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Water baby Sonakshi Sinha’s Maldives trip: Here’s what she wore to the beach

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 8:19:04 pm Sonakshi Sinha is giving us major travel goals. (Source: Sonakshi Sinha/Instagram) Maldives has always been a favourite of beach bums and celebrities are no different. Just a few weeks back, Parineeti Chopra was seen in picturesque locations and ...

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Like to drink beer? You have women to thank for it

According to history, beer was a woman’s recipe. (Source: Thinkstock Images) There are a lot of inventions for which we have women to thank for – beer being one of them. Beer historian Jane Peyton claims that ancient Mesopotamian women were the first to develop, sell, and even drink beer. ...

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Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas: Study

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 6:11:37 pm Sooty particles found in mothers’ placenta. (Source: File Photo) No one can deny the harmful effects of air pollution. But the question of whether or not the human foetus can be negatively affected by pollution has remained ...

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Emmys 2018 red carpet: From Scarlett Johansson to Rachel Brosnahan; a look at who wore what

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 4:09:00 pm Which is your favourite look at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards? (Source: AP) Emmys 2018 was filled with a lot of drama, a wedding proposal and a red carpet full of haute couture. From feathers to sequins ...

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Movies & Reviews

Che Guevara poster artist looks back on 50 revolutionary years

Che Guevara poster artist looks back on 50 revolutionary years

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Fifty years after creating the Che Guevara poster that still adorns student bedrooms around the world, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick is delighted at its ubiquity, but concerned at its exploitation for commercial gain. Artist Jim Fitzpatrick who has created an Irish postage stamp using the poster of ...

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Porn star Stormy Daniels' tell-all Trump book full of salacious details: newspaper

Porn star Stormy Daniels’ tell-all Trump book full of salacious details: newspaper

(Reuters) – Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims U.S. President Donald Trump paid her off to keep their tryst a secret, goes into uncomplimentary detail about their alleged sexual encounter in a new memoir, according to the Guardian newspaper. Stormy Daniels, the porn star currently in legal battles ...

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

Russian hair salon chain cuts all the frills

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A new chain of hair salons in Russia offering haircuts for just $3 by employing no staff except for hairdressers is expanding and thinks it has a winning formula for business abroad. The Superman franchise strips out all but the essential overheads, offering customers a menu of ...

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Bright and frilly: designers unveil Brexit wardrobe

Bright and frilly: designers unveil Brexit wardrobe

LONDON (Reuters) – If you have been wondering what to wear when Britain leaves the European Union next spring, here are some pointers: Hot pink, skirts slashed at the thigh and plenty of lace and ruffles. FILE PHOTO: Models present creations at the Bora Aksu catwalk show at London Fashion ...

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Beauty Fashion & Trends

This Indian brand is using plastic to make T-shirts

This Indian brand is using plastic to make T-shirts

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 7:32:18 pm T-Shirts are generally made of Polyester. Producing it not only involves a huge amount of chemical, water and fossil fuels but its by-products are also toxic. (Source: Alcis brand/official website) The menace that plastic creates needs no ...

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Lacy boxers, silk nighties, bodysuits: Here’s what a new lingerie line for men looks like

Lacy boxers, silk nighties, bodysuits: Here’s what a new lingerie line for men looks like

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 5:02:09 pm There’s a new line that sells lacy men’s lingerie. (Source: HommeMystere) From bralettes and thongs to Bridget Jones’ knickers – women are pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to lingerie. But the same isn’t the case ...

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Softer than cashmere: How the world’s rarest wool has stood the test of time

Softer than cashmere: How the world’s rarest wool has stood the test of time

Written by Ishita Goel | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 3:44:29 pm A Vicuna is covered with a fluffy, insulated, cinnamon-coloured coat that is made up of individual fibres. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Who doesn’t crave the softness of the finest wool in the world on their skin? More ...

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Madhuri Dixit looks like a dream in this Raw Mango sari

Madhuri Dixit looks like a dream in this Raw Mango sari

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2018 4:22:47 pm Madhuri Dixit nails the ethnic look. (Source: Raw Mango/Instagram) It is no secret that Madhuri Dixit can ace ethnic look like no other. The actor has proved the same at numerous occasions and she did it yet ...

