Indian Web series to watch in 2020

1] Avrodh: The siege within: Just finished watching this amazing web series. It is based on the URI attacks done on the Indian army and the surgical strike carried out by our brave soldiers after that.

The series is of 9 episodes – each averaging the run time of around 30 minutes. The details shown in the series are fabulous. The cast is power packed with the likes of Neeraj Kabi, Amit Sadh, Pawai Gulati [Thappad fame], Darshan Kumaar.

The series did not generate much hype, but it surely is recommended.

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2] Aarya: Well, watch this one if you haven’t already. A powerful comeback by Sushmita Sen keeps the series afloat.

A little long –runtime wise but worth it. A powerful family, drug cartels, indo –western wedding – this series has all the melodrama that you can think of and some more. Along with being dramatic, this one’s a thriller too. Directed by Ram Madhvani [Neerja fame], the series is an edge of your seat thriller

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3] Special Ops: One of the first few series to be released this year and it was mind blowing; taking the bar of Indian web series to next level. Starring Kay Kay Menon and Karan Tacker in lead roles, this one takes you on a ride full of adrenaline rush. If you are a fan of content based on Indian spies doing some stupendous work then this one is a must must watch!

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4]Asur: It is a crime thriller based on a serial killer. Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti play the leads, doing complete justice to their respective characters. It has touch of deep mythology in it along with the modern day set up. A very interesting mix of both the worlds. Something very different but worth your precious time.

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5] Panchayat: Starring Jitendra Kumar, this one is a light comedy with a village backdrop. Simple, hassle free, family entertainment is provided by this web series. It follows the life of a boy who is posted in a remote village as a Panchayat Secretary. Go watch this one if you are craving a light hearted – old school comedy.

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Quick read on financial independence!

A very important advice I want to give to the young girls of this generation is that be independent. Be it your emotional dependence, your happiness quotient or your finances. Independence is the key to everything!

If you are capable of being on your own, then you will be the happiest version of yourself. I am saying this from personal experience. If you are self-sufficient then you will not worry about your spending habits, you will not have to ask for money from anyone for your personal expenses.

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Even with your partner, life becomes smooth if you both are financially independent of each other; that way the only reason of sticking with each other would be that you love each other’s company. The relationships are happier that way and last longer. I am not saying they that those relationships will not require your efforts, attention or work, but this way at least the hurdles you face will be of different nature and not related to money matters and the complications/arguments/quarrels arising from that in your day to day life as well as your future plans for life.

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That way no one can blame the other for the lack of happiness in one’s life, because let’s face it; money might not be everything but it is extremely important in this world for a successful human survival!

Indoor Plants

  1. ZZ plant: Zamioculcas zamiifolia is one of the easiest plants to take care of. They do not require frequent watering. It should not be overwatered. The plant requires medium to low indirect sunlight. It will work just fine in a low light spot as well. The plant does not attract any bugs or pests either. It’s a great option for the indoor plants. The best part about the plant is that it’s an air purifier plant.
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  1. Snake Plant/ Mother-in-Law’s Tongue: This one is a succulent plant. The plant requires very little watering and indirect sunlight. It has number of health benefits including filtering the air inside the room. Along with that it removes the toxic pollutants from the air. It continues with conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen during the night as well. Fun fact is, is often called as Mother-In-Law’s tongue due to such shape of leaves.
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  1. Lucky Bamboo: The scientific name goes by Dracaena Braunii. It is mostly popular in Asian countries. The plant is one which can survive adverse conditions and low lighting. This plant is mostly used for gifting purpose. It is often associated with Feng Shui. It represents elements of the Earth.
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  1. Peace Lilies: As the name suggests it’s a plant with cute white lilies. The shape of the flower is that of a leaf. It has soothing effect on the eyes. The plant purifies the air, promotes peaceful sleep, and absorbs acetone vapours. It is a safe houseplant and best for bedroom due to its peace inducing nature.
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  1. Red Aglaonema: One can never go wrong with this plant. It accepts the least care that is given from your end. It grows well in low light, bright light, even survives a few weeks without watering. Another benefit is it scores full marks on the aesthetics, they do an amazing job on looking good in your house. The plant purifies the air and makes the air a little humid through its breathing process.
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  1. Burgundy Rubber Plant: The plant is in top ranks when it comes to the benefits. Not only it purifies the air, but gives resistance to pests and various diseases. It increases the humidity of the room in which it is placed. The perfect place for the plant would be a well-lit room with indirect sunlight on the plant. It does not require extensive watering as well.
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  1. Swiss Cheese Plant: The scientific name of the plant is Monstera Deliciosa. The plant is popularly called the swiss cheese plant due to the shape of its leaves. The plant was a rage on the internet as an indoor plant which works as good décor too! It loves a warm and humid environment in the house. It requires good lighting as well. The plant will take care of you by improving air quality, collecting dust which otherwise would pollute the air and its humidity is good for the human respiratory system. 
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5 books on my all-time favorite read list

