Some Intresting Facts about Manikarnika

Hello Friends,

Who doesn’t know Queen of Jhansi?

She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 when the British East India Company tried to capture India.

Recently a movie has been made based on her life starring Kangana Ranaut and narrated by Amitabh Bachan and written by makers of Bahubali.

Here are some interesting facts about the movie Manikarnika popularly known as Queen of Jhansi or Jhansi ki Rani.

  1. The title of the movie is mentioned as Manikarnika but we all know Queen of Jhansi was Rani Lakshmibai, then who was Manikarnika?

Rani Lakshmibai was born as Manikarnika in Varanasi on 19th November 1828 and was nicknamed Manu.

Hence the title of the film is MANIKARNIKA.

  1. Her Farther was Moropant Tambe who worked for the Court of Peshwa of Bithoor District in Kanpur and mother was Bhagirathi Sapre(Bhagirathi Bai) cousin of Nanasaheb Peshwa. It means she was related to Peshwa. Hence she is seen saying “Har Har Mahadev” in Trailer just like same we saw in movie Bajirao Mastani.
  2. Her mother died when she was 4 years old.

  3. She was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, King of Jhansi in May 1842 and was later called Lakshmibai in honor of Goddess Laksmi.

  4. Later she gave birth to a boy in 1851 who was named Damodar Rao, who died after when he was 4 months old.

  5. Later on, King adopted Anand Rao, son of Gangadhar Rao’s cousin and renamed him Damodar Rao in presence of British Political officer.

  6. In November 1853, when Maharja died, British East India Company under the leadership of Lord Dalhousie applied Doctrine of Lapse which meant since Anand Rao was adopted and not the biological son of Maharaja of Jhansi, his claim to the throne was rejected by East India Company.

  7. When Rani Lakshmibai came to know about the wrongdoings of East India Company, she Cried out ” I shall not surrender my Jhansi “

(Main apni Jhansi nahi dungi).

She was ordered to leave the palace and was given an annual pension of Rs 60,000.

  1. On March 24, 1858, East India Company attacked Jhansi under the leadership of Sir Huge Rose.
  • Later on, Tantia Tope along with an army of more than 20,000 also came to rescue Jhansi but failed to do so.

  • After giving a tough fight to East India Company, she died on 18th June 1858 in Gwalior where she was cremated.

  • Damodar Rao surrendered himself to a British official and his memoir ends in May 1860 when he has been allowed a pension of Rs. 10,000.

  • Twenty years after her death Colonel Malleson wrote in the History of the Indian Mutiny; vol. 3; London, 1878 ‘Whatever her faults in British eyes may have been, her countrymen will ever remember that she was driven by ill-treatment into rebellion and that she lived and died for her country, We cannot forget her contribution for India.

  • In case if you have missed the trailer of the movie, you can watch by clicking on the below-mentioned link.

    The movie is started to release on 25th Jan 2019.

    Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.


    Sindhi civilization is one among the oldest human civilization and thus Sindhi community possess a very rich, clearly distinct and signatory cultural heritage which often gets its expression in the form celebration of festivals. Sindhis are known for the celebrating festivals with full enthusiasm and peculiar style of celebration which often gets fused with music & folk dance along with other performing art.

    Apparently there are many Sindhi festivals which occur throughout the year.

    Here is the list of some Sindhi festivals which are popular and celebrated across India and globally.

    1. Lal Loi (This is more or less similar to Lohri festival which Punjabi celebrate in Secon Week of Jan every year)
    2. Cheti Chand ( Bhagwaan Jhulelal Birthday)
    3. Akhand teej and Teejadi (Although both are different and but both are similar to Karva Chauth in which all married and unmarried girls fast for the whole day)
    4. Gogo Nag Panchmi
    5. Chalio (40 days fasting)
    6. Thadadi ( On this day we eat only cold food stuffs and avoid eating fresh and hot food items)
    7. Shradh and Mahlaxmi Sagido ( This is similar to Pitra Paksh in which we pray for the deceased
    8. Holi
    9. Dhanteras and Diwali
    10. Navratri
    11. Raksha Bandhan
    12. Guru Nanak Jayanti and many more.

    What is Chaliyo? How it all started?

