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8. COLORS AND YOU: Bimbita Arora tells us through her article how to be friends with colors


18. DROPS OF FASHION: Fashion experts share their views on this season’s fashion trends


22. CAUGHT IN THE ART: SHREYA GHOSHAL With four National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards to her credit, Shreya is one of the most awarded playback singers in recent times, Her interview tells us about her experience and future plans.



30. LOVE YOURSELF: MEN NOT FAR BEHIND The growing consciousness in men about their appearance…


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32. THE WORKOUT: GYM SCARES ME! The more you read this, the less ‘scary’ it will be.

42. HEALTH WISE: TATTOS-I MUST BE DEAD Think twice before you make the artist leave a mark on your body.





MONSOON FOOD Still eating that road side food. Time to say bye to diseases. Come enjoy our recipes.

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Welcome to the August issue of Lá Fiesta magazine. It is jam-packed with fashion, entertainment & lifestyle and gossips and latest information. It has been a constant effort to understand what our reader's are looking for. With the hustle bustle of the city life and 24 x 7 working style, stress level is increasing by the day. Keeping this in mind we give you a unique magazine that comes with that subtle touch of humor and news bringing a smile on your face, along with style, fashion, entertainment and other high energy elements that will keep you asking for more. This month has been pretty hectic for our entire team with lots of activities taking place in fashion and entertainment field… Our entire team lives creatively so we dare to be different. Our Fashion. Our Entertainment. Our Lifestyle. -KAVITA SHAW, Editor-in-Chief




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ow dull the world would be without color! We rely on it as a means of identification and it adds richness and diversity to everything we can see. Imagine life without the splendor of crimson sunset, without springs hosts of golden daffodils! But what exactly is ‘color’? Here we explore the extraordinary phenomenon of color– fashion’s greatest inspiration!


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Do some colors make you feel happy, while others give you the blues? Do some make you look pale and ill, while others put coloring your cheeks? In this discussion we explore how your moods and feelings are inextricably bound up with different colors. No one sees you quite the way you see yourself- but you can change all that , by choosing and using color to tell the world exactly who you are and how you want to be treated from now on.

COLOR AND YOUR SKIN COMPLEXION Discovering your favorite colors is one of the most important stages in learning to look your best. But it’s not enough simply to know what colors you like. The simple secret of looking great is: look after your complexion and always be true to your natural coloring.

SKIN COLOR Natural skin color is not merely a question of black, olive or white. Complexions are either yellow, blue or red based and it is these undertones which affect how we look in different colors. Identify your own undertones which affect how we look in different colors. Identify your own undertones by comparing yourself by reading what color suits you best. From then you will know which color to choose! A pink red undertone to your complexion may be extremely subtle, but it means that cool, clear color suits you best. They make your skin look clear, smooth and unblemished! Choose clothes and makeup in : Pure White, Powder Blue, Denim, Navy, Pearl Pink, Shoking Pink, Lavender, Royal Purple Or Mint Green. A yellow undertone to your skin means that warm, earthy colors suit you best. If your skin is dark, from olive to brown-black, choose tomato red , hot shocking pink (worn with scarlet, orange or yellow for impact!) , cinnamon , copper , gold, mustard, black , violet , turquoise , grass green, jungle khaki or jade.


Some black complexions have blue black undertone. So although bright orange and red look dramatic on you, Cool colors, tinged with blue or pink, actually flatter your skin best. Choose Black, Grey, Navy, Pure White, Silver, Cyclamen, Ice Blue, Royal Blue, Sea Green, Lavender, Purple And Claret.

Discovering your favorite colors is one of the most important stages in learning to look your best.

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Freckles are lovely- don’t hide them! Well, usually they accompany fair, yellow-based skin. Warm, earthy tones suit you best so choose from Peach, Ginger, Cinnamon, Gold, Terracotta, Mustard, Orange, Salmon, Coral, Beige, Cream, Perowinkle, Warm Turquoise, Lime, Jade and Olive. Skin, hair, eyes, etc. also help in making color choice. A girl with healthy complexion can wear any color; cool colors for blondes, warm for brunettes with warm complexion and brown eyes. Girls with sallow skin should avoid tan, gray-yellow, and yellow-green. The pale pink lipstick will not suit them. With a red or a bright colored outfit it is best to tone down the lips and keep them neutral. If your eyes are your best features, you should select a color which will accent them provided they match with your skin and hair. If you have blue eyes, try matching your shirt to their color, or if your hair are brown, wear a similar color outfit.

TECHNICAL TALK You know the story: your friend looks fantastic in a mustard t-shirt dress. You try it on and look like sack of potatoes. The answer: choose your clothes to suit you. If you are BIG and BUXOM, don’t strain to get into clothes that hug the figure too closely. Go for simple shapes and DARK SOLID COLORS that flow from top to bottom. They elongate your silhouette and keep the eye of the observer moving down towards the slim hem of the skirt rather than hovering around the hidden curves in the middle. If you are SMALL and SLENDER and want to make little more impact, pale colors will add volume where you want it. You can wear clothes


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with lots of softly gathered fabrics. Pleated skirts are for you, and even if you aren’t very tall, you can wear skirts short or demurely long. Generous hips can look womanly and attractive, but if you are worried that you have too much of a good thing, choose a slimming dark color for your skirt or trousers. Pick a tapered shape with gathers at the waist and a light color top. A jacket with padded shoulders will make your waist and hips look smaller by comparison. If its short it emphasizes your slim waist without having a cover up those hips!

DOTS Plumper girls who want to look taller and slimmer should keep the spots light and small on a darker background. But those average figures can throw such subtlety to the wind. Wear as many as you dare. Heaven knows, anything goes! If spots aren’t to your fancy, turn tiger and slink into stripes. Prowl the city in pin stripes, wide stripes, and vertical or horizontal stripes. As long as you stick to stripes as your theme you can mix up the colors as much as you like. When it comes to flattering your figure, remember that all eyes follow the stripe. So if you want to look thinner choose vertical stripes. But if you want to look less skinny, choose horizontal stripes to even out the proportions. If thin legs make you shy to wear miniskirts, make them appear shapely with pale tights or leggings with horizontal stripes.

Wear as many as you dare. Heaven knows, anything goes!

Keep your audience on their toes with all the brightest, most fluorescent colors so far invented. It’s casual, crazy, young and exciting look that is UNISEX and UNIVERSAL RULE. Take your cue from neon lights of the city. Forget what your granny told you now orange do go with cerise, and lime and hot neon pink and purple! For those who can’t quite let go of the safety rope, take navy as base and create sparks with yellow and orange. To carry it off, make sure your hair is as zany as your clothes. Wear it short and spiky, or long and twisted up into futuristic shapes, or adorned with the brightest of bows. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be the latest, maddest, brightest thing. These colors call for flamboyant eye shadows and bold jewelry. Wear a green earring one side, an orange one other. Attach chunky beads to your hair. Get streetwise with bright trainers, built for speed. Pull on punk boots jangling with buckles, or patent pumps with clashing laces. Step into your part shoes- stilettos in hot pink, purple, lime, yellow or orange. Fashion is fun-not to be taken too seriously. Be bold, not boring. Treat the yuppies to a yawn. Now you’ve woken up and discovered that rules are meant to be broken!


with lots of softly gathered fabrics. Pleated skirts are for you, and even if you aren’t very tall, you can wear skirts short or demurely long. Generous hips can look womanly and attractive, but if you are worried that you have too much of a good thing, choose a slimming dark color for your skirt or trousers. Pick a tapered shape with gathers at the waist and a light color top. A jacket with padded shoulders will make your waist and hips look smaller by comparison. If its short it emphasizes your slim waist without having a cover up those hips!

Keep your audience on their toes with all the brightest, most fluorescent colors so far invented. It’s casual, crazy, young and exciting look that is UNISEX and UNIVERSAL RULE. Take your cue from neon lights of the city. Forget what your granny told you now orange do go with cerise, and lime and hot neon pink and purple! For those who can’t quite let go of the safety rope, take navy as base and create sparks with yellow and orange. To carry it off, make



After a hot and sweaty summer, the monsoon comes as a relief but the humid and damp weather takes a toll on the skin, hair, eyes and most notable your health. Experts advise how small changes in the usual routine during the season can keep you look glowing and fresh as ever.

MONSOON-BAD NEWS FOR ALL SKIN TYPES OILY SKIN The skin type is mainly the result of genetically determined hormonal changes. To treat oily skin one needs to remove excess oil by cleansing it twice or thrice a day, but not more than that. “Limit washing your face to two or three times a day as too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Scrub your face on a regular basis. This will help unclog the pores and remove the layer of dead cells from your skin,” says cosmetic surgeon Anup Dhir. It is advised to use warm water while washing face as it dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water. Other than that, one also uses mud-pack. Homemade pack made with “Chane ka atta and raw milk” can help in keeping skin refreshing and glowing. DRY SKIN Dryness is a sign of dehydration and lack of skin repairing vitamins. During monsoon the problem worsens. One requires cream based cleanser, says Dr. Geetika Mittal, medical director of the International Skin and Anti-Aging Centre (ISAAC). ”A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look and it is always advised one with dry skin opt for alcohol free toner,” said Mittal. Also, apply glycerin and rose water mixture to keep skin soft. COMBINATION SKIN This type of skin is characterized with the T-portion as oily and the cheeks are usually normal or dry in condition. Since it combines both the oily and dry skin it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin, said Dhir. ”The dry area requires gentle cleansing and regular moisturizing. The oily part needs to be deeply cleansed and toned with regular scrubbing,” said Dhir.


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Your skin might behave a little strange and is often full of popping pimples. It takes no time to get oily, dehydrated, rough and as scratchy as cactus. Hence, following are a few of the skin tips that one must follow.  Use a non-soapy cleanser that will wash away all kind of dirt from your skin. Please don’t be mad after every face-wash which guarantees to be a product of some or the other kind of leaf extract, always use one which contains alpha hydroxyl acid once a day to rejuvenate your skin.  It is essential to make use of a toner every time you wash your face to block the pores and reinstate your skin's pH balance.  Ice packs must be used not only for the chill-effect but also for toning sebum glands.  Heavy makeup should get thumbs down from you. The lighter you go on your makeup, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the weather.  Pedicures and manicures should be your ultimate friend.  Make use of face scrubs twice in a week to exfoliate. Oatmeal and papaya can be the best food-based choice.  Don't give a kick to the sunscreen lotion during the rainy season.


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it rains, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

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SKIN AND EYE INFECTIONS Fungal and bacterial infections are common during rainy season. Moist and damp skin leads to these infections. Also, one can get rashes and ringworm and even skin gets discolored. Dhir advises keeping the body dry is the basic tip to tackle the infections. “Switch to cotton clothes as they allow your body to breathe. Allow damp hair to dry before you tie them again. To circumvent allergies from mosquito bites, wear full-sleeved clothes and use a mosquito repellent cream and head for air-conditioned rooms. Bathe twice a day to keep the problems at bay,” he added. With rains come puddles of dirty water and eye infections soar. But, with a bit of prevention, you could stay safe, says Mahipal Sachdev, chairman and medical director, center for Sight group of Eye Hospitals. “Close your eyes when you decide to get soaked in the rain as it screens off atmospheric pollutants. While the rain water is reasonably clean, but you need to be wary of the rain water if you stand under a tree or a building, as it can be contaminated with pollutants, which could increase eye infections,” said Sachdev. Emphasizing on hygienic practices, Sachdev advises how conjunctivitis and sty could be avoided. “These infections are contagious and can be easily transmitted via towels, handkerchiefs, lenses, glasses and other articles handled during the course of daily activities. To avoid infection, you need to ensure that you do not share articles of personal use with anyone else,” he said. Eye infections result in redness of eyes and watery discharge. One should use an antibiotic eye drop to treat eye infections, but only after it has been prescribed by an ophthalmologist. Use of contact lenses should be avoided during any kind of infection in the eye.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR TRESSES Want to flaunt your tresses? Well hide them now, flaunt them later. Monsoon calls for pony tail look. Less they are exposed to harsh humidity in the air, the better. Use the right kind of comb. To avoid hair breakage, comb your hair starting from the bottom and working your way up. This encourages the blood to stream towards the root and helps in keeping your scalp free of dandruff Make sure that your hair is fully wet before you apply shampoo and use only warm water for this. Using hot water could potentially damage your hair and irritate your scalp. Squeeze out some shampoo approximately the size of a one rupee coin, rub it between your palms and gently massage it into your hair starting at the roots and gradually massaging down to the tips. Conditioners will require you to use different methods depending on the type you are using. For instance, if it’s a rinse-out conditioner then you can follow the same procedure as you do while shampooing. As for a deep conditioner, you must keep it in your hair for fifteen to twenty minutes. To maximize the benefits of the deep conditioners, it is advised that you wrap a warm towel around your hair for the duration that you wait. If you are using a leave-in conditioner then try not to use more than a dime-sized amount.


