14 Inspirational Books You Must Read Once In Your Life Time

The fresh smell of the new pages of a book while flipping it, is probably one of the best feelings in the world. Books can take us to another world, away from the drudgery that life is. Books can be our favourite companion to get indulged into after a stressful day. Through books, we can dive into the magical unknown world and explore our fantasies. Apart from this, books help us to believe in life and goals through the power of words.
On World Book Day 2018, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Inspirational Books which will not only motivate you but also help you to understand the power of your dreams and goals. Read these books and believe in your dreams, and set out to move forward in the direction of your dreams.
” Remember that there is no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. “
– Robin Sharma in The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
The 14 Inspirational Books which you should read are –
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
It’s written by Stephen R. Covey, the book tells us about the proven principle of righteousness, goodness, candor, and human decency. One of the habits told in this book is –
Think Win-Win: It is a personality based-code for human communication and association. We mostly things only I will win and the other will fail. But here the psychology is different we have to live in a united area, not a comparative one. We must seek collective benefit in all human interactions. You can possess win-win attitude by having integrity, maturity, abundance mentality.

2. The Greatest Salesman In The World
This book was written by Of Mandino, that serves the life ideology and philosophy of salesmanship and the way to get accomplishment while doing this.
The story of Hafid, who is a poor camel boy and he achieves a life of affluence is the story depicted in the book which will give you various insights of life. The book is pretty short. The book is about a man who finds scrolls which will make him the greatest salesman in this world. Just giving you a sagacity about one scroll
I will persist until I succeed :
“I was not delivered until this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.”
“The price of life is at the end of each journey, not near the beginning.”

3. Awaken The Giant Within
This book by Tony Robbins will help you to control your life. It provides a step-by-step guide to self-mastery that will help you to discover your true potential, take your life’s objective, and will help to shape your destiny.
One great line from this book is “For most people, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain.”

4. Screw It Let’s Do It
It is one of the favourite saying for Richard Branson. This book will let you know the lessons the Virgin tycoon applied in his life, like believing it can be done if others disagree with you, try again and again till you achieve your goal. Love the work you do. You can incorporate these wonderful lessons from this book in your own life. And it will inspire you to do exception in your life.

5. The Art of Happiness
The book is written by Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, the psychiatrist who interviewed Dalai Lama and then this book came up. The concept of this book is about life’s happiness, peace, calmness. The happiness depends upon your mental state, circumstances, external conditions, or events.
One lesson from this book is-
“The only constant thing is the change”, Dalai Lama says that suffering is a part of life, but when we reject ourselves and start blaming ourselves then problems arises. So we should change this character and perspective of life. Resistance to change leads to suffering.

6. The Four Agreements
This book is written by don Miguel Ruiz, he reveals the self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create the way for suffering. The four agreements is a powerful way to reconstruct our lives to get the new experience of freedom, profligacy, truthiness, bliss, love, and affection.
This book says:
Always do your best
Your best changes from moment to moment;
Your best is different when being healthy or being sick.
Simply give your best under any circumstances.

7. The Magic of Thinking Big
This masterpiece from David Schwartz contains the secrets needed to get the best out of your life, job, family life. This book tells you to cumulative success. You must think big if you want to achieve big and you must motivate yourself to improve you’re work-life, balance it, earn more money and lead a full filling life.
“Do what you fear and the fear disappears”- a famous quote by the author.

8. The Gift of Imperfection
It is written by Brené Brown.This book shows you that how you can embrace yourself and accept your inner flaws, instead of constantly running to be the image you are trying to be because you cannot make everyone happy.
One very popular line from the book is:
“Comparison breeds conformity. The more you compete, the more boring you’ll get.”

9. How to Win Friends & Influence people
This book was written by Dale Carnegie. Till now over 30 million copies are being sold.
Some of the teachings of this book are
Techniques in Handling People
  • Don’t criticize, condemn or complain others
  • Give honest and sincere appreciation to people you deal with
  • Arouse in the other person an eager want for y

    ourself.

