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Pearls, plants, shayari: Thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day

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New Delhi, May 12: Move over mundane gifts. Put some thought into, and give a personal touch to, the gifts with which you intend to pamper your mother and put a smile on her face on Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 13)- ranging from poetry, a relaxing tea break and soothing plants.

Sagar K. Datta, author of “Sanaz: Shayari for a Sufi Soul”, says in the era of rock music and Bollywood, you may be missing the time when letters and shayari (poetry) were everything.

“The silence of the book and rhythm of the poetry with her morning coffee will definitely light up her mood,” Datta told IANS.

While she is reading, she can be pampered with a pair of spa socks.

“For the women who walk and run in heels effortlessly, the spa socks are the perfect present as they help relieve the pain that follows wearing high heels,” suggests Aman Hans, Co-Founder, Bigsmall.in .

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The socks contain an all natural “gel” section to mitigate pain and discomfort. The gel comprises lavender oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E to rejuvenate and pamper the tired feet.

For those who want to say “thank you” with comfortable clothes, Sanchari Roy and Arnab Samanta, Co-Founders at The Meraki Story, have come up with airy attires in khadi, which can help your mother beat the heat in the scorching summer.

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Add to the fun by taking her out on a date to an eating joint or cafe she has been longing to try out.

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When it comes to apparel, gifting relaxing nightwear would be a good idea too, suggests Soumya Kant, Vice President at Clovia.

“Gift her a perfect mix of comfort and style for everyday wear in the form of chic pyjama night suits,” Kant said, adding that investing in good lingerie like modal briefs and high waisted boy shorts may make her feel pampered.

“If you want to really indulge her, buy her fancy silk or satin nighties with matching robes which she otherwise will never buy for herself,” said Kant.

For the nature-loving mothers, go for the Blue Moon Plant, the aloe vera plant for skincare-conscious mothers or a succulent plant which retains water in arid climates or soil conditions.

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Shabnam Singh, Founder at Project Co, said: “Plants are long-lasting expressions of appreciation. Make it a day to remember when you send your mother live green plants.”

For the on-the-go mothers with hectic work schedules, how about investing in a smart stainless steel mug that never rusts, for her daily dose of caffeine or a shake?

If your mom likes to be in the kitchen, a smart nutri-blend could be ideal too as it will ease her life, says Ravi Saxena, Managing Director, Wonderchef.

Mother-daughter duo Sangeeta and Shubhika Jain, co-founders of RAS Luxury Oil and Rajni Ohri, Founder at Ohria, suggest that a gift to enhance a mother’s skin, hair and body as she soaks in the natural aromas of essential oils, could prove to be a blessing for the selfless souls.

Another way of calming your mother’s mood could be a set of tea variants.

Razi Khan, Director, Sales and Marketing and Tea Forager, Typhoo India, has suggested tea for different timings of the day.

For the night time, Khan suggests a relaxing and restorative caffeine-free herbal infusion that balances the delicious floral taste of chamomile and rose with spearmint and lemongrass. Mellow and smooth, these herbs are known to have digestive properties and promote restful sleep.

For slimming, Khan says that a “caffeine-free herbal blend of fennel, liquorice, lemongrass, senna and psyllium husk works well for slimming. These herbs are known to assist natural weight loss and digestion.”

For a basic but evergreen gift, go for the good old pearls.

Garima Singh, founder of BlingVine, believes jewellery using pearls would make for a beautiful gift.

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Horan, Steinfeld make romance public

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Los Angeles, Aug 18 (IANS) Former One Direction star Niall Horan and actress Hailee Steinfeld were spotted kissing here marking their first public display of affection since romance speculation started in February.

The two, who have kept their romance largely under wraps, coordinated in white T-shirts and sunglasses, reports people.com.

As they walked to restaurant Target, Steinfeld, 21, hung her arm around Horan, 24, as they shared a smooch.

The two continued to indulge in some public display of affection as they waited for the elevator.

Six months before their outing on Thursday, the couple was spotted together for the first time singing and dancing at a Backstreet Boys show in Las Vegas, but a source told people.com at the time that the actress was newly single and not ready to jump into a new relationship.

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Ways to pack nutritious food while travelling

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New Delhi, Aug 16: Do you travel often for work or personal reasons, and end up munching on junk? Make sure you get the best of both worlds and eat local, but with a twist — carry your power jars with you so that you don’t come home with a lot of guilt.

Akshit Rungta and Naina Trehan, Co-Founders at Hungry Jars and Sargam Dhawan, Director, Planet Herbs Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, list the solutions to maintain a wholesome and nutritious diet.

* Almond butter is a healthy alternative. Not only is it sweet and luscious, it is also high in nutritional value. Apart from being highly nutritious, it is also high in antioxidants and has properties which help in controlling blood sugar and weight. So, carry almond butter as it serves as a nice dip for your fruits and sweet crackers.

* Besides being a great snack, cashew butter can also blend well in smoothies and provide a rich creamy consistency. Cashew butter is a good alternative to other nut butters. The monounsaturated fats found in cashews promote good cardiovascular health with magnesium and antioxidants. If you need an instant sweet fix, dark chocolate with 75 per cent cocoa value will be a quick grab-and-go snacks.

* Sandwich is one delight that is loved by many. Make them healthy with garlic butter as garlic is a good source of nutrition and combats sickness including common cold, roasted chicken and veggies which can taste heavenly and is an instant snack which is easy to carry.

* Roll up your wheat tortillas or chapatis with nice and tangy pickles to savour the ultimate taste of health.

* Make healthy and nutritious snacks like chilli garlic brown fried rice sautéed vegetables and grilled chicken with the fiery and tangy chilli garlic sauce which can help to lower the cholesterol level because of the antioxidant properties in garlic.

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Exercise may reduce irregular heartbeat risk in obese people

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Atrial fibrillation is a condition that can make your heart race and put you at risk for stroke. But people who are obese are more prone to it and can reduce it if they exercise regularly.

According to a study, people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 have a significantly higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation than the normal weight individuals.

“People who reported that they didn’t exercise at all had about double the risk of developing fibrillation when compared to those who were physically active and whose body weight was normal,” said co-author Lars Elnan Garnvik from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU).

“However, people who were obese but who exercised a lot limited the increase in risk to no more than approximately 50 per cent. This suggests that physical activity is good for limiting the increased risk of atrial fibrillation in obese people,” Garnvik added.

For the study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the research team involved 43,602 men and women who participated in the study between 2006 and 2008.

“Physical activity and exercise reduce a lot of the known risk factors for atrial fibrillation, like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and chronic inflammation,” said co-author Lars Elnan Garnvik from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

“Physical activity can also improve a person’s fitness level, and we know that people in good shape have a reduced risk of heart failure,” Garnvik added.

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