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‘I’m not ruining his life’

Malaika spoke about Arjun at length and said that she is not ruining his life by dating him…reports Asian Lite News

Malaika Arora finally got candid about her love life with actor Arjun Kapoor and said that she is not ruining his life by dating him in the latest episode of ‘Moving In with Malaika’.

In the latest episode of her reality show, Malaika channelled her inner stand-up comic and talked about being targeted over the way she walks, her divorce with Arbaaz Khan and relationship with Arjun. She even cracked jokes on her sister Amrita Arora and friend Anusha Dandekar.

Malaika spoke about Arjun at length and said that she is not ruining his life by dating him.

She said: “And unfortunately not only am I old, I am also dating a younger man. I mean I have guts. I mean I am ruining his life, right? I am not ruining his life.”

“It’s not like he was going to school and he couldn’t focus on studies and I told him to come with me. I mean, every time we are on a date, it’s not like he is bunking classes. I didn’t catch him on the street while he was catching Pokemon.”

Malaika said that Arjun is “a goddam grown up man.”

“We are two consenting adults. If an older man dates a younger girl, he is a player. But if an older woman dates a younger man, she is a cougar. This is not fair.”

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‘Many marine species may go extinct before discovered’

In 2019, the scaly-foot snail (Chrysomallon squamiferum) became the first deep-sea species listed as globally endangered due to the threat of deep-seabed mining…reports Asian Lite News

More than 90 per cent of marine species are undescribed and many may go extinct due to human activity before they are discovered — the loss of unique, potentially valuable genetic resources resulting in unpredictable effects on global ecosystems essential to human food supplies and climate regulation.

Without knowledge of these species, effective deep sea conservation is impossible, leading international marine scientists warned in a new policy brief presented at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) on Thursday in Montreal.

They urge global policy-makers to support urgently needed new research to fill a critical knowledge gap.

While nearly 28,000 deep-sea animal species have been described and named, an estimated 2.2 million other marine species, including deep-sea, are unknown to science, of which many are thought to be threatened with extinction.

In 2019, the scaly-foot snail (Chrysomallon squamiferum) became the first deep-sea species listed as globally endangered due to the threat of deep-seabed mining.

“Conservation of deep-sea species found in ‘areas beyond national jurisdiction’ is particularly challenging,” the policy brief says.

“We know very little about them, and there is not yet an international framework to guide the implementation of conservation measures,” says lead author of the brief, Stefanie Kaiser of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt.

Knowledge of deep-sea species biodiversity is an obvious first step to effective protection of both the species and the ecosystem processes associated with them.

The scientists warn that deep sea species are increasingly exposed to pollution and habitat destruction.

In particular, global warming, ocean acidification and resource depletion could lead to dramatic changes in deep-sea biodiversity with unpredictable consequences for humans as well.

The scientists call for support to develop international research strategies, infrastructure, cooperation and exploration.

“Deep-sea areas seem very distant and insignificant at first glance; it’s not immediately clear what this vast ecosystem and its inhabitants are doing for us,” explains Kaiser.

“The deep sea — defined as 200 to 11,000 metre depth and beyond — is the world’s largest habitat, covering more than half of earth’s surface. It is essential to global climate regulation by storing carbon dioxide and heat and by maintaining biodiversity.”

The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international meeting bringing together governments from around the world.

Participants will set out new goals and develop an action plan for nature over the next decade. The government of Canada’s priority is to ensure the COP15 is a success for nature.

Canada commits $350m

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will provide a new contribution of $350 million to support developing countries — home to the vast majority of the world’s biodiversity — to advance conservation efforts.

This funding will support the implementation of the future Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). This is in addition to the more than $1 billion, Canada has already pledged to support climate action projects that address the effects of climate change on biodiversity loss in developing countries.

The Prime Minister was in Montreal on Tuesday to welcome delegates from around the world to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

As a global leader in conservation, Canada stepped up to be the host location for COP15 from December 7 to 19 and renew the call for ambitious action to protect nature.

In his opening remarks, Trudeau highlighted Canada’s commitment to ensuring COP15 is a success by working with international partners to reach an agreement on an ambitious post-2020 GBF. The GBF would provide a collective roadmap that will guide worldwide efforts on biodiversity conservation until 2030.

