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How food around the world can bring world peace

Food culture around the world is really varied: in Pakistan, sweetness is added to meat, whether it is an entire chicken or the Peshawari kebab, which has pomegranate seeds in them. In India, the cooking of chicken is mixed with some hotness instead, as exhibited in the Chettinad chicken or the butter chicken. What food sometimes does is that it shows that cultural variations might exist in between nations but with food, influences of modern cultures cross borders and go over even to cultures that are quite conservative in nature.

It is fascinating to have food exhibit a little bit of ‘world peace’ in that way – cultures such as that of Pakistan doesn’t shy away from the fact that other developing nations can actually influence its food culture, which happens in the middle of sprouting of ideas that individuality in food cultures isn’t important for nations which do not have shared (modern) cultures. It is a really nice picture of cultural differences getting wonderfully respected and harmonious relationships existing in-between nations, in spite of all the many challenges.

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A Gentleman

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Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez Suniel Shetty, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Rajit Kapur
Directors: Raj & D.K.
Rating: 4/5

Fox Star StudiosA Gentleman, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez is a roller coaster ride of fun and modernity. The film released this Friday, and it is an Indian ode to a largely contemporary American-style of filmmaking: slickness and an excitable, fast-paced plotline. The plotline involves two young boys, Gaurav and Rishi, who look the same but have very different personalities. Both played by Siddharth Malhotra, Gaurav’s the good Miami boy, with a high-flying career, while Rishi’s a risqué character, working for Colonel Vijay Saxena (Suniel Shetty in a feature moment), with sleek action moves – Rishi’s an assassin. Jacqueline Fernandez’s character, Kavya, reigns in the romantic arc in the movie in a thoroughly enjoyable manner – Kavya has a slight romantic interest in Gaurav, her best friend but doesn’t do anything over it. Meanwhile, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Rajit Kapur, if only briefly, makes appearances as Kavya’s parents but it was great to have them in those avatars.

The film has ‘masala’ written all over it, which is why it’s entertaining: there’s heart-pumping action, comedy elements, great dancing, romance and glamorized avatars. Sidharth proves he’s more than just a good looking young hero, in the movie, because essaying two roles meant demonstrating plenty of character-depths. Sidharth switches from the good boy image to a dangerous one in typical Bollywood-fashion – Rishi wants to quit his work as an assassin and become a man with a wife and a dog, and soon, you discover all of that can even be a possibility, since Rishi and Gaurav are alike in more ways than you imagined. The bottom line is that a good script, good looking actors, great outfits and catchy music might spell formulaic but it works and sometimes it’s brilliant to have a film like this that only runs on lighthearted entertainment-value and nothing else.

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The ‘Miss Universe’ Beauty Pageant

Fashion and global cultures come together to demonstrate ‘beauties can have brains too’

The Miss Universe contest undoubtedly is the grandest beauty pageant in the world. Each year contestants from pretty much around the globe compete and showcase their talent, their country’s culture and what, over the years, I have come to regard the beauty pageant to be a celebration of: ‘beauties can have brains too’. It’s really been a mixed bag of winners for the American beauty pageant but, overwhelmingly, they have been from countries whose cultures I have always loved to immerse myself in.

I think when the big question of diversity is thrown into the picture for a beauty pageant originating in the West, I feel that the greatest example of diversity is always demonstrated by a plethora of winners from South America and India. I know it’s been demonstrated by three African countries previously, as well: Angola (in 2011), Namibia (in 1992) and Botswana (in 1999), which was an interesting display of African culture for the international beauty pageant, especially with Botswana because the year it won was also the first time the country had entered itself in the beauty pageant.

But when it comes to exotic favourites, I have always liked to see India win. In 1994, Sushmita Sen became the first Indian woman to be crowned Miss Universe, and it was a magnificent moment – India’s always been a hot favourite with me for the country’s ability to break through societal and cultural barriers for the Miss Universe contest and demonstrate that beauty can be diversified and be equally compelling.

Bollywood @ Cannes 2017

White, yellow and red…how three Bollywood stars defined fashion at Cannes this year

The breathtaking display of gowns at the French Riviera once again saw its annual addition of Bollywood glamour, with an interesting display of stars and their costume selections. It’s hard to pick favourites but I liked Deepika Padukone’s ensemble presentations, the most, for its very striking colour choices. Meanwhile, Sonam Kapoor managed to startle because I found she looked ravishing in a nude-coloured gown, but the most surprising thing this year was perhaps that Aishwarya Rai, a regular at the Cannes circuit, had really managed to put a good fashion foot forward and avoid any fashion missteps, unlike a fair few times in the past.

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India’s Page 3 Culture

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Recently, the televised chat show Koffee with Karan concluded its fifth season, and the show had included some stars whose work I tend to like, such as Shahid Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, in what seems like a growing sea of ‘Page 3’ random faces. But what is this ‘Page 3’? Page 3 culture in India is associated with tabloid coverage of parties and high society/high class activities. On the surface, it looks pretty normal (and even a tad bit mundane) – Page 3 is just India’s answer to tabloid journalism and all the stars who appear in it. But Page 3 has sensationalism attached to it and is regarded as something of a phenomenon, which is tough to grasp really – it’s just a colourful spread of gossip and stars in tabloid newspapers, and nothing else.

Page 3 is filled with celebrities, whose work or societal contribution has managed to grab attention, they need that recognition, and they also need to be entertaining enough for aristocrats, or for middle-class families, who deserve to be entertained every morning when they open their newspapers and turn to Page 3.

I think in India sensationalism is attached to what should simply be regarded as gossip journalism and nothing else, no matter how scandalous a star’s latest life story is. Sometimes it’s an eyesore: I don’t think it’s very interesting to learn about people I normally don’t like to work with on a regular basis. Another facet to the whole ‘Page 3’ story is that people aren’t always very candid and upfront about a large part of their lives that everyone may be able to see on Page 3.

I don’t like to go round and round with the same sets of confusion as lovers of that ridiculous aspect of Page 3 culture might: I think actresses, for example, really should be more open when their careers haven’t really gone anywhere, even though they began with a bang (somewhat). Is that really so hard to do – not pretend to be something they are not? I would guess not but some people really take fakeness to another level. In my world itself, composed of actresses I find interesting, not every actress in town has had the same lengthy (and legendary) career trajectory as industry veterans, such as Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan, and it’s so obvious.

There isn’t always a lot of clarity on every aspect of this Page 3 culture, however, which begs the question of what kind of a role model these celebrities really roll themselves out to be for people who like to tune into their glittering lives, round the clock. Stars, or successful people in the public eye, have the good life, they are well-known and they know how to balance a lot of work, with a healthy dose of fun – people want to incorporate all of that into their own lives, as well, which is why they are good role models. I doubt Page 3 appeals to readers for those exact reasons because it is really for people who want to appear on it to be heard, to be seen and to be famous; aside from that celebrity bandwagon, Page 3 is really truly meant for faithful followers of Bollywood gossip.