4 television characters whose dressing we HATE for stereotyping small-town girls

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first_imgArt is a representation of the society it thrives on. From theatre to music, every creative arena imbibes and portrays the cultural and social elements around it.While commercial cinema has constantly failed to serve as a platform to render our social issues meaningful, critically acclaimed cinema has worked its way up to prominence. On the other hand, one of the other most visually impactful creative platforms, television, is still muddled with primitive stereotypical ideas about dressing and fashion.Over the years, the television industry has incessantly bombarded viewers with small-town women protagonists showing up in metro cities with eyes full of dreams, and well, tonnes of kohl layering too.We’re no less appreciative of the empowering idea of small-town girls striving to make it big in life, but it’s the on-screen portrayal of these characters that screams STEREOTYPES, and defeats the purpose of having such characters entirely. The makers of these television shows live on the idea that women in small cities have regressive dress-sense, and clearly, they need a reality check.We’ve listed a few characters that have got all the small-towners losing their calm over how unrealistically they dress in the name of “small-town fashion”.1. Anika, IshqbaazPrime-time ruling show, Ishqbaaz has been the most-watched show for quite some time now, thanks to the never-ending cute-banter between Anika and Shivaay, the protagonists. While we absolutely adore Anika’s character for the carefree attitude she throws around, her ensembles have caught us off-guard on more occasions than one. While her dress-sense isn’t as atrocious as her counterparts, we can’t fathom her obsession with the haath-phool she wears almost all the time. No, women from small cities just don’t play jewellery stands, and wear whatever they get their “hands” on.advertisementPhoto: YouTube Also Read: 4 reasons Richa Chadha should stick to ethnic attires2. Gauri, IshqbaazAnother small-towner to grab eyeballs on the show, Ishqbaaz, Gauri plays Omkara’s muse. The young girl is full of life, and so are her attires–a little too much. It won’t be unfair to call Gauri “gaudy”, because of those outrageously coloured clothes she sports with such vigour, and the chunky jewellery she can’t seem to get rid of. The concoction of colours and the jewellery could give Jodha’s character a run for her money.Photo: YouTube 3. Chandni, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam DoonAs fresh as this new face on television is, Chandni from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is always clad in stereotypical clothes, and that’s just plain sad. Adorning multi-coloured, chanya cholis with outrageous rainbow-coloured dupattas, she is the Ranveer Singh of Indian television–except, he is still realistically dressed. If your eyes survive the attack of the flashy colours, then her overloaded jewellery is bound to make you feel claustrophobic. Chunky earrings, neckpieces, and basically all things heavy are Chandni’s things.Photo: YouTube Photo: YouTube Also Read: Esha Gupta’s floral suit will give you early mid-week blues4. Pragya, Kumkum BhaagyaIf there’s one character that generates a tad bit hope in the future of small-town characters on television, it is Pragya from Kumkum Bhaagya. While Pragya is far from being garish, she is a little too subtly dressed to be a rockstar’s wife. This character sticks to the ’90s fashion of chudidaar suits with dupattas in the most sombre shades, and we don’t know what to say. As painful as it is to see this character with such potential in such grim clothes, it’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that she can’t get rid of her glasses, ever. So, the idea is, small-town girls are nerdy, and nerds HAVE to wear glasses, because how else will they look like nerds? Let’s assume that the idea of contact lenses hasn’t reached this small-towner wife of a rockstar putting up in a metro city, and make peace with it.Photo: YouTubelast_img read more


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first_imgParis: Trains were slowed down and holidaymakers flocked to swimming pools, beaches and lakes in western Europe on Wednesday as another heatwave set new temperature records. A host of French cities saw their highest levels since records began on Tuesday, with wine capital Bordeaux recording 41.2 degrees Celsius (106.16 Fahrenheit), beating the previous high of 40.7C registered in August 2003, weather service Meteo-France said. Forecasters predicted new temperature highs in neighbouring countries Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury could beat the previous record of 38.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the Dutch weather office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMany Dutch farmers are leaving their cows outside to sleep, rather than bringing them in at night, while some kindergartens have closed their doors because of the risks for young children. Britain’s Met Office has said there is a chance that the UK temperature record of 38.5 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2004, will also be exceeded on Thursday at the peak of the heat. The operator of the British rail network, Network Rail, said it was slowing down trains in response to the extreme weather, which comes only weeks after another record-breaking heatwave in Europe in June. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Extreme heat can cause overhead wires to sag and become damaged by fast trains. We slow down services to keep passengers safe when this happens,” the company said on Twitter. Across the area affected by the unusually high heat, stretching from France up to Norway in the north, people sought out ways to cool off in lakes and rivers, leading to an increase in drowning incidents. In London, police were searching for three people who have gone missing in the River Thames while swimming. France’s weather office said the scorching conditions “require particular care, notably for vulnerable or exposed people” with almost the entire country under an orange-level weather alert, the second highest level.last_img read more


