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Four Iconic Characters That You Loved From Star Trek Series

Star trek is one most iconic in the history of the TV and films. It has hooked different generation alike and almost became a part of our lives through our TV screens. The TV series first hit the airwaves in 1966 and impacted popular culture and sciences like no other. It is 50+ years, this franchise is still going strong.

Whether it is the sci-fi setting, the iconic Utilitarian theme/debate “The need of the many, outweighs the needs of the few” or the iconic characters- Captain Kirk/ Spock, Star Trek has a league of its own.

As the new series in the rebooted universe of Kelvin timeline- Star Trek Beyond hits the cinemas, fans and viewers are drawn like magnets to this all new “alternate reality” series of JJ Abrams that is directed by of “Justin lin” of fast and furious fame.

Aha! I am not going to spoil the movie for those who are yet to see it, rather I am writing about the top5 characters from the movie series that touched many chords and are quite popular. Want to know who are they?

1)     Captain Kirk: James T Kirk is the Human captain of the Starship USS Enterprise, who leads his team to explore “where no man has gone before”. He is a mix of geek and space cowboy who cheats the death and never puts his ship or crew to harm. The role is essayed by William Shatner and Chris Pines.

2)     Spock: He is a breed of Vulcan and human. One of the logical and emotional sounding boards of captain Kirk. His character of an alien outsider making observations about the human race is one of the best inventions of the sci-fi. His quirky demeanour, pointy hair, and that famous Vulcan Salute made him a sci-fi legend. This immensely popular role was earlier essayed by Leonard Nimoy and now by Zachary Quinto. Do you know that it was Nimoy who invented the Spock Salute based on priestly blessings?

3)     Data: He is a self-aware, a charming android who is considered as next generation Spock equivalent. He is the funniest and most thought-provoking supporting crew member. He serves as the second officer and has impressive computational skills. Data is immune to all biological disease but vulnerable to all technological hazards like computer viruses, remote control shutdown, energy discharges, chip malfunctioning and more. This role is essayed by Brent Spiner.

4)     Jean-Luc Picard: This human scholar and diplomat, is an embodiment of the intellect-over-brutality ideal that star Trek legacy is built on. He is another popular captain of the Starfleet, apart from Kirk. A lot of debate ongoing as in who is better Captain he or Kirk, take your pick. Picard is considered to be an ultimate delegator of authority who works superbly with Data. Patrick Stewart has immortalized this role and is an absolute delight to watch.

There are other interesting characters Leonard McCoy, Worf, Benjamin Sisko, William Rikers and more. You will be surprised to know even Dr. Stephen Hawking has made an appearance in this TV series.

Right now am waiting to watch the newly released Star Trek Beyond that has received rave reviews abroad. This new enhanced version seems to be well lapped by the audiences. The movie is turning new dimensions with marketing too. Do check out their spaceship activation in Mumbai.

Leaving you with this brilliant trailer for the Star Trek Beyond-

How I Keep My Blogging Positive I

I started blogging way back in 2008 but I was writing ever since I was in school. It all started with my casual conversations with my mama, with whom I would discuss innuendo things on human behavior, our family happenings, life as I used to see, travels and more. He would patiently listen to all my thoughts and lead me through very mature and meaningful conversations. I found a great friend in him who would give precedence to my thoughts and discuss in details, explaining without being judgemental. He took me through my mom's writing and motivated me to start writing. 

I started penning my thoughts in forms of poems. Earlier I will write them randomly on wasteful stationary papers, sooner I started rewriting them in a diary [if they were not lost] and keep it confined in a closet. Very rarely did I allow anyone to read my poems. Not that I feared being judged but because I would not like people to misuse it or copy it or I felt they may not understand. My poems were the bruises and ointment scribbled in words, not necessarily my own, not necessarily for me only. 

I was addicted to my diary and it became my unwanted best friend. I stopped writing the poems for long, and one day I started blogging. 

I have written and spoken at the various occasion as how I started blogging and what it meant to me. Today, inspired by writetribe prompt, I want to share some insights on "how I keep my blogging positive".

