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SRK – the name that has been ruling the Indian entertainment industry for the past 26 years now. His charisma is unflinching and his stardom is sky high – reaching newer heights every day. He is one of the most loved movie stars this world has ever seen. In India, before SRK, people have seen the stature of a Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan, but the magnitude of Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom is seen hardly in a century. Nasreen Munni Kabir in his documentary, “The Inner & Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan” described him as the biggest movie star ever. His popularity can even surpass the likes of Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt put together.

In this time of growing stardom of Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, etc. the position of Shahrukh Khan is still secure (Just look at the crowd at Mannat every Sunday or on his birthday!) Because, who has that destiny to hold a record number of nominations – 226 in total, out of which he won 207 times and to be precise won 29 times for the Best Actor. The most prestigious Filmfare Award was won by him 8 times for Best Actor and he was nominated in this category for 25 times.

The Indian cine-goers have applauded Padma Shri Shah Rukh Khan mostly in his romantic avatars because no one can romanticize the idea of romance like SRK does! But personally, he doesn’t like these romantic roles much. It is those action-packed thrillers that give SRK the kick! But he became what he is today for playing those Raj/Rahul’s on-screen who magically opens his arms for the actress. His signature pose is supported by a flawless comic timing & an endearing melodrama!

Before he celebrates rather the whole nation celebrates his 53rd birthday, let’s rewind and find those characters that prove that SRK is more than just the “King of Romance”.

Chak De India
Chak De India
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Releasing the same year as Om Shanti Om, in 2007, this movie is a milestone in his career for sure. Even the SRK-haters would also agree to this point. A failed hockey player who is hell bent to build the Women’s Hockey Team in India so that his mettle is proved – is a cinephile’s delight! As Kabir Khan, SRK was at his best. What a personality we saw on screen! Kabir Khan’s eyes were always in the search of positivity. His motivational speech to his players or the last scene where he breaks down completely after the win – are two of the best moments of this great movie directed by Shimit Amin.

Dear Zindagi
Dear Zindagi
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This movie released in 2016 and Gauri Shinde is the 4th woman director who directed SRK. His role was of a psychiatrist which was like an extended cameo presence. Chak De India made him a mentor and this movie made him a therapist. As Dr. Jehangir Khan, he gives some life-altering lessons to Kaira played by Alia Bhatt. This is another Un-SRK movie where he is not given any love interest although the enchanting and mysterious personality of the psychiatrist makes the patient fall in love.

Darr
Darr
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This movie gave him a strong foothold in Bollywood. K..k…k…..k … Kiran. What a scream was that! Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie released in 1993 and had Sunny Deol as the lead actor of the movie. But guess what! SRK stole all the thunder with his negative role. His eyes were piercing like a hawk! The creepy stalker – he is simply not afraid to kill to get to the love of his life and that amazing performance still give us goosebumps. This is one of his finest performances. In an era where playing a negative role almost killed the dreams of actors, SRK played this role of Rahul Mehra and things changed!

Swadesh
Swadesh
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A never seen before Shah Rukh Khan was presented in this movie directed by Ashutosh Gowariker that released in the year 2004. This year also saw the timeless romance in Veer-Zaara. But this movie was again a path-breaking one for SRK. He played the role of a NASA Project Manager who comes to India and realizes his duties towards the nation. He completely discarded that “Star” aura with this movie and became one with the character named Mohan. The pain in his eyes seeing kids selling a glass of water for 25 paise is really commendable. He is truly bigger than that “King Of Romance”!

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
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Primarily, if you look into the story of this movie, it is a soggy story of any commoner. Someone who doesn’t look good, is not great at studies, not interested in the family business, but desperately loves a girl who doesn’t have any future plans with him! Shah Rukh Khan as Sunil won the hearts of Indian audiences with innocence and flaws. Sunil loves Anna and music but none is giving him anything crucial in life. But he doesn’t lose hope. It was one of the oldest movies of SRK that released in 1994 and the lovely performance won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Critic.

Asoka
Asoka
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Directed by Santosh Sivan, Asoka released in 2001 and saw an SRK never seen before. He played Emperor Asoka in the movie who fulfills family duties, falls in love, and then sees the atrocious Kalinga war and chooses the path of peace called Buddhism. Shah Rukh Khan walked the regal way while portraying this historical character. The long hair and intense eyes didn’t make him a Box Office winner but it is one of the finest performances of SRK sans romance!

Baazigar
Baazigar
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He says that he was able to buy “Mannat” due to this movie. This movie permanently nailed his superstardom in India. He was not totally a hero or an anti-hero in this movie. But yes, he was very much a believable actor. The role of Vicky Malhotra/Ajay Sharma couldn’t have been historic without Shah Rukh Khan. A ruthless person who throws Shilpa Shetty from a tall building is hard-hitting that scares us like hell. But this man is on a mission of taking revenge for his family. He romances the enemy’s daughter and wonderfully enough he portrays both the heartless and lovable characters with ease.

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho
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In one of his interviews, he told that may be his biography or autobiography would be named “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and this is the tune or song that would be played at his funeral. Many say that this movie directed by Nikhil Advani released in 2003 is a modern-day version of Anand. SRK’s sensitive portrayal of Aman Mathur – a dying man who teaches the meaning of life to fellow neighbors is unforgettable. He made us laugh, cry, and fall in love. Although it is a romantic movie we saw other facades of SRK more in this movie.

Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
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Again a common man story! This is a story of any small town boy or girl who is ambitious and wants to work hard to reach success. Raj Mathur, lovingly known as Raju by neighbors is from Darjeeling who comes to Mumbai to become a big engineer. In his new city he finds love and in office, his boss falls in love with him. This story is not only about romance but shows how difficult is it to lose the moral grounds and how far people go in the name of “earning some money”. Money became so important that the life of human beings seems nothing in front of that. SRK – a middle class from within portrays these confusions beautifully.

My Name Is Khan
My Name Is Khan
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This is perhaps one of the most challenging roles of SRK. He played Rizwan Khan, a survivor of Asperger’s Syndrome. SRK pulls off this character with utmost brilliance and conviction. Directed by Karan Johar this movie released in the year 2010 and dealt with real-world issues without getting too preachy. The performance of Shah Rukh Khan in this unconventional movie proves why he is more than just the “king of romance”.

Why SRK is a big hero in our country? That is perhaps a million dollar question. But probably because every average Indian person sees a part of themselves in him. He never had the charming looks of Rajesh Khanna, the baritone or height of Mr. Bachchan, or the highly built-up body like Salman Khan. He looks very average, with medium height, boisterous hair, & an ok kind of physique – this is the look of real India. A nation still described as poor, inhabited by middle-class people requires some kind of magical success story as an inspiration or hope. SRK is that dream & motivation. He injects the thought that wherever you are in whichever field you are – if you work hard and remain focused – no one can snatch away your success story!

Raising a toast to many more successful years of SRK!

Love is the prime ingredient of life. Without love, there is no meaning to life. Falling in love is thus very important and more important is to stay in love. Love makes you a better person for sure. A healthy love relationship can be called a near about perfect relationship. Because day in and day out, both the partners learn something positive from each other. These lessons help in the personal growth of an individual. That leads to better performance in every other department of life too.

  1. If your partner sees more positive things in you than you analyze in yourself, then truly that helps you to be a better person. Any positive input sets the mind in a better place. So, when you are critical of yourself but your partner is not, you would improve for sure. For example, if you feel that you are not smart enough but your partner feels the opposite then you would start improving your attitude and that would make a huge difference.
  2. In many ways, the interests and likes of your partner may help you in expanding your horizon. For example, if your partner loves bungee jumping and you have never tried it before, then you may have a life-changing experience with him/her. It would give you a victorious feeling. And you would be satisfied with trying something new and out of the ordinary. This would help in retaining the freshness in your relationship.
  3. You always gain from the good habits of your partner. If he/she is great at maintaining health, finance, or psychological habits, then the positive effects would brighten you up. If your partner maintains a healthy lifestyle by discarding junk food and adopting meditation, then after a certain point of time, you would also feel like following the same path seeing great results.
  4. Anyone can be happy with you on your good days. It is the bad days of your life that shows you the true colors of the people around you. If your partner is appreciative and supportive of you in your bad days, then obviously you are in a great and healthy relationship. A warm hug and a few supportive words give a better emotional strength to endure the challenges in life. Once your partner does that you, then you also become more positive towards the challenges in life.
  5. If you see that your partner encourages your habits. Then definitely it is a sign of a growing and healthy relationship. For example, if you hum all the time and your partner encourages you to take singing seriously and participate in competitions or concerts, then that is really praiseworthy. You would feel fulfilled in this relationship and be a happier version of yourself.
  6. Your love relationship helps you with “self-acceptance”. When you tell your partner about your likes, dislikes, things that make you anxious or things that make you vulnerable, etc. and your partner still accepts you and loves you. Eventually, you also start accepting yourself in a better way. For people who worry that they are incompatible or unlovable, a healthy relationship can put them in a better emotional state.
  7. Your partner doesn’t tolerate your negative attitude and so you change in positive ways. For example, your partner doesn’t tolerate you being a melodramatic person. And with the flow of time, you change yourself because you learn that there is no value of this melodrama and that definitely paves new development for you. Or in case, your partner doesn’t appreciate your racist or homophobic statements and asks you politely to change it by making you understand the reality. Then, of course, he/she is working on making you a better human being – that itself is commendable! Or, your partner doesn’t tolerate racist or homophobic statements. They call you on these things and you change for the better.
  8. Your partner loves you and that’s why he/she loves your dreams and desires too. So, while supporting you practically, your partner allows you to pursue your big business aspiration. This will definitely help you to rely more on your partner emotionally because you know that your partner gave you the wings to fly.

Appreciate all the good things in your partner and to address the bad things be patient and understanding. In any healthy love relationship, understanding is the mainstay. It makes one feel free and that is a sense of freedom is the key to happiness. Once a person knows, he/she would be accepted as they are, the person tends to be more successful in individual goals. That’s what a healthy love relationship is all about!

Movies are the biggest source of entertainment in India. Made up of the ingredients of drama, comedy, and acting, they transport your senses to a different world filled with fantasy and imagination. Bollywood, in general, is known for making movies with the huge budget, elaborate cast, and sets larger than life. Of course, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat, etc, are a few names to be clicked in your mind. But lately, some low-budget movies with the strong script, impressive characters, and top-notch acting skills have won over people’s heart. So here are 5 budget Bollywood movies that made it big on the silver screen in 2018.

Pad Man
Pad Man
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Featuring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte, the story of Pad Man is based on the real-life inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. He is a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The menstrual cycle is still considered taboo in India. Many women in various parts of the country suffer from several diseases. As a result of using unhygienic, dirty rags during their periods. Which is sometimes due to the lack of knowledge about the importance of hygiene during menstruation. And mainly because they cannot afford pads due to financial issues.

