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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
Movie Kahaani
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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 ….
Movie ZNMD
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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
Movie YJHD
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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
Movie RDB
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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….
Movie Highway
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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
Movie Raanjhanaa
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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
Movie DCH
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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!

So, after impressing the audience with “Orange Is The New Black” & “House Of Cards”, it is time for that much-awaited Indian original series on Netflix. Based on the novel of Vikram Chandra, “Sacred Games”, this series of the same name has managed to garner scrupulous reviews from people. It has become like a rage among people and the audience simply cannot wait for the next season to revive. This is an 8 episodes show of 40 minutes each that has left everyone in awe. In case, you belong to that minority group who still haven’t found time to watch this epic show, I have reasons for you to coerce you to watch it right away.

  1. The First Jolt
The First Jolt
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That character of Nawazuddin saying “Bhagwaan ko maante ho?” (Do you believe in God?) & “Kabhi Kabhi lagta hai apun hi bhagwaan hai” (Sometimes I feel, I am the God) – gives you a certain shock for sure! No one has ever heard of such bold, dynamic, raw, & flabbergasting dialogues and that too on the first episode. In that terms, this series can be compared to Game of Thrones – the first episode is a bit hard to understand but once you survive that, the rest of the journey is smooth, engrossing, and enjoyable.

  1. Multidimensional Plots & Psychologies
Multidimensional Plots & Psychologies
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Sacred Games start with a threat call to a Police Officer that if he can save Mumbai, then listen to my story. But this series is not only about saving Mumbai, but it also has too many underlying plots inside it. You will come across different stories and characters of different psychologies and flavors which add to your pure entertainment.

  1. Gripping Characters
Gripping Characters
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This series is not only about the lead characters like Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui – who are definitely big names now. But Sacred Games is also a lot about the rest of the characters. Each and every character would leave a mark on your mind be it the Police Constable katekar or Jitendra Joshi, Bunty or Jatin Sarna, Parulekar or Neeraj Kabi, & Cuckoo or Kubra Sait. A special mention has to be Rajshree Deshpande who played Subhadra and Shalini Vatsa who played Kanta Bai. These are the two women who keep Ganesh Gaitonde, the lead character of Nawazuddin at a reality check. Varun Grover has done the character sketching brilliantly and the cast has done more than 100% justice to the given roles. You would simply rewind and watch again and again.

  1. Powerful Direction
Powerful Direction
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An actor becomes powerful on screen for the hard work his/her director has done. The directors have the CV of “Gangs Of Wasseypur”, “Udaan”, “Satya”, “Dev.D”, “Lootera”, “Paanch”, “Black Friday”, “Trapped”, etc. So, undoubtedly, the show had to be that game changer. These mentioned movies are those handfuls which have changed the landscape of Indian cinema or gloriously presented India to the world platform and this time these two Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane have again done something for which the Indian audience would be forever thankful.

You would see the signature Anurag here with funny one-liners among the gangsters, witty fight or shootout sequences. And of course, the raw yet endearing use of Ma***C**d. There is the usual sex, ferocity, cuss words, nudity, and drugs. But nowhere you would feel these are unnecessary or crossing the line with context and that’s the true Anurag style. The softer tone of Sartaj Singh was directed by Motwane. Another signature of these directors is their eyes for detailing which is why you would feel satisfied with this series. So, the whole execution from storyboarding to acting, direction to editing – all are simply mind-blowing.

  1. Meaning Of The Name Of Episodes
Meaning Of The Name Of Episodes
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One of the major highlights of Sacred Games is the interesting name of the episodes. All the names are taken from our great mythology and have a well-researched and deep connection with the content of each episode. For example, The first episode is “Ashwathama” – that Hindu legend who was cursed to suffer human life for 3000 years, in a way making him invincible. Ganesh Gaitonde utters that he is Ashwathama whose story won’t end till the story is over. He kills himself in the first episode but the story follows. Episode 4 is named “Brahmahatya” because Gaitonde is Brahmin himself but in his life, he does all those things that a Brahmin in Hindu won’t do like eating non-veg or killing people. Thus, he kills the Brahman inside him which led to this name. With the name of these episodes, you would learn many things not only about the plot but also about our mythology.

  1. The Never Seen Before Saif Ali Khan
The Never Seen Before Saif Ali Khan
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Saif Ali Khan is in his biggest career low currently. With 7 films bombing back to back, he is clueless where things are going wrong. His choice of movies have definitely sharpened over the last few years but luck is not by his side with movies like Chef or Kalakaandi. But Sacred Games turned out to be a big-big achievement for him career-wise. He plays the role of Sartaj Singh who is an honest police officer who is aware of the dirty power games and corruption going around him in his department. He is not someone who would let go of moral standards and Saif Ali Khan convincingly pulls out this underdog cop role. This cop is going through an emotional jolt in his personal life too and that’s well narrated through his moves.

  1. Radhika Apte – When Charm & Grace Meets Aggression
Radhika Apte – When Charm & Grace Meets Aggression
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She deserves some extra brownie points. Radhika Apte plays the role of Anjali Mathur who would not tolerate any non-sense at her workplace. She is a RAW agent and wants to prove a point that women in RAW are as good as their male counterpart on field. She is not happy to digest a desk job. That aggression on her eyes with a graceful body language is not to be forgotten at all. Radhika Apte deserves all the laurels for carting out Anjali Mathur with aplomb.

  1. The God Himself – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The God Himself – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
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Is there anything that this 5 feet 5 inches actor cannot do? After so many years of struggle in Bollywood, when we finally saw him in Wasseypur – he was like a revelation. He is truly a volcano of talent. The moviebuffs would always be thankful to Mr. Kashyap for introducing Nawaz to us. He plays Ganesh Gaitonde here – the notorious crime mafia who is up for no good. He goes missing for 16 years but revives with a powerfully spread web that may destroy Mumbai. The story begins in 2018 but Nawaz unfolds many roots of his Gaintonde character from the 80’s. We all know what a terrific performer he is and Sacred Games have just added another feather to his glorious crown. He is more ruthless than Faizal but has a calmer and a more calculative mind than him.

