#Day15 of the challenge and I feel we have bonded well. More than the names of the fellow bloggers at this challenge,I know you all with the work you do, with the blogs you write and with the thoughts you live by. I am glad at the exchange of ideas and the quality of work that is put in by each on Ultimate Blog challenge. I do miss my other blogger friends. Well, I think now that you all must have known about www.the5ammommy.com. If not, let me take you to a quick introduction of the mommies that we are and what we do!
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Today,I watched an old interview of Indian actress Rekha on BBC, which dates to the eighties; exactly when I was born. I found her mentioning that she started taking acting artistry seriously from the movie “Ghar”. I got intrigued to watch this movie and moreover Actress Rekha in the movie Ghar! “Ghar” literally means house/home in Hindi.
Caution:- This is not an Oscar Nominated movies and certainly not top 10 Bollywood movies. But if you like emotional movies and real sensitive topics which touch heart then Yes! It is a Good movie to watch.
Plot:- Vikas and Arti(Rekha) are in deep love with each other. Vikas knows that his dad will not accept Arti as a daughter in law as his father has his friend’s daughter in his mind. Vikas is determined to marry Arti against all odds. Vikas searches and plans to buy/ rent a house in order to get married to Arti and stay independently with her.
Vikas has a good set of friends and supporters. He gets married to Arti legally only to his father’s dismay. He is a head strong man when it comes to Arti. He leaves his father’s house with some of his belongings and the newly married couple start their married life. Romance blooms a little more and they also shift their abode to a new place of their own. The couple now gets little settled to start their family.
Until one fine day when they plan to go for a late night movie. They don’t get a cab while returning home. And while they walk their way home on an isolated road, they get encountered by four drunkard men. They hit Vikas hard and he falls unconscious. They forcibly take Arti away. Vikas gets conscious in a hospital only to find that Arti was gang raped. Arti gets traumatized. She is depressed. She feels suicidal at times. Everything around them changes after this incidence. But for the love of her husband for Arti. Infact, he becomes even more loving,caring and affectionate. This feeling makes her think that probably he is being pitiable to her and she wants to leave the place and go. They are at the verge of loveless relationship. Arti doesn’t feel normal in their relationship, even after several attempts by Vikas to make her feel comfortable. So,what happens then to the headstrong Vikas who left his father’s home for Arti? Does she leave him? Well, it is for you to watch!
About the ravishing cast:
The chemistry between Rekha and Vinod Mehra is amazing. The sparkle in their eyes for each other is really adorable. Beautiful songs like “tere bina Jiya Jae na”,”Apki ankhon me kuch “,”Phir wohi raat hai”,”Aaj kal Paon Zameen par” take their romance to the next level and you feel one with them. Their offscreen love/ romance gets easily mirrored on screen. (Rumours on the mill)
This movie & Rekha:
Ghar is said to be the turning point in Rekha’s life. She transformed herself from the bollywood’s so called “An ugly duckling “ to “a svelte ravishing heroine” now. By Ghar, she had arrived. Her acting is very matured.
The more than perfect husband material Vinod Mehra is one innocent and loving husband which every lady would desire for. He is sweet. He is caring.
The supporting cast Prema Narayan,who played Seema- a friend to Vinod is simply adorable. The notorious neighbour C. S. Dubey has kept the humour alive in the movie and so has actor Asrani brought a lighter side to the movie by his role as an inspector.
Background Music & the story:
The songs are solace to the romantic souls. Not talking here about direction and other technical aspects of the film. The subject is very sensitive and has been handled with extreme care. The audience, like me, or even any millennial would love to see the story unfold gently. Many credits to the beautiful songs with brilliant lyrics and excellent music that the movie feels relevant even today. R.D Burman and Gulzar to be credited
Happy birthday Rekhaji! I realised only now that it is her birthday today. Birthday has no relevance for a timeless star she is inside out!
Are you working out as planned by us? Remember we spoke about the fitness challenge for the next 82 days left for 2020! Crawl,walk, run, cycle,swim ,strength train or sun salutations/Surya Namaskaras- I believe you are engaged in some physical activity for 45 minutes of the day. And remember to keep moving all the time. As they say “Sitting is the new smoking” ! Today we carry on with our lower body workouts.
It is also said that “Abs are made in the kitchen”. This is the most apt saying I have ever read. The direct connection of the stomach is with the food. I will write about food and habits to healthy life in the next post.
