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Depression is very common mental illness. It is more common than we think. It has a serious effect on how one feels, the way they think and the way they act. There are more than 10 million cases of depression per year, and I am talking only about India.

Someone suffering through depression may feel sad, may feel numb, may lose interest in regular activities which all this can lead to emotional and physical problems. At times someone suffering through depression may seem just fine on the outside, but a storm of emotions is what they feel on the inside. It not only gets tough for the person who is suffering the load but also for the people around them, especially the spouse.

What Does Depression Looks Like?

Depression has many forms, and at times the ones suffering from it are really good at masking it. Some may seem numb, some may seem very happy, and some act aloof. Depression has many faces. But is you know someone, you may notice a change in the behavior:

  • They may feel sad or have depressive moods.
  • They often tend to lose interest in the activities they enjoyed earlier. Sometimes it is as simple as they may not feel like taking a bath, working, or going for a walk.
  • Too much sleep or trouble sleeping,
  • They may experience anxiety, guilt, general discontent, hopelessness, being numb and sadness.
  • Agitation, excessive crying, irritability, & social isolation.
  • Excessive hunger or loss of appetite.
  • Lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or increase in purposeless physical activity.
  • Suicidal Ideations.

Imagine someone going through all of it, and not confiding in anyone. It happens quite often, it may seem like they are a burden on people around them, which is not true but this is just one-way depression messes up with your head.

This behavior definitely affects people around the ones in suffering, and especially one’s partner. If your partner is suffering from depression, you may feel like they have loss interesting in you. They may often snap at you, fight with you for no reason, have sudden mood swings, or portray an image of themselves where they do not need your care. But the truth is they need your care the most, they may not say it out loud feeling like they don’t want to be a burden.

Tips For Dating Someone with Depression
  1. Understand that Depression is Complicated:

Understand that there are many faces of depression. One may have severe mood swings, and may seem aloof. It is not because they think you will not be able to support them, but they don’t feel like indulging in anything. Instead, try to understand the root cause by talking to them. Whether it is chronic depression, if they are going through a stressful period, or had gone through a traumatic experience recently.

  1. Tell Them You are Available to Talk

    People from depression often don’t talk with the fear of being judged or feeling like they are being judged. Make it very clear to your partner that you are available to talk, and will not judge them at all. Let them know that even if you are not available at a particular time in the day, you will reach out to them as soon as you can and that they are not disrupting your life. These things are not implied, especially to someone who is suffering from the demons of their mind.

  2. Arguing With Your Partner

    If your partner is suffering from depression, you may have noticed that they have become more sensitive than before. It is okay to argue, but be careful not to make any sarcastic comments. Even a small fight may seem catastrophic to your partner, so it is best to talk it out patiently with your partner. Ensure that it can be fixed, and you are willing to work on whatever the problem is. If you wish to make them understand their mistake, do it patiently than shouting.

  3. Understand You Are Not A Therapist

    It may be really tough to watch someone you love in pain. You do need to show your support and care, but make sure you do not pressurize them or yourself into situations either of you is not comfortable with. It is not a short term phase, so remember you can not fix them. Instead, you need to show your partner that you accept them just the way they are by just listening.

  4. It Is Not About You

    You need to be very patient and positive. At times your partner may fight with your, snap at you, or act aloof. Understand it is not about you. Focus on the positive things they still do and say. Empathize, communicate and understand it is not about you.

  5. Lookout For Warning Signs

    You may give them their space but understand that it can be deadly. Know when to intervene. If you feel your partner is hurting themselves physically or emotionally, step in and take a stand. If your partner seems hopeless and expresses that other people are better off without them, take the signs seriously. Make sure you talk to them about it, ensure things and reach out for help outside if needed.

  6. Do Not Forget Self Care

    Dealing with someone suffering from depression can be exhausting. Remember you need to talk care of yourself. Take care of your own mental and physical health, as it is a slippery slope. Share your life with them, and give your partner to support you. This will make your partner feel accomplished, & you will feel empowered. Know when to take a step back, and reach out from help needed.

