See Them Through My Hand

There is no right way of interpreting art. Paintings and sculptures have and will always continue to speak differently to each individual. Sahana Mahesh, our blog’s artist can mesmerize you with the strokes of her brush.

With an affinity to water and acrylic colors, each canvas looks like it’s straight out of some dreamland. Scroll through and drop in your reviews in the comments please. 🙂

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The paintings are for sale!!! If anybody is interested in buying them, feel free to contact Sahana on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat for the prices! Details below:

Instagram: ihateyoubut_i_still

Snapchat: sahanamahesh

Facebook: Sahana Mahesh


Which one’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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Give Humanity a Chance

7.4 billion people inhabit Planet Earth. Seven point four billion humans of different nations, faiths, colors, races, genders and sexuality live their happy lives on this vast blob in space. But are they actually happy?

Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10th of December every year. The first time we posted about a social topic, the topic gained 7 total views. The day we posted Glamorous Without the Guilt we hit our most viewed. Our very first post was a massive hit with 225 views within a day.

Why are people overlooking the crucial matters in life? Urban Roses was primarily a lifestyle blog. Our aim was to present our individual ideas, thought and opinions to you. Everyone’s satisfied when we write about food or clothes. Yet, the one time we mentioned AIDS, a virus that’s killing humans painstakingly slowly, we didn’t get a single like.

Wake up people. Around the world, heart wrenching and hope shattering incidents are taking place. In Syria, more than 4.5 million inhabitants have deserted their homelands since 2011. The civil war has burdened the UN with the refugees. The terrorist attacks on Paris in 2015 is another example. With Trump instigating hate in Americans, the situation is not improving. The past few years have had us witness a series of agendas that only seem to get worse with time.

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The sad truth is, while these front page headliners make us shiver, the lesser known crises are, in fact, the bigger disappointments. As an advancing world, we’re supposed to be accepting of the changing environment. Over the last decade, several minor groups have been given social exclusivity with human rights to make life easier for them.

 

Giving you an everyday example, my sister is mentally challenged. I have been to her school and over the years, I have seen children and adults with autism, mental retardation, hearing disabilities, visual disabilities and various other challenges. Books and movies and the news has taught me that us ‘regular’ and ‘healthy’ humans despise such people. Children born different are cast off onto the streets. Physically handicapped humans are no different. They are treated like outcasts, like they don’t deserve to belong here. What have they done to deserve such treatments?

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The LGBT community was once hated to a homicidal state. They are harassed on a daily basis by the heterosexual mass. Why is this? I understand that it has been ingrained in us that men fall in love with women and women fall in love with men. A change in the order of things has created such a turmoil. The Orlando nightclub shooting opens our eyes to the hatred towards the queer community.

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Back in the days, any dark-skinned person was considered a lesser being. Hitler’s homicide had the world face the worst mass killing in the history of wars. It was not a war against Jews, it was a war against humans. Even now, fair-skinned people are seen shunning darker skinned people purely on the basis of their color. Where’s the logic in this?

Murders, killings, suicides, homicides, call it what you want. Social stigma has pressurized the minority groups and the differently opinionated people into ending lives. Constantly, autistic children are being bullied in schools. The trauma can make them lose themselves. In offices and workplaces, dark-skinned people often take longer to get promotions or raises in salaries. Sometimes, they don’t even get hired. The signs may be subtle, but it’s still there.

Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for the rights of humans. Not a section of humans, but humans as a whole. Stand up against terrorism. Build a wall and block the hate. Show humans the love they deserve, the love WE deserve. Take small steps to do it, no big chivalry needed.

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Tell us how you feel about human justice. Do you think a change is required?

A Swirl of Single Cream

Winter’s finally here! Can you feel it?? The crisp chilly morning air that makes you want to never leave your bed!!! Well, that’s until the sun comes out. Looks like the weather hasn’t been informed that it’s December already.

What is a group study without a good dose of distractions and food cravings? Tutoring Prerana and Neeti, hot chocolate wasn’t far from our minds. Considering that it’s December, we couldn’t resist whisking up some hot and comforting jars of chocolate heaven ❤

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Dragging Sahana along, the four of us warmed ourselves with the cutest mason jars filled with hot chocolate and topped with freshly whipped cream and a hit of cinnamon. Sated, everyone headed home while I blissfully slipped away to la-la land.

Trust me, nothing could make you feel cozier than hot chocolate!

