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Best of oscar winning editing

It’s often said that editing either makes or breaks the film. Metaphorically speaking, it’s like carving an idol from a block of stone. Hours of raw footage has to be trimmed down into minutes of the final film, with the basic goal of making the film intelligible. Moreover, thousands of creative decisions have to be made while editing to bring out the essence of the story, its emotional appeal, and the desired audience reaction. Editing is often the difference between an average film and a great one. 

The craft of editing is as artistic as it is technical; the answer lies in using the techniques artistically. A single frame here or there changes the whole ambience of the scene. Thus, an editor has to keep in mind the impact they want the scene to have on the viewer and then use the tools at their disposal in the best way to land that impact. 

The tools used for editing may have come a long way, highly capable editing software has replaced the mechanical cutters on which editors used to cut films (film strips). But, the irreplaceable tool is instinct. Editing is referred to by many as an invisible art, the art which gives a film its flow. And for it to be invisible, it should have an organic flow to it, and concurrently have an emotional impact on the audiences. This can only be achieved through the instinct of an editor.

In this article, we will explore the films which have been Oscar acclaimed for editing, through the years.

  1. Ford v Ferrari (2019): The latest recipient of the honour, the film is not just another action movie about racing, rather it’s about the passion which drives an individual. For the audience to feel that passion, they must feel and relate to each character’s motivation, which has been achieved through captivating editing. The buildup in each sequence has a befitting reward to it, the rising tensions have equivalent relief to it, which gives this movie its unique flow. 
Ford v Ferrari
  1. Dunkirk (2017): It’s an accomplishment for a film with such minimal dialogue to communicate emotions so effectively. It takes skilful editing to mesh three different timelines, in a way that the tension in each timeline is continuously rising. (Taking away nothing from the scintillating sound design and cinematography). The editing gives each sequence a sense of urgency, anticipation and tension, which are the essential elements to a story of evacuating soldiers from the clinches of the enemy.
  1. Whiplash (2014): Whiplash is one of the few films which are so dominantly controlled by editing. The editor Tom Cross has edited the conversation sequences in such a brilliant way that it silently makes us feel what the characters are going through. The same can be said about the drumming sequences which are so crisp and engaging, they don’t let your eyes off the screen even for the briefest of moments. The editing gives the character the authority they should have with the context of the story.
  1. The Girl With The Golden Tattoo (2009): The Girl With The Golden Tattoo is an outstanding illustration of how one should edit conversation scenes. For a non-action film to win for its editing speaks a ton about its craft! The other notable thing is the way they have edited the background score with the visuals. The editing of a scene determines what the power dynamics are between characters and what the audience should focus on. Picking up shots lifts the appeal of the scene requires masterful visual storytelling!
The Girl With The Golden Tattoo
  1. The Aviator – (2004): The Aviator encompasses a lot of aspects of the protagonist’s life, there are a lot of layers to the story. Be it his slow descending to critical OCD, personal life or professional life. Thelma Schoonmaker (the editor) is an expert when it comes to editing technique, her 3 Oscars for editing is a testament to it. Though some techniques may drift away from realistic cinema,  it does deliver the impact; for example, the scenes when the OCD and germaphobia struck. 
The Aviator
  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998): Unlike what most war films highlight, Saving Private Ryan focuses on the vulnerabilities of the soldiers in a hostile war environment. The film takes you so dreadingly close to the battle and gives the viewer a first-hand experience of what the soldiers in war have to face. It explores human emotions so well because of its editing. The edit of the film as a whole and for individual sequences complement each other. Each battle scene has tension and the film as a whole has peaks of tensions and equivalent relief. 
Saving Private Ryan
  1. The Matrix (1999): To fit so much information in under 150 minutes requires masterful editing. The Matrix is a very rare combination of sci-fi with extraordinary storytelling. The transition between the two scenes is noteworthy! It keeps the audience puzzled as to what is real and what is a dream. The challenge for the editors in such a concept heavy film is to keep the film crisp and also convey the concept to the audience. The Matrix is not only crisp overall, but also the individual scenes.  
The Matrix
  1. Apollo 13 (1995): A film about a journey to the moon has to be one with a lot of tension and suspense. Apollo 13 was not just about the journey and what goes into it, it was about the emotions that people around the mammoth task goes through. Through its brilliant intercutting we understand the emotions of each involved party. The extent to which the emotions are conveyed is subjective to each viewer, but most will agree that Apollo 13 is one of the most impactful space movies. 
Apollo 13
  1. Schindler’s List (1993): A movie on a topic such as the holocaust needs to be treated with the utmost sensitivity. Schindler’s List explores the human emotions of people involved in such a horrific tragedy. Be it Schindler’s character journey (transition from a profit-hungry businessman to a saviour of numerous lives) or the horrors of the holocaust, the edit does justice to it. It’s the invisible craft of editing which is working on an audience who empathize with what’s going on the screen.
Schindler’s List
  1. Raging Bull (1980): A classic, whose editing technique still inspires filmmakers. The stand out editing for this film has to be the boxing sequences. Just through the editing (of course other aspects too), the audience can perceive the mental state in which the protagonist is. The transition between his personal life and his life in the ring gives us a clear picture as to how both those lives are intricately woven. The editing helps Raging Bull stick out of all the other boxing films. 
Raging Bull
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The Born of India’s Superstars.

