Keep yourself hydrated with these fruit-infused water recipes

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 23, 2020 10:00:24 am





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It is a well-known fact that consuming adequate water is one of the best ways to keep yourself hydrated. But if you do not want to keep drinking plain water to flush out the harmful toxins from your body, how about trying infused water? Filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients, infused water helps boost the metabolism while building immunity. For people who don’t like drinking plain water, it can be a great way to stay hydrated.

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Dermatologist Dr Niketa Sonavane gives a few simple preparations of infused water that you can keep at your work desk to stay hydrated and healthy.

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Water infusions are a great way to add flavour to otherwise boring water. Keep it at your work-from-home desk or carry it around in your bag! . Infused water can help you stay hydrated and flush out those toxins. . Easy Water Infusion Recipes: . Common Ingredients: 5 cups water 1 cup ice cubes optional Diced herbs and fruits . Variations: . Strawberry, Basil and Lemon: 1/2 cup strawberries 5 large fresh basil leaves, torn 1 lemon thinly sliced . Cucumber, and Mint: 1 cucumber thinly sliced 10 fresh mint leaves, torn . Orange, and Ginger: 1 orange thinly sliced 2-inch piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced . Pineapple, Coconut, and Lime: 1 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup coconut chunks 1 lime thinly sliced . Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime: 1 cup watermelon cubes 1 kiwi diced or cut into circles 1 lime sliced into circles . Malta, Pomegranate, and Mint: 1 malta thinly sliced 1/2 cup pomegranate 10 mint leaves, torn . How long should you infuse your water? Infuse your water with your favourite ingredients for at least 2 to 4 hours. Or, you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator. . Can you eat the fruit from your infused water? You can surely eat the fruit after infusing water. But remember, the fruit infuses the water with flavor, so the fruit itself has less flavor and more water. Hence it might taste watery and less flavorful than usual. . Call 9930993600 to book your consultation with me, Dr Niketa. . Online consultation available. . #skincareblog #skingoals #skintreatment #skincarelover #healthyskin #skinrejuvenation #skinglow #skincareblogger #skincarebloggers #clearskin #glowingskin #skincare #skincaretips #skinessentials #skincareroutine #skinclinic #beautifulskin #mumbaiinfluencer #makeupartistmumbai #mumbaimodel #mumbaiblogger #mumbaifashionblogger #navimumbaiblogger #beautybloggersindia #indianbeautybloggers #indianbeautyblogger #beautybloggers #beautyblogging #dermatologist

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Common ingredients

5 cups – Water
1 cup – Ice cubes, optional
Diced herbs and fruits

Variations

Strawberry, basil and lemon

½ cup – Strawberries
5 – Large fresh basil leaves, torn
1 – Lemon, thinly sliced

Cucumber and mint

1 – Cucumber, thinly sliced
10 – Fresh mint leaves, torn

Orange and ginger

1 – Orange, thinly sliced
2-inch – Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Pineapple, coconut, and lime

pineapple, infused water Put some pieces of pineapple to your plain water. (Source: Getty Images)

1 cup – Pineapple chunks
1 cup – Coconut chunks
1 – Lime, thinly sliced

Watermelon, kiwi, and lime

1 cup – Watermelon cubes
1 – Kiwi, diced or cut into circles
1 – Lime, sliced into circles

Malta (sweet orange), pomegranate, and mint

1 – Malta, thinly sliced
½ cup – Pomegranate
10 – Mint leaves, torn

How long should you infuse your water?

Infuse water with your favourite ingredients for at least two to four hours. Or, you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator, said Dr Sonavane.

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Can you eat the fruit from your infused water?

You can surely eat the fruit after infusing water. But remember, the fruit infuses the water with flavour, so the fruit itself has less flavour and more water. Hence it might taste watery and less flavourful than usual.

