Life & Style

  • Rani Mukerji: Learnt a lot about humanity doing 'Black', 'Hichki'
    Mumbai, December 4 (IANS): Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji says she learnt a lot about humanity essaying roles as the specially-abled Michelle McNally in Black and the Tourette Syndrome patient Naina Mathur in Hichki. "I learnt a lot about humanity by doing these outstanding, sensitive films like ‘Black' and ‘Hichki'. I think these films contributed to making me a better human being and I'm fortunate that I got to do these films and be a part of such beau
  • Vidya Balan: It's so precious when people appreciate your work
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANS): Actress Vidya Balan has won many awards as well as love of the audience. She finds it really precious when people appreciate her work. After making her Bollywood debut with "Parineeta" in 2005, Vidya went on to play impactful roles in films such as "Paa", "Kahaani", "The Dirty Picture", "Tumhari Sulu" and "Mission Mangal". Due to her choice of roles, she is often considered one of the actors
  • Urmila Matondkar: Kangana Ranaut has been given undue importance
    Mumbai, December 2 (IANS): Actress-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who has officially joined Shiv Sena, says she has no interest in engaging in a war of words with actress Kangana Ranaut, adding that Kangana has been given much more importance than she actually deserves. Speaking to IANS, Urmila further said the women's wing of Shiv Sena was strong, and that she would like to work with the wing. Not long ago, Kangana had described Urmila as a "soft porn star", b
  • A digital museum to preserve India's textile arts
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANSlife): Erstwhile royal families and historic properties have come together to pay tribute to Indias textile heritage by working with karigars (or local artisan designers) from three states of India (Mayurbhanj in Odisha, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh) to launch a garment installation Karkhana Chronicles for virtual viewing. The campaign via curated installations in India's palaces and forts for three months aims to pay tribute to
  • Pollution, pandemic and pre-term birth
    New Delhi, November 29 (IANSlife): Most pregnancies last 40 weeks; a baby is known as a premature or pre-term when her or she is born before the completion of 37th week. Based on the gestational age, pre-term babies are sub-categorised as extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks), very preterm (28 to 32 weeks), moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks). "Advances in the field of medicine have meant that more than 9 out of 10 premature babies survive, and most go on to develop norm
  • Amrita Rao: Earlier it was important to have talent, now there's talent management
    Mumbai, November 30 (IANS): Actress Amrita Rao says the concept of visibility for an actor has changed courtesy social media and talent management firms, as compared to the time she made her Bollywood debut in 2002. "Before the era of social media and PR machinery that we are seeing these days, an actor's popularity and celebrity status was a byproduct of his or her talent. When I entered the industry as a teenager and appeared in films like 'Ishq Vishk', 'Masti
  • Britons to plant trees to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on throne
    LONDON, November 29 (Reuters) - Britons will be encouraged to plant trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary on the throne as part of a plan to create a greener country in honour of her seven decades of service. The 94-year-old, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, is due to mark her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022. The government is planning a four-day celebration that summer, featuring an extra day's public holiday, with tree planting to be a
  • Mara and Dona: Argentine twins a living tribute to soccer great
    BUENOS AIRES, November 28 (Reuters) - In the Rotundo household in Buenos Aires, the spirit of Diego Maradona has a living tribute: twin nine-year-old girls, Mara and Dona, named after the soccer legend who died this week. The diminutive playmaker, one of the world's best ever who led Argentina to World Cup glory, inspired avid support through his magic on the pitch and his charisma off it, despite a turbulent personal life dogged by addiction. Maradona died of heart failure o
  • Instagram allows advertisers to create posts from user accounts
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 (IANS): Facebook-owned Instagram is now allowing advertisers to create sponsored ads from user accounts and the feature is part of its update to branded content ads. Branded content ads were introduced last year as a way for influencers to identify when their posts are sponsored by a company or brand. Till today, Branded Content ads could only be created by promoting the existing posts from creators. "Instagram is now launching a new workflow where
  • Egyptian inventor trials robot that can test for COVID-19
    The robot carries out tasks including taking temperatures, carrying out COVID tests and warning patients if they are not wearing a mask TANTA, Egypt, November 27 (Reuters) - With Egypt facing a second coronavirus wave, an inventor is trialing a remote-control robot which can test for COVID-19, take the temperature of patients, and warn them if they don't wear masks at a private hospital north of Cairo. Mahmoud el-Komy, who designed the robot, called Cira-03, says it can help
