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Sex, Society and She – Play by Arshana Azmat

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sex_society_and_sheThose who didn’t attend the play missed out on something in their life.

The play tried to address the issue of woman’s satisfaction in relationships – physical, as well as mental.

Arshana Azmat has delivered a play which beats known and established copywriters and producers. The quality of the script leaves little to be desired. The tasteful manner in which the delicate subject (specially in a society where sex is a taboo) has been handled is highly admirable.

Personally, for me, the best part of the show was the superb selection of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasiaji’s music, played at just the right volume, at just the right times. The satire in the play too deserves a special mention for being on the dot, and delivered with finesse.

Director’s Note

This play is not fiction; nor is it based on imagination. It is based on a survey on sex, conducted by a leading news magazine of India – which clearly indicates that Indian women are not sexually satisfied.

The data mentioned in this survey clearly shows that 70 percent of Indian women are unhappy with their sex life. This does not imply that these men are cruel, rude or autocratic; sometimes they are just unaware, ignorant or lack enough sensitivity to understand the demands and desire of a women.

Yes you may blame that maximum Indian surveys are fake or far away from reality but if you will type the phrase sexual pleasure of women in google, you will find many real stories shared by Indian women. In which they are crying for libido. They are breaking the myth that women doesn’t feel orgasm. All these things tells that the women are searching sexual pleasure.

As a new play write I found this subject quite interesting both for writing as well as direction. I have tried my best to not to make it an anti men drama. Keeping this in mind, I kept Jai and Allap in center. In my play, men are discussing these women’s issues because I personally believe that every man is not bad or anti women.

The launch of my play in Lucknow is not a random act, but a careful choice – Lucknow is among the top 5 city where’s women are not satisfied with their sex life. I am extremely lucky that I managed to find a team who accepted it as a social issue and are willing to discuss and share it with as many people as possible.

Cast

Jai: Rishi Raj Maurya playing as Jai is a sexually liberal but anti women. The play shows him as an Asst. Director in Bollywood.

Meera: A women who believes in casual sex but very clear about her own pleasure. Simran Gupta plays Meera on stage. Meera is an activist cum theater actress. Her focus area is single women’s sexuality.

Allap: A mediator who doesn’t look like a mediator. He believes in counseling and conversation rather then preaching or speeches. Prafful tripathi the theater actor will speak as allap on the stage.

Maya: She is a a bold person; In some ways childish, but in many ways she is sensible. At a point she is confused but for the rest, she is crystal clear. Shweta Saxena, a teacher by profession and dusky diva by look is portraying Maya.

Boss: He is a man who knows the answer to all questions, but is still full of questions. Rizwan Haider – a law graduate and an actor acts out the Boss.

Jes: Starts the play and plays the climax too. She is a perfect friend. Her philosophy is to support a friend for the sake of friendship rather than finish the friendship for the sake of personal philosophy. Shishta a mass comm student and aspirant photographer, plays Jes.

Production management by Crow Creative Labs

Multimedia and backstage : Vikas Jaiswal,Jeewan Singh Rawat,Ananya Pandey , Devesh Singh bora,Asmit Joshi,Rohit Rawat,Suyash

Lights : Mohammad Hafiz

Music : We borrowed music from the flute collection of Hari Prasad chaurasiya. The entire music is based on classical ragas. In the romantic scene you can feel the texture of rag Madhuwanti which is a romance based rag. In the spiritual scene you will get the smooth feel of rag shivanjali which is a evening based meditation rag.

Music operated by : Mohsin

Special Thanks

Pooja mishra: A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Pooja choreographed poetry in this play. She brakes the monotony of play through her dancing moves.

Jai Shankar Pandey : A prominent theatre actor of Lucknow, Jai supported us in many ways. He gave us many ideas regarding the drama element of the play.

Kanak rekha chauhan: Kanak mam, a well known socialite of city and one of the prominent organizers of Lucknow Literature Festival organized the first prominent reading of the play in a very beautiful manner.

Sajhi Duniya: We are very thankful to Sajhi Duniya and Rooprekha Verma mam – Mrs? Dr?, who also organized the formal reading of the play.

Ratna Maurya, Monika shilpkar, Tarun Raj and SNA staff.

For further questions, contact

lbc.lucknow@gmail.com, masto96@gmail.com
Masto Gaurav Srivastava (Phone) : +91-9336670006

Media Coverage

Coverage of play Sex, Society and She on Jagran - INext Live.

