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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.

 

Bengalis are known to be foodies and that is evident with their bulging bellies (of course, I am not talking about a Bipasha Basu or Sharmila Tagore). Be it summer, monsoon, or winter – their plate is always ready with something special! Every season has some kinds of a special dish that are cooked on festive moments in those seasons and sent to people as greetings. So, winter is here and the kitchen of Bengali households are smelling of jaggery – made from date palms! The sweet fragrance of this jaggery is mesmerizing and a particular dessert item called “Nolen Gurer Payesh” is made out of this jaggery. The fresh jaggery from date palms are available in plenty during the winter season and thus wear your chef cap and enjoy this sweet & nostalgic ride.

Recipe of Nolen Gurer Payesh:
What All You Require?
  • Gobindo Bhog Rice (For Best Results) or Any Rice – 200 gms
  • Date Palm Jaggery – ½ cup
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Full Cream Milk – 1 Liter
  • Bay Leaf – 1 Piece
  • Cardamom Powder – ½ Tsp
  • For Garnishing, use Chopped Nuts & Raisins
How To Proceed?
  • Soak the rice first for at least 30 minutes after cleaning it once or twice.
  • Take a thick bottom pan and pour milk and boil it on low to medium heat.
  • Stir continuously as the milk should not stick at the bottom.
  • Add bay leaf and cardamom powder for that nice fragrance.
  • Check the consistency of milk after some time.
  • Once the milk starts to thicken, add the soaked rice and keep stirring.
  • The rice would cook in this boiled milk and once the rice is cooked or becomes soft, add jaggery.
  • Let this mixture boil for 10-12 minutes.
  • The enticing fragrance would fill your kitchen.
  • You need to check the sweetness at this stage. If you want it sweeter add more jaggery.
  • Also, check the consistency at this stage. If you like the payesh to be thicker in consistency, then let this mixture boil for some more time.
  • Once you get the desired consistency of the Nolen Gurer Payesh, add the chopped nuts and raisins.
  • Some like this Nolen Gurer Payesh warm while some like it cold. So, serve in nice designer bowls as per that choice.
Luchi Payesh
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How & When Nolen Gurer Payesh Is Eaten?

Traditionally, Nolen Gurer Payesh is served after a “Bengali Bhuribhoj” – a scrumptious platter of at least 10-12 items. During the winter season, all the biyebari or wedding occasions are incomplete without this unique dish. Nolen Gurer Payesh is generally cooked on Makar Sankranti with the new rice that is produced in this season. Then it becomes a weekly treat and every Sunday it is served either after that overloaded Bengali lunch platter mentioned before or at breakfast or dinner. At breakfast or dinner this Nolen Gurer Payesh is served with a triangle or round-shaped Parathas or those white, innocent, & hot luchis (the Bengali version of Bhatura but crispier in taste & smaller in size).

Movies have always been two types, one type has always submerged themselves to the regular song-dance-drama stuff while the other type has focused on a nice story from which the characters and actors pierced the hearts and souls of the audience. 2018 was way ahead of what was left in 2017 in terms of content. For the last few years, content has really ruled the screens but the final siren was blown this year where the audience have worshipped only content. Thus, it has been a tough year to filter the best. Here are some of the hugely underrated but wonderful Bollywood movies of 2018 which you must watch sometime.

Gali Guleiyan (Director- Dipesh Jain)
Gali Guleiyan
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You have names like Manoj Bajpayee, Neeraj Kabi, & Ranvir Shorey in this movie. The CV of this movie carries screening in 23 Film Festivals with the premiere at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. Gali Guleiyan is a psychological drama where it portrays a maze – both physical and mental.

The character of Manoj Bajpayee Khuddoos lives in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi where buildings are just overlapped on each other and the bare spaces are filled up with cable wires. He is a voyeur and a lonely person who fears to step outside but keeps a check on his neighborhood through the CCTV monitor. He wants to help the local butcher’s son Idris and the movie focuses on this journey. Khuddoos is broken and infected irreparably. His mind is a maze of regrets, punishments, and memories and Manoj Bajpayee was outstanding here. But we neither see this movie nor Manoj Bajpayee in interviews or award shows. Another special mention would be Neeraj Kabi – whose piercing eyes would scare you. This man is always on fire – be it Detective Byomkesh Bakshi or Sacred Games!

