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Published by navneeta, 2020-09-03 14:22:26

September 2020 Digital Magazine

MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF

PERFECT GROUP OF COMPANIES





SAM THAKKAR VAISHALI THAKKAR
Group CEO Perfect Tax & Finance CEO
FunAsiA CMO

Hello Friends!
Perfect Group of Companies have constantly tried to keep moving at a steady pace even at these trying pandemic times.
Our team matters a lot to us and so do their families. We have retained our staff till now and have also honored the social
distancing and lockdown precautions at workplace. We value our team members and their contributions in our success.
FunAsia is very much working. We kept our radio alive as we know it is an essential part of our community’s entertainment.
We understand our social responsibility, moreover at such stressful times.
New this month: We are constantly trying to provide you with the theatre experience with our newly introduced Drive-in
theatres. Now finally, we are so glad that some new Hollywood movies are making their way to the theatres. The Big
theatrical release of Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet has finally happened. Enjoy it at your favorite Fun Movie Grill.
This is such a ray of hope that soon things will get back to normal, and we will get back to enjoying our favorite past time
of watching movies on the big screen with new releases.
Since large gathering are still an issue, we are bringing different kinds of events to entertain you on the digital platform.
FunAsia along with Alaap Entertainment is bringing the concert ‘humm! with Pancham’ this month. 5 renowned singers
from studios of Mumbai will be performing live. Your participation will guide us to get more such events which we are
trying to bring with changed normal.
We have conceived and started a new show every Sunday from 1:30-2:00 pm which your favorite RJ Neelam will host.
She will bring weekly updates on all local Community events in one place, keeping with our motto of ‘Bringing the
community Together’ In these trying times of the pandemic, we have kept together and kept strong. We have come this
far and we believe that soon we will be back to normal.

Welcome to September
2020 Digital DesiPages.
We still are skeptical to get
you a hard copy in your
mailbox. Nevertheless,
we are keen with keeping
it alive and active on the digital platform. It
has been more than 18 years of bringing
DesiPages magazine to you. We are aware
that it matters to you, so it matters to us. It is
so wonderful to see our community grow and
progress.

During these pandemic times most people’s
plans for the year have been shredded, lives
and lifestyles have been drastically altered, and
personal finances and job prospects severely
dented. The five months does seem like an
experience never had before. But I love how
our community is strongly keeping the hope.
When asked on the radio, what have you
learned during these 5 months of lockdown,
I got some very amazing reflections, full of
hope and positivity. Check out ‘People Speak’
Column for the same.


We have some wonderful articles this month,
on health, the significance of No. 108, there
is no place like home and more including your
favorite Bollywood news and gossips. Enjoy
FunAsia DesiPages, the Digital version and do
like our FaceBook page for live interactions.




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Sports drama Rashmi Rocket starring the fierce TAAPSEE
Taapsee Pannu is all set to go on floors soon, the
film’s shooting will commence from November this

year.
Beginning in the salt pans of Kutch, Rashmi Rocket PANNU’S
is about a young girl from a village, blessed with
a gift – SPEED. She’s an incredibly fast runner. The
village fondly knows her as ‘Rocket’. When she gets
a chance to showcase her talent professionally, she
excels but also realizes that the race to the finish
line is peppered with many hurdles, and what seems
like an athletic contest turns into her personal battle
for respect, honor, and even her very identity.
Rashmi Rocket is written by Nanda Periyasamy,
Aniruddha Guha, and Kanika Dhillon. The film
will be helmed by Akarsh Khurana who directed
break but with the kind of subject it is I am excited
Karwaan. closest to that of a sprinter. This has been a long
“We were all set to shoot when the pandemic struck. to restart the journey from scratch again starting
I’m glad that we’re resuming soon. The team and I
with my training.” says Taapsee Pannu
have been waiting eagerly to set off on this journey.
Taapsee will be joined by Extraction fame Priyanshu
It’s a terrific story that I’m excited to tell.”, says
director Akarsh Khurana Painyuli in a prominent role in the film.
“Rashmi Rocket is a story of the trials and
“I have been involved in this project from the very tribulations that several female athletes face on
inception stage so that makes this one really special.
their journey and the unmatchable resolve shown
Just before the pandemic, I was already 3 months
by each to eventually achieve their destiny… There
into my training period to transform into a physique
could be no better actor than Taapsee to essay the
role of one such athlete – Rashmi. Post lockdown
– we are eager and keen to be resuming shoots at
RSVP and get this one on the road”, says Ronnie
Screwvala.
Music maestro Amit Trivedi, known for films such
as Dev D, Lootera, Queen, Kedarnath is the music

composer on Rashmi Rocket.
“The indestructible spirit of Rashmi Rocket is
reflected by the team behind it. The audience
deserves to see inspiring stories and hence the
show must go on,” says Pranjal Khandhdiya of

Mango People Media Network.
Rashmi Rocket, produced by Ronnie Screwvala
along with Neha Anand and Pranjal Khandhdiya
is set to release in 2021.




















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THE BIG THEATRICAL



RELEASE OF TENET.









hristopher Nolan’s new film Tenet has finally released in
several countries after a month-long delay. USA release
Cdate being September 3rd ,2020 but, Fun Movie Grill
had a pre- release on Aug 31st, 2020.


The espionage thriller stars John David Washington as The
Protagonist, a man who finds himself on a mission to save
the world. No one could possibly mistake “Tenet” as being by
anyone but Christopher Nolan. It has the kind of budget that
only Nolan could get for an original screenplay. There’s so
much money in every bursting frame of this opulent film that
a scene in which gold bars are literally dumped on a runway
feels almost like they will blind you.


This being a Nolan film, it’s nowhere simple to watch – Tenet
comes submerged in the world of time travel in the form of
something never before seen on-screen: time inversion. It
contains one of those time-twisting narratives that have
defined the Nolan brand. If you lose focus on one
scene, you might be left scrambling to catch up.The
key thing to know about time travel in Tenet
is that you are unable to jump to a specific
point in time. If you want to travel back to 40
years ago, you have to live those 40 years in
reverse.


At times, it even seems to echo previous
Nolan projects like an album of remastered
greatest hits. There are war action scenes
that recall “Dunkirk,” an espionage narrative
that feels like “Inception,” and even a whole
lot of people talking through masks a la Bane
in “The Dark Knight Rises.” It is 100% designed
as an experience for people who have unpacked
films like “The Prestige” and “Memento” late
into the night, hoping to give Nolan fans more to
experience than never before, even if it might be
exhausting.





