace and ensures the devotees that the Goddess will protect them from harm.

 

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Day 8 – Mahagauri

Mahagauri symbolizes intelligence and peace. The colour associated with this day is Pink which depicts optimism.

 

Mahagauri

 

Day 9 – Sidhidatri

On the last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Siddhidhatri. Sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess and bestows all types of Siddhis. Here she has four hands. Also known as SriLakshmi Devi. The light blue colour of the day portrays an admiration towards nature’s beauty.

 

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ShiviApril 25, 20203min2690

A Stolen Heart An Immortal Science Fiction Romance in the Antonello Brothers Series – Book Review

It is a science fiction written by Kayelle Allen. She writes Sci-Fi with thrill and mythic heroes and fantasy which takes you to another level all-together. A stolen heart is one such which is mythical and romantic science fiction.

This book drives you to the Tarthian Empire and transports science into the far future land. Here, the world is far away from the real galaxy and the present world. Who exists here are, the immortal bodies, aliens, robots, secret bodies, and genetically enhanced humans and animals.

 

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The character Luc Saint-Cyr gets involved in a conspiracy and other complicating matters due to the power Thieves’ Guild. The other characters like Pietas, Tiklaus, Cyken and others turned out to be quite interesting while the story continues on the planet Kelthia. With the story moving ahead we see that there can be chances of Luc’s immortal ex-girlfriend might be involved in complicating life and things on the planet.

The whole story revolves on what happens after rescuing half-alien/half-human child who was on the planet Kelthia and was running for his life. Overall an interesting read, lot of thrill and incidences with many small and big characters involved in the Sci-Fi arena. When you would read, you would understand, how a little boy stole the heart while his survival on the planet Kelthia.

Author – Kayelle Allen

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ShiviApril 14, 202011min4511

We all know that due to COVID19 pandemic spreading across the world, almost all the countries have suggested to keep social distancing and implemented a lockdown as well. India is one of those which has implemented lockdown to curb the spread of this virus. I am no one to say this is right or wrong? I am just going to keep some basic pointers as per my resources and as per my knowledge and then let the audience decide if this is right or wrong and is it implemented correctly?

Disclaimer: I’m being unbiased and true to myself without any intention to hurt any community or political reforms.

When the whole world has started noticing the impact of COVID19 in January we were sitting and waiting till march second week for action. All International travels were as usual and no testing was going on. In fact after lockdown also I didn’t hear a single Bollywood Celebrity name being tested though we all know most of the Bollywood stars keeps on travelling abroad and they must have been for sure.

 

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Govt immediately announced that from 12 o clock in the night there will be a lockdown. Did they even give a thought about those daily workers, be it rickshaw-wall, chai wall, sabzi wala who live in cities like Mumbai, Delhi to earn their livings? How and from there they will get money to survive for 21 days. People started walking in haste for 200-300kms and the result we heard that some of them died, how many like that lost their lives, none of us knows.

Essentials will be available is what the Government announced. I don’t know to be honest since these bureaucrats get everything easily on their plate they don’t understand the pain which a middle and lower middle class goes through. Hardly anything is available on the name of essentials, even if you are getting it but not sufficient. The Government was saying that don’t hoard anything I was one of them who didn’t keep anything extra and now I am thinking that people did it right because our Government just knows to give orders but when it comes to implementation they are really bad we have seen this at the time of demonetisation also. If you are trying to use some app for home delivery their slots are all full. God only knows where these essentials are available.

Everyone is praising about police personnel that they are doing a great job. They are out of their houses. Can someone tell me do they have a choice, it’s their work, I would say, Sorry people may find me a stupid human, but that’s what I think, as even I’m the one who is facing. No one is talking about the trouble and the hitting and the bribe that these people are taking these days. Understood that they are frustrated, but don’t you think people who are at home are similarly frustrated as well. Someone might be facing some medical problem or someone doesn’t have enough money, or food is not there to feed their family, or person is alone and doesn’t have a vehicle to go 3-4kms to bring stuff. The list is huge and I can keep on going as on-ground this is what is happening. As expected that people need to be at home and considerate about these people don’t you think the same thing applied to policemen as well. They are taking bribes from local sabziwala and what he is doing, increasing prices of fruits and vegetables which need to be paid by a common man. (I really can’t name them or show pictures as they are scared even to share with me, thinking that if I put something the police will come and thrash them).

