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Film maker whose efforts was unparallel

Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his perceptive and sagacious handling of plots roared Bengali films back into life. Not only he churned out award winning films he brought back the audiences to watch Bengali cinema in theaters. His sudden passing away is a jolt from which t will be very hard for cinema to recover in Bengal. He was a national figure as his death has been mourned by all in the fraternity throughout the country. His films made a great impact on all who viewed them due to their impeccable quality. Ghosh a well known director of mainstream Bengali cinema was praised for his pragmatic illustration of relationships especially delicate ones against the backdrop of urban, educated and middle class society. Beginning from Hirer Angti which he followed up by the widely acclaimed Unishe April starring Aparna Sen, Debashree Roy and Prosenjit Chatterjee loosely based on an Ingmar Bergman film Autumn Sonata. Bariwali starring Kiron Kher is an accomplished work where a landlady lets out her house to a film crew. Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s epic novel came Chokher Bali featuring Aishwarya Rai, Raima Sen and Prosenjit whose performances were praised and won Bengali cinema a lot of international acclaim. He followed it up with another master piece like Abohoman (The eternal). Shob Charitro Kalpanik featured Bipashu Basu and won Rituparno Ghosh once again the best Bengali film national award. Co-directed by Rituparno Ghosh Aarekti Premer Golpo starred him as a gay filmmaker while Chitrangada was praised for his acting skill. Memories in March, was a film where in Rituparno Ghosh appeared again to play a character under Sanjoy Nag as director. The film revolved around a mother-son relationship where the mother grasps her son’s secret life only after his death. Dosar walks the tight rope between a husband and wife when faced with a predicament. A black and white film by Rituparno Ghosh who had not wished to lose the intricacies exemplified in a myriad of colors portrayed only through the visages of Konkona Sen Sharma and Prosenjit playing the couple. Rituparno Ghosh’s only Hindi film Raincoat had commercial stars like Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai showcasing the journey of a couple estranged by fate and suddenly meeting again on a rainy night after years. Antar Mahal was another Rituparno Ghosh venture in Bengali starring Bollywood actors like Abhishek Bachchan, Jackie Shroff and Soha Ali Khan along with Raima Sen. It was set in the 19th century and told about a zamindar who is desperate for a heir. Amitabh Bachchan played an aging Shakespearean actor in Rituparno Ghosh’s English film The Last Lear which also had Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Divya Dutta and...
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Changing garden constituents in summer

For all those who are die hard gardeners it is a known fact to change their pattern of flowers and fruits plants keeping in tune with the seasonal changes. With winter having bid adieu and spring getting harsher it is time to begin planting the regular summer fare. Sunflowers, zinnia, hibiscus, bell and jasmine are some of the colors of summer in Indian gardens at peak summer temperatures that hovers around 40+ degrees celsius. Hot winds from the northwest called loo are in full flow. Summer is the time to sit back and enjoy the garden laden with mangoes, lemons, chikoo, jackfruit, lychee, bitter gourd, okra, snake gourd and pumpkin waiting patiently for the arrival of monsoon. It is this south west winds that bring heavy rains commencing from early to mid June. Sunflowers turn their heads around along the path of the sun withstanding the scorching heat. The freshly emerging flower shoot in lilies and kala phul gradually welcomes the rays of the sun. Celosia with its beautiful leaves so colorful puts the flower to shame. The Kochia magnificent in its greenery is pleasing to the eyes. Then of course is the favorite of the butterflies who braving the heat enjoy zinnia having a place of pride in any summer garden. Grapes, black plums, Chinese hazelnut and watermelons are also found in in Indian orchards. Lemons and chikoo requires large pots when planted. Add manure after plant settles in the pot. Use pesticides if leaves start to crumble, twist, show black spots and have cotton wool over them. Leaf mould, mustard cake, cowdung manure and chemicals are to be added in time for the plants to grow and blossom. Never water plants after 10 am and before 4 pm. After planting a sapling ensure it is kept away from the sun for a couple of days while it settles in the pot. Pumpkin and bitter gourd are quite easy to start off but their winding loops must be properly redirected preferable atop a make shift roof so that their vegetables hang from atop. Mangoes in their hybrid versions can also be potted in terrace gardens. Jackfruit, black plums, chinese hazelnuts and water melons abound in open gardens. Mango is a tropical, kidney-shaped fruit called the king of fruits in india. Mangoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A. Mangoes are exported on a large scale to different parts of the world. Alphanso, Himsagar, Langra, Dashehri, golap khas, pyara phuli and totapuri are few of the well-known varieties of mangoes available in India. Locally lychee, chinese hazelnuts are covered by a reddish-pink protective skin while having a luscious soft, white and sweet flesh within. It is a rich source of vitamin C. Bitter gourd consumed as preparations or juice is known to hold medicinal properties. Shaped like a cucumber the vegetable is covered with bumps. It is a good source of vitamins B1, B2 and B3. T he black plum is a small, fleshy, purple colored, ovate fruit that is grown only in summer. The extract from this fruit is used for curing unrelenting cough as they have a high content of vitamin C, A and...
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Indian cricketers finally win one-day series against England

