10 romantic novels to read if you're a fan of pure love

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Everyone has had a love story, or if not seen at least heard or read one. Isn’t it so amazing to have someone love you with just pure love and expect only love and compassion in return? Going on cute little dates, Standing under an umbrella in the rain, the first touch and first kiss. We all cherish these lovely moments in our lives forever, but some of our Indian Authors here have given us love stories that stay in our heart and are remembered truly –

  1. I Too Had A Love StoryRavinder Singh

I too had a love story tis hands down one of the finest love story till date. The writer Ravinder Sharma beautifully pens down the story with emotional twists that come in Ravin and Khushi’s lives. He manages to capture their pure and innocent love, his heart-wrenching novel is a must read for everyone who has ever loved anyone deeply. The book keeps you hooked until the end and will for sure leave you in tears, so make sure you grab some tissues.

  1. Truly Madly DeeplyFaraaz Kazi

As the name of the book itself suggests, the story of this love story is truly, madly and deeply as well. This is a story of two people Rahul and Seema. Rahul is a popular face at school while Seema is an introvert but yet very beautiful. Rahul goes out of his way and tries to make Seema fall in love with him, but everything goes in vain when a lot of misunderstandings rise and their ego’s clash. Do they fall in love or do they part ways forever? Well we know that it’s teenage love story that most of us would have been in or still are in, lets find out what happens after reading the book. The novel is written by Faraaz Kazi and has also won the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Debut in Romance.

  1. Law of AveragesKshitij Padhy

This is another classic love story or can I say the typical love story of how a boy next door who falls in love with a girl which is basically “love at first sight”. The rest of the story revolves around he manages to convince his to be Father-in-Law while he juggles his work and life. It is a fun story with a lot of masala elements in it, just like how we Indians like it…Filmy ishtyle. The novel is Kshitij Padhy’s debut and he has done excellent for himself. For anyone who’s looking for a fun and cute love story, this book is for you.

  1. The Boy Who LovedDurjoy Datta

The novel The Boy Who Loved is a story about two individuals Raghu and Brahmi. Raghu is a normal school-going guy who hides a secret deep down within himself that has him broken, which is when he meets Brahmi who seems to be as shattered as he is. The story revolves around how both of them get together and whether or not will they make their story work. The Author has introduced a lot of twists and turns to bring out the true essence of both of the characters. The book also has a sequel to it, namely The Boy with A Broken Heart.

  1. It Started with A Friend RequestSudeep Nagarkar

Today we all have dating apps and it isn’t that hard to find someone that we instantly have a liking towards. The novel It Started with a Friend Request is about Akash and Aleesha who are two very different individuals who meet and end up falling in love. It all started after they exchanged their BBM pins, and the rest of the story portrays their cute love story which might seem child-like at some point but is definitely a simple and innocent love story. The author has written in beautifully and has not only focused on love but also about creating a bond and growing in a relationship.

  1. If Its Not Forever, Its Not LoveNikita Singh and Durjoy Datta

Nikita Singh along with Durjoy Datta co-wrote this book which is the story of the Delhi-High Court bomb blast and how it affected a few people, one being Deb who finds a mysterious half-burnt diary of someone who probably was present in the blast. He started to get inclined by the book and slowly develops an interest in knowing more than just what is written in a diary. The book keeps you hooked until the end and it is worth reading if you’re looking for a Romantic-thriller.

  1. 14th FEB- A LOVE STORYVeena C

We all know what is on the 14th of February, yes that’s right…its Valentine’s Day. The story is about a guy named Sanjay who an intelligent and bright student, who works hard, aiming for an IIT and planning to go to America. The only thing that is missing in his life is love, he had been mad fun of by his fellow mates and even dumped by his ex-girlfriend until he fell in love on the day of Valentine’s Day. Love has the power to let you fight against all odds and that exactly is what this book tries to show us. Over all, it is a good read and something light which is not heart-breaking but now very unbelievable at the same time.

  1. Your Dreams Are Mine now – Ravinder Singh

Everyone has a dream and we all work really hard to fulfil them. Similarly, Rupali is a small-town girl who has big dreams and comes to the city to fulfil them, whereas Arjun is a typical Delhi boy who is involved in the youth politics. The two of them are complete opposites of each other, a scandal at the college brings them closer to each other and at the end puts their lives at stake. It is a very emotional and powerful story filled with a touch of Politics. Ravinder Singh again proves his capability of coming up with really good love stories.

  1. Wish I Could Tell YouDurjoy Datta

Wish I Could Tell You is the most recent work of Durjoy Datta and my personal favourite as well. To anyone who has read this book, you know what we’re talking about. It is a story about two individuals Anusha Sardana and Anant Khatri. The both of them eventually fall in love but with a lot of twists and turns that gradually unfold themselves. This story has the audience with mixed reactions basically in a shock at the end. It is a must read for everyone who is a die-hard fan of Durjoy Datta.

Most of the authors have been repetitive, but that is because they have managed to create magic and come up with some of the most heart-breaking and beautiful love stories. To people out there who have read their stories and to the ones who haven’t read them yet, go read them know and let us know your experience.

