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  Naughty children
Posted by: princess.sarah - 04-03-2018, 07:00 PM - Forum: Times of Knowledge - Replies (15)

Naughty children ko sahi kaisay Kya jata.aisa Kya kahay unko woh baat manay hamari?

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  Vinnie's Creative Corner
Posted by: Ron - 02-03-2018, 09:53 PM - Forum: Stories Written By U - Replies (16)

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Hello All,  In the memories of my dear friend vinnie, i want to dedicate this thread for, She was always special, I want to share her work here..!!
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Name of it as the fb page she created - Vinnie's Creative Corner

Kindly read and enjoy her work 

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  Pages from my Travel Diary. Some Memories (NEW PICTURE on PAGE 4)
Posted by: Madhumita - 02-03-2018, 07:08 PM - Forum: Photography..!! - Replies (40)



Sunset Views Clicked by me.

Talasari Beach, Baleswar District, Odisha, India.

Talasari is one of the less exploited Odisha beaches. The waters of the sea at Talsari beach are not turbulent but calm and peaceful. Witnessing sunrise and sunset from a gleaming stretch of white sand is a rewarding experience. Another feature of Talsari that fascinates tourists is its backwaters, which one needs to cross to reach the sea. The estuary of the river Subarnarekha River can be seen in the distance.

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  Melancholy- an OS (Aham Sharma)
Posted by: Madhumita - 01-03-2018, 08:00 PM - Forum: Stories Written By U - Replies (6)


Aham Sharma as Captain Agniva Banerjee

Melancholy- an OS ( Dedicated to all soldiers & their families)

"mom please, I don't want to get married"-Captain Agniva Banerjee declared in a firm voice.
"now please Agni, give me the reason why?? - his mother Meera asked him, already getting hyper.
Agniva- mom please you know my job. Our lives are full of uncertainty. I don't want to destroy any girl's life tangled with my uncertain life.
Meera- don't Agni. Nothing is going to happen with you. You promised me that you will stay safe.
Both remained silent for some moments.
Meera (sighed & take a deep breath)- Agni, your father left us when you were only 4 years old. It was an accident, so sudden & see it changed our lives. Your father was a civilian. Then?? It's all about destiny. In today's world, no one is safe son. But that doesn't mean you will not live your life.
Agniva looked at his mother. She is a teacher & now working as a principle of a school. Agniva smiled "you always have your points mom, no one can beat you in reasoning.
Meera- Agni, I know you very well. You are a very reserved person. In childhood, you only concentrated on your studies & NCC, later you joined Army & your duty becomes your life. We both so depended on each other, I am getting old. Before death, I want you to settle down.
Agniva ( almost shouting)- mom please, if you say these kind of things, I am going to stop coming in holidays.
Meera- really?? Can you able to stay without seeing me??? ( his mother pulled his cheeks). Agni, you are afraid of commitment. Okay, listen, a new teacher joined in my school, Tania Basu. You just meet with her once, I promise, if you don't like her, I will not force you.
Agniva- & how am I going to meet with her?? & most importantly what to say to her??
Meera- You don't need to say anything. I already talked to her about you. I told her that I want her as my daughter-in-law.
Agniva hold his head. "mom, you are just impossible. Don't tell me you already gave final words to her parents.
Meera- Agni, she is her guardian. You know she spent her childhood in an orphanage, their she studied & became a teacher. She is a complete self-made woman with values. I am sure you will like her, no no, You will definitely Love her.

