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Introduction to Green Coffee

The beans of coffee seeds which are not roasted retain the green color and are known as green coffee. Due to roasting, the chlorogenic acid content in coffee beans reduces. As these beans are not roasted you find more amount of chlorogenic acid which are beneficial to health. It was Dr. Oz in 2012 who mentioned the benefits of green coffee in weight loss in his show that it became popular. Apart from weight loss, it aids in combating blood pressure, diabetes, bacterial infections, and Alzheimer’s.

So How Does it Help you in Staying Well?

Staying well or remaining fit is the need of the hour. In this fast-paced era, you simply cannot be sluggish. Because that would make you a loser – as simple as that. Being emotionally or mentally fit is also important but along with that your body also should be disease-free. If you are not fit enough, you cannot enjoy every aspect of life. Now, it has been proved that green coffee consumption really helps in staying fit. Thus, you can try out this. But before buying that, have a look at the benefits of green coffee consumption.

Boosts Metabolism
Boosts Metabolism
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As said in the introduction, the higher percentage of chlorogenic acid in these non-roasted green coffee beans is the major factor that makes green coffee so effective. The BMR – Balsamic Metabolic Rate increases with the consumption of green coffee and that minimize the release of glucose from the liver to the blood system. Now, to combat this requirement of glucose, the body starts burning the excess fat from the fat cells. Thus, you tend to lose weight effectively!

Minimizes Appetite
Minimizes Appetite
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How much your body needs to eat, you probably end up eating more than that – is that correct? The packet of chips, brownies, or any other snack actually are tempting and invites you to eat them even when you are not hungry. There are also some people who are constantly hungry and end up consuming all these fast foods and fries. You all must start sipping green coffee as that would kill your appetite. The chlorogenic acid acts as a natural appetite suppressant and thus saves from overeating. And if you start consuming green coffee on a regular basis, your body would start saying NO to the fat and carbohydrate absorption.

Regulates Blood Circulation
Regulates Blood Circulation
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Blood circulates in our body and performs major functions. It transports oxygen to the cells and also removes harmful gases and toxins from the cells. Now if there is an impediment to this blood flow, you would witness fatigue and this would further affect your metabolism. A cup or two of green coffee would energize your body, burn your fat by improving this metabolism, and help you lose some calories. There won’t be any bump in the circulation of blood either and thus you would feel fitter.

Burns Fat
Burns Fat
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Our body is a beautiful machine where the activity of one part is related to the other part. The fat burning enzymes in the body must be more to remain in shape. The liver should be detoxified to keep the system in good condition. The bad cholesterol and unnecessary fat must be removed for you to feel a healthy and fit body. If you have more fat in your body, other functions would be hampered. With the consumption of green tea, the liver would be detoxified, the release of fat burning enzymes would be enhanced, and your body would be free from bad cholesterol. In the process, the unwanted fat would be burned giving you a better body!

Lowers Absorption of Sugar
Lowers Absorption of Sugar
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There is some amount of sugar present in everything that we eat. Plus, when you binge on mesmerizing sweet treats in parties or get-together, the amount of sugar entering your body is more. More sugar you take in, there would be chances of gaining more weight. With consumption of green coffee on a daily basis, the absorption of sugar in the small intestines would be less and thus no extra pounds would be heaved upon your body.

When Should You Drink Green Coffee?
When Should You Drink Green Coffee?
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Experts say that the best time to consume green coffee for a better living is after your meal. The sugar level in your blood increases after you have finished your meal full of proteins and carbohydrates. This sugar must be broken down before it gets stored as fat in your system. So, after each of your meal, don’t forget to sip in the green coffee as that’s the easiest way to stay fit. You would find green coffee in powdered form in the market. Get one packet for yourself and mix it in the prescribed amount in hot water. You may add some honey or cinnamon for enhancing the taste. But if you are looking for a proper weight loss plan, then you need to support this intake of green coffee with a proper diet.

Hope this informative blog helps you in taking some wise decision in the way of staying fit and healthy!

