HYDERABAD’S KARATE KID

Representing one’s country on an international platform and winning a medal is no cakewalk. Purvi Sharma, an 11-year-old from the city, recently won a silver medal in the under-12 kids Kumite event at the WKU World Championship 2018 held in Athens, Greece.

Being the youngest member of the Indian contingent (which consisted of 11 members, including eight participants and three officials), Purvi has made her family, school and coach extremely proud. Continuous training under her coach Mohd. Pasha, from the age of seven, propelled her to win many state medals as well.

Purvi started learning karate as part of her extra-curricular activities at St Peter’s Grammar School and has received a brown belt.

“It was not an easy task for us. We had to arrange a good amount of money at the last minute, as her sponsor backed out. We have had to take a huge loan. However, the joy of watching my child represent the country and win a silver medal has made us very happy and we are proud of her,” share Amita and Sanjay Sharma, Purvi’s parents.

The constant support of her family, principal, teachers, and her coach played a vital role in Purvi’s achievement. Her mother quit her job to be with her daughter during practice sessions. And her elder sister Surabhi along with her coach, who are her biggest motivation, have always guided her. Her school principal, Shanti, had let Purvi write her exams at a time convenient to her, as she had a few visa issues. “I just could not think of missing my studies or my coaching. Waking up early, preparing for my exams and at the same time preparing for the competition was a very tough task for me. I am very happy and thankful and now I aim to win the gold in the next competition that is to be held in Austria in 2019,” concludes Purvi.

…    COURTESY      DECCAN CHRONICLE

 

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Remarkable tales from Indian Mythology Epics

The myriad allegories mentioned in ancient scriptures and epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana have been a rich source of inspiration to many Indian artists. These stories have been recreated and retold a number of times and yet each artist excels in enlivening them with a completely new and fresh perspective.

Ramesh Gorjala is one such dedicated painter who has carved a niche for himself in the international art milieu at a young age and has excelled in retelling the age old and popular episodes about Gods and Goddesses in striking compositions.

 

Born in a family of weavers, as a young boy, Ramesh learnt the traditional Kalamkari style of painting from his uncle, Theertham Balaji. Kalamkari is an age old method of printing on cotton cloth by using organic colours. Mostly done by wooden blocks, some sections are also accentuated by using a pen and thus the name Kalamkari (Kalam-pen, kari-handicraft). At his hometown, Srikalahasthi, Kalamkari is deeply ingrained as an indispensible part and parcel of the environment. The town is renowned because of many inhabitants who practice in the ancient Indian art form of Kalamkari, there. Ramesh Gorjala has come a long way from where he started.

After learning the traditional technique I accomplished my graduation in fine arts from JNAFAU (Jawaharlal Nehru architecture and fine arts University), Hyderabad.

At present a series of his works are on display at Park Hyatt, Hyderabad in a solo show titled, Chronicles of Mythology, organised by Gallery Space. The works are an extension of his hallmark style wherein the mythological figures and the multiple allegories attached to their persona get exemplified in a stylistically rich manner. Ganesha, Hanuman, Krishna, Vishnu get depicted along with their multiple characteristics, strengths and attributes. A single, flowing-continuous contour defines the central character while the space inside the form and around it is embedded with multiple fine drawings. These intricate and detailed figures, and other elements are rendered carefully and with an apparent eye for detail.

The colour palette is earthy and contains a lot of rich Indian red, ochre and scarlet hues. A unanimous stylisation binds each and every section and aspect of the picture surface into a single harmony. In one of the works a graceful, enlarged figure of the Kamdhenu reigns is all over the picture surface. A bovine goddesses Kamdhenu is described in Hindu scriptures as a sacred cow that is believed to imbibe various Gods and Goddesses within her entity. In Ramesh’s intriguing depiction the cow is white and winged, its body is ingrained with continuous narratives that shed details about its origin and its mention in the texts. The intricately rendered imagery grants a rich textural quality, intrinsic stirring and vivaciousness to the space. The division of the composition is handled with a contemporary stance and the inclusion of chequered areas enhances the modern aspects of the expression.

Ramesh Gorjala is a prolific painter and frequently shows his works in India and abroad. Some of his paintings are a part of the most precious and prominent collections worldwide. His works pay tribute to the ancient art tradition of the place where he was born and grew up, they celebrate the essence of a stylisation which is precious and worthy of being preserved as an alive art form.

At present when most of the traditional artists who worked in the technique are shifting to cities for their livelihood and Kalamkari is being practiced by very few of them; the works rendered by Ramesh make a serious effort in rekindling its charm and ethos in a very contemporary stance. Ramesh Gorjala is passionately committed to his work and looks forward to a couple of upcoming projects. While talking about his present engagements he says, “Right now, I am painting a series of landscapes which will also be rendered in the kind of style that I have been working in. Adding, “Another series that I am working on is based on the Vahanas (vehicles) of the Gods, which I plan to exhibit in a solo show in a few months time from now,” he concludes.

courtesy      Deccan  Chronicle

A WEDDING GIFT:_*

She married him today. At the end of the wedding    party, her mother gave her a newly  opened bank   savings passbook, with $1000 deposited in it.    She told her, “My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your married life. Whenever something    happy and memorable happens in your new life, put    some money in. Write down what it’s about next to the   amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I’ve done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after many years, you will know how much happiness you’ve both shared.’ 

