5 things I blame F.R.I.E.N.D.S for

Monica’s sex appeal, Rachel’s beauty, Phoebe’s frenzy, Chandler’s wit, Ross’s innocence and Joey’s blissful ignorance, this would largely spell out my addiction. I was one of those thousands who would sit with their eyes glued on the screen each time these 6 appeared. I am also one of those thousands who watched it over again and again and never seem to get bored.

But with time, it all changed, it started to send me on guilt trips each time I watched it. Not because of wasteful hours passed but because of its very content.

Weaved within fat-shaming Monica to blatant misogyny, Joey objectifying women to justifying society’s homophobia and how can I forget about the whitest caste ever in spite of the fact that it was shot in one of the most racially diverse city.

I love the show, and I keep thinking about the difference it would have made had it been written by writer who challenged the clichéd gender conformity. And now, each time I see it, I Keep wondering about these wrongly depicted sketches.

  1. LGBT, a mere JOKE!!

Though I love the fact that show features the lesbians and transgender but sometimes it leaves me wondering if they were added solely as a punchline.

May it be Chandler’s dad or Ross’s wife, any dig taken against them revolves around the fact that they were related to the lesbian and the transgender. I wish they had shown society’s acceptance at least once. Hence, thousands like us were swayed to believe that having one of them in our lives would leave us open in front of a laughing crowd.

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  1. Objectifying women, Yet again!!

The men of the group are seen spending an undue amount of time defending their masculinity and hetero-status that they forgot to pay their homage to women. And this becomes yet another popular sitcom that uses women solely as sexual object. Their continuous “How many girls have you slept with?” conversations do not seem progressive. The background laughter nicely covered the fact that Joey was considered masculine only because he slept with numerous women. “CAN IT BE MORE DISGRACING?”

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  1. Slim women gets it all

Is it only me who finds it disturbing that on one hand Chandler is shown fat-shaming Monika and later he goes GAGA over her when she slims down. The show drills it in our head that teenage Monica who was fat was worse off as compared to the new slim Monica who is confident, attractive and much active sexually. Plus she is seen joining the laughter based on her weight.

I am sorry, but at least I wouldn’t allow anyone mocking my size; former or current.

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  1. Rachel’s career advancements hurdles as a result of Ross’s insecurities

Is it just me for whom Rachel Greene stands as an epitome of all those women whose relationship crumbles because of her career. Though I am glad to see that Ross was the one who got judged here for his selfishness but it stays to be the ugly truth of our society.

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5. Gender stereotypes

One would hear background laughter yet again each time the GUYS hugged each other, or cried, or used a purse, or loved potpourri. Well, wats up with all that gender stereotyping.

Moreover, women having more sexual partners appall men but men can go around changing their partners like pajama was all cool. NOT COOL!

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So,
I feel with time I have chosen my stand and I would rather not listen to HETEROSEXUALS call each other women as an epithet. I think this time I would give it a pass.

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7 Unusual Statues And Monuments Across The Globe!

There are some monuments and statues that instill a sense of pride, beauty or emotions among the viewer. Those are unforgettable pieces of art that you get to see on field trips or in the pages of history books. But then there are some less-explored monuments, which are in a way an ode to the weird, the wonderful, and the just plain wacky which would make you think, “Seriously Bro? Seriously? Were you high or something before you ended up making these?”

Let’s look at some of them, One cautionary advice would be to just enjoy the view instead of trying to understand them (not if you don’t have something better to do).

7. De Vaartkapoen

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This statue was erected in 1985 in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. The scene it depicts is reminiscent of a comedy sketch: a man unexpectedly emerges from a manhole and pulls the feet from underneath a policeman. It’s author is Belgian sculptor Tom Frantzen.

6. Shit Fountain

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Artist Jerzy Kenar got tired of stepping out of his Chicago home and constantly stepping in dog poop. So, he decided to put his talents to good use and created a visual monument that would serve as a reminder to the dog owners of the neighborhood to scoop up what their pups leave behind. Enter Shit Fountain, a fecal-shaped bronze coil on top of a cement pillar with the monument’s title carved into the side.

