Coffee.

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Definition: a hot, brewed beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a coffee plant.

Country of origin: Ethiopia

Colors available: Dark brown, beige, light brown, black.

Legend has it that the magical powers of coffee were first discovered by Ethiopian shepherds on fine day when it came to their notice that their goats, after munching on the wild coffee berries, become friskier, displayed higher levels of energy and started ‘dancing’. Perhaps that was the day that man realized his inner craving to emulate goats as well (after centuries of emulating the monkey), for no sooner that the shepherd Kaldi observed his herd’s friskier behaviour that he proceeded to try a taste himself. Much to his delight (I presume), he felt a rush of energy quite unlike any he had ever experienced before.

Little did Kaldi know that millions of years down the road, this sensation would be craved by billions and trillions of people all over the world. And here we are now, centuries and centuries later, celebrating the first ever International Coffee Day today – 1st October, 2015.

Originally, though, coffee was eaten rather than drunk, Africans mixed coffee berries with fat which formed edible energy balls! Yes, energy-boosters existed even before RedBull.

Quick tip: if you like your espresso coffee sweet, you are better off using granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners, all of which alter the taste of the coffee. And you don’t want that happening, do you?

Here’s a little fun fact about Turkish husbands of olden times (ladies, take note!): Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee – failure to do so was fair grounds for divorce! As if our men needed one more reason to hate these gorgeous Turkish men, heheh.

How much are you willing to splurge on a pound of coffee, though? Did you say $600? Think again. The most expensive coffee in the world costs $600 per pound and comes from the faeces of a Sumartan wild cat called Luwak. Nope, not joking. Apparently, the cat has trouble digesting the coffee beans. So when it eats the beans, they are fermented in the process during the process of digestion. Upon excretion, the beans provide smooth, chocolaty coffee. Yum.

Drink about a hundred cups of coffee (literally!) and you have lethal dose of caffeine in your system. The yummiest way to commit suicide if there ever was any.

But if you want to live a longer healthier life, then coffee is the way to go. Researchers have found that older patients with higher levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to protect against skin cancer in women. Studies have also shown that drinking caffeine can increase your metabolism 3 to 11%. It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning. Yay, coffee!

Are you skeptical regarding the popularity and massive fan following that coffee has amassed? Check this out: coffee is the second most traded commodity in the whole world. Want to know the first most traded commodity? It’s oil. I kid you not. Right after securing their economies, the countries worry about their stock levels of…coffee.

Coffee addicts go to all lengths to express their views regarding their drug. Here are a few such sentiments:

With enough coffee, anything is possible. Even suicide.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the truth, the only truth, and nothing but the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee always makes everything better, specially mornings.

 

 

 

 

In a world of too many people with too many silly questions, coffee is the most precious bestfriend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, obviously. Who needs water when they can have coffee? We need water because we need to MAKE coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate coffee, donate blood. Same difference, really.

 

 

 

If there was a survey conducted to gauge the two direst times for when coffee is needed, the above two categories would stand out for sure. Seek out every student and job-person for confirmation if you don’t believe me.

 

And now, here’s a fun little cartoon to help you through the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee O'Clock!

Gotta run!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy slurping!

Muslim Country, British Constitution and Hindu Festival.

The country which got its independence in the name of Islamic Republic has now announced an official off for Holi on 24th March.

“The government of Sindh has been pleased to declare March 24, 2016 (Thursday) as public holiday throughout the province of Sindh, on the occasion of Holi for all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of government of Sindh except essential services,” a notification issued by office of the Sindh chief secretary read.

Holi is the ancient Hindu festival which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil. People pour over the streets and celebrate happiness by playing with colours on this day.

Hindu’s in Pakistan make up around two percent of the country’s 200 million people and mostly lives in southern Sindh province.  Although it has been in the blur picture that religious minorities have long faced economic and social discrimination but how fair is it to totally include their religious affair in the constitution and law that is a sign of amateurish attempt of the government to improve its track record.

When in a Muslim independent country basic rights of Muslims are not protected and they are not given their fundamentals how can we think beyond? Did we just forget what calamities and hardships our forefathers had to undergo, how the soil had turned into blood just to get the separate identity and disentangle from Hindus.

Now the question arises; has India declared Eid-ul- Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr as public holiday all over India? Because the count of Muslims living in India is way more than Hindus living in Pakistan. As far as treatment is concerned Muslims have never been treated just or equally in India, neither now nor before. I don’t vouch on this initiative for stepping over the grudges. Don’t we remember how terribly India defeats us in every match?

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Double Oscar Winner- Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Lights Camera Action!…  Another documentary film came into being. And the award goes to Sharmin Oaid Chinoy for best short subject documentary film of the year. “A Girl in the River- The Price of Forgiveness” thus becoming an Oscar winner for the second time.

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The lady has again taken the entire Pakistan by storm. Giving voice to an issue which has always been unheard is her forte. “Saving faces” then and “A girl in the river” now.

Honour killing is a subject, or to be more precise an ugly reality of our society veiled under the black cloak and suppressed to the deepest roots, with a lot more hideous issues accompanying.