Next day, Meera sent her son to meet with Tania.
Agniva- mom, I don't even know her. How am I going to recognize her? I am not at all comfortable.
Meera- You are behaving like a girl. Don't forget she is the bride & you are the groom. ( Agniva angrily looked at her) Okay, she will recognize you. She saw your picture that one in Uniform & I can say from her expression, she likes you.
Agniva- So, the main point is you already fixed my marriage.
Meera- Yes, I did. But I want your yes, after all I can't even drag you in mandap.
Agniva showed his muscles & winked. Meera rolled her eyes.
Agniva was standing outside the gate of a park. He is feeling like a fool. He is looking here & there. Suddenly, he heard a female voice from his back. "Captain Banerjee". Agniva turned & looked at the girl. She is looking at him but he can say from her body language that she is nervous. But Agniva is only looking at her. "I am Tania" her voice broke his trance. He nodded his head. But both looked confused as they have no idea what to say or what to do.
Agniva ( in a low voice)- hii, how are you??
Tania- Fine. How are you Captain??
Agniva- I am also fine.
Again silence, Agniva was visibly confused & wondering how to handle the situation. Finally, he said, marriage is the most important decision of our life. But in mind, "dam, I am teaching a teacher, She know the importance of marriage fool". So, think carefully & then decide , specially think about my profession.
Tania only looked at the man in front of her. He is first time meeting a girl for marriage, most probably he never dated anyone. She feel a sense of pride. Her face hold a look of admiration only if Agniva noticed.
Tania- Hope mam told you about my background that I am an orphan.
Agniva- Yes, but it doesn't matter. Very few have the strength to write their own destiny. It's your plus point.
Both again stopped, having no idea what to say further. Tania looked a man selling Ice-Cream. She tried to lighten the situation.
Tania- What about an ice-cream treat??
Agniva looked at her & replied with a small smile. "Sure".
Tania took a choco bar but Agniva refused. Tania took out her purse to pay, but Agniva already paid. Tania protested. "heyy, its not fair. It was my idea plus you are not eating." Agniva silenced her, "next time you will pay, now happy??" She smiled at him. Suddenly they heard a little boy voice, "Miss, Miss, you are here in the park."
Both looked at the small boy. Tania immediately recognized her student. "ohh noo, her student saw her in a park, enjoying ice-cream with a man." She looked very embarrassed & almost ran out of the park holding the ice-cream. Agniva & the kid both looked shocked. Soon, Agniva understand the situation & broke into laughter.
He came back in his house. Meera was standing in door-step. "You liked Tania?? What is your answer??"
Agniva- mom, first let me in.
Meera- First answer.
Agniva- hmmm.
Meera was very happy. "What 'hmmm' my dear Agni?? Say yes loudly & clearly."

After a month, the both got married. It was a court-marriage, they signed papers in Marriage register Office, garlanded each other & he filled her mang with sindoor. In their First Night, Tania was literally biting her nails in nervousness. She even don't know him properly. He is a Gentleman, but that kind of relationship, she is worried & tensed. Agniva entered into the room. He sensed the nervousness & he felt terrible. He wondered whether all couples in arranged marriages went through this type of confusion and awkwardness. Without waiting for the situation to become even worse, Agniva grabbed a pillow and some bedding and began making a bed for himself on the floor. "You don't have to", Tania began protesting, but Agniva replied, "It's okay, I'm a soldier and therefore I can sleep just about anywhere comfortably". Tania just looked at him. She can rely on him, he will never let her down.

After marriage, Agniva resumed his duty, but this time his wife accompanied him. Both started living in Base Quarter like other families. Tania joined as a teacher in Base Army school. Tania got the fact that her husband is a very reserved person, not open up easily. They became very busy in their life. But every night both shared their daily chorus with each other. Tania used to share the antics of her students. They laughed together. Soon, other topics also started adding. They started talking about their likes, dislikes, their passion, hobbies. Agniva started sharing his previous posting, mission, experience with her & Tania freely talked about her life. How her relatives abandon her after her's parents death in an accident, Agniva just put his hand on Hers. She just closed her eyes & feel the warmth. Soon, they started going out together. Tania always used to hold his hand while walking together, she got the fact that Agniva is shy to show his affection in presense of others. There is always a pride in her eyes when each morning she see him in Uniform, but as soon as he leave, she just silently for his safety. Agniva also noticed the change in him. He love spending time with her rather than Army Club. He feel comfortable with her. He love her eyes, smile, smell everything. His heart filled with happiness to see her smile & he can feel his body burning with desire when each night she sleep beside her. How badly he want to touch her.

One day, Agniva & Tania both went to a nearby hotel to celebrate a friend's marriage Anniversary. All were enjoying. Soon all friends challenged Agniva to propose Tania. Agniva gulped, But he did not refused. He took a single red rose from a flower vast , offered her & simply said "I Love You Tania." Friends clapped & whistled & Tania's cheeks turned red.
They came back in Quarter. Tania changed her saree & came out wearing a sleeveless Nighty. Agniva looked at her. He slowly came closer to her. She closed her eyes with shyness and fear. He removed the clip from her hair & started playing with her hair. 
He kissed her forehead. He was kissing passionately on her neck, shoulder. She was enjoying the beautiful sensation running through her body. Agniva lifted her up on his arms & place her to the bed. He lay on top of her. He kissed her lips with full of passion, love & care. The kiss 
was so deep that her lips got a small cut, & started playing with her tongue. Tania unbuttoned his shirt. Agniva also removed her nighty, & started cuddling her, nibbling her & caressing her. Their legs entwined. 
She was mourning & scratching his mascular back. Both were enjoying the moment. Agniva kissed her on shoulders, cheeks. Tania also kissed his face, bare chest. Agniva kissed her eyelids & started caressing her stomach. She was 
clinching the sheet in her fists & enjoying the pleasure. Two bodies & soul became one. They both enjoying their union.

