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A Glimpse into the Academy Museum Gala 2023

Hailey Bieber dazzled in a striking black dress with shimmering details. She wore delicate jewelry and little makeup, letting the Saint Laurent ensemble do all the talking…writes Olivia Sarkar

The Academy Museum Gala in 2023 took place in Los Angeles, CA. The annual fundraiser, which always has a lot of celebrity power,  generates money for the museum’s public programming and exhibitions. There are always some undoubtedly incredible fashion moments from the star-studded red carpet.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone, the House Ambassador, wore a couture Louis Vuitton gown to the third Annual Academy Gala in Los Angeles. A little floor-sweeping embellishment adorned the one-shoulder gown. She accessorized the monochromatic look with a bracelet set and a pair of earrings that dangled. She only applied a small amount of blush and left her lips bare for makeup.

Karlie Kloss

Glamorous in a black Schiaparelli suit, Karlie Kloss was a sight to behold when she appeared. She wore a provocative cutout bralette with a dramatic train attached, paired with flared pants.

Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber dazzled in a striking black dress with shimmering details. She wore delicate jewelry and little makeup, letting the Saint Laurent ensemble do all the talking.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, the worldwide phenomenon, was also present at the Academy Museum Gala in 2023. Her choice of clothing for the evening was a black gown with 3D floral designs made of shimmering silver around the neck. She accessorized her ensemble with a flawless diamond show.

Cara Delevingne

Among the best-dressed was Cara Delevingne, who wore a seductive black gown with a sheer expanse and a sculpted neckline. Her outfit was complemented by an incredible diamond necklace and bold red lips.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner attended the star-studded dinner wearing a beautiful crimson gown by Fendi.

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Just immerse yourself in local cultures and cuisine

Surrounded by forests, paddy fields and hills, Thailand’s Udon Thani province offers an unadulterated atmosphere for outdoor activities like camping, glamping, rafting, trekking, and safari…reports Asian Lite News

As Indian metros gasp for clean air, it’s time to take a much-needed break. We have handpicked quaint beach towns, islands, and vineyards where your lungs can breathe easily even as you immerse yourself in local cultures and cuisine.

Sopron, Hungary

Tucked in northwestern Hungary, Sopron is a quaint wine-producing region with its bucolic terrain creating a tranquil atmosphere. Dotted with heritage sites and ancient Roman empire ruins, you can enjoy the bird’s eye view from a 13th Century Fire Tower and relive the past at the Fabricius house, just a short walk from the tower. Visit Esterházy, Classicist Széchenyi Castle, and the Old Synagogue. Nature lovers can hike in the Fertő-Hanság National Park, home to the 20,000-year-old Lake Fertő, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To cap off the day, go wine-tasting at the wineries, especially Taschner Wine and Champagne House for Blue Frankish and Green Veltliner. Try local delicacies, Fertő Lake fish soup, bean soup with plums, and Winzer cabbage.

Estimated AQI: Less than 10 (

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Far from the effects of industrialisation, Antarctica makes for a perfect clear-air destination. The South Shetland Islands, a 540 km-long chain of islands lined with ice-filled fjords and massive icebergs, are populated by seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. The best way to explore it is with Antarctica 21 fly-cruise expedition. After a luxurious ride to the peninsula, you can reach the islands on inflatable Zodiacs accompanied by polar guides. The unique aspect is that the routes are altered as per the climate, rendering a different experience every time. Apart from the South Shetland Islands, the voyage includes visits to the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

Estimated AQI: Less than 15 (

Izu Peninsula, Japan

Located in the picturesque Shizuoka province, the Izu Peninsula stands out for its captivating natural beauty, pristine beaches, upscale highland resorts, and hot springs. An idyllic seaside getaway, this region is surrounded by mountains, striking rock formations, and the expansive sea, ensuring fresh air. The allure of Izu is enhanced by its proximity to some of Japan’s best beaches and historically rich Atami and Shimoda. The distinct charms of Higashi Izu, Nishi Izu, and Ito City contribute to its appeal. It is accessible via a swift bullet train journey from Central Tokyo, taking just under an hour.

