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I’ve named my book on my favourite drink: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Bollywood stars either hated him or loved him but they simply couldn’t ignore him! Former Editor-In-Chief of Stardust and former Vice President of Pritish Nandy Communications Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who has worked with many leading publications including Mumbai Mirror and Mid Day, took to writing at a tender age of 24, when he penned down his first coffee table book ‘Hema Malini: Diva Malini.’ While his first book could be termed as his labour of love (it was an ode to his favourite star Hema Malini), he means business with his latest writing venture ‘Long Island Iced Tea,’ which is inspired by Bollywood dark secrets. In a conversation with Nation Next, Ram Kamal Mukherjee lets his guards down and speaks about his book Long Island Iced Tea, his way? of journalism and why hes in awe of one of the most controversial Indian columnist and novelist Shobha De. Excerpts:

Usually journalists narrate their real experiences in Bollywood in their books. But you chose abstract fiction? genre for your book Long Island Iced Tea.’ Why?

I have never believed in doing ?usual? stuff. While most of my scribes preferred the conventional path, I preferred to walk the rocky terrain. As far as ‘Long Island Iced Tea’ is concerned, it’s not abstract. It’s a compilation of eight different stories. Each one is completely different from the other. I think we all love to tell stories. And the germ of this book was born out of that common passion we all have.

Your book carries stories ranging from sober to slut and dark love to wild lust. How and why did you choose a title like this

This sober to slut? is a coinage that my publicist decided to add on. I don’t think that my book deals with sluts. In fact, one of the veteran book critics Saheli Mitra has recently stated that my book treats women as equal gender. They don’t succumb to situations or decisions made by patriarchal society. The title of the book happened by fluke. Actually, you need eight vital ingredients to make Long Island Iced Tea, which happens to be my favourite drink as far as cocktails are concerned. My book comprises eight different stories. And, life is nothing but getting high on emotions. So, I decided to name the book on my favourite drink.

You are tagged as hard-nosed journalist. You have been famous for writing scandalous articles on Bollywood superstars. Do we get to read some real stories garbed in fiction in the book

You have to read to know that! Hard-nosed, notorious, mischievous and scandalous – these adjectives adorned me for years. I am proud that I am considered as a fearless journalist and even after that, I am lucky to have made friends with my fellow colleagues, stars and their publicists. Some of the stories will definitely give you a trench of Bollywood, but that would be just the surface. This book is all about relationships and exploitation of the same.

You had once said that few journalists had accused you of writing fictional interviews in tabloids…

Ha ha! Let bygone be bygone. I did my job. As a journalist with Mumbai Mirror, some of my colleagues tried to pull me down and would often complain about my aggressiveness. Thankfully, my editor Meenal Baghel always stood beside me and never let anyone harm me. She was protective of me because I would churn the maximum number of Bollywood stories seven days a week.

Your biography on Hema Malini titled Hema Malini: Diva Unveiled was widely appreciated. If you were to write a biography of today’s stars, who would that be?

Yes, my coffee table book on Hema Malini remains one of my biggest landmarks. I was just 24 years when I wrote that book. I am eternally grateful to the then editor of Stardust Sonali K Jafar and the owner of Magna Publishing Nari Hira for entrusting me with the responsibility. And of course Hema Malini, who is a legend, yet she supported me in my endeavour. If given a chance, I would like to write a book on either Ranbir Kapoor or Varun Dhawan. They excite me as subjects.

Unlike few journalists, you seem to be in complete awe of Shobha De. Why do you think she heavily gets trolled online for her opinions

I adore Shobha De. She was the first editor of Stardust and my last job as a journalist was heading Stardust as an editor. I have interacted with her a lot and she is extremely witty. Social media reacts to anything and everything. It’s like a parliament. They have opinion about everything. Shobha is known for her upright statement and that’s why she is the most loved and at the same time the most hated author in town. Only when you interact with her, you will know what she stands for. In fact, people talk about her because they gain free publicity out of trolling Shobha De.

Usually journalists prefer becoming a scriptwriter or handling a creative department. But you chose to work as a producer at Pritish Nandy Communicatons. Why?

As I mentioned in my very first sentence that I have always preferred to take the tough route. I am thankful to Pritish Nandy and her daughter Rangita for giving me this opportunity to explore different avenues of movie making. It’s not that I have not dabbled in writing a screenplay or being a creative head, but first I wanted to understand the core of cinema. Once you know the heart, then you can operate the body.

Pritish Nandy once said that he liked your cheekiness and lack of awe. Is that what made you a successful Bollywood journalist?

Oh yes! That was a classic interview. He rarely speaks about his colleagues. I was never in awe of any celebrity. I admire them for what they are, but that doesn’t mean that I will have to become their shadow or a replica. I always wanted to carve my niche as a journalist, author and a creative producer. I am a learner, a student of cinema… and I am sure I will be able to achieve my dream. In fact, Pritish Nandy is one of the rarest examples of what a poet can achieve in life. He came to Mumbai with Rs 15. And today, he runs an empire! Nothing happens overnight, it happens over several nights.

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution

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Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan

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“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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Twitter to allot Blue, Grey, Gold check marks to users starting next week: Elon Musk

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Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time

Elon Musk

Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time. Elon Musk has announced that Twitter will start to manually allot Blue, Grey and Gold check marks to organizations, governments and Twitter Blue subscribers.

The decision came to surface following impersonation issues like – users buying the subscription plan and impersonating famous personalities to mislead people. The feature was rolled back soon after. 

Musk elaborated on the topic by saying that the companies will get a gold check mark, government will get a grey check mark, and blue for celebrities or not. Calling the process painful but necessary, he further added, “Sorry for the delay, we’re tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week. Gold check for companies, grey check for the government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check activates.” 

For Twitter Blue subscribers, users will get Blue Tick of verification along with priority in reach and display on the social networking site. All this, if you are willing to pay $8 in the US or ₹719 in India – per month.

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