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Healthy drinks and Healthy Lifestyle

As much as healthy food and diet are necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle; healthy drinks play an equally vital role. Plain or still water is always the best option for hydration, but, is also not that exciting for many of us. 🙂 I talked to 5 friends of mine, 3 out of them drink just one glass of water a day (including the water intake with their medicine tablets or capsules), rest is just tea/coffee/sodas/juices throughout the day, which might not always be the best option. So this blogpost is for them (haha) and for all of us who want to stay hydrated, and want to cross the plain water barrier :).

Sparkling Water – I know what comes to your mind when I say, water with some fizz, but no its not soda or tonic water (which is a very unhealthy option) and has sodium and sugar. A simple option to stay hydrated in a fancy way is to drink sparkling water, or maybe add some lemon to it to make it a side drink with your dinner or lunch.
The consumption of water has increased to almost double for both, myself and Jugnu when we started sparkling water intake. We do drink normal water as well, we generally keep a bottle on our desk or couch for some extra hydration.
AH (Albert Heijn) sells it at 1.68 euros for 12 bottles (300ml each) and it covers a week for us.

Orange Water – Yep…I mentioned Orange ‘water’ not orange juice :), although the juice could also a better option but you also have a sugar intake with that. And if that’s available in cans in your grocery store, big no no to that because its just sugar.
Infused water is in now a days. I spent almost 2 years at Google headquarters in Mountain View and I got used to such amazing and healthy bites and drinks, and infused water was one of them. Just put slices of orange in cold water (Bottle or Jar) and hydrate yourself for the rest of the day with some tasty and healthy drink.
You could also infuse water with Lemon slices or Mint leaves or cucumber or any fruits. I will write a post about the different flavours of Infused Water.

Fruit Smoothies – Spending all the time at home crave us to cook more, eat more and gain more calories, which is a very serious concern. Of course, we feel hungry, specially Jugnu working from home has become a challenge for me, to feed him healthy food. But, I found this trick which works great keeping in mind essential nutrients needed during the day, his hunger thunder, and easy / stress-free cooking for me.
Fruit smoothies is a blend of any fruit, with fat free yogurt / skimmed milk / almond milk/soy milk/oatley (which has become famous recently). Our favourite is strawberry+blueberry+almond milk with no sweeteners, Spinach+Mango+Cucumber is our second favourite. Pick your favourite mix and stay healthy.

Milk – An excellent source of protein, calcium and vitamins, always resting in your fridge. I understand, a lot of us can’t handle or digest milk, go for skimmed milk or soy milk/almond milk/oatley. Jugnu and I go traditional when it comes to milk – add a cardamom, some nuts to low fat milk, and that is our post dinner meal / dessert when we can’t handle our cravings. It can be served both hot and cold.

Hot Chocolate – I know you must be wondering how’s that on the healthy list, but yes if you don’t go for the packaged powder (which are high in sugar content) and make your own at home, it could be your best friend.
Jugnu has a special way of making it, he melts the dark chocolate in the boiling milk (or your favourite low fat or non dairy milk) and after pouring it in the glass, he adds a pinch of cinnamon for some extra flavour. Also, it is my favourite drink during my menstrual days.

There are a lot more smoothies and flavoured drinks which could be substitutes to the high sugar ones, like coconut water, ginger tea, mint tea, cranberry juice etc. You and I just need to put in some extra efforts during these quarantine days to stay healthy and settle those cravings right.
I am writing this blogpost holding a bottle of sparkling water and the fizz is giving me a boost to spend my week ahead with my Jugnu and Snickey. 🙂

Stay Healthy
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Home Remedies for Skincare – Part 2

After getting overwhelming response on my skincare routine and home remedies blog, I felt the need to write home remedies for skincare part 2. In the previous blogpost, I mentioned my top favourite (5) home remedies which might help getting a healthier skin, this post is a continuation of it – with another 5.

This mainly focuses on the pores on the face, and the impact these have on your appearance.

1. Yogurt – I am a big fan of dairy products, after milk, yogurt is my second option with skin as well as hair care. Yogurt not only tightens the pores but also reduces blemishes. It can be used as a base with a lot more products like papaya and cucumber.

