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Best Beaches To Visit In Goa

So you enjoy Sun, Sand and Beach all together! When in India, simply think of Goa and its pristine beaches. World-famous tourist attraction, Goa is known for its lively beaches, churches and historical significance. Lip-smacking food and cashew-feni are not far behind in weaving the network of fascination. As many of you are already aware, ‘East meets West’ culture makes Goa a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. In this article, we will discuss some of the best beaches to visit in Goa๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿž Baga Beach

One of the most popular beaches of Goa, Baga Beach is located in North Goa. It is named after Baga Creek, the tidal estuary that empties into the Arabian Sea. The three-beach stretch ‘Baga-Calangute-Candolim’ attracts thousands of tourists every day during peak season.

* Closest airport โ€“ Dabolim โ€“ 39.9 km.

*Closest railway station โ€“ Vasco da Gama โ€“ 42.7 km.

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There are many water sports activities on Baga. Banana Boats, Bumper Boats, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Cruises, and Parasailing are more than sufficient to pamper yourself. Hungry? No problem! A number of shacks and restaurants will take care of your hunger pangs.

๐Ÿž Colva Beach

Located in South Goa, Colva Beach is about 25 kilometres of fine, white sand with coconut palms lined along the shore. A buzzing hub for the tourists and locals, Colva Beach has Food stalls, restaurants, shacks, pubs and everything you could ask for.

* Closest airport โ€“ Dabolim Airport- 21 km.

* Closest Railway Station- Madgoan – 17 km.

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Colva Beach remains crowded throughout the year. Lifeguards monitor the beach 24×7, a must because of the beach’s popularity. Swimming areas are marked with coloured flags according to the depth of water.

๐ŸžVagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Nature has blessed plenty on this otherwise secluded beach. A popular beach, Vagator is surrounded by red cliffs. People gather here to experience the magnificent sunset through the rocks. The beach is not very crowded yet you’ll find some good eateries there.

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A seaside headland divides Vagator into two parts- Big Vagator and Little Vagator. For party lovers, there are many places that play music for tourists. A good place to indulge in water sports, dance/music, delicious food while you enjoy nature at its best.

Nearest Airport – Dabolim – 43 km

Nearest Railway Station – Thivim- 19 km

๐ŸžSinquerim Beach

A spectacular view of Aguada fort built by the Portuguese, Sinquerim Beach and a four-storey lighthouse attract tourists to this beautiful place. It is the oldest beach well preserved by the authorities. Relatively calm, people come here for long walks along the coastline while enjoying the historical view.

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Sinquerim Beach attracts people who want to run away from the noisy crowds and relax in the lap of nature. It is a clean beach with Dolphin-spotting trips and good food shacks.

*Nearest airport – Dabolim Airport- 36 km
*Nearest railway station – Thivim- 18 km

๐Ÿž Palolem Beach

A mile-long, crescent-shaped Palolem beach in South Goa’s most popular beach. Though a mile long, the beach witnesses a variety of travellers visiting everyday. The ocean doesn’t get very deep in the northern part that’s safer for families and children. South part is apt for adventure lovers. Take Boat rides, go for Dolphin-spotting or just relax; Palolem beach has something for everyone. Shopping enthusiasts will find a variety of shacks selling local goods.

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Reaching Palolem Beach:

Nearest Airport – Dabolim – 67 km

Nearest Railway Station – Canacona that can be reached from Madgoan Station in just 30 minutes.

๐Ÿž Agonda Beach

Agonda beach is one of the four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under Coastal Regulation Zone. If lucky, you may get mesmerized by the sight of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Your SIM will get no signal here, so visit Agonda if you really want to relax on the beach and enjoy your vacation. Less crowded than other beaches, Agonda beach is perfect for romantic walks and swimming.

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Nearest Airport –
Dabolim airport is about a 90-minute drive away.
By Road
Agonda is 15 minutes from the more popular Palolem beach.

(Cola Beach lagoon near Agonda)

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๐Ÿž Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach is considered as the most popular of all beaches. It stretches from Aguada fort to Chapora beach. Famous electronic dance festival Sunburn Festival that attracts lakhs of tourists is held here every year for three days. The beach presents you a perfect mix of fun and serenity. The tranquillity of water and sandy shores rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.
A variety of water sports like jet-skiing, bump rides, banana rides, sailing, parasailing, water skiing, wind-surfing are hard to ignore. One can also try Diving at Candolim Beach and explore the wreckage of Portuguese and Spanish vessels.

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Nearest Airport – Dabolim Airport – 46 km

Nearest Railway Station- Thivim- 30 minutes ride

Having read about the Goa-beaches, you must be eager to romance with the enchanting Goa. What’s stopping you? Plan a memorable trip and remember to share your experience with me:)

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Social Networking with a Difference- TUBBR

Modern life is incomplete without online social networking. We don’t have much time to interact physically. There are deadlines, commitments, constraints; meeting everyone in person has become rather difficult. Social media sites and apps seem to be our only hope. I’m sharing the details of a new and unique social media networking app, TUBBR.

TUBBR- Not another social media app

“We already have many”, you will say! How is this new app ‘TUBBR’ different from the others? Exactly my point when someone asked me to test TUBBR and be a part of TUBBR Testing Family. I searched, researched, downloaded and found the following details helpful to be shared.

๐Ÿž TUBBR is the World’s first Personal, Social network where you can create multiple walls to be displayed to the people of your choice. Cool:)

๐Ÿž You can keep your wall private or public as per your choice. There’s a feature of collaboration where you can create walls with your friends having common interests.

๐Ÿž TUBBR gives you the freedom to arrange posts on various timelines. Yes, you are given the opportunity to create many timelines with diverse followers. Wow:)

๐Ÿž To bring relevance to your social media interactions, it becomes necessary to share different posts with different people and TUBBR provides you with that space.

๐Ÿž My experience with TUBBR has been amazing. I downloaded the app and found it quite unique and interesting. I created the following four walls:

1) My Camera Clicks: On this wall, I share everyday pictures clicked by me. Bright, colourful pics along with a short summary make a great looking wall.

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2) Travel Stories: Pictures from my travel are compiled in this section. Sharing is instant where we can write a short description about the picture we post.

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3) Glimpse of India: This year, I participated in AprilAtoZ blogging challenge and my theme was ‘Glimpse of India’. This wall contains links to the posts about India.

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4) My Blog Posts: I share pictures and links to my blog posts on this wall. Yes, you can share links too. I find it useful because my followers are directed to my blog through TUBBR app.

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Important thing is that people don’t have to follow all your walls. They will follow the wall(s) they find interesting. Same is the privilege given to you. Follow only those walls where your interest lies.

๐Ÿž TUBBR gives you the freedom to browse content according to your taste. Follow only those walls that interest you. If you want Fashion in your feed, follow the related walls. If Travel fascinates you, go for the related feed. In TUBBR, nothing is imposed on you.

๐Ÿž I’ve been a micro influencer for the last few years. In TUBBR, I can see a promising app that can revolutionize the way we share content.

๐Ÿž Eager to download the TUBBR app, aren’t you? Wait!

Currently, TUBBR is in Alpha Phase – I, available via Exclusive Invites Only.
Psss….I have 100 limited invites to the app.
You can use my personal access code BGVR73 and start using TUBBR.

๐Ÿž Watch this video for the visual demo of using TUBBR app.

๐Ÿž TUBBR is available on both Google Play and Apple iTunes.
Find the download links below:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubbr&hl=enApple

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tubbr/id1267744803

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Bollywood Monsoon Melodies

Finally, it’s raining. The delayed monsoon is welcomed with extra excitement and I feel like dancing in the musical downpour. So-called culture and unkind age are restricting my actions and I’m turning my YouTube on for the ultimate Bollywood Monsoon Melodies. Music gives a meaningful direction to our otherwise mechanical life. Those who follow my blog seriously know very well that I’m a self-confessed Bollywood fan.
Bollywood music never fails to entertain people, specifically Indians, when they are in a mood to celebrate an occasion.

