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Captivating Our Heart’s Through His Stories: Swaraj Singh

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Swaraj Singh

According to an old saying, “Those who tell the stories rule the world”. They captivate people’s attention and embed ideas into our minds through their stories. Swaraj Singh is one such incredible storyteller. 

Born and raised in a small town of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Swaraj moved to Bangalore for his higher studies. He completed his MBA in marketing. But, to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an actor, he did his diploma in acting. With over six years’ extensive experience in theatre, he learnt the subtle nuances of performing arts. However, his tryst with story-writing began, when Mehak Mirza Prabhu saw his performance and insisted him to write. “Bhookh” was his very first story which was widely appreciated and gave him an overnight recognition.

Inspired by actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and Shahrukh Khan, he has given some award-winning performances in short films like Pyada, Conversation Killer and The trust. He also gained appreciation for his solo theatrical play ‘Redfrock’, where he enacted 17 different characters.

While recalling his story, he states that, “Life changed completely after I left my job in Bangalore and came to pursue my dreams in Mumbai. I lost my dad at the start of my career which was the turning point. I was not earning then and being the only child was very challenging as the financial pressure mounted enormously. I am very lucky to have a supportive family. My mother is my biggest strength, as she has always stood beside, while my sister Mehak is my guiding light.” 

As a true artist, he is also mentoring budding writers through his initiative named IS-KOOL. In this an online-offline school he trains young writers and storytellers. Conclusively, in his message to all those young dreamers, he states that “Just listen to your heart and chase your dreams. Education is must so it’s always advisable to complete the degree before choosing unconventional careers. Honestly talking to the parents about your dreams is also very essential, because they are the backbone of your foundation. The road to success is never a smooth one, so be prepared for the challenges and hardship and always remember that “NOTHING” in life comes easy. The great thing comes only with great sacrifices.”

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Desperate Times Call For Some Amazing Humour!

In the past few months, as things seem desperately incurable it will do us good to remember
that laughter truly is the best medicine.

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Enticing laughter is truly one of the hardest things to do. Now, more than ever we could all do with a little guffaw or a smirk or even a simple smile. As we see the world spit out more and more disheartening headlines by the hour, some people take it upon themselves to spread joy and laughter because really, what else is life really about? A shared moment of happiness will make a home in your mind for the rest of your living days.

We bring you two such comics who, much like the alchemist’s stone, have turned our gloomy morose days into fun using amazing with and commentary. On September 21st, Munawar Faruqi released an eight-minute set entitled ‘Pubg, Arnab and Drugs’, which are definitely few terms nobody has been able to escape from in the last few days. Filled with witty commentary and hidden political discourse, this one will make you laugh and also feel energised about your place in the world and what you can do to make it as ethical as possible. Just on the brink of a million views, Faruqi’s skill and timing in this video stand apart on their own.

Credits: YouTube (Munawar Faruqui)

It is very difficult to streamline the world of comedy, there are a vast number of ways to make a person laugh and many comedians mould themselves into their unique ‘brands’. Some make it musical (a la Bo Burnham) and some like to keep it observational (like Kenny Sebastian), but there truly is no label that could encapsulate Gaurav Kapoor’s intuition and skill. In a video titled ‘Dollars and Happy Birthday’, he shows us a glimpse of a show conducted over zoom in which he tickles many funnybones of people from all around the globe. He brought forth a feeling of unity and togetherness tied through a string of jokes and punches. Surely, not one to miss out on!

Credits: YouTube (Gaurav Kapoor)

Disclaimer: The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the performances belong solely to the artists and the performers and do not represent those of The Talented Indian. The platform is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of any information contained in the performances. 

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Stories That Will Change the Way You Think

These stories presented by Tape A Tale and Live By FnP Media refer to a lifelong priceless lesson that takes an artist to figure out and spread the word.

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Ahmad Faraz

Stories are shrouded with emotions, creativity, and dialogue but when they are resonated into a poem, the beauty of it reaches to an unimaginable level. A simple story when turned into a poem and recited appropriately can mesmerize the spectator in every way.

Tape A Tale and Live By FnP Media are two of the biggest platforms to nurture and promote artistic thinking of storytelling and poem recitation. They leave no stone unturned while doling out an opportunity to all those who believe to be creative and help them prove their mettle.

It’s very noble of these platforms to help those little poets of the country who wish to spread their word out of different opinions they possess. Writer’s creativity portrays a simple concept into a life lesson if needed for. The beauty of that is spectacular and inspires millions.

These storytellers have put forward their life lessons into a poem and wish to inspire people and make an impact.

Kartik Chandna presented an extremely beautiful realistic story of his childhood that led him to connect the dots towards a priceless life lesson. A small cardamon that made a change in his life led him to inspire other people with this lesson since it was an unprecedented perception of a situation that no one could figure.

