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A thriller is a very well-structured story and someone with a killer attitude can only pen it down. Many of you find solace in the haunting Hollywood thrillers. But the movie directors in India have also tried their hands in this genre and made some cult classic. Primarily, our nation wants to see more of romance and that’s why every second movie is either a romantic-comedy, romantic drama, or romantic tragedy. But, really, the quality of thriller movies have improved a lot in the past two decades and here is a proof of that.

Have a look at these dozens of Indian thriller movies which would make your grey cells work some more.

Kahaani

As the tagline of the movie says, it was truly a “Mother of a Story”. A pregnant woman lands in Kolkata in the quest of finding her missing husband. She files a police complaint and puts everyone from the Police Department to RAW members into a muddle. Who was her husband? A terrorist in the disguise of a Software Engineer? As the plot unveils, you are surely going to be flabbergasted with the raw narrative, stupendous cinematography, and the fast-paced script. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, this movie released in the year 2012 and India is still to come up with a thriller better than this one!

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Vishwaroopam

2013 saw a massive spy thriller movie directed by the great Kamal Hassan which was made in Tamil and Hindi languages. IMDB rates it 8.4 – quite a high score among the Indian movies. Many eminent film critics said that it is a spy thriller of international standards. The best thing about this movie is that none of the characters are not what they seem and that’s what holds your attention. A woman married to a classical dancer is having an affair with her boss who has links with the terrorists. Now there are some grey shades in her husband which is what you will see!

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Drishyam

Directed by the supremely talented Nishikant Kamat, this movie released in 2015 and it is an official remake of Malayalam movie of the same name directed by Jeetu Joseph. It is a gripping tale of a father protecting his family. There’s a bad guy in the movie who is the spoilt brat of the IGP of Goa and he goes missing. The Police suspect the girl’s family and the plot is all about designing lies in front of the Police and that is done stupendously well. What makes this one of the best movies in the past decade is the heart-in-mouth moments, engrossing climax, and the stellar performance of the lead actors. This movie has been remade in various other languages like Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Sinhala.

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I

Shankar is a renowned director whose body of work is marvelous. This time he came up with another heart-winning plot named “I” that released in 2015. The film tells the story of a bodybuilder turned supermodel, played by Vikram, who after being deformed, and exacts revenge upon those who were responsible for his quandary. The lead actor Vikram nailed the role beautifully. The technical aspects, makeup, and of course the pace of the movie would keep you hooked till the end.

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Baishey Shrabon

IMDB gives it 8.1 but you may give it a full 10/10. Yes, this movie is so complete in every frame. A powerful thriller plot that is superbly balanced with dramatic background music and raunchy dialogues would never find a “Delete” button in your life for sure. Directed by National Award winning director Srijit Mukherjee, this movie was released in 2011. It tells the story of an anonymous serial killer who leaves Bengali poems at the death-spot of the victim. A middle-aged suspended IPS officer is called upon to solve the case along with a young officer. What happens next would leave you in splits!

Baishey Shrabon
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Lucia

This is a Kannada movie directed by Pawan Kumar that released in the year 2013. IMDB rates this romantic psychological thriller 8.4. The plot revolves around a man who is suffering from insomnia. He is tricked into buying a drug named Lucia that would cure his disease. But this drug makes all his desires come true in his dreams. The effect is so palpable that the lines between reality and fantasy get blurred. One must watch it to gauge how far imagination can run!

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A Wednesday

Neeraj Pandey – today a respectable and reliable name in Bollywood debuted with this movie. This movie of 2008 was path-breaking in many ways. Bollywood was breathing happily in rom-coms, love stories, and sleazy comedies, but this movie made with a sprinkle of nationalism brought a new wave. Neeraj Pandey continues to make movies of this new genre till today. How a common man brings the whole nation to a standstill (in a positive manner) is what you would see in this movie.

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So, if you are one of those people who has lost the faith in Indian cinema (especially Bollywood), it is time to change your views. These are some of the best thriller movies made in the past two decades. Well, the list would be endless if all the amazing thrillers from regional Indian cinema were brought. But for the time being watch these wonderful movies and have a great time.

