Enjoy the chill : Fashion tips !

*Lots of knitwear:
That’s the mantra guys. Knitwear is a better option than leather jackets. They are so out of fashion. So, avoid purchasing a jacket, a la Himesh Reshammiya.

*Shades of grey, black and white:
Yes, these are the colours that you MUST have in your wardrobe. Not only are they classy, but also apt for this season.

*A smart suit:
This is the perfect time for you to dress smartly. So, take out your suits and flaunt them. But make sure they are of the perfect cut and design. Check out the fashion mags and go in for this years trend.

*Big scarves:
Who said scarves are just for women? You can even wear a scarf with a pair of jeans or even a formal outfit. Just check the picture to get rid of your doubts!

*Accessories and sneakers in silver shades:
This colour is ‘in’ this season. Sneakers in silver shade give your otherwise boring jeans an interesting edge. Make sure there is a hint of silver in the accessories that you buy this season. That’s what the world’s fashion gurus say.

*Unexpected flashes of bright colours:
Dressing in white, grey and black can become monotonous. Team your outfit with one clothing item that is bright in colour. Now you are set to create waves.

Your tiny pet : Fish !

Make sure your tank is large enough—about 30 square inches of surface area per inch of fish. Increase the size of the tank by 50 to 100 per cent before adding more fish.

Mixing faster and stronger fish with slower, weaker ones should be avoided as the slower fish will not get enough to eat, and the faster ones will be overfed. SELF CLEANSERS: Add a few algae eating fish to your tank. They will help keep algae in check and you will have a cleaner looking tank.

The best time to replace or clean filters is while changing water.

No matter how effective and advanced your filter system is, it cannot extract all waste materials that accumulate.

The Most Nutritious Fruit !

This attractive fruit has a reddish-gold skin and inside creamywhite edible seeds. It is these seeds that give it its name, which means grain apple. Eating a pomegranate is quite hard work, as each fleshy seed must be picked out individually, but their delicate, slightly tart flavour and refreshing juicy texture make the effort worthwhile. Be warned, however, that the juice from the fruit leave indelible stains.

Pomegranates are not only delicious and beautiful, they’re also one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat. High in vitamin C and potassium, a good source of fibre and low in calories. Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. The three types—tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid—are present in many fruits, but pomegranate juice contains particularly high amounts of all three. As antioxidants, they are credited with helping in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. So, whether you crunch fresh pomegranate seeds or drink the juice, feel guilt-free as you enjoy each delicious mouthful—you’re doing your body a favour!

Warm Discussion : Get your man to kiss you !

*Break the ‘touch barrier’. Touch his elbow, hold hands, put a hand on his knee. Breaking this barrier will help both of you get past some of the hangups the two of you may have about physical contact.

* Be mentally prepared as the moment approaches. Most first kisses happen towards the end of a date. Visualise in your mind what you want to happen.

*Look him in the eyes and bite your lower lip slightly. You should smile gently.

*Brush your teeth well before you get together. There’s nothing worse than kissing someone with bad breath, or someone who still has leftovers stuck bephysical,tween their pearly whites.

* Take a few steps forward and touch his elbow. By this time, he should lean forward.

* Stare into his eyes deeply and move your head towards him slowly.

* When he starts to close his eyes, close yours and lean forward slightly. He’ll be more than happy to do the work.

* When you do kiss him, don’t rush off to tell everyone. Some guys are shy and won’t appreciate your sharing something between the two of you with all your friends.

Top 4 time waster :Waste your time and be healthy !

It might feel like the ultimate waste of time, but it’s just the opposite. Recent research suggests that during daydreaming, your brain may actually be processing important issues that aren’t relevant at that immediate moment, like strategising about tonight’s dinner to wondering about your kid’s mysterious cold. So forgive yourself for spacing out during that boring PTA meeting: Though you may not even be aware
of it, you’ve got other things on your mind.
It does a mind and body good. A 15-to-20-minute snooze can make you more alert and energised and improve your stamina, and longer naps can even help you learn and retain information better. That’s all the excuse you need to rest those drooping eyelids for a minute. MESSINESS
It is in the eye of the beholder. Just because you are less organised, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are slower or less efficient than those who have less scatter on their desk. And if you’re naturally a little sloppy, what really wastes time is struggling to maintain strict order. Sure, always searching for your keys isn’t exactly time efficient, but think of the treasures you’ll discover.
Whether positive or negative, it is a great way to pass some time. Gossiping helps us relate and bond with our peers over shared values and sentiments. In fact, it may even increase your endorphin levels, which reduce stress and lower your heart rate. No wonder they call it the gift of the gab!

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The facts you never know about Pineapples !

** Always the symbol of hospitality, the beautiful pineapple was once a rare fruit. So rare in fact, it was called the fruit of kings

** Pineapples are the berry to a perennial herb, borne on a stem that emerges from a cluster of leaves just above the ground. It takes 18 to 22 months for a pineapple plant to produce a single 4 to 5 pound fruit. About a year later, the plant will produce a second fruit, smaller than the first

** The fibres of the pineapple leaf can be extracted to produce the pina textile

**The World War II Mark 2 hand grenade was commonly known as the pineapple because of the grooves cut into its surface. Writer Ian Fleming employed pineapple as a slang term for a grenade in his James Bond novels

10 First aid essentials for your Pet !

Emergencies can occur anytime and the best thing to do is be prepared. Having a first aid kit ready will help to reduce anxiety if an emergency happens. Keep the kit in a readily available place and periodically check to make sure all the items are up to date and present. A small plastic box works well to hold all the necessary equipment.
If someone is taking care of your pets while you’re away, be sure to discuss about your
pets with them. Make sure they understand what you consider an emergency, how to contact you, the name and phone number of a secondary contact person you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you were unavailable, and where to take your pet in case of an emergency.

Get a durable, waterproof (or at least water-resistant) container that opens and closes easily yet securely. It should be large enough to hold the items mentioned below.

Include bandage material, such as gauze pads, cotton gauze, adhesive tape and masking tape.

Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and anti-bacterial ointment or cream in the kit.

Include diarrhoea medication, but seek your veterinarian’s approval before use.

