Celebrity chef and former Master Chef judge and restaurateur Kunal Kapur, believes that despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic took a heavy toll on the food and hospitality industry, the only bright side that he could see in it was the rise of creative home chefs who showed their excellence in the art of creating gourmet dishes. "One of the worst-hit industries is the food industry, specifically the restaurants and hotels, but on the flipside what it has given rise to is the local, superstar chefs at home - where the pattern of eating has changed slightly. People obviously cannot go out, and are cooking gourmet-style food at home, which is very welcoming and encouraging especially for me given the
When 31-year-old Aiswarya Pandiyan realised that she was inching towards the overweight category, she felt really dejected. Her weight loss journey is a living proof that lifestyle along with a rock-solid determination can contribute to tremendous health benefits. Read on. Name: Aiswarya Pandiyan Occupation: Team lead Age: 31 years Height: 5 feet 4 inch City: Chennai Highest weight recorded: 71 kgs Weight lost: 21 kgs Duration it took me to lose weight: 10 months The turning point: Even though I had gradually gained quite a lot of weight post my marriage, the day I realised that none of my dresses fit me any longer was a huge shocker! I weighed 71 kilos and the fat percentage parameter had put me in the obese category. Even my clothing size had
A lot of people feel therapeutic walking into beauty stores and moving from counter to counter, smearing creams and serums into their skin. But ever since the lockdown has been imposed, everybody's stuck at home missing this feeling that they get shopping for their beauty products from store counters. Although, a lot of you have been relying on online shopping for the same but face a lot of troubles and not to forget, the whole that it puts in your pocket too. So, we thought of providing you with some tips on how to make sure you spend only on the right formulas for your skin without a hassle.
Everybody has had their best first date and if you haven't yet, don't worry my friend, the day will come soon and it will, by all means, blow your mind. Ah, how do I even begin with it? I think the phrase 'feeling butterflies in my stomach' is the aptest representation of how we feel when we're on a date. It's all kinds of romantic, adorable, funny and special. Doesn't matter if it's with the person you've been crushing on for a long time or with the love of your life, first dates have always been the one memory that gets etched on people's mind and heart. And me being a hopeless romantic myself, went around asking people to share
The dough traps bubbles released by the yeast because of the gluten present in it. The gas is caught in the elastic bit of the bread called gluten. When the proteins inside the dough develop contact with water, gluten takes form by swelling and creating a fine matrix in the dough. The amount starts to increase once the two ingredients are kneaded together. The elastic molecule makes the air bubbles get trapped in the dough.To make the dough rise better, most recipes ask to leave the bread to rise twice. Once after the yeast is mixed and kneaded with the dough. Then again after an hour, the dough is kneaded again and left to rise for another hour. This helps
Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon loves to experiment with her looks. Be it her lehengas or dresses, she's always quirking up her style game. Currently, we're taking inspiration from her blingy outfits. Be it festive occasions or off-screen style, the actress loves to wear shiny ensembles, which you can't miss to see. Here's a look at six ways Kriti made a statement with shimmery outfits:The blazer dress
As per Ayurveda, our body is the land and infections or bugs are like seeds. If the body is full of toxins (ama) and lacking ojas (full of vitality), the infection will strive in the body as the body will serve as a fertile ground. But if your digestion is strong and there is more ojas than ama in the body, the seeds of the infection will not be able to hold just like seeds won’t on the land that is infertile.To help you make your body more strong, here are five teas recommended by Dr Vishakha Mahindoo, Senior Ayurvedic consultant that you can easily make at home:
A warm parasite identified as trichinella spiralis is found in pork. Pigs get it when they eat other meats. Thus, consuming raw or undercooked pork can pose health issues such as diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, nausea followed by more serious symptoms such as headache, chills, cough, itchy skin etc. Don’t go by the change in the meat’s colour. Cook it properly before consuming.
There are so many expectations surrounding marriage and I am not just talking about the expectations of the people tied by the holy bond of matrimony. The society, parents, family, friends, neighbours and you-name-anyone, everyone has something or the other to say about the marriage of someone else. Basically, your marriage becomes everyone's business, right? And god forbid if you have crossed the sacrosanct age of getting married as defined by society (read 28 years and above), everything you do will come under scrutiny. Although this might not be the case with everyone, but those who have faced it will relate to what I am trying to say here. So, here's something I would like to tell everyone who is
Colour of your veins - This is the easiest way to determine your skin undertone. Closely inspect the insides of your wrists. If they appear green, you have a warm undertone. If they appear blue, your skin undertone is cool. And if you can see a mix of both blue and green veins, you have a neutral undertone.Colour of your eyes - Another way to determine your skin undertone is by paying attention to your eye colour. Blue, green, grey and deep brown eyes have characteristics of a cool undertone. Green, amber or hazel eyes with golden flecks have a warm skin undertone.
COVID 19 pandemic has truly taken a toll on all of us, regardless of our class, gender, ethnicity and nationality. The three-month nationwide lockdown has not only destabilized our lifestyle, but it has also affected our mental and emotional health. From world-renown celebrities to a common man, almost everyone has taken to the digital world to discuss their lockdown diaries. Aditi Rao Hydari, a leading Bollywood actress, who starred in “Padmaavat”, shared her experience with anxiety during lockdown. Allegedly, the actress was shooting in Chennai and had returned back home just when the lockdown was announced. However, even though she was home and surrounded by her family, she went through despair and suffered with anxiety. In an interview with Mumbai Mirrors,
Cucumbers are extremely refreshing, especially in summers. Not only are they delicious and scrumptious, but they work wonders on your skin too. Rich in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, they make for a great skin-care routine and reduce all types of skin-problems. Apart from these benefits, cucumber face masks also help to sooth under eye bags and puffiness. It calms our skin and soothes our tired eyes.To help you understand the goodness of cucumbers, here are 5 amazing benefits of cucumber facemask.
