Saturday, August 19, 2017

Facts and Myths of Vikings, History and Norse Mythology

We all know about the Vikings and their stories of looting and the horned helmets in Nordic mythology. But how much is fact and how much is the myth? Here you will find a small overview to refresh your knowledge about the Vikings! The Vikings are imagined as tall armed men with beards, blond hair and names like Thure and Björn.

At the beginning of the Viking era, there were no states in the north. The people lived in the different regions of Scandinavia in villages and settlements. The family or clan was very important to them. It was regarded as sacred, and without them the individual was nothing. The family members protected each other. There was a definite ranking, at the head of which was the Jarl, a leader.

The Viking Age

The Viking age ranged from the first maelstrom Viking to the monastery of Lindisfarne in North England in 793 to the decisive battle of Hastings in 1066. The Viking age was of great importance for the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries and regions in Europe.

Who were the Vikings?

The Viking or Vikingr in Old Norse is the collective term used to describe the Scandinavian explorers, traders, and warriors who have attacked, traded and explored many parts of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic Islands until the middle of the eleventh century. They did not call themselves Viking. Where the expression comes, however, is not clear. They came from different parts of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Most of these were Germanic people of the north and east seas.

At the end of the 8th century, the word Viking was used in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for martial activities. Thereafter, it occurs three times in the records for the years 885, 921 and 1098. It was therefore not a common expression, even during the period of Danish rule over parts of Britain. The origin of the word is thus controversial. Víkingr was used for noble people and ruling kings.

A main reason for the Viking voyages was the hard life in Scandinavia. Most people lived and worked there as simple settlers and peasants and had to fight for their survival in the barren landscape. Traders learned about treasures and riches in Central Europe.

They established a dense trading network between the coastal regions and islands of Europe. They exchanged honey, wax, furs, animal skins, or amber for objects they needed, such as armor, weapons, spices, precious metals, and fabrics.

The duties and duties of men and women were divided in the Viking society. The women took care of the family, house, and animals. The men, on the other hand, provided for the livelihood and protection of the family. Even if the men as a whole had the say, women were respected.

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The religion of the Vikings

The Vikings had their own religion before Christianization. This is known in the Nordic mythology. In their center are gods like Odin, Thor, Loki and Frey with some regional variations. Fighting to die was considered to be the most prestigious way of giving life, for a seat in Walhalla was safe, the enormous hall ruled by Odin.

There were fantastic feasts every night and preparations were made to help Odin in the apocalyptic battle that precedes the end of the world of Ragnarok. Up until the tenth or eleventh century, most, if not all, of the northern men were converted to Christianity, but they still clung to many pagan ideas far into the Middle Ages.

Since there are no independent sources for this event, and much has been written about the Vikings only centuries later, some historians read these documents as propaganda texts. As a result, the image of the Vikings began to resemble as terrible northern men against a kind friendly occupier.

The Vikings as discoverers

The Vikings were feared for their famous long-haul ships, which were seaworthy vehicles with a flat ground that allowed them to travel across the world and also navigate through shallow waters and land on the beach. The Viking ships were far ahead of their time and made the Vikings dangerous for their enemies. No European country had seaworthy ships as the men from the north.

The Viking boats, which are also referred to as kite boats because of their elaborate carvings, were ready for any situation. Thus they could sail the seas and penetrate deep into the mainland. If it did not go any further, the Vikings could carry the light boats on their shoulders.

The Swedish Viking Gardar Svavarsson discovered Iceland on one of his seas, causing Iceland to be populated by Scandinavian settlers in the late 9th and 10th century. The Vikings are also regarded as the real explorers of America.

During the Viking Age, the northern men traveled across the world. In contrast to general convictions, the Vikings were capable traders and have established many successful branches in England, Scotland, Ireland, Normandy and Iceland.

In 845 they rowed the Seine for the first time and laid siege at Paris. The northern men attacked the city several times until a final attack in 886 ended the reign of Viking terror in the city. In addition to the entire North Atlantic coastline, the Vikings also moved southwards, to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople and the Middle East.

After the famous Viking Erik the Red discovered Greenland, Bjarne Herjolfsson encounters an unknown country in the southwest on the way from Iceland to Greenland. Inspired by these tales, Leif Eriksson, the son of Erik the Red, one day set out to find this country. He was successful and was the first European to put a foot on North American soil half a century before Christopher Columbus, who is called the discoverer of America in most of the history books.

The discovery by the Vikings had fallen into oblivion because they tried to settle the new country but failed. In fact, the first Europeans who landed in North America were the Vikings. They established a short-lived settlement in today's Canada under the rule of Leif Eriksen.

Danegeld

The Dane money was a tax that the Vikings had levied on the lands they invaded. By paying the Dane money, the rulers could be sure that their regions would not be attacked by the Vikings. English, French and other European rulers paid huge sums of silver and valuables as Dane money from the 9th to the 11th century.

Runes

The Vikings had their own alphabet based on the Germanic Runescript, known as Futhark. The Vikings have engraved historical events with runes in stones. The runes described the heroic deeds of a certain leader and his men, or successful campaigns abroad. Much of what is known today about the Vikings comes from the rune inscriptions of stones from Scandinavia, the British Isles, and places as far away as the Black Sea.

Examples of famous runes can be visited at the site of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Jelling.

Viking myths

Vikings worn horny helmets in some ritual ceremonies. In fact, the Viking helmets were conical, made from hard leather with wood and metal reinforcements, or they were made of iron with a mask and armor. The Vikings were not wild creatures. The idea of wild-looking looters with an irrational look is nothing more than a myth.

In fact, the parts of Great Britain, which were occupied by the Angels of Denmark, were described as clean by their Anglo-Saxon neighbors, as they insisted on bathing at least once a week and always keeping their hair well-dressed. The Vikings played the lure and were buried in dolmens.

On the other hand, the reports of the Scandinavian invasions on the North Franconian coasts at the time of the Merovingian period are sea kings, sea gullies, and naval warriors, but never Vikings. In the Gunnlaugr Ormstungas saga, the hero visits Nidaros, then King Æthelred, then travels from there to Ireland, to the Orkneys and to Skara in West Gotland, where he stays at Jarl Sigurd, lastly to Sweden to King Olof Skötkonung.
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Travel Finland in Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Lapland & Northern Lights

I am a sun child. I often travel to distant countries. How did I get to Finnish Lapland? Finland lured me with its northern lights, the Christmas season in a rustic hut in the snow, husky sleigh rides, and admiring the reindeer from close range. I was excited as not only a new country was waiting for me, but a completely unknown region. Lapland covers parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia.

