Gangaa Update on Tuesday 10th April 2018

Gangaa Update on Tuesday 10th April 2018
Bulbul too wants something modern too dance. Who dances on such songs today? Gunwanti says her doubt aloud. We can make it interesting. She plays a video where people are dancing in modern style on one of the latest songs (Radha Kaise Na Jale). The dancers perform in a mix of forms. The kids look relived now. The first rule of dance is to keep your shoes in one corner. Meanwhile, she makes some marks on the floor. The girls are supposed to take position accordingly only. Gunwanti tells them to copy her moves and expressions. The girls follow her brilliantly. Bulbul is learning fast as she is a very good dancer. Ganga is also trying her best. The other girls have to try harder. Bulbul does not want to waste her time as she knows everything already. Ganga reasons that this isn’t wasting time. We need to work together for the group dance. Gunwanti seconds her. This is called group work. Next she makes the girls practise standing on their toes. They have to balance their body posture and move. Gunwanti keeps motivating them.

Dance teacher wonders how they will continue the rehearsal in Sagar’s absence. Yash shares that Sagar wont come. Chandan offers to take Sagar’s position. Dance teacher agrees but Sagar enters just then. Chandan looks miffed. Pulkit requests the dance teacher to stay here. I have to look after him and make sure that he takes medicine on time. Dance teacher is a little sceptical but Sagar tells him that he will do it. Chandan tells Sagar that he wont be able to do it. Look at your health. Sagar tells him against it. I know you wanted to take my place but someone has told me never to give up even in times of trouble. He remembers Ganga’s words. They take their positions.

Shankar reaches the area where Niru lives. He tracks down Niru’s house and goes towards the house to have a closer look.

Amma ji and Madhvi have got something to give to a sadhu outside. They donate food and cloths to the sadhu. Shankar is at a nearby shop. He initially misses seeing Amma ji but then notices her side face. Curiously, he walks closer. He collides with a man on cycle and gets into a verbal duel. Amma ji is irked as people lose their cool so soon nowadays. She goes inside by the time Shankar turns to look at her.

All the girls are eating lunch. Ganga is happy that she was right. They found everything one by one. Now our school only will win. Right Bulbul? Bulbul nods with a smile but is not happy. She thinks of something. She goes away on the pretext of meeting some teacher. Lunch break gets over. Gunwanti tells them to finish their food and resume the practise. Gunwanti cannot run the DVD player. Bulbul smirks. This is not going to start. I will see how our team leader widow practices for the dance competition! Bulbul had removes the wires, cut them and then had fixed them again. Everyone would have found about it if I had removed the wires. Now no one will find out as I have joined it again. You (Ganga) think you are too smart! Now practice. Gunwanti is in a fix. If we send it for repair then it will take 2-3 days for sure. Ganga had seen Sagar fixing a similar problem in the past. She gets an idea. I will fix it. She sets down to work. She puts the DVD in the laptop ad connects the music system with it. It starts working. Gunwanti is very impressed with Ganga and so are all the girls.

Bulbul’s friend (Chaya) tells Bulbul that now Ganga has impressed Gunwanti Ma’am too. She might take your place some day. Bulbul says I will never let it happen. I know how to ruin her plan. Gunwanti makes 3 groups of 4 girls each. Ganga and Bulbul are in separate group. Ganga’s group is in the center. The groups have to cover entire stage during their dance.

Gunwanti cannot tell exactly how many steps they have to take. Ganga suggests going there only to practice. Gunwanti replies that they will need to give 5k for the booking daily. We cannot spend that much money. Ganga reasons that they must know how big the stage is if they have to win. We must know how many steps we have to take on which side. Gunwanti nods but she also knows that they have no way to find out this. Ganga wonders how they will win if they don’t have an idea how big the stage is.

870588); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; padding: 0px;”> Precap: Ganga buys a measuring step from a shop. Reena is confused but Ganga tells her to wait and watch. Bulbul and Neha see them at the shop as well. Bulbul is keen what this widow is up to now.


Sagar paces in his room. He is worried about his position in the dance group. I hate Chandan! I don’t like him at all! He sits down to write the same in the notebook.

