Saturday, 27 September 2014

Guwahati: Complicated hairstyles are perfect for special occasions. However, since you cannot sport such sophisticated hairdos on a daily basis, you need to know about simple hairstyles as well. Everyday hairstyles will look simple and elegant, if they are not overdone. For going to work, school, college or simply hanging out with friends, these simple hairstyles are best, as they look good and are easily manageable as well. You can even give the “same old” look, an all-new appearance, with an accessory or a tiny twist. In the following lines, we have given some simple everyday hairstyles. Read on and take you pick.

Everyday Hairstyles and Indian Women Connectivity with Beauty

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    1. Wavy Curls
      Wavy curls look elegant and are easy to create as well. All you need to do is apply a styling product - hair cream, gel or spray - to wet hair. Blow-dry your hair, upside down, with hair diffuser. This will add volume to your hair and make it look beautiful. Make some curls in your front hair, by running small sections through your fingers and gently twisting the strands into the desired shape.
    2. Use the Pins
      If your hair is long, you just need to put it in place by combing with a brush. Pin the hair strands at the side, if they tend to fall in your eyes. Small sections of hair pinned or clutched at the back also look cool. While tying a chunk of hair, make sure that you maintain the look of long and loose hair.
    3. Pigtails
      Pigtails have a youthful and fun look. They look good when worn low. You can enliven your pigtails with accessories or ribbons. Ponytails, when tied high, look elegant as well. They especially look good on mid-length, straight hair. Go for a flashy ponytail holder, instead of a plain elastic band.
    4. Bandanna Looks Cool
      How much time has it happened that you are running late and don’t have time to stylize your hair! In such a case, covering your hair with a bandanna or scarf is a very good option. Secure it with some pins; add dangler earrings and you are done! Simply putting your hair back in a headband will also give you a modern, yet sophisticated look!
    5. Braids
      Braid one side of your hair by parting it in the middle and securing it with an elastic band. Repeat the same with the other side of your hair as well. Accentuate the look by adding accessories, such as pins and colorful rubber bands, to your hair.

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6. Messy Bun : A messy bun will look cool, if not overdone, and is created easily. Collect your hair at the back of your hand, twist it and coil it around the middle. Secure it with the help of pins. Pull hair strands randomly in order to soften the look.You are ready to go out and have fun!

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Mumbai, Filmfare: Some things never change. Bipasha Basu will forever be the perfect example of sensuousness and sexiness. For more than a decade she’s tempered many a pheromone storm. And she’s been nothing but elegant in the wake of her seductive image. Today she’s committed and settling down but her magnetism refuses to dwindle. The usual tinsel town conspiracies continue to come and go. And it’s all just an indication that Bipasha Basu continues to thrive at the marquee. She’s in a happy space. She’s content in the company of Harman Baweja and blossoming with hit after hit in the horror genre. She’s drawing strength from a stable personal life and reaping the benefits of a rocking vocation. Love is in the air, success is abundant and life is looking up for this beautiful woman.

Exclusive interview of Bipasha Basu with Sajid Khan of Filmfare

What was the experience like of working on Creature 3D?
Director Vikram Bhatt, who is also a dear friend has given credibility to the horror genre. He’d told me he wanted to make a creature film though he didn’t have a script, just a lingering idea. He asked me if I wanted to be part of it. I was thrilled. Who wouldn’t want to do films like Jurassic Park and Anaconda? I wanted to see myself in a film like that. It was fabulous working on the film. When we were shooting, we didn’t know what we were acting or reacting to since the creature was created later in a CGI studio. There was nothing on the sets, we only had to imagine where its eyes were or where it would attack. It was quite tough. Even in terms of special effects, we had to do every shot at least three times, for functioning and logistical purposes. It was a demanding film.

Have you found your niche in horror movies?
If you see my career graph, I’ve done an equal number of films in every genre. Yes, in comparison to other actresses, I’ve done more supernatural thrillers. That’s the only difference. But if a particular genre provides good story telling, entertainment and a different role every time then I will surely do more of such films. As long as I can make an entertaining film where I can perform, why not? Be it Raaz, Aatma or Raaz 3, I had great characters.

