Ram Navmi: The Holy Festival of Hinduism
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

In incarnation of God, an ideal man, dutiful son and just king: these are just a few ways to describe Lord Rama, an exemplar of honor, reverence, self-control and duty. He fought battles, became king, married a Goddess, traveled far and befriended exotic beings who were steadfast in their loyalty and courage. Rama Navami is the celebration of His birthday, when Hindus honor and remember Him with devotional singing, dramatic performance and non-stop recitation of His remarkable life story, the Ramayana. Rama Navami is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya. He is the ardha ansh of Vishnu or has half the divinitive qualities of Lord Vishnu. The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April/May) (8 days after Yugādi) and coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chait Durga Puja. Therefore in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days. This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as the marriage day…

25 March : Hindi Acting Contributor Farooque Shaikh
History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

Farooque Shaikh was born in 25 March 1948 at Amroli near Surat in Gujarat. His father name is Mustafa Shaikh and Mother Farida. His father Mustafa Shaikh was a lawyer settled in Mumbai, whose family hailed from Hansot village (Bharuch district, Gujarat). Shaikh’s family were Zamindars (landowners), and he grew up in luxurious surroundings. Shaikh attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and then graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He then studied law at Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. Shaikh came to acting after failing to relate to his profession in law. At St. Xavier’s College that Shaikh met with Roopa, his future wife. Both of them were active in theatre while at college and later they got married. They have two daughters, Shaaista and Sanaa. His younger daughter Sanaa works with the NGO United Way Mumbai. Career and Professional Life He was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa, where Farooque had a supporting role and the leading man was Balraj Sahni. He first gained popular recognition as a quiz master on radio, but it was his participation as an anchor…

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