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At first, it seemed like we landed in Goa or Kerala but it was Sri Lanka. The streets/roads resemble so much so that you might want to check your boarding pass. Probably because of all the palm trees, weather & people that look no different than ours. A country with endless beaches, timeless ruins, unexpected weather, welcoming people, rolling turf and so much more making Sri Lanka irresistible.

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, over the past few years has definitely scored a point on people’s bucket list. The undiscovered place that offers the best of nature and history. The country itself has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Back in 2016, when I visited Sri Lanka, it was exciting & surreal. There were a lot of interesting things to know about the country like if you hail from India, you have to know this that Sri Lanka hardly has anything about Ramayana. The country is 90% Buddhist (which gives you one more reason to visit this place). Being a Buddhist myself, the country is packed with knowledge about Buddhism or Lord Buddha and it indeed is enlightening.

Here in this blog, we have listed Top 10 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka, if you’re planning an itinerary. It’s that place if you haven’t been to, you should.

1.  Sigiriya
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One of the top tourist attraction in Sri Lanka is Sigiriya. The place is located in Northern Matale District in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and is famous for its palace ruins on top of 200-meter high rock surrounded by the remains of extensive gardens, reservoirs & other structures. It is renowned for Ancient Paintings, frescoes. Also, Sigiriya offers a 2.5 hours once in a lifetime opportunity Village Tour including a food & tour guide. The tour starts with a boat to reach the village and then a bullock cart to explore the village. One cannot miss the food that the localities have to offer. Being an Indian and especially from UP, I absolutely loved the dal & rice and the green leafy salad. We strongly recommend this place.

2.  Anuradhapura
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One of the 8 UNESCO World Heritages in Country, is the sacred city of Anuradhapura. It is the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. This city was established around a cutting from the “tree of enlightenment” brought there by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. The place is dense, extremely humid in summers, but with the splendid site with monasteries, palace ruins & monuments.

3.  Polonnaruwa
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Yet another UNESCO World Heritage is Polonnaruwa. Interestingly, it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura 993. As the most beautiful archeological site in Sri Lanka, it was inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. The place within itself has a few more places that you cannot miss. Do visit gal vihara, sathmahal prasada (royal palace), royal audience hall, royal bath, golden pinnacle stupa, alahana piriwena.  All the places are located within a distance of 10 minutes, so either a bus or walk would do.

4.  Dambulla
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Again, the place is located in Matale District, Central Province in Sri Lanka. Dambulla houses, Dambulla Cave Temple, the biggest, best-saved, cave temple complex in the nation. The place has over 80 caves few of which are used by monks as meditation locations. The major attraction is spread over 5 caves, which includes paintings & statues about Buddha’s life. You cannot miss this place if you’re planning to visit Sri Lanka, you’ll be amazed to look at the intricate details of the paintings and statues.

5.  Yala National Park
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The second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the best places for sighting Wild Elephants is, Yala National Park. Located 300kms from Colombo, is spread across 979 square kilometers, with parts of the park reaching to the water and touching the Indian Ocean (the view of never-ending blue water is breathtaking) This national park is home to 215 bird species, Leopards, Monkeys, Crocodiles, wild Boars & Bears. The Park is divided into 5 zones. Zone 1 and 5 are open to public & tourists and the other zones are reserved for only professional research & documentary filming. The safari is safe & goes through checkpoints. If anything can compete with it is its wildlife! The park closes for September for Leopard’s breeding season.

6.  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The highly commercialized place in Sri Lanka initially opened for protecting abandoned or orphaned elephants in the jungle. There are about 100 elephants, of all ages. The conservation organization is obviously beautiful and interesting but is a big source of income, with Rs 100 million per year. But it’s all worth it when you see baby elephants being fed and bathe in a stream of water cutting through the forest and the city.

7.  Ella
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It’s said the views from the train ride are surreal. They surely were. Ella also has breathtaking viewpoints & waterfalls. Ella and few other places in Sri Lanka have spread out of tea plantations. Ella’s tourism has soared in recent times and why not, it’s got the best-picture-perfect views.

8.  Kandy
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Known as the sacred Buddhist site, popular for The Temple of Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of Buddha) was the last capital of Sinhala Kings. It is also Sri Lanka’s second largest city. The places you cannot miss in Kandy are The Temple of Tooth Relic, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Lake, The White Buddha Statue soaring above, and not to forget to take the world’s most beautiful train ride to Ella! Kandy is just 4 hours away from Nuwara Eliya. Talking about…

9.  Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya
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Often referred to as ‘Little England’ because this place has a British Village Vibe to it. Treat yourself with tea plantations, vegetable plots, hills for scenic views. This magical stop has quaint colonial buildings & cascading waterfalls to offer to its visitors. Stroll around Lake Gregory for relaxation. The weather is usually chilly, stay aware of the rain forecasts (it literally can rain anytime). Don’t miss out the sample of Ceylon Tea. Enjoy this Little UK!

