Summer: Favorites of the season {Food, Drink, Fashion & Beauty}

Summer, though awaited at the other ends of the world is absolutely dreaded here, in Delhi. With temperatures rising to a 47 degrees (c),the thought of getting out of the comfort of a cool room makes us sweat. There are however some things that in spite of the scotching heat, I’m loving this season. In fact, these are precisely the things that have kept me me going and I just cant do without in these hot months. So, without blabbing any further, here’s what I’m loving this summer.

Food

1. Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

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Come summer and watermelon forms a major part of my diet. Simply having it as a fruit can be boring, so this salad is perfect for a light yet filling summer lunch/dinner. What I love the most about this salad is how the saltiness of the cheese compliments perfectly with the sweetness of the watermelon.

Ingredients- (One Bowl)

  • 1/4th of a medium Watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1/14th cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pepper to taste

Simply combine all the ingredients. If you want to cut the sweetness further, add a little bit of freshly ground red chilies.

2. Mango, Ginger & Honey Salad

Just like the watermelon salad, I try to make the best out of seasonal fruits and this salad is hands down my favorite! Though it’s extremely simple to make, the complexity of flavours just makes me want to devour it every single day.

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Ingredients- (1 bowl)

  • 1 mango cut in cubes
  • 1 tablespoons ginger juice
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 table spoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 chopped green chily
  • Salt to taste

Add the chilled mango cubes and chopped onions in a bowl. For the dressing, mix the ginger, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Add it to the mangos and garnish with mint leaves.

Drink

It’s really important to keep hydrated during the summer and what could be better than drinking tons of fluid which are not packed with unnatural sugars and coloring. Other than drinking water, I love making this flavored water drink at home that ensures that I’ve completed the H2O quota of the day.

Chilled Flavored Water 

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  • A big glass/jar/bottle of water
  • 5/6 slices of cucumber
  • A couple of mint leaves
  • 2 table spoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (If needed)
  • Ice (If needed)

Take a chilled glass of water and mix all the ingredients. I love how simple this drink is and can be customized according to one’s preference. Since this version of drink is pretty much a lemonade, at most times, I simply take chilled water, add some mint and thin cucumber slices for a while. It’s just like drinking normal water but with a some freshness to it!

Fashion

Summer fashion in Delhi can be pretty tricky since even though shorts and a short leaves tee may be ideal, most of us are rather careless when it comes to applying any sort of sunscreen protection product. For me, summer is all about light weight clothing which I can wear for hours comfortably and at the same time not come back home with a bad rash or sunburn.

1. Kimono tops are a staple clothing item for this season. They are extremely light weight, loose and comfortable, yet mostly 3/4 in sleeve length.Kimonos are available in tons of patterns, prints and colors which automatically adds vibrancy to any outfit without trying too hard. Forever 21 (outfits below) has tons of fun options available in stores which are definitely worth buying! I am currently obsessed with the maxi length maxi’s but a shorter one’s can look really cute too. I may do an outfit post styling a Kimono so do stay tuned for that!kimono

2. Another clothing item that may or may not be ‘fashionable’ but are a staple for me are the Rebook Workout Pants (Skinny). These tights are too comfortable for me to able to put down in words. I must admit that even though I use them all year round, they work best in the summer since during the winter I try sticking to a heavier material which may keep me warmer. These tights contours to the body and it really does help to bring out my best performance while working out since they’re not at all flimsy. We often ignore out working out gear and hence investing in a couple of good quality clothing items that will last for a while is extremely important. I highly recommend checking out the Nike & Reebok stores since they have some great stuff in stock currently.

Beauty

There’s just one word that sums up makeup for me during this summer and that’s Maybelline. I cannot even begin to describe how lovely the Maybelline products are. They are lightweight, gorgeous and yet do a really good job. Three of my favorites are-1. Blush Studio- Cheeky Glow (Peachy Sweetie) – Summer is all about keeping the makeup as minimal and non-cakey as possible. This is possible by using a cheek tint or a cream blush. Though Benefit’s Benetint is extremely loved by some, Maybelline’s Cheeky Glow collection is a forerunner as well! I am loving the shade Peachy Sweetie that’s perfect for my skin tone. The blush has a cream consistency and is easy to apply with a brush or simply using a clean ringer finger. Once applied it’s extremely lightweight and I absolutely love the natural glow.. A plus point is that it’s only Rs.250 versus Benefit’s Benetint which is Rs.2000.

