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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Javed Akhtar's 'The Golden Years' wardrobe decoded!

 While it is not uncommon to spot an embroidered kurta or a sherwani at Indian weddings or festivals, what emerged as an important exposé on the fashion runways,this time,was that designers positioned traditional Indian menswear in the wardrobes not just as festive wear, but also as formal, casual or even club wear. 

Having said that, Noted lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar is trending for all the right reasons. he is giving us some serious wardrobe envy with his ethnic style. his latest show The Golden Years’ A Musical Journey With Javed Akhtar airs every sunday at 8pm on Zee Classic. Javed Akhtar will present the untold stories of musical maestros of 1950-1975 era and their soulful renditions from that period. its a show not to be missed! Also not to  be missed are Javed Aktar's classy outfits which he is seen sporting on the show.  his love for kurtas is very well known. he is spotted wearing hand-woven ensembles in unusual designs and stunning kurta buttons in silver and beads.His variety of carefully crafted kurtas along with silver and oxidized buttons are the talk of the town. We give you an exclusive sneak-peak into the world of Javed Akhtar’s ethnic wear and reactions that followed.

Cues we get from Javed Akhtar’s style quotient:
Custom made is the way to go
His regal kurtas are custom made for him with an eye for detail starting from the cloth to design, lining, and style, combining the perfect accessories to add the wow factor. The designer ensures that the handwork and the colors complement each other seamlessly. You can choose from an array of block prints, khadi, applique, embroidery, patch work, linen, and many more.


Color it up
Gone are the days, when men only sported white and black kurtas. Opt for bright and unique colors like orange, blue, burgundy and even yellow. If Javed Saab can pull it off, so can you! You have the freedom to experiment with contrasts and mix match too.


Accessorize right
Accessorizing well can elevate the look of an outfit in more ways than you can imagine. Kurta buttons are making a statement (see images below) and can add grandeur to your look. You can also choose from pocket watches, dupatta, brooches, drapes, etc to make a statement. 


Get ready to walk down memory lane through The Golden Years  A Musical Journey With Javed Akhtar, every Sunday at 8 PM only on Zee Classic

Friday, April 22, 2016

Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa unveils Top 12 contestants!

 India’s first and the most definitive singing reality show – Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has completed 21 years since its launch in 1995. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has been at the pinnacle of defining and redefining musical talent. It is back on television with an all-new season after a hiatus of four years. The show has been instrumental in identifying, grooming and opening the doors to the industry for some of the country's most remarkable musical talent including Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, ShekharRavjiani, Bela Shende, Sanjivani, Kamal Khan and RanjeetRajwada over the last two decades. The quest in the current season is to find the voices of tomorrow – the most unique voices that will truly represent contemporary India. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa  airs every Saturday-Sunday at 9:30 PM on Zee TV.
                                                                       Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is a brand that has always showcased the highest claibre of talent that no other singing reality show has been able to match upto. It always broke out of its category cliché and convention with every season.  The current season sees acclaimed music personalities Mika Singh, SajidWajid and PritamChakraborti as Mentors to the contestants who will add value to their journey of growth as singers And Aditya Narayan is the host. The much revered music platform has evolved its format over the years from episodic winners to a pyramid structure and its latest season has introduced a panel of 30 jury members from the music fraternity to evaluate the contestants. The jury represents different components of today’s music scene from DJs to music producers to singers, arrangers and lyricists with each of the contestants being evaluated from 30 different musical perspectives. So, this season, the challenge only gets tougher.

You’ve watched thousands of young aspirants from across the country sing their way into the auditions of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. You’ve been spell-bound by their soulful voices, been touched by their stories of struggle …  now, celebrate their victories as only the best amongst the lot secure their positions amongst the Top 12  and embark on their journey of singing on India’s biggest singing reality show!

They were selected from across the country and have been allocated to teams led by each of the mentors: Mika’s team comprises Abhigyan Das, Hashmat-Sultana, Zuber Hasmi, and RupaliJagga. 

Pritam will mentor Harjot Kaur, Kushal Paul, Senjyoti Das, Sachin Kumar Valmikan 
                                                                       Pic- (L-R) Sachin Kumar, Harjot, Pritam Chakravorty, Senjyoti and Kushal Paul

                                 Pic- (L-R) Sachin Kumar, Harjot, PritamChakravorty, Senjyoti and Kushal Paul

while Sajid-Wajid will guide and groom JyoticaTangree, JagpreetBajwa, Tanveer Hussain, AshmitaKar.

