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  1. The summer season has yet again paved its way into our lives, and while some of us have already begun to crib about the untamable spurt of sweat that it has brought along, most of us are actually preparing to take a dip into the ocean. With Bali and other international beach cities becoming as accessible as Goa (thanks to the gamut of budget travel packages that are available out there!) almost every other Instagram profile is packed with snaps of men posing shirtless on the sand, showing off those Mark Wahlberg abs, and women flaunting their bikini-bodies, looking nothing short of Miranda Kerr vacationing in Malibu! Not that we are trying to make you envious of anyone, but if you too are planning a beach vacation, it is essential to get all prepped up to look effortlessly stylish! So, to help you achieve that class-apart celebrity beach look, we have curated this four-step guide that might even fetch you paparazzi attention! Step 1: Work Your Way Towards Healthier Skin © Official Instagram/Sidharth Malhotra When you are planning a beach vacation, you know that your skin will be exposed for most of the day, and would hence require extra attention and care on your end. Furthermore, since you are going to spend a fairly good amount of time under the sun, it is essential that you ensure your skin is healthy enough to combat the harmful effects of UV rays. A glowing, and healthy skin is what makes a man more appealing, but no matter how much you aspire to have skin as ageless as Anil Kapoor's, you know that achieving it in one day is almost impossible. © Official Instagram/ Ranveer Singhn Since most men loathe spending hours on practicing skincare, here's a simple skin care routine, which won't eat up your precious hours, and yet give you beach-ready skin. 1) Ditch soap, and invest in a good quality face wash which suits your skin type. 2) Exfoliation is the key to healthy and glowing skin, so make sure that you exfoliate it two to three times a week. However, see to it that you don't over-exfoliate, for that may cause skin inflammation. 3) No one likes their skin to be flaky AF, so give it the hydration that it needs by lathering a good layer of moisturizer all-over. 4) An essential skincare practice, that most men aren't even aware of, or often skip, is applying a layer of a good quality pre-shave oil before shaving their mane. You shouldn't make the same mistake because not only does a pre-shave oil hydrate your skin, but it also ensures a smooth and close shave. Step 2: Toil Hard In The Gym © Official Instagram/Varun Dhawan Not that we want to burst your bubble, but it's more likely than not that laziness and that reckless winter binge eating has probably caused your stomach to protrude, causing your abs to bury under layers of fat. So before you decide to hit the beach, it's important that you get all geared up to toil hard at the gym. After all, when it comes to getting that perfect beach body, it goes without saying that no man wants to look any less sexy than John Abraham posing by the ocean in Dostana, sporting that sexy pair of swimming trunks for men . The only way for you to create a similar impression is by refraining from consuming carbs and doubling up your hours at the gym. Step 3: Get That Perfect Beach Attire © Official Instagram/ Karan Singh Grover For a large number of men, finding a trendsetting beach attire can be quite the daunting task. With the right guidance, however, this task can be made a lot easier. Since beaches call for breezy outfits and tropical prints, stocking up on trendy sleeveless t shirts for men and hip printed t shirts for men would make for the perfect choice. Another important component of any beach attire are modish boardshorts, or the coolest swimming trunks that you can wear, with or without a t-shirt/shirt. An important factor that you must keep in mind before investing in these garments is their fabric composition, which should ideally feature a breathable fabric (preferably cotton), so you can surf, swim, or build sand forts (you can NEVER be too old for this!) in complete ease. Step 4: Keep Your Grooming Products Handy © Shutterstock With the above mentioned steps, you have already mastered the beach look. However, it is essential that you do not give up on maintaining that look while you are ON the trip. As such, you ought to be carrying all your grooming essentials with you in a handy travel kit for men. Be it a face wash, moisturiser, or the quintessential sunscreen, to all of your shaving essentials; pre-shave oil, shaving foam, shaving brush, razor - make sure you have everything that you need before you hit the beach.
  2. Besides getting a driver's license and moving out of the house for further studies, shaving for the first time is a seminal moment in every man's life. We've all looked on with a tinge of envy and admiration as our fathers (or big brothers) lathered up and emerged with a clean shaven face with just a few measured strokes of a razor. That's why we can't help but feel a little excited when we're finally standing in front of the bathroom mirror, shaving cream and razor in hand, ready to get to work on that stubble for the first time. However, unlike most other rites of passage that signal a boy's transformation into a man, there's no set of rules or guidelines available to us when it comes to that first shave. All we have to go on is what we've seen on TV and the memory of our aforementioned family members in action. And since shaving comes with a real risk of nicks and cuts all over your face and neck (not to mention a whole host of other skin-related complaints,) wouldn't it be great if there was a guide that addressed all your shaving FAQs as you tackled them for the first time? Well, you're in luck - that's exactly what we've put together for you. Question 1: Which Products Do You Need For A Great Shave? © Shutterstock Enter the supermarket and you're confronted with aisles full of grooming products, all of which claim to be an indispensable part of your shaving routine. It can be a little bewildering for the first time shaver, but we're here to tell you that you shouldn't succumb to this pressure and fill your bathroom cabinets with all manner of shaving supplies. At the same time, there's more to shaving than just a shaving cream and a razor. The best shaving kit comprises just five essential elements - a pre-shave oil, lathering agent, brush, razor, and aftershave balm, which is all you need for a great shave. Question 2: How Should You Prepare Your Skin For Shaving? © Shutterstock One of the most common shaving mistakes that even the most experienced hands make is hacking away at your facial hair while it's still stiff and bristly. Even the best razor blade would struggle to deal with the resistance this creates, leaving you open to the risk of cuts and rashes. For most people, pre-shave preparation only comprises washing their face quickly, a grooming practice that leaves a lot to be desired. A splash of cold water doesn't relax your facial hair enough for you to start shaving, which is why washing your face with warm water is the way to go. The heat and moisture relaxes your hair follicles and softens your beard hair, making it much easier for the blade to slice through. Even a pre-shave face wash with a light exfoliator wouldn't go amiss, as it would get rid of dead skin and oil trapped in your pores. Question 3: How can you choose the right razor? © Wikimedia Commons Every specialised job requires the right tools, with shaving being no different. With a variety of options available in the market, it's important to zero in on the best razor to suit your needs in terms of grooming and budget. While disposable razors are the pocket-friendly option, they can't match up to their more technologically-advanced counterparts. Multi-blade cartridge razors bring speed and efficiency to the table, but having to buy replacement cartridges at regular intervals makes them pricier in the long run. Double edge safety razors offer the closest shave out of the bunch, and require minimal maintenance costs after a heavy initial investment. However, they also carry the highest risk of nicks and cuts, especially for the inexperienced user because of the extremely sharp blade. For those who don't feel ready to handle a sharp blade just yet, there's even the option of an electric razor that will do the job. Question 4: What is the right way to shave? © Shutterstock` Finally, the million dollar question - what is the ideal shaving technique? Following the direction of growth of your facial hair gets the best results, a technique which is commonly known as shaving with the grain. Just run your hands over your face - if it feels smooth, you're moving with the grain and that's the direction your blade needs to move in. If you shave against the grain, you're tugging the hair in an unnatural direction. Although this might even result in a closer shave, you're much more likely to harm your skin. You should only go down that route if you're not satisfied with the results of your first shave with the grain, but be extremely careful when you're doing so. Question 5: How often should you change blades? © Wikimedia Commons Another misconception when it comes to shaving is that you should change your razor blade every week. In fact, there's no set time period for you to change blades. The dullness of a razor blade depends on several factors, such as its quality, how often you shave, the products you're using, your pre-shave prep and your blade maintenance. For example, your blade will become dull much faster if you're not using the best shaving foam for the job, or if you don't clear out the hair that gets clogged up in the gaps between the blades. A usually reliable indicator that it's time to change blades is if you find yourself having to use extra effort to drag your razor through your hair, because a quality blade should be able to glide through smoothly. Question 6: How can you make sure your skin stays healthy? © Shutterstock Your shave isn't over as soon as you wash your face and towel off - you need to follow proper post-shave procedures. Even though the best shaving creams these days contain aloe vera and other soothing agents, your skin deserves more than that. Having rinsed off with warm water, a splash of cold water is needed to close your open pores and firm up your skin. After that, a quality post-shave balm is the final flourish that your shaving ritual needs to make sure that your skin remains healthy and hydrated.
  3. November or not, every man wishes for a thick and healthy beard. While some are blessed with great genes, some guys (like me) aren't. Does this mean, we cannot have a fuller beard? Fact is we can, we just need to alter our beard-grooming regime and follow it every day. I am going to let you in on my secrets of growing an awesome beard in no time. Here are my go-to products: 1. Beard Growth Oil (Bergamot & Lavender) This beard oil by The Spruce Shave Club incorporates the purest and most natural essential oils to help boost beard growth. Think, almond oil, coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, grape-seed oil, apricot oil and many more to help nourish and strengthen the roots of the hair in the beard and promote denser and faster growth. In fact, I have been using this product for a month and it has not only helped in faster growth, but the oil also tamed my beard frizz and made it so much smoother. Buy the product here. 2. Paraben-Free Beard Wash and Softener Qtrove.com It's always important to keep your beard neat and clean. And an organic, paraben-free beard wash can do the trick. My favourite product is this beard wash and softener by Brahma Bull which is tough enough to handle my curly coarse beard hair. Besides, extra brownie points for that soothing fresh citrus and lavender aroma. Buy the product here. 3. All Natural Moustache And Beard Wax Qtrove.com Another wonderful product by Brahma Bull, this natural moustache and beard wax provides the right amount of moisturisation my facial hair need, thanks to jojoba and argan oil in the product. What's more? It also provides a natural shape to my 'stache with some pliability, and amazingly enough, the hold lasts for an entire day. Buy the product here. 4. Beard Oil (Cinnamon Vanilla) Qtrove.com Produced by Alpha Male, this is one of those amazing beard oils that you can wear it all the time, even outside. It's has a non-oily lustre, and the perfect blend of essential oils in the product, increases the volume of the beard, prevents breakage and keeps it smooth. Buy the product here. 5. Beard Wash With Aloe Vera (Cedarwood & Mandarin) Qtrove.com Infused with aloe vera, cedarwood and Mandarin essential oils, this wash strengthens the beard hair and roots and prevents breakage and hair fall. The product also cleanses your beard off all damaging impurities and keeps beard hair smoother, softer, denser and more hydrated. Buy the product here. Now that you guys know my secret, I'd suggest try these and see the results yourself. Where to find these products? One answer - Qtrove.com, a well-curated website that brings together organic and natural products under one roof. Every product on Qtrove.com is handcrafted and chemical-free, just what your lifestyle needs right now. Apart from these beard products, you can also check out their wonderful collection in the food, beverages, clothing, home decor and fitness categories.
  4. Now that you've found your way here, I am pretty glad. Yes, I know why you clicked on this article in the first place. It could be sheer curiosity, enthusiasm or just plain 'ol knowledge but since you're here, let me tell ways that are appropriate on how to get a girl wet this Holi. And by 'wet', I mean with water and colours and everything else Holi stands for. Why do you need to know these so-called guidelines? Because women are genuinely tired of telling men to stop groping them in the name of playing Holi, just so they can escape sheer humiliation and despair on a festival that summarises fun in every spectacular way possible. © Eros International While I am sure you all have your manners and your hands in place, there are still some instances when you'd go all out to tease your crush with colours, or try and pour a bucket of water on that 'hot' aunty, but lads, let me tell you one thing; while you suspect no one's really watching you unravel your horniest instinct on one of the most sacrosanct festivals in the country, women do have their eyes and their conscience open. How? Because it's 2019 and there's no possible escape route for you than to adhere to some guidelines, while you're out playing Holi with women, you know or may not know. So, here's how you get a woman wet this Holi: (1) Stick To The Face When you're at a Holi party or gathering, you're mostly going with the flow and applying colour to whoever comes before you. At that moment, you usually forget that while applying colours, you're also initiating 'touch' and while that's festive and enduring, it can also classify as 'inappropriate' if it's not welcomed. So, in case you're smearing colour on a woman, stick to the face, her cheeks mostly. Don't go beyond that, unless you two are absolutely comfortable with it. Because once you disobey THIS guideline, it's going to be serious hell for you, if she finds your actions inappropriate I.E. © Eros International (2) How Many Balloons Are Too Many Balloons? Nope, no double entendres here mate. By balloons, I mean water balloons. While they're fun to play with, water balloons shouldn't be fired at anyone without consent TBH. Well, if you're playing with a group of people, consent flows naturally because you all partake in the celebrations, but if you're in 'Counter-Strike' mode, hiding on your balcony and aiming balloons at neighbours by secretly turning into a peeping tom for the night, it's a pretty bad idea. No one likes to be hit with balloons when they're not playing with you. Even at a gathering, be mindful of how and where you throw a balloon on a woman and I am pretty sure you know what I mean by that. © BCCL (3) If She Doesn't Want To Drink, Respect That While you may enjoy alcohol and bhaang on Holi, a lot of people just want to have some casual fun and not get too intoxicated. Your job is to respect that and not shove a glass of bhaang down someone's gullet, just because it's Holi. If she says she doesn't want to drink, don't underestimate that and think maybe she's just being shy. No, she isn't because if she wanted to drink, she would. So, be mindful when she says no to alcohol, or anything else. © Pinterest (4) If You're Roaming About As a Group Of Boys, Don't Harass Women On The Streets This one's a common activity women are subjected to every Holi. It's true because a lot of women I know go through sheer harassment from a bunch of boys doing the rounds, drunk, on Holi. If you're drunk or intoxicated on bhaang, it's advisable to celebrate the festival in a space that's not an inconvenience to the others. But if you're going about harassing women, throwing colours or water on them without consent, then you shouldn't be playing at all! © Pinterest (5) Keep Your Eggs, Grease, Mud & Strong Colours To Yourself If you're out and about carrying any of the above, in the name of fun, I suggest don't play with women. You can keep the horrible extravaganza limited to some boy fun instead. No one, I repeat no one fancies a greasy-colour-bath or a handful of mud on their face or anywhere else on their body. It's really gross and horrible and no one wants to be subjected to it. © Pinterest So, there you go, a short but precise guide on how to play Holi appropriately with your gang or any gang of girls and get them wet in a manner they'd truly appreciate. Thank us later!