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It exists, far more than we allow ourselves to know: Nicole Kidman on domestic abuse and the need to speak up

By: Lifestyle Desk |

September 23, 2020 8:00:13 am





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In 2017, Nicole Kidman won an Emmy for her performance in Big Little Lies, a series that pivoted on domestic abuse and its repercussions on the victims. She essayed the role of a domestic abuse survivor, and in her inspiring speech, she shed light on the need to speak up as well as the gift of acting. “I want them to know that sometimes when you’re acting, you get a chance to bring a bigger message and this is their contribution and your contribution. We shone a light on domestic abuse,” she said.

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Apart from thanking her family for the sacrifices made, the actor made it a point to harp on the insidiousness of domestic violence and reminded that instances of domestic violence are far more common than it is acknowledged.

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“It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists, far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame and secrecy and by you acknowledging me with this award it shines a light on it even more so thank you, thank you, I bow down to you, she said.

Even back then, her speech was lauded on social media and three years later her words remain relevant and important.

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Enjoy IPL tonight with this tasty spring roll recipe by chef Sanjeev Kapoor

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 10:33:05 pm





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With the cricket fever taking over our evenings, courtesy the nail-biting IPL matches, it is time to amp up our teatime snacks too! That is because the sheer joy of cheering for your favourite teams becomes even more enjoyable when you have a delicious munchy by your side. So with the Rajasthan Royals all set to play against defending champions Chennai Super Kings tonight, we have a lovely recipe of Mexican Spring Roll from none other than Sanjeev Kapoor.

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Take a look at it below.

The recipe requires a little preparation.

Ingredients

1 cup – Rajma
8-10 – Spring roll sheets
Salt to taste
2 tbsp – Olive oil
1 – Onion, medium chopped
½ inch – Ginger, chopped
1 tbsp – Garlic, finely chopped
½ cup – Corn kernels, boiled
½ cup – Mixed capsicum, chopped
1½ tsp – Paprika powder
Crushed black peppercorns to taste
1 tsp – Dried mixed herbs
¾ cup – Tomato puree
Refined flour slurry
Grated processed cheese as required
Oil for deep frying
Salsa to serve
Sour cream to serve

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Method

*Soak rajma in sufficient water for 8-10 hours.
*Heat a deep non-stick pan, drain and add rajma, two and a half cups water and salt. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.
*Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add onion, ginger and garlic and sauté for two-three minutes.
*Add corn kernels and mix well. Add mixed capsicums and cooked rajma, mix well and sauté for two-three minutes.
*Add salt, paprika powder, crushed black pepper, dried mix herbs and tomato puree, mix well and cook for two-three minutes. Add half cup cooking liquor of rajma and mix well. Mash the mixture and cook till dry. Take it off the heat and set aside to cool.
*Spread each spring roll sheet on the worktop, place some rajma mixture at one end along the width of the sheet. Grate processed cheese over it, apply slurry on the sides. Fold the two vertical sides over the stuffing and roll. Seal the open end.
*Heat sufficient oil in a wok, slide in the spring rolls into hot oil and deep-fry till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
*Arrange them on a serving platter and serve immediately with salsa and sour cream.

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Nearly 11,000 passengers potentially exposed to the virus on US flights: CDC

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 10:06:11 pm





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According to a research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 11,000 passengers have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus on flights in the US. The Independent reports that the American public health body has identified that thousands of travellers may have been at risk, upon investigation of as many as 1,600 cases of people who flew while they were infected.

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The CDC has, however, said that it is “unable to identify how many people contracted the virus while on flights due to a lack of data”. “CDC is not able to definitively determine that potential cases were associated (or not) with exposure in the air cabin or through air travel given the numerous opportunities for potential exposure associated with the entire travel journey and widespread global distribution of the virus,” a spokesperson for the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine was quoted as saying.

She further said that it could be difficult to prove people exposed to COVID-19 while flying — who then tested positive — actually contracted the infection while on the aircraft, as figuring out the exact moment of transmission is difficult.

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The study, published by the CDC, suggests that despite the precautions taken and protocols followed by airlines, transmission of the virus could be possible inside the flight, especially given the proximity with a potentially-infected person, and touching of shared surfaces.

