No matter what’s going on in the world, a good book can provide insight, comfort or a welcome escape. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and a new lockdown is imposed every other day, stress levels have reached its peak. Many of us are seeking entertainment while staying home, reading books offers some respite. Now maybe the time to finally dig into that epic novel you’ve had on your shelf forever, revisit an old favorite or try something out of your reading comfort zone. Here are some of the best books you could read to build yourself during these uncertain times.
Atomic Habits By James Clear
This is one of the highly recommended books of all times. It clearly reveals how tiny life changes will help you get at least a per cent better every day. James uncovers a handful of simple life hacks and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of small habits to stay productive, motivated and happy. Microshifts > Major changes are the main key concept here.
Attitude Is Everything By Jeff Keller
Attitude- a simple word yet it changes every aspect of your life. The road to a happier, more successful life starts with your attitude. Moreover, your attitude is within your control. In this book, Jeff Keller, motivational speaker and coach, will show you how to take control and unleash your hidden potential through three powerful steps. The power of attitude can change your destiny. Learn how to turn your problem into opportunities. Adversities change our perspectives and teach us important life-lessons.
The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
This book offers simple concepts that are hard to accept and put into practice as we are profoundly unconscious and resist everything that is true. To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle’s extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our being.
One Hundred Daffodils by Rebecca Winn
Rebecca Winn’s husband asked for a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage. She felt fear, hopelessness, and dread. Eventually, she turned to her garden for guidance, sanctuary, and inspiration. Winn transformed heartbreak into wholeness by turning to nature. During these difficult times, many of us are turning to gardening or a walk through the neighborhood as a respite. Maybe, like Winn, we will also find ourselves on a path of self-discovery.
How to Not Always Be Working
We are a generation that believes in the hustle. If we are not busy, it is not productive. It is high time we break that myth. Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working helps readers evaluate what they need to do to recharge. As many of us are figuring out new ways to work from home, Grace offers suggestions for how to make the best use of our time. The book includes practical suggestions to avoid burnout. It’s a manifesto for living better.
Stress Less, Accomplish More By Emily
If you’ve never tried meditation before, during a pandemic seems like a good time to start. Emily Fletcher is a leading expert in meditation for high performance, having taught meditation at companies such as Google, Barclays Bank, and Viacom. She developed the Z Technique for working people with busy lives. In Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily provides a 15-minute twice-daily plan to help you recharge whenever you need it. I think we all need it right now.
Be That Unicorn By Jenny Block
Unicorns are some of a magical creature. Anyone else feels like we’re embracing our inner unicorns right now, wearing what we want at home, being our authentic selves? Be That Unicorn gives you the confidence to be original in every aspect of your life. Jenny Block talks about playing and loving with a full heart, as well as parenting and taking care of loved ones. Be That Unicornis about celebrating you and celebrating life. If you’re not going to celebrate life during a pandemic when else are you going to do it? Let’s be the unicorn.
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Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish Is Set To Premiere On October 29 On Zee5
Bejoy Nambiar’s multi-starrer film Taish hits the screens on Zee5 on October 29, the makers announced on Monday. Starring Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh and Harshvardhan Rane, Taish is a revenge drama. Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish is a test of human emotions and perseverance to fight all odds. The film is being released on ZEE5 an over-the-top media service on 29 October 2020 as a feature film and as six-episode series simultaneously.
Bejoy has directed films like Shaitan, David, Wazir and Solo are all set for his fifth film.
“It is a revenge drama that surrounds two families and an incident that ignites a storm. With love and revenge as a strong motif, the story will take you through an emotionally wild ride. This has been a passion project from the word go and I really hope the audience will acknowledge our labour of hard work,” said Nambiar in a statement.
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Jim Sarbh described the film as a “thrilling investigation of male relationships”. “Their strength and depth, on one hand, and the cycles of abuse, violence, and deep-seated helplessness, on another,” the “Sanju” actor said. Rane, who made his Bollywood debut with the 2016 romance drama “Sanam Teri Kasam”, described the film as a “wild ride”.
Kriti Kharbanda said “Taish” was one of the most passionate projects she had worked on with an extremely talented set of co-actors. “The millennials will absolutely relate to the story, everyone has been to a wedding that has had its fair share of drama and madness. Relationships will be tested and trust will be broken,” the “Housefull 4” actor added.
Moreover, Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda are teaming up for 14 Phere, a tale of two weddings. It will be an “incredibly funny love story”. The film will be shot in Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai and will go on the floors by November. It is slated to release on July 9, 2021.
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Zohra Sehgal: Google Pays A Special Tribute To Iconic Actress
On Tuesday, the legendary Indian actress Zohra Sehgal appeared on Google Doodle, as the search engine paid a special tribute to her. Her film ‘Neecha Nagar’ was released today at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946 and officially received the Palme d’Or award, the highest honour at the festival.