  5. If you're sure that your date night is going to get extended to something....else, for sure, you need to read this. While it's okay to be unprepared when you're not expecting anything, but for the nights that you're expecting consensual goofing around, it's always best to keep yourself prepared. For some annoying grooming problems that can spoil things at the last minute, read this, and for the must-follow rules that you might forget, keep reading. 1. Manscaping © Getty Images Without doubt, this is the first thing you should take care of. If you definitely know that your date night might end up with you and your date in a bed or in the backseat of your or their car by the end of it, you need to take care of grooming down there. This is always appreciated by the other person, unless you have verbalized your preferences which anyway becomes important at a later stage. 2. Taking Care Of The Sweat © Getty Images Sweating is normal, but you can't forget taking precautions, especially before a date night. Make sure you've used a roll-on deo for a long lasting coverage against sweat and body odour. 3. A Case Of Bad Breath © Getty Images Talking about bad odour, make sure you don't have bad breath on the big night. Make a travel stash of mints and face wash. Keep it with you for wherever you go, so you can use it in times of emergency or just pop a mint before the date just to be safe. 4. A Handy Concealer © Getty Images You might think that this is something that your girlfriend uses, right? No, a concealer is the blessing given to you that you never acknowledged. This stick will give you the freedom to receive hickeys wherever you want them, sounds good right? Post-makeout, just swipe it over the hickey, blend it well and voila, the hickey vanishes on its own. 5. Snip Your Nails © Getty Images Nails have to be snipped every two weeks. Snip your nails especially before a date. Nails with visible clingy dirt is a huge turn-off. And you don't want a minor detail like this to ruin things. 6. Moisturize © Getty Images It's super important to moisturize your body before going out for the date. Dry skin is not very pleasant to touch. On the contrary, if you have moisturized skin, it'll be very soothing to touch.
  6. The first time I saw it, I couldn't believe something could be so fantastic and utterly delicious. Like the smell of rain on a dry summer day! I was completely smitten and in love! And I still am. What am I talking about? Street Food, of course! © Pexels How different would our lives be if we did not have food? What would you have fantasized about in office? Or debated about? Or plan your whole day, nay, life around? India is famous for its varied spices and its culinary expertise all over the world. © Pexels India's diversity is omnipresent; it is legendary and flavoursome at the same time; be it its dialects, people or its marvellous food which changes from region to region. © Pexels If you want to experience India, you need to start from its humble beginnings, and what better way to explore it than food? India's deep-rooted traditions are echoed in its food, in its inimitable taste. What is unique about us is that this taste is readily available on the streets of our country. View this post on Instagram Hello, my love. We meet again. #phuchka A post shared by Ayesha (@ayesha.ghosh) on Aug 11, 2018 at 11:18am PDT Walking along the road, you can see the streets laden with small eateries and thelas all calling out to the gourmand inside you, to have a taste of life. You also see the tireless hands which prepare the food, just to make ends meet. View this post on Instagram Mirchi Time #evenings #roadside #eataries #mirchibajji #beingprepared #spicy #SouthIndian #spicyfood #indian #telangana #timepass #ig_telangana #igersindia #igershyd #ig_hyderabad #Miryalaguda #nalgonda #RBP45 A post shared by Ravi Kumar Reddy Bandi ð (@impressions_4) on Aug 7, 2015 at 8:51am PDT As much as you might love fine dining and all-you-can-eat buffets there is nothing greater than the joy of biting into a scrumptious piece of pakora or revel in the magic of the roadside bhelpuri. © Unsplash The mesmerizing sights of the cart laden with goodies and the tantalizing smells are enough to put your senses on a gastronomical journey! View this post on Instagram Pakora or samosa? ð . ð· @delhi_eats . Follow @foodchoiceofmumbai for more amazing pictures. . #samosa #pakoda #mumbaifoodie #pakora #itz_mumbai #munchymumbai #achaar #puri #nashta #indianbreakfast #snack#foodofmumbai #mymumbai #mumbaifoodjunkie #nelwindcruz #thecrazyindianfoodie #mumbaimerijaan #foodiesofindia #homeforhungry #things2doinmumbai #eatthis #indianfoodbloggers A post shared by Food Choice Of Mumbai (@foodchoiceofmumbai) on Jan 25, 2019 at 4:11am PST Watching the aloo tikki sizzle in the pan, or the juices envelop the tikki or the blast of colour it exudes when the plate is finally presented to you is enough to make your mouth water. Even thinking about it is making me hungry! What's the most intriguing part of street food other than the taste? The cost! Remember, it is always better to look for a good enough stall with acceptable hygiene when you opt to eat street food. Here is a list of some of the most popular street foods found across India: 1. The Mysore Masala Dosa: Origin: Mysore, Karnataka Masala Dosa is a delectable delicacy. To experience the heavenly taste of how fantastic a Masala Dosa can be you must try the Mysore Masala Dosa. View this post on Instagram Crispy crunchy Mysore Masala Dose topped with a dollop of home made butter and paired with chutney and sambar... Monday morning started right .. isn't it ð ?? .... .... #smithakalluraya #dosa #masaladosa #idli #idly #southindianfood #southindianbreakfast #mysoremasaladosa #indianfood #indiancuisine #indianrecipes #indianfoodtales #indianbreakfast #breakfasttime #bangalorefoodies #foodshots #foodphotography #foodpic #chennaifoodie #foodiesofindia #indianfoodblogger #foodphoto #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #indianfoodieez #indiancooking #foodiesofindia #foodmaniacindia #foodtalkindia A post shared by Smitha Kalluraya (@smithakalluraya) on Jan 20, 2019 at 6:22pm PST Much spicier than its counterpart, the Masala Dosa, the defining factor is the inclusion of a red chutney made of chillies, garlic and onions slathered on the dosa, along with a generous helping of the masala (potato filling) and a dollop of butter. Sheer brilliance served on the lanes of majestic Mysore. View this post on Instagram Mysore masala dosa when in Mysore! Dosas in their home are different from what we eat in North. They are thicker and served mostly with chutney only. Just look at buttery glaze on this one..ð âââââââââââââ #mysuru #mysore #dosa #southindianfood #kannada #udupi #mysorefoodie #mysoreeats #banglorefood #agra #southindian #northinsouth #asiafood #streetfoodindia #likeforlikes #deliciousfood #yummyinmytummy #foodporn #foodgasm #indiafood #pizzahogger A post shared by Pizzzahogger (@pizzzahogger) on Jan 24, 2019 at 9:30am PST Iconic Eatery: Hotel Mylari, Mysore 2. Phuchka: Origin: Kolkata, West Bengal The pure joy of eating a phuchka is incomparable. Much tastier, snazzier and irresistible than its cousins: pani puri and gupchup, it comes in a bigger, crispier puri and is the undisputed king of the cuisine. (If you don't believe me, you can ask Vir Sanghvi :P) View this post on Instagram True love â¤ï¸ð§¡ððð • Where's your go to phuchka guy? • Photo by @rahul.arora.1982 • Want to get featured? Use #tasteofcalcutta or tag us in your photosðð·And follow us on Facebook and Twitterð©ð½‍ð»ð¨ð¾‍ð» • #tasteofcalcutta #calcuttafood #calcuttafoodie #storiesofkolkata #ourcitykolkata #cal_calling #calcutta #kolkata #instafood #instayum #kolkatadiaries #nomnom #kolkatagram #foodtalkindia #zomatoin #kolkatablogger #calcuttadiaries #calcuttacacophony #kolkatafood #kolkata_igers #sokolkata #onlyinbengal #ig_calcutta #desi_diaries #igfood #kolkatastreets #kolkatastreet #kolkatastreetfood #phuchka A post shared by Taste of Calcutta (@tasteofcalcutta) on Dec 30, 2017 at 3:58am PST The real taste lies in the filling of the phuchka and the tetul (tamarind) jol: the tangy aloo filling with Bengal gram and rock salt makes all the difference. Tok, jhal, mishti in a single mouthful. View this post on Instagram Will you still call it Pani puri if you subtract Pani from the equation? Tell us in comments about some of the craziest combinations you have tried. The most interesting Phuchka combinations stand a chance to win Uber Eats Swag! #UberEatsIndia #kolkata #ubereats #phuchka A post shared by Uber Eats India (@ubereats_ind) on Jun 27, 2018 at 5:39am PDT (Don't fight me on this because you are wrong.) Iconic Eatery: Any place in Kolkata 3. Pav Bhaji: Origin: Mumbai, Maharashtra Mumbai's fabulous concoction of different kinds of vegetables coerced into a curry, served with buttered pav and lots of extra butter is a foodie's delight served on a platter. View this post on Instagram Butter pav bhaji 𤤠. ð· @nelznelwin . Follow @foodchoiceofmumbai for more amazing pictures. . #Pavbhaji #butter #dish #itz_mumbai #foodofmumbai #mumbaifoodie #mymumbai #delicious #mumbaifoodjunkie #nelwindcruz #thecrazyindianfoodie #mumbaimerijaan #foodiesofindia #homeforhungry #maharashtrian #things2doinmumbai #mumbaikar #mumbaifoodlovers #lbb #trellingfood #eatthis #indianfoodbloggers #foodchoiceofmumbai A post shared by Food Choice Of Mumbai (@foodchoiceofmumbai) on Jan 24, 2019 at 4:57am PST The beauty of the dish lies in its thick brownish red curry and the buttery goodness it exudes. A smattering of lemon-soaked onions on top is another discerning quality of this Maharashtrian gem. Though different iterations of the dish can be found all over India, the best is found on the streets of Mumbai. View this post on Instagram Sardar pav bhaji 𤤠. ð· @gastronomicjournal . Follow @foodchoiceofmumbai for more amazing pictures. . #Pavbhaji #butter #dish #itz_mumbai #munchymumbai #foodofmumbai #mumbaifoodie #mymumbai #delicious #mumbaifoodjunkie #nelwindcruz #thecrazyindianfoodie #mumbaimerijaan #foodiesofindia #homeforhungry #maharashtrian #things2doinmumbai #mumbaikar #mumbaifoodlovers #lbb #trellingfood #eatthis #indianfoodbloggers #foodchoiceofmumbai A post shared by Food Choice Of Mumbai (@foodchoiceofmumbai) on Jan 21, 2019 at 9:34pm PST Iconic Eater: Juhu Chowpatty, Mumbai (and nearly every other thela :P) 4. Garadu: Origin: Indore, Madhya Pradesh Nothing better to counter the bleak winters than some Garadu. This dish is a famous delicacy from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. You could never imagine that yams could be so delicious! View this post on Instagram The best part of the short Indore- Mandu- Ujjain- Maheshwar trip was undoubtedly the food. It may have to do with the fact that both of us are bhukkads of the worst or the best kind depending on your perspective. So sarafa bazar was our Disneyland! No wonder then that as I begin my onslaught of the trip pics (which fair warning may go on for a month) I decided to start from sarafa's treasures. This here is called "Garadu" which is a dish made from the root named Garadu which Google tells me is yam. This is deep fried so goes without saying is delicious. The chacha lovingly sprinkles his magic dust on it which is a mix of spices and his blood and sweat (not literally). This is perfect food on a cold night and breaks the sweet taste which predominantly coats ones tongue at Indore #garadu #sarafa #sarafabazar #indore #hindustankadil #indorestreetfood #foodies #foodphotography #streetfood #indianstreetfood #deepfried #bhukkad #mobilephotography #pixel2photography #pixel2 #google #nofilter #punetimes #pune_ig #india_ig #madhyapradeshtourism #madhyapradesh_ig #mpdiaries #indorediaries #indianfood #yam #thearchivalcollection #streetsofindia #hindustankadildekho A post shared by Sneha Karle (@snehadi) on Nov 15, 2018 at 10:40pm PST Madhya Pradesh is quite famous for its chaat but its ultimate crowning glory is in the garadu. Small, deep-fried, cubed pieces of boiled yams slathered with garadu masala; a tasty respite from the cold. View this post on Instagram à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¦à¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¥ पहलॠपसà¤à¤¦ ~ à¤à¤°à¤¾à¤¡à¥ ð #wintersspecial #spicy #fried #yams #zaikedar #garadu #chaat #mouthwatering #yummy #appetizing #cooknjoycookingclass A post shared by COOK_N_JOY (@cook_n_joy) on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:49am PST Iconic Eatery: Sarafa Bazar, Indore 5. Kochuri Aar Aalur Torkari: Origin: Kolkata, West Bengal A match made in culinary heaven. Kochuri and Aalur Torkari is just as decadent an affair as between Romeo and Juliet. The round, pristine kochuri made of maida, fried in oil/ghee and served piping hot with a spicy potato gravy which makes your soul come alive. View this post on Instagram Weekend breakfasts need to be exciting. How about some club Kachori with aloo subzi ? . . . . . . . #thegreatindianfoodie #dillifoodies #vforveggie #bigtimefoodie #thedesihoggers #a_pinch_ofsalt #foodmaniacindia #foodflashindia #trellingfood #desidiaries_food #indianfoodtrail #FoodAddaIndia #foodbossindia #foodaholic #indianfoodblogging #kochuri #sharmateastall #streetfood #instagood #food #foodstagram #foodbloggers #nomnom #foodgasm #cleaneating #foodphotography #foodpics #homecooking #foodlove #foodporn A post