She’s Got A Sparkle In Her Eyes: ~Balika Vadhu~

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Jadish and Ganga stood in her bedroom

looking at her…

I know what’s going on in both of your minds, won’t you like to know about my thoughts.

Today, at the dinner table how without hesitation Nadkishore asked Niranjan to sit on Basant’s chair.

Both of you saw it as well.

Well, I have been observing since a few days that Gehna has got a kind of sparkle in her eyes.

She is smiling after months. This was possible because of Niranjan’s arrival.

She looks very happy. In fact, she even hums at times.

Perhaps I am not wrong when I say that the void created in Gehna’s life due to Basant’s death

can be filled by Niranjan!

~Kalyani~

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~Balika Vadu Cast~

Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh/Jagdish’s Grandmother (Surekha Sikri)

Jagdish Barion Singh/Jagya/Jagat (Shashank Vyas)

Ganga Jagdish Singh (Sargun Mehta)

Basant Dharamveer Singh/Basant Mahaveer Singh/Nadu’s father (Satyajit Sharma)

Gehna Basant Singh/Nandu’s mother (Neha Marda)

Niranjan Singh/Rahul Lohan

Nandikishor (Nandu) Basant Singh (grandson)

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Old Man Don’t Play With Kids! Chaudhary & Maati ~Veer-Zaara~

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I, Chaudhary Sumer Singh am incomplete without your Maati [Chaudhary]

~Amitabh Bachchan~

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Oh, Chaudhary Sumer Singh, where the hell are you? Where’s he gone now? [Maati]

(Chaudhary is caught up in the middle of a game of cricket with the village kids)

Oh, Chaudhary Sumer Singh. [Maati]

Father, Maati’s call you. [Young Boy]

– Yes, right. I heard her… She always calls me at the wrong time. [Chaudhary]

Come here, son. I’ll tell you something. [Chaudhary]

(he puts his arm around the young boy’s shoulder as they walk along)

Don’t ever make the mistake of getting married. If you do you won’t be able to score a goal for the rest of your life. [Chaudhary]

All right, sir. [Young Boy]

(the young boy walks away from him)

– Chaudhary Sumer Singh. [Maati]

I’m coming. [Chaudhary]

(they face each other)

Oh my dear one, how many times do I have to tell you not to disturb me during a game. [Chaudhary]

And how many times do I tell you if you want to die then lie down on the bed and die. Don’t play with kids old enough to be your grandchildren and get your bones broken. [Maati]

Let me tell you one thing. In this entire village, there is not a single player who can compete with Sumer Singh. [Chaudhary]

Except for your son, look what he’s been up to. [Maati]

Veeru’s come? Where? [Chaudhary]

– but not alone. He’s got married. [Maati]

What are you saying? [Chaudhary]

– Look there. [Maati]

(half the village is following Veeru home)

~Veer-Zaara~

Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Amitabh Bachchan)

Maati/Saraswati~Kaur (Hema Malini)~

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After 25 Years She Still Had Hope: ~Dil Diyaan Gallaan~

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Although she didn’t get the chance to speak to him, her husband changed his mind and hung up the phone before revealing who he was to his son, she got so excited as she heard the voice of her grown son over the phone after 25 years and said…

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I’m like this since childhood.

I’m a fool!

I get so happy with small things.

As if I’ve found a big treasure.

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~Sanjyot Kaur/Sanjot Dilpreet Singh Brar

(Jasjeet Babbar)

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~Dil Diyaan Gallaan~

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If A Woman Decides… ~Balika Vahdu~

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If a woman decides

she can even get the

moon to the earth…

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~Kalyani Singh~

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~Balika Vadu~

Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh

/Jagdish’s Grandmother (Surekha Sikri)

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Pratiksha’s Broken Heart: ~Pyar Ke Saat Vachan Dharampatnii~

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Pratiksha runs through the street crying and accidentally runs directly into Ravi as he is standing next to his car. He looks at her confused and doesn’t quite understand why she’s crying yet gently hands her a clean white handkerchief from his pocket.

What happened? [Ravi Randhawa]

(She doesn’t say a word and continues to cry and breathe heavily.)

