My Tips on Losing Weight

When it comes to losing weight, many people think of dieting, exercising, taking pills, and even avoiding carbs, but for me, there are some tricks that I find useful, like

  • Eat in moderation, not too much, not too little, no binging
  • Don’t go to restaurants every weekend, try fixing up the cool, inspiring recipes you’ve seen and adjust your portions, all in your own kitchen
    • Don’t eat too much sugar, or as that Mika’s Lollipop song says, “too much candy gonna rot your soul”!
    • If craving soda, swap out Sprite and Coca Cola for La Croix and Bubly

    • Incorporate some fruit and veggies
    • Of course, no smoking or alcohol
    • If you have an Instagram, don’t always post what you eat, try to post different topics, but if you cook up something extraordinary, that would be great and get many likes
    • Think of more creative, productive stuff than eating, such as drawing or reading, for it helps even the brain to exercise and get some energy
    • Learn something
    • If your teacher makes you write a story about your vacation, try strictly writing about what you really did, don’t mention what you ate, no one wants to care what you ate
    • Walk around and dance
    • Take challenges
    • Don’t play addictive games, like Candy Crush

    • Consider that eating is just for survival
  • And I hope these tricks would help, thanks for reading!
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    Thanksgiving Break of 8th Grade-What I Really DID Before Black Friday

    When it was time to go back to school after Thanksgiving break of my eighth grade year, in dance class, we were to write about what we did over the break. I wrote that I went shopping at Macy’s on Black Friday and wanted a red sweater there, but got a black one instead, because there weren’t any good ones in red, and I cried, even in my sleep. I could honestly tell it wasn’t the best Thanksgiving break ever. I was so scared that Ms. Majmudar would criticize me to strictly write about what I did and not what I bought, like back in third grade, when we wrote our travel stories, I wrote what I ate over my vacation, and Ms. Sepulveda criticized me heavily that I was supposed to write what I did, not what I ate, and even Mom and Dad got mad. But wrong, instead of criticizing me, Ms. Majmudar kindly wrote, “Aww, I hope you get your red sweater.”

    But if I strictly had to write about what I did over that break and not bought, I remember playing Scratch, where we could make cartoons. I even painted a music box from Toys-R-Us. I was supposed to work on my Occupy Wall Street project for history class. But otherwise, I was just on my phone, listening to songs, like a couch potato. Dad got so mad that he said, “Just thinking of those songs is stupid, that it makes you stupid!” But I wish Dad never called me stupid in eighth grade, or even high school. I never like to be called stupid, or even evil, even if Dad says it, and if he at least one day said I am boring, that would be my next nightmare. I’m NOT stupid, and I can’t be stupid 24/7!

    I wasn’t even much active during Thanksgiving break, unlike that of sixth grade. Sixth grade Thanksgiving break was so good and memorable that I could remember the fun stuff I did, such as making those paper dolls, writing stories, and watching movies with my friends. I was more energetic and creative then.

    And seventh grade, I was mostly playing Style Savvy on my Nintendo, but Mom took it out and put it at a secret place, wanting me to do math instead, and Dad still wanted me to read history instead of those games, because I was lazy at history then, due to my addiction to learning Korean. I was a sloth again.

    So, speaking of what I really did over the Thanksgiving break over my middle school life, I can totally argue that sixth grade was the best, because of all the creative things I had done from my own intrinsic creation, that I myself thought of doing, that Mom or Dad didn’t have to tell me to do. So the more creative stuff you do, the more actively you spend your time, and the more fun it gets. So, for a fun break, be creative and get active!

    My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Z

    You know what’s special about this post? Because it’s the last one of my Rafi alphabet series, because Z is the last letter of the (English) alphabet, especially an English alphabet of Hindi songs.

    Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Bharat Bhushan renders this soft, classical Roshan composition of raga Yaman on his microphone to cutie pie Madhubala. Feels like an ideal song for a rainy day. Abhijeet Srivastava used to sing this song in the rainy episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. I have this song on my cassette as well.

    Zameen Se Hamein Aasman Par-Adalat(1958): Pradeep Kumar and Nargis flirt in this snappy duet of Madan Mohan.