10. Colombo
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Last we have the current capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo! This place is a haven for history lovers and culture vultures. Plan a walking tour to city’s historic Forts & Pettah Districts. Shop at Paradise Road, a sure paradise for shopping lovers. Colombo has a plethora of temples and kovils, few of them that you must visit are the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, having a spectacular grandeur and Kathiresan Kovil. Take some time out of your itinerary to take a stroll around the Galle Face Green, the landmark of the city.

These were the Top 10 places that we strongly recommend if you plan to visit Sri Lanka. Hope this helps you while planning an itinerary. Happy traveling!

For women, they feel their hair is their asset. No doubt hair can make or break the look. Women are beautiful in their own way, but hair sure does enhances it more. Good hair is basically influenced by a lot of factors. That could be genetic, nutrients, age, hormones. Etc. We have all heard of food that are important in order to have healthy hair. If you have issues related to hair, you might want to have a check on your diet. For someone who isn’t blessed enough with genetics, that hair looks like commercial ready hair, that’s where nutrients-required-for-healthy-hair-enriched-food comes in. A lot of women complain about hair thinning while ageing, age’s a major factor where to have hair issues. Again, to combat hair thinning or any other issue while ageing one need proper nutrients enriched diet.

If you get influenced by fashion bloggers, actresses or commercial models looking like a dream is because they have tons of filters in their pictures, gets their videos photoshopped and layers of chemical making them look like that. Filters and photoshopping are not possible in real life, but chemicals are. But why torture your hair where you can get them to look naturally good. In this blog, you wouldn’t read anything that hasn’t been said before but if it’s being told so many times it works. Read further to know the 5 foods that are best to have a lustrous mane!

1.    Egg
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Eggs, world known remedy for healthy locks. They are enriched with Vitamin B- a vitamin that is required to help with hair growth. If you’re diet lack biotin, you’re more likely to experience hair loss. Eggs aren’t everyone’s preference, like vegetarians. For them, the alternatives for biotin are almonds & avocados. Including eggs in your diet or if you cannot intake try an egg hair mask (best home remedy for hair ever).

2.    Fish
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Deficiency of iron can keep shining odd from your dome. To have a fair amount of balance of iron in your body, try Fish! Healthy omega 3 acids in the body help foster hair growth & sheen. Salmon is the fatty fish for hair. For people who cannot have fish, can have these nutrients through supplements or leafy vegetable, flaxseeds, soy or canola oil works just how fish does. These would provide the omega 3 acids to your body & hair.  One way to have omega 3 acids for hair is by using fish oil.

3.    Soymilk/Soybean
Soymilk/Soybean
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Soybean is a popular choice for nutrients in the diet for vegetarians. It’s a rich source for omega 3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamins B & K, protein. Soybean perfect hair food fights three issues at one time, dry hair, hair loss, & hair that has lost shine. Combat all this with soybeans and soymilk. They provide the proper nourishment and is definitely beneficial for damaged hair.

4.    Citrus Fruits
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This category of fruits includes lime, oranges, grapefruits & lemons. They have a high citric acid content and contains a high level of Vitamin C. To have shiny, soft & long locks make citrus fruits your friend. Vitamin C is a magic nutrient for healthy hair. Citrus fruits help in fighting dandruff, strengthening hair and also prevents hair loss. It locks the shine in your hair and removes the dullness making them look dreamy.

5.    Figs (Anjeer)
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The last food on this list is Fig or Anjeer in Hindi. Not a lot of you might be aware of this fruit providing all the right nutrients one needs to make hair grow fast & long. This fruit or dry fruit rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A & C. Figs also help in conditioning the hair.

We are sure you’re somewhat sorted but if you still encounter hair issues even after a healthy diet you can consider a hair dermatologist. But give these ones a try and we’re sure the results would reflect on your mane.

“One must travel light!” it’s easy said than done. Why not travel with essentials to make it easy than light? Here’s a list of all (Well whatever I could think of is important) important electronics/gadgets that might accompany you to make your traveling easy.

  1. Universal Adapter with different USB Ports
Universal Adapter with different USB Ports
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Whether you’re going for a short trip or a long vacation a universal adapter is a must have in your bag. It has a universal design that allows a multitude of plug options.

  1. Optical Camera lens for smartphones
Optical Camera lens for smartphones
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With an optical camera lens that can be used with smartphones, you need not to carry a heavy DSLR camera. You may want to carry less gear, improve the quality of your photos, or push the limits of your phone.

  1. Extension cords
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A simple extension cord is best to keep in your bag, ready at all times. It’s easy when you have to charge quite a few things all together, an extension cord is all you need.

  1. Extra pair of charger
Extra pair of charger
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It gets difficult when your charger gives up on you right when you need it the most. We’ve all been there. To avoid such situations, carrying an extra pair of chargers saves ourselves the wreck of the Bewafa (betraying) Charger!

