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Back in the days, it was running, playing any sports, brisk walking and not eating junk food that was considered to staying fit. Now that it’s the 21st Century where technology has crept into our lives like a layer of air only you can see it everywhere. The evolution of technology has taken over a lot of areas in our day-to-day lives. In fact, it has changed the entire game of living lives. One wakes to technology and works with & for technology. As much as it has its disadvantages, there are overwhelmingly impressive advantages too. One of them is ‘Fitness’. Technology took over fitness as well in the past few years. Fitness Bands, came in to notice in almost mid-2000s. They caught everyone’s attention when Apple launched its smartwatch which was smart enough to monitor your heart-beats too.

Well, going back to the early 20 and 21st century, technology was making improvements which is when they invented activity trackers, now Fitness trackers. The whole idea of the device is to monitor an individual’s activity in order to stay fit & healthy. It keeps a close watch at your steps, heart rate, quality of sleep, calorie intake and a lot of other things. Moreover, there has been a buzz about how it helps losing weight. And how? Let’s learn the benefits of fitness bands (which also happens to be the purpose of this blog)

  1. Helps in “Goal Setting”
Helps in “Goal Setting”
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A key feature of all the fitness trackers is to help you set some goals and achieve them. These keep you engrossed in the process. Call it, unfortunately, but they won’t let you forget your “Goals”.

  1. Keeps you active
Keeps you active
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Fitness trackers constantly keep you on your toes also helps to keep fitness your avocation. One of the prime features of fitness bands is to track your activity, wherein they keep a trail of your activities. The most impressive and asked for feature is where it keeps a count of your steps. A lot of people, mostly in their growing-old age bracket uses them to keep the count of their daily steps. It helps them in achieving their goals for each day, as per them walking is the ultimate routine for staying fit.

  1. Tracks your heart rate
Tracks your heart rate
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The most useful feature of fitness bands is that they track your heart rate. In today’s world, we know how important is keeping our heart happy & healthy. They keep an eye on your heart rate all day and updates you if senses something serious. Well, it’s hard to trust in gadgets but we’re developing.

  1. Helps in Scheduling Sleep
Helps in Scheduling Sleep
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In the time and era of people turning into owls, in a metamorphic manner. Productivity at work, focus at study requires proper sleep. Insufficient sleep can increase stress and may end up resulting unhealthy for our mind & body. Fitness bands remind you of the sleeping time & provide you with the conventional sleep routine.

  1. Form healthy habits
Form healthy habits
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Fitness bands help you in forming superior habits. It gets you habitual of a healthy routine.

With all these and many more benefits of fitness bands. They’ve gone next level with introducing social features as well. Now with a fitness band or activity tracker, you can also view your notifications or even more surprisingly have access to your playlist that’s originally in your phone.

Well, it’s rightly said and unbelievably correct, “Digital ho raha hain India!”

In the previous blog, we reached Tawang. If you haven’t read that one yet, take a look at the first part. I’m waiting! Okay. So now that you’ve read the first part, let’s move further.

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

As I mentioned, Tawang is not just a place that looks dreamy but has a very interesting history. And I suggest you visit this place if you’re patriotic or have a fair interest in our country’s history. Situated at 10,000 ft., this place is administered by the Republic of India as a part of the Arunachal Pradesh state, however, it is claimed by the People’s Republic of China as a part of South Tibet. The history with McMahon line, where Tibet refused to surrender Tawang, partly because of the importance attached to the Tawang Monastery. If you visit Tawang, do watch the sound & light show that’s put up by the army jawans there. Its overwhelming experience, and I bet you’d have teary eyes by the end of the show! The time during the Indo-China war, the aftermath and the stories about the incidents that took place has been narrated and presented with pride. I, as an Indian, loved the details and also the feeling by just sitting there and listening to the history of that place gave me Goosebumps. Do keep this one on your itinerary.