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COVER STORY PAGE #2


WHY TO WATCH TENET ON BIG
SCREEN
The decision to release “Tenet” in theaters
instead of VOD was controversial for
many reasons, but there’s no denying that
“Tenet” was conceived by Nolan to be
an experience that shouldn’t be paused
and needs to be projected with a speaker
system turned high. Playing “Tenet” at a
lower volume or even pausing it at home to
take a break might reveal its flaws. Nolan
doesn’t want you to be able to dissect it
or be distracted by your phone while you
watch it. The irony is that he doesn’t want
SURPRISE FACTOR BOLLYWOOD LOVERS- OUR you to be able to rewind it. “Tenet” is a
VERY OWN BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS DIMPLE movie about momentum, reflected both
KAPADIA WILL BE SEEN IN TENET in its narrative and its aesthetic, and more
Dimple plays a special part in Tenet. Dimple’s manager cracks would show without it.
said the veteran actor even gave audition for the role.
“With someone like Nolan, who is secretive about his We are so fortunate to have our Fun Movie
scripts, the brief provides little information on the role. For Grill feature all Hollywood & Bollywood
the audition, they don’t give you a scene from the script. Movies. Come get the experience of the
They [Nolan and team] had already seen her footage and big screen watching Tenet in the Drive-
had loved her work. When they saw her audition tape, In or in theatres at Irving and Carrollton
Nolan and the casting director came around, and the rest locations, relishing your favorite food.
is history,” she said.


Dimple shot for the film with Nolan in
Mumbai last year. They were joined by
John David and Robert Pattinson.
Shortly after the release of the trailer, the
Mumbai Police had found inspiration for
one of their public service announcements
and they tweeted a scene featuring Dimple
Kapadia.


The tweet shows Dimple sitting in a dimly
lit room with lead actor of the film, John
David Washington. She tells him, “There
are people in the future who need us.”
Mumbai Police used her line to spread
awareness about Covid-19. “Why should
we be following the Tenet of safety
against coronavirus? #TenetOfSafety
#TakingOnCorona,” they wrote.







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PEOPLE SPEAK PAGE #1
What Have You Learned




PEOPLE About Yourself During
SPEAK
This Lockdown?



It has almost been 5 months that the world weddings or parties I finally have time for myself.” He said. He
has come to a standstill, like someone hit cherishes his personal time from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm which
the pause button. Most people’s plans for he calls the ‘Me-Time.’ He realized that previously he would
the year have been shredded, lives and spend time only on material things but there was no personal
lifestyles have been drastically altered, growth. He picked up books to read after years and finds so
and personal finances and job prospects much more knowledge in them. He realized that this is what
severely dented. People have been gave him the true happiness which was right there. He will now
impacted differently and their lives have make sure that even after things open up, he will find TIME for
changed differently. We himself.
are even addressing
these changes as the Nothing is constant. Even
‘New Normal’. But this shall change.
as the Director of With the lockdown our
DesiPages magazine life suddenly changed to
I was curious to know something we had never
how this has impacted ever imagined. Kamal Ahuja
people on a personal of DFW who is our regular
level. What have they listener says, “I always had
learned? desires. I indulged in singing,
I put this question out painting, acting even before
to my radio listeners. the lockdown. That brought in
They all reacted differently and there were a lot of happiness anyways to me. People have ups and downs
some very interesting and fascinating in life but this crisis was different. It was like completely being
acumens. with myself. I have realized that if I can deal with this crisis,
I can deal with anything. Nothing is constant. Even this shall
This time away from everything gave change”.
TIME for personal assessment.
When life gets difficult, little luxuries matter
This period definitely gave people more This lockdown abstained us from many things that we had
TIME on hand to reflect on themselves taken for granted. Things which were given like day and night.
even after their virtual work schedule, as From hugging a person, we love, to meeting friends or just
the travel and many other things around going out shopping feels like luxury. The fancy luxurious things
outdoors was limited. My radio listener are no more an attraction. Sujata says “I do not get attracted
Amin, had a very routine life, before the to that new dress anymore which I so craved for. I have not
shutdown. It would start early morning at even looked at things online to buy. It does not feel luxurious
6am and end at 9 pm around his work, anymore. I would rather exchange it for a big hug from a dear
daily chores, dropping and picking up his friend which I crave for”.
kids from their classes and reaching home
tired and exhausted only to have time to eat This time made us realize how one can truly balance
his dinner and retire to bed for a wakeup work and life. A blessing in disguise.
call at 5:00 am. “Every day was pretty Initially everything was a chaos. People were uncertain about
much the same. Now with the lockdown things. They were not equipped to be at home full time. The new
and moreover with no social obligations, responsibilities of working around chores, taking care of kids,



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virtual office from home and many more distractions took a PEOPLE SPEAK PAGE #2
toll on them. But over the time they recognized that work from
come together so beautifully which
is amazing. I see the strength. We
are in it together and are figuring
out everything together. Even with
virtual schooling glitches we parents
have formed groups to help our
kids in different ways. Each parent
taking some responsibility which they
can help with. We together have
helped small businesses especially
restaurants to sell through trucks and
survive in this pandemic. I definitely
feel we will be a better person”.

Health is most important.
This crisis did throw light more than
ever on the importance of health.
home was not bad at all. They had more family and personal Shahin Ibrahim says “If I am healthy, I will be
quality time. It just meant mending ways to incorporate the able to keep my family healthy. I always heard
new normal. It is a blessing in disguise. Sandeep Agarwal my grandma say this but today I understand
kiddingly mentions on the radio “I figured how to sleep with it in the true sense. No skipping of meals for
one eye closed and work with one eye open,” me now. And masks are so important to keep
everyone healthy”.

The initial days we started with a lot of fear
of the unknown and anxiety. And today, we
definitely are familiar with our situations. I
sensed people are ready to face the world
back again but not without learning and
making some changes in their lives. I also
sense people’s drift towards spirituality.
We could have really kept a journal of our
experiences during this time because this
time is definitely very unique. Each day is
different. It would be a collection of great
memories to share with our next generations.




Humanity shall prevail due to corona Virus.
Rishi Yagnik says, ‘With crisis we have learned that no matter
what happens, humanity will prevail above everything else. It
has taught us to check ourselves and move in a better direction
which is more human. We have been eating dinner together
as family and have more time for each other. It sure has been
a great change”.


Recognizing new responsibilities, new learnings and
community strength.
On the same above note, Sunita Sapru one of our listeners
found real humanity in this crisis. She says “Community has



