3 Stand-Up Comedians From Rajasthan Who Have Made It Big In India

‘Laughter is the best medicine’. We have all grown up hearing this line and fed with the importance of a good laugh a day, but few are those who are actually gifted to make us laugh and laugh hard.

In a world that’s only becoming a gloomier & a frightening place with every passing day, stand-up comedians come as a ray of hope in the darkness & are angels in human forms. They research, work hard, sit & write about what, how & where they have to speak in order to generate the most innocent pure emotion – a hearty laugh. On a day when the first celebration of Laughter Day was carried out i.e. 10th January, 1998, Jaipur Beat wants you to meet the 3 stand up comedians who hail from Rajasthan and have made it big in the world of comedy.

  1. Vipul Goyal

    The only Indian comedian to have a web-series dedicated solely to him, Vipul Goyal was born in Falna in Rajasthan, India. Counted among the top stand-up Indian comedians , Vipul  is adept at and has been tickling the funny bones with his satire, observational comedy & improvisational comedy for 6 years now with realistic & hilarious pieces like ‘Woh the papa’ and has had more than 50 million views on his online videos across various platforms.

  2. Shyam Rangeela

    The man who got infamously famous by getting innocently involved in a recent controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge , Shyam Rangeela hails from Sri Ganganagar city in Rajasthan. He recently caught the eyes of media and politics owing to his fantastic mimicry of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi & the President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi which got him eliminated from the reality show.

  3. Zakir Khan

    Last but not the least, Zakir Khan needs no introduction. Born and brought up in Indore, Zakir Khan has his roots in Rajasthan as his forefathers belong to the state of Rajasthan. He has also spent a lot of time in Jaipur for an internship in 2009 while take up some odd jobs to earn money before shifting to Delhi. He rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand Up Comedian competition in 2012 and has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB. With his satirical & narrative comedy pieces like ‘Haq Se Single’ & ‘When I meet a Delhi Girl’  , he has won hearts of many. Not just that, the man knows music & writes wonderful poetry as well.


    Rajasthan is proud to have them 🙂

7 Events In And Around Jaipur That Will Rock Your New Year

“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book , let us write it well !”

New year brings brand new opportunities and opens new doors for a fresh start. New day brings more cheer and happiness along with a lot of fun new events to attend in the city of Jaipur. All the events are ready you just need to grab your bags and make the new year hip and happening ! 🙂

  • Lifestyle Exhibitions   

Brand new fashion with fresh collection is awaiting your arrival ! This year brings tremendous in-vogue fashion that can give you a complete makeover. Jhalak Exhibition brings the trendiest fashion apparel right from traditional to western and accessories to go along with. One of the most prestigious wedding shopping experience is going to be offered by Shimmer Wedding and Gift Expo. For all your home needs under one roof, Dahleez Exhibition is coming to Pink City. Girls out there this is a perfect chance to get the trendiest in town !

 

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  •   Rang Rajasthan

Get the perfect look and feel of the Rajasthani art and culture at Rang Rajasthan where Rajasthani plays, celebrity talk shows and folk performances in collaboration with national and international acclaimed directors and mentors will be given a platform to showcase their talent. Experience it in this seven day festival.

Date: 6th-12th January

Venue: JKK

Time: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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  • TOSS Photography Project

For all the photographers and potential photographers, here is an opportunity for you to learn the technicals of photography along with the creative aspects of it from the first-hand experience of Preeth Singh, the Nat-Geo photographer. Just grab your cameras and get going !

Date: 9th-19th January

Venue: The Open Space Society, Adarsh Nagar

Time: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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  • International Kite Festival

International kite festival celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is the most colourful festival of the year where kites are flown high and the sky gets filled with mesmerizing sights. Sweets like gajak, til ke laddu and feeni are usually eaten on this auspicious day.

Date: 14th January

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  • Ranthambore Festival

Dwell under the stars where soulful folk and music performances, naked-eye astronomy, forest experiences and breath-taking wildlife stories are awaiting your presence. Book your tickets now.

Date: 19th-21st January

Venue: Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore

Time: 6 a.m. onwards

  • Rajasthan International Film Festival

Selection of best feature films, documentaries and short films from all around the globe along with gala events, seminar and workshops will be showcased in this four day extravaganza. All the movie buffs, mark your calendars now !

Date: 20th-23rd January

Venue: Inox Crystal Palm

Time: 3 p.m. onwards

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  • Jaipur Literature Festival

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth is back with a bigger and grander level this season. Celebrated speakers and writers from all over the world will be gracing the event with their esteemed presence. Jaipur Literature Festival is for one and all, don’t miss it !

Date: 25th-29th January

Venue: Diggi Palace

Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Here is wishing you a very Happy New Year ! 🙂

Spend the Weekend looking at the magnificence of Amer Fort By Night

While night tourism in several places in Jaipur has managed to amaze both the residents and tourists, it’s the grandeur of Amber fort that mkes this sight 100 times more intriguing.

The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort for night tourism has added a new dimension to tourism in the city. With beautiful placement of lights to enhance the visual display of the monument and its places, is quite an experience not only for foreigners but also domestic tourists who came to see the Amer Fort at night. Amer By Night was definitely an attraction.

Here’s a glance at ‘Amer by night’ which illuminates vibrant hues at Jaleb Chowk, Diwan-e-Aam, Mansingh Mahal , Baradhari , Sattais kacheri and Sheesh Mahal.

