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Some Great Starter Books For People Who Wish To Start Reading Novels

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Before reading this article, I would like the reader to know and understand that I am someone who has started reading novels very recently. Over the last 3 months, i.e ever since I’ve begun reading novels, I’ve read 17 novels. I believe the books I enjoyed reading, so much that I kept finishing every one of those books in a time span of 3 days, will also help and enable you to inculcate the habit of reading.

I believe as a “rookie reader” myself, I can understand the difficulties of someone who wishes to start reading a novel but has failed a considerable number of times to complete one. That is the main reason I wrote this article.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”, said J.K Rowling. It is true. I’ve tried to read many novels but have failed to do so in the past and it was because they weren’t the kind of books for me (I know that now, wish I knew that earlier).

The following are some books that got me going on a “reading adventure” if you may like to call it that:

1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Genre: Crime fiction

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Genre: Young adult fiction, Romance novel

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Genre: Crime fiction

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

4. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance novel

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, crime, psychological thriller

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Genre: Conspiracy fiction, detective fiction, thriller, young adult fiction, crime fiction, mystery

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

7. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Genre: Crime fiction

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Detective fiction

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

For the people who have trouble reading english:

If you’re a person with minimum vocabulary knowledge and you find it difficult to read books which contain a new word in every single line that you read, then you should try reading the following books. Personally, I didn’t like them much, but I’ve found many on the internet claiming that they’ve helped people who lack a decent vocabulary knowledge inculcate the habit of reading.

 

9. Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

Genre: Romance novel

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

10. One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat

Genre: Romance novel

If you wish to buy yourself a copy of the book on Amazon, click here.

 

For the people who cannot afford to buy novels at their original price:

If you can’t afford to buy books at their selling price found on Amazon or on Flipkart, do not worry. You can always buy your books from Bookchor. They sell second hand books at affordable prices. I’ve bought a few books from them and the books were delivered safely and in time.

Good luck and happy reading!

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* If you’re an avid reader and you wish to suggest some books for people who wish to start reading novels, I request you to suggest them in the comments section below *

12 Rare F.R.I.E.N.D.S Facts Even Die-Hard Fans Of The Show Wouldn’t Probably Know

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FRIENDS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing -- (Photo by Reisig & Taylor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

1. The show wasn’t supposed to be called “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”

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Initially, the creators of the show had thought of very different titles for the show. “Insomnia Café”, “Friends Like Us”, “Across the Hall” and “Six of One” were some among them.

2. Ross and Rachel’s relationship wasn’t supposed to be the key relationship of the show

The much loved relationship on F.R.I.E.N.D.S was something that wasn’t planned. The actual plan was to have Joey and Monica fall in love with each other and have their relationship as the key relationship of the series. Guess this change of plan actually worked in our favor.

3. Courtney Cox (Monica) auditioned and got selected to play Rachel, Jennifer Aniston was to play Monica

The producers insisted Courtney to play the role of Rachel, but Courtney had her roles switched with Jennifer Aniston because she found Monica to be a strong character. Now that’s another change of plan we’re grateful for.

4. Ross was written for David Schwimmer

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Executive producer Kevin Bright had worked with Schwimmer before and also the writers developed Ross’s character in Schwimmer’s voice.

5. Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) hated playing the guitar

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She had to take professional guitar lessons for playing the role of Phoebe. However, at some point, after learning only a few chords, Kudrow got frustrated and abruptly decided that she wasn’t going to attend any more of the guitar classes. If she had complete knowledge over her guitar, Smelly Cat wouldn’t have been what it is today. Thank God!

6. Except for the vital scenes (the scenes with the major plot twists), almost every other scene was shot in front of a live audience

Except for vital scenes, such as Ross saying the name “Rachel” instead of saying “Emily” at the altar, most of the scenes were shot in front of a live audience (an audience of almost 300 people). “It’s kind of like a test to see if the material works, if the jokes work, if the story tracks,” said LeBlanc.

7. Many including Lisa Kudrow believed Chandler to be gay

Most F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans from all over the country thought Chandler was gay. Even Lisa Kudrow had her own suspicions. However, David Crane, in 1997, told Entertainment Weekly, “No, Chandler isn’t gay. Nor will he be gay.”

8. The protest for equal pay

In 1997, all six cast members refused to work in the show until they all got an equal pay of $100,000. The producers caved in and they all received an equal pay ever since then.

9. Kudrow was actually pregnant while filming her “pregnant with brother’s triplets” scenes Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show

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Courtney was pregnant during the final season, however, since they had previously announced that Chandler and Monica were incapable of giving birth to a baby, they simply decided to cover up her baby belly with makeup and costumes as much as possible.

