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Sari not sorry

I woke up like this As the school year comes to an end, a lot of us will be heading off to our various summer destinations. Many of us will be staying in Durham to take classes, starting that exciting summer internship or heading abroad to participate in a culturally immersive DukeEngage program. I remember last summer: I would stalk my friends on Facebook—a key way to procrastinate studying for my own draining summer class—and see all of their pictures from abroad. The friends I stalked the most were those spending some portion of their summer in India. Inevitably, a picture would pop up of them adorned with Henna, spotted with a bindi on their foreheads or wrapped in a sari. It was exciting to see my friends exploring my culture and getting a taste of what I grew up with. It was the same excitement I felt when [...]

Sari not sorry

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

Anna Morcom gives readers an insight into the world of tawaifs, Bollywood dancers and transgender communities in her new book Academic and a huge Indian cinema enthusiast Anna Morcom was surprised when she learnt through Varsha Kale, President of Indian bargirls union, that the bargirls were to a large extent from traditional hereditary performing communities, the old tawaif and bai-ji communities. “This opened up a fascinating history,” says Anna. Extensive research followed where she met folk communities across the country, bar girls, Bollywood dancers and the result is her new book Courtesans, Bargirls and Dancing Boys: Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance (Hachette publication). In these edited excerpts from an e-mail interview, the London-based author discusses the journey of writing her book. Did you perceive your book ‘Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance’ as partly academic and partly catering to mainstream readers? I saw the book as an academic work, since [...]

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

Amazon.in launches Hindi book store with over 23,000 titles

Amazon.in today announced the launch of its Hindi book store with a wide selection of over 23,000 Hindi titles. This store of large book collection is across genres, categories and authors. Book lovers can find books of all types such as fiction, literature, biographies, novels, childrens’ as well as collections of popular authors including Premchand, Gulzar, Javed Aktar, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Kamaleshwar, Yashpal. Also a selection of the prestigious Sahitya Academy award winning books is in place. Additionally, there is a vast collection of reference books and textbooks to help students and job aspirants prepare for interviews and tests. Customers can also enjoy reading Hindi translation of more than 800 best-selling English books and a wide selection of books in the ‘Language, Linguistics and Writing’ is also available for customers who want to learn other languages like English, Tamil, Urdu, etc., through Hindi. “Since our launch we have had [...]

After-school classes preserve Hindi

A push to teach Hindi in schools is designed to keep the language and culture alive among the descendants of migrants. Latest Census statistics show the number of Hindi speakers in New Zealand has trebled since 2001 from 22,750 to 66,300. But European languages remain more popular in Kiwi schools and there are fears that formal Hindi could one-day disappear. Praveena Prasad is a member of the Hindi Language Culture & Trust and is keen to see the situation addressed across the country. She is also a teacher at the south Auckland-based Papakura High School where she has started running language classes for kids after hours. It’s early days and Prasad has just 10 students on her books so far. Most migrated to New Zealand with their parents when they were very young. "Their parents were educated in Fiji and taught to read, write and speak formal Hindi, but [...]

Slovenia to get its first Bollywood flashmob

Marion Trotté, a French filmmaker based here, is not just an Indophile but a Hindi movie buff who has been, since a year, collecting videos about events related to India, especially on the happenings in Bollywood. Trotte’ wants to host a first-of-its-kind Bollywood flashmob in the Slovenian capital to bring fans of Hindi cinema together for a documentary he wants to make. Trotté says there is a huge community of Bollywood lovers in Slovenia, a small country of just two million people in Central Europe. A flashmob is a group of people who gather suddenly in a public place, perform an act for a brief time and then quickly disperse. He will shoot the flashmob and and finish his movie with the event, further information on which will be soon available on the Facebook page . The filmmaker has even uploaded a tutorial on online videosharing platform YouTube for [...]

Slovenia to get its first Bollywood flashmob

Queens of the box office

Queen’s success is validation that audiences are open to a range of women-centric films, from heavy-duty dramas to small, breezy dramedies. Picture shows a still from the film. Heroine-oriented emancipation sagas are becoming big hits, even if emancipation is achieved only in glamorous foreign lands Kangana Ranaut’s film Queen deserves to be celebrated for many reasons. For one, it is “a Kangana Ranaut film.” She is in every frame; a heroine with no need for a hero opposite her. Two, the film has turned into one of the unlikeliest of hits, grossing more in its second week than its first. (In these multiplex times, collections typically fall steeply in the second week.) Three, the film’s success is validation that audiences are open to a range of women-centric films, from the heavy-duty Vidya Balan dramas like Kahaani to these small, breezy dramedies. These were the lessons we took away from [...]

Queens of the box office

Living Language and OpenSesame Partner to Offer Language Training eLearning Courses

Working with OpenSesame has given us a platform to share our online course content with people who value the cultural and professional benefits of being able to communicate with people around the globe. OpenSesame , the world’s largest source of online training courses, is proud to announce a partnership with language learning provider, Living Language, expanding OpenSesame’s language training content by more than 40 courses. “We are very excited to have the Living Language courses in the OpenSesame marketplace,” say Spencer Thornton, Director of Content for OpenSesame. “There is a high demand from customers for engaging and fun language training which is exactly what Living Language has done with their courses. Quality content that is affordable make Living Language courses a winning combination.” As more companies open foreign offices, call centers and import goods from overseas, the need for multilingual staff is growing exponentially. Living Language , an imprint [...]

Living Language and OpenSesame Partner to Offer Language Training eLearning Courses

Learn a new language through new library program

“Adventures in reading” All of our staff were thrilled with the amount of new and old faces that entered the library last week. Every one of our March Break events were brimming with smiling faces, and we hope to see everyone again soon for our regular programing. The P.E.I. Public Library service is also very pleased to announce that we have added a new program to our online collection. Rocket Languages is a web-based language learning platform that includes 10 self-paced foreign language courses. Rocket Languages can assist you in learning Egyptian Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. So if you’re ever had the itch to try your hand at a new language, give it a shot with this online service. This program can also help you learn American Sign Language, advanced English, English for Japanese speakers, and English for Spanish speakers. The link [...]

For the first time I play a larger than life character – Ayushmann Khrurrana

For the first time I play a larger than life character – Ayushmann Khrurrana Finally, Ayushmann Khurrana takes off his shirt? Yes. In Bewakoofiyan . It was peer pressure, I guess. I’ve so far played normal characters in a more realistic kind of cinema. But Bewakoofiyan is the kind of film where I could afford the indulgence of being somewhat larger-than life. Yup, I can this time show my abs and still seem like a normal person. It is a slice-of-life rom-com about the guy, girl and her father. Your progress has been pretty rapid? I wouldn’t say that. I’ve one hit to my credit in my two-year film career. That’s just about a decent average. Luckily our cinema is constantly evolving. There are many kinds of films happening in our country. There is a cinema that’s going into the past and cinema that’s very contemporary. I am happy [...]

For the first time I play a larger than life character - Ayushmann Khrurrana

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