Bioscopewala (Deb Medhekar)
Bioscopewala
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This is a modern day twisted an adjusted “Kabuliwala”, written by Tagore and enacted by Balraj Sahni & Chhabi Biswas. So, in this adjusted script, Rehmat instead of selling dry fruits from Afghanistan shows films to children through bioscope. The story remains same in befriending Minnie in Kolkata whom he compares to his daughter. Minnie grows up to become a documentary film-maker who has a strange and harsh relationship with his dad. His father takes a flight to Afghanistan and before boarding the flight he writes a letter to Minnie. The flight crashes leaving Minnie to understand and unravel the reason behind going to Afghanistan. The raw, rustic, and senile Rehmat and the friendly and easy-going Rehmat was impeccably portrayed by Danny Denzongpa. He is truly a gem of an actor and Bollywood has wasted & underused him.

Khajoor Pe Atke (Director- Harsh Chhaya)
Khajoor Pe Atke
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I included this movie among the best movies of 2018 article and want to voice for it here too. Simply because it is underrated. Bollywood has seen many first time directors (products of full or half nepotism) and either praised or forgot their inventions. But believe me, this one is a perfect family comedy-drama which you would love to watch again and again. It is more on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherjee School of film-making.

The basic aim of watching a movie is to get entertained and you would get amused in every frame of KPA. Without any nudity, sleazy moves, and double-meaning dialogues, this director has truly shown how to direct a movie. It tells the tale of a family of three brothers, a sister, and their children and family members. One of the brothers fall ill and how they react with middle-class sentiments is all that you would enjoy here.

Once Again (Director- Kanwal Sethi)
Once Again
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Neeraj Kabi & Shefali Shah comes together for a heart-warming and heart-wrenching love story that would make you think twice about the characters you meet daily. Two lonely middle-aged independent persons belonging to two different worlds connect with each other. They are also careful of the so-called society that may taint their characters and thus hides their relationship. The children who are hip and happening also somehow rebukes them. More than the script and story, it was Neeraj Kabi and Shefali Shah who passionately embraced their roles breathing perfection.

3 Storeys (Director- Arjun Mukherjee)
3 Storeys
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Produced by Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment, I expected better publicity from this one! This is a story of a 3 storey Chawl in Mumbai named Mayanagar. Renuka Shahane plays a Catholic widow who wants to rent a part of her house but cannot find buyers due to strict rules. Varsha played by Masumeh Makhija (of Maqbool fame) is being abused and beaten by an unemployed and alcoholic husband. Leela played by Richa Chadda is a glamorous lady who throws seductive looks to men around the town. These characters living in 3 storeys of this chawl have some secrets too which is revealed in due course. Enjoy this wonderful ride. Special mention is Renuka Shahahe who is overshadowed in the industry!

Hope Aur Hum (Director- Sudip Bandyopadhyay)
Hope Aur Hum
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From the trailer itself, I knew it is going to be a nostalgia ride. It is a sweet and simple story of an old widower, Nagesh, played beautifully by Naseeruddin Shah who cannot sell off the old Xerox machine that seldom works. It takes up unnecessary space at home and this leads to some friction in the family. Letting go off is a painful act and art. The latest photocopy machine comes and Nagesh has to come to terms with his memories. Various sub-plots of the movie also point at “new replacing the old”. Watch out Naseeruddin Shah & Kabir Sajid in this nostalgia-ridden movie.

Kaalakaandi (Director- Akshat Verma)
Kaalakaandi
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This movie didn’t work at the box office because it was way ahead of its time. Bollywood and the audience are perhaps still not ready to taste this slice of life yet an off-beat movie. If released digitally on streaming platforms, perhaps this movie would have fared better. The doctor says that Saif Ali Khan is in the last stage of Stomach Cancer and he now just want to do all those things that he has never done before. This is a story of a night of full of adventure, exploration, compassion, discovery, comedy, and tragedy. Apart from Saif, there are other stories also who are constantly going through a mad ride all over the night. This type of comedy is perhaps overlooked now but would be treated as a cult classic after a few years!

Some other mentions of underrated Bollywood movies from 2018 would be Hansal Mehta’s Omerta, Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, Gauravv K. Chawla’s Baazaar, Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, and Sanjay Patel’s Union Leader.

