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Shopping is one of my favorite things to do! For some it may be therapy, for some it is necessity & some people do not like shopping because they are too lazy to shop! I am honestly stuck between the therapy & lazy phase, which is why I prefer shopping off-season.

Why to Shop Off-Season?
Amazing Deals

Well, this is pretty obvious! This is the normal demand, supply & price phenomenon. Demand is directly proportional to the price which means higher the demand, higher the price and lower the demand, lowers the price! This is why things are cheaper off-season. Who would wear a jacket or even buy a jacket in summers? Well, I suggest you do! A jacket which costs Rs.4000/- in winters may cost Rs.2000/- in summers.

Hola! You are ready for winters in advance and that too without wondering if you’ve paid way too much.

Going Out? You Always Have Clothes

We usually try to escape the weather in our city for a while! When it is too hot, we plan a vacation to areas where it is cold and vice versa. If you’re shopping off-season, well you may never be short of clothes. It means you will always have clothes for all the seasons, all year round. You don’t have to worry about wearing the same old jacket for your vacation.

Escape the Latest Fashion Swindle & Save Fortune

Who said only clothes are bought as per season? Did you ever notice that all phones are released in October! Everyone wants to buy them in October, because who doesn’t want the latest phone in the market. There comes in the Demand-Price Phenomenon again. Since everyone is willing to buy the phone, the prices are high. If you wait to buy the same phone for 6 months, you may just get a better deal!

Having the latest technology is pretty cool. Saving money is way cooler than that!

Be the Who Starts the Trends

While everyone is busy following celebrities and their styles, you can be your own trendsetter. When you shop off-season, it gives you more time to explore different styles and pair up. Since you can buy things for cheap and you have more time to explore, you may just come up with a really interesting outfit idea! It gives you time to think about what looks good on you.

These are the few reasons why I love shopping off season! Having the latest fashion maybe cool, but saving money in even cooler.

What to Buy?

There are things which never go out of fashion which are best bought off-season. The list is down below:

Shorts
Shorts
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Shorts will never go out of fashion and, you could buy the shorts cheaper during the winter season!

Boots
Boots
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Boots have been in fashion since the beginning of the time. They are super costly & we always think twice before buying a pair of boots, but have you ever checked the price of the boots you loved at the end of the winter season? Well should and you’ll know what am I talking about!

Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere Sweaters
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Well, cashmere sweaters are one of the most expensive pieces of clothing. They’re soft like a baby’s skin and even softer when you get it for half the price! How can you get one at half price? End of season sale!

Mobile Phones
Mobile Phones
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Who says shopping is limited to clothes & shoes? Some of us love buying technology and specifically phones! We love changing our phones but do you really think it is worth buying a phone for Rs. 50,000/- when you can buy the same thing for Rs. 40,000/- immediately after the release of the next model which has no significant difference from the model already in the market!

Holiday Cards & Festive Décor
Holiday Cards & Festive Décor
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Many people already do it and we end up calling them cheap! But do we realize that they aren’t cheap but smart! Do you realize that festive décor & cards are exactly the same every year and super expensive during the festival!

Travel Packages
Travel Packages
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The prices for travel packages rise during winter & summer vacations! Why not make your bookings for the season in advance?

So be smart and save money! Off-season shopping can be risky but what’s life without risks?

If you ask 100 people what was their first alcoholic beverage? 90 would answer “BEER”!

Beer is love, Beer is life!

Hot summers, Chilled Beer with drops of condensation. You take a sip, and it slides down your throat giving you a bittersweet taste of freedom and relief! That’s what I imagine when I imagine summers.

If you love beer the way I do then, you must be aware of the line “Tu Beer Hai!”

Since Bangalore is home to micro-breweries, it is a must visit place for beer lovers. If you do, you must check out these amazing places:

Toit Brewpub, Indiranagar
Toit Brewpub
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Most of the offices are nearby Indiranagar & Toit Brewpub is right in the middle of Indiranagar. This means the office going millennials can enjoy a beer every now & then. The place has some really interesting beer flavours from Belgian Riot to Mosambi Wheat! These beers are made from natural ingredients without the use of any artificial flavours or chemicals. Apart from heavenly beers, they have some really delicious food.
Must Try: The Dark Knight Beer & Pepperoni Pizza

Address: 298, 100 Ft Rd, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru 560038, Karnataka

 The Bier Library, Kormangala
The Bier Library
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The Bier Library is the place for a perfect date! It has indoor & outdoor seating options available. The place has a super chic vibe with a small pond in the outdoor seating area. With Bangalore’s pleasant weather, sitting outside with your special someone or your friends will positively turn out to be a magical experience for you! They have amazing beer options from German Lager to Fruity Aroma Beers which will leave you wanting for more and more. When it comes to food, this place wouldn’t disappoint you.

Must Try: The Further-Lager Beer & Habanero Spiced-Wings

Address: 14, Patel Narayana Reddy Layout, 80 Feet Main Road, Koramangala 6th Block, Bangalore

Byg Brewsky, Sarjapur Road
Byg Brewsky
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Looking for a chill place to hang out with your friends over the weekend? Byg Brewsky is the place for you! The place has reserved & relaxed ambience with indoor and outside sittings available. You can sit back, sip your heavenly beer by the serene pool and de-stress yourself! They have a few options in beer but each one of them is super good. Must Try: Belgian Wit Beer & The Signature Nachos

Address: Sarjapur Road, Behind MK Retail, Before WIPRO Corporate Office, Bangalore.

Murphy’s Brewhouse- The Paul Bangalore, Domlur
Murphy’s Brewhouse
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Murphy’s is known to be the Bangalore’s first Irish Brewhouse with amazing flavours of craft beers. The place has the perfect weekend vibes where you can hang out with your friends and enjoy some transcendent bands! The place has remarkable Irish brews like Paddy’s Poison- English Ale with hints of honey & spices, Holly Sally- Belgian wheat beer blended with orange & coriander and Good Golly- The perfect German Lager!

