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Secluded Getaways During the Pandemic.

Chembra Lake

If you are looking for a place to be for one day or a short weekend trip, this the place for you to be. Chembra lake is the perfect place for a short trek and a scenic beauty destination for a quick getaway. The lake is heart-shaped and well it does tell you something about it. The place is very well maintained and clean and a perfect place to be one with nature. 


Want to embark on a journey of finding yourself or reconnecting yourself with your loved one or your family? This is your place. Bujanbari does not have anything extraordinary but is a place of scenic beauty and resorts which are meant for pleasure and relaxing. The whole purpose of this place is to be one with your own self. It is up to you if you want to just kick back and relax in the resorts or in tents in the mountains and near the stream or you want to hike through the beauty of Bijanbari. It is not a mainstream place but that is a part of it that makes it so great. 


Wow. There are no more words that can describe this place. It is 80 kilometres away from Rishikesh and is on the banks of the river Alaknanda. It has a divine water rafting experience with the water being clearer than crystal. Jayalgarh has tent facilities along the river bank which is a divine experience. The voice of water and the clear sky, away from the city lights makes you feel one with nature. The 25 kilometres long water rafting starts in the river Alaknanda and ends when you enter Ganga through Devpreayag while you are in one of the rivers which make Ganga. The 24 kilometres of hard work pays off when you see yourself merging with Bhagirathi and make Ganga. They let you dive into the river in Devprayag. It is one of the most divine experiences ever. Activities like cliff jumping into the water and floating in the water just makes you feel more alive than ever. 

River Alaknanda flowing through the valleys beside the tents in Jayalgarh


Meghalaya is the hidden gem of India and Laitmawslang is a hidden gem of Meghalaya.  It is a place that has centuries-old tribes and caves with the engravings of the tribes that had lived there way back. The caves are secluded and the sunlight barely penetrates the thick forest and the cave but when it does, it changes the whole face of the cave. The garden caves had access to the underground water which had many medicinal purposes. Say what? I feel like I am in Pirates of the Caribbean. 

The closest domestic airport happens to be in Shillong, which is 52 km away from Laitmawsiang. Many tourists prefer travelling by train, and the nearest railway station is in Guwahati, which is 145 km away from this spot. 


Like doing everything but in peace? Then this is the best place for you to be. Be it a romantic trip or a solo “me” time trip, this place is a perfect match. 

The scenic routes of the forests are just breathtaking and the majestic elephants of Kerala are just a wonder to watch. The Kulamavu dam is just breathtaking beauty and a place where one feels like a part of something bigger and something divine. It is indeed magic. It also has treks and hikes to the Keezharkuthu waterfalls which is a journey worth taking with your friends or alone. 

The famous Keezharkuthu waterfalls a.k.a The Rainbow Waterfalls. 

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The Serpent and Main Aur Charles.

The Bikini Killer, The Serpent and The Splitting Killer or as we all know him,  Charles Shobhraj. This introduction does not in any way glorifies the crimes of that imbecile. Charles Shobhraj was an International criminal. He was imprisoned in different countries for many crimes that he committed including murder but he managed to escape from a lot of them through his exceptional deceiving skills and tactics. He deceived people everywhere he went. His modus operandi was drugging people to procure their money and their passports. It was a time when replacing a photo on the passport was not particularly difficult and he pried on that very fact. The more passports he procured, the more he could fly around and the more people he killed. The facts in the case of Charles had always been hazy and still are hazy. The number of people he has killed remains a mystery but it is around 15 to 20 murders(probably more). He was a womanizer, a deceiving machine and most of all, he was someone who thought he could do whatever he wanted. There are several adaptations of the life of Charles Shobhraj. Today we are going to talk about the two adaptations, Main Aur Charles and The serpent. 

Cast comparison: 

Main Aur Charles is a Bollywood film that was released in the year 2015. The protagonist of the film was portrayed by Charles Sobhraj whilst all the other characters were in a supporting role. The other cast included people like Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain and other minor role characters such as Alexx O’Nell, Mandana Karimi, Vipin Sharma and many more. The cast of the movie was not as well as one would expect. On the other hand, the casting of The Serpent was perfect and on point. All the characters did justice to the roles they were given and totally indulged you in the show. The lack of skilled casting shows a huge impact in the film Main Aur Charles. Most of the casting of the movie is dull. The Indian public connects to this story more because of the use of the Hindi Language and familiar cast. 


One would think that as the story is based on the same person, the two of them might be similar at least in this way but that was not quite the case here. The storyline of Main Aur Charles was good but it did not have a hold like it should have had considering that the life of Charles was pretty interesting. The movie flows in a single direction and has no particular points where everything makes sense to you. It fails to connect all the things happening in the movie simultaneously in a way that interests you.

The Serpent starts at a very good pace. There are multiple things happening at the same time but the starting is confusing at the same time too. There are way too many changes in the timelines at the same time. The worst part was that the changes in the timelines were not in a linear fashion. This made it very confusing to follow and also can make a person uninterested in the initial plot. But as the story goes on, most of the storyline catches up to you but according to me, some part of the timeline remains unclear. Overall, The Serpent has a more compelling storyline. Main Aur Charles was a movie and not an 8 episode story so we cannot expect the same level of depth in the storyline. 


There were many differences in both adaptations but we will talk about the major ones. Charles Sobhraj was also called the Bikini killer because of his exceptional seducing skills and good looks. He was an expert at befriending people and drugging them where he used his exceptional charm. The movie Main ur Charles justifies this seductress image of his by showing intimate scenes of him with different women throughout the movie. The Serpent does not cover this side of him much. He is shown making friends very easily and drugging them even more easily than that but he is not shown as a seducing machine per se. 

