5 Reasons Why You Should Binge Watch Sharate Aaj on ZEE5

 

I will start by saying that India is growing digitally, all thanks to Digital India. Not only are we going cashless after the demonetisation but this entire process has been beneficial especially to the youth. That’s because some amazing offers came by from various payment platforms and stores, not to forget OTT platforms like ZEE5. Hence, it is not a surprise why web series and digital premieres of movies have created a huge stir in the world. Not only is it convenient, but you can subscribe to the platform for an incredibly affordable price. All you need is a streaming device and a good internet connection.

Of late, binge-watching web series is everyone’s favourite thing to do at home, especially during the weekends. Keeping with the trend, today I am going to talk about a ZEE5 Bengali original web series called Sharate Aaj. It is quite an exciting series for Bengali fans, who thoroughly enjoyed Kaali, ZEE5 and Parambrata Chatterjee’s last collaboration. So, on finding some interesting information about the series, I am here to share it with you.

 

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Here are five reasons why you should binge watch Sharate Aaj!

  • Cultural Music – Firstly, the web series is beautifully curated with a mix of Rabindra Sangeet, and folk songs like Aaj Dhaner Khete rearranged by Sahana Bajpaie along with Mr Samantak Sinha. Both of them are renowned artists and have been flattered for their impeccable contribution to Bengali music. I, personally, think that the music adds an distinct Bengali essence to this thriller series, giving a more intriguing experience to the viewers.
  • The Director – Sharate Aaj is directed by the prominent Bengali actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay. A known face in both Bengali and Hindi film industries, Parambrata has donned many hats over his career – actor, director, writer and producer. In 2018, he produced his first web series named ‘Kaali’ that was released on ZEE5. But with Sharate Aaj, he has not only directed the series but also played the lead role in Sharate Aaj. This makes Sharate Aaj interesting to see, especially to check out how Parambrata manages multiple creative roles in this series.
  • Cast – The powerful star cast of this web series include renowned Bengali actors like  Payel Sarkar, Riddhi Sen, Surangana Bandyopadhyay, Kanchan Mallik, Joydip Mukherjee, Bidipta Chakraborty and Soumya Sengupta other than Parambrata Chattopadhyay. All the actors have done a commendable job. With each of them having powerful roles, their performances make us connect to the character very well.
  • The Storyline – In Parambrata’s words “Sharate Aaj is the story of identity crisis, cultural bonding and a terror threat, making the show an edge-of-the-seat thriller. This series about NRI Bengalis from India and Bangladesh living in London, who come together to get ready for the upcoming Durga Puja, an event that is very close to every Bengali’s heart. An interesting approach to thrilling yet relevant themes, the storyline of Sharate Aaj is as gripping as it gets.
  • Production – Sharate Aaj was completely shot in London. It meticulously showcases the close-knit Bengali community in the city and the preparation for the upcoming Pujo. It is very curious to see how the director, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, captured the Bengali culture so prominently out there in a different country altogether. This shows the kind of efforts that went into making this ZEE5 original.

I feel this is the first time the industry has gone out of the box in producing and directing an entire Bengali web series in a different country. Also, it was an interesting thought for ZEE5 to release Sharate Aaj on February 21st 2019 on The International Mother Language Day. For those unaware, the states of West Bengal and Tripura in India follow and celebrate this Day by paying tribute to their unsung heroes. Moreover, all the Bengalis in India and abroad celebrate the Day for the sacrifice of lives just for the sake of their first language, Bangla.

What are you waiting for? Head on to ZEE5 to binge watch it this weekend.

 

Sources –

  1. https://www.webfare.live/latest-news/sharate-aaj-zee5s-biggest-bengali-original-series-releases-on-21st-february/
  2. https://thekolkatamail.com/zee5-bengali-original-web-series-sharate-aaj-shooting-continues-in-london/
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Things You Should Know If You Are Travelling to Seychelles

After a lot of contemplation, I decided to work on this post. Since it was a personal trip i.e. our honeymoon, I was in two minds to write about it but then I thought this would be helpful for travellers who are planning a trip real soon to Seychelles. I thought I had researched well before heading to this beautiful country but I successfully failed at that because all the travel blogs that I read was from a European’s or American’s point of view which is obviously different from an Indian’s point of view. There were rarely any travel post or videos that explained anything about the intrinsic details regarding the lifestyle and the food. Most of them were about how beautiful the island was!