1] The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling: Being a 90’s baby, it was my go to book each time I had a longing to read something which felt like home. Like J K Rowling said “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – this book and its characters have always been there to welcome me with a warm hug. Those who have not gotten a chance to read these books, I urge you to try to read at least one chapter from the first book and I am pretty sure you won’t regret it.

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2]The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi: Being an Indian, I have been exposed to so many stories and mythologies and so when Amish Tripathi came up with this concept of fictional books on Shiva, I was fascinated and intrigued. Oh man, the way these books capture the essence of the characters! Just amazing. Go read ‘em now!

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3] Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Albert Liebermann: This book has become a raging trend on social media recently and rightly so! This book teaches you the way of living and guides you to live a happier, healthier and more satisfying life. It includes all the aspects which need to be covered in order to create a content life. You have to read it to better understand it and to believe it. I have already read it once and I am more than sure that I am going to read it again and again till I adapt to the changes that I want in my life.

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4]Memories of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon: Now this one is such a thriller, and makes you read the next chapter never keeping the book down. It is somewhat predictable but still one of my favorites only because of the writing style of Sidney Sheldon. There are other books written by him which people might find better, but this one was one of the first books that I read written by him and so is very special to me.

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5]The Camel Club series by David Baldacci: It is a crime novel series based in America. It is a 5 book series. Now all the books may not give you the maximum satisfaction of reading an excellent book but if you look at the overall experience of the book series then it is marvelous. Try this one if you are fond of genres –Crime, Suspense, Thriller.

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Things you can spend money on..

The current pandemic situation has caught each and everyone of us off-guard. We all have had some plenty of time to look into our lives to improve our overall lifestyle. Finances are one of the most important aspect of our lives. So here are various options that can be bought to enhance your daily life.

1.Gadgets

It may sound pretty obvious talking about gadgets, but we simply can’t ignore the fact that how different gadgets have made their place in our day to day lives. New advancements are happening everyday and new products keep on launching, be it smart TVs, watches, speakers, ear pods, etc. some of which are actually useful to make our lives more comfortable. They have this personalized touch, which takes the whole experience on another level. So, spending on gadgets would be an investment to make the routine more convenient.

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2. Hair/Skin Treatment

We all fancy some kind of makeovers. The hair or the skin treatment would be the best way out to get a complete refreshed version of yourself. Hair treatment options  vary from straightening, curls, colour treatment, new haircut,to what not. There are oodles of grooming services available for you to pamper yourself. As for skin treatment it would be showering yourself with love as our skin is continuously exposed to the polluted environment. Again, a lot of options here like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, acne blue light therapy, etc. It would be a relaxing session for you and your skin.

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3. Health Coach/ Nutritionist

Keeping oneself fit is now becoming a priority. There are so many fun options for this, Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, etc. Exercise and diet are both important to stay fit and so there are many applications through which we can contact either a nutritionist or keep a track of our daily diet. Also enrolling into online classes for workout from home is an option many may prefer for the comfort and safety of their homes.

