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Nagpur youngsters extend their support to citys LGBT community at Pride Carnival

Around 300 Nagpur youngsters extended their wholehearted support to citys LGBT community at the Pride Carnival organised by city NGO Sarathi Trust on June 30, the last day of Pride Month, at Vishnuji Ki Rasoi, Bajaj Nagar. Sarathi was supported by Dark Room Poets and several other groups in organising the event, which was all about different stalls, musical performances, poetry recitations, life stories and confessions.  

Interestingly, the Pride Carnival in Nagpur, was the brain child of city youngster Madhura Sonegaonkar, who in spite of not being a part of the LGBT community, put her heart and soul in organising the event. Speaking to Nation Next, Madhura said, The month of June is celebrated worldwide as the Pride Month. This year, a lot of countries, celebrated pride month with the theme of straight people standing up for the LGBT rights. Even I really wanted to do my bit for the LGBT community in Nagpur as I know a lot of people who are either closeted or confused about their sexuality. Plus, the atmosphere in Nagpur is not really good for the community. With Pride Carnival, I wanted to celebrate the community for its existence and glory. Madhura, as expected, faced some bizarre questions herself while promoting the event. A lot of people asked me whether I was from the community and I told them that I don’t have to be part of the community to do something for the community, said Madhura.

Among those who came to support the community, two girls and three boys opened up about their sexuality and acknowledged being gay. It was really sweet to see a young girl taking to the stage, playing her guitar, singing her favourite song and dedicating her performance to her girlfriend present in the audience. The poetry recitations by Dark Room Poets, were mostly about the issues faced by the LGBT community.

Speaking about the support, which the community received from city youngsters, an overwhelmed Anand Chandrani, from Sarathi Trust, said, We always organise pride marches for the community but during the Pride Month, we wanted to organise an event comprising the community and straight youngsters. The idea was to have a fun time and spread awareness in the process. Also, we wanted to know what youngsters think about the community. It’s great to see that while only 35 people from the community are present here, more than 300 youngsters who are straight have joined us and extended their support. We have been fighting for the rights of the community for over a decade now. Today, we are happy to realize that the young generation is with us in our fight!

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If I’ve a genuine friendship with someone, that relationship is still labeled and that affects me: Kartik Aaryan

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Kartik Aaryan is one such actor who’s relationship status is much talked about. Recently, in an interview, the actor spoke about his ‘friendships’ and ‘relationships’ getting labeled constantly. But, Karthik agrees with the fact that even though he’s used to living under media scrutiny, he’s not thick-skinned yet.

“I understand the price you pay for being an actor. You cannot run away from the fact that no one’s going to watch you or write about you. It’s something you chose to be in this movie world. So, I’ve agreed to the fact that my life will be out there for all. However, if there’s a genuine friendship somewhere, that relationship will still be labeled. And that kind of labeling creates a lot of issues between people sometimes. That’s not fair I believe. I’m already used to it, but I’m not thick-skinned yet,” he said in a candid chat. 

Kartik, who’s kicked about his upcoming movie, ‘Freddy’, elaborated, “If there’s any negative news or rumour, it still affects me big time. And it hurts even more when I’ve not done anything, rumours are completely baseless. Having said that, I’m okay with things and have accepted the life of a film star. There’s not much privacy.”

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Rotary Club of Nagpur with ‘warm hearts’ donates thousands of winter necessities

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Rotary club of Nagpur vision,  in association with the urban and rural police department of Nagpur began their project ‘warm hearts’ for the sixth year.

In the presence of Nagpur Rural police Additional SP Dr Sandeep Pakhale, Dy SP home Mr Nikam and in-charge of various police stations from Nagpur, more than 1000 blankets, 500 woolen socks and 500 woolen caps were handed over. PP Rajiv Behal gave a small history citing on how the project reached such a huge level in a small time.

President Shivani Sule welcomed the police personnel with floral bouquets. Additional SP Dr. Pakhale thanked the club for the generous gesture and promised to look into other avenues where the police department can work in tandem with the club. Director Sandeep Durugkar proposed the vote of thanks with a special mention of SP Nagpur Rural Vishal Anand for his association with this project and also promised on behalf of RCNV to continue this association with police personnel for the coming years too.

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I had a huge crush on Sania Mirza, I remember getting an apple for her: Varun Dhawan

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Varun Dhawan is a ‘crush’ of many girls, but he revealed about ‘his crush’ in an interview recently. He confessed that he had a huge crush on tennis star Sania Mirza. And added that Sania’s mother even scolded him. 

“I remember one incident. I was working for Mad Productions and there was an ad shoot that featured Sania Mirza. And for that shoot, we needed 300 shoes. So, I went to Linking Road in Mumbai and rented 300 shoes,” said Varun and added, “I had a huge crush on Sania Mirza at that time. I still remember, she asked me for an apple and I got her one.”

But that was not it. There’s more drama to the story. Varun, who’s currently promoting his new film ‘Bhediya’, revealed, “I was giving Sania an apple and like trembling, I said, ‘Aunty… apple’. Sania’s mother thought I was a crack or something. She asked me, ‘who told you to bring this apple?’ Luckily Sania came and said I want the apple. I got like 5K for it – to get the shoes and also maybe the apple.”

Also read: If you can keep your marriage ordinary, it will automatically be special: Shah Rukh Khan

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