Nawazuddin Siddiqui – will rule bollywood in coming years


imagesAn actor par excellence.  He has given leading stars like Aamir Khan and Salman a run for their money in the films he has worked with them.  After being unnoticed in his initial roles he received the special Jury award at the 2012 National Awards for brilliant roles in movies like ‘Dekh Indian Circus’, ‘Kahaani’ and ‘Talaash’.

A product of NSD his initial years in Mumbai were of struggle.  He tried many small roles in movies like Munnabhai MBBS.  He earned money by conducting acting workshops.  His big break was in ‘Peepli Live’ an Aamir Khan Production film.  His work was highly appreciated.  His role in Gangs of Wasseypur released in 2012 earned him recognition and awards at various award functions.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manjhi-The Mountain Man are two of his latest movies which have established his credentials as a great actor.   Surely this man will make people flock to the cinema halls to see his superb acting.

His movie to watch out for in 2016 will be Raees where he is working with ShahRukh Khan.  There is no doubt that this man will rule Bollywood in the coming years.

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Live in the fast lane but press the pause button

Life is too fast.  The lure of money is leading people to live life in the fast lane.  Everyone is running fast in this tussle to reach the finishing line.  Unfortunately the finishing line in case of want of money does not exist.  Even a person like Dhirubhai Ambani who has unlimited wealth is signing up new projects every day.

In this endless pursuit what we are missing is living life itself.  Earning more and more money is Ok, but we need to slow down the pace of life in between.  Much like pressing the pause button so that the pace of life is in the first gear and not the fourth one.  It’s the same as relaxing the body after strenuous workouts so that he body may be ready for further work.

Reading, spending time with family and friends, listening to music which we enjoy, enjoying the warmth of the sun during winters or may be proceeding for a holiday to a favourite destination are some of the activities by which a person can unwind.

In fact pressing the pause button surely leads to a healthy individual.  In a way, surely one would feel refreshed and ready to work further.  Why not meditate?  Why not take a healthy dose of fresh air through Pranayam?  Eating fast and running for work has become the order of the day.  Food is the basic necessity for which an individual works.

People have developed a tendency to be indoors.  Walks after having food in the evenings have reduced.  Having a walk than watching the idiot box dish out a never ending dose of programs is a lot better.

Life is short, take stock and live life pressing the pause button in between.

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Virtual World has relegated real world into the background

Quite true!!!

Isn’t it? A group of people visit a new place let us say a hill station.  They see a scenic spot.  Reaction more than 10 years back was of awe and total gaze at the scenic spot.  Vow – What a place.  On the other hand in the present day scenario the gaze and feeling of enjoying the nature is relegated to the background.  The immediate provocation is taking a photo or maybe a selfie and posting it on facebook or instagram.  After the photoshoot with the mobile in hand is over does the feeling of being one with nature takes over.

This is the case of real world being pushed to the background.

The selfie mania is so much in vogue that a few days back in a bizarre accident a girl was washed away by the high tides when she stepped on a rock near Bandra Bandstand to take a selfie.  Many similar cases of people losing lives while taking a selfie are reported in our country every other day.

Virtual dates have become common.  Even before the virtual partners meet each other they both sometimes find new ones.  Sometimes the scenario becomes so odd like the case reported just one or two days back from our country.  The husband finds a date in the virtual world.  The wife also discovers someone on facebook.  They decide to convert this virtual reality into a real date quite oblivious of the fact that they have infact once again bumped into each other.  When they meet on the designated day and time they discover that they were dating each other virtually.  They finally decided to part ways even in the real world by applying for divorce.

It’s a common sight in places like Delhi where people while driving a car try to have a look on the Whattsapp messages.  Moreover, sometime even small messages are typed while driving a car.  Sometimes such rampant use of mobile phones leads to fatal accidents.  Can’t messages wait?images


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Bibi ka Maqbara – Tajmahal of the Deccan


Recently on a visit to Aurangabad in Maharashtra had a chance to see the ‘Bibi Ka Maqbara’.   Anybody who is about the enter the gates and seeing the monument for the first time would think ‘Hey! have i come to Agra’.  It resembles the Taj Mahal.

It was built by Aurangzeb’s son Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother Dilras Banu Begum.  Aurangzeb was initially not in favour of his son building the monument but later relented.  It was built between 1651 to 1661 A.D.  It cost Rs. Seven Lakh to build however much lower than Taj Mahal which cost ShahJahan Rs. 32 million to build.

The mausoleum is built on a high square platform with four minarets at the four corners exactly like the Taj Mahal and can be approached through steps from three sides.  The onion shaped dome is however much smaller than the dome of the Taj.  The minarets are also smaller than the minarets of the Taj Mahal.

While the Taj Mahal is made up of pure white marble the ‘Bibi ka Maqbara’ has the dome of white marble and the white marble is used upto the Dado level.  Above this level fine plaster has been used to give it a marble like finish.  Its dusky appearance is quite in contrast to the shine of the Taj Mahal.

