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Mumbai On A Shoestring Budget


Mumbai is known for being the expensive city in India but there are so many good places where you can stay comfortably at a tight budget. If you are not from the financial capital and wish to visit Mumbai on a shoestring budget, you should definitely read this.

The Backpackers Panda in Colaba is located at a 5 minutes walk from the exuberant Gateway of India.It is not only reasonably priced but clean too. All the dormitories and rooms are air-conditioned and have digital doors and thus are extremely safe.There is also a kitchen available so you can even cook.

Another good hostel to look out for is Zostel.It is located in the suburb of Mumbai in Andheri and is funky, clean, air-conditioned and the staff are friendly. Not only are the doors digitally locked, it also has a kitchen and a cafeteria and organises daily tour to all parts of the city including the slums of Dharavi.

If you are going on a group, the cost effective alternative is the apartments listed on AirBnB. The best part of it is that you and your folks will get the entire apartment to yourself and can even cook dishes of your choice in the kitchen provided. Not only will you experience a feel of home away from home but it is also extremely cheap when clubbed in thus making it affordable for all.

Talking about food, don’t forget to try out at the Yazdani Bakery in Fort which  caters to some really delicious and inexpensive snacks. From bun maskas, fruit cakes and the famous shrewsbury biscuits, this place is an must for some lip-smacking breakfast and afternoon snacks.

The Sassanian Restaurant and Kyani Bakery at Marine Lines will also provide some wholesome snacks including the famous berrypulao.

Taste of Kerala and Hotel Deluxe at Fort also serves some reasonbly priced authentic south Indian thalis including the famous Kerala Parotha.

Also, apart from the famous street food such as vada pav and pav bhaji that are  available everywhere, don’t forget to go to Baghdadi and Bademiya Restaurant at Apollo Bunder in Colaba for some superb non-vegetarian food. A little higher end restaurants are Food Inn, Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe at Colaba Causeway which also serves up some really good food at a better ambience.

And most importantly, don’t forget to take the local trains but not at rush hours (8.30 am -10.30 am and 5pm-8pm).It is not only a cheap mode of transport but you will also get to experience the other side of Mumbai better.

All the addresses of the places mentioned are available online.And instead of booking the hostel from their respective websites, you will find it cheaper to book from the other travel app such as Make My Trip, Agoda and Goibibo. For the apartments available on Airbnb, you have to book through their website.


Foods that you must have for better digestion in winters.


With the winters finally setting in, the need to stay indoors and snuggle up with a cup of chai will only increase as days go by. It’s the best time to enjoy all those warming winter comfort foods in the cosy company of your quilt. Given all this, it is but natural for the metabolism to take a hit. When you’re continuously exposed to low temperatures, your body takes it as a signal to conserve energy and heat, thus slowing down your metabolism.

With this delayed metabolism, your digestion is also not at its best. Eating the right kind of foods is very important to keep the digestion smooth and going. Your tendency to shift towards foods like nuts, seeds, grains, soups, stews are signals from your body. Here are some foods that you must load up on for better digestion in winters.



1. Winter Greens

The tremendous variety of greens the season brings along with itself is mind-boggling and also the greatest news for good health and digestion. Mustard greens, fenugreek, spinach, cholai, bathua are all packed with dietary fibre that helps bulk up your stool, thereby regulating your bowel movement and digestion. The high fibre content also keeps you satiated for long, thereby curbing your urge to binge on other fattening foods which can also help you shed a pound or two. Have them as part of your sabzis, soups, stews, broth. You can steam them, use as a part of stuffing mixture in wraps, rolls and parathas too.


2. Ghee

Ghee is back in vogue and we can’t be happier. Ghee or clarified butter is used extensively in the north to prepare many winter delights such as Panjiri, Gondh ka laddoo, Moong dal ka halwa to keep the body warm. In addition to digestive function, ghee or clarified butter also supports the immune system in the nippy weather. Ghee helps aid healthy gut bacteria present in the gastro-intestinal tract which plays a crucial role in smooth digestion. Swapping ghee with refined oils has been one of the biggest blunders of modern cooking, according to Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora. According to her, “Ghee consists of fat soluble vitamins, which aid weight loss. Ghee also plays a key role in balancing hormones and maintaining healthy cholesterol. It has led to serious health disorders like diabetes and high blood pressure.

