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By Muskan Bhatnagar
Not much time has passed since we lost our beloved Sushant Singh Rajput. A young, good looking man of utter intelligence. His fans have not been able to come in terms with the news of his untimely demise. Each one of us was an admirer of his work, his journey from television to films, and his smiling nature. Rajput started his career from television and hence he was a household name since the beginning, who was loved by every member of the family. He was not more than 15 films old in the film industry, yet rapidly rose to fame, achieved the tag of a leading star, created such a large fan base, and set a benchmark for all upcoming young talents.
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His demise has broken uncountable hearts and he has left a legacy to cherish till the end of time. There is an emptiness within the hearts of all his fans, especially after knowing that he was clinically depressed from the last 6 months. There are millions of people who want to cry their hearts out but unfortunately, none of the cries will reach out to him this time. Being a diehard fan of Sushant, I am sure what each one of us wants to tell him. Here, I write on behalf of many others:
Dear Sushant, we hope you’re in a better place and peace. We hope you’re free from all the pain and sorrows that this world had put you through. Till now, you must’ve met your mother whom you’ve been missing badly for the past 16 years. We’re pretty sure she must be proud of you for being one of the best actors with the purest soul but she must also be equally upset with you for leaving us all like this.
Sushant, we’re sorry for what our media did to your dead body and to your family on the day you left us. We’re sorry for entering your ancestral home and making news out of your family mourning. We’re sorry for leaking and sharing the pictures of your corpse. We’re sorry for sensationalizing the news of your death. Yes, we all wanted to see you for the last time, but not like this. That day, with you, the media of our country died too. We hope you will be able to forgive us for this failure of journalism.
All of us down here are against suicides but don’t get us wrong. We don’t blame you. You were not weak, you were not someone who’d lose. No, you didn’t lose, Sushant. You never will. We truly understand what you were going through and we can’t even imagine what all you must be facing. And for most of us, it’ll all remain a mystery. But that won’t make you any less than a hero in our eyes. We know that you were one of the most talented and intellectual people in the industry, we know you thought about your family, fans, servants, friends, and everyone before taking this drastic decision. You very well knew the consequences. You knew that your fans and loved ones will go deep to find out the reason behind your pain. Not sure if we have found it completely or not, but Sushant, many people who’ve troubled you have been brought into the light. We’re on it Sushant. We’ll bring justice to you. We’re sure that you knew it’ll all happen and hence you sacrificed your life for many new people in the industry so that they don’t face all of it. And we know that it wasn’t easy for you. It isn’t easy for us either. But we’re with you, we’re in this together.
While writing this, it feels like you’re going to explain your reasons to the media, like you always did in your interviews. But sadly, we won’t be able to know your side of the story ever.
You were a brilliant mind, a pure soul, a talented actor with the most beautiful and contagious smile. Sushant, we know you had only 2 or 3 true friends, but we hope you knew that you had innumerable true fans. We were not a part of your personal life, but you were a part of our lives. You still are.
A lot is going on in the country since you left. Every day there’s some update about you. Are you watching? Are you watching us all break down by looking at your pictures? Are you watching the country mourn? Are you watching us not being able to overcome this? Are you watching the number of people who love you?
The news says that you spoke to your father and drank juice just a few hours before leaving us. Is it true? Then how come your father or servants couldn’t sense the pain in your voice? Were you acting there too? Using your magnificent acting skills to fool us all, including your near ones? Otherwise, how can a father not sense the pain of his son? We get it now, you’ve been fooling us all with your unbelievable acting skills, hiding all your sorrows behind that beautiful smile of yours.
Sushant, we as fans and viewers have only seen you smile, laugh, and act. We haven’t seen the other side. And we can’t even imagine what it looks like. The news of your demise was one of the most heartbreaking news we’ve ever come across. Every day, when we wake up, we pray and wish that it was a nightmare and you’re here with us. But looks like this bad dream isn’t going to end. Looks like we’ll not be able to see the most beautiful smile ever again. We still can’t believe that you’re no more with us, that you left us so early.
You didn’t act to earn money, you didn’t act for fame. You acted because you loved to. You not only loved acting, but you also loved to know the working of the universe. You were talented, humble, hard-working, good looking, and intelligent all at the same time. How can someone be so perfect, Sushant?
