Selena Gomez Is An Accessories Queen for Her First Coach Campaign

Selena Gomez signed a deal with the famous luxury label Coach back in December, and she’s been making good on it ever since. First up was her delicate starry look at this year’s Met Gala, and now she’s serving up face (and gorgeous handbags) in her first-ever ad campaign for the brand.

The photos, from iconic fashion photog Steven Meisel, are warm and inviting but also sharply chic. The shots also invoke the same ’70s style that Selena’s clearly fond of; after all, she just personally released a line of throwback “Bad Liar” merch.

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Coach’s bread and butter will always be those forever iconic handbags, but leave it to Selena to be the perfect model of the line’s clothes as well. It may be high summer right now, but these shots have got us coveting autumn and winter wares. (Maybe these can be laid away a season? Asking for a friend.)

Coach, of course, shared some behind the scenes of their new spokeswoman, and gave some lyrical shoutouts to “Bad Liar” too:

Based on the smiles all around (and of course, the end results), it seems like this fashion campaign was a perfect match.

10 Regional Snacks from Maharashtra That Are An Absolute Treat

Talk about snacks, and something crisp and appetising immediately comes to our mind. Maharashtrians love their food that is spicy and sweet in one bite. If you haven’t already tried their snacks, it’s time now. We list down 10 drool-worthy snacks from the state that will leave you wanting more.

10 Regional Snacks from Maharashtra That Are An Absolute Treat

1. Shankarpali


Shankarpali is one of the most popular Maharashtrian snacks and is traditionally enjoyed during festivals. It is also called Shakkarpara in Gujarati and Shakerpara in Bengali. Shankarpali is a sweet treat made with milk, sugar or salt, ghee, semolina, and maida. Shankarpali can be sour, sweet or salty. It has a long shelf life and can be stored easily and savoured anytime.

2. Aluvadi


Aluvadi or Patrode is a Malavani snack, deep fried and made with spinach or colocasia leaves stuffed with spiced potatoes and then rolled up after being smeared with besan paste. This crunchy delight is a delicious way to kill your hunger pangs and it can be steamed as well as fried.

3. Kothimbir Vadi


‘Kothimbir’ is a Marathi word that means coriander and ‘Kothimbir Vadi’ means coriander fritters. This is an evening snack usually enjoyed with tea or coffee. It is made with a mixture of gram flour, coriander leaves and sesame seeds and is steamed, sliced and fried to make a crispy snack.

4. Thalipeeth


If you have not tasted Thalipeeth while in the state, you have missed out on the authentic Maharashtrian experience. Thalipeeth is a multi-grain pancake found in the western region of the country. It is made with a special flour of roasted sabudana (tapioca), coriander seeds, wheat, rice and cumin seeds. Various vegetables and onions are added in the dough to enhance the flavour. Served with a dollop of ghee or curd, you can enjoy this snack anytime of the day.

5. Rice Chakli


Popularly known as Murukku in the Southern part of the country, Rice Chakli is a deep fried snack made with rice flour, gram flour or a mixture of lentil along with other ingredients including sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and some spices. These round delights are crunchy and golden-brown in colour. They generally need a chakli extruder to shape the dough, which is then fried in oil and enjoyed hot.

6. Bhakarwadi


A famous sweet and spicy snack, Bhakarwadi is made with gram flour which is shaped into spiral forms and then stuffed with a mixture of coconut, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. This fried and crispy snack has a long shelf life and can be stored for weeks.

7. Sabudanyachi Khichdi


Popularly known as sabudane (tapioca) ki khichdi, this quick snack is light yet filling. Sabudana is soaked overnight and then fried with cumin seeds, spices, diced potatoes and crushed peanuts. In Maharashtra, sabudanyachi khichdi is generally made in pure desi ghee.

8. Chiwda


Chiwda or poha is the go-to snack in Maharashtra. Chiwda is deep fried puffed rice or flaked rice. A mix of peanuts, curry leaves, green chilies and asafetida are roasted to make this delicious snack.