Dealing with someone who is suffering from depression can be very tricky, but at the same time, it is lucky you found them at all.

From Darr to Tamasha, Bollywood has come a long way. I am not saying the movie Darr was bad, it was a classic but our beloved Rahul Mehra was clearly a psychotic obsessive lover who probably had Borderline Personality Disorder and possibly had OCD. He was in no way a charming villain. Maybe the directors and producers meant to shed a light on his mental illness, but they completely missed the point. No one thought that their beloved Rahul Mehra could use a little help from therapy.
Entertainment is fine, but now that a study conducted by National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5% of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, and that is just the number which has been reported. The stigma of mental health needs to removed. People need to be motivated to seek help without the fear of judgment. What better way to inspire the Indian population than Bollywood?

Here are 5 Bollywood Movies that shed light on Mental Health:

15 Park Avenue
15 Park Avenue
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Schizophrenic Mitali was unable to draw a line between reality and imagination. She is supported by her family, her ex-lover, and has been shown visiting the psychiatrist often. This movie not only portrays the disease flawlessly but shows how you can support someone suffering without calling them “Yeh to retard h!”

Dear Zindagi
Dear Zindagi
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A movie all millennials must watch! Sometimes we are suffering and we don’t even recognize it. We ignore the little things by terming them as stress, and when we do reach out for help to our loved ones they tell us the same- it’s just stress, you need a vacation. Dear Zindagi normalizes Therapy and that every little problem matters, even breakups.

Taare Zameen Par
Taare Zameen Par
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Indian parents will never agree that their child needs help. They will say he just needs to be a little more disciplined, send him to military school, or a boarding school but will not agree that their kid might be suffering from an unbearable mental pressure. Taare Zameen Par sheds light on this behaviour and how you can deal with it. Ishan had Dyslexia, he was lucky enough to find to come across a teacher who understood.

Tamasha
Tamasha
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The movie is based on the Congruence Theory by Carl Rogers. The theory describes how if actual self and ideal self are in alignment, they experience a state of congruence (harmony). If not, then they experience incongruence. Ved experience a great amount of incongruence. While he was a disciplined corporate employee in real life, his ideal self was someone expressive, fearless and outgoing. I believe this is a very common problem faced by the world today. We wish to normalize the “Be Yourself” slogan, but not for ourselves.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
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Many may have missed a point in this movie. To many, it was a thriller and to others, it was a horror movie. Radha was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, and people in the village believed a ghost existed. What fool would walk up to Radha and tell her that she has a disease, at the same time explain to the villagers that all the ghostly things were done by Radha, not a ghost? Sometimes you need to create a delusion to deal with another.

Getting married is a big deal. You commit to staying with someone for the rest of your life and love him/her, no matter what! You cannot take this decision in haste. But being married is a part of our life and surely does make your life more beautiful. Here are a few reasons to get married:

You Are 25 Now
You Are 25 Now
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Once you are 25, you should start thinking about getting married because it is the right age. If you do not start looking at the age of 25 and wait until 27 or 28, it will be too late. All the good ones are taken by then.

You Have To Get Married Someday
You Have To Get Married Someday
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You have to get married one day or the other, why not now? I mean you can have kids whenever you wish to, you’ll get to spend quality time until then.
“Kyunki Shaadi se pehle toh ghum fir nahi sakte ab!”

Last Wishes
Last Wishes
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So there is this one relative whose last wish is to see us married and maybe play with our babies. It is our responsibility to fulfill their wishes. It really doesn’t matter if we are mature enough to handle the consequences.
“Last wish h, karna padega!”

Because All Your Friends Are Getting Married
Because All Your Friends Are Getting Married
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Since all your friends are getting married, you should get married too! The fact that they feel more settled in life than you do is completely irrelevant for you not getting married. All your friends are getting married, you should get married too.
If you don’t “Akele reh jaoge!”

