New Book launch Alert: One Indian Girl By Chetan Bhagat! 


Chetan Bhagat has made so many people like me passionate about reading. His first book I read was 2 States, though I am not saying he writes something super great stuff, but you can’t deny the fact that pre-chetan Bhagat books, indian book sales were facing a down trend. You can give the credit to his marketing strategy, his writing skills, his imagination, or whataver, but its a fact that he is one of the top most writers in India and his books always reach the best seller benchmarks. Doesn’t matter how much scoopwhoop and other people criticize him, you can’t avoid reading his books, and even if you do, you’ll be watching a movie based on the book after a period of time.

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So, Chetan Bhagat, has written yet another book called – One Indian Girl, as we all know. As the title suggests, the book is written from a girl’s perspective. It’s the first time that Chetan Bhagat has written the story with female first person, it would be super interesting how he would’ve done that. It would be a successful attempt by him if the female readers identify themselves with the character. 

Here is the official teaser of the book-

https://youtu.be/0y6M_Y-nzK8

Here is the summary: 

Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week.

I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like much.

One, I make a lot of money.

Two, I have an opinion on everything.

Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.

Now if I were a guy, you’d be cool with it. Since I am a girl, these things don’t make me likeable, do they?

Seems like the book is aimed at changing the way society looks at women. 

You can buy the book by clicking below and get a discount of ₹57. Amazon guarantees book delivery on the same day when the book is up for all India release i.e 1st Oct.

Click me to order ‘One Indian Girl’ by Chetan Bhagat for a special price of ₹119!

Chetan Bhagat claims most of the people who read his upcoming book have said it to be his best up to date. If it really is, 1st october would tell us!

Till then, keep reading! 

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

A New Book Launch To Look Out For! 

​In the past, I’ve reviewed two wonderful books by Shubha Vilas, Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams: Part 2 and The Stolen Hope: Book 3. You can check out the reviews by clicking their names. The depth and details with which Shubha Vilas writes is terrific and recently I got an e-mail from him about a new launch of his book called ‘Open Eyed Meditation’ which surprisingly is NOT in line with Ramayana series this time. Though it’s definitely related to Mythology. He shared the book cover and summary of his new book, which I was too excited to share with you guys. 
Here is the exclusive look of the front and back cover:

Looks exciting, doesn’t it? As you can see the price of the book is kept ₹250 which is a good deal I think since the priceless values and fun shubha vilas books usually offer. Though if it is really worth the money, we’ll find it when I review it for you guys very soon.
Here is the exclusive Introduction straight from the book and Author’s pen: 

Meditation essentially means perceiving deeper truths from within. 
For those who thought that meditation is a closed- eyed phenomenon, I beg to differ. And offer them Open- eyed Meditations, a book that shows another perspective to meditation. 
When you are open to life, life opens up to you. The upper limit of your ability to learn is determined by the upper limit of your desire to learn. Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life. Open-eyed Meditations is a collection of thoughts about various aspects of life that is purely inspired by observing the world through the lenses of the Vedic epics. 
Each meditation in the book deals with a modern problem that each one of us encounters in life and is accompanied by profound insights to those situations through a story or a character from the ancient epics. 
Why ancient epics? The reason being that there is something attractive about the epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that has kept them alive century after century. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. 
Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep the balance one has to keep moving.’ For most people, there is no time to stop to learn how to maintain good relationships, how to become effective leaders, how to manage complications in life, and so on and so forth. They are already on the bicycle of life and most of the times speedily trending downwards. In such a delicate situation any quick tip to help retain the balance is always welcome! 
Thus, Open-eyed Meditations is a distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives; a unique self-help book wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. 
Whether you are dealing with complex dynamics of relationships or solving an impossible crisis in your life or coming to terms with embarrassing failures or struggling with important decisions or dealing with any kind of addiction, this book offers valuable nuggets of wisdom and action point resources to deal with it all. 
Open-eyed Meditations is a by-product of reading thousands of wisdom books, learning from thousands of wise men and keenly observing thousands of life situations. It is replete with intellectually stimulating analogies and quotes that will stick in your mind long after you have put the book down. It’s definitely not a one-time read, but surely warrants a meditative one. Every meditation is independent and complete. These meditations will provoke you to think about life in ways you would have never thought of. 
Water is all over the air, but when air is subjected to the process of condensation, we get water. Similarly, ideas/ thoughts are all over, but when subjected to the process of contemplation, they become accessible to us. When a thought is held for a long duration of time and processed through the machinery of contemplation, then life sutras are produced. Open-eyed Meditations is a book of ‘thought sutras’ that can become ‘life sutras’. 