 

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Alcohol shops, why they can’t start? You might be thinking I love drinking. Let me tell you I hardly drink. But think about those people who need it and they are still getting it at a premium rate and whose earnings are in between middle-men bracket. Had they would have opened the shops may-be for 2-3hrs, imagine the amount of revenue the Government would get in these times. This extra revenue would be helpful in recurring funds for the daily wagers and etc.

Govt. has announced a package for the workers, I appreciate that at least they are thinking, though I have my doubts as to how much will reach to the needy. That’s a separate point of discussion. What about an auto-driver, or an ola driver or an uber driver, or a person who cooks something daily idli, poha and sell on-road or a free-lancer who works by providing his/her skills be it digital/marketing, etc. What about them? They don’t come in any sector and that is the biggest sector, how and from where they will feed themselves and their family? God knows!!!

Sex Workers/Bartenders/waiters and lots of such people no one is talking about them. Are they not humans? Whatever someone does that is his/her choice, we are no one to debate about them. Don’t they need money to survive i.e. pay their rent bills, for monthly essentials from where they will get money to survive?

 

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Truck Associations/Drivers – Approx. 35k trucks are stranded on road be it different check nakas or toll posts. As driver and cleaner were forced to leave them due to sudden lockdown. Approx 35crore worth (or much more I don’t have exact numbers) of goods are out there in open available for loot by local goons. Those drivers were forced to leave trucks as it is as govt has not communicated the plan to local bodies who ultimately implement them. Despite essentials being allowed still a lot of trucks were not allowed to pass through by local authorities. (the points mentioned are based on the media reports from authentic sources).

I can keep on writing about people’s agony which every one of us is facing. Government is not only made to pass the order but also to make sure that they check at ground level if things are implemented in the fashion that they want. I can understand that in a country like India it is easy to say than do, however, I still feel that this can be implemented in a much better way than what it is right now.

I am afraid to say that we are least affected from COVID19 but will be most affected sooner not because people will die due to COVID but they will die due to administration has not taken things in hands at the right time making sure that normal life is not disrupted and all essential commodities and services were available. I heard someone saying we will die either due to COVID or due to hunger which one shall we choose?

 

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ShiviMarch 11, 20203min5190

Book Review on If We last – Sailing Through Dark Beyond The Light-Years⠀
Author – @ishita__banik

This book revolves around 2 characters, Avipsa and Reyansh. Avipsa is a college student and has got a couple of good job offers and waiting to join one of the big notches and Reyansh is a working professional who has lost interest in life as he has broken up with his girlfriend (Mahika). He keeps on missing her. The story revolves around how these two people, on how they met and how Avipsa helped Reyansh come out of his sort of depression. There is a twist that is being added to the story where it is mentioned that someone stalks Avipsa and in the end, she recognizes who that person is, though you have to read the second part of the novel to know about that. It is an interesting one though. I loved the plot and the thrill which we read between the lines. ⠀
My rating 3 Star. ⠀

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Critic Review –

Personally, I feel there is a huge scope of improvement in terms of writing and grammar. At a couple of places, you will find spelling mistakes as well. I found out a lot of loopholes in this. I’m not criticising the writer here, but the editing and proofreading need improvement. The writer’s story is nice and engaging. The author has tried to use the best of vocabulary though, which was needed, at some places it is overstuffed. I’m not being harsh to the writer and the team but it could have much better for the readers to get hooked. Looking forward to reading a good one next time. ⠀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ShiviFebruary 4, 20209min8280

Countrywide CAA & NRC Protests – Right or Wrong?

 

A lot is going in India in the last few days in the name of CAA or NRC or JNU violence. Let me make my point clear in this blog neither I am supporting nor I am against this. It is just my thought which I want to put in front of people who are so-called literates and are supporting or talking against this policy without knowing about it is i.e. what it is, which government has introduced and passed as a bill.

 

CAA stands for Citizen Amendment act where the government has allowed people who are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains, and Parsis who are living in India from long but has entered in our country before Dec 31, 2014, can apply for Indian citizenship and no more have to be in India as refugees. They will be given citizenship in India as per this new bill.

 

It is being said that when there was partition which happened in 1947 and at that time some of the Hindus decided to stay back in so-called Pakistan never got their right and came to India and are staying here from long but since there was no law and order in India where they can gain citizenship of the country. So this law is just an amendment to that and I feel it is right in a way for all those who are being stranded and away from their native land. On the other hand, why is the provision only to people of six religions, and not Muslims, and why does it refer only to people coming from these three countries? The Union government insists that people of these six faiths have faced persecution in these three Islamic countries, Muslims haven’t. It is, therefore, India’s moral responsibility to shelter them.

