• Sandra Fernandes, a loving wife and proud mother of three gorgeous girls, isn't just a breast cancer survivor. She is a mentor and a counsellor, providing hope through encouragement and prayer to many who have suffered from dreaded illnesses such as breast cancer. | A story by idiva.com

    It was the end of 2004 when I discovered a lump in my left breast. Even while I was praying and hoping it would disappear, it never once crossed my mind that this could be Breast Cancer. It's just not something I expected to happen to me. When the lump persisted, I decided to visit my family doctor who recommended I do an FNAC (Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology), a procedure used to investigate lumps such as this. The reports showed that it was malignant.

    Sandra with family

    My husband and I were in shock initially but we soon decided that I would go through the treatment and come out victorious and well! It was at this point that I began to actively confess that I would not die but live to declare the works of God!

    So we sat our girls down who were 13, nine and four at the time, and briefly explained to them about the sickness as well as the treatment and its side effects. All three of them took it better than we had expected and went about their responsibilities so well, taking a major load off...Read More »

  • Flaunting her perfect curves in a flowing green evening dress, Chitrangada Singh shot for the October issue cover of the Women’s Health magazine in a Mumbai restaurant on Saturday. By Shivani Joshi | Mail Today

    FLAUNTING her perfect curves in a flowing green evening dress, Chitrangada Singh shot for the October issue cover of the Women’s Health magazine in a Mumbai restaurant on Saturday.

    The actress is seen posing in several body- hugging dresses that accentuate her curves in the magazine. Onlookers naturally couldn’t help but get curious about how she stays so fit.

    “For me, workout is the best form of fitness. I feel I look the hottest right after a workout. My face is flushing and it is a great feeling. Something good seems to be happening to your body from within at that point of time,” the actress said.

    Chitrangada talks about her style quotient, the shoot and the secret behind her fabulous figure!

    Chitrangada though has another secret mantra for fitness these days. “I am practicing high kickboxing these days. You do it using a very heavy, thick rope. I manage to practice that for 10 minutes, though not at a stretch. It is very tough but in the end it is a complete workout. Whenever I trave...Read More »

  • Story by Jené Luciani

    Coco Chanel once said, "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." This piece of advice from one of the world's most famous fashion designers (among other tidbits) is as inspirational today as it was when she launched her first perfume in the 1920s.

    Recently, when groundbreaking Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away at age 90, it was clear her legacy would live on in her many pieces of printed advice. Among her controversial admonitions? "Marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. Save the 'best' for when you're single."

    While Chanel and Brown were pioneering career women in their day, now there's no shortage of inspirational females at the top of their fields-and there's plenty they can teach us. Whether they've spent years climbing the corporate ladder, helming a major fashion house or magazine, or building a billion-dollar brand, these powerful 10 women learned the ropes of their chosen profession, raised families, and mastered the art of balance. Here's the best advice you can take from them.
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    Sheryl SandbergHelen Gurley BrownGina D'AmbraMary KinneyReema Khan


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