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JULY(FIRST) 2017

Vol 44, Issue No. 1046

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YOU CAN MAKE POSSIBLE,

EVEN ‘THE IMPOSSIBLE’

D. C. Sharma

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PARENTS OF SUCCESSFUL

CHILDREN DO THIS

Lesley D. Biswas

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WORKING WOMEN

Shreeprakash Sharma

23 IS THIS TRUE?

Munmun Bhattacharjee

34 7 ESSENTIALS

Sanjana Saini

35 12 MONSOON SPECIAL

GARDEN CARE TIPS

Lesley D. Biswas

67 SPOTLIGHT

ON SPINACH

Deepalatha

10 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Prachi Srivastava
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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Prachi Srivastava

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PERCEIVING BEAUTY

Swetha Sunder

74 ADOPT A

HEALTH LIFE STYLE

Sudesh Gogia

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STORYTELLING APPS

Ramesh Kumar Raja

NEW

79 REASONS WHY

Himanshu Yadav

82 LONG DISTANCE

RELATIONSHIP

Munmun Bhattacharjee

PHOBIAS

I. M. Soni

MYRIAD MYTHS

T. Rajagopalan

INTENSITY OF CONCENTRATION

I. M. Soni

TIFFANY’S STORY

Devayni Medhekar

LAUGH AND LET THE MAGIC WORK

Vijai Pant

FOR GOOD MEASURE

Mala Ashok

IS A POET REALLY BORN?

Mithun Day

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Sudha Chandrasekaran

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Heera Nawaz

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Savitri Babulkar

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EDITORIAL INSENSITIVE POLICE S hould women, victim of rape, sleep with policemen to get their

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INSENSITIVE POLICE

S hould women, victim of rape, sleep with policemen to get their rapists arrested? Yes, this has happened in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. The case began back in

February when the woman said Ameer and Satar offered her a lift home from a relative's house, only to return and rape her later when they discovered she was home alone. She reported the case to police, but says officers failed to file charges until she went to a local court to complain. Even then, she said her attackers - who live in the same village - were left free to roam the streets, leaving her in fear of life. Inspector then told her she needed to have sex with him before he would arrest the men. She says her requests were repeatedly ignored by IO Jai Prakash Singh who instead of taking action against the rapists or detaining them cross-examined her on the lurid details of the alleged attack. Despite making desperate pleas to Singh to jail the pair, he began messaging her asking to meet in private and propositioning her, she says. When she complained about his behaviour, she claims he closed the case. But Singh kept on harassing her, at which point she made secret recordings and took them to the police chief. Speaking about the tapes, police superintendent Vipin Tada said, “The voice in the audio clip doesn't match with that of the [investigator]. But we will investigate her charges thoroughly.”

Police are the last resort for a person in distress. The woman in this case first suffered physical humiliation at the hands of two men and now is being harassed by a policeman, who is supposed to uphold law and respect woman’s dignity. All talks of gender sensitisation of police remain on paper only and are not implemented in action. Even the higher authorities are trying to protect the culprit policeman. In 2015 alone, there were 34,000 reported cases of rape in India, though that number is likely to be far higher since many do not go to the police for fear they will not be believed, or will be shunned by their community. Marital rape is also not considered a crime, further adding to the number of unreported cases. It should be made mandatory that rape cases will be handled by women police officers. Only then concept of police sensitisation will be a reality.

YOGA DAY

I nternational Yoga Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. There can be no dispute regarding the benefits of Yoga. But the way government

(Modi) is patronising and sponsoring Yoga seems intimidating. Remember, the very first International Yoga Day? Some sections of society saw it as a cultural invasion on their traditional beliefs and way of life. They also saw it associated with Hindu religion and as such plainly refused to do some asanas like Surya Namaskar and reciting Om as it is an integral part of all mantras Hindus recite while worshipping or telling beeds. Because of this and several other myths associated with Yoga, a large section of society, including some Hindus, remain deprived of getting full benefit of Yoga. The fact is Yoga has existed in all cultures in some form or other; just like the ways of worshipping are different in different religions but with a common goal. Likewise, meditation has also been present in different cultures since time immemorial. In Hindu religion, it is mainly considered a domain of sages or some people of special attainment only. This is a great myth. When you are solving a mathematical or scientific problem, you are meditating. Likewise, sportspersons, when they are focusing on victory, they are meditating. This type of meditation, which may be called active meditation, can boost mental and physical capacity tremendously. But in Hindu religion, they mainly focused on passive meditation. Move to popularise Yoga among the masses is commendable. Scores of people have been doing this devotedly in the past without caring for publicity or money. Their work could never come in limelight even though lots of people got huge health benefits after learning Yoga from their masters. It is only in past few years that some so-called Yoga gurus hijacked Yoga and began minting money out of it. This has further distanced Yoga from the common people. Throngs of celebrities and high-profile people at special Yoga sessions organised to mark the International Yoga Day is testimony to it. If the government truly wants to popularise Yoga, it must first make efforts to dispel the myths associated with it. The current dispensation, which is seen as a staunch Hindutva dispensation, will have to restore the confidence of masses that Yoga is not against their religion or faith. Only then can a drive be undertaken comprehensively and more and more people will adopt Yoga to get its uncountable health benefits.

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YOU CAN MAKE

POSSIBLE, EVEN ‘THE IMPOSSIBLE

It is a question of attitude. By D. C. Sharma

A pig keeper was once told by his community: “You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. The

idea sank deep into his tender mind even though he was hardworking and innovative. But for how long can an innovative mind remain contented with the old outdated conservative wisdom? Just when this fellow was trying his innovative skills, another member of his community discouraged him, “You have grown old and so has your brain, how can you teach an old dog new tricks”? But this time he didn’t get discouraged by the negative remarks of such malicious persons. He courageously liberated himself by pulling down the prison house in which he was getting incarcerated. The idea sparked in his mind that jumping into timely action is the only antidote to such discouraging thoughts, and thus the myth of impossibility can be exploded. This is how you can do it too. Shun the myth of the word ‘impossible’ forever. Have you ever thought that the word ‘impossible’ is itself revealing a great lesson of life? Just see how it reveals a

EVEN THE GREAT NAPOLEON SAYS THAT THE WORD ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ IS FOUND ONLY IN THE DICTIONARY

EVEN THE GREAT NAPOLEON SAYS THAT THE WORD ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ IS FOUND ONLY IN THE DICTIONARY OF FOOLS.

great motivational truth! Doesn’t it say ‘I’m possible’? If you still believe in the potency of the word ‘impossible’ why not use the mighty power of your brain now? Only those who use their boots rather than their brains believe in the word ‘impossible’. Even the great Napoleon says that the word ‘impossible’ is found only in the dictionary of fools. Yes, it is the power of our mighty brain that can take us to the heights unimagined. When we use our brain the more experience and maturity we gain. The more we go deep into a problem the more we become aware that the solution itself is not at all in possible. Remember that our own limited thinking keeps us in actually bondage. One can do, win, and achieve even the impossible goal!

DELVE INTO THE PROBLEM

Learn to initiate, and go deeper and deeper into the problem before you. Nelson Mandela had advised, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” You may see this fact by going down your own memory lane. When you were a student, didn’t you fear how impossible it would be for you to pass the next higher examination? But as you went deep into the matter at hand, every step of going deeper and deeper into the problems had shown you some fresh and new insights of how to handle that situation with new

and fresh solutions. The remedy truly lies in initiating the task at hand. You keep on seeing that each impossible step goes on turning into an easy and satisfying possibility. To make the impossible, possible changing your attitude is essential. Those who easily get discouraged are those who have lost their contact with the highest intellect that guides us all the time. And the solution lies in bringing about a change in one’s self. The famous humorous English dramatist George Bernard Shaw has advised, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” The easiest way is to believe in the power of the infinite intelligence that pervades the whole

power of the infinite intelligence that pervades the whole Nelson Mandela had advised, “It always seems

Nelson Mandela had advised, “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

universe. When you start believing in the creative energy which fills the entire universe whose presence is as immanent in the frailest insect as in the farthest star you start feeling the surging positivity in you which motivates you to make even the impossible task quite possible, to be accomplished with perfection. Actually, we ourselves make even the possible impossible! Most of us get angry and frustrated finding even a minor trouble or difficulty in a task at hand. That nature of irritability is not our basic nature. It is our self- created negativity. Motivational writer Wayne Dyer provides a great workable solution, “It is impossible

Dyer provides a great workable solution, “It is impossible THE FAMOUS HUMOROUS ENGLISH DRAMATIST GEORGE BERNARD

THE FAMOUS HUMOROUS ENGLISH DRAMATIST GEORGE BERNARD SHAW HAS ADVISED, “PROGRESS IS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT CHANGE, AND THOSE WHO CANNOT CHANGE THEIR MINDS CANNOT CHANGE ANYTHING.”

for you to be angry and laughing at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” Similarly, instead of choosing to get irritated, learn to be happy and elated. Instead of finding the job at hand difficult, learn to take it easy by making it manageable. Having such an attitude will gradually become a habit with you. Last but not least is the habit to attract the cooperation of your colleagues. Then you can make the impossible work a possible task. Some people have the habit of thinking that

if they ask for help and cooperation of others he or she will become weak in the eyes of others. Actually, one may not go on asking for help and cooperation of colleagues if one has not been offering help and cooperation to others very often. In such a scenario help and cooperation automatically comes rushing. And, in that case, nothing ever remains an impossible task. Rather, things go so smoothly that they set an example for others to follow in the footsteps of such movers and shakers. If you find that impossible, now is the time to

make it possible!

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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.

With no second thoughts. C an someone fall intensely in love after a single swift

With no second thoughts.

C an someone fall intensely in

love after a single swift glance?

Can a glimpse make one

believe that one wants to devote the rest of one’s life to a stranger, we have just seen for the first time? What makes two people who have never before even said “hi” to one another; have a visualisation of living their future together, organised and unruffled. What exactly is ‘love at first sight’? Love at first sight is not easy to elucidate. The expression ‘love at first sight’ means falling in love with someone after seeing him or her for the very first time and not essentially being verbally involved with the person. When such a phenomenon happens you get butterflies in your stomach by just seeing them. The first thing you want is their consideration.

By Prachi Srivastava

The impression of being with him or her seems like an outstanding journey. You want to know the whole

kit and caboodle about them. In such

a scenario, who cares about menace

and genuineness? It just feels so good

and you become so confident that this

is going to be the best relationship

ever.

The reason behind love at first sight

Love at first sight is not easy to describe. Some people even contradict that it is imaginable, claiming it is merely sexual attraction. The mechanism of our subconscious mind is very simple. In fact, this simplicity has been the cause of many errors, typecasts and erroneous principles all through the ages. Our

subconscious creates sentiments and feelings without us even recognising it. Impression development is the psychosomatic definition for the

technique; our unconscious mind understands individuality, their characteristics and facial features as

well. The factual reason behind why we fall in love at first sight is because a particular person at times, generates an evaluation in our subconscious to someone from our past who meant a lot to us. This is also known as the ‘attraction aura’. It refers to a particular way our brain relates attractiveness with goodness. People can fall in love at first sight if the newfangled soul they see seems like somebody they once loved before or someone who had a constructive

sway on their life. The subconscious creates the outlook, because this new individual looks like someone from your previous stint that was virtuous for you, this new person might be noble for you too and you start liking this new person very much. Expressing this, it seems more comprehensible as to why some of us are positive; we have knowledgeable love at first sight, even if beforehand, we thought it was awkward. There are many hidden subconscious ways your brain deceives you into discerning that you have found your soulmate.

Contradictory opinions regarding love at first sight

Some people relate to the idea of love at first sight very well. To some people, whether it is real or not, it feels good. Everything seems to be so rosy and like a fairytale. Some people find this concept vague. They consider it as a practical joke. Contradictory opinions regarding love at first sight are generally based on two core reasons. The first opinion suggests that romantic love involves not only attraction towards external appearance or any sexual desire, but also of knowing the person’s character behaviours, such as compassion, trustworthiness and a sense of humour. Such familiarity cannot be existent at first prospect, as it requires understanding. The second opinion suggests the fact that love does not merely entail feelings; rather, it basically encompasses actions, and these cannot be implemented at first sight. Love at first sight can often be misinformed since it is grounded more on thoughts and fantasies than on vision; however, it can still be love, and over and over again can be very strong. Research specifies that romantic love is often based upon romanticism and optimistic impressions, and this is also correct regarding love that lasts many years. The fact that love at first sight may succumb after a while also does not imply that it was not a passionate love. Time is not a limited factor, or even the principal measure of strong

love. Loving force and passion is likely to dwindle and even vanish after a while.

To love, or not to love

Each of us has our own perception of attractiveness based on our own upbringing. We all see beauty in a different way. Love at first sight has nothing to do with good looks. The subconscious is trying to make you attracted to this new person so that you will do everything under your control to catch up with them. According to the subconscious mind and its opinion, this new individual will give one encouraging feelings just

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT CAN OFTEN BE MISINFORMED SINCE IT IS GROUNDED MORE ON THOUGHTS
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IT IS GROUNDED
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like the person from the past did. When a person experiences love at first sight, he or she tends to think that it must be ‘fortune’ and we have found ‘the perfect one’. The feeling can make us all wholehearted inside, if a break-up then occurs we get confounded because we think we have lost someone dreamlike because of the mystic way we just transpired to be fascinated by them when we first saw them. The only one to blame for this is the person’s subconscious. We respond according to our conscious thinking. It’s acceptable to vacillate if the rest of your body is telling you to preserve your safeguard. Love is out there, and it’s realistic. But don’t try to style something just because eye contact made you all tingling inside.

Follow your gut

Is love at first sight a worthy sign for the future? Should we trail our hearts and completely chase love at first sight? We usually should, as such love is a sincere manifestation of our reaction. We are all acquainted with love at first sight, or at least the impression of it. If you really and actually imagine yourself with someone, go for it. Always follow your gut. Often people may think they have experienced love at first sight, merely because they wanted companionship. There is nothing incorrect with this, and the individual you have fallen for may be your companion for a long time. But it does not certainly mean it’s meant to be. When a relationship shaped by love at first sight misses the mark, it leaves us feeling like we lost something fate had proposed. Still don’t mistake taking someone for loving someone. It’s important to know what you might be getting into. Don’t fear about what the future

clamps. If it’s meant to be, it will only get better with time. If it isn’t meant to be, then live and learn. Always remember, life is too short to have

regret.

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Stay positive and happy. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.

CHOLESTEROL

FRIEND OR FOE?

C holesterol is quite a familiar term in our day-to-day life. You don't have to look far, within

your family, friends and workmates, you will find so many Are you also a cholesterol patient or know someone who is dealing with inappropriate levels of cholesterol? If yes, you have landed on the right page! But even if you are not a patient of it and are not aware of anyone dealing with it, chances are, you will still need this information, sooner or later! Because, the unhealthy lifestyle and deteriorating environmental conditions have actually made us all prone to this risky health issue. According to alarming reports by Indian Council of Medical Research, 79% of Indians have skewed lipid levels which consequently kills every fifth Indian with heart attack.

Cholesterol: Friend or Foe? The very 'cholesterol' is not deadly. In fact, cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and plays several important roles in producing hormones, generating Vitamin D and in food digestion process. It is manufactured by the body but can also be taken in from food. Interestingly, Cholesterol is both friend and a foe. At normal levels, it is an absolute friend which is essential substance for the body. But if in inappropriate levels, it is a threatening danger for your health.

