By Maneesha Nath

All nine days of Navratri are assigned to different avtars of Goddess Durga and a different colour is assigned to each day.

Day 1: Royal blue

Shailputri is worshiped on the first day also known as Sati,Bhawani or Hemavati.

Day 2 : Yellow

Bramhacharini is the second avatar of maa Durga and the colour of the day is yellow, which symbolises Happiness and strength.

Day 3 : Green

Chandraghanta also represents beauty and grace also known as chandrrakanda, Chandika. Green colour symbolises nature and energy.

Day 4: Grey

Kushmanda, according to mythological texts, she created the universe just by smiling and made verdant with vegetation. She is also considered the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Day 5: Orange

Skandmata. The meaning of her name is Mother of Skand. The colour of the day is orange which symbolises agility and happiness.

Day 6: White

Katyayani. She was born to sage Kata and is the sister of lord Krishna.

Day 7: Red

Kalratri. She is called the destructive avatar of maa Durga. Red symbolises Fire and blood.

Day 8: Pink

Mahagauri. Pink is for ambition and desire. Eighth day is also known as Mahashtami.

Day 9: Purple

Siddhidatri. Ninth day is for power and ambition. People also worship Kanyas which is considered to be the human forms of Maa Durga.

Note : ( the colours for all the days are in reference from HT page )

Adara wishes all its readers a very happy and blessed Navratri. Happy Durga Puja!

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By Maneesha Nath

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. There are different dresses meant for different occasions. If you are going for shopping, casual outing, meeting a friend for coffee etc. go with the basics. Casual knee length dress, a denim and a top, simple salwar are perfect for the occasion.

For Day Functions, always go for light colours, floral print, cotton instead of heavily worked dresses or dark coloured, so that you can enjoy the function comfortably. Same goes with the makeup look as well. There are curtain looks that appropriate for curtain occasions.

If you wear heavy makeup, shimmering eye shadow or a smoky eye... it’s a complete NO NO.

Dress accordingly. Over the top makeup will not help you get compliments, instead you become a mockery. You can also choose any metallic colours for night functions like a wedding reception, which is the latest trend now.

Always remember, if you decide to wear a dark coloured dress, compliment it with subtle makeup to enhance the look. Your makeup should always compliment your outfit.

Similarly footwear plays a great role to complete your look. One should be careful enough while selecting foot wears. Wearing a floral knee length one piece, with a white/matching snickers, a basic flat is perfect for a casual look.

Denims and formals dresses are the looks that will never go out of fashion. You can anytime go with a Denim and T shirt for casual look or a formal cotton Indian wear for any official meets. These are few tips that will help you dress well according to the occasion and get your perfect look.

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With this onslaught of ridicule on the poor Finance Minister’s reasons for the automobile industry slowdown, I decided to come to her rescue and do my own detailed study on why less cars are being bought.

The first person I met was a car thief, “This automobile slowdown has hit me badly,” he murmured angrily, “This is the first time I could not take my family to Greece or South America for a holiday, and had to settle for Goa! Do you know what a loss of prestige it is when a car thief settles for a holiday in his own country?”

“No!” I said and hurried away as he stared with interest at my old cycle. I cycled in a frenzy and reached a crowd who were taking shelter from the rain under a bridge, “Why don’t you purchase cars?” I asked them. They looked at me strangely, then pointed to the roads which with just one shower had become a river of water, then lustily cheered as a motorized boat came down the road, “We have all invested in boats!” said a small man who seemed to be their spokesman, “And have joined this Boat Driving School!”

The boat drew abreast and the owner leaned out and asked, “Do you also want to learn boat driving sir? I have converted my Car Driving School to this and will make an expert of you!”

“No!” I said, “I have my cycle!”

“Useless!” said one of the learners, “All the roads have gone, and see how the car industry has fallen. Now is the day of boats and floats!”

“Boats and Floats!” sang all the new boat learners as they sailed past me.

At a housing society down the road, I saw all the members waiting as their chairman got up to speak, “Friends!” he said, “Our colony has decided to buy an old Patton tank from the military! With this we will all be able to go to work comfortably over the potholes and other craters that now strew our roads!”I watched as the people clapped and cheered.

