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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi Wants To Get Rid of Dependene on Mobile Phones

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she

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Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who will turn a year older on September 18, says that she wants to get rid of her dependence on the mobile phone.

She is currently in Karjat shooting for “The Moghuls”, a web series for Hotstar produced by Nikkhil Advani.

The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi.

“This is the first web series (for Hotstar) that I am doing. The reach of the medium is tremendous. ‘The Moghuls’ is an adaptation of Alex Rutherford’s historical book. It deals with Moghul history all the way from Babur to Aurangzeb,” said Shabana.

What fascinated Shabana Azmi was the space and attention given to the women figures from Moghul history.

 

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The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi. Flickr

She feels women have been treated with scant attention by Moghul historians.

“I mean, everyone knows Mumtaz Mahal because Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for her. But what was she really like? I play Babur’s grandmother Esan Daulat. Not much is known about her. But she was the power behind the throne. When Babur was 12, she made sure he was crowned emperor.”

Shabana enjoys the freedom offered by the web. “One can tell a story as elaborately as one wants. Though Esan Daulat is little-known outside the domain of history books my character is done at length. I am shooting for 40 days for ‘The Moghuls’.”

So Shabana would be celebrating her birthday on the sets of “The Moghuls”. Any birthday thoughts?

“Yes, to get rid of my dependence on the mobile phone. My phone has just crashed. And I feel no anxiety about losing my numbers. On the contrary, it is extremely liberating to not have to depend constantly on the phone.

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Shabana Azmi.

“So yes, this birthday I’d like to return to basic face-to-face conversations with people whom I care for.”

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she.

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“He says my mobile phone is the most immobile phone in the world because I never take it with me. He watches a lot of shows on his phone.” (IANS)

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88% Indian Customers Use Mobile Devices For Online Payment

About 88% of consumers in India use their mobile phones for online payment

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About 88% of Indian consumers prefer to use their mobile phones for online payment. Pixabay

Around 88 per cent Indian consumers use mobile devices for online payment, according to a joint report by PayPal and IPSOS.

The report further said that bill payments and fashion are the key sectors where app purchases take place and over half the volume of online sales is made through in-app purchases. Around 51 per cent of online sales volume has been made via in-app purchases, it added.

“88 per cent of the surveyed Indians use a mobile device to make payments, way above the global average of 71 per cent,” the report said on Friday.

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81 per cent of the merchants in India are optimised to accept online payments made through mobile. Pixabay

The report is part of a global survey carried out during 23 July and 25 August, 2019.

‘PayPal the IPSOS mCommerce Report’ also said that 81 per cent of the merchants in India are optimised to accept mobile payments to meet the growing demand and responding to consumer preferences, against the the global average of 63 per cent merchants.

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As per the report, social commerce adoption has been increasing in India with about 57 per cent of the consumers having made purchased through this channel in the past six months, with over half of them doing so weekly. (IANS)