Desi Express Magazine January 2024

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Festivities

Makar Sankranti

Celebrating Sankranti: A Tapestry of Traditions and Harvest Festivities Sankranti, also known as Makar Sankranti, is a vibrant and joyous festival celebrated across India. This festival marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn, symbolizing the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of longer, sunnier days. Beyond its astronomical significance, Sankranti is a cultural mosaic, weaving together traditions, harvest festivities, and community spirit.Harvest Celebrations: Bounty of the FieldsSankranti is synonymous with the harvest season, and its celebrations are deeply rooted in agrarian traditions. The festival is a time for farmers to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest and pray for prosperity in the upcoming agricultural cycle. Fields come alive with the vibrant colors of kites, and communities gather to share the fruits of their labor, reinforcing the bond between nature and culture.Makar Sankranti Rituals: A Tapestry of TraditionsThe diversity of India is reflected in the myriad ways Sankranti is celebrated. In the northern states, people take holy dips in rivers such as the Ganges, offering prayers and seeking blessings. In the western state of Gujarat, the festival transforms into the grandeur of Uttarayan, marked by o6 | Desi Express Magazine

the International Kite Festival. The sky becomes a canvas of colorful kites, and the air is filled with the joyous shouts of “Uttarayan aay ha!”In southern India, particularly in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Sankranti is known as ‘Pongal.’ The festival spans four days and includes traditions like drawing colorful rangoli, cooking the Pongal dish, and honoring cattle for their contribution to agriculture.Pongal: A Culinary DelightCentral to Sankranti celebrations is the preparation of special dishes. In the southern states, Pongal, a dish made of newly harvested rice, is a central part of the festivities. The aroma of jaggery, sesame seeds, and ghee wafts through households as families come together to cook and share traditional sweets and savories.Kite Flying: A Skyward CelebrationOne of the most visually striking aspects of Sankranti is the tradition of kite flying, especially in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan. The skies are adorned with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness. Kite flying competitions add an element of friendly rivalry, making the festival a truly communal experience.Unity in Diversity: Sankranti Across IndiaSankranti exemplifies the unity in diversity that is intrinsic to India. While the names and specific rituals may vary, the essence of the festival remains constant – a celebration of abundance, gratitude, and the cyclical nature of life.ConclusionSankranti, with its rich tapestry of traditions, culinary delights, and communal celebrations, is a testament to the cultural vibrancy of India. It not only marks an astronomical event but also serves as a reminder of the deep connection between agriculture, spirituality, and community. As families come together, fields yield their treasures, and kites dot the sky, Sankranti becomes a time to revel in the beauty of tradition and the promise of a new season For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



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Abhishek Bachchan Aishchchan n and Ai A ish s warya Rai Bachchan’s chchaan’s marriagee has reportedlyy hit hit rock roc o k bottom. bo ottom. According to the latestt medi media dia rereeports, Aish has as moved outt of the he Bachchan family’s along mily’s house al long with her and Abhishek’s daug daughghter, Aaradhya Bachchan. The development comes days after speculations around the Bollywood couple’ss divorce rumors, which began after Jr. Bachchan was spotted without his wedding ring. Human relationships onships are fragile and often facee various o8 | Desi Express Magazine

challenges, and an nd when wh hen en a marriage breaks down, b reaks d own, itt can can be disheartca dis i heartt eningg fo for both p partners, aarrtners,, especially cial ally ly when there therre are children chilldr dren en involved. invo in volved. Th Thee latest laatteest rep reports epor orts ts h have ave suggested sugges esste t d th that hat d despite espite the he tro trouble oub uble le i paradise, Abhishek in Abhis iisshek an and nd Aish are not not considering con co nsiderin ng divorce divo vorce as they aim to be tthe he b best est parents to es their 12-year-old. A source close to the Bachchan family was quoted by Times Now as saying, “It is for their child that Abhishek and Aishwarya are still together. They have been having problems for years. Now matters

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Controversial Bollywood Movie Croses Huge Global Bo Office Milestone A controversial Bollywood movie, Animal, meets a huge milestone at the global box office. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the Hindi-language epic tale focuses on a family conflict between a son and a father. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Rashmika Mandanna, and is currently in theaters. Animal has now crossed a global major box office milestone. According to Collider, the Bollywood movie made $50 million at the global box office in just five days of its release. From that total, $30 million came from India, whereas $7 million of the sum was attributable to ticket sales from the U.S. box office. Making $42 million during the opening weekend, these numbers marked the second-largest opening for a Bollywood film this year, the largest of which is Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan. A large portion of Animal’s negative reviews stems from the assertion that the film is misogynist and portrays toxic masculinity. Critics claim that the Bollywood movie is too focused on an utterly vile male protagonist and, in the process, is offensive towards women. Through its action-packed, bloodsoaked 204 minutes, Animal seeks to give audiences a thrill while glorifying ruthlessly sexist behavior by turning chauvinist men into action heroes.

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I am 54. I have seen so much in my life. I have felt pain and I have felt happiness. The pain can really drive you nuts.” Bobby Deol, who was away from the silver screen, revived his career with Animal. From his viral Jamal Kudu entry to Lord Bobby plaudits, social media is swamped with reel videos around the actor. Written and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Animal released on December 1 and stars Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, and Triptii Dimri in key roles. Besides Bobby Deol, Triptii Dimri, who played Zoya in the film, is winning hearts with her acting prowess and has been tagged as the National Crush.

