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Chhath Puja Video by Bihar Tourism

Chhath is a major festival celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, along with other North Indian states. It is an ancient Hindu festival and only Vedic Festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya (ancient Vedic Goddess Usha). The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.

Chhath is a 4 day festival of bathing and worshipping, that follows a period of abstinence and ritual purity. This is the only holy festival which has no involvement of any pandit .The devotees offer their prayers to the setting sun, and then the rising sun in celebrating its glory as the cycle of birth starts with death. It is seen as the most glorious form of Sun worship.

Happy Chhath Puja Everyone!

Eating trends among the youth

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For the youth, calorie is another word for tiny creatures that live in the closet and sew their clothes a little bit tighter every night. Presently, we are living in the era of “healthy” or “low-cal” food which has, in turn given a boost to food outlets like Subway, Smoothie Factory etc. In restaurants, college students prefer eating salads rather than cheese loaded pizzas or burgers.

5 Eating Trends that rule the Weight Conscious Youth:

1. Increase the number of meals but decrease the amount of food per meal.

Nutritionists forever have been advising people to eat every two hours and eat small portions. It is now that the youth has started following this mantra.

Brown bread veggie/chicken sandwich, sprouts, boiled chana, salads – this is all one can find in tiffin boxes these days.

Eating Trends

 2. Weekend is the time to oblige yourself with fatty scrumptious food.

After eating the boring low cal. healthy food during weekdays, weekend is like the time out. It is generally during the weekends that after five “dieting” days people finally eat whatever they wish to as a pat on their back for being so disciplined all-round the week.

love for food

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3. Go heavy on fruits.

Being hungry is no sin. The easy solution to this problem is to grab a fruit. This way the hunger game is over with minimum calories. Soft drinks have been replaced by fresh fruit juices. Finally, fruits are being given the importance they deserve.

4. Low cal. food which can also taste delicious is suddenly being recognized for its taste and nutrition value

The present food trend has not gone unnoticed by the food industry. Various food outlets have tapped upon this as an opportunity to expand. Outlets like Subway, Smoothie Factory have suddenly come up, thanks to the calorie conscious youth. Whole wheat sandwiches, with no cheese and all veggies teamed with a mixed fruit smoothie is the perfect healthy meal with a burst of flavors.

5. People these days tend to go heavy on breakfast.

A healthy breakfast gives a jumpstart to the metabolism. Youngsters these days have started following the saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilizing your mood. So, it is all in the mind.

Happy New Year Review

A decade ago, ace choreographer Farah Khan made her directorial debut with the supremely entertaining Main Hoon Na. Closely 3 years after it’s release, she came up with Om Shanti Om, an ode to the cinema of the 70’s. Every frame of the film spoke volumes of Farah’s undying love and passion for Hindi Cinema.

This Diwali, she returns to the director’s seat 4 years after her dud Tees Maar Khan.

Happy New Year isn’t exactly a movie, it’s a celebration, that too an outrageously expensive one. Every frame is equivalent to the budget of at least 2 small budget films, and when your film rides on so much glitz and glamor, logic and content automatically go out of the window. The story is as old as the hills.

Shah Rukh Khan, grabbing headlines lately, thanks to his 8 pack abs, plays Charlie, who has an indefatigable thirst for revenge against Jackie Shroff after his father was wrongly accused by him for stealing  diamonds worth 300 million dollars. He assembles a bunch of losers who will help him take his revenge.

The harebrained plot involves a participation in the world dance championship in Dubai where the plan has to be executed. The idea isn’t innovative or engaging, to make matters worse, the film goes on and on and on, clocking at almost 3 hours. The gags are neither as funny as they were in Main Hoon Na nor as witty as in Om Shanti Om.

The best thing about Happy New Year is that it isn’t as painful and stupid as Tees Maar Khan. On the upside, the film is beautifully and exquisitely shot, the eye watering camerawork dazzles the screen and Dubai has been captured like never before.

Deepika is supremely funny and staggeringly gorgeous. Her never ending attempts and enthusiasm to communicate in English will surely tickle your funny bone. She has a fiery chemistry with SRK and Manwa Lage is possibly one of the most imaginatively shot songs of the year.

Abhishek Bachchan once again displays a knack for comedy and succeeds big time, he has one of the strongest characters in the film.

And then it comes to man on whose shoulders the film rides, SRK. His character doesn’t demand much to emote or perform, he’s too busy mouthing lines from his previous blockbusters, just the way he did in his last Chennai Express. He’s likely to mesmerize his female fans with his charismatic persona and those chiseled abs, wish his performance had more meat.

Happy New Year isn’t a bad film by any measure, but when it is being taunted as the biggest bonanza of 2014, you cannot help but feel dejected.

Maybe the makers should have come up with another title.

RATING – 2.5

Things to do in Diwali

Diwali! It’s that time of year when a mother waits for her children to come back home, that time of year when everybody gets together and makes new memories and yes, it’s that time of year when it’s all about celebration! Crackers, sweets, gifts and family. Whether you are in any part of the country, Diwali is a celebration for everybody.

The festival of lights starts with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. It’s a festival which needs a full month to prepare for and a full week is needed for its hangover to subside. With Diwali being a festival where we celebrate the return of Lord Rama back from his exile, Goddess Laxmi is also worshipped. Everybody celebrates it in a different way but let’s look at a few things that should definitely be done by you during the festival.