An old proverb says – “Early to bed and early to rise; Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Right when the Sun rises, it is a signal of a New Day to wake up and start afresh with all your work. The Daytime is to work and the night is there to sleep without tension. Many of our modern day baggage leave us with a topsy-turvy lifestyle and that results in a barrage of ailments from hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety, etc. There is a method to approach life and waking up early, right on time is necessary to face life – as simple as that! Sometimes, you may feel the need to break free such strict schedule of waking up early to enjoy your escapades, but make sure in the long run you don’t lose touch with your early morning hours activeness because that would make you a better version of yourself!

Read the few benefits of waking up early and motivate yourself for leading a better life. Because, my friend, you get only one life and that should be well-lived.

Enjoy the Quiet Time

Just like the silent night, a peaceful morning also has its beauty. This peaceful time has a lot of energy in its store and if you are not an early riser, you are missing out something major! Enjoy your exercise, self-analysis, goal-setting, making an agenda for the day, meditation, etc. in this early morning hours. You can gather your mind to solve the problems of your life. Waking up early also gives you some extra time to get ready for work and be the best at it. You can avoid the peak hour traffic and reach office before time and that would give a better impression to your management. Actually, in this early morning hours, you can focus in a better way as there is hardly anyone to distract you!

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Productivity Increases

Life cannot be workless – right? To prove that you are alive and to keep marching forward, you have to work as that gives a shape to you. Early rising makes you more productive than the rest who don’t get up early. The morning fresh air has its magical effect on your body and mind. It energies your cells and enables you to take lesser time in finishing the tasks assigned to you. Not only that, you can take better decisions than others promptly, achieve your set goals, and plan better than others. This logic applies to both professionals and students.

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Better Mental Health

You can always take medicine or apply ointment to heal your physical injury. But what about the mental illness? No medicine cannot cure the mental anxiety – it is all about good practices. Waking up early is one of the most effective ways to stay mentally fit. Those who wake up early in the morning are happier and possess more positive approach towards life than others. In your stressful days also you should not miss upon waking up early because that eliminates stress quicker!

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Blissful Sleep

Just like your mobile phone needs to be charged to work swiftly, your body needs a proper sleep to work the next day. An undisturbed 6-8 hours of sleep keeps you mentally and physically active all through the day. Early rising will automatically make you crawl to the bed after 9-10 P.M. at night. To improve the quality of life, to eliminate all signs of stress, and to keep a positive mind, this habit of sleep must be followed.

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Helps in a Healthy Diet

Waking up early means, you would not be late for your assignments. This would give you time to prepare and eat your breakfast properly without any rush. If you snooze your morning alarm, you are more likely to skip the most important meal of the day i.e., breakfast and tend to starve or overeat later. Both these situations lead to an unhealthy diet system which would be harmful in the long run.

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “The early morning has gold in its mouth”. That is true. If you wish to achieve something in life, start it in the daytime and see the results coming in your lap so easily! If you are a late riser, you can take baby steps towards improving that habit. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier every week and over a period of time and see the magic!

Cinema is not just a form of entertainment but it is actually a medium of expressing your thoughts, vision and imagination through the lens of a camera. The power of cinema is clearly visible through movies which make people believe in love stories, coincidences, actions and the out-of-the-box imagination. Exploring this unique imagination and curiosity of human mind, several sci-fi movies have emerged from time to time to entertain people all across the globe.

While some of them may have tanked at the box office without any trace, there are other movies who clearly emerged as the “big boss” in terms of the box office success and worldwide revenue collection. If you are a great movie buff or cinephile, here is the list of various all-time favourite sci-fi Hollywood movies that will give a real fodder to your imagination.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Let us start our fictional and exciting journey with this 1968 Stanley Kubrick’s classic which is a brilliant work of metaphysics, special effects and psychological chain of events that makes it only better with age. The plot unfolds when a team of five men goes into space to investigate the artificial object buried in lunar surface but ends with a misadventure due to a fault of chatty command computer, Hal. Following the series of events, later on, the sole surviving astronaut is lost in space and wanders through galaxy where he ages fast, dies, is reborn again and finally reaches Earth somehow to lead the evolution on the planet.

  • Alien (1979)
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Well, the name of renowned director Ridley Scott needs no introduction at all. We already knew him by the marvellous movies like Blade Runner, Gladiator, The Duellists, American Gangster and others. This 1979 science fiction horror movie, Alien made people familiar with the dreadful creature from the outer world. The plot revolves around a commercial spacecraft that tracks down a signal from an alien spacecraft on the moon and encounters a mysterious creature on landing. The ruthless advanced killing machine or alien was the brainchild of talented painter H.R. Giger and quickly became an instant hit among the audience.

  • ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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While the above alien was menacing and terrifying, this one straight out from the directorial hat of maverick Steven Spielberg was actually cute, adorable and friendly. The sci-fi movie focused on the emotional bonding between a lost alien on Earth and the young boy, Elliot who finds and protects him. Over the course of time, they befriended each other. Later on, the young boy along with his siblings helped his extraterrestrial friend to return to his home safely while the task force is on a hunt for the alien. Gosh! A fantastic movie and we all would like to meet such an alien.

  • The Terminator (1984)
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Who can forget the talented director James Cameron in the genre of sci-fi movies? He introduced us to the Terminator franchise which established its feet in the year 1984 with its first movie. The sci-fi spectacle unfolds with a cyborg assassin who travels back in time from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress whose unborn son is destined to lead a future war of humans versus machines. Another soldier is embarked on the journey to save that human leader from the advanced cyborg and to keep the hopes of humans alive.

  • Jurassic Park (1993)
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A real masterpiece from a globally acclaimed director Steven Spielberg who brought the extinct dinosaurs to life on the big screen. Who could forget the breath-taking and terrifying roars of Dinosaurs who roamed freely in the Jurassic Park due to an accident? The sci-fi marvel completely shattered the box office record with global earnings of more than $1 billion dollars and was followed by other terrifying sequels later on. The film showcased the wonderful work of CGI effects, use of gigantic animatronic puppets and a brilliant sound mixing.

  • Inception (2010)
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This sci-fi classic from Christopher Nolan is a thought-provoking, tricky yet gripping movie. The plot deals with the Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who is a master in extracting valuable information from people by entering their dreams. However, when he has lost everything, his only chance of redemption is by planting an idea into the mind of a CEO and perform the impossible feat. Will he and his team succeed or will they be trapped? Well, we will not give you more hints and you should better watch this movie right now.

  • Gravity (2013)
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Discover the unfaltering marvel by Alfonso Cuaron that won the 7 academy awards out of ten nominations. It also gave Alfonso Cuaron his first Oscar award for best direction and the movie received a lot of global accolades. Gravity describes the ill fate of two astronauts who are on a spacewalk to fix problems of the space shuttle when a disaster strikes leaving the shuttle destroyed and one astronaut, played by George Clooney dead. The movie further shows how the surviving astronaut played by Sandra Bullock travels through the vast space alone and make efforts to land back safely on Earth.

So, get ready for some breath-taking and jaw-dropping scenes from these sci-fi movies and enjoy them with a bucket of popcorn in your leisure time. Truly a surreal experience indeed.

The world-renowned chef Thomas Keller once said that “A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” This is the only reason why one should never stop experimenting with food. When you see the same old monotonous things are followed, you get bored – right? The same thing applies to food also. The same old recipe or way of cooking cannot bring any thrill to the table. To break away the conventional types, here the recipe of orange fish would be covered today. The year 2017 witnessed a heart-warming or soul-stirring movie named “Machher Jhol” which was all about the relationship between a chef and his mom. On his return to his homeland after 13 years, he is challenged by his ailing mom to cook the same fish curry he cooked as a teen. In this quest, he discovers a new recipe and in fact reinvent himself.

This unique Orange Fish recipe was shared in this movie and became quite popular among those who are open to experience experimental food recipes.

Fish, in general, carry a pungent smell but once deep-fried and cooked with other spices – there is nothing tastier than that! This combination of Orange and Fish sounds really weird – but that’s what romantic about this recipe which you must try once!

Ingredients:

