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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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9 Apr

Free wellness apps to download during this lockdown

From meditation techniques to sleep pattern analysis, these wellness apps are designed to help you find your calm in the chaos

The uncertainty of the lockdown has triggered a range of anxieties. This isolated lifestyle is proving to be a challenge for some, therefore, making it imperative for everyone to take care of their health and well-being. In fact, several wellness apps have made their premium services available for free for users to stay mentally fit while homebound.

 

Down Dog 

Touted as one of the best yoga apps, Down Dog allows you to explore the various forms of yoga practice in the comfort of your home. Unlike other yoga apps that have pre-recorded videos, Down Dog boasts of over 60,000 configurations that will ensure your sessions are not repeated. Users can choose from 6 different yoga teachers and a voice of their preference; moreover, it’s also available in 9 languages and various English-speaking accents. To help people stay active during the outbreak, Down Dog has decided to make the app free for all its users until May 1 and for students, teachers and healthcare professionals until July 1.

Available on: iOS and Android

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9 Apr

How to stay connected with the outside world from home

Owing to social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19, we are physically cut off from the outside world. With travel plans and brunch dates with friends abandoned indefinitely, here’s a list of ways in which you can still replicate the joys of socialising, at home

At present, we are deluged with information on COVID-19 from around the world. The pandemic has forced us all indoors till things get better. Although for homebodies this may seem almost comforting, staying cooped up at home can slowly wear you out. However, thanks to the suite of communication technology at our service, we do not have to be completely disconnected from the outside world. Between the exploration of your newfound culinary talents and bingeing on shows, throw a virtual dinner party or attend a live yoga session to stay connected with the community.

 

What’s your game?

The classics (think: UNO and Monopoly) are making a comeback stronger than ever before. Friends and families are now engaging in virtual altercations over being dealt an unfair hand. Newer games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons are the new rage among millennials, especially in Japan. As the name suggests, this Nintendo Switch series allows you to build and live in a whole new world devoid of any infections. Some say it might be the ideal quarantine game, and we couldn’t agree more. Look to virtual games and get your friends to join in for game nights!

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3 Apr

Fitness apps to download this lockdown

To keep you on track with your fitness goals, we’ve rounded up a few workout applications that can help you stay fit while at home

A new normal is being shaped as we adapt to this way of at-home living. It’s also made us alter our fitness routines, as we are forced to embrace the rules of social distancing during this lockdown. However, being confined to your home needn’t stop you from staying fit. Here are some apps to keep you moving; choose what suits your fitness requirements.

 

Nike Training Club

In view of the lockdown, Nike has decided to make all of its Nike Training Club Premium workouts free until further notice. This app offers focused routines that target abs and core, arms and shoulders, glutes and legs, along with strength, endurance and mobility workouts. If you’re facing space constraints at home, make sure to check out their ‘big workouts for small spaces’ section. While consistency is the key, the app also makes sure that you get enough rest after a particularly intense week of workout, by adjusting your workout frequency and updating your plan. The app also offers celebrity-guided workouts featuring athletes like Serena Williams and Simone Biles and singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding among others.

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Freeletics

Before you begin training, the app prompts you to take a fitness test and based on the results, customises a workout for you. With over 900 variations, this app allows users to train anywhere with workouts that are challenging and that take between 10 and 25 minutes. The free version of the app offers The Coach, which is a digital personal trainer, whereas in-app purchases will give you access to the premium training feature.

Available on: iOS and Android

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26 Mar

Home workout challenges that you and your partner can take on together

It is believed that couples who sweat together, stay together. And if you’re the kind that looks a challenge in the eye, take on some of our favourite online workout challenges to try at home

Constant motivation, someone to check your form, and the comforting thought that your bed is just a few steps away (just in case)—working out at home has been the go-to for those who can’t make it to the gym. But, as you’re isolated with your partner now, we enumerate some fun online challenges to help you stay in shape.

 

Take a dance on me

There is no dearth of YouTube videos featuring dance tutorials or “follow me” dance workouts. However, we love the dance choreography challenges taking over YouTube and other social media apps such as Instagram and TikTok. You have to learn the choreography to a famous tune, recreate the dance and upload it online! In fact, you can even tag your friends to get more people to participate in the challenge.

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