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International women’s Day

 

 

Boxes , Labels and Qs

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You literally asked me this question two weeks ago. Aren't you tired of asking yet?

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You literally asked me this question two weeks ago. Aren’t you tired of asking yet?

. “Isn’t there someone that you at least like?”

Sorry to disappoint.

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Sorry to disappoint.

. “Why are you still single?”

Do I have to have a special reason? It just is what it is.

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Do I have to have a special reason? It just is what it is.

. “I know you’re probably looking for a partner, but I just want to be friends.”

Just because I'm single doesn't mean I want to date you. Please get over yourself.

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. “You need to stop being so picky.”

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. “Maybe you need to change your attitude.”

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9. “Stop looking for love and let love come to you!”

Life-changing advice. Never heard that before, thank you.

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Life-changing advice. Never heard that before, thank you.

. “When are you going to get married?”

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. “What about kids? Are kids on the cards any time soon?”

What? No. Stop asking that.

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What? No. Stop asking that.

. “Time is running out, you know.”

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. “How long have you actually been single for?”

Does it matter?

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Does it matter?

. “Don’t you get lonely? I’d get so bored if I was single.”

That could be more because you have a boring life than the fact you have a partner, but cool.

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That could be more because you have a boring life than the fact you have a partner, but cool.

 “You should start a new hobby to meet people.”

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. “You need to put yourself out there!”

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. “If you’re not careful, you’ll end up as a crazy cat lady.”

GREAT! I LOVE CATS. They're so fluffy and don't ask stupid questions.

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GREAT! I LOVE CATS. They’re so fluffy and don’t ask stupid questions.

. “I know someone I can set you up with!”

Lord no. Please, no. I'm fine.

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Lord no. Please, no. I’m fine.

 “You should try Tinder/OkCupid/Match.com. Have you tried them? Have you?”

I have received enough dick pics to tell you that yes indeed I have tried them, thanks. Not for me.

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. “There’s plenty of fish in the sea! Speaking of fish, have you joined Plenty of Fish yet?”

Arghhhfsohgehgughehu, go away.

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Arghhhfsohgehgughehu, go away.

. “I think it’s so great you’re so comfortable with being on your own.”

Yeah, thanks, I'm a great inspiration to all of womankind. *rolls eyes*

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Yeah, thanks, I’m a great inspiration to all of womankind. *rolls eyes*

 “Why do girls make such a big fuss over getting a partner anyway?”

Maybe it's because people like you keep asking them when they're going to get one? Maybe.

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Maybe it’s because people like you keep asking them when they’re going to get one? Maybe.

 

    . Because it’s not the dress code here..

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    2. Because there are actually people who are truly self-made..

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    3. Because it doesn’t require a marriage certificate…

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    5. Because it’s travelling a she likes not necessarily binging.

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    6. Because they are as much a part of this country as you and me.

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    7. Because reading could be loved by anyone..

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    8. Because language is only a medium of communication..

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    9. Because they are not the descendants of Jaadu

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    10. Because even we aren’t Italian and still love pizza…

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    11. Because, even Star City is a bike….

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    12. Because being a Punjabi doesn’t stand for Patiala pegs..

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    13. Because a good art can never remain hidden…

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    14. Because ek ladka aur ek ladki sirf dost nahin ho sakte was just a dialogue from a movie….

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    15. Because no doubt girls like to shop but they too like to be self-dependent just as you guys….

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    16. Because fashion is just about defining yourself… Not your definition.

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    17. Because even we are Indians and it’s not our mother tongue either…

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    18. Because even they need to reach for work on time…

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    19. Because being Mother India doesn’t require running about the trees dancing…

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    20. Because doing what you love doesn’t alter your gender…

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    21. Because the RTO didn’t deny license me on the grounds that I’m a female…

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    22. Because poems need a conscious mind…

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    23. Because the canteen also offers other things…

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    24. Because you always have a choice to move elsewhere…

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    . Because respecting women isn’t community specific…

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    27. Because sooti saree is not the precondition to helping the society…

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    28. Because even she filled ‘good handwriting’ books in school…

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    29. Because not all have a questionable taste in music…

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     Because it’s neither fair not lovely to be a racist….

