Beauty is skin deep because it has pores to fill! Natural ingredients from the pantry can do wonders to your skin. These are simple recipes to take care of your skin in every season.
Honey and lemon
Honey has been used since ages for hair and skin. It cleanses the skin pores and is rich in antioxidants. The nutrients present in honey cleanses and hydrates the skin. Honey can lighten skin by a few tones. You can mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil to cleanse the skin pores and hydrate the skin. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and leaves the skin tone balanced.
Apply a spoonful of raw honey on the skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it. It works as a wonderful moisturiser.
To lighten up the skin, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey and apply it on your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. This is a simple facial recipe to radiate the skin.
Oats For Skin
Oats is a cereal that acts as a cleansing agent. Soaps have chemicals and are incapable of pampering your skin. Skin dearly loves to be treated with oatmeal facemasks. Oats has proved their loyalty to skin to its grain.
If you don’t find eating oatmeal appealing, powder oats and fill it in a nice looking jar. This fine powdered oats is useful in creating a variety of face masks with natural ingredients that work wonders on the skin. Oats eliminates acne and many other skin problems.
- For removing tan, crush 2-3 almonds, add some milk, and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Apply this mixture on the skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. You can also use a mixture of buttermilk and oats and apply on face to remove sun tan.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, a pinch of turmeric, and mix it with rose water. This is a facemask that works well for all skin types and gives a smoother skin. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes of application.
- To get oil free skin, puree 1 tomato in a blender and add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal powder to this puree. Apply it on face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.
Fruits and Vegetable Slices for a Smoother Skin
Potato and tomato slices are well known bleaching agents for the skin. Wash your face in the morning and rub these slices of the face for a few minutes and rinse your face with lukewarm water. This makes the skin smoother.
Pulp of fruits like papayas, green apples, and avocados keep the skin young for a longer time. They make the skin radiant and moisturize it naturally. They promote blood circulation of the skin, leaving the skin looking younger.
Mash a Banana and mix it with 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of yogurt for a glowing skin. Another alternative is to use 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix it with ripe banana mash and apply it on your skin. Wash it after 20 minutes for a smoother skin.
Oiling for Beautiful and Blemish Free Skin
Argan oil is a concentrate made from Argan trees in Morocco. It offers umpteen benefits of skin. It is Vitamin E rich and is high in antioxidants. Vitamin E prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and reverses the process of aging in skin. It also lightens darks spots on skin and protects the skin from sun burns.
Jojoba oil is usually the first choice of facial oils by beauty enthusiasts. This is a commonly used face oil as it is light and gets absorbed easily into the skin. Leave it on overnight, you will wake up with a clearer skin.This is a popular oil for giving your skin some bedtime treatment.
Castor oil reduces acne, breakouts of skin, and prevents the skin from feeling dry. This is not a fragrant oil like its counterpart face oils. If your skin needs a pragmatic treatment to remedy skin problems like, acne and to keep the bacteria at bay, say yes to this oil treatment. This is not your daily skin treatment trusty side kick. Use this oil for treating minor skin problems.
Avocado oil is useful for people with dry skin. It takes care of the cell function of the skin and leaves the texture of the skin looking stunning!It is rich in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. For dry skin problems olive oil can also be used.
Water and Ice and Everything Nice!
Rubbing ice on your skin can increase blood circulation. Add a drop of moisturizer on the ice cube and rub it, your skin can feel the smoothness and glow instantly.
Drinking 8 to 10 ounces of water everyday cleanses the toxins from the body and keeps hydrates the skin. This is one of the most inexpensive beauty treatments for your skin and works better than applying topical creams. Drinking a good amount of water everyday prevents aging of skin.
Flours that Keep the Skin Glowing
Gramflour is made from garbanzo beans or chickpeas. Add milk, honey, turmeric, or rose water to this flour and apply it on the skin, it makes the skin smooth, radiant, and prevents many skin problems. You can keep pimples, acne, dark spots, and a dull complexion at bay when you use this face mask daily. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Rice flour is made from uncooked white rice. Add milk to this flour and apply it on the face. This is a simple skin whitening tip. Ferulic acid in rice powder acts as an antioxidant and protects the skin from sun.
