Sherni

“If you pass through the jungle 100 times, you may spot a tiger once, but the tiger will have seen you 99 times”

The dialogue sends a chill through your spine and sets the tone for the movie. Vidya Vincent, played by Vidya Balan, is a divisional Forest Officer entrusted with wildlife conservation in the forest. Vidya is joined by Hassan Noorani, played by Vijay Raaz. Noorani, a college professor/entomologist by profession and animal-lover by heart is the only honest man among the dishonest bureaucrats. They team up to raise awareness among the villagers and rigorously train the forest friends. While Vidya and Noorani look for a viable solution to conserve the forest. Over time, they realize that the tigress only wants to travel to the safe haven of the National Forest with her newborn cubs. The tigress is acting out of her nature to kill while traveling. A true Sherni who isn’t trying to be one, but is one actually. They understand that providing a safe passage by capturing them alive and releasing them in the forest is the best option. They are met with constant roadblocks and easy-quick solutions,i.e, killing the tigress. The media is fed with lies and the whole issue gains national attention. Social activists are rally everywhere to save the tigress with her cubs. Yet, a certain section of people gangs up to prove the fact that “man-eater” tigress should be put to rest.

A still from the movie. Image source : IMDB

Sherni depicts how once you start walking on “sarkari rasta”, it awaits you with the long vistas of red-tapism and the rampant misuse of power and position. Toxic chauvinism and trophy-hunting coupled with political ambition become the hurdle for the honest DFO’s work. The climax only speaks volumes about the dirty truth about our society.

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Vidya Balan’s scintillating performance as the DFO has quite aptly justified the fact that actions speak louder than words. Vijay Raaz, as Noorani, plays the perfect companion in bringing the instrumental change in the mindset of the local people. Neeraj Kabi plays the role of Mr. Nangia, who is compelled to turn a blind eye to local bureaucracy and shut the case with force. Amit Masurkar has spun the storyline of the movie in a way that leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

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Rakhi Gifts for Sisters

Here is a quick list to check the exciting gift items you can present your sister on this Rakshabandhan to make your loving sister smile and win the day!

Tote bag

Lavie bags add to the style quotient without failure. This tote bag is spacious enough to hold all paraphernalia. It also comes with a detachable sling option!
Buy here for 875₹

Moon light

You may not be able to get the moon for your sister but you certainly can get the lamp shaped like moon. This moon light comes with 2 light moods and its rechargeable.

Buy here at 849₹

Hair Dryer

Vega’s hair-dryer is very affordable. This hair dryer has two modes for both low air low heat as well hot high heat. Say bye bye to frizzy hair.

Buy here at 499

Belts

Belts are versatile and barely go out of style. Belts can be accessorized with ethnic wears like Kurtis or sarees as well and looks so chic! This gold toned belt will go with any dress and give the extra edge to look fabulous. So you can trust in this belt as a gift!

Buy here at 299

Earrings

One can never go wrong with earrings. This Padmavati inspired dangles is available at very cheap price. Zaveri pearls range had huge array of affordable jewellery.
Buy here at 310₹

Please note that the list has been curated based on ratings and reviews. The blogger does not have any personal affiliation with any of the products. Let us know in the comments below, what other products do you think should have been included?

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Rakhi gifts under 1000

With less than a month to go for Rakshabandhan festival, Team OAC has curated a list of gifts for siblings. The items have been carefully selected keeping in mind that most of these can be purchased for both, brothers and sisters. Indulge on and get trendy gifts for your siblings as we celebrate the festival of sibling love in India.

Laptop sleeve

An essential item – Laptop sleeve. Especially when most of the people are working from home. The best part is, this sophisticated laptop sleeve comes with an amazing organizer as well! Say bye-bye to scattered accessories.
Buy here for 549₹

Quick Multi Charger

Does your sibling love to travel? Then this is an excellent choice to gift this festival! The charger not only comes with rapid charging but also has US/Indian Convertor Plug which will come in handy for international traveling. Buy here for 799₹

Rakhi Gifts for sisters

Bluetooth speaker

Infinity by Harman is one of the most coveted item for music lovers. Sound clarity is excellent. This is one of the most purchased speaker as in a single charge, it can play music up to 5hrs. What else can you ask for from a pocket size speaker!
Buy here for 849₹