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    This is part of Sindhi history that in the era prior to birth of Jhulelal, Hindus gathered on the banks of river Sindhu and prayed water God for rescuing them from the Mirik Shah, Muslim invader of Sindh. This forty days prayer session lasted with Aakashwani about the birth of Jhulelal. During all these forty days food was taken only once in a day and all lived very simple life. This tradition is kept in continuation in the form of Chaliho Sahib, annual religious festival of sindhi community.


    Many centuries ago, in Sindh province there was once a Muslim Ruler named “Mirik Shah”.One fine day the ruler ordered all hindus to convert into Muslim or else face prosecution. All the Hindus requested 40 days time to reply to his order.

    The frightened Hindus of Sindh prayed to their river God Varuna also known as Sindh River to come and help them. For forty days, they underwent penance. They neither shaved nor wore new clothes, praying and fasting and singing songs in the praise of God Varuna. They beseeched him to save them from the hands of their executor Ruler.

    On the fortieth day, a voice was heard from Heaven: “Fear not, I shall save you from the wicked Mirik shah. I shall come down as a mortal and take birth in the womb of Mata Devki in the house of Ratanchand Lohano of Nasarpur”. Ratanchand Lohano was a Hindu belonging to Lohana cast.

    All the Sindhis were relieved and rejoiced at this akashvani. Later, Dariyalal (Jhulelal) was born as announced to the named couple, who taught a lesson to Mirkshah & his Muslim followers and saved the Hindus from Mirkshah & his Muslim Followers.

    Sindhis started to worship Jhulelal Bhagwan with full faith and devotion they started to keep 40 days fasting which is known as chalio saheb. Those who are keeping this fast they follow some rituals such as they are not using tadka in any dish, not cutting nails and hair for 40 days, living purely simple life.

    Just like in Maharashtra people bring Bhagwan Ganpti Idols to their homes, offices, public pandals,etc and worship them in similar manner Bhagwan Jhuleal is praised by all sindhis. Sindhis bring Bhagwan Jhulelal statue in temples and worship them for forty days and do proper immersion on the last day as we do in Bhagwan Ganpati Visarjan.

    Sindhis keep this fast by not eating non veg, onion, garlic, turmeric powder, elaichi, laung, any deep or shallow fried items and any kind of alcohol. They offer one handful of raw rice, some turmeric powder, one piece of laung and elaichi and half table spoon sugar to Bhagwan Shree Jhulelal as offering on daily basis for forty days.

    On the last day, Sindhis do not eat anything from morning till final prayer in afternoon in which they take earthen pots on their head and worship Bhagwaan Jhulelal and after that delicious meal is offered as Prasad to all devotees which continues throughout the day as a part of festivity and celebrations. And people take Bhagwan Juhleal for immersion and all types of dance and entertainment is done for the people.


    Some People who follow this fast more religiously take this to another level thereby

    1. Wearing only two sets of clothes all forty days and washing it with only water
    2. Not wearing any kind of chappals, slippers or shoes/sandals i.e barefoot wherever you go.
    3. Not seating or sleeping on any kind of chairs,bed or any seat.
    4. No shaving cutting of any kind of hair and nails.
    5. Having meal only once in a day.
    6. Not consuming anything white in color like milk,banana,etc.

    When does this Festival occur?

    The 40-day-long festival is observed every year in months of July to August, dates vary according to Hindu calendar. However some people have started a new tradition of fixing the date to 16th July to 25th August.

    • Sindhi men & women dance in front of idol of Jhulelal in their temples to the tune of their folk music and bhajan and the devotional songs. Sindhis make a symbolic representation of their God Jhulelal in each and every household of theirs, which is known as behrana sahib



    • Baharana Sahib consists of Jyot, sugar candy, phota, fruits, clove and akho. Behind is a earthen pot with a coconut in it, covered with cloth, flowers, leaves and Idol of God Jhulelal.


    • A sweet dish named akho, made from rice and sugar is offered during morning prayers.
    • For forty days they worship it and offer prasad and sing aarti to Bahrana Sahib.
    • On the 41st day Baharana Sahib is taken to nearby river or lake and immersed among singing and dancing of devotional songs marking the end of Chalio festival.