Honour killing, better known as Karo kari; in which yet again only a lesser powerful and clamped gender is overpowered- females. Where family members consider themselves to be authorized to kill her in order to restore family honour. In the majority of cases, the victim of the attacks is female and the irony is; attackers are the male members of her family or community.

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The Chinoy’s film features; The 19-year-old Saba, a survivor of an attempted honour killing who was beaten up, shot and thrown into a river by her father and uncle for marrying a man without their approval. At the last moment, she tilted her head, meaning the bullet grazed her cheek instead of shattering her skull.

“This is what happens when determined women get together,” Chinoy said as she holds the golden statuette. 1445970344897

Now the question is, if this spine-chilling crime will be history in a few days’ time right after the fire cools down to ashes, as we don’t expect societal attitude towards gender-based violence to change overnight. But as they say better late than never, government vows to take step in order to eradicate the dreadful honour killing.

Rooted with VIP Culture

“All Pakistanis are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law” Says the Islamic-cum-British constitution of Pakistan. But the question arises; how true is that? I may not be the first one to be ranting over the flaming issue of VIP culture.

A few days back there was much uproar as to how tragically that small girl passed away, whose father was trying to race her to the hospital. It is unfortunate that in a few days’ time, this case, like every other, also got dusted under the carpet and forgotten until another girl will come into being and would be treated the same. It never stops. I hope wherever that little girl is, there is justice. I am glad she did not have to grow up knowing that the lives of us citizens are not as important as security protocols. I am glad that you are not subjected to the violence you may have faced like more than three-fourth of our nation do.

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This VIP culture has dug its roots deep down in our society by the Politicians. The time has arrived when citizens have to take some action on their own. No one’s going to stand for us if we don’t by ourselves. Those who know the Constitution and those who don’t; there is no rule in the law of Pakistan to block the traffic for hours just for a single person to pass by. We’re all equal by the law. We have to break these stereotypes.

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Although the movement was initiated against the VIP culture by Karachites, “ SAY NO TO VIP CULTURE”. it should be limited to the metropolis. However, only placing Stickers over the cars, holding placards and showing your anguish on social media won’t take us any far as a nation. We should support those who raise their voice for the public awareness and encourage them as well.

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The knack of doodling the world on the finger tips

Like a magician quieting a group of children by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, parents try to overfeed the need of their children with latest gadgets, as they believe the solution to any problem is an iphone or there could be no better reward than a tablet if a child secure good grades in school.

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In the process of making our lives better with the help of science and advanced technology we have become a slave to it. The new generation who seems to have mastered at it without even going to high school appears to bypass the real world to get a digital quick-fix; our work, play and plans for stress release seem to depend on a broadband connection.

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There are always repercussions to anything that is extreme and as a matter of fact we really can never understand the full neurological effects of these technologies yet. Then there is a new danger on the road. Have you ever found yourself checking your smartphone for updates while still behind the wheel? Oh! All of us do that it’s just the matter of one “ting”.  

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From morning alarms to plugging on to music at night, gadgets have permeated our lives completely.  A child who used to play with crayons would rather use a coloring application on an iPad which has called for a death to the social life of the new generation. It is still a perplexed situation to decide what a future might hold for a generation raised on portable screens.
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Black Friday Madness

Those of us who eat, drink, and breathe shopping are aware of the arrival of the biggest day of the year. Yes, I am talking about Black Friday. Originally a Christian tradition, the concept of Black Friday has now crept all over the world, so much so that retailers – regardless of their faith and religion – now ‘celebrate the Black Friday like any other Christian.

For those of you who have been unlucky enough to be unaware about the Black Friday, here’s a quick little catch-up:

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Thursday, and marks the official opening of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers, hoping to kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang, offered massive discounts and unbelievable deals to lure customers into the stores. The ‘black’ in Black Friday refers to the transition from ‘red’ to ‘black’ from olden times, back when sales were recorded by hand, with red figures depicting loss, and profits written in black.

Now that all of you are up to date on the concept, let us enjoy a good laugh over it.

Obviously, it is the retailers who benefit the most from Black Friday, what with insane amounts of customers invading the shops from as early as 4:00 AM in the morning. What they wouldn’t give to have a black week! In comparison, the customers, despite availing the best of all deals, also have to suffer from EmptyWallets Syndrome. Take a look:

But then there are also the Other Kind of people. For them, trifling global issues like capitalism pale in comparison:

Let’s look at the Black Friday with another perspective-that of a husband and a wife.

P.S. Which team do you belong to?

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And here’s the most ironic of all:

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This year’s Black Friday sales in Pakistan were a hit – quite literally. Those of us who are aware of a certain clothing store outlet incident in Lahore will be able to appreciate the pun *wink*.

That clothing store was not the only one to send its customers into a spending spree. Rumour has it that a certain online shopping website attracted such a massive surge of online shoppers that the website suffered a system crash.

Suffice it to say, Black Friday sales are in a league of their own. This morning, I read a fitting status on my Facebook:

Black Friday shoppers, better pay your electricity bills before spending all your cash on the sales – else be prepared for the next Friday to be black too! 😉

Share your Black Friday thoughts and experiences in the comments, peeps! Let the fun begin!

