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10 Haunted Houses In India: The Night Is Dark And Full Of Terrors

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Do you believe in GHOSTS? Believe it or not, but history has witnessed a lot spooky and scary stories about houses inhabited by disembodied spirits. Spirits of dead and the past tragic events such as murder, a crime scene, suicide or an accidental death at that place attributes to such paranormal activities to occur and reoccur in these haunted houses, Beware.

Dilapidated house, creepy windows, rusty iron and that squeaky shrill sound. Haunted houses were just silly stories made to scare kids, however, are there any real haunted house out there in the world or precisely in India, let’s take you to the scariest places in India bet you visit.

1. The Mansion: Residency Road, Pune

The Mansion: Residency Road, Pune

Horror enough to shiver your spine down. This huge and old abandoned mansion near the residency club is supposed to be one of the most possessed by spirits with the eerie feeling when you walk along that street. Legend has it that no deliverance of an old lady’s soul still seeking for salvation and trapped. When you have enough of yours nerves collected then do visit.

2. Greater Kailash haunted house, Delhi

Greater Kailash haunted house, Delhi

House No. W-3, Greater Kailash, since 1986 this place is suffering damnation. An old aged couple was murdered by their yoga teacher and dead bodies were later discovered from a water tank. In the night, neighbours are haunted by an uncanny fear of eyes watching them all the time.

3. F2 Building, Valmiki Nagar, Chennai

F2 Building, Valmiki Nagar, Chennai

Even google marks this place as haunted. One like Bermuda triangle mystery, networks get lost from cells and gadgets when a person passes through the haunted house. It is believed that the girl that lived in the house still sobs every night that loved the house little too much. This house in Valmiki Nagar on Ambedkar Road is only 15 km from Chennai airport.

4. D’mellos haunted house, Goa

D’mellos haunted house, Goa

Another scary story comes from the cursed house in Santemol, Goa. Treasure is poison and the feud upon property between two brothers proved the worst case scenario and today D’mello house is most haunted place in Goa. The breaking of windows sound could be heard more often and apparently till date the house has not found any buyer.

5. Ghost sighting house in GP block Meerut, UP

Ghost sighting house in GP block Meerut, UP

Situated in Meerut metropolitan city of Uttar Pradesh, people claim to have seen a woman in red saree occasionally on the roof of the house. The tale adds that the house reflects as if four men sitting in the center of the house on a table for alcohol. It has very strange and unique story that is said to be very real. When you come to UP do add this venture in your visiting place list.

6. Hideous Bonacaud bungalow, Kerala

Hideous Bonacaud bungalow, Kerala

The young spirit hovers in this mansion who once died under mysterious circumstances. If you are a non-believer then you must come to this haunted house to clear your doubt for a lifetime if life favours you after. Counted among one of the creepiest places this house would pull the carpet from under your feet you bet.

7. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

The Bhangarh Fort is known for its rich history and paranormal incidents, it is one of the most haunted and common tourists place in India. The fort is located 235 kilometers from Delhi which is legally warned by the Indian government as most dangerous and haunted place in India.

Legend from Wikipedia

An incident was reported about a couple of teenagers that they were tourists to visit bhangarh and they disrespected the belief of the people in Rajasthan. They entered in the fort at night.They were laughing and talking. One of them moved towards a gate with no door.The friends realized that he was missing after they searched for him he was found dead and his friends were also found dead in the same room mysteriously the next morning.

8. Putulbari haunted dollhouse, Kolkata

Putulbari haunted dollhouse, Kolkata

If you are on a paranormal adventure on the streets of Kolkata then Putulbari dollhouse is extremely recommended. Situated near yet another haunted place called as Nimtala ghat this House Of Dolls witness spine-chilling distress to you. Despite having some inhabitants no one even dares to think of stepping towards upper stories of this macabre.

9. Vas villa, St. Marks Road, Bangalore

Vas villa, St. Marks Road, Bangalore

There is indeed something fascinating about this old house. This dilapidated house was once owned by an Anglo-Indian family where two spinster sister lived and one of the sisters was brutally murdered. Since then it is believed the spirit of her still haunts the house and tells us why the place has not yet turned into a mall or apartment.

10. Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi

The last for daredevils who fear none but this place will scream the hell out of them. Full of mystery and darkness this baoli near Jantar Mantar is now the home of bats and pigeon. This abominable house has stories associated with it and is now protected by Archeological survey of India (ASI).

