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
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ANGAD BEDI, MOUNI ROY’S NEW SONG ‘BAITHE BAITHE’ TO RELEASE ON 28 JULY
MUMBAI : Actors Angad Bedi and Mouni Roy will be seen together in an upcoming music video titled ‘Baithe Baithe’.
Taking to Instagram, Angad shared that the new song will be out on July 28. He also unveiled the first poster of the song, wherein he and Mouni are seen dressed up in ethnic attires.
“Do you believe in love at first sight? Baithe Baithe releasing on 28th July 2021,” Angad wrote. ‘Baithe Baithe’ is sung by Stebin Ben, Danish Sabri and Aishwarya Pandit. Meet Bros have composed the love track.
Mouni has also shared the poster of the song on her Instagram handle. With the announcement, congratulatory messages and best wishes have poured in for the actors. “Congrats beauty,” actor Vidya Malwade commented.“Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear the song,” a fan commented.
On the film front, Mouni will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Bole Chudiya’. The details of Angad’s upcoming film and shows projects have not been announced yet.
HARBHAJAN SINGH WRAPS UP SHOOTING FOR ‘FRIENDSHIP’
MUMBAI : Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has finished shooting for his film ‘Friendship’.
Film’s producer Kiran Reddy Mandadi has given the shooting update about Harbhajan. Reddy also shared that the cricketer-turned-actor will start his dubbing soon. “I feel extremely delighted to share that we have wrapped up the final schedule for Friendship. It was just an amazing experience working with the fun, ball of energy that Harbhajan is. He is now going to start his dubbing soon as the film releases in multiple languages- Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu. It is as exciting as it gets as Bhajji will be taking onto the screens with a different avatar and speaking different languages, which will definitely reach the audiences soon,” Reddy said in a statement.
The trailer of the film will be released by the end of this month. Apart from Harbhajan, Arjun and Losliya are also playing the lead roles in the upcoming movie. Presented by Toughened Studios Limited, ‘Friendship’ is Directed by John Paul Raj and Sham Surya.
TWINKLE SHARES CHILDHOOD PICTURE WITH LATE AUNT
MUMBAI: Author Twinkle Khanna on Sunday took a stroll down memory lane and shared a childhood picture with her late aunt Simple Kapadia and sister Rinke Khanna.
In the picture, Twinkle and Rinke look super cute while posing with Simple Kapadia, who’s the younger sister of veteran actor Dimple Kapadia. For the unversed, Simple made her acting debut with ‘Anurodh’, opposite her brother-in-law and late superstar Rajesh Khanna. Unfortunately, in 2009, Simple breathed her last after her long battle with cancer. She is survived by son Karan Kapadia. Coming back to Twinkle’s post, it garnered a lot of love from social media users. “Beautiful pic,” a netizen commented. “Hahha…such cute photo,” another one wrote. Along with the throwback image, the former actor expressed her thoughts on nostalgia. “Nostalgia is akin to the red and white Phantom cigarettes of our childhood. Like all sugary treats, it may prove detrimental as a daily habit, but it could provide occasional respite. A way of transporting ourselves to a time when we felt loved and safe, and sometimes, oh so cool, as we inhaled the minty smell of a candy-stick held between our lips. Nostalgia reminds us of not just how we lived, but what it was like to thrive,” she captioned the post.
NIKKI TAMBOLI SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN KHATRON KE KHILADI
Nikki Tamboli gained popularity after Bigg Boss 14, and was recently seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 (KKK). Nikki was the first contestant to get eliminated after she was unable to perform the stunt. Nikki Tamboli spoke to The Daily Guardian about her Khatro Ke Khiladi journey and other projects.
How was your experience of being a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi? -I love to take up new challenges in my life so Khatron ke Khiladi was one of the most challenging experience for me. Every moment in Khatron Ke Khiladi was an experience. I had a phobia over most of things. I tried to face them but unfortunately could not even face it. Though it was a short journey for me but I loved everything about the show. From Rohit sir to my fellow contestants, it was indeed an amazing experience!
