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Ganesh Chaturthi – A Family Binge time with ZEE5

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Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the 10-day veneration of Lord Ganesh. It also marks the beginning of the festival season in India. Festivals have always been a big part of Indian family values and culture, in fact, the first ever Ganesh Chaturti was one of its kind social occasion organized by national activist Lokmanya Tilak to bring the community together during the British era. The significance of the festival has grown since that age and has now become the core of every Indian household where ‘Ganpati Bappa’ is fondly welcomed into our hearts and homes.

India prides itself on its close-knit family ties during festivities and it is a common sight to see the whole of an extended family gather under one roof to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Just as the women get busy in making sweets and delicious food items the men and children decorate the house. The best time is spent leisurely chatting and binge-watching movies together over a scrumptious meal. ZEE5 has come up with a mixture of family blockbuster entertainers this season.

You can watch Salman Khan in his best action avatar in Wanted. Or groove to his energetic steps in the praises of Lord Ganesha in the famous Jalwa song from the movie. My personal favourite happens to be ABCD and ABCD 2. Watching Prabhu Deva is a treat to the eyes, not to mention the little kids in the family who go berserk matching his dance moves. Beats from the movie Banjo imitate the real-life Ganesh procession that immerses India in a vibrant pink pitch fever. Varun Dhawan can be adorable with his comic timing and chocolate boy attics in Judwaa 2 we know you will never miss on this one.

So while you implore on Lord Ganesha to shower his precious blessings on your family, you can count on ZEE5 to keep your guests entertained with more popular options like Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Jab We Met and A Flying Jatt among many others which can bring your family together for your very own Hum Saath Saath Hain moment.

Family movie time can become an Instagram worthy event when you set it up an open-air screening complete with snacks and themed carpet entry. If you cannot come up with an outdoor setup then an indoor movie night with a projector is the perfect way to catch up your favourite flicks.

You really do not need to pack all of yourselves into a car and navigate through kilometres of traffic just to enjoy a movie night with your family. ZEE5 is the millennial way of enjoying movies in the comfort of your house.

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Dhatt Tere Ki – Sarcasm on Point

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Entertainment on the go has become the major need of our fast-paced lives. We really don’t have much patience when it comes to enjoying our favourite serials on TV anymore. We want it everywhere and anywhere.

In this age of a click, ZEE has launched a new VOD service – ZEE5 that showcases original web series, drama, international movies, and Indian movies in all regional languages. One option you can seriously consider watching is their newly featured comedy series Dhatt Tere Ki. This series is a sarcastic take on the hypocrisies of the Indian society. Every episode is a standalone story that deals with an important issue in a few minutes.

Episode 1 – What is it about?

Episode 1 of this rib-tickling comedy series has been named Firauti – which means ransom. Rich and poor alike, people have high expectations these days and wish to live a comfortable luxurious life. In order to keep a high standard of living, two goons who are fed up with the despotism of their boss kidnap a rich kid and try to irk his father by asking for ransom. The kid is smart and makes the goons to ask for more money by negotiating a deal with the goons. The irony of time and money is depicted with razor-sharp humour and is a treat to watch.

Episode 2 – What is it about?

Sachi Qurbani – True Sacrifice is a well-etched comic situation of religion and politics through symbolism. It is the period of Bakri Eid and a goat, is brought in with the name of Allah and Om etched on its body for sale. The middleman offers to sell it at a high price to a wealthy party. Soon enough a crowd gathers from both the communities and the Muslims try to fetch the goat for sacrifice while the Hindus try to save it from sacrifice. As the bidding
rises a feverish pitch, the satirical aspect of the story too reaches new heights.

If you love more of such slapstick comedy portraying real issues then tune into ZEE5 and enjoy Dhatt Tere Ki. Trust me, it is just as funny as it is insightful about our incredible India.

