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Kung Fu Yoga: A Movie depicting Indo-Chinese Friendship!

The movie shows similarity between Indian and Chinese cultures while having an underlying political message

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  • Kung Fu Yoga is an Indian-Chinese movie which released in 2017 and was a box office hit
  • The movie exhibits indo-china cultural ties and has an underlying political message

June 14, 2017:
Kung Fu-Yoga is a Chinese-Indian movie directed by Stanley Tong which released in 2017. The movie, besides being a record breaker on box office and entertainment package, encompasses in itself some really important moral lessons. Kung Fu Yoga quite aptly shows the beautiful cultural ties between India and China.

The plot of the film is based on treasure hunting. Hero of the movie, Jack ( the character played by Jackie Chan) is an archaeologist who teams up with Ashmita (who introduces herself to be an Indian researcher but later it is found that she is an Indian princess) to read an ancient treasure map.

On the other hand, The team made up of Jack’s assistants, Xiaoguang and Nuomin, treasure hunter Jones, as well as Ashmita’s sister Kyra, finds a Himalayan cave in which a royal army of the Magadha kingdom got trapped by an avalanche hundreds of years ago. While facing the Randall, Jones- a rebel leader and descendant, steals a diamond and tries to sell it at an auction in Dubai. This sets a long chain of incidents as the Chinese-Indian team moves to the Indian state of Rajasthan to get the diamond back and search for the treasure.

Gradually, they come to understand that the treasure is not only gold but it is the ancient wisdom, which, as stressed by Jack and Ashmita, might make the lives of common people better. The respect that characters of both the nations show towards each other’s rituals and traditions is beautiful to watch. Here are some instances from the movie that show the diplomatic “romance” going on between both the nations:

  • When the Indian-Chinese team reaches the secret temple of Shiva in the Himalayas and find a golden statue of Shiva, not only Indians but the Chinese characters pay respect to each other with pressed hands.
  • Comparison of the practice of upvasa (Hindu religious fast) to Chinese fasting habits by Jack clearly shows the similarity between the cultures of the neighboring nations.
  • Kung Fu, which is an ancient Chinese art (having roots in India) and Yoga (which is an ancient Indian practice) are not only in the name of the movie but their importance is quite aptly exhibited in the movie. The hero exhibits his Kung Fu-based fighting skills to face the villains, yoga is shown as essential to holding one’s breath and therefore swimming through ice-cold water.

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  • Protagonists of both the nations are known to each other’s cultures and exhibit so in their behavior. The Indian heroine Kyra replies with “Ni hao” to the “Namaste” of the Chinese hero.
  • Both India and China have been depicted to be great ancient civilizations by focusing on great kingdoms of both the nations (India’s Magadha Kingdom and Chinese Tang Dynasty).

However, being more of a Chinese production, at some points China is shown to be superior to India and such a field is technology. When the Chinese protagonist comes to India, the scenes include a snake-charmer, a levitating holy man and the act of the Great Indian Rope Trick, exhibiting India as more of a “not so technological country”. The Indians are also fascinated with the fish-drone that the Chinese team possesses and when the latter begins ice drilling with a powerful machine, the Chinese hero says “Technology rules” while the Indian heroine exclaims “That’s unbelievable!”

The movie also takes into account the recent “One belt One Road” initiative. When the Indian protagonist first meets the Chinese team and offers them cooperation, the not-so-subtle sentence we hear on screen is: “This would also be in line with One Belt, One Road.” Hence, it is clear that the movie doesn’t only propound Indo-Chinese friendship but also has an underlying political message.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Yoga Apps to Make you Stay Fit this Summer

Pocket Yoga app is like an instructor in your pocket, owing to detailed voice and visual instructions that guide you through each pose and every breath

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Surya Namaskar consists of twelve yoga poses which will activate an impressive variety of your body-parts. Wikimedia Commons

As the International Yoga Day approaches on June 21, there are several apps and online platforms to help yoga enthusiasts boost their health in the absence of a trained guide. Some apps also offer integrated services with Apple health app and other Android devices.

For the beginners, the Breathe app on Apple Watch guides you through a series of deep breath and reminds to take time to breathe daily. Choose how long you want to breathe, then let the animation and gentle taps help you focus.

Pocket Yoga app is like an instructor in your pocket, owing to detailed voice and visual instructions that guide you through each pose and every breath. Over 200 illustrated images show you the correct posture and alignment, and an included dictionary describes the benefits and techniques of various poses.

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Pocket Yoga app is like an instructor in your pocket, owing to detailed voice and visual instructions that guide you through each pose and every breath. Pixabay

“Daily Yoga” app offers over 500 asanas, more than 200 guided classes of yoga, pilates, meditation, over 50 workout plans and top coaches’ workshops that suit people from the beginner to advanced level. “Daily Yoga” integrates with the Apple Health App.

“Simply Yoga” — available on both iOS and Android — is an app that keeps it simple with just a few routines and multiple poses. Choose from a 20, 40 or 60-minute workout, or master more than 30 yoga poses with helpful audio and video instruction with this app.

Available in six languages, “Asana Rebel” on iOS platform is for anyone who aims to lose weight and start a healthy lifestyle. The app helps burn calories, strengthen the core, increase flexibility and balance the body while focusing on the mind.

“Yoga-Go” combines customized fitness and weight loss plans, along with a healthy meal tracker. “Yoga-Go” workouts only take between 7-30 minutes and you can burn up to 200 calories per session.

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Avoid Diabetes by practicing Yoga. Pixabay

“Mindfulness means living in the present moment. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and relax the mind,” Mumbai-based yoga expert Natasha Noel told IANS.

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“What I really like about the Breathe app and about any kind of technique that is accessible to people, is that they do give people who might not otherwise give meditation a try, a sense of how powerful those techniques can be,” Noel added.

“Pocket Yoga” Android app gives detailed voice and visual instructions to guide users through each pose and every breath. “5 Minute yoga” add has quick yoga sessions for improved flexibility, increased strength, toned muscles and reduced stress. (IANS)