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Movie Review: Oscar winner Soul

Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in […]

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COLOURS OF THE WORLD by Crayola

Thanks to Crayola, children of many different backgrounds can have access to crayons that are reflective of their own skin tone. The handicraft company announced its “Colors of the World” line featuring 24 new crayon colors representing 40 global skin tones. The crayons, which were developed with the former chief chemist of MAC Cosmetics, have […]

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Your picks this month

Title: The One and Only Bob Author: Katherine Applegate Publisher: HarperCollins  Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the […]

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Are the Olympics cancelled?

A senior Japanese ruling party official said on Thursday that cancelling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire, dropping a bomb on a hot-button issue and sending social media into a frenzy. The Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee responded with a statement saying all those involved in preparing […]

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Egyptian Messi lookalike thrills soccer-loving orphans

They may not be meeting the real Lionel Messi, but Islam Battah’s resemblance to the Barcelona footballer is so uncanny, that the children at an orphanage in the Egyptian city of Zagazig swarm around him in delight anyway. Seeing the excitement his presence causes at such events, the 27-year-old Egyptian painter is happy to pose […]

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Depiction of Cupid during Leonardo da Vinci era

Cupid is the son of Venus and the god of Love; in Latin he is called Amor, and in Greek, Eros. He is usually shown as a winged child. His attributes are a bow, arrow and quiver. Those hit by his arrows become lovers. Cupid is never the centre of the subject however they play […]

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Book review: The very Glum life of Tootoolu Toop

Welcome to the magical world of reality! The world of fantasy has always fascinated the writers and readers alike. We all like to escape to the beautiful world of imagination where unicorns and dragons live, fairies sing melodies, mermaids turn into beautiful women and there are potions to make you look just the way you […]

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Top picks this month

Title: Red, White and Whole Author: Rajani LaRocca Publisher: Quill Tree Books  This is a novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia. Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s […]

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That sketchy excellence!

We talk about paintings that have made history and fortunes that belong to painters and have made them to be legendary artists in our century. Let us talk about the sketches they had drawn while they were alive. This one is called: Head of a Woman  “La Scapigliata” 1500/1508 Attributed to Italian Renaissance master Leonardo […]

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Know more about the Painter of the Queens

Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) was an Italian portraitist and a fresco painter influenced by the Italian Renaissance. He was nicknamed by the press of his time as “the painter of queens”. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from 1956 is very famous. Although he is remembered for his portraits of famous people, he also portrayed “less […]