Three most loved things in the world- Oreo, Chocolate & Cake. And here we bring you a delicious amalgam of the three. This blend can make you go week in the knees. Keep reading to get a new obsession added to your list. What makes this blog different is I’m going to help you make it in a pressure cooker. Yes, you read it right! Let’s ditch our new age-baking-made-easy-friend, The Oven! This recipe has some cool things, you’ll get to know further.

Too much of words, right? Let’s get baking…

Below are the ingredients you’d need.

  • 3 Big Packets of Chocolate Oreo Biscuit.
  • 1 ½ Cups of lukewarm milk.
  • 2 TBSP of grounded/powdered sugar.
  • 1 TBSP of Baking soda.
  • 2 TSP of Cocoa Powder.
  • 1 TSP of Vanilla Essence.
  • 2 Small cups of Sea salt or sand.
  • 2 TSP of Refined oil or butter.
  • An Aluminum cake molding pan.
  • Heavy & thick bottomed 5 to 6-liter Aluminum cooker.

With this recipe, you can serve 3-4 people and it takes 30-40 minutes to cook depending upon the amount of heat. And if you wish to bake this same cake in an oven because you cannot wait this long, simply preheat your oven at 180 degrees and place the baking pan inside and set it for 10-15 minutes. But keep checking in between. It clearly depends on the moisture of the cake.

oreo cake
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Here’s the recipe:

Since we are not using flour, crush all the Oreo biscuits that you have in a grinder. I personally crush it with a rolling pin and beat them all up inside the packet itself. (I know, LOL!) Now that you have the flour alternative. In this, add cocoa powder, baking powder/soda, sugar, vanilla essence and blend it well in the blender. Next, pour the milk in the mixture and again blend it in the blender.

Once everything’s blended well, pour this thick batter into the baking pan that you’re going to use. Before you pour the batter, grease it with the oil or butter. Lay down a butter paper if you’d like it. I personally don’t use that. Oh btw, did you notice the binding agent that’s going to hold the mixture? There isn’t any. We used milk for the moisture and since it’s not flour you won’t be needing any binding agent.

Now for setting up the cooker:
  1. Use sea salt or sand as a layer between the pressure cooker and the pan.
  2. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) and went weight (whistle) from the lid.
  3. Recommended cooking on low flame.
  4. Use an aluminum cake pan because steel pans can make your cake burn. The aluminum cake pan that you use should be able to take dry heat. And must fit inside the cooker.

Prepare for the magic:

  1. Remove the gasket and went weight.
  2. Add cups of sea salt and spread it evenly.
  3. Now place the cooker on low flame on the stove top. Keep the flame low or sim.
  4. Keep a heatproof rack in the cooker.
  5. Place the cake pan on the rack.
  6. Secure the lid tightly & firmly!
  7. Cook the cake on a low flame. Keep checking in the middle with the help of a toothpick.
  8. Bake it till the toothpick comes out dry. It can depend on the heat honestly. There is no fixed time for it to get baked fully.

Now when you have the cake ready, you can wait for it to cool down. Or enjoy it while it’s hot. You can add chocolate sauce on top of it you wish to. Enjoy the delight!

Ginger is one of the easily available spices which is used profusely in Indian cuisine. But do you know ginger is actually a flowering plant whose rhizome or root portion is consumed? Ginger is native to Southeast Asia and was later transported to other parts of the world. The strong smell of ginger is an energy booster and relives various diseases. Ginger is loaded with healthy nutrients and bioactive compounds that have various health benefits. So, not only for the refreshing cup of tea in morning and evening but ginger is way more useful!

Explore Various Health Benefits of Ginger:
Gingerol Has Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidant Properties

Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely associated with turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. In fact, raw ginger and turmeric look almost the same. We use the root or rhizome part of ginger as a spice in various food and drinks. This ginger is a traditional medicine that helps in digestion, reduces nausea, and also aids in fighting against flu or the common cold. That strong smell of ginger comes from the natural oil of ginger named gingerol. This gingerol is responsible for the medicinal properties in ginger. It carries anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which gives you a long, stress-free, and bright life. You may use it fresh, powdered, juice, or dried forms!

