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Models display creations by designer Anju Modi at the Amazon India Couture Week 2015.

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Jyotsna Suri, Sr VP, FICCI and Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit (C) at the curtain raiser of Aalishan Pakistan : Lifestyle Exhibition, at FICCI in New Delhi.

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Sonal Gupta, Born July 30, 1996 G’bye to sugar ’n spice, ’n everything nice li’l girls are made of. For this south Delhi chiquita is moving from crayons to perfumes, short dresses & high heels...

Narendra Bisht

Space rock Followers of the Raelian movement at a meditation session in Delhi

Narendra Bisht

K.R. Gouri Amma 93 Kochi, Politician “I am not really particular about what I eat. Just a plate of rice and vegetables is enough. Even sometime back, I would sit up all night reading or preparing my speeches.”

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K.G. Subramanyan 90 Baroda, Artist “I don’t take notice of my body as I’m most often floating in the air. Anyone who wants to live long has to forget his body. Focus on what your mind wants and get involved.”

Madhav Vittal Kamath 91 Manipal, Columnist “Never ask anybody for anything, just go ahead and give as much as you can. And accept differences. You’ll be a much happier person that way.”

Astro Mohan

M.G. Vaidya 90 Nagpur, RSS ideologue “There’s nothing more right or wrong with today’s kids than in earlier generations. One has to go by the past, through the present, to the future. By the past doesn’t mean towards it.”

Amit Haralkar

S.H. Raza 91 Delhi, Painter “I realised early in life that only painting could save me. Even now, half my day goes thinking about new ideas and the rest goes working my brush on canvas.”

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Mrinalini Sarabhai 95 Ahmedabad, Danseuse, Darpana Academy director “I stay healthy and in touch with everything that’s going around. It’s important to keep yourself busy, hit the bed at 9. The secret of staying young: feel like you’re 21.”

Mayur Bhatt

Capt Krishnan Nair 92 Mumbai, Chairman emeritus, Leela Group of Hotels “I want to create magnificent things. The only way to stay positive is to keep challenging yourself. I’ve set up eight hotels till now, but I really want eight more.”

Amit Haralkar

Narain Prasad 90 Delhi, CA, Chairman, Indraprastha College “I always wanted to leave something for the next generation. Money will come and go, but education won’t. There’s a lot of cleansing left to be done in the education system.”

Narendra Bisht

Ram Advani 92 Lucknow, Bookseller “A low-fat, high-fibre diet does the trick for me, besides a few tablets a day for minor health issues. Of course, golf, music, family, friends and two small whiskeys a day give me the high.”

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Pakistani model Ayyan Ali poses for a photograph outside a stall during an exhibition called 'Lifestyle Pakistan' in New Delhi. The four-day exhibition, in which over 100 Pakistani lifestyle companies will showcase their products and services, was inaugurated on April 12, 2012.

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Delegates and shoppers look at stalls during an exhibition called 'Lifestyle Pakistan' in New Delhi. The four-day exhibition, in which over 100 Pakistani lifestyle companies will showcase their products and services, was inaugurated on April 12, 2012.

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A stall owner arranges shoes at an exhibition called 'Lifestyle Pakistan' at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The four-day exhibition, in which over 100 Pakistani lifestyle companies will showcase their products and services, was inaugurated on April 12 2012.

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Women look at products on display at an exhibition called 'Lifestyle Pakistan' which opened in New Delhi today. Over 100 Pakistani lifestyle companies are showcasing their products and services in this four-day long exhibition.

AP Photo/ Saurabh Das

A model displays a creation by Lecoanet Hemant at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012 in New Delhi.

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Joie de vivre A Mumbai naturist at a farmhouse in Lonavla near Pune

Apoorva Salkade

In harmony Pradip Chanda on the banks of the Ganga in Calcutta

Sandipan Chatterjee

A models displays a creation by Dolly J at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week - Autumn Winter 2012 in New Delhi.

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The African hair salon in Krishna Nagar, south Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

Out of Africa African students at a ‘African Night party’ at a south Delhi bar

Sanjay Rawat

Yuvraj Vivek

Sandipan Chatterjee

Srikanth Kolari

P. Anil Kumar

Mumbai party-goers enjoy alcohol syringes at a New Year bash

Fotocorp (From Outlook, August 09, 2010)

Face-reading A poker session in progress in a Delhi home

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Late Night Party at F-Bar in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

The Magic Pot Jigyasa Giri (left) and Pratibha Jain’s primer on Ayurvedic cook ing is becoming popula

R.A. Chandroo

Fire at will A Counter Strike game is on

Sanjay Rawat

Joybrata Mitra 45 | Head of IT, Daikin | Sarod
“It is never late for learning.” Delhi-based Mitra started learning the sarod—an instrument difficult to master and for which gurus are hard to find—four years ago. He liked music—“it is a stress-buster”—and tried playing the guitar, but gave up for lack of time and resources. He’s now trying the sarod and feels his reflexes aren’t as agile as a young person’s. But this time he has decided to stick on.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Dipti Nanavati 43 | Travel professional | Power yoga
“My friends say I don’t look anything like 43.” Power yoga evangelist Dipti found herself transformed by her workouts. Radiant, energetic, this Chennaiite doesn’t nap, has no aches or pains, and is always peppy. She earlier did aerobics followed by ‘regular’ yoga for six years. Even husband Amit is now a “health freak”, as is 18-year-old daughter Aksha. She was double her size after her son Yash was born, and diagnosed with a thyroid function imbalance. The doctor advised exercise. “My resolution last year was to attain a certain level of spirituality. I continue my search and go deeper into the trance of yoga,” she says.