Read this book the way a cow eats grass while ruminating. Chew on every word carefully till you have milky lucidity that nourishes every aspect of your life. This book will help you learn the art of meditating with your eyes wide open as you keenly observe the world around you and allow it to enlighten you. 

Here are some of the reviews for this book from famous writers and personalities: 

Deep exploration, congent analysis, and lucid interpretation of stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata… This book should be on every bookshelf and in every home.

– CHRISTOPER C. DOYLE, author

Intuitive yet pragmatic, Open-eyed Mediations is a lucid and thoughtful window to mindfulness.

NAMITA GOKHALE, writer

A wonderful book that reveals many profound secrets through varied meditations, each of which can nurture a different aspect of your life.

ASHWIN SANGI, author

A unique approach to help us address issues and questions that we have in our life… useful and enlightening. Highly recommended.

ANIL VALLURI, PRESIDENT, SAARC & NetApp India

Shubha Vilas has extracted the knowledge of timeless epics, distilled the wisdom, and presented it in a contemporary form… a book you will want to read over again to absorb the brilliant learnings.

ABHISHEK KARANI, Director, The Free Press Journal

Open-eyed Meditations is a book for all moods and all seasons… these rare 64 gems talk to us, make us ponder, and goad us to accept…Read it and digest it for a better life!

HITAL R. MESWANI, Executive Director and Board of Reliance Industries Ltd.

For all those who are new to Author Shubha Vilas, here is all you need to know about him: 

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. 

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence. 

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars. 

Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling. 

Traveling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. 

He is the author of the best-selling book series known as ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’ published by Jaico Books, that distills thought-provoking life lessons through the gripping narrative of the story of the Ramayana. 
You can connect with him on Facebook and twitter as well: 
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/shubhavilas
Twitter: @shubhavilas 

As I said, in the coming days I’ll be sharing my review of this book. In the meantime, you can check out bookshops near you for the availability of this book, since it’s going to be launched this August. Exact date is not known to me yet. 
Also, Chetan Bhagat’s new book titled One Indian Girl is releasing this Diwali. I’ll be sharing details about the book soon in my next post. 
Till then don’t stop reading! Please like, share and subscribe to the blog. Need your support. Thank you. 

Signing off,

Pratik Jadhav. 

My take on Tanmay Bhat’s snapchat video.

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Well, the garma garam topic since 2 days is the snapchat video of Tanmay Bhat wherein he imitates Sachin’s voice with 3D mask and makes a debate between Lata Mangeshkar and him on the topic of, who is better batsman Virat or sachin?
When I saw the video, hearing the mimicry of sachin’s voice and Lata mangeshkar’s voice, I was laughing. Soon in few seconds, the line came up- ‘Lata di you are 5000 years old, so better you die. Even John Snow has died…etc.’ and I was like…Ohhh, that’s quite too much. Telling a legend to die is not at all funny. Especially such legends, because of whom the world respects India.

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BUT,

The reaction which it has recieved, is in fact also quite bizzare like the jokes on Lata Mangeshkar. MNS people baning his future shows in Mumbai. Filing an FIR against him. I mean what the fuck!

Tanmay Bhat is no match to the legends whom he has made fun of in the video, so why are people taking him so seriously?????

Moreover, Lata Mangeshkar herself has said she doesn’t want to see the video. She just ignored it. Why can’t we too ignore it?

Its simple, if you like something, watch it and applause. If you don’t like something, ignore it. Or just don’t subscribe that snapchat ID or their youtube channel. Have they forced you to join?

Why Ban them???

There are so many important issues in the country which requires immediate action and even our attention as well, but nobody gives a fuck about it. Nobody cares about water problem people are facing, nobody cares about farmer’s problem. How to develop irrigation facilities this year? How to save more and more water? All this is ignored and topic of Tanmay Bhat’s snapchat is discussed as if there is nothing better to do.