    5 Reasons why you should watch Comicstaan!

    We all love comedy shows, open mics, canvas laughter clubs,etc. and what not. Today our level of expectations for comedy has risen four fold and the level of comedy has gone to very high level and its trust me

    Doing comedy is not a comedy.

    It is a very serious job which involves numerous rehearsals to get the audience laugh, perfect timing, use of punchline on right time, getting audience involved throughout the act.

    Recently, Amazon Prime has started a web based new comedy based reality show on 13th of July and

    The name of the show is



    First of all I think the name is really catchy and it some what describes what the show is exactly all about.

    Secondly, this is the first time that such kind of show has been started on web platform and if you have seen the trailer, it clearly says we cannot telecast on television as the content might be offensive to some people. Hence the web episodes. It is not a normal comedy show which can be aired on national television so I would like to add an disclaimer that

    Viewer Discretion is Advised


    Prize Money

    The show has 10 contestants who battle it out to be the India’s best Stand up Comedian and winner will get Rs 10 Lakhs.

    Format of the Show

    Every Week one Judge comes and mentors the contestants in different kinds of comedy and every contestant is given 4 to 5 minutes to act . Judges and audience give their scores based on the individual performances and there is no elimination in this and in the end highest scorer will become the winner of Comicstaan India’s First Stand up Comedian.

    Total No. of Episodes: 9

    No.of Episodes Aired till 28th July,2018(Till Date): 6

    Panel of Judges

    1. Tanmay Bhat- Stand up Comedian,script writer, producer and Co-Founder of AIB
    2. Kanan Gill-Stand up Comedian, Actor and You tuber
    3. Kaneez Surka- Improv,stand up and sketch comedian
    4. Sapan Verma-English Stand up Comedian and Co-Founder of East India Comedy
    5. Biswa Kalyan Rath-Stand up Comedian, writer and You tuber and creator of two popular web series named “Lakhon Mein Ek” and “Biswa Mast Admi” which were aired on Amazon Prime
    6. Naveen Richard-Comedian,web series writer and actor with 15.5K followers on Twitter
    7. Kenneth Sabastian-Stand up Comedian and creator of web series named “Die Trying” which was aired on Amazon Prime


    1. Sejal Bhat
    2. Shankar Chugani
    3. Rahul Dua
    4. Rueben Kaduskar
    5. Shashwat Maheshwari
    6. Saurav Mehta
    7. Aishwarya Mohanraj
    8. Arnav Rao
    9. Prashasti Singh
    10. Nishant Suri


    1. Abhish Mathew
    2. Sumukhi Suresh

    5 Reasons why you should watch COMISCSTAAN.

    1. No voting asking you to pay money to support your favorite contestant.
    2. No stupid Eliminations
    3. Format is pretty simple and clear as marking is given by Judges and live audience
    4. Every week different kind of comedy act is shown wherein Judges and contestants are given 4 to 5 days to prepare for their act and every act is a challenge.
    5. Here Judge’s performance is also taken into consideration and total of all contestant’s score is the Judge score and leader board is made who is the best mentor in the whole series

    And lastly Amzon Prime Subscription comes with starting Rs 129/- per month and Rs 999/- per year.

    So, Start your Amazon Prime today and be be Amazed by watching COMICSTAAN!



    my experience as robin hood army member

    Thane Mulund Surplus Drive

    Date 23rd march,18 Friday

    Location: YouTube Fanfest, Jio Gardens, BKC

    Robins in Action:





    With help from Robin Vishal Katara and Skrap Management Team( Divya and Safya), we came to know about event where we went to collect 2 containers of Thai Curry, 3 containers of Rice, and 1 container of Honey Noodles, and Veg Briyani each respectively to feed around 150 people.



    Skrap Team management Team was so inspired from our work that they also decided to donate 135 kinley water bottles to the Group. Safya and Divya also expressed their interest and willingness to come and volunteer us some day.



    We started the food distribution at 1.30 am in night at thane station west covering platforms 1 to 4 and platform 10 east side and completed the drive at 5am feeding 125 people.


    We, RHA Thane Mulund team are thankful and grateful to Scrap Management Team (Diya and Saufya) for calling us and giving us the opportunity to collect and distribute surplus food.