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first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A set of 911 calls from a man who police say shot three co-workers at an Albuquerque warehouse starts with him saying he opened fire at the food distribution centre and that he had been hearing voices in his head.Police say three men were wounded in the shooting Monday.In the 911 recordings released Wednesday, the last thing 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton says is that he’ll meet police at a designated point in New Mexico’s largest city. Then the call cuts out.Police say Melton later shot and killed himself Monday night, hours after the attack at the Ben E. Keith warehouse.Police say a female friend Melton picked up after the shooting and who was with him as he spoke on the phone with an officer was not harmed.Mary Hduetz, The Associated Presslast_img


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first_imgNASHVILLE — Google plans to invest in Tennessee and Alabama solar farms under a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.Google announced Wednesday that it will buy 413 megawatts of output from 1.6 million solar panels at several new Tennessee and Alabama solar farms the combined size of 65,000 home rooftop systems.The two largest will be able to produce about 150 megawatts each in Hollywood, Alabama, and Yum Yum, Tennessee.Google is building data centres in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Jackson County, Alabama. The company plans to match 72 per cent of the facilities’ hourly electricity use with carbon-free sources, supporting its goal of sourcing carbon-free electricity around the clock.TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said the deal shows the federal utility’s renewable energy efforts help it attract and retain top-tier companies.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgKharar (Punjab): In a sensational murder, a senior health official was shot dead at point blank range at her office in Punjab’s Kharar by a man who later pumped a bullet into himself, police said. The official, Neha Shorie, was posted with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar and dealth with licensing in Mohali and Ropar districts, they said.The accused, Balwinder Singh of Morinda, entered her office and fired three bullets from his licensed revolver at Shorie at around 11.40 am, a police official said. After firing bullets at the health officer, the accused tried to flee the spot on his motorcycle but was caught, the official said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The people nearby caught hold of him. After being held, he initially tried to threaten those who had caught hold of him by pointing his revolver towards them but when he found he was trapped, he fired at himself, the official added. The Kharar DSP, who reached the spot, took the accused to custody. Singh is undergoing treatment at PGIMER, Chandigarh, and is in a critical state, police said. A case of murder was registered and a probe initiated, they said. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused was running a chemist shop in Morinda and in 2009, Shorie, who was then posted as District Drugs Inspector in Ropar, raided his store and reportedly recovered intoxicant drugs from there, following which she had cancelled his drugs licence. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThough the motive of the cold blooded murder was not yet confirmed, it is believed that the accused was nursing a grudge against the health officer since his drugs licence was cancelled. The accused had got the new arms license of a .32 bore revolver a couple of months back. Even as the model code of conduct imposed for the Lok Sabha polls since March 11 required every licensed weapon to be deposited with the police station concerned, he was still possessing his arms, which he used to commit the crime. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure speedy probe into the killing of Shorie. The chief minister ordered prompt investigation into the matter and ensured that the accused will be given exemplary punishment. He said that no one would be allowed to interfere or intimidate any public servant in the discharge of their duties. After the incident, the Opposition SAD and AAP trained guns at the Congress government in Punjab, alleging that law and order had broken down and even officials were not safe inside their offices.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistan unsurprisingly occupies a predominant place on our foreign policy turf for the reason that our approach to this hostile neighbour is impacted not only by India’s strategic partnership with the US but also by the state of our bilateral relations with Russia and China and the consistent stand India had taken against terror in spite of the uncertainties that had lately cropped up around the ‘war on terror’. In the context of the political narrative that the opposition in India has generated in the aftermath of India’s recent air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot in Pakistan — wherein the virtues of talking to a ‘neighbour’ are invoked — our policymakers need to make it clear that India’s problem is with the deep state of Pakistan, not with the people of that country. India-Pakistan relations are not about ‘people-to-people contact’ anymore, linked as they are to the challenge of dealing with a regime under the effective control of a hostile army that gave no space to the people’s voice. In any case, substantial chunks of the population there are now either under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists and the hardened Ulema or are swayed by the anti-India tirade of the extremely communal elite that had entrenched itself in the body politic of that country. The anti-India legacy of Partition is kept alive by them, particularly after the creation of Bangladesh, and this sustains the overriding hold of the Pakistan army as the ‘saviour’ of their country. What is truly alarming from India’s point of view is that the firm collaboration existing between the army and the Islamic militants in