Leather bags have been around for centuries and have withstood the test of time. They’re a timeless accessory that many people love to wear. Leather items are known for their durability, but it’s hard to tell the difference between real and synthetic leather.

If you’re looking for quality leather bags, you’ve already made a wise choice. Leather bags are durable and fashionable. They’ll last you for many years, and they’ll only look better as the years go by.

If you find a great leather bag, you’ll want to buy it. But how can you be sure you’re buying a genuine leather bag? The last thing you want is to buy a leather bag that isn’t actually leather. Here are a few tips for buying genuine leather bags.

If you’re in the market for a new bag and want to ensure you’re getting the real thing, this guide is for you. The guide is pretty straightforward, it tells you what you need to look for when you are buying a leather bag. For example, it advises you to go for natural leather, the quality and durability of the leather, the stitching, and if it has metal or plastic buckles.

How to Buy Genuine Leather Bags


Genuine leather is the most expensive leather available. It consists of full-grain leather hides that have been tanned using natural ingredients (as opposed to man-made chemicals) and then aniline-dyed. As a result, it is the softest of all leathers and can be easily damaged by water.

Genuine leather is also the most natural as it is tanned without fillers, chemicals, or surface coatings. And as a result, genuine leather is not only stronger but also more breathable than synthetic and coated leathers. Ensure you buy from authentic brands alone. Only purchase bags from reputable brands, like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, or Taschen für männer


Because of the many fake leather bags out there, it is important to be able to tell the difference between real and fake leather bags. There are a few things you should check to make sure that you are buying real leather bags. First of all, check the price. Genuine leather bags cost a lot more than the fake ones, so if you are looking at a deal that is too good to be true, it probably is.

Construction and Smell

Another great way to check the quality of the leather is by touching the bag. High-quality leather has soft touch. It’s very important to check the material because most sellers try to sell poor quality leather as genuine leather.

If you have already bought a leather bag, but you’re not sure it’s genuine, you can take a look at the stitching. High-quality leather bags have solid stitching, while poor-quality ones have loose stitches. The most important thing is to learn how to distinguish genuine leather from poor-quality materials. Once you know the difference, you will be able to find a beautiful and high-quality leather bag.

Genuine leather is one of the most popular materials used to make bags and other accessories. Every year, millions of leather bags are sold, and the market is growing. Start with the smell. Poor quality leather doesn’t smell like genuine leather. Genuine leather has a specific smell that you can’t miss, and you will love it.




Namaskar or the Surya Namaskar, this form of exercise was introduced in ancient times to salute the sun, which plays an integral part in supporting life on this planet. Since the sun is the source of energy, this yoga asana is a powerful way to awaken your body, mind and soul.

If you are too busy to exercise or practise yoga, simply perform this namaskar exercise that is equivalent to a workout session and yoga practice. The benefits of namaskar are many as it is believed to activate each part of the body, including the mind. 

The Surya namaskar comprises 12 poses, each holding a special significance and benefit to the body. 

  1. The prayer pose: This pose can be done in an upright position by holding your hands in a prayer form as you inhale and exhale deeply. This position relaxes the nervous system, helps maintain the body balance and aids in relieving stress and anxiety.
  2. The raised arms pose: This position requires lifting your hands while joining your palms and bending slightly backwards while keeping your feet close and your back straight. This pose stretches and tones the abdominal muscles, aids digestion, reduces back pain and lowers asthma.
  3. Standing forward bend pose: This position requires you to touch your heels with your fingers without bending your knees and spine. This pose helps cure insomnia, headache, anxiety and stress.
  4. The lunge pose: This position requires you to bend your knees slightly and rest your palms on the floor, in line with your feet. Your right knee should be on the right of your chest, while your left leg should be stretched out at the back. This pose increases lung capacity and relieves indigestion and constipation.
  5. Plank pose: This pose needs no introduction. All you need to do is position yourself in a plank pose while keeping your elbows and knees straight. This pose keeps your mind calm and improves posture.
  6. Eight limbed pose: Bring your knees on the floor, rest your chin on the floor, your hips raised slightly, your posterior in the air and your arms on the side of your chest. This pose increases flexibility and relieves stress.
  7. The cobra pose: Lie flat on the ground, and with the support of your arms, raise your body in the air, like a cobra, with your pelvic region touching the ground. This pose improves flexibility and mood.
  8. Downward facing dog: As you’re standing straight, try bending forward without bending your knees and back and touching the ground with your palms. This pose calms the nerves, relieves menopause symptoms and increases blood circulation.
  9. High lunge pose: This pose is similar to the lunge pose, with a better stretch and aids digestion and relieves constipation.
  10. Standing forward bend: Once again, you come back in the standing forward turn pose as you reach towards the final steps of this exercise.
  11. Raised arms pose: Get back into the extended arms pose again while practising deep breathing.
  12. Prayer pose: Conclude this namaskar by positioning yourself in the first pose, which is the prayer pose.

Now that you know the benefits of the namaskar, you can start doing it every morning to feel rejuvenated throughout the day.


No matter if you are a newbie bibliophile or an avid reader, a good book recommendation is a bonus for everyone. Among all the genres, crime books take the cake. There is some connectivity with the crime thrillers that strike the chord in the reader. The gripping storyline, plot twists, and sudden turns of the events keep the readers glued to the story and make them think of possible routes to the ending of the story. This genre is much more engaging. No wonder it’s growing in popularity among the new age readers.

Although each individual has their own admired types of stories, some love tragic and dark crime thrillers, some love more mellow stories and some love to have a comic touch to their chosen novels. Among all these categories, here I have some books that have touched many hearts with their fabulous narrations, plots and storytelling.

