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Get high, the clean way
May 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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I’m alarmed! I am alarmed at the rate of people resorting to drugs to maintain the so-called “balance” in their lives. Whether it is being pumped on certain stimulants like cocaine to keep them charged up or resorting to psychedelic drugs to chase their own transient brand of “creativity” – more and more people in the world are resorting to recreational drug use.
 In the name of experimenting most people fall prey to drugs but at what point does the word “experimenting” lose its meaning and the drug takes over your life? If we need an external substance to make us happy, aren’t we numbing our own senses? The essence, which makes each person an individual, is lost and then we fall further into the abyss of depression.
 What’s more shocking is that more and more kids are attuning themselves to this kind of a lifestyle. 13 year olds are getting caught smoking marijuana, 15 year olds swear by drugs like MDMA. The current generation is no longer naïve.
The effect of drugs is considered to be euphoric yet in truth they are but ephemeral. Kick out these external substances and get high in the right way, the clean way. It might be hard to believe, but the best way to get high is from the simplest things in life. Workout, laugh out loud, love – get the endorphins flowing in your body naturally. Fulfill your life on your own merit so that you will not have to fill the emptiness in your heart with chemicals. Trust me, you won’t be coming down from these kinds of high anytime soon.
 


All about happiness
May 16, 2012 at 14:50 PM
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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Really, think about it ... how happy are you? And what makes you happy?
Everyone has a different definition of happiness. For some of us, it just means not having a bad day. Then, there are people who see happiness in terms of wealth and making money. For others, it is being popular with a large social circle. So what is the true essence of one’s happiness?

Happiness is a choice; it is one’s sole responsibility to acquire a means of happiness. The path to happiness begins with choices. The choices and decisions we make plays a major part in one’s goal for happiness.

It happens all the time; people marry just for the sake of not hurting another, then ultimately, the outcome becomes unhappiness, shortly thereafter, divorce. We take on jobs that we really despise, but the money is so good, that we continue to go to these jobs daily, not really giving it all we got. Then, we place the frustration on our co-workers, and finally, we bring the frustration home, causing the home front to become off balanced, ruining everyone else’s happiness.

How do we really seek true happiness, and once we get it, how do we maintain it? Why do we allow people and things to have so much control over us to where they begin to determine our happiness? Is it because instead of dealing with our own issues, we tend to rely on others and materialistic items to determine our happiness instead of working hard to obtain it ourselves? We allow others to depend on us and take up all of our time, making it impossible to have time for ourselves. The telephone controls us as soon as it rings, we break our necks trying to receive a call from someone who is impeding on our “me time”. We need to control things instead of allowing them to control us.

This is the time when we should be looking within ourselves to determine what avenues should be taken to make us have a life of true happiness. Life doesn’t happen to you, it responds to you. So let go of your fears.

Enjoy higher self-esteem. Embrace fantastic relationships. Uncover the real you. And much, much more — all when you ask yourself am I happy? Does this make me happy?
 


Beat the Heat
May 07, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Everywhere I go people are complaining of "how hot it is" or "how they hate the season" - Well one thing''''s for sure ,summer has officially checked into the city -bringing along its scorching temperatures .But my mantra has always been "Beat the heat before it beats you".

I say why not take advantage of the summer. Bring out your versatile shorts, flip flops, linen shirts, lightweight dresses. There are always ways to look hot yet stay cool. Remember -Comfort is the key

Another thing to keep in mind is what you eat can have a significant impact on how you feel. Stick to foods that replenish the lost water in your body. Eat light meals in several intervals through the day and increase fluid intake by sipping on lots of juices, coconut water and drinking yogurt. Small changes in your grocery list could go a long way in reducing the discomfort that the summer brings.

And of course how can I forget exercise! Do not use the summer and heat as an excuse not to keep to your fitness regime. Venture out early in the morning or later in the evening or try and do light weight exercises at home if possible. Scale back the intensity of your workout to compensate. Stay Hydrated!


Simple changes can go a long way in making the summers an enjoyable season so let’s soak up the sun and get the most enviable tan. And as Baz Luhrmann says, Everybody is free (to wear sunscreen).