10. Courtney’s marriage to David Arquette

In the opening credits of the episode that was aired following Courtney’s marriage to David Arquette, every cast member was given the last name “Arquette”. “Jennifer Aniston Arquette,” “Lisa Kudrow Arquette,” and so on.

11. Bruce Willis (Elizabeth’s dad) had to appear on the show for free as a result of losing a bet to Perry

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Perry placed a bet that “The Whole Nine Yards” would be number one in the box office on its opening weekend and Bruce Willis had bet against it. Perry’s gut instinct of the movie’s success had become reality, and so Bruce Willis was asked to give multiple guest appearances on the show free of cost. He had to donate his earnings for the guest stint to charity.

12. Matthew Perry had an addiction struggle throughout the series

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Perry went to rehab for an addiction to drugs and alcohol in 1997. He went again in 2001. He later told People, “I was never high at work. I was painfully hung over. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it and everybody knew.”

The Scammer Who Tried To Scam This Dude Got Owned

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We live in an era where almost one in ten people on the internet who text us are scammers. This outrageous situation we are in right now needs to be changed definitely, even though we feel this is our new normal.

One among the seemingly infinite scammers had somehow got his hands on the number of this guy and texted him asking for details, first email and then pictures. Little did the scammer know this dude’s a savage and not one to be taken lightly. Yes, he not only didn’t allow the scammer to end up successful, he also made a complete fool of the scammer in the most hilarious way possible.

(Please note: It’s advised not to respond to any messages from such scammers/hackers on the internet)

The following screenshots (get ready for some laughs!) reveal how the conversation went like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Guy’s Tinder Experiment Shows What Happens When “Hot” Guys Send Inappropriate Texts To Women

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This dude who prefers to be known by the internet as Germanlifter, has done an experiment to show us what exactly happens when a “hot” dude sends inappropriate texts to women.

Germanlifter, did this experiment by selecting a really hot male model and creating a fake Tinder profile using the model’s pictures.

This is the model he picked.

What happened is, many women, despite having been sent inappropriate messages, have consented to meet up, have shared their mobile numbers right away and some have done much more than that.

Germanlifter has also mentioned that almost all women he’s swiped right have been instant matches. He also said that the only time he’s been rejected was when he started with “let’s fu*k”.

The results may or may not come as a surprise to you. I do not know about that.

It’s understandable that on a platform like Tinder, all the information about a person we have acesss to, to judge whether we like them or not, is their pictures. More than that, it’s very natural to be attracted to good-looking people. But at what cost is the question. At the cost of our dignity and respect? Hmm, guess not.

Anyhow, here are some screenshots of the conversation between Greenlifter’s fake account and his matches on Tinder:

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Some Very Different Words We Thought To Have The Same Meaning

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Ever wondered why there are many words which mean the exact same thing? In actuality our assumption is wrong. Many of those words don’t mean the same thing, in fact they have very different meanings and we’ve just been using them wrong.

Bored Panda has taken the step to enlighten many of us by pointing out some of the many words we’ve been misusing.

We’ve picked and presented below some of the words which have different meaning you may have thought to have the same meaning:

 

1. Pill vs Tablet

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2. Alligators vs Crocodiles

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3. Great Britain vs United Kingdom

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4. Emoji vs Emoticon

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5. Poisonous vs Venomous

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6. Turtle vs Tortoise

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7. Cement vs Concrete

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8. Crow vs Raven

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9. Seal vs Sea Lion

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10. Champagne vs Sparkling Wine

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11. Labrador vs Golden Retriever

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12. Cupcakes vs Muffins

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13. Biscuits vs Cookies

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14. Mouse vs Rat

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15. Mug vs Cup

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Some Common Myths That Smokers Believe To Be True But Are Totally Wrong About

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Before getting into this article, I would like to let the reader know that I am in no way implying that smoking is “immoral” or that you need to quit smoking. The sole purpose of this article is to ensure smokers know what they’re doing. I believe this knowledge is essential so one (a smoker) doesn’t live in an illusion. If, after you read all of the points below and decide to continue to smoke (because you love smoking), then it’s your choice and no one has the right to stop you (unless you’re under 18 of course). But just know it probably isn’t what you think it is.

The commonly held false beliefs:

1. Smoking helps you when you’re stressed

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No, it doesn’t. You get this “headache” sort of feeling after some hours (or even minutes for some) of smoking, and when you smoke a cigarette again, you feel this headache go away. That uneasy feeling in your head is actually your brain craving the nicotine (Nicotine is what makes you get addicted to cigarettes) in cigarettes.

Whenever you feel stressed, you get an uneasy feeling in your head, and so you smoke, you feel relieved and think your cigarette has helped you face your stress issues.

