Why you should be reading more

Reading is a hobby which allows you to cut off from the world and immerse in a new, more exciting world. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a regular reader. People do it for enjoyment purposes or to pass their time. But do you know why reading is important? Here are the top 4 reasons why you should be reading more.

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1. Reading reduces stress
This reason is no shocker to us as many of us, including myself, retreat to reading because I was some relaxation and quiet time. This is backed up by the fact that by reading a book or newspaper for just 6 minutes can lower people’s stress level by 68%. In fact, this is more effective than going for a walk, drinking tea of coffee or listening to music.

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2. Reading improves language skills
A human development professor named Donald Bolger says that reading is like a snowball effect. The more you read, the more words you learn. And the more words you learn, the better you are at reading and comprehending.

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3. Reading can shape a person
When you read, your mind expands and takes in different aspects of reading. While reading, you experience a spectrum of emotions, and you experience it very intensely. You learn about different personalities and how they feel throughout the book, hence you become more sensitive to other people and think twice about how your actions can affect them.

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4. Reading improves focus and concentration
One of the major contributors to short attention span and poor memory is the lack of concentration and focus. If you want to improve your concentration, then you should try reading. You’d be surprised how reading just for a few minutes improves your focus throughout the day.

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How To Reduce Screen Time For Kids

Reducing screen time has been a hot topic in this digital age, and that’s a given since other electronic items have been thrown into the mix which are easily portable and hence even more hard screen to control! We all know more screen time is bad for us and children, but how exactly are they bad? There are numerous bad habits linked to too much TV or video games.

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While some may argue that video games makes the mind more active because of its puzzles and tactics, too much of anything is very bad. For decades scientists and doctors have cautioned parents and adults alike about the harmful benefits of too much screen time. It can lead to childhood obesity, poor sleeping habits and social issues. A study done in UCLA also showed that too much screen time can effect the child’s ability to recognize emotions and other non-verbal signs.

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Now that we have established the importance of reducing screen time, how do we reduce it? Naturally parents and babysitters will face a lot of resistance and agitation from the kids due to cutting off their screen time. So how do we reduce screen time and get a happy kid in return too? Sounds impossible. Almost.

Following are some of the points to help you in your journey in reducing screen time for kids (and keep them from not chewing your head off in the process):

1. Reduce your screen time first

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As heartbreaking as it may sound, to help your kids you also have to bid farewell to your phones, tablets, computers and TV time. It’s all about setting the right example for your kids. Moreover, if too much screen time is bad for your kids, it must be bad for you too right? Adults suffering from too much screen time also face obesity and other health issues. If you’re always hooked to your gadgets, then your kids will deem it a normal occurrence and follow in your footsteps.

2. Encourage other activities

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Whenever your kids get free time always provide them with non-electronic resources to pass their time. It can be a simple house chore, or any sport, board games, puzzles, reading and arts and crafts among other things. This will keep them occupied and keep their mind sharp too.

3. Limited Screen time

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Allow screen time after the kids have done something productive. Some parents change the wifi everyday and only give the password when they’ve done something worthy. Moreover, limit their time to 30 40 minutes depending on the circumstances. Make it a routine so they stop complaining and do other activities like sports, reading, arts etc. This way they will also have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities and won’t get bored or agitated. Which is a win-win situation right?

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Cole Sprouse and Lili Rienhart Relationship so far

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Lili Reinhart (21) and Cole Sprouse (25) both star on Riverdale, which is based on everyone’s favorite Archie Comics, just with a darker and a more mysterious theme, which of course, has the fans hooked on this show really, really bad! Trust me, I know, I’ve been there.Riverdale_Season_1_Poster_(Unknown_Release_Date)

Lili and Cole play the iconic Betty and Jughead in this series, with their on-screen romance so sizzling, it has viewers wishing they were a real-life couple too! Let’s just say our wishes came true. Cole is a mystery in itself, which (sadly) means he does not open up about his personal life, completely understandable! But it also has the poor fans aggressively speculating about the couple’s off-screen relationship.

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But fret no more my Riverdale fellows, for they basically just made their relationship public in the classiest way possible, which of course has the fans (like myself) swooning and giddy with excitement! How did they make their relationship public? By appearing at the MetGala together hand in hand and looking stunning as always!

