These Smartphones Have The Most Amazing Discounts For The Republic Day Sale

To rival Amazon’s Great Indian Sale going on now, Flipkart also has announced its Republic Day sale that kickstarts today and runs up until January 23. Under the three-day sale period, lucrative exchange offers and discounts are applicable across most smartphone categories. Even Shopclues has joined the ongoing sale streak, and we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting offers available!

1. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:

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Google’s second-generation Pixel phones are back at a discount for Flipkart’s Republic Day Sale. The Pixel 2 is down to Rs. 47,999 from Rs. 61,000. You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 if you exchange your old smartphone with the purchase. The discount is on both Black & White and Just Black colour variants.

The Pixel 2 XL is down to Rs. 61,999 from Rs. 73,000. It comes bundled with an exchange offer that can take another Rs. 21,000 (maximum) off the discounted price. If you pay using an HDFC Bank credit card, you’ll get additional cashback of Rs. 8,000.

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2. iPhone X 64GB:

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The iPhone X was launched in November last year, with a limited supply. Now the 64GB variant of the iPhone X is available for Rs 84,999, down from its original price of Rs 89,000 which is a 4% discount. You can get an additional discount of up to Rs.18,000 if you exchange your old smartphone with the purchase.

Just like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, if you pay using an HDFC Bank credit card, you’ll get additional cashback of Rs. 8,000.

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3. LG Q6:

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The LG Q6 is one of the best productivity oriented smartphone out there with an 18:9 FullVision Display. The market price is Rs. 16,990, but it’s available for Rs. 11,990 which is a steep Rs. 5000 discount. If you exchange your old device, there is also a cashback option available for Rs. 7,000.

No cost EMI is also available for all major credit cards out there.

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4. Special Price Cut on Honor Devices:

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Honor has announced special offers which are part of Flipkart’s Republic Day sales. Of these, the Honor 9 Lite goes on sale for the first time today. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB model and Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB model. Flipkart is also offering a guaranteed buyback value of up to Rs 7,000.

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On Amazon’s end, the Honor 8 Pro is available for Rs. 24,999 (down from Rs. 29,999), meaning a total saving of Rs. 5,000. Though there is no exchange offer available on the purchase of the Honor 8 Pro.

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5. BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition:

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If you’re out there looking for a phone with physical keyboard, this should be your choice. The BlackBerry KEYone is selling for Rs. 33,990 instead of its market price of Rs. 42,990, thats a discount of Rs. 9,000!

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6. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge:

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The older Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is down to Rs. 35,900 (Rs. 41,900) on the Flipkart sale. The bundled exchange offer can help cut another Rs. 18,000 (maximum) off the listed price. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch quad HD display. It is powered by the Exynos 8890 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. There’s a 12-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

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7 Things You Need To Know If You Are Losing Hair All The Time

Once and for all, let’s just accept it and say it out loud- Men love their hair and would like to keep their head full for as long as they can (read: till death does them apart). But how many of you have stepped out of the shower, only to panic later to see the amount of hair in your hand, when you comb your locks? You know every drop contributes to an ocean, and you can see your dreams of a head full of hair drowning in a vanishing ocean of strands, if that’s even possible.

As we are all set to begin the New Year in 2018, let’s focus on our body and health and find a cure for that receding hairline before it is too late! But, you need to understand the problem to know how to curb it. Here’s everything you should know about hair loss, in general:

1. Thank Your Families For The Receding Hairline (OR NOT)

Experts say that hair loss in men has to do with genetics. Even if your parents have a crown of hair intact, it could be your great-granduncle you owe this ‘gift’ to.

2. Your Testosterone Could Also Be Responsible

Male pattern baldness is caused by a by-product of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It clings to your hair follicles and makes them shrink over time.

3. Hair Loss Progression Can Vary From Men To Men

While you might be dealing with rapid hair loss, with your hair thinning in a matter of years, your friend could be ‘lucky’ enough to deal with more gradual hair loss, which can take up to 15-20 years.

4. Over-Exercising Is Not Good For Your Health And Hair

Exercising is good, until you start pushing your body far past its limits. If you’re exhausting your body in the gym to the point that it can’t recover, your body will take energy from things like hair growth in order to survive and this could lead to massive hair loss.

5. Having An Under Or Overactive Thyroid

Your thyroid hormones regulate energy levels and help control a lot of the way your body functions like helping the body stay warm, maintaining metabolism, etc. Having an underactive or an overactive thyroid can lead to dry, brittle hair and thinning.

