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Ways to Turn Your Home Into an Entertainment Zone

Transform your home into an entertainment zone

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Give your home an entertainment-like makeover with fun games and thought provoking activities. IANS

BY PUJA GUPTA

As the lockdown period extends, days seem to be longer and monotony crops in. Most of us tend to hunt for new and exciting things to do. Watching TV, playing video games can surely beat time, but it’s not gratifying until there is more to do.

The key is to innovate and give your home an entertainment-like makeover with fun games and thought provoking activities.

Students and faculty at Vogue Institute of Art and Design share ideas that help you sail through the lockdown without even realizing it.

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Take part in the eold v/s new’ challenge

We are all creative in many ways; it could be artistic or functional. Explore your creativity through a challenge of remaking any of the old household items into a new design. For instance, a regular mirror can be made into a decor piece with the use of pencils around it. You could pull out one of your old winnows or baskets and paint it with exciting colours. There are many more items that can transform if you put some thought to it. Select an area in your home that can be used to display all your creations.

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Select an area in your home that can be used to display all your creations. IANS

Make your very own game zone

Games are one of the best ways to engage and build excitement.

Transform your bed sheets into a popular game of Twister. With the use of old swatches at home, form patch work with different colours in rows on your bed sheet. It’s a simple game of physical skill where the judge asks two participants to place their legs or hands on a particular colour of patch until they reach the end of the sheet

You can also make your very own dart game with the use of a cardboard on an old watch clock. Shape the cardboard in a circular form with an outer circle marking painted in green, inner circle marking in black and the centre in red. A needle covered with 4 toothpicks can be used as darts to hit the bullseye.

Turn your household routine into an activity

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You could place bed sheets like a roof by lining up chairs on the side of your bed, giving it a tent like feel at your home. IANS

Make your routine work exciting by converting it into a game. Create a chart that displays the tasks as per the time required to complete it. Be it cleaning the dishes, or wiping the floor, each task can be categorized as per the time required. The members in the house can be in groups and the one who doesn’t accomplish it on time needs to do the other set of tasks of the winning group.

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Initiate the newspaper challenge

Have piles of newspapers in your home? Host a challenge using newspapers as a mode of creative boards and marquee silhouettes and show your creativity. If fashion is not your forte, opt for the simplest forms that you have done during childhood like paper boats, or paper airplanes. Challenge your competitor to see how long it lasts in water or how far it can fly. It’ll be fun, try it!

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Give your room a makeover

Bored of the same look of your home? See if you can transform the most frequently used rooms with a new look. You could place bed sheets like a roof by lining up chairs on the side of your bed, giving it a tent like feel. You can also add a lamp on the side or fairy lights to add more sparkle. (IANS)

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Jaspal Singh: Bollywood’s Voice Lost in Transition

Jaspal Singh has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang

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Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970's and 1980's.

By Kashish Rai

The beauty of the Hindi film industry lies not only in it’s stories but also in the songs that get in tune with the mood of the narratives. These songs remain eternal in the minds of the audience for generations to come, but unfortunately the ones who give their melodious voice in these songs are not always remembered. Jaspal Singh is one of them.

Today we have brought in light one of those gem singers of bollywood~ Jaspal Singh, who has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang.

  • Who is Jaspal Singh?

 Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in Amritsar and during his school and college days, he realised his passion for singing. He used to participate in various music competitions throughout his school and college life. To further pursue his passion for singing he went to Mumbai where his sister used to stay.

Jaspal’s talent was first and foremost recognised by well known female singer Usha Khanna during the year 1968.

  • Jaspal’s Early Life Struggle

Jaspal Singh was provided a chance to sing at a professional level, however he did not get the recognition which he deserved in his life. He struggled to make a career in singing and would often visit Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai time and again.

Jaspal was always an ardent fan of Mohammed Rafi and grew up listening to his songs and singing Rafi’s songs whenever he got the opportunity. As he was attracted to only film songs he did not undergo any training in classical music.

Due to peer pressure, he started practicing law and started living in Mumbai. In spite of the hardships he was facing, he never gave up and then, a well known Music Composer, Ravindra Jain gave him the big break for a song in the movie called ‘Geet Gata Chal’ of 1975. After this song, he became a prominent name. His voice was unique and was unlike any other and he sang for some hit bollywood movies like ‘Nadiya ke paar’, ‘Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’,’Sawan ko aane do’, etc.

