4 Reasons Why you Should Trek or Hike…


That “something” always comes up and your travel plans get shifted to some other date in the calendar. Once again that bright-red circled date gets a bland black cross and we are left with a dream of an endless number of beautiful days to be spent in the ‘future’!

Unfortunately, sometimes it happens that the money we save for those most cherished events vanishes in a psychologist therapy-room. But the truth is that Nature is cheaper than therapy and here are 4 reasons to tell you why you must go trekking/ hiking/ backpacking!

Caution: While exploring the surrounding you might discover a new you!



Hiking is a mini version of trekking …shorter and simpler. Hiking or trekking has both physical and mental health benefits. It allows us to test one’s stamina and endurance level. You can explore many interesting things in the surrounding walking, running, jumping, climbing etc unlike in a gym where the treadmill leads you nowhere. It’s like an interval cardio training where you walk in the daytime and rest in the evening. This helps in the whole body workout which in turn improves the health quite significantly.




While trekking or hiking there is just this one thing in the mind…to reach the end point. Surely your mind is all preoccupied in walking and minding those steps that pleasure-eating is almost forgotten. Also the unpolluted air cleanses the lungs. The physical activities eventually help shed the doughnut around the waist!



As you walk or trek all you can hear is your footsteps and Nature plays calming background music. The daily hum-drums of the city life get paused for a moment and one can enjoy some peace of mind. Some distance from the day-to-day troubles can make them seem so small that you are able to tackle them quite efficiently with a clear and refreshed mind.

Get in touch with the Nature…explore the wilderness, you won’t regret it.



Apart from the health benefits, one can get exposures to diverse cultures of some of the remote locations on the globe. “While trekking, one would come across language barriers, and the resourceful ones among them will by the end of tour even manage to overcome these barriers which would be nothing less than victory of the human spirit.

Some villagers might behave with hostility towards the travelers, so it is important to not do things that may touch their sentiments and always be polite and diplomatic. But they constitute only a very small fraction of the villagers, who otherwise are very accommodating and warm always eager to help the traveler.

India is culturally diverse, trekking in the different terrains dotting across its vast area would give you an idea just how diverse and unique they are from one another. You can in fact do a case study as well on the different tribes and communities inhabiting there!” (Credits: trekkingindia).

Movies News

 A Secret Panda Paradise: Kung Fu Panda 3, Official Trailer #2


The new official trailer of Kung Fu Panda 3 is out and it looks delicious!

When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (Credit: DreamworksTv)

Po becomes a kung-fu master in the secret panda paradise and from one kung-fu panda we get an embarrassment (well, that’s the collective noun for pandas…weird huh!!) of kung-fu pandas. The movie is scheduled to be released on January 29, 2016. Here is the newest trailer…enjoy!




You Better Not Take Your Eyes Off the Road….


Checkout the terrifying footage of what it’s like riding a bike on perhaps the world’s most dangerous road. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Charanpreet Singh on October 15.

Surely the landscape is amazing but you better not take your eyes off the road. One small mistake… and you face a great fall into the valley. The road stretch is from Killar to Kishtwar in the Pangi valley (Himachal Pradesh,India).


Charanpreet Singh  wrote about the video on his facebook status:

“Everyone is saying, dude your videos are viral, you are famous, i might be, maybe i just got lucky with the videos but the real heroes are you guys who kept on believing in me and motivated me to never give up on my dreams.

I would like to dedicate this achievement I had to you guys,To my dear rider friends , to my other friends and last but not the least my family who always supported me. Without your support i might have given up.

Keep supporting, keep motivating me and i will never let you down ever. Believe me. My quest for himalayas will keep on going like this.”


Enjoy the ride and hope you don’t feel acrophobic…☺



So What’s This “Rich-Girl Hair” All About?

It started at New York Fashion Week, 2015 and is ruling the runways across the globe. Unlike the beachy hair which looks dry and crunchy in texture, “rich girl hair” look is glossy, slick with slight curls and paired with a straight middle parting. It looks much simple, laid back, easy, uniform and more natural.  The curls are so subtle that they look more like a bend than a curl.