 

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Travel

 

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If I was given unlimited amount of money and was told to spend it in any way possible. I would without any second thoughts travel. Life is a very tough battle. Sometimes we feel as if it’s over. We feel that our stresses have gone beyond our reach and that before we explode, we must quit. When you feel this way, here’s what you need to do. You need to take a 10 day vacation to an absolutely new place and LEAVE! It may sound cliché, but travelling is an anti-depressant. To travel is to live. It really is!

The world out there is unbelievable. It’s beyond our imagination. There are people starving to death, while there are people who are becoming billionaires by the day. There are models, there are complexed women. There is snowfall, there is extreme heat, and there are various animals and various people and various problems. There are numerous cultures and the only thing similar between us and them is we are alive. Sometimes when we are sitting in our perfectly air conditioned rooms and whining about problems, a different city or a different country is being bombarded. Travel opens up our horizons. It makes us feel for other people. We realize that our problems are not the biggest concerns because someone else is probably wishing to live the life that we are living. Travel helps us meet new people and new cultures. This way we understand people better, and once we can understand, we can share.

Dear people. LIVE YOUR LIFE. Travel out there and become global citizens. Think as one community. The human community, and believe you me, you’ll feel new altogether.

Here are 10 countries you MUST travel to once in a lifetime.

1) MACHU PICCHU (PERU)

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This city or more commonly known as the “lost city” is positioned at the edge of the mountain in Andes. This location was unbelievably discovered only now in the 19th century and has left everyone in awe since then. If you want to trek or enjoy the calmness of the mountains. You want to take the nature in.. here’s where you should travel to!

 

2) Venice (Italy)

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Known as the city of canals the fun fact is this city is built on water and is absolutely beautiful for those who want to  walk around and just admire. It’s even better when you fall in love in Italy! Travel to Italy with your lovers.

 

3)DUBAI (UAE)

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The beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Dubai is one city that started from nothing and now it has everything! The world’s tallest building to the world’s largest mall. Dubai is the city of glamor, beauty, amazing infrastructure, buildings and absolute FUN. No one can ever tell that the city we now know as Dubai was once a mere desert. if you want to enjoy the desert feel, travel to Dubai

 

4)Bruges, (Belgium)

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Bruges is the capital and the largest city of the province of west Flanders in Belgium. This is that city that looks like a fairy-tale. It’s so beautiful that you’ll feel as if it’s not real, but just a picture. It’s many a times referred to as the Venice of the north because it to is the city of canals. Travel to Bruges and get absolutely mesmerized.

 

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This people the largest city of Portugal has a population of 552700. It is known to be a global city for its richness in commerce, media, arts, finance etc. Lisbon is becoming one of the most popular travel spots day by day. You don’t want to restrict your eyes to the beauty that lies on Lisbon!

 

6) Sydney (Australia)

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This is the first city that broght in the idea of “new year” hence its knows as the best destination for new years eve. It’s the most populous city in Australia that earns a good amount of money form tourism every year. Have enough money to spend new years in a new country? TRAVEL TO SYDNEY!

 

7) Bangkok (Thailand)

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What I love about Bangkok is its affordability. Most of us are financially restricted which becomes a huge barrier for our travel plans. The greatest thing about Bangkok, Thailand is.. it’s very reasonable. This place is so serene, one feels at their calm. It’s a great place to shop as everything is easily available at very cheap rates. This is the place you want to go to with friends for a bachelor or a bachelorette party. Its busy and chaotic which makes it even more of a tourist spot because you get o meet so many people.

 

8) Amsterdam Netherlands

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This place is completely uncensored. It’s liberal and free. It’s the dutch capital and has beautiful looking people. When you go to Amsterdam, you are more awe struck by the gorgeous faces than the gorgeous places it has. The great anne frank originates from this place, how mysterious does that sound? Amsterdam is indeed a very mysterious place and you must travel there once in your lifetime to explore what it really is. The greatest thing about travelling to Amsterdam is, its great for anyone and any type. If you are a sober, decent young lady who wants to appreciate beauty, it’ll give you beauty! If you are a young, energetic lad, it’l give you energy!  So SAVE UP FELLAS, this may be your next travel spot

 

9) Rome (ITALY)

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“WHEN IS ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO” the very famous quote that is enough to tell you why you must travel to this gorgeous place. Rome is an eternal city where everyone is amazing and sweet. They will accept you as your own and make you feel at home

 

10) And last but not the least ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

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This one’s for sure on my list to travel. Beautiful people, beautiful place. This place is historic in its own self. It is so beautiful that you will not want to leave. It not just consists of natural beauty but amazing infrastructure that will leave you amazed by the end of your trip

 

Travel away fellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media

 

Social Media

 

