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Here’s how to read deleted WhatsApp messages

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Sometimes we often delete messages that are really important for us and that is because of several reasons, one because of typos or because you sent a message to the wrong person. The Facebook-owned messaging app has not yet revealed any such features that could help you in getting back the deleted messages. However, there is a hack that works only for Android and not for iOS.

There are few apps that can make things easier than before but that comes with certain disadvantages. For instance, with Notisave, you have to bear with the advertisements and that paid version comes for Rs 65 per month which will help you retrieve important deleted messages. Apart from that, apps like Notisave can only recover simple text messages, and any media file including GIFs, images, and videos cannot be retrieved.

WhatsApp comes with a window period of seven minutes which is given to users for further use of the “Delete for Everyone” feature on chats. It basically means if a user does not delete a message within seven minutes, then he/she can delete it and that applies to both group chats and one-to-one chats.

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Feeling Low? Watch these Classic Feel-Good Movies to Buoy Your Spirits!

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A “feel-good” movie isn’t a panacea for all our pandemic and lockdown-triggered ills. And yet, in these crushing times, a simple distraction like this can lend cheer and hope, urging us to find meaning in existence.

-Nandini Sen

India may be hobbling out of a debilitating second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, but not before leaving us all in a collective state of catatonic despair. Notwithstanding the quasi-optimistic headlines regarding the “decline” in numbers, this is hardly a great time to be in. Real good news from any quarters continues to elude and cheerfulness is beginning to acquire a layer of rose-tinted nostalgia, like it were some faraway thing we no longer clearly recognize.

All the same, cheer up we must. And that’s precisely what the below-mentioned films, transcending language, periods, genres, and themes, intend to generate. Watch these six classic films –arranged in order of their feel-good quotient– if you are feeling low, depressed, and dispirited. Go right ahead and lose yourself in their exuberant fluff and froth, even if only fleetingly:

1. Amélie (2001)

Imbued with the sweetness and airiness of a soufflé, this French romantic-comedy film is rooted in the idea that life can be about giving happiness to other people. Never loved much by her widower father, Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a single, painfully shy 23-year-old waitress who only has her fecund imagination to keep her company. One day, startled by the news of Princess Diana’s death, she accidentally drops a perfume-stopper, dislodging a wall tile which leads her to find a rusty metal box filled with childhood memorabilia. In tracking down the man – who was once the little boy who hid that box – and returning his treasures, Amélie finds her life’s purpose – she will do things to make others happy. And so goes our eponymous heroine, devising happiness stratagems for others and discreetly carrying them out – a blind man, a co-worker, and the concierge of her block of flats are all unsuspecting recipients. Soon after, she falls hopelessly in love with a young man Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), complicating matters for she now must look to make herself happy.

Made by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a former animator, Amélie becomes doubly delightful to watch on account of its visual and aural artistry. Panoramic shots, a sanitized, pretty-as-a-picture Paris, elegantly-dressed Parisians, quirky accordion music, and what have you. This is cinematic whimsy at its best.

2. Shree 420(1955)

Bursting with the unbridled optimism of newly independent India, Shree 420 is an urban fable that revolves around an honest, small-town boy Raj (Raj Kapoor) who moves to Bombay to earn a livelihood. Despite his trials and travailsin the city, Raj finds love and acceptance in a working-class neighbourhood in which having one’s own home is the loftiest dream the poor have.Soon, Raj’sdreams of becoming rich are fulfilled after a chance encounter with the sultry socialite Maya (Nadira), followed by another with unscrupulous businessman Seth Sonachand (Nemo) who sets him up as a con man specializing in all kinds of fraudulent schemes. The rest, though not entirely unpredictable, focusses on Raj’s predicament and those of the people who love him most.

Notwithstanding its startling similarities with our time – aspirational young men, unaffordable housing, real estate Ponzi schemes, and the supposed elite’s obsession with Mammon – Shree 420 is set in a disarmingly simple world that is sustained by the virtues of people like Vidya (Nargis Dutt) and Ganga Mai (Lalita Pawar). Interspersed with some of Hindi cinema’s most celebrated songs (Mera Joota Hai Japani, Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua, Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Ichak Dana Beechak Dana), this is anenthrallingly light-hearted film that will hold you in rapt attention all through its length.