Credits: YouTube (Tape A Tale)

Kena Shree symbolized the importance of lack of personal interaction due to social media influence over the people of the country. She presented an effectively common perception by the people online who are insensitive towards other’s feelings and led her to recite a story about it. She explained how social media has created a wall between reality and the digital world.

Credits: YouTube (Tape A Tale)

Ahmed Faraz in this story features himself as a child and shares his experience of the time when Paise still held importance. His beautiful representation of life and the childhood version f his had similarity that no one seems to notice.

Credits: YouTube (Live By FnP Media)
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Hilarious Stand-up Performances by Renowned Comedians

Bringing you the knee-slapping performances by Comedians Urooj Ashfaq, Vipul Goyal, Gaurav Kapoor, and Zakir Khan will tickle you to death.

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Laughter is the best medicine, they say, but during these difficult times, we haven’t been able to get hold of the dose. The standup performances we used to go to served us as the refreshment of the day and made us laugh to release all our stress. Surfing through these standup performances by renowned comedians can help relive those moments of happiness. Let’s go through some of them:

Vipul Goyal in this amazing standup performance sells out jokes about his uncle and engineers only eligible for arranged marriages. He also speaks about awkward and interesting dreams that people have and jokes about them being so adventurous.

Credits: YouTube (Vipul Goyal)

Urooj Ashfaq, a renowned standup comedian, has performed at hundreds of places around the country and comes up with yet another performance where she talks about Casual relationships and their repercussions.

Credits: YouTube (Urooj Ashfaq)

Gaurav Kapoor in this good-humoured performance does some crowd work and entertains them with interesting questions about audience’s life and their journey and tries to make jokes on them.

Credits: YouTube (Gaurav Kapoor)

Zakir Khan, the popular and extremely funny standup comedian uploads another entertaining performance about crappy relationships and their being. He speaks about all those little embarrassing and funny things couples do.

Credits: YouTube (Zakir Khan)

Disclaimer: The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the performances belong solely to the artists and the performers and do not represent those of The Talented Indian. The platform is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of any information contained in the performances.

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A ‘Shameless’ Girl’s Audacity to Fly: A Story By Shreya Chadal

Women are expected to fit in a poorly built structure of patriarchal society, to sacrifice their base desires and lay bound in fetters of taboo of dos and don’ts.

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“Shameless girl” a story by Shreya Chadal staged by tape a tale deals with the themes of suppressed emotions and desires of women. Simplistic plot with domestic narrative makes the realism of oppression of dreams of women roars with the same intensity by which their voice is oppressed.

Set in the late 20th century and a small town of Karimnagar in Telangana, story begins with a little girl Sarita’s fascination on seeing a ‘silver bird’, an airplane, flying high in the sky and the girl then dreams of exploring the limitless sky with her own flight. As a girl woman weave dreams with the finest of threads but turning into a woman the very loom of the weaver is broken by the expectations of social conduct which take away their freedom of choice. The little girl of the story grows up inclined towards fashion designing. She makes a proposition of pursuing her passion as her career but ill taboos revolving around the career mark the end of the argument and the girl as ‘shameless’.

Fast forward in 21st century the little girl is a mother now with a daughter who wants to pursue theatre. The same superstitious society with its own perceptions stands ready to dart its arrows of suppression. Will the mother help her daughter fly or will she follow the cascading lessons and be amongst the oppressors? The climax of the story deals with this question and choice between bearing subjugation and revolution.

The story reflects that even in the contemporary times, the caged structure in which women are trapped, loosely called as filial obligation, is still prevalent. A woman is still expected to be altruistic towards the assassinators of her dream. It is now left for the listener’s curiosity to discover whether the story would end as a happy one or as a tragedy, like a woman’s life.  

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Knee Slapping Standup Performances: Get Ready to Laugh Till You Cry

Laughter is the best medicine, they say, well, in that case, standup comedians must earn a fortune every day. Click here to get your daily dose of laughter.

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Jeeya Sethi

Laughter is the best medicine, they say, well, in that case, standup comedians must earn a fortune every day, Isn’t it? While acknowledging the subject of stand up comedy, it is a whole another world in itself, very few individuals get a chance to visit and live into that world.

It takes years and years to build a career in this field, you got to be extremely funny in order to be successful. It takes real guts to perform in front of an audience and make them laugh, you cannot afford to be nervous, even if you are you can’t show, hence very few individuals make it.

So, here we bring you a peek to those few individuals that are not just responsible to make people laugh, but also to win their hearts at the same time. 

Have a look at the stand-up comedy by Gaurav Gupta, describing his mother’s grudges and experiences, along with his visits abroad.

Zakir Khan, the sensational, and extremely talented surprises us with another bang in this hilarious video talking about different tales of his life and his middle-class observations.

Check out the very funny and humorous video of Ms Jeeya Sethi expressing his peculiar views about falling in love at an odd age of thirty-eight.

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