Life & Style

  • Disha's mood to guide her YouTube channel content
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) Actress Disha Patani, an active social media user, has unveiled her YouTube channel. She says she will use the platform for putting up "unfiltered and raw" content that would vary, depending on her mood. "I believe every social media platform has its own significance. For example, Facebook is a place where we can connect with our friends while Instagram is a more visually appealing site where we try to showcase only our best pictures and videos. I can
  • I don't think about my stardom: Ajay Devgn
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) Ajay Devgn doesn't believe in looking back or prodding much about the future, and likes to live in the present. The actor says he doesn't care or think about stardom, and that helps him stay in touch with reality. Son of late veteran action director Veeru Devgan, Ajay entered Bollywood in 1991 with "Phool Aur Kaante". It was a hit, and Ajay's winning streak started there. "Luckily, I never had to go through struggle in my life. Everything just fe
  • Kangana Ranaut: Criticism doesn't make me bitter
    Mumbai, September 14 (IANS) She has raised her voice against Nepotism and the ill-treatment that Bollywood often reserves for outsiders, and her approach towards addressing those issues has given her a controversial image. Actress Kangana Ranaut says as long as her intention is right, she does not regret anything she said so far. "I always keep a check on my intention when I raise a voice against anything critical. Because I took names while starting the conversation on nepotism, se
  • Ileana D'Cruz claims that she sleepwalks, wakes up with bruises
    Mumbai, September 14 (IANS) Ileana D'Cruz is "almost convinced" that she walks while sleeping at night. The actress further claims she is unable to understand why is she waking up with "mysterious bumps and bruises" on her legs if she is not a sleepwalker. Ileana took to Twitter to share her concern with her fans on Saturday morning and wrote: "I'm almost entirely convinced that I sleep walk... Almost. Maybe. Probably. There's no other way to explain how I wake up with mysterious b
  • 'Indian fashion has opened its doors, windows to the world'
    New Delhi, September 14 (IANSlife) The Indian fashion is being globally recognised now more than ever, and the fact that the industry has spread its arms to the world is getting reflected in the work of and international recognition for homegrown designers, says celebrated designer Gauri Karan of the label Gauri and Nainika. "Social media has made live shows accessible to anyone, anywhere, no matter where in the world they are happening. This window to the world has forced the India
  • My husband is the wind beneath my wings: Mandira Bedi
    Mumbai, September 13 (IANS) Mandira Bedi wears many hats. Over the years, she has reinvented herself from being the lead actress of the iconic TV series "Shanti" to hosting ICC Cricket World Cup for five years, and from being a fashion designer to a fitness icon who inspires fans with workout videos on social media, besides playing strong women on the screen. The 47-year-old multitalented personality says her filmmaker husband Raj Kaushal constantly inspires her to fly higher. "My
  • Reflections of farmers' suicides, widows in Kota Neelima's paintings
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANSlife) An author, artist and researcher, Kota Neelima wears many hats and is largely known for her research and art practice that centres on rural agrarian distress. Her 2018 book, "Widows of Vidarbha, Making of Shadows", details the plight of farmers widows and so does her art that has drawn inspiration from the hope and reconciliation of these women. Neelima recently showcased here a selection of paintings and photographs from Maharashtra's Beed distric
  • Women constantly under pressure to look beautiful: Nandita Das
    Mumbai, September 12 (IANS) Actress Nandita Das, who is known to speak her heart out about societal imbalances, feels that women are constantly under pressure to look beautiful, which shouldnt be the case. Nandita was interacting with the media at the launch of flagship store, Shades of India, along with Gul Panag and Tisca Chopra on Wednesday in Mumbai. Nandita Das' 2013 campaign, Dark Is Beautiful, gained a lot of momentum as it brought forward the issue of colour discriminatio
  • Have to make India number 1 in cleanliness: Varun to Modi
    Mumbai, September 12 (IANS) After Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the team of "Coolie No. 1" for opting for a plastic-free environment on the sets, actor Varun Dhawan thanked him for his words and said that India needs to be number one in cleanliness. Varun replied to Modi in Hindi: "Thank you Prime Minister. The education on cleanliness starts from home and I believe that the way you started the Swachta Abhiyaan in that every Indian should contribute. It is our resolve to make
  • A life dedicated to Rajasthan's traditional Dabu print
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANSlife) A casual stroll into the open Bapu Bazar of the pink city of Jaipur, and one will see a range of traditional Rajasthani textiles. Amid the Bandhej, Sanganeri and applique works, clothing and home decor items in the mud-resist Dabu print are sure to stand out. A master-printer dedicated to the craft, Ramkishore Chippa Derawala, brings the story of Dabu from his little village for the world to see. The print Dabu or Daboo, believed to have originate