  • Dimple Kapadia: Working on 'Tenet' finally made me believe in myself
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 27 (IANS): Veteran Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia was initially hesitant to be part of the new Christopher Nolan biggie, Tenet. However, being a part of the big-budget Hollywood film has instilled a new sense of confidence and belief in her and her craft. "My process of working is fear and nervousness. I don't know how the process unfolds after that," Dimple told IANS, adding that she then relies on her "instinct and the director completely&q
  • Priyanka Chopra: My upbringing an amalgamation of two Indias, traditional and modern
    MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 26 (IANS: Global icon and Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra Jonas says her upbringing has played a crucial role in shaping her personality. "I am a product of traditional India and its ancient wisdom, and modern India and its urban bustle. My upbringing was always an amalgamation of the two Indias and, just as much, of East and West," she said. The actress is gearing up for her upcoming Netflix release The White Tiger along with Rajkummar Rao, and Rob
  • 5 lifestyle changes to ease your mind and mood
    New Delhi, November 26 (IANSlife): You were possibly trained at a young age about ways by to improve your physical health, however, mental health and self-care might have taken a backseat. If you have been diagnosed with a mental health ailment like anxiety or depression, the treatment typically comprises of emotional therapies and medication. The lifestyle changes which tend to impact our state of mind are often less observed. Fortunately, with many now prioritising mood and cognit
  • Wasn't sure about playing again as I had gained 23kg during pregnancy: Sania
    Mumbai, November 25 (IANS): Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has opened up about her time during pregnancy and how she felt she could never return to the court again. Sania, who married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010, gave birth to baby boy Izhaan in October 2018. After that in January 2020, she made a return to tennis circuit and won the doubles title at the WTA Hobart International 2020 with her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok. "Pregnancy and having a bab
  • Emotional Intelligence: 10 ways to improve self awareness
    New Delhi, November 25 (IANSlife): Emotional intelligence tends to fuel ones performance on the personal front as well as professionally. Right from your self-assurance, empathy and positivity to your social skills and self-discipline, comprehending and handling your own emotions can speed up success in all capacities of your life. Self-awareness is an essential step of emotional intelligence that teaches the ways to identify one's emotions and to be mindful of their triggers and i
  • Nitish fan 'sacrifices' finger every time he becomes CM
    Patna, November 25 (IANS) A die-hard political supporter of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sacrificed his fourth finger after the formation of NDA government in Bihar. Anil Sharma alias Ali Baba (45), a resident of Vaina village under Ghosi police station in Bihar's Jehanabad district has been carrying out this bizarre celebration for close to 15 years. Every time Nitish Kumar becomes CM he sacrifices one finger of his left hand and offers it the deity Goraiya Baba. Sharma be
  • South Korean hiker turns trash into art with 'don't drop litter' message
    GANGHWA, South Korea, November 24 (Reuters) - When hiker Kim Kang-eun found the slopes of Mount Jiri, South Korea's largest national park, littered with rubbish during a two-day trip in 2018, she decided it was time to send out a message about taking better care of nature. She founded Clean Hikers, a group dedicated to picking up trash from there and the country's other mountain parks and turning it into art. "Junk art is more compelling and well received by people,
  • French healthcare worker: I try not to bring COVID home
    CAMBRAI, France, November 24 (Reuters) - At work, Caroline Tesse, an anaesthesiologist in northern France, is helping her patients make it through the COVID-19 epidemic. In the meantime, her own life is on hold. Tesse, 34, cannot book a Christmas break this year because it's unclear when she'll be needed at the hospital and she lives in fear that her parents -- her main childcare providers -- could get infected with the virus. "I know very well that if my parents fal
  • Australian girl proves a valuable fish friend in shark rescue
    SYDNEY, November 24 (Reuters) - While the words shark and Australia typically conjure up images of attacks on swimmers and surfers, 11-year-old Billie Rea didn't think twice in rescuing a shark trapped by the low tide in a rock pool and carrying it to deeper water. "I've got a shark. Come on darling," the girl was heard answering her mother in a video shared on social media on Tuesday, as she plucked a draughtboard shark from a tidal pool on the edge of Kingston Be
  • British social worker braves dengue, Covid, Cobra-bite in Rajasthan
    Jaipur, November 23 (IANS): A Briton social worker who has been coming to India to help local artisans through his charity organisation combated dengue, malaria and corona but came out of all the challenges unscathed. On the evening of November 7, Jones, 70, was bitten by a Cobra at a village near Jodhpur and was rushed to hospital. "He had blurred vision and was not in a condition to walk. Initially, we tested him for Covid but it came out negative. After a line of treatment f