‘Feel disgusted...’: Bobby Deol opens up about playing Abrar in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s After Aashram on OTT, Bobby Deol returned to the big screen with Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal. For those who have not the film yet, Deol plays Abrar Haque who goes on killing men and raping women. While social media is grooving to his viral Jamal Kudu entry, Deol opened up about the role and revealed how disgusted he was during the first few days of the shoot. In a recent roundtable interview with Film Companion, the actor said he felt disgusted with himself when he began shooting. However, he realised he was playing a character. “Why am I feeling so disgusted, so icky? Fir maine unhi logon ke sath jinke sath scene mein jo bhi kiya hai, fir unke sath hum shaam ko sath mein baith ke khana kha rahe hain. Everything is normal,” he said. 12 | Desi Express Magazine

15-minute role as the villain Abrar in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal has been a hit, winning hearts and sparking praise. The actor has now opened up about what was going on in his mind before the climax scene with Ranbir Kapoor. On The Film Companion Actors’ Adda, Bobby said, “There is so much that happens in your life. There are so many moments you have been hurt and the relationships you share with your family. When I was doing this film and when I was told the story, I didn’t think I was a villain. I was told that I had a grandfather who committed suicide in front of me and it was such a big shock that I lost my voice. I kept that in my mind.” The actor continued, “And I thought about my family. The Deols are such emotional people. But we will do anything for each other. I am 54. I have seen so much in my life. I have felt pain and I have felt happiness. The pain can really drive you nuts.” For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



Cover Story

New Year’s Eve marks not just the end of a calendar As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, people around the world embark on a journey of self-reflection and renewal. New Year’s Eve marks not just the end of a calendar year but also the beginning of an opportunity for growth and positive change. This annual tradition of making New Year’s resolutions has been ingrained in our culture as a way to set intentions and aspirations for the coming months. While the success of these resolutions can vary, the act of setting them serves as a powerful catalyst for personal development. The end of each year marks not just the flipping of a calendar but a symbolic turning point—a time for reflection, renewal, and the creation of aspirations for the future. This annual tradition of crafting New Year’s resolutions has woven itself into the fabric of our lives, offering a unique opportunity to set intentions and strive for personal growth. While the success of these resolutions may vary, the process of setting them serves as a powerful catalyst for self-improvement. The origins of New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to ancient Babylon, where promises were made to the gods at the onset of each year. This practice, steeped in religious tradition, evolved over time and cultures. Today, the act of making resolutions is more secular, with individuals making promises to themselves rather than deities. These resolutions span a spectrum of desires, ranging from health and fitness goals to career ambitions and interpersonal relationships. One of the perennial favorites among New Year’s resolutions revolves around health and well-being. The turning of the calendar inspires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, whether through regular exercise, improved dietary habits, or enhanced stress management. The allure of a fresh start beckons individuals to shed the unhealthy habits of the past and embrace a renewed dedication to their physical and mental health. 14 | Desi Express Magazine

The gym, which may have seen a decline in attendance in the latter part of the year, becomes a bustling hive of activity in January. Individuals, armed with the zeal of resolution, embark on a fitness journey to sculpt their bodies and enhance their overall well-being. However, the challenge lies not only in setting these fitness goals but also in sustaining the commitment throughout the year. The initial burst of motivation tends For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256


Career aspirations find a significant place in the realm of New Year’s resolutions. Employees may resolve to seek new opportunities for professional growth

to fade, making it crucial to find sustainable ways to incorporate exercise into daily life. Beyond physical health, New Year’s resolutions often extend to mental and emotional well-being. Many individuals pledge to prioritize self-care, carving out time for activities that bring joy and relaxation. Whether it’s reading a book, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in creative pursuits, these resolutions aim to create a more balanced and fulfilling life. 15 | Desi Express Magazine

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Cover Story Career aspirations find a significant place in the realm of New Year’s resolutions. Employees may resolve to seek new opportunities for professional growth, acquire new skills, or achieve a better work-life balance. Entrepreneurs might set ambitious business goals, envisioning the upcoming year as a canvas to paint their entrepreneurial dreams. The workplace, with its myriad challenges and opportunities, becomes a canvas for individuals to craft their professional destinies. The resolutions made in the professional sphere often reflect a desire for advancement, whether through promotions, skill development, or pursuing passion projects. The start of the year serves as a catalyst for envisioning one’s career trajectory and setting concrete steps toward those aspirations. However, as with any goal, the real test lies in maintaining the momentum and resilience needed to navigate the inevitable challenges that arise.

Facing the Lapse of Motivation

Relationship Resolutions: Nurturing Human Connections

Moreover, the journey of personal development is far from a linear path. It involves ups and downs, successes, and setbacks. Embracing resilience and learning from challenges is an integral part of the resolution-making process. Instead of viewing obstacles as insurmountable roadblocks, they can be seen as opportunities for growth and course correction.

Setting resolutions in the realm of relationships underscores the importance of human connection and personal growth. Individuals may resolve to strengthen existing relationships, foster new connections, or work on personal qualities that contribute to healthier interactions with others. These resolutions recognize the interconnectedness of our lives and the profound impact that positive relationships can have on our overall well-being. Relationship resolutions are diverse and can range from committing to spending more quality time with family to actively listening and communicating better in personal and professional relationships. The start of a new year provides a symbolic platform to reset, reevaluate, and invest in the people who matter most. It is a reminder that our personal growth is intrinsically tied to the quality of our connections with others. 16 | Desi Express Magazine

Despite the best intentions, New Year’s resolutions often face a common adversary: the lapse of motivation. The initial enthusiasm that accompanies the turn of the year can wane as the routine of daily life sets in. To overcome this challenge, it’s essential to approach resolutions with a realistic mindset. Setting attainable goals, breaking them into smaller milestones, and celebrating achievements along the way can help maintain momentum.