Answer: The director didn’t find Amjad Khan’s voice to be heavy enough for Gabbar’s role in the movie, so Danny Denzongpa was considered for this role. As he was busy with the movie, Dharmatma, the role eventually ended up with Amjad Khan who also won a Filmfare for this role. 

The two superstars of Bollywood were considered to be Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. Rajesh Khanna was known as the King of romance in his time. Girls were so crazy for him that “Woh khud ki maang main Rajesh Khanna ki naam ka sindoor lagate thay”. 

It is said that girls used to pick up the dirt from where Rajesh Khanna’s car used to pass and use it as sindoor. They both teamed up for a masterpiece in the year 1971. Rajesh Khanna was already a superstar but Amitabh was not recognized by the people so much before this film. 

This film was written by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar. The movie moves at a very normal pace with the story unfolding at a steady pace. The amazing dialogues and philosophy in the movie are complemented by Rajesh Khanna’s flawless acting and execution. The film teaches us many truths of life and how we take time for granted. The dialogues in the film like, “Babumushoi, zindagi badi honi chahiye … lambi nahin”, 

“ Babumushoi, zindagi aur maut upar waale ke haath hai…

Usse na toh aap badal sakte hai na main…

Hum sab to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hai jinki dor upar waale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hai.”,

“ Hum aane waale gham ko kheench taan kar aaj ki khushi pe le aate hai… aur us khushi mein zehar ghol dete hai” and many more masterpieces which made this movie a timeless classic. The movie was very subtle in its way of teaching us life lessons. The protagonist of the film, Anand, is going to die in 6 months but still is full of life and constantly happy. The cameos from Daara Singh and Jhonny Walker just add to the masterpiece. 

 Amitabh Bachchan shared an anecdote regarding this film that he went to a petrol pump on the day of the release of the film. Before the release of the film, nobody recognized him but when he went to the same petrol pump for a refill, the same day after the film was released, everybody recognised him. Such was the impact of a Rajesh Khanna film on the public. 

Personally, Anand had a big impact on my life growing up. An old film with family turned into a life lesson I had not expected. The climax of the film left me in tears but also taught me one very important thing. 

Be not in grief for what has passed but be happy for the fact that it happened. Because, “Anand mara nahi….. Anand marte nahi!”

The history of Bollywood is very big and it has unending anecdotes, after this will be our last blog about the history but fear not because picture abhi baaki hai mere dost. Following is going to be a new blog thread. Stay tuned to find out. 

Trivia question: On whom was the film Anand based? And who all were considered for the role of Anand before it went to Rajesh Khanna?

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All About Amitabh.

Answer: Kishore Kumar had sung songs in 8 different languages(Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Malayalam, Oriya and Kannada.) throughout his career. 