This movie puts light on the efforts of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is commonly known as Pad Man. And spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in a loud and clear voice. Made with a low-budget of Rs. 20 crores, this movie gained great popularity among the audience and garnered the total box office collection of Rs. 120 crores.

Raazi
Raazi
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Raazi is based on Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel, Calling Sehmat. It stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal and directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is the true story of an Indian Raw agent who was married into a Pakistani family of military officials. To spy for her country and provide information to India before the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The incredible act of Alia Bhatt won the heart of the audience. The movie emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films featuring a female protagonist. Made with an approximate budget of Rs. 35-40 crores, the movie managed to make the total box office collection of 194 crores.

Stree
Stree
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Stree is a comedy-horror Bollywood movie that makes people laugh out loud. While keeping them scared enough to bite their nails with curiosity. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, this movie is based on the real story of a woman’s spirit. She is popularly called “Stree” who attacks men at night when they are alone at that time. And only leaves their clothes behind. A sentence “O Stree Kal Aana” is written at the entrances of the house to protect men from her wrath. The entire budget of the movie including production and marketing cost was around 24 crores. Which successfully garnered 174.5 crores on the big screen.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a Bollywood comedy movie directed by Luv Ranjan. That stars Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh. The perfect amalgamation of Romance & Bromance, this movie is filled with several twists and turns with not even a single dull moment. Filled with several gripping scenes and witty moments, the movie will leave you in splits. You must definitely watch with your best friend. Made within the budget of 30 crores, the film managed to score a total of Rs 148.5 crores on the silver screen. It emerged as one of the commercially successful films of 2018.

Sui Dhaaga
Sui Dhaaga
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Sui Dhaaga is a social drama Bollywood film of Yash Raj Banner. It stars Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan as a young couple in rural India who start their small-scale clothing business. Without any financial and emotional support from the family. Despite several hardships and struggle, the couple sees positive results in their self-sufficient business. They receive both money and respect from their family and society. The entire movie was made within the budget of 35 crores. And it managed to make the profit of 119.9 crores on the big screen.

You should definitely watch these low-budget Bollywood movies to experience the world-class act and impressive storyline!

Relationships are the most vital parts of human lives. The relationship with family members, friends, colleagues, and other relatives form a major part of life. In any relationship be it with parents or love interest, communication is the key. A healthy communication in every relationship leads to fulfillment and happiness. While less and more communication leads to the death of a relationship. In the yesteryear ages, communication was pricey because there was nothing called phone (read smartphone). People waited for letters to arrive to know about the well-being or development of lives miles apart.

With the arrival of the land phone, distance in communication was shortened and people waited for a call, made a call to release their stress, and talked to make someone feel better. But now in this age of extensive communication, sometimes it feels that life was better back then. We all live in a society where everyone is available virtually – the uncle of USA, the aunty of UP – everyone is active on social media. This is a sign of progress for sure but this has also led to some unwanted and unnecessary tensions in relationships.

The friendships or relationships with people was way better and healthier back in those days. For example, in a long distance train, initially in your younger days, you must have met an uncle, aunty, and their kid and shared food, gossiped about the society, gave your opinion about the current political system, etc. and while saying a goodbye perhaps taken their contact number and called them up sometimes! Or at least, you remember the words and laughter exchanged. But now when you look at the railway stations or airports, everyone is either busy on their laptops or mobile phones checking everything through apps, chatting with virtual friends, shopping online, etc.

The barrage of things like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. have opened many avenues for many people. When taken positively, they help in constructing people but it is definitely taking a toll on personal relationships!

Here are the ways it is affecting our personal space and relationships:

Expecting Unrealistic Goals From Partner

Social Media posts about celebrities tying the knot in a certain way or about other couples who are spending a great time in some exotic locales or seen proposing to each other in some unconventional manner often create a jealousy in mind. You may start expecting these things from your partner too completely forgetting that your significant other loves you, wants you, and cares for you in the way he/she feels ok. Somewhere, you have forgotten to be happy in your way. Because you are busy comparing your life and relationship with what you are seeing “online”. You forget that people tend to show their better version of themselves on these platforms. So, remember that what you and your significant other want from each other are completely different from other couples and that’s why try to be happy in your own world.

The Untiring World Of Showoff

These social media platforms have become a way of “show off” to people in a big way. Initially, people used to show off only in the marriage functions or social get-togethers with their clothes, jewelry, and of course vanity! But now attending these social get-togethers are not so important. In fact, in a marriage function or any other family meet, all of you are seen busy clicking the spread of food, home décor, and a family picture for that perfect #instapost. The real happiness of meeting people, greeting them, and chit-chatting with them can happen only by keeping the phone away. You have forgotten that! Then again there is something called “official” too. Until and unless you upload a happy couple picture on Facebook, the relationship is not validated at all.

There are couples who are facing a challenge in their relationship. But the “social media” posts speak of that perfect love story! Now, if your significant other keep your relationship a secret online, then that also leads to a fight – which shouldn’t be the case! Your relationship should be accepted by you two because the whole world has got nothing to do with it. And pragmatically your social friend circle won’t be there to take care of you in your emotional breakdown.

Privacy Of Relationships

Privacy and social media are like two parallel lines – simply reluctant to meet each other. There are people who keep on posting about their feelings “online” – feeling heartbroken, feeling betrayed, feeling special, feeling disgusting, etc. The couples in a relationship also post something about each other every hour or day. But, hey! Is every aspect of your relationship is for public purview? As said, the whole world has minimum interest peeping into your personal space. And most importantly when you and your partner are facing a tough time, you must deal with it tactfully personally rather than washing your dirty linen in public. The more you post about your relationship ups and downs on social media, the more you become a narcissist, egocentric, and selfish.

