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Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

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Indians lead quite a colorful life in their homeland, which may appear unfathomable to outsiders. A vast majority of Indians have little care for rules, much less for law enforcers–a picture completely alien abroad, where the citizens are under tight shackles and supervision.

Here is a list of 15 things that Indians can get away with, without paying any he’d to consequences.

  • Surfing Through Traffic:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

India is a place where there is no concept of the wrong side, maintaining queues, driving in your lane, or wearing helmets. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

Extreme navigation skills are portrayed daily on the roads of India. Whether the careless overtaking of vehicles, the mandatory race between buses of the same route, or the speed-shows put up by motorbikes at midnight, Indian drivers never cease to amaze you. India is a place where there is no concept of the wrong side, maintaining queues, driving in your lane, or wearing helmets. You will witness more skills while pedestrians try to cross busy roads, rather dash across the waves of traffic. Zebra crossings and traffic signals, what are those?

  • Top-Notch Bargaining:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

You can bargain for anything, anywhere, anytime, in India, and go home with lucrative deals! (Image Source: Istockphoto)

You don’t need to be a highly experienced businessman to crack a deal in India. Everyone–starting from your dad at grocery stores, to the neighborhood aunties during shopping–is a pro at bargaining. You can bargain for anything, anywhere, anytime, and go home with lucrative deals!

  • Dealing with Crowds:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

In the land of 1.37 billion, there is rarely any place where you can avoid crowds. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

This is something that you have done everyday for such a significant part of your life, that even the worst of crowds won’t overwhelm you. In the land of 1.37 billion, there is rarely any place where you can avoid crowds. It has always been an integral part of you, and when you go abroad, you cannot help but think if there is a curfew going on?

  • All Time, Festival Time:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Who said breakup hurts the most, ever had a holiday fall on Sunday? (Image Source: Istockphoto)

India, being a land of diversities, never falls short of festivals and celebrations. The saga of our festivals and public holidays span all year round, and no outsider will ever know the importance of counting the number of dates marked in red in our calendars, as soon as the new year begins. Who said breakup hurts the most, ever had a holiday fall on Sunday?

  • Neighbor–the Wish-Granting Factory:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

In India, our neighbors are the ultimate lifesavers. (Image Source: IstockPhoto)

The legend of an Indian’s rapport with his neighbor is unparalleled. Whether you need an extra cup of sugar, or tips for dinner, or need someone to look after your child while you are away, your neighbor is the ultimate go-to person. Fear not if you are short on cutlery or your refrigerator broke down, your neighbor always has your back. Missing out the latest local gossip? Just drop by the next door, and you’re sorted!

  • Sound of Life:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

In India, from the calling of the vegetable sellers to the honking of vehicles are considered as the sound of life. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

The calling of the vegetable seller, the jingles of the street vendors, maids zooming in and out of houses, continuous honking, screeching tires of speeding vehicles, high-pitched quarrels, popular songs blasting off the speakers of passing cars, rooftop picnics or puja pandals, distant yet so audible temple bells or the sound of azaan in the early hours of the morning–these are the distinguishing characteristics of India. Yes, they may seem irritating “noise” to us, but once we are in the deafening silence of abroad, we realize that they are the sound of life.

  • ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Indians hardly inform before visiting another’s house; they drop by anytime they wish to. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

We Indians consider our guests to be on the same pedestal as God, and therefore, we must fete them no matter how irksome they might be. Indians hardly inform before visiting another’s house; they drop by anytime they wish to. And it is pretty normal to do so–everyone is up for a surprise visit at any given moment.

  • Always Room for One More:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

We never have we ever believed in space constrains. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

Indians are a very accommodating lot. So even if the instruction on the bus may read “to seat 40+1”, we can easily make room for 150. Passengers would rather hang from the doorway handles of local trains rather than waiting for the next one. Traveling in metros during rush hours is a whole other story of Indians and their unique fitting techniques. Never have we ever believed in space constrains.

  • Tradition Runs Through our Veins:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

No matter how “modern” Indians become, we can never let go of our age-old traditions. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

No matter how “modern” Indians become, we can never let go of our age-old traditions. We have a strong sense of family whose opinions are the chief sculptors of our lives. It is essential to maintain cordial relations with all relatives, including those who only pop up at the time of results. Whether it is your field of study, your profession, the person you’ll marry, and even your clothes, everything is determined by your parents and the society. In abroad, while children move out of their parent’s house as soon as they are of age, in India, the more connected you are to your family, the more “sanskaari” you are.

  • Cricket is our Religion:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Young boys blocking the streets to play gully cricket with plastic balls and bricks as stumps. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

Nothing binds Indians more than cricket does; neither does anything else evoke such patriotism as an India-Pakistan match. You don’t need to be at a stadium or even be a hard-core cricket fanatic to feel the adrenalin building throughout the match and reach its peak during the nail-biting climax of the last few balls. The fireworks, dancing crowds on streets with drums, and shouting slogans every time India lifts a cup, are entirely indigenous. Young boys blocking the streets to play gully cricket with plastic balls and bricks as stumps in another country–impossible!

  • Spicy Food+Eating with Hands:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Indians can conjure bizarre yet relishing recipes with any given set of ingredients. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

Thanks to the wide varieties of spices available to us, Indians are most versatile with cooking. We can conjure bizarre yet relishing recipes with any given set of ingredients. Indians are accustomed to an array of spices tickling their tastebuds, and find the food available in other countries to be too bland. Many international food chains have had to Indianize their menu to suit the Indian palette! Nothing can be compared to the joy of sitting on the floor, having our food served in metal dishes or banana leaves, and eating with hands.

  • Heavily-Researched Names:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

We Indians dedicate much time and effort to decide upon a suitable name for a newborn. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

No this not a country where every other person is called John, or Peter, or Elizabeth. We Indians dedicate much time and effort to decide upon a suitable name for a newborn. Every Indian name has a beautiful and deep meaning attached to it. It gives parents great joy in coming up with unique names, and every time you hear an uncommon name, the automatic response is, “What is the meaning of it?”

  • Local Transport and Local Help:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Indians loathe walking period. It doesn’t matter how small the distance is we come up with different excuses. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

Indians loathe walking period. It doesn’t matter how small the distance is we come up with different excuses–all sorts of muscular pains, the importance of punctuality, the extreme heat of the sun–and we have no choice but hail autos and rickshaws for help. We never do our washing and cleaning in the household, and eagerly wait for our maids to come to the rescue. No matter how much we curse the maids for their uninformed holidays or the careless cleaning, or rickshaws for charging extra ten bucks and broken meters, they are better than doing our work and walking any day!

  • ‘Missed Call’:

In India, you are expected to call the person back when you see his Missed Call. (Image Source: Istockphoto)

We do not understand the concept of Voicemail. Neither does anybody leave a voicemail if the phone goes unanswered, nor does anybody check his voicemail box ever. You are expected to call the person back when you see his Missed Call–that’s the general rule. Missed Call is also the code for informing parents that you reached home safely, and for a friend to know that you are short on call balance.

  • “Jugaad”:

Quirks Of Indian Life: 15 Things You Can Do In India, But Never Abroad

Only Indians possess the ability to apply “jugaad” for everything in their daily lives. (Image Source: Flickr)

Only Indians possess the ability to apply “jugaad” for everything in their daily lives. That’s our mantra to deal with any situation with ease and live a stress-free life!

These are 15 things that you can find only in India and nowhere else.

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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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