It houses the tomb of Dilras Banu Begum in whose memory it was built.   Maybe Aurangzeb did not have as much finesse in construction of monuments as Shahjahan.  It could also be because the workmen who were involved in the construction of ‘Bibi Ka Maqbara’ were not as skillful as those of the workmen who were engaged in the construction of Taj Mahal.

Still the monument is worth a visit.




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Priyanka Chopra – a true professional

PC_jpg_2686394fChristened “Piggy Chopps” by none other than her Bollwood co-star Abhishek Bachan this lady has truly proved that she is a thorough professional.  Her choice of Hindi movies in the last few years and her portrayal of Alex Parrish an F.B.I recruit who later is suspected of Bombing of Grand Central in the latest American T.V. show Quantico really proves that this beautiful & great actress will scale enormous heights.

You are at the peak of your stardom when your art scales boundaries.  During the recent People’s choice awards she bagged the award leaving behind Popular Hollywood & T.V. actors like Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Marcia Gay Harden.

Her portrayal of ‘Mary Kom’ in the movie by the same name was beyond imagination.  She played the role to pure perfection.  She was on the top of her acting prowness in the movie “Fashion”.

The winner of the Miss India and further Miss World Title in the year 2000 and a leading lady of Bollywood was heartbroken due to the untimely demise of her father Dr. Ashok Chopra who used to closely monitor her career graph.  She challenged her grief and according to her what helped her during these testing times was her work.  The only reason why she is on the top is because of hard work and perseverance.

No doubt he star appeal on American Television and the huge banners of her across America are enough to give her leading roles in many Amercian T.V. shows and Hollywood movies.  The country is proud of her achievments.

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Life for students not just a game of %ages – its much more

untitled              Law of %ages in student life – Life is much more than %ages

The law of percentages in a student life has been a straight curve heading upwards. With percentages in class X and XII climbing up the 100% is quite achievable now. Defining it in terms of CGPA, the new system implemented by CBSE many students now clock 10 CPGA.
Such is the pressure of percentages in the minds of students that the quality of life which they should lead in their teen years has gone down. The peer pressure, comparison of percentages with the friends, relatives etc. adds up to tension among the students. In such a scenario what can be done about it?
1. Parents need to be positive -The parents who are the backbone of the students need to play a positive part. They should understand that percentages in class X and XII don’t guarantee a successful life. There are many doctors, engineers, C.A.’s and host of professionals in this world. They possess their respective degrees but are all successful?
It’s a very common phenomenon that students in spite of preparing well sometimes write a bad exam due to time constraints, pressure like in Maths exam, lack of focus etc. Under such a situation the students need to be explained that this is not the end of life. An exam is just a small part of a career for a student. They should be guided, nurtured and brought up in such a way that failure doesn’t bog them down. They should be guided in such a way that rather than cribbing over the exam gone by they need to concentrate on the further exams.
We should not compare the %ages of our children with the %ages of may be a neighbour’s child or a relative. Every child has a different level of calibre, focus and intelligence.
2. A successful IT Engineer cannot be churned out from a person who has talent in writing or good at drawing– The professions which we sometimes choose for our children are our greatest fault. The race in India specifically is for becoming IT Engineers. Right from class I parents need to focus on the talents in their children. Some students are good at writing. If they adopt career in writing they would be much more satisfied and successful than if they choose IT as their career. Same is the case with a person who is a good artist. He might develop in the field of drawing than being a successful doctor or may be a C.A.
Rather than choosing professions which help them earn a lot of money students should choose fields which are of interest to them. The choice of subjects in class XI should be taken with diligent care.

3. Yoga and meditation should be made a part of curriculum – Yoga needs to be made a part of every student’s life. The focus which one derives by practising this form of exercise is immense. When the mind is free from all thoughts and is focussed it will take right decisions. Only when the life is well planned and decisions are correct can proper careers in right professions can take shape.
4. Better to use internet and T.V. as means of getting information – The students who watch more T.V. that too serials, movies and reality shows are more prone to lack of creativity and focussed studies. This affects student life and further professional life as well. It is always better to use T.V. and internet for gaining knowledge.
5. Memory holds the key – To be a success in many professions memory holds the key. There are various memory enhancing techniques which should be practised. Yoga and Pranayam if practised properly help boost memory.
6. It’s not luck but the proper decisions that people take make them successful – Pointing to a particular person we sometimes say – “Hey ! that guy is lucky to be where he is today.” That is our view point but not correct. That guy whom we are referring to might have choosen a profession which he had interest in. Proper planning and correct decisions might be the reason for his success.
We all should understand that life apart from studying hard for let us say about 10-12 hours a day is much more than that. It’s more about discipline that putting in extra hours. It’s more about planning and taking right decisions at the right time that matters.

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Dabbang ‘Bhaijaan’ turns 50 – Happy Birthday Salman



The 500 crore Mega star of the film industry has turned 50 today.  Such is the popularity of the Bollywood Icon that it is incomparable to any star till date.  The two super duper hits that he has given in 2015 are ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.   Both were super duper hits and clocked 500 crores.   He is having the best time of his life.  Among all the starts of his generation probably he is the fittest.

