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There is a famous saying that “Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.”

This proverb is a hopeful medicine when you are going through a break-up. When you were in a relationship with someone, there was new hope, excitement in love and romance, and everything about that person seemed cute and adorable. The world seems so much more colorful when your so-called soul mate is by your side and the same world turns grey when that soul mate leaves you.

The first few months or years for some seems to be a punishment. But please, don’t be harsh on yourself or curse that person. Instead, be thankful that the relationship ended because there are some sweet benefits that you can draw from that break-up. Calm down a bit and read the flip side of a break-up!

Freedom like Never Before

Let’s be honest and agree to the fact that – one is never free in real terms in a relationship. Your partner was perhaps ok with the fact that you were going out with your friends or deciding on certain goals but in the long run, these were the things which led to some bitterness in your relationship. But now he/she is no more a part of your life, all you can enjoy is Freedom in the truest sense. You can go on a long drive, return home late, eat the salads, pizza, or roll a joint without compromising, visit your favorite city, or bring a pet home. There would be no shrieking voice to stop you from living your life on your own terms – as simple as that.

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Space like NASA

The physical and mental space that you enjoy after a break-up is commendable. If you have been in a live-in relationship, the wardrobe, bathroom cabinet, shoe rack, and the whole house would feel lighter. Sometimes, after a tiring day at work, all you want is silence and your own SELF which was initially impossible with the presence of your partner. But now all you have is space – so utilize it in a great way. Perhaps you simply wanted to enjoy a relaxing Sunday at home with home cooked food but your partner wanted to meet you – that’s the beauty of a break-up – you don’t have to act to be happy now!

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Finally, There Would be No Acting

Oh! This is such a big sigh of relief – right? You don’t have to unnecessarily act that how much you like his/her friends or relatives who feel it is their birthright to drop at your place every now and then that too unannounced! There would be no one to eat away your peace of mind….you can now be safe on your holidays and weekends. You don’t have to think of the main dish, desserts, and other modes of entertainment for those awful bunch of people.

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You Get Better Understanding of the SELF

You and only you are the most important person in your life and every other thing and people come later. In a relationship, you have understood the other person but after a break-up, you gain more knowledge about the real kind of person you are. You come to learn more about your limits and strengths and most importantly, you learn where you can happily sacrifice and where not! This understanding is very important to avoid more heartbreaks in future. You start loving yourself more now!

You Get Better Understanding of the SELF
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The List of “What I Want in a Relationship” is Refined

Every break up is like a lesson from which you learn something. Every person is searching something special for his/her partner and your list is simply refined now. Maybe the thrill, adventure, or romance was missing a bit in your last relationship. Now you know what all you want in your partner in a clearer way.

The List of “What I Want in a Relationship” is Refined
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The Real Friends would Show Up

When you are going through a shining phase in your life, everyone would praise you, love you, and go crazy about you. But when you are hitting the low lanes of life, you would know who all your real friends are. The real or true friends would come close to you at this moment and built the lost courage and confidence in you again. So, treasure these friends!

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Creativity May Shine Out

Love is sweet, beautiful, and amazing – true. Heartbreaks are pathetic, traumatic, and sour – period! Your heart is in pain and you can use this pain to narrate a novel, write some poems, compose a piece of music, or paint. After channelizing your pain or negative energy for a creative purpose, you are definitely going to thank this break-up phase!

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Losing hope and positivity for a break-up is not a valiant idea. I know, understanding this thing at an early stage of break-up is a bit difficult but when you calm down a bit, you would really understand these great benefits of your break-up. You won’t have any hard feelings then and would thank for that phase!

Traveling opens up the eyes of the mind and heart and make us experience a better version of life. Traveling alone is a wonderful idea but when you have a special person with whom you share your life, take a chance to visit the most romantic places in the world. The amazing view of these places would give you more chances to fall in love with each other.