Treats Nausea & Morning Sickness

Ginger is believed to cure morning sickness, seasickness, and nausea. People who were susceptible to seasickness used to munch on ginger in ancient times. If you are suffering from nausea post any kind of surgery, then having ginger slices or ginger tea may prevent this nausea. It is also prescribed for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Those pregnant women who have a tough time vomiting in the morning or at any time of the day can take ginger to mitigate this problem. But you must consult your doctor to know the exact dosage of ginger. But 1-1.5 grams of ginger is ok for consumption.

Ginger Relieves Muscle Pain & Soreness

In a recent study, it was revealed that the consumption of 2 grams of ginger daily reduced muscle pain among people performing elbow exercises. If you have joined gym recently and having pain or soreness in your body, then a daily consumption of ginger is suggested for easy relief. But remember that this is not a painkiller medicine that would give you some immediate relief. But consumption of ginger regularly would give you great results.

Ginger Helps In Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem these days. It leads to degeneration of the joints in the body leading to stiffness in the joints and joint pain. 247 people with osteoarthritis were studies and they were told to consume ginger daily. Those who consumed ginger regularly shown improvement and required less pain-related medication. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help in reduction of this osteoarthritis pain.

Blood Sugar & Heart Diseases Are Checked

Ginger has been found extremely useful in lowering the level of sugar in the blood. A research was conducted on 41 people with Type 2 Diabetes and they were given 2 grams of ginger powder daily and that led to lowering of blood sugar level by 12%. People who consume ginger in some form daily have a better heart condition. So, make it a practice to have ginger in your tea or soup or food and stay healthy!

Ginger Helps In Checking Indigestion

Ginger has been found beneficial in treating chronic indigestion. That’s why it is used as a spice in heavy food items too. In chronic indigestion or dyspepsia, there is a regular pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. Emptying the stomach is a big problem among people who suffer from dyspepsia and ginger tea helps here.

Immensely Helpful In Reducing Menstrual Pain

There are very few women in this world who don’t suffer from menstrual pain which is also known as dysmenorrhea. Some women experience huge pain while some have mild pain and for all of them, ginger can play a crucial role. As said earlier that ginger helps in reduction of pain, it can also help in reduction of menstrual pain too. So, next time when your periods arrive, dint forget to munch some ginger slices or make ginger tea for easy-moving periods.

Ginger In Retaining Your Beauty

Regular consumption of ginger would make your body physically fit for sure but if you use ginger topically then also it would yield great results. Application of fresh ginger on the areas of your skin which have white marks or scars would give you an even tone skin. You may combine ½ cup sugar, 1/4th cup olive oil, 2 tsp of freshly grated ginger, and a dash of lemon zest to make a body scrub. This scrub would help you reduce cellulite.

There are antiseptic properties in ginger and that would help you get rid of dandruff too. You have to mix two parts of freshly grated ginger in three parts of olive or sesame oil and massage on your scalp. You may use ginger oil also for this purpose and keep it for 25 minutes before washing with shampoo. Do you know that ginger contains at least 40 antioxidant properties? So, actually, you can age in reverse by bringing more ginger in your food and drinks.

Enjoy a pain-free, stress-free, and beautifully fit life with the inclusion of ginger in your food and drinks!

We ladies have so much to look after & that includes getting ready too. Every morning we have a to-do list for the entire day before we even take a fresh breath of air to thank god that we made alive another day in this world. For women working it gets hard to make decisions every morning about what to wear. Here are 5 basic must-haves that are also extremely versatile. Having these can make it easy for you to repeat clothes and still keep your fashion statement on point.

1.    White Shirt
White Shirt
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A white shirt can go long way if you know just how to pair it with different things in your wardrobe. The color white can get along with almost everything. Pairing your white shirt with a pair of blue jeans and a pair of nude heels/pumps or just simple flats (because of the comfort) looks casual and comfortable. The attire is effortless and classy. A White shirt can be coupled with a long pencil skirt and heels for that matter. And if you don’t want anyone to notice if you were to be repeating your shirt, add a denim jacket on top of it or wear it with a t-shirt inside and keep the buttons open. A white shirt attire can turn heads trust me!

