Life & Style

  • 'Miles to go for effective suicide-prevention protocols in India'
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) The apparent suicide of rising Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput has once again focused on two glaring lacunae: that while mental health issues are estimated to affect 150 million Indians, less than a fifth - 30 million - are seeking care of one form or another and that suicide is the leading cause of death for Indians in the 15 to 39 age group.   This has been brought into sharp focus by "Young Mental Health" by Amrita Tripathi and Meer
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Indian Wedding Industry
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANSlife) The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on almost every industry in the world and the Indian Wedding Industry, estimated around $50 billion, has now come to a halt. However, industry experts believe that Indian weddings will return with spike in growth in the coming years and it will continue to be bigger once the virus threat is down to be negligible.   IANSlife spoke to Vikaas Gutgutia, Founder and Managing Director, Ferns N Petals, who venture
  • Longer time in bed during lockdowns has worsen sleep quality
    London, June 14 (IANS) People are sleeping for longer hours during lockdowns and work from home scenario as they do not need to travel to workplaces but the quality of sleep has become worse in many, reveals new research.   If the differences in sleep timing and duration between work days and days off become too large, this can lead to "social jetlag".   A latest survey by the University of Basel in Switzerland found respondents admitting sleeping up to
  • The Reel Dhoni: Cricket was theme in Sushant's life
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): There was a part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Sushant Singh Rajput. It made the World Cup-winning former Indian captain's Untold Story a guilty indulgence for masses and the actor, who played the titular role, a household name in his short and eventful career. It wasn't a cinematic masterpiece like late Irrfan Khan's Paan Singh Tomar but there was hardly anyone who disliked Neeraj Pandey's feel-good blockbuster either.    &nb
  • Face masks critical in preventing the spread of Covid-19: Study
    New York, June 14 (IANS) Not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person's chances of being infected by the Covid-19 virus, warn researchers.   For the findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined the chances of Covid-19 infection and how the virus is easily passed from person to person.   From trends and mitigation procedures in China, Italy and New York City, the researchers found that using a face mask
  • Rani Mukerji: Working with SRK has been one of my favourite things
    Mumbai, June 13 (IANS) "Chalte Chalte" starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji was released 17 years ago on June 13. The actress on Saturday went on a total recall with memories of the film and the shoot.   "Working with Shah Rukh has been one of my favourite things! It was Shah Rukh's production and it was the first time I visited Greece -- Mykonos and Athens -- which is a fun memory. The beautiful blue and white houses was a landscape I had not seen bef
  • Madhuri Dixit on child labour: Children belong in schools and loving homes
    Mumbai, June 12 (IANS) Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit has a strong message against child labour, a practice still rampant in several parts of India.   On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour on Friday, the actress took to Twitter to share her opinion.   "Say NO to child labour. Children belong in schools and loving homes. They are the future and it's our responsibility to safeguard and empower them. Let's lend a helping hand to children in nee
  • My father was brave, I too have to be brave: Niyanta Pandita
    Jammu, June 12 (IANS) Days after her father was killed by terrorists in Kashmir, Niyanta Pandita, daughter of Sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti, said she will follow the footsteps of her brave father who loved his country and was a true patriot.   Ajay Pandita Bharti, a Sarpanch in south Kashmir's Anantnag, was shot from a close range by terrorists and killed near his residence on Monday.   Speaking to IANS Niyanta said the family currently in Jammu will soon be mo
  • Kareena shares happiness
    New Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) Feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety and worry playing on your mind? While the world is dealing with the ‘new normal, sometimes an old school trick can help you find happiness - a simple bite of an ice-cream.   Don't take our word for it, Kareena Kapoor Khan, thinks exactly so, as she sends out bars of Magnums to her close friends to make them a part of a #HappinessZone. "All of us are finding ways to stay positive and motivated
  • 85% Indian parents anxious about kid's future: Survey
    Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) It seems the Covid-19 pandemic has caused major worry among Indian parents as a new survey on Thursday revealed, over 85 per cent parents in the country are now more anxious about their child's future.   The study conducted by online school--LEAD School of 5,000 parents of children from kindergarten to 12th grade from the metro and non-metro cities showed that 70 per cent of parents feel worried about the impact of Covid-19 on their child's edu