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4. Insurance policy

Getting an insurance policy is an investment that would turnout to be helpful in the difficult times. There is always a certain amount of uncertainty about how things will go in life, but this could be your safety net which could help you when things go in a completely unknown direction.

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5. Cosmetic Products

Every person has certain type of skin, hair, etc. and it is very important to find products that suit you to the T. There are innumerable options available in the market for every product. Organic, clinically approved, vegan, paraben free, sulphate free, etc. It is important to form routines for our skin and hair and follow them religiously. This helps us maintain good health of our hair and ageless skin.

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Minimalism is back in trend

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The times of pandemic have brought upon many changes in our life. Minimalistic lifestyle approach is one of them!

So what is really a necessity in life? A big question which presented itself in front of us and it was a much unexpected one! We were living life in our own little bubble, running around in circles, seeking validation from each and every person who had crossed our lives and taking inspirations and picking up habits from all around us.

We were not being fair to ourselves. So what if that colleague had a chic luxury handbag and that friend of yours got a pair of heels which costed thousands! It is not necessary that you own all that fancy and then only feel whole or confident/accomplished.

One big thing that we have learned during this pandemic is that life is very simple and in order to live happily with your loved ones, you do not need to own all the luxury items that the world has to offer you! Here we have compiled a list of fancy/expensive things that we no longer feel the need to splurge on. Have a look and share your thoughts with us!

1] A luxury handbag: A bag lover will always think that the wardrobe will be able to squeeze in 1 more bag! But in our heart we know that there is really no need of that. Spending bundles of cash on a single bag does not make sense anymore, at least to us. There are other options available which are good enough, branded – though not label stuff but still worthy of being on your arms!

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2] That expensive pair of stilettos: In daily routine, we hardly wear stilettos. Neither at work nor at any random movie/dinner outing, are we going to use those heels!  There is no point in spending thousands of rupees on a single of pair of footwear which are not going to be used that often. Rather you can spend that much amount on multiple pairs of footwear which you will use more regularly or even a single one which has more use to it than those fancy ones!

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3] Insanely expensive Sunglasses:  A good pair of sunglasses is a must in anyone’s must have and we could not agree more with it. But owning a pair belonging to luxury brands selling those glasses at exorbitant rates is not a ‘must have’ at all. A good pair which is stylish and gives ample protection to your eyes is available at much lower prices too!

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4] Clothing items: Designer wear is always going to be expensive and sometimes it is even worth it, but owning only expensive clothes in your wardrobe is not a sign of being fashion conscious or does not guarantee that you are a fashionista. Sometimes, with the amount of single piece of garment, you can pay your electricity bill of 2 months or have a nice weekend trip at a 5 star resort with your loved ones! Just imagine! Even if you have that kind of money, why let it go on a casual piece of clothing when you can do so much more of your choice with that amount!

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5] Limited edition items: A huge marketing gimmick this is! Be it phones, clothing, perfumes, cars – anything at all, every industry uses this trick to sell their stuff at a higher price than usual. With slight changes than the routine merchandise, these products are sold at a handsome higher price than their normal counterparts. Sometimes, just an additional graphic detail qualifies as a limited edition product.  The adrenaline rush that humans get from owning something which is unique and in limited numbers helps the companies sell their items like hot cakes but according to us, there is no such necessity to own them and we can be just fine without adding them in our portfolio of our priced possessions!

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6] Watches:  Obsessed with watches we are and so it was a very heart breaking situation when we accepted the fact that the luxury watches that cost up to lacs of rupees are never going to be a part of necessities without which life cannot go on. Smart and chic and amazing watch pieces can be owned at lower prices too and this splurging on grand time pieces is a luxurious hobby that sadly we won’t be indulging in anymore! *sigh*

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Please please please do not get us wrong, we are not against any luxury brands or expensive items.

We, ourselves are guilty of owning many such things, but this new way of life that the widespread disease has thrown upon has changed our perspective on life and so this article was born.

We completely agree that it is an individual’s choice. The above piece of writing is purely a very personal set of opinions.

