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Celebrate Heritage, Culture and Art with Red Earth

Jaipur has always been linked with culture, heritage and art. Over the last few years, Jaipur has witnessed innumerable art festivals that broaden our knowledge about its culture and heritage.

Adding to that Red Earth- an art organization is having a special program featuring Open Studio (art/sarees/design); Inner City Heritage Walks, and a Pink City Feast name RED EARTH x JAIPUR. It’s a 5 day festival that will take you to a journey towards a newer understanding of culture. Let’s have a look at what five-day festival has stored in for you!

 

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  1. Walk: Vastu and Urban Planning (23rd January)

Jaipur exemplifies a practical living model of the ancient Indian architectural doctrine of Vastu-vidya. This walk will explore the scientific and methodical approach underlying the founding of the city, guided equally by ancient Indian architectural / city building Vastu principles, as well as late mediaeval / pre-modern contexts when the city was founded.

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  1. Walk: The Hidden Vrindavan (24th January)

Jaipur is often regarded as the “Hidden Vrindavan” because of the benign presence of four important Krishna deities. The walk features a visit to Govind Dev Temple: the most prominent temple of Jaipur, located within the royal precinct; and the other lightmaps of Caitanya tradition: Radha-Damodar, Shri Radha-Gopinath, and Shri Vinodilal – located in varying neighbourhoods within the walled city.

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  1. Walk: Night Walk, Chaura Rasta (25th January)

The city at night, a special walk that explores the night-life of Chaura Rasta, one of the main streets of Jaipur. Aimlessly wandering through this beautifully lit up avenue, we revel in architectural delights, sip on street-side Chai, get lost in secret interior alleys, visit temples, and soak in the glowing pink beauty of the city, which takes on a radically different flavour as the day ends, and the night ascends…

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  1. A special feast featuring regional and local specials (26th-27th January)

A special vegetarian Sattvik feast, featuring local and regional specials, along with an eclectic mix of pan Indian flavours! This special home-cooked meal (supplemented by some items from specialist outlets), using largely organic ingredients, presents an intimate view of “Rajasthani” cuisine, radically different from the standard Rajasthani platters presented at restaurants.

Explore the unique taste of locally grown vegetables, savour delicate and not so delicate flavours, all together. A humble but special gastronomy experience- to give you a home-style experience of food in the Pink City!

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Be a part of this unique and special program to discover one of the least explored facets of the Pink city!

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Why you shouldn’t miss out on Jaipur Literature Festival 2020

The Jaipur Literature Festival, famously known as ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, is all set to return for its thirteenth edition from 23rdto 27thJanuary 2020. The five-day literary extravaganza promises to bring together a line-up of exemplary speakers from India and across the world at the historic Diggi Palace.

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Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and the past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. For five days, the Pink City is infused with enthusiasm, a riot of colour and infectious energy as literature and art-enthusiasts flock to Jaipur for the Festival. During the Festival days, there are endless places to see, and things to do, some of which include insightful sessions and an exciting and buzzing carnival encapsulating a bookstore, food stalls, a bazaar along with artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.

Here are some reasons why you would not want to miss out on the thirteenth edition of the festival.

Listen to some of the greatest minds of the world

Jaipur Literature Festival hosts some of the world’s best literary minds and brings them together for several panel discussions and interactions. Experts from diverse fields such as literature, economy, environment, food and science take the stage for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations. Eminent speakers such as recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize Howard Jacobson, Pulitzer-winning authors Stephen Greenblatt and Dexter Filkins, celebrated culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, and leading Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj, are amongst the first few announced speakers at the Festival for the 2020 edition – so be there to be a part of some life-changing and inspirational sessions!

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Book-signings and an opportunity to meet your favourite authors

For all those literature enthusiasts who have spent days glued to books, turning one page after another captivated by the magic of a well-written novel- the Jaipur Literature Festival offers the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite authors in person. Besides attending noteworthy sessions and witnessing book launches, the Festival also has book-signing kiosks at all venues where you can grab that rare signed copy and earn bragging rights!

Art, Culture – Memories Galore!

In addition to being a platform for conversations related to literature and books, the Festival also gives the opportunity to its visitors to experience various forms of art and music. From fascinating art installations to beautiful backdrops for the perfect Instagram shot- there is something for everyone. Dance and music performances make the Festival even livelier. For shopping enthusiasts, the annual Festival Bazaar is a must visit as several craftsmen, designers and entrepreneurs display and sell a vast array of hard-to-resist collectible items. Amongst the many things to be bought are embroidered shawls, exquisite minakari jewellery, funky stationery, edgy accessories, spiffy footwear, and exciting home décor.

