Lifestyle en Wed Nov 16 12:45:47 IST 2022 how-sports-helps-develop-a-childs-personality <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Covid-19 changed our lives in unimaginable ways, be it the way we greet each other, or travel, or eat, or even play. In fact, outdoor sports and games came to a standstill, and one of the most affected by it were the children. The days and months they would otherwise had spent in the dusty streets or on muddy fields, passed away within the confines of their houses. And, with outdoor activities dwindling, children started looking inwards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Online gaming grew by leaps and bounds and spending hours in front of screen – mobile, tablet PCs or TVs - became the norm, as parents, too, became helpless. Even the classes were held online. The habits picked up during this period spilt over to the post-pandemic months and years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So, where does this leave our children?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“The best way for any child to grow up is by physically indulging themselves in activities like sports, and steering clear of sedentary activities,” says Muneer, an archery coach in Kerala.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Nanaki J. Chadha, a Chartered Sport and Performance Psychologist under the British Psychological Society (BPS), agrees. “Engaging in any kind of physical activity results in the release of endorphins, which are natural mood boosters and helps to reduce stress and anxiety.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chadha says that sports can add an element of fun in a child’s life and help them deal better with their stress and anxiety.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sports also has the potential to provide a framework for learning values, thereby aiding in the development of a child’s personality, she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Vipin Roldant, a sports psychologist in Kerala, says that sports can help with physical, muscular, and mental development, as well as hormonal balance in the body. It also acts as a form of communication between others and, at times, between ourselves. Roldant identifies sports as “an excellent expression of emotions&quot;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hockey player Sarange Mohan, 23, says the game allowed him to achieve focus in life and to think practically and rationally. Meanwhile, basketball player Sheethal feels the game has allowed her to be independent in life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, sports have rules and regulations that one has to follow, which helps a child develop a sense of discipline. Though individual games and sports have their positive aspects - like how the game of chess can help in the cognitive and intellectual development of a child - playing a team or a group sport helps in the personality development of the child.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Friendships are an essential part of a child’s development, and sports helps build connections,” says Chadha.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She also emphasises on the importance of sports in schools and colleges, and the need to have the necessary infrastructure in place.&nbsp;</p> Sat Feb 25 13:31:50 IST 2023 how-to-avoid-online-scams-this-valentines-day <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>This Valentine's, you might be celebrating with your better half, fiance, beau or gal-pals. Whichever route you choose, don't let e-scammers get to you. Here's how you can protect yourself against fraudsters.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Valentine's season is when retailers offer chocolates, roses, all things heart-shaped and other related merchandise. It is available in stores and websites around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As per a Check Point research, in 2022, email-delivered-attacks reached a record of 86 per cent of all file-based in-the-wild attacks. As per the research, there's been a 54 per cent increase in the number of new Valentine’s Day-related domains, compared to previous months and since the beginning of February, 1 in 1,000 Valentine's Day-related emails are found to be malicious or suspicious.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>About 12,441 new domains were registered to contain the terms 'love' or 'valentine' in their names since January and approximately 1 out of 10 of these domains were found to be potentially risky.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>These sites often phish for user information by manipulating users to install malicious files, clicking malicious links, or divulging sensitive information. Phishing content can be delivered via any medium, but, emails are most common. Phishing attacks are often combined with malware, code injection, and network attacks.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Scammers also tend to launch 'free' campaigns-- campaigns offering free goods with messaging like 'Your valentines day reward has arrived!'. These are usually sent out from unused domains and/or from multiple users. The domain might have already been used to collect user or payment information.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AI or artificial intelligence can be used as a tool to trick people into giving sensitive information or opening malicious emails. Chatbots can be programmed to send messages that appear to be from a trustworthy source. Domains can be designed to look legitimate. For example, instead of the email address, a phishing email may use ‘’.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chatbots can also be programmed to impersonate potential romantic partners. Or to send automated messages that appear to be from friends or family members.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Phishing emails might also contain suspicious attachments. For example a zip file of an invoice for flowers or a gift sent to your significant other. The attachment most probably could contain malicious content. Many-a-times, phishing emails contain grammatical error or is written in language that sounds wrong. Phishing emails, which, in most cases try to steal money, might demand sensitive information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So, what to do if you get a phishing email?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Delete any suspicious mail. Also, don’t reply, click links, or open attachments from such emails.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue Feb 14 16:55:33 IST 2023 beyond-pizza-pasta-risotto-spaghetti-or-lasagna-as-we-know-it <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Just like in India where food habits and culture change every 200km, Italy, too, experiences a shape-shifting culinary identity from one region to another. Often considered the greatest mecca for food, Italian cuisine is beautiful and highly complex. But globalisation has ensured that some its greatest culinary exports—pizza, pasta, spaghetti or gelato—now belong to the world, often in not so savoury ways. To showcase its rich and deeply rooted food culture which champions a field-to-fork ethos, the Embassy of Italy organised the seventh edition of the 10-day World Week of Italian Cuisine in India spread across New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Apart from introducing agri-food products like Red Gold tomatoes from Europe, there are Michelin-starred chef demonstrations from the likes of Cristina Bowerman and Adriano Baldassarre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the World Week comes to an end on December 10, Vincenzo de Luca, the ambassador of Italy to India, speaks to THE WEEK on the lamp-bulb shaped Tomato San Marzano, its alternative nutritional labelling scheme and the many Italian dishes India can easily embrace beyond pizza, pasta, risotto, spaghetti or lasagna.