     

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     Because no degree can force you to not take up your dreams…

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    32. Because your taste buds do not know which state you belong to…

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     Because you only marry once and with your own species…

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    . Because if you ever passed your primary school you would know Madrasi is just for Tamil Nadu residents; and that’s just one of the states from South India…

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    . Because Delhi is not an another name for Sick Perverts Club…

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    Because it gets paid to be skilled….

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     Because what people tend to confuse modernism to with short skirts is just westernisation….

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    . Because I could actually uproot a hand-pump and blown your head way…

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    . Because all love comfort over style…it’s not just a phrase…

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    41. Because loving blue doesn’t make you a lesbian….

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    42. Because 10 rupaiye ke liye se jhik jhik even I don’t like….

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    43. Because it doesn’t cost anything to make someone laugh either…

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     Because red is also the colour of danger…

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    Curly hair has a well-earned reputation for being one of the hardest hair types to manage and style. It’s drier, affected more by humidity (or lack thereof), more prone to split ends and breakage, and trying to brush it can lead to an explosion of frizz resembling a lion’s mane.

     

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/wavy-hair-type-2/15-tips-for-curly-hair-care/

    1. Banish the Brushes! Always, use your fingers to comb through hair that’s wet and drenched with DevaCurl One Condition; or No-Comb Detangling Spray.
    2. Hands off! Don’t interrupt your curls while they’re drying, or they will frizz up.
    3. it’s all in the Details: For natural, healthy curls, only use a defining or styling gel that’s alcohol and silicone-free, and soluble in water—as the gel can remain in your hair for 2-3 days.
    4. Don’t Fracture your Hair! Remember to remove your hair from your shoulders before slinging on your handbag, backpack or messenger bag.
    5. Good Night’s Sleep: For perfect next-day waves and curls, spray curls with DevaCurl Spray Gel, and then ball your hair into a bun at the top of your head just before bed. Unfurl the gorgeousness the next morning.
    6. Hydrate! Invest in a top-quality humidifier for your home. A humidifier will encourage curls and keep your hair and skin from drying out!
    7. Pin Up: For a curlier look on dry or second-day hair, try the pin method. Starting at the crown, wrap a section of hair around your finger, slide the finger out, hold the coil with your other hand and insert a clip at a right angle. After the hair is dry, gently remove the clips and loosen curls with your fingers. Finish with a tilt and scrunch.

    http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/hair-care-tips/_/how-to-care-for-curly-hair

    If you have curly hair, you’ve no doubt tried endless numbers of products, expensive and inexpensive. You’ve likely bought products labeled as being perfect for curly hair, only to end up disappointed. Will your next purchase finally be the right choice? Reality check: It won’t be. How do we know this? Because there aren’t any special cleansing or conditioning ingredients unique for curly hair. No one has ever washed their hair with any shampoo or conditioner labeled for curly hair and had it look any better or different than using similar hair-care products sold without the “for curly hair” designation.

    As mentioned, curly hair tends to be drier and more prone to damage than other hair types (especially if it’s dyed), so what you should do is use a shampoo and conditioner designed for dry or damaged hair—and stop worrying about whether or not the product is labeled for curly hair. In fact, more often than not, the “for damaged hair” and “for curly hair” products have incredibly similar formulas! The right product for your curly hair may not state that it’s for curly hair!

    Styling Curly Hair

    Styling curly hair is tricky, as most people with curly hair will attest! It takes experimenting to find which combination of the following suggestions works best for you, but here’s what you can start doing now:

