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Sexy, Sincere, Smart, Successful: Mesha Toor

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

I remember when Toiffa came to Vancouver, all that money that was funded towards that event was to pay for the Bollywood Actors who were attending, and for the stage production. But how did it benefit any of the local artists? My fellow DJ friends were being asked to provide their services for free, make-up artists were providing free services. Models were modelling for free. How were any of us growing?

Born and raised in Vancouver, at a very young age Mesha was determined to be more than just an average entertainer. Her passion for performing arts and the Fashion industry allowed her to complete her degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising at The Art Institutes of Vancouver. Followed by, her training as a professional actor in Film and Television at Vancouver Film School.

Mesha became known as a global force in the South Asian community. She launched her own clothing line: House of Mish by Mesha Toor in 2011 – a crossover of East meets West. Applying her passion for perfection and extensive knowledge of event planning, Mesha showcased her first lavish collection through a fashion show event, entirely hosted by yours truly.

Mesha’s current accomplishments include ‘Model Mechanisms’ with Mesha Toor – a modelling and coaching academy for aspiring models/actors/entertainers on proper etiquettes of a model and full critique/tips on how to improve runaway walks and posing.

In 2013, Mesha was appointed Festival Director for Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) which took place from October 25th-27th, 2013. VISAFF’s purpose and vision is to “bridge the gap” between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences. Mesha had full creative control and was involved with all aspects of event execution and management.

As of 2016, Mesha’s credentials thus far include a cameo appearance in the Bollywood Film Best of Luck, the CBS show Intelligence, showstopper for Vancouver Fashion Week, various interviews and featured on Vogue UK.

Here’s Generation Next’s interview with Mesha Toor:

Many South Asian artists become artists without any formal training. You, on the other hand, went to college and took a degree in fashion design and as a professional actor. How did your family take it? And what made you believe that you are an artist and that this is what you want to do in life?

At first my mother had encouraged me to become a teacher or some kind of professional and go to University, but my dad has always been the type that tells us to do what makes you happy.

I was always very creative and artistic so I knew I needed to be in a field, which allowed me to express that. At the time I thought of pursuing Fashion Design because A) I loved clothes and my mother was a seamstress so I grew up with Fashion B) It was very rare for South Asian women at the time to follow into Fashion Design and I needed to be in a field which was creative-driven C) I didn’t have the confidence to pursue acting so I thought ok, lets do fashion!

After I had finished design school, I still had that urge of acting/performing.

Can being an artist and being a business woman go hand in hand?

Yes, but it requires balance. That is something I have learned along the way. As an Artist, you are your own brand and you need to know how to sell your brand. It is knowing your limits and when to say no.

I would go to every industry event, and I would network like crazy.

People now know what to expect when they hire ‘Mesha Toor.’ They are getting professionalism, creative-insight, high quality, a humble human being and someone memorable. I get hired for these reasons.

Do you have to make compromises as an artist to meet the demands of the business?

Yes. You have to constantly put yourself out there, be innovative and be on top of your game if you want to survive. You have to look at what others may be doing better than you, or being able to negotiate your rates. It’s a very competitive world out there.

East meets West seems to be a phrase thrown out a lot these days. What does it mean to you?

For me it’s finding a union between two cultures and making it your own.

What is your personal style? Does it change from year to year or from season to season?

My style seems to follow under these categories: Minimal, Classic, Chic and Elegant.

Which fashion designer is most inspiring to you and why?

I have come to admire and love many designers. I’m really digging Ali Xeeshan from Pakistan.

How about an actor/actress?

My two biggest inspirations are Madhuri Dixit and Jennifer Lopez. Madhuri Dixit was the main reason why I became an Actor. I grew up watching her films and wanted to be just like her.

Jennifer Lopez is a woman who had no industry ties when she first started and built her entire empire from the ground up.

In the Western society, kurtis and other such Eastern clothes seem to be popular among women in beachwear and not really as an office or social-wear. Won’t you agree?

I agree it may not be as common but again it depends on your personal style. People often worry too much about what others will think. I wear what I want to wear.

With the growth of Bollywood, many young people now want to be part of it. What would your advice be to them?

Bollywood is a very tough Industry to break into. I would say much tougher than Hollywood, primarily becomes it is ruled by those already in the industry and their children/families. In Hollywood, thanks to Social Media there are no rules to people breaking into the Industry now. All it takes is your videos going viral on YouTube or your Instagram page with a huge following and your “in.”