Saathiyo swaagat hai aapka ek aur blog pe. Toh chalye shuru karte hai….
PS: Try and read it in heavy Amitabh Bachchan KBC voice. 

The most revolutionary decade of the Indian film Industry was the 70s and 80s. In the year 1970, the term Bollywood was used for the first time. It was a play on the word Hollywood. The “B” in Bollywood was because of Bombay(Now Mumbai) because the whole industry was based in Bombay at the time and still is. 

The 70s and 80s

Mera Naam Joker was the second movie ever after Sangam with 2 intervals. Mera Naam Joker was not acclaimed at its time but is considered a gem now. It depicted the parts of a joker’s life and was a grief packed film. 

This decade brought many changes in Bollywood. This decade was also dominated by romantic musicals but that changed halfway because of the rowdy entry of Salim Javed which changed the structure of Bollywood. This duo consisted of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. They introduced gritty and action-packed films in Bollywood.  The genres which were not so much developed before came into the picture this decade. Movies on subjects like Bombay underworld and the socio-political issues were made in this decade. This saw a boom in the audiences because it was something they had never seen before and also something they could relate to. The movies also depicted a certain kind of mass discontent of the people of India. This has also played an important part in the impact that Bollywood has on the mass in India. 

Some of Salim Javed’s masterpieces were Seeta Aur Geeta, Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Don and Kaala Patthar. These all movies were released in just one decade. 

Zanjeer depicted Amitabh as an angry and righteous police officer. The image of Amitabh Bachchan really became an epitome for the youth at that time. The famous line, 

“ Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaaye sharafat se khade raho … yeh police station hai … tumhare baap ka ghar nahi “ took the public by storm and also gave Amitabh his famous nickname, Angry young man. 

Amitabh bachan

Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer. 

The movie Deewar was another stepping stone to his success where he played a gangster who goes against his own brother(A police officer). This was an era of amazing dialogues.

Another ground-breaking movie of this decade was, Sholay. Sholay was, is and always will be the epitome of the success of Bollywood. It changed how people looked at Bollywood. It had everything, friendship, action, romance and very subtle and amusing comedy. From direction to acting to costumes to music to storytelling, everything was on point in this movie. Sholay was not well received at the beginning but later on, went to become the most successful Bollywood movie of all time. Considering inflation, Sholay is still the highest-grossing film of all time.

In the next blog, we will talk about a philosophical classic and an acting masterpiece(Can you guess the movie?) and move onto the next decades of Bollywood.

Trivia: Who was considered for the role of Gabbar instead of Amjad Khan?

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An Inaccurate Success

Mughal E Azam


An Inaccurate Success.

Posted on  by desairaj17

 Mona darling, next blog kaha hai? Hold our horses people, here we are with the next blog.

*happy tears*

Answer: Nargis was 28 years old when she played the role of the mother in Mother India. 

 The late 60s, 70s and 80s was a time where the effect of the previous stars began to show on the industry. The previous era was called the golden era because it gave a kickstart to Indian cinema and shaped the upcoming generation of films and actors. So without further ado, let us start. In this era, many revolutionary and also movies which defined a generation came out. Let us see some of them. 

In the year 1960, the film Mughal-e-Azam was released. This movie became a sensation in India and also became the first movie to be digitally coloured and re-released. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of that time and held that feat for about 15 years. Though the film was acclaimed for its attention to detail of the costumes and sets, it had a huge flaw in details as far as the story and historical aptness is concerned. 

Mughal E Azam
Mughal E Azam

Before and after adding colours. 

The movie had huge flaws in the storyline. The historical events on which the whole story existed, were totally false. i.e the existence of Anarkali, Salim being a romantic lover(he was a brute who often beat people to death). In the movie, the base of Salim’s rebellion was his will to marry Anarkali. These facts have no basis whatsoever. There were many more inaccuracies in the movie but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the greatest movies of all time. 

The acting of Prithviraj Kapoor became the epitome of method acting in that era. It was said that for his impactful walk in the movie, he practised walking in the hot sand in a desert. 