Sanjay B Jumaani  had predicted such popularity for him.  The reason behind ‘Dabbang’ having ‘bb’ and ‘Bigg Boss’  having ‘gg’ has been because of Sanjay B Jumaani.  The coming years according to Jumaani belong to Salman.  It is quite true the way his career is shaping up.  The reason behind success of Bigg Boss has been Salman.  The way he carries himself in the Saturday and Sunday episodes and his inimical style of dealing with the Big Boss contestants is unique.

With due respect to all mega stars that the industry has seen till date.  However, no star has witnessed such super stardom and success as Salman has.  Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan was born on 27th December, 1965.  Starting as a supporting actor in 1988 in his first movie ‘Biwi Ho To Aisee’.  He first tasted success in the 1989 release ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’.  This film was a super duper hit.  As the people walked out of the full packed cinema halls surely they had a feeling that the greatest star of the future was born.

The second major hit he tasted was ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ opposite Madhuri Dixit in 1994.  This was one of the most successful movies of Bollywood ever.  After that their was no looking back for the Dabband Khan.

‘Karan Arjun’,  ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Partner’ were among man other stupendous hits that he delivered down the line.  His star started rising from the last four years.  His release Dabbang started his rise and from then on there was no looking back.  ‘Bodyguard’,  ‘Veer’ , ‘Prem Rattan Dhan Payoo’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’  broke all records.

His personal life due to Drunken Driving case in Mumbai and the Chinkara hunting case in Jodhpur have affected his life but still this megastar has managed to give his professional life a big high.  No doubt, he is going to deliver many more super – duper hits in the coming years.

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Saibaba’s emphasis on Faith(Shraddha) and Patience(Saburi)

imagesTrue saints appear on this earth to show the world the right path. They come during trying times. Maybe theyhave an eye on the future. Baba also appeared at a time in Shirdi to guide the people as to how they could tread the path of life.
When Baba said “Have faith in me” why did he emphasize on Saburi?  Why do we need patience when our faith in God is unflinching. Will god not deliver?  Does even god has his own limitations?  Whatever happens is bound to happen. Faith along with an attitude of forbearance (accepting whatever turbulence is taking place) and trying to stay calm helps one to sail the ocean of life. Through his life the account of which we can have in SaiSatcharitra written by HemadPant, baba demonstrated both these qualities in himself. His belief in Allah was rocksolid.
We strive for money, property and name. Whey don’t we strive to inculcate the qualities of Faith and Patience in us. These two terms are acutually a brief of the Bhagwad Gita Baba used to lay emphasis on reading of Bhagwad Gita.
Faith and Patience teach us do our Karma and leave the rest to god. They are two different sides of the same coin. They complement each other and add up to deliver a perfect individual who knows the real meaning of life.
Such a person might not be the richest individual but as far as the quality of life goes he is the best.

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Sadhna Shivdasani – leaves behind some great movies and ofcourse the famous SadhnaCut



Actress Sadhna Shivdasani passed away today at Mumbai after fighting Cancer.  With great Movies like ‘Woh Kaun Thi’,  ‘Mera Saya’, ‘Waqt’, ‘RajKumar’ and many more epic movies, she has left a legacy.  She worked with leading actors like Rajender Kumar, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor & Joy Mukherjee.

Born on 2nd September 1941, in a Sindh family, she was the only child in her family.  Her cousin brother Hari Shivdasani introduced her in movies.  She fell in love with the famous director R.K. Nayyar when she was working in his move ‘Love in Shimla’ opposite Joy Mukherjee and later married him.

The Sadhna style which was her trademark, is popular even today.   She believed that she had a broad forehead and it was to hide some part of the forehead that was the reason why she styled front bangs in her hair which currently is referred to as Sadhna cut.



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Why should a Sai Devotee read SaiSatcharitra

hemadpant-author-sri-sai-satcharitaSaiSatcharitra is a divine book written by HemadPant. He was not a writer, only a simple man who was neither a master in literature nor was well conversant with the life of Saibaba. He had just heard about the miracles of Baba. He approached MadhavRao Deshpande (Shama) one of the closest disciples of Baba. Shama urged Baba to allow HemadPant to write his biography.

“Whenever HemadPant will surrender his ego in my feet, i will myself enter his body and write about my own life”, Baba said.

Baba said that whoever will read and recite SaiSatcharitra would get peace and would prosper in life. He blessed HemadPant to start writing about his life. HemadPant was inspired by this and now he was confident that this book would surely be completed.

Every Sai devotee must read SaiSatcharitra. Reading of this book is much like reading the Vedas. The book was originally written in Marathi by HemadPant and was later translated into many languages to make its reach far and wide.

If the book is read in 7 days it has a special significance. Many devotees have experienced many problems in their life get sorted out after accomplishing the reading in 7 days. It is much like a lighthouse in the middle of a sea. As the lighthouse acts as a guide to the sailors preventing their boats from rocks and other dangers. Similarly this divine book prevents its readers and sai devotees from various troubles in this sea of life.


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