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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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating the education messiah: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai – children’s activist and women’s rights activist was born on July 12, 1997 and enters the 20th year of her life this year. Born in Mingora, Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala became an advocate of girl’s education from a very early age. It all started for her when her beautiful valley that used to be a tourist destination for its summer festivals was taken over by the Taliban. She took after her father, who himself was a social activist

Notching it up a few levels at Doon Lit Fest

9.00 am, April 22, 2016. It felt like I was ready to take on the world with my premier co-owned and organised event – WIC India Dehradun Literature Festival. Nervous and excited I stood on the stage at the host venue the World Integrity Center, contemplating, if things would change hereon for me from all aspects. I was to open the festival welcoming the authors, guests and the audience and was excited to witness the first-of-its-kind festival for book lovers

Beating cancer with courage and self-belief

It was an evening dedicated to bravery, self-belief and courage this International Women’s Day at The Imperial hotel, Connaught Place. Though I do not advocate the concept of the day for more reasons than one and keep myself from the celebrations but this one was different. The focus was to lay more emphasis on women’s health by Roko Cancer Charitable Trust and an inspirational first-person account of Ms Joita Soni, a two-time cancer survivor and a member of Roko Cancer's

The real teachers by Prenita Dutt

Our art group is highly energised and motivated, one that embraces each new activity with enthusiasm and vigour. To be surrounded with laughter and conversation, colours and brushes, art files and paper is an amazing experience indeed! Collectively, we have tried our hand at everything - clay-modelling, puzzle-making, tribal art, acrylic painting, fabric painting and still-life. All this has resulted in some amazing and diverse art. We have had four exhibitions that excited family members and relatives have thronged to see. The

Mumbai railway stations get colourful makeover

Anyone who has lived in Mumbai must have travelled at least once by the city’s lifeline, the Mumbai local train (formally called as Mumbai Suburban Railway). Over the years, different governments have worked towards improving the appearance of the stations. But it has become a stereotype that anything that is made by the government has plain and boring looks. Thanks to the creativity of the some people who colour these stations red (you know how, right?), so much so that