Life & Style

  • Swastika Mukherjee: People tend to get intimidated by successful women
    Mumbai, August 10 (IANS) From trolling to rape threats, popular Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee has dealt with a lot lately. The actress says in our society, successful women are always targeted and humiliated. However, she adds, she has never let people shame her for the choices she has made in life. "In our society, people tend to get intimidated by successful women and therefore start trolling and humiliating you. Our hard work is always discounted, our talent never app
  • Sustainability is all about developing consciousness: Dia Mirza
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANSlife) Bollywood actress Dia Mirza says sustainability is all about "developing a consciousness". It is nothing but a reminder to everyone that all life is connected, she adds. IANSlife spoke to the actress who shares her take on sustainable fashion and her fashion preferences. She also reveals her lockdown diary. Read excerpts: You have always raised your voice for environmental issues. The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to
  • Artisans in Etah make 2,100kg bell for Ram temple
    Etah (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 9 (IANS) A team of artisans at Jalesar town in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh have forged a bell weighing a whopping 2,100 kg for the new Ram temple in Ayodhya and are preparing to give it final touches before sending it to the holy town. While Dau Dayal, 50, was primarily responsible for making the 'ashtadhatu' bell, Iqbal Mistri, 56, was in charge of the designing, grinding, and polishing work. Both pointed out that it was the first time in their
  • Unlock feelings of fear or remorse during Unlock 3.0
    BY DR PAYAL SHARMA KAMATH New Delhi, August 8 (IANSlife) The coronavirus pandemic and the pandemic-induced lockdowns world-over have forced people to stay indoors - prompting a global socio-economic imbalance. This has led to adverse implications including unprecedented exodus, massive loss of lives and jobs, among others things. The implications act as fodder for negative thoughts to keep clouding the mind. Feelings of guilt, self-blame, labelling oneself with negative tags, fe
  • 6th National Handloom Day: A digital campaign in support for Indian textiles
    New Delhi, August 7 (IANSlife) Slow fashion coupled with the resounding 'Made in India' sentiment continues to garner the support of the fashion conscious in the country, be it organisations, designers or the government. Migrant labour especially those aligned with the textile and fashion industry are amongst the worst affected; their plight has not gone unnoticed. Buyers are stepping up to encourage and bolster weavers and craftsman across the country by focusing their purchas
  • It's been a long, difficult journey: Booker longlisted author Avni Doshi
    New Delhi, August 6 (IANS) Its been a "long and difficult" journey spread over seven years and eight drafts, says author Avni Doshi, whose novel "Burnt Sugar", about a torturous mother-daughter relationship, has been longlisted for the 50,000 pounds Booker Prize 2020 along with 12 others, admitting she was moved to "tears" when receiving the news and has thanked the jury for "deeply" engaging with her work. "The journey has been long and
  • Radhika Apte: I'm not here for fame
    New Delhi, August 6 (IANS) Actress Radhika Apte says she does not want to get stuck in something convenient or be satisfied, and she is not chasing fame. "I'm not here for fame. I do like the perks sometimes, but I don't take success and failure seriously," Radhika told IANS. "Because these are temporary and all very relative. You can't take either seriously, but you can't just ignore them. They are very important aspects in your journey -- you need
  • Big B gets a special Amul ad tribute on beating Covid
    Mumbai, Augùst 4 (IANS) Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has received a special tribute ad from Amul Butter after testing Covid negative and being discharged from hospital. Keeping with their tradition of creating iconic advertisements about incidents of national and global value, the dairy giants have now created an ad that serves as a "homecoming gift" to the actor. In a new Instagram post, Big B posted a picture of the advertisement in which he sits on a sof
  • A fruitful monsoon diet!
