Our closest relationships often test us the most. There is no denying that the emotion of love complicates our lives by bringing along with it difficult sentiments such as jealousy, desire, possessiveness, unreasonable expectations, and worst of all, a tendency to take the other person for granted. It is no wonder then that extenuating circumstances such as being stuck indoors with our closest ones throughout the pandemic have wreaked havoc on relationships. However, if one sets the intention to make the relationship work, it is possible to turn over a new leaf.
Tiesta Duggal — Life Coach, Energy Healer and Founder of Navyam, The Mind and Soul Abode — has healed several fraught relationships. Over the last year and a half particularly, she has been consulted by numerous clients fighting with their close ones. “I was always intrigued by the process of healing and felt there must be something that we could do in our lives that would get rid of all the stress and fear we carry with us. In 2016, I decided to pursue healing professionally. I was keen to research and find out more about the world of healing, and how it is connected to the science of quantum physics. Since then each day has been a new journey of exploring and enjoying the work that I do thoroughly,” shares Duggal candidly.
With a dedicated healing practice that includes modalities such as energy healing, Reiki, access bars, hypnotherapy, angel card reading, angel healing therapy, life coaching and body psychotherapy — she has a wide range to offer her clients, who readily return time and again.
When asked specifically about the healing of relationships, Duggal says, “our relationships are a reflection of our inner thoughts. When we work towards growing spiritually and healing the aspects of ourselves that have not worked for us till now, we can make a beautiful impact on our external world as well. This also holds true for our relationships. Additionally, spiritual healing helps us to heal any discord or pain that we carry in our relationships, and make us better equipped to manage and deal with our problems.”
Every relationship has its challenges and needs to be addressed in a specific manner. The stress we carry from our daily lives, often has a significant impact on our relationships as well, leading to issues like insecurity, lack of communication, breakdown of trust, severe anxiety around relationships, to name just a few. Hence, it is important to adopt a dynamic approach to tackle unique relationship problems. Identifying core issues is necessary to explore the foundations that have caused people to behave in a certain manner. Then, these core problems need to be healed. According to Duggal, apart from counselling, coaching and energy healing, various other healing remedies can also be practised such as the use of affirmations, switch-words, and clearing statements to create the desired shift in perspective and situation.
“Energy healing equips a person to manage the situation they are in while releasing the baggage of the past and the pain they carry. While there is no guarantee of tangible and immediate results, often one can feel tremendous changes in their lives. Also, a change in focus also gives people the ability to create and manifest more by continuing to work on themselves and growing each day,” she says.
Some relationships are past the point where they can be healed in a manner of the person’s choice, yet the process of healing is geared towards bringing out the best possible solution for one’s problem — even if at first, it does not seem the ideal solution. Duggal shares, “if one feels that their relationship is beyond the scope of healing and there is nothing one can do, the best way is to surrender and leave it to the universe for it to work towards our highest best, and let the course of the universe and time decide. During this process, they can work on healing their own selves and the pain that they carry within.”
Tiesta Duggal can be reached through her Instagram and Facebook accounts @Navyam_themindandsoulabode or her website- Navyam.co.in, to help in any situation that may make a person feel at their wits’ end.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AYUSHMANN SHARES EXPERIENCE OF SINGING TRACK FOR WIFE TAHIRA’S FILM
MUMBAI: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is also a singer, has once again swooned viewers with his voice in his wife and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap’s latest film ‘Quaranteen Crush’.
Taking to Instagram, Ayushmann shared the song’s video and revealed that he composed and wrote ‘Kinni Soni’ along with his college friends — Sameer Kaushal and Gurpreet Saini.
“Wrote and composed this butterflies inducing song with Sameer Kaushal and Gurpreet Saini for Tahira’s lovely short film #QurantineCrush which comes under #FeelsLikeIshq. Loved collaborating with my college friends after so long. Felt like we were back in college during our late night jam sessions in Chandigarh winters,” he posted.
Singer Jonita Gandhi has given English vocals to the song. “Thank you Jonita for the angrezi vocals,” Ayushmann added. For the unversed, ‘Quaranteen Crush’ is a part of the just-released Netflix anthology ‘Feels Like Ishq’. The short movie revolves around the concept of a teenage crush and friendship during the pandemic.
Tahira even posted a short note on Instagram thanking Ayushmann for giving her ‘Kinni Soni’ song. “The song we were waiting for #kinnisoni..An integral part of my short #quaranteencrush that is a part of #feelslikeishq. This song really inspired me to create some magical moments between nimmi and Maninder on their terrace! Thank you @ayushmannk for giving me the song, thank you @s_a_m_k28 and @ghuggss for creating magic with it and thank you @jonitamusic for the mesmerising vocals, and thank you @gazaldhaliwal for this sweet script,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, on the film front, Ayushmann is busy shooting for ‘Doctor G’ in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The movie also stars Rakul Preet Singh and Shefali Shah..
