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An Aye for an Eye

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

BY: ABHEESHEK DEV ROYE

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An Aye for an Eye
 
Wells abound with feelings
A glance from me it is stealing
The eye answers to me
For questions that I haven’t framed…
 
It plays on my skin
A staring and looking game.
What is a portrait
 
Without the eyes that swell?
Brimming on the precipice
Of emotions that we know well…
….If I happen to come across eyes that speak to me
I might one day like to just be
With the face that beholds the eye
It’s an Aye for your eyes for me……
 
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Them Eyes !
 
It is not contested. The significance of the eyes in a portrait. Cusped between curved lids, this organ is an engineering and a poetic marvel. It is unlikely that you did not notice the eyes on a portrait, for it belies every twitch and expression that we can manufacture. Ballads and songs, poetry and the times bygone, eyes have been the centrepiece of creative desires…
 
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Light at the End of the Tunnel.
 
Is it not strange that even a mute portrait can say so much more than a tongue of spectacle and debate? What is there in the eyes that connects so deeply to the point of empathising? It is a mystery that we like to unravel, a closet that we like to open, a sense of not knowing what we see and yet we believe it….
 
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The Cat-eyes!
 
Wonder why we couldn’t look through, the eyes of a feline that is so shallow. Couldn’t it be that they speak a language that we cant see? Perhaps, and we shall never know…… The grammar of the eye is an ancient mystery that we feel but cannot articulate. In art, we can find it, in ways unsaid but only felt. Now take a look at the eyes for they are a feast to your own! Find yourself lost in their depths, for words can only be shallow, lest in truth they are told !

Celebrate International Dog Day!

Monday, August 26th, 2019

August 26th is International Dog Day (though we personally feel it should be every day, and celebrated as such too!)

It’s a day to not only commemorate how helpful dogs are to us humans in so many countless ways (pets, police dogs, support dogs, etc), but also to help spread awareness to help out those stuck in shelters waiting to be adopted. And we definitely should have enough love in our hearts to go around, after all, it’s not like giving affection costs anything. In fact, quite the opposite, it ends up being a truly enriching experience.

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Image Source – PetPartners

So here’s some great ways you could celebrate this International Dog Day!

 

1. Spend some extra time with your own dog, and make him/her feel special

Their entire world really does revolve around us, as does their day. How about you take some extra time out from your schedule and give them a special treat. Play with them, take them on a picnic, or just keep it simple and sit on the floor and talk to them while petting. Our dogs really just want us to spend some quality time with them.

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Image Source – Animal Reiki Source

 

2. Volunteer for the day at a shelter

Our house pets aren’t the only ones looking for affection. In fact, there are so many out there that require and are even desperately waiting for a bit of care. Whether they are injured strays or abandoned pets, so many dogs end up in shelters purely because they have no other place or option left. What do they need most? Food, a safe place to sleep, and a bit of affection. They aren’t asking for much, right? And since shelters take care of the first two of those needs abundantly, we can easily help out in the last one, don’t you think?

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Image Source – Delta Animal Shelter

 

3. Donate to your local shelter

Even if you don’t have the time or opportunity to volunteer at your local shelter, you can still help out. How? There’s the obvious way of donating funds because whether you admit or not, caring for so many animals, many of whom tend to require medical attention certainly does rack up the bills. But if you can’t, or don’t want to go down that route, you can still donate supplies, and that too ends up being extremely helpful. Shelters are always on the lookout for basic supplies like medical supplies, dog food, towels, bedding, food bowls, cleaning supplies, and so many other items. Even old bed sheets that are just sitting at the back of your linen closet gathering dust can be of help. So what are you waiting for?