Be sure to pack a pair of scissors, plus tweezers or forceps.

Add a few eye droppers for dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds.

Include a syrup to induce vomiting in case your pet is poisoned.

Find activated charcoal at any health food store. This remedy is good for poisoning or diarrhoea and controls flatulence resulting from any stomach or intestinal upset.

Store blankets in the kit to keep your pet warm in extreme conditions.

Include the phone numbers of your pet’s regular veterinarian and of a nearby emergency veterinary hospital.

Laugh & Relationship !

Here is the tip to use humour
*Use humour to improve your relationship
*Be a humour hound. When something funny strikes you, enjoy it.
*Begin to cultivate an atmosphere of humour in your relationships.
*If you don’t laugh as much as you used to start associating with humorous and fun-loving people and avoid the downers.
*Learn to laugh at yourself.
*Encourage others . When someone sees that you have enjoyed their humorous contribution, they will be eager to continue sharing.

Enjoy : No hangover !

How to get rid of a hangover

* Drink plenty of water before going to bed as well as when you wake up in the morning.

* Eating some foodstuff while and after you are drinking will slow down the rate at which alcohol enters the blood, thereby reducing the hangover.

* Consume vitamin C tablets, as they lead to the breakdown of alcohol content in the body.

* Try to eat starchy foods to slow down the alcohol absorption.

* Limit yourself to less than one drink per hour.

* Try to alternate your alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic beverages such as water.

* Stick to non-carbonated drinks as carbonation can speed up the alcohol absorption.

* Try to avoid sweet drinks (and sugary foods) while you drink. The sweet taste of the drink can make it difficult for you to judge how much alcohol you’re actually consuming.

* Exercise will help get rid of your hangover by helping the body rid itself of toxins. The increased circulation gets blood and oxygen to your oxygenstarved brain. A good, brisk walk will also increase circulation with the results mentioned above.

* One of the quickest ways to cure a hangover is to make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels.

Control diabetes with Homeopathy !

Having to give up on pudding is not really the worst thing about diabetes. Diabetes can cause blindness after 15 years; approximately two per cent diabetics turn blind, while about 10 per cent develop severe visual handicap. This apart, it can also cause disability of the lower limb and escalate heart diseases and kidney failure. And though heavily underestimated, diabetes is actually the fifth leading cause of death worldwide.
And if you thought diabetes affects only the old, it would be good to let you know that at present there are 40 million Indians affected by diabetes, out of which almost 35- 40 per cent are people in the 25-35 years age group. More than 1800 cases of diabetes are diagnosed everyday. India has the largest number of diabetics in the world.
Studies show Indians carry certain genes that increase susceptibility to diabetes and lack those that provide protection. Primarily an urban disease, causative factors include family history, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and a faulty high fat and energy diet. Primarily, however, fact is that Type II or non-insulin dependent diabetes that accounts for around 90 per cent of all diabetes cases worldwide is essentially a lifestyle illness that makes homeopathy the treatment of choice. Studies and clinical evidence prove as much. In one instance, in hundred cases of diabetes treated with homoeopathy, 84 per cent cases showed normal blood sugar levels. Another group that supplemented treatment with homeopathy showed 97 per cent improvement as compared to 47 per cent without homeopathy. Homeopathy lowers the risk

factor of diabetic complications like diabetic neuropathy, nephropathy and retinopathy.
According to a study carried out at Glasgow Homeopathic, a double blind
randomised, placebo-controlled study for diabetic retinitis showed that 47 per cent patients given homeopathic medicine experienced improvement in central blood flow to the eye whilst a further 52 per cent patients showed improvement in blood flow to other parts of the eye.
Homeopathy controls diabetes by improving the patient’s immune system thereby helping the body absorb insulin better. It is both effective and safe, as it does not have dangerous side effects like hypoglycaemia that can lead to cardiovascular failure. Homeopathy can be used in the early stages of diabetes even as the first line of treatment. Homeopathy can also be used for those diabetics already on medicines without tampering the effect of the other medicines.

Homeopathic medicines for diabetes:

* Syzygium Jambolanum Q : Diabetes with great thirst, weakness, emaciation, profuse urination.

*Insulin 6c — indicated in diabetes with skin irritation, boils or varicose ulceration.

Burning Padal : Fitness is just a few pedals away !

There’s a slight nip in the air. The mornings are more than pleasant, just perfect to relive those cycling days. The thrill is unmatched, the health benefits unrivalled. And you don’t even need an expensive health club membership. Just hop on to your cycle and pedal along…

Cycling is not just toiling hard on your cycle without reaching anywhere. Some of the latest cycles with gears even allow you to touch speed of 80 kph. These are specially designed bikes that need a bit of experience of having ridden a gear cycle.
With proper leg movement, you can touch really fast speeds.

To enjoy your ride, you need to ensure a few things. Make sure the tyres have air filled to optimum
pressure. This makes the ride less bumpy. Brakes should work properly. With the kind of traffic we get to see in the city, proper brakes are a must.
All nuts and bolts should be properly tightened. The chain should be lubricated to enable a smooth ride.

It’s okay to choose a bike with gears but don’t choose a gear that allows you to pedal slowly. It’s a lot of effort put in without reaching anywhere. Once you get used to cycling, you’ll realise that fast pedalling needs lesser effort and it’s easier to maintain momentum too. Also pedalling at 70–80 revolutions per minute puts less strain on your thighs, knees, calves.

Cycling isn’t high on the priority list of city authorities. While the sport gains popularity, you will have to do the initial running around to make things work for you. Cycling can develop into one of the healthiest ways to socialise. Get in touch with other people—friends, relatives, cyclists—who share your passion. Form an online community, visit cycle shops to find out who frequents these places and form your own groups. If your college or workplace is close by, persuade colleagues or friends to go cycling rather than use bikes or cars.