Here are a few of my favourites –

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1) The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

About the book:

Three people are kidnapped across California. Sophie is locked inside a derelict warehouse. Henry is abandoned in remote woodland. Elizabeth is trapped inside a sinking ship. They are alive, but don’t have much time to live…
Only one man can save them: unique investigator Colter Shaw. He’s an expert tracker with a forensic mind, but this will be a test even for him.

Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…

With a lot of twists and turns of events this story is completely unputdownable. Deaver does a great job creating the storyline and going along with the flow, leaving the readers in question.

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2) The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett

About the book:
“[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple…, the result would probably be something like this charming whodunnit.” – Ruth Ware, author of One by One

The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted by the shocking and untimely death of a guest in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene leads some to think the young Russian pianist strangled himself, yet a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play. When they begin to question the Household’s most loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they’re looking in the wrong place.

For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her teenage years as “Lilibet.” Away from the public eye and unbeknownst to her closest friends and advisers, she has the most brilliant skill for solving crimes. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian officer recently appointed to the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen discreetly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth won’t hesitate to use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

SJ Bennett uses the wit of Her Majesty as a witty, extremely observant detective who is there to investigate a murder mystery. Set on a funny note, this is a sheer brilliance in terms of plot and storytelling.

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3) The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn

About the book:

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

This is another unputdownable book that is filled with elegant, mind-boggling twists written in a beautiful manner. A must-read for sure.

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4) The Guest List by Lucy Foley

About the book:

On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year, the marriage of Jules Keegan.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.

This is one of the few books that you can visualize while reading. Great plot, praise-worthy storytelling and a wonderful setting. All works for a great read in the crime genre.

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5) The Silent House by Nell Pattison

About the book:

If someone was in your house, you know … wouldn’t you? But the hunter family are deaf, and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare: the murder of their daughter. The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the hunters are hiding something. One by one, people from Paige’s community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl? Was it an intruder? Or was the murderer closer to home?

The blurb itself is enough to make you pick up the book. The layered plot and sudden turn of the events make it a gripping read.

I hope you loved this little list of must-grabs. Which one is your favourite?









Being stressed or anxious is not a rare feeling to have nowadays. They have been there since time immemorial but even since the pandemic broke out, the frequency and strength of stress have only increased. According to a study conducted by a Delhi-based preventive healthcare platform The Center of Healing (TCOH), 74% of Indians are suffering from stress and 88% from anxiety issues since COVID-19 hit India. Everyone’s mental health has indeed gone for a toss but the severity of rising issues of anxiety, be it moderate or extreme, is genuinely alarming. That is why I wanted to share some of the stress relief activities that are not only approved by me as an anxious person but also are backed by science.

Stress: What is it like?

Stress, as I would describe it, is a continuous feeling of exhaustion both mental and physical caused when one is overwhelmed with or cannot deal with emotional pressures. It is your body’s and your mind’s way of responding to the emotional strain.

We often use the term ‘stress‘ in the most casual ways to describe how we feel but in this way, we only trivialize the most serious aspects of it and the effects it causes to those who have it. Stress can be of two major types- Acute and Chronic. The former is when you are feeling pressurized emotionally and unable to express yourself daily and the latter is when you are living in a stressful situation with the suppressed feeling for a long time.

The chemical changes caused by stress result in some involuntary consequences including an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. The most common effects are nervousness, shaking, exhaustion, inability to sleep often turned into insomnia, mood swings, instability of emotions and sometimes stress can affect your hormones, if you are a woman then your menstrual cycles could get affected. Sometimes severe hair fall and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) could also be the results of being stressed.

The reason for Stress

To address stress, we need to precisely scrutinize the reasons behind it. It could be caused by a traumatic experience or just a result of a flawed lifestyle. It could be personal or work-related or both. It could also possibly be a repercussion of being in a toxic environment where you overburden yourself with irresolute emotions. Even being burnt out could be a reason too. For an instance, the reason that I am stressed all the time or I should say most of the time is because I am a very self-critical person. I judge myself way too much that sometimes I suffer from imposter syndrome. This leads to overtaxing myself and eventually being stressed and anxious.

Stress and Anxiety: How are They Related?

Coming to anxiety, well, being stressed doesn’t necessarily mean you are anxious too. Stress may or may not result in anxiety but if you have anxiety then it can assume that you are stress-ridden. Basically, all I am trying to say here is that stress and anxiety both are related to each other but it doesn’t establish a pattern of one of them being the result or reason of the other.

Anxiety, as described in Google, is an “Intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and feeling tired may occur.” Basically, it is a fear or apprehension about what’s about to happen. Although indescribable you can compare it with nervousness or restlessness. It can happen before a big event or while taking an important decision or while thinking about you being heard by several people. In my case, it happens before a big day, or when I am too much behind my schedule, I keep judging and doubting myself. Being anxious means you have definitely been hit by stress.

Reasons to Choose Natural Ways to De-stress

Stress is not exactly as grave as it may sound. It is a part of our lives and almost all of us deal with it. In the present-day scenario, stress is inevitable as it comes along the chaotic lifestyle we have chosen for ourselves. We have the ability to treat stress ourselves in the early stage when the severity of it is mild to moderate.

There are many medical therapies, anti-depressants, stress-relievers available in the market which not only harms your body internally in the long run but also makes you dependant on the medicines. Even if it is a mild mood swing you’ll be reaching for medicines as you know they are going to work in a jiffy. But, that is totally not how you should treat stress. Some simple changes in the lifestyle and a few adopted practices can make your life simpler and happier. No medicines can make you internally happy which is the only guaranteed treatment for a stress-ridden person.

Science-backed Stress Relief Activities You Must Try

The reason why people often turn away from natural de-stress techniques is that A) they don’t have much idea, B) they are sceptical of the results, and C) they think natural remedies take too long to show effects. Busting the myths around natural stress-relievers, I am going to share in this post 13 Stress Relief Activities that are backed by science.

1. Practice Mindfulness

In simple words, mindfulness is the process of being fully aware of what you are doing and feeling. It is synonymous with being present in the moment and living each second being exclusively attentive to and focused on things that you’re doing. Believe me, it is as easy as it sounds. One gets hang of it when practised.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.” As true as it is, I believe we can practise mindfulness in each activity that we do on a day to day basis. For example- mindful eating where you are completely focused on the food you eat and not in the surroundings like the people who share the table with you or the TV show that you’re watching while eating, mindful journaling- where you genuinely pay attention to your thoughts and ideas without being critical or judgemental of them.

We attain ultimate peace when our mind, body and soul are aligned correctly. Mindfulness is a process that ensures they are aligned. It awakens our senses and makes us realise the importance of each moment, each breath we take, each work we do.

The next three points are how I practise mindfulness which you can try too!

Chant a Mantra or Prayer

India is a land of spirituality. The Indians have been practising chanting mantras and hymns from the bygone era. Indian culture has a lot to do with creating a healthy lifestyle and positive atmosphere which leads to eternal peace. Thus we can assume that the idea of chanting mantras had more reasons than just a religious practice. Chanting is one of the most powerful mindfulness exercises. Not only does it create a positive aura around you but also it works best in accordance with the Law of Attraction.

It is scientifically proven that repetitive motions or sounds can soothe anxiety, plus, it distracts you from the environmental interruptions and negativity.

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Meditation- One of the Most Popular Stress Relief Activities

The benefits of meditation are known to all. It helps us cope with stress and anxiety by calming down our senses. Meditation is the most popular and most celebrated way of practising mindfulness. It opens the window of self-exploration as it allows the mind to be focused on what is been happening within us and not on the external world. Meditation allows us to delve deeper into our soul and thus receiving the vibrations that are hidden inside us. That is why meditation is considered one of the most rewarding methods to ensure physical and mental well-being.

You definitely don’t need to be an expert to start meditation. There are many tutorials on meditation all over the internet but what works best for me is to close your eyes and think of the happy times, or of a person who makes you happy, or of any god your worship. You won’t be able to focus in the first but soon you will get the hang of it. Make sure you are meditating in an open space in the quietest hour of the day, preferably in the early morning.

Conscious Breathing

Many of us do breathing exercises or ‘Pranayama’ but have you ever heard of breathing consciously? Well, if not then keep reading. The term conscious breathing is quite self-explanatory. It means being completely aware of your breathing and taking control of it. Deep conscious breathing calms us down, reduces blood pressure, and relieves stress. It helps us balance our physical and mental health.

Inhaling and holding your breath for 20secs and then exhaling slowly is the key to deep breathing.

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Being grateful allows us to work on ourselves and improve. Counting your blessings every now and then and keeping a gratitude journal has been beneficial by many including me. Every morning, listing down the things I am grateful for helps me get mental peace as I know how lucky I am and what has been given to me by the universe and how should I use them to improve myself. A gratitude journal is just a place where you jot down your gratitudes.

It is proven to improve your mental health, give you a boost of self-esteem, bring positivity, help relieve stress and calm you down. Regular practice of gratitude journaling will fill you with immense happiness and appreciativeness.

3. Doing Morning Pages

This is a term that might sound a little alien to many. I myself have started practising morning pages very recently. I got the idea from Lavendaire’s video. As I started doing it I actually started loving the process. Basically, morning pages is a writing one or, as Lavendaire mentioned in her blog, three pages every morning. The writing should be spontaneous and not at all planned. In the morning pages, you dump all that has been going on in your head, all that has been making you hold back or making your heart heavy in a journal. It makes your mind a lot lighter and gives you vision and clarity in life. This is basically purposeless writing where you just empty your heart out on a piece of paper.

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Morning pages might seem hard to do at first but you must not stop writing no matter how ridiculous it may read. Remember, you are writing for yourself and not for others to read. As you keep writing, you’ll get the hang of it and then you’ll start to notice the change in your overall mental health.

You may start by writing the quote you saw the other day, or about how your yesterday went, to-do lists, prayers, gratitude, books you’re enjoying reading, TV shows or web series you loved etc. Basically, anything and everything. I’ll recommend you to watch the video on the Lavendaire channel. She has discussed this in detail.

4. Include Yoga in Daily Routine

According to Wikipedia, “Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India, aimed at controlling and stilling the mind, and recognizing the detached ‘witness consciousness as untouched by the activities of the mind and mundane suffering.” Yoga is a century-old method of stretch your body scientifically which is practised to target many physical and mental problems and at the same time relaxing the mind and soul.

Practising yoga every day for at least 15-20 minutes will help you increase your fitness, calm you down, reduce neck tensions, relieve soreness, and rejuvenate you. Regular practising Yoga will increase vitality, give clarity to your thoughts so that you have a clear vision of life.

5. Spend Time in the Sun

A lot of us have to spend most of our time confined in a small space for work. Even when we are not working we hardly go out in nature. But, that is essential to keep up the balance and harmony between you and nature. We are made from nature and it is obvious that nature has all the essentials to make us content and happy in-store. Such a thing is Vitamin D. We have learnt in school about Vitamin D and how we can get it only from the Sun. Not only does it strengthens your bones or regulates your immunity but also helps with the neuromuscular functions which enable you to fight stress, anxiety, hypertension, sleeping disorders, depression and other psychiatric problems.

Spending time in the Sun, definitely not in the scorching heat but the mild Sun during the early period of the day with help you absorb the necessary Vitamin D thus taking care of any deficiency. It will automatically uplift your mood, make you feel lighter and give you a good night’s sleep.

