Living with a Resident In-Law

Moving away from the family after marriage was a given for the girl in older times, but with the high turnover in the corporate world even the boys hardly ever live in the same town as their family. After marriage it is more of a partnership between the two spouses rather than adjusting to a…

Daily mental practices to enhance your inner beauty

We live in the physical realm and measure all aspects of the world we live in by what we can perceive using our five senses. However beauty doesn’t always mean physical beauty, what lies within is also important. Actually when a person is beautiful from inside, they will also radiate it outwards. Haven’t you heard…

10 New Rules of Dating Online

If you have been reading up on dating etiquette from a book, chances are that none of these so called rules of behaviour work in the world that we are living today. The dating scene has undergone a number of changes and is nothing like what it was even a decade ago. These days people…

Nurturing Your Relationship with the In-Laws

Love is a gift. Love is a blessing. Love is also a force of nature. Love needs care and nurturing. All of this is especially true when it is the love you have for your in-laws. In this particular relationship it is better to pamper them during the good times so that when the tough…

The Wedding Timeline : What You Need to Plan

A wedding is a joyous occasion which can cause more than its share fair of hassles to the person in charge of organizing the event. With a little fortitude and a whole lot of planning you can put up a wedding that comes effortlessly together. This wedding timeline will help you meet that goal. The…

Dilmilgaya.com 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Happy viewing !! Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

Take Two: Second Chance at Romance

Conventional wisdom, stories in the media and public impression is of the opinion that you only love someone once in your life time. That a single person is made for you and you must meet that person alone to experience true love. A number of people wait around a long time to find that one…

Packing and Moving for Love

When you first moved in together you were not too sure if it was the dreamiest time of your life or the scariest. You went from being in a fun and easy relationship to one which was a more serious cohabitation. Sure it was nice to have someone to snuggle in bed with at night,…

11 Good Reasons Why You Should Get Married

There are a number of reasons why people choose to get married. Some of these include falling in love, finding a soul mate and other such mushy stuff.  This may not spell permanence for your relationship even if you do get married. It may be a completely practical and devoid of romance approach but consider…

Are you in a Toxic Relationship?

“Why can’t you get anything right?” “Are you stupid?” “You are just dumb!” “For once try and do this like I told you a hundred times before!” Does this sound familiar? Are these statements that come hurtling at you regularly from your partner? If so, you may be in a toxic relationship. If you are…

Techniques for Mending a Broken Heart

There is nothing quite as lonely as a heart that has loved and lost. It doesn’t matter if he was a cheating bastard, or an abusive despot. It doesn’t matter because you have spent a lot of time and emotions in a relationship that you really wanted to work out. For whatever reason the relationship…

Dealing politely with interfering in laws

When you marry your sweetheart, you end up marrying his entire family as well in the Indian context. This can be a good thing when you get so much love and support from an entire clan of people who accept your unconditionally and treat you like one of them just because you married one of…

Planning Your Best Friend’s Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party

The bride is your best friend, and that is enough for you to make her last bridal shower one that she will never forget. The bridal shower is usually held in the month before the wedding and brings together all the close family and friends of the bride. There are usually a few snacks, some…

10 Relationship Questions You Wonder About Asking

Being in a relationship which is supportive and fulfilling takes time and effort on both sides. Developing intimacy is a skill which involves knowing just how much you can ask of your partner without offending them. In the initial stages you are generally on tender hooks because you have to establish the boundaries in your…

Trust and Tolerance – The cornerstones of a marriage

A marriage is a melding of two lives, two minds, two bodies and two souls. It can be the most rewarding of mergers or the most frustrating of happenings. Which one will it be for you? That depends on your attitude. Are you about to take the leap into marital bliss? If you expect the…

Staying Intimate Despite Different Work Schedules

The world is moving at a hectic pace. There is a race to get ahead in all fields in life, especially if they are career related. This leads to more work hours at odd times and no predictable breaks in the frantic schedule. The promise of more money can lead to crazy working hours which…

How to be a Good Parent to a Step Child

“Huntsman, take Snow White to the forest and kill her. Cut out her heart and bring it to me in this box!” I’m not evil! Think of a step parent and the first thing that comes to mind is the cackling, jealous witch who played step mother to Snow White in the epic fairy tale…

Dealing with Pre-Wedding Jitters

You love your man and he loves you. The big day is round the corner and the very thought of the wedding has you hyperventilating. Your mind and your heart are in constant conflict about the upcoming nuptials. How can you get married to this man, you ask yourself. Is he really the one whom…

Keeping things interesting – Don’t lose the mystery

In the beginning of any relationship everything is new and interesting. Any trivial detail about your mate can be fascinating. Finding out more about the love of your life is like a constantly unveiling mystery where you are excited to know what comes next. Unfortunately this initial stage of discovery does not last very long….