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Ace makeup artist Vidya Tikari adds further to truly come clean this monsoon: "Always wash your hands before applying makeup. Keep a hand sanitizer with you at all times. Bacteria are more likely to breed in warm, moist conditions, so keep your products cool and away from direct sunlight. Keeping them in your car is not a good idea. Sharpen your eyeliner/lip liner before every use and swipe it with a tissue before applying it. Not only does it give you a precise point to work with for a better line, but using a sharpener also gets rid of any bacterial residue. Also, keep your products clean. Most of us are guilty of storing our makeup products in the bathroom. If you must do this, keep it all covered and the lids on tightly.“ Also, most notably, adding bright colors and sparkles to your clothes is the perfect answer to grey weather. Don't let a heavy shower dampen your mood this season. Just look your best and enjoy each heavenly raindrop!




‘Shoe-girl’ Sheetal Bhatnagar, a 27 years old media professional, says, “My first love are my shoes and when it comes to buying gumboots, I can boast of having 22 pairs with me”.

This monsoon, gumboots are a rage. Many stores all over Delhi are stocking the footwear in every shape and color possible. Arvinder Singh, owner of Appeal, a store in Rajouri Garden, says, "We have piled up around 200-250 pieces all for monsoon. After all, gumboots are a hit among men, women and even children. Going with the vibe around, this time we are going for bright multi-colored variety." These gumboots are accessible in basically all kind of solid colors and prints. Polka dots, checks, stars, cupcakes, abstract patterns are to name a few. Many stores prefer stocking up only single color or printed boots, but looking at the way people are welcoming it, there seems to be dearth of variety.


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Even though these gumboots are basically perceived as a hip statement, they come with practical benefits too. They guard your feet against that soggy, damp feeling and keeps water-borne disease at bay. Keeping in mind the demand of gumboots in the market, brands nowadays put forward an allencompassing gamut of boots that provide full safeguard to the feet even in the harshest of surroundings. So, Be fashionable with gumboots this monsoon! Go flaunt your feet!



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For the past couple of years, designers like Vandanna Roy of Sentiments have started bringing out monsoon collections. Says Vandanna, “During monsoon, the accent is on bold colors, pastels are out simply because the sun is not shining as bright as it was in summer. Fabrics like blended cotton and poly-nylon are ideal for this season. Chiffon and crepe are out as they lose their sheen once they are wet. I prefer thicker fabric material as it will also keep you warm. My personal favorite for monsoon is Capri pants teamed with tank tops, I think it is the best for the season. Sunita Ramnathkar's Barcode has worked on the Jungle theme this monsoon. Says she, "My designers have captured the thick greenery and wild dense growth of jungles for the monsoon. Deep beige, olive green are the dominant colors in this pret collection." But not all designers believe in bold colors for monsoon.

Goa-based Wendell Rodricks prefers to bring out the various hues of sea to dark bold colors of greenery in his collection for the season. The dominant colors in Wendell's collection include blue, green, indigo and white. The fabric used is blended cotton. According to Dinesh Chheda who has been designing ethnic threads for women for more than 25 years, "most women prefer wearing salwar-kameez to sarees during monsoon. That apart, they generally do not buy anything major during this season. All their buying is confined to summers or festive occasions. Hence, I do not see the need to design for this season. However, if I ever design for monsoon then the accent will be on synthetic fabrics and bold colors.“

In contrast, leading designer Seema Roye has brought out Splash, an exclusive collection comprising six different segments, to welcome rains. Seema's collection consists of elegant beach wear, Indo-Western fusion and traditional Indian wear. Her palette is as wide as blue, peach, light copper and white. Palazzos teamed with tank tops are among the fusion wear and elegant zardozi work on satin mark the ethnic collection. Her fabrics include satin and net.

Vikram Phadnis simply treats monsoon as an off season and takes a break during this period. He would rather concentrate on his autumn\winter collection than design for monsoon.

Star designer Manish Malhotra has similar views. Says he, "I think colors like blue, light purple, indigo, lemon yellow and white, which are a designer's favorite for summer also hold good for monsoon. He doesn’t see the need to design separately for monsoon. With so much to choose from for this season, monsoon will never be looked down upon as a dull and dreary season anymore. Most, I am sure, will be ready to welcome the showers. FROM SANYUKTA

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Singing all the way to the top India’s melody queen Shreya Ghoshal has sung several songs for Bollywood and other Indian film industries. Besides Hindi, she performs in Assamese, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi and Tamil songs. Ghoshal is one of the most awarded playback singers in recent times, with four National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards to her credit. In her interview with Rohit Revo on the eve of her tour to Australia, she shares her experience and future plans.


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You are the only singer to get four national awards at the age of 26 in the Hindi film industry. How does it feel to achieve so much at such a young age? Well, frankly I have never sung for awards.. I am blessed that I have received so much love and respect from my audiences and jury all throughout. I would say, this is just my beginning, there is a lot to do. I am still evolving as an artist. June 26th, 2010 has been declared as “SHREYA GHOSHAL DAY” in the state of Ohio in US in recognition of your musical contribution? What was your reaction when you heard this? This is a big honor and completely unexpected. It was a surprise kept for me when I arrived at Ohio for my concert.. The Governor’s wife presented me this honor. I was too overwhelmed! From Devdas to Guru and peppy Latto in Ghajini. ….you have had a great going. Where is Shreya Ghoshal heading in the future? Hmmm! Absolutely no idea where I am headed.. The only forces which drive me in life is a hunger for excellence and the need to do different things. So that will decide how my life shapes up in the future.

You sing so many songs. But what songs do you listen to when you are free? Hmmm. Lots. From Indian classical to Jazz to old Hindi film to new ones to a little bit of rock What is your advice to young singers aspiring to make it big in the film industry? Before u decide to take the plunge into taking up a career in this industry, you must learn music, make your art really perfect. And be unique, don’t blindly copy someone’s style. You have such a pretty face and many of your fans want to see you acting as well. Do you have any plans of acting? I can’t act.. I am a drama queen only at home. If I ever do an album I will feature in the video (Laughs) Can you give us a peep into what your fans can expect to see and hear in your upcoming concert in Sydney? Come to the concert. I am sure I will be able to touch all music lover’s hearts somewhere There will be songs from all my films, and if requested may be some old Hindi songs, a few of my regional hits.

Do you think reality TV contests are the right medium to attract new music talent to the film industry? This question has been asked to me just too many times. Let’s talk something more interesting. Did you like your experience of being a judge in TV musical contest? Was fun.. Different kind of experience! You have sung in many genres. Is there any particular type of song you love to sing? Indian folk has always attracted me. I would like to experiment more in this genre. And Jazz, which is a very difficult music form, would like to learn it. DNA INDIA ranked you as #41 in its list of INDIA’s TOP 50 POWER WOMEN. Your reactions please. Wow. I feel awesome:) but to know that I am powerful is actually intimidating, because with power comes responsibility so, I got to be very careful with every step I take in life, as everyone’s looking here:) You had a very successful show in Sydney Opera House last time? What is the best part about performing in Sydney? The last concert I had in Sydney was simply mindblowing. One of the best I can say the audience was simply awesome! And the venue was really prestigious. I love the Sydney spirit… Ekdam mast. Very lively responsive audience. Big music lovers. Can’t wait too see them again.

Shreya caught the attention of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time as an adult. In 2000, he offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of his film Devdas, who was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Shreya sang five songs under the musical direction of Ismail Darbar in the film. Her performance won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare’s RD Burman Award for New Music Talent, given to upcoming talents in music. She also won a National Film Award for the song “Bairi Piya“.

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Tips and Strategy for SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination 2012 Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is set to conduct a Combined All India Open Examination (Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2012) for recruitment to the posts of Data Entry Operator and Lower Division Clerks on 21 & 28 October 2012. A well planned focus and right effort will make students successful in all the competitive examination. There are certain Tips and Strategies that candidate should always keep in their mind while solving the questions at home as well as in the examination hall. The points suggested by are as follows: Understand the pattern - First the candidate should understand the pattern of the examination. Candidate should have the clear idea about the Objective type Questions and Descriptive type Questions. The candidate should be aware about the negative marking concept in the examination. Understand the Syllabus - Syllabus is one of the most important documents for any examination, but many students don't take it seriously. Therefore first the candidate should read the syllabus carefully. They should also remember the marks allotment for different segments asked in the examination. The candidate should be very familiar with all the segments like General Intelligence Segment, English language segment, Quantitative Aptitude Segment and General Awareness segment. Analysis of Previous Papers - Analyzing the previous question papers will help the candidate to get a clear picture of the pattern of questions asked in each section. Practice makes the man perfect. It is the only key to avoid negative marking in the examination. Sample papers will help the candidate to decide on the required time to answer each question.


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Time Management - Time management is extremely important for all the competitive examination. The candidate should consider their study room as an examination hall and try to solve the questions with in the decided time frame. Relevant study material – The candidate should always read the relevant study material for the respective competitive exam. The smartest way to read the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Exam study material for all the four important segments like General Intelligence, English language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness, the candidate can visit the site

The Written Examination will consist of one objective type paper based on four parts namely: • General Intelligence • English Language (Basic Knowledge) • Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) • General Awareness





THAT YOU LOVE By Anne Deidre

For many of us at times it has seemed as though living a life of our dreams was not realistic. We have held down jobs that we have disliked, stayed in less than healthy relationships out of fear of the unknown and resigned ourselves to the concept that we are here to struggle and then we die. To begin to address a whole new paradigm takes courage and heart. The heart is where you find your courage. In the bible Jesus advised us to not love our lives as we could lose them "If you cling to your life, you will lose it, if you let your life go, and you will save it.� Luke 17:33; that translation has at times been misunderstood. There is a whole new way to love your life when you are living in your heart and not attached to any outcomes. Then and in that place, can you more purely love as you have no fear of losing and have only giving and serving in mind, heart and soul. Here are 3 secrets to living a life that you love and will never lose.


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1. Recognize That You Are an Emotional Being When we recognize that we have emotions and that we are here to heal our emotional body, we can begin to heal our past and not repeat it. How many times have you felt as though it was groundhog day as in the movie with Bill Murray, that you are repeating over and over again the same situations and drawing the same unhealthy friendships and relationships into your life? We live on autopilot at times. This is where inner work and looking at our patterns and emotional states can be helpful. Healing our emotional wounds can help us greatly prepare our heart to live in the joy that it is here to experience.

3. Connect with Your Intuitive Self

2. Remember Who You Were at 10 Years Old No matter what kind of childhood you had, you can remember a part of your being that felt as though you could do anything. You have enough reasoning at ten to know logically more than you did at earlier stages of development and still have not been overly conditioned to ignore your own inner promptings from your heart that sing with creativity and joy, the joy of you. You may have experienced difficulty in your childhood, but at ten the world still feels like your oyster. Take a moment and remember that feeling. It does not matter how old you are in chronological age. Your heart, mind and soul know no age limits. Take that class. Rediscover what you love, it is not and never was too late. Begin today.

