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My Joey and Ross- The Unforgettable Bond

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Joey Ross

If you have seen the sitcom friends, you know what this article is about, everyone of us has friends in our life that enter in our life like a breath of fresh air and suddenly all our problems and sorrows are gone. I met two such friends when I joined my news school.

Someone wisely said, Let today be the start of something new.

With that thought in my mind and millions of memories of my old self and friends to keep me company, I stepped into the corridors of my new school. Being a new admission is pretty hard, but I fitted perfectly in the definition of how a typical student should be on her first day. The smell of my new books, crisp and clean uniform, black Bata shoes and a Tiffin full of delicious food sprinkled with my mother’s love. What wasn’t the same was my heart full of grief and sorrow. I had major regrets for the first few months, for bringing myself so far from my natural habitat.

One universe, trillions of planets,1 Earth, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas and I had the privilege to finally meet my Joey and Ross.

While we three tried to strike awkward conversations about our mutual hate towards Calculus, I experienced the inevitable bond we shared, something which I had never felt before. These strangers soon became the best of my friends. They were the ones I had my trips to the school ground with, the memorable adventures, the ones who made my 18th birthday special, who taught me math better than our math teacher, my partners in crime. They were with me when I was in turmoil. Their advice ranged from which picture to upload on Instagram to my never ending love issues.

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They shaped the person I am today, the mixture of them both. From getting their handkerchiefs wet by wiping my tears to filling our hungry bellies with the 50 bucks in our pockets, they gave a different meaning to my life. On the days when I lost my sense of judgment, they fixed me and made me smile when I didn’t even want to.

On the other days we lost our minds together and had fun of our lives or ended up making bad decisions which will become a memory to learn from when we grow old. I know I can be myself without being judged because they love me for who I am not for what I want to be.

They taught me that a bag of chips combined with the repeat telecast of El Classico is all you need to fix bad days!

I may not seem so dear anymore. Maybe it’s because of the transition of school life to college life or could also be the geographical distance between us. But a part of me cries when I do not talk to them. Distance is a funny thing; it creeps up without a warning. This may sound like a lie, but I am sorry for the unintentional pain I gave them. We are going through the toughest phase of our friendship. We have had fights and misunderstandings of course, but that makes our bond stronger. A cold shoulder from one of my boys feels much worse than heartbreak. But our friendship is much stronger than any fight.

Thank you for taking away my bad days in exchange of laughter.

People may come and go but both of them will always be mine forever.

I am ambitious, cheerful, spontaneous and creative. My greatest strength is my ability to learn things quickly and my positive attitude, even during the hardest of times.

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An Introvert’s Guide To Valentine’s Week – Enjoy Singleton

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An Introvert’s Guide To Valentine’s Week - Enjoy Single

Do you know what’s harder than being single on Valentine’s Day? Being a single introvert. You’re not alone; you are ALONE alone.

Well, let me tell you all, in this context you’re not alone. Here is a to-do list that shall get your introverted self through the valentines week. You might be thinking, why was this not suggested early? Well better late than never.

1. Rose Day

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Well the optimists are going to tell you to plant trees, but we all know what we are going to do, we aren’t going to plant trees instead we’re going to go to the botanical garden, get a rose plant for ourselves and grow the roses that we want in our lives all throughout the year, because we know the ones that would be given to the partners wouldn’t last for reasons not mentioned *wink-wink*

2. Propose Day

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Optimists are gonna tell you not to feel bad about not being asked to stay in someone’s life forever, there is more to life than that. Yes, there is, we are going to sit comfortably at our homes in our sweatpants and go gaga over “proposals-gone-wrong “ videos all night and be thankful what you didn’t have to be a part of.

3. Chocolate Day

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Your friends might try to cheer you up by telling you not to eat chocolate, it would harm your health, but what we are going to do is put some old pop cult music on and get our inner Gordon Ramsays out and BAKE, chocolates, cakes, cookies, everything that lasts. Excuse me? They’re not for other people; they’re for you, you deserve them after a day worth of cringe from the cuddle-junction you have been the third wheel for.