Do you get scared when you return home after working on a horror film?
Oh it is scary! I’ve always been easily scared and I haven’t changed a bit even today. I thought these films would help me get rid of my fear but unfortunately it hasn’t happened.

Coming to Humshakals, why did you boycott the promotions?
Boycott is a strong word. If you’ve seen Humshakals you’d know I had only six minutes in the film. I don’t know what was there in it for me to promote. What would I tell my fans? I can’t lie to them. Even I didn’t know what I’d done in the film. Till the last day, I had no clue what the story was about. Why should I promote such a film? Why should I dishearten my fans when I’m not satisfied with what I’ve done in it?

There were rumours...
See, there is no point discussing all this. The film has released and gone. I did not discuss the film then and I don’t want to discuss it now. All I can say is that it was a great experience working with Vashu Bhagnani and Fox Studios. But I did not feel good as an actress doing a film like Humshakals. And I made that clear. However I finished the shoot amicably without asking any questions and without throwing any tantrums. I never objected to anything during the making. I was professional and completed my work.

Have you spoken to Sajid Khan post the release of the film?
I didn’t feel the need to do anything like that.

There were also rumour about a tiff between Bhushan Kumar and you? Apparently you asked for 1 lakh for hair and make-up for promotions?
The people who look after stars are professionals too, they don’t come for free. They aren’t my relatives to work for free. It’s true for all the actors. The contract for a film is the same for a promotional activity. Be it Deepika, Priyanka, Katrina, Salman or Hrithik, all their staff works on money. Why am I the one who’s targetted? Promotional activities happen for a whole month. We work 18 hours a day. Then why would my staff work for free. I will have to pay them for their services. This is part of our contract.

You haven’t worked with any of the Khans in the industry. Is that a regret?
Why should I? They are all my good friends. Shah Rukh, Salman and Saif, all are my friends. If we are offered a good film then we will do it otherwise it really doesn’t matter. At this point in my career, I’m happy. I am happy and proud being myself. I’d never piggy-back on anyone.

Your relationship with Harman Baweja is now public. What was it about him that attracted you?
Companionship is something that you can’t plan. When you connect with the person you just connect. There is no thought process behind it. I’m not the kind of person who gets attracted by money or success. I can’t tell you one thing about Harman that attracted me to him. It is only about connection and the fact that he is also a friend who understands me.

Who proposed first?
What proposal? I don’t remember. It has been a long time. And we are not kids. It all used to happen in school, will you be my boyfriend or girlfriend? No one talks like this now. It’s just the bond. When you become a couple you just know.

When are you planning to get married?
I haven’t thought about it yet. Right now, I have to do a lot more films. When I do get married everyone will know...

Does a break up make you a better person?
Not necessarily. Some completely break down after their break up. Some pick up their life and move on. If you are an intelligent person then you will move on. I don’t think a break up can make you a better or a bad person. It’s life, you have to go through it.

So love can happen more than once?
Love has various forms. It is different at every stage. As a child it’s puppy love. Then as youngster you fall crazily in love. Then there is a point in life when your love has a feeling of permanence. As you grow older, you understand love better. But I always say love yourself. The day you start loving yourself, you will get a stable and secure love life. The meaning of love changes with time.

Is sex important in love?
Absolutely. It is the most important thing especially in maintaining fidelity. Your relationship will fall apart the day it’s not there. For me, if there is no love there is no point in having sex.

What’s the secret to a good relationship?
Friendship, mutual respect and equality. Relationships break when there’s no mutual respect. It’s important to have a balance in any relationship. I should get the respect that I give to my partner. Space is important too. I don’t think you should be into each other 24x7.

What has been the most difficult phase of your life?
The time when I got out of my long-standing relationship (with John Abraham) and had kind of stepped away from my career too. It was difficult to get my life on track. But thankfully I’m an intelligent girl. I realised the value of my life. And once I did that, it was fine. I got a grip on myself.

