Brassic star discusses role on “massively fun” comedy series

by LAUREN CODLING THE star of a new Sky One comedy featuring a group of working-class northern men has revealed his experiences working on the set, including filming in a brothel. Based in Lancashire, Brassic follows a group of friends who deal in similar shady lines of work. They are constantly finding unconventional ways to get by […]

Common Bond: Tour reveals how London links Fleming and 007

SOUTHALL ‘PLAYED A ROLE IN INDIA-SET OCTOPUSSY’ by AMIT ROY AJAY Chowdhury takes “scholars and worldwide enthusiasts” of James Bond movies on a guided tour of Mayfair to show how the world of the author Ian Fleming intersects with that of James Bond, his famous creation. He makes it a point never to accept payment […]

Job snubs to forced surgery: India’s ‘invisible’ intersex people

Bullied at school, gang raped as a prostitute and asked about his genitals in job interviews, Daniel Mendonca – like many intersex people in India – has been mistreated all his life. Although the country’s top court officially recognised intersex and transgender people as a third gender with equal rights under the law in 2014, […]

Why actress Armeena Khan sees great benefit in helping Pakistani charity

by LAUREN CODLING AN AWARD-WINNING actress has revealed the challenges of juggling fame with her passion for humanitarian causes, as she was unveiled as the latest ambassador for a Pakistan-based charity last week. Armeena Khan, one of Pakistan’s most popular actresses, was announced as an ambassador for the Graham Layton Trust (GLT), a charity that […]

Bollywood wedding influences

A COUNTDOWN OF HOW HINDI CINEMA HAS IMPACTED COUPLES PLANNING THEIR BIG DAY by ASJAD NAZIR Bollywood is perhaps the biggest influence on south Asian weddings around the world and for many, such has been the impact that it has overtaken age-old traditions. From the couples and families to guests and wedding planners, many are […]

A guide to being the most perfect wedding guest

TOP TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT IMPRESSION ON A COUPLE’S BIG DAY, FROM RSVP AND GIFTS TO TIME-KEEPING AND CHOOSING YOUR OUTFIT COLOUR by ASJAD NAZIR There is always practical help, tips and advice for couples who are getting married; but what about the guests who are attending? The outfits, location, décor and, […]

Creating memories that last a lifetime

RADHIKA NATHWANI ON HER WEDDING PLANNING BUSINESS, ADVICE FOR COUPLES GETTING MARRIED AND HOT TRENDS by MITA MISTRY Wedding planners take a lot of the pressure off from couples getting married, whether they opt for a UK-based or destination wedding abroad. Bristol-based Radhika Nathwani set up a wedding planning business with her partner Shindy after they […]

Indian fabric traditions in danger, says designer

by LAUREN CODLING AN INDIA-BASED British fashion designer has spoken of her desire to keep the art of traditional Indian craft alive, as she warned that it could soon be lost for future generations. Molly Russell is the designer behind Pink City Prints, a Jaipur-based clothing range which has an emphasis on ethical fashion. Clothing […]

This Way Up: Actor Aasif Mandvi praises show’s realistic approach on mental health

by LAUREN CODLING HUMOUR is one of the “most effective ways to deal with painful topics”, an actor has said, as a new comedy series which follows a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown premieres this week. This Way Up follows Aine, played by the show’s writer Aisling Bea, as she readjusts to everyday life […]

‘Land of bachelors’? In parched central India, no water means no wife

Ram Hetu was sure his 16th proposal would finally secure him a wife, but it didn’t – just like all his other attempts to find a partner in central India’s Bundelkhand region, where years of drought and water scarcity are keeping possible brides at bay. Wells have run dry across the semi-arid region, with scant […]