The 69th Republic Day of India is around the corner and here we are thinking about what kind of patriotism we cherish. India is a country of vast cultures, traditions, religions and a glorious history. Our country has witnessed a struggling past with people fighting for complete freedom. India is usually termed as a place where martyrs like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh were born to glorify the nation. Little do we realize, behind every successful man there is an even stronger woman with a realistic approach. There have been women freedom fighters whose contribution to the freedom struggle has been magnificent. Unfortunately, these women have lost their identity in the pages of history amidst the men who took the limelight. This Republic Day, let’s celebrate the courage of those women who never failed to fight for the nation.
RANI LAKSHMI BAI
She was a 22-year-old lady who fulfilled her responsibility both as the country’s daughter and the mother to her son. She was the symbol of heroism, courage and leadership during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Fearlessly, she fought the Britishers in the battlefield till her last breath.
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BEGUM HAZRAT MAHAL
KITTUR RANI CHENNAMMA
MADAM BHIKAJI CAMA
The founder of the Home Rule Society, she was known as one of the greatest women in the history of India. She dreamt of an Independent India where she herself designed the flag. She became the first ever Indian woman to hoist the Indian Freedom Struggle flag in Germany.
ARUNA ASIF ALI
A woman who did not fear the dark closed walls of a prison, even the negativity of that place didn’t scare her. Other than participating in the freedom struggle, she also held a hunger strike for proper treatment of political prisoners.
Married at the age of 8, she left her family to become the first female criminal lawyer of India. She ignited the feeling of nationalism in people, started educational programs and practiced rehabilitation of needy women children.
A lady who during the Quit India Movement 1942 started an underground secret radio station in India. The sole motive of this radio was to transfer important messages of Gandhi from jail directly to the public. She also faced an imprisonment of four years for this act but did not give up in front of the British power.
It is beautifully quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag- you can’t tell how strong she is until you out her in hot water.” The ignited fire for complete independence was burning within every citizen of the country. Where the men led every movement, people must realize that there were these women who became the real heroes. They came up with courage, bypassing the barriers of gender, fighting like a warrior till the end. Their names might not be prevalent, but their souls surely remain to beautify the history of this country named, India.
HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY!! THIS REPUBLIC DAY, THINK DIFFERENTLY TO EXPLORE INDIA BETTER.
Lata Mangeshkar, Queen of Melody, turns 89 today!
“Meri awaaz hi, pehchaan hai
Gar yaad rahe…”
Her calm, composed face, her Monalisa like half-smile, gentle manners draped in a crisp white cotton saree and an enchanting voice — Lata ji is the Goddess of music.
Songs dripping with extra melody, delightfully high notes, skilled dialect, and verve– Indians have hummed Lata ji’s songs for over five decades! Her every word conveys exact emotions, probably more but nothing less.
She has always carried grace at every step, there’ve been no rumors about her. Addicted to simplicity, she is an epitome of beauty and melody.
It would be better to listen to the songs listed below, for a true Indian can never miss the nightingale’s voice!
Dreaming of miracles and, turning them into reality is a huge challenge. And such life experiences can either break you or make you.
For Lata ji, her struggles only crafted her. Like a smooth, incredible singing sculpture, we witnessed another magic!
Top trending Indian authors who completed our bucket list this year
What does it takes to be a literary sensation, a dark poorly furnished apartment sad past, troublesome upbringing or a rich high end education?
Being an author is no piece of cake it takes hundreds of revisiting the story you created or came upon in the wee hours of morning, breaking such myths are these Indian authors:
Preeti Shenoy is the Indian author consistently nominated for the Forbes List of the 100 most influential celebrities in India since 2013.
An allusion to her popularity, she is considered “the only woman in the “highest selling league”, Preeti Shenoy is blessed with a keenly observant mind and excellent storytelling skills, her skills to fabricate and captivate the minds are skillfully depicted in Love a Little Stronger, Life Is What You Make It, Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake, It Happens for a Reason, Love A Little Stronger.
Ira is multifariously talented, she’s a writer, a yoga acharya, a journalist and an entrepreneur! She started writing quite young, her works like The Great Indian Love Story or even What Would You Do To Save The World are perfect for the young generation. My Book Of Yoga is a phenomenal book that talks about asanas, techniques and methods to introduce to Ancient Yogic to younger readers so that they can lead a healthy lifestyle. Her next book is her recent non-fiction work India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century that is really a book lover’s delight. Choosing any book of hers will keep you hooked.