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Image Source – Dogtime

 

4. Feed some strays

While our house pets are often spoiled little buggers, the same definitely can’t be said of the poor strays that must survive on their own on the streets. They definitely could use a helping hand. And with the Indian courts and law coming out in support of all animal dignity, right to life, and of course, the right of people to care for them, there really is no excuse not to help out here and there. Whether you feed a dog that lives in your locality on a daily basis, or buy a pack of biscuits for one you just met randomly while out for errands, each bite you provide is a blessing for the one receiving it. Bet no one knew you were a superhero, right?

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Image Source – ResQ

 

5. Share adoption posts on social media

Even if you can’t do anything else, sharing adoption posts on your social media is pretty helpful too. You never know, you might actually help an abandoned and unloved dog find his family and forever home. And trust us when we say, that act might not change the world, but it will definitely change that one dog’s world. The satisfaction you will feel will be unlike anything else you could experience.

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Image Source – Vintonva

 

Have a Paw-some Day!

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Image Source – NewDoggy.com

Coffee Benefits? Sign us up!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

We love our coffee! No, seriously, it’s a never ending affair. And we’re tired of hearing how caffeine and it’s addiction is bad for you. So we went on a little hunt, and discovered, lo and behold, that coffee has its benefits too! Here’s what we found.

 

1. It can help burn fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement — and for good reason. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3–11%

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Image source – Entrepreneur

2. It cuts the pain

Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.

3. It ups your energy and smart levels

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine — the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function. 

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Image source – Eating Well

 

4. A warrior against cirrhosis of the liver

Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.

 

5. Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s

There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease. 

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Image source – BBC

 

6. Lowered risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative condition, right behind Alzheimer’s. It’s caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in your brain. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, with a risk reduction ranging from 32–60%

 

7. Contains essential nutrients

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
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Image source – Shambala School

 

8. Lowers risk of Type II Diabetes

Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. Hint Hint!

 

9. Less risk of heart disease

Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. Another study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries.

 

10. May lower risk of cancer

Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer, while similar studies found that those who drank 4–5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

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Image source – oatleyvigmond.com

So, come on over for a cuppa!

 

Things You Need to Keep in Mind Before Getting a Pet

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Pick out any Hollywood movie and the dream goal or the happy ending is about the perfect couple, with their perfect kids, in their perfect house, with their perfect pet. Sounds idyllic, we know. But while everyone thinks of kids as a huge responsibility that one has to prepare for mentally, physically, and financially, unfortunately, the same amount of thought doesn’t always go into getting a pet. It’s a sad truth that many pets end up in shelters, or even worse, on the streets, because their owners suddenly realize that having a dog or cat at home isn’t always an opportunity to make a quick video for YouTube. There’s a lot of time, money, love and care that go into caring for an animal, and we sincerely wish people thought it over sensibly before taking the plunge.

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Image source – Saga

This is why we’ve compiled a checklist, if you must, of things you should consider before adopting or buying a pet for your home.

 

1. Motive

Let’s face it, you need to get real with yourself. What exactly is the main reason that you are considering to get a pet? Do you hate coming home to en empty house? Are your kids desperate for a pet? Do you want one to show off? Are you planning on getting one just because a friend’s pet had a litter? Whatever your reasons, you need to be able to be honest with yourself. Because a pet is as much responsibility as living with a small child, And if your motives are not strong and unwavering, chances are you might just change your mind by the end of the first few months.

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Image source – We Heart It

 

2. Finances

Getting a pet, even if you don’t buy but rather adopt one, is expensive. Especially the first few months. Very expensive. You’ll have regular doctors visits, immunization shots, multivitamins, dog or cat food (even if you plan on feeding your pet home food, most vets will recommend packaged food for the first few months to ensure proper nutrition in their growing months). There will also be a basic set of supplies needing to be purchased like collars, leashes, hygiene products like soap, nail trimmers and grooming brushes, and litter fill and litter boxes for cats. The first two to three months will be the most expensive.