How many channels have cared to talk on recent MAN KI BAAT by PM Modi ?? Have they even heard it?

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Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin don’t care about the video. Why should we invest our valuable time in it?

And BY THE WAY,

There should not be any problem on him mimicing Sachin and Lata, many comedians in the past have done it in comedy shows. Even now they do it in Kapil sharma show. But yeah, they don’t abuse. Abusing has offended us, so just don’t watch the video. Don’t ban him. He has done very comical videos before(Except the Roast) which were loved by people, we should not simply ignore that.

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People are tweeting against Tanmay Bhat because celebrities like Ritesh Deshmukh, Celina Jetley, etc have also tweeted against him. They are like, if celebrities are saying he is wrong, he MUST be wrong. Come on, you have your own brain, decide for yourself.

I am not at all supporting his video, I didn’t like the abusive part. But I am also not supporting the over-reaction his video has received. Media should focus on important topics in regards to country rather than showing tanmay’s stupid video again and again, and debating on it. And Banning, is never a solution, because then there would be no difference between India and Pakistan.

Think.

Love,
Pratik Jadhav

Top 19 Must-Know facts which will make you smarter!

You are probably wondering, why 19? Why not 20? Well, because I just found out 19. It’s “Inspired” from a whatsapp message I received. I checked these facts on the internet and they seem true. Have a look at them and decide for yourself. I think they are awesome.

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Did You Know? ( That’s how every fact begins.)

1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes. ( Stop buying those fake branded ones.)

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2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years. ( Just get set and sleep. I know it’s tough, but…)

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3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime. ( Imagine your wife or husband looking exactly like you, such a wierd looking couple that would be, theoretically.)

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4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger. ( I never sleep with a pillow. Wow. My spine is stronger. Burn. )

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5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother. ( That doesn’t mean you put your fat belly’s blame to your parents!)

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6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”,
you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head. (Shake that thing!)

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7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger. (Ya, I totally understand this, I cannot resist noticing hot girls. )

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8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side. ( I actually chew from the left one, I am so unique, chosen one. ) #Narcissist

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9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour. (That’s gross, I opt for spraying deos.) (Hold on! My shoes never smell in the first place!)

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10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years. ( Maybe by honey he meant all the wives and girlfriends in the world.)

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11. There are so many kind of apples , that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.(Let’s just go for mango.)

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12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. ( Zzzz…That’s why I sleep so much. I wanna live longer. )

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13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t. ( Hahaha…hmm…hehehe…hm)

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14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.( Quit smoking, Quit laziness as well. Janheet me jaari. )

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15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. (Wow!! Why it couldn’t remember some answers during exams. 😦 guess I underused it. )

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16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb!! ( Electrifying fact.)

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17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 litres of water!! (Oh! So that’s why they call me hot. Now I got it.) 

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18. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!! (Scary, where do these acid come from? And where do they go?)

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19. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. (Yes this works, I’ve tried. If there’s a hot chick around, she might think you are smiling at her, helps in building new contacts you see. )

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So, that’s it. Congratulations!! You have become smarter by 19 Facts, now go brag ’em to your friends. Let me know what you think about these facts in the comment section below. *Winks*

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Love,
Pratik Jadhav

Top 22 Hollywood posters when dubbed to Bhojpuri!

We all know about the Make In India movement started by Modi, which is really great. However, This movement doesn’t include movies, fortunately! But imagine, if it included Entertainment and movies too, and India would’ve tried to replace every Hollywood movie or persona with it’s own Desi Version? e.g Kim kardashian with Rakhi Sawant? The Rock with Salman Khan? Man of steel with Krrish? Thankfully, that’s not the case.

Though, the entire movie is being dupped in hindi or telugu destroying the original meaning of the dialogues, We’ve all witnessed this and laughed our guts out when one of the heroes in Avengers- Age of ultron shouts a dialogue in Bhojpuri in the hindi version of the movie.

What if they make it complulsory for all the Hollywood movies to be dupped in each regional language in India? Marathi, Gujarathi, Haryanvi, Parsi, Bhojpuri!!

How would the posters be if the movies were to be released in U.P, well, check out the following posters of some popular Movies and T.V series and how their titles would read when translated in Bhojpuri:-

 

 

1. The Avatar- I hope James Cameron doesn’t faint looking at this!

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2. Silence of The Lambs: Silence Please!

