Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Romantic Gift Ideas

Top 10 Gifts For Him

It is very difficult to choose a gift for a man since they are very choosy about their belongings. Although the best gift cannot be brought with money, which is your unconditional love for him, the gifts here could just be a help to express your feelings and make his day romantic, stylish and sophisticated. With this article we bring you great gift ideas for a guy, just to make it simpler for you to choose and decide. Select from our list of top 10 gifts for him. See him melt right there in your arms!

High-Quality Watch
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Gift him a fine watch to make him look ultra-modern. Since most men aren't comfortable sporting jewelry, a watch can be a perfect gift to remind him to make time for you. 

Sweater or Muffler
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In case you are creative and possess the skill, knit a sweater or a muffler for your beloved. This will work wonders and be the most treasured gift for life.

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If you've figured out his favorite cologne, go ahead and present him a gift set of cologne, aftershave and a deodorant. Fall in love with your man along with his smell. 


A new wallet would make the most appreciated and perfect Valentine's Day gift. A high quality stylish leather wallet would be handy for keeping your partner's money, credit cards and other essentials in order.

Electronic Gadgets
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A latest mobile phone or an MP4 player or a digital camera or an iPod would be ideal if your lover is a gadget freak. 

Fashion Accessories
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In case your partner is fashionable and trendy, then you have innumerable options to present him like sleek eyewear, gold cufflinks, a fashionable scarf, trendy belts, etc.

Weekend Getaway
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Surprise him with a weekend holiday to one of your favorite locales for the just two of you. Enjoy your moments and relive and refresh your romance.

Tickets to his favorite sport
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If your partner is in love with sports, what better gift can be to present him with tickets to watch his favorite team play? Be sure to buy the tickets well in advance and know about his schedule as well.

Digital Photo Frame
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Buy a good digital photo frame according to your budget and fill it with some of your best photos together. This would be a gift that he'll cherish for life.

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If your man is into business meetings round the clock, gift him a stylish smart briefcase since this will be one of his daily essentials. Try considering a high-end luxury briefcase.

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Romantic Gift Ideas

Top 10 Gifts For Her

Girls think with their hearts. So while buying a romantic gift for her, make sure it appeals to her emotionally.

Romantic Getaway
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Plan a vacation or a weekend getaway far to the hills or the sea to enhance your relationship away from the normal, everyday life. You can spend quality time and refresh those initial memories of yours.

Fragrance of Love
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Select a soft, nice perfume for your love and dazzle your Valentine's Day with the world of fragrance and love. You can choose from a large range of brands available in the market so be sure to pick the one that suits your lady.

Love Book

Separate all those mails you had sent to your lady expressing your love ever since your initial days. Print the love letters and bind them into a book. Gift it to your sweetheart and relive those cherished memories all over again.

Love Wrist Watch
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Gift your darling with a heart-shaped wrist watch probably red in color. This will make her think of you every time she looks at it.

Heart Pendant
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Girls are always close to jewelry. Go ahead and gift her classic gold or diamond heart pendant and see her feel on top of the world. The surprise will definitely accentuate the beauty of her eyes.

Chocolate Gift Basket with Teddy Bear
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Gift her gourmet basket with chocolates, cookies, wine, and candies and not to forget a cute and soft teddy bear. Get a lovely ribbon tied along with your sweet message of love.

Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket
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Pamper your woman with the luxurious spa bath and body gift set. Get the gift basket filled up with invigorating spa products to energize her spirit and enhance her body.


Red roses have been very traditional. Why not try something different like getting white roses tied with a red bow. You'll love to see the excitement on her face. Fresh tulips can also be thought of if roses are not your choice.

Pink Rose
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For those high budget buddies, go in to purchase a 24k pink rose for your lady. Present it in a white box with those magical words 'I Love You'.

Personalized Mug

Get one of those customized mugs with kind, sexy, charming, tantalizing reasons and quotes printed all over them! If possible personalize it with the lady's name on the mug.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