So, simply buy the tickets and explore the world together to find new meaning to romance

Paris, France

It is touted to be the most romantic city in the world. It is said that this city is never out of love and romance. The prime attraction is obviously the Eiffel Tower but apart from that, the view of the crystal chandeliers, fine linens, antique furnishings, and marble baths in historic hotels make your stay way more romantic. The hotels and restaurants spoil you with showers of flowers, champagnes, and fireworks – a perfect combination of romance and passion. The French people don’t eat and drink to live but they live to eat and drink. This place perfectly knows how to entwine romance in each and every dishes and drink. Unlike many parts of the world where PDA is reprimanded, Parisians simply adore the couples who are engaged in PDA. There is even a popular guidebook to the best spots for kissing in Paris. You can hire a personal photographer to get the best kissing pictures. So, simply hold the hand of your darling and experience this place!

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Rome, Italy

Are you thinking of a romantic gateway? Then, Rome would be a great place for your romantic escapade. There is a subtle old-world charm attached to this place and that makes it really romantic. Adore the beautiful architecture together, go and witness the grassy landscapes, and get mesmerized by the art of Raphael, Bernini, or Caravaggio. The bridge of the angels, The Garden of the Oranges, Pincio Gardens, or the Trevi Fountain is going to give you some unforgettable memories! This city has much romance in its kitty to offer you and thus you must visit it once in a lifetime.

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Kyoto, Japan

The Japanese are very peace-loving people and this place Kyoto resonates that nature of the Japanese people truly. This beautiful city brims with scenic beauty in every turn. So, it would be a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon, first anniversary, or a New Year gateway. The specialty of this city is the lavish gardens like the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. The Cherry Blossom trees, exotic flowers, relaxing lush spaces, and greenhouse are the features of this garden and thus there are enough elements to help you create some everlasting memories.

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. This place is listed by UNESCO for an amazing beauty oozing from the cobblestone passageways. The medieval Old Town brims with baroque architecture are one of the prime features of this place. You may also visit Verkiai Palace – a palace built in the 14th Century and reconstructed in the 18th Century. The lakes, gardens and picturesque landscape offer high voltage romanticism and thus you and your sweetheart must visit this unique place once in your life. Apart from that if you and your honey have a special liking for art, you must visit Užupis – an area dedicated to art and is often compared to Paris’s Montmartre.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Straddled in the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is a transcontinental city. This place is Turkey’s rich cultural, economic, and historic center. It is also known as Constantinople and Byzantium. The Old City radiates various cultural influences of all those empires that once reigned here. The iconic Hagia Sophia has an interesting history – it was once a Christian Basilica and later was converted into a mosque. You also must not miss the Basilica Cistern. Sit with your sweetheart in some of the historic place and observe the sunset as Istanbul is famous for its breath-taking sunset view.

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Don’t wait for another birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day celebration! When you have this list, simply pack your bags and leave home to explore romance a bit.

A cup of tea starts many conversations, unites many people, relives a headache, gives a boost to the brainstorming session, etc. A cup of tea is thus an emotion which is best understood only by a true tea lover. To start a day, to regulate throughout a day, and to end the day, a cup of tea is important for a tea-lover. The prominence of tea given in our country is really massive. People are greeted with a cup of tea and snacks. In train compartments, bus terminals, shopping areas, and nooks and corners of a society – a tea seller is a common sight. Our current Prime Minister was also a tea-seller at some point in his life. So, we Indians have a rich history with our cups of tea.

In any distressful situation, all I can think is a cup of tea. Even when it fails to provide me a solution, I know that it would sustain me through the tension. So, here are some creative tea types that you must try if you are a hardcore tea-lover.

The recipe of these unique tea types are suggested for preparing 1 cup and thus the measurements would change for more cups.

Cumin Tea/Jeera Chai

When I narrated this idea of Jeera-wali chai, many friends laughed on my face. Without letting them know, when I presented a tray of 6 cups of tea, everyone was praising me and I had a good laugh! Some people like me who love the taste of Jeera would simply drool over this kind of tea. Your tea would smell good and those who require a cup of chai to open their eyes in the morning would get that extra boost! Apart from that cumin is good for digestion, curing respiratory disorders, strengthening immunity, aiding in weight loss, and also treats insomnia. Here are the ingredients for a happy cup of cumin tea!