PRABHAS’ ‘RADHE SHYAM’ TO RELEASE ON 14 JANUARY
MUMBAI: Prabhas’ most anticipated film ‘Radhye Shyam’ has finally got a release date. It will arrive in theatres on January 14, 2022.
On Friday, Prabhas took to Instagram to share the update with his fans. “Can’t wait to watch my romantic saga, ‘Radhe Shyam’, which has a brand new release date — 14th January, 2022 worldwide,” he wrote.
Along with it, Prabhas shared a new poster of the film, wherein he can be seen all decked up while walking on the streets of Europe.
For the unversed, ‘Radhe Shyam’, a multi-lingual film, is helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, and it features actor Pooja Hegde as well. Pooja, too, expressed her excitement about the film’s release date as it is debuting on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. “Woke up to this surprise. Sakranti has been lucky for me..fingers crossed for this epic love story,” she wrote on Instagram Story. ‘Radhe Shyam’ is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Vamsi and Pramod.
DEEPIKA SHARES BTS PHOTO FROM HER SHOOT FOR SHAKUN BATRA’S NEXT
MUMBAI: Seems like Deepika Padukone is asking for silence on the sets when she is at work as for the first time on Thursday she shared a BTS picture from her shoot for director Shakun Batra’s untitled next.
Taking to her Instagram handle, Deepika shared a picture from her untitled next, which appears to be the first glimpse of her character from the movie. The superstar could be seen dressed in a cozy sweatshirt and pants. With her hair tied in a high bun, Deepika could be seen busy while reading the script of the film.
Sharing the picture, she wrote, “Shh…Work in progress.” With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform, over three lakh fans liked it and many left red heart emojis.
Speaking about the film, apart from Deepika, Shakun Batra’s yet-to-be-titled film also stars Siddhanth Chaturvedi, Dhairya Karwa and Ananya Panday.The actor also has an impressive line-up of projects in the pipeline including ‘83’, ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Fighter’, ‘Sanki’, ‘Pathan’, and ‘K’, which is the Indian adaptation of Nancy Meyers’s 2015 hit Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, and will also feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Bahubali’ star Prabhas.
AKSHAY KUMAR ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE DATE OF ‘BELL BOTTOM’
MUMBAI: ‘Bell Bottom’, which was earlier scheduled to release on July 27 and was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, will now arrive in theatres on August 19.
On Thursday, Akshay Kumar, who is the lead actor in the film, took to Instagram to share the news of the change in the film’s release date. “Mission: To entertain you on the big screen. Date: August 19, 2021. Announcing the arrival of BellBottom,” he wrote.
Akshay even treated his fans with a new teaser of the film, wherein it is written that ‘Bell Bottom’ is inspired by true events. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the movie also features Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor and Huma Qureshi.
‘Bell Bottom’, which is touted as a spy thriller, is bankrolled by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani.
RAHAT KAZMI’S EPIC RETELLING OF ‘LIHAAF’ IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF VOOT SELECT FILM FESTIVAL
The celebrated Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai extensively wrote about freedom of speech, femininity, class conflict, homosexuality, and expression of female sexuality: The subjects continue to be as relevant today as they were when she first started out in the 1930s. The early phase of her writing career was marred by an obscenity trial where Chughtai had to defend herself in the Lahore Court in the year 1944—an incident which led to much controversy and uproar. The obscenity charges were leveled against Chughtai for a 1942 Urdu short story published in the Urdu literary journal “Adab-i-Latif”. Titled “Lihaaf” (aka “The Quilt”), the short story explores the theme of homoeroticism. Interestingly, Chughtai wasn’t put on trial alone. Another legendary Urdu writer was put on trial for obscenity alongside her. If you haven’t guessed it already, the writer was none other than Saadat Hasan Manto. Chughtai has given a detailed account of the trail in memoir “Kaghazi Hai Pairahan” (“A Life in Words: Memoir”).
Rahat Kazmi’s period drama film “Lihaaf: The Quilt” which is being streamed by Voot Select as part of Voot Select Film Festival, a direct to OTT Film Festival, is not just a retelling of the story of “Lihaaf” as one would expect, but it also focuses on the aforementioned obscenity trial. The story begins when Chughtai, living in Mumbai, is summoned by the Lahore Court. Considering the charges of obscenity to be totally preposterous, Chughtai refuses to sign on the orders at first. She just cannot believe that the Lahore Court has actually put her on a trial for obscenity for a story like “Lihaaf” that makes no direct suggestion to any sexual act. Everything in the story is so subtle that it’s all up to the reader’s interpretation. That’s the exact argument that her lawyer makes in the court. Chughtai is essayed by Tannistha Chatterjee who never misses a note during her brilliant performance. The part of Manto is played with a refreshing playfulness by Shoib Shah who ensures that the controversial writer isn’t presented as totally humorless like was the case with Nawawuddin Siddiqui’s Manto (as good as the portrayal was) in the Nandita Das film.