Biological Clock- Tik Tok!
Biological Clock- Tik Tok!
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If you don’t get married on time, you won’t have kids on time.
Late Shaadi=Late Kids.
This is really going to affect your entire life because “Life ka aim bache paida krna h”

Also, it is completely okay to have a kid even when you are a kid!

Financial Dependability
Financial Dependability
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Getting married means sharing expenses with someone. This way you’ll have a better life financially. After all, it is not like you can take care of yourself.

Acha Rishta Hai
Acha Rishta Hai
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You should get married right away if you get that acha rishta.
“Foreign se padhke aya hai”

“He earns really well!”
You should get married right away, it really doesn’t matter if you are too young or they’re too immature.

You Have A Job? Get Married!
You Have A Job? Get Married!
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Now that you have a job, you need to get married now! I mean you’re done with your studies, you have a job and it’s not like you have anything else in your life. It is not like you want to earn, travel, spend time with yourself or live your dreams.

What About Your Younger Brother/Sister?
What About Your Younger Brother/Sister?
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If you don’t get a chance how will they? I mean your sister is only 13 but if you don’t, how will she?

You’re Bored? Get married!
You’re Bored? Get married!
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If you’re bored, the best thing is to get married. It is not like you can read a book, watch Netflix or start with a hobby.

Bohot Time Se Kisi Shaadi me Nahi Gaye- Tu Hi Karle!
Bohot Time Se Kisi Shaadi me Nahi Gaye- Tu Hi Karle!
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Just because I haven’t been to a marriage in a long time, it is your obligation to get married! Come on get married now!!

Agla Number Tera Hi Toh Hai!
Agla Number Tera Hi Toh Hai!
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Your elder brother/sister just got married?
It’s your turn next!
It’s not like you have your dreams to fulfill or a life to live.

Your Parents Are Getting Retired
Your Parents Are Getting Retired
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Since your parents are getting retired, you need to take the burden off their shoulder. Get married and make their life easier.

Your Mom Needs Help with Household Work
Your Mom Needs Help with Household Work
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Your mom needs help with the household work, it is not like you can hire help. You have to get married!

These are some of the lamest reasons people have given me, asking me to get married. What lame reasons have people given you for getting married? Comment Below!

When everything seems to be turning against you and feels like nothing is going my way, his arms are where I find solace. They are magic, and when he holds me while dancing, it seems like nothing ever went wrong.

Here is a playlist you can listen with Bae, and it has songs for different moods!
  1. Agar Tum Saath Ho- Tamasha

This song is one of my favourites. It can put you into a peaceful mood anytime you listen to! Play this song in the background while having deep conversations with bae. There is something about this song which sets the mood right.

  1. Perfect- Ed Sheeran

Madly in love with her? This is song is just perfect! It is for one of those modes where she is feeling gloomy and you want to let her know how pretty she is. Ed Sheeran has magic in his voice, and it certainly makes the song more beautiful.

  1. Comfortable- Alessia Cara

Past your honeymoon period? It’s time you dedicate your babe this song. This song is all about how you love all parts of them and are comfortable with them.

  1. Hooked On A Feeling- Blue Swede

With the funky beats and happy lyrics, this song is perfect for one of those happy modes. Maybe you are celebrating something, or maybe you are just in a very energetic mood and just wish to dance around with bae. This song is perfect for a new couple.

  1. Far Away- Nickelback

The perfect song for long distance lovers. Meeting after a long time? Play this song and dance in their arms. Warning- You may start to sob while dancing.

  1. Who You Love- John Mayer ft. Katy Perry

Sure about her? It’s time to show bae that you are ready for commitment. This is song is perfect when you’re having a romantic date with bae, let them know you accept every part of them.

  1. Say You Won’t Let Go- James Arthur

Everyone’s love story is like a fairytale and there are absolutely no exceptions. This song talks about how you wish to hold on to them, and never let them go. Play this song at the end of a date and let bae know that you would never want to lose them.

