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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The various avatars of Hrithik Roshan

The heartthrob of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan has donned many caps in his journey in the film industry. From acting like a child to being a royal, Hrithik has done it all. The handsome hunk is a multi-talented actor who made his start with 'Kaho na pyar hai' under the tutelage of his father Rakesh Roshan.


Let's have a trip back in time to see the many faces of the actor.

Jodha Akbar
In this biopic directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Hrithik played the role of great king Akbar who reigned supreme in India in the Mughal era. Hrithik not only looked every bit regal and strong, but also carried of the character with great elan.

Koi Mil Gaya
Roshan junior charmed all his fans with his childish demeanour in this movie. Hrithik plays the role of Rohit who is a spirited mentally disabled young man who befriends an alien. Hrithik's performance was commended by everybody and the movie became a phenomenal success.

Krrish
A sequel to 'Koi Mil Gaya', 'Krrish' was an instant hit with kids as well as adults. It was a superhero movie, where Hrithik plays Rohit's son Krishna who is born with supernatural talents. Priyanka Chopra played the female lead and the next movie 'Krrish 3', released in 2013 also achieved great success.

Lakshya
Farhan Akhtar directed this fictionalised coming-of-age story set against the 1999 kargil war. Hrithik portrays a young Delhiite Karan Shergill who transforms himself from a directionless young man to a man with a mission to defend his country. Hrithik made the character come to life.

Dhoom:2
The bad boy who looked dashing as a high profile thief. He looked every bit dashing in the movie and was overpowering with his performance as a con artist. The dances that he did in this with Aishwarya were also to die for.  

Agneepath
Rustic and muscular, Roshan was fantastic in this remake of the 1990 Amitabh Bachchan starrer. Not only was Hrithik looking fit as a fiddle, he also played the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan as powerfully as big b had done in the original.

Guzaarish
A magician, that's what Hrithik played in this movie. He received great acclaim as an actor who played a paraplegic in this film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Although the movie was not a commercial success, Hrithik was highly appreciated for his dedication to the role.


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Top 5 train journeys in India

Travelling by Indian Railways is as fascinating as it can get. Whether you want to backpack through the country or be treated like royalty Indian railways has it all. The meandering tracks take you through all terrains.

Toy Train
The Darjeeling toy train is perhaps the most romantic of them all. Feel the little toy train chug along the narrow gauge while billowing steam. The Neelgiri train that goes from Mettupalayam to Ooty is another beautiful ride through the tunnels around the hills. And who can forget the beautiful Kalka Shimla line which has the numerous tunnels and the snow peaked views.

Travelling like Royalty
Palace on Wheels, The Indian Maharaja and The Golden Chariot will make you feel like the kings and queens of the bygone era. A massage on the train - personal butlers, salons, a bar, these trains boast of it all. Expensive but worth a ride at least once in your lifetime

The Konkan railway

The western ghats and the greenery makes for one of the most breathtaking journeys you will take in your lifetime. The train meanders through tunnels, hills, green forests and waterfalls.

Nature's trail

Island Express and the New Jalpaiguri Alipurduar Passenger will take you through contrasting terrains but it would be a nature's ride to remember. The Island express takes you through Kerala while the passenger will take you through the forests of Northern Bengal. Take your pick.

Kashmir Railway

Kashmir Railway is the reason why Indian railways are so awesome. The train route crosses earthquake zones and is also subjected to extreme hot and cold temperatures and inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering feat. In winters the temperatures fall well below zero and is subject to snowfall. But the views are exhilarating.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Best waterfall destinations in India


Waterfalls have always been a place for romance. Many a passionate scene has been shot under the waterfalls and they look exquisite.

Not only are they majestic, but also nature at its best. India has some picturesque waterfalls all around the country. Here is a list of five of the most beautiful falls in the country.

Chitrakote Waterfalls
Located in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, it is the widest fall in India, about 300 metres (980 ft). Because of its shape, it has been named the ‘the Small Niagara Falls’. It looks the most beautiful during the rainy season when the mist of the waterfall reflects the sunlight and it looks as if thousands of rainbows have formed over the waterfall.

