Life & Style

  • Preeti Shenoy: Lockdown a time for introspection, self-reflection
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANSlife): Bengaluru-based bestselling author Preeti Shenoy, who has to her credit books like 'Life Is What You Make It' and 'The Secret Wish List', says that the ongoing pandemic is a time for many for introspection and self-reflection and "simply coming to terms with the shock of what has happened". Sharing about her life in lockdown, the 48-year-old writer told IANSlife, "In the initial two-three months, I didn't work on
  • Autumn, Kashmir's golden yellow season of plenty is here
    Srinagar, September 15 (IANS): The chirp of the Cicada bug, the grain laden golden yellow rice fields, the dance of the rainbow trout in the crystal-clear waters of the Lidder and the Sindh mountain streams, the nip in the morning and evening air -- all these are standout signals that Kashmir's season of plenty, the autumn is here. Look at the countryside, farmers are busy harvesting the Paddy crop. Luckily for them, the migrant labourers, those had left the Valley with the outb
  • Eyesight problems rising among kids
    Lucknow, September 15 (IANS): With children spending more time on computers and mobile phones for online classes and gaming, cases of eye sight problems are on the rise. Children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 years have been found to be suffering from convergence efficiency, computer vision syndrome, reflective errors and other eye sight problems. According to rough estimates, nearly 40 per cent children have complained of various eye and vision related problems in recen
  • Samira Koppikar: Patriarchy does exist in various industries
    New Delhi, September 14 (IANSlife): Music director, composer and singer-songwriter Samira Koppikar feels that creativity is beyond gender. "Patriarchy does exist in various industries. Yes, I have had strange experiences like when my vocals for a feature film song were dropped last minute as a male music composer duo got to know that I'm not just a singer but also a composer," Samira told IANSlife. "But I've also had other male composer colleagues who not only
  • Dia Mirza: Female characters in mainstream cinema mostly 'mute'
    New Delhi, September 14 (IANSlife): Actor and environmentalist Dia Mirza feels we need to rethink the way we treat our women and female characters in films.Talking to IANSlife, she pointed out that while direct objectification in lyrics and item songs may be diminishing, we still have a long way to go. "This is not a recent phenomenon at all. The 80's, 90's and early 2000's are marked by a language in cinema that is sexist, misogynistic and objectifies women. If any
  • Raveena Tandon: There is nothing I'd change about my life
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS): Actress Raveena Tandon looks forward to her upcoming role in the Kannada biggie, K.G.F Chapter 2, with as much enthusiasm as she looks back at her career of 29 years, saying everyday in her life is a new lesson. "It's been a long and a great journey, for sure. It has taught me a lot. I remember I was so young when I started. It was not easy but I didn't quit and always worked hard to make a respectable place for myself. There's so muc
  • An initiative to up-skill the mechanic community
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANSlife): A campaign named #ProtectIndiasEngine aims to urge India's bikers, more specifically the youth to pledge support to mechanic upskilling programmes during these unprecedented times of the continuing COVID pandemic. The initiative endorsed by Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana is energised and fuelled by one of India's largest leading engine oil brand for two-wheelers, Castrol Active, in collaboration with Network18 and Mindshare. It is aime
  • Covid infection higher in hospital cleaners than ICU staff: Study
    London, September 11 (IANS): Contrary to expectations, hospital cleaners are at the higher risk of getting the Covid-19 infection, compared to intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Thorax, revealed that infection risk was highest among cleaners, acute and general medicine clinicians, and those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The researchers suggest that the type of personal protective equipment (PPE) wor
  • Suicide Prevention: What Are the Warning Signs, Prevention measures?