Rohu/Katla (Carp): 4-5 pieces

Ginger: 1 inch grated or 1 and a half tsp paste

Green Chilies: 5-6

Salt: As per taste

Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp

Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp

Cumin Powder: 1 Tsp

Coriander Powder: 1 Tsp

Sugar: As per taste

Tomatoes (Chopped): 1 Big

Garam Masala Powder: 1 Tsp

Water: 1 cup

Orange Juice: 2 Cups

Mustard Oil: 9-10 Tsp

Process:
  • First of all, clean the fish very well, remove the skin and any blood stains.
  • Let them dry a bit and then sprinkle salt and turmeric 1tsp each. Let the fish marinate for at least half an hour.
  • Heat mustard oil in a wok and fry the fishes very well. Remember to make them golden brown but not red.
  • In a separate pan, heat some oil and add ginger in grated or paste form. You have to keep frying this ginger until the raw smell goes away.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes to this preparation which will bring the required color.
  • Now, you have to add the turmeric, chili, cumin, and coriander powder and stir for a few minutes.
  • Let the tomatoes become soft. But keep stirring so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the pan or get burnt.
  • Pour a cup of water to this mixture and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and salt as per your taste and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Now, put in the golden fried pieces of fish and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Let it simmer for some time (7-9 minutes) till the spices enter every inch of the fish.
  • Keep checking in between and add water to maintain the consistency.
  • Once the fish is cooked well, it’s time to add the fresh orange juice.
  • Put the slit green chilies and garam masala powder to the gravy and simmer for hardly 3 minutes.
  • Remember once you have added the fresh orange juice, you cannot simmer for a long time as that would deviate the taste.
  • Garnish with some curry leaves and slices of orange.
  • The fish is now ready to be served with some hot rice.

A plate of rice with simply stunning orange fish is equal to bliss. Try it sometime and don’t forget to share the recipe with your friends or relatives.

If you want to witness the rich glory, heritage and architecture of India over the course of time, a trip to Somnath temple deserves a place in your itinerary. The sacred temple is a living example of repeated plunders and its subsequent rejuvenation by various rulers and authorities from time to time. It clearly lives up to the statement of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India who inaugurated the temple in 1951 “The Somnath temple signifies that the power of reconstruction is always greater than the power of destruction.” Let us take a plunge in its rich legacy, architecture, history and other aspects for exploring this marvellous shrine in a better way.

Somnath Temple- An overview
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The splendid temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and it means “Lord of the Soma or Moon” which is used in reference to the Shiva. The Somnath Temple is situated in the Prabhas Patan region of Veraval in Saurashtra which lies on the western coast of Gujarat. It is considered as the first known Jyotirlinga among the total twelve such shrines. The spiritual temple finds elaborate mention in various ancient texts such as Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Shivapuran, Skandpuran and Rig Veda. The auspicious site of Somnath is also known for the confluence of three sacred rivers or “Triveni Sangam” namely Kapila, Hiran and Sarasvati.

History
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It is said that the earliest known Somnath temple was built primarily in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, out of wood by Lord Krishna and further in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. The sanctum sanctorum was repeatedly plundered around 17 times by various invaders such as Ghazni, Khiljis, Turks, Mughals, Portuguese and others. The present structure of this historical and mystical temple was restored by the Government of India in the year 1951 on the recommendation of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and was completed under K.M. Munshi who was the head of the temple trust at that time.

Architecture
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The restoration and reconstruction of present Somnath Temple is based on the Chalukyan style of architecture. It is a perfect specimen of oldest skilled architects and masons of Gujarat who are also known as Sompura Salats. The artistically grand temple consists of sikhara or main spire with a height of 15 metres and features an 8.2 metres tall flag pole at the top. Its magnificent balconied corridor also showcases a mutilated form of Nataraja or the dancing Shiva. Further, the flag present atop the temple tower bear the symbols such as Nandi and Trishul. Although, it is a magnificent symbol of Brahmanical temple but the patches of Jain architecture on the carvings and the overall design is evident clearly.

Perfect time to visit

The ideal time to visit this holy shrine is from October to March.

Other places of Tourist Attractions

Apart from the spiritual blessings of Lord Somnath, the wonderful place is adorned with various temples, beaches, museums and other tourist attractions. Some of these places are listed below:

  • Gita Mandir
  • Kamnath Mahadev Temple
  • Somnath Museum
  • Laxminarayan Mandir
  • Surya Temple and Mata Hinglaj Gufa
  • Balukha Tirtha
  • Sarada Math
  • Panch Pandava Gufa Temple, etc
How can you reach here?

The Somnath Temple is well connected by rail, road and air from the various main cities of Gujarat.

By road- It is located 79 km away from Junagarh and around 25 km away from Chorwad. One can easily avail the multiple state transport and private luxury buses plying on this route for a trip to Somnath temple.

By rail- Veraval is the nearest railway station to Somnath and is located at a distance of around 6-7 km.

By air- You can head towards this religious site through nearest airport Keshod which is located at a distance of around 55 km.