Estimated AQI: Less than 30 (

Amboseli, Kenya

What better way to seek repose in nature than venturing into the great African plains? Kenya’s Amboseli National Park has rich biodiversity and hosts hundreds of bird species, from pelicans to kingfishers and raptor species. For an unobstructed view of the free-ranging elephants in their natural habitat, a stay at OlTukai Lodge Amboseli is recommended. Overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro offers an intimate connection with nature, complemented by eco-conscious amenities. The resort also facilitates encounters with the local Maasai tribe for an immersive cultural experience.

Estimated AQI: Less than 15 (

Udon Thani, Thailand

Surrounded by forests, paddy fields and hills, Thailand’s Udon Thani province offers an unadulterated atmosphere for outdoor activities like camping, glamping, rafting, trekking, and safari. From the natural wonders of Phu Foi Lom Eco-Park and Red Lotus Lake to the historical charms of Phu Phra Bat Historical Park and Ban Chiang Museum, this Thai countryside comprises a multitude of attractions. You can see its thriving local textile and silk markets, buy handmade artefacts at the night markets, and relish Thai food. Don’t miss trying Isaan food at the highly acclaimed restaurant Samuay& Sons. To ease travel formalities, Thailand is offering Indians a visa-exempted entry until May 10, 2024.

Estimated AQI: Less than 25 (

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, one of the main islands in the Tanzanian archipelago, is gifted with tranquillity. Endless stretches of white sand meet crystal-clear blue waters flanked by palm leaves gently sifting warm sunlight. Tucked away in Kizimkazi village is The Residence Zanzibar, a private pool villa-only retreat. Guided by the resort’s herbalist, you can relish the island’s clean, refreshing air as they journey through villages and spice plantations. The uninhabited Pungwe and Kwale islands within the Menai Bay Conservation Area provide an opportunity to enjoy a seafood barbecue amidst the invigorating, untainted air.

Estimated AQI: Less than 20 (

Cam Ranh, Vietnam

Cam Ranh finds itself on top of a Vietnam travel itinerary due to its unspoilt natural vistas and proximity to Nha Trang coastal town. With white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and forests, this southwestern region serves as an excellent clean-air getaway. One of the best ways to indulge in barefoot luxury and exceptional Vietnamese hospitality is by staying at The Anam Cam Ranh. Deeply rooted in the cultural aesthetics of Vietnam, it offers epicurean journeys, including authentic traditional and global gourmet meals made using locally sourced ingredients and produce. Visit the Ponagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda, the Institute of Oceanography, and Vinh Hy Bay.

Estimated AQI: Less than 40 (

La Digue, Seychelles

Known for its awe-inspiring landscape and beach idylls, La Digue is one of the most hankered islands in Seychelles. The allure is heightened by granite formations, golden sands, and gently swaying palm trees. The clear water of its bays is perfect for kayaking and snorkelling. Relax at the the jaw-dropping beachside of Anse Source D’ Argent, dip in the natural pools of Anse Cocos, or hike to Anse Marroncoves and jungles.

Estimated AQI: Less than 15 (

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Adventures Unleashed

IBW 2023 offers a plethora of unique and adrenaline-pumping experiences. Whether you’re a Moto Cross fan a Big ADV rider or just curious to experience an EV on our tracks, there’s a track for every rider and motorcycle…reports Asian Lite News

India Bike Week (IBW) 2023, is gearing up for its monumental 10th year, on December 8th and 9th, 2023, in partnership with Gulf Syntrac. The festival is all set to deliver an exhilarating celebration of motorcycling culture, adventure, moto thrills, and unity. Echoing the theme of ‘Everyone as One’, IBW will pave the future of the festival along with guaranteeing unforgettable moments for the new global Indian motorcycling enthusiast!

Martin Da Costa, Festival Director of India Bike Week and CEO of 70 EMG says,” For all on the IBW Team it is sometimes a ‘pinch yourself’ moment to know that in 2023 India Bike Week is celebrating 10 Years of the Festival. It’s 10X in 2023 because that is how the festival and the entire Motorbiking Culture and Community seem to have grown over the past decade. From a few thousand leisure bikers back in 2013, India now has hundreds of thousands of riders using their bikes for travelling, cross-country trips, experiences, and connecting with like-minded souls. We’ve seen motorcycle clubs mushroom across the country, women bikers from across India using their machines to get together and assert their independence and freedom, Indian Motorcycle Racers emerge, whole sub-cultures of motorcycle builders and designers establish businesses.”