6. Meet the People you Love 

Our body works under different mysterious substances that are commonly called hormones. Not only do they regulate our bodily functions but also our emotions. Such a hormone is Cortisol. This hormone helps control many internal concerns like blood sugar levels, blood pressure, metabolism, inflammations etc. There is an increase in the cortisol levels when a person is going through a tough mental state for example anxiety. It is scientifically established that there is a significant reduction in cortisol levels when we meet our loved ones.

Another such hormone is Dopamine which is popularly known as the ‘happy hormone’. When spiked it makes you feel happy and content. Any pleasurable experience, delightful emotion can spike up the dopamine level which in return gives you the feeling of comfort which eventually becomes a stress-reliever.

7. Stay Away from Social Media

In the current scenario when most of us are homebound, our exposure to social media as well as screentime, in general, has been increased dangerously. Too much addiction to the digital space eventually escalates the chaos of the mind and lessens the enthusiasm that is essential for a peaceful life. Days started with a small scroll through the social media handles vs the days started without that seem significantly less peaceful and productive. It overwhelms our minds and weighs down our thoughts. Also, this consumes a lot of our time and positive energy making us procrastinate.

Staying away from social media or what we call it these days, social media detox, once in a while, provides us with clarity in life, makes us focused and help us getting all our work done in a timely and organized manner. Excessive screentime can cause stress, loss of sleep and headaches. It is recommended to turn away from the screen at least an hour before bedtime.

8. Laugh a little Harder

When comes to relieve stress naturally, there is no better medicine than a dose of laughter. A hearty laugh has many benefits like stimulating the organs like the heart and the lungs, stretching your muscles, boosting endorphins released by the brain which helps us deal with stress and anxiety.

I get my daily dose of laughter by watching funny animal videos on the internet.

9. Listening to Music

Those who are easily affected by overthinking and are overwhelmed with emotions know what music can do to pacify the senses. The right choice of music can help you calm and soothe yourself which could be considered one of the best stress relief activities.

Here is a playlist created by me that has songs that are meticulously handpicked for stress relief. I consider it to be one of the best Spotify playlists for anxiety.

10. Surround Yourself with Plants

Houseplants are not just to have a pretty corner in the house or to purify the air, they are anti-depressants too. You can lower your stress level just by looking at them. Research shows houseplants can reduce stress by 40 per cent which is insane. It is more of a mental thing than a physical one. Living amidst plants tricks our mind to believe we are living a slower, simpler life close to nature which instantly calms us down.

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Some of the indoor plants you can consider having in your home or in your office are- Aloe Vera, Jade plant, Areca Palm, Peace Lily, Syngonium, Snake Plant etc. These are some of the houseplants that cleanse the air and detoxify the space they are in.

11. Start Eating Healthy

Eating a healthy diet does not only ensures your physical health but also your mental health. To fight the adverse effects of stress and anxiety i.e. increased heart rate and blood pressure, a nutritious diet plays a huge role. Stress negatively impacts the functioning of the brain and the signals it sends. The brain needs nutrients to work properly and those nutrients are derived only from a good diet.

Usually eating junk food creates a subliminal guilty feeling which indirectly affects your already amplified stress level. Eating homemade clean food makes you feel good about yourself as if you are taking care of your body. This sense of satisfaction helps reduce the stress level. The increased blood pressure caused by stress can also be treated with food that helps regulate the blood flow in the body.

Daily consumption of greens, leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts are helpful for health. Also, nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin E are should be kept in your diet. Fibrous food like cereals and vegetables and yoghurt also take care of the gut and psyche.

12. Take a Stroll in the Nature

There is nothing like nature therapy to de-stress or unwind. A quick stroll in the park or a hike through the jungle help reduces the stress level. This light cardio does not only work for your physical health but also helps release endorphins which makes you feel better, reduces pain and help achieve a positive attitude. It also helps in lowering the level of cortisol also known as the stress hormone.

A walk in nature allows you to breathe properly, increases the intake of pure oxygen and at the same time helps you distract your mind from your otherwise chaotic life. So, like many other stress relief activities mentioned here, it is also beneficial for both the mind and the body.

13. Aroma Therapy

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Fragrances play an important role in relieving stress in our day to day life. The significance of aroma in human psychological and physical health is increasing day by day and that is the reason why there is a considerable increase in the use of essential oils in medicinal as well as in cosmetic industries. The aromatic essential oils can reduce your cortisol levels, relax your senses and help you sleep well. Here are a few of the essential oils that help you calm yourselves-

To treat insomnia or for relaxing- Lavender and Chamomile,
To lift up your mood- Lemon Essential Oil
To stimulate the mind and the body- Peppermint, Rosemary
To reduce fatigue, anxiety, agitation and nervousness- Bergamot, Thyme
To treat restlessness and promote good sleep- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

So, these were the 13 easy stress relief activities that are science-approved and need to be incorporated into your lifestyle straight away. Stress is inescapable, what we can do is to know how we can deal with it and we must make sure we are choosing the natural way to treat our stressed mind.

Don’t forget to let me know what you think about this post. How many of the above-mentioned activities do you follow. Comment with your favourite destressing methods. I’ll be back with another exciting post in a couple of days. Until then, have a great weekend ahead!

Blessed are those who did not have to go through a phase where everything seems to be falling apart, to be drifting away in front of their naked eyes, to be losing themselves but completely unable to do anything about it. Sometimes, people don’t even know what is happening with them because of very little or no awareness and they seem to fall into pieces silently inside themselves. As I am writing this, even I am finding it extremely hard to put the feelings into words. That, my friend, is Anxiety and what I have written here is probably 0.5% of what people actually have to go through in anxiety.

