LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


PUJA GUPTA (IANS) 03 August 2020
Though India has entered Unlock 3.0, the pause in the fitness industry is likely to last longer. The new normal is here to stay as gyms will not be re-opening to the world as they used to be.   It has become important for the fitness industry to be very careful, maintain proper...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 01 August 2020
In an otherwise non-controversial career, the row over the payment of royalty is what irked the even-tempered Mohammed Rafi. In the early 60s, Lata Mangeshkar demanded a half-share from the 5% royalty that a film’s producer obtained from the music company. But Rafi did not support her in this...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 31 July 2020
31st July happens to be the 40th death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi. Here is a look at some of the things not many people may know about the legendary singer, in a three-part series. This is second part of the series.   Did you know that when Rafi was recording “Babul Ki Duayein Leti...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 30 July 2020
31st July happens to be the 40th death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi. Here is a look at some of the things not many people may know about the legendary singer.   Rafi was the second of six sons born to Haji Ali Mohammad. The family belonged to Amritsar. His nickname was Pheeko. He made...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 24 July 2020
Dr Shreeram Lagoo, who had mostly played avuncular characters on the screen, passed away last December at the ripe old age of 92 years. An ear-nose-throat (ENT) surgeon by profession, he drifted onto the stage which finally led him into accepting roles in innumerable Bollywood flicks and...

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Puja Gupta (IANS) 13 July 2020
There is a certain distinction in the concept and coinage of the term 'cloud kitchen'; the concept of takeaway or delivery only, without dining, has been around for over half a century globally. While pizza and burger delivery points were prevalent in the West, in India we have the long...

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Carrying their own make-up kits, wearing masks and gloves when not facing the camera, maintaining social distance as much as possible and small crews define the New Normal on TV shows as Mumbais studios cautiously reopen, and the actors are not complaining.   The coronavirus pandemic...

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Several friends and colleagues have forwarded me an article by Srinivas Kantheti, in CNBCTV18 titled “How one Indian industry beat China at manufacturing and creating a global footprint". It is an excellent piece that explains how India’s two-wheeler industry has 'overtaken' that of China,...

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Puja Gupta (IANS) 16 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on almost every industry in the world and the Indian Wedding Industry, estimated around $50 billion, has now come to a halt. However, industry experts believe that Indian weddings will return with spike in growth in the coming years and it will continue...

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Natalia Ningthoujam (IANS) 29 May 2020
Even though the Maharashtra government has considered requests from the film and TV industries to resume work safely after the lockdown, there's still the COVID-19 scare. So should shooting from home be the new way of functioning? TV actors and show makers weigh in their...

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Organisations which are more control-oriented and check the productivity of their employees based on inputs will find it more difficult to trust their people when working from home, according to a new study.   The pandemic has forced many organisations to change in ways that would...

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown as multiplexes remain shut, the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video is going all out in a bid to revolutionise the way we might watch films in the future. After confirming the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer "Gulabo Sitabo" for a digital...

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Several eulogies and beautiful tributes have followed the sad, and premature, passing of Rishi Kapoor. As well as his redoubtable contribution to Indian cinema, one must also remember his involvement, probably involuntarily, in the first most famous case of product placement in Indian cinema,...

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Open, frank and unfiltered are some of the words used describe Rishi Kapoors life, but there are some aspects of his life which might have evaded public eye.   A day after he was hospitalised here, Rishi Kapoor is no more. He passed away on Thursday after a two-year battle with...

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Archana Sharma (IANS) 29 April 2020
Irrfan Khan, the versatile bollywood actor who passed away on Wednesday was born and brought up in Jaipur.   Since his childhood, he had a craving for acting. However, due to unavailability of right platform in the pink city in those days, he started engaging himself in street...

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QUAID NAJMI (IANS) 20 April 2020
What blood-thirsty terrorists couldn't succeed in doing, the invisible coronavirus pandemic has achieved.   For the first time in its nearly 250 years history, Mumbai's world-renowned and iconic 'Mohammed Ali Road street food bazaar' is poised to wear a deserted look this Ramzan...

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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...

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With the total shutdown of Bollywood in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting daily wage workers of the film industry, and the Producers Guild of India has set up a relief fund for these professionals.   Siddharth Roy Kapur, president, Producers Guild of India, said in a...

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The massive surge in fake news, videos, GIFs and authentic-looking government notifications related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) in India has left millions of users, civil society members, journalists and authorities completely baffled and cornered, starting with panic buying across the...

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Amid the growing number of positive coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country, the government on Thursday said that no international flight will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week.   It also asked the state governments to issue appropriate directions to all...

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