    1. Avoid brushing curly hair because it will cause hair to frizz and separate due to a breaking up of the curl. Instead, use a wide-tooth plastic comb to gently detangle the hair.
    2. If your curly hair is thick and coarse, apply a silicone serum to the length of your hair before you start styling or add other styling products. Avoid the hair closest to the scalp. We like Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Extra Penetrating Oil for Dry, Coarse Hair or Nexxus Pro-Mend Smoothing Shine Serum.
    3. If your curly hair is fine and thin, then use a silicone spray and apply as little as possible to the length of your hair, again avoiding the scalp. We like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist or Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Repair Spray-On Hair Polisher.
    4. If you want only minimal hold, then use lightweight styling lotions or gels. Try Paul Mitchell Hair Sculpting Lotion Styling Liquid (a classic) or DevaCurl Light Defining Gel.
    5. If you want more hold, then consider the following great styling options: Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel, Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel Extra Strong, or Paul Mitchell ExtraBody Thicken Up Styling Liquid.
    6. Letting your hair dry naturally is definitely less damaging, but not always practical. Use your blow dryer on a low setting with a diffuser attachment. This reduces the impact of the air blowing over your hair, and helps your curls better maintain their shape. Be sure to scrunch (lightly squeeze) the curls, gently lifting your hair at the root as you go. It helps to apply a styling cream first; we like Pantene Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm or Sexy Hair Concepts Curly Sexy Hair Curling Creme.
    7. When applying styling products don’t use too much, and take the time to apply them evenly. Apply a little extra where you need it, but even then, be careful not to overdo. You don’t want a big glob in one area and not enough in another!
    8. Out of shine serum? Consider using a silicone-based facial serum in to tame frizzies and split ends! These skin-care products contain the same core ingredients found in shine serums, and can work just as well!

    The Most Important Advice for Curly Hair

    Rather than splurging on needlessly expensive hair-care products, which you can easily replace with drugstore products that cost a fraction of the price (especially considering the size difference), splurge on finding the best stylist to cut and care for your hair! A great stylist will not only give you the best style for your curly hair, but also can teach you how to style it at home—and this know-how is priceless. Granted, the hairstylist may rave about the salon products she uses but the truth is a talented hairstylist can make hair look great with just about any hair-care product.

    Bad Advice for Curly Hair

    As you can imagine, and likely have experienced yourself, there’s no shortage of bad advice for those with curly hair. Perhaps you’ve heard of or tried one of the supposed “tips for curly hair” we list below. If you haven’t, we can assure you that you’re not missing out on a great tip, and likely have saved your curly hair from becoming an unmanageable mess.

    We’ve seen recommendations to use sea salt spray as a great way to redefine curls and texture and revitalize styling products. Utter nonsense! Saltwater is never good for any hair type. Salt is drying and coarse on hair, causing curly hair to separate and feel even drier than usual. Anyone with curly hair who has taken a dip in the ocean knows this is true.

    What about washing curly hair with cold water to make it shinier, lock in moisture, and reduce frizz? It makes not an ounce of difference, other than making you feel uncomfortably cold. Hair is dead and it can’t tell the difference between shower water that is warm or cold (although the nerve endings in your scalp will definitely know!). Wet hair doesn’t change its structure until it starts drying—that’s what makes the difference, not the temperature of the water you use to rinse your hair.

    You cannot detoxify your hair. Nothing lives on your hair, not germs or toxins of any kind. Again, hair is dead, and there is nothing for germs or bacteria to live on. Hair also can’t absorb smog or pollution. Regarding the smell from cigarette smoke, shampooing easily takes care of that. None of these things ever get trapped inside your hair so there is no need for it to be “de-toxed.” Even if the bad stuff did get trapped, it’s physiologically impossible to detoxify hair.

    Some myths just won’t go away, and avoiding shampoos that contain sulfates is one of them. The truth is that non-sulfate shampoos aren’t any better for hair than shampoos that contain sulfates, and the cleansing agents they contain are no more gentle than those in other shampoos. It is all about the amount of the cleansing agents, not whether the formula contains sulfates or not. You can avoid shampoos with sulfates if you choose to, but that won’t help your hair. To close this topic, consider that many major hair-care brands that make much ado about “no sulfates” continue to sell shampoos that do contain—you guessed it—sulfates! Clearly, those companies don’t believe sulfates are a problem; if they did, why would they continue to sell the products that contain the allegedly bad ingredients? And even more important, why support a brand that does that?

    We’re sure someone along the way has warned you about alcohol in styling products. While we are the first ones to say alcohol is an absolute no-go for the skin, especially on the face, it is far less of an issue for the hair. Hair is dead, and so alcohol does not have the impact on hair that it has on skin. The drying aspect of alcohol, however, is a consideration for hair, but because of how alcohol is used in hairstyling products it evaporates from hair before it can have any significant impact on the hair’s moisture content. If you’ve used a good conditioner and other healthy styling products like silicone serums, leave-in conditioners, or styling lotions, the alcohol in styling products like hairsprays will have minimal to no impact. If your hair feels dry after using styling products with alcohol, it’s likely not from the alcohol, but rather from a high concentration of film-forming agents. These ingredients form a coating on hair that can build up and feel stiff, while also making hair feel unnaturally dry.

