Sunday, 14 December 2014

Mumbai: With government support dwindling and the private sector reluctant to loosen its purse strings, funding for cultural events, be it art, cinema or literature, has become a major challenge. Gargi Gupta surveys the bleak moneyscape

The second edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) finally opened in Kerala's picturesque seaside town on Friday. It had been touch and go with organisers, artists Riaz Komu and Bose Krishnamachri, struggling to gather funds for the 108-day event featuring artworks by 94 artists from 30 countries displayed across the twin towns of Kochi and Ernakulam.
Until even a month ago, the organisers were Rs.15 crore short of the Rs.26 crore budget. But, in a last minute fund-raising drive, they mobilised the art community outside and the business community within Kochi, which had benefited immensely from the spike in visitors and tourists at the 2012 Biennale. The result was a series of large donations. Some corporate sponsors like the Zee Group and T.V. Narayanan Kutty, a Malayali-origin businessman from West Asia who pledged Rs 1 crore a year, also came forward.
Even so, "we are in a financial crisis", says Komu. The main reason for this is the Kerala government backing out of its promise to fund the Biennale.
The Kochi event is not the only one facing funding problems. Be it in the field of art or literature or even cinema, there has been dwindling interest from not just the government but even the private sector, leaving organisers scrambling for funds.

Not just art
Mita Kapur, producer of the Crime Writers Festival, the first edition of which is to take place in Delhi in mid-January 2015, faces similar worries. Though she has found a title sponsor, funding remains a challenge. "Despite being held in the capital and about a genre that is popular, we're still in deficit. We are managing because embassies and publishers have come forward to sponsor the travel expenses of writers, or host a dinner or a lunch. But the response from corporate houses has been very poor."

In August this year, the Mumbai Film Festival, organised by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image), was in a similar plight after its principal sponsor Reliance Entertainment pulled out. With no way to raise its Rs.5 crore budget, the festival would have had a no-show this year had it not been for a Twitter campaign that pulled in deep-pocketed Bollywood wallahs, industrialists and film-crazy locals to raise Rs.3.5 crore in just two weeks.
Cultural organisations, especially independent, non-profit ventures, have never had it easy in India. Take the case of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai's, and India's, premier multi-cultural centre. Initially set up with funds from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, NCPA has been running on what it makes from ticketed events, interest from a corpus fund and membership fees.

According to K.N. Suntook, its chairman, the NCPA urgently needs funds to meet its annual running costs of Rs.30 crore. It got Rs.40 crore from the auction of its founder Jamshed Bhabha's art and antiquities collection, but barring Citi Bank and Mastercard, which sponsor the Symphony Orchestra of India, few companies - not even the Tatas - have come forward to back it, he says. NCPA desperately needs to upgrade its studios, engage consultants and step up outreach programmes, and has its hopes pinned on Rs.372 crore from the sale of the Bhabha bungalow in Malabar Hill. But that money is stuck at the charity commissioner's office and is yet to come in, says Suntook.

The global example
Until the 1980s, the arts sector in India was largely government funded, with institutions like the ICCR, Lalit Kala Akademi and National Gallery of Modern Art giving out scholarships, buying artworks and putting up shows.
In the US, the National Endowment for the Arts gets funds from the federal and local governments, and various state agencies. But foundations set up by philanthropic individual, community forums and corporates - the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Walton Family, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - also contribute significantly. It is the same in the UK, where Arts Council England, a semi-autonomous body funded by the government, and the National Lottery support art and artists.
In China, on the other hand, the government is mandated by the constitution to support the arts. But since 2006 it has been steadily cutting funding while also pushing the state-owned arts institutions to become more efficient and look at ways to become self-sufficient financially.
On a recent visit, Suntook was amazed to see the infrastructure for Western classical music. "In 1972, Western classical music had been banned and yet today it has the most amazing conservatories, players and halls. At any performance of the Berlin Philharmonic, you will be sure to find one or two Chinese or Japanese players. At the China NCPA, its director told me that he had 25 fundraisers. I attended a performance of the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and was stunned to find that they were sponsored by companies like UBS, Nestle and Cadbury. Why don't they do it here?"

The India story
In India, the story is sadly different. Since the 1990s, government support has receded for a variety of causes– dwindling coffers, the free market ethos, and inefficiency and corruption. Thus, the sarkari India Triennale, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi since 1968, has not been held since 2005.
"You can't really blame the government," says Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie's. "There are far more pressing demands for funds in India than the arts."Besides, the state is a capricious source of funds."
Alyque Padamsee, a doyen of English theatre in India, disagrees. "Remember what Nehru said about first filling their stomachs and then filling their minds? Education in itself is not enough; culture - classical music, dance, good films - gives sustenance to the soul. What would Rome or Greece be without its amphitheatres or England without its museums? Culture, unfortunately, is seen as something elite, effete. It is not. Did you know that there are as many as 40 English theatre groups in Mumbai alone?" Padamsee, who recently revived his blockbuster production, Jesus Christ Superstar, first mounted 40 years ago, collected Rs.1 crore in sponsorships from private companies but says "it was an uphill task".
There are other issues with getting government funds. "There is, for one, the elaborate manner in which you have to apply. Then come the auditors, people who have just no idea about the arts. How do explain why you had to get Zakir Hussain and not some local tabla player," says Suntook. The NCPA has received around Rs.4 crore from the government for expansion of its theatres.
With the state pulling back, much of the private sector is also not generous about espousing cultural causes. "Arts comes way down the list of priorities of CSR funding," says K. Sunil, a founding trustee of the Kochi biennale and executive creative director at advertising film W+K, which handles the accounts of biggies like Indigo and Bharti Airtel with large marketing budgets.

His colleague Komu is hopeful that there will more support from the corporate sector for the arts with cultural institutions brought under the ambit of CSR in the Companies Act this year. "The initiative is still new. From next year onward we will make private companies a greater focus for our fund-raising efforts."

