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Bhor – Short Film by Kshitij Choudhary

Bhor – Short Film by Kshitij Choudhary

The story is about a boy (Prabhat) who is unemployed and unproductive with a bizarre lifestyle and has never seen a morning in a long time until one day he finally witnesses it and things change for him.

Shot on the Ghats of Ganga in Patna, the film explores the problem of depression and the uncalled-for attitude that youth has cultivated in this contemporary fast paced world. The story tries to give an effective way of dealing with attitude towards life and how to perceive things in a better and positive way.

Inspired by true incidents.

JAANO JUNCTION presents

BHOR : a short film by Kshitij Choudhary

CAST:

Rishav Raj as Prabhat
Bhawana Varma as Maa
Nabhaneel as Friend
Shayan Mozaffar as Father

Original Song: ‘Ye Bhor Suhani’
Singer: Bhabya Rani
Composer & Lyricist: Pooja Varma

 

The Other Residents – a short non-narrative film

A short non-narrative film, The Other Residents explores the life, existence and importance of dogs who live within the boundaries of Amity University Noida campus. They are very much part of the students & the daily routine and important enough not to get unnoticed.

तीरथ वाला प्यार | Poetry

एक होता है छज्जे-छज्जे का प्यार

फिर आता है तीरथ (तीर्थ) वाला।

अंकही, अनसुनी सिर्फ़ नज़रों-नज़रों में।

कहना होता है बहुत कुछ,

लेकिन शुरुआत पता नहीं होती,

देखना होता है थोड़ी और देर,

फिर line आगे बढ़ जाती है।

हम जानते है वो हमें देख रही है,

छुप-छुप के ।

अब आप कहेंगे हमें कैसे पता,

क्यूँकि भई, हमारी नज़रें तो वहीं अटकी हैं।

अरे, ये क्या? उसने हमें उन्हें देखते पकड़ लिया

क्या बात, मुस्कुराहट वो भी ना रोक पायी

हम भी ना रोक पाए।

मंदिर की घंटी बजाने दोनो साथ आगे आए,

ताम्बे के स्पर्श के अलावा भी एक स्पर्श हुआ।

टं सी आवाज़ ने हमारी एक सेकंड वाली रोमांस को

मम्मी-पापा के नज़रों से बचा लिया।

फिर पता ना चला,

मंदिर परिसर में भटकते-भटकते कहीं लापता हो गयी वो।

ढूँढा होगा उसने भी हमें निकलने से पहले,

एक नज़र घुमाया होगा भोग की कतार में।

एक होता है छज्जे-छज्जे का प्यार

फिर आता है तीरथ वाला।

चलो, कोई बात नहीं।

फिर कभी सही।

अंजाम देंगे अपने इस तीरथ वाले प्यारको।

प्रेम है कई प्रकार के बाज़ार में

इशकदारों की कमी नहीं समाज में।

लेकिन,

तीरथ में भी होता है प्यार मेरे दोस्त, होता है।

सच्चा, सादा, innocent-वाला।

– क्षितिज चौधरी

(featured photo by Mayank Singh)

तो हर्ज़ क्या है? | Poetry

यदि facebook पे ‘Homesick’ स्टैटस डालने मात्र से
मन को थोड़ी सी भी शांति मिलती है
तो हर्ज़ क्या है?

ग़र Insta पे फ़ोटो डालके #Throwback लिखने पर
दिल से बुदबुदाहट आती हो
तो हर्ज़ क्या है?

यदि Snapchat के story में हो ‘missing home’
और आँखों में आँसू की जगह चेहरे पे मुस्कुराहट ही आ जाए
तो हर्ज़ क्या है?

ग़र social media पे थोड़ा सा ख़ुद के भाव public करने भर से ही
इंसान हल्का महसूस कर ले
कुछ पल आँसू बहाने के बजाए आँखें ही नम कर खिलखिलाए
औरों को बताने में कि उन्हें घर की याद आती है
इससे उनके दिल को हौसला और दूर रहने की शक्ति मिल जाए
तो हर्ज़ क्या है?

