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Choose a stylish raincoat this monsoon

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 31 Agustus 2014 | 18.47

With the rains descending down in the city, especially durng the evenings, it is safe to assume that the monsoon is well and truly here.

This means that there is at least one out of two essentials that every girl must have — an umbrella and a raincoat. Now, if you're not the sort who wants to lug a brolly around, you just wear a raincoat, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to a boring old windcheater. Here are a few things to consider if you are looking at buying a stylish raincoat...
Length: You need to first figure out whether you want a long or a short raincoat. The long variety — which mostly comes in the form of trench coats with a sash — comes down to the knees and keeps the wearer's legs dry. This is a great option for a night out. Short raincoats, on the other hand, are usually more casual, end at the waist and may have pockets in the front. They're usually more appropriate as daytime attire.
Colour: The colour of a raincoat can do loads to jazz up one's monsoon ensemble. A bright yellow, pink or orange one is ideal for an overcast day, while neutral beiges and browns work on any day. You can even be a little bold and consider wearing a transparent raincoat in neon colours to show off your ensemble underneath without getting it wet.
Lining: The rain can be followed by a nip in the air on some days, so you may want to have a raincoat that has a lining. Options that have wool or fleece linings are out fo the question in our city, but other kinds of linings work. It's better to wear these at night as they can make you feel hot if worn in the day. Also, some types of lining may add bulk to your figure, depending on your build.
Prints and patterns: If you're the more adventurous type, you can choose a raincoat with exciting prints or patterns, like floral or checks.
Hoods: Buy a raincoat with a hood if you don't want to carry an umbrella around. The best option would be to choose one with a detachable hood so that you have a versatile raincoat.

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Employee tips - privacy matters

At a time when an individual's personal information is easily accessible, it is all the more important to safeguard what one may not want to disclose to their colleagues.

The open office culture, where cubicles are reduced to rows of computers crammed against each other to conserve space, usually perpetuates the 'peeping-tom' syndrome, where an employee's private matters, right from their web browsing records to personal files, become subject to public display. Not many appreciate their privacy being breached at the workplace, especially since employees spend most of their waking hours at work.

However, most employers, in a bid to optimise the office space, tend to overlook an employee's concern for privacy.


An open environment at office poses as an invitation to nosy colleagues who are ever ready to invade one's privacy. In many cases, this may hamper productivity. Apoorv Houzwala, who started out his career as a copywriter in the advertising industry, recounts, "I never liked the idea of someone sneaking up on me and peering into my laptop screen or into my notepad while I am busy with work. And many a time I have encountered peers who tend to linger, constantly keeping an eye on what I do. While I managed to leverage their behaviour to throw ideas around or discuss a project, at most times, they only made me conscious about my work, not allowing me to put in my best effort." Indeed, safeguarding one's possessions and work from onlookers is every professional's wish. Simple measures like setting up a lock screen when not on desk, setting a personal password to one's gadgets like their laptop or phone or locking drawers are ways in which you can help you maintain privacy. Even a simple task like keeping one's desk free of clutter helps in his regard. A clear desk will give no opportunity to snooping eyes to dig into open papers, note books, diaries or other documents, content of which one wouldn't want to share.

Also, while one expects his or her privacy to be respected by others, the same needs to be practised. It is a must for employees to practice basic etiquette such as not opening a colleague's files and desk drawers without their consent.


Privacy at the workplace, predominantly refers to the ability of employees to keep certain information to themselves. This includes information pertaining to or documents such as credit history, bank account details, information about their financial assets or something more personal, such as, a persons political opinions, membership with trade unions and other associations, religious and sexual preferences, health related information, etc. Thus, the onus is on the company to ensure that such sensitive personal information is handled appropriately.

At most information-driven companies, data privacy control is also an issue. Mukesh Jain, AVP at the corporate finance department of a private bank opines, "In the name of protecting data and preventing leakage of sensitive information, companies impose strict access controls on internet surfing. This practice, although justified by company on grounds of IT security, curbs privacy of trusted employee. It sends out a negative message to employees that is often understood as the company not trusting them and is more comfortable by implementing such access controls."

Clearly, employee motivation and a trust factor depend on how privacy controls are applied by the management.

