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Stokvel members love island holidays, this travel agency found

Earlier this year, Flight Centre launched a new product aimed at stokvel members.  It found that, apart from local destinations, members were saving up for holidays in Mauritius and Thailand. Earlier this year, the travel agency Flight Centre started a stokvel for travel. More than 80 stokvels have signed up, and so far the most popular destinations (apart from domestic trips) are Thailand and Mauritius. A maximum of 30 people can form part of a stokvel – but they don’t have to travel together. To sign-up, members complete a application form,…

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10 best brinjal recipes that will make you fall in love with the veggie!

Eggplant, aubergine or brinjal hails from the nightshade species of fruits and vegetables. A close relative of tomato and potato, Brinjal is popular vegetable across the world. It is full of health benefits and can be cooked into scrumptious, tasty and easy recipes. Eggplant or brinjal is of various shapes and sizes and can be green, purple, light purple and even white! The wonderful health benefits of eggplants are primarily derived from its vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content. Eggplants are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6,…

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Heard of the 7 Days Challenge? Not ‘Eat, pray, love’ but ‘Eat, move, live’

Want to eat healthier? Or move around town in a more sustainable manner? Or just lead your daily life in a smarter way? You need to try the 7 Days Challenge. The Swedish Embassy here, in association with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, has organised the Challenge targeting youth from classes 9 to 12 in schools and graduate and post-graduate students in colleges across the national capital from January 17 to 23. The Challenge is basically a call to action for the participants to practise sustainable lifestyles and consists…

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Love adding extra salt to your food? You may be putting yourself at risk of dementia

Love to eat crispy roasted nuts and potato wafers that are high in salt? Beware, besides harming your heart, it may also harm your brain and lead to dementia, researchers have warned. In mice, the high-salt diet reduced the resting cerebral blood flow by 28% in the cortex and 25% in the hippocampus – brain regions involved in learning and memory. This impairment in the blood flow to the brain was caused by a decrease in the production of nitric oxide – a gas generated by endothelial cells – the…

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For love or for god: Why Indians travel

Indians’ favourite travel destinations vary according to what they are seeking: religion or romance. Up to 97% of Indian respondents in a recent survey said they’d travel within the country for their spiritual needs. Yet four in 10 were most likely to choose foreign destinations for their honeymoons. The survey was conducted by online travel agent MakeMyTrip between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 and covered 3,000 respondents, all of whom had travelled within the previous six months. Overseas destinations closer to home are especially a hit among Indian newly-weds. Four…

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My love for her didn’t end with her marriage

It was impossible for me to accept that someone could fall in love for life. I never had real dependency for people in my life, until I met ‘Her’. It was not love at first sight, in fact I saw her as a “way” to get close to her rather hot girlfriend. However, since I felt she was into me and her ‘hot’ friend was a bit difficult to get through, I shamelessly went ahead with the easier option. Since she was an easy catch for me, I kept things casual from…

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