  1. Small phone
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Smartphones are too many things in one. Old small phones are something that goes a long way when it comes to batteries of the phones. Strongly recommended is keeping your smartphone on airplane mode and using the smaller phone for communication. The phone runs for a longer time, also you can use it when you are traveling to somewhere you might require a local sim.

  1. Spare Batteries
Spare Batteries
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So while you’re traveling you might run short on battery power, rather than finding a way to charge which actually might get difficult. You can use spare batteries provided either they’re new or they’re already charged.

  1. Power banks
Power banks
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With carrying spare batteries point we cannot forget to mention Power banks. A gadget that is a savior (literally!) in modern times.

  1. Pen drives /Storage cards
Pen drives /Storage cards
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While you’re on the go and take loads of pictures & videos. Transfer them to storage cards at the end of the day. This will help you keep your gadget with some free space for your further adventure.

  1. Insulated stainless steel travel utensils
Insulated stainless steel travel utensils
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Traveling with an insulated stainless steel travel utensils it keeps your food (if you’re carrying) heated. It’s a good option when you’re camping or hiking.

  1. Torch
Torch
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Ensuring that your torch including the bulb is reliable should be a key factor in which torch to choose. LED Bulbs, CFL, or incandescent it really depends on your traveling destination or purpose how to use your torch. LED bulbs are the most durable & most preferred.

  1. Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker
Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker
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One thing that goes perfectly with traveling is music. And for having music by our side all the time, it is possible with wireless & Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Extra pair of air pods/earphones
Extra pair of air pods/earphones
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Talking about music and not forgetting the lifesavers, air pods or earphones. While traveling you must have these and having an extra pair comes handy. Why an extra pair? Earphones can call it quits anytime or might just feel like wandering off and never come back (sad when they get lost).

  1. Lightweight tripod
Lightweight tripod
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Now last but might not be the least, lightweight tripods are the newest dependable gadgets. Selfie sticks had their own charm but tripods are stable & easy-to-carry and surprisingly cannot give up on us because of no Bluetooth, battery or charging issue. Now wirelessly take photos & videos!

Share with us with if the above list was any help for your next vacay!

 

When you fell in love that may have not been because of any reason but when you end up with them that definitely has some back story. Break Up by actual terminology mean the separation of something into several pieces or sections. After a relationship ends, there are 100s of questions dancing in our head. One very prominent one is “Should we stay friends? Or can we stay friends?” The answer to that question is NO! Why? Well here are 5 reasons why you cannot be friends with your ex!

1.    The heart wants what it “Needs”!
 The heart wants what it “Needs”!
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When you separate from your partner and decide to stay friends, it impacts your healing process. To let go & move on you need to distance yourself from your ex and grieve the breakup. Your heart needs to heal from the separation to have a better next. In order to have a better next, you first need to grieve about the present situation.

2.    Friendship = Friction!
Friendship = Friction!
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To have a better next-relationship afterward you need to cut the ordeal with your ex. Being friends may cause friction in your next. Your new partner might feel slight insecure or threatened with your awkward friendship with your ex. In order to have a healthy relationship, one must cut the ties with their exes.

3.    You’re Inviting More Pain!
You’re Inviting More Pain!
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While being friends with your ex can be casual & cool, it isn’t easy when you cling onto hopes & expectations. You’re simply inviting more pain for yourself. It was difficult in the first place, and then clinging onto hopes of winning them back might get you messed up. It only gets worse after the break up because you’re clearly not over them and they have moved on. Now, what joy it is to see someone you loved one is in love with someone else? Do all your loved-ones around you a favor and please move one. Saying it is easy but is equally difficult. But it isn’t doing any good to you.

4.    Simply NOT “Necessary”!
Simply NOT “Necessary”!
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The world is full of nice people who’re looking for love & friendship. Why do you want to cling onto the past? All that “Let’s be just friends” drama isn’t at all necessary. Be open to opportunities, you never know what or who may surprise you! And if not, life’s all about learning & growing. I’m sure you’ve heard of “You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince!” So, get your lazy-sad bum moving and go find some frogs before you find your Prince!

5.    Boy, Bye!
 Boy, Bye!
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This one isn’t exactly a reason to not be friends with your ex but just something that actually makes sense. All these exes teach us lessons or make us realize our flaws (if one wants to accept). When you’ve learned about yourself, you might want to find someone better to match your standard (no offense). With all ‘Knowing self-worth’, you really don’t want to waste your time anymore on the last one, right? So don’t be friends with your ex!“

There you go with reasons to not be friends with your ex. Is there any good reason to stay friends with your ex, kindly share. We’d love to know.

Dharma production’s a blockbuster hit in the year 2001, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. With a famous star cast, this movie is one cinematic art you cannot ignore. People have hated it, loved it but haven’t been successfully able to ignore it. K3G completes its 17 years of existence in the Indian cinema. And we still love it, for all the right reasons. This blog includes 8 insanely famous and loved dialogues for you to understand the gist of the movie. Well, we all have seen, maybe in bits & pieces, or someone like me who’s watched it time n again; cannot stop dancing to ever-so melodious “Deewana hain dekho…” or “Bole Chhudiyan…” Deep down your heart, even you love it. Admit it now!