 

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Is it right or wrong?

Well, to be honest, we are listening to a lot about it that it is going to take the fundamental right of one community and then people have to leave from here since they belong to other religions and what not – the saga continues. Whatever I have read and understood there is no mention that people who are a citizen of this country have to leave. The only thing which is mentioned in this act is that more people can come and stay in our country. Well, they were already staying in our country and maybe part of us in some or the other way which we might not be knowing.

 

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The other aspect of this is our country is already overburdened with the population and due to the bursting population, there is an impact on jobs, growth, literacy and everywhere. Now once these people if given a citizen to our country things are going to worsen as they will get all the fundamental rights which citizen of a country gets, which is not correct for the citizens who are already enjoying their rights as Indian citizens. Another thing which I think will happen is creating bogus documents proving that you are staying in India and part of this country before Dec 31, 2014, which is the cut off date to gain citizenship. One can imagine the level of corruption and forgery increasing in India, which already is at its high levels.

 

NRC – NRC stands for the National Register of Citizens and it identifies illegal immigrants in Assam which is done on the order of the Supreme court. After CAA was passed and made as a bill there is demand from a lot of people to make it implemented across India, though nothing has been confirmed about this.

 

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If it is implemented across India I think it will be good for our country, why and how?

When we go to any country be it the US or London or even a small place like Singapore. We need to get proper documents and prove our identity to that country and then we are allowed to keep the foot on their land. If someone is living in our country and if asked to prove his identity which in the case of a legitimate person can easily do. In case you as an individual are a migrant and living illegally in any country I don’t think so any country will allow you to stay over since you not only use resources of the country but also take jobs and will be ready to work at any cost as you just need money for survival.

 

If the proper job is not available, then these people might do wrong things which can affect countries’ image and can affect a country’s economy in a lot of different ways. So my take would be we should at least give a thought as to why we should oppose proving our identity in our own country. Just because it is our country we should not prove but if we are going to another country and ready to do that then it is wrong.

 

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Whatever happened in 1947 was that right? I don’t think so. This should not happen with anyone at any point of time in life. But to make something right we should not do something wrong as two wrongs cannot make right either. I would suggest people make an informed decision. Be aware of what it is and how it is going to impact. Even if you want to protest against it or in favour of the bill I please request don’t let other people suffer who are not taking part in it, not because they don’t want to, but maybe they are not able to due to their other responsibilities.

 

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ShiviFebruary 3, 20207min4900

WHO Declares Global Coronavirus Emergency

The United States told its citizens not to travel to China in the first major reply to the World Health Organization’s announcement of a global emergency over the growing coronavirus. As Chinese authorities recorded the latest numbers of the death toll on Monday to be 310 and nearly 10,000 infections spread. Another 102,000 people were under medical investigation in China with likely to have symptoms of the respiratory ailment. The pathogen is thought to have emerged in a Wuhan market that was crowded and was wild due the Lunar New Year holiday season. During these time hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home or abroad for celebration.

 

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Let’s know exactly what is a coronavirus?

Let’s keep it simple and straight so that you guys shall not be misled and thoron with any wrong information. A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that creates an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not critical. But some types of coronaviruses are dangerous, though. About 858 people have died from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which first developed in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and then in other countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

 

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In April 2014 (according to WHO report) the first American was hospitalized for MERS in Indiana and another case was recorded in Florida. Both had just returned from Saudi Arabia. In May 2015, there was an outpouring of MERS in Korea, which was the biggest outbreak outside of the Arabian Peninsula. In 2003, 774 people died from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) fury. As of 2015, there were no further reports of cases of SARS recorded.

 

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But In early 2020, the world once again faced the epidemic like a virus following a December 2019 outbreak in China. Thus, the World Health Organization classified a new type, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Often a coronavirus causes upper respiratory infection symptoms like a stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. But you can treat them with rest and over-the-counter medication. The coronavirus can also induce middle ear infections in children.

 

What to do then…

You can take lab tests, including nose and throat cultures and blood work, to find out whether your cold was produced by a coronavirus, but there’s no reason to worry okay. Yes the outbreak is deadly and it is causing deaths as well, but cured on time and detected can help save lives. The test results wouldn’t change later on how you treat your symptoms, which typically go away in a few days. But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can give pneumonia, particularly in older people, people with heart disease, or people with relapsed immune systems.