Rain. Rain is given loving philosophical definitions by poets. Man has always been fascinated by the freshening showers falling from the desperate sky. An early human with a beating heart must have uttered a couplet or two when rain blessed Earth with sparkling showers.
Such rhythmical segments (might have) created songs. Bollywood takes the song definition more seriously and to the another level. We have actors and actresses dancing and acting as the songs play in the background. Not to mention the amazing lip-sync; I couldn’t believe they’re not singing for themselves when I was a child. They actually sing or act, that’s secondary, my love for Bollywood songs comes first. Music lovers have a playlist for every occasion and I’m not an exception. When it rains, my fingers scroll through the monsoon songs and stop at the favourites list. Some of my all-time favourite monsoon songs are shared with you:)

P.S- Videos are available in the hyperlinks. Don’t miss the magic of Bollywood Monsoon Melodies โค๏ธ

๐ŸžPyaar Hua Ikraar Hua Hai, Pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil..

The rain-song from the golden years of Bollywood starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis and the movie is ‘Shree 420′!

๐ŸžIk Ladki bheegi bhagi si, Soti raton mein jaagi si..

Loved the chemistry between Kishore Kumar and Madhubala in this beautiful song from the movie ‘Chalti ka Naam Gaadi’!

๐Ÿž Rimjhim Gire Saawan, Sulag sulag jaye mann..

Another magical rain song with Amitabh Bachchan and Moushami Chatterjee; the movie is ‘Manzil’!

๐Ÿž Aaj Rapat Jaayen toh humein na uthayio, Humein jo uthayio to khud bhi phisal jayiyo..

You can’t miss the fun song starring Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil from the movie ‘Namak Halal’!

๐Ÿž Ghanan Ghanan ghir ghir aaye badra..

The happiness of poor farmers reflects in this rain song from ‘Lagaan’; starring Mr perfectionist, Aamir Khan and team!

๐Ÿž Kate nahi kat te yeh din yeh raat, Kehni thi tumko jo dil ki baat..

The romantic song where Anil Kapoor plays ‘Mr India’, the invisible man, created quite a stir. Sridevi looks stunning.

๐Ÿž Lagi Aaj Sawan ki phir woh jhadi hai..

One more favorite of mine! Vinod Khanna and Juhi Chawla in ‘Chandni’!!

๐Ÿž Tip Tip barsa paani, paani ne aag lagai..

One of the best song of the 90s. Watch Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tondon in ‘Mohra’!

๐Ÿž Koi ladki hai, Jab woh hasti hai,
Baarish Hoti Hai Chhanar Chhanar Chhumchhum..

Aha! Who can forget the dances of lady beautiful Madhuri Dixit and handsome Shahrukh Khan in ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’!?

๐Ÿž Rimjhim Rimjhim, Rumjhum Rumjhum. Bheegi Bheegi rut mein tum hum hum tum..

Passionate rain Melody starring Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala from the movie ‘1942, A Love Story’!

๐ŸžBarso re megha barso

Doe-eyed Aishwarya Rai dances like waves of the ocean. The movie wasGuru’, based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani.

๐Ÿž Yeh mausam ki baarish

I’m in love with this song ‘Yeh mausam ki baarish, yeh baarish ka paani’ from the movie ‘Half Girlfriend’. The song is still present in my phone as one of the favourites.

This blog is a part of a #BirthdayBlogTrain hosted by Gunjan Upadhyay http://tuggunmommy.com/ and Neha Sharma http://growingwithnemit.com. I would like to thank Zainab from https://www.tzsblog.com/ for introducing me to this blog train and would further like to introduce Snigdha from http://www.beauttyobsessions.com to share her take on the prompts.

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How to choose a Broadband Plan and Provider

How to choose a Broadband Plan and Provider

In the dire need to stay globally connected, the modern world is fairly dependant on Broadband connections. Whether it is surfing the web, watching NETFLIX or connecting with loved ones on Skype, Broadband plans and providers have a lot of control over our lives. There are many Broadband Providers in the market and so are the plans. Choosing both wisely is the key to a happy modern life;)
Every household has its own network requirements. The quality and quantity varies from home to home. First of all, it is wise to find out your internet requirements.

What is Your Internet Usage

1) There are homes with school children who need internet for their assignments and homework. Parents want to watch movies online and the grandparents may want to stay connected with their relatives in other countries via Skype. The requirements of every home vary with internet usage and so are the plans. It is essential to select a Broadband plan according to your needs.

2) People who have just started using the internet should not pay for the expensive, high-speed internet. If required, the upgrading can be done easily by the Broadband service provider. Find your plan carefully else the guilt of paying more will kill you:D

New users usually face this problem and end up paying huge bills as I did a few years back. For beginners, ADSL broadband packages are recommended.

3) Today we have computers, smart TVs at home and frequently watch movies & TV shows online. For binge watchers, high-speed broadband connection is required. If you want good download-speed and picture quality, pay extra bucks for the fast Fibre Broadband.

4) Family Packages are also offered by the Broadband service providers. There are families where members stay online almost 24×7. Mobile phones, laptops, TVs all want internet and the Family Plan take care of to all these demands. Ask your service provider to suggest a plan catering to your needs. High-speed Fibre Broadband is recommended for such families.

5) If you are running a business and need data plan accordingly, just ask your broadband provider. Business plans, though slightly expensive, come with better customer care service and efficient security. A good data plan can help take your business to new heights.

6) Connection speed of 10Mbps is usually sufficient for most small households to carry out basic online activities without facing any problem. Broadband speed of 8 Mbps allows to e-mail, share pictures, watch Netflix, check Facebook and play light games. Heavy-game players and downloaders can find it difficult to go with 8 Mbps.

Which Broadband providers are available in your area

Once you are clear about what sort of internet user you are, find out the Broadband providers around you. Check the below things before opting for a particular broadband connection.

1) Talk to your friends/neighbours. Ask them about the best Broadband providers in your area. Mostly, word of mouth recommendations is better than print media.

2) By now, you might have found what kind of internet user you are: Heavy, Medium or Light. Go for the best suitable Broadband plan.

3) Want broadband and phone landline connection package?
Many providers give you a choice to opt for the combo package. It will save you time and money.

4) Many service providers suggest an option to bundle your smart TV in the broadband package. With internet requirements increasing day by day, such packages are in high demand. Opt for this plan if you watch TV with the internet. Otherwise, you will be wasting your money by paying extra for the Broadband+TV plan.

Value for Money

Last but not least, the value for money should be of the highest importance when you subscribe to a good Broadband connection. We all need a broadband connection that serves high speeds and charges minimum;)
That’s true. We want a fast connection without burning a hole in the pocket. Technology has been developed to the extent that, today, we can’t say that it is impossible. Some players like Den Broadband are there in the market to provide unlimited, reliable and high-speed broadband plans to your home. Embraced with the latest technology, they have customised plans for light, medium and heavy internet users. It is advisable to opt for the plan best suited to your needs.

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Indian Administrative Service (IAS)- Tips for Preparation

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)- Tips for Preparation

We are fascinated by the most lucrative career option in India. No prizes for solving this riddle. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most sought after career when it comes to the prestige, social dignity, job satisfaction and diverse responsibilities to nurture one’s talent. Highly Paid jobs and retirement benefits are guaranteed to those who are able to grab the esteemed IAS position. The number of people applying for the Indian Civil Services is increasing with the rise in talented young people. It makes the competition tougher day by day. If you want to apply for the IAS exam, be sure to prepare for it thoroughly, otherwise, there’s no point wasting your parents’ hard-earned money and your precious time.

Survey these things about yourself:

(Give relative marks honestly)

* How sincere are you to study hard? (0-100)

* What percentage of time can you devote to the preparation of IAS Exam? (0-100)

* How competent are you in learning new things? (0-100)

* Give marks for your General Knowledge. (0-100)

* Are you interested to join coaching to crack the highly reputed exam? (0-100)

* How much marks would you give to your creativity? (0-100)

* How efficient are you in time management? (0-100)

* Do you stay committed till you achieve the goal? (0-100)

* What’s your awareness quotient? (0-100)

* Are you comfortable taking up new challenges everyday? (0-100)

Calculate your marks honestly and then enter the pool of IAS preparation. If your marks are less than 40, drop the idea of joining the elite league. For those who got passing marks, read the content below.