The hairstyle goes well with what is now termed as the “rich girl skin,” coined by Refinery 29. “Rich girl skin” makeup is basically to have fresh-faced glowing and flawless skin. It is a “no-makeup makeup!!! .

So the basic mantra is to “Keep it simple”. And don’t forget to add your own imagination…mix and match according to your taste!

Let’s have a look at the pictures.












Adventure Unlimited: The Four Incredible Valleys In Ladakh


[tps_header]Ladakh, a word which means “Land of passes”, is a mountainous region in northwest Jammu & Kashmir, in North India and in the area known as Trans-Himalayas. A hill station and a cold desert, Ladakh is one of those places with unparallel beauty.”Little Tibet”, “Heaven of Adventures”, “The Moon-Land”, “Biker’s paradise”, are the phrases Ladakh is often associated with. The well preserved Tibetan culture is a main attraction in Ladakh along with its unique natural landscapes. Read on to learn more about the amazing treasure-trove of Ladakh…[/tps_header]

  1. [tps_title]ZANSKAR VALLEY[/tps_title]


Nestled in between the majestic Himalayan ranges, Zanskar valley is considered to be the most fascinating and adventurous hub for tourists. It is higher than any other valley in Ladakh and is isolated and scantily inhabited. A devour of pretty landscape and cultural diversity, Zanskar is rich in pungent, therapeutic foliage and aromatic plants. The area remains inaccessible for most part of the year due to heavy snowfall. Summer time is ideal for visiting Zanskar.

The valley features lush green landscape, snow-capped mountains dotting the horizon. There are many natural trekking routes for adventure enthusiasts.

In winters ‘Chadar’ or the frozen-river trek is very famous among adventure seekers. It has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The mesmerizing journey through the frozen Zanskar River is a voyage to the heart of this isolated place and there are adventures and mysteries hidden in every nook and corner of this river valley. While in summers river-rafting and kayaking are done on Zanskar river.

The natural beauty of an unspoiled landscape with breath taking scenery of marvelous glaciers makes a spectacular panorama. Major tourist-destinations in Zanskar are:



Padum is a small town and administrative headquarter of Zanskar. It is located at an elevation of 3505m above the sea level. It has quite a few facilities including an internet cafe, phone booths and a bunch of hotels and restaurants.

The landscape-composition is wonderful with different shapes and colors of the mountains, rocks and boulders. Yaks and Dzo graze calmly in green and golden fields


Zangla is a small village. It has an old castle which is in ruins except for a small monastery. Exquisite frescos adorned the monastery in nearby village called Tsa Zar

An old nunnery worth visiting displays the austere lifestyle of the small monastic community of nuns.



Zongkul has an amazing cave monastery. The monastery is linked with the famous Buddhist Yogi Naropa who lectured in the universities of Nalanda and Vikransil. It was used by him for solitary meditation purpose. It stands on the rock face of Ating gorge like a nest. The frescos and murals reflect high degree of artistic accomplishments. The murals are said to be done by Zhadpo Dorje, who was a celebrated scholar/ painter.



Phugthal is the most amazingly located monastic establishment in ladakh. It is a challenging destination because it is located high on the sheer mountain face of a lateral gorge. Its foundation dates back to early 12th century and is now housed by a community of about 40 -50 monks. The interior of the monastery displays frescos and ceiling decorations reflecting strong artistic and iconographic influence.


Stongde is located at an elevation of about 3500m. The village has some historic gompas or monasteries. You will come across a couple of lakes on the way surrounded by marmots- holes. Beautiful scenery of green meadows, snow-clad peaks and swift flowing rivers make it a perfect place for picnic-spots and for nature-lovers

Shagma Kharpu

Shagma Karphu is known for its spectacular views of the sunset and sunrise, and adjoining mountain peaks. The land is dotted with marshy lands that are formed by the melting of snow. The grass in autumn has shades of orange color making the place a speechless beauty.


Karsha has the famous Gelupa monastery. The place is a perfect retreat for travelers.


ALL You Need To Know About iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

“The only thing that’s changed is everything”

If you are one of those desperately waiting to get their hands on the latest iPhone, we have got some good news for you… Pre-bookings have begun at major retail chains across the country in India.


