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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Movie Review: Tabu is the showstopper in this Kartik Aaryan-Kiara starrer

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Movie Review:   Directed by Anees Bazmee,  ' Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2' is a 'complete entertainment package' that will entertain you from start to finish. Starring Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, this is a funny horror movie with brilliant cinematography that you will enjoy.  But first, throw logic out of the window!                                                                  [Source: Kartik Aaryan on Twitter] Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Movie Review: Story of Two Strangers   Starting with two strangers (Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani) who are travelling to a picturesque location, the story of  Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is completely different from its previous avatar - the one starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan. Frankly, I didn't like their film  as it seemed like a poor copy of the original Malayalam film - Manichithrathaazhu starring Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi and Shobhana in the lead roles. As I knew  Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has Tabu in the lead role, I wanted to watch it

A selfie with Rajkummar Rao

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Rajkummar Rao movies are much loved and anticipated in my family, just as Fahadh Faasil movies are eagerly awaited. My teenager was totally star struck when he saw the actor at Lucknow Airport last week and voila, here's the selfie!  In India, we often see actors show an 'attitude' in public spaces. So, it came as a shock to see Rajkummar Rao keep a very low profile, almost disguise himself with a mask and totally keep to himself in a way that he attracted no attention as he stood with other passengers. So, how did we figure out that this is the actor? Few airport personnel at the security gate requested him for selfies and the actor obliged in a very humble way. And that's when we saw him and understood his identity. In many airports, actors and celebrities are rushed through with 'VIP' status. For my teenager, it came as a precious lesson to see the humility and simplicity of one of India's finest actors. When an airport official tried to stop my son from

What is Kerala Kasavu saree? All about Kerala's traditional dress

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'What is Kerala Kasavu saree' is a question I hear every time I wear it for a special function or an auspicious occasion. With Vishu around the corner, I decided to talk about what Kerala kasavu is. This year, the festival of Vishu is on April 15th, which gives me one more reason to talk about Kerala Kasavu sarees. Sharing one of my favourite photos when my mother and son dressed in traditional Kerala style! [READ: Where to Eat in Kochi,    Best of Kochi in 3 days , Heading to Kumarakom? ] Do you see the happiness that festivals like Vishu and Onam bring into our homes? Also, read about the Saddest Vishu of my Life and Weekend trip to Kochi. What is special about Kerala Kasavu saree? 'Kasavu', in Malayalam, refers to the gold thread, the zari, that is used to adorn the Kerala saree which is in a cream colour throughout the body and the border is in gold - the border part of the saree - is called Kasavu. The cream and gold combination in a Kerala Kasavu saree is its key

Happy New Year! Welcoming 2022 with gratitude and temple prasadam

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Wish you a wonderful, blessed and joyous Happy New Year 2022!                                [Image: Pazhavangadi Temple prasadam] Starting the year with a temple trail feels super sacred and joyous for me. It felt like a beautiful way to grasp with gratitude the precious moments of 2021. Taking inspiration from  the words of John O'Donohue: "We bless this year for all we learned, for all we loved and lost." A visit to Thiruvananthapuram, capital city of Kerala, is how I wrapped up the tumultous year of 2021. Paying respects to my favourite temple in the capital city - yes, Pazhavangadi Ganapati kshetram - and then a first time evening darshan at Sreekanteshwaram temple concluded our visit as we got ready to welcome the New Year. On New Year's Day, which is today, I had an amazing time meeting loved ones, especially spending time with family members, uncles and aunts and cousins. Such fun-filled moments we had together and I feel more confident about 2022 already! For

Malayalam film Sara 's on Amazon Prime is a bold take on a woman's right to abortion

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Sara's Malayalam movie review: Malayalam cinema is known for breaking stereotypes even when its male audience may find it clearly unpalatable. One of the recent Malayalam films this year that I really found thought provoking is 'Sara's' on Amazon Prime despite the fact that it has many sketchy areas in its narrative and I do not support Sara's personal choices. [READ: Prithviraj starrer Mumbai Police breaks stereotypes!] Sara's Malayalam Movie Review: To have a child or not should be a woman's decision 'Sara's' is a film that urges Malayalis to give a 'woman' more independence about deciding whether she is ready to marry, and if she is, if she wants to have a child and if that choice comes under scrutiny, the final choice should be hers alone - it is her body, her life - not the guy's. This is something I personally believe in - a woman should never be forced to do anything against her will by anyone. No matter how you view it, a man

Where to buy Kerala Kasavu Saree in Kochi

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Wondering where to buy Kerala kasavu saree in Kochi? Don't worry! I am sharing few of my favourite shops for Kerala Kasavu Saree shopping in Kochi. In the image shown below, I am wearing a Kerala kasavu full tissue saree from Ramachandran Handlooms, it glows like molten gold and is perfect for evening functions.  Kerala Kasavu Saree shopping in Kochi: How to get started Few popular places to buy Kerala Kasavu Saree in Kochi would be as follows: 1. Kasavu Kada 2. Ramachandran Handloom 3. Karalkada 4. Parthas 5. The Chennai Silks 6. Pothys I will go into the details of each shop and what I like about each of these shops that are renowned for stocking the best quality Kerala kasavu sarees for every occasion including engagement function and even the traditional Kerala wedding function. Kerala Kasavu Saree: Authentic vs Affordable Kerala Kasavu If you are passionate about buying a Kerala Kasavu saree, which is a must-have in your saree wardrobe, you have to figure out your budget and d

Swami Malai Mandir: First time darshan! What I love about Lord Subramanya worship

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Festivities are over, feelings are not!😊 As I write this blog post, Diwali blues are settling in, just as easily as the evening chill in Delhi's barely breathable air. You won't believe how I used to dread the festive season in Delhi when I came here two decades ago. The sound of fire crackers used to frighten me. Even children would carelessly toss the firecrackers from one corner to the other and I would be literally trembling with fear! Has anything changed now? I have begun loving the festivities! Having lived in Delhi NCR for more than two decades now, I see things differently. I love the festive season, especially Diwali, when I can just deck up my home, unleash my creativity in arranging the decor and the diyas and getting ready to send out gifts of love to a very small circle of loved ones. When I look out of the window just now, I see a grey sky and the sun resembles a fading yolk. Peace all around.  Or is it the energy that I have carried along with me after Malai Ma

Kuruthi Movie Review: A Bold and Brilliant Film on Love, Religion and Messed up Humans

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Kuruthi movie review:  Wondering whether to watch Prithviraj's film 'Kuruthi'? This must-watch thriller has one hero  - Mammukoya!  Malayali's favourite 'Gafoor Ka Dost' who remains immortalised through Mohanlal-Sreenivasan starrer 'Nadodikattu'. Just a year ago, I had read his memoirs in Malayalam and loved it so much, I couriered it to my father, who enjoyed reading the lesser known life of an amazing character actor we are blessed to have in Malayalam cinema - yes, the one and the only Mammukoya! Okay, so let's dive into the film and why I really found it gripping. Kuruthi Malayalam Movie review: A Gripping Thriller Now coming back to Manu Warrier's directorial debut 'Kuruthi', this is a brilliant socio-political thriller that probes the depths of 'intolerance' without taking sides.  Kuruthi Movie Review: Story When a Hindu boy is taken into custody over the death of a devout old Muslim man, he becomes a target for the old man&