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  • Jaspal’s Singing Career in Bollywood Industry

In 1975 as the opening credits of the newly released film “Geet Gaata Chal” rolled out and the cinema hall resonated with the fresh, melodious, energetic and high-pitched vocals of Jaspal Singh singing the title song- ‘Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunata chal…’

Every viewer was mesmerized by this totally new, original, youthful and brilliant voice which was both pleasing and heart-warming. This was the magic his voice had.

For the audience who did not see the film at that time, hearing the song was enough to transport them to the villages and immediately entreating up images of the person dancing amidst the lush green fields, flowing rivers, chirping birds and pleasant winds. Such was the effect the song had on the listeners of that time that it became one of the most iconic songs of the decade.

The film “Nadiya Ke Paar”  produced by Tarachand Bharjatya under his banner “Rajshri Productions” was to be the launch vehicle for introducing child artists Sachin and Sarika as adult stars in a romantic story. As the existing singers of the time were all associated with different popular heroes, the new male singer Jaspal Singh was chosen to do a  playback for Sachin. Not only did the film became a big hit, all the songs of the film also became super-hits and music lovers wholeheartedly accepted Jaspal Singh as the new sensational voice.

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A still from the movie “Nadiya Ke Paar”. Pinterest

According to an interview, Ravindra Jain was apprehensive about giving Jaspal the title song which according to him was his best composition for the film but associate producer Rajkumar Bharjatya was in favour of taking the risk. Whatever the concerns may have been, still the fact remains that finally Jaspal Singh did get the green signal to record all the songs and the rest as they say is history.

Jaspal Singh was very thrilled to get such a golden opportunity. Those days it was not very easy for a new singer to make inroads into the industry especially without any father figure to launch him!

Luckily for him the film established him in a big way. He proved his versatility in the film by singing fun songs, romantic song and even ‘bhajans’.

Though, popular perception is that Geet Gaata Chal was Jaspal Singh’s debut film, technically he had made his debut earlier in 1968 in the film Bandish. It was music director Usha Khanna who decided to give him a break. She gave him a solo number which was picturized on a comedian in the film. As the film did not create any ripples, the song also did not get much attention and Jaspal Singh’s debut song went virtually unnoticed.

After this he also sang a duet with Mahendra Kapoor for the film Anjaan Hai Koi, 1969, but again that song also did not receive any great response. Once again Usha Khanna was the music director and the song was picturized on character artistes. In the coming years, he started singing for many other films in Bollywood.

  • How did Jaspal “Lost in Transition?”

Slowly it was becoming evident that as Jaspal Singh’s voice had become the voice of actor Sachin, he was not going to be used for any of the top actors of that period. Also keeping in consideration the type of films he was singing for, he did not get an opportunity to sing a variety of songs in his career. Eventually, actor Sachin’s career also did not take off in a very big way as a hero and in the absence of any top music director willing to try his voice, Jaspal’s career went towards a downward trend.

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He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. Pinterest

But today, he has no complaints whatsoever with his career. He feels that whatever he accomplished was due to divine blessing and his good fortune. He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. His stint in Bollywood got him many stage shows all over India and abroad as well which gave him an opportunity to outshine him.

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Indeed this winsome vocalist’s career was short-lived but whatever he sang was melodious and from the heart. Today not many people may pause to recall this underrated singer but for those who grew up in the seventies, his songs remain etched in their memories and listening to them still gives them inexplicable pleasure.

 

 

 

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Lockdown: Indians Gear Up for Home Workouts

Online fitness-gear purchases indicate new workout plans of people

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People are set to workout from home as there has been an increase in online purchases of workout gears. Pixabay

By Siddhi Jain

Working-from-home is the new reality for many office-goers, now that the deadly Coronavirus has forced a near shutdown of normal life. But, despite gym closures and limited opportunities to step out for fitness, Indians seem to be stepping up and purchasing activewear and fitness equipment online, to set-up personalised and convenient gyms at home.