Who helped you sail through these difficult times?
Family and friends always help you. This is the time when your work is most important. It is true when they say that and empty mind is a devil’s workshop. It’s important that every individual is self driven and passionate. Everyone should do something they love and never give it up for someone else.

What did you learn in such tough times? What would you advise girls to do in such a situation.
Always make yourself a priority. Only then can you love yourself and the other person equally. If you let the other person take precedence over you then you won’t ever be happy in your own life. Often girls make this mistake and that’s a big problem. Secondly, you should be confident. That’s why I say always love yourself.

You are an outspoken person. Has it ever posed a problem for you?
Always. When someone questions me I always reply frankly. Whatever comes to my mind comes to my lips. At times I fail to put across my point in a pleasing manner. A lot of times people take it the wrong way.

So you’re easily misunderstood?
I’m a friendly girl. People can read me wrong. I’m diffrent from my image. I have grown up physically but still feel like a child. We are three sisters and when we go out together, my younger sister protects me like she’s older. I don’t want the child in me to die. I like myself like that.

Any awkward rumours you’ve heard about yourself?
When you’re in the business you are signing yourself to a contract where you will get equal amount of love and hate. So get ready for it and enjoy the ride. You have to know when to disconnect. I know out of 100 people, 50 will like me and 50 won’t. I’m concerned with only those 50 who love me.

What has life taught you?
I feel I have a lot to learn from life. But let me tell you I don’t make too many mistakes. If you leave aside the little glitches, I’m a cautious person. I think a lot before taking any decision. I always protect myself. I don’t let people affect me because I know that people who don’t know me have no right to judge me. Only those who are close to me have the power to make me emotional. I concentrate only on my life. I don’t bother prying into other’s lives.   [ Source: Filmfare]

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Over the past few days, there's been a flood of tweets and stories in other media in support of Deepika Padukone's response to a video and tweet posted in the online entertainment section of TOI.

Dear Deepika, our point of view, says Times of India

Deepika Controversy

As one of the largest media houses in the world with interests in print, TV, radio and online, we approach each medium differently, as do our audiences. There isn't a one-fits-all formula for either distributing or consuming content across various media.

On Friday, Deepika wrote on FB: "A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly.''

Deepika, we accept your reel vs real argument, but what about all the times, and there have been many, when you have flaunted your body off screen — while dancing on stage, posing for magazine covers, or doing photo ops at movie promotional functions? What 'role' do you play there? So why the hypocrisy? What's equally hypocritical is that several media outlets have freely displayed Deepika's cleavage even as they sounded all outraged on her behalf. Surely they could have reported the story without those pictures?

Yes, the headline could have been better. But the world of online is very different from that of newspapers. It is chaotic and cluttered — and sensational headlines are far from uncommon.

We have always campaigned against the moral police. We believe there's no shame in Deepika showing off her body, but does she now want us to first check with her as to which pictures of her — taken at public events — we can or cannot publish? Are we going to have a parallel censor board for pictures of film stars taken off screen but in plain sight of the world, as Deepika's was? It's not as if the pictures were shot with hidden cameras, or that someone sneaked into her home, invaded her privacy, and took those pictures without her knowledge/permission.

Deepika, who began her career as a 'calendar girl' for a liquor brand, has written, ''Yes we marvel, envy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a film, but do we zoom in on the mans 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines'??!!'' Deepika, just for the record, we do not zoom into a woman's vagina or show her nipples. As a newspaper, we take every care to ensure that we pixelate them if they show up in a picture, but your cleavage is as sexy as Shah Rukh Khan's '8-pack' abs. Given the nature of the online media worldwide, there could well have been a story headlined, "OMG...Shah Rukh's 8-pack sexy abs!!!" You've also written, ''Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines.'' Despite having made your point on Twitter, you have chosen to re-tweet every message and given as many interviews as you could. This has obviously been great publicity for you, timed perfectly with the release of your new film. The video's been on YouTube for a year, why object now?
As for our friends in the media, we wonder if they'll henceforth stop carrying pictures of cleavages, including Deepika's.

