10 #weekend #getaway #destinations in #India

Gokarna, Karnataka
5 weekend getaways to escape to

Nothing makes a perfect weekend like sand beneath your feet and the sea breeze playing with your hair. If you’re all about sun and sand, then head on down to the sun-kissed beaches of Gokarna. Located near Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai, Gokarna is the perfect destination for your weekend road trip.

Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

5 weekend getaways to escape to

Break away from your weekly grind and let Mukteshwar’s scenic views help you unwind. Sitting high in the Kumaon Hills, Mukteshwar is close to Nainital, Haldwani and Delhi, making it a weekend favourite. Seeped in history and adorned with gorgeous architecture, Mukteshwar is absolutely worth the drive.

Kamshet, Maharashtra
5 weekend getaways to escape to

Let the adrenaline junkie in you run wild. Situated in the Pune District, Kamshet is just a few hours away from Mumbai and Pune. Apart from being one of the main paragliding spots in Maharashtra, Kamshet also hosts the Karla, Bedsa and Bhaja caves, making it a trekker’s paradise. So lace up your shoes and explore the hidden wonders.

Munnar, Kerala
5 weekend getaways to escape to

If the backwaters of Kerala aren’t your thing, head down to Munnar, Kerala’s gorgeous hill station instead. With planes seeped in rich shades of green and thriving wildlife, Munnar is relatively close to Cochin. Pleasant weather graces this hill station all year round, making Munnar the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Patan, Gujarat

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If you consider yourself an explorer, then Patan should most certainly be on your list. Relatively close to Ahmedabad and Baroda, Patan is an ancient town, whose stories are sprawled across the walls of its temples and monuments. With intricate carvings, refined architecture and old-world wonders in every corner, Patan doesn’t just help you relax, but enriches your mind as well.

Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

Located in the Dharampuri district, Hogenakkal is often referred to as India’s Niagara Falls. With the river Kaveri splitting into multiple waterfalls, Hogenakkal is quaint, quiet and downright gorgeous. The large number of water bodies here make boating one of its primary activities, but he highly suggest take long leisure drives, just to soak in all the beauty.

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

If you’re in the mood for a relaxing mini vacay, then it’s time you consider Mandi. Located along the banks of the river Beas, the town of Mandi is your quintessential getaway destination. Packed with temples and shrines for the religious kind, to the gorgeous Prashar Lake for all you trekking enthusiast, Mandi is bound to keep your busy. And if you want to just kick back and relax, then Mandi’s perfect weather is just what you need.

Ganapatipule, Maharashtra

Ganapatipule, Maharashtra

If you’re in mood for some sun and sand, then Ganapatipule is where you need to be. Home to a 400 year old Ganesha temple, this little town in Ratnagiri has clean beaches, forts and tons of water sports.  And since it’s located on the Konkan coastline, you know the food there is going to be all sorts of spectacular.

Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu

Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu

From caves, to waterfalls and lush gardens, Kolli Hills is a dream destination tucked away in the Namakkal district of India. If you’re big on trekking and hiking, then Kolli Hills is here to test your skills, and believe us, it’s worth it. As stunning as Kolli Hills are, it doesn’t come without a challenge. Known for its hair pin bend roads, the drive to this beautiful place is no easy feat. Be sure to travel with an experienced driver.

Alwar, Rajasthan

Alwar, Rajasthan

Dating all the way back to 1500 bc, the old city of Alwar sits in the Aravalli range and is a sight to behold. Home to palaces, forests and a variety of wildlife, Alwar is the perfect mix of history and adventure. The Sariska Wildlife Safari is an absolute delight , as the topography doesn’t just cover hills and arid forests, but also houses stunning ruins.

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How To Keep Your #Relationship #Strong

Nearly everyone knows that couple in their life is unshakeable. They are a couple who’ve been together for what seems like forever, they’re solid and strong, and basically, well, #relationshipgoals. If you’re starting a new relationship or looking to strengthen your relationship, you might start to think about how those couples are how they are. How do they keep their relationship so bulletproof over such a long time? Lucky you, because there are some common habits of couples in strong, long-lasting relationships, which means the secrets of those relationships could become your secrets too.

Relationships

Relationships, of any kind, can be tricky business. So, if they were something you could do to strengthen your relationships and just overall make they better, wouldn’t you? Relationships aren’t easy, they have their bumps and they can take a whole lot of work.

Don’t Romanticise

It’s easy for us to see so-called “perfect” relationships, amongst your friends or family members and think that it just comes naturally to them. And yes, there are some parts of relationships that are easy. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t require work.