How Not to Propose

When you have finally decided to propose, you are very sure that you will just get one shot to say how and what you feel about the person. You want to do it in a way that makes you a hopeful yes answer but if you have messed it badly, there are slim chances of getting it right later. Moreover, you might end up sending wrong signals to your beloved by wrong ways of proposing and bring a disgrace to yourself. Hence there are some big no- no settings and situations that needs to be cleared before proposing your beloved. To make sure that you make it special and emerge triumphant, do it in the right way. Read this article to find out some of the worst ways of proposing and bookmark them in your worst list.
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Wrong Ways of Proposing
  • NEVER propose over the phone or the Internet. It is the worst you can do, as it is too impersonal. Loving is all about expressing your feelings, which do not come out over the phone or the Internet. It shows you are not very serious about the whole thing.
  • DO NOT propose in front of a large crowd. You wouldn't want to embarrass your beloved and then get embarrassed yourself if he/she says no.
  • DO NOT be too humorous. It will seem that you are not serious about this proposal. Being too humorous while taking a serious decision spoils the mood and the ambience and blows up the whole thing.
  • DO NOT forget your manners and etiquettes while proposing. Don't propose while eating or while the person is at work. Give respect and you will get respect.
  • DO NOT propose when you don't mean it. Many people propose in the spur of the moment and then later regret their action. Do not give someone hopes and then smash it all at once.
  • NEVER ever propose on a phone, sms, emails or any type of communication where you are not there.
  • DON’T overuse the prop while you are proposing as it might get on nerves of the other person. Keep it simple and straightforward but do it romantically.
  • It is absolutely WRONG to ask your friend or her friend to convey the message on your behalf. It won’t get you a positive reply and you might end up getting a no for your answer. Hence express your feelings, yourselves. This goes for both guys and girls.
  • DON’T mix drinking and proposing as will only make a mockery of you with an obvious no. Mixing drinking with every possible thing is equally bad.
  • It is a BAD IDEA to propose right after you had a fight as it is the clear case of wrong timing. You might have taken it in a lighter manner but the emotion of anger, frustration and hurt must be running high in the other person.
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How to Propose a Girl

As the popular notion goes, men are definitely from Mars (the passionate planet), so are the Women from Venus, the love planet. A nature's most wonderful creation, a girl loves unconditionally and her love is forever. She can love like there is no tomorrow and hate like you wish you would die. As solid and patient as earth, she can be a protector, a healer a creator and a destroyer. Proposing a girl can certainly be a bit tricky but not impossible. So guys if you are sailing in the confused boat unaware of the way to propose a girl, look out at the following tips to get ideas on how to propose her and be hers forever. We wish you all the best!

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Proposing a Girl
  • Do a little homework. Get to know your girl well, before you pop the question. Get to know her interests, her dislikes, and her general nature that will help you plan your proposal in a better way. If she is shy and an introvert, propose when you two are alone. If she is sporty and loves adventure, then take her for rock climbing and propose when you reach at the top.
  • The age old way of going down on knees in public is still the best way to propose a girl. Don’t try this idea with a shy and introvert girl as she might find it difficult to reciprocate as it could be embarrassing.
  • Words matter a lot to girls if said genuinely or else they can easily figure out the topping of gloss you have added and will be unaffected. If you can write well, write a poem for her and record it in a CD. Play it while you are together and see her melting.
  • All girls love flowers. So get a huge bouquet of roses and tell her how much you love her and how much she means to you. Tell her you would like to spend the rest of your life with her or alone. Be ready to be smothered by a genuinely happy woman's hug!
  • Gestures have a great role to play in proposing a girl as they take a quick notice of it. Show your gentle, protective and emotional dependence nature while you are around her and mean it too. Girls fall for guys with these qualities and there will be no ground for rejection when you will propose her.
  • Appreciate her for what she is. Tell her "you look beautiful" when she does not have any make up on. Tell her she looks amazing when she is having a bad day and mean it. She will love you for it and will readily agree when you propose. Just don't overdo it, as it will look fake.
  • Girls love to be pampered so when you intend to propose, make sure you are chivalrous enough to make her feel special and at the same time not look vulnerable. Women want a strong man, not a wimp.
  • You can even propose the girl at a place where you first met or a place you have fond memories of as these places have an association attached to it that will give less chance to her for refusal.
  • Don't force her to say yes. The worst you can do is to push her around and threaten her dignity. Tell her to take her time and that you shall wait. Be a gentleman and respect her. Incase she doesn't want a relationship; she will let you know of it then and there.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011


Switch off the TV, set that coffee mug aside, and practise these yoga postures for energy. Not only will these yoga poses help you fight fatigue, they will also provide you with high energy to tackle your hectic day's routine. Poses like the Sitali Pranayama, Bhastrika, and the practise of Ujjayi breathing will help adjust your body's levels of cotisol – a hormone that contributes to your energy levels. Here's looking at how you can practise these yoga poses and how they will rev up your system from the inside out.

Sitali Pranayama
Sit in a comfortable erect position and make sure your head, neck and spine are in line.
Take deep breaths for a few minutes and close your eyes. Open your mouth simultaneously by enchanting ‘OM’ loudly.
Now curl the tongue and hang it outside your mouth. Now inhale deeply as if you are sipping through a straw. Focus on your breathing.
This exercise will have a direct impact on your abdomen and lower ribs.
In the end, complete the asana by closing the mouth and breathing normally through your nostrils.
You can perform 10 reps of this asana, for 2 minutes each.

