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Raju, Ram and intolerance: A Sharman Joshi Play

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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: Raju, Ram Aur Main, a play directed by Kedhar Shinde, with Sharman Joshi as the protagonist, was staged today at Rabindra Sadan on the fourth day of the Minerva National Drama Festival.

The comic play in Hindi portrayed the selfish and cruel human psychology and the inherent greed in human beings which overshadows the love and benevolence even among family members.

The play started with the murder of the property owner Mr Sukhnandani (Sharman Joshi) in the hands of his wife Rupa and his PA, Aniket Dalall, and went on to show how the family members conspired to claim his property in their own name.

Joshi surprised the audience with his portrayal of all three characters of Raju, Ram and Mr Sukhnandani.

It ended with an appearance of the real Mr Sukhnandani with the chorus playing, “The truth is bitter but it is hard to deny”.

“The play talks about the rising intolerance within the family unit,” said Sharman Joshi in an interaction with NewsGram.

Raju, Ram Aur Main struck a chord with the audience, who laughed along every comic scene. Though the light and set designs were nothing extraordinary, a robust script and Joshi’s skillful acting made it an entertaining watch.

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A Hindu Woman held captive for 7 years due to affair with a Muslim Boyfriend in Delhi

The girl's mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her for bringing dishonor to the family

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Women from different community in rural India. Image source: youthkiawaz.com
  • The 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family.
  • The girl’s family showed her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her
  • The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide
India has always been known as a country inhabiting various cultures, traditions and religions. As Nehru claimed, the country showcases “Unity in diversity”. However, when it comes to religious tolerance the land has failed to show up when an incident of inter-religious correspondence comes forth.
The news published in The Hindu stated that a 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family. She was 25 years-old and at the time of the most important phase of her life, her entering into the institution of marriage, she was hosted by her family for being acknowledged in an affair with a Muslim boy by her family.

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She was refused any kind of socialization with no access to internet or telephones. She remained locked inside the four walls of her house since 2009. Her coming out is no miracle, nor it is an outcome of the fact that her parents have realized their mistake. In the absence of her mother, she called the women’s helpline number 181 to seek help and was thus “imprisoned” by the team.
“Her mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her and her family members even threatened to kill her for bringing dishonor to the family,” according to the Hindu report.

pd_domestic_violence_080207_msIt seems one of the most disturbing incidents in an age when the protests for freedom of speech and equality surround the city with the famous universities. One finds the city as epicenter for the celebrations of the “International Women’s Day”, however, the reach of this freedom where all women can exercise their needs seems to lack in a society which apparently discusses the movements like Save Girl Child and educate her.

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The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide being saved by the family members. The DCW reported, the words she uttered at first were: ‘please rescue me’. Further, the girl also disclosed how her family would show her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her.
She didn’t take any action against her parents and even didn’t ask for any hold against her boyfriend if he had moved on.  She is under the protection of DCW in their shelter and is happy to be rescued from the life as bad as in a prison.

 

-prepared by Megha Sharma, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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A New Library in Omaha, Nebraska has no room for Books but Technology for all

From professionals working on Photoshop to senior citizens making calls on FaceTime for the first time, Do Space library has something to engage all age groups

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Nebraska community tech center. Do Space Library. Image source: netnebraska.org
  • A new Digital Library ‘Do Space’ offers memberships to everyone for absolutely no cost at all
  • Free availability of latest technologies and programs- Photoshop, 3D printers and laser cutters 
  • A separate space for toddlers to play and learn at the same time

Omaha, Nebraska has seen the inauguration of arguably the coolest library in town, and probably the whole of United States in November last year. Funded by generous philanthropists through the non-profit organization Heritage Services, this public library, like all other public libraries, offers memberships to everyone for absolutely no cost at all.

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With an interactive video wall that draws visitors’ attention as they walk in for the first time, this digital library houses a state-of-the-art 3-D Lab, a Youth Program Room, a large Computer Lab area with work stations where people usually walk in and find their way around the computers, and a separate space for toddlers to play and learn at the same time, explains Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director at Do Space.

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“Do Space is a lot of things – it’s a community tech library, a makerspace, a computer lab, and a community coworking space, all with ultrafast WiFi and free tech learning for everyone,” says Stavick. “I’ve always thought of libraries as places full of tools. Books are tools, scrolls are tools, computers are tools.” From professionals working on Photoshop to senior citizens making calls on FaceTime for the first time, Do Space library has something to engage all age groups.

 

Computer Programmer Hans Bekale runs his multimedia business from this library. The modern day workspace, that comes for no price at all, is every developer’s dream, he says. High school student Frank Fu uses the laser cutter and 3-D printer to design the jewelry that he sells online. According to him, Do Space Library has the most diverse people with the most diverse ideas.

-by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter:@saurabhbodas96

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Lom Harsh’s ‘Yeh Hai India’ to touch upon many issues including JNU and intolerance

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Mumbai: Director Lom Harsh is coming up with a patriotic drama- “Yeh Hai India”, which will addresses numerous issues before the country. The film would offer solutions to them in an entertaining manner and will also address issues like the JNU row and ‘intolerance’.

“It is depressing that our country is facing issues like what we recently witnessed at the JNU, and also the previous one, related to the intolerance debate.

“But the fact of the matter is that there is a deadlock on both these issues – that’s the story of most of the issues that take place in India, the media first hypes it, the government gets blamed, opposition parties attack it, and when the news gets stale, the media stops covering it and the matter is forgotten by the country, without anybody offering any solution.” he said.

“Even our films which address various topics, never offer solutions and even if they do, they’re unrealistic and cinematic,” he said, adding their film addresses these issues as well as others like poverty, gender bias, unemployment and other issues while also suggesting remedies to solve them.

“Not just issues, we are also highlighting the mammoth achievements and treasures of the country. And we are not giving any ‘gyan’, all this will be depicted in an entertaining and commercial manner while also inspiring the audiences,” he added.

“Yeh Hai India” stars Gavie Chahal, Deana Uppal, Ashutosh Kaushik, Antara Banerjee, Mogan Agashe, Mohan Joshi among others and is produced by Sandeep Choudhary under the banner of DLB Films Pvt Ltd. (IANS)