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Shashi Kapoor: Charming Actor, Suave Gentleman

What could he be, if not an actor? For Balbir Raj Kapoor, the youngest son of Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi, there was never any other option. As Shashi (christened so by his mother who thought he was as beauteous as the full moon), said to me once, "I had far too many examples to follow. The worry was not so much about what career to have, but how to even imagine I could match up to the likes

Indian thoughts, global platform

India is a land of umpteen numbers of interesting stories and every hook and corner of this country holds in itself a history. But with the decline of print, many journalists are losing their jobs and with that a chance to voice their findings and stories. To counter this ever-growing problem, two Delhi-based journalists have initiated a global freelance platform, News Bridge. The platform aims to cater the needs of upcoming as well as established journalists and media professionals. Launched a

“I danced my way through my childhood…” – Madhuri Dixit Nene

I have been dancing since I was three years old. Kathak is my life. Dance has always been my passion. If acting is my first love, dancing is my passion. It’s like breathing for me. It’s something very spiritual. As a student of Kathak, I had learnt abhinaya (dancing with expressions), and that really helped me improve my skills as an actor as well. On Children's Day, I cannot emphasise enough the importance music and dance in a child's life. Music

2nd Edition of Radio4Child Awards held; Madhuri Dixit Nene honours winners

In the week leading up to Children's Day on November 14, UNICEF India, in partnership with All India Radio and the Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) hosted the second edition of the Radio4Child awards in Mumbai on November 10. The Humming Notes was invited to the event held to recognize creative and innovative programming on the issue of Routine Immunization and End Violence (against women and children) at a special function in Mumbai. The occasion was graced by UNICEF

From Soil to Shelf – The SoulTree Way

It has become fashionable to use the term 'eco-friendly' everywhere these days. In reality, there are very few that not just understand the meaning of what this means, but are fully committed to the cause of reducing the hazards on the environment in the garb of technology and development. SoulTree is one such rare brand that produces a line of organic certified skin care solutions made with natural ingredients and eco-friendly processes and in true Ayurvedic tradition. As India’s first and

Remember Bhagat Singh beyond tokenism

"Bhagat Singh's nationalism was very different. We celebrate Martyr's Day or Shaheed Diwas every year, but isn't it merely tokenism?" asks Punjabi R&B singer Navv Inder, who burst on the international music scene with the chartbuster Wakhra Swag. Expressing his ideas in a way that he knows best, Navv Inder launched a gritty ballad as his take on Shaheed Diwas. Aptly, the most telling lyric of the song, 'Ik Soch: Bhagat Singh' goes something like this: "23 March taan har

What’s gonna rule global trends: Fashion Forecast by WGSN

Echoing words of famous fashion visionary Yohji Yamamoto “With one eye on the past, I walk backwards into the future”. As fashion continues to evolve catering towards the demands of everyday life, designers look back into archives of ideas and bring forgotten concepts forward. Technology is seen to influence and add speed to our lives increasingly. Today we live in a world where our boundaries between home, work and play continue to blur. Over the last few years, a large slice

GS Channi, healing with a clown’s hat and nose


Theatre is one of the oldest and the best form of connecting with, and entertaining the masses. Besides entertaining, theatre has been performed to bring about awareness on social issues. GS Channi or Gurcharan Singh Channi is a pioneering force behind community theatre. His journey is an interesting one, where he aspired to a religious preacher but ended up being a theatre actor and a TV film-maker. Channi is an alumunus of Panjab University’s Department of Indian Theatre, National School of

Top 3 makeup trends for wedding season by Vidya Tikari

A best friend's wedding is a time when even the most fuss-free girl may want to put on a wee bit of mascara or a shade of lipstick. The celebratory mood will make you want to dress up. And it is not necessary that you pile on the makeup to look good. If trends are to be considered, the makeup mantra for this season is 'less is more'. Internationally renowned makeup artist Vidya Tikari says that this season is the

Don’t Die Dieting, Understand the Basics

The dictionary defines DIET as the kind of food that one restricts themselves to, or habitually eats, either to lose weight, gain weight, or for certain medical purposes. Hence, the basic premise is that a dieting plan simply describes what one consumes in terms of food and drink, as a way of life, and not necessarily to curb the appetite. In the urban scenario of our modern world – the word ‘diet’ has been grossly misinterpreted. It has largely become a