3.Herbs & Spices

Herbs and spices in the food not only help keep the body warm but also boost digestion. Your kitchen pantry is full of them – cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cayenne, nutmeg, and cloves are all known to trigger the digestive fire and lets not forget their contribution in strengthening our immune system. You can infuse them in tea or a warm beverage like kadha, have the in soups and broth or add them to your curries and desserts.

4. Fibre

High fibre foods regulate the speed of digestion, add bulk to your stool and aid smoother bowel movements. They also keep your blood sugar levels in check. High fibre foods play a crucial part in maintaining good heart-health by reducing the risk of stroke and hypertension. A diet rich in fibre helps you manage your weight by keeping you full for longer and curbing unwanted cravings. Apart from the winter greens, there are many seasonal vegetables and fruits that can help you up your fibre intake. Carrots with both soluble and insoluble fibres make for an excellent vegetable for those looking to increase their fibre intake. Radishes, guava, apples are also high on fibre quotient.

5. Stay hydrated

Ever noticed how with the dip in temperatures, there is also a sudden dip in our intake of fluids? Well, this may not be the best idea for your digestion. Not drinking enough water or fluids could make the intestines stiff, thereby making the food passage tougher. For smoother movement through intestines and elimination of waste, it is essential to be hydrated at all time. So keep taking sips of water through the day, warm water is even better. Have stews and soups to increase your fluid intake. Water based vegetables like radishes, and tomatoes are very effective too.

Follow this diet and make your body fit and fine in winters. So don’t waste your time in spending money on different eatables just for better digestion, just go with this food items and stay happy.

This Girl Becomes Internet Star After Her Mother Dresses Her In Food And Flowers

Most parents tell their kids not to play with their food, but for oil painter Alya Chaglar and her 3-year-old daughter, Stefani, playing with food is part of their daily fun.

Using the power of perspective, Chaglar holds pieces of fruit, vegetables, and flowers at just the right distance and positioning so that they appear to cover young Stefani as glamorous dresses and skirts. The resulting photos are cheeky, artistic, and adorable all at once.

The mommy-daughter duo’s edible antics have made Stefani an Instagram sensation, with over 22 thousand followers already anticipating each new outfit she sports. Check out some of her most fabulous fashions below, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

Ms. Perfect📸 #funnystefani

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Colorful summer print😍 #funnystefani

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Think pink📸#funnystefani

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Mood: laugh until we cry 📸 #funnystefani

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Mermaid mood📸 #funnystefani #mermaid #melon

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Happy weekend ya'all💕📸 #funnystefani

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Watch: This Before and After Result Of Make-Up Done By Food Is Above All Expectation.

Are you out of your budget to maintain those costly cosmetics, make-up kit, powders, puffs and what not? Do you struggle through the month on your dis-balanced budget of yours? Then we have a perfect solution for you. If you can’t afford to buy those heavily-priced make-up items than worry not, we have a perfect replacement for you.

In a video which is now making its round on the internet makes you
Are you out of your budget to maintain those costly cosmetics, make-up kit, powders, puffs and what not? Do you struggle through the month on your dis-balanced budget of yours? Then we have a perfect solution for you. If you can’t afford to buy those heavily-priced make-up items than worry not, we have a perfect replacement for you.

Though food and makeup is a weird combination but somehow, Ms Yeah, a viral sensation made it work. From the past few years, we have seen a rage amidst social media bloggers to ditch Sephora and use kitchen products as on their faces to look pretty. From using hard eggs as beauty blenders to mixing cocoa and rice powder as a foundation, make-up bloggers have gone at lengths to experiment and innovate with their make-up. And the result so far has been a big YAY!

But Chinese blogger Ms Yeah levelled up the make-up game when she does a full make-up routine for super web celebrity event with products available in her kitchen. She released her food makeup tutorial on YouTube on June 18, which instantly went viral with 103k views.
In the video, Ms Yeah, who is commonly known for being the ‘Office Chef’, gets a festival invite from a colleague. Now, what would you do if you are stuck in the office without your make-up kit and have to leave in an hour? An ordinary person would rush home. But Ms Yeah is anything but that. She collected all food from her co-workers and made her own makeup.

Fond Of Using Coconut Oil In Your Food? Now Is The Time You Should Reconsider Using It

Coconut oil is not only considered to be the most versatile health food on the planet, but its uses are numerous and can extend to being a form of natural medicine.

The coconut tree is considered the “tree of life” in much of Southeast Asia, India, the Philippines, and other tropical locations. The oil has a variety of purposes – from cooking to beauty needs, improving digestion, boosting immunity, facilitating weight loss, promoting healthy hair and skin, and maintaining heart health. But recent studies suggest that it may actually be worse than butter.

