first_imgDifferent strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society,Different strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society where she had a glimpse into their lives. “I realised that these children are like any other, the same innocence, playfulness, mischief and very similar hopes, aspirations and uncertainties,” she says. The book follows Anupurba, an art teacher in the United States, who has to reluctantly move back to India when her husband is transferred. Out of boredom, she chooses to volunteer at a school for children suffering from the disability and embarks on a journey to understand their tribulations and the courage they face them with. A celebrated Oriya author and winner of the state Sahitya Akademi Award, Bagchi wrote the original, Deba Shishu, in Oriya that has now been translated into English by Bikram K. Das.What’s going up Windows phone 7: The Windows Phone 7 is packed with cool features that will make you stand out in the crowd.Marc Jacobs: Fluid drapery and luxe fabrics by Marc Jacobs are the in-thing this season.What’s going down Miley cyrus: From sporting grungy clothes to ratty hair, the erstwhile Disney starlet is on a train to crazyville.Courtney Cox and David Arquette: After 11 years together, the stars are headed towards a split.Fashion rewindBefore they made their debut all across the world, some of fashion’s most stable trends had a bizarre history behind their popularity.Hats on: Audrey Hepburn made them popular in the classic Breakfast at Tiffanys, but it was Queen Elizabeth I who sealed their permanent status in history by creating a law in 1571 that made it compulsory for anyone over the age of seven to wear a hat on Sundays and holidays or else pay a fine, creating a tradition for generations to follow.Shoe fetish: When former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her husband were exiled in 1976, she had to say goodbye to 2,700 pairs of pumps, stilettos and sling backs. That’s 5,400 in all. And you thought Carrie Bradshaw had it all.Stringing it: The G-string came into being in New York city, at the dawn of World War II. In 1939, when mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the city’s exotic dancers to be a little more covered up in honour of the World’s Fair, voila, the thong was born. This was also the time when the unfortunate fish-cut came into existence.-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have 5 minutes: Listen to Secrets by the Colorado based OneRepublic, an experimental song that defies genres.Punjabi by natureAnita Lerche embodies the encounter of the east with the west. The Danish singer has been creating waves with her Punjabi songs and is now ready to sing Hindi numbers too. An alumnus of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Lerche, 36, first began singing in Indian languages on holiday in Manali where she picked up local songs seven years ago. She then headed to Punjab and recorded her first album, Heer From Denmark. Due to go back home in six months, she cancelled her ticket and there was no looking back. She has performed in the UK, Denmark and the US and jams with south Asian artists, the latest of which was a concert to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan. “I think it’s interesting how people from different cultures can inspire each other through music. The borders dissolve and you can reach out,” she says. After a hiatus, she is now back in India and plans to head to Bollywood.5 Reasons we love winterBonfires: It’s time to get cosy with friends and family.The sun: You can soak up the sun and get a gorgeous tan.Sunday brunches: Eat to your heart’s content and forget the flab.Winter drinks: Nothing feels warmer than a cup of coffee or soup.Winter wardrobe: Flaunt those coats, jackets and scarves. get colourful.The right moveIt’s not always easy to move, but when you find your dream house, don’t make the mistake of jumping at the offer of ridiculously low rents or the great views, especially if you are single. Here is an easy checklist that will get you through the moving snafus and help you seal the right deal.Know thy neighbour: Make sure that you check out the people living around you before moving to a new house. Not only will it give you an idea about the kind of place it is, but it will also give you a peek into the lifestyle you will be expected to lead. For instance, if your neighbours are middleaged parents or retired people, remember that you will be expected to keep it quiet and will have to say goodbye to racy parties. Living nextdoor to a group of boys, if you are on your own, is not a good idea either.Know the history: Before you fall for the dream packages your property dealer has to offer, call the person vacating the house to do a background check on its history. The first thing to do is to ask about their reason for moving and the landlord’s habits. If it involves excessive landlord troubles, it’s a good idea to opt out of the deal.Do your research: The final thing to do is a security check and see the locality you are moving into. Check the nearest police station and the hospital. If you do not have a car, check out nearby taxi stands and neighbourhood safety. Do a random recce one evening to see the kind of people who hang around your locality. While you are at it, befriend other single women. You might need their help when least expected-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have an hour: Read Two Virgins by Kamala Markandaya, a captivating tale of two sisters with different dreams living in a small village.Dance with meEvery girl dreams of becoming a dancer at least once in her life, but not most of us are as lucky as Anusha Lall, 36, Director, Gati Dance Forum, or have the talent to do so. Gati, which began in 2007 as a small group of dancers, has grown into a forum that provides infrastructure for trained dancers, to explore new forms of expression through their body. Lall, who is currently working on the IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance, scheduled for this month in Delhi, is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. But that doesn’t stop her from exploring newer forms. Not one to undermine the seriousness of either classical or contemporary dance style, Lall says, “Contemporary forms are part of the evolution. It does not necessarily mean the older forms will die out. Classical forms are like the alphabet, on the basis of which one can create new languages of dance.” As part of the process of learning and exploring, Gati now holds a summer residency programme apart from regular workshopsin the capital. How she fits in so much in her life is simple, “Dancing is my passion. And we at Gati really feel that dancers should get their space,” says Lall.Go catch it Delhi: The India International Trade Fair, November 14-27, Pragati Maidan. It’s a mad rush but it’s worth a visit. After all, where will you get the world’s finest at one stop.Mumbai: The Connoisseur-Chocolate Tasting & Appreciation Course, November 14, at Bandra Kurla Complex. This is where you should be if you have a sweet craving or simply can’t just get enough of chocolate.Bangalore: Furniture Fair, November 11-14. Revamp your house this festive season by indulging in some exciting furniture being showcased here.Chennai: EON (everything organic and natural) Exhibition, November 26-28. From natural cosmetics to wellness products, this is the place for advocates of mother nature.Husband’s day inDo you often find yourself complaining about your husband not being involved with the family? Some tips to make life easier. Don’t define any roles: Make sure you don’t make your husband feel like he’s helping you out. It should be about sharing responsibility.Spend time: Becoming parents need not necessarily mean you can’t have your exclusive time together. Parenting shouldn’t kill the romance. This way, the husband won’t feel bogged down by responsibility and will understand the importance of spending quality time together.Parenting: Give your husband alone time with the children. Let him take them out for grocery shopping or just ice cream.Talk it out: This is the best way to deal with issues. Tell him about your concerns and work a way out.-Kruttika KalluryIf you have 20 minutes: Log onto to read social satire, on everything from the CWG to A-Roy, that will have you gurgling with laughter.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img