Life & Style

  • New Year motivates 81 per cent to 'make a health goal'
    New Delhi, January 4 (IANSlife): With a resolve to overcome personal health struggles that came their way in 2020, almost four in five people (80.5 per cent) of respondents in a new survey say they feel more inspired to make a health goal in 2021, such as weight loss (34.2 per cent), building muscle (22 per cent), emphasizing mental health (12.5 per cent). According to the Life Time survey, a majority of people have reported gaining weight, losing muscle and struggling with their me
  • Dia Mirza's 2021 resolution is to create a kitchen garden
    New Delhi, January 3 (IANSlife): Actor and environmentalist Dia Mirza says her new year resolution for 2021 is to grow veggies. "It's been a dream and I look forward to creating a kitchen garden and growing food," she told IANSlife. Outlining five, simple new year resolutions for sustainable living, the UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and UN Secretary-General's Advocate for SDG suggests greener choices that can collectively lead to a healthier planet. As the new year a
  • Hollywood's number of women directors rose in 2020: Study
    Los Angeles, January 3 (IANS): Women directors comprise 16 per cent of filmmakers calling the shots on the 100 highest-grossing Hollywood films in 2020, according to a study from the Center For The Study Of Women In Television And Film at San Diego State University. This is a four per cent jump from 2019, and a dramatic 12 per cent jump only two years ago. "Women accounted for 16 per cent of directors working on the top 100 grossing films in 2020, up from 12 per cent in 2019 an
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui credits 'struggling' days for success today
    New Delhi, January 2 (IANS): Acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalled his days of struggles and said that it has helped him achieve all the success he has today. Nawazuddin started his acting career with a one-scene appearance in the 1999 film "Sarfarosh". Anutag Kashyap's "Gangs Of Wasseypur" series of 2012 helped him attain critical acclaim and popularity, which he soon substantiated doing films such as "Kahaani" and "Miss Lovely". T
  • How 2021 will fare for performing arts in India?
    New Delhi, January 2 (IANSlife) The trials and tribulations of 2020 propelled many to seek refuge in the comfort of a favourite song, the upbeat rhythm that came from a dance sequence, or the much-needed break that came to our screens in the form of digital theatre. While the past year saw increased, especially online, activity for these performing arts, what does 2021 have in store? Dance Priya Venkataraman, Bharatanatyam Dancer and choreographer, says, "2020 saw a surge in
  • 'I Came Upon a Lighthouse' reveals the compassionate side of Ratan Tata
    New Delhi, January 1 (IANS): It was their shared empathy for homeless dogs that sparked an unlikely friendship. In 2014, Shantanu Naidu, an automobile design engineer in his early twenties, developed an innovation to save the local strays from being run over by speeding cars. Ratan Tata, himself known for his compassion for stray dogs, took note. Impressed, he not only decided to invest in the venture, but over the years became a mentor, boss and an unexpectedly dear friend to Shant
  • Pictures should match words in social media safety messages
    New York, January 1 (IANS): When using Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms to nudge people towards safe and healthy behaviour, it is critical to make sure the words match the pictures, says a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when the images in the posts aligned with the messages in the text, said the study published in the Journal of Health Comm
  • Your 2021 Annual Horoscope
    New Delhi, December 31 (IANSlife): What changes will the new year bring to your life? Based on your sun sign and the stars, we are all impacted by different planets at different parts of the year. Read on to find out how your new year is going to be. Inputs from Astrologer Heena Gokhru from Aries Horoscope 2021 (March 21 - April 20) Aries, the fury of cosmos, here's something big for you! This year is all about expansions and abundance. It is about spreading
  • Priyanka Chopra: 'Mary Kom' was physically and emotionally demanding
    Mumbai, December 31 (IANS): Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Thursday said playing the role of a living national icon in Mary Kom put a load on her, adding that it is an experience that will always stay with her. The actress took to Instagram to recall essaying the starring role in the 2014 biopic "Mary Kom". "Playing #MaryKom was not what I expected at all. The weight of telling the story of a living, national icon put a load on me that I hadn't shouldered bef
  • leana D'Cruz shares her definition of strength
    Mumbai, December 30 (IANS): Bollywood actress Ileana D'Cruz has shared what she believes is the definition of strength. "Strength isn't always just a big dramatic show of bravado. It isn't always a long monologue filled with inspirational words and hard hitting truths. Sometimes it's just uncurling yourself up from that ball of tears and lost confusion, cleaning yourself up, and stepping out into the world again," the actress shared on her verified Instagra
  • Jassie Gill: Music as important as food to me