She shared this with   him after getting home. Both of them thought it was a  great idea and couldn’t wait to make the next deposit!   This is what the passbook looked like after a while: – 7Feb: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage    1 Mar: $300, she gets a salary raise   20 Mar: $200, vacation     15 Apr: $2000, She’s pregnant!     1 Jun: $1000, He gets the big promotion and so on…  However, as the years went by, they began fighting   and arguing over trivial things. They didn’t talk much.

They regretted that they had married the most nasty   person in the world. There was no more love.  One day she talked to her Mother. ‘Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can’t imagine how I decided to marry this guy!’    Her mother replied, ‘Sure, that’s no big deal. Just do whatever you want, if   you really can’t stand it.

But before that, do one thing remember the savings passbook I gave you on your  wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first.  You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor   marriage.’   She agreed with her mother. So she went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account.   While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears.   She left and went home. When she got home, she handed the passbook to her hubby and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.

So the next day, he went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record. He looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. His eyes were filled with tears.   He left and went home. He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: ‘This is the day I realized how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.’ They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe. 

*Marriage is not a game, it’s not easy but it’s beautiful.* *You will fight and argue,* *this is normal, because the both of you came from* *different*  *background* *different homes and you both were raised by*  *different parents, beliefs and moral*. *So you cannot expect that everything you say will be accepted by your spouse without their opinion being tendered first. So before you give up, think back to the good times and to what brought you together in the first place*

Dedicated to all married couples.

 

Pihu to enter the guinness book of world records ?

As national award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri prepares for the release of his upcoming film, Pihu, on November 16, rumour has it that the drama-thriller may make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The film produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur under Roy Kapur Films is unique in that it is the only film to have just a single character one played by a two-year-old. And the producers are reported to be in the talks with the Guinness World Records authorities to make the feat official.

Says director Vinod Kapri, “Honestly, I cannot believe that Pihu may be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. The thought never came to my mind while making the film that captures the innocence of a little girl. Pihu is really close to my heart and I am very excited to share it with the audience. Making it into the Guinness Book will be a great achievement for me as a filmmaker who’s trying to push the boundaries of cinema.”

The film has already been screened at international film festivals in Vancouver, Palm Springs, Iran, Morocco and Germany and garnered rave reviews. It was even deemed the Best Film at the festival in Morocco and it was chosen as the opening film for the International Film Festival of India, Goa (2017). Now, it’s all set to reach the masses.

 

courtesy     Deccan Chronicle

THE PATHAN OF PATHRA

Today, 19 of the 34 temples in Pathra in West Bengal have been restored to their former glory

“Bash on.” That’s probably what Yeasin Pathan says to himself when he wakes up every morning. You just can’t miss his never-say-die attitude when you meet the frail 66-year-old. How else do you explain the grit of a Class IX dropout, and a devout Muslim, who has been crusading for the conservation of 34 temples for the last 42 years?

Pathan has been in love with Hindu temples ever since he was a child. Looked upon with suspicion by both Hindus and Muslims for this long love affair, Pathan is today inured to the jibes, threats and hurdles.

The story begins when Pathan was a child. Captivated by the terracotta temples he chanced upon in Pathra, a village close to his own, in Midnapore district of West Bengal, their dilapidated condition set him thinking. And by the time he was 17, he had kick-started his ‘save the temples’ mission. This was in 1971. He had no archaeology or history degree to show on his CV, but Pathan realised the temples were “part of our heritage, and people should be prevented from walking away with bits of it.”

Garnering support

To start with, Pathan got the villagers together, Hindus, Muslims and Adivasis. He told the people of Pathra it was in their hands to preserve their heritage for posterity. As expected, Pathan found himself up against opposition. People from his community were enraged he was advocating the preservation of structures where idols are worshipped. “The Hindus of the area were miffed too, because I prevented them from stealing the bricks off the temples and selling them,” he says, smiling.

Statues for sale

Even the descendants of the zamindars who had built the structures were trying to make money by selling carvings and statues. Pathan was, clearly, surrounded by a ring of fire. That’s when innate wisdom told him he must give the locals a vision to aspire for: that if Pathra became a tourist destination, “the village and its adjoining areas would get roads, electricity, water, and business.” The semblance of a truce followed.

Under his leadership the local community set about first clearing the wild growth of weeds around the monuments. Then, Pathan mobilised rallies at the district headquarters in Midnapore to demand funds. There were scuffles, and he would rush to Midnapore to bring the police to Pathra.

Yeasin Pathan   | Photo Credit: Ashok Nath Dey

But his efforts began to bear fruit.