2.    LBD
LBD
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Moving on to the next item, LBD as we all know it. I suggest every woman must have at least one Little Black Dress in her wardrobe. It is such a versatile and statement piece. It can be dressed button up or down. Wear it just as it is, or add that classy white shirt on top of it. You can add a denim jacket on it, or a simple t-shirt and in winters you can throw a trench coat on top of it, add some stockings and heeled-boots and you’ll be good to go. You can also pair this LBD with a long shrug or kimono in summers with your work footwear and voila! LBDs are a staple piece in our wardrobe that can make a statement, however.

3.    Classic Pair of Heels
Classic Pair of Heels
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Owning a classic pair of heels can make dressing up so easy! Just go out at any brand, find yourself a classic black heel, strap, no strap, pumps, wedges, or whatsoever! A pair of black heels can make your whole outfit go from okay-ish to WhAAATTTTT! One thing that you need to take care is they must be comfortable to walk around. Wear them with jeans, trousers, palazzos, skirts, dresses basically anything and everything. Heels are women’s best friend. And you can never go wrong or too much with heels. They’re the perfect possessions in our wardrobe. Invest in good & comfortable heels.

4.    Blazer
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Blazers play an important role in our wardrobe. They are the quintessential outfits for every woman. You can throw a blazer on a shirt, t-shirt, LBD and you’ll be good to go. Investing in a good blazer can make you go versatile with so many different styles. Blazers can be worn in winters, or even if it’s just mildly chill. You can carry it with you to your workplace and just keep it there as an option of any sudden meeting. Become an unconventional slayer in your group by possessing a classy & yet a casual blazer.

5.    Dainty Statement Jewellery
Dainty Statement Jewellery
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This is one thing that can amp up your whole outfit in seconds. Any dainty statement jewelry piece can make it look so dressy. Become a hoarder of dainty jewelry pieces for styling minimal yet classy. A single piece of neckpiece can change the whole outfit perspective. Or add a touch of sophistication with elegant statement earrings. Wearing jewelry to work can be a tricky choice. One doesn’t have to go all out there. A Single piece of chain with a little pendant, layered neckpieces or loops can work their charm. Try this and you’ll be amazed how a little piece of jewelry can amp up your outfit.

These wardrobe essentials need no explanation and can never go passé. They can be your foundation for your styling wardrobe. Add the right basics to achieve the best wardrobe. Try these staple styles by mixing and matching.

There is no one like the grandpa and grandma. The love and care of parents are no doubt special but grandparents form a very different equation with their grandkids. This special bond between grandparents and grandkids is purely based on love, appreciation, inspiration, fun, and joy. Being promoted from a parent to a grandparent is one of the most special moments in a person’s life. They relive their days of new parenthood again with the arrival of their grandchildren in their lives. For the grandkids, they are always a safe and secure home. When the kids get a good scold from the parents, they seek the patronage of their grandparents and in many instances, the grandparents save the grandkids from being rebuked!

Here are some more reasons, why this relationship is so special and unbreakable.

Children Suddenly Understand You More

There were instances while raising up the kids where the parents say NO to a certain demand of their kids. And later explained that “you would understand why I am saying NO once you become a parent yourself”. So, now when these children have grown up and become parents, they understand their parent’s point of view with more clarity. So, the new parents and the new grandparents form a stronger bond which makes the family happier.

Grandkids Give Special Names To Grandparents

Oh! This is perhaps the cutest phase of a grandparent-grandkids bonding. Every grandkid has a special name for their grandparents. Nana, Grandma, Honey, Badi Ammi, Dida, Dadu, Gampy, Nonna, Chief, etc. – the grandkids go much creative while framing a nice and cool name for their grandparents. The grandparents feel special because these are the names which are used to only call them and no one else!

Warmest Hugs

Many would agree to this point that there is no hug as warm, gentle, and lovely as a hug from a grandkid. The sight of the grandkids running to their grandma or grandpa resolves all the pains in life. Some kids even crave for their grandparents more than their parents.

Taking A Trip Down Memory Lane

The grandparents are lucky because they get to relive the moments of their kid’s childhood again. By looking into the face of the grandkids, they transport themselves back to those days when their kids first saw the light of the world. It is the most beautiful feeling in this world to cherish this grandparenthood!