Spice Up Your Beauty Regime With these Spices
Mix a spoonful of paprika with honey to create a moisturizing face mask. Mix half a spoon of nutmeg powder with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste to exfoliate the skin. Turmeric is the spice that can be added to milk, honey, and sandalwood powder to make a paste for a face mask. Use this spice to apply a face mask only at night.
Milk that Your Skin Loves
Almond milk has zinc, and vitamin E that helps keep the skin blemish free and prevents skin cancer.
Goat milk contains nutrients like selenium and vitamin A that are a treat for the skin. It also contains alpha hydroxyl acid(AHA) and lactic acid. It lightens the skin.
Coconut milk prevents aging of skin, dark spots, and sagging of skin. For a wrinkles free look, you can apply this milk regularly on your face.
Flower Recipes for Skin
Crush some rose petals and add honey to them. Apply this mixture on the lips. Rosewater acts as a good skin toner.
Take Jasmine flowers petals and crush them. Add a few drops of coconut oil and apply this mixture of your skin. It gives a glow and removes dryness of skin.
Take marigold petals, add 1 tablespoon of honey ,and 1 tablespoon of milk. Apply this mixture of the face. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and give it a rinse.
Herbal Teas Good for Skin
Green tea, black tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea, and chamomile tea are good for skin. Drink them daily a cup or two and keep your skin healthy and happy.
This is only an informative article. These tips may or may not work for you. I am passionate about beauty, homemade remedies, fashion, and wellness. I only provide information that is correct to the best of my knowledge. How this information affects you is not my responsibility.
These are characters from the brigade of Bollywood cinema that have stood up tall beyond decades. Archetype in their depiction, these iconic and quirky characters in Bollywood movies are memorable.
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad aka Rancho
He gave the ‘aam janta’ of India the ‘uncommon gyan’ of being passionate and doing what you love in the most entertaining style. Who can forget the quotes of this Rancho boy from the movie ‘3 Idiots.'”All izz Well”
“Bachcha kabil bano, kabil … kamyabi toh saali jhak maarke peeche bhagegi”
and etc etc…why don’t you go watch the movie again?
Crimemaster Gogo From Andas Apna Apna
If only gangsters were so funny, crime would be a tragic comedy. This is one of the most epic roles of Shakti Kapoor, dressed like Superman meets stoned vampire.
“Crime Master Gogo naam hai mera, aankhen nikal ke gotiyan khelti hun main”
“Yeh Teja Teja kya hai … yeh Teja Teja”
Geet from Jab We Met
A dream every girl wants to live in her teens, wanting to portray individuality amidst nusicence. ‘Kyon ki mein apni favorite hoon.’ yehawww!! thumbs up for that!!Bharat Bhusan from Bheja Fry
An income tax inspector who carries a scrapbook depicting his musical life to self promote himeself is something that will always leave you in splits. This is one character that is etched and played very well by Vinay Pathak.
Ganesh by Vijay Raaz in Run movie
Run is a movie you can watch for the quirks and comedy of the gullible character played by Vihay Raaz. A prodigal son who sets out to meet his friend without a lot of plan, goes through series of tragic comedy incidents in the movie.
Baburao Ganpatrao Apte from Hera Pheri Series
This is a funny character from Hera Pheri movie. Paresh Raval’s acting in this movie has been epic!! The eccentricity of this character can make you burst in laughter.
Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom
Are you looking for some gritty inspiration? Watch her in this movie. Enough said!!
Bajirao Singham in Singham series
Ata majhi satkali, mala raag yetoyee!!! This is the alternative to our legendary angry young man- Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer. If you need a doze of Maharastrian mirchi with some Zhunka Bhakar, this is the role to relish watching!
Munna Bhai MBBS and Circuit
Rajkumar Hirani creates iconic characters in most of his movies. Need I say more!! This doc has some quirks and a rowdy assistant, who can only make you laugh and cry at the same time!
Raj Malhotra DDLJ
Raj Malhotra, just in case you forget his surname! This dew eyed boy is in the field of yellow flowers…oh but what are these yellow flowers…hmm… I love gardening!! okay, now back to this character description. He can never stop romancing the minds of the, especially, millenials. No, no, the aaj ke bachche will never find him romantic! They might as well mute this film and come up with some spoof of their own…and prolly, post them as web series! oh…there there,..there goes an idea!