Facts: Almost the entire cast of the movie was changed from when it was originally decided. The movie was postponed multiple times. The reasons being, the financier had moved to Pakistan after Independence, the actors of the movie died(some of them) and political unrest between India and Pakistan due to the Partition in the year 1947. 

Later that decade, another masterpiece named Padosan was released. This was a musical masterpiece and also one of the greatest comedies of Indian cinema. I first saw this movie with my whole family. My grandfather and father are big fans of music and classic comedies. Watching this movie was like eating popcorn. Doesn’t have any weight but is super fun to eat and also is tasty. Acting legends like Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar were a part of this film. Kishore Kumar once again showed his prowess in music by composing the song Meri pyaari Bindu. 

Kishore Kumar is a legend of the industry but his life was affected by many unfortunate events. 

It all started when he made comments opposing Indira Gandhi during the Golden Temple incident. Many people opposed her but none were as famous as Kishore Kumar. This made his life miserable. He was targeted left and right in terms of taxes. It was banned to play songs of Kishore Kumar on All India Radio(Which was because he refused to sing for an Indian National Congress rally ). He officially stated that he was not happy and that his life was being tampered with. He was so unhappy that in frustration he made 2 movies with the motive of them to fail so that he can show losses and has to pay fewer taxes. One of these movies was Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi which was exceptionally well received and turned out to be a hit on the box office. Kishore Kumar was furious and gave all the rights of the film to his secretary, Anoop Sharma. 

That will be it for today, people. Until next time.

Trivia Question: In how many languages did Kishore Kumar sang songs despite not having any vocal training whatsoever?

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The story behind the Masterpiece: Mother India


Story behind the Masterpiece: Mother India

Posted on  by desairaj17

Aaj khush toh bahot hoge tum? Yes, we are back with yet another blog.
Trivia answer: The person in the photo in the last blog was not Nawazuddin Siddiqui(Told you already), it was Saadat Hasan Manto. 

Bollywood was booming, films like Pyaasa, Awaara, Shree 420, Aan are some of the masterpieces of the time. Then came Mother India and broke the industry. Mother India became the first-ever Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Awards. It was nominated for the award for Best International Feature Film. It still is one of the highest earning films in Bollywood.
This movie was actually a remake of the movie Aurat(1940) which was directed by Mehmood as well. The movie did not receive similar praise and response from the public as the remake.
The title of the remake had a purpose behind it. In the year 1927, an American historian Katherine Mayo wrote the book Mother India which was concentrated on criticising the Indian way of living. In this book, he only concentrated on the bad treatment of the women, the dirt in the country, the marriage of young girls and problems arising from them,the treatment of the untouchables(later known as Harijans)and the bad character of the politicians. There was a huge outrage because of this book as this book gave shape to the way Americans’ point of view of India. Though the facts in the book were true and depicted the alarming status of the country, the people believed that it only showed the bad side and did not capture the whole thing. Many books were written by Indian authors as a response to this book. 

To rebuke this book, Mehmood named the remake of his movie Aurat, Mother India.

The movie depicted the situation of the farmers, a mother’s undying love for her children and how far can she go for the honour of her and her family. The movie was a masterpiece in terms of direction story and music. We will know more about the songs of this movie during the ‘ songs that defined a generation’ blog series. (spoiler alert).

In this movie, Radha(Nargis), had to do a scene where she is running between haystacks on fire to find her in film son Birju(Sunil Dutt) had to save him. Due to wind and other problems, the fire could not be controlled and Nargis really got trapped in the fire. Despite the attempts, the fire was not controlled. Sunil Dutt stepped up and jumped into the fire with a blanket and saved Nargis. The film shooting was stopped temporarily because both of them had sustained injuries. During the recuperation of Sunil Dutt, Nargis tended to his wounds which eventually led her to fall in love with Sunil Dutt

A rare photo of Nargis tending to Sunil Dutt’s wounds after the fire scene.

Due to the same reason, Nargis even had problems where she had to do a scene where she had to beat Birju( Sunil Dutt ) with a stick. . Nargis wanted to get married just after finishing the shooting of the film but was advised against it by the filmmakers because they thought that a mother and son(in the movie) and the characters getting married in real life would harm the film’s reputation. That’s it for this blog and we will be back soon with more history and more interesting facts about the golden era of Bollywood. 