Long long ago, lived a civilization that sat on the table together thrice a day starting from breakfast to dinner. They would talk to each other, discuss the day, share the good things and the bad things and most of all laugh together and rejoice the moments they had as one family. The civilization dreamed and hoped for their descendants to be as connected as they were in their time. They wished for the new generations to be as close and tightly knit as they were but reality turned out to be much different. The souls of the ancestors were terrified by this new system what we call today the “social media”
This “Social media” was replacing family life. Now, rarely any family was sitting together on one table for the meals and even if they did they were not communicating with each other but instead Facebooking of how “many dishes mommy cooked”, how much “mirchi the saalan had” , “how beautifully the salad was put together” or “how they could not eat rice cause they were dieting”. This new terrible way of life where social media had become the purpose of living had become a nightmare for the ancestors. It was so frustrating for their souls that they pleaded God to make their hands human again so they could slap the life out of little kids constantly running the little fingers on some technology they called “the cell phone”. In their time the kind of conversation a mother and daughter had would sound something like this

“hello dear, how was your day”

“it was great mom, remember the sandwich you made for lunch? All my friends went mad about it! I love you!”

“Dear please be home by 6 i’ll miss you!”

“hey mom, let’s take a family picture so we can put it on the wall(the house she meant wall)”

“talking to my family is my life, I look forward to a little chat(face to face) with my grand father”

While centuries later, the conversations had started to sound like this

“Yo mama, ima be late, tweet me if you need me”

“OH EM GEE, MY MOTHER IS ON FACEBOOK WHAT DO I DO, SHOULD I PUT HER ON LIMITED?”

“ OMG GIRLS LOOK WHAT RYAN SNAPCHATTED ME LAST NIGHT”

“mom! Can I have a profile picture shoot today? I want at least 200 likes on my picture”

“social media is my life”

The ancestors were so disappointed in today’s generation that they chose to never return on earth, leaving this social media prone youth all alone.

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Now the question arises on what social media really is and where has it originated from?

When we google social media, Wikipedia tells us this “Social media is computer-mediated tool that allow people to create, share or exchange information, career interests,[1] ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks” (wikipedia)

In my opinion, I believe that every word in this world has two meanings. One which the holy dictionary gives us and one which we give for ourselves. For example, the word care means in the dictionary as “ to show affection” while for me the word care does not necessarily relate to “showing the affection” but feeling and making it obvious that you feel the care. Likewise, the word social media has another meaning for me. Social media is a devil in disguise. It’s something we have mistaken as a knowledge generating tool, as it’s more of a spoilt brat generating tool. It’s that blessing that if used too much will become the reason you’ll have more of Facebook friends than real friends. The use of social media is I believe great till an extent, but when your life starts revolving around the number of likes on your picture and your snapchat score, it becomes pretty obvious that the use of this tool is more than it should be and that’s dangerous.

Now if you come to think about it, this generation which should be the future of our country and the future of this world is more depressed than any other generation had ever been. Ever thought why? Here’s why! Before when social media was not so important, the youth was not so competitive. It did not have concerns of who is dating who and who cheated on who. There were no or less concerns of who leaked out who’s picture or you failed and who passed. Everyone was friendlier and less into the zone of becoming better than the other BUT now! When social media has dominated so much of our lives, we want to be the social media kings and queens. We know more than we should know, which leads to complexes that maybe I’m not good enough? It leads to depression of loneliness because you have 500 friends on Facebook and 250 followers on twitter while the rich girl in school has 2000. The youth of today is so concerned about the social media stats that many as statistics tell have ended up physically fighting over this like “how dare you comment that”

Moving on to another brutal side of social media, I have seen that if there’s a fire in a small house and everyone’s safe, that fire becomes the day of judgements fire where 5men and 2 children sadly burn away and 2 women miraculously survive. So social media is basically a platform to exaggerate news, create hype and increase viewership. This way, little children who should not be exposed to terrible things that exist in this world till a certain age are being informed of them all. The youth is so full of fear of the world out there, they know about murders, rape, sex, terrorism and so many other nasty things way before they should.  I will not be surprised if a 5 year old asked a girl on a date. I mean, I’d be surprised if he didn’t!

The youth is sadly losing the fun of being young and messy because YouTube has too many amazing tips on how to wear the perfect makeup and look “hot”. If I wanted to look hot when I was 12, my mother would put my hand on the stove because that’s the only way I could look hot back then.

I guess I should get over being too skeptic and highlight some very great advantages of social media. Maybe this way, the souls of our ancestors come back knowing the generation of today is not all that messed up.

Social media is one of the highest paid job platforms. The YouTube artists and the bloggers the tweeters and the facebookers earn a fortune because of this tool. Social media has generated and continues to generate a lot of employment. Anything that contributes to the economy in some way or the other always has a multiplier effect. Which basically means that if employment is generated, people will spend more. If people spend more, the circular flow of income will increase because when one spends, someone else earns. This way the economy will have more money to invest. When investments take place, more employment will be created and so on and so forth. In the end, everyone is better off in terms of living standards

Social media has led to more awareness than television itself! Before, issues like rape, divorces, depression, relationships, gays, lesbians, various diseases, trans genders were not known off or even discussed for that matter. People felt embarrassed to come forward and fight for their rights. Social media has given us the power to post our hearts out anonymously and the great thing is that people from all around the world become one and help you on your problems. This has given many women and men and even children for that matter the courage to come forward and get help. This has brought the world closer. We are now becoming unified and collective in everything we do.

