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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Poster of Vidya Balan's first Marathi film out

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The first look of Vidya Balan's upcoming Marathi debut film “Ekk Albela” has been unveiled. The film is set to release on June 24.

poster-of-vidya-balans-first-marathi-film-outThe actress shared the poster on her Twitter account and captioned it as: “Happy to share my 'Ekk Albela Poster'. 'Ekk Albela' releases June 24. Aala re aala Bhagwan aala.”

In the poster, Vidya, who will be seen portraying the role of late actress Geeta Bali in the film, can be seen clad in a sari standing back to back with Marathi actor Mangesh Desai, who will portray the role of late actor Bhagwan Dada.

In the background one can see the famous headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus which was earlier known as Victoria Terminus.

Tricks to preserve wedding attire

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Dry clean your wedding outfit right after your marriage ceremony is over, cover it in a clean muslin sheet and more to maintain it, says an expert.

Designer Lalit Dalmia suggests how:

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♦ Don't store your bridal outfit in an area where change in temperature or humidity occurs.

♦ Cover it in a clean muslin sheet to protect it from light and dust.

♦ Don't hang your outfit by the shoulder straps, instead hang it by the loops located inside. By using loops, you can avoid stretching of the look of the outfit.

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♦ Dry clean it immediately after your wedding to avoid staining and discolouration.

♦ Don't store your footwear with it as fumes from the leather and glue may cause damage and discoloration.

♦ Cover key areas of your wedding dress with uncoloured, acid-free tissue paper while travelling. You can wrap the folds with tissue paper to avoid wrinkling.

Stress may kill sex in first-time parents

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Many first-time parents are not much satisfied with their sex lives after the birth of their child and the major factor that reduces the sexual pleasure is mothers' stress as a new parent, reveals a study.

The findings showed that 12 months after the baby was born, parents reported on their overall sexual satisfaction but mothers reported less sexual satisfaction. 

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"We know that sexual satisfaction is an important element in relationships, but as far as we know, it hasn't been studied at this transition before. We wanted to know how parenting stress affects sexual satisfaction," said Chelom E. Leavitt from Penn State.

"Interestingly, we found that men's parenting stress had no impact on either men or women's sexual satisfaction," Leavitt added in the paper published in the journal Sex Roles.

Hrithik introduces Rado's chocolate brown collection

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Actor and Rado brand ambassador Hrithik Roshan introduced the Swiss watchmaker's chocolate brown high-tech ceramic collection here on Friday evening.

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"Rado is known for watches par excellence and yet again they have surprised me with this delicious chocolate brown high-tech ceramic collection. In the international fashion space, brown is becoming the new black and is one of the year's trend colours. I am really excited to launch these stunning watches, which have become my favourite chocolate indulgence these days," he said.

Rado, in a statement, said it is proud to add a new colour to its growing spectrum of high-tech ceramics, noting chocolate brown mirrors subtle changes in light from a light, sweet brown to a range of dark, rich chocolate hues. Chocolate brown is remarkably easy to wear, complementing warm, earthy colours in a wide range of styles from evening attire to casual sportswear.

Harman Baweja's brother's 'personal' video leaked online

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A personal video of actor Johny Baweja, Harman Baweja's cousin, from his upcoming film “Scandal” has been leaked online.

harman-bawejas-brothers-personal-video-leaked-onlineJohny can be seen in a compromising position in the video, and he is "surprised how this footage got leaked".

"Yes this is me in the footage... It is so embarrassing. This ('Scandal') is a film I'm doing and it is a rehearsal video and it is supposed to be a very personal thing,” Johny said in a statement.

Short term courses come in handy to Ashutosh Gowariker

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Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker says some short-term courses in hotel management and travel and tourism earlier in his life come in handy to him in the process of filmmaking.

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Gowariker shared the information while he interacted with young and aspiring filmmakers here, giving them tips to work on their craft.

"I did many short term courses like hotel management, typing classes and travel and tourism course without knowing what I wanted to do in life. But all those learning have come handy while working on my films.

"The food spread in 'Jodhaa Akbar' came from the hotel management course and my travel tourism course helped me a lot while making 'Swades'," he said.

He also spoke about the research that goes into making a film, especially if it is about historical characters. 