The National Culture Fund (NCF), set up by the government as a PPP funding mechanism, has not had more than a handful of donors from the private sector. It is largely public sector giants like BHEL that have contributed.
"Unlike in the West where companies consider it a matter of pride to sponsor initiatives in public museums and libraries such as the Metropolitan Museum, in India the private sector tends to look down on public arts institutions," explains Jaffer of Christie's. However, there are exceptions – like the Anish Kapoor show in 2010 held simultaneously at the NGMA in Delhi and Mehboob Studios in Mumbai, jointly sponsored by the Tatas, Louis Vuitton and the ministry of culture.
Besides, corporate sponsors have their own agenda. As Kapur, who was associated with the Jaipur Literary Festival in its initial years and organises the Mountain Echoes literary festival in Bhutan, says, "Every sponsor will take his pound of flesh."
Suntook too is wary of approaching corporates. "There are always strings attached. Give us 50 seats in the front row, one sponsor demanded."

New models
And when it comes to experimental ventures, funds are generally scarce - unless the artists themselves have come forward to collect funds. Take, for instance, the Khoj International Artists' Association, an "open-ended, experimental space" for young artists. Many of India's top artists like Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher and Manisha Parekh are co-founders. But for all its success, Khoj has also not had an easy time getting funds.
For the first decade of its existence, Khoj got institutional funders such as the Ford Foundation, Hivos and India Foundation for the Arts. But it had to look elsewhere for funds as the spread and quantum of its activities increased. Of late, European cultural bodies such as British Council and Pro Helvetia, collectors like Lalit Narula and Nitin Bhayana as well as companies like Camlin have given funds.
Another funding route that a number of independent arts organisations are taking these days is crowd-funding. The Kochi Biennale is trying it out and late last month Art Basel, the organisation that runs the world's biggest international art fair, announced that it was partnering with Kickstarter to gather $1 billion to support for selected art projects.

Leveraging social media to bring together an amorphous community united by their interest in art, will crowd-funding emerge as a viable source of funds for the arts – one that frees them from dependence on shrinking government funds and a capricious corporate or individual charity?

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Friday, 12 December 2014

New York City: Asian Models Changing Fashion–For the past several years, fashion has started to embrace East Asian models as countries like China become important in the global market place. Make no mistake, these models are not just here to feel a quota. As Liu Wen said in an interview with Nightline in 2014, “I feel the world is smaller, and the fashion world is getting bigger for any girl.” Here, we have a list of seven top Asian models from China, Japan and South Korea who are helping to change the face of fashion with their top campaigns and magazine covers. See the full list below.

Liu Wen

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Image: Liu Wen for Estee Lauder

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 26
Known for: Liu Wen is rose to fame after being the first Asian model to serve as an ambassador for Estee Lauder. Besides her beauty contract which began in 2010, Liu has appeared in campaigns for notable brands such as Roberto Cavalli, Tiffany & Co. and H&M, ck Calvin Klein and La Perla Lingerie. Liu Wen also walked the Victoria’s Secret runway show in 2012, making her the first Chinese model to appear in the broadcast. In 2013, OK! China dubbed Liu the first Asian supermodel.

Fei Fei Sun

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Fei Fei Sun on Vogue China April 2014 Cover by Sharif Hamza

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 25
Known for: Fei Fei Sun has landed major advertising campaigns throughout her career by posing for brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton and ck One. Fei Fei has also covered top magazines like Vogue China and Vogue Italia. Her cover of Vogue Italia marked the first time that a model of East Asian descent has appeared on a solo cover for the publication.

Tao Okamoto

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Tao Okamoto on Vogue Japan October 2013 Cover

Nationality: Japanese
Age: 29
Known for: Tao Okamoto has appeared in campaigns for brands like Ralph Lauren,Emporio Armani and Zac Posen. In 2013, she made her first major acting debut in “The Wolverine” where she appeared alongside Hugh Jackman. In 2009, Tao landed on the cover of Vogue Japan where she had an entire issue dedicated to herself–making her the first Japanese model with this distinction.

Du Juan

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Du Juan for Prestige Magazine by Richard Ramos (2013)

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 31
Known for: Although she has transitioned into acting, Du Juan is known for beingthe top Asian model to work during the mid-2000s for campaigns like DavidYurman, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. Most recently, she appeared in a Van Cleef & Arpels ad.

Chiharu Okunugi

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Chiharu Okunugi for Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign

Nationality: Japanese
Age: 22
Known for: Although her career is still young, Chiharu Okunugi has appeared in prestigious advertisements for labels including Stella McCartney, Dior and Chanel.

Sui He

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Sui He for Neiman Marcus Resort 2013 Catalogue

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 24
Known for: Sui He has made appearance in top labels’ advertisements such as Karl Lagerfeld, H&M and Ralph Lauren. She landed on the cover of W Magazine in 2011 despite being relatively unknown, and also appeared on the covers of Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar China and i-D.

Soo Joo Park

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Soo Joo Park on Vs. Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Cover

Nationality: Korean
Age: 27
Known for: Despite her late start in modeling, Soo Joo Park has landed ad campaigns for top brands including Chanel, Tom Ford and DKNY. She is most well-known for her signature platinum blonde tresses.

From designers to models, the runways of New York Fashion Week have traditionally lacked racial diversity. However, a glimmer of hope came at the spring 2012 shows when non-blonde beauties like Jourdan Dunn, Isabella Melo and Nyasha Matonhodze were among the most-booked women of color. Now Asian models Liu Wen, So Young Kang and Fei Fei Sun are on the road to redefining the face of fashion. Casting director Andrew Weir explains that all eyes are on this new crop of Asian girls:

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Welcome, December. Goodbye, November! And hey there, fellow bumblebees! I am back with skincare product review, this time it's from the Korean road shop brand; Innisfree. So yaaay to my first Innisfree review ever! Wait~ Where have you been, Mitch? However, before we begin, I'd like to make it clear that this wasn't my first time trying Innisfree product :D I made a purchase of their Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack too, but it was meh, and to be honest I don't really like writing such negativity so I decided not to review it. It was such a shame since the Jeju Volcanic range caught my attention more than the others.

Innisfree Korean Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack now in India

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam review

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam.

First of all, you must be wondering what Bija is. I googled it and found a wikipedia about Bija and apparently it literally means 'seed'. Here's a picture of Bija from Innisfree's website. The nutmeg is a rare ingredient that can only be used after it has endured 20 years of survival in the wild. Its hardy properties allow for the skin to be gently smoothed and for the skin's natural defense system to be enhanced.
What I like about all Innisfree product is that they only use natural derived ingredients and the skincare would usually be free of synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, artificial fragrances, and imidazolidinyl urea. Just like this facial foam!

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Sealed and flip cap.

The tube packaging is completely sealed outside with transparent plastic and when I twisted the cap, it was sealed again with aluminum foil for double protection. The shelf life is 12 months after initial opening.

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Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam review

From creamy to foamy.
With just a pea-size, the thick creamy formula foams easily. It has a pearly white color and smells so organically fresh. It doesn't sting when I'm lathering it around my eye area, there's a slight of minty effect, but it feels so gentle, and does a great job at cleansing. I recommend to use this with facial brush too, because it can perform a better job at cleansing makeup residue.

After rinsing, it left my skin feeling clean and fresh. The only downside is, it gives me that tightness feeling to the normal part of my oily combination skin. I guess those with oily skin will love this facial foam.

Regarding the controlling blemish, yes it works! I don't have a big pimple to begin with *don't jinx!*. But there was a time when I developed some tiny bumps on my forehead as a consequence of threading, and after I put some herbal ointment, I used this facial foam, voila~ on the next day, they disappeared. The herbal ointment doesn't work that amazing usually, though. Oh moreover, this facial foam can control my hormonal acne too.

All in all, it's a nice facial foam with such affordable price for 150ml size that would suit oily skin type with least blemish concern. But would I repurchase it? I'm the type who can't stick to one thing unless I don't find any dislike in it. Therefore, I don't think so, but we'll see :)

Price: IDR 110k


GOT7 - She's A Monster.
Frankly, I like GOT7 because of Jackson in it. I've never imagined I'd like this guy. He was born in freaking 1994 just so you know! First saw him in the variety show; Roommate season 2, and I thought he was funny, hyperactive, such a dork LOL. Not to mention he looks like ManSe (yes one of those adorably cute triplets, the maknae!) Back to the topic, I have been listening to this song for a week!! It's just one of my favorites from their album, Identify. They recently released a new MV Stop Stop It, but there's something that entertains me more than that, hohoho, yeaaah, the dance practice session... Ok. I feel like a pedonoona now. Bye~!
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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Your eyebrows are like bridge to your emotions. Your eyebrows reflect your likes and dislikes very well. When you like something or when you are surprised, these lines tend to rise up in exclamation. Quite obviously, they frown in dislike. In short, your eyebrows complete your facial expressions. Some women are fortunate enough too born with beautiful pair of eyebrows, but the majority aren’t that lucky.

Whether you are god gifted with two artistic eyebrows or not, you need to take care of them and get them shaped from time to time for a perfect look. Even if you have the most beautiful and enchanting eyes in the world, an unmade eyebrow can spoil the entire look. The present scenario demands thick eyebrows. Hey ladies, your wait is over, let’s get beautiful eyebrows naturally.

Your eyebrows are like bridge to your emotions. Your eyebrows reflect your likes and dislikes very well. When you like something or when you are surprised, these lines tend to rise up in exclamation. Quite obviously, they frown in dislike. In short, your eyebrows complete your facial expressions. Some women are fortunate enough too born with beautiful pair of eyebrows, but the majority aren’t that lucky.

Whether you are god gifted with two artistic eyebrows or not, you need to take care of them and get them shaped from time to time for a perfect look. Even if you have the most beautiful and enchanting eyes in the world, an unmade eyebrow can spoil the entire look. The present scenario demands thick eyebrows. Hey ladies, your wait is over, let’s get beautiful eyebrows naturally.




Get beautiful Eyebrows naturally with castor oil

When it comes to beauty tips, the age old methods always rule the roost. The reason – they are time tested. Using castor oil for prominent and thick eyebrows is one of the best ways. The best part, you don’t have to shell out a fortune. This oil is easily available in the market. Just take a few drops of it and apply it directly on your eyebrows. Leave it as it is for the whole night and rinse off in the morning. Within 3 to 4 weeks you can see the possible changes, provided you follow the same religiously. It is an effective way to get beautiful eyebrows naturally.




Get beautiful Eyebrows naturally with coconut oil

What can be better than coconut oil? After all, it is famous for its hair growth boosting properties. Applying coconut oil on your eyebrows is yet another solution to get beautiful eyebrows naturally. It will help you improve the speed of your hair growth, resulting in thicker eyebrows. The best way to apply it is same as above. You can see dramatic changes in your look within 1 to ½ months of application. Make sure you make it a daily habit.



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Acnes and pimples are common issues with women, especially during puberty in the teenage. Many grownups also have to deal with acnes on a regular basis. However, there is no need to fret because simple and effective home remedies for acnes are available. First, you need to note a little science behind the occurrence.

These stem from an overactive sebum gland that clogs its pores with dirt and shows up as an inflammation. What causes the over action? Stress and digestive disorders are main issues. Women with oily skin are more prone to these than women with dry/normal skin do. Indigestion causes accumulation of gas in your stomach, and the results show up as acnes.

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Simple and effective home remedies for acnes preventive methods

Prevention is curing before the cure. Do remember to water – wash your face once in a while and wipe it with a tissue. This keeps away the oil, which attracts the dirt. Your makeup cosmetics also attract dirt. In fact, many women find certain cosmetic products causing the acnes. Just avoid those, and find some nice herbal-based cosmetic products. Also, make it a point to have a clear digestive system.

Do not indulge too much in oily foods, as the extra oil acts as a trigger for acnes to erupt. Most importantly, learn to stay cool. Do not panic over acnes or any other situation. There is always a solution! These simple precautions are the best preventive simple and effective home remedies for acnes.

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Simple and effective home remedies for acnes working immediately

If you are in the habit of ‘bursting’ with your fingertips, make sure they are clean and you do not get contamination. Otherwise, it can get sore. In fact, the ‘bursting’ technique is not much advisable. Instead, try the simple and effective home remedies for acnes such as lemon juice, egg white mask, honey, aloe Vera, olive oil, rosewater & sandalwood, and fengreek leaf paste.