Morning Music

For those passionate about music, the Festival begins each day with the calming strains of Morning Music.  The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists such as BC Manjunath, an exponent of Konnakoland the mrindangam; sitar maestro and recipient of the President’s Award for the best instrumentalist, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan, and Supriya Nagarajan, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and founder of ‘Manasamitra’.

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Heritage Evenings

The Festival will also host a power-packed Heritage Evening at an iconic and historic venue in Jaipur. Supported by Rajasthan Tourism, this majestic evening at Amer Fort will feature a mesmerising performance by Pandit Rajendra Gangani, one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. He will pay tribute to the age-old classical dance form, along with an ensemble of Kathak dancers. Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, will enthrall audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into each other’s ears, using a hollow cane. To end the evening on a musical note, world-renowned sitarist Shubhendra Rao will present ‘East Marries West—A Legacy’ as a celebration of his Guru, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 100th birth anniversary.  He will be joined by his wife, Saskia Rao-de Haas, who is hailed as a pioneer for introducing the ‘Indian cello’ to classical Indian music.

iWrite at Jaipur BookMark

For all aspiring authors and poets with multiple drafts scribbled behind every notebook and diaries filled with words that you hope will one day be read by the world- ‘iWrite’ by Jaipur BookMark is the perfect platform. After a very successful first edition last year, iWrite is back to inspire literary aspirants. Shortlisted participants get a platform to share their work and receive constructive guidance from international publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts in a pitching session at Jaipur during JBM.

Blogging Competition

If you can write compelling copy and want to get close to where the action is, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 Blogging Competition is your chance to make that leap. Highlighting the Festival’s core aim to support and promote artistic expression through writing, the Blogging competition will give ten chosen writers a chance to inspire audiences through their words on the Festival’s official blog site. The winners will also be invited to the Festival and cover various sessions from the 23rd-27th of January 2020.

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The Delegate Experience

While the Festival is open to all, specially-curated Delegate packages guarantee an experience to remember. Delegate-only lunches serve as an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded literary enthusiasts and make new connections. The well-stocked Delegate Lounge provides a luxurious reprieve and priority seating on special occasions ensures a close-up view of the Festival.  The Delegate package also includes an invitation to attend the beautiful Heritage Evening at Amer Fort, and a tote to take home. These Delegate Packages range from INR 6,300 per day to INR 23,800 for five days.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

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Jaipur art goes places

Jaipur, as we all know, is a hub of art and one such art is blue pottery that was on its verge to get extinct. While there is one such couple Girdhari and Sharada, who are working hard to not just keeping their family business alive, but also, saving the dying art of blue pottery. Girdhar opened a new factory near his house and started teaching many people in and around their neighbourhood about the various processes of the art form.

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They would have to depend on brokers to decide the price as they were the ones taking the products to places. Soon, their business went online on Amazon which made them the owners of their products in every sense and they reached customers nation-wide.

It was their faith in each other and dedication that paid them off and the growth of their business.

 

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English Shows to Binge Watch before the Summer Ends!

Today we are living in the era of World Wide Web, Jaipurites are becoming more and more techno-savvy, we are internet freaks who are crazy after Instagram, YouTube and also these days’ web series is super popular amongst us. Let’s move forward with the list of amazing English Web Series.

  1. 2 Broke Girls

The show revolves around the lives of Max Black, (Kat Dennings) a daughter of a poor, working-class mother, and Caroline Channing, (Beth Behrs) born rich but now penniless because her father got caught operating a Ponzi scheme. Now both working as waitresses at the same Brooklyn diner. The two soon become friends and started working towards their dream of opening their own cupcake shop. The show is nothing like the mainstream chick-flicks and will definitely leave you rolling on the ground laughing. The show has also won a People’s Choice Award and an Emmy Award & is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. The Office

The show depict the life in an office. It consists of relationships between boss and employees/co-workers. It is created in a satire effect to create humor and comedy. Some of the main characters include Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the boss, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), a paper sales-man, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), a secretary, and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), another paper sales-man. There are more sales & accounting people that work in the office that add to the story. The show will have you laughing, crying, celebrating, and falling in love with these characters every step of the way. It has won five Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many other awards. You sure don’t want to miss out on watching The Office which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. Homeland

 The show is a spy thriller where the protagonist, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), is a CIA officer who has a bipolar disorder and believes that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who is being held captive by al-Qaeda as Prisoner of War, has been turned against them and poses a threat to the U.S. This sets Mathison on her covert mission. If you’re as intrigued as we are and want to find out where Mathison’s mission will take her as a CIA officer and will she be able to continue her mission, you will have to watch Homeland which is available on Hotstar. The show has garnered global praise and has won Emmy awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and other awards. It is set to premiere its final season in late 2019.

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  1. Hannibal

Hannibal is a Psychological horror-thriller. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a FBI profiler. Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), who is head of Behavioral Sciences, hires Graham for investigation of a serial-killing that is taking place in Minnesota. While investigating, Graham finds that he himself is getting affected by the disturbing psychiatric behavior and starts to experience hallucinations and disorientation. The series unfolds a new aspect of Will Graham and his struggle to fight his dark-side while Hannibal embraces his own dark-side and wants Graham to learn the same. For all those looking for a mind-bending series that makes you think, “is that even possible?” watch Hannibal. It is available on Netflix.

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  1. American Horror Story

An American anthology-horror television series, with each season conceived as a self-contained mini-series, each following a different set of characters, setting, and storyline. Each season has a different story to tell about many horrific things and places. The series takes its genre very seriously and leaves its viewers off balance and disturbed afterwards. So if horror is your genre then you need to be watching American Horror Story. The show is currently available on Hotstar.

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  1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

 You have been living under rock if you don’t already know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It’s a classic sitcom. The story revolves around the lives of six friends in their 20’s and an insomnia cafe. Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) flees from her wedding and finds Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), a NYC Chef and her childhood friend, and soon becomes a part of their group of singles which includes Joey Tribibiani (Matt LeBlanc), a struggling actor, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), a masseuse, and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), a newly divorced Paleontologist and Monica’s elder brother. Friends gives you all the humor, romance, career issues, sentiments, and overall a dream to experience the same with your own friends. Friends is available on Netflix and we highly recommend binge watching it.

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  1. Breaking Bad

 Yet another classic, Braking Bad, is a neo-western crime-drama series. It tells the story of a struggling and depressed Chemistry school teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), with a stage-3 lung cancer. His disease causes this meek high school teacher to turn towards crime. He starts manufacturing and selling crystallized meth (recreational drug) under the name Heisenberg, to secure his family’s financial future. The show garnered appreciation world-wide and received 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, and the list goes on. The show has even made it to the Guinness World Records. Now where will this new secret identity lead Walter is something you don’t want to miss. Breaking Bad is available on Netflix, so don’t miss this extraordinary series.

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  1. Chernobyl

 A magnificent series based on a true story, Chernobyl dramatizes one of the worst man-made catastrophes in the history of human-kind. The series concentrates on the nuclear plant disaster that took place in Soviet Ukraine in April, 1986. The show informs us of the cause of the disaster and stories of several people who died in it. The series released recently and has already been praised by television critics across the ocean alike. It is available on Hotstar for the Indian audience.

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  1. How I Met Your Mother

An American live-action sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, is a frame story, Ted Mosby in the year 2030, narrates to his children the events that led him to meet their mother. The story starts in 2005 in New York City and involves his best friends Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a womanizing- playboy, Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), news reporter, and long-lasting couple, Marshall Erikson (Jason Segal) and Lily Aldrin (Alison Hannigan). The story goes through the journey of Ted meeting the mother of his children, ups and downs in their careers, and Marshall and Lily’s relationship. Overall, the show has unique structure, humor, and incorporation of dramatic elements. It is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Family Guy

Family Guy is an animated sitcom that centers around the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter Griffins and Lois Griffins, their children Meg, Chris and Stewie, and their anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian. The series is majorly based on self-referential humor and emphasizes on gags that make reference to current events and/or modern cultural icons. Although the series has been a part of several criticism and controversy, it gives you a hearty laugh. Also, they have special episode dedicated to India. Do watch it and have fun.

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  1. The Simpsons

 Another hilarious animated sitcom is The Simpsons which is set in a satirical depiction of the working class and includes parodies of American culture and society, television, and the human condition.  The main characters are the Simpson family who live in Springfield town (fictitious name). Though the Simpson are a dysfunctional family, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other, which provides its audience with a mix of emotions. The Simpsons have also been a part of various controversies, bans, and even racial stereotyping due to its nature. But it has been one of the most high grossing, long-running show, so you cannot afford to miss it!

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  1. Big Bang Theory

 Apart from being an acclaimed sitcom, what’s amazing about this show was that it was filmed in front of a live audience. Big Bang Theory is all you need if you are a self-acclaimed nerd or a science lover. You ask why? David Saltzberg, a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, LA, checks scripts himself and provides dialogue, mathematics, equations, and the diagrams used as props for the show. Sounds nerdy-enough! Go online and checkout the chronicles of Leonardo, Sheldon, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette and Amy and tell us who you relate to the most. The series is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Arrow

This one is for all the DC comic lovers. Arrow, is a superhero series about a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen a.k.a. Arrow (Stephen Amell), who is isolated from the rest of the world due to a shipwreck and spends five years of his life on a mysterious island. On returning, he decides to spend his life fighting crime and corruption as a secret vigilante, and chooses a bow and arrow as the weapon of his choice. Follow Arrow through his journey against crime and find out if he succeeds. It is available on Netflix and Hotstar.

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  1. Flash

Another DC character that has been leaving his mark on TV is Flash. The idea of Flash came to surface after two appearances by Barry on Arrow. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed by getting struck by lightning and after awakening from coma finds out about his power, hence, becomes Flash. He uses his powers to fight-off criminals while keeping his identity a secret. The series experience loads of time-travel too, which makes it all the more interesting to watch. You can watch the series on Hotstar.

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  1. Mindhunter

Mindhunter is a crime-drama web series based on the book. The series is set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and profiling at the FBI. The show focuses on FBI agents Holden Ford (Johnathan Groff), agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). This series will push the boundaries of how you think and will make you wonder how these killers are triggered by the slightest of the things. Watch out for the Mindhunter only on Netflix.

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  1. Law and Order

 Law and order is a legal-drama that dramatizes police procedures. Each episode is divided into two parts whereby the first part follows police work and the later part follows legal and courtroom proceedings. Though the show was criticized, it gives an insight of the police, detectives, and trial that takes place during an investigation. If you crave for a show that provides you with a new mystery/case to solve every time you watch it, then this is your ‘must watch show’. The show is available on Hulu.

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  1. Grey’s Anatomy

 Grey’s Anatomy is a drama show that provides you romance, comedy, emotions, and a lot of acquaintances to medical lives. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians both in terms of their careers as they develop into seasoned doctors, and their personal lives and relationships. It has tried to aptly depict how the doctors struggle to balance their personal lives with their hectic professional lives, which often leads to serious stress. It introduces us to the side of doctors that we often miss to see either as a patient or an acquaintance. To all the doctors out there now we understand, and if you too want to have a deeper dig at it, don’t miss Grey’s Anatomy. You can watch it on Hotstar.

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  1. This is Us

 An amalgamation of romance-comedy-tragedy-drama, This is Us follows the lives of three siblings known as “Big Three” (Kevin, Kate and Randal) and their parents Jack and Rebecca. It is full of heart-wrenching moments and is guaranteed to leave you in tears with every episode. If you want to go for emotional rollercoaster ride then bring out that ice-cream tub and binge watch. This is Us, on Hotstar.

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  1. House of Cards

 House of Cards is an American political-thriller series set in Washington D.C. and is the story of the power-hungry Congressman, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), and his equally ambitious wife, Clair Underwood (Robin Wright). The series depicts how the duo seek each other’s success to each other’s ventures and how the lust of power drives Frank Underwood to do vile things such as having an affair, ruining reputations, and even killing. Watch out for conspiracy of Frank Underwood on Netflix.

 

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  1. Designated Survivors

 The next political-thriller on the block has to be the Designated Survivors. It is the story of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Thomas Kirkman, who was named Designated Survivor after surviving an explosion that claimed the lives of the President and everyone in the line of succession except for him. This leads to Kirkman immediately becoming the President, unaware of what is to come next. The show is available on Netflix.