1) Writing for Passion and not for commercials: Blogging for me is putting my thoughts in words. was always close to my heart and in spite of having a great stats and reputation here, I deliberately built another blog [] for lifestyle purposes.  Either it is thus blog or my other blog, I always intend to write with my heart, even though I write fewer posts. I write on social causes too, as I feel for them and want them to reach a larger audience. 

2) Original Content: I write what comes to me- good, bad or ugly. I write on my own- no ghost writers, no inspired content, no word spinner, no greed to be proved best. I write to unleash my thoughts. 90% of the blogs is written in my head, barely 10% makes to posts.  I do not write to bring stats to my blog or be counted in top lists. I am glad and thankful to the people who awarded me top ranks, trophies, prizes and listed me top blogs genuinely. They motivated and encouraged me.

3) Simple communication and no dictionary reference: I loved learning new words but I believe in simple writing that everyone can read. I do not consider my blog as a tool to show my thesaurus or vocabulary prowess but goes with words that will come naturally, replace a lot with simple words so everyone can understand.

4)  Humor and Inspiration: These are the two keywords that I try to focus while I write my posts. Some of you may accord "sarcasm" as another tool, I accept it with the heart as it drives my society and causes related posts. Men, if I do not respect I thing, I openly admit it rather than being a cat who closes eyes while drinking a milk as if no one is watching.

You may concur/disagree with me. Lets keep it healthy, constructive and human.




"Khoon mein tere Dharti,
Dharti Mein tera khoon
Upar Allah, neeche dharti
beech mein tera junoon"

[You have the motherland in your blood and your blood is in the solemn soil. with the sky above and land beneath, your passion lies in between]

If you ask me about one thing that I loved about this movie, it would be these verses from the title song. Every time they popped up, the story got a new life and pumped up the energy. The lyrics, the music, the gusto..everything worked brilliantly making it a blockbuster anthem for the year, giving different businesses and entities in India, an absolute marvel of an anthem to prep up their employees, training videos and annual town halls.

However, if you ask me more of my favorite things from the movie, I will urge you to read this review.

The Story
A story in a Salman Khan movie is an irrelevant proposition or unchartered territory. Salman as a star grabs a bigger attention with his mere screen presence that overpowers everything around. Oh yes, I do like watching Salman Khan movies except for the Dabangg franchise.

Anyways, for the beginners- The movie is a story of a Haryanvi Happy Go Lucky chap who founds his true love via wrestling and wrestling via his true love.

The happy go lucky guy when not fixing "Mehboob and Mehboob"cables, runs for his life chasing the "kati patang" or stalking his wannabe Mehbooba over sugarcane juices. While you may wonder that why did he not chose running or steeplechase as his profession but I guess the other Khan and Akhtar already took first movers advantage in that space. tee hee

Dude if you were not tired of seeing Akshay Kumar's rooftop chases in Punjab, you can try Salman Khan doing obstacle race and high jump on Haryana rooftops. Neigh! if you think he is lambi race ka ghoda, he also sits on a donkey with "kaala mooh", baring an act that his other colleagues in Bollywood could not dare.

So he tells dadi his love story who gives him a dori and asks to tie it at the holy place, giving him another chanced encounter with the girl who cleverly picks the duct fallen laddoos on the floor and keeps them back on serving plate. While he wondered as to why she called him a "shit guy", I wonder how is bass related to bum that played the main dancer in the song?

Salman plays a young DTH connection seller guy from Rewari in Haryana who fell "love at first fight" with a state-level wrestler Arfa [who looks everything but a wrestler]. In spite of having a rare blood group O-, the lady seeks something different in her "wannabe husband" and that brings our guy next door hero to plowing field, train racing, truck pulling to wrestling ring to finally dropping the wedding ring in overall "dhai kilo" weighted Anushka Sharma aka Arfa that sounded like IIFA. 

source: ibtimes

Wondering if that was the "happy ending", well wait as you have a finer second half in a movie that will take you further through the life of the protagonist and his second innings. Off course, you would not love me for spoiling the plot for your favorite Bhai Jaan's movie. 