"I always do the research myself. I read all the books on the subject that I am going to adapt and understand the era myself. While making 'Lagaan', I read all the books on British Raj, cricket and Indian villages in Gujarat," said Gowariker, whose next film is "Mohenjo Daro".

Friday, 27 May 2016

Celine Dion's teenage son hosts poker parties at home

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Singer Celine Dion's 15-year-old son hosts poker parties and sleepovers at home.

The 48-year-old star loves it when her eldest son René-Charles has his friends over to stay at their house because he wasn't able to make many friends during his younger years because the family was moving around to different areas so often.

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"In the old days, we would move constantly. René-Charles barely had the chance to make friends at school before we changed places again,” the Paris Match magazine quoted Dion as saying, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"Today, thanks to sport, mainly golf and hockey, he has lots of friends. Some of them are even invited to the house for sleep-overs, poker parties or video games. I like to have a bunch of teenagers in the kitchen making crepes. He's 15 years old, I don't handcuff him. He's young, he must live," she added.

Justin Bieber, Skrillex sued over 'Sorry' track

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Grammy award winning singer #JustinBieber and American electronic music producer and singer Skrillex have been sued over the song “Sorry”.

Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, filed a lawsuit against the two over Bieber’s 2015 comeback megahit “Sorry,” which was co-produced by Skrillex, reports variety.com.

In the lawsuit, Dienel claims Bieber and Skrillex ripped of the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” of her 2014 track “Ring the Bell.” 

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Dienel addressed the lawsuit on her Facebook page on Thursday stating that “the writers, producers, and performers of "Sorry" did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work nor did they obtain or seek my permission.”

The writers of the song -- Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Michael Tucker, are also listed in the lawsuit.
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Nicole Kidman stars in virtual reality movie

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#NicoleKidman has starred in a virtual reality movie released by Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Oscar-winning actress says getting into the virtual realm with the film was exciting as well as challenging.

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Etihad Airways released its 360-degree virtual reality film on Thursday, and viewers need to download the Oculus VR app from the airline’s dedicated website vr.etihad.com to watch the film.

Viewers can also watch the film as a 360 degree video on YouTube, read a statement. 

Kidman, who is also Etihad Airways’ brand ambassador, shares that “the film is a culmination of Etihad’s vision”. 

Khloe Kardashian again files for divorce from Lamar Odom

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Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has filed for divorce from estranged husband Lamar Odom for the second time.

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The “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star filed the divorce on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to court documents, reports people.com.

The two wed in 2009, just a month after meeting each other. Kardashian first filed for divorce in December 2013 after Odom relapsed with his substance abuse problems and cheated. However, she called off their protracted divorce following Odom's near-fatal overdose in October last year. 

Treat your skin with natural ingredients this summer

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Summer season calls for protecting the skin from tanning and ageing. Pamper your skin with turmeric powder, honey or caffeine for glowing skin, says an expert.

Anju Majeed, senior scientist and director at Sami Labs, suggests how: 

♦ PteroWhite: A natural skin lightening ingredient containing a minimum of 90 percent Pterostilbene from a purely natural source, the heartwood of Indian Kino (Pterocarpus marsupium). 

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♦Galanga extract (a herb from the Ginger family): It is a standardized extract from Kaempferia galangal roots and contains a minimum of 98 percent Ethyl p-methoxycinnamic acid. Galanga extract affords a dual benefit to the skin. It affords skin lightening benefits as well as protects the skin from photo-damage. It also reduces the appearance of scars and fights against age.

Sleep apnea gets worse in post-menopausal women

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Menopause can increase risk of developing sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder which can have negative effects on your health, says a city doctor.

Sleep apnea begins with partial blockage of the upper airway and leads to pauses in breathing while asleep. 

As the condition aggravates, it takes the form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in which the pauses in breathing become quite frequent, even amounting to 100 times in a single night. 

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The condition is most common in women and worsens in the post-menopause period as the phase marks the end of the reproductive period of a woman and brings about a lot of hormonal, physical and psychological changes in them. 

"The levels of estrogen and progesterone (hormones which protect the airways from collapsing) released in the body declines during menopause, as a result of which, women become more prone to contracting obstructive sleep apnea in this phase," said Vivek Nangia, director and HOD (Pulmonology) at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj.

Hot tips to stay fit and healthy

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Good sleep and regular exercise, choosing healthy food items and better cooking methods are the secrets of leading a healthy lifestyle, says an expert.

