Let’s celebrate Pink Thursday

(Photo: Joel Ryan, AP) Spotify and Match.com came up with a pre-date soundtrack Justin Timberlake and Marvin Gaye are also on the list ‘Sexual Healing’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’? Yes, please SHARE 17 CONNECT 19 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Dating rules change all the time. Wear a tie on a first date? A T-shirt to a fancy restaurant? Is the LBD (little black dress) OK before 6 p.m.? Can you really wear white shoes after Labor Day? All up for debate. One thing doesn’t change: Be confident (but not cocky). Getting nervous is par for the course, but there’s help. Spotify and Match.com have teamed up to find the most popular songs to soothe pre-date jitters.

Katherine Jenkins looks pretty in pink as she emerges from her New York hotel following split from Adam Bidwell

Katherine Jenkins with ex-boyfriend Adam Bidwell at Ascot Races earlier this year

The 33-year-old mezzo soprano is understood to have parted ways with Bidwell because his imminent participation in a charity boxing match against Richard Bransons son-in-law Fred Andrews put a strain on their romance. Stepping out on Friday, Katherine appeared to be lost in thought as she made her way towards a waiting car, but a recent Twitter update suggested she was delighted to be back in the Big Apple. Not you again: Katherine doesn’t look impressed too see photographers as she makes her way out onto the street on Friday It also suggested she might be linking up with some of her pals from Dancing with the Stars following her successful participation on the Strictly Come Dancing variant in 2012. Writing on Thursday, she tweeted: Well hello New York Ive missed you! Soo good to be back #GirlieWeekend #Hamptons #DWTS. The Welsh singer stood out in a striking pink check mini-dress accessorized with a tan coloured belt as she stepped out for the first time since news of her split broke, with strappy nude wedges finishing the look with a tasteful flourish. Katherine Jenkins ventures out on Friday. The previous day she tweeted her delight at being back in New York, where is thought to be linking up with her old pals from US show Dancing with the Stars Good times: Katherine Jenkins is clearly delighted to be back in New York, judging by her latest twitter update, posted on Thursday Katherine originally met Bidwell through mutual friends in February, with pals claiming his lack of interest in her celebrity status made him the ideal partner. They were introduced through a mutual friend and remained friends for quite a few months before they realised they had lots in common, a friend told MailOnline earlier this year. Adams a very nice chap. Hes a good catch. Sisterly support: Nicole Appleton takes her mind off Liam Gallagher woes on lunch date with sister Natalie and STILL wears her wedding ring The singer is said to be moving on after splitting from Bidwell a close friend of Prince Harry when his training regime led to them spending long periods of time apart. Despite the relationship coming to an end, sources claim the singer will remain friends with the 37-year-old and continue to offer him support as he prepares for his bout at The Boodles Boxing Ball a black-tie fundraiser that aims to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. The event gets underway at Londons Grosvenor House on September 21, and sources say shell be ringside when he pulls on his gloves. An insider told The Mirror: Katherine will be cheering him on in the boxing ring next month. Old flame: Katherine Jenkins with ex-boyfriend Adam Bidwell at Ascot Races earlier this year


Within this context, the Gulabi (Pink) Gang, a grassroots-womens-organization-turned-NGO from the rural state of Uttar Pradesh is an easy symbol of female agency. But the story of the pink-sari-wearing vigilantes illuminates just how deeply power can be stacked against Indian women, particularly those born without social privilege. More Related to this Story fiction The Bone Season: Is there life after the hype for this young author? In Pink Sari Revolution, Amana Fontanella-Khan, a former contributing editor to Vogue India, writes about the tireless activist Sampat Pal, who founded the Gulabi Gang. Its a heavily expository work that tracks a high-profile 2011 rape case brought to national attention by Pal and her rabble rousing pink-sari-wearing associates, whilst weaving in the back story of the leader and groups inception. The Gulabi Gang operates around Bundelkhand, an area dotted with undeveloped villages and small communities, a place that Fontanella-Khan describes as sort of an Indian Wild West. Justice is routinely underserved to the disenfranchised, working poor constituents of this part of the country. So in 2006, Pal the bright, but uneducated daughter of labourers began to formally mobilize small acts of retribution (like locking corrupt civil servants into their offices) and formal protests. It wasnt easy there were turncoats, critics, and husbands to contend with along the way but today Gulabi Gang membership numbers into the thousands. Along with fuchsia-pink saris, they carry reedy slivers of bamboo called lathis though mostly for individual protection and visual identity. Pal is undoubtedly a badass: she has no qualms about standing up to smarmy police officers, hospital officials, and local goondas to get her point across. Fontanella-Khan relies heavily on verbatim translations of Hindi interviews with Pal, her family, and other people involved in the Nishad case, and this doesnt always provide for a smooth read. But she creates a generally admirable portrait of Pal: A girlhood passion for sewing becomes a means of financial independence; an inbuilt sense of justice makes Pal a neighbourhood advocate against caste discrimination and domestic violence; and commitment to Gulabi Gang means she is the rare woman who lives separate from her husband and family with a male colleague. When family comes up, Fontanella-Khan is less exalting.

Pink Sari Revolution shows how far Indian women still have to go

But, while in bed, I began to reflect on the whole issue again as leading politicians from both camps are expected to join me mourn my old lady. I dreamt of a platform of contrasts. I saw former President Jerry John Rawlings, President John Dramani Mahama, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Dr Tony Aidoo and other leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) dressed in the colours of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). On the same platform, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, Mr Kofi Jumah, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, Mr Owusu Afriyie and other NPP leading personalities were also dressed in NDC paraphernalia. What would be the impact of such unthinkable act of political gymnastics on the foot soldiers after the Supreme Court ruling? Then I noticed that I was on a wonderland, but reality dawned on me to consider what can unify us as Ghanaians after August 29… I looked at the colours and settled on red, but noticed that in Ghana, red belongs to my favourite football club, the champions of Ghana, Kumasi Asante Kotoko. I tried to look at other colours, but noticed that it would land me in the camp of old folks- Accra Hearts of Oak. NATIONAL PINK SHEET DAY Upon reflection I fell upon the colour pink, since the Supreme Court hearing the Election Petition filed by the NPP against NDC dwelt largely on disputes over pink sheets. I humble suggest that Thursday, August 29 should be declared a National Pink Day, so that everybody will dress in pink.