• Slow down a bit!!!
    Jyoti | 13-Mar-2020
    In this fast-paced life, we are always running - sometimes away from certain things and sometimes towards certain things. Many a times we run on autopilot not even feeling the things we do. All this running in life ultimately takes a toll on our health. It took me many years and some not so good experiences to finally understand that I should stop running and reconsider my priorities. Our happiness is not in the material things but in the simple pleasures of life and at the end of the day peace of mind is of utmost importance. All other things are secondary. A hindi film song aptly describes the feeling – mushkil se zindagi ke rang haat aye hain. Gut feeling is also very significant, always keep in mind the vibes you get when you face a new situation – be a new place, new job or meeting someone new. Never ignore those vibes. Sometimes desperate times will force us to make certain decisions but they aren’t for the long run. We take bad decisions thinking we can manage everything but it is no
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  • Aditya | 19-Feb-2020
    Few years back a friend asked me this question, trust me it was a very genuine question, there was no malice in it, he asked; “I have read history books as well, why do you Marathi folks revere Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as if he is God incarnate? I don’t see you guys following his footsteps, but you use his name to bully us, those from out of state, why?” I will share the answer here for all my non-Marathi friends. First the politically tricky part; Do we directly or indirectly bully non-Marathi people by leveraging his name? First and foremost, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj isn’t just a Marathi King, he is an Indian King who represents all of us and our shared way of life. Now do you feel we bully you? Yes, if you feel so! Let me clarify, the show of strength symbolized by the excessive worship of our beloved King, which you misunderstand as bullying, is just a reminder of our tolerance. If you perceive it as bullying, then it is because deep down you know that your aggression has g
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  • Colors in art
    Aditya | 17-Feb-2020
    I understand the commercial compulsion. It has become nearly impossible for film makers (and artists at large) to keep their art independent of commerce and hence a lot of films we see these days are monochrome. Firmly dipped in a saffron or green or blue and now the newly emerging or shall we say reemerging red, the chosen color complements the product’s (art?) positioning. The choice of color isn’t a subtle watermark anymore; these films are blatantly opaque. There is no chance of any light passing through, everything is reflected back in the same color. I am unwilling to call these products work of art, these are mere propaganda tools. The other extreme is the transparent film. Very rare to find, we will have to go back in time or broaden our search to find such gems. We know it when we see such film, because it stands out in its brilliant transparency. The work is clear, it is sharp, the expression is independent of any ad-hoc riders and it allows us to witness the full spectrum of color. It
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  • Aditya | 06-Jan-2020
    To, The broadcaster, the standup comedian, the actor, the activist, the guru and the social media influencer   STOP IT! NOW! If you do not, then you are as much a criminal as the one indulging in arson, rather you are a bigger criminal. An individual can pelt a stone or two, one can torch a bus or two, but you people are lynching and burning sensitive minds. Stop it. Yes, you are better read, maybe you are better informed, yes you are far more intelligent than the average person, happy? But you are biased and indulgent and insensitive and it is visible, it is obvious! Remember, the ability to remain tolerant to provocation varies from person to person. One may find your critique logical, another may not but shall remain steadfast, yet another may ignore and laugh back and then there will be someone who will talk back and debate. But, a major section of our society neither has linguistic ability nor the domain knowledge to counter your provocation. This section will keep quiet, they will keep burnin
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  • Catalysts and chain reactions
    Aditya | 22-Dec-2019
    Catalyst is a substance which increases the rate of a chemical reaction without getting consumed in the reaction. Lot of people known as "social media influencers" feel that they are "catalyst" and they can trigger a reaction without getting consumed in it. They tend to overlook that in some cases a reactive by-product causes additional reactions to take place triggering a sequence of events called as "chain reaction". Be very aware that once you trigger a chain reaction, there is no escaping the snowball effect. Be careful, learn a thing or two and have a wonderful Sunday, on Monday you have to hit the streets.
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  • Who are you?