You know, none of your movies or shows will remain the same. We’d be crying even in the happiest scenes. For the first time, we’ll cry seeing you on-screen. But your magical, contagious smile….it will still make us remember you with a happy face.
There are some journalists, who’re saying that you were mentally ill so you took this step. We’re sorry for their behavior. We know this is false, all of us know it. Don’t worry, we’re not going to believe their fake news pieces because we truly believe in you. We believe in your pure soul and golden heart. Usually, celebrities are loved because they’re good looking and talented in respective fields of work. But Sushant, other than your acting and good looks, we love you for the person you were. You were one of those rarest or probably the only celebrity who used to follow their fans on social media platforms. You used to reply to all our comments. You used to donate funds for good causes. You never let us feel that we were a mere fan of yours, you made us feel like your family. You were a true gentleman to all your leading ladies and such a good companion to your male co-stars.
We are very sorry Sushant that this world was so cruel to you. We’re sorry that we couldn’t keep a talent, a man, a wonderful soul, and a sharp mind like you. We couldn’t keep you happy. All of us bow down and apologize for not being able to give you what you deserved. You didn’t deserve to meet this end. We’re sorry because we failed as an industry, we failed as journalists, we failed as fellow actors, we failed as an audience. We failed you Sushant. And we’re sorry.
Sushant you were too good for us, we didn’t deserve you. After all, angels don’t live on earth.
Thank you for giving us some beautiful movies and shows, thank you for showing us how to be a good person, thank you for inspiring us, thankyou For making us believe in hard work and thank you for loving us back.
We know you loved the space and the stars, is it the reason why you went up there, to become the youngest and brightest star? Or was God running out of beautiful smiles so He called you, to take inspiration from the best smile He has ever made?
We miss you Sushant, and with each passing day, we miss you more. We hope that you’re reborn as a black hole, exactly like you wanted to. But you’ll remain in our hearts as Sushant Singh Rajput, till the end of time. The legacy you’ve left behind will always shine as bright as the stars in the night sky. You’re truly immortal for us. We love you, as much as you loved to act. We will always love you. Rest in peace, Sushant Singh Rajput.
Over the last one-and-a-half-year, people have been vocal about both mental and physical health in relationships. Even while miles away from one another, people kept checking on the health and well-being of their loved ones. However, one issue, i.e., breast cancer has been affecting women throughout the world, and it still needs much more focus and attention.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2020 itself, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer in the world. A report published by National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) estimates that breast cancer cases are likely to increase by nearly 20 per cent. Throughout the world, the tenth month of the year is recognized as the month of "Pink October" to raise awareness about breast cancer. The month should also be a celebration of encouraging the women in our lives to take the first step in this journey of staying in "Pink of Health". happen, an international dating app, conducted an in-app survey to understand how Indians discuss health issues like breast cancer with their partners. The survey gave a glimpse of whether health issues are impacting the life and relationships of singles.
41 per cent of users are not aware of examinations related to women's health
Forty-one per cent of users shared that they did not encourage the women in their life (mother, sister, friend, etc.) to go for checkups for issues related to health. Sixteen per cent of the respondents confessed that they did not remind women in their life to take examinations for their own health. It is important to note that regular self-examination is likely to detect breast lumps early. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If it is detected in time, it will be cured in nine out of 10 cases.
41 per cent of users are not aware of examinations related to women's health. | Photo by Unsplash
49 per cent of users said, "Breast Cancer is not an impediment when in love"
A disease like breast cancer is likely to affect the confidence and self-esteem of women who are diagnosed with the same. With the change in the body, they might feel scared, less confident, and unloved at times. However, when questioned if breast cancer can be a deal-breaker for men, 49 per cent of them shared that it is not a problem.
When questioned if breast cancer can be a deal-breaker for men, 49 per cent of them shared that it is not a problem. | Photo by Angiola Harry on Unsplash
55 per cent believe talking about physical and mental health is no longer a stigma
The past year provided users with an opportunity to be open about their health issues--both mental and physical. Fifty-five per cent of users agreed that they are comfortable talking about such issues even when they still explore the relationship. Thus, establishing how the new generation is not shying away from breaking the taboo and stigmas around the notion of keeping one's health issues secret.