Must Try: Paddy’s Poison Beer & Mongolian Lamb

Address: The Paul Bangalore, 139/28, Opposite Embassy Golf Links, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur, Bangalore.

 Vapour Pub & Brewery, Indiranagar
 Vapour Pub & Brewery
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Spent way too much this month? You can still enjoy a fresh beer at Vapour! You don’t need any fancy names for real beers. They have Basmati to Wheat brewed beers available and, they are the real deal! The place is known for some hosting some real voguish parties & ladies night. The food is simply lip-smacking in here, so you must visit this place while you’re in Bangalore. Oh, and did I mention they have beer cocktails too?

Must Try: Vapour Basmati Beer &  Mushroom Duplex

Address: 773, HAL 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

Seriously, what are you even waiting for? Weekend? I get it! Go ahead and enjoy a heavenly beer with a breathtakingly beautiful view. These micro-breweries are the reason why deciding weekend plans is not a hustle in Bangalore!

“Me or them?” He asked. Since I already had thought about living without him but without my girlfriends? No! So, I chose my girlfriends without even thinking twice.
The thought of living without them has never crossed my mind. That’s friendship!
People still keep talking about how strong male friendships are, but no one ever talks about female friendships. Surprisingly, Bollywood has made a few attempts to make movies about female friendships. We need to appreciate these movies! Here are a few wonders by Bollywood which proved that female friendships last a lifetime:

Veere Di Wedding- Kalindi, Avni, Sakshi & Meera
Veere Di Wedding
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The movie portrayed female friendships at its best! It illustrated how female friendships function from school to eternity. It shows 4 school friends, who pledge to stand by each other, do so! Despite being busy in their own lives, they make time for each other. Even after years, despite being in different countries, when they reunite for a wedding it’s almost like they have never been separated. They share problems, they hang out and everything we all do with our girl pal group. They help each other overcome things the society did not understand.

Their friendship is not proved at a major event but the consistency they have, that’s what manifests true friendship!

Aisha- Aisha, Shefali & Pinki
Aisha
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We have seen multiple Bollywood movies where the rich girl is mean. Meet Aisha, the rich girl who wants to help everyone she can! This movie truly embraces female friendship and shows us how our girlfriends help us see the truth in every situation. Aisha & Pinki are best friends forever, they welcome Shefali to their little group and make sure she is comfortable. This movie illustrates the ups & downs in a friendship.

We all fight and make-up with our best friend, even after a spiteful fight we go back to them. This is what Aisha is about!

Luv Ka The End- Rhea, Jugs & Sonia
Luv Ka The End
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This one movie denounced the brat rich boy culture & illustrated the power of female friendship at the same time.
Rhea, a straight A student in junior college, dating the hunk of her college-Luv and dreams of marrying the dude. When Rhea finds out that Luv is cheating on her and is just using her to win the billionaire boy club contest, she is heartbroken. When Rhea feels helpless and feels her world has come crashing down, her friends make sure to turn it around for her.
Her friends help her plan revenge against Luv by making him drunk dance in a club, in a girl’s attire and making everyone believe he is a gay, which ruins his image of being the cool guy who is famous amongst girls. And then giving Rhea the courage to teach Luv a lesson!  Such friendships!

Cocktail- Veronica & Meera
Cocktail
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“Pyaar Dosti Hai” is one iconic SRK dialogue. But is it true? Who knows? But, the movie cocktail proved one thing- Friendship conquers all, even love!

When Veronica lets Meera into her life, and into her house, we sensed start to a really pure friendship on screen. That is what happened! Even though Veronica and Meera were poles apart, they found a common ground to stay together. What was it? They just cared about each other. It was all good until Meera falls in love with Veronica’s casual boyfriend Gautam and Vice-Versa.

Guess what does Meera do about it? She leaves town! She gives up the love of her life because it would hurt Veronica.

Guess what Veronica does? After wrestling with her feelings a little, she gives up on her casual boyfriend as well! She packs her bags, finds Meera and tells her how important she is.

Talk about friendship now!

Angry Indian Goddess- Frieda, Nargis, Joanna, Suranjana, Pamela, Madhurita & Lakshmi
Angry Indian Goddess
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This movie does not have a single male lead. It is one of those movies where you see a particular gender running around in the background for the sake! The movie pictures these ladies getting together for their friend’s marriage. Each one of them is going through some kind of patriarchal oppression or judgment in their personal lives. Some of them are meeting for the first time at Frieda’s wedding, and although all of them come from a really different personal & professional background, they do not judge each other. In fact, they help each other grow as a person, advice each other, become each other’s strength, encourage each other & stand up for each other.

When Joanna is raped and killed by the molesters, these ladies are seen taking a stand for each other and raising a voice against it together. That is friendship!

This is one of those movies which enlighten the world the fact that women are not jealous & in competition but stand by each other. It educates the world about purity in female friendship & strength.

Guess what happened after I chose my girlfriends over the guy? I never saw the guy ever again but my girlfriends? They stayed throughout! I guess that is the beauty of friendship.
I guess it is high time that Bollywood starts blessing us with such delightful female friendship movies because male friendships are overrated!

Life is hard, but with the right person by your side, things seem a little easier. Who is this right person? How and when will you meet him? We all have these questions in our mind. We know a few things for sure:

  1. Right Person is the one we feel comfortable with!
  2. No one person is perfect, we got to make compromises and accept people for their good and bad.
  3. There will be times when you do find the right person, but the timing would suck!

We meet many people before we find the one for us. I am one of those few people who got a chance to explore my choices (Although I strongly feel, I hardly explored). I know what is like to lose love, the little joys of being in a relationship, the fears, the struggles & the excitement. Here is an open letter to every boyfriend:

Dear Boyfriend,

How are you? I know we spoke this morning and last night as well yet I still feel the need to know if you’re okay because I genuinely care about you. Please don’t feel agitated by my constant need to know if you’re feeling okay.