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  1. Westworld

 Westworld is a science-fiction show set in an unspecified time in the future. Westworld is a theme park which allows guests to experience the old times, an environment populated by ‘hosts’ (androids, nearly indistinguishable from humans). Hosts are supposed to fulfill guest’s every desire and follow a predetermined set of intertwining narratives. This cycle of narrative keeps on going as new guests arrive because their memories are reset and then repeated daily. But problems are about to arise in Westworld as members of a small group of hosts are starting to retrieve some of the memories from their previous life. Will the Hosts recover completely or will they continue to be exploited by their guests? Watch Westworld to find out, available on Hotstar.

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  1. Stranger Things

 The next series that has been garnering appreciation all over the globe is Stranger Things, a science fiction-horror series. The series is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins. Things starts to get wired after a secret paranormal experiment that includes human subjects conducted by Hawkins National Laboratory goes wrong and ends up creating a portal to an alternate dimension known as “The Upside Down” after which a boy called Will Byers gets abducted by a creature from the Upside Down. Now Will’s friends are in search of him, will they be able to find him? Watch the journey of the kids in search of their friend, only on Netflix!

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  1. Sherlock

 Sherlock is a British crime-drama based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The show is set in modern-day London where Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) solves various mysteries with his flat mate and friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). Though the Londoners are suspicious of him in the beginning, his intellect and exceptionality persuade them of his value. Watch Sherlock’s expedition from a detective to a reluctant celebrity. You can watch the series on Netflix.

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  1. Dexter

Dexter is a crime-drama-mystery, set in Miami. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) works with Miami Metro Police Department as a forensic technician specializing in blood splatter pattern analysis and leads a secret life as vigilant serial killer, who only kills those criminals that slipped from the hands of justice system. What lead Dexter to become what he is? Do you think he is a monster or a guardian? Watch and decide for yourself on Hotstar.

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Get your schedule all set and your chores done to start binge watching these shows and making the most of your free time!

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7 Yoga Poses for your go-to International Yoga Day Celebration

Yoga was originated in ancient India with a broad variety of yoga schools, practices and goals. The promotion of yoga has intensified since the establishment of the Ministry of AYUSH and June 21 was announced as International Yoga day.

International yoga day is tomorrow, if you’re thinking about perfecting your yoga poses, then you are at the right place. This blog is your escape for the perfect yoga poses along with the steps and benefits they entail.

 

VRIKSHASANA

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The pose is known as ‘tree pose’ and this asana is practised to balance the body. It is one of the standing poses in hatha yoga and very popular in modern yoga.

How to do:

  1. Stand erect and drop your arms to the side of your body.
  2. Slightly bend your right knee and place the right foot high up on your right thigh make sure that the sole is placed firm and flat on the root of the left thigh.
  3. Your left leg needs to be absolutely erect. Once you have assumed this position, breathe and try to find your balance.
  4. Now inhale and gently raise your arms over your head and bring them together in namaste mudra.
  5. Look straight at a distant object and hold your gaze, this will help you maintain balance.
  6. Gently bring your hands down from the side and release the right leg.
  7. Comeback to the starting position of standing tall and erect as you did at the beginning of the practice. Repeat this pose with the left leg.

BENEFIT:

  1. It strengthens the spine while improving both balance and poise.
  2. It tones the leg muscles.
  3. The knees become stronger.
  4. It relieves those suffering from sciatica and reduces flat feet.
  5. It makes you stable, flexible and enhances your concentration.

Contradictions:

  1. Avoid practising this asana if you suffer from insomnia or migraine.
  2. People with high blood pressure should not raise their arms above their head. They can go for namaste mudra by joining their hands with their palms together in front of the chest.

 

UTTHITA TRIKONASANA

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“UTTHITA” is a word derived from the Sanskrit language which means extended and “TRIKONASANA” it means triangle. Therefore, this pose is also called triangle pose and it is one of the poses from Ashtanga primary series.

How to do:

  1. Stand erect, feet together and hands up, your body with an exhalation lightly then jump with your feet 3-4 feet apart and raise your arms to the shoulder level with your palms facing the floor.
  2. Take out your right foot at 90 degrees and left foot slightly into 60 degrees. Make sure that both legs should be in one line.
  3. With exhalation rotate your torso to the right side and hold your right big toe from the right hand and stretch your left arm upwards and look towards your left palm and maintain the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or take 5 deep breathes.
  4. With inhalation come back to the initial position while your hands should remain at shoulder level.
  5. Now take your left foot out at 90 degree and right foot slightly in at 60 degrees, both legs should be in one line.
  6. Now with exhalation rotate torso to the left side and hold your left big toe with your left hand. Raise your right arm up and look upwards and look towards your right palm and stay there for 30 seconds to 1 minute or take 5 deep breathes.
  7. With inhalation come to the initial position keep your feet together and release your hands by the side of your body.

