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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019:The Most Holiest Sikh Festival

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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019: Is Also known as Gurupurab, Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated across the globe to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, and is considered one of the pious festivals of the Sikh community.

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This year, Gurupurab coincides with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the 10 Sikh gurus as both are on 12th December.

Do you know that according to the Hindu mythological calendar, Gurupurab ie Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on the full moon day in the month of Kartik Puranmashi while, in the month of October and November, as the Gregorian calendar suggests?

But some ancient scholars also  believe that the birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru should be celebrated on 14 April, according to the original Nanakshahi calendar passed by Sri Akal Takht in 2003

Being defined by his spirituality and devotion to the Divine, Guru Nanak Dev was a man of peace who had spent his entire life emphasising on equality and tolerance. He was born in a village which is called Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, presently popular as Nankana Sahib, near Lahore in Pakistan.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji also played an instrumental role in setting up various spiritual, social and political platforms, which were constituted on the principles of quality, goodness and virtue.

Gurupurab

A three-day festival, Gurupurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations begin with Prabhat Pheris which are the early morning processions at the gurudwaras and then proceed to the localities with Sikh devotees singing hymns. It is led by Panj Pyaras or Nagarkirtan (the five beloved ones), who used to carry the Sikh flag, known as the Nishan Sahib and the palanquin of Guru Granth Sahib.

Usually two days prior to the  Gurupurab, an Akhand Path is held or the 48-hour non-stop reading of Guru Granth Sahib – the holy text where the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are preserved is being organised at the Gurdwaras. Some of the popular prayers include Japji Sahid and Sidh-Ghost.

The holy book of the Sikhs also entails the sayings of all the 10 gurus.

On the main day of the occasion, devotees used to wake up early in the morning and sing Asa-di-Var and other morning hymns from the Sikh scriptures.

In the Gurudwaras, priests usually recite poems in praise of Guru Nanak Dev. Langar or free community lunch is served in the afternoon to celebrate life and prophecy of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Gatka, a special type of martial art is being performed by the people on this occasion with a sword.

Gurupurab was celebrated with fiesta and exuberance in the national capital on Tuesday, 12 November, as devotees flocked gurudwaras to pay obeisance to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, on his 550th birth anniversary.

People offered early morning prayers at shrines, which were all decked and adorned with bright lights and flowers and as well as partook in langars and Shabad kirtans.

A number of programmes were also planned and organised to mark the occasion. Volunteers further set up a free health-checkup programme and offered some stalls with spiritual books in the premises of the Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

Devotees also paid homage at the historic Gurdwara Ber Sahib ahead of the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru.

The highly revered Gurdwara Ber Sahib is the place where Guru Nanak got enlightenment at the end of the 15th Century. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had paid obeisance at the shrine later during the day.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur were also present.

The Sikh community around the world has been revelling in the festivities on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Gurudwaras around the world have been adorned up with beautiful lights. Devotees, in large numbers, have joined the processions and kirtans.

Today’s morning, several Sikh devotees flocked to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi. The Gurudwara is known for its association with the 8th Sikh Guru, Guru Har Kishan. It was decorated with beautiful lights.

On the pious occasion of Gurupurab, several devotees gathered at Ber Sahib Gurudwara, in Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.

The good folks at Air India also have also made an attempt to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Their national carrier has printed ‘Ek Onkar’ symbol on the tail of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

A one-of-a-kind mural shows the holy symbol imprinted on the tail of the aircraft in a yellow hue. And that’s not all: Air India has also launched a direct flight from Amritsar too

Gurupurab celebrations have also reached Birmingham, UK. The metropolitan city hosted festivities organised by the Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS), a charity for the homeless, in the UK. MLSS had distributed food from the Guru Nanak Langar Bus on Soho Road, Birmingham from 10 am to 3 pm, local time.

However,  the entire Sikh community was astonished to see a few days before the 550th birthday of the first Sikh Guru, was a video showing a bunch of Sikh devotees at the Great Wall of China, singing in harmony all the  Shabd kirtan with a harmonium and a tabla.

This special heartwarming video went viral on the Internet in no time as netizens lauded the sheer devotion of the Sikhs who were spreading positivity at the ancient wall.

This video was tweeted by a user, Harnidh, who was already in Beijing when she came across this particular scene. Harnidh, whose Twitter bio reads, ‘lost-ish in China’, joked that it was one of the ways of getting over homesickness. Several other people were also seen in the video enjoying the soulful voice of the singers.

Do you want to know what’s more? Gurupurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is also being celebrated in all its glory and fiesta at Madagascar. These celebrations took place at the Indian Embassy on Sunday and were also attended by the Indian people.

