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Swiss turn to sewing and knitting during the coronavirus pandemic

Bloomberg | , Switzerland
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 04:26 PM IST
The pandemic and government-imposed lockdowns have shifted consumer buying patterns across much of the globe. Sales of online retailers have thrived as shoppers avoided public spaces and skyrocketing demand for items like bicycles have caused global shortages.
(Image for representational purposed only )Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. Traditional drummers -- known as Sehar Khans in Srinagar -- have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day.(AP)
(Image for representational purposed only )Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. Traditional drummers -- known as Sehar Khans in Srinagar -- have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day.(AP)

Srinagar's Sehar Khans: Traditional Ramadan drum beaters go on amid Covid-19

ANI | , Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:04 PM IST
One such drummer, Tufail Ahmad said, "Sehar Khani was performed by our fathers and grandfathers and we continue to do this. There are several Sahar Khans in various districts."
Bob Dylan's largest artwork collection to be displayed in US this year(AP)
Bob Dylan's largest artwork collection to be displayed in US this year(AP)

Bob Dylan's six decades of artwork to be displayed at 'Retrospectrum' exhibition

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 01:31 PM IST
Debuting in Miami at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum on November 30, 2021, 'Retrospectrum' exhibition will span six decades of Bob Dylan's art, featuring more than 120 of the artist's paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Dennis Joseph, Malayalam screenwriter-director, dies due to a heart attack at 63(Twitter/MammoottyFC369/IS_NITHIN_M)
Dennis Joseph, Malayalam screenwriter-director, dies due to a heart attack at 63(Twitter/MammoottyFC369/IS_NITHIN_M)

Dennis Joseph, Malayalam screenwriter-director, dies due to heart attack at 63

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 01:19 PM IST
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan condoles demise of popular Malayalam screenwriter and director Dennis Joseph who passed away at a private hospital in Kottayam following a heart attack on Monday evening.
In New York, artist Maya Lin's 'Ghost Forest' warns on rising sea water(Reuters)
In New York, artist Maya Lin's 'Ghost Forest' warns on rising sea water(Reuters)

Maya Lin's Ghost Forest installation in New York sheds light on climate change

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:27 AM IST
Artist Maya Lin has installed 49 dead Atlantic White Cedar trees in a Manhattan park and is calling it the Ghost Forest. Her installation warns people about the dangers of climate change and the threat of rising sea water.
Here's how legumes like beans, soybeans, peanuts came from and diversified(Shutterstock)
Here's how legumes like beans, soybeans, peanuts came from and diversified(Shutterstock)

Here's where legumes like beans, soybeans, peanuts came from and diversified

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 09:28 PM IST
A new study uncovers the evolution and diversification of legumes that include beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop plants
Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’ by Turkish artist and here’s what it means(Instagram/shahidkapoor)
Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’ by Turkish artist and here’s what it means(Instagram/shahidkapoor)

Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’, positive essence by Turkish artist

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 04:48 PM IST
  • Shahid Kapoor tries dispelling the surrounding Covid-19 gloom by sharing a ‘picture of happiness’ by well-known Turkish painter Abidin Dino and we are taking a leaf out of his message of positivity this Monday
Lloyd Price, singer-songwriter and early rock influence, dies in New York at 88(Twitter/alecreyna98/TheRevAl)
Lloyd Price, singer-songwriter and early rock influence, dies in New York at 88(Twitter/alecreyna98/TheRevAl)

Lloyd Price, singer-songwriter and early rock influence, dies in New York at 88

AP |
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 06:23 PM IST
  • Lloyd Price dies of complications from diabetes in New York at 88. Price fashioned a deep, exuberant sound around the brass and swing of New Orleans jazz and blues that placed high on R&B charts and eventually crossed over to white audiences.
Leonardo da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' drawing may fetch over $16 million at auction(Twitter/ChristiesInc)
Leonardo da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' drawing may fetch over $16 million at auction(Twitter/ChristiesInc)

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' drawing may fetch over $16 million at auction

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 06:06 PM IST
Leonardo da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' is a silverpoint drawing on a pink-beige paper which is 'one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth' as per Christie's
Creative people across India have taken to raising funds for Covid relief, in exchange for their skills.
Creative people across India have taken to raising funds for Covid relief, in exchange for their skills.