10.Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. The book is about his real father who is poor and the father of his best friend who is rich-and the ways by which his thoughts about money and investing are changed by this two men.
The five big ideas are-
  • The poor and the middle-class people they work for money. Whereas the rich people out there work for themselves.
  • It’s not how much money you make that matters. It’s how much money you keep for yourself that matters.
  • The single most powerful asset we all have in our mind. And we must know how to utilize it, whether wisely or different way.

11. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
This book by Robin Sharma is a gem of a book. This book is a fable about Julian Mantle, a high-profile attorney with a crazy schedule and a set of priorities that center around money, power, and prestige. And how his life changes after he faces a heart attack. Then he sells all his possessions and goes to India to seek a more meaningful life existence. When he returns back, he’s a changed man. His perspective on life thinking is changed fully. He has learned from some mythical Himalayan gurus how to live a happy an wonderful life without thinking about the money and richness.

12. You Can Win
This book by Shiv Khera is also a powerful book which will change your way of thinking towards life. This book will help you to build confidence by mastering the seven steps of positive thinking. You’ll be able to change your weakness into strengths. Take charge of things which are happening around you, rather than the control you.
One of the famous quotes from this book is-
“The winner has a solution for
every problem; the loser has a
a problem for every solution.”

13. The Alchemist
The novel was written by Paulo Coelho in the Portuguese language in the year 1988, soon it became a hit and it got translated into 70 languages by 2016. The story is about a young shepherd Santiago, his dreams of traveling the world and to discover treasures. The boy was courageous enough to follow his destiny. The books main theme is to follow your own destiny and lays emphasis on the importance of the journey more than the goal.
The most famous line from this book is –
“When you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

14. Inner Engineering
This book is written by The Mystic- Sadhguru. The book has a tagline “A Yogi’s Guide To Joy”-truly defines the content of the book. In this revolutionary book, visionary, mystic Sadhguru tells us about his life experiences. How he experienced spirituality and how yoga transformed his life. This powerful methods told by him made your mind and body in a tranquil position with energies around and within you, creating a world of limitless power and welcoming possibilities.
The book says- “Inner Engineering is your own software for joy and well-being.”

Don’t fear to go in the path of your dreams. Remember that failures are just hurdles in your way and can’t stop you from moving forward.
Read these books and be inspired by them. Don’t forget to let us know about your suggestions and thoughts about this post in the comments box. Happy Reading 😊
Article by – Subhajit Chowdhury
Edited by – Debolina Ghosh

Glam Ego Box : Review and Unboxing

Subscription boxes brings to us a very unique concept. With several new concepts coming up in India, these boxes bring to us a range of beauty products in a single box every month. You get to try newer brands and variety of products at an unbelievable price tag. It’s undoubtedly one of the best surprises you can give to yourself or to a near or dear one.
GlamEgo is one of the best subscription boxes available in the Indian Market currently and can be a steal deal in terms of quality and price tag. Let’s get a sneak peek of all the products you can get to try this month in the Glam Ego box.
Packaging and Theme: Comes in a classy box with magnetic closure and had an outer brown covering for extra protection. This month the box is light green in colour and every month there’s a new theme. This month the theme is “Summer Skincare”.

Price: For a single month subscription you need to pay INR 399. If you subscribe for longer the price you pay is even lesser. 3 month subscription costs you INR 349/month, 6 months subscription costs you INR 319/month, and an year of subscription will be for just INR 299/ month. The box will be delivered at your doorstep every month.
April Box Contents:
The April Box has total 5 products in it and all of them are based on the theme of Summer Skincare. You get products worth up to 1800 at such a low price.