So, make a religious trip to Somnath Temple and take a spiritual and devotional plunge to this famous Jyotirlinga with your family, friends and other loved ones. Chant “Har Har Mahadeva” and get ready for a life-changing experience.

 

There is a famous saying that “No love is greater than a mom’s love and no care is greater than a dad’s care.” It is one of the best moments of life when you make your parents smile. But with age, many things change and that is the law of life. At a certain age, you may feel that your parents are not understanding you and vice-versa. Maybe you don’t feel like calling them or returning home just to avoid any banter with them. Not only teenagers but adults also face this challenge at some point in their life. Career change, lack of relaxation, health issues, insurance premium, loans, EMI, dreams, aspirations, etc. – there are too many factors that cause a bump in this beautiful relationship.

With a few simple ways, you can mitigate this problem from your life. Read below:

Treat them as Fellow Adults and not Parents

A lot of teenagers and some grown-ups complain that their parents don’t treat them like an adult. You have to understand that your age difference would always remain the same with them and thus you would always remain a kid to them. But, you have to help them let you grow up. Treat them like your fellow friends or acquaintances and things would get better. If you start practicing this, they would finally understand that you have grown up.

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Laugh Together

Nothing can beat the tonic of laughter when it comes to feeling easy in any relationship. Make a habit of sharing nice jokes, reading out a funny e-mail, or narrating a meme would be suggested. There would always be some amount of stress in life (both you and your parents) and humor helps to alleviate that. Remember that if you can laugh together, you are definitely doing ok!

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Share Your Problems

There cannot be anyone else in this world who can understand you better than your parents. Even when they know that you are wrong, they would try to support you because of the unconditional love they have for you. This logic would also apply here when you feel that they don’t understand you. Don’t keep silent or keep sulking in a corner, instead, share whatever is bothering you. With due respect to them, narrate which are the problems that are bothering you. If your mom or dad calls you in the daytime which hampers your professional performance, you must share that challenge with them.

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Seek Opinion Only When You Require

Sometimes, you ask your parents “what to do” in certain situations. Well, that is a way of seeking their permission or letting them know that you are still not capable of taking your own decisions. From selecting the color of the car to buying the living room furniture – you are capable enough as an adult to go choose what suits your taste! Parents would always want the best things for their child and in case they are providing a piece of advice, smile and look at it but always keep the final decision to yourself without any guilt.

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Solve Your Personal & Financial Crisis on Your Own

As a grown-up adult, you should be fully responsible for yourself. Yes, of course, you need your parents for an emotional support but seeking help from them to solve your personal or financial crisis would not be a great idea. Somewhere, you would also be proud of yourself to deal with your own challenges. This would boost your confidence and your parents would also be proud of you.

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Look out for Common Interests

The common interest can be anything like traveling, biking, hiking, fishing, reading, movie-watching, shopping, baking, dancing, singing, etc. Always look out for shared interests to spend some more quality time with them. When you share a common interest in some kind of activity, you naturally come closer to them. If your parents love to visit historical places, go with them, because who knows you may end up loving history too. Similarly, you can introduce your parents to Netflix and you never know, you would end up spending all the weekends watching Prime Videos together!

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Always be Grateful

To sustain any kind of relationship, gratitude plays an essential role. You may not like a certain habit of your parents but you simply ignore the fact that they are the reasons behind your life. So, don’t miss any small to big opportunity to appreciate their efforts as a parent. When you thank more for the good things, better things materialize.

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Communication in a relationship is like the oxygen. Without proper communication, the relationship dies and thus, use these very simple methods in your daily life and improve your relationship with your parents.

Summer has already approached!!! With its arrival, people are beginning to feel the scorching sun rays, excessive sweating, skin rashes and a lot of other summer related problems. Due to the excessive sweating, there is a substantial amount of fluid loss from the body which can cause dehydration, stomach cramps, and other problems. However, you can stay hydrated, healthy and load up vital nutrients with the help of these amazing summer superfoods. Check out below and make them a part of your diet quickly.

