Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rajat Tokas

Rajat Tokas (born in Munirka, Delhi) is an Indian television actor.

Tokas started his career with television show Bongo as Ashu. Then he played the role of Tantya (Sai Baba's brother) in Sai Baba. He played the role of young Prithviraj Chauhan in Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan on Star Plus. Since June 2013 he is playing the lead role of Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar in Jodha Akbar.

He studied in the Hope Hall Foundation School, R. K. Puram, Delhi.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014


1. Going to the ladies room in groups

‘Seriously, what is that all about?’ is what all men think and discuss when all the ladies at their table get up together to visit the ladies room. We, like many others, have tried to decode this habit of women in the past, but there still remains an air of mystery around the ladies room saga.

2. A dab of powder here & a touch of lipstick there

Most women carry mini make-up stores in their bags. When going to a party, women leave home all decked up. A 15 minute car ride later, they ‘touch up’ their faces before entering the designated venue. And at this exact instant men wonder, why is she doing that? Didn’t she spend an hour getting ready anyway?

3. Giggling

All women giggle. In fact, all women love to giggle. There is nervous giggle, excited giggle, I’m-hiding-a-secret giggle and so on. Women giggle out of habit, but not without reason. And the reason behind the giggle is hardly ever known to the confused man.

4. ‘Am I fat, honey?’

To be honest, women ask this question more out of habit. Yes, they are conscious about their weight and their looks, but many-a-times this question is thrown at a man just because their subconscious says it is time to do. So, the next time she asks you this question, make sure you give an answer that she is habituated to listen to.

5. The face pack

Yes, men know that the face pack promises to give women a glowing, well moisturised skin. But I haven’t met a single man who has genuinely noticed a considerable difference in the way his woman looks after the application of a face pack. In fact, I’m yet to meet a woman who 100% believes that the face pack did ALL that it promised to better her skin. The desire to look better almost always results in the formation of a senseless habit; hence, the once a month face pack routine.

6. Try 5 outfits; Decide to buy a new one

All women do this. Before going to a party they try everything their wardrobe has to offer, and then ceremoniously declare they have no clothes and need to go shopping ASAP. As a man who can spend a week in two pairs of trousers and two shirts (and rock an office and party look in them), he only left wondering and emptying his pockets.

7. Clutches

The only thing a clutch can hold is one pair of keys and a lipstick. The rest – comb, phone, tissues, powder, etc – are all stuffed in the dashboard of the car or a man’s pocket. In spite of knowing the uselessness of a clutch, women carry it with them, always. Why?

8. The BIG bag

Obviously women need to carry a bag around. But do they need to carry a bag big enough to fit the Taj Mahal in it? Probably not.

9. Foot / nail lotion

A cream for the face, hair, body is one thing. But the habit of buying a separate cream for the foot, toes, and nails is something men never understand. The question that crosses a man’s mind is: foot and nails are a part of the body, so why a separate cream for them?

10. Ribbons

Women love ribbons. They like to tie them to their hair, use it to hold paper together, add them to gift packaging and perhaps use them to decorate a hat. Ribbons are a part of every woman’s collection and it is one thing they cannot do without. Creatures of habit?

11. Greeting cards

It is the day and age of e-cards and text messages, but women cannot get over their greeting card obsession. And men cannot understand why! A greeting card needs to be made or bought for birthdays, anniversaries and any and all events of celebration.

12. Cleaning and arranging

For most women, cleaning and arranging things in their proper order is a hobby, let alone a habit. They cannot rest till all the blues are lined from light to dark, till the cushions are puffed up right or till the already clean mirror is further cleaned. All men wonder how women go from interesting and zappy in the first date to domestic devils post marriage.

13. Crockery and Cutlery

Women love both these items. The kitchen is well stocked with a fruit fork, a dessert spoon, a salad bowl, a serving dish, an eating dish, a small plate, a…. OMG! By the time the man figures out in what plate he is to eat using which fork, he is sure to lose his appetite.

14. Change of clothes

Women love changing clothes. If possible, they would have separate morning, afternoon, evening, night and late-night clothes and go about changing their looks 5 times a day for every day of their life. Alas! Budget and space constraints stop them from following this habit to the T.

15. Yes means No, No means Yes

ALL men agree that they cannot fathom this particular habit of women. For the love of God, why do women have to say yes when they mean no and vice versa?! Maybe, they are just genetically engineered to be this way. Maybe.

16. Frenemies

You know that habit, when women hug each other when they meet but then bad mouth one another behind the back? Yea, that one. This frenemy concept is one which men fail to understand. Coz in the man world, you’re either a buddy or not. Simple.

 17. Trick questions

“So, who is hotter? Your ex or the one you were staring at 2 minutes ago” THIS right here is a trick question. She doesn’t care about your ex, she doesn’t care about the other woman, she is mad at you for staring but she won’t tell you that. Instead, she will put you in a spot and absolutely agonise you. And she is doing this out of habit.

18. Shopping

This one is a centuries old issue and men have made peace with it by accepting the fact that women love to shop. Still, if you dig deeper you will know that men simply cannot fathom how women can love shopping so much? How can they make a habit out of a rather tiresome experience? HOW?

19. Ask questions, yet don’t seek answers

Of course women love asking questions. In fact they are habituated to asking ones they know they don’t want an answer to. Yet, they trouble a man till he answers and then yell at him for answering. Women and their habits!