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BOLLYWOOD

talkies




Ronnie Screwvala and Aditya Roy Vikrant Massey is all set to romance
Kapur have announced their next Kriti Kharbanda, in an incredibly
venture with director Raja Krishna funny love story, 14 Phere. The actor,
Menon. Starring Ishaan Khattar who plays a small-town boy, Sanjay,
and titled Pippa, it is a war film that said the story is fresh and answers
revolves around an army tank – a first several pertinent questions. “By the
for Indian cinema. title, one can guess it’s about two
The film will have the Battle of weddings involving the same couple
Garibpur as the backdrop, in which which makes it interesting,” he avers.
the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron, Vikrant has been prepping for the
led by Captain Balram Singh Mehta, film for over a month on video calls
fought against Pakistani forces. with director Devanshu Singh and will
Speaking about the film, Ishaan jump into the shoot after completing
Emraan shares, “I’m exhilarated to be a part two weeks of work on Haseen
of a film of such magnitude. Getting a Dillruba. Point out that he is now
chance to play the role of the spirited getting to romance a new actress in
tank commander Captain Balram every film and he guffaws, “That’s a
Mehta is a privilege and honor”. good feeling and I’m looking forward
Emraan Hashmi is set to take on a Ronnie says, “The story of the 45th to getting to know Kriti better through
comedic role in his next film Sab First the making of this film.”
Class Hai. The movie will revolve Meanwhile, Kriti has also started
around the dreams of a common workshops with Devanshu. “I don’t
man in India. With Balwinder Singh think Aditi’s character works with
as the director, Sab First Class Hai my voice, so I am working on voice
will be produced by Deepak Mukut, modulation. I like to bring something
Shivanshu Pandey, Nishant Pitti, and new to the table with each character
Abhay Sinha. and Aditi is today’s girl, with a voice
“As soon as Emraan heard the script, and mind. The lockdown helped me
his body language said that he was shape the character. I got to stalk new
on, though he wanted to sleep on people over the internet and pick up
it like any other actor,” said director nuances for Aditi. I love her and would
Balwinder Singh Janjua. Ishaan myself want to be Aditi after this film,”
“We did a few sessions on the video she laughs. She’s equally excited to
call, which is unlike anything I’ve work with Vikrant. “We met in March
done before. A week later Emraan Squadron led by Captain Balram and chatted like we had known each
called me with suggestions and his Mehta is one that needs to be told other forever. I am looking forward to
thoughts on the script. He was on and to this generation. Pippa is a visual sharing the screen with someone as
we were very excited”, Janjua added. celebration of not only India’s valor enthusiastic as me,” she said.
Talking about the film, the director but also the sharp strategy shown by
said, “Sab First Class Hai is hilarious us during the year of 1971 along with
yet sensitive. It is about the common our alliance with Bangladesh, all seen
man and how he can go to any length through the eyes of the Mehta family”.
to fulfill his needs. In the bargain, he Pippa is written by Raja Krishna
risks losing his family, his standing in Menon, Randhawa, and Tanmay
society, and gets caught in a situation Mohan and based on the book The
he cannot find his way out of.” Burning Chaffees, penned by the
Emraan Hashmi, who is undoubtedly retired Brigadier Mehta himself. The
excited about acting in a comedy, two-day battle was fought by the
said, “Balwinder’s script is a laugh squadron in Russian PT-76 amphibious
riot but it has poignant moments as tanks nicknamed ‘Pippa’ and went on
well”. to greatly influence the war in India’s Vikrant
favor.



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Y HEALTH
FOOD








7 SUMMER FRUITS


SHOULD BE A PART OF YOUR


DAILY DIET



Fruits make great mid-meal options and are an excellent aid for weight-loss. Rather than
reaching for high-calorie fried or sugary snacks whenever you feel hungry, toss a few
pieces of one of these fruits into your mouth. This will reduce your food cravings without
making you pack on the calories. Your skin, hair, and body will also benefit immensely
from the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the fruits.
Some of the best fruits to eat during the summer are:
1 Watermelon



Summers are incomplete without this red and juicy fruit. This is one of the
best cooling fruits to gorge on during the summer season. Watermelons
are healthy and cheap. It is not only a great source of water but vitamin A and C as
well. Vitamin A boosts immunity and is good for the eyes.

Vitamin C also boosts immunity. Watermelon also has Vitamin B6 and potassium.
Potassium maintains water balance in the body while Vitamin B6 improves immunity.
Potassium also prevents muscle cramps and keeps your heart healthy.

Eating watermelons help prevent skin damage caused by the rays of the sun. It also
helps prevent the occurrence of sunstroke and cancer and improves heart health.





2 Mango
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There are so many people out there who love summers just because
of mangoes. Mangoes, though high in calories, are a rich source of
nutrients. There are reasons why mangoes are known as the ‘king of
fruits’. This fruit is enriched with fiber and has as many as 20 minerals and vitamins.
Fiber helps with digestion and helps keep you full. Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A and
C, and also potassium. Also, zeaxanthin, a pigment present in mangoes, protects the
eyes by filtering out harmful blue rays.
3 Papaya


Another great fruit that you can eat during summers is papaya. You can
eat this fruit dried, ripe or unripe. Papayas contain nutrients like Vitamin
A and C, folate, and various phytochemicals.
This fruit also contains papain, a compound that is good for your gastrointestinal health.
It also helps in curing indigestion and bloating, something that is common during
summers. Papaya is also a good source of beta-carotene. It prevents skin damage and
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HEALTH PAGE #2


reduces inflammation. Papaya also has a decent amount of antioxidants and helps prevent cancer
and serious heart diseases. It is a great choice for someone who is on a weight-loss diet.
4 Guava



Guava is another summer fruit that you can include in your weight-loss diet. Many
people do not like guava as they are stiff and come with seeds. If you are one among
them, know that there are ample reasons to love this fruit.
Guavas are great for diabetic patients. It helps keep your blood sugar and insulin levels balanced.
It has a high content of soluble fiber and potassium. A single guava a day can improve metabolism,
complexion, eyesight, and mental health. You can also eat guavas to reduce menstrual cramps.
5 Strawberries



Strawberries have been in use since time immemorial. They were used to treat
many health conditions by making tonics. Strawberries were used for skin problems,
teeth whitening, and digestive issues. Their bright color is due to flavonoids and phytonutrients.
Strawberries are also rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese. You will also get a considerable
amount of folate and potassium in strawberries. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in strawberries,
has anti-inflammatory benefits. Summer-related skin and health issues can be kept at bay by eating
strawberries.
6 Plums




Plums are rich in nutrients. These round-shaped fruits are rich in dietary fiber
and sorbitol which work together to help relieve constipation and other digestive
problems. Plums keep the heart healthy by maintaining blood pressure levels and preventing
strokes. Consuming plums reduce the risk of breast cancer and type-2 diabetes. Anthocyanins help
fight breast cancer. Plums also have a low glycemic index which means you can eat plums while
dieting.
7 Grapes



Grapes are fruits that are easily available in summer. They are high in antioxidants
and are a rich source of potassium. Include grapes in your diet if you have high
cholesterol or blood sugar. Grapes will keep your heart healthy. They are good for the knees and
boost brain health. Grapes also prevent many viral infections and prevent eye degeneration. They
cure indigestion and help fight breast cancer.


























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Ali Fazal on a creative high
The actor whose much-awaited Death on the Nile trailer dropped recently has
been much appreciated for pushing boundaries for Indian actors in international
cinema.
“I make sure to not slip into the cliche parts where an Indian just plays a maharaja.
Not to dumb-grade those parts, but then it becomes a type. I don’t want to fall into
a zone,” the actor said in an interview.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film based on Agatha Christie’s novel by the
same name is a follow up on the 2017 movie Murder on the Orient Express. The
film’s cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey,
Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Tom Bateman,
ali Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo along with Branagh himself. Ali stars as one of
fazal the leads in the ensemble film.



Shruti Haasan: I’m always looking
to improve myself
Shruti Haasan has completed 11 years as an actor and
she is happy with the way her career has shaped up,
though she is always looking to improve herself.
“In a way, I am happy and thankful I am still here but I
think my personality is such that I always look for room
to improve. So I am always looking to get better at what
I do,” Shruti told.
Shruti made her Bollywood debut in 2009 with Luck and
was seen in films like D-Day, Gabbar Is Back, Ramaiya
Shruti Vastavaiya, and Welcome Back.
She gained recognition with her roles in Telugu films like
haaSan Oh My Friend and Anaganaga O Dheerudu, and the
Tamil thriller 7aum Arivu.


