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Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar stole the show on the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival which began in Jaipur, where the festival is being held, Karan Johar said: “I hated the word ‘Pansy’ and I was called that as a child I was effeminate as a child and I used to have sleepless nights over the fact that I am different from other children” He said his parents were a big support system “Even when I weighed 150 kg my mother said I was the best looking child in the world and my father told me that once I lost a little puppy fat I can be a hero in Hindi films” said Karan Johar Asked about the negative portrayal of homosexuals in his movies Johar said he was the first Bollywood director who discussed the issue in films “Whether its ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ or ‘Dostana’ I discussed the issue in the mainstream I received so many letters from youngsters saying that my movies helped their parents identify their sexuality “Now there are so many films on LGBT and I am proud that I started it” he said Johar also spoke about the hard times his family faced “When my father had a few flop movies we had to sell our jewellery and house He was not invited for launch parties and it was terrible times” he said The director also spoke on rumours of a rough patch in his friendship with actor Shah Rukh Khan “Like every relationship there have been ups and downs However Shah Rukh’s family is part of my family” According to the director his best film was “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” and the least favourite was “Student Of The Year” “However it gave three good actors for Bollywood” he said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: December 19 2015 7:18 pm Hundreds of people in Delhi’s rural pockets and peripheral areas rely on public transport to make it to workplaces and colleges in the capital The sub-urban rail network and DTC buses are their lifeline even if they involve grappling with delays and last-mile connectivity Commuters have limited options on their weary travel In the warm precincts of Hyderabad House Saturday India and Japan inked several pacts including one for introducing a bullet train on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route at a cost of about Rs 98000 crore “It will launch a revolution in Indian Railways and speed up India’s journey into the future” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the high-speed rail project The same day a few hours before the deal and far removed from thoughts of high-speed travel 40-year-old Maya Singh paced nervously at Ballabhgarh railway station on a cold and foggy morning She waited for an announcement on the Asawati-Delhi local train It is the EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) she relies on An announcement came but about a Howrah-bound Express train running an hour late Maya was fearful of running late too and it was a familiar feeling The women’s coach saw about 30 seconds of frenzied boarding Saturday Missing this train would have meant over an hour’s wait for the next one (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav) As time ticked away more people streamed onto platform number 3 all headed for Delhi The talk was mostly about the delayed train and winter descending “Train Number 64075 Asawati-Delhi EMU will be coming… in 10 minutes” the announcement finally obliged It was at 8 am On a dusty schedule outside the station superintendent’s room the train is charted for departure at 736 am Maya who works as a cleaner in a working women’s hostel on Bhagwan Das Road said she has been late for work every morning since July because the 736 am EMU is always off schedule She earns around Rs 9000 every month and the delays hurt “For three consecutive late arrivals a day’s salary goes I am supposed to report to work at 9 am every morning And we have to punch in our attendance in a biometric system so there is no avenue for escape” she said and smiled helplessly after finding a seat in the women’s coach Moment’s ago the coach had seemed like a war zone There were no weapons and gore but the fight to get in and grab seats had been intense The frenzied boarding lasted about 30 seconds Many made it even as the train chugged out towards the Delhi-Haryana border at Tuglakabad station Missing this train would have meant over an hour’s wait for the next one Once inside those seated and those left standing started settling down The Delhi division of Indian Railways has 167 pairs of passenger trains running on the network which comprises places such as Palwal Ambala Ghaziabad Rewari and Bhatinda These are two-hour long journeys from New or Old Delhi railway station and ferry according to the Delhi division about 44000 local passengers to the city and back every day at Rs 10 a trip or less Meant to cut through the city traffic during the 1982 Asiad the Delhi division rail network is derelict and has been crying out for attention according to commuters Hidden behind high walls snaking through the folds of the city this mode of commute largely goes unnoticed by a segment of Delhi which has had access to Metro rail since 2002 Yet for hundreds travel by buses or the Metro is costly at least double the amount of train tickets and subsidised quarterly rail passes The trains cater to commuters from neighbouring states and outer areas of Delhi Most head to factories and industrial areas such as Okhla Bawana and Narela or office areas in New Delhi ITO area and hospitals and colleges in the capital For hundreds who travel to New Delhi by sub-urban rail network delay is a byword for routine and being late for work a way of life “Trains get delayed for many reasons The main reason is that while metros like Chennai or Mumbai have a dedicated local rail network Delhi does not” said Ajay Michael PRO Delhi division “The Delhi rail division network is part of the Indian Railways meant for long distance high-speed Express trains The EMUs DMUs and other passenger trains were introduced for the Asiad and in the years after They run on the same tracks… we have to let the Express trains pass first if timings clash on the smaller stations which have only one main line” Sometimes delays run into hours and tempers fray A crack on the epoxy glass board