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From poetry on the vibrance of ‘letting go’, a reference guide on married lives, and a sprinkle of self-love and even mythological fiction, these five books by forthcoming authors are on our bookshelf this summer.
‘Ceasing to Disown’ by Sunny Ramesh Sadnani
‘Ceasing to Disown’ is the very persona of the similar antithesis that life is. It is a collection of poetry that serves as a reminder of what we have found solace in or maybe continue to hopelessly endure, not for a few moments or days, but for perhaps years and decades and what we choose to not let go of regardless of the consequences. Maybe even feel vibrant about it! In this book, Sunny has attempted to relay his emotions concerning family, parents, romantic alliances, failure, redemptions, loneliness, anger, sex, the natural environment, diversity. And then some more.
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‘The Rape Trial’ by Bidisha Ghosal
‘The Rape Trial’ begins with the revelation that, many years ago, Rahul Satyabhagi had indeed raped Avni Rambha. Rahul has long since been acquitted and Avni had left the country for her peace of mind. Now, it looks like he’s about to get away with it again. Rhea, Amruta, and Hitaishi are beyond furious. What unfolds is a thriller worth a read.
‘The Last War and Other Stories’ by Sambhit Daspatnaik
‘The Last War and Other Stories is a collection of science fiction stories written by Sambit Daspatnaik. In the main story “The Last War”, the author takes his readers back to a time of post-Mahabharata War era, featuring the descendants of the Pandavas, a mammoth invasion by the Gandharvas, and a desperate attempt by the protagonists Senapati Agrasen and princess Charulata to save the city of Moenjo and Hariapa. The rest of the short science fiction stories cover different genres of sci-fi from space travel, solar systems to alien planets.
‘Love Your Wife’ by Soumitra Singh Thakur
An insightful reference manual to have a joyous married life. This companion of love and devotion will invoke deep thoughts in you. It will reveal the true husband inside you, a husband, who you don’t show to anyone, not even to your wife, maybe. This book will share such an insightful perspective of human relations between a husband and a wife that will give you an outcome of joyous married life in this materialistic world. If used effectively, this book will serve as a lifelong practical reference manual and a workbook for all the world’s erring husbands and all eligible bachelors to efficiently handle all the difficult phases of their married lives.
‘Self Love — The Power Within You’ by Aaira Kaurr
This book makes you aware of a miracle ingredient necessary for your flowering and becoming the best version of yourself, self-love. If you don’t love your own self first, you can’t love anyone else, be it a person, a profession, or anything else. No matter, how much effort you put in or how good or brilliant you are, you will be disappointed in the end in all your ventures, despite your high achievements. Without self-love, others will enjoy and exploit your talents, you won’t. This book not only explains the concept of self-love but gives you a systematic framework for imbibing it in your life. In fact, you already have it in you, you just need to turn it on. (IANS/KB)
These days everywhere you look, you spot people talking about things not going right or how they feel stressed and "depressed". Depression has hit society in the worst way ever - right from adults to kids being impacted by it at different intensities. Research shows that 1 in every 5 people goes through depression or mental health issues in any given year.
Before we understand what depression is, let's clarify at the outset what it isn't. Depression is not feeling sad or feeling depressed momentarily. Unknowingly, we stereotypically portray depression as sadness with the extensive usage of the word.
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Dr. Chandni Tugnait, a psychotherapist, life and business coach, and founder-director of Gateway of Healing says, depression is not being unhappy; it is not anger, fear or loneliness - it is none of these individually and yet it is all of these and much more.
Depression is being numb. It is nothingness. It is exhausting. It takes away all motivation and leaves a feeling of hopelessness. There is a lack of energy - it's more like a void where nothing grows or changes, where time does not exist, where there is nothing and no one. Of course, it is difficult for the person trying to cope with it as well as for the people around them.
Sometimes depression is chronic and obvious, but many people are unaware of it, and they can even hide it behind the guise of routine and forced enthusiasm. - this last type, by the way, is the worst as sometimes we lose them to suicide - just like that - no warning, no sign, as per Dr. Tugnait.