Saif Ali Khan’s second-biggest
announcement of 2020!
The year 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone, even our film
industry has been adversely affected by the pandemic.
However, in the midst of this, Saif Ali Khan has several
reasons to celebrate. One, he recently announced that
wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and he are expecting their
second child. And two, Saif has another surprise that is
sure to delight his fans. The actor, who is known to be a
voracious reader, is turning into an author himself. He is
penning his autobiography where he will open up about
Saif ali his family, home, a career in the movies, success, failures,
and his influences and inspirations. The book will be
khan published next year.
Speaking about turning author and his new passion
project, Saif says, “So many things have changed and
BOLLYWOOD will be lost with time if we don’t record them. It would
be nice to look back; to remember and to record. It has
been funny and moving, and I must say, this is quite a
selfish endeavor. I do hope others enjoy the book, too, of
BONANAZA course!”
In his yet untitled book, Saif, the Nawab of Pataudi,
will reveal it all in his signature style, laced with wit and
humor.


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PHOTO FEATURE


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GROUP CEO
PERFECT GROUP OF COMPANIES


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GROUP CEO
PERFECT GROUP OF COMPANIES


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KANGANA RANAUT’S FILM


TEJAS TO GO ON FLOORS IN DECEMBER 2020

our armed forces and I hope to
further evoke a spirit of patriotism
and nationalism through my
storytelling. Kangana is a
strong woman with a voice that
resonates with the youth of this
nation and I cannot wait to
begin shooting with Kangana.”
The makers of Tejas revealed
that they were preparing for the
film when the novel coronavirus
pandemic hit the world and all
production work was halted.
Ronnie Screwwala, the producer
of the film, said in a statement,
“We were in the midst of prep
when the world was hit by this
unfortunate pandemic. I’m

Kangana Ranaut will begin the shoot of her pleased to announce that we are resuming
upcoming film Tejas in December this year. The work and will commence shoot later this year.
actress took to social media to announce the Uri:
news. In the film, Kangana will be seen playing
an Indian Air Force pilot. Directed by Sarvesh The Surgical Strike, celebrated the courage of
Mewara, the film is being produced by the the Indian Army and Tejas is our dedication to
makers of Vicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical the brave fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force.
Strike. The actress also shared a new poster of The idea of developing a story around a woman
the film in which she is seen standing in front of fighter pilot was born in-house by Salona Bains
an IAF fighter plane. She can be seen donning Joshi, the Associate Producer on the project,
the uniform and posing for the camera. and I backed it instantly. With Kangana as
the lead, I hope our film inspires many more

In a statement, Kangana said, “Tejas is an women to join the Indian Air Force.”
exhilarating story where I have the privilege of
playing an air force pilot. I am honored to be Tejas revolves around a woman fighter pilot
a part of a film that celebrates these brave men in the Indian Air Force. Kangana Ranaut
and women in uniform who make immense is playing the lead role in the film. It was in
sacrifices in the line of duty every day. Our film 2016 when IAF allowed their women officers
celebrates the armed forces and its heroes ... to join combat roles by inducting three fighter
Excited to take this journey with Sarvesh and pilots: Flight Lieutenants Bhawana Kanth,
Ronnie.” Avani Chaturvedi, and Mohana Singh. Tejas is
inspired by this landmark event.
Talking about the film, director Sarvesh
GROUP CEO Mewara said, “My film is a reflection of the
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Armaan Newaskar

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culture in Social Studies, and odes and memoirs
in Language Arts. The teachers also introduced a
Hi, I am Armaan Newaskar, a sixth grader at form of learning where our schedule alternated
Robinson Middle School in Plano. I would like to between synchronous and asynchronous
tell you about my experience with school in this learning. For the synchronous portion, we receive
age of COVID-19. instruction on Zoom or Google Meet. For the
asynchronous portion, we work independently
When I learned that school was going to be on our assignments. I like this style of working
virtual, I was disappointed to be honest. I had because I can finish my work very quickly and
been looking forward to starting middle school efficiently without any distractions. Whenever the
for over a year, having visions of getting my own second half of my day is asynchronous, I am often
locker, becoming more independent and meeting done before 2pm, around one and a half to two
all sorts of new friends. Robinson had recently hours earlier than normal!
been renovated, and I was eager to walk through
its gleaming new hallways as I shuffled from one Now there are aspects of remote learning that
class to the next. But thanks to COVID, none of I do not love. There are limited opportunities to
this was on the cards anytime soon. interact or socialize with my friends. We only meet
each other on zoom calls, and any conversations
Three weeks into the new school year, the over chat must be related to schoolwork. It is also
experience has actually been better than I expected. very tiring being on the laptop for so long and
Firstly, there is the convenience factor – I get an staring at the screen for 8 hours. Band is not the
extra 20 minutes of sleep since the “classroom” same as we are unable to practice together and
is just downstairs! Secondly, I am closer to my collaborate. And sports that I wanted to try out or
family and get to see them throughout the day improve on in sixth grade are on hold due to the
(including annoying my little sister). Thirdly and health and safety restrictions induced by COVID.
most importantly, my teachers are all nice and are
working hard to ensure a smooth transition and give
us a great education. The first week was focused Overall, the excitement of being a sixth grader
on getting to know each other better and having has still hit me but maybe not as hard as it would
some fun: we made videos about our hobbies in have if I were attending middle school in person. I
Math, we shared jokes and played riddle games feel a sense of accomplishment for making it here
in Band, we designed our own virtual lockers in and learning so much every day despite all the
PE and Social Studies, and we made Google changes. And as I mentioned earlier, virtual school
Slides about things that we enjoy in Language does have its benefits. I am still pining for the day
Arts. The second week was much more serious, when I can step into the halls of Robinson. But
as I had anticipated, with learning in full swing. until then, I will look on the bright side and make
We covered the Periodic Table in Science, rational the most of the situation knowing that we are in
numbers in Math Honors, political systems and the midst of a pandemic and all in this together.



