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Pujo From Home – The New Normal For Bengalis in 2020

Reading Time: 9 minutes One of the most relevant Durga Pujo memes doing rounds this year was the one that showed a month and a half gap between Mahalaya and Saptami as if, maintaining social distancing. It was like the universe’s way of warning us, that this year, Pujo is not going to be the same! Every year Mahalaya comes with the first wave of autumn breeze in the air (what we Bengalis call Pujor gondho), the excitement rises up and the countdown begins! As soon as Bengalis all over the world hear the first song “Jaago, tumi jaago…” of the Mahishasur Mardini album, …

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Gardening for Beginners: 6 Easy Tips for a Charming Home Garden

Reading Time: 8 minutes A lush blooming garden not only attracts butterflies and birds, but also sweet compliments. Growing a garden may seem daunting at first glance, and you might find a thousand excuses to not getting your hands dirty (literally); but believe you me, it doesn’t call for beginner’s luck. Watching those green leaves and colorful flowers dance in the wind with a smile is surely worth the effort. And as gardeners would agree, nothing tastes better than fresh vegetables you grow at home. Gardening is one of the easiest and more rewarding pastimes for beginners to pick up. Why else thousands of …

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Sunday Lunch Memories: A Soulful Trip Through Three Nostalgic Indian Dishes

Reading Time: 7 minutes Sunday has always been one of my favourite days, where I can set its pace to either slow, relaxed, bound to the couch, or to a complete roller coaster ride with family, friends, and experiences. The most anticipated and significant part of it all, being our Sunday luncheon. I don’t like a lavish Sunday breakfast as I am too fond of sleeping in and I prefer dinners to be light, easy, or a takeaway. So I always love a good sumptuous lunch. During the lockdown, people carried out Dalgona challenge, made a sourdough starter, and even experimented with drool-worthy new …

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How To Choose A Bicycle – Beginner’s Guide

Reading Time: 9 minutes Selecting the wrong bicycle is probably the #1 reason, why the initial enthusiasm of most beginners fizzles out after a few months. So choose your bicycle with the following tips. I have seen this happen with a lot of my friends and colleagues. This blog is an effort towards ensuring that the readers are aware of things to keep in mind while planning to buy a bicycle – whether it’s the first or an upgrade. Bicycle, or cycle or bike is a perfect companion and works well as a Eco-friendly transport A quick trip to the market. Healthy habit Recreation …

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Snake plant: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘Would you care to wake up today’? The clarion call from behind the trembling curtains was enough to jolt me out of my morning siesta – the last leg of your goodnight sleep. The extra five minutes of sweet nothings that you whisper in the ears of your comfy pillow. The time when you leisurely bid farewell to your slumber. You love to roll over, stretch, and squeeze. In the end, you find solace only through unconditional surrender. ‘Hello… Mr. Shameless Sleeper!’ The shout was more alarming than my timid clock. Reluctantly, I scraped myself out of the bed. It …

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A Habit Called Sleep

Reading Time: 8 minutes “Burn the midnight Oil” “I will sleep when I am dead” “There will be sleeping enough in the grave…” There are more where this came from. Gluttony and laziness (usually defined by sleeping) must be the most reviled of vices. While I didn’t really hate sleeping, I didn’t condone it either. For all my adult life (and that’s quite a few years if you were asking) I have needed 7 to 8 hours of sleep to remain sane the next day. If I could count the number of times my friends lost their tempers at me for falling asleep or …

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4 Ways To Make the Most of the COVID-19 Lockdown

Reading Time: 6 minutes If your lifestyle and work schedule is like mine, this Covid-19 lockdown must be giving you at least 2 hours of extra time every day (less travel!). If your job has been impacted due to the pandemic, then that extra time will be higher. Some people are making the best use of this time – learning, resting, retrospecting, creating. Watching the number of infected people 5 times a day on 3 news and 4 social media channels won’t add any value. This is the time to get healthy, up your game with new skills and declutter your life. Here is …

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