covering the controls in the station master’s cabin at Badli railway station in Northwest Delhi bears witness “This is how lumpen elements channelise general anger over delayed trains They barge into the cabin and threaten us They vent their anger on railway property like trains or this control board Angry commuters sit on the tracks blocking trains” said station master Gajendra Singh Winter smog suicides snapped overhead lines rail (track) fractures crossings for passage of vehicular traffic are other reasons which hold up trains said officials There are as many 10 crossings on a 12 km stretch between Narela railway station and Badli railway station added the officials Reasons and excuses do not help Maya much “I wake up at 4 am to cook for my family leave home at 6 am and reach the railway station at 730 am only to wait for a delayed train I spend at least six hours travelling every day” said Maya as the train passed through Haryana into South Delhi Stinging wind coming in through broken windows and open doors forced many to pull shawls around their faces The sub-urban railway is not only a cost effective option but a faster one vis-à-vis the Metro or bus services for many But without washrooms the ride is uncomfortable Unmanned stations and crossings absence of security personnel and no suitable public transport connecting stations to places of work add to the discomfort Desperate to get to work or back home people barely notice lost slippers grazed knees or elbows and coach floors last swept by sarees and trousers of commuters At 915 am slipping and sliding out of Tilak Bridge station through tricky dirt paths exiting from a colony back gate to the main road while a foot over-bridge remains broken and unused is routine for Maya There is another 15-minute walk ahead before she can mark her attendance This is what she scurried towards this Saturday morning Tracking rail network Delhi division of Indian Railways has 167 pairs of passenger trains on the network It transports about 44000 passengers to the city and back every day at Rs 10 a trip or less Meant to cut through the city traffic during the 1982 Asiad the network has been crying out for attention say commuters Main reason for delay is that while metros like Chennai or Mumbai have a dedicated local rail network Delhi does not said Ajay Michael PRO Delhi division DTC struggles private players make hay Grameen Sewa feels pinch A DTC bus deployed to pass through Jharoda Kalan last month stayed on the route for a mere three weeks before it was pulled out (Express Photo by Amit Mehra) “Bas bus karo we joke” says a senior DTC official “It’s a lost cause” he adds before reeling off the tale of a cash-strapped enterprise struggling to serve a growing population “We have around 4000 buses while Delhi needs 6000 We have concentrated on arterial routes and routes which have more commuters The rural and semi-urban areas of Delhi have scattered population pockets so fewer buses ply there” he says Akshay Kumar a tea stall owner in Outer Delhi’s Poot Khurd says after a walk of around 2 km waiting several minutes for a bus is normal Residents of the remote village in Bawana are used to waiting “Shahar mein zyada busein chalti hain (More buses run in the city)” he says referring to the more developed parts of the capital It is not only the scattered population but the nature of life and work in the semi-urban areas of Delhi which affect the distribution of buses “The travel and commute of residents in the outer areas are unidirectional People go to the urban or industrial areas of the city in the morning and return home in the evening So the demand is high for a few hours twice a day Empty buses trundle back and forth bleeding money the rest of the time” says a transport department official The solution officials say is smaller buses to swiftly ferry commuters in and out without waiting to fill up (read more…) ‘Passenger trains an alternative and it is never bad to have one’ Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai tells he met the Railways minister to discuss the revival of the Delhi network He also shares plans on procuring buses and the fight for space to keep them Is the sub-urban rail network in Delhi on your radar for improving and enhancing public transport I met the Railways minister on Friday to discuss the revival of the network It is in a sorry state and a lot needs to be done to put it back on track We offered to handle the last mile connectivity from the railway stations in the city while the Railways will look into overhauling the infrastructure The trains are infrequent and delayed most of the time The trains have been running in Delhi for many years but not many people know about it What are the immediate plans you discussed with the Railways The railways said they will appoint a nodal officer who will furnish all information a study of the logistics and modalities of the network for local trains We will study and discuss these details They were positive about it and eager to participate Buses in rural areas are few and the state of transport facilities is bad People spend hours commuting What are you doing about this The condition is very bad (bus system in rural areas) This is because there are road related issues there But the new buses that we are procuring… our priority is to deploy them in rural areas We have been saying that we have fast-tracked the process of procurement of 1000 buses Those buses will include the plan for 500 midi buses The 6000 private buses we have planned to hire and deploy from January 1 for the odd-even formula will be adequately spaced out across Delhi for all village areas (Read full interview) By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: October 15 2015 12:56 pm Kate Hudson caught one of her most embarrassing moments on camera and posted it online for all to see Related News Kate Hudson caught one of her most embarrassing moments on camera and posted it online for all to see The “Almost Famous” star suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a trip to the restroom at the 50th anniversary celebration of La Mer skincare and needed help from her celebrity friends reported People magazine Hudson 36 realised at the last minute her floral-print Yanina gown was tricky to get out of when you need to visit the ladies room – and friends like