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The Ultimate Indian Monsoon Guide

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**Oh my! Monsoon’s here again..

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And in this rain lets have some fun..

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With a rain drop here and rain drop there…

Here a drop there a drop everywhere a drop drop..

Oh my! Monsoon’s here again..

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(sing it in the tune of the rhyme “Old McDonald had a farm”)

There are 2 kinds of people one who hate monsoon and one who love monsoon. No matter which group you belong to, no matter what your feelings are towards this season you shall find everything in this blog useful.

Adventure and Travel During monsoon

GOA

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One of the great ways to enjoy the rain is through looking out the window, at how the droplets of water surround the asphalt that decorates the puddles, all so radiantly. A hot cup of tea and the rains makes an ultimate treat for the senses. However, what if there was a pocket-friendly way of getting closer to nature, in a location where tourists mostly revel in the glory of sunshine? Yes, you may have guessed it right. Breaking the stereotype of a place to be visited only during the summers, Goa provides immense joys in the pitter-patter of the rains.

Apart from lush greenery and serene beaches, the monsoons bring forth the offseason benefits like cheap tickets and discounts on luxurious accommodation. If that isn’t thrilling enough, here are five more reasons why you must visit Goa during monsoon:-

1. Spice plantations at Savoi-Verem

Goa’s natural treasure is carefully preserved in its hinterland, the Savoi-Verem Spice plantation. Nothing seems more soothing to the senses than the smell of the damp earth mingling with the piquant fragrance of spices.

The Spice plantation is at its lushest-best during the monsoon, making it a destination that must not be missed by travellers.

2. The Dudhsagar Falls

The Dudhsagar falls, literally meaning Sea of Milk, is the fourth tallest waterfalls in India with a massive height of 310 metres (1017 feet).

About 2-hours by taxi from Calangute, this waterfall is well known for its picturesque qualities, especially during the monsoons when the rainwater makes up a significant part of its body. Those interested in trekking can take up the 14 km trek to and fro from Kulem Railway Station.

3. Sao Joao Festival

The festival celebrated with great fervour brings out the vibrancy of the Goan culture. Tourists can witness a carnival-like atmosphere with boat races, colourful outfits, and the Goan delicacy, Feni, doing the rounds. This fun, frolic adventure is a unique experience during the monsoons.

4. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Valpoi town in North Goa, is home to a number ofendangered species of amphibians, reptiles, and many mammals (even tigers). Unlike other Sanctuaries, it is open all round the year. The Bengal Tiger, one of the endangered species stays well protected in this sanctuary. Embellished by its rich flora and fauna, this biodiversity reserve is a mesmerising experience for visitors.

5. A personal Adventure

Take a walk on the damp sand with that special someone or go for a spa or relax amidst nature on a hammock. You can also enjoy delicious Goan fish curries while the rain cascades on the roof above.

Let the rains captivate your senses and embark on a spiritual experience as a means of escape from the daily hassle. Also, who says riding a scooter isn’t as much fun in the monsoons?

Goa stands favourite for its Portuguese heritage, nightclubs, beaches and everything else under the sun. But even when the sun is not around, the crisp air and yellow fringes in the grey sky manage to leave travellers mesmerised. So book your tickets and check out the Domestic Flight Offers on Couponraja to enjoy your share of nature at its best!

Mumbai:

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For those who are adventure freaks and love hiking to the top of the mountains to watch the beauty that lies beneath while the monsoon clouds kiss your face; here are 5 one day monsoon treks near Mumbai you should definitely try to make the most of this lovely season.

Peb Fort (Vikatgad), Neral

When we talk about Neral, people usually think of Matheran. But not too far away from that mainstream hill station, lies a beautiful fort that you can climb to explore the adventurous side of you. Waterfalls, caves, dense forests and tricky turns, you name it and this trek has it. It’s best to hire a local guide so that you don’t get lost. The fort has a historical significance and the local guides are more than happy to give you all the information they can. The view from the top is especially spectacular and worth the 3 hours of trek that takes to reach it.

How to get there – Take a train to Neral station on the central railway. From Neral, you can easily find a rickshaw or jeep ride to the location.

Cypress Hill (Mulund)

Who says you have to go out of Mumbai to enjoy the mountain greenery of monsoons? The hill near the Cypress building is one of the best trekking spots for beginners and experienced trekkers alike, with a view like no other mountain top has to offer. The trek begins at the entrance of the park near the Cypress building and it takes around an hour to reach the top. The trails are full of rocks, slippery mud and trees to hang on to in case you slip. It’s a great escape from the city life in the city itself! The view from the top consists of Vihar Lakenestled amongst lush green Sahyadri Hills on one side and towering skyline of Mulund and Thane on the other.

How to get there: From Mulund station, you could take an auto to Cypress building and begin the trek from the park that’s just in front of it.

Mahuli Fort, Asangaon

Not too far away from Asangaon station is another trekking spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It has recently become very popular amongst trekking groups and you will always find people climbing their way to the top. It enjoys the title of the highest fort in Thane region and it takes around 3 hours to reach the top. It’s a comparatively difficult trek and so, it is advisable to go with someone who is experienced.

How to get there: Take a train to Asangaon station on the central railway. Take a rickshaw or bus to Mahuli village which is around 5kms away from Asangaon station.

Karnala Fort, Panvel

The Karnala bird sanctuary is a very famous tourist attraction, but inside it there’s a wonderful fort to explore. It’s an enjoyable trek with many scenic twists and turns that will take your mind off of the tough road ahead. The view from the top will definitely be worth the muddy slopes, steep spots and dangerous turns.

How to get there: Catch a Panvel train on the Harbor line. Take a bus or a rickshaw to Karnala which is 20kms away from the station.

Lohagad, Lonavala

Another popular trek in a popular region, Lohagad, is great for beginners as well as experts, which offers a marvelous view of the monsoons. The fort consist of steps that you can climb to reach the top with a wind point ‘Vichukata’ and ‘Bhaje’ caves that you can explore along the way.

How to get there: Take a train to Lonavala. From there you could take public transport to Malawli and a 5 kms hike will get you to the base village.

Before you set out on the trek don’t forget to pack all the essentials you would need. Its really important to have the right shoes to make sure you have a great experience and not a “sore one” if you don’t have one already buy hiking shoes on Amazon right away.

So here’s a list with all the comprehensive details of the not-so-mainstream monsoon spots to visit.

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Thoseghar Waterfalls

A small village, almost 20kms away from Satara, Thoseghar becomes a paradise during the monsoons. A series of waterfalls in their full glory, the greenery around and a nice picnic spot with the view of it all is what makes this place a must-visit during the rainy days.

There are waterfalls ranging from 15kms to 500 kms in the area, now if this doesn’t make you want to visit here, I don’t know what else will.

How to get there – A 4.5 hours drive from Mumbai via Pune Expressway and NH4 to Satara and 44 minutes from Satara to reach the destination via Thoseghar Road.

You could also opt for a local train from Mumbai to Satara and then take a rickshaw or bus to reach Thoseghar.

Where to stay – Nivant Hill Resort, 38/3/1, Sambarwadi (Yevteshwar), Satara – Kas Road, Satara.

Contact – 02162 282678 / 282679

Budget- Approx Rs, 5,000 for 2 nights and 3 days (2 people)

Kaas Plateaus

Most places turn green during the rainy season, but Kaas Plateaus are special. They offer a plethora of colours with their beautiful wild flowers over a stretch of almost 1000 hectare. It’s Maharashtra’s very own valley of flowers in the monsoons, and it is nothing short of a paradise on earth. The place has 850 different varieties of flowers and plants blooming during the season, and being so close to where we live, it would be a shame to miss out on it. How to get there – A 4.5 hours drive from Mumbai via Pune Expressway and NH4 to Satara and another 22 kms from Satara to reach Kaas Plateaus.

You could also opt for a local train from Mumbai to Satara and then take a rickshaw or bus to reach Kaas Plateaus.

Where to stay – Nivant Hill Resort, 38/3/1, Sambarwadi (Yevteshwar), Satara – Kas Road, Satara.

Contact – 02162 282678 / 282679

Budget – Approx Rs, 5,000 for 2 nights and 3 days (2 people)

Raigad Fort

A heaven during monsoons, quite literally, you’ll find yourself lost in fog and clouds before you know it. If you’re up for some monsoon trekking, Raigad is the place to go. If you’re not up for trekking, no worries, there’s a ropeway that takes travellers up and down the fort. The architectural wonder and the history attached to the place is another reason to visit this monsoon wonder.

How to get there – Best way to reach here is a 2 hours drive from Mumbai.

Mumbai – 35 km -> Kalamboli – 37 km -> Pen – 14 km -> Kasu – 19 km -> Raigad.

Where to stay – Motel Visava, NH-17, Mumbai Goa Highway, Mahad, Raigad, Maharashtra 402301

Contact – 02145 222 866

Budget – Approx Rs. 6,000 for 2 nights and 3 days (2 people)

Amboli

A place that receives the most rainfall in Maharashtra, Amboli is the hill station to go this season! A relatively unexplored area, the scenic beauty and the constant rainfall makes this place a must-visit. You could visit the Hiranyekeshi Temple which is of great religious value, the 40 feet Nangarta Falls or scream out loud on top of the Kavleshet point. There’s a plethora of options that will make your trip here worthwhile for sure.

How to get there – By train: The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi which is 28 kms from Amboli. Regular buses ply on the route.

By Road: If you are coming from Mumbai drive all the way down NH17 till you get to Kudal. Just 3 km short of Sawantwadi is Akheri Road Junction, from where you take a left onto the curvingSH121 that leads to Amboli. It will take you 11 hours to drive from Mumbai.

Where to stay – Green Valley Resort, Vengurla-Belgaum Road, Amboli | Dist. Sindhudurg, Sawantwadi 416532, India

Contact – 099211 23081

Budget – Approx Rs. 6,000 for 2 nights and 3 days (2 people)

Malshej Ghats

If you like an adventurous drive in the rains, Malshej Ghat is the place for you. Green valleys and waterfalls attract many tourists to this spot every year for a great weekend getaway during the monsoons. The place is also known for a large number of migratory birds coming in during the rainy months.

How to get there – By Road: From Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is 150 kms and the journey time is 3 hours.

By Train – The nearest railhead is Kalyan (86 km -1 1/2 hrs), from where you can take a bus to Malshej Ghat.

Where to stay – Flamingo Hill by MTDC, Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra, India.

Contact – 022 – 2202 6713

Budget – Approx Rs. 2,500 for 1 night and 1 day (2 people)

Delhi:

Below you will find five little known, unexplored and astonishing places not very far from Delhi. They are not your usual Shimla, Manali and Kasuali but still a treat for your soul.

Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

Time to move beyond Shimla and discover the beauty of Fagu, which is 22 kms from Shimla / 3 hours drive away from Kalka; a hill resort that can make a painting turn envious. Such lush greenery and snow clad mountain tops. During this time the trees in the valleys are lined with the apples and beautiful flowers everywhere. With a soul-rejuvenating Himalayan backdrop, Fagu is a heaven for trekkers and people who just want to sit in the lap of nature. Enjoy cloud-watching along with the best finger-licking crazyPahari dishes (yes, it is that good!). You will be mesmerised with the shapes of clouds, a sight rare in Delhi. Take a walk in the dense oak wood forest and burn off a few extra calories. But do not forget to appreciate the efforts of locals practising organic farming and rainwater harvesting.

How to get there : Take a train from Delhi to Kalka and then take a taxi for the next 115 kms to Fagu. (Total 380 Kms)

Where to stay: Snow King Retreat (INR 3000/night)

Phone: 098761 39666

Almora, Uttrakhan

It is pleasant, it is a hill station, it is in UK! Okay, Uttrakhand. Situated in the Kumaon regions and a safe place in the Himalayas because of the moderate rainfall it receives. Only 270 kms away from the capital it is famous as a temple town. It is famous for its Binsar and Shiva temples. Rich natural surroundings are waiting for you nested in the thick forests. At an elevation of 2400 meters above the sea level, this is a must check out place. Go there for the pine trees. They produce a breath-taking view after the monsoon rains.

How To Get There: Take Kathgodam Shatabdi from Delhi and a taxi from the Kathgodam railway station. Almora is 90kms from there.

Where to Stay: Imperial Heights (INR 4000 approx/ night)

Phone : 05962 251 010

Peora, Uttrakhand

Another gem in the Shivalic range of the Kumaon region, Peora is a small village with heart-touching hospitable locals. The place boasts of mighty pines and oak trees. (If you are a hardcore Bollywood fan you might want to dance around them, I actually did  )You will live a real Pahari life here, away from the crowded spots like Mukteshwar. Take a stroll on the forest trails with a hot cup of chai. (They have famous Maggi points too, but you know LEAD! MSG! LEAD! Right.) The panoramic view of the valleys and gossiping with locals will make you come here often; monsoon or no monsoon. Only 2.5 hours away from Kathgodam, this place has still retained the flavour of colonial character. Look for the Dak Bangalow and just go WOWWW!

How to get there: Take Kathgodam Shatabdi from Delhi and a taxi from the Kathgodam railway station. The 2-2.5 hour drive will cost roughly INR 1200.

Stay at: Dak Bangalow (INR 3000 approx/ night)

Barog, Himachal Pradesh

Planning a road trip? Go to Barog. Smooth 5 hours drive from Delhi and only 65 kms from Shimla. Situated in the Solan district, it is an amazing getaway for Delhites; for anyone and everyone rather. It’s a respite against the dry, anti-makeup and hot climate of Delhi. A must if you are the patient of Cupid’s arrow. <

Planning a road trip? Go to Barog. Smooth 5 hours drive from Delhi and only 65 kms from Shimla. Situated in the Solan district, it is an amazing getaway for Delhites; for anyone and everyone rather. It’s a respite against the dry, anti-makeup and hot climate of Delhi. A must if you are the patient of Cupid’s arrow. <

The Scottish architecture of the Barog railway station is a treat to the eyes. It is recommended for you to carry light woollen clothes. And yes, it is a strictly summer/monsoon getaway, in winters it is below freezing point. Take enough time in venturing Solan and Solan brewery; it is internationally acclaimed for its products.

How to get there : Take a train from Delhi to Kalka and then drive to Barog which is 35 kms away.

Where to stay at: The Pinewood (INR 3000 approx/ night)

Phone : 01792 238 825

Phalodi, Rajasthan

We now move from the hills to a desert. In the rains, in a desert! Life is such a beautiful irony. And this place my friends, is a well kept secret. Here you will find yourself amidst sand dunes, salt lakes and villages with typical tribal population. Villages connected to Indira Gandhi Canal are lush green throughout the year. But if you want to see the real magic of rain, it can only be seen here. Rain, a life giving phenomenon, when the golden hued sand turns green, is a sight to behold! Take Mandoor Express and get down at Phalodi Junction. Then venture into villages on the safaris. How to get there: 135 kms from Jodhpur Airport. You can also take buses or trains from Bikaner, Jaisalmer or Old Delhi. You do get an overnight train from Delhi to Phalodi.

Where to stay: The Welcom Heritage Haveli Lalniwas (INR 4000 approx/ night)

Phone : 099287 22277

If you think we are just being too pushy to drive you out of Delhi, then you are right.

Bengaluru

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Bangalore and its nearby places, which always sport an awesome weather, turn out to be even more charming and enduring during the monsoons. Here are some of the must-see places to visit in and around the Garden City during the monsoons.

NANDI HILLS

Situated 60 km from the city, Nandi Hills is the ultimate spot for nature lovers. It is famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views. Get closer with the nature and cherish its mountainous settings during monsoons. Stroll through the lush green pathways, capturing the finely arranged arrays of flowers in the lenses. Be amazed by the breathtaking view from the hill top and sit in the park, gazing at the tree-hoping langurs. And do plenty more…

Shivanasamudra

When it pours, there aren’t better places than near the water bodies. So, set off on the 120 km journey from Bangalore, all the way to the Shivanasamudra waterfalls. The falls are at their best during the monsoons when the river Kaveri gathers pace and plummets 75m down, after splitting into two- Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. Don’t forget to drench yourself as the waters pour down from the gush. And a little know how- The first hydro electric plant in Asia was set up here.

Skandagiri

Located at 70 km from Bangalore, Skandagiri is the ultimate picnic spot. From the scenic villages nearby to the adventurous trek, it is so photogenic. Chillness surrounds during the monsoons. And watching the downpours is a photographer’s delight. Also appealing is the panoramic view of the valley below.

Anthargange

Anthargange is famous for its caves, springs and streams. In fact Anthargange literally means ‘Inner Stream’. It is located about 70 km from Bangalore and offers an exhilarating view of the sunset in the evening. There is so much greenery all around. In the monsoons, the caves become so cooler and the chillness is refreshing. The place is an adventurist’s delight and is home to a lot of popular sports activities like trekking, rock climbing, hiking, exploring the caves, high rope traversing and raveling.

Machanabele

Machanabele Dam is a scenic picnic spot situated around 40 km from Bangalore. The dam overflows during monsoon and is quite a sight. Just like Anthargange, Machanbele too offers scope for a lot of adventurous sports like river rafting, raveling, hiking, trekking, swimming and fishing. Bird watching is yet another delight here as the serene surroundings are home to a variety of birds.

Hair and Skin Care During Monsoon

10 essential tips to protect your skin

During rain showers, we all love getting drenched, but the high humidity during these months is also the best time for the breeding of germ and fungus. Thus skin infections and allergies are at its peak during this time of the year.

Generally speaking, a fungal infection is the infection caused by fungus. Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), ringworm (tinea corporis), nail fungus and Jock Itch are some of the common fungal infections of the skin. These infections cause redness, itching, scaling, peeling, chafing and irritation of skin. So, it’s very important to cure and prevent these infections.

Causes of Fungal infection

Fungal infections can be caused due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • Wearing socks (especially tight socks) for most times

  • Passed from affected person to another

  • Passed by fungal infected pets to humans

  • Walking barefoot in dirty water

  • Wearing damp clothes and shoes

  • Wearing tight clothes

  • Tearing the cuticles around nails

Prevention Tips

  • Keep your skin dry

  • Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes after coming home from outside

  • Avoid wearing socks for long. To allow your feet to breath, you can opt for airy footwears.

  • Wear loose cotton or linen clothing

  • Moisturise your skin regularly to prevent chapping

  • Opt for natural non-alcoholic skin toners instead of alcoholic ones

  • Even if it is cloudy, always apply sunscreen about 20-30 minutes before stepping out

  • Invest in a good foot and hand cream and apply generously at night

  • Scrub your feet regularly

  • Use talcum powders or anti-fungal powders to prevent any fungal growth

Home Remedies

Sometimes despite our best efforts to prevent, a fungal infection may creep in. So, here I am mentioning a few home remedies to help you tackle this unpleasantness:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common treatments for fungal infections. You can mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and drink it twice daily. Another option is to dilute it with equal quantity of water and externally apply it on the affected area.

  • Lime

Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in a bucket containing warm water with lime wedges.

  • Yogurt

Use unsweetened yogurt with active and live bacterial cultures. Apply plain yogurt to the affected area. Otherwise you can also mix half teaspoon of turmeric powder to the yogurt and apply to the skin.

  • Essential oils

Essential oils such as tea tree oil, garlic oil and oregano oil can be very effective in treating skin fungus.

  • Garlic

It is recommended that you consume at least 4-5 garlic cloves as they have amazing antifungal properties. You can also rub garlic paste on the affected area and wash it after an hour

  • Neem:

For centuries, neem has been used tradionally for treating all kinds of skin infections and allergies. You can apply neem paste to the affected area or take bath in water with neem leaves. Neem face wash and soaps are also effective.

  • Home-made mask

Prepare a mask using Multani mitti (fullers earth), turmeric, neem and lavender oil by adding a small quantity of water. Apply the mask on the affected area and leave it to dry for half an hour. Rinse with water and massage with olive oil.

Stay healthy this monsoon. Keep the above mentioned prevention tips in mind and in case you get any infection, just cure it naturally using home remedies.

8 face packs to keep your face fresh

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These 8 quick face packs using ingredients available in your kitchen will do the trick.

Fruity Face Pack for Fresh-looking Skin

  • Take a piece of banana, apple, peach, strawberry (or any other fruits of your choice) and 1 tsp honey in a bowl

  • Mash all the ingredients using a spoon or use a blender to mix them

  • Apply this thick paste onto your face, let it sit for some time and wash it off

Sandalwood Face Pack for Glowing Skin

  • Mix sandalwood powder with rose water to form a thin paste

  • Do wash your face before applying the paste on your face

  • Let it dry for 20 minutes and rinse off with water

Honey Face Pack to Get Rid of Oiliness

  • Take 3 teaspoons of honey and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl

  • Mix it properly to form a thin paste

  • Apply on face, leave it for 10-30 minutes and rinse it off for oil-free skin

Oatmeal Face Pack to Keep your Skin Moisturized

  • Mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal, 1 tablespoons rose water and 1 teaspoon each of honey and curd in a bowl

  • Mix together to form a consistent paste

  • Apply this paste onto your face, leave it for half an hour and wash it off for moisturized skin throughout the day

Almond Face Pack to Scrub off the Dirt

  • Mix some ground almonds with curd to make a fine paste.

  • Apply this paste on face for 15 minutes to remove all the dirt and impurities

  • When the paste dries, scrub it off your face and then wash the remnants for clean and clear skin

Lime Face Pack for Naturally Bleached Skin

  • Grate half a radish and mix it with some lime juice

  • Apply on your face and leave it for 10 minutes

  • Massage your face in circular motions and wash the face pack off with warm water

Turmeric Face Pack for Antiseptic Properties

  • Mix 1 teaspoon besan, a pinch of turmeric, 2-3 drops of lemon juice and 1-2 teaspoons rose water in a bowl

  • Make a fine paste of the mixture

  • Apply it onto the face and wash off after 15-20 minutes

Peas Face Pack for Radiant Skin

  • Mix half cup powdered peas, 3 teaspoons curd, some lemon juice and half cup papaya in a bowl

  • Make a fine paste of the mixture

  • Apply it for 20 minutes and wash your face with ice- cold water

6 Tips to beat Frizzy Hair this Monsoon

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Most of us have more bad hair days than good ones, and then again during monsoons, the chances of having a good hair day are close to none. Every single girl can empathize with the fact that it’s easier to tame a tiger than the tresses that decide to go wild during the rainy days.

The humid climate, damp hair due to the rains and the hair fall and frizz that follow are the nightmares every girl has to live through for the monsoon months. But being a fellow comrade in this hard-to-win fight, I would like to share some tricks that you can try to sober down those rebellious strands.

Learn to say NO!