๐Ÿž After self-assessment, its time to join a good IAS Coaching Center. As you might be aware, there are a number of institutions opened who provide the coaching for Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Do extensive research to find a good coaching institution accessible to you. I’m sharing a few links below for instant search :

Best IAS Coaching in Delhi

IAS Coaching in Mumbai

IAS Online Coaching

๐Ÿž Make a habit of reading the newspaper everyday, at least for 3-4 hours. The humble newspapers carry so much information that you can pave your path to the prestigious Indian Administrative Service through them.

๐Ÿž Make notes. The notes can be compiled in MS Word. It makes easier to edit and resize the material as per your convenience.

๐Ÿž Periodic tests are must to strengthen your grip on the subjects. Don’t skip the tests as these are going to be a solid base for your preparation.

๐Ÿž Make Time-Table and follow religiously. It can be reviewed from time to time but don’t find excuses to ditch hard work. After all, it’s the question of your magnificent career.

๐Ÿž Reading newspapers and important magazines should be regular and proper notes should be taken to revise the material. You can read daily or weekly and compile notes accordingly.

๐Ÿž The examination consists of three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The first two stages evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and the last one tests the ability to deal with different situations.

๐Ÿž Lakhs of candidates appear in one of the toughest exams every year. 50% of them clear the Prelims and become eligible to sit for Mains. About 15% of them clear Mains and prepare for the interview, that is considered as the most difficult of all three stages. Do you know how many students get selected after the interview? Only 1%.

๐ŸžI’m not discouraging you. In spite of 1% success rate, many people struggle hard to get into this crรจme de la crรจme category. Give your best if you want to get the best. Your thoroughly planned and consistent study will make you a winner all the way.

๐Ÿž If you are planning to crack the UPSC exam to enter the Indian civil services, take subjects of your interest in college. The subjects that can fetch you good marks and highlight your personality are recommended.

๐Ÿž Your study should be a balance of Current and Static General Studies. Newspapers are of great value when it comes to preparing for the current news.

๐Ÿž While preparing for the exam, don’t forget to look after your health. Give sufficient time to physical exercises so that your mind stays healthy and balanced.

๐ŸžSharing with you the link to UPSC Previous years question papers.

UPSC Previous Years Question Papers.

๐Ÿž Don’t forget to check the revised Syllabus and Scheme here:

UPSC Revised Syllabus and Scheme


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Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

While entering Executive Class of Shatabdi Express, I was curious to know how the premium sitting section of the train was going to be different from the rest of the compartments. I’m not a frequent train traveller; not a frequent traveller to be honest. For short distances, AC chair car in trains is good and I get my seat booked in such compartments. “Executive class is higher fare, better comfort and better food” that I knew.

I occupied my seat, found it more comfortable than the other classes. Leg-space was more, seats were stylishly cushioned and covered. Satisfied with the ambience, all I wanted was to be served with good food.

Quickly and sharply, stewards brought water bottles, a cold beverage and hot tea with Marie biscuits. Sipping tea in the first class AC compartment, I went through the fresh newspaper that was placed on the chair before our arrival.

My newspaper coverage was interrupted midway by the service boy.

“Do you want cornflakes?”

Thinking “This seems to be the ‘Executive Class addition”, I replied, “Yes, please”.

A bowl and a packet of cornflakes were placed in a tray. The guy poured some milk in the bowl and I was ready to feast. Another surprise, a banana, also accompanied the pre-breakfast treat. The journey was five and a half hours long and two hours were already over. I began to look into my mailbox on my phone and scrolled through the social media posts while waiting for another round of breakfast;)

“Veg or non-veg?”, the service boy was asking me.
I, under the effect of early waking up and train-swinging, was sleeping like a baby.

“Thought it was mentioned in the ticket, I want veg. What are the options?”

“Veg-Cutlets, Parantha or Dahi-vada!”

“So many options!” I was surprised as we never get these options in other chair cars. Then remembered I was travelling in the Executive Class:D. I had paid more fare than others, it’s my privilege train ride. Ahem! Ahem!;)

Had never tried Paranthas in the train; they don’t serve in all the compartments.
“I want Parantha”, the elite passenger in me replied.

A tray with two paranthas, butter, curd, two pieces of bread, sachets of fruit jam, tomato sauce and pickles was placed before me in no time. I clicked and shared the food pictures on social media. This is what they all do, a small contribution from my side will simply add to the craze.

How I ate all that stuff in the next twenty minutes is another story;)

Travelling in the premium class comes with its own pros and cons. They charge you more for a clean, comfortable ride. Food is good, though there’s a possibility of improvement. Now I’m sure about one thing that travel by First Class AC in train is better than many domestic flights.

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Justifying my love for Kurtis

Justifying my love for Kurtis

Our selection of clothes tells a lot about us. We choose clothes depending upon our profession, interests, emotions and spending habits. There has to be one piece of clothing we feel deeply connected with. My fetish with ‘kurtis‘ is known to my friends and relatives equally. Why do I love kurtis?

Recently I read this article and decided to decipher my kurti-love.

Kurtis are my best bet when it comes to dressing up. Perfect wear for office, home or outings, I stock up stylish kurtis to rock all the occasions with รฉlan.

These are some of the reasons I could gather to strengthen my point;)

1) Going Ethnic with Smart Kurtis

I enjoy wearing ethnic. Sarees are not my cup of tea, so kurtis are a great option. My wardrobe is 70% kurtis and 30% other things. I pair them with trendy bottoms, like Palazzo pants, leggings or jeans. Footwear, heels or flats are worn according to the occasion.

2) Pairing Kurtis with different bottoms

As I told earlier, kurtis can be paired with any of your favourite bottoms. You can wear them with palazzo, leggings, salwar, jeans to give an exciting twist to your look.
No surprises, this is my favourite excuse to stock up on this ethnic wear;)

3) Comfortable Wear

Women who wear kurtis know how comfortable these are! A smart-fit kurti made from season-specific cloth material is pleasant to wear. I’m confident to say that nothing can go wrong when you wear right kurti with right bottoms. Pick the right material and right fit; these are the two most essential things to look for when you select a piece of clothing.

4) Suitable for every Occasion

If you are in India, it’s not difficult to find a great variety of kurtis offline and online. I usually shop online but keep an eye on some shops in the local market! (We all know where and how to shop local:D).
For me, kurtis are apt for every occasion. Flaunt kurtis to the workplace for comfort and feel-good moments. Wear at home and chill. A formal kurti can be worn with jeans pants or jeggings at parties.

5) Sporting Elegant Look

An elegant piece of clothing expresses a lot of good things about you. Fashionable kurtis when adorned gracefully highlight the beautiful you. I swear by this fashion statement and recommend other women the same.

6) Owning the Day

How my day goes largely depends upon what I wear. A smart-fit, comfortable and trendy dress enhances confidence and helps me own the day. My cupboard never lacks stylish kurtis because of the reasons(!) I explained above.

Well crafted Kurtis enhance beauty and the brighten up the day.

What do I look for while buying kurtis?

While buying a piece of clothing, we check various things. Here goes my list, you can share yours in the comment section:)

* Cloth material

* Stitching Quality

* Style Quotient

* Trending or Not

* Suits me or not?

* Brand Popularity

The list and the order may vary from person to person;)

Make right choices because the clothes you choose affect your mood, health and overall confidence.

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10 Proven Ways to Stay Happy

Wondering why I stress on being happy, every time I share a post?

You should observe that physical and mental health largely depends on our happiness level.

A happy person is more likely to live longer, make great friends and face adverse situations bravely. Links to the researches are not here but based on our experience, we can not deny these results. You meet a cheerful guy and your next few hours get better. Meet a sad fellow and your day will become gloomy. We infer that happiness is transferable, it passes from person to person making this world a better place.
It is important to focus on the happiness level as it not only affects you but also the people around you.

Sharing a few tips that are going to help you in staying happy๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐ŸžBlock Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are silent killers. When my mind entertains negative thoughts, I lose confidence and find myself unable to do anything productive. My attitude towards life becomes less enthusiastic. We have a solution and can imbibe in our lives with practice. Stop emphasising on these negative thoughts and move towards a happy and healthy life:)
Be Productive.