Social media is a great source of information. It saves our time. There were days when we had to sit for hours and hours to find one single piece of information, but now it’s just a clock away. Thus, social media is making our lives easier. We can shop form home, we can call and communicate with our relatives and friends who live far away from us, we are constantly informed of what goes around the world and what not!

Social media is indeed a great source or education. Be it in any field. science, business, law etc. whenever I feel sick all I have to do is google the symptoms and bam! There’s the solution. I need makeup tips, hair tips, party ideas, dresses and you name it it’s there. Hasn’t life become easier because of social media! Believe me it has.

Now here’s the best advantage of social Media. This one’s my personal favourite. WORLDWIDE CONNECTIVITY AND INCREASED TREMENDOUSLY! Back in 6th grade I lost a great friend who moved to America and guess what? He added me on Facebook 4 years later. Isn’t that amazing? You reconnect with lovers, friends, best friends, parents, siblings or nay lost soul. Now social media is equivalent to bumping into a stranger who you get married to in the next two years at a utility shop and or nay social gatherings except social media is virtual. Its bringing the world closer.

Another huge advantage of social media is the fact that it’s a free platform to advertise your product. So many people out there don’t have the start-up capital to put up their services on billboards or make extravagant advertisements for that matter. Now, because of social media, one just needs to shoot and low budgeted video and upload it. Millions of people can be reached. Many people find sponsors and a huge cliental through the tool we call social media.

Last but not the least..social media is the ultimate source of entertainment today. There are various types of entertainment social media is providing us with. Such as

  1. Free access to movies/songs/videos: not everyone has the time to book a ticket to the cinemas for every other movie that comes out. Most of us download these movies and watch them, and how do we download these movies? Via the magical SOCIAL MEDIA. We have unlimited access to our favourite bands and our favourite cartoons we can watch videos of makeup and celebrities and what not!
  2. Games: social media is where not just boys but men get hooked on to, so that they play all the fancy car racing games, the mighty and the famous FIFA, wrestling games, poker and other types of card games and what not. It’s the ultimate gaming zone for everyone now a days.
  3. GOSSIP: now for all the women out there and very saldy many men too.. isn’t gossip just a great way to pass your time. “who cheater on who and who got pregnant outside marriage” “ who failed her test and who left the house” “who threw  aprty and uploaded pictures and you realized you weren’t invited and who slapped you” so on and so forth. Gossip never ends and via social media we get to know about everything! As much as it scares us, it excites us to.. admit it!
  4. Online shopping: for most women, it’s a blessing to sit  and click click click, the doorbell rings, tadaa! You are 5 shirts,2 pants and 2 shoes rich without even walking out of the house! How entertaining is that?

 

Well then friends, I would end with the following quotes Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community and Just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can prevent many debacles if we’re educated. (brainyquote)
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Anything to a limit is great and anything that’s used in boundaries with the educated mind will only help us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A List of MUST’s

 

Everybody has a bucket list. In some form or the other. While some of us are more organized, with a bunch of lists that guide their life, the rest of us – who belong to the Lazy Procrastinators’ Society, just by the way – have these bucket lists stored haphazardly in their memory banks. I, for one, am a firm believer of lists, (preferably bulleted and font-ed to every inch of their existence). Unfortunately, however, I am also a member of the Lazy Procrastinators’ Society. Bit of a dilemma if there ever was any, eh?  To my credit, I do have a bucket list going on with my best friend, which is as pretty as you please. Whether the list is being followed is an entirely different matter, one that we don’t need to get into right now, pfft.

Anyway, bucket lists are a great way of keeping track of what you absolutely MUST to do in your life, things that you MUST have in your life. And the best thing about them is that they are everlasting – you can keep making additions to them as and when necessary. Imagine that unbelievable feeling of accomplishment when you go through the list some years down the road, realizing how many little goals you accomplished over time. A little self-motivational activity works wonders in our life. And a bucket list is the most fun way of doing it!

Those of you, who have neither the time nor the inclination to create your own bucket list, worry not. Today, we compile a ‘list of musts’ for your benefit.

You MUST read the following books:

  • Little Women. If you are a mother, wife, daughter or sister, you MUST read this book. Trust me, the sweetest life lessons for every girl. A little out-dated, maybe, but absolutely heartwarming in its simplicity. This tale of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy makes for a wonderful winter-time spot of reading. Follow up on the series with Good Wives, Little Men (personal favorite) and Jo’s Boy if you get hooked up.
  • Anne of Green Gables. Another gem of a book that will leave you in fits of laughter, compassion, and sentiment as you read along, falling in love little Anne as she stumbles through life with an active mouth- and an even more active imagination. Again, there are several more books to follow in the series if you can’t get enough of Anne.
  • Meg Cabot, Jill Mansell & Sophie Kinsella. If you are into fiction of the chick-lit kind, you are missing some absolutely hilarious treats if you don’t read novels by these gorgeous ladies. Trust me, they will have you laughing and giggling in no time at all as they take you along on a rollercoaster ride of love, and real life.