Just like any other Anurag Kashyap creation, this Sacred Games is also like a great addiction. Which you can watch over and over again without getting bored and tired. Because every time you may discover a new aspect to the characters, the nuances of acting, the brilliance of direction, etc. Another mention-worthy thing is the music of this TV series. Which has been made keeping the 80’s era in mind as the chunk of the story resides in that time. So, please watch Sacred Games now because this is the kind of TV series we all truly deserve!

What is the definition of Depression? Google says it is a feeling of severe despondency and dejection. As per the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home”. Do you feel like the one stated in quotes? If yes, then you got to do something about it.

Depression lies in that grey area which is a bit confusing. Living with depression requires a day-to-day management and to be able to do that, understanding depression is important. The treatment for depression, of course, would vary from one person to another. But many people suffering from depression have spoken about the ways in which encountering different situations, people and experiences through travel has allowed them to overcome depression in a natural way.

Endorphins and oxytocin – these two hormones play the major role that decides our moods. By traveling, endorphins and oxytocin are released in innumerable ways through different practices we encounter. Travel actually forces the brain to make use of these hormones to improve our mood and attitude. A survey was conducted that found traveling is a massive mood booster for people! Vacations, weekend short trips, long festive trips where people get time to look into nature, roam around with their beloved, and spend quality time with family – help to overcome depression.

Traveling may help you in ways you couldn’t have ever imagined.

Befriending Strangers

One of the common feelings of depression is to feel isolated most of the times. You feel like remaining aloof from the world and this is the place where negative thoughts crawl into your mind. Traveling, on the other hand, allows your mind to be more alert. You have to pay attention to what is happening around you because you are traveling which means you are away from the comforts and perks of your home. Unwillingly also you have to stop by and talk to a complete stranger because you have to know the correct way to the destination. When you are depressed, you simply want to minus people from your life – these people refer to your known sect of people. But while traveling when you see new faces around you, you may end up having a friendship of a lifetime with some!

This distraction from your regular life would give you an insight into a different world where people live differently. Listening to their stories, you may find your inner strength back!

Experience Yourself

Until and unless your limits are pushed or you try a bit more, you can never know your true worth. In depression, you always hold a feeling that you are not worthy enough. But with traveling, you can see your true potential and this building of self-esteem is very important. Suppose while traveling back from the sunset point at the hill station in the evening, the tyre of your car punctures and there is no way out but to spend the time atop the hills under the sky and stars. There may be some fear of unknown animals too! But you simply cannot escape this situation but you have to stick there and see the flip side. Just like others you if you go back to the hotel, you would miss experiencing yourself. Traveling would give you many such situations where you would have to push your limits or come out from your comfort zone, and these jerks off depression.

Inspiration Rushes Back

You may end up meeting someone who is in a bigger problem than you are! Every single person in this world faces some kind of issues and all are struggling in their own way to overcome that. A recent Bollywood movie named “Jia Aur Jia” portrayed something like that. Jia-1 was traveling in partnership with Jia-2. Jia-1 went on a trip to commit suicide and Jia-2 went to live the short life she has in hand (she was terminally ill, hardly 2 months of life she would live). When Jia-1 came to know this secret, she got her confidence back! You also might hear stories of your fellow passenger and get the inspiration back to your life. You may meet people from a 360-degree different lifestyle and that would lead to the exchange of ideas of a different level. Thus, meeting people would give you a completely different outlook!

The Big Picture

While you are depressed, your outlook becomes tilted and narrow because you are self-centered then. You are just concerned about your day-to-day life and your setbacks, loans, bills, failed relationships, etc. Now, at this point in time, you cannot evaluate yourself properly. But when you pull yourself away from this situation and travel, you tend to see the bigger picture. You can then see the world & its people and your situations from a different angle. That happens because you accumulate many experiences, stories of people, and these things help in curbing depression.

Healing Naturally

Nature is the storehouse of many powers. If you really want to come out of your depression, select the awe-inspiring places of the world like the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Northern Lights, Santorini, Hagia Sophia, Cinque Terre, Hanging Gardens, The Great Wall Of China etc. Go for trekking or stay in an island, and talk with the nature. The universe has its own way of reaching out to you and answering all your questions. You will heal naturally and many research has also proved that going into the lap of nature is one of the best cures for depression.

Last but not least always remember that you are just the smallest of the small particle of this huge universe and now imagine if you are so tiny, how tiny your depression is? So, think at a larger scale and evaluate carefully. Every night wakes up to a new day and thus every depression would also find its solution. Just don’t give up – instead, pack your bags and experience yourself in a new way!

The author bio suggests that I am a cinephile and a foodie. Believe me, these are the two best things ever invented by human civilization. All I need for sustenance is food and entertainment – let there be chaos elsewhere! Now, when these two interests of mine come together, it leaves me in a perplexed state of mind – which one to love more?

What all you remember from a movie? The star actor? Comedians? Story? Dialogues? Clothes or jewelry? But when food becomes a character in a movie – things are really hard to choose. There’s a way of presenting food too in the movies. Sometimes, it is not an intrinsic part of the movie but the way an actor eats creates a craving in you. Remember how Ranveer Singh or Bittu in Band Baaja Baaraat was eating Bread Pakora with Shruti? And his Bread Pakora is so dear to him that he even swears on that! For that matter, the way Saurabh Shukla or Rishi Kapoor eat from their lavish plates in Jolly LLB and Shudh Desi Romance are also memorable!

Bollywood is more than a century old and it has given many memorable flicks which make us laugh and cry both. Here is a list of my favorite 6 Bollywood movies which left me with an endearing culinary experience.

Bawarchi (1972)
Bawarchi
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A bawarchi is the Hindi name for cook or chef. It was a typical Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie with dollops of food in it. In a middle-class family where the brothers and sisters-in-law fight with each other over domestic issues of who spends how much and who works how much, suddenly a Bawarchi comes and changes everything. He is a chef with unique abilities to work non-stop all through the day and night. And his dishes are to die for. He can make cabbage taste like mutton! The united family enjoying their tasty meals is a sight to watch.

