Film Review: Children Of The Pyre

Cast – Yogi, Manish, Ashish, Gagan, Ravi

Director – Rajesh Jala

Let me tell you in the beginning only that it’s a National Award winning film, but it’s very ironic. Normally, we do perceive the National Awards as the acknowledgement of talent, creativity and uniqueness, but we also take it as something which is funded by the establishment. So, if the jury finds a film made on the troubled childhood of some Benares ragpickers top award worthy then it’s like the acceptance of the government’s failure in understanding the grass root issues.

The documentary makes it very clear in the beginning that the audience should not expect a feel good film as it features heart wrenching images. Well, the director actually meant it as the premise of the film is Manikarnika Ghat and its adjacent places. Those who know Benares also know the importance of Manikarnika in the life. The local mass comes here to burn the dead bodies. So, the story begins with a bunch of children whose prime duty is to help the visitors in arranging the pyre and other religious rituals. Once the pyre is reduced to ashes, they get their wedges and begin to look forward to the next dead man. The situation is more absurd rather grim than what my words are conveying. Just imagine the condition of children spending day and night among burning pyres. The collective failure of the society lies not just in their presence at such a place, but in their absence from schools. Poor, downtrodden, illiterate and bitten by the bug of globalisation, these kids have turned into a walking inferno. Foul mouthed, hardened from inside, drug addict, these are the real by-products of social negligence. And mind you, this is not a Bollywood film where they will still behave as per the popular expectations.

There is a point in the film where a 10 something child sings the National Anthem. His version is distorted but very meaningful. It’s a mixture of the songs he hears around him and reminds the viewer of their own vulnerable state.

Rajesh Jala tracked his characters for a long period and this reflects in the film because the children open their darkest secrets to him, but sometimes this proximity works otherwise when the children call him sir. It immediately establishes the distance between both sides of the camera. Also, it seems he is trying to put words in the children’s mouths. But, it’s a minor fault and the film offers so much that you would willingly overlook it.

The later part of ‘Children of the Pyre’ becomes more interesting as it showcases songs and dance. The cinematographer and the sound designer have done a marvellous job as they didn’t let any single significant event slip by. The mood and the flavour of the city is evident in a scene where the pyres are burning beside a ‘cultural’ event. This is that reality which nobody wants to address. We have neither become capitalists nor have remained socialists.

Sometimes the seven protagonists find the National Flag while picking the shrouds from the holy river. They sell it for Rs 3-5. The use of Kumar Gandharv’s song in the background also gives the story a new dimension.

To me, the most significant aspect of ‘Children of the Pyre’ is the anger with which these kids are growing up. Trust me, they can become anything if not channelized well, and then we will curse the system for their emergence without realising that we have also failed them.

Overall, ‘Children of the Pyre’ is haunting, finely crafted and important. I won’t mind giving the National Award to such a film again.

Prem Shankar Mishra
Member, Social Media Club

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Children of the Pyre: Film Review

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The children of the pyre is a real life,self narrative story of seven children who make their living out of dead ones.They live under extreme condition at India’s busiest cremation land manikarnika in varanasi. They are living very strugling life some burn the dead bodies some collect shrouds or if people refuse to gave them they snatch it or steal it just because they have no option. They sell these shrouds to make their living.

The director Mr. Rajesh S. Jala has try to show their whole life in just 75mins and he suceeded in that also. He potrait all the things how they live, what they do,what they eat. In this age where children must go to school have fun but they people become so mature they know this thing that their is no one who will feed their family thats why they have to do this work. Due to this kind of environment in which they are living they started doing all those thing which a children should not do.

They started smoking , drinking alcohol, eating tabacco and drugs. They normally eat 25 packets of tabacco in a day and says these things gave them energy to do this kind of work. This was very much heart touching documentary. The shocking thing was that they are treated as untouchables just because they touch shrouds and dead bodies of several people who are making other souls free from this world they are treated as untouchables. Even they have lots of problems and struggle in their life they try to live it freely by enjoying it. Laughing, smiling , being abusive and fighting has become a part of their lifes. The short 75 minute film tell us helplessness leads us to do every thing to make our living they are even ready to spend their lifes with dead bodies.