The line between clinical depression and feeling depressed is quite fragile and often we find inappropriate self-diagnosis in this regard. Clinical depression is accompanied by a feeling of impending doom without any reason, every day, for over two weeks continuously along with fatigue, loss of interest, insomnia, etc. However, one may feel depressed for a while due to a difficult event like losing a job/loved one, etc. and may confuse it for depression and begin to pop pills. It's important to be aware of the difference - the ability to get up and fight back against these feelings, instead of accepting them or thinking that they will simply go away on their own or never go away.
A high functioning depressed person appears energetic, carefree and cheery on the outsideUnsplash
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The deeper the roots of depression, the more time it takes for a person to heal. It keeps a person in the loop of ï¿½being low' and makes them self-damaging. The symptoms could range from crying all day to being unable to get up from the bed to work, bathe, or even eat.
Then there are the happy and high functioning depressed people who have smiling depression. A high functioning depressed person appears energetic, carefree and cheery on the outside, most of the time and people close to them never get to know that on the inside they are being sucked into a black hole. Strangely, they would go out of their way to keep others happy, masking their own sadness.
When alone, they cry, contemplate suicide and feel exhausted from all the pretending. Why do they pretend? Well, it's funny that each time we ask someone, "How are you?", we are looking at "I am fine, thank you" as the response because if someone starts sharing how they really are, we are quick to tell them not to sulk or look at the bright side. Sharing and sulking are two different things. The fear of being judged is deeply ingrained in our beings and hence it seems like a better proposition to endure the depression in silence than to voice it out.
Contrary to what most people feel, you can't lose depression simply by 'looking at the bright side'. You may be able to camouflage your feelings to save others from getting bothered (or to save yourself from the guilt of it all) but this is plain masking and not copying or healing. People suffering from depression can't "cheer up" and that adds to more frustration.
With every depressed person (and even those suffering from anxiety or other mental health issues) there is a constant 'need' to be themselves or be how they were earlier or be how their friends and family would like them to be. This chase to "be that person" is precisely why most people, despite all the efforts and therapy, are unable to snap out of it.
Dr. Tugnait lists some ways to deal with depression -
ACCEPTANCE - Accept self and others (with or without depression) without asking for a change. This is the first step in healing. You can't change something if you resist it as the resistance keeps the energy flowing in that same direction that you wish to alter. Haven't you fought enough already? Let's change the dynamics and accept it, to release it.
COMPASSION - Choose compassion. Choose the wholeness of being instead of viewing yourself as someone who needs 'fixing'.
ROUTINE - Fix a morning routine to take time to feel gratitude, meditate, read a few pages of a book while sipping tea, exercise, write a journal, sleep for 7-8 hours daily and take a cold shower.
SEEK SUPPORT - Ask for help and seek professional support from a therapist in case the situation is extreme despite the self-help, positive lifestyles changes and support from family and friends. There's no shame in seeking help to be healthy!
Everyone should be more accepting of mental health issues without any judgments. Take the leap of faith when you feel ready. Until then, just breathe! You are doing fine. Depression is real but so is hope and recovery. (IANS/PR)
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Retail therapy is one thing, but nothing beats a beauty binge that's easy on the pocket. Nykaa's once-a-year, beauty and fashion haul -- the Pink Friday Sale -- begins on November 24 featuring over 2,400 participating brands.
From cult favourites to beauty staples, fashion must-haves, luxe indulgences, dedicated stores, exclusive deals to flash sales, you are spoilt for choice with brands on up to 50 per cent off. But even the biggest shopping pros can do with some help before a serious haul. So, here's a little peek into what's in store, that you absolutely cannot and should not resist:
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Slash & save: Want to save something extra? This fun, gamified price-slashing tab allows you to bring down the price of combos on Nykaa. The more you slash, the more discounts you'll get, and the more people who get involved, the better! So, get your friends, family, and everyone around to help you reach the best price for your favourite combos by slashing and saving
Biggest beauty steals: With up to 50 per cent off Nykaa Cosmetics, Nykaa Naturals -- Hair and skin, Kay Beauty, Nykaa Fragrances, Nykaa SkinRX, Wanderlust offers on Luxe brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, M.A.C. Kiehl's, Benefit combos that you just can't let go, your beauty closet is going to be singing with joy once you grab these offers. But that's not the end of the treat! The platforms repertoire of coveted global brands, including the iconic Charlotte Tilbury, Morphe, Nudestix, Huda Beauty, Elf Cosmetics are just some of the names that are serving up delicious deals for Pink Friday.
