In what ways has your life changed in Amsterdam since the pandemic broke out?
My life has changed quite a bit from the travel and business perspectives. For the last three years, I was constantly on the go, travelling between countries. Since that is no longer possible, my business has shifted. We are able to do everything online, but now, I am spending more time in one place.
As a social media influencer, how have you adapted your content to this situation?
Social media is always changing, so I am constantly adapting to what my audience wants to see from me. I always strive to give them value and to not only entertain but [also] to empower them. Also, TikTok is my latest obsession!
Has this period led to any change in dynamics between you and your husband Oleg?
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THE Maine COURSE
This coastal US state’s rugged, rocky landscapes aren’t an obvious draw for farmers, food producers, or chefs. That’s exactly why generations of outside-the-box types have settled here, finding meaning in Maine’s hard-won bounty—and creating some sublime food along the way.
SUN, SEA, AND SOIL
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MAY THE FORCE BE WITH HIM
HE WAS AT THE HELM OF THE BEST RESTAURANT IN ASIA. HE GAVE IT UP FOR MORE CREATIVE FREEDOM, AND STARTED ONE OF HIS OWN. KOLKATA-BORN CHEF & RESTAURATEUR GAGGAN ANAND HAS BEEN REDEFINING FINE DINING AT HIS NEW EPONYMOUS RESTAURANT IN BANGKOK, PANDEMIC NOTWITHSTANDING. HE SPEAKS TO SUMEET KESWANI ABOUT HIS STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS, AND FORECASTS THE NEXT CULINARY TRENDS.
A TASTE OF TAMIL NADU
As the pandemic deals India a severe second blow, DEVANSHI MODY finds nourishment in the vegetarian renditions of authentic Thanjavur and Chettinad dishes.
A ROYAL FEAST
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A PRIMAL CONNECTION
IN RECENT DECADES, A COMMUNITY OF 29 CHIMPANZEES IN AN ISOLATED UGANDAN RAINFOREST HAS BECOME CUT OFF FROM THE REST OF ITS SPECIES. GINA DECAPRIO VERCESI MEETS THESE REMARKABLE CREATURES AND THE CONSERVATIONISTS WORKING TO HELP THEM SURVIVE.
A Matter of Sustenance
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Ghost Of The Mountains
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With Love, From Sri Lanka
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EU Gives Tiktok A Month To Respond To Consumer Complaints
The European Commission said it has given the Chinese-owned video app TikTok one month to answer complaints from a European consumer group over its commercial practices.
FOUNDER OF TIKTOK'S CHINESE OWNER STEPPING DOWN AS CEO
The founder of TikTok’s Chinese owner said Thursday he will give up his job as CEO to focus on longer-term initiatives, a step that comes amid uncertainty over whether the Biden administration will force the sale of the popular short video service’s U.S. arm.
A rising conservative star on TikTok.
CONNOISSEURS OF COZY
Amsterdam has launched a lifestyle based on the convivial concept of gezelligheid: lively, comfortable contentment.
CHINA SUMMONS TECHNOLOGY FIRMS OVER VOICE SOFTWARE SECURITY
Chinese authorities summoned 11 companies including Alibaba and Tencent for talks regarding the security of voice software, as Beijing steps up scrutiny over the internet sector.
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TikTok Is the New Radio
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The Biden administration is backing off former President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban the popular video app TikTok, asking a court to postpone a legal dispute over the proposed ban as the government begins a broader review of the national security threats posed by Chinese technology companies.
TikTok After Trump
Tiktok has succeeded wildly where similar short-form video platforms—including Vine and the Facebook-backed Lasso—did not.
But First, Coffee
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