As the date ( 23rdMay) of declaration of results is nearing, the political parties in the election fray whether BJP or Congress or rest of the anti BJP alliance called Mahagathbandhan, are calculating their chances to come to power at the centre.
While the BJP led NDA under the charismatic leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi is quite confident of forming its majority government this time as well, the 130 year old Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi too seems to be over confident of crossing the three digit mark quite ahead of the current lowest 44 number figure that it has in Lok Sabha, not even able to secure the status of the main opposition leader.
This has perhaps not happened earlier in the context of Congress party under the leadership of Nahru, Indira, Rajiv, Narsimha Rao, Sonia Gandhi or Manmohan Singh.
But of course during Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.
Highly optimistic of forming the government several senior Congress leaders though internally not sure of that, say that, had Priyanka Gandhi brought into active politics a year or more before, things would have been quite different and favourable for the Congress party.
Their logic is quite healthy n constructive as they say : the way Priyanka Gandhi’s charisma and her miracle has revitalised n revived a defunct Congress organisation n its complacent workers n leaders in entire Uttar Pradesh after her late entry and compelled the media to take positive notice of the Congress party , had she joined a year or a half ago, the chances of the party would have gone much much higher, not only in Uttar Pradesh but also in the entire country.
However, they are still hopeful of their party doing extremely well n optimistic of crossing the three digit figure.
In 2014 when the Modi wave was on its peak n the people of the country got badly disenchanted with the Congress rule of ten years inflicted with scams n corruption, the party lost in most of the states of the country viz Uttarakhand, Delhi, won only two seats in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh n Orissa etc.
It altogether lost in about thirteen states of the country. Not only this but after losing badly in 2014 parliamentary elections, the Congress also lost in several states thus giving BJP n its allies governments in over 20 states.
But despite all this, the Congress chief Rahul did not lose heart and continued to target the BJP led NDA n its prime minister on issues like Rafale, agrarian crisis, unemployment, failure to bring black money stashed in foreign banks, demonetisation, farmers suicides and GST.
Congress regained power in three hindi heartland states viz Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, the traditional strongholds of saffron party.
Though sidelined in the major state of the country, UP by the SP, BSP, RLD trio, where the BJP is bound to lose atleast 40 Lok Sabha seats at the hands of this alliance, Congress leaders are still jubilant and confident of crossing the three digit mark come what may ?
According to the party insiders the Congress party is bringing good number of seats in the states it was zero in 2014 and the states are Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh ( at leat 5 to 7 seats) Jharkhand, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Assam etc.
The BJP’s loss in Uttar Pradesh and other states will add to the political glory of the Congress.
Though the party is confident of not exhibiting a good show in the states like Andhra, Telengana, HP, Uttarakhand and Northeast it is least worried as HP n Uttarakhand has merely 9 Lok Sabha seats and the win of Jagan Mohan Reddy Congress in Andhra Pradesh will ultimately go in favour of Mahagathbandhan post general election results and so will other anti BJP parties like SP, BSP, TMC, TDP, NCP, NC, CPM, CPI and other regional parties.
The Congress leaders who are immensely hopeful of the party crossing the three digit mark say that the way the senior BJP leaders have come down to using the valour of the Armed forces and abusive languages against the Congress party leaders unambiguously speak of the fact that they have come to the conclusion that they are losing in majority of the states of the country.
The way Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi’s public, corner meetings and road shows are gaining momentum through endless crowds it unambiguously speaks of the fact that the Congress party would cross the three digit mark in this general election at the pan India level.
However, if we go by the BJP’s assesment and confidence they claim that they are forming the government for sure this time as well.
The factors that go in their favour are propagation of ultra nationalism, army valour exploitation, post Pulwama factor n of course prime minister Modi’s individual leadership charisma. What is your take friends?
Let’s have some flower fun on denim!!!
Embroidery on denim is a stylish yet funky fashion. Though it began a few years ago, it’s still in fashion and always offers a trendy look with super fun. Since many don’t have an embroidery machine, so it becomes tough to design some embroidery on jeans by yourself. For this, we have an excellent idea. Just grab a vintage silk embroidered fabric and carefully cut out the floral embroidered designs and then stitch them onto your jeans manually.
Here’s what you need:
1. A pair of jeans which should not be stretchable denim!
2. Any fabric with pretty embroidery of your choice on it or patches.
3. Scissors, needle and matching thread.
Here how to proceed:
Carefully cut out the embroidered patches and leave about a little fabric around the edges. Make sure not to cut into the embroidery or it will loosen.
Place the patches on the jeans and decide where exactly you want your embroidery to be fixed. Then, carefully pin the embroidery piece in place.
Now begin with stitching, run the needle/thread around the edges with a hemstitch and make sure to run it through the sides or the edges of the embroidery, so that the thread loops will keep it in place.