Earphones by JBL

JBL is famous for their wide array of earphones for with budget friendly options. This in-Ear Headphones with Mic not only comes cheap (price is usually below 500), but sound output is quite well-balanced. Its 3.5 mm jack compatible so please ensure before placing an order.
Buy here for 349₹

Gym Bag

This gym bag is for the fitness freak siblings! The bag comes with a separate compartment for carrying shoes. It can easily fit in change of clothes, towel and water bottle, and phone charger.
Buy here for 345₹

Wallet

An important daily item is a wallet. Gift some style for pocket with suave men’s wallet. With evolving fashion, wallets are now available is variety fabrics. This Wildhorn leather wallet also comes with a zipper.
Buy here for 583₹

Sling bag

Now that we are done with men’s wallet, lets move on to trendy pastel shade sling bags. The quilted beg adds a cozy look to the ensemble and is perfect for the brunches!
Buy here for 599₹

Backpack

Whenever in doubt, gift a backpack. You can never have enough of it! American Tourister is a reputed name when it comes to an collection of trendy backpacks with pocket-friendly options. The subtle colour of this backpack is certain to add to the charisma of the person.
Buy here for 599₹

Please note that the list has been curated based on ratings and reviews. The blogger does not have any personal affiliation with any of the products. Let us know in the comments below, what other products do you think should have been included? In our next blog, we will be presenting items from local small businesses.

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Must read Horror Fictions

Now that Monsoons have set in, rainy days call for a sumptuous lunch comprising of Khichdi and onion fritters! What else does it call for? Of course, a good horror story! Here are the most suggested books for jump scares!

Draw your curtains to darken your room more before you open this book to read! Collectible edition of Ghost stories has the best of the best short stories from around the world! Now can someone gift me this one since I made this awesome suggestion? Just kidding!

World's 50 Greatest Horror stories
World’s 50 Greatest Horror stories

Everyone knows about Roald Dahl‘s comedy stories, particularly for children. However, are you aware of his bone- chilling ghost stories? Those are perfect for cloudy days with very feeble sunlight – The book of ghost stories is sure to give the goosebumps on your skin.

Book of Ghost Stories
Book of Ghost Stories

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When we speak of horror, we cannot forget our own Ruskin Bond. The mist-filled haunted houses and creaky staircases – his stories have it all! Read his works at night, and you may just feel the sudden cold hand on your shoulder perhaps! The horror omnibus is just perfect for all horror fiction lovers!

The Ruskin Bond Omnibus
The Ruskin Bond Omnibus

I was introduced to HP Lovecraft’s stories via audio stories on Midnight Horror station. His collection of stories which includes The call of Cthulhu is one of the best in the horror genre. I am yet to read his books but I have heard lot of his translated stories via audio story channels on YouTube. Though he was not respected during his lifetime as writer, his brilliance for horror genre some of which had magic realism elements as well, was recognized posthumously.

The Call of Cthulhu

Of course, saved the best for the last – the King of horror genre – the mighty Stephen King. The Shining is deemed to be one of his best works. His list of terrifying stories is huge – most of them have been actually adapted into award-winning movies, not just The Shining. It had definitely set the coulrophobia in many.

The Shining

Have you read any book from the list? I am yet to read most of these books – I have read snippets and heard translated versions; hence sharing my suggestions based on experience!

Now that Rakshabandhan is just a month away, maybe you can plan to gift these books to your siblings if they live for macabre horror stories – these can be the best books to gift.

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Accelerating Digital Success: Reimagining Organisations for a Post-COVID-19 World

Reimagination of the future
The Front cover of the book
The front cover of the book

Ganesh Natarajan, Uma Ganesh, Lavanya Jayaram have co-authored this book to give technical insights into the world evolving while healing from the global pandemic.

COVID -19 has changed our lives drastically and it’s high time to re-evaluate how the unprecedented event will shape the future of technology and how we all will benefit from it.