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Health & Fitness

Vishwakarma Day 2018: History, significance, shubh muhurat and puja timings | more lifestyle

Vishwakarma Day 2018: History, significance, shubh muhurat and puja timings | more lifestyle

Vishwakarma Puja, also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti is a Hindu festival which is celebrated every year in September or October. It is celebrated according to the solar calendar on the day that the sun god leaves Simha rashi and enters Kanya rashi, also known as Kanya Sankranti Diwas. Vishwakarma Puja ...

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Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is the next big vacation destination, here’s why | travel

Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is the next big vacation destination, here’s why | travel

You’ve likely never heard of Mexico’s next big vacation gold mine. After all, Riviera Nayarit made up its own name—and has only been using it for roughly a decade. But this 200-mile stretch of Pacific coastline, its southern tip is just a few minutes’ drive north of Puerto Vallarta, is ...

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Asthma risk higher in babies whose mothers are exposed to pollen | fitness

Asthma risk higher in babies whose mothers are exposed to pollen | fitness

Babies born to mothers who were exposed to pollen during the last trimester may be at increased risk of developing respiratory diseases such as asthma, says a study. The findings showed that those born during the peak grass pollen season had high immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in umbilical cord blood ...

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Children with asthma may lag at school, opt for non-manual jobs | fitness

Children with asthma may lag at school, opt for non-manual jobs | fitness

People who suffer from persistent asthma at a young age are more likely to leave school at the age of 16, and those who make it to university are more likely to drop out early, a new study reveals. The research was presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, ...

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Travels

Walking amid nature: Making discoveries in Lansdowne like the Romantics | travel

Looks like the cats and dogs have finally descended on Kotdwara, this sleepy Friday morning. As the pitter and the patter batter the ceiling of the railway station, the Mussoorie Express grinds to an orgasmic halt. We trundle our bags to the foot of the giant staircase and as we ...

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Sandeep Raina on the Kashmiri connection in Kremlin

Four summers ago, I decided to drive from London to Moscow. We never did it. Fear of the old car breaking down, fake Russian police and potholes on Russian roads. An internet advisory also said that Russians reserve their smiles for family. I had no family in Russia. But in ...

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Il Dolce Vino Project gives Indian cities a peek into its culture and heritage Italics Wine Clubs

Mature peaches, apple and wild flowers on the nose lead to a fresh and balanced white wine, the fruity and floral notes coming together in a remarkably long finish. Russiz Superiore’s Pinot Bianco Collio DOC is an elegant white wine from Friuli in the northeast of Italy. It is made ...

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Three-time ‘burner’ Lekha Washington talks about Burning Man, its non-stop partying and gifting culture

A 34-foot polar bear stands tall in the middle of the desert. It’s made of car hoods. Keeping it company is a 40-foot jellyfish, a giant colourful chameleon made of tiles, clouds held in place by a sculpture… and amidst all these brilliant art installations is an 11-foot moon, dancing ...

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Books and Reviews

Booked and sold: How Bollywood-backed book trailers are taking over the literary world | bollywood

Booked and sold: How Bollywood-backed book trailers are taking over the literary world | bollywood

The world of literature has always served as an active medium for readers, enabling them to visualise the plot. But this new trend, of book trailers, seems like the way to promote the written word, through celluloid. Earlier this week, a 2 minute-14 second trailer for author Chetan Bhagat’s upcoming ...

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Treasured Epistles Book review: Between Friends

Treasured Epistles Book review: Between Friends

Written by Mani Shankar Aiyar | Updated: September 15, 2018 1:15:57 am K Natwar Singh (sitting, right) with Turkish foreign minister Mesut Yilmaz in Ankara, Turkey in July, 1988. PM Rajiv Gandhi is in the background. (Express Archives) Some people collect postage stamps. They stick them in an album. Others ...

