Vaibhav Rege in Conversation with Javed Akhtar
Vaibhav Rege   Jan-2019   91 Views   0 Comments

Vaibhav : Good afternoon friends I am Vaibhav from Top Pick media, and at this moment I have with me, a personality who is not only famous in India but all over the world as a poet, lyricist and script writer -  Mr. Javed Akhtar.

Welcome to Dallas Javed Sahab 

Javed Akhtar : Thank you very much. Let me introduce you to Mr. Parthiv and Ms. Jhanvi, these are the main singers or should I say the only singers. They have beautiful voices. The program that this team has prepared is an unusual program. Many musical programs come to the town and also have good singers however, this program has a new dimension which has made it unusual.

Vaibhav :  As a dialogue writer you have written very classy dialogues and add to list a few of your famous dialogues like “Jo dar gaya samjho mar gaya” and, “Mogambo khush Hua”. We observe that before you came into the film industry there was a different trend in dialogue writing and it was you who changed the trend and started using common man’s language in dialogue writing. So how did you bring this change?

Javed Akhtar : Well, it was not like I sat one day and planned to bring a change. This is not what happened. Probably this is something I liked. The way we normally speak is what I used in my writing. I feel in this world, there are three things, the way you walk, the way you talk and your hairstyle, the more you try to style them, the more artificial they would look. For example, if you try to style your hair a lot then they would look odd. The more you try to concentrate on the way you walk, more artificial it would look and the same is true for, the way you talk. You should believe in spontaneity. In dialogue writing as well, you need to think about the character and his cultural background then you would be able to articulate how the character would normally speak and write according to his point of view. I feel a good dialogue writer is also a latent actor. He enacts all characters internally in his mind. He does not play a single character instead all the characters of his story. If he does not do so then he cannot write well. I think instead of showing off one’s talent or one’s control on the language, if the dialogue writer gets into the character and thinks how that character would speak, what is his vocabulary would be , how would he react in the given situation and then write the dialogues for that character then such dialogues become more lively.

Vaibhav : I have heard your songs that you wrote for Pancham Da for the movie ”Duniya” – Ghare halke halke ghare, saaye sham ke saaye” , a song of same mood for the movie “Gardish”- “Tap tip Tap Tip gunj rahi hai boondo ki sargam” and one more song of the same mood in the movie - “1942 - A love story”- “Bajta hai Jaltarang Teen ki chhat pe jab” How do you come up with such unusual words in you poetry , in your songs? Is this decided based on the situation or the music directors tell you what they want?

Javed Akhtar : I think what is unusual is that people keep using the same words that have been used so many times. If we keep our mind open and write the song according to the situation then new words would automatically would get used in the poetry. We write songs on tunes so sometimes the tune demands what kind of words would fit in. The director would tell me where the song would be picturi



TP4U Editor   Nov-2018   91 Views   0 Comments
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Ancient Greece By Dr Reena Koppala
Dr Reena Kopala   Jan-2019   116 Views   0 Comments

Greece was always on my bucket list for a very long time, but to do a trip that has a 17 hour journey from Dallas to Athens, with a huge time zone difference, I had to wait for my son to be 13. Before we embark on my journey and experience, I have to put it out there that we are one of the super crazy families that DO NOT relax on a vacation as we want to spend every single minute trying to explore some nook or corner of the city even if it is at midnight. 


Day 1 and Day 2: We took a flight from Dallas to Athens via Chicago and Frankfurt. Plan the flight timings in such a way that you get to sleep during your flight and land before 12 pm in Athens. For any Europe travel, try to use your ATM card for Euros rather than exchanging cash. We reached Athens around 10:30 am and took a cab to our hotel, which was right in the middle of Syntagma Square and walking distance to the Parliament building. Once at the hotel, we quickly refreshed and soon were back on the cobblestone pavements leading to the Square. Greece is synonyms with gastronomy, as there was a wide range of cuisines to choose from at the market square, with everything tasting delicious. We visited a local travel agent and booked a Delphi Tour and made our reservations for the Hover speed boat to Santorini (it is better  to book locally than on the internet because local reservations have so many choices). After lunch, we strolled around for 10 minutes and came across Acropolis, which is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.We took a hike to the top of the mountain and saw breath taking views of Athens. Watching the city during sunset made it even more spectacular. We spent some quiet moments absorbing the glory and stories it contained. On our way back, we stopped at the foot of the Acropolis had a gyro wrap for dinner, which ended with the strongest coffee I ever tasted. Once we reached our hotel, we all slept deeply.