  1. Forever- Beach Boys

Winning hearts of different generations since 1961, Forever is one of the greatest hit by the American rock band Beach Boys. This song not only has beautiful music but beautiful lyrics. Let bae know that no matter what it is, you’ll do it if it makes them happy.

  1. Bubbly- Colbie Caillat

It’s about those comfortable days spent with your bae. Dedicate this song and let them know how bubbly and happy they make you feel.

  1. I’ll Be There For You- The Rembrandts

So, heard of that dialogue by SRK which is- Pyaar Dosti Hai!”
Well, your bae is your friend. Let bae know that no matter what, you’ll be there for them.

Spending romantic time with boo, doing nothing while listening to love songs! This is one of the best feelings in the world. Okay, maybe that something you don’t enjoy, but I sure do and there are way too many hopeless romantics like me.

The world of online shopping is like an escape from reality with vast opportunities. You can explore a variety of options without travelling, and that’s what makes it a dream come true for lazy people. A very small, yet beautiful part of this world is made for stationery addicts which for people like me is paradise. So, it is basically Disneyland for someone lazy and loves stationery.

Little pieces of this Island constitutes of:

The Fairy Dust Studio
The Fairy Dust Studio
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Floral print diaries, beautiful cushion covers, hand-embroidered frames, cute invites, phones cases and so much more. They believe in sprinkling magical fairy dust to all their products which makes them bewitching.

The Souled Store
The Souled Store
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If you’re a stationery addict, you must have heard about them. They have quirky notebooks, amazing mobile covers, badges for your bags, and most of all lit af stickers. The souled store has official merchandise for many famous Cartoons, movies, music artists, sports artists and merchandise for crazy Bollywood enthusiasts.

Fangled
Fangled
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It is the perfect shop for someone who can not hide their love for notebooks. Fangled has a wide range of notebooks for almost all situations, greeting cards, compliments cards, postcards, and a lot more beautiful merchandise. It is not only their products which are creative but when they pack the products in these cute little bags.

Propshop24
Propshop24
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One of my personal favourites, propshop24 has it all. They have quirky notebooks, sweet notebooks, planners for all occasions, greeting cards, and even cute gifting accessories. Propshop even has desk accessories like stationery desk organizer, personalised pens, unique sticky notes, and cute trash cans. And guess what? They even have do it yourself stationery kits. It is an absolute paradise for nerds like me.

Daily Objects
Daily Objects
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Popular for funky office stationery, daily objects never fails to surprise people. From quirky notebooks and element pouches to mousepad and greeting cards, they have it all. They even have some cool mobile accessories, so if you wish to dress your phone with amazing merchandise, they can help you.

Ferns N Petals
Ferns N Petals
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Champions in the game of personalised gifts, they have some really trendy personalised stationery. Personalised notebooks, personalised pens, personalised keychains, personalised desk organizer, personalised lamps and so much more. You name it, and they have it personalised. Yes, even a desk watch! If you like to customize your stationery, they have the perfect store for you.

So, whenever you’re feeling gloomy and lost, you can visit these islands of magic. These places are heaven on the world of the internet and a single purchase would make you feel better. I mean to me, it does. I feel sad, I buy stationery. Try it out, maybe this therapy works for you too.

All those humorous remarks about my body and people looking at me like my body is not normal, this feeling was overwhelming. My confidence had gone down tremendously and I was like my existence didn’t really matter to anyone. I had gained 25 Kgs, and everyone had started to ask “What have you done to yourself?” “Oh My God! What is wrong with you?” “It is so weird to look at you this way, you were so thin!” and all this was followed by weight loss advice like “You should eat less”, “You should start a diet”, “Why don’t you try gym?”, “Let me share my doctor’s number with you.”
I had started to feel like I had some disease and started to stay inside the house, avoided to meet old friends, or attend any family events. I was afraid of the snarky comments people made and started to feel like I didn’t deserve to go out of the house.