3. The Terminal (2004)

Inspired by the true story of Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri who spent 18 years at Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport, this Steven Spielberg movie is a gentle, Kafkaesque comedy, profoundly human and brilliantly sweet. When Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, he is confronted with news of a civil war outbreak in his native land of Krakozhia. As a result, his passport is promptly declared invalid for the United States no longer recognizes Krakozhia – a fictional East European country – rendering him stateless.Neither permitted to enter the U.S. nor return home, Navorski remains stranded at the airport for months, befriending a variety of characters including a beautiful but sad flight attendant Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a surly janitor, and a friendly food services employee among others. But even as his curiously good, guileless ways win over all but Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), the uncharitable Homeland Security official, he must get out of the airport in order to fulfil the vow that brought him to the United States.

Despite the gravity of the situation, The Terminal is focused on the lightness of it, artfully showcasing the peculiar apathy that runs through bureaucratic red tape. Ultimately it is Navorski’s tear-inducing goodness that inspires the humanity of those around him. A sliver of it is sure to rub off on you, the viewer as well.

4. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)

This breezy, coming-of-age comedy drama does not have a plot. It offers instead a river of a story marked by a gentle ebb and flow of emotions. Sunil (Shahrukh Khan at his unassuming best) is a happy-go-lucky aspiring musician in love with Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi)who in turn is enamoured of Chris (Deepak Tijori). As we watch our bumbling hero pull all sorts of unheroic tricks – constantly lying, slandering Anna before Chris, failing his exam yet again and forging a marksheet to show his parents –we can’t help feeling what Father Braganza (Naseeruddin Shah) said of him at the beginning: that he essentially has a pure heart.The bittersweet ending only reinforces that feeling.

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a film conspicuously devoid of villains. Moreover, the “hero” isn’t the Bollywood-esque weeping lover boy, swashbuckling cop, or combative warrior prince, but an average Joe who despite his follies and foibles is fundamentally good at heart. In a sweetly persuasive way, the movie reminds us that the reason we’re here may not be that one extraordinary thing that benefits the world, but countless ordinary things that help those we love.

5. Babe (1995)

This dazzlingly innocent family drama is ostensibly centered on Babe the orphaned baby pig, but on closer observation is about anyone whose talents have been underestimated. Precociously aware of the cruel destiny that awaits his species in the human world, little Babe is the lone pig on the farm of farmer Hoggett who “wins” him at a contest in a county fair. Like Orwell’s Animal Farm, this one too is peopled by many creatures, good and not so good.

There’s Rex the haughty Border Collie, Ferdinand the duck who wants to make himself useful so he isn’t slaughtered, and Duchess the mean pet cat. Mothered by Fly, a female Border Collieand encouraged by Maa, an elderly ewe, Babe realizes he has innate herding abilities. After a string of misunderstandings that nearly cost Babe his life, farmer Hoggett recognizes his gift, signing him up for a local sheep herding competition. But this won’t be easy considering he must contend with pedigree herding dogs and defiant flocks of sheep.

Although a delightfully fun film for children, Babeis at its core a deeply thought-provoking tale that celebrates the underdog for what he is. There is no preachiness but the many subtle messages are loud and clear. Indeed, this isn’t just a film but a treat that all must indulge in.

6. Children of Heaven (1997)

This staggeringly beautiful Iranian family drama glows with a kind of wide-eyed purity one would associate only with children. The movie begins with eight-year-old Ali who accidentally loses baby sister Zahra’s only pair of shoes. Knowing his family’s financial troubles, Ali can’t tell his parents, prompting the two to secretly devise an arrangement: Zahra will wear Ali’s sneakers to school every morning and return them to Ali at midday for his afternoon classes.Unfortunately, this doesn’t work out well. Ali’s shoes are already tattered and Zahra can’t run back home fast enough, so Ali – otherwise a good student – is admonished at school for being frequently late.Later, Ali learns of an inter-school footrace in which the third prize is a pair of sneakers – just what Zahra needs. His participation in the race and its outcome offer moments of great suspense and anxiety that are, however, quickly overwhelmed by pathos.

Directed by Majid Majidi, Children of Heavenisn’t a boisterously entertaining film. Its magnificence lies in the way it presents the haunting beauty and sadness found in everyday scenes of life –the contrast between the serpentine alleys of the old city and sweeping vistas of neatly lined luxury homes, the crestfallen look in a child’s eyes, goldfish in a tank of aquamarine water. Infusing the viewer with a deep sense of gratitude, this is a film that exemplifies the glorious power of cinema.

Other honourable mentions– Hollywood and Hindi – include Baby’s Day Out (1994), Soul Food (1997), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Bawarchi (1972), The Lunchbox (2013), Mr. India (1987), and Eeshwar (1989). Additional feel-fabulous films in foreign languages include Yomeddine (Arabic; 2019) and Life is Beautiful (Italian; 1997).

While a brief distraction – a movie, a book, or cooking an elaborate meal – spanning a few hours can’t take away our problems or magically banish the distress that has enwrapped our mental states, it can infuse a measure of happiness, elicit a smile, bring a ray of hope, and most of all, drive home the fact that life, with all its agonies, must go on.

  Nandini Sen, Content Writer

 

 

 

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Metabolic syndrome and COVID-19

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COVID-19 and Metabolic Syndrome:

Causes, risks and prevention:

Metabolic Syndrome and COVID-19 – Overview:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. But it does mean you have a greater risk of serious disease. And if you develop more of these conditions, your risk of complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, rises even higher.

Metabolic Syndrome may play a crucial role for the development of COVID-19. Many studies show that patients with Metabolic Syndrome are highly susceptible to COVID-19 infection, and there are chances that the results can be worse for obese people.

What causes metabolic syndrome?

Underlying causes of metabolic syndrome include overweight and obesity, insulin resistance, physical inactivity, genetic factors and increasing age

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

The risk factors of the same are:

  • · Obesity
  • · Hypertension
  • · Diabetes
  • · Low HDL level
  • · High triglycerides

Symptoms:

Most of the disorders associated with this usually don’t have obvious signs or symptoms.

Though, one sign that is visible is a large waist circumference.

You might notice the signs and symptoms of diabetes, if you have high blood sugar levels. These may include increased thirst and urination, fatigue, and blurred vision.

Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome:

Focus on immunity and to stay fit is taught by ongoing COVID pandemic. A healthy lifestyle and a strong mind is what all you need to fight any disease.

Thirty minutes regular physical activity can aid to control Metabolic Syndrome. To start with daily walking, slowly other exercises will aid to prevention.

Changes in the daily dietary chart also helps. Eating a good amount of fresh green vegetables, fruits and lean proteins along with whole grain will help.

Maintaining and controlling weight are another important factors.

Smoking and tobacco chewing can aggravate the condition, so a big no to smoking and tobacco.

A strict restriction to saturated fat and salt in all meals.

Avoid processed sugar intake, it can be through cold drinks, packaged juices etc.

Do not skip nutrition, hydration, rest and exercise.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of its components, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

 

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Immunity to the Coronavirus will persist for Years, Scientists Find

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Two new studies show that immunity to the coronavirus may last for years and can grow stronger after vaccinations, The New York Times reports.

The key findings of the studies suggest that people who have contracted the virus and have been vaccinated will likely not need a booster shot. However, those who have received their jabs but have never tested positive for the virus may still need a booster.

Both studies examined people who had been infected with the coronavirus about a year ago, and one of the studies found that certain cells will store the genetic information of the virus in bone marrow until it is needed to fight against infection.

The other study, which is still under review, suggests that the aforementioned memory B cells grow stronger for at least another 12 months after initial infection.

Let’s get to the point, making the research simpler for you:

Important immune cells survive in the bone marrow of people who were infected with the virus or were inoculated against it, suggests the new research.

The results of Dr. Nussenzweig’s study suggest that those who recovered from Covid-19 and got vaccinated later on vaccinated will continue to have extremely high levels of protection against emerging variants, even without receiving a vaccine booster down the line.

It’s a sign to get your jab as soon as possible.

The team of researchers had enrolled 77 participants who gave blood samples at three-month intervals starting about a month after initial infection. Most of the participants had mild cases of covid-19; only six, out of all, were hospitalized so far.

Immunity to the coronavirus can last for a year at least, possibly can last a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies. The findings may help put to rest lingering fears that protection against the virus will be short-lived.

However those who are vaccinated and never infected most likely will need the shots.

*However, as will a minority who were infected but did not produce a robust immune response.

Published earlier in the week in the Journal Nature ,the findings suggest that mild cases of covid-19 leave those infected with lasting antibody protection and that repeated bouts of illness are likely to be uncommon.

The researchers found antibody producing cells in people 11 months after first symptoms. These cells will live and produce antibodies for the rest of people’s lives. That’s strong evidence for long-lasting immunity,” said senior author Ali Ellebedy, PhD, an associate professor of pathology and immunology, of medicine and of molecular microbiology.

Those who recovered from Covid now have good news. Instead of hearing about all the ill effects after recovery , they may develop antibodies that can last a lifetime.

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Covid-19 Stats

14 Jun 2021, 3:37 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

29,507,438 Total Cases
374,287 Death Cases
28,148,977 Recovered Cases

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