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By Akshay Acharya
Rohit Shetty's "Sooryavanshi" finally released on Friday after hitting multiple roadblocks over the last 18 months, but it seems to have been worth the wait. An addition to the director's cop universe after "Singham" and "Simba", "Sooryavanshi" is a classic Rohit Shetty entertainer with action, romance, humour, drama and thrills, all packaged into a delectable treat. And early reports about the Akshay Kumar-starrer's performance across territories have been encouraging enough to make Bollywood continue its Diwali celebrations.
Talking about the opening-day response to the film, senior trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh said: "It is an amazing start, more so because if you look at the 50 per cent occupancy still in force in Maharashtra, which is the largest market for the movie business, contributing 35-40 per cent of the film industry's earnings. I am confident that the film will cross the Rs 30-crore, which is fantabulous."
Rohit Shetty's "Sooryavanshi" finally released on Friday after hitting multiple roadblocks over the last 18 months, but it seems to have been worth the wait. | IANS
Fellow analyst Komal Nahta echoes Adarsh's sentiments: "The opening of 'Sooryavanshi' should be considered extraordinary. The first day collections should easily cross Rs 25 crore, which is historic in times such as these. In Maharashtra, Goa, Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana, the theatres are running at 50 per cent occupancy. He also pointed out that there's still a sense of fear among people about spending nearly three hours in a closed environment, "so the current business of Rs 25-30 crore translates into Rs 40 crore of the pre-Covid normal times."
Nahta concluded his analysis by saying that it is "a moment of happiness" for the entire film industry. He said: "There's palpable excitement within the industry about bouncing back and these figures speak for themselves. They prove all those people wrong who said that cinemas don't stand a chance against OTT platforms." Media and Internet research analyst Karan Taurani concurred: "The response has been phenomenal, the opening-day numbers are closer to the pre-Covid figures. This was anyway expected. Earlier, people had written off the big screen, saying it wouldn't be able to stand up against competition from OTT platforms. Ultimately, good content drives people to the cinemas. So, I think the next three to six months are going to be very strong because we have a slate of good films waiting to be released."
Talking about the backlog of content, Taurani said: "You will now see large films coming out week after week, compared with the pre-Covid years when only one blockbuster film was released in a month. It is going to be a very good time for cinema and we will see a lot of clashes. A lot of regional films will clash with Bollywood films, and Bollywood films will clash with international or Hollywood productions. (IANS/ MBI)
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By Grand Master Akshar
Statistically, 1 in 20 people who are infected with dengue fever may go on to develop severe dengue. This can result in shock, internal bleeding, and even be fatal causing death. Infants and pregnant women are at higher risk for developing severe dengue.
Yoga builds immunity
A strong immune system helps you prevent dengue which can be developed through holistic practices like yoga. But if you have dengue, yoga can help in quick recovery from dengue fever. Strong immunity will also treat the initial symptoms of dengue.
Take care of your diet
Do not eat anything that is oily or spicy. Consume freshly cooked meals that have ingredients like black pepper and elaichi in them. Other immunity-boosting foods that you can add to your diet include citrus foods, garlic, almonds, turmeric and many more.
Practice the following asanas slowly. Do not hold for a long duration. You can also add pranayama exercises like Anulom Vilom and Brhamari pranayama to your routine.
Vajrasana - Thunderbolt pose
Formation of the Posture:
* Bring your knees down on your mat
* Rest your pelvis on your heels
* Keep your heels slightly apart from each other
* Place your palms on your thighs
* Straighten your back and look forward
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Vrikshasana -- Tree Pose
Formation of the Posture:
* Stand tall, and place one foot on the opposite inner thigh, either above or below the knee. Open the leg to the side, bring your hands to prayer, and stay for five to eight breaths.
* Builds leg and abdominal strength
* Works on hip mobility
Paschimottanasana -- Seated forward bend
Formation of the Posture:
* Begin in Dandasana where your legs are stretched out forward
* Keep your knees slightly bent if needed
* Lift your arms up and keep your spine upright
* Exhale and bend forward
* Try to grip your toes with your fingers
* Hold the posture for 10 seconds
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Formation of the Posture:
* Drop your knees to the ground gently and keep your upper body straight.
* Start with Sukshma Vyayam or subtle exercises to warm up the body.
* Stretch your arms up to the sky with palms hovering shoulder distance from and facing each other.
* Look forward and hold
Statistically, 1 in 20 people who are infected with dengue fever may go on to develop severe dengue. Unsplash
* Begin on your stomach
* Fold your knees to grab onto your ankles with your palms
* Inhale and lift your legs and arms up as much as you can
* Balance on your stomach
* Look up and hold the posture
* Sit in any comfortable pose (such as Sukhasan, Ardhapadmasan or Padmasana)
* Straighten your back and close your eyes
* Place your palms on your knees facing up (in Prapthi Mudra)
* Place your thumbs on the 'Tragus', the external flap outside on your ear.
* Place your index finger on your forehead; your middle finger on the Medial Canthus and ring finger on the corner of your nostril
* Inhale and fill your lungs with air
* As you exhale, slowly make a buzzing sound like that of a bee, i.e., "mmmmmmm...."
* Keep your mouth closed the entire time and feel the vibration of the sound disseminate throughout your body
This particular practice of Siddhohum Kriya can be done as a remedy to fluctuation of moods. It helps you to balance your energies and stay in a pleasant temperament. One of the most important and wonderful benefits of this practice is that it helps you maintain this mood and upgrade from there. It helps you align your body mind and spirit.
