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Shivgami Devi of Baahubali: The abode of all character a Woman Dwells

There is so much to collect and reframe at once when you look at the fearless Shivgami. Her heroic disposition is also an exemplary of the expanding roles of women in Indian Cinema. The lesson derived are timeless - "Women are no longer seen as a sacrificial goat in any sphere of life".

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Sivagami Devi, Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie,

-by Naina Mishra

May 17, 2017: Shivgami Devi – the fierce, reckless and the most dominant character in Baahubali series. She epitomised the invincible character of a woman who leads the kingdom in the absence of a ruler. The character reminded me of my internal strength as a woman and invoked the spirit of a dictator. As a matter of fact, any woman can be a dictator in her life. The world which was deemed to be ruled by men is only a predisposition. Shivgami is a blend of Maa Yashoda where she adopts the child and loves him no lesser than a real mother and Maa Kaikai where she declares her real son as the ruler of Maheshmati kingdom owing to the conspiracy planted by Bhallaldev(real son) and her husband against Bahubali (adopted son).

I am going to share the most compelling scenes from the films and decode the hidden messages in each scene described underneath

AUTHORITARIAN

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

The furious woman who stepped the monarchy with a child in her embraces to protect the kingdom from the collapse. A sword in one hand and breastfeeding infant on the other, it confirmed that a woman can be both – a mother and a warrior. Let’s not forget the valiant Rani Laxmi bai who rebelled while knotting her child to her waist.

EGALITARIANIST

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

The mother who did not discriminate between her real and adopted son and who believed in egalitarianism which commands justice for all.

RESOLUTE

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

The resounding words “Mera vachan hi hai shasan” (My word is governance) showed her strength of character. She stood by her words no matter what, even if it required her to go against her own will.

THE GUILTY SINNER

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

The wretchedness of guilt consumed her when she became conscious of her sinful decisiveness to kill her own son. It is innate to commit mistakes and succumb to misery; such has been the plight of Shivgami who could only be remorseful at the end of fatality.

GODLY AGONY

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

The divination by Shivgami which asserted the newly born child of Amrendra baahubali and Devsena as the new the new ruler of Mahishmati Kingdom.

SACRIFICIAL

Still from Baahubali Part 1 Movie

In the quest of undoing the sinful crime, Shivgami sacrifices herself to shield her grandchild and drowns within the sea.

There is so much to collect and reframe at once when you look at the fearless Shivgami. Her heroic disposition is also an exemplary of the expanding roles of women in Indian Cinema. The lesson derived are timeless – “Women are no longer seen as a sacrificial goat in any sphere of life”.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Durga Puja Pandal Decoration Catches Cinema Style, Baahubali Palace Will Be In Cruise This Year In Kolkata

The Baahubali Palace will be the home to Goddess Durga Maa. Given the popularity of the film series, it surely will be a big crowd-puller and also showcase a slice of the variety in Indian culture.

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Durga Puja
Goddess Durga Idol

Kolkata, September 20, 2017: Let your Durga Puja travelogue be a medley of cinema, sensitization and emotion this year.

Walk through the palace of Mahishmati, the ancient kingdom portrayed in “Bahubali 2”, let specialists answer your queries on IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), or learn about the life and work of the Kumartuli potters, whose creations — the famed clay Durga Puja idols — symbolise the very spirit of eastern India’s biggest carnival of piety, fun, food and fiesta.

Teeming with over 3,000 Durga Puja (marquees), the city is all set to welcome the goddess and her children. It is also suitably decked up to shock and awe visitors — both domestic and international.

For starters, in the northeastern fringes of the city, a 100-foot-high marquee, mirroring the set of Mahishmati, is to come up at the Sreebhumi Sporting Club’s venue.

“Given the popularity of the film series, we thought it will not only be a big crowd-puller but also showcase a slice of the variety in Indian culture,” D.K. Goswami of the club told IANS.

Preferring to keep the budget under wraps, Goswami, however, doled out the basic design of the pandal.

The entry would be through a giant archway where an elephant with its raised trunk will be standing atop pedestals. Amarendra Bahubali would be seen climbing along the trunk — as in the sequel’s posters.

“The entire pandal would be made of plywood and fibre and the figures would be life size. The goddess would don gold jewellery in the style of the film. It is worth Rs 10 crore,” Goswami said.

Also along the city’s fringes, on the EM Bypass arterial stretch connecting east and south Kolkata, is the Purbalok Sarbojanin (community puja) which is dabbling in IVF and test-tube babies as its theme.

“The prime motivation for us was to dispel myths surrounding the procedure and also generate awareness on fraudulent practices,” Kuntal Choudhury of Purbalok Sarbojanin told IANS.

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Budgeted at Rs 28 lakh, the pandal, shaped like a uterus, is coming to life with over 4,000 glass test tubes, beakers, burettes and other paraphernalia narrating events leading to a genesis of life with respect to the IVF procedure.