Cucumber
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It is one of the most refreshing and beneficial summer foods that are great for your overall body. Cucumber is really helpful in fighting various skin problems like dark circles, sunburns, and others. It is rich in compounds like silicon and sulfur that help in promoting hair growth. Further, the presence of high amount of water helps in cleansing the body by removing harmful toxins. This extraordinary summer food is also known for its immune boosting potential and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Peaches
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Along with a rich source of vitamin C, it also contains other nutrients like vitamin B6, niacin, and folate. Peaches are also rich in potassium which is helpful in maintaining healthy blood pressure. It is also highly effective against kidney stones and bone loss. Further, the presence of high fiber content makes it extremely beneficial for digestive health and colon health.

 

Avocados
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This summer food is a rich source of carotenoid antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and neochrome. The presence of these compounds helps in preventing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Avocados are extremely helpful in regulating blood sugar levels and improve cardiovascular health. It is also known to prevent cancers related to mouth, skin and prostate gland.

 

Pineapple
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This sweet and tart tropical fruit consists of an enzyme that is helpful in improving digestion along with fighting blood clot formation. It is readily available from March to July and is a wonderful summer super food. In fact, pineapple can prevent swelling which is common during the months of summer.

 

Watermelon
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You would be surprised to know that watermelon contains about 92 percent of water and just six percent sugar making it the perfect fruit for summer. The presence of natural sugar in this fruit helps in replenishing the lost electrolytes from the body due to excessive sweating. Watermelons are also packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C which are particularly helpful for eye health and boosting the immune system.

 

Bittergourd
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One of the best vegetables for the summer season is bitter gourd which is easily available during this time. It is known to possess amazing antimicrobial properties that are extremely helpful for boils, rashes, fungal infections and other such skin problems that are common in a summer season.

 

Oysters
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Start gorging on oysters that are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and give a feeling of satiety and fullness to people who are overweight and obese. This superfood is also helpful in reducing hypertension and blood pressure.

Prepare yourself to face harsh summers with these extraordinary superfoods that are packed with various types of nutrients. It is time to stock your kitchen well with these amazing foods and get ready for about with scorching summers.

A weekend is the time when you want to rest. So does your partner! Everyone gets tired after an eventful week. Sometimes, you perhaps cancel the plans to go out just because you want to sleep for a few more hours. In this constant struggle to rest and work, are you missing out fun or romance? Well, these are the two elements which can re-energize you more than sleeping or eating! So, apply these simple romantic date ideas to sizzle up this weekend.

Unplug from Normal Life

The so-called normal life of getting up with the morning alarm, preparing for the client meeting, presenting Excel for CEO, picking up kids from school, visiting the bank, etc. eat up too much of our energies! The whole week is spent in routine when you behave responsibly and always try to shine in personal and professional tasks! The weekend is the right time to simply relax and forget all the plans for your future. This weekend simply unplug yourself from that Normal Life and indulge your partner in this task. Unplugging from normal life actually means – switching off the phone, laptop, TV, and sending kids off to granny’s place. Play crossword puzzle, have breakfast in your bed, order pizza and desserts online, sleep until you are pleased, indulge into creative work you love to do like painting, pottery, writing, or acting. Go mad with your partner – enact the favorite scenes together from your favorite movies and record them to enjoy later. On Monday, you would wake up with some lovely memories that you made in these two days.

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Cozy Cottage in the Lap of Nature

You can plan to go somewhere in the lap of nature, away from home and office with your partner and create some everlasting memories together. Any hill station or valley would be suggested as they are closer to Nature. Book a cozy cottage to stay in. In the daytime, explore the nearby areas, eat local food, see how the local people spend their day, sit for fishing, enjoy the clear sky, breathe in the fresh air, see the local art and crafts, gather souvenirs from that place. In the evening return to your cottage and sit near the fireplace to talk to your partner, have a bath together, sip in some wine, enjoy food, and relish the silence all around.

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Beach & Waves

When you are tired and stressed, you need some Vitamin SEA! Hit the beaches with your spouse and spend some lovely time there. You can plan to propose your sweetheart all over again while relaxing at the beach. It would be really fun. Enjoy the lavish variety of seafood, drink cool cocktails, and don’t forget some beach adventure sports! The thrill of love and romance would be back with this sizzling romantic gateway! In the night, you may choose to walk on the beach and simply witness the shining moon in the arms of your lover. Isn’t that truly romantic?

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Overnight Boat Trip

Book a chartered boat and enjoy the company of your lover on an overnight boat trip. Renting a boat for a full day and night – what would you do? See the waves, enjoy the cool breeze, rejoice the candlelit dinner, and talk your heart out now. This is the moment when you are miles away from your home, office, colleagues, friends, relatives, kids, parents, and everything else that captures your mind all through the week. So, you have enough space and time to really cross all kind of communication gap and come closer to each other.