To start cycling, you don’t need to undergo any special fitness regimen. Cycling is a fitness regimen in itself. You just need to get on to your cycle and start pedalling around in your neighbourhood. Try to rope in some enthusiastic friends or relatives and move in a group, as this will give you a larger road presence. This proves helpful when you make the transition from your locality to major arterial roads. Also initially you can just start with your normal cycle. Get the leg movement and pedalling right before thinking of moving on to cycles with gears

On a bicycle, you can travel up to 1,037 km on the energy equivalent of a single litre of petrol. Also, you can travel four times faster than you can walk—using the same amount of energy

Care for Tyre !

*Check air pressure in all tyres regularly. Simply stop at any petrol pump once a week and ask the attendant to find out if your tyres have adequate air filled.

* Always get the ideal tyres for your car. While bigger and broader tyres may be in, they may not go down well with your car and may wear out faster. Refer to the car manual to find out which tyre best suits your car. Some cars have a tyre placard below the driver’s seat.

* As much as possible, avoid sudden brakes or acceleration. These hasten tyre wear and tear.

* While parking, take care that your tyres aren’t brushing against a pavement or a wall.

* Always try and get you tyre’s fitting checked by a mechanic. Wrong/loose fitting can be dangerous for you.

* In case of cuts in the tyres, don’t settle for adhesives to fix the problem. Try and get them changed.

A New Sofa... How big is your family ?

You just can’t get rid of that stain on your old sofa, the fabric doesn’t match your taste anymore, or you’re moving to a new place and need something to fill a bigger (or smaller) space, so it’s time to retire your old couch and get a new one. If you’re in the market for a new sofa, here are some things to know before you buy.

When thinking about the size, think one cushion per person. A three-cushion couch seats three comfortably, whereas a two-person couch will only fit three if those people don’t mind snuggling.

If you have kids or pets, keep in mind that a sofa with a pattern will hide stains better than one without. In addition, if you think your sofa will undergo a lot of wear and tear, pick a sofa with a sturdier fabric.

Comfort means different things to different people. Do you have a favourite chair that you just sink into? If so, do more than just look for that same cozy feeling when shopping for a sofa: actually measure your favourite chair’s dimensions, including the back angle and the depth of the seat.

You should have at least three feet around a sofa for people to pass by—any less and your room will feel crowded and cluttered. Measure the footprint of any sofa you’re thinking of getting so that you’ll have an idea how far it comes out into your living room.

Even if you’re on a low budget, you should look for a good-quality build when buying a sofa otherwise you’ll just have to replace it again, and sooner than you probably want to. To check the integrity of the frame, try lifting one front leg up. If the other front leg stays on the ground after you’ve lifted the first more than an inch, move on the frame is too flexible and weak. Your sofa’s feet should be part of the frame, not bolted on.

Before buying a sofa, ask for a swatch of material to take home. Colours and patterns can look very different under different lighting. Taking home a sample is always a good idea.

If you’re planning to do more TV-watching and book-reading on your new sofa than entertaining—you’ll want a sofa that holds up well and that is comfortable.

Bar girls do speak English !

It’s a common elitist Indian assumption that has claimed numerous victims apart from bar girls. There are some people who ‘look’ as if they can speak English and some who don’t. For instance, the popular mindset has it that the burqa is equivalent to being English-challenged. Ask the smart Bori receptionists in their colourful burqas at the swank Saifee Hospital at Charni Road. Visitors usually address them in Hindi and proceed to look embarrassed when they reply in rounded, Convent-educated English.
The burqa poses other linguistic problems too. When Farial Sheikh walks down the street in Mumbai in a sequin-studded burqa, people assume she is from the Gulf, and launch into pidgin Arabic. “Once at Colaba Causeway even a beggar began to whine in Arabic,’’ says a stunned Sheikh. The 24-year-old enjoys calling the bluff of shopkeepers who, assuming she is the keeper of petrodollars, quote crazy prices, only to have her bargain back in robust bambaiya Hindi.
Islamic scholar Zeenat Shaukat Ali blames the media for validating these everyday prejudices. “It labels people with an image which they don’t really deserve,’’ she says. That’s why, she feels, we have preconceived notions of how certain categories of people should look—a terrorist must be bearded, a pandit cannot own a cellphone, a South Indian must wear heavy gold jewellry and speak accented Hindi.
A few years ago, when media professional Waleed Hussain was a commerce student at a Muslim college in Mumbai, he took part in the Brabourne Trophy elocution competition at a college in Jogeshwari. When the beard-sporting boy entered in white kurta, jeans and a pair of Kolhapuris, one of the judges helpfully pointed out, “The competition is in English.’’
Given that fluency in English unfortunately implies a superior socio-economic standing, assumptions of this kind can be insulting and downright snobbish. The unspoken connection between garb and gab is so subconscious that one assumes that those in traditional clothes will respond only in a regional language. Some years ago, 25-year-old Alliance executive Kannan went to visit his grandmother in Chembur. He found a swarthy, lungi-clad man seated comfortably on the floor. Kannan thought he was a villager visiting and was stumped when the man handed him his visiting card which said ‘Creative & Editorial Director’ of a new entertainment channel.
Psychologist Seema Hingorrany calls this mindset “learnt behaviour’’ that we imbibe thanks to the conditioning of teachers, elders, peers and the media. Hingorrany found herself in a similar situation once while addressing a workshop on attention-deficiency in children. She addressed one of the parents who was wearing a sari in the Gujarati style in Hindi. The lady was offended, and Hingorrany had to hastily cover up with, “No Ma’am, it’s because I thought usually parents are more comfortable with Hindi.’’
Rahul Gore, a young sales executive in Key Accounts, became friends with his local paanwalla following a similar misconception. “I assumed he was your regular Kannada paanwalla,” recalls Gore, who was taken aback to find an English daily and a financial newspaper in his tiny shop. “I thought someone had left it there,” says Gore. “Turned out he subscribed to them. He’s an SSC pass, who can read and write in English and maintains excellent everyday accounts, again in English. He even pays income tax,’’ says an impressed Gore.
In the first-class ladies’ compartment of Mumbai’s local trains, all fights take place in English. Recently, public relations executive Rhima Naik, who travels from Goregaon to Churchgate, was witness to a co-passenger’s embarrassment. When a woman in a gaudy pink sari and gajra jumped in at Dadar, a Catholic woman demanded in ringing tones, “Tumhare paas first-class pass hai?” To which the woman replied coolly, “Ma’am, I do. But can you show me yours first?’’ Naik recalls the shock that registered in the otherwise indifferent compartment.
The language stereotype works the other way too. Naik learnt this the hard way. Some years ago, she went to the ABN AMRO bank in Delhi with a friend from the US. The man at the counter was a foreigner, who said the transaction would take at least 20 minutes. “But it actually took an hour, so we started cursing him in Hindi,” says Naik. In between “Itna time laga raha hai, sala’’ their conversation meandered to girly talk of how he would make a “cute husband’’. In the end, of course, she was the one blushing, when he handed her the cash and said smoothly, “Ma’am, mujhe Hindi pata hai aur main sab samjha.’’ And as they blushed, he added, “Thanks.’

