• Under our Umbrella
    Neha Mirashi | 01-Aug-2019
    This is for the people of Aurnagabad, who only hear about the rains in other places but are yet to experience the real monsoon! You think rain and all sort of images conjure up...for me, it is a nice cup of hot tea, a book (maybe a kindle), sitting by the window and some uninterrupted reading time, all to myself, all by myself, with the rain drops performing a symphony on their stage of the windowsill.It also makes me want to sing and dance, and actually believe in the romance of life.Aahh...rain....where art thou?The sun is sizzling, the roads are hot, mirages are dancing on the tarmac, the trees are losing their green hope and turning to brown despair again. The metal in the street is hot to touch, and the dust is flying free in this torturous reign of rising temperatures. The phone is still buzzing with messages for "summer sale" from retailers, clearing away what they thought was the last of their summer stock, more needs to be re-ordered. Ice creams and cold drinks, fired from the show, have been given
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  • Yoghes (That’s exactly how he pronounced it)
    Asmita Javdekar | 19-Jul-2019
    After churning stories from my hunky-dory comfort nest, I finally stepped out into the real world of putrid monsoon lunch sheds and bumper to bumper traffic.My first day as a #TeachIndia volunteer!After attending the day long, rigorous “Student-centric facilitator training” program at the Times of India office, all I craved was the familiarity of Home.Amidst dodging potholes, niggling pitter pattar, and helpless Uber intezaar, I bumped into a Chana chor garam stall.Yoghes tossed the kernels perfectly, with a luxurious drizzle of lime juice and a glorious sprinkling of masala.His gesture was enough to shuffle my mood. I struck a conversation and Yoghes opened up to me about his childhood in Rajasthan, daily earning and life in Pune. I asked him if he ever missed home or regretted coming to the city.With an embarrassed half-smile, he told me, “Bas padh nahi paye.” (I couldn’t get an education.) ..Wow! This message on the exact day that I put my wavering foot forward into the w
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  • BEST TYPE OF TEAS FOR MONSOON
    Sonal yakkundi | 20-Jun-2019
    Various Types of Tea for Monsoon #MONSOONVIBES       Hello, all the chai lovers!     Rain and tea share a special bond. The spirit of rainy season drives even the non-tea drinkers to indulge in the ecstasy of flavoursome and aromatic blends of tea. To be true, for a tea lover, nothing could be as pleasurable as sipping his or her favourite tea relaxing on a window sill. Not only teas are tasty, but they are full of natural wonders that are good for your mind and body. So, when it comes to the ways to keep healthy during monsoons, why not discuss different herbal teas? After all, tea’s main constituents are polyphenols and phytochemicals and these are antioxidants that fight free-radicals to provide you with a world of health benefits.   Tulsi Green Tea Tulsi is a time-tested remedy for cold and cough, one of the most common health conditions that people catch during the rainy season. This miraculous leaf helps you fight infections. Tulsi Green tea. is also good
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  • MONSOON FASHION TIPS
    Sonal yakkundi | 20-Jun-2019
    Hello you beautiful people 🖤 Fashion to me means, being comfortable in whatever you wear. Carrying it in such a manner that you are confident about it. Every person has a different style, fashion sense and a different taste. We all are different. As the monsoon is right around the corner, or you can say it has already begun! I would like to  jot down a few points to keep it simple yet stylish 😊       Avoid heavy makeup, keep it subtle.  Do not wear white shoes for obvious reasons.  You can wear a raincoat and still look “cool” Wear comfortable footwear. See to it that you DO NOT slip.  Avoid wearing white as the raims will ruin your outfit. Wear shrugs, palazzos and clothes which do not stick to your body and is easy to dry. Lastly, DO NOT WEAR SHADES! (If it ain't sunny) Be yourself and slay it this monsoon!  Happy monsoon!      
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  • Seasons
    Jasmine | 27-Apr-2018
    Seasons Let me tell you a rhyme about seasons,Take your favorite decision. Summer is hot…hot…hot…hot,The sun is hotter than a boiling water pot! Monsoon is wet…wet…wet…wet,It is the wettest season I’ve ever met! Winter is cold…harsh and cold,Only shirts, jackets and sweaters are sold! Spring is nice, the flowers bloom,Happiness happiness fills my room! But don’t tease any season, not summer not spring,Love all the seasons for their special thing !!  
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  • Shalmali Abhyankar | 28-Jul-2017
    People stare at me with ease and admiration;  Some perhaps with envy and annoyance.   Impeccable to some I seem from far away, Come closer would then you see My darkness and all my flaws.   Regard me at the top, Some consider me their pal, some their foe.   Some call me a halo of perfection, Some an imbecile ball of glowing obtuse The way people distinguish leaning on visages.   I've got dark speckles and an unwanted shine; Even my light isn't my own . I'm not truthful, I lie all the time;   Eyes blue and black and green watch the stars every night But only the cheeks with teardrops mark my existence amid them, Then they say some presences are only meant to be felt.   Some call the stars my pals Some link me to the clouds But none seem to fathom, what they really are; They're all so embellished!   All so endeavoring, got a halo of their own; I'm not envious at all, but all very feeble. I struggle throughout monsoon, Yeah, I'm just the moon.