Next day we went for sight-seeing. A sight that’s unforgettable. Unfortunately, because of Christmas, we couldn’t manage to visit the Indo-china border. But instead, we went to Shungatser (Sangestar So) lake, now named Madhuri Lake after our evergreen Madhuri Dixit shot for Koyla there. The lake is located on the way from Tawang to Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, near Indo-China border above 15,200 ft. above sea level. We were freezing and delighted as well to drive through snow and Nazare like no other. After spending somewhat 15 minutes at the lake, we started to head back to the Giant Buddha Statue.

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue towers above Tawang and can be seen from anywhere in Tawang. Adjacent to it is the way to Tawang Monastery. This monastery is the first largest in India and second largest in the world after Potala Palace, Lhasa. Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, which translates to “celestial paradise in a clear night.”

Furthermore, the whole place is surrounded by monks. A lot of them reside there. It’s absolutely adorable to look at little monks running and playing around. The breathtaking sight was when during the sunset, the sun rays fell on the snow-covered mountains making it look like golden mountains. I’ll try and insert a picture of it. The day ended well with a nice and cozy dinner at the Hotel Zaxstar (Where we were staying). I’d highly recommend the hotel as the service was nice and the food tasted like home. It kinda did feel like a home away from home. Oh not to forget, the view from the hotel.

Kaziranga National Park

evening cultural show

Waking up the next day, we had to travel the entire day as we were heading to Kaziranga via Bomdila and Sela Pass. I strongly suggest you keep the warmest clothes if you’re planning to travel to Tawang and Sela pass. The temperature can go to minus and might as well snow anytime. So, moving forward we were all pepped up to drive to Kaziranga but I never wanted to leave the place. Tawang still has my heart and I might go back. The duration of the journey from Tawang to Kaziranga was around 11hrs. We reached the Kaziranga national park almost by 5-6.30. We drove through Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is India’s longest bridge, 9.15km long bridge situated on Brahmaputra River connecting two states, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh.

After a 10-11hrs journey, we finally reached Kaziranga National Park, where we already had plans. Tickets to an amazing evening cultural show where we witnessed their cultural dances, music, and farming culture that was portrayed beautifully. It was an interactive show, we danced along the dancers at the end. The show was fun and refreshing. But we were exhausted and headed to our hotel and crashed.

The following morning, we had another long day ahead of us. We had plans for the jungle safari planned for the entire day. Kaziranga national park, located at Golaghat & Nagaon area of Assam, the sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. And when you start the safari, along with a huge but friendly company, elephants! Personally, I’m against this tradition of riding animals, but had no other option but to sit on top of it. When you enter the park, you can actually spot rhinos all around you. The place has so many of them. The time we went there, we could only spot rhinos. The safari with the elephant was for around an hour or 45 min. I also took a picture with Rani (our elephant). We got back for lunch and had plans for trying our luck at another evening safari but now in a jeep. Thank God! Spared the creature.

DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNGLASSES AND MUST BRING BANDANA TO COVER YOUR FACE AND HAIR. It’s dusty! And boring if you don’t spot any animal. Which exactly was the scenario with us. But we did spot some really cool parent elephant taking their kids to bathe and a humongous & creepy monitor lizard. And of’ course, deer. One can spot deer anywhere in India, in Delhi as well! But alas, not a bad experience at all. After this dusty & tiring jungle safari, we left the state for yet another place, this time it was the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji. We reached the place late in the night. The Saimika Resort, the place had these little cottages, it seemed like a vintage, cozy, adorable huts like the ones you see in those Christmassy movies. Yet again, strongly recommend the place to stay. The staff had our dinner prepared and fireplace lit to warm up our cottages. We hit the beds after stuffing our stomach.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

It was this day, I was ready for the new adventure. The plan for Double Decker Living Root Bridge gave such an adrenalin rush. It’s 3500 steps i.e. 7km including climbing down and upward as well. Not recommended for old aged, individual with Heart problems and breathing issues. Being someone who has breathing trouble, panic disorder, and adventures like these give me a kick to go for it. I had a major FOMO going on. I didn’t want to miss this one. Hence I decided to go forward.

