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Your skin is asking more moisturizer, you are feeling apprehensive to take a bath daily, and you simply don’t care about how you are looking because all you care about is to stop shaking in the cold waves – these are the signs that winter is here. All your warm woolens are out and like every year you think you don’t have enough winter clothes- right? But skipping the bath, applying moisturizer, and wearing layers of woolens are not the only precautions that you have to take. There are many more things that you must follow to stay fit and healthy this chilling season. The steps are easy and simple to follow.

Read your winter fitness mantra:
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
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Every season comes up with its special fruits and vegetables and that is nature’s way of taking care of us. You will stay fit and fine with the consumption of these things. Winter is the season when you get lots of leafy vegetables and you must include them in your diet. These vegetables and fruits will build stronger immunity and give you a natural shine. Have everything from spinach to radish, carrots to cabbage, oranges to guavas, beet to turnips – all are important for healthy winter life. So, make a chart and have one type of fruit and vegetable daily for the whole week. That way, your body will extract the antioxidants and vitamins from all types of winter special fruits and vegetables.

Walk, run, or jog
Walk, run, or jog
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Winter is the best time to walk, run, or jog for a longer period. In summers, you sweat a lot and get tired easily but thanks to the chilling weather, you feel the opposite in winter. So, take out your sports shoe and tracksuit and walk briskly run around, or simply jog in the park outside your home or terrace of your home. You will feel more energetic and healthier.

Have Tulsi  
Have Tulsi    
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Tulsi is a perennial plant and if not in the summer season, you can practice its consumption at least in the winter season. It has Vitamin A, C, B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc and that means all your cold-related illnesses will be cured. Have tulsi tea, tulsi soup, or simply di tulsi leaves in honey and chew it. Your immunity will become stronger.

Try honey
Try honey
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Honey is rich in antioxidants and is free from fat and cholesterol. Also, honey is very effective in curing your winter health hazards like the common cold. Have herbal tea with honey and see the change. You can have honey in pancakes, toasts, oatmeal, yogurts, coffee, or cereals. Also, apply honey daily on your face and see how naturally you start to glow.

Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
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Do you know that too much white sugar and flour will not only contribute to weight gain but can also hamper your immune system? Have momos or chowmein from the street-side stalls but once a month. Replace them with whole grains and natural sweeteners.

Plan a trip
Plan a trip
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In the winter season, your kids have winter vacation and you can arrange some leaves from your workplace. So, plan a trip anywhere and come back refreshed. Going to a new place or traveling is also an essential part of staying healthy and fit. Why? Because the same old daily life leads to monotony and that reflects in whatever job you do. A break from work or study and exploring a new place will bring new energy in life to perform better. India has some heavenly places that you can enjoy in winter. So, go out and make memories for a better and healthy life.

Don’t forget water
Don’t forget water
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Just because the weather outside is freezing doesn’t mean you should cut down your water intake. Staying hydrated is essential in all seasons. Carry a flask along at work and have lukewarm water. You will not feel thirsty but set a reminder every hour to drink a glass or half-glass of water. Always remember that water flushes out toxins in your body and that’s why you must not forget to drink water in winter too.

December- the last month of the year is filled with nostalgia and memories. Nostalgia because as a whole year ends, we all have a flashback in our minds about the failures and achievements, gains and losses, etc. Memories because this month gives us two most cheerful occasions- Christmas & New Year and thus many get-together moments with loved ones happen leading to creating many everlasting memories.

Christmas & New Year are only 6 days apart and thus with the arrival of December, you must be busy making plans to buy various things as a token of your love & respect for your near and dear ones.

The list of Christmas & New Year gift ideas below may help you:

Fragrant Candles:
Fragrant Candles
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You can never go wrong with a set of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 fragrant candles. Candles symbolize hope, the light of life, and positivity. It is one of the best-selling Christmas & New Year gifts. Fragrant candles lighten up the mood, enhance good thoughts, and release stress and that’s why they are well-appreciated gifts. Plus, candles also impart a cozy home décor. Go for orange, lavender, or cinnamon-scented candles.