But was it my fault? Not really! I realized when I was 20 Kgs lighter, people teased me for being thin. They called me names like “Tilli”, “Broom Stick”, and told me things “Bahar mat jana, hawa chal rahi h udh jayegi”, “Teri Hadiya chubhti h”, “Tu kuch khaati bhi hai?”
Moreover, people gave me their unasked advice about weight gain.

So did it really matter to people? The problem was not in me, but the problem was “people.” Yet, I was the one to blame and I agree. People around me were stupid enough to pass crappy comments and I was stupid enough to believe them. I learned no matter how I looked, people will always pass comments, and that I could deal with them in a better way.

Ways to Deal with Body Shaming
Some effective ways to deal with stupid and snarky comments about your body are:
  1. Smile & Nod While You are Shooting Them in your Imagination
    Smile & Nod While You are Shooting Them in your Imagination
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    It’s never a crime to kill someone in your imagination. I have learned, no matter what you say but some people just won’t shut up. They may think you’re smiling because you’re enjoying the conversation, but they don’t know you’re happy because in your head you’re about to pull the trigger. Ignorance is bliss, especially when it is about dealing with an imbecile.

  2. Quirky Responses
    Quirky Responses
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    Try this at your own risk! You can’t use this trick on everyone like your relatives, or maybe even more on them. That’s for you to decide.

So let’s say someone says “Hey, you’ve become so fat! Did you eat an elephant?”
You could say-“Yes! I did, yet I am hungry. I could really eat someone dumb like you.” You don’t have to hurt them, but just let them know that their opinion does not matter to you.

Some responses you could use are for fat-shaming:

  • I am just fat, I can lose weight. What about your ugly face? Even Ekta Kapoor’s Plastic Surgeon can’t fix this.
  • Do you think I am fat? Well, at least I am not dumb.
  • I really feel like sitting on you, like really!
  • While gaining weight, I gained I’ve gained a bit of extra brain as well. Maybe you’d want some.
  • Thanks for the concern. Well, I am concerned about your level of dumbness as well. I suggest you educate yourself as soon as possible.
  1. Educate Them
    Educate Them
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    It is okay to educate someone you think will understand. Sometimes people close to us body shame us, and that feels awful. In such situations, it is best to take a stand for yourself and confront them. Let them know how you feel and how do all these comments affect you. Let them know that their remarks affect you mentally, that you feel emotionally weak and helpless. Educate them about body positivity and its effects. The people who love you, care about you might not just understand at once but eventually will. You just have to keep taking a stand for yourself.

I felt it too! I know how it feels to be shamed for something which isn’t your fault. You don’t have to fit into a particular dress to be pretty. And just remember, no matter what body type you have, people will always find some fault in your appearance- maybe it be being thin, fat, tall, short, dark, fair, and even for the type of nose you have. You are pretty, and the world would believe it when you do! So go ahead and take stand for yourself.

Everything about travelling is fun except for the part where we struggle with our internet. We have become really dependant on technology and it is difficult to do without it! Off course we could do without checking social media while we are travelling, but there are certain things we need to check over the internet while travelling. At times we exhaust our internet balance resulting in long bills by our provider, and at times the net reception is very poor. Without any doubt, this is one problem every traveller faces. And let’s face it- We can’t do without the internet! Here are a few useful travel apps which work offline. They may not entertain you but are definitely useful:

Google Maps
Google Maps
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Did you know that the most reliable app for direction now works online as well? You can sync in a place or city, and you can get directions to it even when your phone is on flight mode. However, you won’t get walking directions or information about public transportation but only driving directions.

XE Currency
XE Currency
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Currency conversions can be a big deal when you are travelling to a different country. When you’re spending, you need to know that you are not going over budget. You can just add the currencies to your list and as in when you enter the amount, it will convert from the selected currency to others. This will help you plan your finances optimally.