Make some yourself and share the warmth 🙂 Tag us @4urbanroses on Instagram!

Hot Chocolate

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Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Procedure

Heat the milk in a vessel and whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Warm it to your liking and pour into mugs or mason jars. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or cocoa. Embellish with a cinnamon stick or a cute straw.

Add us on Snapchat for behind the scenes 🙂

Aditi Rao:- addie2109

Sahana Mahesh:- sahanamahesh

Neeti Saluja:- neetianil

Prerana Sharma:- prerana451

Double Chocolate Almond Cake

Hey readers!

A couple days ago, we celebrated a very special someone’s 17th birthday. Any guesses?

Prerana Sharma, our team’s short cutie-patootie celebrated her last restriction filled teen year on 3rd of this month. A month ago, she gave me a super tall cake order for her birthday.

The order:

  • Two tiered chocolate cake
  • Marshmallow and Almonds in between layers
  • Nutella Frosting
  • More almonds sprinkled on top

A very tall order indeed! With a little cajoling she agreed for something a little less grand.

Neeti and I immediately took off to my house before her birthday to whip up a special cake for our friend. From scratch, Neeti mixed and whipped up everything herself. As a proud teacher, I can count on Neeti to bake her own cakes from today :’)

From the depths of the oven, a beautiful, dark, chocolate cake arose. Once it was out, I was beyond disappointed! It looked uncooked and squishy. In it went for a couple more minutes, and yet that made no difference whatsoever!

With a little brainstorming and experimenting, I realized that this cake was in fact perfect!

The fudgy layer was at the bottom and the top was spongy and incredible. We simply flipped the cake over and named it a two layered chocolate fudge cake 🙂

Next came the frosting. It was just my luck that I thought I ran out of cream and nutella. I thought I’ll stick to a chocolate buttercream frosting and started whipping the butter. On scavenging the fridge again, I saw a small carton of cream! Hallelujah!

So with a last minute grace, I whipped up a whipped cream subtle chocolate frosting and piled that over the cake and sprinkled chopped almonds and pistachios. With all that hard work, I called it a day and went to bed.

The next day, I presented the cake to Prerana with jittery hands and SHE SQUEALED LIKE I BOUGHT HER A PUPPY!!!!!!

Tag us @4urbanroses on Instagram if you try making this 🙂

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream and Almonds

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (can use 1/4 cup yogurt with 1/4 cup water)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Procedure

  1. Sift flour, sugar, coca, soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Keep stirring as you add the coffee until just combined. Do NOT over-mix.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an 8″ square pan and pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes and let it cool completely before taking it out of the pan.
  5. While it cools, make the frosting.

Chocolate Whipped Cream

Makes 1 1/2 cup

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 5 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • Chopped almonds

Procedure

Whip the cream with an electric beater until soft peaks form. Add the chocolate syrup and whip until it combines well. Add more if necessary. Smooth it onto the cake, use a sieve and sprinkle cocoa powder or drinking chocolate on top and garnish with almonds.


What is your dream cake combination? Let us know in the comments below!

World AIDS Awareness Day

It’s World Aids Awareness today. Wear your red ribbon and show your solidarity with the HIV AIDS victims.

What is HIV?

HIV or human immunodeficiency virus damages the immune system, interfering with the body’s ability to fight infections. This virus is what causes AIDS. While most of the readers might find this post boring and wouldn’t read it, I urge you all to scroll and get through the entire article. It is important that every human knows what to look out for.

AIDS has created a stigma where a person contracting AIDS is equal to an untouchable. Such ideas are purely the results of lack of knowledge. In India alone, one million people die of HIV, every, single, year. That’s right. In a year, you can blame a million deaths on HIV. In a single minute, five people in the world die from this accursed virus. 35 million people are infected worldwide and it is most dominant in Africa.

How do people contract HIV?

Get over the assumption that hugging, kissing, tears and sweat transmit the virus. This is the biggest falsehood that the society is buying as the truth. Tens of thousands face social stress and humiliation because the society is ignorant. The only way a person can catch the virus is through sexual transmission.

It is also important to know that a mother can pass HIV to her baby through pregnancy, labor and nursing.

What are the symptoms of HIV AIDS?

Fever, sore throat and fatigue can show up a few weeks after the virus sets in. Once AIDS kicks in, we see weight loss, night sweats, constant fatigue and recurring infections. Pain in the abdomen and while swallowing are signs too. Once the immune system gets violated, vomiting and nausea will be persistent.