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Farewell to the creator of the iconic Bandage Dress

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An iconic French designer who gave the world elastic strips of fabric knitted together to make girdle-tight dresses or the sultry Bandage dresses, Hervé Leroux has passed away at the age of 60. He is famously known for his legendary Hervé Léger fashion house and the inventor of the fashion style which has been adorned on the red carpet by glamorous divas of the entertainment and fashion industry.

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It first debuted on the runway in the fall of 1995 worn by the likes of Karen Mulder, Cindy Crawford, and Eva Herzigova, the original pieces then were not fully designed the way we see them as body-con dresses today. Later in 1998 when Max Azria and Co. acquired the company they went on a quest to find the vintage collection through ebay sales and private parties to create the exclusive piece that so many of us flaunt today.

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Bandage dresses are staple as LBD’s in the wardrobe so much so that it is an excuse to show-off and flatter those feminine curves!

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The Legacy of Space Domination – Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

The alien bashing crew has arrived with yet another complex masterpiece that has blown away the young and old audiences alike. Star Trek Beyond the highly anticipated sci-fi franchise legacy has finally arrived in India. Studio Talk has exclusively pioneered the promotion of this delectable series with engaging activities and created a new age buzz among the Indian cinegoers to lap up this space age madness. Caught between deep space adventures vs. stellar affinity the spectators are loving the #StarTrekinIndia experience and enjoying the outer space augmentation.

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The series is the first sci-fi directorial venture of Justin Lin; the movie packs an admirable punch of guns and galore with the space age twist just like his previously directed action packed mayhems on the big screen. His crafty ability to shoot insane dialogue-heavy scene, innovative action sequences, and the knack of delivering a daring spectacle out of the cast makes the movie a highly successful must watch of the season. The tragic passing away of Anton Yelchin a month before the movies release have not affected the popularity among the scores of fans who have waited this long to relish the space vision of the Enterprise, his legacy will live on forever etched in the minds of millions.

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The ruddy task taken on by the Enterprise to throw all intergalactic forces threatening to cause a galaxy pandemonium works bombastically in their favour. The musical score is fitting and badass especially the track Sabotage which directly portrays the essence of the storyline. Among the cast we have the eye-candy Chris Pine, the sultry Zoe Saldana who can sizzle on screen with her presence. The surprise package is newcomer Idris Elba as Krall the reptilian evil mind who contradicts the very foundations of the Federation. Each of the characters essays his portion with ease and aplomb.

This new age cinematic cult promises a dastardly plot waiting to unfold in the realms of above and beyond. It captures the imagination of every Star Trek fan and deviates from the traditional story- telling adding a much richer interstellar fusion of emotions and exploit.

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One McCainlicious Soiree !

Karisma Kapoor at McCain Snack Party

Childhood is always a crazy phase and even crazier are the memories of wanting to be like your favourite actress. I have always admired Karisma Kapoor’s style and grace and imitating her came naturally, I even had a pinafore dress stitched by my mum which had a huge heart saying ‘Dil Tho Pagal Hai’ (Imagine! I proudly wore it on the streets much to the amusement of the passerby’s).

Now that I have grow out of that mad phase I still remain her ardent fan and plus a die hard foodie so when I got the invite for the McCain Snack Party it was like a match made in heaven. There I was in full attendance at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on the 15th of December. A special thank-you to Indiblogger team for making my dream come true.

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The evening was a fun-filled experience; emcee Nikhil Arora had everyone in splits with his acting and mimicry skills. The audience regaled themselves in the lavish atmosphere by tasting unique and easy McCain recipes cooked by Chef Tushar (did you know you could dish out a lip-smacking dessert with French fries).

To those with a sweet tooth here is the recipe for the French fries dessert:
Ingredients:
1 pac McCain French Fries
2 tablespoons Honey
2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
Dry Fruits for garnish
Method:
Deep fry the French fries in oil. Sauté with honey, maple syrup, and chocolate syrup in a pan till they turn crispy. Garnish with dry fruits and serve hot.