BENEFIT :

  1. This asana stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles.
  2. Stretches the hip, groins and calves and shoulders, chest and spine.
  3. Stimulates the abdominal organs.
  4. Helps to relieve the stress and improves digestion.

CONTRADICTIONS : 

  1. People suffering from diarrhea, headache and low blood pressure should avoid practising this asana.
  2. Also, people who are suffering from neck problems and high blood pressure, don’t turn your head up and continue looking straight ahead.

 

URDHVA MUKHA SHAVASANA

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This asana is also known as  ‘UPWARD FACING DOG’ and it is commonly a part of the widely performed in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). This is also a back bending asana in modern yoga.

How to do:

  1. Lie on your stomach, on the floor. Stretch your both legs backwards.
  2. Then, bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your waist so that your forearms are relatively perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Inhale, press your inner hands firmly into the floor, with an inhalation lift your torso up and try to look up at the sky and hold the pose for about 15-30 seconds with normal breathing.
  4. Keep the thighs firm and legs a few inches off the floor.

BENEFIT :

  1. Improves your body posture and strengthens the spine, the arms and the wrists.
  2. Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen.
  3. Stimulates organs.
  4. Helps relieve depression, fatigue and sciatica. It is also therapeutic for asthma.

CONTRADICTIONS:

  1. People with back injury should avoid this asana.
  2. People with headache and women during pregnancy should not practice this asana.

 

JANU SIRSASANA

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“JANU” is a Sanskrit name which means ‘knee’ and “SIRSASANA” means ‘head’. It is also known as head-knee pose and it’s a seated twisting and forward bending asana in Ashtanga yoga.

How to do :

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Spine erect and hands besides of your body. Bend your right knee and heel back towards your perineum. Rest your right foot slightly against your inner left thigh.
  2. Now inhale, raise your hands up and with exhalation bend forward to the left side from the base of the spine and try to reach out with your right hand to reach the inner left your foot and try to hold the left wrist from the right hand, maintain the pose for 5 deep breaths and with exhalation try to lengthen the spine.
  3. Then with inhalation release your hands and lift up your upper body and get back to starting position.
  4. Same we do with the other leg.

BENEFIT :

  1. All the forward bending asana calms the mind and relieves depression. This asana stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstring.
  2. Stimulates liver and kidney.
  3. Improves digestion and relieves anxiety.
  4. Therapeutic for high blood pressure and insomnia.

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with asthma and diarrhea should not practice this asana.
  2. People with knee injury don’t flex the injured knee completely and give support to your knee on a folded blanket.

 

PASCHIMOTANASANA :
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This asana is one of the widely practised asanas in Hatha yoga as well as Ashtanga yoga and also known as seated forward bending asana.

How to do :

  1. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front and place your palm on the floor by the side of the hips and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Exhale, extend your hands and catch your toes. Hold the right big toe between the right thumb and index and middle finger and the same with another side.
  3. Inhale completely, chest up, look up and with exhalation bend forward from the base of the spine, widen your elbows and try to touch your knee with your forehead and maintain this position from 1 to 5 minutes as per your capacity.
  4. An advanced practitioner can catch the outer sole and rest the chin on the shin.
  5. Exhale, release your hands and raise your head from the knee and relax.

BENEFIT :

  1. This Asana tones the abdominal organs
  2. Relieves the stress and calms the mind
  3. Tones the kidney and improves the digestion
  4. To reduce the belly fat women should practice this Asana after pregnancy
  5. This Asana also helps to cure impotency

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with asthma and diarrhea should not practice this asana
  2. People with back injury perform this asana under yoga teacher
  3. Women shouldn’t practice this asana during pregnancy

 

SIRSASANA :

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This asana is known as headstand and king of the asanas and commonly practised both in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.

How to do :

  1. Spread a blanket fourfold on the floor and kneel near it.
  2. Rest your forearms in the centre of the blanket, your elbow should be in the line of your shoulder.
  3. Interlock your fingers right up to the fingertips so that the palms form a cup and fingers should be kept tightly locked.
  4. Rest the crown of the head on the blanket between both the palms and move your knee towards your head.
  5. Raise your knee and walk towards your head.
  6. Exhale, and gently lift the legs off the ground, then bent your knee and stretch your legs up and stand on the head and hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes with normal breathing.
  7. Exhale,  flex your knee and gently slide down to the floor in reverse order.