Within is the wisdom of the ages. Not only that, within you is the divine blueprint that holds all of your unique gifts, talents, purpose and the keys to unlocking this blueprint is within your intuitive self. This aspect of your being is the true you. The ego self contains our wounds and tells us what we can and cannot do from a limited perspective. Ask your Higher Self to come forth and say out loud that you align with it. With free will, we can do anything we want. It helps to consciously call on our intuitive self to assist us; it is the highest aspect of our being and contains our own holy grail. There are many choices in life, remember that you are here to live from your heart, with it's full potential and that living a life that you love can become a reality for every soul on the earth at this time.

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"Every setback is a set up for a comeback!" And after every stormy setback, let your light shine brightly through and create your own rainbow for others to behold. Step proudly into your greatness and OWN IT! An obvious question- How much I was able to accomplish when I focused on my passion and my vision? It was truly life-changing. So, when you are going through something, although it may be tough, painful, and even frustrating; recognize and stop yourself from getting stuck in ‘pity party' sulking complaints like these: Why me? I have the worst luck! No one loves me! They all hope I fail! I can never catch a break! CHECK YOURSELF by diving deep into what the message is in the experience and what you can learn from it. No matter how murky the waters may seem. I know when you are knee-deep in the swamp of your stress or sorrow, the last thing you want to think about is the lesson. But, your setback is an opportunity for you to take a different view of what went wrong and you're involvement. Your setback can allow you to consciously shift how you react to things, so that you don't spiral down into depression.


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Your setback can spark new and innovative solutions to change things for the better! Your setback can remind you about how much love you have in your circle of friends and family who support you. Complaining doesn't create change, it only prolongs the problem! So, when you are going through whatever it is, trust and believe that it won't last forever. There's a higher power involved and it's all about "this classroom" called LIFE. The dust will clear and you will pick yourself back up. However, it's up to you to muster up the personal courage and the belief to make your JAW DROPPIN' COME BACK happen! And believe me, we will all be cheering, rooting, and applauding when you do! Keep your mind and heart focused on manifesting your victorious triumph.



The growing consciousness in men about their appearance has been the trend in the recent years. However, there is nothing strange about it as the desire to appear flawless emanates from the wish to portray a more confident self. By Aditi Dasgupta

Most men are opting for microdermabrasion which is a deep exfoliating action, cleansing the skin and the pores internally. A few sessions of microdermabrasion makes the skin tone lighter and makes it look fresh and clean. Men have the habit of shaving regularly which often damages the skin cells on the surface. Also, clogged hair pores can lead to pimples causing irritation in the skin. Microdermabrasion once a month followed by a minimal daily moisturizing session can restore the natural glow on the face of men. It is advisable that men should use creams that have a minimum of SPF 15 to prevent tanning. Many men do have sensitive skin and sunburns can pose a serious problem for many, causing irreparable damage to the skin in the long run. Using rose water on the face after shaving everyday followed by the application of shaving cologne is the least men can do to maintain a blemish free skin. Another tip for men is to keep their teeth in good condition. A normal brushing routine is not enough. Teeth do undergo discoloration after a certain point of time if they are not flossed and cleaned properly from the sides of the gums. Several men opt for a professional teeth whitening session. After all, who would not fall for a warm smile? For men, the corners of the nails also need care. Often, men with crooked, twisted and disfigured nails are assumed to be unhygienic and careless. Regular filing sessions along with occasional pedicures and manicures can be a great way to look attractive. Hair styles and haircuts are a direct pointer of the kind of person we are. Be it the Beckham-cut or the grunge look, hair styles have been far more experimental in the case of men. However, men should be cautious when choosing their next hair style. Factors such as the volume of hair, hair type and the face structure play a crucial role in making the right style statement. At times, even a basic trimming can do the trick if you want to maintain a hair style for some time. Many cosmetic companies have finely crafted and prepared design equipment and cosmetics for men. This is preferable rather than the general ones that women apply. Men have coarser skin and not all products suit them. Different hair styling gels can also do the trick for an ultra-fashionable stance. Avoid local hair styling gels as they may damage the hair in the long run and make the scalp dry and prone to dandruff.


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Everyone talks about weight loss but for that one

needs to hit the gym. Not everyone likes going to the gym. Or can afford to and many a times people cannot find a reasonably decent which is near to them. The person who goes to the gym for the first time gets really scared after seeing all those heavy machines, but there’s nothing to worry about. You just don’t have to use all those scary machines. It is really difficult to understand, especially for beginners, how important proper form of exercise or workout is and how it’s important for you to get your body into shape. But if you accept this rule from beginning you can get a lot of benefit out of it in near future. BY URVASHHI The Beginner’s Gym Workout Plan

Workout keys for the beginners:• Do not work out for more than 90 minutes. • Only use 50-80% of your maximum possible intensity. Doing more workouts at lower intensity will help you in building muscular stamina. • Whatever type of exercise you do the movements should be slow, controlled as well as they should be correctly done. • Focus on working out on portions where you have extra fat. • Warm up yourself for 5 to 10 minutes on cardio equipment and then stretch major muscle groups before you start routine.

If you haven’t worked out and just starting for the first time, your main goal for the first few weeks should be to learn the correct form for each exercise and even to build a base of strength and stability in your body. This will create a good foundation for your workout program. As a beginner who must not be aware of, the importance of warm-up and cool-down exercise. One should warm up before starting any exercise and do some cool-down exercises too afterwards. Make sure you drink water at regular intervals in the gym. Some people prefer mixing glucose based powders in their water bottles. Or some people drink sports energy drinks like Gatorade. Some people prefer drinking lime or orange flavored energy boosters. These drinks give energy and help in keeping you hydrated during your workouts. Before you begin any exercise, you should consult your physician or some expert to see whether you can join the gym or not. They will help you learn how to get started, how to modify your exercise routine so that you don’t damage your joints. For a beginner the exercise should be simple and even should be done in a proper manner. It should start with some basics with strength training, focus on whole body movements that works multiple muscle groups. You can even work your body in a more functional way while saving your time. The balls Squats, lunges, dead lifts, push-ups are some of the exercises which makes a great foundation for a simple strength workout that works for every muscle in the body. Apart from this a beginner should even do some relaxing, stretching or Yoga on the ball, followed by strength exercises and some of the core moves on the ball.


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Weight loss remains a major health issue for many of us despite the onslaught of weight loss tips and medical aids that surround us. One of the best ways to lose weight is to control the number of calories you consume and exercise. It’s a proven fact that if you eat fewer calories than you burn off over the course of a day, you will lose weight. The best way to reduce weight by eating properly is to work out regularly and by maintaining a proper diet chart which will not let your weight gain. The key with finding foods that will help you lose weight is simply to eat things that are as close to their natural state as possible. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and various other minimally processed foods all retain the vitamins and nutrients that will help support a healthy body while you lose weight. They also have the side-benefit of making you feel fuller faster than many processed junk foods such a chips, soda, crackers, and white bread. Q1. What is the Best Way to Lose Weight? The best way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor rupture of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food as well as exercise. For example, someone who hasn't exercised for even once shouldn't rush into running miles a day or beating the treadmill. This will only cause you injury and set your fitness regime will have to suffer. This is the exact situation with the people who suddenly start starving themselves through strict dietary plans. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food that are not allowed leads to cause deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs on a regular basis but in appropriate quantity. Q2. How Can You Lose Weight? Losing weight is one of the difficult tasks in practical as well as for a person who cannot put a full stop to his sweet tooth, but in theory is actually very simple. To lose weight, you must burn more and more of calories than you consume in a day. By exercising at the gym regularly, you can lose weight in a short period of time. However, eating healthy foods that can restore your body’s system that requires nutrients and minerals are also important, as your intense workout schedule. Apart from this, one should begin his/her exercise sessions at the gym by doing some warm-up exercises and then cardio exercises, in the form of aerobic activity, which will help to reduce weight faster. As aerobic activities help you to fritter away energy, and is one of the effective ways to burn extra calories. Perform your treadmill in cardio sessions. Treadmill will help you to move your upper body and exercise helps you to move your lower body. This helps burn calories and fat as well. Use a stationary cycle. Your weight will not go down if you’re skipping exercise or your sessions. Go to the gym regularly so that your body and mind get used to it. Q3. What are ways to Reduce Weight? The gym is a great place for people who want to lose weight because there are so many different machines to exercise on and different types of weights to use. Unfortunately, many people who go to the gym to lose weight lose their motivation because they don't lose weight fast enough because of monotonous exercises and workout regime. Working out the right way at the gym can help to speed up weight loss by keeping things interesting. Q4. What are the best types of exercises to burn calories? There are two basic types of exercise: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise refers to physical workouts such as walking, jogging, swimming, jumping rope, roller-blading, rowing and general sports like football and tennis. Aerobic training is frequently called as "cardio" exercise because it strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system and reduces weight faster. Whereas anaerobic exercise refers to fitness routines such as lifting weights.


The world obsessed with reduction has a percentage of people who need to gain adequate amount of weight. One of the best ways to gain weight easily and safely is to work out and eat food anytime after 8 in the night. The reason why is being that the body is relaxed at this point so your body does not burn off the calories which leads to weight gain. Exercise is an important component in staying healthy whether a person is fat or thin. Q1. How can one gain weight? In order to gain weight one needs to eat more and more of calories than your body uses and burns out every day. Gainer will have to do this on a regular basis by consuming some of extra snacks. Even by consuming high protein diet, fibers, carbohydrates, trans-natural fat one can gain weight easily. The best advice can be given the gym experts or even dieticians as they can easily make changes in your diet plans without harming your body’s metabolism. Q2. Who needs to put on weight? A person who is under weight or whose BMI is very much less than required needs to put on weight. Gaining weight is always interconnected with BMI. On the other hand, the best way to gain weight is dependent on what caused a person to lose weight, is it genetically or due to some other problem which is prevailing inside the body and which needs to be too treated. If a person is losing or gaining weight drastically then it becomes necessary to get it checked by the doctor. Q3. How can one gain healthy and a good physique? A good physique can only be conquered by proper planning. Exercise regularly. A physical trainer provides great assistance in gaining the proper amount of weight and mass Arte the appropriate places. Developing a healthy and good physique at the home level is quite difficult. Planning alone is not enough. Organizing oneself and hitting the gym is important. A calorie deficit of 3,600 calories is required to reduce a pound of body fat, either through food or exercise. Q4. What kinds of exercises are recommended for the people who have to gain weight? Both cardio and resistance training are recommended for mass gain and enhancement of physique. Your workout routines should concentrate on compound weight such as some of the lifting exercises for males those involve multiple muscle groups such as the squat bench press, dead lifts, barbell rows, pull ups and bar dips. These exercises should be best done under some expert’s supervision, as they don't need machinery. Q5. In how much time a person can gain weight? It might take a long time, usually a few months, for the weight to actually show. Some people get discouraged and relinquish when they fail to see drastic results. Your body will only start responding to a consistent schedule. No weight gain programme will work for a person if he/she is not regular. And at the same time, heredity also plays a major role in determining your weight. Effective weight training and a healthy diet can help a person in gaining weight.