The MobileStore, India’s largest mobile phone retail chain said on Thursday (Oct 1) that it will begin pre-bookings from Friday, October 2 and will offer consumers EMI options among other freebies. Another retail chain rival UniverCell said it started pre-bookings already and has managed to get a minimum of 100 orders within day.
“The iPhone 6s 64 GB variant is the most popular one as of now,” said Satish Babu, founder of UniverCell Mobiles. “We will also offer freebies like back case and accessories during booking period,” he added.


According to retail trade sources, the price of a 16 GB variant of iPhone 6s is said to be around Rs 62,000 and the iPhone 6s Plus with the same storage would cost Rs 72,000. (Credit: economictimes)
Apple’s ninth-generation iPhones,the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be summed up beautifully with a single quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook:

“While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones.”


  • A9 processor
  • 12-megapixel rear camera
  • Same design as iPhone 6
  • Less bendable 7000 Series aluminum shell
  • 3D Touch
  • Improved Touch ID
  • Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray colors

Visit the official website to learn more about iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

IPhone 6s Fanfare

Fans line up in Sydney, Australia, for the iPhone 6s and 6sPlus.

People queue overnight for the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6s mobile.

Fans awaiting Apple iPhone 6s launch in China

One fan in Germany camped out in Munich for six days to get hold of an iPhone 6s mobile.

Movies News

5 Films to Watch this October.



“The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions…” says Director Sam Mendes in the latest vlog about the action sequences in SPECTRE.

Spectre will be the twenty-fourth James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It will feature Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond, and Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, the film’s antagonist. Directed by Sam Mendes in SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

He Named Me Malala


— “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely shot in the head when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) directs the film. He interviews the 18-year-old and her family at their new home in the UK, revealing her father as one of her chief inspirations, and follows her as she speaks to students in Kenya and addresses the president in Nigeria. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim tells her story “in a deft and affecting way”, and “does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family”. (Credit: Fox Searchlight)

The Lobster


The Lobster is a 2015 internationally co-produced comedy drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his Anglophonic debut. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festivaland won the Jury Prize. The story in the movie shows a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are taken to The Hotel where they are obliged to find a matching mate in forty-five days. If they fail, they are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. In that setting, one man escapes into The Woods and falls in love with a Loner, despite the rules.

This isn’t the type of film Farrell normally goes for, to say the least, but he’s a revelation here – every bit as funny and hang-doggedly adorable as he was in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, but with an additional tragic humility that makes The Lobster, despite its slicing weirdness, surprisingly moving. Every frame has been composed with cerebral coolness, and the hotel and its surrounding forests are shot with a dream-like lucidity. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now. This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened. (Credit: Telegraph)

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 West African war drama film directed, written and filmed by Cary Fukunaga, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award.

In an unnamed West African country, when civil war tears his family apart and militants kill his father, a young boy named Agu is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation uses recent conflict as the basis for a timeless story, immersing us in the joys, fears, and resilient spirit of one remarkable boy. The film is scheduled to be released on Netflix globally on October 16, 2015.

The Peanuts Movie


Although the movie is due scheduled on 6 November I couldn’t help including this in the list. Our favorite Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts family are coming alive in the upcoming The Peanuts movie.

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis the Red Baron, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. The Peanuts Movie is produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox based on Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip Peanuts. The film is directed by Steve Martino and written by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano, and features the voices of Noah Schnapp and Bill Melendez (via archival recordings). It is set to be the fifth full-length feature film to be based on the comic, and the first feature film based on the characters in 35 years. The film will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, and is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2015.


6 Secrets to Gorgeous Healthy Skin

You don’t need tons of makeup and expensive creams/serums to show off a pretty face! Discover the secrets to flawless, gorgeous and healthy skin with these six skincare rules and SPARKLE!!!



Experts tell us that it is necessary to wear sun screen all year-round. Long exposure to sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Also seek shade and try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.



Quit smoking not just for the outward appearance but for your overall health as well.

Smoking makes your skin look older, damages collagen and adds to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.