1) But if Bollywood is your dream then go for it. Be prepared for failure and rejection and putting in years of hard work.

2) Language is also a big thing, so be sure your Hindi is very good.

Bollywood is a very dirty industry, and I have often heard stories of how Actors/Actress get their “big break.” A casting director offered me a chance to be the next big thing if I was open to the whole casting couch idea. I told him no, and he told me that’s the way it is and that I wouldn’t make it into Bollywood otherwise. I told him you just watch and see. When someone tells me no, I make sure I find a way make it a YES.

Many so-called modelling agencies have come to light that cheat young artists and give them false hope of becoming stars. In the process families lose thousands of dollars. What should a young artist be looking for when he/she decides to become a client?

I run a modelling Academy and I often tell my students to do their research! Any legitimate agency will have a license and be social media accessible. The great thing about Google is, you can research these agencies and read personal reviews from other clients who have dealt with them. There are also a lot of modeling/acting groups and forums where people post about their agencies and experiences. This is a great way to learn and build your network.

Another thing is, most legitimate agencies do not charge a fee for you to join. They make money from you once you book work. The standard is 15-20%. with fellow artists who are also trying to break into the industry.

Networking is key in this industry. It’s all about whom you know.

What are some of your business challenges?

Sometimes you find you are comparing yourself to others and wondering how are they at the level they are at? Why are they booking roles or modeling gigs when you know they haven’t been in the industry as long as you have or put in years and years of hard work. For me I’ve always been in this middle box. Where people can’t seem to categorize me into one thing. It’s either I’m “never this or that.”

My look was so different that I often found people really didn’t know where to place me. With modeling, again I wasn’t the 5’11 size 0 model frame. I was barely 5’7” with curves, fair skin and a chiseled face. Finally I just stopped waiting for an Agency to give me work, I stared creating it for myself. If there is no place for you in the industry, make one for yourself.

At the same time you need to know how the industry works and constantly be on your toes.

Do you find the governments to be supportive of arts to the extent where it’s satisfactory?

It’s just satisfactory.

Toronto Fashion Week was cancelled this year because IMG (which was one of their main sponsors) pulled out. The clothing industry is a billion dollar industry and we add so much to the economy. Without Fashion Week how else are designers able to showcase their work on a global scale? How else do we grow as a community?

Actors are struggling to find work and even that is limited because all the lead roles are casted in LA yet a lot of US production is done in Vancouver and Toronto. There should be a rule where more Canadian-based actors are being casted in leads if they are shooting on Canadian sole.

I remember when Toiffa came to Vancouver, all that money that was funded towards that event was to pay for the Bollywood Actors who were attending, and for the stage production. But how did it benefit any of the local artists? My fellow DJ friends were being asked to provide their services for free, make-up artists were providing free services. Models were modelling for free. How were any of us growing? How was it building our artist community? How were we (the local’s) being recognized? Did any of us local artists get any opportunities to work in Bollywood? No. Were film roles open/offered to us? No. What was the whole purpose of that event?

That money used to fund Toiffa could have been used towards building something much more constructive. That money could have gone towards supporting Fashion Week, where Models and Make-Up Artists could get paid for their work. It could have been used in the form of an Art Fund, where any artist could apply to help finance their project. It could have been used to support unprivileged children in third world countries; so much more could have been done with that type of funding.

What are three things young artists and performers can focus on to become successful?

  1. Be so good that people can’t ignore you.
  2. Find something that is lacking, a niche.
  3. Learn to become your own best friend.

How do you keep yourself fit?

I do Yoga everyday. I also run, do a lot of walking, do weights and follow a healthy clean diet.

 

What are your favourite foods?

I have a big sweet tooth and love chocolate and desserts. I also love spicy foods. Other than Indian, Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Greek are my favourites.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I read, I write, or go window-shopping. I attend various events around the community, as I am curious to know what’s happening around town. I go for massages, meet friends for coffee or have meet-up groups I am involved in. Sometimes I get crafty buy fabric and will sew something for myself or make a jewellery piece.

How much time do you spend on social media?

I would say no more than 5 hours in a day.

How do you reach to the point where you know what’s your worth?

It starts with a self-belief.

You have to ask yourself, what kind of person do you want to be and how do you want to be treated. I have a motto that I follow: “Walk like a Queen, talk like a Queen, act like a Queen and you will be treated as one.”

 

Which global issue is very close to your heart and how do you play your part in becoming a solution?

The whole rape culture is something that’s very disturbing to me.