Day 3 :  We woke up early,around 7am, and enjoyed a sumptuous Greek breakfast spread. Do not forget to taste the Greek Coffee that really has a distinct taste. Next, was a brief visit to the Parliament, which was a 2 minute walk from our hotel. Make sure you get to witness the changing of guards and the march. Our next stop was the Panathenaic Stadium (the only marble stadium in the world!) where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. My husband and son did a sprint on the track, feeling every bit of the history within them. What felt like a 20 mins stopover, actually ended up being a 2 hour enriching experience at the stadium with a short stop at the museum in the far left side corner that displayed the original Olympic torch. By now it was midday and we wanted to cover the Acropolis museum as planned, but due to local political protest our commute to the Acropolis museum was longer than expected. By the time we reached it was 4pm and the museum was closed. After a late lunch we shopped for a while in the local stores on the streets of the ancient part of town. We walked to our hotel and later went for a local Greek Folkfore dinner show. The best part was the actors making us dance along with them, which was so much fun. This is something that should not be missed and planned the moment you land,with the help of your concierge service. We reached our hotel at 11:30 pm and called it a day.


Day 4: Today too, we were up at 7 am and took a day tour to Delphi which we planned only because my son insisted to visit, due to its historical significance. However, once we reached there I felt any trip to Greece is incomplete without visiting the ancient center of the earth and the Apollo temple. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the stories of each village or town that we passed on our way. During such journeys it is better to take a tour than drive because of the jet lag. It gave us some time to rest and I also loved the local photo and coffee stops on our way. We went through some old towns and reached Delphi around noon. Delphi was believed to be the center of the ancient world- the “Omphalos” (Navel) of the earth, and home of God Apollo. The history behind that was equally spectacular. After a visit to the museum we had a Greek lunch in the valleys of Delphi with the scent of olive and bay leaf trees in the background. We did a pullover for a brief stop at Arachova, the skiing town, for some shopping and started to head back to Athens. We reached the hotel around 7 pm and once back there, had some dinner, packed our luggage for the next day and slept.


Day 5: We checked out from the hotel at 4 a.m.and took a cab to Piraeus to get on a Hover speed boat to Santorini which is 5 hour ride. We had our breakfast on the boat as we sailed thorough Mykonos and finally reached Santorini at 1pm. The ride to Fira, the capital, was 20 mins. Our hotel was in Firastephani with a beautiful sunset view of the ocean, a private pool, and white washed exterior. We quickly dumped our luggage and went for a walk along the narrow alleys on the coastline and surprisingly found an INDIAN restaurant. Today was my son’s birthday so we had an extra spicy biryani lunch and walked back in the panoramic shopping district. Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world: multicolored cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches, Santorini is a must visit place. In the evening, we went for a quiet local dinner within a short walk of the cliffs and spend the rest of the night gazing at the beautiful ocean.


Day 6: Breakfast at our private pool on the whitewashed walls was one of our most beautiful experiences. Our first stop was to Akrotiri, which is a group of prehistoric settlements that were unearthed during archaeological excavations. It was short drive from there to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island. On our way back, we visited the black sand beach and spent our afternoon there and had a delicious lunch. We just had a little time to have a brief stop at a winery and back to view the idyllic Oia sunset from the Kastro — the Venetian castle ruins atop Santorini. Every tourist makes sure they visit this village and view the sunset and do some shopping. My son found a hidden old Atlantis book store and yes, we did indeed buy some book marks, not books though.  We ended the day by having dinner and catching a local city bus back to our hotel. The beauty of this whole trip is trying to commute, eat and dine just like locals to get the real essence of Greece.


Day 7: We woke up leisurely and then took a boat to our first stop at Santorini’s hot springs, which are on the tiny, uninhabited islet of Palea Kameni. Continuous underground volcanic activity maintains the springs’ temperature between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C). The sulfuric, orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up into a shallow cove off the islet’s coast are said to be curative for the skin and joints. After an hour stop, we again boarded our boat and went to a caldera atop the volcanic hill. Make sure you have good walking shoes as the trek was steep, bumpy, and quite a walk. We ended the day with a quiet cruise back to Fira.


Day 8: We took an afternoon flight from Santorini to be back in Athens by 1pm. We checked into a unique hotel in the Plaka district that was like a rabbit hole. We spent our afternoon visiting the Temple of Zeus (one of the biggest temples in history) and Hadrian’s Gate. We ended our day by shopping and eating delicious Greek yogurt with honey and fresh fruits that tasted so different.


