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Road Trips – a very big deal indeed! It is quite a publicized thing now for the current generation. That doesn’t mean our grandparents didn’t enjoy road trips – of course, they did but they didn’t have social media as a proof of that happiness. As Bollywood made Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, and TVF made Tripling – there seems to be a whole new fan following of road trips. Undoubtedly, this is a good thing because these trips make you believe in the good things of life.

As your life progresses ahead, you may feel like taking short breaks for road trips more. Why? Maybe because road trips make you face with your fears clearly and you always come back energized and more confident about yourself. As Tripling says – “Zindagi mein saare problems ka solutions road trip hai” (The solution to all problems in life lies in road trips). In case you are new to this concept, then, you must be searching “where to go?”

Here is a list of 5 wonderful road trips that you must take once in your lifetime.

Mumbai-Pune

This is just a 94 kms ride and that will take around 2-3 hours to reach the destination. Mumbai-Pune is considered one of the best road trips in India. The green belt would soothe your eyes and soul and you can have amazing food at Sunny Da Dhaba & The Kinara Village Dhaba here. Most Mumbaikars take this road trip to enjoy their weekend offs. Before reaching Pune, you will cross through Lonavala which is the prime USP of this trip. The beautiful scenery would refresh your mind. Also, don’t forget to savor the famous “Chikki” in Lonavala.

Bangalore-Bandipur Forest

This one is not so hyped but this is included in the list here because of its unusualness. The Bandipur forest route will give you some of the most memorable forest views. You can take the route from Mysore to Ooty and cross through this forest area. You will see deers quite easily crossing the roads. So, drive safely. The highway is also charming. Running along the picturesque Mysore Road, the total distance is 220 kms and that means 4-5 hours of journey. You will also spot your MacD and CCD on the way!

Manali-Leh

This one is perhaps the much-awaited road trip you want to take because you have heard rave reviews from every road trip enthusiasts about this route. You have also seen iconic Bollywood movies shot here like Jab We Met. So, get ready for some memorable #instaworthy pictures. The total distance is 479 kms and you will take 2 days to reach here. Unlike other routes all over India, this one comes with challenging topography and that’s why the time taken to cover the route would be longer. Plan your trip during summer to mid-October. The experience of this route is perhaps inexplicable – and you would know that once you are there.

Jaipur-Ranthambore

The total distance to cover is just 155 kms and you will take only 3 hours to reach your destination. You have to take the State Highway 24 to check off 3 essentials from your list and they are Jaipur, Ranthambore, and the beautiful stretch in between these two. You can also stop by the Bassi Wildlife sanctuary in between.

Mumbai-Mount Abu

The total distance is 758 kms and the time you will take is 12 hours (or more). Mount Abu in Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful locales in Rajasthan. So, if the mundane city life of Mumbai is bothering you much, then, just drive your way to this scenic place and enjoy your stay here. The relatively cooler temperature would soothe your senses. You have to take the NH 8 from Mumbai to Mount Abu through Vadodara and Ahmedabad. You may stop by and explore these two towns for their authentic culture and Gandhian history respectively. You will find lovely food all through this journey.

What are you waiting for now? Just manage a few holidays at work and go ahead to experience road trips. Remember, you will come back with a rejuvenated mind and body.

Each year summer season breaks the record of the temperature of the previous year. The sultry weather leaves with less energy and almost zero minds to step outside. But remember that every season comes with its special basket of fruits and vegetables. If you consume these seasonal growths, then, you will stay fit easily. Watermelon is one of the summer favorite fruits. Deep green or striped green outside and red inside – this fruit can be consumed as direct juice, in fruit salads, and in smoothies. People also use the watermelon juice in face packs that remove sun tan & makes skin look younger and fresher.

So, bring more and more watermelons home and enjoy this juicy fruit. Read below and know why this wonder fruit is beneficial for your fitness in the summer season.

Keeps Your System Hydrated

The prime ingredient that your body needs in summer season is water and lots of water. There is actually no limit to water intake. In fact, the more you take water, the healthier your system becomes. Each bite of watermelon consists of at least 92% water and only 6 % sugar. So, a box full of watermelon while you are outside or having a bowl of watermelon at your breakfast will be suggested. Watermelon also contains a good source of electrolytes that helps in staying hydrated and replacing the minerals that are lost while you are sweating under the sun.

Improves Your Immunity

Just because it is summer season doesn’t mean that your body is not going to fall sick. In fact, you are more likely to fall sick when you are juggling between the air conditioning inside and boiling temperature outside. Watermelon contains 16% of your daily dose of Vitamin C and that is responsible for improving immunity. Staying fit is really easy with watermelons!

