Going The Theatre Way To Bring Positivity In Life

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ~ Oscar Wilde

And indeed with its live presentation, the artists connect better with their audience, leave a lasting impact by its tradition of living in the present, transparency and immediate gesture or word.

Mime

Initiated in 1961 by International Theatre Institute, the World Theatre Day is celebrated across the world on 27th March.  With an aim to generate interest and awareness of this important medium of art in future generations, an yearly message by prominent stage artist, translated in more than 50 languages, is conveyed to the theatre fraternity and read to thousands of spectators.

Art For Wellness

The performing arts are known for creating an atmosphere that enhances wellness and grasping quality of children. The visuals tend to engage the imaginations of children and make them understand better. The right kind of cultural stories and influences also promote a feeling of security, responsibility and happiness quotient. This may prevent children from going astray, feel neglected or abused and from becoming violent as some studies claim, especially the under privileged children with low income families.

French Philosopher and Mathematician Blaise Pascal, has rightly said : “Imagination…creates beauty, justice and happiness which are everything in this world”

Across the world many institutions have resorted to involving children in music, mime, painting, ballet, dancing and plays to express themselves. The performing arts  aid in driving away the inhibitions of young children. The children gain confidence by exploring the medium fearlessly.

Mime

Researchers from the School of Social Policy Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, over two years have found that low-income New York City residents with more access to cultural resources experienced better education, security and health outcomes. The study  showed a 14% decrease in cases of child abuse and neglect, an 18% decrease in the serious crime rate and an 18% increase in the number of students scoring at the highest level on standardized math and English tests compared to low-income communities with fewer cultural resources.

Many Indian institutions have included theatre and performing arts as tools to engage kids and motivate participation especially for under privileged children. The Child’s Play India Organisation provides Music lessons and instruments for under privileged children in Goa.

Salam Bombay Foundation also works to promote this among the children in its educative programmes. With an aim to keep the children in school and lower drop-out rates, an experimental Play ‘Eka Dhotrachi Gosht’ – a production by theatre students from the Academy has held several successful shows across the country including performances at the National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Recently a group of students of Stanford University, Stanford Talisman, interacted and performed along with Salam Bombay Foundation’s Academy of Arts students thus giving the children an international exposure and a hope of dreaming big.

Stanford talisman

If theatre and performing arts could be utilized in keeping children aware and away from a life of crime, what else could be better than that? World today is in dire need of compassionate souls, less rage and more happiness and love…

“The object of art is to give life shape”~William Shakespeare

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तू मेरा आसमां


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This year on Women’s Day, I had written a poem dedicated to men in my life…my husband and father. I forgot to post this poetry on blog but posted on Facebook.

Here it is now:

वो समंदर जहां
मिलता है न आसमां से
उस छोर तक तैर आऊं
चाहती हूं मैं
और हर लहर की तरह
किनारे पर लौट आऊं
चाहती हूं मैं….

वो आकाश जहां
झिलमिला जाते हैं न चांद सितारे
उस नीली छतरी को नाप आऊं
चाहती हूं मैं
और हर पंछी की तरह
घरौंदे पर लौट आऊं
चाहती हूं मैं

वो भीनी सी धूप में
खिल उठती है कली जैसे
यूं ही बरबस महक उठूं
चाहती हूं मैं
ठंडी छांव में फिर तेरी छुप जाऊं
चाहती हूं मैं

तू मेरा आसमां
तू मेरी धरती
तू ही मेरा समंदर
तेरा साथ पाकर
उन्मुक्त जीना
चाहती हूं मैं

Thanks to all those men who are the wind under the wings of their wives, daughters and sisters #internationalwomensday

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Salaam Bombay Foundation: Creating Better Lives


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Salaam Bombay Foundation

Salaam Bombay Foundation

Sushant Khetle started working as an apprentice with SIEMENS for advanced technical skills program after completing Mobile repair course in 2014-15 through vocational training course Skills@School initiative by Salaam Bombay Foundation. He could earn Rs 7100  as a trainee and contribute towards the family income. “The course at Salaam Bombay Foundation, guided me towards a career in technical trade. I always wanted to learn about technology and the course helped realize my dream” says an elated Sushant.

Amreen started to train in hockey at the Sports Academy of Salaam Bombay and is hopeful of making a name for herself. Kavita Sonar too played hockey at state level and earned few scholarships to continue her education. She works as a salon manager and attributes her growth to training at Salaam Bombay.

