How to set your ##dining ##table for ##guests

How to set your dining table for guests

Have a fancy dinner table don’t know how to set it for formal occasions? Here are a few tips on how to make it look aesthetically nice…

Go for crisp linens: If you want to spread a table cloth, make sure it’s in linen, as this material hangs well on any surface. You can also place napkins and table mats in the same material.
Invest in Chinaware: Though expensive, the look that dainty Chinaware provides on a table during a special or festive occasion is unmatched. Invest in a set that can be used sparingly whenever you have guests over.
A sleek centerpiece: If you have a big dining table, you can decorate it with a creative centerpiece, complementing it with the decor or even with the cuisine that you’re serving. From candles and potpourri to bulbs.
Name cards on the table: For a large, formal dinner party, if you’ve invited many people, you can even keep names cards on the table, so that people know where they are expected to sit, without causing any chaos and confusion.

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`टाइमपास`…

`टाइमपास`... माझ्या आयुष्यातला

कोण म्हणतं आयुष्यात गेलेले दिवस पुन्हा येत नाहीत..? रविवारी `टाइमपास` हा सिनेमा पाहताना, मला तर भरभर २० वर्षे मागे गेल्यासारखं वाटलं… पडद्यावर जे दिसत होतं, ते त्याकाळी आपणही अनुभवलं होतं, याची जाणीव झाली… जुन्या फोटोंचा अल्बम किंवा व्हिडिओ पाहतोय, असं वाटू लागलं… त्यातला `दगडू`ला आपण नखशिखांत ओळखतो, याची खात्री पटली. त्यातली `प्राजक्ता` तर माझी `शेजारीण`च… सख्खी शेजारीण… आताही `ती` शेजारीच बसली होती. बायको म्हणून… आणि आमच्या या `टाइमपास`ला आलेलं गोड `फळ` देखील आमच्यासोबत होतं…

त्यामुळे सिनेमाशी एकदम कनेक्ट झाल्यासारखं वाटलं. किंबहुना आपलीच स्टोरी पडद्यावर दाखवत नाहीत ना, अशीही शंका आली. `टाइमपास`मधले अनेक प्रसंग चक्क आमच्याही आयुष्यात घडलेले होते. अगदी सहज येता जाता, कुणालाही कळणार नाही अशा बेताने केवळ खाणाखुणांनी साधलेला संवाद… केवळ हातवारे करून सांगितल्या जाणा-या भावना… शब्देविण संवादू की काय म्हणतात ना, तेच ते…

साईबाबा हा देखील कॉमन फॅक्टर… सिनेमातला साईबाबांच्या गाण्यांचा फिल्मीपणा सोडला, तर त्या काळात आपणही बाबांच्या पुढ्यात उभं राहून जे मागायचो, तेच दगडूच्या तोंडून ऐकायला मिळालं..
आमची `प्राजक्ता`ही तेव्हा तश्शीच होती… काजू कतली आणि प्राजक्ता पतली… ती कॉलेजमध्ये जाऊ लागली, तेव्हाच मी प्रपोज केलं होतं. न जाणो, आपल्या आधी इतर कुणी नंबर लावला तर… या भीतीनं काळीज धडधडायचं… थेट प्रपोज करण्याची हिंमतच व्हायची नाही. मग आडून आडून विचारायचो… एका वाक्यात उत्तर देशील का, असा भुंगा तिच्या मागे कित्येक दिवस लावला होता. मग एकदा सगळी हिंमत एकवटून तिला विचारलं… तर तिनंही `प्रतिक्षा…` करायला सांगितलं. (सिनेमातली प्राजक्ताही दगडूला लायब्ररीत प्रतिक्षा नावाचं पुस्तक दाखवते…) माझ्या एका वाक्याच्या प्रश्नाला तिनं एका वाक्यात कधीच सरळ उत्तर दिलं नाही. त्यामुळं तिला हो म्हणायचंय की, नाही म्हणायचंय, तेच कळत नव्हतं. माझाही तेव्हा दगडूच झाला होता.. सिनेमात दगडूनं फोटो मागितल्यावर प्राजक्ता आपल्या हॉल तिकीटवरचा फोटो काढून त्याला देते… आमच्या प्राजक्तानंही २० वर्षांपूर्वी तेच केलं होतं. तिचा हॉल तिकीटवरचा तो काळ्या ड्रेसमधला फोटो कितीतरी वर्षं मी पाकिटात जपून ठेवला होता…. 143 वगैरे आमच्या काळात नव्हतं… तेव्हा इलू इलू असायचं. इलू का मतलब आय एल यू.. आय लव्ह यू…