Good diet means good health and true enough, you are what you eat! A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins,and drink enough water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Many dermatologists believe that the major antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E) can help decrease the risk of sun and other environmental damage by disarming wrinkle-causing “free radicals” — unstable molecules that damage cells.

Vitamin A: A recent study of healthy men and women in the Netherlands found a significant link between the level of vitamin A in the blood and skin condition. Getting your carotenoids (phytochemicals that your body converts to vitamin A) from foods is your safest bet, because you’re far more likely to get too much vitamin A from supplements than from foods rich in carotenoids.

Top food sources of vitamin A include carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, mangoes, spinach, cantaloupe, greens, kale, Swiss chard, and tomato-vegetable juice.

VitaminC : Vitamin C is a potent topical (that is,on-the-skin) antioxidant, but only in its active form — the same form you get from food. Of course, including vitamin-C rich fruits and vegetables in your daily diet is a good thing to be doing for your health, anyway.

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Holly Sherrard, education manager for Dermalogica Canada says: “Exfoliating increases cell turnover to reveal newer, healthier skin cells, plus it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow.” It also helps with hydration. “Cells transitioning from below the skin’s surface to the topmost layer bring with them essential lipids and moisture.”

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Make sure you go to sleep with all make up removed.  Use a quality cleanser to wash your face with and apply a night cream or serum. A good moisturizer will remove debris, dead skin cells and pollutants, soothe and rejuvenate the skin, nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals, maintain normal ph levels, and help with cell regeneration. Using a quality Serum helps protect collagen, reduce redness and discoloration, and reduces age spots, fine lines, brown spots, and wrinkles Both serums and moisturizers help bring new cells to the surface revealing a smoother and softer complexion.

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Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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THE Belly-Blasting Workout. All You Need is Just 15 MINUTES!

Whether you want to trim your waistline, sculpt thighs, tone arms or slim down all over, here’s a quick and effective workout routine that will work for you. All you need is just 15 minutes, which gives you no chance to come up with your “I don’t have time “-excuse!

At the core of this routine is resistance training –the quickest way to sculpt a lean figure. Resistance builds muscles and muscles burns calories! And trust me half a kilo of muscles takes up 20% less space than half a kilo of fat. Do these moves one after another with no rest in between and then repeat the circuit. Perform the routine four or six times a week. Get stronger and leaner all in 15 minutes!





Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips, extend your left arm up and your right leg to the side, toes pointed. Lower your left elbow and raise your right knee, bringing them together on a diagonal line and crunching your waist. Return to the starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.





Lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Keep your legs straight and heels hanging some six to 12 inches off the ground. As you sit up, lift and bend your left elbow, pull your right knee to your chest, as if you were running. Return to starting position, keeping your legs raised, and repeat with opposite arm and legs. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 12.





Grab a 1-to 5kg medicine ball (or dumb- bell).Lying face-up on a stability ball with your upper back and head pressed against it and your feet together on the floor, hold the medicine ball against your chest.  Brace your abs and crunch up until your shoulders are off the stability ball. Reach the ball towards the ceiling. Lower it and return to the starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps.



Assume a plank position with your hand shoulder- width apart on a stability ball. Bring your right knee towards your chest and hold that position for 1-2 seconds. Return to plank position and repeat with your left knee. Do 12 to 15 reps.




Stand and raise your right arm in front of you. Bend from your hips and lift your right leg behind until it is completely parallel to the floor. Contract your hamstring and glutes as you come to the original position. That’s one rep. Do 10-12 reps on each side.



Get into a push-up position. Shift your weight to your right hand and move your body raising your left arm in the air so that your arms and torso form a T. Hold that position for 1-2 seconds and return to the start. That’s one rep. Do 6-8 reps on each side.



Top 11 Best Dressed at MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards 2015 is over and was hosted by none other than Miley Cyrus. Taylor Swift won four awards, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video while Best Male Video went to  Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk“. There was so much fun and fervor to see at the show that during his acceptance speech, Kanye West announced he would be running for the 2020 US Presidential Election .Well…think about that!!!