The term ‘mental health’ has been talked about a lot in the past few weeks. With some happenings that shook people to their very core, mental health became a topic of extensive debate and discussion for everyone. Be it news channels, podcasts or social media videos, all covered this and shed light on the same. Mental health is increasingly becoming an important and serious talking point among individuals. With time, people have started to realize that it is as important as physical health and it is crucial to be aware about it. With the world becoming too fast and advanced, humans have been reduced to machines, and this has resulted in serious health issues be it physical or mental. On
Digital mental health has several benefits like ready availability of a therapist, some tools for self-assessment including automated AI-enabled chatbots and anonymity, thereby reducing stigma surrounding the topic. Many patients actually find it easier to open up about their problems when their care is not face-to-face. In fact, they might open-up earlier and wrap up in fewer sessions. Agrees Dr Prerna Kohli, a Clinical Psychologist, “E-Health allows patients and doctors to meet across geographies and timezones minus the inhibitions. Some patients have the fear that their conversations may be recorded, so doctors have to build trust and create a virtual safe space for the patient to open up completely.” Dr Kohli works extensively with NRI patients from across the globe
If you think you can't wear saris in summer, you need to think again! When it comes to summer-friendly saris, you can be as comfortable as you are in a dress. To give you some sartorial inspiration for the hot weather season, take inspiration from the Bollywood stars. From Kareena Kapoor's yellow printed sari to Dia Mirza's linen sari, here's a look at eight sari styles, which are just perfect for summer: Kareena wore a yellow printed sari featuring foil print for a wedding celebration. The actress styled it with a sleeveless golden blouse, giving it a festive touch. Katrina Kaif also made case for a minimalistic sari trend. She was spotted wearing a printed sari, which she teamed up with a
For this, you need to mix a good amount of mashed papaya with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. The enzymes in the fruit will work in order to prevent build-up on the scalp that is the reason for dandruff. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, can help in balancing out the pH levels of the scalp. The acid present in coconut oil contains antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
The Brontë family produced quite a few famous authors in one generation. Sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne were all published novelists who are read til this day. While her sisters both published more than one book, Emily only managed to get one published in her lifetime. She might have been writing, or at least plotting, a second one but she died young, of disease.Her book 'Wuthering Heights' is a tale of love which was so passionate and violent that critics of that time (the early 1800s) thought it was written by a man.Photo: Wikipedia, Fingerprint! Publishing
In the science of butter making, store-bought milk is looked down upon because of the low-fat content and high-chemical treatment. Thus, buy farm milk wherever possible. If you only have the option of store-bought, buy the one with the highest fat content. Remember, if the milk doesn’t have fat, it won’t make enough butter. Not good quality anyway. If you want to skip the step of collecting fat from milk, you can also follow the guide starting from step 2 with store-bought high-fat whipping cream or heavy cream.
Conflicts are a part of a relationship and they are even considered to be healthy for a long-term relationship. When you make the big decision of spending your life with a particular person, you also choose a particular set of unresolvable problems. And that's normal. But what isn't normal is to not fight the right way and make these unresolvable problems a reason to distance yourself from your partner, which eventually ends the relationship. When it comes to resolving arguments to save your relationship, communication is the key. Put yourself in your partner's shoes, listen to what they say and choose words of empathy to let your partner know that you understand their perspective. Apart from this, there are a
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has completed 20 years in the industry and is arguablly one of the most popular stars currently. The gorgeous star has not only given some of her biggest hits in the industry but also some of the most fashionable looks over the years. Be it her ramp looks, maternity style or her airport looks, Bebo is known to be a trendsetter. To celebrate her style, we're taking a trip down the memory lane. Here's how Kareena's style has evolved over the years.
Ever had a troubling experience with tangled hair? Believe it or not, most people go through this nightmare and are always looking for detangling solutions. While some resort to expensive hair products and supplements, others retreat to a more hassle-free alternative and chop off their hair. As hard as it is to grow your mane, it is even harder to cut them, just because you cannot get rid of the knots in your hair.Tangled hair can arise out of various reasons. From an uncombed hair to a dry, split-end ridden hair, every damaging factor can lead to tangled hair and also worsen the quality of your hair too. To avoid such complications, here are some amazing tips to detangle you
According to a new report published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, a journal of The Lancet, a majority of kids who got infected with COVID 19, coped up fairly well as compared to the adults. The report assessed the researches published in the first four-month of the coronavirus pandemic. Clinical data of more than 7,500 children and young adults was assessed by scientists from The University of Texas, US. As per the report, nearly one-fifth of the pediatric population with COVID 19 did not show any symptoms and 21 per cent of the children showed patchy marks of tissue injury on lung X-rays. Around 5.6 per cent of the children suffered from flu symptoms and a little more than 3 per cent
Most professionals must have come across colleagues who get easily jealous for some reason or none. Dealing with such colleagues every day at the workplace is not only an unpleasant business but their negative attitude can hamper the victim's productivity, lower his confidence and cause a lot of mental agonies. Anything can arouse their jealousy (some do not even need any reasons to be vindictive!) and you would never know unless you start noticing certain signs about their behaviour towards you. Jealous colleagues often try to assume unauthorised power over a victim, wait for opportunities to make the person look bad in front of others, especially the boss, and most importantly, they try to ostracize the target by not including
Bollywood actress Kajol never fails to impress us with her ethnic looks. While we love her sari looks, you can't miss seeing her kurtas. From pretty anarkalis to colourful dupattas, the actress keeps experimenting with her style. If you're looking for new ways to style your kurtas, let Kajol's wardrobe inspire you. Here's a look at eight times the actress wowed in her stylish kurtas: The actress was seen wearing a white kurta featuring golden buttons and embellished sleeves. She styled the kurta with a statement dupatta in yellow colour with bandhani work. Kajol stunned everyone with this look. She was seen wearing a printed kurta with palazzo pants, which she teamed up with a golden crushed dupatta. Looking gorgeous in a black