Antioxidants Render Beauty

Apart from eating watermelons, you can also apply watermelon on your face, hands, legs, and all the sun-exposed portions of your body. The powerful antioxidants in watermelons will help in rendering a supple, shining, and youthful skin along with the removal of tan. You can mix 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice with one tablespoon of raw milk, and a half tablespoon of honey. You may also mix 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice with 1 tablespoon of yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of rose water, and 1 tablespoon of gram flour.

Cuts Brain Fog

The boiling temperature and scorching sun rays of the summer season may leave your family members or your kids with a lack of concentration and confusion. Watermelon contains a good amount of potassium that helps the brain to function properly, stay focused, and improved performance.

Reduces Inflammation

During the summer system, you may come across various inflammatory diseases that would further discourage your spirit and confidence. So, to reduce or mitigate diseases like irritable bowel system, fever, sinusitis, asthma, etc. have watermelon daily in the summer season. If not daily, you can have it on every alternate day.

Aids In Weight Loss

Summer is a great time to start your diet regime. There are plenty of fruits that will help you with the required protein and vitamins. Watermelon is one such fruit that reduces body fat. The citrulline found in watermelon converts into arginine in the kidneys. This conversion prevents the excess accumulation of fat in fat cells.

So, make your body and mind summer ready with tasty, healthy, and juicy watermelons!

Chicken is definitely a winter or monsoon time delicacy. But believe me, there is actually no season for hardcore chicken lovers (like me). The rising temperature during summer season doesn’t actually leave with an appetite to enjoy spicy food. During the summer season, it is actually suggested to consume less spicy food because light food is easy to digest and helps in staying fit. So, to give the chicken a summer special touch, here is my special lemon pepper chicken. Lemon makes the chicken tender and adds a nice smell. Pepper is any day a better option than red chili powder. It provides a healthy heart, promotes a good digestive tract, and mitigates migraine.

Believe me, chicken also loves these two items and you will know that when you will have a piece of this chicken in your mouth.

What All You Need?
  • Chicken: 500 gms
  • Garlic (peeled and finely chopped): 25-30 cloves
  • Onion Paste: 5 tsp
  • Lemon Juice: 6-7 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds: 2 tsp
  • Salt: As per taste. But during marinade use 2 tsp
  • Black Pepper (Crushed): 7 tsp (you may reduce it in case you need it less spicy)
  • Coriander Leaves (finely chopped): 2 tsp
  • Butter: 4 tsp
  • Youghurt: ½ cup
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Hot water: As required.
How To Marinade?
  • To marinade firstly, clean the chicken pieces well and pat them dry.
  • Make some cuts on the chicken so that the pieces soak spices during marination.
  • Now in a large mixing bowl mix 2 tsp of butter, 4 tsp of black pepper powder, 2 tsp of salt, 5 tsp of onion paste, 6 tsp of lemon juice, and half the peeled and chopped garlic. Make sure each and every ingredient should mix very well.
  • Now put the chicken pieces in this aromatic mix and coat the chicken nicely.
  • Keep this large bowl covered inside your refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 4 hours.

Tip: The more your marinade this chicken recipe, the softer, juicier, and tastier your chicken would be.

How To Cook Lemon Pepper Chicken?
  • First of all, take out the chicken from the refrigerator and keep it in room temperature for a while.
  • Now, take a clean wok and put the remaining 2 tsp of butter in it.
  • Put 2 tsp of cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Now put the rest half of the peeled and chopped garlic and stir well.
  • Whisk the yoghurt and milk well in the meantime.
  • Once the garlic turns golden brown, put the pieces of chicken. Take care of the excess juices (they should not drop in your wok)
  • Stir the chicken for 5 minutes. Put the lid on and let it cook itself for another 5 minutes.
  • Now take the yoghurt and milk mix and pour it.
  • Meanwhile, keep the hot water ready too.
  • Let the yoghurt and milk mix in the chicken very well. Put the lip on and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and pour the remaining 3 tsp of black pepper powder and coriander leaves.
  • Give a nice mix and pour some hot water as per your requirement.
  • Check the salt and cover with the lid and let the whole chicken mix for another 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, taste it once.
  • You may now garnish with a dash of cream and another spoon or two of lemon juice.

Serve with cumin rice or roti or paratha and don’t forget to let me know if you liked this recipe or not!

The relationship between a father and a child is precious and the world of movies have explored this relationship really well. Be it our favorite Bollywood or Hollywood – you will find some amazing movies that focus on this special father-son or father-daughter relationship. Sometimes, they have shown how far a dad can go to fulfill the dreams of his childlike Uma. While some movies have delved into the “not so comfortable” father-child relationship like Udaan. Watch a Godfather or Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum – you will find some moments on screen that matches your story. Because movies are nothing but an extension of our real life only. So, just take tubs of popcorns, switch on your TV, play movies, and spend this upcoming Father’s Day with fun. Don’t worry – it’s a Sunday!