The psychology behind New Year’s resolutions is a fascinating exploration into the human psyche. The act of setting resolutions taps into the innate human desire for self-improvement. It’s a testament to our belief in the possibility of change and the pursuit of a better version of ourselves. Behavior change, however, is a complex process influenced by various factors, including motivation, self-efficacy, and social support. The initial phase of resolution-setting is often fueled by high motivation—the desire to break free from old habits and embrace new, healthier ones. This motivation can be intrinsic, stemming from a genuine desire for change, or extrinsic, influenced by external factors such as societal expectations or peer pressure. For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



Lifestyle

Why New Year’s resolutions may not work as intended New Year’s resolutions often face challenges in terms of success and longevity for various reasons. Here are some common factors that contribute to why New Year’s resolutions may not work as intended: Unrealistic Expectations: Setting overly ambitious or unrealistic goals can set you up for failure. While it’s good to aim high, resolutions should be achievable and realistic. Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and demotivation. Lack of Specificity: Vague or broad resolutions without clear, specific objectives can make it challenging to track progress. It’s important to define concrete, measurable goals with a clear plan for how to achieve them. Absence of a Clear Plan: Resolutions without a well-defined plan are more likely to fail. It’s essential to break down larger goals into smaller, manageable steps and create a roadmap for how to implement and sustain the desired changes. 18 | Desi Express Magazine

Lack of Accountability: Sharing your resolutions with others or having an accountability partner can be a powerful motivator. Without external accountability, it’s easier to let resolutions slide when faced with challenges. All-or-Nothing Mentality: Adopting an all-or-nothing mindset, where any deviation from the plan is seen as a failure, can lead to discouragement. Progress is rarely linear, and setbacks should be viewed as opportunities for learning and adjustment, not as reasons to abandon the resolution. Insufficient Motivation: Resolutions that are not deeply connected to personal values or motivations are more likely to fizzle out. Understanding the “why” behind your resolutions can provide a lasting source of motivation. Setting Too Many Resolutions: Trying to make numerous changes simultaneously can be overwhelming and dilute your

focus. It’s often more effective to prioritize and tackle a smaller number of resolutions with dedicated attention. prioritize and tackle a smaller number of resolutions with dedicated attention. Not Celebrating Small Wins: Focusing solely on the end goal without acknowledging and celebrating smaller achievements along the way can lead to a sense of dissatisfaction. Recognizing progress, no matter how small, can boost motivation and confidence.To enhance the likelihood of success with New Year’s resolutions, it’s beneficial to approach goal-setting with a thoughtful and strategic mindset. This includes setting realistic goals, creating a detailed plan, staying adaptable, seeking support, and maintaining intrinsic motivation throughout the journey. Additionally, viewing resolutions as a continuous process of growth and improvement, rather than a one-time event, can contribute to long-term success.

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Travel

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Traveling holds immense importance and offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond mere leisure and exploration. Whether it’s venturing into new cultures, experiencing diverse landscapes, or connecting with people from different backgrounds, the significance of traveling encompasses personal growth, cultural enrichment, and a broader perspective on life. Here are several key aspects highlighting the importance of traveling:

Traveling provides the opportunity to immerse oneself in diverse cultures, traditions, and customs. Experiencing new languages, cuisines, art forms, and rituals fosters cultural enrichment and a deeper understanding of the global community. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and navigating unfamiliar territories fosters personal growth. Traveling exposes individuals to challenges that encourage adaptability, resilience, and

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problem-solving skills, contributing to an increased sense of self-confidence.

Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and navigating unfamiliar territories fosters personal growth. Traveling exposes individuals to challenges that encourage adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving skills, contributing to an increased sense of self-confidence. Exposure to different ways of life broadens one’s perspective on the world. Traveling helps break down stereotypes and fosters a more inclusive mindset by recognizing the commonalities that bind humanity.

Traveling is an educational experience that extends beyond textbooks. It offers hands-on learning about history, geography, sociology, and other disciplines. Visiting historical sites, museums, and engaging with local communities provides practical knowledge that complements formal education.

Traveling is an educational experience that extends beyond textbooks. It offers hands-on learning about history, geography, sociology, and other disciplines. Visiting historical sites, museums, and engaging with local communities provides practical knowledge that complements formal education, it allows individuals to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering relationships and understanding. Building connections with people from different cultures contributes to a more interconnected and empathetic global community.

Traveling allows individuals to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering relationships and understanding. Building connections with people from different cultures contributes to a more interconnected and empathetic global community.

Taking a break from the routine and exploring new environments can significantly reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Exposure to nature, adventure, and relaxation during travel contributes to physical and mental rejuvenation.

Exposure to different ways of life broadens one’s perspective on the world. Traveling helps break down stereotypes and fosters a more inclusive mindset by recognizing the commonalities that bind humanity.

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Travel Small, glamorous city-state on the French Riviera offers a unique blend of luxury, culture, and stunning Mediterranean views. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your trip to Monaco: **1. Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Monaco. In most cases, a Schengen visa is sufficient if you plan to visit other nearby countries in Europe. 2. Best Time to Visit: The Mediterranean climate makes Monaco enjoyable throughout the year. However, the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) months are considered the best times to visit, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds. 3. Getting There: The nearest major airport is Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France. From Nice, you can take a train, bus, or taxi to Monaco. The train journey along the scenic coastline is particularly picturesque. 4. Accommodations: Monaco offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to more budget-friendly options. Consider staying in the district of Monte Carlo for easy access to the city’s main attractions.