Milk – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Cumin/Jeera – 1/4th tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Boil the milk and water well and add the tea leaves to get the mesmerizing tea color. Once the mixture turns light golden brown, add the Cumin/Jeera and boil to get the darker color. Finally, add the sugar as per your taste and sieve in your favorite tea cup to enjoy the heavenly tea.

Cumin Tea/Jeera Chai
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Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai

Apart from being a mouth-freshener since ages, fennel is also enjoyed in a variety of dishes to bring a sweet smell. It is scientifically proven that fennel seeds help in preventing diabetes, aids in digestion, and cures constipation. That’s why it is served in restaurants after the meal. Asthma, water retention, bloating, blood pressure, and even cancer is prevented by fennel seeds. It is also great for treating acne and gives you a shiny skin.

My dad and uncles became a fan of this cup of fennel tea which according to them resonates with nostalgia! Check out the recipe for this fennel ingested tea.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Fennel/Saunf – 1/4th tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Bring the milk and water to boil and add the tea leaves and wait till you get that desired color. Now add the fennel seeds and boil for at least 5 minutes to get a wonderful, tasty, and energetic cup of chai. One thing to remember here is that this cup of chai would require less sugar because fennel seeds carry a natural sweetness in it. So, adjust the sugar level.

Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai
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Ginger & Fennel Tea/Adrak-Saunf Chai

A cup of Adrak-Wali Chai or Ginger tea is the average Indian kind of tea that you would get anywhere in India irrespective of its diversity. Ride into any local train or peep into the local tea shop, you would smell of ginger tea. Like any regular Indian family, at around 7 P.M., I could smell the ginger waving to my study room. And without checking the clock, I used to know it is 7 P.M. This is the time when the working population returned home, maybe some guests have dropped in, or simply the whole family is enjoying their cup of adrak-wali-chai accompanied with savories and Doordarshan. Therefore, this adrak-wali-chai is not only an energizer but also a glue that binds a family together or greets the stranger with a smile. But in today’s changing world, I have changed this tea accompanying fennel for a better taste.

Check out the recipe here:

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Fennel/Saunf – 1/4th tsp
Crushed Ginger – 1 tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Bring the milk and water to boil and add the tea leaves and let it simmer slowly. Once you see the happy golden brown color, drop the crushed ginger and boil for 5 minutes. Now, put the fennel seeds and boil for 3 minutes. Finally, adjust the sugar and relish a cup of romance!

Ginger & Fennel Tea/Adrak-Saunf Chai
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Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai

Kesar or Saffron is something which everyone cannot afford! It is generally grown in India, Iran, and Greece. Over the ages, it has been used for culinary purposes, dyes, and perfumes. Research says that saffron or kesar treats menstrual problems, eye disorders, mental disorders, tumors, and stomach issues. This tea is full of strong flavor and after a stressful day at work, this cup of tea would relive you immensely.

Check the ingredients here and enjoy the lovely tea.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – 2 cup
Saffron – a few strands
Sugar – As per taste
Tea Leaves – 2 tsp
Green Cardamom – 1

Boil the said measurement of water and add cardamom and saffron to get flavors. Once you see the nice golden tinge in the water, add the tea leaves, milk, and sugar one after the other. Let it simmer in medium flame for five minutes. Strain and serve in your favorite teacup.

Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai
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Tea with Coffee

Now, this may sound a little weird but the taste is something that would fill the heart of a chai-premi with utmost love and energy. I am someone who equally loves the scent of tea and coffee beans. Some years ago, I tried to experiment with my cup of regular tea (minus all the spices). I simply added the coffee powder in my cup of tea and all my tension for the day just vanished. The taste of a strong tea with a sprinkle of coffee powder is inexplicable but you must try this one too.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Coffee Powder – a pinch to half tsp

Boil milk and water first followed by the addition of your favorite tea leaves. Witness the energetic aroma when it brews and then add the required amount of sugar. Strain it into your mug or cup and sprinkle the coffee powder and give a nice stir. Accompanied with some snacks, this tea would bring a smile on your face for sure.

Tea with Coffee
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Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai

Who said rum is meant only to be consumed with water and cold drinks? A couple of years ago, this special Old Monk chai saved me from severe sinusitis. During the chilling winter season, when you simply cannot move around the city fearing the cold waves, this is the tea that would save you. It would keep your body warm and fight against all the winter season ailments.

