Museums of India and World – By Pranesh Vaid


No 1

National Museum

One of the largest museums of India, National Museum has diverse articles from the magnificent ancient era. It was constructed in 1949 on the corner of Janpath in the lively city of Delhi. It is a best place to visit as one gets to know about the luxury coaches of trains, which were a long time back used by the great kings. It houses a variety of collections that include jewelry, paintings, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts. There is also a Buddhist section where one can find head of a Buddha statue, and Buddha Stupa having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in 3rd century BCE by Sovereign Ashoka.


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No 2

Calico Museum

One of the most admired tourist attractions in the city of AhmadabadCalico Museum was started by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai in the year 1949. It has a mind-blowing collection of fabrics ranging from pre-historic cloth paintings to the gorgeous Indian fabrics; one will definitely be fascinated by the spectacular work of art displayed at the calico Museum. The textiles that have been put on display were once used by the Mughal rulers of ancient times. And these are well taken care by the authorities.


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No 3

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

Displaying the largest collection of dolls from wide and far in the beautiful city of Delhi, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has two sections exhibiting more than 160 glass cases from New Zealand, Africa, India and Australia. Moreover, the collection of dolls have been divided into two sections; one section consists of the dolls gathered from New Zealand, UK, USA, commonwealth of independent states while the other one comprises of dolls gathered from Middle East, India, Asian countries and Africa. In addition to dolls displaying different countries, the visitors can also have a glimpse of various collections of costumes dolls, representing Indian dances and traditions, pairs of bride and groom etc.


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No 4

National Rail Museum

The National Rail Museum has a great collection of more than 100 genuine size displays of Indian Railways. It is situated in Chanakyapuri over an area of 10 acres of land. There is a toy train that tenders rides of the site on daily basis. Some of the other collections put on sight are antique furniture, working models, historical photographs, signaling tools and more. Except for Monday, the tourists can visit the museum from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.


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Museo Nacional de Antropologia

The Museo Nacional de Antropología (or National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico contains archaeological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico. Opened in 1964 by, the museum has a number of significant exhibits, such as the giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization and the Sacred Cenote from Chichen Itza. The most famous artifact however is the Stone of the Sun which was actually not used as a calendar but does contain 20 day signs and the 4 era’s of suns that preceded the current 5th sun.


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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is a spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum and perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.


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No 3

Louvre Museum

It is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement (district or ward). Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters (782,910 square feet).[3] In 2017, the Louvre was the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors.[4]The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, colloquially “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. With 7.06 million visitors in 2016, it was the third, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison in the Upper; it extends the museum’s modern and contemporary art program.

The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient, paintings, and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceania, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.


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Low-Carb Diet- By Pranesh Vaid

A low-carb diet is a diet that restricts carbohydrates. It is high in protein, fat and healthy vegetables. There are different types of low-carb diets.

What foods you should eat depends on a few things, like how much you exercise, how much weight you have to lose, and how healthy you are.

Consider all of this as a general guideline, not something written in stone.

 What to Eat?

Meat, nuts, seeds, high-fat dairy, fats, healthy oils, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and maybe even some tubers and non-gluten grains.

 What to Avoid?

Sugar, HFCS, wheat, seed oils, trans fats, “diet” and low-fat products and highly processed foods.

 A Sample Low-Carb Menu for One Week

This is a sample menu for one week on a low carb diet plan. It provides less than 50 grams of total carbs per day, but as I mentioned above if you are healthy and active you can go beyond that.


Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Shrimp salad with some olive oil.

Dinner: Grilled chicken with vegetables.


Breakfast: Bacon and eggs.

Lunch: Leftover burgers and veggies from the night before.

Dinner: Salmon with butter and vegetables.


Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs.

Lunch: Chicken salad with some olive oil.

Dinner: Pork chops with vegetables.


Breakfast: Omelette with various vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Grass-fed yogurt with blueberries and a handful of almonds.