5. The Headington Shark

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Pic Courtesy: http://armchairtravelogue.blogspot.in/2010/04/headington-shark-which-survived-attack.html

The significance of this sculpture is much greater than may appear at first sight. It was erected on the 41st anniversary of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The sculpture depicts a beautiful , if potentially deadly lethal weapon falling from the sky.

4. Die Badende

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Artist Oliver Voss created the sculpture as an advertisement for British beauty company Glory. The company wanted to make a “big splash” in thanking the German people for embracing their latest line of products. The advertisement proved very successful; customers and a large crowd gathered to watch the woman hoisted from the water. The movers had a large towel ready to conceal her lady bits from peeping eyes.

3. Jimmy Carter Peanut

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The Jimmy Carter Peanut might give you nightmares, standing at 4 meters (13 ft) tall with a wide, toothy smile and no eyes. The peanut can be found on the side of the road in Plains, Georgia. The structure started out far from Georgia, however. It was actually constructed in Indiana in 1976 to honor Jimmy Carter’s visit to the state during his presidential campaign tour. Why was a giant, smiling peanut, of all things, used as a tribute? Well, before he was president, Carter was actually a peanut farmer.

2. Jeju Loveland

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The salacious monuments found on Jeju Island in South Korea were made to honor sexual acts. The park itself is called Jeju Loveland and arouses more than just curiosity from its many visitors. The theme park opened in 2004 and has a collection of more than 140 erotic statues depicting sexual encounters between both humans and animals. The goals of the theme park are to break down barriers and taboo feelings surrounding sex and promote the “natural beauty of sexuality.”

1. Brownnosers

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Brownnosers, created by Czech artist David Cerny, takes the term “brownnoser” to an entirely new (and literal) level. The two statues stand, or rather bend over, outside the Futura Gallery in Prague. The two figures are positioned side-by-side with the lower portions of their torsos protruding from a cement wall. Viewers are invited to climb ladders attached to the open anuses of the figures and stick their heads inside the openings.

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Keep your mom off Facebook

Those were the days, the late 2000s. “Orkut” was shown the door by bubblegum Indian teens. The Facebook tornado had now engulfed them. The azure blue of Facebook was penetrating cyber cafes outside the schools and opera minis on good old Nokia devices faster than Eminem could rap “don’t tag me in stupid motivational quotes, you moron.”

Initially, the fad stayed limited to wannabe-celebrity teenagers pretending they had a life. The dopamine boost that they got when the most popular girl in the class accepted their “friend request” kept them hooked on to the platform. The most popular girl in return could brag about how many friendship requests she’d kept pending the next day in school. Gradually, the number of likes on Display Pictures and the number of shares your statuses had become the parameter by which the teenagers could measure their self-worth.

I was one such puppy-eyed teenager who joined Facebook, trying not to miss out on the latest fad, lest my friends think I am not cool. Hiding behind the display picture of Justin Bieber, I pretended to be someone whom I could never be in real life. The number of friend requests I sent to girls hiding behind Selena Gomez was humongous. The ones that did get accepted were by wannabe-Selena Gomez teenage guys. It was frustrating, creepy and disgusting, all at the same time, given that I always knew I was straight.

Like everyone I knew, I passed school and joined Engineering. I had followed the second fad after Facebook, and both of them would cause a ruckus in my life later on. Lesson learned, never follow fads.

But the bottom line was, I had grown up a little and my tastes had changed. I had grown especially wary of profiles hiding behind Selena Gomez. I had even stopped accepting requests from profiles with “Angel”, “Princess”, “Cool Dude” and “Superstar” prefixed to their names. I no longer spoke to people who were “not working, still studyyyyyyyying”.  Instead, I had now become a “Bhakt”, rooting for Narendra Modi for the general elections. I am not sure if it was any better or worse.

One thing still hadn’t changed though. I could still enjoy absolute freedom on Facebook. My friends could still tag me in Mia Khalifa pictures and I could comment “jaw-dropping!” on them, my newfound girlfriend could post “I miss you” on my “timeline” and I could reply with “I love you, honey”, I could post “inappropriate” jokes when Facebook asked me what was on my mind, I could tear apart a Congress supporter with a barrage of abuses and for sure, I could share “sanskaari” pictures from my new-year party.