Overnight Boat Trip
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Midnight Biking & Adventure

There’s something magical at the midnight hours. The thrill and adventure to do something crazy right at or after 12 A.M. are always special because the whole world is sleeping or preparing to sleep. The roads are clear, the air seems like less polluted, and there is a beautiful silence. On Friday or Saturday night take your sweetheart out for a lovely bike ride. Share one ice-cream, relish the roadside tea, hog the dhaba food, and talk to strangers who are enjoying a bonfire.

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These weekend ideas are romantic and give that much-needed break to you and your partner. Let the oxygen of romance breathe into your relationship this weekend so that you start another week with new energy.

India is the largest democracy in the world and we Indians boast off the fact that we have a culturally diverse country. This cultural diversity is definitely a result of the physical or topographical diversity. The presence of mountains, sea, islands, and tidal forests make India a traveler’s paradise for sure. There are many famous tourist destinations in India like Goa, Manali, Agra, Jaipur, Kashmir, Ladakh, Darjeeling, etc. But there lies an India apart from these famous destinations which are to attract a massive annual footfall. Perhaps that is one of the reasons behind the peace that you can enjoy in these less-crowded places.

To fill up your travel diary, you can thus plan to visit these flowing places in India which are quite off-beat in spirit. But you would definitely feel satiated after the visit.

Mawlynnong

Located in the stunning Meghalaya, this place was awarded as “the cleanest village in Asia” in the year 2003 and “the cleanest village in India” in the year 2005. The breath-taking view of the East Khasi hills is simply outstanding here. It is 90 kms from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. One of the prime attractions of this place is the living roots bridge which depicts a miracle of Nature. So, book the tickets and pack your bags now for a thrilling stay at Mawlynnong.

Mawlynnong
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Ziro

Ziro is Arunachal Pradesh’s best-kept secret. Ziro is also a World Heritage Site certified by the UNESCO. The striking name, typical tattoos on people, an internationally acclaimed ingenious method of paddy cum fish farming – are some of the peculiarities of this place. The oil painting kind of pine tree locales would give you a big relief from the hustle-bustle of busy city life. People need minimalistic things to be happy and money definitely is not one of them! You would understand this logic in this vastly different land named Ziro. It is 115 kms away from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The Apatani tribe welcomes you with a big smile and a golden heart. You can visit this place during the famous Ziro Music Festival during September.

Ziro
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Halebidu

It is a town located in Hassan District of Karnataka. This place was the capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th Century and the Hoysala architecture is something praiseworthy which you cannot miss. The Dwarasamudra is the other name of this place which means “gateway to the seas”. In the early 14th century, Malik Kafur conquered this dynasty. So, if you are someone who loves to witness the remnants of the past, this place must be there in your list.

Halebidu
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Majuli

This place belongs to Assam and it is also the world’s biggest river island in the Brahmaputra River. In the year 2016, it became the first island to be made a district in India. If you are planning to go to Assam, you must not miss this island. This island is accessible through ferries that would be available from Jorhat. It is 20 kms away from Jorhat. One can also take the bus or a hired taxi to the Nimati Steamer Ghat from where ferry services would help to reach the destination. The special interest of tourists here comprise of: The Vaishnava Satras founded by Sankardeva, The colorful culture of the tribes, Migratory birds, The Ali-ai-ligang festival in Feb-March, Pottery making, Mask making, Paal Namm festival at the end of winter, etc.

Majuli
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Khajjiar

This extremely peaceful place is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh which is 24 kms ride from Dalhousie. Himachal Pradesh or Chamba is quite popular but Khajjiar is a hidden beauty which is still unexplored. Many people even call it “Mini Switzerland of India”. The lush green meadows, lakes, and majestic hills make it a traveler’s paradise. You can opt for paragliding, horse-riding, or zorbing while you are here. Or simply, take a cup of tea and enjoy your sketching, reading, writing, or singing!