The new investment further positions Canada as a global leader in protecting nature.

It is in addition to billions of dollars in historic investments Canada has made since 2016 to conserve nature and biodiversity here at home and around the world. By stepping up and bringing the world together in Montreal, Canada can stop biodiversity loss and build a healthy planet for future generations.

“When people think of Canada, they think of our landscapes and the richness of our nature — parts of who we are. Today, we welcome the world to Montreal to continue working together to make sure the planet we leave to our kids and grandkids has clean air, clean water and an abundance of nature to enjoy,” said Trudeau, whose speech was interrupted by a group of indigenous youth from Canada’s west coast.

“Canada is a place of free expression where individuals and communities are free to express themselves openly and strongly, and we thank them for sharing their perspective,” he told the crowd.

In his address, Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said the fight to protect nature has never been more important than it is right now.

“With a million species at risk of extinction around the world, COP15 is a generational opportunity to work together to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and create a nature-positive world.

“Canada stepped up to welcome the world for this conference and sees it as an opportunity to rally federal, provincial, territorial and indigenous ambition to protect 30 per cent of our lands and waters by 2030.”

Climate and development groups welcomed Trudeau’s announcement.

Eddy Perez, International Climate Diplomacy Director, Climate Action Network, said: “Investing in the protection, conservation and restoration of wetlands, forests, oceans and wildlife is investing in life. As a wealthy country — and one that still exploits and consumes far more than its fair share of resources — its Canada’s responsibility to support biodiversity efforts around the world.

“The new funding for international solidarity for biodiversity is an encouraging sign, and it must not stop here. Canada must now convince other wealthy countries to step up and commit to increasing international public support for biodiversity by the end of this COP.”

From the red sand beaches of Prince Edward Island in the Atlantic, to the snow-capped Rockies in the West, to the permafrost that covers much of the Canadian Arctic — Canada is known for landscapes.

Canada has ambitious goals to protect 25 per cent of its lands and oceans by 2025, and 30 per cent of each — a land mass nearly as large as the European Union — by 2030.

At COP15, Canada will continue to push other countries to commit to conserving 30 per cent of the world’s land and oceans by 2030.

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Aloe magic on skin during winter

Shine with glistering soft hair: Aloe vera has the ability to treat rough and dry hair as it contains proteolytic enzymes that help to rebuild the scalp’s dead skin and stimulate new hair growth by promoting blood circulation over there…reports Asian Lite News

There is no scientific evidence for a mystical cure-all, elixir, but if there is anything that comes near to it, it’s most likely Aloe vera.

Let’s discuss Aloe vera, a wonder plant that has a number of health advantages. It is utilized as a natural cure in numerous cultures all over the world for anything from skin moisturization to hair volume.

Here are some straightforward DIY beauty tips from Shreedha Singh, Co-Founder of T.A.C. – The Ayurveda Co.

Nourish your dry skin: With lots of fluid content inside aloe vera, you can rejuvenate your dry skin. It is a natural remedy to a host of skin problems besides having nourishment properties. Aloe vera gel can be applied straight onto your skin to hydrate it. Additionally, you can add a few drops of Neroli oil and combine one tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel with vitamin E capsules. Use this mixture to massage your face for beautiful skin. The remaining mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for three days.

Get freedom from dark spots and blemishes: Aloe vera contains astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Due to these characteristics, it is excellent in lessening the visibility of scars and blemishes. Through a simple DIY remedy, you can keep your skin free from spots and blemishes. Create a smooth paste by combining one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and two tablespoons of honey. Spread it over your face, then wait for 10 to 15 minutes. After rinsing it with warm water, you will discover a renewed and lighter skin of yours.

Flaunt shining skin using ice cube rub: The ice cube rub can help you achieve the trendy “glass skin,” with a smooth texture, reduced pore size, and natural glow. Aloe vera gel can be added to an ice cube tray to create an aloe vera gel cube. For a revitalizing dose of freshness or to just soothe skin burns, use it at least twice a week.