The book highlights over several chapters how the common practices of the organizations have transposed. Perhaps since I am from an IT background, it was quite easy for me to relate to the terms like Cloud computingA lot of people may be aware that Cloud computing has changed the face of IT by canceling out unnecessary expenses business. The aggressive cartwheel of cloud computing with stronger spokes created by AWS, Azure, and Google cloud will soon crush the limited storage capacities – The Post-Covid era will see the cartwheel has picked up greater speed! Similarly, mobility is now magnified in the mainstream market as connectivity has become of paramount importance. The easily accessible infotainment system at the tip of the fingers can’t be ignored at a whim now. Business deals kick-off over Google hangouts or Teams or Zoom – all at the comfort of 6/7 inches screen. Brand building over social media is a salient requirement. We live in an age where engaging a social influencer can give quantifiable gain as much as any PR agency.

With the chaos which ensued since last year, it has become even more obvious that data is more of a commodity with immeasurable benefits these days – even common people have started to understand the significance of it. The book highlights that the staggering low costs for streamlined processes in data-driven frameworks will be more accepted in near future. The industry is bound to cater to the evolving needs of customers to stay in the race for success. Retailers are choosing augmented experiences to entice customers to provide a seamless online shopping experience. Covid has affected the store owners and led them to change their approach completely. Even store owners have adopted friendly banking facilities of UPI and e-Wallets for instant transactions.

“As mentioned, the product consideration, try-outs, price discovery and consultation can all happen through well-designed user interfaces and user experience design, but ultimately it is the full cyber-physical experience that will determine the level of satisfaction and delight the customer recalls.”

Coming to banks, the post- COVID era may see ATMs dwindling slowly over time to be replaced by AI and robotics which will ensure the financial needs are fulfilled without actual physical contact. Even roles in industries will be swapped for cross-skilled talents. Employees will tend to learn digital technologies rather than work in legacy frameworks. Possibly, mass hiring to retaining business will be replaced by talent retention with lucrative packages and easy self-paced pieces of training. I agree with the authors that these changes will be effective in revolutionizing the IT industry.

Accelerating Digital Success: Reimagining Organisations for a Post-COVID-19 World on Kindle
Book available on Kindle

Artificial Intelligence or AI will be the air to fill in the lungs of technology in the coming days. Though few companies have already started relying on its services especially for predictive analysis; AI is yet to be utilized in the mainstream to boost in Indian economy particularly. Anyone’s common sense will say that crying over split milk will be no use. The world digital business curve is on the rise and India is still lagging behind with furbished energy behind missed opportunities. However, I believe that Covid has ensured the lagged journey has picked up its speed. We have already seen the benefits of Digital India which has enabled remote rural areas to be connected to urban plans.

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The book impresses on the fact again and again that both the way we think and the way we react are quickly evolving. The technical jargon is explained carefully with solid examples which makes the book easier to read. The authors have clearly harnessed their IT experience into the book and have provided accurate analysis of the changing times, especially under the reeling effect of COVID. In my opinion, little more visual diagrams could have helped visualize the statistics.
I wish all the best to the authors Ganesh Natarajan, Uma Ganesh, Lavanya Jayaram for the book’s success. Apart from penning this insightful book, all the authors have decades of experience in business and talent management. Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is founder of 5F world and also Chairman of Honeywell Automation India Ltd. Uma Ganesh is also co-founder of 5F world and NES, Chairperson of Global Talent Track. Lavanya Jayaram is Executive Director -South Asia at Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.

I would like to thank Lavanya Jayaram for giving me the opportunity to review the book.
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June Reads Wrap Up

Long- Short stories

Long- Short Stories by Chetan Soni

A fast easy-breezy read – That’s what made me pick up Long-Short Stories by Chetan Soni. Its collection of 5 Romantic stories will catapult you to rosy romance. I want to start with the story I liked the most – What’s in a Name. Two star-crossed lovers, Krish and Lakshmi, find themselves at crossroads with hidden scars. They run from their past in the guise of lies only to finally find the love and peace they were looking for, in each other’s arms! The Chronicles of Raghu Kapoor, to me, was a bit bland among all. It’s dosed with filmy overthinking – lack of courage to say the right words at right time may snub over a flame. Some relationships are just nipped in the buds because we overthink the consequences. The stories are well-spun and all the characters are well- sketched. However, since all are short stories, there was a certain rush towards the moral of the story. There are abrupt dosages of enlightenment in name of “once a wise man said” a few places which fused the flow of the story. If you are looking for a light read and to get over the reading slump, this can be the answer to your woes!