    Aditya | 17-Dec-2019
    हिंदू शिकार है इस्लामी आतंक का, मुसलमान शिकार है हिंदू राष्ट्रवाद का। उच्चवर्ग शिकार है बढ़ाते आरक्षण का, पिछड़ावर्ग शिकार है घटते आरक्षण का। स्त्री शिकार है पितृसत्ता का, पुरुष शिकार है नारीवाद का। मालिक शिकार है ख़राब कार्य कुशलता का, मजदूर शिकार है शोषण का। डॉक्टर शिकार है मरीज़ों की बढ़ती आक्रामकता का, मरीज़ शिकार है अस्पतालों से होती हुई लूट का। प्रशासन शिकार है नारेबाजी का, समाज शिकार है लाठीबाज़ी का। वकील शिकार है पुलिस की तानाशाही का, पुलिस शिकार है वकीलों की गुंडागर्दी का। छात्र शिकार है अनुशासन का, शिक्षक शिकार है अनुशासनहीनता का। कलाकार शिकार है अभिवेचन का, नियामक शिकार है अभिव्यक्ति का। शहरी शिकार है गिरते पेड़ो का, ग्रामीण शिकार है गिरते विकास का। यह तो बस चंद उदाहरण है, गिनने बैठोगे तो ख़तम नहीं होंगे शिकार होने के कारण। एक बात ठीक से समज़ह लो प्यारे, समाज व्यवस्था का, इंसान का, संप्रदाय का, सामूहिक राय का या किसीभी चीज़ का शिकार होना, या यूँ कहे ये "सोचना" की हम शिकार है, ये केवल एक मानसिकता है। आप तब भी शिकार थे जब वो सरकार थी, आप आजभी शिकार है जब ये सरकार है, और अगर आप अपनी मानसिकता नहीं बदलेंगे तो आ
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  • Aditya | 03-Dec-2019
    No one wishes to talk about it, everyone want justice served cold, right now! I don’t contest that, we are all angry and sad and scared. Maybe a severe punishment to one will be a deterrent to another, that is what we expect. I am no legal expert or a psychologist or a statistician, I am one of you, a son, brother, husband, father, and I am as clueless as you are but I do have an unpopular opinion and I will express it. A person who is privileged to have three square meals may also seek more, greed has no limits. However, there is a possibility that such a person can be taught to overcome greed, it is possible to convince him that his desire to have more is unhealthy, dangerous. Whether the greedy person understands it for his own good and that of the society is another story, but all I am saying is that there is ray of hope in this case. On the other hand, there is another person who is starving, he is broke, homeless fellow. He has had no food for days, he is scavenging to survive. He can beg, borro
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  • Aditya | 03-Dec-2019
    As a kid, did my parents or elders around me teach me to respect women? Is there a written procedure to follow? A mutually agreeable protocol? I guess not. Parents can share a few good things from their perspective but I believe, by and large kids observe adults around them and emulate their behaviour. That's how we learn, that's how we grow.   While growing up, I also realised that, few things men and women in my family did were wrong. As teenagers we have immense sensitivity to notice these things but not necessarily the maturity to process it. We see things in society that we don’t agree with but lack the skill to articulate our feelings or the power to influence.   But as we become adults we are supposed to have gained that wisdom to work on these inputs. Do we consciously work on it or do we continue to unconsciously emulate our ancestors? Do we merely reflect the society by being one of them or have what it takes to form an individual stand?   These are roughly the three stage
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  • Aditya | 01-Dec-2019
    I really, really don’t care if women call me regressive, or prehistoric or whatever they want to call me. I will say this again and again and again and keep saying this because I care! Our country is socially, morally, economically and in every other perceivable sense not ready to give the kind of freedom, equality and safe passage that women expect or observe in developed nations (I don’t know is such thing exists in other countries but let’s assume it does). I have no idea how we are going to be a better society neither do I know how long it will take for us to get there. What I do know is, safety starts with understanding the constrains that we live in. If you are walking a tightrope with blazing flames or a thousand-meter gorge underneath, then it is foolish, senseless and naïve to dance on that rope. For your own sake, please find that balance. Self-defense, support system, better law enforcement and all of that is “after” you encounter an unfortunate incident. What
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  • Movies
    poorva94 | 27-Sep-2019
    So, I have been a fan of movies for as long as I can remember. The first movie I remember watching is Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Like every girl in India, I instantly fell for Rahul, because he was the textbook heartthrob - good looks, a charming personality, and I-don't-care attitude. He was the right amount of a bad boy and also the kind that you can take home to your parents. It is safe to say, that after rewatching the movie in today's time, you can see that he was a total jerk and Anjali was better off with Aman who genuinely loved her for what she was, unlike Rahul who fell for his best friend only after she had a makeover. Anyway, my point is, movies influence us the most. It is the most powerful media of getting your content to the masses. Some people do take movies very seriously and forget that it is a story after all. Some might be based off of real life experiences but majority of the times, minor details are changed to appeal to the crowds or to protect the identities of whom the movie is based on. Not
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  • Riya Walame | 19-Sep-2019
    Do anything for your own satisfaction not for people's appreciation...