Cheeni Kum (2007)
Cheeni Kum
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The best chefs of the world can say all the ingredients used in a dish along with the exact quantity of salt & sugar by smelling that dish once. They can also say for how long the rice has been cooked or for how long the bread has been baked. This movie was exactly like that where Mr. Ghasphoos or Amitabh Bachchan owns the best Indian restaurant in London named Spice 6. Food thus forms a huge part of this movie. He falls in love with the character of Tabu over a debate on Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao. The film then condenses on normal daal-roti-chawal, brinjal curry, chicken kebabs, to the famous street foods of Delhi. An intense love story gifted by ace director R. Balki, this 2007 movie is still a food lover’s secret love.

Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
Stanley Ka Dabba
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Stanley Ka Dabba is one of the most heart-warming stories of this decade surely. Released in 2011, this movie garnered massive acclaims from each and every one. It narrated the story of an orphan child who works at a restaurant and gets abused & beaten by the owner of the restaurant, his own uncle. He is popular among his peers & teachers. Mr. Verma, the Hindi teacher of the school enters and the movie forges into something brutal. Mr. Verma is a glutton & phagomaniac who does not bring his own dabba either but lusts after everyone else’s, also stealing food on occasion. We see kadhi pakodas, samosas, bhindi, rajma, cakes, paneer, baingan bharta, etc. – many more to salivate!

You would experience a lust for food through Mr. Verma & to what extent he can go (rebuking or suspending a student for not bringing tiffin) for having food. You would also see how less food and more of love we need to stay happy in life!

English Vinglish (2012)
English Vinglish
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Shashi, the entrepreneur knows to make the best motichoor ke laddoos and snacks for adding happiness to people’s lives. She also knows to make the best Rajma-Chawal & Parathas. She is the epitome of Goddess Lakshmi. The whole movie & its basic plot of “Is English so important?” runs on one side and on the parallel side are the lovely foods and sweets. In a PTM also, she talks about banana chips & murukku. She joins the English Speaking class and there also she becomes popular for her recipes! This feel-good movie would always remain special for the ghee-lathpath motichoor ke laddoos.

The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox
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Directed by Ritesh Batra, this movie is touted as one of the best love stories of our generation. The love story blooms over dabba or lunchbox that is wrongly delivered. So, every morning you would find the housewife cooking and packing the food while having a chat about food with the lady staying upstairs. The love notes are exchanged through the lunch boxes and with each passing day, there are some new dishes, new stories shared, and a new love! A supporting character is shown chopping veggies on his office files while going back home in Mumbai local. Through Alu Gobhi, Matar Paneer, Daal Fry, Fried Rice, Raita, etc. – Nowhere this movie lost its connection with food!

Ki & Ka (2016)
Ki & Ka
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In a mediocre way, this movie challenged or questioned many things that our society follows. Why cooking is associated with a woman? Why only a man should earn more than the woman to run the family? Why a woman is not given due respect and appreciation when she decorates her house or cooks food? Why the movie turned out to be different was the fact, all these questions were put up by the male lead who believes her housewife mom was no less than an artist. He marries the lady for whom making a cup of coffee is no less than rocket science. From fluffy Spanish omelet to spaghetti, healthy salads to Rajma Chawal, beaten coffee to cheesecakes, chicken tikka to daal fry – you would feel the aroma of food traveling from the screen to your room.

There are many such movies where you would find a nice presence of food through the characters who are either eating them or talking about them. Movies like Ramji Londonwaley, Chef, Duplicate, Dawat-E-Ishq, Hasee To Phasee, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, etc. are some foodgasm in motion for sure. Those who love movies & food both (like me) find a heavenly comfort in these movies. Watch these movies again (in case you have watched it before) and enjoy the lip-smacking experience again!

There are few people on this earth who are content with their weight. Some want to gain weight and most of them want to lose some fat. Weight loss is a challenge which needs to be understood as per the body type. Each and everybody is different and they would respond differently to different mechanisms of weight loss. There are many types of diet charts that you would get easily on Google which may aid you in your objective of weight loss. Fruits loaded with important vitamins and minerals, and low in calories are often the most preferred food while you are dieting. In a way, with fruits, you would take in low calories and your metabolism would increase. Therefore, bring more fruits to your daily diet and see how fast and effectively you reduce those irritating belly fat and feel better.

Apple
Apples
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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And it also keeps the fat away. It is one of the most nutritious and weight-loss friendly fruit. It consists of 85% water and is rich in fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals. The high fiber would keep you full for a longer time and you won’t feel like jumping on a fried break pakoda! They lack sodium and fat and that’s why apples are the best snacks. Apart from these factors, apples are also great in promoting a good heart health and regulating blood sugar level. Consumption of apple also reduces the risks of cancer and helps in cleaning the digestive system.

How Much & When To Eat?

A medium sized 200-gram apple contains around 100 calories, which helps to watch your caloric intake. Take 1-2 apples per day in the morning and afternoon and stay fit and fine.

Lemon
Lemon
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The smell of fresh lemon is so relaxing! It removes all the aches and makes you feel refreshed. This sour fruit is weight-loss friendly too. Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, lemons cleanse the inner body flushing out all toxins. The bloating is reduced and thus fat is cut down. It is also rich in potassium that provides a good heart and low blood sugar level. The metabolism is also increased, the digestive system becomes great, immunity is improved, and you feel energetic all the time.

How Much & When To Eat?

1 lemon carries only 12 calories. But it is acidic in nature and that’s why you should not take it more than 2 times a day. Squeeze juice from 1 lemon and mix that in lukewarm water and have it in the early morning and you may add some honey to add natural sweetness. This drink would prepare you for the whole day.