Tips for Introducing the In-laws

Got engaged? Congrats, now it’s time to meet the parents and that is stressful enough. What’s worse? It’s when the parents- in-law are introduced to each other. All too often the parents of your beloved are total strangers to your own parents, even though you personally may have a more comfortable relationship with them.  It…

Planning a wedding budget

Congratulations you’re getting married! Now it is time to focus on the details of your wedding day. Every girl has a fantasy of just how her wedding will be conducted. The ceremonies, the dresses, the actual wedding and finally the reception are all planned out well in advance. The whole deal is a personal fairy tale…

How to pick your Prince from amongst the frogs

It’s a pretty good time to be a girl these days. You are no longer expected to meekly submit to your parent’s choice of a groom. You are allowed to pick whom you want to spend the rest of your life with, a choice that many in our mother’s generation did not get. It is…

Leave as a couple, return as one

“Leave as a couple, return as one.” assures the Mercury Travels advert. “Discover the perfect moment to fall in love again and again. When you’re in love, it’s easy to feel the entire city is just for you….” it goes on to promise a whirlwind romance for 5 days/ four nights in Singapore. To-be-married couples…

From head to toe – jewellery is more than just aesthetics

The bindi is a red dot worn on the forehead between the eyebrows. Derived from bindu meaning dot in Sanskrit, the bindi is an absolute must for the bride. While it was always a red dot, it now takes various shapes and colours – no bridal attire is complete without it. The bindi could be…

The secret to long and lustrous hair

Everyone wants to have glowing and lustrous hair. In fact, it is your hair that enhances your overall personality, and reflects your overall health. However to ensure you have healthy hair, you need to take good care of it from the beginning as without the right and continuous care, your hair can turn brittle with…

Dating tips to make you feel comfortable with your date

Practically everyone has gone through the stage where you finally get a date, and just wonder what to do to avoid screwing your date. You find it difficult to stop shaking and being nervous as you wait to meet your date. While a part of you looks for a checklist to follow to ensure your…

The best first step to a good marriage

Diwali – the festival of lights, the celebration of the victorious ‘good’, the welcoming of the goddess of abundance and the change of season – is perhaps the most popular festival in India.  Celebrated mostly by Hindus but other communities as well, it is a treat to see entire cities and towns lit with traditional…

Importance of English Vinglish in marriage

I recently watched an offbeat Bollywood movie ‘English Vinglish’. It’s a must-watch – gentle, yet hard-hitting. Sridevi plays Shashi, a middle-class Maharashtrian housewife from Pune who has spent her life being an ideal homemaker. She is suddenly required to move out of her comfort zone – to go to the US to help her sister…

No two marriages are alike

The critics say: Marriage is not a word but a (life) sentence! But is this just one of those things that people like to joke about? The making of a couple joined in marriage begins with a joyous wedding ceremony, which is then followed by a blissful holiday or honeymoon where the two separate people…

Bridge the virtual gap in real time to make a good marriage

My nephew Sheel and his wife Priya found each other via the worldwide web 2 years ago and got married within 6 months after their first virtual meeting. My friend Meena too met her match 6 years in an online chat room that she frequented; she has been married for over 5 years now. Nilesh…

Types of Indian weddings

India is a beautiful country of multiple religions, languages and cultures. With religion and communal norms having an important part in India, Indian weddings are much more than just a legal union of two people; they are a combination of love, tradition, celebration and revelry. Though Indian weddings are varied across the subcontinent, the common…

Tips to bring back romance in life

Everyone loves to have some romance in their daily lives as it helps improve your spirits. However the problem is that most people are clueless about actually implementing romance in their lives. Romance needn’t be something expensive; even little things like holding hands, linking your arms while walking and sending a romantic e-card to your…

Indian Bridal Makeup Tips

The brightness and grandeur of the clothes worn by an Indian bride make Indian bridal makeup more complicated than any other bridal makeup. Indian brides not only wear outfits with lots of zari on it, but also lots of gold. So the bridal makeup tips applicable to western brides suit only her white gown, but…

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