The Harmandir Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the Golden Temple, is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.
It was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, in the 16th Century. The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside the Gurdwara. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship.
Is there a particular order in which one should read/watch Shakespeare's plays? I've heard that you have to read a bunch of ancient literature like the Iliad and get to know all the ancient philosophers and then you have to read/watch Shakespeare in a very particular order. Thoughts?
No??? There are no rules in Shakespeare, and there’s no right way to enjoy his plays. You might find you really like the history plays, and have fun comparing Shakespeare’s version of history to the real thing. You might prefer his comedies, and find you have the most fun watching adaptations which preserve the language but throw in contemporary references, gender-reversed roles and a creative setting - like the recent Globe version of Midsummer which had a gay couple, Beyonce’s Single Ladies, and a Bollywood theme. Maybe you’ll find you can’t get past the language at all no matter how hard you try, but you really enjoy the stories, so you’ll watch stuff like She’s The Man, 10 Things I Hate About You and Shakespeare Retold. Maybe you’ll adore tragedies, and you’ll want to do some philosophising with Hamlet so you’ll research all the influences of thought in that play. You might like film adaptations, or prefer to go to tiny productions down the road that have an audience of 20 people and a budget of $2 and a paperclip.
Shakespeare is meant to be enjoyable. Don’t get hung up on the notion that there’s a right way to read Shakespeare, or that you need to Appreciate him as Great Literature™. The guy was a storyteller, and it’s up to you to figure out which stories you like and how you like them to be told. Take his work at face value, and if you want to do further reading to get deeper into the text and tease out possible meanings or cultural contexts you may have missed, do it because you want to, not because you feel you have to.
Thank you medha!!!! my mom suggested i had a full on indian bollywood themed b day??? i said no BUT there’s going to be a shit ton of bollywood songs at my party and im so happy bc one of my friends is helping me with the playlist and its bringing all these memories of sitting in my house and dancing to jab we met songs AHH
A few weekends ago we spent an evening out at a place called Riverland. It is a big compilation of restaurants, stores and also has two connecting theme parks, Legoland Waterpark and Bollywood. The four different themed zones which are planted around the man-made river are the Boardwalk (set up to mimic an American beach boardwalk,) the French Village, the India Gate, and the Peninsula which was at the heart of the park.
Riverland itself did not have that much more to offer than any other typical strip mall in Dubai, except that this particular weekend was special. The annual Rhythm Festival was happening with numerous outdoor musical acts, concerts, and performances sprinkled throughout the entire park. We saw jazz bands, drummers, solo artists, Emirati dancers, and even the local favorite, Mudassar Jackson (a Michael Jackson impersonator), who was BAD. And if you love MJ as much as me, you’ll know that by BAD, I mean AWESOME!!! Ella takes after my own heart and really lit up to the music which you can see in her dance video below. Make sure to notice the other little kid dancing on her bench too.
We also had fun marching around the French Village with the New Orleans Marching Band who played those old American favorites like “When the Saints Go Marching In” prompting even the locals to march along. And there was a fun workshop on Capoeira which is a strange but pretty cool Brazilian art combining dance with fight. But the best part of the whole night was a bongo drum workshop. My little drummer girl beat that drum for 10 minutes straight with an ear-to-ear grin that never let down. She was in heaven and I was right there in heaven with her getting to watch my child take so much joy in making music. The video below is kinda lengthy (5 minutes) but for Ella’s grandparents and aunts, her videos can never be too long.
Add in an ice cream shop called Ella’s Creamery and the night couldn’t have been any better. You may be wondering about the lack of additional pics, but I was a dingbat and left my phone at home, and Ken’s phone died shortly after we arrived. Hopefully my recap and the pics/videos below are enough to bring you a little bit closer to our side of the world.