Watermelon
Watermelon
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Watermelon is a summer fruit and this red colored juicy fruit is everyone’s favorite. By the way, remember that it is easier to lose weight during the summer months of the year. So, load yourself with watermelon diet and see how fresh and energetic you feel. Approximately 91% of watermelon is water and that’s why it fills your tummy. This water content would also save you from heat stroke and would also work as a body cleanser. It is cholesterol and fat-free and that’s why losing weight is easier with this delicious fruit. Do you know that 1 wedge of watermelon carries only 4% of the required daily fiber intake? Watermelon is also low in calories. Apart from these factors, a watermelon is also a rich source of Vitamin A, B, C and also lycopene, which is useful in preventing cancer.

How Much & When To Eat?

101 grams of watermelon carries 30 calories only. 1 medium size watermelon wedge carries 86 calories. So, you can take 3-4 medium sized wedges in case you want to include it in your proper meal. Keep it for your morning breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Pineapple
Pineapple
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Another lovely fruit of summer season is pineapple whose specialty is the unique mix of sweet and tangy in its taste. There is a high content of Vitamin C and antioxidants in a pineapple that helps in regulating blood sugar level, flushing out toxins from the body, improving the calcium absorption, and maintaining a healthy digestive system. Pineapple also helps in preventing macular degeneration in posterity. The high fiber content in a pineapple would keep you full for a longer time.

How Much & When To Eat?

100 grams of pineapple carry only 50 calories. You can have pineapple as your morning breakfast or as an evening snack. But remember that you should not take pineapple more than a cup or 165 grams.

Oranges
Oranges
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The refreshing oranges belong to the citrus family of fruits that is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. The amazing tangy taste is widely popular among people. Oranges reduce bloating and help in detoxing the body. This is a zero fat and calorie fruit that is also rich in fibers to keep you full for a long time. The potassium content is also high in oranges which control blood sugar level and encourages a healthy heart function. Skin and eyes also benefit from oranges.

How Much & When To Eat?

1 medium or 130 grams of oranges carry 61 calories. You can take 2-3 oranges per day. Have it during breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Bananas
Bananas
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The most common fruit consumed in India is banana. There are many weight loss qualities in bananas. Bananas are also great suppliers of calcium. 1 medium-sized banana is rich in resistant starch and very less in calories. The quality of this resistant starch is that it doesn’t get digested in the stomach or small intestine and thus the calories provided count very less. The heart also functions well with banana consumption for the potassium content in it. Apart from that bananas help in retaining a good bone, nails, and teeth health.

How Much & When To Eat?

1 medium-sized or 118 grams of banana carries 105 calories. So, you can take 1-2 bananas all through the day. But have it only in the daytime and not at night. If you are working out, consume bananas before your workout.

Papaya
Papaya
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The high fiber content would fill your tummy for a long time and you won’t even crave to eat. Papaya is rich in antioxidants and thus helps in flushing out toxins from the body and it also helps in reducing inflammation. The obstacles in the way of weight loss like – constipation & gastric problem are cured by papaya and thus your weight loss program becomes successful with it. Apart from weight loss, papaya also reduces the risk of cancer, improves heart health, and protects the skin against damage and cellulite.

How Much & When To Eat?

1 medium-sized or 300 grams of papaya carries 120 calories and 20% of the daily fiber requirement. But it also has 300% of daily Vitamin C requirement. Thus, you must not exceed the intake of papaya or it may damage the food tube or give rise to kidney stones. Have 1-2 small slices of papaya for breakfast or evening snack.

Now when you know these 7 surprising fruits, start your weight loss regimen soon and stay healthy, fit, and fine.

Food is the source of energy which keeps us healthy and alive. It doesn’t take time to eat as long as it takes to cook. Cooking again is a long process. Firstly, you have to decide what you want to eat, what is good and healthy to eat, what food items to avoid, etc. Then you have to walk or drive up to the market or place an order online. Finally, when the raw vegetables, fruits, and spices arrive, you have to clean them before cooking or eating them. In our modern day living, where most people prefer to stay away from family, nuclear family, in the hostel, etc. knowing the art of cooking is necessary. And more than that, knowing the easy to cook recipes or 5-minute food recipes are essential. Many a times it happens that after returning from office, you still sit back late to work on your laptop and then either you order food from outside or simply have nothing to sustain you.

This 5-minute food recipe would surely help you to stay fit, healthy, and satisfied. Now 5 minutes doesn’t literally mean that these recipes are prepared within the exact 5 minutes. These recipes are hassle-free and thus you don’t have to stand for long hours in the kitchen. Just count two whistles, give a churn in your mixer, or wait for the microwave to turn off – your dish is ready to give you energy!

Another important tip lies for those staying alone: Make a habit of bringing your weekly vegetable and fruits stock and keep them safe in your refrigerator. During the weekend evening, chop your vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, etc. and keep them in airtight bags that retains freshness. That way, your 5 minutes recipes would become faster!

Oats & Veggie Khichdi
Oats & Veggie Khichdi
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Khichdi is a famous Indian dish made with rice, lentils, and veggies. Veggie stuffed oats khichdi can be eaten during breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it is one of the healthiest food recipes.

Ingredients:

1 cup Instant Oats, 1/2 cup Moong Dal or Split Yellow Lentils, 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil, 2-3 Cloves, 2 inch Cinnamon, 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Hing or asafetida, 1/2 cup Onion Chopped, 1 tsp grated Ginger, 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/4 cup Carrot Cut into small pieces, 1/4 cup Beans Cut into small pieces, 2 tsp Peas, 2 tbsp Corn, salt and pepper to taste.

Process:

  • Firstly, heat the vegetable oil in a pressure cooker and one by one drop cumin seeds, cloves, and let the lovely aroma fill in your heart.
  • Now add asafetida or hing and let it splutter for a few seconds.
  • No add the grated ginger and onion fry until onion turns luminous or golden brown.
  • Now add oats and the lentils followed by 4 cups of water, all the chopped veggies, salt, pepper, and turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook the Oats and Veggie Khichdi and wait for 1 whistle in high heat followed by 2 whistles in low heat.

