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Every year more than 200 movies releases in Bollywood and some of them becomes blockbuster, some become a super flop, and then there are some that go beyond all these parameters and becomes iconic. Today’s blog is about those iconic Bollywood movies that released 10 years ago and made a mark with heart-winning stories, stupendous performances by the lead cast, beautiful music, and top-notch direction. The on-screen characters since then became a part of our lives – inspiring us, making us laugh, making us cry, and permanently making a home in our hearts and minds.

Take a look and remember some of the gems that released a decade ago.

3 Idiots:

Release Date- 25th December 2009

It is perhaps still the best from Rajkumar Hirani’s School of films. All his movies have beautiful concepts and are presented in a way that touches your hearts. 3 Idiots will always remain a special film because it reinforced a very simple logic especially to the parents – let your children be what they want to be rather than pressurizing them. Rancho said “run after excellence, success will follow you” – this phrase is still a motivation for many. The tale of friendship, love, ego, faith, and reunion is loved by people of all generations. It made all of us cry and laugh at the same time.

The spectacular Ladakh, Manali, Delhi, the “baby delivery with a vacuum cleaner”, gate-crashing a wedding, going to dinner at Raju Rastogi’s place, Bhindi – 12 Rs/kg, etc. – frame by frame this movie has become a memorable one among audiences. Above all, it is one of the highest-grossing movies of all times.

Wake Up Sid:

Release Date- 2nd October 2009

It is a cult movie and coming from a hugely commercial production house that has produced only love stories this movie was quite unexpected. The beautiful love story between just out of college Sid and an aspiring writer from Kolkata, Aisha who is way more mature than Sid was knitted beautifully. 2009 was quite an exceptional year for Dharma Productions which is absent in 2019. Karan Johar patronized this coming-of-age drama of a rich, casual, and spoilt brat who becomes a responsible guy. It was the first movie of Ayan Mukerji and he was flawless in his presentation of Mumbai, its people, the outsiders, the monsoon, job life, jazz space, and so many more. Sid Mehra played by Ranbir Kapoor was impeccable and so was the always charming & intelligent Konkona Sen Sharma.

The soulful music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy & Amit Trivedi and cinematography by Anil Mehta won the extra laurels for WUS.

Gulaal:

Release Date- 13th March 2009

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Gulaal is about the pursuit of power, an expedition for legitimacy, perceived injustice, and hypocrisy of the powerful. Set in the present-day Rajasthan the plot is provided by student politics of a university and a fictional secessionist movement consisting of former Rajput leaders who have become present-day elite. Kashyap handles such issues brilliantly and allows his actors to give a performance of a lifetime and this movie is no exception.

Dev.D:

Release Date- 6th February 2009

It released before the Valentine’s Day celebration and the prime USP was the unique poster. Bollywood has never seen such an interesting poster. Anurag Kashyap wrote the story along with Abhay Deol and gifted four brilliant performers to Bollywood – Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Abhay Deol, and Amit Trivedi. The unconventional music and quirky yet meaningful lyrics became the face of this movie. The modern-day rendition of Devdas was well accepted and still make us feel good and bad at the same time. It went on to win many awards and accolades.

Rocket Singh- Salesman of the Year:

Release Date- 11th December 2009

Newcomer Ranbir Kapoor essayed the role of Harpreet Singh Bedi, a middle-class salesman who has been a mediocre student all his life. But he dreams of being a successful businessman someday. And he does that really well. He is bullied in his office but he beautifully befriends all his colleagues (just like a smiling salesman) and ends up building his own company where everyone is a boss. A gripping story directed by Shimit Amin and edited by Arindam Ghatak, this movie fared well at the box office. It came from the Yashraj and was quite an un-Yashraj movie.

Paa:

Release Date- 4th December 2009

Who would have believed that a 67-year-old man would portray a 12-year-old boy and that too with conviction? Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Auro who has progeria – a rare disease where a child looks like an old man. He has the heart of a 12-year-old but his physical body looks and feels 5 times older. His mom is played by Vidya Balan and estranged father is played by Abhishek Bachchan. It is a heart-warming movie with stellar performances. And yes, Mr. Bachchan won another National Award for this role.

Kurbaan:

Release Date- 20th November 2009

This is the first serious movie from Dharma Productions. The sizzling chemistry between the then NEW couple Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor was the prime highlight of the movie followed by Rensil D’ Silva donning the director’s cap after writing a stellar Rang De Basanti. This movie had a very interesting setup and first half and not so amazing second half. But the performances from the cast was top notch. The story was about underground organizations attempt at instilling fear among people through mechanisms of terrorism in the USA. Although a flop movie, the movie is still remembered for its bold & mainstream attempt at global terrorism and soothing music by Salim-Sulaiman.

Kaminey:

Release Date- 14th August 2009

Shahid Kapoor is one of those talented actors who never got his due in Bollywood. The year was 2009 and he was fresh out of his long term relationship with Kareena Kapoor – and this is when all the great roles started to land in his lap. Kaminey is one of those career-changing roles in Shahid’s career which is one of the unique caper thriller movies of Bollywood. An exceptionally gripping narrative that gives Amol Gupte, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Priyanka Chopra, and Shahid Kapoor ample opportunities to shine. The story is set against the Mumbai Underworld backdrop and sees the rivalry between two brothers – one with a list and the other with a stutter. It is also remembered for presenting a sweet love story and of course, the nostalgia-ridden Gulzar lyrics supported by soul-stirring Vishal Bhardwaj music.

Love Aajkal:

Release Date- 31st July 2009

Love is love across time. The definition of love may change over generations but the feeling of pure & sacred love never changes over time. But yes, the perspective of comprehending one’s soul mate surely has changed over the years.

This is the basic premise of the cult movie. Imtiyaz Ali with his brilliantly Sufism romance came up with this breezy tale post Jab We Met and won hearts again. Personally, I didn’t like this movie while witnessing in the theater but gradually over time, I have developed a strange liking for this movie. Two souls who belong to each other are meant to be with each other – and no geography or theory or logic can keep them apart. Rishi Kapoor plays the older generation lover Veer Singh at whose restaurant Saif Ali Khan or Jai & Meera (Deepika Padukone) breaks up mutually throwing a party because their careers are beckoning them somewhere else.

Veer Singh shares his bold, dynamic, fearless, & romantic tale to Jai who finds it pretty strange because in his modern generation love has become quite casual. But he also never knew how strangely he will fall for Meera again and vice-versa. Meera even ends up marrying her boss (Rahul Khanna – oh so hot!) but breaks up the next day realizing her love for Jai never ended. This movie is remembered for its beautiful cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam, exceptionally amazing music by Pritam, and of course the quirky yet heart-warming dialogues by Imtiyaz Ali – Tu Hamesha Correct Baat Bol Deti Hai Jaaneman…

Luck by Chance:

Release Date- 30th January 2009

That’s Zoya Akhtar’s maiden movie. That is one of those movies that never made numbers at the BO and still is a much-loved piece of cinema among the film lovers. Over the years the fans of this movie have just increased.

Grown up in a filmi-family, Zoya selected to tell the tale of 2 outsiders who want to work desperately in Bollywood and become famous. One of them simply focuses on good acting with little hope from a movie producer she is dating while the other one simply flows with the demands of time. He not only focuses on his craft of acting but smoothly fits into the shoes of the big Bollywood game. It is a movie about how movies and stars are made in Bollywood. Without being biased, this movie beautifully narrates the passion of a girl who wants an identity & zeal of a man who wants to be a star. Supported perfectly by Konkona, Farhan, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, and Juhi Chawla – this movie had its heart in the right place.

The popularity of chai or tea across India is huge. But every state comes up with their specialty in making and serving tea. For example, the famous cutting chai in Mumbai is served in small glasses consist of cardamom, ginger, lemongrass, and fennel. All across North India, you will get to see the prominence of Masala Chai in paper cups and when you visit Ladakh, you will experience Butter Tea. So, basically, the love for tea is the same all over the country – just the presentation is different.

One such tea-loving state is West Bengal where a cup of tea never ends with just a cup of tea – it elaborates into many food/snack items. Chai across the streets of Bengal are served in cute, rustic, and nostalgic “bhaad” or kulhaad. Although a sweet loving state, Bengalis prefer strong tea with less sugar. The common phrase which any Bengali would say while meeting an old friend or relative suddenly is that – “cholo kothao giye ektu chaa-taa khoa jaak”. It means let’s go somewhere and have some tea. But you see there is a “taa” said along with chaa and that refers to countless snack types which are prepared at home for guests, served at street stalls, and also available in restaurants.

In most part of India, the tea time snacks are generally light but you can say that “Chaa-Taa” or tea time snacks in Bengal are almost a meal. Read below about the delicious, crunchy, and fulfilling Bengali snacks that accompanies tea.

Chop & Muri:
Chop & Muri
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Being a Bengali, I cannot imagine my world without chops. Our CM once said that no business is small even if it is running a tea and chop joint at the roadside. It’s sad that she then became the theme for various memes but nothing affected the fame of chops. Available in a variety of stuffing ranging from soyabean to mango, chicken or mutton to banana flowers – the simple potato chop is still the ones that are mostly in demand. Mostly, it is an evening snack served with Muri or puffed rice. I still remember during my childhood going to a chop shop with my Dadu and spent only 1 rupee for Alur chop or potato chop. Well, the price has gone up to 5 or more but the satisfaction is still the same.

Bengalis greet their guests or feast among themselves with a bowl of muri & chop.

Moshla Muri or Jhal Muri:
Moshla Muri or Jhal Muri
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Moshla means spices, Jhal means spicy feeling, and muri mean puffed rice.

As a child, I was fascinated by the Jahlmuri or Moshla Muri wala in local trains. Going out of office somewhere in trains meant a thonga or paper cup of jhalmuri and that cost only Rs. 2. Made from puffed rice, mango pickle oil, onion, ginger, chanachur, jhuri bhaja, boiled potatoes, soaked chana, green chilies, and secret masala powder. They serve it with a slice of coconut on top. In my home, my chhoti dadi still prepares the best Jhal muri. Tea becomes dearer with such crunchy delicacies.

Singara:
Singara
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This triangular shaped delicacy is known as Samosa in North India. Singara is different from Samosa because the spices are different. The Bengali Singara is devoid of coriander seeds and is smaller in size. The stuffing of potatoes are generally not mashed like in Samosas and also the flour cover of singaras are thinner. Bengali Singaras are also not so spicy. These facts make the Bengali singaras lighter than the Northern counterparts. With a cup of tea, any average person can have 2 singaras. It is also accompanied by muri sometimes.

Chirey Bhaja:
Chirey Bhaja
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Flattened or beaten rice is called poha in Hindi and Chirey in Bengali. Bhaja means fried. Raw peanuts, pepper powder, salt, and grated coconut are taken fried with a minimal amount of ghee or clarified butter. It becomes a crispy dish to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. It is consumed mostly during the monsoon evenings.

Mughlai Porota:
Mughlai Porota
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I don’t know the Mughal invented this dish or not but the reality is it is too yummy. The Bengalis prefer to have it from the restaurants. It is served with a spicy Bengali dum alu. The normal flour is used and a big paratha is rolled. Right at the center, the egg mix with onion, red chili powder, salt, and green chilies is poured. It is then folded from four sides and deep-fried in hot oil.

Chicken Pakora:
Chicken Pakora
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Another immensely famous tea time snack is pakora or fritters made from chicken. Chicken is marinated in salt, pepper, and other spices and then boiled for some time so that it becomes ultra-soft. Then a batter is prepared with gram flour, salt, water, red chili powder, and eggs. The chicken pieces are dipped in them and then deep-fried. It is served with cucumber and onion slices with mustard sauce and tomato ketchup.

Chanachur:
Chanachur
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The rest of India calls it mixture which is mostly spicy. But the chanachur of Bengal is available in various tastes of tok-jhaal-mishti meaning sour, spicy, and sweet. When guests appear suddenly without any information, biscuits, and chanachur save grace with hot tea. It is also mixed in moshla muri.

Nimki:
Nimki
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Just the way you make mathri – Nimki also follows the same process. But these are smaller rhombus in shape and have only Kalonji or Nigella seeds as flavor. It is a tasty and healthy snack to be enjoyed with tea in the morning or evening.

Fish Cutlet:
Fish Cutlet
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Oh, how can you think the Bengalis can leave fish from their tea time snacks?

It is available in square, rectangular or even spherical shape and is consumed with mustard sauce and some salad. It is one of the most famous evening time snacks. All the major coffee houses of Bengal have this delicacy. Fish fillets, potato, ginger, and garlic paste. Green chili, cumin powder, coriander powder, onion, salt, and pepper are mashed really well. For that, the fish fillets are boiled in salt and turmeric water for some time and then fried with spices. This mixture is then given shape with palms and then dipped in egg white and then coated with breadcrumbs and finally fried.

Fish Kobiraji:
Fish Kobiraji
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Another famous item is Fish Kobiraji which is generally enjoyed in coffee shops only as it requires quite a patience and skill to prepare at home. When it is served on the plate you may feel that the fish is caught up in the web of the egg. The process of preparing the fish is the same as the fish cutlets but here the fish stuffing is fried with egg in a complicated manner.

Kathi Rolls:
Kathi Rolls
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Kathi Rolls were invented in Kolkata and became a famous item during the British rule only. The skewer roasted kebabs were rolled in parathas and served. Skewers are known as Kathi in Bengali and that’s how the name originated. Over time, many places have tried many types of Kathi Roll recipes. But most of the places make it like a paratha roll with veggies or pieces of chicken or mutton without making kebabs of them. The beauty of having them with tea in the company of friends is a special feeling.

The Bengalis are often known as “khaddo-rosik” or hardcore foodies and these tea-time snacks really proves that.

Marriage they say is the union of two loving souls who have dreamed to spend their life together. But in India, it is a lot more. You have to fall in love with your spouse and then also own and love his/her family. Thanks to Ekta Kapoor, the dramatic saas-bahu (MIL & DIL) relationship in India is known to the world now. There are some families where the MIL-DIL stay in unison, agree to each other mostly and live a quarrel-free life. And then there are some families (read most) where the MIL-DIL share a “not so comfortable”, melodramatic, and torturous life. It is true that you cannot clap with one hand but again it is also a truth of our society that a DIL can hardly become a daughter in true sense.

A melodramatic MIL is one of the toughest persons to live with. Because she will have a problem with anything and everything under the sun and her favorite person to blame is her DIL. The same MIL will react differently when her own daughter complains to her about her MIL. In case, you are living with a melodramatic Saasu-Maa, here are some life-saving tips and tricks.

Be Friendlier To Your MIL’s MIL:

In case the mother-in-law of your MIL is alive, you can be friendlier to her. She will love you because now the older MIL can see the performance of your MIL. Believe me, the older MIL will tell you many tales when your MIL was new to the family. You can sometimes bitch about your mother-in-law in front of the older MIL and she will understand you better. You will come to know about many secrets and weaknesses of your MIL and that will always work as a positive tip. Use these secrets as a weapon when your mom-in-law is trying to prove you wrong or trying to humiliate you in front of other relatives.

Don’t Quit Your Job:

Always remember that you have a life and identity beyond this family and thus never ever quit your job. Taking a leave for some time after marriage and living a proper Indian family life where the daughter-in-law gets up early, does the Puja, and serves the breakfast cannot actually save you. Because your melodramatic MIL will find less sugar in tea & less salt and more pepper in food – every time you prepare them. All these constant complaints will leave you in a frenzy. So, when being a docile housewife is not helping you lead a happy domestic life, then, why not start your job again?

Go back to the office and change your focus to better yourself at work. You will have lesser problems at home. She will still fuss because you are now going out and balancing both home and office – but your achievements at your workplace will be your reward at the days end that will give you some sanity. And most importantly, you will be away from home for a good 8-10 hours and that definitely means less of melodrama in your life.

Don’t Take Her Words Personally:

Make a habit of ignoring what she says mostly. If you learn not to take her words personally, you will lead a peaceful life. So what she complains about your food or cleanliness. Just live your own life and when she starts her complains or creates a scene – make a straight face or put your earphones or give the excuse of your children’s homework’s, etc.

Don’t Visit Often:

It is really a boon if you stay away from your melodramatic MIL in some other locality or city. In case, your husband has the habit of visiting her every weekend and you cannot say him directly, then, start making excuses of your PPT, doctors appointment, Yoga class, cleaning home, etc. The more you visit, the more you give the change to your MIL to eat away your mental peace. And like all melodramatic MIL, your MIL also thinks her son is snatched by a witch-like you – right? So, let your hubby enjoy her mamma time for the weekend.

Remember A Gift On All Occasions:

Never ever forget the big to small occasions at all. Your “full of drama” MIL will get new chances to humiliate you. So, keep reminders on your phone at least a week before the “important dates” so that you have time to go shopping and buy the best gifts for her. Meeting her occasionally and that too with nice gifts would cool her down.

Sometimes Dish It Back To Her:

Every individual comes with a set of limitations and strengths. So, when she has touched that maximum limit of patience, just give it back to her. Always remember, the more you stay silent and tolerate her high-end drama, the more she will be powerful. So, when you give her a piece of your mind – she will mind a distance which will retain normalcy in your family.

Talk It Out:

No other tip can be as helpful as this one. Clear cut communication between the two of you may change your relationship dynamics totally. Your husband loves his mom and loves you too. Any average Indian MIL has thought that her son has changed drastically because of the DIL. Let her know that you realize your husband is her child and the obvious behavioral change is not easy for her. And then follow the conversation by letting her know about certain things that you won’t compromise on. It can anything like – you don’t want tips from her how to raise kids; you want her to call you in advance and let you know of her arrival, or questioning you for not packing lunch every day for your husband.

There are chances that if you let her know your thoughts in a calm conversation, she might change her attitude towards you.

Who doesn’t like to shop? It is said that women love it a bit more than the guys. Some women are extremely calculative when it comes to shopping while some are spendthrift. To some women, shopping is a leisure time activity and for some, it is an addiction. But have you ever thought that your zodiac sign can have something to do with your shopping habit? Yes, it can reveal a lot about your shopping style and habit. Read below and know more about the zodiac signs and the unique shopping styles of the ladies falling under them.

Aries Style of Shopping:

The Aries woman is quite loud and she enters the shopping stores to conquer it literally. She wants the latest fashion trends and colors for the season right away and she is quite an impulsive shopper. The Aries woman also loves shopping because she enjoys the challenge that comes with bargaining.

Taurus Style of Shopping:

She is that kind of shopper whom you see in the movies – swinging by the delicatessen for a sample and sweet treat to accompany her while she is taking a round of the shops. She loves to feel the fabric and gets the finest pieces of luxury and comfort for herself. And that’s why she prefers to shop offline and not online. She knows that she is spending her hard-earned money on her fine and rich taste and that’s why she wants every penny to worth the buy!

Gemini Style of Shopping:

Gemini is that person who is more of a seller than a buyer. If you find someone trading her stuff for an exchange – chances are ripe that she is a Gemini. She is also the one who normally flashes in and out of the shops and checks the latest trends. She even talks to everyone she meets at the shop because she wants to be sure of what she is buying.

Cancer Style of Shopping:

Cancer women (and men too) have a penchant for fine cutlery and home décor things. They have an impeccable sense of aesthetics and thus you will find them shopping more for their home rather than themselves. This shopper will walk miles to find that exact kind of sheets matching her cushions. When you visit her place, you will be served the best chocolates and every cutlery at the barbecue party or Christmas party will match the theme of the occasion perfectly. She is also that kind of person whom you can take shopping when you are confused to buy gifts for your people!

Leo Style of Shopping:

Leo is that person who loves leading the way and you will generally find a Leo woman shopping in an entourage. She will lead the way and make sure everyone got something back home. They are very generous and benevolent and thus shopping never ends with shopping bags only – they believe in a lovely meal afterward. Leo women are those kinds of shoppers who take pride in every item bought. She loves to enthrall people with cute anecdotes buying those things.

Virgo Style of Shopping:

Virgo women believe in small buys rather than big ones. So, they don’t mind going to the same store multiple times a day also. They are perfectionists and that’s why take a long time to settle down on any buy.

Libra Style of Shopping:

Libra people are generally indecisive when it comes to shopping. Every choice they make requires a second thought (several times). So, if not happy, they will return the product. But they buy mostly for their partners and for the self they may buy only once a year.

Scorpio Style of Shopping:

A Scorpio woman is never wrong in her fashion parade. She is always the best, unique, and unconventional at times. So, you can only imagine what discreet eyes of details she carries while shopping. Also, she loves to have a collection of things that other people only desire to own and thus you will find the finest and unique things at her place – be it an antique showpiece or a rare book. Scorpio women also believe in acquiring things and thus everything they buy has some deep meaning attached to it.

Sagittarius Style of Shopping:

You can say that souvenir shops were made for these ladies. They go out of their way to buy a seedpod from a baobab tree or the exotic spices from Africa. They come home, keep the bag, hardly bothers to open them, and then plans to visit the next market. They just feel satisfied that they got something rare or unusual.

Capricorn Style of Shopping:

This is the most pragmatic zodiac sign when it comes to shopping. Every zodiac sign has some kind of weak spots for shopping but not this sign. Capricorn ladies shop only when they know they can afford it fully. They want to be sure that every penny spent is worth and that’s why settle for those things that are of good use and will last for some years to come. In short, they are very intelligent buyers.

Aquarius Style of Shopping:

They love to spend on music, books, and gadgets and don’t mind pre-booking them online. But they also have a great pair of eyes for unique and unconventional things. So, a Scorpio woman would be a great companion for an Aquarius woman while shopping. To get that desired piece of thing they will scout the whole market and will come back empty-handed if the object is not up to her standards.

Pisces Style of Shopping:

They generally don’t prefer the malls to shop and to avoid crowd, they will go to the offline markets at early or late hours of the day or evening. Artistic things top their list and she will also bargain well. Apart from pieces of art, Pisces women love to spend only on useful and necessary things.

7.5/10 on IMDB and 8.1/10 in TV.com – Desperate Housewives was first broadcasted on 3rd October 2004. And since then, it has garnered huge fandom across the globe and that is evident with 8 successful seasons. For the uninitiated, Desperate Housewives is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. Currently, it is available on Amazon Prime. The story is set on a fictional suburban area of the USA named Fairview. The street where the characters live is known as Wisteria Lane. 5 housewives befriend each other coming from different backgrounds and the story is narrated or seen through the eyes of their late friend who dies in the pilot episode. This set of housewives were desperate to live their lives, take their challenges, commit their mistakes, and learn from their mistakes.

Over a span of 2004-2012 – it made the fans love these characters, hate them, and also learn many lessons from them. But the current generation also watches it and loves it. I started to watch it recently and within 1 and half months I have reached the 7th season. There is so much to love and learn both. So, here are some of the life lessons that I have observed from the show. Hope you will also find them useful.

Money Is Definitely Not Everything:

One of the most loved characters from the series is Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) or Gabby. She was a successful model and that’s what she always wanted to become. Her priorities were too clear to her – she just wanted to be rich, shop the best clothes in the world, and have all the best jewelry, makeup, and shoes in her closet. So, quite obviously, she gets hitched to a very successful businessman named Carlos Solis (Ricardo Antonio Chavira). Carlos is always busy in his business trips and conference meetings and to relieve her monotony she starts an affair with John – her gardener. She also ends up spending more time in shopping and salons. When the couple tries for surrogacy, the biological mother is reluctant to give her child to the Solis. Thus, a bank full of money also cannot fulfill their emptiness.

People Have Their Dark & Deep Secrets:

Everyone you see walking on the road, shouting on the phone, or waiting for someone on a park bench – has secrets. Their secrets and reasons are best known to them. You are no one to judge them. You may see them smile or dance at a party – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their share of sorrow or secrets to hide from the world. In every season of Desperate Housewives, a new member or family comes to stay on Wisteria Lane with their baggage of deep and scary secrets.

Your True Love Can Come More Than Once:

“True love happens only once” – this is an age-old theory. In the practical world, you actually change with time and broaden your thoughts and it is absolutely ok to fall in love more than once. Bree Van De Kamp played by Marcia Cross falls in love with a psycho pharmacist after the death of her husband. After the death of the psycho pharmacist, she falls for a dentist – Orson Hodge. Later, she divorces him too and starts dating someone who is 17 years younger to her. She was simply true to herself and enjoyed her time (in the show) – and that’s what we all should do in life.

To Err Is Human:

Alexander Pope said this phrase centuries ago. But do all of us understand the gravity of this phrase? Everyone commits a mistake. Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) goes to pry at Eddie’s place and accidentally burns it down. After divorcing Carlos, Gabby starts her affair with the Mayor of Fairview who turns out to be a psycho. So, see no one is actually perfect. That’s why forgiving is a must. Someone forgave you too when you committed a mistake and that’s the cycle in which life functions.

Accept The Change & Be The Winner:

We all have notions about ourselves in our minds. But believe me, all that changes with time and situation. You end up knowing your new limits and strengths. Gabby was an ex-model whose motto was never to have a baby but by 5th season we see her as a happy mother. Lynette was shown as a dedicated advertising person who would have never thought to be a full-time mother. But once in her sabbatical, she enjoys motherhood more than anything else. Bree Van De Kamp was shown as a full-time housewife who later becomes a successful chef and cookbook author.

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover:

The moment Eddie Britt is shown on screen – you will have reasons to hate her. She is literally a b**ch. Eddie tried to snatch Mike Delfino from Susan Mayer. She also started a live-in relationship with Karl Mayer and later Carlos Solis (ex-husband of Susan Mayer & Gabrielle Solis). Eddie is again someone who is great at sassy dialogues and insulting people. But inside her also lies a caring mother who loves her son too much. But she keeps her son away from herself because she is not able to provide him a great life like her husband. Therefore, judging a book by its cover should not be a practice.

There are many more things to learn from Desperate Housewives and I can go on and on with that. But for now, these are all I can share. Do share your views and learnings from Desperate Housewives.

Do you know that heart diseases account for nearly 1/3rd deaths across the world? In India also the cardiovascular diseases are rising at an alarming rate. To keep yourself away from the risk of heart-related problems, all you need to do is bring some kind of food in your regular menu. Food gives us energy and builds our body inch by inch. Therefore, the selection of good food is important. In fact, certain foods can impact blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol levels, and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.

Here are a few examples of heart-healthy food types that should be in your grocery list from tomorrow:

Almonds:

You must have been served almonds in the morning that were soaked in water overnight especially before exams. Ancestors used to say that almonds sharpens the brains and helps in memorizing things. But do you know almonds also have other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that provide you a healthy heart? They are great sources of monounsaturated fats and fibers that help fighting heart diseases. They also have a powerful effect on cholesterol levels and helps you in losing weight too.

Berries:

Many studies have revealed that berries can reduce the risk of heart diseases. Those fresh, juicy, and tasty strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are loaded with antioxidants that play a pivotal role in keeping your heart healthy. Anthocyanins – they are the primary antioxidant that is present in berries and they protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation that in turn develops heart diseases. So, include berries in your breakfast or have them as snacks.

Fatty Fish & Fish Oils:

You may not like the smell of fishes or you may have never consumed fish in your life, but knowing the benefits of eating fish may change your mind. Fatty fishes like mackerel, tuna, salmon, and sardines are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids which is a prime ingredient behind a healthy heart. Those who consume fish regularly have lower cholesterol.

Tomatoes:

The fresh red tomatoes have lycopene – it is a natural pigment with powerful antioxidants. This helps in neutralizing the harmful free radicals, prevents oxidative damage, reduces inflammation, and finally promotes a healthy heart. Have more tomatoes in your salads or have it in juice form.

Green Leafy Veggies:

Nothing can be as healthy as the fresh and green spinach, kale, and collard greens. They are rich in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. In particular, these green leafy veggies are rich in Vitamin K that helps in protecting your arteries. They also promote proper blood clotting. Green leafy veggies also reduce BP, arterial stiffness, and improves the functioning of cells lining the blood vessels.

Olive Oil:

Replacing your normal mustard oil or refined oil with olive oil will give you great health. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and the risk of heart ailments. It is also a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids that improves heart health. Use olive oil for your salads, stir-fries, and all kinds of cooking.

Whole Grains:

Whole grains generally include whole wheat, oats, brown rice, rye, quinoa, barley, and buckwheat. Compared to the refined grains, these whole grains have high fiber content that reduces bad cholesterol and thus the risk of heart diseases also decreases.

Garlic:

In India, garlic is very common in various food types. For centuries, garlic has been used as a natural remedy to treat a variety of ailments and now recently it has also been proved to have medical properties that help in keeping the heart safe. A compound named Allicin is found in garlic that is believed to have a multitude of therapeutic effects. Garlic improves BP and cholesterol and helps inhibit blood clot formation. But simply frying the pieces and using in food is not going to help you. Have it raw one or two cloves daily. You can also crush it and let it sit for a few minutes before using it for cooking. This process allows the formation of Allicin.

Green Tea:

Green tea is like the revelation of the century – isn’t it? From aiding in weight loss to solving indigestion, from giving a glowing skin to now lowering risks of heart diseases – is there anything else that green tea cannot do?

Green tea is a rich source of polyphenols and catechins. Thus it helps in lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. They also help in reducing cell damage, inflammation, and protecting the overall heart health. So, replace your normal milk-sugar tea with green tea. Green tea is available in a variety of flavors like ginger, tulsi, lemon, chamomile, etc. Choose the one you like and stay hale and hearty. But once in two days you can enjoy your kind of milk and sugar tea but don’t forget to increase your intake of green tea on those cheat days.

Dark Chocolate:

Many people don’t like the taste of dark chocolates – because it is devoid of sweetness. It has more cocoa content that leads to a bitter taste. This high cocoa content makes it rich in antioxidants like flavonoids that boosts a healthy heart. Consumption of a bite of dark chocolate daily leads to lower risks of heart diseases. A study on a group of people who consumed dark chocolates 5 times a week had 57% less risk of heart diseases. So, pick up the dark chocolates with more than 70 % of cocoa content and keep your heart cheerful.

The sultry weather, scorching sun rays, or the constant perspiration – none of these can stop the travel enthusiasts from planning their trips in the summer season. The excitement to know a new culture, taste the exotic food items and be amazed by the beautiful view of nature keep the engines of travelers alive. Many people eagerly wait for the arrival of summer vacations to get out of the periphery of the city and explore other parts of the world. Traveling is a relaxing activity but as the season is summer, there are certain essential things that you should not forget while packing your bags.

Check these things mentioned below before stepping out for your summer holidays.

Sunscreen:

Traveling means extra work out than your normal routine for sure. You need to walk more and as most of the sight-seeing is done during the daytime, sunscreen is a must if your bag. Otherwise, the harmful UV rays of the sun may leave your skin dry and tanned. Apply calamine before sunscreen and take good care of your skin. Applying sunscreen should not be limited to the face only. Apply it on the exposed part of your body – neck, leg, arms, etc.

Perfumes & Deodorants:

No matter how many times you take your shower, you will end up sweating while roaming under the sun in the summer season. While traveling, of course, you can enjoy your shower only when you return to the hotel room. Constant sweating and dust also lead to body odor. Thus, to keep yourself refreshed all through the day- keeping perfumes and deodorants in your bag is necessary. Choose the floral and fruity tones and stay energized and fragrant.

Wet Wipes:

Handkerchief or tissues are carried by many people to wipe the sweat. But when you use wet wipes instead of a handkerchief, you feel refreshed. Wet wipes are available in various fragrances like lemon, sandalwood, aloe vera, rose, jasmine, etc. Apart from adding fragrance, they also remove dirt from your face and don’t allow your skin to become sticky.

Medicine:

When you are traveling you cannot expect “home-cooked” meal and constant eating outside may sometimes lead to a stomachache or loose motion. The heatwave may also lead to severe headache. So, to mitigate these small ailments – you must keep the medicine box handy. Because you cannot let stomachache or headache come in your way of enjoyment – right?

Cotton Scarf & Hat:

Cotton scarf for summer season helps to provide protection against the sun rays. Opt for the pastel shades or floral print summer scarves and keep yourself cool. Also, a nice hat would be a nice addition to your overall personality.

Sunglasses:

Your eyes also need protection against the sunshine. Buy sunglasses that suit your face structure and save your eyes from dust, dirt, and heat.

Cotton Clothes:

Cotton clothes are comfortable for any season but the intensely hot summer season seems the best time for cotton clothes. They are soft and friendly to the skin and that’s why they are preferred the most. Wear loose cotton clothes while traveling for your comfort.

Hair Ties:

Both for long and short hair – carrying hair ties is a must. Your hair will be safe and you will feel more contented with a tied up hairdo. Make a ponytail or tie into a bun – matching the dress that you are wearing. Buy various colors of hair ties and stay cool tying up your hair.

See this list and jot down what all you would require for your upcoming travel. Depending upon the geography of the pace, you may like to add some more items to this list. But don’t forget to buy all these things beforehand so that you can travel well.

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

Traveling is as important as other “high priority” things in life. And that’s not me, that’s the word of most doctors & psychiatrists. Because traveling fills the mind with positive energies, gives a break from all daily life challenges & chores, and makes people bond with their loved ones too. For those who love to travel, you guys just need another reason to leave with your bag. And those who still haven’t made any travel plans this year, can read this blog and leave for an enjoyable journey.

July means neither summer nor monsoon. Monsoon just starts its journey in major parts and temperature goes down from sultry to moderate. It is one of the nicest months to plan a tour and enjoy the beautiful locales. In general, the climate won’t bother you much for most parts of India.

Here are some of the top Indian places where you can go and chill in July.

Orchha:
Orchha
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It is located in Madhya Pradesh and holds historic importance. This is one of those places in India that receives minimal rainfall. The topmost attractions are the Orchha fort, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, Laxminarayan Temple, Dinman Hardaul’s Palace. This place is just 16 kms from Jhansi and you can take a whole day trip to this place from Jhansi. The fort would give you a glimpse into the old world.

Coorg:
Coorg
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Coorg is a pretty hill-station in Karnataka and it becomes prettier when it is raining. You will find lush vegetation, peaceful mountains, beautiful valleys, and an exotic collection of flowering plants here in between July and September. In fact, with the onset of July, the tourist season kicks off here. Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Iruppu Falls, Mandalpatti View Point, Nagarhole National Park, or Brahmagiri Peak are the topmost attractions here.

Kerala:
Kerala
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Kerala is famous for its insanely beautiful backwaters and during this time of the year the Kerala Backwaters turn even more beautiful. You will find all kinds of adventure sports here in the backwaters and lakes. The backwater cruise, snake boat race, tea plantation, beach actions, and Munnar excursions – these would be your probable activities here and you won’t regret any part of it.

Shillong:
Shillong
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Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and Meghalaya means abode of clouds. It is thus needless to say how beautiful this place would be in July. Shillong is known as the Scotland of East and during monsoon season this place attracts maximum tourists for its amazing wildlife and awesome natural beauty. In July, the rainfall would be minimal and thus this place would be no less than a paradise. You must visit the Shillong Peak, Laitlum Canyons, Elephant Falls, Museum of Indigenous Culture, etc.

Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar
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Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the small yet prettiest hill stations in India. You can say that the official tourist season here in July & August. In July, you can experience a refreshing view, mild showers, and a foggy climate which will take you to dreamland. Walking through lush plantations, trekking, or strolling in the morning rain are some of the famous romantic activities here. So, the couples and the writers would love this place. You can also check out Mahabaleshwar Temple, Wilson’s Point, Venna Lake, Lingamala Waterfalls, Three Monkey Point, etc.

Andaman & Nicobar Island:
Andaman & Nicobar Island
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The pristine white sand, heavenly turquoise water, clear waves, warm lagoons, and adventure activities make Andaman & Nicobar Island a “must-visit” place. July means the rain showers have just started and thus you will get to see some heart-warming views. But don’t delay it to August because then most of the beaches would be “out of reach” due to full-swing monsoon. The best places to visit here are – Radhanagar, Dolphin Resort, and Phoenix Bay Jetty. Also, you must try the lagoon swimming.

Udaipur:
Udaipur
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This place is known as the “land of lakes”. If you and your partner haven’t enjoyed any vacation recently, then, July or the whole of monsoon would be a great time to plan a visit here. Udaipur becomes cozy and romantic during rainfall and you shouldn’t miss the view. The view from Sajjan Garh is something that you will be etched in your mind forever. You can also visit other places like Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, Lake Fatehsagar, Bagore Ki Haveli, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Ambrai Ghat, and Kumbhalgarh Fort.

The beautiful descriptions of these amazing places supported with breath-taking images must be a reason enough for you to plan your tour. So, go ahead and enjoy in July to come back to work with a refreshed mind.

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