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Celebrate an eternal bond of love with Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth symbolizes the eternal love between a husband and his wife.  Karwa Chauth is one of the most important fasts observed by the married Hindu women in north India. On this day the women pray for the well-being and long life of their husbands.  Karwa Chauth fast falls 9 days before Diwali.  Observed on the fourth day of the Hindi Kartik month is the festival of Karwa Chauth.

Married women observe a stringent fast from dawn, they eat food before sunrise. They are not supposed to eat or even drink water during the day. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karwa Chauth Katha. The fast is over after the moonrise. Some unmarried young girls too observe the fast for their fiancés or their husbands to be.

The history of this festival goes back over the decades, a number of mythical stories are related to Karwa Chauth.  According to one mythological tale, Savitri’s husband Satyavan died, following which Savitri refused to have any food and water. She pleaded with Lord Yama to revive her dead husband, which he did. Strengthened with this faith, married women fast for their spouse’s longevity. While according to another folklore, Karwa’s husband, went to a pond to have a bath where a crocodile caught him. To release him from the clutches of death, this devoted wife prayed to Lord Yama to grant her husband with a long life. Similarly, another legend, wherein Veera, the only sister of seven brothers was fasting at her maternal home. Her brothers, unable to see their hungry sister’s plight, showed her an artificial light like that of a moon and made her pray to the same and break her fast. This led her husband fell seriously ill. Veera pleaded and prayed the lord of death, Yama for her husband’s well-being.  Inspired by these folklores, all married woman observe the fast of Karwa Chauth praying for the long and prosperous life of their husband’s.

The married women are supposed to wake up before sunrise and after bathing and offering prayers to God, have Saargi, a pre–fast meal comprising of milk, fruits and dry fruits with a lots of other goodies and pampering from their mother-in-law because after sunrise till the moon rises they are supposed to have neither water nor food. The women on this day, get dressed up like a bride in the bright colored finery adorned with all the essentials like mangal sutra, bangles, bindi, anklets with henna on their hand and feet which is considered auspicious. Decorating hand and feet by creating intricate designs with henna is one of the most common tradition on all occasion. It is believed that woman who get dark colour will get love and caring from her groom.

In the evening, the women gather for a common puja, wherein all the friends or the fasting ladies in the neighborhood gather to pray and listen to the Karwa Chauth Katha. After the puja, they wait for the moon to rise. Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta or a sieve with a lighted diya. Next, see view their husbands face while offering prayer and water to the moon and seek blessings.

After the prayers, women break the fast by drinking water and having sweets from their husband’s hand which marks the end of the fast. Then, finally, the couples have the vegetarian home-cooked meal as dinner. Karwa Chauth reflects the bond of love, joy, splendor, brightness and happiness of a married life.

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Yesha Rughani from Hero Gayab Mode On

Yesha Rughani from Hero Gayab Mode On

Working during a pandemic is no easy feat, but actor Yesha Rughani, who was last seen in Muskaan, says that all precautions are being taken on the sets of her brand her show Hero Gayab Mode On. Talking about it, she says, “I think new normal has become a lifestyle now. Whether I am going for work or something else, I have to follow precautions. Obviously, you are scared. But on the set, we take many precautions, medical people are there, they check us every day. The makeup and hair stylists are wearing their kits. So, I think overall it’s a secure working environment. I hope everybody stays well and fit.”

The actor is back on the sets after almost a year and is loving it. “We wrapped up Muskaan’s shoot in December last year and this show is launching December. We have started shooting from November so I think almost a year. It just feels too good to be back and I think I have been missing being onscreen. I missed shooting and I am loving the feeling of getting on the makeup chair, the entire routine, listening to action, cut, roll each and every minute detail of shoot life. It’s fabulous to be back,” she says.

In fact, she’s got a lot of appreciation for her look too. “I rejuvenated myself during this break. I got into this healing thing where I was on a strict detox and my skin healed, my hair, my body healed. I was in my comfort zone and used to wake up on time and follow a proper routine, even though there was a lockdown. I had ample time in the lockdown to take care of myself. I am fresh as a flower now and all set to rock again. For the new look, I am getting really good reviews because people are seeing me like this onscreen for the very first time. My first two roles were very different. So, seeing me in a totally different avatar with short hair is exciting. I have really lost weight, there is a different kind of look and feel to the role. I am getting a very good reaction and I am loving it,” she says.

Meanwhile, Yesha started a balloon business too during the lockdown and plans on balancing both her acting and business venture. “Lockdown has, of course, changed our lives in many ways from being able to value things to be grateful to life, self-healing and taking care of yourself, self-discipline. I ventured into a new business. I love to be very busy so I think it wouldn’t be a problem to manage both the things. I have my sister also who is taking care of this business, apart from me. I think it works for us. I also carry my laptop and everything to shoot so that if I get some time, I make some designs and send them across. I think it’s going to be fun to manage both,” she says.