Let’s hit the rollercoaster through the famous dialogues:

  1. “Kabhi aisa kyun hota hai ki apne paraye ho jate hain…”
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Of course we know this and agree too. If you’re coming from an Indian middle-class family we have an extended-chosen family that was initially our family friends but over time we realize it’s the chosen ones that have our heart.

One reason to love this movie, how they showed the difference between the Raichand(s) and Sharma(s). It’s crazy that both the dads in the respective families shared the same birthday and their children fell in over a “Gamla” incident.

  1. “Arey return sheturn karna hain toh khareedte wareedte kyun hain?”
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Hashtag True story! Who doesn’t love our evergreen Kajol’s character? And her quirky dialogues with her Chandni Chowk influenced Punjabi accent. Just another reason to love K3G is the amalgam of characters and how they merged the nuances of two typical families, one from the elites and the other…well Mithai ki dukan wale.

  1. No drinking, no smoking….no der se aana aur yahan se jitni jaldi ho chale jana”
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King Khan gives us one more reason to love this movie because of his (Rahul Raichand’s) nature showcased in the movie. In the beginning, the playful elder brother and later on protective brother-in-law to someone who we drool for! (You’ll see later). The scenes between Rahul and his sister-in-law are adorable. We can all relate if we were to have such a diva in our family, Protective hona banta hain!

  1. Tell me how it was”
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Trust me, even reading this dialogue gives me immense excitement and happiness because of Kareen Kapoor (Pooja Sharma a.k.a Poo) nails it like no other. It seems like she was born for being the Poo for K3G. Her accent, her diva lifestyle, pickiness about guys, everything makes me or everyone for that matter swoon for her character. K3G gave us Poo, we don’t any more reasons to love it, but we do have a list!

  1. Keh diya na? Bas keh diya…”
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When there’s Shahenshah in a movie and you’re finding reasons to love it? Shame on you! (Not literally) Shri Amitabh Bachchan’s character, Yashvardhan Raichand, is every elite dad we guess. He’s cool until everything’s happening that he approves of. But loses his shit and damn how he expresses it! (We guess that’s every dad ever?) The authoritative, poised, dedicated-man that he plays is another reason because he’s The Shahenshah! We love his acting. We have to love K3G! And especially when he’s paired opposite his real-life partner, Jaya Bachchan. The duo is loved for their chemistry. There were perfect aww moments when she gets on the stool to match his height but when the angry young man gets angry, we didn’t like it (imagine a puppy face).

The pair is an absolute treat to watch!

  1. Bade Mazaaki ho, bade mazaaki ho”
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Did we mention Kajol earlier? Yes, we did! But what can we do she played the best Anjali ever! The incident when Rahul goes to her mithai ki dukaan to hand over Daijaan (Farida Jalal, yet another legend that we abso-freakin-lutely love.) and Anjali mistakenly recognizes him as Ashfaq Miya. The mischievous nature of Kajol’s character makes our heart giggle even after 17 years of the film.

  1. Maafi maangne se koi chota bada nahi hota…aur jo maaf kar deta hain uska dil bahut bada hota hai”
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ShahRukh Khan inspiring us with such dialogues! Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham teaches us some legit life lessons in the most unapologetically amazing manner. Another dialogue from this epic film is here, “Zindagi mein agar kuch banna ho, kuch haasil karna ho, kuch jeetna ho, toh hamesha dil ki suno. Aur agar dil bhi koi jawab na de toh aankhein band karke apni maa aur papa ka naam lo…phir dekhna har mushkil aasan ho jayegi…jeet tumahri hogi…sirf tumhari!”

Hrithik Roshan (Rohan Raichand) comes out (not that) to Shahrukh’s family in London when he teaches Rahul’s kid, Rishi, this mantra which he learned from Shahrukh Khan, his elder brother. Hrithik’s character was a fat-binging-on-ladoo kid turned hot-shot. And if he’s hot, how can he not charm his childhood sweetheart (Kareena Kapoor) with his tongue twister. Another pairing that we loved and vouch for. With such heartfelt dialogues from Hrithik and his attempts to get Father-Son duo to get along is inspiring. Why can’t we learn from movies to forgive and let go because there’s nothing above family!

  1. Kabhi kabhi ghar ke bache…ghar ke badon ko sahi raasta dikha dete hain”
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Yes, and like a boss! JK. Don’t try this at home or you might receive a flying chappal! (Tryna’ be cool)

The motto of this movie is A. Family’s everything.

  1. There’s nothing wrong or right in love.
  2. Parents can be wrong too!
  3. It’s all about loving our parents even if they’re wrong.