करने दो बयाँ अपने दिल की बातें internet पे
रोको ना उन्हें अपनी social nazism से
कभी ख़ुद भी कुछ बातें share कर के देखो
बातें जो तुम्हारी रूह को छूती हो
हम Like ज़रूर करेंगे ।

– क्षितिज चौधरी

Claustrophobia

Does it ever happen? When you’re surrounded by tons of people and friends who’re partying around and you’re a part of the party too. Do you also feel lonely in the crowd of familiar faces and figures? Dancing on tunes you like or might not like. Grooving with someone you’ve had crush on or maybe it’s your boyfriend or girlfriend. Well, physically? Yeah. But mentally?

Does it ever happen that you feel alone and secluded even when you’re a vital part of the group? Does it ever happen that the happening times you spend with your colleagues and friends make you remorse and morose? Or if not morose then irritated and unwilling to participate. The fake smile that you stick on your gloomy face that it gives fake brightness? Does it ever occur to you why it happens so even when you’re a part of the society? Do you feel incomplete too?

Contrary to this, I don’t know why I feel complete and blissed when I am out on my own. When no one else is there, I don’t feel the urge to stick the fake smile, well that’s because I wear a natural one. The shine and brightness of the face tells emotion and feeling, and that is not gloominess at all. When on mountains and trekking, nature or near a dam, lake or ocean, when out into the wilderness, I feel solace in simplicity of the nature. The abstract of the environment, the purity and the asymmetry. No mirrors, natural night lamps, the stars on the roof which are not stickers or paint. Boundaries unseen, just green towers and giant rocks.

It all defines happiness, felicity.
Then why do we seek fun and thrill in the chaos of the metropolis and fake parties? Why are we even looking for something that pure in the impurity. Why don’t we know that we are going in the wrong direction?

Just why?

How a Tasty Teacher is Made – Stop Motion (Teachers’ Day Special)

Hundreds of photos, litres of Coke, hours of hard work and one loooong sleepless night, and finally I am here with this much desired stop motion video.

A foolproof recipe on how to make a tasty teacher. Gather all the important ingredients and follow the steps, and voila! A tasty teacher is ready, that too just in years!
Have a look and try it yourself.

Wishing all the teachers a very gracious Teachers’ Day !

Created by Kshitij Choudhary & Shrutokirti Das
Shot entirely on iPhone.

Watch the video here.

The Buddha Connection; #TravellingHaathi

Presenting a funky travel-montage film from my trip to the land of Buddha, Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Created this last year but don’t know what took me so long to post. I hope you like it.

About 110kms from Patna, India, Bodh Gaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 2500 years old Bodhi Tree to 1600 years old Mahabodhi Temple, this video covers the glimpse of other places of interest in the city too. Various spots shown here are: Bodhi Tree, Main Temple, Chakramara Sthal, Thai Temple, Chinese Temple, 80ft Buddha Statue

Timelapse sequence by Sanchit Kumar Singh

Thank you Papa-Mamma, Swadha, Sanchit & Akshaya for a memorable journey.

Share it for the love of Buddha, Bodh Gaya and Bihar.

Instagram: @travellinghaathi
Twiter: @kshitij_chy

#TravellingHaathi

 

Book Review: ABCs of Horror | Anmol Rawat |

‘Hush little baby, don’t say a word

And never mind that noise you heard

It’s just a beast under your bed

In your closet, in your head’

    (excerpt from Circle of Life)

ABCs of Horror is a collection of frightful short- stories that ties diverse types of fear together in an arresting account, which feels as genuine as the element sitting directly behind you when you are home alone. Authored by Anmol Rawat, ABCs of Horror is indeed a decent read with the fact that it’s a debut book. I don’t much expect first books to be in-line with the already ready market of readers who are accustomed to the taste of Ruskin Bond or other classic writers. Having started reading ABCs of Horror with the same mindset, I was raised to a conflict within myself about the pre-defined notion for debut writers, that too who start out with horror.

Front Cover of the Book

I believe ‘horror’ to be a tough one among other genres, and Rawat did try his best to deliver justice. Although I have a strong feeling that it could have been better. Read during night and you can have the chills, read it in the morning and you won’t feel a thing. I found it funny how the emotion, the set-up and the entire spooky scenario changed with respect of time. At first I thought it to be a thing about horror stories, but then again, never felt the same while reading Bond or Minakshi Choudhry. Talking about horror, I think the stories were more creepy or spooky than actually being horror. Although, the introduction to each story is well-built and mostly the narration is in conversational style. One liner climax and endings are what I admired the most.

