Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sushmita Sen – The First Indian Miss Universe


Sushmita Sen, who is an epitome of Indian beauty, was born on 19 November, 1975. She was crowned as Miss Universe in 1994 when she was 18 years old, and hence became the first Indian lady to win the title by making her country proud.

She has completed her schooling from Air Force Silver School in Delhi and has also obtained a degree in Journalism. Sushmita’s family consists of her father, mother and two siblings. Her father, Shubeer Sen, is a former Air Force Wing Commander. Her mother, Subhra Sen, is a fashion artist and a jewellery designer. She has two siblings; a sister, named Neelam, and a brother, named Rajeev.

Sushmita Sen has adopted two baby girls whom she named Renee and Alisha. She adopted Renee on 13 April, 1999 and Alisha on 19 November, 2009, which also happens to be her birthday.

Sushmita Sen’s first public appearance was at the Air Force Club contest at the age of 15 years. After that she did a few fashion and ramp shows. Soon after that, she was crowned as Miss Universe. After winning the title, she appeared as an actress in a Bollywood movie, named ‘Dastak’, in the year 1996. Though the movie was not a hit, but Sushmita’s presence and work were noticed and well appreciated.

Two years later, she won the Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress for the movie ‘Biwi No. 1’. Since then, she did many movies and won many nominations. One of her biggest hits till date is the film ‘Main Hoon Na’ that was released in the year 2004, in which she was starred opposite to Shahrukh Khan. She also won the Rajiv Gandhi Award for achievement in Bollywood.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Role of Media in National Integration

It was said by pundits of history that North and South India were two separate entities and all those rulers who tried to conquer and command South India along with North India were doomed; while this thinking was negated by the examples of emperor Ashoka and the British.

Role of media

The growth of communications and education under the British, in the 19th century, helped bringing the people of India together. The struggle for independence generated a spirit of unity and nationalism amongst the people and a large contribution to this came from the media, i.e. the newspapers. Media exposed the true face of British imperialism and colonialism, and helped in creating awareness and consequent unity among Indians to fight the British.

After independence, the Indian media developed rapidly, including the radio, and then the television. Any occurrence in any corner of the country immediately spreads all over through the media. The spreading of news is not just the conveyance of information, but it also acts as a catalyst in creating identification with the nation, its people, culture, and thoughts. In earlier days, not everyone was able to know what exactly happened and the whole picture used to become clear after a much delay but with the wide reach of media via Television and Internet, everyone gets the news instantly and easily evaluates the situation by various means.

Growth of Nationalism

Newspapers, radio, television and movies reach all the people in India. The same things are thus seen and read all over the country, and this helps in the growth of similar mentality and thoughts. This can also be seen as the growth of consciousness of belonging to one nation. This is the growth of Nationalism. Now, people all over the country have easy access to information and latest news; they also have various platforms to share their views and learn more about the subject. It helps by bringing the people together and spread information instantly all over the country.

Nationalism in itself contains the seed of unity and the national integration. The same values that get conveyed through media, directly or indirectly, help sustain nationalism and thus, national integration.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Taj Mahal – The Symbol of Love and Beauty

The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals. In 1983, the Taj Mahal was declared as the World Heritage Site. Moreover, it was also voted by millions of people, from all over the world, on the internet to become one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’.

The Taj Mahal was built by the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his dear wife Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It signifies as the ‘Symbol of Eternal Love.’ The Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.


The Taj Mahal stands on the bank of river Yamuna and was constructed over a period of twenty two years, employing thousands of workers. Its construction began in the year 1631 and was completed by the year 1653. It was designed by the Iranian architect Istad Usa.

The Taj Mahal is the epitome of Mughal art that combines the Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles. It is made of white marble. It sparkles like a jewel in the moonlight. The Taj is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines. It is said to depict the moods of a woman.
This marvel is one of the most loved tourist spots in the world. Tourists from all over the world visit Agra to see the most famous and beautiful architectural wonder, Taj Mahal, which is only 135 miles away from Delhi, the capital of India.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Indian professionals outdo casual Europeans

As per a global Reuters/Ipsos poll on business attire, it was found that Indians dress smartest for work, which involve around 12,500 people from different countries. 58 per cent of Indians prefers to wear a suit or other smart clothing for work and business while only 27 percent Europeans wants to wear a business suit or smart clothes to work.

Formal v/s Casual clothing
The poll found that 66 percent of workers said senior managers that ran an organization should always dress up in formal and business clothing. To add more, 64 percent Indians particularly think casual wearers would not promote to senior management so easily. After India, it is Saudi Arabians where 51 percent people ruled out casual dressers making senior management and France coming third at 45 per cent.

After 58 percent Indians, it is South Koreans and Chinese people who also prefer to wear professional and smart clothing at work place with 47% and 46% respectively. Hungarians tops the list from bottom with only 12 percent likes to wear formal clothing and 46% of Hungarians prefers to wear shorts at work place. Americans were found in middle of the list with 37 per cent prefers to wear smart clothing while 32 per cent prefers shorts over formals.

These poll results show that country with smart clothing like India and China are leading while the economic problems are continuously increasing in Europe and America. Does it mean smart clothing has some kind of impact on mind and productivity? I think it is the time for the world to think.

What do you think about clothing? Please share your views in the comment section below.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

How to Identify Stroke and Save Life

Many times we hear of people dying due to stroke, but if we ask what exactly happened, nobody gives you proper answer and says, it just happened suddenly and he/she died. What normally happens is that the injured person falls down and after few hours’ just passes away, though there is no physical injury. Actually there may not be any physical injuries but most of the times there are internal injuries, which causes such disasters after stroke.

Signs of Strokes
As per some neurologists, there are few ways to identify stroke. So, if someone falls down near to you and he/she feels a bit diminished, just ask him/her few questions and you can recognize whether that person has suffered a stroke or not.

These questions are:
  • Ask the individual to SMILE
  • Ask the person to TALK (just ask to speak a simple sentence of 4-5 words)
  • Ask the person to RAISE both arms
If that person shows trouble in any one of these tasks, call the Ambulance immediately and describe the symptoms as there could be possibilities of internal injuries and blood clotting.

There is one more sign to identify stroke. Ask the person to stick out his/her tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, or if it goes to one side, then that’s an indication of stroke. So, whenever you see someone clotting after an accident, ask the person above questions and you can save one life. Saving one life means giving happiness to many.

So, always remember STR (Smile, Talk, Raise).
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