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Get neon hair extensions

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 23 Agustus 2014 | 18.47

With the monsoon well and truly here, dressing up might get a little tedious. People tend to avoid wearing colourful outfits during this season, sticking to the greys, browns and blacks lest they get drenched in the rain and ruin their clothes.

But there is a great way to keep the colour going with your fashion statement — neon hair extensions! Here are a few tips to on how to sport them...

There are different kinds of extensions available in different colours; you can buy a few and keep changing the colours every now and then.

Choose the clip-on variety as it is hassle-free and you don't need anyone else to help you put them on or remove them. But when you put them on, tease your hair a little at the roots to prevent the clips from slipping.

Usually, youngsters like to sport neon hair extensions, but that doesn't mean that older women can't do it to. A tinge of colour will add a fun and flirty element to your entire look.

You can match your extensions with an item in your ensemble, especially your shoes. So, if you are wethen match it with pink footwear.

You can have your neon extensions on even when you are going out on a formal evening with friends. It will add that extra edge to your personality.


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'Fifty Shades of Grey' unhealthy for young women

Have you read the blockbuster erotica Fifty Shades of Grey that has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and a movie adaptation is scheduled for release? Beware that you are at an heightened risk of developing binge drinking and unhealthy sexual habits.

According to an interesting study, young adult women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely than non-readers to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner.

Moreover, women who read all three books in the erotic romance series are at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners.

"All are known risks associated with being in an abusive relationship, much like the lead character, Anastasia, is in 'Fifty Shades'," said study author Amy Bonomi from the department of human development and family studies at Michigan State University.

If women experienced adverse health behaviours such as disordered eating first, reading "Fifty Shades" might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma, Bonomi added.

To reach this conclusion, researchers studied over 650 women aged 18-24.

Compared to participants who did not read the book, those who read the first "Fifty Shades" novel were 25 percent more likely to have a partner who yelled or swore at them.

Nearly 34 percent were more likely to have a partner who demonstrated stalking tendencies and more than 75 percent more likely to have used diet aids or fasted for more than 24 hours.

"Those who read all three books in the series were 65 percent more likely than nonreaders to binge drink - or drink five or more drinks on a single occasion on six or more days per month - and 63 percent more likely to have five or more intercourse partners during their lifetime," Bonomi explained.

"I am not suggesting the book be banned or that women should not be free to read whatever books they wish or to have a love life," she said.

However, it is important women understand that the health behaviours assessed in the study are known risk factors for being in a violent relationship, Bonomi noted.

"We recognise that the depiction of violence against women in and of itself is not problematic, especially if the depiction attempts to shed serious light on the problem. The problem comes when the depiction reinforces the acceptance of the status quo, rather than challenging it," researchers concluded.

The study appeared in the Journal of Women's Health.

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Are you a control freak?

Do you have strong tendencies to seek control of situations? Have your friends ever labelled you a control freak?

Take the following quiz and find out if you have an affirmative answer to these. Answer the questions very honestly otherwise this won't work and score yourself a 1 for every 'rarely' 5 for a 'sometimes' and 10 for every 'always'.

You love to ghost drive the car from the passenger seat. You invariably help them drive by giving verbal instructions...

You love to keep every paper and pin on your table in its precise place.

You totally believe in giving advice and suggestions to people around you.

You always believe in perfection.

You silently judge others who are not perfect.

You don't like it when people try to help you out and you do not allow them.

You have a big, plan and you jot down notes on your organiser even for simplest events. You never let anyone have the final word, you are always right anyway.

You would be the guy at the nearby signal trying to get traffic in order if there a signal malfunction and traffic jam.

You believe that you just cannot go wrong because you know it all.



If you score 90 or more then you need to consult a psychologist but if lower you need to re-think your urge to control to others too much.


This score states that you probably have some issues of control but you are more balanced about it. You can let others live.


If your scores are 30 or less, you definitely are not a control freak or maybe you were not really honest when you took the test.

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Intizar Husain's oeuvre dipped in Indian nostalgia

Unlike his counterpart and celebrated Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, Pakistani writer Intizar Husain's writings have distanced themselves from the gory details of partition and have, in fact, drawn from early memories of his stay in India.

A window to his world is an anthology of his short stories that also reek of sorrow of many wasted opportunities.

Husain, popularly recognised as a living-legend in Pakistan, was not aggressive in his writings when it came to partition. The motifs he picked from this tragedy were of longing and nostalgia that he used repeatedly in his stories.