After,7 months, Tania was 5 months pregnant. Agniva is taking care of her. But he seemed more busy in his duty. Tania can assume he is working in a secret mission & this increased her anxiety. One day, Agniva was in wash-room when all phones started ringing together. His two mobiles, the LAN phone. Agniva came out in towel & received the call. He looked tensed, wore his uniform & left in hurry, not even look back for a second. Tania feel like hug him tightly but he just left.
In evening, Tania just reached her Quarter, an Orderly came running. He looked tensed. "mam, come soon in Base Hospital. Agniva Sir is badly injured."Keys fall from her hands. She ran towards Hospital. She peeped in the cabin from the glass door. Doctors are checking his pulse. A nurse came to put the oxygen mask on him, but the doctor stopped her. "It's too late, he is no more." Tania felt numb. Her legs not able to hold her balance. But many hands hold her.

Agniva was running, catch me Tania. She is also running behind him, trying to catch him. He was laughing. Suddenly, a layer of fog covered the atmosphere. Tania was unable to see her Agniva anymore. She screamed & woke up with a start. She came out from her room. There is his Agniva, wrapped in Tiranga. It's just like he is sleeping peacefully after completing his duty. Meera was lovingly caressing her son's forehead. Tania put her shaking hand on him. Why his body is so chill? Where is his warmth which always soothed her??
That day terrorists held hostages all little students & teachers of a school. Captain Agniva Banerjee led the mission. He successfully rescued all of them in cost of his life.

After one month, Tania sat lifelessly on the bed holding the picture of Agniva. She looked at the other side of bed, but its empty. Tears escaped from her eyes. A hand tried to hold the droplet, but it fall on his picture instead. Agniva is sitting beside her, but there is a boundary of life & death between them.
"Still I can feel your presence Agniva. But I can't see you, I can't touch you. You know what I just hate you. You only care about your duty in life, we are all secondary. Mom, I, our child. How simply you left all of us? Not once you thought naa how we going to manage? How can we live without you? You remembered your pledge "Service Before Self", but you forget our marriage vows. What is the fault of our child that he will never know what father love is? You never thought once naa before coming in front of bullets? Answer me dam it. She started crying. Tears escaped from Agniva's eyes also."What to do Tania ? I saw the face of my family on those innocent lives. It was my duty to protect them. Can I able to back off if my child was there?"
Tania got up & opened the drawer, took out her diary. She opened a page & lovingly caressing the dry flower which Agniva gave her in party. Agniva also looked at her, he tried to touch her, but he is helpless. Remember me like a dry flower of your diary, it may not have any fragrance, but will remember you of my existence forever in your life.

Tania is holding her son. Meera is also sitting beside her. She is holding the Param-veer Chakra of her son.
Both have tears in their eyes.
Meera- He always wanted this samman. I, too, wished to see him holding this in his own hands. But see the game of destiny. It's in my hand. I received the posthumous recognization of my son. I am sad yet proud.
Meera sighed & looked at her grandson.
Meera- He just looks like Agni. I feel like I got him again.
Tania- maa, I reborn again holding my son in my hand. The time I spent with Agniva was the best phrase of my life. He is a part of my existence. He gave me the best gift of my life & also the biggest responsibility. Soon, I am going to resume my duty. He fulfilled his duty of a soldier, now its time for me to fulfill my duty as a teacher. I am proud of my Captain & maa, I will be the most happiest person & proudest mother if ever my son wants to become a soldier just like his father.
Agniva looked at his family for a last time. At last, he is Free. He got his peace & solace.
"And who says I will not be there on that morning. You will call me by my new name, you will bind me with new chains. I shall come & go eternally, the same me. So you need not remember me anymore. Staring up in the sky, you may not recall me anymore"...


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  Checkmate- Sam-Arj (Aham & Kashmira) FIC, PART 20 UPDATED on 23.4.2018
Posted by: Madhumita - 27-02-2018, 06:12 PM - Forum: Stories Written By U - Replies (425)

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.