Chocolate boy, you still rock!!
I love gardening. I didn’t want to be a horticulturist. But, in my tiny space, I prefer to grow perennial flowers. Torenidas, ixoras, Zinnias, Rose, Basil, Tuber rose(seasonal), oleanders, asters, and more. I love flowerbeds made from bulbous tulips, asters, petunias, and the sunflower breeds. These flowers grace my balcony. A few are seasonal, so I have to keep changing them…I prefer annual. So, there is more to come.
I Love My Grandparents. They are no more. But, those memories of happiness are forever. They teach you fundas of life with a blend of love, and minus the dose of strict self righteousness that is patented to parentology. My maternal grandmother was avant garde. Ahead of her times. She knew flawless English. She loved cricket and Sachin Tendulkar. Highly artistic, she made jewelry, the famous halva ke dagine(worn in Maharastrian Weddings). She read the newspaper and could hold intellectual discussions. Neverthless her taste in selection of colors, clothes, and saris, simply outstanding! What a woman I have always been proud off. She was a highly creative and a talented person. A very patient, enduring, sweet, and a compassionate person, whom I simply can’t stop loving. Nobody could make rotis and the famous ‘Maharastrian Varan’ like she could. My maternal grandfather was a noble man. Simple, sweet, hard working, would never say a word to hurt anyone. They are the best examples and ideals in my life. I don’t need a Richard Brandson or any hot shot’s biography to imbue.
I have had the privilege of experiencing the love and company of my great grandparents too. They were happy, cheerful, dynamic, avant garde people, who exemplified the finer things in life. My great grand mother was an epitome of kindness, compassion, and goodness. Her values about life is something we cannot find in books or parchments. My great grand father was a humorous man. His timing of wit and enthusiasm for life and everything new is hard to find in people of today. They showcased the lives of people who have been through real struggles and honored them through their trust and organization, Vypari Foundation. Educationists true to the core, who define the very definition of ‘Guru’ in its truest sense.
The ideals and principles my grandparents lived by are enough for me to follow for the rest of my life. My paternal grandmother was a dynamic, strict, and highly organized woman. Her sense of understanding relations and life is on par with what you wouldn’t even find in ‘The Secret.’ It’s hard to find people like them in this life, you know. The values they lived by, the gumption they had were so urban, it would put a modern man to shame. She was always up for learning something new. I have such deep admiration for them all, they have left indelible imprints in my subconscious. My paternal grandfather had a great sense of humor, was disciplinarian, sweet, hard working, religious man.
When I look back at these memories, and see the way they lived their lives, facing bitter and bigger challenges, our lives look less challenging and simpler; it works like an epiphany. I love them all, through to the core. Grandparents are special! They are like your guardian angels. Those are the kind of people so full of love and kindness. All of your mischief and rebel is accepted with warmth only to condition you into a better human being.
When I took down my bespoke studio, Faporazee, I had brought glass shelves from my studio to home. Since, they all were 8 inches wide, I was thinking how to utilize them. I first, cut them into round rectangular shapes and fitted them like tiny wall mounted arrangements. The rest of the pieces, were too many. So, I decided to paint them instead of throwing them away. How many shelves can you have at home anyway?
So, I started with my favorite, abstract design, then go onto doing floral motifs, birds, and random stuff. I loved pottery too. I had done some pot painting as a kid, using sand paper and plaster of pares to do up the texture. The next thing to do was paint it in motifs that I love by stenciling them first. I have always been good with arts and painting works. I never had to use a stencil for glass painting at all. I started off with the motifs in my mind directly onto the glass. I painted around 10 to 12 pieces in a weeks time. So, next time, I have a bottle or any glass piece that I do not use, I paint it and utilize it for decor. The pictures in this blog are my glass painting works done a few years back.
Scrabble is to me what Superbowl or cricket is to many. Scrabble and cricket with one tup catch is something I am up for any time. There is no maaza in playing cricket without the chalk drawn wickets and one tup catch out. What if this was a real rule? Hahaha, that would be fun, wouldn’t it? The best part about playing an outdoor game is, you can have your own rules. Word games, language, come to think about, why don’t people focus on the language they use? You are not going to lose authenticity for showing some civility. Why are these values passe? You don’t have to sacrifice assertion for the sake of being polite. Rudeness is a camouflage for lack of faith in self. It is a way of projecting a made-up image to compensate for lack of confidence and belief in self.