4. Teddy Day

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Well, we can’t decide if that’s a day where you give out teddy to weirdly overaged people who are immature at heart or just a day to misguide our children by giving them an impression that things don’t change when you grow up. On this day your introvert self shall buy a 10 ft. of fabric and a pot load of cotton, cut the fabric into half of the same shape sew it together, leave a small hole, fill it with cotton. Here you go, you made yourself a giant plush toy that isn’t demanding, doesn’t talk, just listens and is amazing to cuddle around with; above all will never leave you.

5. Promise Day

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Here we aren’t doing anything because this day is irrelevant. Promises are meant to be broken, and we do that on an everyday basis. Recall the number of plans you promised to go for but cancelled. Also, we lie in “ truth or dare” there is no way anybody would keep their promises. Plus, we don’t need a day to be honest, because this is our everyday.

6. Hug Day

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The worst of all days is this one, especially for the people who absolutely hate skin shipping, I feel you guys. Everywhere you go, people are hugging each other, and their sweaty-smelly bodies come in contact with each other. You stay home and be happy, now you’ll be the last one to get Coronavirus, and all these dolls would cry.

7. Kiss Day

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Hi vegetarians! Where are you? Welcome to the day you get deceived and half of you “dharm-bhrasht “ your way through the day unknowingly sorry to break it to you like this, but it’s the truth. Also, it’s the day when you find out the oral hygiene of a person without them having to tell you so if that’s a journey you’re willing to go through, by all means, be the world’s guest. Or sit at home read your favourite book, floss your mouth, look at your white teeth and feel sorry for people who ended up with the kind mentioned above.

8. VALENTINES DAY

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Don’t go out, don’t, just don’t. You want to see an episode of the 50 shades you might as well Netflix; you don’t have to go out for a version of 50 shades -desi. STAY IN, put on a romantic movie where either the girl or the boy dies, make yourself a hot water bath, light yourself a scented candle and get yourself through the day of the LOVERS LIKE A BAWSS.

You can thank me later all you single introverts, but for people who celebrate this week/day…Have fun!

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5 Best Hotels To Take Your Partner On Valentine’s Day In India

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5 Best Hotels To Visit This Valentine's Day In India

Valentine’s day is just a few hours away, and it’s time to decide where to take your loved one to make them feel special. Paint this special day with hues of love and all the romantic things, both for yourself and your special one. You have a full week of special days like chocolate day, promise day, rose day, teddy day, which ultimately leads up to our fabulous Valentine’s day. Markets are filled with unique items like greeting cards, gifts, balloons and chocolates, so why not give it an extra special touch by taking your partner to a perfect restaurant for an extra special date?

Here’s the list of best restaurants in the top 5 metropolitan cities in India: Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai.

1) Hilton Garden Inn, Saket, Delhi

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Valentine’s day celebration here is filled with lots of couple activities and an array of delicious food. It’s time to pamper your loved one with cocktails, live music, and delightful gourmet presentations at India Grill, one of the capital’s beloved spots for Indian cravings. The intimate interiors and the perfect ambience created by the mild romantic music in the background will serve as an ideal boost for the date you two deserve.

Price: Dinner buffet starts at INR 3999 per couple all-inclusive at India Grill. Special valentine offer includes 4 beers along with one appetiser at just INR 777 per person inclusive at High Spirits.

2) Souk, Taj Bengal, Kolkata

Designed to impress and dazzle, if you choose this stunning fine dining restaurant this Valentine’s day, then you are sure to enjoy a luxurious date with your partner. This is nothing short of sophistication, and exoticness all rolled into one.

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Where: Taj Bengal, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata
Timings: 07:00 PM to 11:45 PM
Cost for 2: Rs. 3500

3) Blue Bar, Bengaluru

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Nothing feels more special than a table for two exclusively set for you and your partner in a unique manner. This experience will be definitely tailor-made for you and having dinner at one of the best hotel properties with a swift touch of authentic Vietnamese food will make it even more special and romantic. A lavish candlelight dinner in a 5-star hotel with some champagne is sure to make this Valentine’s day absolutely memorable for both of you.