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Monaco Known for its glamorous casinos, luxury yachts, and high-end shopping, Monaco is a tiny principality on the French Riviera and is often associated with wealth and opulence. 5. Monaco Grand Prix: If your visit coincides with the Monaco Grand Prix, consider attending this prestigious Formula One race. The circuit winds through the city streets, providing a unique and thrilling experience. 6. Larvotto Beach: Relax at Larvotto Beach, Monaco’s only public beach. Enjoy the Mediterranean sun, swim in the clear waters, or take a leisurely stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. 7. Shopping in Monaco: - Monaco is a shopping paradise with luxury boutiques and high-end fashion. The Carré d’Or district is renowned for its upscale shopping options. 8. Day Trips: Consider taking day trips to nearby destinations such as Nice, Cannes, or Menton to explore more of the French Riviera. 9. Fine Dining: - Indulge in Monaco’s world-class dining scene. From Michelin-starred restaurants to charming bistros, the city-state off ers a diverse culinary experience. Remember to check for any travel advisories or specific entry requirements before your trip. Enjoy your time in Monaco, and savor the elegance and charm of this glamorous destination!

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Health Comprehensive ve Strategies for Cancer Prevention: A Holistic Approach Cancer, a complex group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells, continues to be a major global health challenge. While advancements in cancer treatment have improved survival rates, the importance of cancer prevention cannot be overstated. Prevention efforts aim to reduce the incidence of cancer by addressing modifiable risk factors and promoting a healthy lifestyle. This essay explores comprehensive strategies for cancer prevention, covering various aspects of life, from dietary choices to environmental exposures. Before delving into prevention strategies, it’s crucial to understand the key risk factors associated with cancer development. While some risk factors, such as genetics and family history, are beyond individual control, many are modifiable through lifestyle choices. Common risk factors include tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to carcinogens, and infections. A cornerstone of cancer prevention is adopting a nutritious and balanced diet. Dietary choices play a significant role in influencing cancer risk. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins provides 26 | Desi Express Magazine

es essential nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, which contribute to overall health and may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Colorful fruits and vegetables are abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These compounds help protect cells from damage and support the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Aim for a diverse range of fruits and vegetables to maximize nutritional benefits. Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat, provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, and various nutrients. They contribute to digestive health and may help regulate blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of certain cancers, including colorectal cancer. Opt for lean protein sources, such as poultry, fish, legumes, and tofu, while limiting the intake of red and processed meats. High consumption of red and processed meats has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Processed foods often contain additives and preservatives that may have adverse health effects. Additionally, reducing the intake of added sugars can contribute to maintaining a For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



Health healthy weight, a key factor in cancer prevention. Regular physical activity is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle and plays a crucial role in cancer prevention. Exercise has been linked to a reduced risk of various cancers and offers numerous health benefits. Maintain a healthy weight through a combination of regular physical activity and a balanced diet. Obesity is a known risk factor for various cancers, and weight management is crucial for cancer prevention. Tobacco and Alcohol Control: Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are well-established risk factors for multiple cancers. Efforts to control and eliminate these behaviors are paramount in cancer prevention. Quitting smoking and avoiding other tobacco products is the single most effective cancer prevention measure. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer and is linked to several other cancers, including those of the mouth, throat, and pancreas. While moderate alcohol consumption may have certain health benefits, excessive drinking is associated with an increased risk of several cancers, including breast, liver, and esophageal cancers. Follow guidelines for moderate alcohol consumption to mitigate these risks. Follow safety guidelines in the workplace to minimize exposure to occupational carcinogens. Use protective equipment and follow recommended protocols in industries with potential carcinogenic exposures. Early detection through regular health check-ups and screenings is a crucial component of cancer prevention. Attend routine health check-ups with your healthcare provider. These visits provide an opportunity for preventive screenings and discussions about lifestyle factors that may impact cancer risk. Participate in recommended cancer screenings based on your age, sex, and risk factors. Screenings may include mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopies, and other tests designed to detect cancer in its early stages. 28 | Desi Express Magazine

Chronic stress has been linked to various health issues, and while its direct role in cancer development is complex, stress management is crucial for overall well-being. Staying informed about cancer risk factors, prevention measures, and the signs and symptoms of cancer is an essential aspect of cancer prevention. Improve health literacy by staying informed about cancer-related topics. Understanding risk factors, preventive measures, and the importance of early detection empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Engage in community education initiatives that promote cancer awareness and prevention. These initiatives can include workshops, seminars, and informational campaigns that reach a broader audience. In conclusion, comprehensive cancer prevention requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses various aspects of life. From adopting a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity to avoiding tobacco and harmful environmental exposures, individuals have the power to significantly reduce their cancer risk. Furthermore, routine health check-ups, vaccinations, and early detection through screenings play pivotal roles in identifying and addressing potential cancer risks in a timely manner. While complete immunity to cancer is not achievable, embracing these preventive measures empowers individuals to take control of their health and reduce their overall risk. Moreover, the integration of preventive measures into public health initiatives, educational campaigns, and community outreach efforts is crucial for creating a society that is well-informed and proactive in the fight against cancer. By working collectively at the individual, community, and societal levels, we can strive to create a world where the burden of cancer is minimized, and individuals are equipped with the knowledge and tools to lead healthier, cancer-free lives. For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