According to a report, Dietary Fats Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association, consumption of coconut oil is worse than having butter and other sources of saturated fats. Saturated fat consumption has long been tied to the rising incident of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). “Clinical trials that used polyunsaturated fat to replace saturated fat reduced the incidence of CVD. The main sources of saturated fat to be decreased are dairy fat (butter), lard (pork), palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil,” noted AHA.

Indeed, coconut oil has been touted to promote weight loss, ease digestion, and even boost your metabolism. But given that coconut oil contains a whopping 82 percent saturated fat, it’s logical that it would actually fall into the category of not-so-good-for-you fats.

“A recent systematic review found 7 controlled trials, including the 2 just mentioned, that compared coconut oil with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated oils. Coconut oil raised LDL cholesterol in all 7 of these trials, significantly in 6 of them. Clinical trials that compared direct effects on CVD of coconut oil and other dietary oils have not been reported. However, because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD, and has no known offsetting favourable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” noted the AHA research.

Although that doesn’t mean it directly increases the risk of heart disease. But still, there is some indirect link between ‘bad’ cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, so the review basically advises you to avoid using coconut oil. But if you really like adding coconut oil to your diet, consider it a treat, and keep your consumption levels to a minimum.

Oil isn’t ineffectual for us. Oil can be an effective moisturiser or hair conditioner.

“You can put it on your body, but don’t put in your body,” Sacks said.

By: Simran Dhingra

It’s Not Your Gym That Needs To Be Blamed, But Your Cooking Habit

Have you been doing all sorts of Yoga, Asanas, Pranayams and even have the membership of that fancy gym that is in your neighbourhood and still can’t able to get into the perfect shape you had once. Maybe, it’s not the exercise that needs to be focused on but the eating style.

 Yes. The cooking style does have an impact on your ever increasing body weight.

So, here are a few cooking mistakes you must completely avoid if you want to stop gaining weight, have a look.

1)      Avoid Using Extra Salt:

Who would have thought adding salt in the food would increase your weight. But the research has proved that right. Salt should be added in a moderate amount. Salt have a tendency to retain water to itself and result in weight gain.

 So, the next time beware while adding salt.

2)      Choosing the right kind of oil:

Oil has been the main reason behind the weight gain, but choosing the right kind of oil will surely help you reduce weight. Choose the oil which is low in trans-fats and cholesterol.

 This, not only will reduce your weight, but also help you in maintaining low cholesterol level. This is not considered good for the heart.

3)      Reusing the same oil:

Indians have a mentality of re-using a thing until it can’t be used further. And same rule is applied in cooking.

If you’re reusing the cooking the oil, then it’s the biggest mistake you have been doing till now. Avoid re-using the same oil multiple times to fry ingredients, as old oil can contain a lot more trans-fat than fresh oil.

4)      Over Cooking your veggies:

As the saying goes, “The more veggies your plate has, more nutritional it will be.” The saying is true in itself. But sometimes we overlook the fact that while cooking them. The research has shown that overcooking vegetables can actually break down the nutrients, making them significantly less healthful than raw ones.

Vitamins can degrade during an extended cooking process. Instead of boiling your broccoli, try tossing it in the microwave to warm it up, a technique that has been shown to keep some of those good vitamins and nutrients in.

5)      Overloading with toppings:

Be mindful of what you add to dishes at a serving time as well, or you could wind up overdoing it. Topping pasta dishes with extra cheese and sour cream is a highway to bad habits. The same goes for adding loads of cheese to your salad or pouring sauce over everything.

 If the temptation is too great, leave the condiments and toppings in the fridge. Choose fresh herbs or spinach as a garnish instead. 

So, avoid these cooking mistakes the next time you head into the kitchen to make food of your choice.

Oops! Now Modi Government Will Decide How Much You Will Eat. And It’s a Good Sign

Mentioning food wastage as the biggest evil in the society in his Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government had taken the same step in the direction.

In an attempt to overcome the food wastage by hotels, which contributes the major portion, NDA government will soon fix portion sizes of dishes served by the star rated hotels.



The ministry is drafting a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain what dish sizes they should serve to a customer, as reported by an English Daily. “If a person can eat only two prawns, why should he or she be served six? If a person eats two idlis, why serve four! It’s wastage of food and money. People have to pay for something that they don’t eat,” said Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.