Your Journey in KKK11 though short but was extremely entertaining how would you describe that ? Yes it was a short journey. When I performed my first stunt I had got an intuition that I won’t be able to go further. I was scared and could not manipulate my mind to do the stunts. I had to keep it entertained as did not want the audience and fans to get bored and wanted them to laugh and enjoy. Overall it was an amazing journey. Which stunt do you think was the most toughest one and why? It would be my elimination stunt as I did not know how to hold my breath underwater and perform the stunt which was really tough as I have never done something like before and I had panicked. I thought I’ll perform the stunt but as soon as I went in the water catfish and snakes were put on me which made me panic more. It was too dangerous.
Who was your favourite contestants from KKK11 who you think can win the show? My favourite contestant is none other than Arjun Bijlani and we share a good bond. Vishal Aditya Singh and Shweta Tiwari are also those who deserve to win. But my favourite would be Arjun. You already gave 3 hit songs what are the other upcoming projects on your list ? I am waiting to shoot for the songs which are lined up. I have also signed a Bollywood film and a south Indian film as well. I am also planning to be a part of webseries and tv shows. Fingers crossed.
‘FEELING BLESSED’: SHRUTI ON COMPLETING 12 YEARS IN BOLLYWOOD
MUMBAI: On completion of her remarkable 12 years in Bollywood, actor Shruti Haasan said that she is feeling blessed and wants to get better everyday.
For the unversed, the actor made her Hindi film debut with the film ‘Luck’, which was released in 2009. Taking to Instagram, Shruti penned a heartfelt note expressing her gratitude towards her fans.
“12 years ago today – I had no idea what I was getting into… all I knew was that I like it and I wanted to get better everyday – I still feel that way… a LOT has changed and for that, I am so grateful. Thank you for all the love and support… I have a special place in my heart for you. I feel blessed truly onwards and upwards everyday feels like a new journey has just begun,” she wrote.
Along with it, Shruti posted a few pictures of herself from the movie ‘Luck’.
Currently, the ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ actor is busy shooting for her web series in Mumbai.
SHAH RUKH LEAVES RARE COMMENTS ON SUHANA’S PHOTOSHOOT
Film producer and interior designer Gauri Khan has treated her followers to some new pictures of her daughter Suhana Khan. On Friday, she took to Instagram to share a bunch of pictures from a new photoshoot she did for Suhana. In the photos, which are all clicked by Gauri, Suhana is seen posing by a pool in a white tank top and blue denim shorts. She is also holding a can of Coca Cola in a couple of pictures.
Sharing the photos, Gauri wrote, “Yes !!!! Blue is my favourite colour.” Suhana also shared pictures from the shoot and invoked Cindy Crawford’s famous Coca Cola shoot in the caption. “Pretend it’s a Pepsi and I’m Cindy Crawford,” she wrote.
In the comments section, Suhana’s father, actor Shah Rukh Khan delivered a rare comment. “Can I pretend it’s you and the cola is incidental…..and still appreciate the picture,” he wrote. Shah Rukh rarely leaves any comments on Suhana’s posts on Instagram. On Gauri’s post, he wrote, “Whatever colour you take the picture in and Suhana is in it, is our favourite colour.”
Suhana called Gauri the ‘Best photographer’ and Shah Rukh’s Raees co-star Mahira Khan also left a comment. “How gorgeous is Suhana! MashAllah xx,” she wrote. Shanaya Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, Bhavana Pandey, all left loving comments and emojis on the post.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan have three children–son Aryan and AbRam and daughter Suhana. Suhana is their middle child and currently pursuing a course in film studies at Tisch School of Arts at the New York University. Suhana wishes to be an actor like her father and has acted in a short movie with her friends and some stage productions at her school.
The couple’s eldest son Aryan does not aspire to be an actor but a filmmaker. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was pursuing a course in film studies as well.
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