Peep into the African Jungle in Chander Pahar

The Bengali movie Chander Pahar is based on the daring novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay that projects Dev Adhikari, the actor playing Shankar, one of its main protagonists on a hazardous voyage. The winter release of this film brings back into contention the lions, tigers, a whole lot of wild animals some of which were once part of the circus in addition to the perilous snakes and mythical monster which are an integral part of the story. Directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee the film is a perfect getaway for every Bengali family who have grown up reading this pictorial novel. With a running time of almost two and a half hours the audience is held spell bound as the African setting both amazes and brings them on the edge of their seats many a times. Shankar leaves his remote Bengali village to take up a job as that of a stationmaster with the Uganda railway. The series of encounters where Shankar is chased by the African jumbos and ferocious lions are totally enthralling. The Masai figure in the film and so does the mamba which is the most venomous snake found in Africa. Dev is ideally suited for his role in the Mountain of the Moon where he finds a Portuguese man Diego Alvarez played by Gerard Rudolf to look for the diamond mines that a guarded by a mythical monster even feared by the natives of Africa. The kids will love it for Dev and the animals. Chander Pahar is a movie that will make Bengali audiences proud as it has dared to take the industry into a new period. That a 15 crores film like Chander Pahar be at all produced in Tollywood is in itself unthinkable. Chander Pahar has been packaged and sold as a product and more over against the views that it will be practically impossible to gain back its costs. Through Chander Pahar, Shree Venkatesh Films has something different to offer passionately which stands out for its finesse. The uninhabited station and its nature affectionate station master Shankar projected with the various shades of the African sky, the roaring African lions whom Shankar comes across, a black mamba slipping into Shankar’s room and Shankar’s successful attempt to jump over a deep abyss to rescue Alvarez from a pack of hyenas and cheetahs are some of the poignant yet unforgettable moments that linger in the mind. Chander Pahar is a must watch and it depicts that gradual transformation of an adventurous dreamer in to a survivor. Shankar is the last to come out of this thrilling tale alive as even he at last cannot save Alvarez from the perils of the Mountain of the Moon. The visual treat is unforgettable. However a few closely knit moments created between the humans in the film could have raised it by many...
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Imperialism raises its ugly head in Bangladesh

The Rana Plaza factory building disaster in Savar, Bangladesh, six months ago had snuffed out 1,129 lives of workers for leading clothing brands who are yet to be compensated. It brings forth a cruel and unforgivable picture of the garment factory employers in this age when the world has seemingly abolished imperialism and racism of its face. We have been living in a world where relatives of the dead, injured and missing garment factory workers have formed a group to lay claim from the 15 brands whose clothes were produced at the site. However these brands have yet to reach an agreement let alone pay any long-term compensation to the injured workers or the next of kin of the dead and missing. The inadequate Government aids and initiatives have certainly raised eyebrows as they are committed towards social benevolence and are expected to safeguard the victims of any such calamities. The brands include Spanish fashion company Inditex, UK work wear producer Premier and US supermarket Walmart, all of whom sold clothing made at Rana Plaza. Each of them has been called upon to help the victims’ families and survivors of the factory disaster to undertake a long-term compensation commitment which will ensure and implement the payment of full and fair compensation. This clarion call has come from different workers’ rights group and other clothing retailers at the international level and aimed at all brands who were sourcing either directly or indirectly from factories housed in Rana Plaza. As accidents are always probable they have also been directed to agree to finalize a deal as to the terms and conditions that will apply in case of occurrence of accidents to avoid making any tragic situation worse with the poor workers having to face uncertainty from either survival or high medical bills leading to penury. In the aftermath of the immense pressure the leading brands like Benetton, the Italian fashion brand and nine other companies, including Primark, Matalan and Bonmarché from the UK and Loblaw from Canada got together in recent weeks to discuss long-term compensation arrangements for Rana Plaza victims. There is however no reason for delight as workers are likely to have to wait until the new year to receive payment as negotiations are still on about the scale of payments on which are workers are to be paid. Primark is the only one to have paid out short-term financial aid to Rana Plaza workers in the last six months but it has no permanent plans for continuing to grant any financial assistance at this point. Inditex, the owner of the Zara chain, is a Spanish retailer who had provided support in the immediate aftermath of the factory collapse. This week they have put up cash benefits for the Rana Plaza victims. However US giant Walmart had completely washed its hands off claiming that its products were not made in the building in Savar at Rana Plaza at the time of the accident. Due to this dreadful and catastrophic accident in April 2013 brands as well the Government has started looking at building safety measures. Some have improved but there is a long way to safety for Bangladeshi garment factory workers can heave a sigh of relief from poor conditions of work, improper methods of maintaining records and proper payment channels like bank accounts which are undeniable proof of their existence. Let us hope that other clothes retailer follow in the footsteps of Primark which has offered to compensate injured workers and relatives of those who died in the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh in the long...
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Why God Never Speaks

