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I'm a Recovering Alcoholic

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My doctor exclaimed, “You should consider going to rehab”. While I took the long walk back home, I realized that alcohol had taken over my life. I was not consuming it anymore but instead it was consuming me. What did I do next? I bought a bottle of the finest scotch, went to my room, played heavy metal music and poured myself a drink. Then another one and another one and another one till everything faded to black and I passed out on the bed. Next morning, I obviously had a terrible hangover but I started googling rehabilitation centres in Bombay. Did I really have an alcohol addiction? Was I a raging alcoholic? Did I need medication and psychiatric help? The questions kept bothering me for the subsequent days and weeks. I’ve been drinking frequently for almost 10 years but 2014 was when it all began to go south. I used to drink 4 pegs after office on weekdays and binge drink on weekends with friends. My debit card statement for months had transactions of onl

10 Things To Do during Quarantine

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The lockdown continues to extend and I’m sure you are running out of things to do during the quarantine. Here’s a list to keep you engaged and make your day productive. 1. Physical exercise I cannot emphasize enough about how essential it is to start your day with some exercise, workout regime, yoga or meditation. Physical activity is known to improve your muscle strength, boost endurance and your overall health and quality of life. I have gained 16 kgs since lockdown began and it’s time to shed some weight and I've chosen cycling as the way to do it. 2.  Read a book Reading is important because it helps you grow emotionally, mentally and psychologically. So get back into your reading habit because it’s never too late to pick up a book that’s been lying around for so long. https://www.bookbub.com/blog/read-free-books-online-now     3. Learn an instrument With abundant YouTube tutorials available, it’s easy to learn the following instruments online:

Guest Post by Michelle Dsouza (Life of a Girl Living Alone)

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I often come across many interesting yet strange questions when I speak about living independently. So, here am I answering all those questions and sharing my experience of this independent life. I've been living in Mumbai for about 4 years now. It's been a nightmare, to be honest, but this journey has been tremendous. From an immature, irresponsible, dependent, and nervous human, I've grown up into a self-dependent, matured, confident, and ethical human being. Many people tend to ask me how I manage to live alone. To be honest, this was what I wanted growing up. Not that I dislike my family but because I had my own plans. When I grew up, unexpectedly I got this opportunity and I never had a second thought about it. I knew it wouldn't be simple but I was ready to take a chance. Initially, everything went messy which of course was meant to happen but eventually, everything fell in place. With regards to managing my schedule, I think I was pretty much organ

Brothel made me PUKE!

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Donate now for Apne Aap Women's Collective It was the night of 16 th August, 2008 around 1:30am when I was returning home after my annual college event that I saw adult sex workers lined up opposite my college in Juhu, Mumbai. As I walked ahead looking for transportation, I witnessed a horrific sight of middle-aged men paying and picking up child prostitutes. That spectacle disturbed and aggravated me but made me feel helpless at the same time. Back then, I was 17 years old, living a regular college student’s life but till date that moment haunts me. After days of research and discussion with parents, I decided to volunteer for an NGO that helped children, young girls and women in prostitution. Our primary objective was not to rescue these people from the red light districts in liaison with the police force. Instead, it was providing them with child care, vocational education and training, corporate fund raising for running rehabilitation centers, organize health ch

Guest Post by Monika Karamchandani (30 Things to do to Feel Happy)

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No one is happy all the time but there are several moments where you experience true happiness!!! And it is these little moments that string together to give you an overall sense of being happy in life. Try these – they have really worked for me and since childhood I've always been told that you are so positive, fun and happy despite facing similar shit in life like anyone else (acne, job loss, death of a loved one, shifting countries, childbirth pain, period pain, lockdown, stress, pollution, traffic, maid on leave etc.) 30 Things to do to Feel Happy Dance like no one's watching Call a friend Play hide and seek with your kid Watch an episode of any show from your childhood (I recently watched Tom and Jerry, Small Wonder, I dream of Jeannie, Different Strokes and F.R.I.E.N.D.S is the final resort) Send a Whatsapp message to 10 contacts paying them genuine compliments. Trust me you'll receive a few compliments back Wear a sheet mask and pamper y

Anurag Kashyap – From Indie to Commercial Cinema

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One of the pioneers of independent cinema in Bollywood, Anurag Kashyap’s work caught my eye in early 2000s when I saw his short film “Last Train to Mahakali” on Star TV Bestsellers. The casting of the protagonist Kay Kay Menon and a distinct storyline showcased a breath of fresh air that was missing from Hindi film-making. Then I saw the movie “Paanch”, his first directorial debut which never released on the big screens because the Indian Censor Board banned it due to the use of abusive language, the glorification of wars and killing, sex and drug abuse. Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter and is well known for his films like Black Friday (2004), No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Ugly (2014). They were all made on a shoestring budget but got critical acclaim due to his unique storytelling style and the portrayal of the protagonists associating with excessive drug, smo