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Image source – Forgoat

 

3. Time

A pet requires ample time. Whether it’s curling up with them in the evenings, grooming them, training them, taking them for walks, taking them to the vet, getting them exercise, it’s all in all a pretty big chunk of your day. And if you have a full load, are barely at home, and have to employ someone else to take care of their needs on a regular basis, you might have to rethink your availability to care for a pet in a way that will make him/her think that you’re really there for them.

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Image source – Healthy-pets.co.uk

 

4. Space

Let’s put it this way, if you live in a small space, where most of the floor space is taken up by your furniture, maybe a Great Dane isn’t the ideal pet for you. While we in no way believe that you need to live on a farmhouse to be able to have a pet, you have to take into account the space that is required for a full grown version of that cute little puppy you plan on carrying home. Animals get claustrophobic and depressed too, and if they feel that they don’t have enough space to move around in, it’s a given.

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Image source – Homes Sold Beautifully

 

5. Research

We cannot stress this enough. It’s not enough to decide, for example, that you want a dog. You must research on breeds and compatibility with your individual situation. There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account. Big dog vs small dog. Long hair vs short hair. Hound vs retriever. Do you have any other pets already? Do you have or are you planning on having children? Is there a park nearby for exercising? Every breed comes with its own set of pros and cons. Certain breeds have longer life spans than others, certain require much more training and exercise than others, certain need to be kept in cool areas. Even if you decide to adopt an indie or street dog, there are a lot of considerations. As there is with cat breeds as well. Each breed comes with its own temperament, potential health issues, and qualities. Research, research, research.

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Image source – Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

 

6. Patience

There will be horrible times. Guaranteed. Because life is messy, and so is family. And that’s what your pets become, family. You will have fruitless training sessions, your cat will urinate on the couch, your dog will chew your favorite pair of shoes. They will fall ill at times, and it will be emotionally harrowing. They will bark at strangers, and pull on their leash. They will scratch you when you try to pet them, or bathe them, or feed them, or just basically exist in the same universe (yes, cats can at times be pretty ruthless). But we promise that if you stick around through the tough times, the good times will be like no other. The love and comfort of a pet is an incomparable one. Just don’t forget, they need love and care in return.

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Image source – Petcube

 

*Disclaimer. We know, we went with the most obvious, and popular, choices for pet, i.e. dogs and cats, to illustrate our points. But the truth is even getting a goldfish requires care. You have to feed them everyday and you need to clean their tanks on a regular basis. Even a plant can’t be left to fend for itself. Please keep in mind that even if your pet (or the one you plan on getting) isn’t a dog or cat, don’t mistake it to mean that it doesn’t need affection, care, and attention. A life in your home can only prosper if you take the time and energy to care for it.

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10 Inspiring MK Gandhi Quotes

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

October 2nd marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing you ten of his most inspiring quotes.

 

1. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”

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Image source – Quora

 

2. “Be the change you want to see in the world”

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Image source – Framepool Footage

 

3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live for forever”

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Image source – Open Culture

 

5. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

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Image source – Viral Stories

 

6. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

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Image source – ClipartXtras

 

7. “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes”

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

8. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

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Image source – Wikiwand

 

9. “I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self respect”

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Image source – Gandhi’s Be Magazine

 

10. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems”

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Image source – South African Tourism

 

 

5 Great Horror Authors of our Generation

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

With Hollywood finally getting caught up with how awesome the horror genre is (think the seemingly endless series in Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious), we can still sit in our happy bubble, because we’ve been at this a long, long time. While watching a horror movie is all nice and all, it can never compare to the treat of reading a really good horror book. If the author plays his cards right, your imagination runs riot, creating a mental image of the activities in the book that stay with you long after you close the book and move on.

So here’s a list of the top 5 horror genre authors that are sure to send a chill up your spine.

 

1. Stephen King

Often termed ‘The Master of Horror’, Stephen King is synonymous with spooky stuff! And with nail-biting chillers like Carrie, Pet Semetary, and The Shining, he’s created characters that shall live on for many generations to come.