Advantages of Sitali Prayanama: Originated in the Himalayas, saints called this yoga posture or asana Sitali, because it means 'coolness of the breath'. This prayanama aids in making your breath damp and moistens it to allow water saturated air to pass through your body, which keeps you fresh and energetic all day long.  

Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
Close your eyes and start exhaling and inhaling via nose by focusing on the abdominal muscles.
As soon as you release your abdominal muscles you’ll realize that your diaphragm contracts before you start to inhale.
Hear the sound of your breath and perform this asana for 5 times at a stretch. Give it a pause. Breathe normally. And start again.
Complete one to two rounds on a daily basis and increase the number of your breaths by 5, each week.
Keep in mind that bhastrika should not be performed by people who suffer from heart diseases, chronic constipation or ulcers without taking due consent from your doctor.

Advantages of Bhastrika: This asana beats the morning melancholy and gives a boost to your immune system by using the morning sun's rays as a source of gaining energy. Bhastrika, also known as ‘bellows’ in Sanskrit leaves you with a tranquil feeling all over your mind and body.

Ujjayi Breathing
Sit in a comfortable position. Make sure that your shoulders are not hunched.
Take deep breaths and expand your abdomen fully while you inhale and contract your abdomen fully while you exhale.
This asana works on the lower rib cage.

Advantages of Ujjayi Breathing: Ujjayi is a Sanskrit word that combines uj, which means 'up', and jayi, which means 'victory'. Ujjaying breathing helps you get acquainted with your body's breathing rhythm. Practise it anytime - when you are walking back from the office or before or after your morning run. A few breaths of this yoga pose can give you the much needed energy shot that your body needs.
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Friday, May 27, 2011


Weather changes mean only one thing for many of us – The dreaded flu season. When summer makes way for the monsoon, we reach for our handkerchiefs and start popping those pills. But the flu can be avoided if you take preventive action and start by strengthening your immune system. These natural methods will have you well prepared the next time a weather change comes around. So here they are, natural remedies to avoid the flu:

Up the antioxidants. Strengthen your immune system by tanking up on antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and B-complex.  Vitamin E is also said to provide a protective benefit against the flu so ensure that you increase your intake of vitamin E rich food like nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Eat your greens. We seem to think that there is nothing that a good diet can't tackle. Which is why it’s important to up your intake of phytochemicals, which is a chemical, found only in plants.  So the next time you think that the flu is just around the corner try increasing your intake of green, red and yellow vegetables.

Try and slow down. We know that stress stifles your immune system and weakens it. Though it’s not as easy as it looks, it’s important that when you feel extremely strained, make the effort to back off and take it easy. Once you feel relaxed, your immune system will get a boost and you will be raring to go in no time.

Get some sleep. Sleep deprivation severely hampers immunity, which is why you owe it to your body to get the required 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day all year round. By now you probably know those particular times in the year when you are going to get a bad cold and flu, so at least at those times, catch up on all the lost Zzzzs.

Get some air. Make it a point to go out and get some fresh air. Staying confined to an office space, getting into a car, and then to a crowded gym will only make it worse as bacteria and viruses love to linger in stuffy places. Getting fresh air will not only give you a break from the stuffy environment but will also give you an opportunity to get immune boosting exercise in.

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Stress busters for Men

In these times of cut-throat competition when everything moves to a lightning speed, stress has become a monster which keeps terrifying us.

While there are a plethora of products and therapies and pills (and what not) to help you cope with stress, it's not easy to find out which ones are real and which of them are duds. So to save you the stress of doing that research we present the Top 10 scientifically proven stress-killers to help you bid stress goodbye.

10: Kill the Clutter
Even a layman can figure out that remaining surrounded by clutter only adds to the stress. Lesser the clutter in house, workspace etc., lesser the clutter in your mind. So make sure you thrive in clean, hygienic surroundings.

9: A Daily Planner
Once you have got rid of the clutter, it's time to organise and manage the essential stuff. We all harbour a thought in our mind that we'll remember the essential stuff but let's face it, that doesn't really happen. Do not hesitate from using a daily planner. Using a daily planner -- and sticking with it -- will ensure that your time is well-managed and you set your priorities correctly.

8: A Stress-busting Vacation
If the maddening hustle-bustle of the city life is getting on your nerves, it's time to pack your bag and escape. The initial planning may cause some stress but once you'll out of the town, “far from the maddening crowd”, you definitely feel better. The getaway can have a lasting impact as well.

7: Resist Caffeine
Caffeine is the most widely consumed drug in the world. Unfortunately (and obviously), there are side-effects and you have to be careful about them. It may help you in staying awake, but it also makes the heart beat faster, increases blood pressure and elevates the level of stress hormone - cortisol. Drink too much coffee too often, and it could contribute to the development of chronic stress.

