Gangaur 2017: Significance of The Rajasthani Festival for Women

India will be celebrating Gauri Teej on 30th March this year. Major parts of Rajasthan have been busy preparing for the massive Gangaur festival which starts today. Teej is the third day of the lunar fortnight in a Hindu calendar and Gauri Teej is celebrated on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or the waxing phase of the moon in the Chaitra Month, marking the annunciation of the Gangaur festival. The day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Gauri or Parvati (an avatar of Goddess Shakti). The divine…

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What we love about food in 2017

Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding Few writers immerse themselves so fully in their subject as Matt Goulding, whose first book Rice, Noodle, Fish was a deep dive into the obsessions at the heart of Japanese food culture and an OFM favourite. Goulding’s beat is understanding places where food and life remain intertwined, so where better for him to write about next than Spain? His wife’s family are Spanish and bonding with them meant helping his father-in-law, Angel, in the annual slaughter of a pig, helped by great uncle Chacho,…

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How can fashion represent America in 2017?

NEW YORK — The last show here for the fall 2017 season was mounted Thursday afternoon by Marc Jacobs and was inspired by hip-hop. Jacobs saw the documentary “Hip-hop Evolution” several months ago, and it made him nostalgic for his high school years in New York — when rap was emerging as popular music, a new fashion aesthetic was being created, and the definition of Americana was shifting. His stripped-down production began at the stroke of the hour, when a single model began her walk across the cracked wooden floor of the…

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Every Outfit Gigi Hadid Wore to Fashion Week Fall 2017

From ready-to-wear looks to street-style outfits, Gigi Hadid‘s NYFW ensembles made some serious fashion statements. When she isn’t collaborating with designer Tommy Hilfiger, Gig is hard at work on the runway. This fashion week, the coveted model proved her expertise in style through on-point beauty looks and trendsetting outfits. Opening up for Jeremy Scott, the runway pro turned heads in a leopard, multi-printed moto jacket and bell-bottoms that had Jesus’ face printed on the fabric. To finish the piece, she carried a red-and-black metal purse. Talk about a major show stopper. And we…

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Brainstorm Health Daily: February 15, 2017

Merck is the latest company to weather bad news in the Alzheimer’s drug race, halting a late-stage trial yesterday in an experimental amyloid-targeting candidate called verubecestat after a data monitoring committee said there was “virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect,” Reuters reported. Merck shares got hammered in after-hours trading Tuesday evening and during the early morning rush, but had fully recovered by mid-morning. (The stock is actually at a 52-week high now.) Who knows? Maybe savvy traders expected the rotten news. After all, Merck simply joins a…

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Tacos: The 2017 food trend we can all get behind

I can’t tell you how little I wanted to like Breddos. The new taqueria in Clerkenwell has the restaurant version of a punchable face. It is tiny, one step up from the shack in a car park that was its original incarnation. Most of the seats – sorry, stools, no chairs with backs in these parts – are around a large communal table or crammed against the edges of the room. The single loo opens more or less directly onto the eating area. When you arrive you are told there’s…

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Cellular Agriculture, Intentional Imperfection And ‘Post Truth’: The Transformative Food Trends Of 2017

At my food and beverage design and development firm Mattson, our unique vantage point is the nature of our business: developing concepts and formulating products across many channels within the food world, including food-away-from-home, consumer packaged goods, ingredients, and others. We believe it’s important to scan the horizon for the next hot superfood or ingredient. However, our ability to future-proof product innovation is more impacted by macro trends that will fundamentally impact how we engage with food. We gain insight into future trends by virtue of the fact that our work…

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Cellular Agriculture, Intentional Imperfection And ‘Post Truth’: The Transformative Food Trends Of 2017

At my food and beverage design and development firm Mattson, our unique vantage point is the nature of our business: developing concepts and formulating products across many channels within the food world, including food-away-from-home, consumer packaged goods, ingredients, and others. We believe it’s important to scan the horizon for the next hot superfood or ingredient. However, our ability to future-proof product innovation is more impacted by macro trends that will fundamentally impact how we engage with food. We gain insight into future trends by virtue of the fact that our work…

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Budget 2017: Education, skills and jobs

“My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient – good to themselves and the country at large”….Swami Vivekananda The increased focus on human capital development in Budget 2017 to empower the youth is indeed a welcome step. The several key announcements in education, skills and youth development shall have structural and long term impact on quality of education, availability of qualified manpower and preparing the next generation for the hyper age of automation and AI. All aspects…

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How AI will transform education in 2017

Education has mostly followed the same structure for centuries — e.g., the “sage on a stage” and “assembly line” models. As AI continues to disrupt industries like consumer electronics, ecommerce, media, transportation, and healthcare, is education the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that prepares people to pursue advancements in all the other fields, it has the potential to be the most impactful application of AI. Key trends The three segments of the education market — K-12, higher education, and corporate training — are going through transitions. In…

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