Trivia: What was Nargis’s age when she played the role of the mother in Mother India. 

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The Beginning of Glam in India- Stepping Stones.



The Beginning of Glam in India- Stepping Stones.

Posted on  by desairaj17

Welcome back!

So we left off at how Alam ara changed the course of Bollywood.

The last blog’s trivia question was, ‘After the release of Alam ara, how many weeks did the theatres go full house?’
The answer is:8 weeks. 

Today we will see the arc which made Bollywood rise to popularity. Toh chaliye shuru karte hai!

After Alam ara, the next landmark came in the year 1937, which saw the release of Bollywood’s first colour film, Kisan Kanya. However, the colour film could not create a huge ruckus as the first talkie but colour films did become a thing in the late 50s. 

Bollywood’s first Devdas was released way back in the year 1936, (Did not star Shahrukh Khan for sure) which itself was made from the story written by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee. 

In the year 1943, India saw the arrival of the movie Kismet, which became the first blockbuster of Indian cinema. It earned Rs 1 crore (gross) with a budget of just 2 lakhs. (50 times more money.) This movie was based on a novel by the great Saadat Hasan Manto.

Trivia: Kismet ran for three years in a theatre in Kolkata. 

Trivia: Saadat Hasan Manto was tried for obscenity 6 times but he was never convicted. He is considered to be one of the greatest Urdu writers of all time. He was famous for writing about the hard and cold truths of the society that no one would talk about. His most famous work is Thanda Ghost (Cold flesh). 

The films released in India at the time were based on the Independence movement and the disparities prevalent in India which inspired a lot of filmmakers and lyricist.

Achut Kanya, Neecha Nagar, Devdas, Do Bigha Zaminare some of them. 

The decade that followed became the Golden Era of Bollywood. 

Films took a turn towards a more romantic and hero based way depicting cultural problems at the same time which rose the popularity of Bollywood immensely. 

The movie Awara(1951) created a huge buzz in Bollywood and made Bollywood popular internationally. The sizzling chemistry of Nargis and Raj Kapoor, amazing storyline and amazing music made this film a blockbuster. The film became famous in countries like Russia, Turkey, countries of Europe and Eygpt. The Turks loved it so much that they even made a remake of this film named Avare.  One would think that they’d stop at one but it was not quite so. The Turks remade this film a total of eight times over the span of time. The song ‘Awaara Hoon’ received great and worldwide success and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. In this movie, Raj Kapoor had many Charlie Chaplin references which were further emphasised in the film Shree 420In Shree 420Raj Kapoor is Charlie Chaplin lite.  

Shree 420was the movie that showed the bad side of the city, Bombay, in a satirical way. 

The phrase, “ yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan’ gained popularity after it was used in this film. 

Again, the Jodi of Raj  Kapoor and Nargis lit the screen and made it the highest-grossing film of the year 1955. 

This is it for today. Arey Pusha we’ll be back soon. Don’t cry cause I hate tears Pushpa. In the next blog, we will see more of the golden era of Bollywood and also the story behind the masterpiece, “Mother India”

Trivia: Guess the man in the photo.

Clue: Not Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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The Beginning of Glam in India.



The Beginning of Glam in India.

Posted on  by desairaj17

Lights, camera and action!

Aa gaya Vijay? Apne hath dho le aur baith ja because we are going to be here for the next few weeks exploring the ever so famous Bollywood and what makes it so great. It has been over a century since the first feature film was made in Bollywood and the line on the chart has been increasing ever since. Often when people talk or think about Bollywood, they think it’s just unrealistic action and stupid romantic comedies. Though that is not all there is to this.
Let us take a walk through the history of Bollywood.
It all began in the year 1897 when Professor Stevenson featured a stage show at the Star Theatre in Calcutta. This was the first time something like this was introduced in mainstream theatre. 

People usually mistake Raja Harishchandra to be the first Indian feature film but the first Indian feature film was Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne. 


Advertisement in the Times Of India on the 25th of May, 1912. 