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STONED! The Untold Story of CO-Weed-20

Stoned! By Gautam Mayekar

STONED! The Untold Story of CO-Weed-20 By Gautam Mayekar is a sci-fi story set in the pandemic scenario. Amar, the self-proclaimed superhero or rather, The Batman along with his Catwoman, Joanna, and best friend Mohit, fall prey to their creation – Co-Weed. The story entails how Amar and Mohit, the creators of CO-Weed, start experimenting further to augment the experience of the users. So certain percentage of increased concentration of weed led to the invention of Co-Weed 5.Riding high on multiple successful orders, they decide to take it further by selling the patent of the drug. The high sale will allow them to take a pause and enjoy an early retirement. Hell breaks loose when the plan goes astray. The book is woven with several television references. The book is also an ode to Nucleya, the author fan-boys all over him – there is a whole chapter dedicated to Nulceya. All the chapters’ names are inspired by Sit-com Friends. There are hilarious references to Bollywood movies like the coin scene from Sholay and the naming helicopter as “Dhanno”.

I did abhor the frequent references to playful substance usage of drugs. Also at times, the “moments of high” left incoherence in the storyline, I had to frequently scroll back to few pages to understand the contexts again. The language is otherwise lucid and easy to understand – however one may have to look up the Hindi song lyrics meaning to get the meaning.

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A Train Story

A Train Story By Himanshu Goel

I loved this fast paced story – A Train Story by Himanshu Goel. The plot jumps in right away to the point. However I am intrigued to know if the protagonist had personality disorder. I understand that we are our first rescue responders. We have to help ourselves first. I am not sure how can someone forget their own actions, unless it is probably a disorder? That’s one question which bothered me in the end. Overall I really liked the story and I will try to check out his other stories.

Mountain Mist & Meghalaya

Mountain Mist and Meghlaya By Hanisha Raghunath and Urvesh Bhatt

I have never enjoyed a travel book as much as this one! The author is a humble explorer – he visited the same places in Meghalaya in two days. His wanderlust soul was not satisfied with the richness of solitude, the vast expanse land of Meghalaya had provided: Now that’s a heart-warming moment in the book. The author is so modest that he never failed to have meals with his driver, or his hotel staff. That is how stories are spun and memories are etched in the mind.
The language is so lucid that one sets off with the author and Kennedy, his driver in quest for beautiful Meghalaya! We travel to the misty lands of Kongthong and Shnongpdeng; we even have a boat ride on the Wah Umngot river (the bargaining made me laugh out loud!). I was touched by how beautifully the author had portrayed the simple life of the local people who believe and live “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” in true terms. Instead of waiting for others to take the brunt, local people themselves have immense respect for nature and have taken it upon themselves to preserve the sanctity of the places.

Throughout reading the book, I kept searching for images of the places the author has visited. A few photographs would have been a treat for tired, daydreaming eyes! Also, the airport woman and child story was a bit unnecessary from a travel point of view – at places, rather I felt she was piling on and offering unsolicited advice. Anyhow, I think that is how the author had encountered that particular woman.

Looking forward to more books by Urvesh Bhatt and Hanisha Raghunath!

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Thank you Team HBB for the review copies.

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Top thriller web series to watch online Part -2

A listicle of thriller shows on OTT platforms

The Family Man on Amazon Prime
The Family Man on Amazon Prime (image from IMDB)

Can a regular doting family man with a not-so-fancy job be an undercover agent dealing with notorious terrorists? Shrikant Tiwari played by the powerful talented actor Manoj Bajpayee, makes you laugh a moment and then throws you off-guard with an intense cat-and-mouse chase. The extremely nail-biting plot is dotted with hilarious light moments. Season 2 opened with a bang after a successful Season 1. A powerful performance by Samantha Akkineni who had captured the incredible body language of a guerrilla soldier has been applauded by all.