A reflection of these sentiments comes across strongly in the anthology "Intizar Husain: The Death of Sheherzad" (Harper Perennial: Rs.299) that is translated from Urdu by Rakhshanda Jalil.

For writer and author Jalil, the most challenging aspect of translating these stories was to keep the colloquial-style flavour of Husain's writings intact.

But, what was interesting is to understand the context of his writings and how different they were from the Progressive Writers' Movement group.

"What made him different from other Pakistani writers like Manto was that he used 'hijrat' migration as a sole thread to connect to partition, and not the mayhem, bloodshed associated with the event," Jalil said Friday at the launch of the book.

"He never picked these motifs," she added.

Husain's stories also missed the "sting" that endings of Manto's stories had. Most of his stories have open-ending where he left it for the reader to deliberate and interpret it according to the settings.

What also is Husain's distinctive feature is the ability to pick up "seemingly inconsequential things from here and there" and narrate a tale that would have a story within a story.

If the settings of his stories always had his village in Uttar Pradesh in the backdrop, there was a melancholic tone with hinted reference to "wasted opportunities".

"There was a sense of sorrow in his writings and a bit of disillusionment. There is also a subtle hint of Pakistan not being able to seize many opportunities," said Jalil.

"There is no aggression in his stories. But he has used allusions that refer to India," she concluded.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Urdu writer,Saadat Hasan Manto,Pakistan,Intizar Husain: The Death of Sheherzad,Intizar Husain

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Secrets to looking younger

Beauty gurus share their unusual advice and tips for fighting wrinkles

From headstands and honey to gurning and grapes, these experts share their own personal secrets for fighting off the signs of ageing. Moisturisers and SPF creams aren't the only way to avoid wrinkles. Here, beauty gurus share their unusual secrets.

Exercise your neck
The neck is a big age giveaway and needs help to keep it taut, toned and firm. Lie on your back with your head hanging over the edge of the bed, then lift your head towards your chest. Repeat 10 times daily.
— Noella Gabriel, director of a cosmetic company

Use an ice pack
To stimulate my skin cells, shrink fluid retention and reduce redness and visible capillaries, I wrap ice in a muslin cloth and roll it all over my face. It leaves you with a rosy, youthful complexion.
— Sarah Chapman, facialist Drink from a flask

I try not to drink from plastic bottles as it causes wrinkles around the mouth. Use a flask with a cup attached instead.
— Marcyanna Legan, MD of a skincare company

Change your cleanser
Use an oil-based cleanser that won't strip away natural oils and massage make-up off with plenty of product. Apply pressure across your frown lines — try a zig-zag motion under the eyes when massaging.
— Facialist Su-Man

Practice facial yoga
Facial yoga helps to support the contours of your face, delays wrinkles and improves deep-set lines. Place your fingers on the edge of your jaw and pull towards your ears. This disperses fat around the jaw.
— Wren Holmes, urban skincare consultant

Eat face foods
Wild salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that moisturise from within for smooth, soft, flexible and glowing skin. I eat two to three servings of wild (not farmed) salmon a week. Avocados are also full of monounsaturated oil, vitamin E and B complex vitamins that repair and protect skin from free radical damage. I eat avocados three to four times a week.
— Nigma Talib, naturopathic doctor

Pack in the powder
I never put powder in the crow's feet around my eyes. It just makes wrinkles look bigger.
— Kirsten Carriol, creator of a beauty product

Do a headstand
Headstands are great for getting the blood to flow to the face, oxygenating your complexion and helping to remove wrinkle-inducing toxins.
— Esther Fieldgrass, founder of a spa

Massage back-handed
Dot a small amount of cream on the backs of both hands, then, with the backs of your hands, massage your neck upwards and outwards in long strokes until the cream is fully absorbed. This won't 'drag' at the skin, like fingertips do, and helps prevent ageing signs on the backs of the hands as well as your neck.
— Liz Warom, founder of a spa

Drink green tea
I drink green tea daily and keep blueberries at my desk to nibble on. They provide a powerful dose of protective antioxidants that keep wrinkles at bay.
— Kristy Cimesa, founder of a herbological healing company

Say yes to serums
To fight inflammation and ageing free radicals, I use an antioxidant serum, and to hydrate I drink 1.5 litres of water a day. I follow my antioxidant serum with a good hyaluronic serum, which can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture.
—Jill Zander, founder of a skin rejuvenation clinic