BENEFIT:

  1. This Asana relieves mild depression and calms your brain
  2. Enhances memory and hair growth and reduces hair-fall
  3. Strengthen arms and lungs and abdominal organs
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Increase confidence
  6. Therapeutic for insomnia and infertility

CONTRADICTIONS: 

  1. People with neck and back injury don’t perform this asana
  2. People suffering from high blood pressure avoid all the inversions
  3. Women during menstrual shouldn’t practice this asana

 

ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA :
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‘Adho’ is a Sanskrit word which means downward, ‘Mukha’ means facing, ‘Vriksh’ means tree.

Therefore this asana is called “downward facing tree pose” and “handstand”. This asana is a balancing asana.

How to do :

  1. Stand tall and hands beside your body facing a wall. Inhale, raise your arms up then exhale, bend forward and place your palms on the floor about a foot away from the wall.
  2. Distance between palms and shoulder should be the same and keep your arms fully stretched.
  3. Take your legs back and bend your knee, exhale here and swing your legs up against the wall and balance here
  4. Look between your hands and stay there for a minute with normal breathing
  • After mastering this position try to do this in middle of room .keep your legs fully stretched and toes pointing up and lift your head as far up as you can
  • Flex your knee and gently come down to the floor in reverse order

BENEFIT :

  1. This pose develops the body harmoniously
  2. Strengthen the shoulders, arms and wrist
  3. Expand the chest fully
  4. Enhance your confidence
  5. Increase the reverse blood flow which energizes the mind
  6. Increase your concentration

CONTRADICTIONS :

  1. People with back and neck injury don’t perform this Asana
  2. People suffering from high blood pressure avoid all the inversions.
  3. Women in menstrual and during pregnancy avoid this asana.
  4. People with a weak shoulder should avoid this asana.

Disclaimer: Do not perform these Asanas without the supervision of the trainers/experts.

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8 Cool Escapes To Beat The Heat

Jaipur experience all the season in their extremes. With the temperature being 46 degrees Celsius the heat is unbearable. But we, Jaipurites know how to enjoy the best of both worlds, no matter how extreme it gets. Summers in Jaipur is the warmest times usually extending from April till July. But summer is also that time of the year when we can socialize, unwind and relax cause summertime is vacation time. Most of the schools are on break and colleges are mostly inactive. Therefore, as soon as summer approaches we all start making plans for the vacations, deciding the next spot we want to visit, relishing over all things cool or having a water gun fight with your pals. Ah, summer is fun. But we all know Jaipur can get all heated up during summers and if you staying in the city like us then Jaipur Beat will help you beat this heat with these cool escapes.

1. Pool Parties

A pool party is always a good idea in summers, the best place to chill around with your family and friends. Splashing water all over the place and dancing to your favourite beats. Pink City has quite a few options for all the party-loving Jaipurites.

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2. World Trade Park a.k.a my second home

Experiencing an electricity cut, worry not. “World Trade Park hai na yarr…” you can go there chill or hang out with your squad, have food at the court and enjoy the window shopping in the air-conditioned malls for as long as you want.

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3. Water Park

Water Parks are an entertaining place to enjoy your break with your family and friends, you can have fun on exciting rides and slides. Pink Pearl is one the most popular water park in Jaipur and even has India’s first water Disco, though in recent times more water parks have come up in the Pink City which means more fun, you can spend your weekends with your family and friends at a water park and relax.

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4. Hawa Mahal

OK! So this is one of my favourites from my childhood. Jaipur is known for its heritage all over the world. Thousands of people visit it around the year. Hawa Mahal is the spot you cannot afford to miss be you’re a tourist or a localite. Here’s why, Hawa Mahal’s architectural feature allows cool air from the Venturi effect to pass through, thus making the whole area more pleasant during the high temperatures in summer.

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5. Jal Mahal

Talking about heritage with cool escapes, you cannot skip the list without Jal Mahal. Walking past the ‘Paal’ of Jal Mahal is how you want your day to end as it not only furnishes the cool breeze but also provides a picturesque sight.

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6. Staying home and lazing around

Since its summer you get a chance to stick to your lazy bed/sofa and play games on your mobiles and laptops as your parents would be scared to send you outside due to the loo. And the best part is you can stay in your pyjamas the whole day, cause no leaving home.