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Image source – Google.com

 

2. Anne Rice

Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice is a sure thing in this list. Her style is considered gothic fiction, and with it, she creates a sense of doom and foreboding that isn’t easy to forget once the book is over.

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Image source – npr.org

 

3. Peter Straub

Having received several awards for his books, Peter Straub is often considered an underground favorite for lovers of the horror genre. But his work hasn’t been noticed just by awarding bodies. Two of his books have been collaborative efforts with none other than Stephen King himself.

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. Jonathan Maberry

No stranger to awards himself, Jonathan Maberry is often best known for his Joe Ledger series, which focus on a detective’s battles against extreme science (think zombies and the apocalypse). Interestingly enough, he also recently published a back story to Dana Scully (yes, from X Files), and it’s quite the read for hardcore fans.

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Image source – timesfreepress.com

 

5. Dean Koontz

Okay, okay. We admit, Dean Koontz doesn’t like to advertise himself as a horror author. And we get it. He’s extremely versatile in his writing style and genre. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t write one mean horror novel! So, we’re keeping him here, because we’re just bad like that. And with over 450 million copies of his books sold worldwide, we don’t anyone really minds.

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Image source – Google.com

 

So happy reading!

 

Psst…. That sound you just heard? That wasn’t us.

The Most Subtle Musical Tattoos You Can Get!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Music is life, and many people who agree like to commemorate this sentiment on their skin. And if you’re one who’s been looking for a permanent way to show your love for music, but aren’t sure if a large tattoo is your kind of thing, here’s a compilation of five of the simplest tattoos you can consider. They are small enough to not break the bank, as well as try out, since the prick of the needle isn’t really for everyone.

 

1. From the heart

Simple, cute, and versatile in where you can get it, this one is a great one for musicians. With the bass and treble clef placed in such a manner as to look like a heart from one side, it’s one of the simplest and smallest tattoos related to music that you can get.

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Image source – Tonobanquetes.com

 

2. Clef Palate

If you’re not into hearts, then a simple treble clef, bass clef, or even a simple musical note. Again, these are small, simple, and extremely versatile on location as well as sizing.

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Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

 3. Music to your ears

This one, though simple, is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Though you have to admit, it seems pretty perfect for anyone is who constantly listening to music with their earphones plugged in!

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Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

4. Press Play

This one is minimalist as well as ideal for those whose Ipods and playlists are never far away from their grasp. And the best part is, this one isn’t specific to musicians, and can be great for any music lover.

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Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

5. Colored notes

If you’re not into plain black tattoos, and are looking for a bit more color to brighten up your look, you can always overlay a simple black tattoo with a splash of watercolor to not only personalize a regular design, but bring some additional life to it too.

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Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

But whether you go simple, or decide to go a bit more detailed or large, make sure to pick your studio and artist carefully, ensure that sealed packs of needles are opened in front of you, and make sure to follow all guidelines to insure no infections occur after the fact. Happy Inking!

The Stories Behind Famous Songs

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

While we all love music, sometimes we get so caught up in the rhythm and beat, we forget that the lyrics to our favorite songs might have a story that isn’t necessarily based in fiction. Instead, many of these songs are often based on life and experiences of the very artists we adore so much.

Here’s a quick collection of some interesting back stories to some pretty famous songs.

 

Hey Jude by The Beatles

Julian was just a little boy when his dad, John Lennon, was getting a divorce from his mother. Paul Mcartney wrote the song to help Julian get over the trauma of having a slightly broken family. It originally was penned as “Hey Jules”, but they later changed it to Jude.

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Image source – Ultimate Classic Rock

 

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Kathleen Hanna, punk singer and friend of Kurt Cobain, actually wrote the words “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on his bedroom wall after one drunken afternoon. ‘Teen spirit’ was actually the name of a perfume that Kurt’s ex-girlfriend used to wear, and Kathleen’s words were meant as a diss. One woman’s diss turned into a classic song title.