Good and Bad Cholesterol There exist two types of cholesterol - HDL and LDL. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" and beneficial one and Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is the "bad" one. The HDL protects the body against heart diseases and as far as HDL is concerned, a higher number is considered better. HDL levels lesser

than 40 is a risk factor because it increases your probability to develop heart disease. On the other hand, LDL is bad because it gets built up on the walls of your arteries and increases your chances of getting cardiovascular diseases. It further reduces the amount of blood and oxygen reaching to the heart and thus causes chest pains and heart attacks. Now, you know how important it is to have controlled cholesterol levels to lead a happy, healthy and a prosperous life with your family. But many who take cue of usual available drugs report adverse side effects, such as, statins and more.

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W e all love to look at a

beautiful woman, talk about

her, wonder about her.

She's got it all – right? The great job, beautiful friends, a date every night, men falling over themselves to be noticed and doors being opened for her – both literally and figuratively. Okay, let's face it. When we meet someone new, the first impression is about looks; only later do things such as personality, brains and character start to take on meaning. As Penelope Lively said, "I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things

PERCEIVING

BEAUTY

Depends on oneʼs outlook.

By Swetha Sundar

happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one." Is beauty a universal standard? Or is it in the eye of the beholder? The word “beautiful” holds more meaning to it than you would think. It could mean you have a beautiful soul, or a beautiful smile, or you are a drop- dead gorgeous angel that fell from the sky. The famous saying “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” does seem to reflect the enriched human culture, nature and perceptions of what beautiful is. While South American, Latin and Spanish countries give a lot of importance to physical attributes while defining beauty, Europeans attach a lot of importance to fair skin and elegance, Indians view beauty as having beautiful eyes, long lustrous hair and fair skin (the growing spate of fairness creams is testimony to that) while in countries such as Saudi Arabia, whose dress codes do not reveal more than the women’s eyes, women tend to focus on

being attractive through their eyes.

who is beautiful on the inside and out!

 

your authentic intention instead of

Arab women also are fond of

The ageing process is inevitable, and it

being attached to the outcome.

enhancing their eyes with black kohl to make them look more appealing and exotic. Says psychologist Aruna Broota,

is

some, perceived lost beauty. Do not climb on that treadmill to nowhere of crazy fad diets or magical face creams

futile to chase lost youth and, to

Asking questions—especially “why?” and “how?”—is always beautiful because curiosity is beautiful.

“I’ve studied the patterns my patients

that claim will erase wrinkles. Instead,

If

you can string words together

(a group of about 20) show in their concept of beauty and compared

develop what I call a “healthy vanity” routine by choosing a reasonable diet

into a sentence, and you’re brave enough to let someone else read it,

them to each other and my own and

and realistic exercise regimen. That

that’s beautiful.

have discovered that healthy is the only common feature of beauty. No matter what the shape, colour, size, etc. of a person’s features are, the

combination will do wonders for your body and your self-esteem. Learn to recognise and appreciate the beautiful qualities in yourself and

Flat stomachs are beautiful, absolutely, but big, soft bellies are beautiful, too. They are your baby’s first home!

impression of health given by hygiene

others in every decade of life. Beauty

It

is beautiful to speak another

and skin care are the only

does not lie in physical features alone.

language. It is beautiful to try.

commonality. In the end, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder,

It's about the whole package: physical beauty, mental strength, warm

Beauty is putting paint on canvas, or strumming a guitar, or capturing

sometimes even to the disgust of

personality and personal

a

stunning moment in a picture, or

friends.”

presentation.

dancing with your eyes closed.

Cancer survivor Anni Mehta says,

So stop looking in the mirror and

Creating is always beautiful.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found

seeing the glass as half empty. Instead of looking for flaws, embrace your positive characteristics and figure out ways to enhance them.

Your eyes are beautiful. Nobody else has eyes like yours. They are deep and authentic and instantly recognizable.

their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation,

Stop wishing for someone else's nose or hair and fall in love with your own.

Beauty is being brave enough to embrace your feelings- the good,

sensitivity, and an understanding of

A

face can be structurally imperfect

the bad, and the ugly.

life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving

but still beautiful. Intangibles make

 

concern. Beautiful people do not just

a

woman

happen. Beauty is this word that is often thrown around conditionally. It’s another category that can sometimes feel esoteric. To me, beauty is a celebration of everything in our lives—even the stuff that we shove deep down in hopes of never seeing that “ugliness” again—it’s the organic substance that fuels our gorgeous smile, and breathtaking laugh. Beauty in its rawness can’t be faked.” Unfortunately, we rely on “beauty

beautiful, and you must recognise those wonderful quirks that you possess and be proud of them. Develop a beauty arsenal consisting of clothing that fits well and enhances your attributes. Create a solid hair-and-make-up routine, and exercise to stay healthy and build

 

authorities” quoted in the media to define beauty for us. The standards

your confidence. Confidence is the real secret here! A confident woman

and criteria of beauty set by the

is

a beautiful woman.

media have been manipulated and bastardised and are wrong, absurd

Beauty is everywhere! Just look around and feel and see “beautiful” in

 

and unrealistic. Our role models have become 20-something starlets and fashion models whose photographs

all things small and inconsequential. Find that real “beauty” within you and keep it alive.

have been carefully orchestrated, airbrushed, photoshopped and drastically altered.

You are beautiful when you are afraid to do something, and you do it anyway.

We must learn to interpret beauty as a package of physical and mental

Resilience and persistence are beautiful.

attributes that meld into a person

Beauty is a daring action built on

Remember the time your best friend called you while she was crying because only your voice could calm her down? That was beautiful.

Beauty is laughing so hard your stomach hurts and you glow from within.

Beauty is not letting ignorance be mistaken for truth.

Beauty is calling someone out for saying something hurtful, even if you weren’t the one getting hurt.

Your legs are beautiful. No, really. They are. Admire the curve of your calves, the muscles in your thighs, the peaks and valleys of your knee.

Letting go of a toxic relationship? Ah, what a beautiful relief!

You are beautiful when you rock out so hard at a concert that your neck is sore the next day.

Intelligence is beautiful.

Humour. There is nothing more beautiful than laughter.

Compassion is very, very beautiful.

Beauty is wearing an outfit so fierce that when people compliment you on it, you accept it gracefully and confidently.

Strong opinions are beautiful.

Respecting other people’s strong opinions is beautiful too.

Beauty is your hometown, whether you love it or hate it, because it helped shape you who you are.

CANCER SURVIVOR ANNI MEHTA SAYS, “THE MOST

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WE HAVE KNOWN ARE

THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN DEFEAT,

KNOWN SUFFERING, KNOWN STRUGGLE,

KNOWN LOSS, AND HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY OUT OF THE DEPTHS.

Beauty is telling a joke only you think is funny and laughing so hard nobody can hear the punchline.

Walking away from a relationship –platonic or romantic because you

know it is the only way to truly love them is to stop trying to change them, and let them be who they are. That is most beautiful.

Deep breaths are beautiful.

Listening is beautiful. Choosing to respond instead of react- even if you don’t want to hear it- trusting that there is always something valuable in someone else’s words.

Your bare face in the

morning is beautiful. Ask the people who love you. It’s true.

The way our bodies tell the truth— we blush when we are attracted to someone, we blink twice when we lie, we get sick when we’re pushing our mental limits—is beautiful.

Having faith in someone else’s word, because we know we’ve been true to our own. That is beautiful.

Beauty is being comfortable enough with someone else to be silent.

Beauty is being able to walk gracefully in high heels.

Beauty is digging your bare feet into the sand.

Beauty is sitting very still with your thoughts.

It is beautiful to find the strength

to ask for help when you need it, no matter how successful you are. Beauty is loving your pet as much as they love you.

Beauty is a fresh flower in your hair.

The physical remnants of our life experiences—stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and sun spots—are beautiful.

Wisdom is beautiful.

Humility is beautiful.

Beauty is the sweaty satisfaction of

hard workout- moving your body in the way it was meant to.

a

It

is beautiful to finally share your

secrets and confide in someone.

Beauty is the ability to see the humour in the darker, sometimes

neglected parts of our life.

Beauty is being able to truly enjoy the food you eat.

It

is beautiful to be grateful to all

the strong people who came before you: the ones who raised you, the ones who fought for your rights, and the ones who were burned at the stake because they were too powerful.

Giving birth is beautiful. Rebirth– as many times as necessary- is also beautiful.

Freedom is beautiful. You are free to fill your life with the things that make you happy. You have a choice.

Happiness is beautiful. Never be

ashamed of being happy. All in all, the truth is, true beauty is

something that lasts with age, no matter how many plastic surgeries or Botox ops one may have to stay young. All you need is a smile on your face and no matter what corner of the

world you travel to; you will be beautiful in the eyes of the beholders. If your heart and mind is not young, you can never be beautiful forever.

And I am not saying that to just make

you feel better. Or am I?

We
We

Live for today and not tomorrow, Live for the now and whats here, Stop living for what maybe or what may never come, Live for the day already here.

Story Short

It’s Called Teenage Love

“Now, it’s high time you emerged from your self-

imposed shell and

mix with others

without going overboard,” said Maya, like the

good protective elder sister that

she was.

The crush that crushes. By Heera Nawaz

“First time, first love, Oh, what a feeling is this? Electricity flows, With the very first kiss….”

R anjit, you will be

Night’ dance party

coming for the `Disco

this evening, won’t you?” queried 18-year-old Maya to her younger brother, Ranjit. Ranjit, as usual, replied enthusiastically and with gusto, “Of course, I will be coming as it will be my first dance party! You know, I am already beginning to get butterflies in my stomach, and the proverbial goose flesh.” “Ranjit, you don’t have to

be so nervy. Take it easy. Cool down,” said Maya practically. “Telling that to a 17-year- old like me on the threshold of adolescence is easier said than done. You know how reticent, aloof and introverted I really am,” said Ranjit. “Now, it’s high time you emerged from your self- imposed shell and mix with

Maya turned to leave but not before saying, “Okay, Ranjit, be ready by 6 pm
Maya
turned to leave
but not before saying,
“Okay, Ranjit, be ready by
6 pm sharp for the dance
party as we will be going in our
chauffeur-driven car. And
remember just because this
is your first dance party,
there’s no need to
overdress.”

others without going overboard,” said Maya, like the good protective elder sister that she was. “But, Maya, teenage years are all about extremes. You know we have raging hormones working in overdrive to colour our emotions and feelings in a really hyper way,” said Ranjit. “Agreed,” said Maya. “Teenage years are very tumultuous and traumatic since one is neither a child who is wholly callow and immature nor is one a full- fledged adult capable of taking staunch decisions

head-on. As teenagers, we have no clear-cut vision of a structured and appropriate blueprint to behave as we should. In fact, it appears that, as teenagers, we get the worst of both the worlds.”

R anjit chipped in now, “Maya, you are spot on!

In our teenage years, we are expected to make far- reaching, lifelong decisions on careers, family and friends – all this when we can’t even make a decision on what brand of soap we want to buy!” “And it doesn’t help that our parents aren’t from Gen Y to empathise with us. They really don’t understand our generation, as in their times they lived in a world without i-pads, touch screen mobile phones, DVDs, video games, Ninendos, Kindles and Facebook. However, we have all these major distractions and yet we are expected to score above 90 per cent in our PUC examinations and Common Entrance Test. Else we will be denied admission into the competitive professional colleges. This, you know, is crucial, for otherwise the rest of our lives ‘will be bound in shallows and miseries’, as Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar,” said Maya quite dramatically. “Yes, Maya, we are expected to do so well academically, yet there are so many distractions that it is almost impossible to concentrate and remain focused and undauntedly determined.”

“So the thing to remember here, Ranjit, is to remain grounded and not get too carried away by emotions and feelings, for one might reach what is called a ‘pressure cooker stage’, ready to burst. Instead, one should strike a balance and be rational, sensible and practical at all times,” said Maya conclusively. “Well said!” exclaimed Ranjit.

M aya turned to leave but not before saying,

“Okay, Ranjit, be ready by 6 pm sharp for the dance party as we will be going in our chauffeur-driven car. And remember just because this is your first dance party, there’s no need to overdress. Do the dressing as a

component of it. Remember, this is just a casual, informal dance party – not a wedding reception.” So saying,

Maya retreated to her room and Ranjit to his. Ranjit surveyed his bedroom, which was strewn with all

kinds of paraphernalia. There were pictures of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Shakira adorning the walls, all the singers looking like real eye- candy. Then, since Ranjit was a fitness freak and enthusiast, there were dumbbells and in one corner of the room there was a stationary exercise bike to keep himself in shape. Since Ranjit had taken a fancy to books, there were plenty of books all around the place written by authors like Robin Cook, Franklin W. Dixon and John Grisham. How many times Maya and their parents had admonished Ranjit to be

organised and tidy, but their scolding fell on deaf ears, for in our modern-day set-up, finding an organised, tidy and neat teenager is like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack! Ranjit had turned 17 just last week and was immeasurably

written the following poem by Rudyard Kipling, If you can fill the unforgiving minute With 60 seconds of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, But what more, you will be a man, my son!”

R anjit was aware of the fact that his parents had

pinned their hopes, dreams and aspirations on their only son, and he should, therefore, not let them down. However, as Maya had rightly pointed out, teenagers had unpredictable emotions, temper tantrums and mood swings due to the hormones that prevail during the adolescent phase. Ranjit was also aware of the changes he was undergoing physically. His voice had deepened and he had a fine growth of hair on his chin and upper lip. He had grown three inches in one year, and it was therefore not surprising that his friends had nicknamed him `Lambu’. However, Ranjit was aware that these changes were palpable, acceptable and perhaps even bearable. What was not in his jurisdiction of control was that he still lacked aplomb, confidence and spunk in the department of communication and public relations. He could not for the life of him approach the opposite sex and talk freely and uninhibitedly. This could be because until Std X, Ranjit had studied in an all-boys school. So the repercussions were that he felt extremely awkward, embarrassed and tongue-tied in the

It was filled with energetic, jostling bodies, swaying rhythmically to the loud disco music, with
It
was filled with
energetic, jostling
bodies, swaying
rhythmically to the loud disco
music, with songs like Jennifer
Lopez’s Waiting for Night,
Michael Jackson’s Beat It and
Celine Dion’s My Heart Will
Go On, playing to the
delight of the young
crowd.

touched when his father gifted him an authentic Parker pen and a birthday card on which was

delight of the young crowd. touched when his father gifted him an authentic Parker pen and

company of girls, particularly

the pretty ones. He knew

Maya, his elder sister, was

aware of this lacuna and she, on her own, used to give him doses of confidence- boosting pep talks. He was aware that she wanted him to emerge from his shell and

mix

freely with others. As she

had

said, “By being shy and

lonely, you are losing so much of what the beautiful world has to offer.”

R anjit went to the bathroom, took a quick

shower, dressed in a pair of dark blue corduroy trousers

and a light blue Louis Phillip

shirt and bow tie. He sprayed a whiff of eau-de-cologne,

put on his black boots and,

after having placed his smart phone in his tight trouser pocket, he was ready and enthusiastic enough to take on the world. Meanwhile, Maya had got ready in a pretty pink flowing gown. They got inside their Hyundai car and within short span of 15 minutes, they arrived at the Cosmopolitan Club, the venue for the dance party. Once inside, with the bright lights, loud disco music and the sea of people, Ranjit’s bravado seemed to

have melted like ice, for again he had become his

usual diffident and nervy self.

