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Throwback Thursday to The Best Actress of Her Time: Waheeda Rehman

On the birth anniversay of one of the the ledendary actress of her times, we bring you her story with some of her most iconic songs.'/



Waheeda Rehman

“I’ve never feared the future”

Beautifully and honestly she described herself in a line, the evergreen and incomparable Waheeda Rehman. 

There’s no one like her, she was the gem of her era. Born in 1938, she is one of the refined and classic actresses Bollywood has ever been exposed to. She was not just a good actress but a woman with integrity, she had conditions put before the director for her very first film by having to choose the outfit she wears and keep her name intact after all the suggestions for her to change her name to a more attractive one.

She was a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and used to perform at various shows when she caught the eye of a Telugu Film Director who ended up offering her a Telugu film to start off with. After her tremendous hard work and incredible performance in the film Girish Dutt, a popular Bollywood film director decided to offer her a role in a Hindi film.

Till the end of her time, even still, she considers Girish Dutt as her mentor not because he introduced her to the industry but also because she was able to follow a trustworthy path with him along the way of her success.

She began with performing item numbers in few of the Bollywood films, and then proceeded with few other roles in Tamil and Telugu industry and finally had her debut through a supporting role in CID 1956 directed by Raj Khosla. The success of that film led Girish Dutt to offer her a leading role of a prostitute in Pyaasa 1957. 

After, many successful movies, she had created her mark in the industry and initiated with her peak-era when she did numbers like “Chaudhvin ka Chaand” that got colossal appreciation by the international critics too and was the very first India’s official entry to Oscars. She was also nominated for the best-supporting actress for the film at Filmfare. After her long and incredible career in the film industry, 1974 was the year when she decided to get married to Shashi Rekh also known as Karanjit.

Her peak continued when she started to star against other superstars such as Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra etc. She has done incredible roles which have inspired quite a lot number of people and she kept doing so after so many years when she also appeared in iconic films like Rang de Basanti, Delhi 6, which are one of the best hit films of Bollywood and will always be remembered.

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Watch This Rivetingly Emotional Performance Called ‘Gudiya’ By Swaraj Singh.

Where poignant storytelling meets gruelling realities of life, hope is born. A hope that tomorrow bears a safer sky and justice for all.



Swaraj Singh

Trigger Warning: Rape

Somewhere in the day-to-day business of life, we forget that simple innocence which used engulf us as a child. A ‘Gudiya’ or a doll is an embodiment of exactly that. It is a symbol of love, innocence and child-like wonder which affirms our faith in all that is good in the world. Nobody is born with a cold heart, but with an innate wonder and most of all; kindness. But what if that doll is cruelly snatched away from you? What if you are hunted and brutalised for no fault of your own?

Written and performed by Swaraj Singh, ‘Gudiya’ speaks of a heartbreaking told many times in our country. He delicately and deftly takes us through the harsh realities of rape, by focusing on a doll, and how that life is extinguished. Unfortunately, this heinous crime still spreads rapidly in our country, curbing many in deep fear.

It is time to stop ‘moving on’ from these tragedies and seek the justice that is owed. It is time that the ‘Gudiya’ is safe and free enough to dream big and be whoever she wants to be. We haven’t lost our trust in the power of human goodness just yet, and wherever there are such voices; there is movement. The only way out is forward. Notions of victim-shaming and mental abuse of survivors must get dismantled. We cannot allow our dolls to suffer in silence while the abusers run free. With awareness about consent and sex education, the future seems bright. With voices like Swaraj’s, touching our hearts, I am left with no doubts that the goodness within people will be invigorated. Activism and solidarity will win, with the flag of kindness waving in the proud sky.

Never forget, every great change begins with a single ripple!

Credits: YouTube (Swaraj Singh)
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Celebrating the Legendary Harivansh Rai Bachchan and His Perpetual Words

Remembering one of the most celebrated Hindi Indian poets, we delve into the life of Harivansh Rai Bachchan and his poetry.



Harivansh Ri Bachchan

“Madhur prateeksha hi jab itni, priye tum aate toh kya hota?” Prateeksha by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

These lines translate to, “When waiting is so sweet, dear lover, what would have happened if you had actually come?” turning anguish into something beautiful.

Bachchan was born during the British Raj, on the 27th of November 1907 in Babupatti village of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. As his autobiography details, he grew up in a large brahmin family wound up in financial problems. Up until graduation, he studied in Allahabad and then moved abroad.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the first Indian to receive a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. Not only did he write over 30 collections of exemplary poetry, but he was also a great translator. Deciphering the words of esteemed poets like Omar Khayyam, Shakespeare and Yeats, he translated all their works in Hindi. While he is considered to be a pioneer of Hindi romantic poetry, he wrote on a number of issues including politics and philosophy.

One of his most famous poems, Madhushala is an accurate depiction of this. Translating to ‘House of Wine’ the poem uses wine to symbolize life, death, love, artistic expression and belief. His take on ‘god’ is closer to Sufi ideals. The poem also touches on ‘lover’s anguish’ as he delves into the artist psyche calling himself the slave of his own work.

“Mitti ka tan, masti ka man, kshan bhar jeevan – mera parichay,” is how he describes himself. A body of clay, mind full of play, a moment’s life – that’s me. The torch bearer of Chayavaad movement in Hindi Literature or the romantic upsurge, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was known for the lyricism of his poems. You can always hear a hint of rebelliousness in the poetry of this legendary artist.

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Meet Seema Dhaka: Heroic Delhi Cop Rescued 76 Children and Got Promoted

Seema Dhaka is the first Delhi Police personnel to get an out-of-turn promotion for saving the lives of 76 children – 56 of them being under the age of 14.