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Anupamaa welcomes Kinjal in the Shah home, gives lessons on a happy married life

Anupamaa welcomes Kinjal

Anupamaa in Rajan Shahi’s show of the same name had the dream of welcoming her daughter-in-law with a lot of love and warmth. And though her elder son, Paritosh, married Kinjal without the permission of their families, Anupamaa made sure she welcomes the newly-wedded couple by following all the rituals and a lot of love. 

Firstly, when Rakhi was going to slap Kinjal for taking this step, Anupamaa stopped her saying that she cannot hurt her daughter-in-law and welcomed them home by doing aarti. Both Baa and Vanraj were quite upset with the kids, and said that they have given an opportunity to Rakhi Dave to seek revenge from them. When Paritosh said that if they have so much problem with them, then they will go somewhere else, Anupamaa stopped them and said that it’s their home and they will stay here.

Anupamaa welcomes Kinjal

Anupamaa is over the moon that she has become a mother-in-law now and tells Paritosh and Kinjal that they need to seek blessings from everyone including Kinjal’s mom and father. She also told them that the secret to a happy married life is letting go of unnecessary arguments. She also welcomed Kinjal in the kitchen and taught her the daily rituals that she follows. She also asked her to serve everyone halwa as part of a ritual of her first day in the kitchen. But Baa who is upset with how Rakhi created a scene outside their house said that nothing can help her overcome the bitterness given by her mother.

In the upcoming episode, the audience will see that Anupamaa asks Kinjal to apologise to Baa and also takes her to meet her mother Rakhi. But will Rakhi accept Kinjal’s apology? What will be her next move as she has promised to destroy the Shah family.

Produced by Rajan Shahi and his mother Deepa Shahi, “Anupamaa” features Rupali Ganguly, Sudhanshu Pandey, Madalsa Sharma, Alpana Buch, Arvind Vaidya, Shekhar Shukla, Paras Kalnawat, Muskan Bamne, Tassnim Sheikh, Aashish Mehrotra, Nidhi Shah, and Anagha Bhosale. It airs on Star Plus.

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” I want to do it just like Deepika”, model Sasha Merchant

Sasha Merchant

Over the years, Deepika Padukone has given Bollywood some of the most memorable performances and serves as an inspiration to many young girls be it for her fashion or her spectacular work. Aseem Merchant’s daughter Sasha Merchant too looks up to the superstar for making it big in the industry.

Speaking about how Sasha would like her Bollywood path to look like she said,”If I want to step into Bollywood, I want to do it just like Deepika. I love her and she is my absolute favourite.”

“I feel like right from modelling to films, the kind of work she has done is simply amazing, so if I do it, I want to do it just like her”, says Sasha.

Deepika was the one to break the stereotype that models cannot act. She was not just a successful model but also worked immensely hard on her acting skills over the years and today is the number one actress we have setting an example for the many other models who dream of stepping into Bollywood.

Deepika may have been criticised for her acting in her early days post the massive debut she got with Om Shaanti Om but she used it positively, which is extremely inspiring to aspirants and young girls who want to be like her. She stood by example that hard work and dedication can help you achieve anything you desire to.

Sasha has just stepped into the fashion scene becoming a quick favourite for major brands and designers and is already turning heads in the fashion industry.

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Director David Dhawan shares his thought behind bringing the hit of 90’s ‘Coolie No. 1’ back again with a twist!

Director-David-Dhawan

Coolie No. 1 has made it to the cult classic films of the 90’s that one could re-watch numerous times for a killer on-screen pair and songs which still get our feet tapping. The film has been revamped with a modern day twist and director David Dhawan shares his thought and experience behind re-making the film.

“It’s my film that I made 25 years ago and the thought of a re-make had never come. What happened is I had to do something with Varun, and I was thinking what to do, what to do.”

David further adds, “When I asked Varun, if he liked this film, he saw it and didn’t answer. He was later getting a little convinced, as it was a very difficult film for him because we have one of the best actor playing his role, and there’s no comparison. At the same time, Vashu ji said let’s do this film, it’s a damn good film. That was the first film that Vashu and I had done. So that’s how the idea came.”

Director David Dhawan Sara Ali
D Sara Ali Khan | Varun Dhawan

Talking about the script, the director says, “When I started to work on the film/ script, I had to redo everything. If that wouldn’t have been ok I am not saying yes.”

Th makers have also released peppy tracks back to back, first Teri Bhabhi followed by Husn Hai Suhana which have made it to everyone’s party playlists once again.

Adding onto the Christmas cheer, Amazon Prime Video brings the World Premiere of David Dhawan’s 45th film Coolie No. 1. Directed by David Dhawan, the Bollywood romantic comedy is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani & Deepshikha Deshmukh.

The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Javed Jaffrey and Johnny Lever. Prime members in India and across 200 countries and territories can stream the world premiere of Coolie No.1 starting December 25 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

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