Gather your straightening rod, blow dryer, hair spray, hair brush, curling iron and all those expensive hair care products. Seal them in a box and lock them up for the next 3-4 months to come. Your hair already goes through enough during this stressful war period and the above mentioned ammunitions turn into your worst enemies. So no matter how much you need that hair spray or blow dryer, just say NO, look for natural variants instead. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Your Conditioner loves you unconditionally

Of all the products that you put aside, your conditioner is one that gets to stay. A nice and natural conditioner adds life and shine to frizzy hair. Trust me, it is a keeper.

Eat Right and Sleep Tight

There’s a reason why your mom always forces you to finish your greenies you know. Regular consumption helps in strengthening the roots of your hair which get the most vulnerable during rainy season. Sprouts, milk, fish and other healthy foods also provide your hair with the nutrients they need to survive the monsoons.

And don’t forget your beauty sleep too!

Because no matter how many or how expensive products you use to protect your hair from the outside, they need to be secured from the inside first.

Home Remedies to Beat the Enemy (Frizzy Hair)

While all your best products are going to be packed away, you’ll need substitutes. These home remedy recipes for hair care will do a fine job.

  • Massage your scalp with lukewarm coconut oil and almond oil at least twice a week to provide natural nutrients to your hair.

Mix 1/4 cup olive oil with one raw egg, apply it to the hair and wash it off after 30 minutes for moisturized and strong hair.

  • Mix 1 tbsp. honey with 1 quart water. Pour it through freshly shampooed hair while it’s still wet and condition them for shiny hair all day.

Make your Enemy your Best Friend!

And when all else fails, just learn to embrace your enemy! With the right amount of trying and frustration from failing to control your hair, you will learn to accept them the way they are.

Just accept your frizz-filled hair and go for that messy hair bun, a casual chignon or sloppy braids.

Or just leave them open for that “I’m too cool to care” look. The results will almost make you believe that your frizzy hair was just a friend in an enemy disguise after all!

7 Tips To Wear Your Makeup Right During Monsoon

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The rains are above our heads, and as much as we love them, we cannot ignore the problems they bring along. While the rains wash away our sorrows, they also do wash away our makeup, which is a cause of worry for us girls. But does that mean we stay in all day and not enjoy the beautiful monsoon weather? Well, of course not!

Here are seven fabulous makeup tips to try this monsoon so that you can look beautiful while you enjoy the beautiful weather.

1. Prep-up!

If you want that makeup to stay on for long, you’d better spend some time prepping your face! Wash your face thoroughly and then rub an ice cube all over your face for about 5-10 minutes. Doing this lowers the risk of sweating from humidity and also helps the makeup stay on for longer.

2. Get The Basics Right

During monsoon, the very first thing to do before you even start applying your makeup is to keep the foundation as far away as possible and trust in your primer. Primer acts as the best base for your makeup since it acts as a shield against water and sun and prevents the smudging of anything that you apply on top of it.

3. Eyebrow Pencils? NOPE.

While everyone loves shapely and sharp eyebrows, but for obvious reasons, the monsoon is not the time you’d want to invest in eyebrow pencils. The best thing to do is keeping the tweezers handy and using hair gel with a brow brush to keep them in shape. It works like a charm, trust us.

4. Bye Bye Glossy Lips, Hello Matte!

As much as you love your lip gloss, chap sticks, and lip balms, monsoons are the time to keep them stored somewhere safe. It’s time to go matte with shades like deep red, subtle orange, and dark pink so that your lips can be that pop of colour in the otherwise colourless weather.

5. Go Easy On The Blusher

The blusher is an essential that we women can’t go without, but monsoons are when you need to use it modestly. Make sure you’re picking natural shades because as we already know, blushers look best when nobody can tell you’re wearing it. Try using cream blushers since they’re water resistant. Also, apply it on the cheekbones and then spread it towards the outside with the brush so that it spreads out evenly on your face.

6. Go Waterproof The Smart Way

Picking waterproof mascara and liner during the monsoons is pretty obvious, but their heavy chemical content can damage the skin and lashes irrevocably. It does not mean you don’t use waterproof makeup; you just have to use it smartly. Put on some volumising mascara before you go for the waterproof one to minimise damage. Also, make sure you hydrate your eyelids with enough moisturiser before you use the waterproof liner.

7. Seal The Look!

And last but certainly not the least; use a makeup setting spray on top of your makeup so that your look is sealed and stays safe from all the rain water in the world!

All about Monsoon fashion

6 Types of Shoes You Should Own This Monsoon

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Gumboots

These are unisex. No longer confined to the wardrobe of farmers or construction workers, gumboots are available for everyone. Sure you have the boring dreary colours for men, but luckily we, women, have a much better variety when it comes to choosing the colours and patterns to add a little bit of oomph to a grey weather.

Flip Flops

These are another unisex footwear. Flip flops are awesome and super easy to dry. Plus even if they get muck all over it doesn’t really bother you because they can be easily be washed. But the annoying bit about flip flops is that when you flip and you flop, the back of your legs start looking like a canvas of muck throwing. So better yet, use the ones with a back strap! No NOT floaters and crocs- they are the Mondays and Sunday evenings of footwear. If I you wearing any of these two types, I will personally splash water on you.

Ballerinas

Yeah this one is only for women. The colourful plastic versions make for a cute accessory whilst commuting. These look trendy and protect your feet. Because they are made of plastic, this means that they can last you for at least 3 monsoon seasons.

Sneakers

Again something for women. We don’t mean the canvas ones. We mean the rubber ones. They are cute, fit well, come up nearly till the ankle and are waterproof. They look great if you don’t have a formal dress code every day, lending you a cool sporty vibe.

Waterproof Leather Boots

Yes these things do exist though only for the men. Brands like Timberland usually stock them and look perfect for not too formal office wear.

Waterproof Rain Galoshes

Look for galoshes which fit right over that expensive leather formal shoe. They don’t look out of place and you can remove them once you are on dry land.