I understand you don’t want to tell me why you are crying. That’s ok. These are your eyes. These are your tears. [Ravi Randhawa]

(She still doesn’t say a word except continue to cry and breathe heavily.)

This heart is yours and so is this pain. I can’t get rid of your pain now. Nor can I wipe your tears away. I know that. But I can certainly offer this handkerchief to you. [Ravi Randhawa]

(She still doesn’t say a word except continue to cry and breathe heavily.)

Look, it’s up to you to decide what you want to do in the future. The path of yours. And so is the destination. And you know where to start the journey. But shall I tell you something if you don’t mind? Don’t let these tears be the weakness during your journey. Wipe them away. And don’t fret over it. [Ravi Randhawa]

(She takes the handkerchief and wipes her tears.)

Okay. [Pratiksha Parekh]

(Sniffles and blows her nose.)

And if you want to sneeze, give me a warning. I’ll step back a few steps. [Ravi Randhawa]

(She gives a slight smile to him.)

Sorry. Can you tell me why you are crying so much? I’m asking you this question because I have seen you. The pain in your eyes tells me someone tried to force themselves on you. Or someone broke your heart and wronged you. And if that’s the case… [Ravi Randhawa]

Then? [Pratiksha Parekh]

Give that man a befitting reply. Put him in his place. Look if you become weak now, you’ll never be able to stand on your feet again… [Ravi Randhawa]

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~Pyar Ke Saat Vachan Dharampatnii~ (Meaning- Seven Vows of Love)

Pratiksha Parekh (Kritika Yadav)

Ravi Randhawa (Fahmaan Khan)

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I learned that this new serial has my favorite movie of all time “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.” written all over it. Imagine a remake of that amazing movie, well, it remains to be seen. We shall see…. but I’m all ears. lol!

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~Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna-Never Say Goodbye~

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Kalyani’s Eldest Son Basant Dies In An Accident: ~Balika Vadhu~

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Have you ever had a premonition or a foreboding? Well, Kalyani got a premonition… actually it came to her in a dreamish nightmare. She dreamed that Basant was a child, crying and calling out for her help as he was being forcefully taken away by some unknown persons and so she was seriously shaken up and disturbed by this nightmare that she couldn’t return back to sleep she immediately got up from her bed that night and went to check on her eldest son. She showed up in the bedroom he share with his family. She had to physically touch, see and speak to him in order to get some type of relief. And even then she was skeptical about having this dream period.

It was around this time that they shared some very tear-jerking, loving, and endearing moments between them. It was as if she knew he would be going away to never return.

Despite the fact that he wasn’t her birth son, you would never know it when you saw how they were with each other. He always honored and respected her and I believe he was this way because she did so much for him that she actually deserved it.

His personality was that he always was very loving and protective of her and she was as loving and protective of him in the same way. I always admired and enjoyed watching their close and loving mother-son relationship.

I tell you further that he was the type of person who’d go all out for his family. I liked to call him a gangster. Lol! If anyone of the members of the family was in any type of trouble, you could bet your bottom dollar that he’d be the first to show up, always strapped and ready for action right along with his posse to break some bones if need be. I like to call him the strong gentle giant. He was brave, tough, rough and a no-nonsense type but yet he was gentle when he needed to be with his wife, son, and family members.

I see it this way… the way he died is the way he lived. As he was returning to pick her up from the temple, he saw her walking in the middle of the road to meet up with him oblivious to the fact that there was an out-of-control truck barreling down the road towards her, so he jumped out of his vehicle in a nick of time to save her, he pushed her out of the danger, off to the side of the road putting himself in the danger in her stead. He was hit by the ongoing truck. He was rushed to the hospital but Dr. Jagdish couldn’t save him, apparently, he had died with his head in her lap on the road.

Gehna spent the entire day preparing her husband Basant’s favorite delicious dishes that day as she was happily waiting for his return but instead shocked to find him returning through the door being carried in. Gehna and Nandu’s hearts were crushed.

Anandi, Shiv, Alok, and Iravati drove to be there as soon as they got wind about his death but Bhairon and Sumitra couldn’t be there for the funeral because there were no flights available for a week due to a snowstorm in the USA as they were there taking care of the extended family but will surely arrive there shortly afterward.