Cost for 2: Rs. 4800

4) The Peshwa Pavilion, Mumbai

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The relaxed and laid black feel, from the ground floor at the lobby to the glass ceiling, will make your Valentine’s day with your partner even more romantic. The restaurant serves the country’s finest and most elaborate breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, which portrays the hotel’s expertise in Indian, Asian and inventive international cuisine.

Cost for two: Rs.5000
Address: Andheri East, Mumbai

5) Kefi – Taj Club House, Chennai

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One of the most romantic rooftop restaurants in Chennai, Kefi is probably the best place to take your partner to if you are situated in Chennai. The restaurant specialises in the Mediterranean, Lebanese, Moroccan, Spanish cuisine, which makes it a restaurant to definitely give a try.

Cost for two: Rs. 3000 (approx.)

Where do you think you will take your loved one to make your Valentine’s day extra special?

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Valentine’s Week Celebration In Kolkata

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Kolkata Valentine's Celebration 2020

As mid-February, approaches with the dying coldness of winter and the rejuvenating hints of emerging spring, the sparks of warmth, love, and passion are rekindled. It is the month of love — February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a day away. However, we all know that valentine’s day is not just a day celebration; it’s a week-long celebration of love —Valentine’s week—ultimately culminating into the much-awaited climax.

Kolkata’s Valentine’s celebration

Although in the City of Joy, Kolkata, the romantic mood has already set in from the time of Saraswati Puja, widely regarded as the “Bengali Valentine’s Day”. This pre-Valentine’s day was celebrated by fervent young couples dressed in traditional sarees and Punjabis crowding the landmarks of the love of the city. Many instances were reported where the couples had to wait in queues before they could enter the much-coveted premises of Rabindra Sarovar, and the grounds of the Victoria Memorial overflowing with people. Now as Valentine’s day is not that far, Kolkata is adorned with hues of love with decorations, offers, and events lined up.

The malls of the metropolis are stunningly decked up with red heart-shaped streamers, roses, balloons, fairy-lights, bathing the atmosphere in an ethereal glow. Jewellery shops provide special discounts. Famous hotels, restaurants and food chains like Radisson, Barbeque Nation, The Westin, Marriott are hosting live-band performances, DJ nights, candle-light dinners, banquets, valentine’s special buffet.

Fun activities like a chocolate workshop at Central Park on Chocolate Day, photography shoot at Eco Park on Rose Day, Valentine’s Day Cruise on River Ganges were definite eye-catchers.

The speciality of Kolkata lies in the fact that all the fun is not restricted to couples only. There is something or other for everyone, beyond the barriers of age group and relationship status.

Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, has organised an event “To All, With Love” where children would be telling stories, reciting poems of love and compassion, followed by games and puzzles. The highlight of the event is a highly fascinating one. The event, called “Be My Valentine”, a letter-writing contest where the participants pen down a letter to their favourite authors to win a chance to be gifted with a signed copy of the author’s book caught the attention of many.

Sky Turf, Kolkata, has another exquisitely unique event lined up for the season of love, concentrating on ‘self-love’ rather than romantic love. “Love is in the Air” organised by them is an open-air Zumba and salsa evening, solely for self-pampering wellness workout session accompanied by extravagant music and snacks.

Amidst the glittering malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, and specialised shops, the small locals’ stores, inconspicuous handmade goods markets also experience a rise in sales during this time. The street hawkers selling roses, balloons, hand-stitched teddies, and candies managed to get a better profit due to increased demands.

NGOs in Kolkata have taken the initiative to spread the awareness of buying local handmade items to mark the festival of love rather than going for elaborate, expensive shops. By doing this, one can truly make Valentine’s day unique and special, filling love and joy in the hearts of the needy, apart from their own.

Celebrate the feelings of love and togetherness this season and make the moments remarkable by spending time with the ones you love.

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