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANSlife): On World Suicide Prevention Day we look at the tell tale signs and symptoms you can watch out for in case you feel a friend, colleague or a loved one may be contemplating suicide. The act of killing or trying to harm oneself is called suicide. It is an action against a human's basic survival instinct or against one's nature of procreation, this makes it an interesting subject interesting. Suicide is exclusively almost seen only in the huma
  • No more excuses for domestic, sexual violence: Shabana Azmi
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANS): The Commonwealth Secretariat has launched a new campaign to tackle the alarming rise in domestic and sexual violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, who is supporting the campaign, said in a video message: "Violence against women and girls is a pandemic that destroys families, communities, and economies. "For far too long, society has not done nearly enough. For far too long, people have said it is a private
  • Health benefits of red rice noodles
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANSlife): We have all grown up eating noodles either as a Sunday brunch, in birthday parties or an occasional surprise treat. It could be the much loved instant 2 minutes noodles or the Indo-Chinese version of hakka noodles. It still is a comfort food for many of us since it brings about some very happy childhood memories. Although kids absolutely love it as a meal but as adults, we feel guilty since we know what goes into making noodles. Both instant as wel
  • Fitness is supposed to be a healthy journey of the mind: Katrina Kaif
    New Delhi, September 7 (IANSlife): Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif says being healthy is the key and not of a particular body type. She encourages everyone to get with the idea of being fit. "According to me, being healthy is key and not a body type. Everyone has a unique body type and we should empower each other to embrace it," she tells IANSlife. She advises that people should not be too hard on themselves to achieve a particular frame and physique. "Fitness is s
  • Don't blame us for classified ad decline in newspapers: Google
    Sydney, September 7 (IANS): Google reiterated on Monday that it is passing on the vast majority of money advertisers pay the Search engine giant directly to Australian publishers and it should not be blamed for classified ads decline in newspapers. The company said it does not object to the idea of an Australian Code called ‘News Media Bargaining Code' to oversee relationships between news businesses and digital platforms. "We have already made agreements to pay pu
  • Helping others and kindness may boost health, well-being
    Hong Kong, September 6 (IANS): In a major study, the researchers have revealed that performing acts of kindness and helping other people can be good for people's health and well-being. According to the study, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the strength of the link depends on many factors, including the type of kindness, the definition of well-being, and the giver's age, gender and other demographic factors. "Prosocial behaviour--altruism, cooperatio
  • Dia Mirza: Lockdown lead to cleaner air than we had in over a decade
    Mumbai, September 5 (IANS): Actress and environmental activist Dia Mirza has pledged for cleaner air in India. The actress, also UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and UN SDG advocate, will engage in conversation with change-makers championing a cleaner earth on September 7, which has been declared as International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. "We need to make every effort to build back sustainably, because clean air is the right to life," said Dia. "The global lockdo
  • Professor seeks 'justice' for Sushant on Teachers' Day
    New Delhi, September 5 (IANS): "Sincere, calm, quiet", that is how deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput's teacher, who taught him engineering, remembers him on this Teachers' Day, even as the world is scrambling to put labels of "bipolar, addict and depressed" on him. His teacher also refuses to believe he could commit suicide and demands "justice" for him. "He was very Sincere, very calm and very quiet in the class. I cannot comment on his
  • AR Rahman my big support in life, says 14-yr-old pianist Lydian Nadhaswaram
    New Delhi, September 4 (IANS): Lydian Nadhaswaram may be only 14 but his skills as a pianist reveal maturity beyond his age. The teenager has been mentored by music maestro AR Rahman, and the Oscar-winning composer is now presenting Atkan Chatkan, a Hindi film that marks the acting debut of Lydian in the central role. "AR Rahman uncle is my biggest support in my life. He has motivated me and advised me a lot. I have learnt a lot of things from him. He is one of my inspirations.
  • Creativity requires courage: Singer Falu Shah
    New Delhi, September 4 (IANSlife): Celebrated Grammy-nominated singer, Falu Shah, together with her Boston-based band 'Karyshma' has launched their latest collection 'Someday'. An EP of traditional Indian classical, folk, and Sufi songs; these renditions of traditional Hindustani music celebrate the unity and oneness that is 'India', at a time of uncertainty and universal distress. Falu, who is the band's lead singer-songwriter, along with her other band
  • David Beckham on healthy living as a way of life
    New Delhi, September 3 (IANSlife): Football legend David Beckham feels that it has never been more important to stay both mentally and physically fit than before. He emphasises that making healthy living a way of life can help us all to stay happy and motivated always. The ace footballer says: "Covid-19 has impacted people across the world and changed the way we live. In these unprecedented times it's never been more important to stay both mentally and physically fit. Healt
  • Jennifer Winget reveals her mid-week crisis
    Mumbai, Septembet 3 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Winget has used social media to share a glimpse of her mid-week crisis. The actress shared a monochrome picture of herself on Instagram. In the image, Jennifer is seen wearing a sleeveless black top as she ditches make-up for the selfie. She clicked the picture with her left eye covered with hair. "What a mid-life ...I mean, mid-week crisis, looks like," she wrote with the image. In another picture, Jennifer is seen flaunti