Box of Exotic Chocolates:
Box of Exotic Chocolates
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A box of exotic chocolates is something that will be loved both by kids and adults. Find the ones with interesting shapes of hearts, stars, or Santa and impress your loved ones. Chocolates will increase love and sweetness in your relationships too.

Car Blanket:
Car Blanket
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This is a thoughtful gift idea for those who have to drive a lot. Be it early morning or late night, this heated car blanket will keep the driver warm and cozy thus driving won’t be a punishment at all. They can be easily plugged into any car and until one unplugs it – it will remain warm.

Champagne Glasses:
Champagne Glasses:
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As said earlier December is the time when people love to party more. Both Christmas & New Year refers to never-ending parties and that’s why a beautiful, sleek, and elegant set of champagne glasses will be a perfect choice of gift. You can buy them online and choose a personalized set.

Colorful Coasters:
Colorful Coasters
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Colorful hand-painted coasters will be another meaningful gift. When friends and relatives come home to meet and greet that means there will be coffee/tea along with other savories too. This is when these coasters can be put to use which will impress the guests too. Anyone will appreciate this much thought about the gift.

Plants:
Plants
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With every passing day, the need for plants is growing and thus these green friends would be the noblest gifts. Go for low-maintenance plants like Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Spider plant, Snake plant, etc. These plants will help people to breathe fresh air, curb indoor air pollution, and provide a better atmosphere for those with breathing problems.

Woolen Wears:
Woolen Wears
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Winter is the time for bringing out the heavy woolen sweaters, shawls, and pullovers. Opt for bright and funky woolen wears for your friends and relatives and win their hearts.

Funky Jacket:
Funky Jacket
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You can opt for funky jackets with quirky messages printed on them. Those bright-colored jackets would also be great choices. Various TV shows or movie poster inspired jackets are also available and you can buy them too for your loved ones.

Body Butter:
Body Butter
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Body butter or lotions or creams are the “must-have” things for the winter season. Go for herbal ones and make a hamper out of them to greet your near and dear ones.

Winter Special Recipe Book:
Winter Special Recipe Book
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Winter is a great time to cook and eat. A winter special recipe book would be of great help to the ones who are new to cooking and also for those who love cooking.

Winter is perhaps the best time to eat. Why? Because you get a variety of fresh vegetables as compared to summer and monsoon. Beet or beetroot is one of the easily available vegetables of this season. It contains major nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that provide many health benefits. Beetroot consumption helps in lowering the blood pressure, may prevent cancer, provides a supple and glowing complexion, aids in maintaining a healthy weight, provide ample muscle power among people with weak heart, may prevent dementia, etc. Apart from that, beetroot is a great source of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, and folate.

This bulbous root vegetable is generally eaten as a salad or juice or smoothie. But I will let you know about a recipe using beet that will satiate your sweet-cravings this winter. Beetroot kheer is not only tasty but also looks gorgeous and therefore be ready for loads of Instagram likes and comments.

Ingredients:
  • Beetroot: 2 cup (grated)
  • Milk: 1.5 liters
  • Ghee or clarified butter: 3 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Green cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts: 30 gms
  • Almonds: 30 gms
  • Rosewater- 1.5 tsp
How to make Beetroot Kheer?
  • First of all, grate the beetroot and measure 2 cups and keep them aside.
  • Now take a saucepan and fill it with 45 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  • Add the grated beetroot in it and cover it.
  • Let this boil for 5-7 minutes.
  • Keep the lid intact for another 2 minutes and now sieve the beetroot.
  • Let it cool for some time.
  • Take a bowl and squeeze the half-boiled beetroot. You will get the raw reddish-pink color.
  • Don’t throw away this juice and save it for later.
  • You can throw away the water you used to boil the beetroot.
  • Now take a clean and large saucepan or pot and put the ghee in it.
  • Let the ghee release its beautiful aroma and then add the beetroot.
  • Sauté it well for 3-4 minutes. The beetroot will become softer now.
  • Now put the milk in it and give a nice stir for 2 minutes.
  • Close the lid and keep the flame low.
  • Check after 10 minutes and give another stir.
  • It won’t take more than 15-20 minutes to cook.
  • Open the lid and check the thickness at this point. If you want a diluted one, then, add some hot water.
  • Also, add the sugar and stored juice of beet at this stage. Give a nice mix to this one.
  • Now sprinkle the green cardamom powder and give another mix.
  • Let all these gather well on the heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Add another teaspoon of ghee and rest it for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add the rose water and close the lid to open only before serving
  • Add chopped cashews and almonds before serving.