  • Anushka Sharma: Didn't start producing to make movies for me to star in
    Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Actress Anushka Sharma says her decision to turn producer at the age of 25 came from her position as a star, which she could leverage to produce innovative and disruptive content for women in Bollywood. She adds that she did not start bankrolling films in order to star in them.   "My decision to turn producer was because I wanted to leverage the position which I had, to produce good films. I did not start producing to make movies for me to star in
  • Thor' success was a major win: Kenneth Branagh
    New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kenneth Branagh started off directing the "Thor" franchise with the first film in 2011, introducing actor Chris Hemsworth as Hollywood's God of Thunder. The five-time Oscar nominated filmmaker holds the success of the film close to his heart, and says it was a major win that a "surfer dude riding on a rainbow bridge in space wasn't laughed out of the cinema".   By rainbow bridge, Branagh means Bifrost, the
  • Robot built for Japan's ageing workforce finds coronavirus role
    Robots are being used to help clean surfaces and reduce human contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic   TOKYO, June 9 (Reuters) - Mira Robotics developed its "ugo" robot to reinforce greying Japan's shrinking workforce, but as the coronavirus threat persists, the Japanese startup is offering its machine as a tool in the fight against the outbreak, the company's CEO said.   "The coronavirus has created a need for robots because they can reduce di
  • Make sure your little one's very first bite is safe
    BY PUJA GUPTA  New Delhi, June 9 (IANSlife) Complementary feeding or starting solids is the process by which your baby moves or shifts from having only breast milk to consuming semi-solid or solid foods. There is a gradual reduction in the intake of breast milk and/or baby formula and your baby more often starts taking more solid food.   "At six months, breast milk alone is not sufficient to provide all the nutrients needed to maintain your growing baby. Incre
  • Be impatient, open minded: Sundar Pichai tells graduates
    San Francisco, June 8 (IANS) Addressing a virtual graduation ceremony amid the pandemic, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told students not to lose hope and their "impatiance", while staying open-minded to find the things that they love.   YouTube streamed the "Dear Class of 2020," a virtual commencement event bringing together inspirational leaders, speakers, celebrities and YouTube creators to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities.  
  • Asha Bhosle: Lata didi and I rarely discuss music
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have unanimously been deemed melody queens of India for decades, but Asha surprises you when she says music is normally not the preferred topic of discussion between the sisters.   Books have been written on the two legendary singers, so would Asha want things taken to the next level and have someone make a biopic about them?   "Lata Didi and I rarely discuss music. We are a family and we talk of very n
  • Taapsee Pannu takes a dose of 'double workout' amid lockdown
    Mumbai, June 7 (IANS) Amid lockdown, actress Taapsee Pannu is focusing on keeping herself fit by "double workout".   Taapsee took to her Instagram Stories, where she posted a selfie after her workout. In the image, she is seen sporting a lime green T-shirt and a hair band.   On the image, she wrote: "Quarantine calls for double workout coz this dose of double roti isn't going well."   Taapsee also shared a photograph of herself a
  • Plants Are Power
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANSlife) The Ahimsa Trust launched a digital not-for-profit campaign called 'Plants Are Power' (www.plantsarepower.in) on World Environment Day, to educate people on the multiple benefits of a plant based (vegetarian/vegan) diet and to switch to plant-based living.   The initiative aims to inspire them to make a switch for a healthier, more sustainable and ethical living especially with the focus on environment due to the Covid-19 The star powered
  • Yet another improvement thanks to lockdown, your resting heart rate
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANSlife) From January to April 2020, the resting heart rate of Indians has improved - showing a drop for the general population, and even more so for younger users. On an average resting heart rate dropped by 2.56 beats per minute in female users aged between 18-29 and 2.35 beats per minute in male users aged between 18-29, which may not sound like a lot, but is a statistically significant change, shows Fitbit data.   Resting heart rate is the number of t
  • Sushmita Sen: 'Aarya' represents strength, vulnerability in world run by men
    Mumbai, June 6 (IANS) Actress Sushmita Sen has promised an "incredible" comeback with her upcoming web series "Aarya", and says it narrates the story of a mother who is willing to go to any length to protect her children.   The trailer of the show was released on Friday, sharing a glimpse into a tale of family, love, crime and redemption. Sushmita plays the protagonist Aarya.   "Aarya represents strength, determination and above all vulner