Finland was one of the most anticipated destinations on my travel wish list. The Finnish Lapland experience was filled with pure wilderness, polar lights, and Husky rides.

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We go skiing in the snow at night, go hunting in the north-east, celebrate Christmas in the Lapland style, live in a rustic snow lodge, look at reindeer shepherds over the shoulder, crash with a ship over ice floes, swim in a dry suit through the icy Baltic Sea, spend the night in the footsteps of a husky guide, climb over icy waterfalls, camp in the cold snow desert, and slip across a frozen lake. For me, the most spectacular event was diving under the ice.

Before my departure, I spent few days at Berlin. After a short stopover in Cologne, I took the flight to Helsinki in Finland. The temperatures at my destination Levi was around the freezing point. Finland, however, always felt like -20 degrees, with frozen breath, stiff fingers and deaf ears. There is also snow-wear for rent. To keep myself warm enough in Finland, I carried winter clothes, jackets, and sheepskin boots.

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I stayed at apartments. In the mornings, five kinds of herring always awaited me at breakfast buffet, with juniper berries, dill or mustard sauce. The fish tasted very good, but I needed a chewing gum every time for fresh breath.

When I leave the hotel for Lapland a weak winter sun was hovering over us. The air was cold and clear. During the flight, the landscape changes to more and more snow. Lapland from above is white, with frozen lakes and rivers, in between pines and spruces.

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In Lapland, 200 days of the year is winter, and it is not bright in the polar areas. The height of the winter is slightly over three months in the period from December to March. And just in this phase, you can be lucky enough to experience the Scandinavian outdoor winter adventure par excellence. The northern lights and the stars are the only sources of light. When we arrive, however, there was the sun and the temperature was around 4 degrees.

I was looking forward to the sleigh ride with huskies, a snowmobile safari, Finnish sauna, the ice bath, local food and the cute reindeer.

What to do in Finland summer


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Finland is also a true summer destination with what Korvapuusti, Moomins, and Mökki have to offer. Do you remember Moomin and all the other beings from the Mum Valley? Do you remember where the Mum Valley is? Do not worry, after seeing the beautiful, snow-capped winter landscapes of Finland, what now follows are my memories of unforgettable, endless summer holidays in Finland, which give the small country in the far north a chance as a summer destination.

The starting point of my Finnish summer nights was Tampere. Should you spend a little time in Tampere, the following points of interest are a kind of mandatory in the itinerary:

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There is a photo of the fan outside the entrance of The Moomin Museum, with Moomin himself. The little one stands there in the form of a statue and welcomes every visitor in a very personal way. Through the museum, you can then move at your own pace, armed with a booklet containing all the important information and available in different languages. There are miniature figures showing the adventures of the Moomin and much more. In the adjacent Moomin shop you can buy souvenirs as you wish.

From the observation tower, you can have a view over the whole city and the Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi lakes. The Särkänniemi amusement park, which is definitely worth a visit, is situated on the peninsula on which the tower rises.

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And for dinner then go for a heavenly Burger in the Finlayson area. If you want to try reindeer, elk, bear or fish, there are lots of restaurants in Hämeenkatu, which convinces by really excellent, delicious food. There is much more to explore in Tampere and you will discover something new at every visit, but I would like to take you to the absolute experience of Finland to the Mökki.

So the Finns call their summer house and there is hardly a better way to spend your holiday in Finland than with a stay in a Mökki or better on a Mökki. Mökki is a basic pillar of Finnish culture. When I first went with my friends to a Mökki, I did not get out of the astonishment. After a somewhat longer drive on the buttery streets of Finland, a dirt road led across the fields and forests until we finally ended on a lake shore.

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A glaring view from the car, no house far and wide, only two boats, one with the engine, the other with paddles. The answer to my silent question came promptly. We must take the boat now. The boat then went from the lake shore to a small island, which was located in the middle of a beautiful blue lake and on which there are a few smaller cottages, of course, all painted in the typical Scandinavian red and surrounded by firs and birches.

In such a Mökki there is everything you need for a successful summer holiday with the main house, storage cubicle, cold room, summer kitchen and finally the sauna. For a weekend in the Mökki, which is hardly ever dark, what cannot be missing, is the sauna. While the sauna oven warms the room slowly to the desired temperature, it was time to play with a card game with a cider or beer preparing the body for the imminent liquid loss.

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The sauna experience itself is then different. While some consider an infusion to be cruel, I consider it to be soothing and effective. Once the temperature limit has been reached, the only thing that has to be done is to get into the water. In this case, the boat bridge again proved to be very useful to disappear gracefully like a ski jumper or with a loud splash in the lake.

Once the body temperature is adjusted again, just let yourself be carried away on your back and enjoy the nightly summer sky of Finland and watch a sudden sunset suddenly turn into a dawning sunrise. It is a truly unique sight. And yet, the quiet, deep, Finnish waters offer you the highest form of peace and relaxation that you can imagine.

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So a stay in the Mökki is not only suitable for a weekend but you can spend a week or more there to explore the area or just enjoy this unique tranquility. If this is not for you, because you want to see more of Finland, just get on a train.

By train, it takes about 10 hours from Tampere to Rovaniemi. You can easily get into Tampere at night, make it comfortable in a normal train compartment or in a sleeping car, and in the morning you will be in Rovaniemi.

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In Rovaniemi, there is a lot to discover. Rovaniemi is not only the home of the Eurovision Song Contest winners Lordi, who even set a monument on the market square, which is now called Lordi Square. Rovaniemi is also home to Santa Claus. While you are there, you can transfer your Christmas wishes in person at pleasant temperatures around 15 ° C and in a bright blue sky.

Things to do in Finland Helsinki


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So you want to go to the South? Do you want beach and sea? Finland also has something to offer with a holiday in Helsinki. There is just so much to see, and you should definitely stay there for a few days if you really want to see everything and enjoy this city and get to know it. Visit the Havis Amanda and the adjacent Kauppatori (market), where there are fresh vegetables, fruit, and fish, as well as souvenirs and crafts.