Indian cricketers wrap up the one-day series against England with a game to left to be played at Dharamshala. It was a promising victory for Dhoni and his men who for the time being have been able to silence the blazing guns against them with this elusive victory on home soil. The graph shows a pathetic performance from the Indian cricketers over the last two years as Indians have only lost matches consistently both abroad and on the home soil. The Indian cricketer lovers had been baying for their blood and raised voices had been heard to severe Dhoni from the heading the team. It is indeed true that Dhoni’s decisions over the past year has been ridiculous and single-minded having caused rifts within the team. The victory was left enmeshed in the controversial decision of Raina being given not out due to Steven Finn’s accidental but repetitive breaking of the stumps during his delivery. Finn had to pay through his nose with umpire Steve Davis’s call for a dead ball when Raina was held on 41 at slip but went on to score an unbeaten 89 to fasten a five-wicket win in the 48th over for India. It was a much wanted win for the resurgent Indians who have taken the fight to the opposition camp without much ado. The English had made matters worse for themselves by returning from their Christmas break and still being in vacation mood. This English one-day side had seemed very relaxed throughout the series. Either they had taken the opposition too lightly or else they underestimated the Indian players to the extent of thinking that their holiday mood was sufficient for them to claim victory over their rivals. The relaxed English side was just a shade of their earlier self who had so convincingly won the Test series on Indian soil and reduced the Indian cricket team to a heap. The incident however left its mark on the game as the English captain himself disapproved of the umpire’s decision to penalize Finn. Dhoni rubbed salt into the English wound by adding cheekily that it is imperative to know when to break the stumps otherwise it can cost a match. Earlier the English played well with Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen scoring 76 each and Joe Root was on 57 not out being his maiden ODI half-century.  India made short work of their target with Raina and Rohit took up the cudgels to romp home victorious ensuring a win in the one-day series against...
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Ranchi a real turner for Dhoni and company in all spheres