shared by Food Sojourn (Pratik) (@myfoodsojourn) on Feb 15, 2018 at 12:04pm PST What you need to remember is that “Kochuri” and “Kachori” are two different things. The latter doesn't have the exquisiteness of the former. View this post on Instagram The most wanted food in winter for the Bongs- Koraisutir Kochuri ( fried bread with mild and sweet green peas stuffing), Hing diye aloo motorer torkari (spiced potato curry with green peas and asafoetida ) , Nolen gur diye sujir halwa ( semolina cooked with milk and jaggery)ððâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸. #koraishutirkochuri #kochuri #foods #foodies #foodphotography #foodpassion #foodporn #foodgasm #keepcooking #keepeating #bengalifoodblogger #bengalifood #bengalicuisines #sokolkata #kolkatabuzz #kolkatafoodlovers #kolkatafoodblogger #kolkatafood #kolkatafoodies #betterbutter #_betterbutter_ #bbcgoodfood #bongfood #buzzfeedfood #goodfoodindia A post shared by Pritha Chakraborty (@prithas_passion) on Jan 8, 2019 at 5:51am PST There are many versions of the kochuri where the fillings differ: Chattu (Sattu), Koraisuti (Geen Peas) or Hing (Asafetida) but the aalu is constant. Each one is delicious in its own right. A perfect breakfast companion! Iconic Eatery: Maharaja OR Maharani, Kolkata 6. Vada Pav: Origin: Mumbai, Maharashtra Aamchi Mumbai's answer to the Burger, the delicious Vada pav is unparalleled in its taste and its simplicity. A fried potato patty inside pav, smeared with green and tamarind chutney is a slice of heaven in your mouth. View this post on Instagram Mumbai ki jaan ð¯ð . ð· @lady.epicurean . Follow @foodchoiceofmumbai for more amazing pictures. . #vadapav #mumbai #mumbaistreet #delhistreet #streetfood #itz_mumbai #munchymumbai #achaar #puri #nashta #indianbreakfast #snack#foodofmumbai #mumbaifoodie #mymumbai #mumbaifoodjunkie #nelwindcruz #thecrazyindianfoodie #mumbaimerijaan #foodiesofindia #homeforhungry #things2doinmumbai #eatthis #indianfoodbloggers A post shared by Food Choice Of Mumbai (@foodchoiceofmumbai) on Feb 10, 2019 at 7:54pm PST You may have all the burgers in the world but the humble vada pav trumps them, always. Also, the batata vada is heavenly, a must-have separately. View this post on Instagram Mumbai's Garma Garam Vada Pav ð¤¤ð . ð· @thefoodattacker . Follow @foodchoiceofmumbai for more amazing pictures. . #vadapav #mumbai #mumbaistreet #delhistreet #streetfood #itz_mumbai #munchymumbai #achaar #puri #nashta #indianbreakfast #snack#foodofmumbai #mumbaifoodie #mymumbai #mumbaifoodjunkie #nelwindcruz #thecrazyindianfoodie #mumbaimerijaan #foodiesofindia #homeforhungry #things2doinmumbai #eatthis #indianfoodbloggers A post shared by Food Choice Of Mumbai (@foodchoiceofmumbai) on Feb 4, 2019 at 5:31am PST Iconic Eatery: Ashok Vada Pav; Graduate Vada Pav. Mumbai 7. Jigarthanda: Origin: Madurai, Tamil Nadu A refreshing drink found in the bylanes of Madurai and as the name suggests, it surely cools your “jigar”. A blend of ice-cream, sarsaparilla root syrup, almond gum, dry fruits, milk and sugar which provides the much-needed respite from the hot summers. View this post on Instagram Start your day with some delicious Jigarthanda from Murugan Idli Shop, in Chennai. ð . . . . #MuruganIdliShop #Jigarthanda #Dessert A post shared by Click Eat & Repeat (@clickeatandrepeat) on Dec 25, 2018 at 7:37pm PST Iconic Eatery: Murugan Idli Shop, Madurai 8. Chole Bhature: Origin: Delhi/ North India Can anything even come close to the deliciousness of hot bhature served with a spicy gravy of chole, with a pickled mirchi and some raw onion? The answer is no! View this post on Instagram #Repost @foodie_deepak ã»ã»ã» Chole Bhature ð¥ . . Tag someone who would love this ð . . What: Chole Bhature Where: Food Namo, Noida Sector 2 Taste: 4.5/5 . . . . #cholebhature #foodtalkindia #ifoundawesome #omnomnom #soulfood A post shared by Dil Hai Foodie (@dilhaifoodie) on Oct 27, 2018 at 1:00am PDT Hot, greasy bhature are the best comfort food when you are feeling low. The sight of the bhatura filling up with air when fried is sure to lift your spirits! View this post on Instagram I know its norm for many families to eat out for weekend Breakfast or brunch. Whats ur family norm for breakfast? Home cooked or From outside ? About Post: Had this this from Gupta Sweet and Namkeen in Punjabi Bagh. The good thing about this plate of Chole bhature was the quality of oil used to cook, Bhature were not at all oily and the chole were soft and not stuffed with lots of spices and chillies. Just about right. Price : Rs60 per Plate. Rating : 4/5 Pic by @dillifoodies . . #dillifoodies #cholebhature #teampixel #weekend #breakfast #food A post shared by Priyanka and Sumit (@dillifoodies) on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT Iconic Eatery: Sitaram Diwanchand, Delhi 9. Momos: Origin: Tibetean (Predominantly) / North and North East India Every college goer's first love: Momos! These little pockets of happiness not only fill your stomach but also your soul. Best thing? Its economic supremacy. View this post on Instagram We love pan fried crispy momosð¥ð¥Where do you go for momos? This corner place on Bidhan Sarani is called Hungry Monkzzz, right opposite Khudiram Bose College!𧡠• Clicked and vouched by @srijita.datta.9 • Follow @tasteofcalcutta and share your photos by using #TasteOfCalcutta or by tagging us in your photos to get featured ðð· • #TasteOfCalcutta #calcuttafood #calcuttafoodie #storiesofkolkata #ourcitykolkata #cal_calling #calcutta #kolkata #kolkatadiaries #kolkatagram #kolkatablogger #calcuttadiaries #calcuttacacophony #kolkatafood #kolkata_igers #sokolkata #onlyinbengal #ig_calcutta #desi_diaries #kolkatafoodie #kolkatafoodies #kolkatafoodbloggers #kolkatafoodscene #calcuttafoodiesclub A post shared by Taste of Calcutta (@tasteofcalcutta) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:55am PST Fried, steamed, in a soup, or tandoori, whichever way you like it, momos are unquestionably the cheapest and tastiest way to satiate a ravenous hunger. The momo chutney is another wonder to look forward to. View this post on Instagram momo (nepali dumpling) ..link in bio of our new video like and subscribe #food #nepali #nepal #nepalese #foodporn #foodgasm #asian #asia #foodnepal #foodblogger #ilovefood #vegetable #kathmandu #pokhara #nepalesefood #nepalifood #ealing #weekend #momo #london #chowmein #noodle #curry #grilledchicken #chicken #dumpling #salmon A post shared by momosisters ð¥ ð¥ð¥ (@momosisters1) on Nov 14, 2018 at 11:00pm PST The debate between which version of it is better will always be there but one thing is certain: they are tasty and will always remain so! 10. Aloo Tikiya Chaat: Origin: Uttar Pradesh Also known as ragda pattice (the Bombay term), the aloo tikki chaat is the king of street food. View this post on Instagram Now serving Mumbai's famous street food 'Ragda Pattice' #madhavrao #maharashtrian #mumbaistreets #streetfood #ragdapatties #indiansnack #ragdapattice #yummy #ahmedabad #restaurant #ahmedabadfoodie #foodinahmedabad #musthavefood #indianfood #masala A post shared by Madhavrao (@madhavraoahmedabad) on Mar 5, 2018 at 8:37pm PST The taste, the flavours, the presentation, the myriad colours all come together to make it one of the most marvellous street foods of all time. The first bite into the aloo tikki with just the right amount of chana/chole gravy and spiced dahi makes you forget the world you live in. View this post on Instagram This Aloo Tikki Chaat makes my evening beautiful ..... . Tag karo apne dosto ko comments section mai and what is your favourite Chat ?? . Serving : Aloo Tikki Chaat . . From : Local , Connaught Place , New Delhi . . For more Follow : @thefood.vlogger . #thefoodvlogger . #alootikkichaat #alootikki #chaatpapri #platinggoals #desifood #desifoodie #foodlove #northindianfood #northindian #newdelhi #delhincr #delhilifestyle #delhilifestyleblogger #delhifoodbloggers #delhichaat #connaughtplace #cpdelhi #local #delhilocal #mumbaichaat #bombayfoodies #bombaychaat #pixelnofilter A post shared by THE FOOD VLOGGER™|VANSH TANEJA (@thefood.vlogger) on Feb 18, 2019 at 4:41am PST The aloo tikki in itself is another delicious treat! Iconic Eatery: Juhu Chowpatty, Mumbai; Chandni Chowk, Delhi 11. Tunday Kabab: Origin: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh As regal as its city of origin, this Awadhi dish, made of meat and nearly 160 ground spices, is a must-have for a foodie. The charred taste of the cured, marinated meat is one of the most astute essences of this particular dish, which lends a special flavour to it. View this post on Instagram Lucknow's Tunday Kabab is believed to be established in 1905 by Haji Murad Ali. Even today in the narrow gullies in the old area of Lucknow, the kabab is made in the same old way with a blend of spices in the traditonal way. Which is your favourite place in Lucknow? #TSLucknow . . . DM/Tag #talkingstreet to get featured . . . ð·: The better India . . #Lucknow #tunday #kabab #today #narrow #gullies #oldarea #lucknow #spices #traditional #old #area ##SundayFunday #SinDay #SundayFunday #SundayRead #SpotlightSunday #WeekendVibes #SundaySweets #SundaySpecial #urbex #streetshared #aov #weekly_feature #createexploretakeover #shotzdelight #mkexplore #gearednomad #rsa_streetview #liveauthentic #foodbeast #eeeeeats #eatfamous #feedfeed #dailyfoodfeed #onthetable #lifeandthyme #f52grams #tastingtable #huffposttaste #incredibleindia #photographers_of_india #indiagram #storiesofindia #indiaclicks #lucknow #india #TalkingStreet A post shared by Talking Street (@talkingstreet) on Mar 10, 2018 at 9:37pm PST A single bite is sure to make you go crazy for these. The best tunday kabab can be found in Tunday Kababi in Old Lucknow, where it is known to have originated, where the one-armed cook Haji-Murad Ali first set up shop. Iconic Eatery: Tunday Kababi, Chawk Area, Old Lucknow (Est. 1905) 12. Bonda: Origin: Mysore/Bengaluru, Karnataka As you walk along the crowded roads of Bangalore, a delicious smell of deep-fried food wafts in the air and you just can't walk away from it. View this post on Instagram Preparing Mini bonda's for bonda soupð Soak urad Dal for 3hrs or more, grind to smooth paste , to this add peppercorn,ginger, finely chopped curry leaf,tspn of rice flour (optional),cumin and salt to taste.Mix well and deep fry them. In a bowl add few bonda's add hot lentil soup and enjoy ð . . #bonda #bondasoup #deepfried #breakfasttime #proteinrich #nutritious #cleaneating #cleancooking #yummy #tasty #delicious #foodphotography #foodiesofbangalore #food #foodporn #foodgasm #foodtalkindia #indianfood #eeeeeats #nomnom #buzzfeedfood #likes4like #instafood #instagood #myblr A post shared by Chitra Krishnanand (@chitrakrishnanand) on Jun 26, 2018 at 8:46pm PDT Found nearly in every other gully, the bonda is a fritter made from the dosa batter; small, crispy, nearly round balls of deep-fried goodness. The beauty is in the shape of the bonda; talk about being imperfectly perfect! View this post on Instagram Follow : @karnataka_nodi for more. ð· : @foodstagrambengaluru #karnatakanodi #karnataka #karnatakatourism #traveldiaries #kannada #karnataka_ig #photooftheday #picoftheday #bonda #food A post shared by Karnataka_nodi (@karnataka_nodi) on Sep 2, 2018 at 7:17am PDT 13. Galouti Kebab: Origin: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh These melt-in-the-mouth flavorful kebabs are the cousins of the Tunday Kabab, it is said to have been made especially for the toothless nawab, Asa-ud Daula. As he couldn't bite into the meat, all thanks to his nearly non-existent teeth, the cooks prepared a different version of the meat kebabs and a legend was born! View this post on Instagram Galauti kebabs need we say more !!!?? #mutton #galautikebab #lambkebabs #kebabs #eatpraylove #lucknowfoodbloggers #lucknowistreetfood #goodfoodgoodtimes #lucknow_igers #uttarpradeshdiaries #instakebab #muttonlover #caloriefood #eatingfortheinsta #foodporn #nonvegfood #flavoursoflucknow #comfortfood #eatwellbewell #cuisinesworld A post shared by JatiNupur (@paapipeit) on Feb 3, 2018 at 6:00am PST Vegetarians don't be disheartened because its vegetarian versions are also available. View this post on Instagram Sardi ka mausam aur garma garam Galauti khaane ka mazaa hi kuch aur hai . . I find the #Galautis at #Rajinderkadhaba one of the best. Even on a week day the place is totally crowded and the concept of eating in the open in winters make it so much fun... #delhidiaries#delhicuisine#dhaba#delhigram#delhite#delhincr#saddidilli#vscocam#vscofood#foodohotography#foodpic#foodforsoul#foodgram#foodgasm#foodcoma#like4like#likeforlike#likeforfollow#like4likealways#tagsforlikes#dhabafood#instapic#instalike#mughlaifood#streetfood#galautikebab#dillikakhana#winterfood A post shared by Sharmistha M Cheema (@sharmistha_cheema) on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:44pm PST Iconic Eatery: Tunday Kababi, Chawk Area, Old Lucknow (Est. 1905) 14. Chowmein: Origin: Kolkata, West Bengal The Indian version of the Chinese stir-fried noodles is a must-have and is easily available all across the country, served on thelas, with a high flame atop which sits the wok, in which the cook sautés the noodles, the veggies and chicken/mutton/egg in rapid motions adding chilli, tomato and soya sauce. A beautiful sight to behold. View this post on Instagram Super hungry for this delicious Indian style Chowmein ððððAt