Sacred games on Netflix
Sacred games on Netflix (image from IMDB)

The show took the world by storm. Competing with Western productions, this Indian thriller has all the right ingredients of suspense and nail-biting scenes. Netflix India adapted Vikram Chandra’s book and spawned a potboiler of religious and socio-political developments in the 80s-90s decade in Mumbai. Saif Ali Khan effortlessly gets in the skin of his character, Sartaj, the underperforming cop who is caught between his dead father’s integrity and deceptive seniors at work. You will be gripped with anger at his lack of ruthlessness and yet sympathize with his indomitable spirit. The showstopper is of course Nawazuddin as the mighty Ganesh Gaitonde. The megalomaniac gangster who controls Mumbai on one hand and yet falls prey to the manipulative minds of Guruji. Nawazuddin delivers a stellar performance of the arrogant and vulnerable Gaitonde. The show runs in flashback and present-day chain of events – which makes this suspense thriller show one of the best in its categories.

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Pataal lok on Amazon Prime
Paataal Lok on Amazon Prime (image from IMDB)

Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate films maiden OTT venture with Amazon Prime explores the murky outlook of dishonesty and corruption in India. The show highlights the fallacies of the law system and the deceptive approaches undertaken to ensure order in the country. The fast-paced thriller has an extremely riveting plot twist in the end. In my honest opinion, the story arc was cut short with the sudden plot twist. In the Epic finale, we realize that the accused were just innocent puppets dancing to the tunes of people sitting in upper-class bureaucracy.

Detailed review of Pataal lok

Delhi Crime on Netflix
Delhi crime on Netflix (image from IMDB)

Delhi Crime is such a well-made and brilliantly executed series. The show did not sensationalize one of the most gruesome crimes in recent history. Rather the subject was treated with sensitivity and focused on the consequences than the actions. The story follows the subsequent police investigation and its fallacies. We often become victims of media trials and get swayed away by the inaccurate facts presented to us via unverified sources. The show offers a more in-depth perspective wherein the audience is disturbed by the inhumanity of the crime and the awareness against the crimes like rape.

13 reasons why on Netflix
13 reasons why on Netflix (image from IMDB)

Trigger Warning: Teen Suicide, sexual abuse, and depression. Though it’s based on teenagers – the show not only investigates the possible murder and suicide of Hannah Baker but explores the complexities of teens. Teenage is a sensitive age group where a person is trapped in between treated as a child or as an adult. Often puberty shakes the mental health of fragile teen souls. Instead of talking to close people, they start seeking solace from other sources which often leads to dire consequences. Stories pan out over 4 binge-worthy seasons.

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Top thriller web series to watch online – Part 1

A listicle of thriller shows on OTT platforms

You on Netflix
You season 2 on Netflix
You on Netflix (image from IMDB)

Based on a book by Caroline Kepnes, this two-season series is an extremely addictive physiological thriller. Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley, is an intensely obsessed lover. One can’t help but fall in love with the protagonist initially. Just when you start patronizing Joe, the story progresses into a dark thriller that explores the extent one can go to protect and prove his love! Netflix has renewed the contract for season 3 so that’s something to really look forward to!

Breathe on Amazon Prime
Breathe Season 1 on Amazon Prime
Breathe on Amazon Prime (image from IMDB)

I was skeptical about R Madhavan’s cast in a thriller – boy oh boy was I wrong! The story flows effortlessly entwined with an ethical dilemma and parental love. The suspense builds right from the start where one knows who the culprit is – yet the cat and mouse chase keeps you on the edge of your chair. Amit Sadh as Kabir Sawant also has a parallel story that touches a chord in your heart. Both men are driven by desperation which is well-portrayed across varied situations. This 8 episode series can easily be binged watched over any weekend.

Asur on Voot
Asur on Voot
Asur on Voot (image from IMDB)

This is one of the best series on Voot. The powerful storyline simply swallows you into a vortex of suspense and thrill. A psychopath who has a weird penchant for vicious murders and violence justifies his actions based on mythology. Dhananjay Rajpoot and his team work round the clock as the psychopath killer goes on a rampage of victims. What makes this series unique is, you almost identify the culprit but bam! you are proven wrong! The last episode sends a chill down your spine.

A.I.S.H.A My virtual Girlfriend on Arre
A.I.Sha on Arre
AISHA on Arre (image from IMDB)

This series is undoubtedly one of the best digital Sci-Fi thriller Original series streaming on Arre. Spanning over three seasons, this tech-based show shows both the ugly and beautiful side of Artificial Intelligence. Introvert coder Sam strives towards creating a true artificial intelligence program A.I.S.H.A. He creates in hope to have some company and expel his loneliness but the situation turns grave when his work life clashes with a budding love. Meanwhile, the virtual assistant falls in love with the creator and starts taking matters into her own hands! The melee that follows spans over 3 seasons.

