In present times, social media is everywhere and unavoidable. For some, it is an occasional fun escape or source of entertainment while for others it has become a way of life. And if you happen to be in a relationship with a social media addict, you must know that the challenge is real. Your partner’s obsession with social media can negatively influence your romantic relationship, especially when you don’t like to spend much time in the virtual world.
Here is a compilation of the common struggles that all the people would relate to who are in a relationship with a social media addict.
Food should be clicked before eating
No matter how hungry you are or how tempting the meal looks that you’ve ordered, your social media addict partner won’t let you take a bite before clicking an insta-worthy picture of the food.
Because check-in jaroori hai
Check-in at every fancy restaurant, market or movie theatre is a must for them. Because are you even doing it if the world doesn’t know about it.
Stress of getting maximum likes & comments
The hours of thinking and analysing goes behind putting the perfect status update and keeping the check of likes and comments.
It’s hard to get their attention
It’s almost impossible to get heard at once. Because your partner is too busy keeping track of what’s happening in the world via social media. If you’re really lucky, you may get his/her attention in the second go.
Nervous breakdown when phone’s battery is about to die
Been there, seen that. Yes, the social media addicts are too close to get a nervous breakdown when their phone’s battery is about to die and they can’t find a charger.
Designated photographer at every party
Too busy clicking pictures and making videos at parties that your partner often forgets to have fun with you.
Always tagging you in embarrassing photos
Because for a social media addict, every moment, be it happy or sad has to be clicked and shared online for the world to know.
Well, raise your hands if you relate to these struggles and let us know in the comments section below.
Travel is always about the experiences, not the destination.
Travelling changes the way you look at life. It fills you with excitement and turns you into a curious person who is always ready to explore and learn new things in life. Travelling is a life-changing experience that helps you improve as an individual and makes you more interesting.
Well, travelling with kids is a great concept to offer them new experiences and memories in life. And also a great way to keep them occupied during the holiday season. We understand travelling with kids requires a lot of planning, patience, and pain. But think of the ways you’ll be able to bond with them with ample time in your hands and teach them to be smart, strong, and independent.
Here we have listed some great reasons why you should travel with your kids.
To show them that there is a huge world out and this vast Earth is their playground.
To teach them to get out of their comfort zone and experience great things in life.
To teach them how to handle responsibilities and overcome any obstacle that life throws at them.
To help them learn how to patiently deal with difficult situations.
To expose them to new cultures, languages, foods, and traditions and let them discover new things in life.
To let them unplug from technology and spend some quality time together and develop a strong bond with them.
To develop a sense of adventure among them so that they can explore the world and gain new experiences.
To help them learn how to deal with change and accept it positively.
To help them experiment and uncover their hidden talent. It also promotes self-confidence among children.
Exploring new places and meeting new people help kids see things through fresh eyes in a whole new way.
To help your kids create wonderful memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.
Also, travelling with your kids is a great way to teach history than to actually have them learn through textbooks.
The immense joy of travelling with your children will be worth all the stress, challenges, and expenses.
FOMO is an abbreviation for Fear Of Missing Out. It is a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common and can affect anyone. FOMO, in general, refers to the feeling that others are having more fun or experiencing better things in life than you are.
The feeling of FOMO generally starts with a slight bothering among people when they miss out on something, which in turn can create anxiety and lead to the feeling of inferiority.
The advent of social media has made FOMO an even bigger issue especially among young people who are always online checking posts and updates by their friends. They get addicted to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to an extent where checking up on what others are doing, where they are travelling or what they are eating consumes all their time. So, when they miss a party or a vacation, it makes them feel a little less cool and inferior to people who were actually present there and posted photos online.
The consequences of FOMO can be quite harmful at times:
People suffering from FOMO keep their attention focused on others and forget to live their own lives
They may lose their sense of identity and suffer from low self-esteem
FOMO affected people have a lower level of satisfaction in life, which makes them vulnerable to serious mental health concerns
They have a constant urge to compare their lives with others
The more time people spend on social media keeping track of others’ lives, the higher is the level of stress and depression in their lives.
