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Romantic hero of yesteryears, Shashi Kapoor, dies at the age of 79

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Romantic hero of yesteryears, Shashi Kapoor, dies at the age of 79

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Veteran Bollywood actor and romantic film icon of 1970s and 1980s Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday, December 4, evening after prolonged illness at the age of 79 in Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai.

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. He had undergone a bypass surgery and was also hospitalized for a chest infection in 2014.

Actor Randhir Kapoor, Shahsi Kapoor’s nephew and son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirming the news to PTI, said, “Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years.”

Shashi Kapoor is best remembered now for his acting in Deewar, Namak Halal, Trishul, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Shaan to name a few. After successfully acting in several Hindi and English movies, he donned the producer’s hat. Not just this, he also tried his hands at direction.

The government of India honoured Shashi Kapoor with Padma Bhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Art-Cinema. The late actor was felicitated by 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award. After Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor, he was the third member of the Kapoor legacy to be honoured with the highest award in Indian Cinema.

Born as Balbir Raj Kapoor in Kolkata on March 18, 1938, Shashi Kapoor was the third and the youngest son of late Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of late Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He was married to Anglo-Indian theatre actress Jennifer Kendal, who died of cancer in 1984, leaving him heartbroken. He is survived by three children — Kunal, Karan and Sanjana Kapoor.

He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s and appeared in films like Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste. His best known performances as child actor were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artiste from 1948 to 1954.

Shahsi Kapoor’s first film in the lead role was the 1961 film Dharmputra. He appeared in more than 150 films and was one of the first Bollywood actors to venture into foreign films where he worked in several British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory productions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965) (opposite his sister-in-law Felicity Kendal), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982) in which he co-starred with his wife Jennifer Kendal, The Deceivers (1988) and Side Streets (1998). He also starred in other British and American films such as Pretty Polly (“A Matter Of Innocence” (1967)) opposite Hayley Mills, Siddhartha (1972), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), and Muhafiz (1994). James Ivory directed Kapoor in the first Merchant Ivory production The Householder, then in Shakespeare-Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust while Ismail Merchant directed him in In Custody (1993).

His charming smile and pleasing demeanour made Shahsi Kapoor a popular Bollywood hero and he appeared in 116 Hindi films, including 61 films as the solo lead hero and 55 multi star-cast films, 21 films as supporting actor and special appearance in 7 films.

He was cast alongside superstar Amitabh Bachchan in some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of the 1970s and 1980s, and the two actors played brothers or best friends.

In Hindi cinema, Shashi Kapoor acted alongside many noted heroines such as Nanda. Their films included Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), and Rootha Na Karo (1970). He was also seen opposite Raakhee in films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasman and Trishna. Sharmila Tagore was also one of Shashi’s heroines and they acted together in films such as Aamne Samne, Aa Gale Lag Jaa and New Delhi Times. His famous pairing opposite Zeenat Aman was seen in movies like Deewaangee, Roti Kapda Aur Makan and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The Sattvik Kitchen review: Relook at ancient food practices in modern times

If you are the one looking to embrace healthy food habits without compromising on modern delicacies, then this book is a must read!

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The cacophony of bizarre food combinations across the streets of India has almost taken over the concept of healthy food practices. Amid this, yoga guru Dr Hansaji Yogendra’s The Sattvik Kitchen, published by Rupa, is a forthright work that takes you back to ancient food practices and Ayurveda.

As the subtitle reads, The Art and Science of Healthy Living, the book endows a holistic approach to ayurvedic diet along with modern evidence based nutrition. From Basil-Broccoli Soup to Sprouted Green Gram Salad and Strawberry Oats Smoothie to Mixed Dal Parathas, the book not only provides you with the recipes but also stresses on healthy cooking tips together with nutritional benefits. 

Besides, Dr Hansaji Yogendra’s book emphasizes on the traditional methods of food preparation and the advantages of using traditional cookwares like iron and copper vessels. The narrative portrays a balanced approach, knitting traditional wisdom with contemporary scientific understanding.

The author, through her book, sheds light on the principles of Ayurveda and highlights the metamorphic potential of adopting ancient food practices. She explains how our body reacts to food in terms of timing, quantity, manner of consumption and seasonal considerations. The book adeptly reintroduces ancient home remedies tailored to address various contemporary health issues. 

Dr Yogendra, in her book, decodes the importance of nutritional knowledge to optimize both immediate and long-term health outcomes. It provides deep insights to understanding the intricate relationship between food choices and overall well-being, weaving Ayurveda with practical perception. 

The book not only celebrates food philosophy but also offers a practical view into weight loss, well-being, and the profound impact of dietary choices on both physical and emotional aspects of our lives.

