Category archives: Artist

RIP Zohra Sehgal, 1912-2014: A friend and lifelong fan pays tribute to 'the begum of peerless chutzpah'

Actress Zohra Sehgal has passed away at the age of 102 Born as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtazullah Khan, she started out as an actor with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. She played Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Dil Se, and Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in Cheeni Kum. I have always referred to Zohraji as ammi, because she pampered me while I visited the sets where she would shoot for my father’s films. […]

Author Vinita Kinra charms Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School with her speech.

Vinita Kinra, author of critically acclaimed book of short stories Pavitra in Paris, was welcomed with loud cheers from students up to the ages of 14 at Allan A. MartinSeniorPublic School in Mississauga, Canada. Kinra was hosted by Passages Canada (with support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to deliver a speech to the school’s over 500 students to mark Asian Heritage Month, 2014 on June 2nd, also Kinra’s birthday. Kinra […]

A new art form is born! Pregnant mothers show off their growing bumps with intricate paintings to celebrate the promise of new life

A pregnancy is a certainly something to celebrate, and now, a growing number of women have discovered a new way to showcase their treasured bumps. California-based company Pacific Face Painters is just one of the services available today to paint the bellies of expectant mothers with beautiful art. From Hindu elephants and birds to floral nature scenes and even the imaginings of an unborn baby resting just beneath the surface, […]

The man who got 250,000 followers with just one tweet

Imagine getting a quarter of a million followers on Twitter – with just one tweet. That’s what happens when you’re Kollywood’s biggest film star. India’s Twitter users may still be busy with the latest ups and downs of the country’s longest ever general election, but film superstar Rajinikanth has proved a welcome distraction. He has surprised India’s social media community by getting tens of thousands of followers before he’d even […]

Exclusive interview of Ben Antao, Indo-Canadian writer of five novels, two memoirs,two travelogues as well as several short stories with Vinita Kinra

Vinita Kinra: Congratulations, Ben, on your new book, The Concubine and Selected Stories. Tell us about the type of stories the readers can expect to read in your new book. Ben Antao: Well, there are 20 stories in all, about half set in Canada, and the other half in Goa and Mumbai. Each story is unique in tone and theme as it follows the protagonist and his/her ambitions and passions. […]


The Unbelievable Story Of Why Marlon Brando Rejected His 1973 Oscar For 'The Godfather'

The man who made offers others couldn’t refuse once refused the movie industry’s heftiest honor.On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gut-wrenching performance as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” – for a very unexpected reason. Here’s how it went down. The Movie That Brought Brando Back In the 1960s, Brando’s career had slid into decline. His previous two movies – the famously […]

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Thrills of the frost fair: Fascinating paintings and memorabilia show how Londoners celebrated when the River Thames froze over

River Thames in London froze at least 23 times between 1309 and 1814, with first recorded frost fair in 1608 Period from mid-14th to 19th century in Europe is referred to as the ‘Little Ice Age’ due to severity of the climate Unlicensed gambling, drinking and dancing were held at fairs, along with stalls, skittle alleys and fairground rides Souvenirs and personalised keepsakes also available for a few pennies, with […]

Think YOUR hair is high maintenance? Not compared to these gravity-defying styles from Sixties Nigeria

J.D. Ojeikere took over 1,000 photographs of women’s hair Captured the intricate hairstyles at events throughout 60s and 70s He calls the looks he documented ‘sculptures for a day’ Celebrities and entertainers who style their hair in attention-grabbing ways (think Lady Gaga’s plaited cone or Nicki Minaj’s towering bouffant) are often lauded for their originality. But intricate hairstyles are far from being a contemporary development – as J.D. Okhai Ojeikere’s […]

Sleeping beauties: Photographer captures heartwarming pictures of newborn babies who have just entered the world

Alicia Gould takes portraits of babies as young as three days old The 32-year-old says she enjoys the ‘simplicity’ of newborn photography For many new parents, the sight of their newborn peacefully asleep is one to behold – a moment to savour and a short respite from constant rounds of feeds and nappy changing. Dispelling the myth that sleep is an alien concept to newborns, New Jersey photographer Alicia Gould […]