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Moncler aspires to give its puffer jackets a monthly makeover

MILAN: Italian label Moncler has already turned luxury fashion on its head by transforming casual skiwear into trendy items with its sleek puffer jackets. Now it wants to lead the sector in fast-paced production, and Chief Executive Remo Ruffini said he hopes his company can one day offer new products for all of its down coat collections on a monthly basis. Advertisement The shift highlights luxury brands' race to adapt to changing shopping habits as the sector attracts younger consumers and those more influenced by the fast pace of soci..

A Lavish Bollywood Musical Is Fueling A Culture War In India

Enlarge this image A cyclist rides past a poster of the controversial film Padmaavat in Bangalore on Thursday. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Padmaavat, India's first 3-D IMAX spectacle, is a lavish, operatic Bollywood musical set in the 14th-century palaces and deserts of Rajasthan. It has elephant processions, kaleidoscopic tableaus of Indian palaces and gorgeous actors in bejeweled costumes. It was directed by one of India's most celebrated filmmakers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and stars one of the country's most popular actresses, Deepika Padukone. The film opens in India on Thursday, but from the moment it went into production, it's been plagued by violent protests over its depiction of Padukone's character, Queen Padmavati, a legendary Hindu royal. "It's a historic film," Padukone told NPR in 2017. "And the character that I play is someone who, historically, there's a certain section of..

Zoroastrains in India to explore cultural boundaries

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Watch: This is how India's protest culture culminates in a one-kilometre stretch in New...

" data-embed-type="youtube" data-thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ffwYEKx8Y5g/hqdefault.jpg" data-embed-id="ffwYEKx8Y5g" data-embed-loaded="false" data-height="270" data-width="480" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/VideoObject"> In October 2017, the National Green Tribunal asked the Delhi Government to ban all protests at Jantar Mantar. The panel said that residents of the area have the right to live without the constant intrusion of noise and other forms of disturbance. If any of these residents ventured out every time there was a protest in the vicinity, they would have seen a remarkable variety of rallies and demonstrations, ranging from the political to the personal, only a few of which make it to national media and are seen by people around the country. Enter Kahaani Wale, an artists’ collective that documents stories of change across south Asia. In a series of videos titled Hum Le Ke Rahenge, the group has captured a variety of protests through the eyes of individuals. Sa..

Sick Of Cookies? Try These 4 Strange Christmas Treats In Asia

This picture taken on February 18, 2017 shows a meat vendor preparing pork for his customers in Tomohon market in northern Sulawesi. A lot of Christians on this Indonesian island go for pork around Christmas. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) Christmas is hardly an organically Asian holiday. For historic migration reasons and modern political ones, Christianity lacks a following on the continent of 4 trillion-plus people compared to in Europe and the Americas. But you find big groups of believers in places such as South Korea and the Philippines. Other countries may feel a soft spot for the holiday because of past Western colonialism, the imprint of missionaries or a festive spirit spread by mass media. Christmas food is still a latecomer and in a lot of Asia to get it requires trips to the major Western hotels. Late doesn’t mean never, however. Here are four foods and eating rituals, all uncommon in the West, that Asian countries call their own just for Christmas: Bibingka..

What are cultural rights?

Written by Sonakshi Awasthi | New Delhi | Published: December 15, 2017 3:12 pm Jallikattu is a traditional sport where a bull is released in the crowd and people have to grab the hump of the bull in order to tame the animal. (A work from the series, Jallikattu; Elanchezhiyan Pichaikannu)Earlier this week, the Supreme Court reserved its judgment on Jallikattu, the bullock cart racing conducted in Tamil Nadu, and pointed out the importance of questions put by the petitioner. One of the questions was whether Jallikattu can be a cultural right. While the court will clarify if the race could be termed as a cultural right, it is pertinent to understand what a cultural right is. Jallikattu is a traditional sport played in Tamil Nadu, where a bull is released in the crowd and people have to grab the hump of the bull in order to tame the animal. The Indian Constitution does not state a black and white definition of a cultural right. However, Article 29 sta..

'We Are Afraid of Christmas': Tensions Dampen Holiday in India

Advertisement NEW DELHI — Tehmina Yadav is a Muslim woman married to a Hindu man. The other night, she was hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree. In India, a country that is about 80 percent Hindu, Christmas is becoming big business. Airlines play Christmas music, online vendors sell holiday gift baskets, and one especially enterprising young man, Kabir Mishra, rents out a contingent of Hindus dressed as Santa Claus. “I can provide as many Santas as you want,” he said. Sitting next to her Christmas tree at home in Delhi, Ms. Yadav said that in India, there was nothing strange about non-Christians celebrating Christmas. Indians have always observed a dizzying number of festivals regardless of religious affiliation, and even though Christians represent only 2.3 percent of the population, Christmas is recognized as a government holiday. But as far-right Hindu groups have gained traction, India has changed. Christmas has now found itself caught in the cross hairs. The authorities recently ..

Art center program introduces kids to India

Talbot Fisher The Register-Mail TalbotFisher16 GALESBURG — Knox College student Pete Peterson carefully traced designs for young children, who were eagerly stirring their paints, made from sand and glue. The kids swirled glittery purples and silvers onto the papers, filling in the designs. They were creating Rangoli, an Indian artform that typically uses sand to create patterns in courtyards and living rooms. The activity was one of seven available free of charge during the kickoff of Kids’ Month at the Galesburg Civic Art Center, 114 E. Main St. Peterson, an anthropology major who minors in art, recently returned from spending four months studying abroad in India. “I always had France in mind for studying abroad,” she said, “but I decided to go somewhere different. I’d always been interested in Indian culture. It was full immersion, I spent four months with a host family where they spoke Marathi.” She became involved with volunteering for the event though a friend who works at the ..

India's vice president commends Christian contribution to nation

Catholic World News December 19, 2017 » Continue to this story on Vatican News CWN Editor's Note: The previous week, India’s prime minister had criticized an archbishop for his pastoral letter on a state election. The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.Sound Off!CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off! There are no comments yet for this item. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Startup Lessons from Israel for Indian Army to help build innovation culture

By Maj. Sunil Shetty,SM (retd) Founder & CEO, AskMentor This week a barbershop conversation on Israel and its farming techniques set me thinking about the impact this middle eastern nation has created across the world. A chit-chat between barber and client is not new. It has been on-going for ages across cultures. Barbershops are "popular centres for daily news and gossip", and they have been that way since the Roman period. For over a decade now Vinod, a Hyderabad based hairstylist, has been helping me with a crewcut that I have carried from my days in the Indian Army. Whenever I am back in India from my business travels overseas; he wants to hear my adventure stories. He sometimes tests me on my political opinion, cricket and at times also seeks my advice. This week, he wanted to know about Israel and its farming techniques. Just to give a background; Vinod and his brother hail from the barber community in India. The young entrepreneurs have kept their family tradition alive by succe..

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