Some tips

  • Sure you want to be dressed to the T whilst entering office. But it’s better to stuff your office footwear under your desk and then change into them once you reach work (unless you are ok carrying them every day with you)

  • Also, if you don’t find good water proof shoes (remember silicone and plastic should be your choices) of your size, then look for a waterproof compound which is a spray and is good for leather shoes. Obviously like everything else first test it on a discreet part of the shoe.

  • Never store wet footwear in enclosed spaces. Always let them out in the air to dry.

  • Women, please don’t wear tottering heels in the rain especially while commuting.

Rains are here after months and months of heat. The only good thing about the monsoons is the breeze and everything else is kind of annoying- be it the slight drizzle (either it should rain fully fledged or it should not) or the unexpected downpour or the muck or the puddles; yeah pretty much everything that describes monsoon. I just feel this annoying weather has been romanticised by Bollywood waaaaay too much and needs to stop.

Wardrobe Essentials for a Fashionable Monsoon

Becoming a fashion statement during monsoons can be a bit inconvenient, when all you really want to do is roll your pants up to avoid getting them soaked in dirty puddles. But no matter what season it is, fashion can and should never be compromised, after all it defines who you are. And the day and age we’re living in, the many options that are available at our disposal have not only made fashion convenient but also fun!

Elegant Trench Coats

Nothing is more irritating than being splashed dirty water on by vehicles that pass by when it’s raining. But that won’t be a problem when trench coats are here to save the day! These lovelies look best when matched with a pair of classy gum boots. Trust me, there’s nothing else in the world that can protect your clothes from that heavy rainy day but this.

Water-proof Handbags

As much as you love your everyday leather bag, it’s a big NO for monsoons. A water-proof bag is one of the most important things that will help you get through the monsoons. If you want your phone and most of your belongings to still function after the rainy season is gone, these plasticky looking handbags are your best bet. They protect your belongings while making you look chic, isn’t that all we ever need?

Shorts & Capri Pants

The best things invented in the history of fashion are shorts and capris. Have to cross a road full of ankle-deep water without having to shiver in your air conditioned office due to wet pants? It’s a walk in the park with a pair of shorts or capris.

Three-fold Umbrellas

An umbrella is a must-have no matter how many rain coats or windcheaters you possess. But instead of those drab-looking ones, you could always pick your favourite colour. Let your umbrella be a happy pop of colour in the dull, cloudy days of monsoons.

You could also opt for the multi-coloured over-sized umbrellas. They’ll do the job of protecting you while making you look fashionable equally well.

Colourful Leggings

Easy drying material is what we need during monsoons because let’s face it, we know nothing can survive the wrath of heavy rains. There are many fashionable synthetic tops available that make our monsoon suffering easy and fashionable as well. Just grab these lovelies and your fashionable monsoon wardrobe is complete!Colourful, printed leggings are in vogue, and they will no doubt make you stand out from the crowd on a dull rainy day.

Synthetic Tops

Easy drying material is what we need during monsoons because let’s face it, we know nothing can survive the wrath of heavy rains. There are many fashionable synthetic tops available that make our monsoon suffering easy and fashionable as well. Just grab these lovelies and your fashionable monsoon wardrobe is complete!

Food Food!

3 AMAZING CHAI RECIPES to try this Monsoon

Waking up to the sound of raindrops splattering on your window, taking a whiff of that wet aromatic soil, and watching the rains pour down with a cup of garama garam chai! Sounds like a wonderful way to begin a beautiful rainy day, doesn’t it?

Whether you’re a teaholic or not, nobody can say no to a steaming hot cup of tea when it’s raining cats and dogs outside. Chai becomes everyone’s cup of tea during this magical season! And so, to make your monsoon tea-time a bit more delightful, here are 3 chai recipes that you can try to make the most of this wonderful season.

Hot Chocolate Chai

Chocolate and chai, 2 of the most beautiful things that ever happened to us!!! What happens when you combine them is pure bliss! Perfect to wash away your weekday blues, this drink will energize you and let you make the most of the beautiful day waiting for you outside.

What you need

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 2 1/2 tbs hot chocolate powder

  • 1/4 cup thickened cream

  • 3 tps tea leaves

  • 1 large cinnamon stick

  • 2 whole pods of star anise

  • 3 cups hot water to brew the tea

Method

  • Brew the tea leaves in a teapot for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside. Reserve the star anise and cinnamon.

  • In a milk pan, heat milk and cream on medium. When the milk starts foaming at the edges, add the star anise, cinnamon and hot chocolate powder.

  • Add a cup of the strained tea. Simmer, stirring gently and constantly for about 5 minutes until hot and steamy.

  • Pour in large mugs or glasses, dust with chocolate powder and lose yourself in the heavenly union of Chocolate and Chai.

Chai Latte

Why go to a coffee shop when you can make the perfect latte in the comfort of your own kitchen? Why should coffee have all the fun when the same can be done with tea? This Chai latte recipe is easy to make and will help you make the most of a lazy monsoon day. Just one cup of this mouthwatering beverage and you’ll be hooked.

What you need

  • 2 tea bags

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated French vanilla non-dairy creamer

  • Whipped topping and ground nutmeg

Method

  • Brew the tea bags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker.

  • Combine milk, brown sugar and creamer in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved.

  • Pour milk mixture into mugs; stir in tea.

  • Dollop with whipped topping, sprinkle with nutmeg if desired and enjoy your yummilicious drink!

Hot Spiced Green Tea

If you belong to the health-conscious lot, green tea is always the best option. However, there’s no reason you shouldn’t experiment a little to make it taste better. This recipe is great for sore throat and a sour mood too. Just gulp it down for instant relief from all your mental and physical grievances.