It is purportedly based on evidence collected on an evacuation flight from Milan, Italy, to Incheon, South Korea, and at the government quarantine facility where passengers were taken after landing, the outlet reports. Before they boarded the flight, the passengers were checked for temperature, along with other physical examinations and medical interviews.

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While 11 passengers who exhibited symptoms were removed from the flight, 299 asymptomatic passengers were permitted to board the flight to South Korea, reports The Independent. Most passengers wore the N95 respirators at all times, except for when they had to have their meals, and when using the toilet during the flight, as per the study.

The passengers were taken to a government facility to quarantine when they reached South Korea. One woman, however — who had quarantined prior to the flight and tested negative upon arrival — tested positive 14 days later. The scientists came to the conclusion that she could only have contracted the virus on the plane — with the toilet being identified as the most likely place of transmission.

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Gordon Ramsay looking to cast young foodies for new show on food and travel

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 22, 2020 8:50:57 pm





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Celebrity chef, restauranteur and television personality Gordon Ramsay is on the lookout for 16-to-21-year-old foodies for his new show, for which they will have to travel around the world. According to Insider, the new travel adventure series will air on a major network, and speaking about it in a video that appeared on the Studio Ramsay Twitter account, Ramsay said: “The show involves some extraordinary challenges and some of the most beautiful countries. We are looking for talented young people with a passion for food, adventure, and a strong curiosity to experience and discover new cultures.”

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The casting website — youngadventurercasting.tv — provides few specifics, and also asks applicants to share their social media handles, rate their culinary skills, describe their passions, reveal their phobias, among other such things.

Those who are interested in joining Ramsay on this televised global adventure can apply through the casting website until October 3, 2020.

The outlet mentions that while the site reveals little information about the exact nature of the show, it does mention that the filming is being planned keeping all the COVID-19 protocols in mind.

Applicants are also being asked to provide a headshot and a brief video of themselves, explaining as to why they should be on this adventure series. They are also being prompted to describe their talents and passions, along with the most adventurous thing they have ever eaten.

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Ginsburg’s style was more than a subtle courtroom statement

By: PTI | Washington |

Updated: September 22, 2020 8:26:28 pm





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The day after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench wearing a black necklace with crystals.

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It was a piece she typically wore to express her displeasure while reading a dissent from the bench.
But Ginsburg, who had called Trump a faker ahead of the election and then apologised, had no dissents to read.
Ginsburg’s collars were more than a subtle statement every time she entered the courtroom. Along with her glasses, lace gloves and fabric hair ties known as scrunchies, they were part of the signature style of the justice, who died last week at age 87.

Ginsburg’s casket is to be on view beginning Wednesday at the Supreme Court, outside at the top of the court’s iconic steps, and later privately at the Capitol. She is to be buried next week in a private service at Arlington National Cemetery.
More than any other member of the court, Ginsburg had a look all her own. And clothing became a way she connected with the public and even other members of the court.

Ginsburg explained the origins of her decorative neckwear in a 2009 interview. She said she and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Supreme Court’s first female justice, thought the basic black robe judges wear could use some sprucing up.

‘The standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show and the tie, so Sandra Day O’Connor and I thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman,’ Ginsburg said.

When Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined the Supreme Court, becoming its third woman, Ginsburg gave her the collar that she wore at her investiture ceremony.
But neither Sotomayor nor Justice Elena Kagan, who followed her, have taken to wearing collars regularly on the bench.
Ginsburg, for her part, had a seemingly endless array of options. There were lace ones and beaded ones, white ones and multicolored ones, handmade ones and ones any member of the public could purchase. And they came from all over the world.
Ginsburg got her first collar as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit more than 25 years ago. It was a gift from Claire L’Heureux-Dub?, who served on the Supreme Court of Canada. Her collection grew from there.