Who is a happy shopper? He/she is someone who feels no hole in the pocket and also believes that he/she is cleverer than the shopkeeper. What the shopkeeper thinks is not our concern at all. We, the happy shoppers have to feel that no one actually cheated our money and we returned home with a quality product.

To some extent, I believe that we Indians are smart when it comes to bargaining. Yes, there is a certain portion of the population who loves to shop in malls or a/c markets and won’t mind paying some extra money because to them brands are more prestigious than anything else. But most of India enjoy street shopping. The immense variety of garments, crockery, fashionable bags, trendy shoes, etc. are found profusely in some of the markets and people love to spend their weekends shouting with the hawkers.

So, this list of cheap shopping destinations in India must be known to you. Whenever you reach these cities, you must not forget to hit these shopping destinations.

  1. Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi
Sarojini Nagar
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Ask about Sarojini Nagar Market to any Delhiite or anyone who has stayed in New Delhi for some time, there would be a satisfying smile on the face. Many would say that it is best for the girls but I have seen men also shopping heart out in this market. The daily turnover of this street economy is near about 1 lakh crore per day. Yes, you heard that right!

You find branded eye cosmetics to leather goods, valuable crockery sets to furniture, wedding sarees to winter clothes here very easily. What would be the fashion of Delhi during the summer or winter is in a way decided by this market where people from all walks of life crowd to get their desired items in cheap rate. If you visit this market around 8:30 in the evening, that is when the hawkers are wrapping up, you can find an even cheaper price of products.

  1. Commercial Street, Bengaluru
Commercial Street
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If you are in Bengaluru, you must visit this market. This place is a haven for shopaholics. From the simple ear studs to the complicated designer dress – you would find a great variety of products here. The best thing about this place is that you would get an item for all type of budgets. So, now you know the reason, why this place is always crowded? You get every item for the livelihood at a cheap rate and that’s reason enough to visit this market once a month!

  1. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Colaba Causeway
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Yes, Mumbai is the financial capital of India and the standard of living is quite high here. But things can be cheaper too if you visit this place. This place in Mumbai is juxtaposed between the old and new world charm. This place lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade, an upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai. It is also close to other prominent landmarks in Mumbai like the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace, and Tower. You would find posh shopping centers but you would also see small stores selling electronics, musical instruments, antique pieces, colorful bangles, carpets, books, backpacks, etc. You would also find some amazing cafés and restaurants to rest and eat after your shopping parade.

  1. New Market, Kolkata
New Market
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What Sarojini Nagar is to Delhi, New Market is to Kolkata. Well, there are many more places in Kolkata – the cultural capital of India where you can shop cheaply with pride but this place outshines all due to the variety. You get a fulfilling plate of Chinese meal that can be eaten by 2 for a meager 60 bucks. You would find leather items, garments, soft toys, accessories, cosmetics, and whatnot from its 2000 plus stalls.

A huge segment of New Market is dedicated to florists. Crossing the famous Grand Hotel (The Oberoi Grand), the moment you enter this market, you would be flooded with choices. The area is surrounded by a CST like structure and thus there is no vehicle interference. The best part is you would find a “SALE” all around the year. You cannot cover the whole of New Market in a single day that’s for sure. Once you are done with shopping, don’t forget to but the famous Nahoum & Sons fruitcake.

  1. Charminar Shopping, Hyderabad
Charminar Shopping
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Hyderabad is the city of the Charminar. If you are looking for fabulous street shopping in this city, you must visit the Charminar Bazaar, Begum Bazaar, or Koti. Hyderabad is also famous for its unique pearls and you would thus end up witnessing a beautiful world of jewelry here. You would also get the lavish salwar suits and mesmerizing perfumes from this market and too at an affordable price.

  1. Pondy Bazar, Chennai
Pondy Bazar
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The official name of this place is Soundarapandian Angadi. Pondy Bazar in Chennai is the best place to shop if you are looking out for some ethnic wear. The traditional kurta and footwear (chappals) that you get here are splendid and you are simply going to have a great time shopping here. This is also a great place for mobile accessories, gold/silver/diamond jewelry, utensils, fan, air conditioners, etc. shopping

  1. Hazratganj, Lucknow
Hazratganj
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Your visit to Lucknow would be incomplete if you don’t hit this market that has an aroma of great food. The famous Lucknow Chikan material to Kebabs – you would find a mix of amazing shops, restaurants, theaters here. This place is also the biggest market for the computer or IT goods in the state and ranks second in India to New Delhi’s Nehru Place. The Naza Market here is the biggest piracy market in the whole of Asia.

  1. Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Bapu Bazaar
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This is again one of the best and cheapest places in India if you have to buy ethnic wears both for men and women. The fancy and colorful Lehenga-Choli for ladies or the kurtas for gentlemen along with matching pair of shoes – you would find your desired garments here. Just be smart while doing the bargaining. You would find a footfall of millions here every day.

  1. Arpora Saturday Night, Goa
Arpora Saturday Night
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Goa is not only a party-hoppers paradise, but it is also a heaven for shopaholics. This street shopping in Arpora Saturday Night would inspire you to shop more! You can enjoy the world cuisine here along with garments, crockery, and jewelry shopping. Most of the travel agencies organize a special trip to this market. What all you want more? There is lovely music in the background!

  1. Tibet Walk, Ooty
Tibet Walk
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Ooty is a wonderful hill station in South India and this Tibet Walk offers a wonderful option if you want to buy winter wears and chocolates for your loved ones back home. The street is filled mostly with chocolate shops and the sight is really awesome. Pullovers, sweaters, cardigans, socks, blankets, etc. can be found at a cheap rate.

How many of these markets do you know? Share your reviews with us!

The consumption of Green Tea is believed to have its origin in China during the reign of Emperor Shennong. A book written in Ancient China in 699-900 AD by Lu Yu contains important history about Green Tea. In the year 1191, another book was written in by Eisai who was a Zen priest. That book divulged how drinking green tea can enhance the health of the five vital organs.

The Camellia Sinensis leaves undergo a process of withering and oxidation and we get Green Tea. Based on growing condition, time of harvest, and the process of production, various types of Green Teas are classified. Over the years many research has been done and Green Tea has been proven to be effective in combating different diseases.

So, start a regular consumption of green tea and eliminate all your diseases to stay fit. Here are some amazing benefits that you can draw from consuming Green Tea.

Aids in Weight Loss
Aids in Weight Loss
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People are going crazy over this green tea phenomenon and the most popular benefit that is being drawn from it is the weight loss. The EGCG element in green tea does all the trick. There is a high amount of antioxidants in green tea and that raises body metabolism. The body metabolism is boosted in such a way that you can even lose some calories even when you are asleep. This tea also mobilizes the fat from fat cells. If you combine green tea consumption with a bit of work out and a healthy diet, you would lose weight faster.

Helps to Maintain a Good Digestive Health
Aids in Weight Loss
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The presence of antioxidants in green tea aids in a proper digestion. There are catechins in green tea and they slow down the movement of digestive enzymes. Therefore, the intestines don’t absorb the whole calories and that further helps in weight loss. This green tea also helps in improving Colitis symptoms. Colitis is an inflammatory sickness that interrupts the digestive health. Apart from that green tea also has a good amount of Vitamin B, C, and E which aids in good digestion.

Cures Down Syndrome
Cures Down Syndrome
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Down syndrome or DS or DNS is also known as trisomy 21. It is a genetic disorder that is caused by the presence of all or part of the third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability. The EGCG present in green tea has been found to have improved the symptoms of DNS. Green Tea protects the body from cell damage that mainly causes this disease. This tea actually limits the bad effects of the 3rd chromosomes and thus improves the situation.

Wipes Away Depression
Wipes Away Depression
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The studies suggest that those people who consume at least 4 cups of green tea daily are less likely to fall prey into the hands of depression. The rat race of life is complicated and there are many reasons both from personal and professional areas of life to feel depressed. There is amino acid L-theanine in green tea and that promotes the release of serotonin and dopamine which fight with the signs of depression. Anxiety and Stress are other faces of depression and these ailments can be treated well with green tea.