Saurabh Aggarwal, expert from fitness startup FITSO, suggests how to be healthy:

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♦ Maintain a proper sleeping schedule, which for most people means seven to eight hours each night is important for fitness. Working out three to four times per week is a great way to start. Once you have your routine with you, stick to it and you will see the benefits. Three to four sessions of 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises (run/jog/ride/walk) weekly is quite helpful to overall health.

♦ A healthy and balanced diet has ample vitamins, nutrients, and colour. And the easiest way to achieve this in your diet is through piling on the fruits and vegetables. In case of carbohydrate rich food items, include lean meat or white meat (without skin) in your meals. Prefer low-fat dairy products and avoid cheese, butter, heavy cream and yogurt. Use the suitable kind of oil like olive, and avoid frying or battering your food and making it spicy or too salty.

Made in India brands kept in focus in new Ogaan store

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Multi-designer store Ogaan has got a new address in the capital and the brand's director Aasthi Bhartia says they have specifically curated very distinctive Made in India brands in the outlet which are unique in their sense of design.

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Ogaan launched its second flagship store at Malcha Marg in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri recently with dedicated rooms for designer brands like AnamikaKhanna, Payal Khandwala, Peachoo, Anavila and Raw Mango.

Talking about the uniqueness of this store, Aasthi: “For this store, we have specifically curated very distinctive Made in India brands which are unique in their sense of design and are redefining or making a mark in the Indian fashion scene.”

She IS also excited of the fact that the new store reflects an exciting moment in Indian fashion -- wherein Indian brands are not prescribing to a fixed formula but are each developing a really unique language.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Twitteratti want Captain America to turn 'gay'

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“Captain America” fans on micro-blogging site Twitter have urged Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to give the fictional superhero, played by actor Chris Evans, a boyfriend.

Using the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, some fans paired Captain America with his best friend James "Bucky" Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) while others paired him with Iron Man, essayed by Robert Downey Jr, reports aceshowbiz.com.

One fan wrote: “#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend and a kiss under the rain, and a wedding, and a millionaire who loves him no matter what because it's worth it.”

Another said: “#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend is needless. He already has Bucky.”

twitteratti-want-captain-america-to-turn-gayEvans isn't opposed to the idea of romance between Captain America and Bucky. 

“That wouldn't be so bad,” Evans told entertainment website Flickering Myth. 

“It's just never been part of my approach to the character. My subtext didn't involve that dynamic. I think even with the first Captain America film you see how drawn he is to Peggy Carter... I thought I put all that in the final scene, but maybe I didn't. Maybe I was just gazing at Sebastian too much,” he added.

Mahesh Bhatt, Ranjit to do cameos in ‘Badman’

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Filmmaker #MaheshBhatt and veteran actor Ranjit will do cameos in Gulshan Grover's comic web movie "Badman".

Apart from celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Farah Khan, Shoojit Sircar, Sujoy Ghosh and Manisha Koirala, Bhatt and Ranjit will also be seen in “Badman”.

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With hilarious delusional situations of the 'young hero' Gulshan, the movie explores the dark yet funny side of Bollywood. 

While Chunky Pandey will be seen as the villain, Bhatt will play himself -- a close friend of Gulshan who advises him on his upcoming film. 

Ranjit as always will ace the villain role who talks Gulshan into not playing a positive role. 

Gulshan said in a statement: "I am thankful to my colleagues and friends for having played themselves in my debut film ‘Badman’. Although I have done over 450 films, ‘Badman’ as a hero is my debut film.

"My special thanks to Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Ranjeet Saab, Mahesh Bhatt, Sujoy Ghosh, Vishal Dadlani, Shoojit Sircar and others for having played themselves in my film."

Big B to host only segment of Modi's bash

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will not host the celebration of the second anniversary of the Narendra Modi government here, but he will take to the stage briefly to talk about the 'Beti bachao, Beti padhao' campaign for girl education.

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A source in the know of developments told that Amitabh -- a United Nations ambassador for the girl child -- will just be speaking on the campaign, which is close to his heart.

"It's just a small segment. But he won't be hosting the show," the source said.

Amitabh's son Abhishek too confirmed this.

"He is part of the function where he is talking about educating a girl child, and that is not a political event," Abhishek, who was in the national capital on Wednesday for a film promotion event, told reporters here.