Give gurning a go
I do facial gymnastics daily to tackle wrinkles. Puff out your cheeks and move the air from one to the other. Do this three times. Then, with your lips slightly pouting, gently blow as if you're blowing bubbles. Smile widely, hold for three seconds and release. Repeat thrice.
— Donna Tait, skincare expert

Enjoy a smoothie
My secret to good skin is a daily smoothie of spinach, kiwi, banana and unsweetened almond milk. Spinach is an excellent source of iron. Without it, you can't transport oxygen efficiently, which can leave you with pale skin. The vitamin C in kiwis helps make collagen for new skin cells and the vitamin E in almond milk protects the skin.
— Sharon Hilditch, founder of a skincare company

Pinch yourself
I pinch my skin to keep it plump and youthful, as pinching stimulates the fat cells under the skin to keep it firm, full and tight.
— Dr Terry Loong, skin energy doctor

Tuck into honey
I'm a great believer in using natural ingredients. Getting more honey in your diet is great for the face. It's good at helping the skin absorb moisture.
— Helen Ambrosen, co-founder and beauty product inventor

Serve tea and cucumber
When my eyes look puffy or tired, I soak camomile tea bags in cold water and place them over my eyelids for 10 minutes. It leaves me with pepped-up peepers. To temporarily tighten the complexion, I place chilled slices of cucumbers on my eyes and cheeks.
— Rivka Rose, founder of a natural skincare company

(By Daily Mirror)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=younger,secrets,Green Tea,facial yoga,exercise

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Why a rebound relationship is good for you

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 22 Agustus 2014 | 18.47

Though many say that you should be careful when going in for a rebound, it actually helps you in more ways than one. Here's how...

As much as people warn against going in for a rebound relationship, there's no reason why you should feel bad. No matter what, it makes you feel happy and be loved again. Here is why a rebound works —

It fills the void in your life: Right after you break up, you naturally start missing your ex. And chances are you might end up texting him or calling him again, which may make matters worse. If you fall into a rebound at this stage, you will find it easy to move on in life.

Brings excitement back into your life: Why should you grieve over a relationship which didn't work out at all? Though a bit of grieving is okay, if you keep feeling bad for it for a long time, you are sure to lose your mental stability. Whereas, if you get into a rebound, you will find love and happiness once again in your life and feel happy about it.

Might mature into a better relationship: Don't ignore getting into a rebound. You may never know whether this relationship has anything good in store for you in the long run.


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Do you lose happiness over friends' better sex life

Do you feel less happy when you learn that your friend is more sexually active than you and enjoying a better sex life? Do not go by what he/she preaches and be happy with your sex life instead.

According to an interesting study, those who compared themselves with their peers who claimed that they were having sex frequently experienced a 14 percent lesser level of happiness.

"The factor that influenced the happiness of people with regard to the number of times they had sex is the frequency with which their friends indulged in sexual acts," said Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.

"If their peers were more sexually active than them, the happiness levels were lesser," he observed.

Wadsworth found that those who had sex at least once a week were 44 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who had not had sex for a year.

For the study, researchers examined the data collected from 15,386 people on their sexual frequency and happiness levels.

They found a correlation between the frequency of having sex and their happiness quotient.

Those who reportedly had more sex were seen to be more happy.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=sexually active,sex life,Sex,happiness,Friends

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India-born author introduces Ghalib to Americans

An India-born former World Bank staff member turned poet and novelist has penned a new English translation of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib's works to meaningfully engage American readers.

Gopi Chand Narang, leading literary critic and former President of Sahitya Akademi, released the book titled The Treasure: A Modern Rendition of Ghalib's Lyrical Love Poetry by Surinder Deol, at a function here Sunday. The 378-page book, beautifully produced by Penguin-Random House imprint Partridge, contains a complete free verse translation of Ghalib's entire Urdu Divan.

"Surinder Deol has dwelled deep into Ghalib and has struck a chord with the core of his creativity," said Narang releasing the book.

"He believes in the inner transformation and ecstasy of poetry, and as a translator he has succeeded in unravelling the magical world of Ghalib's charm and his joy and zest for life," he said.

"Ghalib comes through alive and pulsating in this rendering. He has succeeded where others have failed. His annotations of exotic words and phrases are of added value."

"Ghalib was never so close to the Western reader as he is now with this work," Narang added.

