Binge-watching the latest movies and TV shows on varied streaming platforms, has been the entire world’s escape mechanism through lockdown. The other popular distractions are social media platforms — the all-consuming online portals where everyone gets lost for hours on end.
People easily forget, however, that the blue light of the screen is terribly harmful for the eyes; the sunken posture often adopted while using screens, wreaks havoc on one’s spine and bone structure; and spiralling down the rabbit hole of social media can be extremely distressing to one’s mental health.
Unfortunately, as working from home becomes the norm, certain screen-related activities cannot be avoided, such as online meetings, working on one’s laptop or reading the news online. It is therefore important to reduce screen time as much as possible for entertainment purposes. Here are some simple screen-free activities to keep oneself entertained at home:
READ BOOKS: There are umpteen benefits to nurturing a life-long habit of reading books. People who read are generally more creative, adaptable and quick to think on their feet. Additionally, reading enhances language skills, which allows people to communicate better. With work, family life and social obligations, it is difficult to find time to read, so one should inculcate this habit now when there is time. Try reading a few pages of a chosen book every day before going to bed. Soon it will become a daily ritual that will help induce better sleep as well. Join a book club if possible, as it will regularly enforce a reading routine.
ATTEMPT DIY ACTIVITIES: Saving money is the need of the hour these days. An easy way to begin saving, is by DIYing certain things that were previously outsourced. Whether it is by cooking new and fancy meals or by making a shoe rack from chopped up wood. Enterprising people may even turn a DIY hobby into a potentially lucrative business idea.
TRY INTRICATE COLOURING BOOKS : Art and craft are an easy outlet for the stress and anxiety overtaking people’s lives. Invest in a few good-quality adult colouring books or try the hugely popular art of mandala drawing. The intricate designs and judicious use of colour ensure healthy distraction for long periods of time. Trash or old plastic bottles at home, can also be reused to create promising works of art.
DANCE FREELY: Listening to music and dancing are the best stress-busters. It is hard to beat the pure joy of dancing to one’s favourite numbers. Dancing encourages body movement and releases happy hormones or endorphins. It also provides great exercise, which can be done without supervision or the worry of injuring oneself while busting a move! Other forms of exercise including walking, yoga and meditation also have untold benefits, and prove great distractions if one tends to feel bored quickly.
MAINTAIN A JOURNAL: Everyone agrees that we are living through unprecedented times. Hence, it is the ideal time to maintain a diary to record one’s individual experiences through this difficult year. Maintaining a journal allows one to recognise and internalise their own feelings while keeping them hidden from the world. One may even feel compelled years later, to turn their journal into a bestselling book like that of Anne Frank’s! Future generations will certainly appreciate this candid look into their ancestors’ life during these troubling times. Journaling is a dying habit with the onset of online blogs, but now is the best time to explore this hobby.
These are a few ideas to help one stay away from screens as much as possible. If one has the intent and the requisite will power, a complete social media or phone detox should be attempted as well. Working from home, surrounded by family, makes it easy to disconnect with the outside world, since there is no need to worry about the safety of loved ones or fret about communicating with them. It may sound difficult to pursue, but it will certainly lessen the negative effects of screens on one’s physical and mental health.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla
WHY I ALWAYS ROOT FOR INDIAN DESIGN, NOT ETHNIC
I am blessed to be in a family with a rich legacy of design, where the only thing discussed each day were new finishes, textures and international trends. Every month, there would be an international designer or a buyer working on the floor of the factory and getting totally floored with the way our artisans could etch on brass, create Art Deco sheens on iron or master a perfect curve on a piece of wood.
When I stepped into the world of interior design formally, I realised that what was being achieved in the factory was nothing short of a miracle or a design feat. And it was letting traditional craftsmen employ their skills to create a completely new and modern design language. To be able to turn around a wood carving from decorative Indian art to Art Deco contemporary only needed a change of vocabulary. To be able to interpret the Indian cheent into chintz just meant opting for a more European colour palette and to bend brass into a sharp texture was a matter of going geometric rather than floral.
Indian motifs have a very strong language. Our lattice works are geometry in perfection, our florals have stumped even the mills of Manchester and our craft in furniture making is solid and driven by natural woods and handcrafted finishes. No boards and veneers for us, please! Our craftsmen can rustle up a rare sheen with their very able hands on the best natural teak or pine wood.
It is this meeting of two cultures and the skill to create modern, yet warm and hospitable homes that led me to create our brand, “It’s All About Home”. Here, we use the task force of our artisans to create luxury that you and I can afford. We turn the privilege of bespoke into reality. After all, bespoke is firmly entrenched in the Indian psyche. Each one of us might have seen our parents get a furnisher to turn around the upholstery before our eyes, crafted our four poster bed to make it younger and usable, redone the facades of our homes to bear a new look each year, or added a hand-painted fresco with much ease.