Health Taking care of your eyes while traveling Taking care of your eyes while traveling is important, especially since travel can expose your eyes to various conditions that may affect eye health. Here are some tips to protect your eyes while traveling: Protective Eyewear: Wear sunglasses that provide UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. This is especially important in sunny destinations or when spending long hours outdoors. Moisturize Your Eyes: Traveling, particularly on airplanes, can lead to dry eyes due to low humidity. Use lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes moist and prevent discomfort. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as dehydration can contribute to dry eyes. This is crucial, especially in dry or arid climates.contribute to dry eyes. This is crucial, especially in dry or arid climates. Avoid Overuse of Screens: Avoid Overuse of Screens: Limit the time you spend on digital devices, especially during long flights. Follow the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes regular breaks. Adjust Your Screen Settings: If you need to use electronic devices, adjust the screen brightness and font size to reduce eye strain. Rest Your Eyes: Get enough sleep to prevent eye fatigue. Travel can disrupt sleep patterns, so try to establish a routine that helps you get adequate rest. Protective Gear in Extreme Conditions: If you’re traveling to areas with strong winds, dust, or other environmental hazards, consider wearing protective eyewear or goggles. Clean Your Hands: Before touching your eyes or handling contact lenses, ensure your hands are clean to prevent infections. Carry Eye Drops and Lubricants: Keep eye drops or artificial tears in your travel kit to alleviate dryness or irritation. 30 | Desi Express Magazine

Use a Sleep Mask: If you’re traveling across time zones and need to adjust to new sleep patterns, use a sleep mask to block out light and promote better sleep. Keep Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses Handy: If you wear glasses or contact lenses, have your prescription eyewear readily accessible. Consider bringing a spare pair, especially for longer trips. Protective Eyewear for Activities: If your travel involves activities like swimming or sports, use appropriate protective eyewear to prevent injuries. Be Mindful of Allergies:If you have allergies, be aware of potential triggers in different environments, and take appropriate measures to minimize exposure. Consult an Eye Professional if Needed: If you experience persistent eye discomfort, redness, or changes in vision during your travels, seek the advice of an eye care professional. For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



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Beloved and flavorful dish! Biryani Biryani is a beloved and flavorful dish that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It’s a mixed rice dish with its origins in the Indian subcontinent. It is made with Indian spices, rice, and meat (chicken, beef, Veg or fish), and sometimes, in addition, eggs and/ or vegetables such as potatoes in certain regional varieties. The dish is known for its aromatic and rich flavors, and there are numerous regional variations in the way it’s prepared. Here’s a basic recipe for Chicken Biryani, one of the most popular variations: Ingredients: For the Rice: 2 cups basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes 4 cups water 1 bay leaf 4-5 green cardamom pods 4-5 cloves Salt to taste For the Chicken: 500g chicken, cut into pieces 1 cup yogurt 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon red chili powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon garam masala Salt to taste

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For the Biryani: 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) 2 large onions, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves 1 teaspoon biryani masala Saffron strands soaked in warm milk Fried onions for garnish (optional) Instructions: Marinate the Chicken: In a bowl, mix the chicken pieces with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, and salt. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. Cook the Rice: Rinse the soaked basmati rice and bring it to a boil in a large pot of water. Add bay leaf, green cardamom pods, cloves, and salt to the boiling water. Cook the rice until it’s 70-80% cooked. The grains should still have a bite to them. Drain the water and set the rice aside. Prepare the Chicken: In a large pan, heat ghee and sauté the sliced onions until golden brown. Add the marinated chicken and cook until it’s almost done. The chicken will finish cooking during the dum (slow cooking) process. Layering the Biryani: In a heavy-bottomed pan, spread a layer of partially cooked rice at the bottom.Add a layer of the partially cooked chicken on top of the rice. Sprinkle chopped mint and coriander leaves over the chicken layer. Repeat the process, alternating layers of rice and chicken until everything is used up. Sprinkle biryani masala and pour saff ron-soaked milk over the top. Dum Cooking: Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid or seal it with aluminum foil. Cook on low heat for about 20-25 minutes. This process allows the flavors to meld, and the rice and chicken to cook through in the steam. Serve: Gently fluff the biryani with a fork, ensuring not to break the rice grains. Garnish with fried onions (optional) and serve hot. Biryani is often accompanied by raita (yogurt with spices), salad, or a side dish of your choice. Enjoy this aromatic and flavorful dish that brings together the richness of spices, tender meat, and fragrant basmati rice! For Advertising Call: 404 246 3256



Lifestyle Individual Growth and Interdependence

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Relationships Relationships are the intricate threads that weave the fabric of human connection. Whether it’s a romantic partnership, a friendship, or a familial bond, relationships play a crucial role in shaping our lives. Understanding the dynamics of relationships is like embarking on a journey through the labyrinth of emotions, communication, and personal growth. Communication: The Foundation of Healthy Relationships At the heart of any successful relationship lies effective communication. Open and honest dialogue fosters understanding, builds trust, and creates a safe space for emotional expression. Active listening is equally vital; it involves not just hearing words but comprehending the underlying sentiments. Miscommunication can lead to misunderstandings, resentment, and ultimately,

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Emotional Intimacy: The Glue That Binds Emotional intimacy is the invisible bond that goes beyond mere physical proximity. It involves sharing vulnerabilities, dreams, and fears. Cultivating emotional intimacy requires a willingness to be authentic and vulnerable. When partners or friends feel seen and heard on a deeper level, the connection deepens, creating a profound sense of closeness. Navigating Conflict: A Crucial Skill Conflicts are an inevitable part of any relationship. How they are handled, however, can determine the relationship’s strength. Constructive conflict resolution involves acknowledging differences, maintaining respect, and finding solutions that benefit both parties. Avoiding conflicts altogether can lead to unresolved issues, while unhealthy confrontation may cause irreparable damage. Striking a balance is key.