This iconic 3.5 hours long sob-session is everything but love. The family-romantic-Blah-blah-blah drama showcases the high-class Indian family with swanky cars & luxurious lifestyle is the epitome of KJo’s family fantasy. These aren’t the only reasons to love this family drama, as quoted by Dharma Production.

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“It’s the fine blend of laughter, entertainment, chartbusting music, unforgettable camaraderie & lots of love” that makes the movie acknowledged & loved by many. With merits, this also has some demerits too. There are a few reasons that aren’t acceptable but its KJo. After Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, we know he loves the love story to thrive after 360-degree transformation of either of his characters. Hands down, this ott drama is love and we can watch it time n again.

Drinking black coffee has numerous health benefits since it is the powerhouse of anti-oxidants and nutrients. Black Coffee has Vitamin B2, B3, and B5. There are two types of people when it comes to coffee; A. Coffee Lovers & B. Black coffee lovers because health conscious. For a lot of people coffee fuels their day. Science suggests that rather have black coffee because of all the benefits. It can heal if consumed the right way. Here’s why having black coffee can help mental health.

Health Benefits Of Black Coffee
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1.    For Intelligence & Memory

One of the components of Coffee is a psychoactive stimulant which reacts with the body when it’s consumed. This improves cognitive functioning, which later helps in making you smart over a time period. Intake of Black Coffee enhances brain function & boosts memory power. With growing old, the chances of having dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s increase. Having black coffee helps to keep the brain & nerves active to keep all these health issues at bay.

2.    Helps in Depression & Stress

With Depression & stress becoming a fashionable routine, a cup of black coffee can reduce the stress caused due to daily struggle & other factors. The neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline that elevates the mood, also known as happy hormones are increased with coffee intake. The increased production of these neurotransmitters stimulates the CNS (central nervous system). This helps in reducing the stress and helps in recovering from Depression. Drinking coffee can make a person happy which helps in keeping depression at bay. One of the ways to reduce the chances of depression or fighting depression.

Just as many benefits for mental health, black coffee also has great physical health benefits. Following are the few listed-

3.    Best Pre-Work Out Drink

People who love working out, know how beneficial Black Coffee is. It boosts your physical performance. Coffee increases Epinephrine levels in the blood that prepares you for intense physical activeness. It also breaks down stored body fat & releases fat cells into the bloodstream in the form of free fatty acids.

4.    Fat-burning Beverage

Black coffee helps in rapid weight loss, boosts your metabolism by approximately 50%. It also burns the fat in the tummy. It also stimulates the nervous system which signals the body to break down the fat cells and use them as a source of energy as opposed to glycogen.

5.    Good on Liver

This beverage helps in preventing liver cancer, hepatitis & alcoholic cirrhosis (Alcoholic liver disease is a term that encompasses the liver manifestations of alcohol overconsumption). If your consumption of Black Coffee is 4 cups or more per day, you have 80% lower chances of developing any liver disease. Coffee helps by lowering the level of harmful liver enzymes in the blood.

6.    Stomach Cleanser

Black coffee is a beneficial cleanser i.e. it helps cleansing your stomach. Consuming black coffee makes you urinate more than usual. It flushes out toxins & bacteria from your stomach in the form of urine.

Now that you know Black Coffee’s benefits on mental & physical health, it’s also well known to everyone how it’s helpful in keeping high health risks at bay. Women are constantly bothered about aging. Guess what? Black coffee helps you age gracefully. It keeps your body & mind young. Having mentioned earlier, black coffee helps keeping high health risks at bay.

7.    Lowering High Health Risks

Black Coffee helps in controlling diabetes by increasing insulin production. Caffeinated & decaffeinated coffee helps in prevention of diabetes. Black Coffee helps in prevention of certain types of cancer such as liver, breast, colon, etc. It reduces inflammation which is one of the main reasons of developing tumor. Furthermore, consuming too much does increase blood pressure but it diminishes over time. It also improves cardiovascular diseases including heart stroke.

With all this information about Black Coffee being beneficial, you may want to keep aside the taste of it and actually consider how important it could be to our body & health.

Back in the days, it was running, playing any sports, brisk walking and not eating junk food that was considered to staying fit. Now that it’s the 21st Century where technology has crept into our lives like a layer of air only you can see it everywhere. The evolution of technology has taken over a lot of areas in our day-to-day lives. In fact, it has changed the entire game of living lives. One wakes to technology and works with & for technology. As much as it has its disadvantages, there are overwhelmingly impressive advantages too. One of them is ‘Fitness’. Technology took over fitness as well in the past few years. Fitness Bands, came in to notice in almost mid-2000s. They caught everyone’s attention when Apple launched its smartwatch which was smart enough to monitor your heart-beats too.