Know your Nails !

Nails reflect your health. If you are not healthy internally, it shows on your nails. Brittle nails are caused by the lack of water in the body. Ironically, prolonged exposure of nails to water also causes this, as do certain health conditions. Symptoms include easy peeling at the nail edge, breakage and layering. Discolouration (psoriasis) of nails can be due to anaemia, a common problem among women.
Blue nails indicate certain heart and liver diseases. White spots are formed when there is low blood supply to the nails. They could also be caused by injury and certain diseases.
Pain and swelling in and around the nails can be an indication of fungal infection. Frayed cuticles also indicate lack of water in the body.

Biotin is essential for nails. Have foods like soybean and whole grains that are rich in biotin. Your diet must include ample fruits and vegetables to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Consume adequate fluids. A glass of fresh carrot juice everyday provides necessary calcium and phosphorus for nails.

Do not use your nails as tools. No picking. No scratching. No digging. Try to keep your hands dry, though not unmoisturised. Do not bite your nails. It damages the nails and cuticles, causing deformation, uneven growth and infections too. Wear rubber gloves when you wash clothes or clean dishes. Keep your nails enamel-free and aerated once a week.

A good time to manicure is just after a shower or washing dishes. The dirt under your nails has already been removed. Soak your hands in warm water for 10 minutes everyday, preferably before sleeping. Pat dry and moisturise well. Apply a cream or lotion whenever you wash your hands. Nails tend to dry out due to soaps and detergents. Trim your nails regularly. Change your socks daily. Try to wear cotton socks as much as possible. Do not wear tight shoes. They damage toenails. If you must wear closed shoes, clip your toenails short.

To whiten nails, use whitening toothpaste. Scrub your nails to de-stain and add sparkle. Soak your nails in water with lemon juice. The lemon acts as an astringent and lifts off the stains.

True Lies about Marriage !

Marital bliss is a myth. The type of unconditional love that one has for their own children, doesn’t and shouldn’t exist between marital partners. We live in a culture that stresses a preoccupation with personal happiness above all and a belief that marriage is the solution to life’s problems and essential for personal happiness. This type of thinking leaves people unskilled in developing and managing intimate relationships and couples who have little appreciation for the true difficulties and complexities of married life.

Most of us talk ourselves to death but we actually communicate very poorly. We are encouraged to be open about our feelings but very few of us know how to speak or listen effectively. Relationship experts advise us to tell it like it is and be brutally honest to our partners but the truth is that brutal honesty often encourages brutality more than honesty. Spouses use their version of the truth to bludgeon their partners into submission.

Many today believe that deep down, people can’t change much or that nothing in a marriage can change unless both partners change. These incorrect and pessimistic beliefs sabotage efforts to improve the marriage. Most people go about trying to change their relationships in unproductive ways, get frustrated by the results and then claim that this outcome proves that people don’t change, but even if one partner is adamantly set against change, there’s a lot the other partner can do.

You may live far away from your family of origin, but now that you have your own family, their grip on you is tighter than ever. When we become husbands, wives
and parents, the models and issues we saw within our families of origin emerge and take over our relationships. Our grandparents were likely to live close to their parents (if not in the same house), see each other often and stay personally involved in each other’s lives. Today, in our highly mobile society, we tend to live farther from our parents. Paradoxically, their influence may be greater than ever. Spouses who don’t appreciate the power their original families exert on their values and styles tend to face problems in their marriages.

In the newer, egalitarian model of marriage, the expectation is that while not every chore will be split halfway, family responsibilities should be divided fairly, and decisionmaking power will be shared. The husband in this model respects his wife’s work and shares in family life, never insisting on being in control based on financial earnings or gender. Equality in theory is wonderful; in reality, but spouses in trouble often are conflicted over gender role expectations and responsibilities.

Let’s speak the unspeakable: Children are an enormous threat to your marriage. It’s very, very difficult to admit that the children you love so much can drive a wedge into your life as a couple. However,
the reality is that in a world where spouses already work too hard and don’t spend enough time with each other, the addition of children usually eats up the remaining physical and emotional energy you had for each other. Even when you love your children fiercely, even when you think you are prepared for the tremendous dislocation they would cause, children can tear your marriage down to its bedrock.

Your cell phone is an extension of your arm !

Cellphones are not just a part of our lives but they control our lives to a large extent now. While everyone may not be tech savvy but there are enough cell savvy people around. And their love for their gadget knows no bounds. Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing bad in loving your gadget but following some basic etiquette would go a long way in ensuring that your heart to heart chat doesn’t turn you into public nuisance.

* If you are talking to a loved one or a close confidante or discussing important business matters then you wouldn’t like everyone present in the room to be silent listeners. Also, while you may not think so but others may feel awkward if you discuss too many personal details. Excuse yourself and take your call.
* When in the company of others, neither take nor make telephone calls. Nothing is more irksome than being spurned by a friend whose frequent cell phone conversations take precedence over live tete-a-tete.
* Answering an incoming call in an interview or business meeting is a faux-pas that is to be avoided at all costs.

*Don’t start shouting just because there’s signal problem. It won’t carry your voice through.
* In case the background is noisy and you are at a public place then try and go to a quieter place and then talk.
* Never burst out laughing when the joke is not meant to be shared with everyone. Better you enjoy it alone.
* At an event, keep your mobile silent. Imagine you trying to say something and other person playing the silly ringtone. It is a truth universally acknowledged that cell phones must be switched off in the theatre. There is absolutely no excuse. Offenders shall be tarred and feathered! Obviously, this also applies to the cinema, the symphony and spoken word and performance art. Rock concerts and hip-hop shows are generally considered exempt.


