Life & Style

  • Vidya Balan: The 'Mask'erade is not over yet
    Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Bollywood actress Vidya Balan on Monday took reminded fans to wear masks amid the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has badly affected Maharashtra. "Let's not forget that the 'Mask'erade is not over yet," Vidya wrote, with a photograph of herself on Instagram. Vidya's advice to netizens comes after India reported 1,68,912 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, setting another grim one-day record. The actre
  • Working long hours? Keep your body, mind active
    New Delhi, April 10 (IANSlife) Whether working from home or office, toiling away for long hours without breaks and physical activity can begin to damage your body, vitality and even without tell-tale signs. "It is important to achieve a healthy work-life balance in order to live a fulfilled life. But there are moments in life when you have to finish certain deadlines and cannot avoid spending a lot of time on your desk," says Beenu Rajpoot, noted filmmaker and a Fit India
  • Author, literary translator Sara Rai to head jury for JCB Prize for Literature 2021
    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Noted author, literary translator Sara Rai will head the five-member jury for the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature 2021, one of India's most coveted literary awards, it was announced on Thursday. The panel includes designer and art historian Annapurna Garimella, author and translator Shahnaz Habib, journalist and editor Prem Panicker and writer and podcaster Amit Varma. Representing a vast range of Indian languages and mediums of expression betwee
  • Bhumi on battling Covid: This is a lot harder than you can imagine
    Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who is currently battling Covid-19, took to Instagram on Tuesday to express gratitude to fans and followers for their wishes, prayers and concern. The actress also requested everyone not to step out amid the second wave of the pandemic, and warned them saying it is a lot harder than they could imagine. "Hello all... I am so overwhelmed by all the love that's being poured in.. thank you for keeping me in your prayers. Sorry I
  • Shilpa Shetty shares a yoga asana to cure digestive troubles
    Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Monday demonstrated a yoga asana that helps cure digestive troubles, apart from providing other health benefits as strengthening abdominal and lower back muscles and benefitting the hip and knee joints. Shilpa posted a video on Instagram where she is seen performing the Pada Sanchalanasana (Cycling Yoga flow). The actress said many people get the asana wrong, and demonstrated the correct and incorrect ways in her video. "
  • Rajasthan's octogenarian finds lost love after 50 yrs
    Jaipur, April 4 (IANS) The 82-year-old man, serving as the gatekeeper in Kuldhara, a haunted village in Rajasthan, feels as young as 20 after receiving a letter from his Australian lover, 50 years after their separation. "Ramji ki kasam, I feel like I'm 21 again! I don't know what the future holds, but knowing that my first love is back in my life and talks to me everyday is a feeling I can't explain," he says excited, over the moon on finding his lost love bac
  • Zoya Hussain: I want to be an actor and build a filmography
    Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) "Mukkabaaz" actress Zoya Hussain returns with a new big screen role in "Haathi Mere Saathi" starring Rana Daggubati. Zoya says there have been many films in the past that she refused because she felt the roles were not unique. "I didn't realise that I was doing it (being picky). It was pointed out to me. Before 'Mukkabaaz', I had a bunch of offers and I declined them," she told IANS. The actress says she is careful
  • India records 200% spike in time spent on lock screens
    Bengaluru, April 1 (IANS) There has been a 200 per cent increase in the time spent on mobile lock screens in the past one year while an average user spends at least 25 minutes to consume content on Glance every day, a report said on Thursday. Glance is the world's first 'screen zero' platform that uses lock screens of devices, especially smartphones, to deliver personalised, locally relevant, and live content to users. According to the report by Glance, an InMobi grou
  • New Zealand: True or false?