What you need

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 green tea bags

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed

  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Method

  • Combine cinnamon sticks, green tea bags, fresh gingerroot, grated lemon peel and cardamom pods in a large bowl

  • Add boiling water. Cover and steep for 5-6 minutes.

  • Strain, discarding tea bags and spices. Stir honey into tea.

  • Pour into cups and enjoy the relaxing warmth that follows

Warm soups for warmer monsoon moments

When the sky turns misty and the sun hides behind those creepy clouds, when lightening flaunts its electric white hue and thunder roars at its best, we know what’s coming next – pouring rain. Those trees wave a welcome, those flowers dance in joy, those rocks cool down, those mountains turn prettier and this city looks like a wet beauty. Rains make us fall in love with our city all over again.

While rains make the weather chilling, kitchens turn warmer. Amongst other appetizers there are simmering soups which would fill us up like nothing else. Vegetable-based soups are high on vitamins and minerals which are low on calorie intake. Here are two of the soup recipes that you can make at home and make this monsoon warmer.

Mushroom Magic Soup

Mushroom lovers beware. Here’s a tantalizing mushroom soup – creamy and yummy

Steps:

  1. Take a sauce pan and melt 3 tbsp of butter in it. Add the flour; mix it well for a few seconds. Make sure that the mixture does not turn brown in colour.

  2. Bring together water, celery, onion and carrots in another pan and let it simmer for a while.

  3. Soak shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms for about 30 minutes and slice the button mushrooms.

  4. Take 1 tbsp of butter and sauté these mushrooms along with garlic and half of the cream. Afterwards cool this mixture and make a paste of it.

  5. Add the stock to it. Also add some oregano.

  6. Let it boil for 10 minutes and add remaining cream and seasoning to it.

  7. And the soup is ready. Serve it hot with some pieces of mushroom kept inside the bowl.

Burnt Garlic Consommé Soup

As the weather gets cold outside, garlic is a good option to keep you warm inside. Here’s the scrumptious recipe.

  1. Mushrooms and carrots should be in finely cut pieces. Shred the spring onions and keep.

  2. Remove the celery leaves and mash its stem with a hammer.

  3. Put chopped garlic and onions on a slow flame till it turns dark brown in colour. This should take round about 10 minutes.

  4. Take a saucepan and pour water, star anise, garlic and onion mixture and let it simmer till this liquid turns golden brown in colour.

  5. Add the seasoning and lemon juice. Serve it in a bowl. Garnish it with mushroom, celery and spring onions kept aside.

6 Fruits That Help You Stay Healthy During Monsoon

The Ultimate Indian Monsoon Guide

We all love a cup of hot tea or coffee during a rainy day as the chill in the air and the raindrops give us company. With the new changes in lifestyle, we no longer grab the bhajiya on a rainy afternoon… okay.. may be a couple .. but not more than that. We pride ourselves in snacking healthy, and proud we should be for it.

Studies and hands-on experiences have proved beyond doubt that fruits and veggies make up a healthy snack, irrespective of the season. Monsoon fruits are no different either.

Categorically, all monsoon fruits are high in fiber, packed with antioxidants (to delay ageing), and flavonoids (to flush the toxins) nudging us towards a healthier way of living.

1. Cherries

In addition to above, these are excellent source of potassium, and lower the blood pressure by lowering the sodium levels in our body. Tart Cherries contain melatonin that relaxes the brain and help sleep better & often considered effective cure for insomnia

2. Plums

In addition to the general characteristics of being a monsoon fruit, these are high in Vitamin Cand help build immunity against cold & flu, typical monsoon discomforts.

3. Pomegranate

These are super foods, high in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C and dietary fibre. Regular intake reduces the risk of heart disease, and it is also advised as immediate measure for loose-motion (dysentery) in adults. For infants and toddlers, a couple of spoons of fresh pomegranate juice is enough to bring the constitution back in control. It stimulates the immune system and reduces cholesterol as well.

4. Litchis

This low calorie and high in fibre fruit is a good source of thiamine, Niacin and folates which help to burn carbohydrates, protein and fats. The potassium and copper helps to prevent heart diseases and keeps the cholesterol in check. These fruits equip our skin to tackle the persistent wetness during monsoon.

5. Peach

Packed with Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, peach helps in maintaining a glowing skin. This low calorie food helps combating weight loss without starving, and as a rich source of vitamin C gives a booster dose to the immunity system.

6. Jamun or the Indian Blackberry

These little berries are packed with anthocyanins and anthocyanidins that give them the anti-inflammatory properties that prevent oxidation of cholesterol which helps to build the body defence against any heart diseases. Highly recommended for diabetic patients.

As it is packed with calcium it is recommended for patients suffering from low bone density. Due to its polyphenolic compounds, Jamun is an effective fruit against anaemia, cancer, asthma, arthritis and other heart diseases.

Child care during Monsoon

How to ensure your baby has healthy fun in monsoon!

The Ultimate Indian Monsoon Guide

Ye re ye repausa, tu la deto paisa, paisa zhala khota, paoos ala motha!…. is a nursery rhyme we all recited in pre-school days to greet the rain gods. Feeling the raindrops falling on your head, taking in the fragrance of the wet mud, jumping and splashing water from the puddles, holding your own umbrella, wearing a new raincoat, gazing at the snail gliding on the bark of a tree, being a little impish and sprinkling salt on the earthworms only to see them wriggle are some of the many thoughts that come to mind when it comes to rain and childhood days. I also recollect my mom bellowing, “Don’t get wet in the rain…you’ll catch a cold!” And I wondered back then what’s the harm in getting drenched in water pouring from the heavens. Rains are here to have some fun!

But it’s today when I have a baby of my own; I know why my mom was so worried all the time. So here are some things to keep in mind to ensure your baby enjoys the monsoons and you keep all your monsoon related worries away.