    Zara Saamne To Aao Chhaliye-Janam Janam Ke Phere(1959): Manhar Desai calls to his love Nirupa Roy with this rare, vintage S. N. Tripathi classic. I’m guessing it roots from raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of Kahin Deep Jale.

    Zulfon Ko Hata Le Chehre Se-Sawan Ki Ghata(1966): Manoj Kumar serenades Sharmila Tagore, dressed in black, on the open nature in this soft O. P. Nayyar classic.

    Zindabad Zindabad-Mughal-E-Azam(1960): Very popular patriotic one from Naushad. And fun fact, the chorus had 100 members there!

    Zara Dekh Ke Chalna-Bikhre Moti(1971): There goes jumping jack Jeetendra, singing this flirty, peppy Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to Babita.

    Zara Mudke To Dekh-Lalkar(1972): Dharmendra and company get together in this jolly, flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.

    Zara Sun Haseena-E-Nazneen-Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya(1962): This is Rafi singing for Vijay Kumar serenading Waheeda Rehman in this Ravi rarity. But reminds me of the Shagoon songs, for they’re both black and white movies of the early 60s starring Waheedaji as the heroine.

    Zulfon Ko Aap Yun Na-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra and Meena Kumari compliment each others’ looks and gestures by the river with this light duet from Panchamda’s score. Reminds me of my middle school days, I first heard this song when Dad played this song on his computer one morning when I was in sixth grade. Tune kinda reminds me of Shukran Allah from Kurbaan.

    Zamane Pe Maare-Baharon Ke Sapne(1967): Another one from Panchamda, picturized on a lonely Rajesh Khanna wandering around.

    Zindagi Ke Safar Mein-Nartakee(1963): Don’t confuse this song with that very song by Kishore Kumar on Rajesh Khanna from Aap Ki Kasam, this is a Rafi song picturized on Sunil Dutt canoeing with Nanda in Ravi’s composition. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid that it feels like water.

    Zubaan-E-Yaar Man Turki-Ek Musafir Ek Haseena(1962): Fun song from O. P. Nayyar, where Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana speak of countries. Joy has seen Iran and China, and Sadhana has a Turkish-speaking friend, but she doesn’t speak any Turkish. I don’t know much Turkish either, but it reminds me of Arthur’s Turkish penpal Adil.

    Zikr Us Parivash Ka-Non-filmi song: This is such a light, classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal. Rafi’s voice sounds so warm, soft, and soothing in here, so drop dead gorgeous, that I feel like, ahhhhhhh… I’m sleeping in heaven…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

    Zindagi To Bewafa-Muqaddar Ka Sikandar(1978): This Kalyanji-Anandji piece mourns the ashes and relics of death and such losses and ends the series.

    And since it’s the grand finale of my “A to Z of Mohammed Rafi” series, I’d like to give a huge thanks to sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me on my version of this series, and also the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew, for giving me some more ideas. It has really been a mega challenge for me to even put as many songs as I could think of per letter instead of just one, like A, K, M, and T felt really long, and F, Q, U, V, and W short. I felt like going through so many milestones. I’ve been awake ever since A all the way to Z, and now that the mission is accomplished, it’s time for me to say goodbye and good night and catch my Z’s.

    So long, farewell to you, my friend. Good bye for now, until we meet again.

    The end.


    My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Y

    “Where’s X?”

    Well, there’s no X in the Rafian alphabet, like no L in Japanese or no F or V in Korean, because I couldn’t find any songs starting with X, and even Japanese and Korean, well, many languages, have no X, but Chinese and Vietnamese do. Every language has a letter it doesn’t have. And when it came to X, sunheriyaadein and bollyviewer inserted some songs that didn’t even really start with X, as if it were a blank space, but lucky me, I put those songs in whatever letter they really begin with. I really feel X is no place for a Rafi song.

    So that’s why I’m leaving out X and skipping to Y.

    Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar-Sangam(1964): Rajendra Kumar writes Vyjayantimala a love letter and tries to cheer her up and not get mad(“naraaz na hona”) with this dreamy Shankar-Jaikishan track. That “naraaz na hona” I usually tend to follow by doing such cool, fun stuff, like these Rafi playlists, but sometimes forget, but those reasons I want to keep secret. I tend to be more of a secret keeper than a blabbermouth, like there’s a lot of important information about me that I don’t want everyone on Earth to know, but at least I love showing my love of Rafi songs, languages, drawing, singing, and cooking. And Rafi songs, especially this one, really feel like love letters, for his voice is so rich, smooth, soft, dreamy, and moreover, charming.

    Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho-Saccha Jhoota(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz go on a boat ride in this cute, flavorful duet from Kalyanji-Anandji. Reminds me of the Little Mermaid. Plus, it’s another of my favorite songs.

    Yeh Parbaton Ke Dayere-Vaasna(1968): Biswajeet and Kumud Chhugani gaze around the garden with this rarity of Chitragupt.

    Yaadon Ki Baraat-Yaadon Ki Baraat(1973): What a rocking bromantic duet picturized on Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora, with R. D. Burman’s booming score.

    Yamma Yamma-Shaan(1980): Another masterpiece of Panchamda, where he sings this Arabian flair song for Amitabh Bachchan with his loud, heavy metal voice, and Rafi’s soft voice on Shashi Kapoor.

    Yeh Reshmi Zulfein-Do Raaste(1969): A bearded Rajesh Khanna compliments Mumtaz’s looks, especially her hair and eyes, with this lovely solo love song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s direction. I remember Swarit singing this song in the Rafi episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs.

    Yeh Aansoo Mere Dil Ki Zubaan Hai-Hamrahi(1963): Very poignant song from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score and picturized on a lonely, brooding Rajendra Kumar, that reminds me of that late, cool channel Rafiology, who got killed a few months ago due to so many copyright issues blindly taken by other channels, like Filmi Gaane and Gaane Sune Ansune. Every time I see that Rafiology label, it makes me want to shed a tear. I cry for that channel every night and day and in my sleep, even more than an ice cream or a chocolate bar.

    Yaad Mein Teri-Mere Mehboob(1963): This lightly classical duet, based on raga Darbari, feels like a fairytale, with Naushad’s sheer magic, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana.

    Yeh Dil Deewana Hai-Ishq Par Zor Nahin(1970): Dharmendra and Sadhana sing this sensual duet with S. D. Burman behind the scenes.

    Yeh Maana Meri Jaan-Hanste Zakhm(1973): Feisty qawwali song, under Madan Mohan’s direction, with Navin Nischal as the lead singer on screen there.

    Yeh Jo Chilman Hai-Mehboob Ki Mehndi(1971): Rajesh Khanna charms Leena Chandavarkar with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

    Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat-Non-filmi song: This is a classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal.

    Yahoo-Junglee(1961): Shammi Kapoor insanely yells out the yahoo in this Shankar-Jaikishan earthquake in the heroine Saira Banu’s debut. And I have a joke: What’s Shammi’s favorite search engine? YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! But that was just a joke, and there was not really any Internet during Rafi’s time.

    Yaad Na Jaye-Dil Ek Mandir(1963): Another sentimental song composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Rajendra Kumar. Even if time flies, memories shouldn’t go and thus should be preserved, like those photo albums and scrapbooks.

    Yeh Teri Saadgi-Shabnam(1964): Mehmood serenades Vijayalaxmi in this rare gem of Usha Khanna.

    Yehi Hai Tamanna-Aap Ki Parchhaiyan(1964): Jolly love song picturized on Dharmendra serenading Supriya in Madan Mohan’s composition.

    Yeh Raat Yeh Fizayein-Batwara(1961): This rare gem of rare musician S. Madan lights up a dark night. Feels like a moist chocolate cake.

    Yehi Hai Woh Sanjh Aur Savera-Sanjh Aur Savera(1964): Tragedy stars Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari get touched in this light duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

    Yeh Desh Hai Veer-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar leads this very patriotic song of O. P. Nayyar. So proud to be an Indian, and a Rafian too!