Coverage of play Sex, Society and She on Jagran – INext Live.


Bold and Beautiful - says Hindustan Times

Bold and Beautiful – says Hindustan Times


Coverage of play Sex, Society and She by Daily Pioneer

Coverage of play Sex, Society and She by Daily Pioneer

Life is a celebration !!

Do I agree with the above statement? Is my life a celebration? Will I like it to be one? Well, the choice is entirely mine. When i was given this life I was asked to enjoy myself but somewhere along the line instead of enjoying, i became too serious about ‘living’ life… n this seriousness now is not letting me live my life…I have forgotten what celebration is all about ?!!!

Let me start with my basics…how do I feel about myself…?? Am I happy with my lifestyle? Am I progressing along the lines that I desire?! Do I have a valid reason to celebrate life? Do I feel unhappy, unfulfilled, powerless, or lonely? Whatever is the situation…it’s enough. Some pages of few books that I conversed with, told me this… U MUST REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY CHANGING THE CHOICES U MAKE IN LIFE. The moment u make up your life as a celebration, new choices will appear n front of you, which will help you manifest your new reality .Finally it is your choice whether u want to make your life joyful or not .Once u make up your mind u will be able to move to a higher level of being…

HUH making up my mind, it’s so difficult, being satisfied with all that I have, being proud of my achievements…making choices seems so easy while I read but impossible when I play my part of life. While treading on my unique confused path of life, whom should I ask? What domain of my life should I undertake? These pages n their conversation seems so boring, oh please I tell them to shut up…

I see myself as the victim of my life… but they tell me… DO NOT SEE YOURSELF AS THE VICTIM OF UR LIFE, YOU ARE A PARTNER OF UR LIFE WITH EQUAL STAKES..CELEBRATE THIS PARTNERSHIP AND EXPECT SUCCESS !!!!!

कलाकार

आज यूँ ही बैठे बैठे अचानक एक विचार मन मैं आया तो सोचा की उस को आप से साझा करू….
भाव और अभिव्यक्ति …
एक ही सिक्के के दो पहलू …
अब यह अभिव्यक्ति किसी भी प्रकार से व्यक्त की जा सकती है …
शब्दों के माध्यम से ,चित्रों के माध्यम से,भाव भंगिमाओ के माध्यम से ….
मेरा यह मानना है की कला का कोई भी माध्यम दूसरे के बिना अधूरा है….
बस हम को एक कुशल चितेरे की तरह इस बात का ज्ञान होना चाहिये की हमें कहा पर कौन सी रेखा खीच कर चित्र को पूर्ण करना है ….
इस सम्बन्ध मैं मैंने कही पढ़ा था की एक कलाकार के अंदर एक पूरी यंत्रशाला होती है ….
बस उस को इस बात का ज्ञान होना चाहिए की कब और कहा पर कौन से यन्त्र का इस्तेमाल करना है …..
और भाव स्वयं ही प्रवाहित होने शुरू हो जाते है …..
क्या आप सब इस विचार से सहमत है…..

एक प्रश्न


एक प्रश्न जो मुझमें करवटें बदलता है ,

दिलों में ना जाने कितनी ख्वाहिशों का दिया जलता है,

जाने कौन सा अरमाँ मोम की तरह पिघलता है ,

कौन जाने क्या है किसी के मन में ,

ज़िन्दगी के थपेड़ों से कौन गिरता कौन सम्भालता है। 

हँसते हुए चेहरे के पीछे ,

कितना है ग़म ?

चमकती आँखें ,कितनी हैं नम ,

इस राज़ को आजकल कौन समझता है ?

दुसरो के लिए जियो ,दुसरो के लिए मरो 

ये सब पुरानी बातें हैं ,

आजकल आदमी ,आदमी को छलता है 


अपने आप से पूछती हूँ कभी 

क्या सच है तपते सूरज के बाद 

शीतल चाँद निकलता है 

सुख के बाद दुःख ,दुःख के बाद सुख 

सृष्टि का चक्रव्यूह क्या यूँहीं चलता है ???

इस प्रश्न का उत्तर ना मै ढूंढ पायी ,

शायद इसीलिए ये आज भी मुझमे करवटें बदलता है. . . 

 

Breakfast in the Streets

The stunts performed in this article have been done by experts… Please do not imitate them by ordering the same at home… Home delivery at your own risk….