In actuality, the stress you relieved yourself from is only your brain’s craving for nicotine and was never the stress that was a result of some real problem. Which means you would’ve kept yourself calm and would’ve faced the real problem efficiently without the help of cigarettes if you were never addicted to nicotine in the first place. So, yes, most smokers’ belief that cigarettes help them face stress and help them solve their problems efficiently is wrong. If anything, your nicotine addiction will only add up to your actual problem.

 

2. Smoking is cool

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Smoking is anything but cool. If you believe you appear “cool” in front of your friends while you smoke, let me tell you, you don’t. If your friends tell you you do, then you sure as hell need to reconsider whom you’re friends with. Just think about it, if they really care about you, would they find it cool of you to spoil your health like that? Anyhow, if having superficial friends is what you want, then go ahead, no issues.

 

3. I’m healthy now and I can smoke as much as I want, my lungs would only start to get affected when I’m 40, by the time which nothing would matter anymore

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If you’re one to think that, you’re wrong about it. Cigarettes don’t take as much time as you think to affect your lungs. They affect your lungs in an instant, not in 40 years.

 

4. Reducing the number of cigarettes is going to prolong your cancer-free life

While this may sound logical, it doesn’t apply in real life. Various studies have been conducted on this commonly held belief and most of the studies have proved the belief to be wrong. If you really wish to prolong your life, or you wish to live a healthier life, cutting down on the number of cigarettes isn’t the way, the only way is to stop smoking completely.

 

5. I know a few old people who smoked and still smoke and are healthy even now

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It is true that a few people have reached their 50s without getting into any serious health problems due to smoking, but the chances of that happening are extremely less. It is kind of like winning the lottery. Well, if you wish to smoke, just know you’re actually risking it and that there are no assurances.

If you still intend to continue to smoke, go ahead and smoke, nobody has the right to intervene. Nobody is stopping you. Do what you love doing or what works for you, cheers!

 

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10 Things You Need To Do To Have A More Fulfilling and Productive Life

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1. Get out of Facebook

Reading it through Facebook, huh? That’s okay. But get to know this, Facebook and it’s sister companies aren’t the only way to connect with people. Did I forget to tell this, stop Whatsapping too. Just keep them in limits.

 

2. Go for a stroll

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Go for a stroll in a pleasant place, there’s no point in walking around the fish market and trespassing road traffic. Find some trees and walk under them.

 

3. Grab a book

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Yes, grab a book. Now dont say you’ve got Kindle or hundreds of books online. Get your hands on a paper bound book and turn each page to read, burns more calories, just kidding, wait I’m not so sure.

 

4. Clean up your home

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Ever spent a whole day out and you got home to a dungen that looks like the flood just drained off leaving behind a ton of garbage, yes? Okay, time for some cleaning.

 

5. Learn to cook

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You need this, no, you dont need a wife to do that. You have to learn to cook, if that means you have to learn to cook boiling water, it’s okay, just learn it.

 

6. Learn new skills

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Still single huh, probably you got no tricks to impress the girls or attract the guys. Go out find a trainer or a good YouTube channel and learn to sing, dance, walk or talk. Just learn something good.

 

7. Relax

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Relax! Really, RELAX. Sometimes relax refers to working out, if that’s the case then yoga, pilates, aerobics would do it. Or just a cup of coffee on your balcony is enough.

 

8. Talk to people in person

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Talk to people, that’s what Facebook and Whatsapp are for, right? No, WRONG. They are for talking to people whom you can’t talk to in person. Aren’t you now thinking of texting your mom to bring in snacks to your room from the kitchen?

 

9. Create something

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Yes, create someting, anything. A better body, a DYI pencil stand or a room decor that looks completely like shit, That’s okay, thats how everything starts. Just work on moving that lazy a**.

 

10. Go get a life

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Finally and ultimately, if you got free time, then go get a life. We know you ain’t in love with your schooling or work. When you are free, do what you really want to do and don’t spend your free time complaining on facebook about what you want to do but you can’t as there ain’t no time.

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15 Reasons Why Being Single Is Nothing Less Than A Complete Bliss

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For all the single people who are worried about their “singleness”, this article will give a pat on your back and let you know you’re doing way better than you think.

Yes, single life is absolutely and undeniably blissful, and here’s 15 reasons why:

1. You can sleep in the night

You’re not having those oh so romantic late night calls, all night texts and showing up the next day like a torture victim. You embrace sleep when sleep embraces you.

 

2. You can wear what you like and only you like

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You don’t have to hunt for the decent barbie pink colour mens shirt or the Armani grey kurta, you wear what suits your mood.