7. Relish over ice cream/cold drinks

Who can say no to ice cream/cold drinks in summers? What are you even talking about, I survive on ice cream/cold drinks in summer.

Ice cream parlours in Jaipur serves many inviting flavours. Jal Mahal Ice Cream Parlor has some refreshing options on their menu that will make your taste buds go gaga with joy.

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8. The perfect excuse to run through sprinklers in the garden

Remember when you were a kid and use to play with water balloons, relive those moments, let the child inside you jump out and run through the water sprinklers till you are drenched. It’s one of the best things about summers.

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9 Events in June in the Pink City that cannot be missed!

June, the month of holidays and relaxation (well, for most of the people), is too precious to be wasted by sitting at home in front of your air conditioners and drowning in a puddle of gadgets. Some people might want to sit and watch repeated episodes of their favourite TV series, trying to avoid the heat, while some look for opportunities and events around the city to go out, have fun and beat that heat. So, if you are one of the people looking for a month full of diverse activities, here’s a list of events happening around Jaipur that you might want to explore.

  1. A Night at Stardust

Give it up for Gajendra Verma, making a grand musical appearance in Jaipur, on June 1st8 p.m. onwards at Stardust.  To get the live experience of having fun with amazing DJ, drinks and food, get your gang to attend this event which will make you have the best weekend of your life.

Book – https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/gajendra-verma-live/ET00102843

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  1. Jaipur Book Lovers 100th MeetUp

What can be a better evening for all the bibliophiles than Jaipur Book Lovers Club MeetUp, at Krishnayan- Jawahar Kala Kendra on June 2nd from 5 p.m. onwards. So, mark the date on your calendar for the 100th MeetUp of JBL!

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  1. Saanjh Open Stage

An evening full of poetry, music, fun, art and more! Saanjh Open Stage is a charity fundraiser event on June 2nd, at Yellow House Global Bistro, Silver Square Mall, M.I. Road. Do not miss as the event will only last from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For tickets – https://www.instagram.com/p/BxwWyywHjC4/

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  1. Not Just Baniya, Stand Up Comedy

If you’re tried clubbing and partying then this is what you can do next. Not Just Baniya is a standup solo by Gaurav Gupta live on Sunday, June 2nd at 7 p.m. organized at Idiot Box. Now you know what are your Sunday evening plans.

For tickets – https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/not-just-baniya-standup-solo-by-gaurav-gupta-live/ET00102298

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  1. Half Day Tour to Amber Fort

Taj Rambagh Palace is commencing half day private tour for 8 hours from June 3rd onwards of the architectural and cultural highlights of Pink City. The tour will last from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For tickets – https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/half-day-tour-to-amber-fort-jaipur-city/ET00080931

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  1. TEDxTaxilaBusinessSchool

Jaipurites, gear yourself up for TEDxTaxilaBusinessSchool, where leading thinkers will be gathered to give you a unique experience in Taxila Business School, Mansarovar. Jaipurites witness speakers from multiple vertical like authors, CEOs, entertainment and more on June 8th at 9:30 a.m. onwards.

For tickets – https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/tedxtaxilabusinessschool/ET00103671

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  1. Rooh Open Mic

A dawn of poetry, melody and humor. An overwhelming experience, for the budding poets of Jaipur on June 14th at DeckedUp by Garden Café from 4 p.m. onwards.

For tickets – https://www.townscript.com/e/rooh-an-open-mic-103331

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  1. Art of Film Making

The workshop of Art of Film Making Chapter II by Harshit Walia is an 8 hour immersive workshop for amateur photographers or filmmakers and for those photos fanatics who want to get the best from the pieces of equipment they own. The event is on June 30th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the venue is yet to be decided.

Tickets – https://www.townscript.com/e/the-art-of-film-making-431320?prS=listing&seS=topicpage

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      9. Pyjama Party with Wonder years

Don’t miss this fun opportunity!
Wonder Years, Vaishali nagar is hosting an overnight pyjama party for children from Saturday 1st June, 6 pm to Sunday 2nd June 9 am for the children from 5-10 years. The Activities would include Splash pool, Charades, Fun games, stories, music, dance party, yoga, gazing the stars. Dinner and breakfast would be included
Fee: 1200/-

Contact – +91 9672974963

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