They started living their lifes with fear and now they are used of it. Some times i feel my self so lucky that i m having everything. T dont have to struggle so much. As they are doing just to eat two times of meal. Mr. Rajesh S. Jala try to end his film by asking a simple question. They people dream or not. I am very sad to lisen this thing that tgey people become so mature and they know the reality check of their lifes that they have stop dreaming and some of them have guts to dream but they know its impossible to dream.

We can say it a pure real film without any kind of speciap seffects or mixture. This is the reality check of their lives.
Riya Dua
Member, Social Media Club

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A Visit To The Delhi Book Fair 2014


” अंतर्राष्ट्रीय रिश्तों को सुधरने की ओर अग्रसर दिल्ली पुस्तक मेला”

२० वां पुस्तक मेला दिल्ली के प्रगति मैदान में इंडिया ट्रेड प्रमोशन संस्थान और फेडरेशन ऑफ़ इंडियन पब्लिशर्स द्वारा आयोजित किया गया | नौ दिनों तक चलने वाला यह मेला इतिहास का सबसे बड़ा पुस्तक मेला रहा | जिसमे देश-विदेश के प्रकाशकों और विक्रेताओं ने हिस्सा लिया जैसे पाकिस्तान,अमेरिका,चीन आदि | पुस्तक मेले में अलग -अलग श्रेणियों जैसे अधयात्म और धार्मिक, शेरो-शायरी, कविताओं आदि की पुस्तको को भी प्रदर्शित किया गया | बच्चों को लुभाने के लिए विभिन्न प्रकार की मनोरंजक कॉमिक्स जैसे चाचा चौधरी आदि भी प्रदर्शनी में रखी गई | यह दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले केवल दिल्ली वासियों को लुभाने तक ही सिमित नही था | बल्कि इस दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले द्वारा अंतर्राष्ट्रीय रिश्तों को सुधरने की कोशिश की गई | पिछले दिनों पाकिस्तान की ओर सीज़फायर के उल्लंघन के चलते दोनों देशो के बीच काफी तनाव रहा | जिस तरह चीन के द्वारा की गई गुस्पेट को लेकर देश में काफी कोहराम मचा रहा | फिर भी यह सब भूल कर भारत ने पाकिस्तान और चीन दोनों ही देशो को दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले में हिस्सा लेने का प्रस्ताव दिया | इससे यह साफ़ ज़ाहिर होता है कि भारत अपने पड़ोसी देशो के साथ दोस्ताना सम्बन्ध बनाना चाहता है | जिसमे फरवरी २०१५ में होने वाला विश्व पुस्तक मेला अंतर्राष्ट्रीय रिश्तों को सुधरने में एक अहम भूमिका निभाएगा | अब देखना यह है कि अंतरास्ट्रीय रिश्तों को सुधाने कि यह कोशिश कितनी कामयाब होती है |

Shubham Sharma
Photo Credit: Rahul Saha
Members, Social Media Club

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Guest Lecture on Stock Market


IMG_5798On 28th of august,2014 the students of BBA- 3rd semester got an opportunity to attend a guest lecture by Mr. Lalit singhal, heading equity research department at ‘well india limited’.
Along with him were subanshu singh – head of IBBM (an extension of ‘well India’) and Mr. Anuj from the marketing department.

They were at jims to throw light on technical and derivative research and also about the career opportunities available in stock market business and how fruitful finance can be as a profession.

They vanished the fear of stock market from our mind, made us believe that risk is only a part of it and we should not be fearful of the risk present. With appropriate knowledge we can command in this profession. They motivated us towards investing by 1st gaining knowledge about the big giants of business industry and how their each action affects the market in a big way.