Care for raincoats By M.H. Dyer, eHow Contributor

A quality raincoat is a longlasting garment that with proper care retains its durability and attractive appearance for many years of dependable use. Regular cleaning and care is critical to keep the coat fresh and to maintain its water-repellent properties. Does this spark an idea? WASH OR DRY-CLEAN Clean your raincoat when needed, or at least once every year. Some raincoats are safe to launder at home, while others must be dry-cleaned. Read the manufacturer's care instructions, and then act accordingly. Never attempt to wash or dry a garment if the tag recommended dry-cleaning, because the fabric may shrink, or may be harmed by the dry-cleaning chemicals. PREPARATION Before cleaning or waterproofing a raincoat, zip or button the coat to prevent damage caused by abrasion. Remove items from the pockets and close them securely. TREAT STAINS Treat stains on washable raincoats before laundering because the heat of the dryer will set in the stains and make them difficult to remove. To treat stains, rub heavy-duty liquid laundry soap or a laundry pretreatment stain remover into the stain before washing the coat. Allow the soap or stain remover to penetrate the stain for one or two minutes before washing the coat. WASHING To launder a washable raincoat, turn the coat inside out and wash it, using the warm setting on your washing machine, or as directed on the care tag. Some specialized fabrics should be washed with a detergent made specifically for that fabric. If so, that information is usually indicated on the care tag. Rinse the garment twice to remove soap residue that can cause the finish of the coat to look dull. Never use bleach or fabric softeners.


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DRYING Dry the raincoat on your dryer's low-heat setting for 10 to 15 minutes, if recommended on the garment care tag. Hang the coat immediately while the fabric is still warm. Avoid use of fabric softener sheets. WATER REPELLENT Most raincoats made of water-repellent fabric retain absorbency for a long time, even after several washings. However, the coat should be treated with a waterrepellent spray whenever beads of water are absorbed into the fabric instead of rolling off. The type of water repellent depends on the fabric, so read the garment care label carefully. Apply the substance accordingly, following the instructions on the can. Always allow the repellent to dry before wearing the jacket. LAMINATED FABRICS Laminated fabric is a sturdy fabric made by laminating two types of fabric together, using heat or adhesive. Often, the fabric is laminated with a waterproof plastic substance. Never wash or dry a raincoat made of laminated fabric. Instead, wipe the coat with a sponge dipped in a solution of warm water and two to three drops of mild dish or laundry detergent, then hang the coat to dry.

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MUSIC WITHIN As a young man I enjoyed listening to a particular series of French instructional programs. I didn’t understand a word, but was nevertheless enthralled. Was it because the sounds of human speech are thrilling? Not really. Speech sounds alone, stripped of their meaning, don’t inspire. We don’t wake up to alarm clocks blaring German speech. We don’t drive to work listening to native spoken Eskimo, and then switch it to the Bushmen Click station during the commercials. Speech sounds don’t give us the chills, and they don’t make us cry – not even French. But music does emanate from our alarm clocks in the morning, and fill our cars, and give us chills, and make us cry. According to a recent paper by Nidhya Logeswaran and Joydeep Bhattacharya from the University of London, music even affects how we see visual images. In the experiment, 30 subjects were presented with a series of happy or sad musical excerpts. After listening to the snippets, the subjects were shown a photograph of a face. Some people were shown a happy face – the person was smiling while others were exposed to a sad or neutral facial expression. The participants were then asked to rate the emotional content of the face on a 7-point scale, where 1 mean extremely sad and 7 extremely happy.

The researchers found that music powerfully influenced the emotional ratings of the faces. Happy music made happy faces seem even happier while sad music exaggerated the melancholy of a frown. A similar effect was also observed with neutral faces. The simple moral is that the emotions of music are “cross-modal,” and can easily spread from sensory system to another. Now I never sit down to my wife’s meals without first putting on a jolly Sousa march. Although it probably seems obvious that music can evoke emotions, it is to this day not clear why. Why doesn’t music feel like listening to speech sounds, or animal calls, or garbage disposals? Why is music nice to listen to? Why does music get blessed with a multi-billion dollar industry, whereas there is no market for “easy listening” speech sounds? In an effort to answer, let’s first ask why I was listening to French instructional programs in the first place. The truth is- I wasn’t just listening. I was watching them on public television. What kept my attention was not the meaningless-to-me speech sounds (I was a slow learner), but the young French actress. Her hair, her smile, her mannerisms, her pout… I digress. The show was a pleasure to watch because of the humans it showed, especially the exhibited expressions and behaviors. The lion share of emotionally evocative stimuli in the lives of our ancestors would have been from the faces and bodies of other people, and if one finds human artifacts that are highly evocative, it is a good hunch that it looks or sounds human in some way.


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Why Does


Make Us

Feel? By Mark Changizi

As evidence that humans are the principal source of emotionality among human artifacts, consider human visual signs. Visual signs, I have argued, have culturally evolved to look like natural objects, and have the kinds of contour combinations found in a threedimensional world of opaque objects. Threedimensional world of opaque objects? Nothing particularly human about that; and that’s why most linguistic signs – like the letters and words on this page – are not emotionally evocative to look at. But visual signs do sometimes have emotional associations. For example, colors are notoriously emotionally evocative, and arguments about what color something should be painted are the source of an alarming number of marital arguments. And “V” stimuli, such as that yield sign on the street, have long been realized (within the human factors literature) to serve as the most evocative geometrical shape for warning symbols. But notice that color and “V” stimuli are plausibly about human expression. In particular, color has recently been argued to be “about” human skin and the exhibited emotions – which is why red grabs our attention, since it's associated with blushing and blood - and “V” stimuli have been suggested to be “about” angry faces (namely, angry eyebrows) which brings us back to music and the Logeswaran paper. Music is exquisitely emotionally evocative, which is why a touch of happy music makes even unrelated pictures seem more pleasant. In light of the above, then, we are led to the conclusion that the artifact of music should contain some distinctly human elements.

The question, of course, is what those elements are. One candidate is our expressive speech – perhaps music is just an abstract form of language. However, most of the emotion of language is in the meaning, which is why foreign languages that we don’t understand rarely make us swoon with pleasure or get angry. That’s also why emotional speech from an unfamiliar language isn’t featured on the radio! But there is a second auditory expressive behavior we humans carry out – our bodily movements themselves. Human movement has been conjectured to underlie music as far back as the Greeks. As a hypothesis this has the advantage that we have auditory systems capable of making sense of the sounds of people moving in our midst – an angry stomper approaching, a delicate lilter passing, and so on. Some of these movements trigger positive emotions – they conjure up images of pleasant activities – while others might be automatically associated with fear or anxiety. (The sound of running makes us wonder what we’re running from.) If music were speech-driven, then it is missing out on the largest part of speech’s expressiveness – the meaning. But if music sounds like human expressive movements, then it sounds like something that, all by itself, is rich in emotional expressiveness, and can be easily interpreted by the auditory system. Regardless of whether music is emotional intonation from speech or a summary of expressive movements – or something else altogether – the new research by Logeswaran and Bhattacharya adds yet more fuel to the expectation that music has been culturally selected to sound like an emotionally expressive human. While it is not easy for us to see the human ingredients in the modulations of pitch, intensity, tempo and rhythm that make music, perhaps it is obvious to our auditory homunculus.

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While tattoos have been around for centuries, Egyptians would tattoo themselves as a symbol of fertility and strength. In recent years they have become increasingly popular, especially among teenagers. They range in size, designs, colors and location. However, as the popularity grows, so do the concerns over the safety and risks of tattoos. Some of the risks that come with getting a tattoo are infection at the site of the tattoo, allergic reaction to the tattoo dye, the spread of disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C, granulomas and keloid formation. Romina Gomez tells us the story‌ A tattoo is a series of puncture wounds made with a needle that carries dye into different levels of the skin. Infections can occur when a tattoo parlor does not use proper sanitation procedures. Since the FDA does not monitor tattooing and regulations can vary from state to state, in 1992 the tattoo industry created the Alliance of Professional Tattooist (APT), a non-profit organization to address the issues of tattoo health and safety. The APT attempts to monitor and standardize infection control procedures. It even gives several seminars a year on tattoo safety. However, membership is not required for a practicing tattooist and tattoo shops are not required to follow the same sterilization practices as other places that use needles, such as hospitals and doctors' offices. For places that do not follow these rules, the risk of infection is greater and can pose serious side effects to the person getting the tattoo. According to a report published in March 2001, people with tattoos are nine times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C than those who are not tattooed. This report became mainstream news a year after its publication when Pamela Anderson came out saying that she had become infected by sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband Tommy Lee. Hepatitis C is a blood borne disease that can be spread when tattoo needles are used on multiple people and not thrown away and equipment is not sterilized properly. Seventy five percent of people infected with hepatitis C will develop long term infection that attacks the liver, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.


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Allergic reactions, although rare, can occur. Since the FDA does not regulate tattoos or the dyes used for them, some dyes that are not meant to be in contact with human skin is used in order to make the various shades used in color tattoos. While most tattoo dyes are made from color additives that have been approved for cosmetics, none have been approved for skin injections. Sometimes in order to make a new shade, non approved pigments are added to the dyes. Tattoo ink manufacturers are under no obligation to label the ingredients used and these non approved pigments are sometimes made with printers' ink or car paint. The degree of the allergic reaction can differ from person to person. The most common is just a skin irritation or swelling that can be troublesome for the person because there is no way to get the dye out of the skin. However, it can be fairly easy to treat with over the counter medicine. Allergic reactions do not have to occur right away. Some people experience these reactions after they have had several tattoos or after years of having a tattoo.

Other adverse reactions can include granulomas, which is when the body rejects the tattoo as a foreign object and forms nodules around it. Nodules are small knot like protuberances made up of a mass of tissue or aggregation of cells. Another reaction could be keloid formation, which is when scars grow beyond their natural boundaries; however, most people report this happening after they have had a tattoo removed. If someone is dissatisfied with a tattoo, it is important to note that the removal of one may be even more painful than the tattoo itself and it can be very expensive. A tattoo that costs $50 can cost about $1,000 to remove. There are different methods to remove a tattoo including laser treatments, abrasion, scarification and surgery. Laser treatments lighten the tattoo and can take several visits over the span of weeks or months to work. A common side effect is a lightening of the skin's natural color to the affected area. There have also been reports of people suffering from allergic reactions after laser treatment. This happens because the laser can cause the tattoo dye to release allergenic substances into the body. Another method is dermabrasion is when the top layers of skin are eroded using a wire brush or sanding disc. This process can be very painful and can leave a scar. And scarification is when the tattoo is treated with an acid solution so that a scar is left in its place. When a person chooses to get a tattoo, one must be aware of the risks associated with it. A spur of the moment or uneducated decision could lead to complications later on. When choosing a tattooist, it is important to ask questions and make sure that they are following proper sanitation procedures. A safety cautious tattooist will gladly share this information with you. If not, go somewhere else.

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MONEY WISE Recession or no recession. Everyone is looking to save a little money wherever they can. If you're one of these people, and you're looking to make any purchases, think twice before making any major buys in store. With a little searching you can almost always save money with online shopping. Braniac shares some words of wisdom on this new-age concept.

How to Save Money with Online Shopping?

Once you're found websites that sell what you are looking for, check or similar websites to see if there are any online coupon codes available on those websites that could save money. The same goes for items you see in a store that you would like to buy. First go home and check online to see if that store has a website that has online coupons available or if it is available cheaper on any other websites.

The great thing about shopping online is that many websites allow users to rate each product, so you can decide whether it is worth the money or not. Online coupon codes are constantly changing, so keep your eye out for good deals; many times there are free shipping coupons available. With a little bit of searching you can often save money with online shopping.

There are thousands of internet shops, so whatever it is you're looking to buy, you will be able to find it online. You can begin your search on any search engine you like, such as Google. Be as specific as possible in your searches to ensure you find exactly what you're looking for. Many times, the same products are sold on multiple websites, so you can compare prices and see which is the most affordable.