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 The Social Dilemma: The Lesser-Known Pandemic

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Edward Tufte said, “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software”. The new Netflix original documentary by jeff Orlowski “the social dilemma” brings to you the dark side of the social media that keeps you addicted to a virtual world. It is a well-documented and a very staunch portrayal of social media.

It explores the spooky side of these platforms which has the capability to manipulate and psychologically affect human beings from people who have closely worked in these industries. These people talk about the distress they felt when they worked for something. How it is taking hold of an individual’s life and play around with it to earn profit to become the most successful industries in the history of humankind. This group of people is from social media giants like Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and many others.

What is the “dilemma”?

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As the name suggests, it talks about the dilemma that is social media. I talked to one of my friends from school today, she is doing fine and told me about this new show she is watching. Well, I also saw stumbled upon celebrity news casually scrolling which by the way, has no use for me.  Now, that is the dilemma we are talking about. The documentary talks about our heavy dependence on social media in today’s world and how we fell prey to this trap. In today’s world, it is not possible for one to totally isolate themselves from social media.

All our work has come to Gmail, Pinterest is the world of ideas, and for much social media is the workplace. We found all our old friends on social media and stay connected with our family and friends. But at the same time, we can’t put our down at the dinner table to have an actual conversation with our family. This dilemma is really where we can’t go with just the good part, we will take along the repercussion as well. This is the question this documentary puts out there. The dilemma of good and bad. But the question is, “is the payoff of good is enough to compensate for the cost of bad”?

What are these “bad”?

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Now, how this social media is affecting you? Manipulation of the Human brain, social media is a world of ideas and how these ideas are presented to you is based on an algorithm that is up to the maker of these platforms to decide. This sequence and control over what one is coming across leads to restricting the way one thinks and builds is the point of view.

Social media has been used as a weapon by many people to pour out false information that is provocative, degrading, and spread negativity across communities resulting in things like riots, violent actions, and sometimes even things like mass killings. We came across this kind of news almost every day. Content related to ideal beauty types, body shaming, hate comments, and constant exposure to advertisements are all constantly floating on social media specifically affecting teenagers and the young generation.

These algorithms work to keep you looking at your screen and is an addiction that needs to be addressed. Unknowingly, social media is affecting all aspects of our life It puts a threat on democracy, increase depression, and even suicides, mob violence, etc. it has also lead to people losing contact from the actual world. Addiction to devices has distanced families and also affects other relationships which are totally opposite to the way humans are supposed to behave, humans as a species are supposed to be open-minded, dynamic, and communicative. Not to just hide behind screens.

Final words

Jeff Orlowski has very rightly called it the social dilemma. But at the end of the day, it’s in our hands that how do we want to live How do we want ideas to come to us and how we decide to act to them. All of this can be summed up in one last question – whether we want to live a life that is influenced by people around us, with a wide range of ideas on all aspects from all sources, not just a few selected ones, or a life that is operated by an algorithm.

 

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Cargo Review- A Must Watch Sci-fi Netflix Movie

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Cargo is set in the near future 2027 this movie is a unique attempt at making a sci-fi movie. The story encompasses a philosophical outlook as well which makes it even more beautiful. An original idea by Aarti Kadav, awe-inspiring art direction by Mayur Sharma and the uniqueness and freshness of the story makes it a must-watch.

Synopsis

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A peace treaty is signed between Homo-Rakshas and humans. The Rakshas are pretty advanced with futuristic Interplanetary Space Organisation. They provide the transition service for the deceased humans and prepare them for rebirth. Much like the mythical character Yamraj does. This transition and the further procedure is looked after by Rakshas Prashasta, the character beautifully played by Vikrant Massey.

Interestingly Prashasta is the chief commander of Ravana Army and Pushpak the infamous airship of Ravana is the name of this futuristic spaceship where all these procedures take place. Prashasta faced aberrations from his monotonous daily routine as he meets new humans, peculiar humans who are dead and received as “ Cargo” hence the title of the movie. Major changes occur as a newly inducted intern Yuvishka (played by Shweta Tripathi) came into Pushpak”s life. Along with came some turbulence in the quiet mono-tone life of Prashasta.

Cargo Netflix (2020) Movie

From the Sci-fi standpoint, it fails to make some real impact on the audience. But it has manifold themes to which it does justice. The satirical take on the monotony of life either in human or rakshas is one of those. Everyone is stuck in mundane activities. In the process of preparations for reincarnation, the memories are wiped from the human mind. This is where the biggest question popped, Can memories be completely erased? Can we be completely healer? Will there be no traces left? Watch it on Netflix and find it for yourself.