However the fashion-parade at the VMAs red carpet was captivating with versatile looks. From jumpsuits, fringe, gowns, high slits, embellishments to chandeliers…we bring you here the top 11 best dressed celebrities.



Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock (5012161x) Demi Lovato MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Singer Britney Spears attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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5 Basic Yoga Poses to Help you Get Back in Shape!

For me yoga tops the chart when it comes to fitness. It is an ancient Indian practice which takes care of an individual’s physical as well as mental well being. It cleanses and rejuvenates our body both from outside and within. One can actually feel the difference if yoga is practiced regularly and in the right way. Some of the basic things that one should keep in mind while doing yoga are:

  • Do some simple stretches for a few minutes before and after the exercises
  • Correct breathing. While changing positions it is important that you follow the breathing instructions. It helps to keep you focus and is like meditating.
  • There should be a break of at least 10 seconds before each yoga-poses

Here are some basic yoga poses to help you get back in shape….


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Start with 12 rounds in the first week and as you move on increase the number of reps (per week) as per your strength and endurance. Listen to your body and do not over do it. Surya-namaskar comprises of 12 positions…

Position 1. Stand straight with your feet together and hands by the side. Now bring your palms together close to your chest in Namaskar hand-gesture, breathing normally.

Position 2. Inhale and raise your hands upwards. Now arch your back and stretch your arms as far as you can. Breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 3. While exhaling, bend forward and try to touch your toes with your hands without bending the knees. Go as far as you can without stressing the body. Look downwards and breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 4. Place your palms on the floor while inhaling and bend the right leg in between your hands at a 90-degree angle from the floor. Also stretch your left leg backwards as far as you can. Look upwards and breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 5. Exhale and put your right leg behind so that it is in line with your left leg. Make sure that your hands are aligned below with your shoulders. Once you are in this position, breathe normally keeping the shoulders, back and hips in one straight line.

Position6. While breathing normally bend your elbows, chin and knees towards the floor. Now raise your hips upwards keeping your elbows close to the sides. Hold this position for some time, breathing normally.

Position 7. Inhale and raise your upperbody. Arch your back as far as you can, making sure that the waist touches the floor all the time. Breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 8. Exhale and raise your hips upwards with your palms flat on the floor. Keep your knees straight and heels touching the floor. Look downwards and breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 9. Inhale and bring your left foot forward in between your hands. With palms flat on the floor, arch your back as far as you can. Breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 10.While exhaling, bring your right foot forward and in line with your left foot. Try to touch your toes with your hands without bending the knees. Look downwards and breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position 11.Bring your palms together , inhale and raise your hands upwards. Arch your back and stretch your arms as far as you can. Breathe normally once you are in this position.

Position12.Come back to the starting Namaskar hand-gesture position slowly while exhaling.

This completes 1 round of Surya-namaskar.

Ardha Halasana

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This pose is my personal favorite because it makes my abdomens work real hard. Lie flat on your back and hands by the side of your body, palms resting on the floor. While exhaling, raise both legs slowly first upto 45 degree and then 90 degree angles. At each angle rest and count for 5 seconds, breathing normally. Inhale while bringing down your legs and at each angle rest and count for 5 seconds, breathing normally.

Start with 20 rounds in the first week and as you move on increase the number of reps (per week) as per your strength and endurance. Listen to your body and do not overdo it.



Lie flat on your stomach, feet together, and hands by the side and forehead touching the floor. Now bend your knees and hold the ankles with both the hands. Raise your upper body and legs upwards while inhaling. Hold this position for 5 seconds, breathing normally. Exhale and come back to the original position. Keep increasing the time period of the held position by 5 seconds on a weekly basis. The maximum should reach around 25-30 seconds, after which you can increase the number of reps.

Start with 15 rounds in the first week and as you move on increase the number of reps (per week) as per your strength and endurance. Customize according to your needs and don’t stress your body too much!

Side-bending Chakrasana

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Stand with your feet together and hands by the side of the body. Now raise your right hand up and stretch while bending your body towards left side. Hold this position for some time and come back to the original position. Repeat the same with the other side.

Start with 20 rounds (10 on each side) in the first week. Customize according to your strength and endurance per week, and don’t stress your body too much!


