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The tragic tale of  brave Ansh Bagri who saw four deaths in the family in nine years!

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The last few years have been harrowing for actor Ansh Bagri. The Delhi boy has been grappling with personal losses one after the other. He has seen death from close quarters but he says he has never let his personal problems and grief come in the way of his profession. While he had already lost his father and two sisters, the recent death of his brother has shaken him up completely. Talking about it he says, “I got a call and they told me that my brother has fainted, so I told them to take him to the clinic. The doctor informed it was a heart attack. My brother was 39. I told my mother to take him to a good hospital and not worry about the money. He was then taken to another hospital and was kept on a ventilator. I took a flight to Delhi. But the next day he got a heart attack and his blood pressure was going awry. As we all know these days some doctors want to just make money and sometimes our situations are such that we have no option but to pay up. We can only hope that the patient would get better but it didn’t happen and my brother passed away.” 

 
Grief is no stranger to Ansh as he remembers how his two sisters and father died and left a vacuum in his life forever.
My mother has been strong through all this. It was a low phase of my life. Here I was, wanting to give my family the happiness they deserved but that was not to be.” Ansh was always conscious of the fact that he needed to work hard for his family. The adversities in his life had taught him that.  “When I was 11 or 12, my sister got operated for the first time. I used to see my sister in pain and looking at her, I would feel my body burning. That sensation I felt never went away and I could not even tell anyone about it. I would try to be happy with my friends around me. I would try to take their happy, positive energy and forget about my pain. The lesson I learnt then was either one can continue to be miserable or move forward.” And he chose the latter. At 14, he started working despite how he was feeling. He would hope things would get better but they never did. As he grew in life, the people in his life started going away. “I came to Mumbai when my dad passed away. My mum told me to go and follow my dreams as we anyway had nothing more to lose. She said she will take care of the family. I started giving auditions, did some ads but then I had to run to Delhi again because of my sister’s health. She wanted a mattress to sleep on. I had earned a little money so I thought of getting an AC for her. Meanwhile, she had become a bag of bones. I can still see that moment when I saw her in Delhi looking very weak and frail. The next morning, she passed away. Fortunately, she had seen some of my work like Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa, Zara Nach Ke Dikha and some of my TV commercials. My dad could not see my work. He asked me if I wanted to be an actor and I used to keep quiet because I wanted to directly show my work to him. He was a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan. When I was with Shiamak Davar’s troupe, I had done a song ‘Phir milenge chalte chalte’ with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. I was a back dancer but my dad told everyone that ‘Anshu’ is on TV! I never really could tell him that I wanted to become an actor. My sister could watch me in Jhalak but then she passed away in 2010. After her death, my other sister who was married could not conceive but later we got to know that her kidney had failed too. In 2017, she too passed away and my brother passed away recently. 
He further says, ” In 2013-14 one of the big directors of bollywood was going to launch me. He saw a commercial of mine with Kareena Kapoor and everything was set. He was giving me 20 lakh for that film so I had thought I would spend half of it on my sister’s operation and some amount on buying a house for my mom. I waited for two years but that project never happened but I never begged for anything because I believe in God even though I have lost four of my family members. Your family is who you live for. You wish for their happiness.  I had so many dreams that I wanted to fulfill for my father. Now I am doing everything but I don’t have him to see it. On July 30, I spoke to my brother and he told me that he had to sell his scooter because he had taken money from someone and had to return it. I told him to sell it and that he could take my bike. But on August 1 he passed away. Sometimes I feel angry and curse God though I know everything happens for good but I feel frustrated.”

Ansh says his parents were hardworking and that probably makes him value hard work. “ The only thing that haunts me today is the happiness that I have lost with the deaths of my loved ones. Now, when I went to Delhi for my brother’s funeral, I was looking at my house and thinking who should I build a house for? Whenever I go to Delhi now, painful memories come rushing back. My mom and sister are in Delhi now. They refuse to come down to stay with me. I do have plans of bringing them both and my dog to Mumbai.”

