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Dialogue in the Dark – An Eye Opening Experience

BLACKDark! The word has been associated with color, absence of light and with thing eerie. But to many, it is the way they see the world. Do we really know what it is to be in dark? Not the dark we think of when we do not have sufficient information about a subject, the REAL Darkness. It will be an interesting question to answer since darkness in real is never experienced by many of us, not even in the night. Pitch darkness has literally existed only in thrillers for me. This realization dawned on me when I visited “Dialogue in the Dark” in Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah, Chennai. It is located on the other end of Food Court.  Wondering what is “Dialogue in the Dark”?

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Review of House of Cards Season 5 Episode 1

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House of Cards show focuses on the life of the Underwood, Frank and Claire as they foray into politics. From being a senator from North Carolina to getting promoted to Vice President and there to President. Frank, an unconventional man uses his unorthodox ways to get the better of them and steps his way up and kills any man or woman who gets in the way of his uprising. This show elucidates and gives the viewers an insight to American Politics from the perspective of a very strong man, Frank. This show does focus on other people such as Claire, Frank’s wife on how she helps her husband rise to power. “The power couple” is what they are known to be as they use politics and business hand in hand to rise in power, to prove power is worthier than money in this world.

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

This season starts on a strong note with Frank becoming President but we should wait and see if the power in the show is retained, specifically the anti-climax plot that creates the much needed excitement. This season will hopefully be better than last season as Season 4 became a bit dull after Frank becomes President. However, since this series starts off with Frank being his own self, it sends a strong note and the fans have even more to rejoice that Frank Underwood continues to rise to penultimate power and authority and does what he does best even though he is the most powerful man in the free world.

This first episode posts a satirical note on the Government and how it can get awry and complicated and if justice is done, there will be a positive note left by the people to the President and support is just a matter of belief. This episode gives a ravaging lift off to Season 5 as all fans know, Frank Underwood cannot be changed and everyone should know it (according to Frank).

The first episode brings up a positive note to fans and gives a shining example of how Mr. Underwood retains his glamour in a more older style. If you could not care more for political drama in this world, this episode fits right in.

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Free Dance Workshops from Swingers in Chennai

Love to shake a leg? Want to try out dance but unsure if you are cut out for it? Now is the chance to check it out.  Swingers, a well known name in western dance classes in Chennai is giving you free dance workshops at select locations and it is open for 3-60 years age group.  More details here –

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Square Feet Subbu Returns with Real Estate Essentials in his Own Style

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Humor has become the essence of everything – The fact being seriousness rules our life in every aspect and entertainment has become a source of relief.  See the rapid growth of Memes, comedians in movies, standup comedy shows,  it is best to package information in an interactive funny manner to get people to listen. Having got this pulse from the public, DRA homes connected with Venkatesh Harinathan of Theatre Group Stray factory to make Open Secrets, webisodes of  ‘Funfotainment’  to get across ‘Realestate Gyan’ to the discerning public looking to buy that shelter they have been planning for long.

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Kiddies Express Arrives with KungFu Panda, Madagascar and other movies

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It is summer vacation now and parents are busy finding the best way to engage kids in a constructive manner.  It is the time when summer camps and many vacation based programs gain prominence. But then, they are just few days’ programs and not all kids feel comfortable to be a part of this new exclusive gang.  In a normal scenario, the kids will be out on the roads playing cricket and cycling with neighborhood children but with scorching sun and summer taking on vehemently with sharper rise in day temperatures, it pays to keep the children indoors.  Think of indoors and any parent can have nightmare thinking of the damages and also the constant complaint and nagging of boredom and worse still their addiction to mobiles, computer games and Xbox / PlayStation.  So how about getting them hooked onto ‘Kiddies Express’ with &Pictures.

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Director Naga Launches our Online Video Channel Mystic Traditions MyTra

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We are happy to announce the launch of our new YouTube Channel Mystic Traditions MyTra  by Director Naga.  To professionals with expertise in their domain, scaling to an online channel is not easy both in terms of emotional and mental makeup and technical parameters. When we talk about Vlogging, it is another domain and the intention of it must be made clear. We chose to keep this Channel in English to reach more people and we will soon launch a Tamil version too.