How to use – If used alone, just apply it (2 tbsp) on your face and neck, leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with fresh water. Repeat this 2-3 times per week.

2. Tomatoes – Tomatoes when used with honey could help you with your pore issues by maintaining the pH balance and getting rid of all the impurities.

How to use – Take 1 small tomato(pulp) and 1 tsp honey, mix and make a pulp out of it. Apply it on face and neck, and let it dry. It is recommended to repeat at-least 4 times a week to get better results.

3. Aloe Vera + Lemon Juice – Aloe Vera is becoming very famous now a days for glowing skin and as an interior decor plant. It is rich in Vitamin C and E, have anti-bacterial properties and a great moisturiser. The extract of Aloe vera works like wonders on sunburns and wounds, when used with lemon juice, it could be used for lightening dark spots.

How to use – Either use directly by extracting the fresh pulp from the plant, or use as a mask of 3 tbsp of aloe vera pulp + 1 tsp of lemon juice. Apply the mask on your skin for 10 minutes and wash with fresh water.

4. Baking Soda – Do you have acne and pimple issues? This trick is for you. Acne/pimples are due to excess oil on the face and baking soda when used in the form of paste soak excess oil and reduce clogging. This also help in removing dead cells and lighten scars.

How to use – Make a paste by mixing 2 tbsp each, baking soda and warm water. Apply it on your face, massage gently for 30 seconds and leave it for a minute. Wash with cold water.
JUGNI’s TIP – don’t practice this more than once a week.

5. Rose Water – Rose water can be used as a base in a lot of face packs/masks preparation, but it also works great when used as a toner. It balances the pH of the skin, stimulates blood circulation, cleanses and increases moisture levels.

How to use – Dip a cotton ball in the cold (refrigerated) rose water and pat pat on your face :). Do it everyday for younger skin. This is my favourite.

It’s time to go and use all the products lying on the counter of your kitchen. 🙂 Your skin (face) is the most important part. of your body, pamper it, feel it and take care for it.
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Disclaimer – The opinion expressed in my blogpost are personal suggestions, about natural remedies for skin; some sensitive skin might get some rashes and acne, so please do a patch test before applying it all on your face. If any skin reaction occurs, please discontinue using it and contact your physician. If you are under a medicated treatment, please consult your doctor before using any.

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Home remedies for Skincare

We all know that a great sign of healthy skin is the ‘glow’ oozing out of your face(skin). As the skin is the most important sense organ and covers the whole body, it demands a lot of attention and care.

I will surely talk about the products I have been using for my skincare routine, in my next post. For now, as we all are locked down and have plenty of time to give attention to our skin, why not try some home remedies.

Disclaimer – The opinion expressed in my blogpost are personal suggestions, about natural remedies for skin; some sensitive skin might get some rashes and acne, so please do a patch test before applying it all on your face. If any skin reaction occurs, please discontinue using it and contact your physician. If you are under a medicated treatment, please consult your doctor before using any.

1. Milk – Raw milk or full fat milk is great for almost every skin type. It has ingredients like saturated proteins, fats, calcium and vitamin C, which will soften and moisturise your skin, and also helps in de-tanning.

How to use – Wipe your skin(face) with soft hands, everyday with milk. Use a paper-towel or a soft cloth, dip it in milk and do the magic.

2. Potatoes – Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates and have natural bleaching properties which protects skin from harmful UV rays. Potatoes works like wonder in removing dark spots and retaining glow to the skin.

How to use – Peel and grate a potato, squeeze out the magical juice and apply it on your face for 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. You can also add few drops of honey and rose water to make a paste out of it. Practice this at-least 2-3 times a week for remarkable results.

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3. Banana – Bananas are rich in minerals like potassium and vitamins like A, B, C and E. They nourish the skin by providing hydration and moisture, and hence make it softer and glowy. The natural anti-oxidant properties makes the skin look fresh and also works on blemishes.

How to use – Just mash a banana (preferably ripe one) and massage your skin. Rinse with cold water after 5-7 minutes.

4. Papaya – Are you tired of dead skin cells? If yes, Papaya is your best friend. The papain enzyme and vitamin A, present in it acts as gentle exfoliator and rejuvenates the skin by removing inactive proteins/dead cells.