Keep infection and acne at bay: People with acne-prone skin can get relief with the constant use of aloe vera as it helps in gentle cleansing and removing bacteria with its antiseptic properties. The usage is simple and anyone can try it with ease at home. Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with one teaspoon of Moringa and Neem oil. Mix all the ingredients well to make a thick paste and apply it all over your face and massage gently in a circular motion. Leave it for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off. You may follow up with a clay-based mask for best results.

Shine with glistering soft hair: Aloe vera has the ability to treat rough and dry hair as it contains proteolytic enzymes that help to rebuild the scalp’s dead skin and stimulate new hair growth by promoting blood circulation over there.

To make a smooth paste, combine two tablespoons of castor oil with one tablespoon of aloe vera. Apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave it on for an hour, and then rinse it off with water and mild herbal shampoo. This will add intense hydration, shine, and softness to your hair through the antioxidant-rich aloe vera gel and castor oil, which strengthens hair follicles while promoting growth.

Dodge dandruff: Aloe vera is a natural and hassle-free solution to eliminating dandruff because it is rich in anti-fungal and anti-viral qualities. So putting it on your scalp can help nourish it and reduces dandruff. You can try this homemade aloe-methi mask to treat dandruff and hair loss since it is a high source of protein and iron that promotes blood circulation. To make a smooth paste, combine one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with the methi seeds that have been soaked overnight. The combination should be applied to the scalp for 30 minutes, and then you should rinse it out.

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Transporting the taste buds of continents

Eat delicious Dimsums or Mexican tacos, dip Churros in hot chocolate like the Spanish do or experience American hot dog culture, roll over Turkish Shawarmas or sing Mamma Mia over flatbread Piadina-the 15-day ‘Around The Globe’ food festival offers more than 100 different delicacies…reports Asian Lite News

Edesia, a restaurant serving worldwide cuisine at Crowne Plaza New Delhi, will transport your taste buds to all seven continents of the world. The ‘Around the Globe’ cuisine festival will be held in Okhla from December 3 through December 18, 2022.

The theme of the first edition of ‘Around The Globe Food Festival’ is ‘Food Carnival’ with interactive stations such as- Swirling Soup (Opening Act), Fire Show (Live Street Food Stations), Whistling Starters (Mime Show), The Great Indian Main Course (Circus), Salad Jugglers (Filler Act), Rice Pyramids, Drinks Pit stop (Break Time), The Dancing Ice Cream (Show Stopper), The Bread Carpet (VVIP Zone), The Wheel Of Desserts (Grand Finale) from across continents with and our chefs and mixologists as the ringmasters.

An a-la-carte weekend brunch in Delhi.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Eat delicious Dimsums or Mexican tacos, dip Churros in hot chocolate like the Spanish do or experience American hot dog culture, roll over Turkish Shawarmas or sing Mamma Mia over flatbread Piadina-the 15-day ‘Around The Globe’ food festival offers more than 100 different delicacies.

Few of the menu highlights include Prawn Bisque, French Onion Soup, Falafel, Pita Breads, Burritos, Crepes, Burgers, Ratatouille, Sandwiches, Harissa Chicken Wings, Paella, Rice Pilaf, Lebanese Kibbeh, Popcorn Chicken, Tiramisu, Greek Mousakka, Burgers, Tiramisu, Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas, Espinacas con Garbanzos and many more.

Pradipt Sinha, Director of Food & Beverage said, “We have been constantly striving to curate immersive dining experiences for our guests to mesmerize all their senses when they visit our restaurants. Our Around The Globe menu features the dishes which have gained cult status across continents and countries making the food festival an adventurous ride for the palate.”

Shuvendu Banerjee, General Manager said, “Edesia has recently bagged the number one spot in Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Ranking which offers a great reason to celebrate our chefs who come with expertise on diverse cuisines across the globe and our patrons who have showered their unconditional support.”

The restaurant would be completely painted in the vivacious shades of red, white, blue, and yellow, as well as decorated with printed carnival flags, vivid bulbs, and eccentric pom poms. While bringing forth the world of imagination, fun, sparkle, and enchantment with food, the vintage carnival setup will transport guests to ‘La La Land’. The Around The World food festival would be a joy to your palate as well as your eyes. It would make for the ideal Instagram clip in our Toy Train themed photo zone or a private selfie with the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower (while you’re still figuring out your world tour plans).