 

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Here I am with pointers on things you should know if you are travelling to Seychelles.

  • The Country – Seychelles consists of beautiful islands that depend on other countries for their resources. They import everything except for water and seafood. Most of the products are imported from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India. Hence all the prices are a little higher than usual, so make sure you carry emergency essentials with you if budget is a constraint.

 

  • Currency – Seychelles easily accept Euros at restaurants and stores but locally Seychellois rupee works well when it comes to transport or small scale food trucks. Remember, firstly SCR is higher than INR, plus the country imports everything that you might be looking for except for handicrafts. Frankly speaking, we spent most of our Euros on travelling than any other thing. We would have spent around 20000 -25000 INR just on our airport and ferry transits excluding the ferry tickets to other islands.

 

  • Food in Seychelles – I can blindly compare the authentic Creole cuisine to our Coastal cuisines. They are quite similar in taste. Most of the villas have a kitchenette because travellers prefer cooking their meal rather than eating outside. The restaurants are pretty expensive I would say for the food served. For example, meal for two at a simple restaurant in Seychelles would cost approximately 3000-4000 INR without any beverages. Even though Seychelles has it’s own water factory, but due to shortage of water resources, non of the restaurants serve water for free.

 

  • Entertainment Quotient – Seychelles is a hushed and reticent place. The people of Seychelles prefer dining in with their family on weekends and festivals rather than partying outside. There are rarely any places to chill post seven in the evening other than in Mahe, that too only if you are closer to the heart of the city. Among the three islands we visited i.e Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, La Digue was fun with Seychellois kids cycling around with JBL Boom Box and listening to captivating music and also dancing to it. La Digue had two party places with music and disco lights with no one inside which was pretty disappointing. There were rarely many people who would go out to party. La Digue is a tiny island with countable number of residents. Other than this, water sports will keep you busy in the day.

 

  • Transport – You have four options to choose from to travel around the city. You could either hire a taxi, which is an expensive affair or rent out a car to drive around if you are a confident driver on hills and curvy routes. Seychelles has a good bus connectivity to everywhere but the only issue is that, the last bus back would be around 6:30pm. Not that there was much to do post that but just in case. Lastly, you could always hitchhike and move around the city. That’s an option that we were given by the hotel manager too claiming that it’s safe.

 

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Must Watch Naga Chaitanya Movies

I have been a hardcore Nagarjuna fan since the time I watched “Ninne Pelladata” and the obsession just grew (in a good way obviously). It was in college that I discovered about Naga Chaitanya’s movies and have been following his movies too since then. From a raw actor to entertainer he is now, his acting graph has only grown.

So, being a fan, I was looking forward to catch his recent movie Sailaja Reddy Alludu online. After searching online, I came across the movie on ZEE5. On further exploration, I found some more of his movies on the platform, and I couldn’t be happier. That’s why I have created this list of his movies that you can watch on ZEE5.  

  • Ye Maaya Chesave

This was one of his first movies with actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who is now his wife. Both of them made their film debut with this film. For this reason itself, it’s always fun to look back. Ye Maaya Chesave brilliantly captured the compelling romance between both the lead actors which later changed from reel to real life. Having the classic Gautam Vasudev Menon touch, the story revolves around a young engineer Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) who wants to become a filmmaker and in that process, he falls in love with his tenant’s daughter Jessi (Samantha). I love how GVM developed the characters that felt so real and that makes me watch the movie again and again.   