Dinner: Cheeseburger (no bun), served with vegetables and salsa sauce.


Breakfast: Omelette with various vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Smoothie with coconut milk, berries, almonds and protein powder.

Dinner: Steak and veggies.


Breakfast: Omelette with various veggies.

Lunch: Grass-fed yogurt with berries, coconut flakes and a handful of walnuts.

Dinner: Meatballs with vegetables.


Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs.

Lunch: Smoothie with coconut milk, a bit of heavy cream, chocolate-flavoured protein powder and berries.

Dinner: Grilled chicken wings with some raw spinach on the side.

Include plenty of low-carb vegetables in your diet. If your goal is to remain under 50 grams of carbs per day, then there is room for plenty of veggies and one fruit per day.

Again, if you’re healthy, lean and active, you can add some tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well as some healthier grains like rice and oats.

The Paleo Diet-By Pranesh vaid

The paleo diet suggests that one should to eat the same food like that of our hunter-gathering ancestors ate. The diet includes whole, and unprocessed foods. Our ancestors were genetically the same as modern humans. They thrived eating such foods and were free of diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

What to eat?

Meat, eggs, vegetables, seeds, nuts, fish, spices, healthy fats and oils, and herbs.

What to avoid?

Most dairy products, grains, soft drinks, processed foods, vegetable oils, sugar, legumes, margarine, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats.

Sample Menu for a week


Breakfast: Eggs and a fruit.

Lunch: Leftover stir fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.

Dinner: Fried pork with vegetables.


Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.

Lunch: Chicken salad, with olive oil. A handful of nuts.

Dinner: Burgers (no bun), fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.


Breakfast: Bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.

Lunch: Leftover burgers from the night before.

Dinner: Salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables.


Breakfast: Meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).

Lunch: Sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.

Dinner: Ground beef stir fry, with vegetables. Some berries.


Breakfast: Bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.

Lunch: Leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.

Dinner: Baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.


Breakfast: Meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).

Lunch: Sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.

Dinner: Grilled chicken wings, with vegetables and salsa.


Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.

Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.

Dinner: Steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.

There is usually no need to track calories or macronutrients (protein, carbs or fat) on the paleo diet, at least not in the beginning.

However, if you need to lose a lot of weight then it is a good idea to cut carbs somewhat and limit your intake of nuts and potatoes.

There is no one “right” way to eat for everyone and paleolithic humans thrived on a variety of diets, depending on what was available at the time. Some ate a low-carb diet high in animal foods, others a high-carb diet with lots of plants.

Consider this as a general guideline, not something written in stone. You can adapt all of this to your own personal needs and preferences.


                                                           GO GOA GONE!

Hello readers!! I am back with yet another Blog and this time it’s on the two most expensive destinations in India.

As India is a country with its rich Heritage, Culture and Rituals so ill be mentioning Places/Hotels that provide with a royal delightful experience to the tourist across the country and around the world.

So there are two destinations coincidently both on the western side of the country

  • South Goa, Goa
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan

Goa is known to be the country’s most happening place. It is Famous for its Beaches, Water Sports Adventures, Different Forts, Churches, Clubs/Pubs and obviously for Cheap Liquor: p


 As we would be talking about south Goa, so I have tried including a 3-4 days holiday itinerary and things to visit in South Goa district

Par Hyatt Resort and Spa, South Goa

Park Hyatt Goa is one of the best 5-star luxury beach resorts in Goa.

Set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens with glimmering waterways and lagoons, the resort showcases charming Indo-Portuguese style room and suites, combining elegance with distinctive regional character.

Hyatt offers two of the most luxury suites in south Goa, which are as follows:

  1. Vista Suite-Indulge in a 127-sq-meter suite featuring rich décor, including a spacious living area, kitchenette, generous work area, marble bath with rain shower, and one king-sized bed which offers a stunning view of the gardens and exclusive amenities from Forest Essentials spa products.