Little did I know that Narendra Modi had become the Prime Minister and we were amidst a Digital India now. One such fateful morning, I woke up almost still asleep. I follow a strict routine when it comes to my early morning rituals. I religiously log in to Facebook and don’t stop until I have scrolled down until the core of the very earth. I had received a new Friend Request. It was from my Mom. I was taken aback. My mom who couldn’t handle the TV remote on her own had opened the Google Play Store, downloaded the Facebook messenger app, created a new account, looked me up and sent me a friend request. I was more likely to spot the great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar himself under my bed than this happening.

I gave her a call, she picked up. I was about to utter something but was graciously interrupted.

“What kind of hairs do you have on Facebook? We never got you a hair-cut like that!”

My mind traversed back to my boyhood days and shuddered at the hair-cut my mom had once got me in a beauty parlor when I was 8. I reminded her how I had missed school for 7 days post that day. But she had none of it. She commanded me to change my Display Picture before our neighbor Gupta Ji, who also happens to be on Facebook got me busted for my crime.

I agreed and changed my Display Picture to Lord Krishna. Everything changed once that happened.

“I miss you” on my timeline by my lady love was now met with “Who are you?”. Mia Khalifa pictures were instantly removed and the taggers were mercilessly blocked. The Congress supporters had now found a new voice on my timeline. My new year party pictures were now replaced with photos of me participating in the temple Aartis.  I stopped discussing my semester results on Facebook altogether. Those mentioning it were duly unfriended, both on social media and real life. The worst happened when I came to know I couldn’t block the “Last Seen” feature. No more late night Facebook sessions trying to stalk random people.

Honestly, nothing changed for me, I was still pretending to be someone I was not on Facebook. But for people who knew me, things escalated pretty quickly after that. My girlfriend started believing I was ashamed to call her my girl. My friends started believing I was preparing for UPSC even though I am oblivious to whatever the dreadful acronym stands for. Congress supporters on my friend list thought I had taken to the right way of life.

So friends, if your freedom on Facebook means more to you than Rahul Gandhi means to the Congress party, block your mom on Facebook. You never know when you might face the wrath of Digital India.

(The above is a work of fiction)

Guest blogger: Parimal Paritosh

 

Mythology and Alien Existence

Do aliens really exist? This is that one question that has been the matter of debate and controversy for centuries. From Roswell to Suffolk’s Rendlesham Forest, there have been sightings which the so-called UFO hunters have quantified as a proof of extra-terrestrial life.

A survey conducted in 24 countries has come up with findings that suggest that nearly half of the humans believe in alien life and want to make contact. This helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened. Avengers or Avatar for that matter is possibly the highest grossing movies of all times which again leads us to accept the fact that we somehow believe that we are not alone.

Darwin’s theories tell us about the shape alien life will take. A new study from scientists at the University of Oxford found out that All aliens must evolve and that gives us something to look for.  But then there is another question that perplexes me. Does our Mythology (which we tend to believe in more than the living humans around us)  suggest the existence of Extraterrestrial life? Let’s explore!

Bible

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With about 31% population of the world following Christianity, Bible is one of the most sought-after mythologies which has many references to other-worldly beings and flying saucers. In One passage from the books of Infancy and Protevangelion, which is taken from The Lost Books of the Bible describes the same experience many abductees face in our times, where everything stopped and all surrounding people being “switched off.” But then there are another set of people who have a different interpretation of the same and find no reason to accept that the Bible depicts the existence of Alien life.

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For More :
http://www.aliens-everything-you-want-to-know.com/AliensinTheBible.html
http://listverse.com/2017/07/26/10-bible-accounts-that-could-be-interpreted-as-ufos-or-aliens/

Quran:

Qur’an Chapter 40 Verse 57
The creation of the heavens and the earth is definitely a greater thing
than a creation of mankind, however, most of mankind know not.

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Quran has a similar take on the Alien matter. It gives us a description of multitudes of other earth where God’s commandments are coming one after another as these other earth mature at different times. The word seven is used in following verses in the Quran to denote a very large number more like infinite.

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God it is who has created seven heavens, and similar number of earth, The commandments come down among them slowly, that you may know that God is Able to do all things And that God surrounds all things in knowledge

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The idea that there is life elsewhere in the universe  was derived from the Prophet Mohammad when he told the Muslims, “When you sit down in the prayer for the Attahiyat and say: “Peace be upon us, and the righteous servants of Allah” you actually send peace on all the righteous people living on the Earth and in the heavens.” which clearly implies that all type of people, good and bad live in the other worlds as they live on our Earth.