Enjoy this amazing delicacy during your wintertime get-together parties or during the lazy weekend meals.

What comes to your mind when the name Usha Uthup comes up? Stunning sarees, gajra, big bindi on forehead, and a smiling energetic face – right? Right through my childhood, I have seen this lady pumping up the stage. In my world, she has always been the rockstar. Who else can set the stage on fire in a saree and wearing a gajra? My grandparents and parents always told me that “look at her how civilized her clothes are- you don’t always need to show your skin to perform!”. That is her power- she is able to connect to me and the older generation.

At 72 also she travels a lot and spreads happiness among people. Here are some facts that you perhaps don’t know about Usha didi:

  1. At the beginning of her career, she sang in Trincas. It is one of the classiest restaurants in India situated in Park Street of Kolkata. She was the first lady to sing there and that too clad in a saree. Many a time she was asked to change her clothes or at least wear the saree in some other way but she didn’t. She was there to sing and she sang without worrying about these petty things.
  2. Although a Tamil Brahmin, Usha was born in Bombay. In her school, she was thrown out of the music class.
  3. Her sisters who were into music introduced her to Ameen Sayani who gave her an opportunity to sing in the Ovaltine Music Hour of Radio Ceylon. She sang a number called “Mockingbird Hill”.
  4. Kolkata is the city that gave her massive popularity but before Trincas, she sang in a few nightclubs in Chennai. Kolkata also introduced her to her husband whom she met at Trincas and also her children were born there. She says Kolkata gave her the love of her life, identity, fame, and adulation. And she can never stay away from the city for long. Many times, she wears a big bindi with “K” written in Bengali on it- as a token of respect to the city.
  5. She gave her first-ever live performance in Kolkata at Trincas way back on 1st October 1969. Trincas is known to attract all celebrities across the country. Trincas organized a double celebration package for people. On 27th & 28th September, it organized another live performance of Usha Uthup to celebrate her golden jubilee year of performance while the restaurant celebrated its 60th anniversary.
  6. If you are a fan of her jewelry and sarees, then, you must know that she loves to shop from Kanishka, a famous South Kolkata boutique, and Chamba Lama, a Tibetan jewelry shop in the New Market area of Kolkata.
  7. Usha Uthup in 0’s broke the stereotypes of music that Kolkata or India listened to. She brought those first rays of jazz and pop among people and no parties are ever complete without her Bollywood songs.
  8. Usha Uthup says that she never had any formal training in music. Her two elder sisters Uma & Indira started to sing during the ’50s in clubs of Mumbai and she learned music from them. She says that music flows in her naturally.
  9. Do you know that Usha Uthup sang in 13 regional languages and 8 foreign languages?

“Wine makes every meal and occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized” – Andre Simon

What a beautiful quote was that! Wine makes you wiser wonderfully. There are major benefits of drinking wine. It contains antioxidants which help you retain a glowing skin and hair. Drinking wine increases bone density and boosts the immune system. It lowers the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol. So, if you are bored of just drinking wine (which can never be true), you can try this purely magical, mysterious, and miraculous White Wine Chicken.

Step 1 – The Marinade Process:
Key Ingredients

Chicken: 250 gms

Salt: 2 tsp

Black Pepper Powder: 5 tsp

Ginger Paste: 1.5 tsp

Thinly Sliced Onion: 2 Small

Finely Minced Garlic: 5-6 tsp

Chopped Green Chilies: 4

Chopped Coriander: 5 tsp

Melted Butter: 7 tsp

Mustard Oil: 2 tsp

White Wine: 6-7 tsp/30 ml

  • Wash the chicken pieces nicely and pat the pieces dry.
  • Now gather all these mentioned ingredients and start the marinade by putting the ingredients in order.
  • Always put the salt first followed by black pepper powder, ginger paste, thinly sliced onion, finely minced garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, melted butter, and mustard oil.
  • Use your hands to give a really nice mix.
  • Finally spread the white wine over this chicken. Give another hand mix very well and refrigerate it.