With social distancing becoming the new norm, consumers have turned their home space into a gym keeping their fitness regime intact. Consumers are increasingly searching for athleisure wear and fitness equipment online as they continue to stay indoors and explore different stay-at-home exercises. Across all the age groups, consumers have become more conscious of their lifestyle choices and are taking steps to innovate and personalize their fitness routines, notes e-commerce giant Flipkart.

The importance of a healthy and fit lifestyle has led them to look for products such as yoga and lounge pants, sports bras and t-shirts online. Further, sports shoes are growing in popularity among consumers across the country – including cities such as Vizag, Ernakulam, Guwahati and Allahabad. Men’s portswear has seen an uptake in demand for shorts, track pants, t-shirts and caps, a company spokesperson told IANSlife.

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People are also seen increasingly investing in Sports shoes. Pixabay

As comfortable clothes replace the formal work attire, people are increasing investing in a new wardrobe that takes them both through work and workout.

It is not just athleisure and sportswear that’s getting the most traction, but fitness equipment like yoga mats, cycles, treadmill, support equipment and dumbbells are witnessing an increase in searches, it said. Consumers across Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Ernakulam and Lucknow appear to be keen to shop for fitness accessories and equipment.

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These searches also reflect how people are choosing both work and play, as badminton racquets and cricket bats also make it to the list of searches.

Flipkart says its recent introduction of new brands such as Under Armour, Cultsport, One 8 by Virat Kohli, and Attitude by Chris Gayle has given consumers a much wider collection of products to choose from. Their curated �Work-out from Home’ selection on the app offers a handpicked selection to consumers across 1000+ styles, based on the serviceability in their zones.

“With the lifestyle changes consumers are witnessing today, as a homegrown company, we want to ensure that they have a wide and best selection of products to cater to their requirements,” the e-commerce site said. (IANS)

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Keep Your Nutrition and Overall Health Goals Spot On During Lockdown

Here's how you can meet your health goals while at home

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Keeping a check on nutrition can be tough during lockdown. Pixabay

By Aditi Roy

“Work from Home” during quarantine has changed our lifestyles; keeping a check on nutrition can be tough when our home is our office. A few Diet Tips can be helpful during this time.

Unlike at the office, here we have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself and enough time to graze. We could be working long hours without having eaten a thing and then accidentally reaching out for an entire packet of chips.

However, this can not only sabotage immunity but also distort our waistline. While we have plenty of time to focus on our hobbies and going by the trend, for most of us it seems to be cooking, baking and filling our stomach with easy & unhealthy food. However, it is also important to break these habits and switch to something healthier.

Let’s see how a small switch can bring us back on track? Here are some tips shared by By Kimaye Health- INI Farms to keep your nutrition and overall health goals spot on.

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We have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself during the lockdown. pixabay

Ditch the noodles

Did you skip breakfast again to spend hours on a project? Well, in that case, the onset of laziness will make you reach for a pack of instant noodles. But considering health as a priority, homemade oatmeal porridge seems to be a better option. Top it with a dollop of peanut butter and banana slices and voila! A great meal to start your day with!

Workout while you WFH

Making time to workout while you WFH? This new work trend may keep you glued to your screen and your couch. Taking breaks at regular intervals to ease off some stress while keeping yourself off the couch — walk around the house, do 50 skips or squats and you are good to go.

Plan your meals

Plan your meals throughout the day just like you plan your day at work. Set aside some time towards the end of the day to plan for the next day. This will not just boost your productivity but will keep you from being a hungry mess at 5 in the evening and draw lines of discipline.

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You should plan your meals a day prior. Pixabay

Read More: Here’s How You Can Tackle Obesity And Stay Healthy During Lockdown

Cut out on caffeine

Are you reaching out for a cup of tea or coffee during odd hours? Here’s a wakeup call — start your day with a fresh pomegranate juice or fresh fruit. This will ensure a healthy sleep pattern and will keep your skin glowing.

Still binge-watching?

Binge-watching and couch potato go hand in hand. With screen times shooting up for as long as 10 hours, it is essential to give yourself a break from excessive screen time. Begin with a minimum of 30 minutes, it’s time to focus on your inner-self and cut out the external noises. (IANS)