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Americans not really getting into heart of what is in India

The show narrates story of a successful New York lawyer Rebecca Bunch, who decides to follow her ex-boyfriend, Josh Chan, to suburban West Covina, California. It accounts her romantic rendezvous in a hilarious manner interwoven with the use of music

 

She has never been to India but is not oblivious to Indian culture as she calls it a vast cauldron. Golden Globe-winning actress Rachel Bloom points out that many facets of the country are entering foreign shores in a "trendy" but false manner. People in the West are "not really getting into the heart of what it is in India", she added.
 
Asked about what all Bloom, who won the Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"- earlier this year, has heard about Indian culture, she said: "It's too vast".
 
"But I think that there is something that Americans do, you know you take the example of yoga. I know that in India it's much more kind of humble and a sacred practice, but here it's kind of commoditised," Bloom told IANS on the phone from Los Angeles.
 
She added: "We sell fancy clothes to wear to yoga classes for $20 or $30 or $40... it is kind of like a rich elitist thing and I know that that isn't the case in India. It's like we have taken some things that are sacred and humble in India and we've made them trendy here in ways that are false and not really getting into the heart of what it is in India."
 
Bloom, apart from being the lead actress of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," has also created the musical-comedy-drama series along with Aline Brosh McKenna.
 
The show, which has been renewed for its second season, has entered the Indian shores with season one. It is being aired in India on Star World and Star World HD.
 
Bloom, who rose to fame in the virtual world with her musical and comedic skills via YouTube videos, says she is "aware" about the world of Bollywood, which is oft known for painting the big screen canvas with myriad hues of feelings along with music and dance.
 
Bloom said: "I love Bollywood. First of all, our editor of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', he is an Indian and his whole family actually is in India and works in Bollywood. And so, we have a very natural Bollywood tie at 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' with our editor Kabir Aktar. And secondly, I think it's wonderful because in America the art of a film musical has really softened up.
 
"In the second episode, we have a Bollywood number. The Bollywood number is sung by a yoga teacher, it's kind of making fun of Americans and what they think Indian culture is as opposed to what Indian culture actually is. So we're doing homage to Bollywood and making fun of Americans through all the ways they represent Indian culture in the second episode."
 
The show narrates story of a successful New York lawyer Rebecca Bunch, who decides to follow her ex-boyfriend, Josh Chan, to suburban West Covina, California. It accounts her romantic rendezvous in a hilarious manner interwoven with the use of music.
 
The actress says she has "always thought music is one of the first and most efficient forms of storytelling there is".
 
She said: "Because, every song has an essential statement, which is the chorus. Every song has a very specific idea it's trying to get across and then build on around idea. It is a very clear form of storytelling. It also gives us an insight into characters' emotional space and is probably better than dialogues, since you know all the words aren't there when you are emotional, you sing."
 
Bloom also confessed that "Aline wanted to do this movie called 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and incidentally ended up writing a TV show".
 
Ask her about the USP of the show, she says it can't "really be compared to the other shows" as "there is so much good television out there. I am personally overwhelmed with what to watch" and "it's getting harder and harder to compare television shows because we're into major television here with all these different networks, shows are getting more and more specific".
 
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Fire destroys natural history museum, minister orders audit

According the officials, almost everything including the collection and documents on display in the museum, was destroyed

 

A massive fire destroyed the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) here early on Tuesday, reducing its priceless collection including fossils to ashes, officials said.
 
The shocking devastation forced Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to order an urgent fire audit of all museums across the country as it emerged that the fire fighting system failed to work at the museum.
 
The blaze erupted around 1.50 a.m. and quickly spread in the multi-storey building which housed the museum, just across the Nepalese embassy and around three kilometres from the Parliament House.
 
"The museum was on FICCI property. We will assess the damage as soon as we (can) and see how we can restore it," said a stunned Javadekar.
 
Museum officials were more forthright.
 
"Everything has been damaged, some by fire, some by gases and some by the water used to douse the flames," an official said on the condition of anonymity.
 
Added Vikas Rana, a museum official: "The museum had many fossils and species. Everything is lost... Around 3,000 children from Delhi and nearby regions used to visit it daily."
 
Some 35 fire tenders battled the leaping flames, bringing the fire officially under control by about 6 a.m. By then, virtually nothing in the museum of importance could be saved.
 
Delhi Fire Service chief G.C. Mishra blamed "an electrical gadget" for the inferno.
 
"No human intervention was involved in causing the fire that started from the seventh floor. However, we have completely doused the fire but cooling operation is still on," Mishra told IANS.
 
Five fire fighters were rushed to hospital after being injured while trying to contain the blaze.
 
Then prime minister Indira Gandhi initiated the idea of the museum in 1972 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of India's independence.
 
She desired a museum to depict India's flora, fauna and mineral wealth to provide an out of school facility for education of children and to promote environmental awareness among the masses, according to the museum's website.
 
The museum opened in June 1978, coinciding with the World Environment Day.
 
It had both permanent and temporary galleries, and provided guided tours by trained educational assistants.
 
Gallery 1 portrayed the origin and evolution of life and the variety and diversity of the flora and fauna in India.
 
Gallery 2 gave an overview of major eco-systems of the world, role of plants as primary producers, food chains, and interrelationship among plants, animals and human beings.
 
Gallery 3 dealt with many aspects of conservation of nature.
 
The museum provided opportunities to children to handle and examine specimens, participate in creative activities such as modelling and painting and exploration of discovery boxes.
 
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Rajya Sabha ethics panel recommends Mallya's expulsion

Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee chairman Karan Singh said that they will send Mallya a mail, and he will be given a week's time to respond

 

The Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously agreed that liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted for defaulting bank loans to the tune of Rs9,000 crore, should be expelled from the upper house of parliament.
 
Mallya, an independent member of the house from Karnataka, has, however, been given a week's time, and a final decision will be taken when the committee meets on May 3.
 
Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee chairman Karan Singh said that they will send Mallya a mail, and he will be given a week's time to respond.
 
"It has been decided that he should be expelled. All members agreed to it," Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav told reporters after a meeting of the committee, where Mallya's case was discussed. 
 
Karan Singh said: "We reviewed the whole situation. We will give him a week's time so that he can say what he has to say. The committee will meet again on May 3."
 
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury spoke on similar lines.
 
"The opinion of members is very clear, he should be expelled," he said.
 
According to sources, in the discussions the committee was made aware that for around 10 years as a member of the Rajya Sabha, Mallya had been declaring his assets and liabilities as "nil".
 
"This is a blatant lie. He lied to the house and action will be taken," a committee member said.
 
In the meeting, the issue of revocation of Mallya's passport was also taken up.
 
"It was raised in the meeting, and some members felt it only meant giving him a free run. The UK government may not agree on deporting him, and he can even get a British citizenship," sources said.
 
The government revoked Mallya's passport on Sunday after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs9,431 crore default of loans from Indian banks. This has set in the motion the process for the billionaire's possible deportation from Britain, where he is staying at present.
 
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manoharlalsharma

7 months ago

expulsion is not the solution but to tightening of recovering process be in place as exercised against FARMERS and absconding is the FEAR behind SUBRTOS" jail of SAHARA what u gain from but it damages GOOD WILL of INDIA and I would like to know where r so many listed firms?who took money from STOCK MARKET in crores of rupees tolerated without action.

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