Some of the 2023 highlights that one can witness are:

Races and rides: IBW 2023 offers a plethora of unique and adrenaline-pumping experiences. Whether you’re a Moto Cross fan a Big ADV rider or just curious to experience an EV on our tracks, there’s a track for every rider and motorcycle. IBW will offer 6 different tracks, including 3 race tracks by CEAT – the challenging Flat Track, Enduro track, the thrilling Mud Rush, and a one-of-a-kind CEAT Super Cross League preview. The Gulf Syntrac Tivra track features an interesting half-velodrome where one can ride in concentric circles as high as your skill and bravery can take you. The IBW Pentathlon by Gulf Syntrac will be scoring the best times of Pentathlon racers across 5 tracks. Attendees can participate in daring activities such as the Ring of Fire, the thrilling Well Of Death daredevilry, where one can witness an Ola EV scooter in the Well for the first time! Master the art of wheelies at our dedicated Wheelie track, and watch the high-energy somersaults at Gulf Syntrac’s FMX Moto Mayhem by Austrian Thomas Wirnsberger and Sebastian Westberg from Finland. For those seeking the future of biking, dive into the world of electric mobility with a variety of cutting-edge EV motorcycles and scooters. Feel the power and precision as you test ride these electric marvels on our dynamic tracks, alongside an impressive lineup and unveils of ICE bikes from OEM partners like Harley-Davidson, Hero, Triumph, Suzuki, Aprilia, KTM, and Kawasaki. And that’s not all – be part of the excitement as we unveil the revolutionary Orxa Mantis, a game-changer in the world of electric motorcycles.

Adventure Tales of Big Trip Speakers: Prepare for an exhilarating journey through the captivating narratives of esteemed speakers which include distinguished international globetrotters along with Indian trotters, each weaving their tapestry of exploration. With a decade of IBW bringing such explorers to the forefront, this year’s stage is set for captivating stories and exciting throwbacks, reflecting incredible journeys over the last ten years at Ladakh Tent.

•             Simon and Lisa Thomas: Renowned for their awe-inspiring 17-year global journeys over 800,000 km, this dynamic duo embodies the spirit of adventure, resilience, and passion.

•             Juvena Huang (The Wandering Wasp): A fearless traveller on a scooter, Juvena Huang’s Asian adventure breaks stereotypes, celebrating the spirit of women as avid travellers.

•             Karolis Mieliauskas: Hailing from Lithuania, Karolis shares extraordinary experiences from “The world’s coldest bike ride”, igniting the adventurous spirit.

•             Gaurav Sharma (Wander. da): A storyteller with a super cool Hindi podcast, Gaurav’s series unfolds a 25,000 km motorcycle trip across South America.

•             Yogesh Alekari (roaming_wheeels): An architect turned mountaineer, Yogesh embarks on a 100-day bike journey from Mumbai to London, covering three continents and 24 countries.

•             Noor Bee (Nomadic Hijabi Rider): Conquering thousands of kilometres, Reshma leaves a trail of courage and inspiration, venturing from Bangalore into the enchanting landscapes of Nepal.

•             Claudia Wodarz aka @missridealot – She’s ridden in more than 10 countries on her current solo ride including Central and South East Asia! And she’s ridden everything from Supersports to big ADVs.

Music, Food, Ride Outs & Moto Culture: IBW 2023’s music lineup boasts top artists headlined by Nucleya and features DJ talents like Gurbaxx, Nash Jr, Disco Kid, Aviv Pereira, Aarifah, and the sensational Gully Gang showcase. Vipin Mishra Project’s “FolkRoad” will premier their teaser – a music composer’s adventure on his motorcycle to the far corners of India in search of forgotten nomadic music. With diverse musical styles, the festival promises to be a haven for music enthusiasts for the two days at Hilltop!