Kapalbhati is really helpful to make our body function better from within. It improves and strengthens the nervous system. Also it is improves the blood-circulation and digestive system inside our body. Let’s learn how to do this simple yet very beneficial exercise…

Exhale forcefully through your nose,2 strokes in 1 second. If you are a beginner, start with 30 strokes and do a total of 2 rounds. As you get used to it, increase the number of strokes and rounds accordingly per week. Advanced practitioners can do 100 strokes,5 rounds at a stretch.


3 Simple Ways to Overcome Binge-Eating!


[tps_header]Do you feel like the biggest loser when it comes to weight loss? Are you feeding your feelings? Are you binging? Do you feel guilty for substituting reason with food?

Binge-eating or “binging” is the compulsive urge to overeat, looking for solutions in the fridge, even though hunger is not the issue. Two of the most common causes of binge-eating are emotional instability and using an extreme form of a restricted diet. For people who are binging, food becomes the only way to cope up with negative emotions. An extremely low-calorie diet might also trigger this behavior.

Emotional eating is normal and not everyone who overeats is a binger. However if the habit becomes excessive… an individual is trapped in a vicious food-cycle. Here are 3 simple ways to overcome binge-eating…[/tps_header]

[tps_title]Rule no#1. Awareness of the tricky food-cycle.[/tps_title]


You are depressed, angry, excited, bored, moody, happy, and anxious and so on. Instead of confronting your issues, you feed your feelings with food! The trap begins here:

  1. You are feeling emotionally unstable because of some issues…hunger is not one of them.
  2. Instead of confronting the issue directly, you look for solutions in the fridge. You are substituting reason with food!
  3. You get some momentary solace from the sugar rush. A false blissful moment is created for a short period of time.
  4. You feel like a loser because almost certainly the food you ate hasn’t solved your problem. You end up feeling guilty, ashamed and cross with yourself. Now you grab for more food in order to cope up with those feelings. Welcome to the cycle!!!

So be aware of this tricky cycle and think before you eat!


6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Ladakh

Landing into Ladakh

“Go-air flight G8-193 to Leh is ready for departure, passengers are requested to proceed towards Gate #10”…and so it was announced at the airport. I looked down at my boarding pass and strutted excitedly towards Gate #10. “Ladakh, here I come!!!”One (1)

It took us about one hour to reach Leh Kushok  Bakula Rimpochee Airport from Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi.  Leh is the capital city of Ladakh. It was a pleasant flight…the sun had risen and large fluffy clouds danced in the blue sky. The plane flew over a wide stretch of snow capped mountains before landing into Ladakh. A representative from Himalayan Travel Studio, my tour operator, received me at the airport and was transferred to my hotel. The hotel-service was quite good and I rested till lunch to acclimatize, since Ladakh is a semi-arid high altitude region with low oxygen levels.

Post lunch I did some sightseeing around Leh. Leh Palace, located at the heart of Leh-town, is a 17th century, nine story structure, built by King Sengge Namgyal of Ladakh. The palace is now in ruins and is maintained by the Archaeological Conservation Organization of the Indian Government. There is also a museum housing traditional artifacts.

If you walk a little up the Namgyal hill you will reach the Namgyal tower. ‘Namgyal’  means’ victory’ in Ladakhi and it was built in the memory of the triumphant brave Ladakhi soldiers who fought the invading army of Balti Kashmiris in the 15th Century. Legend says that the cut- off heads of hundreds of defeated soldiers lay buried near the tower. Quite spooky!


My next stop was Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop built in 1985 by a Japanese Buddhist missionary. The word ‘peace’ kept ringing in my head when I first looked at the stupa. The site offers a panoramic view of the Leh-town and the surrounding mountains. Also one mustn’t miss watching sunset/sunrise from this spot. It’s ethereal!


Back at the hotel I was so exhausted from the day’s trip that I felt asleep as soon as I put my head on the pillow….and yes I missed my dinner!!