1. My Island Kiss Lip Moisturizer: Upto INR 499
This product has been featured in the Eminent Vogue Beauty Awards, has all natural ingredients, is petroleum free and non-toxic. Contains Spf 15 which will protect your pretty lips from the harmful UV rays and keep them soft and pink. The lip moisturizer gives a lovely tiny and has an amazing fragrance.
Net Content : 14 gm

2. Nelf USA Compact: INR 350
This compact contains Spf 18 and is dermatologically tested. It’s non comedogenic and gives a fresh finish perfect for a summer day-out.
Net Content: 9gm

3. Tjori Anti-Tan Pack: INR 525
This product is made of an age old recipe, contains wild turmeric and helps you to get rid of all the tan in a natural way. It comes in a powder form and has to be mixed with any liquid of your choice like water or rose water.
Net Content: INR 525

4. Vedic Line Gold Facial Kit: INR 350
This Facial kit comes with 6 different sachets and is very convenient to use. A gold facial in a parlour will cost you much more, but with this one you can do facial for at least 2 times in the comfort of your home. It contains some amazing ingredients and will give your face that glowing look.
Net Content: 49gm

5. Summer Treat from Glam Ego : INR 150
As a summer treat I received Vital Nourishment Cream from Natural Bath and Body. It contains grapefruit and Vitamin C and is good as a daily moisturizer. It has a pleasant fragrance and is not very thick.
Net Content: 20ml

The contents are really amazing and is a steal deal. It suffices most of your summer needs.
I will be coming up with individual product reviews as well after using these products. Do watch out this space for more.
Doesn’t the contents make you excited? Go grab the box ➡️ www.glamego.com
Review by – Debolina Ghosh
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Suits To Suit Your Style

“Elegance is not catching somebody’s eyes, it’s staying in somebody’s memory” – Giorgio Armani

 

If there is one outfit I have always found elegant it’s the suit. Actually, a wardrobe of a man cannot be complete without a suit. Globally, the most accepted piece of attire, it is a mark of one’s reputation, character and style. It is one of the most stylish outfits that we have in our wardrobe, but mind you, it is one of the most confusing ones as well. So before being sceptical about your favourite piece of an outfit just read through the lines and get a better idea.

“A suit is a two or three piece outfit consisting of a jacket or trouser of the same fabric and sometimes accompanied by a waistcoat.”

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Types of men’s suits:

Single Breasted

A single-breasted jacket has only one set of buttons and buttonholes, which do not overlap. It can be two buttoned, generally accepted, or three buttoned. The one button version is generally for dinner jackets. The single-breasted jacket may be worn with a waistcoat, a close-fitting waist-length garment, without sleeves or collar. Waistcoat may be made of the same fabric of the suit. It has a ‘V’ shaped neck and the back is of silk. Also called, the British style suit, it generally gives a casual look as compared to the double-breasted.

single breasted

Double Breasted

A bigger, bolder suit statement, the double-breasted suit has the more flashy peak lapels and six to eight buttons on the front. Instead of closing directly in the centre, double-breasted suits button on one side, usually the wearer’s right. These have more fabric and cut a bigger, bolder frame. They’re more formal than single-breasted suits and worn to make a statement.

double breasted

Lounge Suits

Lounge suits, a man’s formal suit for ordinary day wear. As meant for day work so the fit is comfortable. It can be worn with or without a tie. Light to medium colours is preferred. Single breasted is preferred with two buttons. Three buttons give it a more formal look. Lately, linen suits are a big draw in this category.

Lounge Suits

Dinner Suits

Dinner suits, basic black tie suit. Generally in dark colours and traditional fit. Lately, slim fit is preferred.

Dinner suits

Business Suits

Next in line are the business suits, very formal cut and stylish in sober colours and sharp fits. Different from lounge, as they are more conservative and formal, common being the pinstripe suit in navy or black. Double and single-breasted, both go well.

Business suits

Mandarin Suits

Mandarin suit is an oriental inclusion into this list. With a Nehru collar or the band collar, is generally worn with a full button on. Cut very closely to the body, gives a very lean and sharp look. These are very elegant for an evening out.

Mandarian suits

Wedding Suits

Wedding suits for the ceremonial occasions are catching on fast. They vary in cuts and silhouettes. Fabrics are velveteen, jacquard and other sheen or a luxury fabric meant for luxury wear. The trend is currently of single to two buttons with slim fit. Experiment with lapels and pockets.