There has been buzz that Amitabh would host an eight-hour long talk show titled "Zara Muskura Do", which will have several performances and programmes highlighting the Bharatiya Janata Party government's achievements till now.

Kardashians offered $100 mn movie deal

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The famous Kardashian family has been offered $100 million to star in their own movie.

kardashians-offered-100-mn-movie-dealThe family, including Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Rob Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner, have been approached by a top Hollywood film studio for a movie featuring them together, reports mirror.co.uk.

News of the offer was revealed by the Kardashians' biographer and author Ian Halperin.

“A top Hollywood studio executive told me today (Wednesday) that his major studio intends to make a huge offer to the Kardashian family to star in a feature-length film,” Halperin told The Sun newspaper.

The studio's research showed the Kardashians could become the highest TV show-turned-movie ever. 

"The executive stressed that part of the deal would include a nine-figure upfront offer plus a backend of the film's earnings,” Halperin added.

Monica Dogra's Shiver choreographed by Madonna's dancer

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Singer-actress Monica Dogra has announced the launch of her campaign called Shiver, which encourages a healthy conversation of various social justice compartments like homosexuality and feminism. For a video on this, she engaged choreographer Reshma Gajjar, known to have toured with popular music artists like Madonna and Ricky Martin.

Monica said in a statement: "The story behind the dancing and choreography originates with Ryan Heffington having first agreed to choreograph the piece. Things didn't work out with Ryan so I was in desperate need of a new choreographer. 

“Reshma is my long time friend and collaborator. She has danced for the likes of Madonna, Ricky Martin and A.R. Rahman. I reached out to her and she recommended Jasmine Albuquerque."

After a few messages and conversations, Monica decided to hire her to choreograph. 
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'Udta Punjab' director impressed by Kanika Kapoor's track

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"Udta Punjab" director Abhishek Chaubey says singer Kanika Kapoor has sung "Da da dasse" wonderfully for the film.

"Udta Punjab" highlights the issue of rampant drug abuse among the youth in Punjab. Shahid Kapoor is seen essaying the character of a high-on-drugs, long-haired rockstar Tommy Singh, who sings with glee and abuses with impunity. 

udta-punjab-director-impressed-by-kanika-kapoors-trackIt features Alia Bhatt as a migrant Bihari labourer, Kareena Kapoor Khan as a doctor who is determined to fight the illegal transportation of drugs, and Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh as a police officer.

After "Chitta ve" and "Ikk kudi", the third song "Da da dasse" will be launched on Thursday. And the USP of the song is that all the four characters played by Shahid, Alia, Kareena and Diljit will be featured in the song.

The song, which has music by Amit Trivedi, describes the journey of each character. 
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Sonam, McKellen inaugurate Kashish Film Festival

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Actress Sonam Kapoor and international star Sir Ian McKellen inaugurated the Kashish Film Festival, here late Wednesday.

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"I'm here for Kashish, and I'm here because I strongly believe in what this film festival stands for, that it's a basic human rights; it's not about being lesbian, gay, female, male, transsexual, anything, it's about being able to be who you want to be and somebody who is just themselves. I'm a strong supporter of basic human rights," Sonam said.

McKellen is also a homosexual, who is known for his work in films such as 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. He was present along with superstar Aamir Khan to discuss William Shakespeare at the MAMI Film Festival a few days back.

"I just want to say how happy I am to be at Kashish; it's my first visit to Mumbai. I made many friends already and I hope this evening to make many more. I've come to Mumbai to celebrate Shakespeare and to celebrate the connections between the United Kingdom and your country. And I've also come to support those who want to get rid of section 377 (which criminalizes homosexuality)," McKellen said.
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Lara Stone gets cosy with Australian model

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Model Lara Stone, who split from comedian David Walliams in March 2015 after five years of marriage, has reportedly found a new friend in Australian model Jordan Barrett. They are said to be “comfortable” in each other's company.

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Stone and Barrett were spotted leaving the Vogue 100 Gala at the Kensington Gardens here holding hands on Monday night.

Heading off to party the night away at Tramp nightclub, Stone looked cosy with Barrett, who was formerly linked to socialite Paris Hilton, reports dailymail.co.uk. 

“The pair of them couldn't seem to stop laughing as they left, and at the last minute Jordan grabbed Lara's hand and led her away,” The Sun newspaper quoted a source as saying.