๐ŸžThink Positive

Look around yourself. You are blessed with a beautiful life and the huge world to explore. Your ‘What If’ and ‘What If not’ are snatching your freedom to grow. Life is good, your little effort will make it better. ‘I can do’ is the motto that does wonders. Go for it:)

๐Ÿž Exercise Regularly

We all know that ‘A healthy mind resides in a healthy body’. It is scientifically proven that an active lifestyle keeps the brain active. Brain, that’s the control room of the human body, works best when it gets sufficient supply of oxygen. By exercising, the oxygen supply to the brain is regularised and all parts of our body are coordinated.

๐Ÿž Make Friends

Making friends is healthy! Yes, it is true. Make good friends and learn how to keep them. Your social health improves, you learn to interact and build healthy (and real) emotions. Spending quality time with friends brings out the best in you.
[Over-indulgence is bad and it is relevant in this case also;)]

๐Ÿž Be thankful for what you have

We usually focus on what we don’t have; at the cost of rejecting what we do have. This is silly.
You have a lovely family, a job better than millions, a pleasant personality many people wish for and so on. But! You lament over less salary, petty fights with spouse or your dusky complexion. Think of those who are not gifted with these privileges. A family, a job or a charming persona.
Friends, BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE; the thought definitely has an essence.

๐ŸžEat Healthy, sleep sound

“You are what you eat”
Think before biting into that extra cheesy pizza. Each extra cup of coffee you’re gulping down may deplete you of good health. Red meat, alcohol, aerated drinks; reduce their intake and improve your health.
Health is the most precious possession, try not to lose it.

๐ŸžList your strengths and boost them

Take time out to talk to yourself. Find out where your strengths lie. Work on them. Remember, it’s good to be in a better form of yourself than to become a copy of someone else. Each person is different from another. Stop chasing others and build an image of yourself. Happiness will follow.

๐ŸžPractice Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are proven therapies to stay fit and healthy. By practising Yoga asanas, you build a protective castle around yourself. Your immunity and ability to tackle situations improve with these exercises and as a result, you are happy:)

๐ŸžMake others Happy

The problem with most of the people is that they focus on their own happiness. For them, happiness has a narrow meaning. If they don’t get what they want, they become sad. The narrow approach is the reason why most people feel unhappy, unsatisfied. Increase your happiness range. Be happy in the happiness of the people around you. Magic will happen:)

๐Ÿž Learn to laugh unconditionally

Laughter increases blood circulation, improves the immune system and decreases stress level. In our busy lives, we sometimes forget to laugh. A formal smile is all that we wear to make ‘others comfortable’. Learn to laugh unconditionally. Small children burst into laughter like angels. They don’t have worries to tackle, you may point out. I want to convey the same to all of you. Whatever be your worries, laugh like a pure child at least once a day and see the difference. The difference in your perception of life. The difference in your health. The difference in your presence:)

After all, It Is Happiness That Matters In The End.

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Earn Money By Drawing Sketches

Are you one of those people who draw sketches in their leisure time? Your talent desperately needs to be discovered to earn fame, name and some easy bucks.
Yes, this offer is for you:)
Peeps at Happyzozo create happy pictures to cherish special moments of life. Whether you are walking in the rain or fighting with your sibling, the moments so created are worth preserving and more importantly, worth sharing. If you know how to draw and can impart emotions to your sketches, you are the most suitable person to join team Happyzozo. Your power to recreate memories will get a platform and you can earn Rs 1000/- to Rs 10,000/- per month. Interesting! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Continue reading to know more.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Me Without You Images

How To Join Team Happyzozo

A few simple steps can make you the member of team Happyzozo where you can share your happy images and earn.

1) Make your account on Happyzozo by filling a simple online form.

2) Choose from 30 Happyzozo categories and start drawing sketches.

3) Submit your happy pictures for approval.

4) You will be paid Rs15/ per image for the first 100 happy images and Rs30/ per image after that.

5) What are you thinking guys? Sign up today and get paid for your sketches:)

Telling you one more thing. I myself checked the website and now I’m keen to join the team. It would be my dream come true to draw happy pictures and share on the online platform.

PS- Stay tuned for my post on Why happiness is important for the overall health:)

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Health and Fitness – Drink Water but How Much?

Drink Water but How Much?

Water constitutes a major part (~60%)of our bodies. It means that we should drink sufficient water to keep our metabolism running smoothly. Water is essential because:

๐ŸŒฑ Water flushes out waste products from our body
๐ŸŒฑ Water carries nutrients across the body.
๐ŸŒฑ It keeps us hydrated and maintains the right temperature of the body.

One thing I’ve noticed that some people drink a lot of water while others are satisfied with a much lesser amount. Is there any parameter to measure the amount of water we should drink? Are we doing harm to our body by drinking less/more water? And, most importantly, is this harm temporary or permanent?
I’m sure you are also searching for the right answer. This article is about our water intake.

Health experts recommend at least 8 glasses (~250 ml each) of water to be consumed every day. The amount is subject to vary according to age, weight, type of work one does and health condition. So it’s important to know how much water our body needs.

Water Intake according to age:

๐ŸŒฑ Men require more water than women. An average man should drink 3 litres of water daily and an average woman should drink 2.2 litres.
๐ŸŒฑ Children in the age group 9-13 need 2.5 litres of water every day.
๐ŸŒฑ The requirement of infants is as low as 1.3 litres.

๐ŸŒฑ Water intake varies from person to person though they might be classified in any one of the above categories.

Now, what affects the thirst of the people of the same age and gender? Let’s find out!:)

๐ŸŒฑ Health:

Health condition of an individual decides the amount of water he should drink. A person suffering from fever, diarrhea, vomiting needs more water or ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) to replenish water in the body.
A woman who breast-feeds her child needs more water than an average woman.

๐ŸŒฑ Occupation:

A laborer who works in the sun needs more water than the person who works on a computer in an air-conditioned room.

๐ŸŒฑ Season/Environment:

We need more water in the summer/hot environment because a lot of body water is lost due to sweating.

Are other fluids contributing to our water need?

Our body gets fluids not only from water but also from tea/coffee/milk and foods rich in water. Fluid balance of the body can be maintained by having fluid-rich foods. It’s a myth that caffeinated drinks don’t contribute to the hydration.

Conclusion:

We see that water intake is different for different people. You should not worry if you’re drinking more or less than your friend:)

๐ŸŒฑ There need not be any hard and fast rule about how much water should be taken. Drink water when you’re thirsty. Follow your thirst.

๐ŸŒฑ Lack of water in the body can cause constipation, low energy level and even brain dysfunction.

๐ŸŒฑ Look for the following signs of dehydration and replenish your body with sufficient water.

– Constipation
– Less peeing
– Dry Lips
– Sticky mouth
– Dizziness
– Rough skin

๐ŸŒฑ Water is life. Drink sufficient but do not waste it:)

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Health and Fitness – What is in Human body?

What is in Human body?

A human body is like a machine where each organ plays its part. The organs work in sync to enable our body to do everyday functions properly. All of us study the basic structure and functions of various parts of the human body in schools. Let’s have a quick recap:)

๐ŸŒผ Involving heart, veins, arteries, blood; the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM moves blood, oxygen, carbon dioxide and hormones in our body. An important part of human life network.

๐ŸŒผ Mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus, liver and pancreas are the important organs that form our DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. It helps us to eat food, digest it and remove the waste material from our body. Also an important part of our system.

๐ŸŒผ Brain and spinal cord form NERVOUS SYSTEM that controls the actions of our organs by sending signals to all the parts of the body. No doubt about its capabilities.

๐ŸŒผ Trachea diaphragm and lungs perform important respiratory functions and hence control the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. An essential system for our living.

๐ŸŒผ Then we have MUSCULAR SYSTEM, REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM (Skin), URINARY SYSTEM, SKELETAL SYSTEM, LYMPHATIC SYSTEM and many more.

๐ŸŒผ The more man understands the structure and working of human body, the more efficient he becomes in dealing with the diseases and disorders.

๐ŸŒผ We all have read that our body consists of about 60% of water. Yes, two-thirds of our body is water and we can’t imagine living without this fluid. No wonder they ask us to drink plenty of water to stay healthy.