Put on my running shoes, stacked my bag with knick-knacks, water bottles and went on towards this adventure. It took us 3-4 hours for the entire experience. It definitely is tiring and one might as well run out of breath. But worth it. You’ll see a little pond like place with stones and small waterfalls with this double-decker bridge. Had to be one of the most amazing feelings after you reach there traveling through narrow-broken-moving steel bridges and tiny steps. The time taken to travel back was exhausting and I could feel each breath. We couldn’t hang around anymore, we had to rush with all the exhaustion and the feeling of “I can’t move anymore”, numb body, and breathlessness, after 4 hours reached the starting point and what a feeling! Must plan to visit the double-decker living root bridge, it definitely is a once in a lifetime experience.

With so much more to write and narrate my experience further, I don’t want y’all to get bored. I’ll be back with two more places that we explore in the next blog. Stay tuned!

I was randomly fiddling on my phone and so came across this Netflix movie “Love per square foot”, found this cutie really charming on the poster. I decided to watch but little did I know this cutie was a bomb of talent. After I finished watching the movie, I was pretty impressed with his acting and Googled him (Well, the rituals you see!). There he was…

Vicky Kaushal-
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DOB- 16th May 1988
Birth Place- Mumbai

Vicky Kaushal is the son of Sham Kaushal, an action director and has studied engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. He started his career in films, initially working as an assistant director to Anurag Kashyap in crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur. He performed in Manav Kaul’s Laal pencil, on stage. Vicky was also seen in a small role in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Bombay Velvet. He bagged his first leading role in Masaan for which he won IIFA & Screen Awards for Best Debut-Male. He went on to work in big hits like Sanju, Raazi & Manmarziyaan.

(Shades of Vicky)
Shades of Vicky
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Pretty honestly, ladies were getting bored of all the Khan’s & Kapoor’s trying to fit into our “Man Crush” list. After Ranveer Singh & Ayushman Kkhurana, Vicky Kaushal came in like a breath of fresh air making all of us women feel the global-warming a little too much. This man in Netflix’s original Lust Stories, paired with Kiara Advani, shot this steamy scene and what a bummer when he got wasted way too early. The character was sensitive & it came across well to the young audience. I was glad to not see another male boasting his manly hood on his woman because he couldn’t “finish”. This quirky film had Vicky on a roll. Paras (Vicky Kaushal in Lust Stories) was still loved because the film felt way too real! *wink*

Zubaan, Masaan & Raman Raghav 2.0

He was also a part of an Indian film that didn’t do well in India but opened the 20th edition of Busan International Film Festival. The name of his character was Dilsher and the movie was Zubaan. The movie is about a boy who was bullied in his childhood and grew up aspiring to become a singer but was nervous to achieve, you must watch it to witness this man’s immense talent working his magic. He even justified his dark & bold character in Raman Raghav 2.0. Vicky proved he can play a drug-addict as easy as he could play a young college student in Masaan.

Raazi, Sanju & Uri

The nation’s crush was next seen opposite Alia Bhatt, in one of his biggest hit Raazi. The man was “Suave”! Vicky not only looked jaw-droppingly handsome but pulling off such a sensitive & serious character of a Pakistani Army Officer was commendable! Every bit of his acting was loved by the audience and hence, the biggest hit. Adding, Sanju & Uri in his blockbuster hits, he is unstoppable!

Just when he was becoming a sensation, Sanju made an entry to 70mm silver screen. Oh boy, Ranbir alone was not enough for all the “Too-Hot-To-Handle” quotient? Sanjay Dutt’s biopic was oozing out talent in heaps. With the cast that had Paresh Rawal, Ranbir Kapoor as the heart of the film. Vicky Kaushal was undeniably the soul!