Aarya on Zee5
Aarya on Zee5
Aarya on Zee5 (image from IMDB)

You must watch this show for the phenomenal performance by Sushmita Sen. This could easily be heralded as Sushmita’s best project to date – a project that has finally allowed her to explore her skills as well as merge her strong personality with her on-screen character. A rich family siphoning on drug dealings starts the show with a dark note. A distressed widow is caught in between her search for her husband’s killer, whose only witness is her youngest son; and to keep up the business deals. Sushmita has captured the nuances of the character so well – the fierce tigress who protects her cubs at the same time grieves over the wrong decisions which led to the loss of her husband’s life.

Criminal Justice on Hotstar
Criminal Justice Season 1 on Hotstar
Criminal Justice season 1 on Hotstar (image from IMDB)

Spanning over two seasons, this series on Hotstar is inspired by its BBC counterpart. The series explores the red-tapism of the Indian judicial system and the hollowness of society in general. The inhumane treatment of the convicted in jail is horrifying to the audience. The show explores how a family is affected by the nitty-gritty of the media trail and public opinion. Both seasons have different storylines but the thrill is the race against time to prove the innocence of the convicted.

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TVF : Digital fiesta

Increased lockdown protocols have pushed viewership on Digital platforms
Yeh hai family
Yeh meri Family poster from TVF Play

This show invokes the 90s nostalgia! From Chitrahaar to Duck tales, from speaking over landline phone to serving chaat for birthday party – Harshal’s small family throws you back to introspection specially if you are 90s born. For me the highlight of the show was Harshal and Shanky’s friendship, it is one that we all cherish for!

Pitchers
Pitchers poster from TVFplay
Pitchers poster from TVFplay

India me jab log corporate jobs se bore ho jate hai , wo log 3 hi choice rakhte hai , MBA , IAS or a Start-Up” – This epic dialogue sets the tone for the web-series. Four friends come together for Start-up company. However, easier said than done, they start realizing that being own boss in a Start-up sounds fun on papers than actual life. They struggle for investors after leaving their own lucrative salaried job. The series opens our eyes to the battle for wannabe entrepreneurs – the amount of perseverance and will-power that goes into starting a company from scratch.

Permanent roommates
Permanent roommates poster from IMDB
Permanent roommates poster from IMDB

Perhaps one of the first romcom web-series in India which shot TVF to unimaginable heights in terms of popularity. The sweet- bitter relationship of Mikesh and Tanya is the core of the series. A hilarious chain of reactions is set to motion when Mikesh proposes to Tanya after a long distance relationship of 3 years. In garb of comedy, the series explores the intricacies of relationship specially when family and unplanned pregnancy factors in.

Aspirants
Aspirants poster from IMDB

“Log aayenge failure ka medal daalenge aur bolenge sincere nahi tha.” The monologue by SK Sir in the opening scene of TVF Aspirants drives home the expectations of UPSC exams. This latest production from House of TVF is raving all over the world. The show has managed to elicit the emotions and diligence of UPSC applicants. With Naveen Kasturia of Pitchers fame in the lead role of Abhilash, the IAS officer – the story runs on flashbacks of promising-friendship-turned-sour when biled with unhealthy competition and toxic relationships. Commendable performances by Abhilash Thapliyal as the mighty SK sir and by Shivakit Singh Parihar as Guri stand out as well! Last but not the least, the last monologue by Sandeep bhaiya aka Sunny Hinduja reveals there is as much to lose in the win as much the gain! The show touches a chord where shattered dreams are often looked down upon, instead of celebrating the choices we have made to succeed in life.

Kota factory
Kota factory poster from TVF play

The paper-and-pen saga which is written in every lane of Kota, the hub of preparation for medical and enginnering exams. A show which finally managed to capture the monochrome life of an aspiring student. A Student who is a nobody with nothing but potential, whose future is based on score of exams. Exams are the cornerstone of the rat-race. Exams play a key factor – be it for State/National level exams to something as simple as change of class or sessions. Irrespective of the potential of a student, its only based on how “quick and accurate” answers one can give, which determines the fate of the student.

