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Honestly, who hasn’t watched one of the epic series of HBO– Game of Thrones?
There’s no question that when the first episode of Game of Thrones was released on April 11, 2011, the youth population of the world became exuberant. The main reasons behind this reaction was, first, the theme of the show, and second, the hidden lessons which it put forward.
Some of the valuable lessons which the Game of Thrones taught us are:
1. The pack always survives. This aptly meant that whether your pack consists of your family or your friends, you are the strongest when you are surrounded by a support system. This is what Ned Stark taught his children, to be together when “the winter comes”.
2. Never forget who you truly are. One of the most important lessons was given by Tyrion Lannister. He taught us that we should never forget who we really are. This means that we must not forget our bad habits and where we lack. So, once we know who we are, no one could ever use our lagging points against us.
3. Reading is necessary. Tyrion Lannister said, “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” There is absolutely no denying that reading is not a habit now-a-days, but a necessity. If you want to be sharp and smart, then you must devote sometime to books, for they would teach you a lot!
4. Always pay your debts. Well, one of the most philosophical and learned houses if Game of Thrones is House Lannister. And so, one of the sayings of their house is, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” From here we get another life lesson that we must always pay off what we owe from people.
5. Always believe, “You know nothing.” Ygritte said this to Jon Snow in a teasing manner. But, this is actually for all those who believe that they know each and everything. Well, never believe that you know everything. Always learn from new experiences and never hesitate to take advice from others.
So, these were five most significant lessons which the series Game of Thrones offered us. In reality, we all are aware of these lessons, but we never really work upon them. But now, let’s try to understand each lesson and become the heir someday!
Keywords: Entertainment, Game of Thrones, HBO, Series, Youth, Lessons.
It's been 25 years for Rani Mukerji in the movies. Along the course of her journey, the actress has played many a character, but, for her, Vimmy from the 'Bunty Aur Babli' franchise is one who's closest to her heart. In a conversation with IANS, Rani said, "It's special that I have completed 25 years in cinema with the character that is probably closest to my heart. I feel I was born to play Vimmy. I remember I was blown away by her when 'Bunty Aur Babli' was first narrated to me. Her energy, even from the pages of the script, was very infectious and I'm fortunate that I have her in my filmography."
The actress is reprising Vimmy's character in 'Bunty Aur Babli 2' "10 years from the time we left her in the first". Turning the pages of time, Rani said: "Looking back at my journey in films, I feel blessed that I did the films that I worked in, and in a way, they're all special. I'm fortunate that I got a chance to collaborate creatively with some of the finest actors and technicians that the industry has ever seen. I'm proud that I've witnessed them and their work at such close proximity, learnt from them, and tried to be better with each passing film of mine, which I till date do."
The actress is reprising Vimmy's character in 'Bunty Aur Babli 2' "10 years from the time we left her in the first" | Wikimedia Commons
About her journey in the industry, Rani told IANS: "I started when I was 16, I was really young then, I didn't think that I would be an actor but it was my mum's insistence that made me one, or rather made me take the plunge in the movie business. Thank God for my mum that she recognised my passion earlier than I did." Explaining how times have changed since the time she made her debut in films, Rani said: "Going into films today for a lot of youngsters is looked upon as very cool. During the time I was growing up, and the time when I came into films, it wasn't a choice or a career option for most youngsters."
She added: "I think it was looked upon more as a profession to be taken up by people who came from a film background or by those whose parents were actors or film producers/directors. For someone like me, who is from the industry, it was still difficult because we were not really brought up in a filmy atmosphere." Mentioning her idols, the actress said: "When I was growing up, I idolised Sridevi and Madhuri in films, for they came across as screen goddesses, and then to actually imagine me as an actress was tough because I really did not think I had the qualities that made for an Indian movie star."
Rani told IANS: "I started when I was 16, I was really young then." | Wikimedia Commons
On a thankful note, she added: "With changing times, movies change, and audiences accepted someone like me, who had a distinct voice and was short, compared to the standards which people used to judge Indian actresses. I am fortunate that my audiences have kept me going for the last 25 years." Rani said her "loyal fans" had kept her relevant even today. "I think their love gives me the energy to keep going back on to the sets and giving my best," she said.
"Even at a time when I was having my baby, and I was not sure about going back to the arclights, it was my husband (Yash Raj Films boss Aditya Chopra) who reminded me of the fan following that I have and that I needed to go back again and face the camera because I am no longer Rani Mukerji the person, but Rani Mukerji the star that my fans have created," Rani said, signing off. Rani will be seen with Saif Ali Khan in the soon-to-be-released 'Bunty Aur Babli 2'. The two will be chasing a con-artist duo, the new Bunty and Babli, played by Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari, respectively. The film, directed by debutant Varun V. Sharma, is due for a theatrical release on November 19. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Rani Mukherji, Bollywood, bollywood news, entertainment
By- Tomas Sire
The Entertaining Eighties
When we look back at entertainment through the decades, the 1960s were counterculture, the fall of the old order and Mad Men; the 1950s seemed preoccupied with conformity, McCarthyism, and the middle-secret class's soul-implosion; and the 1940s consisted of mainly First and Second World War movies. However, no decade in contemporary culture compares to the 1980s. It's almost a genre of its own.