Ethipothala
Located on the Chandravanka river, a tributary of the River Krishna, this Waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu. Interestingly, the pond formed by the water fall is a crocodile breeding centre. In the evenings the waterfall literally becomes enchanting with the setting sun playing the cascade. The water changes colour.

Hogenakkal Falls
These falls are situated in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on the river Kaveri. Most people can experience the scenic boat rides (the little round boats) near the waterfall. Boating is allowed only during the dry time of year during the time the waterfalls are not powerful enough to disturb them.

Jog Falls
Also called Gerosoppa Falls, it is the second-highest plunge waterfall in the country. Surrounded by lush green forests and misty deep valleys, Jog is a tourists' delight. It was declared to be one of the top ten UNESCO ecological hot spots in the world. The best time to visit? Undoubtedly right after the monsoons – July to October, when the falls are at its majestic best.

The Seven Sisters waterfalls
Nohsngithiang Falls or Mawsmai Falls, as it's also known as, is just one of the many beautiful water fronts in the state of Meghalaya. The local folklore of each of these waterfalls is enchanting and adds to the magic of these picturesque locales steeped in nature and culture

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Five fabulous things to do in Shimla

Shimla is one of the most beautiful destinations of north India. Many people flee from the plains during the torrid summer months to escape the heat to the beautiful town of Shimla.

Here are five things that should be in you must do list when you are visiting this spectacular hill station.

Kalka Shimla Railway: Getting to Shimla is perhaps the most romantic train ride of India. The toy train that starts at the Kalka Station and winds its way to Shimla is dotted with cosy hill stations all along. You will find young couples and backpackers in the same train trying to get to one of the most beautiful hill

Heritage walk: The Victorian architecture is mesmerising. If you are here in the winters the misty cold mornings are going to entice you to walk in the quiet and the beauty of the town will truly dazzle you. Must visit - Christ Church at the Ridge.

The Mall: Walk up and down the mall in Shimla and tire yourself out with the shopping. Buy beautiful Kullu shawls and some warm sweaters and caps to keep away the chill. If you are too exhausted have some apple drinks and cherrys, or go buy an ice cream cone from the numerous stalls.

Temples: On Jakhu Hill which is just two kilometres from Shimla, is a Hanuman Temple. Apart from the holy feeling of this place, it also offers a beautiful view of Shimla and the frozen Himalayas. Taptapani (also known as Tattapani) is another holy place near Shimla that is a must visit. There are other temples in and around Shimla like Sankat Mochan and Tara Devi that people should

In and around: Kufri and Chail are just some of the numerous locations that you can go to from Shimla. If you like some peace and quiet opt for one of the homestays dotted around Shimla.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Best Songs of Mohammed Rafi

With prolific four decade long career, mohd. Rafi is still considered as one of the most beautiful male voices that the subcontinent has seen. He won the best national singer award and six filmfare awards. In 1967, he was honoured with the padma shri award by the government of india. 

There are thousands of rafi songs that are considered as classics, here is a look at only some of his best works - 

Tumne Mujhe Dekha
Shammi Kapoor dazzled in this romantic western bollywood fusion number.
Song - Tumne Mujhe Dekha
​Film - Teesri Manzil
Music Director- R. D. Burman
Yeh Duniya Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai
Guru Dutt featured in this thought provoking song From 'Pyaasa' 

Song - Yeh Duniya Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai
Film - Pyaasa
​Music Director - SD Burman

Pukarta Chala Hoon Main
The ever charming Biswajit trying his hand at romance with this beautiful number. 
Song - Pukarta Chala Hoon Main
Film - Mere Sanam
Music Director - Op Nayyar

Hum Bekhudi Mein...
This one is one of his best known sad songs. Picturised on Dev Anand, this beautiful rendition was composed by SD Burman.
Song - Hum Bekhudi Mein...​
​Movie - Kala Pani
Music Director - Sd Burman
Man Re Tu Kahe Na Dheer Dhare
Song - Man Re Tu Kahe Na Dheer Dhare
Film - Chitralekha
Music Director - Roshan

Radhike Tune Bansuri Churai
One of Rafi Sahab's lesser known devotional songs featuring Sunil Dutt.
Song- Radhike Tune Bansuri Churai
​Film - Beti Bete
​Music Director - Shankar Jaikishan

Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re
A beautiful hindustani classical based song filmed on none other than Dilip Kumar.
Song - Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re
Film - Kohinoor
Music Director - Naushad

Khoya Khoya Chand
'Khoya Khoya Chand' is perhaps one of the most romantic songs from the era
Song - Khoya Khoya Chand
​Film - Kala Bazaar
Music Director - S.D.Burman

Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya
One of the most memorable songs of Rafi Sahab picturised on Dev Anand 
Song - Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya
​Movie - Hum Dono
Music Director - Jaidev

Dard-E-Dil
One of Rafi Sahab's last numbers - this song went on to become an iconic youth romance in the 1980s
Song - Dard-E-Dil
​Film - Karz
Music Director - Laxmikant Pyarelal


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five fabulous places in the world Indians can travel without visas

While India itself has some picturesque locales strewn across the country – there are several places in the world too where we are most welcome to travel without the hassle of having a visa approval before.

Nepal is definitely a popular destination which Indians can visit without a visa, but many a places that are incredibly beautiful are left untouched by travellers just because they don't know about them. Here are five more places which are worth visiting once in your lifetime.

Cambodia

The temples of Cambodia are mesmerising to say the least. Even though it is a foreign location this country is surprisingly inexpensive. It is steeped in history and the confluence of Indian and Chinese aesthetics make for one of the most impressionable trip you will take in your life.

Madagascar

Yes, the movie made this location famous. But Madagascar is truly a nature's wonder. Home to a plethora of species in its tropical forests, the island country also has a beautiful coast to boast of. Eco Tourism would be the highlight of your trip when you visit here.

Laos

Architecture and history make for a wonderful tour in the small country of Laos. Buddhist culture, colonial architecture, ancient temples, would take your breat away. But that is not all Laos has to offer. One can go backpacking to see the hill tribes, relax at the wonderous waterfalls, or even enjoy watching wildlife like dolphins and Tigers.

Costa Rica

Rich in flora and fauna, this little country in central America is a must visit for those who love adventure. The extensive national parks and protected areas are a welcome treat to those who believe in protecting our planet earth and Costa Rica has managed to be a pioneer in protecting its forests and ecology.

Fiji

Fiji is a the Shangri-la in terms of Eco tourism. With so many things in the islands like soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment – this place is a paradise for those who want leisure and natural beauty in their vacations.

Bonus – Antartica
Since Antartica is not ruled by anyone, people are free to visit there without a Visa – BUT, going to the frozen continent requires a lot of permissions as well as preparations. There are lots of activities that you can enjoy there including camping, snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing and even a visit to the South Pole.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Top summer vacation spots in India

Summer vacations are just round the corner and many are looking to escape the heat as the summer sun beats down on all and sundry. People are packing their bags and getting ready to leave the the hustle bustle of the cities to enjoy the beautiful tourist spots that are getting ready for the people to start pouring in this holiday season.

Here is a list of the top destinations that people head for every summer:

Shimla

The favourite of every Delhiite this hill station is beautiful and boasts of being the top most visited spot in the summer. Whether it is honeymooners or just travellers from around the country, Shimla is one of the most beautiful places to visit this summer. Cool temperatures, lovely views and something to do for everyone. The touch of the British Raj and the architecture reflecting that era is fascinating as are the multiple small places nearby that one can drive down to.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is famous for its temple and the fact that it is the source of the Krishna river. It offers a spectacular view of the Deccan plateau and is a preferred destination for the Mumbaikars. Surrounded by trees all around, the Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. Other places to visit are the fort of Pratapgad, Needle Hole Point or the Elephant Point, 3 Monkey Point and many others

Ooty

The queen of hill stations, Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri ranges. Like Shimla, this beautiful vacation spot is also accessible by train and the ride is indeed dreamy. Beautiful mountains, lakes, tea gardens sprawling the slopes of the hills, the heady smell of eucalyptus fascinated the British years ago and still captures the imagination of the romantics all over the world.