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Image source – 8Tracks

 

Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple

Deep Purple were in Switzerland to record their album ‘Machinehead’. Frank Zappa’s concert at nearby Montreux Casino ended in a massive fire accident that burnt the casino to the ground. The fire also lent the entire of Lake Geneva a massive hazy covering, which the band could see from their hotel room, hence the name Smoke on the Water.

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Image source – Ultimate Classic Rock

 

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

Many may not know that this popular song was inspired by real, devastating events in Eric Clapton’s life. The song was a tribute to his son Conor, who fell to his death from a 53rd-floor New York City apartment window in 1991. Eric had just arrived at the hotel and moved straight past the crowd gathered at the bottom, with no idea that they were investigating the incident. 

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Image source – YouTube

 

Jeremy by Pearl Jam

“Jeremy spoke in class today” is the continuous hook in this cult classic, but the story behind it will leave you shook. The line is actually a metaphor for a boy taking his own life in front of his class at school, and is actually based on a real shooting. Inspired by a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Delle who shot himself in front of his classmates at school in January 1991. 

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Image source – You just made my list

 

Mean by Taylor Swift

This song was penned by Swift as a direct response to a reporter who criticized her quite rudely after a shaky live performance by her. Though she initially defended with a statement on how every single person, including musicians, has an off day every now and again, it didn’t seem to take the sting away, and eventually led to the song.

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

And now you know. You now have special knowledge and behind the scenes info on not only your favorite bands and singers, you also know the special meaning behind the lyrics of some great songs. What should you do with this knowledge? Isn’t it obvious? It’s now the perfect time to listen to these songs again, but from a brand new and more informed perspective. Happy Listening!

Top Reasons to Travel

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Whether you have the desperate urge to or not, you cannot discount the benefits that travel has on our well-being. Heart, body and soul, all benefit, while also giving you a break that (whether you admit or not) you really need. But if you’re still not convinced, or if you need help convincing someone else on why you definitely must be travelling, here’s a list of reasons why travelling should be on your schedule on a regular basis

 

1. Become more confident

Travelling will definitely throw you out of your comfort zone. And this is definitely a great thing. Putting you in places you’ve never been, situations you’ve probably never experienced, with people you’ve never met, you are bound to have an experience to remember for a long time. And all of this has the added benefit of making you more confident. You see, when you challenge yourself and push yourself to try new things, you automatically show yourself that you can do it, and then, if you do this regularly enough, it becomes part of who you are.

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Image source – Success Magazine

 

2. Become more adaptable

With travel, you are bound to sometimes land up in situations that you were not prepared for, no matter how perfectly you plan things. You learn to adjust, accommodate, and test your own limits while travelling. And this has real time applications and benefits in your regular life, regardless of what job you have, what your relationship status is, or even what kind of life you lead.

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Image source – Duke University

 

3. Take a break

Stress is now just a normal part of all our lives. But if you don’t give yourself a break every now and then, then finding that your energy is fizzling out is quite common. Taking a small break from the regular routine is a must, if for nothing else than to give your body and soul a chance to recharge. You’ll go back to your regular routine with a more positive outlook, and a bounce in your step.

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Image source – Crosscards.com

 

4. Broaden your horizons

Meeting people from outside of your regular circle, interacting with people from different backgrounds, different cultures, even those who speak different languages, is a great way to broaden your mind, and also is a different, and really real-world, form of education. It also helps you combat your own notions (and often, misconceptions) about those very people and cultures.

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Image source – Hostelworld

 

5. Create memories

It has to be said, that the longer you live your life in a particular way, the less likely you become to experience new things, and hence, the fewer memories you retain of those times, since, quite sincerely, all days blend into one another due to similarity. Travelling jars you out of this funk, and with new experiences come new memories, and more stories to tell family and friends.