No Hangover
No Hangover
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Did you party hard last night? And now have to attend a client? Don’t worry, have some green tea and detoxify yourself. The abused liver and all other signs of a hangover are wiped away by green tea consumption. The antioxidants present in green tea actually makes you stronger to deal with the hangover.

A Better Brain
A Better Brain
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There is caffeine in green tea but not as much as in coffee. Therefore, there are no jittery effects of green tea even when you have consumed too much of it. This caffeine improves the firing of neurons and improves the brain health. The presence of amino acid L-theanine also improves the brain health. The brain becomes sharper and the age-related dementia is also checked with consumption of green tea on a regular basis.

Say Bye to Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes
Say Bye to Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes
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Many people face this challenge of dark circles and puffy eyes which is a result of staying awake at night or indecent lifestyle. Or sometimes due to long-term illness also, dark circles are produced. Either drink green tea or apply green tea bags on your dark circles or puffy eyes. The blood vessels shrink with the application of green tea and thus you look radiating.

So, if you are still wondering about the taste of green tea, the truth is it really doesn’t taste good. But for a better life, you can compromise this much – right. And those who cannot have green tea in its regular form can buy the flavored ones!

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 with 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
Cumin Tea/Jeera Chai
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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 to 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.

Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai
Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai
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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 shiny skin.

My dad and uncles became the 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.

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 o 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!

Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai
Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai
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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.

Tea with Coffee
Tea with Coffee
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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.

Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai
Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai
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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.

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!

Traveling opens up the eyes of the mind and heart and makes 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
Paris
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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!

Rome, Italy
Rome
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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.

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto
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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.

Vilnius, Lithuania
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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.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul
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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.

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.

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
Freedom like Never Before
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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.

Space like NASA
Space like NASA
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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!

Finally, There Would be No Acting
Finally, There Would be No Acting
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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.

You Get Better Understanding of the SELF
You Get Better Understanding of the SELF
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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 the future. You start loving yourself more now!

The List of “What I Want in a Relationship” is Refined
The List of “What I Want in a Relationship” is Refined
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Every break up is like a lesson from which you learn something. Every person is searching for 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 Real Friends would Show Up
The Real Friends would Show Up
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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!

Creativity May Shine Out
Creativity May Shine Out
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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!

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!

The world of cinema is a wide one and each and every country has a signature of its own. Our India produces the highest number of movies in the world. I am proud of the movies my country produces. There is some highly creative content that is found in our movies but due to low publicity or budget constraints, they don’t reach out to everyone. Maybe we are not technologically advanced in terms of Hollywood or in some ways we are too shy in portrayal but our movies are “no-nonsense” at all. I am saying this with conviction because I believe Bollywood is not the only benchmark to judge Indian Cinema. Over the years, I have come across many soul-stirring movies and some of them are jotted below.

Gangoobai
Gangoobai
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Whenever you see the name of NFDC on a movie poster, you must expect something beautiful! NFDC didn’t shatter its wise audience this time too. Sarita Joshi plays the role of Gangoobai who dares to dream and how long she walks to fulfill that dream forms this excellent movie. Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, this movie released in 2013 when most of the nation is praising Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or Chennai Express. Made on a small budget, you would find a beautiful soul in this Hindi-Marathi movie which would leave you with a satiating smile on your face. Gangoobai lives in Matheran of Maharashtra (commendable job by the cinematographer here) and works as a domestic help to some well-off families.

One day she sees a print ad of a pretty saree and simply starts dreaming to buy that saree. But how would she manage to buy a designer boutique saree? She works day and night as a coolie, house help, and even bets on a horse race to earn that money. But the path is not easy! The dream that Gangoobai had in her heart may sound very laid back or childish to some of the privileged people. But what actually is a dream to someone who has no family or belongings at all? This movie would make you ruminate that it is very easy and simple to own people and love them without expecting anything in return. This movie would also teach you that when your dream shatters, something better than that dream arrives – you just need to have a pair of eyes to witness that opportunity.