It was a cold & rainy night.A man was hurried through the darkness towards his car. The wind slapped forcefully against his face. His hand found the door and he traced his way to the keyhole. As he quickly unlocked the car and scrambled inside.He took out his mobile from his pocket & started typing something with his trembling hands.From his body language, one can easily figure out, that he is in tension.Suddenly, someone knocked at his car's window.The man looked outside with a terror in his eyes.But without giving any chance, A bullet came through the window, shattered the window and hit in the man's chest.But before taking his last breath, the man pressed the Send option in his mobile & sent a mail in some unknown ID.The Clock in his hand read 2:30AM.

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  Last Pictures Of Sridevi From Mohit Marwah's Wedding In Dubai
Posted by: Ron - 25-02-2018, 04:22 PM - Forum: Bollywood / Hollywood Corner - Replies (4)

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The morning of February 25, 2018, will be marked as one of the most sorrowful day of the year. The world has faced the greatest loss in the Bollywood industry.Mr India, Chandni, Sadma, English Vinglish were among some of the remarkable and prominent films that this actress has contributed the film industry. Not only a prominent actress but a fine lady, Sridevi Kapoor passed away on  February 24, 2018.

Sridevi started her career as a child actress, and was now one of the most beloved veteran actress in the industry. She recently attended her nephew, Mohit Marwah's wedding in Dubai. And just like all other functions and occasions, she gave some major fashion goals

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Padma Shri awardee Sridevi died due to cardiac arrest at around 11-11:30 at night. Her brother-in-law, Sanjay Kapoor confirmed to a leading media portal, and said, “Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai, and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00 -11.30. I don’t know more details yet.” Along with Sridevi, her husband Boney Kapoor, her younger daughter Khushi Kapoor and her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor were also in Dubai for the wedding.

The family and the film industry is in great shock, and they have expressed their condolences to the family. Honourable Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi". The other actors from Bollywood also tweeted their feelings for this sudden demise that came as a shock for everyone.

Sridevi was also a doting mother to her kids, Khushi and Janhvi. While Janhvi was gearing up for her big Bollywood debut, she skipped her cousin's wedding in Dubai. Sridevi was always proud of her daughters, and according to IANS, she called her daughters as "sensible kids", who never gave her a chance to be firm or strict with them. She also said that her elder daughter was more obedient than her younger one. She was quoted as saying, "Jhanvi, I feel is more like me - absolutely obedient. Both my children are extremely attached to us. Jhanvi seeks more attention from me while Khushi can manage things on her own. Though Jhanvi's grown up now, sometimes I still have to feed her. She won't eat properly at certain times, so I have to make sure that she eats properly. Sometimes she tells me to put her to sleep so all these nakhras she does. Khushi has always been a very independent person right since childhood,"

You were a great actress, a doting mother and wife, and most importantly a great human being. You'll surely be missed ma'am!

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  Actor Sridevi Dies At Age 54 In Dubai
Posted by: Ron - 25-02-2018, 09:55 AM - Forum: Bollywood / Hollywood Corner - Replies (77)

Shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news.. such an amazing actor and graceful human being. My heartfelt condolences to her family, may God give them strength to cope with this massive loss [Image: 1f494.png]

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  12 Stories About Kids’ Unique Humor
Posted by: sandy - 24-02-2018, 12:57 PM - Forum: Short Stories - No Replies

Children have their own perception of the world that isn’t limited to templates and stereotypes. That’s why their incredible and often unique statements, solutions to problems, and advice leave us with only positive emotions.
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Once my daughter says,
“Mary is 3 and I’m already 4, ha ha ha!”
I answer, “And I’m 30, ha ha ha!”
And my baby utters, “Mom, 30 years aren’t ha ha ha, but oh oh oh!”

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I’m a math teacher at a school. Once, we were out walking with my daughter and a boy from our school came up to us several times, asking questions like, “Are there 365 days in one year?” or “Are there 60 minutes in one hour?” without explaining anything.
Later, I noticed a group of kids around him. They were discussing something. It appeared that he calculated their age in days, hours, minutes, and even tried in seconds. Everyone was so proud: someone had 71,175 hours, someone had 4 million minutes. Well, the hype was really impressive. But the climax of the evening was when he was asked to calculate one kid’s age again and he answered, “You didn’t lend me your bicycle yesterday, so you’re just 9 years old.” That boy rocks. He’s got a great future ahead of him.

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One day, our daughter came home without her bicycle. She said she’d lent it to a girl and her grandpa. They took our home address and promised to give the bicycle back sometime later.
Well, my husband and I were happy that our daughter had turned out to be a kind rather than a greedy girl, but we explained that she shouldn’t be that gullible.
Two hours later, the doorbell rang — they had brought back the bicycle along with some candy.
Our daughter put her hand into her pocket:
“Here’s your cell phone.”

