Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bollywood Actress Chitrangda’s incident is an attack on womanhood?



Vikram Kapoor

Bollywood actress Chitrangda Singh has been highlighted by the entertainment section of most of the newspapers and online media in the recent times. The actress accused director Kushan Nandy of forcing her to lean on actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui repeatedly with her petticoat on. If sources are to be believed, the beautiful actress also claimed that the director uttered crass language as he was not satisfied with the shot of the heroine of his upcoming movie, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.
 
Chitrangda who was also quoted saying that she walked out of the film also alleged that Kushan wanted her to re-shoot the intimate scene in a Bindaas manner, for which she said, “Who is a Bindaas woman? One who wears a petticoat and jumps on a man?”
Allegations, controversies and media acting as an image spoiling agency for the celebrities are daily affair in Bollywood, so being a public figure, a sports personality or carrying the tag of an actor or actress is not easy in India. If they are appreciated and loved by the fans, they are also the one who are most hated and criticized by the public if trapped in any controversy. 

Our country is full of talent, and creativity exists everywhere from a small village to big cities. So the god gift creativity cannot be just linked to one’s profession. Actresses coming from different backgrounds from small or big towns try hard to give bold and challenging performances before camera should rather be encouraged than being exploiting them. 

In the recent times, heroines like Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Rani Mukerji has been seen doing eye opening women oriented films like Mary Kom, Neerja and Mardaani that clearly depicted the outstanding success and courage of Indian women. Some of these kind of films may not have rocked the box office but they are the great source of inspiration and a must watch for all.

No matter who is wrong or right here but if the recent allegations by the actress is true then it’s a big attack on womanhood once again. If we would throw light on the heinous crime against women like ‘Sathi Pratha’ and ‘Women Foeticide’, and ‘Stoning of women’ in the past, to the present scenario of Rape and Human trafficking. Today, they are facing everyday issues like eve teasing, discrimination at work place, bad treatment with domestic helpers and many more.

It’s a high time now to uproot the antisocial elements who are not literate enough to respect women. The old generation should remember their sacrifices, the present generation should learn for their equal treatment so that the future generation will not tolerate any such crime against women in our society.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Pious trip to Amritsar



Vikram Kapoor


It was the month of February when I got first opportunity to visit Amritsar in Punjab (The land of five rivers). We boarded the train from Delhi and it was almost night when we reached our destination. Unlike other destinations, our hotel was just 300 meters away from the Heavenly Golden Temple. The auto driver on our way to the accommodation provided us with a brief history about the temple also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. 

Around 9 pm we entered the Gurudwara. With our head covered, we handed over our footwear to the Sevadars. All of us were curious to have a very first look of the Holy Shrine and as soon as we saw the illuminating golden structure, it was more than a dream comes true like an antique golden structure placed on an island. Its mesmerizing beauty and the feeling was all out of the world. No matter which religion you belong to, If your are here, you can enjoy the mental peace inside this religious premises.

The second day, a Pedal Rikshawala promised to take us for a tour in the city in just Rs 20 so fortunately we didn’t had to spend money on expensive cabs or any tourism vehicles to have a glance of Amritsar. 

The Sardarjee Rikshawala parked his vehicle outside the most famous eatery, Brother’s Dhaba and said, “Sahabjee, Pehle Pet Pooja, fir Kaam Dooja (First eat food then do all the work). Here, we had delicious Amrisari Kulcha with Chole, Yogurt and Pickle.
Our pedal journey then started towards the market from where we took some Amritsar made ladies suits. The city market is best for Punjabi Jutis ranges from wedding collection and other designer Jutis to the regular ones.  

It was a total twist in the trip when the two of us got down at Jalianwalah Bagh, the mass killing public garden where General Dyre ordered to shoot non-violent protesters and more than 1500 people killed at the incident.

The bullet marks on the walls and the huge well, now dried up is still alive and like other tourist destinations, this place is also open for Indians as well as foreigners.

After some photography with our DSLR, we further moved towards Gian di Lassi. You may have ditched many things in your life but you can’t avoid food once you are in Punjab. We were served with an extra large steel glass of thick Lassi topped with a big spoon of malai (fresh butter). Drinking the pure lassi was like having Amrit (a Holi water of Sikh’s) of Amritsar. The extra dose of sweet khowa burfi at the same lassi shop was like Sone pe Suhaga for us. 

After visiting these places in the city, our journey would have incomplete without seeing the Wagah Border’s ceremony that includes flag lowering and raising ceremony, cultural programme and Bhangra (a form of dance in Punjab). 

Now I was totally excited to see the other side of Pakistan so we booked a three wheeler to reach the Border which is almost 30 km away from the town. Once we reached and seated to see the Wagah border, we saw the gates of both the countries. Frankly speaking, it was nowhere less than watching the most awaited cricket match of India and Pakistan that only we Indian's can feel. 