Many Critics believe that the movie, Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke was the first-ever Indian feature film because Shree Pundalik was only 22 minutes long and not even a proper movie but a photographic recording of a known Marathi play and also the whole production was not done in India.  i.e. the post-production of the negatives was sent to London. 


In the year 1913 came the film Raja Harishchandra by Dadashaeb Phalke which made him the father of Indian cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke award which is awarded for lifetime contribution to the Indian cinema is named in his honour.
The initial stages of Indian cinema were a bit shaky but ‘dukh bhare din beet ke sukh’ came real soon.
The decade of talkies was the one that redefined Indian cinema and took it to the next step. 

‘Alam ara’ was the first-ever Indian movie with sound(a talkie). Though the sound was synchronised after the shot, it did bring a huge change in the cinema at that time. Never had people seen anything like that. It was so crazy that the police had to be called for aid to control the people at the theatres. So this is it for this blog. In the next blog, we will see how the golden era of Bollywood was shaped. Until next time.

Trivia: After the release of Alam ara, how many weeks did the theatres go full house? Comment below.

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Brainy Board Games to Play With Family and Friends

Brainy Board Games to Play With Family and Friends


Brainy Board Games to Play With Family and Friends

Posted on  by Kirti Patwari

Who doesn’t remember the good old days of playing Ludo, Snakes & Ladders, and Scrabble? Before the screens invaded our lives, the best sort of fun you could have indoors was with these wonderful board games. But we have nothing against screens. After all, it was on our phones and tablets that we could revive this old tradition of playing board games and the umpf over ‘Ludo King’ during the lockdown is proof. However, retaining the charm of sitting around a board and playing for hours, we have brought together some of the best board games for adults which will test your thinking capabilities alongside allowing you and friends loads of fun. So, let’s unbox!


One of the most innovative board games, Catan or Settlers of Catan as it was previously known, is a treat for trade enthusiasts. The players are settlers on the island of Catan, strategizing their way to build maximum roads and settlements. And that, they do through the first form of trade known, barter. Some resources you have in abundance, other resources are scarce. Ore, wool, brick, grain, and wood work as commodities – you trade according to what is needed for your current building projects. The board is an unconventional hexagon made up of smaller hexagons with different terrains like forests, fields, and pastures on them. The entire scene makes the game quite engaging. Be smart while planning your progress and you’ll get to reign over the island of Catan!

 No. of Players: 3-4

What will you learn?

  • Resource management 
  • Negotiation 
  • Analysis of the current environment and how that impacts your survival

Cashflow 101

Created by the famous finance expert, Robert Kiyosaki, Cashflow 101 is one of the best ways to develop basic financial literacy. The board is absolutely fascinating with two tracks named the fast track and the rat race respectively. The objective of the game is to increase your financial IQ so that you can get out of the rat race and into the fast track. Once you get hold of the process, everyday monetary jargon like real estate, assets, liabilities, balance sheet, etc. will become as easy as ABC to deal with! With this amazing game, finance is now, FUNANCE! 

No. of Players: 3-6

What Will You Learn?

  • How to create a balance sheet.
  • How to budget and allocate your cash.
  • Evaluation of financial opportunities 
  • Building capital by purchasing real estate, shares, and mutual funds
Cashflow 101

Prime Climb

A perfect blend of fun and learning, Prime Climb is an ideal way to make friends with Math. The board holds a colourful spiral of numbers, reaching the center of which is the goal of the game. This journey to the center of the board will require you to add, subtract, multiply, and divide so that you don’t get knocked out! The game is a great pick for both math junkies and those who see math as a nightmare. Not only does it improve math proficiency, but enhances cognitive skills also.

No. of Players: 3-4

What Will You Learn?

  • Quick calculation
  • Basic multiplication and division for kids who haven’t learned already
Prime Climb


Challenge your friends a game of Mastermind, and you’ll know who’s the smartest of all! One player is the code-maker, who creates a secret code, and the other is the code-breaker, who tries to break the code in as few chances as possible. This interesting game beautifully combines the aspects of computing, mathematics, and psychology. 