A healthy relationship allows for individual growth within the context of interdependence. Each person retains their identity, pursuits, and goals, yet both individuals contribute to the relationship’s growth and well-being. Balancing personal space with shared experiences enhances the richness of the connection, preventing feelings of suffocation or dependency. Adaptability in the Face of Change Life is dynamic, and relationships must adapt to changes over time. Whether it’s external factors such as career shifts or internal changes in personal values, adaptability is crucial. The ability to navigate change together, supporting each other through ups and downs, is a testament to the resilience of a relationship. The Role of Trust and Respect Trust and respect are the pillars upon which all healthy relationships stand. Trust is earned through consistent actions, reliability, and integrity. Respect involves valuing each other’s opinions, boundaries, and autonomy. Without these foundational elements, relationships may become shaky and fragile.

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Finance Income tax savings involve strategic financial planning to minimize the amount of income tax an individual or business has to pay to the government. Making use of available tax deductions, credits, exemptions, and other incentives can help reduce the taxable income, ultimately lowering the tax liability. Here are several common strategies for income tax savings: Contribute to Retirement Accounts: Contributing to retirement accounts such as 401(k),

strategies for income tax savings Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), or similar plans can provide immediate tax benefits. Contributions to these accounts are often tax-deductible, reducing the taxable income for the year. Utilize Tax Credits: Take advantage of available tax credits, which directly reduce the amount of tax owed. Common tax credits include the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and education-related credits.

Itemize Deductions: For individuals with significant deductible expenses, itemizing deductions instead of taking the standard deduction can lead to additional tax savings. Deductible expenses may include mortgage interest, medical expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local taxes. Invest in Tax-Efficient Funds: When investing, consider tax-efficient funds that aim to minimize taxable distributions.

Income tax savings involve strategic finan cial planning to minimize the amount of in come tax an in dividual or busi ness has to pay to the government.

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Finance of different types of investments when allocating assets. Tax-efficient investing involves managing the tax impact of investment decisions. Maximize Business Deductions: Business owners should be diligent in tracking and maximizing eligible business deductions. This includes expenses related to business operations, equipment purchases, and business travel. This can help reduce the tax impact on investment gains.

offset gains in other investments, reducing the overall tax liability.

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): Contributions to HSAs and certain FSAs are often tax-deductible. These accounts allow individuals to set aside pre-tax money for qualified medical expenses.

Start a Business:Business owners may be eligible for various tax deductions, including business expenses, depreciation, and deductions related to operating a business. Consulting with a tax professional can help identify potential savings.

Tax-Advantaged Education Savings:Take advantage of tax-advantaged education savings accounts such as 529 plans. Earnings in these accounts grow tax-free if used for qualified education expenses.

Maximize Tax-Advantaged Accounts for Education:Take advantage of education-specific savings accounts such as Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to save for educational expenses with potential tax advantages.

Homeownership Benefits: Homeowners can benefit from mortgage interest deductions and property tax deductions. Additionally, capital gains on the sale of a primary residence may be excluded up to a certain limit. Tax-Loss Harvesting:Investors can strategically sell investments that have experienced a loss to 38 | Desi Express Magazine

Charitable Contributions: Charitable donations to qualified organizations are tax-deductible. Keep records of donations and consider contributing appreciated assets for additional tax benefits.

Gifts and Inheritance Planning:Individuals can make use of the annual gift tax exclusion and lifetime estate tax exemption for effective gifts and inheritance planning. Consult with a Tax Professional: Seeking advice from a qualified tax professional can help individuals and businesses identify personalized tax-saving strategies based on their unique financial situations. It’s important to note that tax laws can change, and the effectiveness of specific strategies may vary based on individual circumstances. Consulting with a tax professional or financial advisor is highly recommended to ensure compliance with current tax laws and to develop a personalized tax-saving plan.

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Ar i es( 21Ma r c h–19Apr i l ) -Y ouc oul dbepr es ent edwi t hane w oppor t uni t yt oi nc r ea s ey ouri nc ome, s t a r tas e c ondj ob, orma k e mone yof fofahobby . Y ouf e elmor ec onfidenta nds e c ur e, a nd c oul dma k eabi gpur c ha s e. Y oua l s of e elmor ec a l ma ndr el a x ed. Y ou’ r eopent oc ommi t t i ngy our s el ft oa not herper s on, pr oj e c t , or i dea . Y oua l s oc r a v emor eba l a nc ea ndpea c ei ny ourl i f e, a ndc a n f e elof fwheny oudon’ tha v et ha t . Ther ei shi ghpot ent i a lf ora pa s tl ov et ha tma k esi t swa yba c kt oy ou, a swel la sbei ng br oughtt oget herwi t hal ov ea tadi s t a nc e. Fa v or a bl eDa t es : J a n5, 9, 14, 18, 23, 27Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Red& Y el l ow