Well, going back to the early 20 and 21st century, technology was making improvements which is when they invented activity trackers, now Fitness trackers. The whole idea of the device is to monitor an individual’s activity in order to stay fit & healthy. It keeps a close watch at your steps, heart rate, quality of sleep, calorie intake and a lot of other things. Moreover, there has been a buzz about how it helps losing weight. And how? Let’s learn the benefits of fitness bands (which also happens to be the purpose of this blog)

  1. Helps in “Goal Setting”
Helps in “Goal Setting”
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A key feature of all the fitness trackers is to help you set some goals and achieve them. These keep you engrossed in the process. Call it, unfortunately, but they won’t let you forget your “Goals”.

  1. Keeps you active
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Fitness trackers constantly keep you on your toes also helps to keep fitness your avocation. One of the prime features of fitness bands is to track your activity, wherein they keep a trail of your activities. The most impressive and asked for feature is where it keeps a count of your steps. A lot of people, mostly in their growing-old age bracket uses them to keep the count of their daily steps. It helps them in achieving their goals for each day, as per them walking is the ultimate routine for staying fit.

  1. Tracks your heart rate
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The most useful feature of fitness bands is that they track your heart rate. In today’s world, we know how important is keeping our heart happy & healthy. They keep an eye on your heart rate all day and updates you if senses something serious. Well, it’s hard to trust in gadgets but we’re developing.

  1. Helps in Scheduling Sleep
Helps in Scheduling Sleep
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In the time and era of people turning into owls, in a metamorphic manner. Productivity at work, focus at study requires proper sleep. Insufficient sleep can increase stress and may end up resulting unhealthy for our mind & body. Fitness bands remind you of the sleeping time & provide you with the conventional sleep routine.

  1. Form healthy habits
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Fitness bands help you in forming superior habits. It gets you habitual of a healthy routine.

With all these and many more benefits of fitness bands. They’ve gone next level with introducing social features as well. Now with a fitness band or activity tracker, you can also view your notifications or even more surprisingly have access to your playlist that’s originally in your phone.

Well, it’s rightly said and unbelievably correct, “Digital ho raha hain India!”

In the previous blog, we reached Tawang. If you haven’t read that one yet, take a look at the first part. I’m waiting! Okay. So now that you’ve read the first part, let’s move further.

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

As I mentioned, Tawang is not just a place that looks dreamy but has a very interesting history. And I suggest you visit this place if you’re patriotic or have a fair interest in our country’s history. Situated at 10,000 ft., this place is administered by the Republic of India as a part of the Arunachal Pradesh state, however, it is claimed by the People’s Republic of China as a part of South Tibet. The history with McMahon line, where Tibet refused to surrender Tawang, partly because of the importance attached to the Tawang Monastery. If you visit Tawang, do watch the sound & light show that’s put up by the army jawans there. Its overwhelming experience, and I bet you’d have teary eyes by the end of the show! The time during the Indo-China war, the aftermath and the stories about the incidents that took place has been narrated and presented with pride. I, as an Indian, loved the details and also the feeling by just sitting there and listening to the history of that place gave me Goosebumps. Do keep this one on your itinerary.

Next day we went for sight-seeing. A sight that’s unforgettable. Unfortunately, because of Christmas, we couldn’t manage to visit the Indo-china border. But instead, we went to Shungatser (Sangestar So) lake, now named Madhuri Lake after our evergreen Madhuri Dixit shot for Koyla there. The lake is located on the way from Tawang to Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, near Indo-China border above 15,200 ft. above sea level. We were freezing and delighted as well to drive through snow and Nazare like no other. After spending somewhat 15 minutes at the lake, we started to head back to the Giant Buddha Statue.

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue towers above Tawang and can be seen from anywhere in Tawang. Adjacent to it is the way to Tawang Monastery. This monastery is the first largest in India and second largest in the world after Potala Palace, Lhasa. Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, which translates to “celestial paradise in a clear night.”

Furthermore, the whole place is surrounded by monks. A lot of them reside there. It’s absolutely adorable to look at little monks running and playing around. The breathtaking sight was when during the sunset, the sun rays fell on the snow-covered mountains making it look like golden mountains. I’ll try and insert a picture of it. The day ended well with a nice and cozy dinner at the Hotel Zaxstar (Where we were staying). I’d highly recommend the hotel as the service was nice and the food tasted like home. It kinda did feel like a home away from home. Oh not to forget, the view from the hotel.

Kaziranga National Park

evening cultural show

Waking up the next day, we had to travel the entire day as we were heading to Kaziranga via Bomdila and Sela Pass. I strongly suggest you keep the warmest clothes if you’re planning to travel to Tawang and Sela pass. The temperature can go to minus and might as well snow anytime. So, moving forward we were all pepped up to drive to Kaziranga but I never wanted to leave the place. Tawang still has my heart and I might go back. The duration of the journey from Tawang to Kaziranga was around 11hrs. We reached the Kaziranga national park almost by 5-6.30. We drove through Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is India’s longest bridge, 9.15km long bridge situated on Brahmaputra River connecting two states, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh.

After a 10-11hrs journey, we finally reached Kaziranga National Park, where we already had plans. Tickets to an amazing evening cultural show where we witnessed their cultural dances, music, and farming culture that was portrayed beautifully. It was an interactive show, we danced along the dancers at the end. The show was fun and refreshing. But we were exhausted and headed to our hotel and crashed.