Was deepika's hypocrisy for publicity?

Pictures of Deepika that she got shot voluntarily in real life

For a magazine photoshoot


For magazine photoshoot

For a photoshoot

This article source: Times of India

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Monday, 15 September 2014

With age and stress, we encounter many hair problems. Girls often go crazy in search of a solution to combat various hair problems. Over the years, many technologies and techniques have been developed to combat hair loss and promote hair growth. But, why should you sacrifice your hair quality with chemical options, especially if you are a soon-to-be bride. Experimenting with harmful chemicals will only leave your hair dull, frizzy and lifeless. That is why, we have combined 15 powerful natural remedies to speed up your hair growth and combat hair problems.

Potato juice

A lesser known remedy; potato juice helps to fight hair loss and thicken your strands. So, if you want to see your hair grow naturally, use some potato juice.

How to apply: Use potato juice on your scalp and leave it for 15 minutes, before you wash it off. Vitamin B in potatoes makes your hair longer and stronger.


Henna pack

A well-known natural conditioner for hair; it has also been nicknamed as 'hair alchemist' for its ability to transform grey and dull hair, into shiny ones. It also works on the roots of your existing hair to promote hair growth.


How to apply: Mix half a cup of curd with a cup of henna powder, and keep it aside for a couple of hours. After that apply the paste on your scalp. Wait till it dries completely and then wash it off.


Egg mask

Being rich in proteins, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, sulphur and iodine, eggs are one of the best hair care ingredients to fight hair loss. Eggs also help in thickening of the hair strands. Add to this, some olive oil and you have an excellent hair pack.


How to apply: Make a smooth paste comprising of an egg white, and a tablespoon each of olive oil and honey. Apply it uniformly on your scalp and leave it for an hour. Rinse it off with cold water and shampoo. Olive oil would help to strengthen dry and damaged strands.


Cayenne pepper

This pepper has the special ability to stimulate hair growth. It also resists thinning of hair.


How to apply: Mix 1 part of pepper with 2 parts of olive oil and apply it on your hair. Rinse it off with cold water.


Coconut milk

Coconut milk being rich in proteins, iron, potassium and essential fats, reduces hair shedding and breakage.


How to apply: Take coconut milk and apply it on the scalp. Keep it overnight and rinse it off the next day. (Also read on Beauty Benefits of Coconut Water for Skin and Hair)


Green tea

Green tea being rich in antioxidants helps to fight hair problems. It is also rich in polyphenols and has anti-inflammatory properties which facilitate hair growth.


How to apply: Prepare a solution, by taking two green tea bags and soak them in a cup of hot water. Use this water to rinse your scalp. Also, include green tea in your daily diet to combat hair loss.



Amla is a storehouse of vitamin C and antioxidants. It not only promotes hair growth, but also helps to fight scalp pigmentation.


How to apply: Mix equal portions of amla powder and lime juice. Apply this mix on the scalp. Allow it to dry, before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Also, regular application of amla oil will make the hair black and strong.


Grape seed oil

This particular oil stimulates the hair follicles and helps in hair restoration. It is also good for those with curly hair, as it would make their hair more manageable.


How to apply: Massage your scalp with this oil before you go to sleep at night. Wash it off the next morning for good hair growth.


Aloe vera and honey

Aloe vera is rich in vitamin A, B, E, selenium and many other nutrients. It is good for your hair as it conditions your scalp and gets rid of dandruff. 


How to apply: You can apply aloe vera gel on your scalp and leave it overnight. Wash it off the next morning for a clean scalp. You can also take some aloe vera gel and mix it with honey, in equal parts. Apply it on your scalp. Leave it undisturbed for 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.


Oatmeal hair pack

Oatmeal is a great natural moisturiser for the hair. It not only makes your hair smooth and strong, but also helps to get rid of dandruff.


How to apply: To make an oatmeal hair mask, mix half a cup of oats with 2 tablespoons of almond oil and a quarter cup of milk. Apply this mask from roots to tips. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Always make sure that your hair is tangle-free and dry before you apply this mask.