Rajdeep Ranawat debuts in resort wear with new line

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Designer Rajdeep Ranawat, in association with Swarovski India, launched his resort wear collection titled “An Escape to Italy” at his flagship store in here.

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Ranawat has been associated with Swarovski India since the time he worked on his graduation collection at NIFT Delhi and his latest collection showcases the use of Swarovski beads in colours of - Aurora borealis, light rose, and light sapphire. 

The cruise-wear collection is also adorned with Swarovski hotfix in different colours like ruby, topaz, cyclamen, khaki, golden shadow, aquamarine and turquoise, said a statement.

An escape to Italy is a fun and quirky collection for the holidays inspired by the most beautiful coastal towns of Italy. 

Cheapest five-star room in Pune, most expensive is Florence

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Historic, academic and cultural destination Pune, in Maharashtra, has emerged as the city offering the best deal on luxurious five-star accommodation at an average price of Rs.7,602 per night.

Florence, in Italy, proved the most expensive place for Indians who paid an average of Rs.33,734 for a night's stay, said a new survey report of 2015, released here on Wednesday.

cheapest-five-star-room-in-pune-most-expensive-is-florenceThe Hotels.Com's Hotel Price Index (HPI) listed the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan next to Pune with an average five-star room deal of Rs.7,844 followed by Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, ranking third at Rs.8,114 per night.

Chennai stood fourth with Rs.8,686 and Hyderabad fifth at Rs.8,701 per night, in the HPI report on hotel prices paid at major destinations around the world.

Other Indian cities, which featured on the study offering best five-star hotel deals, included Kolkata at Rs.8,727, Bengaluru at Rs.9,173, New Delhi at Rs.9,610, Vietnam's largest city Ho Chi Minh ranking ninth in the list at average deals of Rs.9,700, and Mumbai at Rs.9791 per night stay.
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Bored of saris, anarkalis on special occasions

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Go for pre-stitched saris in western silhouettes over traditional drape and try shararas with straight cut kurtas over anarkalis for an innovative look during special occasions if you're tired of the tried-and-tested, says an expert.

Designer Divya Gupta says one can break the conventionalism in fashion by opting for designs that look bold yet traditional. From flared palazzos and shararas, to opting for fabrics like chiffon and moonga silk, here are a few tips on how one can innovate with a traditional look:

♦ Silhouettes: The monotony of anarkalis has given way to straighter yet detailed, modern silhouettes teamed with the flared palazzos and skirts that accentuate the curvy Indian figure. Body hugging shararas in innovative lycra fabrics teamed with capes has become a key trend in Indian fashion.

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Minimalist dressing has taken over the Indian fashion industry as well, with saris becoming essentially minimalist and young; making it truly modern yet close to its roots. The form has become non-conventional with stitched saris taking over the orthodox drape. Saris teamed with capes is also a modern take on the typical Indian wear for special occasions. 

♦ Fabric: The extensive amalgamation of modern silhouettes with the traditional handloom fabric makes the current day occasion wear essentially rooted to Indian heritage. Silks in varied textures and patterns is ideal for special occasions.

Artificial sweeteners may harm your health

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Are you turning to artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes to lose weight? Although these sweeteners may help obese individuals reduce and cut calories, they may also have negative health effects, a study warns.

Artificial sweeteners are not digested by the body. However, the recent study suggests that bacteria in the gut may be able to break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects. 

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Currently, there are many new sugar substitutes that are used in foods and beverages and are marketed as "sugar-free" or "diet," including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice and ice cream and yogurt.

"Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don't take sugar substitutes," said Jennifer Kuk from York University's school of kinesiology and health science in Canada.

Best of your sex life begins at 40!

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Far from resulting in loss of libido, reaching 40 could actually make your sex life more adventurous, says a study.

The findings are based on a survey of 2,400 Canadians, between ages 40 to 59, about their their sexual health, happiness and pleasure, in addition to their sexual behaviour and attitudes.

"There is a public perception that as we age, sex becomes less important, less enjoyable and less frequent," said Robin Milhausen, sexuality and relationship researcher at the University of Guelph in Canada.

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"The study findings indicate that most midlife Canadians are indeed leading satisfying and active sexual lives,” Milhausen said in press release. 

The study was conducted by leading condom company Trojan in partnership with Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).