Climb the stairs to the Tuomiokirkko (Dom) and take a break in the middle of the valley, while enjoying the fresh berries brought along by the market. Linnanmäki, a small but fine amusement park, is a great place to enjoy the park. The Dustbin even sings a thank you for the fact that you have disposed of your garbage properly. The entrance to the park is by the way free of charge.

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Take a boat trip to the Suomenlinna fortress to learn about the history of the fortress or to take the opportunity to inspect a submarine from the inside. Enjoy a delicious piece of cake in the Café and then grasp the world's best chocolate. Order a cup of coffee and a Korvapuusti, a Finnish pastry with cardamom and watch the street performers or a concert on the outdoor stage.

There is so much more to report from all over Finland. There are the many festivals that are scattered throughout the summer. You should make a stop at Pori and Rauma when driving reverse along the west coast by car from Tampere to Helsinki. From the port city of Turku, you can take an overnight boat to Stockholm. There are the ski jumping opportunities at Lahti.

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What I liked most was the Finns themselves, their way of life, the friendliness and openness towards other cultures and languages. You see, I can still, fill pages on pages with experiences and impressions from Finland. But still, so many words can simply not convey what you experience when you travel this beautiful country. So give the little Scandinavian country a chance and discover the diversity of Finland.

Oh, and if you want to try to learn a few words in the country language before going on holiday, Kiitos means thank you.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Nowruz - What's behind the Spring Festival and the Parsi New Year

The Parsi New Year festival of Nouruz, also Noruz or Newroz is one of the oldest celebrations of mankind. Nowruz begins with the astronomical beginning of spring, which is also the beginning of the Iranian calendar year. Nowruz falls on the 20th or 21st March of each year.

Nowruz originated from pastoral or peasant culture. People celebrated the transition from winter to summer. Fertility and renewal rituals can be recognized in some customs in Nowruz. Ancient Persian legends tell us that this land was called the land of the Aryans.

There are historical indications that the Apadana and the Persepolis, Hall of 100 Columns were built for the Nowruz celebrations in the Achaemenid era. Xenophon tells us that the New Year was celebrated in Persepolis. People from the entire empire handed gifts to the King on this day.

Mehregan was the spring festival and Nowruz was the autumn festival. The Parthians later celebrated Nowruz in the autumn. Nowruz was chosen as the Parsi New Year festival during the Sassanian era. Nowruz was the most important festival in Sassanid Iran since the rule of Ardashir I. On this day prisoners were pardoned. Nowruz, Jashn-e Sadeh, and Chaharshanbe Suri are the festivals that have survived the Islamic dictatorship in Iran.

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The importance of Haft Sin


Haft-Sin stands for a covered table with seven ingredients like Sabze or germinated wheat, Sib or apple, Serkeh or vinegar, Sir or garlic, Sumac, a Persian spice, Samanu, a candy made from wheatgrass and wheat flour and Senjed, a dried fruit from oleaster tree was kept. A gold coin, as well as colorful eggs and goldfish in a glass container, a mirror, a candle, were also kept.

The festival lasted for twelve days. The thirteenth day was celebrated as the new year, which marked the last day of the Nowruz celebrations. On Sizdar-Bedar on the thirteenth day after Nouruz, evil spirits are to visit the houses. The families spent the day in the open. They organize picnics in parks or do excursions to rivers.

The rebirth of the Sumerian deity Dumuzi


Nowruz once symbolized the rebirth of the Sumerian deity Dumuzi. People prepare the Sabzi Polou with fried fish, a rice dish with herbs, such as parsley, coriander, buckwheat clover, chives and dill, thick beans and small diced potatoes, and Kuku Sabzi, a delicious herbal soufflé.

Before the Nouruz celebrations, the house cleaning takes place. These are subject to strict or loose rules depending on the culture. On Tuesday evening of the last Wednesday before bonfires are lit. People chant zardi ye man az to, sorkhi ye to az man.

In the days after, relatives and friends visit each other to settle old quarrels and get closer to each other. People dance in colorful clothes on the streets. Since Nouruz is celebrated in many different places, people have expanded the festival with local customs.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Travel through a Winter Weekend in Madrid

We travel to Madrid, a city full of unexpected views that open the eyes of those who not only looks at the top but also upwards. We landed early at Barajas airport from which we take the subway to the center of Madrid. The journey takes about 15 minutes. We have booked a fantastic hotel located only 20 meters from the metro station, practically near the golden triangle of museums of Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The magic of Madrid Christmas

After a quick shower, we dive into the city. To meet our hunger, with 2 euros, we eat a great Bocadillo (sandwich) with ham and a beer. Refreshed from the stage, we immediately visit the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Both were beautiful. Plaza Mayor is more of a square. Puerta del Sol is rather more of a converging point (pedestrian and otherwise) of roads, where is located the infamous kilometer zero of the Spanish road network.


For those wishing to locate it immediately, it is located on the sidewalk in front of the Palace de la Comunidad de Madrid (former Post Office building). We then embarked on one of the crowded streets that lead to the Gran Via and we stopped once again to eat the Boccadillos, french fries, and beer. Even though we were already tired, we held out and went up to the Retiro Park to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day, fearing the rain in the upcoming days.

Parque del Retiro in Madrid

The park is huge (118-hectare). At the entrance look at the map, and decide for a goal because the risk is to walk without being able to see anything really significant. We came across the Forest of the Disappeared, a memorial consisting of 192 trees including cypress and olive trees dedicated to the many victims of the attack at the Atocha station in 2004. It would have been nice to see the Palace of crystal and the Monument to Alfonso XII with the pond but really the forces we have not seen.

We left the park and headed to the Museo Reina Sofia on Saturday afternoon and Sunday is open free to the public. We took the outside glass elevator and we visited the museum on the contrary, from the top floor in the first. Needless to say that the most evocative work and that is worth at least a fleeting stage is Picasso's Guernica. I imagined smaller and instead takes up an entire wall of the room 206 on the second floor.

It is said that a German officer, at the sight of the picture, asked, Did you do that? And Picasso responded, No, you did. At about 6, we returned to the hotel to rest before the long evening. In Madrid, if you want to eat at a restaurant in regular times (between 8.30 and 9.30) I recommend you book in advance. We started with a list of recommended restaurants and then we did it, thus avoiding lengthy and exhausting queues.