With all of us co-existing with a virus, practising social distancing and wearing a mask are some of the preventive measures we can take to save ourselves from the risk of catching the deadly infection. Experts also say that wearing a mask can be the simplest thing to cut down the risk of developing a second wave of infection in many countries. However, there still are some who stay away from donning the protective gear altogether. Images on social media are going viral of people being fined or coming up with different excuses to not wear a mask. A researcher has now given a visual example to educate the masses as to why it is so important to wear a mask
Doctors reel under unrelenting work pressure, they work for inhumane hours, suffer from severe burnout, undergo sleep deprivation and anxiety but despite all of these struggles their profession demands them to put up a brave front, one that lacks any fragility. Ironically, official statistics show that mental health of doctors is long compromised and that’s an area of deep concern. As we celebrate them this Doctor’s Day, it is also important to know that beyond their love for their duty, some things are left unspoken... Dr Kutappa A M, Head - Medical Services, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital While good care is being provided to patients suffering from COVID-19, the toughest part about being a doctor in these times is to see the
Let the goodness of dry fruits without any sugar or jaggery fill you with energy! Steep 1 cup dates in 1 cup hot water for 1:30-2 hours. Without adding extra water, blend into a smooth paste after deseeding. Roast ¼ cup each sesame seeds, pistachios & pumpkin seeds, ½ cup walnuts, 1 cup each of cashews and almonds and ½ cup desiccated coconut in a kadhai for 5 minutes. In another pan, saute the dates paste until it thickens then add the nuts, ½ tsp cardamom powder, ¼ tsp salt and ½ cup honey. In another pan dry roast ½ cup oats and blend into a fine powder. Combine everything in a thick mixture and transfer to a lined dish.
Celebrity nutritionist and clinical dietitian Pooja Makhija, shared an easy recipe of fresh haldi turmeric on her Instagram. Her post read, “Lot many of you wanted to know more about this fresh haldi pickle I eat daily with both my meals so here it is”.You will needFresh yellow haldi Fresh orange haldiFresh gingerLemon Black peppercornsHow to makeChop all ingredients into tiny pieces including lemon. Put this mixture in a jar along with the whole peppercorn. Leave this in the sunlight for five to 10 days to ferment. Curcumin in haldi has anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It works excellent to boost immunity, aids digestion, relieves arthritis pain, improves blood circulation and helps you detox. The active ingredient in
Baking the perfect bread is no easy task. It takes a little extra effort, time, arm strength for kneading and a lot of patience to bake a fluffy bread with a crusty exterior. Did you know that the wonderful fluff or the rise in the bread comes from the yeast? We will let you in on a little secret. It also adds a teensy bit to the moist, rich taste. If you are new to baking your own bread at home, it must be difficult for you to choose the right kind of yeast. Here’s the only guide you need to understand how different types of yeast work and how to choose one that’s perfect for you.
Relationships may seem bright and beautiful from the outside, but once you fall into the web of love, you’ll realize how it’s not free of all the vices. Undoubtedly, with all its ups and downs, love and relationships are two of the most amazing experiences of life and that maybe one of the reasons, why we fail to notice the early signs of a toxic relationship. Having problems and issues in a relationship is completely normal, until and unless we let it pass and sweep it under the rug. It’s more important that we notice and recognize the problems than just wait for it to get over and done with. If you’re still wondering why your relationship isn’t working, here
QUERY: My relationship with my husband has soured over the last 5 years, particularly during the quarantine. I dont know if I should stay in an unhealthy relationship just so that my child (6 years old) has a normal-looking and normal-feeling family life (from the outside), although I don't know how much he has been scarred by witnessing the fights (just us 3 in the house). He is close to both me and my husband, n I dont know if I should be selfish enough and make him choose one parent. The feeling that bothers me is my child is looking at a non-supportive marital relationship and growing up thinking it is normal. What is worse is he might want
We are no strangers to stories of great friendship turning into a lifelong commitment of togetherness. Thanks to Bollywood movies like 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hain' and many others for making us comfortable with the idea that such transition from friendship to love is not uncommon. However, it is easy to accept or acknowledge this when you watch it on screen or witness others experiencing it, but when it happens to you, it might not always be a pleasant experience. For some, it might be very difficult to accept that they might be falling in love with the person they have known for ages and are friends. It might be very difficult to understand the changing emotions, if not accept those
Most of us know or are even friends with people with direct, decisive and dominant personalities. So, if you happen to know one closely, you will understand that dealing with someone who wants to have the last word or takes his sweet time accepting that he can be at fault too, is not exactly a bed of roses. Thankfully, our zodiac signs can actually throw a bit of light on certain sun signs who unknowingly trample down on other’s opinions. Is your zodiac sign controlling and dominant? Let’s find out.
Be it her super-fit body, her positive spirit or the brave way she has brought up her two daughters single-handedly, former beauty queen and actress Sushmita Sen is an inspiration for so many. The actress is a mother to two daughters, Renee, who is 20 and younger one Alisah, who is 10. While motherhood is tough and raising kids requires a lot of resilience, there are certain things only kids can make you understand and Sushmita truly believes in the same. Just recently, the actress shared a post reminiscing details about how she adopted a child when she was just 24 and how they have come a long way as a family. Talking about her elder one, Renee, who is "not so
Ever wondered what an outer space smells like? Presenting Eau De Space, a new NASA-designed perfume that gives the common man, a fragrant experience of space. A crowd-funding was recently launched for the scent on Kickstarter - a global crowd-funding platform and according to the platform, the fragrance was made with an objective to help astronauts get accustomed to the smell of space beforehand. The website states, “NASA created the formula decades ago as a way to train and prepare astronauts for how outer space actually smells. Now, its goal is to share it with the rest of the world”. The website also revealed that the perfume has been verified by the astronauts themselves. Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former
A relationship that has an emotionally unavailable partner doesn't go a long way. Being in love and being in a relationship with someone means investing your emotions and using your expressions to the extremes. If you won't be able to share and show what you feel and go through, the other person will never know you entirely and when you are emotionally unavailable, your partner might just keep drifting apart and eventually no longer be a part of your life anymore. No one likes a failed relationship and so, if you think you need to work on being more emotionally available as a partner in your relationship, there are a few tips that might help you.