Although it’s been a very sad and emotional two days of watching this show, I had to hold onto a box of tissues to wipe away my little tears.

I watched how the entire village of people showed up on the day he died in support of him and his family. And of course, every single one was devastated. I don’t know how the family will go on, especially Kalyani because she said she wished she had died instead of her loving son. She felt she was old and had lived her life, but he was still needed there to be with his wife, son, and the rest of the family.

I tell you this… I’m sure that there will be nothing but sadness lingering in the mansion now for a very long time. I never thought they were going to write him out of the show like that because he was one of the most exciting of the characters.

But one thing I do know for sure is that his character was greatly missed on this show by all the fans of this amazing show at the time of airing.

Satyajit Sharma as Basant, has acted in numerous television and films and has won the Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Actor in a negative role in 2008, the Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Actor in a supporting role in 2010, and won an ITA (Indian Television Academy Awards) for Best Actor-Male in 2017.

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I wrote this post

in honor of

Surekha Sikri”

and

Sidharth Shukla

~May you both Rest In Peace~

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~Balika Vadhu Cast~

Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh/Jagdish’s Grandmother (Surekha Sikri)

Basant Dharamveer Singh/Basant Mahaveer Singh/Kalyani Devi’s Eldest Son (Satyajit Sharma)

Gehna Basant Singh/Nandu’s mother (Neha Marda)

Nandikishor (Nandu) Basant Singh/Kalyani Devi’s (grandson)

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Jagdish Barion Singh/Jagya/Jagat/ (Shashank Vyas)

Ganga Jagdish Singh/ Jagdish’s second wife/ Mannu and Abhimanyu’s mother (Sargun Mehta)

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Anandi Khajaan Singh/Anandi Jagdish Singh/ Jadish’s first wife (Toral Rasputra)

Shivraj (Shiv) Shekhar /Anandi’s Second Husband/Anoop and Meenakahi’s son/ Alok and Iravati’s adopted son/Mahi’s brother/Sanchi’s cousin brother/Amol’s adoptive father (Sidharth Shukla)

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Bhairon Dharamveer Singh/Jagdish’s father/Kalyani’s youngest son (Anup Soni)

Sumitra Bhairon Singh/Jagdish’s mother (Smita Bansal)

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Also, I’d like to take time out to mention the fact that we’ve lost a whole host of famous amazing actors and actresses that I loved and adored last year two of which were in this show who is Surekha Sikri and Sidharth Shukla.

Surekha Sikri as Kalyani Devi, in the Hindi soap Balika Vadhu, is yet another one of my favorite actresses. She was a veteran Indian actress in film, theatre, and television, and I was devastated to have found out that she passed away last year on July 16, 2021, at age 76. She previously had a stroke in 2020 and couldn’t act anymore. But I tell you if you haven’t watched any of her acting she is well known for her talent and for her being a very feisty spirit, she’s a lively, energetic and wonderful actress and I tell you she will surely be missed for this industry as she was an excellent, excellent actress! She has won so many awards as they are numerous different types of awards, one of which was the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress which she won three times. I won’t write here all the awards she has won because they are numerous the information can be found on Wikipedia at this link below… she has a very interesting background and interesting life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surekha_Sikri

Also not to go without mentioning Sidharth Shukla as Shivraj (Shiv) Shekhar in the Hindi soap, Balika Vadhu, was one of my favorite actors who passed away September 2, 2021, at age 40. I feel like he died way too soon and so I wrote a little piece about him on this blog around the time of his death. If you’d like to read it feel free to do so.

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The Benefits Of Drinking Hot Water In The Morning: Balika Vadu

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Drinking hot water early

in the morning on an

empty stomach

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will keep

your stomach clean.

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It will brighten your vision.

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It will purify your blood

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which will cure all types

of skin diseases.

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~Kalyani Singh~

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~Balika Vadu~

Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh/Jagdish’s Grandmother (Surekha Sikri)

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Still Prepping: Getting More Canning Supplies Before The Trucks Stop Rolling

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I thought to get a steam canner while I still could get one and that it would come in quite handy especially now with grocery prices soaring up higher and higher and with all that’s being said that the country is expected to run low on diesel within the next few weeks. The word is that trucks will not be rolling this winter making the food left on the shelves in the grocery stores very minimal and much higher in price.