2. Lip Polish by COLORsensationational (Glam 9) – Gone are the days where it was all about Matt Lipsticks. Though using a gloss is something that I was a little vary of before since it reminded me of my teenage years but nonetheless, I gave Lip Polish collection a shot & boy am I glad! The lip gloss is absolutely gorgeous and the shade I have is a light pink colour which works well for a no-makeup makeup look. I try my best to not go towards a darker lip shade over the summer, and hence the shade Glam 9 is perfect for me. The lipgloss is extremely moisturizing but luckily, not at all sticky (So goodbye to hair sticking to the lips).

I have swatched the Blush and Lip Gloss in the image below. Top – Lip Gloss , Bottom – Blush

3. Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealor- I guess my efforts to go in for a natural look over the summer is pretty evident by now and hence using a full coverage foundation is out of question. Though, I love using BB/CC creams, sometimes I can find that a bit too much to handle in the heat as well. So, the perfect solution is using a highlighting concealor and then covering up with a loose mattifying powder (if needed). I highly recommend the Maybelline Dream —–The dream lumi concealor does wonders to conceal and highlight while being so easy to apply. It definitely surpassed my expectations.

4. Lakme 9 to 5 nailpaint in Peach Promotion- Though this is not a Maybelline product, I am in love with the 9 to 5 range by Lakme. Their lipsticks genuinely do what they claim and I have been a fan for a while. I decided to try out the 9 to 5 nailpaint collection and came across this peachy pink colour which I fell in love with at first sight. I was surprised at my self since I do think that darker colours suit my skin tone better but I just couldn’t say no to this one.  The nailpaint works really well with 2 coats applied ( along with an additional top coat). I can see this one being a summer staple now!

5. Another Product that has been doing wonders for me os the Pantene Pro V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo. Come summer and taking multiple showers in a day almost becomes a ritual but washing hair daily can be hugely problematic. This is where my holy grail, the dry shampoo comes into play. This dry shampoo is handsdown the best I have ever used. Unlike most others, it does not leave a white powdery residue and is infact transparent (almost like a deodrant for the hair). It smells just fine but works extremely well! Not only does it keep my hair clean for an extra day but also works like a texturing hair spray to add volume (especially while tying a side braid or making a pony tail.)

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dry shampooI hope you enjoyed going through some of my summer favorites. All the products and recipes listed are tried out by me personally and I swear by them! If you end up using any of the products or try out the salads/drinks, please do upload a picture with the hashtag #melangeofmusings

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Fitness 101: Workout & Eat Clean

Hello everyone!

Now that summer is here and we finally don’t feel the perpetual need to be tucked into our winter cozy beds, I thought it would be fun to do a fitness post.  In this post I’m going to share my favorite health tips, some quick snacks and basic workout that I LOVE to follow.

A little disclaimer: In no way are these ‘expert’ opinions! These are simply some tips that really work for me to live a healthy and happy lifestyle without entering any strange and mythical fad diets. So let’s begin!

My Workout Routine

I’m usually pretty strict with my self when it comes to working out but to be very truthfully, during exams I too slack and need a push. Assuming that I am sticking to my schedule I follow a five- day workout routine. Listed below are different types of workouts that I enjoy doing. I DO NOT follow all of these workouts everyday, but instead try and make permutations and combinations. So the day I’m playing golf, I’d like to do cardio or a home workout rather than hitting the gym 🙂

Golf

I play Golf at least three days a week (especially over the weekends). Contrary to popular belief Golf actually provides for a good workout especially if played on the course as there’s some serious walking involved. The game requires mental and physical strength, focus and patience. This sport not only helps with toning my hamstring, hips and arms but also makes me feel really uplifted all the day while increasing my confidence every time I play.

Notes: Golf requires discipline whether it may following the rules and regulations of any Club you play, etiquettes to be followed on the course and dress code while playing. There are numerous clubs in NCR where some are for members only and others opened for the public. Most Golf clubs also rent out Clubs (golf sticks) to play with incase you don’t want to invest in a new set as a beginner.

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Gym

I have a fixed schedule written that I try to follow every week. I will not be sharing the detailed schedule on this post as each of and will probably leave it for next time 🙂

Warm up (10 mins on the Arch Trainer, Planks and Stretching everyday)

Day 1- Arms Workout: Push ups, Chest press, Incline Press, Dumbbell Chest Fly, Cable Curl, Biceps Curl, Pully Push down, Dumbbells Arm Extension

Dy 2- Functional Workout or an Abs, Butt, Thighs Class

Dat 3 – Legs Workout: Half squats, Full squats, leg press, leg curl, calf raises, cycling

Day 4-  Arc Trainer, Rowing, Sit ups, laying jack knife, leg raises, side leg raises, walking

Day 5- Functional Training

Home Workouts

When I’m not in the mood to go to the Gym, I try and do my workout at my Gym at home. Here, instead of following my schedule I go ahead and do one of the workouts from my favorite Nike Training App. This app is SO, so helpful. It not only gives you tons of workouts for every body part but also tracks your progress. There are 15-45 mins workouts available on this app making it really convenient if one if on a time crunch. I do these home workouts really often during my exam time when I don’t want to waste too much time going to a gym. Most of these workouts don’t even require any equipment other than basic dumbbells, a medicine ball, a skipping rope and maybe a treadmill to warm up.

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Eat Clean

An important part of any healthy lifestyle is to eat clean. A common misunderstanding is that healthy food is boring or simply just not yummy. To a great extent, I disagree with that. Eating healthy (most of the times) not only makes me feel fitter but also makes me happier and more energetic all day. Fatty and packaged foods are extremely yummy BUT they store fats in our body for hours making us feel down and out! I’m someone who’s just not into crazy detox diets which give a ridiculous weight loss outcome in no time. Not all this does weight bounce back quicker than you lost it; these diets have absolutely no nutrition that entering your system in a balanced way.

Tips

1) I absolutely LOVE food and if you read this blog, you’d know that.Whenever I go out, I try my best to pick the healthier option unless there’s something I am absolutely craving for. It’s really important to remember that it’s OKAY to eat what you want once in a while rather than constantly denying your self and then binging later on. This really works for me cause I never feel like I haven’t had a delicious ice-cream in years, or a steak and fries in months.

2) I try to substitute most unhealthy foods for their healthier alternatives. There are a number of ways this can be done:

Switch from refined Oil to Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

Have brown bread/multi grain bread instead of white bread,

Have brown rice/red rice/quinoa instead of white rice

Have brown pasta, instead of normal pasta! It tastes the same. Here’s one with fresh tomatoes and basil.

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Make multi grain chapattis made of grains such as Bajra, Ragi, Jowar,flax seeds into the normal wheat flour.

3) I make it a point to eat every 2-3 hours ( 5-6 meals a day). I know that sounds quite a bit but when I say ” a meal”, that may simply mean some carrots with hummus or apple with peanut butter! The whole point is to not feel hungry and constantly keep your metabolic rate high.

4) The biggest meal in the day, of course is the BREAKFAST. Breakfast is the most important meal and it must be a nice sumptuous one with portions of carbs as well as proteins to kickstart a day! If you just can’t live without your paranthas, have them for breakfast! So long as that food is entering your system in the first part of the day and you’re working out, no harm done.

5) I always start my day with a fruit and green tea. In summers, I absolutely love Watermelons and Mango and during the winters, I love having apple or cherries. Along with the fruit, I’ll have a hot cup of green tea and then 15 minutes later, have a nice heavy breakfast.

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Must/Try to Avoid:

1) Fruit Juices: Yes, even fresh fruit juices aren’t as healthy as they’re portrayed to be as the pulp of the fruit is what contains must of the vitamins! Stick to Smoothies instead. Packaged Juices are of course not good for you for their added sugars and flavors.

2) Sweeteners: Artificial Sweeteners aren’t good for you and we all know that. Trying to avoid sugar is a major battle for must of us and hence we try to go towards these sweeteners. If you can’t resist sugar, have honey, brown sugar or stevia!

3) Detox Diets:  Any diet that involves no carbs at all, no natural sugars, no salt and only fruit is just NOT worth it. These diets are absolutely pointless as even though they make give instant results, the weight loss will NEVER be permanent/steady. Your body weight is bound to fluctuate with such diets along with making you sluggish and not feeling happy!

4) Looking at Weighing Scale: This ought to be the most important tip in this entire post. THERE IS NO POINT LOOKING AT THE WEIGHING SCALE if you want to “lose weight”. If you’re working out regularly and are doing weight training, it is highly likely that you may not lose as much “weight” as you would have anticipated. That is simply because MUSCLE IS HEAVIER THAN FAT. So, the muscle percentage in your body has increased, its likely that your weight may have fluctuated but you may have a massive INCH loss. So more than checking your weight, check your inch loss if absolutely needed.

Some Healthy Snacks

Since I love food and I just cant imagine being on a starvation diet of any sort, rather than reducing any food quantity, I just try to eat healthier snacks during the day to keep my metabolic rate high. Most of these snacks are really easy to carry with you to work and office as well!

1) Chila – 2 thin portions made out of Besan (gram flour)

2) Peanut Butter and Apple Slices

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3) Hummus with Carrots and Celery

4) Dark Chocolate for a Sugar Craving. The higher the Cocoa, better it is.,

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5) Soya Milk

6) Mixed/Assorted Nuts – Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts

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7) Seasonal Smoothie- Here’s how I make my favorite Smoothie (For one Glass)

One seasonal fruit (Mango/Banana/Musk Melon)
Soya milk (plain)/plain curd/almond milk/double toned milk/coconut milk (1/2 glass)
Stevia/brown sugar/honey (1 teaspoon)
Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
Alovera gel (1 teaspoon)
Aamla juice (1 teaspoon)
Oats (1 tablespoon)
Crushed Ice
Add one scoop of Whey protein if you’re having this smoothie after a workout

8) The healthy yummy sandwich – Multi grain bread, Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mustard, light cream cheese, boiled egg whites and a really lean meat if you’re craving for some.

9) Coconut Water

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10) Vegetable Juice (For one glass)

Tomatoes – 3
Carrots- 3
1 inch piece of ginger
Alo Vera gel (1 teaspoon)
Aamla juice (1 teaspoon)
Pomegranate quarter cup
No salt

11) Bananas, Multi-grain toast and Peanut butter – This is deal for breakfast but also as a good snack to curb your hunger for a while!

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12) Roasted Makhana or Euryale ferox

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13) Popcorn available at street vendors (No oil/No butter)

Books to read

As I said before, I’m not a fitness expert at all but I do love reading books related to the same. I highly recommend reading these three books by Rijuta Diwekar.

1) Women and the weight loss tamasha

2) Don’t lose your mind, lose your weight

3) Don’t lose out, work out

I really hope this post was useful in anyway! If it was, please share with your friends and family! Incase you want me to do more fitness related posts, do let me know on my Facebook page/ Instagram/Twitter or comment right here. 

Life Hacks you simply can’t ignore.

Hello! I wanted to share some of my favorite life hacks which solved so many petty problems which I’m sure we all face! Some of them might already be well known but they definitely do work and couldn’t stop my self from including them from this full proof list! If you all like this post, I’ll go ahead and makes this a series and do regular posts like these.

For all those who didn’t know- Life hack – “Together the words “life” and “hack” create a phrase that describe any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing.”

So here I go,

1)  Organize Necklaces in straws. This tip is really helpful while traveling. Necklaces getting tangled very easily and it can be extremely annoying to detangle them when you’re in a hurry.  Incase the necklace is too short – the straw can be cut into half! IMG_0496

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2) Screw earrings onto buttons. This hack is perfect for you if you keep losing one earring out of a pair. What could be better than having your studs pinned down to one place saving you time.IMG_0483

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3. Loop your rings on a bracelet while traveling. This is one travel hack that I swear by while traveling! This hack is definitely helpful to those who really love their rings( statement and midi) but don’t have the patience to look around for them in a jewelry pouch before getting ready. Looping all my rings into one bracelet makes it much easier to choose what to wear as well. The day I intend to wear the bracelet, I simply loop them onto another one. A ribbon can also be used for the same.

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4. Break into your shoes in no time! I’m sure we all have at least one pair of shoes that we couldn’t stop our selves from buying and convinced our selves that fit perfectly even though they dont. We all have have that one pair which we outgrew long , long ago but cant seem to part with it. If that’s so, then this life hack is very helpful! All you need to do is stuff your shoes with atleast two pairs of socks (each) and blow dry  the area where you want them to expand. Since I have a broad foot, I like to blowdry all across the front so that they open up a bit!

Another way to do this is to wear a thick pair of socks , slip for foot inside the shoe and blowdry them to know the next amount you’d want to expand the shoe!

(This works really well for men shoes too, all the boys out there!)

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5. Organize your sunglasses to save space. I keep buying sunglasses and often lose their cases and so this tip really works well for me.  I like this in my closet which has my coats or soft sweaters so that they don’t end up getting scratched. Hanging them also keeps them all stored in one place making them readily available while picking out an outfit.

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6. Separate the egg white from the yolk perfectly.

Step One : Break an egg onto a plate.

Step Two : Take an empty bottle with a wider mouth. I used an empty Heinz Ketchup bottle for this DIY. Hold it a few inches over the plate.

Step Three : Squeeze the bottle and immediately bring it downwards right at the yolk. The yolk will be sucked into the bottle. It can then be transferred perfectly onto another plate and you will be left with the egg white.

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7. Use old cassette cases for your phone stand. This life hack is definetly the simplest yet very useful. If you have any old cassette cases then why not put them to use. I personally use this as a stand while I’m reading or listening to music!

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8. Store all your wires in a shoe box and avoid tangling. This life hack is much simpler than it looks! I hate having all the wires for various gadgets lying all over the place and hence stacking them in shoe box makes for easy storage but also helps in them not getting mysteriously tangled.

All you need to do is , get an old shoe box/ small carton (depending on the number of wires you want to store). You will also need some thin cardboard sheets that are easy to roll! I used the lining which comes in whiskey bottle tins! I rolled up the sheets and stapled them to each other so that they are fixed in one place! I also left some empty space for my camera charger which couldn’t fit into the little compartments.

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Hope you find any of these useful! 🙂

Thank you Madhavi & Somya for helping out with all the hacks!

Till we meet again!

Sara

(All photographs are owned by Sara Suri)

The Comfy Night-In : Film Guide

Hello!

With the week having just started , there’s nothing more that I’m looking forward to than a ‘night-in’. Due to our stressful work or study schedules, we barely get time for our selves to simply lie down at home in our comfy beds and enjoy a movie marathon or even enjoy reading a book . I do know that sometimes even though we have an inclination to watch a good film, we spend more time in thinking what to watch rather than actually going ahead and watching it. In this post, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites that one must watch , (incase you haven’t already) along with sharing a little section of my collection for some film-spiration for your next buy!

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My comfy night-in is not complete without some jasmine tea and a soothing candle burning! I must admit, I do keep little jars of goodies for nights like these incase I get sudden pangs of hunger. I have been reading Midnight’s Children and hence that is also usually placed on my bedside table. On certain nights when I don’t feel like reading or straining my eyes, I go on to www.audible.com  and listen to any of the books that I’ve downloaded!

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Here are some Indian classics that should be on your priority watch list 🙂

Mandi , Ankur , Nishant , Suraj ka Sathva Godha by Shyam Benegal

Pather Panchali , Aparajito , Apur Sansar , Shatranj ke khiladi by Satyajit Ray

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About a year ago, I decided to buy the Absolute 40 films collection from www.flipkart.com which was a great deal! It’s not sale on Flipkart as of now but if you do have any discount coupons make sure you use this. The films listed in bold are my personal favorites and must buys if you can get hold of them individually! The synoposis’ of the films are from Flipkart.

1. Bicycle thieves.  

A 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work.

 2.The Birth of a nation.

Set during and after the American Civil War, the film was based on Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman, a novel and play.

 3.King Kong.

 An expedition exploring a remote island. Capture a gigantic ape & bring him back to New York for exhibition. A beautiful actress who accompanies them is menaced when the monster’s love for her causes him to break out. The original blockbuster in spectacular black and white.

4.The grapes of wrath.

Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route they become little more than slave labor. Among the throng are the Joads who refuse to knuckle under. A broken family in the greatest American migration

5.The general

Johnnie loves his train (The General) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves. The #1 Silent film of all time

6.The duck soup

The Marx brothers’ duck soup is widely considered as the slapstick team’s masterwork. A madcap script which is mockingly surreal, it is the chronicle of a war fever that swallows up the imaginary nation of Fredonia when Groucho becomes its dictator. The best comedy from Marx brothers

7.Rome open city

The films follow the fate of several Romans during the last days of the German occupation. Rome, Open City is considered as a major turning point in film history and as a testament to the film’s lasting impact. Jean-luc-Godard famously said All roads lead to Rome Open City. A landmark of Italian Neorealism

8.Lady from shanghai

The story is outwardly uncomplicated: a seaman Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O’Hara earlier when he saved her from a mugging.

9.Laura

One of the most famous murder mysteries ever, it is the story of a wealthy journalist who gets captivated by a gorgeous young career women named Laura. One of the top 5 mystery films of all time

10.Battleship potemkin

Regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of silent pictures, as well as possibly Eisenstein’s supreme work, Battleship Potemkin brought his theories of cinema art to the world in a powerful showcase. One of the most influential films of all time

11.Public Enemy

In the 1930’s, The public Enemy crystallized the theme of Little Caesar and delved even more deeply into the making of a gangster. Directed by William Wellman the film follows two young boys and their growth from shoplifters to hardened criminals. A classic gangster film

12.Key Largo

Frank (Humphrey Bogart) visits a rundown hotel run by crippled James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Lauren Bacall), widow of Frank’s friend from the war. A great Bogart in a greater Huston classic

13.The lost Weekend

From the director of Sunset boulevard’ and Some like it hot’

14.Mr.smith goes to washington

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senator-presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Pain. Frank Capra at his greatest.

15.Gaslight

Beautiful and trusting, Paula Anton (Ingrid Bergman) is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. A spine chilling thriller

16.The Last emperor

The film tells us the true story of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Chinese Ching Dynasty depicted from 1908 to 1967 when China made its transition from feudalism to Republic. It is now widely considered as a modern classic. Winner of 9 Oscar Awards

17.Triumph of the will

Commissioned by Hitler, this is a documentary on 1934 Nazi party convention in Nuremberg which glorified Hitler as the true leader who will bring glory back to the nation and emphasized Germany as a great power. The most powerful propaganda film of all time

18.Children of heaven

Devoid of cynicism of post-modern dramas, this heart-warming film tells the story of nine year old Ali, who loses his sister Zahra’s newly repaired shoes. The ultimate Iranian Classic

19. 12 Angry Men

In New York City, this riveting story begins in the midst of a jury deciding on a first degree murder charge. The twelve men must determine, collectively, whether the accused is innocent or guilty of the charge of murder. One of the best courtroom dramas ever.

20.Brief Encounter

In this classic British drama, Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) is a housewife whose marriage is not everything she desires it to be. A classic British romance

21.Long voyage

Home After a night of revelry in the West Indies, the crew of the Glencairn return to the tramp steamerand set sail for Baltimore. John Ford’s epic starring John Wayne.

22.Letter from an unknown woman

The film is about Joan Fontaine who is left by pianist Louis Jourdan, then romantically meets him again, but when he receives her last letter years later finds he cannot remember her.