I hope you enjoyed going through your body’s contents. I want to share a big revelation with you. Till 2014, it was assumed that there are 10 times as many microorganisms present in the human body as there are human cells. Recent studies show that๐Ÿ‘‰

๐Ÿž 43% of our body is made up of cells, the rest is occupied by microscopic organisms.
๐Ÿž The microscopic organisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi. The concentration of these organisms is more where our body lacks oxygen, like intestines.
๐Ÿž A recent study shows that we are more microbe than human denying the previous theory that microbes outnumber cells in the ratio 10:1.
๐Ÿž There are good as well as bad microorganisms.
๐Ÿž We have tried to overpower these microorganisms but in the process, also harmed the good ones. Many diseases like Tuberculosis and Smallpox have been conquered but there is an increase in the diseases where the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Cases of allergy have also increased in the last few decades. Worrisome!
๐Ÿž Most of the human(fed) microbes reside in oxygen-deprived bowels, questioning the cause of diseases like obesity.
๐Ÿž It looks impossible that we carry such a large quantity of microbes without having any effect on our body.

Ha! We’re living in a world where each day begins with new theories and new researches. What people found healthy in the nineteenth-century is unhealthy today because it is proved through a series of experiments. The ‘healthy food’ we are eating today may get banned in future.

The debate on healthy food goes on and we continue to find a safer way to stay fit and strong.


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Health and Fitness

After an amazing response to my #AtoZ series on ‘Glimpse of India‘, I’m writing on ‘Health and Fitness’. Summer months can’t be utilized in a better way.
Why on health? Frankly, my hands were itching (!) to write because the AtoZ series gave me the much-needed motivation. I wanted to write on something that interests everybody. Health is the theme, we all want to be aware of. Whether it’s about finding the right food or exercise, we want a healthy body to look good and stay away from diseases. Accept or reject the idea but the truth is that HEALTH IS THE ULTIMATE WEALTH. I hope to do justice to the theme by covering all the important aspects of Health and Fitness. Join me and dive to find simple solutions to complicated health issues.

Everything leaves you but good health makes you strong enough to go farther in life. I hope my effort to spell health in simple language will benefit all of you out there. The first post on Health and Fitness will be released soon. Till then, stay healthy, stay happy:)

My posts will be shared on social media with the hashtags #StayHealthyWithAditi #AditiWrites.


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What I learnt from Blogchatter Creative Writing E-course

What I learnt from Blogchatter Creative Writing E-course

As many of you already know, the ever-learning, ever-evolving bloggers community, Blogchatter is conducting the ‘Creative Writing E-course’ from March to June 2019.

๐ŸThe first phase of the course included ‘Understanding the nuances of creative writing’ where we attended live sessions and chats with renowned writers on Blogchatter’s social media platforms.
I was a part of some chats and watched the recorded versions of those I missed. I’m writing about what I learnt in the first phase of the e-course.

๐Ÿ It was an opportunity for the blogger community to interact with the famous Indian author and journalist, Aditya Sinha. He gave us tips on how to write gripping non-fiction.

What I learnt from Aditya Sinha

1) While writing in Non-fiction genre, make your content interesting to capture your reader’s attention for long.

2) If you want to blend facts with creative liberties, go for ‘Faction’ means using real-life characters in your creative writing.

3) Internet is a vast source from where one can get information to write Non-fiction.

4) Whichever genre you are writing, be confident to pass the same enthusiasm to your readers.

5) Reading is your only reliable source if you are writing Non-fiction. Don’t write on the basis of what you hear.

6) To make Non-fiction an interesting read, you can plan it in non-chronological order.

7) Who reads Non-fiction?
People who want to learn and hunt for revelations pick up the Non-fiction first. Write for them. Sometimes truth gets hidden in the misty lies, your job is to unveil the reality.

๐ŸDipankar Mukherjee was another author who gave us some serious Creative Writing goals. Please find below some quick notes on what I learnt from the famous fiction writer.

1) Entertainment-factor is very important for creative writing though it varies from person to person. Some like emotional stories whereas others may find commercial stories entertaining.

2) Gain knowledge about the topic you are writing on by reading.

3) Select your theme cautiously. You should be clear on who will read your stuff.

4) Think about the ideas that will make your writing stand out.

5) Write on the theme, you have some real-life experience in. Don’t go for the theme just because it is popular.

6) Give a personal touch to your writings. It will distinguish you from the other writers and make your identity unique in the market.

๐Ÿ Importance Of Keeping A Writing Schedule
The article by Andaleeb Wajid suggests keeping a schedule for writing if you want yourself to be a productive and focused writer. I think this is one of the most important tips I have to practise. By allotting 3-4 hours a day to my writing, I can think of reaching my aim.

๐Ÿ Second phase of the ‘Creative Writing e-course’ is DOCUMENTING THE UNDERSTANDING, what I’m doing here.

๐Ÿ Phase three will begin in June when Blogchatter will give writing based prompts for evaluation.

๐ŸWhen I registered for the Creative Writing e-course by Blogchatter, I hoped to learn nuances of good blog writing. I attended some chats and live interactions with renowned authors and learnt how they plan their writings. I must say it has been a fulfilling experience.

๐ŸThe best thing that I learnt during the e-course is yet to be shared:)
From the live interactions with the published authors, I got to know my genre. I found that most of my posts are non-fiction. It attracts me, it prompts me to pick up the pen and write. Non-fiction with creativity makes it interesting and attracts readers; this is another important lesson learnt from the e-course. I’m grateful to the team Blogchatter for guiding me in the right direction:)

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Reflections- April AtoZ Series

Reflections- Glimpse of India

April has been quite an eventful month for me. Blogchatter AtoZ series kept me in read-write mode and I got an opportunity to challenge myself. I consider myself a lazy blogger and completing 26 posts in the month of April is a HUGE success for me. Now that the challenge is over, I’m here to reflect what I gained (and what lost!?).

Before the beginning of the AtoZ challenge, I was confused about the theme of the series. It was my first AtoZ challenge and I was determined to prove myself. A few days before AtoZ Challenge was to begin, I had hosted the blog train for travel India with more than 70 posts shared on social media with hashtag #XploreBharat. I became more interested in knowing various cultures and landforms of India. AtoZ challenge gave me an opportunity to discover my own country through 26 blog posts:)

Next challenge before me was to write one post a day (Told you I don’t get started easily!!;). Luckily, the enthusiasm of my fellow bloggers rubbed off on me. It gave an (unexpected๐Ÿ˜‚) boost to my writing power and yes, I completed the series on time!!

Wow! I’m an A-to-Z-Challenge SURVIVOR:)

My experience with AtoZ Challenge

๐Ÿ‚ Before the AtoZ challenge, my blog was updated sparingly because I was hesitant to use the words! Oh, literally! The challenge gave me confidence to start writing whenever I feel like, without any false assumptions.

๐Ÿ‚ I got to read the blogs of many wonderful bloggers whose work encouraged me to spend a part of myself in blogging.

๐Ÿ‚ After completion of AtoZ series, I’m counted as one of those reliable bloggers;)
What else do I need?

๐Ÿ‚ My Alexa rank shows a huge improvement and I’m happy with the progress. Pray, the power of Alexa be with me๐Ÿ’ช. Always.

๐Ÿ‚ I hope to continue updating my blog more often because participating in the AtoZ challenge showed me the right way to blog.

๐Ÿ‚ Last but not least, I would like to thank Blogchatter for mentoring me in wading through the blogging challenge:)

๐Ÿ‚ You can find all my ‘Glimpse of India’ posts ๐Ÿ‘‰HERE. Please read and leave a comment to encourage:)

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The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

Yes! I got nominated for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award’ by an amazing person and a wonderful blogger, Srishti Gupta.
Thank you, Srishti!:)
Srishti writes on health & fitness and her blog inspires to lead an active, energetic life. You can follow her blog here๐Ÿ‘‰
https://trendtofit.com/ and give a gift of wellness to you and your dear ones. I hope her nomination will bring out the best in me and I’ll try to be more consistent in writing (๐Ÿคž). My blogging career gave me an opportunity to interact with some of the coolest bloggers around and I’d like to nominate them for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award‘:)

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

โ€œMystery Blogger Awardโ€ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

โ€“ Okoto Enigma

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Rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

๐ŸžPut the award logo/image on your blog.