You MUST listen to these songs. For no better reason than this: they are amazing. Dedicating them to the special people in your life is a little lovely act that won’t go amiss.

  • Funny Little World – Alexander Rybak
  • Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
  • You and I – Ingrid Michealson
  • Seasons in the Sun – Westlife
  • One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks
  • The Only Exception – Paramore
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Belle of the Boulevard – Dashboard Confessionals

You MUST eat these scrumptious foods at least once in your life, no matter how much of a picky eater you are. And if you are a desi – you probably have this part of the list well covered.

  • Biryani.
  • Aaloo gosht.
  • Karrhi.
  • Khichri.
  • Tikka.
  • Halwa Puri.
  • Nihari.
  • Sarson ka Saag with Makai Ki Roti
  • Sajji
  • Chapli Kabab
  • Shahi Tukray
  • Haleem
  • Jalebi
  • Samosas
  • Gaajar ka Halwa
  • Ras MAlai
  • Kulfi
  • Seekh Kabab
  • Koftay
  • Karhai or Handi

You MUST cook a meal on your own. Or with a bunch of friends. Nope, helping your mom stir the pan doesn’t count. Neither do Knorr Instant Noodles. Make a meal from scratch. You will enjoy it better than any gourmet meal you have ever tasted, and that is a promise.

You MUST try an adventurous sport once in your life. Sky-diving, cliff-diving, hand gliding, bungee jumping, scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, or whatever else that you can think of. That rush of adrenaline, that thrill of adventure leaves you breathless – plus, it makes for a great memory.

You MUST hand-make a greeting card for a loved one on their special day. Nothing beats a hand-made card, no matter how silly or unprofessional it looks. It may not be the fanciest one they got, but it sure melted their heart and put that goofy smile on their face.

You MUST attend a motivational seminar or workshop once. You may roll your eyes as much as you please, but these seminars are popular for a reason: they DO inspire, encourage, and motivate you to take bigger steps, make grander decisions, and act upon your dreams.

You MUST play Candy Crush at least once in your life. You will either get hooked. Or be aware of what the others are talking about.

You MUST have a sleepover with your closest friend(s). Nothing spells b-o-n-d-i-n-g better than a sleepover with your bestie.

You MUST have a conversation with yourself sometimes. Because, hello, everyone needs a little expert advice now and then. 😉

You MUST have a silly crush at least once in your life. It is going to be one of the most defining, embarrassing moments of your life. And you will look back on it twenty years down the road and still feel your cheeks burning. (Psst, a little secret: I know of a 24-year-old who still harbors a secret crush on Ashley Tisdale. Toodles.)

You MUST watch these shows, simply because they will make you laugh:

  • Modern Family
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Last Man Standing
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Full House

You MUST walk in the rain. Cliched, but an experience nonetheless.

You MUST let go of a floating lantern. The feeling it gives you is indescribable.

You MUST experience a sunrise and a sunset. At the beach. Because it is that beautiful.

All the girls out there, you MUST:

  • Wear a saari once. SO graceful.
  • Wear red lipstick. Bold is beautiful.
  • Put your hair up. Chic-tatsic.
  • Tuck a flower in your hair. Just because.

You MUST go on a road trip, because that is an experience everyone needs in their life at least once. Preferably a million times.

You MUST have a Pinterest-y party. Because why not.

You MUST try a new ice-cream flavor. You never know what you might be missing out on.

You MUST try at least one item in this list. Because you basically wasted a good few minutes of your life reading it otherwise. And time, my friend, is of the essence.

*Toodles*

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Super-Easy Healthy Lifestyle Guide.

Health is wealth. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Early to bed, early to rise blah blah blah. How many times have we heard these health quotes thrown around? Too many to count, yeah.  And how many times have they actually motivated us to practice a healthy lifestyle? Yep, that’s right: none.

So what really helps us get off our lazy backside and do something to get rid of this entire unhealthy attitude towards life?

Here are a few motivational images to get you pumped up about a your health while putting a smile on your face, rather than making you roll your eyes in disgust:

Amen, indeed.

Yes, that’s it. Break it down into baby steps. Or little bites. Wait, does that remind of food? Right, ERASE THE THOUGHT.

Ah, yes, a little motivation never went amiss.

Crying? Let’s make them sob.

Now that’s a motivational fantasy if there ever was any.

Die, die, die! Love, super healthy me.

That’s one friendship the world could do very well without.

Have we got you motivated enough to at least read all the super easy and quick tips for a healthy lifestyle? Yes? Quick, take look before this new-found enthusiasm drains out of you!

Water. Lots of it.

Yes. Why, you ask?

Because:

a)      It makes you hair shinier and glossier

b)      It helps you lose weight by making you feel ‘full’

c)       It clears out acne-causing toxins and leaves you with a clearer skin

d)      Its helps with a smoother digestion process

e)      It helps you relieve fatigue and tiredness

f)       It treats headaches and migraines – which usually result out of dehydration

g)      It prevents sprains and cramps by keeping joints and muscles lubricated and elastic

h)      It keeps your mouth moist and thus helps you eliminate bad breath from your life

Sleep more.