Piku
Piku
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This movie delves into the world of a 30 something Piku and her 70 something dad. Her dad has become like a child and she has become like his dad. This role reversal of father & child gives us some really memorable moments to cherish forever. The underlying tone of humor in this movie kept it safe from what could have been a tear-jerking emotional drama. Released in 2015, directed by Shoojit Sircar, and enacted by Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan – you should not miss this gem of a movie.

Paa
Paa
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Amitabh Bachchan in his glorious career was known to be an “Angry Young Man” and with his second innings, he has completely changed his track. Paa is a movie where we got to see a disease called “progeria” in which a person is born looking 5 times older his age. Amitabh Bachchan in his limited lifetime crosses borders and meets his biological father to mend previous mistakes. This beautiful tale of a father and son directed by R. Balki will leave you teary-eyed.

Masoom
Masoom
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Directed by Shekhar Kapur and released in 1983, this is another soothing tale of a father and his son & daughters. Devendra played by Naseeruddin Shah is a doting father and husband and leads a happy family life until a secret from the past comes alive. A child was born with Bhavana – a sweet girl he met during his Nainital trip while his wife was pregnant. Bhavana dies and his son arrives at his home leading to many questions. Both he and the son grows a fondness towards each other and in due time Indu, the wife of Devendra also accepts them.

Dangal
Dangal
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This movie released in 2016 and broke all possible box office records. This is the story of a dad who never gives up his dream. This is also a story of two daughters who lives the dream of their dad. Ultimately, they go ahead to change the stereotypical world of daughters and creates history in Indian Sports. This inspirational movie is going to fill both of you with passion and courage to live and dream.

Uma
Uma
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How far a dad can go to fulfill the dreams of the only child he has? How far imagination can be stretched to design the world that a dad want to gift a daughter? This movie also makes us all realize that there are still good people in the world who will help you to fulfill your dreams and desires. Uma is the girl child of Himadri who is a businessman in Switzerland. Uma is terminally ill and her only desire is to witness Durga Puja in Kolkata, West Bengal. Doctors say that she cannot make it to the Puja in October and therefore her dad organizes a fake Durga Puja all over Kolkata in summer of May-June.

An incredibly genius director sketches this whole incident. Srijit Mukherjee’s tight direction and the nuanced performances of Sara & Jisshu Sengupta will fill your minds for sure. Uma is based on the true story of the Canadian cancer victim Evan Leversage, also known as “The Boy Who Moved Christmas” in the media after his hometown staged a Christmas celebration two months before December in 2015 for him.

Definitely, Maybe
Definitely, Maybe
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Definitely, Maybe was released in 2008 and was directed by Adam Brooks. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin, and Kevin Kline this movie will leave you with a smile. The story is about a political consultant who tries to help his 11-year-old daughter comprehend his awaiting divorce by telling her the story of his past romantic relationships and how he ended up marrying her mother.

Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves
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Bicycle Thieves falls in the category of Pather Panchali. Since its release in 1948, this classic Italian movie is remembered worldwide for its simplicity, innocence, and straightforwardness. Directed by Vittorio De Sica, this movie is still a textbook for film students and enthusiasts. The story is about a poor father searching for his stolen bicycle post –World War II in Rome. Because without the bicycle he will lose the job and that will lead his family to starve.

There are many more heart-warming movies that you can watch with your dad on Father’s Day like Mrs. Doubtfire, Chachi 420, Kramer Vs. Kramer, The Pursuit of Happyness, etc.

It is the birthday of that woman who smiles like a flower and dances like a dream – Madhuri Dixit she is. It’s her 52nd birthday on 15th May. She is called by many nicknames – “Dhak Dhak girl”, “Mohini”, or “Dancing Diva”. Madhuri Dixit – the reigning queen of Bollywood from the late ’80s to ’90s has a fan base across generations. Someone who was born during the ’70s saw her rise in Bollywood stealing the limelight from Sridevi and others. The ones born in the ’90s wanted to copy her footsteps as she was the role model for them. And the millennials now get to see & know her through her dance shows and recent movies. What remains constant among all generations is the love & respect for Madhuri Dixit. There are some valid reasons why every generation is in love with Madhuri Dixit which are discussed at length below.

One of the strongest reasons is that Madhuri Dixit is a total package of what Bollywood or the world of art & dance wants. In her eyes, through her smile, and by her classy moves, she makes an impact in the hearts of people. Read below and know those reasons!