Li br a( 23Sept ember–22Oc t ober ) -Y ouf e elmos tl i k ey our s el f wheny ou’ r ededi c a t i ngy our s el ft oagoa la nda c c ompl i s hi ng s omet hi ng. Y ourmi ndi sf oc us edony ourc a r e era ndt hedi r e c t i on y ourl i f ei sgoi ngi n. Y ouc a ns t a r tane wc a r e erpr oj e c t , getne ws y oune edf ory ourc a r e er , orma k epl a nsf orhowy ouwa nty our c a r e ert opr oc e ed. Thi si sagoodt i met oma k epl a nst oa c hi e v ea goa l . I fy ouwor ki nt e c hnol ogy , c ommuni c a t i ons , t hi si sagood per i odf ory ou. Y ouc a ngetr e c ogni t i onf orwor ky ou’ v edoneor findy our s el fi nt hes pot l i ghti ns omewa y . Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Bl ue& Red

T a ur us( 20Apr i l –20Ma y ) –Y ouc a nfindpl ea s ur ei nwor k i ng t owa r dac a us ea nddoi ngs omet hi nggoodf ort heea r t hor huma ni t y . Y ouwi l lenj oys pendi ngt i mei ngr oups , wi t hy our f r i ends , a ndwi t hpe opl ewhoy ouf e ela r eoft hes a memi nda s y ou. Y ouc a nma k eane wf r i end, t houghi twi l ll i k el ybec a s ua l , a ndc a nma k eagoodi mpr es s i ononpe opl e, es pe c i a l l ywhen y ou’ r ei nagr oup. Y ouma yt r yt ot a k es omet hi ngol da ndma k ei t ne wa ga i n. Y ouc a nbe gi nat r a ns f or ma t i oni ny ourl i f eorofy our s el f . I fa t t a c hed, y ouwa ntt oc onne c tmor ei nt el l e c t ua l l y . Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n3, 8, 12, 17 , 21, 26Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Whi t e& Gr e y

Sc or pi o( 23Oc t ober–21Nov ember ) -I t ’ st i mef ora ni nnera nd out erma k e ov er , t oboos ty ourc onfidenc ea ndbui l ds ome s t r engt h. Thi si sa l s ov er yfier ya ndi nt ens et i me, ma k i ngr el a t i ons hi psa ndl ov e ar ea lf oc us . Y ouma ybec r a v i ngaboos ti ns el f es t e em. Ane wha i rc ol or , s t y l e, wa r dr obec ol or , ors t a t ement a c c es s or yc a ndr a s t i c a l l yi mpa c ty ourv i br a t i onsa ndhowot her s s e ey ou. Ca us i nga ni nners hi f tony ourener gy , a ndma k i ngy ou f e elont opoft hewor l dwoul dbef el t . Thi sener gyi sa l s oa bout a bunda nc e, j oboppor t uni t i es , a t t r a c t i ngne wc l i ent sa ndc us t omer s , a ndhea l i ng-phy s i c a l l ya ndemot i ona l l y . Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n 3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Bl ue& Red

Gemi ni( 21Ma y –20J une) -Y ou’ v ebe ent r y i ngt ogetus edt ot he c ha ngesy ou’ v ebe enma k i ngment a l l y . Y ou’ v ebe ent r a ns f or mi ng t hewa yy out hi nk , c ommuni c a t e, t hei dea sy ouc omeupwi t h, a nd t hewa yy ouc onne c twi t hot her s . Goi ngf or wa r d, y ouc a nc ont i nue t oma k emor ec ha nges . Y ouc oul da l s obes e ei ngs omemone y c omi ngi nt hi smont hf r om t her ea l m ofot her ss uc ha sf a mi l y , i nher i t a nc e, apr omot i onf ory ourpa r t ner , a ni nv es t ment , et c . Somet hi ngl uc r a t i v ei shea di ngy ourwa yt ohel py ouc l ea rup s omedebta ndl oa ns , orhel pf undahomebus i nes s . Fa v or a bl e Da t es: J a n5, 9, 14, 18, 23, 27Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Gr e y& Gr e en Ca nc er (21J une–22J ul y) -Thi si saper f e c tt i met ogode eperi n y ourc onne c t i ons , a ndbui l d pa s s i ona ndt r us t . Thi si sa l s oagr ea t t i met os ety ourbounda r i esi npl a c e, a ndr e v a l ua t es omec ur r ent r el a t i ons hi ps . Y ous e em t oc omeupwi t hy ourbes ti dea swhen y ou’ r ewi t hapa r t ner . Y oune eds ome onet obounc ei dea sof fof . Y ou’ r egooda tne got i a t i ngr i ghtnow, ma k i ngdea l s , a ndc omi ng upwi t hc ompr omi s est os i t ua t i ons . Y ou’ r emor ei ndul genta nd r oma nt i c , s ens ua la ndc a l m. I fs i ngl e, t hi si sagoodt i met ome et s ome onea sy ous e em mor ea t t r a c t i v et oot her s . I fa t t a c hed, y ou c a nbr i ngne wl i f ei nt ot her el a t i ons hi p. Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n2, 9, 11, 18, 21, 27Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Gr e y& Y el l ow