Before I say or express anything, I want you to know that you are a wonderful human being. I have always admired the way you look at the world and things which is why I fell in love with you. Do you remember the first time we started talking? Our first conversation over text messages? We initially started with flirtatious messages, and I almost thought you were like any other boy. We flirted back & forth for a few days. Then came the night when we first talked for the entire night and that’s when I realized that you weren’t like any other guy! You told me about your dreams & hopes, about the time your heart was crushed, you revealed your little fears about life, and how you feel so strongly about football. That very night, I started to like you. As time passed, you put in a lot of efforts into our conversations and that’s what compelled me to agree for our first date. The date I will never forget! You might not remember the details, but I sure do! I remember what you wore, where we went, what we talked about & even what we ate. I was anxious because I wasn’t sure if you’d call me back after the date or simply ghost me but then you texted me and I felt a sudden rush of happiness. I always tell you that I have been sure about us since the beginning, but the truth is I haven’t! I wasn’t sure about you, about us until our first I love you. I am sorry about being so skeptical, but my past experiences have been really unnerving. Well, you certainly did manage to change my mind!
There are things I have been meaning to say, but I always hold myself back because I fear they might hurt you. I fear to lose you over stupid thoughts in my mind. I have expressed these feelings in the past but, ended up getting deserted. I want to take this chance with you!

Annoying Things

I know you want to take things slow, but I look forward to having a future with you. It may or may not happen but, what’s the harm in thinking about it? I hope this doesn’t make you feel claustrophobic.

I do trust you, but I feel insecure a lot! I feel scared when you talk about other girls when you tell me how beautiful & intelligent are. It is almost like maybe I am not enough for you. I may act angry, but I am just terrified. You keep telling me that you aren’t going anywhere, yet the thought petrifies me! I sometimes secretly stalk you over social media which I know isn’t right, but it really helps me calm down. It’s not like I don’t have faith in you, but it just somehow helps to calm down my anxiety.

I sometimes peep into your phone while you’re texting! I know how erroneous that is, but it gives me relief & comfort that I trust the correct person.

There is one thing I’ve been meaning to ask you for a very long time- Why don’t you express yourself often? This one thing is what I definitely do not like about you! How am I supposed to know that you’re jealous of my male friends or that you stressed out about work? You can’t always sleep over things! I need to know every time you’re sad, angry, jealous, happy or excited. I can sense these things, but I still would like to hear them from you. Since you don’t say them, it makes me feel like you don’t care enough or consider me an important part of your life.

Another thing which makes me feel really anxious is why do you feel the need to hide me from your friends? I know it’s irrational and immature to complain about something like this because all your close friends know but, all my friends know about you! Just saying!

There are little things you do which annoy me. When we spend the day together, why do you keep checking the match scores on your phone? I know it’s important, but it’s not like we meet every day. Why is it so easy for you to sleep immediately after we’ve had a fight because I keep thinking about it all night! Since we started dating, you eventually stopped taking efforts. I am not asking for constant validation, but for a little compliment every now & then doesn’t hurt.

And the most important thing- Why don’t you understand that there is a thin line between appreciating someone and flirting with them?  When a guy sends me a text saying I look pretty, it’s flirting! When you text a girl saying that she looks pretty, that is appreciating? What is that about? Also, please do not check out girls while we are together or be smart enough to do it in a way that I don’t notice. I don’t like when you tell me that what I’m thinking or saying makes no sense! Please try to scrutinize things with my perception.

Things I Love

Way too much nagging? Well, there more things I love about you than the number of things which irk me. I love the way you look at me when I crack silly jokes, I love how you get angry when someone says something wrong about me, I love it when you listen to me talk about the futile fights I have with my friends, I love it when you reply to my texts in the middle of the football match, I love it how you give me such good career advice, I love it when you call in the middle of the day & I love it when you tell me honestly about things I’ve been wrong about!

All these things make me fall for you even more with every passing day. No matter how crazy I am, no matter how much I overthink things & no matter how troublesome I am, you love me. It all makes me feel like I have a responsibility towards you, responsibility to make you happy.

You don’t have to be worried about guys being interested in me, I want you! I need to know- Do you feel the same about me? Just need to be assured that you’d hold me the same way in the future and that my little lunatic things wouldn’t drive you away!

I have had a rough past and so have you, but I am still very hopeful that we will last. Do you feel the same? I guess it will always be uncertain, but I’d like to know that there is hope, the same feeling in your heart!

P.S. I Hope None of This Makes You Feel Uncomfortable! Forgive me for being so ambivalent. I can’t be flawless, but I am trying to be the best version of myself for you.

You’re definitely are my MUSE.

Yours Lovingly,

Your Anxious Girlfriend.

Cause baby now we got bad blood!”

-Taylor Swift

We have friends, then there are good friends, best friends, special friends and there are friends who disguise as good ones but in reality, are toxic! One needs to be careful of the latter category. They are toxic and drain the energy out of you. Those friends are the ones Taylor is talking about in Bad Blood!