Indian cricketers have provided some relief to their fans and earned a good night’s sleep after racing ahead in the Airtel one-day series 2-1 against England. With consecutive wins unheard of in the last years the Indian cricket team is slowly learning to gain back their momentum to turn proceedings in their favor. With consistent losing trends in matches culminating into series defeats against rivals the Indian cricketers were under tremendous pressure to perform. With nothing coming their way except brickbats the Indians seemed to have plunged headlong to revive their form and results. In the third one-day international at Ranchi against England it was indeed India’s game right from the point of winning the toss by MS Dhoni. The spectacular new stadium held its first international match and proved lucky beyond doubt to Dhoni for whom it is the home ground. Dhoni and his men were full of praise for the facilities at the new stadium that had just been inaugurated and firmly made its presence felt on the international circuit. Dhoni had his parents and sister watching the match and definitely had the entire crowd support for the team which rarely saw any English supporters. Alistair Cook and his men succumbed to the Indian bowling and a 150 runs target was too few for the esteemed Indian batting line up that for once show cased its strength. The crowd got its money’s worth and went home satiated having seen their team through race ahead in the Airtel series with back to back victories against a formidable team England. It was at the previous game in Kochi that the Indian cricketers have after a long time had commenced to take control over proceedings and it had resulted in an emphatic victory for them by a big margin of 127 runs. Virat Kohli and Indian bowling took the away from the English cricketers with a dexterity that had been seriously lacking on the Indian side before the onset of the second one-day at match Kochi. India comfortably went on to win this maiden one-day international at the Ranchi stadium with seven wickets to spare. This victory over England chasing a low score of 155 by England was based on a superb knock by a resurgent Kohli who had his 22nd half century. The winning runs came from Dhoni with a hit to the ropes for a boundary in front of nearly 40,000 fans at the stadium in just 28.1 overs. Kohli remained unbeaten on 77 off 79 balls while Yuvraj Singh made a quick fire 21-ball 30 and Gautam Gambhir scored 33. The fourth ODI is scheduled in Mohali on January 23 while the last game will be in Dharamsala on January 27. Ravindra Jadeja was at his best returning figures of 3/19 in 6.2 overs with Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin sharing two wickets apiece while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed and Suresh Raina had one each. Earlier Cook was on 17 when trapped LBW by Shami in the eighth over. England’s slide began with the faulty dismissal of Pietersen by Umpire S Ravi who had given him out caught behind off Ishant. Replays later confirmed that the sound heard by the umpire was of the pad. Bell on 25 was cut short by Kumar and slowly England tumbled like nine pins. England’s Eoin Morgan had remarked that Team India would be under tremendous pressure to perform at captain MS Dhoni’s home town but for a change it rubbed India in right way to enable their fans linger on a cherished...
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Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Kochi brims over with India’s 285 for 6

The playing English one day international cricket team was well and truly on the way to continuing from where they left it at Rajkot after winning the first of the five-match series of one-day games on Indian soil. The Indian openers did not last long and it was a dismal show in front of the packed to capacity Kochi stadium witnessing a match after a two year hiatus. The bitter Indians have been consistently loosing matches to their rivals in every format of the game. At least if it was any indication, the six with which Jadeja finished off the Indian innings and another fighting innings of  72 runs from the much battered and bruised MS Dhoni, India brought the house down. Kochi has observed some high scoring matches where for a change the Indian cricketing team has won four out of the seven matches played. The vibrant and cricket crazy crowd at Kochi has really relished the turnaround in the match that added nearly a 100 runs in the last 60 balls that were played. Every genre of cricket lover has showed up to fill up the stadium of this ebbing Indian metropolis right from when the practice sessions of the teams commenced. The slow start by Gambhir and Rahane was a real damper for the crowd who were there looking for an Indian win. Then things started changing with runs coming off the blade of the Indian batsmen and finally Dhoni and Jadeja changed the course of the match to set up a difficult target of 286 to win for the already energized English team. The Kerala Cricket Association has maintained the lush green ground at Kochi very well for its first floodlight match between India-England. This is the second time around for the Indian cricketers to face England at this venue after having won the first encounter in 2006 by five wickets. India will start the match on a low note as they are already one down in the ongoing contention between the teams. This series follows their pitiable show after having gone down to lose their home test series on home soil to England for the first time in 28 years. Much like Kolkata the cricket enthusiasts at Kochi have awaited a long time for an international game of cricket. It is this game of glorious uncertainty that holds the public at Kochi spell bound. The niche innings carved by Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja will remain etched in their memories for a long time to come. Undoubtedly Indian batsmen have given its bowlers some total to defend after a long time. It is indeed time for each and every one of them in the Indian squad to rise to the occasion and win the glory of Indian cricket...
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