I often gravitate towards roles that are empowering to women. I want men to look at me and be like wow, she’s powerful and strong, now that’s sexy! Not because I have my chest or buttocks plastered all over an image or on camera.

What are your short term projects and long term goals?

Right now I am in the process of branching Model Mechanisms® (my academy) in Toronto and connecting with fellow artists in the Industry. I was recently invited as an industry guest speaker for Mississuage Fashion Week, which gave me the opportunity to showcase who I am and what I can offer.

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Set up a cellphone-based alert system

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

Receiving a prompt alert during a dangerous emergency could spell the difference between life and death. But Canadians still don’t have a modern, cellphone-based warning system, and there’s no good excuse for this lack of protection.

The United States has used wireless emergency alerts for more than four years, advising people of threats ranging from imminent tornadoes to terrorist attacks.

The system was deployed to warn New Yorkers about Ahmad Khan Rahami, the object of a police man-hunt in connection with a bombing that wounded 29 people in Manhattan.

But this isn’t yet possible in Canada.

The best this country can offer is a system that relies on broadcasters to interrupt programming and air an emergency alert message to audiences that are deemed at risk. That came into effect last year. But it doesn’t do much for people who aren’t listening to the radio or watching TV when a crisis occurs.

With more than 80 per cent of Canadians owning a mobile device, and two-thirds owning a smartphone, it would make a great deal of sense to adopt wireless alerts that can instantly notify anyone with a cellphone when a serious emergency looms.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is considering creation of a mobile-phone warning system, with a pilot project recently wrapping up in Durham Region involving mock alerts sent to selected cellphone users. It’s hard to see why this experiment was necessary.

Canadian wireless industry officials estimate it could still take two years to put a mobile-alert system in place. In fact, one should have been established years ago. There’s no shortage of models. Australia set one up after a series of deadly bush fires in 2009. And wireless emergency alerts have been issued in the United States since April 2012.

Apparently, there is some debate over whether it would be better for Canada to wait, let smartphone technology spread, and install a more sophisticated system capable of transmitting photographs and longer messages. If GPS tracking were used, it would be possible to send precisely focused alerts to smaller groups of people deemed in particular peril.

While this may be an advantage in certain situations, such as a shooter prowling in a specific city block or building, the vast majority of emergencies likely to confront Canadians are more sweeping in nature.

Endangered Canadians deserve to be given potentially life-saving information as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, until a cellphone-based warning system is finally in place, many will continue to be caught off-guard by natural disasters and other catastrophes.

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Liberal mental health funding on campuses failing Ontario students

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

An alarming report released by the Ontario University and College Health Association confirms that there is a mental health crisis in Ontario postsecondary institutions, with 2016 survey results showing that student mental health has worsened since 2013. Addressing the report, the President of the Association said, “lives are at stake.”

In Question Period, London West MPP and NDP postsecondary education critic Peggy Sattler pointed out that “in my own community of London, the new 24-hour mental health crisis centre has been overwhelmed by college and university students since it opened its doors in January this year.”

 She called for a coordinated provincial strategy for student mental health, rather than project funding, and urged the Liberal government to “commit to moving forward immediately with a province-wide strategy for mental health services on Ontario campuses.”

She cited 2016 survey results that had increased significantly since the survey was last conducted in 2013, with 65 per cent of Ontario students reporting overwhelming anxiety in the previous year, 46 per cent feeling so depressed in the previous year that it was difficult to function, 13 per cent having seriously considered suicide in the previous year, and 9 per cent attempting suicide.

“I have been asking this government …. students have been asking this government … to make mental health services on campus a priority now,” Sattler said. “Again to the Acting Premier, will he commit today to ensuring that young people struggling with mental health crises don’t have to wait for access to the supports and resources they so urgently need?”

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Wynne looks after Liberal interests as hydro rates soar: NDP

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, called on the Premier to take action in the interest of the people of Ontario, and not in the interest of the Liberal Party of Ontario, when it comes to controlling soaring hydro rates. Yesterday, at the International Plowing Match in Minto, the Premier was booed by Ontarians frustrated by unmanageable hydro bills.

“People in Ontario are having trouble paying their hydro bills and as the Premier heard yesterday, they’re at a breaking point. They’re concerned the Premier is making decisions that are more about the best headline, instead of what’s best for families. It was amazing that last Friday, Liberal staffers were handing out leaflets at subway stops talking about rebate legislation that was barely 12 hours old. It looks like this is more about helping the Liberal party than helping families” noted Horwath.