 

3. No lies, no excuses just fuck the world

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Yes, you heard that right. Relationships usually take a lot of complimenting and coaxing, you may have to sell your soul before giving a few sweet compliments.

4. Your savings and salary is yours and only yours

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You dont have to fill up a piggy bank that belongs to your significant other, it’s going to be broken anyway.

5. Your eyes needn’t be for only one

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How about that hot girl standing over the bar or that cool guy in black loafers. Whaat, NO, you shouldn’t even bat an eyelid at other humans. It’s banned.

6. You’re free for hook ups, flirts and one night stands  

With no commitment comes great freedom of choice, of words, of actions, and of thoughts. So go ahead, have an adrenal rush for a whole night, who cares.

7. More time with friends, especially your opposite sex besties

Into a relationship and you’re suddenly all alone with no one to share your feelings and no time to spend with the few friends you have.

8. More work focus, less distractions

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You dont have to text them inbetween your each breath. While lunch break you will eat with no necessity of being a multi tasking maniac.

9. Less things to remember, like what is the birthday of her cat’s third litter of kittens

You dont have to wake up to reminders and you dont have to forget to set up a remimder, it’s enough if you remember your name and address.

10. You dont have to ask anyone before relocating to a better city/country

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Remember all the drama your relatives staged when you were to go to a college in a different city. It’s different now, one manipulating person upstages all your relatives and can even convince your boss you wont do well outside.

11. Travel the world, explore

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You dont have to book tickets for two, find a room for two. You’re single and on your own.

12. You get a lot of time for self improvement

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No running around like a sheep in the market or waking behind like an escort in the malls. Come home, read a book, wait who we kidding? Just netflix, beer and chill.

13. Relax, relax that’s what you do in weekends

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14. You don’t have to watch the boring soap operas she wants you to watch

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She wants you to tell her sweet things like what Karan Patel told to Ishita on the 23rd minute of episode 351. Come on, go get a life

15. You dont have to look and act like some Sharmaji ke beta she always drools over

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No more burning the night’s oil to fulfill expectations even Hercules and Achilles would fail. You are what you are and you shall stay that way until it doesn’t require you standing behind the bars or getting therapy everyday.
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22 Quotes From “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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Some loved the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Some hated it. No matter which category you fall under, you cannot deny there was something about the quotes from the movie which made us all fall in love with the dialogue writers (if not in love with the movie).

Here are some of the many incredible and lovable quotes from the movie:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Signs Your Boyfriend Is A Total Keeper

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I’ve been coming across a lot of women lately with one question in their mind, does he love me, or is he just tryna get in my pants?

To all the ladies out there with similar doubts in their mind, if your boyfriend shows some or all (in which case you gotta start making your wedding plans) of the following signs, then NEVER, EVER LET HIM GO!

1. The “good morning” texts 

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You may think I’m being completely absurd and that a mere “good morning” text doesn’t signify anything, but no, you’re completely wrong to think that. Just think about it, if your boyfriend sends you a text wishing you a happy morning first thing when he wakes up every single day, then doesn’t it mean you’re the first person he thinks about when he wakes up? Doesn’t it mean you’re helluva lot special to him?

 

2. Periods

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If your boyfriend is one who remembers the time of the month you get your periods, takes special care of you (chocolates, kisses, cuddles et cetera et cetera..) and does his best to make you feel comfortable, then damn girl, he sure as hell loves you like anything. NEVER EVER LET GO OF HIM. I REPEAT. NEVER! This is one big sign you can never find in a fuckboy.

 

3. Pauses his video games for you

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This may seem funny to you, but trust me, there is something about guys and videogames that makes them both inseperable. If he pauses his game for you, it doesn’t matter whether it’s an Xbox game or a mobile phone game, he definitely loves spending time with you. If your guy pauses his online game for you, you simply have to wake up. Just kidding, he’s goals!

 

4. When you overdrink 

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When you’re at his house or wherever and you consume way too much alcohol than you’re supposed to and vomit, and if he, instead of shouting at you or cursing you, helps you get cleaned up and puts you to bed like a darling, he is a total keeper, girl.

 

5. When you cry, he would cry with you

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To hell with all the “masculine” bs that men can’t cry. When you’re hurt and he doesn’t feel hurt because you’re hurt, it doesn’t mean he’s a “man”, it simply means your feelings doesn’t matter to him (YES, that’s what it means!). When he loves you and cares about you, he’ll definitely cry when you cry, maybe he’ll try to surpress all his tears just so he can have better chances at making you alright, but you can definitely look through him and notice how much he’s hurting on just knowing you’re hurt. If your man does this, then there’s no doubt he loves you very much and he isn’t pretending to just get in your pants.

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