Some drawbacks of the movie

The pace of the movie is one big demerit The movies progress very slowly. The set for the movie lacks the plush awe-awakening futuristic look. I feel the lack of brainstorming for the creation of set is pretty evident. It looks tacky and not so futuristic. The storytelling is an advanced form where viewers are dependent on characters for knowing about their lives in future, as it is not so obvious. Though there are very clever details used in the movie to project ideas and emotions of characters. Photographs, lampshade, doodle on walls play a very important role in the depiction of the story.

Somewhere it also lacks to create a real human connection. It lacks the relatability with character in some places. Something more could be done to evoke more empathy and emotional attachments. The audience may not be able to feel the crisis that deep as it is intended.

Final word

Acting is praiseworthy and it’s one of the most adventurous stories written in India for the film so far. I feel Aarti Kadav has tried to convey some really important and complex messages in a beautiful manner. The limited budget has impacted its quality I feel. Given ample funds, it could have been a wonder! Certainly not denying it to be a gem. Go watch this amazing movie and share it with others.

 

 

 

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BMC Demolishes Kangana’s Office, The Court Said BMC Suddenly Woken From Slumber

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BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

On Wednesday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC demolishes Kangana’s office. The demolition took place on the same day when the actress was returning Mumbai from Chandigarh. It was undertaken a few hours before her arrival in Mumbai. Mumbai police stopped the demolition and meanwhile, the actress approached the Mumbai high court. Many believe that the demolition is undertaken by shiv sena in response to the statement made by Kangana. In her statement, the actress said that she feel unsafe while returning to Mumbai to which few members of the shiv sena gave some heated statements.

Mumbai High court’s stay on demolition

BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

 Mumbai high court’s decision came as a relief for the actress. The high court ordered a stay on the demolition of building. kangana’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said that everything BMC did was illegal along with entering the building. In its decision, the court said that declaring a property standing for so long illegal overnight is not right. The court slammed BMC saying that “it is clear that buildings that are unauthorized don’t come to notice overnight and it seems like BMC has suddenly woken up from the slumber “. The court also said that demolishing a building after issuing a 24-hr notice, that too when he actress is out of state and not giving her extra time, even after receiving written request is not justified”.

Kangana slammed Maha CM

BMC demolishes Kangana’s office

 In response to this, the 33-year old actress took it to the twitter saying,” My office was suddenly declared illegal in last 24 hours, they have destroyed everything inside and now I am getting threats that they will come to my house and break it as well, I am glad my judgment of movie mafia’s favorite world’s best CM was right”.

The actress also posted a video online slamming Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey and the movie mafia saying “Uddhav Thackeray, what do you think, that you have taken revenge by demolishing my building along with your movie mafia. Today, you have broken my house but your ego will be destroyed. It is a wheel of time, it will not be the same always. She said that she will awake the nation and will tell them about his wrongdoings.

Not only the demolition but before were the arrival of Kangana Ranaut at the Mumbai airport supporters of Shiv Sena and Karni sena also there. Where shiv Sena came to show their aggression for Kangana and threatening her not to come to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Karni sena came out in the support of the actress saying that they will protect her and will support her relentlessly.

Devendra Fadnavis of the opposition tweeted a video saying that nothing like this had ever happened in Maharashtra when people against the Government are attacked. It is important to know what is wrong and proper inquiry should be done if the building is actually illegal but should be done lawfully”.many Bollywood celebrities also came to the actor’s rescue saying that BMC’S action was unjust and an attack on her right to speak her mind with #deathofdemocracy trending on the internet.

Final words

 The demolition undertaken by BMC has been stayed by the court. But a lot of political debate has started and the silencing people against government. Whether the action of BMC is justified and dragging politics in every issue is a good decision or just a threat of democracy.

 

 

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Beyonce Sharma Jayegi: Looks Like Bollywood Can’t Get Over Its Old Habit Of Racism

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Looks like several dislikes on the youtube video is the new generation’s way of protest. Recently, Sadak 2 hit the milestone of being the most disliked videos. The newly released song “ Beyonce Sharma Jayegi “ from the Bollywood movie Khaali peeli could be the next winner. Filmmaker of the movies recently launched the song starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khattar. The song is getting special attention specifically one of the lyrics, “Tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce bhi Sharma jayegi”, which translates to “with one look at you, oh fair lady. Even Beyonce will be embarrassed”.

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This song has taken a Strom over internet by netizens giving all sorts of disagreements for the song. Trending on the internet is “we are sorry Beyonce”, people have said that what kind of embarrassment this song talks about? The second-hand embarrassment of Beyonce or the embarrassment of Indians that lead them to apologize to Beyonce.

