Life & Style

  • Ritu Phogat shares 5 essential self-defence tips for women
    New Delhi, February 21 (IANSlife): The knowledge of self-defence is a basic human right that everyone should have access to, especially women, believes 'The Indian Tigress' Ritu Phogat, a wrestling champion and a superstar from India. From a young age, she was taught how to wrestle by her father, Mahavir Singh Phogat. Since then, she has gone on to garner countless accolades in the sport. If a would-be attacker were to rush up on Phogat in a dark alley in the middle of the n
  • Kajol doesn't pay much attention to her imperfections
    New Delhi, February 20 (IANS): Bollywood star Kajol does not pay heed to her imperfections. She does not put them up for appraisal because she is aware of the effort she has made to reach where she is today. "I don't know how I celebrate them, but I don't want to put them up for critical appraisal, either. I don't put them up, and I don't sit down and pay too much attention to it. Because honestly, it has taken me a long time to reach here," Kajol told IANS
  • Strong is the new healthy: Malaika Arora
    New Delhi, February 18 (IANSlife): "I believe fitness goals should not only focus on outward appearances. Health begins from inside," believes Malaika Arora. She reiterates, "strong is the new healthy." Malaika says yoga helped her sail through her COVID-19 isolation period which drained her both physically and mentally. In a conversation with IANSlife, the actor, who is also the co-founder of SARVA and Diva Yoga that has announced one-year free yoga and mindf
  • Adequate spacing between births may reduce stunting in India
    New York, February 18 (IANS): Adequate spacing between births can help to alleviate the likelihood of stunting in children, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that placing a greater focus on sufficient birth spacing in maternal and child nutritional policies and public health programmes could help to prevent stunting. Stunting is the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nut
  • Candid with Miss India World 2020 Manasa Varanasi
    New Delhi, February 16 (IANSlife): Manasa Varanasi, a 23-year old Computer Science Engineer who has been crowned Miss India World 2020, says she was never really interested in modeling. Hyderabad-based Manasa was working as a Financial Information Exchange (FIX) analyst with a financial software firm; she says modeling was a pastime for her. In a candid conversation with IANSlife, Manasa shares details of her journey, how she prepared for the contest, her future plans, besides revea
  • A dog witnesses Chamoli rescue op in hope to find missing puppies
    New Delhi, February 14 (PTI): It stands at a distance watching soundlessly as multiple teams work to reach those buried under mounds of debris and is sometimes heard breaking into howls of anguish -- a canine sentinel watching the rescue mission in its search for its missing puppies. The hours have stretched into days of endless waiting and clinging on to the tenuous hope that those buried when flash floods devastated the Alaknanda river system exactly a week ago will be rescued.
  • Love, dating and marriage in 2021: Here's what Indian singles feel
    New Delhi, February 14 (IANSlife): Millennials today are waiting to fall in love with a partner of their choice who shares their vibe and is on the same wavelength. Moreover, they are willing to step out of their comfort zones but that doesn't necessarily transcend into changing themselves completely to cater to what society at large and their family/friends want them to be like, says a relationship expert Rachna Khanna Singh. According to a recent study by dating app OkCupid, 6
  • Times have changed so much: Neena Gupta on women being decision makers
    New Delhi, February 13 (IANSlife) :"Times have changed so much from when I was a young woman making her way in the world, I was called fiercely independent and many other things," recalls veteran Bollywood actress Neena Gupta. "Today women express their opinions at home, bring forward their perspectives to the table in a conference room, own their decisions wherever they go and it's absolutely normal," said Neena, who along with actor Swanand Kirkire would be
  • Tanvi Azmi: At home I tend to create a lot of drama
    New Delhi, February 13 (IANS): Veteran actress Tanvi Azmi feels women are not allowed to show their vulnerabilities and imperfections, and talks of the need to get to a place where they don't have to prove a point to anybody and get comfortable with it. "The point is women are not allowed to show their vulnerabilities, their imperfections, they have to be in charge (always)... (There is a thing) inculcated in our upbringing that ‘you have to be sensible'. I just f
  • A true story of love lost & found in WWII
    New Delhi, February 12 (IANS): "Raj & Norah" is not only a thrilling account of love found, lost and reclaimed in the midst of World War II, it is also a story of two extraordinary individuals battling against their circumstances and what fate has in store for them. When World War II broke out in 1939, twenty-year-old Rajendra Kohli was studying chemistry at college in England. Soon, however, he decided to volunteer for the war effort against Germany and joined the arm
  • Women career scientists still face gender bias: UNESCO