Lords Stall, Exide. • Photo by @street_food_map • Follow @tasteofcalcutta and share your photos by using #TasteOfCalcutta or by tagging us • #TasteOfCalcutta #kolkatastreetfood #calcuttastreetfood #calcuttafood #calcuttafoodie #storiesofkolkata #ourcitykolkata #cal_calling #calcutta #kolkata #kolkatadiaries #kolkatagram #kolkatablogger #calcuttadiaries #calcuttacacophony #kolkatafood #kolkata_igers #sokolkata #onlyinbengal #ig_calcutta #desi_diaries #kolkatafoodie #kolkatafoodies #kolkatafoodbloggers #kolkatafoodscene #calcuttafoodiesclub A post shared by Taste of Calcutta (@tasteofcalcutta) on Feb 19, 2019 at 7:39am PST In fact, our tongues have become so accustomed to the Indo-Chinese chowmein that authentic noodles at a Chinese restaurant does not compare to its street counterpart and seems bland. View this post on Instagram Veg Oriental Hakka (wok tossed fresh noodles with vegetables and black pepper) Price - â¹170 + GST Dishes tried: - Thai Chicken Salad - Drums of Heaven - Chicken Steamed Momo - Chicken Lat Me Kai - General Tao's Favourite Chicken - Tausi Fish - Veg Hakka Noodles - Veg Hunan Rice - Darsan with Icecream Located at Ballygunge, Mamasan is a casual dining restaurant serving Pan Asian cuisine at a comfortable pricing. The menu at Mamasan encompasses Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Thai delicacies. Most of the dishes have a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian version which is great for a city like Kolkata where there is a fairly large vegetarian population as well. The restaurant has a simple and beautiful ambience and is also moderately spacious. Each dish is prepared using fresh ingredients to maintain the quality. It is an ideal place for people who are fond of or are interested to try out authentic Asian cuisine. The staff here is kind and always on their toes. Much Recommendedð P.S. The portions of the main course are quite large, so order wisely!! ................................................................................... Follow @KolkataFoodLovers if you liked this postâ¤ï¸ . . #food #foodie #foodstory #foodgasm #foodlover #likeforfood #foodporn #instafood #instafoodie #loveforfood #foodpic #followforfood #foodstagram #nomnom #yummyinmytummy #foodforlife #goodfood #breakfast #lunch #dinner #noodles #foodinfluencer #chowmein #asian #vegetarian #nonvegetarian #streetfood #bonappetit #kolkatadiaries #kolkatafoodlovers A post shared by Kolkata Food Lovers (@kolkatafoodlovers) on Jan 20, 2019 at 2:37am PST 15. Kabiraji: Origin: Kolkata, West Bengal Kabiraji is one of the most iconic of Kolkata's street foods. It gets its name from the covering of egg that envelopes the chicken/fish cutlet. Kabiraji is the nearest Bangla term for the English word “coverage”. View this post on Instagram #CalcuttaKobiraji Where is your favourite #kobiraji place in Calcutta? • Clicked by @thatsavageblogger • #TasteOfCalcutta #calcuttafood #calcuttafoodie #storiesofkolkata #ourcitykolkata #cal_calling #calcutta #kolkata #kolkatadiaries #kolkatagram #kolkatablogger #calcuttadiaries #calcuttacacophony #kolkatafood #kolkata_igers #sokolkata #onlyinbengal #ig_calcutta #desi_diaries #kolkatafoodie #kolkatafoodies #kolkatafoodbloggers #kolkatafoodscene #calcuttafoodiesclub #kabiraji A post shared by Taste of Calcutta (@tasteofcalcutta) on Nov 1, 2018 at 8:32am PDT A staple in college canteens, it is one of the most delicious items you may have ever tasted. Served with kasundi (mustard sauce) and ketchup, it stands out courtesy of its beautiful shape and crispy texture. The juicy cutlet and the flaky egg exterior leave you wanting for more. View this post on Instagram As our team attends the @fabellechocolates Food Food awards, East at JW Marriott today, let's take a look at some of the iconic eateries of CALCUTTA. Mitra cafe, ladies and gentleman. Photo courtesy: @soumyajit.calcutta Feature selected by @deckle_edge Keep following us for such interesting pictures and tagging #ig_Calcutta on your beautiful pictures. - Team Calcutta Instagrammers . . . #foodie #foodporn #calcuttafood #Kobiraji #kolkata #nostalgia A post shared by Calcutta Instagrammers (@ig_calcutta) on Nov 28, 2018 at 7:02am PST Iconic Eatery: Mitra Café, Kolkata 16. Bhel: Origin: Mumbai, Maharashtra Puffed rice has never been better. Puri, papdi, puffed rice, green chutney, tamarind sauce, sev all come together to make one of the easiest and best chaats out there. Easy on the pocket and delightfully tasty. View this post on Instagram Bhelð . . One of my favourite street food ð Little spicy with garnished onions makes it perfectð¥ . . Follow @imstill_hungry_ @imstill_hungry_ Turn on post notification ð . . #chat #panipuri #bhelpuri #streetfoods #indianstreetfood #eeeeeats #streetfoodindia #streetfood #ekplate #foodmaniacindia #saddidilli #sodelhicious #zingyzest #foodbossindia #foodstagram #nomnom #fbai #f52grams #foodoftheday #instayum #shotononeplus #dahipuri #gastronomicjournal #trending #explorefood #thingstodoinpune #thingstodoinmumbai #nagpur #nagpurfoodies #nagpurfoodbloggers A post shared by I'm Still Hungry | Suraj Gupta (@imstill_hungry_) on Jan 19, 2019 at 11:59pm PST 17. Laksa: Origin: Assam A hearty soup from Assam, made from rice noodles steeped in a broth of tamarind paste, coconut milk, fish paste and spices along with chicken or fish. A popular staple in the street food of Assam, it is as mouth-watering as it is comforting. View this post on Instagram The sight and smells of assam laksa. So tangy, sourish, not overly fishy. It was thick and rich in delightful tamarind fllavors. The more you eat, the more you want it. So addictive. #assamlaksa #jiaklocal #lunchwithfriends #igers #hungrygowhere #burpple #8dayseat #sgig #instagood #instafoodsg #photographers #photooftheday #foodphotography #bestfoodphoto #singaporeinsiders #eatoutsg #tagsforlikes #tastesocietysg #bloggers #madaboutsingapore2018 #thefoodjournalsg #topsingaporerestaurants #penangseafoodrestaurantsg A post shared by Kristine (@msginginly) on Aug 8, 2018 at 2:24am PDT 18. Raj Kachori: Origin: Bikaner, Rajasthan Rajasthan is majestic and so is its food. The Raj Kachori is one such example: delightful chaat comprising of a humungous kachori overflowing with aloo chaat, yoghurt, different types of sauces and chutneys and finished off with some boondi. View this post on Instagram Raj Kachori @creamcentreindia A restaurant that welcomes you with delicious offerings and warm hospitality. Me and my mumma enjoyed our dinner here to the fullest. #rajkachori #chaat #creamcentre #mumbai #chowpatty #family #restaurant #chaatlove #chaat #royal #preparation #delicious #huffposttaste #feedfeed #feedyoursoull #sweet #spicy #trishalasharma #mom #dinner #date #hashtag #photooftheday A post shared by Brewingfood (@trishala.sharma) on Nov 18, 2018 at 9:51pm PST A mammoth culinary indulgence, a taste explosion and a sensory foodgasm all in one mouthful. View this post on Instagram The royal, rich and splendid Raj Kachori from @haldiramindia is one of my favorite Indian Chaats. Take a bite in and savor the flavor. . . #shotononeplus . . #indianchaat #rajkachori #haldirams #desichaat #foodporn #picoftheday #igersofindis #sodelhi #plixxoxajio #delhifoodie #delhistreetfood #ndtvfood #foodnetwork #popxoinfluencer #ifoundawesome #nomnom24x7 #foodphotography @oneplus #plixxoinfluencer @oneplus_india @zomatoin @vsco @vscoindia.co @thisisinsiderfood @food52 @zomatogold @popxoyum @plixxo @ndtv_food @foodtalkindia @swiggyindia @foodpandaindia @weareinfluencenetwork @rha_india @foodbloggerai @foodnetwork @food52 A post shared by V I D H I ð A P R A J I T A (@yesfoodonmymind) on Oct 4, 2018 at 12:25pm PDT 19. Appe (Paniyaram): Origin: Kerala Kerala's love affair with appe is quite a well-known one. This healthier version of the bonda is made of nearly the same batter as dosa/idli, but the twist is that these are steamed and not fried. View this post on Instagram Paniyarams for breakfast?? While idlis,dosas, poha and upma are our staple quick off breakfasts, on the mornings I do wake up a lil bit early, it's paniyarams or uttapams for us, only because I like them cooked optimally so they stay crispy and soft at the same time ð¬. As always I've added some vegetables to the mix and given a tadka of mustard seeds, curry leaves to the batter. Green chutney and podi to go along with it because not enough time to scrape the coconut ðð. Have a good day peeps!! . . . . . . . #hungrygypsies #southindianfood #breakfast #homemadefood #indianfood A post shared by Shwetaa Sharma (@shwetaa358) on Nov 20, 2017 at 8:02pm PST Crunchy on the outside but soft and spongy on the inside, along with coconut chutney is as simple a delight as there can be. View this post on Instagram Too tempted for some Masala Paniyaram / Appe today . * Tag a South Indian Foodie * . . . . . ð· @binjalsvegkitchen #mumbai #mumbaifood #food #foodindia #foodtalkindia #foodtalks #southindianfood #appe #paniyaram #idli #dosa #mumbaibreakfast #breakfastfood #breakfast #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #foodblogger #foodblogmumbai #foodblog A post shared by Live To Eat Bombay (@livetoeatbombay) on Jan 8, 2019 at 8:57pm PST 20. Mirchi Bajji: Origin: Hyderabad, Telangana Hyderabad's version of the mirchi pakoda is a spicier version of the Rajasthan one. Deep fried, in a batter of besan and spices, the mirchi is stuffed with a special masala mainly consisting of tamarind pulp and a selection of spices. View this post on Instagram ð§ Rainy day calls for bisi bisi Mirchi ð¶ bhajji #readytoeattð¥ðð² #yummyfood #rainydays #mirchibajji #streetfood #mysorefood #foodporn #foodphotography #mysorediaries #indianstreetfood #indianfoodie #mysorestyle #homemade #mysurufood #karnatakafood A post shared by Ready To Eatt (@readytoeatt) on Mar 31, 2018 at 11:27am PDT The crispy bajji pairs extremely well with hot chai. A go-to every rainy day. You won't find it difficult to locate a shop selling these because every other lane boasts of the best bajjis in town. View this post on Instagram Stuffed mirchi bajji is the ideal snack for rainy evenings . . #vegetarianfood #vegetarian #veganfood #vegan #snack #indianfood #sobangalore #southindianfood #food#sohyderabad #sochennai #foodblogger #odiafood #foodporn #foodtalkindia #walkwithindia #kalyanialla #nomnom24x7 #therawtextures #foodielife #pictureoftheday #mirchibajji #andhra #andhracuisine#foodcoma #desifood#yummyinmytummy #yummy #homemadefood #healthy A post shared by Kalyani Alla (@kalyanialla24) on Jun 5, 2018 at 8:06am PDT 21. Kulcha: Origin: Amritsar, Punjab Mildly leavened bread either stuffed/not stuffed (traditionally not), depending on your palate, this delicacy from Punjab goes well with curries and gravies. View this post on Instagram Such breakfast options are always the best Follow: @thecravingnomad #sodelhi #foodie #picoftheday #foodphotography #foodporn #foodtalkindia #instafood #delhifoodguide #thecravingnomad #indiapictures #storiesofindia #foodmania #foodmaniac #foodmaniacindia #foodgram #foodphoto #vscofood #likeforlike #likes4likes #foodoftheday #l4l #food #lovefood #dailyfoodfeed #yummy #yougottaeatthis #likesforlikes #Foodphoto #food #yummyfood A post shared by Vibhav Dwivedi (@thecravingnomad) on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:13pm PDT Amristari Kulche are quite popular with the flaky exterior doused with butter. If you go for the stuffed type, ranging from paneer to keema, the kulcha becomes more phenomenal. Amritsar is flooded with shops which sell superb kulchas with a variety of fillings and gravies to accompany! View this post on Instagram #Repostweek @bhookasaand Follow ðð¼ @bhookasaand @jatinkhurana91 ã»ã»ã» I am craving for this since Monday and my bad is that this kind of #amritsarikulcha is only available in #amritsar. I had this paneer Kulcha at #MonuKulchaHut. Tag your friends who will love this #Kulcha. For more food reviews, check #BhookaSaand website http://www.bhookasaand.com #streetfood #indianfood #foodhonker #bhukkadchef #punjabifood #amritsarfood #punjab #punjabifood #foodblog #foodblogger #foodie A post shared by Jatin Khurana (@jatinkhurana91) on Jul 31, 2017 at 2:04am PDT The taste of the tandoor is a bonus, the smoky flavour of the tandoor adds a charm to the already fantastic dish. Another variety can be found in Hyderabad where it is known as sheermaal. 