We all go to the temple, mosque, church, or gurudwara depending upon our faith and religion, we may not find a statue in mosque and gurudwara because it is not there in Islam and Sikhism but in the church and temple we pray as if God is before us. Large number of people visit religious places offering money, fruits, Prasad and what not, but one thing is there that God never speaks. In spite of ringing the church and temple bells, chanting mantras and lot of music, with instruments but God never speaks and keeps silent. Why is it so? Have you ever thought about it? There is a story behind. There was a cleaner in temple who had been doing the cleaning job for decades and always observed that God never speaks. One day he stood in front of statue of God and prayed in very sincere manner with a wish to play the role of God for a day. He asked God, “I have been observing you since last two decades while cleaning your statue and surroundings that you keep complete silence, and do not get affected by prayers and mantras.” The cleaner pleaded God to give him opportunity for playing his role. He was surprised when God agreed to his request for playing his role for a day. The cleaner was very happy and said” God give me some piece of advice to act in a perfect manner.” God replied “while playing my role you should make sure that in spite of all provocations by the devotees and visitors, you keep silent and remain like a statue don’t show any gestures, it is not easy to keep silent but it is necessary because if I speak, the whole system will get disturbed.” Cleaner promised to obey the instructions of God. Next day as usual the temple opened and cleaner stood in place of God like a statue. He was quite certain in his mind to obey instructions of the God for keeping silent so as to act like a statue. In the morning one poor man came with tears in eyes and prayed for money “God I am unable to meet two ends, my family is starving so please, God give me some money.” With this prayer he stood before the statue of God with folded hands and closed eyes. After sometime a very rich man came and prayed to God for mental peace. He said “God I have lot of money and all riches of life, but I am unable to have peace of mind. The money is so much with me that I have no place to keep. I don’t know how to spend money. I have sleepless nights due to unwanted tensions. I am ready to spend money to attain peace but it is not coming.” The rich man also closed his eyes and with fold hands stood in front of God. Meanwhile another man came to the temple who happened to be a fisherman. His prayer was different from others since he wanted safety of his life for his journey in the sea as there was possibility of storms in the sea and his visit was necessary for fishing. He was quite apprehensive for his life so he prayed God for safe fishing. The fisher man repeatedly prayed for no storms on the day of his visit. Like others the fisherman also closed his eyes and stood before the God with folded hands. Thereafter the rich man went away, when the poor man was still there. He opened his eyes looking here and there and found that a purse containing lot of...
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Web Forums are the gateways

