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Atithi Devo Bhava” – one phrase that defines tourism in India. I am proud of being an Indian and cherish its rich cultural heritage. But, with the recent events that happened in this country, tourists from abroad don’t actually feel safer while traveling alone in India. Even if they are not harm physically, they are scared of being harassed or cheated.

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Recently I went to shop for my favorite Levi’s Curve ID jeans. While trying with different pants, I found one girl standing looking at her rear side. I noticed that she was not exactly happy on what was in front of her. She was quite slim and her butts were really flat. Not that I am making fun of girls who have flat butts. Most of us  are not blessed with curves on the right places. But, there’s always a hard but sure shot way to get what you always want.

A flat butt can make you feel self-conscious about your body. So, if you desire for rounder, shapelier butt that gives proper definition to lower part of your body, a combination of cardiovascular workouts and strength training exercise is very much needed that also helps strengthening of your legs too. A proper combination of these exercises will help you tone butt muscles, reduce excessive fat, built strength and redefine shape of your backside.

Exercises to redefine your Butt Shape:

  • Lunges: It’s the most effective exercise to tone your gluteus muscles and legs. To practice lunges, keep your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Lower your rear and bend your knees as if you are going to sit on chair. Make sure your foot remains flat on the floor while practicing lunges. Practice lunges 15 to 20 times in 2 sets.
  • Squats: Like squats, lunges also work on the major muscles of your lower body. Practicing this exercise will also improve your body balance. Take right leg forward, keeping your back straight. Bend your right leg knee to about 90 degrees. Keep your body weight on your back toes and pull your body downwards so that your back foot knee gets close to floor but not touching it. Practice squats 15 to 20 times in 2 sets.
  • Dead Lifts: Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and hands on your side. Bend your knees slightly, and try touching your feet. Hold the position for 5 seconds and come to starting position. Practice dead lift 15 to 20 times in 2 sets.
  • Hip Extensions: Lie face down, your body balanced on your knees and hand.  Tighten your abs and lift until it forms straight line of your body. Hold your leg for 5 seconds then lower down slowly.  Repeat it with the other leg. Practice hip lifts 15 to 20 times in 2 sets.
  • Cardio Workouts: The best way to make any workout effective is to practice it with any kind of cardio workout. Go for running, cycling, swimming or just walk on tread mill for 30 minutes. This will warm your body to form any kind of workout focused on specific part.

Any kind of strength training won’t shape and tone your muscles as the fat is not equally spread on body. By incorporating cardiovascular exercise, you can burn fat all over and tone your gluteus muscles. Perform 15 to 20 minutes of cardio exercise before practicing your butt-toning strength-training moves for faster and effective results.

Hope this article help to have great Butt year ahead.

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A dessert land by nature, Kutch of Gujarat is very famous for its rich cultural heritage. There’s a famous saying about the Rann of Kutch that says, “Kutch Nahi Dekha, To Kuch Nahi Dekha” which means, “You have seen nothing, if you have not seen Kutch.” Being a significant historical place, Kutch of Gujarat is considered to be one of the top travel destinations in India

One thing that defines the popularity of Kutch and boosts the overall Gujarat Tourism is the annual ‘Rann Utsav’. Celebrated on the mystical land of Kutch, the Rann Utsav brightens parched barren salt marsh with vibrant colors, profusion of music, dance, and frill of traditions. To experience this colorful part of India, one of its rich cultures, and the unending celebration of traditions, you must attend this Maha Rann Utsav happening every year during winter.

What is Rann Utsav?

Every year when winter is on its peak, the Government of Gujarat hosts an annual 3 day festival called the Rann Utsav (festival of Rann). Tourists from different parts of the world visit Kutch during this time of the year to experience the taste of local culture, cuisine and hospitality. All the tourists attending this Mahotsav (Mega Festival) are accommodated in specially built local houses made out of tents to experience the life of people in Kutch. Tourists can also take part in many adventure clubs and travel clubs who organize various expeditions during Rann Utsav.

The event is popularly known as Rann Utsav as it is celebrated at The Great Rann of Kutch which is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert, Kutch district of Gujarat in India to the Sindh province of Pakistan. Spread on 7,505.22 square kilometers, this place is the largest salt desert in the whole world.

Rann Utsav: Where and When?