Manmarziyaan

The man was a delight to watch in Manmarziyaan. An unstable, struggling Dj and seen enjoying his courtship with Taapsee Pannu. His choices of Tshirt paired with his hair dyed in blue color was weirdly refreshing.

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Vicky Kaushal has 7 characters in his bag and how he justifies each one is truly a delight to witness. You just cannot help looking at this talented human. Oh, here’s a heart-breaker for all the ladies, the man is dating Harleen Sethi currently. We can blame his smile, it literally can melt your heart! What a charmer, isn’t he?

 “Who run the world? Girls”- Beyoncé

It’s as exciting as weird it sounds. Galentine’s Day is now an official celebration of female friendships. Back in some 2009-2010, in a show called “Parks and Recreation”. The leading lady Leslie invented this unique & interesting way to celebrate the perks of female friendships. In today’s world, where feminism is a descriptive word for one’s personality. While you’d witness woman taking down a woman to satisfy her complexes, you’ll also get a glimpse of a lifetime female friendship. Galentine’s Day wasn’t much recognized but it very much got popular because the event found a market in real life. The now-official event is celebrated on 13th February, an evening before Valentine’s Day. The day is a fairly standard celebration.

This Day isn’t that famous in India, but I’d hope it gets as popular as Women’s day because we need it. Galentine’s day celebration would be such a delight to witness, women going out for dates with their girlfriends, partying with “Lady’s Drink” in their hands and singing from the top of their lungs! The idea of the day is so pleasing to one’s heart. If you’re finding reasons to celebrate this platonic love that female friends have for themselves, then keep reading.

Here are 10 of the many reasons, why you must celebrate female friendships because A. Why Not? B. #SistersBeforeMisters!

1. Reunite with the Women in your life!
Reunite with the Women in your life!
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What better way to get all your favorite women together for a celebration that’s larger than life!

2. Remember That?
Remember That?
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When you have your girlfriends around you, its fun to look down the memory lane. Relive those memories you made while coming this long together.

3. “The Love” is miserable!
“The Love” is miserable!
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Oh well, having female friends is so much better than being in a relationship! Because Valentine’s Day makes some of us feel miserable. It reminds us of all those times when we were not thinking before dating “hunks” and then getting dumped! The only love that is constant is our girlies <heart>

4. Girlfriends are everything!
Girlfriends are everything!
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You’ve heard this right? When someone tells me not to tell anyone kind secret…my best friend doesn’t count! She knows everything and she’s everything. Female friendships are fascinating. They’re always there for whatever you need and whenever, be it relationship advice, chocolates, tampons, lipsticks or handling your PMS.

5. Women don’t fake!
Women don’t fake!
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That comes across different, but for women to women, girlfriends don’t fake. They’ll let you know when you look fat or sick, why are you dating a dumb head, they’ll tell you everything that you don’t wish to hear but you need to!

6. No.1 Support System!
No.1 Support System!
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Your girlfriends are your constant support. They would always keep you going no matter how many failures may come your way. They’ve got your back always, Always!

7. Two Body-One Brain!
Two Body-One Brain!
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Ever jinxed on almost everything that you say? Or she blurts out whatever going inside your brain? Yes, you guys share the same brain. It’s mind-boggling to know someone who has exactly the same thinking process. It feels like you guys found your way to each other among all these useless brains.

8. You be you, I be me!
You be you, I be me!
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Your girlfriend seems like home to you your heart. You guys can be yourself with each other. When together it’s like you unlock your true self.

9. They Deserve It!
 They Deserve It!
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With all that going in our lives, women having women is all we need. Having a female friendship is a blessing. They’ll be there when no one else would be. Along the ride, women get competitive, they think they need to win the race, but in reality, we need each other. Women deserve better and we can provide each other with the “better” at least!

Over the years, I only have few friends and they’re all females. Though I connect with males more than them somehow, I & my girlfriends have come a long way and in all honesty, it takes dedication & heart to preserve such friendships. The key is to forgive & forget the bad and celebrate the good in each other. We’re all flawed but we, as a woman can be there for each other completing each other. So, this 13th February goes out with your girlfriends and celebrate the love you all share. Because you all deserve it.

