Monthly Archives: January 2013


 Twisted Tails

Women of all ages, round the globe, second me when I say that we have so many reasons to be happy about and soHairstyling many things to experiment with!

For one, take your hair.  Yes, that mane of shiny, woven silk, which can make humans of both sexes simply go wow! That cascading shiny mane which has been put under much speculation by many poets of many centuries. In fact, examine this comment by Martin Luther and you will know what I mean.

“The hair is the richest ornament of women.” ~Martin Luther
Your beautiful hair is also the reason for turning the opposite sex red with love, while those of the same sex would go green with envy.

Its very important to know the kind of hair you possess. The upside of doing so will tell you what kind of stuff will and will not work in your hair. Like do not forget to choose styles, which suit your face type. That beehive might have looked awesome in the late Amy Winehouse, but make sure you picture yourself well before doing it.

As far as coloring and hair treatments like perms, bangs and stuff goes, please do not forget your skin tone. This is applicable especially for coloring your hair. You might be a natural blonde, but make sure that you check with your stylist before going beach blonde or black or even purple!


1. Trim your hair every three months: It is all about getting rid of those annoying split ends and making it work with healthier edges. Always go to a hairstylist and never cut hair at home.

2. Shampoo daily: You might think that shampooing everyday may ruin your hair. Trust me, it does not. You shampoomight just need to choose a shampoo according to the type of hair you have. Buy “sulfate free” shampoo as it protect the hair from damage, moisturize as much as needed, protect colored hair.

3. Quality: Always buy good quality hair products. Check the expiry date. Never use products which are expired.

4. Experiment with Colors: Mix two or three shades in order to get the one, which works best with your skin tone.

5. Hair Parting: Little change in parting can change your entire look.

6. Shampoo before: A good style like buns, tie-ups etc works best if you shampoo your hair previous night as it requires to hold your hair at one place.

7. Brushing it Right: Your technique of brushing affects not just your hair but also your style. hair brush

8. Ironing curls: Do not bring them out too often as it may result in damage.

9. Getting the right haircut: No style will ever work unless the basic haircut you have is a suitable one.

10.Complementing your apparel: Especially important for very fussy types. Create a look, which goes with your outfit, and make up.

11. Do not overdo it: Brushing too often and keeping hair tied all the time can also be detrimental. Let it breathe. Over styling your hair with too many products is also not recommended.

12. If you wear Spectacles: Make hairtyle that can complement your glasses. If you wear glasses with small frames, avoid haircuts that make the facelook small, like a bob.

13. Pinup your hair in curlers and then start doing makeup. Style hair after makeup is complete.

14. Balanced Diet: Eat healthy and protein rich diet like sprouts, milk, curd, fish etc. Drink sufficient water.


Q. Does short hair go with a round face?comb

Yes it does.Just ensure your hair cut is one or two inches below your chin.

Q. Does Beehive go with middle age?

Why not? In the age we live in, experimenting is the best that you can do. Just your normal “U” shape might be replaced with so much more.

Q. Are sprays safe to use?

The hair spray contains chemicals, which can be bad for the hair. But, certain hairstyles need hair spray to keep hair tidy and stay at one place. Use good brand spray. Spray carefully.

Q. Which is more important- coloring or touching up?

In a way both are. However, coloring the full length is advised for the first time only or if you want a different shade. Otherwise, touch up works fine.

Q. How can I give a voluminous look to my hair when left loose?

Moisten your hair and just turn them upside down. Then use a blow dryer to get a natural voluminous look.

Smita’s Advice

There you go, a few tricks to get celebrity hair and looks like them. Just do not forget to use what you have to the full. Even if your hair is limp, there are ways to make it look full. Explore!


Beauty draws us with a single hair.

~Alexander Pope

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Importance of Basic Cooking

Cooking is an integral and a well rooted tradition that binds us together and defines our status as humans. No Basic Cooking wonder that so many of us spend hours labouring in the kitchen to produce meals that are not only appetising but are important to fulfil our emotional and communal needs too.

The skill of cooking is a valuable skill worth knowing that comes as a life saver in grave situations. But unfortunately, this ability is losing its grip day by day in the present day generation. Growing rare, soon our future generation may find this skill of cooking an extinct talent with the numerous upcoming ready-to-eat food items paving its way into the grocery store racks.

Irrespective of gender difference, this skill is worth learning and knowing rather than depending on eat-out joints or pre-made meals available whenever you are hungry. The advantages of knowing the basics of cooking are numerous.

Let’s delve a little further into the art of home cooking and learn various methods of preparing simple yet scrumptious dishes for our loved ones.


1. Independency: You need not be a master chef to satisfy your hungry tummy. Basic cooking skills like making Cookingan egg omelette or soup or knowing any other basic recipes helps you to prepare your own meal without depending on others. This has two benefits to itself. First, you can decide on the taste of your delicacy if you have the basic knowhow. Secondly, the skill makes you more independent, developing a sense of pride when you realize you can fend for yourself.

2Monetary Gain: It is well said, “A penny saved is a penny earned”. Everytime you head to various diner joints in your vicinity when hungry drills a hole in your wallet. It is way cheaper to cook your own meal rather than going out to eat everytime. The knowledge of basic cooking helps you save a big amount of your monthly budget that otherwise ends up in the money valets of various restaurants and diners.

3. Healthy Option: Preparing your own meal offers a healthy option over the pre-made or junk food that in the long run takes a toll on your health. Fast food tends to be tasty and addictive as they are prepared just to satisfy your taste buds, which affects your health in several ways when eaten regularly. But the skill of cooking can be a saviour for your health, as you can easily prepare healthy yet tasty homemade food to please your grumbling stomach.