तिच्या `प्रतिक्षा` करायला सांगण्याला अनेक कारणं होती. एक म्हणजे आमचं वय खूपच लहान होतं… आणि आम्ही दोघंही एकमेकांच्या अगदी शेजारी शेजारी राहत होतो… एकदम सख्खे शेजारी. दोघांच्या घरामध्ये होती ती फक्त एक `दिवार`… पण ती दिवार पार करणं, म्हणजे महामुश्किल काम होतं.

`टाइमपास`... माझ्या आयुष्यातला

यह इश्क नही आसाँ
बस इतना समझ ले
एक आग का दरियाँ है
और डुब के जाना है…

याची कल्पना त्याकाळी अजिबातच नव्हती. अगदी अल्लड वयातलं ते प्रेम… नोकरी, घर, संसार असा हिशेबीपणा त्यात अजिबातच नव्हता. तेवढा विचार करण्याची बुद्धी तरी कुठं होती..? होत्या त्या निव्वळ भावना… मला ती आवडते आणि तिला मी आवडतो.. बस्सं एवढंच. पुढं काय… काहीच माहित नव्हतं… सकाळी एकत्र कॉलेजला जाणं, दुपारी एकत्र घरी येणं, मग संध्याकाळी क्लासच्या बहाण्यानं पुन्हा एकदा एकमेकांना भेटणं… असं दिवसरात्र आम्ही सोबतच असायचो…
मग दगडू आणि प्राजक्ताच्या जे झालं, तेच आमच्याही बाबतीत घडलं…

तुम लाख छुपाओ प्यार मगर,
दुनिया को पता चल जाएगा…

हे खरं ठरलं… आणि आमच्या दोघांच्याही घरात आभाळ कोसळलं… मूर्खपणा, बालिशपणा, थिल्लरपणा, वासना… अगदी नको नको ती नावं आमच्या नात्याला ठेवण्यात आली. तेव्हा जवळच्या नातेवाईकांचा, आईवडिलांचा केवढा राग यायचा… प्रत्येकामध्ये `वैभव मांगले` जाणवायचा… सख्खे शेजारी, आता पक्के वैरी झाले होते.. आपल्या उदात्त प्रेमाला हे किती हिणकस समजतात, अपवित्र समजतात, ख-या प्रेमाची कदरच कशी कुणाला नाही, प्रेमी जीवांवर अन्याय करण्यातच सर्वांना कसा आसूरी आनंद मिळतो, याचे अनुभव घेत होतो… आमच्या दोघांवर बंधनं घालण्यात आली. आईवडिलांच्या भीतीनं बोलण्याची-भेटण्याची चोरी झाली. टाइमपासप्रमाणं माझ्या `प्राजक्ता`चे आईवडिल घर सोडून गेले नाहीत, पण माझ्या `प्राजक्ता`ला नर्सिंगच्या शिक्षणासाठी हॉस्टेलला पाठवण्यात आलं… तीन वर्षांसाठी का होईना, पण ताटातूट झाली… ती खूप असह्य होती, वेदनादायी होती…