You're every woman, it's all in you
Apr 30, 2012 at 15:43 PM
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India, a country that proudly boasts of having women adorn the offices of the president, prime minister, speaker of the Lok Sabha and leader of opposition, albeit at different times, yet, it is such a significant achievement  with which not many countries can pride themselves. Growing up with my two sisters in a true Bengali household, we were always taught to be independent and articulate, with education being given utmost importance. And it is the gift of good education that is the biggest necessity in a country with a burgeoning population.

As someone once said "the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows", and how apt is this philosophy for it is education which endows one with the power of opportunity, an opportunity to be the best that one can be and an opportunity to bestow the course of one's future in their own hands. In India’s metropolitan cities women enjoy the status of equals, proof of which lies in the fact that women occupy influential positions in all sectors of the economy. However, unfortunately, the same trend is not witnessed in as persistent a ratio in the interiors of the country where the stigma of the "girl child" still prevails.

Each day in the news, one reads of horrific cases of crimes against women, reports about cases of dowry deaths, female infanticide, sexual harassment and domestic violence continue to plague our society. However grim, this is a reality which needs to be addressed with extreme urgency.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Women are blessed with the virtue of nurturing a family and playing varied familial roles with much ease. It is a quality which is so unique to women who very smoothly multi-task ever so meticulously.

I strongly advocate imbibing the virtue of self-confidence, self-respect and most of all of "loving yourself". As Chaka Khan confidently sang "I'm every woman, it’s all in me." Believe this. For the truth is that, ladies, the power is truly within you. All you have to do is believe in it.


Music makes my world go round
Apr 24, 2012 at 14:18 PM
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I wake up in the morning to Rihanna’s “We Found Love in a Hopeless place” and there you have it, my morning starts with a bang!
My otherwise mundane morning ritual of green tea and small chores is never boring courtesy my high tempo music ….
Driving to my shoot locations too goes by like a breeze, with my regulars ranging from Nickelback, Snow Patrol, Greenday ,Atif Aslam and plenty more.
I’m also the kind of person who gets hooked on to a song and I could play it all day on loop and never tire of it, to the extent that my driver and assistant know the song like the back of their hand ,given the zillion times I play it.
In fact it’s like a mini-party in my vanity van with my entire team having their own wish list of music –ranging from Hindi film music to love songs, rock and party songs.
Talking of party songs, that’s a huge must during my work outs. Hi-octane music is something that really pushes me to give my best at the gym –which could range from David Guetta,Pitbull and the likes. Going to the gym is like my own personal playground and music just makes it more fun!
The nights are for Coke Studio and classic Bollywood –There have been times I’ve fallen asleep listening to it. I’m the kind of person who needs music every step of the way –it reflects my mood and frame of mind.
 If the world was mute, I wouldn’t be too happy a person and I’m thankfully blessed to be living in a time where music makes the world go around !
 


Nurana

Apr 17 2014. 03: 16 PM

Bipasha I LOVEE YOUUU SOOO MUCH.Its me Nurana Your fan FOREVER

ashwini

Apr 03 2014. 01: 45 AM

Bipasha pl call me and motivate me. Heard u say 20 KGS in 6 months is not too difficult... I really need some motivation... I suck at waking up... Pl I really think one call from u should keep me going. My life in a mess here. This weight is killing me. It keeps me away from family and friends. I really wanna do it. My no is 9974621498

bhavini shah

Dec 12 2013. 03: 12 PM

Ms Bipasha Basu I am a lawyer based in Singapore. Your fitness program is an excellent platform to encourage healthy living for all ages. Have you considered going international with your program

anna

Oct 18 2013. 03: 41 AM

Hi Bipasha, Where do you find the motivation? I have started your love yourself dvd, with the level2 workout, it does burn with the effort put in. I have to ask, do you yourself also use the same workout? And how often doyou change it up? Any recommendations on other successful workouts for abs like yours? Thanks for answering. Lots of love, Anna from Canada

Dr DIBYA SINGH HOTA

May 25 2013. 06: 58 AM

Hi Bips, ITS, really, wonderful, for all the creative, contents, you, have send so far. Last few months, we could, not interat, with each, other. YOUR'S Friend Dr Dibya Singh Hota, Bhubaneswar-13