The major tourist attraction of Gujarat is the Maha Rann Utsav which is organized each year in Dhordo Village in Kutch. The whirlwind cultural extravaganza of Kutch Rann Utsav starts from the administrative city of Bhuj from where, tourists are taken to different locations within the Kutch District and concluded in a gala finale at main destination. The journey to the small sleepy town of Bhuj can be done through a direct flight connecting major cities, by train or through roads. Tourist can reach the small town of Bhuj by train, road and flights for major cities. You can reach to Ahmadabad, Gujarat from where you can easily get bus, taxis to reach Bhuj. You can easily book your holiday package from Gujarat Tourism sites or travel agents.

Schedule for Rann Utsav 2013: 15th December 2013- 15th February 2014

Arranged by the Gujarat Tourism Department, Rann Utsav starts from the full moon time of December on the banks of the majestic Hamisra Lake. People come here to experience the highly energetic and culturally rich region of Gujarat that displays an ethnic essence of this country in the best way.

Rann Utsav: Major Attractions in Kutch

Kutch is known for its harsh terrain and colorful people, but its also stores historical forts, holy shrine, national sanctuary and  soothing beach line. Make sure you visit tourist attraction given below to get the real taste of Rann of Kutch.

  • Aaina Mahal: Built in the 18th century under the rule of Lakhpatji, this palace was designed in a mixed Indo-European style by Master craftsman Ramsinh Malam. He personally crafted the fountains, mirrors and glass work at Aaina Mahal. Make sure to explore the compound outside the palace, to see beautiful carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and balconies.
  • Indo-Pak Border: One of the most favorite attraction of Kutch is Indo-Pak Border. This destination is only open to Indian tourists but no mobile phone or camera are allowed here. People come here to stand just 2 ft away from Pakistan Border and watch Pakistani ranger and an international border pillar.
  • Mandvi: This is the closest sea shore line from Bhuj where tourists can enjoy swim in crystal blue water and relax. If you want more seclude beach then the Vijay Vilas Beach is just right for you.  Relax on this white sandy beach, lovely place to swim and air-conditioned tents are also available here if you are planning to prolong your stay.
  • Dholavira: Visit the most remarkable excavation of the Harappan civilization at Dholavira. See how the water conservation system was established at this ancient city when the resources were scarce. 
  • Narayan Sarovar: Located at the western most tip of Gujarat, Narayan Sarovar is the most important Hindu pilgrim. You can also visit Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary which is home to 184 distinct bird species, wild life species and other endangered species.

Other Things to Do may include:

  • Enjoy Desert Safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch.
  • Sightseeing tour of major attractions of Bhuj such as Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Hamirsar Lake, Prag Mahal and Mata no Madh.
  • Relish beautiful sunset among the Chhatardis at Bhuj.
  • Explore the 72 Jain temple complex in Mandvi.
  • Visit Shipping Yards at Mandvi Port.
  • Other major attractions also include at near by Wankaner such as Ranjit Vilas Palace, Ram Krishna Math and the Jagat Mandir.

How to Book Your Tour to Rann Utsav in 2013-14?

Rann Utsav in Kutch is hosted by Government of Gujarat to promote tourism in the state. I would advice to book directly for the Rann Utsav 2013-14 from their official website here.

There are mainly 2 types of packages available to choose from:

  • 2 Nights & 3 Days Package
  • 3 Nights & 4 Days Special New Year Package

There are twin sharing options available for both packages. You can get the details on the full itinerary from here.

If you are planning to book for Rann Utsav in Kutch 2013-14, then do it now. Its quite popular and many tourists flock in to enjoy the rich heritage of the Rann of Kutch. If you wait long, you may have to try next year. 🙂

Hope you find this guide helpful. Let us know what tourist attraction we should cover next for you in the comments below.

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Don’t mistake this question as a competition between Married couples and Live-In partners. Because it’s not! Marriage is a very highly respectful institution made by our forefathers to lead a better well managed society life. But leading a life on society norms or better say to please the society has become much of an irritation for many especially the younger generation. I do agree that a society or authority with rules and regulations is necessary to manage everything as well as ensuring a peaceful environment. But at the same time we shouldn’t forget that the Society norms should be made for the people and their welfare rather than forcing them to obey rigid age old traditions.

Same goes with Marriage. For me Marriage is all about two people legally adult (including homosexuals) taking a mutual decision to live together with each other with or without their parent’s approval. After all, it’s about the compatibility of two people both physically and mentally if they can live together with each other. Whereas now days Marriage is more like a task with a deadline and is often organized on a large scale following traditions and rituals, pleasing relatives, spending fortunes and so many time consuming activities for days.

So Get Married or Opt for a Live-In Relation?

If you ask me I would simply opt for Live-In relation. I believe that there shouldn’t any binding of “Marriage” to a loving relationship. But then India is not a country where you can have a debate on: Live-In vs Marriage as Live-In relation is considered to be a taboo as per Indian culture.

Now let’s come to the discussion. At the end of the day, if it’s all about two people having decided to live together then I really don’t understand the reason to bind them together with Marriage as if to ensure that they don’t pack their bags home the very next day. If that was the case they would never want to live together at the first place. Many people reading this wouldn’t agree with me and would even be cursing me for writing this article. But then its my view and I don’t ask or wish anybody to follow it.

To me a couple that decides to stay together for their whole life will do that no matter whether they stay in a Live-In relation or they get married to each other. And those who don’t will split or divorce each other. Now the big question arises here is what do you prefer irrespective of society norms or parents approval?

Advantages of Live-In Relation Over Marriage:

1. Freedom

Freedom is the most important asset in life. You get a lot of freedom in Live-In relationships when compared to Marriage. There are no specific duties or responsibilities assigned to you, as if you are appointed to a job, in a live in relation. Both the couples live their life freely as they like without any obligations. In marriage, sometimes the relationship becomes a burden if the couple aren’t happy with each other and as they are married now its difficult to split. Whereas in Live-In relationship, the couples are free to stay together for a long term or for rest of their life if both of them are happy with each other. Live-In relationship also provides personal freedom to both the partners compared to marriage. Couples are not bound to take responsibilities or assigned tasks as the case in a marriage, but if both of them are in a loving and understanding relationship then both of them can decide to take and share responsibilities equally. Also if the couple is independent then nobody questions on how they choose to spend their expenses or they don’t need to get approval from each other before investing on something expensive. They are free to purchase what they want, when they want. In today’s fast paced life, Live-In Relationships are more suited than getting married.

2. Responsibility

There are so many responsibilities that come along with marriage which is not the case in a live in relation. In a live in relation there are no set of tasks assigned to wife or husband but they correlate  with each other and divide the tasks among each other peacefully. There are also examples where alternate days are fixed for each of them to cook so one person doesn’t feel over burdened with responsibilities. In India, its often seen that its the wife who has to take the responsibility of looking after the house whether or not she does a full time job elsewhere. Often the lady has to quit the career to take care of the home and family which I believe is injustice. Whereas in a live in relation, the duties are divided as per mutual understanding and not by gender or role. Live in relationships can be happier if the couples learn to live together in understanding and not piling up responsibilities on a single partner.  There are no hassles that come with a marriage like looking after the children, providing for them, entertaining relatives. No matter how much you love each other, you always require that personal space sometimes where you are on your own. I am not denying that you can never get such a personal space in marriage but you would agree that it is very limited when compared with live in relationship.

3. Financial relief

Its proven year by year that money can ruin best relations. Hence its very important to have financial freedom for both the parties involved in a relationship. Now a days women have become more career oriented and have dreams to conquer same like men. They even earn a healthy income and always wish to have freedom when it comes to spending on their needs and luxuries just like men. Such an amount of freedom is rarely seen between married couples whereas in a live in relationship there are no such financial issues. The guy or the girl can spend their money at their will but yes, as both of them love each other and live together there is always an exchange of advices among them. Even if the live in couple are on good financial terms with each other they also agree to share their earnings with each other which is beneficial as it ensures that both the couples are on the same page. There are no arguments or conflicts relating money problems and this helps in strengthening the relationship. The couple has faith in each other as they become sure that the money is being spent wisely.

4. Compatibility

Why to take a risk in life by getting married directly, when you can go for a live in relationship which is a perfect option to test your partner’s compatibility. You can easily get to know how your wedded life might be like in a live in relationship. There are so many things that’s gonna change when you decide to stay with each other for the rest of your life which you can experience during a live in relationship. Such an experience will help you to make out whether you will be able to lead a happy life with your spouse or it will be a dreadful one. You can know about your partner’s views on religion, sex, money and even for that sake politics. Many live in couples can easily find out each others interest and common views while many married couples on the other hand see a complete different side to their spouses every day and then wonder how did I not notice that before? This process is quite similar as you start to know each other when you start living together whether after marriage or in a live in relationship. But during a live in relationship, both the partners are actually making an effort to know each other very well while in a married life some annoying habits of your partner explodes right in your face.

5. Changing Partners

No all loving relationships are meant to last for eternity. There are many occasions where either because of some misjudgements or precocity, you make some bad decisions while choosing a partner. And if you come to know about the mistake you made after marriage, then it becomes quite difficult to get away as you are bound my marriage. Whereas in a live in relationship, if you aren’t satisfied with your partner you can simply pack your bags and move out without any legal procedures or other hassles. Live in relationship is a choice the couple make to live happily together for eternity with an understanding to move out if things don’t turn out as expected. Now days the youth are reluctant to commit very easily and often change partners quickly to choose the right one for them and live in relationships are the most preferred option for that.