Serve this tasty and healthy dish with a drop of butter or ghee.

Jumbo Veggie Omelet
Jumbo Veggie Omelet
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Eggs are amazing! In boiled form or poached, or fried, or baked – nothing can come near to the soft and smooth taste of eggs really. So, if you are also an egg fan, then sometimes you can prepare a jumbo veggie omelet to sustain you all through the day! The egg white contains Vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat than the yolk. Eggs are also rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.

Ingredients:

All you need is 2-3 eggs and all your favorite veggies. 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer, 2-3 garlic cloves, some salt and pepper, and oil for frying.

Process:

  • Take 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer.
  • Also, take 2-3 cloves of garlic.
  • Now give a nice mix of salt and pepper. Put some oil on the frying pan and let these veggies lose their raw smell.
  • In case you like your veggies crunchier then don’t fry them much.
  • Whisk 2-3 eggs very well in a bowl.
  • Keep the veggies aside and pour half a spoon of oil or butter and pour half of the egg on the pan.
  • Let the bubbles disappear and then spread your favorite veggies into it.
  • Finally, cover the veggies with the remaining eggs.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Enjoy your amazing omelet with your favorite beaten coffee, orange juice, or ginger tea.

Cake In A Mug
Cake In A Mug
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Sometimes all you need is a nice chocolate cake! But as you stay alone, preparing a whole half kilo cake would be a waste of your time and energy both until and unless you have called guests or friends at your place. And the craving for a chocolate cake is something that can arise at 3 A.M, at night. So, this is the recipe to help yourself.

Ingredients:

All you need for this cake in a mug recipe are – 3 tsp of all-purpose flour, choco chips, milk, vegetable oil, 2 tsp of cocoa powder, 1/4th tsp of baking powder, and 1 and a half tsp of sugar. Vanilla extract is optional for you which you must use in case of inclusion of egg in the recipe.

Process:

  • Take a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug put the dry ingredients first which are flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
  • Then pour the liquid ingredients like milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla (optional).
  • Now stir in the choco chips.
  • Put the mug in a microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  • Remember not to overcook the cake and let the cake cool before jumping into it.
Lentils & Veggie Soup
Lentils & Veggie Soup
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Lentils should not be missed from your regular diet chart because they are not only tasty but have all the required proteins that can keep you safe and sound. Be it brown, green, yellow, red, or black — any type of lentil is low in calories & rich in iron and folate. They also have health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors. A bowl of lentils and veggie soup would be a perfect dinner for you.

Ingredients:

½ cup lentils (masoor dal), 1 cup of carrots sliced in ½ inch pieces, ½ cup of green beans, 1 cup of celery, 3 medium-size tomatoes cut into pieces, half inch ginger in thin slices, ½ tsp turmeric and pepper, 1 and a half tsp of salt. (1/2 cup masoor daal can sustain 4 people) For seasoning: 2 tsp clarified butter (ghee) or 2 tablespoons oil, ½ tsp cumin seed, ½ tsp garam masala.

Process:

  • Firstly, wash the masoor daal and soak it in 2 cups of water for at least 1 hour. Because by soaking the lentils increase in volume.
  • Now heat 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker on medium high heat and pour the lentils followed by salt, turmeric, black pepper, ginger, carrots, green beans, celery, and tomatoes.
  • Now close the pressure cooker and as the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 6 minutes.
  • Mix daal or lentil well and in case the lentil is thick, add some warm water and check the salt content too.
  • Now for the seasoning, heat oil, ghee, or butter and add cumin seeds and garam masala in it.
  • Once it splutters, remove from heat and pour it over the lentils.
Greek Yoghurt With Berries & Nuts
Greek Yoghurt With Berries & Nuts
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Greek Yoghurt is yummy and also has many health benefits. This recipe can be taken in the morning or night as per your choice. All you have to do is mix your favorite berries and nuts in Greek yogurt. This is a nutritious food recipe that has all the essential amino acids that help in building muscles and fiber to prevent blood sugar. Don’t forget a handful of walnuts in this recipe for that omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients:

All you need for this recipe is a packet of Greek Yoghurt, berries of your choice, nuts that you like, and some honey.

Process:

Take 1 cup of plain Greek Yoghurt and prepare 1 cup of mixed berries and 1/4th cup of nuts and mix them well. In case you feel to have it sweeter, add a dash of honey.

Try these quick and easy recipes and in case you have your recipes, then feel free to share with us.

Who was your first crush? Do you remember his/her name? Do you still remember the way to the tuition class you all went to? It is said that what one loves in childhood remain in the heart forever. Maybe you also remember those innocent days when the dreams and desires were not so big. Everyone had a cute little crush on someone from the neighborhood, school, or tuition batch. Just a glimpse of that person was enough to sustain hundreds of dreamy thoughts in your headspace – right? And the best part is perhaps you never had to say that you like that person – he/she understood with your behavior!

Wish those cute and guiltless days of childhood could return again! We all wish for those days to return but they wouldn’t because time moves forward – the harsh truth! What you can do is – take your mind back to those times and remember those days. Just like me, you will smile happily!

Simply FLAMES Was Life & Happiness
Simply FLAMES Was Life & Happiness
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F – Friends; L – Love; A – Affair; M – Marriage; E – Enemy; S – Sister; This game was equal to love and happiness. If you have started liking someone, you always predicted your future with that person by playing this game. The similar letters of the names were nullified and the remaining were counted to move through the letters in the word “FLAME” one at a time until your count reaches the total number of leftover letters that you found previously. Mostly, all the last pages of all your notebooks were filled with this life-saving game! If E and S were the results, you used to avoid this person and if not you had a broad smile on your face!

Saving The Best Seat In The School Bus
Saving The Best Seat In The School Bus
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Of course, you had to save the best seat on the school bus for him/her just to be in the good books! Sometimes, the other person also reciprocated the same and all your dreams of that age just came true for that one moment. You didn’t like the idea of him/her sitting away from you!