And when you are busy posting things about your relationship “online”, then you don’t have that time to invest constructively to your relationship. When you start sharing your personal problems online, some people often tend to be nosy. They keep asking you questions after questions and that would eat up your peace of mind and sanity.

Under Constant Surveillance

Social Media has really crept under the sheets of relationships. Many relationships these days are losing their weight due to the heavy use of social media. See, it is completely ok to check your significant other’s profile, gaze at their new DP, or reading the comments again and again. But what’s not pertinent is to keep a track of whose photos your partner has liked. What has he/she commented on a picture, and where has he/she checked in with how many male and female friends, etc.

Social Media updates about “whereabouts” is getting dangerous this way. You are under constant surveillance of your partner. Liking and commenting on someone else’s picture is not a “lack of trust” and should not bring jealousy in you. Your partner is entitled to have a personal space too. Where he/she can enjoy a drink, chit chat, and food with other friends. And that’s absolutely ok and normal!

So Easy To Trick

Be it Snapchat, Whatsapp, Messenger, Instagram, etc. – messages can be erased with a button. So, people have become smarter in hiding things like embarrassing pictures, naughty messages, and revealing voice notes. So, that ways, you can keep secrets while communicating with people on social media. Social Media gives a platform to connect to people and this is the space where people are often bold and carefree a lot more than their personal life. It is thus very easy to find attention on social media platforms. Even when you are not serious, you can flirt with people and erase the messages later – this commonly happens! People do all these things in social media and hide from their partners. Well, this doesn’t mean that you would now start having a hunch on your partner’s credibility. But do check that you are not doing all these things.

Overall, social media is definitely not going to erase now. It would grow bigger in the upcoming years and that’s why you should iron your ways to use it. While you have started to use social media, obviously you don’t have all these aforesaid intentions in your mind, But this is a web where people often slip. Have clear intentions and conscious because social media alone cannot eat up your relationships, but the way you operate it would kill your relationships. Make it a habit of sitting with your real friends, family members, and relatives without your phone. Because what you share with these people is going to enrich your life and not your social media personality!

Have you heard about the new hip place in Delhi? It is The Liberty Village in Champa Gali, Saket. People have been saying that this cool flea market is the new Sarojini Nagar. But, is that true? Has Liberty Village successfully managed to grab a place in the hearts of Delhiites so well that it shares its name with Sarojini?

Liberty Village is an artsy flea market in Champa Gali also referred to as the capital’s best-kept secret. Champa Gali is not a very popular place but those who have visited it, know that it has given Delhi some of the most amazing places to hang out. One such place is Liberty Village.

Ambiance

Ambiance
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Liberty Village is located in the corner of Champa gali which is a little difficult to find at first. Once you enter the place, you will start to get a chic vibe from the place. You will not be able to ignore the grunginess of the garage yet you will feel a little gush of happiness.

The first thing you are going to notice after grunginess would be the amazing artwork on the wall. It is colorful, quirky and eye catchy. Apart from making you nostalgic, it gives the place a lively look and enhances your shopping experience. The ambiance of the place makes you feel young and frisky.

The second thing you’ll notice about this is that it is air-conditioned. This really helps, right? Delhi is popular for its extreme weather conditions. The only problem while shopping in Delhi is the heat! Walking into Liberty Village in summers is kind of a relief.

The place also has a co-working place. It has a really cool café where one can sit, chit chat, eat or maybe just read a book. This place has got a really comforting vibe.

Shopping Made Cheaper

Shopping Made Cheaper
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Now let’s talk about the main motive of going to Liberty Village, Shopping. Delhi is the fashion capital of India and if it has given a market a special place in its heart then we expect it to be really good. Liberty Village hasn’t failed to fulfill the expectations of the people.

The place has some really good brands at a very low price. The prices start from Rs. 50! Isn’t that cool? The stuff is really good as these are brand rejects. You can expect the quality to be really good but finding your size is a trouble. You also need to watch out for defects and dust on the products.

Liberty Village provides so much in one place. They have fine apparel- shirts, pants, PJs, Skirts, Bralettes, Graphic Tees, Dresses, Body Con Dresses, Maxis & so much more. They even have footwear, stationery, jewelry, accessories, funky shot glasses, mugs, home décor and loads of other cool stuff! Besides that is the type of a place where you get stuff which will make your workstation or study table look like you are one of the cool kids.

The prices go as low as:

A Top at Rs. 150/-

Pjs at Rs. 300/-

A Coffee Mug at Rs. 130/-

Heels at Rs. 400/-

A Body Con Dress at Rs. 500/-

Funky Notebooks at Rs. 130/-

Isn’t that really cheap? Whenever we get really cheap stuff, our main concern is the quality of these products. You can set your expectation level high because these are all brand rejects so the quality of the fabric is really good. All you need to do is look out for your size, dirty pieces and search a bit for the gold.

Is It The New Sarojini?

Is Liberty Village is the new Sarojini? The answer is definitely NO! Liberty Village is not Sarojini Nagar. The apparel quality in liberty village is much better than the quality in Sarojini Nagar.

The prices vary too! Sarojini is much cheaper than Liberty Village. Also, Sarojini Nagar has a great variety to shop from whereas liberty village has fewer options compared to Sarojini.