* When piloting an automobile, use a hands-free device or resist answering incoming calls. Not only is it dangerous to talk and drive, it is illegal too.
* Chatting on your phone while walking the road may pique pedestrians.
* Having hands free doesn’t mean you have the freedom to talk just about anywhere. Better is to do one thing at a time than be lost in your conversation and ignore what others are saying.


* A camera mobile shouldn’t make you trigger happy. Respect the privacy of others. Don’t click pics without their consent.
* Always shut the lens of your camera mobile when not in use. This helps a lot in avoiding problems as there are people who might get offended even if a camera is pointed at them.
*Turn off camera’s flash wherever applicable like at a zoo using a flash light can be distractive.

Do you need a sex counselling ?

* When you attain puberty. Go for both social and medical counselling to understand the changes in your body and the natural sexual urges and desires like masturbation and physical attraction towards the other sex .

* In case your contraceptive method fails, and also to know what the safe options are .

* Certain lifestyle choices are also important for good sexual health. To know how to be physically fit and maintain personal hygiene. Both reed-thin bodies and obese ones affect sexual health in different ways .

* Both men and women need regular internal check-ups—including tests for blood sugar, cholesterol, liver and routine urine examinations—to rule out any infections in the body .

* Pubescent girls should be taught about the period of menarche, that is the first menstrual cycle. For some, it can take a while before the cycle regularises. Parents shouldn’t panic .

* Almost one-third of sexual health problems are psychological and affect conjugal lives too. One needs to seek professional help before a problem leads to depression and affects a relationship deeply .

A complete jewellery basket !

• For your jewellery basket, you can add small items to the basket, such has head bands, or maybe even a small hand mirror.

• The thin ribbons seem to work very well to dress-up the handle on baskets. And use an array of colours to give the basket that stylish look, such as red, yellow, or even gold. The hedge of a pair of scissors can’t be ran along the ends of the ribbon, in order to give them that curly appeal.

• Very unusual shaped baskets are the best kind for this particular project. Look for baskets that have that long lasting appeal, and be sure that they’re roomy.

• Leave your jewellery inside the cases that the jewellery came in, the cases organize nicely once put inside the basket and they can be rearranged to your personal taste. Once your jewellery is in the basket, place it on the end of your dresser.

• Fill the basket with pretty easter grass, even pink, but the basic green will do; for once it is filled with jewellery the grass will barely be noticeable. Do allow a little to creep over the sides.

How to mend a broken heart !

Here are all useful tips for you !

Go on a vacation — even if it’s an imaginary one.

Listen to some real love stories — the best ones are the oldest ones.

Make someone else smile with a random act of kindness. It will warm your heart through and through.

Listen to some Tracy Chapman. She will help you get through anything.

Cook for someone — a close friend or family.
Cooking is cathartic.

Catch up on doing those things that you used to love to do, but never found time for because of your relationship.

Sit outside under the night sky and stars, with just you and a glass o’ wine (or beer will do).

More nights of romantic comedy watching with some girlfriends.

Get in touch with some old friends. And make plans to meet up and party during the weekend.

Try and spend as much time with family.

Watch the saas-bahu dramas that you gave up for your guy

Seven mistakes women make in bed !


It may be a feminine game, but it won’t get you what you want. Men just don’t think that way, and it’s disrespectful to later blame them for something they could never figure out from such indirect communication. Drop the games and be direct. Effective communication is what will hold you in good stead. If you’re embarrassed to ask what you want, use language which makes your meaning clear. Though you may find it difficult to express your emotions, he’ll need feedback to make sure he carries on enthusiastically. Losing your self in your bliss and not saying anything will make him wonder if you’re asleep, dead or uninterested, at which point he is most likely to stop.


If you want more foreplay, then you need to say so. If he charges straight into your erogenous zones after a few minutes’ of petting and kissing, then you need to educate him about what you want. Men are much more quickly aroused than women on the whole, and they simply need slowing down. As a woman you’re likely to be more creative than a man, so maybe you can apply your creative skills to sex, and improve it for both of you!


Well, maybe not in everything, but it’s not a bad rule to follow during sex. Men lose interest after a while: like it or not, that’s how they are biologically built (in fact they are programmed to sleep after sex) and unless they’re especially sensitive, they won’t be much interested in your satisfaction. The best way to deal with this is to have extended foreplay. This way he’ll be very turned on and he will enjoy the act.


It’s hard for women to believe, but it’s true. In general, men are much less critical of your body than you are. When you start hiding it during sex, or refusing to enjoy certain sexual positions because you fear what he might think of your body, he’s likely to get very disenchanted, very quickly. If you need reassurance that your body is OK, remember rule number 1: ask him for it. Say, for example, “Do you find me attractive?”


It’s an old, old stereotype: men lead, women follow. Well, that certainly shouldn’t be true all the time in sex. Even if you like him to be masculine and dominant during sex, or even if you like to feel as if you’re being “taken” sometimes, it’s just as nice for him to see your assertive side. Take the lead from time to time.


Nothing but nothing will turn a man off faster than being critical. Instead, find a way of gently expressing your feelings.


You want the lights off, you have to be under the covers and you never want to take off your shirt. Yeah, that sounds like some really exciting sex. If he’s with you, it’s because he likes you. So it’s time you got over your insecurities and gave in to your flaws. You can do so with baby steps by lighting candles. You are all set, go with the flow

Soha Ali Khan does a take on yesteryear actors !