Jaleb Chowk

Jaleb Chowk

Sattais Kacheri

Sattais Kacheri

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Diwan-e-Aam

Diwan-e-Aam

Diwan-e-Aam

Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal

Baradhari

Baradhari

For the night tourism, Amer Fort opens at 07.00 pm to 10.00 pm every evening.

5 Mouth-watering Sweets In Jaipur For Your Winter Cravings

Sweets are an integral part of life especially for Rajasthanis’. We never fail to eat sweets whether it is Holi or Rakhi or Diwali. Each festival brings different kind of sweets to our doorstep. And for those who have a sweet tooth, are always looking for some or the other speciality of the season. Let’s take you through the all-time favourite sweet shops in Jaipur.

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  1. Shree Gangaur Sweets

Only 5 months since its inception in Jaipur, Shree Gangaur Sweets serves one of the finest sweet delicacies in the city. If you are looking for the packaging and especially Balushahi, then you should definitely visit this shop.

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  1. Amardeep Sweets

Akhrot Ki Mithai is on your mind, and then Amardeep Sweets is the right choice for your sweet tooth cravings.

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  1. Laaduwala Sweets

Whether you cleared your board exams or your marriage got fixed, Ladu is a must to have sweet especially in Jaipur. Laaduwala Sweets has humongous variety of Ladus but Doodh Ke Ladu are a must to gorge on.

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  1. Mahaveer Rabdi

Craving for some flavourful rabdi, with lots of pistachio nuts on top, then the right place to look at is Mahaveer Rabdiwala, Chandpole Bazar.

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  1. Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar

For any festival or special occasion, you want to have sweets, Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar is definitely on your mind. Famous for its dahi bade, rasgulle, rasmalai, and especially paneer ghevar, this place is ready to serve you with whatsoever is on your list.

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Since every festival is synonymous to different type of sweets, these are the speciality during Diwali season. Jaipur Beat covered this sweet trail during the festival of lights, let’s watch this special sweet trail of Jaipur!

Rajasthan’s Holy Town Pushkar Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2017

Come the month of Kartik, and the holy town of Pushkar is seen buzzing with a burst of colors, rhythm of Rajasthani folklores, hustle bustle in the narrow bucolic streets, a plethora of delish cuisines and a large stadium surrounded with thousands of camels and turban clad Rajasthani men because it’s the time of the annual Pushkar Mela once again in 2017 😀

Preparations of Pushkar Fair can be seen in full swing when livestock owners from all across the country come here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair officially starts on 28th October i.e. Saturday and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

Top 10 Getaways From Jaipur

Hello Jaipur vaasiyo !! We know that it’s hot in & around Jaipur right now, but ab monsoon door nahi 😉 Don’t wait  and plan a getaway in Rajasthan and explore the state’s rare places this weekend !

  1. Alsisar

    The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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2. Bhangarh

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage scenery?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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3. Bundi

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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4. Deeg Palace

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan. Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays. Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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5. Jodhpur

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces
shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu 😀

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7. Nawalgarh

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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8. Pushkar

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit
Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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9. Ranthambhore

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.
The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. 

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10. Shahpura

65 kms. away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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What are you waiting for ? Pack your bags and get away ! 😀

Jaipur’s Young Photographers Get Sensitive About The City In Photo Exhibition at JKK

It is overwhelming to see how Jaipur and its residents especially the young generation is growing up to be more opinionated and individualistic along with being sorted about their careers and interests. Among these, there are some who are openly embracing their inclination towards art & photography. In regard to this, a 3 day photo exhibition – ‘City vs Sensitivity – Edition III’ was organised in Parijat Gallery at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur from 10th -12th April.

Beaming with an array of thoughtful captures by the young and fearless students of Rajasthan University, the photographs was a result of a 3 weeks workshop curated by the renowned photographer & Bureau Head of Deccan Herald, Rajasthan – Dr. Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi along with chief photographer & columnist with Hindustan Times at Jaipur – Himanshu Vyas.

Dr. Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi

During this workshop, a group of 30 students were taken for 2 photo walks – one in the walled city of Jaipur and another in an old village called Goner of Rajasthan. Each student clicked with their own perspective and 2 photographs by each of them were chosen to put up in the gallery along with unique captions which made us think more sensitively than we generally would while looking at an ordinary photograph. All the photographs reflected a different perspective and varied emotions of the city, lives, childhood, freedom, daily chores, etc. and what made these pictures extra ordinary were their captions. Every caption provoked another look at the picture and bewildered us with the talent that lies behind weaving a thousand stories with every capture and captivating the beholder with its purity and sincerity.

‘Nanha’ Aaj – A photo depicting the contradiction of past and present through the little kid sitting with a newspaper with a blackboard in background that says ‘Aaj ke mukhya samachar’

“Most of these students had borrowed a camera, but their ‘seeing’ is their own. For many it was their first experience with camera, but their photographs reflect they had profound tales to share.”

~ Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi, Bureau Head of Deccan Herald, Rajasthan & Curator of City vs Sensitivity – Edition III

Dreamy landscapes, blooming flowers, colossal monuments are things that we see in beautiful pictures very often. But what’s challenging and daring is to show the reality, the truth and the sensitive side of life in photographs.

“We walk in the streets every single day, be it to work, towards a market, house, but we often miss the little moments around us which makes this routine life worth valuing”, said Siddharth Jain, a doctor and a student of Mass. Comm. in Rajasthan University.

“Their nascent work is a thoughtful metaphor. It reminds me of what photojournalist Robert Frank said, “when people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read the lines of a poem twice.”

~ Himanshu Vyas, Chief Photographer, Columnist with Hindustan Times at Jaipur & Curator of City vs Sensitivity – Edition III