The reason was, although he

knew that he had the upper

hand, he didn’t take the initiative in almost all cases. In dances, the guy or male in question asks the girl to dance – and not the other

way around. Now Ranjit was

jittery when the ball was in

his court, as he had no guts to return it. He sounded his fears and apprehensions to Maya, “Suppose I ask a girl to dance, and she says, `No’. Won’t that make me more

mortified and fearful than ever? You know I am not good at facing rejection. Just as Ranjit was unburdening his fears to Maya, Mohit, a tall, handsome and smartly turned out older teenager approached Maya. After asking her, “Care to join me on the floor?” he whisked her away to the dance floor, not entirely against her will. Ranjit sat alone surveying the dance room. It was filled with energetic, jostling bodies, swaying rhythmically to the loud disco music, with songs like Jennifer Lopez’s

Waiting for Night, Michael

He sounded his fears and apprehensions to Maya, “Suppose I ask a girl to dance, and she says, `No’. Won’t that make me more mortified and fearful than ever? You know I am not good at facing rejection.”

Jackson’s Beat It and Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, playing to the delight of the young crowd. The timeless music from the DJ’s console catered to the wild fancies and fantasies of teenagers who jived to the tunes, as the moving lights kept changing colours. All around, one could see lively, animated faces of enthusiastic teenagers. While Ranjit, looking every bit as a reclusive wall flower, was listlessly drumming his hand on the chair to the beat of the music, he spotted her. She was a teenage girl with the most beautiful, awesome

face and figure, which, Ranjit mused, could easily, like Helen of Troy, launch a 1000 ships. He had seen her before, but never dancing and never this decked out. She had long, black straightened hair that swung from side to side as she danced. She had large enchanting doe-like eyes, subtly lined with eyeliner, while her pink-painted lips were smiling mysteriously. She was wearing a purple and black silk dress that was gathered at her slim waist by a gold-braided belt. In short, to the lovelorn Ranjit, she looked truly ravishing. He had fallen in love with her hook, line and sinker! Ranjit felt that he would not be doing justice to his emotions if he asked some other girl to dance while he certainly did not have the guts to ask her. So, as the minutes slipped past, he was almost in his own world, in a trance. He was shaken rudely out of it when Maya tapped him on his shoulder, saying, “It’s 10 o’clock – time to head home.” When he didn’t reply immediately, she followed his gaze and said, “Oh, you seem to be really hung up on Rita, aren’t you?” Ranjit blushed as he hadn’t realised that his staring, had been so obvious.

O nce back home, Maya and Ranjit joined their

parents for a quick dinner. Then it was time for bed. Ranjit still under Rita’s bewitching spell, all that he could think of was Rita, Rita,

Rita! That night he had a strange dream – Rita had turned into supergirl while he had turned into spiderman and both of them were flying towards each other. As absurd and preposterous as dreams can be, it only went

to show how smitten Ranjit really was. It was obviously a case of `First Love’. In the days to come, Ranjit’s mind was working in overdrive and, as everyone knows, if a teenage boy has a crush on a girl and really means it, even wild horses cannot hold him back from pursuing the girl in question. After two days, Ranjit did his own detective work (which teenage boys are famous for) and reliably found out her address, her apartment not being too far from his. Starry-eyed and replete with rosy dreams, Ranjit knew that he had thought and fantasised enough – now it was time for action.

T he next morning, Ranjit sauntered past Rita’s

apartment on his way to college. To his utter glee and delight, Rita was on the balcony. Ranjit smiled at her awkwardly and she smiled back. Actually, to a more objective-minded person, it would seem to have been more of a supercilious smirk, but to the lovelorn, obsessed and infatuated Ranjit, it was a smile all right. He was thrilled and euphoric, as he started to daydream – that perhaps his feelings for Rita were reciprocated, and that was why she had smiled back. The next day, Ranjit did some more detective work and he got her mobile number. In the evening, with his heart beating chaotically, he dialled her number, mustering up the courage to speak to her what his heart had rehearsed so many times before. Finally, he got in touch with her and heard her saying, “Hello”. He blabbered nervously, “Rita, this is Ranjit. Would you come with me for a

movie The Theory of Everything?” Rita was, flabbergasted. She said in a very surprised ”

tone, “Well

Nervous and dreading rejection from his first attempt at dating, Ranjit quickly mumbled, “It’s okay. I’ll pick you up at 3 pm tomorrow. Bye for now.” He disconnected the call, breathing heavily. Sunday, dawned bright and clear. The morning with its rush of newspaper reading and household chores quickly passed. At 2 pm, Ranjit got ready in a black tuxedo suit and, without informing his family members, made his way to Rita’s apartment. He was happy but nervous. Ranjit was the perfect chaperone who escorted Rita to the theatre with utmost chivalry and civility. He even had the thoughtfulness to buy her a gift, a simple placard, on which was written, `First Time, First Love.’ He gave it to her in the theatre. The biopic movie, he thought, was apt to show his deep love as it was about the outstanding Stephen Hawking and the story of his life and love. Though the award-winning movie was authentic and had layers of meaning, Ranjit was more concerned about making his first ‘date’ successful. At the end of the movie, Ranjit escorted Rita back home. The whole time Ranjit had been eager to please Rita and so had, not really observed her reactions to his overtures. Indeed, if he had, he would have been deeply chagrined, for Rita, though a beautiful girl, was far from a congenial person. She was haughty, conceited and had no humility whatsoever. Her

bloated face glowered with contempt and angst. Ranjit arrived home singing the song, Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui-2, trying to emulate Arijit Singh’s pining, grave voice.

R anjit rang the doorbell and Maya answered it.

Maya looked at Ranjit and said slowly, “Ranjit, I want to talk to you. It’s about Rita.” “What about Rita?” asked Ranjit, sharply. Though he had pretended to be flippant, her name had made the colour rise to his cheeks and he was trembling. “Ranjit, let’s get straight to the point: do you like her?” asked Maya. “No, `like’ is too small a word. I love her,” answered Ranjit defiantly. “Have you found out whether she loves you?” countered Maya. Ranjit’s face looked paradoxical, “I don’t really know, but since I love her so much, I can make her fall for me, can’t?” Maya tried another

strategy, “Do you realise that she’s my age, which means that she’s older than you?” “So what? Since when does true love have an age factor? Didn’t Ashton Kutcher fall madly in love with Demi Moore even though she was older than him?” “And how long did that relationship last?” continued Maya in the same patient tone. “Well, closer home, there’s Abhishek Bachchan who fell for the older Aishwarya Rai. That worked beautifully, didn’t it?” said Ranjit in defence of his argument. Maya knew she must remain patient. She said, “The point that I’m trying to make is that, in any relationship, both sides should reciprocate and acknowledge each other’s feelings and emotions.

I don’t know how to tell

She smiled so sweetly and said, “Hi! I’m Priya, Rita’s younger sister. I just wanted
She
smiled so sweetly
and said, “Hi! I’m Priya,
Rita’s younger sister. I just
wanted to know whether I could
have this placard, which you gave
my sister. You see, I used to see
you passing our apartment and
I think – she giggled at this
point – that I’ve a crush
on you.”

you this without hurting you, but I have to call a spade a spade. Rita is not infatuated with you. She will be coming tomorrow morning to return the placard which she told me you gave her.” “What!” cried Ranjit hurt. Maya looked at her dear, vulnerable and lovable brother, a person who was a really nice guy at heart. Not at all one to cheat and hurt others, he was always generous and sensitive to a fault. She loved him dearly and knew the gentlemanly qualities he had. She said softly, “Ranjit, it’s partly my fault. I saw how smitten you were by Rita, so I asked her to smile at you when you passed her apartment. And…” “And what?” shouted Ranjit angrily, his voice rising to a crescendo, its tone showing that he was hurt. “Soon after you phoned

her up and asked her to go with you for the movie, she phoned me up saying that she didn’t want to go with you since she doesn’t know you, but I persuaded her to go with you since I knew that if she says ‘no’ to you, you would be totally heartbroken.”

T he realisation sunk in. Ranjit stood up now. His

eyes were bloodshot and burning with a fire-like intensity, as he shouted angrily, “You mean you asked Rita to flirt with me? My own sister making a fool of me?” Maya said gently, “I just wanted to make you happy as I could see how much, how sincerely and how genuinely you loved her. I knew it was definitely not lust, for you are not at all a rascal, like some of those good-for-nothing teenage boys.

I could see that you truly cared for her, for her feelings and that you liked her in a very pure and genuine way.” Tears welled up in Maya’s eyes over the plight of her beloved brother and his badly bruised feelings in a situation indirectly brought about by her. “You and your concern and good intentions! How could you have done this to me? I hate you, I hate you!” shouted Ranjit angrily, as he left the room, banging the door behind him. The next morning, at 9 o’clock sharp, the doorbell buzzed. Ranjit had had a very disturbed sleep as he had tossed and turned in bed wondering how he could face Rita in the morning. She would come, as Maya had

said, to return the placard, which was the ultimate form of rejection. She really knew how to nail it.

R anjit opened the door and got the shock of his

life. There at the door was a girl who was the living image of Rita, except that she was a younger version. She had the same long black hair, enchanting doe-like eyes and mysteriously smiling lips. That’s where the resemblance ended. For this girl did not have the conceited, haughty and arrogant look of Rita. Instead she was simple, humble and decorous. She smiled so sweetly and said, “Hi! I’m Priya, Rita’s younger sister. I just wanted to know whether I could have

this placard, which you gave my sister. You see, I used to see you passing our apartment and I think – she giggled at this point – that I have a crush on you.” Ranjit looked at this sweet, vulnerable and empathetic girl, who was so beautiful and who not only had outer beauty, but inner beauty as well. She looked like a nice, well-brought-up and polished teenage girl that it was impossible not to like her. Ranjit looked at her and said, “You know something? I think I’ve a crush on you, too!” Priya narrowed her eyes suspiciously and asked, “To what end?” “To a beginning…” quipped Ranjit, as they both

looked at each other and burst out laughing.

S weet Sixteen’ Priya and `Sturdy Seventeen’ Ranjit

became good friends from that day onwards. Ranjit felt really great when he escorted her to dance parties and asked her to join him on the floor. Ranjit had gone through some pretty tough `growing-up pains’ – but, in the end, he had emerged from them stronger, more resilient and more resolute. He truly felt upbeat and a true ‘go-getter’ as he had entered a new phase of his life, along with his beautiful, charming and extremely nice

`First Love’.

We
We

I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.

My baby was my flesh and blood And I took care of her As if
My baby was my flesh and blood
And I took care of her
As if she was my 'extended body'.
Attachment
I was a little upset when she joined college
Staying in a hostel, for further studies
And more so when I got her married.
I invited her to visit me often
in
As I was emotionally unstable
And realised that her priorities have changed.
Her love for her husband and in-laws
Detachment
knew no bounds
And I took a seat behind them.
She visited me occasionally
And longed to get back to'her' home
To continue her routine duties.
Seeing this detachment of hers,
My body and mind ached ;
Without proper food and sleep
I suffered from depression
And needed counselling.
And vow! Now I've realised that
I 'should'change from
Attachment to detachment
And that's life after all.
– Preetha Rengaswamy.

I have very thick ankles which make me reluctant to wear

pretty footwear and draw attention to them. Is there any way

I can deal with these? I am a well-built but not obese 30-year-

old woman. Fat and thick ankles, called “cankles” by some people are caused by many reasons: genetic predisposition, obesity, fluid retention, or pregnancy, for example. Treatment is planned according to the appropriate causes. Exercise like power walking, jogging, skipping,etc, will help to tone down ankle fat.

If water retention is the culprit, consult a dietician to sort

out your diets. Cut down on salt and salty foods; drink a lot of water.

If you are overweight, losing weight will help take the

stress on the ankles and encourage thinning.

A drastic method is surgery – ankle liposuction, an

outpatient procedure, but there are some risks involved. Wear footwear which will hide the thick ankles as much as possible.

My fingernails are just fine, but the cuticles are ragged and uneven. This spoils the attractiveness of my hands. Please tell me how I mend this problem and what causes it. I am an 18- year-old college girl. Damaged cuticles can be easily treated with some diligent care. Dry, torn, peeling or ragged cuticles are usually caused by the nail-biting habit. Sometimes, a manicure done by inexpert beauticians can also result in damaged cuticles. Again, if your hands are exposed to harsh chemicals in dishwashing soaps, in gardening, washing clothes, etc, the cuticles tend to soften and peel. Nail-polish removers containing acetone also bruise the nailbeds and cuticles. Massage in petroleum jelly into your nails at nights, giving special attention to the nailbeds and cuticle. Pull on some old cotton gloves or socks on the hands . Dip your fingers in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to soften the nails and then massage in olive oil firmly into the nails and cuticles. Jajoba oil, avocado oil or tea tree oil are also very effective. Cuticle cream available over the counter can also be used for your problem. Many parlours offer the hot wax treatment for split nails and ragged cuticles, which you can avail of.

but many swear by them. You can give these a try and see if it helps. Soak 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds overnight; grind to a paste and apply on breasts for 10 minutes. Wash off. Do this daily for at least 2 weeks for a result, if any! Some women think that well-beaten white of egg mixed with onion juice can be applied on the breasts for 20 to 2 minutes daily to shrink their size. Again, this claim is not scientifically authenticated.

I am a 22-year-old college girl who loves wearing sneakers. The problem is that my feet become very smelly. Please tell me how to deal with this odour issue. It is very important to keep your feet absolutely clean. Wash with medicated soap, not neglecting the parts between toes. Pat-dry and use talcum powder before you slip on footwear. Feet odour can be reduced by soaking feet in a basin of water containing vinegar. You can also use rock salt in the foot bath to fight bacteria and smells. Anti-fungal oils like tea tree oil, aloe vera cream and tulsi water can also keep your feet smelling good. Keep your footwear clean and hydrated. Wash whenever possible, and air in sun. Avoid spicy foods, garlic and alcohol which cause smelly perspiration.

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My eyebrows have very few hairs, and I long to have thick luscious brows. Is there any way I can fulfil my wish? I am 17 years old and just out of school. The nature of brows, like so many other things, is determined mostly by hereditary factors. You would have perhaps seen that sparse brows run in the family? Castor oil works wonders on stimulating hair growth. Apply a little bit on the brows daily and firmly massage into the skin at night. In the daytime, this could make your face look messy. So, avoid daytime use. Use a matte eyebrow powder to fill in the empty areas between brow hairs. This should match the natural colour closely, so that it does not stand out. Use a very light hand when doing this. A more permanent solution is to tattoo in some extra“hairs”. Done under the hands of an expert tattooist, it creates a very natural and lush look in the brows. Retouching may be required but only after a couple of years or so.

I have heavy breasts which cause me some embarrassment. I

have heard that there are some home remedies to decrease bust size. Can you please enlighten me? The easiest way of decreasing breasts size is by losing weight, and, of course, cosmetic surgery. Drink green tea, ginger-turmeric tea and neem leaves’ extract with honey to lessen weight. Always wear carefully-chosen supporting bras which will give your bosom a neat, contained appearance. The home remedies you mention are not authenticated,

PARENTS OF

SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN

DO THIS

Ways to help your child get ahead. By Lesley D. Biswas

A s parents we all wish we had a route map that would guarantee our child a

successful future. Every parent wants their child to excel in life, be a well- groomed and honest adult. There might not be a definite formula to actualise this wish, but we have enough scientific evidence to believe that parents and their parenting ways have a profound impact on how successful their children turn out. Most parents are obsessed with

academic excellence. In today’s competitive world, a good result is considered the only way a child can get ahead of others. It will surprise you that besides academic excellence there are certain other skills research identifies that a child’s successful future depends upon. Studies have also cautioned of overenthusiastic parenting and how unsuspectingly we might be doing our children a huge disfavour. Here is find out what you should and what you shouldn’t do as a parent.