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In house, wardrobe space is just as valuable as real estate. Anywhere that space is at a premium, you really need to work out how to get the best out of every square inch. When you can actually see your clothes, not only will it help you decide what to wear, but it will actually help keep your clothes in tip top condition… How much of what you have do you actually wear? Don’t give up any of this premium space to anything that doesn’t need to be there. Here is a great but simple system for working out what you wear and what you don’t. Before you do anything else, count how many coat hangers are in your wardrobe and make a note. Next, take a picture of your wardrobe. It will be a useful reference at the end of this process to show just how much things have improved. A tip – write the number of hangers in big bold numbers on an A4 sheet of paper and stick it in the inside of your wardrobe door or somewhere visible, then when you take the picture the number is recorded too and saves you having to record it. Take an old tie or scarf and tie it to the far right of the rail you hang your clothes on. This is your marker. When you wear some thing and return it to your wardrobe, hang it at the extreme right after the marker. Do this for one whole month and in a typical men’s wardrobe, you would have worn no more than 40% of what you are actually storing in there.

What to do with what’s left? At the end of the month, you have to assess what you have discovered. Everything to the right of the marker is safe (for now) because you have actually worn it during the past month. Everything else should be split into four piles.

SEASONAL You would wear it but it’s the wrong time of year.

SENTIMENTAL You wouldn’t wear it again but it means too much to get rid of.

POTENTIAL You would wear it if only...

SCRAP You are never going to wear it.

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If you can only wear these clothes for three months of the year, they are wasting space for the other nine. Box these up according to seasons and store somewhere appropriate (and that does not mean inside your wardrobe).Tip – Put a list of everything that went in the box on the outside of the box and clearly label what season the clothes are for to help you locate items. Do this each season and you will be well on your way to managing your wardrobe.

Sentimental You know the stuff, the jumper your granny gave you for Christmas, your graduation outfit, the fancy dress from last year’s office party. It’s all means too much to throw out, but you are not going to wear it again. I am ruthless when it comes to these things and would happily move most of it to the scrap pile and I urge you to do the same. Of course there things even I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of. Box them up too; there is no need to have them taking up space in your wardrobe.

Potential This is time to be brutally honest with yourself, are you really going to wear that full length black leather coat you bought after watching the Matrix if only you had a pair of combat boots? This is your call but if it was me, most would be going on the scrap pile. Tip – Check out this article on the 20 wardrobe essentials. If this item is on that list or you could wear it if you bought something off the list, it is probably safe to keep. If it isn’t, be honest are you really going to wear it? Put it on the scrap pile.

Scrap By now you should be left with a clean wardrobe and a pile of clothes you are going to get rid of. There will be plenty of life in some of these clothes so don’t bin them. My grandfather always told me ‘there is money in scrap’ and he right. List it all on eBay and if it sells, put the money to good use, treat yourself to something that should be in your wardrobe.

To hang and to fold, from this day forth... You are almost there. Your wardrobe is clear and the only things in there should be there right? Do you hang your jeans like the rest of your trousers? When have you ever gone into a store and browsed racks of hung up jeans? Never right? There are some guidelines for this.

Hang woven, fold knitted.


By woven I mean you should hang your suits, shirts, trousers and coats. Do not hang your jumpers as they will become misshaped, fold them. The only exception to this rule is your jeans – don’t hang them, as mentioned earlier, you don’t buy them on a hanger! They don’t need one.

There is real benefit in upgrading your hangers. Thin wire or plastic hangers not only look cheap, they may put extra stress on your clothes which will make them wear out sooner. Invest on some quality wooden hangers. You will be surprised at how many types there are so do some research and get the right ones for your clothes. Luckily, now you have removed all the unnecessary items from your wardrobe, you will have far less to replace. does a great range of hangers and offer good advice. Tip – everyone is going crazy about cedar wood and rightly so, it has a pleasant, distinctive but strong scent. Leave it for your shoe trees; men’s shoes need help to maintain a nice fragrance, your suits do not and chances are it will clash with your aftershave. Hangers should be fragrance free.

Ties I know there are great hanging solutions for ties where you can hang 20 or more ties on a single hanger but I have never really liked them. It was always too fiddly to use them properly and you could never see the ties buried under the first few layers. Instead, just roll them up and put them in a drawer. You can now get drawer or shelf dividers to separate rolled ties and add a touch of class.

Workman wear If like me, you work in an office most days, it is great to have some old clothes for cleaning the car or clearing out the garage. These no not need to be hung or folded next to your quality gear. Keep these clothes in a quality storage box. This will stop you from having too many, after all how many worn out pairs of jeans do you actually need when painting the house?

All done! Now your wardrobe is looking great, come on over to forum and post up pictures of your impressive wardrobe. One last thing! That picture you took at the start, take a look now – I bet you can’t believe the difference.



The rains are here to stay for a while and so is the mood for hot, spicy snacks. Street food like pani-puri, bhel-puri and sandwiches may tempt you, but these are foods that you simply must stay away from in the monsoons. Deep within, germs and bacteria thrive in the unhygienic roadside eateries.


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As a rule you should avoid eating raw foods during the rains, refrigerate left-overs immediately, wash the vegetables used to make salads thoroughly and clean leafy vegetables with care. Above all, try to keep eating out during the monsoons at an absolute minimal.

SPINACH LEAVES PAKODA Ingredients: 1 bunch - spinach 16 oz. - gram flour 1 - small onion 1 tsp. - ginger garlic paste 1 - green chilli 1 tsp. - coriander powder 1/2 tsp. - cumin powder 1/2 tsp. - red chilli powder 1 pinch - amchoor powder 1/2 tsp. - celery powder salt to taste oil for frying

But does that mean you can't give treat to your taste-buds? Nah! Here are some delicious top recipes that you can try that will for sure gonna make you keep asking for more.

MANGO PAKODA Method: Make the thick paste of gram flour and other masala. Wash the spinach leaves and dip one full leaf at a time in the gram flour mixture. Deep fry in oil. Repeat with rest of the leaves. Serve hot with coriander chutney. Servings: 2-4 Time Taken: 15-30 min

Ingredients: 1 cup - rice flour 3/4 cup - besan/chickpea flour 1/2 cup - grated raw mango 1/2 cup - onions, finely chopped. 1/2 cup - green spring onions, finely chopped (the green part) 1/4 cup - green coriander leaves, finely chopped 1/2 tsp. - chat masala 1 tbsp. - curry leaves, crushed or chopped finely 1 tbsp. - mint leaves, chopped finely 1 inch - piece ginger, finely grated 2 cloves - garlic, finely grated 1/2 tsp. - cumin seeds coarsely powdered 1 - green chilli, seeds removed and chopped a pinch of bicarbonate soda 1/4 tsp. - ajwain seeds oil for frying salt to taste

Method: Mix all the above ingredients. Add a little water if needed to form batter of dropping consistency. Do not make it watery as it will absorb more oil. Heat oil and fry the pakoda in small batches. Enjoy hot with your favorite chutney or sauce and hot tea or coffee. You can add 1/4 cup of peanuts to the pakodi batter if you like; it gives a crunchy taste. Servings: 3 Time Taken: 15-30 min

CHEESE PAKODA Ingredients: 500 g - potatoes, boiled and mashed 100 g - cheddar cheese 1 inch - piece ginger, finely grated 1 cup - green coriander, finely chopped 1 - green chilli finely chopped (or according to taste) 1 - large egg, beaten 3 tbsp. - oats 1/2 tsp. - black pepper powder 1 tsp.- cumin seeds, coarsely crushed salt to taste oil to deep fry

Method: Mix all the above ingredients in a glass bowl. Make small balls and keep in fridge for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the balls on medium heat till light golden. Drain on a paper napkin and serve with tomato ketchup. You can omit green chillies and add chat masala if you prefer it. Servings: 4 Time Taken: 15-30 min


MONSOON FOOD SNEAKY KEBABS Ingredients: 1 - raw chicken breast mince 1 bunch - spinach leaves, without stalks, washed finely sliced and steamed 1 tsp. - finely ground garlic 1 tsp. - finely grated ginger 1/2 tsp. - coarsely powdered cumin seeds 1/2 - freshly ground black pepper a pinch garam masala powder 1/2 cup - whole cooked and drained chana dal coarse bread crumbs 2 - medium eggs beaten salt to taste oil for shallow frying

MANGO PAKODA Ingredients: For Filling 500 g - chicken minced 2 - onions (diced fine) 4 to 5 - cloves 5 to 6 - green cardamom 1 pinch - cinnamon powder 2 tsp. - ginger garlic paste 4 to 5 - green chillies 1 tsp. - coriander powder roasted 1/2 tsp. - cumin powder 1/2 tsp. - gram masala powder 1 tbsp. - oil salt to taste For Pastry sheets philladough

Method: For Filling Heat the oil for about 30-60 seconds and add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon powder and green chillies chopped fine. Then add diced onions. Once the onions are golden brown add ginger garlic paste and saute for about 2 minutes. Then add chicken and rest of the ingredients including masalas. Squeeze the juice of 1 small lemon and cook the chicken till all moisture evaporates from the mix. Cool the mixture. For Pastry sheets Philladough sheets are very paper thin and need to be covered with a lightly wet muslin cloth to prevent them from drying out. Take a bunch of 3-4 sheets and cut them 10 inch wide and cut across. After the sheets are cut, split the sheet in about 5 inch wide by about 5 inch square. Place the filling in the center and cover it with the flap of philladough. Line the outer ends with some water to glue the ends together. Bake at 300 F in the oven till the pastry is completely fluffy and very lightly creamish brown. Servings: 3 Time Taken: 15-30 min


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Method: Squeeze out the excess water from the spinach and add to the chicken mince in a glass bowl. Add in all the ingredients except the bread crumbs and the eggs. Blend well. Wash and grease your hands with oil and shape the mixture into small cylinders. Roll in beaten eggs and coat with bread crumbs. Shallow fry on medium heat until light golden. Serve with tomato ketchup, sweet chilli sauce and potato wedges. Servings: 2 Time Taken: 15-30 min




- Ratna Bhushan very once in a while Ajay Kaul steps away from his

work station to a mini golf green placed neatly next to his table and makes a putt. "It's meant to be a stress buster," says the bespectacled CEO of Jubilant FoodWorks, looking through a huge glass panel that reveals most of the four-storey headquarters of the firm that runs American pizza chain Domino's in India. We don't know how much it helped the 46-year old turn around a sinking business from the brink, see it through a dream IPO that started a spate of investments in other food chains, and strike a deal with renowned US doughnut and coffee retail chain Dunkin Donuts. But Kaul has done all this in the past seven years. Today, Dominos has about 45% share in the 1,400-1,500-crore pizza market in the country and it's growing in high double digits. But there are early signs of a consumer slowdown. Sales of most consumer products from home appliances and cars to garments and perishable goods have slowed; so has the overall economy. Dominos' same-store sales growth has slowed to 27% year on year in the July-September quarter last year, down from 44% in the previous quarter. Prices of pizzas are up. And Jubilant's share price has slipped 23% since hitting a high of 1,021.80 on September 6 in line with overall fall in the stock market. So the question looming before Kaul now is, if he can sustain Domino's scorching pace of growth in 2012. The XLRI, Jamshedpur alumni, who jogs for 50 minutes every morning, has no plans to slow down. "We are investing in marketing the brand and our people more than we've ever done before. Spends are double of what they were," he says. The Dunkin Donuts venture is about to take off in India. Jubilant plans to take the US brand to Bangladesh later this year. And the company may bring in more brands as the business expands. Kaul gives equal if not more import to people investment. "We are formally mentoring 60-70 managers to train them as future CEOs," he says.


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Kaul's people management skills are recognized in the food industry. "Ajay is the one who instilled pride in the company, starting from the delivery boys to the senior management," says Sumanta Datta, vice-president of Coca-Cola India & South West Asia.

Kaul's people management skills are recognized in the food industry. "Ajay is the one who instilled pride in the company, starting from the delivery boys to the senior management," says Sumanta Datta, vice-president of Coca-Cola India & South West Asia.