Offering an employer's point of view, Puja Ashwin Kumar, consultant, Nimbus HR, says, "Professional background checks are important, especially during recruitment. In general too, to know how employees have performed in their previous roles and how well they fit in the company culture, it is often important to dig out personal information that the candidate may not necessarily want to share --that of family, health issues, past personal conduct, etc. But information collected by employers must not violate an employee's privacy.It is also important to note that companies usually keep the information confidential by policy." However, concluding appropriately, she says, "After all, a balance between a company's aspiration and a candidate's privacy needs to be maintained."

By Maulik Chandarana

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How to take good care of your skin

To get a gorgeous and glowing complexion, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind

Drink lots and lots of water
One of the best ways to attain flawless skin is by drinking tons of water. Water flushes toxins from your body, thereby making your skin glow. Not only does it make your skin glow but it also takes care of dry and flaky skin as well.

Follow the right skincare routine
A great way to ensure that your skin stays fresh and hydrated is by following the right skincare routine. But make sure that you are following one which suits your skin type and texture. If you do not know your skin type yet, visit a dermatologist to figure out.

Always use a makeup remover
How many times have you heard beauticians say that never sleep with your makeup on? Well, washing it off with water and face wash is not the only solution. You should use a makeup remover (suited especially for your skin type) before you wash your face. This will take off the entire makeup and will also keep your face free from germs and bacteria.

Use a foundation according to your skin type
Many a times people fail to recognise a foundation that is suited to their skin. And that is the reason why you end up with acne and blemishes on your face. To ensure that this does not happen, always use a foundation or a compact that is a shade closer and lighter to your skin colour.

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5 Teas that make you slim!

The brew that energises can also help you lose weight. Here's how...

It's widely known that just one cup of tea can prevent strokes, arthritis, tooth decay and even keep cancer at bay. While it's regarded as nature's tranquiliser for its soothing properties, the brew also has another great benefit - it helps shed weight. Scientists have shown that tea has high levels of compounds that battle the absorption of fat.

Here are 5 teas that can result in a slimmer you...

Star anise tea: promotes digestion
Star anise, the fruit of a small evergreen tree (Illicium verum) native to China, can be used in the treatment of digestive troubles such an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea etc. One may drink a tea made from it by steeping a whole pod in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain this and sweeten it if required. Sip on this slowly when an upset stomach occurs.

Peppermint tea: controls what you eat
If you like peppermint tea then try and rotate that with a green tea drink as both speed up digestion and thus help you burn more calories. The peppermint leaves can be used to make a light, refreshing tea, which can be drunk either hot or chilled. To prepare the tea, take a tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves and add them to boiling water and let it steep for four to five minutes. Strain and add honey, if needed.

Green tea: builds metabolism
Research says the chemical EGCG found in green tea that speeds up the body's metabolism, is responsible for helping people lose the kilos - it can burn a whopping 70 calories a day! Green tea also raises the level of antioxidants. It's believed the antioxidant catechins in green tea boost metabolism and helps burn fat (can burn a whopping 70 calories a day!) Steeping time for the tea: two to three minutes at 85 Degrees Celsius.

Rose tea: prevents constipation
One of the oldest flavouring teas available, rose tea - made by mixing fresh roses and the bud of the tea - has a major therapeutic effect on the human body. Apart from clearing toxins and beautifying the skin, rose tea contains vitamins A, B3, C, D and E and is known to act against infections. It also prevents constipation and helps one lose weight.

Oolong tea: guards against obesity
Research reveals that oolong, a semi-fermented tea may have a stronger effect than even green tea. It promotes fat burning is said to help reduce cholesterol and the concentration of fat in the body. About two cups per day is recommended. Steep oolong tea anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, for a more full-bodied cup.

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When cousins fall in love...

What happens when romance enters the picture between two people, who are perceived as siblings by society at large. TOI explores...

Among the many unusual relationships being explored in an ongoing television show, is one of cousins being in love. Although some communities do allow marriages between cousins, it is difficult for most to imagine a romantic relationship between first cousins as they are considered siblings. However, there have been cases where romantic feelings creep in inspite of being aware of the complications. "A short-lived relationship may develop between two cousins, especially when one is on the rebound from another relationship. This happens because it is convenient and closer home," says counsellor Shyama Goswami.