And there you have your trendy pair of denim…
Let’s add yummy elements to make Brown Rice taste better
Brown rice is considered as the healthier substitute to white rice as its outer layer known as the hull is removed while processing. Therefore, white rice or refined rice may score higher in terms of taste and flavor but is a lack of essential nutrients. Brown rice is rich in fiber content, consuming in small portions of it make you feel fuller, thus helping in weight loss.
Here’s presenting a brown rice recipe to motivate you to adopt healthy food habit.
Mutton khichda is a traditional Mohammedan recipe made from rice, mutton, lentils, and other spices.
Ingredients needed: 500 gms wheat (cracked and cooked tender), one cup rice, one cup channa dal, one cup split arhar/tur daal, one cup sabut masoor dal, one cup dhuli moong dal, One kg mutton, one cup oil, five cloves, five peppercorns, one tsp cumin, one tsp cinnamon (broken), one cup onions chopped, four tsp chili powder, two tbsp coriander powder, one tsp garam masala, two Tbsp ginger-green chili-coriander leaves paste and salt to taste.
For garnishing: fried onions (brown and crisp), ginger julienne, mint leaves, and green chilies
1. Mix all the dals and rice then add 3 cups of water and salt. Cook all till it becomes tender.
2. Heat oil, add cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, cumin, and saute till they change color a bit.
3. Then add chopped onions, mutton along with chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt, and the green paste.
4. Keep stir-frying till meat turns opaque, then transfer it in a pressure cooker and cook until the meat is tender.
5. Then mix the meat along with cooked wheat and dal mixture and then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Garnish with fried onions (brown and crisp), ginger julienne, mint leaves, and green chilies and serve.
Mushroom Brown Rice
Mushrooms are major flavor agent in this recipe also offers a protein-rich meal seasoned with mild salt and pepper.
Ingredients needed: one cup brown basmati rice (washed), 9 to 10 mushrooms (washed and sliced), one onion (chopped). Half cup butter (the amount is optional and butter can be replaced with 2 tbsp olive oil), one green capsicum, one tsp black pepper, salt to taste and two cups of water.
1. Wash the brown rice and keep it aside.
2. Slice the mushrooms, onions, and capsicum.
3. Take a pan and add butter/olive oil then add onions and saute until it becomes light pink.
4. Then add mushrooms and Saute until it becomes wilt and tender.
5. Now add the capsicum and Saute.
6. Add the pre-washed brown rice and saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
7. Then add salt and pepper along with 2 cups of water.
8. Cook for 15 minutes or till the rice gets cooked.
Chicken and Brown Rice
This is a hearty one-pot meal, perfect for weekend dinners.
Ingredients needed: two tablespoons olive oil, one whole cut-up chicken (2 to 3 pounds), skins removed, breasts halved crosswise (save wings for another use), coarse salt and ground pepper, one medium onion finely chopped, four cloves of garlic crushed, one cup long-grain brown rice, four plum tomatoes, diced, one jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers drained and sliced into 1/2-inch strips, 10 ounces one frozen or fresh green peas, Lemon wedges for serving (optional)
1. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium flame and add chicken along with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 10 minutes until it becomes golden on all sides. Then transfer to a plate.
2. Again add onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet and stir frequently, until onion becomes translucent and soft for 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Then add rice, peppers, and tomatoes along with 1 and 1/4 cups of water; then place the chicken pieces in rice mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce the flame. Then cover it and simmer over medium-low flame until rice is cooked and tender, approximately for 55 to 60 minutes. If any liquid remains in skillet, then remove the lid and simmer till the liquid is evaporated.
4. Sprinkle peas into the skillet; cover with the lid and remove from flame.
5. Keep aside till the peas are heated through nearly about 10 minutes.
6. Serve with lemon wedges (optional).
Happy Meal !!!😊😊
10 Best of Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas…
Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas is one of best ghazal singers hailed from Gujrat, India. Blessed with a legendary voice, Pankaj Udhas has won millions of hearts in India and abroad as well. He began his journey to success with the release of ghazal album, Aahat in 1980. Subsequently, he recorded multiple hits such as Mukarar (1981), Tarrannum (1982) and Mehfil (1983). His other contributions include Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall (1984), Nayaab (1985) and Aafreen (1986). Latter to his success as a ghazal star, he was invited to by Mahesh Bhatt to appear and sing for the film Naam. Udhas reached to the peak of success after his super hit song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” in the film Naam in 1986.
One of the most loved ghazal singers, Pankaj Udhas has given us many of the best songs that still hold a special corner in our hearts. Here are 10 of his most soulful executions:
Remember a young John Abraham in the Music Album…
One of his 90s gem that reached millions of hearts …
If you listen to his voice, you can feel the pure and eternal love…
A perfect amalgamation of deep words and a legendary voice…
Listening his ghazal are like Asking you to be yourself in his own beautiful way…
Another soulful song that was quite a surprise for MTV India to play non-stop…
Remember the beautiful video of young Sameera Reddy, based on O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi?