If you are the one looking to embrace healthy food habits without compromising on modern delicacies, then this book is a must read! The book is a roadmap to navigate the challenges of the modern day kitchens. 

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The Deccan Powerplay review: Bashing Chandrababu Naidu and his legacy

Amar Devulapalli’s book The Deccan Powerplay cornersthe TDP strongman with every petty incident exaggerated a la Baahubali 

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Mike Marqusee’s War Minus The Shooting is a seminal book on cricket and its influence on culture and politics in the Indian sub-continent during the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Amar Devulapalli’s book The Deccan Powerplay, published by Rupa, sounds like a similar exercise with its clear subtitle, “Reddy, Naidu and the Realpolitik of Andhra Pradesh“. The ambitious sounding subtitle crumbles under the weight of belied expectations of a scholarly treatise on the political interplay between the Reddys, the Kammas and the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh. One can blame it on one’s own hopes and excuse the author of the lapse since the book has just three people to discuss: YS Rajsekhara Reddy, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The chief protagonists here are YSR and his son, the incumbent Chief Minister of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy. The lone villain, and one crafty as a fox if ever there was one, is Chandrababu Naidu. The book devotes a chapter to the corruption cases against Naidu, for which he was arrested in September 2023.

In crafting the narrative, the other heavyweights of Telugu country are discussed in passing, as peripheral players. N.T. Rama Rao does get the starring role, as befits the Telugu star of yesteryear and the founder of the Telugu Desam Party. But even this is fleeting. The Congress, which ruled the state till bifurcation, is portrayed as a faction-infested animal — so what if YSR stayed in the party both as loyal soldier as well as a seasoned yet dynamic general?

The book sets out to demolish the halo surrounding Naidu as the man who brought Information Technology majors to Hyderabad, nay Cyberabad, by beating Bengaluru. His breaking with NTR is depicted as a shrewd, calculated gambit to displace the TDP founder, who was also his father-in-law. 

The book is replete with this and more Naidu nitpicking. Naidu took no bullshit from politicians or journalists. He gave it back to the scribes when needed, apart from his favourite media groups, one of the reasons they were not very happy kowtowing to him, 

as the book suggests. Instead they would make ostentatious bows to any political alternative merely for being less brusque than the now-out-on-bail former CM. 

The book picks apart every claim Naidu ever made and portrays him as an opportunist. The problem with this is possibly because Naidu preceded Jagan Mohan as the rump AP’s last CM and had presumably used every trick in his arsenal to discredit the younger contender.

With Assembly elections due this year, this book reads like a party pamphlet and comes across as a political weapon among the undiscerning. An Instagram handle could have been more useful to this end. But for such a grandly-titled book: the anticlimax is swift and painful.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares Ram Bhajan sung by Sivasri Skandaprasad, praises her melody and devotion

Sivasri Skandprasad was touched by this gesture of PM Modi and said it is a great recognition of south Indian music, south indian bhajan and carnatic music. She said it is such a happy moment for her that she has no words to describe the emotion that he is experiencing now. She said it is a goosebumps moment. She said it is a blessing from Lord Ram himself.

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Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to X(formerly Twitter) and shared a video of a Ram Bhajan Pookisalende sung in Kannada by Sivasri Skandprasad. He captioned the video and wrote this rendition in Kannada beautifully highlights the spirit of devotion to Prabhu Sri Ram. He added such efforts go a long way in preserving or rich cultural heritage.

Sivasri Skandprasad was touched by this gesture of PM Modi and said it is a great recognition of south Indian music, south indian bhajan and carnatic music. She said it is such a happy moment for her that she has no words to describe the emotion that he is experiencing now. She said it is a goosebumps moment. She said it is a blessing from Lord Ram himself. Responding to PM Modi’s praise, the singer wrote on X (formerly Twitter) Thank You so much sir! This is an honour beyond imagination. My Pranams to you.

PM Modi also announced that he will be visiting South India for the next two days. He said over the next two days he will among the people of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. He said he would have the opportunity to pray at the Veerbhadra Temple, Lepakshi. PM Modi said he would also hear verses from Ranganatha Ramayan, which is in Telugu.

He said he will also inauguarate the new campus of National Academy of Custom, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics. PM Modi said on the 17th January he will pray at the Guruvayur Temple, Thripayar Shree Ramaswami Temple and address a public meeting in Kochi where key projects will be inaugurated.

The Ram Temple consecration is just a week away and the country is eagerly waiting for the occaision. Stories of Lord Ram and Ram bhajans are being shared far and wide and people are also trying out different Ram Bhajans in their mother tongue.

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