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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41
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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

Virgil Abloh’s death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and the Off White label, the brand Abloh founded. Abloha was the men’s wear designer of Louis Vuitton.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee withdrawing his mangalsutra campaign is a bigger win for the designer than the trolls
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Sabyasachi Mukherjee withdrawing his mangalsutra campaign is a bigger win for the designer than the trolls

This is quintessential Sabyasachi, a designer who is not only acutely intelligent but fastidiously careful about what he wants to convey.

All About Music: Here are some intriguing statistics about India's music industry, 2021 edition
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All About Music: Here are some intriguing statistics about India's music industry, 2021 edition

The current monetary value of India’s music industry, according to Vikram Mehra, the managing director of Saregama and the current chairman of trade body the Indian Music Industry, stands at Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,500 crore.

Book Review | 'Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me' offers glimpse into Suresh Raina's life
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Book Review | 'Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me' offers glimpse into Suresh Raina's life

The book’s title comes from a tattoo on Raina’s arm, which says, “BELIEVE”. It was inked to remember Tendulkar’s advice to him.

Why Salman Khurshid runs with fundamentalists and hunts with liberals
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Why Salman Khurshid runs with fundamentalists and hunts with liberals

Salman Khurshid seems to be imbibing the Jinnah syndrome, assimilating the two contradictory traits, with the clear ascendancy of the faith over everything else

How India holds key to success of Covid-hit publishing industry in South Asia
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How India holds key to success of Covid-hit publishing industry in South Asia

India, the hub of the South Asian publishing market, was growing in unprecedented ways before the pandemic caused the harshest possible operational disruptions

CNN investigates how 'fairness-mania' is fueling a dangerous drug dependence in India
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CNN investigates how 'fairness-mania' is fueling a dangerous drug dependence in India

A new series by CNN’s titled As Equals aims to reveal the scale of the use of harmful skin whitening products worldwide; raise awareness of colourism which often underpins their use; and hold to account corporations and government agencies who manufacture, sell, or inadequately regulate these products.

Living Art: What Rabindranath Tagore's artwork at Christie's says about Nobel laureate's prowess as a painter
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Living Art: What Rabindranath Tagore's artwork at Christie's says about Nobel laureate's prowess as a painter

"Tagore’s Untitled (Couple) is not a painting of western or colonial subjects. In fact, it is the complete antithesis of that European academic realism that the British were still encouraging in the first half of the 20th century."

A Tale of Two Countries: How Meghan Markle continues to elicit polarised reactions from US and UK
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A Tale of Two Countries: How Meghan Markle continues to elicit polarised reactions from US and UK

Ever since relocating to the US with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has injected herself into the American political debate in a way that would have been inconceivable in the UK, where members of the royal family scrupulously avoid politics.

Wilbur Smith, renowned novelist of adventure fictions, dies aged 88
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Wilbur Smith, renowned novelist of adventure fictions, dies aged 88

Smith became a household name with his 49 swashbuckling adventure stories, which took readers from tropical islands to the jungles of Africa and even Ancient Egypt and World War II

Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him
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Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him

Gulzar looks back at his encounters with the likes of Bimal Roy, Sharmila Tagore, Kishore Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Sanjeev Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Basu Bhattacharya, Ritwik Ghatak, and Suchitra Sen with a lack of artifice that feels refreshing at a time when people speak in measured tones, concealing how they truly feel.

Kalinga Literary Festival: 8th edition to be held in Bhubaneswar from 10-12 Dec
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Kalinga Literary Festival: 8th edition to be held in Bhubaneswar from 10-12 Dec

Around 300 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics are set to participate in the event whose theme this year is 'India at 75: Commemorating the Republic of Letters'

From ceramic cows to Kaavad-inspired art, these designers are keeping Indian traditions alive at the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial
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From ceramic cows to Kaavad-inspired art, these designers are keeping Indian traditions alive at the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

The focus of the exhibition being held in Australia's Perth is to examine the role of craft in everyday life and look at intergenerational and intercultural craft traditions

South African writer Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for 'The Promise'
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South African writer Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for 'The Promise'

He is the third South African novelist to win the Booker Prize, after Nadine Gordimer in 1974 and JM Coetzee, who won twice, in 1983 and 1999

James Ivory doesn't offer the big autobiographical splash, but reveals relationship with Ismail Merchant in dribs and drabs
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James Ivory doesn't offer the big autobiographical splash, but reveals relationship with Ismail Merchant in dribs and drabs

In his memoir Solid Ivory, Oscar-winning filmmaker James wonders why his romantic relationship with producing partner, Ismail Merchant, a Muslim from Mumbai, "is not commemorated somewhere on a golden plaque."

Shubnum Khan talks her new memoir, traveling solo, and writing ‘strange and wonderful stories’
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Shubnum Khan talks her new memoir, traveling solo, and writing ‘strange and wonderful stories’

Meeting jinns, getting stuck in a flat after a volcano, accidentally becoming a bride in Shanghai: Shubnum Khan pens an introspective travelogue-cum-memoir in How I Accidentally Became A Global Stock Photo

Sabyasachi withdraws Mangalsutra advertisement after backlash: 'Campaign aimed to talk about inclusivity and empowerment'
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Sabyasachi withdraws Mangalsutra advertisement after backlash: 'Campaign aimed to talk about inclusivity and empowerment'

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra had issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Sabyasachi Mukherjee to withdraw the advertisement which has an “objectionable and obscene” portrayal of mangalsutra or else face statutory action.

Former Miss Kerala 2019, runner-up die in car accident near Kochi
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Former Miss Kerala 2019, runner-up die in car accident near Kochi

Ansi Kabeer and Anjana Shajan were killed after their car allegedly swerved in a bid to avoid hitting a motorcyclist

NCERT releases training material to sensitise teachers, administrators about transgender, gender-nonconforming children
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NCERT releases training material to sensitise teachers, administrators about transgender, gender-nonconforming children

The training material explains concepts such as gender identity, gender incongruence, gender dysphoria, gender affirmation among various others. It also provides definitions of terms that people use to identify themselves; some of these are gender fluid, agender, transfeminine, and transmasculine.