6 new restaurants to try out in Delhi.(Photo:IANSLIFE)

What: Around the Globe Food Festival

Where: Edesia at Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla

Timings: 7 pm to 11 pm

Buffet Prices (per person): INR 2399 + taxes

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‘This is a movie that an Indian and Pakistani can watch together’

Released earlier this year, the film has already won awards for the best documentary at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival and best film at Film South Asia 2022, Kathmandu…reports Asian Lite News

Her father, Nandy Singh, was a member of the hockey team that won Indias first gold at the 1948 London Olympics.

In 2010, the ace sportsman suffered a stroke that paralysed his right side. That is the time when his daughter, filmmaker Bani Singh, conceived the feature documentary ‘Taang’ (Longing). After all, whenever she would talk to him about those days of glory, his body would relax, and a new enthusiasm would be seen.

“The film started as a very personal story with my father. Frankly, at that point, I thought it would stay as a conversation between us. However, this story assumed much importance for the entire sub-continent considering the fact how we talk history,” she tells.

The Olympic medal in the film became a backdrop to something much bigger — camaraderie, friendship and roots.

Released earlier this year, the film has already won awards for the best documentary at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival and best film at Film South Asia 2022, Kathmandu.

In the film, Bani takes a voyage to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and finally Lahore in order to meet Nandy’s old friends and connect with them in both India and Pakistan, basically hockey mates who were once in the same team before the land was partitioned.

“The travels gave me a chance to connect with my family’s roots and also uncover the traumatic memories of the Partition my father’s generation was condemned to live with,” says Singh on the sidelines of the recently-concluded Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) that was back in its physical avatar after two years.

This Bengaluru-based designer, a pass-out from the National Institute of Design (NID), knows Punjab and its ethos well. She in fact worked on the prestigious Virasat-e-Khalsa museum in Anandpur Sahib.

Talking about her visit to Pakistan, she says that what she really wanted to find out which were the elements that refused to be divided.

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“Who could draw the line between love and friendship?”

Adding that there are innumerable stories of hope even in the most catastrophic tragedy the subcontinent witnessed, Bani says, “When we explore those tales, new narratives emerge. The ones that will override the ones imposed by the establishments on both sides. And we desperately need those narratives, the tales of hope.”

While much work has been done on the Partition in terms of literature, cinema and oral history, Bani feels it is extremely important to revisit it.

She says she would do that for healing and talking about other communities.

“How does one open up a very difficult conversation? This has always been on my mind. This film has been difficult for me as well. My father was very vulnerable when I was shooting this film but he allowed me to go ahead. And this is a movie that an Indian and Pakistani can watch together. I got six days in Lahore. It was a beautiful experience — I was treated with so much warmth,” she concludes.

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Dhanush tops IMDb list of most popular Indian stars

Alia’s co-stars from ‘RRR’ Ram Charan Teja and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. landed 4th and 8th spot, respectively…reports Asian Lite News

Actor Dhanush, who was most recently seen in the Tamil movie ‘Naane Varuvean’ and has become a global star with ‘The Gray Man’, has grabbed the top spot in the IMDb list of Top 10 Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022. The actor appeared in five titles this year – ‘The Gray Man’, ‘Maaran’, ‘Thiruchitrambalam’, ‘Naane Varuven’ and ‘Vaathi’

Dhanush is followed by ‘Brahmastra’ actress Alia Bhatt, who also starred in the pan-India magnum opus ‘RRR’, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and the streaming movie ‘Darlings’ (her debut as a producer), this year.

Talking about her inclusion in this year’s list, Alia said, “2022 has by far been the most memorable year I’ve had at the movies-I am forever thankful and grateful for the love the audience gave all my films this year and feel honoured to have collaborated with our country’s finest filmmakers and artistes. I hope I can continue to entertain the audience for as long as I face the camera! Love and light.”

The list comprises stars who consistently ranked the highest on the IMDb weekly ranking chart throughout 2022. These rankings are based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide.