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  • Gokarna
    Jyoti | 28-Jun-2017
    Gokarna is a small coastal town situated in North Karnataka which is famous for its beaches and temples and is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. It is aroud 700 kms from Mumbai and 150 kms from Goa. The drive to Gokarna is scenic with Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Before a decade, not many people visited this place but recently many foreigners have started coming here and brought business to this sleepy town. They work with the locals here and help in flourishing the economy of the place. There are many temples in the main market out of which The Mahabaleshwara Temple is a famous Shiva temple. It houses the Atmalinga that Shiva had bestowed upon Ravana after a long penance. There is an interesting story behind placing of the Atmalinga at Gokarna. The Maha Ganapati Temple is located just near the Shiva Temple and built in honour of Lord Ganapati who deceived Ravana and placed the Atmalinga on earth. There are many beaches of which the Gokarna beach in town and the Om bea
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  • On A Rough Pitch
    Medha Godbole | 06-May-2017
     Medium pacer Rihanna Baig is on her bowling mark, ready to bowl… Pakistan captain Shazia Aslam comes in and gives her a last minute pointer”, the commentator gushed with obvious excitement. It was tight situation. Six runs in 2 balls. Vidya Deshmukh was on strike and one look at her showed her steely intent, reflected through her eyes. The camera zoomed in on her face, divided in parts by the helmet grill. Beads of sweat had formed on her forehead. Vidya ignored that and concentrated on the ball. As Rihanna started her run up, Vidya widened her eyes, loosened her shoulders and slowly everything except for the white coloured leather thing became a blur for her. She closed her eyes for a split second before the ball was delivered and.. “Six ..! Vidya it is 6 am! Don’t you have to go for cricket practice?” It was Vidya’s mother. 22-year old Vidya woke up with start and then wrinkled her nose.  “No ma! I was about to win the match”, she said and again
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  • The Helping Hand
    sanchita | 03-Nov-2016
     The Helping Hand. It was a hot and humid Friday evening in the dream city, Mumbai .I peeped out of the office window only to see if it was raining. I could see the people rushing towards the station. The dazzling Friday evening was waiting for me….waiting to get me out of the office. The hustle and bustle out of the four walls of the office was certainly exciting. The dark inviting sky, the cool air smelled wonderful and swaying trees and little rain drops on them added to the beauty. "I had few more things to wrap up before I head back, I thought to myself." The monsoon season is awakening the nature from deep sleep. The rainfall started pretty soon and I could smell the mud and feel the fresh air. After a few e mails, phone calls and pending files I packed up for the day not to mention few cups of coffee. Packing up my work for the day I sighed” Finally time to go.” I had longed enough today to go out of the office to be a part of the wonderful weather outside. I left my office ar
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  • Daliya Upma
    Meenu Goel | 11-Aug-2016
    Comfort food on a rainy afternoon need not always be something unhealthy. Instead, how about taking two typical recipes and combining them for a healthy and yummy preparation? Ingredients- 1 cup daliya 2 cups water Chopped green chillies Chopped vegetables (onion, tomato, carrot, beans and some peas) 2 tsp oil A pinch of red chilly powder, garam masala, asafetida, turmeric and salt to taste A pinch of cumin and mustard seeds Preparation – Add 1 tsp oil to a pan and sauté the daliya on medium flame until it’s slightly brown. Keep this aside to cool down and in the meanwhile heat 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the mustard and cumin seeds followed by the chopped vegetables once the oil is hot. Now sprinkle the spices and salt as you sauté the vegetables before adding the daliya in the cooker. Pour in 2 cups of water and let the daliya and vegetables pressure cook for at least two whistles. You can garnish the upma with coriander before serving it while still hot.
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  • Maintain Your Mane this Monsoon
    Meenu Goel | 25-Jul-2016
    Come monsoons and hair care instantly becomes a major concern for most of us. If you're looking for basic tips to beat away those hair woes, here are a few do's and dont's to remember. Hair wash Before stepping into the shower, comb your hair lightly with a wide-tooth comb to untangle knots. Begin with the ends and slowly work your way up. Never try to rip through tangles from top to bottom. You'll end up with a clump of hair on your comb that could have been avoided if only you'd had some patience! Water The temperature of the water you use for washing your hair should ideally not be warmer than room temperature. In fact, the best thing would be to use the lowest temperature you can bear. Too cold for you? Well, hair is not sensitive, so you could at least bend over and give the lower part of your hair a final rinse with cold water.   Shampooing your hair Start washing your hair from the scalp, because that's where the greasiness originates. Gently massage the shampoo into your hair with you
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