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1 Over the years, Nushrratt Bharuccha
has successfully proven that she
can do any role convincingly. The
actress has also established herself
as a fashionista to watch out for.
From her daring thigh-high slit gown Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has said
earlier this year to her other public that he doesn’t feel bothered about
appearances, Nushrratt is known nepotism, as the films that are most
to experiment with her looks. In an affected by it don’t appeal to him.
earlier interview, she had spoken Nawaz also said that the actors who
about fashion and what it means to usually appear in such films aren’t
her. She revealed that fashion was particularly talented.
Saif Ali Khan, who recently turned simply an extension of what message He said, “There are thousands of
50, can still easily give his younger she wants to give out, and that filmmakers who work outside the
counterparts in Bollywood a run for depends on her mood. The petite formula. If you dream of one day
their money. The actor thanked his actress admitted that if she was becoming a hero or a heroine, in films
mother Sharmila Tagore’s genes for comfortable in an outfit, and could with five dance numbers, then that is
his younger looks even at this age. carry it off well, she had no qualms what you deserve. There’s a long queue
In an interview, Saif reportedly said about wearing it. Nushrratt also of actors wanting to do those films.”
that he is relieved that his mother said that while the ensemble was
Sharmila Tagore looks young and he never a problem, wearing towering He continued, “You should also
looks young because he feels that he heels caused her pain the next day. know where your talent will be used.”
has inherited her genes. According to Advising aspiring fashionistas to Recalling a piece of advice given to him
him, with this, he might be able to fool ‘own’ their outfit, she added that it by director Anurag Kashyap, Nawaz
people into looking 50 even when he was important for the wearer to be said that the filmmaker told him that he
is 60. 100% confident in whatever one should focus on working with directors
When asked if he is having any wears. who could give him good roles because
mid-life crisis, he reportedly said On the work front, she will be next with an appearance like his, he would
that he doesn’t feel it because he seen opposite Rajkummar Rao in most certainly be wasted in mainstream
has done enough in his life. Talking Chhalaang. films. “I am sorry to say, these Bollywood
about turning 50, he added that formula films do not require talented
it is petrifying but he is happy with actors,” he said.
how it’s gone and doesn’t have any Nawaz said that it is fine if an aspirant
dissatisfaction. 2 has a lot of money to invest in their
Saif celebrated his 50th birthday ‘grooming’ -- like dance, etc -- but it
with wife Kareena Kapoor Khan, son has nothing to do with acting. But if
Taimur and a few of their friends and you come with knowledge of your craft,
family members during the lockdown. there is no point in pursuing formula
He also recently announced that he is films, he said.
writing his autobiography. It is slated He also said that he is more concerned
to hit the shelves in October 2021. about how many people watch his
The actor along with wife Kareena films than the box office numbers they
Kapoor Khan also announced that post. Nawaz said that he can assess a
they are expecting their second child streaming film’s reception, even without
after Taimur Ali Khan. the availability of box office figures,
based on the feedback he receives.


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Randeep Hooda is someone who is extremely passionate When you talk about strong Indian women, Neena Gupta
about his craft, but at the same time, he’s a man with ranks right on top. She has always lived life on her terms,
varied interests, who equally enjoys life away from the made her own choices, and stood by them. Whether she
limelight, in the lap of nature. He finds fulfillment in riding decided to have a child out of wedlock at a time when it
and nurturing his horses, cleaning beaches, and wildlife raised everyone’s eyebrows or making a comeback to films
photography. in a much bigger fashion in the last three years, Neena ji
Given his love for the outdoors, we asked the Highway has remained honest to herself.
actor how he spent the past few months, confined to his With Masaba Masaba chronicling the journey of her
apartment in Mumbai. It turns out he was going places daughter Masaba Gupta, capturing some of her biggest life
during the lockdown and has his interesting explanation for moments and episodes, Neena ji has a huge role to play
that. “During the pandemic, my horizons have expanded, in it. She, as you guessed it, plays herself and is extremely
both internally and externally,” he said. Talking about his worried and affected by things that happen to her daughter.
acting projects, he said, “I’m reading many interesting Masaba has been raised in a way where she looks at both
scripts, and have also signed up with a Hollywood talent her parents as individuals. “I will never think that my mom
agency. The international project I was a part of, has and dad had this kind of a relationship, so the same will
opened doors for more collaborations.” happen to me. Or that my mom wasn’t treated that way in
a relationship, so I’ll face the same,” Masaba says.
Elaborating on how the pandemic has affected us, Earlier, Neena had confessed in an interview, “I would
Randeep said, “I think over the past few months, I’ve not have a child outside marriage. Every child needs both
changed as a person. Maybe, everyone has changed. parents. I was always honest with Masaba, so it did not
When we get back to work, it’ll be interesting to see what affect our relationship, but I know she suffered.”
new things we bring to the table. It could also be that
we’ve lost a lot from within this time. Also, nature has The mother-daughter duo shares a friendly bond. “We both
proved it can thrive without humans. We need nature, not are very normal mother and daughter. We advise each
the other way around. I hope the pandemic has been an other most of the time. But are we are our own persons
awakening for many.” and decide what we want to do on our own. But we are
always open to each other’s thoughts,” she had added in
On the home front, right before the lockdown was the interview.
announced, he was in Karnal (Haryana) shooting for his Today, Neena is happily married to Vivek Mehra for the
next Bollywood project with Ileana D’Cruz. He said, “I last 12 years. But she reveals that it would have never been
have a backlog of two-three movies, but there is ambiguity a choice for her, had the situation been different. “If my
about when the shoots will resume.” husband didn’t like Masaba or if he was the kind who would
Randeep is an animal lover and every time he talks about never get along with her, I’d never get married to him. No
his horses, his face lights up. Sharing the news with us matter how much I love or lust a man, I wouldn’t have ever
on that front, he said, “I had sent one of my mares to decided to be in a relationship with anyone if they had a
Bengaluru to get impregnated. She’s finally conceived problem with my daughter. It’s very important that she likes
and I am happy that soon, I will become a daddy to a who I’m with and vice versa,” the Shubh Mangal Zyada
baby horse.” Saavdhan actress signed off.




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Randeep Hooda is someone who is extremely passionate When you talk about strong Indian women, Neena Gupta
about his craft, but at the same time, he’s a man with ranks right on top. She has always lived life on her terms,
varied interests, who equally enjoys life away from the made her own choices, and stood by them. Whether she
limelight, in the lap of nature. He finds fulfillment in riding decided to have a child out of wedlock at a time when it
and nurturing his horses, cleaning beaches, and wildlife raised everyone’s eyebrows or making a comeback to films
photography. in a much bigger fashion in the last three years, Neena ji
Given his love for the outdoors, we asked the Highway has remained honest to herself.
actor how he spent the past few months, confined to his With Masaba Masaba chronicling the journey of her
apartment in Mumbai. It turns out he was going places daughter Masaba Gupta, capturing some of her biggest life
during the lockdown and has his interesting explanation for moments and episodes, Neena ji has a huge role to play
that. “During the pandemic, my horizons have expanded, in it. She, as you guessed it, plays herself and is extremely
both internally and externally,” he said. Talking about his worried and affected by things that happen to her daughter.
acting projects, he said, “I’m reading many interesting Masaba has been raised in a way where she looks at both
scripts, and have also signed up with a Hollywood talent her parents as individuals. “I will never think that my mom
agency. The international project I was a part of, has and dad had this kind of a relationship, so the same will
opened doors for more collaborations.” happen to me. Or that my mom wasn’t treated that way in
a relationship, so I’ll face the same,” Masaba says.
Elaborating on how the pandemic has affected us, Earlier, Neena had confessed in an interview, “I would
Randeep said, “I think over the past few months, I’ve not have a child outside marriage. Every child needs both
changed as a person. Maybe, everyone has changed. parents. I was always honest with Masaba, so it did not
When we get back to work, it’ll be interesting to see what affect our relationship, but I know she suffered.”
new things we bring to the table. It could also be that
we’ve lost a lot from within this time. Also, nature has The mother-daughter duo shares a friendly bond. “We both
proved it can thrive without humans. We need nature, not are very normal mother and daughter. We advise each
the other way around. I hope the pandemic has been an other most of the time. But are we are our own persons
awakening for many.” and decide what we want to do on our own. But we are
always open to each other’s thoughts,” she had added in
On the home front, right before the lockdown was the interview.
announced, he was in Karnal (Haryana) shooting for his Today, Neena is happily married to Vivek Mehra for the
next Bollywood project with Ileana D’Cruz. He said, “I last 12 years. But she reveals that it would have never been
have a backlog of two-three movies, but there is ambiguity a choice for her, had the situation been different. “If my
about when the shoots will resume.” husband didn’t like Masaba or if he was the kind who would
Randeep is an animal lover and every time he talks about never get along with her, I’d never get married to him. No
his horses, his face lights up. Sharing the news with us matter how much I love or lust a man, I wouldn’t have ever
on that front, he said, “I had sent one of my mares to decided to be in a relationship with anyone if they had a
Bengaluru to get impregnated. She’s finally conceived problem with my daughter. It’s very important that she likes
and I am happy that soon, I will become a daddy to a who I’m with and vice versa,” the Shubh Mangal Zyada
baby horse.” Saavdhan actress signed off.




