She walks in wearing a bright pink outfit that matches the pink flower she wears on her coiffured hair. The queen of Indian theatre who has ruled Indian cinema’s alternate space over three decades, Shabana Azmi enters the coffee shop at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates and there is a hush. Charm, intelligence, substance to…

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Resilience, determination and desire to be different is what sets the 16 women officers of the VIP Protection Unit of The Department of Protetive Security and Emergency of Dubai Police from their female peers. Yasmeen Maqbool meets these women whose core belief in themselves is their driving force First Corporal Afra Mohammed Bakkar, 25, one…

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Parisian born Shourouk took the jewellery world by storm with her eponymous label in 2008. She speaks to Sharon Carvalho about inspiration, design and contemporary aesthetics How would you define yourself? In one sentence, a globe-trotter that likes bling a little too much! I would say that my love affair with jewellery began early. During…

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Cross fit: The next wave in fitness


CrossFit has changed the way the world approaches physical activity. Based on a methodology that uses an athlete’s own body weight as a tool, the fitness craze has developed a cult-like following. With the CrossFit Open now in full swing, Priya Kumar takes a sip of the CrossFit Kool-Aid for herself. Never has a more…

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The Last Laugh


Life is fair for some. Our attitude defines how we take it on. Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian from New Jersey, an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, tap-dancer, a cat loving Twitter addict and an activist with cerebral palsy chooses to defy convention and change opinion. Her fierce sense of humour makes her one of America’s first…

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Belladonna: Monica Bellucci at 50


She grew up an Umbrian country girl with an insatiable appetite for international success. Her lottery-winning combination of Italian genes, on-screen presence and chameleon-like ability to transform from a bride of Dracula to a nun to a devoted wife of an Iranian revolutionary has placed the beauty in a league of her own. Her next…

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Smudged purple kohl eyes, when done right, can make you red-carpet ready in no time. Makeup artist Sonam Chandana shares tricks to nailing this stunning look. By Eva Pavithran

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Hot Right Now


Guerlain has created a limited edition compact Poudre de Soie to enhance the complex- ion with the most luminous of iridescent glows. Use a soft brush to highlight key areas where the light hits eyebrow bone, cheekbones and a little under the chin for a picture perfect face.

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EXCLUSIVELY SPORTY Salvatore Ferragamo creates an élite version of their best-selling line F-80 The new ladies version has a steel or IP gold case, downsized to 33 mm in diameter, ideal for smaller wrists. Six decorative screws on the bezel and the refined colour shades of the dial are distinctive features of this collection.

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The Blonde and the Brunette


A relationship that began in 1997 with a shared dream grew into a company that brings unique design to shoe lovers all over the world. Sharon Carvalho speaks to Natalia Barbieri, one half of Bionda Castana, about inspiration and the ‘Made in Italy’ stamp How did it all begin for you? I’ve always been interested…

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