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Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Mystic Traditions (MyTra) is the new initiative of Chennai Focus into the domain of video logging in other words Vlogging.   This product has come into being to satisfy our constant pursuit in bringing the power of professional videos to communicate and also use it effectively to explore the nuances and mysticism behind our culture and traditions, practices, and intentions behind it. It is a culmination of Experiment, Experience and Beliefs traversing the length and breadth of Science, Architecture, Ancient Wisdom, Archaeology and the list is endless. Such an attempt needs expertise and knowledge in the subject and also in scripting and film making and who else can it be than Director Naga to spearhead this initiative and take it to places we never had been with the right understanding.  Every initiative needs a catalyst to make it happen and we are happy to announce that Playwright  and Scriptwriter K.Vivekshankar has also joined us in providing multidimensional facet to our channel to explore more areas of application as we move forward. We thank him for his efforts in being instrumental in making our tiny thought into reality by doing all the ground work and taking over the administration and operations of our New YouTube channel MyTra.

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Adrenaline Rush : WildTribe Ranch Adventure Park Opens in ECR, Chennai

Chennai has a new fun element inaugurated on 12th March 2016. So get ready for the adrenaline rush. If you are the kind travelling on the ECR, you could not have missed the WildTribe Ranch next to Crocodile bank and Jade resorts. It is not a new kid in the block for Chennai but just for ECR since the adventure park has just moved from Ponneri to ECR after successful 9 years there. WildTribe called us to have the first feel (isn’t it thrilling?) through Chennai Bloggers Club (http://chennaibloggers.in). Here is our experience at the venue. For those not the real adventurous or the little fuzzy ones, here is a sigh of relief. WildTribe focuses on two main things – Safety and Hygiene. We had it proved when we were refused to try few of the adventures since safety check was not completed yet. Safety boards and precautions are there in red and yellow everywhere and the operators are clear on the permissible age and weight giving us the confidence we need to get onto the adventurous trail.

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Parenting Talk: Chu Chu TV for Children Makes Learning Fun

NewPicture873Children these days have lot of options to spend their time but the onus to make the time worthwhile and also educative lies in the hands of the parents and teachers. We can see preschoolers watching television serials with their parents and playing mobile games not suitable for their age. Precious time of their life is spent in unwanted knowledge capable of spoiling children’s character building. We grew up with toys, simple ones which allowed us to create our own world and dream our fantasy without any negative influence. Those were the initial seeds of creativity. Learning was limited to action oriented rhymes focusing on improving our memory, rhythm and physical activity. It was fun way of learning and had an impact on our minds which we fondly recall even today. Focus was on physical exercises and emotional growth was the aim and we never grew tired doing any of these unlike the kids today who complain of boredom, strain and tiredness even in preschool. To drive home the point, let us do a small exercise, can you recollect Jack and Jill, Ding Dong Bell and Twinkle twinkle little star?  It will be surprising to know that despite the age we are in, each one of us can recite it without any difficulties. So the solution lies in hitting back those days albeit a minor difference due to the way we grew up and the lifestyle of kids today.

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Malaysia Plays Host to Superstar’s Kabali and Surya’s S3 Shoots

Malaysia and Tamils have had an unique bonding,  a feeling of extended family from both sides. Whenever Malaysian Tamil friends come home, we never felt the distance or a feel that we are hosting foreigners, such is our connection.  Malaysia has gone over leaps and bounds in encouraging Tamils in their land to the extent we see premiere, launches happening there and the crowd is nowhere lesser in spirits or in numbers to encourage our fraternity.  Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board or Tourism Malaysia invites us with open arms and leaves no stones unturned to makes us feel at home with their hospitality and celebrations.  Their efforts  to see Malaysia as a  tourist destination at all levels has made a big impact with 27.4 million tourist arrivals and RM72 billion in receipts in 2014, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.  

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Now to the reel news in real, our Superstar Rajnikanth starrer Kabali,  is shot in some of the exotic locations of Malaysia over next few weeks and also stars a couple of Malaysian actors. This is the second schedule of shooting and the superstar was earlier in Malaysia last year and was astonished to see his fan following in the country. Kabali is an ambitious project which is loosely based on the life of popular don Kabaleeswaran.

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Theatre Talk: Connected Yet Disconnected

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Bombay Chanakya’s Kalamandir celebrates its 25th anniversary with 2 Tamil plays, ‘Moondravathu Kai’ (Third Hand)and ‘Naangaam Ulagam’(4th World). Both the plays are 1 hour plays and intermission is honoring the playwrights for their contribution to Tamil Theatre. We thank Bombay Chanakya for inviting us to watch the play, knowing well our capability to review without any bias.

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Set it, Record it, and Watch it at your Own Pace

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Out on a shopping spree or a function, my sisters refuse to come out in the evening after 6 PM. No hard rules or conditions  or kids waiting at home, it is the serials that they watch that beckons them. The discussion on the happenings in the serial is so intense, I start feeling that it is happening in our family. We are not here to debate if it is good or not but for the ones at home who have sons and daughters-in-law at work, grandchildren at school, this forms the basis of their entertainment and keeps them away from being lonely and without boredom.

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