The fact that Chughtai’s works continue to be as relevant today as they were several decades ago proves that our society hasn’t evolved much. Burdened by the weight of centuries old patriarchy, the women are still fighting the same fights, over and over again. Now, “Lihaaf” remains the most popular of all of Ismat Chughtai’s stories. While at the time it’s mostly received attention for its suggestion of lesbianism, it also deals with the solitary life of a neglected wife in the feudal society. Chughtai’s thought-provoking short story is considered to be a landmark not just in Urdu literature but also in modern Indian literature which continues to see sex and homosexuality as a taboo.
The story of “Lihaaf” is told through the point of view of a small girl who is temporarily left by her mother to live with Begum Jan. The screenplay of Rahat Rahat’s film, co-written by Sonal Sehgal and Rahat himself, assumes the young girl to be none other than Ismat Chughtai herself. Begum’s depressing life after marriage to a Nawab in the 1920s Agra is intercut with Chughtai’s obscenity trail in the Lahore Court. Begum’s husband is much older than her. He is highly respected by those around her for never having any affairs with prostitutes—a trait that most Nawabs are notorious for. But it is soon revealed that it is because of his attraction to younger men. Meanwhile, the lonely Begum gets ill but is saved by Rabbo, her masseuse, who is very skilled with her hands. When the young Ismat Chughtai is left at Begum Jan’s place by her mother, she begins to make some interesting observations about Begum Jan and Rabbo. At night, she gets petrified by the great shadows formed by the exaggerated movements of Begum Jan’s quilt. Also, she is perplexed by Begum Jan’s mood swings and odd behavior when Rabbo goes away to stay with her family for a few days.
The film’s co-writer Sonal Sehgal, who previously worked with Rahat Kazmi on ‘Mantostaan’, also essays the complex part of Begum Jaan. As part of her preparation, Sehgal cut herself off from the world as she wanted to feel the Begum’s pain and loneliness. Begum Jaan is a victim of her circumstances as well as a perpetrator of crime against the helpless young girl. During the shoot, Sehgal requested the entire cast and crew to leave her alone as she restricted herself to her hotel room at all times except during her takes. And it shows on the screen. Mir Sarwar is also superb in the role of the Nawab. To his credit, Kazmi succeeds in bringing the story of the same sex relationship between a noblewoman and her masseuse back to life in all its glory almost eight decades after it was first published. Here is a film that needs to be watched.
NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY 2021: REINVENTING LIPSTICK IN THE ERA OF MASKS
Remember those Monday mornings when you dressed up, put on your makeup, and rushed to work? It feels like a chapter from one of your old history textbooks, doesn’t it? The pandemic has changed our lives in ways we never even imagined—and our relationship with the world of makeup is no exception. From dolled-up Friday nights to recent Netflix binging in pyjamas, we indeed have lost a lot of our makeup items; and the worst affected is none other than our precious lipstick!
According to various reports, the sale of lipsticks saw a steep decline in 2020, as people conveniently skipped the one makeup item that was concealed under the mask. Even if we might use lip balms or an occasional lip gloss for a work call, we have pretty much said goodbye to red and pink shades of lipsticks.
However, before you completely give up on your favourite and expensive lipsticks, here are some tips shared by Chaitra Krishnan, makeup expert, Stylecraze telling all the lovely ladies- how to repurpose your lipsticks and still use them in areas that are not covered by your mask!
1. Eye makeup products undoubtedly do better than lipsticks, and this is where we can incorporate our lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks work as amazing eyeshadows and eyeliners if you have got the right brushes to apply them. They dry up super quickly and are almost smudge-free. If you feel like going for a blended, smokey eye look with a bit of colour, then use your creme lipsticks. Keep in mind, it is extremely important to check the ingredients in these products to make sure they are safe for your eyes. A patch test is also recommended to avoid any allergic reactions.
2. Another task your lipsticks can carry on successfully is colour correction. Did you know your orange/red lipstick is an extremely good colour corrector and can help cover your dark circles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone? If you own unusual but always stylish lip colours like green, those can be used to colour correct redness on the skin. So, get your favourite makeup sponge and blend the lipstick well in areas that need to be covered up, and layer the colour with a medium-to-full coverage concealer or foundation.
3. If you feel sad about your everyday mellow brown lipstick gathering mould inside its case, it’s time to give it a makeover! Brown lip colours are extremely useful when it comes to contouring and highlighting, provided they are easy to blend. Liquid lipsticks should not be used for this task since they’re difficult to blend. This way, you can highlight your forehead area and jawline to make your face look attractive even when you are wearing a mask.
4. Apart from all of these, you can always use up your lipstick as a cheek tint for a natural blush look. Don’t forget to blend it well. Pro-tip is to always use your fingers to spread the shade on your cheeks.
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