Blog Posts by Khristina Jacob

  • Your take: Is this cricket overdose?

    Don't get me wrong; I love cricket. Maybe not as much as the guys who know Sachin Tendulkar's every score at every match, in ascending and descening order. But, I love cricket for what is does to my patriotism; and the overall thrill and excitement of it is a high in itself.

    After the recently concluded World Cup, where after nearly the number of years I have lived on this earth, our cricket team won the prized cup, it's obvious that I was delirious with joy. I continued my father's legacy of driving around town and high-fiving and shaking hands of unknown people, and not to mention screaming my lungs out.

    But I didn't get to have even a week to digest the 'huge-ness' of it all (obviously the win was that big for me), that I am bombarded with yet another cricket fiests, the IPL.

    To quote my dear friend Arun Prabhu, who put up this up as his status message on Facebook few days back:
    "There is no interest to watch IPL matches... This is too much to digest..... cricket overdose.. :(:(:("

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  • World’s most expensive dog at $1.5m

    What is your ultimate status symbol? An expensive car, a duplex apartment or bungalow? Maybe even expensive jewellery and designer clothes. But apparently, that is not so in China.

    We hear that an ancient breed of dog is the highest status symbol for rich Chinese.

    London's Daily Telegraph yesterday reported of an 11-month-old Tibetan mastiff male puppy that has gained the title of the world's most expensive dog!

    'Big Splash' was bought for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) by a wealthy Chinese coal baron.

    DID YOU KNOW? Genghis Khan is believed to have had kept Tibetan Mastiffs as pets too.

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    According to a Tibetan Mastiff breeder, Kathryn Hay, the dogs are a very untouched, unspoilt breed. "They can be great pets but you have to be a strong owner because they're not overly domesticated," she says. The interesting thing about this breed is that even though their size is substantial, they don't eat too much. Traditionally used as guard dogs, that

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  • What women want – your response

    Thank you all for your overwhelming response. Here's what I thought were some of the highlights of today's discussion. To all of you who got featured, congratulations. Keep writing in.

    Make sure you read: This women's day, what do you want?

    What WOMEN want?
    To be treated as a strong sex and not the weaker one and given the right to speak.
    That women too could have a chance to work, enjoy with friends and family than rather having the whole burden of home and family.
    That women should not be treated unfair by in-laws but given the same respect as the son and she be treated as their very own daughter.
    That women come together to fight for causes and show the world that we are stronger and can make a difference.

    We as women should also never forget that there are some duties we too have to shoulder:-
    That women should understand and care for the weak, old, handicapped and help those in need.
    That women who have the knowledge impart to the growing children and society at large.
    That we should

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  • This women’s day, what do you want?


    I knew I had to write a blog on this day. An International Woman's Day always gets me thinking. I ask myself, why is this day celebrated again? And moreoever, what is it that we want out of this day? More rights for women? Recognition in area of expertise? Stability in our workplaces? More power to women? Or maybe just flowers from our men to show us how special we are?


    Remember that Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt movie, What women want? While it is understood that men keep asking this question all their lives, I sometimes wonder, don't we women ask that about ourselves too? What do we want? Do we know for sure?

    This International Woman's Day 2011, I have a special question for all you women out there. What do you really want? Whether in the personal, social, mental or professional sphere, what are our deepest desires?

    Make sure you write your biggest wishes in the comments space below. The best ones will be featured in this story.

    Follow me on @KhrisBlogs.

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  • Now, cheating death just got easy

    Let's face it. Old age and death are inevitable. But, according to this story from Men's Health, there are ways in which you can prolong your youth and "halt" ageing (at least for a while).

    The reason I found this article very interesting was because the tips given here are so simple. These are everyday things we almost always take for granted. So, my leanrings from reading these tips are; stop getting complacent. Get up and take notice.

    Take a look and see what you think!

    • Live Higher Up

    The science: A 2009 study of people in Switzerland found that those living at high altitudes had a 22 percent lower risk of dying of coronary heart disease.

    Your move: Most people can benefit from taking in 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily, so eat more D-rich foods, such as seafood. (Salmon, tuna, and mackerel are good bets.) Or take a vitamin D3 supplement, says study author Adit Ginde, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver.