पण तरीही चोरून चोरून आम्ही भेटायचो. कारण तिचं हॉस्टेल परळमध्येच गांधी हॉस्पिटलमध्ये होतं. दुसरं म्हणजे सिनेमात दगडू जेवढा मठ्ठ दाखवलाय, तेवढा मी नक्कीच नव्हतो. टपोरी वगैरे तर अजिबातच नव्हतो. अभ्यासात ब-यापैकी हुशार होतो. त्यामुळं आमच्या `प्राजक्ता`च्या आईचा सॉफ्ट कॉर्नरही मला होता. आम्ही चोरून चोरून भेटतो, हे समजल्यावर तिनं अजिबात त्रागा केला नाही. प्राजक्ताची आई तिला कानफटवते, तसं काही तिनं केलं नाही. उलट तिनं एकदा मला समजावून सांगण्याचा प्रयत्न केला की, आमचं कसं चुकतंय… आम्ही अजून लहान आहोत. अभ्यास करायचं आमचं वय आहे. शिकून मोठे व्हा, चांगली नोकरी करा, मग लग्नाबिग्नाचं बघा, असं तिनं समजावून सांगितलं. एवढंच काय तर मी लिहिलेलं शेवटचं `लव्ह लेटर`ही त्या माऊलीनं आपल्या पोटच्या मुलीला नेऊन दिलं…

आता ऑफिशियली आमचा `प्रेमभंग` झाला होता… ती तिच्या शिक्षणात व्यस्त होती. आणि आमच्या घरचीही आर्थिक परिस्थिती बिकट झाल्यानं मलाही नोकरी करणं भाग पडलं. शनिवारी किंवा एखाद्या सुट्टीच्या दिवशी ती घरी यायची, तिचा आवाज ऐकू यायचा… काळजात एकदम चर्रर्रर्र व्हायचं. चुकूनमाकून ती गल्लीत दिसायची, आणि न पाहिल्यासारखं करून बाजूनं निघून जायची… तेव्हा हृदय पिळवटणं, काय असतं याची जाणीव व्हायची… खूप अवघड काळ होता तो… याच काळात अनेकांचा तोल जातो. सुदैवानं माझा गेला नाही. नाहीतर प्रेमभंग झालेले अनेक मित्र वाया गेल्याची उदाहरणं मी पाहिलेली आहेत. पण तसं काही माझ्या बाबतीत घडणार नव्हतं… सिनेमात शेवटी दगडू जसा समंजसपणा दाखवतो, तसाच काहीसा मी देखील दाखवला होता.
आणि त्या सबुरीचं फळ शेवटी मिळालंच…

तीन-चार वर्षांच्या प्रेमभंगानंतर दोघांचीही गाडी जेव्हा सुरळीत मार्गाला लागली, दोघंही चांगल्या नोकरीला लागलो, तेव्हा पुन्हा एकदा एका वळणावर आम्ही भेटलो… साईबाबांची कृपादृष्टीच होती ती… (ती स्टोरी पुन्हा केव्हा तरी….)
टू बी कटिन्यू… म्हणत सिनेमाचा शेवट झाला… पण दगडूलाही उद्या प्राजक्ता भेटणार, याबाबत माझ्या मनात तरी शंका नाही.
कारण त्याचं प्रेमही `टाइमपास` नव्हतं…

Apple iPad Air launch: Mumbaikars queue up to buy the device

 

Apple is introducing the new iPads to India soon after Google launched the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet in the country.

Apple is rolling out the slick iPad Air and the new iPad mini today in India. The devices are already listed on the Apple website with the prices. The starting price of the new iPad Air is Rs 35,900, whereas the retina display iPad costs Rs 28,900.

The launch event took place in many parts of India. In Mumbai, the event is being held at Lower Parel’s Phoenix Mills where Apple loyalists are queuing up to get a hold of the devices.

All variants of the iPad Air and the new iPad Mini are available. Customers are required to buy a coupon and stand in line to get their device.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were launched in the same grandeur manner. The response for the two devices was phenomenal. The phones were sold out in a matter of 3 hours from the Mumbai venue. Apple is hoping for the same welcoming response for these new tablets.

