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It is a pity that today all believers consider God to be formless in the sense that He is totally devoid of any shape, form or image, but this belief is simply incompatible with the concept of yoga/bhakti or gyan. How, it may be asked, can the soul be said to mentally unite with the Supreme Soul, or in other words, how can a love-relationship be established between the two, if both were absolutely without any form? How can the soul enter into loving union with the Supreme Soul and experience or revel in the divine bliss which is supposed to flow from such union?

New Delhi: Ace designer Anju Modi, who designed costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela" and "Bajirao Mastani", says she is inclined to work on movies with historical characters.

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My earliest recollection of seeds is from my childhood at my mother’s village Mallinathapura in Mandya district. As a kid growing up in my native home, I remember my grandmother taking handful of seeds from a clay pot and carefully placing it in a small bamboo basket. She then got fresh cow dung from the cattle shed, made a tiny pyramid like structure and placed it atop the small heap of seeds. She lit the incense sticks, offered a flower, a red hibiscus, and prayed.

Bengaluru: Two reality shows of Zee Kannada are bringing rich dividends to the channel. According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) report for Week 6 (Saturday, 4th February 2017 to Friday, 10th February 2017), only two reality shows made it to the list of top 5 programmes in Kannada. Interestingly, both are aired on Zee Kannada. According to the BARC report, Comedy Khiladygalu stood at No 2 position while Lifebuoy Saregamapa Lil Champs-12 has retained its 5th spot. Kulavadhu on Colors Kannada exited from the top 5.

New Delhi: English guitarist Guthrie Govan has worked with a variety of bands and is known for his ease and effortlessness. For him, playing the guitar is certainly not just about knowledge and technicalities. When performing in a concert, in his mind is the commitment to communicate.

Ludhiana (Punjab): Flying High Airbus A320 has been converted into a restaurant at the Hawai Adda complex on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. Hawai Adda is the name of the complex where four cousins have opened a restaurant inside a plane in Ludhiana, a city known for its opulence. More than the opulence, it's the innovation that hits you. The location is the Verka Milk Bar premises on Ferozepur Road, where Milkfed, the Staterun Corporation that owns Verka brand, has reportedly leased out the land to Kulwant Singh for Rs. one lakh a month.

New Delhi: The continued efforts of veteran designers like Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Wendell Rodricks to bring Indian textiles to the fashion forefront is motivating younger talent to value the country's rich handloom heritage instead of looking abroad for inspiration. Also, the growing interest of international markets in India's handloom and craft traditions, has also opened business avenues on this front.

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Bhajan singer Anup Jalota believes this particular genre of Indian music, rooted in a sense of devotion, is the "most popular" form of classical music and says attempts are on to make it more "glamorous" for the youth with an "Indian Idol"-like reality show.

Bengaluru: AppLabs Charitable Trust (ACT), the philanthropic wing of AppLabs, has been spearheading a huge number of charitable programmes. And the person responsible for it is Reema Sarin, head of the ACT. A multi-faceted talent, Reema is an anchor, model and choreographer as well. For her stellar work in the field of CSR, Reema was recently selected to be a panel member on the CSR Panel of CII Andhra Pradesh.

Kolkata: In a breakthrough that could transform the despair of diabetics into dimples of relief, Indian scientists have designed an insulin-like oral substance, nicknamed "Dimpi", which they claim can be used to tackle both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

New Delhi: He has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and has seen many aspirants try their luck. But, says veteran designer Rohit Bal, though there is a lot of talent, many newcomers don't follow their instinct for originality. His advice for them: "Don't reproduce what's already there." "Follow your heart and create something that is unique because it is important for every artist to have a signature. Without it, you are nothing," Bal said while speaking to media.

Udaipur: Popular bollywood singer Kailash Kher has said that even in this age of commercialisation, the interest in Sufi music remains unchallenged, which is highlighted by the increasing interest of the youth in the genre. The singer, who rose to critical acclaim after years of struggle, also felt that singers are now being taken seriously by the audience, which was not the case in the past.

New Delhi: Mohiniyattam, the Indian classical dance form with its roots in Kerala, has not gained much popularity as other genres forms and sees less practioners because it requires a lot of patience and discipline which people are not ready to devote, dancer Rekha Raju believes.

Bengaluru: This Valentine's Day, gift your loved ones something that will always grow. Small, tabletop potted plants or terrariums are the new definition of gifts. If you care to nurture it - like your love - it will grow and glow.  Geetha Girish, who grows these terrariums at Sanjaynagar, says these plants are ideal not only for gifting but also enhances the decor of interiors. She displayed some of her collections at the recently concluded green fair organised by Malleswaram Swabhiman Initiative at Himanshu College. 

New Delhi: India-born US-based designer Premal Badiani will showcase Indian fashion at New York Fashion Week. She says it could open an avenue for Indian textile makers. Badiani's latest collection 'Root Cause' is based on soft and fluid silhouettes in warm shades of maroon. The earthy undertones of the fabric are further complemented with the green and gold embroidery that endorses 'green awareness'.

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