Shopping just got more funUnsplash
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Watch & buy with Dolly Singh: Shopping just got more fun! Your favourite influencer, the funny and glamorous Dolly Singh, will chat with you live and reveal some of the greatest offers and deals on the Pink Friday Sale. These exclusive offers will keep popping up as you watch her live on the app, and you can shop while you watch!
Price drops and deal zone: During the Pink Friday Sale, specifically on November 25, 26 and 28, you can avail limited time offers in our price drop feature. Get on the app every two hours these days to know what's new on sale with exquisite special offers, just live for a couple of hours. You'll find these price drops on the banners of the app homepage. And to browse the best deals and offers of the Pink Friday sale in one place, simply head to the deal zone, segregated by categories for easy scanning.
Nykaa pink friday game night: This is a game show like no other. Six digital stars playing classic party games with a beauty twist -- what could possibly go wrong? Catch the madness and mayhem by subscribing to the YouTube channel, as your favourite beauty influencers go head-to-head in this epic showdown
In-store at Nykaa: In 89 stores across India, and for the first time in cities such as Gwalior, Allahabad, and Mysore, shoppers can immerse themselves in the quintessential Nykaa experience during Pink Friday. Shop from the plethora of brands available across categories -- cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, among others and paint the town pink. (IANS/PR)
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Reflecting modernity and bringing together elements of individuality, inner-style and zeal, Ruani marks its entry in the modern retail jewellery segment with the launch of its flagship store launch in the heart of Mumbai city.
Harnessing the power of the collective consciousness, Ruani's Jewellery Collective is India's first powerhouse of leading global and national jewellery designers, who have come together to become the first-ever meeting point of jewellery and personal style but most importantly to revel in the Joy of Adorning.
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Ruani as a name means 'From the soul' since it is this intangible soul that creates our most solid connection with each other. The brand is here to create these soulful connections; between jewellery designers and their designs, the wearer and their jewellery, and between one woman to another, to create a sisterhood that builds everyone stronger together.
A place for marvelous things, it houses some of the most exciting jewellery designers with distinct points of view on the contemporary global Indian woman. For now, it opens doors with 03 promising International and 10 renowned Indian designers, showcasing an array of exquisite jewellery pieces that are timeless and unique to each individual by Suhani Pittie, Varuna D Jani, Shachee Shah, Aditi Amin, Sonal Sawansukha, Sankesh Surana, Latika Khanna, Chayya Jain, Akshat Ghiya, Marie Cabirou, Mike Saatji and Anabela Chan.
Jewellery doesn't just adorn the body but ignites our soul. Harping on the same belief, Ruani is the brainchild of celebrated jewellery designer and adornologist Varuna D Jani. Hailing from the family behind Popley, one of India's most renowned jewelers, she grew up with an instinctive understanding of the trade. It's co-founder, Divyesh Shah comes with a strong experience and knowledge of the gems and jewellery industry and together, they have curated jewellery that will be created and sold as enhancers to express every woman's individual identity.
Varuna D Jani expressed, "We are extremely delighted to launch Ruani and bring to you passionate designers while broadening the horizons for the jewellery lover in you. It will be our constant endeavor to provide customers with unique yet unmatched quality jewellery pieces, each telling you a story of its own. We aim at taking the jewelry experience in India a notch higher and give our customers the true 'Joy of Adorning'."
every step you take you create your own micro-spaces and moods.Unsplash
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The store is designed by UAE based interior designer-decorator Deepa Mehta Sagar. By using free flowing lines, she was able to give dynamism to the view. The plan is a curved horizon which in its movement embodies the constant change in our evolving lifestyles. The essence of the fluidity of the design planning was to ensure that the jewellery lies in the realm of decorative arts, and we hold a beautiful piece at the same level as a timeless sculpture or painting. The end product: an interactive space such that with every step you take you create your own micro-spaces and moods. (IANS/PR)
Keywords: Deepa Mehata Sagar, Jewellery, personall style,