French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s marriage is a boon for feminism

French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s marriage is a boon for feminism

No, he is not pushing any game-altering pro-women bill. He did something even more noteworthy, clearly so because it has drawn more media attention than any of his policies would worldwide. Emmanuel Macron is in the news for something that shouldn’t be sensationalised – his marriage. The 39 year old is married to a lovely woman 25 years his senior. Their love has quite the backstory – 24 years ago, his now wife was his school…

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This summer, lose the flab, not the fun!

This summer, lose the flab, not the fun!

If there is someone who can combine good food with good heath, it’s Dhrishti Bijlani – a consulting nutritionist and clinical dietitian, weight loss expert and a certified Diabetes educator. If these aren’t too many feathers on one hat, the 27 year old also successfully runs her own Mumbai-based enterprise, Flab-you-Less, which aims to make healthy lifestyle (including effective ways to achieve a toned physique) accessible to all. With the pool-party invites piling up, she is definitely…

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Real struggle of Reality show winners

Real struggle of Reality show winners

Abhijeet Sawant talks about the need of a mainstream non-bollywood music industry in India I was still in school when the biggest reality show import hit the airwaves – Indian Idol. Viewers who were already aware of the phenomenal success of the show’s original American version were ecstatic that it had finally reached Indian shores, and the rest were simply taken aback by the overwhelming crowds of talented singers it had drawn out. Its participants…

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Gaurab Borah – the man making the most of online marketing

Gaurab Borah – the man making the most of online marketing

My relation with the internet began in high-school days, and over the years it has become that friend whose existence in my life is lamented by my parents – because all I happen to use it for is downloading movies, and going broke with endless online shopping. That makes one kind of internet user. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Hyderabad-based Gaurab Borah – a marketing enthusiast who has discovered a…

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Flowers are passé – Red FM gave out sanitary pads this Women’s Day

Flowers are passé – Red FM gave out sanitary pads this Women’s Day

I studied in an all girls’ school for twelve years, growing up with the same group of classmates. Understandably, we went through mental and physical changes that comes with age at pretty much the same time – including the onset of menstruation. One would assume this would make us comfortable with discussions about this most natural process with one another, but it wasn’t. Anytime someone suffered from a cramp, she would cite “fever” for feeling under…

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Knowing Naveen

Knowing Naveen

If you don’t have an appetite for OTT family drama or horrendous nagin-sagas, chances are you’ve already moved on from cable television to YouTube channels for a fresh new genre of entertainment – the web series. So here we have Naveen Kasturia – unarguably the most recognisable home-grown web series star after his lead performance in the superhit TVF Pitchers – talking about his career choices and what it’s like to have gained the kind…

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Turn into a Tree after you die!

Turn into a Tree after you die!

If Nature were a superhero, we would be it’s nemesis. As long as we live we deteriorate our environment – we pump noxious gas into the air, release toxic chemicals into water bodies, mow down forests to build colonies to live in and graveyards to bury our bodies under. While we can struggle to combat the first two villainies during our lifetime, the third one can now be rectified in our death. How you ask?…

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6 kinds of people you see at the hair saloon!

6 kinds of people you see at the hair saloon!

Man is a social animal, they say. But some of us animals are, in reality, not so social. We don’t like attending parties where one has to pretend to be in high spirits to fit in, or is expected to talk about their (nonexistent) love life or (stagnant) career, or compliment the host over gag-inducing food. We don’t like throwing parties for the same reasons. In fact, most of our efforts are dedicated to thinking of ways…

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9 things you miss most when you leave Kolkata

9 things you miss most when you leave Kolkata

Congrats! So you have now completed your class twelve board exams/graduation/two years at  your first job, and you’ve bought your one way ticket out of this reputably slow-paced metro. However, as they say, you can take the Kolkattan out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the Kolkatan! Once you have settled in your new location, be ready to welcome your new best friend, Nostalgia. Here is our bet of the…

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Sonika Chauhan – unplugged

Sonika Chauhan – unplugged

It happens with everyone. We watch a popular face on the telly, Google them for trivia, and the moment we learn their favourite colour is red we think we know that individual inside out. Speak with them one-on-one and you’ll be surprised by how much more there is to their story. Similarly, a conversation with Sonika Chauhan – the talented model/Miss Diva 2013 finalist/tv anchor/and now, the spunky sports presenter for Pro Kabaddi League –…

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Earth’s tallest building will not even be on Earth

Earth’s tallest building will not even be on Earth

I grew up watching Hannah-Barbera cartoons, so you can understand my excitement when one of those imagined worlds is about to morph into reality, partly, at least. I’m talking about the ultra-futuristic (and, at one point of time, difficult to see as potentially possible) backdrop of the Jetsons. When I was a kid, most of the things shown in the show were just a figment of the animator’s wild imagination – from the conveyor belts to…

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