I found the movie over the top cinematic, predictable and cliched. Even that delight of watching Salman on screen was missing as I wanted to see more of Sultan Ali Khan on screen but I ended up seeing a mock-tail of Sultan- Dabangg Hoodie and Salman Bhaijaan struggling with botched up Haryanvi.

Acting and Screenplay: Acting is quite an invisible member of the film except for second half when you could sense pain in Salman's character and demeanor. For a change, there was some good prowess displayed by Salman Khan in a somewhat confused character sketching and improvising. However, you could sense a lot of hard work by the actor, especially in second half. You can sense his grief or his bereavement over his lost child. One fact that I cannot ignore is that the star looked old and weary, which could have been bettered or his physique could have been made look more realistic. Anushka Sharma looked pretty and everything but a wrestler, and did her usual "mouth twisting", attitude stint, looking more like a DU babe than the Haryanvi wrestler or girl in her "better than Salman Khan's Haryanvi dialogue" role. Randeep Hooda did a good cameo without getting loud and smartly whisking through his role without having to shoot any impactful fight scenes. 

Source: NDTV
Parikshit Sahni is among my favorite actors who holds a great screen presence with unquestionable acting talents. He was as usual a delight to watch. Amit Sadh as Akash was convincing but Anant Sharma who played Govind, Salman's Best friend in the movie walked with the cake with his humble stance and role. 

The movie also has Tyron Woodley, the wrestler, Meiyang Chang and Kubra Sait playing themselves effortlessly. 

I was glad to see, rather not see any unwanted cameos by other Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar or anyone from Salman's Camp, as is the trend these days. It would have diluted it further. Overall, the casting was good.

The Movie as Numerounity finds it:The first half had Salman in a split personality kind of role trying to field with otherwise delectable Haryanvi language, a boy next door demeanor with a buffy body and then breaking into disco music flaunting his signature "star like" steps and irrelevant dream song sequence with designer dressing straight from two year old Lakme Fashion Week ramp walk. Hence, diluting the screenplay  and story building to "charo khane chit" [knockdown]. Having Haryanvi roots, I felt bad at the state of language every time the leading stars tried to break its bones with their confused dialect. Arfa's Haryanvi was neither convincing and what we saw on screen was more of Anushka Sharma than Arfa who loved Bass and Base with equal fervent. Baby ko Bass pasand hai! but manne toh Bulleya and Sultaan title song jyada hi bhayi

The songs and music of the movie are good, chartbuster and cash registers ringing material. 

I am not getting into finer aspects of a storytelling that how an amateur guy builds an impeccable wrestling career, not just body, stance, strength, and candor within a month to take up on state level championship or how after winning his last trophy in 2010, he leaves wrestling for years and lands up in 2016 with 3 weeks of training to combat the best in business in "globally warmed" rings. No, no.. I am more concerned about the "entertainment quotient" of the film as I saw no great reasoning in story telling but that is ah so forgivable in Salman's movie. This is not to say that I do not believe in a human capability to rise above his limitations or the importance of right coaching in life. However, the unavoidable glitches in screenplay did make this movie somewhat drag for me in between, leaving me hoping for a better second half. Salman's physique looked unreal and even though the fact that he was playing a wrestler, his "on film" persona did not go well with me except for the scenes where he played a helpless father.

Favorites: One of my favorite scene from the film was the one where Salman's Sultan faces an emotional turbulence when he opens his shirt to see his flatulent self and battles with his sleeve in an attempt to escape it by covering himself up behind buttons. 

Another one is when he is mocked- "Bada Saahrookh Khan samjhe se" [You think you are Shah Rukh Khan] where he retorts that being Shah Rukh Khan is romance ultimate as the star could make anyone, even a blind fall in love by looking in their eyes. That was sweet and true. Shahrukh has that charm :)

"Dhobi Patak/Pachaad" is my favorite wrestling stunts and they were brilliantly filmed. Watching them on the screen including other rustic wrestling scenes was more delightful than Arfa-Sultan's  indigestible Romance or truce.