"A relationship like that is just infatuation and does not usually have a definite end, unless the family is open enough to accept it. When a couple realises that their relationship is taboo, it might make them feel guilty. One must ideally step out of this relationship before other siblings or parents get to know of it; the embarrassment that follows may cause the family to fall apart," adds Goswami.

When awkwardness starts creeping in during a family gathering, this is when the couple should realise that they were better off as cousins. "Talk about it, rather than avoid the issue or behave abnormally, as this might spoil many relationships. End it gracefully. Discuss your childhood memories and try to make light of the situation, weigh them against the pleasures of a temporary relationship and you'll find the answer. Do not leave things unsaid as you'll be bumping into each other often; making a clear exit is advisable," says Goswami.

Nonetheless, some go ahead regardless of backlash or implications. Niharika Sreshtha, a PR professional recalls the time one of her aunts got married to her first cousin. "For us Bengalis, getting romantically involved with a cousin is taboo. Tuli aunty fell in love with her first cousin, and soon their families got to know of it. After several confrontations, not only did the families separate, it also led to the couple being ostracised by the community. But they were adamant and got married for which they became a part of a reformist community," says Niharika.

Medical implications
Clinical psychologist Rohini Tirodkar says that if two adults are sure about what they are getting into, there's no harm, but they should consider the medical side to it, especially with respect to having kids. "More than this, there are medical reasons why cousins or siblings are not meant to be couples. Firstly, most siblings and cousins have the same blood group. Even if their blood groups might be different, the physical components will be similar as they belong to the same family. This can cause great difficulty for the consummation of marriage, as people with similar physical components are not medically fit to bear a healthy child. There are high chances of the child being physically or mentally abnormal. That's how nature works," she concludes.

'Marrying a cousin is like marrying a friend'
"Sameer and I are first cousins," narrates Munira Ghani. "Since we've always lived in the same city, we often visited each other on alternate weekends, especially on festive occasions, birthdays or anniversaries. But things changed one day, and we got attracted to each other when in college. Fortunately, this kind of a relationship is not looked down in our circles, and we got married last year. I think, marrying your cousin is not that bad at all, since we are like friends as well as understand and treat each other well," she adds.


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Are you raising a spoilt brat?

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 30 Agustus 2014 | 18.47

Here's your parenting guide to instil the right discipline and responsibilities in your child

Picture this: At a supermarket, your 10-year-old demands that you buy him a box of chocolates. When you refuse, he throws a tantrum and since you don't want to create a scene in front of him, you relent and your son goes home happier. Well, surely, most parents must have come across such a situation at least once in their life. However, have you ever thought of the number of times you've given in to your kid's demands? Chances are that it's more than often and you might be raising a spoilt child. Says consulting psychiatrist Dr Pavan Sonar, "From my experience, I do believe that children today are more spoilt than their previous generation. When we see the behaviour of children of this generation, the basic qualities of attentiveness and respect towards elderly, social manners and discipline is absent in most of them. Abiding by the laws set by parents or society are carelessly ignored by kids today."

So, who's at fault?
According to clinical psychologist Saloni Sawnani, blaming the kid and labelling him/her as 'spoilt' is unfair. "It is more parents' faulty upbringing of the kid that leads him/her to be spoilt. The earlier generation of parents was more relaxed and had more time for their kids. However, with most parents working today, they don't spend enough time with their kids, so they make up by giving in to their demands and as a result, the child is spoilt," she says.

Signs your child is spoilt
Does your child behave insensitively to others? Does he or she want his demands met immediately? "Sometimes, a child might be genetically more energetic than the others, which leads to hyperactivity and you might mistakenly label him/her as spoilt. By five years of age, most children are able to communicate their feelings clearly. So, you need verify their behaviour and channel the aggression positively," says Saloni.

According to Dr Sonar, a spoilt brat is not ready to follow family or social etiquette. "The kid frequently demands money or gadgets. He/she has poor emotional control, throws tantrums, whines most of the times, doesn't take 'no' for an answer, misbehaves with peers and argues with parents," he elaborates.

How to deal with it

Don't label: "Understand why your child is behaving the way he/she does. Hear him/her out and find solutions. Most importantly, don't complain that your kid is spoilt to your family members or guests, especially not in front of the kid," says Saloni.