P.S. – For best results, the chicken should be marinated for 6-8 hours. But if you are in a hurry, you can marinade it for 1-2 hours.

Step 2 – The Paste and Mixes:
  • Boil a handful or 20-25 pieces of Cashew Nuts in water nicely so that it turns soft.
  • Now make a smooth paste of cashew nuts to be used in this amazing chicken recipe later.
Step 3 – The Frying and Cooking Process:

This step would start once your chicken is thoroughly marinated (for the time mentioned above)

Key Ingredients

Refined Oil (for frying chicken) – approximate amount

Refined Oil/Butter (for frying other ingredients) – 5 tsp

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1.5 tsp

Fennel Seeds (Saunf) – ½ tsp

Green Cardamom (Hari Elaichi) – 4-5 pieces

Bay Leaves (Tej Patta) – 2 pieces

Thinly Sliced Onion – 5 pieces

Garlic Paste – 2 tsp

Sliced Tomato – 1 Medium

White Wine – 4 tsp

Full Cream Milk – 1-2 cups

Green Chilies – 4-5

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tsp

Oregano – 1 tsp

  • Now you have to take out the chicken from the refrigerator and bring it to normal room temperature before proceeding with the final leg of the wine chicken.
  • Put some approximate amount of oil in a wok or frying pan. Pull only the chicken out one at a time from the marinade mix and fry them well until golden brown.
  • Now take another wok and put that 5 tsp of refined oil or butter.
  • Drop the Cumin seeds, Fennel Seeds, Bay Leaves, and Green Cardamom and let the aroma fill in your kitchen.
  • Its time now to put in the thinly sliced onion with garlic paste. Fry it until golden and then put in thinly sliced tomatoes.
  • Let the tomatoes soften a bit and then put the fried chicken in the wok. Keep stirring for at least 5-7 minutes so that nothing sticks at the bottom and every bit of chicken receives the spices.
  • Remember that the marinade mix had onion, garlic, coriander, and green chilies. Now put that mix in this wok of chicken. Give a nice stir and let it cook undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • The cashew nut paste along with 1 cup of full cream milk has to be spread now. Give a stir and put 3-4 tsp of white wine more. Keep mixing and stirring meanwhile.
  • Stir well so that there are no lumps of cashew nut paste.
  • Check the consistency of gravy and as you have put some more white wine, put the lid and let it cook for at least 15 minutes.
  • Open the lid and check the consistency again. The consistency can be adjusted with some more milk or warm water.
  • The mesmerizing aroma of white wine chicken can now be felt more. Sprinkle a tablespoon of white sugar, slit green chilies, coriander leaves, and oregano.
  • Serve it hot or mildly hot with Steamed Rice or Chapati or Paratha.

The sleep requirement varies from one body type to another. Some may stay fit with only 5 hours of sleep while some need at least 8 hours of sleep. But the main point is the quality of sleep. Going to bed at 10 P.M and staying awake till 1 A.M. to fall asleep is not good. Waking up at 2 A.M. and again struggling to fall asleep is not a strong sign.

Some people don’t even consider these sleep-related problems as a real problem but imagine if you go to bed sharp at 10 P.M. and fall asleep in 10-15 minutes- complete your quota of sleep- won’t your morning be refreshing? Of course, it will be. Research says that when you have a good-quality sleep, you become more positive towards life, and become more productive at work.

Do you know that there are certain types of food that can help you with better sleep? Of course, things won’t happen overnight but if you practice including these following food types, you will see good results in 2-3 weeks.

A warm companion- Tea:
Tea
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Yes, tea is generally consumed right in the morning to energize the mind and body. But there are certain types of tea that help you sleep well. Chamomile tea & passionflower tea are those types of tea that will provide you with a night of better sleep. There is the presence of antioxidants in chamomile tea that promotes a better heart function and reduces inflammation. This tea also has apigenin- a type of antioxidant that communicates with certain receptors in our brains that signals the brain to sleep. The same things are present in passionflower tea and these tea types also reduce levels of anxiety and stress.