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  • If you have seen these serials, your childhood was savage
    Sonal yakkundi | 12-Aug-2019
    If you have seen these serials, your childhood was savage   Let us take you on a ride to the serials in the ’90s to 2010 when Indian television was at its best. For readers in Indian, get ready to claim your slice of nostalgia! People who were born in the ’90s, their childhood was the best, as these serials were telecasted then. Let’s go back in time and remember your childhood.     Hum Paanch       This show had a perfect recipe for comedy. Hum Paanch featured a nagging wife, five dysfunctional daughters with their own unique ways of seeing life, a talking portrait of the dead first wife, and amid all of them the husband finding it really hard to survive in the female-dominated house!                     Shaktimaan   ‘Sorry Shaktimaan’ – how many times have you said this line? We thank this serial for gifting us our favourite superhero. It ha
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  • SAVE WATER,DRINK WINE :D
    Sonal yakkundi | 12-Aug-2019
    SAVE WATER, DRINK WINE  #Basic Types of Wine You Should Know!   Each wine type actually has its own characteristic and varies from the other. The taste, ingredient, and acidity vary depending on the wine you choose. To make it simple, we will classify the wine into 5 main categories; Red, White, Rose, Sweet or Dessert and Sparkling. As there are various kinds of wine and their types, here is a list of the basic type which you should know!         1. White Wine   The exact way to make white wine is to extract the red pigments away and utilize on grape juice only. Mostly, white wine will provide flavor character including bright, savory, and creamy based on the inputs. Recommended varieties for wine beginners are Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Moscato.             Food Pairing: Creamy cheese (Soft Cheese), white bread, meat, fish, seafood or salads.       2. Red Wine   Production of red wine
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  • It´s my life!
    LanguageCafe | 10-Aug-2019
    And I have learned to love it. I enjoy trips down memory lane, listening to stories my aunt narrates in her cool, shaded balcony amidst cups of hot tea and crumpets. I don't get upset if my maid turns up late or not at all. I don't hesitate to give her an advance, even if the month has just begun. No more haggling with fruit and vegetable vendors and with auto drivers. No more judgment and no more opinions. I don't have to explain anything to anyone. If someone feels I am wrong, I just smile. Maybe they are right. Maybe not. How does it matter?  My inner beauty reflects more of me without me having to say a word. My happiness is my business and I am busy minding it. 
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  • It´s your life!
    LanguageCafe | 09-Aug-2019
    Poetry, musings, good books, long drives, movies with meanings, impromptu meetings with friends, a stranger locking eyes with you and holding the gaze, rainy days and rainy nights, lush green meadows with yellow mustard fields all around, balloons that soar up in the sky and disappear, paper  lanterns that carry your dreams to the sky..... Serendip, isn't it? So let's go ahead and enjoy this benevolence. LIVE like this is the only life we have.
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  • It´s your life!
    LanguageCafe | 05-Aug-2019
    ..and probably the most interesting book you will ever read. Marvel at its plot. Allow its serendipity to bowl you over.  And be fascinated by the various characters you meet along the path.  And in chapters that make you cry, remind yourself of these moments. Sweet and sour go together. Even the worst downpour makes way for a clear sky!
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