When Kaul joined as Jubilant FoodWorks CEO in early 2005, he inherited, in his words, an "intensely tightly run company" that was mired in losses. He was making his debut in the foods industry, coming from logistics firm TNT Express in Indonesia and having had earlier stints at American Express and Modiluft. And he found his plate full. "Forget long-term, even a mid-term vision wasn't in place," says the father of two daughters, who returned to India for family reasons. "The business was highly cost-focused, key divisions like quality and HR were operating as one or two-men teams, and focus on supply chain and operations was lacking." What added to the problem was stores were being opened at a frenzied pace, resulting in accumulated losses and some 40 stores downing shutters. But his biggest challenge, Kaul says, was changing mindsets of his employees, including that of promoters Shyam and Hari Bhartia. Today, the promoters' involvement is more or less restricted to board meetings and long-term plans, while day-to-day decisions are mostly left to Kaul and his management team. Soon after taking over, Kaul started a revamp exercise and some old hands who were on the verge of quitting stayed back. "I couldn't give them increments at that time, only a vision," says Kaul. Later in 2007, employee stock options (Esops) were given out. "Post the IPO, a lot of our staff are millionaires," he says. Jubilant FoodWorks got listed in February 2010 at 145 a share. Today, it trades at more than 780 and it has a market capitalization of 5,075 crore. From 80-90 stores when he joined, Domino's is now a 411-store chain across 93 cities and employs 13,500 people. It sells close to four million pizzas a month or 400 pizzas per store a day; and the India is now Domino's fastest growing market outside the US. Last July, Jubilant FoodWorks was valued at almost the same as Domino's Pizza Inc, which has about 10 times more outlets than in India, at about $1.4 billion.

Today, even competitors call Domino's the "poster boy" of the retail foods sector. Kotak Institutional Equities' Senior Analyst Manoj Menon, in a report in November last year, said, "We have strong conviction in the management." One concern, according to his report, was that same store growth volumes slowed down possibly due to roughly 10% price increase year-on-year, and this could indicate slower-thanexpected ramp-up of newer stores. But he added that, "Jubilant is planning to increase marketing spends to address any potential impact of demand slowdown." Kaul says his only disappointment is that Jubilant FoodWorks IPO got pushed from 2008 to 2009-end because of the economic slowdown. But it beat expectations. His workday starts at 9 am, and he stays less than 10 minutes away from office, as he has done in 16 out of his 22 years of working. "That way, I need just five minutes to unwind and be with family," he says.



Money Waster 2: Bottled Water

Money Waster 3: Washing Clothes

With all of those fresh water springs, tumbling waterfalls and snowy mountains pictured on the front of most water bottles, it’s hardly surprising that we’re more tempted to pluck a fancy bottle from the shelf instead of resorting to the trusty kitchen tap. Research from the Environmental Working Group in Washington found that bottled water is no better for you than tap water and costs around 1900 times the price.

While it’s true that hot water is more effective at removing stains out of clothes, you should only put your laundry on a hot wash if these clothes actually need a deep clean. Otherwise, putting your wash on cool will have the desired outcome that you expect and it won’t be costing you a fortune at the same time. Putting all of your clothes on a hot wash when it isn’t really necessary also makes them more likely to shrink and fade, which means you end up wasting more money buying new clothes in the future. To save money in the long run, put them on a cooler wash.

Money Waster 1: Phone Bill Sales assistants are good at making us feel as though we can’t live without those 50000 text messages or the 10000 free minutes and before we know it we’re signing on the dotted line. Will you really use all of those texts and calls though? Unless you have an awful lot of gossip on a regular basis, the chances are you won’t need them. Buying something because you get a lot of bang for your buck isn’t necessarily the best policy if you’re not going to use the extras that this includes in the first place. Instead, make sure you opt for a phone contract that suits you, not the one that suits your partner or your mum. Even if you only save a few coins, it’s better than spending those coins on...

Money Waster 4: Fast Food Fast food is another huge waste of money that does no good for either you or your bank account. Despite all of the “value meals” that fast food restaurants and takeaways offer, it adds up to a pretty hefty sum by the time you’ve included your drinks and fries. Work out how much it would be to have one fast food meal per day and then times it by seven to work out how much that would cost. Think of all the groceries you can buy from the supermarket with that amount of money!

Money Waster 5: Cheap Items We tend to think we’re saving money when we reach for the cheapest shoes instead of splurging on the unnecessarily expensive ones, but this isn’t always the case. Cheap items usually reflect their quality and it works out a whole lot cheaper in the long-run if you buy better quality items. Don’t steer clear of all cheap items forever; own brand products in your local grocery/food shop are usually a similar item but in less fancy packaging so it makes sense to buy the cheaper one. Do bear in mind though those expensive products such as televisions, tools, clothes, and accessories are priced higher because they’ll last longer.


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ADVERTORIAL In light of this, experts in car accessories, Hamilton Classic have launched their latest range of car covers. For those of us not fortunate enough to own a home with the helpful attachment of a garage, seeking an alternative way to protect our beloved automobile from all that nature may throw at us can often prove costly, time consuming and even confusing due to the options available. Therefore online car accessories store Hamilton Classic, believes it is an utmost necessity to stock among their extensive shelves of car accessories the all-important luxury car cover.


Managing director at Hamilton Classic, Alastair Flack said, “I myself am incredibly passionate about cars, hence my choice of car accessories as the field for my first business venture. Mr. Flack continued, “I have unfortunately had many an experience where nature has done its worst on my favorite car of the time. As such, I have never looked back since the day I purchased my first car cover and now own one to don my most precious car for the times when I am to consent them to the great outdoors.�


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Being passionate about cars can be tough in the harsh northern climate. With unpredictable weather that all too often makes a turn for the worst, protecting our cars from the inevitable is an integral part of car maintenance.

Many car lovers are unaware of the potential havoc nature can play upon the exterior of your vehicle; should it sport even the most miniscule scratch, rain will be quick to make a jumpstart on the rusting process. And even the welcome appearance of the sun poses a potential danger, as it slowly fades the color of your vehicle. Among the selection of car covers available at Hamilton Classic is an array of varieties available to cover all or part of your vehicle. The Car Convertible Top Cover is designed to protect vulnerable soft tops from damage by the uncontrollable forces of God via the rubber seals etc. To protect the entirety of your cars exterior Hamilton Classic stock their most popular car cover, the Car Outdoor All Weather car cover. Upon visiting their extensive car accessories website, you will be asked to enter the year and model of your vehicle, this will ensure the educated team at Hamilton Classic provide you with a cover that will snugly surround the entire body of your car. Their covers are recommended by many web forums and car clubs who have tried and tested the covers with total satisfaction.





Do cocktail parties strike terror in your heart? If so, you are not alone. Although the ability to converse with others comes naturally to some, it is a skill that most of us must develop. Many women don’t realize that effective conversation has little to do with what you know, but everything to do with how you present yourself. The 19th century French novelist Guy de Maupassant said it best: “Conversation is the art of never appearing a bore, of knowing how to say everything interestingly, to entertain with no matter what, to be charming with nothing at all.”

The ability to converse well with others is not some elusive thing, obtainable only by a chosen few. With a little elbow grease, even shy women can learn to feel comfortable speaking with anyone, about anything. Here’s my tried and true formula.

 Take a personal inventory. Make a list of your personal strengths and accomplishments. Keep this with you at all times, and add to it. Review it regularly, but especially before entering social situations that usually cause you discomfort. This will remind you that you do have much to offer.  Ask a friend. Request honest input from a trusted friend. How does she think you come across in social situations? What does she think you do well? How could you converse more effectively with others? Better yet, ask a couple of confidantes for their assessment of you. Now you are ready to make a Self-Development list. Chances are good that one or more of the following steps will address your weak areas.  Speak less and listen more. People love to speak about themselves. In social situations, be sure to ask others about their interests, work, opinions, etc. This will take the focus off of you. A side benefit of this approach is that you will invariably be

viewed as a great conversationalist, even though you’ve said little or nothing!  Develop your sense of humor. Begin taking note of the things that make you laugh. Pay attention to what others find humorous. You don’t have to be particularly quickwitted or a great storyteller in order to make others laugh. In fact, some of the funniest (and safest) material is that which is self-deprecating. As a side benefit this approach lets your listener know that you don’t take yourself too seriously.  Brush up on current events. Even with limited time, you can have a cursory knowledge of what’s happening in the world. Subscribe to a weekly news magazine or at least skim the headlines of a daily paper. You can even catch the news online these days! You don’t have to be an expert in order to casually refer to something that is newsworthy.  Keep track of new and interesting experiences. What have you recently enjoyed? A trip to a space museum? Thai food? Your first opera? Fly-fishing? New (and attention-getting) experiences will always provide fodder for stimulating conversation.  Be a bearer of good tidings. Keep your comments upbeat and enthusiastic. People are instinctively drawn to positive conversation. And notice how quickly they will excuse themselves if you begin discussing your current health problems!

 Keep your own comments short and to the point. No one is interested in hearing you drone on about your own opinions or achievements. Brevity and humility go a long way in social situations. In sum, you need be neither a rocket scientist nor a brain surgeon in order to participate in lively conversation. Being a good listener is half the battle. Having fresh information to share, and delivering it with a sense of humor, is the other half. Maybe that next cocktail party won’t be so bad, after all!

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After a comprehensive review about HTC Onex in my previous column, I present to you the new smarties on the block. And the battle is worth reckoning‌

The anticipated successor to Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung's flagship Android smartphone and the principal competitor to iPhone 4S, was launched in London on May 3. Samsung announced that India was in the list of countries where the phone is expected to be shipped first, in the week of June. Samsung says that the phone is 'designed for humans', implying a more interactive interface. For example, like Apple's Siri, Samsung's S Voice is a voice-activated feature that can do various tasks such as turn off your alarm, answer your phone, adjust music volume and click a picture by voice commands. Other interactive features include Direct call, which dials the contact you are messaging when you lift the phone to your ear, and Smart stay, which automatically recognizes when you are looking at the phone and maintain a bright display for continued viewing. S III also boasts of impressive specifications. The 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen should provide crisp viewing. The phone includes a quad-core Exonys mobile processor clocked at 1.4 Hz. This puts it in line with recent models, such as the HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X HD, for processing power. I am still out on whether or not a quad-core processor is needed in a mobile - with few apps available that will make use of the power - but it's nice to know you'll be prepared if there's a sudden rush of new apps released. The phone will cost between `34,000 and `38,000.

BLACKBERRY BOLD 9790 Running on Blackberry OS 7, this smartphone features a touchscreen and Qwerty keypad. I found the phone easy to use, though there were minor hitches. The OS 7, for example, offers many options but these are sometimes hidden on long menus. Battery life is quite short – I managed just under four hours with medium reception levels on a 3G network. The 5Mp autofocus camera takes good pictures, however, the small, low-resolution screen is disappointing. The phone is priced at `26,000. - Chetan Sharma Specifications courtesy: Right Choice


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ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS & BEYOND: CHAIL Just 43 kms from the maddening pace of Shimla is the quaint hill station Chail, happily isolated from the rest of Himachal and occupying prime position on three hills. Escape to the hills of Chail from the big city rush and experience nature at its best and have a tryst with adventure.