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Recipe: Capsicum Mushroom Masala


  1. Butter Mushrooms – 200 g [cleaned and chopped]
  2. Oil – 3 tbsp
  3. Cinnamon Stick – ½ piece
  4. Cardamom – 3
  5. Clove – 3
  6. Onion – 2 [chopped]
  7. Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp
  8. Tomato – 2 [chopped]
  9. Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  10. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  11. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  13. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
  14. Salt – as per your taste
  15. Water – ½ cup
  16. Capsicum – 1 [cubed]
  17. Green Chillies – 2 [slit]
  18. Butter – 3 tbsp
  19. Fresh Cream – 3 tbsp
  20. Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp [chopped]


  1. Heat a pan. Pour 3 tbsp of oil on low medium flame. Add cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Saute well and add the chopped onion. Saute until light brown.
  2. Then add the ginger garlic paste, saute until the raw smell goes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, saute until mushy. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder,garam masala and kasuri methi, saute in low flame. Add ¼ cup water so that the masala doesn’t burn. Add the slat accordingly.
  4. Add the cubed capsicum, green chilli and chopped mushrooms. Saute on low medium flame. Add half a cup of water accordingly for your required gravy. Close and cook on low flame for 10minutes
  5. Add the butter and the fresh cream, bring it to boil. Switch off the flame, garnish it with coriander.



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From Smoke to Stress

The gut-brain axis is a two-way communication system between the central nervous system and the gut, involving complex interactions between the gut microbiota, immune system, and the enteric nervous system…writes Dr. Debojyoti Dhar

When we talk of smoking, the first thoughts that cross our minds regarding its health implications are of oral and lung cancer; thanks to the statutory warning that comes with all tobacco products. However, smoking has negative effects beyond that. Yes, from the well-established effects on respiratory to heart health, smoking takes a toll on mental health as well. An interesting pathway by which smoking impacts mental health is linked to gut health. 

The Gut-Brain Axis

The gut-brain axis is a two-way communication system between the central nervous system and the gut, involving complex interactions between the gut microbiota, immune system, and the enteric nervous system. The gut microbiota is the group of trillions of microorganisms that reside in our digestive tract and affect our overall health. The gut-brain axis plays a crucial role in regulating mood, cognition, and emotional responses. Remember how balance is regarded as key to success in every sphere of life? This balance holds great relevance in terms of the quality and quantity of the microbes we have in our gut. Disruptions in the delicate balance of the gut can lead to a variety of mental health issues, with smoking being a contributor to this disturbance.

Smoking and Gut Microbiota

Research indicates that smoking can alter the composition and diversity of the gut microbiota. Smoking disrupts this microbial balance, leading to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria and a decline in beneficial ones. For example, Bifidobacter is a beneficial bacteria that is found in abundance in a healthy gut but its population decreases significantly in smokers. Similarly, Proteobacteria (major group or phylum) consisting of pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia, Vibrio etc is increased in smokers as compared to non-smokers. Such imbalances, known as dysbiosis, have been linked to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Inflammatory Response

Smoking is a well-known trigger for inflammation throughout the body, and the gut is no exception. In fact, smoking directly and also by causing dysbiosis in the gut can cause chronic inflammation in the gut.  Studies have shown that patients with chronic gut inflammation are prone to depression and anxiety.

Neurotransmitter Imbalance

The gut microbiota plays an important role in the production and regulation of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are essential for mood and emotional well-being. Smoking-induced changes in the gut microbiota (dysbiosis) can disrupt the balance of these neurotransmitters, contributing to the development of mental health disorders. Serotonin, in particular, is often referred to as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, and alterations in its levels have been linked to conditions like depression.

Impact on Stress Response

Smoking not only affects the gut microbiota but also influences the stress response. Chronic exposure to stress can contribute to mental health disorders, and smoking appears to exacerbate this effect. The alterations in the gut microbiota caused by smoking can influence the body’s ability to cope with stress, further compromising mental well-being.

While the detrimental effects of smoking on physical health are well-established, the impact on mental health through the intricate connection with gut health is a relatively recent area of exploration. Understanding the link between smoking, gut health, and mental well-being opens up new avenues for intervention and treatment. Smoking cessation not only benefits respiratory and cardiovascular health but also contributes to restoring the delicate balance of the gut-brain axis, promoting a healthier mind and body. As research in this field progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that the journey to mental well-being may, in part, start with a smoke-free life.

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Holiday Grooming Hacks

Maintaining a balanced diet is a year-round commitment. Once you’ve achieved your desired shape and body mass index (BMI), it’s crucial to keep that hard-earned progress. While a caloric deficit helps shed fat, it can also reduce muscle mass…reports Asian Lite News

As the Holiday season approaches, the excitement is profound. It’s the time for new clothes and stunning accessories. Yet, amidst all the preparation and anticipation, one aspect often gets overlooked: i.e. ‘Your Grooming’!

