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 !


* TANK SIZE:
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.

* FISH SELECTION:
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.

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

* 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 !

DAYDREAMING
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.
NAPPING
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.
GOSSIPING
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.

STEP 1
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.

STEP 2
Include bandage material, such as gauze pads, cotton gauze, adhesive tape and masking tape.

STEP 3
Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and anti-bacterial ointment or cream in the kit.

STEP 4
Include diarrhoea medication, but seek your veterinarian’s approval before use.

STEP 5
Be sure to pack a pair of scissors, plus tweezers or forceps.

STEP 6
Add a few eye droppers for dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds.

STEP 7
Include a syrup to induce vomiting in case your pet is poisoned.

STEP 8
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.

STEP 9
Store blankets in the kit to keep your pet warm in extreme conditions.

STEP 10
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…

NEWER, BETTER BIKES
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.

START-UP TIPS
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.

RIDE WELL
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.

SOCIAL BIKING!
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.

PED PEP
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.

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE YOU NEED TO SIT:
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.

HOW MESSY YOUR FAMILY IS:
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.

WHAT YOU FIND COMFORTABLE:
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.

HOW MUCH SPACE YOU HAVE:
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.

QUALITY:
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.

COLOUR AND PATTERN:
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.

YOUR USAGE HABITS:
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.


WHAT TO EAT
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.

SOME DOS, SOME DON’TS
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.

SIMPLE TIPS FOR NAIL CARE
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.

HOME REMEDIES FOR SPOTLESS NAILS
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 !

LIE 1: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
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.

LIE 2: I TALK ALL THE TIME; MY SPOUSE JUST DOESN’T LISTEN
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.

LIE 3: PEOPLE DON’T REALLY CHANGE
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.

LIE 4: WHEN YOU MARRY, YOU CREATE YOUR OWN FAMILY LEGACY
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.

LIE 5: EGALITARIAN MARRIAGE IS EASIER THAN TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
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.

LIE 6: CHILDREN SOLIDIFY A MARRIAGE
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.

WHAT’S PRIVATE ISN’T PUBLIC
* 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.

TALK AT THE RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
*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.

HANDS FREE

* 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.

HAVE LENS, WILL SHOOT

* 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 .

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