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When in love, actions definitely speak louder than words. The phrase ‘I love you’, over the years has lost its charm. But what works like magic are a few gestures that are not only romantic but can convey your love swiftly. These are the signs that you know someone’s head-over-heels in love with you. And if your partner does nothing like these, we’re pretty sure they love you but maybe in a different way!

Now if you want to express your love through your actions, these are the things that you need to follow. Or if you want to know if he/she feels anything for you, you can tick them off from this list!

1. Love Letters

Love Letters
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Now, these old school love expressions have faded away over the generations. Nevertheless, they are actually pretty adorable. Pouring your heart out on a piece of paper is the easiest way of letting your feelings out of your system. Make your partner read them and let them know how much they mean to you. Love letters are precious and can be treasured for life!

2. Making a Playlist

Making a Playlist
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Sharing the same love for a particular music genre is a steal! If you and your partner can listen to the same playlist and enjoy, then go ahead and make one with all the songs that express your heart’s sayings divinely. You can combine the lyrics of their favorite love songs into one song!

3. Three Taps

Three Taps
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Whenever you are out in public, hold their hand and tap thrice. They’ll know, they adore you at the moment and want to say ‘I love you’ but cannot! Isn’t that adorable?

4. Ride Together

Ride Together
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Take a ride together to work! If you both work, and live separately. Just drive together. If he/she shows up after work to pick you up just because they want to see you is an absolute heart melting gesture!

5. Back Rubs

Back Rubs
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Back Rubs work both ways. If your girlfriend/wife is on her periods or if your boyfriend/husband is sick, rub their back for a little relief. The big relief is they will know they have you! Now even if you’re tired at the end of the day, rub their back to sleep. The feeling of having someone to take care of us is so romantic!

6. Hold Hands

Hold Hands
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Holding hands all the damn time gives a sense of touch which makes your heart warm & relaxes at the same time. Go out on random walks holding hands! Explore places whilst holding hands! The sudden demonstration of affection will definitely have your partner smiling from ear to ear.

7. Forehead Kisses

Forehead Kisses
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Forehead kisses scream love! I personally love them. No intimate gesture is as romantic as this one. This romantic gesture speaks volume of your feelings or your partner’s.

8. Cook up a Storm

Cook up a Storm
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Chill, it’s an idiom. If you’re bad at cooking or specialize only in boiling water, then you surely can nail this gesture. If your partner enjoys food cooked by you, they surely are in love with you. It’s a thoughtful gesture of cooking for someone when you don’t know how to cook, but it’s more about the other person if they don’t complain! Embracing our partner’s flaws and accepting them is the true meaning of loving someone.

9. Random Texts

Random Texts
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When in love, they’re our favorite notification. And receiving random texts from them is the highlight of any regular day. Now the text could be anything, text that says miss you, love you, thinking about you, kiss & hug emoji, or something that they want to talk to you about. It simply means, you matter! They’re thinking of you at that very moment. Don’t only receive them, send them too! They too deserve to know they’re special! Calls work the same charm as texts!

10. Getting Gifts

Getting Gifts
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Who doesn’t love gifts? It’s as amazing as receiving texts or calls. Show that they mean the world to you with getting them gifts. One doesn’t need occasions to shower your lover with gifts. Spoil them with their favorite things, tickets to someplace they want to go, gadgets for your man, make-up or a dress for your lady, book if they love reading. It’s definitely the thought that counts here.

If you aren’t brave enough to say those three magical words, just think of gestures that can convey the same. But at times, it’s important to let your partner know with words as well because it’s always special to hear those little somethings that aren’t little!

9-5 jobs in metropolitan cities can be boring. Are you one suffering from the same boredom? Here are the top 5 ideas for you to pack your bags and hit the road right away (or just wait for the weekend). But if you also love traveling and want to wander off to someplace near for a change, you must totally try these places out. The places mentioned aren’t some places you haven’t heard before, but you surely can check them out during a long weekend. Since 2019 calendar is packed with so many long weekends, you can invite your friends, family, colleagues or your partner to go somewhere near and chill! And also no more hankering for leave approvals.

1.  Nainital- The Lake District of India
Distance- 337 Km
Nainital
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Nainital is India’s most popular hill station. It’s always as fun as the last time if you visit this place more than once. This charming gem of Uttrakhand is just 337Kms from New Delhi which is just 6 hours’ drive away. The epicenter of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous volcanic Naini Lake. This quaint little place is also known as ‘City of Lakes’, because of the seven lakes. Nainital is perfect for avoiding the scorching heat of Delhi for a day or two. You can go for boating, relish some local dishes, go shopping in the Tibetan market or enjoy the ropeway ride. There’s actually quite a lot that you can do over the weekend.

2.  Mussoorie- The Queen of Hill Stations
Distance- 299 Km
Mussoorie
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This tranquil place is just 299Kms from Delhi. If you wish to plan a getaway in the laps of mountains, untouched nature, Mussoorie is the place to be. The pristine beauty is nestled amidst the foothills of Himalayan Ranges in Uttrakhand. The pleasant weather throughout the year, snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, makes this place the perfect hill station. The colonial vibes because of the British archaic architecture, tops of the churches and hotels make the hill station truly stand out. The hill station is 7 Hours away from Delhi if you drive. Kempty falls and the mall road are the main tourist attractions but there are so many places that you can visit to please your mind & eyes. Lal Tibba, Lake mist, Cloud’s end, Dhanaulti (yet another hill station from Mussoorie, must check out!), Nagg Tibba trek, and many more. Start planning your itinerary now!

3.  Kasol- Krush over Kasol
Distance- 517 Km
Kasol
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Hippie-small Himalayan Village, situated on the banks of Parvati River, is another place with mountains and river that you can plan your escape to. If you’re driving, this place is 11 hours. The road journey could be beautiful and fun but if you wish to save some time, you can opt for air traveling. The flight is only till Kullu. Kasol is bagpackers’ delight. One can find hippie destinations in this place to hang out. You can take a walk by the river Parvati, visit Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, and try Israeli food or shop. To explore more, you might want to visit neighboring places, hit the trek to Tosh, Malana or Kheer Ganga. Kasol is another great hideaway to unwind in the lap of nature.

4.  Lansdowne- The Black Hill!
Distance- 287.2 Km
Lansdowne
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Perched amidst the Garhwal hills of Uttrakhand, this place is also known as ‘Kaludanda’ which means ‘Black hill’ in Garhwali. Lansdowne is known by Lord Lansdowne, is a small cantonment area in Uttrakhand. This hill-town is not really as famous as other hill stations known in India. Tourists, bag packers still need to explore this place. The town is 287kms away from Delhi, so you can easily drive there. It takes about 6 hours. Lansdowne is perfect for a hideaway from the hush and rush of the cities since it’s the quietest hill stations in India. Famous for Garhwali Museums and Bhulla Tal (man-made lake), the place has a lot more to offer than just its beauty. Lansdowne has an interesting history with the British Raj which is for sure a must to explore or to-do things when you visit this place. The summers are the perfect pleasant time to visit here, which also means, the perfect time to escape horrible summers of Delhi.

5.    Auli- The Ski Destination of India
Distance- 495Km
Auli
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The best way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey. From Rishikesh, either you can take a private cab direct to Auli (9 hours). The journey can get a little tricky to reach this place but the destination is totally worth it. Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. This place resembles the mountain ranges in Switzerland, in literal terms. Apart from skiing, the place offers beautiful treks. It is no less than any European Village in Asia. Though the best time to visit is November-March the place is so serene and has a stunning landscape that you can visit in summers as well because of the pleasant weather it offers. The activities that you can do there include Camping, Trekking to Gorson, Tali, Khulara & Tapovan, experience amazing views of Auli from a cable car ride, relish the highest artificial lake in the world. The place is ideal for calm and peaceful getaways, & I guess you are looking for one!

You have top 5 peaceful & amazing places that offer great times, so start planning your itinerary for next weekend getaway.

Friendship is a relation that we develop out of choice and something which is not provided to us. Finding someone with whom we can share our secrets, joy, and sorrow is priceless.

A best friend is someone who accepts us for who we are and respects our choices without any judgment. And if you have a great friendship with someone from the opposite sex, it’s an added advantage. Apart from having someone who understands you, there is a great opportunity to explore more about both genders.

But with opposite-sex friendships, there’s always a fine line between loving your friend and falling in love with them. Well, the feelings can be really intense in the latter scenario and you may not know how to exactly deal with them. So, here are some tips to help you decide your next step in such a scenario:

Analyze Your Feelings

Sit. Relax. Think. It is also possible that you may be just infatuated to your best friend and mistaken it for love. So, think about your feelings just to make sure if it is actually love or you are just being emotional or it is just a passing phase of your life. It may be possible that you are jumping to conclusions based on some momentary reactions. Like, your friend was looking hot one night, and suddenly you started drooling all over them. Because in that case, it is just a feeling and not actually love.

Don’t Drop the Bomb on Them

We know it’s hard to keep your feelings when you’re in love. But make sure you don’t scream at the top of your lungs to declare your love for your friend. If you have made the choice to tell them how you really feel, then wait for the right time to talk about it. Probably when you two are alone and spending time together. Start showing your affection in sweet little gestures and then observe how your friend reacts to it.

Be Honest About Your Feelings

If your friend responds to your gestures and feelings, then be honest to acknowledge your feelings. Sit and talk about how you feel for them and want something more than the friendship you two share. Without actually destroying the friendship that is the very foundation of your relationship. There may be confusions in the beginning, but if you two are really good friends who understand each other, then the wind will definitely clear in a while.

Respect Their Response

If your friend lets you know that the feelings are not mutual and they do not see you as anything other than a friend, then respect their decision. Don’t be pushy or try to convince them to be in a love relationship with you. It may ruin your friendship. There is someone waiting for you. You just need to wait for the right time. If their response is positive and things are great, then work towards building a loving relationship that doesn’t come on your way of friendship. Always remember you are friends first and then lovers!  And let it nurture your relationship.

Falling in love with your best friend can be a blessing or a curse. If you ever end up in this situation, then count your blessings, analyze the risks involved and take your decision wisely.

Planning to host a party for your friends over the weekend? Long conversations, drinks, and good food can easily turn an ordinary evening into a memorable one. But there is one more thing that you can add to your party celebration to feed and please the crowd. Yes, we are talking about sweet and delicious desserts!

Now you must be thinking desserts mean long sessions of baking and you are not up for it. So, we are going to share some easy homemade dessert recipes here that taste amazing and make your party super fun.

Mississippi Mud Pie: It is a chocolate based dessert pie, which is the perfect summer dessert and quite easy to make.

Total Time

Servings
20 mins

15

Mississippi Mud Pie
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Ingredients:
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 packet of Oreo
  • 1 container of warm fudge ice cream topping
  • 4 ltr vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped topping
  • 2 cups of chopped nuts
  • Crushed Oreos
Preparation Steps:
  • Crush Oreos in a blender and mix with melted butter.
  • Press cookie crust in a cake pan.
  • Keep ice-cream in room temperature for about 30-25 minutes. Once it softens, then spread ice-cream on the Oreo crust and freeze for 2 hours.
  • Then pour warm fudge topping over ice-cream and freeze for about 6-8 hours until well chilled.
  • Now cut it into serving-size pieces with a knife. Top every serving with whipped topping, drizzled hot fudge, nuts, and crushes Oreos and your Mississippi mud pie is ready to serve.
Strawberry & Snickers Sticks: Easy to make dessert by stringing cut-up candies and sliced strawberries on bamboo skewers.

Total Time

Servings
20 mins

4

Strawberry & Snickers Sticks
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Ingredients:
  • 8 large strawberries cut into half
  • 6 Snickers bars cut into half
  • Caramel sauce
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 4 bamboo skewers
Preparation Steps:
  • Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Thread the strawberries and Snickers pieces alternately on bamboo skewers.
  • Now transfer them to the baking sheet and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, transfer the frozen fruit and chocolate sticks to a serving plate, drizzle with the caramel sauce, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
No Bake Mascarpone Cheese Fruit Tarts: A homemade graham cracker crust layered with cheese and fresh berries.

Total Time

Servings
20 mins

4

No Bake Mascarpone Cheese Fruit Tarts
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Ingredients:

For the crust-

  • 1 ½ cups of crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tsp unsalted melted butter
  • 1 tsp sugar

For the filling-

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 ½ cups of chilled heavy cream
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mixed berries
Preparation Steps:
  • Add graham cracker, butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix it well. The texture should be similar to wet sand.
  • Divide the crust between 4 tarts, press it down firmly, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You can also bake the crust by placing in a 375-degree oven for 5-6 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
  • To prepare the filling, add heavy cream into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk arrangement and whip until the cream turns soft. Now, take it out of the bowl and keep aside.
  • In the same bowl, add mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar to the stand mixer fitted with a whisk arrangement. Whisk until it turns smooth.
  • Place the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Now put it back on the stand mixer and whisk until well combined.
  • Put filling into the tarts and place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Before serving, top them with fresh berries.
Watermelon-Lime Slushie: Perfect slushie for a summer party treat that will make your guests feel refreshing.

Total Time

Servings
40 mins

6

Watermelon-Lime Slushie
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Ingredients:
  • 5 to 3 kgs watermelon
  • Simple light syrup
  • ½ cup of lime juice
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ tablespoon salt
Preparation Steps:
  • Remove the skin and seeds of the watermelon and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
  • Make the simple syrup by combining 2 tsp sugar, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a saucepan and put it on a stove. Bring it to boil and then reduce the heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Now remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the zest of lime and lemon juice and stir it well. Let it cool completely and then strain it into a bowl.
  • Now blend half of the simple syrup mixture and half of the melon in a blender until it turns smooth.
  • Strain it into a square pan and repeat the process with the remaining syrup and watermelon. Then transfer it to the same square pan. Cove it and freeze for about 8 hours.
  • Take it out of the fridge. Transfer to glasses, add a splash of soda water and serve with fruits.
Cottage Cheese Fluff: A delightful dessert prepared by mixing low-fat cottage cheese and flavored gelatin of your choice.

Total Time

Servings
5 mins

8

Cottage Cheese Fluff
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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • A cup of drained mandarin oranges
  • 1 package flavored gelatin (as per your choice)
  • One cup drained unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1 carton of frozen whipped topping
Preparation Steps:
  • Combine cottage cheese and gelatin powder in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the oranges and pineapple and mix well.
  • Before serving, place whipped topping over the mixture.

Usually considered a woman’s drink, little do people know it’s magical for health. For every celebration, birthdays, anniversaries, a little get together, celebrating life’s little moments, relieving stress, if Red Wine is your go-to drink then you might as well know its benefits. Yes, the alcoholic beverage is beneficial. Only if taken in a moderate amount! If consumed more than required, any alcohol with any sort of benefits would turn harmful. After all, life’s about balance, so is alcohol! By the end of this blog, you would know the health benefits that Red Wine provides.

We’re all aware of how the beverage is made. Red Wine is made of grapes that contain beneficial elements, such as catechins, resveratrol, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins.

Nutritional Value

*Value per glass

Calories

80-85

Carbohydrates

3.1g

Fiber

0g

Fat

0g

Protein

0.1g

 

Consumption Quality
  • 1 drink per day for women
  • 1-2 drink per day for men
Here’s a list of benefits of Red Wine:
Red Wine Benefits
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  1. Prevent Cavities

Red Wine is believed to kill more cavity-causing bacteria than any other alcohol.

  1. Boosts Heart Rate

Antioxidants present in the drink can increase the level of good cholesterol which prevents cholesterol build-up. This ultimately prevents heart diseases.

  1. Fight Diabetes with Red Wine

Polyphenols in alcohol help managing blood sugar level.

  1. Fight Pancreatic Cancer too

Red Wine is rich in resveratrol. They cripple the function of the pancreatic cancer cells’ core energy source.

  1. Reduce the Risk of Depression

Since heavy drinking is associated with mental health. Consuming a moderate amount of red wine can prevent recurrence of depression.

  1. Combat Obesity

Resveratrol present in Red Wine converts bad fat to calorie-burning brown fat and it can combat obesity. This also prevents metabolic dysfunction.

  1. Reduce Post Effects of Smoking

Red wine reduces inflammation and the aging process in cells which accelerates post smoking.

  1. Prevents Vision Loss

Resveratrol is really beneficiary. It helps prevent vision loss that is caused by the uncontrollable growth of blood vessels in the eye.

  1. Prevents Sunburn

If your skin is prone to severe sunburn, sun allergy, Red Wine is your way to go! UV Rays activates ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) that oxidizes fat & DNA, which eventually harms the skin cells causing sunburn or rashes. Flavonoids occurring in Red Wine restricts the ROS in skin cells.

  1. Fights Breast Cancer

Als (Aromatase inhibitors) in Red Wine reduces estrogen levels in women approaching menopause, cutting down chances of breast cancer.

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Here are a few more reasons to have Red Wine. But in no way, I am encouraging alcohol consumption. Consuming a moderate or required amount of alcohol can be beneficial. But overconsumption can obviously result in damaging your health. Keep a track of Vino!

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