In 2014, Ginsburg took journalist Katie Couric on a tour of the collection hanging in a closet in her office at the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg’s favourite was a white, beaded one from South Africa, she said, but the most well-known were a gold, crochet number that was a gift from her clerks and the black one with crystals.
The gold one she would wear when announcing a majority opinion, the black one for biting dissents.
It looks fitting for dissents,? she said of the collar, which was actually a necklace sold by Banana Republic in 2012.
Just over 1,100 of them were produced. Original price: about USD 80. Ginsburg got hers as a gift in a bag when Glamour magazine honoured her with a lifetime achievement award. The clothing chain reissued the necklace in 2019, donating part of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, which Ginsburg founded in 1972.

It sold out in hours. As Ginsburg’s status grew in recent years, the public responded by filling her mailbox with new neckwear. And the senders received handwritten thank-you notes.
Nowadays I get a collar at least once a week, from all over the world. I get two things. I get collars and I get scrunchies,? she said at an event at Georgetown University earlier this year.

Ginsburg wore scrunchies for so long that the 1980s accessory went out of fashion and then came back in style.
“I have been wearing scrunchies for years,” Ginsburg told The Wall Street Journal in 2018 for an article about the hair tie’s resurgence.
“My best scrunchies come from Zurich. Next best, London, and third best, Rome.”

She told the paper that her scrunchie collection “is not as large as my collar and glove collections, but scrunchies are catching up.
As for those gloves, Ginsburg started wearing them at O’Connor’s urging in 1999, after she was treated for colon cancer.
O’Connor told her, ‘You are vulnerable now, and you’re going to receptions and shaking hands with lots of people, so you should at least wear gloves.”

She told The Washington Post in 2015, “So, I wore gloves and liked them so much, I decided to keep wearing them.”

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PCOS Awareness Month 2020: Simple ways to holistically treat the condition

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 22, 2020 5:30:55 pm





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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a complex hormonal and reproductive disorder that affects women. Women suffering from PCOS can experience weight gain, cystic acne, ovarian cysts and excessive hair growth on the face, chest, or other parts of the body, and also irregular menstrual cycles and even infertility.

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Dr Rashmi Rai, an integrated lifestyle medicine expert, says, “According to research by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, it was concluded, at least 1 in 4 women suffer from this hormonal disorder in India. To begin with, there is no single or actual cause of PCOS and the symptoms vary from person to person, hence a more personalised and holistic approach is of utmost importance.”

Below, she shares a few simple ways women can manage the condition in a natural way: 

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Keep your stress levels under check 

Women living with PCOS have higher levels of stress because they are adrenal-run. “This leads to higher levels of a hormone called cortisol which is responsible for insulin production and can worsen PCOS-related side effects” shares Dr Rai. 

Make sure you frequently practice meditation and restorative exercises like yoga to keep stress at bay. It is also important to maintain a healthy sleep cycle as following the body’s natural circadian rhythm is essential to keep the hormones in balance. Make sure you include sustainable products, read the labels carefully, minimize the use of plastics, and if you are someone who practices skincare, steer clear of EDCs. “EDC is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that is often found in skincare, makeup, and hair care products. Plastics too contain bisphenols that can cause hormonal imbalances and worsen the symptoms of PCOS,” she shares.

Add herbal infusions to your routine 

PCOS often leads to slow metabolism and that’s why it is advised to add herbal infusions to your routine. Add a pinch of cinnamon in water, this will help stabilize sugar and insulin levels and will also speed up the metabolism. Holy basil or tulsi tea is an excellent natural detox. Make sure you add spearmint tea to your morning routine as it is rejuvenating. Another option can be having chamomile tea in the evening as this can help you unwind and release melatonin, the sleep hormone.

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Adding supplements to your diet can be helpful

While combating PCOS, you can also consider adding supplements to ensure optimum nutrient levels. “You can consider Omega 3 fish oil to reduce inflammation and other supplements like Inositol, vitamin D, vitamin B complex, selenium and chromium after consulting your doctor,” suggests Dr Rai. These supplements help you manage your overall metabolic profile during PCOS. 