22. Chhena Poda: Origin: Nayagarh, Orissa India's own cheesecake. It literally means burnt cheese, which is exactly what it is: a sweet cheese with a charred covering outside and a soft, delicate inside. Said to be one of Bhagawan Jagannath's favourite sweets, this sweetmeat is prepared by baking kneaded cottage cheese or cheese curd (made from curdled milk) and sugar with dry fruits and cardamom powder until the sugar caramelizes completely, giving a roasted, golden-brown covering to the final product. Hours and hours of baking turns humble cheese into a beatific, surreal dessert worth tasting (and worth the wait). As the adage goes, good things take time! View this post on Instagram You don't have to be in #odisha to enjoy some authentic Odia treats! Here's an amazing #dessert recommendation from one of our app users. This amazing dessert is called #cheenapoda or simply milk cake, which is such a refreshing change to the western #cheesecake, and can be eaten at Dalma #koramangala (geo-tagged on the app) You can read more about this amazing dish and why our user recommends it here - http://woozoe.com/dish/id/2792 To stumble upon more of these amazing offbeat and authentic recommendation from real foodies like you, get on the #woozoeapp now. #bangalorefoodie #foodofbengaluru #findfood #findrestaurants #bangalorerestaurants #woozoe #dishspecific #goodfood #foodie #nomnom #foodporn #delicious #picturereview #foodreview #foodapp #instadesserts #findfood #sobangalore A post shared by Woozoe - For the foodie in you (@woozoeapp) on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:06am PST What is intriguing is that this sweet was invented by accident when a local confectioner added sugar and other seasonings to leftover milk cheese curds and left it in a warm oven, only to find a dessert in its place when he came back! View this post on Instagram Chhena Podað Odisha's very own cheesecake! Odisha is known for its hospitality and warm-hearted people. When you are in Odisha's famous tourist site Puri, you can not miss out on the opportunity to treat your sweet tooth. This Pilgrim Town has a lot to offer beyond beaches. The one sweet that Odisha is famous for - Chhena Poda, also known to be Lord Jagannath's favourite sweet and is often offered to him at the Puri Temple. Chhena Poda is made of cheese, sugar, cashew, cardamoms and raisins. All the items are mixed well and then wrapped in the leaves of the Sal tree and baked in a charcoal oven for several hours until it becomes red and the caramelised sugar brings out the distinct flavour of Chhena Poda. It is believed that the origin of Chhena Poda is in Nayagarh district of Odisha during the first half of 20th century. The lingering taste of burnt home-made cottage cheese and semolina combined with sugar syrup simply blows away your mind. Being sold in almost every nook and corner, this dish is simple, easy and absolutely delicious. . . Pic Courtesy @chickensoupfortummy ................................................................................... Follow @KolkataFoodLovers if you liked this postâ¤ï¸ . . #food #foodie #foodgasm #foodlover #likeforfood #foodporn #instafood #instafoodie #loveforfood #foodpic #followforfood #foodstagram #nomnom #yummyinmytummy #desifood #goodfood #breakfast #lunch #dinner #odisha #chhenapoda #foodinfluencer #indianfoodie #indianfood #vegetarian #nonvegetarian #streetfood #bonappetit #kolkatadiaries #kolkatafoodlovers A post shared by Kolkata Food Lovers (@kolkatafoodlovers) on Feb 15, 2019 at 12:47am PST Found nearly all over Orissa, in confectionaries and street-side thelas, this dessert is a must-have the next time you visit Orissa. 23. Litti Chokha: Origin: Bihar/Jharkhand/Uttar Pradesh Sattu stuffed balls of gluttonous genius. Whole wheat flour is shaped into balls which are stuffed with sattu, onions, coriander, ginger, garlic and spices and then roasted over coal/wood/cow dung cakes fire. The finale comes in the form of dunking the litti in desi ghee. Ah, marvellous! View this post on Instagram LITTI CHOKHA Bihar's famous street food . . Keep Loving @hello.patna !! . . Credit :- @kapilkakitchen . . Use #HelloPatna in your pics to get featured !! . . #recipeoftheday #newyears2019 #litti #littichokha #biharicuisine #hellopatna #biharcuisines #patna #bihar #Litticokha #chokha #foodblogfeed #foodieindia #foodilysm #foodieindia #foodgoals #saturdaygoals #saturday #foodblogfeed #instafood #instalikes #instagramm #instalove #likeforlikes #likesforlikesback #likesforlike A post shared by #HelloPatna (@hello.patna) on Jan 5, 2019 at 9:01am PST The chokha is the accompaniment of this ghee-soaked wonder, made of either roasted and mashed brinjal with spices or a similar preparation of potato. The best version (according to me) however is litti served with a chicken korma or a creamy mutton gravy. Dunk away! View this post on Instagram Litti-chicken or Litti-chokha Which one is your favourite . Credit - @therawtextures . Use #heybihar to get featured . #therawtextures #platinggoals #homecooked #chicken #litti #bihari #ekbihari #2018 #love #2019 #history #foodporn #yum #HeyBihar #instafood#instagood #murga #litti #littichokha #littimurga #patna #bihar #india #bihartourism A post shared by #HeyBihar (@heybihar) on Jan 9, 2019 at 10:30pm PST True a “lit” dish. :P 24. Tarri Poha: Origin: Nagpur, Maharashtra Nagpur is known for its fiery and spicy Saoji cuisine which quite literally sets your tongue on fire. Tarri Poha is a variety of Poha in which a “tarri” which roughly translates to gravy is poured over the poha, and that is what makes this such an iconic dish. View this post on Instagram Isn't that Tempting? 𤤠. ð We had this yummy tarri poha at saoji poha near ravi square & it was one hell of a spicy poha which we had ð¥ . ð This was full with chickpeas, poha(flattened rice), sev & lots of different types of masalas & spices which goes together perfectly well ð¥ . So this can be the perfect breakfast for you guys so make sure to give this a try âï¸ . Taste - ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥/5 . Price - 30 /- ð² . Follow @food.khana for more!! ð Follow @food.khana for a feature!! ð¸ Follow @food.khana #foodkhana âï¸ . . . . #foodkhana #delish #yumyum #tasty #chanamasala #poha #delish #yumyum #mumbaifoodie #mumbaifoodblogger #delhieats #dillimerijaan #nagpur #nagpurfoodies #foodphotography #foods #food52 #foodgasm #foodaholic #tarripoha #nagpurdiaries #shotoniphone #indianfoodbloggers #streetfood A post shared by TwiShi ð Nagpur's Food Blog ð (@food.khana) on Nov 21, 2018 at 7:01am PST The tarri is oily, tangy, spiced to kill and absolutely delicious; made with desi chana mulled with kala masala (a special secret spice) and other spices. It gives the poha a much-needed kick and tastes absolutely lip-smacking. You will never have typical poha once you have tasted this. Iconic Eatery: Ramji-Shyamji Pohewale, Nagpur What are you waiting for? Go, and indulge the foodie inside you!
  7. If there's one thing well-dressed men are particular about, it's their ties. Any man who wishes to maintain a gentlemen's lifestyle wouldn't dare to wear a pre-done tie. They exist, yes. But a man needs to set himself apart from the rest by learning to tie his own bow-tie. Every man's rite of passage comes when he moves into adulthood, and the times that separate the men from the boys are black tie events. Learning this gentlemanly skill will improve your style game by 10x and help you rock a tuxedo like never before. Follow this step-by-step guide to tie the perfect bow-tie that'll make you look dapper AF: © MensXP Step 1: Pull up your collar and lay the bow tie around your neck. One side should hang 4-5 inches lower than the other. Then cross the longer end over the shorter end. Observe the reference images for guidance. Step 2: Create a half knot just like you do when tying your shoelaces. Easy peasy. Step 3: Keep a finger on the half knot to keep it tight. Then fold the shorter end of the bow tie in half. It should start to look like a bow tie. © MensXP Step 4: Take the longer end of the bow tie and pull it over the half-folded bow tie. Step 5: Now fold half of the unfolded part of the bow tie. Step 6: Just like you do when tying your shoes, pull the bow tie through the loop at the back of the bow. Do so by pushing and pulling along the fold. © MensXP Step 7: Pull only halfway through. Step 8: Pull on both sides of the bow and pull tight. As a little trick, put your index fingers through each of the loops and pull outwards. Step 9: Tug and pull to make sure the bow tie sits nice and tight. Then centre it in between your collar symmetrically. © MensXP Refer to the entire process step-by-step as illustrated above and you're all set. Voila! Now you've managed to tie your bow-tie from scratch. Not so difficult, was it?
  8. With the weekend coming up and maximum number people looking forward to party hard, a true sports fan would be the happiest, sitting at home, glued to the television box and watching back-to-back fixtures across all sports. From India and Australia's last series before the World Cup starting tomorrow to a mouthwatering El Clasico, you have got to cancel out on all your plans for the next two days. India Vs Australia, 1st ODI (Saturday 1:30 PM ) © AP Before the Australian challenge, the Indian cricket team were carrying themselves with confidence from their victories on foreign soil in the recent past. But an astonishing comeback for the underrated Aussies reversed the equation of this on-going tour of Australia. Having being white-washed in the T20I series by 2-0, the Men in Blue would definitely pull up their socks for the Aussie's challenge in the upcoming five-match ODI series. With first ODI taking place at Hyderabad, tomorrow, let's see what Kolhi & Co. have in store for us. Real Madrid Vs Barcelona (Sunday 1:15 AM) © Reuters We should consider ourselves really lucky that we are witnessing back-to-back El Clasico matchups in a space of three days. The last fixture between Real and Barca was a one-sided event where Barca completely ruled over Santiago Bernueba and registered a 3-0 win to book a place in the final of Copa Del Ray. Eyeing revenge, Sergio Ramos & Co. would make sure that they put forward their best team effort unlike last one. With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele on the other side, one thing can be confirmed, that this would definitely be a super exciting match to watch. Tottenham Vs Arsenal (Saturday 6:00 PM) © Reuters With El Clasico on one side, there is North London Derby on the other, where Arsenal would be travelling to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspurs in a league match. While the Gunners are coming from an emphatic home win over Bournemouth by 5-1, Tottenham are still being trolled over their late-game blunder by Trippier in their 0-2 lose against Chelsea. Tottenham, currently on the 3rd position in the league table, can get a tough competition by the away team as if Arsenal wins, it would place them just a point away from Spurs to take the third spot. Other fixtures from the English Premier League are : Manchester United Vs Southampton (Saturday 8:30 PM) Bournemouth Vs Manchester City (Saturday 8:30 PM) Fulham Vs Chelsea (Sunday 7:35 PM) Everton Vs Liverpool (Sunday 9:45 PM) Napoli Vs Juventus (Monday 1:00 AM) © Reuters In Series A fixture, the table-toppers Juventus go head-to-head with Napoli, who are right behind them. Both played an away game as their last match and where Napoli won 4-0 over Parma, Juventus could only score a single goal to register the win over Bologna. This would be a challenging game for Massimiliano Allegri and his men, as Napoli seems to be a strong side keeping in mind their unbeaten seven-match streak in the league. Other fixtures to look forward in Series A are: Lazio Vs Roma (Sunday 1:00 AM) Atlanta Vs Fiorentina (Sunday 10:30 PM)
  9. Do you like the thought of switching to organic products, but think it's way too expensive? You're not alone. I think money is the main reason that a lot of people are hesitant to make the switch. I like to think of it as investing in your health vs buying expensive products off the rack, but not everyone shares this point of view. So, I'm here to share with you some ways that you can make the switch without breaking the bank. Break The Routine Pexels Most people I meet are already set in routines, have already established shopping habits, and already have lives that demand a lot of their time. They care, but they don't have the time or energy to do all the research all of the time, or to try and consider every single intersecting factor that can affect whether we call something ethical, sustainable or organic. Break this routine. Don't Make The Switch Overnight Pexels This is so important. Once you start learning about chemicals and toxic ingredients, it's hard not to want to swap everything ASAP. But don't feel like you need to do this all at once. Start small. If you're having trouble prioritizing what to replace, start with the products that you use the most, such as food. Or, ditch the products that are the most toxic first. Find A Middle Ground Pexels There are different levels of organic and handmade. There are your conventional, cheap, toxic products. Then there are products that are so-so and have good ingredients as well as some bad ingredients. Then there are your SUPER pure products but are on the expensive end. Find a middle ground. Look for products that will satiate your need of being healthy but are inexpensive too. Change Your Point of View Pexels I know you don't want to hear this, but consider changing your P.O.V. when it comes to organic products. (Okay, you're probably rolling your eyes at me now. But bear with me!) If you do enough research you'll find that products that are organic can also be easy on the pocket. Especially on a website like Qtrove.com, where you find an amazing range of natural, organic and handmade products- gourmet food, home decor, beverages, kitchen essentials, and grooming products and more! Look For Deals Pexels Deals are everywhere, you just have to look. Looking at a certain product? Sign up for that brand's newsletter and wait for a sale or promo code. Shop on sites that carry multiple brands such as Qtrove.com. If you pay using your PayTM wallet, you will get 10% cashback up to Rs 100! Do good research and look for more deals and promo codes. I am sure you'll be glad you did. Let us know if this helped you in the comments.
