BODY SHAMING IN OUR SOCIETY

“Hey, haven’t you gained weight on your thighs?”. “Damn you’ve lost so much weight, you should stop exercising for a bit!”. “Hasn’t your face gotten fuller since the last time I saw you?”. “You look so thin, it won’t look good in photographs!”. Have you also ever received such a comment about your body that has lowered your self-confidence to the extent that you’ve been left feeling worthless?

The act of body shaming is so normalized in our society that everyone, be it a man or a woman, is subjected to it. Body shaming is defined as the act of making inappropriate and negative comments about another person’s weight or size. We are so critical about our own bodies that we’ve started body shaming ourselves. At some point, we’ve also been guilty of participating in this act. We must learn to stop and respect others around us. Nowadays it has become so easy for us to get caught up in the superficial world of social media. We need to remind ourselves that the portrayal of somebody’s perfect life on social media is not a reflection of their actual lives. They could be sailing in the same boat as you are.

There is this constant pressure to fit into the narrow, artificial beauty standards that have been designed by society. Our society defines beauty based on the colour, shape, and size of one’s body. This toxic concept of beauty and scrutiny of one’s body is wrong on so many levels. No, you do not have to be tall, fair, and slim to be beautiful!

Body shaming could lead to eating disorders, body image issues, mental health issues, inferiority complex, and problem eating because of the constant scrutiny that the individual is put under. It’s high time we, as a society and individuals, put an end to it. Let’s not make comments about anyone’s appearance and let’s not be so hard on ourselves. It is more necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle instead of listening to criticism by people who don’t know either you or your body.

Focus on your health instead of worrying about looking a certain way just because society wants you to look that way. Exercise because you love your body and not because you hate the way it looks. Eat clean to avoid falling ill and to feel good rather than starving yourself just because that one annoying relative said that you looked fat. Let’s start accepting and loving others for the way they are and let’s start loving ourselves and feeling grateful for the body that we have. The numbers on a scale and tape measure do not define you. Live and let live.

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PHUKET – THE LAND OF THE SAND, SEA AND SUN

“If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett

The aureate rays of the mighty sun poured through the glass windows of my hotel room in Phuket, Thailand. I woke up, stretched, and got up to draw the crimson-coloured curtains. The melodious dawn chorus of the birds drifted in. As I looked outside, I could see the spectacular sea before my eyes. I saw a few people hanging out by the beach and children screaming and splashing around in the majestic, blue sea. It was the perfect day to go for a run along Patong Beach. Therefore, I put on my jogging shoes and left for the beach.

Phuket, the country’s largest island, is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It is a popular tourist destination that attracts almost 10 million visitors annually. The shining sun had cast a rosy hue across the morning sky and a gentle breeze was blowing in the air. It kissed my skin with its soft touch and gave rise to an energetic feeling inside me. I stopped by a small, colourful fruit cart that sold fresh fruits and bought some coconut water. As I sipped on the cool water, I took in the beautiful and picturesque view around me. The morning run was rejuvenating and it certainly made me forget about all my worries. I went back to my hotel room to freshen up and decided to go back to the beach for a dip in the sea.

The misty, turquoise sea glistened under the sun and my toes sank into the cool, golden sand. A handful of vibrant boats bobbled up and down at a distance in the sea. The beach was filled with tourists, some of who were laying in the sand, while some swam in the sea. I found a quiet spot for myself and spread out my mat on the sand to lay down while I pulled out my favourite book to read. Oh, what a great summer-read it was! The rise and fall of the waves created a calm and serene sound that was soothing to the ears. A few chapters into the book, I decided to go for a swim in the sea. The water was cool and clear. Anybody who knows me knows how much I love swimming, especially in the sea (except when the salty water gets into my nose). The swim was invigorating and rejuvenating. I spent the rest of the day relaxing by the beach, dining at the local eateries, exploring all the tiny shops lined by the beach, and having fun with my family.

Soon the sun started setting and the sky looked as if it was painted with various radiant hues. It was a mesmerizing sight. I decided to walk back to the hotel and call it a day. On my way back, I stopped at a cart that sold some scrumptious Thai rolled ice cream. I bought some coconut flavoured ice cream for myself and continued walking towards the hotel. If I could, I would eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! That night as I looked out of my window, I could see the stars shining brightly above me. They formed various intriguing patterns with each other. It was a view to watch! I thanked God for the beautiful day that I had witnessed and fell fast asleep. The alluring beauty of the beach can not be compared to any other!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite place to travel to? Mine is certainly Thailand!

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10 BOOKS EVERY TEEN SHOULD READ BEFORE THEY TURN 18

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney

That’s exactly how I felt when I put the books in this list down! Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s most enduring and dependable joys. Books have the power to take us on adventures, influence the way we think, and change our lives forever. They give us new perspectives, help shape us, and have characters that speak to us. You can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. Bring out the bibliophile in you with this list of books you should read!

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Set in Afghanistan in the early 1960s to the early 2000s during a time of conflict, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a thought-provoking and heart touching novel revolving around the ups and downs in the lives of the two protagonists- Mariam and Laila. It depicts the helplessness of women and the situations they are forced to undergo as a result of patriarchy. Khalid has so beautifully shown us the predicament of the women in Afghanistan through the eyes of Mariam and Laila. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who as a heart.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green.