The musical battle for the coveted trophy of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa  2016 has begun. Tell me which team you support in the comments below.  Don't forget to catch all the action every saturday-sunday at 9:30 PM on Zee TV.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fantastico exercises

EXERCISE. How many of us dread this word? Most of us! After all who likes to wake up early morning and then run after nothing or go to the gym and struggle with the instruments or practice yoga and end up making fun of yourself. These are sure helpful in losing fat but just not 'my' type. According to me these are monotonous and require a lot of commitment which I just can't give because I am lazy and I know it! So bored by these exercises and tired of carrying the extra weight around I discovered my type of exercises- the fantastico five.

Wanna get hold of my discoveries? Here they are-

  1. Skipping rope- you must have done this in your childhood. isn't it fun? It's a fast and easy way to achieve your goal. If you are just starting make your rounds atleast 1-2 minutes long. Increase your time limit by 1 minute every 3rd day. No. of rounds should be atleast 6 per day. Remember a little commitment goes a long way!

  1. Zumba-  Zumba is a dance fitness program which involves dance and aerobic elements. It's a very enjoyable activity. Free tutorials and videos are easily available on you tube. After this you'll not only feel light but thoroughly enjoyed. Say zumba do zumba!

  1. Swinging- I know it's an outdoor activity but trust me it's worth it. I love to go for a stroll at night after dinner. The air is cooler and not many people around. The  park is devoid of kids around this time so a perfect time to take a swing. Swinging is the most therapeutic activity of all. How much tensions, worries and depressive thoughts you may have, after swinging it's all vanished and you feel optimistic. It has a joy of its own during night time as the sky is clear with lots of stars. As you go back and forth it seems you gonna grab them. I know it sounds childish but that's what it does to you, makes you a kid again. Takes you back to the time when tension, worries were alien to you.  As obvious It's my most  favorite activity.

  1. In- house squash-  my recent discovery. Apart from the advantages of walls mentioned in my earlier blog post "Quality Walls" walls can be helpful in exercises too. Make wall your tennis buddy and play with it. It's a fun game as walls are very competitive and unbeatable. The materials you need are a ball and racket. If you don't have a racket you can very well use a thick cardboard book or a writing pad. It's kinda an addictive activity so don't push yourself after your clothes get all sweaty.

  1. Household chores- if you already do these good! Those who do not well you should. Doing household chores has double advantage. First the activity itself will get completed and second they are good exercises. Some household chores like blending dough with hands and mopping are very advantageous for the body.

I've shared what I had to.these fantastio five are fun and impactful. If you have any other fantastico exercises please do share! and always remember every drop of sweat counts!! 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The fantastico world of love