The researchers found that sexual pleasure does not decrease with age. 

Regardless of age category, 65 percent of the respondents said their last sexual encounter was very pleasurable. 

How to fix bad hair days

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Play it up, add curls or try dry shampoo to get rid of bad hair days.

Beauty expert Manisha Chopra, also the founder of cosmetic brand SeaSoul Cosmeceuticals, shares how:

♦ At times, if you haven’t washed your hair properly or are not in the mood to get a hair wash done, a dry shampoo can be a saviour. Spray it lightly on the roots. Leave it for a few minutes and then brush your hair. The dry shampoo absorbs the oil and gives you your desired look. If you do not use a dry shampoo, then try out cornstarch or baby powder. They, too, can work wonders on unruly hair.

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♦ You woke up from your deep slumber and realised that your hair has become frizzy. Fret not. The mess can be treated by just tying it up. A ponytail has many variations, try any one of those low or high ponytail styles or go for a chic fish-braid. But ensure that you haven’t tied your ponytail too tight as it can cause hair loss.

♦ Adding more curls can give volume to your hair. Try adding curls naturally by making loose braids on your hair and then leaving it open after a few minutes. If you have a curling iron at home, here’s what you can do to get bouncy tresses. Tie your hair up in a high pony tail. Split it into four sections and then curl each section separately. Open the ponytail and prepare to be wowed by what you see in the mirror.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant unstoppable dance journey

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I am #AnandaShankarJayant, a  #BharataNatyam & #Kuchipudi dancer , from Hyderabad, India.

My passion for dance began early in life – a chance meeting at a temple , when I was 4 years old – a comment that ‘This child has large eyes – you must teach her dance’, saw my mother #SubhashiniShankar enroll me  into dance classes.. And thus began my tryst with dance
My dance training continued in Hyderabad, until I won a gold medal at the age of 11 and was invited to join Kalakshetra, to take up dancing full time.

my-dance-with-big-c-by-dr-ananda-shankar-jayantTrained by brilliant gurus, I spent six years at Kalakshetra, learning Bharata Natyam, Carnatic music, Veena, dance theory, philosophy, Sanskrit, etc., and acquired a Diploma and a Post-graduate Diploma in Bharata Natyam

Even as I was busy, with a full time career of performing, teaching  and choreography , I simultaneously , and went on to  receive a Masters, and a Doctoral Degree , in Arts
I had been in dance for more than 4 decades, I had trained with the best in the field, performed across the globe, taught young and old alike, created, collaborated, and had woven a rich tapestry of artistry, achievement and awards – the crowning glory of which was receiving the Padmashri in 2007.

But nothing, nothing whatsoever, prepared me for what I was to hear on the 1st of July, 2008.That day I heard the word Carcinoma.  As I sat numb struck in my Doctor’s office, I heard other words – #Cancer, Stage, Grade.

Until then Cancer was a Zodiac sign, stage was what I danced on and grades were what I got in school.
But that day they took on an ominous meaning.

As a dancer I know the Navarasa –(Shringara, Hasya, Karuna, Roudra,Veera, Bhibatsa, Adhbhuta, Shanta and Bhayanaka) -  I thought I knew what Bhayanaka was, that day I learnt what fear was. That day I also realized that I now had an unwelcome, uninvited, new life partner.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

'Rangoon' to release in February 2017

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National Award winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj's uppcoming period drama "Rangoon" is all set to release on February 24 next year.

The film which stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan is set in the 1940s amidst the turmoil of India’s independence struggle and will festure some epic historic references. 

The film wrapped its final shoot schedule a couple of weeks back and the entire team, including Bhardwaj, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, are delighted with the results. 

rangoon-to-release-in-february-2017“I am very happy with what we have achieved during the shooting of Rangoon. This film is closest to my heart and I want to make sure this is seen as my best work," Bhardwaj said in a statement. 

"Given that it’s Shahid’s birthday on 25th February, there is no better way to celebrate," Bhardwaj, who previously directed "Haider" added.

The "Maqbool" helmer says for him and Saif "Rangoon" is "even more" special since it has been ten years since "Omkara".

Wear the right shoe for the right occasion!

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Shoes have the power to make or break your outfit while elevating your mood. Loafers or moccasins have always been considered excellent driving shoes and if you’re road-tripping your way through your holiday destination, it is a great shoe to invest in, says an expert.

