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Take a break…

When you have two weeks to your exams and are completely confused, go and have some fun. Experts give you ways to chill just when the formulae are getting hazy and the triangles are looking obtuse...On your mark

india Updated: Feb 20, 2008 20:32 IST

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon once said, “When you have only a penny in your pocket and no roof over your head, go shine your shoes.” Similarly, when you have two weeks to your exams and are completely confused, go and have some fun. Experts give you ways to chill just when the formulae are getting hazy and the triangles are looking obtuse.

Pep-up food
Nutritionist Dimpi Singh from The Health Awareness Centre gives you five food items that will brighten your evening

Peanut Sauce Salad: It’s different and you can binge because it’s sweet and filled with nuts. Nuts are an energy storehouse and are good for students.

Quick Recipe: Add plenty of nuts like dates, raisins, figs and apricots and add a generous helping of peanut sauce.

Aloo chat: Boiled potatoes and a little bit of spice and lots of chutney will do wonders to shake you out of boredom.
Quick Recipe: Add coriander, a dash of lime and lots of chutney and mix it with square pieces of boiled potatoes

Exam Bhel: Bhel with sprouts and corn with a tangy, spicy and garlic chutney is great when you are putting in long hours of studies. Chutneys are rich in minerals and good for the system.

Date bar: Date bars are fun to munch when you are studying. Their high protein content make you fell more energetic almost instantly.

Kokum Sherbat: The traditional tall glass of kokum sherbet will help students chill. It’s far better than aerated drinks that leave you feeling heavier.

The study place to be
If you are tired of hearing the neighbour yell and bored of seeing the same four walls of your study where you are cooped up all day, try some of the old enchanting libraries which are very particular about silence.

Maharishi Dayanand Foundation Library, Dadar: Open to everyone, this centre is famed among civil service aspirants for its library, which houses reference books on topics from poetry to finance.
Call: 9867222210
Annual fees: Rs 2,000

Centre for Education and Documentation: This centre collates news articles on several topics, and is a one-stop centre for any one working on college research assignments and projects.
Address: 3 Suleman Chambers, 4 Battery Street, Behind Regal Cinema, Colaba
Phone: 22020019/ 22875288
E-mail: cedbom@doccentre.net
Annual fees: Rs 600/-

British Council Library: Known for its excellent line-up of books, movies and music, this one is a must-have membership for all students.
Address: British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission, Mittal Tower, 'C' Wing, 2nd Floor, Nariman Point.
Call: 22823560
Email: mumbai.enquiry@
in.britishcouncil.org

Cooperage Study Centre: Run by the Sabina Chandrashekhar Memorial Trust, this study centre is sought by collegians from Virar to south Mumbai. Equipped with granite-topped tables and benches, this space is brightly lit. At any time of the day, about 100 youngsters can be found here immersed in books.
Even though it faces the main road connecting Mantralaya to Regal Cinema, the surrounding foliage drowns out the sound.
Address: Near Cooperage Grounds, Next to Traffic Police Garden, Colaba.
Fees: Free
Timings: Open at all hours

St Mary’s Orthodox Church’s Night Study Centre

: Located in the basement of the St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Dadar, this centre attracts both college and school students from the nearby mill areas. Plastic chairs and wooden tables are in place for students. The din of the bustling street outside is muffled out for the right decibel of silence.


About 50 youngsters can be found studying here in the evenings under the supervision of an elder. “The place is nearly full during exam season with at least 75 to 100 students,” said Reverend Father Koshy Alex, the priest in-charge of the church.


Address: St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 171-Naigaum Estate, Near Sharda Talkies and Dadar (E) Fire Brigade, Dadar East.


Fee: Free


Timings: 6 pm to 10 pm

SK Patil Sankul Study Centre: Just off the Marine Lines railway station is the SK Patil Sankul. In a corner of the garden is a spacious and brightly lit shed. The asbestos-covered space is equipped with chairs with attached writing boards.
Address: SK Patil Sankul, Near railway station, Marine Lines (east)
Fee: Free

www works
You can beg your mother to allow you to use the computer for just an hour to check out these blogs that are guaranteed to make you roll in laughter. Amit Varma, writer of the popular blog, India Uncut, gives you his recommendations.

1. Boing Boing (boingboing.net)
Boing Boing describes itself as ‘a director of wonderful things,’ and that's dead right. It's the place to go to be up to date on the weird, the wonderful and the uber-cool.

2. XKCD (xkcd.com)
XKCD describes itself as ‘a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language,’ but simply put, it's a ferociously funny take on the world around us. You will find yourself both nodding and laughing as you read it.

3. The Dilbert Blog (http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/)
This is where Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, blogs — and his writing is as funny as his cartoons. He's always thought-provoking and often provocative, and he never takes himself too seriously, which we should all learn from.

4. Perez Hilton (http://www.perezhilton.com/)
If you like celebrity gossip that's irreverent and juicy, this is where you should head. The blog described itself as ‘Hollywood's Most-Hated Web Site!’ That is probably true — and it is why you should visit.

5.Arts and Letters Daily (http://www.aldaily.com/)
If you're serious-minded and want to dig into the best essays and reviews out there on the web, this is the site to visit. There's no better way to expand the brain.

Hum along…
A few lines can get you humming and drive away the blues. Music is the best therapy and it is easily available. Within a minute of hearing these songs your energy levels will bounce back, promises Radio Jockey Malishka from Red FM.

Love, love me: This song by Mika is the background score for Star World. It is bright and brilliant and make you want to dance.

Jab we met: Every song from the movie makes you feel like breaking into a jig. It is one of those rare movies, where every track is worth listening to.

Pehli nazaar: This song from Race by Atif Aslam is getting increasing popular. It’s slow and groovy and reminds you of pehla naasha from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander.

Aa ante: This Tamil number from the movie Arya seems to have become a ringtone for many. Though you might not understand the lyrics, the beat is sure to pep you up.

Beautiful Girl: Sean Kingsten’s heart-warming song is sure to make students drift into the summer vacation ahead for a few minutes at least.

Laugh along…
Movies are the biggest stressbuster. When you can’t keep your eyes open in the afternoon just slip in a DVD and laugh your heart out. Education Counsellor Pratibha Jain has a few that are sure to tickle your funny bone.

Lage Raho Munnabhai
Munnabhai meets Mahatma Gandhi and learns a lesson or two. And when the gyaan on Gandhigiri begins to get heavy there is Circuit for comic relief.

Tom & Jerry
Pure stress busters. The signature Tom and Jerry chase is bound to chase your exam blues away.
A laugh-a-minute with Tom's superiority complex and Jerry's ingenuity. A lesson on how being smart can get one to go far even in the most helpless situation

Friends
The antics of the Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Monica and Rachel make for good relief while pausing for a breather from the books. The episodes are short and enlivening.

Taare Zameen Par
A touching film that proves that standing first in class is not the only route to success. Talents come in myriad forms and being good at studies is just one among them.

Hera Pheri
Students can safely rest their hardworking minds for a while in this over-the-top film that evokes rip-roaring laughter. Call a few friends over and have a blast.