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a victim of nepotism


Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan big fuss. Then it came back, and my
got upset when people manager said ‘wow’.”
ridiculed him for saying “When anything unfair happens, I
that he has been a victim don’t think it is right. That’s why I got
of nepotism, and says he upset with people ridiculing me for
has battled dark times and saying I have been a victim of nepotism
phases of lonely struggle. because I’ve also worked hard. People
The actor also revealed that have images in their head that you’re
he has been thrown out of his all privileged and you’ve got a palace
own film in the past. and what does it even mean to you. But
“I don’t think I’ve had it particularly we’ve had our pretty dark times and
easy, even though some people will our lonely struggles, every one of us
say ‘oh, of course, you have’! But I’ve has — especially in my time, I mean,
done a lot of stuff that a lot of people wouldn’t have done. I mean Akshay Kumar would know what I’ve
I’ve played the third lead in some dodgy films like ‘Surakshaa’ been through and I know what he’s
and ‘Ek Tha Raja’, which nobody has heard of,” Saif said. been through,” said the actor during
“But I never thought what the hell am I doing here. I knew what a conversation with actress Neha
I was doing there. I was trying to get paid and trying to do this Dhupia in a podcast
job. I knew it wasn’t going anywhere and I was like ‘okay’. But However, Saif, who is the son of veteran
it helps when you’re 25. It’s alright not to be going anywhere if star Sharmila Tagore and legendary
you’re 25 but you don’t want to be there at 50 for sure. But a former India captain Mansur Ali Khan
job’s a job, right?” he added. Pataudi, looks back at his journey in
Opening up about politics in Bollywood, Saif said, “There are Bollywood with gratitude.
stories like a film might have come or gone, usually, it’s me and “I got thrown out of my own movie
then once or twice somebody’s rung up and said ‘oh, I don’t so we’ve experienced politics,
know, this film that we offered you might not be offered to you we’ve experienced nepotism. We’ve
anymore because there’s been some politics behind the scene’, experienced favoritism, people
so you’re like ‘ok wow’. So, all that has happened.” changing their minds for whatever
“Earlier I commented in an interview saying ‘I’ve also suffered reason, getting a better offer. The
from nepotism’, I’m laughing about it. The point is, that this vicissitudes of the industry — you
industry is not the Red Cross. I mean, there are all kinds of things know the ups and downs of things that
that happen. There is politics and manipulation and control. I’ve happen and therefore, at a certain age
never even been at that level where people are calling the shots. you become a bit philosophical, you
I mean, everyone is in it for themselves. They can control it if they say ‘let me just be happy with what I’m
have a certain amount for power, so they do,” he added. doing’,” he said.
Saif continued, “So, I have been in a situation a couple of times “But generally, it’s been a really
in my career where I’ve been offered something, it’s been done. pleasant experience and with lovely
It’s on paper, and the next day I’ve got a phone call saying, people. I think this industry is wonderful
‘it’s gone’. I’m like, ‘what do you mean it’s gone?’ They’re like and I think it’s a meritocracy and it does,
‘we can’t help it, it’s out of our hands, someone important has it’s very non-judgmental, you could
rung up and said, it’s got to be this way, so sorry’. The first time be anything and it is one profession
it happened, I couldn’t do anything about it because I was too where, I think Jackie Shroff once said,
young, and the second time they tried to do it I made a few a spot boy can be a superstar,” he
phone calls myself and said that you can’t do this and made a concluded.


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There is no place like Home…



This quote takes on a new meaning during new destinations, but the universe has us virtually
these unsettling times when the trajectory of the tied to our cocoons. Little did we ever think that
pandemic is unpredictable. Much as many of us our house would double up as a perpetual
frequent travelers are all set to fly at the safest home-office or triple in value as a homeschool
too! We can truly accomplish so much from the
comfort of our homes.

Back to the basics: Food, clothing and shelter
are considered the basic needs for survival. Post-
Covid, back to the basics it is, with “food” at home
in the absence of outdoor dining, and a cutback
in “clothing” and apparel as we stay in our nests,
more than we have our entire lives. Interestingly,
while we have trimmed our expenses on outdoor
dining, clothing and personal grooming, there
has been a boost in home projects. A recent
survey by Bank of America reveals that more than
70% of families surveyed are taking on home
opportunity, it is also a time to honor having a
roof on our heads. The quote is also popularized improvement projects to enhance their homes.
in the movie The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy on
returning home after defeating the Wicked Witch
tells Toto, “We’re home and this is my room…
There is no place like home.”
No place on planet earth is as comforting as
your home. Post Covid, more folks are spending
time in their haven than ever before. Yes, many of
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Instagram too is flooded with beautiful home
décor pictures than ever before. Gardening accomplishments and learning from failures.
projects have multiplied as well. Families are
now finding time and value in investing back into A part of our life is connected to each home that
their home. we have lived in. Even when we leave a house
and move one, it forever conjures images and
Our sacred space: At the end of the day, our evokes emotions. We continue to carry the vision
home is our personal sacred space in the and vibration from that home throughout our
universe that we are intimately connected to. lives.
Beyond the floor plans and designs, it is the also
the soil and ground that the home sits on. A A work-in-progress: There is no such notion as
family’s foundation starts in the house. A home’s a perfect home. A home is a work-in-progress
foundation rests on the soil beneath our house. forever, toward a more balanced backdrop
Per Hindu tradition, most home constructions that flows with the rhythm and pace of our lives
begin with Bhoomi pooja and honoring the piece and aligns with our needs and purpose at that
of earth that the house rests on. It is interesting point. Enhancements or rearrangements help
to unravel the history and heritage of the land to transform spaces and continue to keep the
where your house is located and you may be sparkle of creativity alive.
pleasantly surprised. Explore the vicinity of your Honoring our Home: Whether it is a new home
home and the local landscape and you may find infused with fresh energy or an old home rich in
new secrets revealed! memories, our home is the hearth of our lives,

Adding cosmic elements: The Panchabhutas providing warmth, protection and nourishment to
are the five cosmic elements of the universe, a grow.
balance of which we should strive to have in our A home is our nest, the center of our dreams,
homes for better harmony. This includes:
Where we laugh, learn, celebrate or scream,
Prithvi - earth, stone, plants, any greenery
Sharing our life’s joys and sorrows, with our
Vayu - fresh air, natural fragrances, open windows
homegrown team.
Jala – Waters, mirrors, soothing effects, calming As we spend more time in our homes today, there
colors
is no better moment than now to have a sense of
Agni - Fire, candles, light, lamps, warmth gratitude, to honor our space, respect our roof
and value our sanctuary.
Aakash - Space or the absence of clutter so that
all the cosmic elements can combine to create a
positive flow of energy around the house.