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Now that the fans have released a sigh of relief, let’s just say it wasn’t quite the easy-peasy journey. While Cole and Lili have been seen vacationing on public holidays and were even caught doing PDA, none of them confirmed it vocally. Although let’s be real, it was quite obvious that they were dating. How could they not?!

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Top Home Remedies for luxurious long hair

 

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Everyone desires healthy and shiny hair, but unfortunately only a few achieve this dream. If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably one of the unfortunate people (like me) who wants long hair but can’t get. But don’t worry! This article has got you covered. Let’s talk about inexpensive and easy home remedies which will pave your path to luxurious hair!

  1. Biotin for hair growth

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If you’re suffering from hair loss, then you might be deficient in Biotin, a water-soluble vitamin B which is commonly found in vegetables. This home remedy will help to renew your hair follicles leading to fuller and healthy hair.

What you need:

2-3 tablets of Biotin

Olive oil or coconut oil

Or just use the fast absorbing liquid which is available on Amazon and is easier to use than tablets:

How:

-Crush the biotin tablets and mix it well into the chosen oil.

-Apply the paste in your hair and leave it overnight.

-Wash hair as you would normally do in the morning.

 

When:

Twice every week.

 

  1. Argon oil

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Argon oil, also known as “liquid gold”, is a revolutionary product of nature which does wonders on thinning hair. Not only does it moisturizes your hair follicles, but it also repairs the damaged hair.

 

What you need:

Argon oil

You can buy organic Argon Oil on Amazon: 

How:

-Warm the oil in a water bath to a lukewarm temperature. This will help absorb the oil more quickly into the scalp.

-Massage the oil well into the scalp.

-Put a hot towel on your hair to steam them. This will open the follicles and hence the oil will seep deep into them.

-Keep it overnight and wash your hair, as usual, the next morning.

When:

Do it twice or thrice a week.

 

  1. Onion juice for hair growth

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Onions are known to be the most effective home remedy for hair growth. They are rich in Sulphur which boosts collagen production in tissues and boosts hair growth.

 

What you need:

Onions

Cotton balls

Oil-optional

 

How:

Slice up the onions and blend them.

Squeeze the juice from the blended mixture and collect in a ball.

You can now either apply directly in your hair roots with a cotton ball, or you could add any oil of your choice and whisk the oil and juice until they are properly fused together. Then massage this mixture into the scalp. This will not only help in regrowth, but it will also help in nourishing your hair.

Keep it for 30-45 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo.

 

When:

Once or twice a week for optimal results.

 

The above mentioned are the top home remedies which are 100% effective if done right. Now, since they are natural remedies free of any chemicals, you should keep in mind the fact that they will take a few weeks in order for you to notice the results. Patience is the key! Let me know how these went and if you want to see more home remedies!

A Glimpse of Turkey-Part 2

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After waiting (agonizingly, mind you), our transport FINALLY arrived. After loading the luggage and settling in the window seat (It’s essential I always get the window seat), the ratty old car sprang into action and immediately started buzzing by other cars with a speed I did not imagine it could go with. Fearing for my family and my life, I wondered if the “vehicle” would just collapse. Maybe the window seat wasn’t such a good idea after all. It finally stopped at our hotel and I never got out of a vehicle faster. Thanking the Lord, I took in the sight that lay before my eyes.

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The first thing that caught my attention was the street that stretched before me, going on and on. One whole side of the street was laden with fruit stalls. And what a sight it was. Fruits of all kinds graced the stalls and their color was nothing short of vibrant. Imagine one whole side of the street covered with green, red, yellow, orange, maroon and brown, vibrant at the start and fading away as the street stretched on.

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The other side of the street didn’t disappoint either. It was just as beautiful but in a totally different way. Now, it might be my hunger speaking, but it was honestly beautiful! Maybe it was the way that the restaurants that lined the whole street weren’t your average restaurants. They were small and quaint, with seating done outside on the street, with very adorable wooden benches and table, and equally beautiful umbrellas casting a much needed cool shade over the seating area. A chalkboard was placed right next to the entrance, displaying today’s special. The whole look was completed with the waist-high wooden fence with vines enfolding it like garden snakes, wrapping the whole restaurant in a giant hug.

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The aromas of different Turkish delicacies went through my nose and straight to my heart, and I just knew at that moment that I would fall in love with Turkish food and fall in love I did. Our stomach took control after that making the whole checking in the hotel and freshening up process ten times faster. With a giddy smile on our faces, we made our way to one of the restaurants on the street and sat down going through the menu, excited to finally experience authentic Turkish food.