Enchanting Beauty
Enchanting Beauty
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I may sound a bit over the top but even the ones who are not fans of Madhuri Dixit would also agree to the fact that “Madhuri Dixit is an enchanting beauty”. Her beauty has a “girl next door” vibe and very easily she can slip into a con-woman and that too keeping that beauty & smile intact. It is a mystery how she looks so enchanting even at 52!! I also know people who perhaps have not seen any movie of Madhuri Dixit but loves her for the way she looks and carries herself! – Isn’t that interesting?

Old World Charm & Nostalgia
Old World Charm & Nostalgia
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Madhuri Dixit carries an old world charm which is quite nostalgic. Her looks, style, and attitude are like a reminder of the old world or bygone era to the people of this generation. You can gauge that difference by looking into the list of actresses in Bollywood. She definitely belongs to the list of classic and elegant enchantresses of Bollywood like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nargis, or Waheeda Rehman. How can anyone not fall in love with her then?

Dancer Par Excellence
Dancer Par Excellence
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Bollywood has produced many excellent dancers to date. Waheeda Rehman, Vyajanthimala, Asha Parekh, Helen, Rekha, Hema Malini, Sridevi, Katrina Kaif but it’s different when Madhuri Dixit moves. It is a delightful dream to watch her dance. Even someone like Shahrukh Khan also once said, “I used to ask for retakes willingly, because, it is absolutely a divine experience to watch Madhuri Dixit dance”. Most of the yesteryear Bollywood queens had a strong dance skill but they limited that to the classical or Bollywood type dance only. But Madhuri Dixit – a trained Kathak dancer not only soaked Bollywood dance but also became a PRO with all sorts of western dance forms. In every dance form, she moves like magic. Her fans (like me) would put this trait in perfect words – Madhuri Dixit’s dance is equal to “poetry in motion”. Simply type “Madhuri Dixit Dance” and get mesmerized.

Million Watts Smile
Million Watts Smile
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Her smile of million watts can set a heart on fire & can also cool down a fire! Madhuri’s smile has that appeal. Smile is one of the primary goals in life and sometimes someone’s smile can boost your confidence, relieve your stress, or make you feel better. Madhuri Dixit is the owner of such a beautiful smile. I remember reading the film magazines in my childhood (the reigning time of my most favorite actress) where I came across many eminent personalities and public polls declaring Madhuri’s smile to be the best one from Bollywood. Well, there are many more actresses whose smile are fascinating but when Madhuri smiles it seems like a waterfall of honey!

Convincing Expressions
Convincing Expressions
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“Kal Aayeiga, Filhaal Iss Guftugoo Se Thak Gaye Hai Hum” – Who can mouth those lines with that conviction mixed with a bit of arrogance, power, and sensuality. Only a Madhuri Dixit can. Be it a “girl next door” or a muse to an artist or courtesan – she will walk into your hearts with conviction as if she was born to be a Nisha, Pooja, Maya, Bahar Begum, etc. She justifies the presence of “act” in the actress. There is a term called “adaayein” whose closest English term can be “grace” or “style” and no one except Madhuri Dixit can carry those “adaayein” better. And it is not only me, but every other industry person would also opine that!

Do you know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali generally never wants a “married woman” to play her protagonists? But he had to give up this clause while signing Madhuri for the role of Chandramukhi. Why? Maybe Saratchandra Chatterji imagined Chandramukhi just the way Madhuri is in flesh and blood. Those longing eyes for Devdas, that divine love where she is in love without any expectations, and the power to give him up for another woman’s love – who could have played such a strong role with so much of passion!

There is, was, will never be another Madhuri Dixit. She is a legend and the benchmark she has set in her field is extraordinary. She is an inspiration not only for the new generation of Bollywood but also for people belonging to other fields. Why? Because she says, “There is a child within me. Everything is fascinating. The hunger to learn, do better, and more creative things never go”.

*****Happy Birthday Goddess!*****

Summer season is here with its humidity and roaring temperature. The body feels weak and tired easily facing the scorching sun. Therefore, eating must be right during this season. Infusing the seasons’ special fruits in your everyday food chart is must because they will help you stay hydrated, fit, and energetic. Additionally, spending long hours in front of a gas or oven during summer season seems like a punishment. So, here are 2 salad and 2 smoothie recipes that you can make very easily using the summer special fruit mango. Mango comes with essential vitamins and nutrients that will provide you a disease-free heart, flawless skin and hair, strong bones, & great digestive system.

One cup of mango contains 100 calories, 0.5 gm fat, 1 gm protein, 25 gm carbohydrates, 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C, 35% of Vitamin A, and 8% of potassium.

So, enter your kitchen and quickly make these amazing mangolicious food items to stay fit and healthy this summer.