Comfortable & Tasty Soyfood:
Soyfood
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Soy rich food types like miso, edamame, soy nuts, and tofu are rich in isoflavones. These isoflavones enhance the production of serotonin in the brain and that encourages the body to sleep. Having two soy food over the day will help you with your sleep-related problems.

Your Favorite Fiber Food:
Fiber Food
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Wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds, pulses, potatoes with skin intact, pears, broccoli, oranges, berry, barley, etc. are the food types that are rich in fiber. Include these types of food in your meals and see a sea-change in your sleep cycle. Fiber-rich food actually prevents blood sugar outpourings that may lower melatonin affecting your sleep. So, include more fiber food in your diet.

Tasty Fish:
Fish
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Having any type of fish is a healthy option. But just to cure your sleep-related problem, you can have salmon, tuna, or halibut. They are rich sources of vitamin B6 that produce melatonin- a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. These kinds of fishes also have a great amount of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. This is an amazing combination that produces serotonin- another sleep-enhancing brain chemical.

Crunchy & Juicy Kiwi:
Kiwi
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You can enjoy this exotic fruit after 1 hour of your dinner as a pre-bed snack. Kiwis carry a good amount of vitamin C, E, and K along with folate and potassium. Kiwis help in reducing inflammation, aids the digestive system, and also lowers the level of cholesterol. Also, don’t forget that kiwis contain serotonin that helps with a night of good sleep.

Tart Cherry Juice:
Tart Cherry Juice
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The small and beautiful looking red fruit is a great source of vitamin A, C, K, along with copper, manganese, and potassium. The juice of this fruit is known to cure insomnia too along with sleeplessness. Insomniacs can have this juice two times a day and see a great result. This juice is rich in melatonin that helps with good quality sleep.

These food types are what you see in the departmental store or vegetable market easily. Thus, pick them up if you or anyone in your family is suffering from any kind of sleep-related problem.

Dhansak is a famous Indian dish that originated among the Parsis of the Zoroastrian community. It is a beautiful combination of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Originally, it is mutton, vegetable, and lentil recipe that is savored by people. In a regular Paris family, Dhansak is a Sunday menu because it requires a lot of time to prepare. And as it is a special food item, so, the whole family must enjoy it at the lunch/dinner table.

Although most households prepare it with chicken or mutton, here I will present a recipe for vegetarian dhansak. The vegetarian Dhansak recipe is quite simpler and healthier. As the winter season is here, you will get many fresh vegetables in the market which you can use in Dhansak.

So, check the delicious recipe of Dhansak here:

Main Ingredients:
  • Pigeon Pea Lentils (Arhar or Tuvar Daal)- 1 cup
  • Green Gram Lentils (Haare Moong Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Pink Lentils (Masoor Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Tomatoes- 4-5 medium-sized
  • Onion- 1 large (chop it well)
  • Potatoes- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Pumpkin (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Eggplant (Baingan)- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Bottle Gourd (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Tamarind Pulp- 3 to 4 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)- 4 tsp
Please note that here 1 cup is equal to 250 gms
Ingredients for Dhansak Spice Mix:
  • Ginger- 1 inch
  • Garlic- 12 to 15 cloves
  • Cinnamon- 1 if large and 2-3 if small
  • Cumin Sees- 1.5 tsp
  • Cloves- 8 to 9
  • Dry Red Chilies- 2to 3
  • Coriander Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies- 4 to 5 (more if you want it spicy)
Process to Prepare Dhansak?
  • Take the lentils and rinse them well under flowing water. Make sure no dirt remains.
  • Now take all these lentils and the chopped veggies (except onion) in a pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook it in 4 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. (You can add some more water and wait for 2 or 3 more whistles in case the lentils and veggies are not prepared)
  • Now strain the lentils and vegetable mix through a strainer and keep it aside.
  • Bring the ingredients for Dhansak Masala now and grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. You can add some water to make a nice paste.
  • Now take small marble-sized tamarind and soak it in 3-4 tsp of warm water for at least half an hour.
  • Once the tamarind becomes soft squeeze the tamarind using your palm and extract its juice in a bowl.
  • Now take the ghee and add it to a clean wok or pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute them till they become golden brown.
  • Then add the dhansak masala that you have prepared and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and vegetable mix into it now and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  • After that add the tamarind pulp and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Check the consistency- in case you want a thinner one, you can add some hot water into this mix.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes or till the time the fragrance of tamarind pulp is there.