The Total cost per night would be Rs. 57190 inclusive of taxes for two.

  1. Imperador Suite– This prime suite measures a 172- sq- meter with a magnificent view of the beach or the pool, featuring a king bed, elegant living and formal dining areas, a kitchen, a marble bath with a sunken tub and an outdoor private jetted spa tub with a whirlpool. This is a premium suite.

The Total cost per night would be Rs.108390 inclusive of taxes for two.

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, North Goa

1) The resort is located on a pristine white sand beach and is set in a 56-acre lush tropical paradise. This Mediterranean style resort offers the largest and most spacious rooms in Goa.

2) Our 5 restaurants offer a culinary journey that encompasses cuisines ranging from authentic Goan, to Mediterranean Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Oriental, Indian and Continental.

 3) Our guests can also indulge in the award-winning Jiva Spa that offers a range of Indian holistic treatments and Ayurvedic massages.

4) We have an on-site Dedicated Activity Team which can tailor-make programs to ensure that the little ones are suitably occupied. Children Activity Centre with sandpit, crafts and computer zone. Fun and innovative games conducted daily for children.

5) Recreational and sports facilities like Cricket Pitch, Cycling, Golf a nine hole executive course and Tennis.

6) It is a perfect vacation getaway for families and for couples as a romantic retreat. A choice of romantic experiences from Exotic spa treatments for two to a candlelit dinner in your private villa or suite.

7) We also provide complimentary shared airport transfers for guest staying for 2 nights and above at the resort.

Taj Exotica offers most expensive suites and villa in North Goa which are as follows

  1. Luxury Suite- Cost per night inclusive of taxes is Rs.57344 for Two.
  2. Presidential Villa with plunge pool- Cost per night inclusive of taxes is Rs.176128 for Two. 



    Here’s your 4-day itinerary for Goa

    Day 1

    Candolim – Old Goa – Panajim – Dona Paula – Panjim – Candolim

    After having a delicious breakfast, head towards Old Goa. You can rent a car or a bike to reach here. The distance to Old Goa from Candolim is around 24 KMs. In Old Goa, you can witness the grandeur of historical monuments.

    Once you have admired the beautiful structures of Old Goa, visit Panjim to savor delicious lunch.

    After having sumptuous lunch, head towards Dona Paula to witness the beautiful setting sun. If you still have time before the sun sets, stop at Miramar which appears on the way to Dona Paula. Miramar is not one of the best places to visit in Goa.

    So, if you want to spend more time at Dona Paula, you can skip it. Dona Paula is a jetty which will offer you a spectacular view of the pristine Arabian Sea. As you witness the sun hiding behind the waves, you will gradually be in awe of the panoramic view.

    0282                                                    Sunset at Dona Paula

    Leave Dona Paula soon after sunset as Goa roads become busy. Come back to the main city of Panjim.   To end your 1st day in Goa perfectly, I suggest you two activities: Dancing & Gambling. You can head towards DTR (Down The Road) 1 or a Casino. DTR is a small pub located close to Nescafe. It can offer you good music and affordable drinks. However, if you want to try out some gambling, head towards any of the Casinos floating on Mandovi River. I had visited Deltin Royale and had an amazing night. Casinos are open throughout the night and are the best places to visit in Goa. So, you can combine both of these suggested activities.

    Day 2

    Candolim – Arambol – Ashwem – Fort Chapora – Vagator – Candolim

    Head towards Arambol beach, Located at a distance of 26 KM from Candolim, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in North Goa. Spend some time shopping. Later, grab a beer and relax at a shack as the clean sea waves reflect the gradually soaring sun. You can also try paragliding here

    0283                                                          Arambol BeachOnce you have relished some delicious food, head towards Ashwem beach. This pristine beach with fine sand is perfect to laze around. It is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Arambol, towards Candolim. Spend some afternoon time here at a shack. Order a cocktail and relax.