Have a skill? Collect funds for Covid relief, say creative souls pan India

By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 02:10 PM IST
Artists, writers, musicians — people from all walks of life are coming forward to do their bit, in their own ways, and raise funds for Covid relief work.
101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale(Reuters)
101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale(Reuters)

101 carat Russian diamond will soon be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 09:48 AM IST
Alrosa Spectacle or the largest diamond ever cut in Russia will soon be auctioned in Geneva. The 101 carat diamond can fetch between 12 and 18 million Swiss francs.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 6, 2019, US media personality Kim Kardashian West arrives to attend the amfAR Gala in New York. - Kim Kardashian found herself caught up in an unlikely international art smuggling row on May 4, 2021 involving an ancient Roman sculpture that was imported to California under her name.(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 6, 2019, US media personality Kim Kardashian West arrives to attend the amfAR Gala in New York. - Kim Kardashian found herself caught up in an unlikely international art smuggling row on May 4, 2021 involving an ancient Roman sculpture that was imported to California under her name.(AFP)

Kim Kardashian denies links with ancient Roman statue bought by ex Kanye West

ANI | , Washington Dc
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Kim Kardashian has denied any connection to an ancient Roman statue that the US government is seeking to return to Italy -- a purchase that was made by her estranged husband Kanye West.
In this file photo Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie.(AFP)
In this file photo Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie.(AFP)

Meghan Markle to release children's book inspired by Prince Harry, son Archie

AP | , Los Angeles
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:31 PM IST
  • It is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson and Meghan will narrate the audiobook edition. The book features a diverse group of fathers and sons and moments they share, according to a statement announcing the release.
FILE PHOTO: A man looks at exhibits at the Parthenon hall of the Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A man looks at exhibits at the Parthenon hall of the Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS)

Greece to reopen museums next week, ahead of tourism season amid Covid-19

Reuters | , Greece
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 10:46 PM IST
The government started easing restrictions late last month after a small reduction in COVID-19 cases. It allowed bars and restaurants to reopen earlier this week while organised beaches will open on Saturday for the first time this year.
Opt for wood over plastic. “The most authentic ones are made by cleaning bamboo stems that have been naturally hollowed out by termites. I have one made of a log of agave that was split in two, hollowed out and stuck back together,” Kulkarni says.
Opt for wood over plastic. “The most authentic ones are made by cleaning bamboo stems that have been naturally hollowed out by termites. I have one made of a log of agave that was split in two, hollowed out and stuck back together,” Kulkarni says.

Music as therapy: ‘Why I picked the didgeridoo?’

By Sammohinee Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:56 PM IST
Its lowing sound is calming. You breathe from the diaphragm when playing it, which is calming too. In the ancient Australian instrument, I find my tranquil self, says Amar Kulkarni.
Perseverance, the most recent rover on Mars, has renewed popular interest in the red planet. But it’s by no means the only mission there. (NASA / Caltech)
Perseverance, the most recent rover on Mars, has renewed popular interest in the red planet. But it’s by no means the only mission there. (NASA / Caltech)

The Mars quiz: Could you be a mission expert?

PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:50 PM IST
Landers, rovers, probes, fly-bys and quite a bit of cool tech. Test your Earth-to-Mars knowledge here.
This 1950s film wasn’t even set on Mars, the characters travel to Venus instead. But Mars had such a hold on the public imagination that no one seemed to mind.
This 1950s film wasn’t even set on Mars, the characters travel to Venus instead. But Mars had such a hold on the public imagination that no one seemed to mind.

Mars, as seen from Earth: The red planet in pop culture

PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:49 PM IST
We’ve recently harnessed oxygen from its atmosphere and managed a flight on it. But the red planet holds sway over our imaginations in wild and wonderful ways too. Check out how Earthlings’ ideas of Mars have changed over time.
In Akansha Sahgal’s college memory project are admission letters, college ID, volunteer badges, tickets from field trips, a food coupon from the canteen.
In Akansha Sahgal’s college memory project are admission letters, college ID, volunteer badges, tickets from field trips, a food coupon from the canteen.

