THIS FESTIVE SEASON,DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT…

The weekend’s here! The social calendar is brimming with parties, events and card evenings! Juggling work, family, and parties can be quite exhausting! So here’s a few tips on how to be a Superwoman in this series of – Don’t leave the house without…

#Popping your Multivitamin– With a fast life come many challenges. Easiest way to overcome this is to stay on top of your health. And it doesn’t get easier than taking a multivitamin. All purpose vitamins are supplements to our daily diet, replenishing  minerals that we are missing out on.

#Burning an Aromatherapy oil diffuser in the house-Hectic lifestyle means our body is working 24×7 with too little sleep to help the body repair itself for the next day. The key here, is to walk into a room full of your favourite aroma, as this helps relax your senses and body. This also ensures however short your sleep is, it’s most refreshing, making sure your next day starts with a bang. ( Here’s my favorite )

#Picking out your clothes for the next day– Admit it ladies, staring at your cupboard for 5 mins every morning can save you many a stress attacks. Deciding your clothes for the next day is an attempt to make your morning-wardrobe decision free.

#A party hard/ hangover cure medicine- So while all nights are not wild nights, they have a habit of creeping up on us. Hangover cure medicines are a lifesaver in these situations. Take them before or during the party depending on the instructions on your med.

#Keeping 2 litres of water by your bedside– Does the following register a bell? Enter house, throw heels, wear night suit, collapse into bed. Getting up from the bed to get a bottle of water at that time is not an option. But a good night’s party best friend is hydration. Get all the alcoholic toxins out of the body for a hangover free morning.

#Grabbing a byte– Never leave the home hungry, with our constant jammed roads, it takes a minimum 30 minutes to get anywhere. Between getting ready and actually eating home at your host’s your stomach can be empty for 90 minutes or more. Drinking on an empty stomach is only for the champions. Mere mortals like us need to ensure a lined stomach to avoid the ill effects of a Night Out.

#Hot water shower– It is a myth that cold water helps you wake up. The best thing that you can do to rejuvenate your body is to have a hot/warm water bath. The steam helps the body relax by taking the stress toxins out, making the whole experience more therapeutic and you a fully recharged person. A hot shower specially in summers, makes you feel cooler as the temperature is nearer to your environment.

#Make up removing wipes– Why waste your sleep time trying to keep your skin free of make up?  Make your drive back productive by carefully and gently  removing the toxins from your skin. Now that’s one less thing to do when you get back home!( Buy My choice of wipes here )

Hard working professional by day and Queen Bee of the party by night will no longer be an ordeal. So get cracking, and make sure you have all the ingredients for a great festive season!

-MANSI MEHTA

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How to you turn #SUNday into #FUNday

Who doesn’t like a Sunday ? The after party lazy morning that promises to be everything the week wasn’t. But from my close to 2000 Sundays spent on Mother Earth, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to avoid Monday Blues, is to make the most of your Sunday.

So choose one or all of the below and I promise you Sundays will never be the same again!

PICK A CULINARY DISH YOU HAVE BEEN LONGING TO RECREATE

For the chefs-in-making, decide on Friday on the dish you want to make on Sunday. This gives you enough time to get all the ingredients together, more importantly, you end up looking forward to the kitchen time.

ZERO IN ON A JOINT YOU HAVE NOT TRIED

If you are only a connoisseur of food not a creator, how about researching and trying out a new place every Sunday.You could work on diff themes like cuisines or the kind of places you want to discover-street side, bhawans, start ups , food trucks or fancy or even breakfast/lunch/dinner or even mid meal speciality places. Once you pick a course of action, I can promise you the journey is delectable!

PREBOOK A PLAY/ MUSIC RECITAL/DANCE PERFORMANCE

For the Arts inclined, make a calendar of the performances you want to attend. I find, Pre booking is key to this , as it makes sure your intent doesn’t dwindle and you are mentally looking forward to the experience( helping you get through the week!)

DISCOVER THE 5 TOURISTY AND NON TOURISTY PLACES IN YOUR CIYY

You will gawk if I tell you, I have never been to Red Fort or Qutub Minar in Delhi. I have only lived here 35 years and still just managed to not make it there. I am sure though there are such popular and some hidden gems in your city, that you too take for granted. I recommend taking time out for a heritage walk or guided tour. I can guarantee it will change the way you think of your city.

PROJECT PARTY IN THE PARK 

Now this is my all time favorite- Do you know Delhi has 18000 parks? How many have you been to ?  This works great for people with kids, groups who like to get together to play music, fitness enthusiasts and specially the ones who love picnics! Go on and discover the Park Adventures

 

I am sure most of you have noticed, our best friend TV does not feature in this list. After all the time we spend with it during the week, don’t you think your TV deserves a Sunday?

-Mansi Mehta

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The World this Tuesday- in pics

WE PROPOSE EMMA PAINTS THE TOWN RED THIS WEEK, BECAUSE SHE’S EARNED IT!

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WHO FILED FOR DIVORCE, SIGNALLING THE END OF 12 YEARS?

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‘I DID’ SAYS ANGELINA JOLIE

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THE MAN WHO PLAYS WITH FIRE. THE 100 YEAR OLD FIRE CAPTURED ON FILM

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INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHER RONNY SEN’S WORK IN JHARKAND GETS HIM THE SECOND ANNUAL GETTY IMAGES INSTAGRAM GRANT  

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VW STARTS RECALL PROCESS IN INDIA : LAKHS OF ENGINES WILL BE FIXED AND RETURNED TO CUSTOMERS

Compiled by Mansi Mehta

Why Amitabh’s ‘Pink’ gave me the Blues

I watched #PINK over the weekend, a movie that has received rave reviews by movie critics- after all it’s got Big B. The best way to watch a film is to book tickets without knowing anything about the film, walking into the hall still debating what you think the film is about and watch the cinematic frames weave the story from scratch. That’s what happened to us this time. Other than the name of the film, glorious reviews by critics and the fact that Amitabh Bachchan starred in it, we knew nothing. And that’s why I came out feeling cheated.

Recently I have noticed anything to do with Women starts trending- A recent Tanishq working women ad, Nike’s Da Da Ding, Whisper’s How do girls run etc.  Men think they are showing an upper hand by liking it,  Women think we have to cheer for our own. And that’s exactly what’s happening to Pink.

I am surprised that critics who tear apart other films for inconsistencies, flawed scripts, under developed characters, director faux pas, have waxed lyrical of the film with not one mention of the grave errors in the film. Why?  Apparently women issue films are exempt from the basic movie review check list. That friends in my eyes,is called subject inequality.

For starters, the issues in the film for me were very stereotype. Middle class girls getting harassed by a Political heavyweight’s son and friends. Really Mr Scriptwriter? How about a more real situation? Girls with forcibly visible tattoos- a bad character portrayal. Do women without tattoos not get eve teased? Firing a girl whose objectionable picture pops up on the net. By that logic, very few boys or girls will have jobs left.

Apart from that, technical failures in plenty. Jump in day to night sequences with no justifications, time lapses in story, edits in the film that leave gaps ( A girl is missing from wee hours of the morning till late night and there are no red flags raised by her flatmates) a full fledged court case with only one girl’s parent in attendance, Sarvpriya Vihar resident walking to Deer park (Non Delhi-zens may not get the locational boo boo, but 2 kms is apparently walking distance for an aged Amitabh)

All that apart only 2 things resonated with me

  • Amitabh’s character trying to see the relevance of why opposing counsel only asked the petite Meghalaya born, about her native city – North East.
  • The closing argument was actually the saving grace of the film for me in many ways.     ‘No – means No. No is a sentence in itself and does not need any other word to complete it. No means no- whether said by a girlfriend to boyfriend, prostitute to customer or even wife to husband. ‘

Don’t get me wrong, its a film made with the right intentions, but just because filmmakers choose women centric stories, does not mean critics will applaud the intention whilst throwing the film critique-ing parameters out of the window.

That in itself is sexist isn’t it.

-Mansi Mehta

#PINK #BIGB #MOVIEOFTHEWEEK #WOMENPOWER #GENDERISSUES

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