    If you’ve been told that brushing your hair for two minutes is a good thing because it distributes the oils from your scalp through your hair, consider that some of the worst hair-care advice around! Whoever is disseminating this baloney has never seen a shred of the large amount of research showing that the less you touch your hair, brush it, wash it, style it, or do anything to it, the better. Trying to get the oil from your scalp to your ends is a waste of time, especially for curly hair. Styling products do a much better job, and the kinds of ingredients they contain add dimensional shine and protection to curly hair without the need to over-manipulate it. So, your hair will look much better if you use well-formulated styling products than if you use your own oils.

    Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou, a poet and author who rose from poverty, segregation and the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

    Angelou died on Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

    “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace,” Mr. Johnson said.

    Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Angelou defied all probability and category, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium. The young single mother who performed at strip clubs to earn a living later wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. The childhood victim of rape wrote a million-selling memoir, befriended Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and performed on stages around the world.

    An actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s, she broke through as an author in 1970 with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which became standard (and occasionally censored) reading, and was the first of a multipart autobiography that continued through the decades. In 1993, she was a sensation reading her cautiously hopeful On the Pulse of the Morning at former President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. Her confident performance openly delighted Mr. Clinton and made the poem a bestseller, if not a critical favourite. For former President George W. Bush, she read another poem, Amazing Peace, at the 2005 Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the White House.

    Angelou was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey, whom she befriended when Ms. Winfrey was still a local television reporter, and often appeared on her friend’s talk show program. She mastered several languages and published not just poetry, but advice books, cookbooks and children’s stories. She wrote music, plays and screenplays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in Roots, and never lost her passion for dance, the art she considered closest to poetry.

    “The line of the dancer — If you watch (Mikhail) Baryshnikov and you see that line, that’s what the poet tries for. The poet tries for the line, the balance,” she told The Associated Press in 2008, shortly before her birthday.

    After renaming herself Maya Angelou for the stage (“Maya” was a childhood nickname), she toured in ‘Porgy and Bess’ and Jean Genet’s ‘The Blacks’ and danced with Alvin Ailey. She worked as a coordinator for the civil rights group Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and lived for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met Malcolm X and remained close to him until his assassination, in 1965. Three years later, she was helping King organize the Poor People’s March in Memphis, Tennessee, where the civil rights leader was slain on Angelou’s 40th birthday.

    “Every year, on that day, Coretta and I would send each other flowers,” Angelou said of King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006.

    Angelou was little known outside the theatrical community until I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which might not have happened if James Baldwin hadn’t persuaded Angelou, still grieving over King’s death, to attend a party at Jules Feiffer’s house. Feiffer was so taken by Angelou that he mentioned her to Random House editor Bob Loomis, who persuaded her to write a book.

    Angelou’s memoir was occasionally attacked, for seemingly opposite reasons. In a 1999 essay in Harper’s, author Francine Prose criticized Caged Bird as “manipulative” melodrama. Meanwhile, Angelou’s passages about her rape and teen pregnancy have made it a perennial on the American Library Association’s list of works that draw complaints from parents and educators.

    “I thought that it was a mild book. There’s no profanity,” Angelou told the AP. “It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn’t make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book.”

    Angelou appeared on several TV programs, notably the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries Roots. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her appearance in the play Look Away.

    In this November 21, 2008 photo, poet Maya Angelou smiles at an event in Washington. Ms. Angelou, author of

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    Boho Chic

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    Fridays in France: Six Decadent Places in Bordeaux

    The Decadence Project: Bordeaux France

    #1:  The Burdigala Hotel

    Burdigala Hotel3First, let’s check into the ultra-chic Burdigala Hotel and let the refined elegance of the five-star oasis cover us like a soft cashmere blanket. Feel that? Ahhhh, that’s relaxation at its finest.

    hotelEvery inch of the Burdigala is classy and chic, yet comfortable. No pretenses here, just lovely luxury.

    Burdigala Hotel2At La Bacchus Bar inside the hotel, the region’s delicious wines are samples and nibbles served.