    Must read on

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  • Try this out! Extreme fashion

    Many of my girlfriends complain that they don't have their perfect LDBs yet. The LBD (little black dress) is a must-have for most cosmopolitan women; but getting one that compliments your body type the best is somehow terribly hard to find.

    I was proud of my LBD ntil a couple of years back when I took it out to wear it for an event. It was a knee-length little number, with a chinese collar and tiny little white flower-engravings. It was beautiful. But then I gained a few pounds (ok, many pounds) and that figure-hugging dress was no more flattering.


    In the photo: Penelope Cruz

    But, for all you girls suffering from similar predicaments, here's something that may cheer you up. The following video is about a software that predicts the perfect LBD for your body type. Take a look at how it works.


    Video: Customizing the perfect little black dress? There's an app for that.  

    And if LBD is not your thing, check this out!

    Here's one dress that you can wear, you won't believe, 12 different

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  • 5-year DINK couples are happiest!

    What is your definition of happiness?

    According to a London-based survey, "Britain's happiest couples are married but childless and less than five years into their relationship."

    Read the entire story here.

    The study has been commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council and will follow the lives of 40,000 households, interviewing 100,000 individuals of all ages, for at least the next 20 years. The data will be gathered every year in face-to-face interviews and made available to government departments, social policy units and academic researchers.

    Some interesting findings:

    • According to the data gathered so far, happiness with one's partner declines with the duration of the union and with a person's age. Marriages are happier than cohabiting unions, a trend that rises for better-educated people. In turn, children are happier with their family situation if their parents are happy.
    • The happiest relationships are those less than five years in duration, between two people
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  • Amy Adams dazzles in $1.35 million dollar jewellery

    For her big night at the Academy Awards, Oscar nominee Amy Adams wore a jaw-dropping $1,350,000 worth of bling from Cartier, according to a press release from the jeweler.

    PHOTOS: 2011 Oscars: Red Carpet Arrivals

    The Best Supporting Actress nominee, 36, wore a L'Wren Scott gown -- but the showstopping elements of her red carpet ensemble were her emerald and diamond Cartier jewelry, reports US magazine.


    The Fighter star and new mom wore a platinum and diamond emerald haute joaillerie secret watch bracelet; worth $1.025 million, the bracelet features a 30.75 carat carved emerald and 575 diamonds (15.38 carats worth).

    On her ears: Platinum and diamond 2-carat stud earrings, worth $35,000.

    Follow me on @KhrisBlogs for more on the Oscars 2011.

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  • Is age gap a problem with couples?

    Presenting to you two couples that are always in the public eye these days. While one is from Hollywood, the other hail from apna Bollywood. Both have a similar age difference, but opposite results to their relationship.

    Exhibit A

    Who: The current hottest couple in B-town, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.

    Age difference: A decade. Saif was born in 1970, Kareena in 1980.

    Couple quotient: Well, what can I say; their chemistry is good. On the chat show 'Koffee With Karan', they both looked confident indeed of themselves, while still doting on each other like teenagers. The couple also admitted that they were planning to tie the knot sometime this year.


    Exhibit B

    Who: Hottest teen country superstar Taylor Swift and Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Age difference: Again, almost a decade. Swift was born in 1989, Gyllenhaal in 1980.

    Couple quotient: The couple dated for just about a month. Gossip columns report that it was Gyllenhaal who

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  • The 7 biggest beauty sins: Are you guilty?

    I must admit, I have been guilty of doing one or more of these beauty
    sins. Everything from sleeping with makeup on (my excuse being 'I'm so
    tired!'), or over-exfoliation, and of course, the icing on the cake: Not
    getting enough sleep.

    But why are these beauty sins so
    problematic? Here's a story I found that explains just that. Take a
    look, and not to mention, stop sinning!

    Confession time: You may have seen the inside of a tanning
    bed at one point in your life and/or popped a zit or two. We're all
    guilty of committing a beauty sin, but we've discovered why those
    indiscretions may be doing you more harm than you think. Read on to get
    the full list, some may surprise you.

    Sleeping with Your Makeup On

    You went out with the girls, had one too many martinis and before you
    know it you're face down on your bed passed out cold. You'll wash that
    smoky eye off tomorrow, right? Not so fast. Aside from the fact that
    your sheets are about to look like an imprint of the Joker's face in The

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