I tried it really hard but it’s not easy to describe Amritsar in one word, it’s a blend of religion, culture, purity, history, tradition and just few reasons are not enough to visit the place, there is actually a lot more you will find once you visit the pious Amritsar.








Saturday, May 9, 2015

URGENT: Nepal Victim Need Food and Shelter

VIKRAM KAPOOR




If you are looking to donate things to help the Earth Quake Victims of Nepal,  Here are few things you can send them.

List of Urgent Basic Things:

RICE





PULSES/DAAL






VEGETABLE OIL / COOKING OIL







Tarpaulin for Shelter






People donating many things which they don't exactly need. They don't need anything expensive but they should be provided with only basic things.

Friday, January 16, 2015

More than just a Politics in India Now

VIKRAM KAPOOR

Multiple parties are not only creating identity for themselves but at the same time they are confusing people.

India where politicians plays politics of vote (Vote ki Raajniti) is big fight between their competitors but do Aam aadmi really get something? Recollect some of the old memories when Anna Hazare fought for the corruption and Lokpal bill which is still not implemented totally.

Arvind Kejriwal won this game of politics and people blindly gave their vote to Aam Admi Party. Without giving any promises to the people of Delhi, he implemented many of his works which people liked.

Not only this but corruption flowing down the lanes of Delhi has been observed by the commoners during his 49 days tenure as a Chief Minister of New Delhi.

No, matter the individual come out with good intentions to work for society but at the end, they get strains of corrupt and dishonest personality with several other allegations around.
As far as the recent Prime Minister campaign of BJP is concerned, PR firms were involved in it.

Both BJP and Congress had their separate PR companies to get them more popularity among the voters. It was therefore not less than selling a product and advertising for the same. With the only option of BJP and Congress with the public, people of India couldn’t find the party which should be for the people, of the people and by the people.

Arvind kejriwal was from the team of Anna and due to his non political and corrupt free background, he was able to collect the love of people in the form of vote in Delhi. Though public gave him love, he also expressed them with the same.

In every press meeting or public places, he said, people has the power and people of this country can make government with their vote but when AAP took support from Congress,  the situation went upside down in people’s mind.

They were not able to figure out that the person who blamed congress for its failure is now taking support from congress. This is still a question mark among many of the Indians.


The another mistake of Kejriwal when he left the resigned as a Chief minister after 49 days disappointed his followers up to a great extent. But many of his supporters who never imagined getting into politics have jumped into it.

Infact, people started assuming that AAP is their own party which also influenced the youngsters.
Modi was another political figure who had contributed in the development of Gujarat and people were satisfied with his idea of development and implementing the same.

With the chance of BJP to win after the congress had lost faith from the people, they lost election in many of their state election.

Modi was the only suitable PM candidate from BJP as LK Advani had left the politics. Though Modi is a good speaker, he won hearts of crores of Indians.

It was like a trend in Indian politics that many people leave one party and join other. The same scenario was also seen with the very new AAP, some of its members left the party and joined BJP recently.

Recently when Prime minister said that Arvind call himself as Anarchist so people like him should join the gunmen’s in the Jungles.  But, again the question is if Arvind is not suitable to become a ruler? Why the people India’s capital has supported them?

Do you think the people of India do not have political awareness and the situation is somewhat similar to the Gandhi era?

With all these statements of BJP and AAP, Don’t you think people may confuse to give vote to their right representative? So the ball is in your court, what next after Kejriwal? Is it Kejriwal again or someone else?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We are like this only

“I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English because English is a very funny language” is popular dialog uttered by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie ‘Namak Halaal’ in 1982. People may assume that Indians don’t know English but they have confident enough in everything they do.
The language is not too funny but as Indian is full of confident people who have written and spoken in much innovative and experimented way, they ended up converting English into Hinglish,.
Hinglish is a mixture of the words “Hindi and "English". Many speakers do not realize that they are including English words into Hindi sentences or Hindi words into English sentences. The idea of Indian English is also known as Indianism. 
'pphunny' for funny, 'pphor' for four/for and 'iskool' for school are some examples of hinglish
 
See, some of the sentences how a student wrote an essay on ‘Cow’ in a competitive exam. “The cow is a successful animal. Also he is quadrupud, and because he is female, he gives milk, but will do so when he is got child. But he has got four legs together. Two are forward and two are afterwards. She chew with his teeth whom are situated in the inside of the mouth”.  
 
The cause behind the new English of India is lack of command over the language which can happen with anyone and any language but Indian English gives everyone valid reasons to laugh and refresh.
 
Indians get overwhelmed with the idea of using ‘Only’ and ‘No’ at the end of every sentence. It actually makes every sentence very easy to complete. ‘I am here only, ‘We are always having fun like that only’. ‘You are coming to the party no, Come no, I will miss you no’
 
Some of the Indian eateries and clothes shop have so funny shop names which change the whole meaning of the word and you cannot just control your laugh. Example: Sharma sweets and snakes, Ladies bottom - Rs 199 onwards, and Idly sambar becomes Italy samber.
 