In 2017, I was going through anxiety and now that I am recalling the time, I know the reasons behind them. It is so essential to know what are the things that are making you anxious and face them and fight them with utmost confidence. Now, I did not need to write all these in this post because that would be completely irrelevant but whenever I am talking about my anxiety issues, I find myself obliged to let you know what I feel about it so that everyone out there feels that they are not lonely. Anyhoo, let’s continue with this post.

When I was going through anxiety, I found a few things that made me feel a little better. One of them was an introduction to Indie music. I was browsing aimlessly through YouTube and I found a video containing a playlist of aesthetic music. Being a sucker for everything aesthetic, I immediately played the video and the very first song I listened to was Sometimes by Goth Babe. That song was so soothing it left me with a sense of tranquility and contentment. Then my YT homepage was full of suggestions and recommendations of indie pops and I was consuming each one of them like crazy. I did not stop there and kept exploring lo-fi songs, reverbed songs, and whatnot. Basically, that was a time I was longing to drift away from the reality and thoughts that were weighing me down. Personally, I feel the above-mentioned types of music give you that freedom to achieve quietude. They give you a break from reality which in turn makes you feel at peace for the time being.

It’s been a year since I created a playlist on Spotify to calm down my restless days and sleepless nights. Exactly a year ago, I created my very first Spotify playlist and named it CALM. What else could be more appropriate! Today, I am going to share that with you, with people who are feeling stressed, burnt out, and/or anxious. The playlist includes songs that have a slow tempo and relaxing beats. Most of them are vintage and aesthetic that best suits my preference.

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As I mentioned earlier, my very first encounter with western Indie music was with the song that is listed on top of my Spotify playlist. Then it grew long and long. I still add songs that are appropriate for the list. So, this playlist is updated regularly. If I had to choose two bands I have been enjoying listening to, that would be Goth Babe and Cigarettes After Sex. I have started liking Prateek Kuhad’s songs as well. There are still so many songs to explore and add to my favouite playlist. I hope it heals you too like it did to me.

Have you listened to any of the songs from my Spotify Playlist? Let me know your thoughts when you do!

Parents should always take the lead in teaching basic courtesies and manners to their children. This is a must in order to ensure holistic development and growth of their little ones while also making sure that children learn how to speak, behave and respond in the outside world without ruffling unnecessary feathers in a manner of speaking! A well-behaved, cultured, and well-groomed child will always be a positive reflection on his/her parents, indicating the knowledge and grooming that he/she has received at home. At the same time, it is important to encourage children to develop a well-rounded personality and perspective. Encourage kids to make new friends and pick up social skills. They will find more friends through participation in fun activities for kids online. Yellow Class is the best place for these fun activities online where they can learn new skills, make new friends, and find an outlet for creative and imaginative expression. 

Parents should start young with their children in order to help them develop manners for a lifetime. Training can start as soon as the child starts talking and can assume more intensity with progress in age and more interaction and exposure to the outside world. Etiquette can be taught early on to children. Teach them to say thank you and please whenever they get something or ask for something respectively. When the child sits at the dining table for meals, then you can start by teaching him/her dining etiquette and manners. Children should be encouraged to go for family meals so that they understand how to behave from an early age. Teach children to be respectful and understanding at all times while being kind and patient with people as well. 

Here are some basic commandments- 

  • Etiquette or manners are always meant to show kindness or respect to others. 
  • Thank you, excuse me and please are must-haves in the etiquette dictionary. 
  • It is important to learn how to hold cutlery properly. 
  • Children should learn how to wipe their mouths properly with the help of a napkin. 
  • They should also learn to chew with their mouth closed. 
  • They should be able to introduce themselves respectfully to others and also introduce other people including their family members. 
  • They should learn how to invite people to something. 
  • They should learn to be aware of positive body language and showing the same. 
  • They should not interrupt adults while they are speaking to others. 
  • They should learn that it is bad manners to comment on anybody’s appearance. 
  • Learning how to pay compliments is also essential. 
  • Writing thank you letters is a good practice that parents may encourage. 
  • Children should learn the most important etiquette rule of all helping people who are in need. 
  • They should not call adults by their first names unless instructed by the adult in question. 
  • They should knock on doors before opening the same. 
  • They should politely answer phone calls. 
  • They should always make eye contact when speaking to someone else. 
  • They should refrain from staring or pointing in any scenario. 
  • They should cover their mouth while coughing or sneezing. 

These are some basics that children would do well to absorb and follow. 

The current COVID-19 situation and the lockdown stress has severely impacted on our health, both mental and physical. One of the biggest problems is the mental stress that the prolonged lockdown and home quarantine has caused. The change in lifestyle during COVID and the continuous stress caused by it has taken a toll on our health. Along with many other health problems, one of the most frequent ones is the complaint of the irregular period in women.

A delayed or irregular period is quite common in women who are stressed, have a busy schedule or unhealthy lifestyle. This whole lockdown phase has made it even worse. Most of us (about 70% of women) are having irregular cycles, worst cramps and what not! Apart from a healthy diet and exercise or yoga, we need some extra TLC to treat that and to bring back our menstrual health on track. Namyaa has come up with their Period Care Kit which exactly does the same.

A renowned all-natural Indian intimate care brand, Namyaa, has now has introduced a period care kit containing three products that treat Anartava (Amenorrhea) which is a condition of one or more missed periods, smelly discharge, PCOD & PCOS. I will be discussing each of the three products and their benefits in this post.

Namyaa Period Care Kit-

  • Namyaa Anartava -For Delayed and Irregular Periods 500ml
  • Namyaa ShwetKanika -For White Discharge- Pack of 60 Tablets
  • Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya- For PCOD and PCOS- Pack of 60 Tablets

Namyaa Anartava– For Delayed and Irregular Periods

Anartava or Amenorrhea is quite common in women. It is basically a condition where women don’t get their periods once or more. There might be multiple reasons for Amenorrhea- Polycystic ovary syndrome and ovarian failure, hormonal problem, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, tumour in the pituitary gland, stressed life etc. Namyaa Anartava works for all these and more. It helps regularise your delayed or irregular cycles, that too naturally.