It is now ready to be served at your lunch/dinner table. Serve it with hot brown rice and enjoy great family time.

The claim to fame of Sushmita Sen is the moment she was crowned “Miss Universe” in the year 1994. It was India’s first win in that category and easily she won the hearts of millions. With a dazzling smile and confident answers – she slayed Manila and that moment is still fresh in the mind of her fans. Her stint in the movie industry has been short because Bollywood could never bring scripts in her time that would do full justice to her personality.

She has a fierce personality mixed with elegance. This combination is hard to find among actresses that Bollywood sees generally. Be it her public speaking capabilities or her way of living – she has always set examples that every woman aspires to become. She is more than beauty – she is a lot of brain with grace. Once you have liked her, nothing is stopping you from getting inspired by her.

Reasons why she will always remain an inspiration to us:

You become a Mom out of Love & Care:

Sush as Mom
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She had to struggle a lot to gain motherhood. The authorities questioned her single status and her “star or celebrity”. But she proved everyone wrong by being a doting mother to two beautiful kids. Her work and personal life balance are blissful and one can gauge that from her social media posts or her public appearances with her kids. She is an inspiration to all those women who don’t want to fall into marriage and still enjoy motherhood. Motherhood is pure love and with her life, she proves that one just needs to carry a loving and caring heart to become a mom.

Marriage can take a Backseat:

Sush on Marriage
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At the beginning of this year, one of her Instagram posts read- “Whoever invented marriage was creepy as hell. Like I love you so much I’m gonna get the government involved so you can’t leave”. Isn’t that a wonderful post? Sush is clearly that “new-age” woman who doesn’t need a marriage to define her. She is 43 and still not married and yet she is a woman of substance. What else do you need? She inspires all the ladies that “go out and fulfill your dreams and desires and if you don’t want to marry in that process, that’s okay”.

A Strong Woman of Words:

Sush is a woman of words
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Sush is definitely a woman of her words. During the Miss Universe Pageant in Manila in 1994, one of the questions was: “if you have lots of money, where would you invest?” The intelligent yet benevolent Sush responded, “I will love to invest in children, take care of children, or do something for them because children bring out the best in you and give peace”. You can see how beautifully she is living up to her words!

Fearless Expression of Love:

Fearless Lover
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There is an attitude given to love and romance in Bollywood. People in Bollywood tend to hide their love stories from the media or the general audience. Some would argue and say that “it’s their personal life, they should protect it”. But there is a difference between “privacy” and “denial”. Sushmita Sen never walked that road of denying her multiple love affairs. In her interviews to print media or during various TV shows, she fearlessly accepted who she is dating because she is a fearless woman. And that’s how it should be- isn’t it? It’s a good thing to be in love and when you are in a relationship, you should have the courage to accept that publicly.

Age is No Bar in Romance 

Age is no bar in love and romance
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Our society has a weird logic. It says that in a romantic or marital relationship, the guy should be older than the girl. The age difference is not spoken that loud in that case. Therefore, when a Dharmendra marries 14 years younger Hema Malini – it is okay. But when Amrita Singh married 12 years younger Saif Ali Khan – it became the talk of the town. Till today the majority of the people are in favor of an older guy and younger girl marriage union. Sushmita Sen, 43, didn’t marry but she is in a blissful live-in relationship with Rohman Shawl, 28. And she proves it again that – your happiness is the only thing that should matter to you and not what the society tries to impose on you.

Sushmita Sen is a brave heart and an unconventional woman. She has logic and acumen to walk the less-treaded road because that’s what makes her happy. Her whole life is like an open book and her decisions prove a point to the women of this country. She is an ever-inspirational woman who has always played well, lived an uncompromising life, and has become a role model for millions.