The third spot was grabbed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who returned to cinema after five years with Mani Ratnam’s ambitious ‘Ponniyin Selvan: Part I’ which proved to be one of the biggest movies this year at the box-office.

Alia’s co-stars from ‘RRR’ Ram Charan Teja and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. landed 4th and 8th spot, respectively.

‘Yashoda’ actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu was placed at the 5th spot followed by Hrithik Roshan at 6th spot and Kiara Advani, who captivated audiences ‘JugJugg Jeeyo’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ in 2022 acquiring the seventh spot on the list.

‘Pushpa: The Rise’ star Allu Arjun grabbed the 9th spot followed by ‘K.G.F.’ star Yash at the 10th position.

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‘Fall’ to land on OTT soon

Apart from Anjali, the series will also feature actors SPB Charan, Sonia Agarwal, Santhosh Pratap, Namita Krishnamoorthy, Thalaivasal Vijay, and Poornima Bagyaraj…reports Asian Lite News

The Tamil adaptation of the Canadian mini-series ‘Vertige’ is about to land on OTT on December 9. The new show, titled ‘Fall’, stars actress Anjali in the lead and follows the story of a young woman who has no memory of the 24 hours before her alleged suicide attempt.

The show has been helmed by Siddarth Ramaswamy from a script originally penned by Michelle Allen. Siddarth is also the cinematographer for the series.

Apart from Anjali, the series will also feature actors SPB Charan, Sonia Agarwal, Santhosh Pratap, Namita Krishnamoorthy, Thalaivasal Vijay, and Poornima Bagyaraj.

The show will present the narrative of how she tries to piece together what happened only to realise she can trust no one, not even her closest friends and family as she discovers secrets, lies, and the unspeakable truth locked deep in her memory.

Distributed by Armoza Formats and produced by Productions Pixcom, ‘Fall’ will land on OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar on December 9, 2022.

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Prithvi set to play ‘negetive’ in ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’

The makers of “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan” announced the news on Wednesday…reports Asian Lite News

Prithviraj Sukumaran is set to play a negative role in Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ starring Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff.

Zafar said: “I am really looking forward to work with the supremely talented Prithviraj . It would be an amazing experience to have such a powerhouse performer in this action entertainer.”

The makers of “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan” announced the news on Wednesday.

While speaking on the announcement Jackky Bhagnani said, “It’s amazing to have Prithviraj Sukumaran as a cast of ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’. Having him as an antagonist adds an extra thrill to the film” Ali Abbas Zafar added, “I am really looking forward to work with the supremely talented Prithviraj. It would be an amazing experience to have such a powerhouse performer in this action entertainer.”

The movie, which will mark the beginning of an action franchise, is a follow-up to Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda’s 1998 hit film “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan”, which was directed by David Dhawan.

The film is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Jackky Bhagnani, Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Zafar.

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Red Fort, a new heritage gateway for visitors

Visual language, scenography, customised lighting design, furniture design, installations to the finest of details critically preserve the pariahs of our yesterday and activate the dormant spatial experiences…reports Asian Lite News

“Red Fort Centre is a new gateway for visitors to re-experience the events and the fortress’s heritage-built fabric” said Siddharth Bathla, Creative Director and Co-founder of Design Factory India under Dalmia Bharat through adaptively reusing one of the defunct structures of the British military barracks at the world heritage site of the Red Fort. The colonial government built the military barracks after the first war of Independence of 1857.

The Britishers had destroyed significant structures within the Red Fort to build the barracks with the material from the ruins. The barracks are defunct or partially used since independence; however, only withering under the deep layers of plaster, paint, and lack of ethical conservational measures.

Red Fort Centre conserved, designed & developed by DFI. (Photo Source:IANSLIFE)

Many finely carved stones were discovered imbedded in the brickwork of the barrack after the numerous layers of plaster covering its surfaces were removed. These remnants are tangible evidence that the barracks were constructed from the remains of the old Mughal structures that formerly stood on the grounds of the Red Fort. Because of this, the visitor centre’s modern design philosophy breathes life into the fortress’s complex history without being ostentatious or sombre.