Refreshing Mango & Kiwi Salad

The best thing about this salad is that it is very easy to make. It will keep your mind refreshed and will also aid in your weight loss program. This salad is sweet, salty, and tangy and will be a great appetizer. You may also add it in your taco or spread over your toast and enjoy every bite of it. It has only 71 calories!

Refreshing Mango & Kiwi Salad
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Ingredients:
  • Mango: 1 cup
  • Kiwi: 1 cup
  • Jalapeno: 1 small (if you don’t have, you may use green chilies or red pepper flakes)
  • Red Onion: 1/3rd cup
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves: 1/3rd cup
  • Lemon Juice: ½ Tsp
  • Black Salt/Table Salt: As per taste
How To Make Refreshing Mango & Kiwi Salad?
  • Chop 1 or 2 mangoes in small cubes and measure 1 cup out of it. Follow the same for kiwi fruit.
  • Now combine mangoes, kiwis, red onion, jalapeno, fresh coriander in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add lemon juice and salt and give a nice mix.
  • You may now keep it in the refrigerator for some time so that the tangy, sweet, and spicy flavors mix into each other really well.
  • Take it out from the refrigerator after two hours and enjoy your refreshing bowl of goodness!
Zesty Mango Salad

This mango salad is sweet, tangy, spicy, zesty, and full of nutritional values. This salad will keep you full for a long time and you will feel refreshed too.

Zesty Mango Salad
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Salad Ingredients:
  • Butter Leaf Lettuce: 7 ounces (you can pick up any green vegetable of your choice like spinach or broccoli)
  • Red Bell Pepper: 1
  • Ripe Mangoes: 3
  • Green and White Onion: ½ cup
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves: 1/4th cup
  • Jalapeno: 1 medium sized.
Peanut Dressing
Ingredients:
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: 1/4th cup
  • Red Pepper Flakes: ½ Tsp (in case you prefer more spice)
  • Sesame Oil: 1 Tsp
  • Soya Sauce: 1 Tsp
  • Maple Syrup or Honey: 1 Tsp
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: 1/4th cup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 Tsp
  • Garlic: 2 (finely chopped and pressed)
How To Make Zesty Mango Salad?
  • Chop the green vegetable of your choice into bite-sized pieces.
  • Now take the red bell pepper and make 1 inch long thin slices.
  • Cut the ripe mangoes into small cubes.
  • Slice the onions thinly and finely chop the coriander leaves.
  • Finally, de-seed the jalapeno, remove the membrane and chop it finely.
  • Now, pour the peanut dressing ingredients in a blender and blend very well.
  • Chop the main salad ingredients and keep in a large bowl aside.
  • When you are ready to eat, simply pour the dressing and enjoy a tangy, spicy, zesty, and summer special salad.
Easy Mango Smoothie

Made with season’s special and fresh mangoes, this smoothie is full of nutrition and is a perfect thing to have during your lunch or breakfast. One glass of mango smoothie has only 120 calories (may vary slightly) and it is a good source of Vitamin A & C.

Easy Mango Smoothie
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Ingredients:

Fresh Mangoes: 2

Banana: 1

Milk: ½ cup

Yogurt: ½ cup

How To Make Easy Mango Smoothie?
  • First of all chop the mangoes and banana well.
  • Put all these ingredients in a blender and churn them well.
  • Mangoes and bananas are naturally sweet and thus there is no need to add sugar externally. Still in case you feel like having more sweet, then, opt for honey or sugar (depending on your choice)
  • Take a nice glass and pour the smoothie.
  • You may keep it in the refrigerator for some time before serving.
Summer Fresh Mango & Watermelon Smoothie

Mango and watermelon both are summer special fruits. They prepare the body to face the heat outside. Combining both these fruits, you can make a yummy and refreshing smoothie to enjoy during your breakfast or lunch.

Summer Fresh Mango & Watermelon Smoothie
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Ingredients:

Mango: 1

Watermelon: 5 cups

White Sugar: 1 Tsp

Ice Cubes: Optional

Water: ½ cup

How To Make Summer Special Mango & Watermelon Smoothie?
  • Carefully cut the watermelon and dice it into small pieces.
  • Remove the seeds carefully and measure 5 cups and keep aside.
  • Cut the mango into small cubes and keep aside.
  • Now take a blender and put the watermelon pieces, mangoes, and sugar and blend very well.
  • Pour water and ice cubes and give a very nice blend.
  • Now, simply pour them into glasses and serve.

Welcome summer season and stay fit with these amazing mango salad and smoothie recipes.

