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Best Desserts around the World

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw. 

And there is no food sweeter or more delicious than desserts (The founders of The Midnight Oven too, believe this). We know all of you have that extra dessert tummy – so go ahead and fill it up with at least one of the Best Desserts Around the World by Travel & Leisure. There’s something for everyone (and everywhere) from home-made ice-creams in Cambridge, MA to tofu pudding in Hong Kong. Explore and eat away!

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Tom Thum Beatboxing

 

This. Just. Blew. Our. Mind.

MUST WATCH  [all the way till the end - it just keeps getting better and better]

In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile.

 

 

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Dove does it again: The Psychology of Advertising and Self-Esteem

“The way a girl feels about her beauty starts with how you feel about yours”

Dove, one of the world’s leading beauty brands (manufactured by Unilever) is known for its focus on highlighting the importance of women’s self-esteem in their advertising.

From Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches ad to their most recent Dove:Legacy ad – Dove has been able to successfully integrate several important social psychological concepts into their everyday advertising.

The Dove: Legacy ad throws light on the impact of self-esteem, not only on yourself but also on those close to you (especially those who see you as a role model or mentor). Dove uses the  special bond of a mother and daughter to beautifully highlight this concept.

Be sure to watch it!

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The Bronx Boys – Stephen Shames

What started out for Stephen Shames as an assignment for Look magazine back in 1977 turned into an epic twenty two year project documenting the lives of young boys in the Bronx, New York.

Stephen Shames is known for his award winning photo essays on social issues for foundations, advocacy organizations, the media and museums. In this project, the Bronx Boys captures the powerful and overwhelming notions of hope, love and violence in the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City.

As Shames attests,

“The Bronx has a terrible beauty— stark and harsh—like the desert. At first glance you imagine nothing can survive. Then you notice life going on all around. People adapt, survive, and even prosper in this urban moonscape of quick pleasures and false hopes.

In the 1700s Thomas Hobbes described life in a state of nature as “continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Life is still that way in The Bronx.

These are pictures of friends I met as children who became my family, as well as people who stepped in front of my camera once and disappeared forever. I watched my friends grow up, fall in love, have children of their own.

Often I am terrified of The Bronx. Other times it feels like home. The interplay between good and evil; violence and love; chaos and family are the themes—but this is not a documentation. There is no “story line”. There is only a feeling.”

Check out these INCREDIBLE photographs featured in TIME Lightbox.   Click  here for images!

Also check out this feature in Slate Magazine  – Here.

 

 

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The Midnight Oven by Meghna and Aneesha

There is lots to be said about the work-life balance but have you ever wondered how to balance your passions and hobbies with your full-time job? The Midnight Oven is a delicious venture founded by Meghna Mehrotra and Aneesha Shah in Mumbai, India who have definitely managed to strike this balance successfully.

This one’s for all of you who love baking and all of you that love eating these baked goodies.

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Co-founders and bakers of The Midnight Oven (L-R): Aneesha Shah and Meghna Mehrotra

Meghna Mehrotra and Aneesha Shah share the story behind their delicious venture, ‘The Midnight Oven’.

PS: We apologize in advance if this post causes cravings or salivation.

What drove you to start The Midnight Oven?

The two of us have always loved to bake and used to meet up to bake together quite often. We had been planning a bake sale for over 2 years now, but never managed to pull it off because of work and travel! It was when Meghna got permanently posted back in Bombay that we decided to just give it a shot10717572_10153153743267802_347029212_n

Its really impressive that both of you and are able to balance your work life while starting The Midnight Oven – what’s your secret?

Haha! There’s no secret, really! Just a lot more time management and a little less sleep!

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your favorite food(s)? 

Meghna : I am born and bred in Bombay and I currently work in marketing at Loreal India. I am a huge foodie and picking a favourite is close to impossible! But if I had to answer at gunpoint- my favourite food would be anything Thai and Crème Brulee is my all time favourite dessert!

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Aneesha : I’m also a Bombay girl and I’m an actor. Unlike Meghna, I am NOT a foodie and barely experiment when it comes to food. Desserts on the other hand, are my weakness! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be something boring like Butter Chicken and Roomali Roti! Favourite dessert would have to be anything Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting!!

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Red Velvet deliciousness by The Midnight Oven

What’s in store for The Midnight Oven’s future?

At this point, all our efforts are focused on planning the next 24 hours – the future is too far to think of!! We’re just having a lot of fun doing this and are super grateful for the love we’ve received from customers! So we’re just going to wait and see where this takes us – we’re really excited !

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Aneesha and Meghna at The Midnight Oven’s launch bake sale in Mumbai, India

We wish The Midnight Oven the best and most delicious future and hope this inspires all of you to follow your passions :) Thank you Meghna and Aneesha!!

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Follow their Instagram account and be sure to place an order with them!

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Europe: Through a black and white lens

The architecture, the sights, the sounds. Europe is at once a whirlwind of the aged and the marvelous, the grandeur and the quaint, the emotional and the sublime. Steeped in a rich and burdensome history, the continent has seen periods of enlightenment and darkness.

As I arrived in Paris during the Spring of 2013, the whole experience – the people, the food, the culture – seemed surreal. The picnics along the Seine, the canals of Amsterdam, the churches of Rome, the islands of Venice, the side streets of Barcelona – it was all so fantastical..magical..illusory. It was both everything and nothing like I imagined.

With my camera always in hand, I traveled as far as my budgeted hostels and overnight buses would take me. Here are a few of my favourite black and white photographs.

Europe: Through a Black and White Lens 

- Zara L Juneja

 

 

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