If this FOMO becomes massive, these people may end up with anxiety and depression too
How to cope with FOMO?
People with FOMO can keep a track of negative thoughts and feelings and determine what they need to change to feel better about themselves in life
When they find themselves saying something negative to themselves, they can replace the thought with something positive to divert their mind from going down the dark path
Take a break from social media every once in a while to erase the negative feelings that FOMO causes
It is important to have the self-realisation that they cannot possibly be everywhere and do everything. But this also does not mean that they are missing out on something
They can practice focusing on what they are doing at the moment rather than concentrating on others’ lives
They should understand that not everything they see online is true. No one lives a perfect life even when social media allows them to pretend that they do.
Last but not the least, they should learn that life is far bigger than a mere social media handle.
I grew up watching Bollywood movies, which means I had the most dramatic childhood. Waiting for Shah Rukh Khan to appear on the screen and narrate his romantic dialogues. Everything Salman Khan ever said about romance was like a bible, while every romantic song featuring Rishi Kapoor took my breath away.
When Imran Hashmi stopped Sonal Chauhan’s office cab, to propose her despite her refusing him several times, 15 years old me went like “Awwwwww..” (Reference Movie: Jannat)
So, you see where the problem is? Bollywood romance is great on the reel but not in reality. Since I grew up watching them, it totally ruined my idea of romance.
Here is how:
“Taani started to Love Raj after he took off his glasses”– Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
It is not happening in real life for sure. Firstly, if someone does not love you, they don’t. You can not pester someone to love you. Secondly, taking off your glasses won’t give you the ability to dance or be unrecognizable to your wife. I legit thought that once my braces are off, it would change my luck in relationships.
“Sanjana persistently pursuing Laxman, and ignoring Percy”– Main Hoon Na
You got to be kidding me. Bollywood has consistently shown how the college stud, who isn’t really a great guy ends up with the chic. Girl, Percy will not only be rich in the future but will treat you better. To date, I end up friend-zoning every Percy (well, subconsciously).
“Geet trusting Aditya, and then Aditya trusting her in return”– Jab We Met
As far as I remember, my parents instructed me never to trust anyone while travelling. I am still scared of strangers while travelling alone. How and why? Geet literally asked a stranger to drop her home, spent a night in a hotel with him, and in return, Aditya tells her that he is super-rich. (In the middle of nowhere, where she could have easily killed him for his money). Oh yes, he falls for her, which of course was one-sided.
“Bunny gives up his career just to stay with Naina”- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
While my boyfriend can not give up his sleep, this guy blew his entire dream. I can not give up my space, yet Naina did not do anything when Bunny constantly disrespected her choices. Millennials need to understand “pyar vyar sab dhoka hai padhle beta mauka hai” is true.
“You are supposed to cry on Airports, especially when you are dropping off your better half”– Literally Every Bollywood Movie Ever
Parting from your partner can be painful. The first time I dropped my long-distance boyfriend at the airport, I couldn’t cry, neither could he. I literally thought there was something wrong with us, but then you know we were supposed to meet next month. It is okay not to cry every time you part from your partner, sometimes mature adults can accept the situation and move on.
“Sameer beating the hell out of numerous people because they teased his girlfriend.”– Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
I remember when I was walking down the street with my boyfriend, and a group of guys started to stare. When I told him, he switched sides with me and asked me to keep walking. As per Bollywood logic, he should have stopped and beat the hell out of those people. In reality, 8 people were staring at me, it would have been really stupid to fight them. While in reality, fighting 8 people would have been stupid.
“Badrinath stalking Vaidehi, and she eventually falls in love with him”- Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Firstly, doesn’t he understand the meaning of no? Secondly, where is my pepper spray. Thirdly, no I am not giving up my successful career to get married. Why would anyone?
“Bumping into a stranger, falling in love, then marry someone else, and eventually marry him because your husband died”– Hum Tum
How many times will Karan and Rhea bump into each other? Fact: An annoying stranger sitting next to you in the flight is not your future husband.
“Rahul loves Aarohi, but he loves Alcohol more, so he ends up killing himself” – Aashiqui 2
I believe we all know what is wrong with that movie. If you love her, give up the damn alcohol, and if you can’t, break up with her. Why kill yourself? Moreover, have you ever seen an alcoholic make such a big sacrifice for their better half? I am sure 90% of the people would answer with a big NO.
“Dancing in the rain with your beloved is the key to romance”- Every Bollywood Movie Ever
I tried that once and ended up in bed with 102 fever. And trust me, if you think you would hear music in the background, and it would be a good idea to dance with your better half, it’s not. People around you won’t join you, instead, they would end up passing really mean comments.
So, Bollywood romance is not a real-life romance. In my cases, having similar expectations not only failed but has been a reason for friction in my relationship. But again, I would never stop watching these extremely stupid yet amazingly romantic movies.
An excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries are famous fruits. The crunchy and juicy strawberries cure many diseases apart from being tasty. It is easily available in the market and those who love to cook can bring them home and make easy dishes.
Check out some of the easy to make strawberry recipes and stay healthy.
Strawberry banana smoothie
One of the most refreshing things you can make with strawberry is this smoothie. This will fill your tummy for a longer time and flush out toxins from your body. Also, if you are following a weight loss regimen, this smoothie can be your breakfast or lunch or dinner. Just put two cups of strawberries, one banana, one cup of toned milk or almond milk, and one tablespoon of honey. If you want you can put a few cubes of ice also.
Strawberry dipped in chocolate
This is the easiest strawberry recipe that you can make any time. It is tasty and relaxing both. You just need to melt chocolates (regular milk chocolate would do) first. Now dip the strawberries (the whole ones – no cutting is required) in it. Place them in a tray and refrigerate it for 4 hours. Enjoy them while binge-watching on your weekends or while sipping a tasty wine with close friends.
Strawberry cucumber salad
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, this strawberry salad is something that will fill your stomach and take care of your body. The refreshing salad will aid in weight loss and is a perfect summer salad. You need to cut the strawberries in whichever shape and size you prefer. Also, bring some kiwis, cucumber, and watermelon. After cutting them mix them in your salad bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper (optional) along with a dash of lemon juice. You may also garnish it with shreds of cottage cheese.
You may enjoy this tasty and healthy salad at your lunch.
Strawberry chicken salad
Those who love chicken can infuse some strawberries in their dish. Take boneless chicken (so that you can shred them easily), marinade, and then roast them well. Now take a bowl and place some lettuce leaves first followed by chicken shreds of the roasted chicken, cubes of strawberries, cucumber, and tomato, a dash of salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese. It is damn tasty and healthy.
Strawberry open sandwich
Toast two pieces of bread and apply butter, margarine, or mayonnaise. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Now cut the strawberries into small pieces and garnish the toasts. Your open sandwich is ready to savor.
Strawberry Mug cake
Just bring home a vanilla or chocolate cake mix and milk. Now take your favorite oven-friendly mug and pour some cake mix. Add milk in it and give a mix. Remember that the mix should not be too thick or too thin. Now add to it some small pieces of strawberries. Put it inside the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes. A delicious yet easy strawberry mug cake is ready for you. Enjoy it with a scoop of ice-cream.
Three basic things bind people in India and they are – food, cricket, and cinema. Out of these three, food is the basic necessity of people without which survival is impossible. The food habits of people in a certain location are the reflection of geography and culture. Our country boasts of its striking diversity and therefore, the moment you turn from one district to another or one city to another – you will notice a huge change in cuisine. Isn’t that beautiful?
If you are a foodie, then, you must know which city is famous for which food item. To make your task easier, here is a list of Indian metro cities that are food-lovers paradise.
Dilwalo ki New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital of India and thus you will find people from all other Indian regions here easily. Thus, to accommodate people of every part, you will find joints that serve PAN Indian food or specializes in a certain regional cuisine. If you are looking out for cheap and delicious regional food, you can go to Dilli Haat or go to the state houses (Andhra Bhawan, Banga Bhawan, etc.). But the real Delhi kinda food is Chhole Kulche, Rajma Chawal, Chhole Bhature, Dahi Bhalla, Aloo Tikki, Gol guppa, and chaats of various types. Also, you must not miss strolling through Chandni Chowk and Parathe wali gali.
Sweet Capital of India- Kolkata
Kolkata is a true food lover’s paradise. The Kathi roll that is now famous in many metro cities was born here during the British Raj. The authentic Biryani came to Kolkata through Wazir Shah of Lucknow. The biryani lovers can go to Aminia & Arsenal and enjoy the Kolkata special biryani with one whole potato and egg. Fish in fried and gravy forms are the best here. The variety of street food from fritters (potato, banana flower, soybean, mango, mix vegetable, brinjal,etc.) to jhal-muri (puffed rice), haleem, fuchka (gol gappe), etc. are lip-smacking. Last but not the least, you must experience the countless varieties of sweets like Roshogolla, Chhanar jilipi, sondesh, etc.
The city of Nizams- Hyderabad
Biryani is one of the most famous food here that is a mix of Andhra, Turkish, and Mughlai cuisine. Go to Bawarchi for Mutton Biryani and stop at Shadab for Chicken Biryani. Sarvi serves the unconventional Chicken and drumsticks biryani – don’t miss that. You can also try other amazingly delicious recipes like keema samosa, lukhmi, sheer khurma, and paaya.
This is another place just like Kolkata and Delhi where you will find a variety of regional food apart from their flavor. Vada pav and pav bhaji are the two authentic dishes of Mumbai along with lots of Marathi cuisine like Aluvadi, Sabudana Vada, Bhakarvadi, Puran Poli, Misal Pav, Thaipeeth, and Pithale. Also, if you are a fan of Parsi cuisine, then, Mumbai will serve you right with its Sali Boti, Dhansak, etc.
Nawabo ka Shahar Lucknow
It is the seat of Awadhi cuisine and anyone who has eaten here would believe that it is heaven. From biryanis to kebabs – the list of scrumptious non-vegetarian food is endless here. Go to the iconic places like Dasterkhwan for its galouti kebabs, Tunday kababi for their tunday kebabs, and Naushijaan for the boti kebabs. Also try paaya ki nihari while in Lucknow.
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
Being lazy is an art. It takes a lot of effort and strategy to figure out the easiest way of doing something. And lazy people not only make their own lives easy but by sharing their wisdom, they make it easy for other people as well.
Since I am lazy as well, I would like to share my wisdom with my Lazy Bhai Bandus! Here are some products which have made my life easier:
Getting up early to wash your hair? No thanks, I’ll use dry shampoo. You shouldn’t do it regularly, but it can save you from looking like you woke up late.
Sure mom, let me fold the clothes. It literally takes just 4 seconds to fold your clothes with this.
Knives are old school now! You just need to pull the string and your vegetables are chopped.
Why strain your arms while mixing sugar into your tea, coffee or lemonade, this mug can do it for you.
If you are lazy, you probably love to sleep. This pillow gives you the privilege if dozing off anywhere you want.
Is it one of those days where you don’t feel like getting out of bed and yet you need to be productive? Keep lying down, and you can still read or watch TV.
Hair Root Applicator Bottle
Can’t find someone for chumpy? Well, you do not need anyone if you have a bottle with a comb on top of it. All you got to do is comb your hair while pressing the bottle a little.
Mobile Phone Holder
If you are as lazy as me, you watch Netflix on your phone because it takes a lot of effort to turn on your laptop, and then log in to your account. Why hold your phone when you can just fit it in the holder?
It is invented for all those lazy people who do not even feel like extending their arms to grab things around them.
That is just a lazy person classic! If you don’t have it, you need to question your laziness.
He started his career through ad films and became a teenage crush among girls in the 90’s. Little did the bees of the ’90s knew that one day he will be known as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. Born to filmy-family, he got his Bollywood break in the year 2003 with a movie named Ishq Vishk that was about college romance. He was applauded by the audience.
But then it took many years to establish the place that he has created for himself. Today he is one of the top paid actors and his recent successes at the Box Office have proved that he is here for longer innings.
Shahid Kapoor despite being a successful Bollywood name has been quite an underrated actor. His performances have gone better from one movie to another but somehow he is still to get his due.
Some of his powerhouse performances are listed below:
Prem ka Vivah (2006)
This movie came from the Rajshri productions who are known for their tear-jerking family dramas. Vivah was about the journey of a couple’s relationship from their engagement to marriage. It was a Box Office winner and Shahid Kapoor played the part of shy Prem beautifully. The innocence of a first-time lover, the expectations of a lover, or the commitment of a husband – all the shades of Prem were carried out by SK with perfection.
The Aditya Kashyap of Jab We Met (2007)
This movie was a game-changer for the lead actress but Shahid, in my opinion, was under-praised. His silence when he is devastated, his confusion when his life is falling apart, his excitement when he found his lost passion, his grief when he is unable to find Geet, or his flamboyance while walking through the sugarcane fields – he was one of the strong points of JWM. Without his contrast, Geet wouldn’t have become a sensation.
Charlie aur Guddu Hai Kaminey (2009)
This is one of my most favorite performances of Shahid Kapoor. He played twin roles – one is 360 degrees different than the other. Vishal Bharadwaj brought the best out of this hungry actor. Lisping or stuttering – he was perfect in portraying both the flaws. Be it intensely romantic scenes, dark humor scenes, or the dream sequences – Shahid Kapoor gave a career-defining performance here.
Jhelum wala Bismil in Haider (2014)
After 5 years he again collaborated with Vishal Bharadwaj who pushes him as an actor to limits he didn’t know he can win over. Haider won him the much-awaited Best Actor award after 11 years of sheer hard work and perseverance. Leave the whole movie aside, just see him perform in that Bismil song and you will know what an amazing actor he is.
Tommy Singh of Udta Punjab (2016)
He played a singer who is a drug-addict and that addiction eats up his life and career. As Tommy Singh, he was mad, aggressive, sympathetic, stupid, and courageous. That confrontational scene on stage is still one of his best scenes ever portrayed on-screen. He deserved all the awards that year. Who else could have depicted that turmoil?
Mewar wale Rawal Ratan Singh in Padmavat (2018)
The grapevine of Bollywood was rife that no one was keen to take up this role. Why? Because Ranveer Singh is Bhansali’s favorite and he is doing the role of Khilji and that character will be larger than life. One after the other actors were declining this role and this is when our heart-throb Shahid Kapoor took up this challenge. Remember that his last Hit was Udta Punjab where he played a flawed and crazy character. This Padmavat role was about a noble king who lives with honesty – that contrast was applauded much. He reached a phase where his limited screen time can also have an outstanding effect on the minds of people.
Bekhayali Kabir Singh (2019)
Seems like Shahid Kapoor is in the best phase of his career. Everyone expected Kabir Singh will do well but the thing that it will be one of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood and Shahid’s career was out of the calculation. Shahid Kapoor has truly put his heart and soul in this role. His anger or frustration all seemed effortless here. Although this movie drove some controversies – despite that no critics or mass audience can deny the fact that this is one of Shahid’s best performances till date.
Let’s rewind some of these movies and greet him a Happy Birthday!
Moringa or Moringa oleifera is a plant that has been appreciated for more than 1000 years for its amazing health benefits. This tree is also known as the “tree of life”. Ayurveda says that every part of this tree is useful in some way. This tree can cure nearly 300 diseases.
Those who are still confused about this “wonder tree”, let me tell you that this is none other than the tree from where you get drumsticks. Drumsticks are used profusely in south Indian and Bengali cuisine.
So, first of all, learn how to make this miracle tea or moringa tea.
Pluck a few matured and green leaves from the branches. Remember to pluck only the green ones and not the yellow ones.
Now you have to air-dry the leaves. Sun drying is not suggested as that reduces the nutritive powers of the leaves.
Use a blender to make a powder of these air-dried moringa leaves.
Take a pan and boil a cup of water.
Add just 1 teaspoon of moringa leaves powder and give a good stir.
You may add a few drops of lemon to taste.
If you want your tea to be a bit sweeter then go for honey (you may use sugar too but remember that honey is a healthier option)
In case you don’t want to go through this process, you can always order moringa tea powder or moringa tea bags online.
Benefits of Drinking Moringa Tea or Miracle Tea:
Aids in weight loss
All those people who are trying to lose weight or stay in great shape must try this moringa tea. This tea has a stimulating effect on metabolism and helps the body to burn calories at a faster rate. Also, this tea is absorbed into the intestine. Moringa tea is rich in essential vitamins and minerals and is also effective in mobilizing the stored visceral fat.
Controls Blood Pressure
Moringa tea helps in controlling the blood pressure because it contains quercetin. If consumed regularly, the BP patients can also fight inflammation due to the antioxidants present in moringa leaves.
Secret energy booster
Consume moringa tea in the morning for at least 15-21 days and see the change in your body. You will remain energized all through the day.
Moringa leaves or even drumsticks are suggested by doctors to those whose cholesterol levels are high. With moringa tea one or two times a day – you will overcome your problem of cholesterol and thus the rate of heart disease will also be reduced.
Lowers blood sugar
It may also help people with blood sugar. The antioxidant chlorogenic acid is found in moringa tea ad that helps in checking blood sugar levels. Also, this tea is a wonderful store of vitamin C that helps in reducing blood sugar.
Flawless skin & healthy hair
Moringa tea helps in the proper functioning of the kidney and the liver that facilitates a good excretory system. If the waste is disposed of from your body properly, then, your skin will glow more. With moringa tea, you will thus experience a younger looking flawless skin.
Also, note that your hair will become glossier, healthier, and livelier than before. Use moringa oil or moringa powder hair pack along with the consumption of moringa tea.
Apart from controlling BP, lowering cholesterol, or aiding in weight loss, moringa tea will also help you in nourishing your eyes and brain. The brain is the seat where all the big decisions happen and thus you will be a lot calmer when it comes to taking proper decisions even in difficult times.
Cooking is an art. The fragrant spices, fresh vegetables, and colorful cookware fill the mind with happiness. When you have time at your hand, then you can cook slowly – taking time to hop the veggies in style. But when you are rushing and still cooking has to be great, knowing some hacks will surely help you. These Indian cooking hacks will also help the amateurs to become a PRO at the kitchen.
Check out the Indian cooking hacks and be a PRO now:
Rinse rice several times at first. Then when you measure the right amount of water for boiling the rice, don’t forget to put a few drops of lemon juice in it. The rice will be whiter, won’t be sticky, and will be tastier.
To peel the skin of tomatoes easily place them in simmering water for 10 minutes. In case the tomatoes have over-ripened then place them in cold water with some salt overnight. The next morning you will see them all firm up.
The trick to keeping onions fresher for a longer time is to wrap them individually in newspapers. Now store them in a cool and dark place. And to caramelize the onions faster, add some baking powder in the pan.
Has that happened to you that you have added saffron to your dish but the flavor is minimal? Well, there is a trick to enhance the flavor of saffron. You can warm it up for 10-15 seconds in a microwave and then stir with a teaspoon of warm milk.
All of us want tasty and rich Indian food but don’t want to add up to our cholesterol – right? So, for your Sunday special breakfast puris – keep the puris in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before frying. That way the puris won’t absorb much grease.
If by mistake you have poured way too much salt in your dish, don’t panic – you can fix this. Add a splash of milk in your dish and the salt will be neutralized. Or you can also add a few cut potatoes that will soak up the extra salt.
Lemon is a wonderful thing in the kitchen. Rub the lemon on your knives and then wash it under running water. All the grease will be gone. To keep your refrigerator smell good, always keep a cut lemon in it.
To get rid of sticky, greasy, and patchy pans or woks, you need to add some vinegar and warm water and keep your utensils like that for half an hour. And then use a normal dishwasher and clean them up.