The NDP has been listening to Ontarians and fighting for a permanent fix to lower skyrocketing hydro bills. Horwath has pushed the Wynne Liberals to commit that the 8% reduction announced in the Throne speech last week be permanent. She has also called for the government to stop the wrong-headed sell-off of Hydro One as the sell-off will only further increase people’s monthly bills.

“Ontarians want to believe that things are going to get better, but the Government keeps making decisions that favour the Liberal party, instead of people. Government should be about helping people and working to address their problems,” said Horwath. “Government should not be about looking after the Liberal Party brand.”

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Sharif entangled domestically by Imran Khan and internationally by Modi

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

 Pakistan faces a very difficult diplomatic and military situation with India against the backdrop Pakistan’s public denunciation of the use of brute force by India’s security forces for suppressing a popular uprising Kashmir. This synchronizes with Nawaz Sharif’s difficulties in the domestic context. The PTI of Imran Khan is launching a major protest on September 30 for initiating investigations against the Prime Minister and his family with reference to the Panama Leaks, and justice for those killed and injured in Model Town Lahore outside Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s office by the Punjab Police in June 2014.

 Both issues are so complex the Prime Minister’s family and a number of the high up in the Punjab government may run into serious difficulties. Therefore, there is hardly any possibility for a concrete action on these two issue as long as the PMLN rules the Punjab and the federal level.

 Imran Khan appears determined to stage a protest march on the Raiwind Road, Lahore, on September 30 and hold a protest meeting there. Imran Khan has announced that the protest march would not go the gate of the residence of the Prime Minister which is at least four to five miles away from the Raiwind Road. However, the PMLN and a number of other leaders are criticizing Imran Khan for protesting at the gate of the Prime Minister’s residence.

 Imran Khan appears determined to undertake this protest march but hardly any other political party supports him on this issue. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri who was expected to be his main partner, refused to join him for the protest march and left the country for promotion of his transnational Islamic movement. Other parties that have refused to join Imran Khan include the PPP, Jamaat-I-Islami, the ANP, PMLQ, Wahadat-ul-Muslimeen, and JUIF. This is a good news for the ruling PMLN because Imran Khan can build pressure on the Punjab and federal government, but his party alone cannot cause the collapse of the government. He needs the support of several opposition parties, especially Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and the PPP, to paralyze the PMLN government.

 Initially the PMLN government was nervous by the PTI announcement about the protest march, fearing that most opposition parties would join it. The PMLN activists threatened to use violence to stop the protest march. The PTI activists threatened to respond to PMLN violence by violence. However, as it became clear that no major opposition party would join the protest march, the top PMLN leadership decided to stop their activists from threatening the opposition with violence.

 The credit for softening the disposition of the PMLN goes to the Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, and the Federal Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan who rightly felt that any violence on that day would discredit the government. Therefore, the Punjab government announced its decision to let Imarn Khan to hold public protest on September 30.

 Imran Khan is pursuing several objectives through public rallies and protest marches. He wants to keep the political momentum of his party very high through regular party activity. He also wants to force the accountability of Nawaz Sharif and his family with reference to the Panama Leaks and killing of 14 people. He also argues that the Sharif government in the Punjab and at the federal level continue to engage corruption and other illegal practices to make money for them. He also accuses the two government of allowing their loyalists to make money by corrupt practices.

 Pakistan does not have the tradition of accountability of sitting rulers for financial corruption while they are in power. Therefore Imran Khan’s political agenda appears to be very ambitious. If the street protest results in the collapse of the government, it would be an additional reward for Imran Khan.

 Imran Khan hopes that if continued with his protest rallies generate enough nationwide political momentum, other opposition political parties will be left with no choice but to join with the PTI’s protest rallies.

 Imran Khan’s street protest can dislodge the PMLN government in several ways. First, the opposition parties join together to launch a protest that pulls in all kinds of political and economic interests, including labor unions, industrial workers and peasants. If a nationwide protest sustains over time, it can jeopardize the political future of Nawaz Sharif.

 Second, violence breaks out on September 30 or in some later protest or the government decides to arrest Imran Khan, the Sharif brothers would be under pressure to quit.

 Third, if the Supreme Courts issues a judgment holding the PMLN government responsible of mal-practice, corruption, misuse of state resources and non-fulfilment of its commitment to people, the opposition will get a strong leverage to force Nawaz Sharif to quit.

