Category: Culture

  • Getting Over the Superhero Slump
    Introduction Superhero movies have always enjoyed a fair share of popularity since the time Christopher Reeves’ Superman hit the silver screen in 1978. The superhero ‘frenzy’, however, started with the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in 2008 with Iron Man. The film was received well by both critics and the audience, which allowed
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  • Forget Getting Ripped, Dad Bods Are the Way to Go
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Pratt, Jason Segal. What do these men have in common, apart from exceptional talent, high-grossing films, and immense stardom? The answer is Dad Bods, i.e. the perfect balance between six-pack abs and a beer belly. And it’s definitely not a bad thing. Sure, most would prefer sculpted abdomens à la Zac Efron, but
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  • Sneaking up on you
    In the 1950s, James Dean hopped into pop culture with sneakers in the movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’. Since then youngsters have admired, emulated, even vied, the style of the stars – and let me tell you that even the stars like to be comfortable. When comfort and performance is high on the quota, sneakers are your best friend.
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  • The New Wave of Underground Hip Hop in India
    Hip hop started as an underground movement with marginalized kids trying to find meaning and self-expression in the South Bronx in 1970. Although it has since grown to garner mainstream popularity in the US and subsequently around the world, it seems to have now come full circle in India – where it has become a subversive, counter-narrative
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  • Switch It Up To Sweat It Out
    Let’s be honest: most of us hate working out, however fun it claims to be. Yes, even something fun like Zumba can be exhausting. And that’s probably why, when you find a routine that’s easy-ish and works for you, you stick to it for months on end. But whether you’re huffing and puffing at the weight rack or jogging slowly down a grassy path,
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  • The Early Bird Gets the Gains
    Another new year has come and gone, and I’ve made the same resolution as last year, the year before that, the year before that, and — well, you get the picture. But this is definitely going to be the year I find the perfect workout routine and stick to it. Because this year I’m biting the bullet and doing my workouts in the morning. Now, I’m a
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  • A New York State of Mind: Life on The High Line
    New York City is the classic concrete jungle — characterized by its towering skyscrapers with brick facades and neon signs for color. But even in this awe-inspiring, expansive manmade structure, it’s possible to find a refreshing stretch of nature. No, I’m not talking about Central Park. There’s an equally memorable green space in a more
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  • Going For Gold: My Picks for the 2019 Oscars
    Another year, another Oscars. As awards season draws to a close, speculation is rife on which film will win the prestigious Academy Award. It’s early days yet. Nominations were announced just last month, and we only recently learned that the show will have no host this year. So it’s a bit far-fetched to think we can predict the winners. But
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  • Exploring the colorful world of anime
    My first real introduction to the colorful and somewhat absurd world of anime was through a rather bombastic and often cheesy show called ‘Fairy Tail’. I’ve been a fan ever since. You may have heard the word before, courtesy of popular shows such as Pokémon. But for many outside of Japan, it can be an intimidating medium. With so many shows,
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