Listening to this ghazal feels like someone is singing only for you.
Let’s not talk of love or chain and think we can’t untie…
This one is probably the best song ever sung by Pankaj Udhas…
Hope this collection soothes your heart and soul!!
Apex court directs Speaker not to compel rebel MLAs to participate in floor test
The protracted political crisis in Karnataka has taken an interesting and curious turn after the supreme court of India has in its judgement today made it amply clear by giving a free hand to rebel Congress, JD( S) and independent lawmakers of the southern state to act according to their wishes. The apex court has stated that they are not legally bound to participate in the floor test.
The apex court also directed the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha Speaker who has a major and justifiable role to play in this entire crisis, to not compel the dissident lawmakers to participate in the floor test scheduled for Thursday in the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha.
However, the apex court also said that the speaker is free to take a decision on the resignation letters of dissident MLAs submitted to him earlier, thus extending their support to the BJP.
The lawyer appearing for the dissident lawmakers has unambiguously said and pleaded before the apex court judges hearing the vexed matter, that the rebels would not be present in the Vidhan Soudha on Thursday during the floor test giving a clear indication about the current ruling government of Congress JD ( S) combine is in definite danger and likely to fall a day after.
It may be recalled that the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha has a total of 224 lawmakers including the speaker.
112 seats are required to have a simple majority and form the government. Earlier the total strength of the ruling government was 116 and that included 78 Congress MLAs, 37 JD (S) MLAs and one of BSP MLA.
Now since 14 MLAs of Kumaraswamy government have rebelled and resigned, they will not be present on Thursday in the assembly during the floor test.
This will reduce the total MLA strength to 207 and therefore the majority needed to form the government will come down to 104 MLAs.
This unambiguously means that the government of Congress and JD(S) will get the support of 100 odd lawmakers. On the other hand, the opposition BJP has 105 MLAs’ of its own plus the outright support of two independents, which clearly and transparently indicates that the saffron party has a credible chance to form a government.
This predicts the fall of the Kumaraswamy government. What’s your take friends?
Rajesh Khanna’s Aashirwad
Many people would not know that superstar of the millennium, the first superstar Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka purchased the sea-facing magnificent bungalow “Aashirwad”, from Rajendra Kumar, popularly known as Jubilee Kumar in the then Bombay Film Industry who gave 25 silver jubilees in a row while staying in “Dimple”, the earlier name of Aashirwad , a gracious and spacious Bungalow in Bombay’s Carter Road, facing the the wide-open sea.
By instinct and nature Kaka was not an atheist but a sort of an orthodox who always believed in God, a supernatural power that always blessed him.
He would always tell his friends in the industry that there are several, more handsome men, more in height and personality in Bollywood, then how come he’d become a superstar loved and adored by millions of ardent fans globally?
He was skeptical and confused about himself and bore a sort of inferiority complex about him being a star and that was the prime reason that he believed in God. According to him, luck always favored him in his heydays as a superstar for at least two decades in a row.
It is said that when Kaka had first seen the spacious house of Rajendra Kumar at Carter Road, Mumbai’s prime location, he always wanted to have such a splendid house.
There was another hidden reason behind it i.e. it was owned by none other than Jubilee Kumar, the then superstar, and heartthrob of millions.
Kaka had a feeling that Rajendra Kumar became Jubilee Kumar, giving 25 hits in a row that became silver jubblies while staying in this Bungalow, then known as Dimple. And as such it might be a lucky bungalow, absolutely. Therefore his desperate interest in “DIMPLE” git generated tremendously. But for Rajendra Kumar, it was unlucky bungalow as his downfall had started by then. He wanted to sell it as due to his decline at the box office his financial condition was in jeopardy…
Therefore when Rajendra Kumar was facing financial hardships, Rajesh Khanna got an opportunity to fix a deal.
Considering the Bungalow as a lucky one that made Rajendra Kumar Jubilee Kumar, Kaka wasted no time to purchase this house.
It was Hathi Mere Sathi’s, first heavy advance installment that helped Kaka to finalize the deal with Rajendra Kumar.
When the film producer of Hathi Mere Sathi from South approached Kaka to do his film, the latter wasn’t interested to work with animals. But he acted because he was in need of money to buy Rajendra Kumar’s house. Kaka had put a condition that if he was given half of the signing amount in advance, he would do the film. The producer readily agreed as Rajesh Khanna’s popularity those days was on its peak. Rajesh Khanna got Rs 6 lakhs in advance and bought Dimple and later named as Aashirwad.
And undoubtedly Aashirwad gave Kaka name, fame and excessive wealth, till his death.