A pathology sign board which says Blood, stool, urine, seman and pregnancy are tasted here. There is nothing to surprise if the patient dies before anything of his getting tasted. 
 
Fortunately, if Indians provide thousands reasons to bring smile on millions of people, they make you emotional too. ‘Pardesi babu’, a bollywood film released in 1998 and a popular song starring Govinda, had beautiful wordings, representing India says “Jaha pao me payal, hath me kangan, ho maathe pe bindiya, it happens only in India”

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We are like this only

Vikram kapoor

“I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English because English is a very funny language” is popular saying by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie ‘Namak Halaal’ in 1982. People may assume that Indians don’t know English but they do, even if it means literally translating a sentence thought out in another language.
Infact the problem for most Indians is that they end up converting English into Hinglish,
Hinglish is a mixture of the words “Hindi and "English". Many speakers do not realize that they are including English words into Hindi sentences or Hindi words into English sentences. The literal translation from ones mother tongue into English is also known as Indianism, and can really perplex a true English man. 
 
This is how a student wrote an essay on the ‘Cow’ in a competitive exam. “The cow is a successful animal. Also he is quadrupud, and because he is female, he gives milk, but will do so when he is got child. But he has got four legs together. Two are forward and two are afterwards. She chew with his teeth whom are situated in the inside of the mouth”.  
 
'Don't eat my brains' is a literal translation from Hindi where a euphemism is used in Hindi chastising someone not to worry them and if that is translated literally and Indianism is born.   
 
Indians use the words ‘Only’ and ‘No’ at the end of every sentence. Take for example --‘I am here only, ‘We are always having fun like that only’. ‘You are coming to the party no, Come no, I will miss you no’ this is not true blue English but it is accepted parlance in India which a foreigner might not understand.
 
Some of the Indian eateries have very funny shop names which change the whole meaning of the word and it difficult to control your laugh. Take for example: "Sharma sweets and snakes, Ladies bottom, Rs 199/- onwards", and Idly sambar becomes "Italy samber".
 
A sign board which is put up at a diagnostic centre boldly proclaims-- Blood, stool, urine, seman and pregnancy are tasted here. Don't be too surprised if the patient dies before anything of his gets tested. 
 
Fortunately, these Indianisms are able to bring a smile on millions of people's faces. ‘Pardesi babu’, a Bollywood film released in 1998 had a popular song starring Govinda, with an excellent line summing up an Indianism “Jaha pao me payal, hath me kangan, ho maathe pe bindiya, it happens only in India”

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New age DNA sequencing technologies are making personalised medicine a reality

Vikram kapoor

Each person’s unique identity comes from the identification of persons DNA which narrates the overall report of the human body. The information attained from new DNA sequencing technologies helps to identify individual body disease which response towards newly invented medical treatments known as personalised medicine.

Experts says that, this compact DNA sequence has the potential to change the way physicians care for patients by making use of technological devices in regular treatment to their patients.
The researchers says that different human body responds differently to similar diseases so personalised medicine in the form of medicated therapies is the urgent need of the hour as there are various diseases like melanoma, metastatic lung, breast or brain cancers and leukemia which allows physicians to select adapted treatments that can greatly increase their chance of survival.

There are side effects of different medicines which are prescribed by the doctors so the aim of the personalised medicine is to guide physicians in choosing the best drug to treat individual patient for a specific disease with least side effects.

Having a clearer picture of patients' complete genomes (genetic material of an organism) will also allow biomedical researchers to increase their understanding of how DNA variants work together to influence disease risk, said Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Last year 580,000 Americans (ie,1600 people per day) are expected to die of cancer. Similarly, one in every 20 babies born in the U.S. is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and 20 percent of infant deaths are a result of congenital or chromosomal defects.

With the amendment of new DNA sequencing, technology advances are occurring very fast. Processing power is doubling every six months while decreasing costs and increasing speeds have made it far easier to find out links between DNA sequence reforms and human disease.

Personalised medicine informs our understanding of disease origin; it informs understanding of our disease risk and also informs our understanding of disease treatment.

Growing interest in improving drugvalue has attracted huge investments in pharmacogenomics ( study of the role of genetics in drug response ) research in different countries like the European pharmacogenomics market which is the largest revenue maker, mainly because of high level of its awareness among medical professionals as well as the citizens.

Some of the pharmacogenomics based companies have come up with the InDNA technology to provide solutions to lifestyle related diseases such as coronary heart diseases, diabetes and obesity where a person has to order the test online after which a saliva kit will be shipped to the customer.

The price for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular services and checking status for all the three diseases vary between Rs 6999 and Rs 9999.

Though the current healthcare scenario is distinctly more of “trial-and-error”, the researchers believe that with the help of accuracy in treatment and adaptability of various medical therapies, new age DNA sequencing technologies are making personalised medicine a reality.