I limit my blog today to the simple body workouts for beginners which can be done at the comfort of your home.Without wasting any time, let us head towards understanding the basic muscle groups in your lower body.
Now once when we are done with warm ups which, I reiterate, prevent us from encountering any injury while on vigorous exercise, we can straight head towards
Reverse lunges (You may use a dumbbell for holding or to perform a bicep move
Sumo Squats and Jump
Side Leg Raises(Both sides)
Inner Thigh Leg Raises
I don’t want to go in depth about how to do these exercises. You may find ample information about the same on all fitness websites. Then What is the purpose of my blog. Well, I feel we aren’t giving enough importance to the strength training as much as we should. Especially, my dearly ladies of all groups need to pay this type of exercise a little more attention.
A frequency of two days a week of strength training is very good to start with. Remember the “calorie burn” and the “after burn” is more when you strength train than when you are at cardio exercises.
Don’t forget to stretch your body well after the 2 or 3 sets of each exercise with 12-15 repetitions each. Stretches are also written in my previous blog.
Are you asking me about my workout today? Well! I was on fasting today. I was on low calories and so I just went with Yogasanas with #BabaRamdev. This is coming up for the next post.
Hello All! Now that we have come to an end of “KnowYourGolu” series, I feel it is important to let our readers know the blogging regime for the next 22 days. We owe you interesting posts and life experiences too. I have divided these 22 days into 7 types of blogs for 3 days each. I thought this would also trigger some ideas for the fellow bloggers of the Challenge .As we have exhausted the “culture” blogs with “KnowYourGolu”, I bring to you these blogs for the rest of the days.
Health & Fitness blogs
Recipes(Indian and Vegetarian)
And Some Interview blogs.
This is just a rough outline which is subject to changes
That sounds lot of home work!Only this, for today. Hope we all bang on our targets! Till the next post..Have a happy reading!
The get-togethers which Navratri-Golu festival offers overwhelms your mind. You meet relatives, know they’re well being and old friends. Thicken the bond, reminisce memories together and fill yourself with the warmth. You make new friends! And call them over! Relationships are the real treasure. Friendship, caring and sharing make life more beautiful. The giggles, the chuckles, the laughter, the fun-filled moments, some complaints about life, some resolutions and many such other things. Many times meeting a friend/relative is also about meeting their pets. Just back from one such meet and had many people come over at my place.
About Saraswati Puja:
In South India, we celebrated Saraswati Puja, today. Goddess Saraswati epitomises knowledge. Knowledge of arts and music, knowledge of maths, accounting and sciences wisdom and the eternal truth. God is formless. Worshipping Saraswati means constant learning and development!
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना। या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥१॥(Hymn in Sanskrit)
Goddess Saraswathi is always clad in white saree(Indian Attire) representing that one should be free from Worldly materialistic pleasures to attain any merit at learning. You should have a pure heart while acquiring knowledge.
She holds Veena the musical instrument. Well, Veena is a very difficult instrument to play. It takes a lifetime to learn this art. This points to the fact that life is also most difficult to live. But with hard work, perseverance and penance, the knack to live life satisfactorily can be mastered.
She holds the Rosary in one hand(out of the four hands). Rosary denotes the ‘Sankhya Shastra’ or the different sciences and the maths behind counting/accountancy.
She is the one holding a book. Undoubtedly the book she holds is the four Vedas of Hindus.
A pot of water:
She is also seen to hold a pot of water/kalasham. It is to make us realize that the water in the pot and that in the ocean/bigger water bodies is only one. This philosophy is called ‘ Advait’. The deity and the devotee are all one. One should constantly strive to realize this phenomenon. We aren’t two. The universe is one.
Her vehicle/vahanam is the bird, Swan. It is believed that Hamsapakshi or the bird Swan has the ability to separate water and milk. Thus, consuming the milk and leaving behind the residual water.
We as human beings need to attain that highest self-realization by separating the material objectives and the spiritual subject.
The ritual is to pray the Goddess for blessing us with hard work, perseverance and the power of meditation. The last three days of Golu/Navratri various rituals are performed to pray Goddess Saraswati in her idol form. The custom is to install her idol with hymns, shlokas and part with her on the last day. The idol is put to sleep on the last day of Golu, thus, calling off the festival.
I wonder do we ever part with our Deity! Happy Dussehra everyone!