On Stage with Karisma Kapoor at McCain Snack Party

Of course the highlight of the evening was the photo session with Karisma Kapoor and we were pleasantly surprised by the framed memory we received at the end of the event. Not to mention the buffet treat that awaited us, all in all it was an unforgettable soirée which I am going to cherish my whole life.

Framed Memory McCain Snack Party

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Mind B(l)oggling #BNLF

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Who said bloggers can’t have fun? I know we may look like a bunch of jobless promoters who love self-adulation on social platforms but trust me if that comes with attending cool events like a star and meeting inspirational people then I’m a Proud Blogger! BNLF (Blog Now Live Forever) was an amazing experience, imagine being amidst the crème de la crème of the blogging scene in India and realizing that you are actually sane in following your passion for writing. Earlier my mother used to think that I could never make a living out of writing but after attending the BNLF event (she managed to sneek in during the last session when the Legend Bruce Dickinson was on stage and even clicked the above snap!) she says “My God! you people are celebrities!”. Such is the power of Blogging my Mom is now my Fan!

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This magnum opus stage actually rocked an opening concert from the Indiblogger band Blunder in the Code which obviously set the jive mood with Another Brick in the Wall- Pink Floyd. Then came the inspirational sessions from Indian as well as international delegates. These were not actual lecturing sessions but they were laced with humorous experiences and anecdotes from Purba Ray, Anshul Tiwari, Arnab Ray, Kanan Gill, Preeti Shenoy, Jeff Bullas, Christoph Trappe, and Bruce Dickinson.

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What did I enjoy?
The contagious ambiance of being among the best, the tips and tricks of acing my game as a blogger, the awe-inspiring stories shared on this huge platform, and the proud moment of representing my passion. #BNFL will be etched in my memory forever.

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Living The #FAME

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Every human on this planet fantasizes about being popular, famous, and a Star. With the dawn of a new Digital Age this fame-hungry phase has catapulted from big screens to personal mobile screens. I guess waiting in long queues for talent auditions will soon be a thing of the past thanks to the newly launched LIVE BEAMING App #FAME. All you have to do is switch on your mobile camera and beam your talent live from anywhere to a massive active audience after-all ‘If you have It then Flaunt It’!

I was lucky enough to get chosen by Blogmint as one of the top 50 influencer’s from Pune to witness this amazing technology held on the 29th of October at O Hotel. The event introduced us to the concept of Live beaming and its future prospective of becoming a sensational hit among those who love to share their hidden knowledge with the masses.

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What’s in a name?
The hashtag is the undisputed internet icon for success hence #FAME.

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Why Choose this Platform?
All those wannabe celebrities who have been dreaming endlessly of coming out of the closet and shedding their next-door images must immediately download the app from the Google play store and the Apple store. The platform has an expert gamete of well-known celebrities for guidance, plus it offers every genre under the sun to display your talent.

Budding fashionista’s can join the Lakme School of Style, kitchen conquerors can impress everyone with their gourmet meals on Web Chef, and musically gifted Beethoven’s can live up the #fame on Websinger. There is something for everyone, so why not take the advantage of going Live with your passion?

Fame Stars Pune

We had an exclusive tête-à-tête with the Vice President – Content @ Fame Digital Mr. Ankit Vengurlekar and the current #Fame Stars Vishaal Rasquinha, Shray Tiwari, and Shruti Prakash. They shared their inspirational success stories which had very humble beginnings. The picture above is the live performance of #Fame Star signing sensation Shruti Prakash who rendered the soulful ‘IkTara’ from the movie ‘Wake Up Sid’ which ended the evening on a melodious note (Plus I got my fan moment with a selfie!).

So all you spotlight chasers don’t look any further as the spotlight is now in your hands, build your career, explore your ambition, garner the attention of million online followers and admirers, and Live Your #FAME through this instant on-the-go technology. Anybody can Be a #FameStar!

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