Though Kaka also confronted the worst period of his life in this house but till Kaka’s unfortunate death it was always dear and the most adored asset of his life.
Rajesh Khanna’s last wish, though not declared officially, was to convert Aashirwad to Super Star Rajesh Khanna Museum. His most loved and adored prized possession was not destined to be so. His family against the latter’s heartiest wishes sold it after his demise. His fans say Kaka’s soul definitely must be haunting this house, which was abruptly and arbitrarily sold against his wishes.
Today there is a multistorey building in place of Aashirwad thus crushing his last hearty wish to turn it into Super Star Rajesh Khanna Museum; the magnificent bungalow which Kaka cherished the most.
Sarovar Hotels Plans To Expand Its Reach Across India By The End Of 2019
In order to expand its reach across the country, leading hospitality firm Sarovar Hotels has planned to add around 16 properties by the end of this year. With this expansion, the group will be adding 970 more rooms to its portfolio.
At present, the group is managing around 73 hotels in the country and three in the international arena with a total of 6000 rooms.
Speaking on the above expansion, Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels said, “We took this decision to strengthen our reach across India and that’s why we are opening around 16 new properties by the end of 2019,”
He further added that the upcoming properties will be developed under the brand name- Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico, and Hometel Suites Brand. These properties will be located across various cities like Dehradun, Bengaluru, Dindi, Ahmedabad, Goa, Junagadh, Udaipur, Dahisar, Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Dibrugarh, and Morbi among others.
While most of the hotels will be under the Portico series, the one at Bodhgaya and another at Dahisar will be under Premiere series and Hometel Suites brand respectively.
“The hospitality sector has witnessed a huge jump and a sturdier growth in the last few years. The reason behind this is the increased use of advanced technology as well as huge domestic travel. India remains severely undersupplied in hotel rooms. We will see hospitality grow both by conventional and disrupter means” Bakaya added.
Sarovar Hotels and Resorts is one of the leading hotel management companies in India. The group has its leg in each and every segment of hotels ranging from tech-enabled spaces to modern designs, from affordable to boutique suites across the country. The group also deals in setting up of new hotels and resorts which are managed under long term management contracts.
Apart from India, the group has its properties in Zambia and Nairobi in Africa.
Garh Ratn Narendra Singh Negi to be felicitated with prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award
10 poems of Tagore that capture the beauty of true love
Rabindranath Tagore is regarded as the greatest poet and writer in modern Indian literature. The Bengali poet was not only one of the greatest novelists and educators in India but also a Nobel Laureate for Literature (1913). In 1915, Tagore was awarded as the knighthood; however, he surrendered the award in 1919 in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, where British troops killed around 400 Indian activists.
Tagore experimented with many poetic forms in his writing but many of his works have lost in translations into other languages. Tagore was the first Indian to introduce psychological realism to his novels.
Here are some of the best Rabindranath Tagore Love Poems:
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
PLASTIC BOTTLES: Let’s recycle, repurpose and reuse…
Nearly 80% of the plastic bottles used and thrown every day become non-bio degradable litter that takes a huge toll on environmental health. Of course, it is more convenient to sip the drink straight from plastic bottles however the plastic litter accumulated from the same acts as toxic pollutants which cause water, land, and air pollution.
So, reusing and repurposing of plastic bottles is an excellent way to contribute to saving the environment from getting polluted. It is a surprising fun to repurpose, redesign and reuse the plastic bottles. Let’s check that below.
#1 Zipper Case for stationery items
Transform the old plastic bottles into sturdy and useful zipper cases that will help to organize the office stationeries or art and craft supplies. This is also a fun-filled craft idea for kids.
#2 Piggy Bottle Bank
A cute piggy bank not only encourages kids to save also it inspires them to learn about recycling. All it needs is a cut on the bottle appropriately and lots of fun in creating super cute designs on the bottle to make it an adorable piggy bank.
#3 Vertical Hanging Garden
This is a rare but excellent idea for growing small leafy vegetables and herbs. A plastic bottle vertical garden is designed by looping the bottles horizontally along an interior wall or balcony. Here are some interesting ideas for a plastic bottle vertical garden.
#4 Amazing Jewelry Stand
A beautiful jewelry stand from plastic bottles looks great and can hold and hang tons of small jewelry items. And it doesn’t even take long to make as you have to just cut the bottoms of plastic bottles, then fix a metallic rod through them and see your craft transforms into a beautiful jewelry organizer.
#5 Tiny Snack Bowls
Transform the discarded plastic bottles into an unbreakable snack or dry fruit bowls for a small kitty party or family get together. Cut the bottom of the plastic bottle then use a hot iron to flatten and smooth out its edges and here is a pretty bowl all set for you. You can make it fancier by putting additional decoration to the tiny bowls.
Happy DIY 😊😇😊
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