Here is the unique recipe for this tea.

Cardamom – 5 pods
Peppercorns – 3
Cinnamon – 1 inch
Clove – 2
Crushed Ginger – 2 tsp
Water – 2 cups
Tea Leaves – 2 tsp
Condensed Milk – 4 tsp
Old Monk – 30 ml

First of all, you need to crush the dry spices – cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves together. Crush the ginger separately. Now, boil tea leaves and all these spices in water for 3-5 minutes followed by the addition of condensed milk. Finally, add the Old Monk and remove from flame. Strain and serve. In case you don’t want to use condensed milk, you can use 1 cup of milk and 2 tsp of sugar in this tea.

Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai
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A true tea-lover would find new ways to fall in love with tea in new ways every day. I am one of them. Are you? If yes, try out these amazing tea types and share some of your favorites too!

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!

Kahaani
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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!

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Sleep is the golden chain that binds our health and our body together. The body is like a machine that needs rest after work. No machine cannot work non-stop and when you make a machine work incessantly it degrades soon. The same logic applies to our body. To stay fit and healthy, you should not only concentrate on a proper diet but also observe the sleeping hours and patterns. There is an old and famous saying that – A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Many people tend to sacrifice their sleeping hours in the name of fulfilling their dreams. Some stay awake to work and earn, some stay up due to depression, and some stay up to complete another season. The reasons can be anything but this sleeplessness or not falling asleep in time leads to many diseases. Also, remember that a lack of deep and quality sleep is harmful to our hormones which diminishes our motivation for work and prepares the body to gain weight faster. So, for a fit mind and body, a proper sleep must be achieved.

Why should you aim for a quality sleep is explained below?

No Overeating

The hunger hormones are beautifully balanced with a proper sleep. You must have noticed that when you stay awake after midnight, you tend to get hungry. There is a hormone called Ghrelin that signals your body to eat more and it is connected to sleeplessness. There is another hormone called Leptin that signals your body when you overeat. But when you are not sleeping and the body is tired, the body produces more of Ghrelin and less of Leptin that makes you over-eat!

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Averts Weight Gain

Insulin is the master storage of hormones. If you don’t sleep well, the body cannot use this insulin properly. If this functioning of insulin is interrupted, fat gets stored in the body. But a proper sleep regimen would not allow such thing and the insulin level would be regulated averting fat. Apart from that when you are stressed or depressed, your body is actually tired and this leads to the production of cortisol. These cortisol stores calories as fat. So, to control your weight, always target a proper routine of sleep.

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Focused Brain

The lack of sleep is equal to being drunk. Without a proper sleep, the brain cannot make a sound decision and there would be lack of clarity in the mind. This confused state of mind then affects your work life and also eating habits. You tend to eat more snacks in this state of sleeplessness that would further promote weight gain. But with a proper sleep, you achieve better mental and emotional well-being. If you are in a happy state of mind, you are definitely going to make better choices for yourself.

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Fruitful Workout Sessions

People work out to stay healthy or fit. If you are hitting the gym regularly, you have to practice a routine of sleeping. Because your body muscles go through strain and to give some comfort to your muscles sleeping plays an important role. Inversely, if you want to give your 100% effort while working out, your body should sleep well.

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Fast Recovery

When you sleep well and in time, your body is prepared to recover from any kind of ailment faster. Cytokine is a hormone that is produced in the body while one is asleep and it helps the body to fight off infection. Those people who have sleeplessness often suffer from cold, flu, or digestive diseases.

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Apart from all these facts, a good sleep also keeps your skin glowing thus helping you to look younger. Checking all these important facts, now you can be sure that a proper sleep to maintain a fit body is not at all a myth. Now, you must remember that not only the quantity but the quality of sleep is also important. The requirement of sleep may vary from body to body and from age to age. For example, the newborn babies require at least 16-18 hours of sleep while the teenagers require 9-10 hours of sleep. Optimally, 7-8 hours of sleep is sufficient to maintain a healthy mind and body

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