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A Glimpse of Turkey- Part 1

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It was on August 4th, 2014, that I got my first glimpse at the shore of turkey. Despite my groggy state and red eyes that begged me to give them a rest, courtesy of the 5-hour flight from Dubai, I couldn’t help but stare at the vast expanse of the Mediterranean through the plane window. The sun had just come up an hour ago, and the sunlight hit the ocean at just the right angle to give the illusion of diamonds floating in the water. To say I was flabbergasted by the beauty of it would be an understatement.

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Having grown up near the sea for the majority of my life had made me love the oceans, sea, beaches, lake, you name it and I’m pretty sure I would be in love with that water body. So just imagine my state when my eyes laid upon nothing but water as I stared out the window. I could see small ships resembling raisins from such a height. I kept on watching as the ships became denser and the variety increased as well. And finally, I could see the coast of Istanbul and nothing- not even the wailing baby-could have me take my eyes off such a majestic sight.

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Fast forward 2 hours and I’m standing outside the airport with my family, the sun beating down on us with such a ferocity that had me thinking if it had some personal issues with us. I guess you could only appreciate the sun when you’re sitting in a comfortable seat, in a cold environment with a blanket wrapped around you, looking out of the plane and thanking the sun for make it look like barrels of diamond exploded in the sea.

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 Too bad I couldn’t glare back at the sun. I don’t think my corneas would have appreciated it. Anyway, squinting my eyes and assessing the view before me, the very first thing that I noticed was the diversity. Of course, standing in front of an international airport of the world’s most 2nd visited country will make you notice that. But the diversity I noticed was not among the crowds of people rushing past me. No, it was the taxi drivers that caught my eye. I could see people of all skin tones, speaking different versions of Arabic, I saw Chinese, I saw Americans and some South Asians here and there too. Being a big fan of diversity, I felt a smile gracing my lips.

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How Mainstream Bollywood Normalizes Stalking and Sexual Harassment

DISCLAIMER: We LOVE Bollywoood and can’t help but run to the cinema when a new movie comes out!

Bollywood fans are spread throughout the globe, regardless of the nationalities and race. The vibrant colors, storylines, action moves and the setting in which they take place somehow captivates its audience and keeps them loyal. However, there are also downsides to it.

Let’s talk about how mainstream Bollywood normalizes stalking and sexual harassment. You know what type of mainstream I’m talking about here. The one in which a male develops a crush on the female protagonist and even after the female rejects the male, he keeps on pursuing her against her wishes. However, in the end, the female ends up falling in love with her stalker, as her stalker does not back out, having no effect on the female rejecting him.

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Now it’s all portrayed in such a fashion, that the audience enjoys it, realizing nothing wrong with the storyline. Bollywood is famous for producing films like these, and they’re quite popular too! But by doing so, they’re also normalizing stalking.

Coming to sexual harassment, we all know how explicit Bollywood has become. While some of those actions does include the consent of the heroine, others don’t. I’m talking about the early days of the couple’s romance. Where the male is still pursuing the female. Often times, the hero will hold the heroine’s hand or hug her forcefully. But instead of getting outraged, the female protagonist just giggles and runs away, shying. In real life, however, the male would be receiving a resounding slap, am I not right?

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You may argue that this is all for entertainment purposes, and should not be taken so seriously. But take a moment and think about what effect this is having on the younger generation and even this generation? Many kids, especially in India, grow up seeing Bollywood movies. Kids pick up a lot of things and some of them stay with them throughout their life. If they constantly see the male aggressively pursuing the female, while getting creepier by the minute and instead of perceiving it as a bad thing, the kid’s family is actually laughing at those scenes and songs? What impact does this have on the kid’s mind? He thinks it’s perfectly normal to do that in real life, paying no heed to the fact that the woman has said no the first time around. But to still stalk her until she falls in love with him. To touch her or lightly brush his body against her own, and think of it as romantic, and not sexual harassment.

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And since Bollywood is spread throughout the globe, it’s affecting all the younger generations out there. This could be one of the reasons for the alarming increase of rape cases in India. It’s time Bollywood stops this, and instead make movies which are positively inclined. Make people realize the power of the word NO and empower women. To start objectifying women and start treating them like a vital part of the society.