This movie is definitely going to make crores on box office. Just hoping that if it could help revive wrestling as the sports in India, more in true sense than branding brouhaha.

What could have added to make it better/ relevant: The movie should have started with One Pro Wrestling match apart from other things. 

Sultanate of Salman Khan, the controversial Bhaijaan

In this whole review, you must have noticed me talking repetitively about Salman all the time. Well, that is what the film was all about. The film was more about Salman than Sultan or anyone else. Irrespective of the fact that how much we love the actor, we would have loved to see the characters more on screen than the actor. This held true for almost all the Indian films except Chakde India where for a change the actor looked more of the character than his usual "Raj-Rahul-SRK" self. The movie would have gone several notches higher if the makers could have given the screenplay and character more focus than encashing on Salman Khan.

Coming to the controversy surrounding "Salman- the Bhai Jaan"

Did someone mention he is controversy's favorite kid? Off course, we all hallucinated how he dragged his ladylove in public, beaten few, killed endangered species to woo his co-stars, ran over pavement dwellers, gave cheeky tweets or made Big Boss worthwhile with his undisputed hosting.

While this post is highly meant for the movie review, I guess my brief perspective on Salman Khan deserves another spot. You may call it Salman bashing or playing Salman advocate [suit yourself up], will need another spot altogether. So hope to get Bhai' blessing [he is better as Bhai than Jaan] that I have not irked him enough with this review, to ban/ block my blog, we shall come up with another post on our, yours and masses' favorite actor Salman Bhaijaan -Khan. Stay Tuned.

Salman will ride away smoothly to box office success with this movie [pic source: Bollywood Mantra]
Verdict: Off course, criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. However, watching a movie on wrestling was refreshing. If like me, you found wrestling scenes more interesting than the mixed martial act format than it is time to revive this rustic Indian sport. Except for the weaker first half which was quintessential in building the storyline and engaging the larger audience [other than mere masses], the movie fared well. There were certain loopholes that weakened the story telling and could have been better to make it an impeccable craft. Let's see what Aamir Khan's forthcoming Dangal has in store. As for now, am happy with the fact that someone is embarking on sports like wrestling and bringing it to a larger audience. Now whether that helps in reviving these lost gems or mere an opportunist attempt to bask in their glories for production economic benefits. Only time will tell. 

Music rating: 4/5
Acting: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Action: 3.5/5
Movie Rating: 3.5/5

Three Words Trophy Wife


His Violent ways with her
indicated his unruly upbringing
leaving her queasy and broken
she still loved him

Picture source


He got queasy
with her violent repulsion to relationship
he married an unruly girl,
devoid of family values


Holly, I have got 3 words from "Three Words Wednesday". They were- Unruly, Violent and Queasy. Here's what I weaved from them. I penned the above 4 lines each, talking from two sides [not necessarily in same relationship] However, it is a small take on different relations. I hope it makes fora good read and value for your time.

Baaghi A Formula Based Rebel: Movie review in pictures

Hello, meet us. We are two good looking star kids, paired first time in a movie that will not just do injustice to our pairing but end up make us look fools. Ah! now we may not be fools but you sure feel like one after watching this movie. How? See and tell, but do not ask us a refund.

So, shall we dance? oops, start the narrative before we break into impromptu "support Monsoon" dance?

Review of Baaghi in pictures

1) How I Met Your daughter?
Let's flash with Flashback.

We just met inside a train.

So Jab we met, no-no not the movie Jab We Met. Like that movie, we also met in a train. However when we met, sparks flew literally and we break into a dance sequence, in the rain.

She told me that I will go very far, like the script of this movie. And yes, you are wearing white too.