Pakistan has now acquired domestic legitimacy in that country. This has enabled Pakistan’s rulers to survive the criticism of the democratic world against Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists across the Islamic spectrum — ranging from the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen — as also the American pressure on the Pakistan Army not to play a duplicitous role on the Afghan front. Pakistan is shrewdly aware of its geopolitical importance for the US, Russia and China and is deftly positioning itself as a helping hand for them. American President Donald Trump wants Pakistan to facilitate the American pull-out from Afghanistan, the oldest theatre of the ‘war on terror’, and smoothen the path of restoration of a peaceful regime there even with the participation of Taliban in that experiment. Russia and China want Pakistan on their side in the matter of keeping their own Muslim lands insulated from external instigation from Islamic extremists. In the Cold War era, Pakistan operating through Afghanistan as a Western ally caused faith-based insurgency to grow in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. Pakistan is watching the Afghan scene with smugness over the fact of some levers being in its hands and is prepared to go along with the US initiatives in Afghanistan provided India was kept out of the frame there. India has to watch out for Pakistan trying to use whatever support it can muster for building a case for resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue. Playing the underdog, Pakistan has cleverly asked China to give up its technical objection to the UN move against Masood Azhar in return for a guarantee of ‘de-escalation’ from India. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a display of cussedness that is easily traceable to his army, responded to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s message of greetings on Pakistan Day in a way that speaks for itself. Modi’s message had conveyed India’s hope that the two countries would work for creating a climate free of terrorism but Imran’s reply abstained from making any mention of terror emanating from his soil and blandly asked for resumption of dialogue to discuss the ‘core issue’ of Jammu and Kashmir and other matters. Pakistan is brazening out the situation of potential isolation it finds itself in after the Indian air strike at Balakot received validation from the world community — Pakistan’s plea that the militant outfits were not under its control gave a moral justification to the Indian operation. None of this, however, is keeping Pakistan from relentlessly trying to get India to climb down from its declared policy that ‘terror and talks do not go together’. It would be prudent for India’s strategic planners to presume that the advantage India presently has over Pakistan is not static and that a combination of factors already seen on the horizon will tend to bail out Pakistan on the issue of cross border terrorism against India. Pakistan’s deep state cannot be pressured beyond a point to sever its political links with forces within the country that used the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or jihad to fight an identified enemy, since in Islam the faith embraces the entire life of the individual — personal, social and political. Also, a major source of sustenance for Pakistan is the implied support it will always get in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Saudi Arabia which runs on the philosophy that ‘Quran was the best Constitution’ and does not regard a democratic state as being any better than an Islamic state. The secular character of the Indian state has not come in the way of Imran Khan’s regime trying to fish in the troubled waters of our domestic politics in the run-up to the general election here. Imran Khan has again insinuated that the Modi regime was not resuming talks with Pakistan because of electoral politics. If Pakistan gets a strategic advantage in Afghanistan it will use it against India. The US policymakers are not doing much to keep India as a stakeholder in the future set up of Afghanistan. American negotiator Zalmay Khalizad has been talking to the Taliban behind the back of Ashraf Ghani’s regime with which India has a good equation. The Taliban is not prepared to have anything to do with the legitimate Afghan government and is keeping up the pressure of violence to dictate terms in the negotiations. The US may pull out of Afghanistan on a half-baked deal which will benefit Pakistan, not India. Our defences on the western front will have to be strengthened to deal with an escalated proxy offensive of Pakistan in Kashmir in case the Pakistan-supported Taliban get into a position of power in Afghanistan. In the situation obtaining after the Balakot episode, Pakistan is shifting the onus for initiating a conventional war onto India without at the same time relaxing on its planned covert offensive in Kashmir to keep what it calls the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan in the focus of the world attention. In the mean time, it is hoping that after its wishy-washy attempts to show that action was being taken against the LeT and JeM, international opinion would gravitate towards the idea of resumption of India-Pakistan talks. Pakistan’s deep state is now too involved and collusive towards Islamic militants of all shades to give up on them as instruments of state policy. India is exposed to the unceasing attempts of Pakistan to exploit India’s domestic scene for spreading radicalisation here. India is rightly going ahead with its plans of modernising its defence forces and building capacities in missile and space technologies but the lasting threat nearer home is from the enlarging faith-based militancy emanating from the large Muslim world around us. The values of democracy in India need to be protected against the subversive violence whipped up in the name of religion and beamed at us from across the borders. This long-range threat to our security should be kept above party politics. (The writer is a former Director, Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