VYJAYANTHIMALA: Here Soha replicates the Sangam star’s perfect grace and beauty. Note the magenta match
WAHEEDA REHMAN: Waheedaji was happy to play ‘Guide’ for this look. She helped me to get Soha look like her by bringing out all her old saris for reference
NADIRA: This is about being truly bold and beautiful. Nadira was bold enough to carry off some very creative costumes with style and grace. Nadira for me was the ultimate style guru of her time
NARGIS: I chose Nargis as a strong reference point because Soha’s face has her softness
SHARMILA TAGORE: Emulating her mother’s look was easy. All I did was keep the hairdo and make-up strictly Sharmila style
SAIRA BANU: Saira Banu was representative of the ’60s. Soha’s sex appeal as Saira is a reflection of that time. Also her hair and saris were designed keeping the hair accessories of that era in mind
MEENA KUMARI: Meena Kumari’s drop dead beauty and naivete were the key elements when Soha was given her look. I only wanted her to sport a ‘wiped off’ red bindi for her Meena Kumari look as she was seen in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. I also wanted her to look heartbreakingly sad
HELEN: Soha performs a cabaret in Khoya Khoya Chand. And who is better than the sultry Helen when we think of a sexy cabaret number?

Red signal for red lipstick !

Awidely forwarded e-mail message and a recent study have revived fears that some brands of red lipstick contain potentially harmful levels of lead, a well-known neurotoxin. The e-mail claim has been circulating for some time, but it gained traction last month when a consumer advocacy group published a small independent study of 33 red lipsticks from various brands. The group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said tests showed that one-third of the samples contained lead levels greater than 0.1 parts per million — the federal limit for candy.
The group said it chose that comparison because there is no federal standard for lead in cosmetics. But critics of the study say the comparison is misleading, because unlike candy, lipstick is generally not ingested and any trace amounts ingested accidentally would be harmless. Stephanie Kwisnek, a spokesperson for the US Food and Drug Administration, said in an interview that the agency had conducted its own analyses based on past reports and found that such concerns about lipstick were unfounded. She said the agency was currently conducting a review of the latest report.

A to Z of haircare !

Welcome to your guide to gorgeous hair! Remember that the more you know about your hair, the better equipped you are to deal with it. Let’s run through the A to Z of hair in detail.
Armor, the hair on our body acts as a protective shield, defending the delicate parts of our anatomy.
Brushing and combing distributes our natural hair oils and increases blood circulation. However, remember to be gentle always while brushing.
Cuticle is the protective layer of our hair. When damaged, the scales of the cuticle stand up, giving a brittle and dry look.
Dandruff is a dry scaly condition, which can be easily avoided by shampooing with an anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week.
Excessive exposure to sun, will bleach and weaken the hair. Shield your hair with a cap or a scarf.
Fashion is often hard on the hair. Before surrendering your hair to the latest trend, check how your hair will be affected.
Growth cycle of the hair goes through a natural cycle of growth and fall. Do not panic if you notice some hair falling everyday.
Hirsutism or excessive growth of body hair in women. Oleum Jacoris cream is the best remedy to treat Hirsutism.
Injury to the hair caused by braiding, using tight rollers and tight ponytails.
Junk food is often mirrored in your lack-lustre hair.
Keratin is a hair protein.
Loss of hair is only normal, though if it seems excessive, contact a trichologist.
Magic Three Months — The cause of hairloss can be traced to three months, before hairloss actually manifests itself.
Nutrients and essential minerals like zinc, iron, boron, and molybdenum nourish the hair while proteins and vitamins too add to its sheen.

Over-processing hair with chemicals — by dying, it may cause damage to the cuticle and cortex.

Perming hair is not advisable because it causes the breakdown of the sulphur bonds of the hair. Quality of your hair can be improved by careful grooming and conditioning by oiling.
Rich Feel Trichology Centre is the most advanced hair centre in India and has India’s first certified trichologists at the helm to solve your hair problems.
Shampooing hair at least two to three times a week is a must to keep it clean.
Tricholgy is the science of hair and scalp diseases, with a scientific solution to most hair problems. To maintain healthy hair get your tricho-check done.
Understand your hair by reading up on hair tips, watching your hair for problems and checking your problems with a trichologist.
Vitamins are necessary for the overall strength and growth of the hair follicles.
Washing hair at alarming regularity must be avoided. If your hair type is dry, wash hair twice or thrice a week, while oily hair maybe washed daily.
X’ercise elevates blood circulation, relieves tension and fosters good health, which will surely be reflected in your hair
You are responsible for the well-being of your hair and body. A good haircare regime will ensure healthy hair.
Zinc deficiency is associated with dry hair, hairloss and oily skin. Include spinach, sunflower seeds and mushrooms in your diet.

Mushroom fresh !

When it comes to selenium content, mushrooms surpass all other items in the produce category. White button mushrooms are also good selenium sources. With a significant amount of selenium in every serving, mushrooms could turn out to be important ingredients in a cancer-fighting diet, especially in lowering the risk of prostate cancer.
They are also good sources of three essential B-vitamins: riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Mushrooms are a particularly rich source of riboflavin: a serving of white mushrooms supplies one-quarter of what we need daily. They are rather under-recognised source of potassium, an element that helps regulate blood pressure, helps keep the right balance of water in fat and muscle tissues, and helps ensure the proper functioning of cells.
Whether you’re counting carbs or calories—or just trying to include more health foods in your diet—fresh mushrooms are an ideal fit. Five medium mushrooms contain only 20 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrate, and are virtually fat free.

There is nothing like fried mushrooms on toast for breakfast, served sizzling hot straight from the pan. Once cooked, mushrooms go soft and flabby, they taste okay, but the pleasure is not so great. They are largely composed of water and shrink noticeably during cooking. They also take up a lot of fat as they cook so it is best to use butter or a good olive oil for frying. Fry them briskly so that as they shrink the water evaporates and they don’t stew in their own juices. For the same reason, do not fry too many mushrooms at once in the same pan. Mushrooms should also never be washed but wipe with a damp cloth or a kitchen towel. Unless the skins are very discoloured, it should not be necessary to peel them, although you probably will need to trim the very base of the stem.

Wide Open Ear !

From mushy songs to parental advice to soporific college lectures, your ears help you hear all these. Can you imagine life with ears that didn’t hear properly? You don’t want to, right? So, take good care of your ears!

