2 contingents of Sinulog sa Lalawigan focus on social themes

WHILE most of the contingents in yesterday’s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan competition opted for a cultural theme, two delegates from the first district centered their performances on social issues today. Pundok Nagahunon of the City of Naga focused on the ill effects of illegal drugs on society and how repentance and forgiveness can be gained by returning to the fold. The Carcar City Division, on the other hand, showed that despite how people view authorities today, given the rise in extrajudicial killings (EJKs), they are still men of values and virtues who, too, have families. Pundok Nagahunon, whose members come from the Cepoc (Cebu Portland Cement) Elementary School, placed third in the elementary division out of five delegates. Carcar City bagged second place in the secondary division out of four contestants. Antonio Rimas, Cepoc Elementary School principal, said their victory was a blessing, considering it was their first time to join the contest. Inspiration “We’ve always instilled in our students the value of humility and offering our performance to Señor Sto. Niño. I told them to pray while dancing and give thanks for all the blessings we’ve received,” he told Sun.Star Cebu. Naga’s presentation started with a family whose father was jailed during Christmas Eve after police arrested him for being involved in illegal drugs. This gave the father time to reflect on his wrongdoings, which led him back to Sto. Niño, who helped bring the family closer. Rimas said the inspiration behind their presentation was their dancers, who were composed of Grades 4 and 6 pupils. To fully “open the public’s eyes” on how illegal drugs destroy lives and families, they decided to have it shown by children, he said. “There are many grown ups who are sadly addicted to illegal drugs. Because the youth is the hope of the nation, we can encourage each other to avoid drugs by being closer to God,” said Irish Odchigue, 11, one of Naga’s dancers. “Weakened faith” Milan Apeleña, a 17-year-old dancer from Carcar City, also wanted to encourage the youth to avoid bad influence through faith. Apeleña said the rise in EJK-related cases in the country should not be blamed on authorities, but on the people’s “weakened faith.” “If only we instill in our hearts our devotion, we can be free of bad elements. This is my fourth time joining this contest and as always, I’m offering this to Sto. Niño and I know all of the participants are doing the same. I think seeing all these young people here makes Sto. Niño happy because He, too, is a child,” he said in Cebuano. Carcar’s performance started with parents nurturing their children until the children became parents themselves. In a separate interview, Carcar City Division Schools Senior Education Program Specialist Christian Nabelca said they wanted to show a holistic concept that is present in today’s society. “The police are always mistaken for being ruthless, especially with the intensified fight against drugs. We’d like to remove that prejudice by dancing for Sto. Niño,” he said.

[Source:-Sun Star]


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Food: A slice of Asia

Take a culinary trip across Asia by indulging in a wide selection of vegetarian oriental delicacies at 38 Bangkok Street in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.


It may not be easy to locate 38 Bangkok Street, one of Mumbai’s new vegetarian Asian joints in the by-lanes of Kala Ghoda. But once lunchtime strikes, it will be hard to miss groups of professionals working in the vicinity, line up to get a table here.  The restaurant, furnished with minimal but exquisite décor, has an open kitchen to give you a glimpse into the dishes being whipped up for you.


Choose from an array of delicious mocktails: mango lychee smoothie, a blend of mango juice with lychee puree and coconut cream; Miyagi mojito, a blend of passion fruit, lime juice, mint and soda; watermelon lemonade that consists of fresh watermelon juice shaken with ice, lemon juice and triple sec or strawberry colada which is strawberry pulp blended with vanilla ice cream and coconut cream. What stands out is the virgin chocolate martini, a creamy blend of triple sec, chocolate sauce and vanilla and chocolate ice cream.


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Spa: Calm and bliss at Shanaya


A cup of herbal tea before beginning the therapy to warm my body and a chat with the spa manager, who gauged my inclination for the day and also my problem areas via a short questionnaire began my spa session. Then she took me thought the extensive spa menu that offers a choice of international and ayurvedic therapies, all specially designed to enrich and revitalize the inner-self, and we jointly decided on trying out Shanaya Signature Cocktail therapy. I was told it would be quite unlike other therapies I have experienced to date and that clinched it for me.

A quick look around the spa located on 4th level of the hotel unveiled 5 thematic treatment rooms – Udaya, Ujwala, Aten, Kalyana and Aswini with wet area facilities and a couple therapy room and I found the decor quite in tune with what the name Shanaya denotes: First ray of the sun that brings with it an exuberance signifying a fresh beginning of another day. The entire spa is beautifully put together and extremely pleasing to the eye. The vibe is extremely positive.