We tried the Valencian (meat and vegetables only) to just fish and mixed vegetables. All the three were exquisite at absolutely fair prices (11 to 15 euro per person). Pending the paella, we ordered the appetizers of the cod fritters, typical and divine Manchego sheep cheese, and the croquettes with Croquetas de Jamon. To close the meal, we order the Catalan homemade cream, all washed down with two excellent bottles of chardonnay.

After dinner, we made the last effort to the return to the hotel on foot, but it was worth it because the alleys are beautiful and we often encountered squares and surprising nooks. For example, the Plaza de Santa Ana is cute, a meeting place for the Madrid nightlife, full of cafes where you can dine at affordable prices.

Churros and hot chocolate in Madrid

The first destination was for the breakfast and the menu was the churros dipped in hot chocolate. Like donuts, pretty much is the same fried batter, without the veil of sugar and bread stick form The problem is that it is not an original idea, and on Sunday morning we found the panic with queue for the tickets and line up to sit as the cafe is small, with two floors crammed with people. Only the stubbornness made us insist in the project.

After about 15 minutes of waiting, we sat and ate voraciously at least 3 churros each. My advice is to go there in the afternoon for a reinforced snack because breakfast is preferred in a less crowded and more peaceful place or sitting on the terrace. Later, we gorged went to the largest flea market in Europe which is only open on Sundays. It is located in El Rastro (so called because the Rastro is the trickle of blood of animals that were slaughtered in abattoirs, which supplied the nearby leather goods.

Easy to find, it occupies an area that goes from Plaza Mayor in the Puerta de Toledo. With an eye always on the bag, we move from the main street, where every alley is specialized in something from antiques, paintings, animals, knives and fabrics. You can find items of interest without elbowing among the people.

We saw huge sandwiches costing only 3 EUR. You'll have to find a niche in the square, where to eat them, but they say that they are a specialty. We made the mistake of not buying them right away because we were not yet hungry. Of course, once gone, we never returned and when we did it desperately on Monday, we found it close.

Royal Palace of Madrid

From Rastro, we headed on foot to the Royal Palace and then to the Cathedral. For the palace there was a long line and given a short time, we admired it only from the outside. We instead visited the Cathedral, which does not excite us much. The only thing of note is the grandeur.

Temple of Debod Madrid

We put back on the march towards the Egyptian Temple of Debod. Along the way, we crossed the Plaza de Espana, where there is the fountain dedicated to Cervantes, with statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Edificio Espana and the Tower of Madrid. Unfortunately, we did not know that the temple closes at 2 over the weekend in this period and the guard was adamant, even though it was 1:50 and we promised a quick look around but no way!

Tired after walking and failures, we come back to Sol for lunch. After wandering in search of a place that was not already crowded, we went to one behind Plaza de Santa Ana. Unfortunately, given the time (almost 4) we could not eat their specialty, Cocido. On the other hand, we ate good croquettes and a platter of meats and cheeses. We wanted to find the energy to go and visit the Prado (daily from 5 to 8 - apart from the Monday closing - the visit is free) but the idea of walking still did not really allowed the company.

A short stop at the hotel and on the road again for dinner. The choice fell on one with spectacular Galician specialties. There are two, closely spaced. The largest and best-known and is, therefore, more crowded is on Calle De Las Huertas and the other, to where we went, is in the street of Calle de Jesus.

In an informal setting, with stools and a menu written on a palette of wood with colored chalks, you can start with the Caldo Gallego, a delicious soup with sauerkraut, beans and chorizo (sausage), continuing with the Foliada Mollusques, a kind of sautéed mussels and clams with cream and Pulpo Gallego, an octopus with diced tomato and a boiled potato placed in the center.

For homemade desserts, in addition to the pudding, we take biscuits made of almond paste covered in chocolate, who will serve you with a Chupito, an excellent port in which to dip. In summary, to spend 20 Euros, you risk indigestion! Obviously, we did not make a return to the center because the hotel's appeal was too strong. On the other hand, we did a different ride to the hotel.

We come across Calle de Las Huertas and then shot to the right, along the Paseo del Prado to Calle Atocha. At Paseo del Prado, there is the Caixaforum, the Museum of the Caixa de Espana Foundation. Two particularities is a solution of the architects to give the illusion that the museum is suspended and the vertical garden on the wall that faces the top.

Next day we get up early because we had planned from the outset to visit the city of Toledo taking the AV train. We paid the hotel and after a stop at the Calle Del Doctor Drumen, with windows overlooking Reina Sofia and surprisingly a good cappuccino, and fragrant croissants, we headed to Atocha station.

Madrid Atocha Train Station

The station is well worth a visit with its Art Nouveau style roof in iron and glass and tropical garden with a constant temperature of 24 °. Unfortunately, bad luck has just pursued us as we discovered that all trains between 10.20 and 12.20 were overflowing. Therefore we had to give up because Toledo would have been ridiculous to go at 1 and start at 3.30 at best. So if you want to take a trip outside the city, book your ticket the day before.

Disappointed by the news of the museums being closed on Mondays and all the tourists flock outside the capital, we had to improvise our program for the day. So we opted for the Plaza de Toros, in Calle Alcala, giving up the arena visits because it was raining, but already the outside made the idea of ??the place that houses 25,000 paying spectators to see bullfighting!

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Instead, we made a stop at Taurinos Museum, which was free of charge and displays bullfighting memorabilia including shocking bloody clothes worn by matadors in the last bullfight of their career. After this tour that taught us something more about the most talked-about show and loved always, we headed in the Chueca district, north of Gran Via with the real nightlife, restored to its beauty after the degradation of the Franco period.

In the square at the exit from the metro, there are stalls where I bought some beautiful prints of Mayte Alma line for just 7 Euros each. After a look at the colorful windows of the neighborhood, we headed to the San Miguel market, a structure of glass and cast iron, behind the Plaza Major.

Market of San Miguel

The peculiarity of this market is, in fact, to eat the goods for sale, in the raucous crowd of tourists and Madrileños shops from that of the cuts to the one of the cheeses, from that of the fish to that of wine and so on. In short, if you are patient, you can eat fresh food at reasonable prices. After a tour, I take refuge in Plaza de Canalejas close to the Puerta del Sol, where I could finally eat the famous Madrid Cocido, a kind of chickpeas soup with carrots, potatoes, and meat stew. I was served as the first the broth of meat with a real treat including drink and dessert.