Infections: Fungal, bacterial or viral; may lead to watery or pus-filled discharge. Hearing impairment: Occurs when sound is not conducted properly into the eardrum; could be due to fluid, pus or blood in the middle ear.
• Be careful when you bathe. Don’t let
water, shampoo or soap get inside your
ear as it can lead to painful infections.
• Never, ever clean your ear with
matchsticks, pens or any other sharp objects. Always use a soft-tipped cotton bud.
• In fact, you don't need to use ear buds all the time. Ears have a self-cleaning mechanism. Gently wipe them with a towel if water has gone in.
• Try to avoid loud and noisy places such as discotheques.

No more FAT in schoolchildren !

Obesity is the increased fat content in the body. Now a major health problem in India, even underweight Indians have higher fat content than overweight foreigners. In a survey conducted recently, almost 60 per cent middleaged, working-class Indians in Mumbai were found to be overweight. In another survey, over 30 per cent children in Delhi’s elite schools were in the same category.
It’s ideal if schools ban vending machines and soft drinks and serve healthy meals and snacks in their canteens.

Diet control:
*Eat 3-4 regular meals per day * Avoid calorieheavy snacks* Select healthy food when eating out * Consume skimmed milk to reduce fat intake * Avoid soft drinks *Reduce using oil/ghee/butter at home to less than 500 ml per person per month * Select whole wheat products over white flour/white rice * Have lots of fruits and vegetables daily * Drink adequate water that helps one as much to eat less as well as remain hydrated * Avoid alcohol
Exercise On :
* Regular sports should become mandatory. In daily life, ensure physical activity whenever possible, like take the staircase instead of the elevator.

Walk for at least half an hour.

Small and very private Wedding !

• Choose location for small weddings more appropriately. Large halls do not take bookings for smaller number of people that leaves you with unusual and unique options. Take advantage and settle for something new.

• View your budget for the big day and then make plans. Small wedding rightly means fewer guests and low expenditure. Chart out each and every expense starting from clothes, food, ceremony, wedding administrator etc. even a low cost wedding demands a reasonable amount of funds.

• At your small affair, you can settle for some favourite traditional dishes and appetizers. Your priority is taste and good food for family and not large embellishments for people. You can relish on exotic dishes prepared with family’s preference.

• Let all your family and friends say a few words and express their feelings at the event. You do not have to be perfect and formal at the event. This would be an emotional and outstanding moment at your wedding.

• Get a projector and enjoy some memorable times with family and friends. Play some old family events and achievements to feel proud to be one.

• You can plan a vacation wedding as well. With just family and few close friends it will not be grand expense.

• Small private weddings might not be the most preferred ones but they surely are wisest choices. Looking back you will have people envying you for this dynamic move and wish they had done the same.

With a little care, parenting can be fun !

Parenting is a tough job, and maintaining close relationships and open communications helps to ensure parents and their children stay connected through all ages of their upbringing. Here are some simple tips for enhancing the bond.
Say I love you:
Tell your child you love him every day — no matter his age. Even on trying days or after a parent-child disagreement, it is more important than ever to express your love. A simple ‘I love you’ goes a long way toward strengthening a relationship.
Teach your faith:
Teach your child about your faith. Tell him what you believe and why. Allow time for your child to ask questions and answer them honestly. Reinforce those teachings often.
Establish a special name:
Create a special name for your child that is positive and special or a secret code word that you can use between each other. Use the name as a simple reinforcement of your love.
Maintain a special bedtime ritual:
For younger children, reading a favourite bedtime book or telling stories is a ritual that will be remembered always. Once children start reading, have them read a chapter, or short book to you. Even most teenagers still enjoy the ritual of being told goodnight in a special way by their parents.
Let your children help you:
Unloading groceries after going to the store is a good example of something that children of most ages can and should assist with. Choosing which shoes look better with your dress lets a child know you value her opinion. Of course, if you ask, be prepared to live with the choice made!
Play with your children:
It doesn’t matter what you play, just enjoy each other! Let kids see your silly side.
Eat meals as a family:
Eating together sets the stage for conversation and sharing. Don’t rush through a meal. When schedules permit, really talk and enjoy one another.
Think creatively:
Whether it is a walk around the neighbourhood, a special trip to a playground, or just a movie night with just the two of you, it is important to celebrate each child individually. Think creatively and the opportunities created will be ones that you remember, always.
Respect your kid’s choices:
It is important to respect those choices. Children reach out for independence at a young age, and parents can help to foster those decision-making skills by being supportive and even looking the other way on occasion.
Make them a priority:
Your children need to know that you believe they are a priority in your life. Children can observe excessive stress and notice when they feel you are not paying them attention. Sometimes, part of being a parent is not worrying about the small stuff and enjoying your children. They grow up so fast, and every day is special. Do make the most of it. You could start right away!

Quizmaster : Shah Rukh , On Hot seat : Amitabh Bachchan !

The two competing teams comprised Big B and I, and Raviji (Ravi Chopra) and Juhi Chawla respectively. SRK would be the official quizmaster. We discovered that Big B’s general knowledge is really good, he knew answers to almost every question.
Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan hit it off well on the sets of Bhootnath. They would be often seen together, playing cards, etc. A source from the sets says, “Big B and SRK spent a lot of time on the sets, playing card games in between their shots. They bonded really well on the sets.”
When contacted Vivek Sharma, director of Bhoothnath, confirmed, “It was a sight to watch SRK and Big B together. The two had fun over games and general conversations. There were several occasions when SRK dropped by on the sets even when he was not shooting. Big B showed interest in everything ranging from SRK’s pony tail to his six- pack abs. They would often play an interesting game called Trivial Pursuit.” Not just that, SRK gifted AB many DVDs of latest video games available.

Sun is slimmer !

A new study suggests that the Sun may be 300 kilometres smaller than previously thought.
If the latest study carried out by a team led by Margit Haberreiter of the World Radiation Centre in Davos, Switzerland, turns out to be correct, then other properties of the Sun such as its internal temperature and density may be slightly different than previously calculated.
Because the Sun has no solid surface, its atmosphere merely gets thinner and more transparent farther from its centre. So, the Sun’s “surface” is defined to be the depth in its atmosphere where it becomes opaque to light.
Scientists generally measure this by observing the Sun with telescopes and measuring the distance between the centre of the Sun’s disc and its edge (the place where its brightness suddenly drops off). This gives a radius of 695,990 kilometres, or about 109 times the radius of Earth. But a second, completely different way to measure the Sun’s size by using surface gravity waves called f-modes that ripple across the surface of the Sun like water waves on the ocean, reduces the Sun’s size by 300 kilometres.