The following morning, we had another long day ahead of us. We had plans for the jungle safari planned for the entire day. Kaziranga national park, located at Golaghat & Nagaon area of Assam, the sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. And when you start the safari, along with a huge but friendly company, elephants! Personally, I’m against this tradition of riding animals, but had no other option but to sit on top of it. When you enter the park, you can actually spot rhinos all around you. The place has so many of them. The time we went there, we could only spot rhinos. The safari with the elephant was for around an hour or 45 min. I also took a picture with Rani (our elephant). We got back for lunch and had plans for trying our luck at another evening safari but now in a jeep. Thank God! Spared the creature.

DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNGLASSES AND MUST BRING BANDANA TO COVER YOUR FACE AND HAIR. It’s dusty! And boring if you don’t spot any animal. Which exactly was the scenario with us. But we did spot some really cool parent elephant taking their kids to bathe and a humongous & creepy monitor lizard. And of’ course, deer. One can spot deer anywhere in India, in Delhi as well! But alas, not a bad experience at all. After this dusty & tiring jungle safari, we left the state for yet another place, this time it was the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji. We reached the place late in the night. The Saimika Resort, the place had these little cottages, it seemed like a vintage, cozy, adorable huts like the ones you see in those Christmassy movies. Yet again, strongly recommend the place to stay. The staff had our dinner prepared and fireplace lit to warm up our cottages. We hit the beds after stuffing our stomach.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

It was this day, I was ready for the new adventure. The plan for Double Decker Living Root Bridge gave such an adrenalin rush. It’s 3500 steps i.e. 7km including climbing down and upward as well. Not recommended for old aged, individual with Heart problems and breathing issues. Being someone who has breathing trouble, panic disorder, and adventures like these give me a kick to go for it. I had a major FOMO going on. I didn’t want to miss this one. Hence I decided to go forward.

Put on my running shoes, stacked my bag with knick-knacks, water bottles and went on towards this adventure. It took us 3-4 hours for the entire experience. It definitely is tiring and one might as well run out of breath. But worth it. You’ll see a little pond like place with stones and small waterfalls with this double-decker bridge. Had to be one of the most amazing feelings after you reach there traveling through narrow-broken-moving steel bridges and tiny steps. The time taken to travel back was exhausting and I could feel each breath. We couldn’t hang around anymore, we had to rush with all the exhaustion and the feeling of “I can’t move anymore”, numb body, and breathlessness, after 4 hours reached the starting point and what a feeling! Must plan to visit the double-decker living root bridge, it definitely is a once in a lifetime experience.

With so much more to write and narrate my experience further, I don’t want y’all to get bored. I’ll be back with two more places that we explore in the next blog. Stay tuned!

I was randomly fiddling on my phone and so came across this Netflix movie “Love per square foot”, found this cutie really charming on the poster. I decided to watch but little did I know this cutie was a bomb of talent. After I finished watching the movie, I was pretty impressed with his acting and Googled him (Well, the rituals you see!). There he was…

Vicky Kaushal-
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DOB- 16th May 1988
Birth Place- Mumbai

Vicky Kaushal is the son of Sham Kaushal, an action director and has studied engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. He started his career in films, initially working as an assistant director to Anurag Kashyap in crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur. He performed in Manav Kaul’s Laal pencil, on stage. Vicky was also seen in a small role in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Bombay Velvet. He bagged his first leading role in Masaan for which he won IIFA & Screen Awards for Best Debut-Male. He went on to work in big hits like Sanju, Raazi & Manmarziyaan.

(Shades of Vicky)
Shades of Vicky
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Pretty honestly, ladies were getting bored of all the Khan’s & Kapoor’s trying to fit into our “Man Crush” list. After Ranveer Singh & Ayushman Kkhurana, Vicky Kaushal came in like a breath of fresh air making all of us women feel the global-warming a little too much. This man in Netflix’s original Lust Stories, paired with Kiara Advani, shot this steamy scene and what a bummer when he got wasted way too early. The character was sensitive & it came across well to the young audience. I was glad to not see another male boasting his manly hood on his woman because he couldn’t “finish”. This quirky film had Vicky on a roll. Paras (Vicky Kaushal in Lust Stories) was still loved because the film felt way too real! *wink*

Zubaan, Masaan & Raman Raghav 2.0

He was also a part of an Indian film that didn’t do well in India but opened the 20th edition of Busan International Film Festival. The name of his character was Dilsher and the movie was Zubaan. The movie is about a boy who was bullied in his childhood and grew up aspiring to become a singer but was nervous to achieve, you must watch it to witness this man’s immense talent working his magic. He even justified his dark & bold character in Raman Raghav 2.0. Vicky proved he can play a drug-addict as easy as he could play a young college student in Masaan.