4. Aids Survival: No matter, if ever you are stranded with no supply of fast food or pre-made food. Availability of common food items will be a life saver, in case you have a fundamental knowhow about cooking techniques. You can even impress your loved ones, with your cooking skills, in case the food joint fails to deliver your order. Regardless of the situation, knowing essential cooking skills are always an added advantage.


Q. I’m 26 year old and reside in a different place, away from my family and hence end up eating from local breadrestaurants and diners, which infact have been a heavy on my pockets and unhealthy too. Is it possible I can start to learn cooking and if yes, how?

It’s never too late to start learning a new skill and with cooking, which is like a must knowhow, you can start off soon after you finish reading the article. There are umpteen ways to pick up the basic cooking skills needed to cook and provide for yourself. To start with nothing works best than your mother’s instructions. You can pick up some basic and easy recipes from your mother and gradually go over to cookbooks and online recipes. Another easier way to learn cooking tips is through YouTube videos or food specialized channels that gives a better perspective on how to cook various recipes.

Q. What appetizer can I serve that is light yet tasty?

You can serve warm pita bread with hummus. Add olives to the dish to make it a true Mediterranean salver.

Smita’s Advice

Cooking is an enjoyable and a recreational activity for many. The possibilities to experiment with food are numerous. You can create something unique from ordinary ingredients; it just takes a pinch of imagination and a whole lot of thoughtfulness to cook for people you love.

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

Harriet Van Horne

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Its Ok To Say No

The Art of putting your foot down without being aggressive on people

Plenty of times, we happen to be busy with our lives, attending to our own business when a relative, a friend, aart of saying no colleague or a neighbour approaches us asking for a favour; hesitant to hurt others’ feelings, along with the kindness born of a woman’s heart, we accept such additional responsibilities along with our own and complete the task of helping them out.

It has happened to me and it has happened to you and we just say yes even though we long to say no to them! In the process, we waste a lot of our own time, money or energy on the others.

We could have used the time spent on the others to complete another task of ours. We could have used the time to take a bite of food, to wash a bit of clothing, to do the left-over shopping, to help out with the home work of our children or even to take a well-deserved nap in the noon. However, we have decided to keep the people around us happy, thereby getting hurt in the process!

Recently, I have decided that enough is more than enough and there is nothing wrong in being a wee bit selfish, doing my own stuff first, taking care of my family, my work and well, you got my point!

I have resolved that I am going to change and well, I had started changing. I did a lot of soul-searching, prioritized my priorities, accepted the loss of a few selfish people, was pleasantly surprised by the unexpectedly helping hands from the others, was happy to have found time for myself, and had spent a bit of money on myself too. It felt good to be on my own for a change than to be bogged down by the burden of the others’ tasks.

It’s of course, a slow process of change, but change it is nevertheless and a positive one at that! The following tips shall help you in helping you to say No when you want to say No to them all, Period!

You see, these tactics can be extended to your own family as well. From to time, even our own family takes advantages of us making use of our emotional bonding with them; they start ordering us around on things. Doing things willingly for the family is what women are famous for, but being manipulated into doing things is quite un-called for, even by your own family.


1. Get to know your inner-self first: You should analyze the reason for your being so accommodative to all and Its OK to say Nosundry and for your not being able to say “No” to the world. Knowing the reason may help you to come out of this dilemma in a better way. For ex: If you are being so nice to people simply because your parents are being so, realizing the underlying reason shall help you to control your actions.

You can not copy your parents all through your life. Their demands on time, their circumstances, their age factor, their phase of living may entirely be different from yours. You need to live your life according to the demands on your time, your circumstances, your family issues etc.

2. Be positively negative: Be firm in saying no to people. No should mean a negative no and not a “may be” no to the people. A firm “No” will make them to take their issues elsewhere and not wait for you to accommodate them as usual!

3. Don’t play the guilty game with yourself: If you are firm in saying no to the others, be firm with yourself for having said so. Don’t start having second thoughts or start feeling guilty of not rushing into helping some one as you usually do. There is a limit for everything and your limit is at present and now!

4. Be firm, but not aggressive in saying No: You have always been a nice person and that’s why you are being sought after for help by all and sundry. Fair enough. Now, say no nicely too! You could even sandwich your No in between a few Yeses.

You may start by saying that you are more than willing to help them on their tasks. However, you won’t be able to, due to unavoidable reasons. Be quite firm, but not aggressive in saying that no!

5. Start asking for help from them: Two people can play the same helping game. You may start asking for help and support from people who usually seek help from you. When they approach you for help, you may tell them that even you were thinking of asking for their help, as you are hard-up for time, finances etc.


Q. I have always been a sucker for requests on help from a lot of people. Many a times I feel like refusing, don't say yes when you want to say nobut unable to bring myself to do so. In the process, my own work and sometimes, even my health and relationships have suffered. I just don’t know how to get rid of this life long habit of being a ‘nice person’ to all! Can you help me on this?

A life-long habit of being a nice person to all can not be changed in a few tries. Just go ahead and try some more. Start in small measures and stop being too nice to the others.

Spoiling of your own health and relationship is not worthy of any help given to any one. You should consider this on a serious note and should start becoming a bit selfish. Take care of your own self, tasks and requirements. If required, start asking help from the others. You will soon be able to segregate the really good people who care for you and the opportunists. You shouldn’t be bothered about the later in anyway.

Smita’s Advice

There is nothing wrong in being helpful to the others. However, if it starts affecting your work, your time, your finances, your peace of mind etc. you should put your feet down on such supportive causes. Just be careful not to be aggressive on the others.

“Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up.”

- David Weinbaum, Writer and Businessman

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