Teaching Passions To Grandkids

Over the years while earning money and raising up kids didn’t allow much time to follow passions and thus at old age, they have much time for themselves. That’s why people often have a plan for the old age. Some start organic farming, some start painting, some sit down to write a book, while some move ahead to see the world. The grandkids then infuse their passions to their grandchildren who in a way also help them enjoy their passion more.

Learning New Skill From Grandchildren

It is a wonderful relationship when a 6-year-old kid teaches a new skill or technology to a 60-70-year-old. Be it the latest smartphone, how to play YouTube, how to Face Time, how to play PubG, etc. Then these grandkids and grandparents compete with each other in various games or share the weirdest tales over Skype! In short, the grandparents and grandkids form an unbreakable bond.

Being The Best Friend

There is always ease in the relationship between a grandparent and a grandkid. The parents can be best friends to their kids but somewhere they also have to draw a line and say, “I am your parent, not your best friend”. But with grandparents, this phase would never come. The grandkids can say things to their grandpa or grandma without any hesitation and they can, of course, come up with suggestions.

Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.

– Cecelia Ahern

Your home is not just a living space. It is the reflection of your personality and ideas that define your living standard. Home is the place where you love to return to at the end of each day that enhances your comfort. With the incorporation of different aspects of home décor, you can make your home look like right out of a picture book.

A decade ago, interior designing was much of a professional’s deal as it involved a lot of work from choosing the right fabrics to colors and then combining them together to create a tasteful space. But thanks to the gazillions of home décor ideas available online and of course not to forget the dreamlike Instagram pictures. They definitely give us home décor goals and inspire us to turn our home into a beautiful abode even on a tight budget/

Because furniture is just not enough to add warmth to your home and make it look welcoming, we are introducing here some amazing home décor items that you can feature in your home to improve its overall look and make it look more elegant.

Hang Wall Art
Hang Wall Art
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From photo frames to classic art pieces, hanging wall art adds a personality to the home. Make sure the artwork you select is the right size and color for the wall you are decorating. And it needs to be hung on the wall very strategically where it gets the maximum attention. The size matters a lot. The artwork shouldn’t be too small to get overlooked by the adjacent furniture and not to be too big to look as it is all over the space.

Cushions for Comfort
Cushions for Comfort
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Cushions are the right ways to add a pop of color to your home. An easy way to accessorize your living area and brighten it up. Mix and match the colors with other elements in the house for symmetry, but don’t go overboard with cushions. They should serve the purpose of making your home look vibrant and offering comfort during long sitting hours.

Window Accessories
Window Accessories
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When it comes to window draperies, stick to linen, cotton or silk (if your budget allows). The neutral color drapes will make for a cozy and comfortable vibe while the sheer drapes will offer a classy look to the home. You can also play with bright and playful colors to add warmth to your abode. The wood blinds or bamboo shades are also an alternative way to dress up your windows and compliment your home décor.

Use Mirrors Tactically
Use Mirrors Tactically
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Did you know that mirrors can add visual space to your home? And they are perfect to make space look larger than it actually is. Using large mirrors on the walls of your house reflects the room back and make it look more spacious, almost double the actual size. The placement of the mirror should be on the right wall to maximize its effect on the décor. The mirrors should reflect something striking like artwork or lighting objects.

Make a Difference with Decorative Light Fixtures
Make a Difference with Decorative Light Fixtures
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Lighting plays an important role in changing the way your home look and feel. Without spending a fortune, you can buy unique designer light fixtures at budget-friendly prices. Ranging from contemporary, eclectic, and vintage to inverted hanging lights, you can choose the lights that go well with your interiors to add more grace to your home.

Use Area Rugs
Use Area Rugs
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The rugs can be used to outline or separate areas. Select a rug that provides enough space for both the couch and table to create a better space. Do not use tiny rugs because they make a room look small and congested.

Display Decorative Pieces
Display Decorative Pieces
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The accessories give an enhancing look to a home. You can use antique and contemporary decorative pieces made up of metal, wood, terracotta, and stone on the coffee table, bedside table and wall shelves to add a charm to your beautiful home and make it look more sophisticated. Make sure you group the decorative objects by color and concentrated in a few areas to create a special focal point.

Even if you are on a budget, you can create a home of your dreams with the amazing décor ideas mentioned above.

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