“Also,” said the chairman, “The tank will give protection against gangs who now roam our streets, asking us to shout religious slogans!And I assure you, you can carry your lunchboxes to work, without lynch mobs opening them to find out what you eat!”The cheer that greeted his words was deafening as he ended his speech saying, “A bank is giving us loans so we can soon have one tank per family!”

I carefully wrote down all I’d seen and heard and felt happy I could now say convincingly, that the automobile slowdown had nothing to do with any economic slowdown at all!

And then somebody stole my cycle.

“We have money to eat!” the cycle thief shouted joyfully as his thin wife and starving children ran with him, and I walked home..!

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A young student files rape charges against a former Union Minister, and even as the alleged rapist is led off to prison, we hear that higher ups have retaliated by jailing her!

A poor girl from Unnao sees family members killed and injured as she fights another powerful rapist who even tries to mow her down with a truck!

Is this what happens when we decide to fight the powerful?

Should we then like Rahul, call it a day and retreat to the Backwaters of Kerala?

No!

Remember, you who are weary with the fight; trolled, put in jail, humiliated, that it’s through your lonely battles, through your bravery and courage that huge positive changes have taken place in our world.

The last president of the US, Barack Obama was an African-American. Fifty years ago, such a possibility would not have existed in the imagination of even a storyteller. But it happened and it all started with a woman, a tailor by profession, and her decision to say, ‘enough is enough’!

Called "the mother of the civil rights movement," Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

After a long day's work at a Montgomery department store, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus for home. She took a seat in the first of several rows designated for "colored" passengers.

As the bus Parks was riding continued on its route, it began to fill with white passengers and the driver noticed that several of the whites were standing.He stopped the bus and, asked four black passengers to give up their seats. Three of them complied with the driver, but Rosa Parks refused and remained seated. “Why don't you stand up?" shouted the driver, to which Parks replied, "I don't think I should have to stand up."

The driver called the police and had her arrested.

Parks' arrest on December 1, 1955 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 black citizens. A Supreme Court ruling and declining revenues forced the city to desegregate its buses thirteen months later.

Today there is no discrimination and after that things changed so dramatically, that an African American who fifty years before would not have sat if a white man had no seat, finally sat in the seat of the ‘most powerful man in the world’.

All because of an ordinary woman who said, ‘enough is enough’!

In 1999, Rosa Parks received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the highest honor a civilian can receive in the United States.

You may not receive any such recognition, maybe you won’t be joined by others, but every fight, lonely and solitary though it is, abandoned and mocked maybe by those who give in, is still one weary yet triumphant step towards creating a more just new world!

Fight On, Brave Hearts!

But you and me? Step In, Show Solidarity. Help Them Win..!

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By Maneesha Nath

I have come across a lot of people with the belief that there are no options for a groom apart from traditional sherwanis and formal suit. This is just a myth and we all need to get over it.

Now-a-days guys have more options than girls.

Before purchasing any dress for yourself you should keep one thing in mind. Please do not compare yourself with others. Try your favourite outfit and make sure you take opinions from one or two family members and then finalise.

Here are few options for the groom and best man.

Basic, simple kurta for small functions like Roka, Sangeet, Haldi etc.

Ethnic half jacket over the kurta (Long kurta). A Kurta with half sleeved Nehru jacket. A full sleeved jacket with knee length or short kurta. A jodhuri jacket. A plain beige sherwani with chudidaar. Black sherwani with metal buttons and a dupata with thick embroidered borders.

Reverse this completely to a new look with embroidered Sherwani and plain dupata with borders. Sherwani with sequence hand work all over. You can go for colours like red, yellow light blue.

For the reception you can always go for a black tuxedo.

Double breasted suit (preferably a pin stripped). A plain Nehru suit.  Plain bandh gala with jodhpuri pants. Pin stripe or solid blazer set with white or light blue shirt to keep it to the basic.

In case you choose to go for a tie, it has to be silk or silk like material and should coordinate with the blazer and pants and should contrast the shirt’s colour.

I hope these little tricks and tips will help you get your perfect wedding look.

Stay tuned for another exciting topic in our next edition until then love yourself, spread happiness and take good care of yourself.

You can contact me through my fb page “Adaraa- Your Make-up expert” or Ring me or Whatsapp me @ 9769311086

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