Who is a Toxic Friend?
Who is a Toxic Friend?
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A toxic friend is anyone who is a hurdle in your personal growth. Whenever they enter the room, they bring negative energy with them. Such friends affect your mental health which is why it is very important to identify such friends and get rid of them! Below are the signs of a toxic friend:

  • They try to control your life: Toxic people love controlling people around them. This makes them feel empowered!
  • Put you down constantly: They are always going to make you feel like you are less than they are. They are always going to make you feel like your dreams and, your perspective do not matter.
  • Isolation: They may try to stop you from making other friends or maybe even control your spending time with other people. They want all your attention!
  • Humiliation: Just to make themselves feel better, they may try to humiliate you in public by making fun of you.
  • Blame Game: They are always the victim! To them, everyone has wronged them in some way or the other. Whenever things go wrong, they will blame everyone around them, but never admit if it’s their mistake!
  • Inconsistent Personality: Everyone has mood swings! But this one friend would change their mood every second. They’ll be happy and after seconds, they’ll be angry. This can stress you out!
  • Pessimistic: They are cynical about everything! Every good thing you tell them, they will find a flaw in it.
  • Inconsiderate: They are inconsiderate towards your feelings. They wouldn’t think about your emotions before they speak!
  • They are Resentful: If they feel you have wronged them, they will feel no shame in taunting you every second.
  • Judgmental: This one trait is the most prominent one. No matter what you tell your toxic friend, they are going to judge you.
  • Bad Listeners: Your toxic friend is always talking about themselves. They would never want to listen!
  • They may Gossip: They are gossipy and may even gossip about you behind your back!
  • Drama: They love drama and will do anything to make things about themselves.
  • Needy & Clingy: Your toxic friend will only come around when they need something. They will depend on you for emotional support to the extent where they’ll drain out your energy!
  • Attention Seekers: They always want to be the one in the spotlight! They may do and say things if they aren’t getting enough attention.
  • Jealousy: Whenever you achieve something, they will be jealous and will try to belittle your achievements.
  • Compare & Compete: Anything you buy or experience, they end up comparing it to what they have! You will always find them competing with you.
  • They always Lie to you: They will never tell you the truth about their dating life, their Friday plans, their problems, or if you ask them for the feedback!
  • Make you feel guilty: If you hang out with your other friends without them, they might make you feel guilty about doing it! It won’t matter even if you asked them to join, if they can’t come, they wouldn’t expect you to go either.
Why to get rid of a Toxic Friend?
Why to get rid of a Toxic Friend?
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As they say, toxic people always pollute everything around them! This exactly what a toxic friend does! They will befoul the vicinity around you and will make you feel like you don’t matter.  If you stay around them, you might start to feel emotionally drained and unhappy. A toxic friend, putting you down constantly will make you question your own self-worth. Their pessimistic energy might make you feel low all the time. Since a toxic friend is always jealous of you, they will always tell you that your dreams are invalid & unrealistic! Who needs that kind of energy in their life?

A toxic friend will restrict you from doing things, and you may feel compelled to listen to them because there is a constant fear of validation from them. They manipulate your decisions, trying to control your life. Moreover, when you achieve something they wouldn’t be really there to celebrate the occasion but draw all attention towards them. With your toxic friend around, you constantly try to make them happy and honestly, nothing works.
Having a toxic friend definitely effects your mental health! Feeling worthless, always in competition, and stressed out might affect all aspects of your life. You might feel tangled up and complicated all the time. And anyone who doesn’t make your life better but worse, you certainly don’t need them! Anyone who does not have good intentions, you don’t need them in your life! You do not owe anything to anyone.

Rather than squandering your time & energy on a toxic friend, take care of yourself! The very reason to lose that friend is: You need to love yourself!

How to Get Rid of the Dementor- Toxic Friend?
How to Get Rid of the Dementor- Toxic Friend?
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You’ll meet new people, and you’re going to lose some! That is what adulting is about. Since you will eventually lose people, why not lose the dementors & parasites? Here are a few ways to get rid of the toxic friends:

  • Set Boundaries- It is said that one can get in your head, only when you let them! You need to start standing up for yourself in front of your friend and let them know that you aren’t comfortable. Since dementors prey on weak, you’d see that your toxic friend will start to disappear because you aren’t giving them the sadistic pleasure of ruling you.
  • Be Truthful- Well, if you have the courage to tell them that you don’t want to be around them anymore, go ahead! Be honest with them and let them know.
  • Put Yourself First- Your obnoxious friend is used to all the attention you give them, once you start putting yourself first, they wouldn’t really want to hang out with you.
  • Make New Friends- When you make new friends, you may spend more time with them. This would make you feel more positive and happy, and there would be no time left for the toxic friend!
  • Use the Fade Away Technique- Stop messaging and calling them. Start telling the dementor that you are busy! Every time they try to make a plan, tell them you’re busy. They might eventually take a hint and back off!’
  • Ghost Them- Not an ideal way but, it definitely works!
  • Start Asking Them for Help- The dementor never likes to help! Every time you ask your friend for help, they will have a reason to back out. When you start asking for help frequently, they will drop you like a bad habit.
  • Contradict & Question them- Toxic people love to be right! It is almost like their drug. If you start questioning them and contradicting them, this will drive them away.
  • The Tit for Tat Technique- Start acting as they do! This will repulse them away.

It is essential for you to lose the dementor in your life, for your own mental health & peace. Remember, a toxic friend can harm you more than an enemy ever can!

90s Nostalgia is one trend we can not get over. Starting from video games, cartoons, street games, movies, dating culture, junk food, fashion & music! Well, those were the day!

Remember the time when walkmans were in trend instead of iPods or your phone’s music player when radio & MTV were the only way to discover new songs and not youtube, and lastly when Justin Bieber was not into the music biz. Best days ever? We feel you!

Let us take you down the road of time by reminding you of the forgotten treasure of 15 songs:

1) Barbie Girl- Aqua

“Hi Barbie
Hi Ken!
Do you want to go for a ride?
Sure Ken
Jump in!”

Did you just get the chills from the past? You sure did! This was the anthem for every little girl. Every girl is reminded by her parents how the little girl jumped around and danced, every time this song started to play.

2) Who Let The Dogs Out?- Baha Men

“Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof”

You were singing & barking while reading this, weren’t you? This is one party anthem, played at every party!

3) Ketchup Song- Las Ketchup

“Aserejé, ja deje tejebe tude jebere
Sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipí”

Did you just sing I said a hey ha ney hay lalala buididipi, buidipi? The song came out in 2002 and was considered as the coolest song then! Although, we didn’t understand a single word, yet we sang and danced to this song. Remember copying the cool dance steps?

4) Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams

“I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’til my fingers bled
Was the summer of sixty-nine”

While reading the lyrics, you were fake guitar strumming, right?