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANSlife) Its that time of the year again where you usually find yourself looking over your shoulder, being a tad suspicious of that story your friend is telling you, or just plain laughing at the pranks everyone is playing on each other, from co-workers right through to big brands. And no one can deny kiwis are experts at not taking themselves seriously. April Fool's Day classics have included an airline announcing the first "Kids' Class" cabin
  • UP man gets married after his panchayat seat declared reserved for women
    Ballia, March 31 (IANS) To fulfil his ambition of becoming the village head after doing social service for almost a decade, a 45-year-old man got married after his seat was declared reserved for women. Hathi Singh of Karan Chhapra village in Ballia district, contested the elections in 2015 and was the runner up. However, his seat was declared reserved for women and Singh's hope of getting elected this time was shattered. His supporters suggested that he get married and his wi
  • Why India needs more women on the Internet
    New Delhi, March 30 (IANSlife) We all know that there is a correlation between gender equality and the digital gender divide. However, until recently, the direction and quantum of that correlation has been unclear to me. A research published in the US National Academy of Sciences in 2018 studied Facebook data of over 1.3 billion users from over 120 territories around the world to understand the impact of Facebook on gender equality. The study found that in countries where there was
  • MBA-turned-sarpanch brings winds of change in Raj village
    Jaipur, March 27 (IANS) Chhavi Rajawat, the youngest sarpanch in India, has been scripting a success story by bringing winds of change in her ancestral village of Soda in Rajasthan. After quitting a cushy corporate career, she is now devoting all her time to make the villagers financially self-sufficient in order to lead a meaningful socio-economic life. After completing her high school from the Rishi Valley School in Bengaluru, Rajawat pursued her graduation from the Lady Shri R
  • Shraddha Kapoor bags another endorsement
    New Delhi, March 25 (IANSlife) Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor has been signed has the brand ambassador of Jaipur-based home furnishings brand Bella Casa. Shraddha will co-create and endorse the label's new collection 'Shades of Shraddha' across all Indian markets. This alliance will also entitle the actor to a part of the company's equity and ensure a deeper involvement in the brand's business strategy. Elated to associate with a brand, the Bollywood star m
  • Shilpa Shetty: Covid situation worrisome a year after Janta Curfew
    Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Monday expressed concern over the ongoing Covid pandemic a year after Janta Curfew, which was imposed on March 22 last year. Shilpa said, the situation continues to be worrisome. The actress shared a yoga video on Instagram where she is performing Eka Hasta Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana, Vasisthasana, and Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana. "Some mornings bring in a different kind of energy. Exactly a year ago, the Janta Curfe
  • Audiences fatigued by digital concerts: Smita Bellur
    New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) If there is something that has been constant in Sufi singer Smita Bellur's life, the first female Hindustani vocalist to have been accepted into a lineage of traditional Qawwaals, it has been the change. With a Master's degree MS (QM) from BITS Pilani and Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University, Bellur decided to let go of her cushy corporate job at the German software giant SAP to get back to music full-time. Not just that, the singer be
  • 'Mindless' scrolling on your phone getting in the way of sleep?
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANSlife) Sleeping post 10 p.m. is clinically declared as an inappropriate time to go to sleep and it triggers a change in the sleeping pattern that leads to sleep deprivation. This is irrespective of the number of hours of sleep. However, a recent study has revealed that although a majority of Indians are aware that sleeping at 10 is an ideal time, they tend to give excuses when it comes to actually following it. A study conducted by Godrej Interio across 1,000
  • I make films on subjects that give me sleepless nights: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Exactly a year back, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had shifted to his small village in Maharashtra before the lockdown was announced. Luckily, he had his writing material and was with his family. Cut off from newspapers for five months, Mehra requested the post office for an Internet connection and started working on his film 'Toofan', starring Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal, which will premiere on Amazon Prime soon. "So, in
  • Kailash Kher: Mumbai will remain my 'mashuka' for life
    Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Singer Kailash Kher has professed his love for Mumbai, recalling how his talent was recognised in the city. "Since childhood we've heard people say if you get what you are passionate about, your life is successful. My passion has always been singing which got acknowledged here in Mumbai. I became Kailasa here, even my first album and jingle got released and got popular in Mumbai," said Kher, on Indian Pro Music League. The singer also recalle
  • World Sleep Day: Tips to help you overcome Sleep Apnea
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANSlife) Good sleep is central to our well-being. Nothing rejuvenates our body and mind as well as sound sleep. However, at times we can't sleep properly as we may be tensed or excited or our body is not completely exhausted. This happens with all of us but generally this is a one-time phenomenon. But some suffer chronically from lack of proper sleep and may be suffering from Sleep Apnea. This if left untreated can have a damaging impact on a person's over
  • Young Indians feel mental health issues can hit as early as their teenage years
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANSlife) A recent survey has found that 77 per cent Indians feel that the current level of conversations and initiatives around mental health in India are insufficient, while almost 9 in 10 know this is an important 'health' aspect. According to the Fiama Mental Well-being Survey India 2020, which covered 15 cities across India with over 700 participants aged 18-45 years, 1 in 4 young Indians feel that mental health issues can start as early as the teen