Sahibzaadi Begum Zohra Mumtazullah Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh on April 27, 1912. At the beginning of her 20s, Zohra Sehgal enrolled in a prestigious ballet school in Germany and went on an international tour with the legendary Indian dancer Uday Shankar. She also became a teacher in Uday Shankar’s troupe, and found Kameshwar Sehgal, the man of her dreams. In August 1942, they tied the knot and had two children.
Zohra Sehgal, an actress, dancer, and choreographer, started her career as a contemporary dance troupe member. She took up acting and flaunted her prowess later in the 1940s. Her career spanned over six decades. Moreover? dubbed as the ‘Doyenne of Indian Theatre,’ in which she made a mark in many British films, TV shows, and Bollywood movies. Still wondering why Google today paid Zohra Sehgal a heartening tribute? Well, the evergreen actress Neecha Nagar’s film was released at the Cannes Film Festival on this day in 1946. It is the first Indian film ever to earn the Palme d’Or, the highest award at the festival.
Zohra Sehgal was an epitome of talent and beauty
Recognizing the contribution of Zohra Sehgal to the arts and entertainment community, she was honoured with Padma Shri (1998), Kalidas Samman (2001), and Padma Vibhushan (2010). The National Academy for Music , Dance and Drama of India presented her with its highest award for lifetime achievement, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.
With her last appearance being the 2007 release ‘Saawariya’ by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Zohra Sehgal has made a huge contribution to Bollywood. She has appeared in hits such as Cheeni Kum, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Dil Se, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Veer Zaara, to name just a few.
Zohra Sehgal passed away on July 10, 2014 at her Delhi residence at the age of 102. Her signature humour, however, was still in place. Also for that, she is still remembered. In Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s Saawariya, her final Bollywood appearance was in 2007. Moreover, in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed film, she starred as Lillian a.k.a. Lillipop.
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Harami Trailer: Emraan Hashmi’s Indo-American Film
The trailer of Emraan Hashmi’s new film Harami dropped off the Internet on Monday. Written and directed by Shyam Madiraju, the film will premiere at Busan International Film Festival in October. The Busan International film festival will take place from October 21 to October 30. The “hard-hitting street saga’, Harami has been nominated in the film, director and audience categories, known as the New Currents Award, Kim Jiseok Award and the KNN Audience award, respectively.
Watch the Harami trailer:
Sharing the trailer on social media, Shyam Madiraju wrote:
“Official selection to New Currents main competition section of Busan International Film Festival 2020. Harami is a hard-hitting, visually striking street saga of youth crime and broken destinies, love and redemption, played out against the vibrant backdrop of chaotic and relentless Mumbai.”
Harami also features Rizwan Shaikh, Danshree Patil, Harsh Rajendra Rane, Ashutosh Gaikwad, Machindra Ghadkar, Sarthak Dusane, Manish Mishra, Yash Kamble, Durgesh Gupta, Aditya Bhagat, Starr Liu, Diksha Nisha and Adil Khan.
Harami focuses on the story of a teenage boy, who pickpockets at local Mumbai stations with his gang. His life takes a 180-degree when he falls in hopelessly in love with the daughter of one of his victims, who died by suicide after being robbed. On his path of redemption, the boy faces strong opposition from his boss (Emraan Hashmi).
Talking about his character, Emraan Hashmi says,
“My character is a former English teacher who does a U-turn to become the ringleader of a gang of young pickpockets who frequent Mumbai locals. So, while everyone around him speaks Bambaiya Hindi, Sagar Bhai chooses to speak in English because he’s tutoring these slum kids in the language too, so they can hoodwink unsuspecting foreign tourists and flick their wallets.”
Earlier this month, Emraan Hashmi unveiled his first look from the film. He can be seen sporting long curly hair with a gold chain and a pair of framed spectacles in the poster.
Talking about the film, director Shyam said in a statement,
“Harami, while set in the streets and slums of Mumbai is a universal story of hope and redemption. The film, a labour of love, took me over two years to just scout during numerous visits to India and despite all the monumental challenges we shot live in Victoria Terminus, Bombay Central, and other trains stations, a feat not for the faint-hearted. With crews over 200 including international talent from America, UK, Denmark and South Africa, Harami was a global production set in the slums of Dharavi and crowded streets of Mohamed Ali Road.”
On casting Emraan, Madiraju went on to say,
“It was Emraan Hashmi playing the role of ‘Sagar Bhai’ a very Dickensian Feagin-like character who is a former English teacher turned gang lord who is the real revelation of the film. The role complex and nuanced and unlike anything Emraan had done before, was a true challenge for both Emraan and me.”
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