IVF specialists, including Baidyanath Chakraborty and others, are expected to be present to deal with the FAQs surrounding the procedure.

Meanwhile, the 86-year-old Kumartuli Sarbojanin adjacent to the potters’ quarters, is busy dealing with another fact of life. They are showing the inception of the goddess Durga from straw and clay to adorning her with the prettiest of clothes and jewellery to bidding her adieu on the fifth and last day of the festival through the customary immersion.

The marquee houses a Durga idol on a trolley, idols of her children ferried by labourers and a truck outside the structure signifying the final journey of the goddess to the immersion ghats.

The marquee is fabricated with the items the craftsmen use to bring the goddess to life — bamboo, wood, straw and clay.

“We craft the idol with reverence as we think of her as our own daughter. When the Durga puja ends and the goddess departs (immersion), the feeling is the same when your own daughter sets off with her husband after marriage for a new life,” said Babu Pal, a spokesperson for the idol makers. (IANS)

 

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Cows up for Online Sale after Government’s Ban on Trading of Cattle

A rapid search on online marketplaces, such as OLX, shows that hundreds of cows are up for sale in the virtual world

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Cows, Pixabay
  • Government imposes ban of the sale of cattle
  • Sale of cows is surging in virtual market
  • The law is expected to leave many low-class group jobless, critics says

June 02, 2017: As the government’s restrictions on the sale of cattle advances, farmers and livestock traders have become more equipped digitization buttressing the long term of Modi’s Digital India. A rapid search on online marketplaces, such as OLX, shows that hundreds of cows are up for sale in the virtual world.

Last week, The environment ministry announced animal markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production. The law is introduced against animal cruelty, but critics say they are aimed at pacifying hard-line Hindu supporters of the Modi government. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday suspended the order for four weeks.

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The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday suspended the order for four weeks.

Ravi Sharma, the resident of Varanasi was suspicious when asked about his online post, selling a desi brown cow for Rs 75,000. He then stated he has no interest in selling to a certain minority group.

In Ghazipur, close to Varanasi, Bheem Singh wants to get rid of three cows at the earliest, thus selling at 50 percent less than the market price. “It’s too dangerous keeping cows anymore. Anyone can come and beat us,” he said.

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The past two years witnessed a rise in attacks on Muslims and lower caste Hindus involved in the cattle trade, leading to several deaths.

On May 26, a group of “cow protectors” thrashed two meat traders on the suspicion that they were carrying beef. Police in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara arrested five people, including an alleged member of the RSS who torched a truck last week, which they thought was carrying cows for slaughter.

Several state governments have appealed to the PM to revoke the order, which they say was issued without discussing them. While some have decided to drag the matter to the court.

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Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan,  said cattle bought and sold directly from farms would not be affected by the government’s order. “The aim of the rules is only to regulate the animal market and sale of cattle in them and ensure (the) welfare of cattle” in the markets,” he said.

However, many critics see the move as a blow to beef and leather exports that will leave thousands of people jobless and deprive millions of Christians, Muslims and poor Hindus of a cheap source of protein.

Cows have been sold on e-commerce websites earlier also but were only available occasionally under the pets section. However, ever since the BJP swept to power in Uttar Pradesh in March with priest-turned-politician Yogi Adityanath becoming the chief minister, there has been a swift surge and the rise of the gau rakshaks, or cow vigilantes.

Critics say a sense of fear has been instilled in farmers and cattle owners who feel safer trading within the restraints of the internet rather than an open market.

– by Staff writer at Newsgram

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5 Benefits of Therapeutic Landscapes : Forest Therapy

Forest are therapeutic landscapes which are endowed with multiple health-related benefits.

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June 01, 2017: Forest therapy is a unique blend of nature and spirituality, which drives you towards the state of nirvana, and away from the hustle bustle of city life. The idea originated in Japan, where it is called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ (forest bathing). The therapy entails you to absorb yourself in the woodland and imbibe the aroma, sounds and sights in your senses.

Forest are therapeutic landscapes which are endowed with multiple health-related benefits.

A Forest.Pixabay

Let us now understand the benefits that will take you closer to forest therapy:
Stress reduction

Forest settings lower the levels of cortisol and blood pressure, slows down heart rates, mobilises the activity of parasympathetic nerves that promote relaxation, and reduces the activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.

Improves concentration

A walk in the grasslands of the forest shows better results as compared to strolling in residential settings. Secluded from the chaotic scenes of city, pasture lands boosts the spirits and minds of the person.

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Controls Diabetes  

Wood Walkers have low blood glucose, improved insulin sensitivity, and decreased levels of haemoglobin A1c, an indicator of a person’s average levels of blood sugar over the past 3 months.

Alleviates Pain

Sighting a nature scene and listening to nature sounds is a safe and sound approach to reducing pain during bone marrow biopsy.

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Fights Cancer

Nature walks is an important lifestyle factor in the prevention of cancer as well as helpful adjunctive therapy for people diagnosed with cancer.

-By staff writer at Newsgram