Although this song released in 1984, yet it was close to the heart of every 90s kid. I guess it has been the first English song, every 90s kid learnt!

5) Baby One More Time- Britney Spears

“My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess I still believe (still believe)
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time”

We’re talking about the golden age music, we wouldn’t dare to miss Britney Spears! We kept humming this song because Hit me baby one more time!

6) In The End- Linkin Park

“I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter”

The Hard Rock song, we all loved to listen! Remember bangin’ your head in the air while playing air guitar, while this song played?

7) London Bridge- Fergie

“How come every time you come around
My London, London Bridge wanna go down, like
London, London, London”

Around the 2000s, Fergie taught us what Hip-Hop & Rap music meant. When the music played, we couldn’t help but move like a hipster, dancing like a pro!

8) You’re Beautiful- James Blunt

“You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful, it’s true”

The only thought which crossed our mind was “Will I ever find someone who’d sing this song for me?”

9) It’s My Life- Bon Jovi

“It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive”

The ultimate metal rock, which made us feel like a rebel! Listening to this song was like a relief like everything we did had a meaning to it. Like everything we are going through, it had a purpose.

10) Complicated- Avril Lavigne

“Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?”

We all had that one friend or boyfriend/girlfriend, we wanted to dedicate this song to! Avril said things with such ease, and her hair colour, sorry Lady Gaga, but Avril did it first.

11) The Real Slim Shady- Eminem

“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here”

Eminem is the god of rap and yes, he introduced the 90s kids to Rap music. Even though we couldn’t sing the song at the same pace, we still tried! And anyone who could do it was the coolest kid.

12) Milkshake- Kelis

“My milk shake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they’re like,
Its better than yours”
 

Even though we didn’t really understand the real meaning of the song then, we seemed to love this song. Now that we know what Kelis exactly meant, we love the song even more! You Go Queen!

13) Everybody- Backstreet Boys

“Everybody
Rock your body
Everybody
Rock your body right
Backstreet’s back alright”

How could we miss them? They were a treat to our ears & eyes! We all have been there, dancing to this song with all the hip-hop steps we knew.

14) Shalala Lala- Vengaboys

“My heart goes shalala lala, shalala in the morning.
Oh oh oh shalala lala, shalala in the sunshine.”

This song won our hearts! Every 90s kids hummed this song day & night, at times without even realizing that we’re singing.

15) Yellow- Coldplay

“I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called Yellow”

This one song won our hearts! Coldplay has been playing with our hearts since forever! Why? Because it was called “Yellow”

16) Smelly Cat- Phoebe Buffay

“Smelly cat, smelly cat what are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat it’s not your fault…”

Oh wait, we said 15, didn’t we? But how could we miss out Smelly Cat? We loved this song and we will keep loving it! This song will remain in our hearts & minds forever.

So, all the 90s kids out there, go ahead and add these to your playlist. I wouldn’t blame you if nostalgia comes rolling down your eyes because my eyes are moist too!

Bollywood has given us so much! From iconic dialogues, we use everywhere to lighten up the situation to amazing songs.  One thing Bollywood has enriched us with is Wanderlust, and we can’t seem to get over it. Bollywood has inspired every millennial to travel and explore the world. It has made us aware of many beautiful locations one can visit, and every iconic location has been on our must-visit list.

Here are 10 must-visit locations which were made famous by Bollywood:

Chapora Fort, Goa- Dil Chahta Hai
Chapora Fort, Goa
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Located in Northern Goa, Chapora Fort was neglected at first but then Dil Chahta Hai happened! Since the release of the movie, it has been a major tourist attraction in Goa. Everyone who visits Goa visits Chapora Fort. It is like the Goa cliché thing to visit the fort and click pictures the Bollywood style! And honestly, we love this cliché because it is a beautiful place and a perfect place to hang out with your friends.

Doraha Fort, Ludhiana- Rang De Basanti
Doraha Fort
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This fort was definitely neglected until the release of Rang De Basanti. For a while it was known as the RDB fort, referring to the scene where all the boys in the movie run through the field of this fort and jump up as the Indian Air Force Jets zoom over them. It is a perfect spot to hang out with your pals and click really cool pictures with them!

Pangong Lake, Leh Ladhak- 3 Idiots
Pangong Lake
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Pangong Lake, located in Leh Ladhak is one of the best places Bollywood has given us. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas & the view is breathtakingly beautiful! The movie 3 Idiots shot their climax scene at the lake. It was the scene where Kareena Kapoor rides a scooty to Aamir Khan and tells him “Naak Beech me Nahi Ati”.

It is like mini heaven on Earth.

Bandra Fort, Mumbai- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Bandra Fort
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Bandra Fort, located in Mumbai was a famous hangout place even before Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was released but, the movie gave the place a new definition! It is the place where friends must hang out. Especially when you have a Jay or Aditi in your life, you definitely should take them to this place and maybe things will spark.

Chomu Palace, Jaipur- Bhool Bhulaiya
Chomu Palace
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This is the place where all of it happened! Chomu Palace, located in Jaipur was where Vidya Balan turned into Maunjulika and gave us the chills. Chomu Palace is really beautiful and, apart from a rich history, it is famous for Manjulika & her dance moves.

Munnar Tea Plantation, Kerala- Chennai Express
Munnar Tea Plantation
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A small town located in the Western Ghats of Kerela, Munnar is famous for its Tea Plantations. The scene where Deepika Padukone is running around the Tea Plantations and Shahrukh Khan is chasing her, yep! That’s our favourite in the movie. The place is a must visit if you love incredible tea & beautiful places.

Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali- Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Hidimba Devi Temple
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Remember the famous shaadi debate scene between Naina & Bunny from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani? Yes, that happened at Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali! You must visit this scenic location but “Chalo Mandir k Piche” is definitely not allowed.