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Image source – The Department of Wandering

 

Apart from all of these reasons, there are also great benefits for your health and immunity, developing better communication skills, and making new friends. But whatever the reasons you choose, traveling is a definite must. And who says you need to splurge on a foreign tour every single time? Sometimes you just need to pack a backpack, grab a bus ticket to a random place, and be off. Sometimes you just need to go out and discover your own city. It all counts.

5 Great Thriller Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

“A great thriller, to me, is more about creating a sense of unease: a queasiness that comes with knowing something is not quite right.” These words by Gillian Flynn certainly sum up why we love our thrillers so much. It’s like sitting in a rollercoaster without having to leave your favorite chair. Who wouldn’t want that?

So here, we share a small sample of some great thriller writers, and if you aren’t reading them, may we advise a trip to the bookstore or library?

 

1. Lee Child

An all-out bestselling author, Lee Child has risen to fame from his series depicting tough, retired Army cop Jack Reacher. With strong action sequences, a hero that never quits, and situations that are not only complicated, but often end up being bizarre, Child has managed to corner the market of thriller writing. Loyal fans across the world swear by Reacher and his infallible sense of justice. In fact, many fans were up in arms with the selection of Tom Cruise to play Reacher in the screen adaptations of his books, as he bears little to no resemblance to the physical description of Reacher. But scandal and grumbling aside, the character has become much loved. Fun fact, Lee Child is not really his name, but rather just a pen name he uses. His actual name is James D. Grant.

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Image source – Penguin House

 

2. James Patterson

With his first novel “The Thomas Berryman Number’ winning the prolific Edgar Award for Best First Novel, James Patterson was well on his way to stardom. His numerous books have since sold over 275 million copies worldwide. He is most well-known for his Alex Cross detective series, three of which have been turned into full length feature films, with Morgan Freeman in the first two. His latest release has been co-written by former US President Bill Clinton. Another interesting thing about him is that he holds the New York Times record for the most hardcover fiction bestselling books by any writer!

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Image source – Facebook

 

3. Dan Brown

Best know for his controversial novel The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown has certainly written many books, though his Robert Langdon series remain a favorite for all.  Though The DaVinci Code was the second novel in the series, it was the first to be adapted into a feature film, and that certainly helped the series gain momentum (though many claim that the movie doesn’t come near doing justice to the book). He’s known for featuring themes relating to ancient Christianity, treasure hunts,  cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, art, and conspiracy theories.

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Image source – Dan Brown

 

4. Tess Gerritsen

A surgeon and writer, Tess has written mostly novels in a single series, but the Detective Rizzolli series became so popular in and on its own, it even inspired a multi-season television show called Rizzoli and Isles. Tess herself studied anthropology before heading into surgery, though being a writer remained her childhood dream. Though medical thrillers are now her forte, she actually started as a romance thriller writer, and gained popularity in that genre, before finding her true niche with her first medical thriller Harvest. Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold all across the world.

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Image source – Tessgerritsen.com

 

5. David Baldacci

While the series written by David are too numerous to list, The Camel Club, and King and Maxwell series have huge fan following (King and Maxwell was also turned into a small television series).  Though he himself trained to be a lawyer, his first novel Absolute Power was such a hit, that he turned to writing full time. And we are extremely thankful for the change in career, aren’t we? With strong characters, taunt plotlines, and interesting twists and turns, what’s not to like. On a side note, David and his wife Michelle run a non-profit organization called Wish You Well Foundation aimed at fighting illiteracy.

Image source - David Baldacci

Image source – David Baldacci

 

While we know it isn’t possible that any one list can possibly contain every single person’s favorite thriller writer, we do acknowledge that our lives have certainly been racier and more exciting thanks to their hard work! And we can’t forget the countless other who have worked to make this genre as ‘thrilling’ as it is. So here’s a special mention – Michael Connelly, Tom Clancy, Agatha Christie, Michael Chrichton. Thank you too!