It is not Sarojini Nagar, it can never be! But it is definitely interesting. Moreover, Delhi always has space in its heart for hip shopping places.

It was opened in 2018 and has become popular within no time, this means it is definitely worth a visit. So, grab your best friend and go to Liberty Village for an amazing Shopping Spree because this place is definitely worth a visit!

Address: 3 Westend Marg, Khasra No-258, G/F Lane, Saiyad ul Ajaib, Sainik Farm, New Delhi, Delhi 110044.

Nearest Metro Station: Saket

“Winter dressing is all about having chic outerwear.”

– George Kotsiopoulos

Gone are the days when people used to fear chilled, snowy winter days and hardly cared about their winter wardrobe. Walking and talking in style is the need of the hour! And yes, that’s even possible on grey, dreary winter days if you dress for it. Ok, we understand we all have “I don’t have anything to wear” moment every now and then. But a few styling tips and experiment with the latest trends can help you slay in cold weather like a pro. So here we are suggesting some winter essentials your wardrobe needs desperately to make you look hot, attractive, and desirable.

Classic Wool Coat
Classic Wool Coat
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Remember the harsh winter mornings when you are not ready to face the world. But still you have to leave your cozy bed, take a shower and go to the office because that’s what helps you pay your bills. If you have to (have to) do it, then why don’t do it in style while donning a classic wool coat with formals? And of course, make heads turn at the corridor! In fact, a wool coat is a piece of cloth that you can wear almost everywhere in winters.

Puffer Coat
Puffer Coat
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If you live in an area that enjoys snowfall majority of winters, then a waterproof puffer coat is the best deal for you. Whether you want it long and short, the puffer coats are available in both lightweight and heavyweight materials. They look best paired with jeans, trousers, and leggings and guarantee to keep you warm throughout the day.

Turtleneck Sweater
Turtleneck Sweater
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A turtleneck sweater acts as both- save from cold and enhances style. From work to social gatherings and day out to parties, turtlenecks can be paired with both skirts and jeans to up your style game. You can also wear it under a wool coat and jackets to beat the winters in style!

Sweater Dress
Sweater Dress
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Cool parties are not just meant for summers. You can enjoy them in winters as well with warm and chic sweater dresses. They can be paired with tights and boots for an effortless look. So be it lunch with the girls, dinner date with your love interest or a party with colleagues, a stylish sweater dress wore with panache will let you win several compliments.

Oversized Sweaters
Oversized Sweaters
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Yes, the warm, fuzzy oversized sweaters are back in trend and how. When the temperature drops, keep the chill at a bay with lightweight chunky sweaters. With the amount of warmth they provide, you won’t be needing an extra layer of the jacket. Just accessorize the look well with denim jeans, a warm scarf, and cool shades to step out in style!

Leather Pants
Leather Pants
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Leather pants are a must-have in your wardrobe to keep your rocker spirit up and alive during winters. They are like your new best friend in town. And let us tell you this one is going to stay longer! Do reach out for a denim jacket when wearing leather pants to an outing or a party. They will also look best with the sweatshirt of feminine shades when heading for shopping with your besties. Also, it is necessary to own a leather jacket to declare to the whole world that the winter has arrived!

Oh-so-soft Scarf
Oh-so-soft Scarf
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You may not realize the importance of scarves in chilled winter days but they do keep you warm while enhancing your overall style. Available in various colors, styles, and fabrics, you can choose the ones that look best when wrapped around your neck. And there are plenty of other ways to wear them that you can experiment these coming winters.

Cozy Beanie
Cozy Beanie
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A cozy and comfortable beanie adds the perfect amount of chicness to your everyday look in winters. Super stylish in look, this winter necessity can be worn in a number of ways to elevate even the simplest of your outfits. Stop shivering in the cold and stuff your wardrobe with trendy beanies to head out in style.

Warm, Stylish Boots
Warm, Stylish Boots
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How can we not discuss warm and stylish boots, the essential part of the winter wardrobe? Be it the ankle length boots or tall, knee-length boots, they are a must-have to survive winters and that too in style. Ranging from jeans, leggings, skirts, and dresses, boots can be paired with a number of outfits for different occasions in dreary winters.

Finger Cut Gloves
Finger Cut Gloves
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Your hands do a great amount of work every single day. So it is important to keep them warm in winters with the right kind of gloves. Now, you must be thinking about the difficulty you might face in operating your cell phone with your gloves on. Don’t worry, we have a solution for that as well! Finger cut gloves- as simple as that. Wearing them will serve the dual purpose of keeping your hands warm and letting you do what you love to do on your cell phone.

Update your wardrobe with all these winter essentials to make heads turn wherever you go!

Apple cider vinegar is a member of Vinegar family. It’s made from apple, sugar & yeast. It’s organically used for salad dressings, food preservatives and for chutney. ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) is used for a lot of health benefits, many of which is supported by science. People are unaware of the benefits of ACV. ACV is an ancient folk remedy for health benefits and cooking purposes. Here are 5 of the few other benefits of this scientifically proven magic!

1.  Hair Savior
Hair Savior
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Hair often go crazy, like they have a mind of their own! Every morning after a hair wash, it just seems difficult to manage them afterward. ACV isn’t harsh on hair, unlike other chemical products. They sort of damage them after a while of being used. However, this not only fights just one but four major hair problems. Hair related issues like dandruff, lice, frizzy hair is a seasonal gift to us (hmph!) and let’s just all agree we are living for that salon- ready -shiny –absolutely-Kareena Kapoor like hair. Apple Cider Vinegar saves you from all of this!