We understand that not every trend suits everyone, and that’s perfectly okay. But some fundamental grooming steps should never be missed if you want to look your best during the upcoming holidays. Bombay Shaving Company has got your back with a collection of handy and effective last-minute grooming hacks that will have you looking suave and stylish in no time.

A strong beard game: For many men, a well-groomed beard is a symbol of confidence and style. And when the Holiday season is just around the corner, ensuring your facial hair looks its best is a top priority. But what if you find yourself short on time? Fret not; we’ve got a quick beard grooming tool to help you look sharp and tidy in a hurry. The newly launched, SENSI SMART by Bombay Shaving Company is the ultimate 3-blade cartridge razor that boasts outstanding performance while being super-sensitive on the skin. And for those looking to elevate their grooming game this holiday season, the 7-IN-1 PREMIUM GROOMING KIT from Bombay Shaving Company is your ideal companion. Compact and travel-friendly, it will be your partner for vacation getaways. This all-in-one grooming kit provides solutions for shaving, skincare, and fragrance, ensuring you’re at your best during the holidays. It’s not just a personal indulgence but also a thoughtful gift, making it a perfect addition to your vacation preparations.

Watch your diet: Maintaining a balanced diet is a year-round commitment. Once you’ve achieved your desired shape and body mass index (BMI), it’s crucial to keep that hard-earned progress. While a caloric deficit helps shed fat, it can also reduce muscle mass. On the other hand, an excessive high-calorie diet can be detrimental. Therefore, understanding your body type and sustaining a balanced diet is essential. So make sure you maintain a sensible approach to your diet to ensure you continue to feel good and look your best.

The right fragrance: Fragrance is a powerful element of your overall grooming. Choose a sophisticated cologne that complements your style and personality. Apply it to your pulse points and remember that a little goes a long way. With the help of this high-end fragrance package from Bombay Shaving Company, make such important occasions or even your everyday life- unforgettable. Available in scents such as Tokyo, Veleno, Mexico and Venice suited to each unique personality.

Wardrobe Wizardry: If you’re in a real hurry, it’s all about making the most of what’s already in your wardrobe. Choose a classic outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Accessorize wisely – a stylish watch or a well-matched tie can make all the difference. With a little wardrobe wizardry, you can create a memorable holiday look that exudes style and sophistication. So, embrace your existing attire, accessorize strategically, and step out with confidence, ready to shine in the festivities!

Skin revival: For rejuvenated and fresh skin, even at the last minute, turn to a charcoal sheet mask. Festivities can make your skin look dull and tired, especially with all the outdoor activities. Using a charcoal sheet mask will repair and rejuvenate damaged or tanned skin from excess oil, dirt and pollution and simultaneously restore essential skin nutrients. Bombay Shaving Company’s Charcoal Face Care Kit with sheet mask is enriched with the goodness and strong cleansing properties of Activated Bamboo Charcoal. The four-product skincare kit makes an ideal selection for the season and to give your skin that much-needed serotonin boost.

Even if the holiday season has taken you by surprise, these last-minute grooming hacks will ensure you look your dapper best. Whether you’re attending a family gathering, a social event, or a special dinner, these quick tips can make all the difference. After all, confidence, style, and a fresh appearance are the true ingredients for a memorable and joyous vacation!

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Jaipur Music Stage Reveals Stellar Performers for JLF

The band experiments with intricate genres in music like folk, trip-hop, jazz, and ambient textures and uses folk instruments as an essential part of their band…reports Sukant Deepak

As Jaipur prepares for the 17th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the Jaipur Music Stage (JMS), which will run concurrently with the festival has unveiled its line-up of performers.

JMS will present a diverse array of artists from the Indian subcontinent including singer, songwriter, and poet Alif (Mohammad Muneem) will be performing on the first evening. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award for the single Lalnawat, IRAA Award for the single Like a Sufi, and the IIMA Award for ‘Best Folk Song’ – ‘Ride Home’.

The evening will also feature The Tapi Project, comprising Yogendra Saniyawala (acoustic & bass guitar, lyrics, composition), Swati Minaxi (voice), Gaurav Kapadia (drums) and Biju Nambiar (keyboards, bass, and drums).