 

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Tips to prevent – (on the advice grounds of WHO)

  • Do the same things you do to avoid the common cold
  • Wash your hands completely with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your hands and fingers continuously away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, use tissue papers or soft cloth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected. It can spread, especially if you children in the house or around.
  • Other than this treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold, like:
  • Take full rest, please don’t to work or house chores, give your body fully rest. 
  • Drink fluids, lots of liquids are recommended in the form of juices, water etc. 
  • Take over-the-counter (SOS) medicine for a sore throat and fever. But don’t give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19; use ibuprofen or acetaminophen alternately.
  • A humidifier or steamy shower (warm water) can also help ease a sore and scratchy throat.

 

Please be safe and healthy, do not respond or listen to hoax news or WhatsApp videos which are dangerous and spreading rumours. Please trust genuine information and prevention health tips from WHO or recognised doctors and health organisation. 

Leave your comments below if wanted to know more on this, I will keep you updated or you can go to WHO website for help. Also, read more about Corona Virus. 

 

 


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ShiviJanuary 24, 20206min1660

As the year slithers in with all its grandeur and the scent of fresh beginnings, it welcomes you to start the year taking a trip to the unmissable, evident and the unparalleled Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF is a five-day-long festival, wherein renowned writers and authors come together under one roof. It is held at the Diggi Palace every year and works as a platform where people come together to share their experiences, work, and other topics of interest.

 

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Today was the second day and it started with a piece of beautiful morning music and a saga of eminent writers and authors from all across the world. Before I start to take you through a journey of today’s event and what all was not to be missed, have a look at the basic details about the Jaipur Literature Festival. 

The venue of Jaipur Literature Festival: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Rd, C Scheme, Jaipur

Date of JLF: 23-27 Jan 2020

Timings of Jaipur Literature Festival: 6 AM – 9 PM (approx)

Entry fee of JLF: Nil except for the delegates, and media personals

Duration of JLF: 3-4 days

 

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Gift yourself an inimitable experience with the Jaipur Literature Festival. The highlights for today’s festival under JaipurBookMark are mentioned below:

THE ANATOMY OF A LITERARY PRIZE

Keynote Address: India at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Claudia Kaiser

Aanchal Malhotra, Elaine Canning, Hemali Sodhi, Mita Kapur and Sunny Singh, moderated by Arunava Sinha

WHY PUBLISHING POETRY IS IMPORTANT

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chris Agee, Madhav Kaushik, Mindy Gill and Ranjit Hoskote, moderated by Naveen Kishore

TRANSLATION AS INTIMACY

Arunava Sinha and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Anjum Katyal

A TEXTBOOK CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Atiya Zaidi, Niko Pfund, Sunny Singh and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Manisha Chaudhry

COVERING CREATIVITY

 Aanchal Malhotra, Arsen Kashkashian, Devangana Dash and Kunal Basu, moderated by Shobhaa De

The Literature Festival sessions that were the best today: 

JAIPUR JOURNALS: THE WRITING LIFE

Namita Gokhale and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Shunali Khullar Shroff

CELESTIAL BODIES

Jokha Alharthi and Zikrur Rahman in conversation with Mohamed Zarrouk

WOMEN AND WORK

Anuradha Bhagwati, Asma Khan, Amita Nigam Sahaya and Namita Waikar in conversation with Namita Bhandare

SHASHI ON SHASHI

Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer

WORD, IMAGE, SOUND

Shobhaa De and Amit Khanna in conversation with Kaveree Bamzai

SHANI: THE POWER OF SATURN

Robert Svoboda and Abhishek Singh in conversation with Anubhav Nath

IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

Francesc Miralles in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

JLF aims to bring writers, thinkers, literary experts, humanists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and the greatest animators in the world on a single platform. The platform permits them to interchange ideas and brainstorms over them, learn from masters and participate in sober debates and dialogues. Additionally, it is an opportunity for budding writers to learn and take back wisdom. 

 

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ShiviJanuary 23, 20204min1710

The Jaipur Literature Festival, or JLF, is an annual literary festival which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue of the festival, with sessions held in the Hall of Audience and throughout the gardens of the Diggi Palace in the month of January every year in Jaipur. 