Here’s wishing our darling Sush a very Happy Birthday! May you continue to inspire us for ages to come.

Seldom would you come across a film personality like Kamal Haasan! Just like Mr. Bachchan, one can rightfully say that a talent like Kamal Haasan also comes once in a light year. He is not only an actor but a cinema visionary who has forayed into singing, direction, lyrics, screenwriter, producer, TV presenter, and choreographer. In all his ventures he has been a successful name. This year he turns 64 and Indian cinema has been blooming with his presence for the last 60 years. On his birthday, let’s rewind and see seven of his best performances although it would be very difficult to mark only seven.

Sadma (1983):

There would be many movies where his acting would cross this level and many other movies where his acting would be below this level – but nothing can match the charm of Somu. The last scene where he struggles to remind Reshmi of his existence in her life through that monkey dance still gives goosebumps. No other actor perhaps could have done this role better than Kamal Haasan. How a disease like retrograde amnesia can build a platonic relationship and how memory regains can kill that relationship – this movie is all about that. When Reshmi had retrograde amnesia and was unable to recognize her parents it was Somu who took care of her. He brought her from the dirty world of a brothel to his home and shared every bit of his life with her and raised her like a child. And sadly when Reshmi got her memory back she was unable to recognize Somu.

Nayagan (1987):

Not only Kamal Haasan but this movie is also one of the career-best of Mani Ratnam. This movie entered the list of “All-Time 100 Best Films” in 2005 conducted by TIME magazine. CNN-IBN included it in “100 greatest Indian films of all time” while NDTV marked it in the list of “India’s 20 greatest films”. Of course, Mr. Haasan won his 2nd National Film Award for this movie. It deals with the story of Varadarajan Mudaliar – a don of Bombay Underworld. This movie also throws light on the condition of South Indians living in Bombay. It is one of those movies of Kamal Haasan that is artistic in its approach and display but commercial in treatment.

Pushpak (1987):

This is a personal favorite movie and only a hungry actor like Kamal Hasaan could have done it. It is a movie made in 1987 but in silent mode – that was the beauty of this movie. When there are no dialogues – you tend to think more and focus more on the artistic excellence of the actors and shots. This is what this movie achieved and it has a cult fan following. How amazingly Haasan captured the essence of a common unemployed man who roams all through the day to get a job. This black comedy is worth a watch if you want to see the caliber of this actor.

Indian (1996):

This movie shows an ex-freedom fighter who turns into a vigilante who wants to root out corruption while his son is at the opposite end who is simplifying corrupt practices leading to some unfortunate events. This is one of the best patriotic movies where you see Kamal Haasan shine in every frame.

Chachi 420 (1997):

The filmography of this man is so extravagant that it is hard to mention only a few movies. This light-hearted movie saw an unrecognizable Kamal Haasan in the avatar of Chachi. Back in 1997 – that kind of prosthetics was a milestone. The antics of Chachi won the hearts of kids the most and the adults loved the vulnerability of Jaiprakash. It is a classic movie where the audience got one of the best acting stints and direction from Kamal Haasan.

Hey Ram (2000):

This is one of my most favorite movies that was written, directed, and produced by Kamal Haasan. It shows the partition time in India and Mahatma Gandhi’s death. This movie was made very sensitively and made us all feel the pain and loss during the partition. The protagonist of the movie goes from a journey of hating religion to loving it. Now that template is presented in the current scenario which is coated with religious extremism. The brutality of Babri Masjid destruction was also mentioned and you will end up feeling good, bad, and weird all.

Dasavathaaram (2008):

One of the finest performances of Kamal Haasan – Dasavathaaram saw 10 different versions of this stellar actor. The story of the movie involves the lives of various individuals from the 12th century to the 21st century. The protagonist is a research scientist who develops a bio-weapon and protects it so that it doesn’t get into the hands of terrorists. As this movie captures a vast timeline – many socio-political features also crop up making it an awesome view.