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Who doesn’t want a shiny and gorgeous hair?? Everyone wants it. For getting beautiful, shiny and gorgeous hair you have to pay attention on then definitely. You have to take care of them and treat them very well.  Basically it is really not hard to get it but most of the every woman failed to achieve it because they always repeat some common hair care mistakes. In this article we will discuss about the Biggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do – Hair Care Tips and will resolve it.


Brushing Your Hair after Washing

Your hair is the weakest when it is wet. So, do not comb your hair after washing. If you want it to be flawless then you can comb your hair before washing it.

Biggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do - Hair Care Tips

Just Brushing the Ends of Your Hair

It is not true that too much brushing of hair can cause breakage. The scalp extracts some natural oils; they are the best conditioner of all. You can use a wooden comb which can be used to stimulate the scalp of yours. The wooden brush stimulates your scalp and helps to improve the blood circulation.

Cleaning Your Hair Frequently

This is one of the Biggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do – Hair Care. Most of the hair doesn’t get many benefits from daily washing. Daily washing removes the naturally secreted oil from your scalp. The oils are extremely essential for your scalp and hair too. the daily wash removes all the oil with dirt from the scalp. Wash your hair thrice a week and after washing use very mild and gentle conditioner.

Biggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do - Hair Care.

Ironing Your Hair Daily

Using hot iron daily to your hair is very dangerous. Do not use it daily. This is one of theBiggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do – Hair Care. Daily ironing damages your hair and broke them internally.

Biggest Hair Care Mistakes the People Do - Hair Care.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Microsoft Corp said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.

Microsoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

Loaded with its latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 dual SIM will be priced at around 110 euros (about $137) before taxes and subsidies, Microsoft said in a statement.

The phone will feature a wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-inch qHD display screen, the company said.

Smartphones run on Microsofts' Windows software, mostly Lumias, captured only 2.7% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter, down from 3.8 percent the year before, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Microsoft completed its $7.2 billion deal to buy Nokia's handset business in April. Nokia continues as a networks, mapping and technology licensing company. It owns and manages the Nokia brand and only licenses it to Microsoft.

Microsoft had said in the past it planned to license the Nokia brand for its lower-end mobile phones for 10 years and to use the name on its smartphones only for a "limited" time, without saying how long that might be.

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Facebook's Messenger app which provides with the instant messaging service has now hit 500 million monthly active users.

As quoted in, "Today more than 500 million people are using Messenger each month and we're more committed than ever to make it the best possible messaging experience," said Facebook's director of product management, Peter Martinazzi in a press release.

With 500 million active users, Facebook's Messenger app now to compete with Whatsapp

The app had only 200 million users till April this year after its launch in 2011 but after the disabling of the messaging functionality in August from the main Facebook app, the users were bound to download the Messenger app.

The decision to transform Messenger into a required application annoyed its consumers in the beginning but the app immediately topped at the App Store. However its review page was immediately flooded with one-star ratings from disappointed users and those agonized over the app's privacy.

"Asking everyone in our community to install a new app is a big ask. I appreciate that that was work and required friction. We wanted to do this because we believe that this is a better experience. Messaging is becoming increasingly important. On mobile, each app can only focus on doing one thing well, we think." Mark Zuckerberg said to

The sudden hike in Messenger's users reflects that the app is presently competing with Whatsapp, which reached 600 million active users in August 2014. Messenger was the first and the only software application whose motive was to provide only messaging service to its users unlike the other Facebook applications.

"With Messenger, you can reach people instantly. It is just as fast as SMS but gives you the ability to express yourself in ways that SMS can’t. You can send stickers or videos, take selfies, chat with groups and make free calls. We’ve also continued to improve speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two weeks so it continues to evolve and improve.This is an exciting milestone but with a half billion people relying on Messenger to communicate and connect, it is also a reminder that there is so much left for us to do." said Peter Martinazzi.

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Finally, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani has seen the light of the day with Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra joining the cast. But history has it that the film has undergone several changes in its casting ever since it was conceptualised.

Old 'Bajirao Mastani' poster featuring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor still in Sanjay Bhansali's office?

Initially the film was planned to go on floors after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji in lead roles. But after Aishwarya and Salman's love affair went kaput, SLB decided to cast Kareena as Mastani. It was then that Salman and Kareena even shot for the film's poster. Salman has even cropped his hair for the poster back then.

Post that, the film still took a long time to go on floors and in between that, Sanjay and Salman had a major showdown post which Sanjay decided to cast Hrithik Roshan for the film. And that too did not fall in place. And rumours had it that the director then approached Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan, both of whom turned down the role.

It was only after Ram Leela's success that he decided to make his ambitious film with Ranveer and Deepika in the lead playing Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani with his Mary Kom heroine Priyanka Chopra playing Kashibai!

But we hear that the old poster featuring Salman and Kareena still lies in SLB office! Such memories, we say.

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Her last film Daawat-e-Ishq didn't fare well at the box office nor did it manage to impress the audience. But Pari isn't really worried because she is all geared up to charm the masses with her new film and her completely new avatar…

Parineeti Chopra: People need to stop saying that I dress badly!

She is fierce, she is funny and she is smoking hot – that's the new Parineeti Chopra in a nutshell. As always, it was super fun to chat with Pari but before we got down to business, she told us she won't entertain any boring questions. Read on to know how our conversation turned out to be…

How have you managed not to have any cat fights with any of your contemporaries so far ?
Arey….we are such good people...we don't fight with anyone...we are so nice (laughs). Jokes apart, I will tell you what really it is. You know we genuinely like each other and most of us know each other even before we became actors. So there is no reason to suddenly not like each other. That bond has carried forward. Also, we know that there is work for everyone and I don't need to cut you to get your film. We all have different personalities and we are getting films accordingly. We spend so much time with each other and party together that there is no time for a fight. And I don't why this is surprising. If there is an article which comes out, I can call them up and say, 'listen this is what I said and this is what is written so please ignore.' Otherwise somebody else can start judging you.