Onion juice

Onions being rich in sulphur help in the production of the collagen tissues, which in time will regenerate your hair follicles. Other than this, onions also stimulate circulation of blood, and help in keeping your scalp clean.


How to apply: Cut a few onions into small pieces and squeeze the juice out of them. Apply this juice on your scalp; keep it for at least 30-45 minutes, before applying a shampoo. Since onions have a pungent smell, you can add some rose water or some honey to it.


Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar helps to restore pH balance in your hair, in case of an alkaline disturbance. Restoration and maintenance of acidic balance helps to accelerate hair growth. It also makes the hair strands shinier and stronger. It also removes residues of the chemicals of your hair products, from your scalp.


How to apply: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water, and use this mixture for your last rinse after shampoo. This will leave you with healthier hair.


Lemon juice

Similar to vinegar, lime juice helps to balance the pH level of the scalp and promotes hair growth.


How to apply: Soak a handful of almonds in water overnight. Next morning remove their skin and grind them. Mix this with 2 tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage your scalp with the paste and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off once it has dried.


Eat right and reduce stress

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Eat the right kinds of fat and stay away from oily stuff. Make sure you are getting a sufficient intake of iron, zinc and vitamin C. Stress is one of the prime accused in aiding hair problem. Reduce stress from your life- both emotional and physical. Get some fresh air periodically and do some sort of exercise daily. So, get enough sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Also read on How to Combat Hair Loss Due to Stress)


Reduce styling damages

Excessive styling can hurt your hair. Mechanical curling, straightening, chemical bleach and colour, or using gel in inappropriate amounts can hamper your hair considerably. Always brush your hair sparingly and comb delicately. Clean your hair carefully and do not stress your hair unnecessarily.


Now you know how to get those strong and shiny locks. So, try these out starting from today, and make others go jealous with your long and gorgeous hair.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New Delhi: We spend so much time choosing accessories to match our clothes, but many a times we ignore hairstyles and hair accessories. Just as your neck needs a necklace to be accentuated, you can accessorise your hair too and get people to go wow at it. There are a host of options to choose from when it comes to hair accessories. Let’s take a look at hair accessories that you can pair with indian outfits.

1. Maang Tika matching your jewellery

It is a quintessential hair accessory for a bride. But you could go ahead and wear a simple mang  tika when you are at another’s wedding too. Style your hair into an updo and match it with your jewellery. You could skip the bindi if you have an extra long mang tika.

Maang Tika matching your jewellery

2. Chunky hair accessory

Statement pieces like these should be the only accessory that you use. Style your hair into a high bun and use a chunky black metal or silver piece like this to secure it on all sides. This sure will give you a lot of attention.


Chunky hair accessory

3. Feathers

A jewelled clip on the side with feathers like this is bound to make your hair do the talking point of any party. Not only does this add character to your hairstyle, but also helps keep your hair pinned in place.


4. Artificial flowers

Style your hair into a fancy bun and use these artificial flowers that come in the form of small clips and pin them on the side. Be it a low bun or a high bun, it sure will add pizazz to your outfit.

Artificial flowers

5. Greek look Band

If your hair is all over the place and your outfit does not seem to be one with which you can wear a hairband, you can try a metallic headband like this with a jewel at the centre. It will double up both as an accessory and serve the purpose of holding your hair together.

Greek look Band

6. Hair accessory with stones

If you are dressed in an elegant diamond necklace and earrings, then a clip like this in your hair made of stones if a perfect match for your jewellery. Wear it with a simple chiffon or georgette sari and get ready to be complimented.

Hair accessory with stones

7. South indian braid accessory

This traditional South Indian accessory is a staple at South Indian Weddings. It comprises of a long chain of interconnected patterns in metal which is tied to the braid. It gives the bride a really regal look.

South indian braid accessory

8. Colourful paranda

These lovely colourful hair extensions add a touch of playfulness to your hair. Add these in as you reach the end of braiding your hair. Choose from parandas made of wool, beads or pearls depending on your outfit and the occasion.

