Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
By- Khushi Bisht
Amitabh Bachchan, also known as Big B, is without a doubt Bollywood’s biggest star. The 78-year-old Bollywood megastar has been a hugely prolific star for more than decades. He has contributed more to our nation’s renowned Hindi cinema or Bollywood than it could ever have wished for. The Bachchan family, now led by Amitabh Bachchan, is everyone’s beloved and adored by almost all. It is one of the most well-known and admired families of Hindi cinema.
Amitabh Bachchan became one of the most well-known film stars in India by the mid-to-late 1970s. Despite a slew of younger actors stealing attention, his charisma has kept him in the spotlight to this day. His decision to pursue a career as an actor was largely embraced by his family, with his mother Teji, a social activist, playing a role in it. This was due to her passion for theatre.
Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world.
Amitabh Bachchan is the son of renowned and successful poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, who is mainly remembered for the poem ‘Madhushala’, which he composed in his early career. But Amitabh’s life, on the other hand, has been marked by hardships. When a tall, lean young man with a distinctive voice arrived in the city of dreams, he was met with denials and failures. He was overlooked by various directors due to his height of 6 foot 3 inches because they lacked faith in him. He had 12-13 flops in a row before Zanjeer became a blockbuster. At one point, All India Radio turned down a man who is known for his powerful, unique voice.
However, he was and still is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. He said, “Change is the nature of life, but the challenge is the aim of life. So always challenge the changes not change the challenges.” Success had caught up with him, and he was slowly scaling the career ladder. Life, on the other hand, is never convenient. And, in the year 2000, his films flopped, and he went through another big financial crash, losing nearly all he owned. Anyone will lose motivation to carry on under certain situations even with too many setbacks.
He admitted his mistakes and used them as motivation to stay strong and keep going. It was his perseverance and hard work that brought him success. He returned stronger than ever and made a new start with the film “Mohabbatein” and the famous television show “Kaun Banega Crorepati.”
Ancestral Village Babu Patti
Babu Patti, his ancestral village, holds a special place in his heart. It is a small village in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district. Despite the fact that he was not born there, this place matters a lot to him. Pratap Narain Srivastava and Saraswati Devi Srivastava, Amitabh’s ancestors, resided in Babu Patti.
Amitabh Bachchan announced in one of the episodes of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ that he and his family are planning to travel to their ancestral home. He also shared a willingness to open a school for the local children.
Most Successful Actor
Today Amitabh Bachchan is one of India’s best known and admired actors. His height and voice, which were once reasons for rejection, have now been the cornerstones of his enormous popularity and glory. For his acting talents, distinctive voice, and sheer ease, he was one of India’s most successful megastars. He is one of the wealthiest Bollywood stars of all time, thanks to his fortune. With a net worth of $400 million, he is also the world’s 6th richest actor.
Five bungalows in the Juhu-Vile Parle Development Scheme are owned by the Bachchans.
‘Prateeskha’ was the family’s first property investment purchase. The superstar’s late parents resided in this bungalow. Another property purchased by the Bachchan family in 2004 was ‘Janak’. The bungalow, which is valued at Rs 50 crore, is used as an office and also includes a fitness centre. Another bungalow owned by the family is ‘Vatsa’. Murabba in Bombay Times, a short film directed by Anurag Kashyap, was filmed in Big B’s another bungalow ‘Jalsa’. Amitabh Bachchan purchased the 8,000-square-foot bunglow behind Jalsa in mid-2013.
Big B is not only an actor, but also a caring husband and father who also donates his time to humanitarian causes. He is an excellent representation of someone who has been constantly pushed back in life, both personally and professionally, and has fought back. He teaches us that if we focus on the past, we will get stuck in a loop of whining and sadness. Accepting it, on the other hand, allows us to break free from the loop, which allows us to step forward and strive on overcoming and correcting our faults.
Prior to the brutal second wave of the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned civil services probationers against developing the despised "babu mindset". He gave the invaluable piece of advice while addressing civil services probies at the well-known Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie via video-conferencing. He also outlined the keystone mantra of "minimum government and maximum governance".
With the recent collapse of the under-construction flyover in Bandra Kurla Complex which injured 14 labourers, it seems like the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has got the PM's keystone mantra all wrong. The recent flyover collapse isn't an isolated incident, in fact, a month ago a similarly bemusing incident took place in the eastern part of the suburbs.
On 1st August 2021, the honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated a flyover in the eastern part of the suburbs. In his inaugural speech, he quipped the BMC to smoothen the rough road surface. The BMC swing into action and the surface of the flyover was swiftly re-worked upon. But, instead of smoothening the pre-existing rough surface, the shoddy repair work added to the problem. To top it all off, the BMC added a barrage of speed breakers and rumbler strips on the bridge.
The shoddy repair work combined with a plethora of speed breakers caused long congestions on the Mankhurd-Ghatkopher stretch, ultimately killing the purpose of building the bridge. Moreover, after numerous accidents of motorbikes skidding on the bridge during the rain and the subsequent death of a rider the bridge was closed for traffic.
