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Top 5 Places To Visit In Summers

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Being one of the most diverse countries in the world, India is home to some spectacular places that one can visit in summers to escape the scorching heat and enjoy a perfect summer getaway. The multitude of places in India ranges from the mighty Himalayas, lush valleys to tropical islands.

 Here are the top 5 places to visit during summers in India-

  • Ladakh

A high altitude cold desert which is referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ is one of the most popular destinations in India. From snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, breathtaking views to magnificent monasteries, Ladakh is full of sights that add vibrant hues to the panorama. Every year, Motorcyclists from India and all over the world travel to Ladakh by road. The best time for a motorcycle trip to Ladakh is from June to September. Some of the popular sites to visit in Ladakh are Khardung-La Pass, Zanskar Valley, Hemis National Park, Pangong Tso Lake, and Spituk Gompa.

  • Manali

 Manali is a perfect combination of incredible flora and fauna, scenic beauty, gushing blue streams, and adventure activities.  From temples to museums, from bustling upscale streets to charming little hippie villages, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has every reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round. There are a lot of options for adventure lovers like tandem paragliding, trekking, white water rafting in Beas River and zorbing. One can also visit religious places like Manu and Vashist Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Hidimba Temple, etc.

  • Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is a beautiful hill station situated near Dharamshala and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is also known as Little Lhasa and is home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. It is considered as an adventurous hub as one gets to experience the most exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek which is a 9 km trek. It is famous especially for being a spiritual getaway for Buddhists. Some of the places that one must visit are Bhagsu Falls, Bhagsunag Temple, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex, and  Tibetan museum.

  • Shimla

Shimla, situated amidst beautiful hills, is the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. It still has the British elegance with beautiful churches and colonial structure. It is a place with pleasant weather most of the months apt for relaxing and escaping a city’s hustle bustle. One can shop at Lakkar Bazar or even have a good time at the Chadwick waterfall. October to June is the best time to visit Shimla. Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point, and Annandale are some of the places one must visit in Shimla.

  • Darjeeling

Grand Kanchenjunga, emerald-green tea plantations, fascinating sunrises and warm smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling as one of the most stunning hill stations in India. Darjeeling Mountain Rail which is a toy train is a must for all the children visiting the place. One can also watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill or simply walk through the tea gardens of Dooars. The ideal month to visit Darjeeling in June. Other famous places that one can visit are Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill and Gorkha War Memorial. Visit Darjeeling to rejuvenate as it offers a calm and surreal vibe.

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Yoga Asanas that are tried and tested to strengthen your immunity

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With the International Yoga Day, knocking our doorsteps a few weeks ago, we cannot stress enough on the fact that Yoga is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. It provides you with increased flexibility and muscle strength, along with a balanced metabolism. It is an efficient way for weight reduction and improvement of cardio and circulatory health.

Yoga has been diversified and implemented in various ways since ages to support and boost your immunity. Hence, we bring to you, the power yoga asanas you can practice in this quarantine to achieve a healthier self, inside and out. Let’s take a read,

Garudasana- Eagle Pose

Yoga asanas 1- Garudasana

This balancing pose is to be done by standing in a fixed position where your breath should be controlled to maintain body stillness and to be grounded. The increase in breath allows smooth circulation throughout the body and also to your brain. Thus, your energy is channelized to be positive and all your tensions are released.

Garduasana helps stimulate fresh blood flow by exerting pressure at a point along with the squeezing motion within arms and legs to release toxins. It improves the digestion process and improves mental focus. It opens up and strengthens joints, legs, arms, and knees, along with creating a smooth space between shoulder blades.

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Dhanurasana- Bow pose

Yoga asana in-bow-pose

Dhanurasana is an efficient yoga pose that facilitates the improved flow of white blood cells by exerting pressure on the digestive system. It can be counted as excellent stress and fatigue buster along with the other innumerable health benefits it offers. Scientifically, this pose helps as our digestive system is filled with lymphocytes, the tiny white blood cells that fight illnesses and sharpen your immunity and health. Thus, this pose adds to the effective working of these cell organs and makes the digestive system cleaner and stronger.

It adds blood flow to abdominal organs and stimulates the organs around the abdomen and neck. It improves posture and flexibility as it stretches the complete front of the body which includes parts like ankles, thighs, groins, throat, and deep hips.

Trikonasana – Triangle pose

Yoga pose 3- Trikonasana

This is one of the most famous yoga poses that is widely practised to achieve innumerable benefits. The basic tip is to strongly bend your front knee, and slowly exhale while you move your leading hand on the mat. It helps you to strengthen your legs and the core, along with the opening up and flexibility of the hips. This pose is predicted to be therapeutic overall and helps to ease the tension around the shoulders and enhance breathing by stretching the fascia around the lungs.