Wedding suits

Tuxedos

And yes, the tuxedos are ultra formal and the ultimate in the suit line. It can be stylized for the ceremonial wear. It is mostly seen being worn by Hollywood stars walking the Oscar red carpet in the traditional black tuxedo. Has widely caught up in the eastern part too. Can be worn with a cummerbund, same colour or of some dark royal tone in satin preferably.

Tuxedos

 

Now that you know about suits, you need to complete your look by picking up the correct suit colour, shirt, trousers and accessories that go with it which is coming up in our next blog. Till then stay put and enjoy the weekend. !!

 

Article- Sankhadeep Dey

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Watermelon Cooler | Shake It Make It

Watermelon is an ideal fruit for summer. It has high percentage of water in it and is rich in several vitamins and nutrients. Watermelon can keep you full for long hours without worrying about calories. It is one of the healthiest fruit. Apart from its high water content, it is rich in Vitamin A and C which keeps our skin and hair healthy. It is source of some vital components like lycopene, citrulline. Lycopene is a very vital component and is associated with heart health, bone health and has anti inflammatory properties. Another vital component in watermelon is beta-carotene which is functional for cancer prevention, immunity, skin and eye health.
As hot summer days have already arrived, all of us love to sip into a cool and refreshing drink as soon as we reach home.

Watermelon Facts :
1. It contains upto 92% water and a cup of watermelon contains just 40 calories!
2. Watermelon has optimum water and less fibres, which helps in digestion.
3. Watermelon keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Vitamin A keeps skin hydrated and promotes collagen growth and maintains skin elasticity.
4. Watermelon is an ideal fruit to help you maintain your diet. It keeps you full and even helps in reducing hypertension.
With so many advantages of having watermelon, a super tasty Watermelon drink would seem even tastier! Watermelon being naturally so sweet we don’t need any extra sugar in this drink but a spoon of honey won’t harm!
What do you need – (For 2 glass)
Diced watermelon – 4 cups
Honey – 2 tsp
Rock salt – 1/4 tsp
Few ice cubes/1cup chilled water
Red Chilly powder – A pinch ( optional)
Mint leaves – For garnishing
2 watermelon slices – For garnishing

Let’s shake it :
In a mixer jar, add the watermelon chunks and blend it till it’s liquidy. Add the ice cubes, honey, rock salt, pinch of red chilly and blend everything well. Pour the drink in glasses. Top it with some mint leaves if available and put a slice of watermelon each on the edge of glasses to make it look even more tempting.
Drink it all. And feel the awesomeness!
I hope you all loved the recipe and the facts about watermelon. Okay one more fact, did you know that even the seeds and rind of the watermelon can be eaten?

Do let us know in the comments box about your thoughts and suggestions, or you may even drop us a mail. Enjoy summers with this easy and delicious drink.

Article- Debolina Ghosh

9 Super Healthy Seeds For Your Well-Being

Nature has got a storehouse of resources to help us improve our lifestyle. We may not be aware of all the plants and their benefits. Still, the ones that are known to us and can be of great help to us should certainly be a part of our regime. Apart from fruits and vegetables, some seeds too can be extremely beneficial for us. Seeds are a powerhouse of antioxidants and have dietary fibers, protein and healthy fats in them. They are nature’s best storehouse and can be wisely included by us in our lifestyle.
Let’s know about the most important seeds around us –
1.Hemp seeds-
Hemp seeds are truly a storehouse of some immensely beneficial nutrients. It’s perfectly balanced with omega-6 to omega-3 oil ratio particularly gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA). It is a fantastic source of magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Magnesium is very good for your bone health, it powers our enzymes thus giving us the source of energy. Zinc is needed for the body’s immune system to work perfectly. Iron we all know is present in our blood from childhood and is crucial to send oxygen from lungs. As this seed is a rich source of protein it promotes hair and skin health.
45 calories per 1 tsp, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

2.Sunflower seeds-
This is the perfect phytochemical-rich food. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, selenium and copper, all crucial elements to support your health.
It helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks, migraine headaches, lower high blood pressure.

