The Great Indian Soap Operas 127

I am a 90’s kid and sometimes I really miss those days when we used to bunk classes to watch our favorite serial Shaktiman, in fact, I have also witnessed the time when people used to take bath early on Sundays to watch Ramayan and Mahabharat. Those times were great! Wasn’t it?

The other day, while surfing through YouTube searching for some cool web series that could give me a break from the great Indian Soap Opera found this video of an old serial called Shanti. Remember the young Mandira Bedi with her simple plain looks, flaunting her long curly hair became iconic of every girl next door. Somehow I got motivated and clicked it, despite the slow net connection I wanted to watch that video clip as it belonged to the era when I was a child. Trust me after watching it I felt so content and happy. It was different, it showed a woman whom we all can actually relate to, fighting for her rights and trying to grow in the patriarchal society.

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After some time I switched on the television to check out some interesting serial but what I saw was disastrously pathetic, well, I don’t believe in taking names but would mention it here so that you people don’t end up watching this utter blunder, I am talking about the highest rated TV show, Nagin. Can you believe it has an ichadhari Naag, Nagin, Peacock and honey bee and if there was something more, I didn’t have the guts to see it. The trauma doesn’t end here, then I flipped to another channel and it was showing a serial where a grandmother was shown that she is expecting a baby, I don’t know if it really was true or just a plot but this itself was such a thing beyond nature’s law that I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. And how can I forget the attires and makeup of all bahus in the family, come on directors, be realistic! Who sleeps in a heavy zardozi sari with full makeup and jewellery on?

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I am not trying to criticize anyone but what I mean to show here is that the standard of Indian Television shows is degrading and it’s definitely not for the good.  Today you will hardly find a serial which raises issues that teenagers face, a serial which shows that the woman is a strong being and she has more to do that conspiracy and welcoming people. One of the prime reasons for this is the rising demand for such type of content and TRP. Serials have now become more TRP oriented than content oriented.

I understand that these serials are inspired from some foreign serials which are based on the supernatural theme but does that mean we lose our originality. Can’t we create some new concept and theme which is more positive and to which we, the common people really can relate to?

Well, I will leave you with this thought; do drop in your comments and views on this.

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Imperfecto, Hauz Khas 80

My idea of a good Saturday night?
Well….warm place, good vibes, good booze, some live music and friends. I had been wanting that for a very long time. It is very difficult to have such a night when you are living in a hostel because eventually warm place becomes the comfort of your bed, good vibes become the latest show that you binge watch and good booze becomes cheap daaru that you get from the theka outside your hostel.

However, my wish did come true when I visited Imperfecto at Hauz Khas. It was Saturday night so obviously the place was a bit crowded but we managed to find a spot for six.  It had everything I could ever ask for on a beautiful night.  Let’s start with the fact that it will not let you leave disappointed.

The interiors are eclectically designed and it offers an amazing variety of food and drinks with perplexing music.

Let me warn you about the money though. Since the place is so damn awesome, it is not cheap at all. So if you want to have a dreamy night with all its music and jazz, make sure you are carrying enough to pay for the same 😛

Take my advice and head to Imperfecto HKV this Saturday!!
You can also check out their Facebook page for more events.

Share your crazy stories with us on our Facebook page, and if you think there is some under-discovered restaurant in the city, do comment in the box below 😀 and we will sure check it out.

 

 

Beware of the Internet Fraudsters 60

In the modern world, Internet has become our new best friend. Because there is nothing that you cannot do just sitting in front of your laptops connected to a source of the Internet. Be it for online bill payments, entertainment, earning online, being connected with family and friends and much more. While Internet has become so important it also has become an easy way for fraudsters to cheat people and steal our hard earned savings. Internet crime is a huge threat and people get easily cheated and sometimes there is no way to get back what you lose.

If you are someone who spends most of your time on Internet, make sure you are cautious and careful and watch out for possible frauds. How to make out if the other person is a cheater or any scheme is a fraudulent one? Here are some pointers.

1. Phishing E-mail scams

You must have received innumerable messages from your banks that they never ask for personal details and never to furnish such details to anyone. Fraudsters try to trick you by sending emails of offers and other stuff in the form of a reputed website and in return asking you to pay some amount or to give personal details such as your address, bank account login details and passwords etc. Make sure you never give such details to anyone.

2. The money transfer schemes

One of the oldest schemes probably most of us already aware of it. Still, there are a lot of people who fall for such schemes. You will get a mail in which companies or individual asks for little money or account details and in return, you will have a Lakhs or thousands of dollars deposited into your account as one of their spouses passed away and they are unable to retrieve their property and need help and blah…blah….. Never fall for such schemes.

3. E-cards and other links

Sometimes you will receive e-cards that say sent by a friend. When you click on it, it will ask you to download a Flashplayer or any other software. Never download such a thing as they are usually malicious content. Once you download them into your system cyber criminals store data and information from your system.

4. Romance scams

These happen usually on dating websites, socializing networks or any other that promises a romantic free offers or discounts. How many of us have dropped our guard just because there was a chance to take your significant other on a beautiful date that may be difficult on our usual budget? It happens to all but do take a minute to think before you make any payments before even you are enjoying that wonderful promises.

5. Easy-money scams

Trust me! There is no easy way to make money unless you work for it. Various websites promise you of work that will make you earn simply by spending an hour a day and you earn thousands to lakh. In truth, it does not work that way. The bigger loss is, such sites asks you to pay as an initial amount for a starter kit etc. Last month, socialtrade.com made a big news in media, if you remember.

6. Content or freelance writing

Content writing is one of the fast growing profession especially in India and freelance writers find work through Internet job portals. Do not fall for a promise of more pay per word and accept writing for a longer period without initial payment. Check the background of the person/company prior to start writing for them.

Some of the stories and the way people convince you online are the most believable and anyone can get fooled. Hence, beware of such Internet schemes and save yourself.