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Superstar Rajinikanth, the carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star’s real name was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. Rajinikanth literally rules over the millions of hearts of his fans who not only love him but also worship him. Although, his mother tongue is Marathi but still he has not done any movie in it.
The famous Tamil film director, Aishwarya R. Dhanush is Rajinikanth’s daughter and been married to film actor Dhanush. Aishwarya has a younger sister, Soundarya, who works in the Tamil film industry as well.
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Rajnikanth was always a shy and reserved kind of person. Anyone, who had the privilege of a meeting the ‘Thalaivar’ has come away with a spring in his step and a warm glow in the heart. He is praised as a warm, friendly and affable human being. The popular Rajinikanth’s movies include Kabali, Enthiran, Lingaa, Baasha and much more to count.
Rajnikanth’s Early Life
Rajnikanth was born on December 12, 1950, in a Marathi family. Rajinikanth was the fourth child of his parents Ramabai and Ramoji Rao Gaekwad. His father was a police constable in police and mother as a housewife. He has two brothers and a sister. At the age of five, he lost his mother. One of his brothers got admitted him to the Acharya Pathasala for primary schooling, where he started his schooling before moving to Vivekananda Balaka Sangha, a branch of the Ramakrishna Mission. Many people connect his humble nature and religious frame of mind to his education at the Ramakrishna Mission.
From the very childhood, Superstar Rajnikanth was an avid movie watcher and gradually, he got involved in dramas and plays. After the retirement of his father, the financial condition of the family deteriorated. Hence, he took various odd jobs- worked as a carpenter and then as a coolie to fund his further education. Soon, he became notable among the passengers due to his unique style of issuing tickets, returning change and whistling. After completing his job hours, Rajnikanth used to nurture his acting skills by participating in local stage plays.
He had to take up all sorts of odd jobs, before starting his career in the film industry. To make his ends meet, he took up a bus conductor job in Karnataka state transport corporation, Bangalore. During this time, he got into acting and nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays. He started his journey with minor roles and gradually rose to the status of hero and then the ultimate superhero of the film industry.
Rajnikanth’s Career Phase
The legend of the Tamil movie industry was launched in the movie ‘Aboorva Raagangal’ by the renowned director, K.Balachandar. It’s been 45 years that the Super Star made his debut with an inconsequential role in a Tamil film. From the role of villain to a blockbuster hero, the gifted actor has made the most of every outing. And he truly deserves every bit of it. His life is no less than a fairy tale. He came from a lower middle-class family without any links in the film industry.
In 1973, after going through an advertisement in a local newspaper about admissions in the Madras Film Institute, he got himself enrolled in it. For this, he took the financial help from one of his colleague and also resigned from the conductor job. Although, he family was against his decision of quitting the conductor’s job due to the poor financial condition but Rajnikanth didn’t budge on his stand.
At that time, K. Balachander was a well-known movie maker and was famed for launching new talents in the Tamil film industry. Fortunately, superstar Rajnikanth got K. Balachander’s attention and got a role offered on the condition that he would achieve good proficiency in the Tamil language.
The movie, Apoorva Raagangal was launched in 1975 with Kamal Hassan in the lead role. In the whole movie, Rajnikanth had the appearance of hardly 15 minutes. In spite of his roles, Rajnikanth showed his screen presence and was signed by producers to portray anti-hero roles in the next handful of movies. He got his role makeover form the movie Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri in 1977, which was box office success. After this hit, he got the lead role of an elder brother who sacrifices everything for his siblings made him very popular among women audience and considered as a turning point in his career. This role got him accolades from the film industry and as well as the audience.
Rajinikanth’s Signature Moves
- Cigarette flip- Nobody can come close to the sophistication by which Rajinikanth flips the cigarette to his lips.
- The elegant walk- The flare and grace illustrated in Rajini’s walk are simply incredible.
- Rolling the goggles- It’s not just about the cigarette, the way Rajini flips the goggles a few times before finally wearing them, it drives his fans crazy about his talent.
- Greeting- We all remember the way Rajini greets people with his trademark “Namaskar” style. It would be always on the right or left side of the chin, never at the centre.
- Signature salute-In the movie Padayappa, he quickly revolve his hands in circular motion to wave off his trademark salute
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Take a look at some of the splendid aspects of the multi-talented megastar of the Indian film industry:
- Rajinikanth spent his childhood in a very constraint environment. After the death of his mother, the whole family had to struggle to keep themselves going.
- It was Rajinikanth friend, Raj Bahadur, who asked him to enrol his name in the Madras Film Institute. We do owe a lot of gratitude to this man.
- Rajinikanth kick-started his acting career with the role of Duryodhan in a Kannada play at the Film Institute. During one of his performances in those plays, he was spotted by director K. Balachander. After that, there was no looking back!
- For his triple role for the very first time in any Tamil film, Tamil Nadu government bestowed him with the Best Actor award for the movie, Moondru Moogam.
- Rajinikanth completed the milestone of hundred films in mere 10 years since he made his debut. The movie had him as the on-screen avatar of Raghavendra Swami in the film Sri Raghavendra. Rajinikanth being spiritual in nature, helped him to slip into the character to the perfection.
- The movie ‘Baasha’ earned Rajinikanth the title of the superstar in the year 1995. The film broke several box office records and established him as one of the best actors in the Indian film industry.
- Rajinikanth movie ‘Muthu’ was the first Tamil film to be showcased on the international stage and was the very first film to be released in Japan.
- According to Newsweek magazine in 1999, Rajinikanth was stated to be the trendiest heartthrob of Japan.
- Rajinikanth is the only megastar to visit the Himalayan caves
- After every film, Rajinikanth visits the Himalayan caves, which according to him detoxifies his soul and he attains peace.
- The movie ‘Sivaji’ was the first Tamil movie to move to the top of the box office charts in the UK and South Africa.
- Rajinikanth’s Enthiran was the costliest Tamil movie till date and was released in 2010. It held the record for being the costliest Indian movie of that time.
- According to Forbes India, Rajinikanth was named as the most influential Indian in 2010.
- Rajinikanth has been honoured by the NDTV as the ‘Entertainer of the decade’ award in 2011.
- Rajinikanth is the first ever Indian actor to have acted in black-and-white, colour, 3-D as well as motion capture films.
- Rajinikanth’s Raja Chinna Roja was the first Tamil film to have included animation in it.
- Rajinikanth has his featured story in the CBSE syllabus for the 6th standard.
- A case study in an elective course of post-graduation has been included in IIM-Ahmedabad. It is named as Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective.
- Rajinikanth got his first Filmfare Award from the film ‘Nallavanuku Nallavan’ in 1984.
- Rajinikanth has been awarded ‘Padma Vibhushan’ on April 12, 2016. And in 2000, as a token for his contributions to Indian cinema, he was felicitated with the ‘Padma Bhushan’.
So basically, Rajnikanth started his career with a very slow pace in 1975 but with his sheer talent and hard work, he stepped up the stairs of success very quickly and by the end of 1980 and went on to become a well-established star of the Tamil film industry. Rajinikanth’s movie got a lot of recognition not only in India but worldwide also.
Other than Tamil movies, he also acted in other language films including Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. But mainly, he displayed his skills in Tamil movies only. It was after 1995 that his work started getting appreciation and his movies started running all over India by dubbing in various languages. This led to his massive popularity beyond South India.
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.