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Victoria’s Secret’s Fallen Angels: Is VS Collective Little Too Late?

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After years of selling misogynistic fantasies masked as insecurity for women worldwide, Victoria’s Secret (VS), the lingerie and personal care mammoth, has come upon a business-altering decision. Everyone’s aesthetic and sexual fantasy – the VS Angels have fallen.

After multiple accusations of sexual assault, overt body shaming, and transphobia, their refusal to take action against high-profile executives guilty of inappropriate behaviour has led to its downfall. 2018 was possibly the worst year for the company as more body positive and inclusive brands like Aerie, Lively, and Savage X Fenty rose.

The mystical barbie-doll VS Angels, extravagantly clad in wings and bejewelled lingerie, had more or less remained the same in the last three decades since VS started their fashion shows. Models bearing bodies that ‘please’ the male gaze, just-enough-plump and just-enough-toned, were no longer a thing of beauty standards to the common woman. After all, feminists remind us repeatedly that autonomy over lingerie remains with the person who wants to wear it rather than cishet men.

There was a time when lacy push-ups and the thick underwear band labelled PINK was found in the boudoir drawer of every female teenager and adult alike. No one would be caught dead wearing something else. But in a mere decade, the tables have turned as no one would dare step inside the walls of the magnum opus of male sexual fantasy. It’s safe to say that VS brought this tragedy upon itself with its sluggish attitude toward the changing social norms of body positivity and culture inclusivity.

But recently, VS announced a defining move – one which may have come a little too late but alas, it came. Gone were the glamorous, airbrushed, and pushed-up fantasies of the Angels. Instead came in the Victoria’s Secret Collective. This high-profile seven-member board is a chance for VS to redeem its reputation and right its past wrongs. The septet consists of the pink-haired member of the American National Women’s Soccer team, Megan Rapinoe, Actor, entrepreneur, and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas, inclusivity activist and model Paloma Elsesser, transgender model-actor Valentina Sampaio, Sino-American world champion skier Eileen Gu, model and South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, and English photographer and podcast host Amanda de Cadanet.

This board is a shot at inclusivity and is reflective of real-life women as the members hail from different cultures, are from different age groups, and in some way or another, are more relatable to the common woman. This diverse set of ambassadors will spearhead this new campaign. They will be alternatively seen as an essential part of VS’s revamped brand image, including their advertisements and social media. VS’s new move is indeed a step toward becoming more like their well-off competitors, who are idealistically anti-Victoria’s Secret.

What’s notable is that this decision of VS is not just superficial to woo their consumer base but is one aimed at its very corporate structure. Billionaire Leslie Wexner, the founder of VS’s parent company L Brands, and Ed Razek, a top executive of the said company, will not be a part of the revamped identity of the lingerie giant. Razek and Wexner have been accused multiple times of inappropriate conduct, sexual advances and remarks, and exploitation of models.

VS has made it clear that the two will not be associated with VS anymore. The company will split from L Brands and subsequently from the toiletry giant Bath & Body Works to become an independent entity. VS will now have top-tier decisions taken by more women executives as Martha Pease, the new Chief Marketing Officer, heads the Collective and plans on having an all-women committee.

A complete upheaval of the VS stores will see the signature Angels’ posters stripped off of their walls, TVs, websites, and social media. Mannequins and models will exhibit a diverse range of bodies and products.

In an interview with The New York Times, Martin Waters, a former executive of VS international, said, “When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond. We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.”

In a recent attempt to foreshadow the company’s announcement of becoming “what women want”, VS launched a Mothers’ Day campaign. Displaying pregnant women as their models was a first for the company. Apparently, for VS, motherhood was not sexy enough till now.

The VS collective board will promote the upcoming product releases such as maternity wear along with the same old thongs and lacy bras. Other TBA products will see a collaboration between Chopra Jonas and Rapinoe.

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5 Healthy Smoothies You Need To Try This Summer!

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Summers are officially here and it’s really important to stay hydrated to keep going in this scorching weather. You can use a gamut of seasonal fruits to make smoothies. Smoothie is a fresh fruit pureed with milk, yoghurt, or ice cream to make a thick, smooth drink. 

