Rohini Nair

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Living a full life


In business and in life, a passion for fitness plays a huge role in the life of Yash Birla, the 44-year-old chairman of the Yash Birla Group. The business magnate boasts a physique that most captains of industry can’t, and with his latest venture — a fitness DVD called 100% Living — he’s hoping to share his philosophy of wellness with others.

Fashionable debut

Chicago-based author and journalist Tulika Mehrotra has been archiving stories of people around her for as long as she can remember — through the years spent pursuing a finance degree from the Univers

Sharad basks in Bollywood warmth


In many ways, Sharad Malhotra has had a fairytale tryst with the glamour industry. After winning a model hunt in his hometown Kolkata, Sharad entered Zee TV’s talent hunt, Cinestars Ki Khoj in 2004. From the title to his defining moment in the industry — the television show Banoo Main Teri Dulhan — was but a short leap away. And now, the actor has made his Bollywood debut with From Sydney With Love.

Cheryl loves being a risk taker


Cheryl Cole may have her hand in a sling after singer and collaborator Will.I.Am rammed his Cadillac into a parked car recently, but the only thing on the former Girls Aloud member’s mind is her latest album A Million Lights.

Manasi finds calling in theatre


Manasi Parekh Gohil is a familiar face on the small screen, but it is in her latest avatar as a theatre actress that the leading lady of shows like India Calling, Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi and Gulaal is gaining a whole other level of appreciation. The petite, effervescent Manasi has been wowing the theatre-going audience with her rendition of Heli in the play Maro Piyo Gayo Rangoon. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, this musical Gujarati play sees Manasi take on the Bard’s heroine, Helena with aplomb.

Return to his first love


In the late 90s, the catchy beat of Shiamak Davar’s Mohabbat Kar Le from his debut music album of the same name was difficult to miss. Released in 1999, Dil Chahe, his second effort, was similarly successful — although it didn’t become quite as ubiquitous as Mohabbat Kar Le.

Not so expendable

A poster of The Expendables 2; (left) Jason Statham

Whether it was as the taciturn Frank Martin in the Transporter films and the small-time boxing promoter Turkish in Snatch, Jason Statham excels in playing the “hard” leading man, the one who shows no mercy, until well, he does.

H’wood glamour inspires style


As the niece of yesteryear actress Anita Raaj and granddaughter of veteran actor Jagdish Raaj, Sonaakshi Raaj is no stranger to the world of glamour.

Sari 2.0: 9 yards redraped

It is rare indeed for a sari to make an appearance at the Lakme Fashion Week. Of course, a few designers do feature it on the ramp from time to time, but it’s less dazzling avatar isn’t often worn by members of the audience.

Fashion euphoria persists on Day 2

At its best, fashion is nothing short of a performance. Nobody understands that better than Sabyasachi Mukherjee, whose every ramp show is a finely tuned act, where every garment is positioned just so, every fold, drape and accessory, the angle at which a model walks, all carefully thought out by the virtuoso.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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