    Next stop would be Fort Chapora. Located near Vagator beach, this fort is the famous “Dil Chahta Hai” fort. The fort offers you the best views of the sunset. To reach the sunset viewpoint, you might have to trek a little. Hence, make it a point to reach in time. Reach the view-point and wait for the sun to set. If you are facing west, on the right-hand side you will notice Morjim Beach and on the left, Vagator beach. From the top, you will see the Arabian sea create stunning patterns. Enjoy the amazing sunset as the boats return from their fishing trips.

    Once you have trekked down, head towards the nearby Vagator beach. As the evening colors change, take a peaceful stroll on the beach. Join the locals playing football or just dip your feet in the ocean.

    Head back to Candolim to indulge in some lip-smacking dinner with exquisite cocktails & live music.

    In case you want to party hard, Club Cabana is the place to be! The tagline, “Night Club in the sky” is almost literal. Club Cabana is located in Arpora which is around 6 km from Candolim. This club is not open in the off-season. So, it is recommended to check the status before visiting. Other recommended nightlife spots are SinQ in Candolim or Cafe Capetown in Baga.

    Day 3

    Candolim – Colva – Benaulim/Sernabatim/Varca – Betalbatim – Palolem2

    On Day 3, you can explore South Goa. South Goa has all the best places to visit in Goa!

    Check out from your Candolim Hotel and head towards South. Post breakfast, your next stop will be Margao. This 2nd largest city of Goa is located at a distance of 44 KM from Candolim. After reaching Margao, head towards Colva beach to enjoy delicious lunch along with some chilled beer.

    Post lunch, you can explore the nearby South Goa beaches. You can visit Benaulim, Sernabatim  & Varca beach to witness the calm & pristine Arabian sea waters. Enjoy some leisure time at these clean Goa beaches. You can find some shacks at Benaulim which can serve you a chilled beer or a warm cup of coffee. All these 3 beaches offer you spectacular sunset view. Just let the evening pass by and relax. That’s what South Goa beaches are known for.

    Sernabatim beach is my personal favorite. It is less crowded as there is only one shack. Perfect for a peaceful time.  Also, these beaches are very clean. Hence, you can consider taking a dip in the ocean as it changes hues along with the setting sun.


    0284                                             Sun-kissed beach, Sernabatim

    After spending 4-5 hours at the beaches, get ready to have the time of your life! Think no more and head towards Betalbatim beach. Here, you can find the best restaurant in South Goa, Martin’s Corner.

    I highly recommend this restaurant for mainly 3 reasons. A wide variety of cuisine, lip-smacking food & live music. The music is simply amazing as the singer takes you through a joy ride. I have never seen such a varied collection of compositions being played in a restaurant. Price maybe slightly towards the higher side. But, it is totally worth it.

    Post dinner and some fun to remember, head towards Palolem beach, located at a distance of 43 KM from Martin’s Corner. Also, Palolem has some of the best restaurants in Goa for breakfast. Hence, I would recommend staying your last night at Palolem.

    Reach Palolem, take a stroll at the beach. If you are tired, just relax as the sound of waves put you to sleep.


    Day 4


    It’s your last day in Goa. Relax. Spend the day peacefully at Palolem, one of the best places to visit in Goa!

    The morning waves of the Arabian Sea crashing on Palolem beach will start your morning perfectly. I recommend getting up early and taking a dip in the calm ocean until the sun starts shining. This beach shack is located right on the beach. It gives you an amazing view of the Arabian Sea.

    Post relishing breakfast, opt for a boat ride to Butterfly Beach or Honeymoon beach. For reaching butterfly beach, you will have to take the boat. However, in order to reach Honeymoon beach, kayaking would be ideal. You can hire a Kayak at Rs 150-200 per hour and paddle your way in the relatively calm & deep waters.

