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By Salil Gewali
Many firmly believe that Bollywood is synonymous with sleaze. Here the art and skills of the talent are ruthlessly undermined. The weight of “nepotism” is so heavy, many easily get crushed to pieces. The recent tragic suicide incident of a promising star Sushant Singh Rajput is indicative of all that. His tragic death has sent the shockwave across the country, having a phenomenal fan following. It is very much understandable that the humble and kind-hearted actor has suffered tremendous humiliation from the top honchos from the film industry. One fan of Sushant from New Delhi quips: As Sushant Rajput, lots of other talents have thus fallen victim to the one-upmanship of particular gangsters in the film industry. They use all possible means to dampen the spirit of the fresh entrants.” Of course, those cunning few bullies, without a bit of mercy, “sabotage” even the high-voltage projects, turning the big dream of the new enthusiasts into a nightmare! Even the son of superstar Amitabh Bachchan was not spared. From his early days, he experienced a similar kind of misfortune, and is still struggling.
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Yes, Sushant Singh’s suicide, which is the consequential outcome of the intense depression due to ill-treatment from those concerned, has quite provoked some of the stars to speak out in the public forum. Maybe they call it an opportunity. The best time to call a spade a spade! From here the public got to know many long-kept secrets. A veteran actress Raveena Tandon, who has many awards under her belt, thunders her bitter feelings – “When you speak the truth, you are branded a liar, mad, and psychotic. ‘Chamcha’ journos write pages & pages destroying all the hard work that you might have done. The more ‘they’ tried to bury me, the harder I fought back.” Isn’t it a clear portrayal of how the insensitivity overwhelms the B-town? It is fairly obvious now that the feeling, aspiration and ambition of Sushant Singh was considerably shattered.
Here again is the pent-up anger of a film director and screenwriter – Abhinav Kashyap who demonstrated his extra boldness to write in his recent Facebook post – “The death of Sushant Singh Rajput brings under scanner the role YRF Talent Management Agency. They ruin your career and life. Having suffered personally for a decade, I can confidently say every Talent Manager and all Talent Management Agencies of Bollywood are a potential death Trap for Artists”.
Similarly, a deep sense of disgust has also been aired by Kangana Ranaut who blames the deep-rooted sleaze in the industry. She says with conviction – “Sushant didn’t commit suicide; it was a murder. He had no godfather; hence he was never acknowledged by the film industry.” Now a lot many are coming out from their cocoons to inform that glamourous stars are unglamorous at heart!
No wonder, many aspirants have to sacrifice their souls to climb up the ladder of success in Bollywood while the “fall” is anytime possible. Well, who all are those big names that have been domineeringly playing the dirty game for decades in the industry is not very tough to guess anymore! But what is disgusting is that those “villains” have rock-hard support of certain forces that are seemingly “invincible”. Being very upset, one Bihar-based advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha has filed a complaint in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur against Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor and four other people from Bollywood in connection with Sushant’s death.
Incidentally, those Bollywood self-righteous folks never hesitate to produce the films and web-series that hurt the ethos and the culture of the country itself. Bollywood has long earned a bad reputation for churning up the movies which portray the religious values of the “particular communities” in a bad light. Those filmmakers have a rare penchant for taking delight in belittling and humiliating those communities with the specific religion. At times, even the anti-nation activities and subversive forces in the country are deliberately applauded by those wanton cabals. Just recall who had visited JNU or who had kept in touch with “Tukre-Tukre gangs” to further their nefarious agendas!
Not just that, they incite the violent forces or demean the Indian army to hurt the integrity of the nation. Under the guise of “freedom of expression”, those film brigands have spoken the “unspeakable” and shown the “unshowable” through our Home TV screens. They have imported “special stars” that have only gone to contaminate the purity of the Indian households. One concerned elderly scholar Dr. Vinod Rathore from Mumbai laments
“Please check out with your clear-headed mind how our young children could be safe when the vulgar and obscene Bollywood shows boom in our drawing rooms. It is Bollywood that has first taught our tender minds about the promiscuity and all crass obscenities.” Frankly speaking, these filmmakers have apparently lost their human sensibility and sensitivity to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong for the audience. All family values have been brazenly trampled upon and we remain dumb like a log.
One IT student Hemant Sharma from Lovely University from Jalandhar remarks — “Bollywood is no more the place for the expression of the decent talent by the decent people. Entrenched nepotism, back-stabbing and debauchery have completely held the center stage.” One feels Ms. Sharma is totally right. The aesthetic environment has heavily contaminated in the industry.
So, it is always “advisable” for the new aspirants not to be too attracted by the outer glitz and glamour of the Indian filmdom. Your talents do not at all impress those mafia and scumbags ruling the roost. Therefore, it is wise to think a thousand times before you plan to dive into this murky “glamour pond”. The big fishes will not let you swim gracefully. Your movement will be stifled here. Phew, the more you go deeper, the more it stinks of depravity! Even the incredible talent with a generous heart – Sushant Singh could not survive!
Hi guys, how long shall we let those film bullies murder the talent of the incredible stars and get away? Please don’t clap for them!!
About the Author– An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great Minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciation. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.
By Md Waquar Haider
When popular smartphone brands like Xiaomi and realme entered the laptop market in India last year, they were expected to shake the existing giants, specifically under the Rs 50,000 category. However, chip shortage and supply crunch have somewhat dented their plans to make a significant mark to date. According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. The first one is a massive supply crunch in the laptop component market and only big brands are able to get volume and supplies.
The other factor is that the traditional players are very strong in the consumer laptop market. Top 3 players control more than 70 per cent of the market and strong portfolio, distribution, and channel reach as well as brand marketing has helped them massively. "New brands can surely make a dent in the consumer laptop market but are challenged by supply issues right now. Watch out for them in 2022 as and when supply situation eases up," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India told IANS.