1. Make a Rangoli

The Art of Rangoli requires a lot of patience and finesse but its a lot of fun. The fact that you spend a lot of time making a Rangoli and then it turns out to be a beautiful little thing, it’s a proud moment. And then the compliments make it worth it all.

2. Say no to crackers

Don’t burn crackers. It’s only noise and pollution. Try making this Diwali a festival of lights and not of noise.

3. Spread love and happiness

This festival is all about triumph of goodness, happiness, prosperity and worships. And the simplest way of worshiping god is by loving his creations and making others happy. This diwali light up someone’s life and spread some smiles.

4. Eat Sweets. Eat like you will not get fat.

When it comes to Diwali and when it comes to food, let’s just forget that some of it can make us fat. Since it’s Diwali, you should eat food. LOADS OF FOOD.

5. Spend some time with the family

Diwali is that one time of the year when people who have not met for months get together. That time should be spent eating, laughing and enjoying.

Diwali time is an amazing time. You wouldn’t even realise when it comes knocking at your door but it comes and reminds you that the year is almost coming to an end. It reminds us of Lord Rama’s triumph and of the fact that we should gear up for the next year.

Here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali and hoping that you guys have the best of luck in your future errands. And here’s wishing that you keep reading our articles too! :D

Lena Dunham Quote on Feminism            Source

There exists a great deal of misconception as far as it concerns feminism. According to UN reports on gender, women represent 50% of the world’s population, perform two thirds of the world’s work, receive 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of world’s property.

Here are five of the most popular myths that need to be rejected and busted by all who are sane enough to use their brains:
MYTH 1 – Feminism is about women’s superiority above men

Feminism is NOT about women supremacy. Feminism aims at equal rights for women: be it social or economic equality. Women should get equal opportunities just as men. Women can also prove to be good workers at any job they want to take. But they shouldn’t be denied just because of their gender. A field job can be done equally by a woman just as a man can with equal wages.

MYTH 2 – Feminists are man-haters

Feminism isn’t “man-hating,” says actress and U.N. ambassador Emma Watson. Feminists are just against gender discrimination and patriarchal rules. One need not hate men to be a feminist. Women who hate men are misandrists not feminists. There’s a clear difference between misandrists and feminists.

MYTH 3 – No man is a feminist

Yes! Male feminists exist! They are the ones who want equality among genders. Men who don’t want to be seen as rapists and who know that women do not want to dominate them. Men who believe that liberated women will help in a liberated society. Conservatives and orthodox men think that men can’t be feminist. Feminists welcome men who support equality of genders. India definitely needs male feminists. Not all men are patriarchal.

MYTH 4 – Feminism is for the benefit of only women

Feminism does not only work towards the betterment of women. It also furthers the progress of men by breaking down the standard rules set by the society. Stereotypes like men don’t cry and can’t show weaknesses. Feminism aims to put an end to comments like “wear bangles if you are scared” or “don’t cry like a girl”, so that a boy won’t have to be a body builder or appear masculine for the society. Feminism provides for not only women who are tom-boys but also boys that can cook.

MYTH 5 – Feminism is a war against men to hurt them

Feminist do not want to end the line of men folk! Feminists do not want the girl’s quota, separate queues ‘for women’ at a counter or separate ‘ladies compartments’ in the metros and local trains. They do not want to take over men rights and spread matriarchy. They just want their fair and equal share but not at the expense of men. Discrimination will only limit the growth of our country.

 

Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 along with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai

‘Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing’ (Matthew 6:3) is well illustrated by Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi. Not many people were aware of the work of this relentless crusader who recently won a Nobel Prize for Peace along with Malala Yousafzai.

“Number of people congratulating Kailash Satyarthi = Number of people searching him on Google” was one of the tweets that talked about how it took a Nobel Prize to know about the activist.

Here are fifteen things one needs to know about Kailash Satyarthi:

  1. Kailash Satyarthi was born on January 11, 1954, in Vidisha, located near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  2. Satyarthi is the 8th Indian born Nobel Laureate.
  3. He quit his job as an electric engineer to form a famous organization called Bachpan Bachao Andolan at the age of 26.
  4. The year 1997 saw the establishment of Bal Ashram, the second rehabilitation cum education centre in Rajasthan for bonded child labourers with Satyarthi’s efforts. There was also an establishment of similar transit rehabilitation cum education centre for girls – Balika Ashram – in Delhi.
  5. He created “Rugmark” which certifies that carpets and rugs sold abroad aren’t made by child labourers.
    Kailash Satyarthi with children
  6. Kailash has begun a program called “Bal Mitra Gram” to encourage Indian villages to abolish child labor.
  7. He heads the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS) to stop exploitation of illegal labour.
  8. He is the face of Global March Against Child Labour- a group of 2000 social-purpose organizations and unions active in 140 countries.
  9. His work has been appreciated by Skoll Foundation, the Freedom Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and the US State Department’s Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery award.
  10. He worked with Guardian Films on a documentary about modern-day slavery in Assam. In the film, he led a raid to rescue a girl trafficked from a tea estate into domestic slavery in Delhi.
    Kailash Satyarthi
  11. Kailash Satyarthi has been a member of a high level group formed by UNESCO, on ‘Education for All.’ The group is composed of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads.
  12. Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan has to date rescued and rehabilitated more than 80,000 child laborers.
  13. Kailash Satyarthi, is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and his form of non-violent peaceful protests.
  14. His family includes his wife, daughter, son and a daughter in-law.
  15. In the aftermath of his Nobel win, Satyarthi promised to “join hands” with his fellow laureate Malala Yousafzai.