Turbulent times prove to be a litmus test for most relationships. In a span of a little over a year, I saw dramatic transformations in my close female friendships. Those that were on the brink of falling apart – taped together weakly by nostalgia and small talk – gave way, leading to feelings of sadness, followed by relief. The ‘purge’ revealed contrasting wavelengths and made me realise that we no longer added value to each other’s lives, the experience was both cathartic and clarifying. Around the same time, fledgling friendships blossomed into sisterhood – relationships filled with mutual nurturing, transparency, and emotional support during tough times. I suppose, your late twenties are truly telling of the paths your friendships will take, with marriages, engagements, motherhood, and big career moves on the horizon – these major life changes can define the nature of your friendship.
As we continue to spend most of our time at home, one might be misled into thinking that staying in touch and communicating with girlfriends might be easier given our non-existent social calendars. However, on the contrary, returning those calls, replying to those messages and setting up FaceTime dates might be more challenging than we think.
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SOUNDTRACK TO THE SUMMER
This music collective spills the details on their third album
Female athletes are set ting new benchmarks for sports in the country
LOW POWER MODE
Drained social batteries have led to very little tolerance for social interaction. How can we recuperate?
HERE TO PLAY
The face of gaming is changing, literally
Avid readers, writers, and literary agents weigh in on this year’s edition of the Booker Prize longlist
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NEXT IN FASHION
The collision of two cultural identities can often lead to an interesting outcome. While London-based Namita Khade is of Indian origin, she channels her heritage into her work through a nuanced approach to design. The 24-year-old student from Central Saint Martins came into the spotlight for her experimental take on knitwear, diaphanous dresses featuring sensual cut-outs crafted in a gamut of fabrics – mohair, merino yarn, and delicate linens.
All Hail Couture
Dynamic dressing returns to the runway with Fall Couture 2021, a season of pathbreaking debuts and collections that broke convention; a breath of fresh energy into otherwise tired dress codes. Here’s what stood out for us
In today’s world, design ceases to be only about functionality and creativity, it’s now also about creating a new perspective, feels Bloni’s Akshat Bansal
THE PRICE OF LIBERATION
Meet the first trans woman to be longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
AS TWITTER’S FIRST CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, DANTLEY DAVIS WAS GIVEN A MANDATE TO FIGHT TOXICITY ON THE PLATFORM AND SHAKE UP THE COMPANY’S CORPORATE CULTURE. BOTH ARE UPHILL BATTLES.
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A capable 4K projector — but don’t count on HD
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
A new game builds on the addictive appeal of Sid Meier’s Civilization.
APPLE EASES APP STORE RULES AGAIN, TO ALLOW OUTSIDE SIGNUPS
Apple is relaxing rules to allow some app developers such as Spotify, Netflix and digital publishers to include an outside link so users can sign up for paid subscription accounts.
Hulu: A Top Streaming Choice
As the competition between video-streaming services intensifies, differentiation is ever-important. Hulu continues to offer both a strong on-demand streaming library and a robust live TV option. The service is an excellent option for watching popular TV shows, and we like its broad platform support, even if Hulu’s original series are hit-or-miss. On the live TV front, Hulu’s channel coverage is top-notch, and its DVR features compare well to the competition’s. Despite a few missteps, Hulu keeps its Editors’ Choice award, because no other service can quite match its combination of streaming content.
Cooking With Paris Is Anti-Aspirational Food Television
Paris Hilton rattles the very foundations of cooking shows.
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FERGIE: I WANT TO BE ON THE CROWN!
There she goes again! The Duchess of York, a.k.a. Sarah Ferguson, a.k.a Fergie, has always been one of the wilder of the wild cards in the royal family.
The Case for Speed-watching
How I came to love watching TV shows really fast. (I swear I’m not a monster.)