BY ARCHANA SHARMA A COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks as it offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of menu for the people staying here!
Called as Parda Chundawat Quarantine Centre, it has set example by creating a serene environment where people wake up listening to soothing music. Then, there are Yoga and meditation classes where they exercise to shoo off negativity from their mind.
In fact, the daily schedule of those admitted here is quite impressive. They wake up listening to melodious bhajans at 6 a.m. Soon after, there are two yoga classes — one for the people who love to do indoor exercise while the other for those who are interested to do yoga under open sky.
All guidelines of social distancing are followed by the people while performing yoga.
Soon after Yoga, they go for aerobics where they stretch their body rhythmically on different music beats. Thereafter, they get breakfast of their choice and are served lunch in the afternoon. As they take nap in afternoon, the evening time at 5 p.m. awaits for another interesting activity where they listen to their favourite songs of renowned singers including Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar amongst others, while sitting together.
Special games and activities are available for kids which include spelling, synonyms, pronunciation, painting etc. Kids find this environment really engaging, says Sabhla sub divisional officer Manish Faujdar who is in charge of this centre.
Also, there are psychological experts who help in counselling. “People coming here are quite worried about their future life, their spouses and families. These counsellors help them connect to meditation with scientific facts which make them feel joyful and relieves them of their stress,” says Chhaya Choubisa, assistant director, Information and public relations, Dungarpur.
Faujdar says that when admitted, these people were quite aggrieved and angry. “We saw an unseen fear in their eyes and mind. Therefore, we introduced a few activities which can make them relieved from their stress, offering mental peace to them. We wanted to divert their attention and hence launched music therapy. We connected the music system to youTube where there were bhajans in morning, filmy songs in the evening and Aarti and patriotic songs later. Eventually, their anger vanished and they look joyful now with no stress or anger seen amongst them.”
District collector Kanaram also visited this place and praised these innovations. (IANS)
Pixar Animation Studios has created animation genre history with its short film “Out”. The studio introduces its first gay lead character in the film. AS a part of social media advantages, the teaser was posted on the official Twitter account.
The Disney-owned computer-generated animation studio premiered the LGBTQ-themed short film on Disney+ streaming service as part of its more experimental SparkShorts program, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The nine-minute film follows a man named Greg who is trying to hide his sexuality from his parents, and attempts to remove traces of his boyfriend Manuel ahead of a visit from his parents.
The official Twitter account of the streaming platform posted a ‘heartwarming’ teaser of the film.
In the clip, Greg, who has a thick red beard, is seen trying to talk himself into coming out to his parents.
“Just look them in the eyes and say, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m…”, he said in the clip before he gets interrupted by his parents, who ring the doorbell.
The short film is the first Pixar release to feature a gay lead character, and it is also the first time Disney has featured an animated gay main character.
However, the official synopsis of the movie makes no mention of the word ‘gay’ and or Greg’s sexuality. The term is not used in the clip either, but a loved-up photograph of Greg and his boyfriend hints at the fact.
Pixar didn’t release a film with an openly gay character until “Onward” earlier this year, which featured Lena Waithe voicing the small role of a female police officer who references having a girlfriend. (IANS)
The enforcement of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus has put one vulnerable group more at risk in Bihar.
Domestic violence has escalated in the state as women confined to their homes during the lockdown have no escape from their abusers.
Former Bihar Youth Congress leader Lalan Kumar on Tuesday said, “The cases of domestic violence against women have seen a dramatic rise in all the police stations records in the state since the imposition of lockdown. This shows police inaction while the state has a shortage of women staff in all the stations.”
“Recently the National Commission for Women (NCW) released a figure which says that in March alone, the commission registered 587 complaints in connection with domestic violence”, Kumar said.
He demanded from the state government that women police personnel should be appointed in each police station as soon as possible.
Kumar said, “A spate of rape cases has also been reported in the state during the lockdown. A minor girl was gang raped by five youths in Darbhanga on May 8. On the same day, another gang rape of a minor girl in Kishanganj also came to light. On May 1, a minor girl in the state capital was raped.”
Though arrests were made in some cases, but in the maximum number of such incidents the criminals were still at large, he alleged. (IANS)