Money started trickling in; IIT Kharagpur stepped in to help with the conservation. Pathan set up an NGO, Pathra Archaeological Preservation Committee, which, apart from its core agenda, also became a forum for communal harmony. The then Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson, Pranab Mukherjee, sanctioned ₹20 lakh for Pathra. The biggest victory for Pathan was when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over restoration work in 2003.

Guide for tourists

Meanwhile, Pathan realised he needed a steady source of income. He now had a wife and four children. To make ends meet, in 1974 he became an attendant in a school in Hatiholka, his village. He also worked as a stringer for newspapers, and when curious tourists visited Pathra, Pathan became their guide. But he never wavered in his mission to conserve the temples.

Although Pathra’s residents acknowledged his pioneering work over the years, he has faced testing times. Gasping for breath ( he has two blockages in his heart), he recounts how he had to go into hiding after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. “Muslims wanted to lynch me for protecting temples while Hindus were breaking mosques.”

Only one guard

Today, 19 of the 34 temples in Pathra have been restored to their former glory. All under the eagle eye of Pathan, who says ruefully: “Such a big area, and only one guard to protect it.” Some 9.5 acres around the temples are being beautified by ASI. Pathan’s new fight is to get 70 farmers their compensation for the land they had to give up around the temple.

“You know how it is… unless we make a noise, the state will take its own sweet time,” he says.

Dressed in a cotton shirt, trousers and chappals, the bespectacled Pathan retired from his school job in 2012, and gets a pension of ₹9,600 per month. His family wants him to take it easy now. The years of travel, the erratic sleep and irregular meals, have all taken a toll on his health. He can’t afford treatment for his heart and kidneys.

“Stay at home; rest, they say. But if I stop now, all those years of fighting will go down the drain. Now is when everything should fall into place,” says a tired but eternally optimistic Pathan.

Professional procrastinator and looker out of window, the writer works at O.P. Jindal University.

 

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UNIQUE VILLAGES IN INDIA:* ‍♀

*01. SHANI SHIGNAPUR, Maharashtra.*

*In the entire Village all Houses are without Doors. Even No Police Station. No Thefts.* 

*02. SHETPHAL, Maharashtra.*

*Villagers have SNAKES in every family as their members.* 

*03. HIWARE BAZAR, Maharashtra.*

*Richest Village in India. 60 Millionaires. No one is poor and highest GDP.* 

*04. PUNSARI, Gujrat.*

*Most modern Village. All Houses with CCTV & WI-FI. All street lights are Solar Powered.* 

*05. JAMBUR, Gujarat.*

*All villagers look like Africans but are Indians. Nicknamed as African Village.* 

*06. KULDHARA, Rajasthan.*

*Haunted village. No one lives there. All Houses are abandoned.* 

*07. KODINHI, Kerela.*

*Village of TWINS. More than 400 Twins*. 

*08. MATTUR, Karnataka.*

*Village with 100% SANSKRIT speaking people in their normal day to day conversation.* 

*09. BARWAAN KALA, Bihar.*

*Village of Bachelors. No marriage since last 50 years.* 

*10. MAWLYNNONG, Meghalaya.*

*Cleanest village of Asia. Also with an amazing Balancing huge Rock on a tiny rock.* 

*11. RONGDOI, Assam.*

*As per Villagers beliefs, Frogs are married to get RAINS.*

*Many of us don’t know these unique things of these places ..so keep sharing*.

*Mera Bharath mahan.*

 

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JYOTI

*A girl, who had been picked up from a garbage pile, gave a return gift 25 years later*
A real life story that happened in *Tinsukia District, Assam*…One fine day, a vegetable seller, *Soberan*, was coming home, pushing his vegetable thela.  *He heard a baby crying from the bushes*.   Soberan went near the bush and saw an innocent child lying on the heap of garbage, crying.   Soberane looked around, waited a while and when no one appeared, lifted her in the lap.   It was an infant girl. Soberan brought her home.
Soberan was 30 years old at that time and was not even married. Soberan was very happy after finding that girl. He decided to raise her and not marry!!!Soberan  *named that girl Jyoti*.!!   Soberan thought he should work hard day and night and did not let her feel the lack of anything. He sent her to school and did everything he could to fulfill her needs.Even if he had to remain hungry, he never let his daughter fall short of anything. 
Years passed by….., And    *Jyoti* graduated in Computer Science in 2013. She started preparing for competitive exams.  *In 2014, Jyoti performed brilliantly in the examination conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission and was appointed the Assistant Income Tax Commissioner*!!!
Soberan got wet with tears after seeing his daughter  fulfilling all her dreams.!!!
At present, Jyoti is taking good care of her father and is fulfilling all his wishes.
Even though she insists on his relaxing at least now, her father still runs the vegetable vendor trade.      Soberan says,  ” *I did not pick a girl from a garbage, instead, I got a diamond from a coal mine, which filled my life with divine light*.”
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