“How does that work?” questions a confused Oprah to the newly married Abhishek Bachchan on learning that the actor, along with his beautiful wife lives with his parents. “How does that work?” Abhishek doesn’t wait a second to throw the ball in Oprah’s court. This exchange brings to light the world’s view on the strong concept of ‘family’ in India.
A lanky little 11 year old, what would come out of those feeble chords, thought many- but couldn’t shut my opened mouth for my jaw had fallen on the floor as she belted out a classical number perfected by none other than the very revered Lata Mangeshkar herself – who would dare to try the complicated notes of Sunio ji araj from Lekin, none other than Shreya Ghoshal. With Devdas completing 15 years last week, the precious discovery of Sa Re Ga Ma… has also completed 15 years in the industry. Here are 15 jewels from her unparalleled vocal chords.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but chances of your teen daughter (or son) being sexually active are higher than you’d like to believe. Despite the sudden physical changes, teens are but children in their minds, and often lean towards the wrong decisions they are bound to rue in later years. The end of a child’s mental capability marks the beginning of the parents’.
From its introduction in the late 70s to early 90s, television was snubbed as the less glamorous younger sibling of the big screen. Only those who couldn’t make it to movies would feature in serials and hardly were looked as at celebs. The notion was shattered when Ekta Kapoor joined the business and remodelled the art of soap opera.
The obsession with cinema knows no limits, it is infinite; growing by the hour, expanding itself on the minds of cine goers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gandhinagar to Itanagar.
“Till death do us apart” is just another dated expression with limited to no implication or emotion in 2017 Earth.
Love has never been afar from being a roller-coaster ride. But the highs and the lows are a li’l too appalling when the ones involved are celebrated by millions and their love-life, including the tussels and tangles, are always under the radar. Here are 7 celeb couples that had their fall out and found themselves at the receiving end of a hot slap right amidst public view.
The Prime Minister attracted over 50, 000 of young and old Indians, in the early hours of Wednesday to inhale some fresh air, stretch a little, bend some more and celebrate International Yoga Day at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar ground. Yoga, a heritage handed over to us by our ancestors, with its multitude of benefits is woven integrally into the fabric of Indian culture since the inception of Bharat. Unlike many cultures, we don’t get all worked up in the name of “Cultural Appropriation”.
Often perceived as the stricter parent, the one mom rushes to, to complain if the child goofs up, in a patriarchal society fathers are denied the emotional tie a mother benefits from. Sunidhi and Akhil tell us how fallacies burdened their thoughts, stalling them from reaching out to their fathers till that one moment of truth arrived and all misconstructions crumbled down and disappeared into thin air.
It takes two to carve a wise and virtuous human being out of the impressionable mind of a naïve child – one plays the good cop, the other the bad cop. In most families, it’s the father that wilfully dons the bad cop’s uniform. Many of us have grown up bearing his strict silhouette in our memories, holding ourselves from sharing who knows how many emotions from our bad cop. This father day make your dad a soothing cuppa, lean next to him, and tell him these six things you always wanted to.
Imagine your 3 year old daughter telling you that she is a boy and would want to don a pair of Cami pants instead of the fairy-frock. Won’t you just let her wear the cami pants and also tell her that she is in fact a girl? Well, you can in India, but your daughter could be taken away if you try to “convince” her of being a female in Canada.
Almost a decade ago as Sonam Kapoor graced the cover of Vogue magazine, Shobhaa De didn’t wait to tweet, “Sonam just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”. In another equally mindless tweet, Shobha types, “Never understood what the beautiful, intense, sensitive Smita Patil saw in the Blabbering Babber. Maybe he fed her 12 rupee meals?” The tweet came off as an unsavory one as Smita Patil isn’t amongst us to provide a well-deserved retort to the author’s insensitive rant.
It was 11 PM already; now that the fiscal year was coming to its closure, stretching for hours beyond 6 had become a norm. I booked myself an Uber ride, Uber “pool” actually. As it was pretty late, I was sure of not getting a co-rider and reaching home faster, economically. I was wrong. The cab took a left turn, “Where to, bhaiya?” I probed, “Follow the GPS, no.”
Dad was transferred to Jammu & Kashmir in the early nineties, when the turmoil in the Valley had just begun to gather momentum and attract attention. Dad was deputed to an Army base in Poonch and mom and I stayed in Jammu with several other families occupying residential quarters around us. Most children there would be idle the entire day and would stray about the Valley, dotted with flowering plants and lined with apple and plum trees.
“No country for women” – I kept hearing from people. You have heard it too, haven’t you? Lies, all lies. All countries of all continents are for us to inhabit, to nurture and to help them prosper.
These actresses are your ideal daughter-in-law, sister-in-law or wife – Oh, the ever so sacrificing woman of India, the manifestation of familial virtues that would submit to every brutality presented to her by life to uphold the dignity of marriage and relationship.
I heard someone saying, the two things that any and every Indian hold closest to their hearts are Maa, and Cinema. It’s only obviously that the compound of the two has to be magical. Mothers have been painted in many colors on the India silver screen.
Mother’s day in India will be celebrated on Sunday, May 14th this year. Ideally every single day of the year should be dedicated in appreciation of the woman to whom we owe our very being.
As we gear up to celebrate Mother’s Day, here are few “champs” who’ve decided to confess their lies – we are pretty sure the moms know it already – but, its never too late. Satish Arora, 32, Ludhiana: I was 5 or 6, we were a family of four with just one bathroom to share. “I won’t go to school today, I’m peeing blood.” I demanded, didn’t work for me guys, didn’t work.
Maybe we are taking notes from the west, emulating their parenting style, but each one of us has had that one haunting encounter with a belan, karchhi, comb, hanger or the good ole hawai chappal that was the brand of Indian parenting, back in the day. Ronith Shah, recollects the evening his dad had yet to return from work, mom was in the kitchen, and he found an ideal juncture to pocket a cigarette from dad’s night stand’s drawer.
In the wake of the changing dynamic of world immigration (we all know we are talking about the changes introduced by Trump administration) there have been many talks and debates, not only in the US, but India too for many engineers or if we could specify, technology professionals have and are likely to suffer the brunt of changes made to the H1B visa.
The heap of resentment on the other end may eventually lead your relationship towards a fall out as minute things often create hollows in relationships that appear strong on the outside only waiting to break apart by the mildest push in the wrong direction. If most of your time is consumed in finding flaws in your partner, drawing comparisons with your friends, friends’ partner, or colleagues and discovering the many ways they fall short to others, perhaps you are the one at fault. Nothing sabotages a relationship than comparing your partner’s inadequacies to someone else’s merits.
Decided on any destination for summer vacation this year? Well, we’d say stay out of the smoggy places that have nothing but polluted air to offer – that is something we are inhaling back and forth to work, shopping, movies, schools and colleges every day. Aren’t we?
Pretty sure there are a couple of people on your hit list who are still breathing fine only because you don’t want to end up in a jail. But then you might want to commit that felony now, if someone promised you that you would be an inmate in any one of these 10 luxurious jails around the world. Trust me, they can put some big name resorts and chain hotels to shame.