Greater the positive energy, stronger are the
positive vibrations generated in and around a
house.

Home is where the heart is; it is where your story
begins. It is also the place where the story ends
and you return, to begin a new chapter again.
Irrespective of whether a studio apartment or
a resort-style house, what makes a “house” a
“home” is the warmth of its owners, the love
and laughter that resonates within and the inner
spirit that both creates and releases, celebrating

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CONTRIBUTION

You are never alone You are always eternally

connected with the universe

Ever wondered why we see a same Some numbers carry a universal meaning across
number again and again? What is different cultures and religions. Invoking such
the meaning behind this? Since I numbers or even by just viewing the number
started believing in cosmic energy, activates a deep subconscious urge for unity
I saw number 9 everywhere on the one such number is 108. It is a cosmic and
clock, or in addresses or there were Universal number and again is a product of 9. I
times I used to get amazed when the feel everything is connected.
total of my apt. number used to be
9 or the number on my license plate The numeral 108, as per Vedic cosmology,
of my car was again No. 9. I was is the basis of creation and it represents our
getting signals and slowly it became universe and our existence. Number 1 indicates
my favorite number and it is still God consciousness, 0 implies void and 8
now. Repeating
numbers are a
reminder from
universe about
your soul path. It
gave me immense
peace as I felt
like I was getting
validation from
the universe; from
GOD.

If this number
was giving me
immense peace
and validation of
my answers, what
is the meaning of this number? With indicates infinity. The Yin Yang theory, Even in
this curiosity I started looking and Indian culture, the numeral 108 has immense
searching for the meaning behind it. significance. The Sanskrit language alphabets
There is definitely a meaning behind has 54 letters and each has a masculine (Shiva)
it! and feminine(shakti) form. When we multiply
the letters with the two genders; 54 x 2 gives
“Those who walk a life path with us the result of 108. The same rule is observed
Number 9 gift the world with sage in the Sri yantra a “sacred instrument” which is
wisdom and incredible kindness. 9 a symbolic representation of aspects of divinity,
reminds us that by allowing our own the creative force of the Universe.
divine light to shine, we can change
the world. Its energy is that of The The number 108 took me deeper in to the study
Greater GOOD” and when we feel connected to the universe,
we explore new understanding that reveals a
With this clarity I know now about bigger picture of interconnection than we have
the purpose of my life and I am ever imagined. Some interesting facts about this
working on it. Recently I added 108. number fascinated me.



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1= Supreme Truth; meditation. Furthermore, there
0= void; are 108 energy lines converging
8= infinity. to form the heart chakra.
108
represents the universe. Astronomically, there are 27
The whole of our existence. constellations in our galaxy
108 sacred points in the body and each has 4 directions.
Average distance of the Sun and the Moon to 27x4=108. In other words, the
Earth is 108xtheir diameters number 108 covers the whole
Vedic sages used terms shri 108 in reference to galaxy. The average distance from
yogis. the earth to the Moon is about
108 times the moons diameter.
108 beads in a mala, to aid in chants repeated The diameter of the sun is about
108x per day. 108 times that of the diameter of
the earth, the average distance
There are many more interesting facts between the Earth and the Sun
associated with this number. The number carries is 108 times the sun’s diameter.
significance in Jainism (there are believed to be 108 signifies the wholeness of
108 virtues), Buddhism (talks about 108 earthly the divinity, perfect totality.
desires) and in different countries and cultures
the numeral 108 is considered sacred as it is The journey of exploration of the
used to refer GOD. Those who believe in God connection of all the things in
claim that 108 paths lead us to God. universe is fascinating. Through
religion and science man has
In mathematics, it is said that the measure of been on a quest to find answers. CONTRIBUTION
an interior angle of a regular pentagon is 108 Above all one thing is common it
degrees. There is yet another belief as per the is connected to Humanity.
Ayurvedic therapy, a person has 108 feelings:
36 belong to his past, 36 to present and 36 to “universe is always speaking to
his future. Also, there are 108 pressure points on us. Sending us little messages,
a human body. Additionally, 108 is associated causing coincidences and
with Stonehenge (United Kingdom), monument serendipities, reminding us to
of historic times. Stonehenge’s diameter has stop, look around, to believe
been measured to be 108 feet in diameter. in something else, something
more”. – Nancy Thayer
When I started spreading my wings in the
unlimted sky of spirituality I found my joy in We are not separate from each
Yoga and meditation and felt more connected other, we reflect each other,
to the universe. The number 108 is a Harshad we are not separate from the
number which means ‘Joy Giver’. It is believed universe, we are the universe.
that there are 108 types of meditation. Malas or Everything is connected, Be
garlands prayer beads, come as a string of 108 Aware.
beads (plus one for the “Guru bead”, around
which the other 108 beads turn like the planets
around the Sun). A mala is used for counting
as you repeat a mantra- much like the catholic
Rosary beads. And, Yes, we can offer 108
sun salutations in Yoga. 108 is the maximum
number of repetitions in kriya yoga and 108
breaths in a day reaches enlightenment in Meenakshi Sharma




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SARMISTHA SEN






Sarmistha lived free and fearless inspiring many

with her infectious energy and carefree smile.



This is the first time that FunAsia DesiPages,
in the’ Person in Focus’ column is featuring
someone who unfortunately is not there ABOUT SARMISHTHA
among us anymore. However, she’s very Sarmistha Sen was born on January 2nd,
much a part of our community and surely 1977 in Sindri, India to parents Dinabandhu
with us in spirit. Sarmishtha Sen has been Sen and Chinmoyee Sen. She grew up in
the person most discussed and in Focus the Sindri and later moved to Bangalore, India
whole of the past month. for higher studies and work and eventually

People cannot forget her beautiful smile moved to Plano Texas. She studied in UT
and her unfortunate murder on August 1st Dallas and University of Birmingham,
2020. She went for her almost every day Alabama and worked on cancer research
ritual of running the popular Chisholm trail for most of her career. She was passionate
at 6:30 am before her sons woke up, never about cancer care and was a lifelong
to return again. She was attacked and killed. supporter of cancer research.
The body of Sarmistha Sen was found near Sarmistha lived free and fearless inspiring
a creek at Legacy Drive and Marchman many with her infectious energy and
Way in Plano.