๐ŸžList the rules.

๐ŸžThank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

๐ŸžMention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

๐ŸžTell your readers 3 things about yourself.

๐ŸžYou have to nominate 10 โ€“ 20 people.

๐ŸžNotify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

๐ŸžAsk your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

๐ŸžShare a link to your best post(s).

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Srishti’s Questions:

๐ŸŒทThe proudest moment of your life?

I topped the university once in my lifetime and that was the proudest moment of my life:) I could see my parents beaming with happiness after getting the news. The feeling of “Yes! I can do!!” gave me the confidence to work hard in life because it does bring positive results.

๐ŸŒทWhat is the most courageous thing you ever did?

OMG! I’m not very courageous but I stand for what I think is right. Once I fought with my maid’s husband for spending all his money on drinking.

๐ŸŒท Your favourite writer?

Oscar Wilde is my all time favorite writer. I love how he weaves real-life incidents in his stories.

๐ŸŒท The funniest or weirdest thing you ever did for the sake of a loved one?

When I was 10, I bought a birthday gift for my brother by saving my pocket-money for a year (used to be too small to be mentioned here;). It could truly be described as a ‘Sacrifice’. Later years didn’t observe such sacrifices from me because my brother didn’t reciprocate the generosity;)

๐ŸŒท What does the word โ€œloveโ€ mean to you?

Love is admiring and caring without any conditions. Conditions dilute love.

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โคMY NOMINEES

Sonia Chatterjee

Anagha Yatin

Priyanka Naik

Preeti Negi

Esha Chakraborty

Sanjota Purohit

Maheshwaran Jothi

Vidhya Thakkar

Mayuri

Roma Gupta Sinha

Deboshree

Suhasini Vijay

Supriya Gujar Mehta

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QUESTIONS TO THE NOMINEES

๐ŸžDo you believe in making friends online?

๐ŸžWhat do you enjoy more writing/reading or both equally?

๐ŸžHow has blogging transformed your life?

๐ŸžOne health tip you want to share with your fellow bloggers.

๐ŸžSuppose you cook pretty well and your friends give you the responsibility of preparing weekend brunch for the entire gang. How will you avoid the duty?;)

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THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

๐ŸŒผ A down to earth person who has very limited requirements; I prefer to judge people on the basis of their behaviour and not on the previously set society norms.

๐ŸŒผ I’m a big fan of Bollywood cinema and Bollywood music, kinda desi taste.

๐ŸŒผ I’m a family person; can sacrifice all for love and wellness of my family.

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MY BEST BLOG POST(S)

A very difficult question where I’d like you to check all my posts;)
Okay! Recently I participated in the AtoZ challenge. I wrote 26 posts titled ‘Glimpse of India’ in the month of April. You can find all of them HERE!


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Glimpse of India- Who Invented ZERO?

Who Invented ZERO?

Zero or the digit ‘0’ is present everywhere. We can’t imagine the evolution and development of technology without the humble ‘Zero’. Do you know that Zero was not known to European people until the twelfth century! What about the other countries including India? They say that Zero was known to Indians since prehistoric times. Let’s go through the great history of Zero.

๐Ÿ Egyptians (1770 BC) used pictographs as numbers whose base was 10. They did have a symbol as zero that was used to indicate the base level of buildings.

๐Ÿ Babylonians (2nd millennium BC) had sophisticated mathematics with number system having base 60. Zero was used as the space between numbers. Note that they didn’t represent zero as 0 but as two slanted wedges (//).

๐Ÿ Ancient Greeks were confused about the existence of Zero. According to them how could nothing be equal to something?

๐Ÿ Until then Zero was not considered to be a digit but a placeholder. It wasn’t even used at the end of a number.

๐Ÿ Chinese used empty spaces to depict zero until the thirteenth century.

๐Ÿ India’s connection with Zero

๐ŸŒท An ancient Indian mathematician Pingala (3rd century BC) represented Binary Numbers as long and short syllables as we use in Morse Codes. He gave the emptiness a Sanskrit name, ‘sunya’.

๐ŸŒทAn ancient Jain text dated back to 458AD contained ‘sunya’ as zero.

๐ŸŒท Ancient Indian mathematical texts showed the use of ‘sunya’, a large dot depicting hollowness. Three samples of radiocarbon dating done in 2017 on manuscripts showed the use of zero (sunya) in 224-383 AD, 680-779 AD, and 885-993 AD. It makes India the first country to use zero as a number.

๐ŸŒท Indian mathematician Aryabhata gave the concept of the powers of 10 that was later developed into decimal-based place value notation.

๐ŸŒท Another great Indian mathematician and astronomer Brahmagupta (7th century) used zero, negative numbers and simple rules of Algebra in his work.

๐Ÿ This is the brief history of Zero/Sunya. There was a concept of nothingness in scholars’ minds across the world. Some used an empty place and some inverted wedges, but one thing is clear that they didn’t give Zero the status of a number. It was India who gave a hollow-round symbol to Zero and showed the world what can be achieved by counting this ’emptiness’ with the already existing numbers:)

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. Iโ€™m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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Glimpse of India- Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga has become an inseparable part of our lives. Either you are practising it or watching others doing the same. Health gurus recommend Yoga as one of the best alternatives to cure many ailments. Community parks today are the popular hubs for Yoga enthusiasts. What is Yoga and from where did it originate? Let’s go on the journey of the ancient philosophy for the healthy coordination of body, mind and soul.

Yoga Origin and History

๐Ÿž Yoga was originated in India. Yes, put a full-stop to your curiosity and remember it once for all๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿž One of the six orthodox schools of Hindu tradition, Yoga means the physical, mental and spiritual practices to improve the overall health.

๐Ÿž The signs of using Yoga were found in Indus Valley stone carvings.

๐Ÿž Rigveda didn’t mention the practising of Yoga, though Brihadaranyaka Upanishad explains the use of Pranayama (Controlling breath with yoga).

๐Ÿž Bhagwad Geeta and Mahabharata (Religious books of Hindus) also have relevant texts on Yoga.

๐Ÿž Swami Vivekananda introduced Yoga to the western countries in the nineteenth century. After that many yoga gurus started their practice in other countries.

๐Ÿž Buddhism, Jainism and Ajivika schools of thought also followed the yoga directives.

๐Ÿž Yoga means union. Any path that unites/connects you to the superior power is yoga. It can be physical stretching, controlling the breath or meditation.

๐ŸžMediation is focusing on the ultimate power (God/ Brahmana) to achieve self-realization. It is a form of Yoga where we calm the wandering mind by concentrating on a single object, real or virtual.

๐Ÿž Modern Yoga came into existence in the 1980s and it was quite different from the ancient Yoga philosophy. While ancient Yoga was more physical exercises and a spiritual connection, Modern yoga blends western gymnastics with ancient ‘Hath Yoga’. Modern Yoga has been used for physical health and fitness only; the spiritual aspect is ignored.


๐Ÿž The number of Yoga- Asanas grew rapidly in the twentieth century.

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๐Ÿž People differed in coming to the conclusion that Yoga is only a physical exercise. Many countries banned Yoga because it was linked with Hinduism. But with time everybody is understanding the benefits of Yoga.

Yoga is a blessing for humans. In a stressful life like ours, practising yoga can bring visible results. These scientifically proven health concepts should be adopted for healthy living. What do you think? Please share your views in the comment box:)

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. Iโ€™m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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Glimpse of India- eXplore India in this Lifetime

eXplore India in this Lifetime

Don’t get confused by the title of my post (*wink;)
You would need more than a lifetime to explore every corner of vibrant India. There’s so much to see in this single country. Snow-clad mountains, pristine rivers, tea gardens, beaches, a great many historical sculptures, monuments and what not! You say and India displays it. A vivid area of 3.3 million km square with 1.3 crore diverse people following a variety of cultures and religions defines the country called India.

But.
To justify my title, I will say that the whole of India cannot be covered in a lifetime but with proper planning and execution, YOU CAN eXplore India in a lifetime, rather in 2-3 months.

