Life & Style

  • Passion for dance continues to guide life: Shallu Jindal
    (World Dance Day Exclusive)   BY SIDDHI JAIN   New Delhi, April 29 (IANSlife) For Kuchipudi exponent and businesswoman Shallu Jindal, dance is a passion that has deepened over the years. Immersed in the classical arts right from childhood, she sees herself as an artiste that can never get enough and continues to better themselves at every opportunity.   Celebrating World Dance Day, IANSlife presents an exclusive interview with the noted danseuse. &n
  • 94% people in Indian metros embrace digital retail payment
    New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) A whopping 94 per cent of Indians in Metros are using a digital payment method, more so in these social distancing times, and similar to China, metro India has leapfrogged the credit-card stage to the digital retail payment riding on young consumers, a new report has emphasized.   Top two digital payment companies currently are Paytm and Amazon Pay in India and Paytm is serving over 35 crore consumers in the country, according to the report titled
  • UK PM, fiancee announce birth of 'healthy baby boy'
    April 29, (PTI): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds announced the birth of a 'healthy baby boy', delivered at a government-run hospital in London on Wednesday.   The birth is believed to be slightly premature but both mother and baby are said to be doing very well.   "The prime minister and Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning," a spokesperson for the couple said on
  • Lockdown diaries: Madhuri spends time with fans in interactive session
    Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Madhuri Dixit has revealed how she is spending her days during the ongoing COVID 19 lockdown. The actress is making the most of her quarantine time with her family and pet dog Carmelo, cooking, reading books and practicing kathak dance.   On Tuesday afternoon, Madhuri Dixit did an #AskMD session on Twitter where she responded to curious questions thrown at her by fans regarding her life, her perception and opinion about several things including the on
  • Hina Khan: 'Bigg Boss' house and COVID quarantine poles apart
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) No househelp and no option to step out have made many feel like being locked up in the "Bigg Boss" house. But former "Bigg Boss" contestant Hina Khan says that participating in the reality show and experiencing the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown have nothing in common.   The reality show, an Indian version of international series "Celebrity Big Brother", features celebrities locked inside a house for months under constant camera surveillance, without an
  • E-Learning in an era of social distancing
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANSlife) Reports peg global cases of the Novel Coronavirus at over 25 lakhs, with Indias tally having past the 25,000 mark. Many are still of the opinion that the worst is yet to come.   Now juxtapose this with the fact that a sure-shot cure, in the form of a vaccine, is at least a year away, and we end up in a rather unprecedented and potentially catastrophic situation. There are two natural corollaries, one, we must protect our very elderly, and our y
  • Fighting spirit! 4-yr-old beats COVID-19 months after surviving cancer
    A girl wearing a face mask reads a book, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 26, 2020. REUTERS/   New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): A four-year-old Indian girl in Dubai, despite her low immune system, has become one of the youngest coronavirus survivors in the United Arab Emirates after she recovered from the deadly disease last week, according to a media report.   Sivani, who is also a cancer survivor, was admit
  • Lockdown diaries: Stars turn hosts of digital shows
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Fun chat shows to informative sessions, actors like Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Leone, Shruti Haasan and Rashami Desai are flaunting their hosting skills in the digital space to while away their lockdown hours, and fans are loving it.   Kartik's talk show on YouTube, "Koki Poochega", is surely among the most popular efforts. On the show, he interacts with frontline warriors in the COVID-19 battle, including doctors and health workers, and also with surviv
  • Taapsee: Wanted a logo instead of a name plate to keep the ambition flying high
    Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu shared an anecdote about shifting to her new home. She said that to keep the ambition flying high, she always wanted a logo instead of a name plate outside her house.   Taapsee took to Instagram, where she shared a photograph of herself posing in front of her "blue door".   "This is the day I had my apartment in Mumbai ready, with all interior work done. It was strange that when I left for the shoot of 'Manma
  • Mothering with a mask: Belgian with COVID-19 gives birth to healthy baby
    Amandine, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just before giving birth, and Francois, wearing protective face masks, are pictured with their newborn daughter Mahaut at the maternity at CHIREC Delta Hospital in Brussels, Belgium April 25, 2020.  REUTERS/Yves Herman   BRUSSELS, April 26 (Reuters) - A pregnant Belgian woman diagnosed with the coronavirus has given birth to a healthy baby daughter - but must now learn to care for her newborn wearing,