 

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

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

Below are the ingredients you’d need.

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

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

oreo cake
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Here’s the recipe:

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

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

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

Prepare for the magic:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In an era where looks matter the most. One just doesn’t have to be physically appealing to make impressions but it’s sort of running up to a way of living & earning. Stuck in such generation are those who are trying constantly to escape issues like depression, anxiety, panic disorder and more such mental disorders due to ample reasons. Reasons that begins with personal issues to endless reasons. There isn’t a particular cause for deteriorating mental health. People focus on staying healthy & fit by going to the gym, exercising, eating healthy, to enhance their physical appearance. What we don’t realize is mental health is as important as physical health! After reading this blog, you’ll have 5 easy & effecting ways to keep your mental health fit.

1. Practice Self-Reflection
Practice Self-Reflection
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Out of all the things that affect our mental health, not knowing ourselves affect us the most. Once a person knows themselves. They’ll know how to tackle the problems that the world throws at them. Every day take out at least 15 minutes of your day to self-reflect. By self-reflect, talk to yourself because no one is judging you. Spend some time alone, let out your emotions, and cry if you wish to. Self-reflection helps in learning about our fundamental nature, purpose & essence. Stand in front of the mirror and assess what you see in the reflection. Assessing a reflection is helpful in learning what you perceive.

2. Know Yourself
Know Yourself
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Identify your weaknesses & strengths. Try and gather information about yourself, such as how do you react to certain things, how do you work & grasp things while learning. When you know your weaknesses, you can work on them. Set up some goals for yourself to overcome those weaknesses. Knowing your strength you’d know where to work and how much you can work without overexerting your brain. Individuals need to know their strong & weak points in order to attain what they actually need while moving further in life.

3. Work Out or Brain Muscles
Work Out or Brain Muscles
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As much as working out is important for physical health. It is equally important for mental health as well. While we’re working out our body muscles, this process delivers oxygen to our brain which further helps in improving memory, reasoning abilities & reaction times. Working out brain muscles also mean work your brain out too. For this, you can watch game shows, quiz shows. While you watch and get entertained try answering the question to exercise general knowledge.

4. Find a Hobby
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Diverting our mental energy toward learning something new, you can stay mentally fit & active as well. Learning something new or developing a liking for something new gives they ‘Grey Matter’ a workout and builds neural pathways in the brain. For those who will wonder what grey matter is, it’s a part of CNS (Central nervous system) Go out, start reading if you like reading. Find new books of your interest. With finding a new hobby for yourself you can cover the previous point as well. While you learn a new hobby you can work out as well. Look out for a hobby like dancing, swimming, aerobics, opting for your favorite sports.

5. Love Life
Love Life
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Out of everything that you may do this one works the best and for the best! Coming from my personal experience, unless you love and appreciate what you have been blessed with you won’t make much far. We have been blessed this life, wake up every morning rather than checking Instagram, WhatsApp or any other social platforms, appreciate the fact you woke up. We forget to appreciate life, the process of living life while busy making money and running after things that won’t add to our life experiences. Meet your friends, spend time with your family & friends, fall in love, meet and make new friends, join a club, have a random conversation and get to know people you come across. There’s so much more to life than what we think or what we run after.

Mental health is important, an essential part of our lives revolve around how we perceive things and react to them. Efforts taken to stay physically fit has to be equal to efforts taken to keep your mental health fit.

First time going out on a date with the person you love can be pretty daunting and when you’re planning you want everything to be perfect. In this process of making things perfect, we forget about the person that’s going with us. Boys and girls take notes, prior to planning your first date get to know your partner well. That is the key to any date that you’re planning. If you know the person’s interest it becomes easy & smooth to execute the idea of a date! Here to help you are a few ideas that might help you impress your love. Thank me later. Make it work like a pro!

