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EPIC ON Binge Watch Guide - Season 1 - E1 Ramayana And Mahabharata

Devdutt Pattanaik uncovers the hidden stories of the greatest epics in Hindu mythology, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Like the Sumerians, Hindus wrote poetic stories which focused on the powers of the gods. Ramayana translates to 'the story of Rama.' It is believed that Valmiki, a Brahmin whose style of writing poetry was carried forward from that point on, wrote the epic. Following it's main hero Rama on his journey to Lanka, Ramayana praises the heroism and virtues of the Aryan warrior princes. Mahabharata meaning 'The Great India', is said to be written by a Brahmin Veda Vyasa. It is divided into verses interspersed with passages of prose. A story incorporated into the Mahabharata came to be known as the Bhagvad Gita.

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    Devdutt Pattanaik uncovers the hidden stories of the greatest epics in Hindu mythology, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Like the Sumerians, Hindus wrote poetic stories which focused on the powers of the gods. Ramayana translates to 'the story of Rama.' It is believed that Valmiki, a Brahmin whose style of writing poetry was carried forward from that point on, wrote the epic. Following it's main hero Rama on his journey to Lanka, Ramayana praises the heroism and virtues of the Aryan warrior princes. Mahabharata meaning 'The Great India', is said to be written by a Brahmin Veda Vyasa. It is divided into verses interspersed with passages of prose. A story incorporated into the Mahabharata came to be known as the Bhagvad Gita.

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    Trimurti translates as three forms. It is an iconographic representation of God in Hinduism which depicts divinity as a three-faced figure. These three faces represent God's roles of creation, preservation and destruction which are associated with Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Sustainer) and Shiva (the Destroyer). Devdutt Pattanaik discusses the three personas and their different modalities in this episode. The trio are assisted in their duties by their consorts, Saraswati, Laxmi and Parvati respectively. The specific gods of the Trimurti each have their own origins in Hindu mythology but the single iconographic representation finds its source in the Vedas. It is only after the arrival of the Puranas that Trimurti becomes a standard doctrine.

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    Colors play an important role in Hindu culture and have a deep significance transcending decorative values. Hindus use colors on their deities and their clothes, signifying their qualities. Devdutt Pattanaik introduces the concept of using a specific color for a deity to create an environment that highlights the persona of the god or goddess. Some of the more prominent colors used in our rituals and festivals are red, green and saffron. While goddesses Saraswati and Parvati are seen in red sarees, goddess Laxmi is seen in white. Similarly, sages are seen in saffron. Devdutt does a comparative study on the use of colors by hermits and householders. The legend of the color filled festival, Holi, is also highlighted.

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    E4 Shiva

    24 Min

    Various stories and legends surround the prominent figure, Shiva. He is one of the most powerful gods of the Hindu pantheon and is one of the godheads in the Trimurti. Known as the Destroyer, Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. In this episode, Devdutt Pattanaik talks about Shiva being at the core of the centrifugal force of the universe, because of his responsibility for death and destruction. He is the dissolving force but he dissolves in order to create since death is a mode to rebirth. Thus, life and death, creation and destruction, both reside in Shiva. Devdutt also talks about his various manifestations as Bholenath, Mahadev, Nataraja, Vishwanath and Bhairava.

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    Hindu mythology boasts of numerous stories of supernatural beings, either fighting against one another for supremacy or joining forces to fight some other being. Devdutt Pattanaik introduces the various supernatural beings from Indian mythology, in this episode. The Hindu universe is divided into different Lokas or worlds and in each world, reside different beings. All of these beings are said to be Brahma's children. Devas reside in Dev-Lok, Asuras live in Paa-tal, Nagas in Nag-Lok et al. Devdutt does a comparative study of the characteristics of these beings. While Devas are said to be benevolent and debauched, the Rakshasas are shown as mean and ugly. Yakshas are known to hoard everything they get their hands on and Asuras are said to be obsessed with wealth and power.

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    Dharmakshetra - a celestial court in which Chitragupta decides the fates of each of the Kauravas and Pandavas before they are allowed to enter the pearly gates. In this episode, Chitragupta calls upon Draupadi - wife of the Pandavas and supposedly the main reason for the epic war of Mahabharata. While she justifies her actions, support and slander come from surprising sides. Was she the real reason for the war or was there more to the story? Will she finally be vilified or vindicated?

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    Intelligent and devious, Shakuni's words never fail to persuade an audience. One of the most pivotal characters of the Mahabharata is put on trial and everyone seems to have a bone to pick with this fallen king and orphaned son. Commencing his defense, Shakuni spreads his web of words. Who will fall into his trap this time, or will someone finally see through the charade? Will the dice roll in his favor?

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    Painted in the color of wickedness, the son of Gandhari and Dhritarashtra has been victorious in the game of luck. But will his luck run out when he is made accountable for his actions? Duryodhana faces Chitragupta and his accusers with valor and confidence. Will his villainy be reprimanded, or will the shocking truth of his journey be finally revealed?

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    Painted in the color of wickedness, the son of Gandhari and Dhritarashtra has been victorious in the game of luck. But will his luck run out when he is made accountable for his actions? Duryodhana faces Chitragupta and his accusers with valor and confidence. Will his villainy be reprimanded, or will the shocking truth of his journey be finally revealed?

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    The great sage and teacher Drona is called to the stand. His students sit before him, uncomfortable and unsure about the prosecution of their guru. No longer in the class room, this Acharya must be the one to give answers now. But who would want to indict this Guru and why? In this episode, skill isn't enough to get you a passing grade. Will Drona be able to confront the faults of his past or will the lessons come too late?

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    Our quest for the most beautiful abandoned places in India and the history behind them took us to Kuldhara - a vast maze-like cluster of roofless homes, bare walls, and a carpet of disjointed bricks are all that remain of what is once said to have been a prosperous village. Sitting quiet in the sand dunes of western Rajasthan, this is just one of eighty-four such abandoned villages dotting the stark landscape. A local myth tells us that these villages were of the Paliwal Bhramins who fled their homes overnight to uphold their honour because the then prime-minister of the Jaisalmer court, man called Salem Singh wanted to marry the headman's daughter against her wishes. How true this myth is, no one can tell.

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    Far up in the Himalayas, a couple of hours drive from the border town of Kargil, further north from the grand Srinagar-Leh Highway lie the ruins of what once must have been a majestic fort. Rumoured to be taller and older than its famous cousin - the Leh Palace, the Chiktan fortress is shrouded in many mysteries. Legends of its making, numerous sinister and violent events, magical tales of wondrous creations and a heart-wrenching tailspin of destruction and apathy encompass the story of this fabulous fortress set in an almost fantastical location.

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    A thousand years ago, in an age when Buddhism was prominent in Kashmir, Ladakh and Srinagar, an exceptionally visionary scholar and translator, Lochava Rinchen Zangpo, set up a world class university a kilometre away from where the famous Thiksey monastery stands today on the outskirts of Leh town. Lonely walls and silent shrines are what stand today, mute witnesses to the times when a wonder monk walked the land. There are as many contradictions to its disappearance as there are musings about the wonders it held.

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    Human Life has long been intertwined with the course of rivers and their confluence with the great seas. Lakhpat is the apocalytic setting of life if the river were to disappear. Situated at the mouth of the Kori Creek from where the Sindhu once met the Arabian Sea, it is all but a fortified ghost town whose walls overlook the desert sands as it preserves within it, with infinite care, the remains of a two century old trading hub blessed by the holy men and the beloved of men of exceptional valour.

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    E5 Roha

    21 Min

    In the vast territories of the Kutch, on top of a forlorn hillock stands the fort of Roha. Once the biggest jaagir in the region, it lies neglected and forgotten. A close observer in the tragic death of 120 princesses, the seat of brave rulers, home to famous artists, a once burgeoning and rich principality, this is a story of riches to ruins as tempests of fate took charge of Roha and reduced the stone fortress to whispers in the wind.