 Fourth, there is a strong perception that Nawaz Sharif has soft disposition towards the Modi government because of his family business interests in India or with Indian business groups based outside of India. The Sharif family needs to clarify these issue. Another issue that requires immediate clarification are the quiet visits of Indian technical experts to the sugar mills owned by the Sharif family.

 Fifth, the Sharif government can land in a serious trouble if it appoints a relatively junior Lieut-General as the new Army Chief in a bid to control the army by appointing a person whom they could trust.

 The political rule of the Sharifs appears safe at the moment but one cannot be sure about the long term fate of the government.

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Indian PM Modi says Pakistan ‘a safe haven for terrorists’

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

India’s prime minister said Saturday that he would work to isolate Pakistan internationally, accusing his country’s archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by exporting terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationally televised speech that in the last four months, Indian security forces have killed 110 terrorists who crossed over the cease-fire line in Kashmir from Pakistani territory.

“There would have been a bloodbath had they succeeded in carrying out attacks in India,” Modi said.

He said terrorist attacks in Bangladesh and Afghanistan were also being instigated from Pakistan.

“We will isolate you,” Modi warned Pakistan. “I will work for that.”

Modi’s speech in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode was his first since 18 soldiers were killed in an attack on an army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir last Sunday. Indian investigators say maps, weapons and other evidence indicated that the attackers were from Jaish-e-Mohammed, an outlawed militant group based in Pakistan. Pakistan denies the charge.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday evening that it would release an official reaction to Modi’s comments later.

The angry speech was expected, with many of Modi’s supporters and members of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party demanding that India hit back hard after the attack on the army base.

On Friday, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria denied any Pakistani involvement in the attack.

“They have a tendency of making such allegations whenever some incident takes place in India, especially in Kashmir,” Zakaria told state-run Pakistan Television.

Modi exhorted the people of Pakistan to eschew the path of violence and work to eradicate social ills such as poverty and unemployment.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents and pushing them into the Indian portion of Kashmir to attack government forces and other targets. Pakistan says it provides only political and diplomatic support to insurgents who have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.

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Friday most popular day of the week to buy legal marijuana, U.S. report finds

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

A new report from Headset, a Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm, found that Fridays are the most popular day of the week to go shopping for recreational marijuana. That’s according to data collected from 715,000 August transactions at cannabis retailers in Washington State, where recreational use of the drug is legal. Saturdays are the second most popular day to buy weed, followed by Thursday. The least popular day is Monday. (Nobody wants to get high on Mondays.)

Legal marijuana is most likely to be purchased between 3 and 5 o’clock on Fridays, Headset found. Another quarter of purchases occurred during the traditional happy hours between 6 and 8 o’clock. In another less-than-shocking finding, just 13 per cent of purchases are made between 9 and 11 in the morning. The early bird, it appears, does not get the legal weed.

Headset co-founder Cy Scott attributed the purchasing trends to the tradition of post-employment unwinding established by alcohol vendors. “It has a lot to do with leaving work for the weekend,” he said. “On weekdays, we see a lot of sales go in between the lunch hour, 12 to 2.”

When comparing vices, recreational marijuana use still pales in comparison to tobacco and alcohol. A Headset report earlier this year found the average annual weed purchase was $647 ($854 Cdn.) at recreational dispensaries in Washington State. The yearly expenditure on tobacco is $2,555 and $1,560 for alcohol, according to data from Bankrate. But pot is also only legal in a handful of states, so the average spent stands to increase if more states opt to legalize the intoxicating plant.

The average purchase at the Washington dispensaries is $29.64, according to the most recent Headset report, about the cost of a moderate bar tab. But the most common cannabis purchase is only $5 to 10, roughly the price of a single beer at a bar. The average is boosted by a handful of large purchases, like the six per cent of shoppers who spent over $75 in one visit. The majority of shoppers, 55 per cent, purchase only one item and about a quarter buy two items.

Most shoppers who come in to buy just one item are traditionalists, sticking to the smokable nuggets of flowering marijuana. The second most popular item for these consumers is vapour pens.

The day of the week can influence a shopper’s basket, the report found. Edibles and cannabis beverages sold best on Fridays, despite the reliable demand for flower cannabis. Among edibles, hard candy and chocolate proved most popular, making up half of August’s edible sales. Scott attributed this to promotions offered by the cannabis retailers. If getting high off a brownie is cheaper than puffing on a joint that day, it’s natural customers would gravitate toward the chocolaty option.

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U of T library acquires a 500-year-old classic

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

When librarian P.J. Carefoote saw the opportunity to add what would be the oldest English-language book to the University of Toronto’s collection, he literally couldn’t wait to put his hands on it.

