Going global with
With more and more takers among world celebrities, Indian jewellery
is rising in stature, writes Vimla Patil
seems the ‘hunger’ of the rich and famous for
gems and jewellery is increasing by the year! No wonder India, renowned
since millenniums for its treasures of gold and diamonds, is once again
in the news. Hollywood stars like Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore and wives
of the world’s top leaders like Michelle Obama have shown their
preference for jewellery created by leading designers in Indian style.
Every year, either the grand wedding season or international red-carpet
events become veritable showcases for India’s fabulous jewellery and
once again, the media is full of images of celebrity women wearing
dazzling ornaments created by Indian designers.
US First Lady Michelle Obama trying a neckpiece during her visit to New Delhi last year Photo: PTI
Say it with statement pieces
A tissue that burns oodles of flab
fat, a wondrous tissue, can burn oodles of flab and help us stay slim
and trim. Brown fat is present in most, if not all, adults mainly just
behind the collarbone. Too much of ‘white fat’
causes obesity. A gram of the substance stores six kilocalories of
energy, whereas the same quantity of brown fat burns six kilocalories
daily. Adults with brown fat are slimmer.
Water under lock and key
There are long rows of water bodies along the highway in the Bamsan area of
Himachal. Constructed by digging rocks, they have become a permanent source of water, which is fit for human consumption and also has medicinal value, reports
you ever seen the traditional water sources preserved under lock and
key? If not, a drive to the Bamsan area of Hamirpur in Himachal will
lead you to a site of long rows of such water bodies alongside the
highway. Popularly known as khatris in local parlance, these
water sources are an integral part of the social milieu. Khatris are the
unique and rare examples of rainwater harvesting. Since time immemorial,
each generation has passed on these water sources to posterity by
ensuring their conservation.
While climbing the ladder of success, Ritu Kumar has not only defined fashion but has also become the first woman to introduce the boutique culture in India by launching her own brand, writes
Kumar, a pioneer of the Indian fashion industry, who has proved her
mettle with her ethnic Indian creations, says the fashion world may look
rosy from outside but in reality it makes for a very difficult career.
"The Indian fashion industry has grown very fast. It is now
supported by the mainstream media.
Valley of gods
If Himachal Pradesh is called devbhoomi (land of gods), then the Sangla valley can rightly be called a heavenly abode, writes
at about 10,000 ft, the Sangla valley is the place where Himachal
Pradesh greets Tibet. The Chinese border is 30 km away. Sangla is a
picturesque drive through winding mountain roads. The topography changes
constantly with the Sutlej hurtling across the valley. Normally the
first hint of snow-clad Himalayan peaks is visible near Karcham — just
12 km short of the Sangla valley.
Queen of kathak
is 91 with the soul of a
youthful dancer, who refuses to bow to the vagaries of years. Kathak
queen Sitara Devi has been honoured with the Legends of India Lifetime
Achievement Award 2011 for her contribution to the classical dance genre
for over six decades.
has a Barbie doll named after her and now actress Katrina Kaif will be
seen as an animated fairy in the video of a children’s album Rhyme
Skool Vol.2. This is the first time
that Katrina will be turned into an animated character. She will be
shown as a fairy with her magic carpet, and will be giving a one-line
voiceover before every rhyme. The video has been created by Accel
Animation, said a statement from the music label.
‘Mausam is a classic love story’
Says Sonam Kapoor about her latest film, in which she acts opposite Shahid
Kapoor, in a chat with
she is still in her early twenties, she has already carved a niche for
herself as a style diva. It was this label, which got her the most
coveted brand ambassadorship of L’Oreal. Coming from a film
background, Sonam Kapoor, the eldest daughter of veteran actor Anil
Kapoor and niece of Boney and Sunjay Kapoor, she is no novice to this
Amitabh’s foray into Hollywood
more than four decades of contribution to Hindi cinema, Amitabh Bachchan
is finally stepping out! At 68, he is ready to make his Hollywood debut
with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which has Titanic
star Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.