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Featured Music Profile

Audiogramme at Adapt Studio [Interview]

With the constantly rising number of music festivals each year, we keep seeing a global growth in the music industry. The ever-growing popularity of Electronic Dance Music in India has paved the way for a fleet of people to explore more of electronic music and seriously consider music production or Dj-ing as a viable career option. 

On a bright afternoon, I make my way into one of the most successful academies for electronic music production, situated in Hauz Khas in our country’s capital, New Delhi. 

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Chart Music

Vintage…Still power Psytrance!

CHART: A list of some really ‘full power’ psy trance tracks that every tripper needs to tune in to!

The below list is in no particular order, each tracks has its unique thing which makes the track so attractive.

If you have just started your Psy trance journey, these are the tracks that you will surely fall in love with and for the experienced tripper, am sure you know already that once you listen to these below tracks again, you are sure to fall in love with them again.

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Music

Until you choose the perfect Holi Psy party 2018!

A list rounding up all the Power psychedelic Holi blasts this year across India.

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Fashion & lifestyle

Stains, Taboos and Luxuries.

Its 2018 in India and last year we said goodbye to a beautiful 12-year old girl from Tamil Nadu, India who killed herself after being humiliated by her teacher for having a period stain on her uniform.

A powerful man exists because a brave woman exists. Men are slowly learning to understand the respect a woman deserves, then why? do women still have to pay taxes on buying something that is needed to keep herself clean?

Menstruation is a very taboo topic to speak on in a country like India, a menstruating woman shall not enter holy places like temples or touch certain foods or she is even sometimes treated like an untouchable for those 5 days that her body decides to bleed, every month until she decided to have a baby in which case she can worry about pregnancy for the next 9 months until she starts to bleed again. Menstruation is a bodily process that every woman experiences and has no control over. Even then a woman is expected to pay a 12% gst on sanitary napkins, in a country which has levied no taxes on items like brooms, bangles, sindoor, condoms,etc.

Menstruation is a reason why a lot of little girls drop out of school when they first start menstruating, due to lack of toilets and the fact that sanitary napkins are not affordable or easily available for all the girls in rural India. Comes along with this the stigma that is created around menstruation by the older women in our communities, a woman’s husband or brother or even father should never find out that their mother, or sister or daughter or wife is menstruating and if a woman is not careful enough to hide this fact she is shamed and is expected to feel humiliated and embarrassed. And so, the bright young girls keep themselves in their homes rather than risk losing their dignity over a little bit of blood.

A woman hiding a dirty used rag cloth was once stopped in her home and asked by her husband what she is hiding, the man received a slap and the wife asked him to mind his own business. This man was Arunachalam Muruganantham. Born in Tamil Nadu, Muruganantham realised the women around him were all drowning in a variety of diseases like fungal infections, reproductive infections and still the women could change nothing. If a household has more than one woman then they would have to cut costs in other ares just to afford sanitary pads, and so he made it his mission to make the lives of thousands of women in the rural parts of India a lot easier by inventing the first low cost sanitary pad.

Arunachalam Muruganantham: The first man to wear a sanitary napkin – YouTube

watch the video above to find out how a man working in a workshop invented the low cost sanitary pad and went on to win a Padmashri.

Pad man starring Akshay Kumar releases 9th Feb 2018.

 

Twinkle Khanna, an Indian author, an interior designer and a film producer, has turned Arunachalam Muruganantham’s story into a biographical drama movie ‘Pad man‘ starring her husband and actor, Akshay Kumar.

You can catch the trailer of the movie herePADMAN Official Trailer | Akshay Kumar | Sonam Kapoor | Radhika Apte | 9th Feb 2018 – YouTube

Twinkle khanna, Arunachalam Muruganantham, Akshay Kumar

A twitter thread was also started by Murugananthan where he tagged a few popular names from the Indian film industry challenging them to pose with sanitary pads. The objective of the challenge is to spread awareness that a sanitary pad is a normal thing, very natural and nothing to be ashamed about.

The challenge was supported and carried forward by a lot many filmstars of bollywood along with the small actors for the daily soap industry.

 In days like today there is a serious need for more men and women to be feminists, the definition of feminism states that it is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of sexes. Then why, again I shall ask are condoms, a product that should be worn to avoid pregnancy and STDs while having sex (having sex and affording condoms is a choice), tax free but at the same time sanitary pads are charged a 12% gst, a product that is a must use product for all women across the world to keep themselves clean and hygienic. let us not forget that a woman has always been the symbol of purity. Then why no equality when it comes to these things.

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“Kali’s out stretched tongue is a symbol that mocks the limitation, as well as assumption of the human gaze”

With Pad man releasing on the 9th of Feb 2018, let us all hope for a change in our society’s mindset towards menstruation and save our young sisters from the humiliation and embarrassment that women not only in rural but also urban areas of not only India but US, UK and many other countries have had to face until now.

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Food & travel

Travelling to mama India for first time?

 

Mama India

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Taj Mahal in Agra

From the Thar desert in Rajasthan to the tribal islands of Andaman and Nicobar to the snow falls in Kashmir, and so much more that India has to offer you.

If you have chosen or are thinking to visit India for your next trip, you will surely not be disappointed.

India is a pretty big country and has a population which is larger than life itself. The big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore tend to get crowded, chaotic, hot and humid and India is definitely all that and more. This holiday, you can choose to go offbeat and visit all the beautiful life revolutionizing places tucked away in nooks and crannies of our mama India.

Following are some tips that will come in handy for the first time that you are travelling to India depending upon the region that you choose to visit.

On top of the world.

If being one, surrounded by mountains covered in a blanket of snow is what helps you to escape the daily hustle and bustle of your life, consider visiting Himachal Pradesh up north. 

Start your journey from Delhi airport, taking a bus up till Manali, Here you can visit some famous holy temples and get accustomed to climate before you head further up towards Parvati Valley, you can catch a bus to take you to Kasol and from there you are on your own. There is so much to do in these valleys, you could trek, trek some more and once you are tired, you can trek more because your eyes can’t take enough beauty of the mountains and your soul is left wanting more.

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View of Kasol

Some locals would be happy to guide you through the forests and and keep you from getting lost on your treks, a small fee could be charged, or some food and company in the form of good vibes.

Beautiful villages along Parvati Valley: Kasol, Malana, Tosh, Kalga, Pulga, Barsheni.

Trek through Tosh

Take your time in the valley, let the trees help you feel, the purity of the air will cleanse your soul and the strength of the mountains will inspire you just let your soul become one with the mountains.

Things to try: Handmade Hashish (Malana Cream), Underground Rave parties in magical forests, Ginger lemon honey tea for a sore throat or just as a delicious drink.