Who doesn’t want to fall in love? Every face that you see in a crowded metro or busy street – from the shy ones to the ones shouting over the phone – need love at the end of the day. Some get lucky while some don’t. Some perhaps attract love, enjoy love, but cannot keep it. And then there are some who not only attract, enjoy, and keep love but also radiate love. Feng Shui or the Chinese geomancy – the pseudoscience originating in China has the resolution for almost any problem in your life. It is all about channelizing the positive energy in the proper direction and reap good results out of it. So, if you follow some interesting Feng Shui Tips, you may attract more love and romance in your life.

Know the Feng Shui Love & Romance Special Tips for a Happy Life Ahead
Crucial Southwest Direction of Your Home
Crucial Southwest Direction of Your Home
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Southwest is the direction that is related to love and romance and thus you must take special care of this area. Southwest direction resonates with the Earth element and earthly colors should populate this area of your home as they will promote tenderness. You may also keep objects related to Earth or Fire element to activate the Earth element in this area. Soft yellow or soft brown color or natural crystal stones in Southwest direction would enhance more love and romance in your life for sure.

Cozy Seats
Cozy Seats
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You should not keep one chair at your place. If you are in love or in a relationship, then, clearly, there should be two chairs and a cozy and comfortable one. If not, then, it will signal that you are not prioritizing the presence of the other person in your relationship.

Pictures Say A Lot
Pictures Say A Lot
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Remove all those pictures, sculptures, or paintings, or photographs that are gloomy, show loneliness, speak of a long wait, or depicts sadness. These are the things that will block the positive energies traveling your way towards achieving a successful love life. See the trick is when you want someone special in your life, the things at your place be it a painting or sculpture should radiate that “desire”. Keep a happy couple painting in your home and see the results.

No TV or Mirror In Bedroom
No TV or Mirror In Bedroom
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There should not be any TV in your bedroom. When you have TV, both of you may tend to watch a match, series, or movies and that will eat away the time you should spend with your partner. Plus, when you put the TV off, the reflection of you or your bed would fall on the TV screen and that is a taboo in Feng Shui. Similarly, the mirror should also be avoided. But you can also keep the mirror in such a position so that the reflection of your bed doesn’t fall on it. They invite infidelity in love relationship and that’s why they must be avoided.

The Choice of Bed Sheets
The Choice of Bed Sheets
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Regular washing of your bed sheets, quilt covers, pillow covers, or cushion covers is an essential part of your routine. And these things affect love life a lot. The smell of fresh or new bed sheets always relaxes the mind and invites more love and romance. Choose the soft shades of pink or red like coral, rose, salmon, etc. colors and decorate your bedroom. You will notice the changes soon!

Keep The Bed Away From The Wall
Keep The Bed Away From The Wall
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If you keep your bed against the wall, then, there is hardly any chance for love to expand in your life. The wall acts literally here and doesn’t allow your love to grow leaps and bounds. So, arrange your bed in such a way that there is space on all sides to walk.

Flowers for Singles
Flowers for Singles
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Those who are single and want to be in a relationship should start keeping a vase of peonies in the living room. In case, you don’t find peonies, then at least keep a photograph or painting of vase filled with peonies in your living room. But don’t keep them in the bedroom. And remember that this tip is only for the singles, and not for the engaged or “in a relationship” or married people – they may attract someone else in their relationships then!

Positive Energy in Bedroom
Positive Energy in Bedroom
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Stress is the prime factor in the decrease of love, romance, sweet-talks in your relationship. So, you have to populate your bedroom only with those things that alleviate stress and any kind of negative thoughts. Bring in fragrant candles in yellow or multicolor shades, dim lights, and soft music and enjoy a quiet, soothing, and romantic time with your partner. These things help couples to connect to each other rapidly.

The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in this world. It is the Northeast part of the vast Indian Ocean

West Bengal is one of those places which enjoys both the lofty mountains and the sprawling beaches. So, people here have good options to roam around. When the rest of India goes gaga over Goa and its beaches, people here are very happy visiting Bengal beaches. From Kolkata, it takes 5 hours’ drive to reach the Bay of Bengal and thus, the beaches here are quite a hotspot among city dwellers wanting to break away on a weekend. If you have not been here, then, you must visit and enjoy your time. Here are some of the best beaches in West Bengal

  1. Digha or New Digha

Digha or New Digha is still the hot favorite tourist spot for people in Bengal. 90-95% of the economy there runs for the tourists. With years, it has become more congested. A new hotel is built every season and all are earning well – imagine the crowd! It is less than 200 Kms from Kolkata and it takes less than 4 hours if you are going by train. You should not go beyond the popular bathing zones here as this place has much quicksand. Old Digha is more crowded than New Digha. The fabulously served fried pomphrets would make you come back to this place again & again. But apart from the evening strolls at the beach or getting soaked in the morning sun, you can also visit the Biswa Bangla Park – it looks really awesome when lit up in the evening. You must also visit the marine aquarium and the Science Centre in Digha.