The project’s design philosophy aims to mimic the old materiality gleaned from in-depth factual study on the fort through restoration and conservation efforts. The expression of the existing structures has been transformed into a modern, forward-thinking language via current design interventions.

Visual language, scenography, customised lighting design, furniture design, installations to the finest of details critically preserve the pariahs of our yesterday and activate the dormant spatial experiences. The sediment layers of stones, the contemporary colour tones and textures surrender to their surroundings.

The flashes of red oxide act as highlights. The grey tones in furniture, design elements, and products in the historic brick and stone muted ruggedness make the experiential design embody transparency. The scenography shapes and emulsifies with the antiquated background. It tells stories to an amiable wanderer or invites a stranger searching for a welcoming new home to rest. The clarity of the frosted or clear glass in corridors and the brilliance of the natural daylight accentuates their crystalline geometries.

Red Fort Centre conserved, designed & developed by DFI. (Photo Source:IANSLIFE)

Empowering local expertise: The local material combination included lime, surkhi (powdered bricks), stalls of jute, bail water and Badarpur sand. The colour of lime surkhi matching the ancient texture has been achieved after a series of combinations. It will age with the changing weather to provide a robust, archaic yet beautiful contemporary appearance.

The customised bricks measuring 300x150x75 mm (1.5 times the regular brick size) match the existing dimension of the bricks used within the barrack. In the absence of a traditional kiln, the raw material was procured from Meerut and transported to Moradabad to burn handmade bricks in an electric kiln. Red Agra Sandstone procured from the actual Dholpur mines that provided the stone for Red Fort adorns the flooring.

The handmade concrete pendant lights in the corridors have a form attained by juxtaposing the heritage and modern material-the barrack’s refurbishment by replacing existing m.s. Girders and the process of replenishing initially used wood with new seasoned Teak and Sagwan wood aimed to support the centre to play a host and the first stop to an exponentially growing tourist footfall at Red Fort (precisely, 1122 visitors per hour, 10,000 to 12,000 visitors per day).

Respecting the monumental heritage: partitions, furniture, flooring, false ceiling and services at a distance are placed like an offset from the surfaces. Grazers within the skirting on the edge of the floor accentuate the restored exposed stone walls and protect the materiality from getting soiled. The visitors observe the exhibits from a distance and not touch the artefacts and objects. Ushers guide the visitants in small groups, and the markings on the floor will allow them to practice social distancing.

“Making an individual visible amongst everybody and everybody visible in oneself”, the Infinity room with mirrors on all surfaces and customised lighting design provides a kaleidoscopic experience on a larger scale. This space in mirrors with etched Ashok Chakras conjures a backlit effect on all six surfaces. The diorama installation, glass installations and magnetic boards on a significant scale empirically herald the visitors and children to retreat with the reflective perspectives. The various exhibits, experiences, and informative zones at the centre indulge the visitors in incidents that reflect a shared feeling of pride and patriotism, elevating their secular emotions.

Advanced Amenities: On the ground floor known as Red fort centre, the institution offers social and recreational spaces with the only cafeteria at the Red Fort, reception and shops, a 360-degree projection theatre and augmented reality. On the first floor known as Afsana, the Red Fort Story, visitors embark on an interactive journey that underpins the life and culture of the fort and its context in today’s India.

The digital travelogue commences with immersive illustrations showcasing Shahjahanabad expanding to Delhi city through ages, to celebratory live demonstrations of Red Fort’s bazaar area called Chhata Chowk, audio-visual representations of Naubat Khana (entrance) and the Hammam (the imperial bathhouse). It further unfolds significant historical events that shaped the country’s political order, the independence movement marking Red Fort as the forever edifice of power.

Red Fort Centre conserved, designed & developed by DFI. (Photo Source:IANSLIFE)

Projection mapping, holography, LED tv panels and augmented reality room for realistic photography, and grand scale models herald an interactive spectrum of the spaces. “I pledge to clean India and build a New India”, the live band installation is an initiative to indulge the visitors into the more significant nation-building goals of India.