Take a walk!
Take a walk!
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Yes, it’s that simple. Sometimes it’s the little things and simpler ones too. Not every time a grand gesture has to be a part of a date. Walking for a while holding hands can be so romantic!

A Museum Tour!
A Museum Tour!
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Visiting a tour can help you two understand each other’s perspective in life-based on art & history. Small talks can make you learn so much about the person you have no idea!

Play Games!
Play Games!
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Getting your partner to play games with you can be really helpful. Playing games (indoor games preferably) can bring out their competitive & fun side of their personality. This can include going out for skating or even bowling. Bowling can be goofy & ice-breaking because of the technique, shoes & music (wink wink)

Treat for a Bookworm!
Treat for a Bookworm!
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If your partner’s a bookworm and loves books more than anything a date to any library, book reading sessions, or a book lounge/café would be perfect! In fact, you guys plan a picnic and spend time reading books to each other or quietly reading to yourselves but together (just like in movies)

Go Hiking!
Go Hiking!
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Well, this one is possible if you have places to go hiking in your zone. Because going out to travel on your very first date might just get awkward. A perfect idea to get to know their spontaneity & fitness skills (wink)

Let’s Karaoke!
Let’s Karaoke!
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Karaoke is one fun way for a date! But the first date? Try it! It might turn out the most memorable one. Singing unknown lyrics at the top of your voice and enjoying music together can be so fun, romantic & relieving. A good time to experience their vulnerability!

Drive-in movie!
Drive-in movie!
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Going out for a movie is generally not ideal for the first date. But a drive-in movie gives you privacy and time to chat about your favorite scenes!

Jumping Jacks @ Trampoline Park!

The trampoline can add thrill & fun to your date. It’s a good idea for you to not be serious and just be yourselves.

Dine Together!

This has to top all date ideas. Dining together is always an easy & safest choice. So you might want to give this a chance.

Tasting Wine Together!

Go to a vineyard or someplace where you can taste different wines.

The ‘Kitchen’ Date

You two can cook something together. Cooking can be fun too.

Go *Anything* at the Beach!

Beach is always the most romantic option. And a date on the beach can be perfect. Get to know each other at the beach either walking, having a meal or adventure water sports. If you have access to the beach, utilize the fact!

Now you have plenty of ideas so you better make the most of it. Do tell us how your date went if you opt for an option mentioned in the blog or if you did something completely out-of-this-world!

Chocolates are love. And even tastier when it’s paired with a soft crunch of cookies. Chocolate cookies are ultimate snacks for evening tea, morning coffee, or after your mid-day meal. Basically, you can have chocolate cookies anytime because they’re so delicious. Every good thing has to come to an end. Cookies don’t have to. For that let’s learn how to make this scrumptious crunchy chocolate cookies.

Ingredients
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Ingredients (What you’ll need to make them)-
  • Butter – 1 Full Cup
  • Eggs- 2
  • White Sugar- 1 & ½ Cups
  • Vanilla Extract- 2 Teaspoons
  • All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  • Salt- ¼ Teaspoon
  • Cocoa Powder- 2/3 Cup
  • Baking Soda- ¾ Teaspoon
  • Chocolate Chips- 2 Cups
Directions-

Keeping it super simple and easy to understand to make these. Follow these steps-

  • Before you start the baking, preheat the oven to have the required temperature for the dough to be baked. Preheat at 175-200 degrees C
  • Once you’ve set the oven to preheat. On the other side, take a large bowl for the batter. For that add the butter (make sure it’s softened), white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and mix it well till it’s blended and fluffy in texture.
  • Take another bowl and add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix it well too.
  • Now that you have two different bowls of one batter and other powdered mixture. Combine both well by pouring the batter into the bowl with flour and all. Mix it well until blended. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Next, you take an oven tray and spread a greased cookie sheet. Drop the mixture with the help of teaspoon size spoons.
  • Once you’re done with the dropping process. Leave spaces between as when they bake, obviously they increase in their size.
  • Put the oven tray inside the pre-heated oven and bake this for 8-10 minutes.
  • Take them out and carefully put them on the wire racks to cool all of them down.
Last Step
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  • After it’s done, enjoy these scrumptious-crunchy-chocolaty cookies with your favorite beverage. Store them in an air-tight container to enjoy it for a few more days.