  • Vidya Balan donates 1000 PPE kits for doctors, raising funds for more
    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is donating a 1000 PPE kits for doctors and other medical staff who are battling at the frontline to keep us safe from the deadly COVID 19.   Vidya has also collaborated with celebrity shout-out platform Tring to raise donations to provide additional 1000 PPE kits, along with Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films and photographer cum film producer Atul Kasbekar.   Vidya Balan took to Instagram urging all to donate to
  • Parental depression can affect kids
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANSlife) Parental depression changes a child's experience of the world internally and externally.   There is a marked difference in the way parents interact with children when depressed and this impacts a child's development. In some societies where discussing mental health is a taboo, it becomes hard to accept or express the need to seek help for individuals raising kids.   "Some of the consequences of paternal depression are based on the ch
  • Our leaders doing exemplary job in tackling coronavirus: Virat Kohli
    New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli, on Friday, applauded the leaders of the country for doing a commendable job in tackling coronavirus.   Kohli applauded the leaders during an Instagram Live session with his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate AB de Villiers.   "We have in lockdown for a long time now, things went out of control in a few areas, but our leadership is doing a commendable job, obviously our immunity is helping as well, luckily th
  • India goes online in lockdown
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India is learning to go online for paying bills, banking, shopping, work and even praying during the covid lockdown and this will be the new normal, according to Gipsi Research.   "This will continue to be the new normal", the report says on consumer behavior by the insights division of Tonic Worldwide.   There has been a surge in online' searches and interests with 40 per cent increase in WhatsApp Usage, 313 per cent increase in interes
  • India goes online in lockdown
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India is learning to go online for paying bills, banking, shopping, work and even praying during the covid lockdown and this will be the new normal, according to Gipsi Research.   "This will continue to be the new normal", the report says on consumer behavior by the insights division of Tonic Worldwide.   There has been a surge in online' searches and interests with 40 per cent increase in WhatsApp Usage, 313 per cent increase in interes
  • COVID-19: Drink kadha, do pranayam, PM tells village heads
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Appealing to village heads across India to keep people fed with the right and proper information on coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning backed the traditional practice of drinking 'kadha' (medicinal decoction) or doing 'pranayam' to boost immunity amid the battle against the disease.   "There are some good practices in our villages and one of them is drinking 'kadha'. Another is doing 'pranayam'. I suggest you do this. They
  • Deepika's conversation on mental health with WHO chief put on hold
    Mumbai, April 23 (PTI) Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has announced that her conversation with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on mental health during the coronavirus pandemic has been called off for the moment. The actor was set to discuss mental health issues amidst the coronavirus pandemic with the UN health agency chief on Thursday. In a statement on her Instagram Story on Wednesday, Deepika said the chat has been "put on hold" due to "highly
  • Creatively, I am a very restless soul: Lillete Dubey
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) She has always loved his aesthetics, the way sound was used in his cinema, how he looked at human relationships through a completely different lens. More importantly, how he sensitively brought forth complexities in human connections in ordinary lives and relationships...their loves, traumas, joys and tragedies.   "My one regret is that I never got a chance to work with filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh and experience being part of the
  • Meryl Streep: Dick Van Dyke is practically perfect
    Los Angeles, April 23 (IANS) Oscar winning-actress Meryl Streep says legendary star Dick Van Dyke has not lost his inner child, and has retained the innocent joy of life despite his years.   The actress recently got a chance to work with the 94-year-old Van Dyke in "Mary Poppins Returns".   "He is practically perfect in every way so no wonder he was drawn to the material Mary Poppins. He is somebody who is pure I don't wanna say show business because it conjures u
  • Priyanka Chopra to donate 10,000 footwears to healthcare workers in India
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANSlife) Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas will be donating 10,000 pairs of footwear to healthcare workers in India who are fighting against the pandemic COVID-19. The actress, in collaboration with Crocs, will give the footwear to public and governments hospitals in Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Karnataka. Global UNICEF ambassador, Priyanka said: "Healthcare professionals across the country are our true superheroes, working everyday to ensure our