According to Neha Kumthekar, co-founder and managing director of shoe brand Oceedee, there are a few pairs of shoes that can take you from sight-seeing to dinner to partying without killing your feet.

Here are the tips and styles Kumethkar shared:

wear-right-shoe-for-right-occasion♣ Sunny side up with cute sandals: When there is scorching heat and you are heading to the sandy beach or the hot boardwalk, make a statement with a funky pair of summer style sandals. 

Add an interesting edge to your ensemble with creative prints. Rest your feet and relax in one of these easy-to-wear inspired flats and pep up your holiday mood already without losing out on precious suitcase space.

♣ Get on the go with the block heel: Block heels are all the rage and worth the splurge. They are the perfect way to stay trendy while keeping true to comfort. 

It doesn't matter what your fashion persona might be, a block heel is the perfect style twist to any outfit and fits into any destination wardrobe.

Trends to watch out for this summer

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Cross-body slings, flared pants and long-chain neckpieces are a few hand-picked trends that will make you look fabulous and cool when temperatures soar.

Priya Sachdev, founder of online luxury marketplace RockNShop, has a few suggestions:

♣ Pastels: Refresh your wardrobe with some of the soothing tones like powder pink, soft lavender, lime green and icy blue.

trends-to-watch-out-for-this-summer♣ Flared pants: They not only accentuate your curves, but also make your legs appear leaner and longer as well. 

♣ Cross-body slings: This no-fuss, hands-free style is totally worth investing in. Be it a casual outing or a brunch date with friends, cross-body slings can never go out of fashion. 

♣ Nude-lip colours: Take a break from red and pink and ace the nude-lip look for that perfect pout. It’s not just your clothes that need a makeover as the mercury hits at all-time high, but also your make-up. Nude lips are perfect for this hot, sweltering climate and help you avoid the caked-up look which is a strict no-no in the summer.

Ways to take care of shoes

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Polish your shoes well, go for shoe rotation and more to keep your footwear in good condition, says an expert.

Shoe care industry expert Sahil Gupta of shoe care company Helios India, shares some tips for better maintenance of shoes:

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♣ Shining and conditioning: Polishing the shoes every week keeps them looking their best. This also helps to make them last longer. The ideal way of polishing the shoes is to use cream polish before applying a coat of wax polish. 

♣ Shoe rotation: To cut down on the wear and tear of shoes, shoe rotation is important and for this purpose one needs more than one pair of good shoes to avoid wearing the same shoes every day.

♣ Use a shoe horn: Using a shoe horn is the best procedure while getting into a quality shoe as it saves the heel collar, the top part of the heel from breaking down.

Healthy lifestyle can help you live cancer-free

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Just adopting a healthy lifestyle by refraining from drinking alcohol and smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly can help you keep deadly cancer at bay, new research reaffirms.

About 20-40 percent of cancer cases could potentially be prevented through modifications to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the study found.

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A large proportion of cancer cases and deaths can be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, maintained a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 27.5, and got moderate weekly exercise for at least 150 minutes or vigorous exercise for at least 75 minutes, the study said.

The research, published online in the journal JAMA Oncology, analysed data from two study groups of White individuals to examine the associations between a "healthy lifestyle pattern" and cancer incidence and death.

Sharing personal info helps women get hired

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A female applicant strongly raises her chances of getting hired if she gives out personal information, finds a new study, contradicting the conventional theory that if a woman wants equal footing professionally, she should not share any personal information.

The findings showed that female candidates who gave personal information clarifying her resume gaps raised their chance of being hired by 30 to 40 percent, compared to a comparable female candidate who provided no personal information.

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"Our study provides the first-ever evidence that women who conceal personal information dramatically lower their hiring prospects," said Joni Hersch, professor at Vanderbilt University in the US.

Employers overwhelmingly preferred to hire female candidates who provided information to explain a resume gap, regardless of content.

"If we start to encourage honest conversations between employers and employees on an official level, it could lead to meaningful change in the quality of applicants, particularly in industries that have been so resistant to providing family-friendly work policies," added one of the researchers Jennifer Bennett Shinall from Vanderbilt University.

Transform your look with different capes this season!

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Bored with your outfits? Bring a change to your wardrobe by introducing capes to your clothing. You can transform the way you look with different kinds of capes, says an expert.

