Category Archives: Famous Personalities

Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

By Janice Rodrigues

Come July 31, our favourite boy wizard will be celebrating yet another birthday. But it’s probably high time we stop referencing Harry Potter as a ‘boy’ wizard; if he was indeed 12 years old in 1992 (mentioned in The Chamber of Secrets when he celebrated the deathday anniversary of Nearly Headless Nick) then the protagonist in J.K. Rowling’s magical series is — wait for it — turning 39 this year. Continue reading Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

In the tunnel of Aids phobia, with memories of a princess

By Suresh Pattali

I always adored Princess Diana. In fact, Prince Charles and yours truly fell in love with Lady Di almost at the same time. Such beauty and grace; she took the British monarchy to the common man with her tireless philanthropic work across the world, earning for herself the nickname the People’s Princess. She changed the world’s perception about HIV/Aids by shaking hands with patients without wearing a glove. At that time, Aids patients were considered untouchables, as the international community was still debating how the disease transmitted.

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Trial by Twitter: Did Akshay Kumar win or lose this dramatic saga?

By Anamika Chatterjee

The Internet thrives on drama, and politics often does a good job of serving hysteria on a platter. The recent fodder has come by way of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s interview with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi right in the middle of what is believed to be a decisive election. To be fair, the actor, right at the outset, spells out that this will be an apolitical interview right before asking him if he eats mangoes (to which the PM gently responds that since he hails from Gujarat where the aam ras is practically a delicacy, yeah, he does eat mangoes). In the simpler, pre-Internet times, the interview would have been watched and reviewed in drawing rooms. Today, it has become a matter that looks less likely to rest in peace.

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How can we not admire these superheroines

By Rohma Sadaqat

These past few years have proven to be a good time for anyone looking to see more of powerful female characters on the big screen. We have seen everything from royalty-turned-combat generals to superheroes, cyborg battle angels, and even a power-hungry Asgardian diety. Well, maybe not everything — still waiting on a full length Black Widow movie — but the future looks bright.

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Can putting ‘women of colour’ on fashion mags tackle racism?

By Sushmita Bose

In a recent New York Times’ column titled ‘Where is all the color in the September issues?’, journalist Matthew Schneier writes, “In a survey of the last 10 years of September issues of 10 of the top international fashion magazines, people of colour appeared on… covers 26 per cent of the time”. But this year, he notes, the upcoming September issues have 50 per cent of covers devoted to “women of colour” (the reference to the month is about how, historically and traditionally, September is one of the most significant watersheds in the annual fashion calendar). Continue reading Can putting ‘women of colour’ on fashion mags tackle racism?

The verdict on style maven Sonam Kapoor’s many wedding outfits

By Sujata Assomull

Ever since Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja announced their wedding, I have wondered what they would wear. Sonam is known for her fashion sense, whether it’s the sari (that blush pink Anamika Khanna Cape dhoti drape — concept sari — she wore at The Cannes Film Festival in 2014), or the evening gown (the structured ball gown by Jean Paul Gaultier Couture in 2011), or just a pair trousers (in Delpozo in Dubai to celebrate IWC’s anniversary just a few weeks ago), she has been a style sensation. Continue reading The verdict on style maven Sonam Kapoor’s many wedding outfits