The Reward

If you are willing to put in the effort, the time, and the attention then think about incorporating some of these habits of strong, long-lasting couples into your life and relationships. Maybe, you and your SO will be the new #relationshipgoals.

Take Responsibility

Christene Lozano, a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex addiction therapist candidate, advises “Recognize your part in arguments”. Accepting that everything isn’t their fault and you played a part yourself, will make your relationship more solid and less like a war.

It Takes Two

There will never be a situation in your relationship where it is entirely one person’s fault. Most commonly it is a situation where a mistake is made and then there is an opportunity for the partner to fix it that is passed by. Realizing that it will almost never be just one person’s fault, is freeing and strengthening.

Change is Constant

Change is a huge part of life. After birth, only it and death are guaranteed, “Successful couples can expect and accept change,” licensed marriage and family therapist Stephanie Macadaan explains. “Growing and adapting with life experience and age is healthy, but it can feel threatening to some in their relationship. Recognizing that change is a part of life and flowing with it is key to a healthy relationship.”

Listening

Listening is an important, and still often underrated, part of any interaction with others. It is especially important in romantic relationships according to Rori Sassoon, a relationship expert and founding partner of Platinum Poire. She impresses the importance of listening and not just hearing in a relationship.

Resolve Fights

Don’t let your fights drag on and fester, it can do real damage to your relationship. Jonathan Bennett, a Columbus, Ohio-based dating and relationship coach iterates, “a little space and time might be necessary for everyone to calm down and be more rational, but, a refusal to make up, especially as ‘punishment,’ can be very toxic to a marriage.”

Date Night!!

“Couples who remain happily married also continue to date each other, even in a long-term commitment or marriage,” Jim Seibold, a Texas-based marriage and family therapist, tells. “They are purposeful about spending time and energy on each other. They find ways to demonstrate love, kindness… They make sure their partner knows without a doubt they are loved, even when they don’t feel particularly lovable at the time.”

Finances

Money can be an issue in relationships, however, in successful relationships there is no shying away from the financial topic. Therapist Kurt Smith said that fighting about money is a commonly-cited reason for ending a relationship, in an interview with HuffPost. Don’t let it get that far, converse and plan financially together.

Your Own Identity

Spending time together and having relatable interests are a must, but so is doing things individually and doing things apart. “A healthy balance between common interests and individual interests keeps the relationship fresh and interesting,” Maccadaan advises. “Becoming too merged with each other creates a stifling environment that can feel suffocating.”

Why So Serious?

Great long term relationships do require more serious conversations, but don’t get stuck in serious mode. Remember to laugh easily and have fun with your partner. clinical psychologist Dr. Samantha Rodman emphasised the importance of sharing funny moments with your significant other.

Communication

Communication is key in all relationships. As psychotherapist Jessica Meiman explains, “long-term, healthy relationships foster intimacy, which invites and welcomes often uncomfortable conversations in order to work and talk through issues, and come out, together, on the other side.” In a healthy long-term relationship, you should be free to discuss anything.

Gratitude and Appreciation

We can all fall into the trap of taking things for granted and failing to show appreciation. In your relationships, fighting this habit is a sure-fire way to strengthen and improve your situation. It makes sure your partner doesn’t feel underappreciated, and we all tend to be quick to tell what we don’t like. So, balance it out with what you do like too.

Be Realistic

When it comes to love and relationships, especially, there are a lot of fantasies and fairy tales floating about. But in truth even the best relationships are no fairy-tales. “You are not going to live ‘happily ever after’; you will actually ‘live; happily, angrily, joyfully, sadly, etc. ever after,'” Macadaan says. “Understand that all relationships have down times, and rather than getting rattled and frustrated and less committed, approach those times with curiosity and as a learning experience, that will make your relationship stronger.”

#Aadhaar #biometric #lock: Here’s how your details can be #safeguarded

Aadhaar biometric lock

Long before it brought in an extra firewall for privacy with the proposed virtual IDs, the Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI had set in place a ‘biometric lock’ as an additional layer of protection against outside intrusions or breach.

A lesser-known feature, the biometric lock in existing Aadhaar system is aimed at allowing users to safeguard or lock down their biometrics as and when they want. Aadhaar, which captures an individual’s personal details along with biometrics like fingerprint and iris, has been mandated to be used for authentication of identity with banks and telecom companies, among others. The authentication for mobile SIM (subscriber identity module) verification, for instance, is done by providing the 12-digit identifier together with biometrics.