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Review: Night of Happiness by Tabish Khair | books | reviews

Review: Night of Happiness by Tabish Khair | books | reviews

154pp, Rs 450; Pan MacMillan How much does the Hindu majority of India think about its privilege? How long before prejudices we considered beneath us bubble up to the surface? Who pays the price for our advantages? These are the questions hurled at the reader of Night of Happiness by ...

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Like leaves tossed in the wind | books | reviews

Like leaves tossed in the wind | books | reviews

237pp, Rs 295 Those who aren’t athletic or sporty cannot easily understand the thrill of a challenge. At first it may seem odd that anyone would choose to toil willingly. But most journeys or self-imposed dares are deeper than that. Dominic Franks’ travelogue of cycling from Bengaluru to Delhi in ...

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Art & Culture

Cooking up a storm onstage

Cooking up a storm onstage

Appealing to the olfactory and by extension, the gustatory, are notions that theatre-makers have more than toyed with over the years, with varying degrees of success. Of course, smell and taste are part and parcel of the theatrical ‘food’ experience that might provide all the illusory flavors of a meal, ...

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Smile a while: tête-à-tête with cartoonist Mrityunjay Chiluveru

Smile a while: tête-à-tête with cartoonist Mrityunjay Chiluveru

A bleeding foot drawn as a fist, to symbolise the recent 200 kilometre march by farmers demanding a loan waiver, another cartoon where the pen is seen stronger than the gun in the context of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, a caricature of Donald Trump looming large over the ...

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Hyderabad’s Aalankritha art gallery celebrates 15 years with a sculpture show

Hyderabad’s Aalankritha art gallery celebrates 15 years with a sculpture show

Aalankritha Art Gallery in Madhapur, Hyderabad, sports a new look, renovated to accommodate works of art on three floors. The renovation was a reason why the gallery had been rather subdued in its last few months. On the ground floor, the gallery now displays sculptures by 20 well-known artists. The ...

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Wooden hand-painted jewellery inspired by folk cultures and mythology

Wooden hand-painted jewellery inspired by folk cultures and mythology

Art and design come together in Razia Kunj’s jewellery. The Mumbai-based designer draws inspiration from mythology and folk cultures to create wearable art in the form of neck pieces, earrings, bangles, rings, buttons and brooches. “Since childhood, I loved to tell stories and I loved to work with my hands. ...

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Food

Food-show host Maria Goretti believes in living life to the fullest, even while working out

Food-show host Maria Goretti believes in living life to the fullest, even while working out

At 46, Maria Goretti is lean and lithe. A dancer. An advanced PADI diver. A half-marathoner. A mountain climber. A telly-show host, a cookbook author and a hands-on mom. Maria returned from Paris last month, having completed a six-week intensive patisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu. Whipping up dreamy delights ...

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Random cravings | The Daily Star

Random cravings | The Daily Star

It’s one of those days; you have nowhere to go, so you are sitting at home, but that sudden random crave for something so abstract kicks in, and as luck would have it, nothing from the many scrolls in Foodpanda or Hungry naki’s offers can appease it. Well, that’s where ...

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No more boring diets - The Hindu

No more boring diets – The Hindu

What if you could find fresh, healthy, minimally processed food just as easily as you could find a burger at a global fast food chain? That is what PurpleBasil, currently operating on a cloud kitchen and delivery model in the city, is looking at. “Imagine if there was a place ...

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Jamie Cooks Italy is full of delectable food pictures, and several of sweet grannies

Jamie Cooks Italy is full of delectable food pictures, and several of sweet grannies

Everybody has a grandmother and food story to tell. I, sadly, don’t have any. I didn’t get to meet my Bengali granny much, and my U.P. dadi spent more time in the fields than in the kitchen. She was paralysed, and a group of able-bodied men used to carry her ...

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TV

Peter Dinklage said his last day on the sets of Game of Thrones was very sad | tv

Peter Dinklage said his last day on the sets of Game of Thrones was very sad | tv

As the last season of Game of Thrones is ready to be aired, actor Peter Dinklage, who plays the role of Tyrion Lannister in the series, is as sad as the fans to bid goodbye to the show. After winning the Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama ...

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Bidaai actor Parul Chauhan to marry Chirag Thakkar on December 12 | tv

Bidaai actor Parul Chauhan to marry Chirag Thakkar on December 12 | tv

Even as speculation about Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s wedding at the end of this year continues, TV star Parul Chauhan has confirmed that she is all set to tie the knot this December with Chirag Thakkar. The TV actor found fame with TV shows such as Sapna Babul Ka – ...

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Koffee with Karan season 6 will be all about uncomfortable questions. Watch promo video | tv

Koffee with Karan season 6 will be all about uncomfortable questions. Watch promo video | tv

Koffee with Karan season 6 is on its way and fans cannot wait to see who would be the guests on the chat show. The promo of the new season was shared by Karan Johar on social media and the short video is hilarious. It speaks about a boy who ...

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Emmy Awards 2018: Complete list of winners, biggest moments, best-dressed celebs, red carpet photos | tv

Emmy Awards 2018: Complete list of winners, biggest moments, best-dressed celebs, red carpet photos | tv

The 70th Emmy Awards on Tuesday at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles were certainly eventful. Emmy winner Glenn Weiss proposed marriage during his acceptance speech. The Game of Thrones cast, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, took a break from fighting for the Iron Throne and showed up looking absolutely stunning. Saturday ...

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Sex & Relationships

‘Happy Couples’ on Facebook May Not Be as Happy as You Think

‘Happy Couples’ on Facebook May Not Be as Happy as You Think

{Image Credit: iStock} We all know that one power couple on Facebook whose selfies and gushy posts look and sound like one of the most picturesque relationships of all-time. But a new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin states couples who amp up their “relationship visibility” are actually feeling insecure about their partner’s ...

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Teenagers with religious upbringing enjoy well-being in early adulthood | sex and relationships

Teenagers with religious upbringing enjoy well-being in early adulthood | sex and relationships

Participating in spiritual practices during childhood and adolescence may lead to positive health and well-being outcomes in early adulthood. According to a recent research, people who attended weekly religious services or practised daily prayer or meditation in their youth reported greater life satisfaction and positivity in their 20s. The study ...

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How your sexual orientation may influence extent of substance use | sex and relationships

How your sexual orientation may influence extent of substance use | sex and relationships

Lesbian, gay or bisexual youth, according to a study, are at an increased risk of using multiple substances — such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana. The Oregon State University research added that these youth are also at higher risk of polysubstance use, meaning they are more likely to use more ...

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4 habits that you need to cut down on to boost your libido | sex and relationships

4 habits that you need to cut down on to boost your libido | sex and relationships

Low libido is often the result of preventable sexual health problems that you may not be aware of. Your sex drive is something that is determined by a variety of factors, such as mood, physical health and mental health. Here are some common factors that may be inadvertently lowering your ...

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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

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

Soccer: Players rescue ambulance in Brazil league match

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Players from Flamengo and Vasco da Gama came to the rescue of an ambulance on Saturday after the vehicle, which was transporting an injured player to hospital, refused to start. Vasco’s Bruno Silva needed medical attention after being knocked out in the second half but after being ...

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Good sex makes the world go round! Helpful hints to make your lovemaking sessions even better | brunch | feature

Good sex makes the world go round! Helpful hints to make your lovemaking sessions even better | brunch | feature

The ancients believed that good sex ensured a stable marriage, a stable marriage ensured a stable society, and a stable society meant a stable kingdom. To illustrate this, here is an apocryphal story from the 13th century, set in an eastern kingdom in India. A king was sitting with his ...

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Where elephants have right of way | brunch | feature

Where elephants have right of way | brunch | feature

It is amazing how quiet an elephant can be. And how easily it can hide itself from view. We had seen many an elephant crossing the road as we drove along the highway from Johannesberg to Botswana, and noted how, even as we slowed down and aimed our cameras, the ...

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Practical, neat kitchens - The Hindu

Practical, neat kitchens – The Hindu

Invariably the kitchen is given less importance than the rest of the rooms when decorating a residence on a budget. The purse strings are squeezed maximum in this area to permit other spaces to incorporate the designs sought. The result: a dowdy kitchen in an affordable residence. A cheerful, convenient ...

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