The actor rues the fact that he never got to finish his studies. “I was in Class 8 when my dad took ill and after that, I quit studies and never went back. I had started working very young. Even when I lost my father and sisters, I would go for auditions and attend work meetings. I never used my personal losses as excuses to shun work. My personal life is a different thing but I have always been loyal to my professional life. I came to Mumbai with five thousand rupees that I had taken from a friend. God always has different plans. When he gives you something, he takes something away from you. The one thing that bothers me is when I needed the money the most for my father and sisters’ treatments, I didn’t have any and today when I have it, they are not around. That hurts! The film that was supposed to star me never happened. I waited for two years but the director told me it’s not happening. I would do workshops with him but I never told him I had financial issues. I relied only on my hard work. No one cares here what you are going through. I ended up living in my car for 25 days because I had no place to stay. Whatever finances I had had drained up.” When Ansh bagged the show Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji he felt his days were looking up and now he could finally look after his family but his brother’s loss shattered him completely. “He was six years elder to me and with him going away, I was totally lost,” he says, adding, “I have learnt that everyone is going to die one day. Life is unpredictable but this is how it is. I keep myself happy thinking that at least I had siblings and for some years, atleast, I could spend time with them and make memories. It’s all about perspective. I feel one day I will meet them all.” Acting, he says, helps him to keep his sanity and the only thing that keeps him detached. “Now I don’t desire things. I just want to work and live life peacefully and make my life meaningful and better. Whenever I am unhappy, I run towards work. I have my mom and sister to think about and see what I can do for them. I am sharing this so that people are inspired by my story and don’t lose hope or heart. I have a lot of regrets in life, so whoever I meet I tell them that don’t wait for tomorrow, do it or tell it right away. I think whatever happens in life take it positively and I am thankful to God that he let me have a great time with my siblings, there was a possibility that I could have been an only child but I had them!” he signs off with a smile.

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Prateek Gandotra organizes Miss & Mrs. International India 2019

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Prateek Gandotra organizes Miss & Mrs. International India 2019

 

Prateek Gandotra brother of actor Rohan Gandotra recently organized Miss & Mrs. International India 2019, a beauty pageant promoting recycled clothing. The pageant took place at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurugram on the 12th of October 2019.

Miss International India 2019 has been awarded to Miss Tanushree from Delhi, who belongs to a family of bureaucrats and believes in serving the society. In the past, she has been awarded the Best Fashion Achiever of India-2018 and has been Honoured by Former National General Secretary of BJP in 2019. Mrs. International India 2019 has been awarded to Mrs. Meena Sharma from the pink city, Jaipur. Being an emotional person, she is really passionate about helping others.

The event was attended by renowned celebrities such as Sonnalli Seygall, who was crowned the Pantene Teen Pageant and Miss India International 2006 and made her acting debut with Pyaar ka Punchnama in 2011, Rita Gangwani, President of India Awarded and the foundation coach of Miss World Manushi Chhillar and many others, Rohan Gandotra, an Indian television actor who debuted with Star Plus magnum opus show by Ashutosh Gowariker Everest and has been seen in shows such as Kaala Teeka, Dil Se Dil Tak. The other guests included Haneet Bhasin Vohra, Director and Design Head – Couture by Haneet Bhasin Vohra, Director Marketing – KSB Designs as well as the Ambassador for Pinkathon- the largest women’s marathon in the country and Pammy Kaul, Technical Director of Headmasters chain of salons & spa’s and style Ambassador for Schwarzkopf India.

“The thought emerged with an intent to contribute valuable for our future generations. I thought of promoting recycled clothing which would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions from the textile industry and consequently, less of cancerous diseases caused due to such toxic emissions. And, what could be the better way than a beauty pageant to spread this awareness among people. Thus, the evolution of Miss & Mrs. International India 2019 happened,” says Neha Verma.

The pageant was held for the first time this year and will be an annual affair from now on.

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Facebook Community Leadership Circles and Out A Loud By Namrata Jain organised a special event this World Mental Health Day

