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‘Harry Potter’ fans can’t get over this artist’s ‘realistic’ illustration of Hermione as a Black woman

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2018 7:15:56 pm Illustrator Sophia Canning reimagined Hermione Granger in her latest illustration. (Source: File Photo) With an illustration of Hermione Granger from the popular Harry Potter series, captioned “a quick Hermione, living her best life”, Sophia Canning sent Twitter ...

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Lack of quality sleep can affect your social life and make you feel lonely | fitness

Poor sleep can hamper your social life, say scientists who found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety. Researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley in the US, have found that ...

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WATCH: Sonakshi Sinha shows how to make your workout more challenging with TRX

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2018 5:21:00 pm Sonakshi Sinha gives some workout inspiration. Are you ready to try it out? (Designed by Nidhi Mishra/ Indian Express) Sonakshi Sinha rarely fails to motivate her fans to follow her footsteps into her fitness journey. Be it ...

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Energy drinks mixed in alcohol could make you feel more drunk | fitness

If you like consuming alcohol with energy drinks, beware. A key ingredient found in energy drinks can worsen the negative effects of binge drinking, reveals a new study. Many people mix energy drinks with alcohol to neutralise the sedative nature of alcohol, tricking people into feeling more awake and less ...

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Movies & Reviews

Be humble, be frugal: Life lessons from Big Sick's Showalter

Be humble, be frugal: Life lessons from Big Sick’s Showalter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Showalter’s path to success in Hollywood has as many plot twists as the movies he directs, which include the hit romantic comedy “The Big Sick.” Director Michael Showalter is shown in New York, U.S., in this undated handout photo provided August 9, 2018. Alison Grasso/Sechel ...

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Achilles the cat trains mind and body for role as World Cup psychic

Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Cropmarks – patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the ...

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra: Fans freaking over reported engagement

Priyanka Chopra debuts her ring

Weeks after it was reported that he and “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra got engaged, she’s sporting a huge rock on her finger. The ring is visible in a photo of Chopra and Indian actress Raveena Tandon, posted to Tandon’s Instagram account on Tuesday. “Peecee and I getting our pouts in ...

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Harvey Weinstein facing lawsuit by Disney insurance company

Harvey Weinstein: Kadian Noble’s sex trafficking lawsuit can proceed, judge rules

Noble accuses Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a hotel bathroom in Cannes, France, in 2014 and says Weinstein coerced her with talk of a potential movie role for her. Noble filed suit in November against Harvey Weinstein, his brother and then-business partner Bob Weinstein, The Weinstein Company LLC and ...

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Beauty Fashion & Trends

Independence Day 2018: Narendra Modi and his many turbans

Independence Day 2018: Narendra Modi and his many turbans

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2018 5:59:12 pm Independence Day 2018: Narendra Modi and his many turbans. (Designed by Nidhi Mishra/Indian Express) On India’s 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the rampart of Red Fort, where he projected himself as ...

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‘Sui Dhaga’ promotions: Anushka Sharma goes glittery in her Raw Mango pants

‘Sui Dhaga’ promotions: Anushka Sharma goes glittery in her Raw Mango pants

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2018 3:40:05 pm Anushka Sharma promotes Sui Dhaga in style with Varun Dhawan. ( Designed by Rajan Sharma/ Indian Express) Anushka Sharma is currently engrossed in the promotions of her upcoming movie, Sui Dhaga, in which she is starring opposite ...

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Priyanka Chopra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha: Best and worst dressed celebs at Manish Malhotra’s bash

Priyanka Chopra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha: Best and worst dressed celebs at Manish Malhotra’s bash

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2018 2:53:11 pm Priyanka Chopra (L), Sonakshi Sinha (C) and Janhvi Kapoor keep their style quotient right on point. (Source: Express Photo by Varinder Chawla) Manish Malhotra hosted a grand party at his house recently and needless to say, it ...

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Priyanka Chopra’s monochrome outfit is an unusual take on formal wear

Priyanka Chopra’s monochrome outfit is an unusual take on formal wear

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2018 2:22:49 pm Priyanka Chopra’s experimental take on formal wear has caught our attention. (Source: stylebyami/Instagram) Priyanka Chopra was recently in India for the shooting of Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, and as usual, the actor managed to make heads turn ...