What made you sign Kill Dil?
The director! I was dying to do a film with Shaad sir. He is one of those directors on your wishlist. And the first thing said to me when the film was offered to me was that it will be directed by Shaad. That was like the first tick on the check list. Then they said we need you to be only in western avatar. So that was the second tick and the it was Yash Raj Films so what else would you want. It was just awesome doing the film.

Initially, you were criticized for fashion but people are praising you for your style.
I honestly and genuinely feel relieved and I really worked hard at it. You know fashion is one area which has never been my strength. In the beginning, I just didn't know what would look nice on me. When someone would say oh this is Louis Vuitton, you should wear it, I would wear it and look shit in it. I had no idea. But then I realised that you first need to understand your body. And that along with having a good stylist is very important. Also, I need people to stop saying that I dress badly. I need them to say, 'Oh she dresses well, she acts well.' I don't want any negativity around me. So I want to improve that.

Sonam Kapoor recently applauded you for blasting some reporters. Comment.
Approval by another girl is always great and approval by another actress is even better. Honestly, I spoke with a lot of respect and in both instances it was a guy who was being dumb. I am not some bhartiya naari with agenda but in both these instances I felt the need to voice myself. Also, I am an actress so if I say something I feel it will make a difference, so I said it. But it's not my hobby to blast reporters (laughs).

After Kill Dil, you will be taking a break for eight to nine months?
I meant to say that my next release will be probably after eight to nine months. Even if I start shooting now, it will be ready after eight to nine months...itna time lagta hai. The Saif (Ali Khan) film is signed but we are not shooting because he was busy and I was too with Kill Dil. So we have pushed it and we don't know when we are going to start shooting for it. So I don't know what my next film is going be right now. Let's see how Kill Dil does and then I will take decisions.

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Akshara Haasan has received praise from the highest quarters, and papa Kamal Haasan says he is jealous.

Big B praises Akshara Haasan's performance

It seems the Big B saw rushes of B Balki's Shamitabh in which Akshara makes her debut alongside the Big B, and sent her a message of appreciation. Says the proud papa in mock-jealousy, "Amitji texted Akshara. I told her she's one-up on me because I never received any text from him praising my performance."

On a more serious note, Kamal Haasan is excited about his younger daughter's acting debut. "Like my elder one Shruti, Akshara has done what she has to. She started by assisting Rahul Dholakia. Then before I knew it she had signed her first film as an actor."

Incidentally Akshara's immediate co-star in Shamitabh is Dhanush who has done a Tamil film with Akshara's sister and is said to be "extremely protective" of Akshara.

Says a source from the Shamitabh team, "Dhanush helps Akshara with her lines, bails her out when she gets stuck in a scene. He is very much the protective friend on the sets."

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There are films that impress you and there are movies that move you. I prefer the latter. Some emotions are so deeply embedded in you that when you see even a pale interpretation of them on screen, they push you into the throes of nostalgia.

The butterflies have gone, writes Niranjan Iyengar

When I was invited for the preview of Tapaal (Post), a Marathi film, the jaded film technician in me was not at all prepared for the ride into memories of childhood and adolescence, lost amidst the buzz of my professional life. It wasn't so much about the story or the narrative of Tapaal as much as it was about what it evoked in me – a deep sense of longing!

How many times have we, through our adolescence, heard the words, "Grow up!" or "Stop behaving like a child"! And they never made sense then. But despite being annoying, the words gave a strange comfort that `growing up' perhaps had all the answers to our questions. And then the years pass and it just dawns on you that there are no answers… just more questions!

Tapaal is set in a small village in the 80s and explores an unusual friendship between a childless couple and a young boy going through growing up pangs. As the film ended I couldn't stop crying. Even as I was expressing my thoughts to writer Mangesh Hadawale and director Laxman Utekar, I was suppressing the tears that threatened to spring into my eyes. They did look surprised and may have thought of it as an over-reaction, but something in me had been stirred. I laughed off my response as some `age-related' reaction till it dawned on me this morning that it wasn't so.

I was actually reliving the emotions of my teenage years that now seem so far away. And while I prayed through all those years to grow up, today, I miss them. I miss those precocious, heart wrenching, laughter filled, warm moments, where even when you were making friends or enemies there was no pressure to keep the decision permanent, where you were allowed to change your mind, trespass boundaries and even hurt people without being judged.

Adolescence is about confusion, anxiety, anger, lust, love… It's like the first rain of the monsoon and no matter how much it pours after that, the fragrance is never really the same. Each of us has a different notion of what growing up is but for me, it lies in a deep sense of regret that no matter how much or how hard I try, I will never feel the way I did when I was 15, 16 or 19…

I still remember the butterflies in my stomach the first time I was going to confess my love and it's sad that with passing years, the butterflies keep reducing till they cease to exist. That's the saddest part of growing up. You lose the butterflies!

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Ciao carissime, oggi finalmente qualche scatto dopo la grande tempesta di questi giorni:) outfit semplice ma ricco di dettagli che ne dite? hello dear, now finally some shots after the great storm of these days :) outfit simple but rich in detail what do you think?

Instant Fashion: happy with MIA BAG and LORIBLU on the eve of winter


Come procede la vostra giornata? Qui da me piove ininterrottamente :( e quindi è un po’ difficile fare qualche shooting però ho pensato di condividere con voi qualche scatto postato su instagram che non ho mai inserito qui sul blog :) buona giornata mondo.


How is your day? Here with me no-stop raining :( so it is a bit ‘difficult to do some shooting but I thought I’d share with you some pictures posted on instagram that I never entered here on the blog :) good day world


Thursday, 30 October 2014

DARK UNDERARMS – Causes, Remedies & Prevention. Dark underarms is one of most common beauty problems faced by many women – it is a real turn down especially since it poses constraints on wearing sleeveless tops which ultimately results in being self-conscious when it comes to dressing. Dressing of course has a major influence on our confidence levels so we must not let anything restrict ourselves to pick and wear the attire of our choice.

Survey Revealed: How to Get Rid of Dark Under Arms

Dark UNderarms

Recently during my parlor visit for a regular waxing session this topic came for discussion since my friend badly wanted to get some solution to this problem. Thought of sharing with you all about the topic and further investigation of the problem. So here am trying to cite the major causes of dark underarms and remedies, preventive measures etc.