  1. Mandarmani

Probably a decade ago this place was discovered and since then it remained a crowd puller. I visited it 7 years ago and noticed some heavy electricity problems here but I guess that is sorted for now as many rich and famous people have started to invest here. Rose Valley is one of the most famous accommodations here and that is not only a hotel, but it is also a world in every right. It has nicely crafted lawns, pools, temples, and toy trains. Plus, you get to enjoy the gurgling sea waves and its turquoise waters. It is just 30 km away from Digha. You cannot miss the red crabs playing on their own at the beaches. Wake up early in the morning and take a walk on the beach – believe me, that would be one of the best sunrise moments you will witness here!

  1. Bakkhali

Bakkhali is near about 130 km away from Kolkata and is quite popular among the masses. Located at the edge of the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans, the water appears muddy sometimes. The inter-tidal zone gives you a glimpse of the local marine fauna. It is a peaceful place without the clamor of the city. Agriculture is non-existent here due to the saline water and thus people have taken up fishing as a means of livelihood here. Frasergunj, Jambu Dweep, and Henry Island are some of the interesting places to visit here.

  1. Tajpur

Since the time Digha and New Digha became crowded or rather overcrowded, the discovery of new beaches has been rampant in West Bengal. The discovery of new beaches is also helping the economy of the local people. Tajpur is one such newly found beach love of West Bengal. It is 170 km away from Kolkata where you can enjoy some adventure sports along with a relaxing stay at amazing resorts. Take a walk along the beach, enjoy local food, and have a nice quiet time here.

The year was 1994 and the date was 15th April. The world saw the release of 1942: A Love Story – a Hindi language movie directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. With a runtime of 157 minutes, this movie went on to make INR 896.4 million. The soulful songs scored by R.D. Burman still run fresh in the minds and hearts of people. It won 9 prestigious Filmfare Awards. A story written by Kamna Chandra and later developed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Sanjay Leela Bhansali was made on a tight budget and no one had any idea that they were in the process of making a movie that will be fondly remembered even after 25 years.

Some Interesting Trivia
  1. Once, Mr. Chopra shared a trivia that he was not so rich and so he had to reject many building plans for the set made by Nitin Desai. So, Jackie Shroff came to rescue and lend some money to him.
  2. Another trivia is that Madhuri Dixit was approached to play the iconic Rajjo or Rajeshwari in the movie. She even did a screen test but as they say “daane daane pe likkha hai khaane wale ka naam” – the role landed in the lap of Manisha Koirala.
  3. This movie was R.D. Burman’s last Hindi movie. He died in January and this movie released in April. What a way to finish an innings!!! Many say that this was perhaps Burmans best work. Mr. Chopra rejected many tunes of Rahul Dev Burman before he came up with the masterpiece ones.
Reasons behind Its Eternal Success
Love for Freedom

Love stories have always been a favorite genre for Bollywood and the movie buffs. The title of the movie claims that it is a love story. But the opening scene says a lot more. It shows that someone from the influential family is going to be hanged for his patriotic outburst. That’s the point where you understand that this movie is definitely more than just a man-woman love story. The love for the freedom of the nation here goes simultaneously with a boy-girl love story. There are many movies which have been done on this topic but none has been this good. Kamna Chandra – the writer of this movie actually experienced those burning times and that’s why the script was so true.

The Sensation of First Love

Who doesn’t love the sensation of love? This movie celebrates the passion and innocence of that “first love”. Again that was the time when love was not so fast. Love took time to arrive. After arrival, it took time to cook and then served. There is loyalty, faith, and unflinching confidence in that other person. Naren & Rajjo were like that who looked out for each other without knowing much details about each other. They perhaps felt the soul connection quite strongly to flow in the romance! Compare it with any current time love story and you would know the difference.

Lyrics & Music

One of the strongest pillars of the success of this movie is that heart-warming music backed brilliantly by sensible lyrics. In some stories, you would hear that Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics of Ek Ladki imagining Madhuri Dixit as she was the first choice for the role. In other stories, you may hear, Javed Akhtar imagined Shabana Azmi – his real-life muse and wife. But actually, Javed Sahab says, the inspiration is “terror of deadline”. When R.D. Burman asked him right at the studio about the lyrics, he penned these words right there. That’s unbelievable creativity!!