9. Kanda Batata Poha


‘Kanda’ in Marathi means onion and ‘Batata’ means potato. Kanda Batata Poha is perfect for breakfast or in the evening as a mid-meal snack. Chiwda is soaked in water overnight and cooked with vegetables, peanuts and spices. It is served with diced raw onions on top. You can sprinkle some Bhujia (namkeen) to add a crunch.

10. Batata Vada


Batata Vada consists of a mashed potato patty coated with chickpea flour, deep fried and served piping hot with chutney. This snack is enjoyed the most with a cup of tea on a rainy day.

Try these lovely snacks from Maharashtra and do tell us about the ones that you absolutely love.

Indonesia’s ‘rainbow village’ becomes an internet sensation. See pics

An Indonesian hamlet dubbed ‘the rainbow village’ after being given a makeover in a kaleidoscope of colours is attracting hordes of visitors and has become an internet sensation.

The collection of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy.

But residents of the Wonosari community in Semarang decided an extreme makeover was needed, and received money from the local government and several companies to carry out the project.

Villagers relax along a path in Semarang. (AFP)

The houses were re-painted in a dizzying array of colours during a month-long overhaul which cost about $200,000, and the polluted river nearby was also cleaned up.

The local mayor opened the newly decorated hamlet on Java island to the public in mid-April and the community quickly became a local landmark known as “the rainbow village”.

The buildings — many of which are decorated with art such as pictures of angels’ wings and whales — can be seen for miles around, climbing up the hillside like a gigantic staircase.

Domestic and foreign visitors have been flocking to the village to snap pictures, which have been rapidly spreading on Instagram and Facebook.

“This is very special, extremely creative,” Maya Susanti, an Indonesian visitor who came to the village with her friends told AFP.

“The village used to look plain but now there are so many good spots for taking pictures.”

Community leader Yosep Tri Prawoko added: “Every single alleyway has become a favourite spot for a photoshoot, it’s great.”

Villagers are enjoying the tourism boom sparked by the makeover.

The village of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy. (AFP)

Surani, a local flower seller who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said local people were feeling the benefits: “I hope our livelihoods keep on getting better.”

The makeover and flow of visitors has also encouraged residents to keep the community clean, and rubbish bins have been put up around the hamlet.


Should You Be Having Milk On An Empty Stomach?

Over the past few years, I have realized that ‘when you eat’ is equally important as ‘what you eat’. Food combinations and timings can influence your health, nutrient absorption and a lot of other things. Diet planning is a meticulous process that should be based on the effectiveness and alertness of various bodily processes which take place throughout the day. These functions need to be supplied with the right kind of nutrition at the right time.

I recently learned that drinking milk just before sleeping may not be as healthy as previously thought. “Milk is a meal in itself and consuming it just before turning in may slow down the digestion process and cause gastric problems for some people. It is like having another meal post dinner,” noted a Delhi-based weight management expert Anshul Jaibharat. Given this fact, should you rather have milk first thing in morning? Most of us, quickly gulp down a glass full of milk or a cold coffee on our way out before eating anything else. But, is it the right thing to do or should you avoid having milk on an empty stomach? We asked experts to help us understand this better.


Milk, the first meal for many


“Milk is a complete meal in itself. Traditionally, most of us are used to starting our day with a glass of milk. Those who are not lactose-intolerant can have a glass of milk in the morning to ensure a supply of essential nutrients right at the start of the day. I don’t see any problem in consuming milk on an empty stomach unless you suffer from poor digestion, gastric issues or are lactose intolerant,” shared Dr. Rupali Datta, Consultant Nutritionist.


Not an ideal first meal?


“I don’t recommend milk as the first thing you should have to start your day. Lemon water or apple cider vinegar are healthier options to kick start your day. You can then add milk in your cereal or have it in combination with something else. In my opinion, if your stomach is empty, you should always start with something light that has a cleansing effect on your system. Chaach or other fermented versions are much easier to digest,” noted Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora ND,


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“Milk should not ideally be had by everyone on an empty stomach. It depends on what body composition you have. If you are air dominated (Vata) or Kapha dominated (water), never have milk on an empty stomach. Those prone to cough and flu should also not have it the first thing in morning. People with hyper acidic tendency can have cold milk as calcium when mixed with acid turns into salt and relieves acute acidity. Vata composition people can have milk anytime in the day and can benefit a lot by drinking milk with jaggery,” shared Yogacharya Anoop, Chaitanya Foundation, Mediyoga,

All in all, different body types react differently to milk. A person prone to food allergies must be extra cautious. Your daily diet should be tailor-made to suit what your body requires. “Listen to your body, you will know if having a certain ingredient on an empty stomach revs up your energy or leaves you with a squeamish, heavy feeling,” concluded Dr. Datta.

