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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Washington: Renowned British-American author Jackie Collins, whose hugely popular but often controversial steamy novels chronicled the fast and extravagant life of the Hollywood glamorous set and of Mafia families, died on Saturday, reports said. She was 77.

The cause of death was breast cancer, her family said in a statement, reported the New York Times.

The best-selling author, who moved to Los Angeles in 1980, was the younger sister of acclaimed actress Joan Collins.

Born on October 4, 1937 in London, Jacqueline Jill “Jackie” Collins debuted with “The World is Full of Married Men”, about a middle-aged philandering advertising executive in London of the Swinging Sixties.

Pilloried mercilessly by Barbara Cartland as “nasty” and “disgusting”, it was banned in Australia and South Africa but the furore led to increased attention and sales in Britain and the US.

She followed up with “The Stud” in 1969, about the ambitious nightclub owner Fontaine Khaled – which was subsequently made into a film, The Bitch (1979), starring her sister.

But Collins’ most famous character was the ravishing Lucky Santangelo, the daughter of Italian-American former gangster Gino Santangelo, who first appeared in “Chances” (1981) and would go to appear in eight of her works which are set in the world of Mafia and organised crime and its relation with business and the entertainment industry and span from the 1920s to the present day.

Her other famous novels included “Hollywood Wives” (1983) about the glamorous lives of women behind the scenes of the film industry, “Lovers & Gamblers” (1977), the story of rock/soul superstar Al King, “Rock Star” (1988).

She also wrote the screenplay for several of her novels adapted into films or TV series.

With inputs from IANS


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Smart living is also about smart breathing.

By Himanshu Agarwal

While smart homes are typically about connected and automated devices and appliances, making it a super convenient and comfortable living experience for residents, there is one connection that we often seem to miss when we speak of smart homes -- the inextricable connection with the indoor home environment.

After all, smart living is also about smart breathing. Unless we breathe clean and pure air even within our homes, smart living remains an incomplete aspiration. Therefore, as we pivot big time to a modern lifestyle with nearly 24/7 gadgets, utilities, and network dependency within our homes, a sense of balance with respect to the indoor ambiance must also be attained. And this balance necessarily means breathing pristine, unadulterated pure air even at homes.

Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes

Of course, in this time and age when we are actively using some smart device or the other within the premises of our smart homes most of the time, the point that we are also breathing 24/7 need not be as labored. However, the question is: whether the quality of the air that we are breathing indoors is commensurate with the aspiration for this so-called quality of life and experience of living in high-class homes. In other words, even as we think we are living the 'high life' using all the fancy gadgets and increasing convenience in life, unless we breathe the right air, the desire and dream of quality living will not find true meaning.

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