Feeling like there are butterflies fluttering in your stomach? You most probably are in love! Being in love & feeling lust for someone are two completely different things, but the “signs from the universe” come naturally the same! In this blog, you’ll get to relate to the occurrence of feelings when you’re falling in love, or majorly crushing on someone. Having said that, I’d also like to add that every individual feels different, well obviously. Considering that fact, not everyone would agree to these but hands down, love can make us go crazy. Let’s figure this out…

All Things KJo

All Things KJo
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Apparently according to Karan Johar from Indian Cinema love feels incredibly beautiful. You might hear violins in the background when you see ‘Your’ person talking (That’s one sign of hallucination and not love). A satin-silky cloth will fly all over your face making you feel the presence of that person so magical (Magical like a unicorn? Who are you falling in love with, human right?) Love does feel easy, right and natural but it’s not love until after all the petty arguments, and those silly fights you want to still be there with that person. I’d suggest you look over those signs that are similar to Bollywood. Once you feel the “want” for that person after hardships? That’s LOVE!

You’re In A Romantic Sit-com

You’re In A Romantic Sit-com
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Initially, when we’re connecting with that person we tend to stay connected all the damn time. Over the phone, thanks to the evolution of technology for video calls, texting, DM’ing over Instagram, sending snaps on Snapchat for streaks, sharing memes, all these nuances of love makes you sleepless and lose your appetite and happy at heart. To be honest, love doesn’t have to feel that way. Staying connected and dedicated is good. Communication is helpful. What’s the point if love can distract you from your own good? I believe love brings out the best in people. Losing sleep can make you insomniac, losing appetite can make you weak, and what if the right person stays connected with you and you two actually focus on the future while you enjoy the present? Romantic but meaningful. Love doesn’t have to be crazy enough to make you go crazy. Make the most of it while you fall for each other. Just when you feel the need to make the other person feel good about themselves in order to nurture and flourish, you’re in love!

Why Don’t You Be You & I’ll Be Me

(Heading reference- Let it go by James Bay)

Why Don't You Be You & I'll Be Me
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Beauty lies within. And in the eyes of the beholder. Let the other person look at how beautiful your heart is. The most beautiful & happiest part of being in love is when you can be yourself. How about your woman dresses up just how she likes it, lets her hair down, enjoys the music like she’s in a music video, dances like nobody’s watching not even you, blurts out anything that strikes her head? Similarly, how about your man being crazy about his favorite sports, wants to have his friends over his place with a crate of beer, leaves the wet towel on the floor, and doesn’t stay organized & tidy? All these silly things that make you, you, and if a person can love them about you is definitely love! Let them be comfortable around you and if they are, that’s a clear sign of love.

Little Things Aren’t Little

Little Things Aren’t Little
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The urge to share those little things that make us happy is real. Having someone to share your happiness is a blessing. It makes things so much better. Rightly said, every good thing gets better when you’re in love. Things that make us smile gets better and furthermore special when you share the joy. Sorrows feel like a burden. It seems little when we want to share every little thing because when you’re in love little things aren’t little. They matter and how. When you have someone to share your sorrows, doubts, and pain, the shoulder feels lighter. It’s crazy how a person can make every little thing better when in love. As stated before these things could be anything that brings your happiness and something that causes pain, this one person by your side subdues the pain and elevates your happiness in a magical way. Going shopping, running errands together, working together, or even doing the daily chores with him/her- all these little moments suddenly becomes romantic and makes you happy, you’re in love.

Here you have the universal signs that you’re in love. Go ahead and confess your love that you feel and make it even better because sharing makes it magically extra happy.

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