No. of Players: 2

What Will You Learn?

  • Experimental design 
  • Hypothesis-testing
  • Careful interpretation of results
  • Effective use of controls


Holla detectives! Let’s solve the case of Mr. Boddy’s murder!

 As you might have guessed, Clue is a detective game where players try to get to the three main aspects of a murder: the murderer, the location of the murder, and the murder weapon. Set in a lavish mansion, the game involves 9 rooms, 6 guests at Mr. Boddy’s dinner party, and 6 possible weapons. An exciting hot-on-the-trail journey of unknotting periodic snags to decode a murder mystery, Clue is one of the best ways to level up your house party!

No. of Players: 3-6

What Will You Learn?

  • Deductive reasoning
  • critical thinking 
  • propositional logic 


With a thrilling setup of building armies and engaging in battles, Risk truly is a blessing of a board game. As superficial as it sounds, the game’s end goal is to conquer the world. And one thing that dominates the scene is strategy. An impressively detailed and visually pleasing board and pieces, Risk is a compelling board game that gets you to plan strategic missions to defeat your counterparts to take over territories.

No. of Players: 2-6

What Will You Learn?

  • Strategic planning
  • Effective use of resources
  • Smart handling possessions to build an empire

So, the next time you’re bored, just find the right board.

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Mandu: A Gem in the Heartland



Mandu: A Gem in the Heartland

Posted on  by Kirti Patwari

A paradise for history buffs and art enthusiasts alike, Mandu is a small town in Madhya Pradesh, not explored by many. Brimming with rich Afghani architecture, this is one place to appreciate the beauty of ancient buildings. Taking you back in time in the most pleasant manner, Mandu is somewhere you can go with both family and friends, or even alone! The resorts and hotels offer a comfortable stay along with a range of exciting activities. Read on to gather all that you must about this quaint town. 

Places to Visit

  • Hathi Mahal

Tucked amidst the Vindhyas is this huge domed structure with a vivid reminiscence to ancient Islamic architecture. The entire construction resembles the figure of an elephant, and so goes the name. An absolutely brilliant building, it is made out of stone and exhibits extraordinary artistic excellence. It is open for visitation 24×7 and makes one of the most popular tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. The beauty of the palace advances manifold during sunrise and sunset. It has now been established as a mausoleum for Darya Khan whose tomb has become prominent in this palace.

  • Jahaz Mahal

A perfect blend of Mughal, Afghan, Mesopotamian and Hindu architectural styles, the Jahaz Mahal of Mandu is a magnificent structure built in the midst of water. Floating as it seems to be, the palace appears to be like a huge ship on voyage. According to the preserved tale, the palace was constructed by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji as a harem for his 15,000 consorts. 

The delicate carvings and on-point engineering of this building makes the visitors wonder of the skill that craftsmen executed without modern machines. The waters of the Munj and the Kapur Talao add to the serenity of the palace. 

  • Baz Bahadur’s Palace

Akbar and Jodha’s is not the only Rajput-Mughal love story that our history has seen. The tragic story of Sultan Baz Bahadur and Roopmati is equally stirring and has become a folk tale to be narrated all over Madhya Pradesh. And Mandu is where it originates. The beautiful Baz Bahadur Palace is figuration to it with Mughal and Rajasthani architecture complementing each other delightfully. This edifice, settled on a hill slope, offers a refreshing view of the green landscape that surrounds it along with the Roopmati pavilion that was constructed nearby. The detailed carvings at the gateway, the wide steps, multiple arches, the centre court with a rustic fountain, the pillars and the expansive rooms are all specimens of wonderful craftsmanship.

Baz Bahadur's Palace (Mandu) - 2020 What to Know Before You Go (with  Photos) - Tripadvisor
  • Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion

A must-visit in Mandu, Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion is another monumental building that reminds visitors of the moving tale of love mentioned above. The construction is one of a kind with artistic value paralleling that of the immensely talented queen. Consisting of beautifully built watch-towers and courtyards, it is a treat to the eyes. Besides, the view of the tranquil Narmada from the terrace here is simply astounding. 