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HISTORY The flamboyant Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala built Chail as his 'summer capital' when he was banned from Shimla after a clash with the British in 1891. Never one to be left behind, the Maharaja conjured up his very own Xanadu, the Chail Palace, a magnificent mansion in surroundings that overshadowed any resort the British commanded. Chail is built on three hills - the palace on Rajgarh Hill, the British Residency on Pandhewa Hill and Sadh Tiba is the third hill. Sadh Tiba was originally the site of the palace but the Maharaja halted construction there and built a temple, Sidh Baba ka Mandir, following a dream. Today the Chail Palace is a luxury hotel that seems to hang from the clouds, perched on the hilltop and surrounded by pine and deodar forests. The drive to Chail is scenic, winding around the gorgeous valleys of Kandaghat, past forests thick with foliage and fruit laden orchards. Along the entire journey, you are aware that Chail stands apart from other Himachal hill stations in its majesty and location. When you finally reach Chail, you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The twinkling lights of Shimla and Kasauli are clearly visible and Chail overlooks the Satluj Valley. WHERE TO STAY

Chail Palace Situated amidst mountains and lush green forest of deodar and pine trees, the second option is Hotel Lions. This property features facilities like discotheque, conference facilities, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, satellite TV, laundry, room service, video games, bonfire, musical programs and indoor games. Other option is Hotel Monaal that is set amidst the picturesque locales. With 10 well-equipped rooms the hotel features amenities like library, laundry service, satellite TV, travel desk facility, safe vault, money changer, and activities like rock climbing, rappelling, camping, riverside picnics etc.

There is a variety of places to stay in Chail. The accommodation options range from 3-star hotels to budget properties. You can also choose to stay in various resorts motels, tourist lodges, deluxe Swiss tents or camps in this region. All the hotels in Chail are 55 kms away from Shimla Airport, 29 kms from Kandaghat Railway Station and 88 kms from Kalka Railway Station.

Hotel Lions

3-STAR HOTELS IN CHAIL The property that very popular amongst tourist is the Chail Palace, which is situated amidst verdant Deodar forests. This palace was built in 1891 and was originally a private mansion of the Maharaja of Patiala. After serving royalty for years now the palace is been converted into a hotel and is owned by Himachal Tourism. Spread in 75 acres of land on Rajgarh Hills, the hotel boasts antique furnishings and royal charm. You can choose from a variety of accommodation options like Cottage, Deluxe Room, and Suite. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant and a plush bar. With facilities like laundry Service, gift store, safe deposit box, billiards and snooker, tennis, conference hall, cable TV, room service, firewood or room heaters, car rental and children's park this property is a favored choice amongst honeymooners.

Hotel Rashi Resort is nestled in the pine forest of Chail and offers cozy accommodation in its well-appointed Deluxe Rooms, Cottages and Swiss Tents. The hotel provides all modern facilities and is situated at elevation of 7054 ft. BUDGET HOTELS IN CHAIL If you are a budget traveller you can choose to stay in the hotels under this category. All the properties under this section will provide you with basic amenities like TV, hot and cold running water, laundry facility, room service, car rental and restaurant.

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ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS & BEYOND: CHAIL You can checkout Hotel Chail Inn which is situated on a mountainside. The second is Grand Sunset Hotel situated on the main road or Hotel Ekant which has 17 wellfurnished rooms. You can also check-in the well-known Pinewood Hotel, which is managed by HPTDC and provides decent services. RESORTS AND TENTS IN CHAIL You can stay in the very luxurious Tarika’s Jungle Retreat in Chail. This resort is situated in the serene milieu of Chail and is specifically designed with glass walls with facilities like conference hall, banquet hall, children park, discotheque, two restaurants, two bars, airport pick/drop, airlines counter, baby care facility, library, car rental, laundry service, room service, direct dialing STD/ISD facility, cable TV, courier mail service, games room, golf, gymnasium, jacuzzi, sauna, meditation and60 well-appointed rooms, cottages, log hut and suite.

Hotel Monal

The other good option is to stay in Jungle Livinn Camps and Retreat. This splendid resort is in the picturesque valley of Chail and provides accommodation like luxury Swiss tents and cottages. It features facilities and activities like TV, direct dialing STD/ISD facility, 24-hour room service, nature walk, hot and cold running water, wooden ceiling, rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, valley crossing, tarzan swing, indoor games and bonfire with barbeques.

Rashi Resorts

One of the well-known luxury tents is Boparai Camping Site, behind main market NH-22. This camping site is located at 6000 ft. at Barog, overlooking the Solan Valley. The camping authorities arrange for treks, bonfires, dance parties and offers well-furnished pitch tents with electricity. You can also pitch your own tents here. THINGS TO DO There are plenty of things to do in Chail. Wander off into the woods for a peaceful walk or go for a strenuous hike up the hillside, try some angling in the river nearby or go horse riding on the narrow trail around the hill. Enjoy playing at the highest cricket pitch and polo ground or visit the magnificent Chail Palace, which is a lovely place to spend a peaceful and luxurious holiday. You can also carry a picnic basket to nearby Sadhupul village or Kufri and enjoy few moments in tranquility.

Hotel Chail Inn

Tarika’s Jungle Retreat

Sightseeing: Chail’s best known places to see are the world’s highest cricket pitch and polo ground at 2,444 m, temple Chail Sanctuary among other attractions of this hill station. Visit the Sidh Baba ka Mandir – this is the site where Maharaja Bhupinder Singh originally began building his palace. The story goes that a ‘sidh’ or saintly person appeared before the Maharaja in a dream and stated that this is the place where he meditated, so the Maharaja stopped building his palace and changed it into the temple it is today. The Chail Sanctuary is filled with tall cedar trees that seem as if they are touching the sky. Kids will enjoy the tiny wildlife sanctuary with ghoral, sambhar, cheer pheasants, and red jungle fowl for company. No visit to Chail is complete without a visit to Chail Palace which was once the residence of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. This palace is today a hotel that is popular with holidaymakers as well as honeymooners because of its heritage as well as the spectacular surroundings. Accommodation is available in the form of quaint cottages and rooms equipped with modern facilities, but still retaining its old world charm. Shopping & Eating Out: Shopping in Chail is all about buying woolens, shawls, and caps. Chail is small little town so there is not much opportunity for any other kind of shopping. While the wholesome meals at the small dhabas or at restaurants in the hotels are for sure a treat to the taste-buds. Activities: Outdoor activities in Chail include going for walks into the woods or hiking, trekking, angling among other activities. You can just wander off into the woods for a peaceful walk or do a more strenuous hike up the hillside here. Chail


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also has something to offer to the adventurous - try some angling in the river nearby or horse riding on the narrow trail around the hill. Kids will enjoy the wildlife sanctuary, with ghoral, sambhar, cheer pheasants, and red jungle fowl for company. You can also carry a picnic to Sadhupul village on the way to Kandagahat. Chail has a few trek routes for the outdoor enthusiast. Some of the easy trek routes are the Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Rajgarh and Chur Chandni and Chail-Shimla via Junga. The trek routes provide scenic views of the hills and dales all through the way. Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are the three main festivals in Chail that are celebrated with much fanfare and gusto. PLACES NEAR CHAIL

World’s highest cricket ground

Shimla makes for a good day trip with its many attractions like the Mall, the souvenir shops, and the restaurants - you can escape to Chail when the crowds begin to get to you. Kufri 25 kms away is famed for its ski slopes and the panoramic vistas around. The crisp cool air of Kufri is rejuvenating and refreshing – so make a day trip. It is well worth it! In summer, horse riding and short treks into the surrounding hills and in winter skiing and tobogganing in the snow are some activities you can undertake. Fagu lies off the beaten track just a few kms. from Kufri. If you are looking for a peaceful quiet day out, make that trip to Fagu and get close to nature as you possible can with the most breathtaking views of the surrounding kaleidoscope.


HOW TO REACH The best way to get around Chail is to have or hire your own vehicle. For those looking at enjoying the picturesque surrounding walking would be a good option. The closest airport is at Chandigarh, 112 kms away. From Chandigarh one can get a taxi or bus to Chail. The nearest railhead is Kalka and the best train from Delhi would be the Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail. From Kalka Chail is a 2-hour ride by bus or taxi. The toy train from Kalka to Kandaghat takes 5 hours and chugs through picturesque hills and tunnels. The drive to Chail from Shimla is 43 km via Kufri and 61 km via Kandaghat. Drive to Chail from Delhi on NH1 to Ambala and NH 22 to Kandaghat via Panchkula, Kalka and Dharampur. There are buses and tourist taxis to Chail from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Shimla and Kandaghat.

Sidh Baba Temple

BEST TIME TO VISIT Chail is beautiful in summer when the days are warm and the nights cool. Summer day time temperatures remain a cool 25 degrees Centigrade while at night it falls to comfortable 12 degrees C or so. The best time to come to Chail is from April to early July and again from September to November when the monsoons are done. The monsoons come down hard in the hills at Chail, so it would be best to avoid this season as many a time there are landslides and road blocks happen. The winters are cold and see snow with temperatures falling to the single digit mark. If festivals are your interest then you could visit in late July/August when the Minjair Festival takes place - this festival attracts many visitors and lasts a week during the month of Shravan.

Driving direction from Chandigarh Distance: 112 km Driving Time: 3.00 hours From Chandigarh take the road towards Panchkula and on to Solan on NH 22. Take a right turn from Solan for Chail.

Kali Ka Tibba

Driving Direction from Delhi to Chail Distance: 346 km Driving Time: 7.00 hours Drive to Chail from Delhi on NH1 to Ambala and NH 22 to Kandaghat via Panchkula, Kalka and Dharampur. What to Pack Carry light woolens and cotton outfits for summer and heavy woolens and snow protection for winter. Don't forget your walking shoes!

Emergency Number POLICE: 0177-2657430 HOSPITAL: IGMC hospital 0177-2654092; Ambulance: 102, 0177- 2804648 TOURIST INFORMATION: Shimla, The Mall Tel 01772652561; Shimla Railway Reservation: 131, 0177-2652915

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And The Winner Is… Newcomer Bidita Bag who makes her debut as the female lead in the upcoming comedy ‘From Sydney With Love’ releasing in the first week of August, gets furious when asked about her film clashing with the release of pornstar Sunny Leone’s sizzling debut ‘Jism 2’. When questioned about the clash, Bidita, who has modeled for many successful brands and campaigns, fumes, “What can Sunny show in the film that she hasn’t already shown to the world?” Bidita further adds, “On the contrary, I have a lot to show, that too with my jism covered. Subtle sensuality is far more explosive than raw sexuality.” When told about Sunny’s popularity and the traction that Jism 2 has garnered, Bidita decides to take her down completely, she points out, “Moreover, Sunny is not even the topmost pornstar in the world. So what’s the fuss all about?” So we have a new cat fight in B-town that is sure to ruffle a few feathers. Wonder how the fiery Ms. Leone will react to this? We are left waiting to watch this space for more info!


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While you continue to experience love in the head for a while longer, dear Aries, August will bring your heart more deeply into the equation. In fact, the 8-9 can bring strong sentimental feelings about someone. Enjoyment is in strong focus, but keep in mind that until the 8th, not everything is likely to go as planned, particularly recreational and romantic pursuits, as well as activities connected with children. Purchases tend to be for the home and family. Your social life tends to be strong in August, until the last week of the month, when life's less glamorous responsibilities demand more of your attention.

Strong focus on family and the home continues as you begin August, dear Taurus. You may be drawing upon back up plans until the 8th, after which things get back on track. You are a romantic at heart, but you don't always find the words to express your feelings. However, this month, and particularly on the 8-9, you are more expressive verbally. There can be some restlessness when it comes to love, and this comes to a head by the last week of August, when you're more likely to pursue your heart's desire. Brace yourself for a relationship-centered period that extends through most of September.



You begin August continuing a trend that keeps you active and sociable, dear Gemini, and this is likely to continue for the next three weeks. After that, it's back to business, so enjoy yourself as much as possible now, but don't let things go and get yourself to the point that you have too much to deal with later on when reality sets in. Communication problems tend to clear up after the 8th. In fact, the 8-9 can stimulate wonderful shared ideas and inspired conversations. You pursue your desires heartily. Watch for impulsive purchases and conflicts over money or values around the 17-18.