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    Sara explores the story of tribal Hidimbi from Mahabharata, who marries Bhima after he kills her brother and they give birth to their son Ghatotkacha.

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    Sara explores the story of Geeta-Saar, the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, as Arjuna is faced with self-doubt, in modern day Kurukshetra.

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    In the southern Himalayas, Sara explores Rewalsar, where the love of Guru Rinpoche and Princess Mandarava transformed a pyre into a sacred lake.

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    Sara explores the story of finding Sanjeevani bought by Hanuman, from the hills of Shimla.

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    Sara explores the story of Sita-Haran, the kidnapping of Sita by demon king Ravana and the name that got forever attached to the place Nashik.

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    In 1772, the 17 year-old Narayan Rao was appointed as Peshwa under the vigilance of his uncle, Raghunath Rao. His aunt, Anandi Bai, became extremely jealous of this pre-mature rise to the throne. Raghunath hatched a plan to capture Narayan with the help of Guard Sumer Singh Gardi. But Anandi Bai manipulated the orders and it ended in the brutal killing of Narayan instead of just an arrest.

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    In 1468, the Mewar Empire’s Kumbhalgarh fort lost its much loved king Raja Kumbha who was killed by none other than his own son ‘Prince Uday’. The expansive kingdom and an unending rule of 50 years made the heir of the great king envious and provoked him to seize the throne by any means possible.

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    Panna Devi was a governess in the royal kingdom of Mewar during the 16th century. Charged with the care of 5 year old Udai Singh, she raised him like her own son Chandan. The hunger for throne led cousin Banbir to assassinate the king, leaving Udai Singh as the only heir and obstacle. To destroy any other claim to the throne, Banbir headed to kill Udai. Exhibiting unmatched loyalty, Panna replaced the sleeping Udai Singh with her son Chandan, and witnessed the slaughter of her own flesh and blood.

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    Narayan Das – 15th century: During 1470-1491 A.D. the Hara region was ruled by Rao Bundu who was known for his boundless charities, kindness and service to the people of Boondi. He was overthrown by his two ambitious and power hungry young brothers, Samar Singh and Umar Singh. They exiled Rao to the mountains of Matoonda where he stayed for 21 years and finally died leaving behind two sons. As soon as he was old enough, the elder son Narayan Das who grew up in the mountains resenting his uncles, developed a strong sense of revenge and pledged to take back Boondi or perish otherwise.

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    Dara Sikoh – 17th century: Dara Sikoh (20 March 1615 – 30 August 1659) was the eldest son and the heir apparent of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. He was favoured as a successor by his father, but was always rivalled by his younger brother Aurangzeb who has never seen him face to face since childhood.. Finally, the war broke out between brothers after Shah Jahan’s death and even after losing two battles, Dara was not prepared to bow down to Aurangzeb. In the end he was betrayed by a friend and handed over to Aurangzeb.

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    Ever heard of an ancient defense system that reveals enemies just through their lightest whispers and movements? This episode takes us to Hyderabad's Golconda fort and Gol Gumbaz to highlight the ancient acoustic systems in place.

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    Did you know that some of the most impressive temples in the country have been carved manually by artisans chipping away at a single rock? This episode takes a look at the technique of monolithic building through the monuments at Mahabalipuram and Ajanta-Ellora.

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    Long before modern climate control technology took over, our ancestors designed cooling systems based on natural principles that cooled massive structures. This episode takes us to Rajasthan's Hawa Mahal and Chand Baori to take a look at how the monuments are constructed in order to keep them naturally cool.

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    India is a country dotted by majestic forts that have gone down in history as a testimony to a kingdom's greatness. This episode takes a look at the process of fortifying involved in architecture through the forts of Janjira and Daulatabad.