Sa gi t t a r i us( 22Nov ember21De c ember ) -Y oufindi tea s i ert obe c l os ert ope opl e, a ndc a ndi gde epi nt ope opl ea nds ubj e c t s . Y ou enj oyr es ea r c hi nga ndfindi ngouti ft her e ’ smor eoutt her e. Y ou c a na l s ofindpl ea s ur ei nt r a ns f or mi ngs omea s pe c tofy ourl i f ef or t hebet t er . Y ouwi l lenj oye xpl or i ngt hewor l da nde xpa ndi ngy our l i f ei ns omewa y . Y ouf e els a t i s fiedwheny ouf e elf r e et odowha t e v ery ouwa nt . T r yl ea r ni ngs omet hi ngne w, t a k i ngac l a s s , t r y i ng oute x ot i cc ui s i ne, ore xpos i ngy our s el ft oac ul t ur ef or ei gnt o y ourown. T r a v elc a ngoqui t ewel lundert hi si nfluenc e. Fa v or a bl e Da t es: J a n1, 6, 10, 15, 19, 24Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Y el l ow& Red Ca pr i c or n( 22De c ember–19J a nua r y ) -Y ouc oul dbe gi nane w wor kpr oj e c t , mov et oane wof fic e, beof f er edane wwor koppor t uni t y , ors t a r tane wj ob. Y ouwoul ds howe x c el l enc ea tr es ea r c hi nga ndget t i ngt ot her ootofs i t ua t i ons , pe opl e, a ndpr obl ems . Y ouc oul dbei nt hes pot l i ghtf ory ourwor k . Y ouc a ndo s omet hi ngt oi mpr ov ey ourhea l t horl i f es t y l e, a nds t r i v et obea hea l t hi erper s on. Y ouc a ngi v euponadr ea m, ors e eoner ea l i z ed. wha tc oul dc omet opa s s . Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n3, 8, 12, 17 , 21, 26 Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Whi t e& Red

L e o( 23J ul y –22Augus t ) -Y oua r et a k i ngt het i met oedi ty our goa l sa ndfinet uney ours t r a t e gyt os etouta nda c c ompl i s ht hem. Y oua r edr i v enbypa s s i ona ndpur pos et hi smont h, a ndr ea dyt o goa f t erwha ty ouwa nt . Nowi st het i met ogr a s pt ha tpr omot i on, a sy oua r eba c k edbyfier yener gya nds omuc hf uelf r om y our det er mi na t i ont oa c t i v a t ewha ty ouwa nt . Y ouremot i onsc a ns wa y f r om onee xt r emet ot hene xtmor eea s i l y , a ndy ou’ l lne edt o e x er c i s es omeemot i ona lr es t r a i nt . Thi si st het i met or ea pwha t y ou’ v es own. Y ouwoul dber e wa r dedf orha r dwor ka nds ma r t de c i s i ons , a ndpuni s hedf orl a z i nes sa ndr e c k l es s nes s . Fa v or a bl e Da t es: J a n5, 6, 14, 15, 23, 24Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Gr e en& Bl ue

Aqua r i us( 20J a nua r y–18Febr ua r y ) –Thi swoul dbeagr ea tt i me t oc r ea t ey ourdr ea m pl a nf ors uc c es s . Ma y bes t a r tt a k i ngs ome ne wwor k s hops , ora t t endi ngs omee v ent st ha twi l lhel py ou e xpa ndy ourc a r e ergoa l s . Thes t a r sa r er ea l l ywor k i ngi ny our f a v ort os howery ouwi t ha bunda nc e. L ett ha tma nedowna nd embr a c et hes ev i bes . Ma k es ur ey out a k et i met oc he c ki nwi t h y ourhi ghers el fa l l owi ngmes s a gest obes hownt oy ou, a nd l ea r ni ngt ol i s t ent oy ourgutov ere v er y t hi ng. I fc ommi t t ed, now i sagr ea tt i met odos omet hi ngne wt oget her , l i k es hor tdi s t a nc e t r a v el i ngorha v i ngada t eofr oma nt i cdi nner . Fa v or a bl eDa t es : J a n7 , 8, 16, 17 , 25, 26Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Whi t e&Br own

Vi r go( 23Augus t –22Sept ember ) -Y ouc a nha v ea nea s i ert i me get t i ngy ourha ndsont hemone yt ha ty oune ed, buty ouc a na l s o s pendmone ymuc hmor eea s i l y . Y oumi ghts pl ur geonal otof t hi ngst ha ty oudon’ tne ed, i ta ddsup. Y ouwa ntt oi ndul ge, r el a x, a ndenj oyy our s el f , a ndgets omet i meof ft ol ounge. Y ouf e elmos t l i k ey our s el fwheny ou’ r ewi t hy ourl ov edones . Y ouwoul dpr ef er s pendi ngt i mewi t ht hem i naoneonones et t i ng, a ndc a nbe mor ec ha r mi ng. Y ouma yc omea c r os sa sf a i r , v a c i l l a t i ng, a ndmedi a t i ng. Y ou’ r ec ha r mi nga ndk nowhowt oa c ta r oundot her s , a nd pe opl ea r emor ea t t r a c t ed. Fa v or a bl eDa t es: J a n4, 6, 13, 15, 22, 24 Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Y el l ow& Red

Pi s c es( 19Febr ua r y–20Ma r c h) –Y oua r er ea l l yf oc us edony our s el fwor t h, r es pe c t , a ndl ov et hi smont h. Y ou’ v ebe ent r y i ngt o a dj us tt ot het r a ns f or ma t i onsbei ngma dei nr e ga r dst oy our dr ea ms , y ourf ut ur e, y ourc a us es , a ndy ourf r i ends hi ps . Mor et r a ns f or ma t i onswi l lc ome, a ndy ouc a nma k et hec ha ngest ha ty ou wa ntt oma k e, butt he y ’ l lbes l owy etpower f ul . Y ouf e elgoodwi t h apa r t ner , a ndha v i ngs ome onebyy ours i dec a nbr i ngy out he mos toppor t uni t i es . I fy ouowny ourownbus i nes s , nowi st he t i met ogetoutt her et onet wor ka ndfindne wwa y s . Fa v or a bl e Da t es: J a n7 , 8, 16, 17 , 25, 26Fa v or a bl eCol or s: Whi t e& Br own

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