Exchanging of greeting cards showing a naked winged boy shooting an arrow through heart, transformation of college corridor into a flirting zone ,singles panicking and the breaking news about proposals acceptance and rejection , the valentine month has started... and I hated it.
Ria and Dev (my BFFs) approached my desk. Ria had something in her hand...oh, another display of affection by Rohit,a greeting card. finding me looking at it Ria hid it behind. she knew what was I going through.
"why you hiding it? afraid I'll start crying like a baby just because I've never received one of those?" I asked.
"No, actually it's a bit funny. I am afraid you'll make fun of it and then brand people in relationship as "STUPID" she answered.
That got me curious. I had to have a look at it. I snatched the greeting card from her hand. it was huge. not to mention lots of hearts and the word "love" in bold italics. it had lots of pages. each page featuring the famous couples starting with Adam and eve, then romeo-Juliet, shahjahan-mumtaz, heer-ranjha and so on. the funny part- their faces were replaced by Ria and Rohit's faces. I broke out into a laughter. Ria snatched the card from my hand and said "I knew it!" "you people are stupid!" I retorted.
"No they are crazy in love" Dev who was silently standing all this while spoke. I was startled to hear this comment from him. he was like me. we both were single and enjoyed making fun of couples. he was a happy single guy whereas I was slowly turning into a relationship wannabe.
I wanted to tease Dev but Ria cut me off "Shreya  I know what you are going through. but believe me when the time comes your 'special someone' will enter your life. until then take solace in knowing that you both are under the same sky."
I was done with the waiting game. it was time to take this matter into my own hands. that "special someone" is out there somewhere. I just have to find him. so I decided to go on a love hunting spree. all I needed was a sign from the universe giving me a hint where should I start my journey from. Ria shook me. "hey can you please return this library book for me. I am going out with Rohit."  okay so library it is.
I was browsing the book shelves in library when I heard someone fall. a guy fell off carrying a pile of books. I helped him in picking up the books. I saw his face. he was Uday, the topper of our class. I didn't know about him much but whenever I needed his notes he always gave me. he being topper his notes were in big demand but he never denied me and made me go empty handed without notes. why? that rang a bell. I asked him. "'coz Dev always used to reserve it for you before anyone else."he replied. oh Dev My best friend.:) "is there anything else you want to tell me?" I asked smiling. "Nothing, I think" he replied reluctantly.
I couldn't sleep.....just tossing and turning in bed. I called Ria my 2:00 am buddy and told her everything. Ria was surprised at first.
" I always knew Dev had a thing for you. whenever professors ask you questions and you go blank he diverts professor's attention by asking them a doubt. he also convinced Laxmi mam to shift him in our practical batch not because Laxmi mam was his favorite but because someone else was." Ria teased me.
"welcome to the other side. isn't this world of love amazing?" Ria, the love ambassador spoke.
"it's fantastico!" I answered. 
That night I just couldn't sleep. I suddenly could relate to all the love songs. that feeling of being loved by someone was over powering. My special someone was so close to me all this while and I never knew. As the dawn was rising so were the butterflies in my stomach. how will I face him? how will I react if he decides to propose?  will I be able to utter those magical four words to him?
                                                      "I love you too!"

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

karmic music


Somewhere up , up, more up, upper than your imagination can take you, God the almighty was feeling bored. Now how to kill this boredom? That's when an idea struck him! Why not organize a game?
 "Yeahhh! Let's have a game with Earthians…oh no I can't do that. I already had enough games with them today, like the guy who wanted to see some local videos but couldn't because "The video you have requested is not available for your geographic region." the guy who fell in cow shit and found a diamond ring! Hohoho…..that was fun!" 
Time to make an announcement to the heaven and hell people! " hello  inhabitants of heaven and hell. Heaveners, do you want to have fun for heaven's sake? and Hellers, do you want to escape further torture? Then we have the right opportunity for you! Play my fantastico game and win!"
Everybody was excited! Heaveners sipping holy drink, seated in soft comfortable chairs were waiting for the contest to start whereas Hellers were behind the bars, with guards poking them with their sharp weapons.  One player from each side stood at the starting line. On the sound of the whistle blow both will have to start running and reach the piano kept at some distance. Upon reaching there they'll have to play the piano. Whoever will reach first and play the most melodious music will win.  
God blew the whistle. Both started racing. The Heavener reached the piano and was getting ready to play it. Heller was trying hard but couldn't reach the piano. The closer he was getting to piano the farther the piano was getting from him. By this time Heavener started playing the piano. He sang a song about how heaven is the best place and god the kindest,the wisest,the handsomest etc. God was loving every bit of it especially the part about him which was almost every part. the impact of the music was so great that God's pearly tears started flowing. once he finished, God and Heaveners started applauding. by this time heller had finally reached his piano and started singing the song titled "the Karma drama". the song suggested to throw the karma system and to bring in its place the lottery system. Hellers cheered. God thought the song was nonsensical and not even pleasing to ears. so Heavener was declared the winner and Heller loser. Now was the time to award the winner and give punishment to the loser. God snapped his fingers.

 A girl in shopping store browsing some clothes. Checks the price tag "too expensive!" moves to footwear collection. Again "too expensive!" she decides to call it quits. Moves ahead to pay for a lipstick she bought. Just then confetti starts showering on her. The salesgirl shouts "congrats on being our 1000th customer. You win a Rs. 10000 voucher! Happy shopping!!!" lucky girl, isn't she? Why not she be as she was the Heavener who won.

 A boy writing his paper in exam hall. In his mind "wow such an easy paper. I'll surely top!" he suddenly stops writing. He can't remember the answer. Moves to another question. He has forgotten this answer too. It was as if his memory containing the answers was erased. He's puzzled. He can't write anything. He was the Heller!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.