Following the vision of PM Modi over food wastage, Paswan said, “The ministry will soon issue instructions to these hotels about the amount of food to be served”

Restricting the order only to the star rated hotels, Paswan said that Dhabas won’t fall under the lens of this rule and will be only applicable for standard hotels.

This is in addition to a slew of pro-consumer measures; the ministry has incorporated in a new draft bill to amend Consumer Protection Act.



Under the new bill, the celebs who were seen endorsing the misleading advertisement will now have to face the wrath of the new provision. In the new provision, the bill now has a provision to send the celeb to jail the manufacturer of the product

Under the new proposal, the punishment would range from a fine to cancellation of license to a jail term, depending on the frequency of the offence.

perfect! now loose weight while sitting on your desk know how:

Sitting at the desk for the longer period of time takes a toll on your body. Not only is it bad for your back, it also leads to weight gain. And let’s be honest, after a busy and exhausting day at work, hardly anyone has the patience to hit the gym.

But that shouldn’t stop you from getting in shape. Yes, ladies, there are many things that you can do while sitting at your desk that can help you stay fit. And no, we are not talking about joining the office gym.

Avoid Indulging In Treats
Who doesn’t love cake? We know we do! Especially if a colleague has baked it with all the love and calories. But if you resist the temptation of indulging in that sweet sin, you can easily lose a few inches.

Make Sure You Get Enough Of Vitamin D
Science says that the receptors in your brain need vitamin D to keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as to pump up levels of the mood-elevating chemical serotonin. It even optimises your body’s ability to absorb other important weight-loss nutrients, especially calcium.

Make sure you step out to get some sun and fresh air. If going out of the office isn’t possible then you can eat plenty of oily fish to keep your level of vitamin D up.

Have Water And More Water

Water is a boon. The more you keep yourself hydrated, the easier it will be for you to lose that extra weight.

When you drink cold water, your body uses extra calories to warm the water up to body temperature. Bottom line: drinking just half a litre more of water can increase the number of calories burned for at least an hour. Some studies have even shown that this can lead to modest weight loss.

Instead Of Carrying A Water Bottle, Walk To The Water Cooler Each Time You’re Thirsty
Carrying a bottled water with you is a really good habit. Since you are already leading a sedentary lifestyle, mixing it up a little bit can be beneficial. Instead of sitting at your desk guzzling down water from your pet bottle, you can get up and walk to the water cooler.

Not only will this serve as a break from your work, but the short walk can also help your body get some physical activity.

Don’t Eat Your Lunch At The Desk, Head To The Cafeteria
Ladies, we all know that on a really busy day, we all end up chomping on our lunch at the desk. So, not only are sitting for 8-9 hours at your desk, but you are also not moving around when you’re eating. Heading to the cafeteria will not only help you up your social skills but also give you some exercise.

Let Go Off The Office Lift, Take The Stairs

Let go of the lift. Yes, do it. Using the stairs can help you lose over 10 calories per floor. Isn’t that amazing? It’s free and you will even digest all the food you gorged on during lunch.

Keep Getting Up From Your Seat And Stand
Standing up more frequently from your seat can actually help you burn calories. A study by the University of Glasgow, UK, you’ll burn more calories if you focus not only on the number of hours you spend standing but on the number of times you stand up as well.

Here’s The Reason Why We Can’t Eat Onion, Garlic And The Same In Navratri And In Other Vrat

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated with great pomp and show across India. Navratri, which literally translates to ‘Nine Nights’, are devoted to nine avatars of ‘Durga Maa’. Navratri is celebrated twice in the year. One in the month of March-April, this is known as ‘Chaitra Navratri’, and the other, October-November, this is known as ‘Sharda Navratri’.


Navratri is the auspicious days in which Hindus fast for nine days to help to cultivate a divine connection while paying reverence to all the nine goddesses dedicated to each day. And for those who want a scientific reason, the reason ranges from Detoxifying to Self-Discipline and Health and Healing.


The ‘Fast’, or as some people call ‘Vrats’, does also have special rules, especially on that plate you are served. While some strictly believe in holding fast for all nine days, most people fast only on the first and the last days, and a few just abstain from consuming alcohol, onion, garlic or non-vegetarian items.