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A shampoo ad on TV:
“Your shampoo resolves 1 problem, and mine resolves 5!”
Jane (9 years’ old) answers the TV:
“So, you have more problems than we have.”

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A second-grader, James, always wanted to have a brother. And his parents promised that his brother was going to live with them soon. Finally, his parents brought home a noisy little something:
“Meet your new brother. He’s gonna live with us.”
James peered at the baby’s wrinkled face with increasing disappointment.
“Why didn’t you say it was going to be a little brother?! I thought it would be an older brother! I don’t want a little brother, I want an older one!”

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A boy sends three SMS in a row:
The 1st: “Mom, you’re the best mom in the world.”
The 2nd: “Mom, I love you.”
The 3rd: “I got a C on my test.”

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When my brother was 5, he was expelled from a kindergarten because he was too interested in love. He used to kiss each girl in his group. The girls refused to go to the kindergarten because Johnny was there! And Johnny ran after the girls and kissed them. Neither stern conversations nor punishments stopped him from doing it.
In another kindergarten, one of Johnny’s teachers gave him a book with pictures explaining where babies come from. He sat with this book all day long. The next day, Johnny came to the kindergarten and... chased absolutely no one! He stopped doing that. Everything ended just as fast as it had started.
When he was older, I remembered that story and asked him why he kissed girls. He answered that he just liked doing it. But stopped because he got scared that they would become pregnant.

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My niece was watching an opera singer perform and said, “And when we yell like this at kindergarten, we get punished.”

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I came home one day after work and took off my shoes and jacket. I saw my niece, who is 5 years’ old. She saw me and said gleefully:
“Uncle, look what my granny gave me!”
And showed me a male doll.
“Wow, who is that?”
“Uncle, don’t you know? It’s Ken! He’s just like you: handsome, tall, with dark hair. Only he doesn’t have a belly like yours.”

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“Dad, what’s it mean to be a real man?”
“Well, he’s a strong person who loves, protects, and takes care of his family.”
“Great! I wanna be a real man. Just like mom!”

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We were going to go for a walk. Alex grabbed 2 baby dolls and said:
“I’m going with them!”
Kate said:
“Ha ha! You’re going to go for a walk with dolls, just like a girl.”
And he answered proudly:
“I’m their father!”

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I was driving out of the city with my 6-year-old son. Suddenly, I heard his voice:
“Is this the road to Tralee?”
“Well, this is route 22, it goes from Killarney to Tralee.”
“Don’t talk so much. Just say ’yes.’”

Share the funny things your kids said in the comments to cheer us adults up!

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  TepLa (Tej-Chapla) OS..... Updated below
Posted by: Juhi - 23-02-2018, 04:55 PM - Forum: Stories Written By U - Replies (18)

Note: Tej Singh and Chapla were one of the main couples of the show Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta. Tej Singh was an aiyyar of male lead Virendra Singh while Chapla was an aiyyara of female lead Chandrakanta. Unfortunately, the show had an incomplete ending. The following OS is the continuation of what happened in last 2 episodes. Many things were shown incomplete and the show ended with cliffhanger ending that also at the point when the main story was about to start. 

What led to the happenings in the below OS?
In the show when ChaVi (Chandrakanta-Virendra) went to some kingdokingdom tk help a new friend reunite with his live, their enemy Shiv Dutt (played by Ankit Arora) launches an attack on Virendra's kingdom with the help of a junglee army as his own army was 3 times lesser than Virendra's army. Even though, Tej Singh and Chapla fought bravely witwith the enemies along with Virendra's army and Chandrakanta's army, Shiv Dutt manages to trick them and imprison the greatest aiyyar Tej Singh by keeping Virendra's mother on his sword point and imprisoning Chandrakanta's father. Chapla saw all this helplessly hiding behind a pillar. After capturing 3 of them, Shiv Dutt along with his wife Shyamala, his friend Kroor Singh and Kroor Singh's 2 aiyyars sets out to look for tilism. In the show, only this much was shown due to incomplete ending.

Virendra Singh- Naugarh
Chandrakanta- Vijaygarh
Shiv Dutt- Chunargarh

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  7 Everyday Habits That Can Reveal Hidden Aspects of Your Personality
Posted by: sandy - 22-02-2018, 09:24 PM - Forum: Times of Knowledge - Replies (3)

Each person has their own preferences and everyday rituals. We rarely think why they have such habits. We are used to seeing them as very ordinary actions whereas scientists claim that our habits (which may seem quite random) can actually tell a lot about the parts of our personalities we try to keep hidden.

1. Organic food

People who don’t eat harmful food and choose food of high quality without hormones and pesticides are more inclined to judge other people. They are usually less altruistic and very subjective towards others.

The leading author of the research explains the results this way: “People think that they did a good thing and now they have the right to be unethical in the future. It can be compared to visiting the gym, running several miles, and then thinking that now you can eat a chocolate bar.” The same goes for people who eat organic food. They give themselves certain points which they can spend later on some unethical actions.

2. Tanning booths

Most people are aware of the negative effects of tanning and this led to a decrease in the popularity of tanning booths. However, there are still people who visit them regularly and scientists claim that the desire to tan under the artificial sunlight shows that people have other addictions. For example, such people have a 6 times higher chance of becoming alcoholics and are 3 times more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.

3. Cold shower

Scientists claim that people often make up for emotional warmth by changing the temperature of the water in the shower. For example, the more time a person spends in a warm shower, the more lonely they feel. And what about those who love taking cold showers? Research shows that they are stubborn, egocentric, and they don’t like the opinions of others. Such people can listen to a different point of view but they will never agree with it.

4. Reusable shopping bags

A few years ago, reusable fabric shopping bags became trendy and some people were happy to replace plastic and paper bags with them. In this case, just like with the fans of organic food, people feel that they collect points for the good things that they do so such people often buy unhealthy foods like chips, chocolate bars, soda, and so on.

The authors of the study explain that the customers who buy fabric bags think this makes them care about the environment so they have a right to buy something tasty but unhealthy.

5. E-mails

A person’s mailbox can tell a lot about someone’s personality:

People who never ignore new letters (they sort them, delete, or respond as soon as they get them) love keeping things under control.
If a person rarely deletes messages after reading, it is a sign of perfectionism. This person needs the sense of security. They keep everything just in case.
People who leave e-mails unread and don’t delete them are more intelligent because they understand that reading these letters won’t give them anything useful so they choose to not waste their time on it.

6. Social media likes
During the research, scientists discovered that you can use likes on Facebook to find out a person’s gender, political views, sexual orientation, religious views, and intelligence level. The study was conducted to improve the methods of sales of different goods but the researchers also found out that likes are a form of “slacktivism” and a sign of laziness. People can express the fact that they are worried about something with one click of the computer mouse. They save their time and don’t really put forth any effort.

7. Bitter food
Every person knows someone who likes coffee without cream or sugar. Scientists claim that people who like drinking pure black coffee are more likely to have some psychological disorders — like the ones that serial killers have.

According to the results of the study, a taste for bitter foods may be a sign that a person is a psychopath. At the same time, people who like beer, tonics, and other unsweetened drinks are more likely to exhibit traits of sadism or narcissism — they can be hypocritical, vain, and selfish. They might also enjoy it when other people suffer.

Bonus: how to tell fake people from genuine people:
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Everyone wants to be successful — it’s hard to deny that. But fake people rush to tell everyone about their achievements. They want to present themselves in the best way possible. And genuine people don’t need to prove anything to anyone. They can feel fulfillment and happiness without showing off and they can be happy for the success of other people.

Do you agree that habits mean a lot more than we usually think? Or do you think that scientists are giving these habits too much meaning? Share your opinion in the comment section below!

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  EXCLUSIVE: Naya saal, Viraf, and a walk down memory lane
Posted by: Ron - 22-02-2018, 03:27 PM - Forum: DesiTV Shows Forum (For Unlisted TV shows) - Replies (20)

When you ring in the new year and reminisce past ones, what better way to do so than through the eyes of one of Pune's most handsome Bawajis?
19 C, Dr Sohrabji Hormusji Mody Colony. I'll see you there,' reads the latest text from Viraf Phiroz Patel. When we reach the colony nestled in Camp's narrow Synagogue Street, it's clear why the model-actor insisted that we begin this 'New Year walk' of sorts from where it all began, where he spent his growing years.

Its quaint, off-white buildings with old tiled roofs (some still bearing the quintessentially-old TV antennas), the Parsi colony — one of Pune's oldest — is a pastiche of time when life was simpler and community living, a regular affair. Scaling the stone stairs, walking past the wooden safety gate, we reach Viraf's place. The door, wearing a fresh coat of oil paint, bears his dad's name, P J Patel. "Come in, join us!" hollers Viraf.