Activities you can pursue during your ‘Me time’ or your ‘Free’ time

1. Develop the habit of reading.

Start with a book on topic which already interests you. It could be thrillers, murder mysteries, motivational books, success stories – anything at all.

If you do not want a paperback, you can start with e books as well, that way your screen time will not only include mindless scrolling of various social media applications but something useful as well.

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2. Learn to play a game.

It could be as simple as a monopoly game, sequence, UNO cards or something more traditional like a game of carom.

This could become your family time instead of the daily dose of news which you take in while sitting in the living room.

Games are a fun way to bond with your family as it includes a lot of communication, jokes, laughter, shrieking at the top of your voice when you lose, throwing off the game board when you feel the game is not going in your favor, lol!

Just try this one out and you won’t regret it.

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3. Meditate or practice Yoga or go for a Run.

Now the above mentioned things might seem too obvious but I am very sure, most of us do not practice any of it.

It is very important to clear your mind off things which bother you and practicing either of the above mentioned things would help you do that.

Meditation may sound difficult in the beginning but with practice, it gets easier. Yoga again is something which you have to make a part of your life otherwise it is not something which anyone will be able to keep up with.

If at all you plan on running, be very careful about your existing health conditions and using the correct gear while you go on a run!

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4. Have an antakshari or a Karaoke night on a regular basis.

Many of us like to sing for ourselves, and this kind of night just helps you to do that. If you do not have the space for a special karaoke set then an antakshari night is also super fun. You can just go on singing songs based on your liking and not make it a time based/point based competition.

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5. Doodle/Paint/Sketch

Do whatever makes your creative juices flowing from the above mentioned activities or even other craft related activities. They are a major stress buster. Mind you, art is a very subjective field. Never consider your creation as inferior to someone else’s; in fact never ever compare your art to anybody else’s art.

Creativity is a personal thing, your art sometimes is a manifestation of your thoughts, dreams, fears, memories – it is your personal space and never let anyone intrude into that and tell you otherwise. People might make fun of your creations after having a look at those – create anyway if that is what makes you happy!

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That is it folks! Hope these mentioned activities help you out when you are stuck thinking about what to do to release the stress during your free time.

You can add your suggestions to this list too!

Until next time!

 

A Heartfelt Post

I have been thinking about writing something since so many days now!
Could not gather myself up and start typing though!

But today something happened and it shook me beyond measure; like a gate was opened inside of me which held so many emotions.

I read before a while about the passing away of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Now, even though he wasn’t one of my favourite actors or anything but still the news was way too shocking for me and I was stunned, speechless and heartbroken!
If the reports are to be believed then he was passing through a very rough mental health phase.

This entire corona situation has been tough on everyone. It does not matter which class you belong to, who you are, it has affected everyone, may be not equally but substantially for sure. The pandemic has been very cruel to a majority of the people.
A lot of people have lost their homes, jobs, many do not have even food on their tables. The problems are numerous.
A lot of them have home quarantined alone with no emotional support system. The loneliness is killing in such circumstances.
Now, the physical health is affected in these times if you are affected by the virus but the mental health is affected even if you are not a Corona virus patient.

Most of us have become irritable and we are ready to tear each other up; all we need is one little push and boom – we will explode like a volcano.
Even though we laugh these incidents off by making a lot of memes but the sad truth is that we need each other more than ever.

Mental health is a very under addressed issue world-wide and all the more in India.
There is a certain stigma attached to the word – ‘mental health’. It does not mean you are a mad or a crazy person.
People are ashamed to talk about it and this needs to change.
Agreed that things are changing but way too slowly than it is needed.

This competitive world around us, a constant need to prove one’ self, a constant race that the humans have started themselves, has finally taken a toll. We really need to slow down in life.
It is not a mad rat race – this life! It is precious and we need to treat it that way.
There is so much more to life than meets the eye, than what we have made up of it.

The empathy, sympathy, compassion, kindness have become mere words in the dictionary!
I wonder if the next generation would even know what these words mean in real life or if they will have to google it to know their meanings!