The extent of Aadhaar usage can well be gauged from the fact that an average of 4 crore authentications are being done on a daily basis, while over 1,500 authentication have taken place so far. But not many know or perhaps use a feature called the biometric lock that allows a user to seal or lock their biometric information. User can ring-fence their biometrics by simply going to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website or its app, and choosing the option and entering their Aadhaar number. A registered mobile number is essential to avail this service.

Once the lock clicks into place and the system is enabled, it will simply not accept a biometric request, much like a physical lock blocking an unauthorised access. A user can unlock for specific transactions and then lock the biometrics back again. When residents enable biometric locking system, their biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar holder chooses to either unlock it (which is for a temporary period) or disable the locking system, an official said.

UIDAI CEO, Ajay Bhushan Pandey says that the idea behind the facility was to “rule out” possibility of anyone even attempting to misuse biometric information. The Aadhaar-issuing authority expects the existing biometric lock feature along with new virtual ID facility being rolled out in coming months to address various security and privacy concerns. The UIDAI, last week, announced the biggest overhaul of the system by allowing Aadhaar owners to create and use a virtual ID to avoid sharing their unique identity numbers, when using government and other services.

Users will, from March 1, have the option of generating a 16-digit virtual identity mapped to their Aadhaar number that can be shared with telecom companies and others at the time of authenticating their identity. From June 1, 2018, it will be compulsory for all agencies, which undertake authentication, to accept the virtual IDs from their users. Agencies that do not migrate to the new system to offer this additional option to their users by the stipulated deadline, will face financial disincentives.

The move aims to strengthen the privacy and security of Aadhaar data, and comes amid heightened concerns around the collection and storage of personal and demographic data of individuals. As many as 119 crore biometric identifiers have been issued so far, and Aadhaar is required as an identity proof of residents by various government and non-government entities.

For instance, the government has made it mandatory for verifying bank accounts and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.

How often should you be washing your #hair, anyway?

washing your hairOne of the major concerns that women face when it comes to hair care is about the frequency of a hair wash. You’ve heard that hair needs to be washed at least twice a week, but you’ve also heard that shampooing your hair too regularly can damage your tresses. So, how often should you actually wash your hair? What are the factors you need to take into consideration while making this decision?

We get into the details of all that hair washing entails, and hope to help you answer this age-old question.

Your hair is unique:
There’s a reason why most of these types of articles start with a statutory warning. Everybody’s hair is different, and there are a number of external circumstances that need to be considered before settling in to a regime, as it can affect the health of your hair directly. And let’s not even get started on how genes affect your hair. All in all, it is important to be aware that what worked for someone else might not work for you, even if you have the same hair texture. You have to keep experimenting and changing your regime till you find one that works for your hair perfectly. We’d suggest you keep up with a regime for a week at least, before you incorporate any changes, as that’s how long it’d usually take to know if something is working or not.

Your lifestyle dictates your hair health:
Washing hair once in three days might work for someone who has a relatively sedentary lifestyle, but for someone who works out every morning and finds her hair to be greasy, sweaty, and oily more regularly, it won’t work. Similarly, your eating and drinking habits also have a say in how often your hair needs washing. But one thing similar for all of us is the gradual dryness that comes along as we age. At this time, regular conditioning takes precedence over even regular shampooing.

You don’t need to worry about oil:
Most of us get into this cycle where we use products to rid our scalp of the oils that it naturally produces, because we feel our hair gets too greasy, and then spend our weekends slathering on organic, essential oils to provide our hair with nourishment. But the fact is, the oil that your scalp produces naturally is the best product you could ever use for your hair. It is biologically targeted at you, and works best for your hair. In fact, we would also suggest that you approach any product that promises to get rid of these natural oils with caution.

You should attempt to stay away from sulphates:
Sulphates are a common ingredient in shampoos and conditioners. They act as surfactants that attract dirt and oil, pulling it away from the scalp and the hair shaft, and cleansing your hair in the process. The problem with this is that these sulphates obviously can’t distinguish between the natural oil that your scalp produces, and the grease and sweat that accumulates through the day. Sulphates just strip away these natural oils, making them quite harmful to the hair. We’d suggest you invest in some good sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners for regular use.

You can fake a hair wash, and you should:
Yep. You heard that right. As you must have figured by now, shampooing your hair too regularly causes the oils to be stripped away, thus damaging your hair. But it’s not the washing that’s the problem, it’s only the shampoo. Most times, you’ll be able to rinse your hair off the excess sweat and grime with just water, without losing all the good oils in your hair. Just wet your mane completely, and massage your scalp with your fingertips before rinsing your hair with water. You can even use a conditioner in this process, but only use the product downwards from mid-shaft.

CREDIT: FEMINA