How to use – Either use it alone, mash the papaya and massage face and neck with pulp for 5 minutes and rinse with milk and water, or, mix the pulp with mashed banana pulp, with some cream and drops of lemon, make a paste/pack. Apply it for 20 minutes and rinse with water.

5. Turmeric (Haldi) and Chick Pea Flour – Most of us might be aware of this combo, as many of the Indian weddings are incomplete without “Haldi” ritual, which exactly is my 5th remedy. Turmeric has antiseptic and skin lightening properties. It produces collagen which improves your skin and fights toxic radicals.

How to use – Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 4 tsp of chick pea flour. Add water/milk/rose water and make a paste. Apply it to your face and neck, let it dry completely. Finally wash with cold water.

JUGNI’s TIP – After rinsing your face with water, always tap dry it with a towel, NEVER rub it. 🙂

Using natural remedies might not have immediate results, but they surely nourish your skin. Although I recommend doing the CTTMP routine on a regular basis, adding a few home remedies can get you some fruitful results too.

Lastly, speak with your dermatologist if you are having major issues. 🙂

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Skincare in your 30’s

As soon as you hit your 30’s, your skin starts demanding attention, a little more than you think, and you scroll the internet to find a perfect solution, but the truth is there is no such thing as the “perfect solution“.
Before you realize, your skin becomes a reflection of your worries, in the form of fine lines, pigmentation, uneven skin, spots, and so on. To begin with, start having a routine, a routine with discipline, a discipline which you can’t afford to miss. Remember, this ’miss’ could make you look older :(. So, develop a habit to take care of your skin.


The whole thing is quite extensive, and I don’t really mean to scare you here. This can broadly be divided into two buckets : The Right Routine, and the Right Products. I’ll talk about the products in my next blog post. Here, I‘ll mention the routine / discipline, which is what you need to do – to let your skin breathe and stay healthy. 5 steps which I follow, the short form is CTTMP:



1 CLEANING – Cleaning your face every morning is a ritual followed by most of us, but as soon as you enter 30’s, you must also clean your face at night, before going to bed. Wipe out all the make up you wore, don’t rely on make-up removers (they are effective for sure), cleaning your skin with an effective cleanser is a must.

2. TONING – Toning is a part of cleaning, and almost 8 out 10 women I asked, skip this part. Toner helps you get rid of that lingering dirt(which leads of tough acne happening at mature age) and also provide the moisture (lost during cleansing). It should be applied (sprayed or tapped) immediately after cleansing and let the skin feel the hydration.
TIP – Make sure that the toners are free from alcohol.

3. TREATMENT – This step can be skipped if your skin is healthy and you are not using any under eye gel or acne treatment solution or spotting treatment etc. A lot of us are on some medicated treatment protocol, and this step is specifically for that product.

4. MOISTURISING – After treatment, its time for your day cream or night cream. Make sure to use a day cream with at-least 15-20 SPF to provide strength and energy to your skin for conquering the day ahead. And at night, use a cream with extra grease to allow your skin to regenerate through the night. Most of us are already taking care of this, but make sure you give yourself that extra care, while rubbing the cream, usI got circular motion with tender hands/fingers. This is a magic tip that would let your skin stay younger for a longer period of time.

5. PROTECTION – This is the important step before you complete your skincare regimen, and before you wear make-up. The protection we are talking about, is the sunscreen lotion or the ‘SPF’ mentioned on your products. A lot of moisturisers claim that they have SPF 15, but let me warn you, the SPF needed for your skin is at-least 30*. So do make sure to not let this one slide.

The 5 steps mentioned above are a must for your skincare ritual. Skincare is a process that demands cleaning, toning and moisturising at-least twice a day. So before hitting the bed, make sure you follow step1,2 and 3 religiously :). You could also apply Retinoids creams/eye cream in the night, if your skin demands.

This blogpost is a brief description of the routine I follow to pamper my skin, and it somehow works. If you like this post, and want me to also share the products I use everyday to take care of my skin, let me know in the comments section. 🙂

Also, If you have better/different solutions or routine you follow that could help my readers, Let me know of that too 🙂 I would love to hear from you. Otherwise, share the post with all the lovely ladies.