Yeah! that reminds of a movie that our Dads did together by the name of Hero. Wherein, my dad- the "aao kapoor " literally rapes your dad's heroine after seeing her [Meenakshi Sheshadri] drenched in the rain. Please no hard feelings and remember, you are the hero of this film.

No problem Shraddha. Our on screen chemistry is anyways low, so lets not do marital but some Martial Arts. All in Good Shradha!

Yeah baby!

By the way, your skin is fairer than mine tifer, tum kya lake-me nahate ho?


2) Hey Villain

Yeah me too..Meet me I am the villain of this film who is "it's different" like the Maggi sauce. I am the one who killed my father like Guru, who was apparently an expert in kalarippayattu, after seeing a rain dancing Shradha Kapoor [in white]. Ah! such is "love at first site dance". After killing my Guru like an ant, I was on my way to kill her rain prancing hero who wants to marry her. I changed my plan as stock exchange crashed and I have to rush to Chris Daimler for stock advice. 

If you are wondering what happens to my undying love for the heroine, well I left her back in Kerala in Good Shraddha. [Good hope]

After all, who hires Sherlock Holmes in 2016? As long as South Indian Magazines are sold in Bangkok, I know how to find my ladylove and kidnap her to bangkok without Visa, security check but her bustier cloths. There is another good quality in me. I am a modern day Raavan who kidnaps his See-ta and locks her in a room with cloudering labels and Sweden brands". Paavam, I am a mercenary fighter who kills for money, poisons his Guru, almost gets an innocent child murdered but I won't touch my bride to be until my big fat wedding- values you see. But it is ok to kill people and get her beaten by my goons.

Abhi I am taking a break so my girl can do some more rain dance and romance with a man who calls himself a rebel but cause unknown

Tiger this movie is tanking. We need to do something. Let's replicate the oomph from "dil se" to compensate for director's film making lacking "dimag se".

PS: There are certain formulas that every film is 'mad' of. Here's deciphering few of them

Formula no 1- Hot Body

Hot Body 1

Hot Body 2

Hot Body and Good looks. What was Heroine Weeding?

Formula no 2: Smashing Action

Ah! Let me take picture of this grasshopper
More borrowed action. Chan ki Films nahi dekhte kya?

Yeah Enough of Audio Sales. Shraddha you sang a song too. Come lets go to Bangkok. Leave some songs for second half too

How Dare you kid-nap me. Do you know who is my Father? I am running  away with my estranged Hero who has come to Bangkok to rescue me. Did I not tell him that he will go long way?
Do not worry, we shall soon breakout in a rain and song sequence before settling scores with the villain

Come Lets Kiss and Make up, so that we can break in to a song. If the movie does not work, at least the audio rights can help salvage some cash to pay for awards

However, pointless it may sound but we were suppose to return back to India or run to save our lives, but here we are insteading running behind waterfalls. Such a water baby we are!

If only you would have killed the Villain in hospital, we could have more dress change in the song. Now I have to go back to his Villa

Let me go. Do You know who my father is?
Stop showing off your father around. Time to get in some action, kill the goon like true Bollywood Movie
Game Over. Now you all go to home, I need to meet someone

Sajid Nadiadwala, how can you do this to me and my career? Abhi Toh maine start kiya hai

Tsch...mera paycheque do.

And that's how cookie crumbles and movies in India are made.

Do not blame us, as we too wanted to shoot ourselves after watching this movie

Peace bro peace.. Did Sajid returned anyone's money after making movies like housefull 2 and so? So why expect him to return it this time. I know all you girls oggled my son Tiger. And that should be your comforting [read compensating factor].

Bidu, The author of this blog likes the hardwork and sincerity he brings in. No wonder he is "Fitness icon of the year". Do not believe me? see the poster of both the Baaghi movies. He can fit his heroine in his jacket which Sallu couldn't do. Being the accomodating star he is, he started removing his shirts in films thereafter so all his heroine could fit in. Now you know why? Sabki apni apni Shraddha Hai bidu!

