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Cosmopolitan India

Cosmopolitan India October 2019

Cosmopolitan isn’t just a magazine, it’s a religion. Now in its 15th year in India, Cosmopolitan is the world’s largest selling magazine, with 200 million readers annually in a 100 countries. It is published in over 26 languages, but at its core, it speaks only one – that of fun fearless females globally. Another language it speaks? That of stupendous success!Top Indian actresses, models and singers have been on the cover of Cosmopolitan before the rest of the world recognised their spark-because we know a fun fearless female when we see one! When we put someone on the Cosmopolitan cover, we acknowledge her right to be counted among the best in the business.

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in this issue

3 min.
the contributors

MIRA MALHOTRA A visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer, Mira’s art is reflective of her love for colour, and expressive of the world around her. Joining forces with us this month, she has designed the Upfront Opener, on Pg 37—a piece of work that is as vibrant as it is critical. THE SINGH TWINS The UK-based, Indian-origin artists Amrit and Rabindra Singh are known for covering critical social, political, and cultural issues, among others, through their stimulating artwork. Cosmo collaborated with the duo for our exclusive digital cover. The result: a collectible artwork in its own right, complete with vivid hues, artistic strokes, and indigenous motifs. NUPUR PANEMANGLOR The Pune-based illustrator and multi-disciplinary designer turns to nature for inspiration. This month, she used Cosmo as her canvas, and redecorated Taapsee Pannu’s shoot [on Pg 160]…

1 min.
it’s our 23rd birthday!

And welcome to our art-themed issue. Milestones—birthdays, the turn of a year, and anniversaries such as this one—are a wonderful time to celebrate, and an equally apt moment for reflection. I believe introspection might be a truly critical tool for a happier existence. Taking out time to reflect on our feelings, experiences, and learnings can help make sense of the chaos around us. It’s the opposite of rushing through life without quite knowing where we are going. Some careful consideration offers perspective, leading the way to realisations about what we’re doing right and wrong. It can also be a catalyst for change, clarifying goals and plans for the future. While mindfulness is great for your emotional state and inner workings, it can be extended to every part of your life—one study found that…

2 min.
you tell us

THE ULTIMATE STYLE ICON “I loved the September cover, and quite honestly, wasn’t surprised at how stylish Sonam looked! The interview read just as good, too. Her take on sisterhood, the changing dynamics of the film industry, the unforgiving world of social media, and her personal life was all so interesting and inspiring. Loved her in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, and can’t wait to see her in The Zoya Factor.” —Mahima Chaawla WATCH OUT! “It’s not often that one comes across a fab list of lust-worthy, Indian accessory brands. Who knew there were so many options, and such great pieces of art being created! I’m not much of an accessory person, but that’s soon going to change, all thanks to The Accessory Hot List. Another story I absolutely loved was 10…

7 min.
meet art’s finest gems

By Smriti Rajgharia, Director, Serendipity Arts Festival LATIFA ZAFAR ATTAII “In 2017, this young, Afghan artist participated in the Serendipity Arts Festival’s (SAF) Young Subcontinent. Much of Latifa’s work is inspired by her childhood, which she spent weaving carpets amidst the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan. As a young girl, she had to deal with identity politics and face discrimination in her motherland, an experience that eventually shaped her as an artist and influenced her work. Case in point: Thousand Individuals, which consists of numerous passport-sized photographs…the faces woven in by various colourful threads.” SMRITI DIXIT “Smriti’s work is inspired by small moments and intimate interactions. Her artwork details the processes of experimentation and creation, to communicate the concepts of rebirth, recycling, and renewal. She fashions objects carefully, using handmade techniques, while engaging in…

2 min.
cosmo 2019 dating dictionary

CASPERING A friendlier—but still frustrating—type of ghosting. The person hasn’t asked you out again, but they usually reply very nicely to your texts. CATCH AND RELEASE When someone puts all their effort into pursuing you until they ‘catch’ you. But as soon as you finally agree to a date, they lose interest in favour of a new target. CUSHIONING When you keep flirting with a few ‘cushions’ (other prospects) just in case your current relationship implodes and you need someone to soften the fall, fast. DATERVIEW A date that feels less butterfly-inducing and more like you should have brought your resume. You’re barraged with a series of questions about school, work, family, where you grew up, and more. D*CKSAND An extremely powerful force that can make a woman become so preoccupied with the guy she’s hooking up with that…

2 min.
disney villains are better than the princesses

Ariel may be the star of The Little Mermaid, but Ursula is 100 percent that b*tch. While the redhead with the Barbie waist is singing into her silverware, dreaming of legs and love, Ursula’s launching her plan to rule everything under the sea. (She’s already been banished from King Triton’s kingdom for being too ‘nasty’. An ‘unlikable’ female leader? Why does that ring a bell?) But seriously, now that Disney is launching its own streaming service later this year, we revisited the classic characters we grew up with. Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White—they’re all pretty princess types pitted against vengeful, ageing antagonists (see Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent and Snow White’s Evil Queen). There’s no question who little girls are supposed to root for. But rescreening these films now, we realised that it’s…