  10. The freezing winter winds have begun to taper off, and we are gradually pootling towards the dog days! The summer season gives you the opportunity to boast off the fashionista that resides inside you and naturally demands a trendy wardrobe upgrade. Whether you are someone who likes to be in style at all times or someone who buys clothes just for the sake of keeping oneself sheathed, there's one thing that you'd all agree to - summers call for fine quality cotton clothes! Cotton is the go-to summer fabric and makes for a godsend during those blazing hot days when your skin is longing for air and comfort. However, most men don't always pay heed to the fact that cotton too has plenty of variants, a popular one being organic cotton. The environment is chock-a-block with a myriad of resources which are there to sustain us. But, in order to get easy and faster solutions, we humans often end up over-utilizing these resources, more often than not causing unnecessary harm which in turn could lead to their depletion. So to combat this, the environmentalists have come up with various methods, one such being organic farming. Organic production benefits the environment (and us!) for it renews the soil, and helps maintain its fertility. At the same time, it limits the use of toxic chemical fertilizers or pesticides which are known to have an adverse impact on soil, air, water, and human health. So, as you decide to shop for clothes this summer season, there's one thing that you must keep in mind, and swear by - laying out your bucks on garms which are crafted out of 100% organic cotton. And as such, if you are all set to make a shift to organic cotton clothing, or wish to learn about this variant of cotton, here is an all-inclusive guide for you: What Is Organic Cotton? © Unsplash It does not happen as often that one pays heed to the environment and its health while laying out money on clothes. But while fashion and clothes would come and go, Mother Nature should sustain (well, we hope at least!). As such, it becomes important that we start giving it the attention that it deserves, and do our bit in preserving it. The fact that a large population of farmers around the globe employ synthetic methods and products to speed up the cultivation process, and to ensure that the crop comes out good, is something which is not as scandalizing as it used to be. Organic cotton is a result of that. It is a type of cotton which is cultivated without the use of any chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or pesticides, and its production involves no other artificial inputs. The fact that organic cotton is kept sheathed from any exposure to toxic chemicals is what ensures its purity, which in itself makes it healthy, as well as environment-friendly. What Are The Benefits Of Organic Cotton? © Unsplash When we talk about the diverse variants of cotton, the most common distinguishing factors remain confined to the quality of fabric, and how comfortable it feels on the skin. However, when it comes to organic cotton, there are more factors attached, the major ones being the environment-friendly properties that it is packed with. There are a number of reasons why you should invest in garments crafted out of organic cotton, some of which are as follows- 1. It is the most environment-friendly fabric: As the farmers do not make use of any artificial inputs in the production of organic cotton, this variant safeguards the soil from any sort of chemical abuse and helps itl retain its fertility. 2. It is smooth and lightweight: Be it organic cotton t shirts, briefs or anything else, articles which are crafted out of this type of cotton feel exceptionally light as well as smooth on the skin. This is owed to the fact that the organic treatment of this type of cotton ensures that it retains its natural wax which contributes to its smoothness. 3. It ensures better colour and sweat absorption: Organic cotton is packed with natural wicking properties, which in turn helps in better dye absorption during the later stages of textile production. Also, the products which are crafted out of this type of cotton are better at absorbing sweat. 4. It prevents possible skin allergies: Since no chemicals are used in its production, organically farmed cotton automatically reduces the chances of any chemical-induced allergies on the skin. 5. It is safe to work with: The farmers who work in cotton fields are vulnerable to the ill-effects of the chemical substance' which in turn can affect their well-being. Since organic cotton cultivation makes no use of such potentially toxic chemicals, the workers, as well as their families, stay out of harm's way! How Is Organic Cotton Better Than Regular Cotton? © Pexels What comes to your mind when someone says COTTON? A white ball of fluff! Isn't it? Most of us don't pay much heed to the variety that exists in cotton, which is sundry, and our idea of it is often confined to a basic definition. Most cotton garments that we invest in are made out of regular cotton, which is usually available at relatively pocket--friendly rates. However, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that there are a few differences between organic cotton and regular cotton, which are not only bound to its texture and feel, but also to ways in which they affect the environment. When it comes to quality, organic cotton is a lot more smoother as compared to regular cotton, and feels lighter on the body. The clothes which are made out of organic cotton are airy, which ensures that your skin is able to breathe sufficiently at all times, making them a perfect investment for the blazing hot summer days. Bearing in mind its impacts on the environment, there is no dearth of reasons which prove that organic cotton is a lot more eco-friendly than regular cotton. To begin with, the use of natural fertilizers ascertains that the soil quality is not compromised upon, and that it retains its nutrients. Organic cotton farming also contributes to water conservation, for 80% of its water usage is relied upon rainwater. Another factor which gives organic cotton an edge over regular cotton is that it is skin-friendly. Regular cotton, on that other hand, is chemically farmed. This may not suit all skin types, and induce allergies for many. Organic cotton producers makes sure that your health is not at stake, and that you remain devoid of any allergic reactions. All things considered, it won't be wrong to assume that organic cotton is indeed better than regular cotton. Is It Expensive? © Pexels While the word is bent towards making a shift to everything organic, the entire “I chose organic” rage is something which is still in its fledgling stage. The brands which deal in organic cotton garments make sure that yours as well as the environment's well-being is not jeopardized in anyway. As such, like everything else organic, this variety of cotton can be a tad bit more expensive than ordinary cotton, but that seems justified if you take into consideration all of its rich properties. Not that it will cost you a fortune, but the garments which are crafted out of this type of cotton can be a little costly when compared to regular cotton. But then again, you can not expect to get something which benefits your health as well the the environment to come with a miniscule price tag. Now you might feel that organic cotton should technically be less expensive than regular cotton for the producers don't have to spend anything on high-priced fertilizers or GMO (Genetically modified organisms) seeds. That is true, but it's also important to understand that the harvesting process for organic cotton costs a lot more, which in turn results in the heftier price tag. What All Can You Get In Organic Cotton? © Pexels A number of brands in the fashion industry have begun to latch on to the importance of conserving the environment, and its resources, and so have begun to make the much-needed shift to organic cotton farming. Today, you would find everything from t shirts, to trousers, briefs, and even socks which feature organic cotton make. And given the awareness surrounding this type of cotton, we can expect to see a significant boom in the coming future when it comes to the variety of organic cotton products that are going to be available. How to Identify Organic Cotton Products? © Unsplash There are a range of sham sellers in the market who are looking for opportunities to fraud customers by selling stuff that they falsely claim is crafted out of organic cotton. Trying to discern the difference between organic cotton and regular cotton can be a task next to impossible, for there isn't much you can do to tell the difference from the naked eye. So, with that being the case, unless you are someone who does not mind splurging out money on whatever looks good to the eye, and do not care as much about the fabric quality, it is requisite that you make sure that what you are investing in is 100% genuine! The most common way of ensuring that the products that you are buying feature a legit organic cotton make is that you shop from brands which are well-known for crafting articles out of pure organic cotton. Also, all the brands dealing in organic cotton always have it clearly mentioned on their product label.
  11. For a lot of men, shaving is just another thing that has to be done, which is why their daily shaving routine is pretty basic - lather, shave and rinse. What's more? A lot of those men expect perfect results when they look in the mirror, even though their shaving routine is always less-than-perfect. However, shaving is more than just a chore - it's a rite of passage for every man. As such, it's worth putting some time and effort into your shaving routine, especially when you consider how impactful a truly great shave can actually be for you. Which is not to say that achieving the perfect shave requires some great sacrifice on your part. In fact, transforming your daily shave from an exasperating chore to a sought after part of your morning ritual is fairly easy. All you need to do is spare just a little bit of your valuable time for preparation, arm yourself with the right tools, and adhere to the following five simple steps. Achieve A Perfect Shave Every Time With These Easy Steps STEP 1: Preparation Is Key © Pexels The perfect shave requires the perfect surface, so the first step is all about preparing your skin before you unsheath your shaving paraphernalia. Use hot water to wash your face thoroughly - it'll soften your stubble, making your razor's job easier. Hot water will also open up your pores, which offers the blade a smooth surface to glide across. Lastly, it will help clear away the initial layer of oil, dirt, and dead skin, which can clog up all types of razors. STEP 2: Getting Down To Business © Wikimedia Commons Once your skin has been prepped, the next step is to get a nice, rich lather going. Apply a top quality shaving cream or the best shaving foam to your skin and work it into a lather using a shaving brush. This will hold your facial hair in an upright position, allowing the blade to approach the base of the hair which results in a smoother and closer shave. For an even more luxurious experience, you can even use a pre-shave beard oil on your skin before you lather up. STEP 3: In The Act © Unsplash Now comes the most technical part - the wielding of the blade. These days, the best electric shavers are waterproof, which means they can be used for wet as well as dry shaves, and they tend to do an admirable job, especially if all you want is a trim to keep your beard well groomed. However, if a close, clean shave is what you're after, a razor blade should be your weapon of choice, and the right technique will elevate the quality of your shave no end. You might have heard about the importance of shaving 'with the grain' without fully understanding what it means. Run your fingers over your stubble - if it feels smooth, you're moving with the grain and if it's rough, you're going against it. Shaving with the grain simply means moving the razor in the direction your hair is growing in, which makes for a much smoother, closer shave without running the risk of razor burns, cuts, and other skin irritations. Always remember to use gentle strokes, letting the weight of the razor dictate how much pressure you apply to the skin. STEP 4: Respect Your Razor © Pexels You'll get the best shave only as long as you treat your shaving implements with care, which is why looking after your blades is crucial. Rinse your razor blades after each stroke with hot water to dislodge any hair or shaving gel stuck in between. The most important thing to keep in mind is always having fresh, sharp blades at hand. Even the best safety razor won't be as effective if it doesn't come equipped with sharp blades. Old, worn out, and even dirty blades are more likely to cause nicks and cuts. And remember, your razor should be doing all the work here - if you have to exert a lot of effort, it's probably time to switch out your blunt blades for new razor sharp ones. STEP 5: Don't Forget About After-Shave Care © Shutterstock A shave isn't over when you put the razor down and wash your face - the perfect shave always ends with the proper aftercare for your face. Use cold water for the final face wash, as it helps close your pores. Always remember to pat dry with a towel, as rubbing can cause redness and irritation. Your final act should be to apply a good alcohol-free post-shave balm or cream. This will prevent your skin from drying out, while simultaneously soothing, hydrating, and nourishing it - leaving you with smoother, healthier skin and a classy clean shave!
  12. While it's safe to say that an average man is most likely to sport a printed shirt just on a tropical getaway, a recent trend boost may make you think twice. Over the last couple of years, prints on men have been making their way to the mainstream fashion world. Ranveer Singh may be the king of prints, but that doesn't mean prints have to be as maximal as he is. As more and more men embrace this trend, there is a whole world of possibilities emerging with this look. Prints can add a whole new level of edge and make your basic outfit exciting. Here's a definitive guide on what pants to wear with all kinds of printed shirts: 1. Minimal Print © instagram @vickykaushal09 Not all prints have to draw attention, you can go classic with paisley, gingham or polka dots. A printed shirt can even elevate a basic jeans and sneakers look, if styled well. If you're opting for print for the first time, go easy on the colour scheme. © instagram @ishabhansali Keeping it monotone and building your outfit around one colour is advisable. Keep the accessories and layers basic with either black or brown when it comes to formal wear. For casual, a basic white or black jacket and white sneakers should do your outfit justice in the most minimal way possible. 2. Hawaiian Print © instagram @diljitdosanjh Just because Hawaiian shirts are associated with being on a holiday doesn't mean these babies can't be rocked all-year round. As prints go for a modern upgrade, so do the age-old classics. Major fashion houses took a spin on Hawaiian shirts in grown-up colour schemes of black, forest green, and sand offset by pops of colour making it super trendy. © instagram @naheedee Choose a Hawaiian shirt in a slim cut, contrary to the older boxier version for a more structured fit. Pair your shirt with chinos and oxford boots for a spin on casual Friday or well-fitted jeans and sneakers for a relaxed fit. Evoke holiday vibes all through the year! 3. Floral Print © instagram @vickykaushal09 Not everyone dares to pull off this supposedly 'feminine' print, but it's 2019 and we need to get over these outdated gender norms for good. One can rock a floral printed shirt with a pair of rugged denims or shorts and sneakers for a casual brunch look or pair it with a solid coloured suit for understated elegance. © grazia If you can't find any other way to pair your floral shirt, black jeans will be your saviour. It's also important to pair the textures right in terms of look and feel. For example, a shiny or leather bottom won't flatter a cotton dress shirt. Go for a smaller print size or minimal colour scheme if you are a little hesitant to wear bright florals. Your style will blossom, anyway! 4. Animal Print © viral bhayani When we say animal print, Ranveer Singh's all leopard print suit comes to mind, doesn't it? As daring as it was, pulling off animal print doesn't have to be a very difficult task. Considering that these animal prints are super bold, it's best to keep the rest of your outfit understated. Sticking to basic silhouettes and pieces like chinos, classic denims and blazers are key to make your shirt the centre of attention. © instagram @ishabhansali For an understated yet classy way to pull off animal print, opt for monotone prints like zebra and pair with bold solid coloured separates. This contrast will definitely act as a welcome change from your usual take on animal print, which mostly involves warmer tones. Now go out there and rock prints like a pro!