Choose from blueberry, mango, peanut butter oatmeal, mint chocolate chip, pineapple, or any other fruit of your choice, and enjoy a nutritious and tasty smoothie in the comfort of your own home. Try these refreshing healthy smoothies to replenish and refresh your body. 

Here is a list of healthy smoothies to try this summer:

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie is a simple and succulent way to begin your morning! Yoghurt, frozen blueberries, and banana are blended into a frosty drink to make this rich and refreshing blueberry smoothie. The ingredients used in this smoothie are both tasty and nutritious

 Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen bananas
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Mango Smoothie

What are summers if they aren’t brimming with mangoes? Make this delicious mango smoothie for an instant energy boost! Frozen banana, diced mangoes, and yoghurt are all good to have on hand. In a blender, mix all of the ingredients and blend until it’s smooth. It’s as easy as that!

 Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups frozen or fresh diced mango 
  • 1 cup frozen banana 
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ cup of ice cubes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

This recipe for Peanut butter Oatmeal Smoothie is packed with frozen bananas, creamy peanut butter, yoghurt, oats, and honey. It only takes a few minutes to prepare this thick and creamy drink; is sure to keep you full.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • ¼cup +1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

 Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Whip up this beautiful blend of soothing mint chocolate chip smoothie recipe for an instant energy boost! Add spinach, avocado, frozen banana, milk, and fresh mint leaves to your blender and blend until it’s smooth. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and chocolate chips.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients: 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ¼ small sized avocado
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 25-30 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed ice

 Pineapple Smoothie

This pineapple smoothie is a tropical mixture. Combine your pineapple, banana, and Greek yoghurt in a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Serve and enjoy this quick, nutritious, and refreshing drink!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup fresh diced pineapple
  • ½ sliced banana
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice

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Skin Care Tips To Survive Summers In India

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The summer heat in India can be harsh on your skin if you don’t take proper care of it. The blistering heat, dust, and pollution take away the natural shine and, in some cases, invite infections. To avoid all of these annoyances and to keep your skin glowing as it did before, try these summer skincare tips:

Clothing

Tight clothing during hot weather will irritate the skin and make sweaty areas of the body itch even more. To combat the heat, cotton and lighter fabrics are vital. Try wearing breathable fabrics.

Diet

Applying creams is not enough; you need to enrich your skin properly to keep it glowing. Juicy fruits and vegetables should be consumed in large quantities as they are high in nutrients and antioxidants that protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Try consuming cooling or seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Exercise

Exercise increases blood flow that ensures that oxygen reaches the skin cells. Any tissue damage (skin burn, etc) is repaired by the body.

Exfoliation

It is a process that helps in the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Exfoliate your skin regularly for healthy and glowing skin. You can simply use a washcloth to gently scrub your skin. Try this process at least once a week.

Eyes and Lips

Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses while stepping out in the sun. Protect your lips by applying a lip balm.

Feet

It is important to take care of your feet as well. Give yourself a manicure; remove the dead and dry skin cells with a scrub and moisturize them later.

Minimal Makeup

Go easy on make-up during summers; avoid anything heavy it’s most likely to melt off the minute you step out in the sweltering summer heat. When it comes to makeup during the summers, keep it simple as the skin needs to breathe.

Sunscreen

Summertime necessitates the use of sunscreen. It is important to safeguard yourself from tanning and skin burns. It also helps in protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. You should apply sunscreen at least twice a day. It is a must-have item, if you don’t have one; you should invest in sunscreen.

Stay Hydrated

It is extremely important to stay hydrated; especially during hot weather. Sweat causes us to lose a lot of our body fluids. Our bodies are severely harmed when the levels of body fluids drop. Staying hydrated also helps to flush out toxins from the body and feel refreshed. Carry a bottle of water everywhere you go, set reminders to drink water throughout the day so that you don’t forget to hydrate yourself!

Update your skincare products

It is very important to update your skincare products during summertime. During winters we need stronger creams to fight the cold and dry weather, but in the summer, we need hydrating products. Buy a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy.

 Use natural remedies

Skincare home remedies are useful as they make your skin glow naturally without causing any harm. Applying Aloe Vera gel, Cucumber mask, Coconut oil, Honey mask, Lemon mask, Orange Peel mask, Turmeric paste are few remedies that soothe your skin during summer. 

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