The band experiments with intricate genres in music like folk, trip-hop, jazz, and ambient textures and uses folk instruments as an essential part of their band.

The second evening of JMS will feature Prabh Deep, a Delhi-based multi-faceted artist. While ‘Class-Sikh’ was a deeply autobiographical project, Deep showcased his ability to craft intricate and vivid narratives that spoke to larger audiences in subsequent releases. This can be seen on his ‘K I N G’ EP and his critically acclaimed ‘Tabia.’

The second evening will also feature a performance by The Revisit Project, a group that unravels the complexity and rigor of jazz with a distinctive and characteristic twist. Their music combines a solid groove, old-school funk, and rhythmic jazz.

The final evening will witness singer-songwriters Harpreet and Salman Elahi. Harpreet is a versatile artiste who sings original musical compositions in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Rajasthani, and Haryanvi. Mumbai-based musician Salman Elahi writes and sings primarily in Urdu and Hindi, and believes in using his music to express his thoughts about life and self-discovery.

The evening will also showcase the band When Chai Met Toast (WCMT). The band consists of vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar, guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal, keyboard player Palee Francis, and drummer Pai Sailesh.

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Healthy Twist on Classics

The classic blend of spinach and paneer forms a delicious filling. Bake them in your trusty oven to ensure the mushrooms are perfectly tender and packed with flavour…reports Asian Lite News

Festivals in India are all about togetherness and traditions. They bring families and communities closer, filling our hearts with love and laughter. The delicious feasts passed down through generations are truly the ones that make celebrations truly special! But are you worried about your health this festive season but still want to savor the incredible delicacies? Worry not, because we got you covered!

However, being away from home during these special occasions can sometimes leave you feeling homesick and missing the festivities with your loved ones. You can always rely on your trusted oven or bring home the new Siemens iQ700 Oven with its ingenious built-in AI camera ready to save the day. Celebrate the fun and share quick time-lapses of your favourite delicacy under the spotlight with your friends and family! You can recreate the beloved flavors of home, and, most importantly, you won’t have to compromise on your health goals.

Baked Palak Paneer Stuffed Mushrooms

The classic blend of spinach and paneer forms a delicious filling. Bake them in your trusty oven to ensure the mushrooms are perfectly tender and packed with flavor. To add a festive twist, garnish your creations with a generous sprinkle of grated paneer, which enhances the richness of the dish, and a drizzle of a luscious tomato-based sauce that brings a burst of tangy, zesty goodness to each delectable bite. This appetizer is the perfect way to begin your festive meal, setting the stage for a culinary adventure that pays homage to tradition while embracing innovation.

Baked Chicken Tikka

If you’re a fan of Indian street food, you’ll love this healthier twist on chicken tikka. Marinate chicken pieces in a tantalizing mixture of yogurt and an array of aromatic spices to create a smoky, tandoori-inspired flavor. Whether you choose to grill, bake, or cook on the stovetop, the result is succulent, tender chicken that captures the essence of street-side culinary delights.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries are not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried fries. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Here’s a simple recipe for baked sweet potato fries:  Preheat the Siemens iQ700 oven to 425°F (220°C).  Toss sweet potato fries with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Spread the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the fries are golden and crispy.

Baked apple crisp

It is a classic and wholesome dessert that captures the essence of fall flavors. Fresh, crisp apples are the star of the show, their natural sweetness intensified through the baking process. The dish begins by layering slices of apples in a baking dish, creating a juicy and flavorful base. The magic happens with the topping – a crumbly mixture of oats, almond flour, and a touch of cinnamon. This delightful combination adds a satisfying crunch to every bite. To sweeten the deal, a drizzle of maple syrup provides a natural and nuanced sweetness,

Baked Rasgulla Cheesecake

Transform the beloved classic rasgulla into a modern fusion dessert by introducing it to the world of cheesecakes. Incorporate crushed rasgullas as a lusciously sweet and syrupy layer nestled in the heart of the cheesecake. To complete this delightful creation, add a light and creamy cheese mixture on top. This inventive dessert marries the traditional and contemporary, offering a delectable treat that combines the best of both worlds.