As time began to tighten, we did the last walk through the crowded streets of Madrid, between the souvenir shops in El Corte Ingles, although I recommend the purchase of postcards, T-shirts, ashtrays and magnets in the shops of Calle Montera which are cheaper and you get more choice. With the usual regret for the things we could not see and the more reasons to come back soon, we packed up and headed to the airport. Hola!

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Travel Guide to A Weekend in Barcelona

If I have to choose a city in Spain, where I would travel again and again, Barcelona would be my first choice! Barcelona offers something for every traveler even if you have a small travel budget. In the small tapas bars in La Barceloneta and Gracia, you can get delicious tapas at a good price. There are also many cheap hotels and some museums are even free on weekends.

If you are looking for more luxury, the city offers you great roof terraces, cool clubs and designer boutiques for shopping. Do not forget that in Barcelona something is going on almost every day. In summer there are street festivals in each quarter. Here, one can mix with the locals and celebrate together, admire the famous human towers (Castells) and learn traditional Catalan dances (Sardana).

In addition, a colorful modernist building is waiting to be discovered and photographed at every corner. I think Barcelona also makes art bureaus become architectural fancies. And of course, the mix of beach, city, and mountains is quite unique.

What to do in Barcelona for 3 days?


Apart from the absolute must-visits such as the La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, the Cathedral or the Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar and Plaça Espanya, you should also look at the old town of Barcelona. In the city district of El Born, there are many small traditional restaurants and bars where you can end the day well. You will also find traces and works of art from my favorite artists Joan Miro, Salvador Dali or Gaudi.

One of my favorite places is the Carrer Allada Vermell, a street with many terraces and palm trees. Moreover, the gothic architecture of the buildings in El Born and El Gòtic is very beautiful to look at. You should also visit the Cathedral of Barcelona. In the cloister, there are still 13 geese (for centuries) because of a legend.

They serve as an alarm system against intruders and stand for the number of years of the life of Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona. You can also go on the roof of the cathedral and have a great view of the old town of Barcelona. Sightseeing in Barcelona is not boring. Although what is the most visited museum in Barcelona? Right, the Camp Nou football stadium is the best football club in the world (I think).

What cannot be found in any Barcelona travel guide?


Another place I would recommend is the old air raid shelter El Turó de Rovira. It is a little higher than Park Güell. From here you can have the most beautiful view over Barcelona.

The labyrinth of Horta is also great, which is located just outside the city. The Plaza de San Felipe Neri is also not in every guidebook. I did not read every travel guide and cannot guarantee anything. This romantic-looking place is however very popular among locals. The place has witnessed many years of history, such as a bombing in 1938. The indentations on the walls are still visible.

Typical Barcelona Food


The cuisine in Barcelona is very much characterized by the proximity to the sea. People eat a lot of fish and seafood. There are even special restaurants (Marisquerías), where you get almost nothing else served. But do not worry, for people who do not eat fish (like me), there are a lot of tapas. As in any city in Spain, the Barcelonians are proud of their tapas.

Very typical are Pimientos de Padron (small green peppers, sourced with salt), Champiñones al Ajo (Mushrooms spread in a lot of oil with herbs), Jamon Serrano, Tortilla de Patatas (almost like fried potatoes, but the Spaniards are mega proud) Albondigas (meatballs).

Not to forget is the Pan con tomato (crispy bread rubbed with garlic and tomato). The latter sounds rather easy. It is. Nevertheless, there is almost nothing better. For dessert, there is Crema Catalana aka Crème brûlée.

Barcelona Nightlife • Free things to do in Barcelona at night


The nightlife offers almost endless possibilities for every taste. For the sunset, you can enjoy a Clara on the beach or at one of the great viewpoints. Then eat a few tapas or a Bocadillo and take a real meal later. If you do not have enough, you can go to one of the trendy clubs or cellar bars after midnight.

For years I have had a great passion for Latin music. That's why I like to go to the Eixample district. Often, free dancing hours take place before 11 pm. Otherwise, I go rather in bars, of which there are so many in Barcelona. There are the best mojitos in the city. For a drink with a unique view, I recommend visiting the roof terraces, as the 360-degree panorama view is the bang.

What are the most beautiful beaches around Barcelona?


The beaches along the long beach promenades invite you to stroll, biking, jogging or longboarding. For relaxing, sit in one of the numerous hip beach bars or refresh yourself in the deep blue Mediterranean. Even surfing or stand-up paddling can be done here.

Often I travel to beaches outside Barcelona, such as the Costa Brava, Castelldefels or Sitges. The beaches of Barcelona have reminded me over the last few months of the year, like Playa d'en Bossa in Ibiza or El Arenal in Mallorca.

However, in the case of a short trip to Barcelona, it is often impossible to agree with the timetable to drive a few kilometers, so I recommend the Playa de Bogatell in Barcelona instead of Barceloneta. Also, the Playa de Marbella is quite nice. Here, the sand is finer, the water cleaner and the bachelor parties do not happen there.

Flea Markets in Barcelona


The most beautiful market from the inside and from the outside for me is the Mercat de Santa Caterina. The building is quite unknown in spite of its colorful roofs. A few visitors know that one of the oldest markets in the city takes place here. There is also an excellent restaurant in the same building.

I do not care about the famous La Boqueria. There are many other markets that are not so crowded and are much cleaner and more beautiful. These include the Fira Artesana on Plaça del Pi, El Mercat de Sant Antoni, and El Mercat del Ninot. Every district has its own market or market hall.

Is Barcelona expensive?


It depends on what you expect from your trip. It is possible to eat and spend a great evening in the city without spending a lot of money. The important thing is that you know the right places and does not fall into the tourist trap.

I recommend doing a good research before the trip, to ask locals or to read my blog. I also like to answer individual questions. Just leave me a comment on the blog. If you are also off the beaten track, Barcelona can be a cheap destination. However, you have to pay during the summer months a little more for an accommodation in the center. It is worthwhile to book a few months in advance.

On the other hand, there are many luxury bars, restaurants, and hotels in Barcelona. If you have a larger budget, you can get rid of your money even during leisure activities like helicopter flights or jets. Barcelona offers something for everyone.