The Best Snack Or Sweet Was For That Lucky One
The Best Snack Or Sweet Was For That Lucky One
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If you felt shy to give him/her the best snack or sweet, you requested your best friend to arrange a meeting at a quiet place to hand over the piece of heaven. Imagine, how simple were the happiness back then! You coaxed your mom to put that sweet/snack in your tiffin so that you can impress your lucky boy/girl.

You Actually Loved Your Friends Teasing You With Your Crush
You Actually Loved Your Friends Teasing You With Your Crush
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Now, be honest! You secretly had fairies dancing, clouds floating, and romantic songs playing in your head when your friends teased you with your crush’s name. But you acted as if you are too annoyed with their behavior. You shouted on your friends and even said that “there’s nothing like that, don’t overthink” n that jazz. But you waited to return home and reminisce those secret glances and start blushing.

Your Crush Was The Universe
Your Crush Was The Universe
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Be it the school or the tuition classes, your crush was the universe to you. Who cares or wants to learn trigonometry, the speed of light, mineral resources of India, or poems of Wordsworth! All you want to know was how he/she looks, how he/she reacts, how he/she smiles, how he/she walks, etc. You always woke up before the exam and your friends saved you from failing.

Being Proud For Your Crush
Being Proud For Your Crush
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You were always very proud of him/her achievements – be it in academics, verbal fight, physical fight, sports, elocution, etc. Your crush always pumped your chest and you felt like you won along with your crush. Such impeccable love is perhaps possible in childhood only.

Bollywood Fueled Your Imagination
Bollywood Fueled Your Imagination
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Bollywood can never be devoid of romance. In every genre of movies be it sports or thriller, murder mystery or comedy – there has to be a romantic angle. While listening to Bollywood songs, you imagined the face of your crush. And while watching the videos of Bollywood songs, you replaced the hero/heroine with your crush. While you are alone in your room, you imagined these filmy sequences happening to you and your crush! That was too much love & fun for sure.

Those were the days when love didn’t arrive with a checklist like it does today. That first person you had a crush on your childhood was the best person to love. Why? Because there was no expectation at all. With time we lose touch with that attribute of love which is to feel free and expect nothing in the relationship. After reliving these cute and nostalgic days of school romance, I am sure you all would bring that flavor back with your current partner!

Classic things can never be wiped away from our memories. Like any other classic and timeless movies, Jab We Met didn’t meet with stupendous Box Office collections. It was definitely a hot film but when compared to the content of other potboilers, the profit of Jab We Met was low. But who wants to know the Box Office of Mughal-e-Azam, Pyasa, or Silsila? There are certain movies which are made ahead of times and their charm crosses the boundaries of time easily. Jab We Met is one of those rare movies which would always make you more confident about yourself, make you enjoy life, urge you to shed your inhibitions, and finally teach you to love yourself to the fullest.

The most interesting fact about this movie is that nobody expected anything from this movie. Imtiaz Ali was a flop director, Kareena & Shahid had a string of historic flops in their career. But this movie made them emerge from the ashes. Till today the fashion and dialogues of this movie are followed with pride.

In October 2018 this movie would celebrate its 11th anniversary. Let’s revise some major life lessons taught by this classic movie and refine our life once again.

  1. Love Yourself Without Conditions
Love Yourself Without Conditions
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No one can fall in love with you if you don’t love yourself. This is the most important tenet of Jab We Met. “Main apni favorite hoon” – Geet says it without any inhibition. She knows she has flaws like others but is simply proud of the way she looks or the way she thinks or the way she behaves. Half of the problems of life would change if you start loving yourself the way Geet loves herself.

  1. Practice What You Preach
Practice What You Preach
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It is definitely easy to preach something to others but practicing what you are preaching is most important. Geet was a happy-go-lucky, cheerful, and optimistic girl in the first half of the movie who teaches Aditya that one should never lose hope in life or face his challenges with bravery rather than escaping. But when life hits a rock bottom, she forgets her own teaching and becomes a pessimist who has no motive in life.

  1. Everything Is Fair In Love
Everything is Fair in Love
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Very simplistically, Geet understands the problems of Aditya’s mom even when she has never met her. A middle-aged lady who has an adult son runs away with her lover leaving only insult for the whole family – this is what Aditya thinks of his mom. But Geet enters his life and utters that age-old priceless logic – everything is fair in love. It really is! Maybe for a temporary time, your friends, relatives, and family members would be angry at you but eventually, they would understand. That’s why you should take every possible step to fulfill your love without fear.

  1. Break-Up is Just a Part of Life
Break-Up is Just a Part of Life
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Geet is madly in love with Anshuman whom she met during her college days. After her return to her home, she learns that her family is fixing her marriage with one of her childhood friends and she runs away from home only to learn that Anshuman is not ready to marry her. He breaks up with her citing she is very childish and crazy. Geet cannot handle this break-up and becomes another version of Aditya. Just like your job, social status, peer group, etc., the break-up is also just a part of your life, and not your whole life. Your whole life, therefore, cannot succumb to self-pity – right? The right one would enter your life just at the right time!

  1. Follow Your Heart …. Always
Follow Your Heart …. Always
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This is from the book of Shah Rukh Khan and his romantic mannerism in Bollywood. Your brain and your heart would always have a tussle but always follow what your heart says for happiness in the long run. Geet thinks that she cannot convince her family easily to marry a non-Sikh man and thus effortlessly plans to run away. Why? Because her heart is convinced that after some time, all will be fine! And she takes up every other step with that ease!

  1. Simply Play Life, Don’t Get Serious
Simply Play Life, Don’t Get Serious
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Here is another lesson from the world of Geet and Aditya – stop taking your life seriously. Be attached to everyone, feel for everything, but also know to free yourself from everything. Because the moment you are serious, you feel pain more intensely. Geet is a family-oriented person who would do anything for her family but she also knows how to get the love of her life and thus doesn’t wait for her family to reprimand her for choosing a non-Sikh man. Instead, plans to elope with plans of returning later. In a line or two, she changes the world of Aditya. She says that “In the future, I don’t want to blame anyone and say that my life got ruined because of you”

  1. Never Let Go Off Your Passion
Never Let Go Off Your Passion
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You may have a passion – everybody has! Never ever give up on that passion. Life may make you do something else but always save your time for that passion because that would keep you happy. Aditya forgot about his singing passion and started leading life like a robot. Geet made this logic clearer to him and he found happiness in his office.