Dominated by HP Inc, Lenovo and Dell, the traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in India continued to be robust as the shipments grew by 50.5 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter (Q2), according to IDC. Notebook PCs continue to hold more than three-fourth share in the overall category and grew 49.9 per cent YoY in 2Q21, reporting a fourth consecutive quarter with over 2 million units. Desktops also indicated a recovery as shipments grew 52.3 per cent YoY after recording the lowest shipments of the decade in 2Q20.
According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, driven by the pandemic and the associated accelerated pivot to remote work, learn and unwind culture, PCs have been witnessing heightened demand. "Despite the current supply chain constraints, PCs are here to stay in the new never normal. In the run-up to the festive season, established PC market leaders will continue to leverage their brand salience and gain market share," Ram told IANS.
According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. | Photo by Manuel on Unsplash
"On the other hand, there is a niche market for those new market entrants that are able to differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of features and value. "Alongside, they would need to back it with strong brand messaging to create awareness and recall amongst the target consumers," Ram added.
HP maintained its lead in the India PC market with a 33.6 per cent share as its shipments grew 54.2 per cent annually. Dell Technologies continued to hold the second position with a 22.1 per cent share and an impressive 86.1 per cent YoY growth in 2Q21. Lenovo maintained the third position with a share of 17.8 per cent in 2Q21.
Arvind Suraj, Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), said that there is always a trust issue with new brands. "You won't buy a laptop in 6 or 7 months just like smartphones. In this case, we often go for existing players. Brands like Lenovo, HP, ASUS and Acer have already gained our trust," he said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Chip, shortage, laptop, market, India, Xiaomi, hp, dell, brands
A drug used to treat agitation in people with dementia is no more effective than a placebo, and might even increase mortality, according to a new study published in The Lancet. The research, led by researchers at the University of Plymouth, showed that antidepressant mirtazapine offered no improvement in agitation for people with dementia -- and was possibly more likely to be associated with mortality than no intervention at all.
Agitation is a common symptom of dementia, characterized by inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity, and often involves physical and verbal aggression. Non-drug patient-centered care is the first intervention that should be offered but, when this doesn't work, clinicians may move to a drug-based alternative.
Agitation is a common symptom of dementia, characterized by inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity, and often involves physical and verbal aggression. | Photo by Danie Franco on Unsplash
Antipsychotics have proven to increase death rates in those with dementia, along with other poor outcomes, and so mirtazapine has been routinely prescribed. This study was designed to add to the evidence base around its effectiveness. The study recruited 204 people with probable or possible Alzheimer's disease from 20 sites around the UK, allocating half to mirtazapine and half to placebo.
The trial was double-blind; meaning that neither the researcher nor the study participants knew what they were taking. The results showed that there was no less agitation after 12 weeks in the mirtazapine group than in the control group. There were also more deaths in the mirtazapine group (seven) by week 16 than in the control group (only one), with analysis suggesting this was of marginal statistical significance.
"Dementia affects 46 million people worldwide -- a figure set to double over the next 20 years. Poor life quality is driven by problems like agitation and we need to find ways to help those affected," said lead researcher Professor Sube Banerjee, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the varsity. "This study shows that a common way of managing symptoms is not helpful -- and could even be detrimental. It's really important that these results are taken into account and mirtazapine is no longer used to treat agitation in people with dementia," Banerjee added. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Depression, antidepressant, dementia, drug, effective, life, health
Digital beauty platform Boddess.com aims to be a disrupter in the Indian beauty market segment offering a curation of products to suit customisation and individual needs. Intime for the festive season, Chandni Goyal, Training Manager at House of Beauty and Boddess, shares a few tricks to see you through endless nights of partying:
* Have fun with colour and sparkle--Move away from blacks and browns and experiment with colours complementing your outfit. The traditional smokey eye can be given a touch of glamour with a dab of glitter eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eyes. It will make your eye make-up pop and will be just what is needed for a festive look.
Move away from blacks and browns and experiment with colours complementing your outfit. | Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
* Define your eyes with wing eyeliner--Don't shy from entering the negative space and go all out to draw a bold line to define your eyes and make a statement. Start from the inner corner of the top lid--keep the line thin here, extending along the lash line, going thicker, and finishing with a thick wing towards the outer corner of the eyes.
Don't shy from entering the negative space and go all out to draw a bold line to define your eyes and make a statement. | Photo by Taylor Heery on Unsplash
* Don't forget the lashes--They can really make or break your entire look. Add a few generous coats of volumizing mascara and if you are a pro, apply false eyelashes for added depth.
Add a few generous coats of volumizing mascara and if you are a pro, apply false eyelashes for added depth. | Photo by Perchek Industrie on Unsplash
* Glossy lips--Glossy lips are big this season. Define your lips with a nude-pink lip liner and fill in the same lip liner all over your lips. Top it up with a clear crystal gloss that gives a glass-like shine and makes your lips look fuller and plumper.
Define your lips with a nude-pink lip liner and fill in the same lip liner all over your lips. | Photo by Nojan Namdar on Unsplash
* For the cheeks--A pop of colour that imparts a flushed, radiant glow will round out your look beautifully. This can be achieved with a cream blush, on the apples of your cheeks, and a layer of highlighter that melts into the skin on your cheekbone. Pinks, peaches and corals are the colours this season.
A pop of colour that imparts a flushed, radiant glow will round out your look beautifully. | Photo by Gursimrat Ganda on Unsplash
(Article originally published on IANS life) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: beauty, party, fashion, makeup, eyeliner, mascara, blush, season, tricks