Life & Style

  • Shama Sikander on battling bipolar disorder, depression
    New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) Shama Sikander has been very vocal about her battle with bipolar disorder and depression. Years after emerging victorious against her struggles, the actress describes the illness as a "pandemic". She says that she doesn't have words to describe how painful it was for her every moment over those five years, when she often felt she would die.   It was in 2016, when Shama, who rose to fame playing Pooja in the 2004 slice-of-life TV show &q
  • Bhumi Pednekar: Climate change still not considered a real issue
    Mumbai, June 2 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar says climate change, as a concept, is still not considered a real issue.   On World Environment Day, which is coming up on June 5, Bhumi looks to bring more awareness on the subject.   "Climate change, as a concept, is still not considered a real issue today by a lot of people. There are such varied and grave climatic issues that are happening across the world, which people are not even realising -- like increase o
  • Sanjay Dutt's tribute to 'best mother' Nargis on her birth anniversary
    Mumbai, June 1 (IANS) Actor Sanjay Dutt on Monday shared a video tribute for "the best mother", on the birth anniversary of his mother, the late legendary actress Nargis Dutt.   "Happy Birthday Ma, miss you," wrote Sanjay, with the Instagram video.   In the video, one can see stills of Nargis from her movies, some adorable moments with her husband, late actor Sunil Dutt, and some lovable pictures with her kids.   Sanjay called her mo
  • World No Tobacco Day: Ways to use this lockdown as a catalyst to quit smoking
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANSlife) Tobacco kills more than 1 million people each year in India, according to the World Health Organisation. While no organ is immune to the destructive effects of cigarette smoke, it has one of the worst impacts on lungs.   With the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of respiratory problems for vulnerable populations has increased significantly, leaving smokers more exposed to negative health outcomes. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World's recent Cov
  • Jacqueline Fernandez: Hope to be an action icon one day
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) It's been an 11-year journey for Jacqueline Fernandez in Bollywood. The actress, who first set her foot in 2009 with "Aladdin", says she has learned a lot with every role she has done so far and hopes to be an action icon one day.   Over the years, Jacqueline has featured in films such as "Kick", "Murder 2", "Dishoom", "Judwaa 2" and "Race 3". She feels blessed to have worked with some o
  • Dia Mirza, Adrian Grenier chat about nature and more
    Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Hollywood actor Adrian Grenier and actress Dia Mirza recently engaged in a conversation about the power of personal choice and its impact on the planet.   The "Entourage" actor was a guest on Dia's weekly virtual session #DownToEarthWithDee.   Their conversation delved straight into the heart of the global issue people are faced with in the pandemic.   Grenier has a pragmatic approach, admitting that "sometimes w
  • Aus court allows release of Queen Elizabeth II's letters
    Canberra, May 29 (IANS) An Australian court on Friday ruled in favour of historian Jenny Hocking and allowed her access to letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative in the country during the dismissal of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975 following a political crisis.   The release of the 211 "Palace Papers" exchanged between the Queen and then Governor-General John Kerr are expected to shed light on how much the monarch knew about the bigg
  • Bhumi Pednekar supports education programme
    New Delhi, May 28 (IANSlife) Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar has lent her support to Whispers initiative, "Mobileshaala", which aims to provide free education as schools across the country remain closed due to the pandemic. Whisper is one of India's leading names in Feminine Care and menstrual hygiene products.   School closures due to government mandated lockdown could lead to an increased drop-out rate, disproportionately affecting adolescent girls. While th
  • The poet in Narendra Modi emerges in 'Letters to Mother'
    New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) "This is not an attempt at literary writing; the passages featured in this book are reflections of my observations and sometimes unprocessed thoughts; expressed without filter," Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes in the foreword to his collection of poems, published as "Letters to Mother" by HarperCollins which will be released in June and is available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.   "I am not a writer, most of us ar
  • Pangolin rescued from Odisha quarantine centre to undergo COVID-19 test
    New Delhi, May 27 (PTI): A pangolin rescued by the forest department from a quarantine centre in Odisha's Cuttack district will undergo COVID-19 test, an official said.   The swab samples of the pangolin has been collected for the coronavirus test, the official said on Tuesday.   The pangolin was rescued by the personnel of Athagarh forest division in Cuttack from a quarantine centre at a school at Mahulia following a tip-off from a village head.  