Mirch
Mirch
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This Bollywood movie released in 2010 and was directed by Vinay Shukla. It is one of those lovable anthology films where the theme is love and betrayal. Women’s sexuality and gender equality is what this film tried to project through the four short stories. It had some stellar actors like Boman Irani, Konkona Sensharma, Ila Arun, Arunoday Singh, Shahana Goswami, Tisca Chopra, Mahie Gill, Raima Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Prem Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, and etc. Unlike other movies in this list, this one is much lighter and commercial. Enjoy this well-knit stories on a relaxing weekend!

Barefoot to Goa
Barefoot to Goa
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This is not only a movie but is a nostalgic ride. It would take you back to those ethics of a joint and nuclear family. Directed by Praveen Morchhale, this Hindi movie released in 2015. It is one of those very rare crowd-funded movies. An old lady in Goa passes her day and night hoping that someday her whole family consisting of a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren would be united. She writes to them who stays in Mumbai and her daughter-in-law gleefully dumps those letters in the dustbin. The two grandchildren read these letters one day and learn that their grandma is ailing and decides to go barefoot to Goa (although not technically). It would make you yearn to revisit your grandparents, old lanes of your village, and most importantly would make you miss your childhood days when you didn’t fear any trials and tribulations at all!

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I never was a fan of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan truly. But this is the movie that I watched two times back to back and I was flabbergasted by the aura of Mr. Bachchan. There are very few movies where you don’t actually know who was the master – the director or the screen actor? This movie falls in that category. At some point, the barrier between real and reel vanishes, thanks to the plot. Some hefty Bollywood names were included in this English language movie like Shefali Shah, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, and Divya Dutt along with notable actors like Jishu Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee. It was released in 2008 and won 2 National Film Awards.

The master director Rituparno Ghosh beautifully presented a Shakespearean theater actor’s struggle to excel in the art of cinema acting. In the hindsight of the main plot where a film director urges a snobby theater actor to be a part of his movie, there is a powerful love story too between Shefali Shah and Mr. Bachchan. If you believe that Black or Piku was Amitabh Bachchan’s career best, you would have to reconsider after watching this movie.

Ship of Theseus
Ship of Theseus
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This offbeat Hindi film was directed by Anand Gandhi and released in 2013 and simply won the hearts of those movie-goers who are looking for something different in terms of plot execution. It had three stories that dealt with the Theseus’ paradox. The Greek philosopher Plutarch inquires whether a ship that has been restored by replacing all its parts remains the same ship – this forms the crux of the film.

The blind photographer who is marvelous at her job struggles to click a single iconic picture after her cornea transplant. A Jain monk who fought all his life to ban animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry is diagnosed with Cirrhosis and the only way out is to depend on those medicines made by the pharmaceuticals who tests on animals. A young stockbroker just got his kidney transplanted and learns about organ theft. What follows thereafter is life-changing! All these three plots would leave you with some uncomfortable questions about life!

Antaheen
Antaheen
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This is one of the perfect movies that I have ever watched. The smart direction and smarter editing make this movie a must on your list. It released in the year 2009 and was the debut movie of Radhika Apte and second movie of Pink-fame director Aniruddha Roychowdhury. It went on to win 4 prestigious National Film Awards. Shantanu Moitra composed the soul-wrenching music for free. Rahul Bose and Sharmila Tagore worked in this Bengali movie for free. Can you imagine such an impactful movie with SRK or Bhaijaan who would charge millions? No…Never! Someone correctly said that the best things in life are free.

This is a movie which would leave a hope and despair both in your heart. This is a movie that would ache your heart but still, you would want to return to it again and again. It is perhaps like the wise Chivas or Champagne which you would relish forever!

The story surges through three types of love in three generations. Sharmila Tagore’s character fell in love with an unknown voice when Telephone was new to our world. She never asked his name and still, there was an unsaid comfort in that relationship. But one day suddenly that call stopped ringing. There is no expectation or anger in this love! The estranged couple Aparna Sen and Kalyan Ray still find solace in each other who separated due to growing ego. Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte know each other virtually through a chatting app. They also know each other socially but are unaware that they are meeting the same virtual person with whom they share a strange cord of love, understanding, romance, and happiness. Watch this movie and see how unconditionally magical love can be!