Ladakh

Ladakh is possibly heaven for all adventure sport enthusiasts and people who love driving to their destinations. Each of the mountains boast of a different colour and the lakes reflect the hue of the skies like a large mirror placed on the ground. Speckled with monasteries all around, Ladakh is every travellers dream destination and many go there every year in search of peace and revel in the wonders of nature.

Gangtok

The site of Kanchenjunga, a morning walk in fresh mountain air, flowers all around, beautiful music wafting through every cafe in the evening, along with the aroma of fresh Tibetan food, Gangtok boasts of this all. The capital of Sikkim became a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. The diverse ethnic populace of the town keeps the colours of the town alive.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Five things to do and see in Khajuraho

The temples of Khajuraho are world famous. Not only is the architecture spectacular but the erotic sculptures are intricate and it is a must visit place for anyone who loves art.

The name Khajuraho (Kharjuravahaka), is derived from ancient Sanskrit and according to legends the temples used to have two golden date-palm trees as their gate.

The Hindu temples and their art

Khandarya Mahadeva (Shiva temple) and Chaturbhuja and Ramachandra temples (Vaishnav temples) are not only beautiful but are also architectural wonders as no mortar was used to join the sandstones. Among the artwork, some are erotic and experts suggest that the reason for erotic art in temples are depictions of Tantric sexual practices. Others suggest that this was the king's way of inspiring people to be involved in family life. They are the main attraction of the temple cluster.

Jain Temples

The Jain temples which are located on southeast region of the Khajuraho monuments were made for the flourishing Jain communities, during the Chandela rule. The temples have sprawling architecture mimicking the main temple structures. But the subject of the sculptures are adapted to the Jain sensibilities.

Sound and Light

The main temple complex offers a sound and light show every evening in both English and Hindi. Held in the open lawns the show is informative as well as entertaining. The history of Khajuraho is briefly told in the show and it is voiced by none other than Amitabh Bachchan.

Dance festival

Every February The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held in the town featuring various Indian classical dance forms. Imagine dancers performing their art against the backdrop of the Chitragupta or Vishwanath Temples, almost as if the Apsaras of heaven have descended on earth to enchant the mortals.

Food

The food in Khajuraho will surprise many. Most hotels offer and Bed & Breakfast and most of it will have an American or European cuisine on their menus. There are beautiful roof top restaurants that offer pastas and pizzas that can give any big hotel in metropolitans a run for their money. There are bakeries and sandwich shops scattered all around. But all this does not mean that Khajuraho does not have Indian cuisine on its platter. Many a restaurants will offer delectable Indian cuisine as well.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Baahubali movie review: Visually spellbinding epic, worth a watch

As far as epics are concerned, Indian mythology is rich – whether in its characters or intricacy of plot. SS Rajamouli's 'Baahubali' borrows the essence of an Indian epic complete with a god-like hero and power-play of brothers fighting for the throne. Undoubtedly, he succeeds in making a great impression.

Five women directors

Women are getting involved in film-making more than ever before. Women directors are taking over the industry by storm giving us some of the most memorable films in the past decade. Be it masala blockbuster maker Farah Khan or Gauri Shinde who made the beautiful 'English Vinglish' that touched our hearts.

But the industry has seen a lot of female directors who have challenged the otherwise male dominated B-town. Here is a list of some of the best the industry has seen:

Deepa Mehta
'Earth', 'Water', 'Fire' – Mehta the Indo-Canadian filmmaker has had her share of controversies as she touches topics of homosexuality, partition and many others. But the way she handles her subject, this talented director has received heavy international acclaim as well. Both '1947 Earth' and 'Water' were sent to be nominated for Oscars.

Kalpana Lajmi
Being an artist is in Lajmi's blood. Daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of auteur Guru Dutt, she has some of the best parallel films to her credit, the most famous of which is 'Rudaali' starring Dimple Kapadia. 'Daman', a woman centric film starring Raveena Tandon(who won a National Award for her role) was highly appreciated by critics and audiences for the realistic portrayal of marital abuse and its message of women empowerment.

Aparna Sen
A big name in Bengali cinema as an actress in her time, when Sen forayed into going behind the camera the anticipation was huge. She turned out to be one of the best behind as well. '36 Chowringhee Lane' (1981) connected emotionally with her audience and she has never looked back. 'Iti Mrinalini', 'Mr. and Mrs. Iyer', 'The Japanese Wife', 'Goynar Baksho' have all been very well received by the audience and people are only waiting for more.

