The holiday season has here, and the city has already begun to celebrate RakshaBandhan. Janmashtami, the Parsi New Year, and Ganesh Chaturthi are also being prepared for. Additionally, many individuals will gather outside to celebrate the event with friends and family for the first time in the past two years. Don’t worry if you want to look your best and even need advice on makeup techniques. We talked to professionals who shared their advice on how to look your best over the holiday season. There is more if you can pull off the look, but makeup only serves to uplift the mood. Therefore, experts give a guide to help you look your best for all the events you will be attending in time for.
Along with the festive spirit, the monsoon is here to stay and brings with it all kinds of freshness and colour with different kinds of fruits and vegetables that are popular during this time. We decided to celebrate the bitter gourd, a vegetable that is evergreen but often disliked among many people because of its bitter taste and texture. City chefs who love the vegetable make your life easy as they share innovative recipes that would make people rethink their opinion about the gourd. We also spoke to members of the Warli tribe living in Aarey Colony and who call Mumbai their home, for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. They tell us about living in a city that boasts about being cosmopolitan and keeping their identity intact, while also dealing with misconceptions and the hope they have from newly-elected President DroupadiMurmu.
As far as international day celebrations go, this week also had World Elephant Day, which was founded in 2012 with an aim to raise awareness about the animal and the need for its conservation. We reached out to Patricia Sims, co-founder of the day and World Elephant Society. She not only delved into the current issues plaguing the efforts but also shared tips for people to contribute in the best possible way. Last but not the least, for Shelf Life, our fortnightly, we travelled to the Colaba Study Centre and Worli’sAbhyas Galli to learn how these spaces are giving a space to students from the economically weaker sections to study.