The construction of the flyover commenced in February 2016 at an approved cost of ₹500 crores. The project was slated to be delivered in January 2019 but was delayed multiple times. The BMC had also made a design change in the flyover by adding a connector to the Deonar dumping ground due to which the construction cost of the flyover was increased to over ₹700 crore. The flyover was expected to bring relief to the traffic on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road but instead, it added to the existing traffic woes. On a concluding note, the maximum city of Mumbai runs on barely minimum governance, literally.
Keywords: Mumbai, Narendra Modi, Civil Services, Governance.
Along with the undeniable natural beauty, the Kashmir valley has developed a reputation for adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, and river rafting. Kashmir has maintained its charm, allowing us to time-travel into beautiful destinations which make one forget about the stress and worries of life. The hikes in Kashmir offer adventurers to go on a self-discovery trip through nature's lap over the mountains while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them on their journey. In addition to the hikes, there are many thrilling adventure activities, like rock climbing, rope climbing, etc. Trekking across the region of mountains and lakes will allow you to experience living in the "Paradise on Earth," and you wouldn't want to return to your regular life after that.
The following are some of the finest hiking destinations in Kashmir:
#1: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. In addition to three high-altitude passes and five river valley crossings, this is the only trip in the Himalayas that includes seven alpine lakes, each of which is a stunning shade of green, blue, or turquoise. The extravagance is limitless and breathtakingly stunning every day: infinite blue sky, a larger-than-life backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, colourful meadows overflowing with wildflowers, river crossings are just a few examples of what you will encounter during the trek.
You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. | Photo by prayer flags on Unsplash
#2: Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora Trek: The Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora trek is a one-of-a-kind experience that provides a glimpse into Kashmir's undiscovered regions. Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey that is the perfect experience for anyone looking to get away from the frantic tourist rush. This trek is a fascinating journey that allows nature enthusiasts to bask in the splendour of nature's grandeur. The trek goes over many high mountain passes, some as high as 4000 metres in elevation. The hiking route, in addition to providing breathtaking views of the magnificent Vishansar Lake, provides visitors with the chance to see more than 50 alpine lakes.
Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey. | Photo by YASER NABI MIR on Unsplash
ALSO READ: Top 10 Beautiful Sights To VIsit In Kashmir
#3: Tral-Narastan-Marsar Trek: The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. The hiking trail passes past a waving saffron field, beautiful meadows, and several streams. The path also crosses the Dachigam National Park, where there is an opportunity to see various animal species. Trekkers may take in spectacular views of the high mountains running parallel to them as they cut and pass through Narastan, a Hindu pilgrimage place.
The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. | Wikimedia Commons
#4: Chhatargul-Mahlish-Gangabal: The journey, which passes through beautiful locations such as Chattargul, Mahlish, Kolsar, and Trunkul, provides a peek into an utterly uninhabited wilderness of Kashmir. There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one trek into the alpine wilderness. Trekkers can also enjoy fishing in the crystal clear lakes, camping, or just seeing towering snow-capped mountains while on their journey.
There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one treks into the alpine wilderness. | Wikimedia Commons
#5: Kolahoi Base Camp Trek: The Kolahoi Base Camp trek in Kashmir has been famous since the early 1900s and has been a goal for many seasoned hikers from across the world. While Srinagar serves as the beginning point for the trip, it is in Aru Valley that the actual hiking begins. The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. The breathtaking sight of the peaks rising into the sky on the horizon of the Pirpanjal and Karakoram ranges is certainly worth capturing. It is considered to be one of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley.
The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. | Wikimedia Commons
Kashmir's natural splendour, with its beautiful valleys and towering mountains, is really unlike anywhere. Trekking through various valleys and peaks while taking in the scenic beauty is something that always calms the heart and provides us with memories that we will remember for a lifetime.
Keywords: Kashmir, Lakes, Alpine, Hiking, Trekking, Treks, Sonamarg, Gangabal, Kolahoi, Chhatargul, Mahlish, Tral, Narastan, Marsar
The Pitru Paksha starts after the Full Moon day, and this day marks the beginning of the waning phase of the Lunar cycle. This event is roughly of 15-day period, and is of great significance. From this day, rituals like Tarpan or Tarpanam and Shradh are carried out to pay respects to dead relatives and ancestors.
It is believed that from the very first day till the last day, the unhappy souls of the deceased return to the Earth to see their family members. So, in order to ensure that the dead attain Moksha, i.e. to get liberation, family members of these souls quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger by performing the Pind Daan, which includes offering food consisting of cooked rice and black sesame seeds. The literal meaning of Pind Daan is the act of satisfying those who no longer exist physically.
For fifteen days, prayers are offered in temples and rituals are performed to help the souls get free from the cycle of birth, life, and death, and attain salvation.
At the same time, the Pitru Paksha is also an important period for people with Pitru Dosha, which means the curse imposed by the ancestors. Hence, in order to ask forgiveness, people perform Shradh rituals and offer food to the crows, who are considered as living beings that represent the dead. It is believed, if the crow eats the offered food, the ancestors are happy and pleased. But, if the crow doesn't eat the offered food and flies away, the ancestors are not happy.
The event of Pitru Paksha is widely observed by Hindus from all over the world, and they perform prayers and rituals in order to gain their ancestors blessings.