 

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With its 13th edition this year – 2020 the expectations are scoring high with the bunch of renowned authors and literates joining in as speakers. We’re already halfway through January and with all the amazing new year resolutions kicked off this year, now it’s time to unravel the most awaited Jaipur Literature Festival. Good News is now Jaipur Literature festival is global with a fantastic chance for the art frenzies and literature lovers. Through it all, the Indian litfest season marches on, reaching its frenzied peak, as always, in the last week of the month with the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The next five days will be significantly awesome as you will see over 300 speakers and thousands of literary aficionados converging at the Diggi Palace Hotel. 

 

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Neil Gaiman remains to elude the festival—contrary to its reputation, this year’s edition has several literary heavyweights than normal—but there’s plenty to catch between 300 speakers and nearly 200 sessions. Here are my picks of the sessions that seem the most promising.

 

From Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls (Front Lawn)

There’s Gunpowder in the Air 

On Memoir – Mughal Tent 

Celestial Bodies Charbagh

How To Judge A Book? – Baithak 

Being Various: On Literary Diversity Mughal Tent

Where Does Fiction Come From? – Front Lawn

Poetry Durbar – Durbar hall 

Uninhabitable Earth – Baithak 

Bolna Hai: What Must Be Said – Charbagh

Kashmir: Of Barbed Wires and Almond Blossoms – Mughal Tent

Climate Emergency – Powered by United Nations – Front lawn

Mediafile: Fact, Fiction, and the spaces in between – Baithak

Forgotten Masters – Charbagh

 

For the timings and the complete schedule of the Jaipur Literature Festival check the programme calendar here…

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ShiviNovember 22, 201911min3520

The film is about three women spies, they call them Angels who are appointed by private security and investigative agency, named as Townsend Agency. This Agency is owned by an unidentified millionaire called Charlie who runs his missions through Bosley, his agent or proxy in command. This movie review of Charlie’s Angels will give take you through the Charlie’s Angels of ’70s TV Series. The other two movies that clashed same week did well too. We see Ford V Ferrari ruled the charts with outstanding numbers, read the review here. Audiences have a lot of fun elements and action in the theaters for the Thanksgiving week around the corner. 

 

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Director’s Cut

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the rudder as the next generation of daring Charlie’s Angels take their flight in the theatre near you. In Banks’ strong vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are serving for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and the investigative agency has extended internationally. With the world’s briskest, most splendid, and most highly trained women all over the world, there are now the teams of Angels, who are further trained and guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the tedious jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

 

Movie Review Charlie’s Angels – The story

The film kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, with Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) in a blonde wig teasingly seducing Jonny Smith (Chris Pang), a wrongful figure, and all that is a part of sting operation held by their agency. Later when she was cornered, former MI-6 agent Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) came to rescue. Together, they put their lives on the line to win.

A year later we see these two are united again in Paris, to rescue Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott). She is a young systems engineer who is a key rack in a company that created Calisto. This is a new device of a sustainable alternative energy source that has an unfavourable side effect: It could kill people, which Elena knew. So doesn’t want it to go in the wrong hands. She assumed that Calisto could be weaponised as an instrument of mass killings, hence the production shall be stopped. With the Angels, Sabina and Jane together with Rebecca (Elizabeth Banks) as their Bosley on the case, uncover the said clandestine plot. 

 

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What we shall know about Charlie’s Angels

It is a reboot of Charlie’s Angels of the ’70s TV series which was about a trio of female secret agents (Kristen StewartElla Balinska, and Naomi Scott). Elizabeth Banks directs the movie and is acting as well. The movie switches the franchise’s focus to female empowerment, with themes of marvel, strength, and partnership. There’s also more violence as many could expect, whilst some are pretty intense: The Angels fight the battle with villains in scenes that are full of hard-hitting fights and assault weapons. They take some knocks in the process, and they also kill some of the villains (impalement is especially gnarly). As in the original show, the Angels are robust, tough, intelligent, and savvy; they also swing a killer wardrobe.

In other words, they’re aspirational, not the sex objects. And these Angels are purely refreshingly distinct. The opening scene creates to pay reverence to the original’s playbook, with Stewart’s character using her sex charm to trap a villain – but it’s revealed that the Angels win because society doesn’t require attractive women to be ingenious or competent. Cursing is rare but present (“d–k,” “s–t,” etc.).

 

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks star in Charlie's Angels.
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks star in Charlie’s Angels.