Imagine, lyrics that still forms a popular way of the proposal was written in such haste?! Many surveys say that this is the best album of Bollywood in the 20th Century. There was no title song but all the 8 songs were chartbusters. Burman has the story clear in his mind and he infused that haunting “ tu run a tu run a” tune into Pyar Hua Chupke Se – a song where Rajjo celebrates her “being in love” but she is reminded that the time is challenging. Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy sang all the songs and it seems like their voice were the blood circulation system of this movie.

Visually Stunning

Binod Pradhan – this man is a magician. He shot this movie to utter brilliance. He makes actors look more interesting and intense. Binod Pradhan has shot maximum VVC and Bhansali movies and now you know why movies like Devdas, Mission Kashmir, or Parinda were visually stunning. His camera falls in love with every actor beautifully. Remember that projection of sky, clouds, and lush meadows in the song Pyar Hua Chupke Se? It reflected our Indian Flag colors – first of its kind!

Adding to that was Nitin Chandrakant Desai’s perfect set design. If you remember the opulence, grandeur, and truthfulness of the world of movies like Lagaan, Salaam Bombay, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Jodhaa Akbar, or Ishqiya – then you know what I am referring to. The set of a movie is the platform on which makes other departments show their brilliance. That’s why the set or production design has to be impeccable.

So, if Binod Pradhan’s camera work was flawless, then, Nitin Desai’s artwork was also notable. A major part of Dalhousie was created in Film city and you never had a doubt that it is Mumbai and not Dalhousie – that’s the victory of both these stalwarts.

Remember The Poster?

I am in love with this poster. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of the writers, distributors, and assistant directors of this movie later revamped it into his “Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela”. The kissing couple standing over a cracked mountain. Those cracked rocks carry the faces of the other parallel actors from the movie. No better way to describe a movie – love in not so favorable times!

They say marriages are made in heaven and once you are married, then the relationship sticks for 7 births! But they don’t say anything at all about divorces? Where do they come from? With a divorce, one of the beliefs is shattered – marriages are not meant to last for 7 upcoming births. This is a reality. Some marriages are meant to last for a little while and that’s ok. If the partners are “no more happy” with each other, they should part ways, rather than staying with each other under one roof and constantly bickering and leading a negative life. Divorce is a legal document which states that the husband and wife are now free from each other.

But the challenge strikes when the divorced partners have kids. Many divorced parents have to fight for the custody of their kids and that’s the most painful part of this process. It becomes a bit tough for the kids to digest the fact that their families are not like the families of other friends around. They start feeling a difference in the behavior of their parents and are sometimes difficult to talk to. For a long time, they don’t understand who would be a better friend and guide to them – the mom or the dad.

The mind of the kids are innocent and remember that the excruciating experience in childhood often shapes the personality and attitude of the kids. Being parents, you should thus avoid doing these following things to your kids:

  1. Never Badmouth About Your Ex-Partner

Kids always idolize their parents. So, when you badmouth about your ex-wife or husband in front of your kids, it becomes confusing for them. Their mind gets tossed up and they cannot decide who is good and who is bad. Rather than drawing parameters of good and bad, be simple and normal with your kids. Give an atmosphere to your kids where they respect both their mom and dad in spite of separation. If you provoke your kids to hate their mom or dad, it will come back to you someday. Keep the environment peaceful and let your kids grow in an amiable atmosphere. Otherwise, this constant squabbling may result in loss of concentration in studies or aggressive behavior at school, etc.

  1. Never Miss The Family Gatherings

It is tough to face the same old people who are legally not a part of your being but perhaps with them you have countless memories. They are related to your kids – some are their grandparents, some are uncles, aunties, cousins, etc. So, never let your kid miss the opportunity of being a part of the family even when you are divorced. It was not the fault of your kids that you and your partner couldn’t stay together so be graceful and tactful!

  1. Talk To Your Children About Divorce

It should be always you who talk to your children about your divorce. Your kid should not listen to it form someone outside in the society or from any relative. Choose your words well and explain your situation to your kids. Your kids will understand surely and with time learn to cope with reality too. But always be open to talking to them about any question regarding your marital status.

  1. A Happy Face Is Important

Divorce is quite naturally not one of the nicest things especially when you have kids. But it is also the best thing to happen when you are not happy in your marriage. It is a phase that leaves you with many questions for your partner and you will definitely face your weakest self during this time. You will want to shout, cry, and break things. But whenever your kid is around, try to put up a happy face because if you behave abnormally in front of your kid, that will play with his/her mind badly. Keep your emotional outbursts in front of your friends, chosen relatives, or therapists and when facing your kids, behave normally.

  1. Literally Move On

Moving on is very important and serves as a good example in front of your kids. As mentioned earlier, kids venerate their parents and seeing you move on in life will make your kids confident enough to face challenges of life. He/she will learn that “bad times come, bad relationships happen, but one needs to enjoy life by overcoming all these”.

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