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Rajeshwari Rajimwale

Rajeshwari (Raj) completed a masters in journalism in India. She is passionate about Bollywood, Indian food and fashion. She  loves design and lifestyle, and has advocated for social issues such as female empowerment. 

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? For many Indian women, this question has become a curse.

Gorilla Food: delicious vegetarian food in Vancouver

Before I came to Canada from India, my friends told me I needed to adapt to the non-vegetarian lifestyle. They had come to this conclusion because I was going to a Western country.

CBC "Over the Rainbow" live auditions open in Vancouver

Laughter, tears and screams for joy filled the Westin Hotel in downtown Vancouver last Friday, as aspiring theatre starlets auditioned for the lead role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s...

Hill's Native Art brings Aboriginal culture to international customers

Since the 1970s, the small store-turned-gallery has helped showcase BC's unique history and culture with visitors from around the world.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's weight gain raises questions about Bollywood beauty standards

Fans wait in anticipation as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan readies to flaunt her motherly curves at Cannes Film Festival 2012.

DIGNITY Vancouver Photo exhibition and auction brings social change through breathtaking images

Looking for a social event with a cause? Check out this gorgeous photo exhibition on Thursday, which helps raise funds for non-profit organizations.

After "Vicky Donor", sperm donations no longer taboo in India

A Bollywood movie is shifting attitudes around sperm donation in India. But while some young men are stepping up to become sperm donors, old prejudices remain.

Bollywood stars' most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions of 2011

Embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions can haunt an actress for a lifetime. Here are some that made news in Bollywood this year.