The only thing you need to make sure that to update currency fluctuations, it needs internet. So, whenever you do get access to the internet, update the app!

FireChat
FireChat
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Do not have a cellular connection or WiFi access while travelling? It’s okay! You wouldn’t lose touch with your loved ones. All you need is FireChat. This app lets you send messages to anyone using FireChat without internet or cellular connection. Maybe you could ask your family to install the app while you are travelling so you could contact them in the cases of emergency.

Google Translate
Google Translate
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Language barriers while travelling? Well, Google translate is here to your rescue! It can translate 103 languages by typing. You can use your camera to take pictures, and it will instantly transfer to the choice of your language, it can do so for 37 languages. It has about 32 languages in its two-way speech mode. And guess what? Among all these languages, 59 languages can be accessed offline!

This application is an absolute lifesaver and can help you with many problems!

Spotify
Spotify
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Long flights, layovers and bus rides can get pretty boring! That’s where Spotify comes to your rescue. Using Spotify, one can stream music online & offline. You can download songs which will be safely stored in your Spotify App, enabling you to listen to music anytime even without an internet connection. The app has millions of songs in many languages.

So, these are few apps you can access while travelling even when you have no internet! Seems crazy, right? In the world where we find it impossible to live without the internet, we have offline apps!

Do you love making her smile? I am sure that her smile brightens up your day, and knowing that beautiful smile is because of you is one of the greatest feelings in the world. At times making her smile might be easy, but at times it will be really difficult to turn that frown upside down. Well, that’s what you think! It is very easy to make her smile. It’s not about the big romantic gestures you do but about those little things you do without realizing things which make her feel like you care, and things which she finds adorable.

  1. Asking Her How Is She Doing?

    You may not realize this but you’ve stopped asking her, and that is bound to happen. You talk to her every day, and it is not like you don’t know what’s happening. If there is something wrong, she will tell you, you don’t have to ask her this question formally. At times, she needs to feel like you care. Maybe she was feeling a little low last night when you do ask the next morning “How are you feeling now?”

Trust me, even if she was feeling low, this will uplift her mood.

  1. Send Her a Voice Note

    You might be busy and do not have time to write a text, so you decide to send a voice note. Well, listening to your voice makes her smile. This makes her feel like you’re taking efforts and makes her feel special.

  2. Mid-Day Calls

    You may call her at night when you’re free and have time for her. It is okay to do so, but when you call her in the middle of a busy day just to tell her that you love her, it will make her beam with joy. Even if it is for a minute, it will make her feel important.

  3. When You Get Jealous

    She just came back from the party and starts telling you all about it. She tells you about her friends and then tells you about her guy friends, that little jealousy you have makes her smile. It makes her feel like you value her, and are afraid to lose her. Off course not being extremely jealous but a little jealous.

  4. Share Things with Her

    When we go through problems, we share it with our partners. When you do share your problems with her, she not only tries her best to solve them but feels happy. She feels happy that you trust her enough to share things with her. She feels happy that you consider her as an important part of her life, hence your problems are not a burden for her.

  5. Respect Her Choices

    Be a gentleman, and value her point of view. When you do that, she feels respected and valued. Make her feel like your equal, and she will be happy in true sense.

  6. Send Her Songs

    You’re listening to a song, and it suddenly reminds you of her. Maybe because of the lyrics, or the music but it just reminds you of her. Send her the song, it will make her smile like a fool. She knows that you think about her, and makes her feel secure.

  7. Send Her a Text Telling Her How You Feel

    You don’t have to send a long text with fancy words but simple words telling her how you feel. This makes her feel super special, and even a single line telling her how you feel makes her more special than a 3-page essay. You just need to be true.

  8. Honest Opinion over a Sugar Coated One

    No matter what she says, she loves to hear the truth. This makes her feel that no matter what it is, you will tell her the truth and won’t cheat her because you are not someone who lies. She will always seek your advice because she knows it is genuine.

  9. When You Explain a Sport You Love

    Almost every guy does it! She may not even know the basic rules of football, but when you explain it to her, she loves it. It makes her feel included and honestly the glow in your eyes make her feel happy.

  10. When You Do Silly Things to Get Her Attention

    She may have been busy or angry at you, and you start acting silly just to make her smile or grab her attention. She likes it. You’re taking efforts and she likes it.

  11. When You Remember Something She Told You

    Maybe you got her favorite chocolate or ask her how was her presentation at work? You remember something she told you, and you remember it. This is incredibly adorable to her.

You don’t have to make grand gestures to make her smile, but small things which do not take any time. What do you do, which makes her smile? Comment and let us know!

Summers can really get you all worked up! Everything becomes a task in summers. Although with a little help, things can get merrier and easier. Here are 6 summer cocktail recipes you can make at home to beat the summer blues.

Frozen-Grape Sangria

A Wine Based Cocktail!

Frozen-Grape Sangria
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Ingredients:
  • 1 to 1.5 Kg of Grapes
  • 1 Large Fresh Apple
  • 1/4th Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Merlot Red Wine
  • 1 Cup Grape Juice
  • ½ Cup Vodka
  • Lots of Ice
Serves: 8-9 Glasses
Preparation:

Spread out 3 quarters of grapes in a metal baking pan & freeze it for 25 minutes to an hour. While the grapes are chilling out & having a good time, take a large pitcher and mix the remaining ingredients. Start with grape juice, lemon, wine, vodka, sliced apples, & sugar. Stir it until the sugar gets dissolved.
Divide the frozen grapes & ice into the glasses and pour the magical mixture of Sangria.
Here, your super delicious Frozen-Grape Sangria is ready!

Daiquiri

A Rum Based Cocktail!

Daiquiri
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Ingredients:
  • 45 to 50 ml of Rum
  • 20-25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 8-10 ml Simple Syrup
Serves: 1 Glass
Preparation:

Gather all the ingredients and pour them in the cocktail shaker. Shake it vigorously so all the ingredients would blend well. You could add ice in the cocktail shaker, but make sure you don’t use more than 2 to 3 cubes.
Strain the drink in a chilled cocktail glass & serve it to your guests!

Refreshing Mint Julep

Bourbon Based Cocktail!

Refreshing Mint Julep
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Ingredients:
  • 90 ml Bourbon
  • 1 Table Spoon Sugar
  • 6-7 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprigs
  • Lots of Ice- Crushed & Cubes
Serves: 1 Glass
Preparation:

Take a pre-chilled old-fashion whiskey glass and place mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. Add crushed ice & sugar to the glass. Pour the fine bourbon in the glass along with ice. Stir it until the glass frosts. Add a few sprigs of mint leaves before you serve!

Succulent Mango Cocktail

A Vodka Based Cocktail!

Succulent Mango Cocktail
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Ingredients:
  • 60 gms Fresh Mangoes
  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 20 to 25 ml of Sweet & Sour Syrup
  • Mint Leaves
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • Mint Sprigs
  • Lots of Ice
Serves: 1 Glass
Preparation:

Add vodka, mangoes, ginger, lime juice, sweet & sour syrup, mint leaves and a few cubes of ice in a blender. Blend the ingredients nicely, and here your mango cocktail is ready! Serve the mango cocktail in a classy cocktail glass & garnish it with a mint sprig.

The Ananda Brew

Inspired by Masala Chai- A Vodka Based Cocktail!

The Ananda Brew
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Ingredients:
  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 50 ml Egg White
  • 1 Masala Tea Bag
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 15 to 20 ml Sugar Syrup (as per your taste)
  • Orange Slices & Cinnamon Sticks for Garnishing
Serves: 1 Glass
Preparation:

Add vodka, egg white, masala tea, lime juice & sugar juice in a cocktail shaker and shake it until all the ingredients blend well together. Tada! Your Masala Tea Cocktail is ready! Serve it in a martini glass and garnish with a slice of orange slice & crushed ice.

