December 2018


Traveling once in a while is always refreshing and often people say that traveling works as a stress reliever for them. Travelling gives you a new perspective about things, you get to meet new people, it helps you develop skills you didn’t know you had & you get to try new food!

To some people traveling is an adventure, to some, it is educational, for some it is a passion while others travel just to rejuvenate themselves. There is so much about traveling one can enjoy, but if you go on a vacation with the wrong people, it can slaughter the fun in pieces. There are people who don’t like to travel but do not spoil the fun for other people & then there are pseudo travel lovers. If you go on an excursion with them, Say hello to drama and whining! Here are 10 types of people you wouldn’t like traveling with:

  • The Cheap One
The Cheap One
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We all have this one friend who never pays! When you go out with them they will keep suggesting you cheaper places to stay at, cheap places where you can eat, and cheaper ways to travel. They might seem resourceful at first, but after a certain point of time, it is just annoying. Moreover, they will always say “Abhi tu dede, mai baad me deta hu tujhe.” This ‘Baad me’ never comes.

Like seriously, No Ken I can not pay for you! Carry your own damn wallet, you cheapskate!

  • The Social Media Addict
The Social Media Addict
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No matter what it is, social media addicts have to update it! They update stories of everything you eat, every activity you do, every place you go to, and other miscellaneous things on EVERY damn social media app. They are constantly texting on WhatsApp, tweeting, updating pictures & stories on Instagram, updating their location on Facebook and you’ll often find them putting your personal business on their Instagram live!

Come on Britney! Enjoy the moment and leave your Instagram followers alone, they do not care or else I’ll throw your phone away.

  • The So in Love Couple
The So in Love Couple
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Going on a trip with couples is okay but not with the ones who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. They act as if they’re on their honeymoon! The babu, jaanu, baby talks are followed by PDA. Their cheesy talks get really annoying while you’re trying to enjoy what the world has to offer! They don’t stop here, they fight. There comes a moment when they fight over nothing which is enough to ruin the entire trip. Most probably they’ll be fighting over something really stupid, and this will effectively ruin your mood.

Get a room Dave & Rachel!

  • Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
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They have been to every damn place on this Earth or read about it. They have done it all. Sky Diving? Done! Going to a new place? They have read about it! And before you discover things, they’ll shower their unasked knowledge on you. If you say something, they’ll correct you with your pronunciations, facts & other stuff.

If they’ve already been to the place once, they will bore you with their stories they have from the last visit.

No Eric! I do not want to listen to you, I want to experience things on my own. Please shut your mouth and stand in a corner.

  • The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
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Your negative friend will kill the mood for everyone. Nothing makes sense to them! You suggest shopping, they’ll reply with a ‘sab kuch toh milta h waha’

You suggest something adventurous, they’ll reply ‘Too dangerous!’ or ‘Nahi yaar. Bakwaas h wo!’

They master in killing the mood.

Moreover, they will have strong opinions about the state/country you visit. About the economy, cleanliness, politics, productivity etc. These opinions won’t be positive.

Go back home Simon!!!

  • The Photograph Maniacs
The Photograph Maniacs
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They have to take a picture of everything and everyone. They see the world with their camera. It is okay to click pictures but not every 5 mins! They will click like 50 pictures before they leave the hotel room & 50 while in the cab. They are so obsessed with pictures that they will take selfies with everything & everyone.

The worse part of traveling with them is that they would waste your time by asking you to click pictures of them until they get like 100 shots at each and every step.

Stop clicking pictures, Britney! Clicking pictures will not accommodate your low self-esteem.

  • Question Bank
Question Bank
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They will have a question about everything. Moreover, their questions will be super irrelevant. How is this done? Why do they do it? When did the king die? Why did the queen wear red and not orange?  They are the ones who encourage the Travel Gurus to be even more obnoxious.

Shut up, Karen! I am here for the first time, just like you.

  • The Lazy One
The Lazy One
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The lazy one is worse of all. They will wake up late, will take forever to get ready and yawn through the day. Their idea of a vacation is sleeping all day in the hotel room.  The only thing they enjoy is chilling out in their room.

Get your lazy bum off the bed and go shower, Dave!

  • The Drunken Friend
The Drunken Friend
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Drinks on a vacation? Sounds fun!  Who would say no to it? Well, there is nothing wrong about drinking while you’re on a vacation but your drunk friend will take it to another level. They want a drink with every meal. It is like their vacation is all about getting drunk! They often end up puking because they drink way too much. They have a FOMO when it comes to drinking. Do you really want to spend your time cleaning up their mess than enjoy the holiday?

There is just one thing I want to say to all my drunk friends out there:

Get your shit together Eric! Stop with the Whiskey already.

  • The High Maintenance Friend
The High Maintenance Friend
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They are the worst kind to travel with! Travel is about new experiences and meeting new people. You would have to be prepared for all kinds of situations while you are traveling. Your high maintenance friend will just not accept the change or adjust to any situation. If they miss a meal, they will start to feel dizzy. Your high maintenance friend is inconsiderate about other people and if something doesn’t go the way their way, welcome drama! They resist coming out of their comfort zone which is not at all fun.