  • Designer Suneet Varma says apex court reforms give him freedom
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANSlife) From the repeal of Article 377 that decriminalised same sex relationships, to the abolition of Triple Talaq, this past one year has seen some notable reforms in the country. And with art said to reflect the events of the day, these social reforms are bound to find an expression in fashion. IANSlife spoke to eminent designer Suneet Varma to understand the other trickle-down effects of these events for his fraternity. Has the repeal of Article 377
  • Grammy-winner emphasises need for gratitude, kindness
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANSlife) Thanks to her songs in Disney animated series such "Phineas and Ferb", Laura Dickinson, 39, is introduced globally as "your nine year-old daughter's favourite singer". The American vocalist and music contractor is a four-time Grammy winner, and has also lent her voice to films such as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "War for the Planet of the Apes" and hit shows like "Modern Family" and "Supernatural". The singer was recently in Delhi for the
  • Indian fashion industry lacks discipline: Payal Singhal
    By Puja Gupta  New Delhi, September 11 (IANSlife) In her over two-decade-long career as a designer, Payal Singhal has seen the evolution of the Indian fashion industry, but she feels it still lacks the discipline and unity seen in fashion industries elsewhere. "Indians are unparalleled in terms of design and craft. But unfortunately, we are not an industry that stands together," says the designer. According to Singhal unlike in India where fashion industry is seen as "per
  • I should do more: Shraddha on joining #SaveAarey campaign
    Mumbai, Sep 10 (IANS) Shraddha Kapoor has been earning praise for her stand against the felling of trees at Aarey Colony but the actress said she does not think her effort is anything special. She added that it's the need of the hour to save Mother Earth, so everybody should come forward and do their bit. "A lot of people tell me that it is really good that you are part of this campaign, taking out time from your busy schedule and going out there. My retort is it's nothing special.
  • Radhika Apte: OTT's quality can only be checked with time
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANSlife) Never the demure damsel, Radhika Apte refuses to be a Bollywood typecast. She has played powerful characters across industries and mediums, but it's her roles in Netflix's 'Ghoul', 'Sacred Games' and 'Lust Stories' that have led to her being hailed as the "queen of the OTT (over-the-top) platforms". "Acting across mediums does not change things much. What does change is the viewership, people across the world have viewed these shows. The digital
  • Self-care for women, the Lara Dutta way
    By Siddhi Jain    New Delhi, September 10 (IANSlife) Miss Universe winner (2000) and actor Lara Dutta Bhupathi has turned entrepreneur. She recently launched of her own beauty brand, and is advocating better skincare for women. She says most women are more willing to spend their hard-earned money on an array of make-up products, rather than on one that betters their skin from within. "Make-up can do wonders, but if its canvas is not healthy to begin with, then you wo
  • Road to equality is a long one
    By Puja Gupta    New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) A year after the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) decriminalizing homosexuality, the LGBTQ community still struggles with social stigma and lack of opportunities, but people have found the courage to speak up and come out of the closet, says Keshav Suri, who was at the forefront of LGBTQ community's battle for equality. In an interview with IANSlife, the Executive Director of The Lali
  • Are rains damaging your leather bags?
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANSlife) Leather bags are likely to absorb grease and oil. Swiftly wipe your leather bag with a soft, dry, or slightly wet cloth. (Do not use too much water; leather takes it longer to dry). Apply the cleaner, which is made specifically for the leather in a circular motion and wipe it off with a moist cloth to prevent clogging the pores. Condition Your leather bag can dry out over time. You can apply a conditioner to your leather handbag at least twice a y
  • Vaani Kapoor: The fear of being forgotten never crept in
    New, September 10 (IANS) It's been six years since her much-appreciated debut performance in "Shudh Desi Romance", but Vaani Kapoor's career has not really soared in this period. She has had just one release in between -- the dud "Befikre" opposite Ranveer Singh in 2016 -- and is now all set to return on the Bollywood screen with "War", opposite actor Hrithik Roshan. The Yash Raj Films-produced biggie also stars Tiger Shroff. Despite only sporadically appearing on the Bollywood scre
  • Asha Bhosle on turning 86: I wake up to music even today
    Mumbai, September 9 (IANS) She is a living legend with an active career of six decades and she needs no introduction. Padma Vibhushan-honoured Asha Bhosle turned 86 on Sunday and, in between celebrations with close friends and family in Dubai, she took out time for a quick tete-a-tete with IANS over the phone. Bhosle, who celebrated her birthday after 11 years, says she was surprised to see so many people turn up to wish her on her special day at her Dubai restaurant, Asha's. "I