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Travel is back in a big way and consumers are excited to make up for lost holidays over the past two years. With a steady rise in vaccination coverage across geographies, combined with the easing of restrictions across regions, travellers have embraced the spirit of travel wholeheartedly, especially during holidays and festive long weekends in India, the US, the UK and Europe.
As per OYO's booking analysis, consumers across the world are increasingly opting for short-haul destinations and making last-minute bookings over planned trips. Across Europe, summer travel saw the highest bounce back in demand. Whereas, Americans travelled the most during the Labor Day long weekend of September 4 - 6, 2021. Closer to home, in India, the long weekends of Gandhi Jayanti and Dussehra ranked as the topmost holidays for travellers in 2021.
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India is a land of diversities. This means many elaborate festivals and holidays. In India, some of the most popular holidays for travellers took place in the second half of this year, starting with Janmashtami in August, followed by Ganesh Chaturthi and Dussehra which saw a spike in bookings. This optimism around travel can be attributed to higher vaccination coverage and the opening up of several states for tourism in comparison to early 2021.
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Indian travellers preferred spending their holidays across the country's beautiful tourist destinations such as Jaipur, Goa, Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Udaipur during the festive season. Interestingly, short-haul destinations continue to be the go-to option for travellers across the country over long weekends. Some of the top short-haul destinations are Lonavala, Pondicherry, Shimla, Mysore. All of these destinations sit close to mainstream cities of Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Bangalore, indicating that city folks are looking for respite closer to home.
With a steady rise in vaccination coverage across geographies, combined with the easing of restrictions across regions, travellers have embraced the spirit of travel wholeheartedly, especially during holidays and festive long weekends in India, the US, the UK and Europe.Unsplash
The long weekend of Dussehra saw a hike in demand, with an increase in trips to nearby destinations for a quick break. In India, last-minute bookings continue to be on the rise. Not surprisingly, Indians travel to destinations known for their festive cheer. During a festival, the preference for destinations well-known to celebrate the festival with great vigor witnessed a spike in bookings. For instance, during Ganesh Chaturthi, locals preferred going on short-haul trips to locations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala, and Mumbai. The most recent long weekend of Guru Nanak Jayanti saw the majority of bookings for Varanasi, Jaipur, Goa, Puri and Alibaug.
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By Sudeshna Paul
The cover photo of the recent edition of the ‘Voice of Hind’ magazine had a semi-demolished statue of a Hindu deity. It looked like the 123 feet tall Lord Shiva idol at a temple in Murudeshwara, Karnataka. The temple is a very well-known place and is a major pilgrimage destination. It attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.
The Murudeshwar Temple is located in a town with the same name, in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Murudeshwar is another name for Lord Shiva. Located on top of the Kanduka hill, the temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. Beside the temple, there is a 123 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. It the 2nd tallest statue of this particular deity, all across the world. Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great galore at this temple. The construction of this temple was funded by businessman and philanthropist Rama Nagappa Shetty.
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The ‘Voice of Hind’ magazine is known to be the mouthpiece of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. The image of the deity was digitally vandalized and the ISIS flag can be seen on top of the be-headed structure. It was captioned "It is Time to Break the False Gods". This had led to a big stir as it raises questions about the security of the lives and property of the people living in India. How good is our security system? Will the Government be able to protect the Temple and the statue from any kind of man-made destruction?
This incident has made the Karnataka Government increase the security around the temple premises.
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According to media outlets, this magazine " is a joint venture by the pro-ISIS media outlet Al-Qitaal Media Center and Junudul Khilafah al-Hind, can be defined as an India-centric online propaganda magazine. Launched in February 2020, it has been a regular menace, with a strong and obvious hatred for India. It canonizes the jihad terrorists of the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K, or ISKP) and has made a saint of Pakistani national Huzaifa-al-Bakistani, who was a key recruiter for the Islamic State and was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan in 2019. “
Earlier this year, 3 men had been arrested from Kashmir as they were supposedly linked to a conspiracy regarding recruiting Indian muslim youths for Jihad, and were motivating them to join the ISIS. A few people, who have been suspected of translating the text of the magazine into local regional languages have also been arrested.
Statue of Lord Shiva beside the Murudeshwara temple.
Ever in earlier issues, this particular magazine had spoken about attacking India and taking revenge upon the people, hindus in particular.
According to India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) this "radical Islamic magazine is compiled by fresh graduates and translators operating from a “call centre-type setup” in Pakistan’s Karachi and Islamabad. Handlers responsible for collating the content for the ISIS mouthpiece are based in Afghanistan and India; some content creators have been recruited from Bangladesh and the Maldives as well. However, the editing of the articles, the designing of the pages, and the publishing of the final material all take place in the Pakistan-based facility only. “
I feel that the government should definitely ramp up the security of the temple and the surrounding area, as the threat has come from an enemy outside the country. But people should not use this as a reason to spread communal hatred and conflicts. Religion is a very sensitive issue and people should refrain from spreading hatred.
India being a secular country does not try to focus on any one religion in particular. The Indian Constitution grants all its citizens the Right to Freedom of Religion (Articles 25-28) as a Fundamental Right. It means that there is no official State religion, and that the state is required to treat all religions equally, impartially and neutrally. But this magazine seems to be trying to rattle India’s cohesiveness and promote religious fanaticism, which should never happen.Keywords : Hindu temples, magazine, cover, Hindu, India, god, religion, muslim, fanaticism, secular, freedom.
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