Yes, you read it correctly. Sleep is imperative in a healthy lifestyle.  Insufficient sleep leads to several health issues, so it stands to reason that a good night’s sleep is healthy. A healthy life is a longer life (natural disasters, accidents, serious illness not withstanding). So now you have a legit reason to hit that snooze button.

Breathe. Properly.

Do you know how to breathe? Nope, inhaling and exhaling does not count. Deep breathes – where you breathe in through your nose, fills your lungs fully and making your stomach rise, and then exhale the air through your nose rather than your mouth – have a vital impact on your health. It helps your respiratory system perform better, it improves your circulation, reduces your anxiety levels, and prevents your skin from wrinkling.

Enjoy optimum sunlight throughout the year.

Beat the heat and all that, but don’t forget that sunlight is actually quite good for your health. Not only does it lower down blood pressure levels, it also helps in easing depression. It is also a healing aide for several skin disorders, not to mention an important source of Vitamin D. Sunlight is known to reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as Alzheimer’s symptoms. It kills harmful bacteria, lowers cholesterol, and improves immune system. Oh, and yes, it increases oxygen content in blood.

Never skip breakfast. Ever.

Those of us who think that skipping breakfast is either healthy, or okay, we couldn’t be more wrong. Countless studies prove that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for numerous reasons. Amongst those are: it helps you maintain a healthy body weight; it gives you energy to kick start your day, and boosts concentration levels for classroom or office; it prevents you from snacking on unhealthy snacks in the middle of the day; and it also does not help you reduce weight. So why skip on one extra meal, huh?

Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Who wouldn’t prefer a bar of chocolate over a bowl of salad? But really, salad is far more effective when it comes to keeping you healthy than any brand of chocolate. Primarily because it is free of sugars, salt, and fat, but rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. This helps in maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding obesity, lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and best of all, keeping your skin and hair healthier as well. So aim for clearer skin and glossier hair – eat a bowl of salad every day!

Downsize your portions – and your weight.

If you think that consuming a hefty-portioned meal once a day is beneficial for you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. Research concludes that the longer the time gap between your meals, the hungrier you are likely to get, and the more chances there are of you over eating. On the other hand, snacking frequently (and health-ily) is conductive in improving your metabolism, staving off those hunger pangs, and controlling blood sugar levels. So eat less, but more.

Oily food? Uh, no.

Greasy, oily food is calorie-dense – heaps of calories in small portions of food. Admittedly, it taste way better than boring old boiled or steamed food, but in the long run, it has far worse consequences as well, including gas, bloating, heart burn, and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. So keep it light, keep it oil-free! Much as we regret to say this, but go easy on that fast food, people.

Plateful of Rainbow.

Eating healthy does not necessarily mean living on boring food. The key to a healthy life is a balanced diet, which contains the requisite amounts of fats, carbs, proteins, fiber, minerals, and vitamins, etc. Nothing is worse than studiously avoiding a particular food – only to binge on it later. So make sure your plate is as diverse as the global culture, heheh.

Exercise. Daily. Without fail.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but at least 15 minutes of work out is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps in weight loss, but also boosts energy levels – not to mention your moods (which is always a plus). It induces better sleep, and is a great way to wind down after a stressful day at work. Further health benefits of exercise include: prevention of osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and diabetes. Last but not the least, exercise can delay ageing. Live long, live strong!

Eliminate the negatives.

Be happy. That is the ultimate key to a healthier, better lifestyle. Eliminate the negative energies from your life – be they people, experiences, or habits. Adopt a positive approach of thinking. Smile, often. Do a good deed, it goes a long way to help you feel better about yourself, and about life in general. Read about happy endings, have little day-time fantasies. Be yourself. Enjoy the weather, treat yourself with a trinket. Live.

While it is still somewhat easier for us adults to adopt a healthier lifestyle, making our kids follow the same can be troublesome, especially when it comes to following a healthy diet. Kids, like us, are ever attracted to sweetmeats, and eternally wary of anything green and leafy. But these little trouble-makers are also easy to cheat with.

  • Get creative with your food and indulge in a spot of food art to encourage your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. While a whole apple may seem unappealing, apple slices as owl wings have a charm of their own!
  • Replace the deep-fryer with the oven – bake those nuggets in the oven using a tablespoon of olive oil, instead of frying them. Recipe here:
    • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F ( roughly 200 degrees C).
    • Cut the chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch sized chunks. Mix the bread crumbs, salt, thyme and a spot of pepper. Melt butter in a dish for dipping.
    • First dip chicken into the melted butter, follow up with a coat of the breadcrumb mixture. Place the chicken on a lightly greased baking tray, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Link food to your child’s interests; beans and legumes make you stonger for soccer and basketball, or, fruits and vegetables help your hair grow longer like Queen Elsa’s.
  • Sneak in the healthy stuff, be stealthy. Puree, smoothies, and dips work wonders!
  • Get the kids involved in the kitchen, encourage them to cook their own meals. They are more receptive to food they cooked themselves, as compared to food cooked by others.