    It’s an exciting adventure when you realize that if your kayak topples, you might plunge 100 meters into the ocean.  However, you will be wearing the life jacket which will prevent you from drowning. In case your return journey from Goa does not start until late night, you can keep boating & kayaking in evening.

    0285                                 Palolem Beach – View from the boat

    Palolem is the best beach in South Goa as it offers amazing restaurants, water sports like kayaking, breath-taking view and clean white sand. I would recommend spending the whole day here lazing around and admiring the surrounding beauty.

    End the day by relaxing at Cocktails & Dreams or Papillon’s Restaurant while sipping your favorite cocktail. The sunset at Palolem is simply spectacular. You would feel like you have entered a different universe.

    0286                                          Cocktails & Dreams, Palolem

    Palolem will help you end your Goa trip perfectly. Start your return journey from Goa, reminiscing the awesome memories you just made.


    I hope you liked the itinerary. What do you think about it? In case you would like to know about things to do in Goa apart from visiting beaches, do give my previous post a read.

    NOTE– The second destination i.e. Jaipur, Rajasthan couldn’t able to include, due to space problem. So stay tuned, will be right back in a day or two.



Luxury Hotels in India-By Sneha Pingle

Hotels in India depict centuries-old Indian history. The hotels are architectural masterpieces that speak volumes about the Indian culture and heritage.

1.Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore


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Aman-i-Khas is a Mughal styled camping resort located in Ranthambore National Park. This luxury resort makes you experience the exotic wildlife of India. The 10 air-conditioned tents offer you every possible comfort available in the world. One-night stay in a tent will cost around                 ₹ 82,000. There is a private butler service for each tent and also a private Spa tent for unwinding and relaxing. The hotel owns a small private lake where dinners take place and authentic Rajasthani cuisine is served. Aman-i-Khas is also known for its Ranthambore adventures. These include safaris twice a day in Ranthambore National Park. This park is home to tigers, leopards, jackals, crocodiles, sambar deer and numerous bird species. Also, there are birdwatching treks near Banas riverbed. Overall Aman-i-Khas gets you in touch with the raw beauty of nature.

2.Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai


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The iconic Taj Mahal Palace, built in 1903 is a 5-star luxury hotel stands opposite to the Arabian Sea. The hotel has rooms overlooking the sea, city or pool with Indian-inspired architecture. Each room has a flatscreen TV, iPod dock, in-room safe, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Also, there is laundry service, concierge service and 24-hour butler service. Depending on the room or suite you select, staying here will cost between ₹ 19,000 and ₹ 95,000 per night. There are various restaurants here that offer fine dining like Golden Dragon, Masala Kraft, Shamiana, Souk and Wasabi by Morimoto. The cuisines served are Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Mediterranean. The hotel also offers a historical tour of the Palace wing. You can enjoy some pampering at Taj Salon or take up traditional Indian therapies at Jiva Spa. You can also enjoy a serene evening on Marine Drive or understand history and culture at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

3.The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra


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The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is the epitome of luxury. The hotel is a blend of Mughal and Moorish architecture with stunning view of fountains, lush lawns, pools and pavilions. The rooms and suites here have elegant modern interiors with large windows and some even have balconies. On an average one-night stay at Oberoi Amarvilas ranges from ₹ 52,000 to ₹ 1,100,000 per night. Each room of this hotel has an uninterrupted view of Taj Mahal, the monument of love. Here you can dine under the stars beside private pool and can also dine on a private balcony enjoying the breathtaking view of gardens, lakes and Taj Mahal. Also, you can rejuvenate yourself at the Taj Romance which is a spa with ancient Thai, Ayurvedic and Western therapies. The hotel also has state-of-the-art fitness centre.