    Burdigala Hotel4Every room, from the “regular” to the opulent suites, are designed to make you feel like you’ve died and gone to Style Heaven. (yes, I said that. Style heaven.)

    #2: The Café Opéra

    Cafe OperaDo you like your fries with a side of opulence? Then Café Opéra is calling (singing?) your name! Located inside Bordeaux’s famous Grand Opera House, the lovely cafe is perfect to stop in for a quick lunch on the terrace or inside the chandelier-dripping main dining room.

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    #3: L’Autre Petit Bois

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    L'Autre Petit Bois2…………….wine bars in Bordeaux are like churches in the Bible Belt: plentiful. But L’Autre Petit Bois is a stand-out that will leave you smitten. Not only do they serve a variety of local tastings, but the decor is unmatched. Chandeliers hang among the tree branches, furniture whispers of Baroque-style France and whimsical elements keep things fun and casual. Sip, sip!

    #4:  Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux)

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    BordeauxCathedral3Bordeaux features several stunning basilicas and cathedrals, all with their own charm and history, but the Bordeaux Cathedral (also called Saint Andres or St. Andrews) is a must-see. The Romanesque house of worship was originally built back in 1096 and has been continually renovated over the last thousand years. Dramatic interior architecture, including soaring rib-vaulted ceilings and pointed arches, will take your wine-infused breath away.

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    #5: Walk the rue Sainte-Catherine

    Rue-Sainte-CatherineI don’t know about you, but I love strolling through French streets. No purpose. No agenda. Just seeing what I might see. That means I’d love the rue Sainte-Catherine. Considered the longest street in Europe (1.2 kms!) it is lined with lovely shops, a fountain, a bell tower, and even a cemetery. Explore quickly, explore slowly, but take time to really indulge in all the little secrets that rue Sainte-Catherine wants to share.

    #6: Place de la Bourse / Place Royale

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    place_de_la_bourseAlthough gorgeous during the day, with it’s symmetry and jaw-dropping architecture, Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) is best seen at dusk. That’s when the square, built in the 18th Century in honor of King Louis XV, begins to glisten. As darkness falls, the surrounding buildings (and famous fountain!) are illuminated, suddenly adding a touch of magic to the monument.

    The siren song of Santorini

    • A view of the town of Fira. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy
      A view of the town of Fira. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy
    • Boats docked at Nea Kameni. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy
      Boats docked at Nea Kameni. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy
    • The zig zag route to Thirassia. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy
      The zig zag route to Thirassia. Photo: Priyadarshini Paitandy

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/travel/the-siren-song-of-santorini/article5006806.ece

    Sweeps the culinary vote

    Blend of Local Food on a Plate. Photo: Sonia Nazareth

    • Blend of Local Food on a Plate. Photo: Sonia Nazareth
    • Serving Qahwa Outside the Grand Mosque. Photo: Sonia Nazareth
        Serving Qahwa Outside the Grand Mosque. Photo: Sonia Nazareth

    There’s much more to Omani cuisine than just sun-dried dates and fresh coffee, finds Sonia Nazareth.

    Oman’s reputation as a land of striking contrasts — of desert sands and azure seas — is as well-established as its reputation as a culture of boundless hospitality. Dates and qahwa (strong aromatic coffee that combines a rich blend of freshly roasted coffee beans and pungent cardamom powder) are central to any ritual of welcome.

    I remember people shaking their heads at me in despair, at a gesture so uncivilised, as my offering to pay for the aromatic coffee and sun-dried dates in the Bedouin homes I visited.

    The capital city of Muscat does the big city thing and offers a variety of international cuisines. But Khargeen Cafe is perfect if you want to try local fare rooted in tradition. The waiter in this low-lit atmospheric restaurant — with its trees glimmering with fairy lights and the music of sizzling kebabs — takes brisk charge to keep pace with the stream of customers flowing in, “You’ll be wanting shuwa, everyone loves our shuwa,” he declares with pride. This traditionally Omani and Eid-celebratory dish of roasted goat or lamb, elaborately cooked in a large fire pit dug in stony earth, lives up to its succulent juicy and exceedingly tender reputation. It needs to be eaten with khubz rukhal, a wishbone-thin bread as light as a feather. Despite the fact that we’re partaking in a meal of shuwa without the accompanying camel races, and dances by men with shields and swords that usually go with this festive food, it sweeps the culinary vote.

