Life & Style

  • Irrfan Khan: A Struggler All Life
    BY VINOD MIRANI IANS A story of struggle ended this week. Irrfan Khan's ailments got the better of his fighting spirit. But, this struggler went onto become a living legend and, in his death at such a young age (53) and at the peak of his acting career, the legend will live forever.   Did Irrfan become the Irrfan that moviegoers always wished to watch and adore, become so popular in the last decade or thereabouts? No, this did not happen overnight, nor with one film. The
  • 7000% rise in online search on Rishi Kapoor in India after demise
    New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The late Bollywood icon Rishi Kapoor created a minor record even after his demise! Online search for the actor rose by 7000 per cent in India, and 6700 per cent globally after he passed away. On April 30, a study by SEMrush found that fans posted 6,214 tweets on hashtag rishikapoor. Other hashtags, which were used included rishi_kapoor, riprishikapoor, riprishikapoorji, and riplegend. On these hashtags, fans tweeted 1,040 times, 995 times, 564 times, and
  • Big B's emotional video tribute to friend and colleague Rishi Kapoor
    Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has paid a tribute to his friend and departed colleague Rishi Kapoor, by sharing a recreated classic that was used in "102 Not Out", their last film together that released in 2018. Big B took to his social media accounts, where he shared a lyrical music video from the Umesh Shukla directorial, which recreated the classic song "Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam" in his voice. The original Geeta Dutt classic, for Guru Dutt's
  • Shashi Tharoor, Isheeta Ganguly reimagine national anthem
    New Delhi, May 1 (IANSlife) A heartfelt rendition of India's national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana', featuring the voices of Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor and Tagore fusion singer Isheeta Ganguly, will be launched next week. The two-minute music video, coming as a call to all Indians to unite during the COVID-19 crisis, showcases aerial views of Mumbai's beautiful cityscapes as it binds the viewers in an awe-inspiring rendition of the nation's anthem. While Ganguly, a trained singer
  • Timeline Rishi Kapoor
    Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) From the son of the iconic Raj Kapoor to the romantic hero of the seventies to the father of new-age star Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor a magnetic personality. He lived a life in a way that lives up to the title of his autobiography, "Khullam Khulla". Here we take a look at the journey of the legendry actor through the years: 1952 Rishi, the second child of actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj, is born on September 4. 1955 Little Rishi, l
  • Passion for dance continues to guide life: Shallu Jindal
    (World Dance Day Exclusive)   BY SIDDHI JAIN   New Delhi, April 29 (IANSlife) For Kuchipudi exponent and businesswoman Shallu Jindal, dance is a passion that has deepened over the years. Immersed in the classical arts right from childhood, she sees herself as an artiste that can never get enough and continues to better themselves at every opportunity.   Celebrating World Dance Day, IANSlife presents an exclusive interview with the noted danseuse. &n
  • 94% people in Indian metros embrace digital retail payment
    New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) A whopping 94 per cent of Indians in Metros are using a digital payment method, more so in these social distancing times, and similar to China, metro India has leapfrogged the credit-card stage to the digital retail payment riding on young consumers, a new report has emphasized.   Top two digital payment companies currently are Paytm and Amazon Pay in India and Paytm is serving over 35 crore consumers in the country, according to the report titled
  • UK PM, fiancee announce birth of 'healthy baby boy'
    April 29, (PTI): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds announced the birth of a 'healthy baby boy', delivered at a government-run hospital in London on Wednesday.   The birth is believed to be slightly premature but both mother and baby are said to be doing very well.   "The prime minister and Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning," a spokesperson for the couple said on
  • Lockdown diaries: Madhuri spends time with fans in interactive session
    Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Madhuri Dixit has revealed how she is spending her days during the ongoing COVID 19 lockdown. The actress is making the most of her quarantine time with her family and pet dog Carmelo, cooking, reading books and practicing kathak dance.   On Tuesday afternoon, Madhuri Dixit did an #AskMD session on Twitter where she responded to curious questions thrown at her by fans regarding her life, her perception and opinion about several things including the on
  • Hina Khan: 'Bigg Boss' house and COVID quarantine poles apart
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) No househelp and no option to step out have made many feel like being locked up in the "Bigg Boss" house. But former "Bigg Boss" contestant Hina Khan says that participating in the reality show and experiencing the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown have nothing in common.   The reality show, an Indian version of international series "Celebrity Big Brother", features celebrities locked inside a house for months under constant camera surveillance, without an