Kirtilals launches an exclusive collection of uber-cool jewellery that’s chic and versatile

What if that expensive diamond necklace you bought also becomes a bracelet? Or a glittery pendant that can also be worn as ear studs? Giving a whole new dimension to concepts in jewellery making, Kirtilals has come up with a breathtaking collection of bespoke diamond jewellery that’s not just about the aesthetics or ornamental value, but also multi-utility and functionality of the piece.

“The collection is a precursor to how jewellery is becoming more than just an ornament the world over. Every single thing you wear is being made into something functional. Necklaces are engineered to become more than a string of diamonds to be worn on the neck,” says Monish Kannan, the Production Manager at the Coimbatore plant of Kirtilals, who has also conceptualised and executed the collection. “The process of making versatile jewellery is complicated. It’s like a crossover between engineering and jewellery making.” The brand has launched over 100 designs in the first set of collection, of which nearly 50 have been displayed at the Madurai showroom. “Since Madurai is a traditional place where people buy a lot of jewellery, we wanted to test the grounds for an avant-garde collection like this,” says Natarajan, General Manager.

“Multi-functional jewellery is a value addition for people who spend so much on buying diamonds. If suppose you buy a pendant for over Rs.1,00,000, how cool if it also becomes ear studs? All you have to do is to unscrew and put the piece back in a different fashion. You get to wear the same piece in various ways for different occasions.” Magnetic bangles is another concept where a set of thin bangles can be worn as a single thick kada or vice verse. The collection contains rings, earrings, chains, pendants and bangles that are light-weight, unique and modern. The price range starts from Rs.40,000 upwards.


Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I’ve always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses.

To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds who have backed some of the biggest names in technology startups including Pinterest, Uber, Boxed and SeatGeek. In general, several recurring attributes emerge, supporting the fact that investors believe there is a certain personality profile that is predictive of success. Furthermore, many of these traits are areas that entrepreneurs can diligently work on and improve, and not necessarily things that are innate — meaning people aren’t just born with it. Five traits that tend to be associated with the most successful entrepreneurs include:

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

1. Tenacity.

In my interactions with VCs, this probably comes up as the single most critical ingredient to realizing entrepreneurial success. The value of tenacity was not lost on Woody Allen, who’s credited with coining the notion that “80 percent of success is showing up.” Nihal Mehta, ENIAC Ventures, looks for a founder’s ability to break through walls. He suggests, “startups have many twists and turns, ups and downs. Founders who go the distance look at each challenge and pace themselves to overcome each and every one.”

2. Passion.

Related to tenacity is motivation — why is an entrepreneur so focused on solving a particular problem? Chances are, if it’s purely about fame or fortune, the inevitable frustration that will come along when things don’t go smoothly may start eroding the intensity needed. Some investors look for opportunities where an entrepreneur is trying to solve a personal problem. “I like entrepreneurs who decided to solve a pain point that affected them personally,” says Vasu Kulkarni, Courtside Ventures. “The conviction to solve a problem is always stronger when you are passionate about it, and generally that tends to stem from issues that you can relate to personally.”

3. Confident humility.

Though it may sound like a contradiction, investors cite confidence and humility as traits that they’d like to see in the founders they back. Changing the status quo requires conviction and steadfastness that is convincing to investors, customers and employees. At the same time, the ability to listen and adjust is critical in being responsive to ever-changing challenges. Checking individual pride at the door is key to this. David Frankel, Founder Collective, looks for “audacity” but encourages entrepreneurs to balance this with some degree of humility and to always be asking questions.