23.Monsieur Verdoux

Chaplin’s classic comedy

24.Camille

Based on Alexandre Dumas Fils’ La Dame aux Camlias, the film depicts a doomed romance of a courtesan in 19th century Paris. One of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Movies in 2005

25.The cabinet of Dr.Caligari

Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare. The most amazing story ever Screened

26.Dodsworth William

Wyler’s Dodsworth was chosen by Sight and Sound magazine as Best Movie of the 1930s. From the director of Ben Hur

27.Paths of glory

In the third yearofWorld War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. A Stanley Kubrick Classic

28.Shadow of a doubt

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need. Hitchcock’s Personal favourite

29. 81/2

Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of cinema. Fellini’s Masterpiece

30.Time

Two years into a steady relationship with Ji-Woo, See-hee is at unrest. Constanly doubtful, she imagines that he may soon abandon her for someone new. From the director of Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter…and Spring

31.Metropolis

Considered as one of the most influential science fiction films ever, it was also the most expensive film from the silent era. Hitler’s Favourite film

32.Seven Samurai

‘The greatest Action movie ever made.’

33.Bob the Gambler

To be the first film of the French New Wave- Chicago Sun-times

34.Diary of A Chambermaid

Diary of A Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Bunuel’s Career

35.Infernal Affairs

A new era for Hong Kong filmmaking – New York Times

36.The Human Beast

One of Gabin’s greatest performances – TV guide

37.The soft skin

A tale of truly modern Love.

38.Wild strawberries

Bergman’s warmest..finest film..astonishingly moving performance- Time Out 39.

39.Chunking express

Intoxicating and Irresistible – The Washington Post.

40.Crossing the bridge

Fatih Akin’s engaging and lively homage to the spirit of Istanbul is an inspired portrait of Turkish music. A musical Turkish delight!

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Finally, if you’re not in the mood for anything too heavy this list is perfect for you! I’d like to call this my chick flick guide (in no specific order), which is perfect for a girly sleepover/slumber party! All the films are available on DVD in store or on flipkart. They are also available online but pay for cinema, people!

Click on the name of the film to watch the trailer 🙂

1.Mean Girls 

2. 13 going on 30

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

4. Brides Maids

5. A Cinderella Story

6. Amelie

7. Bridget Jones Diary

8. Clueless

9. Father of the bride

10. The Notebook

11. Legally Blonde

12. Sex and the City

13. The Princess Dairies

14. Grease

15. Wild Child

16. Just Married

17. For the Shahrukh Khan fans – Dilwale dulhanya le jaenge (DDLJ) , Kuch kuch hota hai (KKHH) , Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (K3G) , Kal ho naa ho , Karan Arjun

18. Andaz Apna Apna

Hope you guys  enjoy some of these films over a yummy cup of hot chocolate over the week/weekend . We all deserve a lazy movie night, don’t we? 😉

Ps: What are your favorite films ? Comment below and let me know!

Till we meet again,

Sara

Christmas Eve

Hello!

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

I really wanted to give you all and insight into my Christmas Eve traditions that my family follows for generations.

My mom has always made sure that more than anything, Christmas is about giving. So then what’s better than being Santa for little kids who really look forward to the small things which they may not be able to buy on their own.

Every year for Christmas and Diwali, my mother and I buy little gifts for the children of those who help us at home. I gift wrap them and place them under the three Christmas tree in the living room. On Christmas day, they come over and receive their goodies 🙂

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The Trifle 

Another tradition we follow is to make the Christmas Trifle! This is definitely my favorite part of Christmas. My mother makes the Trifle every year following a family recipe which she wont let me post here.  Nonetheless, I did manage to take some photographs while she prepared the same! My mother puts in a coin into the Trifle that’s made for the family Christmas Eve dinner and that tradition is just so exciting (not like I ever find the coin). My uncle , since I can remember finds the c0in the trifle each and every year! These little things are what defines the essence of Christmas 🙂 Oh , and the Trifle tastes as fabulous as it looks, trust me pic7

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Hope you enjoyed the post 🙂 Untill next time! A merry Christmas and a happy new year once again!
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