Today, as a brand owner and a self-driven entrepreneur, this is the privilege I am trying to make possible for the young Indian homemaker, simply because ‘vocal for local’ must begin at home and exquisite craft should not find itself being shipped out of the country without us imbibing the depth of its design.
Born into the family of a leading exporter in Moradabad, Gunjan Gupta is an interior designer and the brain behind luxury décor brand It’s All About Home.
Divya Dutta, Dino Morea and Shweta Basu reveal favourite Hostage 2 scenes
Hotstar Specials latest crime-thriller Hostages 2 has been garnering immense love from viewers and the industry alike. As the plan of killing CM Handa (Dalip Tahil) in Season 1 goes awry, audiences were
left guessing about Prithvi Singh’s (Ronit Bose Roy’s) next move. As the story in season 2 picks up steam, it introduces a whole new set of characters, each with their own agenda and complicated reason for being involved in the murky situation surrounding Handa’s kidnapping. The show stars Ronit Roy, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Dalip Tahil and Aashim Gulati in pivotal roles.
The stellar star cast Divya Dutta, Dino Morea and Shweta Basu Prasad revealed their best moments from the show.
Divya Dutta: The final face off of my character, Ayesha Khan with Prithvi Singh(Ronit Roy) is definitely my favourite. That is a very important moment from a negotiator’s perspective because we were constantly in touch throughout the season talking on phone without knowing who the actual person is behind the receiver. So when we finally meet, the scene has so many layers to it because we are saying something, and gauging some- thing else. It is a multilayer scene and Ronit is such a fabulous actor, that I loved doing that scene with him. This extremely dramatic scene comes during the pre climax and adds a lot to the tension in the series as well as the equation of Prithvi and Aayesha and I feel it’s brilliant.
Dino Morea: A lot of my scenes have been meticulously constructed but my personal favourite is when my character Ranbir has a final face off with Prithvi. The intensity of the moment, where they both come from different stories and are negative in a way come together, culminates to the final climax and is very special to me. When two tough guys come face to face, a lot goes down and the entire show comes to a crescendo at that moment.
Shweta Prasad: As an actor, the entire shooting experience and series was special, but when I binge watched the season, as an audience. I really loved the scene between Handa and Sabha. He is Sabha’s father, though he hasn’t even been there with her; he is her biological father. There is something innately human about that scene, even though it is slightly awkward. What I liked the most about Hostages 2 is that everybody is a hostage of a situation, at the end of the day it’s a story of a family and how they overcome this situation.
Kangana ‘will quit Twitter’ if anyone can prove she starts fights
Amid a backlash against her abrasive comments on Urmila Matondkar, Jaya Bachchan and Bollywood in general, actress Kangana Ranaut has claimed that she has a record of never starting a fight, and is ready
to quit Twitter if anyone can prove otherwise.“I may come across as a very ‘ladaku’ person but it’s not true, I have a record of never starting a fight, I will quit twitter if anyone can prove otherwise, I never start a fight but I finish every fight. Lord Krishna said when someone aks (ask) you to fight you mustn’t deny them,” Kangana tweeted on Friday.
Her statement came shortly after she engaged in a tweet spat with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, which followed when the filmmaker took a jibe at Kangana and said that she is a warrior who would keep fighting for herself and the country.
Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston’s flirty reunion
Former Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt got flirty while reading out a raunchy scene, when they got together for a virtual reading out session. The couple, who got divorced in 2005, united for a live reading of the 1982 film ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ along with Sean Penn, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, and Matthew McConaughey.
A moment that made fans excited was when Aniston and Pitt were re-enacting a steamy scene in which their characters, Linda Barrett and Brad Hamilton, flirt during one of Hamilton’s dreams, reports ew.com. “Hi, Brad,” said Aniston as Linda, adding: “You know how cute I always thought you
were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”
Netizens loved the moment, with one commenter tweeting: “I love seeing Brad and Jen together on the same screen.” A user wrote: “Actually, Jen coming onto Brad (in character) and telling him he’s sexy is my highlight of 2020”.
The event highlighted best scenes from the cult classic film, and served as a fundraiser.
Donal Bisht is thrilled about the response of Teri Patli Kamar
Kumkum Bhagya fame Krishna Kaul and Donal Bisht have been roped in the recently released music video ‘Teri Patli Kamar’. This foot-tapping single by Photofit Music marks their debut in peppy numbers.
Donal Bisht is thrilled about the response the music video has been garnering. Donal says, “I got so many calls appreciating the song and calling it catchy and alluring. I am pretty sure it will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.” Sunidhi Chauhan and Saim Khan will also be seen in the video.
Producer Suresh Bhanushali is elated with the response. Bhanushali says, “It feels good and also encourages you to do better.” It has been sung by Yash Wada and directed by Tanveer Syed.
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