Household chores

Gone are the days when children helped around the house, took out the garbage, watered the garden and learnt how to rustle up a quick breakfast. With children already strapped with academic and extra- curricular activities, not to forget tuitions, the concept of doing household chores – more specifically helping out in the family – is considered a waste of time. Convenient for children who are absolved of work, parents further compound the situation by waiting on their children. Recently, while standing outside the school gate awaiting my daughter I couldn’t but help eavesdrop when I heard the word ‘chores’, and, more interestingly, ‘kids doing chore’. “No way is my child wasting time on filling water or walking our dog,” one mother shrieked, quickly to add, “Exams are just a month away. When Rohan sits for a job interview, they aren’t bothered if he can’t make an omelette or doesn’t make his bed. I make sure when he’s studying, he doesn’t even have to get up for a glass of water.” It’s ironic how today, parents encourage children to skip chores hoping kids spend more time on things that will guarantee success, when it’s a proven fact that household chores in many ways help children to be successful adults, explains author of Raising Can-Do Kids and development psychologist Richard Rend in an article published in The Wall Street Journal website wsj.com. The next time you cite academics as an excuse for your child skipping household chores, remember chores teach children responsibility and how work is an integral part of life according to James Sears, the co- authors of the book Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.

Social competency

Not just chores in our attempt to make our children academically perfect, there is a high possibility we as parents might have overlooked the importance of development of our child’s social and emotional skills as well. A sensitive child adjusts well, empathises with others and has problem-solving abilities which are taught as early as kindergarten according to research by Pennsylvania State University and Duke University is considered socially competent and parents do them a huge favour by

BEFORE YOU PUSH YOUR CHILD TO STUDY LATE HOURS OR PUT IN THAT EXTRA STUDY EARLY MORNING CUTTING BACK ON THEIR SLEEP SCHEDULE, BE WARNED THAT RESEARCH SHOWS SLEEP-DEPRIVED CHILDREN ARE LESS ATTENTIVE, ARE SLOW TO LEARN AND LACK FOCUS.

reinforcing them since these skills the study claims prepares them to be successful in the future. The link between how the child’s future plans out, the success and well-being, to the extent that those children who were weak at them were more likely to acquire bad habits including substance abuse is also corroborated by another study published in the American Journal of Public Health. So, think twice before turning down your child’s opportunity to volunteer or to participate in group activities.

Importance of sleep

Before you push your child to study late hours or put in that extra study early morning cutting back on their sleep schedule, be warned that research shows sleep-deprived children are less attentive, are slow to learn and lack focus, compared to children who sleep their required hours. Sleep shouldn’t be viewed as a waste of your child’s time. Instead, with some effective time- management tricks help your child make the optimum use of waking hours. You can allow your child the much-needed and age-appropriate rest their brain and body require.

Overbearing parents

Parents are petrified at the thought of peer pressure negatively impacting their child’s future. What if we overbearing parents are more impactful on a child’s future? Yes, as a parent you too could negatively impact your child’s future in ways you would never imagine. Like, if you do not allow your child the liberty to make small decisions and always point out to them choices which would make their lives comfortable. And, the moment you see your child struggle, you rush to their aid. If both your answers are an affirmative, you not only deny your child a chance to learn decision- making skill which according to Psychology Today is crucial for

self-confidence. In their capacity as parents, all parents need to do is guide, spell out the dangers, explain the consequences and implications and allow children to make decisions.

Pushy parents

How often do you hear parents say, “I want my child to this,” or “that”? And how seldom is it their child wants to do? It isn’t uncommon for parents to try and fulfil their dreams through their children and a study which appeared in Public Library of Science ONE journal warned about the downside of such parents who transfer their unfulfilled ambitions on the children’s shoulders. It explains why sometimes unwilling children are

shoulders. It explains why sometimes unwilling children are children in order to grow up well- rounded

children in order to grow up well- rounded adults; in a world that isn’t their comfort zone, you snatch from them an important opportunity to validate their choices. Its natural as a parent to want to cushion your child against the danger of failing, but a parent’s job is to teach them to fly, not stop them from discovering their wings. Children must be allowed to regulate their behaviour and hone decision-making abilities and constant control by overbearing parenting, Dr J. Brien O’Callaghan of Balanced Parenting says, results in lifelong psychological damage. Children grow up lacking in

ITS NATURAL AS A PARENT TO WANT TO CUSHION YOUR CHILD AGAINST THE DANGER OF FAILING, BUT A PARENT’S JOB IS TO TEACH THEM TO FLY, NOT STOP THEM FROM DISCOVERING THEIR WINGS. CHILDREN MUST BE ALLOWED TO REGULATE THEIR BEHAVIOUR.

forced by their parents into doing things they aren’t passionate about. This, research says, obstructs a child from finding his or her autonomy.

Self-discipline

Self-discipline has many rewards, success being the surest and sweetest of them all. A self-disciplined child sets goals and will stick to them. They are less likely to procrastinate and remain focused in life to become adults whom subordinates respect and superiors praise. They learn to control their anger, to follow directions, that they will be corrected when they are wrong and there are some family rules that they must abide by even though it’s not their first preference. In doing so, parents hand their children valuable lessons that will stand them in good stead as adults when life throws challenges their way.

Relationship between parents

There is a lot beyond studies that determines how your child turns out. We are well aware of the far-reaching implications a parent’s relationship bears on the child. Happily-married couples lead to emotionally sound children. Cardyn Pape Cowan and Philip Cowan the psychologists couple at the University of California correlate this fact when they say that parents’ relationships with each other and their own childhood experiences contribute tremendously to how healthy children grow up emotionally, academically and socially. The home must be an emotionally healthy place for children to learn how to be in a relationship to be able to forge their

own successful relationships in the future, which is also a part of being a successful adult. And, most of all, as parents we can be role models whom our children can look up to when they need inspiration, fall back on when they require support and share their successes

with when they are happy.

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Never have regrets because at one point everything you did in life was exactly what you wanted.

Boycott fizzles out Once Spotify's most visible critic, pop superstar Taylor Swift on 9 June

Boycott fizzles out

Once Spotify's most visible critic, pop superstar Taylor Swift on 9 June returned her music to all streaming services as the number of artists to boycott the booming format dwindled. All of the 27-year-old singer's music including "1989," her blockbuster last album, appeared on Spotify and other platforms at midnight (0400 GMT) on the US East Coast.

Singer Beyonce with her Grammy trophies is seen in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Rapper Diddy was the world's top-paid celebrity in the past year, earning $130 million in the past 12 months, Forbes said in its annual list on 12 June.

past 12 months, Forbes said in its annual list on 12 June. Performers with the 'Arcadia

Performers with the 'Arcadia Spectacular' display are suspended high above the ground as they take part in a rehearsal at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on 23 June.

Suspended performance
Suspended performance
Benefit concert
Benefit concert
Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix perform at the
Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and
Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix perform at the One Love
Manchester benefit concert for the families of the
victims of the 22 May, Manchester terror attack, at
Emirates Old Trafford in Greater Manchester on 4 June.
A painting by British painter and sculptor Glenn Brown is
displayed at Gagosian gallery during the preview day of Art Basel
the world's premier modern and contemporary art fair on 13
June in Basel. Art Basel was held from June 15 to 18 in Basel.
An interaction with parrots
Leila Khauliani, on vacation from Russia, interacts
with parrots at Jungle Island as Florida Governor
Rick Scott announced that the number of tourists
visiting the state had greatly increased.
Volunteers spread cheese onto the pizza
base as they successfully break the
Guinness World Records title for Longest
pizza with a length of 1.32 miles (2.13km) at
the Auto Club Speedway track, in Fontana,
California on 10 June.
Record-breaking pizza
Glenn brown painting displayed

Story Short

The Uninvited Guest

He was awakened at midnight by constant cries, so he put a pillow over his head and tried to sleep but sleep wouldn't come. He lay awake like that all night, hearing the sorrowful yelps and to his surprise he felt tears sliding down his cheeks.

It changed Anush’s outlook.

By Arnav Garg

W hy don't you go out for a walk, Anush? The

weather is so lovely," Sarita Chauhan told her son casually, keep with no trace of worry in her voice. Anush hadn't stepped out of the house for more than a year now. His skin had turned pale and sallow; his eyes were sunken and he had put on almost 10 kg this past year. All he did every day was read medical thrillers in the morning, watch surgeries on the Internet on his computer in the afternoon and study his medical books from lunchtime till late into the night. Anush pretended he hadn't heard his mother. It was four in the evening. It

He opened the window that was always tighly shut to prevent the dust from coming
He
opened the window
that was always tighly
shut to prevent the dust from
coming in. The yelping got
louder. He looked down and found
nothing. Thinking it was his
imagination, he started closing the
window. That's when he saw it. It
was a tiny little thing and it
trembled piteously on the
parapet near his
window.

was time to study anatomy. Mihir, his best friend in school, had got a medical seat and kept him updated on the textbooks and journals that all first-year medical students were expected to read. Anush had made a promise to himself that he would study as much as, if not more than Mihir. It didn't matter, he consoled himself, that he didn't get a medical seat in any of the colleges that he had applied to. If he read the textbooks diligently he would be as up to date as all the other first year students. He read for a few hours and then went online to watch an appendectomy surgery. By the time he was done with his studies, it was dinner time. He switched off his laptop and made his way to the dining table. His mother and father were talking quietly in the kitchen. "How long am I going to be stuck in this room of his? He has to get out.

I've brought some admission forms for colleges. He should look at them and start preparing for the entrances again or find something else to do," he heard his father say.

A nush smiled grimly to himself. How ignorant

his father was. He didn't realise that he studied more at home and was getting a better education at home than he was at medical school. There was no way he was applying to medical colleges again. "Maybe, we should take him to a doctor, Vish. I'm getting really worried about him. He looks depressed to me,” said his mother while stirring a pot. Anush froze at the mention of going to a doctor. His parents thought he was depressed. They couldn't have been more wrong. He had never been so focused on his life and had never felt more productive. He went into the kitchen and both his parents smiled at him with an insanely-bright smile that didn't quite hide the worry in their eyes. His mother gave him the plates to set on the table while his father settled down at his usual place. Mercifully for Anush, dinner was over soon enough and he thankfully made his way back to his room. He knew he looked weird to other people, but he was

convinced that he was perfectly fine. His room was his safe haven – a place where he could be completely himself and mould himself into the person he wanted to be without judgement. It represented all the things that were perfect in his life – his laptop, his cellphone, his music system, his bed, even the sheets and pillows, everything had been acquired and programmed to suit his goals and tastes. He knew every inch of this room and every hum, whirr and clink was familiar to him.

T hat was why, when he was getting ready for

bed, he knew something was not quite right. An odd yelping sound struck a discordant note in the otherwise silent and sterile room. He looked under the bed and behind the curtains. It appeared to be coming from somewhere outside the window. He opened the window that was always tighly shut to prevent the dust from coming in. The yelping got louder. He looked down and found nothing. Thinking it was his imagination, he started closing the window. That's when he saw it. It was a tiny little thing and it trembled piteously on the parapet near his window. A puppy, he thought with disdain. Assuming that if it got on the parapet, it could also get down by itself, he closed the window and went to bed. He was awakened at midnight by constant cries, so he put a pillow over his head and tried to sleep, but sleep wouldn't come. He lay awake like that all night, hearing the sorrowful yelps

and to his surprise he felt tears sliding down his cheeks. He tried to imagine how the puppy must feel, all alone in the cold, dark night without his mother and siblings to keep him warm. It reminded him of the school he had just graduated from. How comfortable he had been there, warm and much loved by his teachers and classmates. Now, he was out in the cruel, adult world with no one looking after his best interests. Both, the puppy and he, had been pushed into a world of

His pride was short-lived, though. He could still hear the puppy whining on the doorstep. The sound made him shudder. It struck a nerve in him in the same way that scratching a blackboard sometimes did.

expectation and competition without a soft place to land on. He held the pillow over his ears and willed himself to sleep. He slipped into a restless, uneasy sleep. When he woke up again, it was early in the morning. The cries had died and he sighed with relief. He went up to the window to look out. His heart sank when he saw the puppy. It was still on the parapet with its eyes half closed in fatigue. Its whole demeanour now was one of resignation and failure. He opened the window again and tried to reach the puppy with his hands but

couldn't. He could bear it no more. He banged the window shut and made his way to the living room. He made it up to the front door, but then a wave of nausea and panic gripped him. He went and sat on the sofa, perspiration bending his brow. Could he really make it in the outside world? Could he take that step? Was he really thinking of stepping outside the house?

H e thought about the little puppy that had

given up on getting back to his mother and something stirred inside him. He went up to the door, opened it and stepped outside. It was just morning, but the sunlight felt harsh to his eyes that had become accustomed to indoor lighting and diffused sunlight. He took the ladder out of the toolshed and climbed to the parapet and picked up the puppy, settling it gently on the ground when he climbed down. Relieved now that the puppy was safe, he went inside the house and collapsed on the sofa. For someone who hadn't stepped out of the house for a whole year, today was a big achievement. His pride was short-lived, though. He could still hear the puppy whining on the doorstep. The sound made him shudder. It struck a nerve in him in the same way that scratching a blackboard sometimes did. The sound magnified and echoed inside his head till he thought he would go crazy. He opened the door and took the dog in. It bounded inside joyfully, taking in the sights and smells of the house. Finally, it ran back to

him, stood on its hind legs and begged to be picked up. When he obliged, it licked his face enthusiatically. It had obviously forgotten all about the previous night's trauma and was delighted by its new environment, running about and showering ecstatic gratitude like only a puppy could. Anush set it down and gave it a bowl of milk and bread that it attacked with the same gusto. He went into his bedroom and looked up the care of dogs on a pet- care website. He made a list of all the vaccinations required, not questioning why he was making long- term plans about a puppy he had known for only a few hours. When he went back to the kitchen, his mother was making herself coffee and eyeing the puppy. "What is that doing here?" she asked. "It's lost. We need to take it to Blue Cross or some other animal place." "Uh-uh. Not we. You. I'm not taking responsibility for this dog. You invited it in. You do what needs to be done. I have to go to work," said his mother and went back to her room to change.

A n hour later, Anush stepped nervously

outside his frontyard with Breezer under his arm. He didn't know why he had named the puppy Breezer, but the name seemed apt. It kept flying around the house as quick as the breeze. The sun shone brightly and he squinted against the harsh glare. He clutched the dog closer and tried to flag down an auto. In minutes, an auto stopped next to him. For a moment his mind went blank. "Road number 78," he stammered,

feeling like he had just awakened from a deep slumber. It was an uneventful ride to the animal shelter, but Breezer stuck his head out and enjoyed the rushing breeze with his tongue hanging out. Its enjoyment was infectious and Anush laughed with the same joy. He turned Breezer to face him and the puppy licked his face sloppily. Suddenly, it was very clear to Anush what he should do. "Can you take a U-turn and stop at

the left?" he asked the auto driver. An hour later, he was back home with Breezer prancing around his feet. They had visited the vet and Breezer had got all the necessary vaccinations and check-ups. It was time for him to study, but he didn't feel like studying. Breezer had found a new home. He bent down to pat Breezer and his eyes fell on the admission forms that his father had brought the last night. He picked up the

forms and waited for the familiar ache to invade his body whenever he thought about how much hard work he had put in to take the entrance exams. He had been preparing for the exams for almost two years. That was two years of his life that had been totally wasted; three years, actually, if he included the year he had spent imprisoned in his room. The pain didn’t come. All he could remember was the auto ride with the

sun shining and Breezer licking his face. He had been afraid but he had conquered his fear. He felt exhilarated and wanted to feel that way again. Breezer had forgotten his problems and was enjoying his exciting new world. Anush knew it was time for him to find his

exciting new world too.

