Life & Style

  • Social distancing? Keep screens at bay too
    New Delhi, April 22 (IANSlife) Right from bingeing on OTT shows, to video conferences with colleagues and long, heart-to-heart video-calls with friends and family, connecting over screens is the new normal. But, how safe is it for your eyes?   As we continue to practice social distancing and stay indoors for the Lockdown 2.0, our distance from screens is decreasing exponentially, as digital is the only way to continue working from home.   "Digital devices - phone,
  • Digital exhibition on Indian street children
    New Delhi, April 21 (IANSlife) While some may be born into opulence, abject poverty and a life on the streets is the first truth many children face across the globe. With limited representation and scarce resources, almost two million children in India are what a child rights organisation calls 'The Invisibles'. Shining the spotlight on a few of these young survivors of the street life, a digital exhibition by Save the Children depicts lives on the streets of India, without an id
  • Indo-American singer Subhi on dealing with quarantine
    Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Indo-American singer Subhi, who currently lives in Chicago, opened up on life in the time of the novel coronavirus. "We are all living in an unprecedented time as COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact not only the regular course of professional lives but also our personal lives. It's a very strange time for the world because we all are going through something no one imaged would happen," said the singer. "Chicago has about 22,000 (COVID-19) cases. I
  • Big B on smartphones connecting world in COVID-19 era
    Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Actor Amitabh Bachchan feels a world without smartphones is an improbability, and adds that people are realising its value worldwide amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.   Drawing comparison with the world before smartphones, Big B said: "In the 90's on a private visit to the BigApple; the city that never sleeps – NYC, New York USA – when the mobile was in its early prevalence, but not in its supreme, the Contact list had an ‘h' after the name ...
  • When Shraddha Kapoor got too comfortable with a gun!
    Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Actress Shraddha Kapoor says she got very comfortable holding a gun while shooting for "Saaho", so much so that it started feeling like the gun was an extension of her body!   "Throughout the shoot, I got so comfortable holding the gun that it almost started feeling like it was an extension of my body. When not shooting or during breaks I got so attached that if I didn't have my weapon with me, I would always enquire about it," Shraddha said.  
  • Mandira Bedi won't stop till she perfects the handstand
    Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) When it comes to fitness, few actresses in Bollywood go about it with as much diligence as Mandira Bedi does.   The actress, who loves posting videos and snapshots of her workout sessions, gave a sneak peek of how she singlemindedly sets about doing her exercises till she masters them. In her new video, she is seen working at pulling off the perfect handstand.   "Attempt number 12, today" she announces before getting on with the handstand r
  • Ramayan's 'Ravan' Arvind Trivedi joins Twitter, gets warm welcome
    Mumbai, April 19 (IANS) Veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, who is best known for his role of Ravan in Ramanand Sagar's "Ramayan", has joined Twitter. His debut on the microblogging site comes after his fomer "Ramayan" co-stars Arun Govil and Dipika Chikhila made their Twitter accounts.   The actors are back in limelight after Doordarshan started the re-run of the mythological show amid the coronavirus lockdown.   With Arvind's Twitter debut, fans got excited and shower
  • Madhuri Dixit: Cultures, heritages are a source of inspiration
    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Amidst the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, actress Madhuri Dixit Nene has reminded people about travelling and learning different cultures.   It's World Heritage Day, and Madhuri has used social media to talk about the importance of preserving heritage and culture.   "When we travel to different countries and learn about different cultures, we realise we have so much in common. The values, sentiments are same everywhere
  • Kangana Ranaut: Rangoli and I 'will publicly apoligize' if anyone finds an offensive tweet
    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut has come up in support of her sister Rangoli Chandel, whose verified Twitter account was suspended recently over a controversial post.   Kangana's sister and manager Rangoli's post was reported by several people who considered it a hate tweet.   The actress shared an Instagram video message on Saturday where she says if anyone can find a tweet where Rangoli says anything offensive, "then we both will publicly apologiz
  • Big B compares human beings in lockdown to caged animals
    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Actor Amitabh Bachchan has compared human beings in lockdown to caged animals, in a new blog post. He added that once the lockdown phase is over, we might feel hesitant to step out of our homes.   "The process of �working from home' bears fruit each day.. and when the day arrives, for arrive it will, when the doors shall open.. there could be hesitant indulgence on whether to step out or not.. cage an animal for years and years and years , and th