Live like the locals in quirky hotels in Barcelona


There are stylish hotels at the port of Barcelona and right in the hustle and bustle of El Born. If you want to live like locals, there are a lot of apartments.

What makes Barcelona special?


Hugging the eastern coast of Spain, the organized grid of streets of Barcelona gives way to a number of delightful tourist attractions in the open. The Catalonian capital has a reputation as a bustling urban center, filled with renowned architecture, gourmet restaurants, clubs, and a thriving nightlife. Yet visitors won't have to look far to enjoy the sights that the city has to offer while taking in the city’s fresh sea air.

Park Guell

Park Guell is a well-known and well-visited Barcelona landmark in the portfolio of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, whose buildings line streets of Barcelona and draw hordes of tourists to the city. A World Heritage Site, the park was completed in 1914 after 14 years of construction. Gaudi designed the complex during his Naturalist phase when he was most inspired by shapes found in nature. A steep walk uphill gives way to the massive park, and the views of Barcelona’s gridded streets are hard to beat. Between the panoramas awaiting you and Gaudi’s unique architecture, it’s difficult to say what lingers most after your Barcelona trip.

Columbus Monument

Standing at 60 m (197 ft), the Columbus Monument marks the lower end of La Rambla, a bustling pedestrian zone in the city’s core. Built in honor of the explorer, who is given credit for discovering the New World, the monument commemorates the visit Columbus paid to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella upon returning from his historic journey. Atop the monument, the figure of Columbus points south, towards Algeria, although many believe he is gesturing in the direction of his discovery. Crane your neck upwards to catch the adventurer in the sun, and then enjoy the sights awaiting you on La Rambla.

Rambla del Mar

Running through Barcelona’s core, Rambla del Mar holds the pulse of the city on its leafy streets. From Placa de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument, follow the crowds from one street performer to the next. There are few better ways to get a feel for the city and soak up Catalan culture than with a stroll down the city’s popular avenue.

Barceloneta Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Barcelona for tourists and locals alike, Barceloneta Beach attracts a loyal fan base with its soft sand, warm water, and fresh fish dishes. Visit the beach to while away a relaxing day under the gentle sun, the Mediterranean lapping at your sun-dappled toes. Not just for sunbathers, the beach offers facilities for games like volleyball and table tennis to test your athletic prowess if swimming out to sea isn’t enough. You may not expect to find modern art on the shore, but it’s here nonetheless: monuments and sculptures adorn the golden sands. Plan your Barcelona vacation to spend a few days here.

Passeig del Born

A colorful pedestrian avenue with a not-so-subtle hint of medieval flair, Passeig del Born fills with people day and night to admire the Street's vibrant bars and charming architecture. Flanked by the Born Market on one end and the church of Santa Maria del Mar on the other, the avenue has an air of the Barcelona of days gone by. Once host to tournaments, jousting matches, and Holy Week processions, today the avenue is lined with vendors and cafes.


Under the Barcelona Sun

As a city famed for the unique architecture that forms the urban core, it’s no wonder there’s no shortage of things to do outdoors. From marveling at Gaudi's work to swimming in the Mediterranean, Barcelona was built to be explored outside. So use an itinerary planner and when it comes to taking a load off and enjoying a glass of cava, you’ll catch locals spilling out of the bars and into the city streets.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nokia 5 Dual SIM Smartphone Review, Price, Specification, Images

Nokia is back! We tell you whether the Nokia 5, the new midrange smartphone from the Finnish company is worthwhile. After the Microsoft deviations, the Nokia brand has returned under its own auspices and has simultaneously launched three new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. At the beginning of 2017, the Nokia 5 was presented at the MWC in Barcelona: Is it worth buying?

Which smartphone should you choose if you are looking for a cheap entry level smartphone? In such cases, I used to always like the Moto E as it has a simple Android system. It gets uncomplicated updates and has enough power for everyday tasks and all for a cheap price. Meanwhile, Lenovo has become unpopular with tech savvy Moto E customers as none of the cheap devices got the Android 7.0 Nougat update.

Nokia and the new Nokia manufacturer HMD Global wants to do better. Nokia 5 like the Nokia 6 not only get regular security patches, but also new Android versions relatively soon after their release. This is why the manufacturer has already promised an update to the upcoming Android O. To ensure that the devices receive the software updates quickly, HMD Global relies on an almost untouched operating system without its own interface and without additional apps like its own mail client or its own calendar.

Nokia 5 Specifications


The Nokia 5 is a solid entry-level device with a smart metal case. There are prints for the 2 gigabytes of small memory and the ambitious internal memory of 16 gigabytes, which however can be extended by microSD card. The display is sufficiently bright and can be read well even when exposed to sunlight. The resolution is only moderate. At 5.2 inches the finns decided for a resolution of 1280x720 pixels that is slightly small for this size.

The front is made of a continuous glass surface. The Nokia logo is subtle. A recess is cut into the glass for the loudspeaker grill. Next to it is the front camera. On the lower front is the home button, which also serves as a fingerprint sensor. On the left and right of it are capacitive controls. The cool metal case fits well and the device can also be operated with one hand pleasantly. The rounded so-called 2.5D display makes the wiping from the edge pleasant. On the back is the camera, which is enclosed in a long, 0.5 mm long, elongated strip, together with the dual-LED flash.

The pushbuttons are on the far right side of the frame. The pressure points are okay. On the opposite side there are two bays, one takes two nano SIM cards, the other a microSD card. The new Nokia smartphones are therefore one of the rare devices in which the memory can be expanded without losing the dual SIM function. At the foot of the Nokia 5 is a classic micro-USB port and an opening for the speaker and a headphone jack.

Memory cards can be integrated into the internal memory. This does not create the problem that the main memory is full, because many apps can not be exported to the memory card. The Finns have chosen the Octa Core Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. This does not bring any maximum performance, but for everyday tasks and a game between him and the whole. No longer quite as modern are 2 gigabytes of memory and the 16 gigabytes of small internal memory.

The memory can be expanded with a memory card by up to 128 gigabytes, which can be integrated directly into the main memory. This is also a good thing: just under 10 gigabytes remain available to the user, so the system occupies nearly 6 gigabytes of storage space. Despite the tight working memory, the device runs quite smoothly, but because of its scarce capacity, apps fly one time or another from the cache and have to reload.