Major Causes:
Frequently wearing tight dresses, especially made of synthetic material, which are skin tight around the arm pit area (this will be worse if you’re overweight) which causes friction between skin and cloth and thus leads to dark underarms.
Hair removal by Shaving or Hair Removing creams: Shaving removes only those hairs which are above the skin surface and underarm area will appear dark since the hair follicles beneath skin are still visible in the form of black spots. Same is the case with hair removing creams and additionally certain chemicals in the cream might react and worsen the darkening effect. Neither shaving nor hair removing creams removes hair from its roots.
Negative reactions to Anti-Perspirants or deodorants: Alcohol and few chemical ingredients in these react badly on skin to cause darkening, especially anti-perspirants are supposed to be harsher than deodorants.
Dead Skin Bulid-up: As is the case with face and body, dead skin cells accumulate in under arm area and many times dirt and sweat accumulation makes things even worse and make it stubborn & thus difficult to remove.
Medical Conditions: Discoloration of underarm area can also be due to a medical condition called Acanthosis Nigricans, which is related to insulin production or some glandular disorder. If you have dark underarms and hyper-pigmentation around the base of your neck, please go get your blood sugar checked. These can be symptoms of type II diabetes and most people don’t know they have this. Intake of androgen-based contraceptives also contributes to darkening.
Apart from these, Genetics is also one factor and dark underarms may be passed on as heredity from past generations.

You can try a home made pack similar to what we use for face, with ingredients that have skin whitening properties- like a combination of lime+cucumber juice with a pinch of turmeric or besan+yogurt or sandalwood paste+rose water etc. Regular use will have positive effects but don’t expect an immediate solution.
Many commercial products are also available in market to lighten dark underarms but it is always advisable to go for something which is prescribed by your dermatologist which will generally have ingredients like salicylic acid, AHA, lactic acid, Retinol etc which are proven for their skin lightening properties.
If you suspect any medical condition contact your doctor and get it treated medically.
Once you find out what works well for you, and have shown positive results it is equally important to take some preventive measures to ensure your underarms stay clean n clear for ever.


Avoid tight fitting dresses, at least don’t wear them every day and choose cotton rather than synthetic material for daily use especially during summer when we sweat profusely…
Switch to waxing and stop shaving/using hair removing creams. You can really feel the difference in skin in terms of color, texture and growth of hair. Since waxing gets rid of hair from the roots the area stays clean and soft and hair grows back slowly without much thickness too.
Be conscious of the ingredients in deodorants, better to avoid anti-perspirants which have harsh chemicals and pick deos especially which are free of alcohol and strong fragrance. I personally feel it is always better to stick on to body spray/splashes rather than roll-ons since the application is more hygienic when it comes to spray. Avoid using all these while at home instead dust on some anti-fungal powder to absorb sweat if it is really required.
Regularly exfoliate your underarm area with a good body scrub, at least twice a week while you take shower-this will remove all dead cells, traces of deos, sweat and impurities. Make sure you moisturize the sensitive skin after exfoliation.
You may need to keep track of your weight too. Excess flabby arms lead to dark armpits due to rubbing skin against skin.
Now following are few things which have really helped me to prevent darkening of underarms.

I do regularly exfoliate with my favorite St.Ives apricot body scrub and am sure it works!!This is followed by applying a body moisturizer which will ensure the skin is not dried out.
St Ives Scrub for Underarms
St Ives Scrub for Underarms
I prefer waxing – really hate the way skin feels after shaving be it arms, legs or underarms which makes my skin dry so I never opt for shaving.
I always stick on to a mild deodorant – Dove is my personal favorite since it is quite moisturizing and has a mild fragrance-been using it for many years. Absolutely loving the new Dove deo with cucumber and green tea extract which has a refreshingly pleasant & mild fragrance and smell is quite long lasting too…I love to experiment with perfumes but not deodorants since it is being used in underarms where skin is quite sensitive.
In short just a little care is required to prevent darkening of underarms which would surely yield beautiful and long lasting results!!

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pantene's Total Damage Care 10 Shampoo contains Keratin Damage Blockers, which identifies and neutralizes free radicals in water and this helps in preserving hair’s vital proteins.

Fun 'n Fitness Mondays: Tried and Tested: Pantene Total Damage Care 10 Shampoo

This aids in a healthy, tangle-free hair, giving up to 100% damage protection The shampoo comes in a white bottle with a golden flip open cap. If you have used Pantene shampoos earlier, you will know the exact fragrance of this one. The consistency of this shampoo is creamy; it lathers quite well. It works as a good moisturiser and cleans the scalp well. The shampoo is loaded with chemicals and that left my hair dry. I had to follow up every wash with the Total Damage Care Conditioner. I also ended up with terrible hair fall.
• Cleans the scalp well
• Removes oil, sweat and dust from the hair and scalp
• Lathers well
• Inexpensive
• Travel-friendly packaging

• It caused terrible hair fall
• Loaded with chemicals
• Causes product build-up over time

Price: Rs.152

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the Ministry of Human Resources Development are organising the Pan-IIM World Management Conference from November 5 –8. The theme of the conference, 'Globalizing Indian Thought' focuses on Indian management approaches like jugaad innovation that have found international recognition in recent times. The conference aims at bringing together global scholars to deliberate on issues that will impact global management thoughts in the years to come.

Management conference in Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Short film competition
The U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai's is organising a short film competition on 'Women's Safety and Empowerment'. Participants must submit 3-5 minute videos in the form of stories, testimonials, ads, public service announcements, or any other format which depicts the safety or empowerment of women in some way. The contest is open to Indian nationals residing in the states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The submitted videos must be original and produced within the past two years. For more details visit:

Animation awards
The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) is accepting entries for the 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2014 to be held in Mumbai. The awards are spread across different categories including exclusive student awards for best VFX short film, game design, TV series, animated film etc. Students, professionals and studios from across the world can send their entries for the different categories. For more details:

Shopper marketing programme
MICA is conducting a three day management development programme on 'Shopper Marketing: Turning Shoppers into Buyers', from November 13-15 at its campus in Ahmedabad. The programme is aimed at professionals working at senior and middle level management positions, in the area of marketing, branding, advertising agencies or retail. Participants will understand the essentials of shopper marketing, complex decisions of shopper behaviour, trip and shopper types, shopping currencies and shopper marketing processes.