Monsoon Wear:

Raincoat

If you are too worried about your baby getting wet in the rain and catching a cold, invest in a good raincoat that covers him/her from head to toe. Kid’s raincoats come in a variety of options that feature fun cartoons from Spider Man to Winnie the Pooh and Barbie to Hannah Montana and many more. These are sure to entice the kiddos and make the adults around them go ‘Aww’.

Clogs

Splish…Splosh…Splash goes the water when your kiddo jumps into a puddle! Keep their feet clean by buying a pair of clogs for your little one. These come with an ankle strap that provides great support, the sole provides a firm grip and its light weight ensures easy movement while playing around. The clogs have proper outlets to avoid accumulation of water around the feet and leaving it moist thereby providing good air circulation too. These clogs are sure to lure your kids as they too feature their favorite cartoons like Dora, Tweety and also Hotwheels.

Skin care:

Mosquito Banditz / Repellents

The most common insect you’d see around during the rains is the Mosquito. Mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed. And mosquitoes bring along with them the most harmful diseases like malaria and dengue. Children with low immune system are most vulnerable to these diseases. Safeguard your child from mosquitoes by investing in a Mosquito Banditz or Repellent. A Mosquito Banditz is a wrist band that is medically coated with Citronella oil and claims to be 100% natural, Non-toxic and chemical free. The citronella oil has an aroma that repels mosquitoes thereby shielding your child from mosquito bites. These bands have been tested by a dermatologists and come in attractive colors and have animal characters like lizard that is called Lizzy, Spider (Spidey), Bat (Batty) and a frog (Froggy). These Packs come with airtight pouches & when not in use bands are to be stored in these pouches for maximizing their life. You can also put on some mosquito repellent on skin that is uncovered and prone to bites. These are a sure way to give your child the freedom to play outdoors during the rains.

General tips

  • Give your child only boiled water to drink

  • Change their clothes immediately after they return home from playing in the rain and make them take a shower to stay clean

  • Keep them warm and feed them some warm soup

  • Ensure that they avoid biting their nails as this may lead to ingesting any infection that may be on their hands

Monsoons bring in great relief from the scorching heat and every one ought to relish in it. So whether your child wants to get drenched in the rain, splash water from the puddle, watch the snail glide on the bark of a tree or the surface of a leaf, go on and join them in witnessing nature at its best!

Gadget Protection this monsoon

The Ultimate Indian Monsoon Guide

5 vital tips to protect your cameras and lenses during Monsoon

Rainy days are certainly not the days to avoid, if you were a photographer. As a photographer, you get to see the most unseen visuals on the rainy day. Visualize this: a girl with a red umbrella walking alone on the road and it is raining. You wish to miss this? Nope.

In fact, there are photographers who create artificial rain to capture their imaginations. When artificial rain (shower) is created, the photographer stays in a safe zone, shooting. But in real time, the photographer has to risk his gear. Not to worry, we will be looking at various options to safeguard your camera and lenses during a rainy day.

So what do we do on a rainy day?

A rainy day can get worse if you are not prepared well. Your expensive kit may stop working suddenly, perhaps, a few days later when you are actually shooting some high portfolio. Embarrassment would be an understatement. You lose business, which you cannot afford.

Keeping your kit safe during rain is actually not rocket science. It is very simple. Let us now, look how we adapt our techniques to keep our camera and lenses safe.

Raincoat and an Umbrella

We’ve been using raincoats and umbrellas since our childhood. Aren’t we? We will continue to use them now, perhaps with some changes. A good camera bag comes with a raincoat. Always put on the raincoat for the camera bag before leaving your place for a shoot. It is better to put on the raincoat immediately if you foresee a rain.

If your camera bag doesn’t come with a raincoat, use an umbrella. Now, if you have left your house when it is sunny and you have nothing to cover your camera bag, just try to cover with something you have, a jacket or maybe with yourself.

Try to take cover as soon as possible in a near restaurant or a shop. Most cameras and lenses are built to fight water accidents to an extent. Reading manuals can help to understand their threshold levels.

But hold on, it doesn’t mean that you can let your camera or lens to fight the rain, if you have a better option to cover them.

Rain Covers / Rain Sleeves

We have rain covers and sleeves for most of the cameras available in the market. It is advised to buy one for your kit. They are also available on Amazon and are not expensive. But if you don’t have one, DIY also helps. Take a transparent plastic bag to cover your camera and then use rubber bands to fasten them. Waterproof cameras are also available in the market.

Consider using a water proof camera when you have to shoot wild during the rains. Always use lens hoods at the time of rain. It prevents the rain directly hitting your camera lens. A good shot sometimes is saved by a lens hood.

Other Suggestions

It is advised not to change the lens when you are shooting in rain. Plan before you go for a shoot and stick on to one lens for the entire shoot. If you really need to change the lens, take cover. Go to some safe zone and change the lens.

Have some silica gel packs in your backpack. It helps in absorbing the moisture. The silica gel bags must be replaced at regular intervals. They are also available at a very low cost online.

What happens if water gets into the lens?

If by any chance, water enters the lenses and the sensors within it then mold can grow within it. This mold formation ruins the image and particles can stuck onto the internal sensor developing spots in the photographs.

To avoid the mold formation, you should wrap the lens after use for some time and then place it a warm area. Also, remember to remove the memory card for copying and charge the batteries as soon as can, once you are in a dry area indoors.

Final Word

As I told you earlier, keeping your camera and the kit safe on a rainy day is not rocket science. It’s pretty simple too. Trust me, rain is beautiful ….enjoy it

As mentioned earlier, it is not a rocket science to keep your kit safe on a rainy day. We just saw how we simple it is to take care of cameras and their lenses. Didn’t we? Trust me, rain is beautiful. Embrace it.

Hope you found answers to all your Monsoon questions. If not, write to us and we shall make sure to include it in this blog.


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