The operating speed is high in the laboratory test, The working speed rather slow. All in all, a quite good overall package, although memory and memory could be a bit bigger. Thus, the device arrives at a partial score at the speed of 2.2.

Also the screen resolution with 1280x720 pixels on 5.2 inches is somewhat low - Full HD would have liked the screen. After all, the display with 511 Candela per square meter "an adequate" brightness - for a beginner device quite well. Displayed contents can be read well even in the sun. The contrast is higher with 1524: 1 than with the Nokia 6. Overall, the display of the Nokia 5 receives a partial score of 2.8.

Nokia 5 Battery


The battery cannot be changed. The lush 2,900 MAH can be run for 13 hours and 38 minutes with average usage. The Nokia 5 is the smartphone with the longest battery life.

Nokia 5 Camera


The main camera of the Nokia 5 delivers good results in good daylight. In the darkness, noise and blurring of the image are a thing of the past. Snapshots succeed with the 13-megapixel camera with good light conditions albeit with slight blur. Even in light darkness it is noticeable that the preview jerks a fast movement or shaky hands blur the pictures. In low light conditions, the picture quality also weakens.

After all, memory and shutter values of the camera are very good: Wait a long time before the photo is recorded or stored, so you do not have to. The camera brings it to a partial score of 2.7 and is thus somewhat better than that of the Nokia 3 and almost equal with the Nokia 6. The front camera specified as wide angle camera has a surprisingly narrow angle, it is definitely not without Selfie staff Suitable for group photos of two persons.

However, it is slightly wider than standard front cameras, Although, for example, the LG-G6 front camera offers a significantly wider angle. The images from the 8-megapixel sensor on the front make a good figure: They show a good sharpness and little picture noise. Thus the partial score of 2.1 is also in the positive range.

Nokia 5 Software


Nokia is working on current software in terms of operating system. The new Android version 7.1.1 is installed and runs with the June security patch. The operating system has not been modified that comes with stock Android with Google pixel launcher and Google Now integration. Not only does the tidy software save battery capacity, it is also easy and intuitive to use. And Nokia comes without additional software.

The home button of the Nokia 5 below the screen also serves as a fingerprint sensor, while illuminated sensor buttons are located on the left and right.

Nokia 5 images wallpapers

With up-to-date secure Android software, expandable memory, good cameras and enough battery for everyday life, what more could you want from an entry-level smartphone?. For its price around Rs. 14999, the Nokia 5 is slightly more expensive than the comparable Moto G5 (Rs. 11999). If you can spend a little more, you should take a look at the Nokia 6.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Janmashtami: Celebration in Honor of Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is a very important festival in the modern Hindu culture. This festival is celebrated as the birthday of Krishna during August or September. The auspicious time for the Janmashtami festivities starts at midnight when devotees sing and pray. The puja begins with the bathing of the idol of Bal Gopal with ghee and scented water. The idol is then decorated with colorful garments and precious jewels.

Offerings are made of various kinds of fruit, pastries, milk, flowers, and incense. Mantras containing the 108 names of Krishna are recited. The women wear red bracelets, along with a pendant. The women, dressed as Gopi's, chant Narayan, Narayan and Gopal, Gopal. The auspicious color for the day is yellow. Special prayers and pooja are held in temples dedicated to Krishna.

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Krishna was said to be born around the third millennium BC as the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna was born at midnight in a prison where his maternal uncle Kamsa, a Bhoja king had imprisoned his parents. Kamsa usurped the throne of his father, Ugrasena to become the ruler of Mathura.

Kamsa killed all the male children of Devaki and Vasudeva immediately after their birth. When Krishna was born, a few guards allowed Vasudeva to escape with the baby. Vasudeva kept the baby in a basket on his head and carried him across the river Yamuna. Vasudeva came to Gokul in the house of Nanda and Yasoda, where the woman had just given birth to a daughter. Vasudeva took their daughter and put Krishna in their laps and returned back to Devaki in prison.

Two of his siblings were Balarama and Subhadra, born from Vasudeva's first wife Rohini. There are many stories about his life in the Gokul that show his way of being naughty and playful. Bala Krishna was was dark skinned and often used to steal butter. For example, once a woman had hidden the butter, at the top so that the children cannot get there. The children made a pyramid with their bodies and were able to reach their treasure.

Krishna often played his flute and his melodious music charmed all. Finding the Gopi's bathing in a pond, he steals their clothes and took refuge at the top of a tree. Holi, the festival of colors is closely associated with Krishna and the careless games of his youth.

Kamsa after learning the deceit of Vasudeva decided to get rid of Krishna. So he commissioned a witch to kill him. This witch named Putana went around the villages until she found the child. She went to the house of Krishna and showed up saying she has a milk of nectar, which will be able to give immortality to those who drink it. In truth, her milk was poisoned.

The mother of Krishna entrusted her with the baby. Putana thought it would be simple. But the poison did not have any effect on the baby. After this, Kamsa decided to send another one. But the little boy managed to stop even the fearsome giant. The fair-skinned Radha or Radharani was the female consort associated with Krishna.

Radha was born in Barsana as the daughter of Vrishbhanu and Kirti or Kamlavati. Radha's origins are obscure. She is not mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam or in the Mahabharata. We find her mention only in Brahma Vaivarta Purana, composed later than these texts, which cite the already married Radha as the consort of Krishna. Her birthday is celebrated as Radhashtami. Jhulan yatra is the festival of the swing, which celebrates the pastimes between Radharani and Krishna.

After moving to Mathura, Krishna kills Kansa and gives the throne back to Ugrasena. After Krishna becomes the king of Mathura he had to face several attacks from the powerful Magadha King Jarasandha, a relative of Kamsa. After losing one of the battles against Jarasandha he moves to Dwaraka. There he married Rukmini, daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidarbha. After killing Narakasura, he rescued 16000 women. Having been retained by Narakasura, their family would not accept nor anyone would marry them. Krishna welcomed them in his new palace.

In this period he made friends with Arjuna and the other Pandava princes of the kingdom of Kuru, across the Yamuna river. When Kuru Dushasana undressed Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas publicly, Krishna bestowed her a garment. During the bloody battle of Kurukshetra described in the Mahabharata, Krishna takes the side of the Pandavas against their cousins Kauravas. Balaram instead favored the Kurus.