Stay Beautiful!

*Source : American Academy of Dermatology
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Creative and Productive Things to do during Lockdown

The corona era is still going on and has brought our lives at a standstill. The pandemic has hit brakes really hard on our life’s acceleration but I am sure it’ll pass, just hang on there, we humans have the tendency to adjust to every situation.
Internet is flooded with articles/suggestions and videos on “things to do at home during corona times”. Here is my list which is a little different, and more engaging.

creative things to do during lockdown

Corona lockdown has lead to a few good and adaptable changes. Let’s list them out first:

  • we don’t get stuck in traffic now
  • never get late for meetings.
  • no more cribbing to wake up early
  • zero travel time to get to work
  • skin is breathing fresh
  • no pollution
  • home-cooked meals

Along with above-mentioned positives, there are a lot of things we could do to make our lockdown more productive and efficient. I understand we are already trying to adapt, maybe this post could help you do it more expertly and competently.

  1. Netflix / Amazon – yes! yes! yes! I am sure all of you have already watched Money Heist, Tiger King etc. But have you ever made a list of movies/series you would want to watch, there is an option in Netflix app where you could create your list. Now the question is what should be on that list? My recommendations are :
    1. Documentaries – Make a habit to watch atleast one documentary a week. This could be refreshing and interesting.
    2. TedTalks – I know it sounds boring, but if you are planning to go ahead in your career, ted talks could be a great way to enhance your knowledge.
    3. Go back to 70’s 80’s 90’s – We keep ourselves updated to everything new that comes up. What about reliving the old days? Try Netflix Party and enjoy old movies.
  2. Spring Cleaning – This sounds boring, but what if it could become a workout session instead. Watch this video, it might help.
Exercise while cleaning

3. Hobby – Don’t just think of Hobby, which has to be something unique. It could be as simple as you could imagine. For example, paint your nightstand/side table/dresser for fun. Bring color combinations in your wardrobe and match up your outfits for a better and planned tomorrow. Or plant a seed and invest your time in something which could yield results. A DIY project would surely add the thrill.

4. Learn a Language with your mate/partner – It needs a lot of commitment and discipline, and the internet is flooded with this lockdown solution, “learn a language during lockdown“, but the best way to do so is to have a partner along. Practicing while learning adds more fun to it and the challenge of maintaining discipline can also be sorted when you have someone tagged along.

5. Yoga – The entire world is going crazy for yoga, the internet is loaded with this statement “yoga se hi hoga“, which means Yoga can do everything. Special online yoga sessions are arranged by professionals and people are practicing yoga at home without any gym like gears, machines and equipments, just one yoga mat is what you need. So stay fit during the lockdown.

6. Learn a new skill – Learning a new skill could be anything, my Jugnu focussed on learning tricks in the stock market. On the other hand, I learned to ride a bike (when our government announced that we could bike/jog at a distance). Together we learned a few more card games like Code Names, Katan, and ForSale.

Lastly, lockdown is a lot more than you could imagine, it is not just cooking, baking, movies, phone calls, video chats, reconnecting with family and friends, but you could utilise this time for your upliftment as an individual.

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Top 7 Irrfan khan movies you shouldn’t miss

Saahabzaade Irrfan Ali Khan, born on January 6, 1966 passed away on April 29 in Mumbai, fighting colon cancer. The silent expression hero left his lasting impressions not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood and British Films.

Here’s a list of 7 of his finest movies (though it hard to pick 7) I am planning to watch over the weekend to enjoy some of his finest work and remind myself of his greatness in front of a camera.

  1. Life Of Pie – I love this one because Mr. Khan narrates how he survived a deadly situation at sea with a Bengal Tiger as his only partner. It is an internationally acclaimed movie which set a milestone.
Life of Pie official trailer

2. Piku – Mr. Khan shared screen with the Great Amitabh Bachchan and gorgeous Deepika Padukone, these three legends worked together and made Piku a mega hit. The story is about a nagging Bengali father and his daughter’s road trip journey where Mr. Khan plays a role of a cab driver. Enjoy this light hearted movie with a couple of amazing life lessons.