    New Delhi, December 30 (IANSlife): Singer Jassie Gill, who debuted in Hindi cinema with the 2018 film 'Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi' says what he can feel via music, he wouldn't be able to feel as deeply otherwise. "Music has a big role in my life and also during these difficult times, because I am a singer. What I can feel via music, I don't think I'd be able to feel otherwise. Not just this time, music is also your feel-good companion during happiness and all o
  • Almost 50% people to ring in 2021 at home: Survey
    New Delhi, December 30 (PTI): Over 65 per cent of people polled are planning to order food online and stock up on their alcohol to ring in the New Year while close to 50 per cent will stay at home instead of going out amid COVID-19 outbreak, according to a survey. Only 10 per cent are keen on going out to hotels or restaurants while 15 per cent people have planned a holiday to either hills or a beach to bid farewell to 2020, the pan-India survey conducted by hospitality consultant A
  • Digital campaign on women's financial independence
    New Delhi, December 29 (IANSlife): Highlighting the different aspects of financial independence and well-being of women, importance of credit score while applying for loans and how financial tools and credit reports can allow women to stay on the right financial track, a new digital campaign by a Singapore-headquartered neo-banking venture has kicked off. The silver lining to the dynamic shift to WFH (work from home) culture - the 'new normal' of COVID-19 era is that women a
  • New Year Resolutions: Make 2021 the year of adventure
    New Delhi, December 29 (IANSlife): 2021 brings with it the promise of a vaccine on the horizon, and a sense of freedom and adventure as the world is eager and hopeful of travelling and returning to normalcy once again. After a year of staying home, travellers are looking to stretch their limbs and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. South Africa, with over 3,000 adventure activities, is undoubtedly the adventure capital of the world. The country has options across shark-cage divin
  • Kerala: 21-yr-old becomes India's youngest mayor
    New Delhi, December 28 (PTI): Twenty one-year-old Arya Rajendran on Monday became the youngest mayor in the country, taking charge of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation after she scored a facile win in a three-cornered election to the post. A college student and a Communist Party of India-Marxist member, she was administered the oath of office by collector Navjot Khosa at the corporation council hall. With Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance and Congress-led U
  • Shimla gets season's first snowfall
    Shimla, December 28 (IANS): After a long wait, the Himachal Pradesh capital and its nearby destinations witnessed overnight snow with tourists making merry by hurling snowballs at one another, officials said on Monday. Hoteliers have cheered up with the snowfall in the hope that tourists will come in large numbers on the New Year's Eve. Tourist spots near Shimla, such Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda also experienced snowfall, making the hill stations even more picturesque. Even D
  • AR Rahman: Work that BAFTA plans to do in India far beyond Bollywood
    New Delhi, December 28 (IANS): Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer AR Rahman says the work that BAFTA plans to do in India with the Breakthrough Initiative will have a wide impact far beyond Bollywood. Rahman has been roped in as the ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India. "The work that BAFTA plans to do in India with Breakthrough stretches far beyond Bollywood. BAFTA and I share the passion for discovering and nurturing new talent and this associatio
  • Shilpa Shukla: Working with right kind of people is important
    Mumbai, December 28 (IANS): Working with the right kind of co-actors is very important for Shilpa Shukla because it helps to enhance the creativity of a project, the actress believes. On what she keeps in mind before saying yes to a role, Shilpa told IANS: "It should sound good, that's the most essential. Then, of course, who are the people making it, who are the co-actors. Because at the end of the day it's a creative project and is only enhanced when you have the righ
  • Sara Ali Khan: I don't look at stardom
    Mumbai, December 27 (IANS): In a span of two years, Sara Ali Khan has seen the highs of glamour and has also garnered a substantial fan base. The daughter of Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh may have been born in the lap of fame, but she insists she does not believe in stardom. "I don't look at stardom. Till now, I don't use the word fans. I don't use the word star. I don't believe in these things. I think Friday to Friday -- I mean it used to be F
  • How 2021 can be the year of innovation, recovery, renewal
    New Delhi, December 26 (IANS): After a roller-coaster 2020, businesses of all sizes are trying to sustain and reset for growth and the coming year will be one of innovation, recovery and renewal, according to a new report. The unforeseen circumstances owing to the pandemic tested the organisations on their readiness to pivot and adapt to the changing situation in 2020. "While 2021 is unlikely to look like any recent year in history, it may be remembered as one in which life