Get a life, Nadia! Your butler wouldn’t be around all the damn time.

Holidays and Vacations are about having fun not stressing out. You deserve to go out have fun without any restrictions or someone to bug you. Cut out the negative people and travel with someone who believes in the phrase ‘live and let live!’

We all know that our body needs oxygen for survival. Every activity in the human body requires oxygen for proper functioning. The lungs play the role of transporting oxygen to every part of the body. And the speed with which lungs take in and let out air determine their capacity. Lung capacity defines the amount of air your lungs can hold. Or how well your lungs supply oxygen by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from your blood. As we proceed towards the 30’s, the capacity of our lungs tends to decrease slowly. And often we experience difficulty in breathing. With a little daily care and few exercises, you can increase your lung capacity and ensure your body gets the oxygen it needs.

  1. Abdominal Breathing- One of the excellent exercises to increase lung capacity that involves the abdomen, which does most of the task when it comes to breathing. It is quite helpful for people who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.)

Steps to Perform-

  1. Relax and lie down on your back.
  2. Place one hand on your abdomen and the other one on the chest.
  3. Inhale through the nose, hold your breath, and breathe out through the mouth.
  4. Squeeze your abdominal muscles just to remove any leftover air from your lungs.
  5. Repeat this at least 10 times and then come back to a seated position.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

  1. Numbered Breathing– This form of exercise is best to increase the pattern of counts that you breathe in and breathe out.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with a little space between your feet.
  2. Take a deep breath through your nose and while breathing out purse your lips and exhale all the air out of your lungs.
  3. Repeat for 10 times to keep the oxygen flowing.
  4. Make a small change to this exercise by clasping your hands together and extending your arms in front of your chest.
  5. Breathe in through the nose and while breathing out through your mouth, turn towards your left and then to your right. Keep doing it as long as you exhale the air.
  6. Another variation that you can try is to stretch your elbows and put your fingers on your shoulders and inhale. Exhale while moving your arms in the form of circles.
  7. Now, try the abdominal breathing for one minute. And end the exercise with forceful breathing.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

  1. Pushing Out– It is another great form of breathing exercise to increase the lung capacity to absorb oxygen.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with your knees relaxed.
  2. Bend down at the waist while you exhale all the air from your lungs.
  3. Now stand back straight and breathe in the air through your nose.
  4. Fill your lungs with the maximum air they can absorb and hold your breath for at least 20 seconds.
  5. While holding your breath, raise your arms over your head. Once you finish counting till 20 seconds, slowly bring your arms down and exhale through your mouth and get back to the relaxed position.
  6. Repeat the same steps 4-5 times.

Duration– 2-3 minutes every day.

  1. Rib Stretch– This exercise involves breathing through lungs so that the ribs expand and contract when you inhale and exhale.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with your back erect and exhale all the oxygen from your lungs.
  2. Start breathing slowly and hold the maximum amount of air in your lungs.
  3. Hold your breath for at least 10 to 15 seconds and then start exhaling slowly.
  4. Perform this exercise at least three times a day.
  5. Now place the hands on your waist and just do a few side bends alternatively.
  6. Raise your arms above your head. Bring your left arm back to your left waist and bend towards your left to feel the stretch on your right side. Then switch sides and repeat this a few times.

Duration– 3-5 minutes every day.

  1. Lung Strengthening Pranayama- Anulom Vilom as it is called in Hindi helps improve your lung capacity and also cure mental problems like depression, anxiety, and stress.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Close your eyes, sit in Padmasana (Lotus Position), keep your spine straight, and rest your hands on your knees.
  2. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale slowly through your left nostril.
  3. Remove your thumb from the right nostril and exhale while closing your left nostril.
  4. Now, inhale through your right nostril and then close your right nostril and exhale from left nostril.
  5. Repeat this procedure at least 10 times.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

As we age, we all need to perform these simple exercises to increase our lung capacity so that we don’t experience shortness of breath or fatigue.

The best views come after the hardest climb.

– Anonymous

Hiking is therapeutic. When life seems dull, problems seem bigger, and the heart doesn’t feel to be at the right place, just walk it off. Because, as they say, hiking is the answer, no matter what the question is. Every time you take a walk with nature the haze starts to fade away and you can see things clearly. You gain a perspective that helps you get out of your unsettled issues, makes you feel more confident and life seems to be welcoming you with open arms. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that hiking is magical as along with several health benefits, it improves your mental well-being as well.

Let’s have a look at the mental benefits that one can gain with a walk through nature.

Boost the Happy Hormones
Boost the Happy Hormones
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Serotonin is the hormone that contributes to the feeling of happiness and well-being in humans. While you take a stroll out in nature or hike through mountains, exploring the adventurous routes and beautiful flora and fauna, your body gets the much-needed workout. That gives a boost of serotonin to your brain and releases the feeling of calm, happiness, and positivity.

Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
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Just the way we have relationships with our friends, partner, and family members, we share an intimate relationship with ourselves as well. That needs to be nurtured to rejuvenate our souls and keep our sanity intact. It may be quite tough to give some time to yourself amidst the busy routine. Therefore, hiking is the best way to get away from the mundane life, think about yourself, and meditate to bring your soul at peace.

