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The 'green' list: Last-minute holiday gifts for your loved ones

From eco-friendly stationery kits to jewellery made with recycled plastic, Lounge lists options that will bring joy to friends and family

Vasco by Love Letter: Inspired Goa's vibrancy and frolic, the Vasco necklace is delicately beaded with sterling silver and recycled plastic beads in light, pastel shades of coral, yellow, green and light and dark blue. Available at StudioLoveLetter.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,899
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Vasco by Love Letter: Inspired Goa's vibrancy and frolic, the Vasco necklace is delicately beaded with sterling silver and recycled plastic beads in light, pastel shades of coral, yellow, green and light and dark blue. Available at StudioLoveLetter.com; 4,899
Mega Plantable Stationery Gift Box by Pepaa: A versatile gift, this stationery kit comes with plantable seedp, pens, and notepads, which can be useful long after they have been used. It also includes eco-friendly colour pencils and a jute bag. Lastly, it also comes with a grow kit, which helps gardeners grow sprouts in coir pith pots, with coco peat. Available at Pepaa.co;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>899
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Mega Plantable Stationery Gift Box by Pepaa: A versatile gift, this stationery kit comes with plantable seedp, pens, and notepads, which can be useful long after they have been used. It also includes eco-friendly colour pencils and a jute bag. Lastly, it also comes with a grow kit, which helps gardeners grow sprouts in coir pith pots, with coco peat. Available at Pepaa.co; 899
Christmas Gift box - Natural Incense Collection by Phool - For sacred and aroma-therapeutic needs, this gift box contains incense sticks and cones of four fragrances; lavender, white cedar, lemon grass and tea tree. And unlike other incenses, these are made from discarded, recycled flowers and are charcoal and sulphur free. Available at Phool.co;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>620
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Christmas Gift box - Natural Incense Collection by Phool - For sacred and aroma-therapeutic needs, this gift box contains incense sticks and cones of four fragrances; lavender, white cedar, lemon grass and tea tree. And unlike other incenses, these are made from discarded, recycled flowers and are charcoal and sulphur free. Available at Phool.co; 620
Sarah Tote by Ziveli - Handcrafted using indigenous techniques from plant fibres such as Kauna reed and ethically sourced leather, by women artisans, this bag has a smart, round shape to be your comfy carry-all. Available at Ziveli.in;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,100
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Sarah Tote by Ziveli - Handcrafted using indigenous techniques from plant fibres such as Kauna reed and ethically sourced leather, by women artisans, this bag has a smart, round shape to be your comfy carry-all. Available at Ziveli.in; 2,100
Mystery fragrance by Litrahb Perfumery - For perfume junkies who have empty miniature perfume bottles lying around at home, please don't throw them away. Instead, participate in this boutique perfumery's initiative to recycle your perfume bottles safely for the environment. Post them in resuable packaging to the perfumery and try out a mystery edible fragrance that's been homemade. More details available on Litrahb Perfumery's Instagram handle, @litrahbperfumery; under  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1000
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Mystery fragrance by Litrahb Perfumery - For perfume junkies who have empty miniature perfume bottles lying around at home, please don't throw them away. Instead, participate in this boutique perfumery's initiative to recycle your perfume bottles safely for the environment. Post them in resuable packaging to the perfumery and try out a mystery edible fragrance that's been homemade. More details available on Litrahb Perfumery's Instagram handle, @litrahbperfumery; under 1000 (Litrahb Perfumery/Instagram)
Hibiscus, Onion & Bhringaraj Shampoo Bar by Juicy Chemistry - From one the most popular brands in the growing sustainable beauty business in India, comes this shampoo bar that condition the hair as much as it cleanses the scalp. With enriching ingredients such as black tea, curry leaves, amla, bhringraj, and hydrating blend of olive, jojoba, and ashwagandha oils, the bar is easy to use and doesn't produce much packaging waste. Available at JuicyChemistry.com;  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>540
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Hibiscus, Onion & Bhringaraj Shampoo Bar by Juicy Chemistry - From one the most popular brands in the growing sustainable beauty business in India, comes this shampoo bar that condition the hair as much as it cleanses the scalp. With enriching ingredients such as black tea, curry leaves, amla, bhringraj, and hydrating blend of olive, jojoba, and ashwagandha oils, the bar is easy to use and doesn't produce much packaging waste. Available at JuicyChemistry.com; 540

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Get to know Doha’s signature coffee, ahead of the World Cup

Arabic coffee or 'gahwa' is prepared by roasting coffee beans, then boiling them with cardamom and saffron

Visitors are served traditional 'gahwa' at Embrace Doha cultural house in souq al-Wakrah, south of the capital Doha. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
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Visitors are served traditional 'gahwa' at Embrace Doha cultural house in souq al-Wakrah, south of the capital Doha. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
Gahwa is prepared by roasting coffee beans then boiling them with cardamom and saffron. Served in small cups, it has a strong aroma of cardamom, is yellowish in colour and has a tea-like consistency. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
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Gahwa is prepared by roasting coffee beans then boiling them with cardamom and saffron. Served in small cups, it has a strong aroma of cardamom, is yellowish in colour and has a tea-like consistency. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
Pictured here is the elegant, golden dallah used for serving ‘gahwa’, It is the traditional Arabic coffee pot. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
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Pictured here is the elegant, golden dallah used for serving ‘gahwa’, It is the traditional Arabic coffee pot. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
Dates or sweets are served along with the coffee to offset its bitter flavour. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
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Dates or sweets are served along with the coffee to offset its bitter flavour. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
If you are visiting Qatar for the World Cup, don't miss out on ‘gahwa’ or Arabic coffee served in street stalls in Doha's oldest market, Souq Waqif. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)
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If you are visiting Qatar for the World Cup, don't miss out on ‘gahwa’ or Arabic coffee served in street stalls in Doha's oldest market, Souq Waqif. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)

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In Paris, Vivienne Westwood brings kink and art together

Andreas Kronthaler gives a grungy twist to an aesthetic from the medieval era 

Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes. 
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Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes.  (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe.
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Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation.
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The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show.
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The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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A dance of fashion to celebrate Issey Miyake

Designer Satoshi Kondo paid tribute to the brand's late founder at Paris Fashion Week with a choreographed dance show and collection of light, sculptured silhouettes

The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls.
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The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls. (REUTERS)
As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style.
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As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style. (AFP)
In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products.
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In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products. (AFP)
The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes.
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The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes. (AP)
Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris.
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Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris. (REUTERS)

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Photos: 66 years of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's iconic dance drama

As Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra gets set to present the 66th edition of its annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, here is a look back at its evolution through the years

The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
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The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
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The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
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The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
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Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
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The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds
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Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds

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Our favourite looks from New York Fashion Week

From Prabal Gurung to Tom Ford, designers presented garments that were all about celebrating the present

Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase.
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Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase. (REUTERS)
To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life.
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To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life. (AP)
How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer. 
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How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer.  (AP)
The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve. 
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The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve.  (AP)
After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look.
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After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look. (AFP)
Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life, 
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Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life,  (REUTERS)
Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway.
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Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway. (AP)

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Jean-Luc Godard: Champion of New Wave cinema

Director Jean-Luc Godard, who died yesterday at the age of 91, leaves behind a legacy of inventive and influential cinema

Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
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Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
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Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
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Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
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‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 
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Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 

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