There Was Something Different About that Touch

Mira Sanyal, 25, Media Professional
She headed towards her CEO's cabin in a bid to show him some NFAs and take approvals before he leaves the office. It was Friday noon and she needed to complete some paperwork and hand it over to the respective teams before they get bitten by the weekend mode. She went twice to check if her boss is around but came in vain. Her phone was ringing continuously and the business heads wanted to enquire about the approval status. She peeped inside his cabin but it was still empty. As she turned back, she almost collided into her boss, unknowingly, who hurried towards his cabin. It was not deliberate yet she felt guilty and apologized. He smiled and asked her is she needs anything. She told him about the papers where she needed to accord his approval/signature. She quickly explained about the one and as she was handing it to him for his signature, he pulled himself a step forward and grabbed the papers from her palms. 

There was something about his touch that made Mira very uncomfortable. She initially dismissed it as her imagination being over judgemental. She moved back without any reaction, got the papers signed and moved out of the place. 

There was something different about that touch which made Mira uncomfortable.

Geeta Datta, 32, Divorcee
Yes, there is indeed more to Geeta than her divorce but given her post-separation trauma, she couldn't get over it and unfortunately, it was dominating her life even after months of the verdict. It wasn't that she was not trying but no matter how much she tried, there would be instances and people that would remind her of it. There would be people including her colleagues who would often talk to her and in a bid to console her, left her even more acerbic with their unwanted advances. From her landlord to the grocer to neighbours, everyone looked at her with a different perspective, with neither being empathetic but something else. She felt like being stalked by vultures who are ready to tear her apart at next probable opportunity. They thought her separation affected her personal life only in terms of an absent sex life. She was appalled by their thinking and grew even more melancholic.

When she met Rajesh with regard to a probable business alliance, little did she knew that he will become a good friend. He understood her, made her laugh and helped her even find a new accommodation in town. As a goodwill gesture, she invited him one afternoon for lunch at her new place. Before leaving, he took her hand in his and thanked her profusely for the good food and hospitality.

Except for a momentary awkwardness, Geeta didn't felt any discomfort. There was something different about his touch that did not send her any sexual vibes but rather comforted her. 

The difference in Touch
Touch is a wonderful sense that is imbibed in the world, from humans to animals to plants. While dictionary signifies it as mere an act of putting a hand or finger, on in contact with someone, there is more to a touch. It has a healing, soothing and comforting property. It also has an ugly face to it. Probably the sensory like any other sense helps one to differentiate one experience from other.

Geeta and Mira were two individuals, two different women under two different circumstances. They both were subjected to two different type of contact. I call them "unspoken but well heard" contacts. While it is very easy to sit from a distance and judge them basis the circumstances but only the person who had come in contact has the ability to feel it. In this case, Mira and Geeta became the victims of some pre-conceived, prevalent notions that took them around different, and more bitter experiences of life. It is not that society is harsh towards only women. Well, harshness is such a quality that does not differentiate human from another human, old or young, girl or boy, child or adult, black or white. It is the insensitivity of the human nature that creates such discord. 

While every touch is different and you have to decide what comforts you and what makes you uncomfortable. When something comforts, do appreciate it. When it makes you uncomfortable, do stand up and take a stand.

There is a Mother in Mother in Law too #HappyMothersDay

"Since God cannot be everywhere, he made mothers"

It was 9:00 am in the morning. Richa packed her purse, checked her makeup and hurried outside her room. She ignored her in-laws sitting in the drawing room as usual and stormed out of the main door. She reached out to her car keys and drove towards her office, playing her favorite music till she reached her office.

Richa is an upwardly mobile woman, hailing from the sleepy town of Nanded, Maharashtra. She worked as a hardware engineer in an MNC and stayed with her husband in a rented apartment in Pune. She was the elder of the two daughters hailing to a middle-class family and took it upon her to support her parents and younger sister even after her marriage to Kaushal, four years ago.

It was a love marriage wherein Kaushal and his family supported her whole-heartedly right from the wedding ceremony to the decision of staying away for her career, to continuing her job and almost everything. Her father was a retired insurance agent and mother, a housewife. She was very close to her family and including her sister, who was equally qualified, working with a software firm and living in the same city as she.