Mix equal parts of cider vinegar and water, and use it after you have washed your hair. Like a serum, rub it all over and then leave it for 5 mins. Wash your hair with cold water and experience the magic. So now, you have the ultimate solution to attain some #hairgoals. Thank me later!

2.  Anti-Bacterial
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ACV works like an anti-bacterial for skin & nails. It kills pathogens like bacteria. It treats nail fungus & ear infection. Our ancestral doctors used this to treat wounds as it prohibits bacteria to multiply and grow. This can be used as a disinfectant. ACV can also be used to treat acne. Dabbing a bit of ACV mixed with water on cotton onto your skin can lighten the acne scars and pigmentation. Apple Cider Vinegar replenishes acidic layer to ward off the germs from our skin. And when you’re overdone your sunbathing, use ACV for soothing the burns. It might as well be used as a skin toner & exfoliator. ACV can make you help gain “shine from within” charm.

3.  Weight watchers favorite
Weight watchers favorite
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A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar has only 3 calories which are extremely less and a delight for weight watchers. Half a glass of water mixed with 2 tbsp of ACV in the morning can help you keep a track on your weight. Surprisingly it has been loved by many for its weight loss benefits. Giving out an honest opinion, weight loss only works when you’re working out & eating healthy. This let alone wouldn’t work any wonder on fat loss. It might help you keep it under control but there’s nothing like spot reduction as it’s popular for losing belly fat! However, it does work well with indigestion. So you might want to give it a try for getting rid of those burps and…well, constipation!

4.  Teeth Whitener
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Are you afraid of smiling with all teethes showing? Because you’re embarrassed by the yellowness on your teeth? Well, we all have been there. Another magic that ACV does is on whitening your teeth.  When you wake up, before brushing your teeth, gargle a mixture of water & ACV and then brush them. You’ll be able to figure out difference within a week or two. This may also cure your bad breath issues. Don’t gargle but drink it, simple! Now don’t shy away to pass on a smile.

5.  Leg Cramps
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And then there are those sleepless nights because of leg cramps! These can happen out of nowhere. Whether you had a tiring day or not, these may just come your way. To get rid of these leg cramps keep a glass of water mixed with vinegar and 2tbsp of honey, by your bed. Have it when you feel like they’re troubling you. This may actually relieve you from them. Have a good sleep!

Apple cider vinegar is not exactly a miracle but it definitely has some health benefits that has actually worked for a lot of us. Try this magic potion for yourself and let us know in the comment section if it did any wonder to you.

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” –Buddha

We all know what yoga is! But what we know about yoga is it all or is there more? Yoga is not just a group of physical exercises but a spiritual and mental experience which is why it is indeed the healthiest of all.

Yoga literally translates to ‘to control’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Although the origin of yoga has been debated so far and there is no chronological fact other than that yoga was developed in India. That is right! Yoga, in a way, is the legacy of India. It was later introduced and became popular in the western part of the world which was around the mid-19th century. While the western side of the world saw yoga as more of a physical exercise, Indians perceive yoga as a spiritual & physical experience.

Physical & Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

Despite how uncomfortable yoga postures seems, it is a great therapy & helps improve many medical conditions. Yoga is not just another work out because it helps in improving the emotional and mental stability of a person along with the physical health benefits. Let’s take a look at some benefits of yoga:

Physical Health Benefits of Yoga
Physical Health Benefits of Yoga
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Improves your body posture & flexibility

Everyone wants a flexible body and this is the most common & known benefit of yoga. Apart from making your body flexible, yoga helps improve your body posture as well. If you work for long hours on the desk, you know what it does to your spine! And that back pain! Well, yoga can help you with that by improving your body posture.

Builds Muscle Strength

Weak muscles can result in conditions like arthritis & back pain. Yoga is the best way to prevent these falls. It helps with toning muscles which prevent frequent straining of muscles. People go to the gym to improve the strength of their body because everyone wants to physically strong. Yoga helps you balance the strength with flexibility.

Increases Blood Flow

Yoga can help the blood to regulate blood to all parts of the body properly. With exercises like headstand, the venous blood from the lower part of the body to flow back to your heart, where it can be pumped back to the lungs to be oxygenated.

Increases Metabolism & Helps with Weight Reduction

Yoga helps in increasing your metabolism which results in faster weight loss & management. You can have that summer body without the hustle of going to the gym.

Helps with Gastrointestinal Health

Studies have shown that with regular practice of yoga, indigestion can be cured. Other stomach related issues can also be cured with the help of yoga. Asanas like Vajrasana helps with improving digestion.

Helps Relieve Migraines

Yoga helps to stimulate the vagus nerve, which has been shown to be effective in relieving migraines. With the modern lifestyle, migraines are becoming more common & frequent. Yoga can not cure a migraine but help to reduce the migraine frequency & intensity a lot.

Helps Increase Pain Tolerance

Yoga helps in relieving chronic pains, which is a known fact! But very few know that yoga also helps out body become more pain tolerant. Want to be stronger? Start practicing Yoga!

Improves Lung Functioning

With the increasing pollution and today’s lifestyle, conditions like asthma & sinus have become really common. 7 out of every 10 people have breathing problems. Yoga helps with respiratory problems & increases the capacity of the lungs.

Helps With PCOS

PCOS is a really big problem for women these days. The cause of PCOS remains unknown, but there are many problems because of PCOS like acne, weight gain, anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, & so much more. Yoga helps ease those symptoms and cure PCOS.