Finally the therapy began with a warm compress on the feet. Then after ensuring that i was comfortable, the therapist began a relaxing 30 minutes dry massage, the aim of which I was told is to enhance the flow of energy, restores harmony and get the circulation going. This was followed with an oil based /gel based massage. Two primary reasons I opted to go with the gel were: I had another meeting straight after the session and I wanted to get a feel of how the gel works on the body). The strokes ranged from frictional to relaxing and the therapist to her credit blended them  seamlessly to allow body’s internal system to benefit from the properties of the blended aromatic gel. Later the therapists shared multiple other reasons why the gel is getting extremely popular these days. Apparently besides assisting in creating smoother stroke techniques for light massages the gels also help the skin retain its own natural oils, so moisturize the skin fabulously minus the greasy feeling (that you don’t really want sometimes) that an oil may generate. Plus it is cool and refreshing and


I was told that it is completely chemical free and is particularly good to undo the sunburn damage.

This Shanaya Signature therapy gets full marks from me as it gave me a sense of deep relaxation and well-being. It alleviated tension and fatigue that was sitting heavy in my city weary muscles, eased up my heavily knotted upper back and shoulders (all thanks to the hours spent in front of the laptop) and the heavy sensation in calves and feet disappeared too.

Finally some tlc for my hair – a hair wash and blow dry at their Hair By Dar Salon had me completely ready for my next meeting, totally relieved of the weekday stress and fatigue. Next on the agenda, some of the fabulous facials the spa is extremely famous for. I have my eye on their Caviar facial (for him & her), which hydrates and firms the skin via a synergistic blend of vegetable extracts, crushed pearls and marine caviar. Sounds delish! By the way the salon also has a nail bar which is proving very popular with fashionistas.



Book: Fall Winter Collections


You can take the Bong out of Bangla but you cannot take the Bangla out of the Bong! And as you sink into the poetic lingo of Koral Dasgupta’s Fall Winter Collections, that’s the precise thought that crosses your mind. Having spent many a winter vacation in the by-lanes of Shantiniketan, experiencing Poush Mela as a kid, every descriptive as seen from the eyes of the protagonist, Sanghamitra Banerjee, seemed far too real to me and it was as if I am walking in her shoes. Sanghamitra appears detached, sort of distancing herself from all the happenings of the plotline, until you discover her story. A stark contrast to her ethos and sensibilities is Dr Aniruddh Jain Solanki, who is also a fellow teacher at the world renowned Viswa Bharati University, like Sanghamitra. But, it is this contrast that finally draws the two closer.

Fall Winter Collections marks the debut of author Koral Dasgupta in to the world of fiction. (Her earlier book, Power Of A Common Man, connecting with the consumers the SRK way.) But if you didn’t know that about her, you wouldn’t have noticed it, for she exudes such mastery over the language and knowledge of the backdrop in which the story is set.

Shantiniketan comes across as such a stand out character, even though we know we’re following the lives of Sanghamitra and Aniruddh, that it sometimes tends to slow the pace of the story. There are parts which are predictable, and those which you feel you’ve read before, but this literary déjà vu is a result of the right chords strung. When the fiercely individualistic Sanghamitra and Aniruddh actually find solace in the other’s company, shedding their tough exteriors, revealing their vulnerability to the other as well as the readers, you cannot help but identify yourself a little bit with them.

Fall Winter Collections is that book that will keep you warm on a cosy Saturday afternoon, when you cuddle up in your blanket with a piping cup of tea. At least that’s what I did, and let myself escape into that little childhood haven I created for myself during the times spent in Shantiniken when I was all of ten or twelve.



‘It’s important to be confused in life’

Prasoon Joshi straddles the world of advertising and films and has found great success in both. The lyricist, poet, writer and ad guru recalls the early days
that shaped him and how, after much meandering, he found his true calling.


“My childhood and much of adulthood was spent in the lap of nature in the small hill town of Almora. Films and their music found little place in our home where the atmosphere was that of literature and Hindustani classical music.

“Life in the mountains was a source of inspiration to me and I started writing stories, poetry and prose as a child. We had limited means but were culturally rich; I imbibed the folk
culture of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, and its literature, not in a formatted but in a very interesting way—through books, music, kavi sammelans, mushairas, street plays. If you read my writing, you’ll fi nd that I reference a lot from nature.

“I grew up amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, where the wind and the sound it makes, or the fi rst rays of sunlight and the way it travels, aren’t luxuries you’re accorded if you grow up in a bustling city in an apartment. Also, there is the luxury of time, and few distractions. I could watch the sunlight travel from one mountain peak to another from my window for hours. Another thing I have observed in smaller towns is that the women are very strong. For instance, my grandmother was widowed at 19 and she was illiterate, but when she retired, it was as school principal. She had educated herself and brought her daughter up. These things subconsciously tiptoe in and make themselves a part of you and refl ect in your work later on.