Memories In March
Memories In March
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Directed by the very-talented Sanjoy Nag, this English language movie released in 2011. IMDB rates it 7.2/10 but I would personally want to mark it 9.5/10. Yes, it is that great a film. It won one National Film Award and was shown at the Pusan International Film Festival. This is a riveting story of a mother who comes to terms with her bereaved son’s hidden life. The characterization of the son is done with excellence. The character is introduced only through some letters and e-mails and you won’t feel the need of seeing the face – such is the impact of the script!

Siddharth works in an ad agency which wins an award and thus a party follows where he gets drunk too much. He meets with a fatal accident and his mom comes straight to the crematorium and later stays in the guest house where her son lived. She comes to know that her son was a homosexual and firstly she fumes at her son’s partner but later accepts him. They sob together for the loss of their most precious person in life and this intense subject is handled carefully by the director. You must not miss this brilliant movie if you are a lover of good cinema.

Ventilator
Ventilator
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Produced by Priyanka Chopra, this Marathi movie released in the year 2016 and went on to win 1 prominent Dadasaheb Phalke award and 3 National Film Awards. With an immaculate impact, this movie obliges the anger, envy, humor, hatred, sorrow, regret and uncountable human emotions. The story is about the palpable relationship between a father and a son. How family binds you together in moments of dismay is the basic message of this film. A father never leaves his child alone when he/she is young. But when the child grows up and gets entangled in other priorities of life, the father is neglected. You would smile with tears in your eyes while witnessing this movie!

Sairaat
Sairaat
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This is the first ever Marathi movie to cross the profit mark of Rs. 100 Crores. Released in the year 2016, this movie was a surprise for everyone from masses to classes, from movie maniacs to film critics. It was directed by Nagraj Manjule and he made sure that you won’t feel the need for a break (read intermission) for a good 1 and a half hours of the movie.

It is a simple love story where the boy is poor and the girl is rich. Cupid strikes and romance brews between them but in a small village of Maharashtra you simply cannot get away with just love – right? The age-old tale of power and financial status would overdrive love. The couple elopes and finds a place in Hyderabad where they learn other basics of life apart from love. Earning money and getting a roof becomes the motto of this couple who doesn’t give up. But years later when they have a child and have a proper home, revenge strikes back! The climax of the movie would leave you shattered and teary-eyed. Enjoy this classic love story!

Mugulu Nage
Mugulu Nage
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IMDB rates it 7.9/10. Released in the year 2017, this Kannada movie was directed by Yogaraj Bhat and dealt with an interesting subject. The story revolves around a guy who has some medical complication and cannot cry. So, what can make him cry and understand how does it feel to cry? Of course LOVE! The director brilliantly divides the movie into four parts to make us understand the basic human emotion which is love. One of the best things about this movie is that the leading ladies are given something meaningful. Rather than just being a commercial object like in most of the movies. You would enjoy a great time watching this movie and learn something new about crying and laughing!

These soul-stirring movies would definitely make your richer and thus don’t delay in experiencing a whole new face of Indian Cinema!

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 Over-Eating
No Over-Eating
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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!

Averts Weight Gain
Averts Weight Gain
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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.

Focused Brain
Focused Brain
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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.

Fruitful Workout Sessions
Fruitful Workout Sessions
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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.

Fast Recovery
Fast Recovery
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When you sleep well and in time, your body is prepared to recover from any kind of ailment faster. The 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.

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. Is it that difficult?

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 proof of that.

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

Kahaani
Kahaani
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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!

Vishwaroopam
Vishwaroopam
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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 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!

Drishyam
Drishyam
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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.

I
I
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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 until the end.

Baishey Shrabon
Baishey Shrabon
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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!

Lucia
Lucia
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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 gauge how far imagination can run!

A Wednesday
A Wednesday
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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.

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 over 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.

A weekend is a 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
Unplug from Normal Life
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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.

Cozy Cottage in the Lap of Nature
Cozy Cottage in the Lap of Nature
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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.

Beach & Waves
Beach & Waves
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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?

Overnight Boat Trip
Overnight Boat Trip
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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.

Midnight Biking & Adventure
Midnight Biking & Adventure
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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.

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.

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