Shankar is on with MLA. Niru is still not back. Till when should I wait here? There is no point. MLA agrees. Get the CCTV footage of that area where SOlanki was. We will find some clue there. Be very careful. It will be a problem for you if too many people see you. Shankar agrees. Ganga holds his kurta to seek his attention. Why are you peeking inside my house? Shankar tries to say something but she doesn’t give him a chance. She calls out for everyone. There is a thief in the house. Everyone inside hear her screaming. Shankar pushes her to escape. Ganga gets hurt in the process as her head collides with a cart kept nearby. Madhvi, Amma ji and Maharaj ji ask her what happened. She shares that a man was trying to look inside our house. I asked him about the same. He ran away when I assembled people. Madhvi asks her if it was the same guy whose sketch police had shown that day. Ganga denies. Amma ji asks for description. Amma ji correlates the description with Shankar’s appearance. She decides against contacting the police. We will think about it when Niru comes. We should be careful till then. Madhvi and Maharaj ji take Ganga inside. Amma ji is tensed. Was it really Shankar? Why did he come here? Did he find out that it is my house?

Sagar tears that page when he notices his mother and Ganga coming in. Madhvi shares the incident with him. It must be some thief. Ganga acted bravely and made him run away. Sagar wonders if Ganga is lying. She reminds him that she never lies. I took your side when no one was with you. He is angry as kids were poking him later. They felt that I cannot do anything on my own. Ganga says that is right. Chandan dint win. You did. The other kids understood it when I took your side. He refuses to take her help. Madhvi tends to her wound. Sagar angrily tells his mother that he hates Ganga. He walks out of the room in huff. The ink spreads on the notebook. Ganga sets it right. She sees what is written in the notebook. Madhvi too reads it – I hate Chandan!

Madhvi asks Sagar if he has written this. Sagar gets tensed. He finally nods. Madhvi wants to know the reason behind it. Sagar relates the incident at school. Should I not be angry? Chandan is very bad. She understands his point but why did he get angry on Ganga. Amma ji is sure Ganga would have done something wrong. What’s wrong in it? Madhvi denies. He tore one page but the other page still carries imprints. You can blame Ganga all you can till you want to take out your anger but no problem will be solved that way. Think if you are getting weak. Face Chandan bravely if he makes too much fun of you. You will find a way out of it for sure. Say sorry to Ganga now. Amma ji tells him against it. Ganga too does not want it. I only want Chandan to get on the right track like Bulbul. She became my friend now. I want the same for Chandan and Sagar.

Next day, Bulbul is eagerly waiting to see Ganga’s sad face. Ganga shares with Principal Ma’am and Gunwanti that she took the stage size and made all the marks. They are very impressed with her smart work. Bulbul smirks. She will cry real soon. They reach the classroom but there are no marks on the floor. Bulbul decides to go in to start the drama. She asks Gunwanti Ma’am what happened. Bulbul says maybe peon cleaned the room. Principal Ma’am confirms with the peon (Shyam Singh). He had locked the room after Ganga and Reena had left. Reena recalls writing it down on a piece of paper. We can make it again. Sadly, she cannot find the paper there anymore.

Gunwanti and Principal Ma’am very sweetly advise Ganga never to lose her confidence or hope. We will practise now like before. The final rehearsal is anyways going to happen in the main dance hall. Ganga recalls Madhvi’s words. You tore away one page but the other page has the imprints of what you had written in the previous page that you tore. Ganga asks Reena to give her that copy in which she had written the measurements. A confused Reena gives her that notebook. Ganga gets the marking back by making a shadow on the imprint. She gladly shows it to everyone. We have found the exact measurements once again. We can make the markings one more time. Gunwanti and Principal Ma’am are amazed at his sharp mind. Principal Ma’am is sure Ganga will make her name one day and make them proud. Ganga smiles. Bulbul and Chaya do not look happy. The girls have to assemble for Morning Prayer now.

Sagar shares with his dance teacher that he is perfectly alright now. I can practice today. The dance teacher takes them out for a treat as they did very well last week.

The girls have marked the positions on the floor. Gunwanti appreciates team work. Chaya is irked as Ganga became a leader of them once again. Bulbul is in no mood to give up.

