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Bring your own jokes: Nagpurians try their hand at standup comedy for the first time!

The first ever open mic for standup comedy in Nagpur – Bring Your Own Jokes (BYOJ) – in association with Nation Next concluded on a high note at ‘Chaos Theory – The coworking space’ recently. The unique event which was curated by Nagpur based ‘Paperboat Entertainment’ saw 12 Nagpur comedy enthusiasts try their hand at standup comedy for the first time!

Full house!

The show which was free to all was a complete full house. While some people who came early were fortunate enough to find seats, some didn’t mind standing to witness the show! Sukhada Chaudhary (owner of Chaos Theory – The coworking space) along with Ankit Bhuptani (co-founder of Paperboat Entertainment along with Nagpur standup comedian Jitesh Vasani) were seen making sure that everybody fits in and has a good time. And this was again ensured by city performers Darryl Grant and Sneha who churned out western and Bollywood numbers for the people present at the start of the show. When they sung ‘Hero’ by Enrique, some in the audience sang along.

The event was hosted by Jitesh, who has earned quite a reputation in Nagpur as a standup comedian. Jitesh started off the show with his hilarious take on all things Nagpur. He joked about the way people talk in Nagpur, how Nagpurians compare Futala with the Marine Drive and also revealed why he can’t right a joke about Nagpur’s Ram Jhoola quickly!

To laugh or not to laugh

Twelve comedy enthusiasts (10 boys and 2 girls) from Nagpur tried their hand at standup comedy for the first time. These participants belonged to diverse backgrounds and different age-groups. The contestants were Rafiya Fatima, Viddesh Gharpure, Ashutosh Agarwal, Krishna Bhuptani, Rohan Chugh, Sahil Ramteke, Shiva Sharma, Shivam Kalda, Neha Bobde, Yash Chowdhary, Mohammad Zeeshan and Murtuza Vana.

The contestants were given four minutes to make people laugh. At the end of the three and half minutes, they were shown a flash light which meant that they had just 30 seconds left for their performance. While most of these participants were super nervous, many of them did leave an impact on the audience. Even the participants who couldn’t make the audience laugh even a bit were being encouraged by the audience.

During the first half of the show, chartered accountancy student Shiva Sharma left the audience in splits as he explained how during his childhood days peeing was a game! Yash Chowdhary raised his doubts over often used English slangs and gave it a altogether different perspective. City Entrepreneur Mohammad Zeeshan too enthralled the audience as he presented some of the hilarious pickup lines Nagpurians can use. One of these hilarious pickup line was: ‘Hey are you Poonam? Because I want to enter your chambers!’

In the second half, Sahil Ramteke gave an hilarious account of how people make jokes on him because he’s color blind. His joke wherein he told that ‘A friend once gave me a Rubik’s cube for my birthday’ created a laughter riot! As the show wrapped up, contestants were being complimented for their performances and the organisers were being congratulated and that was testimony to the fact that they had excelled in doing what they wanted to do: Promote the standup comedy culture in Nagpur!

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Photos by: Amar Ashok Jajoo

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The BR Ambedkar you didn’t know… | BR Ambedkar facts | BR Ambedkar history




Suyash Sethiya | Nagpur

Mahaparinirvan Din 2022 is marked as the death anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on December 6. He eradicated untouchability and promoted gender equality in India. Watch to know more about him.

6 दिसंबर 1956 में डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर का परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि जहां उनका परिनिर्वाण place है वहां पर पूरे india से उनके दर्शन और उनको श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए हजारों की तादाद में उनके followers पहुंचते है. 14 October 1956 को नागपुर के दीक्षाभूमि में लाखों लोगों को बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा देने के डेढ़ महीने बाद ही उनका परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज हम बाबासाहेब के उन rights की बात करेंगे, जो women को दिए गए है.