Lockdown has put an end to our disciplined lifestyle. The absence of early morning wake-up calls (doorbell) from our maids has extended the time we spend sleeping in the morning. Then late night work calls, followed by cooking and OTT binging and the relief of not having to travel to work the next morning has delayed our bedtime by almost an hour or two. And so when we wake up close to our working hours, most of us grab our laptops right after waking up, sit on the bed and start working. Don’t we? A global study had revealed that close to 70 per cent of professionals end up working from bed while they are at home. Well, while work
A new born's body is 75 per cent fluids, while for an adult, it is 60 per cent fluids. Our body requires water for basic chemical reactions to take place. When we don't drink enough water, our bodies can't function at their best. That is why, as dehydration sets in, you start feeling fatigued. Be it the winter season or summer, it's of paramount importance to keep your body hydrated for its optimal functioning. When we feel hot, the brain alerts the sweat glands to produce sweat. That is how the body cools down itself. If dehydrated, the body cannot sweat enough to stay cool. Water helps regulate the bowel movements, maintain the body temperature, maintain the blood volume, lubricate
Apart from these, the virus has been observed to attack patients in more ways than a typical coronavirus. From dry cough, long-lasting fever, headache, some of the lesser-known symptoms of the virus include headache, loss of sense of smell or taste, confusion, breathing difficulty, dizziness, eye flu, blue lips, intense chills, muscle pain, tiredness, or in worse cases, slurriness.
The answer is YES! This debate has gone on for longer than whether pineapple should be allowed on pizza! Many people like their protein shake in water after a workout. But did you know that you can also experiment with protein powder and discover delicious combinations? Here’s why and how you should add your protein powder to tea, milk and coffee!Pankaj Pandey, a well-known personal fitness instructor from Delhi says, “Yes we can add protein powder to tea, milk or coffee and it will help in improving our metabolism. We can add protein powder to our favourite beverage but must remember to mix when the beverage is at room temperature.”Adding protein powder to hot liquids can turn them into undrinkable
Everyone loves surprises from time to time. Especially in romantic relationships, where the element of surprise is what keeps the bond strong and running. From planning a dinner date to an adventurous vacation, you could experiment with multiple things to take your lover by a sweet surprise. However, not everyone loves a quiet romantic date or a thrilling hyped-up adventure. They might appreciate your gesture, but will either feel out of place or uncomfortable. With the help of astrology, you can understand a lot about your partner’s personality and can pre-plan your surprise accordingly. Different zodiac signs find comfort in different pleasures and to help you with the process, here’s how you can surprise your partner, as per their zodiac
The beautiful actress Kriti Sanon never fails to impress us with her style. Be it her stylish lehengas or sultry eye make-up looks, Kriti is always taking her style game up a notch. Currently, we're taking inspiration from her experimental beauty looks. From braids to bold red lips, we're charting her best make-up and hair looks which are perfect for every occasion: Kriti wowed everyone with her stylish gown look. For her make-up, she highlighted her eyes with a shimmery green-blue shadow, which she teamed up with nude lips. For an ethnic look, the actress wowed in classic smokey eyes. She sported intense smokey eyes with smudged lower liner. Not to miss was her sleek bun adorned with white flowers. Kriti aced
Prince William and Duchess Catherine are the perfect example of a modern royal family with their three kids- Prince Geoge,6, Princess Charlotte, 5 and the youngest one, Prince Louis, all of two years in toe. What they also know is how difficult it can get at times to settle up the storm caused by three noisy toddlers in a packed family room. This way, royal children are no different than regular kids. However, since the royals do play a little differently by the rules, their approach while raising kids is also, might we say, a tad bit different. Same when it comes to disciplining their kids. A new report claims that the otherwise calm and composed "picture-perfect family" can create a bunch of
Over the last few years, white colour has become a favourite of sorts among Bollywood stars. From dresses to ethnic looks, we keep spotting B-town beauties in this shade. And, not just western wear, the celebs are now also making a case for white lehengas. If you think white can't be worn for celebrations, you need to check out these six lehenga looks. From Alia Bhatt's chikankari lehenga to Sonam Kapoor's voluminous lehenga, here's how you can make a statement in white:
Pomegranate is one of the most delicious and beneficial fruits of all. Available all through the year, this scrumptious fruit is not only known for its taste but also for its health benefits. From improving the quality of one's heart to reducing the risk of diseases in a human body, pomegranate is popular for its uses. In addition to that, pomegranate is also an effective ingredient for our skin. It not only helps to improve the texture of our skin, but also slows down the process of ageing. Known for its nutritional goodness, it can be used as a multipurpose skin-care routine that will end all your skin problems and will give you a natural glowing skin.Here are 4 amazing
The Bharadwaj household has a noticeably different start every morning. Vivek Bharadwaj (name changed), a busy marketing expert before the lockdown started, is seen mostly washing the dishes from the night before as his wife Ayushi Sharma is busy preparing her 5-year-old son for his online classes. Once Vivek leaves the kitchen spick and span, the mound of unwashed dishes now gone, the cooktop devoid of oil and grime and the floor scrubbed to perfection, it's Ayushi's turn to take over the kitchen. While she readies breakfast and prepares for lunch, Vivek looks after the fidgety toddler's schoolwork while getting ready to work from home. As the clock strikes 9, they are served breakfast, and Ayushi, who has eaten hurridly
Gone are those days when only a beautiful painting or sculpture needed to be hung on the wall as a piece of art. "Today, there are so many new ideas and concepts to uplift a space with art that can be picked as per your personality or style. When one is redecorating their space, residential or commercial; adding or replacing the current art can change the mood and add a new energy to make the space look as good as new," says Aradhana Dalmia, Founder, The Artemist. Doing up your spaces at home Let’s think about art for different areas of a house. If someone wants to add colour in their living room, what do they need to keep in mind?