Embrace India’s culinary traditions while staying true to your commitment to a healthier lifestyle during festive times. Relish the delicious flavors and vibrant dishes that bring joy to your celebrations. These added recipes elevate your festive gatherings, all with health in mind. Use your oven for cooking confidence and create these delightful dishes that praise traditional Indian cuisine while prioritizing your well-being. Enjoy a memorable and wholesome feast at your festive gatherings!

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Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Animal’ Roars to the Top

In ‘Animal’, Ranbir Kapoor plays the son of India’s richest man (portrayed by Anil Kapoor) who takes on an antagonist played by Bobby Deol. The cast also includes Rashmika Mandanna…reports Asian Lite News

Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor’s recently released film ‘Animal’, directed by Sandeep Vanga Reddy, has not just set the Indian box-office on fire but has also emerged as the Number 1 film globally surpassing the likes of ‘Napoleon’ and ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ with $42.1 million, according to data published by ComScore.

The film, which is gore galore and credits Ranbir as a superstar, features Ranbir in dual roles. It released across 38 global territories. The worldwide gross total includes $6.1 million in North America where it was released across 850 locations and opened at Number 7, reports Variety.

In ‘Animal’, Ranbir Kapoor plays the son of India’s richest man (portrayed by Anil Kapoor) who takes on an antagonist played by Bobby Deol. The cast also includes Rashmika Mandanna.

Like Reddy’s previous films, the Telugu-language ‘Arjun Reddy’ (2017) and its Hindi-language remake ‘Kabir Singh’ (2019), ‘Animal’ is a study of toxic masculinity.

As per Variety, in second position, Ridley Scott’s Apple Original Films-produced and Sony Pictures-distributed action epic ‘Napoleon’ collected $35.7 million worldwide, including $28.6 million internationally. It now has a global total of $137 million.

‘Napoleon’ is playing on more than 21,500 screens in 63 markets. The key market still to release is South Korea, where it releases on December 6. In third place, Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ grossed an estimated $29.4 million globally from 88 territories over the weekend, taking its international total to $123 million and the global gross to $244 million.

In fourth position, ‘Renaissance’, a concert film written, directed and produced by Beyonce, earned $27.4 million, including $6.4 million internationally and $21 million in North America where it opened as the No. 1 title. The film is playing in 88 territories. Rounding off the top five was Disney’s ‘Wish’ with $26.2 million from 34 territories, including $18.8 million internationally and $7.4 million in North America for a global gross of $81.5 million.

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A Cinematic Tribute to Tagore’s Timeless Tale

The film explores the universal themes of love that knows no boundaries, transcending both geographical borders and cultural divides…reports Asian Lite News

The trailer of the upcoming Bengali film ‘Kabuliwala’, which stars veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty, has been unveiled, and it presents a rich tapestry of the past penned by Rabindranath Tagore.

Mithun essays the role of Rahmat in the film. The tale of Rahmat, set against the bustling cityscape of Kolkata in 1965, unfolds as an Afghan man’s paternal love overflows for a little girl named Mini — portrayed by the talented child actor Anumegha Kahali.

The film explores the universal themes of love that knows no boundaries, transcending both geographical borders and cultural divides.

Abir Chatterjee and Sohini Sarkar step into the roles of Mini’s parents, enriching the narrative with their compelling performances.

Mithun Chakraborty shared, “In stepping into Rahmat’s shoes in ‘Kabuliwala,’ I find myself traversing the timeless corridors of Tagore’s narrative. It’s not just a role; it’s a profound connection with a story that transcends eras, reminding us that love is a language understood by the heart, regardless of time or borders.”

Director Suman Ghosh said, “Recreating ‘Kabuliwala’ is a creative journey filled with passion and nostalgia. It’s an honour to delve into the nuances of Tagore’s work once again, especially with the legendary Mithun Chakraborty. With ‘Kabuliwala,’ we aim to weave magic on screen, capturing the hearts of audiences just as Tagore did with his timeless tale.”

Abir Chatterjee, who plays a pivotal role in the film, said, “Being part of ‘Kabuliwala’ is a unique opportunity to bring Tagore’s poignant story to a new generation. The film beautifully captures the essence of love that defies time and cultural barriers. This film is not just a recreation; it’s a celebration of Tagore’s enduring legacy, and I believe audiences will connect with its timeless emotions”.

‘Kabuliwala’ is set to be the Christmas Release of 2023 by Jio Studios & SVF Entertainment.

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