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Seated at the table with his dad Phiroz, mum Dolly and elder brother Minocher, Viraf invites us to indulge in some Shrewsbury biscuits and his mum's Parsi-style chai — every Parsi's cup of comfort; replete with mint (fudino) and lemon grass (leeli chai).

A photograph from Viraf's early modelling days lies strung on the wall, opposite a family portrait and a holy picture of prophet Zarathushtra. This house feels like it has many stories to tell. "We moved into Mody Colony in 1969, and into this colony house after Viraf was born. All my boys grew up here," says Dolly, whilst sipping on tea. After all the ice-breaking, Viraf gets into a white tee, jeans and a jacket, asking us to follow him downstairs. "I'm going to show you stuff that'll make your day," he says.

Leading us to the gate, Viraf points to lush land on the left, now hosting parked vehicles. "This used to be my playground, where we grew up imitating Sachin Tendulkar," he quips. "This wall was the boundary. Ball uske upar gaya toh six, uske bahar, toh four. If it went over the wall, two runs were directly declared. That was our version of 20-20!" Poor Mr Katrak's window panes would be casualty of the cricket fever, says Viraf. "It would cost us `35 to replace one pane, which we kids would pool in for. God bless him!"

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There weren't many vehicles back then as you see now. "But I guess it's a reflection of the commercial progress that's happened with time," says Viraf. A sole remnant pole there, one of two to which the volleyball net was tied, is still proof of the games played there.

"The most senior section of the youth, usually the male clan, would sit here," says Viraf, pointing to the area beside the gate. "They had many big problems to discuss: puberty, that girl next door. This is where they would do so!" The gate is also where the young guns would assume a stance and 'watch the world go by'. "By the time I turned 20, I had already joined the merchant navy. So, I didn't get my chance. Of course, today, the youth seldom do that. They watch the world go by on their phones instead," adds Viraf.

Just when we think we've seen everything, Viraf exclaims, "The cave! How could I forget to show you that?!" His gait almost like that of a child playing catch-and-cook, we try to keep pace with him. He leads us to the other end of the colony. "This was our cave," he beams, pointing to 2x5-ft space between the water pump casing and the boundary wall. "As toddlers, this was our private space. I kid you not, five of us could fit in comfortably. The elder kids played our parents and it became our pseudo home. I was six or seven. Gullible. Profound!"

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The cave was also where the the gang once 'cooked'! "Our cave gang: Jasmine, Farzana, Reza, Zubin, Neville, Adil, Nooshad, Farzad, and I got rice, dal and bhindi from our houses. We then built a bonfire and actually cooked food!" Was it nice? "The food was rubbish, but we ate it all up!" quips Viraf, thrilled about how this small space that formed such a key part of their childhood continues to exist.

Just before leaving to explore some of Viraf's favourite Parsi establishments, he makes it a point to draw our attention to the building just next to 'the cave'. "This two-storey building is the only one that had a terrace back then. Entry to it was quite coveted, because it was the highest place in our lives. There was no Aurora Towers or Hotel Sagar Plaza back then. It was such a feel-good place!" he adds.

New Year at Viraf's place
Dolly, Viraf's mother, explains, "New Year would begin with the band visiting the society from the neighbourhood. They'd play on their drums and brass instruments in exchange for money." The postman would come for his festive 'bakhshish' too, she adds. "After putting a toran for the door, we'd dress up and visit the fire temple to offer prayers and meet people. We'd then return and distribute Parsi-style sev and ravo among neighbours."
The afternoon would see Dolly preparing lunch — mora dal chawal and kolmi no patio and mutton biryani, for the family and her siblings who'd visit. "In the evening, we'd then head to the agiary for the Gujarati play and coupon community dinner," says Dolly, who believes that the celebrations have hardly changed, though times have.

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What does Viraf do in his spare time?

It's simple! Aapro app. By Bawas, of Bawas and for Bawas! Viraf says, "The app's main aim is to have all Parsis connected digitally. Once we are all in one digital space, many professional and social connections would be possible." It was Viraf who conceived the app and took it to Umeed Kothawala, who with his team at Extentia, developed it into its current beta version. "We currently have over 2000 active users. This Parsi New Year, I hope a lot more Parsis give the app a try, and the initiative evolves with their usage and feedback," adds Viraf.