Fifty-five per cent of users agreed that they are comfortable talking about such issues even when they still explore the relationship. | Photo by Unsplash
40 per cent of users believe that a couple's everyday life can be affected by some health problems
A minimal headache can disrupt our whole routine for the day, so relationships are bound to be impacted by the health problems of our partner. Users shared that health issues can bring a little bit of tension and worry in the relationship with their partners. Health issues can be overwhelming for couples; thus, it becomes essential to voice your concerns to your partner. Sharing what you feel will provide you with clarity and make your partner your biggest support system. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Indians, women health, relationship, breast cancer, mental health, examinations
One of the world's largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change.
The announcement, made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in brief scripted remarks at the start of the kingdom's first-ever Saudi Green Initiative Forum, was timed to make a splash a little more than a week before the start of the global COP26 climate conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Although the kingdom will aim to reduce its emissions, Prince Mohammed said the kingdom would do so through a so-called "Carbon Circular Economy" approach. That approach focuses on still unreliable carbon capture and storage technologies over efforts to actually reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. The announcement only pertains to Saudi Arabia's efforts within its national borders and does not impact its continued aggressive investment in oil and exporting its fossil fuels to Asia and other regions.
"The transition to net zero carbon emissions will be delivered in a manner that preserves the kingdom's leading role in enhancing the security and stability of global energy markets, particularly considering the maturity and availability of technologies necessary to manage and reduce emissions," a statement by the Saudi Green Initiative forum said.
The kingdom's oil and gas exports form the backbone of its economy, despite efforts to diversify away from reliance on fossil fuels for revenue.
The global summit COP26 starting Oct. 31 will draw heads of state from across the world to try and tackle global warming and its challenges. It is being described as "the world's last best chance "to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The summit is expected to see a flurry of new commitments from governments and businesses to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.
Leaked documents first reported by the BBC emerged Thursday showing how Saudi Arabia and other countries, including Australia, Brazil and Japan, are apparently trying to water down an upcoming U.N. science panel report on global warming. The documents are purportedly evidence of the way in which some governments' public support for climate action is undermined by their efforts behind closed doors.
Saudi Arabia has pushed back against the recommendation that fossil fuels be urgently phased out of the energy sector. Instead, the kingdom is touting, thus enabling nations to continue burning fossil fuels by sucking the resulting emissions out of the atmosphere, according to Greenpeace, which obtained the documents.
The kingdom repeatedly seeks to have the report's authors delete references to the need to phase out fossil fuels, as well as the panel's conclusion that there is a "need for urgent and accelerated mitigation actions at all scales," according to the leaked documents
Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates - another major Gulf Arab energy producer - announced it too would join the "net zero" club of nations with a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
The UAE did not announce specifics on how it will reach this target but said its Ministry of Climate Change and Environment would work with the energy, economy, industry, infrastructure, transport, waste, agriculture and other sectors on the government's strategies and policies to achieve net zero by 2050.
The UAE says it is home to three of the largest solar facilities in the world and is the first country in the Middle East to deploy nuclear power. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: UAE, Oil Producer, Carbon Economy, COP26, Saudi Arabia
Apple has updated its App Store rules to allow developers to contact users directly about payments, a concession in a legal settlement with companies challenging its tightly controlled marketplace.
According to App Store rules updated Friday, developers can now contact consumers directly about alternate payment methods, bypassing Apple's commission of 15 or 30%.
They will be able to ask users for basic information, such as names and e-mail addresses, "as long as this request remains optional", said the iPhone maker.
Apple proposed the changes in August in a legal settlement with small app developers.
But the concession is unlikely to satisfy firms like "Fortnite" developer Epic Games, with which the tech giant has been grappling in a drawn-out dispute over its payments policy.
Epic launched a case aiming to break Apple's grip on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of operating a monopoly in its shop for digital goods or services.
In September, a judge ordered Apple to loosen control of its App Store payment options, but said Epic had failed to prove that antitrust violations had taken place.
For Epic and others, the ability to redirect users to an out-of-app payment method is not enough: it wants players to be able to pay directly without leaving the game.
Both sides have appealed.
Apple is also facing investigations from US and European authorities that accuse it of abusing its dominant position. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Apple, App store, Epic, Games