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Working out is a must 

Dr Rai says, “Losing 5 per cent of body weight is a great start to improve the metabolic profile while treating PCOS. Exercising ensures that the insulin produced in your body is consumed.” Make sure you go swimming, running, or jogging for a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes. In fact, walking or cycling helps too. However, make sure you are consistent with your routine exercise and do it at least 4-5 times a week and focus on muscle recovery time too. “If you have the type of PCOS with insulin resistance you may even consider strength training combined with cardio or high-intensity strength training under professional supervision,” suggests Dr Rai. 

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Everyone is a front-row audience now, that’s the beauty of digital shows: Shantanu & Nikhil

Written by Shambhavi Dutta
| New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 6:20:13 pm





“As a brand, we have always aspired to do a digital show” says Shantanu. (Photo: PR handout/ Designed by Gargi Singh)

Leading courtier siblings Shantanu and Nikhil, who recently completed 20 years in the fashion industry, showcased their collection, ‘Resurgence’, at the ongoing India Couture Week on September 22. Talking about their latest show, which saw models sashay down the digital runway in luxe bridal wear, the designers reveal that their latest collection had a central emotion, ‘Hope’, “a message for us and for the world — that it’s time to leave behind the uncertainty & sorrow that gripped us.”

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In an interview with indianexpress.com, the duo that refers to themselves as ‘chalk and cheese’ talks about the inspiration for the latest collection, their experience of showcasing as part of a digital show, if they feel it will open more avenues for them, and about the “long journey” they say still lies ahead of them.

Excerpts: 

Could you elaborate on the ‘new sustainable practices’ you have adopted as part of your design process? 

Deep down, sustainability has always been a part of a couturier’s profile. Haute couture is as slow as it gets; we make designs for a certain season and everything is made to measure. The most important thing about recovering revenues post-lockdown has been about ‘how can we possibly bring our consumers to full price with most consumers looking out for deep discounts’. But the whole idea of bringing back consumer confidence led us to create an initiative called Buyback. This is where we invited customers who bought our creations until five years ago. We will buy them back at a certain price by considering the quality and the condition. Post that, we give them credit vouchers for the value at which the old creations were sold to us in order to purchase new creations. Later, we reinvent the old creations and bring them back to life.

This was your first-ever digital show, how was the experience? If given a choice, would you prefer it over a physical show?

The current times have reinforced the belief that technology is certainly the way forward. Fashion as an entity has been a distant runner when it comes to amalgamating technology. As couturiers, we have always felt the need to have our brick and mortar, which lends a certain aspect of consumer experience where spoken confidentiality becomes the mainstay. For us, technology now is a little more further than just using social media. Now that digital has become a part and parcel and we will continue to explore, it was only natural for shows to become digital.

As a brand, we have always aspired to hold a digital show — even though a traditional show has its own charm — where the focus is only on clothes. However, by going digital, one happens to democratise fashion because it is more engaging, there’s a wider reach of audience, one is not restricted by a certain runway size or an amphitheatre. Not only that but luxury which is nichè becomes available to many. We have thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and with 6-7 minute shows becoming the need of the hour, we believe that this is not a fad. Digital shows are here to stay because they have a longer gestation period. 

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Are digital shows more lucrative in terms of audience and opening up creative avenues for designers? 

Absolutely, because you are cutting through geographical boundaries. Our e-invites have been sent to thousands of people who could be sitting anywhere in the world in different time zones. That is the beauty of it because everyone is a front-row audience now.  The rules of engagement have magnificently changed. There’s so much more that going digital brings to the table. However, editing here becomes the key. You may shoot the whole day but if you can’t crisply put it together in 6-7 minutes, then it doesn’t hold value. All the more, it definitely leads the artist to think in a different direction. As artists, it allows us to focus on a lot of things we always wanted to focus on but never had a chance to do so.

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Did the pandemic inspire your collection?

There’s a saying, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ This time changed the way we all think and reshaped a lot of values. This pretty much led to a shift in our mindset where we wanted to bring in our fundamental values by engaging our consumers. When this happens, your creativity becomes a precious commodity. This time triggered us to have a conversation with the best couturiers like Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra and Rahul Mishra and the important takeaway was that there will be a revival of the archival values and classics. We believed that couture will bounce back by reinventing and the focus will be on artisanal value and craftsmanship. In short, the pandemic provided us with the belief that it is all about design, creativity and providing our consumers with world-class products with world-class quality. 