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    Situated in two separate states of India lie two monuments which have stood the ravages of time. With their stones touching the winds of the sky, the Vijay Stambh in Rajasthan and the Brihadeshwara Temple in Tamil Nadu are architectural wonders of India dating back to 1449 AD and 1010 AD respectively. Vijay Stambh, also known as the Tower of Victory, is a nine storied tower which was built to commemorate King Rana Kumbha's victory over the armies of Mewar. Brihadeshwara Temple, a Hindu temple, was built as a dedication to Lord Shiva, and stands tall at 216 feet. Our expedition to find the Vertical architectural wonders of India was fulfilled when we stood at the steps of these marvels and looked up, only to find a glorious era that was etched across the skies.

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    Somewhere in the deserts of the Khyber Pass, Ghiaz Beg's caravan is attacked by ruthless bandits while his wife Asmat is in agony giving birth to his third child and first daughter. Thanks to the birth of this innocent new born, the bandit spares his family considering it's a girl child and they're doomed any way. Ghiaz's family continues on along the unforgiving path until they meet nobleman Masood, who in a twist of fate, rescues the Beg family and takes them all to meet the emperor of Hindustan Akbar. 12 years later, Ghiaz is a part of Akbar's court while his daughter Mehrunissa (Nisa), grows up to be a bright and precocious child always brawling with her older brothers Mahmud and Abul.

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    Jagat Gosini, the Rajput princess betrothed to Salim, is on her way to Lahore. Salim visits Man Bai, his wife & sister to Man Singh one of Akbar's military commanders. Their son Khusrau has a reputation for being slightly eccentric and dangerous. Man Bai expresses her concern and discontent to Salim's second marriage who reassures her that this is a political alliance and that she will always have a special place in his life.

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    Ghiaz & his family are invited to Salim's wedding with Jagat, in which Nisa is barred because of her altercation with the Pandit hired to teach her. Meanwhile Nisa's sulking & emotional manipulation melts the will of her angry parents and she is allowed to attend the wedding with the family. At the wedding, Nisa finally sees the palace and, due to her excitement, is slapped by Hoshiyaar. This also allows her to be noticed by Ruqaiyya Begum, who asks for her to be sent to the zenana the next day.

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    Nisa readies herself to visit the palace. Upon arriving there her excitement is palpable. But on her very first day she sees Ruqaiyya lock horns with Princess Jagat and she gets got in the crossfire. Princess Jagat catches Nisa laughing involuntarily at her, and thinks it impertinent.

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    Akbar's birthday preparations take place with great fanfare. Unspoken kitchen politics begin, as Jagat and Ruqayya both start preparing meals for the Emperor. It becomes a competition of sorts, to see who will impress the Emperor the most.

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    Chokher Bali revolves around four vital characters Mahendra, his friend Bihari, his wife Ashalata and Binodini. One day, Mahendra receives a proposal of a young woman named Binodini but he doesn't show any interest. On this, Binodini's mother gets her married to another man but he dies of severe illness. While Binodini begins her life as a widow, Mahendra gets married to Ashalata as he falls in love with her beauty.Mahendra's mother seems to be unhappy with this relationship. Seeing this, she invites Binodini to stay with them in their house. Binodini and Ashalata become inseparable friends, even coining a mutual pet name Chokher Bali.

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    On Mahendra's mother's insistence, Binodini enters Mahendra's house. Binodini becomes friends with Mahendra's wife, Ashalata. While Asha's friendship seems to be genuine, Binodini's loyalty is suspicious from the very start. Binodini uses Ashalata to get close to Mahendra. Bihari notices Binodini's behavior and gets in a heated argument with Mahendra.Hearing this, Binodini decides to leave the house but Mahendra stops her from going and expresses his feelings to her. Binodini decides to write a letter to Bihari stating that she had no such intentions but unfortunately Mahendra receives the letter.

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    Binodini takes help from Bihari as she feels he would support her but she soon finds out that Bihari has shifted to Kolkata.Binodini then decides to settle down with Mahendar and shift to Kolkata, as this way she also get closer to Bihari. But unfortunately after reaching Kolkata, she finds that Bihari had left for Banaras.Once again, for her selfish motives, Binodini convinces Mahendar to leave for Banaras. Seeing this, Mahendar notices Binodini's behavior and gets suspicious. Binodini was in search of Bihari. Mahendar leaves Binodini alone and leaves the city. Binodini remains unsuccessful in meeting Bihari.

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    Like the protagonist of a road movie, the young Tarapada was restless. To the despair of his mother and villagers, Tarapada repeatedly ran away. But he was curious about the world rather than alienated from it. The blissful nature hailed him with endless bounty. He could hear the mystic melody of the nature. He joined a troupe of acrobats and then wandered on. One day, he caught a boat ride with a village zamindar. His natural virtuousness and spontaneity attracted the zamindar and his wife. His pleasant voice enchanted everyone, except their envious daughter Charusashi. She could not endure Tarapada. The impenetrable feelings of love and hatred, possessiveness and gentle gestures hovered between.

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    Giribala, a beautiful, young wife of a wealthy, spoilt Zamindar son, Gopinath, secretly went to watch a play in the nearby theatre. Giribala and Gopinath had a loving, romantic relationship when they got married. But soon Gopinath fell out of love and started seeing a glamorous theatre actress, Latika. The charm of Giribala’s youth and beauty could not keep Gopinath in the house. So along with a faithful maid Sudha, Giribala went to see the reason of her husband’s aloofness. The play ‘Maan Bhanjan’ started with glimmering lights and magical songs. ‘Radha’ is angry, and ‘Krishna’ is trying to convince her by surrendering himself to her feet. The play finished but Giribala was enthralled. She imagined herself as Radha, and Gopinath as Krishna. She decided she will make Gopinath fall at her own feet one day. One night Gopinath came to the house and asked for the key of the vault as he needed some money. Giribala was hurt and angry that despite Gopinath has come after a long time, he is ignoring hercompletely. She refuses to give the key. An angry and frustrated Gopinath beats up Giribala, snatches all her ornaments from her and left the house. Eventually, Gopinath eloped with the actress Latika. Few months later, Gopinath heard that a beautiful new actress has emerged in the theater circle and she has taken the place of Latika. Curiuos, Gopinath went to see the play. The curtains rose. Gopinath was baffled as in front of him, it was, his wife Giribala, dazzling the stage as gorgeous ‘Radha’.

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    E1 Don

    23 Min

    Yamraj makes repeated attempts to take the praan of a certain deadly Don only to be interrupted constantly by Jigna to run some household errand or the other. Meanwhile the Don keeps doubling his protection thinking his rival gang in the city has hired an assassin to kill the Don. Simultaneously in drama class at school, Himesh and Satya are battling it out to play the titular role of Vishwamitra, so as to get closer to the girl of both their dreams -Mohini, who's playing the role of Menaka, female lead in the play.

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    E2 Will

    23 Min

    While going about his daily routine of taking praans, Yamraj comes across an extremely rich man, who is thoroughly confused about which of sons' should be the heir to his enormous fortune. The old man entrusts the responsibility of finding the most deserving heir to Yamraj, in exchange for half his wealth. Poor Yamraj, having always dreamt of amassing great wealth, grabs the opportunity immediately. Meanwhile, Jigna, on hearing news of the immense wealth that'll soon be theirs, immediately starts planning the biggest party of the neighborhood, inviting everyone from the milkman to landlord.

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    When Yamraj, tries to take the praan of an ailing man in the hospital, the man surprises him by being remarkably agile and pushes him out the window. This in turn leads to Yamraj being forcibly hospitalized and placed in the bed right next to the old man whose praan he is meant to take. While Yamraj struggles to get out of his forced hiatus, a friendly yet slightly competitive game of chausar between Himesh and Satya, turns into an ugly ego battle between Jigna and Mandira.

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    Deeply affected by the harsh words spoken by a politician who proclaimed to his audience that Yamraj, The Lord of Death - is a symbol of evil; Yamraj decides to ask his boss, Akaashwani for a job that commands more respect from the mortals. When Akaashwani dismisses his pleas, Yamraj takes the extremely bold step of quitting his job to work for his reluctant father-in-law. While he is trying to make himself useful in his father-in-law's jewelry shop, Himesh tries to enjoy some quality time with Mohini at his home, only to have it disrupted, time and time, by Satya.

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    Tired of living a life with no luxury, owing to the modest means earned by Yamraj, Jigna lies to her mother about being pregnant in order to claim the crores her father has kept aside for his first grandchild. What Jigna did not foresee however, is her mother showing up to tend to her in her 'pregnancy', right when she's prepping for a dance competition in which she fully intends to beat three-time champion Mandira.

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    In the first episode of Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha, celebrity chef Ranveer Brar delves into the flavours and essence that come with changing seasons. He gives us an insight into how everything we eat affects our health and overall wellbeing. Over the centuries, numerous fruits and vegetables have not only satiated our appetite but also cooled us down in the scorching heat of summers. Perhaps that's when recipes like Dahi Pakhal, Aloo Poshto and Suran Fry came into existence and helped us cope with climatic conditions. Watch the maverick chef whip up some delectable summer recipes to beat the heat.

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    Sometimes simple things bring back beautiful memories. And Chef Ranveer Brar has this epiphany while basking in the glory of daybreak. In this episode of Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha, he extols the several virtues of modest, comfort food. He recreates Goan Ka Swaad with two delectable, wholesome dishes: Ragi Mudde and Litti Chokha. Hailing from Karnataka, Ragi Mudde is a powerhouse of multi nutrients that can be cooked with only two ingredients including Ragi (finger millet) flour and water. Famous for its rustic taste, Litti Chokha is a Bihari delicacy where the Littis are balls made of whole wheat flour, stuffed with sattu (powder from black chana), herbs and spices, whereas Chokha is a mix of grilled eggplant with chilies, onion tomato, cumin powder, coriander and turmeric powder.

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    While in exile, the Pandavas were obligated to live incognito for a year. Food-lover at heart, Bheem disguised himself as a chef called Vallabh in the kingdom of Virata during this period. According to one legend, when Vallabh assumed his duties, he didn't know how to cook so he whipped up a dish with an array of available vegetables that came to be known as Avial. In another story, the King of Travancore hosted a great feast but ran out of food and what was hurriedly cooked together became Avial. Chef Ranveer Brar elaborates on these exciting narratives and on stories of the origins of the term ladoo from Mahabharata as he prepares Avial and Bheem Ka Ladoo in this episode of Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha.

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    A dish beloved across the country is the Biryani. And amongst Biryanis one that stands apart is the Lucknowi Biryani. In the fourth episode of Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha, Chef Ranveer Brar brings to you two delectable recipes: the first one is the Lucknowi Biryani and another dish that hails from Hyderabad, Haleem. He discloses lesser-known tips to cook an authentic Lucknowi Biryani and speaks of Turk-Afghan imprints on Hyderabadi cuisine.

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    When it comes to planning long journeys, food is an essential part of the itinerary. In the fifth episode of Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha, chef Ranveer Brar whips up the perfect travel-friendly meal comprising delicious dishes like Jahaazi Korma, Thekua, Bimbli ka Achaar and Thepla. Just like its name hints at, Jahaazi Korma was a dish invented to meet hunger pangs of Haj pilgrims who set out their journey on a jahaaz (ship). Chef Ranveer also narrates some beliefs associated with Thekua, the dish that is prepared during Chhath Puja and as he prepares the Bimbli ka Achaar he elaborates on the preservative qualities of some ingredients like oil, jaggery and black pepper.

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    Virender Sehwag starts his new innings with EPIC Channel’s much-awaited show Umeed India. The debut episode features Avtar Singh – the only Indian Judoka to participate in Rio Olympics 2016. Although Avtar had humble beginnings in Gurdaspur, Punjab, today he is an inspiration to hundreds of aspiring Olympians. As a child, he often found himself working at his parents’ farm, while also being encouraged to partake in martial arts. Thanks to his passion and persistence, Avtar is one of the strongest contenders in the sport in Asia. His coach and mentor, Arjuna awardee Yashpal Solanki is training him to walk the path to glory at Tokyo 2020. Watch the show as Virender has a heart-to-heart with Avtar Singh – India Ki Umeed.