 

 

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ShiviOctober 10, 20194min1460

War Movie Review – Tale Of Two Greek Gods

Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff

Vaani Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Anupriya Goenka

Director: Siddharth Anand

Critic Review

War has features and traits of a few resembling music numbers and movies, which Bollywood has been doing it for years. Where we could see “Top Gun”-levels of homoeroticism, designed or otherwise; way too much who-is-the-mole scheme; a needless romantic sub-plot that drove tales around glittery and random Christmas scenes. This involves heroine, a cute widdle kid and glamour round the corner. What all we see in this war movie review, that, it the entertainment of the two Greek gods of Bollywood industry. You can be happy witnessing a long and rushing bike rides between the two. The computer graphics, body double and the chase of these two duelling stars are like a spin around the plot. Of course, it is Aditya Chopra, (Adi I’m not criticising you, but it is truly like Dhoom 4 or an Abbas Mustan film). To the plot, you will see a thundering show of one of the world’s best sports cars racing and twirling all over the snow of Artic.

To your surprise, it is a frozen river by the way. The twists and turns test your patience but lack in the storyline. Overall, just a stardom movie to watch, for the love Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan. Certainly not a 3 star for me – the war movie review rating will be 2.5. 

 

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Music

On the contrary, the music of Vishal Dadlani is killing in the two musical numbers, which are also dancing numbers. The songs will be ruling the charts in the coming months as well. Ghungroo stands out in contrast to Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. That’s just about 50 per cent for Vishal Dadlani. Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan make the excellent pair and audience are liking their chemistry. To my knowledge audience were wishing to see both of them paired since long. Their paring is almost like Batman and Robin, like, where Shroff’s diligence and respect is a good foil to Roshan’s more perceptive ways.

Certainly a crowd puller, but not a box office hit for Aditya Chopra. War, got released on October 2nd, with all the reviews and critics it started-off fantastic on the box office and has gathered massive collection on Day 1. 

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ShiviOctober 7, 20195min3542

Shades of love in our lives

Every emotion has a purpose in our lives, so as love is entitled to several kinds of emotions. Life is not always about happy relationships neither it is about sad relationships. It is what we experience in our day to day lives is what makes our actions and reactions determined towards particular persons. Do we really understand all the shades of love in our lives? When we say we are in love, do we mean it or it is just an emotion? 

Love is not an emotion

A lot of people still does not understand the real meaning of love. Love is not about possessiveness or putting your loved ones close to you always. People look to love as a property that has to be received and preserved. To assume that others are ought to provide it to us so that our life is loaded with love is the biggest misconception, which is the foundation of our sadness. It is not like any other object or a thing to be acquired. At times, even if some other person offers an abundance of love, we may not be able to take it or feel it the way it is being given.

Later, it becomes normal to blame others for not being with us or loving us. We do not give our mind some rest or pause to think about what can be right or wrong and we get swayed into emotions of disappointment. What I wanted to convey in this blog is shades of love in our lives but it is not an emotion. Why I feel it because I believe in the power of good emotions and positivity. Now when we get attracted to someone is not love it is an emotion which generates from our well-being (clubbed with heart and mind).

 

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Just express your kind of love

What I wanted to talk about is self-love, let us all inculcate the feeling of self-love as one of the shades of love in our lives. Let us interlock and generate a feeling of love by making self-competent through relevant changes in our dealings with others. There is no other way to love and be loved in the world. The dynamic intimacy that lacks sweet feelings is not loved but lust. People often neglect to consider love as divine in its true essence. While dealing with others as well, let us ensure that our direct communications make them cheerful. You can help them by talking and assisting them to come out of their issues.

Yes, it is possible and not a problem anymore, it is just we have to realise and make it in action. Try to, appreciate their successes and be nice for the help granted from them. All these activities are just to express your kind of love.

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The perk of proffering love to others is that it advances to our heart and makes us associated with others. It also offers confidence and security, eliminates fear and gives a feeling of being generous towards other people. One can get to know love by first forming before-mentioned feelings of being good to others. You only tell me, how can a person feel the love from counterparts if he /she is filled with ego, selfish tendencies and anger? These negative emotions are the devils and they crush the inner urge to love others.

 

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ShiviOctober 3, 20195min3802

Before you begin I would like to quote, that Love is immortal and there is something very special about love and relationships. This blog is not about any specific love or relationships tips and tricks but it will certainly give an insight into the eternal feeling of love and its essence. Keep reading Is love like weed or vice-versa…

As the title suggests is Love like weed or is Weed Like Love or Vice-versa. I would like to mention few points wherein we can relate our love feelings with weed (PS: this does not impose anyone to consume weed or any other kind of a drug, this is just a writer’s poetic compilation)

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Holistic love

– Love is deep and connects every emotion of our lives. If I try to connect with weed here, many of us would agree that love has its forms of weed. What weed does is what love is. The approach is to understand that humans who consider love to equal to weed are not ruled always. Delving into literal terms will not make any sense here. The secret lies in acknowledging and holistically expressing love.