4. Clarity of thought.

A straight line between a problem and a solution demonstrates a mastery of knowledge that presents an entrepreneur as someone who knows his or her stuff, as well as as an ability to effectively communicate. Having domain expertise is critical, but if you cannot present it as such, it can give the impression that there may be holes in the vision or ability to execute it. Matt Turck, FirstMark Capital said, “The best founders are deep students of their industry and entrepreneurship in general. They focus on understanding every single nuance. This manifests itself through clarity of thought.”

5. Curiosity.

An important part of being innovative is thinking about the “what ifs” of a business. Being reactive and responsive is important but it should be blended with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems. This requires a level of curiosity which can save time and money. Matt Hartman, Betaworks, says “we invest in people building products that are fundamentally about new consumer behaviors. In these types of products, it’s critical to be curious about how and why new behaviors emerge.”

It is no coincidence that as businesses evolve and go from one stage to the next, so does the development of their founders and leadership team.


Parents, An Egg a Day May Help Boost Your Child’s Growth: Study

Who doesn’t love eggs? Not only are eggs versatile when it comes to whipping exciting dishes, these also come packed with essential micronutrients vital for the growth and development of the body. Including eggs in your daily diet promises a bevy of health benefits. Experts have now found that kids who eat eggs regularly experience better growth and development when compared to other kids who don’t consume them at all. Eggs are easily available, extremely easy to cook and inexpensive. Many International health organisations therefore consider eggs as a food item that can combat hunger and malnutrition in severely affected areas in the world. Parents, now you have a bigger and better reason to love eggs and how A team of American experts suggest that eating an egg a day can significantly increase growth and reduce stunting by 47% in young children. Kids who eat eggs regularly are also 74% less likely to become underweight. Experts concluded the study after conducted an experiment on a group of children aged six to nine months. The participants were given one egg per day for six months, versus a control group which did not consume eggs at all.

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“Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. They are a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children and have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world. Eggs seem to be a viable and recommended source of nutrition for children in developing countries,” lead author Lora Iannotti from the Washington University in St. Louis was quoted by IANS.

Eggs are loaded with protein, vitamin A and D that are crucial for the development and maintenance of the bones. They also come packed with other essential minerals and nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorous and zinc.

Does Your Child Stay Up Late for an Early Exam? It Can Affect His Grades

Inadequate sleep seems to be a trend these days. With more and more people travelling long hours for work and working till late, sleep is one thing that begins to take a toll of our highly demanding, haphazard lifestyle. Though experts suggest 7-8 hours of good night’s sleep every day, it seems like a challenging task for most around. Even teenagers and young adults are beginning to give less important to one of the most important aspects of our health – sleep.

Sleep plays an important role in maintaining your physical and mental health, but a lot of teenagers resort to late night studies especially before their exams. A new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that teens should go to be early for better grades. According to the study, students who do not go to bed early or wake up at a consistent time every day are more likely to have lower grades

Sleep plays an important role in maintaining your physical and mental health. Lack of sleep, disturbed sleep or even irregular sleep patterns can affect your brain and body in many ways. You body follows an internal circadian clock to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and also manage various functions. If this cycle is disturbed, it can confuse your body and affect your biological processes.

Does Your Child Stay Up Late for an Early Exam? It Can Affect His Grades

For the study, 61 students from Harvard College were asked to maintain online diaries to record their sleep schedules for 30 days. Researchers identified two groups: regular sleepers, or those who went to bed and woke up around the same time every day, and irregular sleepers, who had different sleep patterns every day.

One of the major differences between regular and irregular sleepers could be noticed in the grade point averages. The team used a unique scoring index where every student’s sleep regularity was calculated on scale of 0 to 100. Students with very irregular sleep patterns were given lower scores and vice versa. The results showed that with every increase of 10 points on the regularity index, the students had an average increase of 0.10 in their GPA.

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A regular sleep pattern is as important as the quality and quantity of sleep

The primary reason for this has been discovered as the delayed release of the sleep hormone melatonin. Melatonin manages our sleep and wake cycles. If you are an irregular sleeper, melatonin is released later at night which further pushes your sleep time and disturbs your circadian clock. Researchers explain that this can confuse your body regarding and make it feel like it is in another time zone.

