Singing an independent tune
Be it the Woodstock Peace and Music Festival of 1969 that advocated against the war, or a free concert in protest of the two-party system at Democratic National Convention
by Rage Against the Machine in 2000, music has had an interesting relationship with nation and politics. Perhaps, that also reasons the recently conducted music tour in Chandigarh by Aam Admi Party during the elections this year.
There is a truck loads that can be done with saffron, green and white. And then there's a teeny bit of blue. Unfortunately, there have been as many controversies as celebrities making the three colours cool for us. Should patriotism be worn on the sleeve? It should certainly be worn on the silhouette!
Salute on screen
There are at least four-five films based on the life of Bhagat Singh, there is one-odd cinematic piece on Mangal Pandey, a television series on Rani Lakhsmi Bai is going strong; a good number of films on our freedom struggle see Indian and international actors collaborate.
Saare jahan se acha…
Given a chance, you would probably come up with more things that annoy you about India and being an Indian - corruption, child labour, pollution, poverty and more. Later, you will definitely sit back and come up with an equal number of points that make you feel proud to be an Indian. We ask some celebrities to come up with the things that make them swell with pride and the ones that make their heads hang in shame.
Taste of freedom
Not very long ago, when young India wasn't busy updating their patriotism on Facebook, the Independence Day morning used to be marked by the sweet sound of Doordarshan TV, as the bugle sounded our 'tryst with destiny'. Being propped in front of the not-so-flat TV for the next two hours, while 'maa' fried pakodas of all sorts was the grandest celebration of our independence from school for the day!
It's a given that nuts are good for us. Healthy and filling, it's a creamy delight, every which way. For many years, peanut butter was considered a guilt ridden indulgence strictly to be avoided. Not any more, dear readers! The fiber and protein combo in peanut butter keeps you pepped up and full for longer, helping you fight cravings of the sinful variety.
Suchetak Rangmanch is all set to bring two of its plays for theatre-lovers in Chandigarh. Both solo acts, one by established comedian, actor and writer Rana Ranbir titled Khetan Da Putt and another by Anita Shabdeesh named Chirhi Di Ambar Vall Udaan are deeply set in the Punjabi milieu.
STAGE IS SET: Anita Shabdeesh and Rana Ranbir (L-R) in centre with other artistes
Going with the flow
Arjun Kapoor has done only four films and the quirky Finding Fanny will be his fifth film. It is a risky move at such an early stage in his career. He talks about the movie and more.
THE YEAR AHEAD