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Health & Fitness

5 reasons to eat more eggs, boost your fitness and weight loss efforts | fitness

5 reasons to eat more eggs, boost your fitness and weight loss efforts | fitness

Eggs are a superfood that are rich in protein but low in calories, which means it can fuel your workout while not affecting your weight loss plans. Eggs are also a great source of Vitamin B complex, Vitamin D, B6, B12 and several minerals. It is also the perfect breakfast ...

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Cancer rarely affects elephants, here’s the real reason behind it | health

Cancer rarely affects elephants, here’s the real reason behind it | health

Researchers have identified a “zombie” gene that protects elephants from cancer, a finding that may pave the way for a new treatment for humans. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 human deaths occur due to cancer, whereas less than 5% of captive elephants — who also live for about 70 years, ...

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Novel 'Triple pill' significantly lowers blood pressure

Novel ‘Triple pill’ significantly lowers blood pressure

Scientists including one of Indian origin have found that a low dose three in one pill to treat hypertension could transform the way high blood pressure is treated around the world. A trial led by The George Institute for Global Health in Australia showed that most patients – 70 per ...

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Babies in strollers exposed to over twice more pollution than adults

Babies in strollers exposed to over twice more pollution than adults

Babies in prams can be exposed to up to 60 per cent more pollution than their parents, causing potential damage to their frontal lobe and impacting on their brain development, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK examined over 160 references to highlight the ...

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Travels

Gandikota’s majestic canyon and Belum’s dark caves make for a great weekend trip

“A gorge? Caves too?” This is the reaction I get when I tell people that I was on a weekend road trip from Chennai to Gandikota and Belum Caves in Andhra Pradesh. Almost equidistant from Chennai and Hyderabad, and a shade quicker from Bengaluru, this is a good place for ...

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Ambling in Aizawl: Notes from Mizoram’s capital

On a recent trip to Aizawl, I whiled away a morning walking through the city centre. Despite the familiar press of crowds at Bara Bazaar, the old market district of Aizawl, it felt different from other Indian cities. The streets were cleaner. The air was crisper. And despite slow traffic ...

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Praphul Kumar’s solo ride from Manali to Leh on a Trek Marlin 29er, an all-terrain bike

He leans on his bicycle and looks down the stretch of road from Karu that runs into the rocky moonscape of Leh. Chortens line the sides, a brisk wind whips up the prayer flags strung like festive buntings and the glow of the setting sun bounces off the jagged Karakoram. ...

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A peek into the famed Cabin restaurants of Kolkata

Braving the humidity of Kolkata at 4pm, streams of pedestrians gather in front of the tiny 93-year-old Anadi Cabin on bustling SN Banerjee Road. What has caused this milling is the scent and sight of parathas being cooked on a monster tawa. Inside, it is a scene of delicious chaos, ...

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Books and Reviews

Akshay Kumar launches author Vijay Singal’s adaptation of Bhagavad Gita | bollywood

Akshay Kumar launches author Vijay Singal’s adaptation of Bhagavad Gita | bollywood

The book Bhagavad Gita – Saying it the Simple Way, was launched yesterday by actor Akshay Kumar in New Delhi. Written by author Vijay Singhal, the book, an adaptation of Bhagavad Gita, consists of translation of shlokas from Gita in simple Hindi and English, which helps the readers understand these ...

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Chetan Bhagat: Half A Day At Tin Pan Alley

Chetan Bhagat: Half A Day At Tin Pan Alley

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21 st century. And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose. ...

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Chetan Bhagat: Half A Day At Tin Pan Alley

Chetan Bhagat: Half A Day At Tin Pan Alley

Let’s get the facts out of the way. Chetan Bhagat is the ­highest-selling Indian writer in English, and no one else even comes close.  As an insider in the publishing industry, I know how sec­retly his manuscripts are guarded, how meticulously the releases are planned, and how much money is at ...