The visitors will now reinterpret the Red Fort through the visitor centre, more than just a frame of reference or a photogenic wonder. The immersive experiences engage the visitors of Red Fort and, in extension, the Delhi city to enjoy the cultural richness and admire the Indian heritage’s ingenuity with open nooks of aesthetically pleasing and highly functional explorations. It distinguishes this monument of national importance as a universal landmark of courage, sapience, knowledge and hands-on innovation.

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Have you heard of Social-emotional learning?

Importantly, the imparting of communication skills as part of the exercise, both verbal and non-verbal, help the student express himself clearly and thereby connect with others better…reports Aarul Malviya

Education goes far beyond helping students in acquiring cognitive and intellectual abilities. The usual verbal and numerical skills, physical and motor competencies along with general and spatial reasoning that students pick up in a school-learning environment are not quite enough.

In an increasingly multi-lingual and multicultural classroom where learners come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, conventional academic learning must be complemented with social-emotional learning for students. Otherwise, their education remains incomplete and they remain under-prepared, if not unprepared, to take on the challenges of the real world in the future.

After all, students when they grow to be adults eventually have to function in a social context. This becomes particularly relevant in light of today’s constantly and fast-changing learning, career, and economic landscape galvanised by the advent of new-age information as well as educational technologies. The so-called VUCA[1] world awaits them!

Underpinned by the idea of emotional intelligence, advancement on the rather outmoded intelligence quotient, social-emotional learning envisages gaining a wide array of social skills, beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviour that a student can successfully apply in the real world where they also necessarily have to engage with other individuals. Typically, social-emotional learning trains a student in five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills.

Why social-emotional learning must form a part of the school curriculum?

Makes a complete, self-sufficient, and socially-sensitive individual: Social-emotional learning transforms an intellectually and academically competent student into a socially responsible as well as self-sufficient individual. The social and interpersonal skills not only help him navigate everyday personal and professional challenges better but also inculcate in his empathy and compassion for others.

Importantly, the imparting of communication skills as part of the exercise, both verbal and non-verbal, help the student express himself clearly and thereby connect with others better. Eventually, the student develops autonomy and a sense of self-dependence in everyday affairs and is all set to grow into a complete, self-assured, and socially-responsible individual.

Helps students understand the diverse and complex socio-cultural milieu: For a student to succeed in any pursuits of his liking, he must fully grasp and appreciate that people around him – whether at school, the neighbourhood where he stays, or the workplace where he might work later – come from diverse socio-economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. He must also understand that the frontiers of learning actually extend to the family and the wider community. This is very significant given the collective social and community settings that a student has to operate in the real world. As a result, the spirit of teamwork, an essential ingredient in any successful enterprise, becomes one of the critical learning outcomes of an exercise in social-emotional learning.

Equips students with age-appropriate strategies for conflict resolution: One of the integral components of a social-emotional learning curriculum is that it trains and prepares students for all kinds of adverse situations. Through real-life stories and examples, they are exposed to the idea that life can throw up the most unexpected challenges at the most critical junctures.

And as such, not only are they taught the value of keeping their spirits up and maintaining calm and composure in a challenging situation, but they are also equipped with practical strategies to tackle any situation. With social-emotional learning case studies and examples, they are trained in conducting assessments of an open-ended, conflicting, and subjective situation and taking objective problem-solving decisions eventually.

Sharpens students’ ability to make realistic self-analysis and evaluation: A lesson in social-emotional learning also makes a student understand himself and who he really is, at both philosophical and practical plains. In understanding his emotions and thoughts and how they influence his behaviour, he recognises his true strengths and weaknesses. As a result, he can prioritise well and maintain a sense of balance in his overall approach to life, career, and other pursuits.

Learning gaps in children post-pandemic. (Photo Source:IANSLIFE)

Inspires students to follow a moral or ethical compass: Training in social-emotional learning also makes students more evolved in a moral sense. They learn to make a distinction between what is right and wrong drawn on accepted wisdom, beliefs, and practices. While they learn to follow established social rules, norms, and even laws, their understanding and judgment are derived from logic and reason. They also learn to choose the right role models for themselves and not get swayed by the so-called razzle-dazzle.

In sum, social-emotional learning helps students not only better ‘actualise’ or self-realise themselves, it also teaches them to live their lives with a higher social purpose. [1] Acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

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