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The life you live is more important than the words you speak.

R elationship is one of the most

celebrated words that one can

think of. It is also one of the

most complicated things to maintain. While everyone tries to have a relationship, most forget to maintain it in the long run. Here are some major pointers to keep in mind to lead a healthy relationship.

Trust is mandatory

This is a term which one can find in each and every relationship article but despite it, many fail to maintain trust in their significant other. Doubting one another can, after a while, actually corrode a relationship and this only makes it worse.

Communication needs to happen to and fro

A good relationship works on the networks of a good communication. Opening to one another can not only make you feel better but also helps to keep the other person on the same page. If a couple does not communicate properly they will end up in a misunderstandings which will further result in failed relationship.

Respect after love

This comes from the love one has for the other. Respect is a consequence of love. It is earned, not given. So, expecting someone to respect you without actually putting

expecting someone to respect you without actually putting Essentials 7 For a healthy long-term relationship. By

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For a healthy long-term relationship.

By Sanjana Saini

any effort is a baseless calculation which must be erased.

Honesty is not an option but a necessity

It is truly the best policy and it stands even in the case of a relationship. Being true to your better half is an essential element and must

not be taken for granted. There may be times when telling the truth may not seem to be the best option, but then there is always something called the ‘white lie’. Now, this is not something that one must resort to all the times, but it can be helpful when the lie is harmless.

Equality for a non-polarised relationship

Maintaining same rules for both partners helps in keeping a check on the polarization of a relationship. A one-sided relationship decays overtime and it becomes painful for the person who is putting in more efforts.

Similarities need to be there

Even though the belief of ‘opposites attract’ is true, two people must have common and shared interests to be with one another. Having similar views on finances, for example, is very crucial as many arguments in the long run are based on money issues and this can be a very bad subject to ignore.

Privacy and space matter

It is not possible that two individuals (be them friends, family, or lovers) share each and everything all the time with one another. Although good communication is mandatory, but some personal space for the individuals is also a must.

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12 MONSOON SPECIAL

GARDEN

CARE TIPS

Making better use of the

rainfall. By Lesley D. Biswas

use of the r a i n f a l l . By Lesley D. Biswas

Before the end of the monsoon

replenish the soil and fertilise it to

ensure the nutrient content in the soil does not get leached out during the rains.

Pruning before the onset of the

monsoon ensures that new shoots sprout with the rains.

Since the spells of sunlight are

scattered during the monsoon make sure your indoor plants get sufficient doses of sun each day. If your pots are positioned to receive the morning sunlight, you will have to shift them around to ensure they get the most of sunlight, be it morning, noon or

evening.

If there is one thing more

charming than the pitter-patter of raindrops it’s got to be the songs of the frogs. Even in cities, if a proper place is provided to them, you can hear them sing. To invite frogs over to your garden keep a small body of water where these creatures could live. Fountains and flower pots with

water are great frog shelters. Frogs also eat insects and protect your garden plants from pests, especially

during the monsoon.

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And last, but not least; when you do something, do it well.

temporary shelter to shield delicate outdoor plants and saplings which might not tolerate heavy downpour. Use collected rainwater to water when heavy rain makes it difficult for

plants to be taken out into direct rain.

There is also a chance of strong

wind and occasional hail which can

play havoc with your garden, especially to new leaves and buds.

Wind barriers like a natural hedge around your garden or a temporary shelter like a tarpaulin which you can remove once the wind or hail subsides, will save your garden to a great extent.

W hat might seem to be a very happy season for your garden, the monsoon

season – given that the plants get

naturally watered and growth is prolific – it’s also a time when your plants are the most vulnerable and need special care. Here are some tips that will help your garden not only cope with the rains but also thrive.

Since we notice a spontaneous

If the lower leaves of your

plants turn yellowish and begin to wilt

despite the soil appearing moist, it’s a sign that the roots are waterlogged.

This happens either when your plants receive too much water or the drainage is inappropriate.

growth in plants during the rains we

tend to want to fill our garden with new plants this season. Not all plants do well during the monsoon and, although ferns, palms and foliage plants tend to thrive, avoid investing in cacti, succulents and most flowering plants except the monsoon varieties.

Clay pots are better suited for

plants, especially during the monsoon

since they allow free oxygen to penetrate through the sides of the

pot and the soil to facilitate the roots’ respiration and also permit excess water to evaporate.

To avoid over-watering, make

sure the soil is well dried out before watering. Since there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, even if top soil appears dry, do not rush to water plants. Test to see if inner

layers are moist, only then water if completely dried out. Also, ensure soil is well drained and no water stagnation occurs.

The reason why plants tend to

do better during the rains is that rainwater being non-chlorinated serves them well. While your outdoor plants enjoy the rains unobstructed, make sure you allow your house plants an occasional outing in the rain

too. A rain-shower not only rejuvenates them it also cleans the leaves of grime and dust and ensures pores are opened, encouraging better growth.

Plants also stand a chance of

getting damaged by direct heavy rainfall and breaking due to water logging. Keep potted plants out in light showers only and use a shed or

Cacti and succulents need extra

attention since their water

requirements are a lot different from other flowering and foliage plants. Keep them away from direct rain and water only when the soil is completely dry, preferably after a week or 10 days.

R agini, a software engineer in a

multinational company, settled

down very comfortably in her

sofa, started to calculate how much she had managed to invest for the future of her family and herself over the last 12 months of her job. But unfortunately she could not move ahead beyond the grand sum of a few thousand rupees in her savings fund account plus mandatory deductions for the share in the contributory provident fund (CPF) and group

Working Women

Bold and beautiful yet badly prepared for taking investment decisions.

By Shreeprakash Sharma

insurance scheme. However, her husband, working as a human resource Manager in a management institute, had huge investments which he had made in a string of policies, schemes and various other bonds and mutual funds of both the private and public sectors. In fact, this is not the tragic saga of only Ragini in a patriarchal society like ours where, unlike men, women are customarily and genetically regarded to be weaker and less capable in the matters of financial management and investment-making decision processes. As per DSP Black Rock, a

mutual fund company, only 18 per cent of single, working women make their own investment decisions while nearly 77 per cent of the working women absolutely depend upon their spouses, parents and other reliable relatives. In yet another survey it has been revealed that 92 per cent of working women are involved in the investment decision-making process, out of this 70 per cent of these women are joint decision-makers. And, most importantly, as much as 52 per cent of these are not so fortunate. They are only informed where their hard-earned money has been invested by their husbands, parents and close relatives. Further, when it comes to the matter of trust in the financial

institutes, it is really a bizarre fact that

88 per cent of working women trust

nationalised commercial banks, while

43 per cent of them have full faith in

the private banks. In case of issue of trusting foreign banks for the investment purposes, the percentage figure of these working women even plummets further down to as low as merely 24. Following points may considerably help the working women in their efforts of making wise investment decisions.

Know the reasons to invest

With the rise in the prices of commodities the rate of inflation is persistently rising every year. The average rise in inflation per year is said to be between 7.5 and 8 per cent. This high rise in the consumer price index considerably brings down both the values of money and the standard of living of the common masses. Though you might have saved money in your bank account, this would not fetch you much in the long run to sustain the same style of life which you are enjoying now. So, it is very much desirable that you must make a rational decision to invest in those segments which yield you very high returns to ensure a better and promising life ahead.

Prioritise your financial goals

While making decisions to invest

your money in various segments, you must not forget about your goals. You must be very specific about setting goals for all the financial investments you are planning to make. It also means prioritising your financial goals. The goals may be divided into two – short-term or mid-term and long-term. Suppose you need to purchase a house in the span of 10 years or a car in five years, then the best investment choice would be in equity or real estate whereas, if you are planning to pay only college tuition fees or down payment for the purchase of vehicle next year, then what is most suitable is to invest in some short-term investment policies. Investments in stocks, bonds and real estate are considered as long-term investments. Investment in trading securities makes short-term investment. Building an emergency fund also proves to be one of the important short-term investments.

Do not ignore yourself

Benjamin Franklin had said that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. There is no denying that we are always seriously concerned with protecting our money and assets for the future and for this we take the help of investment professionals and financial experts. We purchase many of the policies and invest our hard- earned money in various high-returns- inducing schemes. A majority of the people are really fortunate to have their money well managed by professionals and financial experts. But what they usually overlook is themselves. They don’t get insured themselves. In fact, insuring oneself directly means insuring the financial well-being of your family and dependants. So, a good rule of thumb is you must first have your life insured. Before insuring yourself it is necessary to take into account your total liabilities. These liabilities may well include various types of debts, inter alia, children’s education loan, home loans and car loans. Your insurance must be in proportion with all these liabilities which you need to liquidate in the years to come.

Don’t underestimate the importance of hard cash

Life is uncertain and contingencies as well as vicissitudes are its inevitable parts. Investing your hard - earned money is a good decision but keeping aside a few months’ worth of inocme in the form of liquid is golden decision to brave the urgent needs which may crop up at the moments when it is least expected. Keeping sufficient amount of cash with yourself helps a lot dealing in daily transactions and serves as medium of precautionary measures.

Start now do not procrastinate

The great entrepreneur and the founder of Apple Inc once had said,

SO, IT IS VERY MUCH DESIRABLE THAT YOU MUST MAKE A RATIONAL DECISION TO INVEST IN THOSE SEGMENTS WHICH YIELD YOU VERY HIGH RETURNS TO ENSURE A BETTER AND PROMISING LIFE AHEAD.

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” In this 21st century global age of information technology, there is no dearth of information, guidance and counselling. From professional help to the experts’ suggestions to the social networking sites and finally to the Internet browsing, we are virtually surrounded with details of risk-free- high-returns policies and lucrative investment schemes in the market which we need to make deep research into. They say that the longest journey of the world starts with a single step. So, start making decisions about investing and that would fill you with amazing confidence. There is no other way round. So, start investing and thereby taking risks. Only a persistent investor can make you a master investor.

Do the basic homework

It means a working woman must calculate how much money she can comfortably invest in the market. For this she must have clear-cut calculations of all the annual financial liabilities and then decide about the best avenues available to invest in. Further, you must consider the goals for which you are planning to invest, either for short-term goal or long- term goal. Don’t be afraid of the risks which are always there, both in business and life. They say that no one is ever perfect and we learn most when we commit mistakes. That is why learning is called as a life-long process. So, be confident and start taking decisions

process. So, be confident and start taking decisions by yourself to make investments which would end

by yourself to make investments which would end up providing you courage, high returns and a beautiful future. Who can deny that in the 21st century when we are living in a knowledge-economy age where information rules the roost and economic independence is considered as one of the best parameters of the individual identity, social status and the healthy development of culture

and civilization. It is really ignominious if women, who make half of the population of the world, remain bereft of the immaculate knolwdge of tools of investments and thereby badly fail in securing their valuable

earnings for better returns.

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Simply

Simply Cooking is just a matter of taste. Here is the way to some unusual preparations.
Simply Cooking is just a matter of taste. Here is the way to some unusual preparations.
Simply Cooking is just a matter of taste. Here is the way to some unusual preparations.

Cooking is just a matter of taste. Here is the way to some unusual preparations.

Pineapples square cookies

By Anupama Gupta

PINEAPPLES

SQUARE

COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

1

cup maida

2

tbsp butter

2

tbsp pineapple jam

1 / 4 tsp baking powder

tooth picks

METHOD In a bowl sift flour and baking powder and mix in butter and pineapple jam and make a dough. (use very little milk if needed). Make it a

square of 1 cm thickness. Cut the smaller squares and insert tooth picks and bake at 180 degree for 8- 10 minutes.

STUFFED FRESH

TOMATOES

INGREDIENTS:

6

firm ripe tomatoes

2

cups fresh curds, beaten

1

cup boiled chola

2

tbsp channa dal

1

tsp ginger grated

1

tsp mint leaves finely chopped

1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

1 / 2 tsp garam masala powder

1 1 / 2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp sugar powdered

1 tbsp cumin seeds crushed

2 tbsp tamarind chutney

salt to taste

METHOD Quarter tomatoes and remove inside carefully. Beat curd, add 1 / 2 cumin, salt to taste, 1 / 2 sugar, keep aside. Keep the quartered tomato boats aside. Pressure cook chola and dal till soft. Drain and mash

coarsely. Add garam masala, red

chilli, 1 / 2 sugar, cumin, salt, mint,

ginger. Heat in a heavy pan,

stirring continuously, till a soft

lump is formed. Adjust seasoning and salt if required. Fill each tomato quarter with this mixture, pressing down gently into hollow. Arrange side by side in a shallow dish. Pour seasoned curds over the quarters to cover all. Drizzle tamarind chutney over it, and sprinkle a few pinches of red chilli powder. Garnish by sprinkling chopped coriander leaves. Serve immediately as a snack or a salad.

Stuffed fresh

tomatoes

FRIED CABBAGE CAKES

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup chana dal

1 / 2 tsp red chilli powder

1 clove garlic

1 / 2 tsp garam masala powder

1 / 2 tsp saunf

a pinch hing

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 / 4 cup shredded carrot

1 onion sliced

1 tbsp coriander leaves

oil to deep-fry

salt to taste

METHOD Wash, rinse and soak the Chana dal in enough water for 1 hour. Drain the dal and add it to the blender. Add red chili, garlic,

garam masala powder, saunf, hing, salt and grind to coarse batter without adding water. Transfer to

a bowl. Chop finely cabbage,

carrot, onion and coriander leaves. Add to the batter. Mix everything

very well. Add 1 tbsp of gramflour. This helps to bind the batter good. Heat oil in a fry pan. Take a small ball out of the batter and flatten to Vada shape. Drop it in hot oil carefully. When one side of the cake is cooked, flip it over and continue frying on low medium flame. Fry the cabbage cakes till golden brown and crisp on both sides. Drain on paper towels to

remove excess oil. Yummy Cabbage cakes are ready.

Spicy cucumber relish

SPICY

CUCUMBER

RELISH

INGREDIENTS:

2 cucumbers

1 / 2 tomato

1 onion

1tbsp grated cheese

1 tabsp butter

1 / 2 tsp black chilli powder

1 / 2 cooked rice

sauce/chutney

METHOD Cook the rice. Finely chop the capsicum. In a pan melt butter, sauté onion, capsicum. When done add tomatoes, grated cheese, and salt and pepper and finally rice. Let it cool. Cut each cucumber in half and use an apple corer to hollow out the centres. You may need to dry out the cavity, so that the rice will stick better. To do this, wrap a chopstick with a paper towel and use it to dab the cavity dry. Stuff cooked rice into the cavity until the cavity is fully stuffed. Cut into slices and serve with sauce or chutney.