If it is Romance you crave for pick up something by Nikita Singh. She started her journey from Love @ Facebook and she has many bestsellers to her account out of which Letters To My Ex is really notable. Her understanding of relationships makes readers connect to her instantly and if you get to reading her work, you’ll discover that she gives rather good relationship advice through her ingeniously spun stories of Romance.
The beauty of Meghna’s writing is that she captures the world in all its grey hues. Her very first novel, One & A Half Wife was critically acclaimed and won her the Muse India Young Writer Award. She has since then, published two more books, Happy Birthday! and The Trouble Book with Women. Her writing is fresh, hard-hitting and will leave you with food for thought.
Nidhi Dugar Kundalia
A journalist,she has been writing with some of the most reputed media houses in India. Her book The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions talks about the dying professions of India imbued with research and good quality writing that makes anyone pick the book instantly. This book establishes her as a Hard-working Journalist with an excellent grip over words and phrases.
As soon as we hear Tharoor it’s synonymous with a Thesaurus, but here the Scion of the Tharoor clan is here to provoke some deep thoughts. A young voice with a heavy impact, Kanishk really knows how to use words to leave his readers with some of the most memorable stories. His story ‘Tale of the Teahouse’ was shortlisted for a US National Magazine Award.
His latest work, Swimmer Among the Stars mixes the past with the present, pick this book if you want to read something well-written as well as thought provoking.
Sachin Garg is an Indian bestselling novelist, a first generation entrepreneur, publisher and speaker. Putting oneself’s experiences into words and turning it into a masterpiece is what is a good writer. He truthfully tells the story of a young India. Never Let Me Go, When Opposites Meet and I’m Not Twenty Four… are some of his diverse works which are so relatable. There’s also diversity of genres in his work. He started as a romance writer but his recent work marks a shift as he writes about the life of the tribal population in Andaman.
So here’s to a Book Lover’s heart, Read and read!
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
3 tales about Lord Shiva that commoners aren’t aware of.
There are epics upon epics on HIM. Shiva is the universe, the universe is in him. He’s the end, he’s the beginning. He is endless,he doesn’t have an origin. He is the original sound that is all pervading. He is the rhythm of the cosmos. He is the destroyer as well the creator. He is the juxtaposition of paradoxes.
He is the Ancient primordial entity, he is Shiva!
A most frightening and fear inducing form of Shiva, the Shaiva scriptures narrate that God Shiva assumed the avataar of Sharabha to pacify Narasimha, the man-lion avtaar of Vishnu. This form is popularly known as Sharabeshwara or Sharabeshwaramurti.
Shiva Purana describes Sharabha as thousand-armed, lion-face with matted hair, wings and eight feet. Narasimha had lost control over his anger and he became a threat to the existence of the Cosmos. The Devas shivering with fear prayed to Lord Shiva and he took the most fierce form ever and slew and reunited Lord Vishnu with his Divine Calm Self.
This story is about Arjuna who was humbled by Kirata.
Once Arjuna did great penance in quest of Divyastras. Mukasura, a demon attacked him and broke his penance. Lord Shiva took the form of Kirata and slew the demon. On the argument of who killed the demon, a fight ensued and Arjuna was defeated bitterly. Arjuna then propitiated on Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva gavehim Pashupatastra and granted him a boon.He understood that this hunter was Lord Shiva.
The world’s greatest archer did not know how to beat an ordinary Kirata. He was made to understand that being greatest archer does not mean he is invincible.
“ ‘Sivasya hridayam vishnur-vishnoscha hridayam sivah’—Vishnu is the heart of Shiva and likewise Shiva is the heart of Vishnu.”
Harihara is the fused representation of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) in the Hindu tradition. Also known as Shankaranarayana, Harihara takes its root from the concept of equivalence of various gods as one principle and “oneness of all existence” in texts of Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy.
The Puranas and various Hindu traditions treat both Shiva and Vishnu as different aspects of the one Brahman. Harihara is a symbolic representation of this idea.
Who is Shiva?
Shiva is an utterance, Shiva is a word. Shiva is a feeling, Shiva is an emotion.Shiva is just the many stories and legends that surround this most prominent figure of spiritual traditions. He is the womb from which everything is born, and he is the oblivion into which everything stops existing. Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva.
“Shiva is the deepest truth revealed only to those who seek.”
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