If you were young during this decade, you remember what a wonderful time it was to be alive, playing real games, and having the best fun. It is the decade most closely associated with nostalgia, and its aesthetic and memories live on.
Even though the 1980s were simple, most people who lived through the decade believe them to be the best years of their lives. There are many movies and television shows set in the 1980s or based on events that occurred during that decade. They may get close to capturing what life was like in the 1980s, but they will never be able to provide us with a complete picture. Knowing what entertainment was like back then is one of the things that may help us comprehend how a typical day in life was back then. So, let's take a look at what kept us entertained in the 1980s.
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CDs and vinyl albums had no competition; so it goes without saying that CDs were a big hit in 80s.Pexels
Compact discs (CDs) were first introduced earlier in the decade. CDs and vinyl albums had no competition; so it goes without saying that CDs were a big hit. Because the sound from vinyl LPs was too rough, people began replacing all of their music records with music CDs. As a result, Sony developed the Discman D-50, their first portable CD player. At the time, this was the equivalent of a new iPod, an oversized, button-filled, CD-playing iPod.
Is it true that the 1980s were the golden age of cinema? It might be difficult to disagree with this statement. The decade provided us with some of the most famous movies and TV series of all time, as well as the Blockbuster. Star Wars started the ball rolling when it was released in 1977. Still, the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi helped create momentum and popularity in the 1980s. We could also call this the Spielberg age because movies like ET, the highest-grossing of the 1980s, The Goonies, and the Indiana Jones franchise all came out during this time. Back to the Future and its epic sequel, which incorporated all of the best time travel components, are also among the decade's all-time favorites.
We can't talk about movies without mentioning Blockbuster Video. The first of many Blockbuster stores opened its doors to the public in 1985. It was a watershed moment in the history of home entertainment. Regardless of age, the entire populace was able to go to Blockbuster outlets to rent movies and video games. People felt the same way about Blockbuster back then as we do about Netflix today. Renting a movie made access to entertainment so much easier because all you had to do was walk up to your local Blockbuster and choose your favorite film. You could even rent out a video machine with your movie back then.
The 1980s introduced us to a whole new world of music and some entirely new genres. The most popular genre until then was Rock. Heavy metal grew increasingly popular in the 1970s, and pop music had always been part of the mix. Still, the 1980s introduced us to some new categories and variations like electronic music. When you think of Madonna and U2, you're thinking of the age when we were first introduced to Hip Hop as a new art form.
Just like you can't talk about movies without mentioning Blockbuster Video, you can't talk about 80s music without talking about the mixtape. The mixtape could be the best way to summarize the 1980s. MP3, Apple Music, and Spotify did not exist back then. If you wanted to record music, you'd have to sit by your tape player for hours on end, waiting for whichever tune you wanted to hear. You'd call radio stations to make a request and pray you had a quick trigger finger. This was also the period of the dual cassette tape deck, which allowed you to make your own mixes by copying tapes. If you knew someone who had a cassette you desired, you could replicate it onto a blank tape, and it would appear to be yours!
You could now construct your own compilations with your cassette collection, and the mixtape was born. This was the 1980s' version of a love letter, in which you could compile a playlist of significant songs to give to someone you cared about. Today, Spotify has made it possible for us to do this, and it only takes a few short taps. Of course, the mixtape required effort and dedication. That effort was a big part of what made a mixtape so special.
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Growing Pains, The Wonder Years, The A-Team, and Knight Rider are just a few prominent shows from the 1980sPexels
In the 1980s, we were treated to a slew of legendary sitcoms that would eventually lead to the birth of Must-See TV. Certain nights, such as Thursday and Friday, would become must-watch nights, with a slew of excellent shows stacked together. If you wanted to know what everyone was talking about, you couldn't miss these nights. Growing Pains, Cheers, ALF, The Wonder Years, The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazzard, and Knight Rider are just a few prominent shows from the 1980s; there are so many gems from this era.
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What is commonly known as Ludo in today's world, comes from a more primitive form, called Pachisi. Translating to "twenty-five" in Hindi, this game represents the highest available score for each participant. Some game versions, however, have an upper limit of thirty.
Pachisi was a game that the ancient monarchs patronised in India. Emperor Akbar was known to play this game extensively. He even built a courtroom in the shape of the Pachisi board, which forms a cross. Slaves dressed in the colours of the players' teams would move as the pawns. Historical records show that other rulers too played this game when there were no royal decrees to be signed, or punishments and rewards to be handed out.
The court where Pachisi was played with human pawns Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Pachisi was played with cowrie shells. The number of shells that fell face down indicated null points, while those that turned up when thrown indicated the number of places to move forward. There is an upper limit of four players, who can be differentiated based on the colours assigned to them. The colours usually used as red, black, yellow, and green. In South India, this game is played with Tamarind seeds and stones.
A moder-day German variant of Ludo Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Research has shown that a variant of this game has existed in different civilisations. Germany, Korea, China, France, Morocco, and even Syria has variations of this game. It is believed that the earliest mention of this historical game is in the Mahabharata, but the ideal of the game does not match the current rules. It is taught to children as entertainment, but adults still play this as a means to gamble. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Pachisi, Ludo, Royal Game, Gamble