Fried cabbage

cakes

Okra patties

CHOCOLATEY

MODAK

INGREDIENTS:

For chocolate modak:

1 cup grated mawa

1 / 3 cup chocolate chips

2 tbsp sugar or as required

1 / 8 tsp cardamom powder

oil or butter or ghee for greasing the moulds, as required

Chocolatey modak

For garnishing:

3 to 4 pistachios (pista) - chopped finely (optional)

5 to 6 rose petals (optional)

METHOD Place aside. Heat a pan. Keep

the flame low and add grated mawa. Keep stirring on low flame

for a minute. Soon the mawa would start melting. When the mawa begins melting, add sugar in the mawa mixture and stir for a

minute. Quickly add chocolate chips. You would see the chocolate chips melting. keep stirring on low heat. The mixture will start thickening. Continuously keep stirring. Sprinkle cardamom powder. Keep stirring on low flame until the mixture starts leaving the edges of the pan. Do not overcook as then the modaks will turn out dense. Immediately transfer the mixture in another bowl. Allow the mixture to cool. Make small balls from them. Grease the modak moulds with a bit of butter or ghee or oil. Place a small ball in the modak mould. Gently unmould and repeat the same with the rest of mixture. Place the modaks over a greased plate. Garnish with rose petals, top with finely chopped pistachios

OKRA PATTIES

INGREDIENTS:

100 gm okra

1 onion chopped

1 / 2 cup flour

1 / 2 cup corn meal

2 tbsp gramflour

1 clove garlic

1-2 green chilli

1 / 4 tsp baking powder

oil to fry

salt to taste

METHOD Wash, dry and cut okra in small round pieces. Heat oil and deep-fry

the okra pieces. In a bowl take flour, corn meal, gramflour,

chopped onion, garlic, green chilli, baking powder and salt to taste. Make a batter with water, add okra pieces, mix again and with the help of a spoon drop the batter into hot oil and deep-fry till they are golden. Serve hot with chutney or sauce.

SPINACH

ENVELOPES

INGREDIENTS:

1cup curd

2 cup flour

100 gm baby spinach

1 onion

1 tomato

1 cup cottage cheese

1 tsp salt and pepper

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp butter

METHOD In a pan melt butter and sauté finely chopped onions till they are translucent, add finely chopped tomatoes and chopped spinach. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix together curd and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually add the flour and mix till it becomes a stiff dough. Knead on a

lightly floured surface, until

the dough becomes soft and

slightly sticky. Place into a clean

bowl, cover and stand for 30

minutes. Divide dough into 4 round pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-25 cm circle. Sprinkle spinach and cottage cheese over half the circle. Fold dough over to form a half circle and press edges with a fork. Repeat as necessary. Preheat oven. Brush one side of each envelope with olive oil and cook until the top is golden. Gently turn envelop and cook until golden.

Spinach envelopes

Taco salad with homemade tortilla bowls

TACO SALAD WITH HOMEMADE TORTILLA BOWLS

INGREDIENTS:

For the tortilla bowls:

4 flour tortillas

1 / 4 cup shredded cheese

For taco salad:

1 cup cooked rajma beans

1 tomatoes diced

1 green onion chopped

1 tbsp cilantro chopped

2 tbsp shredded cheese

METHOD Preheat oven. Coat the inside bowls. Gently press tortilla inside bowl. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until evenly browned. If using cheese, remove tortilla bowls from oven 2-3 minutes before they are done. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven. Finish baking until cheese is melted. Let tortilla bowls cool in bowls for 5 minutes. Fill the tortilla bowls with lettuce, rajma beans, diced tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, shredded cheese.

CHEESE WAFERS

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter cubed

2 cups flour

1 clove garlic

1 / 4 cup cheese grated

1-2 green chilli

1 / 2 tsp salt

METHOD Make a paste of chilli and garlic. Cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese, chilli-garlic paste and salt. Shape into small balls and roll thin, cut in desired shapes with cutters and deep-fry till they light golden.

Cheese wafers

Corn walnut dip

CREAMY VANILLA FUDGE

INGREDIENTS:

500 ml milk

3

tbsp butter

3

tbsp milk powder

3

tbsp sugar

2-3 drops vanilla essence

powder and cook till sugar melts. Add vanilla essence. Pour into shallow square tin brushed with a little vegetable oil, and leave for 10-15 mins or until almost set. It will set quicker in the

fridge. Cut squares with a sharp knife

and serve.

METHOD Take the butter and milk into a heavy-based pan and heat gently, stirring frequently. Boil and as the temperature rises, stir occasionally. When the milk reduces add sugar, milk

CORN WALNUT DIP

INGREDIENTS:

1 / 4 cup cottage cheese

2 tbsp hung curd

Creamy vanilla fudge

1 / 4 cup oil

1 / 4 cup lime juice

1 tbsp ground red chillies

1 / 2 tsp salt and pepper

1 / 4 cup sweet corn kernel

2 tbsp chopped walnuts

1 small onion chopped

METHOD Beat all ingredients except corn, walnuts and onion in large bowl at medium speed until smooth. Stir in corn, walnuts and onion. Serve with tortilla chips.

NO-BAKE

COOKIE

INGREDIENTS:

8 tsp butter

1 / 2 cup milk

2 cup sugar

1 / 4 cup coco powder

3 cups desiccated coconut powder

2 cups oats

METHOD Dry roast oats. Melt butter, add milk, sugar, coco powder, coconut powder and oats. Mix and make rounds and flatten them cool and serve.

MINI-RICE BALLS

INGREDIENTS:

1 / 2 cup raw rice

1 / 4 cup chana dal

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 / 4 cup coconut (fresh) paste

1-2 green chilli

oil for frying

No-bake cookie

1 / 2 cup bread crumbs

salt to taste

METHOD Soak rice and Chana dal in water for 2 hours. Boil 1 cup water and cook rice and Chana dal with salt. When cooked take away any water left. Take rice and Chana dal in a bowl. Add ginger-garlic and coconut paste. Add finely chopped green chilli.

Adjust salt to taste. Mash and make small balls. Roll them in bread crumbs and deep-fry till golden. Serve hot with sauce/chutney.

Mini-rice balls

BREAD CHEESE RING

INGREDIENTS:

8 bread slice

1 cup pizza sauce

1 / 2 cup cottage cheese

1 / 4 red yellow green capsicum

1 spring onion

1 / 2 tsp red pepper powder

1 / 2 cup grated cheese

1 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

salt to taste

METHOD Finely chop capsicum and in hot olive oil sauté and sprinkle salt. Add cottage cheese, pizza sauce,

Bread cheese ring

pepper powder. Take slices and cut them in circle. Take 4 round slices and again cut inner circle. On one circle spread the mixture and put another slice which is a ring

and spread butter on it, and

garnish with cheese, crisscross bake at 180 degree till it is golden brown. Similarly, make other rings

and serve hot.

CAULIFLOWER BAKED CUTLETS

INGREDIENTS:

1 1 / 2 cup grated cauliflower

1 / 4 cup grated cheese

1 clove garlic

Cauliflower

baked cutlets

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1-2 green chilli

1 onion chopped fine

1 boiled potato

salt to taste

METHOD Squeeze out water from grated cauliflower. In a bowl take grated cheese, mashed boiled potato, finely chopped garlic, chilli and onion. Add in squeezed cauliflower and salt. Mash together and give the desired shape. Grease baking tray and bake at 180 degree for 8-10 minutes. Serve hot with sauce/chutney.

ZUCCHINI CHOLA FRITTERS

INGREDIENTS:

1 zucchini

1 cup chola

1 / 2 cup fresh crumbs

1 grated carrot

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1-2 green chilli

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Zucchini chola

fritters

1

tbsp fresh tomato puree

oil for frying

salt to taste

METHOD Soak chola for 4-6 hours and in a mixer, make paste. In a bowl take grated zucchini, carrot, finely chopped onion, green chilli, garlic, coriander leaves, fresh tomato puree, salt and fresh bread crumbs. Add chola paste. Mix them thoroughly and deep-fry the fritters. You can make fritters with the help of table spoon. Serve hot with chutney/sauce.

CREAMY SWEET CORN

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup sweet corn

1 cup milk

1 / 4 cup cream

1-2 green chilli

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

10-20 cashew nuts

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp oil

8-10 leaves of meetha neem

1-2 cloves garlic

1 / 2 tsp salt

Creamy

sweet corn

Sweet hearts

METHOD Make a coarse paste of sweet corn in a grinder. In a kadhai heat oil, add mustard seeds. When spluttering add meetha neem leaves, finely chopped garlic, cloves and green chilli, add coarse paste of sweet corn and sauté. Add milk, cream and salt. Keep on stirring. When it thickens add cashew nuts. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

SWEET HEARTS

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup flour

1 / 4 tsp baking powder

METHOD Sift flour and baking powder. Rub in the butter to a bread crumb consistency, with water make stiff dough. Rest the dough for 10 minutes. Divide the roll in 2 portions. Roll out each portion in a rectangle form. Butter one slide and sprinkle sugar and roll with the rolling pin, turn over and spread butter and again sprinkle sugar and roll with the rolling pin and from both end sides roll so that both the rolling sides come to

common centre. Likewise do the same for

1

tbsp butter

another rectangle. Rest in fridge

4

tbsp butter

for 15 minutes. Take out, cut in

4

tbsp sugar

pieces and bake at 180 degree for

1 / 4 cinnamon powder

8-10 minutes.

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Story Short

Sweet ’n’ Sour

Or was it Tom and Jerry?

By Geeta Kashyap

A s I returned home tired from office, I came to witness a

big fight that was going on between my mom and my wife Meethi. Both of them did not take notice of my arrival. It looked as though the fight was on for a while now. Both were aggressive and the fight did not show any signs of ending soon. Mom said, “He is our family’s heir. Everything has to be done as I say.” “I am the daughter-in- law of this family. I too have my rights. I will do whatever I feel is right,” Meethi replied. “We have the first right to name him.” “It is mine. I shall name him according to my wish.” “Ask your parents. It is

the right of the paternal aunt.” “Your daughter is a villager. She has given such ancient names to her children. I cannot let that villager name my kid and spoil his entire future,” Meethi retorted. “How dare you call our Vara (Varamahalakshmi) a villager? She is a postgraduate. Her in-laws may be agriculturists. That does not mean she is a villager. And what is wrong with her children’s names – Anantapadmanabha and Anantalakshmi? Taking

their names is enough to reach heaven,” mom defended my sister Vara. “You are an old-timer. You have no idea of how a name can ruin one’s career. Look at your son’s name – Veeranarasimha! Hah! One would have to spend an entire minute to say his name. Thank goodness, he introduces himself as just ‘Veer,” my wife said with very dramatic gestures. She was fuming. She continued,”You know, I did not want to marry him because of his ancient name. My friends convinced me that he is known everywhere as ‘Veer’, so I agreed to marry him.”

“You are an old- timer. You have no idea of how a name can ruin one’s career. Look at your son’s name – Veeranarasimha! Hah! One would have to spend an entire minute to say his name. Thank goodness, he introduces himself as just ‘Veer,” my wife said with very dramatic gestures.

As I returned home tired from office, I came to witness a big fight that
As
I returned home
tired from office, I came
to witness a big fight that
was going on between my
mom and my wife Meethi. Both
of them did not take notice of
my arrival. It looked as
though the fight was on
for a while now.
I wiped my sweat. Where
was their fight heading? I
continued to gape at them
not knowing which party
needed my support. Both

were equally important to me. Supporting one meant letting down the other. I could not even mediate as both of them were being aggressive and they would tear me in two. I thought it was in the best interest of all that I should keep quiet, find out the root cause and then slowly crawl in to mediate. Now it was mom’s turn to bowl a bodyline. “You are talking as if your name is pretty. What kind of name is Meethi? I had rejected you on hearing your name. If your dad had one more daughter would he name her Khatti?” Even though mom was angry, she smiled like a winner. She was successful in shutting up Meethi. She had indeed bowled a googly. Now it was my turn to receive further balls. Mom glared at me and said, “Your wife’s name is Meethi and she speaks bitter like methi (fenugreek), control her.” She dashed into her room wiping her tears.

M eethi was red with anger. Tears rolled

down her face. She looked accusingly at me, stomped her feet and locked self in the bedroom. I wondered how I could calm these two women. No management degree or work experience helps here. I took a deep breath and knocked at the bedroom door. There was no response. After pleading many times, wiping her eyes and nose, Meethi opened the door. She looked sharply at me as if I was a criminal; dramatically turned her head away from me and fell face down on the bed and continued to sob. I took a sip of water, cleared my throat and

lovingly asked her, “Darling, please don’t cry. Why were you both fighting?” As if she was waiting for this question, she said, “Ask your mom, she started it.” From her abruptness I understood that she

“Did I trick you or did you trick me? Just because you were my boss’s daughter I was being polite to you. It was you who was ‘head over heels’ in love with me. In order to please you and your father I had to say ‘yes’. I know how disappointed mom was,” I gave back in anger.

will have a small kid in our home soon.” Her eyes twinkled. I scratched my head and asked, “Who is visiting us with a kid?” Suddenly mom laughed and said lovingly, ”You are going to be a father soon and me a grandmother!” Now that was news to me. Ignoring that I again asked, “Mom, why were you and Meethi fighting?”

mom said once again. “What?” I almost screamed. I was now getting mad. “I mentioned that your sister Vara had the right to name your kid as per our family traditions and that was enough. She started arguing disrespectfully.” She continued in the same breath, “It is all your mistake. Had you married a girl from our community, the girl would have understood and she wouldn’t be rude to me like this. Your wife doesn’t know how to respect elders. Her parents seem to have taught her nothing.” She wiped her tears .

After a very leisurely bath, I emerged from the bathroom, feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I
After
a very leisurely
bath, I emerged from
the bathroom, feeling fresh
and rejuvenated. I was now
ready to take on these two
women headlong.
I was surprised to see mom
and Meethi enjoying
snacks together.

wouldn’t give in easily. I said,”Okay,

relax. Let me talk to mom.”

I

entered mom’s

room like a child with a bad report card. She was gazing out of the window. She was breathing heavily, her eyes were swollen.

I

said softly, ”Mom,

please sit down. Would you like to have some water?” Mom ignored me. I repeated, ”Mom, please sit down. Tell me what happened.” “Ask your wife. She started it,” mom said in an emotionally choked voice. Nobody wanted to say what happened. I sat at her feet and cajoled her. Mom

melted a bit now. Wiping her tears, she smiled meaningfully and said, “We

“Ask your wife. She started it,” mom said again. Now I was in no mood for any more riddles. Impatiently I repeated my question, ”Mom, why were you and Meethi fighting?” Mom said, ”I was telling your wife how she should take care of herself during this period.” “But why were you both fighting?” my pitch increased. “She started it,” bluntly

“Mom, let us not judge others,” I interjected. Without caring, she continued, “Your dad left me alone in this world to see these days. I am the unwanted person here. Book my tickets, I will go back to Mysore. You be happy with your wife and dance to her tunes.” Even between her tears she was blackmailing me emotionally. Politics must have begun like this!

I did not know whether

to listen to mom or Meethi. It was difficult to see mom cry. So I told mom, ”Wait, let me talk to her.”

I went to our bedroom.

Meethi was more composed now. She had overheard mom’s talk. She was now ready with her set of dialogues. She shut the bedroom door and said, “Mom is not ready to accept me as her daughter-in-law even after so many months.Why is she dragging my parents into this mess? What is the use of telling her anything? It is your mistake. Knowing your family’s mentality, why did you trick me in to this marriage?” “Did I trick you or did you trick me? Just because you were my boss’s daughter I

was being polite to you. It was you who was ‘head over heels’ in love with me. In order to please you and your father I had to say ‘yes’. I

know how disappointed mom was,” I gave back in anger. Now the war of words had changed tracks! “Then leave me. Marry a villager from your community and make your mom happy. I will go away to my parents’ place. I am the unwanted one here,” Meethi started crying like a broken dam.