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carefree smile. She was an avid runner, THE INVESTIGATION
gardener and a great cook. She practiced
healthy mindful living and she could cook (As per local news and FOX4)
extremely healthy food which was tasty. Sarmishtha’s body was found by a passerby

Sarmishtha was a trained singer of Indian around 7 a.m. in the creek-area. Initially,
classical music and loved to teach and the investigators had called her death a
perform music in many gatherings and homicide. She was attached with a deadly
community events. weapon and moved approximate 135 feet

She was settled in Plano with her husband to the creek under legacy drive where she
of 16 years, Arindam and sons Neil and would not likely be found.
Ryan; and she devoted her life to their The same morning a man named Bakari
comfort, health and happiness. She was Abiona Moncrief, 29, was arrested and
an amazing mother, wife and a community charged for a burglary that occurred
member. roughly 30-to-40 yards away from where
Sarmishtha’s body was found. Further
THE WHOLE COMMNITY investigations had obtained a TV with
CAME TOGETEHR TO sweaty handprints at the burglary site. The

MOURN FOR THE LOVELY DNA testing of the sweaty hand print linked

LADY the burglary and homicide investigations
together. The lab also found Sarmiishtha’s
The community was very shaken and they DNA on Moncrief.
came out in union to pay tribute to her and According to a police statement obtained
support her family. It was heartwarming to by the station, Moncrief was an out-of-state
see layers of pairs of running shoes near resident “who was in town visiting relatives
the site where she was killed. The silence of from another city outside of Plano.” Moncrief
the place, her picture surrounded by shoes was being held with 1 million dollars bond
was very moving. A candle light peace vigil for the burglary but now up to 10-million-
was organized at the same place by Dallas dollar bond for capital murder. (As Reported
Bengali Association -Antorik. People by FOX4 News)
remembered her in silence with moist eyes
and prayed for her soul and her family. Sarmishtha truly was a great soul that
departed too soon and will be missed
A week later, the same day and place her immensely. She has attracted a lot of love.
neighbors organized a memorial walk People who did not even know her came out
at 6:30 am at the Jack Carter park. A in her support. If she is watching she must
one-mile walk which ended with prayers feel so proud. May her soul rest in peace.
at the memorial area. Dedicated to her May her family get the strength to deal with
love to run as she was an athlete. family this huge loss. They shall be in our prayers.
members, friends and neighbors gathered
to remember her life. It was attended by
over 400 people.







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Academic and marketing professionals
Money is spent judiciously on
P ositive aspects of Mercury , Mars, and Money is spent judiciously on Academic and marketing professionals
Positive aspects of Mercury, Mars, and
renovation and redecoration of the
will excel. Marital happiness can be
V
enus will help singles to form love
Venus will help singles to form love renovation and redecoration of the will excel. Marital happiness can be
house. Existing love relationships will
enhanced through romantic holidays.
relationships. Finances are fabulous. house. Existing love relationships will enhanced through romantic holidays.
relationships. F
inances are fabulous.
take decisions on marriages or break-
-
take decisions on marriages or break
F
inancial growth will be amazing
.
Financial growth will be amazing.
Money flow comes from speculations ups. Family affairs will be cordial and Business travel will be profitable. Health
Money flow comes from speculations
ups. F
amily affairs will be
cordial and
Business travel will be profitable. Health
and windfalls. The month is promising enjoyable. Saturn will force you to does not pose any problems.
and windfalls.
The month is promising
enjoyable. Saturn will force you to
does not pose any problems.
for educational development. spend money carefully.
for educational development.
spend money carefully
.
Single persons will find love in the office Success depends on balancing L Love life will be passionate but will be
Single persons will find love in the office
on
ove life will be passionate but will be
depends
Success
balancing
F
amily
environment.
disturbed by other activities. Career
bliss
Marital
contradictory situations.
environment
environment. Family environment contradictory situations. Marital bliss disturbed by other activities. Career
delightful. Expect
will both be romantic and sensual.
growth will be good with the help
promotions
will be delightful. Expect promotions will both be romantic and sensual. growth will be good with the help
will be
and salary rises in profession.
and salary rises in profession. Money flow will be profuse. Health will of colleagues. Health prospects are
of colleagues. Health prospects are
Money flow will be profuse. Health will
be excellent, but career prospects are
great. Financial perception will be
inances are supported by friends and
F
Finances are supported by friends and be excellent, but career prospects are great. F inancial perception will be
money
family members. Health will not be quite disturbing . F amily atmosphere excellent and will help copious money
excellent and will help copious
family members. Health will not be
quite disturbing. Family atmosphere
encouraging. will be turbulent. flow.
encouraging
will be turbulent.
.
.
flow
spouse
Singles are not only looking for
Life
Life with spouse is based on Singles are not only looking for love Sagittarius compatibility between
based
with
on
is
love
between
Sagittarius
compatibility
psychological stability. Social life will partners who will meet their social married couples will be enjoyable.
enjoyable.
married couples will be
. Social life will
psychological stability
partners who will meet their social
aspirations. Family members will help
Excessive stress will harm your
dominate the activities of singles.
dominate the activities of singles. aspirations. F amily members will help Excessive stress will harm your
health
Good health can be achieved through
evenues
will be
Professionals
condition.
Good health can be achieved through your growth in life. Revenues will be health condition. P rofessionals
your
growth in life. R
proper exercise and healthy food
proper exercise and healthy food quite generous and surplus money can can accomplish good progress by
quite generous and surplus
money can
can accomplish good progress by
habits. F inancial situation will be be invested. P rofessionals will have a working hard. F inancial growth will be
be invested. Professionals will have a
working hard. Financial growth will be
habits. Financial situation will be
extremely cheerful.
marvelous.
extremely cheerful. pleasant atmosphere in the workplace. marvelous.
pleasant atmosphere in the workplace.
ou will tackle all problems with
Y
Singles will have whimsical relationships.
ersonal aspirations and irritability
P Personal aspirations and irritability You will tackle all problems with Singles will have whimsical relationships.
find
will
romantic
composure. Singles
The zing will be missing in the love life of
may spoil marital compatibility . Singles composure. Singles will find romantic The zing will be missing in the love life of
may spoil marital compatibility. Singles
partners
strange
strange
locations.
locations.
married people. Family environment will
may fall in love instantly. Health will
may fall in love instantly . Health will partners in in health will keep you married people. F amily environment will
Exceptional
Exceptional health will keep you
be cheerful. Finances face unexpected
pose some problems. P rofessional optimistic and cheerful. Money be cheerful. F inances face unexpected
pose some problems. Professional
optimistic
Money
and
cheerful.
hurdles. Career prospects are supported
income will be the main source of flows easily and investments will be hurdles. Career prospects are supported
income will be the main source of
easily
will be
flows
and investments
by family members and social networks.
revenue. Career development will not
revenue. Career development will not profitable. Business travel will yield by family members and social networks.
profitable. Business travel will yield
.
be satisfactory
be satisfactory. good returns.
good returns.
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Discipline means creating

an order within you. As you
are, you are a chaos.”






“Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion;
Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small
things? When the whole is available.”


“Love the person, but give the person total freedom. Love the person, but from the very
beginning make it clear that you are not selling your freedom.”


“Love in its purest form is a sharing of joy. It asks nothing in return, it expects nothing.
Love is a spiritual phenomenon; lust is physical. Ego is psychological; love is spiritual.”




-OSHO-.


















































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