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By - Renata Nathania
Ever since the world has witnessed the severe impacts of the coronavirus, public places and recreational spaces have been strictly shut off for fear of being zones of contagion. But for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle by regular swimming, or taking off to sunbathe by the sea, breathe in the salty sea air, or simply take a walk on the sands have had to weather out multiple phases of lockdown behind concrete walls, enclosed in spaces that rarely result in a rich tan.
The recent global crisis was of not having enough oxygen to help patients battle the virus, so being around nature, in open spaces, should help prevent collapsed lungs, but being prohibited from visiting such places, owing severely to concerns of hygiene and the norms of social and physical distancing, get in the way of a good lungful of oxygen. According to a study published on WebMD, the potency of the virus on the surface of water is still disputed, especially considering the action of tides in washing away the traces, should an infected person happen to be in the water. However, having a large number of people taking in the same air, and being in closer proximity to each other than is permitted during a pandemic, has led to the closure of public beaches. What is the alternative to wanting to cool off near a water body, or relieving stress by surrounding oneself with nature? The most feasible option would be to visit lakes, which, although smaller than beaches, are more numerous, and aid in the process of cooling off a lot faster than the seaside. The limited space available helps to curb overcrowding, and since it is not too far away from residential areas, a suitable timetable can be worked out to accommodate a large number of nature-lovers in the same day.
While the typical beach experience of feeling the sand move under bare feet, feasting one's eyes on colourful trinkets for sale, and sensing warm and delicious treats mingle with the salty air cannot be compared to anything, visiting the lake has its own special appeal. There is something alluring about driving to a lake, with a trunk full of odds and ends, a picnic basket, a fishing rod, materials for a bonfire, warm clothes, and maybe a frisbee or badminton kit.
Lakeside fishing is a must try. There may be large fish or there may be little ones, but eventually something will tug at the string, and wake you up from the lull. The sound of crickets chirping, the water quietly rippling, and an earthy smell while sitting at the water's edge is more than enough to get you dreaming of never leaving the place. Picnics near the lake, especially if there are cranes and ducks to accompany you, are a real treat. There is no fear of high tide washing away your belongings, and so you can relax for as long as you want, perhaps even take a nap while the wind plays with your hair. On a sunny day, setting up a barbeque is also a great way to spend the afternoon. Watching the kids play a game, or running around chasing each other, is something that doesn't change. Some lakes allow boating, and it is a fun activity, especially if left to man the boat yourself.
At lakes, the temperature difference between day and night is larger. Planning overnight trips to the lakeside can be very rewarding. There is a different vibe to the sunrise and sunset at the lake, and the cool breeze at both times, coupled with a stark heat spike in the afternoon offers a holistic vacation experience.
Joel Asher Samuel, a young student from the city, has this to say about lakeside experiences, "I associate beaches with a lot of people and hub-bub, but I associate lakes to being left alone, so I prefer lakes. I don't think there is anything you can't do on a lake that you can on a beach. I imagine myself sitting and fishing on a lake, there being a scenic atmosphere around it, a small house that is rented for me. I think it's important to socialize less at least until we reach herd immunity."
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema