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4 Reasons to Trade Boring City Life for a Fun Weekend at Camp

4 Reasons to Trade Boring City Life for a Fun Weekend at Camp

Now that the lockdown restrictions have been a tad relaxed and stepping out has become easier, we’re sure that you’re catching up with friends over dinners and movies like you used to. Why not take it up a notch, and make the most of this brilliant weather, and head out of the city with friends for a fabulous time surrounded by nature! In case you still haven’t got it, we’re talking about camping. Here are some camping activities you should definitely check out over the weekend.

BandCamp Weekends: Live Band + Movie Screenings

Exchange the city’s hectic life for a chilled out one under a canopy of stars. Located off Gorai beach, Bandcamp offers live band performances ranging from indie to blues to retro and movie screenings at their amphitheater. If that’s not enough to entice you, there’s also a bonfire, barbecue, hammocks, games and books. Truth be told, we’d go just to curl up on the hammock with our favourite book under the starry sky. When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, February 27 at 4pm. Where: Bandcamp White Collar Hippie, Dongri, Uttan.

Tropicana Bandcamp Alibaug

Work from home stressing you out? Detox with a chill weekend comprising lazy strolls by the waterfront, lolling bullock cart rides or horse riding for the adventurous, indulge in local cuisine and live barbecue, play games, read, spend time with your loved ones, or simply lay under the stars and make up constellations. When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, January 30 at 3pm. Where: Tropicana Resort and Spa, Mapgaon, Alibaug.

Pawna Lake Camping – Adventure Geek

Located near what was once every Mumbaikars’ favourite weekend getaway, Lonavala, Pawna Lake gives you bang for the buck when it comes to scenic beauty. We’re talking gorgeous blue water, the imposing Sahayadri range cradled against it, lush green hillocks – you couldn’t conjure up a better place for a lakeside camp. Add to that campfire, games, live music under the stars and moonlit walks; just what you need for a chill weekend. When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, January 30 at 4.30pm. Where: Pawnamachi Camping, Gevhande Khadak, Pavana Nagar.

Bhatakna – Igatpuri Lakeside Camping and Watersports

Consider yourself a water baby who loves adventure? Then this one’s tailor-made for you. Set camp by the Maruti Wadi Lake, which also doubles up as a water sports center, in Igtapuri. Indulge in rafting, kayaking, body surfing or just swimming lazy laps. There’s also bonfire, games (including classic board games), karaoke, and of course, food. Also, how can we forget, starry skies, romantic night strolls and the whole living in the tent experience! When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, January 30 at 5pm. Where: Meeting Point: Bhatakna Lakeside Camp Igatpuri, Sayade, Igatpuri.

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Here’s Why You Need to Jump Aboard the Functional Fitness Train

Here’s Why You Need to Jump Aboard the Functional Fitness Train

Do you consider yourself fit? Okay, do a one-legged squat for ten reps without falling over. Go on, try it. Could you do it? Don’t feel bad if the answer is no – most people can’t control their body weight. And just because you kill it on the leg press machine at the gym doesn’t mean you have mastered the muscular control for the squats. It simply means your core isn’t stable enough or your muscles aren’t working in tandem the way they’re supposed to. That’s where functional fitness comes in.

The basis of functional fitness is to teach your body to control and balance its own weight. It involves working your upper and lower body muscles at the same time and strengthening your core. And guess what – you need it to perform daily activities such as carrying a heavy bag of groceries, lugging multiple suitcases, playing a round of badminton with your friends, or even something as basic as lifting your toddler from their crib. And the best thing about functional fitness exercises? They can be done from home. The most common forms include pushups, planks, lunges and squats. You can invest in resistance bands, kettlebells and fitness balls to kick it up a notch.

Benefits of functional fitness

Improves body functionality – Functional fitness works on boosting muscle strength, endurance and core and muscle stability, thereby making it easier for you to perform daily physical functions. Also, exercise helps lower stress which in turn improves the quality of your life.

Improves body mobility Functional fitness requires various muscle groups working in tandem as opposed to targeted training (weight training), it leads to them managing the body’s weight correctly. Simply put, this leads to a better posture, balance, coordination and flexibility.

Reduces risk of injuries Did you know that functional training started out as a way to rehabilitate people suffering from injuries? It essentially boosts your body’s muscle and ligament strength and prepares your body to withstand stressors.

And if you want to be your fittest best whilst at home,  check out StayFit Live here.

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No True Bharat Jadhav Fan Would Want To Miss Casting A Vote

No True Bharat Jadhav Fan Would Want To Miss Casting A Vote

Renowned for making people laugh till they have tears rolling down their eyes, Bharat Jadhav is one of the most popular Marathi actors who absolutely owns the comedy genre. Whether it is his impeccable comic timing, ability to land a joke, or ease with physical comedy, he slays it every single time he’s on the screen or stage.

Jadhav, who started his acting career in 1985 with the play Maharashtrachi Lokdhara, returns to the stage with Punha Sahi Re Sahi, on Sunday, January 17. Since then, he’s gone on to play the loveable mute in All The Best, the titular gender bender in Moruchi Mavashi, the eccentric Madan Sukhamte and his loony lookalikes in Sahi Re Sahi and its sequel and the simpleton Damu possessed by his grandfather’s spirit in Shreemant Damodar Pant (pictured above).