Mental Health Benefits of Yoga
Mental Health Benefits of Yoga
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 Helps Fight Depression

Yoga helps reduce depression. Apart from the meditation technique which helps calm our thoughts, yoga helps to decrease cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone influences levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter often associated with depression.

Helps increase Self Esteem

Chronic low self-esteem is becoming a common problem these days. We have all the qualities yet underestimate ourselves. If you deal with similar issues and handle this negatively by working too hard, sleep too much, overeat or self-harm. Yoga can help you change your aura to positive and deal with situations more positively.

Helps You Fight Addictions

Yoga helps recover from addictions. In today’s world, there are many people who are victims of substance abuse. Most of the people when asked to quit give reasons relating to how it calms their mind. Well, Yoga helps calms one’s mind and help fight the recovery process by increasing self-control.

Helps You Sleep Better

With the hectic lifestyle these days, the stress levels are increasing which is why many people have started to have sleep-related issues. Aasanas like Shavasana & Pranayama, sleep problems can be solved. If you are sleeping too much or too less, your body needs energy and the problem can be solved by these yoga postures.

Helps Cope Up With Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is an extremely difficult illness to treat. Yoga can not cure schizophrenia but, it can definitely help cope up with the symptoms. Schizophrenia deeply impacts ones social cognition, yoga helps improve social cognition. It helps the patients to recognize facial expressions more easily, understand their negative emotions & be more aware of one’s surroundings.

Helps Coping Up With Anxiety

Social Anxiety, GAD, PTSD & Panic Disorder are the main types of anxiety disorders. Yoga helps to cope up with anxiety as it helps you relieve the stress, be more aware of your surroundings, be more self-confident & relax you. It helps us be more positive when our mind is at peace & we are more self-aware.

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While yoga is still perceived as physical & spiritual by people, it is much more than that. Yoga controls body & mind functions and works on the principle of energy in the body through the science of pranayama(breathe). It is known to help with relaxation, reduce stress & improve many medical conditions. Yoga helps to relax, be more self-aware, be more positive, & achieve self-actualization.

Cinema is entertaining because it shows you everything in motion. It is not only the actors you like on the screen that makes a good movie. If you have loved Amitabh Bachchan & Rekha dancing amidst the Tulip gardens in Amsterdam, then Kay Gee deserves a big thanks. If you have loved the Paharganj in Dev.D, then Rajeev Ravi should be thanked. Yes, I am talking about the cinematography in movies which builds up a city in front of you. Every city has a history, culture, and flair and a good cinematographer captures these nuances beautifully. For example, with the mention of Haider or PK, you would remember Kashmir or Delhi because these places were shot that amazingly!

Here is a list of my favorite 7 Bollywood movies where the work of the camera in capturing a city was beyond excellence. These works were so good that just like the lead actors of the movie, the cities also became a character that would never leave your mind.

Kahaani: Would-Be Mother With A Motive In Kolkata
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Kahaani directed by Sujoy Ghosh would remain one of the dearest thrillers of Bollywood of all time. Every aspect of this flick was extraordinarily beautiful. It is the story of a pregnant woman from London who comes to Kolkata for the first time in search of her missing husband. It is perhaps the best work of Setu, the cinematographer who shot the city wonderfully. The early morning – when the city wakes up & gears up to face the day; the mid-day – when the city is tired and perspiring; evening – when the city starts wrapping up and calling the last passengers; night – when the city is bare & naked – that’s the time when truth runs fast and you have to capture it before it slips.

The pre-puja preparation, the sweet language, the “always ready to help” people, the flawed Hindi, tea in small glasses & earthen pots, Kolkata Kachori, Dharmatala, Mocambo, the nostalgic-narrow lanes of North Kolkata, the posh South Kolkata, opulence of Victoria Memorial – Kolkata was never so true & so captivating before. The special mention has to be the last scene where Maa Durga is immersed & the voiceover of Mr. Bachchan plays at the background – it really gives you goosebumps!

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: A DCH in Spain ….
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10 years later another Akhtar gifted us another road-trip movie where again 3 friends are going somewhere to find themselves. Carlos Catalan shot this movie and shown Spain just like another character actor – sometimes messy, sometimes clean & clear, sometimes heroic, sometimes villainous, sometimes friendly, and sometimes like a stranger. The large expanse of Spain, its culture, architecture, tradition, food, lifestyle – everything was an intrinsic part of this movie. Spain crafted by Carlos Catalan was the stage on which the rest of the lead characters enacted their part. The last part of the movie where that famous Bull fighting happens still gives goosebumps!

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani: Friends, Trek, Travel, & Destination Wedding
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This is one of the fanciest movies of Bollywood made in the recent past. The story of 3 friends befriending another one on a trekking trip to Manali (originally shot in Kashmir) & their reunion in a destination wedding in Udaipur was shot by V. Manikandan. From the lofty Himalayas to the royal Udaipur – the movie was a visual treat for sure. Hidamba Temple in Manali, the Oberoi Udaivilas where the wedding takes place, and the Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur. These are the prime locations which would leave you with a feeling of visiting these places once.

Rang De Basanti: College Rebels Bringing A Revolution
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One of the top cinematographers of Bollywood, Binod Pradhan shot this iconic movie. It is a tale of 6 college friends and how they pledge to take revenge with the corrupt government officials and change the system. This movie was shot in over various places like Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, & Punjab. Generally, in movies to introduce a city, the iconic monuments are shown. For Delhi, India Gate is shown to introduce the city. That scene where DJ & his friends make a chakkar around the India Gate would remain as one of the best scenes in the history of Bollywood. The dingy and narrow lanes of Old Delhi, the posh South Delhi, cultured India Habitat Center, All India Radio – you can instantly feel the presence of two types of Delhi in this movie. One is still struggling to be modern and the other one is trying to retain its values!