6. Break ups are easier

While a marriage requires a lot of time and effort to dissolve because it a strict and unassailable arrangement, it is easy to break up with each other in a live in relationship. Married Partners have to equally divide debt and family assets, to pay Lawyers and to make arrangements with respect to the children. If a live in couple realize they are not compatible with each or that they don’t understand each other anymore they can easily break up without any constraints. Live-in relationships expose the level of love and intimacy as they stand between couples. A couple living together will get to know how much they care for and love each other and what are the various impediments in this liaison of theirs. If these impediments persist they can choose to breakup mutually without any irrational fights or arguments.

7. No Societal Norms

A live in relationship does not bog down an individual to the norms of the society as a marriage will. Because they currently fall outside the norms of societal structure, the adverse influence of society can be avoided in them. This means that live-in relationships do not follow the otherwise necessary diktats of society. The burdens of social relationship are less in a live-in relationship and it actually helps a relationship blossom further. A person can choose to be away from his partner’s family and friends if he feels he is not welcome or is being shunned by them. Most of the modern youth today have no problems on this account and are a lot more open minded so it doesn’t become necessary for the other partner to attend any familial get-togethers.

8. Respect

In a live-in relationship, the couples respect each other as they might have some insecurity or concern in the back of their head that they may lose the partner if they don’t behave right. Once they get married, they take each other for granted and as such start having problems, only the intensities vary. Married couples often take each other for granted whilst a live in couple deeply in love might not do the same as they might be afraid of breaking up with each other. Live in couples also cherish and respect each other a lot more than married couples, many of whom lose their spark after a few years or even months.

9. More Time

Live in couples also enjoy spending more time with each other which might not be possible in a marriage because of time constraints. A partner may not feel alone as the other partner is always with them. Live in couples are also with each other almost every single day. In a marriage, when one spouse leaves or may not be present for some important event, then there are feelings of betrayal, anger and hurt. In a live in relationship, however, a Partner is always there to provide moral and emotional support when you might be thousands of miles away from your family. Live in couples can also live independent lives so that each partner gets to fulfill his own ambitions, dreams and desires.

10. No Divorce

This is quite possibly the biggest advantage of a live in relationship over marriage. Marriages have lost their appeal to the younger generation because it means commitment and not many people can handle that along with faithfulness and fidelity. Marriages involve more legal problems and are sometimes considered an unnecessary and expensive ritual. The biggest advantage of a live in relationship is that it can be brought to an abrupt end. In order to dissolve a marriage, on the other hand, one has to go through lengthy, cumbersome and expensive divorce procedures. A divorce can be a traumatic and hurtful experience with false allegations and counter allegations making it a cruel battle of wits where no one wins except may be the lawyers.  Many people are scared to enter into a new relationship after a troubled or abusive marriage.

These are my reasons why I prefer Live-In relation over Marriage. You may or may not agree with me. For me the only advantage of Marriage over Live-In relation is that it helps on legal terms especially to women at some occasions. But then again to get that single advantage she has to sacrifice her home, family and even the surname that was with her for the past 20 or more years.

Besides that Live-In relation is given a legal status in India too if you have valid proof to get judicial advantage on certain terms. In the end whatever you decide, the most important thing is to live a happy and memorable life with your spouse for eternity.

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To honor, the symbol of courage, Nirbhaya who passed away last year on 16th December, Whistling Woods International (WWI), an institute for studies in film, media and fashion, release a YouTube video on the same day this year to drive awareness on Women Empowerment. The video titled ‘Dekh Le’, which has been issued in public interest by WWI has already picked up quite well among the online viewers who watched the video over 349k times in just 5 days of its launch.

Already it has been a year since that horrific gang rape case in Delhi, but till date we hear news about rapes, sexual assualt, molestations cases almost every day. Specially in India, men look at women in public places as if they are watching a display item, as though women exist on a television screen. But, in reality, these women do see the men staring at them, and those stares make them feel not only uncomfortable and objectified today, but downright unsafe as well.

This short film ‘Dekh Le’ produced by WWI alumni, Ketan Rana is a film on ‘Women Empowerment’ has four different scenarios setup in traffic, on a bus, in a train and in a cafe where women are subjected to ever-pervasive male gaze while going about their daily lives out in the public. But then a reflective surface, be it sunglasses or a necklace, turns these gazes back towards the men.

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