Mumbaikars queue up at Phoenix Mills for the new #Apple iPad devices that were launched in India today @dna pic.twitter.com/DznfpFpzIY

— Tasneem Akolawala (@MuteRiot) December 7, 2013

The first Mumbaikar to buy the iPad Air was Firoz Mistry from Pali Hill. He was standing in line since 1pm and was pleased to finally be able to get his iPad. “I only buy Apple products. When I got to know about the iPad Air, I could not wait for it to come to India,” he said. Mistry bought the 128 GB variant of iPad Air claiming he will be using it mainly for work.

Firoze Mistry

When informed about other cheaper substitutes available in the market he completely discarded the idea calling himself a true-blue Apple guy.

Phoenix mills was filled with many loyalists like Mistry all waiting patiently in the queue for the sales to commence. Customers also got to see and use the device before making a purchase decision at the demo corner set up by Apple.

The sales figures will be known by the end of the day.

The devices were announced on October 22 and were released in US on November 1. The iPad Air was announced during a keynote at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22. The theme of the keynote was named ‘We still have a lot to cover.

The iPad Air marks the first major design change for the iPad since the iPad 2; it now has a thinner design that is 7.5 millimeters thick and has a smaller screen bezel similar to the iPad Mini.

iPad Air prices

Storage Wifi only Wifi +4G
16GB  Rs 35,900  Rs 44,900
32GB  Rs 42,900  Rs 51,900
64GB  Rs 49,900  Rs 58,900
128GB  Rs56,900  Rs 65,900

 

iPad mini with Retina display prices

Storage Wifi only Wifi +4G
16GB  Rs 28,900  Rs 37,900
32GB  Rs 35,900  Rs 44,900
64GB  Rs42,900  Rs 51,900
128GB  Rs49,900  Rs 58,900

No reports on promotional activities around the new iPad models are in yet. Information regarding buyback schemes on old iPads and tablets, cash-back offer and EMI schemes are still yet to materialise. However, a report on ET, does suggest that the US major does plan to incorporate similar deals that were introduced during the iPhone launch as the strategy was positively welcomed and garnered many sales in the country.

iPad Air will compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) and Sony Xperia Tablet Z in the Indian market.

The box  of the iPad Air contains the charger and the device. All the other accessories can be bought from the Apple Store. The iPad Air is available in black and white.

Whereas the Retina iPad mini will compete with the second-generation Google Nexus 7 (Rs 20,999 for the 16GB variant) and Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Rs 30,900 for the 16GB variant).

Apple promises up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network on both the devices.

Key features of the iPad Air
* It is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 454g, making it the thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad to date.
* The 64-bit A7 processor in the iPad Air has double the performance of the previous generation and adds performance and security benefits, along with potential reductions in complexity of both hardware and software, which should aid reliability.
* 9.7-inch screen (diagonally) display diagonally.
* M7 motion co-processor.
* Where graphics are concerned, the iPad Air is 72 times faster than the original iPad in GPU performance, according to Apple.
* 5 megapixels camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
* MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) wireless technology which uses multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver for better connectivity. However the iPad Air is still using the 802.11n standard, and not the latest Wi-Fi 802.11n ac version.
Key features of the new iPad mini
* The iPad mini stays the same size as the previous generation, but receives the retina display and A7 processor of its bigger sibling.
* 8 7.9-inch tablet’s screen display.
* The screen resolution is now 2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) which is way better than the previous version which had a 163 ppi screen resolution.
*  The camera is still the same at 5 megapixels but the mini now has an improved 1.2 megapixel camera for FaceTime on the front.
* M7 motion co-processor.

The launch event for Mumbai is being held at Phoenix mills, Lower Parel. The company’s distributor Ingram Micro will begin the event at 5pm. Watch this space for fist look of both the devices and more details of the launch event as it happens.

iPhone 5s availability improves as Foxconn ramps up production: Report

iphone-5s-635.jpgApple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, has been in great demand since the time it went on sale, with a two to three week waiting period for orders placed on the company’s US and Chinese online stores. A major reason responsible for this delay was the phone’s limited supplies.