Know when to say no: Agreeing and giving in to everything your child says sends out a wrong message. Giving in to the tantrums tells your kid that all he/she has to do is cry and whine to get what he/she wants. When you say 'no' to your kid's demands, he/she knows that everything in life has a value and he/she has to work towards something if they want it badly.

Be consistent: During the initial years, you might pass off your kid's bad behaviour as just being cute but in the long run, it could have an adverse effect on your child. So, be consistent in your discipline methods. Set some rules and ensure that they are followed consistently. For instance, if jumping on a couch is not allowed at your place, stop him/her from doing so when at a friend's place.

Reward for good behaviour: Instead of bribing your kid by saying 'If you do this, you will get this', reward your kid when he/she displays good behaviour. "Affection always helps your kid," says Saloni. Adds Dr Sonar, "Abolish bad behaviour by rewarding the desirable ones. Awards should be very small gifts or token points."

Teach manners and values: "Storytelling is a great way to teach morals and values to your kid," says Dr Sonar. Instil values of responsibility, sharing, friendliness and sensitivity towards others in your child through various moral tales. Set a good example in front of your kids when it comes to good manners.

Bond over chores: If your kid is in his/her pre-teens, assign a task every day, whether it is helping you out with the laundry or tidying his/her study table. Teach your child that each member of the family needs to contribute towards taking care of the home and each other.

Set expectations: "Try to understand the reason for your child's behaviour and set certain expectations. Effective communication with the kid is very crucial. Teach them to express their emotions, that is, what and how they are feeling, instead of what they want," says Dr Sonar.


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How spirituality shaped Mahatma Gandhi

Title: Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography
Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Hachette India
Pages: 252
Price: Rs.550

More than 400 published biographies exist on Mahatma Gandhi, undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in modern history.

But this work is different; it captures the spiritual side of a man who played probably the most important role in helping India to become a free nation. The weapons he used were unique: truth and non-violence. This, author Arvind Sharma says, was part of his innate spirituality.

For Gandhi, morality and religion were synonymous. He made it amply clear that what he wanted to achieve was self-realization, "to see God face to face, to attain Moksha". His earliest influences came from Hindu lore. His parents were devout worshippers of the god Vishnu. It was part of this influence that Gandhi learnt to repeat the name of Rama - a Vishnu 'avatar'- to get rid of his fear of ghosts and spirits!

But Gandhi was no Hindu fanatic. He respected all religions equally. The New Testament made a definite impression on him. Theosophy made a deeper impact. He battled for Muslims. He was a true religious pluralist. But "if he did not find Christianity perfect, neither did he find Hinduism to be so". It was his faith in spirituality that clearly gave him the courage to act the way he did on so many occasions, even when it looked as if he was treading a lonely path.

Gandhi would say that the thread of life was in the hands of God. But unlike most Hindus he did not believe in idols. At the same time he worshipped the Bhagavad Gita - calling it his "mother" in later life. Even Nathuram Godse saw Gandhi as a saint - but a saint gone wrong and deserving to die.

The book has one gaping hole. There is surprisingly no reference to Paramhansa Yogananda, an iconic Indian saint whose "Autobiography of a Yogi" (published in 1946) is still considered a spiritual classic. Yogananda moved to the US in 1920 and for three decades preached Kriya Yoga and meditation to tens of thousands. On a short trip to India, he spent time with Gandhi at Wardha and taught the Mahatma and his aides Kriya Yoga. It was probably the only yoga Gandhi learnt. A self-realized guru, Yogananda called Gandhi a saint. I am surprised how Sharma overlooked this important spiritual chapter in Gandhi's life in an otherwise informed book.


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Garnish this Eid with almonds

The vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, and antioxidants found within these nuts are important nutrients in this heart-healthy snack. Almonds, do not have cholesterol but have the effect of reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) without impacting HDL (good cholesterol), when included in a healthy diet

The fasting, prayers and introspection of the Ramadan days culminates with Eid al-Fitr or Feast of Breaking the Fast, the most revered occasions for Muslims all over the world. On this pious day people make many delicacies, wear new clothes and elders give gifts to children popularly known as Eidi. However, what makes Eid and even the Ramadan days stand so special are the famous culinary traditions of the festival, such as preparation of Biryani, Kheer, Zarda, Custard and many other such delicacies.