  1. Friendship & Love Is found In The Least Expected Places & Situations
Friendship & Love is found in the Least Expected Places and Situations
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You never know when and where you will meet someone who would become an intrinsic part of your life. Maybe you end up influencing that person or get influenced by him/her in a big way. Geet found Aditya in a train traveling between Mumbai and Delhi. With a spate of horrendous incidents, they explore each other and become friends. Geet ends up inspiring an almost dead (emotionally) Aditya. Geet finds love when her ex-lover is back in her life and is ready to take the relationship further. So, basically, life is full of surprises and friendship & love which forms the major part of life are formed when least expected.

  1. Be Crazy Now To Laugh Later
Be Crazy Now to Laugh Later
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There is some need for craziness in your life. These crazy or weird attitude would give you some shining memories to ponder forever. The tasks that we do in life are mundane and sometimes you simply need to jerk off the monotony. Geet urges Aditya to take a plunge into deep water. She also urges him to burn his ex-girlfriend’s picture and flush it away. All these are creepy to Aditya but he finds a charm in it later.

  1. The family Is Always The Medicine During Crisis
The family is Always the Medicine during Crisis
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The family is the one place where you are always safe. You can be wrong or very wrong, but your family would always accept you. They may punish you for a while or say something harsh but that is only for a moment. They will always love you unconditionally and without any expectation at all. Geet was away from all contacts for 9 months and her family doesn’t ask anything to her, simply accepts her.

  1. Plans Hardly Work Out, So Don’t Fret
Plans Hardly Work out, so Don’t Fret
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Geet had a plan ready for herself after college. She was supposed to elope with Anshuman, the love of her life, and later settle in the hills. But life definitely had some other plans for her. Sit down and count your best memories – how many of these memories were a result of pre-planned actions? I hope you got the answer – always rely on unplanned trips or activities and never fret when plans are dissolved. Because the Almighty always keeps the best plans for you.

After reading this whole blog, you must be feeling like watching this movie again! Go and enjoy it once again and don’t forget to share with us about your favorite life lesson from Jab We Met.

“I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more” – Thomas Jefferson

There must be some amazing beauty in this solo travel because too many wise people have supported it over the years. In a country like India where joint family and staying together is promoted, the idea of solo travel may sound crazy to most of us staying with the family. Because in a family set-up there is nothing called SOLO, everything is shared with everyone. This is why most of us don’t know who we really are because we are never given the space to think individually.

But time is changing and just like Rani and Kabir (Kangana Ranaut of Queen & Ranbir Kapoor of Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani), many people are plunging into this route of solo travel. Then there is also those block of people who prefer the company of the self rather than being surrounded by people. They always go for Solo Travel and are richer in terms of experience and wisdom than the rest of the people.

Traveling solo to an unknown land would have a profound effect on you. Your life would never remain the same. Here are some reasons to inspire you for a SOLO TRAVEL from the diary of a wanderlust:

Go Wherever You Want to Go

In a group of two or three or five, there would always be clashing thoughts and ideas about where to go and where not to go. While you are traveling alone, you don’t have such people around you to disturb you. You can take your own sweet time and decide whether to go to the museum or watch the sunset peacefully. There would be no room for compromise of doing something you don’t want to do. And once you have decoded this awesomeness of solo travel, you would never want to meddle with people.

Self-Confidence Improves

If you lack self-confidence, solo travel is the most effective medicine for your soul. Ok, so the truth is, there is no place in this world for timid people. You have to build your confidence and be smart enough to tackle the world. You are simply afraid because you still haven’t tested your limits. Once your back is on the wall, you would know to turn around – right? Pack your bags and leave right away for a change in your outlook and attitude.

The Moment is all Yours

When you are traveling with your friends, family, relatives, or a group, there are too many distractions. Someone or the other is saying something, doing something, or pulling you into stupid jokes. When you are traveling all alone you can better invest your time into sight-seeing. Observing the exotic flowers, smelling the local cuisine, or simply lie down on the lush grass and read a book. The clouds, rains, sea waves, butterfly, local birds, or architecture – everything is simply yours to be witnessed. Take your time to explore all these and enrich your bank of memories.

Accidental Friendship

You never know that you can form a beautiful friendship while you are traveling alone. Maybe you won’t meet that person ever again in life, but a part of your mind and heart would always smile for this accidental friend! If you are traveling in a group, you are simply not interested in growing your friendship with any stranger. But you can very easily gaze into the stranger or be friends with that stranger while traveling solo. Meeting a stranger and sharing each other’s stories and experience is a wonderful experience!

Problem Solving Ability Improves

You don’t have your Mamma, Papa, or the elder brothers and sisters to solve your mess. All you have is yourself to solve any problem that rises from fixing the backpack to washing your dirty underwear, saving yourself from the thief to struggling for potable water, etc. Your problem-solving ability would improve immensely and so would your decision making power. You would learn to be self-dependent and never wait for anyone to take control of your life.

So, if you still haven’t done this SOLO Traveling, this is the time my friend to refine your life. Get, Set, and GO SOLO!

Summer in India is really bothersome. Every year, the temperature is rising and with that many of us simply fail to stay fit and fine. As you sweat a lot thus you must keep a check on your diet. Simply say a big NO to all the fries and junks. Bring in the crunchy fruits and vegetables and prepare these salads to stay fit. The best part is that with these salads, you can also lose some extra weight which would further inspire you to delve into more salads.

Fish & Mango Salad
Fish & Mango Salad
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Fish is filled with nutrition while mango is a summer favorite fruit. This salad beautifully merges fleshy fish and mango and would help you to remain fit.