    I feel proud to be associated to be part of RHA. Since almost 6 months ago, when I joined I never had thought to be working for one of the greatest noble cause of feeding people.


    Without Vivek’s and Arif’s support it would have not been possible to collect excess food (which was anyways to be thrown as waste) and feed 125 people alone.



    Everyone Deserves to be loved

    Love is not just between a husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend it can also be between two friends, mother and son, daughter and mother, or father and son or God and his devotee.

    Love is to express and not to impress.

    Every day can be a day of love. Love is unconditional and pure.

    Valentine’s Day is a day of love not just for couples.

    You might have said it many times to your wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend “I Love you ” but have you ever said ” I Love You” to your mother who brought you into this world, raised you with all her love and affection or your father who sweats his blood to earn and fulfill your all wishes or your brother or sister who cares and stands for you or your friends who support you unconditionally even when they know you are wrong.

    A mother wakes up early cooks food for her children or husband who go to school/college or office. This her way of saying “I Love you”.

    A father works hard day and night to earn for his family so that his family is not deprived of anything. This is his way of saying ” I love you”.

    A brother fights with his sister irritates her, shouts at her but keeps calling her until she reaches home safely. This is his way of saying “I Love You”.

    A sister steals everything of her brother just to annoy him, makes fun of him every time.

    A friend scolds you for your foolishness and stands by you in your difficult times. This is his or her way of saying ” I Love You”.

    What’s yours?

    Express love from your heart and let them also know what you feel about them.

    And not just today make it habit to do it on regular basis to show your love, trust and affection. They also deserve to be loved just like you do.

    जय श्री राम

    Food the Needy!They also deserve to live.

    Food is a basic necessity of our life. But sadly some of us don’t even get to eat two meals a day. It is ironic how some people waste food on a daily basis while some of us go to bed empty stomach.

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    An eye-opening revelation had been made by a report cited in CSR journal. It says “Indians waste as much food as the whole of United Kingdom consumes”. In a nation like India where millions still sleep hungry on streets, it’s not a good statistic.



    According to the report in the journal, up to 40 percent of the food produced in India is bound to get wasted. About 21 million tonnes of India’s entire wheat produce are wasted and 50 percent of all the food across the world meets the same fate. Such a situation raises a concern that food ‘never reaches the needy’. In fact, according to the agriculture ministry, Rs 50,000 crore worth of food produced is wasted every year in the country.

    The number of hungry people in India has increased by 65 million. A figure which is higher than the population of few major powers of the world, like France.


    Food wastage cripples a country’s economy to an extent that most of us are unaware. If food is wasted, there is so much waste of water used in agriculture, manpower and electricity lost in food processing industries and even contributes to deforestation.

    Taking all of into consideration, the actual worth of money per year in India from food wastage is estimated at a whopping Rs 58,000 crore to over Rs 96,000 crore.


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    जय श्री राम

    Book Review “ For the Sake of Love” by Anamika Mishra


    Love binds us together! Love is not just an emotion. Love is a commitment to stay loyal until the end of your life. Falling in love is easy but Being in love whole life with the same person is something which not everyone is capable of doing it.

    David and Jasmine were in love with each other. David and Jasmine had promised each other to send letters no matter what happens. However, after some days Jasmine suddenly stops writing to David but he continued writing to her in hope to meet her someday.

    Twisha and Rini were working as creative head in happening travel magazine.Their boss Anita (Chief Editor) had sent Twisha and Bobby to Shimla for a work assignment.

    When I read the first chapter, I could not guess the connection between Twisha, David, Jasmine, as the story between David and Jasmine dates back in 1950’s and Twisha and Bobby both are young from 2017.

    It was in Shimla where they come across some old lost long love letters from David addressing Jasmine and from there they embark on a journey to find Jasmine.

    Love is what love does. It stays with us even if the person who has left us forever. It was David and Jasmine’s love that brought two new lovebirds ( Twisha and Alex) fall in love.

    For the Sake of Love is the story of the long-lasting incomplete love story of David and Jasmine who were deeply in love with each other and how it brought two people together Twisha and Alex who never believed in love.

    I enjoyed reading this heart some love story. Love can make you crazy, mad, sad, happy. After all, love makes you complete and love does what it does.