Moreover, irregular sleepers were also found to have less exposure to light during the day but more exposure at night, which also can affect the circadian clock, whether it is sunlight, fluorescent light in a classroom or artificial light from a phone or any other electronic device. This is important to note because the human circadian clock is very sensitive to light. The team of researchers feel that there has been a lot of talk about the quantity and quality of sleep but one aspect of sleep has been a bit ignored which is regularity. The important point that the study is trying to make is that going to bed early may not be enough, you need to make sure that your sleep timings are consistent which means that you sleep and wake up around the same time every day.

Your sleep pattern is equally important because if your internal body clock is disturbed it not only affects your physiological systems but can also lower your immunity, increase the risk of infection and flu, make you gain weight, affect your cognitive abilities and of course, impact your grades.


The efficacy and importance of regular exercising is hugely underestimated. The World Health Organistion suggests every adult to indulge in at least 150 minutes of moderate to rigorous intensity activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is one of the biggest perpetrators of lifestyle diseases today and regular exercising is one of the easiest ways to combat its ill-effects.

We already know that regular exercising can keep your energy levels up, boost your metabolism, make you sleep better, increase your strength and memory and also protect your heart. Health experts recommend that you take out at least 30 minutes every day to indulge in any form of exercise – be it gymmimg, brisk walking or running. A new research carried out by a team of researchers from the New York University reveals that you may be able to benefit from just one single workout session (even if it is the first one in life).

The team of researchers looked at animal and human studies to understand the effects of a single workout session on the brain, the positive health benefits of exercise over time and how it may cause long-lasting changes in the brain. For this, they examined a number of brain imaging and electrophysiological studies including electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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They also looked at at neurochemical studies and neurotransmitter studies. Their investigations brought to light three important points regarding a single bout of exercise which is also known as cute exercise. Firstly, the most consistent behavioral effects of acute exercise were improved mental processes such as enhanced mood, and decreased stress levels. Secondly, the neurophysiological and neurochemical changes that occur show that a wide variety of brain areas and brain systems get activated after exercising. Lastly, the most dramatic effect was the change in neurochemical levels including neurotransmitters, metabolites, growth factors, and neuromodulators.

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A single bout of exercise can cause long-lasting changes in the brain

Previous studies have shown that regular exercise is not just good for your body but also for your brain. It has many protective benefits for the brain cells and also helps in improving their performance. This new study validates these facts and focuses more on the long-term benefits of a single session of exercise that can be used as a therapeutic tool in future to help delay, prevent, or treat cognitive decline in aging individuals, boost mood, improve attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, cure depression, and relieve stress.


Google Play Now Has an ‘Android Excellence’ Section With Curated Apps and Games

Google has introduced a new section in Google Play store called ‘Android Excellence’. This section is meant to promote apps that have great design, performance, or follow the best practices given by the search giant itself. The newly introduced Android Excellence section can be found in the revamped Editor’s Choice section and promotes content and provides recognition to the apps that follow “best practices,” as per the company.

The move comes a week after Apple announced that it’s completely revamping the App Store with iOS 11 to place greater focus on manual curation of apps, with daily updates in the form of lists, developer stories, and more.

“The new collections will showcase apps and games that deliver incredible user experiences on Android, use many of our best practices, and have great design, technical performance, localisation, and device optimisation,” Google said in its blog post.

Google Play Now Has an 'Android Excellence' Section With Curated Apps and Games

Google says that the Android Excellence collections will be refreshed quarterly. Currently, some of the notable mentions in the first round Android Excellence Games include Hitman GO, Pictionary, Riptide GP: Renegade, and Toca Blocks. On the other hand, some of the noteworthy names in Android Excellence Apps include Evernote, Memrise, Pocket, and Skyscanner.

As the lists will be refreshed after a considerable time, it might not be the best place to find great new apps or games but the entries that make this list are likely to get abundance of promotion and exposure. This is likely to prove as a great incentive for app developers to follow the guidelines provided by Google for Android apps.