Agauda Fort, Goa- Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Dil Chahta Hai, Golmaal & So On
Agauda Fort
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Aguada Fort, Goa has a special place in the heart of Bollywood filmmakers. The rocky fort has been pictured in many movies and loved by the audience. Who’s to blame? The scenic view of the fort is really mesmerising!

Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh- Jab We Met
Rohtang Pass
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The melodious song Yeh Ishq Haye was shot at Rohtang Pass. It is 51 kms from Manali, hence if you visit this place, you can visit Hidimba Devi Temple as well!

Ramanagara, Karnataka- Sholay
Ramanagara
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All the crazy Bollywood fans must visit this town because Sholay was shot here. Ramanagara is city situated in Karnataka. In fact, the place where the movie was shot has been named as Sholay Shooting Hilltop.  You must visit this place because if you don’t, Gabbar bura maan jaega!

So, these are the few bewitching destinations around India, one must visit. Have you packed your bags? We have!

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is one of eight B Vitamins. It is an essential water-soluble vitamin which is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body. They are essential for the cognition & physiological functions of the body! To be more specific, it helps your body cells, with the functioning of nerve cells, and creation of DNA in new cells. Vitamin B12 is often referred to as cobalamin.

Why is Vitamin B12 important?
Why is Vitamin B12 important?
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Since Vitamin B12 is a crucial Vitamin, it has some major functions. Some of them are:

  • Produces Red Blood Cells

Vitamin B12 helps in the production of red blood cells and low on Vitamin B12, prevents the proper development of the red blood cells which can result in some prolonged health problems like anemia.

  • Helps your Bones become Stronger

For stronger bones, one needs Vitamin B12. It is was discovered that people who had osteoporosis, were low on Vitamin B12. It provides bones with the minerals which make them strong and prevent them from becoming fragile.

  • Helps prevent Birth Defects

Vitamin B12 help in fetus brain & nervous system development, which may help in the reduction of birth defects. Thereby, an adequate amount of Vitamin B12 is very important for pregnant women.

  • Prevents Ageing & Keeps you looking young

When the DNA replication doesn’t happen properly, one may tend to age faster. Since Vitamin B12 helps in the development of new DNA cells, it may help the aging process to slow down.

  • Improves your mood

Vitamin B12 helps with the production of a chemical called serotonin, which helps regulate mood. Lack of Vitamin B12 can cause problems like depression & anxiety.

  • Prevents Nerve Damage

A study revealed that deficiency of Vitamin B12 contributes to poor memory performance. It has often been associated with memory loss and dementia in adults. Research also revealed that Alzheimer patients are low on Vitamin B12.

  • Improves Energy

All B Vitamins play an important role in the production of energy in the body.

  • Your Heart Needs It

One of the major functions of Vitamin B12 is to remove the dangerous protein homocysteine from your blood. If you allow it to flow through your blood, it may damage your arteries which may lead to inflammation & heart diseases. Hence, it keeps your heart happy!

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Since there are many health risks involved with the deficiency of Vitamin B12, therefore it is very important to identify the signs & symptoms. Some of them are:

  • Pale Skin

Vitamin B12 deficiency can prevent the proper product of red blood cells, someone who is low on Vitamin B12 may have pale or jaundiced skin.

  • Fatigue, Weakness or Lightheadedness

It is a very common symptom of Vitamin B12 deficiency. It is one of the earliest & ignored symptom as well. Since your body can not produce enough red blood cells to effectively transport oxygen throughout your body, and this makes you feel tired all the time.

  • Problems with Walking & Movement

When B12 deficiency is untreated for a really long time, it may cause problems with one’s mobility. It is usually seen in the elderly but sometimes in young people who have has severe Vitamin B12 deficiency.

  • Dizziness, Heart Palpitations & Breathlessness

Although these symptoms may have many causes, Vitamin B12 is one of them. Since it helps with the production of energy & with the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, its deficiency may cause dizziness & breathlessness.

  • Sensations of Needles & Pins

Vitamin B12 may help produce fatty myelin which surrounds your nerves for protection & insulation. Due to deficiency of Vitamin B12, the nervous system is not able to function properly resulting in the sensation of needles & pins. Although this is one of the symptoms which is visible at a later stage.

  • Blurred of Disturbed Vision

Deficiency of Vitamin B12, if untreated for a really long time causes problems with the proper functioning of the nervous system, it affects the vision as well. It may damage your optic nerve which leads to your eyes.

  • Mood Changes

This is one of the most common symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency. Having mood swings, depression & dementia!

What are the Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
What are the Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
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There are many causes of Vitamin B12 deficiency but the most common one is a Vegetarian or Vegan diet. Since all animal-based food is high on Vitamin B12, and no plant-sourced food known for Vitamin B12, thereby vegetarians have a high chance of being deficient on Vitamin B12.

Another major reason for Vitamin B12 deficiency is aging. Since the stomach produces less acid, so the body absorbs less of Vitamin B12. Other reasons could be diabetes and alcohol abuse.

What foods are high on Vitamin B12?
What foods are high on Vitamin B12?
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In order to make sure that your body gets a sufficient dose of Vitamin B12, there are a few food items one can consume which are high on Vitamin B12:

  • Chicken: A really good source of Vitamin B12, it has about 13.7 micrograms per cup.
  • Oysters: Fond of Seafood? Well, the fancy delicacy has about 10.2 milligrams per 3 ounces.
  • Eggs: They are one of the best sources of Vitamin B12!
  • Crab: Another seafood item, and delicious as well! It contains 9.8 micrograms per 3 ounces.
  • Tuna: One of the most popular fish food item is a really great source of Vitamin B12.
  • Sardines: Did you know that these tiny fishes are really high on Vitamin B12!
  • Shrimp: While the source of Vitamin B12 is really high in shrimps, they are super delicious!
  • Pork Chops: So, anyone who eats pork will definitely get a sufficient amount of Vitamin 12 in their diet!

Since not everyone eats Non-Veg, There are a few Vegetarian food items one can consume to make sure they are getting enough amount of Vitamin B12. They are:

  • Curd & Milk: Dairy products like yoghurt are a good source of Vitamin B12 which is about 1.1 micrograms per 8 ounces. Even milk is a good source with about 1.2 micrograms per cup.
  • Cheese: Everyone loves cheese! Cheese like Ricotta Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese & Cottage Cheese is a source of Vitamin B12 as well.
  • Fortified Cereals: Easy & Healthy breakfast cereals are a source of Vitamin B12 as well!
  • Shitake Mushrooms: An amazing & delicious source of Vitamin B12.
  • Soy: Fond of soy? Well, it is a good source of the Vitamin too!
  • Nutritional Yeast: There are many food items which contain nutritional yeast like sugarcane.

These are a few food items one can take to prevent or cure the deficiency of Vitamin B12. One can also take Vitamin B12 supplements with doctors consultation!

Aunties! One thing that scares every millennial to their guts! Aunties have the power to ruin your lives and make you look like Komalika, destroying your Tulsi like Image. But, they also add extra spice and drama to your boring lives. The reason you dread them is “What if that drama she chooses to talk about is from my life?”

Let’s take a look at the most irksome aunties we all have:

1) The One Who Runs the Monarchy of Gossip
The One Who Runs the Monarchy of Gossip
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This aunty is the most frightening one! Whenever you spot her, you run for your life because she is going to dig up some deep dirt on you as well. She is going to follow your every move, wait for you to do something which is not acceptable to her narrow brain, and then go around telling an exaggerated version of the story!
She is the one who is secretly observing everyone at a family function sneakily and judging them like it’s her moral duty.
If you need to dig up dirt on one of your cousins, or need some kind of entertainment in your dull life, you go to her for some guilty pleasure.

“Aunty ji, please get a real hobby! Have you ever heard this Jiyo aur Jeene Do Phrase Aunty?”

 2) The Curious One
The Curious One
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When you spot her, you run! She has to know everything from what you ate for breakfast to what are your views on a random social issue. If they catch you, they are going to ask you everything like What are your future plans? What is your salary? When do you plan to get married? Who are your friends? Who is your boyfriend/girlfriend? Etc.
She just won’t stop asking you questions, you may feel like you’re playing Kaun Banega Crorepati with her. At a family function, you may spot her at a corner, asking questions to one of her victims!

“Rehem Karo Aunty Ji!”

 3) The Superior Mrs. NRI Aunty
The Superior Mrs. NRI Aunty
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We all have many relatives around the globe, but there is this one aunt who feels that because she lives outside India, she is superior to the other people in the family. When you meet her, she would just keep bragging about how the country she lives in is so much better than India. How she catches allergies every time she visits India, and how the Indian air is full of pollutants!
She’d is often found showing off her broken English skills she learnt after years of practice and flaunt her horrifying Amreeecan Fashion Sense.

We get it aunty! You are very modern and we are just peasants, aunty. We get it!

4) The One With Perfect Kids
 The One With Perfect Kids
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As per this aunty, there is no one better than her kid! She would not let any opportunity wasted to show off her sneaky little son. She spots someone dancing? My son can dance better!
Someone performing well academically? Well her son just got into IIT!
No matter what it is, her children are better than the other kids in the family.
As per this aunty, her children are always right & haven’t committed a single sin in their life.

Hey, wait! Aunty isn’t that your son behind the trees, smoking a joint?

 5) The Walking Matrimonial Site
The Walking Matrimonial Site
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Run for your lives! This aunty has a rishta for everyone. You just turned 21? You’re on her list now! They are never short of rishtas and it’s their life goal to get everyone hitched.
At family functions you’ll find these aunties enquiring about everyone about their marriage plans, asking everyone if they have anyone in their life & offering rishtas like sweets!

“Nahi Aunty! My life goal is not to find a rich husband! And I definitely do not need your help to find a husband.”

6) The Trendy Social Media Stalker Aunty
The Trendy Social Media Stalker Aunty
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This aunty has the latest iPhone and is on every social media app. She once innocently started from Facebook and now she is addicted to every social media app ever! She sends you good morning & goodnight quotes on WhatsApp every day & she stalks your every move on social media and whenever you meet her, she would ask you right in front of your parents “Beta use din kaha party kar rahe the?”
And in case if her Facebook request is pending, she’ll keep asking you about it!

“Aunty when you are already so fantasized about the internet, why not use it to understand the basic notions of acceptance & privacy!”

7) The Know-It-All Wise Aunty
The Know-It-All Wise Aunty
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“Beta humne duniya dekhi h!”
She has a way of doing things, and it is definitely better than the way you are doing it! This aunty goes about giving free pieces of advice, especially when no one asked her. She will give her unasked advice about cooking, raising children, fashion and career!

“Aunty, thanks for the advice but would have been better if someone asked for it.”

 8) The Lazy Guest Aunty
The Lazy Guest Aunty
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This aunty never does anything! When you visit her, she would make you feel like she’s at your house, when it is the other way round. At a family get together when everyone is working, you would find her either reading the newspaper or standing in the kitchen, eating cookies while gossiping. And if she is visiting you for the weekend, well she definitely means 1 week!

“Aunty, please teach me how do you avoid working?”

9) The Drama is Life Aunty
The Drama is Life Aunty
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She can make a scene out of everything! She can crib about things like, why didn’t you cook paneer for us but did when the other aunty visited?
She’d be hugging you and crying every time, crying when someone opposes her viewpoint, cries when someone misses out saying Hi to her.
Attention is her drug & drama is her way out!

“Keep going! You are entertaining!”

 10) The Life is a Race Aunty
The Life is a Race Aunty
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For her, everything is a competition! Did you get 90% in Boards? Well her son got 101%!
Did someone get a Merc? Well, she would buy Audi! Someone said they’re tired? Well, she hasn’t slept in years!
No matter what it is, she will compete. She has this weird need to win everything! She craves Victory.