    New Delhi, August 3 (IANSlife) Monsoon demands some extra effort to stay fit and healthy. Since our immunity takes a dip during monsoons, making us susceptible to all kinds of infections. Especially amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, it's imperative we maintain our immunity through the seasonal changes. Fruits loaded with vitamins, minerals, and varieties of nutrients have always been the traditional go-to immunity boosters. Like mangoes and summers are synonymous, there are seaso
  • Vinay Tiwari: Bihar's 'Singham' in Mumbai to probe Sushant case
    New Delhi/Patna, August 2 (IANS) With almost 50 days passing since Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai flat, and the Mumbai Police yet to make any major breakthrough, the Bihar Police on Sunday deputed one of its senior officers -- Vinay Tiwari, to assist its team probing the actor's death. A four-member team of the Bihar Police in Mumbai has claimed that Mumbai Police were not co-operating with it in its investigation into the "Chhichhore&qu
  • Aditi Rao Hydari: It is not the film industry but the film that matters to me
    Mumbai, August 2 (IANS) Aditi Rao Hydari has appeared in several South Indian films over the past couple of years but her release count in Bollywood has been rather low. The actress insists says it is not the language or film industry, but the film that matters most to her. "More than often I am told that now I am focusing on my career in South and have left Mumbai. But I have not gone anywhere. Scripts and opportunities took me everywhere. Why should I say no to a film if the
  • Healthcare workers more likely to test positive for COVID-19
    London, Aug 1 (IANS) Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test, compared to the general population, said researchers. Those with inadequate PPE had a further increase in risk, they added. The study, published in the journal Lancet Public Health, also revealed that that healthcare workers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds were more likely to test po
  • Online video usership up 40% in India's smaller towns: Report
    Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Number of online video users in smaller towns grew 40 per cent last year against 25 per cent growth in urban India over the last one year, a new report said on Thursday. Total online video users count rose to 294 million in December 2019, according to the ICUBE report by Kantar, a data, insights and consulting company. The results suggest that online video consumption is driving Internet adoption in smaller towns – with a population below five lakh.
  • Social media users more likely to believe false Covid-19 news
    Toronto, July 30 (IANS) People who get their news from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have misperceptions about Covid-19 pandemic, warn researchers. The study, published in the journal Misinformation Review, revealed that those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing. "Platforms like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming
  • Dia Mirza on tiger conservation: It is not just an emotional appeal
    Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) On International Tiger Day on Wednesday, actress Dia Mirza says we need the big cat for our survival. "It is not just our responsibility. We need tigers in order to survive and prosper," said Dia, a self-confessed tiger lover. "In order to protect our tigers, we have to protect their natural habitats. We have to restore undisturbed forest areas into which tigers can find a safe haven," she added. For her, tiger conservation is "n
  • Twinkle Khanna reveals her lockdown learnings
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANSlife) Actor-author and interior designer Twinkle Khanna says one of her greatest lockdown learnings has been on how we educate children. "We had been happy so far to just send them to school and look at their report card, but now that we've had this opportunity to really look into a child's individual weaknesses and strengths and work on that, and probably even work towards learning in a different way, has been quite a revelation for me," sh
  • Divya Dutta: Thanks to social media we are talking about domestic violence
    Mumbai, July 27 (IANS) Actress Divya Dutta feels it is a good thing that we are at least openly talking about domestic violence against women now, thanks to social media, but says it is going to take many years to fully eradicate the social menace. Divya had just starred in a short film titled "The Relationship Manager", which addresses the issue of domestic violence. She says women should stop being silent over the matter, as has been happening for ages now. "Dome
  • 'Binge-watching films, web series may lead to hearing problems'
    New Delhi, July 26 (IANSlife) It's not just your eyes that are vulnerable to damage when exposed to audio-visual stimuli for too long. Binging on television and online shows for extended hours, can lead to hearing problems, says a doctor. Binge-watching can have a variety of negative effects on a person's mental and physical well-being. Binge-watchers are reported to have higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation, notes Dr Shivprakash Mehta, Consulta
  • Willpower matters: 101-yr-old Andhra woman wins COVID battle
    Tirupati, July 26 (IANS) At a time when many people may be panicky over coronavirus spread, a 101-year-old woman in Andhra Pradesh has won the battle against the disease as her doctor asserted that her willpower made her survive the health ordeal. The centenarian has since become an inspiration for other patients infected by the dreaded virus. Her amazing recovery comes at a time when a spike in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state has set alarm bells ringing.
  • Covid-19 stressing you out? 8 ways you can sleep better
    New Delhi, July 25 (IANSlife) No matter who and where you are, your circadian rhythm (the basic sleep-wake cycle or body clock) is the internal process that determines your physical, mental and behavioural changes throughout the day and night. Sleep is a critical part of this circadian rhythm and any disruption in the sleep cycle can affect your overall health. While getting sufficient sleep every night is important, many have reported difficulty in achieving it during the pandemic.