Key Features of Namyaa Anartava-

  • Is an exclusive Ayurvedic syrup that is here to treat Anartava (Amenorrhea) as part of the Ayurvedic principles of Stree Roga Chikitsa.
  • Makes for a long-lasting solution for delayed periods and helps regularise the period cycle and flow every month while pacifying Vata and Kapha.
  • Free from any kind of dangerous chemicals, harsh metals, fertilizers, pesticides, artificial fragrance and any kind of added synthetics or other additives.
  • Not only helps restore the natural menstrual cycle to 28-31 days, but also helps promote timely ovulation, treats hormonal imbalance, and removes toxins as it helps provide for blood purification.


Aloe Vera, Pippali, Karanja, Krishna-Tila, Kultha and other rare and certified beneficial herbs and extracts.

How to Use-

This needs to be consumed in a particular manner for the right use of the product. All you need to do is, take 20ml serving of Namyaa Anartava every day after breakfast and dinner respectively. For best results, you need to take this Ayurvedic syrup daily for a span of 90 days for the maximum of benefits.

Price- Rs 499 for 500ml
Available on- Flipkart, Amazon

Namyaa ShwetKanika -For White Discharge

Vaginal white discharge is also another common problem in women. This is majorly caused by a reaction of an organism that is responsible for the cleaning and protection of your vaginal cavity and intimate area in particular. Apart from this, the white discharge could be a result of so many serious diseases such as-Ovarian cyst, Cancer, Bacterial infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea that mainly occurs due to unprotected sexual contact, Vaginal Atrophy, Certain single-celled parasites that happen to be transmitted during unprotected sex as they are known to cause Trichomoniasis, Candida, Pathologies that have happened in the cervix.

A prolonged condition of white discharge could a lot of health hazards like Thickening of the secretion, itching, burning, change in the colour and smell, stomach pain, pain during intercourse, pain during urination, dark urine or occurrence of blood in it, fever, fatigue, etc.

So, it is extremely important to take care of that and get rid of the problem as soon as it appears.

Namayaa ShwetKanika is such a product that helps you treat the problem of white discharge by tackling the root cause of it. Here are the key benefits-

Key Features of Namyaa ShwetKanika-

  • Treats the root cause of smelly white discharge.
  • Provides relief from vaginal itching and burning sensations.
  • Eliminates unwanted odour.
  • Promotes timely ovulation.


Contains the goodness of Ayurvedic herbs and extracts like, Ashoka, Daruharidra, Guduchi, Jeereka, Lodhra, etc.

How to Use-

You need to take 2 tablets of ‘Namyaa ShwetKanika -For White Discharge’ after breakfast and dinner every day. For best results, you need to take this Ayurvedic regime daily for a span of 90 days for the maximum of benefits.

You can see the results in a few days.

Price- Rs 449 for 60 tablets
Available on- Flipkart, Amazon

Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya– For PCOD and PCOS

PCOD and PCOS are one of the most common problems in today’s women. A study, according to The Hindu, says, one in every five women in India suffers from PCOS. This syndrome is commonly found in around 70% of the women belonging to different age groups who have ovulation difficulties and this leads to subfertility. PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition where there are cysts in the ovaries that hampers the normal functioning of the ovaries.

  • The most common symptoms of PCOS are-
  • Irregular menstruation or Amenorrhea
  • Infrequent bleeding
  • Irregular or no ovulation
  • Increased levels of male hormones
  • Multiple immature follicles
  • Thinning hair or male pattern baldness
  • Acne problem or oily skin’
  • Excess growth in facial or body hair
  • Dark patches on the skin especially on the underarms, neck and private parts
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Increased weight or obesity
  • Lipid abnormalities
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure etc.

Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya helps with PCOD and PCOS as Ayurvedic treatment. It treats hormonal imbalance, promotes timely ovulation and regularizes delayed or irregular period.

Key Benefits of Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya-

Helps treat the root cause of PCOD and PCOS as part of the Ayurvedic principles of Stree Roga Chikitsa.

Can restore hormonal balance, but also restores doshas imbalance, purifies the blood, improves fertility and immunity.

Promotes timely ovulation which regulates delayed and irregular periods and helps improve the metabolism by eliminating the toxins (Ama) that are known to reduce the rate of metabolism.

Free from any kind of dangerous chemicals, harsh metals, pesticides, artificial fragrance, fertilizers, synthetics and any kind of added synthetics.


Specially formulated with rare and certified Ayurvedic herbs, extracts and oils like Sahastravedi, Pippali, Neem, Aloe Vera, Varuna, Kultha, Kanchnar etc.

How to Use-

Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya, for PCOD and PCOS, need to be consumed in a particular manner for the product’s right use. You need to take 2 tablets daily, you can take one after breakfast and one after dinner. You have to follow this routine for 6 months for maximum benefits and best results.

Price- Rs 449 for 60 tablets
Available on- Flipkart, Amazon

Namyaa Period Care Kit could be your first choice for all your period related problems if you are particularly looking for a natural, Ayurvedic way to treat your menstrual woes. The products are 100% natural, safe to consume and has absolutely no side effects.

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How to size a ring your spouse if you are planning to give his girlfriend, the pleasant surprise it then you better prepare for it. The biggest challenge you will encounter is to know your ring size. Engagement rings are a must for your proposal, and you better get it right the first time. Here are four ways you can know your ring size.

Is Honesty the Best Policy?