It is important to be gentle on your ribs when you roll them open. Since we carry a lot of stress and in-built tension in our hips and torso, this pose helps you release all the negative energy. It works as an opening aasan and allows your muscles to equalize the feeling of calmness everywhere.

Vrikshasana- Tree Pose

Yoga pose 4- Vrikshasana

Commonly known as tree pose, due to the visuals of it when you do this aasan, Vrikshasana is an age-old yoga pose that is known to do wonders for your immunity. All you need to do is keep your spine straight and keep taking long breaths while you stand in the pose. The longer you hold it, the better it boosts your balance and stability in legs.

This pose not only works for the physical balance but also helps in maintaining a mental balance and focused attitude in your daily life. It makes your ligaments and tendons strong and increases firmness in the entire standing leg. It also helps you achieve pelvic stability.

Salamba Bhujangasana- Sphinx Pose

Yoga pose 5- Salamba Bhujangasana

While you begin lying flat on your stomach and lift your shoulders, you need to extend your hands forward and bend at the elbows. Your body feels relaxed in this restorative pose when you ease the glutes and lift your neck. This pose teaches you the right way of breathing and is highly healing for your nervous system. It helps you calm down your anxiety, battles your sense of depression by invoking a calm and positive demeanour.

The promising part is that it does not require your body to undergo any strenuous stretching and easily energizes your body and mind with positivity. It acts as a massager to the lower abdomen and lightens stomach ailments.

Conclusion

Yoga has been a powerful weapon to combat the physical battles your body poses to ensure an overall healthy physical and mental self. It is useful in curbing the dangerous effects of chronic inflammation and efficiently boosts the immune system. It lowers the stress within hormones and backs up the effective functioning of the circulatory and respiratory system.

Thus, medically proven Yoga ensures an optimum working of the body and its immune system. We hope you have a fruitful time while trying out these power poses.

 

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The Japanese culture brings to you valuable parenting lessons: Here is all you need to know!

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Every culture is attributed to its unique style of parenting lessons that shape the values and character of an individual. Globally, it is seen that Japanese children are admirable due to their friendly nature, polite behaviour, and control over emotions. This has to be credited to the parental model they follow.

Let’s delve deep into it

The Japanese children are taught to be self-reliant; the education system treats them fairly and squarely

The Japanese children are encouraged to do things on their own from a tender age, including activities like travelling to school unaccompanied. This self-reliance is taught as a foundation to develop other skills. The community is a well-knit one and they entrust people to look out for each other whenever needed.

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The education system follows advanced principles where personal interests are given the top priority. The system hence teaches the children to draw a line between achieving their goals and staying true to their roots.

 

The children are free below the age of 5, and they are monitored harmoniously from the age of 5-15. Post the age of 15, the children are equated to the level of their parents

 

The Japanese value family relationships, especially the one of the mother and the child

Parenting lessons-1

The Japanese establish great importance to family. The child is only tutored only by its parents up till the age of three. Until then, it is not sent to an educational institution. The child is also encouraged to bond with its grandparents and other family members from the initial years.

The mother-child relationship is extremely strong. The children are always the apple of their eyes and the connection is very deep. The mother and child establish a relationship where the child completely relies on her love, and when the parents get old, the adult children provide all the support and the care.

In Japan, the family system strongly advocates a positive and endearing parental attitude. This ensures the lesser risk of the children developing a bad behavioural pattern.

Japanese parents refrain from talking about their kids

Like any other system, the Japanese are super competitive and push their children to be achievers in academic and co-curricular areas from a young age. The struggle to get into good schools is intense.

However, in contrast to other cultures, the Japanese do not brag about their kids, their achievements and struggles in the open. They prefer to keep it private and only discuss it with their close associates.

This is because they want to abstain from coming off as boastful. For example, the Japanese feel that if their child is part of a sports team, the jersey or uniform will speak for them. It does not require any additional revelations.

Meal preparation is given priority

Parenting lessons-3

Unlike the urban traditions of preparing easy-to-pack meals for the children due to the hectic routines, the Japanese have a diligent meal structure for their children. This is to aid the efficient development of the immune system.

The mothers rise early and invest extra effort in designing meals for their children. They look into the aspect of food arrangement as well; so that the child is motivated to finish his/her lunch. Hence, the lunch box is elaborate and aesthetically arranged. The schools propagate this meal culture as well.