The importance of breakfast stems from the fact that it is the meal which sustains us throughout the day… It should be nutritionous and powerful enough to make you sit up and be ready to not only take on the world but conqour it…

Lotsa things can be done at home from the paratha regime which is a winter thing with so many filling available from aloo to gobhi to mooli (avoid it in breakfast unless you want to go with a smelly mouth the whole day). We have not even begun the rounds of the leftover dhal turned into paratha and the combos of aloo/bathua or maybe a methi/makai…

The other gamut of the spectrum comprises the powerful and light pohas, sooji ka upma loaded with veggies and groundnuts. The egg routine is being given a miss in this section as is the American spread of cornflakes/milk sandwiches and cold cuts with juice. This issue is dedicated solely to the guilty pleasure of roaming about on a lazy Sunday morning in search of the perfect breakfast routine in the streets…. Yes Breakfast in the Streets…

Imagine just getting up… What is the first thing which strikes your mind…? A hot Cuppa… Head straight to SHARMA… on the crossroads of Lalbagh and Bhopal House… Simple menu… Chai… Bun Makkhan (The white homemade butter) not the amul variety… And samosa (just the right infusion of mild spices in hot potato)… Rub shoulders here with the who is who of the morning walkers crowd… For the iron stomach I recommend a bun makkhan samosa… Piping hot samosa sandwiched between a buttered bun makes the butter melt to just the right consistency… Though the health conscious purists will balk at this idea… Well to shame with them… I’m a gourmand not a morning walker… I went there driving not walking… The chai is simple served in glasses or kulhars if you are the hygiene conscious types… Don’t miss the driver getting tea for his memsaab who can’t get her morning bowel movement till she has a sip of this posta (poppy) infused tea…

From there head straight to sadar for a moth watering sample of khasta with aloo and Jalebi at Chappan Bhog… The purists would again sneer at you for not going to netrams in aminabad… We are not even going to the nitty gritty of the Khoya Laced Jalebies available in the few shops around the old city… But the noodle thickness jalebis of chappan bhog are no comparison to the spaghetti thickness jalebis of netrams… Plus sadar is crisper too…  In making Jelebis the dough is as important as the time you soak the fried jalebis in the syrup… A little stinginess is called upon here…. Too long a soak would give you sweetness at the cost of crispiness and less would not let it get the optimum level of sweetness…

Breakfast… Hmm… Chola Bhatura at Choudhurys??? Wait… It’s been done to death… Maybe a poori and chilli infused sabzi at the leela poori bhandaar… No!!! He has become complacent enough by leaving his pooris thick and undone to abdicate his position… From the previous paragraph if you were having jalebis at chappan bhog then a khasta would be sampled automatically… But the best khastas you get at Ratti Khasta at Bhanumati Chauraha on Hewett Road… You get Barras and Pooris here too which are no match to the Khastas… Try the Chickpea Subzi (no… not chola)… in addition to his red in colour chillie aloos for the more gastronomically inclined… If they leave you fuming there is lucky juice corner for satiate you with amazing juices and a not to miss soda shinkanji just round the corner on the junction of hewett road and latouche road…

How does one talk of breakfast in the streets and not talk of netrams… Well apologies to the old timers for pulling down net rams in the jalebis department… But one place where it still reigns supreme is the breakfast thal… Four pooris, Gila Aloo infused with tomatoes, Sukha Tangy Kaddo (Mom till date thinks I don’t eat kaddoo but at netrams I cant resist), a helping of dahi, some grated salad and chutney… Manna for the gods truly…  It’s been ages since I last went and hope it’s still available… This Sunday maybe I will…

Let’s not even go to the non veg variety of breakfasts available… Nahari Kulchas, Omlettles, Keema Tikkis and what nots… Will leave that for another day …

Bon Appetite…

“Tiger Hills” a Novel by Sarita Mandanna

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Chosen for the Channel 4 TV Book Club, this lavish saga may help dispel the winter gloom. A love triangle set in the lush hills of Coorg in southern India underlies a similarly undulating narrative that moves between 1878 and 1936.

The up-and-down intrigue that binds the longed-for daughter Devi, her childhood sweetheart Devanna, and the intrepid tiger-slayer Muthi, may come from familiar stock. But this novel’s strength stems from its close and colourful attention to place and epoch.

Change and conflict shake the fragile equilibrium between the local coffee-growing dynasties and European settlers in these sumptuous highland landscapes. Sarita Mandanna’s spectacular fusion of history and romance makes for an aromatic blend.