It was the month of April and her in-laws were visiting her from a quaint little town near Kashi where they were living post retirement. Kaushal was keen on his parents to stay with him, a decision that did not go well with Richa. She tried different tacts in her book to disconnect with them including not being at home till late in the night, spending time with her sister and friends, locking herself in her room and phone, ignoring them at all possible occasion including festivals among others.

The in-laws were simple, loving people who were quite fond of her daughter in law but were unable to deal with her frequent mood swings, were in shock initially with her behavior, followed by denial and later acceptance. Kaushal, being a doting son and a loving husband would often try to cover his wife's acts and assuage his parents to stay with him. He promised Richa's mother to take care of her happiness, a one-sided promise that ruined his personal life and equations with his own family. He tried very hard to strike a healthy balance but it was not in Richa's skin to co-habitat with others.

She felt it is a breach to her individuality and was always up with silly excuses to blame others and create a needless rift with her extended family.

Well, Richa is not the only one, but there are many other women like Richa who use Feminism as a tool for their Shenanigans. They abuse the ill of women related issue but using them as the cue to wash their hands, insensitively. They use sensitive issues like dowry, women rights, divorce etc as the tool to make their means work.

It is sad and incredible.

Who is to blame and why?
We often forget that other women are also someone's mother, daughter, sister or wife. We are so self-absorbed in our emotions and understanding of a family that we fail to see that there are emotions and world that exist beyond us too.

It is a mother who inculcates these values in us. It is the early upbringing in our lives that influences our larger part of lives. Whether it is son or daughter, a mother is instrumental in imbibing right values.

This is not just about Richa but many like her who twist and turn their world to suit their conveniences. Some of them end up with divorces, a broken marriage, and big alimony. Little do they realize that money cannot soothe all the pain that life may bring. Youth does not last longer, neither the arrogance.

If you are wondering, what happened with Richa, well, her in-laws moved back to their small house near Kashi. Kaushal who was a doting husband moved away from her. They lived a mechanical life of office to home and home to office. Seeing Richa's chemistry with her family, her sister's marriage was called off before finalization.The groom's family in a bid to learn more about the girl and the family, enquired about her sister's wedded life. While Kaushal's parents lived tight-lipped, Richa's own behavior became the reason for the discord in her sister's marital life. Her arrogance that she was earning better than her husband, fell apart as she found herself alone, managing all her expenses. Relatives first blamed Kaushal and his family, soon they could see the real reason and She tried starting a new life by marrying Shailesh but her past haunted him. Her second marriage was disastrous. Unlike Kaushal who bore all the expenses, Shailesh demanded his wife to contribute equally as she was earning too. She threatened to walk out and he happily showed her the way. Her selfish acts delineated her from her sister who realized the folly of Richa and refused to take her in.

Richa applied for a movement to USA which was accepted. She moved to USA but was given handshake due to company's restructuring which focussed on employing the natives over migrants or Non-residents. She wanted to go back to Kaushal but that was not possible now. Richa with her shrewd ways, spoiled her life and a family that could have been her pillar of strength.

I Promise mom
Every mother should teach their daughters to be compassionate and accommodating. Every daughter should promise her mother that she will build a home and not the house. Off course, I am not talking about the unfortunate lives here. There are different segments that exist in society. While, not every mother in law could be a mother, not every mother is a "monster-in-law". A woman should promise her mom to take care of her mother in law like they took care of their mother. Mother in laws should love them back

A woman is a born mother

If a mother in law needs to understand what her daughter in law wants, a daughter in law too has to understand what love her mother-in-law wants. If every mother in law was daughter in law once, every daughter in law will be a mother-in-law one day. If they are not, they should still believe in the fairness of Mother Nature.