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There was a lot of metallic influence along with gold work done in handwoven silks AND brocades in your collection. What goes into weaving each of these fabrics? What was your thought process? 

Our collection, Resurgence, is broken into five different facets. It is an emotional representation of hope and also symbolises strength. We have always shown our women to be stronger and fiercer but our collection features seamless fluidity where the masculine meets feminine with lighter fabrics and drapes we are known for. The collection had women turbo-charging and paving the way for everyone to follow. For us, she is the beacon of hope which is where the metallic influences came into play to portray the power she exudes. Not only that but a lot more dramatic shades represented women while men were layered with feminine drapes. As far as the gold and sheen work, we have never presented the gold in an ostentatious manner but rather goth-like. This pretty much represents hope, the pillar on which resurgence is standing.  

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Twenty years in the industry is a long time, could you talk about your journey? Also, how do you describe yourself as a team? 

As siblings, we are very different from each other, like chalk and cheese. Since childhood, Nikhil was rebellious while I (Shantanu) was more structured. We both had very different ways of looking at things, and had never thought of working together because Nikhil was studying fashion and I was studying finance but our time in the USA brought us together. When Nikhil showcased his graduating collection for his degree back then, it was way ahead of its time. I witnessed a lot of art and commerce coming together in his designs and from there onwards, I started studying about fashion while we set up a small unit to start our brand. This is when the brand was born in 2000. 

Here are some of the pieces from Shantanu and Nikhil’s Resurgence 

Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)
Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)
Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)
Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)
Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)
Resurgence collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at the India Couture Week 2020. (Photo: Karma Production)

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Masaba Gupta satiated burger-fries craving with this healthy homemade alternative

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 4:40:13 pm





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Masaba Gupta enjoys good food but she makes sure what she consumes is also healthy. And the fashion designer abides by the mantra even in case of fast food.

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Masaba recently took to Instagram to talk about her craving for burger and fries. So, she opted for a healthier homemade alternative. Posting a picture of her delicious platter, Masaba wrote, “So did a mixed veggie patty on a gluten-free bun with hung curd and garlic as replacement for mayo, plus air-fried french fries. And my kaddu (pumpkin) soup of course.”

masaba gupta Masaba Gupta’s healthy burger platter. (Source: masabagupta/Instagram)

In case you have not tried pumpkin soup yet, check out this simple and healthy pumpkin and ginger soup recipe that you can make at home. Meanwhile, we bring you an equally easy recipe for making mixed vegetable patty, courtesy chef Ranveer Brar.

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Ingredients

½ tbsp – Ginger, chopped
Vegetables like carrot, beans, etc, finely chopped (as required)
2 – Green chillies, chopped
1 tsp and 1/2 tbsp – Oil
½ tbsp and ½ tbsp – Butter
2-3 – Large potato, boiled and mashed
½ tsp – Red chilli powder
¼ tsp – Garam masala
Salt to taste
½ tsp – Ginger garlic paste
½ cup – All purpose flour
1 cup – Fresh breadcrumbs
2-3 tbsp – Poha, crushed

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Method

* Heat oil in a pan. Add butter.
* Add ginger and green chillies.
* Now add the veggies one by one. Saute for a while.
* Once the veggies are almost cooked, add the mashed potatoes. Mix the ingredients well.
* Add red chilli powder and garam masala, salt and ginger garlic paste. Mix the ingredients.
* Take out the mixture in a bowl and let it cool.
* In a separate bowl, take flour and add salt and water to it. Mix the ingredients to form a liquid liaison. Set aside.
* Take a portion of the veggie mixture, roll and shape it into a patty. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
* In another bowl, take fresh breadcrumbs. To this, add a little poha.
* Keep the liaison and breadcrumb bowls side by side. Pick one patty mixture and dip it in the liaison first, followed by the breadcrumbs to form a coating on both sides. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
* In a pan, heat oil and then add butter.
* Put the patty in the pan and fry on both sides till they turn golden brown. Your patty is ready.