BBA-III Semester

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Too Young, Too Sensual

Its disturbing! Its pathetic! Its really a matter of shame! But something has to be done regarding this. I mean… how can the wifi stop working when all the bills are already paid. daaah! Silly Networks!
Anyways, that can be sort out with just a call at the service centre. But there is something more disturbing! More Painful! Something that we have either overlooked or took it as a note of trendy development in our country. Something that appears absent. Something that I find hard to re-accomplish. (and here the networks are back, long live wifi).
Loss of innocence in childhood is a complex reality. Little girls are proud to admit that they want to be “hot and sexy” too soon. Pre-teen kids dance provocatively to item numbers like Muni and Shiela. I remember, when I was a kid, guests at home would ask me to dance or sing. My all time favourite at such situations used to be ‘Bole Chudia Bole Kangna’, from K3G. And no matter how I performed, I was always treasured for the decency and purity I performed with. Opposing to this, a 10-year younger generation prefer to ape sensual dance steps of beside the point item songs, flashing fakeness and impurity. Here I pay homage to the LOSS of INNOCENCE (for gifting us junior adults).
The present generation has too much information. These kids know everything and have experienced nothing. Young girls are dressing more like adults because the markets are overflowing with lavishing adult fashion for those little ones. Contemporary Media is declaring that all other aspects of one’s personality like intelligence, artistic abilities, spirituality, community contributions are worthless. Needless to mention, this have a negative impact on young minds, including high incidence of eating disorders(as a kid, they should crave for chocolates, not 0-size figures).
Children are already being bombarded with sexual images. They are even more vulnerable, since the societal and cultural attitudes prevents such discussions. Kids who aren’t a part of this feels odd. There is pressure on them to indulge in such talks. Every little innocent one wants a fit in the crew. For this, they will leave no stone unturned. Wearing make-up like applying Pan-Cakes, Selective and standarised choice (something that their favourite actors wore in their last hit/flop) in anything and everything, is now the new defination of young and innocent. The way little ones dress up is worrying. Children today are far more cautious about their looks than their minds can handle. This also create a negative impact on their emotional lives. Through internet, music videos, and various television shows, kids are getting wrong impression.
There is a need to curb the amount of adult oriented material accessed by kids. We need the laws that are sensible enough to be practically implemented. Parents also need to indulge proactively in their kid’s life. A child should always reflect his/her divine simplicity, unmatched cuteness and adorable charm.

