India is more than just a state with a big presence of exotic culture – it is also a place of great history
India shall always be a place that is rich in history and the state should be valued for that. Surrounded by Mughal influences in neighboring states, which has also given India some of the most remarkable architectural marvels in the world (like the Taj Mahal), what India offers, in spite of its status as a developing country is the presence of striking and well-preserved history through time. For example, the ancient cave monuments in India, also known as the Ajanta Caves, showcase a history that has a likeness with the old history of the stone age because of its carvings on rocks; these carvings help to reflect on what Indian civilization was like a very long time ago. Many countries in the world, in my opinion, do not provide such an elaborate insight into civilizations of past centuries and that is what makes India really remarkable and easy to always connect with.
How to personalize a small dining room
Space is a big issue with small dining rooms. The idea to go for, therefore, whilst decorating such spaces is ‘minimal design, but maximum impact’. Choose items that have plenty of character and also remember to add some color to the whole dining experience to show that small rooms are more than just cheap spaces – they are also handsome and created with a lot of labor.
Colorful Umbrella Fabrics, Pushkar Fair, India by Adam Jones (Mounted Photo)
The photograph is a remarkable depiction of Indian culture and the umbrellas are wonderfully interesting. It’s a perfect addition to the wall above your dining table, to reign in a vibrant atmosphere to an otherwise clean decor-palette.
Travira Square Dining Table
Made of teakwood and supported by aluminium legs, the square dining table certainly has character; there is also no need for a tablecloth to pretty up the dining table, which means that it’s refreshingly fuss-free.
Sidney Dining Chairs (Set of 2)
The set of dining chairs, which also sports a rattan design is old-fashioned and also soft in color. It also pairs really well with the dining table and hence, pleasantly avoids a garish exhibition of sorts, within a small space.
Floral Dinnerware Set (3 PC)
A red, pink and green floral print adorns the teacup and the plate, whilst the saucer is of a soft pink color – it even reminds of the flower culture in the United Kingdom. The whole set is made from bone china and is so remarkably pretty – ideal to have your lunch in, with a cup of tea.
Featuring: Mermaid lined A5 sequin notebook (Paperchase), Office accessory, BFF journals set of 2 (Paperchase), Office accessory, Desk, Mini Watermelons Water Bottle (Cath Kidston), Saltwick Bunch Lanyard Water Bottle (Cath Kidston), Hampi, India Art Print by lukegramphotos (Society6) and Crate and Barrel floral decor.
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Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Harsh Mayar
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Rani Mukerji is refreshing in a new avatar as a Naina Mathur – a teacher, with Tourette syndrome, who helps her fourteen troublemaking students shine bright. After getting rejected from eighteen schools for her neurological condition, Naina gets a job at a missionary school, which has been compelled to take in students from close-by slums because of a government act, despite it’s age-old status as an educational force to be reckoned with; the students are constantly the subject of intolerance because of their handicaps as children coming from slums. What makes the movie compelling is the protagonist’s resolute determination in making sure that her students remain at the school, as well as succeed, despite the circumstances in which they are getting an education in. It’s a challenging journey which Naina undertakes since not only do her students not warm to her, at first, but also because Naina has many obstacles thrown her way as people simply do not want her mission to end successfully – bittersweet and inspiring.
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Cast: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest masterpiece, Padmaavat, is based on a 16th Century poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and the film is a visual treat: elaborate sets and gorgeous fashion choices interplay magnificently with portays of love and bravery (of epic proportions). In the 13th Century, the peaceful existence of the Rajputs of Chittor is shattered when Alauddin Kilji becomes interested in snatching the Rajputs’ kingdom away. Alauddin is an intriguing character: the nephew of Jalaluddin Kilji, a dynastic ruler from Afghanistan who grabbed the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin killed Jalaluddin, with the help of his slave, Malik Kafur, and made himself the new Sultan. And yet, the greatest character in this ancient brutal saga is undoubtedly that of Padmavati, the Rajput queen with unsurpassable beauty, who took a heroic step to protect her dignity when the war, for her, ends in defeat – the kingdom falls to the enemy, as the king is killed in battle and the queen kills herself. The film, more than anything else, belongs to the battles and also the anticipation that builds up to discover just which dynasty victory befalls upon.
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Turmeric is a local Southeast Asian spice, which also has the power to heal
Turmeric – the yellow-colored spice often used in cooking has surprise healing powers, as well. Used in various supplements these days, turmeric can do more than help you detox as part of a spice-blended detox drink: it helps to fight off inflammation, avoid cancer, lower cholesterol levels, avert prostate cancer (for men), and eliminate bacteria too.
Turmeric is an important part of cuisine in India and has been regarded as something of a naturalistic healer of various illnesses. The spice contains curcumin, which can both energize routes to effectively eliminate cancer cells early on and obstruct routes for those cells, which multiply and divide inside the body. With cholesterol, turmeric can lower high HDL levels and increase LDL levels, which is a beneficial outcome for people who have high cholesterol.
The primary drawback with turmeric acting as a healing source is that you have to eat a lot of turmeric to reap the healing benefits of the spice. Eating it with black pepper, oils and fats, helps your gut absorb more of it to reap its healing powers; cooking with the spice and the other ingredients is just as great an option as having them altogether with salads.
Turmeric can flavor foods really nicely but it’s really difficult to eat the amount of turmeric that is required (a ‘500mg’ daily intake) to also have it properly function as a healing ingredient. A way to do that is to consult your local doctor and get it in the form of a supplement. Apart from that, it’s wise to include it as a part of your diet too.
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Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Paresh Rawal
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Salman Khan’s latest film, Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012) is what a Bollywood action film should typically be like: some nurses are held hostage by terrorists in Iraq and the only way to save them is to get a very capable intelligence agent, Tiger, to do the job. The movie is all about the action and zero-nonsense, which is refreshing; the lighter moments appear in between the relationship that Tiger shares with his Pakistani wife, Zoya, and it’s rather entertaining how the couple manages to make their marriage work and portray the presence of steadfast love for almost a decade, despite the obvious cultural differences present in their relationship. It’s a one-man show – Salman Khan takes center stage as the hero, who still packs a punch after spending quite some time being nothing more than a homebody in separate European countries. The entertainment value of the action film has been emphasized in Tiger Zinda Hai and it’s really hard to not root for Tiger to once again rise and save the day.