The Japanese pay extra attention to emotions and self-expression

To co-exist in a society, the Japanese believe in imbibing a sense of acceptance and respect for the emotions of others, apart from their own. The mothers equally respect their children and do not impose a sense of authority to correct their behaviour. They instead give the child a moral perspective.

For example, if a Japanese kid is seen to destroy a flower for absolutely no reason, the mother will induce a sense of emotion into the child. She will say things on the lines of “it can hurt the flower” or “the flower might feel miserable” to make their child differentiate between good or bad.

The children are also taught the art of self-expression at a young age and are always motivated to think about how their behaviour will affect other people. Thus, this has led to the kids maintaining a calm and peaceful attitude in crowded places or tough situations.

In conclusion

By now, you must have noticed some striking similarities and sharp differences between the parental model your culture and the Japanese follow. Obviously, the parental system has undergone some changes with the influence of the west, but the Japanese have never given up on their calm and loving demeanour. Their model has an ideal amount of empowering the child to be independent along with a moral base of cultured values and behaviours.

 

 

 

 

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Goa Will Only Allow Wealthy Tourists

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Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has told the press that the state will have to re-invent its tourism profile and return to the 1960s to rebuild itself as a tourism destination.
The minister also said that tourists who are into drugs, cook on the roads, or are an inconvenience on the beaches, are not wanted in Goa. Only tourists who are wealthy and can honour Goa’s culture and beauty are desirable.
The hippie community put Goa on the international tourism map in the 1960s. By and by, Goa’s reputation is one of the best tourism destinations in India reached its climax after 2007 due to the introduction of liberal licensing in casinos. However, the state infrastructure just could not grow with the growing number of tourists every year.
Ajgaonkar said that Goa’s tourism industry has to start again from zero to reach the desired level with the help of state-state level travel. However, this would only be possible when a cure is invented to counter COVID-19.
Ajgaonkar also said that wealthy tourists will be given preference over budget and local tourists. The idea behind taking such measures is to bring about the Goa of the 1960s, when it was beautiful. In comparison, Goa as we see today, is more crowded with millions of tourists visiting each year.

Goa, a state which is heavily dependent on tourism, is gearing up for the new normal wherein visitors will be allowed but selectively. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was quoted saying,
“After Lockdown 3, movement along inter-state routes via bus and train as well as by flights should be allowed, but with restrictions, especially because Goa, a COVID-free green zone is flanked on both sides by Karnataka and Maharashtra, with a high incidence of cases.”
He further added, “What we are trying to do along with experts, is to take Goa back to the 1960s. We do not want tourists who consume drugs, cook on our roads, or who create nuisance on beaches. We want good tourists who are wealthy and who can appreciate Goa and its culture.”

According to The Times of India, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar reiterated the sentiment and The Statesman quoted him saying, “We have to recreate the Goa of the 1960s to kickstart our tourism again. In the 1960s, Goa was beautiful and now in 2020 it is very different with more than 8 million visiting tourists.”

When you live in India, you kinda sorta just get used to politicians making silly (read: borderline offensive) comments. Arre woh kuch bhi bolta hai, is the automatic response I usually get from people and one, I’m also guilty of uttering.
Well, time to add another one to that list – Goa’s Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.

On 1 May, Goa, as you may have heard, declared zero COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, Goa’s Green Zone status is currently under threat as seven fresh COVID-19 positive cases were detected on 14 May.
But let’s take a moment to focus on what Mr Ajgaonkar did soon after Goa was declared COVID-free. According to the news agency IANS, Ajgaonkar said:
“We want good tourists who are wealthy and who can appreciate Goa and its culture.”So,  Mr Ajgaonkar wants to kickstart Goa’s tourism economy (okay, fair enough!) BUT he only wants the help of “wealthy” tourists because apparently they are the only ones capable enough to appreciate Goa’s culture?!
Now that one statement of his is problematic on so many levels.
Firstly – what is a “wealthy” tourist and how exactly do you plan on defining it?
Are you saying that anyone who can’t afford to spend 5 nights at Taj Fort Aguada does not deserve the opportunity to vacation in Goa?Moreover, the idea that somehow only “wealthy” tourists can “appreciate” Goa’s culture is also extremely classist.
Goa’s culture belongs to all its people – regardless of their socio-economic strata – and Manohar Ajkgaonkar is NO ONE to discriminate.

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The Stories Of Introverts And Extroverts In Lockdown

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People nowadays are spending hours doing a jigsaw puzzle being followed by a game of Scrabble, fortified by tea and scones. The way we live now has split us in two. For introverts, it’s largely business as usual. But for my more extroverted friends, who are clamouring for Zoom calls to fill the gaping hole the pub has left in their lives, it’s a deeply testing time.For introverts, they need more time alone to recharge. This doesn’t mean I hate socialising, but it may well mean they will feel stressed and fatigued if they are not left on their own for a while afterwards.

On the flipside, extroverts are continuously energised by time spent with other people and are often, though not always, very outgoing. In the 1960s the German psychologist Hans Eysenck suggested the reason behind this difference which lies in their environmental sensitivity.Introverts need lower levels of stimulation to actually reach their “set point” of social arousal than extroverts, leading them to seek an escape into the quiet solitude sooner.Natasha Tiwari, a psychologist with a practice in London, agrees that self-isolation is an important trait in introvert’s but notes the importance of recognising that introversion and extroversion exist on a fluid scale. It’s natural to find things tough, however you identify. “Introversion and extroversion are not binary concepts,” she says. “Many of us flick between them depending on our mood, environment and the people surrounding us. The key is to work out how to attain the right balance in your lifestyle to support your mental health.”This was supposed to be the moment for introverts—the disaster preppers of our new, COVID-ravaged social lives. Those who cherished their time alone at home were already experts at voluntary self-isolation. Once, backing out of a happy hour at a bar to reading a book made you a bad friend. Now it’s patriotic. 

In a TikTok from early March with 1.8 million views, an introvert watches the news, singing along with Phil Collins as the media tells him to stay home and avoid people. Introverts have published expert guides to staying at home and meditations on the joy of “flaking” on social plans. In the Atlantic, Andrew Ferguson wrote that covid isolation has “relieved considerable pressure on the introvert community,” the longtime “hopeful practitioners of antisocial distancing.”

But as people began to adjust to isolation, they started to find ways to bring their outside social lives into their homes. Living rooms that were once a sanctuary from people-filled offices, gyms, bars, and coffee shops became all those things at once. Calendars that had been cleared by social distancing suddenly refilled as friends, family, and acquaintances made plans to sip “quarantine” at Zoom happy hours, hold Netflix viewing parties, or just catch up over Google hangouts. People are coping with the coronavirus pandemic by upending their lives and attempting to virtually re-create what they lost. The new version, however, only vaguely resembles what we left behind. Everything is flattened and pressed to fit into the confines of chats and video-conference apps like Zoom, which was never designed to host our work and social lives all at once. The result, for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between, is the bizarre feeling of being socially overwhelmed despite the fact that we’re staying as far away from each other as we can. 

 

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8 Must Have Apps On Your For This Quarantine

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Quarantine is a time when  everyone wants to keep them busy and occupied, so there is a list of apps that can actually make you productive and creative at the same time,

 

1.8 Fit: If anyone wants to stay fit in this lockdown but not able to do so then you should definitely try 8 Fit. It makes customized workout and meal plans. The app has got some amazing workouts which will help  you in being in  shape without taking up too much of your time.

2.HealthTap: At this time of global pandemic, when the nation is experiencing such distress, approaching a doctor is not easy for people. But in this app,you can ask questions about your health. This can be of great help whenever you have sudden ache or pain

3.LastPass: Keeping a tab on all the passwords of different applications on your laptop or phone can be difficult. There are so many apps available in the market but this app has a cross-platform syncing and the seamless user interface

4.CamScanner: There was a time when you need a digital scanner to scan the docs, but in this modern era, all you need is a smartphone and this application called CamScanner through which you can easily scan and correct the alignment of your docs.

 

5.Open Camera:It is an open source camera app which has got the features to auto stabilise 

Your pictures to level their  .It has got so many filters and special effects with built in remote features to click your pictures in auto mode.

 

6.Pixtica:Pixtica is a new app for all the people who love photography and film makers.You will never miss a moment with Pixtica.It has got easy to use design and interface.Unleash your creativity with simple user interface.

 

7.Google Podcasts:Google has started the facility of providing google podcasts,These podcasts are free to download.Once you subscribe to their podcasts,a new list of podcasts will automatically be downloaded.

8.SnapSeed:Snapseed is an incredible  photo editing app.It has got a huge range of editing tools.In this Snapseed .These photo editing tools turn ordinary images into stunning masterpieces.

9.Pocket:If you have a strict regimen,but at the same time,you want to keep a tab on the latest news articles,then Pocket is for you.You can just have a glance on the articles and also can sync the items so that you can access them  offline.

 

10.Adobe Premiere Clip lets you do everything from trimming clips to controlling the music volume. You can sync your video to the beat of your chosen music and add all the complex finishing touches. Not just that, the app also lets you sync your projects across all your devices.

 

 

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