Immortal love

– with every stash of weed or a joint, we tend to get stoned into some other world only. Why this happens, it is because of the essence of the substance which makes you feel this way. Now, when we say love is immortal we consider this notion to be out of the world. When someone is in love the feeling is strong and overwhelming. We, tend to forget that it will not last forever and may end someday like a joint’s smoke. Considering this phenomenon acknowledging love for one-self gets lost and we tend to drag our lives into vain and no-where. Instead, try being you, and real, get in love with yourself so that eventually you get the path of immortal love.

The comparison and verdict of is love like weed

The idea of depicting just the two above is not the end of the explanation. Rather, numerous people take the wrong path in the name of weed, calling it love. The message what I wanted to portray is, not to consume weed, rather just be mindful of your relationships. Pay some respect to the person you love, be faithful to you first, then you can be loyal to others. Weed may get you to the wrong path, let love not do this to you. Be compassionate and kind. In my opinion, love can’t be like weed always as the strong point of weed are directly proportional to the bad points of love.

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Keep loving and discovering yourself, this is the key for Kalyug. 

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ShiviAugust 27, 20196min3800

Like its non-aerodynamic title characters, The Angry Birds 2 Movie is a hilarious ride and takes you to a delightfully entertaining flight. All the way it lands on a great hit of this year.

 

The Angry Birds 2 Movie review

Synopsis

Oh – did I mention that it is based on a mobile-based gaming app. Thrilling and exciting where one bird is hit by another. the movie focus on real values and teaches forgiveness, teamwork, modesty, friendship etc. It flaunts a plot and action prefaced on the foundational principles of mathematics and it also promotes girls to study science and be a techie. Read, Angry Birds 2 Review.

Storyline – Angry Birds 2 Review

Right from the first scene, it’s verified that this series of ‘The Angry Birds’ is rigidly a kiddie flick and thankfully, it did not even try to something else. In this sequel, the flightless angry birds and the green piggies are back on the island. Both the islands are this being threatened by Zeta – the eagle lady from an alien island. Then they both realised that they shall put their battle on hold and come together to save their islands from a rogue eagle named Zeta (Leslie Jones). Will their magical and weird alliance save the day for the frenemies? This has to be watched for.

 

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Apart from kids, even the adults will be amused to a certain point. This is to thank vigorous voice work executed in the movie. If the sarcastic tone of Sudeikis’s Red is slightly generic, Jones’s larger-than-life vocal appearance makes Zeta outrageous beyond her flamboyant feathers.

Angry Birds 2 Review

The first “Angry Birds” movie was, convincingly a story of scepticism. In this new and refined sequel, the message is more promising: If we could only put down our disagreements, we sway to save the world. That’s not a bad virtuous after all, which is achieved not by slingshot, but centres that are just adroit enough to keep you flickering along.

 

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The team to truce the island

  • Red (Jason Sudeikis)
  • Chuck (Josh Gad)
  • Bomb (Danny McBride)
  • Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage)
  • Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom)
  • Pigs Leonard (Bill Hader)
  • Courtney (Awkwafina)
  • Techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown)

 

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ShiviAugust 6, 20198min7668

Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct

 

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FAQs – Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct

  • Will my trip get affected post article 370?
  • Can I pass Srinagar – Kargil route via Leh?
  • Is Srinagar highway safe to bike ride?
  • Leh Ladakh is a UT now, will it affect tourists like me?
  • Is it safe to stay and roam in Leh Ladakh?
  • How about my flights’ tickets! Shall I cancel?
  • I’m a travel blogger and working on a travel project will it get affected?
  • Shall I think twice now to visit Leh Ladakh in the august end?

Well, many apprehensions and questions that are hovering your mind regarding the Leh Ladakh post Article 370 Defunct and it’s tourism and maybe your visit to this beautiful destination. It is viable as well, and this is because of the current situation of Leh Ladakh due to article 370 defunct.

Let me take you to the blog – Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, where you will find it completely safe to travel to this gorgeous destination which is now a UT – Union Territory.