  • Dohchay

Starring Naga Chaitanya and Kriti Sanon, Dohchay revolves around Chandu (Naga Chaitanya) is a con man with a Robin Hood vibe. With his father in jail, it gets difficult to pay his sister’s college fees and that is why Chandu chooses to become a con man. This action – comedy movie is basically a diverse bag of emotions. With slick action sequences and impeccable comic timing by Brahmanandam, Dohchay is an underrated film in Chaitanya’s filmography.

  • Sailaja Reddy Alludu

Sailaja Reddy Alludu is a family drama that will not disappoint you. Similar to his first movie, the first half of the movie shows romance brewing between two neighbours. However, An egoistic clash between the main characters ( Naga Chaitanya, Anu Emmanuel and Ramya Krishna) creates conflicts that Chaitanya solves over the course of the movie. Featuring power packed on-screen performances by Chaitanya and Ramya Krishnan, this movie is a treat for the entire family.   

  • Tadakha

The story of Tadakha is majorly about two brothers and their bond. Usually, it’s the elder a brother who acts as a saviour to the younger one but here it is the other way round. A remake of the Tamil movie Vettai, the movie keeps the fun vibe of the original intact. The chemistry between Sunil and Chaitanya is fun to watch. Also, I got to mention Tamanna Bhatia and Andrea Jeremiah for the magnetic screen presence they had in the movie.  

  • Rarandoi Veduka Chudham

Though this movie tackles a similar territory in terms of story, it was appreciated by the audiences for the central performance by Chaitanya and Rakul Preet Singh. A complete family entertainer with chartbuster music by Devi Sri Prasad, the movie is a entertainer that you must not miss.  

So, that was my list of movies starring Naga Chaitanya. I would love to hear which one is yours? So, do share your views in the comments.

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A Sunday at Sunday The Spa

For me, the last two-three months went by faster than the speed of light. The Commercial Street had turned into my 1st home and after all the running around all I would want was to sleep. Even few hours before my wedding, I was running around tailors and the funny part is, I have been preparing for this since the beginning of 2018. But I guess that’s what the composition of wedding is.

I didn’t go for those quintessential bridal packages that most of the parlours have. I stuck to few home remedies and for other requirements I visited my usual place. Before heading to Hyderabad, I knew I was in desperate need of good spa session to think straight and look fresh for my wedding. I had heard a lot about Sunday- The Spa and decided to head there.

Sunday – The Spa is Bangalore’s prime Spa place and they provide an organic technique with pure and virgin products unlike any other commercial spas. They have effective treatments for skin, body and soul. Sunday – The Spa’s best seller being the Nashi Argan treatment. They have two spa and salon now in Bangalore, the first one is in Koramangala and they recently launched their second one in HSR Layout. I had been to the Koramangala one number of times, hence decided to check out their new spa place in HSR. The HSR one is undoubtedly serene and relaxing and also larger in space compared to their Koramangala outlet. HSR Layout’s Sunday The Spa makes you feel luxurious and composed the very moment you enter the place and that too at a very reasonable tariff rate.

 

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We opted for a couple spa treatment and also added an extra service to the package. As per the service book, we were given Mukhtalif which says “Being different is beautiful. Mukhtalif brings you the best of Facial, Body Scrub, Body Massage and Body Wrap and entitles you to an opportunity to introspect and rediscover yourself.” The other service that we were looking for was manicure and pedicure but unfortunately they were booked for the entire day hence they couldn’t give us a slot for the same. Keeping that aside, Mukhtalif was heavenly and reposeful.  The session was obviously rejuvenating. It was a 60 minutes treatment starting with body massage, body scrub and a body wrap post which you are given 15 minutes of Sauna bath. I have heard that Sauna bath flushes out toxins which is good for people who rarely sweat. Sauna bath increases the blood flow since the blood vessels dilates. Surprisingly, I hardly sweat.

I started with my first spa treatment really late because I always looked at it as luxury but I would suggest everyone who are sceptical about it to enrol themselves in any spa treatment to start with, for your own benefit.

And now that I am back, I have decided to pamper myself atleast once in two months. Decent plan right? It’s all about the feel good factor and it is addictive.

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