These are but a few examples of underprivileged children who could break the shackles of poverty, ignorance and social pressures to emerge winners from circumstances.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to be born in families that raised and educated us to stand on our feet today,  might take things like school, access to clean food and water, shelter and clothes granted. But it is those who are deprived of such basic things that are guided and helped by the Salaam Bombay Foundation.

The foundation believes in ‘A child in school has future‘.  And with this faith  the NGO works with kids from a young age when they are most susceptible to give up on school.

salaam bombay

The Salaam Bombay Foundation not only steers kids in right direction by making them understand the importance of education but provides guidance in various vocational fields besides basic education. It also tries to involve kids in initiatives related to health thereby making the impressionable minds understand perils of unhealthy, undernourished and addicted life.

An anti-tobacco drive where kids  participated with their families in putting up stalls of home-cooked healthy low-cost food and collaborated with government agencies in fighting against tobacco.

When I heard about them I felt happy that someone is trying to make a difference and creating better lives.

I hope to help at least one child in realizing a dream someday. Let us all work towards making someone reach a respectable place in society.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I found the foundation’s work praiseworthy and hence this write up. Please check their credentials before getting involved.

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Book Review: The Conquest Of East

Book: Conquest Of The East
Author: R. Durgadoss
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publication
Conquest Of the East
Since I haven’t read the earlier book of this series, I don’t know how much this book connects with back story.

I became quite fascinated with history of Chola kings when I moved to Tamilnadu for a year. There was nothing much in school books while growing up.

While visiting the living Chola Temples around Thanjavur, I had the opportunity to visit Gangaikondacholapuram, a town and temple established by Rajendra Chola after his victorious campaign till River Ganga in north.

The book ‘Conquest of east’ is based on that very conquest. The story however has nice dose of fiction amalgamated with few facts of history.

The story features ‘Sagar’ a brave man who takes various rebirths to help in achieving the victory. I however have not related that part well with story. I would have liked to read more about Sagar  but may be that part has been dealt with in earlier books of the series.

In all, the story was good and kept me wanting to turn the page.  At some places story took the form of bulleted information which personally I did not like even if it was taking the story ahead because it broke the flow of the story and felt as if I was reading a document on historic findings instead of fiction story.

Read it… may be along with previous parts.

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Book Review: The Code Of Manavas

Book: The Code Of Manavas
Author: Arpit Bakshi
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publication

 

Code of Manavas

Code Of Manavas

Mythological stories were products of rich imaginations of ancient writers who mixed reality and fantasy so well that now ages later we wonder how much of it happened, how much is real history and what all is fantasy? Did asuras really exist? Did some men really have supernatural powers that today we consider them gods? Are Ramayan and Mahabharat just epic stories or there is some truth in the events?

Mythology hence can be interpreted to one’s fertile imagination and stories added to various events from original ones.

A 21st century person would naturally add science fiction to mythology. And that is what Arpit Bakshi has attempted with his book “The Code Of Manavas”.

The book begins many years later when seemingly the world as we know has changed drastically and is inhabited by new species of Homo sapiens called ‘manavas’. The story tells of a crisis on earth and its imminent annihilation and the new age ‘Krishna’ trying to find another habitable planet for the existing species. Another group of people who supposedly exist from ancient age in small numbers live on other end of the land mass. The interaction between the two group of people is governed by  a code of conduct. This code of manavas guides everyone to not interfere in each other’s existence. However the impending doom requires both groups to work together as one force against the saboteurs and natural forces.

The author has embarked on the story very ambitiously in creating a time period which is much ahead in future. The story has few portions dedicated to the ancient mythology woven into the narrative. Then there is the mention of  magnetic trains and thought controlled computers and data. There is also ‘Kansa’  and ‘Jarasandh’ as enemies in new avatar. There is a mysterious sabotage. Then the new planet which new age Krishna is seeking is being created from scratch by inducing life, creating dinosaurs and what not.

While the story tries various angles …sometimes modern sometimes reminiscent of ancient era but it didn’t feel binding. The story did not create an impressive narrative for me. Just by giving the names like ‘bhoomidium’ to an imaginary element which is being pumped in the humans and nature to make them immortal and free of diseases and a few other terms loosely thrown in the story. A story set in millions of year ahead of present day should have had so much more science fiction instead of half of it retelling the ancient story in not very flattering way. The author’s imagination falls short. The teleportation and magnetic trains is an imagination which I grew up on. I was expecting more.

The author has put everything in one book…romance, science fiction, mythology and which has left me unimpressed. But if a light read is your idea of story, go ahead and enjoy.