While you may feel an instant connection with an absolute stranger who is struggling with her baby, there is a host of outside judgment or ‘mom-shaming’ comments coming from mothers, who constantly pick and scrutinise the parenting decisions of fellow mamas. There is this undying need to criticize, question and even ridicule the choices of a mother, whether it is pertaining to being a working mom, the decision to opt for formula, breastfeeding or even extended breastfeeding.It is important to note that while we recognize and understand how this ruthless judgement of our parenting skills can dent our self-esteem, not a lot is talked about the toxic internal monologue most mothers battle on a daily basis. Yes, most moms, more
Some foods like spinach, eggs and potatoes require a cold bath to stop the cooking process after it is done boiling but pasta is not one of them. Pasta does not have too much carryover cooking time, thus does not need to be blanched. In fact, rinsing pasta also removes starch coating that helps the sauce stick to the pasta.
Being worried about our skin and hair is extremely natural. That being said, we must also be prepared and ready to tackle all these skin and hair-related problems whenever they arise. While we can resort to expensive beauty products and supplements, we can also make use of the most harmless yet effective natural remedy easily available at our home i.e. Aloe Vera gel.Apart from its herbal and ayurvedic benefits, an aloe vera gel has skin soothing properties that relieve your skin of sunburns and inflammation. It’s moisturizing attributes, not only tend to skin ailments but also can prove beneficial for your hair. Some of the amazing skin and hair benefits of aloe vera gel are as follows.
Some foods like spinach, eggs and potatoes require a cold bath to stop the cooking process after it is done boiling but pasta is not one of them. Pasta does not have too much carryover cooking time, thus does not need to be blanched. In fact, rinsing pasta also removes starch coating that helps the sauce stick to the pasta.
'The Guest List' is another hard to solve whodunnit by Lucy Foley which will keep you guessing til the end! The book is centered around the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Jules is an ambitious magazine publisher and an incredibly demanding bride while Will is a rising TV star with some skeletons in his closet. They're both selfish and easy to dislike, which all the perspective characters make clear. They have chosen an island with eerie folklore to have their wedding and during the ceremony, the lights go out and someone is found dead. The story is told from multiple perspectives across two timelines, the present and two days before the wedding. Despite it sounding confusing, the different character perspectives
Relationships have their own set of ups and downs. They are beautiful yet can break the strongest of hearts. Whether you are in a long-term or a short-term relationship, there will always come a time, where you’ll have to make decisions about your future. Doubts, insecurities, and the feeling of uncertainty often overshadows the love and affection we have for our partner. Many times, we let go of the most wonderful relationships in our lives, just because they either feel unreal or we are unsure of the person we are with. To help you out of this tricky situation and end the dilemma, here are 7 signs that will tell you if you are with the right partner or not.
Earlier, I used to concentrate more on cardio and functional exercises to lose weight gain and get back in shape. During the lockdown, I am focussing more on strength training and flexibility.Treadmill - 15 minsCross trainer - 15 minsCycling - 10 minsFunctional exercises:BurpeesJumping jacksHalf plankHill climbingSide planksMy workout routine is as follows:Sunday: RestMonday: Chest/TricepsTuesday: Back/BicepsWednesday: Legs/CoreThursday:Chest/TricepsFriday: Back/BicepsSaturday: Legs/CoreLow-calorie recipes: I love cooking and preparing low-calorie meals. One of my favourites is rajma and oats tikki. It is packed with protein and has an amazing taste. Sprout's chilla is also one of my favourite low-calorie recipes.Fitness secrets I unveiled: Drinking black coffee really helps in cutting down fat. It is a natural fat burner and boosts your metabolism. Also, try to
Beach baby, Katrina Kaif loves to be around water. And, when it comes to her beach fashion, she never fails to impress us with her bikini looks. Be it her movie looks or off-screen style, the actress has donned some of the hottest and stylish bikinis. The 36-year-old actress is known for the fit body and her enviable curves, which she loves to flaunt in bodycon swimwear. We're charting her six best bikini looks which are totally drool-worthy: Katrina made a case for a colour-blocked bikini. The actress shared her photo in an orange and blue coloured swimsuit. The actress made a statement in a two-piece swimsuit in bright red colour. The scallop border added a statement to the plain colour. For a
As the lines between professional and personal continue to blur with every passing day, people end up spending more and more time tapping on their keyboards in front of their laptop screens. It can get even more frustrating for young parents, who have to take care of wailing little ones, juggle professional work and cook and clean as well. Hence, it comes as no surprise that most of us are feeling unusually sluggish and exhausted even after clocking in a good night’s sleep as there is no tangible difference between office hours and home-life anymore.If you too feel that someone has sucked in all your energy and you crave for afternoon nap times like never before, we list down five
As people, whenever we start to like somebody or when we start to date someone, we always end up questioning how our partner feels for us and when would be the time they'd express it all to us. But, it also makes us think that we are rushing into such conversations and that you don't want to come off as a clingy and nagging person. So then how do we find out about where exactly is our relationship headed? Well, there's a legit scientific explanation to hand-holding and what it says about our relationship with our partner. Yes, we're literally talking about hand-holding here because it is the first line of physical intimacy. So, if you're someone who wishes to
How to do it:Step 1: Stand straight on the ground with your feet close to each other. Step 2: Bend your left knee and place the sole on your right thigh. Step 3: Breathe in and out while trying to balance your body in this position. Step 4: Slowly raise your hands and bring them over your head. Join both the palms together in Namaste mudra. Step 5: Pause for 4-5 breaths in the pose and then gently lower your hands and put your leg back to the ground. Step 6: Repeat the same with the other leg.