Some Other Facts To Know About Kamal Haasan:
  • Till now Kamal Haasan has been nominated 94 times at various awards out of which he won 81 times.
  • Seven of Kamal Haasan’s movies have been sent by India as an official entry to the Oscars – it is the highest score by any actor.
  • Kamal Haasan is the winner of 17 Filmfare Awards South – the highest by any actor.
  • He is the winner of 3 National Film Awards which is the second-highest after 4 wins of Amitabh Bachchan.
  • You will be amazed to know that even the Income Tax Department of India has also awarded him an honorary award for being a shining example of good citizenship by paying taxes his taxes regularly.

You must have always heard that a book is a man’s best friend. That’s true because reading opens many chains of thoughts in minds of people, builds confidence, broadens the horizons, and reduces stress. If you happen to be liking a reader off late and still contemplating to go ahead with this romantic relationship or not, then, you must sit down and think about it again. Why? Because readers are extremely humble persons with great understanding and patience. They are intelligent and witty people and that’s a killer combination that many people want in their lovers. It is true that readers are also the ones who enjoy solitude and can start reading a book anytime and anywhere which might make you feel unattended or unnoticed sometimes. But there is so much more that you can absorb from a reader.

Read below to know why you should date or continue dating a reader:

Readers Are Romantic People:

Oh yes, if you want dollops of romance in your life, you should definitely not let go of that boy or girl who reads a lot. Lovers of books, these readers are huge admirers of things that takes back to the old-world charms. They don’t crave for instant love but intensely and passionately romantic love. They are the ones who will drag you out on a rainy day to soak in the rain together. Readers are the ones who will sometimes surprise you with a candlelight dinner. And sometimes if you find a lovely poem in your pocket or bag – don’t be surprised. You will always get a sense of fulfillment while in a love-relationship with a reader because the romance in them never dies.

No Materialistic Demands:

They will never bother you with high-maintenance demands that will make a hole in your pocket. All they need is books to keep going apart from the essential things in life. They are practical-minded people who have a great understanding of money and expenses too. A reader will never bombard you with a materialistic or luxurious list of things and thus you can save a lot and be thankful towards him/her.

They Will Never Cling On You:

If you say that you cannot make it to the promised date or cannot spend the weekend together, they won’t complain. Because they always have their books to lean on and they always have much to read and learn. One of the many problems that makes regular couples part ways is that neediness to stay close and this is the problem you will never face while dating a reader.

Not At All Superficial:

Ok so when you are dating a reader, remember that everything he/she says has a deep meaning. They are not at all shallow or superficial people who go for show-offs. Being pretentious is just not their cup of tea. These readers know a lot and that’s why the depth of mind and heart they carry is something you just cannot find in others.

Great Listeners:

The biggest advantage of dating a reader is that they will always listen to your minutest details. They can never leave you unattended because they love to listen and know more about everything that is entwined with their lives. So, whatever you are feeling or experiencing you can always a have shoulder to lean on and talk fearlessly.

Learn Vocabulary:

The way a reader speaks is way different than anyone else. Being voracious readers, they have a great romance with words. So, you will be astounded with the great vocabulary he/she always puts in the speech. This way you can also improve your vocabulary. You will always learn a new word and its history. Isn’t that exciting?

Understanding Partners:

The best quality of a reader is that they understand you like no one else ever did. They patiently listen to all your problems, understand them deeply, and offer a nice solution. Readers read regularly and that’s why they are wiser than the rest, they think more and understand more than any regular person. It is always easy to deal with them.

Easy To Please:

Whenever there is a special occasion, you don’t need to sit and scratch your head and think about how to please him/her. You know the latest book or anything related to reading like a bookend, handmade bookmarks, or a reading lamp can please your reader lover. It is always so easy to decide to gift such a person.

Creative Genius:

Readers are creative people because they have read a lot, learned a lot, and have a great sense of understanding. Whenever you are stuck somewhere they are there with their creative brains to offer you a solution. The one-liners about worldly affairs, the captions to your photographs, or the poems about you – they always prove their creativity.

Healthy Discussions:

One thing is assured when you are dating a reader and that is you will never get bored of him/her. There is always so much to talk about. Rather than fighting over stupid things, arguing about your schedule, or getting angry on habits of each other, you will always end up having healthy discussions that will have a constructive effect on your personality.

So, if you are getting up, close, and personal with a reader, then, don’t leave him/her.

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