Vaishali Dar

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The silver lining of corona pandemic: How India found happiness in these stressful times

It’s true that the pandemic has created havoc in everybody’s life. But it has also presented us an opportunity to assess the positive effects of negative emotions, and use them for personal improvement.

From going slow and minimal to conscious buying and eating, the health crisis has been instrumental in accelerating many positive changes.

Spotlight: Young soldiers on the climate front

As the fight against climate change is being led by young activists around the globe, their challenge becomes two-fold: getting elders to change damaging policy decisions, and being taken seriously enough

FE Lines: The pursuit of happiness

Why are some societies happier than others? Do emotions motivate and inspire us to be productive and take control of our lives?

It’s All Yellow: Even amid a damp sale season, gold’s allure refuses to diminish

Gold continues to be a safe investment option, as well as an integral part of festivities

Customers are demanding gold mostly for the upcoming wedding season, self-adornment, as well as investment purposes, say experts.

Diwali with a Difference: The mela is online

Handicraft melas and haats are common during the festive season, but the pandemic has necessitated that we reconsider the practice this year. In dismal times like these, virtual handicraft bazaars have come as a ray of hope a

Fairs and exhibitions like Hunar Haat are inherent traditions of the country, showcasing its crafts, cuisines and culture.

Make your own meetha: These easy recipes, with a regional twist, promise deliciousness, health and flavour

The past few months have made chefs out of everyone. We encourage you to take your skills a step further with these recipes and add a sweet touch to your festival celebrations

Social media, too, helped in turning many into DIY experts.

Private flying may reach a new high amid Covid-19

With onboard social distancing and reduced touch points, private flying is proving invaluable for an increasing number of fliers today

The survey, conducted with 1,386 Indian passengers, revealed that passengers are eagerly awaiting the return to normalcy of flight operations and are looking forward to international travel for leisure.

The cost of a review — Should one refrain from negatively reviewing a hotel?

Is it okay to give negative reviews at a time when the travel and tourism industry is trying to recover from its worst slump, and the biggest health risk in a century?

The hotel asked him to delete the review and, when he refused, a police report was filed.

Coronavirus and road to recovery: Time is the only best medicine we have

Studies have revealed that a sizeable number of coronavirus patients don’t return to their regular state of health after testing negative for the disease, raising concerns about the complicated post-Covid recovery process

However, medical research is gradually learning more about how this virus behaves.

The Shape Of You: These celebs are making bulge very beautiful and how

In a world where ‘fit’ sells more than ‘fat’, a clutch of individuals and brands are celebrating the plus size, something they hope will inspire people and help them survive a fatphobic society’s everlasting obsessi

TV actor Kiku Sharda

High-tech fashion: Pandemic shifts focus from physical garments to storytelling and digital aspiration

Blurring the lines between the physical and virtual worlds, high fashion has gone beyond storytelling and aspiration today

For instance, Gucci is designing virtual clothes, shoes and accessories that exist in the digital realm. (Photo: Reuters)

UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report: A wake-up call

It’s high time we stepped up efforts to conserve and restore biodiversity using approaches that suit the local context

Most countries are now taking steps to protect biodiversity without which the state of the world’s biodiversity would be considerably worse.

Ancient textile art form Tie-dye is going through a renaissance moment

An ancient textile art form, tie-dye is going through a renaissance moment, working as a mood-booster for people cooped up inside their homes

Tie-dye apparel from Udaipur-based Aavaran and Delhi-based fashion label Ekadi

Rebels with a cause: Band of protesters raising awareness about climate crisis in unique ways

A band of protesters is raising awareness about the climate crisis in unique ways to draw attention and compel action

A file photo of activists in red robes, from the climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion, marching in London (Bloomberg Image)

Covid curios: Recording the Coronavirus pandemic

From masks, letters and test kits to ventilators and grocery lists, museums across the world are collecting coronavirus artefacts to give future generations a glimpse of how the crisis affected people

Masks at factory in Shanghai (Reuters Image)

The green movement: The push for a plant-based diet is getting bigger worldwide

In India, there is even a challenge for companies to put their best foot forward

According to the World Health Organization, every year over 20 million people die as a result of malnutrition, and approximately one billion people suffer from chronic hunger.

The sneaker league: A statement of individuality

Be it sports, politics or high fashion, sneakers mirror the wearer’s personality and are a statement of individuality and style

Democratic US Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris wearing sneakers during a recent visit to Milwaukee, US (REUTERS Image)

Revolutionary road: Ambitious plans afoot across the country to transform its roads and streets

There are ambitious plans afoot across the country’s major metros to transform and beautify its roads and streets on a par with those in European cities. But how much of it is achievable in India, keeping in mind last-mile

Research points to the need for increased use of public transport and NMVs, as pollution and congestion emanating from frequent private vehicle usage is dangerous.

From FOMO to JOMO: Embracing the joy of missing out

Here’s how to banish the fear of missing out, which can be exhausting and overwhelming, and embrace the joy of missing out to reconnect with life

Holiday plans, restaurant visits, electronic purchases, hashtags and trends followed.

‘Snackification’: The changing trend that’s catching up

Snacking today is vastly different from what it was till some years back. Crackers laced with sodium and cookies dipped in sugar have made way for grab-and-go yoghurts, fruit and nut bars, vegetable and bean snacks, quinoa so

Many local and branded makers have introduced products like roasted grains as nutritional options in the 'easy snack' category.

A deep dive: Marine tourism goes beyond dolphin-watching to provide wholesome experience

Marine tourism has gone beyond dolphin-watching, incorporating tech, education and fun to provide tourists a wholesome experience

Community initiatives for island cleanup and waste disposal like in the case of Seaside Finolhu resort in Maldives educate the local community as well.

Nurturing nature: Permaculture farming finds an increasing number of takers in the country

Permaculture farming, a self-sufficient and sustainable practice where nature does most of the work, is finding an increasing number of takers in the country today. The aim is to grow and harvest one's own food, as well as cr

A self-sufficient and sustainable practice of farming where nature does most of the work, permaculture requires minimal human effort.

Down to earth! Grounding or walking barefoot on earth has several physiological benefits

Grounding, or walking barefoot on earth, has several physiological benefits besides enhancing general well-being and health

Activities like playing with soil, building sand castles on the beach, etc, help in fighting sadness, anxiety and depression, besides having other positive effects.

Hit by Covid, professionals are coming out of their comfort zones to re-evaluate career choices

Jobs have been put on hold and employees laid off due to coronavirus shutdowns around the world. Faced with a gloomy future, many professionals are coming out of their comfort zones to re-evaluate their career choices and ups

Communications professional Mohita Bahadur; and Delhi-based media professional Samapti Das

Capture your screen! Why art of taking screenshots can never be underestimated

The screenshot can never get old as it remains one of the most popular tools to capture and share data, images and messages

There were no special applications or software to take a screenshot as this functionality was baked into computers.

What’s the right way to use a sanitiser

A sanitiser is the most convenient way to clean hands, but its overuse could affect the skin adversely. So what’s the right way to use one?

Companies aren't required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents and, therefore, are generally made from chemicals,” he says.

Conscious closet: What are the new wardrobe essentials that one should invest in?

Out go exorbitant outfits and overflowing wardrobes. With work from home the new constant, it’s perhaps time to declutter that closet and indulge only in conscious and minimal buying. But what are the new wardrobe essential

Expenditure on luxury buying, too, will take a back seat and products that offer durability, as well as protection will find more takers.
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