Raazi, Sanju & Uri

The nation’s crush was next seen opposite Alia Bhatt, in one of his biggest hit Raazi. The man was “Suave”! Vicky not only looked jaw-droppingly handsome but pulling off such a sensitive & serious character of a Pakistani Army Officer was commendable! Every bit of his acting was loved by the audience and hence, the biggest hit. Adding, Sanju & Uri in his blockbuster hits, he is unstoppable!

Just when he was becoming a sensation, Sanju made an entry to 70mm silver screen. Oh boy, Ranbir alone was not enough for all the “Too-Hot-To-Handle” quotient? Sanjay Dutt’s biopic was oozing out talent in heaps. With the cast that had Paresh Rawal, Ranbir Kapoor as the heart of the film. Vicky Kaushal was undeniably the soul!

Manmarziyaan

The man was a delight to watch in Manmarziyaan. An unstable, struggling Dj and seen enjoying his courtship with Taapsee Pannu. His choices of Tshirt paired with his hair dyed in blue color was weirdly refreshing.

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Vicky Kaushal has 7 characters in his bag and how he justifies each one is truly a delight to witness. You just cannot help looking at this talented human. Oh, here’s a heart-breaker for all the ladies, the man is dating Harleen Sethi currently. We can blame his smile, it literally can melt your heart! What a charmer, isn’t he?

 “Who run the world? Girls”- Beyoncé

It’s as exciting as weird it sounds. Galentine’s Day is now an official celebration of female friendships. Back in some 2009-2010, in a show called “Parks and Recreation”. The leading lady Leslie invented this unique & interesting way to celebrate the perks of female friendships. In today’s world, where feminism is a descriptive word for one’s personality. While you’d witness woman taking down a woman to satisfy her complexes, you’ll also get a glimpse of a lifetime female friendship. Galentine’s Day wasn’t much recognized but it very much got popular because the event found a market in real life. The now-official event is celebrated on 13th February, an evening before Valentine’s Day. The day is a fairly standard celebration.

This Day isn’t that famous in India, but I’d hope it gets as popular as Women’s day because we need it. Galentine’s day celebration would be such a delight to witness, women going out for dates with their girlfriends, partying with “Lady’s Drink” in their hands and singing from the top of their lungs! The idea of the day is so pleasing to one’s heart. If you’re finding reasons to celebrate this platonic love that female friends have for themselves, then keep reading.

Here are 10 of the many reasons, why you must celebrate female friendships because A. Why Not? B. #SistersBeforeMisters!

1. Reunite with the Women in your life!
Reunite with the Women in your life!
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What better way to get all your favorite women together for a celebration that’s larger than life!

2. Remember That?
Remember That?
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When you have your girlfriends around you, its fun to look down the memory lane. Relive those memories you made while coming this long together.

3. “The Love” is miserable!
“The Love” is miserable!
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Oh well, having female friends is so much better than being in a relationship! Because Valentine’s Day makes some of us feel miserable. It reminds us of all those times when we were not thinking before dating “hunks” and then getting dumped! The only love that is constant is our girlies <heart>

4. Girlfriends are everything!
Girlfriends are everything!
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You’ve heard this right? When someone tells me not to tell anyone kind secret…my best friend doesn’t count! She knows everything and she’s everything. Female friendships are fascinating. They’re always there for whatever you need and whenever, be it relationship advice, chocolates, tampons, lipsticks or handling your PMS.

5. Women don’t fake!
Women don’t fake!
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That comes across different, but for women to women, girlfriends don’t fake. They’ll let you know when you look fat or sick, why are you dating a dumb head, they’ll tell you everything that you don’t wish to hear but you need to!

6. No.1 Support System!
No.1 Support System!
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Your girlfriends are your constant support. They would always keep you going no matter how many failures may come your way. They’ve got your back always, Always!

7. Two Body-One Brain!
Two Body-One Brain!
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Ever jinxed on almost everything that you say? Or she blurts out whatever going inside your brain? Yes, you guys share the same brain. It’s mind-boggling to know someone who has exactly the same thinking process. It feels like you guys found your way to each other among all these useless brains.

8. You be you, I be me!
You be you, I be me!
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Your girlfriend seems like home to you your heart. You guys can be yourself with each other. When together it’s like you unlock your true self.

9. They Deserve It!
 They Deserve It!
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With all that going in our lives, women having women is all we need. Having a female friendship is a blessing. They’ll be there when no one else would be. Along the ride, women get competitive, they think they need to win the race, but in reality, we need each other. Women deserve better and we can provide each other with the “better” at least!

Over the years, I only have few friends and they’re all females. Though I connect with males more than them somehow, I & my girlfriends have come a long way and in all honesty, it takes dedication & heart to preserve such friendships. The key is to forgive & forget the bad and celebrate the good in each other. We’re all flawed but we, as a woman can be there for each other completing each other. So, this 13th February goes out with your girlfriends and celebrate the love you all share. Because you all deserve it.

 

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