The easiest way to find your ring size and buy an engagement ring is to ask directly. How to size a ring your spouse, you can tell that you are planning to propose marriage and therefore would like to know your ring size she wears. But the problem here is that they are removing the element of surprise.

Remember that women love to be surprised, especially when it comes to a proposal of marriage. Therefore, this option should probably be your last option.

Be Discreet

How to size a ring with you can discreetly ask your ring size, then go ahead and check out some engagement rings. But you have to do an excellent job as an actor here. Women have a sixth sense and can only understand the reason for your inquiry. Consider whether you can act well enough, so she does not suspect anything.

Ask Others for How to Size a Ring Your Girlfriend

A simple way is to ask your best friend to check how to size a ring your girlfriend. You’ll probably do a better job. This is an option that most men use. But if your girlfriend at any time had the same job for a Friend, then she will probably understand. But this is the most secure and proven they can go. Once you have your ring size then you can ask your best friend to accompany you on how to size a ring and see the diamond engagement rings and chooses the best for your girlfriend.

How to Size a Ring Theft

You can temporarily steal a ring from a girlfriend and the use of a ring sizing chart. Be sure to replace the moment they are performed. If she is a heavy sleeper, then you can remove one of its rings and measure it. These are more risky plans.

Buy the Ring

Once you have your ring size, now how to size a ring, have to look at engagement rings in several online stores. A diamond ring for your plan could be the perfect gift for her. A diamond engagement ring is now available at a very affordable and can sweep your feet with a diamond ring with a large diamond, solitaire.

We know the difficulty of how to size a ring, especially in cases where the couple wants to surprise, and we cannot take action directly.

To calculate the size of the ring there are several methods, depending on whether you have access to the person who will give a ring or have a ring as a reference.

Some tips on how to size a ring of your partner

1. How to size a ring when your partner is not around or present, borrow a ring that she uses in her left hand and draw the outline on paper inside the ring. Make sure you return the ring immediately and later check with our ring gauge sizes to which it applies.

2. How to size a ring with carrying a bar of soap. The size of a bar of soap from a hotel will be perfect. When she did not press his ring is present in the pellet, and removes any residue mark the ring to avoid leaving fingerprints. Now you can measure the size of the ring in the ring gauge size of our commitment on the web.

How to Determine Your Ring Size? | Cherry On Top

3. How to size a ring by taking one of your rings and place it on a finger. Make a mark where it has fallen by drawing the ring on her finger. Use the unique diamond engagement ring size of the web to see what size accordingly.

4. How to size a ring takes the diamond ring and slides a taper candle. Mark the candle where you dropped the ring, then use the meter to measure the ring size of the candle marking.

5. How to size a ring with a tape measure, you can surround the knuckle of the finger. If you mark as are 6 cm = 60 mm, corresponding equivalence can see on our chart of measurement, which in this case amount to a size 20. In the case of not having a tape mimetic can also use a wire to encircle the finger, and posteriorente measure length with a ruler, and look in the equivalence table.

How to Determine Your Ring Size? | Cherry On Top

6. How to size a ring you can take a ring from her partner, who uses the left hand with a ruler and measure the diameter of it. You can look at the size equivalent to our size chart. How to size a ring according to statistics, the average size for a woman measuring 1, 65 cm and weighs Sixty kilos is a 12 for her engagement ring. With this, you can make a reasonably good approximation of the size of your partner’s finger.

How to size a ring trying to find out or look at your height, weight and hands, and the size of your knuckles. Fingers can be thin, but if your knuckles are large, you need a larger size for her engagement ring to enter through them.

If, however, if she has small knuckles with slender fingers go about your size of an 8 to 10 (for a woman of about 55 kilos).

If your knuckles and fingers are slightly fuller (for a woman of about 65 kilos) height will vary from 14 to a size 16.

How to size a ring the perfect fit of the engagement ring should be enough for your partner to take it is off quickly, but it is too loose and dance in the ring finger or even lost. Now you have understood how to choose a ring size for your wedding ring. Now your ring’s stone is also an important factor. If you want to have a diamond but you can not afford it then you should buy a diamond black. Black diamonds are quite cheaper than a colourless diamond.

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Amidst all the app-bans in India, ZEE5 launched its very own short video platform HiPi to give the Indian creative content creators an outlet to express themselves. Since its launch, it has become one of India’s most loved video-making platform and that for some really valid reasons. ZEE5 has heard all the creative minds and presented us all with a platform that allows you to create videos of maximum 90 seconds duration that means no rok-tok on creativity!

As the company has mentioned in a press release, the name Hipi comes from an idea of a planet that is carefree and youthful where people open up easily and confidently without any restrictions. This homegrown short video making platform is there to welcome visual storytellers with open arms and ready to pave their way to stardom. Here’s what HiPi on Instagram has for you.


HiPi has already gained many celebrity fans namely Dalljiet Kaur, Vatsal Sheth, Manit Joura, Paras  Tomar, Shraddha Arya, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain fame Shubhangi Atre, Abhishek Kapur from Kundali Bhagya and many others.

Filters on such video-making apps are like icing on a cake, right? It makes the videos even more exciting and appealing if done right. There are a huge variety of different filters on ZEE5 Hipi app for different categories of videos. I personally think they add that extra oomph that makes the watching worth a while. That is what #HappensOnHiPi. Here are some party filters that are favourites of many of the celebs on the app.

Here’s how you can use filters for your HiPi videos. Using filters on HiPi is so uncomplicated. You just open your HiPi app then press the plus icon at the bottom, set the time that serves your purpose and then tap on ‘filters’. You can see various filters there for different categories of content. Choose ‘party’ and you’ll see a huge variety of cool filters there.