4.Amanbagh, Ajabgarh


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Located in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges, Amanbagh is 2-hour away from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The hotel was designed by Ed Tuttle, who focused on blending contemporary designs with Indian architecture. Surrounded by lush greenery, the hotel has 37 air-conditioned rooms and suites with modern amenities. One-night stay at Amanbagh costs between ₹ 34,000 and ₹ 68,000. The traditional Rajasthani cuisine is served here where the ingredients are picked from the hotel’s two-acre organic garden. The hotel is also famous for its rooftop Chhatri dinner under the stars. Also, you can opt for village tours and tiger spotting in the jungle which was once hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Alwar. You can visit the centuries-old Ajabgarh fort and temple by foot or camel. The hotel offers massages, scrubs and facials at its spa and also you can daily practice yoga and meditate at the infamous Bhangarh Fort.

5. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


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Built in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is located in the middle of the Lake Pichola which was once featured in a James Bond movie. This luxury hotel is less than 1 km away from the City Palace in Udaipur. It is often referred to as a floating vision in marble. The elegant rooms and suites here have mesmerizing views of the Aravalli and Machla Marg Hills. Depending on the room you select, one-night stay at the hotel may cost around ₹ 23,000 to ₹ 500,000 per night. Some of the finest cuisines are served in restaurants at Taj Lake Palace. Neel Kamal, Bhairo, Jharokha and Amrit Sagar are the restaurants available at the hotel. You can also dine in 150-year old boat called Gangaur. You can also relax and get pampered in a unique floating spa, the Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace.

Diet Like Celebs-By Sneha Pingle.

Ever wondered how celebrities stay fit and are in good shape? Well, many of them put a lot of efforts in dieting, reducing weight and training with their personal trainers. But with life being chaotic and busy no one gets the time to hit the gym. So, we’re left with our only option – Dieting! Now if you just google the word diet, there will hundreds of diets that will be recommended. But how many of these diets are genuine and can be trusted.


So here we’ve a diet called The Zone Diet, which was created by Dr. Barry Sears. This diet has always been popular with celebrities who have tried it. Some of the celebrities who have followed this diet are Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, and Madonna.

The diet focuses on maintaining the hormone and insulin levels in the body by balancing fat, protein and carbs in your diet. This diet doesn’t promise weight loss starting from first week, but focuses on maintaining the weight at first. The diet for sure promises the weight that you will lose will be all fat, not muscle and water.

The Zone diet follows a specific ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. When on the diet, you can have 3 meals and 2 snacks in a day. The diet doesn’t completely ban a particular food, but carbs should be eaten in controlled amounts. So, carb-lovers you need to try a little harder.

The carbs recommended in the diet are the one with low glycemic index, which means when the food is consumed the sugar will be released at a slow rate which will prevent an increase in weight. Low-fat protein like fish, skinless chicken, turkey and egg whites and small amount of good fat, i.e., olive oil, almonds, avocado should be consumed.


Vegetables and fruits like corn, carrots, raisins, bananas should be avoided. Also, pasta, bread and grains should be consumed in minute quantities only. Fatty red meat and egg yolks are to be avoided at all conditions.

The calorie count is important in the Zone diet. It is recommended that women should consume about 1,200 calories in a day and men should consume 1,500 calories in a day.

How to follow the Zone diet?

In the beginning, it is difficult to balance out your meals and snacks as per the required ratio, but once you get the hang of it balancing your food will be easy. First, you need to divide your plate into thirds.

  • Protein – One third of your plate should include lean protein, approximately the size of your palm.
  • Carbohydrates – Two third of your plate should be carbohydrates that are low in sugar, mostly vegetables and fruits
  • Fat – A small amount of good fat like olive oil, nuts and avocado can be added to the meal and snack.0273

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    Following the Zone diet is not an easy task. Like the time interval between meals should be not more than 4-6 hours. Also, snacks should be consumed 2 hours prior or after a meal. A meal or snack should be consumed within an hour of waking up. An individual must drink 8 glasses of water a day.

    Living a healthy life is the need of the hour. So, pull your sock up! Try following the Zone diet for a better life.