๐ŸŒท Get a map of India and contact a good travel agent.
๐ŸŒทMark India as North, South, East, West and start planning.
๐ŸŒท Shortlist the important places to visit in each quadrant. Plan your travel in a way such that you can spend 10-15 days in each quadrant.
๐ŸŒท Follow the rules of comfortable travelling. Embrace Minimalist travel and pack less.

๐ŸŒท Book your rail/air/bus tickets in advance to save time and money.
๐ŸŒท Don’t forget to take a good camera with you to save beautiful memories.
๐ŸŒท You can do it, stay motivated with good health and immunity.

I know what’s running in your mind! Coming to that point now.

Which places should be visited in India?
There are tens of thousands of places to visit in India. You want to get the flavour of each and every culture/landform/history. I found this interesting blog that will help you plan to travel India in just 50 days๐Ÿ™‚

There’s another post on Top 100 places to visit in India that’s quite useful.

A few days back, our blogger friends completed #XploreBharat blog series where each blogger gave 2-3 India travel posts. I submitted three posts; providing below the links for you to explore.

1) Things to do in Tripura

2) Freeze Your Moments in Solang Valley- Manali Calling

3) Chandigarh- City Beautiful With a Heart

My personal favorite places to visit in India are:

New Delhi
Amritsar
Chandigarh
Dharamshala
Manali
Leh, Ladakh
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Udaipur
Ranthambore
Kutch
Gir National Park
Mumbai
Goa
Andaman and Nicobar
Munnar
Tirupati
Konark
Hyderabad
Bengaluru
Mysore
Kolkata
Shillong
Varanasi
Khajuraho

There’s so much to eXplore and so little time:)
I hope my post will act as a catalyst to speed up your planning to travel to India. Take my word, ‘eXploring India’ is going to be the experience of a lifetime. So, are you ready with the India map?

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. Iโ€™m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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Glimpse of India- Where India Lagged

Where India Lagged

India is a beautiful land of diversity. Our glorious past speaks of the greatness of the people who lived here. The country is rich in minerals, fertile soil and human resources. India gave many renowned scholars who did commendable work in arts, science and technology. Craftsmen, artisans from India are famous all over the world. What happened that our country stopped progressing in some fields. It was India where technology and innovation were first observed. Why in the last few hundred years did India begin to lose its capability to invent? Happiness quotient of India is among the last few countries(!). Records show that the country is progressing but the poor people are becoming poorer and the rich are getting richer. Aren’t you worried?
Let’s search for the reasons because of which India is lagging behind.

๐ŸŒผ Government is creating opportunities for the young people of India yet there’s desperation if we compare ourselves with the other countries of the world. Are the efforts not in the right direction? Check out the probable reasons.

๐Ÿž India is not spending enough on the education of primary and secondary students.

๐Ÿž India’s investment in research work is quite poor. In research opportunities, India is worse than South Africa and Brazil.

๐Ÿž Indian universities have become business hubs. They charge and teach minimal, giving zero importance to research.

๐Ÿž Only a few institutions like IISc, DRDO, ISRO and a few IITs contribute to research but overall the reputation in India is poor as long as the research is concerned.

๐ŸžStartup idea, ‘Make in India’ is not going to be a success in the long run because of limited resources. If India wants to go far in research, it should invest in higher education.

๐ŸŒผIndia’s Happiness Quotient landed at 118 (in 2016), 122 (in 2017), 133 (In 2018) and 140 (In 2019) among 157 countries. You will be surprised to know that India lagged behind Pakistan, Somalia, China and Bangladesh. Reasons? Let’s study the vital parameters for calculating Happiness Quotient:

๐Ÿž GDP per capita in terms of purchasing power scored very bad in India. One-fourth of India’s population is below the poverty line and we couldn’t expect this parameter to work better.

๐Ÿž Healthy years of life expectancy- Basic medical support is not available to the majority of Indians and we failed on this parameter too.

๐ŸžSocial support ( Having someone to count on in times of trouble)- Though India has a strong family system, it lags in social support. How many people speak up when something wrong happens to them? Women safety is also questionable in India.

๐Ÿž Trust ( Absence of corruption in government and business)
In India, there’s a lack of trust in government. In addition, deep-rooted corruption creates a huge difference between the common man and officials. No points gained here.

๐Ÿž Perception of personal liberties- India is a free country but its citizens’ perception of freedom has limited boundaries. Indians are afraid to speak, write, move or even share their opinion in public.

๐Ÿž Generosity ( Recent Donations!)-
Indians do believe in donating but they are not very generous. Many people can definitely donate a part of their income for the welfare of the poor but looking at the huge number of poor people, they back out.

There are many other theories but I’ve listed what stirred me the most.
In my opinion, India should adopt the ‘Gross National Happiness‘ philosophy like our neighbouring country Bhutan. Keep your people happy, everything else will just follow. Please share your views in the comment box below.

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Glimpse of India – Vedas and Upanishads

Vedas and Upanishads

Vedas are considered to be the most ancient written texts on the earth. Upanishad is a part of Veda. They are primary texts in Hinduism and have a large impact on Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Let me take you on a brushing-up journey to the ancient texts:)

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๐ŸŒท The word ‘Veda’ is derived from ‘Vid’ means to know. Hence, ‘Veda’ is knowledge. Each Veda explains the knowledge/secret of life’s various aspects.

๐ŸŒท Vedas have been orally transmitted through generations. We would never know the original authors of the scriptures because the first copy was never written down. The storehouse of knowledge was passed from one generation to the other vocally. It was only after a few thousand years that somebody thought of writing down the sacred texts though the many first copies of Vedas didn’t survive. The first known written copies of Vedas are copies of the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda that are held in the Bhandarkar Oriental Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

๐ŸŒทThere are four Vedas- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. Each Veda is again divided into four parts- Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad. It means Upanishad is the last part of a given Veda, hence also called Vedanta.

๐ŸŒท The first three parts of Vedas Samhita, Brahmana and the Aranyaka are together known as Karma Kanda. It is clear that these three deal with the ritualistic part of life. The last part, Upanishad speaks about Atman and other philosophical aspects of life.
Thus Vedas teach us both physical and spiritual aspects of life.

๐ŸŒทVedas were written thousands of years ago. These texts not only included metaphysics of the truths of existence but also the cosmological events describing time- its beginning and beyond.

๐ŸŒท Rigveda is the collection of ancient Vedic hymns and commentaries on rituals and mystical ideologies.

๐ŸŒท Yajurveda is the compilation of ritual offering formulas when an individual performs rituals before ‘Yajna’ fire.

๐ŸŒท Samaveda is the Veda of melodies and chants that are found in scriptures of Hinduism.

๐ŸŒท Atharvaveda contains the procedures of everyday life. It is different from the other three Vedas as it has spells for healing various illnesses, removal of demons or love spells.

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Glimpse of India – United We Rock

United We Rock

I’m trying to connect with the citizens of my country as well as the world through my ‘Glimpse of India’ posts. India, as all of you know, is a vast country with 130 crore people living here. Indian people ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Diversity is the flavour of India. Colours of contrasting landforms, cultures, religions merge together and give rise to a vibrant fusion. People from North India are completely different from their country folks from South India, yet they display certain characteristics that are unique enough for all of us to be known as Indian:)

Unity in diversity

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My dear fellow Indians! We speak different languages yet known as Indians. We celebrate diverse festivals, still united by the title ‘Indian’. We follow distinct religions however the exclusive qualities of ‘being Indian’ are the same in all of us. Food habits in one part of the country are a complete contrast with the rest of India.
In spite of all the inequalities we flaunt as our country’s flavours, WE ARE INDIANS.

When adversity strikes the country, we fight it together. We display our power of unity to frighten the enemies of the nation. It’s the magic of ‘WE’ that stands tall above all.

There are times when some religious or politically-motivated people try to dampen the spirit of integration for their own profit. It is not in favour of any of the countrymen to get distracted by these troublemakers. Stay united because it’s the togetherness that makes us complete.

Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India wrote in his book, The Discovery of India (1946),
“Though outwardly there was diversity and infinite variety among our people, everywhere there was that tremendous impress of oneness, which had held all of us together for ages past, whatever political fate or misfortune had befallen us.”