So although I already have a traditional water bath canner, and I still need to purchase a pressure canner as well, for now with all this talk going on about possible water shortages, I thought purchasing an aluminum 7-quart jar capacity steam canner would be perfect. And the reason I purchased this one, in particular, is that it requires less of my time, energy (the water heats up faster so uses less gas or electricity), and much less water (80% less water) than my regular traditional water bath canner would.

In addition to that, we picked up more mason jars, extra tops, and pectin.

So this week we are planning to have fun in making a few batches of grape jelly with 100% Welch’s grape juice, also I want to try my hand at making a few jars of homemade hot sauce as well. And what I like about this canner is that it’s lightweight and faster to use. So I am looking forward to that.

What I know about the steam canner is that it is safe to use for all high-acid fruits and vegetables.

Also this week we were very lucky in that our grocery store had a sale on canned veggies which were priced at $.49 cents a can. So we stocked up and so that was so nice.

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My Fall & Winter Book Club Selections

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This year I’ve started my own personal “Book Club” with the persons I love and so I have 25 books listed below that I hope we will get through into next year sometime along with my husband and one other person. I tell you I’m super excited about it.

So far we’ve started reading “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara and I tell you I’ve fallen in love with the characters of this book already. I could tell right away that it might be one of my favorite books of this year.

And although I do enjoy all seasons it seems that fall and winter are my favorites for staying in with some of my favorite comfort foods, delicious hot drinks, watching romantic Hindi movies/serials, Diamond Painting, arts and crafts, learning how to knit on a knitting board and reading.

Another thing I’d like to mention is that I prefer to take my time savoring the moment, so I have no set pace or dates in which I plan to finish a book, but I make sure to set aside some time each day to read so that I can at least complete the book within a few days or sometimes a few weeks. No big rush. If I rush through anything I lose the joy of doing the thing. I like reading early in the morning before getting out of bed sometimes or after getting dressed and eating breakfast and right after dinner time. I also love reading all kinds of cookbooks as they are so entertaining.

So if you like feel free to check out the two lists below as you might find at least one book interesting enough to open the pages.

MY MAIN BOOK LIST

1. “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

2. “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

3. “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

4. “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion

5. “Ernest Hemingway Book: The Biography of Ernest Hemingway: Man of Adventure, Romance and World-Renowned Prose” by University Press

6. “The Hemingway Women” by Bernice Kert

7. “Finding Me: A Memoir” by Viola Davis

8. “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold

9. “Underworld: A Novel” by Don DeLillo

10. “The Giver (Giver Quartet, 1)” by Lois Lowery

11. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

12. “The Library At The Edge Of The World” by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

13. “Bitterblue (Graceling Realm)” and

14. “Graceling (Graceling Realm, 1)” and

15. “Fire (A Companion to Graceling)” and

16. “Winterkeep (Graceling Realm)” by Kristin Cashore

17. “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama

MY ROMANCE BOOKS LIST

1. “A Knight In Shining Armor” and

2. “The Black Lyon” by Jude Deveraux

3. “The Lion’s Lady” and

4. “Castles” by Julie Garwood

5. “Falling for The Highlander: Highland Brides (Highland Brides, 4)” by Lynsay Sands

6. “If You Were Mine” by Melanie Harlow

7. “Protecting What’s Mine: A Small Town Love Story” by Lucy Score

8. “The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet 3)” by Julia Quinn

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May You All Have A Blessed and Warm Upcoming Winter”

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Still A Woman ~Swaran Ghar~

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Listen…

Whatever role a woman takes on, she does it with her mind and soul.

But a man never loses his masculinity.

While playing the role of a mother, sister, daughter-in-law, and daughter, Swarna has forgotten

that she is a woman too.

She needs to be reminded that she has equal rights to live and think for herself.

Swarna is scared of her children and society.

That what people will say?

She thinks her bus has left.

You need to convince her that

sometimes the buses and

the routes can be changed and

one of her buses is still waiting for her.

You need to convince her that age

has nothing to do with love.

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~Bebe~

~Swarna’s Mother in Law~

~Swaran Ghar~

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