There are days when you eat to satiate your soul and not just to fill your tummy and that’s why we love comfort foods. In fact, you just can’t talk about comfort indulgence without mentioning the most popular ingredients that can make any dish exclusive and exotic; Well, we are talking about cheese and the mere addition of cheese can amp up the taste quotient of any dish. Interestingly, one dish that will take your love for cheese to the next level is Mac and Cheese. This American delight is a perfect melange of cheese and mild spices, but you will be amazed to know that making this dish is super easy, you just need a few simple ingredients in
Your dog might be a really good pet to you, but the same might not be the case with a visitor. Dogs could start growling and barking out of aggression or start jumping in excitement when they see someone new entering the house. This behaviour can scare the person who comes to visit you and so, you must try to train your canine friend to react in the right manner. There are many ways in which you can help your dog behave in front of guests.
If you are not aware of the correct serving size then use your hand as your serving guide. Our hands are in proportion to our body. So, ultimately a bigger person has bigger hands and so the serving size will be more to fulfil the need. Your plate should be filled with:Protein-rich food: A palm serving Vegetables and salads: A fist-sized portion Carb-rich foods: One cupped-hand portion High-fat foods: One thumb-sized portion
This exercise targets your glutes maximus, medius, and minimus muscle. Lifting one leg puts extra pressure on your hamstrings and your lower back, making this exercise more intense.How to do it Step 1: Lie on your back with your feet hip-width apart from each other. Bend your left knee and place the foot flat on the ground. Your right leg should be straight. Step 2: Inhale, squeeze your glutes and push your hips toward the ceiling. At the same time lift your right leg upward. Your knees and hip should be in a straight line. Step 3: Pause for 2-3 breaths and then bring the hips down, make sure your body does not touch the ground. Repeat the movement 14-15
Times have changed. Weddings have become small scale, brides are wearing masks, but what has not changed is the beauty of the pious ceremony and the fact that each bride stands out on her big day. We came across such a bride, who looked nothing less than regal on her d-day and we have to talk about her pretty lehenga. Bride Davina Ruppal stunned in a rose pink tulle and silk lehenga for her Anand Karaj ceremony. The ensemble, courtesy designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula featured floral motifs derived for an archival 18th century carpet. According to the duo, the lehenga is an amalgamation of various crafts found spread across undivided Punjab as well as certain areas of Rajasthan. The hand embroidered skirt
Weight loss and salads are so synonymous that you can’t think about a weight loss journey without this dish. Well, there are thousands of ways of creating your own chia salad, but here’s a basic salad recipe that you can make in just a few minutes with some easily available ingredients.To make this chicken salad take half cup boiled chicken chunks, ½ cup quinoa, 3 tablespoon soaked chia seeds, 1 ½ cup mixed veggies ( bell pepper, broccoli, beans), ½ cup corns, 1whole lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. To begin this recipe, wash the chicken and quinoa.Then take a pan add in the chicken, quinoa and water with a dash of salt. Once the mixture attains
Getting back to your pre-pregnancy is a difficult journey and it requires a lot of patience. Ishita was determined to get back to her pre-pregnancy figure and took advantage of the lockdown to do so. Her transformation story is an inspiration. Read her story to learn some simple secrets! Name: Ishita Pandey Occupation: Homemaker Age: 30 Height: 5 feet 2 inches Highest weight recorded: 70 kilos Weight loss: 10 kilos Duration: 3 months The turning point: People always say that the earlier you start after giving birth, easier it is to lose weight. I ended up gaining so much weight post my C-section birth, it ended up exceeding my postpartum weight, which was around 65 kilos. Getting back in shape was important. I didn't want to look "chubby"
All my life I have dealt with body image issues but I was glad that you took to your dad and had a slim frame. But then just a day before I saw you sitting with your dadu and I realised you had gained weight. Your cheeks looked puffed and your little baby tummy was protruding from your tee. I realised how lockdown had put an end to your park time and even your dance classes and I wasn’t doing anything to ensure you expend energy everyday. But it did hit me hard and I tried to brush aside the feeling. Today I was struggling with too many deadlines and in the middle of that rush I saw that despite
You tend to date many people until you can settle down with 'the one'. If you're lucky enough, your first partner can also be the one you settle down with. But in most cases, you might have to deal with a few relationships before you can take the big step with a person for a lifetime. And when you find a person you would want to spend the rest of your life with, you must disclose your past love life to them. However, some refrain from sharing their past with their present partner, but it's quite unfair. What if your partner comes to know about your part from someone else but you? Don't you think that's hurtful and even more
Minimalism – be it your wardrobe or your home – is an established trend. And the post-covid life has actually given it more steam. The next level of the reduce mindset is hitting your skincare courtesy skinimalism. It all started with the Korean trend of ‘skip-care’ that debuted in June 2019. This trend stressed upon skipping the laborious 10-step skincare routines in favour of multi-purpose products. Last year a Mintel study found that 28% of UK women have reduced the number of products in their skincare routines. Japanese skincare brand Mirai Clinical also popularised the practice of skin fasting where you go without any product for a period of time to let the skin rejuvenate on its own. New Delhi-based dermatologist
With time, our skin begins to age and by the time we’re over 25, we’re already swimming in a pool of anxiety. We spend so much on skin-care products, just to look younger and to maintain the perfect skin we had during our youthful days. However, ageing is something that is doomed to happen. There’s no escaping it. What we can do, is slow down the process and relieve our skin of the fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of buying expensive products and beauty supplements, you can resort to some of the most basic skin-care routines that will give you the perfect skin you’re wishing for.Here is how you can maintain a youthful looking skin.