Krishna asks Arjuna (the third of the Pandavas) and Duryodhana (the eldest of the Kauravas) to choose between him and his army on the battlefield, with the condition however that he would not fight. The Pandava chooses Krishna, while Duryodhana chooses the army of Krishna.

Before the battle, finding himself in front of cousins, grandparents, mentors, and friends lined up in the opposing camp, Arjuna refuses to fight. As narrated in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna urges him to fight. After eighteen indecisive battles, Bhima shoots Jarasandha in the battle of Kurukshetra. The Pandavas get the victory in Kurukshetra despite the numerical inferiority of their army than that of the Kauravas. The death of the Krishna is narrated in the Mahabharata in the Mausala Parva.

After the fierce civil war, Krishna retreats into the forest. He was struck by an arrow by a hunter. The Matsya Purana indicates that Krishna was 89 years during the battle of Kurukshetra.

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Krishna, who has many similar traits to the Greek deity Pan does not appear in the four Samitha of the Vedas. There are references to his figure in Chandogya Upanishad, a text presumably written in the eighth century BC. Krishna is presented as a god only in Mahabharata, a text written between fifth century BC and the fifth century AD. His figure becomes central in the Bhagavad Gita, written in the third century BC.

Scholars believe that Krishna and Vishnu were two separate deities. These deified warrior heroes find their transformation in Vedic and Brahmanical orthodoxy with the meeting of the Vedic and Brahmanical Vishnu. The merger between the warrior gods became necessary in the context of the criticism from the heterodox religions such as Buddhism and Jainism.

They were merged fully in the fifth century AD when Krishna was referred to as an avatar of Vishnu in the Vishnu Puraṇa, a text written in the fifth century AD. Rama was also not originally considered the incarnation of Vishnu. In the Rig Veda, the oldest Indian text, dated to the middle of the second millennium BC, Vishnu is a very minor character.

The close links between the two deities, however, have precedents in a column of the first century BC found in Goṣuṇḍi. Here Krishna and Narayana were found, who was previously associated with Vishnu. The images relating to the period of Kushan Empire in first century AD represent Krishna and Vishnu with same weapons.

The Krishna Vasudeva of the Mahabharata is referred to as the head of the Vrishni clan of Mathura, the Yadava tribe. References were also found in Mahabhasya of Patanjali and the Buddhist Gatha Jataka. A number of traditions and regional deities may have been merged into the stories of Krishna. There is added, then a further Krishna called the Krishna Gopala. More traits are added to this character.

Abhira, a nomadic ethnic group which extended its territory from Punjab to the Deccan and Ganges plains worshiped the Gopala Krishna. When the Abhira tribes reached Mathura area of Braj, they met the Vrisni clan. Their worship of Krishna Gopala was integrated with that of Krishna Vasudeva.

In summary, Krishna was a deified hero of the Yadava clan. It is likely that the Devakiputra Krishna referenced in the Chandogya Upanishad in the seventeenth Khanda is none other than the Krishna of Yadava clan who was in close contact with the Vrisni clan of Mathura, who worshipped Vasudeva, another deified hero. In fact, some of the contents of the Chandogya Upanishad reverberate in the Mahabharata.

Krishna was opposed to the older Indo-European gods, which tends to confirm their Aboriginal origin. Every year the inhabitants of the various villages worshipped Indra. At that time there was a great flood so as to engulf all those poor villagers in Vrindavan. Krishna carved a cave inside the Govardhana mountain and all flee down there and were saved. Krishna ordered them to worship the Govardhana mountain. In the Vaishnava version of the myth, Indra was replaced by Krishna as the slayer of the dragon serpent, Vritra.

Govinden Thiruvizha is a festival commemorating the worship of Govardhan hill. It is widespread in South India and Mauritius. During the prayers, a large lamp is lit that burns all night. Singing and dancing take place for the whole night. Fasting takes place during the Tamil month of Purattaasi.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review

Jab Harry Met Sejal is not an exciting movie with a lot of undeniable defects. Sejal is the daughter of a wealthy jeweler. She travels to Europe with her family and her boyfriend Rupen. Harry is their tourist guide.

While returning to India, Sejal realized that she had lost the engagement ring, belonging to Rupen's grandmother. The boy threatens to cancel the wedding. Sejal then refuses to leave and, accompanied by Harry, starts searching for the ring. Sejal asks Harry to recite the boyfriend's part to help her remember.

Something in Harry's character and in the interpretation of Shah Rukh Khan touched me. Harry is intriguing. There are shades of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Chak De! India in the corner of Harry, and I could not ask for more.

However, to become a character that is not only intriguing but also interesting, something is missing. Imtiaz Ali, though have clear ideas about Harry. He sneezes with laziness and the sketch is not perfected. Imtiaz remains on the surface and decides not to explore all the potential of Harry.

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The actor takes on the responsibility of an incomplete character and a graceful film. And he goes out well. Sejal, on the contrary, is out of focus. She is unstable. She frustrates liveliness, shyness, and fear. Imtiaz fails to frame her and paints a loud character with a shimmering tone who is partly implausible. Sejal swings, runs, returns, runs back, puzzling both Harry and the spectators.

It seems that in Sejal everything revolves around her sexual insecurity and that Harry is the chosen male to dissolve her. Sejal is a modern heroine, who does not hesitate to ask. She is not modern enough to accept a no as an answer and to reject as a right. Sejal is anarchist, rude, and harassed. But then Harry, against any logic, falls in love.

Anushka Sharma is a diligent actress who engages in the role, but Sejal also escapes her. The result is a nonsense narrative, which suffers from Sejal's moods and gaps. It prevents Harry from blooming fully.

In the end, everything is forgivable from the weak pretext of the ring, unbearable flat script, non-focal dialogs, and repetition. Some aspects are a bit forced since JHMS is basically the story of the relationship between Sejal and Harry. But if one of the two characters does not work, then the structure gets crushed.

After the slowest start for a film with Shahrukh Khan since Jab Tak Hai Jaan in 2012, the collection was less than FAN or the first three days of Dilwale and Raees. Even Don 2 had done better. The reason is quite simple.

Jab Harry Met Sejal was completely rejected by the public. It is the only presence of Shahrukh Khan that has attracted the public to the multiplexes because the word-of-mouth is as negative as the critics in the press.


Designated as the worst Imtiaz Ali movie by many, Jab Harry Met Sejal looks like a huge failure for Shahrukh Khan.
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