The first three weeks of August bring you much attention, dear Leo, after which things quiet down considerably. From the 8th forward, decision making becomes clearer. The 17th brings a whole new orientation, a blast of personal energy, and a sense that you're starting to move forward. Nevertheless, your head and your heart may not be on the same page this month, as your heart remains attuned to the past and is quite possibly in need of extra care and time. You continue to meet your daily responsibilities with gusto, although when the pace of your life slows from the 23rd forward, you welcome it. You will be facing challenges in the family unit then and in September.


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Life continues to keep you close to home, grounded, and seeking out more comfort and security in August, dear Cancer. It won't be until the third week of the month that you come out of your shell and begin pursuing your desires more directly and actively. Nevertheless, Venus, goddess of love, is moving towards your sign, and once there (from the 7th forward), you'll quite naturally attract what (and who) you want with considerably less effort on your part! As well, delays with gifts, income, possessions, and money in general begin to disappear around the same time. Your life picks up pace considerably from the 22nd forward.


In the first few weeks of August, you are likely to be tying up loose ends and retiring or closing projects, attitudes, or goals, dear Virgo. It's a good time for retreats and breaks, if you can manage it. The last week of the month involves an increase in activity, as well as your taste for it! The only caution involved with this change of pace is to avoid being too impatient for results and hasty getting where you want to go. From the 8th forward, your intuition grows sharper. Your interest in the past continues to be strong. Drama in your work and daily schedules can occur in the first days of August, and in your partnerships in the last days of the month.





Your life is busier than usual this month, dear Libra, until the last week of August, when you feel the need for a break from the more competitive or demanding elements of your life. Friends can be wonderfully helpful, particularly mid-month, when they might offer up pleasant distractions and encouraging words. Family relationships are moody and not especially reliable, but overall, a partner tends to support your actions. From the 23rd, the desire to take charge of your income and to be self-reliant dominate. You are making the connection between money and freedom. The way to your heart now is a practical route; you're most interested in reliability and security than you are in more flowery attention.

August is likely to bring your fair share of adventure, dear Sagittarius. Delays related to education or travel clear up, and you have a better idea where you stand. This is true for personal and business partnerships as well. It's a strong month for relationship and intimacy "repair", if necessary. Your personal magnetism is in large part fueled by your ability to bond and discuss personal matters this month. Even so, you're especially active and in demand in the first three weeks of August. The tempo changes considerably in the last week, when ambitions are stimulated, but personal energy levels may dip. Reconnect with family and gain strength from them.


You continue to be relationship-focused in the first three weeks of August, dear Aquarius, but some of the communication challenges you've been experiencing are likely to subside from the 8th forward. You are more able to focus your energy in the last week of the month, but until then, your social life continues to take top priority. Your attention is divided. Breaks from the usual routine are especially desirable now, as you are in need of a change of scenery. The first two days of the month can bring emotions to the surface and surprising epiphanies. The last week of August is excellent for money matters, particularly new money-making ideas. Love can become more serious or committed this month.

The first three weeks of August are likely to bring a flurry of activity on the professional front, dear Scorpio, but not necessarily the personal energy to match. Do your best to keep up with opportunities, but don't push yourself to inhuman levels. You're more accident-prone and liable to making errors during this period, but only if you are not listening to your body's signals to slow down. Give special attention to home and family on the 1-2. The 17th brings renewal of professional steam and the ability to overcome stumbling blocks in your career. Energy levels change drastically from the 23rd, at the same time that your social life picks up. Love is adventurous this month, and money opportunities come through a partner or management of others' resources.

The first three weeks of August can find you a little more serious than usual, dear Capricorn. You are introspective and a little self-protective, but you are also in strong touch with your ambitions. Your goal is to be more self-reliant, and you have a better chance of achieving it with a gentle approach towards the end of the month, when your load tends to lighten. There is strong focus on your close partnerships in August. Issues of freedom, responsibilities, and attention to family are likely heated topics. Challenges are likely, but resolutions are rewarding. Money matters, especially debt or shared resources, move forward. You are able to get the loan, support, or resources that you need.


A more introspective period continues to unfold in your life as August begins, dear Pisces. It may not be until August 22-23 before you truly come out of your shell and become more actively involved with others and embrace new experiences. Right now, work matters are priority, and they're improving considerably. Even so, your romantic life is spirited now, and while you may be a tad withdrawn in other areas of life, romance and entertainment are where your heart is. The 8-9 and 25-26 are strong times for personal appeal and charisma. Emotions are as full as the Moon in your sign on the last day of August.

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ENTER-TAINMENT Sherlyn Chopra is all set to do what other Indian models have never done before. The model-turned actress will pose on the cover of iconic men's magazine Playboy. Source: HT Syndication

It's known to be an unsaid rule that all Playboy cover girls must share the bed with the porn magazine's mogul, Hugh Hefner. But, our very own starlet Sherlyn Chopra, 28, says she did not sleep with the 86-year-old to land the jackpot deal. "I did not sleep with Mr. Hefner. No one at the (Playboy) mansion has till date made an indecent proposal to me. I love my naked skin. Felt quite comfortable displaying my nakedness. That is all," says Chopra, who as a part of her assignment, was required to strut about in the buff all day at the mansion as she went about her chores. She has just returned from the Los Angeles shoot after spending two eventful weeks with Hefner and other playmates.

I didn't sleep with Hefner:

Sherlyn Chopra


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TWEETS: Sherlyn even describes herself on her Twitter handle as "Playboy Cover Girl." She has also been posting pictures of hers with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner on Twitter.

The Sherlyn cover will hit stands in December. "It is the first time that the magazine has executed as many as 15 concepts for a model. When people see me, they will go wow," she says, undeterred by the backlash. "People back there could not believe that an Indian could do this!" It all started when she got in touch with Hefner over email in May this year, and expressed her desire to be on the cover. "While most girls are first called for a test shoot, I should thank him for having faith in me by providing me the opportunity without an audition." What about her rival starlet, strip-happy Poonam Pandey's allegations that Katy Mirza was the first Indian woman on the Playboy cover, and not Sherlyn? "Anybody who has doubts should make their doubts known to Mr. Hefner. I'm positive that he would be happy to answer their queries," she shrugs.

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PARADISE EARTH YOUNG DESIGNERS PROTEST OF POLYTHENE THROUGH THEIR FASHION SHOW “If you are concerned about the state of the environment and want to leave a cleaner and a less suffocating planet for our coming generations, then staying quiet should no longer be an option” says young fashion designers of JD Institute of fashion technology Noida at their fashion show in which they gave a social message “SAY NO TO POLYBAGS” This collection was all about the dresses made up of polythene which is very harmful for our atmosphere. Collection showcased by the young designers was very creative and innovative. They gave us a message through their collection that the number of plastic bags used all over the globe every year runs into trillions. Being non-biodegradable these bags will continue to haunt several generations to come over centuries. While much is being thought and done about this menace all over the globe , It is high time that we as a community rise against this menace and work tirelessly towards winning this arduous battle. Students of JD NOIDA gave their bit to save their mother earth through their fashion show’s unique collection theme called “INTRAMURAL”. The institute has always been at the forefront of fashion education in building designers of tomorrow, and produce design professionals who could make the most of opportunities in the world of fashion, interiors or jewelry. Here is a message by students of JD Noida through their INTRAMURAL collection- “Being an animal lover is not enough; we have to be conscious and aware to save animals, to protect them from the harm of poly bags.”


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This unique Beauty Pageant is an extraordinary effort to identify, inspire, train and nurture the young girls from entire India to showcase their talent and gives them enormous opportunity in the fashion world. Along with creating benchmark for the international fashion industry, there is a great social cause attached to Indian Princess. Every year it is in honor of our gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for our country, along with a cause for synchronized education to the female child in the remote and rural area of India. This year Indian Princess Contestants had been to these rural areas of India for the distribution of Educational Materials for promoting the Girl Child Education and visit to martyrs families for the support. This year pageant was graced by Celebrity Judges- our very own ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood Hema Malini, the evergreen Zeenant Aman, Vijay Singh – Chairman Managing Director of Indian Bridal week, Anil Sharma- Director Producer, Sharira Karim - Famous Personality groomer for Indian Princess. Indian Princess is initiated with launches in various cities followed by auditions. The training and grooming which is conducted at Blue Ocean Resort and spa at Ratnagiri in India. A trip overseas for International personality Development followed with the grand finale of Indian Princess which opens up immense opportunity in the field of modeling and Bollywood.

Indian Princess International, which is a part of Indian Princess, A unique Beauty Pageant for young Non Residential Indian girls Worldwide to explore their talent through this medium and give them massive opportunity in the world of fashion and Bollywood. It is a incomparable Beauty Pageant worldwide, which gives an opportunity to aspiring Models staying abroad with the Indian Origin/ Indian Roots (between the age of 18-26 years), to showcase their talent and represent their respective country of stay in their Home Country (India).


Indian Princess International is a bigger platform for the young Indian female models around the world. Countries from different parts of the world are trained to achieve perfection. The grooming conducted at Blue Ocean Resort and Spa at Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri in India is one of its kind.


Talk about international affiliations and associations, Indian Princess has various international licenses where the winners and other contestants of Indian Princess gets an opportunity to represent India in Grand-Slam International Beauty Pageants worldwide like, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Tourism Queen of the year , Miss Tourism International, Miss model of the world, Miss Bikini of the World and Miss Globe. Along with the international pageants this year, there are expansions in the line of fashion weeks like, New York fashion week, Miami fashion week, DC fashion week, Copenhagen Fashion Week showcasing the in-house brand label TANGERINE - An International Brand of Indian Princess Fashion Worldwide providing a platform for new emerging designers and experience to the Indian Princess contestants to walk on international ramp. Indian princess will provide opportunity to the contestants to travel and walk the ramp with international models & celebrities in various Indian princess International events worldwide.

R-Ana Chowdhary, C-Nikita Sharma, L-Bobby Layal

Concept by: Sunil Rane, Chairman-Indian Princess & Indian Princess International



What’s your height? - I am standing tall at 5’7”. Do you love travelling? - I have been raised and grown up in various parts of the country. I’ve already travelled a lot. Lolz! Your future plans - To take the fashion industry by storm. Your childhood dream - To become a supermodel. And I have been trying to stand up to the mark. Your overall experience in the industry - A remarkable journey for me since the day I stepped into the fashion circuit, worked with few major player of the game, walked for many new and talented fashion designers across India. Your idea of being a model - For me, it isn’t just flaunting your style and clothes, but it’s something more than that. And yes, caring the right attitude… People who influenced you – Those who have done well for the society and people. It’s. Your style statement - Keep it simple yet classy. I really don’t need to wear high-end branded clothes in order to make myself look good. I can wear a shirt from fashion-street yet make it look like Versace or Gucci. Your advice for aspiring models - To have a great attitude. Never let yourself down by under estimating yourself, because you are as good as anyone can be. Have that faith and confidence in yourself and I am sure you guys will go places. Favorite quote - Keep it stylish!


BORN TO RULE ROHIT GANDHI Your vitals - Chest-40, Height-5'11“, Hair colorblack & Eye color-Light brown. Your present city – Faridabad Your experience - I have done many prints and ramps with brands like Raymond, L'Oreal, HT City, Mushky and shervanis, t-shirts etc. Any special courses Acting diploma from AAFT-Film city NOIDA. Your idol - Hrithik Roshan Dream destination – Paris Are you fitness freak? - I love to do gyming. That mouth-watering dish is - Rajma Chawal.


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GUY NEXT DOOR Your Name - Manjit Singh. And to answer your next question, I am 22 years old :) Childhood dreams - Like every youngster, to become a top model and achieve a big platform. What drives you? - Despite of belonging to a small village, I’ve passion to reach the heights with my hard work & confident. I am focused, dedicated and loyal to my work which gives me confidence to go ahead in my life. Your favorite models - My inspiration are Milind Suman & Arjun Rampal. Your ethic of life - Whatever you want from others, give same to others. Then only you can be successful & happy in your life

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