Sai Paranjpye
This Padma Bhushan Awardee has given us some of the most memorable movies in the 80s and the 90s. The most well known of them is 'Sparsh' which went on to win three National Awards as well as three Filmfare Awards. Her comedy 'Chashme Baddoor' remains a classic even today. Sai made another heart warming musical film called 'Saaz' in 1997 which also starred internationally acclaimed tabla artist Zakir Hussain.

Mira Nair

Possibly the most well known female director from India in the international circuit, Mira Nair is known for portraying human stories on the big screen. 'Salaam Bombay', her first film was successful in putting her on the map and her subsequent work ('Namesake', 'Monsoon Wedding' etc.) has only strengthened her position as one of the best filmmakers India has produced.  

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Six offbeat movies to look out for in 2015


2015 is sure to be exciting with many big releases scheduled and interesting pairs coming on screen.
But many films which are off the beaten track are releasing this year too. While some have already made a massive impact in film festivals all over the world.  

Liar's dice

Releasing in march this year, the movie has already won accolades in many film festivals and received two national awards in india. Geetanjali thapa and nawazuddin siddiqui star in this geetu mohandas movie which is a human drama dealing with the issue of migration, exploitation and revealing the socio-political scenario of the subcontinent.  

Margarita, with a straw

This movie starring kalki koechlin is likely to release in india in 2015. Directed by shonali bose, this movie explores the story of a girl suffering from cerebral palsy and her struggles with being accepted as a normal person in the society. The trailer was very well received in india, and the movie itself has garnered quite a few accolades world over.  

X

Not one but 11 directors have made this movie. It is one story being told by 11 different directors in part. The experimental cinema is definitely a must watch with one actor rajat kapoor and 12 lead actresses. Abhinav shiv tiwari, anu menon, nalan kumarasamy, hemant gaba, pratim d. Gupta, q, raja sen, rajshree ojha, sandeep mohan, sudhish kamath and suparn verma are going to helm the different parts of the film.

Tigers

Previously called 'white lies', this emraan hashmi starrer is being directed by award winning international film-maker danis tanovic. The movie is scheduled to release on march 6, 2015. Based in pakistan, 'tigers' traces the journey of a real life pharmacuetical employee who goes against the big corporates.  

Nyodda

Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma in a Meghna Gulzar movie is sure to intrigue any movie goer. Vishal Bharadwaj has produced the movie, while Gulzar himself is penning the lyrics. This movie is based on the real life infamous incident of the arushi talwar murder case which happened in noida. Tabu is likely to make a special appearance too.  

Tumbad

Sohum shah who starred in the successful movie 'ship of theseus', broke all stereotypes and cliches in indian cinema. His next movie 'tumbad' is being looked forward to for the very reason. The bar is set high for the actor and one is only waiting to see what magic he can create in the horror epic being directed by debutant rahi anil barve.  


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Eid Special: 5 places to eat out in Delhi on this special day

The festive time of Eid is here and many would celebrate it with family at home. For those who want to go out and have a scrumptious meal on the festive day here are five places to enjoy!

All about the Nashik Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela in Nashik began on Tuesday morning (July 14) when the Jupiter (Bruhaspati), Sun and Moon entered the Leo constellation (Simha rashi).

Nashik is a place of great importance in the Hindu religion. According to mythology, drops of Amrit fell in the Godavari River in Nashik at the time of Samudra Manthan. It is considered sacred and thousands go to the place to take a holy dip at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sikkim Travelogue: Flowers, mountains and snow - a trip to remember


Planning a trip and checking boxes while travelling has never been my forte. What I do like is stuffing a few T-shirts in a backpack and taking off whenever I can get some days off. Alas! Growing up has its disadvantages – you cannot just up and leave as you want. And if you are planning to go to Sikkim – that is not an option anyway.

Travelling with my recently travel bug-bitten husband, Sikkim required an advance planning by a few weeks. Not only because it is far from Delhi, which is my home, but you also have to take special permissions to go to the places near the border areas.

After speaking to a couple of friends who had been there before, we decided