One more thing that I like about the Serpent is that the character of Charles is not glorified and not shown as someone who would like a typical “hero”. He is shown for the thug he is, ruthless and evil. Whereas in Main Aur Charles, he is shown as a charming character whom the audiences love and feel like what he is doing is right. This has always been one of the biggest drawbacks of Indian cinema. This has been going on in Bollywood for years which also has led to the setting of many wrong examples for the audiences, especially when the influence is huge multiple things are happening. The Serpent shows the whole life of Charles throughout the series whereas Main Aur Charles focuses on the very late part of his life and fails to show the relevancy where needed. 


The Serpent shows all the timelines and it is very authentic in its portrayal of the places and all the people including the storyline. All the aspects of his life, his modus operandi and the most impressive part of it was the different point of views from which it shows all the things that are happening. It covers the story very well and keeps you interested for the most part. 

Now we come to the portrayal. Tahar Rahim was at his best in his portrayal of Charles. His french was also very much on point and his changing of accent whenever needed was also amazing. Randeep Hooda is an amazing actor but he could not give justice to the character of Charles. I blame it on the poor execution by the director though.

Overall, The serpent exceeds expectations and is a way better portrayal of the life of Charles Sobhraj than Main Aur Charles. 

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Best Bollywood Actors of all time(Top 10)

10. Aamir Khan

You guys are probably wondering, “ Is he top 10 material?”. There was a lot of thought behind this and I think he deserves a place in the top 10. Aamir Khan became famous after the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. This film became the Bobby of its era and was a huge success. But time after time he proved himself again and again by playing different roles and playing them as good as they can be. Also known as Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan has set an example of method acting all over Bollywood ever since his arrival. He did not do many films but when he did one, he made sure it was a masterpiece. Aamir Khan gained whopping 28 kilos for his role in Dangal for which he won many awards for Best Actor and this was not the first time he went to lengths to play a role. He indeed is an inspiration to all the actors of this generation.

9. Om Puri

Om puri is considered to be one of the greats of Bollywood. He had a huge impact on Bollywood as well as the British Film Industry. He was also honoured with Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the British Film Industry in the year 2004 and has also received The Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Bollywood. Om Puri had marked his presence in the industry with his extraordinary performance in the movie Tamas. Om Puri truly was a legend. 

8. Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt had acted in no more than 10 films throughout his career but he was considered as a legend and someone who was way ahead of his time. He lost as many as rs 17 crore producing a film but he recovered all of them the next movie itself. Guru Dutt is at number 8 on this list for his immense contribution to Indian Cinema. He was a visionary who was too ahead of his time. 

7. Nana Patekar

You guys probably know Nana Patekar through memes and his comic roles in Welcome and other films but =he started way back and has been an amazing actor. His performances in the movies like Prahaar and Krantiveer literally sent chills down my spine. Nana Patekar has truly been inspirational to everybody. He also played an amazing villain in the movie Apharan for which he bagged The Filmfare Award for Best Villain. Nana Patekar has proved himself in every role and not only done a good but an amazing job. 

6. Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is one more actor that has proven that theatre produces real actors. He has been in Bollywood since the beginning of time I guess. Naseeruddin Shah has won multiple National and Filmfares for his acting, he has also been honoured with  Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree which shows how big his contribution to the Indian cinema was. 

5. Sanjeev Kumar

Is it just me or he looks better with both his hands? Yes, he was this young when he played the role of an old Thakur in the film Sholay and not only that, he was also nominated for the award of Best Actor for this film. Sanjeev Kumar did not shy away from doing challenging roles which made his impact a huge one on the Film Industry. His double role in the film Angoor was listed among the 25 best acting performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema. Sanjeev Kumar was born in Surat, where he has a road and an auditorium named after him. 

4. Raj Kapoor

Believe me when I say that it was very difficult for me to put this legend all the way back here at number 4. Raj Kapoor was the pioneer in revolutionizing the Indian Film Industry. He introduced new types of movie, new ways of acting, directing, song-writing and singing and whatnot. Raj Kapoor is also known as the Greatest Showman Of Bollywood. He was a genius and has won awards for almost all fields of movie making. Raj Kapoor was an expert in all the feats of movie making. His legendary movie Mera Naam Joke was not appreciated in his time but is now considered to be one of the greatest films in Indian Cinema. Raj Kapoor was famous and loved even in countries like Russia where he was super famous for his acting. 

3. Dilip Kumar

Known as the tragedy King, Dilip Kumar had a big role in Hollywood. He is said to be the one who introduced Method Acting in Bollywood. He has the most number of Filmfares for Best Acting(8).

2. Rajesh Khanna 

Zindagi Badi Honi Chaiye, Lambi nai Babumoshaay. Our number 2 for this list is the one and only Rajesh Khanna. He is said to be the first-ever superstar of Bollywood and that is why deserves his place here.  His acting in Anand still remains immortal. 

1. Amitabh Bachchan 

This man is inarguably the best actor of Bollywood of all time. He is great by so big of a margin that I would give all the places from 1 to 10 to him alone. Amitabh Bachchan has acted for more than 40 years, gabbing the highest number of nominations for the Award for Best Actor. I’d say that the award did not deserve Amitabh. Justifying why he is here would be an insult to his talent. 

Tell me who didn’t make the list that you expected would. Until next time.