Is there a cure?

Sadly, there’s no apparent cure for it. But, anti-retroviral regimens (ARVs) can slow down the progress of the virus immensely.

The sad truth is, 1 in 5 people infected aren’t even aware of said infection. Posts like these are put up precisely for this reason. Get diagnosed before it’s too late. Better yet, take precautions before you face the consequences.

Precautions & Measures:

  • Make sure that no needles are reused.
  • Wear gloves if in contact with blood.
  • Always cover any cuts with bandages to avoid transfer of blood.
  • Disinfect blood-stained surfaces.
  • Use protection at all times. It might not prevent HIV completely, but it’s safer.

A little bit of information can prevent a lifetime of misery and torment. Take time to thank your stars for your good health today and help spread awareness about AIDS so no one has to face unfair social injustice.

– Aditi J Rao
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Aditi Rao: addie2109

Neeti Saluja: neetianil

Prerana Sharma: prerana451

Sahana Mahesh: sahanamahesh

Glamorous Without The Guilt

Hello, hellooo!

It’s a nice, sunny, wintry morning. Did that make sense? Nope. No, it didn’t. Just go with the flow 🙂

November’s coming to an end and with that, so is fall. The last few days of sunshine means we make the most of it by lazing around in the sun and basically just spending some quality time with our friends.

The monthly test is starting tomorrow and that meant a much-needed destressing after a week load of cramming the subjects into our heads. Flyrobe gave us just the right opportunity to do it feeling our ‘fly-est’. Get it? Fly? Feel so fly? Don’t hate me 🙂

So who’s Flyrobe?

You see readers, Flyrobe is the first and largest online fashion rental service in India. After our introductory post, they offered to supply outfits for one post. With over 1000+ styles to choose from, they’re delivered to your doorsteps at your convenient time and are picked up from your doorstep 3 days later at your chosen time. Isn’t that brilliant? Go check them out on Flyrobe.

  1. A park/picnic date:

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Hair: Let your tresses loose or braid them in a loose and carefree side braid. For a fun element, put on a floral tiara!

Makeup: Go bold with red lips, but keep the rest of your makeup low-key. Neutral eye shadow with a hint of eyeliner and mascara is all you need to get the look. A touch of highlighter on your cheekbones and you’re done.

   2. A movie date:

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Outfit & Accessories: Movies = cozying up. Jumpsuits are perfect for this. Their jersey material makes them the most comfortable outfits ever. This carefree look is ideal since all you need to do is put this on, slip on some sneakers or stilettos, add some simple earrings and leave. To add some jazz, throw on a funky blazer or jacket.

Hair: A high ponytail, a chic side bun or left loose.

Makeup: A rosy pink shade on your lips and winged liner can take you places.

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Hair: A half-up hairstyle or a nice blow out can make you look chic.

Makeup: Matte bright lips with a touch of cheekbone highlight and full-rimmed bold eyeliner.

We’ve presented 3 ideal friend date ideas to you.

Which one’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments.


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Meet the Crew

Hey lovelies!!

As Rachel Zoe says, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Well, we’re budding bloggers and we’ll definitely have a lot to say, so watch out for our take on the latest trends to show you who WE are.

Heat up a cup of coffee and lay back and get to know us better 🙂

Neeti Saluja: 

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With one foot already in the industry, she’s the most beautiful model our college has. An aspiring air hostess and a tremendous cook, this Punjabi kudi will steal your hearts with her ravishing looks.

Instagram: neeti_saluja

Prerana Sharma:

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This sassy little chica will wow you with her power-house vocal cords. With a YouTube channel of her own, she’s just getting started.

YouTube: Prerana Sharma

Instagram: prerana1999

Twitter: prerana1999

Aditi Rao:

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The voice behind all the posts, I’m a foodie of the first order! The kitchen is my playground. 

Instagram: the_virtuous_virgo

Twitter: @virgosventures

Sahana Mahesh:

This beauty with brains is my writing buddy. Her artworks are breathtaking and otherworldly and she’s the most no-nonsense person you’d ever meet.

Instagram: ihateyoubut_i_still

So subscribe, like and share our posts if you think they’re worthy of attention. It’ll boost our confidence and we’ll only give you more to look forward to.

Until next time,

Urban Roses