Who is Naughty !

Even infants can tell the difference between naughty and nice playmates, and know which to choose, a new study finds.
Babies as young as 6 to 10 months old showed crucial social judging skills before they could talk, according to a study by researchers at Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center published in Thursday’s issue of journal ‘Nature’.
The infants watched a googly-eyed wooden toy trying to climb roller-coaster hills and then another googly-eyed toy come by and either help it over the mountain or push it backward. They then were presented with the toys to see which they would play with.
Nearly every baby picked the helpful toy over the bad one.
The babies also chose neutral toys — ones that didn’t help or hinder — over the naughty ones. And the babies chose the helping toys over the neutral ones.
There was no difference in reaction between boys and girls, but when the researchers took away the large eyes that made the toys somewhat lifelike, the babies didn’t show the same social judging skills.
The choice of nice over naughty follows a school of thought that humans have some innate social abilities, not just those learned from their parents.
A study last year in Germany showed that babies as young as 18 months old overwhelmingly helped out when they could, such as by picking up toys that researchers dropped.
Researchers also want to know if the behaviour is limited to human infants. The Yale team is starting tests with monkeys, but has no results yet, Hamlin said.
Parents should be cautious while presenting toys to their kids and be aware of the age-suitability of the play things which are often mentioned on the packs.

Popping pleasure !

Stress relief, diet aid, lucky charm: few can resist the allure of bubble wrap and now a Japanese company is finding new reasons to pop till you drop.

In Japan, the plastic packaging material is best known by a local brand-name Puti Puti, pronounced "poochy-poochy", and Kawakami Sangyo Co, its biggest manufacturer, has set up the Puti Puti Culture Laboratory dedicated to finding unusual uses for it.

"I think about Puti Puti almost every waking hour," said Ayaka Sugiyama, the head of the laboratory whose hobbies include singing in a five-person band called "Puti Metal".

"I'm not an expert in psychology, but it is said that if people see a chair, they want to sit in it. If they see a button on an intercom, they want to push it," she said.

"It's the same with Puti Puti. The bubbles stick out, so you want to squash them."

Hoping to tap into Puti Puti's appeal, Sugiyama started jotting down notes on unusual uses of the packaging material about seven years ago and the ideas were compiled in a "Puti Puti Official Book" published last year.

Among the suggestions are injecting the bubbles with coloured ink to create mosaic-like artwork, sitting on the sheets at picnics, sewing them into in a wedding dress and -- this from an 85-year-old woman -- popping bubbles to help prevent senility.

Kawakami Sangyo teamed up with toy maker Bandai Corp to develop a Mugen Puti Puti, or an "infinite pop pop" key chain with eight re-poppable bubbles -- although Puti Puti purist Sugiyama admits the sensation isn't the same as the real thing.

Sugiyama, a slender 30-year-old, says she sometimes pops Puti Puti bubbles while watching TV as a way to keep her hands busy and refrain from munching junk food.

Kawakami Sangyo, whose main customers for Puti Puti are manufacturers, is creating products aimed at retail consumers.

"Pucchin Sukatto", a box of small bubble wrap sheets developed solely for popping, went on sale at convenience stores for 198 yen ($1.78) in October and a "Puti Puti Calendar" comes with a square bubble on each day of the month.

"For those who think one Puti Puti per day is not enough, there are extras at the end of each month," Sugiyama said.

Kawakami Sangyo also includes one heart-shaped bubble per every 10,000 on ordinary wrapping for good luck -- sort of like a four-leaf clover -- and offers special sheets of giant bubbles that make a startlingly loud cracking noise when popped.

The company is now trying to develop star-shaped bubbles as well as scented Puti Puti, though both have proven tricky.

"The scent doesn't last," Sugiyama said of the efforts so far to make strawberry-scented Puti Puti.

"But we're still trying. Bursting the bubbles makes you feel calm and reduces stress and if there were a scent, it would be even more soothing."

Casual & Recreational sex for Dolphins !

Imagine being chased by a portable male sex organ that has a mind of its own or having to wait three days for your lover to get undressed. Think of the kinkiest and chances are it is already been practised and perfected in the sea.
“As humans, we think we’re so promiscuous but compared to sea creatures we’re just so boring,” says Australian aquatic scientist Sheree Marris, author of the newly published book, ‘KamaSEAtra Secrets of Sex in the Sea’. The book is a comical exposé on the raunchy sex lives of creatures beneath the sea.
“Sex sells, people love secrets and there are so many wonderful parallels that we share with marine animals when it comes to sex, love and relationships. They flirt just like us, dress up to impress their loves, serenade. The works get weirder and a whole lot kinkier,” says the Victoria-born Marris.
Having spent five years researching the book, drawing on her own work and talking to international experts and scouring scientific journals, Marris’ interest in marine sex began when she first discovered the meaning of the term ‘dork’. “It’s a whale penis. When we call someone a dork we’re calling them a big dick.”
Dolphins, according to her, believe in casual and recreational sex. The male anemone fish has both male and female sex organs and the cuttlefish can change its appearance to sneak past another male and have sex behind its rival’s back.
The book also looks at parenthood in the marine world. Marris cites the example of male seahorses that receive eggs from the female. They incubate them and give birth to the young.
Finding a date, however, is tough under the sea. Marine animals often fight for love. Flatworms engage in penis fencing fights each trying to stab their combatant to death.

Divya Dutta has lost tons of weight !

Actress Divya Dutta shocked us when we spotted her last. The actor has lost tons of weight and told us she is constantly being asked, ‘Whatever happened to you?’ The actor adds, “Well, I have lost weight and I am feeling good about myself.

The only thing is that people don’t believe this is me and are asking me, “Where is your elder sister Divya?” she laughs. Well, a compliment like that can do great things to women!

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