With inputs from Rhea Bali; Pics: Santosh Mishra. Director of hair and makeup: Chandrakala Sanap; Makeup artist: Bhumika Soni; Special thanks: Sunny Sankla


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Posted by: Ron - 22-02-2018, 11:28 AM - Forum: Health & Lifestyle - Replies (6)

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  Muskan tumHari
Posted by: Ron - 22-02-2018, 11:24 AM - Forum: Poetry Corner - No Replies

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  Char Din Ki Chandni
Posted by: Ron - 22-02-2018, 11:19 AM - Forum: Poetry Corner - No Replies

Char Din Ki Chandni
Char din ki chaadni fir andheri raat 
Ek taraf shehnaiyon ki Gunj 
Ek taraf mera kal tak ka aaj
Chehre par khushi bhi hai
Dil me gham ka tuffan bhi hai

Socha karte hai, khud se sawal karte hai
Mila bhi to pa kar usey kho diya
Na chahte hue muje bewfa hona pada
Yeh he payar tha Ya kuch or tha

Dil na jane kab ka mar chuka hai
Jab se gaya woh kuch acha na laga
Ehsaso bas jagaya hua hai kisi aane wale k liye
Khud se ulja hai 

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  Why We Love Beautiful Things
Posted by: Rehan - 22-02-2018, 10:53 AM - Forum: Times of Knowledge - No Replies

GREAT design, the management expert Gary Hamel once said, is like Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of pornography — you know it when you see it. You want it, too: brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part of the motor cerebellum that governs hand movement. Instinctively, we reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us.

Yet, while we are drawn to good design, as Mr. Hamel points out, we’re not quite sure why.

This is starting to change. A revolution in the science of design is already under way, and most people, including designers, aren’t even aware of it.

Take color. Last year, German researchers found that just glancing at shades of green can boost creativity and motivation. It’s not hard to guess why: we associate verdant colors with food-bearing vegetation — hues that promise nourishment.

This could partly explain why window views of landscapes, research shows, can speed patient recovery in hospitals, aid learning in classrooms and spur productivity in the workplace. In studies of call centers, for example, workers who could see the outdoors completed tasks 6 to 7 percent more efficiently than those who couldn’t, generating an annual savings of nearly $3,000 per employee.

In some cases the same effect can happen with a photographic or even painted mural, whether or not it looks like an actual view of the outdoors. Corporations invest heavily to understand what incentivizes employees, and it turns out that a little color and a mural could do the trick.

Simple geometry is leading to similar revelations. For more than 2,000 years, philosophers, mathematicians and artists have marveled at the unique properties of the “golden rectangle”: subtract a square from a golden rectangle, and what remains is another golden rectangle, and so on and so on — an infinite spiral. These so-called magical proportions (about 5 by 8) are common in the shapes of books, television sets and credit cards, and they provide the underlying structure for some of the most beloved designs in history: the facades of the Parthenon and Notre Dame, the face of the “Mona Lisa,” the Stradivarius violin and the original iPod.

Experiments going back to the 19th century repeatedly show that people invariably prefer images in these proportions, but no one has known why.

Then, in 2009, a Duke University professor demonstrated that our eyes can scan an image fastest when its shape is a golden rectangle. For instance, it’s the ideal layout of a paragraph of text, the one most conducive to reading and retention. This simple shape speeds up our ability to perceive the world, and without realizing it, we employ it wherever we can.

Certain patterns also have universal appeal. Natural fractals — irregular, self-similar geometry — occur virtually everywhere in nature: in coastlines and riverways, in snowflakes and leaf veins, even in our own lungs. In recent years, physicists have found that people invariably prefer a certain mathematical density of fractals — not too thick, not too sparse. The theory is that this particular pattern echoes the shapes of trees, specifically the acacia, on the African savanna, the place stored in our genetic memory from the cradle of the human race. To paraphrase one biologist, beauty is in the genes of the beholder — home is where the genome is.

LIFE magazine named Jackson Pollock “the greatest living painter in the United States” in 1949, when he was creating canvases now known to conform to the optimal fractal density (about 1.3 on a scale of 1 to 2 from void to solid). Could Pollock’s late paintings result from his lifelong effort to excavate an image buried in all of our brains?

We respond so dramatically to this pattern that it can reduce stress levels by as much as 60 percent — just by being in our field of vision. One researcher has calculated that since Americans spend $300 billion a year dealing with stress-related illness, the economic benefits of these shapes, widely applied, could be in the billions.

It should come as no surprise that good design, often in very subtle ways, can have such dramatic effects. After all, bad design works the other way: poorly designed computers can injure your wrists, awkward chairs can strain your back and over-bright lighting and computer screens can fatigue your eyes.

We think of great design as art, not science, a mysterious gift from the gods, not something that results just from diligent and informed study. But if every designer understood more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection, all design — from houses to cellphones to offices and cars — could both look good and be good for you.

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