Of course, you would remember the Nahargarh Fort, which oversees the city of Jaipur and also Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara of Amritsar.

Highway: Rich & Well-Behaved Girl Kidnapped Or Freed….
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By the time Highway released, we all knew that Imtiyaz Ali is one of the best movie-makers of our generation. And he dwells on the idea of traveling. All through his movies, the characters are running from one place to another and all the locales are beautifully captured. And when one of the best cinematographers of India, Anil Mehta comes on board, things would be different. I believe this movie didn’t give much credit to Anil Mehta. If Imtiyaz Ali was the story writer, Anil Mehta painted this story with his craftsmanship. Veera running on the Rann of Kutch post-midnight and finding nowhere to go – that one shot of the Rann led us to take a dive into the heart of Veera who is all vacuum at that point.

This movie traveled a lot with Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, & Kashmir. The dangerous hilly terrains were shown by placing the characters atop the bus! An unnamed village of Kashmir where Veera finds her home, snow-capped mountain, the folk singers of Rajasthan singing at a tea stall with Thar as the background – every frame of this movie was brilliant! So, ultimately, these places become a prominent character in this movie which pricks & soothes the other characters.

Raanjhanaa: Love @ The Oldest City Of India
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Varanasi or Benares, Banaras, or Kashi is the oldest city in India. This city was the most talked about the city since the medieval period. Till today, you could hear the history of the past centuries from the stairs of the ghaats, evening aarti, & the holy Ganga – which is the witness of time! Raanjhanaa was a beautiful love story that starts in Varanasi and ends in Delhi. The narrow lanes, colorful Holi celebration, temples, dialect, Ramnagar Fort, that half immersed Shiva temple – Varanasi was captured in the most flawless manner. Ganga Maiya (as the local people call) & Bholenath (another name of Lord Shiva) – are the two most prominent identification of Varanasi and you would see a deep presence of these two here. With a cut wrist, Kundan plays the damru during evening aarti; out of angst, he drowns Sonam & his scooter in the river. Varanasi looked endearing & Natarajan Subramaniam-Vishal Sinha are to be thanked for that.

Dil Chahta Hai: 17 Years …. & Still The Bible Of All Unplanned Trips
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Directed by Farhan Akhtar, it released in July 2001 and 17 summers have passed since then. An entire generation has gulped down this movie with awe! Ask any 90’s born kid and they would walk back the lanes of nostalgia with the mention of Dil Chahta Hai. This list would be incomplete without the mention of DCH. Which is the best shot of this movie? Anyone who has watched this movie would say out loud that the shot of Akash, Sid, & Sameer at the Aguada Fort in Goa. Goa was a popular destination in India but with this movie, the popularity touched its zenith! Many more movies have been shot here after DCH but DCH became like a brand-name for Goa Tourism.

Through the able lenses of Ravi K. Chandran, we have seen Goa like never before. The beautiful lanes, Arabian Sea, & the cool soothing breeze – you would always feel them through this movie. This movie was about the friendship of 3 people and their respective love-lives but for a considerable portion, you would take back Goa as that played as the pre-interval & ending high of the movie.

These were my list of some Bollywood movies where I found a stark presence of the city as good as the actors. You can share your favorites too!

Teeming with all the feelings and still unbeknown to what and how to plan something really special and romantic for your significant other? Take a cue from here and try out some ideas to bring the romantic flavor to your next date!

  1. Cuddle up, Drive-in
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Well the concept of the drive-in in some parts of the country in the US is making a comeback. Lucky Y’all! Although India would still be longing for such a thing. Watching a movie is cliché but passé. Cuddle up in the coziest blanket and watch a movie together in a Drive-In. Lean back and enjoy the movie (or whatever else).

  1. Drunch by the ocean
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Drunch just like Brunch (Breakfast + Lunch), is a portmanteau for drinks and lunch. Genius, right? Going further, drinks, a delicious lunch, and the never-ending ocean would be a perfect idea for a date where you just want to talk & know each other a lil more. Getting drunk over lunch sounds weird but what’s the fun when you cannot be weird together!

  1. Learning an art together
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Learning an art together can turn out to be learning about each other and that’s an art in itself though! Dance is one the most romantic & smart ways of knowing each other intimately and up & close. There’s nothing that brings two people closer like dance or pottery. There’s something utterly romantic about learning an art together. Try it out!

  1. Being Adventurous
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Find an adventure that you two might want to explore together. Adrenaline-spiked adventures like skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking, trekking or even camping can make it fun and romantic at the same time. These unusual and adventurous date ideas can make a big impact on you two. Bring an intellectual and physical thrill in the relationship.

  1. Star Gazing
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Inspired by “A Walk to Remember”, as cliché and bookish it may sound this one is a classic. All of us, hands down want someone to lay down on the ground and gaze the stars and the constellations with. And for true romance, get along some fine wine. To plan this date, winters can be the perfect climate as the skies are clear. Watching the stars holding hands is a timeless date idea. Ah! What vibes!

When date night’s approaching and you need some ideas? Get inspired by any Hollywood or Bollywood movie. They’re the best! And there’s nothing like “Ye sab sirf kitaabo aur filmo mein acha lagta hain”. Romance doesn’t have to be a try-hard thing, it’s effortless. And an effortless effort is beautiful.

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