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Cosmopolitan India

Cosmopolitan India September 2020

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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
why i’ll be making a to-be list this month…

I’m a devotee of To-Do lists. I have been making them for as long as I can remember, and I tend to create a daily one for work, a weekly one for groceries and chores, and a few hundred random lists for dinner party guests, travel essentials, great songs to download, books to read, and more… I like the idea of neat little directories because they not only offer structure and help me get things done, but because they also give me a sense of control in a life that can sometimes feel crazy. Recently, though, I came across a new kind of list—the To-Be List. And I believe this rendition could hold the secret to a happier, more gratified life. A To-Be List, unlike its stimulating sister, is not focused on…

2 min.
silence before the storm

Prashanth Vishwanathan “I have been visiting Bundelkhand since 2008. Between 1999 and then, the average number of rainy days annually had reduced from 52 to 23. In 2009, there was a further deficit of 53%. In the last 20 years, the region has undergone huge land degradation, and people are dying of hunger, children suffer from malnutrition, cattle are abandoned on the streets, acres of land lies barren, the only mode of survival is migration to the cities, and the villages only house the old and sick, left behind to fend for themselves. A complete collapse of the environment system makes droughts (and famines) a regular feature. In 2018, when I went back, the situation only seemed to have worsened. Thousands have let go of their aspirations, only to be able…

1 min.
suit yourself, circa 2020

PRINTED IMPRESSIONS Suiting for women this season is all about busting bounds. So what was once reserved for board meetings is now doing the rounds…everywhere! Loosening up its stiff-collar image, suits now come in versions that range from slouchy to opulent, structured and form-fitting, to boxy and relaxed! We say pick one in a zany print for some fun. Or mix and match prints and patterns, consider details like padded shoulders, utility pockets, and waist belts—worn over tees, bralettes, good old button-downs (even knits when the weather gets nippier). (MONO) TONE IT UP! Go minimalist in neutrals or be extra extra in neons. While the pairing rules don’t change much, for a more standout stint with this one, choose avant-garde pieces—like ones in plush fabrics (risqué lace? Feminine silk?), or with OTT silhouettes…

1 min.
the art of not looking like a walking burrito while layering

1 ‘Two colours’ is your new mantra Your layered sitch won’t be as impressive if it all blends together, so ditch the all-black and embrace brights. Alternating two hues guarantees that everyone can peep your new know-how. 2 Don’t ignore your bottom half Wear fun socks or tights with skirts, dresses, or flowy pants (even better if those pants are shorter or have side slits) for expertlevel layering. And to, uh, duh, stay warm. 3 Oh, also, texture is your friend Mix! Up! Materials! Chunky knits, quilted jackets, pleated pants, leather shoes—it all creates more visual interest. By: LAUREN ADHAV; Photogrpah: GETTYIMAGES.COM…

3 min.
“i’d like to do a road comedy with srk”

Cosmo: You’re an actor, producer, writer, podcast host… how do you juggle it all? Aasif Mandvi: “It comes from struggling, initially, and not knowing if I’d ever get another acting gig. So I was always creating projects for myself. There were practically no South Asian or Indian actors in Hollywood then, and I knew if I didn’t do it for myself, no-one else would. Even today, I like to keep many balls in the air. But it also comes from an immigrant mindset, where I can never rest on my laurels, and have to keep pushing forward. I guess it’s also how I deal with my anxious artist temperament.” C: An achievement you’re most proud of? AM: “On a personal level, it’d be getting married and starting a family. You might say, ‘Well,…

4 min.
everything you need to know about shopping ethically

So, being this kind of shopper has always been important. But in the COVID-19 era? Crucial. Because, just a li’l reminder: on the other side of that checkout button are essential workers who may or may not have protective gear or paid sick leave, who still have to pack boxes in potentially crowded warehouses, and who have to deliver that sequinned blouse to your door. And before the said blouse exists for you to impulse-buy, there’s a whole other supply chain of people who make it. Even if you always pause to think about that whole system before spending your money, it can be hard to tell what’s a truly ethical purchase and what’s not. Also, there’s kind of a lot of jargon involved, and not all of it is actually…