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HT-Nielsen top 10: Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist tops fiction list | books | top 10

HT-Nielsen top 10: Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist tops fiction list | books | top 10

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist continues to reign supreme on the best-selling fiction list this week. But this week, Calling Sehmat by Harinder S Sikka took over One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat, which came in at number three. Top – 10 Fiction Titles The AlchemistPaulo Coelho Calling SehmatHarinder S. Sikka ...

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Art & Culture

Lens and the city - The Hindu

Lens and the city – The Hindu

Though I was not born in Bengaluru, the beauty and peace of the city is embedded in my blood since my childhood. My grandparents lived here and my siblings and I visited the city every summer vacation. A visit to Lalbagh Botanical Gardens would complete our holidays. If the famous ...

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Onam 2018: Date, history, significance of the Kerala harvest festival | art and culture

Onam 2018: Date, history, significance of the Kerala harvest festival | art and culture

Onam is the most important festival for Malayalis, and is celebrated all over Kerala during the month of Chingam, which is the first month of the Malayalam solar calendar, Kollavarsham. Spread over ten days, the festival kicks off on a day known as Atham and carries on till the 10th ...

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Reviving the lost art of playwriting

Reviving the lost art of playwriting

Entering its second year is an initiative that seeks to revive the ‘lost art’ of Hindi play-writing, that has for long been battling losing stakes and diminishing returns. On one hand, we have the cults of personality that are the mainstay of the culture pages, and on the other, sporadic ...

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Writing for a better tomorrow | art and culture

Writing for a better tomorrow | art and culture

Authors are grateful for the creative liberty that independent India gives them, as they can today write easy, entertaining reads as well as deep analyses of controversial issues. However, not everything is all bright and sunny for the modern Indian author. We spoke with a few authors to get their ...

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Food

Feast like a Parsi - The Hindu

Feast like a Parsi – The Hindu

While the Iranian calendar marks the Persian New Year on the spring equinox (usually towards the end of March), the Parsis in Mumbai traditionally celebrate Navroz in the middle of August. This is because the Parsis in India follow the Shahenshahi calendar that does not take into account leap years. ...

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For the love of jhal muri

For the love of jhal muri

The jhal muri or spicy puffed rice that has ruled the streets of Kolkata for decades has become synonymous with one man in the city. Meet Nikhil Haldar, the jhal muri seller, who sits with his small paraphernalia in a corner of the busy Jagadamba Junction every evening. Since the ...

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A review of the Let’s Go Bowl’ing food fest at On The Go, Coimbatore

A review of the Let’s Go Bowl’ing food fest at On The Go, Coimbatore

In hindsight, forgetting my lunch bag was the best thing I did on Tuesday, as it gave me an opportunity to check the Let’s Go Bowl’ing Special Menu at On The Go. Put together by New Delhi-based Chef Samta Gupta, with inputs from Ranjana Singhal of OTG, all the dishes ...

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A review of the Gujarati and Rajasthani Food Festival at Fairfield by Marriott, Coimbatore

A review of the Gujarati and Rajasthani Food Festival at Fairfield by Marriott, Coimbatore

It is uncanny how food has this ability to surprise with memories. Raju and I sit at Fairfield by Marriott, waiting for the Gujarati/Rajasthani thali to be put before us and almost simultaneously we say, “Remember the Gujarati place in Hyderabad?” That was 1987. We were newly married and lived ...

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TV

Final Game of Thrones season is heartbreaking, says Nathalie Emmanuel | tv

Final Game of Thrones season is heartbreaking, says Nathalie Emmanuel | tv

Nathalie Emmanuel feels the final season of Game of Thrones is worth waiting for as it will blow everyone’s mind. The actor says it will bring closure to all the stories in an exciting, but heartbreaking way. “I think what we can expect from the final season of GoT is ...

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Independence Day 2018: Celebs reveal that one thing they did towards making a better India | bollywood

Independence Day 2018: Celebs reveal that one thing they did towards making a better India | bollywood

Most Bollywood and television celebrities remain busy throughout the year balancing their professional commitments and personal life. However, they still ensure that they don’t shirk away from using their position as a public figure to make this society a better place to live. This Independence Day, we asked some celebrities ...