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20 Ideas To Celebrate Random Acts Of Kindness Day 2020

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How is that a day such as Valentine’s is glorified to an extent that the biggest hollywood celebrities engage in it so very eagerly but a day that is dedicated solely for the purpose of making the least bit difference and giving back to society barely makes it to the holiday calendar? 

Random Act of Kindness week starts on the 17th of february every year and gives you 7 sweet days to do something nice (for a friend, for the society or even for the environment) in a way that not just creates an impact, but multiplies your effort by driving people to do nice, be kind often and remember that deeds are superior if performed for the collective good of people. 

20 of the SIMPLEST Ideas to celebrate Random Act Of Kindness Week:

  1. Compliment a Stranger. A simple “Woah, cool sweater!” could literally make someone’s day, and you would lose nothing.
  2. Cook for someone who feeds you everyday (Ideally your mom/dad or cook). Every great cook is so used to feeding other people’s bellies everyday and deserves to be pampered with food too- the smile on this person’s face when you cook them a meal will make your day along with theirs.
  3. Lend a friend one of your favorite reads. It’s a great way of saying “Here’s a piece of me, thanks for existing” - without actually having to say it.
  4. Write a review. What are the 10 best places to get some kickass biryani? Or which are the most pet-friendly places to visit in your city? Any knowledge is great knowledge - get it up on the gram, or you know, on Glo. I’m sure you’ll at least help one person decide on his next outing. 
  5. Call a lonely relative and attempt to make them laugh.
  6. Donate Blood- thousands out there need blood. If you don’t know where to begin, look up https://scoophub.in/top-10-best-blood-donation-organizations-in-india/
  7. Repost your friend/following’s businesses to spread the word. If they get one extra follower because of you, you’ve succeeded.
  8. Pick up litter that you didn’t throw out.
  9. Spend a day at an old age home. Been there, done this and the joy on their faces will bring you happiness that’s truly unmatched.
  10. Send colouring books to children at an orphanage/ sick children at the hospital. Dunzo it (use a local delivery service) if you can't physically go there. 
  11. Take initiative to make breakfast and get your whole family together on the dining table. Make it a whole event. Indulging in family time is a wonderful act of kindness.

12. Leave your waiter a generous tip. 

13. Help a neighbour/friend clean their room. Or backyard.

14. Use your savings to fund a child’s education for a whole academic year. You’ll be surprised to know that it’s quite the pocket-friendly deed. 

Click to know just how easy it is: https://bit.ly/37BfaCw

15. Get a haircut. Donate your hair after: Way to turn an act of kindness into a cute makeover!

16. Be kind to the environment. Walk/Cycle/Carpool to work instead of taking a cab or an auto 

17. Make a kindness pledge/list- one that is flexible and can be practiced at least once every week. 

18. Pay for a co-worker’s lunch.

19. Do something kind for yourself. Read a book. Watch an old favorite movie. Eat healthy, gut-friendly foods. Write a letter to your future self. Take a leap you’ve been meaning to. 

20. Let people know of the day. Celebrate Kindness. 

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Super Bowl 2020: Extremity In The Name Of Culture?

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After a great game of an outstanding comeback by Kansas City Chiefs (Vs San Francisco 49ers) in Super Bowl LIV, the crowd seemed to be inclined towards debating a rather isolated issue than the game itself: Was the halftime performance by Hollywood’s beloved superstars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez obscene?

The two set the stage on fire and how! (Although, this might seem to have contradicted the opinion of the majority)

What the audience found and I quote “terribly disturbing”:

The broadcast featured the two stars in costumes showcasing their buttocks, pole dancing and grabbing their crotch multiple times on stage- all interpreted as ruthless objectification of women by two of the most influential women in the world. 

A famous reporter of the Golf Channel even went ahead and tweeted: “Stop dancing on a stripper pole on the biggest stage and then complain about how often we get sexualised.. The hypocrisy of wanting to not be seen as sex symbols but then wearing outfits and choosing overtly sexual choreography has me very confused” 

An audience full of young parents on the other hand had their own issues with regard to how something like THE Super Bowl, an event supposedly aired for all age groups to enjoy could have a performance such as this as if it were the 'new normal’.

The halftime show featuring Shakira and Jennifer Lopez seemed to garner more buzz than the game itself. (What!?) At some point, little children were showcased in cages- all seen as a political statement about President Trump’s immigration policy - but the whole pole dancing and stimulated sex gestures were viewed as most offensive. 

Prolife advocate Abby Johnson tweeted, “On the day of the highest rate of sex trafficking, the NFL says, ‘Hey, let’s have two women dance half naked and get a bunch of zoomed in crotch shots of them. That’s female empowerment!’ Do they have no clue that they just contributed to the commodification of women?” Even though a lot of folks said they loved the energy and called the two Latina’s performances “historic”, the popular opinion seems to have been this: misrepresentation of an entire culture on one of the biggest stages airing worldwide.  

The performance might have not appeared to be “family friendly” to a few but did it deserve a statement as harsh as “This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is OK”?

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