It is not easy to live under constant pressure and stress with the utmost need to prove one’s worth to the world!
But what is this world, really? And who are we proving ourselves to?

With the entire world becoming easily accessible with the internet and social media, the real connect to people is lost.
In the excitement of reaching all the people of the world, we have forgotten the joy of being with the ones who are around us every single day.
Depression, anxiety, sadness, fatigue – all these have become like chronic diseases of our lives and we fail to acknowledge them.
Does being in denial of them actually help?
No.
Acceptance is the key, my lovelies! 💗

It is nothing to be ashamed of. No one will belittle you, and if someone does that, you know that those toxic people should have no place in your little world.
Pick that phone up and call your family, talk to them about it.
Please understand you are not bugging them by doing this. They are your people and they will love nothing more than you trusting them with your problems and struggles of life.
A lot of us are blessed with a great set of family and friends. If you are one of them then make the most of it!
Agreed, that there will be a lot of difference of opinions and squabbles with the closest ones of our lives but when push comes to shove, they will be the ones having our backs always and forever!

I am writing this, hoping it will reach at least one soul who needs to read it and if I am able to help even 10% in the process of healing them, then it is completely worth it!

Be kind, no matter what! Just, be kind.

Much love always,
The k syndrome

Benefits of Suryanamaskar

Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation) is one of the most beneficial exercises that one can perform. It is a prayer which signifies the importance of Sun in our lives. It comprises of 12 steps, if those 12 steps are performed appropriately then it is equivalent to 288 powerful Yoga postures! Isn’t that amazing! Suryanamaskar has always had an important position in the Yoga world.

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We have always tried to explore various ways to keep our fitness levels in check. Suryanamaskar was always on the list. But in these trying times that the world is facing during the pandemic, we have realized that amongst many forms of exercises that one can do, Suryanamaskar is unique in its own way. It is one exercise that can be performed by everyone, does not need any equipment, age no bar and has multiple health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some advantages of performing it regularly.

  1. Enhances weight loss

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2. Toned Body and increase in flexibility

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3. Glowing skin

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4. Increases energy levels and awareness levels

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5. Better absorption of nutrients

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6. Ensures regular menstrual cycle

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7. Reduces anxiety and enhances emotional stability

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Ruling Color Palette of SS 2020

The New Year brings along with it lots of fresh hopes, promises, dreams and also a whole new color palette in terms of fashion! Haha!

This year too the same pattern repeats itself and the colors for this Spring/Summer are out. After a very long time, this year will see a lot of bright colors along with pastels and darker tones too.

Let us get down to which colors are going to rule the runway fashion this summer and also slowly creep into the street side fashion in the subsequent months.

  1. Scarlet

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This is a welcome change from all the pastel colors that we have been wearing since the last couple of years. We have been waiting for this kind of bright color to make way back in the game since forever now.

 

  1. Faded Denim

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We find this color to be very soothing to the eyes and very chic. You can use this one either for your formal attires or the casual ones, both types of outfits can be rocked with this shade.

 

  1. Biscay Green

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It is such a pretty color and it looks very refreshing once you wear it as a garment. Pair it with a dash of pink and you are all set to sport a look which is all things pretty.

 

  1. Chive

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It is such a rich, dark shade of green. Been there in Indian traditional outfits since last season, this year it is going to rule the casual western wear too. Pair it smartly with a variety of color options and nothing will look classier!

 

  1. White

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The famous classic white is back in the game and how! Pick any fabric, any cut, any style and white will always make you look good. Moreover, with the temperatures soaring, nothing will quite beat the heat like the cool white and its tones.

 

  1. Saffron

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Now this one was a surprise package. For starters, it is a very bright color and very tricky to carry. But once you get the hold of it, you will look smashing carrying this one!

 

  1. Coral Pink

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Continuing the pastel trend is the coral pink in the palette of SS 2020. It is a very cute shade and it makes you look very adorable.

 

  1. Grape compote

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Giving company to Chive in the darker colors department is our very own grape compote color. It is not the one which would feature in everyone’s favorite list but a very welcome change in the palette this one is!