3.Sesame seeds-
These seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, fiber, phosphorus. It contains linoleic acid ( Omega 3 fatty acid).
It helps you to fight against cholesterol. Studies show that it reduces blood pressure, and protects your liver. As it has a high percentage of zinc, it strengthens hair, skin, muscles and also reduces signs of premature aging.
50 calories in 1 tsp, 5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

4.Pumpkin seeds-
Pumpkin seeds known as pepitas are high in form of antioxidants known as carotenoids. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron. It helps to maintain high energy levels.
Regular consumption boosts your immunity, lower bad cholesterol, reduce diabetes, keep your anxiety at bay, makes male prostate health better.
80 calories in 1 tsp, 8 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

5.Pomegranate seeds-
Pomegranate seeds are considered as nature’s sweet nectar. The juicy seeds help you to reduce your excess flab. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C and helps to reduce fat.
80 calories 1/2 cup, 2 grams fat, 4 g fiber, 2 g fiber

6.Wheat germ-
Wheat germ helps to boost the immune system by fighting with the number of diseases. It improves heart health. It has antioxidants which destroy free radicals. It has anti-aging properties as it is packed with nutrients and vitamins. It makes your stomach happy by aiding good digestion. It boosts metabolic function and research shows that it reduces stress levels as well.
26 calories per 1 tbsp, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

7. Flax Seeds –
Do you need a seed for weight loss? Then try this as it helps in healthy bowel functioning, reduces appetite and thus aids in weight loss. It reduces cholesterol, aids heart health, stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces cancer risks. It has lignans and Omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation. These seeds are helpful for eye health as well.
50 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

8.Cumin seeds-
Cumin seeds popularly known as Jeera in India is a widely used spice for making curries and gravies. Add this wonderful seed to your dishes and reap its benefits. It is widely known for aiding in digestion. Just having two teaspoon of cumin gives you 15% of your recommended iron intake which reduces the risk of any cognitive disease. It contains Vitamin C and boosts the immune system, helps in treating insomnia, has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also contains phosphorus which helps our body to detoxify on its own. Cumin promotes skin health and also helps to prevent diabetes.
Next time when you add cumin in your curries, know that are getting so many benefits out of it.

9.Chia seeds-
A seed which is gaining popularity every day. These small seeds are packed with fiber, protein, nutrient oils, antioxidants, and calcium. Consumption of this seed can reduce your joint pain, keep your digestive system happy, and help you to reduce weight. Chia seeds tend to absorb much more water than its actual weight and thus keeps your tummy fuller within fewer calories. It also improves your brain health, diabetes is also curbed, liver health is increased. It can be included in your breakfast recipes and will keep you going for long hours!
70 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein

Do include these seeds in your daily regime and feel the difference. Small changes can go a long way in making you healthier. Do let us know your thoughts on these seeds!

 

Article- Debolina Ghosh

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Bengali New Year Special Menu|পহেলা বৈশাখের খাবার ও রেসিপি

Pohela Baisakh or Bengali New Year is celebrated on the first day of Baisakh, according to the lunisolar calendar. On this same day people in North India celebrate Bihu and Vaisakhi and people in South Indian states celebrate Vishu and Puthandu.
Pohela Baisakh is celebrated by Bengalis in Bangladesh and West Bengal mainly, and is a big day for Bengalis.
Pohela Baisakh, is celebrated with some detectable mouth-watering Bengali dishes in almost every household in Bengal. It calls for a day full of good food and family get togethers. There is a tradition of wearing new clothes on Poila Boisakh, as this day is a symbol of new beginning. As the month of Chaitra ends and Baisakh arrives, it is thought that there is a scope of new beginning. Thus Pohela Baisakh has got a significant part too, the old is left behind and a new beginning awaits. All the sadness, impurity, darkness is enlightened with the hope of light on this day.
Pohela Boisakh is thus celebrated with all the delicious Bengali dishes which are a proud part of the traditional cuisine of Bengal.
In Menu :
Bhaat ( Rice), Lau Diye Mug Dal(Lentils with Bottle Gourd), Alu Bhaja(Potato), Begun Bhaja ( Brinjal Fry), Potol Posto(Pointed Gourd with Poppy seeds), Echor Alur Tarkari (Jackfruit-Potato Curry), Chicken Kosha(Curry), Aamer Chatni(Mango Chutney), Mango and Cucumber and Papad.

