Several intellectuals, scribes, writers, theatre activists, representatives of social organisations and people from regional films paid their rich tributes to the eminent literateur, author, journalist and thinker late Himanshu Joshi at Garhwal Bhawan precincts in a SMRITI SABHA organised by Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha, Delhi where all the speakers pledged to follow the ideals and principles of late Himanshu Joshi and contribute in pursuing his goals ahead by way of strengthening harmony in the society and preserving n promoting our national language hindi as well as the regional culture, ethos, heritage and languages of Garhwal, Kumaon n Jaunsar Bhabhar of Uttarakhand from where this great literateur primarily belonged.
All those present also paid their floral tributes to this great personality of his time.
Prominent amongst those who spoke on the ocassion were senior journalist and editior of Dainik Bhaskar Gyanendra Pandey, Film director Sushila Rawat, eminent writer and literateur Dr. Pankaj Bisht, Budakoti, writer Hema Uniyal, senior journalist Papnai, Hem Pant, theaterist Hari Semwal, GHS President Mohabbat Singh Rana, journalist Sushma Dhyani Jugran, Charu Tiwari, Dhirendra Pratap, theatrist Khushal Sigh Bisht, prominent actor n writer Hem Pant, Sanyogita and others.
Paying their richest tributes to late Himanshu Joshi, all the speakers praised him for being a great literateur, thinker, author and above all a great human being who despite of his incessant contribution to the society by way of his several authored prestigious books and myriad number of articles, dramas, poetries n research papers he never aspired to seek any publicity for becoming popular but rather preferrred to be modest in living and pursuing his intellectual goals.
His writings were near the truth n realities. he wrote the literature symbolysing ethics, principles and moral standards. He was a true inspirer who always wrote without claiming monetary benefits and established the most ethical journalistic and ethical norms in the society being an eminent writer n veteran journalist as well particularly during his protracted stint as the editor of the prestigious magazine Saaptahik Hindustan. He always promoted Hindi to the hilt and his writings n literature represented the cultural heritage and traditional values of Uttarakhand. Himanshu Joshi acknowleged national and international recognition through his exceptional and outstanding writing and literature from a scrap having taken birth in a small Village of Uttarakhand in 1955 n carving a niche for himself through his hard work, sincerety, intelligence, commitment, determination and zeal to be a big man one day.
The entire literature community feels a huge vaccum afyer his sad demise difficult to be filled ever said majority of the speakers. The meeting was ably conducted by Dr. Pawan Maithani.
It may be recalled that eminent literateur, author, veteran journalist, thinker, musician and above all a magnificient human being Himanshu Joshi breathed his last at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness though was still active in literary circles.
Born on 4th May 1935 in Uttarakhand, then the Kumaon hill region of undivided Uttar Pradesh , Josyudha village in district Almora, Himanshu Joshi had been an avid music lover having sought musical training under the able guidance of Ustad Ishtiyaq Hussain Khan of Rampur’s reputed Sahasyan Gharana.
He completed his mass communication from Jamia Millia Islamia finally entering the world of active journalism despite his immense taste for music, Ghazals and poetry.
For the very first time Himanshu Joshi joined the then prestigious publication of Hindustan Times” The Saptahik Hindustan as a journalist finally to lead it as the editor for a long time.
Eminent story writer and literature of repute Himanshu Joshi later on served as the editor of a literary hindi magazine called Vagarth published from Calcutta for a long stint.
Having visited abroad extensively to countries like US, Norway, Swedan, Denmark, Germany, France, Nepal, Britain, Mauritius, Trinindad, Surinam, Netherland, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Britan etc Himanshu Joshi has authored several plays, stories and novels prominent amongst those were: Aranya, Maha Sagar, Chaaya Mat Choona, Kagar ki Aag, Samy Saakshi hai, Tumhare Liye n Suraaj. His story collections viz. Manushya chinh, Jalte hue Daine, Gandhav, Is baar phir giri toh, nange paavon ke nishan, several infinite number of poems, interviews, travel descriptions, plays, radio talks and nine published books on children literature had been quite popular n useful in the children world.
About 35 research scholars have acknowleged doctorate on Himanshu Joshi’s works n literature. Recepient of several coveted awards and honours like Hindi Sahitya Samman, honoured by Hindi academy Delhi, Rajbhasha department Bihar, Hindi Sahitya Samman, Prayag ‘s Highest literary honour Vachaspati Samman, Dr. Himanshu Joshi had been felicitated in several foreign countries as well with several coveted awards.
His prominent books are : Himanshu Joshi ki Lokpriya Kahaniyan, Tumhare liye, Jalte Hue Daaine tatha anya Kahaniyan, Himanshu Joshi ki Yadgari Kahaniyan, Samy Ki Shila Par, Unknown Himalayas, Agla Yatharth, Kagar Ki Aag, Sagar tat ke shahar, Mahasagar, Mere Sakshaatkaar, Kaal Saakshi Aahe, Bhartiya Bhaashaaon ki shresht Kahaniyan, Yatrayein, Dus Pratinidi Kahaniya n Knowlege sharing and intellectual Property Management etc.
Three movies were made on Himanshu Joshi’s novels Tarpan, Suraj ki ore and Suraaj. Some TV and radio serials were also made on his novels like Tumhare liye etc.
In his sad demise, the nation has lost a legendary literaturer n journalist whose absense will be felt for decades to come. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum expreses its hearfelt tributes to this legendary literaturer and condolenses to the bereaved family. My heartfelt tributes to this iconic personality.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum
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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.
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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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