  13. Denim: every man's go-to piece of clothing which sticks with them season after season. We rely on our trusted denims far too much, thinking we can never go wrong with styling them. Even the most versatile piece of clothing can go wrong if you don't match the shades right. As denims come in various colors and washes, it is essential to know what textures and shades to sport with every kind. Fret not, for we have put together guidelines on what to wear with the 4 most common shades of jeans available. Take a look and thank us later. 1. Light Wash Jeans © vickykaushal09 Perfect for a day look, light washed denims are definitely a gamble when it comes to matching them right. For an appealing everyday look, go with a basic crew neck tee shirt or a hoodie with white sneakers. Since 90s trends are back, light washed denims are having a moment in the sun. Pair them with contrast coloured uppers such as green, pastels, navy or black. Frayed hem and ripped detailing look super stylish with light washed denims as well. 2. Dark Wash Jeans © ishabhansali For those wondering, this category is only for indigo and charcoal shade of dark denims. Any dark denim which is not black falls under this section. Mostly available in skinny fit and stiffer fabric due to it's nature, dark washed denims are most versatile than other shades in terms of wearability. Go for a blazer or a polo neck tee on top for a business-casual look or pair them up with a checkered shirt. Don't opt anything too form-fitting either. Dark denim is ideal for the much-hyped 'denim on denim' look for which you can opt for a lighter shade of denim on top. Pair these babies up with primary colors, neutrals and prints. 3. White Jeans © theanisha As much as it is really calculated, keeping white jeans clean can be an intimidating task. We can't stop the chutney bowl from spilling for you, but we can sure tell you how to rock white denims. First things first, you should go for an almost white denim, like a cream or stone washed shade instead of pure white as they are fairly easier to maintain laundry wise. White denims act as a great canvas for other colors, textures and even prints. Shades like khakhi, tan, sand and black go really well with the contrast that white bottoms add to the look. 4. Black Jeans © ishabhansali As far as denims go, dark shades go a long way. There's nothing like a black denim to add texture and edge to any casual look. As black is perceived as a going-out shade, black denims switch between casual and party-wear easily. An all-black look is an age old method of pulling this shade off. If you have a particularly fluorescent or primary hued shirt or sweatshirt, team it up with black denims for a fail-safe look. If you're looking to pull off a printed blazer, textured bomber or an tuxedo jacket for a party or business casual look, black denims are your best friend. Pair them up with shades like camel, grey, pastels, primary colors or white for a sure-shot way of looking super fly. Now that you have yourself a fail-safe guide to matching denims, you may thank us.
  14. When was the last time your parents actually went out on a date? Or, even spent some quality time together without worrying about family? Never, right? Well, it's Valentine's Day and here is your chance to do something special for your beloved parents and plan the perfect date night for them. And trust us, it is not the most difficult thing to do and we are going to tell you how to set up a romantic date for your beloved oldies: 1. Make Sure You Get Candles Qtrove.com A good set of scented candles is a must. It's extremely romantic, and of course, very old-school. Our suggestion would be to check out this Tearose Scented Natural Wax Candle that smells like a bouquet of red roses and lilies with a hint of mintiness. 2. Some More Light To Set The Mood Qtrove.com Setting up a date is all about focusing on the tiniest of the details. And speaking of details, don't forget a gorgeous hanging lamp for a soothing ambience. We recommend this Cone Hanging lamp with intricate jungle doodling that can jazz up any set-up. 3. Beautiful Crockery That Impresses Mom Qtrove.com Even though it's date night, you know what's really going to impress your mother? A good set of crockery. Nothing impresses a mother like an elegant set of crockery. And, one of our recommendations would be to check out this classic China Large Greek Design Bowl with handcrafted silver filigree work on it. 4. A Gift For Father Beloved Qtrove.com Dad loves chocolates but his health doesn't allow him to indulge? Buy this Gluten Free Intense Dark Almond Chocolate Fudge and ask your mom to give it to him at the end of the date. Aren't you the cutest Cupid? 5. Something Your Mom Would Love Qtrove.com Mom loves a little pampering and your dad simply doesn't get it. And since you're already playing cupid, get your hands on this Aqua Fresh Body Wash and make your dad gift it to her on Valentine's Day. The body wash is enriched with tea tree oil and fresh blooms, that leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. 6. Oh Wait, You Also Need Food! Qtrove.com A successful date must include a mouthwatering meal. Cook something simple, healthy and yummy. Check out this range of Whole Wheat Pasta that is available is three incredible flavours - fresh palak, mixed vegetables and fresh beetroot. Whip up a storm in the kitchen for your parents, and don't forget the wine to complement your dish. Even though this seems like the cutest date plan ever, you probably don't know where to get all of this from in such a short time, right? All these products (and much more) are available at Qtrove.com. You just need to start adding items to your cart and get the ball rolling. While you are at it, don't forget to shop for yourself too. The brand has an amazing range of gourmet food, home decor, beverages, kitchen essentials and grooming products.
  15. Most people, specifically men, don't pay much heed to the kind of clothes that they invest in, let alone the quality of its fabric. Not that we are trying to undermine men, OR their knowledge of fabrics, but if there's something that we can say without any hums and haws it's that not many men harbour the proper knowledge of fabrics beyond the more commonly used cotton and wool. While wool is the fabric for winters, summers are all about cool and breathable cotton garms. But did you have any idea that these fabrics have their own variants too? Given the spine-chilling winters that the country experienced this year, we are pretty much anticipating that the summers, which are around the corner, are gonna be equally harsh on us, and so it becomes requisite that we start gearing up, or rather, “garming” up! While we are all no stranger to the fact that cotton is the ultimate go-to fabric for the scorching summer days, we often end up not paying enough attention to all the different types of cotton that are being used to curate men's wear. This is where Supima cotton becomes a godsend. An underrated variety of cotton, which not many people are aware of, it happens to be one of the BEST forms of cotton available out there. As such, it's high time that we bestow it with the stardom that it legit deserves! There are very few brands in the market which craft Supima cotton shirts, or Supima cotton t shirts, which, once again, is chiefly owed to the fact that not many are even aware of its nonpareil quality. That needs to change. So, to help you get acquainted (and fall in love!) with this variant of cotton, and its exceptional qualities, we at MensXP have curated this guide, which is the only Supima cotton guide you need. What Is Supima Cotton? © Shutterstock Most men tend to have a relatively limited collection of clothes in their wardrobe, and often end up re-using the same piece of garm over and over. But before you know it, that t-shirt that you absolutely swear by has worn out to the point where the only purpose it can serve involves turning it into a kitchen cloth (Haven't we all been there?) To combat just that, Supima cotton makes for an investment that you wouldn't ever regret. Supima cotton is a premium variety of cotton which is cultivated exclusively in the countries of west and southwest America and represents only 1% of all the cotton that is grown across the globe. Featuring extra long staples, Supima cotton is way softer, stronger, and more durable than regular cotton fabric, which when used in garment or handloom production ensures prime quality and unmatched resilience. Where Does It Come From? © Shutterstock While cotton is cultivated extensively around the world, Supima cotton, in particular, is a high-quality American product which is exclusively cultivated in the south and southwest regions of the United States, particularly in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. The origin of Supima cotton goes back to the 1790s when the producers developed an exceptionally good American extra-long staple cotton, which was incredibly soft, as well as strong. However, it was actually in the 1900s that this cotton acquired its name, and since then, there has been a significant advancement in its seed and crop quality. The cultivators across the American state use cutting-edge and environment-friendly technologies and methods to farm this crop, which in turn results in a healthy harvest, an excellent Supima fabric, and ultimately the finest quality of products. What Are The Benefits Of Supima Cotton? © March Tee Saying that Supima cotton is good would be an understatement, for it is packed with properties which in a number of ways are unparalleled. Since the cotton fabric is often considered synonymous with comfort, which makes it so popular in the scorching summer months, it is also important that you fork out your money on the right type of cotton. To fulfil just that, Supima cotton becomes a godsend, and steals the show with its outstanding properties, some of which are: 1. It is an incredibly soft fabric Summers call for comfort, and since garments are your second skin, there's nothing more comforting than sporting something that allow your skin to breathe. To prevent your skin from gasping for air, it is time that you invest in clothes which feature a Supima cotton make.This type of cotton feels exceptionally soft on your skin, owing to its extra long fibres. 2. It doesn't compromise on durability Hate having to get rid of your favourite garms? Fret not! Not only does Supima cotton feel softer on the skin, but it is also stronger in its composition than other commonly used types of cotton. The strength of the fabric too is credited to its extra-long fibres, which makes this cotton (as well as its products!) more resilient, all the while preventing easy breakage and wearing out of the fabric. 3. Better colour absorption We are pretty much certain that no one likes sinking money into garments which lose their colour after the very first wash, especially those who are all about solid colours. Supima cotton earns one more brownie point in this department for it works wonderfully in absorbing colours and also prevents them from fading away. Is Supima Cotton Better Than Regular Cotton? © March Tee Cotton comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and fibre strengths, something that not many mortals are aware of. Most of the garments, or handloom products which we use on a regular basis are crafted out of what we call “regular cotton” or other widely cultivated variants of cotton, which are often less expensive, as compared to Supima cotton. Regular cotton, which also makes up for the most commonly utilized variety of cotton may be friendly to most pockets, but it can not rival the excellent quality that is extended by Supima cotton, which is TWICE as stronger and FOUR TIMES as softer than regular cotton. Supima cotton features a longer staple length of up to 2 inches, as compared to regular cotton which has a shorter staple length of 1.125 inches. This is what contributes to the superior quality that Supima products are packed with. The garments crafted out of Supima cotton come out way softer and more durable than those featuring a regular cotton make, which makes for the prime reason for why one should invest in Supima cotton. Is It Expensive? © Unsplash Splurging a fortune on clothing isn't everybody's cup of tea, so it becomes essential that we address the cost which comes attached with this premium quality cotton and its products. The talk around town is that products crafted out of Supima cotton often come with a hefty price tag, and we don't completely disagree! However, the superlative strength and durability of Supima cotton make it worth its weight in gold! For instance, you spend a minuscule amount of money on a t-shirt and don it everywhere you go. But, as soon as you begin to fall in love with it, you see strings of thread popping out from numerous places, the colour starts fading after just a few washes, and the fabric begins to die away. Supima cotton products may be a tad bit costlier when compared to products which are fabricated out of regular cotton, but you won't have to worry about those clothes getting worn out and depreciating so soon. So you'll actually be saving a lot of money in the long run, especially since you won't have to buy new Supima cotton t-shirts or trousers every couple of months to replace the old ones. What All Can You Get In Supima Cotton? © Unsplash Most men would be happy to learn that a fine Supima cotton make is not just limited to t shirts, and that there are a plethora of other things which are made out of top quality Supima. From shirts and trousers, to briefs and even socks, an array of brands today are slowly, but masterfully making the shift to this premium quality cotton and crafting high-quality products for your luxury and comfort. There are a number of official websites which sell an elaborate range of Supima products, and since they are reputed enough, you can rest assured about the quality and authenticity of their products. How To Identify Supima Cotton Products? © March Tee If you are willing to invest in products which are crafted out of A-grade Supima cotton fabric, then you would also want to be sure that the products feature a pure Supima make. In simpler words, distinguishing between Supima cotton and other types of cotton, solely on the basis of the texture of fabric may not be as easy and as helpful as it may sound. However, there are some ways in which you can make certain that you are spending your bucks on the right stuff. Most brands selling Supima cotton products make sure that they advertise it on the product label itself. For we live in a world which is far from being perfect, we would not recommend you to blindly trust what's given on the label, for a plethora of sellers forge the consumers by selling inferior quality products, wrongly claiming that they are made out of Supima. As such, in order to ensure that t shirt that you are buying is crafted out of authentic Supima cotton, it is also essential that you only shop from the official websites which hold a reputation for curating pure Supima cotton products.
  16. "Cum stains." Does even reading this phrase make you feel a little uncomfortable? Well, it shouldn't, because it's a completely natural thing, but it still does because of our societal conditioning. Imagine, if you're getting embarrassed just reading about it, how embarrassing it must be to talk about it openly. No wonder, we were never taught how to get rid of them. But don't worry, because post reading this article, you'll be ready to fight those pesky little white stains. Here is a 5-step guide that will help you get rid of semen stains from your clothes and sheets: © Getty Images 1. Step one is to not let it set. Use your finger to remove the semen from the fabric. Use it from the side as a scraper, and not on it. Rubbing it will just make it worse. Use some water to wash off the remaining stain quickly, before it sets. 2. Use some detergent to rub the remaining stain, and wash it off with water. In most cases, this should be enough. © Getty Images 3. If the stain is still visible, try using a little bit of dishwasher soap/liquid, with a cleaning sponge. Rub it firmly but gently till it's not visible anymore. © Getty Images 4. If the stain is still there, take a little bit of baking soda and rub on it for about 30 seconds or so, and wash it off with water. © Getty Images 5. Now ideally, it should be gone by this point, but if it turns out to be a little white devil that just won't let go, you need to use some spot cleaning techniques or enzyme cleaners that are available in the market. However, be careful while using them on coloured clothes, because excessive exposure may result in colour bleeding. Pro-tip: Never use hot/warm water to wash semen stains. Semen will get coagulated and stick even more to the fabric fibre under hot water. Always use cold water for the best results.
  17. Nothing spoils one's mood more than a bad haircut. Every time you visit your hairdresser, you shouldn't have to leave feeling like you are dying a little from the inside. Sure, it's not the end of the world. But at that exact moment, it sure feels like it. Well, hair sure can grow back quickly but it still doesn't undo the damage. Reassuring enough? If not, you could expand your hat collection. But what's key is to amend these little errors while getting a haircut. Follow this step-by-step definitive guide to avoid getting an awkward haircut: 1. Research Properly © Gettyimages Being people who don't even buy a piece of clothing without doing a fair bit of research, it is surprising how many people go to the salon without any information. Do a fair bit of research about the type of hair you have and what kind of cut you should go with. You can even go to your hairstylist for a consultation prior to the day of getting a haircut. 2. Consider A Little Show And Tell © angieslist Fancy a haircut sported by an actor or an athlete? You may as well get it. Do a little social media digging and find a haircut you like. Show your barber that image and ask if it can be replicated with your hair type and face shape. Keep your options open and keep backups. The only way to fend off a bad haircut is to make sure you get a good one. 3. Pay Attention To The Finishing Touches © liveabout Every man knows that more than the process, it's the last 10 minutes of the haircut that actually makes or breaks a look. The finishing touches can do more for your haircut than the cutting part. Pay attention to the finishing touches, men. This is the perfect opportunity to get some styling advice. Even the most impressive haircut wouldn't be helpful if you don't do it justice by using the correct styling method and products. Ask your hairstylist for styling tips and products to keep your mane as good every day! 4. Don't Be Afraid To Mix It Up © gettyimages When men find a salon, tailor, barber and even a bartender that they like, they never go to anyone else. These are men's ride-or-die people. If you're one of those people and are sick of sporting the same hairstyle for years, maybe it's time to switch. To be able to communicate to your barber is a task in its own that you shouldn't skip. But if you've tried to communicate with your hairstylist about that and keep getting the same old look, switch. Don't be afraid to take the plunge. Bonus advice: Schedule your haircut appointments every 4 weeks to keep your trim fresh AF. Follow these guidelines and you will definitely save yourself the pain of looking for new hats to cover up an awkward haircut.