Business competition
Henkel has opened registrations for their eight Innovation Challenge. Students across the world from all disciplines can participate in this completion and are expected to submit ideas for sustainable products and technologies. A team of two students must indentify market trends and challenges in the Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care or Laundry and Home Care sector. The winning team will receive an around-the-world ticket worth 10,000 Euros. The last date to submit ideas is December 10. For more details:

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Neil Harbisson, the world's first legally-recognised cyborg, talks to Roshni Nair about the untapped potential of cybernetics and the need to make technology more intrinsic

Meet Neil Harbisson: He hears colours with an antenna implanted in his skull and spins them into art


Neil-Harbisson-cyborg Alec Baldwin looks on as Harbisson wears a head-mounted apparatus to make a sound portrait of the actor in New York
The story of Neil Harbisson is one for the ages. Born with a rare vision disorder called achromatopsia, this British-born, Barcelona resident saw the world only in black and white.

That was until 2003, when he collaborated with Adam Montandon, Associate Professor of Innovation at Denmark's Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt institute. Together, they created a revolutionary device called the 'eyeborg'. Fixed on the wearer's head, the eyeborg converts light waves (colour) into sound waves. This effectively gives one the ability to hear colour.

To say Harbisson's life changed thereafter would be a trivialisation. Once fully colour blind, Harbisson now perceived the world like no one could. "Art galleries became sound galleries," he says. "I was suddenly able to listen to a Picasso or a Rothko, and supermarkets became orchestras of sound."

A year later, in 2004, Harbisson became the only person in the world allowed to wear a head-mounted apparatus for his passport photo. This made him the world's first legally-recognised cyborg.

Today, this contemporary artist, who creates 'sound portraits­' of people, is a champion for cyborg rights. His Cyborg Foundation, established in 2010, is dedicated to creating awareness and promoting cybernetics as a way of life. In this interview, Harbisson talks about his vision for the future. Edited excerpts:

You've said that you were teased in school because of your disorder. Was achromatopsia something that always made you feel out of place?

Not really. I always thought it was good to be different. There's no problem seeing in black and white. It's just that colour is a very social and popular element, so I wanted to have a sense of it. Not necessarily change my sight.

Since colour is everywhere, weren't you bombarded by too much noise when you first wore the eyeborg?

Yes. When I first started hearing colour, it was too much information because it's all around us. My brain was being remapped, so I'd get headaches and feel really tired. It took around five weeks for me to get used to it. Other than that, I also had to get used to my new height, because the eyeborg antenna made me 7cm taller. So I'd bump into doors or branches (laughs).

You once said that Renaissance art 'disturbed' you as compared to modern art because the latter had 'less noise'...

I like abstract and minimalist art because you can hear the notes clearly. Traditional and classic paintings are more detailed, so you hear more notes, and that can become very chaotic. Simple paintings sound much better — you can concentrate on specific notes. Paintings by Mondrian, for example, have clear separation of colours. Paintings with complex shapes and shades are complex to listen to.

As a cyborg, do you have any dietary or lifestyle restrictions?
Electricity is part of my diet because apart from food and drink, I need to charge myself. I had to plug myself in a power source, but don't need to anymore. My eyeborg is now battery-powered, and it lasts for about 4-5 weeks.

But my ultimate aim is to draw energy from my own body instead of depending on an external source. Energy from blood vessels, our breath, and even brain energy. There's kinetic energy too.

Have you ever faced opposition for being a cyborg?
Oh yes. Some very religious people think our bodies shouldn't be modified. There are bioethicists who feel technology shouldn't be merged with humans. So doctors refuse to perform cyborg operations. It's extremely difficult to convince ethical committees about such procedures. Which is why the doctor who implanted the eyeborg on me remains anonymous. Many believe the union between humans and technology is unnatural, unhealthy or dangerous. That it will bring about a new kind of 'species' that will be dangerous to the world. This reminds me of the time people thought sex change operations shouldn't be performed. But this attitude is slowly changing.

Why do you think that bioethicists have a grouse with cybernetics when devices like pacemakers and microchips have saved lives?

The difference is that I can hear infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) – colours the naked eye can't perceive. This goes beyond the realm of the normal and acceptable. Any implant that goes beyond traditional senses or perceptions is an issue for bioethical committees.
Also, having an antenna implanted means you're not replacing a body part – you're creating one. Some people believe humans aren't supposed to perceive UV and IR. Some believe we shouldn't have antennae. But I disagree. I think it's only natural to sense IR and UV because these are colours other animal species can perceive.
If anything, being a cyborg brings you closer to nature, not the other way around. Having a new sense changes your outlook, because you see the world in a new way. It's a new reality. The more senses you apply to your body, the more connected you feel to this planet.

There are concerns about cybernetics being used 'idly' instead of limiting it to rectifying a medical problem or disorder. Can you comment on that.

Anyone should be allowed to become a cyborg. We have the right to expand our perceptions of reality. I was never interested in seeing colour. I wanted to perceive it differently. In the same way I've decided to extend my senses, someone else too should be able to. There are people who are blind but have no interest in extending their sight. There are those who're deaf and not interested in hearing ever. I believe there are two groups of people: one that doesn't want to extend the senses, and one that does. We should be able to explore such an option.

Do you think people in developing countries can have access to affordable cybernetics in the near future?
Absolutely. Computers and mobile phones were exclusive at one time, but now they're accessible to everyone. The same will happen with cybernetics. Cybernetics will actually be cheaper, because technology will be merged with the body in some way. There's no external product. When you are a cyborg, you are technology. We've developed very affordable technologies, but the problem is that doctors aren't willing to implant them. It's more a social issue, not a monetary one.

Can you tell us more about these technologies?