For More: http://www.endphysics.com/aliens_in_the_quran.html

Mahabharata / Ramayana / Veda:

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Gods in Hindu mythology wore animal masks to conceal their identities with chariots of fire representing UFOs of one kind or another , Gods mating with human women to create the human race in their image , Blue star gods ( The blue blood or royal bloodlines descended directly from the gods) and the mythical battles of Heaven and Earth , From the existence of the likes Of Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh to Ram & Krishna to Ravana & Kans, all give us references regarding the existence of Ancient Aliens (Living Beings from A different Planet or Realm).

Excerpts :
“All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Sri Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists.” ( Srimad Bhagavatam 1:3:28)
and,
“Krishna, who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.” (Brahma Samhita, 5:1)
For More :
Mahabharata:
http://www.crystalinks.com/Mahabharata.html
Ramayana: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread636402/pg1
Veda: https://hiddenremote.com/2017/07/22/ancient-aliens-voices-gods/

With references like such, it is always beyond the human mind to believe or not to which leaves me with another Question. Do they still Exist? Only time will tell.  Till then let’s go back to Netflix & chill with Star Wars. 😋

Brownie Articles :
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4017563/aliens-conspiracy-theories-evidence-sightings-nasa/
https://futurism.com/theories-intelligent-life-fermi-paradox/

 

5 signs a girl like you

It is often said that women are a mystery and that it is difficult to understand them. Maybe, maybe not. Women are subtle in a lot of ways, especially when they are interested in someone; a slight brush of the hand, a certain way that they look at you and more. So, if you’re wondering if a certain someone might be interested in you, watch out for these five signs.  

 

 

  • She cannot maintain eye contact with you for long

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    It difficult to look into the eyes of the one you like without becoming completely flustered. Girls tend to not meet the gaze of the one they’re into lest they give away more than they want to.

     

  • Her friends know about you
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    If a girl is into you she will definitely tell her friends about you. They know what you look like and if you’ve had conversations, her friends have the screenshots. So if her friends are giving her a hard time when you’re around, know that you’ve been a topic of some very interesting and positive conversations.

  • She compliments you

 

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Depending on what kind of a person she is, her compliments can be either subtle or straight forward. She’ll laugh even at your really bad and cheesy jokes, tell you that she likes your eyes or that she
thinks that you’re great.

  • She uses your name when talking/texting to you
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    When texting she’ll try to make use of your name as much as she can without it sounding weird. It is said that the usage of someone’s name tends to turn the attention of the person whose name is being use towards the speaker.

 

  • She subtly asks about your dating life
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This will never, ever be a direct question. She’ll subtly bring up your girlfriend in a conversation saying things like, “Your girlfriend is a lucky person”, hoping that you’ll laugh and say that you don’t have a girlfriend thus giving her the information she needs without her having asked for it directly. Sneaky, sneaky.

 


So, now that the secrets have been revealed look out for these five signs to find your special someone. Thank us later!

Lesser known Harvest Festivals of India

India is a land of festivities and various different festivals are celebrated. Being the colorful nation that India is, the most vibrant harvest festivals of India involve interesting mythological legends and joyous celebrations. They are incredible and diverse just like its people and landscapes and let’s one experience the beauty of the Indian culture.

Some of the lesser knowns of these harvest festivals are :

Jallikattu also known as eru thazhuvuthal and manju virattu, is one of those traditional spectacles(started from about 100 BC) in which a Pulikulam or Kangayam bull is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants are supposed to hold onto the hump for as long as possible, in an attempt to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull’s horns.

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Pulikkali originated from the state of Kerala as a recreational folk art. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival. The fourth day of Onam witnesses (Nalaam Onam) where performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil. The literal meaning of Pulikkali is the ‘play of the Tigers’ hence the performance revolves around the theme of tiger hunting. The origin of Pulikkali dates back to over 200 years when  Maharaja Thampuran od Cochin is said to have introduced the folk art, who wanted to celebrate Onam with a dance that reflected the wild and macho spirit of the force.