Piku official trailer

3. The Lunchbox – Mr. Khan just stole the hearts of the audiences by his natural acting in this movie. He played a role of widower who fell in a special relationship with a housewife. The special relationship was made via letters inside a lunchbox which was wrongly delivered to him by a lunchbox service company.

The Lunchbox official trailer

4. Paan Singh Tomar – This critically acclaimed movie was a breakthrough in Mr. Khan’s professional life. The story is about an athlete becoming a feared dacoit due to tough circumstances of his mother’s murder and the inability of the police force to bring justice.

Paan Singh Tomar official trailer

5. The Namesake – Having lived in the US, I could somewhat relate to this movie. The story revolves around how Indian Parents try to cope and adjust to the new world in NewYork, USA after relocating from India.

The Namesake

6. Maqbool – This movie directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This movie is filled with extreme talent including Mr.Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Tabu, late Om Puri ji and Naseeruddin Shah.


7. Jurassic World – A story about the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, who manages to escape and goes on a killing spree. Mr. Khan played the role of the owner of the park, and won the hearts worldwide.

Jurassic World, official trailer

I can’t stop writing about Mr. Khan’s extraordinary and exceptional contribution of acting into the film industry. Movies like Talvar (2015), Saheb Biwi aur Gangster (2013), The Warrior (2001), Life in a Metro (2007), Billu (2009), Jurassic World 4 will love forever with us.

In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye” – Irrfan Khan from the movie Life of Pie.

In tears,

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Top 5 Rishi Kapoor Movies you shouldn’t miss

Late Rishi Kapoor, a heart-throb, lover boy and a sensational actor in Bollywood passed away today in Mumbai fighting Leukaemia. He was a man with oozing charm and charisma, which made him a dream boy/man for generations. I remember my mum told me once that she bunked her college to see first day first show Rishi Kapoor’s movie. And a few years ago, Jugnu and I went first day first show for Kapoor & Sons.

Born in the Kapoor family, he was a natural. His grandfather Mr. Prithviraj Kapoor and father Raj Kapoor were one of the most influential actors and now his son Ranbir Kapoor is no less. Mr. Rishi Kapoor debuted in 1973 in the musical romantic movie Bobby and never looked back since then.
I am a big fan of all his work. But here are a few of my best favourite movies:

  1. Bobby 1973 – As mentioned above, it was his debut film directed by his father, Mr. Raj Kapoor. He played an heir of a rich businessman who fell in love with a 16 year old Bobby, played by Dimple Kapadia. They say it was no less than a cult romantic blockbuster.
Bobby, 1973 Starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia

2. Chandani 1989 – Late Yash Chopra’s classic movie “Chandani” starred three finest actors of the era, Mr. Rishi Kapoor, Mr. Vinod Khanna and Sridevi. Destiny separates Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor apart. She meets Vinod Khanna and the story turned around when Rishi Kapoor return. This is so unfortunate that all the 4 legends have left us.

Chandani 1989 starring Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi and Vinod Khanna

3. Karz 1980 – The greatest thriller movie starring Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Simmi Grewal was about the rebirth of a popular singer Ravi, Rishi Kapoor recollects his memories of how he was murdered in his previous life and plans to take revenge.

Karz 1980 Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, Simmi Grewal

4. Amar Akbar Anthony 1977 – An action comedy film filled with bundle of Talent starring Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna. Three brother separated during childhood days and united after years, one as Hindu, second as muslim and third as Christian. It is filled with fun, emotions and adventure.

Amar, Akbar Anthony

5. Kapoor & Sons 2012 – I fell in love with Rishi Sir when I saw this movie. He played a role of modern grandfather of 2 famous actors, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan. The film is about the grandsons returning back home for Rishi sir’s birthday celebration and found their parents marriage is on the edge.

Kapoor & Sons 2012

It was so hard to pick my top 5 movies from his amazing work. My heart and soul is not able to believe that he is no more. We lost a gem and no one could ever take his place. His immeasurable talent, warm heart, witty jokes and beautiful soul will always stay alive in our hearts.

Grieving in my nest!

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