For Carefoote, medieval manuscripts and early books librarian at U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, purchasing a 1507 copy of The Golden Legend is a significant milestone for the university.

Considered more popular than even the Bible at one point during the Middle Ages, the book blends fact and fiction in telling the stories of saints’ lives.

“People loved them because they were good stories,” Carefoote said. “The text itself is interesting, but for us I think what is important is the fact it’s an early instance of English printing.”

Compiled in the original Latin during the 1200s by the Italian Dominican archbishop Jacobus De Voragine, the stories became “immensely” popular two centuries later after being translated into the living languages of Europe.

 “Certainly by the 15th century, people were reading them in French, German, Dutch and English,” said Carefoote. “The Bible was in Latin, so that was not as readily accessible, whereas this was in vernacular languages, so people could understand without anyone doing interpretation for them.”

William Caxton, who established the first printing press in England, translated The Golden Legend to English, and one of his students printed his version after his death. That’s the version now available at U of T.

Like all of the Rare Book Library’s works, it’s available for the public to read, and even touch, with their bare hands. Its pages, which total about 800, are made of rag, more durable than modern paper made from wood pulp.

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My husband is addicted to paid sex

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

QUESTION: Hi. My husband is addicted to paid sex. I got to know about it when I checked his credit card bills. He doesn’t know I have an idea about it but I can see from his bills that he is spending a lot of money on that. He takes solo trips too with his guy friends. I am tired of taking responsibilities of our two growing kids and my busy professional life and I am not left with any energy to steam up our bedroom action. It annoys me at times but I don’t enjoy sex anymore. I know my disinterest has pushed him away in the relationship. What should I do?

ANSWER BY RASHI AHUJA: Often in life, work and responsibility takes a toll on us and as a result, we end up neglecting some of the most important things in our life. In your situation too, I see you have attributed your husband’s addiction to paid sex, to your work and busy lifestyle. While it’s good to be introspective and see where you could have gone wrong, it may also be a good idea to confront your husband to see what made him take this step. Alongside, I would also recommend you to seek professional help in the form of counseling, which may help you to manage your stress levels as well as help you to understand the reasons behind your reduced libido. Lastly, I would like to say that every relationship requires some effort, and love you may be able to restore your relationship with your husband.

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‘My journey in Bollywood has not been easy but a beautiful one!’: Manjari Fadnis

Posted on 28 September 2016 by admin

Manjari Fadnis, popularly known for her roles in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo has a surprise for her audience. The actress is all geared up to play a Maharashtrian farmer’s wife in her upcoming movie Wah Taj which is all set to release on the 23rd September. Manjrai has come a long way from playing a petite school girl in Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo to playing Sunanda Marathe in Wah Taj!

Manjari recalls her journey in Bollywood,” I have learnt a lot through all these years. I got my first film just out of high school, so there was a lot to learn then. I hardly knew how to even present myself in meetings etc. I remember when I first went to audition for Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo, I was asked to go wash my face before the audition because of the bad makeup I had applied. The only thing I had faith in was my performance.”

The actress learnt it eventually that the key to the journey in Bollywood was passion. She loves her job and loves the industry she belongs to. It is this passion for art that allows her to grow as an actor with very project she undertakes. Manjari adds,” I realised I was missing out on the fun of the process, it is only when I started enjoying the process and started acting for the passion of it, rather than to prove a point, was when I started feeling more liberated as a performer! Since then I have enjoyed my work much more than ever before and that’s when I believe I started improving as an actor!”

Sunanda Marathe is a character that stands out from all the other characters that she has played so far. It was this challenger and the great opportunity of working with Shreyas Talpade that motivated Manjari to instantly say yes for Wah Taj.

“The first narration of the movie blew my mind away and I jumped on the opportunity and grabbed the movie,” explains an excited Manjari who is counting days for the release of Wah Taj! Wah Taj starring Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Fadnis is presented by Jayantilal Gada (Pen) of Pen India Ltd and Directed by Ajit Sinha. The film is produced by Pawan Sharma (Pun films Pvt. Ltd.) , Abhinav Verma (Spyderwave films) and Dhaval Jayantilal Gada (Pen India Ltd.) and co- produced by Gopal Sharma, Naresh Sharma, Amitesh Kumar, Poonam Raikwar, Ravindra Choudhary, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Kushal Kantilal Gada & Reshmaa Kadakia. The movie is slated to release on September 23rd, 2016.

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