  • E-Learning in an era of social distancing
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANSlife) Reports peg global cases of the Novel Coronavirus at over 25 lakhs, with Indias tally having past the 25,000 mark. Many are still of the opinion that the worst is yet to come.   Now juxtapose this with the fact that a sure-shot cure, in the form of a vaccine, is at least a year away, and we end up in a rather unprecedented and potentially catastrophic situation. There are two natural corollaries, one, we must protect our very elderly, and our y
  • Fighting spirit! 4-yr-old beats COVID-19 months after surviving cancer
    A girl wearing a face mask reads a book, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 26, 2020. REUTERS/   New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): A four-year-old Indian girl in Dubai, despite her low immune system, has become one of the youngest coronavirus survivors in the United Arab Emirates after she recovered from the deadly disease last week, according to a media report.   Sivani, who is also a cancer survivor, was admit
  • Lockdown diaries: Stars turn hosts of digital shows
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Fun chat shows to informative sessions, actors like Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Leone, Shruti Haasan and Rashami Desai are flaunting their hosting skills in the digital space to while away their lockdown hours, and fans are loving it.   Kartik's talk show on YouTube, "Koki Poochega", is surely among the most popular efforts. On the show, he interacts with frontline warriors in the COVID-19 battle, including doctors and health workers, and also with surviv
  • Taapsee: Wanted a logo instead of a name plate to keep the ambition flying high
    Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu shared an anecdote about shifting to her new home. She said that to keep the ambition flying high, she always wanted a logo instead of a name plate outside her house.   Taapsee took to Instagram, where she shared a photograph of herself posing in front of her "blue door".   "This is the day I had my apartment in Mumbai ready, with all interior work done. It was strange that when I left for the shoot of 'Manma
  • Mothering with a mask: Belgian with COVID-19 gives birth to healthy baby
    Amandine, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just before giving birth, and Francois, wearing protective face masks, are pictured with their newborn daughter Mahaut at the maternity at CHIREC Delta Hospital in Brussels, Belgium April 25, 2020.  REUTERS/Yves Herman   BRUSSELS, April 26 (Reuters) - A pregnant Belgian woman diagnosed with the coronavirus has given birth to a healthy baby daughter - but must now learn to care for her newborn wearing,
  • Vidya Balan donates 1000 PPE kits for doctors, raising funds for more
    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is donating a 1000 PPE kits for doctors and other medical staff who are battling at the frontline to keep us safe from the deadly COVID 19.   Vidya has also collaborated with celebrity shout-out platform Tring to raise donations to provide additional 1000 PPE kits, along with Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films and photographer cum film producer Atul Kasbekar.   Vidya Balan took to Instagram urging all to donate to
  • Parental depression can affect kids
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANSlife) Parental depression changes a child's experience of the world internally and externally.   There is a marked difference in the way parents interact with children when depressed and this impacts a child's development. In some societies where discussing mental health is a taboo, it becomes hard to accept or express the need to seek help for individuals raising kids.   "Some of the consequences of paternal depression are based on the ch
  • Our leaders doing exemplary job in tackling coronavirus: Virat Kohli
    New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli, on Friday, applauded the leaders of the country for doing a commendable job in tackling coronavirus.   Kohli applauded the leaders during an Instagram Live session with his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate AB de Villiers.   "We have in lockdown for a long time now, things went out of control in a few areas, but our leadership is doing a commendable job, obviously our immunity is helping as well, luckily th
  • India goes online in lockdown
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India is learning to go online for paying bills, banking, shopping, work and even praying during the covid lockdown and this will be the new normal, according to Gipsi Research.   "This will continue to be the new normal", the report says on consumer behavior by the insights division of Tonic Worldwide.   There has been a surge in online' searches and interests with 40 per cent increase in WhatsApp Usage, 313 per cent increase in interes
  • India goes online in lockdown
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India is learning to go online for paying bills, banking, shopping, work and even praying during the covid lockdown and this will be the new normal, according to Gipsi Research.   "This will continue to be the new normal", the report says on consumer behavior by the insights division of Tonic Worldwide.   There has been a surge in online' searches and interests with 40 per cent increase in WhatsApp Usage, 313 per cent increase in interes