Beyoncé Sharma Jayegi. For Real.

Keeping aside the humour, the song has also raised questions over the racism in Bollywood which is clearly reflected in Bollywood movies and songs which was forever prevalent and continues to date. The idea of Bollywood selling the word”gori or goriya” is the clear remark of widespread racism and portrayal of fair as beautiful and being dark as “ugly”   has long continued in Bollywood.The famous song from old times “hum kale hain to kya Hua, Dil wale hain” meaning, “it doesn’t matter if I am black, since I have a big heart” shows the prevalence of racism rooted way back and looks like the trend away from being over.

Netizens slammed Bollywood over racism

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Netizens have described the song as extremely regressive and racist as it uses the colour to degrade a woman. The people are very upset with Bollywood for promoting the comparison based on colour. “How can they write lyrics like that using the fair as an adjective while comparing a black woman? Are we still having this discussion in 2020”? Some even jokingly said that Beyonce has a record of never losing any lawsuit and warned Zee Music Company, in case Beyonce decides to sue them.

Some even slammed Bollywood saying that supporting the movement of “black lives matter” and then releasing a song like this. People said that it is a serious issue and reflects the problem in India where “fair” is described as feminine beauty and a standard of beauty. People described Bollywood as one of the major reasons and promoters of this kind of behaviour.

In regard, to all these debates going on, Khali Pelli director Maqbool Khan said that the song is not racist. He said that he apologizes if anyone felt offended”. He said that the song doesn’t discriminate on skin colour. He said Goriya is a casual word often and traditionally used to address an Indian girl in movies and songs. Which is actually the problem people are talking about.

People are however not satisfied as the problem they highlighted has been stated as something normal by the makers of the film.

Bollywood, which has a very prominent impact on Indian people and many others around the world. Being such a big industry, Bollywood needs to be more careful and not normalize such issues. Racism is a big problem and offensive songs like these are alarming.

 

 

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Novak Djokovic Hits Line Judge In The Throat, Out Of US Open

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Novak Djokovic Hits Line Judge In The Throat

World no.1 Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been recently kicked out of the US open because he accidentally hit a line judge in the throat. With this, his stunning record of 29 winning strikes is lost along with his bid for the 18th grand slam.

In the first set of his fourth-round match against Spanish tennis player Carreno Busta. Trailing 6-5 in the first set, when Novak was going to the Arthur Ashe Stadium sideline for a changeover, he angrily threw the tennis ball behind him. As he smacked the ball, the ball went straight towards the line judges and hit a female line judge in the throat, who fell at her knees and reached for her neck in pain.

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Novak Djokovic out of US Open after hitting line judge with ball

After this incident, there was some discussion on the tennis court for 10 minutes, with tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli and chair umpire Aurelie Tourte.  Novak said that his action was unintentional and the incident was pure coincident. However, since the judge was hurt and this fact lead the ruling resulting in Novak being dismissed from the game.

Pleading his case, Novak said as the accident was unintended, so he should not be defaulted. Friemel who made the final decision of ending the match said that “we all agree that the action was not done on purpose, but the fact that he hurt the line judge is clear and since she is seriously hurt. He must pay the penalty”. However, Friemel didn’t saw the accident himself and was also denied the video replay, but as informed by others he took the decision.

Later, Novak Djokovic went on to shake hands with his opponent Carreno Busta and it was announced that Djokovic has defaulted, which equivalent to an ejection in tennis and Djokovic  left with this without any media interaction.

Djokovic posted an apology on Instagram

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After a few hours, Novak Djokovic took it to Instagram to apologize. On the post, he shared with the picture of him leaving the court he wrote that the situation has left him empty and very sad. He checked with the person hurt and is thankful that she is okay. As for the disqualification he said,” I need to go back and work on the disappointment and sorrow this had brought to me and take a life lesson from it to grow and evaluate myself”. He apologized to U.S. open and anybody hurt due to his behavior and said he meant no harm. He also thanked his team, family, and fans for supporting him. Later in another post, he also thanked all his fans for all the support and messages and asked them to wish for the line judge’s good health.

USTA also said that the ranking position will be forfeited along with 250000$ won by him during the tournament. U.S. Open also released an official statement saying that however Novak’s action was unintentional but as per the rule book the incident was reckless and need to be penalized.

Final words

Disqualifying players from tournaments in situations like these where the accident is unintentional is not so common. However, with this disqualification Djokovic has lost his opportunity to win the US open. Djokovic apologized and decided to take a lesson from it to be more careful in future.

 

 

 

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