What I like about Rawat is that, being a debut writer, he sticks to the simplicity of language and its composition. Unlike various others, who start out with sentence structures that are too tough to understand. Using gargantuan words, they think they are delivering quality but the reality is quite the opposite. Considering this, Rawat has done great job with stories, research and the structure. I only hope he had done more focus on the horror part.

By giving 3.5 rating (out of 5), I would recommend you to buy this book, which can act as a total thrill-enhancer on your boring rail journeys.

PS- Only available in digital format on Kindle.

You can buy this here on Amazon.

आज बारिश में भीगने को मिला।Poetry

महीनों बाद घर आया हूँ
माँ ने है मटन बनाया
बादल गुर्राए
और आज बारिश में भीगने को मिला |

कपड़े गंदे होने का डर नही है
माँ जो है घर पर
डर अगर है तो माँ से डांट का
लेकिन उससे क्या होगा?
बचपन जीने का एक बहाना मिल जाएगा
माँ भी है बड़ी प्यारी सी
कुछ नही बोली वो
खुशी दिख गयी होगी चेहरे पर मेरे |

जब अपने किराये के मकान में रहता हूँ
दिल्ली की कॉन्क्रीट वादियों में भटकता हूँ
बारिश से नफ़रत सी होती है
पीठ पे होता लैपटॉप और जेब मे बटुए के भीगने का खौफ़
जब भी बरसता आसमान
दौड़े भागता चलता हूँ छत की तलाश में
लेकिन आज,
महीनों बाद घर आया हूँ
और बारिश में भीगने को मिला
आज फिर
बचपन जीने को मिला |

– क्षितिज चौधरी


[cover image courtesy: akilliyuva]

Book Preview: Sita – Warrior of Mithila | Amish Tripathi |

Bestseller mythology author, Amish, often referred to as the “literary pop-star of India”,  as promised, is back with Book 2 of Ram Chandra Series. On May 4th, he revealed the cover and title of his upcoming book, Sita – Warrior of Mithila, at Title Waves Bookstore, Mumbai.


Sita – Warrior of Mithila, is the second in line to the popular Ram Chandra Series. Scion of Ikshvaku being the first part of the series. Amish is also the author of the famous Shiva Trilogy, which is said to have sold 2.2 million copies till now, making it arguably the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history.

This book claims to be – thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an orphan, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. Sita, a mythical character from the epic Ramayana, has been portrayed as a warrior and the feminine power around 3400 BCE. At the book cover launch event, Amish said, “Ancient India witnessed a far more equal social set-up than we have today. The cover depicts Lady Sita to be a fearless warrior and the book will capture her journey from being an adopted child to a fierce warrior and then becoming a Goddess.”

Although the book will be launched in English but Amish has promised its Hindi edition will soon be out. When inquired about it by one of his fans, as a reply, Amish tweeted – “The Hindi edition of #SitaWarriorOfMithila will release a month or two after the English version. Translation is under way”

You can even read excerpts from the book even before its launch. Yes, that’s right. CNN News-18 has collaborated with Amish and they publish a part of story, each day, on their website till it’s official launch.

If you want to get into the mood already, click here for the excerpts, and start reading.

 

Amish Tripathi and Raveena Tandon, at the book cover launch in Mumbai. (image courtesy: Westland Books Twitter)

On May 16th, a captivating book trailer has been launched and it’s highly intriguing. The trailer is interesting and well  prepared. This is all we needed to gear up for the launch and want for the book even more. A fascinating thing to be noticed in the trailer is the altered version of the most famous shlok from Bhagavad Gita, “Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya…”.    Here’s the link to the trailer for you watch it, and desire more for the book to hit the stores.

 

The book will be officially launched on May 29.

Alia Bhatt and Amish, at the trailer launch event.

 

Source : Amish’s Twitter-feed

We are now more excited than ever. Best wishes to Amish for his upcoming book.

You can PRE-ORDER the Book using these following links:

  1. Amazon
  2. Flipkart
  3. Snapdeal
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