Another interesting detail about the diet is that it asks people to focus on chewing every morsel of the food 40-60 times, hailing better digestion.The diet plan encourages to practice mindful eating, ergo, avoid using the phone, watching the TV or any other distracting medium when you sit down to eat. This is a science-backed strategy, which makes a person more conscious of what they eat and ultimately, eat less.
Everyone thrives for a happy marriage. A lifelong partnership with someone special, someone who appreciates them at every walk of life. However, many people, are still very skeptical of their relationship with their partners, even married couples. Insecurities, disagreements and self-doubts often lead to an unstable relationship. It either pollutes our minds with negative emotions or makes us believe something that’s completely untrue. In every marriage, there’s a high possibility of inculcating such feelings and emotions that is harmful for our relationship with our partners. It is crucial that we start focusing on the good things rather than the bad. To help you through this phase, here are some positive signs that say your marriage will last long, even though
The popular author of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' has once again postponed the date of the next part of the series. George R.R. Martin's best-known series is 'A Song of Ice and Fire' has been going on since 1996, when the first book released. The most recent book to release was the fifth book, 'A Dance of Dragons' and it released in 2011. Since then the fans have been eager for the next installment but the release date has constantly been pushed back. Last year Martin posted that he planned to finish the book before Worldcon this year. He posted on his blog, "But I tell you this — if I don't have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when
Ever since the virus has spread around the country, people have gotten all the more particular about disinfecting things around the house and washing hands more times than before in order to stay safe from the virus. But, have you paid attention to disinfecting your footwear? Your shoes come in contact with infected surfaces a lot more and so you must disinfect them as and when possible. Cleaning your shoes is as important as washing your hands, so always remember that. We've got you some easy tips on the same:
Weddings are the most beautiful events to watch, to be a part of, to hear about and naturally the most important ocassion for the one marrying the love of their life. There are so many religions per state and even more wedding rituals that each one follows. While some might seem logical, others might just blow your mind. We know of Indian traditions but there are some very fascinating wedding traditions that are followed across the world. We have collated some of the most interesting (and some very weird) ones here
Now that you know that your core muscles should be the first area you should target, the question is what you should do to train it. You must start with basic core exercises. Here are some core exercises that you can do in the beginning:Bridge: This exercise targets your lower back and hip muscles. It helps to improve hip mobility and strengthening your lower back. Dead bug: This is another excellent core strength and trunk stabilizing exercise. This exercise helps to improve stability in the hips and trunk. Leg raise: Leg raise is good for increasing the range of motion of the hips and stabilising you move. Apart from that, it improves the strength and flexibility of your hips and
Even as we brace ourselves to live in a brave, new world, it can be a daunting task to prepare our children for the same transition. Even though there are no reports of schools opening anytime soon in India, it is still important to get the little ones acquainted with the routine of wearing face covers and face masks before stepping out of the house. It is important to understand that a vaccine for COVID-19 can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to come to fruition, which is why teaching kids how to live with this new normal of handwashing, social distancing and wearing face covers is extremely important.
Jewellery has always been an object of desire for women. If one looks beyond the shine, each piece has its own story to tell. From billion-year-old diamonds to ancient techniques, jewels are not just adornments, but a piece of art. Driven by passion, jewellery artists often take inspiration from objects around us. The influence of geometry and architecture on jewellery designs is a classic case on point. "Geometry and architecture around the world have always played a major role in designing our collections. The interplay of ornate structures and space has allowed us to create and bring to life our innovative designs," says Leshna Shah, Founder & Chief Creative Director, Irasva. From architectural spaces, geometric shapes to symmetrical patterns, the amalgamation of
Yes, we get it. Breakups can get worse and make us go through extreme emotions. All of the stages post a breakup with a person we really loved are depressing and sad. A normal person goes through everything that they feel and get done with it once and for all. But some people just can't move forward. For them, a breakup feels like the end of the world and they can't find happiness in anything else that they do in life. Sometimes, this could even lead to being lazy at home, not taking care of the self and lack of the will to get back to the routine. This is why we're here to give you a few tips on
Buttermilk or Chaas as it is called in India, is different from what is termed as buttermilk in the west. While in India we consume the buttermilk as a beverage, abroad it is treated more as a baking ingredient. So what is the difference between the two and how to make buttermilk from scratch? If you know the right buttermilk recipe, there is no better drink like a glassful of it in summers. Yes! Buttermilk is cool, refreshing, and healthy for the digestive system and is also loaded with calcium and minerals. Why is buttermilk better than curd? Buttermilk or Chaas is made with curd, water and spices. But it is considered to be better than curd because with all the benefits
Coronavirus is rapidly spreading and that makes it extremely important for us to know what's happening around us. But with the huge surge of news reports every day, it can happen that we miss some relevant information. Staying updated will help us plan our actions, after all prevention is better than cure. So every week, we will get you a set of questions that you can answer to map your knowledge
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can be a prime reason for various health conditions. Exercising daily keeps your heart healthy, manages the symptoms of type 2 diseases, maintains your healthy weight and is even beneficial for your mental well-being. However, there is one more advantage of exercising daily: It can help to boost your immune system.Having a strong immune system is necessary at any point of time to stay safe from disease-causing germs and viruses. The importance of strong immunity is even more at this time when we are fighting from coronavirus, which has gripped the entire world. Turns out, you can boost your immunity by exercising daily for a specific amount of time. Try not to overdo it!