Guest Post by Kriti Sharma (My Mental Health Therapist - Art)

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Kriti at her art stall 5 years ago I was living my BEST life! I had a dream!! I was reluctantly studying for CA, earning peanuts (Rs. 3000 per month to be precise) and attending college and classes all day!! My dream made me feel happy and alive. And the stepping stone of realizing this dream was giving my father a cheque of Rs. 3000  every month (Rs. 100/ day) which he would proudly go and deposit in the bank himself! Well it doesn't sound that great but it was an inch closer towards my dream. I always dreamt of having a house of my own overlooking the sea, a blue Volkswagen Beetle and being able to travel the world with nothing but a bag pack! That was ALL I had EVER wanted. I was living under a HUGE emotional turmoil when I met my husband! We were so different yet we hit it off as if we knew each other for ages.  I had big dreams, while he had already accomplished his. Being with him meant accomplishing my destination without going through the journey, so we both chose

Is the Shipping Industry on the collapse?

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Container shipping companies are on the brink of collapse due to COVID-19 restrictions. Cargoes are stranded on ships for extended periods and fewer outbound charges. Ship carriers are cutting costs by taking the Cape of Good Hope rather than the Suez Canal. The economic decline in 2008 is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression to hit not just the real estate market but also the shipping industry. The maritime industry found itself at the center of a global financial crisis, while the supply of ships exceeded its demand. Ship owners and charterers immediately imposed a buying freeze to control the capacity in order to resuscitate plunging freight rates and survive from the shrinking cargo volumes. The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on global shipping, which could probably initiate another crisis. To prevent the spread of the virus, a number of ports and shipping companies have implemented measures, which is

Guest Post by Rashmi Vanwani (Health Benefits of Trekking & Hiking)

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My love for mountains is endless. Being more of a mountain girl, I love to explore the unseen peaks, mountains, and the scenic views they offer. Since I have started my blog Nomadifying , I love to pen down my travel experiences not just because I want to share them, but mainly because I want to make you all aware of the delicacies of the place. In my traveling experiences so far, I have learned many unknown facts. The most interesting and important fact is that trekking and hiking gives a lot of health benefits. So today I have brought you some unknown health benefits from trekking and hiking. A Glimpse about Trekking and Hiking Going trekking and hiking is not just limited to being in the mountains, carrying a backpack with all basic requirements, and tagging the remote peaks. It has a lot more to offer. Other than enjoying the mesmerizing views and capturing them, you can get numerous health benefits from trekking and hiking. Along with the physical strength,

Top 5 Date Spots in Bombay

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If you're running out of date night ideas, then head to one of these places and I'm sure your partner/spouse will have an eventful experience and it's easy on the pocket too. 1) Hakkasan, Bandra When it opened in 2011, it took the city by storm. It's an international Chinese restaurant chain with the highest quality standards when it comes to food, drinks and customer service. The menu is a modern interpretation of authentic Cantonese food. Also, this is where I go for my first dates. Cost : Rs. 2,500 for 2 people (without alcohol) Top dishes : Dumplings, Dimsum platter 2) Roadhouse Bluez, Andheri This is an American influenced dive bar with the ambience of a classic rock pub hosting regular karaoke nights. You can spot me here on Thursday and Saturday nights. Cost : Rs. 2,000 for 2 people (with alcohol) Top dishes : Chef's special prawns wrapped in chicken, free popcorn 3) Leaping Windows, Versova It's one of the few book reading cafes in Bombay

Guest Post by Radha Yadav (Food Recipe - Egg Paratha)

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Egg Paratha is an easy to make breakfast, lunch or dinner recipe that is rich in protein, healthy and extremely tasty to eat. I fondly remember my mother making it for me as a school snack. INGREDIENTS ½ cup wheat flour (atta) ½ cup water (100 ml) 1 egg 2 tablespoon oil 1 small onion chopped finely 1 tablespoon coriander leaves 1 green chilli chopped 1 pinch of salt 1 pinch of black pepper     Pro Tip : You can add cheese, tomatoes and capsicum as per your needs METHOD Add ½ cup wheat flour to a bowl Knead it with water and oil to make a soft dough Cover it and set aside for approx. 20 minutes Prepare the egg mixture – salt and black pepper Roll the dough to a round even layer and add oil to it. Place the paratha on the hot pan (tawa) with oil. Once the paratha is puffy, pour the egg mixture on top of it Flip the paratha and cook on the other side as well to ensure that the egg is cooked completely on the edges. Flip it again and put chopped