Changes Your Outlook on Life
Changes Your Outlook on Life
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Being in one place and interacting with the same people every day somehow narrow down your perspective towards life and many other things. Every once in a while, you need to step out of your comfort zone and explore the innumerable opportunities that nature has to offer. Being out in nature teaches you how to spread happiness and be compassionate towards others. You learn to take control of your action and make your own decisions. It teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate small things in life.

Tickles Your Creative Bone
Tickles Your Creative Bone
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Hiking or a simple stroll through nature increases our problem-solving skills and ability to focus to a great extent. Out in the woods when you don’t give any thought to your 9 to 5 jobs, bills or materialistic items is the time when the most creative ideas occupy your brain and keep you engaged. The relaxing scenes of nature inspire you to realize your passion for writing, creating music or anything that gives you happiness and satisfaction.

Helps You Unplug
Helps You Unplug
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In our daily lives, we spend an excessive amount of time staying plugged in. Back to back emails, constant staring at phones, and non-stop text messages. All this keeps you glued to the digital world and pull your attention away from the things that matter. Hiking through mountains where there is no Wi-Fi or mobile network helps relieve the stress and pressure that technology brings. It lets you unplug from technology and plug into nature. That offers amazing benefits to your physical health and mental well-being.

So take a hike and recharge in the lap of nature!

Mumbai is known as the financial capital of India. All the rich and famous people live here. Mumbai is in the wish-list of many people across India majorly for being the seat of Bollywood. But apart from that, Mumbai is quite a vibrant place with lip-smacking street food, wonderful architecture, and of course the roaring Arabian Sea. On one side lies the rich and cream of the society and on the other side lies the poor and dejected Dharavi- world’s largest slum. So, Mumbai is a place of a stark contradiction too. Therefore, very easily, you would find the posh and luxurious products at both at expensive rates and cheap rates. In this blog, I will let you know some of the best yet cheapest shopping destinations in Mumbai.

So, in case you are new to Mumbai or on a trip to Mumbai, you must visit the markets mentioned below and buy the amazing things at rational rates.

Colaba Causeway
Colaba Causeway
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If you are a shopaholic, then you would be mesmerized with the collection of Colaba Causeway market. Those funky bags, colorful t-shirts with catchy slogans, simple to heavily worked clothes, household items, jewelry – both traditional and modern, brass items, handicraft items, crystals, and a large variety of incense sticks are found here. So, if your new home in Mumbai requires necessary ingredients to deck up, then you must walk through the lanes of Colaba Causeway. The local people of Mumbai visit this market on weekends and tourists also never forget to shop from here.

Crawford Market
Crawford Market
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The other name of this market is Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai. This is a famous market for fruits and vegetables. Generally, this market is very crowded where you would find toys, beautiful home décor figurines, henna or Mehendi artists, etc. Crawford market is majorly inhabited by Muslim people and thus you would see the green flags and the melodious Azaan fills the air beautifully. Amidst the fast changing time, this market still retains the old-world style. It springs from a colonial building that reminds of the old times of the British era. So, visit this market located in Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort.

Zaveri Bazaar
Zaveri Bazaar
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Zaveri Bazaar is one of India’s most glittering markets. If you are in Mumbai, then you must visit this market once. You are surely going to be mesmerized by the luxurious aura, royal embellishments, and the brilliant creativity of the artisans here. The popular name of this Zaveri Bazaar is “Glittering Market”. It is famous for jewelry items of all kinds and gems. Located at the North of Crawford market, this Zaveri Bazaar would require a whole day or two for you to properly explore. Just like Crawford Market, this Zaveri Bazaar is also a shopping spot that has sprung from old colonial buildings.

These buildings of the 19th century built in Victorian-Gothic style stands the test of time and have been a witness to the changing world around them. The most famous names of this market are- Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, Dwarkadas Chandumal, UTZ, and Dhirajlal Bhimji Zaveri. So, visit this market between 10 A.M and 7:30 P.M. except Sundays in Bhuleswar of South Mumbai.

Fashion Street
Fashion Street
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Located in MG Road of South Mumbai, this Fashion Street is the place for all the fashionistas. From Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, Puma to Nike – every brand is here at a low or cheap price. You would find, fake, real, first hand, and second hand all types of clothes, clutches, bags, and other accessories. This market has near about 150 stalls and is mainly famous among college students or teenagers. They come to shop here and go home happy with their branded t-shirts, bags, and shoes and also save some pocket money!

Mirchi Galli
Mirchi Galli
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As the name itself suggests, this market specializes in chili and various other spices and condiments required in our Indian cuisine. You would find the premium quality nits, dry fruits, snacks, sweets, and after-meal digestive spices. Mirchi Galli in Mumbai is more than 100 years old and people from all over Mumbai drop here to shop the best spices. The spices and dry fruits are sourced from authentic dealers and that’s why the top-class quality is guaranteed. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. So, don’t forget to visit this market located at the end of the Crawford Market leading to Jama Masjid.