However, it looks like Foxconn (the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry), the company that assembles the iPhone in China, has ramped up production by running its factories around the clock, and employing more workers on its production lines in a bid to reduce the iPhone 5s waiting time, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The report mentions that Apple is now shipping all variants of the iPhone 5s within three to five business days. Citing people familiar with the development, the report elaborates that Apple requested Foxconn to focus on iPhone 5s production at the cost of iPhone 5c, a new less expensive iPhone which has reportedly failed to get as good a response as the iPhone 5s.

It states that Foxconn has operated 100 production lines 24 by 7 in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, citing executives at the Taiwanese contract manufacturer. It employs about 300,000 workers at the site , focusing on just making the iPhone 5s and its components including metal casings.

It mentions Foxconn executives as saying that there are the about 600 workers on each of the iPhone 5s production line for assembling the phone. The facility produces 500,000 iPhone 5s units every day, and it takes more time to produce the latest flagship compared to the previous iterations of the iPhone, notes the report.

The iPhone 5s is referred to as the ‘most forward-thinking iPhone yet’ by Apple and features a new A7 chipset which boasts of a 64-bit architecture and also includes a M7 motion co-processor for measuring motion data through various sensor like accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7, the new iteration of Apple OS. It comes in three inbuilt storage variants 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and is available in three colour variants such as Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

The Apple iPhone 5s comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels and boasts of a 326ppi pixel density. The iPhone 5s sports an all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera with dual-LED flash, which the company called True Tone flash. The rear camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger image sensor compared to the iPhone 5. It also houses a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Apple iPhone 5s is the first device in Apple’s portfolio that features a fingerprint scanner, which the company calls Touch ID. The Touch ID scanner can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s or even authorise payments on iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5s detailed specifications

General
Release date September 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.60
Weight (g) 112.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 1570
Removable battery No
Colours Space Gray, Gold, Silver
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 640×1136 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Hardware
Processor make Apple A7 (64-bit ARMv8)
Internal storage 16GB
Camera
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.2-megapixel
Software
Operating System iOS 7
Java support No
Browser supports Flash No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
DLNA No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
USB No
Charging via Micro-USB No
Proprietary charging connector Yes
Proprietary data connector Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
2G frequencies supported GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G Yes
3G frequencies supported 1900, 2100
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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Micromax launches Canvas Turbo at Rs 19,900

Indian handset maker Micromax, today, announced the launch of its Canvas Turbo smartphone in the market.

Canvas Turbo A250 is the first fullHD smartphone from Micromax. The phone has full aluminum casing and a 5-inch screen that offers 360-degree viewing angle. Canvas Turbo runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM.

Canvas Turbo features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The camera offer features like 360-degree panorama, Cinemagraph and Object Eraser.

The phone comes packed with a 2000 mAh battery. The device comes preloaded with apps like BBM, Hike and Spuul among others. Canvas Turbo also has ‘Blow to Unlock’ feature that Micromax first introduced in its Canvas 4 handset. The connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi.

Micromax Turbo will be available in white and blue colours in the market at a price of Rs 19,990 from October 26.

Commenting on the launch, Rahul Sharma, co-founder, “Canvas Turbo further builds on our promise to constantly empower our users with superior technology. This is complemented by a refreshed ecosystem of applications enabling users to multitask offering great value to them.”

Specs

*1.5GHz Quad Core processor & 2GB RAM, Android 4.2(Jelly Bean)
*5-inch FullHD screen
*Full aluminum casing
*13MP rear camera; 5MP Front camera, 360 degrees panorama, cinemagraph, object eraser
*2,000 mAh battery
*2 GB RAM; 16GB internal storage
*Preloaded apps: BBM, Spuul, Kingsoft Office, Blow to Unlock, Opera, Hike

Patna: Modi targets Nitish, says Bihar CM dreaming about becoming PM with Cong’s support

At the beginning of his speech, he took a dig at Kumar saying people in Bihar are not opportunistic, except a few. He went on to say, “The chief minister here is my friend. People asked me why your friend has left the BJP. I tell them the person who could leave Jayaprakash Narayan can also leave the BJP.”

