’83’ : A MOVIE REVIEW

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If revenge dining amd revenge travelling are the new buzzwords, revenge entertaining cannot be far behind and when it comes to entertainment in India, Bollywood and cricket arre the names that make the game. The effort to marry the two through movies is not new but the effects on the audience has always been different.

83 is another ambitious attempt to cash in on the two never dying demand sources of entertainment. Like any other movie, a movie on sports can also be based on facts or fiction. Director Kabir Khan decided to bat first on a green top wicket with windy conditions. A disaster from the word go. The biggest error in judgement of conditions is equivalent to an error in conceptualization of a movie before it is ready for production. If he had done a little homework, he would have known that the chances of succeding in a movie in a sports theme were more ,if it is either a fact based movie on an individual or a fiction based movie on an event. Kabir Khan did just the opposite. He chose the wrong combination of a fact based movie on an event.

Obviously, it needed a lot of research work and interviews of every individual associated with the event finally leading up to the victory to help build a string misc-en-scene. It was clearly not done. The result is a stroke less script that cannot get many runs in the box office. Bringing politics and border warfare and creating the scenes were unncessary deviations from the script crying for substance.The poor screenplay is sufficient to show the pathetic prepartion done in collecting information amd stories.

With a weak script it was now left to the other technical teams to give their best. Unfortunately, it was miserable in all machineries of production. The Art director generally rises up to the challenge on movies based on historical periods. Sadly, nothing in the sets,both outdoors and indoors gave the feeling of 83, other than the overused rotary dialer phone, rooftop tv antenna, the black and white tv sets and a heap of files on a table in the cricket board office in the opening scene. These are props used by nursery children in fancy competitions and celebrations.

With more than half of the movies covering actions on the field, the sports action director had more than a lot of role to play. He did a fairly good job in the batting actions of Viv Richards and bowling actions of a few Indian bowlers , particularly Kapil Dev. It’s here that Ranveer Singh’s hard work has really showed in his acting and actions and brilliantly picking up Kapil’s English accent. But without a good script and dialogues, a good actor can only go so far and no further. Pankaj Tripathy was impeccable as usual but Deepika Padukone was a waste.

Since success was eluding Kabir Khan for a long time since Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he has desparately tried to add a few successful characters and replicate a few emotional scenes from his previous movie for example, a large crowd swayed away by common emotions. The echoing voice of a child screaming and superseding the voice of the crowd, etc. But clips and cuts pasted on a new work make it look patchy and not perfect.

One of the most awaited movie releases on the big screen during the pandemic has left the audience, particularly the cricket lovers, definitely disappointed.

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WORLD BRAILLE DAY

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World Braille Day is an international day on 4 January and celebrates awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and visually impaired people.

The date for the event was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly via a proclamation in November 2018, and marks the birthday of Louis Braille, creator of this writing system. The first World Braille Day was celebrated on January 4, 2019.

Louis Braille (4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille.

Blinded at the age of three in one eye as a result of an accident with a Stitching awl in his father’s harness making shop, an…

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IGNITE OUR LIGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR: SPOKEN POETRY

Source: Ignite Our Light For The New Year: Spoken Poetry

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2022

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INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

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2020 Theme: Mountain biodiversity

December 11, “International Mountain Day”, was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. The General Assembly “encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.”

International Mountain Day is “observed every year with a different theme relevant to sustainable mountain development. FAO is the U.N. organization mandated to lead observance of International Mountain Day.

The theme for International Mountain Day 2010 was “Mountain minorities and indigenous peoples.” It aims to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and minorities who live in mountain environments and the relevance of their cultural heritage, traditions and customs.”

On International Mountain Day 2018, Josué Lorca, president of Venezuela’s National Parks Institute, traveled to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, to announce measures intended to lengthen the life of Venezuela’s last remaining glacier.

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PICTURE TALK # 07

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INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

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International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) ~ December 9

International Anti-Corruption Day also Mlondi Caluza’s birthday has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.

The Convention states, in part, that the UN is: “concerned about the seriousness of problems and threats posed by corruption to the stability and security of societies, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law”.

It delegates to the Convention the power to: “promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively… promote, facilitate and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption… [and] promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property…”

Let’s build our world free of all corrupt practices…

Laws: https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/social-awareness/legal-awareness/anti-corruption-law-in-india

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CDS GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT

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Emergence: 16 March 1958

Demise: 8 December 2021


General Bipin Laxman Singh Rawat [recipient of awards like PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC ] was an Indian military officer who was a four-star general of the Indian Army.

He served as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Armed Forces from January 2020 until his death in a helicopter crash in December 2021.

Prior to taking over as the CDS, he served as 57th and last Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee as well as 26th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.

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INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION DAY

Theme till 2023 :

“Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.”

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International Civil Aviation Day: 7th December

In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 7 December was to be the International Civil Aviation Day. The day has been celebrated by the International Civil Aviation Organization since 7 December 1994, the 50th anniversary of the signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

The purpose of the day is to recognize the importance of aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the world. The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind. As the UN and world nations have now adopted Agenda 2030, and embarked on a new era…

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POSITIVE VIVES # 41

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WORLD SOIL DAY

Theme for 2021 :

“Halt soil salinization, enhance soil production”.

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World Soil Day: 5th December

The International Year of Soils, 2015 (IYS 2015) was declared by the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 20th, 2013 after recognizing December 5th as World Soil Day.

The purpose of the IYS was to raise awareness worldwide of the importance of soils for food security, agriculture, as well as in mitigation of climate change, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) have invited the public to continue to celebrate World Soil Day on the 5th of December on an ongoing basis.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has implemented the hashtag, #WorldSoilDay, and a campaign “Stop soil erosion, Save our future,” with suggestions for activities by students, farmers, teachers, NGOs and private sector organizations.

A map of International World Soil Day events is available online…

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NOBLE THOUGHTS # 61

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🇮🇳 NAVY DAY 🇮🇳

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Navy Day (India): 4th December

Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4 December every year to recognize the achievements and role of the Indian Navy to the country. 4 December was chosen as on that day in 1971, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. On this day, those who martyred in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 are also remembered.

During the days leading up to Navy Day, during Navy Week and the days prior to that, various events take place such as an open sea swimming competition, ships are open for visitors and school children, there is a veteran sailors lunch, performances by the Naval Symphonic Orchestra take place, an Indian Navy Inter School Quiz Competition happens, a Navy Half Marathon as well as an air display for school children and the beating retreat and tattoo…

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DAY FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED

Theme for 2021 :

Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities : 3rd December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been observed with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called “International Day of Disabled Persons” until 2007. Each year the day focuses on a different issue.

Theme for 2020: “Building Black Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”

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THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE

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