Despite taking excellent care, one still remains susceptible to certain common illness or issues which make life very difficult to bear. Cold and flu is an example, and so is dandruff, for instance. Inserting large amounts of chemicals in your body for such trivial matters is also not always a good idea. While it might become necessary in certain cases, they can always be supplemented with some natural relief. Home remedies, therefore, are a huge blessing, because not only do they cause you no harm, but are also virtually free of cost!

We have for your some of the easiest home remedies for common health issues. Take a look:

  1. Hiccups can be treated by a spoonful or two of sugar.
  2. A square of two of dark chocolate is effective in curbing persistent cough.
  3. Cool a kitchen burn with some aloe vera gel, which is extremely anti-inflammatory.
  4. A 30 minute soak in a solution of 1 part vinegar + 2 parts water will rid one of odious foot odor.
  5. Half a squeezed lemon and a teaspoon of honey dissolved in hot water, consumed several times a day cut a cold short.
  6. A handful of cherries before your pre-bedtime bath are the yummiest way to cure insomnia.
  7. Food poisoning? Burnt toast and black tea. Works like a charm.
  8. Water is an instant energy booster on unproductive, fatigued days.
  9. Swallowing a knob of ginger soothes a muscle-taxing workout.
  10. Crunch n’ munch your way through PMS with almonds.
  11. Onion is a common remedy for earache, used in various way to soothe the pain.
  12. An upset stomach can be remedied with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glassful of room temperature water.

We also have a range of herbal, DIY alternatives for beauty products, and home remedies which treat beauty problems. Easy as ABC, they are sure to make your life easier, and your skin and hair clearer and glossier!

  1. Hair growth can be sped up with onion juice, apple cider vinegar, egg masks, fenugreek and potato juice – all easily available in your kitchen.
  2. Eggs, yoghurt, milk, coconut oil, milk, honey, mayonnaise, aloe vera, lemon juice, and bananas can all revive damaged, dry hair.
  3. Onion juice, garlic, eggs, coconut oil, and henna are some of the most commonly employed items to curb hair fall.
  4. Tea tree oil applied to scalp can help you get rid of dandruff.
  5. Applying freshly squeezed lemon juice to face and neck for 10 minutes and then washing with lukewarm water induces a clearer skin.
  6. A scrub of turmeric powder and lemon juice, if applied on acne pimples for 15 minutes before washing with cold water has proven really effective.
  7. A scrub of besan, haldi, lemon drops, and malai works wonders on skin, giving it a glow.
  8. Sugar scrubs are effective in softening elbows, ankles, cuticles, and knees. Socks worn over petroleum jelly-ed feet overnight also softens them.
  9. Thick potato slices placed over eyes are effective in getting rid of dark circles.
  10. Use a food processor to make a fine paste of fresh beetroot cut into small pieces, filter the paste with a muslin cloth, storing the liquid an old lip gloss tube. Apply on lips and cheeks to make them pinker, softer, and plumper.

There you have it – an all-natural solution for pretty much everything. Unnecessary chemical insertion in your body will eventually display adverse effects on your health, so it is way better to invest a little extra time and effort into these super simple home remedies – which are bound to save your cash as well. You can always treat yourself with a little trinket or two later on, heheh.

Hope these tips helped. Happy health- ing! J

 

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Harry Potter: Magical Snippets of Information

Are you a Harry Potter geek? Of course you are. Everyone is. Apart from the sad, unfortunate people who aren’t. And they don’t matter anyway. Who are a handful of weird people in the grand scheme of things, huh? Silly Muggles, the lot of them.
But for all you Potterheads out there, here are some Harry Potter facts that you probably never knew. I know, I know, it sounds riddikulus. But hey, take a look before brandishing your wands at me!
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1. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was almost published under a different name.
The fourth book in the series was subject to a sirius debate over what it was going to be called. Possible contenders include:
  • Harry Potter and the Death Eaters
  • Harry Potter and the Fire Goblet
  • Harry Potter and the Three Champions
Merlin’s pants, that’s some weird names for a book. God bless the publisher who chose ‘the Goblet of Fire’ instead.
 
2. Harry’s son, James Potter, stole the Maurauder’s Map from his father.
 
Rowling solemnly swears that James Potter is up to no good. Mischief Managed, peeps.
 
3. Voldemort’s greatest fear is his own demise. 
 
For which reason, his boggart – a shape-shifter which takes the form of your worst fears – is his own corpse.

4. Harry’s scar is lightening-shaped. Because its cool. 
 
Ain’t no Rowling giving her hero a doughnut-shaped scar! Cool scars FTW!
 
5. The Weasley twins were born on April 1st. 
 
Gred and Feorge Weasley celebrate their birthdays on the April Fool’s Day. Are you really surprised, though? You can most certainly expect that from them. Wouldn’t say no to a party invite, though heheheh.
6. The First Wizarding War was set at the same time as WW II, and Voldemort is a strong depiction of Hitler. 
Kudos to Rowling for linking history with this magical story. Imagine how much more interesting this boring subject could be if it was taught with Harry Potter references.
Were you already aware of these little snippets of magical information, or was this news to you? Either way, stay tuned for more Potter-posts!
Evanesco!
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