    New Delhi, February 12 (IANSlife): Women still account for only 28 per cent of engineering graduates and 40 per cent of graduates in computer science and informatics, said a forthcoming UNESCO Science Report, A chapter on gender in science from the report, called 'To be Smart the Digital Revolution will Need to be Inclusive', was published on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and highlights that women are not benefitting fully from employment opportunities ope
  • A culinary guide from India's Eastern hills
    New Delhi, February 9 (IANSlife): "Spiced, Smoked, Pickled, Preserved: Recipes and Reminiscences from Indias Eastern Hills", a new book by Indranee Ghosh, is a delectable collection of stories with over 75 recipes from India's eastern hills including North Bengal, Gangtok and Shillong for food enthusiasts to savour. Published by Hachette India, the 248-page book brings together charming vignettes from her youth in the densely forested Khasi Hills and then in Bengal'
  • Nature becomes muse in these online exhibitions
    New Delhi, February 8 (IANSlife): Beginning February 2021, The Art Platform (TAP) India is hosting new exhibitions by six galleries, along with selected works under a new section on the website called TAP Showcase. The section is now featuring an exhibition titled 'Trees: Nature and Imagination' curated by Mitch Crites and Minhazz Mazumdar. The show explores the versatility of trees both as form and as muse for artists across time and space. This show explores the versatilit
  • How helpful are early management skills for children
    New Delhi, February 7 (IANSlife) Kids in their formative years are inquisitive and highly adaptive to challenging situations, it is their zeal to learn something new that keeps them on their toes. When it comes to managerial skills, it's not something which one can learn by memorising any theory or by just sticking to a time table. These skills are more extensive and vary from person to person upon their regular habits and schedules. "This is why children in the age group o
  • Hunter Biden's moving memoir of descent into and ascent from substance abuse
    New Delhi, February 7 (IANS): Hunter Biden, the second son of US President Joe Biden from his first wife Nellia Hunter Biden, spent decades struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. "There's addiction in every family. I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel – it's a never-ending tunnel. You don't get rid of it. You figure out how to deal with it," he told Wilmington's "The News-Journal" two years ago. Now, he explains just how he d
  • Kritika Kamra: Digital medium gave writers great platform to build stronger narratives
    Mumbai, February 5 (IANS): Kritika Kamra, who has made her mark on television and has also tried her luck in Bollywood, was recently seen in the OTT series Tandav. She says the rise of digital platforms provides writers a great scope to build strong narratives for artistes like her. "My focus is to do characters that bring something different to the table, and those which push the envelope. The digital medium has given writers a great platform to build stronger narratives, deep
  • 90 per cent office workers cite WFH-related ailments
    New Delhi, February 5 (IANSlife): According to a recent survey, workers are sitting 20 per cent more than they did pre-pandemic, 9 out of 10 are experiencing real health problems, and the number of workers sitting for more than 8 hours a day has increased nearly 90 per cent. The survey was conducted by Herman Miller. Of the 1,000 office workers (who are working from home) surveyed, nearly 90 per cent of them reported experiencing pain or ailments such as a stiff neck (39.4 per cent)
  • Indian boy becomes UAE's youngest hair donor for cancer patients
    Dubai, February 5 (IANS): A two-year-old Indian boy has become the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) youngest hair donor for cancer patients, according to a media. The initiative is part of a campaign for hair donation started by students across the UAE, said the Gulf News report published on Thursday. The Indian boy, Taksh Jain is "growing his hair until it reaches a good length for donation", said his mother Neha Jain, originally from Kota, Rajasthan. "My older
  • Nita Ambani launches breast cancer clinic at HNRF Hospital
    Mumbai, February 4 (IANS): On the occasion of World Cancer Day, Nita M. Ambani inaugurated a 'One-Stop Breast Clinic' at the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, here on Thursday. With breast cancer being the commonest form of cancer detected in women globally as well as in Mumbai, the clinic aims to help any woman with a possible or proven disease of the breast to get a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment pathway in two hours. "At HNRFH we have set
  • 'Queen of the Hills' sees highest snow in nine years
    Shimla, February 4 (IANS): The Queen of the Hills, as Shimla was popularly known during the British rule, recorded the highest snowfall on a single day in February in the past nine years, a Met official said here on Thursday. This was also the season's heaviest spell. Manmohan Singh, Director of the meteorological office, told IANS the town recorded 54.1 cm of snowfall on February 12, the highest in February of 2002. The Himachal Pradesh capital experienced 50 cm snow in the