In Menu :
Bhaat(Rice), Saag bhaja, Uchhe bhaja(Bitter -gourd fry), Mach bhaja(Fish fry), Sajne Data Chochhori(Drumsticks fry), Potato-Carrot fry, Onion pakoda, Mug Dal(Lentils), Pathar Mangso(Mutton Curry), Macher-dimer torkari( Fish-egg Curry), Chingri Curry( Prawn curry), Chutney, Misti Dahi( Sweet yogurt), Mihidana( sweet).

Sokol Ke Subho Noboborsho’r Priti O Subechha ( Happy Bengali New Year to all of you). May this bring you all the happiness and love you deserve.

We will share the recipe of each and every item with you. So stay tuned and follow our blog.

-From ourglamsoul team

Article- Debolina Ghosh

Authentic Bengali Chicken Curry

This year’s Pohela Boisakh is Sunday, that means all of us will have a gala time this year! Pohela Boisakh calls for a sumptuous lunch with all our favourite Bengali dishes. To make it easy for you all and decide your menu, I have come up with a lipsmaking Chicken dish. Prepare it for lunch and make your Pohela Boisakh a grand one!
This amazing Chicken recipe will surely give your taste buds a burst of flavours. It’s not oversized and is light on tummy! Have an amazing Poila Boisakh. Let’s get back to our recipe straightaway!

What all do you need –
Chicken – 1 Kg
Chopped onion – 250 gm
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Ginger paste – 3 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1tsp
Curd – 100 gm
Chopped tomato(big) – 2
Dried melon seeds paste (Char Magaz) – 2tsp
Poppy Seeds paste (Posto) – 3tsp
Red Chilly – 2 whole
Red Chilly powder – 2tsp
Mace powder – 1 small pinch
Nutmeg powder – 1 small pinch
Bay leaves – 2
Salt and Sugar – As per taste
Ghee – 1tsp
Mustard oil – 6-7 TSP
Water – 500ml

Recipe :
1. Heat 3 tsp oil in a pan and lightly fry the pre washed chicken. Take it out of the pan when it turns slightly golden.
2. In a fresh pan, add 4 tsp oil and 1tsp oil. Add 2 whole red chillies and 2 bay leaves. Add the chopped onion and 2 tsp of sugar, let it turn golden. As it turns golden, add the ginger and garlic paste. Fry the masala till it is cooked.
3. Add 2 chopped tomatoes and let it mix well will all the other masalas. Cover the pan and let the tomatoes be cooked for 2-3 minutes.
4. At this stage, whisk the curd till no lumps remain, add it in the pan. Add the paste of poppy seeds, melon seeds and red chilly powder.
5. As all the spices are almost cooked, add the Chicken. Mix it with all the cooked spices and season it with salt as per your taste. Add water(500ml) for the gravy. Add less water if you want less gravy.
6. Cover the pan and let it simmer for at least 10-15 mins.
7. Just before removing it from heat, add 1 pinch each of nutmeg and mace for that extra flavour.
Your dish is ready to be served. You may add some garnish it with some fresh cream or serve it as it is. Whatever garnishing you do, it will not disappoint you and your family with the taste.
Wishing you all Subho Noboborsho 1425 in advance. Let this year be full of good food and great moments. Give a kickstart to your Noboborsho with some mouthwatering dishes and let your year be as great as your food.

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Subho Noboborsho 1425(Bengali New Year)
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