Khajjiar
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Champaner-Pavagadh

This place belongs to Gujarat and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a pure delight as it holds Hindu and Islamic style of the design dating back to 8th to 16th Century. This city Champaner was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat in the lap of the Pavagadh hills. You would find forts with bastions, palaces, entrance gates and arches, mosques, tombs and temples, residential complexes, agricultural structures and water installations such as step wells and tanks starting from the hills of Pavagadh, and extending into the city of Champaner. History still speaks from the walls of the forts here. This place is worth visiting.

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Lunglei

Lunglei is the second largest city of Mizoram belonging to North East India. The name of the place means “bridge of rock”. Blessed with an unmatchable natural beauty, this place also has some other tourist attractions. They are Zobawk Sports Academy, Kawmzawl Park, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, Saikuti Hall, and Thuamluaia Mual. A helicopter service has been initiated by Pawan Hans between Aizawl and Lunglei. This place is 165 kms from Aizawl.

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Varkala

The crystal clear beaches, serene hills, peaceful shrines, nostalgic lighthouses, this is a beach town located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is 40 kms North West of Thiruvananthapuram. Although Kerala has a flat coastline, this is the only place in the South fo Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the sea. In 2015, this place has been marked as a geo-heritage site by the Geological Survey of India. Papanasam Beach is one of the most popular places here where the Sadhus or Sages perform holy rituals to clear you off sins. A dip in the sea water here is believed to ward off sins. Kappil Lake, Anjengo Fort, Varkala Tunnel, Sivagiri Mutt, etc. are some other tourist attractions here.

Varkala
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So, explore India like never before and see how different people are in different pockets of the country.

Road trips are like oxygen to adventure hungry souls.  The quietude, wilderness and broad landscape of our geographically diverse country attract a lot of bikers and SUV lovers. The sheer thought of passing miles of distance while witnessing the raw beauty of nature gives goosebumps and an adrenaline rush. The path of challenges begins with the selection of the location of the road trip. We all want to ensure the best route that provides an amalgamation of adventure, beautiful landscape and the thrill of the roaring engine. We are easing out the first step for you i.e., choosing the route for the road trip.

So here are some of the best road trips in India that you must definitely add to your bucket list.

Manali to Leh

Words can never do justice to elaborate the beauty of this scenic trip that needs to be experienced once in a lifetime. The distance between Manali to Leh is 478 kilometers that brings you face to face with some deadly twists and turns while mesmerizing your eyes with the snow-capped mountains, picturesque landscapes, and distinct valleys. Just admire the rugged beauty of this region while quenching your adventure-seeking soul on your wild machine.

Manali to Leh
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Best Time to Go– June- September

Guwahati to Tawang

Guwahati to Tawang trip is a must to witness the tribal beauty of northeastern Himalayas. Rolling pastures, mountains cladded with snow carpet, and the gushing rivers makes it a perfect choice for the road trip. Don’t rush to complete the 450 kilometers of scenic experience, but stay at several places and get drenched in the splendor of wild Himalayas.

Guwahati to Tawang
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Best Time to Go- March- October

Mumbai to Goa

Yes, we agree that the very mention of this trip reminds you of the movie Dil Chahta Hai and compels you to go on this trip with your best pals. Stretched at a distance of around 600 kilometers, this road trip is the perfect amalgamation of adventure and enchanting views. The Western Ghats accompany you throughout the journey while you get to drive towards the sun, sea, and sand on this amazingly beautiful trip.

Mumbai to Goa
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Best Time to Go- November- April

Ahmedabad to Kutch

From the hustle bustle of Ahmedabad to the tranquility of Kutch is not just a road trip, it’s a transformation. Passing through the ancient Harappa city of Dholavira, the medieval palaces of Bhuj and the fossil park of Kutch, you will be visiting history on the road. The White Desert of Kutch will come as a reward for your arduous journey of more than three hundred kilometers.

Ahmedabad to Kutch
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Best Time to Go- October- March

Chennai to Pondicherry via East Coast

Famous by the nickname ‘Paris of the East’ the road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry is breathtakingly beautiful. Covering the distance of around 156 kilometers, this road trip is an ultimate pleasure with the beautiful sight of the sea on one side of the road and the changing reflections of the sun on the water as the day advances. Be ready for endless photography sessions through this picture-perfect route that will leave you feeling thoroughly satisfied.

Chennai to Pondicherry via East Coast
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Best Time to Go- October- February

The best thing about road trips is you get to explore as much as you can while pushing the limits of your comfort zone. And at the end, you come back with an addition of newness in life!!

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