Ctrl+S isn’t enough. Here’s why you should be scrapbooking

By Vanessa Viegas
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 08:50 PM IST
In a world of fleeting experiences, often marred by the taking of photographs that are rarely looked at again, a scrapbook acts like a cross between a photo album and a diary.
 (CWS)
(CWS)

Peace-keeping force: Krithi Karanth wins award for work on human-animal conflict

By Natasha Rego
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 08:44 PM IST
The 42-year-old conservationist has spent decades tracking encounters, helping people claim compensation, and educating residents living on the edges of forest reserves.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)

How to cope with compassion fatigue

UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 08:16 PM IST
It’s defined as a sense of emotional exhaustion triggered by a widespread period of distress. It’s not callousness. And it’s not just you.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

Caught in the act: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 08:07 PM IST
He’s playing games, breaking hearts, leaving a trail of clues. Maybe you can guess what train Mahesh is on, but he’ll never guess who’s waiting.
Rishabh Pant and Ricky Ponting of Delhi Capitals at an IPL match held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. (Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for IPL)
Rishabh Pant and Ricky Ponting of Delhi Capitals at an IPL match held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. (Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for IPL)

It’s like the world of cricket just turned away: The Sporting Life by Rudraneil Sengupta

By Rudraneil Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 07:55 PM IST
Words matter. Actions, even more so. To have neither of the two, no acknowledgement, just play, is a hurt that will stay.
Fahadh Faasil in a scene from Irul.
Fahadh Faasil in a scene from Irul.

A film about darkness, lit up just right: Cinematographer Jomon T John on Irul

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 07:48 PM IST
What did it take to create the luminous quality of the night scenes in this Malayalam thriller? The right space, candles and a lot of Chinese lanterns, John says.
“Some days are bearable. Some days are difficult. I try to think positive thoughts about what our world can learn from this pandemic,” says Deborah Elenter from Uruguay, who took this image in her backyard. (Deborah Elenter)
“Some days are bearable. Some days are difficult. I try to think positive thoughts about what our world can learn from this pandemic,” says Deborah Elenter from Uruguay, who took this image in her backyard. (Deborah Elenter)

Through the looking glass: Women photographers capture life in lockdown

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 06:51 PM IST
A collaborative project called The Journal is showcasing work by over 400 women from around the world. Their snapshots of the pandemic era are moving, questioning, explorative.
A still of a Royal Mail stamp created in honor of Sir Paul McCartney shows him in the studio working on the "McCartney II" album in 1980. Royal Mail/MPL Communications Ltd/Handout via REUTERS. MANDATORY CREDIT. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. CANNOT BE CROPPED OR ALTERED. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.(via REUTERS)
A still of a Royal Mail stamp created in honor of Sir Paul McCartney shows him in the studio working on the "McCartney II" album in 1980. Royal Mail/MPL Communications Ltd/Handout via REUTERS. MANDATORY CREDIT. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. CANNOT BE CROPPED OR ALTERED. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.(via REUTERS)

Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps as fitting tribute

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Britain's Royal Mail said on Thursday it will issue a set of 12 stamps depicting Paul McCartney and his work, saying it was paying tribute to "one of the most iconic and enduring music artists of all time".
Huge new 'Oracle' greets Rockefeller Center visitors in New York(Reuters)
Huge new 'Oracle' greets Rockefeller Center visitors in New York(Reuters)

New massive bronze 'Oracle' greets visitors in Rockefeller Center, New York

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:55 AM IST
A 25-foot tall bronze sculpture, created by Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers, now welcomes visitors at the Rockefeller Center in the New York City. The sculpture is a part of his exhibition and will be on view until June 29.
Street artist Nathan Murdoch looks at the artwork with paint splattered over it, as he creates a piece of crypto art to be auctioned with proceeds donated to the NHS in Peterborough, Britain, April 15, 2021. Picture taken April 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Street artist Nathan Murdoch looks at the artwork with paint splattered over it, as he creates a piece of crypto art to be auctioned with proceeds donated to the NHS in Peterborough, Britain, April 15, 2021. Picture taken April 15, 2021. (REUTERS)

British street artist Nathan Murdoch destroys own mural to create crypto-artwork

Reuters | , Peterborough, England
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:18 PM IST
NFTs are increasingly popular in the art world because they make a file unique by allowing it to be permanently authenticated, regardless of copies.
A group of youngsters have come together for a virtual concert, In The Dark Times, There Will Be Singing, which aims to raise funds for those hit by the pandemic.
A group of youngsters have come together for a virtual concert, In The Dark Times, There Will Be Singing, which aims to raise funds for those hit by the pandemic.

Young artistes plan online concert to raise funds for Covid-19 relief

By Imana Bhattacharya, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 04:27 PM IST
Youngsters are using their artistic talents to extend a helping hand, amid the grim scenario presented by the second wave of Covid-19.
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