Master Chef Reality Check!!!

Blog, Entertainment, Media
Looks like, reality shows are the bread and butter for any television channel. Knowingly or unknowingly, fortunately or unfortunately, the most gala fashioned and hyped television programs giving more TRP for the television channels are the reality shows. One such programme is “Master Chef”, conducted by different countries. As a food maniac, I am a die-hard fan of this reality show. Master Chef reality show caters to the audience aging from 12.There is no upper age limit for the participation. The contestants participate in the competition for various reasons ranging from the sheer love for food, to accomplish a food dream, a professional learning of cooking of food, to make culinary skills a source of earning etc., I am a staunch follower of Master Chef Seasons India, US & Australia.…
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Half Girl Friend – Is it a Novel or a Movie Script?

Blog, Entertainment, Media
Half Girl Friend - Is it a Novel or a Movie Script? Half Girl Friend, the most talked novel of recent times, is authored by the famous and inspiring Indian writer Chetan Bhagat. While many modern bookworms criticize him for his style of simple, straight English and giving the desi touch with local slangs of words. I totally disagree with this aspect. He creates a picture perfect storyboard of Indian mentality, especially the lower middle class who struggle for their daily livelihood. He caters to that particular segment, which incidentally is more than 70% of India's population. His books have a particular formula, where he tries to make use of themes which depict Indians as they are. That is why they appear so corny to some of us. Moreover, few…
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Sports sans Sportsmanship in India

Blog, Sports
[caption id="attachment_484" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Sports sans Sportsmanship[/caption] With the election mood set in the country, there is another biggest sports carnival, Indian Premier League Season 7, which the audience is waiting for. Amidst all the gaga over who is the IPL 7 highest and lowest bid cricketer, did we know that from May 18th 2014 – May 25th, 2014, Delhi is going to host the International Badminton Thomas & Uber Cup Tournament? Did we know that India is going to participate in the 13th Men’s Hockey World Cup, which will be held in The Hague, Netherlands? Sadly, even I did not know until last evening when one of the RJs was discussing about the sad state of sports in India. Looks like, the Cricket is our national game and not…
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School Life was a Symphony

Blog, Education
[caption id="attachment_480" align="aligncenter" width="506"] SSV - My School[/caption] It is already late for office. I hurriedly run and catch the lift. As I settled and wiped the sweat of my face, I look at two small children standing next to me, sweating just like me and though unable to carry, still carrying a huge school bag filled with plenty of books and their lunch bags in their hands. Their faces seemed like they did not want to go to school in the early hours of the day, yet there were not given any option. As the lift stopped, they ran to catch their school bus. With a great difficulty, as they were settling, they peeped out of the bus and waved hands with a warm smile. That innocent gesture took…
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“Intercultural” Marriage – The Curious Case of “Life”

Blog, Media, Social
India is a “secular” country, with many religions, cultures, races, and ethnicity living together under one roof. And the one common thing among all of them is the “Concept of Marriage”. The glimpse of history reveals the true colors of “secularism”. Since the time of Independence, our country was always covered with bloodshed, not just of the soldiers, sadly also with communal violence and intolerance towards diversity in our society. Today, Indian society has changed and so is the institution of marriage. A decade ago, this institution was ruled completely by the societal norms; decisions were taken by the elders of the family and society. NOW, we see a radical shift in the way this association is perceived with “Intercultural” Marriage coming into existence. The recent surge in such marriages…
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Know Your Body – “Prevention is better than Cure”

Blog, Media, Science & Tech
When people think about sexual health, they mostly assume sexual health is about sexually transmitted infections or sexual dysfunction. While they are important, there’s more to it than that. Sexual health is about three things – safety, pleasure and respect. Sexuality is an integral part of being human. Love, affection, and sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships. Besides the positive aspects of human sexuality, there are also diseases and accidental consequences that can affect the sexual health. Hence it is critical to undergo sexual health check-ups at regular intervals. An open discussion of sexual issues and sexual health concerns is imperative to promote sexual health check - ups at regular intervals. More attention has been placed on sexual health ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following statement;…
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Those little things in Life

Blog, Education, Media, Social
[caption id="attachment_464" align="aligncenter" width="259"] Demoralizing Clutches of Society[/caption] The everyday long bus journey of my life is generally musical. The headphones are my best companion. Sadly, even they stopped working the other day. As I detach the two strings, I started recognizing the beauty of life in some of the most trivial aspects such as the fight between dogs, different shades of sky, and the way the tea stall guy prepares the tea and so on. All these days, I was so absorbed into myself that I did not notice the beauty of those things that were right in front of my eyes. While I was admiring the beauty of this world, my ears eavesdropped into a conversation between two mothers who were sitting next to me. The conversation was…
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Jeans – The Most Preferred Outfit

Blog, Entertainment, Media
In the present era, “Jeans” are the most preferred and stylish outfit not only among the youth, but across all generations. A thought that lasted for years in my mind was that, “How do people wear a jean without washing for months”. This thought subjected me to dig into the nitty gritty of this trendy piece of clothing. “Jean” is said to reference the clothing worn by the sailors from Genoa, Italy, who wore indigo-dyed clothes with blue cotton canvas in the 18th century. The word “jeans” comes from a kind of material that was made in Europe. Initially, the jean cloth was made from a mixture of things. However, in 1853, a Bavarian immigrant named Levi Strauss, an astute merchant in San Francisco, responded to the increase in trade,…
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Suicide – Walking through the darkness…

Blog, Media
[caption id="attachment_453" align="aligncenter" width="284"] "Suicide - A Coward's Act"[/caption] The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. Overall, the suicide rate among teens has climbed in the past few years, from 6.3% in 2009 to 7.8% in 2011. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female). Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed, and their families and friends are left defamed. As a result, people do not talk openly about suicide. Thus an important public health problem…
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When Private becomes Public…

Blog, Media
[caption id="attachment_446" align="aligncenter" width="300"] TEEN SEXTING[/caption] For generation upon generation, teens and adults have been sharing sexually indicative and explicit letters, messages, etc., so sexting shouldn't come as a big surprise. Most teens today are comfortable with documenting their lives online. With the advancement in technology, sexting is the new form of social interaction. Newer technology allows sending pictures, and videos, which are intrinsically more explicit and have greater impact. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. The term was first popularized in the early 21st century, and is a hybrid of sex and texting, where the latter is meant in the widest sense of sending a text possibly with images. Sexting as a phenomenon began primarily through the extensive use of…
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