Beautiful fort type architecture - Reviews, Photos - Rani Roopmati Palace -  Tripadvisor
  • Jami Masjid

Experience divinity dwelling in the seam of unparalleled Afghan art at Jami Masjid of Mandu. Its location at the top of a plateau and the sober and airy space makes it a peaceful visit. The most attractive of all the meticulous constructions here is the vast pavilion with parallel arches. Artfully concealed with marble and stone, the mosque is a construction of high praise. The ASI confirms that its construction was started by Hoshang Shah and completed by Mahmud Khalji in A.D. 1454.  

Jama Masjid Mandu, India - Location, Facts, History and all about Jama  Masjid Mandu - ixigo trip planner


  • Rewa Kund 

Sitting by the Rewa Kund at Mandu is one of the most soothing experiences you’ll ever have. And listening to its fascinating back-story makes it even better. The kund was constructed by Baz Bahadur to ensure regular water to Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion. The Kund is fenced with pillars and arches of elegant design and style under the shadow of which tourists and pilgrims can rest.

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  • Water Sports

For the adventure seekers out there, there is the captivating island of Hanumantiya, less than 100 kms from Mandu. There is a range of exciting water sports that you can indulge in here. These include speed boating, rafting, jet skiing, and parasailing over the calm waters of the Indira Sagar dam. Hanumantiya is a must-add to your trip to Mandu. It’ll add a refreshing dash of nature to the historical vibe of your vacay.

Indore To Hanuwantiya By Car Road Distance |Indore To Hanuwantiya Tour

How to Reach?


The nearest airport is at Indore, 99 km away. Regular flights connect Indore with Delhi, Mumbai, Gwalior and Bhopal.


Ratlam is the nearest railhead (124 km) on the Delhi-Mumbai main line. Ratlam is a major station and almost all trains stop at the station.


Mandu is connected with other cities by a good road network. Regular bus services connect Mandu with Dhar (35 km), Indore, Ratlam, Ujjain (154 km) and Bhopal (285 km via Indore).


Tips for Smart Travel

  • Check visitor’s timings for forts and palaces
  • Carry sufficient ID proof 
  • Do not disrespect the history and culture of the place in any manner
  • Try visiting in cooler months
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Hair Care for Winters

Hair Care for Winters


Hair Care for Winters

Posted on  by Kirti Patwari

 Winters are back and we don’t need to tie our hair up in sweaty buns and ponytails anymore. It’s finally the time to flaunt them! But to have the pleasure of doing that, we have to first battle the frizziness, dryness, and dandruff that the cold weather brings along. 

As the temperature drops, the moisture level in air falls leading to dryness in the environment around you and in your hair too. Signs of damage that is caused by dryness are flaky scalp, dandruff, dull hair, frizziness, split end, and hairfall. If you can relate to any of these problems, you are at the place. It’s not rocket science to treat damaged hair. Just a few kitchen ingredients whipped into a healthy mask can instantly restore the lost moisture for your hair. And we have not one, but four of them in our beauty basket for you. So, pick your favourite homemade hair mask and post that #goodhairday selfie today!

Egg Yolk, Honey and Olive Oil Mask

No season can be bad for egg yolk to be used. It helps your hair to be more resistant. Honey is a great hair moisturizer. It adds shine to your hair and perfects the strands. Olive oil helps to clear dandruff. If you have damaged hair out of colouring, then this mix could be the best to strengthen and cure split ends. Try it out!

Egg Yolk, Honey and Olive Oil Mask

Yogurt, Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar

Yogurt is full of protein that nourishes hair, increases hair growth and helps to get rid of dead skin from the scalp. Lemon cures dry scalp and dandruff. Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties which help combating scalp infections, dryness, itchiness and dandruff. Learn how to prepare this mask here.

Yogurt, Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar

Yogurt and Banana

Bananas improve manageability and shine, prevent and control dandruff, and moisturize your scalp. Add some yogurt to it to make a nourishing hair mask . You’ll feel the bounce and shine in your hair like never before.  Get the recipe for this mask here.

Yogurt and Banana