6: Listen to Relaxing Music
Music evokes both emotional and physical responses in the listener. While heavy metal may jack you up for a workout, soothing music can help the body and mind unwind. However, some people say that rock and metal help them in combating daily stress and angst in life.

5: Psychologists are your Friends
Get over with your fear of visiting psychologists. These specialists in their domain and know how to deal with the human mind. Psychologist these days are well versed in cognitive behavioral therapies and other psychological relaxation techniques that have been scientifically proven to reduce stress.

4: Mind your Diet
Get those burgers and fries and samosas off your plate. It's time to include healthy stuff in your daily diet. Consider fruits, green leafy vegetables, milk, etc. What you eat is what you become. Junk food can play havoc with your health which would only give you that unwanted stress.

3: Try Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial art which is often considered as Yoga in motion. While the principles of tai chi lie in ancient Taoist concepts of self-defense, in the modern era, tai chi is often practiced just for its amazing health benefits. Several studies proving that Tai Chi can help kill stress exist.

2: The Weekly Dose of Massage
Evidence exists that massages reduces your heart beat and keeps a check on your cortisol level. While there may not be any long-lasting physiological benefits, the trick is done psychologically as massages reduce the perceived levels of stress.

1: Hit the Bed by 11
We know they show some really good blockbusters after 11 but then life is all about making choices. Staying up late in the night adds greatly to the stress. Stress and sleep have a cyclical relationship. Lack of sleep can cause stress, and stress causes lack of sleep. Getting timely, good, and the right duration of sleep can help eliminate stress to a good extent. 
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Nokia unveils its first ever premium touch smartphone, the gold-plated Nokia Oro. This beast of a phone is a treat for the eyes, and will please the techie-minds as well. The bling Nokia smartphone, a luxury version of the highly customised Nokia C7 smartphone, has been bathed in gold, and studded with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal front keys.

The back cover is covered by finest quality Bridge of Weir leather, which is actually the best leather material available in market. The 18k gold frame comes along with Corning Gorilla Glass, which makes it stylish as well as tough.  Along with the liberal use of gold, Nokia also offers a fancy-looking Nokia J Bluetooth headset, which too has been dipped in 18k gold.
From the technical view, the Oro features an 8MP camera with dual led flash and HD video recording. It comes pre-loaded with Symbian Anna, the latest Nokia OS and has a generous 8GB of internal storage capacity. Extendable memory up to 32GB can be upgraded via a microSD card. Nokia Oro also comes with the basic packs of WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB, a 3.5 mm audio jack, along with a t 3.5” AMOLED display. Priced at of $1,126 (Rs 50,990), the Nokia Oro will mostly hit the markets in Europe and Asia in the third quarter of this year.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Remedies For Your Hangover

Hangovers suck, but they’re the price we pay for drinking too much. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst. Just reading that list makes us woozy. 

Here are 5 remedies that will get rid of your hangover.  Just make sure YOU don’t wake up in a trashed apartment with Mike Tyson’s tiger in your bathroom, because we can’t really help you deal with that!

Happy Hydration

Consuming a lot of alcohol basically leaches your body of a lot of its water content. That’s why we experience parched mouths and dry skin upon waking up after a blotto night. Water gets priority of course but rehydrate with all liquids like juices (tomato juice is especially effective); Gatorade and other energy drinks replenish lost electrolytes and generally speed up the recovery process as well. Keep replenishing your fluids all morning and you should be on the steady path to feeling like yourself again.

Breakfast Boost

However much your stomach might be lurching at the thought of food the morning after, a good breakfast is absolutely key to hangover recovery! No we’re not talking about a  greasy bacon and eggs sort of breakfast but rather a well-balanced meal with multi-grain bread, eggs, fruit, juices, the whole deal. Of course, supplement all of that with high levels of liquid intake for best results. 

Mineral Magic and Vaccinating with Vitamins

Many drinkers swear by taking a multivitamin at night before passing out after a ‘rough night,’ as a preventive measure. The combination of the necessary vitamins and sleep give your body everything it requires to heal. Not to mention if you have the right vitamin levels in your body, a hangover is unlikely to arise at all so you should take these daily whether you’re drinking or not. 

Showery Solutions

An ice-cold shower is very likely to shock your system back into overdrive and give you enough of a jolt to take care of the lethargy at the very least. Stand under there for as long as you can handle it--it’s sure to invigorate your senses for a quick and assured hangover recovery. It might just be temporary, though!

Soothing Snores

Most people complain of waking up inordinately early when they drink too much. It is an effect of the alcohol; however, if you have the will and ability to get a full night’s sleep, the chances of your waking up with a crippling hangover are slim to none. If you keep waking up, make the most of it by drinking as much water as you can before hitting the sack again. 

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