Emancipating from the cherished tradition, the web forums have primarily been found to be used as brand promotion vehicles or efficient SEO tools, today. While millions of browsers throng at the diversely themed forums, why not to take advantage of this incredible viewer base that is no less than any of the prominent social networks ruling on the Internet circuit? A forum is nothing but a conglomerate of people from all walks of life who get connected due to a common interest, habit or inclination. The SEO consultants are using the varied forums floated on the Web to bring browsers together forming a community under any particular agenda. As these browsers can independently project their opinion for or against the published threads or opinions they serve by default as both the direct and indirect channels for web marketing. While direct marketing undeviatingly talks of the features or benefits of any product, the indirect one skillfully disguises the salient features of the products for any enterprise or manufacturer. Google having slapped a ban on article replication, web solution providers are left with very limited options to escalate the status of a written piece or article so that it reaches out to a maximum number of web browsers who show awareness in the concerned field or subject. The usual trend followed by SEO consultants to propagate a particular brand begins with scripting a number of posts about the products and publishing them at various blogs and article directories. Once the post becomes visible at the submitted websites they then choose to float the related link in different forums which is the converging ground for a divergent stream of visitors and conveys a percentage of these browsers to the concerned website which is being propagated. The web solution providers certainly promote the links of the posts in several of the link directories present across the web. Alas! Google has predominantly decided not to proffer due diligence to such link directories any more. Today’s forums boast of a bountiful of links and headlines, which aim at converting the visitors. It must always be remembered that the job of a SEO consultant is restricted to routing the niche customers to the corresponding websites. People have been found to be exploiting community websites like facebook or twitter in a similar fashion. The key focus is to approach a huge perceptive client base that come by to these websites normally. The indirect way followed by the SEO consultants comprises of the techniques of highlighting different features of the said products or brands in versatile forms. Even a highly popular political thread stated on a forum may encounter a link to a corresponding post concerning even a micro oven or a movie show that entails proliferation of the same concepts, ideas and notions. This way of propping up of brands is the latest in the kitty of SEO consultants who are simply exercising options to get their job done. It appears as if the unassociated link has become a coefficient to the political discussion that has been raised in the forum by one of its discerning member. This projects the true skill of the SEO experts who struggle hard to bring to the fore such palpable but oblique analogies for spiraling their customer brands. The web world certainly enjoys such battles where the fate swings like an oscillating...
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni – our loving captain of the Indian cricket team

He leaves the spectators flabbergasted, All shots in the cricket field he has mastered, He can play the helicopter shot extremely well, And can take the bowlers to hell, He has still miles to tread, To reach Ganguly’s milestones at the head, His decisions are amazing, Though they are entertaining, For giving Jadeja the last over, Pakistan bowled India over, Or providing the last over to Ashwin, Saw the Champions Trophy India win, He is electrifying behind the stumps, That forbids the batsman to go for bumps, He never panics in England, And keeps a lot of time in hand, He is captain the cool, And never lands in a pool, Or coming in at No.5, Hitting a High Five, To power India to win the final World Cup match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was declared Man of the...
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Cinema – the curse of today’s world

It may be the dreadful fighting sequences in Fighter or the tremendous burst of energy provided by Chak de India, cinema has got both its pros and cons like the flip of a coin. But it is indeed true that nowadays, the cinemas comprise of such violence or awkward scenes that it would be better not to be watched by the kids and the weak minded people. Kids become more violent by watching fights in cinemas. The terrible ghost of Talaash seems to come alive in their minds. They are not able to sleep at night and are suddenly awakened by fostering the fear of the ghost that would seemingly enter their house to attack them. Simply because it triggers off and satiates the subdued animal instincts in human, people continue to watch such movies. Such instances become more furious when it acts upon the tender minds in the most vulnerable period of the teenagers. Millions and billions are wasted in the name of producing such useless and harmful entertainment. As cinemas nurture and cultivate the unfulfilled dreams of human desires, people irrespective of age, sex and status love to watch them. The producers do not intend to comprehend the impact of their cinema on different segments of people throughout the society at a large. Avatar reveals exactly what the British had done to the Indians during their regime of cruelty and vindictiveness. The news about the latest films also distracts young children from their studies. People may get motivated by cinemas like Taare Zamin Par and 3 Idiots, but these gems are produced very rarely. Vulgarity and violence is exhibited in most of the cinemas which are geared up to cast a tremendous negative impact on mankind. They are adequate to demolish the moral and social obligations. Unfortunately, cinemas have become an addiction to a section of the community today. It is indeed true that young children are distracted by cartoon films or cricket followed by other sports, but the cinema enthusiast wants to watch television all day long. There is no dearth of movies today, which is due to blessings of the cable networks. They fail to show resilience to any limit while watching movies. Even if we compare, a cricket match goes on for a few hours only, which is surely less harmful. Nowadays, the disgusting cinemas have demoralized young minds and the effects of these will and shall be felt after ten to fifteen years. When these young minds will blossom they will not forget what they have watched in their childhood instead would only like to express them and slowly but steadily, the society will be destroyed. Hence the slow erosion of any work culture, sense of morality and steady growth of violence will decompose the good values that are inculcated within the human mind. Alas! It will not be too harsh to say that the corrosive impact of cinemas on the minds causes irreparable...
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