We've worked on an infrared sensor called 360º Perception, which extends senses in all directions. This is to be attached to the back of the head. So you'll feel a vibration whenever there's movement behind you. There's also something akin to an inbuilt compass that vibrates when you face north. This provides a sense of orientation and is also very cheap.

Such technologies can save lives. Like in my case, perceiving UV rays helps me avoid radiation. Moon Ribas, who co-founded Cyborg Foundation with me, has the Seismic Sensor in her elbow that allows her to detect earthquakes. If you can pick up tremors anywhere on earth, you can alert people that very moment. Similarly, if you can sense what's behind you, you become more aware of your surroundings and can better protect yourself in a dangerous situation.
The possibilities of cybernetics are endless. You could have night vision instead of turning on the lights at night. That would save so much electricity. We could live in a world where artificial light is not necessary.

Does Cyborg Foundation get a lot of communique by people who want to become cyborgs?

Yes, thousands have contacted us. We try to reply to all of them, but it's not always possible. More and more people want to stop using external technology and start becoming technology. They want to apply the technology that machines have to their own bodies. It's strange that we give senses to cars and mobile phones, but we don't give these senses to ourselves.

Cyborg Foundation will continue promoting cyborgism as an art and social movement. We want to work with people who wish to express themselves in other ways, with the help of other senses. We will also push for the creation of clinics and hospitals that can perform cyborg operations. Places like New York, Mexico, Ecuador and Germany are more open to cyborgism than others.

But there are privacy and security concerns about having technology merged with your body...
All technology applied to the body can be private and closed circuit. You can choose whether or not to connect your senses to the internet or a company. In fact, I encourage people to create their own cybernetic extensions. The Cyborg Foundation's projects are open-source. So anyone can create their own antennae, Seismic Sense, or 360º Perception. Only you should have a hand in the creation of your sense, because at the end of the day, it's personal. It's not something you can buy.

So there's no question of cybernetics becoming commercialised since sense expansion will be custom-based?

Yes. People can create their own senses and body parts. There are 11-year-old children who create robots at home. When it comes to cybernetics, you just need to find a doctor who'll implant a device in your body. That's the difficult part.

What impact does being a cyborg have on your personal and social life?
Well there aren't many cyborgs in the world (laughs) so I do feel alone sometimes. If there were more cyborgs, we'd be able to share mutual thoughts and experiences. Being a cyborg at this juncture is quite isolating. It can be difficult to have a relationship with someone who doesn't think or feel the same way about technology as you do. Sometimes, there's a social gap between cyborgs and other people. Some people laugh when they see my antenna. But I'm used to it. I have been for 10 years., @savagespacetaco

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Bangalore City railway station has become the first in the country to have its own WiFi network for passengers.

Bangalore station gets country's first railway WiFi facility

The facility will be made available to passengers, on their mobile phones, free of charge for the first 30 minutes. After that, you can purchase more browsing time online through your credit card, or buy a scratch card at the WiFi help desk. These are priced at Rs 25 for 30 minutes and Rs 35 for one hour, and are valid for 24 hours.

RailWire, a broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India, under the Railway Ministry, is facilitating the bandwith for the station's WiFi. RailTel will soon provide Wi-Fi facilities at other A1 & A category stations as well. Connaught Place in Delhi, Dadar and CST in Mumbai, and Thane stations are reportedly on the roadmap, but no confirmation as to which station which get the upgrade next.

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A huge achievement for Snapdeal, India's four-year-old startup that allows third party retailers to sell goods online, comes in the form of a $627 million investment from SoftBank Internet and Media. The investment yesterday came at the same time that SoftBank confirmed a $210 million investment in another local startup Olacabs

Snapdeal snaps up $627 million investment from Japanese giant

The Japanese company's investment is Snapdeal's cue to continue expanding within the country, riding on what is likely the biggest cash dump by a single investor into an Indian startup. The latest cheque brings Snapdeal's fundraising this year upto a total of almost $1 billion, putting it into an easier spot to compete with rivals Amazon and Flipkart.

For SoftBank, the investment comes as part of what the company's chief executive, Masayoshi Son, says is a plan to invest $10 billion in India's e-commerce sector over the next 10 years. Meanwhile Kunal Bahl, cofounder of Snapdeal, says he hopes to take the company's future in the same direction as Alibaba, a China-based e-commerce giant in which SoftBank owns a third of the shares.

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Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the first time to clinch La Liga's best player award among a hattrick of awards he won at the Spanish top flight's annual gala.

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi for first time to bag La Liga's best player award

The Portuguese also won prizes for the league's best striker and best goal, for his back-heel against Valencia.

Ronaldo said that it is a very good moment in his career, and later tweeted that he was happy and proud, The BBC reported. The accolade comes as Ronaldo was also named on the shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's best player.

Argentina forward Messi, who also figures on the Ballon d'Or shortlist, had won all five previous La Liga best player awards since the prize was launched in the 2008-09 season.

Ronaldo finished top scorer in La Liga in 2013-14 with 31 goals, but was unable to fire Real Madrid to the title, with city rivals Atletico winning the league.

However, Real dominated the individual awards at the La Liga gala, with Sergio Ramos being named best defender and Luka Modric winning the prize for best defensive midfielder, the report added.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Delhi(Indilens Web Team): Diwali is one of the biggest festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'.

Traditional Diwali Celebration in India and PM Modi's Wishes

Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival od Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.

The exact day of the festival is decided by the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or 'no moon day' is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali. This dark night comes after every fortnight and in the month of Kartik, it marks this festival of lights and diyas. As per the English calendar, the festival generally comes in the month of November and December. For all Hindu people, the festival holds an imperative meaning since the festival is reckoned with Lord Rama's victory as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana. The festival is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles to drive away the darkness of Amavasya.

Diwali Festival in India

Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Orissa, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka

Diwali Celebrations around the World

Mauritius, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Britain, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago , Guyana, Surinam, Fiji

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took to Twitter to share the link of a special page for exchanging Diwali wishes with people.

"Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page," he tweeted. @narendramodi

"Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page"

In another tweet, the prime minister said people could send their special e-greetings on Diwali online.

"Diwali is here! Send these special e-greetings and share the happiness and brightness of this festive season," he tweeted.

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