Use a bun of your choice; slice it into halves and put the patty inside. Season it with onion and sauce and enjoy your burger.

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Excellent sources of protein for those on a vegan diet

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 22, 2020 3:50:50 pm





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If exercise helps build strength and flexibility, it is one’s diet and nutrition intake that builds health and energy. While there are different types of diets that may help one achieve the desired results, many people tend to believe that there are not many adequate sources of protein for vegans. Nutritionist Rashi Chowdhury debunks the myth and lists some commonly found sources of protein for vegans that are also lighter on the gut.

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There are SO many plant based foods that are packed with nutrition and are high in protein but a lot of them might cause issues with the gut so Here are some of my favorite sources of vegan protein that are lighter on the gut! 1- Pistachios Pistachios make for an excellent high-protein snack on the go. You can also use them in your favorite recipe. They’ve got 25 grams of protein per cup 2- Almond butter I LOVE nut butters. Almond butter is a little grittier than peanut butter and contains more fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron. Add a scoop of almond butter on top of your oatmeal, in a smoothie, or slather it on top of a banana or piece of sourdough toast. Contains 7 grams of protein per 2Tbsp serving 3- Organic Edamame These crunchy little guys are fun to eat on their own, straight out of the shell, with a generous sprinkling of coarse salt. Contains 18 grams of protein per 1 cup serving (shelled) please try and go organic here. 4- Pea protein powder Pea protein is a popular vegan protein option. It’s easy to digest, and a good source of arginine (an amino acid your body needs to build muscle), and branch chain amino acids (protein compounds that can delay fatigue during exercise). Add some in chocolate or vanilla-flavored powder form to your post-workout smoothie. Contains 14 grams of protein per 2T serving (1 scoop) 5- Spirulina Another richer source of protein than most vegetables! Spirulina is a worthy addition to your morning smoothie or juice. Contains a hefty 57g per 100g, but the average serving is between 1-3g. 6- Chia seeds Chia seeds pack a surprising amount of protein and also high in fiber and are a complete protein. Contains 5g protein per 2T serving 7- Sesame seeds Sesame seeds are rich in lignans that may help burn fat as they cause the body to release more fat-burning liver enzymes. They are also an excellent source of vegan protein. Contains 5g protein per 3T serving Try to mix and match all these vegan protein sources and make sure you eat ATLEAST 20% of your calories from protein 🙏🙏🙏 Have any more interesting vegan protein sources that you love? Share them with me in the comments below!

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Pistachios

Pistachios make for an excellent high-protein snack on the go. You can also use them in your favourite recipe. They’ve got 25 grams of protein per cup.

Almond butter

Almond butter contains more fibre, calcium, potassium, and iron than peanut butter. Add a scoop of almond butter to your oatmeal, smoothie, or slather it on top of a banana or piece of sourdough toast. Contains seven grams of protein per two-tablespoon of serving.

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Pea protein powder

Pea protein is a popular vegan protein option. It’s easy to digest, and a good source of arginine (an amino acid the body needs to build muscle), and branch chain amino acids (protein compounds that can delay fatigue during exercise). Add some to your post-workout smoothie. Contains 14 grams of protein per two teaspoons of serving or one scoop.

Spirulina

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Another rich source of protein, spirulina is a worthy addition to your morning smoothie or juice. Contains a hefty 57g per 100g, but the average serving is between 1-3 grams.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds pack a surprising amount of protein, and are also high in fibre. Contain five grams of protein per two teaspoons of serving.

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are rich in lignans that may help burn fat as they cause the body to release more fat-burning liver enzymes. They are also an excellent source of vegan protein. Contain five grams of protein per three teaspoons of serving.

“Try to mix and match all these vegan protein sources and make sure you eat at least 20 per cent of your calories from protein,” she said.

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