Fluid language and expression is an ideal diet for a mental floss. Words and language carry beauty of thoughts and the mental markup. What sounds better? Poetry or expletives? I have always written abstract poetry since the time I learnt the usage of language. My love for scrabble is eternal. I could grow so old and not have teeth in my mouth, but a game of scrabble might just light me up. I am not an elitist. I do not have intellectual snobbery. I have no patent over these matters. What I love is language, culture, music, literature, words, poetry, thoughts, thinking, gumption. I make my inner world rich, no matter how I come across to as a person.
Our values are digitized. You will not fine someone penning Oscar Wilde gumption like a common place. Language and expressions are not enough to verbalize emotions. You need emoticons, GIF’s, and maybe even infographs to express the flowchart of emotions. The process of how they come to existence, needs to be explained, else, you will be passed off as a phony or someone who lacks empathy. “Oh, so you DO use emoticons, therefore, you could have an emotional streak.” This is how we infer the emotional nature of an individual now.
Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity- Lao Tzu.
My day starts at 6am. I do the breathing exercise for 5 minutes before I get out of bed. I love my king size breakfast. I rustle up a planned breakfast every day. Mostly salads, doused in seeds and olive oil and a whole glass of fruit or vegetable juice. I have been on an organic diet for a really long time. It helps me keep chronic ailments at bay. I look at the silver lining of a good routine despite challenges.
This is my routine. I get better at it everyday. At least, I am not running inside the hamster’s cage, day in and day out. I don’t feel the onus to deal with the daily grind of compulsions. I retain my natural, spontaneous, spur-off-the-moment independence. I wouldn’t give away my sense of freedom for million dollars or the mousetrap of true love. I do miss people and socializing daily. I would love that too, but my love for ideas is high!! Higher than the need of finding a middle ground that trammels my sacred religion of being free spirited. I don’t give a dime to epochal thinking, or doing something with the intent of creating an epic. I cannot miss the pleasure out of doing things I love.
Freelancing, working from home, afflicts social life, but you do not miss out on the rich inner world. You might communicate more with birds and plants than humans everyday. The ‘Me’ time becomes so potent, you develop a strong reason to shut down the rigmarole and the mundane small talk. I have never been the small talk kind of a person. Though, it is an ice breaker in any conversation. My self absorption with ideas has taken over social life. I jot down, write, read, sketch, cook, clean, and create.
I have a heavy breakfast and lunch light. I love cooking for myself, as well as people I love. There is true joy in doing that. I think, I have come so far because I have not given up holding on to good dietary habits. I am a massive foodie. But, I prefer not to get into temptation habits, not cause of self righteousness, but for the love of my own well being.
Then my work starts at 7am or 9am, depending on random stuff I choose to do early morning. Sometimes it could be a morning walk, or listening to music, or grooming plants, or just sitting still. Stillness is vital to me. I have a dislike to be shaken up. I, especially, like my mornings quiet. Then goes on the roster of things planned ahead of the day. Writing, mostly. I pen thoughts for myself and also take up the technical and mundane formats of writing as a part of my daily work.
This has been a long, unwinding journey having its own pitfalls. But, in all the chaos, peace, and a motley of incidents, my yearning for a disciplined life remains consistent. My core values have not changed, and nothing will change them. Nobody or nothing is so potent enough to change them. I love the pace at which I move my own life. i love it, because I get to choose the pace of my own life, in the case of happiness as well as adversity. I love it that I am incapable of being pushed for anything that does not coincide with who I am. No temptation of money, fame, or allure of true love is so big that it can put a veil on me. There is hardly a scope for boredom, with or without people. I am comfortable in my own skin.
Science and artistic fields may seem like oil and water. A balanced left and a right brain can dwell well in both. Steve Jobs is one of the offbeat, extraordinary examples of the left-right brain mix. A shrewd hippie, with a mind for tech, and a taste for aesthetics. Science demands logic. Creativity dwells on the magic you create with your imagination. People who choose science lead practical lives looking like an extension of humanoids. Doesn’t working with logic consistently make you impassive? But, we are human, aren’t we? We live for emotions. Those emotions reflect through family, friends, and people you love.
