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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

Chef Ashay Dhopatkar, a culinary genius

It is said that one's childhood influences mould the course of an individual's life. Chef Ashay Dhopatkar inherited a rich legacy from his parents – a passion for food and the culinary arts. Growing up in Mumbai, India he was at the table when his parents had regular dinners for family and friends. And he helped as they spent whole days planning, shopping and preparing these feasts. Home was a place where cookbooks took up more shelf space than novels

Easy and healthy low-fat breakfast options

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast,” said John Gunther. This is very true, because refuelling oneself with a nice, healthy, leisurely breakfast in the morning, leads to a happy body and mind – as it provides the essential nutrition required to help kick-start our day with. There are also several studies to suggest that skipping breakfast tends to make high-calorie food seem more appealing later in the day, which may lead to an unhealthy intake of calorie-rich food. The ideal breakfast

Baar Baar Dekho MakeUp: an interview with Natasha Nischol

Internationally-acclaimed makeup artists, Natasha Nischol and Virginia Holmes, have worked with leading designers to create the looks that sell their clothes for various Fashion Weeks. They are now in the news for creating the illusion of time jumps for the film, Baar Baar Dekho. With films like Slumdog Millionaire and Dil Dhadakne Do to her credit, here is Natasha Nischol in a free-wheeling exclusive chat with THN on the trials and tribulations of working with prosthetics. How was your experience working

Black or White: Is Sugar Actually So Bad?

“Sugar and Spice, and everything nice” – goes an old nursery rhyme, referring to the two top taste enhancing food groups known to humans. So what is this 'sugar', and where did it come from? In simple terms, it’s a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, such as sugarcane and sugar beet, consisting essentially of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drinks. The term ‘sugar’ can be used to describe all types of carbohydrates, including Glucose (found in