During summers we are looking for a full body detox. This face pack helps us to achieve the target. It is excellent for those with sensitive skin. Natural ingredients chosen for this pack are loaded with benefits. Rice flour is known for its anti- inflammatory properties, soothes sunburn and prevents suntan.Ingredients-Kalonji powder – 2teaspoonsRice Flour – 2 teaspoonsSesame oil – 1 teaspoonMilk – enough to form paste (milk cream can be taken for dry skin type)Orange peel powder – 1teaspoonLemon oil – 5 dropsTake all the above ingredients and mix them well to form a paste. Apply it all over your face, neck, arms, shoulders. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with water.
When your child is battling any negative emotions, refrain the urge to say, “It is not a big deal” or “You are over-reacting!” Yes, instead of telling them what they are supposed to be feeling, acknowledge their emotions and tell them it is okay to feel a certain way. Being a parent, you can always encourage them to deal with their emotions in a stronger manner.
Over the years, the rise of minimalist trends has taught us the beauty of, 'less is more'. Just like clothes, the gem and jewellery industry also took to clean shapes with intricate designs and soft tones. Dainty accessories are lightweight and easy to wear on a daily basis. Plus, they are low maintenance and go well with everything. "Women nowadays look for practicality and fuss-free options, they look for unique minimal designs," says Leshna Shah, Founder & Creative head of Irasva. While minimal jewellery may look simple, the standout factor remains the clean cuts and lines. Abhishek Rastogi, Head of Design, Jewellery Division, Titan Company Limited explains, "Minimalism is not just an emerging trend of the current times but is becoming
While this may seem like the most obvious advice and something you hear all the time, building your immunity actually boils down to the good old ways of sleeping, working out and leading a stress-free lifestyle. So, the first step is to ensure that you are getting a sound sleep of 6 to 7 hours every night and wake up feeling refreshed. If your sleep cycle is wacked, make sure to follow the correct sleeping routine on weekends and get at least 30 minutes of morning light every day to correct your circadian rhythm. According to a study, if you clock in four hours of sleep even for just 1 day, your body’s natural killer cells (NK) go down by
LGBTQIAP is an acronym used to include those who fall out of the traditional gender or sexuality norm. Gender, as the world is discovering, is a social construct. Rather than two polar opposites- male and female, it's a spectrum and people can fall anywhere in the spectrum. However, for the rest of this article, we will use gender as the identity a person identifies with. With that understanding, here are the full forms and definitions of the acronym along with some other words worth knowing, and how to use them without offending or hurting sentiments. Lesbian The L refers to women who are physically and/or romantically, and/or emotionally attracted to other women. Gay Gay people are those who are physically and/or romantically, and/or emotionally attracted
The aftereffect of lockdown can be seen on those who are losing jobs. For many, it is coming as a shock but there are people who are taking it in stride and making the most of it. A 79-year-old Mexican man, Carlos Elizondo, who used to work at a grocery store, was laid off in the month of May and instead of getting sad about it, he decided to keep busy and started making cooking videos and uploading them on YouTube! On 25th May, he created his account on YouTube and named it Tito Charly, and uploaded his first video. And in less than a month, his YouTube page had over 400K subscribers. His YouTube channel is all about experimenting and the
Kajol and her endless affair with printed saris | The Times of India Now Reading: Kajol and her endless affair with printed sarisTIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on - Jun 25, 2020, 06:00 ISTShare fbsharetwsharepinshare01/6Kajol and her endless affair with printed sarisIndian women have always loved wearing saris and why not, there is no garment better than the six-yard drape, that fuses feminism with power so effortlessly. And, if there is one Indian actress who has endorsed the beautiful drape like nobody, it's Kajol. The
This is the thing about trends—it keeps changing very fast. And when it's about the dating world, people's likes, dislikes and trends can change overnight. If the changes in the dating world are so rapid and dynamic, why do we need to keep track of these? Well, knowing what works and does not work in the dating world, helps us undertstand people's psyche and we can prepare better for what awaits us in the romance department. Now, when people talk about dating and romancing, most relate it to the younger world and the Internet is full of advice and tips on how to have an impressive online dating experience or the dating vocabulary of the millennials. However, the grown-ups too have
Whether you have an oily skin or a dry skin, face-oils are extremely essential and one of the most important aspects of our skin-care routines. However, even today, people are sceptical about their use of face oils. While some believe that face oils will only make their skin oilier and greasier than it already is, others think that it increases the risk of acne breakouts and pimples. Believe it or not, but that is not the case. Face oils are rich is multiple of vitamins, that not only balances the texture of the skin, but it also protects it from infections and impurities.Here are 5 face-oils that will give the perfect skin.
Slowly tip your head backwards till the time you start feeling a nice stretch on your neck, jawline and the chin area. Hold the pose for about 5-7 seconds and come back to a neutral position. Remember, if you do not feel the stretch, the exercise may not be effective. This exercise helps in banishing necklines and get rid of that double chin.How often should you do it: You can do this exercise three times a day
In the times of COVID, wearing a mask is one of the many ways to keep yourself safe and prevent the risk of infections. However, wearing a mask isn't the most comfortable thing ever, especially for long hours. It can make you scratchy, sweaty and even a bit claustrophobic.Add to this, if you are not wearing one the right way, i.e., creating grievous mask mistakes, you are actually risking your own health. Experts also say that some of the mistakes, even when you are sick can make it potentially unsafe.
When we discuss our skin-care routine with our friends and family, how often do we talk about our under-eye bags, puffiness or dark circles? We spend so much money and effort on our skin and hair, but forget one of the most important and visible areas on our face i.e. our eyes. Whether you like it or not, the first signs of ageing appear near our eyes and if we continue to ignore it, it becomes extremely difficult to look after them once the area is affected.The under-eye region on our face is extremely thin and delicate as compared to the skin on other parts of our body. Therefore, an under-eye cream is very essential and a much needed addition