Imli-Tequila Cocktail

The name says it all!

Imli-Tequila Cocktail
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Ingredients:
  • 45 ml Tequila
  • 45 ml Tamarind Nectar
  • Sugar Syrup as per taste
  • 100-120 ml Ginger Ale
  • Ice
Serves: 1 Glass
Preparation:

Gather all the ingredients and pour tequila, tamarind nectar & sugar syrup in a glass. Add lots of ice cubes and stir it well. Once all the ingredients are infused top it with ginger ale, and your tangy cocktail is ready!

So go ahead & beat the heat with these delicious summer cocktails!

Social media started as a platform where we could connect with our friends, meet new friends and express ourselves freely. Remember the good old days of sitting in the cyber café for hours chatting with our internet pal on yahoo messenger, scraps on Orkut, blingy stickers on hi5 or regular status updates on Facebook. All this seems like a hazy memory now!
Social media isn’t the same as it used to be! Why? Because our parents have invaded it!
We love our parents but sometimes they can surprise you.
And embarrassing kids- that tradition has been going on for generations now. We would be doing the same someday!

If we talk about the present day scenario, parents have their new favorite way of mortifying their kids- Social Media!

Here are a few things parents do on social media to embarrass us:

Sending Friend Request To Everyone We’ve Ever Mentioned
Sending Friend Request To Everyone We’ve Ever Mentioned
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Remember that one friend you mentioned to your parents about, the one who sat next to you in kindergarten. Yes! Your parents have sent a friend request to them. They have also sent a friend request to all your other friends, teachers & crush!

 Like, Like, Like. Comment, Comment, Comment
 Like, Like, Like. Comment, Comment, Comment
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We love getting likes & comments on social media, especially from our parents. It may make us feel like they actually approve our things but not on everything! Our parents start to like and comment on everything we post.

 Tagging Us In Embarrassing Pictures
 Tagging Us In Embarrassing Pictures
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We all have pictures which can be referred to as “Blast from the Past!”

Our parents wouldn’t really understand why those pictures if exposed would be a nightmare to us. They refer to those pictures as “cute” and post them on social media & TAG US!

Miss A Call From Them & They’ll Comment On Your Post
Miss A Call From Them & They’ll Comment On Your Post
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In case if you are out, miss a call from them and post something on social media at the same time, you’re doomed! Your parents will comment on your status asking you why you did not pick up your call or maybe the reason why they were calling you. Now your entire Facebook friend list knows that you need to reach home by 8!

Annoying Facebook Posts like “What Are Your Top 3 Qualities?”
Annoying Facebook Posts like “What Are Your Top 3 Qualities?”
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Facebook is now full of these annoying apps which tell you your top 3 qualities or what were you in your previous birth! Our parents share such posts without thinking twice and ask us to like it constantly. On some level, they think it is all true!

Stalking You & The Question Game
Stalking You & The Question Game
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“Please don’t tag me”, “Please don’t post that picture” or “Could you block my parents before you tag me”
If you’ve added your parents on social media, you probably have used all these lines.
They stalk you over social media and then ask you questions about your whereabouts. They even stalk your friends and ask you about them. It is terrifying!

Posting Hoax News and facts
Posting Hoax News and facts
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As per our parents, everything they find online is true & they feel the need to share it with everyone over social media. They end up sharing them and tagging us on it.

Stalk Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Stalk Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
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It’s a waking nightmare. Wasn’t it enough that your parents stalked you on social media, they somehow find your girlfriend’s/ boyfriend’s profile and start to stalk them. This gets even worse when they send a request to them!

No matter what channel or medium parents use, the tradition of embarrassing your kids has always been there and will go on. Maybe you’d be laughing about these small shenanigans after a few years, but for now, these really mortify you. Since it is a conventional fact, someday you will find your kids all red-faced because of something you posted on your social media!

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