Article 370 has been thinned, Jammu & Kashmir has been departed from Ladakh–and the two sections have become separate Union Territories. Expecting trouble, the government of India have asked tourists and pilgrims to move out, and have deployed a huge amount of soldiers and troops into the state. The situation is unpredictable – yes, it is true, as of now and no one knows how things will gonna be in coming days. The only affected highway currently is – Srinagar-Leh highway – Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other parts of Kashmir Valley are on a tension zone. But when we talk about Leh & Ladakh? No, is the answer (According to CNT‘s report Angrub Dorje, who runs Discover Ladakh has stated, “Both Leh and Ladakh are completely safe.) 

 

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Let’s have a check – It is a regular day here in Ladakh, the schools are open, the internet is working, access to local market and regions around is pretty safe. The tourist spots are open and many of the tour and travel agencies will now take you to Leh-Ladakh via the Manali-Leh highway. (as quoted by WanderOn’s Leh-Ladakh tour package guy – they are taking the troupe via the same highway – Manali – Spiti Valley).

The business is usual here in Leh Ladakh, as the local transport has not been affected here. As of now, no restrictions have been implemented on transport, in fact, it is safe and we have tourists here who are enjoying their holidays. (it is when the CNT team spoke to locals and 3-4 tour operators).

Even though the circumstances in the paradise of India – Jammu & Kashmir is unpredictable and scary, the region of Ladakh is truly safe, with no indications of tightness and fury. So, plan without thinking twice.

As mentioned by – Tsering Angmo, Assistant Director of Tourism, is asking people not to worry. “Everything is normal in Leh. The airports are completely accessible. I would recommend anyone who is visiting to not worry at all.” (CNT report). There has being a bit of tension on Srinagar border as vehicles are being stopped but that’s all is a precautionary measure for Kashmiris and tourists out there. As the bill is also passed in Rajya Sabha by 2/3 majority.

 

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If you are travelling by flights –

  • If flying to Leh – flights on Vistara, IndiGo, GoAir and Air India are on time as of now.
  • If you’re flying to Jammu and Srinagar, IndiGo has waived the fare on all cancellations and rescheduling of tickets (charges on fare difference will be applicable if any) to Jammu till 9 August.
  • If you’re flying to Srinagar: After announcing a cap on fares at Rs9,500, Air India has further lessened its ticket prices to Rs6,715 from Srinagar to Delhi and at Rs6,899 from Srinagar to Delhi till 15 August.

 

The information on Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, has been taken in the best interest for each and every traveller – the credits for the information is to CNT team and WanderOn. 

 

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ShiviJune 21, 20194min7550

International Yoga Day – the thoughts and saying from the thinkers and believers.

“If you seek enlightenment, go to the root cause. Nothing exists without a cause. The root cause of enlightenment is compassion.”
-H.H. XIV Dalai Lama

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Buddha’s Teachings – the connection between yoga and Buddhism

The core of the Buddha’s teachings exists in the Four Noble Truths, expounded in his very first sermon following his enlightenment, which is Nirvana.

The first noble truth explained by the Buddha is Dukka: This says, Life is suffering and suffering is a reality.

The second truth expands – Samudaya, it elucidates that the cause of this suffering originates in our own minds.

The third noble truth, Nirodha, offers hope: it says, liberation and freedom from suffering is possible.

The fourth noble truth, Magga, gives one the method to attain liberation, known to Buddhists as the path of the “Middle Way.”

Buddhism, as well as yoga, acknowledges that there is affliction and that liberation from pain is possible. This biblical pedagogy holds that empathy is a vehicle for liberation. Meditation is a yogic practice used by Buddhists and yogis similarly to go beyond the variations of the mind (the dualistic thought process), to realize the Oneness of Being. Buddhists may call it void. Yogis may call it the untarnished self. Shakespeare said, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The compassionate Buddha was noted for saying –
“When we don’t have what we want, we are unhappy; when we do get what we don’t want, we are unhappy. Freedom comes when we are free from our wants, our preferences.”

The yogic text Astavakra Samhita states: One who thinks he is free is free, one who thinks he is bound is bound, as we think so we become. When one identifies with that which is eternal, one eventually becomes eternal.

Final thoughts

International Yoga Day is a reminder that we must keep our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health before anything else and take some time out to nourish and nurture it with yoga (it is a holistic approach). Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy International Yoga Day.

PS: The image had nothing to do with the prototypes and the existing phenomenon of Yoga and its benefits. It is for all the lovely people who demean themselves due to many reasons and hold back. go, let go, and fuck the world with the right attitude to make your future better.

 

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