PS: The names are fictional and used for the narrative. No intention to harm any animal, tree or human being.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Of Indian Education, Chalk & Duster and, Movie Review

Film: Chalk & Duster
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chawla, Divya Datta, Rishi Kapoor, Girish Karnad, Jackie Shroff, Aryan Babbar, Sameer Soni, Upasana Singh, Zareena Wahab, 
Director: Jayant Gilatar
Genre: Social

Synopsis: KantaBen school gets an ambitious and shrewd New Principal who wants to soar high at any cost. She works her way from being an administrator of the school to the New Principal of the school and brings forth some very unpleasant and astute changes in the school, leading to teacher dissatisfaction and resentment.

In an unfortunate turn of event, she terminates one of the senior and very efficient Math teacher Vidya who couldn't bore the news and gets an heart attack, leading to hospitalization. The news reaches the rival school and creates a media controversy and unrest among other teachers. The terminated teacher's best friend- Jyoti, another efficient science teacher refuses to get bullied down by the new Principal and her cruel machiavellianism, resigns and resorts to media for support and outreach. She with the help of an honest journalist Bhairavi, manages to create enough stir and motion against the school management, towards justice for Vidya.

About the story: The film touches right chord when it talks about commercialization of education and raises the long pending issue of teachers and their lower status/income in the society. While the topic is sensitive, the treatment is a little dramatic and cinematic at some points. especially the whole inteview video going viral and media's over efficiency over the matter. Right, if our media is that efficient to fight for right causes, farmers in India would not be committing suicides, while a certain sect of media waxing elocution on sudden rise of intolerance in India.

The story is simple, heart touching and relevant. At the same time, it is slightly lopsided which makes it unreal at times. Nevertheless, if that helps to stir up an important subject like this, why not?

The Subject: Being somebody who always wanted to be a teacher, the subject is very close to my heart. I have seeen numerous people churning to be teachers esp in Govt schools but very rarely you find good teachers. The education system in the country lacks standardization or is it too much of a certain standard that is being followed in our educational societies? While the goveernment had taken many initiatives for the upliftment of poor and teachers, the question remains is if that is helping education system or not? My experience has seen more of ineeficient teachers who are in profession for either quota, secured income or otherwise. However, I have seen good teachers too but like I said, very less in ratio to inefficient ones. I would love to see more good examples and look forward for improvement in education system where a teacher judges an answer sheet basis the handwriting and breadth of papers filled, in a bid to complete the evaluation job and play on volume by evaluating large quantity of examination papers where they are being paid Rs 4 or so to judge a student's merit or ability. Yes, it is funny, ridiculous and very demeaning for students who have worked hard on education but have to prove their worth by submitting big fat answer sheets with cinematographic artwork.

Acting & Screenplay: The ladies leads the pack here. While all the actors including Juhi Chawla and Divya Dutta did a good job, the outstanding one came from veteran thespian Shabana Azmi and Zarina Wahab.

Actors like Sameer Soni and Aryan babbar were wasted in their respective roles or is it the case of bad acting that we may concur? 

The Rita Skeeter kind of characterization of Richa Chadda was inspirational [for our journalist if they want to] in pool of cliche surplus. Screenplay is decent and cinematography by Baba Azmi is good too. 

Numerounity Overall View:  Chalk & Duster is Sensitive but little too Cinematic. The not so out of box climax in KBC format diluted the senstivity for the topic for a while but gave a cinematic relief . However, if your audience is primarily kids and families, it does entertain. Hope the governing bodies find even more creative solution to such issues and problems. The not so creative jingle of BODMAS was more horrible than entertaining but Pandit Hari Prasad brought good old trigonometric memories.

Overall, the film does a good job in highlighting some very pertinent issues in our society with regards to education and politics around education. The education in india is indeed a sorry affair. This may be largely due to poor governance and over commercialization of basic education. Forget the state of affairs, movies like Chalk and Duster do not get enough dues and often are lost behind the big banner releases and their item numbers

"Great Subject, Good Actors, Mediocre Treatment" 

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My Rating [solely for highlighting the issues] 3.5/5

In hope of seeing that school of dreams soon, someday :)

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