“Embellished capes take a simple dress, turn it on its head, transform it into a high fashion look. Drape away to amplify the glam factor indifferent styles,” Safia Khan Bagga, founder and creative director of brand by her own name, said in a statement.

Here is what Bagga summed up:

♣ Long cape: The most elegant of cape looks, the floor length long cape is instantly arresting and elusive. Fully embellished or lightly, it is a stunner. Keep it sheer and airy in tulle, organza or net for spring and summer and go bold in cashmere during colder season. 

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♣ Circular cape: A circular cape makes for quite an alluring look. From dressing up dresses to pants to saris, this elegant piece drapes the shoulders and falls with a beautiful feminine flourish. 

♣ Regardless of the material, it renders a fashion-forward sense to the whole look. Versatile in its varying length, waist to mid calf, it single-handedly covers the whole spectrum of events with a swing.

♣ Asymmetrical cape: An asymmetrical cape, dresses up trousers-- cigarette or wide legged, most elegantly. One of the chicest pieces for layering on an intangible fashion edge, this cape style makes a bold statement. 

Beware! Baby's cry can alter your brain functions

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A constantly crying baby can not only hamper your peace, it can also rattles your brain functions and alter the way you think and act to make daily decisions, a study has found.

The brain data revealed that the infant cries reduced attention to the task and triggered greater cognitive conflict processing than infant laughs.

"Parental instinct appears to be hardwired yet no one talks about how this instinct might include cognition," said David Haley from the University of Toronto.

beware-babys-cry-can-alter-your-brain-functionsThe team looked at infant vocalisations -- in this case, audio clips of a baby laughing or crying -- and its effect on adults who completed a cognitive conflict task. 

They asked participants to rapidly identify the colour of a printed word while ignoring the meaning of the word itself. 

Brain activity was measured using electroencephalography (EEG), which took place immediately after a two-second audio clip of an infant vocalisation. 

Bollywood Parks Dubai: Experience Hindi cinema's magic from October 2016

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With a melange of cinematic rides inspired by Hindi movies like "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" and "Don", thrilling attractions and live Broadway-style shows, Bollywood Parks Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park showcasing the true blue Bollywood experience laced with drama, action, music and dance, is poised to give tourism in Dubai a big boost when it opens its doors in October this year, officials said.

Located half an hour away from downtown Dubai, just before the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border in the United Arab Emirates, Bollywood Parks -- spread over 1.7 million sq ft -- is a part of the mega $2.6 billion-$2.7 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts project, an attempt to add to the tourism portfolio of the city.

The October launch of Bollywood Parks Dubai may see a plethora of Hindi cine stars, but no names can be confirmed yet, officials said.

Legoland and Motiongate are the other two theme parks which will open doors along with Bollywood Parks here in a total area of 25 million sq ft, but a launch date is yet to be locked for what will be the Middle East's largest integrated theme park.

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"Dubai has always been this family and leisure destination, but a theme park of this scale and size is something that has been missing," Vinit Shah, chief destination management officer, Dubai Parks and Resorts, told IANS here.

Shah, on the sidelines of a colourful press conference for a sneak peek into the theme park here on Monday, said the target audience for the destination is essentially families.

Sanjay Garg launches collection exclusively at Bungalow 8

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Designer Sanjay Garg of the Raw Mango brand launched his Summer'16 garment collection exclusively at Bungalow 8 here.

The garments will be available in the store from Monday to June 23, read a statement. 

Garg's line notes the ephemeral days in which trees haze green and buds remain clenched pre-bloom, as nature finds new roots through those older.

The capsule collection uses chanderi and organza along with hues of white, ivory, gold and blush.

sanjay-garg-launches-collection-exclusively-at-bungalow-8It features a singular bud motif, woven on a handpicked jaala and inlaid into the weave using an extra weft. Seams are joined with the introduction of silk-cotton gold tissue.

“Bungalow 8 takes risks. Every designer likes to be pushed out of their comfort zone. I like that they constantly challenge what I do,” Garg said. 

Maithili Ahluwalia, owner of Bungalow 8, said: “What I love about this series is that it is both a continuation of but also a departure. It’s fresh to see tradition and technology being woven together in such an effortless way; its local but global, it’s an unexpected take on tradition, it’s the old done new.”