What Do You Require?

Mango – 1

Lebanese Cucumber – 1 sliced

Ginger – 1 tsp grated

Fish Fillets – 200 gm

Capsicum (Red or Green or Yellow) – ½ in thin slices

Ripe Mango – 1

Coriander – 1 tsp finely chopped

Olive Oil – 2 tsp

Sweet Chili Sauce – 1 tsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

Light Soya Sauce – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Peel the ripe mango first and cut into thin slices. Follow the same with capsicum and cucumber. Place them together in a bowl and toss well.

In another bowl prepare the dressing by mixing light soya sauce, sweet chili sauce, lemon juice, coriander, and ginger.

Preheat a griller or barbecue to cook the fish. Apply some olive oil on the fish fillets and cook both the sides for 4-5 minutes.

Check if cooked or not.

Place some crunchy veggies on a serving dish and place the cooked fish fillets on it and finally apply the dressing.

Enjoy this lip-smacking salad in your lunch or dinner to lose some weight!

Tuna & Mango Salad
Tuna & Mango Salad
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Mango is really the summer favorite fruit which is full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavonoids. It helps you maintain a low cholesterol, blood pressure, aids in good vision and digestion. So, if you want to stay fit in this sultry summer season, you must include more of this fruit in your diet. Additionally, you can also lose some weight if you follow this tuna and mango salad for your lunch.

What Do You Require?

Tuna – 200 gm

Ripe Mango – 1 diced into small pieces

Olive Oil – 1 or 2 tsp

Coriander – 1 bunch finely chopped

Lemon Juice – ½ or 1 tsp

Chili Sauce – 1 tsp

Onion – 2 tsp finely chopped

How To Make It?

Heat the olive oil in a pan or over a barbecue to cook the tuna fish. Cook both the sides of the fish very well for 4-5 minutes.

In a small bowl mix coriander, chili sauce, onion, lemon juice. Then add the diced mangoes and toss it well.

Finally, place the tuna in the serving dish and top that with the mango salsa to enjoy a fabulous salad.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
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Cucumber and tomato are both very effective if you want to lose some weight and stay fit. You can try this at any time of the year but the cooling effect of tomato and cucumber would make it a great summer recipe. Cucumbers contain variants of vitamin B like vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7. This vitamin is known for combating feelings of anxiety and stress. It also contains water and fiber and thus aids in digestion. On the other hand, tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants which eliminates the risk of cancer and heart diseases. The harmful effect of sun rays is also mitigated with consumption of tomatoes.

What Do You Require?

Cucumber – 1 large, sliced

Tomato – 3 large, sliced into ½ inches

Cider Vinegar – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 2 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Onion – 1 thinly sliced

Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Coriander – ½ to 1 tsp finely chopped

Olive Oil – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Cook mustard and coriander seeds in a wok. Stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes until they start popping. Now add cumin seeds and cook for another 2 minutes. There would be a lovely aroma coming out from the spices.

Add vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and 1 cup of water in it. Let it simmer for some time and stir occasionally. Make sure the sugar and salt completely dissolve.

Pour this vinegar mixture on the thinly sliced onions and keep at room temperature for some time. Once completely cooled, refrigerate it for 1 hour.

Now in a large bowl, arrange the tomatoes and cucumber and spread the dressing. Finally, add the coriander and enjoy this crunchy treat!

Summer Special Fresh Fruit Salad
Summer Special Fresh Fruit Salad
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Each and every season has its special fruits and vegetables. The simplest way to stay fit is to consume the seasonal fruits which most of us skip. Make it a habit to bring the summer special fruits home and replace them with your junk diet. Within a week, you would start noticing a change in your physical appearance for sure. This summer special fresh fruit salad is made with the fresh and juicy watermelon and the highly nutritious berries. Watermelon consists of useful vitamin A, B6, and C along with magnesium and potassium. These content makes watermelon good for heart-functioning and maintaining a good blood pressure. On the other hand, berries are full of antioxidants and thus gives a youthful skin, prevents cancer, and aids in digestion.

What Do You Require?

Watermelon – 4 to 5 cups of small cubes

Strawberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Blueberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Raspberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Cherries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Blackberries – 6 large/12 medium/24 small

Lemon Juice – ½ to 1 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

How To Make It?

Cut the berries into bite-sized pieces and mix them with watermelon in a large bowl. Toss them nicely. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and lemon juice. You may also add some fresh coriander leaves. Refrigerate it for at least half an hour and enjoy this chilled salad.

Broccoli, Chickpea, and Pomegranate Salad
Broccoli, Chickpea, and Pomegranate Salad
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Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, K, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Therefore, broccoli consumption builds a better immunity, strengthens bones and tissues, reduces cholesterol, and aids in weight loss. Chickpeas are high in fiber, carbohydrates, and protein and also contain several key vitamins and minerals. It helps in weight loss, controlling blood sugar levels, and aiding in weight loss. Pomegranate, on the other hand, is a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in a good digestion and a good functioning of the heart.

What Do You Require?

Broccoli – 4 cups of bite-sized florets

Chickpea – About 400 gm

Pomegranate – ½ cup

Yogurt – ½ cup

Onion – 1/4th cup thinly sliced.

Cumin – ½ tsp coarsely grounded

Olive Oil – 2 tsp

Tahini – 2 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

Lemon Juice – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Keep the thinly sliced onions in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes and drain well. Keep the onions aside and start preparing the salad dressing.

Add the coarsely grounded cumin seeds in a wok or skillet and roast for 2-3 minutes. Once the mesmerizing fragrance comes out to remove from heat.

Take a large or medium bowl and add the yogurt, tahini, oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Sprinkle the cumin over it and give a nice mix.

Now add the main heroes of this salad i.e., broccoli, chickpeas, and pomegranate and toss very well.

Refrigerate for some time and enjoy this unique summer salad.

All these 5 summer special salad recipes are extremely easy to prepare and you would also get the ingredients from the local market. So, wear the chef cap and prepare these salads for yourself and your family to stay fit and fine!

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