I think how practical can love get for these folks? They might simply work on parameters and checklists, isn’t it? when it comes to relations. The irony is, these are the kind of people who have stable relations and marriages, compared to the creative souls. Somewhere, deep down, when the practical mind is thinking well, realistically, it makes the other person’s life easy. Isn’t it? We, creative folks, live so deeply, intoxicating our minds with intensity, we give it a crown of madness and chaos, and call it free living. Doesn’t that completely defy the very meaning of free living?
Come to think of, creativity lies in science too. Music and art are made in numbers, format, and structure. Isn’t this the practical side of creativity? When designing smartphones, gadgets, the aesthetics are looked into. Now that, most certainly is the look and feel of a gizmo created with art in mind. So, what’s the facade about? What’s with the snobbery of science? We artists really have to learn to behave ourselves, and not be so open and expressive, expressing ourselves individualistically. But, that takes away the whole point of being a creative person. ‘Expressionism,’ the art of articulating yourself without the stain of pretense. Aren’t there more junkies in artistic fields, and it seems to be the norm? But, doesn’t art require balance too?
Madness and unruliness is not an excuse to be artistic. Likewise, being restrictive and reticent is not synonymous to science. Pragmatism is a feeling too, as long as it does not go to the extremes. It then becomes programmed and manufactured emotion, in its extremes. Sometimes, I feel, why these folks can’t feel so deeply. Because, when practical living seeps in, there is that uncompromising, self righteous, rigidity; and art is about flexibility. This goes to say, you can’t get into science without having a utility based thinking. You can’t get into art without being outrageous sometimes, you are allowed to be vile and offensive, if only there is a deep gumption that turfs out the vile and the sickening roots of conventional wisdom.
After drinking black coffee for a really long time, I switched to herbal tea when it felt like there were coffee streams running in my blood vessels. My caffeine addiction ceased to zero. Once in a while I smell the freshly grounded coffee and add chocolate syrup to the black coffee, so you cannot call it black coffee anymore.
Green tea has been in the list of my daily intake. So, I tried as many flavors as available. The cinnamon, lemon, mint, tulsi, and more blends. Then I tried black tea. I found black tea to have boosting my metabolism than green tea. I also tried the jasmine, Apple,Hibiscus,peach, apricot, and the fruit flavored teas. They make you feel lighter.
Since the turn of Sept 1st 2016, it seems like I have already been living in the unborn month of October, outside the scope of my limbo. All these months have been riding on the auto pilot mode, but looks like the settings have changed. What did the oblivion do to me?Let me sail in my search for peace through meddling chaos. It’s quite the quagmire, let me tell you! Like the quicksilver, time runs out of you, as much as you are running along the time. Doesn’t unpredictability make life adventurous? Too much information can shut you down for good. The kind of shut down that reincarnates and beckons the innate nature, almost forgotten over the passage of time.
After almost a decade, I have started to recognize my true self. Re conciliate my inner peace, enjoy the sunlight and the rain equally. Past is not bad as long as it reminds you of who you truly are! The original you! You get so lost hotfooting, you forget simple things that matter and forget to thank God for all the good things happening with you. Limbo is your pet stop watch. You are thrown into a limbo by life, when every aspect starts to steer at an overwhelming rate, without the look out for breaks.
When a few lines begin to rhyme the rhythm of the present, it seems like a gift, truly! Meaningfulness in its fullness starts to snail into the little holes hammered into your soul. Chaos theory is only for the creative hearts who render them beautifully. They understand the purity that lies beneath the dust of chaos and mayhem. That is what deep living does to you. You alight down the staircase of insensibilities and unconcerns and FEEL so real, it bumps off the eclipse of numbness with an epidemic outbreak of compassion. I do remember now, like a breath of fresh air, how compassionate I have been before being pushed into the cosmos of abeyance. To the world, it might seem like an immovable stagnation, but for me, it has been a spiritual challenge to know the unknown in the state of nothingness.
You feel the gravity, but inside your soul there is no pull. You nourish your body robotically, because something inside you is not dead yet. That something has been at a primitive stage during this long period of nowhere. That something has evolved into a matured gumption, and full blown awareness. Auto pilot has chosen to flake out. I think forgiveness is from true realization than from manufactured wisdom. The long term contract with the limbo now ends with the end of August.