    The constant in traditional Omani cuisine, whether at home or at a restaurant, is all fresh ingredients and generous quantities. The one meal I ever partook of in an Omani household saw the table shifting uneasily under the weight of the feast upon it. Msanif (small patties of shredded meat, flavoured with a pungent coat of seasonings, covered in light batter and fried), Mishkak (bite-sized pieces of meat, basted in honey or date syrup, marinated in the juice of limes and skewered on date palm sticks); Samak bil narjeel (fish in coconut sauce). Besides being delicious in itself, the fish is a rich reminder of Oman’s sea-faring trade.

    ………….If scented candles could be made out of the air here, the candles would smell of an enticing mix of cloves, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and black peppercorns. These spices when ground together are called bizaar. The man selling them, with pride written all over his youthful face, recalls a time when Omani sailors set sail with cargos of frankincense, horses, dates and copper to trade for spices, silk and porcelain……………………….Fresh dates may be boiled to a pulp and strained through muslin to make a honey-like syrup. This is then used as a dip or spread for bread. The pulp is added to rice and other traditional dishes.

    To eat or drink ethnic food as close as possible to its cultural context and in the vessels that were crafted for it can transform an everyday encounter into an extraordinary experience. But the feeling of cultural satiation stems from more than good food and drink. It stems from the generosity and kindness, which clearly makes any experience here more than the sum of its parts.

    Dream homes in nature

    transylvanialand:Cotswold Lavender by Andrew Lockie on Flickr.

    dreaming-of-rain:xxoldchum:Oswald’s Mill - Mill tourysvoice:| ♕ |  Meadow house near Melrose Abbey, Scotland  | by © Sonja Pieper http://www.home-designing.com/2012/02/eero-saarinen%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cmiller-residence%E2%80%9D

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    raben-schwarz:Toriimoto, Kyoto. on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/65978044frommoon2moon:Kathryn Island

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    photographyweek:The Old Lifeboat House by William Razzell"I have visited Newquay in the UK several times so when there was a rapidly passing storm in the evening I knew that this spot, overlooking the Fistral headland, would be great for when the clouds began to clear."View more of William’s photography.Image copyright William Razzell and used with permission.__See the world’s most inspirational images every Thursday in Photography Week. Get five free issues today at http://bit.ly/RHzJmN

    Doctors For You

    Drs Chandani & Anushree Maheshwari, sisters originally from New Delhi, first came to assist us with our relief operations in Uttarakhand. Both sisters travelled unaccompanied by any senior faculty, to Uttarakhand and commenced their work in collaboration with our partners. For over a week, they braved inhospitable and unfamiliar terrain to attend to ailing patients. To visit the more distant villages, there were some days they had to travel over 6-7 km, but even this didn’t deter them. Our senior staff had nothing but the highest praise for these sisters, their dedication and medical expertise.

    We commend them for their commitment to the DFY vision, and can only hope they have inspired the youth of our country to come forward and volunteer too.

    Drs Chandani &amp; Anushree MaheshwariA big thank you from the DFY family, for your time, and for the lives you’ve touched.

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    The real India – Happy Independence Day

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    Lakshmi Loves To Shop

    “Wherever I lay my hat that’s my home “…Marvin Gaye

    I love the words to this song. Obviously when you travel you don’t want your hotel to be just like home otherwise you would never travel at all. However, when I travel, the hotels I stay in are my “home” for those few days. I don’t need the perfection of five-star hotels but I do look for certain things to make my stay perfect.

    • Cleanliness is top of the list. I don’t mind a little faded and jaded as long as it is clean.
    • Safe and secure.
    • Character is very important. I love staying at places with little details that catch the eye.
    • Location is the key to getting the most out of your stay.
    • Great staff are the icing on the cake that complete your stay.

    If you are visiting Fort Cochin in Kerala, India The Old Courtyard ticks all…

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    Tree House in India

     

    living & learning — .:That thing that you do, after your day job, in….

    “.:That thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night. That thing you read about, write about, think about, in fact fantasize about. That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. That’s it. That’s your thing. That’s your heart, your guide. That’s the thing you must, must do:.”

    OCEAN.

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