Day 9:  By 6 a.m. we were at the Athens airport on our way back to Dallas, home sweet home, with beautiful memories of this ancient country.



Food Recipe: Turmeric & Cumin Infused Veggies
TP4U Editor   Jul-2018   162 Views   0 Comments

Cooking Method : 

Prep Time : 10 minutes  |  Cooking time: 15 minutes

Recipe yield: 4 servings*

* Per serving (3/4 th Cup):  

Calories: 36

Carbs: 6 gm Protein: 1 gm Fat: 1gm Fiber: 2gm

Ingredients & Materials:

3 cups Organic Mixed Veggies | 1 tsp Ghee  |  ½ teaspoon turmeric  |  ½ teaspoon Cumin Seeds  |  1 large saucepan  |  1 lid to cover  |  1 wooden ladle  |  Stove


1. Take 2 cups Frozen Organic Mixed Veggies. Defrost or bring to Room Temperature or You can separately cut, wash and prep veggies such as broccoli, Cauliflower and carrots and keep aside.

2. Next put the sauce pan on the stove, keep the heat on medium. Add ghee, next add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for few seconds, the add turmeric.

4. Make sure the spices don’t burn. Reduce the heat to low if needed.

5. Add mixed veggies and sauté.

6. Add salt to taste and mix well.

7. Add ¼ cup water and cover the saucepan with the lid, reduce the heat to medium.

Watch for the water content. After cooking on medium to low for 15 mins, open the lid and gently stir

8. Check if veggies are cooked or you may cook them for additional 5 minutes.

9. Serve hot with Cooked Quinoa or Brown rice or wild rice and Dal (Lentil Soup) to complete the meal.



Young Achievers - RISHAB PULUGURTA
Young Achievers - RISHAB PULUGURTA
Toppick Media Editor   Jan-2019
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Hello everyone, my name is RISHAB PULUGURTA and up to this point of fifteen years of my life, I have always lived by one mantra. “Dream It. Believe it. Achieve it”, and this has taught me how to succeed and achieve my accomplishments. Everyday I am inspired by the environment around me, namely my beloved parents, teachers, and friends. They push me to be better and better every single day, especially my parents. I look up to both of them to one day become as successful and caring as they are. 

I began one of the driving influences of my life, Taekwondo, at the young age of 8 years old. This sport has taught me the life skills of respect, self-control, and discipline. Over the years I practiced and refined my skills and then when the time came, I was ready to compete in tournaments of the highest level.

I began competing in Taekwondo tournaments in the 2015 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 2 Gold Medals. And in the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won 5 Medals. 4 Gold Medals (1st place) and 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place). This was my first national level Taekwondo tournament. It was a challenging competition with approximately 1200 competitors from USA and 10 countries.

In the 2016 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won a total of 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place) and 3 Silver Medals (2nd place). In the 2016 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal.

In 2017 I competed in two National level Taekwondo Tournaments. The 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado and the 2017 AAU Taekwondo National Championship in Florida. In the 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place), 1 Silver Medal (2nd place), 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place) and the Best Spirit Award. I also competed in the 2017 AAU (American Athletic Union) District Championship and won 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals. In addition I competed in the 2017 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 5 Gold Medals.



A Primer on Ayurveda Gauri Junnarkar in conversation with Neetu Rishi
A Primer on Ayurveda Gauri Junnarkar in conversation with Neetu Rishi
Neetu Rishi   Jan-2019
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Let’s meet the founder of Ayurnutrition and co-author of the book “A Primer on Ayurveda: A Practical Guide”, Ms. Gauri Junnarkar.

It was an honour to meet Ms. Gauri Junnarkar, a Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Ayurveda Practitioner(Vaidya), Panchakarma Specialist, and Licensed Massage Therapist.

She has completed a 500 hour Massage Certification course from Kekino Massage Academy. She is a highly acclaimed international keynote speaker and has presented at international and local conferences on Ayurveda. She recently co-authored a book ‘A Primer on Ayurveda: A Practical Guide’, now published on Amazon. She is a faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, American Institute of Ayurveda and Tarrant County College. She is currently a member of American Association of Diabetes Educator and AMTA.

Ms. Gauri, which was the starting point for you to take this path of Ayurveda?
A: In childhood while helping my mother in cooking, I got a cut on my finger and she applied turmeric on it mentioning that it has lot of beneficial properties and that inspired me to explore more about it and thus Ayurveda peeped into my life.