John Green’s first novel, ‘Looking for Alaska’ offers up a new perspective from the kid who isn’t the nerd or the most popular, but somewhere in between. The protagonist Miles Halter, who has an obsession with famous last words, leaves his safe, predictable life to seek “A Great Perhaps”. He attends Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama where his life turns out to be anything but predictable and becomes the opposite of safe because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, self-destructive, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She pulls him into her world which leaves him in a search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Looking for Alaska

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

A charming coming-of-age story, ‘Fangirl’ is a classic teen novel that revolves around the life of Cath, an introvert who is very happy to live in her own internet and book world, and her twin sister Wren who is the complete opposite of Cath. The story takes us through the real-life situations that the girls face as they navigate their life through college. Coupled with some boy problems, family issues, and the sisters growing apart, this book will surely take you through a rollercoaster ride. It is a relatable novel about the struggles we all face: fitting in, feeling left out, and how to deal with change. ‘Fangirl‘ is a book every girl should read before heading off to college.

Fangirl

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass.

‘The Selection’ is a young adult novel by Kiera Cass. It is the first in a five-book dystopian fairytale-fiction series. Just like its cover, the story is beautiful and enchanting. Set in the futuristic kingdom of Illéa, the novel is an amalgam of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Cinderella’, revolving around a young woman named America Singer whose life is suddenly uprooted when, after applying for what is perhaps the most prestigious event in the entire country, she is selected to be part of The Selection: a journey in which thirty-five young women will find not only themselves but the man of their dreams, Prince Maxon. Addicting, alluring, saddening at times, and joyous at others, ‘The Selection’ is an unstoppable novel, one which fans of romance and post-war worlds will instantly fall in love with.

The Selection

5. Forever by Judy Blume.

Katherine and Michael, along with various friends and acquaintances in suburban New Jersey, discover the possibilities and limitations of love and personal commitment. Through the senior-year experience of Katherine, Blume provides a guidebook to first loves and all the excitement, confusion and, often, heartbreak that goes along with them. ‘Forever’ was groundbreaking in 1975, but it’s still relevant today.

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Forever

6. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

Charming, funny, and touching, ‘All Creatures Great and Small‘ is a heart-warming story of determination, love, and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors. James Herriot, a veterinarian and author, entails his experiences working as an assistant to Mr. Siegfried Farnon in the green fields of yesteryear Yorkshire. The book offers us an experience into the idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. From his erratic new colleagues to incomprehensible farmers, herds of cattle, various eccentric patients and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James finds he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. I would highly recommend this book for a fun, light read.

All Creatures Great and Small

7. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.

Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine in fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves who speaks to every teen who struggles with body image issues and family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself. The protagonist Virginia is an overweight teen who has a plus-size inferiority complex and is sure that she’s the weakest link in her high-powered family. And then a shocking phone call changes everything. Readers, especially teen girls, will likely relate to Virginia, and they will certainly respect her growing ability to stand up for herself.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

8. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg.

‘Girl Online’ is the #1 bestselling debut novel from Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, the YouTube phenomenon with millions of subscribers. Under the alias “Girl Online”, a 15-year old Penny Porter, blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog. Penny’s blog goes viral which results in her facing some unexpected challenges. The book is followed by a sequel, ‘Girl Online: On tour’ and a third book, ‘Girl Online: Going solo’.

Girl Online

9. Never Gone by Anusha Subramaniam.

Recommended to me by a friend, ‘Never Gone’ is a heart warming young adult novel about the values of true friendship in life. About the book: Siddharth and Veera have a connection they refuse to acknowledge. There is more to Kavya than her snooty social-butterfly act. Mahir is the heartbroken heartbreaker. Aslesha has built all her friendships on a foundation of lies. Nikhil has spent his entire life learning how to shut people out. All Aakash wants is a second chance. And then there’s Ananya. The one who was born to raise hell and change the world. The book revolves around the bond shared amongst a group of Indian teenagers as they deal with the death of their dear friend.

Never Gone

10. The Night Train at Deoli and other stories by Ruskin bond.

‘The Night Train at Deoli and other stories’ is an excellent collection of inspiring, touching, and interesting short stories about life in the Lower Himalyas and the northern plains of India. Ruskin Bond has so beautifully expressed his feelings and emotions through the charm of his words. His description of the simple characters, remarkable situations, and breathtaking places in the stories is a magnificent evocation of an India that may be fast disappearing.

The Night Train at Deoli and other stories

Question of the day: What’s your favourite book and why? Let me know in the comments below!

HELLO WORLD!

Hey everyone! My name’s Khushi and welcome to my blog! Currently, I’m a full-time student pursuing a BSc in Biochemistry and I also have an instagram page where I share my fitness journey and some nutrition tips. Go follow me on instagram @healthbykhushi !

I’m extremely passionate about fitness, food, reading and running (literally and away from my problems as well), so I wanted to share my passion with you wonderful people through a blog! Here I’ll be sharing posts about health, fitness, lifestyle, travel and food. I might also just write about random stuff so bear with me.

Creating this blog started as a college assignment for me but I hope to continue writing and build something out of it over the next year!!

In my free time I enjoy running, swimming, shopping, reading fiction, travelling with my family and hanging out with my friends. I also have an unhealthy obsession with One Direction and ice cream. I hope you enjoy!

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