10 Private Islands Around The World- By Pranesh Vaid

No 1

Robins Islands, NY- Owned by Louis Bacon (Founder and Chief Executive, Moore Capital Management)

Louis Moore Bacon spotted Robins Island as a young 20-something-year-old working on a charter fishing boat in the area. Years later, in 1993, then a Wall Street trader, Bacon bought the more than 400 unspoiled acres of forest, beaches off the coast of Long Island for $11 million.


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St. Phillips Islands, South Carolina- Owned by Ted Turner (Founder, Cable News Networks)

The pristine island, protected under a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, has 70 acres of long, white sandy beaches stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, ponds, a maritime forest, marshes and is teaming with fish and wildlife.


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Necker Islands, British Virgin Islands- Owned by Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)

It is 74 acres of Caribbean Eden in the British Virgin Islands. The island is committed to sustainable development, the local community and energy independence.


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No 4

New Holland Island, St. Petersburg, Russia- Owned by Roman Abramovich (Owner, Millhouse LLC)

The New York based architecture and urban design practice Work Architecture Company was retained by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (who owns development rights with a 100-year lease) to re-imagine the island into an urban playground and cultural centre with cafes, retail shops, galleries, offices, a hotel, housing, public park and other outdoor spaces, and a contemporary art museum with a launch pad for a hot air balloon from which visitors can view the city below.


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Skorpios Island, Greece- Owned by Ekaterina Rybolovleva (Businesswoman) /Dmitry Rybolovlev (Owner, Uralkali)

The small island was the site of the highly publicized wedding of late shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis to former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968. But the trophy property along with neighbouring islet of Sparti went to heiress Ekaterina Rybolovlev, daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2013 for a price reported to be about $150 million.


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Sampson Cay, The Bahamas- Owned by John C. Malone (Chairman, Liberty Media, Liberty Global and Qurate Retail Group)

The island was home to the Sampson Cay Club, a resort with five villas, a restaurant and a marina. But it was taken out of commercial use in August 2013 for renovation and will not reopen for business; Sampson Cay will be Malone’s private Bahamian paradise to enjoy with family and friends.


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No 7

Laucala Island, Fiji- Owned by Dietrich Mateschitz (CEO, Red Bull)

Wild orchids; deserted, white, sandy beaches; and “endless jungle” are just a few of the South Pacific delights on Laucala, a seven-square-mile private island refuge turned resort owned by Austrian energy-drink tycoon Dietrich Mateschitz.


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No 8

Lanai, Hawaii- Owned by Larry Ellison (CTO and Founder, Oracle)

Lawrence J. Ellison purchased almost all of the Hawaiian island of Lanai in 2012 for $300 million. He plans to transform his 98% of the 141-square-miles, known as “Pineapple Island” into a premier tourist destination and a better place for locals to live, all in an economically viable, totally green way, news accounts say. It includes everything from widespread renewable energy and charging stations for electric cars to growing and exporting gourmet produce and creating organic wineries. And perfume will be made the traditional way, like in France – from flowers.


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No 9

Brecqhou, Channel Islands, UK- Owned by David and Fredrick Barclay (Owners, Press Holdings)

British billionaire identical twins David and Frederick Barclay, known to be fiercely protective of their privacy, bought the remote island getaway in 1993. The brothers, who were knighted in 2000 for their charitable work and whose assets include major newspapers and luxury hotels, spent more than 20 years doing development work that, according to news reports include: a large turreted Gothic-style castle, a helipad, a carp pond with a bridge modelled on Monet’s at Giverney, swimming pools, and olive groves, vineyards, and landscaped gardens.


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No 10

Moskito Islands, British Virgin Islands- Owned by Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)

Just two miles and a short boat ride away from Necker Island, Richard Branson continues to share the love on Moskito Island, the British Virgin Islands property he acquired in 2007 and has since transformed into a luxury resort.


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