Shaifali Bhardwaj
III Year

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Where Are the Kites…

As every other evening, I was standing at the bus stop where people waiting for their buses looked more thoughtless than the non-respiring buses that they were waiting for. Smart ladies with Gucchi purses (I doubt, if original) made me feel proud at one moment and think of a future like theirs at the other. A day long work and then a ‘need-to-sleep-but-have-to-cook’ expression at their faces told me why this category of unfortunate bus stand lovers looked thoughtless. Then I turned my eyes over perfectly crisped shirts, mostly in check patterns complimented with dark shades of trousers. And then I moved my eyes over the faces that these clothes were carrying (Ooops! Reverse). The faces that had uniquely same nose, eyes, lips, and sweat! This category looked exhausted, as if dreaming to take the wrong bus intentionally and go on a different route of which they hope to be a swimming pool of delightful and stress free life. This category is often seen staring at the cars that could afford their owners (Ooops! Reverse). Well, they are tired, dreamers…yet thoughtless! And there was a happy category (or a bunch) of a blend of smart, sweet, funny people laughing at one liners and PJ’s. This group was though not very unfortunate to be a member of ‘Bus Stop Club’, as they looked full of life and their life appeared full of reasons to be thoughtless. Neither they had any tension of what to cook today, nor were they tired of any scheduled life. All they cared about was ‘who is going to pay for Momos and Cream Roll’. Aaaah! This life! This youthful, sparkling life! It takes a lot to reach to this life!
Where we stand today, may be considered a part of our decisions, but how we stand is a long story of our upbringing. We believe in moving on with the passing of time. We believe in collecting what comes our way and live with it. We believe in a lifestyle that is fast paced and flashing. Without realizing what we leave behind while we believe to be at the top!
While my half empty brain unnecessarily observed these thoughtless appearing unfortunate bus lovers, the whistle of my phone (yea! Smart one) beeped. I scrolled down the curtain on the screen to check my notifications! There were a few people fascinating me with ‘abe chal’, ‘mogambo khush hua’, ’satakli’ etc sort of stickers on Hike. Also there were two messages for some property at Noida Expressway. And a few messages on whatsapp some of which made an appeal to set Indian Flag as Profile Picture.
Well now! That’s Pretty Interesting! (Yo Holiday!) The non respiring buses, the thoughtless people, the carefree youngsters… nothing entertained my half empty brain about the Holiday (ooo… I should mean holy day). And something more alarming at the moment was no excitement for the 68th Independence Day. I rolled my eyes up to check if the sky was as vibrant as I used to see Pre-Independence day few years back. I wanted to check if the craze of ‘I-BOW’ still exists. But I realised, things have changed and now restricted to change of whatsapp DP. I could soon sense the clear skies of the evening, which years ago at the same time used to play with a no. of colourful rhombus thing- The KITES!
Days before the celebration of Independence Day, I remember running up to the terrace with every single Kid living in the same building where I did. We always had one or two uncles who used to join us, not just because they helped us fly the kites, but also because they feared that we kids will ape Shaktiman and his revolving stunt on terrace. As a part of Contradiction, today a 6-year old would be considered mature and smart enough to operate tablets and chat on Social Networking Sites.
I remember the Celebration used to be grand, though on a small scale. As what we valued was the fun and get to gathers. The aunties would make Samosas and Pakodas (I doubt, if they could actually make something so delicious), there used to be songs, dancing, fun, and the sacred national anthem.
We used to buy stacks of kites, as apart from eating, sleeping, home works, lame excuses of headaches and fever… childhood is meant to enjoy and play. And during the month of August, playing meant flying kites. (Though for me, it meant either to carry “Charkhi” or just hold the “maanjha”…but I have always considered it a way of fun that is beyond happiness)
Those were the days and that was the childhood. Even today we have days, weeks, hours…but what we have lost is the innocence of life. The little things that brought grand joy are vanishing and grand developments in technology that is bringing temporary and fake satisfaction at the name of a “joyful life” is advancing.
Should not it be just the reverse…?
There is no one to blame for my non-excitement for this holy day, neither the non respiring buses, nor the thoughtless people. Neither the carefree youngsters, nor my half empty brain. But I just pray and feel pity for the clear sky. I feel pity that there are so less children to run up to the terrace and pay their contributions to make the sky vibrant with a few countable numbers of kites. There is no scope of ‘I-BOW’ competition. I wonder if there is any “fly the kite” app on their smart phones!
Anyways! Back with my eyes at the bus stop, I decided to quickly get into the over-crowded, hanging people bus (yeah! They unbelievably hang at the doors) and run to buy kites (and I hoped, people still sell them). And right now, my colour ful purchase is right in front of my eyes. Time to call friends, and fly some kites (or may be hold the ‘charkhi’) Time to have fun- Outdoors! And enough of reading this for you as well! Go out and happy flying.

3rd year

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JIMS, Lajpat Nagar

Jagannath Gupta Memorial Educational Society is a registered non-profit organization imparting high quality professional education for the past 20 years in NCR-Delhi and Jaipur.

The objective of the society relate to achieving a high rate of economic growth through creating a pool of professionally qualified and skilled managers and entrepreneurs. Students qualified from JIMS have proved their worth in Business and industry. This institution has a legacy of nurturing the best talent among individuals in the diverse areas of Management, Information Technology, Journalism & Mass Communication, Hospitality & Catering, and Fashion & Interior Design. The Institution has been imparting knowledge based academic inputs and overall development of the seekers since 1993 under the aegis of Jagan Nath Gupta Memorial education Society. The institution has a deep rooted alumni network with industry linkages and makes the graduating students multifaceted which helps in fostering the changing demands of the industry and the society at large.

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JIMS ,Lajpat Nagar hosted a Farewell Party for the outgoing batches of the college on the 9th of April’2014 . Gracing the occasion were Prof (Maj.Gen.)M.P.Singh -Director(JIMS,Lajpat Nagar) .
Despite the rising mercury, the student turnover at “Royal Palace hall” –the venue for the “Farewell Party” this year -was high. Dressed in immaculate suits, flowing dresses and elegant sarees, the students walked in all mature and grown -up, ready to shoulder the responsibilities that lay ahead. The title giving ceremony indeed highlighted the fine camaraderie that existed between the juniors and the seniors. The program that began with the hosts extending a warm welcome to the management, faculty members and students continued with seniors receiving cards, flowers and gifts from their beloved juniors. To make it all the more memorable, the students made sure that they danced together with each of their favorite seniors to the high decibel music. The end of the program saw the seniors and the juniors munching on the delectable snacks.

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Farewell 2014




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