  • 'Chhota Bheem' to air on Doordarshan amid lockdown
    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) The popular children's cartoon series, "Chhota Bheem", which currently airs on Pogo, will now also telecast on Doordarshan amid the ongoing Covid-19 induced lockdown.   The animation series, which was originally aired on Pogo featuring the superhero Bheem, will air on Doordarshan till May 3.   Currently, Doordarshan is re-telecasting some its old shows in order to keep people entertained amid the lockdown. And with the return of over three-
  • In the midst of COVID-19, 'The Big Questions Of Life'
    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional; loss is unavoidable; grief isn't; death is certain. And life? Well, life isn't certain. Its uncertainty, unpredictability, even its irrationality, make it what it is -- particularly in these troubled times with the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world and showing no signs of letting up. Himalayan mystic and former IT honcho Om Swami's new book, "The Big Questions Of Life" (HarperCollins), now available on
  • Bhumi to host chat session on COVID-19 fallout with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar will discuss the importance of staying positive amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The chat session will see Bhumi speak to the spiritual leader on the need to focus on mental health during the lockdown, and the social and economic fallout thereafter. "At times like this, we need to be deeply connected with your inner self, our spiritual side to tide over the difficulties, the anxiousness that
  • Live event to showcase stories of frontline workers
    New Delhi, April 16 (IANSlife) National Geographic India will air a special virtual concert 'One World: Together at Home' to address the fight against COVID-19. Curated by Lady Gaga, the two-hour program will be hosted by a trio of network late-night hosts: Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert. The concert features actors Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The special live event will feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world. Thr
  • Gates Foundation commits $150mn more towards COVID-19 efforts
    New York, April 16 (IANS) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed additional $150 million in the global fight against COVID-19, raising its total funding to $250 million. The foundation's new $150 million commitment announced late on Wednesday will fund the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines, as well as new efforts to provide partners in Africa and South Asia with resources to scale their COVID-19 detection, treatment, and isolation efforts.
  • Mental wellbeing for expecting mothers during Lockdown 2.0
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANSlife) The outbreak of coronavirus is worrisome enough, the extended nationwide lockdown while stressful for many people, especially pregnant women, is for their better protection. While fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming, some mental coping strategies can help during pregnancy. "It is vital for pregnant women to take charge of their mental well-being during the outbreak. To-be-moms may worry, panic, get paranoid, scared, anxious and stres
  • A nationwide public awareness campaign
    New Delhi, April 14 (IANSlife) Bollywood Actor Kajol took to her social media platform, informing consumers that while they have always seen her advocating Lifebuoy as it's Brand Ambassador, in challenging times like these she urges everyone to focus on the importance of handwashing, irrespective of the soap they choose to use stating, "While Ive always spoken in favour of Lifebuoy, in challenging times like these, both, Lifebuoy and I know that its no longer about which soap you choos
  • Use the internet to fight fake COVID-19 news
    New Delhi, April 13 (IANSlife) The internet can become a dark place with the continuous promotion of fake news spread through it. Overwhelmed by numerous COVID-19 stories? Want to know fact vs fake? Interested in real-time updates ranging from your local community to global scenario? "COVID and the ensuing lockdowns have sent people in panic mode like never before, with misinformation adding to the chaos. Everyone needs credible sources of information and ways to stay connected w
  • Great-grandmother, 97, becomes Brazil's oldest coronavirus survivor
    97-year-old Brazilian Gina Dal Colleto, the oldest known survivor of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brazil, is pushed in a wheelchair out of Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital to applause from doctors and nurses on April 12, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Rede D'Or Sao Luiz/Social Media via REUTERS.   RIO DE JANEIRO, April 13 (Reuters) - When 97-year-old Brazilian Gina Dal Colleto was hospitalized on April 1 with coronavirus
  • Lockdown diaries: Ishita Dutta gets creative
    Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Actress Ishita Dutta's love for painting is not known to many. Now that shooting has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she is indoors, she is engaging in painting. "I am painting, sketching, watching TV and cooking a bit. It's such a bliss to be able to find time to do things that I love as we are always working. We never really get much time for ourselves or with each other," she said. "In these difficult times, we all need to stand