    Yamma Yamma-China Town(1962): Very peppy duet in Ravi’s score, featuring Shammi and Helen. There’s a Telugu version of this song(Gumma Gumma), and also Baar Baar Dekho(Enthavaru Gani), from the movie Bhale Thammudu, also by Rafi, but didn’t like it as much as Hindi, not my cup of tea. Sorry guys, Hindi version is best.

    Yeh Tera Husn Nasha-Non-filmi song: This Madan Mohan ghazal is so soft and lovely that it soothes me like a cup of tea…

    Yeh Raat Hai Pyaasi Pyaasi-Chhoti Bahu(1971): Rajesh Khanna sings this Kalyanji-Anandji bedtime song to Sharmila Tagore.

    Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil-Heer Ranjha(1970): Raaj Kumar feels so lost and lonely in those deserted places as he wanders around with this soulful Madan Mohan classic.

    Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra-Kashmir Ki Kali(1964): Why S. H. Bihari’s lyrics are talking about a blonde, blue-eyed girl, while Shammi is really serenading this peppy O. P. Nayyar classic to a raven-haired, black-eyed Sharmila Tagore in her prime?!

    Yun Rootho Na Haseena-Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare(1966): Shashi charms Nanda in this light, effortless love song of Madan Mohan. But I wish Madan sahab had made more scores for Shashiji.

    Yun Bekhudi Se Kaam-Non-filmi song: This rare ghazal, based on raga Malkauns, feels like an angel’s prayer…

    Yeh Vaada Raha Dilruba-Professor Pyarelal(1982): Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman snuggle this Kalyanji-Anandji duet like a love story. Reminds me of Kya Dekhte Ho.

    Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fizayein-Aaj Aur Kal(1963): Sunil Dutt looks at the open nature with this Ravi track.

    Yahan Main Ajnabee Hoon-Jab Jab Phool Khile(1965): Shashi states in this soft piano track of Kalyanji-Anandji that he is a foreigner here.

    Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke-Kaajal(1965): Helen plays a courtesan dancer in this Ravi composition, and a drunk Raaj Kumar praises her beauty in Rafi’s rich, soft, warm voice, just like tea.

    Yeh Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

    Yeh Parda Hata Do-Ek Phool Do Mali(1969): Sanjay Khan and Sadhana tease each other in this peppy Ravi ched-chad song.

    Yeh Ishq Ishq-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Feisty, party jolly qawwali from Roshan’s composition on raga Kalavati, featuring Bharat Bhushan.

    Yeh Raat Bahut Rangeen-Shagoon(1964): Waheeda Rehman’s real-life hubby Kamaljeet renders this haunting Khayyam ghazal.

    Sorting these songs by letter is as fun as sorting Disney characters into Hogwarts houses, that it makes a useful tool for that singing game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and that was the original point that gave me the idea of sorting these songs, even if they aren’t all Rafi songs. But still, I’d like to acknowledge sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and also Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me to do these Rafi alphabets.

    My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-W

    So U and V were short, but this one’s gonna get a little longer.

    Wadiyan Mera Daaman-Abhilasha(1968): Sanjay Khan goes crazy in love for Nanda with this R. D. Burman track.

    Woh Hai Zara Khafa Khafa-Shagird(1967): The charming pair of Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu flirt in the garden with this light Laxmikant-Pyarelal duet.

    Woh Jab Yaad Aaye-Parasmani(1963): That’s true, when I remember something, so many things come to my head. And this sentimental classic duet is one of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first songs, picturized on Mahipan and Geetanjali in an enchanted fairytale setting, colored from that magic pixie dust in Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra.

    Woh Teer Dil Pe Chala-Aarti(1962): Comical duet from Roshan, featuring our beloved comedian Mehmood and Shashikala.

    Woh Din Yaad Karo-Hamrahi(1963): Nice duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Jamuna in the patio.

    Waqt Se Din Aur Raat-Waqt(1965): Time flies with this soulful Ravi composition, when things go and people lose lives, day and night, today and tomorrow. Kahin beetein na yeh raatein, kahin beete na yeh din.

    Woh Hum Na The-Cha Cha Cha(1964): Helen, playing the heroine in this movie, listens to this soft, smooth, suave, liquid number from Iqbal Qureshi’s score on the radio, visually rendered by Chandrashekhar.