Gwyneth Paltrow had to help her get the dress over her head Share This Article Related Article The actress stopped them halfway so that she could snap a selfie of her struggle and post it on social media with the caption “When you can’t get out of your dress whilst trying to go…” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Suanshu Khurana | Published: August 19 2016 12:00 am MS Subbulakshmi Top News It was 50 years ago — on October 24 1966 to be precise — when the domed General Assembly building inside the United Nations (UN) headquarters located on the east side of midtown Manhattan resonated with a host of guttural and intense alapanas krithis and pallavis many of which were interspersed with the bhakti bhava in the voice of one of India’s best-known musicians Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi Accompanied by Radha Vishwanathan and Vijaya Rajendran on vocal support VV Subramaniam on the violin TK Murthy on the mridangam and TH Vinayakaram on the ghatam 59-year-old Subbulakshmi with the nasal twang in place wasn’t just crooning some of the finest pieces of music in her mellifluous voice She was creating history by becoming the first Indian to represent one of the oldest musical cultures in the world perform at the UN on the United Nations Day and set the future of classical Indian music at a global level Now 50 years later the UN is paying a tribute to the legend by organising a photo exhibition just outside the General Assembly Hall The exhibition which also marks Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary on September 16 and also comprises the iconic picture of her singing at the UN has been curated in collaboration with India’s Permanent Mission to the UN and Sankara Nethralaya Dr DD Badrinath’s non-profit ophthalmic care to which Subbulakshmi continued to donate from her concert revenues “I had been reading about this being MS Subbulakshmi’s centenary year and that she performed at the UN 50 years ago When I dug deep I found out that she was supposed to perform in 1965 and couldn’t because of the India-Pakistan war It finally happened in 1966 So it seemed like an interesting time to pay this tribute all of which culminated over six months of discussion with the concerned authorities” said Syed Akbaruddin Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of India to the UN Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman’s performance at the same venue on August 15 this year was also a part of the initiative The UN Postal Administration will also issue a stamp to mark Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary The photo exhibition currently on at the General Assembly Hall foyer with the tall UN building on the side comprises an array of archival photos of the legendary artiste sourced from Sankar Nethralaya There is a picture of her looking into the abyss with her taanpura as if resonating with the vibrating strings and finding that perfect note looking straight at the camera while playing a veena with Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Sometime in 1947 just a few months after the Independence freedom fighter film producer and journalist Kalki Sadasivam received a call from the Kasturba Foundation requesting his wife to sing Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Hari Tum Haro and send the recording to Delhi But the woman in question Subbulakshmi or “the nightingale of India” (a titled given to her by Sarojini Naidu) didn’t know the piece To make sure there was no injustice to the bhajan she pleaded unfamiliarity and requested the foundation to use someone else’s voice A prompt call came from Gandhi soon who said “I should prefer to hear it spoken by Subbulakshmi than sung by others” She promptly recorded the bhajan and sent the recording A few months later she heard the same bhajan play in her voice at All India Radio post the announcement of Gandhi’s assassination and was overcome with emotion A black-and-white photograph of Subbulakshmi and Sadasivam sitting at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi and attending a prayer meeting which shows the revered association of Gandhi and Subbulakshmi is one of the main photos at the exhibition The exhibition is on till August 19 and will travel to India later this year For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 8 2017 10:20 pm David Warner celebrates after taking a stunning catch of Parthiv Patel (Source: IPL) Top News Mumbai Indians’ start was a bit shaky against the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they lost two quick wickets within four overs Lendl Simmons and Nitish Rana went back to pavilion inside the four over mark leaving the side helpless (Results | Fixtures | Points Table) Parthiv Patel looked settled at the crease till the sixth over before the Sunrisers bowler Siddharth Kaul bowled a slower delivery outside off and Parthiv chipped the ball down towards long-on followed by the Sunrisers captain David Warner’s breathtaking catch Warner judged the catch to perfection with his eyes perfectly glued on the ball till the last moment Very few fielders would have come close to that catch Warner attacked the ball got their and took a classy low catch executing it to perfection Mumbai lost their third wicket for mere 36 runs in the seventh over Even captain Rohit Sharma’s stable 67-run knock couldn’t take Mumbai Indians beyond the 150-run mark restricting them to 139 for seven in 20 overs Mumbai are still on top of the league table and even if they lose Monday’s match to Sunrisers it would not affect their top position For the Sunrisers Hyderabad Siddharth Kaul was pick of the bowler with three wickets for 24 runs in his four over spell Sunrisers badly need a win against Mumbai to keep their chances alive for the playoffs For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: May 5 2017 2:11 pm Subrata Paul will be travelling to Cuttack with his club DSK Shivajians for the eight-team Federation Cup Top News As per reports in the hindustan times national team goalkeeper Subrata Paul can play again for club and country despite having failed a dope test India coach Stephen Constantine has also been informed of this decision by the India footballfederation Paul who will be travelling to Cuttack with his club DSK Shivajians for 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