20. Gossip

Men gossip too. But they don’t understand how women can live on gossip; day-in, day-out, 24 hours, 7 days of unadulterated gossip. Truth be told, this is one habit that is passed down generations. It is an important evolutionary concept and men shouldn’t break their head trying to understand it.

21. Carrying flats around

Women love heels, even when they cannot walk in them. Yet, they will wear them and, as an alternative, carry flats around. When you see a woman switching her heels with her flats, you will spot her companion (standing right next to her) rolling his eyes in exasperation.

22. Texting

“What will you eat?” “What time will you come?” “If you are reaching in 5, should I heat the food?” Women have found a way of turning texting into question-asking. And men are yet again at a loss of words at a woman’s ability to turn a helpful tool into a tiresome habit.
23. To eat or not to eat

Women don’t want to gain weight and yet they dream about chocolates and cakes. Why not eat and be happy or not eat and be happy? But then again, women never liked to keep it simple.

24. Screeching

Women screech. They don’t shout or yell, they make that shrieking noise that can burn a hole in a man’s ears. If you don’t know what I am talking about, think of the way in which girls screech when they see their favourite celebrity or pair of shoes they love. Got what I am saying now?

25. Pouting and posing

Women love to pout and pose. All you have to do is stand with a camera in front of them and they will start their performance. While men are perfectly happy to make do with an awkward smile, women feel it imperative to unleash their inner model. Yet again, to do so is their habit and men don’t understand head or tail of it.

26. Cross-checking

Women like to verify facts and stories. And they do so even at the risk of irking their man. Women may cross-check out of habit or doubt, but this behavioural trait is one they got to do away with.

27. Sharing EVERYTHING with her BFF

Men have never understood and perhaps will never understand why women share everything with their girlfriends. They also cannot comprehend what it is that woman can talk about for hours and hours non-stop. Guess, it’s just a girly thing after all!

28. Last minute arrangements

Women will work and arrange and decide and organise till the very last minute. So much so, that sometimes, all the preparations make the man not want to go to wherever it is that they are headed.

29. The silent treatment

Either they talk too much and ask too many questions or they don’t talk at all. Using silence as a weapon when they’re upset is typical of a woman. This is one habit that *scares* men and puts them into uncomfortable, damage-control zone ASAP.

30. XOXO and

Women love using symbols and emoticons to express their feelings. While it is good sometimes, most of the times most men think it is downright funny and unnecessary. What’s this excessive need to blow air kisses and hugs in the first place, they wonder.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Koovagam - Where transgenders gather to marry and repent

The Koothandavar Festival of Koovagam, Tamil Nadu, must count among the most bizarre rituals observed in India. Hundreds of transgenders gather here for 18 days in April-May to observe the festival, which has roots in a legend from the Mahabharata. This is the largest gathering of transgenders in the world.

For most of the year, Koovagam is a sleepy village but during the festival, which culminates on Chitra Pournami, it becomes a magnet for transgenders from across the country. The atmosphere is charged with sexuality and the festival draws people seeking sexual encounters with the transgenders.

Aravaan, son by illicit wedlock of the Pandava Arjuna and a Naga princess named Chitrangada, was a valiant warrior. He offered himself up to Krishna to be sacrificed to Goddess Kali, as only such a sacrifice would guarantee victory for the Pandavas in the great war. The sacrifice was to be conducted at dawn on the battle day. Aravaan had but one wish that he asked of Krishna. He wanted to die a married man, after consummating his lust with a woman. Now this was not an easy proposition, as which woman would willingly submit to be married to a man whose death was imminent? Yet, Krishna offered to make arrangements to grant his wish. Ever the masterly illusionist, Krishna transformed himself into the enchantress Mohini, married Aaravan and satisfied his sexual desires. At dawn, Aravaan was offered in sacrifice to Kali, who consumed him bit by bit over 18 days. On the final day of the battle, Aaravan realized he had been tricked - he was left with nothing but his head and a skeleton. Assuming his enormous martial form, Aravaan’s head rolled over the enemy forces and crushed them. The battle was eventually won. As Aravaan lay dying, he saw Mohini beating her chest and wailing as a widow grieves at the death of her husband. Blessed by that sight, Aravaan breathed his last.

The 18-day festival at Koovagam celebrates this chapter of the Mahabharata. The shrine in the village is dedicated to Aravaan and the highlight of the festival is the marriage of Aravaan to Mohini. The transgenders who gather here signify the brides of Aravaan. For the duration of the festival a gigantic head of Aravaan is fashioned and painted. During the first 15 days, the transgenders indulge in song, dance and merrymaking.
On the 17th day, the priest performs special rites to the idol of Aravaan and, invoking the spirit of the warrior into his own form, ties the mangalsutra (the sacred marital thread) around the necks of the transgenders gathered there. Just for the night, they are all now brides of Aravaan. After a night of celebratory dining and merriment, the gigantic head of Aravaan is mounted on a chariot and taken in procession around the village.

At dawn on the 18th day, the air is ripped by sharp wails as Aravaan is beheaded. Following tradition, his widows rip the mangalsutras from their necks, tear the flowers out of their hair, discard their ornaments, and beat their chests as Mohini mourned Aravaan. Taking a holy dip in the temple pond, they don the white garbs of widowhood.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

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