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first_imgAfter almost three months since Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho is starting to get a grip on how the talented lone wolf behaves exactly.A deal, which in the beginning seemed to have only one winning side – the Red Devils – has turned into a nightmare for that same team – Mkhitaryan has been performing extremely well since the transfer and on the other side, Sanchez is still struggling to find his place and adapt to the new surroundings at Old Trafford – out of the 13 played games, he has scored only 2 goals.This has led Mourinho to consider dropping him for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho shared, according to football.london. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.” “So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team,” Mourinho went on to add after the 1-0 upset against West Brom on Sunday.last_img read more


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first_imgInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has revealed that Mauro Icardi has “manifested his desire” to remain at the club for next seasonThe Argentine’s impressive performances for the Nerazzurri over the years has gained him many admirers with both Juventus and Real Madrid believed to be among them.Despite Inter having secured their return to the Champions League for next term, Icardi has been strongly linked with a departure this summer to a European giant.The 25-year-old has a reported release clause of €110m in his current deal at Inter.But Zanetti is unconcerned over the speculation over his compatriot’s future and is certain that he wishes to remain at the San Siro.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’s disappointing he’s not going to the World Cup, as he has proved he fits in with the Argentina squad,” said Zanetti, according to Goal.“When you have a champion like him in the team, it’s only normal to receive many offers, but Mauro is the captain and a reference point for Inter.“We are happy to have him here and he is happy to be with us. We are not worried by transfer speculation, because he manifested his desire to remain and we in the Champions League, so wish to continue together.“Every time he steps on to the field, he shows how much he cares about Inter.”Icardi scored for Inter in their final day 3-2 victory against rivals Lazio to leapfrog them into fourth place and the final Champions League spot in the Serie A.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes it would be “impossible” for Los Blancos to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in case the Portuguese actually decides to join Juventus this summer.The former president claimed that Ronaldo’s exit would have serious implications at the Bernabeu.“If Ronaldo were to leave Madrid, he would leave a gap that would be impossible to fill,” Calderon told Tuttomercato.“You can not easily find a champion who, in addition to participating decisively in team play, guarantees more than 50 goals per season, and much more for the past nine years.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Florentino Perez has made excellent decisions for Real over the years, but he has the defect of not picking up the inheritance that is left to him by others. Something similar happened with Iker Casillas and Raul.“It culminated when Ronaldo realised Florentino didn’t value him the way he should. He wanted a better salary, which is normal for the best employee in a company. He was upset when reports said Real were prepared to pay double his salary to Neymar.”Ronaldo assisted Madrid grab third straight Champions League title last season, and has scored a remarkable 450 goals in 438 appearances for the Spanish giants.last_img read more


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first_imgReal Madrid have announced that Alvaro Odriozola has been diagnosed with a grade one abductor injury that rules him out of this week’s UEFA Super CupThe Spanish right-back joined the Champions League holders last month from Real Sociedad and has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season fixtures.While Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid would have been Odriozola’s first competitive outing for Real, he will now have to wait a little longer due to a groin problem.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Álvaro Odriozola, he has been diagnosed with a grade one injury in the abductor of the right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” read a statement.Meanwhile, Atletico have announced that new signings Nikola Kalinic, Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar and Santiago Arias have all been included into the squad for the encounter in Estonia.last_img read more