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Meena Bagai 47 | Finance professional | Dancing
“I feel great to know I can match steps with girls half my age.” Getting married young, dealing with divorce and a child to support left this Mumbaikar with little time to do things she wanted to. Crazy about dancing, she was delighted when her daughter-in-law introduced her to exotic dancing classes. Learning to lap and pole dance as well as execute some Indo-western steps set her feet tapping and her spirit free.

Apoorva Salkade

Satish Sharma 42 | Chief, India, Apollo Tyres | Sports
“I was getting paid a lot and was successful but there wasn’t much else.” It hit this Noida resident the day he turned 37: he was a workaholic, and overweight. He started waking up at 4.30 am, lost 20 kg in five years by running marathons, bicycling, swimming regularly, golfing occasionally, playing tennis often and squash whenever he could. He also eats to his heart’s content. “I’m from UP,” he says. “I like my paranthas.”

Jitender Gupta

Joyshri Paul 51 | Family business
“After 40, you get the face you deserve.” Refusing to let age get the better of her, this Calcuttan (seen getting a hair treatment below) has been fighting it with anti-ageing creams, anti-hairfall lotions, sun-blocks, skin-tightening masks, spot-reduction gels and twice-a-month spa and salon treatments. The battle isn’t just against age, Paul says, it’s also against negative emotions that show up on faces at 40: “hatred, envy, anger, discontentment”.

Sandipan Chatterjee

Siddheshwar Wahi 42 | Runs ad firm | Biking holidays
“I combined biking with my 40th birthday and started a new life.” Quite a regular Delhi guy, Wahi ran a successful business and led a happy family life. Then he turned 40, rented a motorbike, and took off with wife Deeksha’s gifts—rucksack and sleeping bag—from Delhi to Ramgarh in Uttarakhand. Last year, he bought a refurbished Royal Enfield for Rs 40,000, to go where “mountain roads end”. Now he has a five-day week, Saturdays for driving around, Sundays for family.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Falguni Dagli 49 | Realty consultant | Chanting, yoga, dancing
“Chanting and yoga have made me ensure I am happy and am able to make others happy.” The teachings of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism and Yoga gave her the courage and compassion to deal with thyroid as well as menopause. Raising two children, managing her cardiologist husband’s life and her own work had kept her busy so far. Now she wants to try her hand at some Bollywood dancing.

Apoorva Salkade

Arthy Muthanna Singh 47 | Lawyer | Modern dance
“I don’t feel guilty about doing anything just for myself.” Arthy loved to sing in her school choir, but never got around to it afterwards. She loved to dance—but only did so “socially” for years. “It seemed indulgent,” she says. At 43, she joined Danceworx for modern dancing. “The 45 minutes of exercise and 45 minutes of dancing, a total workout, left me exhausted but refreshed,” she says. Finally, Arthy was doing something “just for herself”. Music lessons are on next.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Srinivas P. Kamisetty 40 | MD, Lapp India | Biking
“Anybody can buy a Yamaha, but not a Cagiva.” Kamisetty feels “younger” as he cruises every weekend through the outskirts of Bangalore on his Cagiva—an Italian motorcycle he paid nearly Rs 12 lakh for. A limited-edition roadster, once it sailed through customs in two weeks, with no “extra” money, Kamisetty treated it as a good omen. Especially since the bike was intended to “give him peace”. Bikes have been a passion since his teens; the last he drove was a Bullet, 15 years ago.

Nilotpal Baruah

Midlife Crisis 40s-50s | Professionals | Music
“You have to be a little insane to join our group.” These middle-aged Chandigarh men play rock ‘n’ fusion. Rupak Das, 44, is a surgeon-guitarist, Geoff, a teacher-bassist, Doctor Robin is on the keyboards while Chandi is an interior decorator-cum-drummer. There’s also lawyer-drummer Dipendra Kamra, whose first drum kit in 20 years cost Rs 2 lakh. Sure, equipment is expensive and most of the band members admit to a “guilt trip”. But as Rupak puts it, his guitars are an “investment”. “Our greatest asset,” he goes on to add, “is that we choose the gigs and what we play.”

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Milind Kothadiya 50 | Builder | Travelling, meditation
“Work and family exhaust you by the time you reach my age. Travelling helps keep my sanity.” Growing older has only made this 50-year-old Pune man keener to go places. Two years back, he scaled Kilimanjaro with his wife. Last year, on a trip to Leh and Ladakh, he cycled 40 km to Khardungla, the world’s highest pass. This year, he’s off to Estonia. When not travelling, Kothadiya likes to meditate.

A woman carries a bundle on her head near Chauffard, Haiti.

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Women walk next to a railway track as they return home from a day’s work in the fields, on the outskirts of Allahabad.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh