10 artists re-imagine the iconic Lady Dior bag. See pics.

The French fashion house has announced the second edition of its Dior Lady Art project, inviting artists from around the world to create their own custom versions of the Lady Dior bag. Playing with fabrics, size, colours and design, the label’s iconic bag has been revisited, channelling the inspirations and creativity of sculptors, photographers, street artists and performers like Lee Bul, Hong Hao, Namsa Leuba and David Wiseman. The Lady Dior bag by Betty Mariani — Dior Lady Art #2. (AFP) The Lady Dior bag — created in 1995 —…

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Bad and boujee: the lifestyle that took over TV

When Donald Glover kicked off a great year for television at the Golden Globes this January, the soundtrack to his success was obvious: “I really want to thank the Migos,” he said as he accepted Atlanta’s award for best TV series – musical or comedy. “Not for being on the show, but for making Bad and Boujee. Like, that’s the best song ever.” The next day, as if to prove the deeply felt sincerity of these comments, footage of Glover getting down to the track at an afterparty turned up on Instagram. Is Migos’…

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Networx: Scary home improvement mistakes

Home improvement. It’s become an American obsession, judging by the popularity of home improvement-themed TV shows like “This Old House,” “Fixer Upper”, and “Property Brothers.” In fact, we seem to be turning into a “Rehab Addict” nation. Sorry to play the role of devil’s advocate, but there is a flip side (pun intended) to all the kitchen remodels and bathroom renovations going on these days. As Halloween approaches, beware, ye mortals. In your quest for an abode that’s drop-dead gorgeous, avoid these eight scary home improvement mistakes. Trying to go…

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Indie feature films go the crowdfunding way too

In 2014, Kolkata actor/director Prasun Chatterjee was ready with his dream script. He’d woven a tale about the friendship between two boys in a village in West Bengal in the backdrop of the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Chatterjee was aware that his film, without a song and dance sequence or stars, would be difficult to sell to producers. But he hoped to be able to convince at least someone. For three years, meetings went fruitless. But in March this year, he abandoned the idea but not the film….

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Another story of Dipavali: SheBaba by Renuka Narayanan

This Dipavali, there seems no better wish to people of all faiths than the Sanskrit song sung by MS Subbulakshmi at the UN General Assembly on 23rd October 1966. The song is attributed by popular report to the Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati (1894-1994). I’ve also read that it was composed by the eminent musicologist Dr V Raghavan with the Paramacharya’s blessings and set to music by Vasant Desai. The Kanchi Paramacharya was the saintly personage whom the Dalai Lama described as “the only monk of the century” and whom…

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Garmin Fenix 5S: A sports watch with a touch of lifestyle in it

Smartwatch and fitness bands are one of the biggest ongoing trends right now, and with the overwhelming number of choices available out there, it only becomes more difficult to pick the right one for yourself. This process is made even more difficult, now that fitness bands and smartwatches are either trying to imitate each other, or trying to come together as one. Do you go with the most popular? Or the one that’s the most affordable? Or do you pick a watch that particularly suits your needs? Amid this confusion…

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Being hit by a partner is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ – when are we going to stop blaming women?

There is an epidemic of domestic abuse in this country. More than a quarter of women aged 16 to 59 have experienced it at some point in their lives, according to the Government’s own figures. Many victims are trapped in violent relationships, unable to leave because refuge places are in short supply, and they have nowhere else to go. In such circumstances, who could possibly believe that staying with a brutal partner is a ‘choice’, rather than a counsel of desperation? Yet a major new report shows that too many of the…

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‘Lavish Lifestyle, Moral Degeneration’ Behind Ritabrata Banerjee’s Expulsion: CPI(M)

  File photo of Ritabrata Banerjee (Photo courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV) Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Sunday justified the expulsion of Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee, saying the decision was taken because of his “grave anti-party activities, including moral degeneration in relation to women”. Ritabrata was expelled from the party on Friday after being accused of leaking internal matters and discussions to the media and of leading a lavish lifestyle incompatible with that of a member of the party. The party said there were “serious inconsistencies between his income and expenditure.” Politburo…

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Unhealthy lifestyle causes sexual dysfunction in men: Survey

3 Nearly 20% of young adults and middle-aged men in the national capital have consulted a doctor with concerns of sexual dysfunction including reduced drive, frequency or satisfaction issues, a survey has shown. The survey found that it was because of poor lifestyle habits caused by unhealthy food, obesity, stress, and smoking, that does not only lead to an increase in metabolic diseases but also a high incidence of short and long-term sexual dysfunction. “Unhealthy lifestyle habits have been a primary cause of the growing burden of metabolic and lifestyle…

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Exercise, diet and weight: Healthy lifestyle key to smarter brain in old age

Want to stay smart even in your advanced years? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle from childhood may be the key as it can help in reducing the risk of developing cognitive decline as one ages, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA). Increase in levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar can cause impairment of the large and smaller blood vessels, making them narrowed or blocked. This is known as atherosclerosis, a disease process that is the leading cause of many heart attacks and strokes. The…

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