Best Party Filters to try on ZEE5 HiPi | Cherry On Top blog

Radio Jockey and Bigg Boss fame Pritam Singh uses this explosive party filter on HiPi called EXPLOSION which makes the video funky and cool and also truly explosive!

Best Party Filters to try on ZEE5 HiPi | Cherry On Top blog

Another one is from Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega actress, the very pretty and talented Dalljiet Kaur. She uses this beautiful filter that makes the video a treat to the eyes of the audience.


There are also a few more that I love. One of them is this one by a user which has this RGB effect that perfectly matched with the party mood and songs and looks really aesthetic, doesn’t it? Another one that I love so much is from another creative HiPi user. It has got a cool reflection effect- a very funky filter indeed that takes the creativity a notch higher. See it for yourself-

There are some more I personally love. One of them is called DHAK DHAK that has this bass pumps that definitely pumps up the atmosphere. There is also MIRROR, which as the name suggests, is a creative mirror effect filter. You can throw some of it in between a dance video and it will do its job which is to attract the audience and make them stay glued to your video. I have used a few to show you how they actually look.






With these cool filters and many more features, ZEE5 finally quenches India’s thirst for a creative outburst. The talent in India is now under limelight again. You know what the best part is? It’s completely free of any charges so it reaches more and more people. Although the ad-supported format will eventually lead to subscription-driven service. So, it is a win-win! I love the fact that be it video making or watching or watching movies or series, they have cumulated everything within the same interface which makes it quite easy to use.

The things that make HiPi a user’s favourite is that it’s introduced by India’s leading OTT platform ZEE5 and it’s completely ‘Made In India’ platform. Update your ZEE5 app to access HiPi on your phone!

Will you be excited to join HiPi and use the creative filters mentioned above?



On 17th of August, ZEE5, one of India’s most popular OTT platforms dropped a brand new show called Bebaakee starring Kushal Tandon, Karan Jotwani and Shivjyoti Rajput and Indian audience is more excited than ever. The gripping story of three young adults, Bebaakee, presents a different take on love and friendship. Among many other love stories India has watched on television, this one is certainly like a breath of fresh air.

An Overview of Bebaakee-

Set in the pristine locations of Shimla, #Bebaakee is a story of two best friends who are more like brothers falling in love with the same girl. The story revolves around the lives of these three and an emotional and passionate take on love, friendship and enmity.

The series will somewhat give you a taste of a family drama as it goes around the lives of two best friends (Mohit Chauhan and Sameer Malhotra) living under one roof with their families and the lives of their sons (Kushal Tandon and Karan Jotwani) growing up together like siblings following the footsteps of their fathers. In spite of that, it won’t take your minds off the fact that this is a passionate love triangle, a very complicated one.

The story is as gripping as it could be and to top off, the set and cinematography is nothing less than a big-budget Bollywood film.

Bebaakee Cast-

ZEE5 Bebaakee Review- The Much-awaited Romantic Drama | Cherry On Top Blog

Kushal Tandon as Sufiyaan Abdullah

Sufiyaan hails from a rich family and looks after Manali’s biggest media house which is a family business. Having a complicated personal life makes Sufiyaan distrustful of women and of ‘love’. He can be described as an egoist to some extent. He eventually falls in love with Kainaat.

Karan Jotwani as Imtiaz Alqaazi

Imtiaz is the son of Sufiyaan’s father’s best friend and they grew up as best friends and blood-brothers. Imtiaz’s character is completely in contrast to Sufiyaan’s. He is caring, intelligent and respectful of all the relationships that he has.

Shiv Jyoti Rajput as Kainaat Sahni

Kainaat is a happy-go-lucky girl with dreams in her eyes and goals in her mind. She becomes the love interest of the two major characters of the series- Sufiyaan and Imtiaz as she joins their media house as a journalist.

Other than these three main characters there are many known faces in supporting roles such as Mohit Chauhan, Sameer Malhotra, Suchitra Pillai, Indraneel Bhattacharya, Saloni Vora, Aditi Vats, Ishaan Dhawan, Krutika Desai, Pubali Sanyal, and Pratik Sehajpal.

The Plot of Bebaakee-

The story of Bebaakee is the story of two best friends or more like brothers, Sufiyaan and Imtiaz, who are poles apart in characteristics but both are very strong personalities in their own way. The only thing that ties them together is the love for each other. In this situation, Kainaat enters Sufiyaan’s life as a journalist in the media house that he runs as a family business. After a short tiff between the two, their mutual love for journalism brings them closer and eventually they find strong chemistry between them.

Things take a turn for worse when Imtiaz falls for the same woman i.e. Kainaat. In one hand she has this passionate love Sufiyaan and on the other Imtiaz, a woman’s dream man with a gentle and caring nature. This triggers the childhood friendship between Sufiyaan and Imtiaz turn into extreme animosity that invokes a chain of unanticipated events that will throw the lives of them in distress.

What Keeps Me Glued to Bebaakee-

ZEE5 Bebaakee Review- The Much-awaited Romantic Drama | Cherry On Top Blog

Bebakee is certainly not something very new to Indian audience but what makes you still watch it is the extremely good direction, the raw and real acting of the cast, the gripping flow of events, the picturesque views of snowclad mountains of Shimla, Manali and the Himalayan foothills, beautiful cinematography and most importantly the emotions of love, friendship and drama.

The dialogues like “Bebaak mohabbat aakhir kya hoti hai? #dilkihitchki” or “Woh Ishq hi kya jismein paagalpan na ho…” are also very catchy and makes the audience even more attached to the characters.

The song Intehaan is a treat to your ears as well as your eyes. It beautifully connects to the audience. The emotions shown through the show is so real that it’s starting to seem very relatable from the very start.

Watch Bebaakee Episodes on #ZEE5Club streaming now with 8 episodes of an average of 20 minutes.



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