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3. The Scream: You feel like screaming, don’t you?

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4. Catch me if you can: Lol. 😛

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5. Harry Met Sally: And they divorced later!

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6. The Big Bang Theory: Penny the new Padosan! 😛

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7. Sex and the city: City from U.P, perhaps Bihar…10419460_626982357385379_4674751482006463195_n

 

 

8. The Hangover: Hanged till death!

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9. The Man of Steel: Stainless steel.10484031_626547394095542_6701670808394734475_n

 

 

10. How I met Your mother: Wonder what Barney would be called. 😛10485296_640730019343946_7717467077682603708_n

 

 

11. The Walking Dead: When Jombie-wa roamed the Earth.10488356_640730146010600_5858583762352475986_n (1)

 

 

12. Kill Bill: 10491999_626547354095546_5404070607390207040_n

 

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14. Taken: Liam Neeson le lega tu likh ke le le! 😛10492545_626982364052045_3346906411132513562_n

 

 

15. The Hunger Games: Special dedication to Anna Hazare’s Anshan.12339391_886957458054533_4810112911567746740_o

 

 

16. The San Andreas: So many casualties watching this poster!

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17. Mad Max- Fury Road: Pagla hai wah!

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18. John Wick: Wicks ki goli lo, khich khich door karo!12370834_886957304721215_1558341006653677775_o

 

 

19. The Pursuit of happiness: Beel Smithwa rocks!

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20. The Boyhood: Bachpan ke din.

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21. Cast Away: 10367143_626982317385383_1284126372312426771_n

 

 

22. The Inception: At least in India he’ll get all the awards!

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P.S

  1. No intention to hurt any Bhojpuri people, but yeah, your language is funny. 😛
  2. No offence.

 

 

For more funny posters like Minimal Bollywood Posters Page Here. Have Fun!

 

Love-wa,

Pratik Jadhav-wa!

Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Stolen Hope Book-3 Review

 

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Thank you so much BlogAdda for this amazing opportunity to review the book. I had read the previous book in this series-The shattered dreams and was waiting for this book since long.When I received it, I was very surprised to see the book not only been autographed but also had an overwhelming message on it from the author wishing the new year. Shows how humble he is.

 

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Ramayana,  The most loved and celebrated epic ever, being retold by someone raises eyebrows wondering how the narration would be, especially when you already know the story. Then what new this book might offer? Or will it be the same old story retold in lucid language?

The answers to all these queries will be given as you read my review further:

 

The story revolves where the prequel of this book ended, The Sun Prince, Rama has made his way to the exile with his beloved wife Sita and brother Laxmana. On their way, they come to Dandakaranya, A forest which was once a very beautiful kingdom, however now has turned a nightmare for the sages living in it. Rama on his journey meets the grieving sages and gets to know about the demons which have made their lives miserable. He takes an oath to destroy every demon from the face of this earth! Will Rama be successful in fulfilling his oath? Time will tell.

 

 

What I liked-

  1. The narrative style of author. This book is at Par with other adventure mythology books like The Immortals of Meluha or any Amish Tripathi book for that matter. Author Shubha Vilas, not only sketches the characters well, but makes us connect with each character and go deep in the epic. The adventures of Sage Agastya is described so well, you can’t stop yourself from reading till the end. Before reading this book, I didn’t even knew that such sage existed in Ramayana and has such great influence on this Epic. The Story of Indra, Ganesha, Ikhvahu and Vattapi, every character is a treat to read about.

 

  1. The story, it goes deep, I mean you really feel like you are living the story because storyline is not just limited to the things we know about Ramayana, Infact it’s when you read the book you realise how less you knew about this epic. I would say this book is more zoomed version of the epic.

 

  1. The Footnotes- The footnotes are the cherries on the cake. I felt wiser reading every page because the hidden message behind every small instance in Ramayana is described in the footnotes. This interpretation behind every instance will surprise you, as they connect with the present times so precisely.

 

  1. The Language- The language used is lucid. There’s no need to sit with a dictionary.

 

  1. Action- Every time Rama slays a Demon, you can feel the adrenaline rush, thanks to Shubha vilas’ infallible writing.

 

  1. The Pace- The pace of the story is fast, though the story takes you in depth there’s not a single moment of dullness. It’s gripping and you feel like watching a Hollywood mythological movie, e.g Wrath of the Titans, Clash of the titans, etc.

 

What I didn’t liked-

Ummm…Perhaps there’s nothing to dislike about this book. But I felt the cover page of the book should not have been the animated picture, Rather real poster of built up Ram and Sita would’ve added to the appeal. After all, people do judge the book by it’s cover, even though that’s wrong.

 

Some of my favourite footnotes are:

 

Page 120 – “Non-Fulfilment of our desires is not always someone else’s fault, When you blame someone for someone that isn’t his fault, it is called revenge, not justice. Justice grows from the seed of kindness and compassion, whereas revenge grows from the seed of anger and pride.”

Page 204 – “Attachment to a human that blinder is to a horse. Both blind you from seeing any other reality.”

Page 205 – “Just as a chicken loses it’s feathers when under stress, humans lose their feathers of reasoning when in panic.”

Page 307 – “Just as only extraordinary species are caged in a zoo for people to view in wonder, the mind only captures the memories of special souls to recollect in wonder.”

And many more!!

 

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Synopsis on the back cover.

 

LazyScoop Verdict:

This book is a gem to treasure with you always. It’s enriched with morals and values which can help any individual understand life and its codes perfectly. The Story is engaging, the narrative is superb. Action and adventure drips on every page. A treat to read!

LazyScoop Rating- 4.5/5 Stars.

 

Also I would like to thank the Author Shubha Vilas for sending me a book personally for reviewing with my name and a message, really humbled. Looking forward to The Book 4 in this series! Till then, this book absolutely recommended by Pratik Jadhav!

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JI-RA-JI-RA-JI-JI-RA-BAJI-JI-JI!

Finally I am done with my exams and sigh! What a relief it is. Feels like I’ve got my wings back. Thus I decided to watch the most awaited movie Bajirao Mastani on the same day my exam ended. And after watching the movie, I truly feel, the movie was seriously worth the wait. What an epic story. Splendid sets, that Shanivaar waada so accurately shown as new and appealing. All the performances? S-U-P-E-R-B! Priyanka chopra, what range of acting skills she has, a cool intriguing FBI agent in Quantico to innocent and bubbly Kashibai. She honestly took over deepika in the movie, everytime she was onscreen, I smiled. Ranveer singh, that marathi ascent in all the dialogues was spectacular. ‘Baajirauu ne maestaani se mahouubbat ki haae, ayyashi naai…’ Fan of this. Being a marathi, this ascent is easy for me to catch.

 

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I’ ll give it 4.5/ 5 stars ! No I don’t consider myself a critic. But who cares, I spend on ticket, I’ ll rate. Everyone can!

 

 

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Bajirao Peshwa’s painting.

 

 

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Mastani’s painting. 

 

 

By the way, this movie really made me curious about the asli Bajirao Peshwa, the undefeated warrior! He didn’t lose ANY war ever, I mean that’s so cool. He wanted maratha’s to take all over Hindustan. Just imagine, if he hadn’t been in the trauma of Fever and heartstroke, he would have simply SLAYED Moghuls and history would’ve completely changed. The influence of the maratha victory by him would’ve influenced our present in so many ways! India’s official language would’ve been marathi. We all would’ve posted our posts and read the timelines on facebook in marathi. Shahrukh khan’s movie name would’ve been- ‘Hridhay waale navri la gheun zaanar’ , ‘Navin warcshache subhechaa’ Salman’s movie’s would’ve been called- ‘Prem ratan dhan bhetla’ His dialogues would’ve been- ‘ Mi tumchyat yevdhe hol karin, ke tumhi chakit houn vichar karal, shwaas kuthun gheu aani…’

 

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Anyways, So this curiosity about Bajirao made me do some research about him and I found some amazing facts you all can read below.

 

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Interesting, isn’t it? So the ‘Pinga’ song in the movie is just for an entertainment factor, as kashibai with that arthritis-like knee disease, couldn’t have managed to dance. Also the Royal wives back in that century, didn’t dance in public to maintain a royal enigma. Nevermind! As far as Bajirao’s story has been depicted in breath-taking screenplay and historical authenticity, I enjoyed it, what about you?

 

 

Love,
Pratik Jadhav