These preparations though very delectable are high in calories and are considered unhealthy from a fitness perspective. Since richness in food is the focal point of Eid preparations, many delicacies can be made tasteful and special by flavoring it with the king of all nuts - 'Almonds'.

The vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, and antioxidants found within these nuts are important nutrients that may contribute to almonds' reputation as a heart healthy snack. Almonds, while do not have cholesterol themselves, have the effect of reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) without impacting HDL (good cholesterol)[i], when included in a healthy diet. They are rich in the antioxidant-vitamin E, high in fibre, and are also a good source of protein, magnesium, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. In other words, almonds are nuts, dense in nutrients and can provide energy throughout the day. They are also helpful for those who are wary of their waistline, as these nuts give a feeling of satiety. Choosing a handful of almonds between meals can be a nutritious way to combat cravings and may help prevent you from reaching for other snack options higher in calories and nutrient-poor.

This Eid people can treat their guests with nutritious almonds which can be served in a many ways, for example they can be served roasted, blanched, chocolate coated etc. People can even gift the children in their families' almonds as their Eidi, to epitomize their blessings and wishes for long term good health.

So come this Eid, make almonds an integral part of not only the celebrations but also your daily life and regale in the jamborees of Eid with good health and zest.


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Compliments your man wants to hear

Here's a list of things you can say to your man, to let him know that you appreciate him and that he's special

Like the ones from the opposite sex, women are accustomed to receiving compliments - from the random guy at the pub to the street whistler! On the other hand, men rarely get a compliment. So fire off a meaningful compliment to your man and make way for a steaming night ahead.

Boy, you can work it!
Tell your man how awesome he is in the bedroom - this one definitely ranks at the top of his list! A guy dies to hear how good he is at the skills he works so hard to perfect.

What would I do without you?
Guys love to feel needed. Whether it is to help you understand bank work or simply open a jam jar — it is one of the greatest feelings for a man that you can't live without them. Cuddle him and tell him it would have been impossible for you to do anything without him.

Crave to spend more time with you
Sometimes you need to connect with his inner being as well. No matter how much you compliment on his looks or his skills - your efforts will go waste if you don't let him know how much you love him and want to be with him. Tell him that it is his innate characteristics that draw you closer to him.

You are excellent at your job!
Praising your guy's brain power is a must! Every guy wants to know that he is awesome at his task. Go that extra mile and tell him how much you admire him for the way he shows his dedication and loyalty towards his work. This one will touch him....really!

You're so freaking hot!
This is one compliment that will instantly lift his spirits. Complimenting a guy on his good looks is okay, but it is a different thing altogether to tell him what makes him so desirable - serve up his accolade, gently touch his body parts to add an extra sizzle to it.


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Eat these to prevent diabetes

Diabetes isn't known as a silent killer just for kicks. The growing number of people falling prey to this metabolic disease has raised quite an alarm worldwide.

Being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and consumption of high calorie, sugary and fatty foods are the reasons that give rise to this lifestyle ailment. Here's a list of foods that help in preventing diabetes.

Turmeric: Studies claim that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric may help delay if not prevent diabetes. There more research to be done in order to determine the long-term effects of turmeric. However, early result show promise.

Strawberries: Strawberries look and taste delicious. So there's no reason why you should not eat them regularly. Scientists are of the opinion that consuming strawberries helps activate a protein in the body which reduces LDL cholesterol and blood lipids. Both these things play a factor in the development of diabetes. Also, scientists who conducted experiments on mice found that consuming strawberries is beneficial in lowering blood glucose levels.

Cheese and yogurt: By this we mean low-fat cheese and yogurt. Experts believe that the healthy bacteria found in these fermented dairy products are responsible for this healthy beneficial side-effect.

Red wine: Surprise surprise! Resveratrol, a compound present in red wine helps in improving the function of blood sugar by regulating the hormone insulin. However, there's no reason to get sloshed. Drinking in moderation is the key.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has numerous health benefits. It helps in lowering fasting blood glucose. Also, it is known to lower triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity too. Sprinkle some powdered cinnamon in your coffee or toast.

Apples: Anthocyanin, a compound is found in abundance in apples, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels.

Spinach: Spinach is rich in many nutrients which makes it so healthy. A British study showed that consuming spinach daily cuts down the risk of diabetes by 14%.


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