Satyapal Anand, a former professor of English Literature at University of District of Columbia, Washington DC, who has authored several books of poetry in Urdu and English, offered fulsome praise for the book in his Preface.

"This compendium of Ghalib's verse is a welcome addition to the slim corpus of Ghalib in English translation, not only because it has a sure method, but also because it doesn't sacrifice the essential Ghalib in a foreign tongue, not of the bard's choice," he wrote.

Frances Pritchett of Columbia University has called the work a "gallant attempt" while Shafey Kidwai of Aligarh Muslim University believes this book is "destined to blaze a new trail in Ghalib studies."

Aamir Mufti, University of California, said, "These renderings read well in English and will give the uninitiated a wonderful introduction to this major poet of the Indian subcontinent."

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Dating apps for smartphone users

Internet has changed our lives in the last decade with regards to the way we interact socially. And with the mobility that smart phones offer, with slick apps attracting more and more audiences, even dating online has kicked off in a big way. For smartphone users, it has become easier to meet other singles around them.

Although online dating has a flip side to it, with the ratio of guys and girls always being lopsided and many dating apps featuring more men than women, there are still a few that manage the ratio well. Here's looking at apps you should download if you're single and well, ready to mingle.
Tinder This is possibly the most popular dating app in the world and works in a rather interesting and convenient way. It shows you matches and you have to say whether you like the person or not. In order to connect, the other person too should have liked you. The best part of the app is the uncertainty that creeps into the online dating game, where if you unintentionally swipe to not choose the person, it's tough that you might ever see them again. Easy to register, it takes your information from online social networking sites and has a huge database of active users in India.
Thrill The app, created exclusively for Indians, is good bet for girls since it involves a basic, screening process where it filters dubious profiles, so you don't have a bad online dating experience. Users can then rate each other based on their profile pictures and data and choose their matches accordingly. A tad sluggish, but regular updates and an increasing user base, make it a decent app to check out.
Desi Crush An app developed exclusively for Indian users, this lets you look for matches in your city, as well as in Indian communities. It's tricky however, to create a profile and log in as there are multiple levels where one needs to enter information. Also, a lot of the features in the app are paid, so the choice is limited. However, considering there are not too many apps that cater solely to Indians, this still remains one of the more popular ones.
Singles Around Me This is a GPS-based social networking app that lets you see other single men and women around you. With proximity playing a key role, it's a good app for those looking to instantly connect and chat. You can also share your exact coordinates if you wish to meet, which makes the key aim of dating (read: meeting and hanging out) much easier to accomplish.

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3 must-try burger recipes

Easy burger recipes you must try!


- Ground meat - 1 kilo
- Salt - ½ tsp
- Pepper - ½ tsp
- Mozzarella cheese - 3 slices
- Pesto - ½ cup
- Lettuce - few crispy leaves
- Roasted red peppers - ½ cup
- Burger buns - 4

Pound the meat, season with salt and pepper and shape it into rounds. Fry them in hot oil until each side cooks really well. Take a bun add the burger to it, along with a leaf, the cheese. Spread some pesto onto it. Add it to the hot pan and simmer for a minute until the meat is reheated and the cheese gets melted.

Pizza burger

- Ground meat - ½ kilo
- Pizza puree - 2 cups
- Onion - ½, diced
- Capsicum - ½, diced
- Mozzarella cheese - ¼ cup
- Mushrooms, roasted - ½ cup
- Oregano - 1 tsp
- Lettuce - few crispy leaves
- Buns - 4

Heat a skillet and add some oil to it. Cook the meat till it is well done. Add the pizza puree and cook. Add the oregano as well. Also stir fry the peppers and onion and add it to the meat mixture. Take a bun, add the lettuce leaves to it as well as the cooked meat mixture.

- Red beans (rajma), cooked - 1 cup
- Ground zeera - 1 ½ tsp
- Garam masala - a pinch
- Onions - 1, sliced
- Mayonnaise - 3 tbsp
- Dry bread crumbs - ½ cup
- Oregano - ½ tsp
- Pepper- ½ tsp
- Mint leaves - a few, chopped
- Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp
- Buns - 4

Heat oil and saute the onion. Add the garam masala and zeera to it. Add the boiled rajma beans to this and saute. Now blend together the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, pepper and oregano to it. Spoon the mixture into the buns and place the burgers in a skillet. Serve with salsa sauce.

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