Which of them did you enjoy the most? Vote for your favourite theatrical role by the actor.

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Party (And Shop) Till You Drop At This Fab Beach-Side Flea Market

Party (And Shop) Till You Drop At This Fab Beach-Side Flea Market

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? Good food? Refreshing cocktails? Live music? Shopping? How about we sweeten the deal and add a really cool view and location to the mix? You can experience all this S’Cape.

BookMyShow Venues has curated S’Cape, a flea market at the Beach Box on Mandwa Jetty from Saturday, January 16 to Sunday, January 17. Watch performances by A-Minor, the musical duo of singer Kanak Sirur and guitarist Afroz Inamdar, and indie musician Praveer Barot who has opened for Prateek Kuhad, Indian Ocean and Agnee in the past.

Make the most of the pleasant weather Mumbai’s having and chill by the sea with your friends. Shop stuff by international and Indian brands, fuel up with a cocktail (or three) and nosh on food by Bombay Food Truck and Belgian Waffle. Oh, and take some selfies. Maybe by the water? Or under the stars? Might we suggest #PerfectDay or #WeekendVibes

When: Saturday, January 16 at 2pm to 6pm to Sunday, January 17 at 3pm to 6.30pm. Where: Beach Box, Mandwa Jetty Road, Mandwa.

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Sukh Mhanje Watching Marathi Plays Live Asta

Sukh Mhanje Watching Marathi Plays Live Asta

Marathi theatre lovers, January brings with it some good news for you. A number of Maharashtra’s renowned actors, we’re talking Prashant Damle, Kavita Medhkar, Vandana Gupte, Pratiksha Lonkar and Umesh Kamat, will be taking to the stage. Here’s our guide to the plays you can watch on stage.

‘Eka Lagnachi Pudhchi Gosht’

There’s a reason Prashant Damle is on everyone’s favourite actor list; he completely owns the stage. The prequel to this play, Eka Lagnachi Gosht was a hilarious comedy starring Damle and Kavita Medhkar as Manoj and Manisha. In the sequel, the couple has been married for 18 years and Manoj, who’s battling stress and a midlife crisis, decides to embark on a harebrained scheme to bring some spark back to their relationship. Medhkar and Damle’s chemistry is intact, perhaps even better since the first play, and Damle proves that comedy is his forte. And yes, when he reprises ‘Mala sanga sukh mhanje nakki kaay asta’ from the prequel, you will hum along. Director: Adwait Dadarkar Cast: Prashant Damle, Kavita Medhkar, Atul Todankar, Mrunal Chemburkar When: Friday, January 15 to Tuesday, January 26 at 4pm, 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Where: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane; Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai; Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane.

‘Haravlelya Pattyancha Banglaa’

If we’re being honest, we’ll watch anything with Vandana Gupte in it. It helps that Haravlelya Pattyancha Banglaa is a nuanced story uplifted by Gupte and Pratiksha Lonkar’s performances. Essentially a mother-daughter drama in which the latter always takes the former for granted, the story is peppered with equal amounts of humorous moments and emotional confrontations.   Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni Cast: Vandana Gupte, Pratiksha Lonkar, Dipti Lele, Rajan Joshi When: Saturday, January 16 to Sunday, January 24 at 4pm and 7pm. Where: Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai.

‘Vacuum Cleaner’

Ashok Saraf and Nirrmite Saawaant play Ranjan and Naina, a couple married for 28 years. Successful, stable and loving, their family of four appears perfect to an outsider. But they’re battling their own dysfunctional demons that are brought to the fore with the entry of a vacuum cleaner in their lives. Director: Chinmay Mandlekar Cast: Ashok Saraf, Nirrmite Saawaant, Tanvi Palav, Mausami Tondwalkar When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, January 30 at 1pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm and 6pm. Where: Savitribai Phule Natyagruha, Dombivali;  Damodar Hall, Parel; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai, Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune; Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Pune; Mahakavi Kalidas Kala Mandir, Nashik.

‘Punha Sahi Re Sahi’

We have two words for you – Bharat. Jadhav. The actor is a laugh riot in the sequel to the highly successful 2004 comedy play Sahi Re Sahi. Jadhav reprises his role of Madan Sukhamte, the eccentric businessman, and his multiple lookalikes in Punha Sahi Re Sahi. He owns the stage, and your attention from the get-go, as he portrays four different characters, and does each of them justice.   Director: Kedar Shinde Cast: Bharat Jadhav When: Sunday, January 17 to Sunday, February 14 at 4.15pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 9.30pm. Where: Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Mahakavi Kalidas Natyamandir, Mulund; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Damodar Hall, Parel; Mahakavi Kalidas Kala Mandir, Nashik; Swantantra Veer Savarkar Natyagruha, Ratnagiri.

‘Dada Ek Good News Ahe’

Vineet (Umesh Kamat) is enjoying a happy, carefree life when his younger sister Namita (Hruta Durgule) turns up at his home with some life-changing news. Dada Ek Good News Ahe (pictured above) explores the bond between siblings and highlights the importance of being a pillar of support for your family, regardless of whether you agree with their actions or not.    Director: Advait Dadarkar Cast: Umesh Kamat, Hruta Durgule, Rishi Manohar, Arti More When: Sunday, January 17 to Tuesday, January 26 at 4.15pm and 4.30pm. Where: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Savitribai Phule Natyagruha, Dombivali.

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