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Tribute to Satyajit Ray

অস্কার জয়ী সত্যজিৎ রায় বিশ্বখ্যাত হলেও বাঙালির মনিকোঠায় কোথাও যেন রিনরিন করে বাজে যে উনি আমাদের কাছের একজন | “সত্যজিৎ রায়“ নামটি ওতপ্রোত ভাবে জড়িয়ে আছে বাঙালি জীবনে| তার হাতের কলমের সৃজনশীলতা এবং তার পরিচালনার তীক্ষ্ণতা তাঁকে করে তুলেছে কালজয়ী|

চলচিত্র জগতে উনার অন্যতম অবদান , “চারুলতা” আমার অতি প্রিয় নায়িকা | উনি তাঁর দক্ষ পরিচালনায় রবীন্দ্রনাথের সৃষ্ট সাধারণ এক নারীকে প্রাণবন্ত করে তুলেছেন চলচিত্র পর্দায়| ভূপতির অফিস যাবার মুহূর্ত থেকে, চারু, তার কৌতূহলী মন নিয়ে, তার সৌখিন অপেরা গ্লাস দিয়ে বাইরের জগৎকে চিনে নেবার আকুতিকে খুব সুন্দর ভাবে ফুটিয়ে তুলেছিলেন | সম্পর্কের সমীকরণের জটিলতা থেকে বেরিয়ে, চারুলতা তার মনের ভেতরে জমে থাকা ধুলো উড়িয়ে, অমলের জন্যে তৈরী করে এমব্রয়ডারি-করা খাতা| রবীন্দ্রনাথের সৃষ্টি “চারুলতা”র চারুকে উনি গড়ে তুলেছেন নিপুন ভাবে|

সত্যজিৎ রায়ের লেখনীর জোরের প্রকাশ আমরা পেয়েছি তাঁর অনেক রচনার মধ্যে | কল্প বৈজ্ঞানিক প্রফেসর শঙ্কুর মাধ্যমে আমরা পরিচয় পাই সত্যজিৎ রায়ের অতুলনীয় কল্পনা-প্রতিভার| আনাইহিলিন গান পাওয়ার ইচ্ছে ছোটবেলায় কার না ছিলো? বুদ্ধির তীক্ষ্ণধারের সামনে যে, যেকোনো প্রতিপক্ষকে হারানো যাই, সেটা তাঁর প্রজ্ঞা-মনন লেখনীর সব গল্পেই পাওয়া যাই|

অতুলনীয় পরিচালক শ্রদ্ধেয় সত্যজিৎ রায়কে আমার বিনম্র প্রণাম|

The name "Satyajit Ray" is deeply involved in Bengali life. The Oscar-winner director and writer had unparalleled creativity. Be it his eyes behind the camera or his pen on paper - Satyajit Ray had won respect of whole world. His creations have earned him immortality.

One of his contributions to the film world is the movie "Charulata". Charulata is one of my favorite heroines in Indian cinema which was brought to life by Madhabi Mukherjee under Ray's subtle direction.He has brought to life an ordinary woman created by Rabindranath and painted her into this beautiful extraordinary lady. Right from the moment Bhupathi leaves for office, Charu, with her mind filled with curiosity, leans over the windows with her fancy opera glass. The penchant for attention is beautifully expressed. Amal, her brother-in-law, rushes into her otherwise colourless world and makes her dream for more. Her inclination towards outside world is fanned by Amal. Her resolute is broken. Inspite of the complexity of the relationships, Charulata blows the dust off her mind, makes an embroidered notebook for Amal. Satyajit Ray had acutely captured the loneliness of a house-wife, thus breathing life to the creation of Noble laureate Rabindranath's "Charulata".
We have found the brilliance of Ray's writing in many of his works. We get to know the incomparable imagination of Satyajit Ray through the science fiction Professor Shanku. Who didn't want to get Annihillin gun as a child; or for a fact look for Miracurall – the only drug that cures any ailment? The fact that any opponent can be defeated in the face of the sharpness of the intellect can be found in all the stories of his wise writing, including his famous detective series - Feluda.

My humble obeisances to the incomparable director, the venerable Satyajit Ray.

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