Colourful paranda

9. Jewelled clips

Clips with beads, stones and pearls in gold and silver colour are a must have for every woman who wears traditional outfits regularly. They not just help in holding your hair in place but also add beauty and grace to your hairdo.

Jewelled clips

10.   Nothing to beat fresh flowers!

Have hair, adorn them with flowers! There is nothing to beat the charm and fragrance of jasmine or champa that is woven into your hair.

Nothing to beat fresh flowers!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Painful periods? Here's how to get rid of period pain fast. Click here to watch the video ! Do you know how menstrual or period cramps occur? Basically when your uterus, which is a muscle, contracts during your period it accidentally presses against other blood vessels, momentarily cutting off the supply of oxygen. This video shows you 16 effective ways to ease the pain at home.

16 Ways to Get Rid of Painful menstrual Cramps: Study


While not every woman gets premenstrual syndrome—the cramping, bloating, and general crabbiness that can strike around period time—about 85% of women report having at least one symptom each month.

And even though there’s no real "cure" for PMS, many treatments and lifestyle changes are available to help you cut down on the discomfort. Read on to find out how.

A salt-heavy diet can cause bloating, caffeine can aggravate irritability or anxiety, alcohol may worsen depression, and too much sugar can destabilize your blood sugar and mood.

Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the week before your period.

And it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Aim to eat at regular intervals to avoid dips and spikes in blood sugar, says Joanne Piscitelli, MD, associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

"It is worth changing your diet habits before moving on to medical therapies, because you are less likely to have side effects," she says.

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Friday, 5 September 2014

When a man and a woman decide to spend their lives together they unite in the holy sacrament of matrimony, that being said marriages are weird and involve myriad of strange and bizarre (relatively) traditions, we have compiled a short list of weird wedding traditions from all around the world for you to savour.

In Germany, the groom’s friends literally steal the bride and whisk her off to a bar where they get totally sloshed, the groom has to find the bride and also pay the entire bill.

Top Strange wedding traditions around the globe 

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In an Italian reception a glass is broken to aid the prosperity of the newly married couple, more the number of pieces the glass smashes in, more the number of happy years the couple will have.

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In some parts of India girls who are Mangliks (born astrologically impaired, somehow) have to marry a tree to get rid of the curse that has dawned upon them an you thought just the westerners were weird.

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In Jewish culture the bride has to step over a glass covered with a cloth for a prosper and fruitful marriage. “Mazel Tov!”

Jewish culture

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Scottish brides are the filthiest in the world, apparently these poor lasses are covered with any of the gross things you can find and then tied to a tree, what they believe is, if you can endure this then you can endure anything, thus ensuring a great marriage.

Scottish brides

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In Fiji men are supposed to bring along a tooth of the whale with them when they come ask for the girl’s hand in marriage, what did the poor whale ever did to them ?

Fiji men 

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We don’t know if you’ve ever thought about it but stealing of the groom’s shoes is quite a weird tradition that is followed in the Indian marriages.

Indian marriages

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Apparently Congo is one of the most serious countries around where the bride and the groom aren’t allowed to smile during the entirety of the ceremony as marriages are something that are to be taken seriously.


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While brides around the world diet and starve to fit into their perfect wedding dress Mauritian brides go to fat farms to fatten up as heavier girls are a sign of prosperity.

Mauritian brides

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Monday, 1 September 2014

NYC: Miley Cyrus has claimed that Google and Instagram are more harmful than drugs. While defending smoking weed, the 21-year-old former Disney star said that Googling yourself and reading Facebook comments are more harmful to the brain than drugs, the reported.

Singer Miley Cyrus claims Google 'more harmful to brain than drugs

During the interview with Australian show Sunday Night, the 'Wrecking Ball' singer mentioned that she posts pictures of herself smoking pot on Instagram, because she is brought up in a way that she never thought marijuana was bad.

While promoting her upcoming tour 'Down Under', she also revealed that several people call her 14-year-old sister "a slut", which affects her brain and does more harm.

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