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Netflix releases first images from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | tv

Netflix releases first images from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | tv

Netflix on Monday released the first two official photos from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Kiernan Shipka. According to an official synopsis, the show imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally ...

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Kapil Sharma expected to return to TV. Here’s when | tv

Kapil Sharma expected to return to TV. Here’s when | tv

It seems that even leaked audio recordings and abusive tweets aren’t enought to repel Kapil Sharma’s devoted fanbase from clamouring for his return. According to a new report, the comedian is expected to make a return to TV in October. A DNA report says that the comedian, whose last show ...

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Sex & Relationships

Body image issues are affecting young kids as well, here’s why | fitness

Body image issues are affecting young kids as well, here’s why | fitness

Having issues with body image is a problem that a lot of people deal with. It mostly stems from unrealistic body ideals. The issue not only affects adolescents and adults, but kids as well. A recent study found a connection between hormones and body satisfaction in young pre-pubescent children. The ...

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Texting and sexting play a huge role in your relationship, here’s why | sex and relationships

Texting and sexting play a huge role in your relationship, here’s why | sex and relationships

Texting, an act of writing and sending messages electronically, can both help and hinder our relationships. According to a research on texting and sexting presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, it was found that whether it is sexting or breaking up, texting can either bring us ...

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5 Movies You Need to Watch This August

5 Movies You Need to Watch This August

Hard to believe, but for the first time in months there will not be a Marvel or DC Comics movie coming to the theatres. Strange, right? But that’s not to say there aren’t any awesome, fun-filled films coming out this month. With summer in full swing and August mostly recognized ...

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10 reasons why men remain single even though they hate it | sex and relationships

10 reasons why men remain single even though they hate it | sex and relationships

Having poor looks and being short or bald, followed by lack of confidence could be reasons why a large number of men remain single, a study has showed. A team led by Menelaos Apostolou from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus anonymously asked men on social news aggregation and discussion ...

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Technology

The 6 Best Deals From PerformanceBike.com’s Weekend Sale

Spring’s longer days and warmer temperatures mean more time for cycling. That also means you probably need to refresh some of your tired or worn gear with a few upgrades. And right now that’s pretty easy to do thanks to Performance Bike’s Weekend Deal. For three days, from now until Sunday, ...

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The Best Luggage for Every Kind of Trip You’re Taking

You ever packed a bag for a trip and discovered that you don’t have enough space or that your luggage is way too big for the job? We’ve all been there. Packing is indeed a science and if you’ve yet to master it, you may find yourself using inappropriate luggage ...

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Buying a Watch Online? This Site Will Make Sure It’s Not a Counterfeit

Buying a pre-owned watch on the Internet can be a little bit of a crapshoot. While there are a handful of reputable sites that rigorously test and verify the watches they sell, there’s no shortage of places that, well, don’t do that at all. Which is why some guys who ...

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This Fast New Mountain Bike Makes Riding Downhill Way More Fun

What It Is: Yeti’s SB100 is a shorter travel bike for trail and enduro riders, and a cross-country, switch infinity suspension replacement for Yeti’s ASR. If you’re planning to compete in a marathon trail or an epic ride, this just might be the bike for you. Some cross-country bikes can ...

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Everything Else

Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo

Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo

BELGRADE (Reuters) – American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age, his handlers said on Tuesday. An alligator named ...

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HT Brunch Independence Day Special: Midnight’s Grandchildren | brunch | feature

HT Brunch Independence Day Special: Midnight’s Grandchildren | brunch | feature

The year 1947. A permanent bookmark in the history of the subcontinent. A night of mourning. A morning of hope. Manto’s Mottled Dawn. Nehru’s tryst with destiny. The day that Iqbal wrote of; that Gandhi marched towards. Seventy-one years on, the bookmark is firmly in place. The two nations born ...

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Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds

Trump ‘live figure’ thumps Merkel at Berlin’s Madame Tussauds

BERLIN (Reuters) – Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday – a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball. A performer with a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump poses in the Madame Tussauds wax museum with a figure ...

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Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals

Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals

PARIS (Reuters) – A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. A journalist poses as he stands in front of a bright red, eco-friendly urinal on the Ile Saint-Louis along the Seine River in Paris, France, August 13, ...

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