  18. Be it a date night, a red carpet or your regular job, the art of tucking your shirt in should be the one thing that every man knows. With all the new styles emerging and the idea of the one kind of shirt tuck being lost somewhere in between, we are still fans of the old school way. Think of it this way, you do this chore every single day, so why not do it the right way? The Ideal Way To Tuck Your Shirt In The goal of an ideal shirt tuck is to make your torso look flat and smooth. In this case, wrinkles are a big no-no and so is excess showcasing of the dreaded muffin-top. © theartofmanliness A proper tuck should have a clean 'gig line' which is a military term for the line formed straight down your upper body. A properly tucked shirt should sit so that the cloth with the buttons lines up precisely with the fly of your trousers. Your belt buckle and trouser button should ideally be in the same line. © telegraph uk One must also know when to tuck in their shirt as there's more than one kind tuck out there. They all depend on what kind of shirt you're wearing, the occasion, comfort and more. Here are a few types of tucks you can experiment with and nail the perfect tuck every single time: The Loose Tuck © Wikihow Loose tucking is the most basic method of tucking and one that every man knows. This is the easiest and the quickest method to tuck in your shirt. Method: Simply tuck your shirt's loose ends into the waistband of your trousers and then fasten your zip and buttons. Use your favourite belt to accessorize and you're good to go. The Underwear Tuck © thedistilledman The name of the method might suggest differently but this does not involve tucking your shirt into your underpants. Don't do that under any circumstances. This is a layered tucking method for when there's an undershirt involved. Method: In an attempt to get a creaseless finish, tuck your undershirt inside your underwear. Then tuck your shirt in the way you normally would. This should put an end to all the extra fabric bulging at your waistband. The Military Tuck © theartofmanliness.com Used by the armed forces, the military tuck is a foolproof shirt-tucking method. When the fabric of your shirt begins to bulge out of the waistband, wrinkled and unruly, it doesn't make a good impression. This method cancels out that problem and will give you a perfectly in place tuck all day. Method: Follow the same procedure as the loose tuck but run your thumbs around the front to the sides of your waistband before buttoning up, smoothening any creases. Pinching the fabric at each side and folding it back on itself will create the ideal fit. Tucking is such a simple step but it can impact your whole look. Ensuring the best fit possible to your clothing is in your hands now. Quite literally. Cheers!
  19. As if dealing with acne wasn't cumbersome in itself, 'bacne' a.k.a back acne is worse. via GIPHY Here's the thing, if you've dealt with acne as a kid, you're more likely to face body acne as an adult. There are obviously exceptions. The thing with body acne is that it's less accessible, more resilient and hard to tackle with. via GIPHY But that doesn't mean you let the acne stay. There are ways around it to nix the troublesome acne forever: 1. Wash Them With An Acne Cleanser © Shutterstock You ideally need to find a cleanser with a good formula that uses a combination of salicylic acid and glycolic to cleanse out the oil clogged pores. 2. Use A Scrub © Shutterstock A good scrub sloughs away the dead skin cells. Use a scrub to gently rub across your back to get rid of the acne. The scrub also helps rid the skin of residue. 3. You Could Also Add A Spot Treatment via GIPHY A cream essentially made to reduce pimples can similarly work extremely well. Just like you use a spot treatment cream to target the pimples on your face, you can also use it on the rest of your body for a similar result. 4. Take Good Care After Working Out via GIPHY Working out is great for your health but not for your skin, unfortunately. If you have a bad case of acne, it's best to take a bath right after you work out so that the sweat doesn't screw with your skin.
  20. Since school days, we've been taught how to properly tuck in our uniform shirt. But how many of us are actually doing it right? As simple as this sounds, it can make a world of a difference in your look. A man can go from drab to fab just by following a few simple guidelines that come with tucking your shirt in. The goal here is to educate you about whether to tuck in or not for all kinds of shirts that exist in your wardrobe. 1. Always Notice The Hemline © ishabhansali Shirts that have flat, even hemlines are meant to be worn untucked. But if the shirt has visibly different length variations at the hem, rather than being even all the way around — it should always be tucked in. If your shirt constantly keeps slipping out when tucked in, it was probably not supposed to be tucked in. The ideal length for an untucked shirt should be when it hits the middle of your back pocket or the zipper of your pants. 2. What Kind Of Shirt Are You Wearing? © vickykaushal09 There's more leeway when you're wearing a t-shirt, a turtleneck shirt or any other kind of shirt in terms of tucking. Polos, Hawaiians and undershirts should be worn untucked. Golfers, however, make an exception with tucking in their polo shirts for a more dressier look. T-shirts shouldn't be tucked in unless it's a particular style statement you're going for. Turtlenecks can be tucked in if worn under a blazer or a suit, but on their own just leave them untucked. 3. Consider The Occasion © twitter @r_khanna Is it a wedding? An interview? A business meeting? Dinner with your spouse's parents? Well, you should definitely tuck in your shirt for these. Adding a bonus rule here, if you're wearing a tie for the said occasion, tucking your shirt should be your first instinct. On the contrary, bachelor parties, barbecues, drinking at the local pub and sports events don't really count for occasions you need to tuck your shirt in for. 4. Observe The Layers Of The Outfit © ishabhansali If you're planning to wear a suit or a blazer over your shirt, there are a few observations you need to make. If the shirt you're wearing has a collar, tuck it in. A sweater shouldn't be tucked in unless it is of a really thin material. The fabric of the shirt matters too. Shirts in casual fabrics like denim and linen are better worn untucked, while wool and poplin shirts are more appropriate tucked in. Well, now you know how to navigate your way through the tricky world of shirt-tucking.
  21. Imagine this: you've come back early in the morning from partying all night, only to realize you have an early meeting at work. So you barely get time to sleep. You get ready in a jiffy, rush to work looking like a hot mess and have your boss judge you for not being prepared and having a life in general. via GIPHY You have a hangover, my friend. Relatable right? More often than not, the days ends with this resolve: via GIPHY But we obviously falter. Aside from doing things to get over the hangover, you also need to look the part. You need also know how to hide a hangover so you don't look the droopy-eyed monster that is ready to succumb to sleep in the office. So, here are 3 tips to fake looking fine without actually being fine, if push comes to shove at work. Thank us later. 1. Water Saves Everyone Don't underestimate the sacred capabilities of water. Set an hourly reminder on your phone to keep hydrating yourself. Before you sleep, drink a full glass of water. This helps tackle the puffiness that screams hangover. You'll wake up with tamed puffiness. Hangovers happen mainly because of dehydration, once you hydrate yourself, you'll have less of them or in less intensity at the very least. via GIPHY How to hide puffiness from your eyes you ask? A night serum is the answer. A good face serum for men will rejuvenate your skin and recuperate the lost moisture. 2. Moisturize While getting ready, make sure to lather up your face with a moisturizer to nix the dryness. This will help you avoid the hangover face at work. Trust us, you might even get away with this. via GIPHY 3. Don't Forget The Eyes & The Mouth via GIPHY To stop looking like that. Mouth: right after a long-stretched party night, your mouth is likely to stink like a stench. Make sure your brush thoroughly in the morning and carry mints to work. Pop them in before a meeting. Eyes: Your eyes might start to assume the dreaded red in the morning. To stop redness, get a soothing eye dropper on your way to work. Pro tip- Wear sunglasses and no one can see the damage done underneath. © Twitter
  22. Getting married is a lot of work. We agree. And especially if you have a big fat Indian Wedding planned. From organizing everything from scratch to filling in the guest lists, planning the honeymoon and even finding time to be with the person you love. Amidst all this chaos, you might forget to take care of yourself. via GIPHY While your soon-to-be wife, in all likely-hood, is busy taking appointments to take care of her skin and her hair, you shouldn't stay behind. Why, you ask? Because when the event planning stops and the actual Wedding ceremonies begin, you'll be at the centre of everything. Thousands of pictures will be taken of you. Some, more zoomed in than others. These pictures will then be circulated for your entire life and you don't want to look back and spot blackheads, pimples, on your face. via GIPHY You want your face to reflect you inner state of affairs which should ideally be glowing with happiness. via GIPHY However, apart from an au naturel glow, you'll need to lather your skin with creams on a regular basis to get a Wedding-friendly face. Here's a quick hassle free grooming routine for grooms so that you're proud of your Wedding face in years to come: 1. A Good Cleanser via GIPHY You need to start your day with a good cleanser. Also use it twice a day. Once before sleeping. A cleanser is great for cleaning out dirt from your pores and keeping the bacteria away which means a pimple-free skin near the Wedding. You can go for a face wash that suits your skin type. 2. A Serum via GIPHY Normally, you might skip this step if you don't believe in worldly excesses. But, trust us, when you're waiting in line to get married in front of people, this is not a huge step. You take two-three drops of serum for your face and spread it all over. This will rejuvenate your skin cells and help them reach the max glowing potential that they can. 3. Face Mask via GIPHY Weekly, you need two masks for your face. Spread it over the weekend: one for Saturday and the latter for Sunday. Get a soothing sandalwood or charcoal-based mask or something else depending on your skin's needs. Use that on a Saturday. Keep it for ten minutes and then wash your face. On a Sunday, Use face sheet mask to relax your face. 4. Face Scrub via GIPHY Use it once a week after cleansing your face to weed out clingy dirt from your deep pores. Use an apricot or charcoal based scrub for best results. 5. Moisturizer via GIPHY After cleansing and using a serum, always remember to lock in the moisture with by lathering up cream on your face. You don't want your skin to be dry and scratchy during the Wedding.
  23. If you've invested in a pair of genuine leather shoes, dope sneakers or boots, then you must be well aware of the fact that those babies don't come cheap. Your trusted going out or office shoes deserve some love and care. Follow these tips to keep statement shoes look fresh as ever even after years of wear and tear: 1. Leather Shoes © theworldofshoes Shoe care: As the weather can be quite unpredictable, one must know how to protect their leather shoes when they get soaked. Air-drying helps release the moisture without damaging the shoe while blow-drying or heating makes the leather crack. © Amazon Polish: It depends on how often your shoes are being worn, but as a general rule of thumb, for shoes that you wear very often you should polish them once every week or two. Polish them using the same coloured polish and a soft bristled brush for a long-lasting effect. Storage: When it comes to your leather shoes, it's best to keep them stored in shoe bags. This way they won't scratch and tear, would be safe from dust and kept away from light. 2. Suede Shoes © Lifestyleasia Shoe care: Suede shoes and boots look fly as hell but are their maintenance is equally difficult. Since suede is such a sensitive material, even a little splash of water is capable of damaging it permanently. The solution to that is to invest in a silicon-based suede protector spray in the same colour as the shoe to make them weather-proof. © Amazon Polish: Use a suede protector spray and spray all over the shoe and allow to dry. Do not over soak the shoe. You could also use a suede brush and give the shoes a good brush. Storage: The best way to store suede is out in the open where they can be exposed to fresh air, suede shoes need air so they can breathe. 3. Training Shoes © Amazon Shoe care: Trainers always look better fresh. You could clean your kicks using sneaker cleaning products that are easily available out there. Invest in a basic sneaker cleaning kit for the same. You should also spot clean, wash and wipe your trainers down regularly for so that your kicks stay fresh AF. © Amazon Polish: You need actual sneaker polish in the colour of your shoe and not just a scruff cleaner for trainers. Compromise in quality might lead to the paste looking chalky when dry. Remember, investing in a good product goes a long way and increases the longevity of your shoes. Storage: Store your sneakers and trainers in boxes and/or shoe bags keeping them stuffed with paper to help them keep their shape and absorb any excess sweat. There you go. Now you know how to give your shoes the right kind of treatment. Keep on shining, lads!
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  25. New month brings in new cheer and also some new movies and shows that release on Netflix. Here are the top 6 recommendations we have for you: 1. You Okay, technically it released in the last week of December but it's been trending for a while and chances are that you might have missed this brilliant show that has a pronoun for a name. Trust me, it makes sense after you watch it, as it stars the lonely boy from 'Gossip Girl', Dan (Penn Badgley), and therefore, should definitely be on your watch list. 2. Bandersnatch Why is this here if you've already watched it? Well, simply because it is that mind-boggling stuff that never goes to the brain in one go. So, yeah do a repeat or join the party if you have not made your choices in this film yet. 3. Inception The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer which confused us at every possible level is coming to Netflix on 15th January in case you were looking for a re-run. 4. Fifty Shades Darker Watch Mr. Grey swoon his lady love Anna and I am not sure if this stuff turns you on or not, but it is a great idea for movie night in bed. Catch it on the 26th of this month. 5. Friends From College (Season 2) The second season of this comedy series which involves a group of friends and their addled up adult lives is coming back on Netflix on 11th January. 6. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo This is for everyone who tries and constantly fails to keep their rooms or apartments clean. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organisational expert and it is her literal job to help people lead a more organised life. If not inspiration, then this show will at least induce some self-loathing for yourself in case you are not the “organised” type.
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