“You Go Girl!”

11) The Maya Sarabhai
The Maya Sarabhai
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With her high profile kitty party stories, and bragging about how she has met every Indian Celebrity. She is a threat to the NRI aunty! She would swank about all of the places she has been to, all brands she has & her sophisticated lifestyle.

“Insert any Indravadan Sarabhai Quote!”

12) The Funny Modern One
The Funny Modern One
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Well, she simply doesn’t understand fashion but as per her, she is the most fashionable person in this universe! She would wear really funny clothes and keep asking everyone how they’re looking.

“I really admire you confidence aunty but it hurts my eyes!”
Well, you cannot escape them, and each one of these aunties have their own unique way of burning your soul and at times your ear & eyes too! But life wouldn’t be the same without them. They bring much-needed drama to your lives!

“The best thing about being cheated on is I get to go on more first dates.”

-Britney Spears

Relationships are built on trust & understanding. In a relationship, you need to understand each other & trust that the other person will stand by you. We need to be really thoughtful towards the feeling of our partner. Would you say you have always been attentive towards them? Would you say that you’ve never cheated on your partner? Did you know that cheating is not just physical, but emotional too! You may be cheating on your spouse emotionally without even realizing. It has a term: Micro-Cheating.

 What is Micro-Cheating?
 What is Micro-Cheating?
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The concept of Micro-Cheating was introduced recently by an Australian psychologist Melanie Schilling. She says micro-cheating is when one looks for affection outside their relationship. It involves any kind of covert flirtation & things you feel necessary to hide from your partner. Every relationship has its own threshold of what constitutes as cheating, but you’re definitely cheating on your partner when you are putting in some extra effort to be noticed by someone or maybe you are deleting texts, fearing that your partner might find out.

Let’s take a look at a few things which constitute as Micro-Cheating:

  • Saving a friend’s number with a different name so your partner does not find out that you’re talking to them.
  • Confiding in someone else when you’re upset or angry, even when you can share it with your partner. You might end up sharing your problems with someone else because you surely will get the desired response.
  • Harmless texting with that girl/guy you find really hot, indicating that you might be slightly interested.
  • Having an account on a dating app when you’re already in a relationship.
  • Hiding your relationship status, so you can flirt freely.
  • Flirting with a hot stranger in the club, because what’s the harm in flirting?
  • Telling your spouse that you can’t tell your friends about them because of some complications, whereas the only complication is that you want to keep your options open.
  • Telling everyone that your relationship isn’t really serious whereas you have already dropped the Love Bomb on your partner.
  • Dressing in a certain way to grab someone else attention, someone who isn’t your partner.
  • Obsessively stalking your ex’s social media profiles! Yep, that is the most common one.
  • When something awesome happens, you choose to share the news with someone else first because you really aren’t thinking about your partner but the other person.
  • Reaching to an ex and telling them you miss them, on special occasions like birthdays & anniversaries.
  • Telling someone else that you’ve been thinking about them all day!
  • Indicating that you’re interested in someone & hiding your relationship status from them.
  • Sending your ex a picture reminding them of old times & good memories.
  • Flirting with a co-worker regularly, and going out of your way to compliment them.
  • Sending “Good Morning” texts to someone else who isn’t your partner, with the mere intention of wishing them good morning.
  • Telling your partner that you’re meeting this person only for work for drinks, whereas it isn’t true. You aren’t meeting them for work.
  • Recommending your partner to dress in a certain way, or wear a certain perfume because it reminds you of your crush. It basically means that you’re trying to make your spouse look/smell like your crush! Do you really think that is fair to your partner?
  • Hanging out with someone you find attractive and hiding it from your partner.
  • Exchanging contacts from someone in the club or a party for no particular reason.
  • When a stranger offers you drinks in the club, you never turn them down!
  • Entertaining strangers on social media and flirting back with them.
  • Hiding your texts & friends from your significant other.
  • Sending sexual texts to someone or joke about having an intimate relationship with them.
  • Imagine having an intimate relationship with someone other than your spouse.
  • Constantly talking about someone else in front of your friends, telling them how awesome that person is because you have a low-key crush on them!
How Does Micro Cheating Affect Your Relationship?

Some say micro-cheating can be good for your relationship, while others may believe that micro-cheating wrecks your relationship. It is like a coin has two sides!

Good Side of the Coin
Good Side of the Coin
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People believe that compliments, flirting & knowing that someone is fond of you, may give a boost to your ego or maybe give you a dopamine hit which is like happy high. People often argue that it might be good when you fantasize about someone other than your partner in a sexual way, it might be refreshing and you could bring the same spark to your relationship with your spouse.

Bad Side of the Coin
Bad Side of the Coin
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Whereas, others argue that any form of cheating if wrong! If you’re cheating emotionally, that could be worse. Your emotional energy might start draining which would result in divided attention. What starts as an innocent conversation or flirts may give the other person false hopes or hurt your partner which is worse than cheating physically.

So, it is safe to say that micro-cheating is a slippery slope! You invade a grey area of cheating. Since you are lying to your partner, you are not 100% loyal. And since you are not actually cheating on them, some say it absolutely okay to do it!

How To Deal With Micro-Cheating?
How To Deal With Micro-Cheating?
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As I mentioned above, micro-cheating is a grey area so dealing with it can be a little complicated. You obviously do not wish to hurt your partner which is it is very important to communicate with them. The best way to deal with it is by talking to your partner about it! Telling them everything you do, asking them what hurts them & what is okay with them.

You can establish a cheating threshold for your relationship which will help you to determine the line where you need to stop. Moreover, if you feel like your partner is doing something wrong, instead of confronting them aggressively, you could confront them peacefully! Many times one isn’t aware of the things they are doing but, if you tell your partner that it hurts you, they may just understand.

You can turn this concept of micro cheating into a healthy thing for your relationship than a reason to fight about!

 

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