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Glimpse of India – History of Science and Technology in Indian Subcontinent

History of Science and Technology in Indian Subcontinent

Hand-propelled Wheel Cart (3000-1500 BCE)

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Some of the earliest developments in science and technology are credited to the Indian subcontinent and this makes me feel proud.

1) Going back to the pre-historic period. Indus Valley Civilisation (3300-1300 BCE) existed in this part of the world and a number of inventions were made during this period. The elaborated drainage system, brick houses, urban planning, metallurgy and handicrafts from Indus Valley Civilisation have been studied for a long time. Agriculture got systematic planning in this age. Sophisticated irrigation and drainage system also highlighted Indus Valley society.

2) The ancient religious texts included huge numbers, Yajurvedasaแนƒhita containing numbers as big as 10^12.

3)The earliest Indian astronomical text ‘Vedฤnga Jyotiแนฃa’ (1400 -1200 BCE) has details of astronomical calculations and calendar studies. 27 constellations, 7 planets, 12 zodiac signs and eclipses were also known to Indians at that time.

4) ‘Sushruta Samhita’ (6th century BCE) is an ayurvedic text that has 184 chapters with 1120 illnesses explained. About 700 medicinal plants have been mentioned with the preparation of medicines. Sushruta was the first person to perform cataract surgery.

5) Panini’s morphological analysis was followed by people around the world until the twentieth century.

6) Iron smelting began in India as early as the 11th or 12th century.

Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro on the bank of Indus river.

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7) Kautilya’s Arthashastra (3-4 century BCE) mentions the making of bridges and dams. Mining of diamonds also started first in India.

8) During 1st century BCE, the school of Atomism, Vaisheshika was founded with the philosophy that atom is the smallest particle that cannot be divided further.

Ashoka pillar, Vaishali, Bihar (272-231 BCE)

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9) Most probably, the spinning wheel that helped in many inventions in future was originated in India.

10) India is proud to be the first to describe 0 as an individual number. Aryabhata was the person to use the number for the first time. All inventions after the invention of 0 were technologically advanced.

11) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was the first person to use semiconductor junctions to detect radio waves. He also invented a device called a crescograph that could detect very small motions within plant tissues.

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Glimpse of India- Land of snake charmers?

Land of snake charmers?

Ask westerners and they can tell you that India is a land of Snake Charmers. Though a huge number of Indians have not spotted a single charmer in their lifetimes, the foreigners have an assurance that these mysterious persons are quite a common sight in India. I’m sure many people reading this article want to know about these fellows curiously.

What is a Snake Charmer

Snake-Charmer is a person who appears to hypnotize the snakes by playing a wind instrument (Pungi) around them. They take necessary precautions while playing with the snakes. In addition to staying away from venomous snakes, they carefully remove the creature’s fangs before performing the act.

*Earlier, the Snake Charmers were considered magicians or healers. They were the men of high status and knew how to handle snakes and treat person bitten by a snake.

Snake Charmers- A common sight or not!

It seems that Snake Charming originated in India. In Hinduism, snakes are considered sacred and hence worshipped. In the early twentieth century, the government promoted this art to draw tourism.
Today, snake charming is dying out mainly because of the enforcement of the law (1972) to ban the ownership of snakes. Now the snake charmers are not found in every street of India. It doesn’t mean that they have completely disappeared. You can spot them in fairs, famous tourist spots or religious events.

Why is India called a Land Of Snake Charmers?

1) India is home to many venomous and non-venomous snakes. These species baffle our western friends and they see a connection between India and snakes.

2) India has a huge number of snake researchers, snake catchers, snake temples and snake worshippers๐Ÿ.

3) While other countries eat snakes, India worships them.

4) Before 1972, the government of India promoted snake charming to boost tourism. This led western countries to conclude that India is the Land Of Snake to Charmers.

How many times have I spotted a snake-charmer?

Frankly speaking, the sight is not common in India I know. As a small child, the spotting was more frequent say once in 2-3 months. As I grew older, the mysterious snake charmers started disappearing from the streets. For the reason, I explained earlier.

As PM Narendra Modi said, “We are no more land of snake charmers, rather even downgraded and play with MOUSE in Computers and rule the Whole Software world from India to Silicon Valley”.

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Glimpse of India- Beauty of Rural India

Beauty of Rural India

Most of India’s population lives in villages. The whopping proportion of 2:1 with urban areas defines the difference. If you want to experience raw, untouched India, head to its villages. There are farms, cattle, mud houses and a whole lot of simple people who toil night and day in farms to make a living. Rural life is like living in the lap of nature. The amenities of the city are missing but you will have 24×7 free supply of fresh air and water directly from nature’s abode.

Lives of Village Children

Children playing in the streets is a common sight everywhere but in villages, they are free souls laughing and playing without inhibitions. Bug of the formalities of city life hasn’t bitten them. Helping parents in fields or another working place is their first duty. They go to schools but don’t fail to catch up with their friend gang.

Hub of Rituals

Villagers follow many age-old rituals, the city peeps wouldn’t have heard of. They worship natural sources of energy like Sun, Wind, Rain and innumerable Gods. Temples and community centres are busy social hubs.

Craftspersons and Artisans

Villages are where you will find many craftspersons and artisans. The reason might be easily available raw material and the vicinity of nature. It will take extra effort but if you want genuine craft products, catch the producers in villages.

Agriculture aspect

70% of rural households depend on agriculture. Directly or indirectly, 55% of total Indians make a living from agriculture. It means that happiness and the financial status of the majority of Indians are agriculture based. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said that the soul of India lives in villages.

I’m listing here some unique villages, India proudly boasts of.

1) Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is the Cleanest Village of Asia. The village is also popular for its matrilineal society.

2) Khonoma, Nagaland is famously called the Green Village of India because of its clean-green environment and proper sanitation.

3) Kila Raipur Village of Punjab conducts Rural Olympics of India. The village sports festival is popular among sports enthusiasts.

4) Malana, Himachal Pradesh is known as the Ancient Indian Village because it’s considered to be the first democracy in the world.

5) Punsari Village, Gujarat is famous for the technological transformation it has undergone in the last few years.

6) Pothanikkad Village of Kerala has achieved 100% Literacy Rate and deserves a mention.

7) Kathewadi, Maharashtra was adopted by The Art Of Living Foundation and transformed into a model village.

8) Kokrebellur Village, Karnataka is called the Village of Birds. The place is one of the 21 bird breeding sites in India and we can spot many migrated birds here.

9) Dharnai village in Bihar is the first village in India powered by Solar energy only.

10) Shani Shinganapur Village in Maharashtra has no doors. It is considered as the safest village in India.

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Glimpse of India – Qissa Kursi Ka, The Political Drama

Qissa Kursi Ka, The Political Drama

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The largest democracy in the world, India elects its leaders after every five-year via national-level polling. The elected leaders form the government and control the working of the nation on a set of regulations. India has a multi-party system where many political parties run for general elections and have a capability to come into power, separately or in coalition. My knowledge of politics is too limited to be shared as a lesson but my views are equally important as the registered voter of the country.

Election season but my motive is not to promote any political party;)
Every five years the voters get confused by the high-level political drama. Out of proportion self-praise, promises and sometimes gifts spread a net to catch the votes:D

If this was not enough, the contestants’ blame-game is leaving no stone unturned to baffle us. One accuses the other of being a thief and the other creates a social media war against the first. The open attacks on each other are shaking the ethics of politics in India. A few years back, selecting our candidate was not very difficult. There used to be a limited number of names/parties and we knew where our vote would go. Now it has become a trend to change the political party and we find difficulty in deciding whether to vote for the ‘trusted person’ or the ‘trusted party’!!

Can media be blamed? When used in limits, the media does a great job in broadcasting the news. Once corrupted, it can go to any extreme, shaking the faith of the public. We watch television, read newspapers, scroll social media sites to find what the truth is. On the contrary, repetitive offences by media have left me shattered. Thanks to the sharp media agents, I’m completely confused about whom to vote today. Thanks to the Election Commission of India, now we can opt for NOTA (None Of The Above).

Yes, I will vote!

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