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Facebook Community Leadership Circles and Out A Loud By Namrata Jain organised a special event this World Mental Health Day
In order to commemorate World Mental Health Day, Facebook Community Leadership Circles and Out A Loud, organised a panel discussion with imminent public figures and addressed the theme of suicide prevention,  deliberating over stress management for millennials. Actor Karan Singh Grover was the chief guest while the panelists included the likes of Neha Kare, RJ Archana Pania, Namrata Jain, Dr Mohit Shah and Dr Sitesh Roy.
   ” Our Mind is a Powerful and Beautiful thing but is hugely undermined and underrated by the society. We can see our body and take great care of it, but we can’t see our mind and so let it go unchecked, uncared for and unattended. As a Psychologist and Founder of Out A Loud, it’s my sincere request to everyone that it’s time we all pay attention to our Mental Health and Mental Wellness as much as we do for our Physical Health and Wellness.
Don’t Fight your Battle Alone … Seek Help if need be!!” Says Namrata Jain a Psychologist, TEDx Speaker and the Founder of Out A Loud
“Humans are social beings. We feel good when surrounded by friends, family, community in a supportive environment. Being a founder of Unimo Universe of Moms & a Facebook CLC lead for Mumbai City I have watched the community space very closely, community support can help you cope with your problems and encourage you as you work towards wellness. Make sure you have someone around with whom you can relate, it will reduce stress and boost your self-confidence. Remember, depression is a disease of loneliness,” says Neha Kare. 
Karan Singh Grover, who was also part of the panel, says, “All minds matter, especially the young ones, as they have a huge responsibility on their shoulders because they are the future. Everything starts with oneself. Bringing about a change in yourself will bring changes to your surroundings. If you’re happy, that adds to the collective well-being of the people around you. The first step in this river of change is to speak, accept and let go.”
Other celebrities who attended the event included Mreenal Deshraj, Riddhima Tiwari, Jaskaran Singh,  Malhar Pandya, Sambhabana Mohanty, Shweta Rohira, Kunal Thakur, Ansh Bagri, Ashish Trivedi, Rani Patel and Prakriti Nautiyal.

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TV actors share Dusshera miracles!

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TV actors share Dusshera miracles!

Dusshera signifies the victory of good over evil. TV actors share their experiences of this phenomenon.

Sanjay Gagnani: Dussehra is a reminder for everyone that good will always prevail and triumph over bad and evil. I’ve witnessed this myself in my personal life a lot of times. As they say, what goes around, comes around. What you sow, so shall you reap. It’s true! Whoever has done anything wrong or bad to me has somehow been taught by life. That’s when I realized that the universe plays an important role in balancing and Karma always pays. As they say, a good deed is never lost, we should keep doing good so that only good things would happen to us.

Rohitashv Gour: In my life, I have always felt that good will always triumph over evil, you see the truth losing but it doesn’t lose in reality. Something similar happened to my mother, things were against her but she was honest that circumstances changed and those people against her lost. The proverb is true that good wins over evil.

Amit Sarin: Such age-old phrases that are reflected through our festivals is the ultimate essence for us to remember and practice in our day to day life. ‘Good’ means the ability to empathize with other people, to feel compassion for them, and to feel for their needs as your own. It means, selflessness, and self-sacrifice towards a greater cause, all qualities which stem from a sense of empathy. “Evil” is being self-centered, self-absorbed, greedy, when one’s own needs and desires are paramount. So practicing these “GOOD “ virtues is the victory of “Good over Evil. Happy Dussehra.

Shridhar Watsar: During my college days, when I was in 11th standard, other boys were ragging me but I was internally stable. After a couple of days, those boys became my good friends this way I witnessed the miracle of good over evil.

Sachin Parikh: I must tell you that personally at every moment of my life I feel there is always a victory of good over evil. Everyone’s life is full of challenges and new struggles but the secret of a good and stress-free life is to remain evil free and positive in life. Life is a full circle and your karma will come back and hit your life sooner or later. So, I strongly believe in this miracle and apply to my day to day life.

Amal Sherawat: Very recently, an incident happened to me. I was finalized for a web series and was working hard for it. Someone else was trying to malign my image to make sure I am out of it and he gets the role. I was angry but I chose faith over negativity. I kept working hard on myself with a positive mind and eventually shot for the series. I believe if you don’t think bad for others, God will never let anything bad happen to you.

 

Avinash Mishra:  I have witnessed. There was a time when my family was going through a bad financial state because of some rivalry in the family. But my father never said anything to any of the other family members because he knew he was betrayed by his people. But as we say, there is always a victory of good over evil. My father got promoted in a bank and we shifted to another city and people who betrayed us lost all their money and business but my father still helped them.

Ashish Trivedi: Each of us has a vision of good and evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good. Everyone has his idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.

 

Rajesh Kumar:  There is nothing evil and good, the division between bad, good, ugly are all man-made. Your mind divides the world into good or bad, nothing is bad, everything has some purpose and beauty. There is no difference between an ant and a human being. For me, Dussehra is a movement from darkness to light, unawareness to awareness. Rally for River is the biggest example for me. I was unaware about the condition of the river, a tree that was the evil thing, which was there in me that I was unaware about the drastic changes which were happening in the climate, soil and nature. But after Rally for River, that evil changed into good and I jumped from acting and contributed a little bit towards ecological development and the betterment of the earth, planet and nature

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