  • Quit tobacco with yoga
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANSlife) There are more than 8 million people who die from tobacco related causes each year. Of these, over 7 million die as a result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Smoking is decidedly bad for your health and harms nearly every organ of the body.   Smoking causes damage to blood vessels making them thicken and grow narrower. This increases heart rate and your blood pressure. Smoking also cause
  • Neha Kakkar: Important for singers to be seen
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Neha Kakkar says singers do get their due credit but stressed that it is important for them to be seen these days.   "Wherever there are singers, they get mentioned whenever the credits come," Neha told IANS, referring to singers being given credit, but she added: "It has become important to be seen also." The "Garmi" hitmaker says singers are not known if they are not visually present.   "When they do
  • Swarms of locusts enter Jaipur residential areas
    New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): Swarms of locusts entered some residential areas of Jaipur on Monday, presenting the local people with an unusual sight.   Locusts normally affect districts in western Rajasthan but this time the swarms have travelled as far as Jaipur city. The swarms later headed towards Dausa district.   The swarms are travelling farther and damaging trees as there are no standing crops for them to feed on, an official said.   In Jaipur's
  • 5-yr-old reunites with parents in Bengaluru as flights resume
    New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): As flights restarted in India on Monday after two months because of the coronavirus lockdown, a little boy in Bengaluru airport carrying a "special category" ticket was among the most heartwarming sights of the day.   Five-year-old Vihaan Sharma travelled alone from Delhi, and walked into the arms of his overjoyed mother at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. He travelled as a special category passenger.   Vihaan Sh
  • Painting a film, like Rima Das
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK  New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Delicate lives at their most profound. No overt metaphysical questions, just rhythmic existence leaving enough room for interpretation. Stories, mostly wrapped under a thin disguise. What she manages to say loudly is always with the silences and abandon of her characters. With glimpses of tales and images unseen, left for the imaginations of viewers, National-award winning filmmaker Rima Das always convinces -- there is never just on
  • Bihar girl cycling 1,200 km with father impresses Ivanka Trump
    New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The news of a 15-year-old girl Jyoti Kumari taking her injured father to home in Bihar's Darbhanga -- 1,200 km from Gurugram, on a bicycle during the lockdown, has impressed US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.   Praising Jyoti, Ivanka on Friday shared the news on Twitter and said the "beautiful feat of endurance and love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation". &nbs
  • What motivated Goldie Behl to work through Sonali Bendre's cancer treatment
    Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Actress Sonali Bendre has always spoken about what a wonderful support system her husband, filmmaker Goldie Behl, has been all though her cancer treatment in New York. However, few are aware that Goldie did not neglect work owing to the trials that the couple has faced. Constantly at Sonali's side through the testing times, Goldie also kept working in the Big Apple. He wrote a major portion of his show "RejctX" sitting in New Yorks Central Park. &
  • 'Baraaat' returns home after 60 days, gets quarantined
    Kanpur (UP), May 22 (IANS) An eleven-member marriage party returned to their home with the bride after spending almost 60 days in the bride's home in Begusarai in Bihar.   The family that came back to their home in Chaubeypur on Thursday, has now been sent on a 14-day home quarantine.   According to family sources, the marriage of Imtiaz, hailing from Hakeem Nagar village of Chaubeypur area of the district, was solemnized with Khushboo of Begusarai in Bihar on
  • Richa Sharma: Artistes at virtual concerts should be paid
    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) With social distancing being need of the hour, virtual concerts have become the latest trend. Singer Richa Sharma is all for it, but says such concerts should not be held for free.   Right from the legendary Asha Bhosle to Grammy winner Ricky Kej to the prolific Shreya Ghoshal, every singer seems to be boarding the virtual concert bandwagon, but not all the artists get paid for singing live from their homes.   "If times like these go
  • 'Human development on course to decline after 30 yrs'
    United Nations, May 21 (IANS) Global human development, which can be measured as a combination of the world's education, health and living standards, could decline this year for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) warned.   "The world has seen many crises over the past 30 years, including the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-09. Each has hit human development hard but, overall, development gains accrued globall