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Madai festival is one festival originating from Chhattisgarh. The festival reflects the rich culture and tradition of the state, celebrated by the Gond Tribe from the month of December to March and tours from one place of the state to another.  The local tribes of the state along with other communities worship the presiding deity during the festival. The tribal people of Chhattisgarh launch a procession in the beginning on an open field where a large number of devotees and general tourists gather to witness the rituals, followed by the Puja ceremony where the priest or similar figure starts worshiping the goddess. When the worshiping finishes, several cultural events like folk dance, drama, songs etc. start taking place in the open space.

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Mim Kut Festival is a post-harvest festival celebrated in Nagaland and also in parts of Mizoram by the Kuki Nagas. It is one of the many popular festivals of Nagaland. It expresses exhilaration and triumphant over the harvest of Mim (Maize), which is the last harvest crop for the season. The Kuki people hold strong belief that the souls of their deceased ancestors rise from their graves and visit their family homes. The people offer tribute to the dead souls in form of wine that is naturally prepped from rice at every home. These dead souls are also worshiped by the villagers. The Mim Kut festival like most festivals of Nagas includes tradition singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and proud display of culture.

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Vautha Fair originating from Gujarat is one where tens of thousands of donkeys, as well as hundreds of camels, adorned in an array of colors and bright embellishments, are brought where they are traded on the fairgrounds at the Sangam tirtha. For some, this place is as divine as the Sangam in Allahabad, while many communities consider this fair even more important than Diwali. This is the meeting place of seven holy rivers: the Vatrak merges with the Meshwo, Hathmati, Shedhi, Majum, and Khari before it then meets the Sabarmati, so the locals call it Saptasangam (i.e. the meeting of seven).

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These were a few. If the same tingles your inquisitive self then follow the link for more https://traveltriangle.com/blog/harvest-festivals-of-india/.

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10 College Dating Lessons For Generation Z

College is one place you have them all. From the eccentric weirdos to the miss goodie two shoes, the headbanging rock stars to the sadistic emos, the chirpy cheerleaders to the high waisted nerds, the bhangra boys to the girl next door. You name it, this place owns it! In the sea of these many people, you might just meet that one special someone who is the missing piece of your life’s jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you are the forever alone kind, then only fanatic religious rituals can save you. When you finally meet someone who is your type do not forget to:

  1. Let them know! (for starters)

Never ever wait for some miracle which will make your crush realise that somebody likes them. A lot of time is the only thing you don’t have in college. Just go for it!

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  1. Don’t fret

This is for the worried souls. Don’t fret. If everything goes well, PARTYY!! And if it doesn’t then PARTYY!! as well because a wise man once said, “Aal iz well!”

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  1. Talk to your friends about it

Sure. Talking to friends is a necessity. It clears our mind and most of the time leaves us with good ideas. But don’t forget what you think and want. Ultimately it’s you who is going to be in that relationship. Go ahead, steer the wheel for your own self. Own up to it.

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  1. Take it slow

Don’t rush in. It’s true that we live in a time deficit world but take your time. Go at a pace which suits you. Think it through.

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  1. Make ground rules

Respect yourself so that they can respect you. Even though we hate rules, ground rules are a must to assert what we want and need. If you find something problematic/hurtful convey it to your partner. The baggage of hurt is too heavy and worthless to carry.

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  1. Look for common interests

Common interests always give a reason to bond. Be it games, books, movies, chai/coffee, food, anything, find it and exploit its potential to bring the 2 of you closer.

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  1. Expect less

Getting some extra fries at McD doesn’t hurt but Suicide Squad’s performance definitely did hurt. Great expectations hurt. Expect less and enjoy the extra fries.

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  1. Talk to them. Like really talk

When you think that you are close enough, don’t hesitate to bare your secret self in front of them. It will bring you even more close.

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  1. Space

Live and let live! Don’t choke the life out of each other. The trick is to spend quality time together. I mean…hey! It’s College! Have fun! Don’t become the creepy stalker auntyji from next door.

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  1. Honesty

Set your priorities and be honest with the person who is important to you. It doesn’t require much from you, just the truth. Period.

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Don’t be the stereotypical “gf-bf”. Be more. Life is too short to be mundane. Kya pata kal ho na ho…

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