This was Modi’s first rally after an acrimonious split with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) four months ago, which came over Modi’s elevation inside the party. The Bihar BJP has pegged this rally as a show of strength and had pulled out all stops to make it a success.

Saying Kumar’s behavior reeked of hypocrisy, Modi said, “I and Nitish Kumar happened to meet on the same table during a lunch hosted by the PM. He wasn’t eating anything. I told him, don’t worry there’s no cameramen around. Please go ahead and eat. There is a limit to hypocrisy.”

The BJP gave up its right to form a government in Bihar even though it had more legislators than the Janata Dal (United), he said.

“For the BJP, the country’s interests are more important than the party. We let Kumar become the CM so that jungle raj of the earlier governments could end. I did not come to campaign in Bihar for campaigning earlier despite requests so that the government doesn’t fall and jungle raj returned. Nitish didn’t cheat the BJP but the people of Bihar. Let’s uproot these backstabbers. ”

He went on to attack the Congress saying the party leaders are very upset that he called a certain person shehzada (prince). “Ask the Congress to stop the politics of dynasty and I will stop calling him shehzada,” he said.

What’s happening in Patna:


Highlights from Modi’s speech (1:30pm – 2.30)
• Modi appeals for peace at Gandhi Maidan.
• Leaders and parties who humiliate our soldiers should be thrown out of power.
• This rally is not just historic, but it will also lay foundation stone for a new future.
• The country wants a change. But mud is being thrown on us from all sides.
• Those who talk of Muslims, I tell them, development is the answer to all problems.
• Bihar’s Muslims can’t afford to go on Haj. Gujarat Muslims can afford to because they are prosperous.
• Bihar BJP has demanded a 50,000-crore package and the state must get it.
• Both India and Bihar needs a change of government.
• I will repay your love with interest, and our mantra is development.
• The poor Hindu wants to fight poverty, the poor Muslim wants to fight poverty. Let Hindus and Muslims join hands and fight poverty.
• BJP has just one religion- India first.
• PM heads the planning commission. This commission says you aren’t poor if you earn Rs. 26 daily.
• A Congress leader says you can have a full meal for Rs. 12. This party has insulted the poor.
• I used to sell tea on trains. Even the Railway Minister doesn’t have my experience of what one face on trains.
• Hum gharibi main paida huye hai. I have seen and experienced poverty.
• Congress only knows how to mock the poor.
• If Bihar wants the golden age of Chanakya, it needs politics of unity.
• When Congress came to power they divided people on caste lines.
• If we want to take Bihar forward we need to unite people, bring people of all religions, caste and creed together.
• Alexander’s army conquered the entire world but was defeated by the Biharis. That’s the might of this land.
• Pakistanis killed Bihar soldiers two months ago. India salutes those soldiers but a Bihar minister insulted them.
• 80% of promises made by UPA in 2009 haven’t been fulfilled. It’s time for them to go.
• Congress promised to control prices in 100 days. Did they deliver?
• Poverty is a very big issue and due to price rises poor have nothing to eat. Children are crying.
• Congress promised to clean out Ganga but they have failed.
• Farmers dont’ have fertilisers, factories are shutting down under UPA rule.
• Congress asking why is Modi saying Shehzaada? The day Congress leaves dynastic politics, I will stop saying Shehzaada.
• JD-U has not betrayed BJP, but has betrayed you (the people of Bihar).
• We wanted to remove jungle raj from Bihar, therefore had tolerated many insults.
• In the alliance of JDU-BJP, it were the BJP Ministers who worked for the welfare of people of Bihar
• Bihar CM & I were at an occasion where he was most uncomfortable to be seen in my presence. I told him: Don’t worry no cameras here.
• Treated Bihar CM to a lavish dinner when he came to attend wedding in Gujarat, but he never leaves a chance to abuse me.
• Yaha ke CM (Nitish) hamare mitra hai, logo ne pucha unhone BJP kyu chhoda, maine kaha, jo JP ko chhod sakta hai, BJP kyu nai chhod sakta.
• When democracy was in danger, Bihar gave Jai Prakash Narayan to the nation.
• Whenevr India has needed anything, it looked at Bihar and the state provided it, when country needed, Bihar gave Lord Buddha to nation.
• Congress party is unable to sleep. They question why Modi is using the word Shehzada.
• Crowd chants yes to Modi’s question “Yeh vishwasghaat hai ki nahi.”
• Bihar CM Nitish has not betrayed the BJP. He has done vishwasghaat with people of Bihar.
• The Bihar CM is dreaming about becoming PM with Congress’s support.
• Development in Bihar was due to BJP ministers and leaders and party workers.
• I treated Bihar CM to a lavish dinner but he doesn’t leave a chance to abuse me.
• You saw Lalu ji never leaves a chance to abuse me, but 3 months ago he met with an accident and I called him.
• I want to tell the descendants of Shri Krishna (Yadavs), I have come from Dwarka to take responsibility of your well being.
• Narendra Modi: I salute Bihar
• People of Bihar are not opportunistic, other than a few exceptions.
• All major revolutions in India started from Bihar.
• The last man standing here should feel I’m running this country.