Precap: Sagar and Ganga’s troop get into a challenge. Ganga gives a fitting reply to Chandan. Get ready now. It will be a tough competition / call this time. We will see who wins

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How the wedding of Joe Appiah and a British lady stirred the world in 1953

Joe Appiah from Gold Coast (now Ghana), the first Ghanaian to marry (Lady Peggy Cripps) from the British Empire`s Upper class. Early Life Mr. Joe Appiah, born Joseph Emmanuel Appiah on Nov. 16, 1918 in Kumasi, was known as Joe in politics and used the shorter name as the author of several books. He was a Ghanaian lawyer, politician and statesman born in Kumasi to Nana James Appiah and Nana Adwoa Akyaa, members of the Ashanti imperial aristocracy. His father was a schoolmaster, Methodist leader, traditional nobleman and, finally, Chief Secretary of Asanteman, a position his son would also subsequently occupy. Joe Appiah was educated at Wesley College, Mfantsipim, and the Middle Temple. Marriage Life In 1951, Joe Appiah met Lady Peggy Cripps at a student dance. She was the daughter of the Right Honourable Sir Stafford Cripps and Dame Isobel Cripps. She was born on May 21 1921. Peggy Cripps was then working for an organisation called racial unity, after having lived in Moscow, where her father was a British ambassador, and in Tehran, where she worked for the British army (railways). In 1953 in London, Mr. Appiah, a law student from a prominent Ashanti family in what is now Ghana, married Peggy Cripps. It was then unheard of that an African will dare to marry a white lady from the British upper class family. When it was announced that the 32-year-old Peggy was to marry a black man, every Colonel Blimp in the Empire was horrified. Disgusting! That was how the apartheid South African minister of justice, Charles Swart described the marriage between Joe Appiah and Peggy Cripps. During that period in Britain, interracial marriages were largely absent and a white girl who was seen out with a black man was deemed not “respectable”. It was reported that Kwame Nkrumah (who would later be Ghana’s first president) was supposed to be Appiah’s best man, but George Padmore, the Pan-Africanist, journalist and author took up that role. At the Church of England ceremony, the bride wore a gown of mother of pearl-embroidered silk brocade. The bridegroom, a Methodist, wore a tribal ceremonial garment – similar to a toga – of yellow and green striped silk. This sensational love affair inspired the 1967 Hollywood comedy-drama movie “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner ” starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton. Return to Gold Coast Joe Appiah,Peggy and their four kids Their firstborn child, Prof Anthony Kwame Appiah (now world renowned Professor of philosophy and co-author of Encyclopedia Africana ), was born in London in 1954, followed by three daughters. The Appiah family returned to Ghana in late 1954. Soon after, Joe Appiah’s friendship with Nkrumah was ruined. Mr. Appiah was for several years the personal representative in London of the Ghanaian leader, Kwame Nkrumah, during the campaign for independence of what was then the Gold Coast. It became independent from Britain as Ghana in 1957. But Mr. Appiah broke with Mr. Nkrumah and became prominent in the West African nation’s political opposition. He was a member of the Ghanaian Parliament when he was arrested and detained, under the Preventive Detention Act, in 1961 and 1962. He joined the National Liberation Movement party and won the Atwima-Amansie seat in 1957. From 1970 to 1972 he was chairman of a new opposition party, the Justice Party, formed in 1970 through the merger of the country’s three opposition parties. At that time, he was also president of the Ghana Bar Association. Under later national leaderships, He went on to become Ghana’s representative at the United Nations in 1977 and 1978 and held other official posts. Works of Peggy Meanwhile, Peggy learned the language of the Asante, Twi, and became conversant with their folklore which influenced her to write several books such as Yao and the Python. (1971); The Children of Ananse (1968); Why There Are So Many Roads (1972); Ananse the Spider: Tales from an Ashanti Village (1966); Kyekyekulee, Grandmother’s Tales (1993) and The Lost Earring (1971). Her last major work was a collection of 7,000 Asante proverbs entitled Bu Me Be (Tell Me a Proverb) which she co-authored with her son Kwame, and Ivor Agyemang-Duah, currently information officer at the Ghana high commission in London. At the same time as immersing herself in Asante art and culture, Peggy Cripps became a philanthropic figure in Kumasi and founded, with the assistance of her children, a school for the disabled at Jachie. She also contributed to the education of many children in Kumasi. Death Joe Appiah died in Accra after an illness and was buried at the Tafo cemetery at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana July 8, 1990. Peggy Cripps bought a plot at Tafo cemetery in Kumasi, so that when she died, she would not be sent back to England, but be buried next to her husband, who died in 1990. She died in February 11, 2006. Source: Ghanaianmuseum.com

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