बाबासाहेब ने India में ऐसा revolution किया, जिसके कारण सैकड़ों सालों की ग़ुलामी और छुआछूत से backward classes के लोगों को मुक्ति मिली. बाबासाहेब के इस revolution को इतिहास में सबसे बड़े revolution में से एक माना जाता है. उन्होंने सभी के लिए equality की बात कही और सभी को समान rights constitution में दिए. बाबासाहेब ने women empowerment की बात सबसे पहले कही थी.महिलाओं को कानूनी रूप से अधिकार दिलाने और खासकर ancestral property में हिस्सा देने की बात बाबा साहेब आंबेडकर ने ही की थी.

बाबा साहब ने Constitution में तीन major बातें liberty, equality और fraternity की बात की, जिसमें उन्होंने fraternity को सबसे अहम माना. बाबा साहब भारत की तमाम महिलाओं के liberator
हैं. लेकिन अफसोस इस बात का है कि आंबेडकर को कई classes की महिलाएं ही अपना नहीं मानती हैं. बाबासाहेब ने अपने life में सभी articles के माध्यम से womens की problems को पुरज़ोर तरीके से उठाया था .Riddle of Women, women and counter-revolution, rise and fall of Hindu woman ऐसे कई articles बाबासाहेब ने समय–समय पर लिखे थे. हिन्दू कोड बिल की मांग को महिलाएं कैसे भूल सकती हैं, जिसके ना लागू होने के कारण बाबा साहब अपने मंत्री पद तक को छोड़ देते हैं. बाबासाहेब कहते हैं “मैं किसी भी समाज की तरक्की उस समाज की महिलाओ की तरक्की में देखता हुं.“ जिस समय india में लड़कियों को पढ़ाना भी गलत समझा जाता था और बेटों को ही पढ़ाया जाता था, उस समय कई बड़े -बड़े नेता भी लड़कियों को education और property देने के विरोध में थे. उस दौरान बाबासाहेब लड़कियों को बेटों की तरह ही पढ़ाने और कम उम्र में लड़कियों की शादी न करने की बात अपने articles में कहते थे. बाबासाहेब ने sc,st , obc सभी को अधिकार दिए, freedom of speech उन्हीं की देन है.

नागपुर और मुंबई से उनके followers का ख़ास रिश्ता रहा है और दोनों ही जगहों से लोग emotionally जुड़े हुए है. नागपुर जहां उन्होंने बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा ली और मुंबई जहां बाबासाहब ने अपनी अंतिम सांस ली. आज के दिन मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि में मायें अपने छोटे बच्चों को गोद में उठाकर, जिन बुजुर्गो को चलना नहीं होता है, वे अपने बच्चों के कंधे पर हाथ रखकर, बुजुर्ग महिलाएं हाथ में लकड़ी के सहारे सभी बाबासाहेब के दर्शन करने मुंबई पहुंचते है.

Nation Next की तरफ से बाबासाहेब के परिनिर्वाण दिन पर उन्हें भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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VIDEO: Rahul Gandhi blows kisses at BJP office during Bharat Jodo Yatra




Avani Arya | Nagpur

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 6 morning during Bharat Jodo Yatra made headlines when he gave flying kisses to people at the BJP Jhalawar office’s rooftop who wanted to catch a glimpse of the march. 

Bharat Jodo Yatra is passing through Rajasthan now, it resumed from Khel Sankul and crossed Jhalawar city in the morning.

Just a day ago, Rahul Gandhi targeted opposition BJP and RSS, asking why they were not chanting ‘Jai Siyaram’ and ‘Hey Ram’.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and several MLAs are accompanying Gandhi on the yatra.

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Vidarbha’s 1st LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic opens in Nagpur




Avani Arya | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

SAHYOG – LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic in Nagpur

Vidarbha’s first LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic ‘SAHYOG’ was inaugurated in Nagpur’s Mohan Nagar area on December 5. Sarathi trust and Humsafar trust came together for the needful. Sony Pictures Networks India also supported the event. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the opening.

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