Monastery Circuit 1- West of Leh :Alchi/Likir/Basgo

There is no need for an alarm clock when sparrows come at the window to wake you up early in the morning. I had a hearty homemade and organic breakfast in the hotel’s orchard dining area. The car picked me up on time and we drove west of Leh. Ladakh has Buddhism as its dominant religion so there are monasteries in every major village. The ancient Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh are the main source of attraction for the tourists as they truly represent the age old religion and culture of Ladakh. The monasteries are repositories of exquisite murals, gilded statues, religious icons, religious books, religious scrolls locally known as ‘thanka, carvings and so on.




Monastery Circuit 1 covered major monasteries which lie on the western part of Leh, namely Alchi, Likir and Basgo. Alchi monastery is built on flat ground, as opposed to Likir and Basgo monasteries which are built on hilltops. Each monastery has huge statues of the Buddha and other prominent Buddhist scholars. The walls are adorned with beautiful wall paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. Each monastery has distinct architecture with elaborate wood carvings and art-work but they have the ideals of Buddhism at its core level.


It builds up and up till it comes to the brim…I desperately wanted to channelize the urban angst that was growing inside of me…I was in search of a retreat and a visit to the monasteries helped me find a way out. I felt light as a feather afterwards!

Shades of Pangong Lake

My much awaited destination….Pangong Lake was my next stop. We drove for about 4 ½ hours from Leh to Pangong via Changla-pass, 17,350ft, third highest motor-able road in the world. It was very cold at Changla and I must say that the ‘masala’ milk ‘chai’ tasted heavenly for the first time…


Pangong Lake is situated on Changthang plateau at a height of about 4,350m(14,270ft). One third of the lake lies in India while the rest falls under the Chinese territory. The lake is a dead salt lake which supports no vegetation and aquatic life. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline. I cannot help but get mesmerized by the beauty of the lake, the vibrant colors of the water and the majestic surrounding mountains. The swift cirrus clouds played merrily in the air and “now they struck light to the earth, now darkness”- Virginia Woolf.


Evening was spent taking nature-walks near the lake or building cairns. A cairn is a man-made stack/pile of stones, found often in a conical shape and are used as trail-markers or for religious purposes. We camped at Spangmik village for the night. The sky was filled with millions of stars and I dozed off to Rihanna’s “shine bright like a diamond” song….

Monastery circuit2 –East of Leh: Shey/Thiksy/Stakna

As we drove back to Leh from Pangong, we did another monastery circuit and this time it was the monasteries that are on the eastern part of Leh. Visiting these monasteries was just like meditating…the aura was very spiritual. I got a lot of time to reflect on myself and listen to my heart as I stood there looking at the Maitreya Buddha statue at Thiksey monastery. Apart from the spiritual essence, the monasteries, being located on hilltops, provide a spectacular view of the surrounding landscapes. I am sure one wouldn’t want to miss capturing these panoramic sights in their cameras!!!



Nubra Valley




Last but not the least…Nubra valley was my next destination. We drove through the Khardung-la pass, (18,380ft, highest motorable road in the world) and arrived at Deskit by afternoon. There is an impressive gigantic 160ft tall Maitreya Buddha statue at Deskit monastery. The best thing about Ladakh is that it’s an all rounder in terms of landscapes…it’s a valley, hill-station, plateau and a cold desert. Speaking about desert, camel safari in Hunder was good, but not satisfactory. The best part of my Nubra valley trip was taking a dip in the hot-springs, believed to have healing powers, at Panamik.

My last day in Leh and I didn’t want to leave this place…forever! There are still lots of other interesting places in Ladakh for me to explore but time constraints chained me back to my normal life. But I promised myself that next time my trip to Ladakh is going to be loaded up with adventures like biking, cycling, rafting and trekking and so on.


I am really thankful to my travel operator Himalayan Travel Studio for making my trip a memorable one. Souvenir shopping in Leh Bazaar was fun, there were cool T-shirts, soft pashmina shawls, antique artifacts, boho-style jewelery, dried apricots, Tibetan incense, the list goes on and on… Also the Ladakhi-Tibetan cuisine served in the majority of the restaurants made me care less about the calories, but more about the taste. No wonder my mother told me that I looked a little “healthier!” The trip was rejuvenating and here my Ladakh-travel-ecstasy ends until next time…!!