    And Rafi had a wonderful voice, so rich, smooth, liquid, soft, suave, and mellifluous, that listing so many of his songs by letter felt like so much wonder!

    My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-V

    OK, but when it comes to Hindi songs, especially Mohammed Rafi’s songs, V must be a tricky letter, that I can just think of these few songs.

    Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji, and this is the song that many think of at this part.

    Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What an emotional, sentimental duet, where Kumkum feels lonely by the train and dreams of her memories of rolling in the flowers with Kiran Kumar in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

    Vallah Kya Baat Hai-Vallah Kya Baat Hai(1962): Shammi Kapoor rocks and rolls through this jazzy, O. P. Nayyar-style beat by Roshan, usually known for his classical-based numbers.

    Vatan Ka Kya Hoga-Aadmi Aur Insaan(1968): Very patriotic one from Ravi, featuring Johnny Walker.

    And that felt like another short one, that I don’t have much to say about this list. But this gentleman was a very talented singer with versatility, richness, and charm overload in his voice, and so many songs and creations, well, millions of them.

    My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-U

    I was listening to some Rafi tracks. Dad burst into my room and said, “That ugly voice?!”

    Ugly voice?! Noooo! Rafi had a charming voice!

    Phew, but it was just a nightmare. Like me, Dad really loves Rafi songs, and his voice too, for he too finds it a charming one.

    So one day, Dad was watching Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar, and to make clear of my nightmare, I asked him, “You don’t like Rafi’s voice?”

    “No, I like it,” he said. So he really liked Rafi’s voice. But the voices he really found ugly were of Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and all those Spongebob characters. He doesn’t even like Atif Aslam’s voice, for he thinks Atif is a flat singer, except he doesn’t say Atif ugly. But I do like Atif myself. And do you know whose voice I find ugly? It’s Asha Bhosle in the songs Gehri Talaiya Hai Naina Hamar, Chubh Gayi Karajwa, and all the Mera Vachan Geeta Ki Kasam, that her voice feels like rotten alien slime in there, and I myself feel that Honey Singh, Himesh Reshammiya, Atif, her big sis Lata Mangeshkar, and even Rafi himself all have to be better than those dungbombs, but otherwise, she too has a cute, sweet voice in many songs like Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar, Bhanwara Bada Nadan Hai, and Nigahen Milane Ko. But Rafi’s voice is charming 24/7.

    But remember, the main topic is Rafi sahab, so let’s focus on his songs more.

    Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri-Naya Daur(1957): Vyjayantimala and Dilip Kumar praise each other’s looks in this shaky, feisty O. P. Nayyar classic. But even Asha’s voice sounds so cute in here.

    Udhar Tum Haseen Ho-Mr. and Mrs. 55(1955): Guru Dutt and Madhubala waltz together in this snappy, jazzy Rafi-Geeta duet, also from O. P. Nayyar.

    Uth Neend Se Mirzya-Pratigya(1975): Dharmendra and Hema Malini star in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal rendering of a classic Punjabi legend. The tune reminds me of Jad Mukhda Vekhiya Yaar Da and Palash Sen’s Maeri.

    Unke Khayal Aaye To-Lal Patthar(1971): Rafi’s rich, liquid, chocolatey voice proves that it’s a charming one. And do you know the actor lip-synching to this charming voice? It’s none other than his senior G. M. Durrani, who taught him to sing so smoothly. And this classical Shankar-Jaikishan masterpiece, based on raga Gaara(not Naruto’s Gaara), has to be the best song of the movie, love it even more than Manna and Asha’s classical duet Re Man Sur Mein Ga, that I had on my cassette.

    Uff Yeh Jawani Yeh Ada-Mehmaan(1973): Biswajeet serenades Rekha in this fun, colorful, peppy solo from Ravi.

    But that felt so short and sweet, even way shorter than that huge, giant, long, mega list of T songs. And U is not for ugly, but unique, that Rafi’s voice felt so unique with its distinctive richness that it could not be replaced. U even means unicorn, that colorful, magical creature, and Rafi had a really cool, magical, charming, unimaginable voice that you couldn’t even resist.