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Alma Femilift For Women’s Intimate Health


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Women are the backbone of their homes and the society whether any one acknowledges this fact or not. Whether she is working outside or whether she is a homemaker, it is a woman who keeps the social fabric alive.

However with almost most domestic chores falling on women’s shoulders, they tend to take all kinds of stress and relegate their health to later with family and its requirement topping the list of priorities. And often its the women’s health that remains least talked about. Attention to emotional or mental and physical well being of women gets overlooked.

Physically a woman’s body undergoes lot more wear and tear over the years due to child birth or hormonal changes, lack of enough exercise or mental stress and of course age. When it comes to intimate wellness of a woman, there is a kind of stigma attached to health issues. And it doesn’t help either with women shying away from talking about it and getting timely appropriate help.

Childbirth and age cause maximum stress on muscular tissues of women’s body.  Unless women are very mindful of healthy living practices, eating and exercising, the muscular stress may lead to vaginal laxity that causes decreased satisfaction in intimacy with partner, stress urinary incontinence that leads to urine leakages and /or vaginal dryness.

Alma Femilift steps in here to solve such wellness issues of women for a better feminine life.

Alma Femilift

Alma Femilift

In an introductory talk by Dr Bharati Dhorepatil that I had the opportunity to attend, many doubts were laid to rest.

Dr Bharati Dhorepatil

Dr Bharati Dhorepatil

Femilift that uses laser technology to treat various issues, is a quick solution that is painless, minimally invasive and with quick recovery. It is a process that is conducted in an out patient  setting which means no operating, no anesthesia or admission to recuperate in hospital wards.

According to the doctor “it is a short procedure that takes hardly as much time as it takes for a visit to beauty parlour”. 

  • The procedure is well suited for women in initial stages or mild to moderate vaginal laxity or incontinence.

If left untreated it may require surgical treatment. 

A few benefits of Alma Femilift:

• Fast, homogeneous treatments
• Minimally invasive
• Outpatient treatment CO2 technology which is clinically proven
• Optimal For collagen remodeling
• Safe, easy & effective
• Immediate results
• Hygienic, single use probe

In this age and era, women need not be shy in either talking about their needs and desires or intimate health which may affect their sexual satisfaction and every day life. They need not suffer for long before getting the problem solved surgically. They can in utmost privacy talk to their doctor and get the Femilift procedure done in minutes.

The procedure is completed in three sittings and certain precautions after the procedure need to be adhered to for the specific duration that the doctor might advise. Read for more information on Femilift here.

So here is to more freedom of choice and a better feminine life…more power to women.

Disclaimer:

  • The introductory talk was conducted by Shree Hospital to promote Alma Femilift.
  • The author is not a doctor and is not trained to offer expert advice on medical procedures or health issues
  • The author has not taken the treatment and can not advice on side effects if any. 
  • It is the reader’s responsibility to check with their Gynecologist about the pros and cons or necessity of the procedure. 
  • This post was created to create awareness about possible facilities for wellness of women.
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Vikramaditya Veergatha Book III: Vengeance Of Indra

Book: Vengeance Of Indra
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Publication: Jaico Books

The third in series Vikramaditya Veergatha is Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath.

(Also read reviews of Book I and Book II)

With Vikramditya’s challenges becoming more and more difficult in every story, one wonders whether the human king will emerge unscathed and victorious? The third book has more devastation in store both to Vikramaditya’s personal relationships and to his city and empire.

The devas and asuras join hands to maximize destruction on valiant king and his councilmen. But besides the physical devastation that the combined forces unleash, it is the emotional hurt that they seek in the third book. The new allies who otherwise do not see eye to eye hope to wreck the king’s support system by driving a wedge in relationships, to break the king’s heart, to turn his most trusted friends into enemy. From spells to lies to sowing doubts, the enemy leaves no trick to obtain Halahal. Defeated again and again Indra seeks vengeance and comes up with a devious plan by planting a enemy within the palace.

The king however still aims to stay true to his promise of protecting Halahal even at the cost of his loved ones and leaves no stone unturned to seek out new alliances in fighting the wars of land and ‘dharma’.

The great thing about this story is that though the first three books seem to bring only more problems for the king but nowhere is it repeated. It doesn’t get dull. New challenges, new enemies and new conspiracies keep the reader turning the pages.

Honestly I am waiting for the concluding Book IV in hope to see the king emerge victorious and all evil defeated.

So go on and read the VIKRAMADITYA VEERGATHA.

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