B oth the women in my life were blackmailing

me. I was also upset. After a long day at work I did not want this kind of atmosphere at home. Meethi was as important as

mom. I was trying to resolve their fight and both were accusing me turn by turn. Angrily I went into the bathroom to freshen up. I wanted some time to relax and de-stress. After a very leisurely bath, I emerged from the bathroom, feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I was now ready to take on these two women headlong. I was surprised to see mom and Meethi enjoying snacks together. Mom had opened her cupboard. She had understood Meethi’s weakness. Meethi had always been curious to look into mom’s cupboard which was full of gorgeous silks, gold jewellery, silver and copper antiques and many other interesting memorabilia. Mom had

COVER GIRL

COVER GIRL G auri Rajput hails from small town Raigarh in Chhattisgarh. After winning the title

G auri Rajput hails from small town Raigarh in Chhattisgarh. After winning the title of Ms.

Chattishgarh in 2014 she moved to the city of dreams, Mumbai to pursue her lifelong passion of acting. She started her career with roles in numerous short films and TV serials such as Saavdhan India, Crime Patrol, Asoka, Bahu Hamari Rajnikant and Yeh Hai Mohabattein to name a few. Throughout her career Gauri has tried to experiment with different fields, ranging from fashion shows to print shoots to theatre, etc. She believes that acting is an ever-evolving talent and experiments with movies, serials and theatre are greatly helpful in honing her skills. “My family has been extremely supportive of my endeavours and have always taught me that where there is a will there is a way,” she says. Besides holding degree in engineering, Gauri is an avid painter and dancer.

always enjoyed teasing Meethi by shutting the cupboard door whenever Meethi was around. Now she had opened it for Meethi and sharing the

trivia attached to those curios. I was relieved to see them happy together. I joined them. Meethi enthusiastically showed me mom’s antique gold, ruby and pearl set. She said, “Mom has promised to give me this set some time soon.” I understood how mom had bargained for peace. Mom’s experience and Meethi’s naivety had helped them to bond together, at least for now. That night I asked Meethi about the news of her pregnancy and why she had not shared it with me yet. Meethi rolled her large eyes and said,” I am not pregnant! Just because my monthly cycle was delayed by two days, mom assumed that I was pregnant and started saying that Vara has the right to name the child. Don’t I have the right to name my own child? In the morning I shall tell her that my monthly cycle has begun and she needs to wait for the ‘good news’.” She gave the look as if to say she had the key to control the situation. I said, ‘Then you will have to also wait for that ruby and pearl set. Mom won’t give it to you until you give her that good news!” Meethi’s jaws dropped in disappointment. I was reminded of the cartoons Tom and Jerry. I wondered which cartoon character I

resembled.

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If a step-cut has its corners cut off, what is it called? a. b. c. d.

If a step-cut has its corners cut off, what is it called? a. b. c. d.

If a step-cut has its corners cut off, what is it called? a. b. c. d.

a.

b.

c.

d.

Emerald cut.

Cushion cut.

Baguette cut.

Oval cut.

What colour of good quality jade is the most expensive?

cut. What colour of good quality jade is the most expensive? a. b. c. d. Lavender

cut. What colour of good quality jade is the most expensive? a. b. c. d. Lavender

cut. What colour of good quality jade is the most expensive? a. b. c. d. Lavender

cut. What colour of good quality jade is the most expensive? a. b. c. d. Lavender

a.

b.

c.

d.

Lavender

Red

White

Green

What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner?

What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner? a. b. c. d. Spinel Ruby

What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner? a. b. c. d. Spinel Ruby

What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner? a. b. c. d. Spinel Ruby

What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner? a. b. c. d. Spinel Ruby

a.

b.

c.

d. Spinel

Ruby

Topaz

Malachite

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My 12-year-old, school going-girl is obese. I want to know the features of obesity and how it can be measured. In most cases the diagnosis will be apparent from the patient’s appearance, but the degree of obesity should also be assessed usually by measurement of height and weight. Where the weight of the patient can be compared with that of an ideal subject of the same sex, height and frame. In addition, the skin fold sticking over the triceps muscle (muscles of back part of upper arm) can be measured, using special spring- loaded calipers. Obesity is indicated by a reading above 20mm in a man and above 28 mm in a woman. This very common disorder is frequently overlooked because the doctor is preoccupied by one of its many complications or ignores it because it is so familiar. Obesity must be distinguished from a gain in weight due to fluid retention associated with cardiac, renal or hepatic disease, bearing in mind the fact that oedema does not become manifest clinically until the extracellular fluid has increased by about 15 per cent.

I am a 40-year-old lady working in a multinational company.

Due to long hours of working on computer, I am suffering from dry eye syndrome since last three years. I want to know the precautions, which I should take so that I can prevent myself from the condition. There are various precautions to prevent from dry eye syndrome by keeping the temperature of the room low and moist in which you are working. Take plenty of water and liquid diet, take more green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits, air from air conditioner should not fall directly on eyes, use humidifier in the room of air conditioner. When you are working on computer, blink the eyes frequently so that tears in eyes should not evaporate frequently. When you are working on computer, after half an hour look at distant object for one to two minutes and after one hour of working on computer give rest to eyes for five to 10 minutes. Use antireflective glasses and antireflective coating on computer

screen. Tobacco and alcohol should be avoided by the person, who is suffering from dry eye syndrome.

periods. In hyperthyroidism the menstrual functions may not be disturbed although in advanced disease patients suffer from amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea.

My 12-year-old girl is recently diagnosed with solitary bone cyst. I want to know about the disease. Solitary bone cysts occur mostly in the long bones of children or adolescents and especially near the proximal end of the humerus. They also occur occasionally in the small bones of the adult corpus, especially in the scaphoid or lunate bone. Single bone cysts often cause no symptoms unless a pathological fracture occurs. Radiographs show a circumscribed area of transradiance without a surrounding zone of sclerosis. The cyst may appear faintly loculated and the overlying cortex may be distended or fractured. A cyst must be differentiated from other osteolytic lesions. It may be confused with a bone abscess, with a lipoid or eosinophilic granulomatous deposits with localised fibrous dysplasia or occasionally with a tumour. It should be remembered also that cyst formation in bones may be a feature of hyperparathyroidism which must, therefore, be considered in differential diagnosis. Small uncomplicated cysts do not require treatment, but they should be kept under periodic observation. A large cyst should be curetted and packed with bone chips. If fracture occurs each case must be treated on its merits, bone grafting preferably combined with rigid internal fixation will sometimes be required.

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& Your Body
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Your Body

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My 14-year-old daughter

has complaint of nasal discharge and nasal obstruction, sometimes nasal discharge becoming yellow in colour. For this problem we have consulted with an E.N.T. Surgeon. As per his opinion she is suffering from Rhinitis. I want to know your option about the disease. Inflammation of the nasal mucosa is called rhinitis. Rhinitis may be acute and chronic. It is supposed to be due to viral infection and an acute condition. This is usually complicated by secondary bacterial infection. A burning sensation is felt in the nasopharynx. Sneezing occurs because of irritation of the nasal mucosa. There occurs watery nasal discharge and nasal obstruction. There may be a rise in the temperature. When superadded bacterial infection, nasal discharge becomes yellow or green and thick. Allergic rhinitis is not associated with fever, discharge contains plenty of eosinophilis. Treatment consists of rest and warmth, sedation, oral antiallergic tablets, oral broad spectrum antibiotics when secondary infection is

present, medicated steam inhalation and decongestant nasal drops are helpful, but treatment can be taken only with consultation from a doctor. – Dr Sanjay Teotia.

I am a 18-year old girl suffering from thyroid insufficiency.

Due to thyroid insufficiency I have menstrual problem and my physical growth is also not proper. I want to know the role of thyroid in menstruation and puberty. Disorders of the thyroid are at least five times as frequent in females as in males and simple goitres and adenomas are known to undergo well-marked enlargement during pregnancy. In some women the thyroid enlarges at puberty and at menopause, and the general belief is that the thyroid increases in size during pregnancy. This possibly is the result of excessive output of anterior pituitary thyrotropic hormone. In cretinism the menstrual functions may not develop or if they do develop puberty is delayed and menstruation is irregular. In adult myxoedema menstruation may become irregular and scanty or it may cease. Occasionally, the patients suffer from excessive menstruation or irregular menstrual

By Suman Bajpai

the rain with style.

Beat

I f you thought monsoon was the

time to give all your fashion quirks

a

rest, you may want to think

again! Only, you have to add some styles in your wardrobe.

Time for short dresses

Monsoon certainly calls for fun pieces with shorter hemlines. And the new season wardrobe is incomplete

without a set of crop top and high- waist pencil skirt. Maxis in lighter fabrics like chiffon pull off that rare feat of being both more stylish and more comfortable than any other piece of clothing. Usher in a sense of carefree ease by pairing flowing maxis with shorts. Effortless, understated with a bit of an edge. If there's a definitive trend towards showing off legs, it has to be this. Wear flats instead of sky-high heels.

A perfect substitute for the boring

old denims and trousers, this season opt for culottes. You can team it up with a basic T-shirt, short kurti, or a crop top and slay your look! They are totally a must-have for monsoon. Playsuits are extremely comfortable to wear and look totally chic. Opt for bright colours to feel good about this gloomy weather.

The good old skirt and top is a classic combo for this season. You can experiment with the print on print trend. You can even buy formal skirts and team them up with shirts to look fashionable at your workplace. Opt for A-line or midiskirts rather than pencil skirts to travel comfortably. Printed or plain, shorts are always the best go-to option this season. Pick lighter fabrics like cotton as they are comfortable and dry faster during the rains. Style them up with silhouette tops and shirts to look trendy and braid your hair for the perfect look. Pair your shorts with striped shirts or T-shirts and with statement sneakers and set out in the streets to flaunt your fashion to an elevated level. Cigarette pants are lightweight and do not stick to your body when they get wet. It works as both formal and casual wear. Flaunt your cotton maxi dresses and skirts. You’ll be comfortable and look stylish at the same time. Cotton tops and kurtis is also a great idea. Pair them with leggings or denims and you are sorted.

Choose fabric carefully

One should stay away from fabrics that have a tendency to stick to the skin during the rains. Fabrics like knits, linen shouldn’t be on the monsoon rack. Cotton is evergreen. It is one of the best fabrics to be worn in monsoons. It’ll not stick to your body, will dry up quickly and will not soak water. Cotton clothes are also very breathable which make them super comfortable. Chiffon and nylon are really practical fabrics for the rains. The best part is that even if you get wet in the rain, these fabrics dry up in no time at all, so you don’t have to worry much. Of course, chiffon is flowy and loose so you feel relaxed. Wear chiffon tops, skirts or saris. You can also wear chiffon dresses in monsoons. Avoid long ones; you don’t want them getting dirty. Ankle-length skirts and dresses would be perfect. Pair your chiffon top with shorts, culottes or even capris. Wear casual flip flops or sneakers with minimum make-up for an easy, breezy monsoon look.

PRINTED OR PLAIN, SHORTS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST GO-TO OPTION THIS SEASON. PICK LIGHTER FABRICS LIKE COTTON AS THEY ARE COMFORTABLE AND DRY FASTER DURING THE RAINS. STYLE THEM UP WITH SILHOUETTE TOPS AND SHIRTS TO LOOK TRENDY.

Usually there is a perception that denims are not meant for monsoons. Yes, they aren’t very comfortable for monsoons, but denims are very practical to wear in this weather. Denims resist muck and mud like pro, so there’ll be less mess. Since jeans are rough and tough, they won’t get easily damaged as well. Opt for denim shorts, capris or even dungarees. Pair them with loose T-shirts or crop tops. Even silk is a great fabric for monsoons. It breaks the monotony and adds colour to the gloomy weather. Wear crepe silk, art

silk, semi-tussar silk or cotton mix silk. These blended fabrics are comfy and dry up
silk, semi-tussar silk or cotton mix silk.
These blended fabrics are comfy and
dry up quickly. Mul fabric is also the
perfect blend of style and ease. It is
softer and lighter than cotton, but a
great option for the rainy season. Pair
cotton kurtis with beautiful mul
dupattas for chic and classy look.
Wear mul kurtis with cotton skirts or
cotton leggings for a casual day
outing.
The latest fabric which is doing the
rounds of international fashion
buying, is a transparent plastic-like
material in bright neon colours, being
styled for outwear or protective
raincoat ensembles. Fabrics which are
silicone washed for the monsoon
season, and can be stain-proof and to

resist a mud splash during a rainy day. Natural fabrics like bamboo fibre make for good monsoon clothes.

Colour palette

You can opt for some bright blue shorts or skirt to pair with some neutral white shirts or tank tops. Bring out the Bohemian in you and accessorise with chunky bracelets and funky scarves. Balance your look between the bright and the muted colours to create an arresting look. Aquatic colours are cool colours, signifying the sea and rain. So it seems fitting that this monsoon is all about aquatic colours. Pair your sea-green top with some fuchsia pink shorts to create an explosion of colours. Known for being a warm colour, orange gives a cheerful look and is bright at the same time. No wonder, it is one of the flattering colours for the monsoon. There are various shades of yellow with some being very bright, while some being quite dark. During monsoons, it is best to go for the darker shades to prevent any kind of staining. Besides, a yellow shade carries with itself a cheerful look. The grey clouds form a gloomy blanket

over the blue skies and we miss the colour blue for months. How about including blue in your dressing and make-up for the loss? Blue is always an innocent colour to choose regardless of occasion or place. Adding a darker shade of pink to your attire can certainly add a little sparkle to the cloudy and gloomy monsoon days. Red is one hot and ruling colour. You can opt for this colour as a dress or accessory; either as a single colour or as a mishmash of complementary colours. If you are in a lively mood, you can wear an aquamarine dress, which also appeases your senses.

KNOWN FOR BEING A WARM COLOUR, ORANGE GIVES A CHEERFUL LOOK AND IS BRIGHT AT THE SAME TIME. NO WONDER, IT IS ONE OF THE FLATTERING COLOURS FOR THE MONSOON. THERE ARE VARIOUS SHADES OF YELLOW WITH SOME BEING VERY BRIGHT, WHILE SOME BEING QUITE DARK.

WITH SOME BEING VERY BRIGHT, WHILE SOME BEING QUITE DARK. Tips ✿ Do not go for

Tips

Do not go for white, as it gets dirty very easily.

Do not wear salwar or patiala. Dark coloured churidar and leggings are the smart choice for monsoons.

Instead of wearing long dupattas, you should use scarfs and stoles. You can also wrap up your hair with scarves to protect it from moisture and dirt.

Moist atmosphere outdoors can make your hair go frizzy. Tying your hair into a neat bun or a ponytail or a braid is a great way to keep it under control.

Wear multicoloured beaded jewellies to kill the monotone of dullness.

Add colour to your rainy-day- out expedition by carrying a cute colourful umbrella. Choose a floral-printed umbrella.

Give your leather shoes, canvas shoes, sneakers and stilettos a

miss. Invest in an affordable pair of rubber sandals, brightly- coloured flip flops or floaters.

Carry a nice big bag in a solid colour to keep all your knick- knacks handy. Invest in a purple or green bag, the bigger the better.

Stick to minimal make-up, at least during your commute. And don’t forget to only stick to make-up products that are waterproof; the rains are not an excuse for smudged

make-up!