Can you walk us through how Ayurveda is important for human life and what all services do you offer?
A: Ayurveda is a science of life and it focuses on mind and body connection. We offer Ayurveda services, Nutrition services,Wellness services, Pancharkarma therapies and an integrated approach to wellness.

How do you manage to balance between womanhood, kids, home chores and then attending the conferences and then writing a book too?
A: I would like to give credit to my husband and my family who is a supporting pillar without which I could not have done all this.

As 2019 is approaching, what are your future plans for the upcoming year?
A: In 2019, I have plans of expanding into corporate wellness and spreading more awareness about nutrition.

How can people reach out to you?
A: You can reach us at:
Contact no: 9729990203

Rapid Fire round

Define success in one line.
A: Success is when I make a positive difference in somebody’s life.

If you were not in this field, what would have been the other option for you?
A: I would have been a gardener.

How many days did it take for you to write your book?
A: 6 months  

If you get an option to add one more designation to your profile, would you go for it or you are contented with all that’s in your plate.
A: I am contented but I would focus on expanding it.

What’s your most desirable dream?
A: Having a wellness center having all therapies Ayurveda, Yoga, Acupuncture, all the different integrated therapies available under one roof.

Little girls with dreams become woman with vision



Swati Goyal having a candid conversation with the comedy kings Kunal Kamra & Rahul Subramanian
Swati Goyal having a candid conversation with the comedy kings Kunal Kamra & Rahul Subramanian
Swati Goyal   Jan-2019
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I had the pleasure of having a candid conversation with the comedy kings Kunal Kamra & Rahul Subramanian who were here in Dallas for a standup comedy show. Here's their story Dallas, sit back and enjoy!

Swati: How did you enjoy performing in Dallas?

Rahul, Kunal: We had a great time, the audience was so responsive and so full of life. It was almost like performing in Mumbai with the exuberant crowds that motivate you to do better!

Swati: We’ve had so many comedians come to Dallas this year – Amit Tandon, Atul Khatri and they all had an IT background; clearly there is a strong correlation between IT and comedy. What are your thoughts on this? 

Rahul: That’s a fair question because in India most people end up doing IT. From the same batch of people, you will see other careers evolve like pilots, journalism and comedy. So that explains why most comedians have an IT background. Kunal actually is unique in that he’s not from IT (Kunal chuckles).

Kunal: Yeah, I am a BCOM drop out. I actually saw that poster where all fish are going in one direction and that one fish is going in opposite direction; I chose to be that fish. But if I become a PM someday, I’ll fake my degree, Kunal quips. 

Swati: How has life changed for you guys after being famous in comedy scene?

Kunal: On a personal level, it hasn’t changed much. To us, our content/ delivery is same just that now we have more people coming in to listen to our show and now we are  expanding geographically. From performing in Nagpur, Nasik, Ahmedabad, we have evolved to performing internationally and are glad to be here in Dallas!

Rahul: To add to this, comedy platform is still very grounded and connected to the audience. It’s not like Bollywood where with one movie you shoot to fame. End of the day we are normal people who still travel by Uber and still use discount coupons!

Swati: Rahul, on one of your shows we heard how your breakup inspired MBA. Is that true? 

Rahul: Wow, that’s a tricky one! Well, I’d say my breakup didn’t inspire MBA but breakup was the reason I did MBA, basically to get away from it. Before the MBA entrance exam results are announced, you have to buy the admission forms for colleges. I didn’t get admission in any of the colleges I had bought the forms for. But there was this one college giving out forms even after results came out and that’s the college I ended up joining and here we are! So yes, sometimes something good can come out a little bad in life.

Swati: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment on stage so far.

Rahul: For me it was performing at a standup comedy show where only fifteen people were present in audience, none of whom were really listening. In the middle of the act,  these five girls right in the middle stand up and request me to take a picture of them. And guess what, I did! Those five girls were 33% of my audience so I couldn’t have disappointed them. So that was me, taking a picture in middle of my act!

Kunal: During one of my shows, an elderly uncle eating pasta got so offended by my comedy that he got up in the middle of the show shouting “This is not comedy, this is anything!”. That was the most discouraging/ embarrassing remark I received till date, comparing my comedy to “chicken tikka” would have felt a little better (Kunal giggles).

So this was our inside scoop from the comedy kings Kunal Kamra and Rahul Subramanian. Hope you enjoyed reading their story. Stay tuned for more!




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