“A very fond memory from those days: I wrote stories during the summer holidays and compiled them in small hand-bound books that became a part of the self-created Prasoon Bal Pustakalaya, a circulating library. A princely sum of 50 paise charged for each booklet I wrote went on to make my childhood richer in myriad ways.

“But as I grew up, the vibrant creative atmosphere of home notwithstanding, parental wisdom made it clear that writing and music were not viable career options. I recall my father
telling me I couldn’t survive on poetry in the real world. That’s when I took the decision to pursue the conventional path of formal education. When I look back, I often wonder why I didn’t go against my parents’ wishes and pursue my passion.

“I guess, even as a youngster, I could not disregard their wishes enough to be rebellious. However, I did not find business management alone stimulating and was unsure about the path that lay ahead. I was dreading being placed in a typical 9 to 5 job environment. And I literally ran away from an interview call from a paint company. Then, one fi ne day, a very unique company arrived at our institute to recruit summer trainees. I learnt that there exists a field of work called communication and advertising—a career in which I could employ a combination of my training in business management and my interests in literature, writing, poetry and music. Most of the art forms that I loved had relevance in advertising.

“This was where I would get paid to write—a dream come true! However, I was still uncertain and confused about the path I had chosen because mass media communication as a career option was comparatively new and found very few takers. I struggled the fi rst few years in advertising as the language, lifestyle, the martini lunches, the entire environment was totally new. Even then, I had a certain pride in my writing, having experimented with it and gotten my first book published at 17. There was a vacuum of those who understood the business jargon as well as the language of people and that is the aspect I brought in. From my initial days of writing campaigns for brands like Nokia, Cadbury, Asian Paints, Coca Cola, Happydent and Nestlé, to working on social campaigns on malnutrition, women empowerment as well as the political campaign for the 2014 general elections—it’s been a journey.

“When I look back on this phase, I feel it is important to be confused in life; it is a signifi cant stage. The frustration one experiences during that time is a personal journey, one where you understand your strengths and strike a balance with what you want to do. The initial lack of clarity made me explore, experiment and tread an unconventional path.  Of course, there were rough periods, but getting bogged down was not an option. Somehow the belief in my work—sometimes bleak, sometimes aglow—remained.

Hum to dariya hain,
hume apna hunnar maloom hain.
Jahan jayenge raste bann jayenge

(Like a river, I know my strength. In what ever direction I flow, I shall carve a path).

“Films and music albums were still nowhere on my radar. However, all through, my love for writing remained an integral part of my existence. I loved music and would spend all my
free time in and around Kamani auditorium in Delhi, listening to classical music concerts till the wee hours. I stayed on the outskirts of Delhi and after the bus service stopped at 11 pm one had to wait till five or six in the morning for the service to resume. So, after many late-night concerts, I would huddle up and sleep contentedly on the bench at the bus stop, with the raags reverberating in my head.

“It was during this phase that I met some like-minded people and dabbled in writing songs for bands and musicians like Silk Route and Shubha Mudgal. A film director noticed
my work in the music albums. Lajja, Hum Tum, Fanaa, Delhi 6, Taare Zameen Par followed. Dialogue writing came my way in Rang De Basanti and then the story, screenplay and
dialogues of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. My thoughts, approach and point of view about writing stem neither from a lineage nor from a fi lm background; they come purely from what I have perceived, experienced and sensorially consumed as a person and as a writer. The world sees me as a poet, scriptwriter and an advertising guru and often asks me how I manage to focus on diverse fi elds together. I consider myself essentially as someone who loves ‘thought-telling’. In advertising, we do a lot of consumer research since you have to constantly update your brand. That has helped me in my writing for fi lms too.

“My work in films has helped me bring a lot of poetic sensibilities, storytelling techniques, musical aspects into my ad work too. Advertising took me all over the world. I was the chairman of the Cannes (Lions Advertising Festival) jury this year—the fi rst Asian, in fact, to be asked to chair the panel. It was another rewarding experience and like a crash course in what’s happening in the world of communication.

“Ultimately we all have to choose our own path. People around you can help in sharpening your skills but you have to listen to your own calling. It should be your personal
quest. Everyone should follow the principle of swadharma, which means to fi nd the right place to manifest ourselves as energy. My true calling was to be an effective communicator,
connecting people with new ideas and emotions. Inspiration for this comes to me from life around me.

“Seeing a child smile, encountering a pure thought, honesty, sacrifice in another human being, are all experiences that make me feel spiritual. Whatever is pure in nature holds
a spiritual aspect for me. Writing is one such aspect. But it’s a continuous journey. It takes a lifetime to master one’s craft so much that one is able to express even the minutest of thoughts and feelings. There is always a degree of separation between what one has expressed and written and what one has deeply felt. In that sense, I will always remain work in
progress, a student for life. Sometimes a journey is a more beautiful than the destination.