6. Stop Panicking And Visit An Expert

Instead of trying to self-diagnose, it’s important for anyone who notices a decrease in hair density to visit experts right away so they can conduct tests that will help you understand why it’s happening and figure out the optimal treatment.

7. Know When To Opt For A Hair Transplant Treatment

In the past, the only solution to hair loss was to wear toupees and wigs. However, with the advancement in technology, there are better and more permanent problem-solvers in the market- a hair transplant. And let me tell you one thing, it’s not as scary as you might think. The key to locking down this method of treatment lies in understanding your hair growth and pattern with an expert.

Dr Amit Karkhanis, the founder of Dr Tvacha Clinic, a leader in the market, boasts of giving nearly 50,000 men a hair harvesting procedure. Dr Tvacha Clinic offers prices that are affordable to most. The procedure can be done in just a few hours with minimal time lost from work/college and the results can be seen very quickly after the surgery.

The success of a hair transplant depends on how severe the hair loss has been. If you’re completely bare and there’s a greater area to cover, one might not have enough donor follicles to do so convincingly. This is why it’s advised that it’s better to get a hair transplant done sooner rather than later. Many men have benefitted from this and you could too!

This is a sponsored brand story by Dr. Tvacha Clinic and the liability for the same solely rests with them. The content has not been created, verified or edited by Times Internet Limited, or Times Group.

ARMELLE AURELYA MORTON

I started dancing at 4 years old when I was still living in Guadeloupe – a small island in the Caribbean which is part of French overseas territory.

Guadeloupean ballet teachers believe they have to be very hard on the students in order to keep up with French standards. They taught us discipline and to never give up. On several occasions I was ready to never go back to another class – in the end I always did.

When I moved to France at age 17 I was accepted into the ballet conservatory. As children we had dreamed of dancing in the conservatory one day but the reality was different from what I expected. It’s not all glamorous. The world of ballet is a very competitive one. Everyone’s competing to be the star of the company. I once saw a girl put crushed glass in a soloist’s shoes before a big performance. If you make it to that stage, it’s not only mentally and physically exhausting, but you can end up feeling quite alone.

When I was a teenager I got a chance to travel to Cuba to dance. At that point I was constantly complaining about how hard dancing was. I was ready to give up. Going to Cuba was a real wake up call. Castro was still in power at the time and during my visit I came across people who were extremely poor. Some of the dancers didn’t even own proper pointe shoes. They wrapped their feet in tissues and used wood as a pointe. Their feet were bleeding.

No matter how much they were hurting, these girls never cried or complained. They were there to shine – that was the only hope they had to get themselves and their families out of their living situations.

This experience taught me humility, discipline and hard work, at an age at which I thought I was entitled. I learnt how to be thankful for what I have and I think that’s one of the best things you can learn in life. I eventually gave up on the idea of becoming a professional dancer. It was not the right lifestyle for me but I still keep practicing and continue to enjoy dancing. While everything is ever changing, dance remains a constant – something I can always come back to, something that keeps me on the right track.

Part of the profits of this campaign are donated to empower a displaced family in Syria by providing them with a gift of six chickens.

Weight loss might make you healthier but it probably won’t make you happier, according to a new study

Posted at 11:55 am , on 10 dec, 2017

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Getting skinny will solve all our problems, right? We will be unconditionally loved by all, be able to run marathons in under three hours and, of course, be able to wear bikinis and heels to any occasion, including black tie events. As one does. At least that’s what all the diet ads say. But a new study says that not only does losing weight not make people happier, it can actually increase their risk of depression two fold.

Well this is uncomfortable. Confession: Even though I no longer diet or exercise with weight loss as a goal and I eat intuitively and exercise gently and I love and accept my body way more than I ever have in my entire life — even with all that, I still believe with all my heart that if I weighed 15 pounds less I’d be happier. I hate that thought still lives in my brain. I don’t act on it but it’s still definitely there.