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    It is easy to spot Om Prakash Karhana in a crowd…standing at 6 feet 7 inches and weighing 135 kg with a boyish disposition and an infectious energy. But what makes this titan from Gurgaon, Haryana stand out is his potential for the unexplored sport shot put that earned him a bronze medal in the 20th Asian Athletics Championships (2013) and a gold medal at the 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships (2014) among other accolades to his credit. In the second episode of Umeed India, our host Virender Sehwag explores the life experiences, dedication and daily routine of this uber-talented shot putter, OP Karhana. Know how OP’s highly supportive family and his coach Bhupinder Singh helped him in earning the national record of distance 20.69m in shot put.

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    Every once in a while, we hear an astounding story that makes us realise that the only thing standing between the impossible and our dreams is determination. In the fourth episode of Umeed India ex-cricketing ace Virender Sehwag explores the journey of one such strong-willed athlete who chose to never give up despite adverse circumstances - Suyash Jadhav. Hailing from Solapur, Maharashtra, the 22-year-old battled several odds after losing both his arms in an accident, but left no stone unturned to become the first Indian para-swimmer to achieve an “A” qualifying mark for Paralympics in 2016 and at the next Paralympics he is India's Umeed for gold.

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    The name Phogat is known beyond just the wrestling circuits of India. It is a household story of courage and determination. From the family that has given some of our best wrestlers is Vinesh Phogat, introduced to wrestling by her uncle Mahavir Phogat when she only 7 years old. She won multiple accolades in the international wrestling arena including a gold medal from Common Wealth Games 2014 and a fantastic show at the Rio Olympics 2016, cut short by a heartbreaking injury. In the third episode of Umeed India, our host Virender Sehwag meets Vinesh to uncover her inspiring journey, fan her ambitions and the hopes of a billion people.

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    Ever since Rio 2016, Sakshi Malik is a household name. Hailing from Haryana, Sakshi ended India's wait for a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by pulling off a sensational triumph with the bronze to her credit. In the fifth episode of Umeed India, sports icon Virender Sehwag explores the journey of this inspiring athlete and outlines her career and personal trajectory that paved her path from Rohtak to Rio.

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    Sakshi looks for her mother's prized recipe diary, the invaluable gift she was was given when she left home to come and work in Mumbai. She decides that she will celebrate one festival a week based on the recipes in her mother's book. She decides to begin this journey by celebrating 'Ganesh Chaturthi'. She makes Modak and Pappaya ka halwa.

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    E2 Onam

    22 Min

    Sakshi reminisces about living in a joint family and the quirks it comes with. She remembers the chaos in just deciding the day's menu. She talks about their neighbour Gayatri auntie and her Onasadhya, she decided to celebrate Onam. She makes pineapple pachadi, pulinji, kalan and rice.

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    Anant Chaturdashi is the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi and also a time to eat Khoba Roti in Rajasthan. The day after, Jains celebrate a special day, kshamavani, where they apologise to each other. She makes Khoba Roti and Alvathi.

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    Sakshi finds interesting recipes related to Eid in her mother's diary and decides to celebrate Eid, her friend Ali Asgar comes to celebrate Eid with her. She makes Shahi tukda, date and tamarind chutney and veg hare bhare kebab.

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    Sakshi reminisces about the beauty of Delhi around the time of Durga Puja. To share this festive feeling, she invites her dear friend Kavita Kaushik to celebrate Navratri. She makes a mixed vegetable dish Shukto with Panch Foran, a pick of whole spices and incorporates the crunchy Badi that Kavita brings along with her. The friends also make Bhoger Khichuri, a Bengali specialty of the Durga Puja Bhog. As Kavita insists on the sheer necessity of having sweet on a Bengali menu, she prepares the Narkel Ladoo. The close friends have a great time sharing festive memories as they prepare the delicacies.

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