Seema Dhaka

Head constable at Delhi Samaypur Badli Police Station, Seema Dhaka, worked for 2.5 months to trace and reunite 76 missing children with their families. These children were not only from Delhi but also from West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Noida, Bihar etc.

The Commissioner of Police had issued an incentive scheme. This scheme encouraged the police personnel to recover 50 or more children below the age of 14. If they could to do this within 12 months, constables/ head constables will be rewarded with out-of-turn promotion. Seema Dhaka is the first female head constable who rescued 76 children in less than 3 months.

33 year old, Dhaka sacrificed her own family time as she worked extra shifts to find these children. “I could feel what the children felt being separated from their parents, what the parents felt on losing their children. That motivated me to work harder,” she says as the mother of an 8-year-old herself.

One of Dhaka’s most challenging cases was rescuing a 7-year-old who went missing around 5 years ago. She had to cross two rivers in a flood-hit area, in West Bengal. Every rescue, every case posed its own challenges, yet she successfully brought joy to all these families. The now assistant sub-inspector was also tested positive for Covid-19 in early July this year. She started work as soon as her body permitted her.  

Seema Dhaka talks about her family’s support in her career and how it has helped her achieve her success. Most days she would be unable to be home for dinner, but her mother in law would send tiffin. Never demanding her presence in festivals or when guests came home, her entire family always encouraged her to prioritize her job. Dhaka joined the Delhi Police in 2006. Her husband is also a Head Constable.

We, at The Talented Indian, salute not just officers like her, but also the families behind such strong officers.

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Rani Lakshmi Bai: The Untold Story of a Young Girl Before She Became the Queen of Jhansi

On the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmi Bai, the virtuous queen of Jhansi let’s take a look at her life as a feisty young girl.



Rani Laxmi Bai

Growing up, we’ve all learned about the fearless Queen of Jhansi in our school history textbooks. We’ve heard tales of her courageous fights against the British. Rani Lakshmi Bai was a symbol of resistance against the British Rule. But her life wasn’t always like this. There was a time back in 1828 when she was just a young girl named Manikarnika Tambe.

Manikarnika was born on the 19th of November, amidst the Ghats of Varanasi. She was the only daughter of Bhagirathi and Moropant Tambe. Tambe was an advisor in the court of Maratha Peshwas and a close friend of the Baji Rao’s brother, Chimaji Appa.

Her playfulness earned her the name ‘Manu’. In fact, Baji Rao lovingly called young Rani Lakshmi Bai, ‘Chhabili’. But after the tragic loss of her mother, Tambe had to raise her by himself. Instead of playing with other girls, she grew up around weapons with Nana Saheb and Tantia Tope who were much older than her.  

This one time young Manu wanted to ride an elephant just like Nana Saheb. But his refusal hurt her caused a lasting impact. She made a promise that day – for each elephant that Nana Saheb has, she would own 10. And lo behold! The legendary Rani Lakshmi Bai does keep her promise.

Manikarnika proved her strength repeatedly. In fact, at the age of 7, she saved the life of 18-year-old Nana Saheb. His horse had suddenly gone out of complete, while he was riding. She didn’t just calm the horse down but also saved him from getting trampled.

At the age of 14, she married the King of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao, and the rest is history. Her struggles will be remembered and her death will be honoured because “Khoob Ladi Mardnai Voh Toh, Jhansi Waali Rani Thi!”

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Heighten Your Joyous Diwali Celebrations With Some Invigorating Poetry

As we all lay expectant of the bustling week of Diwali, let us experience the world differently through these evocative poetic pieces.




Every year we find ourselves feeling a little jittery and nervous as the months of October-November pass us by. It’s Diwali time! As the anticipation builds and settles, one feels the acute need to pause and celebrate life. It has been this way for many centuries now,  and every once in a while the whole nation lights up with such fervour, that it might even serve as a beacon to some stranded astronaut. As I stand ready on Diya-duty once again, I wonder what has made Diwali so special that it has pertinently lived on for so long? Then it struck me: We all love the idea to overcome strenuous hurdles to enjoy togetherness. Just like Lord Ram. Alright, enough preamble now.

It is in this spirit that we bring you some of the most incredible pieces of poetry. Written by Sameer Kamboj ‘Rishton ki Diwali’ is resonant, to say the least. The distancing we face is not always physical. Somewhere, as we grew up, we built walls around people and forgot that the greatest gift is the gift of powerful relationships. The theme gorgeously reminds us to let this Diwali be an excuse to bring ourselves closer. 

Credits: SKC World

Penned by Rachna Sahal is a very beautiful piece titled ‘Chalo is Diwali Ek Anokha Diya Jalaayein’. Her arrangement of words and narrating abilities can leave you speechless. Her piece will inspire you to light a lamp against all the negativity you unwittingly foster and share in the joy of giving back to those who are less fortunate.

Poem & Kahaniyan

In this occasion of togetherness, there are many who are not able to partake. The need to be around ‘your’ people is overwhelming enough to succumb you. Such is the power expressed by popular stand-up comedian Zakir Khan’s short poetry. Titled ‘Ghar Nahi Jaa Paaya Iss Baar’ it will make you run back home!

Zakir Khan

Following a similar, theme we must remember that there are those for whom duty takes precedence over the celebration. There are many families who await the arrival of the brave sons and daughters who sacrifice so that we can have the opportunity to be happy. ‘Diwali Pe Ghar Aayoge’ will give you a much needed emotional perspective

Credits:Sugar Zindagi

Clearly, the power of this festival is as splendid as are its lights! We wish everybody a very happy Diwali!

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