But the worst part is that both intuitively and from past experience I know this this isn’t true. Losing weight has never made happier. Did I feel prettier, more confident, successful, relieved, or even more popular? Yes. Happier? Not really. It doesn’t seem like that would compute. I mean, doesn’t feeling prettier, more confident and popular automatically make you feel happier? It didn’t for me and I think it boiled down to two reasons. First, I was never skinny enough. No matter how much weight I lost it wasn’t ever going to be enough. I started out just wanting to be my “happy weight” but then I decided I couldn’t be happy there unless I had a “buffer” and then… a death spiral of insanity ensued. Part of that was all the eating disorder voices in my head but part of that was also the very loud segment of our society that equates thinness with perfection and sees the new 000 size as a goal instead of a number that you will find nowhere in math. Second, I was terrified that if I regained the weight I’d lost (and I always did eventually) then I would no longer be pretty, successful or loved. All things that aren’t true but nevertheless thwarted any happy-skinny frolicking.

And I’m not alone in my experience. Researchers at University College of London followed 2,000 individuals who were overweight or obese but otherwise healthy for four years. All participants had been instructed to lose weight to improve their health and at the end of the four years 14% had lost 5% or more of their body weight while 15% gained more than 5% of their body weight and the remaining 71% remained at their original weight. (The fact that 71% remained at their original weight even though they were trying to actively lose weight is a topic for another day.)

The researchers then measured the participants’ depression, overall well-being, blood pressure and triglycerides to get a picture of both their psychological and physiological health. The results were surprising to say the least. As one would expect, losing weight lowered subjects’ blood pressure and triglycerides. Yet even though most people report thinking that losing weight will increase their happiness, the people who lost weight were twice as likely to be depressed as those who gained weight or remained stable. They also reported lower well-being. This held true even after they accounted for demographics (like race and income), health conditions (like a cancer diagnosis which would make anyone depressed) and psychological variables (like a recent traumatic life event).

So why would someone be sad if they were healthier? I got to interview Sarah Jackson, PhD, the lead author of the study, for an article for Shape and she says that while they can’t determine cause, they can look at correlation and it appears that something about the act of losing weight makes people unhappy. She speculates that the people became depressed because of how notoriously hard it is to maintain a weight loss. We might feel happier when we’re losing weight but the thought of living with that level of deprivation forever is, well, depressing.

But the researchers had several other theories as well:

– Perhaps the subjects were exhausting their self control resisting tasty food and so other areas of their lives were suffering – i.e. their social lives and becoming more isolated can definitely be depressing.

– There’s also the idea of unfulfilled expectations – perhaps the people became depressed after realizing that losing weight hadn’t had the effect on their lives that they’d hoped it would. They weren’t happier because… they weren’t happier.

– And all the biological factors.  Maybe their bodies wanted to replace the lost fat and therefore made them feel hungrier which made controlling their weight increasingly difficult. Or perhaps the drop in carbohydrates dropped their serotonin levels. Also, when you diet you alter your microbiome in your gut and as I was very surprised to learn before, over 80% of our serotonin is produced in the gut, meaning that those gut bugs can have a powerful effect on our mood.

For me, the interesting part was that not only did the subjects not feel happier but they felt more depressed than they had at baseline. So while their physiological health markers improved, depression and stress are known to have a very negative effect on health. And I don’t think this dissonance will be resolved until we can remove the cultural assumption that thin=good, pretty, righteous and fat = bad, ugly, sinful.

Of course there are plenty of people who do say they are much happier after losing weight.  But from my experience, the ones who seem to be the happiest with their weight loss are those who feel like it enabled them to better do things that they love, like playing with their kids or riding their bike along the beach or travelling. The people who diet as a punishment and try to ratchet themselves into too-small pants every week don’t seem to be as happy because we will all eventually “fail” and eat the cupcake and there are always going to be smaller pants.

And then there’s the fact that giving weight loss the power to make us happy means that we’re giving weight gain the power to make us sad. I’ve had to learn the hard way that the things that make me happiest in life have absolutely nothing to do with my weight: My family, my work, helping other people, petting my cat, talking to my sisters, hiking – and as long as I’m healthy enough to do those things well then the actual number on the scale is irrelevant.

Jackson stops short of saying we should stop telling people to lose weight as the subjects did show marked improvements in their health but rather she hopes that doctors will take this information and use it to offer more resources like support groups and counseling along with their healthy diet and exercise advice. Which I think is a great idea – anything that helps people increase their physical and mental health is a good plan and I don’t think they have to be an either/or proposition.

I’m curious about your experience though – Heaven knows I have enough dieting baggage to make me unhappy no matter what my weight does (sigh) so I’m wondering if this rings true for anyone else? Or did it make you very happy? Why do you think losing weight contributed to these people’s depression?