There is a long list of ‘Pure’ and ‘Impure’ food items that are ‘Allowed’ and ‘Prohibited’ in ‘Vrats (‘Fast’). So, why there is a set of ‘Pure’ and ‘Impure’ food items in the list during the festival? What differences does rock salt consumption have the regular table salt? To solve the mystery surrounding this we let our think tanks work on this ‘Discrimination’ over food items and tried to reason the above questions associated with ‘Navratri’ and other ‘Vrats’.


Fasting is considered as a way to get closer to the almighty. Almost every religion believes that abstinence leads to spirit purification which leads to a stronger willpower. Also, according to Indian Ayurveda Shastras foods are categorise in three different types Saatvik, Rajasic and Tamasik. In Ayurveda,  there’s a saying the food which grows on plants, or above the ground, is called Satvik food, and the food which grows under the ground is called Tamasik.


Saatvik Food: Satvik food brings calmness purity and promotes longevity, intelligence, strength, health, happiness and delight. The examples of Satvik food items are fruits, vegetables, leaves, grains, cereals, milk, honey, etc. These items can be consumed as they are. It is also said that one can live throughout their life on Satvik food.



Rajasic Food: It is a mixture of hot, spicy and salty food items with a pungent taste. Rajasic food is said to promote negativity, passion and restlessness, High Blood pressure etc.

The foods grouped under Rajasic are;
*Hot & Spicy Food
*Refined Cereals
*Fried & Junk Food
*Meat and non-vegetarian food



Consumption of the above mentioned leads to cholesterol, hypertension, irritability and mood swings. These foods create sensuality, sexuality, greed, jealousy, anger, delusion, fantasies, egotism and irreligious feelings.


Tamsik Food: Consumption Tamsik food leads to lack of concentration, sleeping disorders, anger outbursts and acidity. Tamsik food promotes dullness and ignorance because it takes time for digestion. The person who eats Tamasik food has insecurity and is unable to deal with others in a balanced way. They have little regard for the welfare of others and tend to be very self-centered. Their nervous system and heart do not function optimally and such individuals age fast. They usually suffer from conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and chronic fatigue.


The foods grouped under Tamsik are:
*Meat & other non-vegetarian food
*Tea, Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
*Alcohol & Tobacco
*Stale Food



Tamsik ‘bhojan’ (food) should be avoided especially during purification period. Onion falls in Tamsik category.


So, this is the reason why there’s a limited food item during Navratri and other Vrats.

These Navratri Food Items Can Help You Lose Weight in 9 Days

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated across India. Navratri means ‘nine nights’ observed for different reasons in India. Everywhere the common theme is the battle and victory of Good over Evil. Festival is celebrated including the recital of legend, enacting of the story and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism. Traditionally it is associated with Goddess Durga and her 9 reincarnations. During these 9 days, a ritual fast is followed which has a lot of religious significance and importance.

While some people strictly hold fast for 9 days while others keep it on the first and last day. There are some strict rules have to follow for food while fasting. During Navratri alcohol, onion, garlic, wheat and any non-vegetarian items should not be consumed.

Obesity is on a rise in our country and for those people the navartri is beneficial. During fast people, can be religiously motivated to a diet which otherwise they resist. But remember not all dishes you eat during fast are low calorie. So, here are following food items which can help you decrease weight in 9 days that contain low calories:


  • Salad Cucumber and Tomato salad with ‘sendha namak’ i.e. rock salt can be a good eatable during fast which can help you reduce weight.

  • Kheer – Sweet delicious kheer is also one of the options. But the Kheer during fast should not be of white rice but made of Samak Chawal i.e. ‘Barnyard Millet’ or Sabudana ‘Pearl Tapioca’.

  • Curd – Easily available at home.
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  • ChachChach or known as ‘Buttermilk’ made of yoghurt with added cumin seeds which are delicious and can be consumed anytime.


  • Lemonade – Made of water and lemon with a little bit of rock salt.

  • Sabudana Ki Kichidi – Made of sabudana, tomatoes and green chillies it is a delicacy to eat. It is mouthwatering and can leave you asking for more.

  • Samak Ke Chawal – Also known as Barnyard Millet in English is made with cumin seed, roasted peanuts, tomatoes etc. is delicious contains low calories.

  • Kuttu Ka DaliyaKuttu Ka Daliya or Buckwheat Porridge is also a delicacy and made in almost every house during fasting.

  • Lauki Ki Sabji (without onions) – Many people will not like this option but still this can also be eaten during fast.

  • Kaddu (Pumpkin) – Another option which on which people won’t agree but…hey! Eat for stomach not for your tongue (if you have to reduce weight).

By – Parul Kulshrestha