1.10pm
• BJP president Rajnath Singh: I have never seen such a sea of humanity ever in my life.
• Bihar has always been the catalyst of change.
• Narendra Modi Jana Jana Ke Asha Hai, Jana Jana Ke Bharosa Hai.
• Congress government has led the country towards unemployment and poverty. It’s only achievement promote price rise.
• Know that today people of Bihar have taken pledge to make Narendra Modi India’s PM in 2014.
• Modi is the only candidate who can solve the issues addressing India.

1pm
 Sushil Modi: In my 40 years of public life, saw JP and Lalu rally and even JD-U rallies but this rally has broken all records.
• More than half of the people attending the rally are youth. Youth are with us and youth are with Narendra Modi.
• Lalu and Nitish did their rallies in power. Today we are not in power but we did this rally.
• History will never forgive you (Nitish Kumar). You (Nitish) have betrayed the people of Bihar.

12.45pm
• Narendra Modi reaches rally venue in Patna

12pm
• Narendra Modi lands in Patna.
• Calls being issued by leaders to the crowd not to explode crackers as it would set off a stampede.
• However, police exercised on north side of the Gandhi Maidan, use mild lathicharge. People seren running away.
• Rudy, Shahnawaz on stage, asking people to desist from it.

11.55am
• Shahnawaz Hussain, Sushil Kumar Modi, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and many other leaders addressing a large crowd, attacking Bihar chief minister.

“Gandhi Maidan in Patna never witnessed the kind of crowd as today. The minorities are also here in large number here, something rarely seen see in the past. BJP is for taking all sections along and stop vote bank politics,” said Hussain.

11:30 am
• Vehicular traffic stopped as big groups of people march to listnen to Narendra Modi,
• Around a lakh people present around the venue being regaled by Bhojpuri singers singing songs tailor made for Modi, BJP and Bihar.
• Local leaders taking place on dais. State BJP president Mangal Pandey starts his address.

10am
• Minor explosion occured at Patna railway station, 1 person serious injured.

People gathered at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is to address a rally. (HT Photo)

This is the first time that the Gujarat CM and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held rallies on the same day. Gandhi is addressing a rally in poll-bound Delhi in Sunday. Modi went on to say, “Dynasty politics is the biggest enemy of democracy, the second is caste politics, third is politics of religion and then politics of opportunity. And all these things have emerged as a strong factor in the politics of Bihar.”

Earlier in the day, the venue was rocked by six explosions in and around the venue in which 16 people have been injured. Earlier in the day, one person was killed in an explosion at Patna railway station.

The rally was also attended by senior party leaders including Arun Jaitley, Shahnawaz Hussain, Sushil Kumar Modi, Shatrughan Sinha and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The party had hired 11 special trains, 20,000 SUVs, 6,000 buses, 126 river boats, 33 cranes and a giant gizmo-laden stage for the rally.

Inputs from HT correspondents Dev Raj, Arun Kumar, Mammen Mathew and Rai Atul Krishna

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