We
We

I am a student of class 11 and my best friend is a very social

and popular with the boys in our class. There are rumours going around that she sleeps around, but I don’t care about this. For me, she is a loyal, helpful and very lovable friend. Somehow, these rumours have fallen on my mother’s ears, and she is shocked that I am close to this girl. Mom has forbidden me to invite her home or have anything to do with her. She fears that even my name will get tarnished. We have big quarrels in the house due to this issue, and my mother now threatens to take me out of the school if I disobey her. Please tell me what to do. We two girls are real close, like sisters, and I don’t want to give her up. This is , indeed, a dilemma! Your mother’s concerns are understandable. If the stories abounding around your friend are unverified, tell your mother that these are simply cruel rumours. You can get the truth out of your friend directly too. If true, explain your problem to your friend. Maybe, she will change her behaviour as it is affecting your friendship. Explain to her the risks of leading a liberal life. If she is not willing to cooperate, start distancing yourself from her. It will be painful but you cannot cheat on your mother, who is after all your most loyal well-wisher. There is some chance your mother will relent if your friend visits your home and makes your parent see what a nice girl she is, even though she leads a free life. But chances of this happening look bleak.

me a lot but I long now to see my mother, who is living somewhere. Please advise. If you just look around, you will see that surrogacy is pretty common these days, and almost always the mother is surrogate and her identity is not revealed due to obvious reasons. Legally too, there might be clauses which warrant that her identity is not revealed. It is not a very simple matter. For all purposes, you still can believe that you are a motherless child. Do not hurt your grandparents and father by insisting on meeting your biological mother. Let things be as they are now. Your action can create many problems. You are your father’s child and your grandparents’ granddaughter. That is the truth you should live with.

My bestie in class is a very nice girl. We are 13-year-olds in a good school. The problem is that , frankly, I feel very jealous when she stands around talking with other girls. How can I get over this negative feeling, because I know it is harming our friendship. I tend to be sharp and rude with her whenever she does this, and she is getting a little fed up. The good thing is that you are recognising your negative feeling and are wanting to root it out. You should accept that you are feeling a sense of adequacy and inferiority. This makes you fear that she will abandon you for another girl, or will start liking you less. If she is a loyal friend, your fears are

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unfounded. If she is not, well, you are better off without her. Stop depending on her alone for your happiness. Make other friends too and you too hobnob with them whenever you wish. This will make your friendship more healthy and stable, and lessen the sense of possessiveness you are now feeling. Lastly, don’t feel guilty and blame yourself for feeling jealous. It is a natural human emotion which all of us feel when our position is threatened.

Please help me remove a tattoo from my upper arm which is my ex-boyfriend’s initials. I am an 18-year-old girl who is engaged to a very lovely man , and I don’t want him to see this tattoo. I had got it when I was 16 years old. I am desperate. Till now, when my fiancé and I date, I have managed to hide this by

wearing long sleeves. We wish more young people

live by the maxim: “think before you tattoo!” But, yes, you can get it removed by laser or chemical peeling or dermabrasion, depending on how deep the staining has penetrated. You could end up with mild or severe scarring though and the procedure is definitely not pleasant. A better option is to turn the initials into a flower, butterfly or some other pretty tattoo by some expert tattooist. Needless to say, go to an experienced cosmetic surgeon or tattooist for this work.

& Teenache
&
Teenache

A

I am a 16-year-old girl who has been taken care of all my life by my paternal grandparents and father because I was told that my mother died when giving birth to me. To my utter shock, I was informed by a cousin that the truth is that I am a surrogate child. Since my father was averse to marriage due to the nature of his work, and my grandparents longed to have grandchild, they decided to have me by surrogacy.

I confronted my grandmother with this information, and she

admitted that it was true. I wept for days because they had hidden this. They do love

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S aif Ali Khan concerned about daughter Sara’s film career S aif Ali Khan, whose

S aif Ali Khan concerned about daughter Sara’s film career

S aif Ali Khan, whose daughter Sara Alia Khan is all set to embark on her Bollywood journey, is not too

happy with her career choice. Earlier, it

was speculated that Sara will make her debut with a Karan Johar film. However, all such rumours have been rubbished and now it is confirmed that the diva will make her Bollywood debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath. In a recent interview, Saif spoke at length about his daughter’s yet to start film career and expressed some serious concerns over it. Saif, who was last

Saif has spoken at length about his daughter Sara’s yet to start Bollywood film career.

his daughter Sara’s yet to start Bollywood film career. seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, said that

seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, said that acting is not a very stable profession and actors live in a constant fear of not getting work despite succeeding. “Why would she want that for herself? Look at where she studied. After having done that, why wouldn't she want to live and work in New York, rather than do this?" he said. He further said that he is not ‘looking down’ on Sara’s choice of career but just concerned, like any other parent. “I am not looking down on acting, it's just that it is not the most stable profession. And everyone lives in constant fear. And there is no guarantee that despite doing your best, you will succeed. This is not the life, any parent would want for their children." Even though he sounded sceptical of Sara’s Bollywood journey, he revealed the incident when he realized that Sara wants to be an actor. “I remember years ago we'd gone for a stage show abroad and while I was on the stage with Salman and other actors, Sara was standing behind the stage curtain and looking at us. I knew then that she wanted this for herself. Being on stage and people shouting her name," he added. But a doting father that Saif is, “I am there if she needs to ask or talk to me about anything. I know what she is doing and we talk about films just like we do about everything else,” he said.

films just like we do about everything else,” he said. Priyanka Chopra shamed for showing legs
films just like we do about everything else,” he said. Priyanka Chopra shamed for showing legs

Priyanka Chopra shamed for showing legs in front of PM Modi

P riyanka Chopra was recently slut-shamed by some Indian social media users for wearing

slut-shamed by some Indian social media users for wearing a short dress to meet PM Narendra

a short dress to meet PM Narendra Modi. Priyanka Chopra who was in Berlin to promote her Hollywood debut, Baywatch, met Indian Prime Minister who was also coincidentally in the same city for his six-day four-nations European tour. The global actress enthusiastically shared a glimpse of her meeting along with a thank-you note on all her social media handles. But little did she know that she

a glimpse of her meeting along with a thank-you note on all her social media handles.
a glimpse of her meeting along with a thank-you note on all her social media handles.
a glimpse of her meeting along with a thank-you note on all her social media handles.
a glimpse of her meeting along with a thank-you note on all her social media handles.

would end up being massively trolled for wearing a dress to meet the PM. Her pictures received massive backlash and hateful comments. However, the diva remained unperturbed and didn’t let negativity take a toll on her Baywatch celebrations. Priyanka chose not to directly respond to the criticism but gave a fitting reply to haters by posting yet another photograph in a shorter dress.

Priyanka Chopra met P.M. Modi in Berlin in a revealing dress.

Chopra met P.M. Modi in Berlin in a revealing dress. Anushka Sharma looks unrecognisable and intense

Anushka Sharma looks unrecognisable and intense in first look of Pari

A nushka Sharma recently revealed the first-look poster of her upcoming flick, Pari on her

Anushka Sharma has never been a convenient producer and opts for unconventional projects like NH 10 and ghost comedy Phillauri. Pari seems to be her yet another step in the same

direction. The film also marks the debut of Prosit Ray as a director; he was an assistant director of Phillauri. The shooting of the movie has already begun and will majorly take place in Mumbai and Kolkata. However, not much is known about the story line. The actors and crew are tight-lipped to disclose any detail of the film. Anushka in a recent statement has said, “At Clean Slate Films, we focus on a good, engaging story above all else. With new talent, we get to work on newer ideas and innovative concepts. Pari is a great script, and I have complete faith in Prosit’s vision as well as this collaboration with KriArj Entertainment.” Parambrata is also happy to be a part of Pari and said, “I was impressed with the script and team of Pari and loved the idea of working with Anushka Sharma. This film holds great promise and I look forward to its shoot soon.” The film is expected to release next year.

Anushka Sharma in an unrecognisable avatar in Pari.
Anushka Sharma in an unrecognisable
avatar in Pari.

social media accounts. As soon as one hears Pari (fairy), one is bound to imagine a Disney princess donning gorgeous attire with sparkling eyes but Anushka’s Pari looks nothing like that. The actress looks hauntingly fierce in the de-glam and freckled look. The blue-hued poster with Anushka an unrecognisable avatar hints Pari as a gripping movie. The film stars Anushka Sharma and Parambrata Chatterjee in lead roles. Hindi audiences have seen Bengali actor Parambrata in Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani earlier. Anushka is also co- producing the film, adding yet another unconventional film to her kitty.

As an ideal husband Shahid Kapoor is helping his wife Mira Rajput to get fitter post pregnancy.

Shahid Kapoor helps Mira Rajput to get fit after pregnancy

S hahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are yet again giving us some serious couple goals! Shahid is ardently

helping his wife to get fitter and get rid of the post-pregnancy fat. The couple is spotted together on their gym outings. Shahid has always been a fitness-freak but to our surprise, Mira was also into aerial yoga some time back. Just like any other fitness obsessed person, Shahid also wants his partner to get into best of the shape.

Sources close to him revealed that he regularly motivates Mira to work out often and not ignore her health while being a mom. He consistently boosts her confidence to exercise and be fit. Not just this, he accompanies her to the gym as well. With a gym partner as good looking as Shahid, who will refuse anyway? Shahid and Mira surely make one of the best Bollywood couples. The radiance on their faces, ever-glowing smiles and truck loads of PDA reveals it all that they both are head over heels in love with each other. No other couple

has ever inspired the younger generation to go for arranged marriage than these two. Moreover, it looks like after Misha's birth, their love bond is reaching new heights. On a professional front, Shahid is presently busy with the shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati which also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. A couple that works out together, stays together!

Alia Bhatt’ sweet confession for Sidharth Malhotra

W hether Alia and Sid are dating or not is not even a question now. They arrive and attend

every Bollywood event together, speak heartily about each other and what not! Beans of their relationship also got spilled on the last season of Koffee with Karan. Both Alia and Sid have till now maintained a dignified silence about their relationship but it looks like they are not bothered about these rumours

Tamasha actor Ranbir Kapoor says Nepotism exists in Bollywood.

actor Ranbir Kapoor says Nepotism exists in Bollywood. Alia Bhatt says her relationship with Sidharth Malhotra

Alia Bhatt says her relationship with Sidharth Malhotra is open.

anymore. In a recent interview, when Alia was asked if their dating rumours bother her, she said "It has become very blah. It has become like second nature to me. It sounds the same as something like, “Alia Bhatt is 24 and she lives in Juhu”. I don’t think of it as news anymore. It is like, haan, woh toh kab se pata hai (Ya, I already know this). It has become a fact of sorts." Alia also opened up about her being spotted with Sid at so many parties, lunch and movies. She almost compared Sid with all her other friends

but quickly added, "He is and will always be special." "There’s no denying that I do spend time with him. So, I am not going to say that, “Oh, I wasn’t spotted with Sid”. I was seen and I am okay with people spotting me there. I am very happy going to parties with him and being spotted at lunches with him. But I do the same thing with my other friends as well and spend time with them too. But Sidharth is and will always be special. That goes without saying," she said.

film. After that, it’s about your talent. So, yes, honestly, it does exist.” Katrina and Ranbir appeared together for a Facebook live chat via Katrina’s Facebook account and were at their candid best. They even pulled each other’s legs during the chat. A fan also asked the ex-couple to share the toughest part of Jagga Jasoos shoot to which Ranbir replied, “The toughest part was that it took three long years to shoot and four years to

release it and to keep your characters in check.” Whereas, Katrina Kaif amusingly quipped that to shoot with Ranbir Kapoor was the toughest part. Directed by Anurag Basu, the film is slated to release on 14th July. – Medha Chawla.

film is slated to release on 14th July. – Medha Chawla. Ranbir Kapoor joins Nepotism debate

Ranbir Kapoor joins Nepotism debate

R anbir Kapoor has become the

latest one to join the never-

ending debate going on

Nepotism in Bollywood. The star kid,

Ranbir Kapoor was asked about his opinion on nepotism while he was promoting his upcoming film Jagga Jasoos along with Katrina Kaif via Facebook Live. Within a second, the Tamasha actor said, “Of course, it

exists. It exists everywhere but more so in the film industry. But how I see it,

I can only speak of my family. I believe my great grandfather worked really hard to give his children

an opportunity in their professional life.

I would like to work hard for my

children so that they get the right opportunity, platform, the right first

Story Short

A Groom For Kavi

It wasn’t easy finding one for a girl who had no clear

Kavita lay awake, sending a silent prayer of thanks for giving them caring relatives. Her mother’s sisters, together, had given Mamta a sizable cash gift from their meagre savings. The parents too, were given cash in a fat cover.

ideas about her future.

By Savitri Babulkar

K avita got up as

noiselessly as she

could, not wishing to

disturb her younger sisters, Sunita and Namita who, like her, slept on comfortable mattresses spread out on the drawing-room floor. Karan, Kavi’s twin, lay sprawling on the divan that doubled as a bed at night. There was enough light for her to find her way to the bathroom across the passage. She stopped suddenly as she heard her mother’s gentle voice from the single bedroom in their rented apartment. “We were lucky to have found really good boys for Lalita and Mamta,” she said. “I hope we find someone suitable for our Kavi, too. Her Board exam is over now…” Kavita stood motionless in the passage, waiting for Narayan to reply. Her father had always known of her ambition to start earning a living. He was invariably supportive, but she had to find out what he would say now. “Come on, Uma, where’s the hurry? Kavi’s so unlike the others, and may not want to marry just yet. Besides, you’ve seen how our

savings have dwindled with the wedding expenses,” he sounded both sleepy and tired. “A marriage is no joke. And prices are soaring…” Anxiety crept into his voice – and Kavita determined, once again, to help them somehow. “Everything will take care of itself,” Uma whispered. She left all problems to divinity and refused to spend sleepless nights worrying about expenses. But Kavita had seen her parents denying themselves small comforts in order to give

“We were lucky to have found really good boys for Lalita and Mamta,” she said.
“We
were lucky to
have found really good
boys for Lalita and
Mamta,” she said. “I hope
we find someone suitable
for our Kavi, too. Her
Board exam is over
now…”

their children the best that was possible within their means. Her heart ached for them. It wasn’t easy having three more daughters to marry off! They had been lucky so far – for their sons- in-law, Ramu and Govind, had made no demands that most eligible bachelors were known to make.

S he tiptoed quietly past their room and switched

on the bathroom light. When she came back to bed, she could hear Narayan’s steady snoring. It was accumulated exhaustion. Mamta’s wedding had gone off well. Uma’s two sisters, Saras and Meenakshi, had come from South Kanara, as they always did when Uma needed help; Narayan’s sister Sharada had also come from Kolkata especially to help with the preparations. They were a close-knit family. The last three weeks had been hectic

– making lists, getting provisions, shopping, planning, distributing cards, meeting the contractors and so on. Narayan and Karan had moved into the bedroom where the saris and jewellery were locked up in a steel almirah. The drawing room had turned into a ladies’ dormitory – crowded but fun! Kavi had efficiently taken charge of the invitation cards, recruiting Sunita and Namita, who were both in high school, for writing the addresses. She was systematic, and both of them had enjoyed working under her guidance. “It would be better if you wrote out the addresses, Sunnu,” Kavi had smiled. “Your writing is neater. Namu can put the invitations into the covers, fix them with cello-tape and stack them up in neat piles in the carton. There are 10-odd addresses, Namu, marked with a star. Don’t forget to keep them separate. Ma said they are to be hand- delivered. We’ll mail the rest in a day or two.”

M amta was not allowed to work. “A bride needs

to look fresh on her wedding day,” the ladies said. Shopping for saris was the only activity she was included in. Now, all that hurrying- and-scurrying was behind them. The wedding was over and Mamta and Govind were on their way to a modest hotel in Lonavla for a short honeymoon. Sharada, having no children of her own, had scraped and saved in order to buy a gold chain for the bride. Her husband, Shivram, was working overtime to put aside money for the other girls. Having no siblings of his own, Shivram had grown close to Narayan