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ What makes the seventh edition of World Week of Italian Cuisine in India special compared to previous iterations? What does it hope to achieve?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ The World Week of Italian Cuisine (WWIC) was launched in 2016, one year after Expo Milan, by the Italian government in order to celebrate and promote excellence not just of the food and wine traditions abroad but the Italian agri-food chain as a whole. This year we celebrate the 7th edition of WWIC specifically focused on its conviviality, innovation and sustainability. With this edition, we hope to demonstrate how Italian cuisine is suitable for Indian palates, how it is healthy and sustainable, how it is fitting not only for starred chefs but also for everyday family cooking. We also aim at showing how the quality of its ingredients matter. We know that often some dishes like pizza, spaghetti and meat-balls prevail in the collective imagination in versions that we would never find in Italy. We want to showcase the real essence and the incredible variety both in terms of ingredients and dishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ In terms of exchange of agri-products, which Italian ingredients are set to enter the Indian market in larger numbers? There's already been the formal launch of canned tomatoes from EU. Can you elaborate more on how this particular variety of tomatoes is special and which market category would most benefit from it?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ Canned tomatoes that have been shown both in our events and at SIAL represent the basis for many of our dishes. They are cultivated and processed in Italy in the most sustainable way, meaning there is low use of chemicals, optimisation of water-use through very advanced satellite-based systems and reduced wastes. There is not only of one kind. You can find, for instance, the most known lamp bulb type – The San Marzano, which is very juicy and excellent for pizza-making. Or the red and yellow cherry tomatoes of which many varieties exist. All are tasty, easy-to-use and healthy as they are rich in vitamins and low on calorie content. Moreover, our cheeses represent a very interesting product for Indian consumers but their import for the most part is not possible at the moment because of non-tariff barriers in place. In addition, we consider wines an essential accompaniment for a good meal. We also believe that our good wines play a large part in shaping our most loved landscapes—from Tuscany to the Prosecco hills in the northeast which is one of the UNESCO sites in Italy. Good wines have nothing to do with heavy drinking but at the moment they face both high import tariffs and heavy taxes. Citrus fruit could also be another product that Italy can be exported in massive quantities. And going into processed food, Italy has a good performance worldwide in not just cereal derivatives like pasta but also baked and confectionary products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ In what way is Italy championing the cause of sustainable food practices through the Milan Charter? What are some examples or the ways in which it is being realised?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ I have already given the example of the use of smart technologies for water use for tomatoes but there are many others. About one fifth of our land area is organic and we have a 25 per cent target by 2030. Organic pastures are very important for our dairy products such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana and Pecorino, just to quote the most known ones. We have 53 cheeses with denomination of origin that constitute the excellence of our production. These products are sustainable because they are based on the rich biodiversity of pastures in our mountain and hill regions. They also benefit the rural communities to which they belong. Besides organic pastures, our agriculture is oriented to smart input use and we are helping farmers substitute their tractors with new ones based on precision methods. Sustainable innovation is the keyword in agri-food processing, too. This is increasingly based on renewable energy, water-recycling and zero wastes. Many advanced bio-products can be obtained from tomato processing, such as films, biomolecules that are used in the chemical and pharmaceutic industries, bio-fertilisers and many others. And this concept applies to the whole Italian food processing industry from wine and olive oil to processed cereal products, fruits and vegetables.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ Could you elaborate on defending alternative nutritional labelling schemes to expose mechanisms that penalise the Mediterranean diet and traditional European industry?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ There is a discussion going on in Europe on the best way to inform consumers on how healthy the stuff they eat is via the front-pack label. Our position in proposing the NutrInform battery system is that we have to look at the diet more than a single ingredient. A varied and balanced diet is a fundamental requirement for good health and that individual foods have relative importance in the context of the diet as a whole. The application of nutrient profiles as a criterion is intended to avoid situations where the nutrition or health claims obscure the overall nutritional value of a given product and can therefore mislead the consumer who seeks to make healthy choices within the framework of a balanced diet. Our scientifically-based “Guidelines for a healthy diet” specify that there is no &quot;complete&quot; food, containing all the necessary substances and in the right quantity and capable of satisfying all our nutritional needs. For this reason, an adequate and balanced diet can be achieved with a combination of different foods, each with distinct nutritional characteristics, which ensures all the necessary nutritional elements and energy intake. These principles are at the core of a typical food model under a Mediterranean diet recognised as intangible UNESCO heritage. No food, with exception made for allergies and intolerances, should be excluded from a proper diet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ Which lesser-known Italian dishes do you feel should rule the global culinary landscape?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ By showing our tomatoes, we have celebrated here the Eggplant parmigiana, a much loved dish in Italy, and also the rice suppli’, one of the most celebrated street foods in Italy. All our dishes can be loved by Indians. Risotto and pasta are the basis for an infinite number of plates and we make it with all sort of vegetables or with seafood. Also, our soups, for example the Ribollita from Tuscany or the Acquacotta are vegetarian dishes that Indians would love. All our stuffed pasta, tortellini, agnolotti and ravioli need to be mentioned here. Also, we must not forget our incredible variety of dessert—from the traditional Panettone and Pandoro, very popular around Christmas that come from the north of Italy, to the cannoli from Sicily and a lot more. I also think Indians would love Italian ice-creams made with fresh, natural ingredients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Q/ How do you feel Indian and Italian food are similar in their sensibilities?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A/ Definitely, they have some commonalities and potential for cross-pollination. Our cuisine is based on seasonal products and there is a strong vegetarian basis in the form of wheat flour, rice, tomatoes, all the vegetables. Then there is the way food is prepared at home with love and passion. Finally, the way food is consumed both at home and in restaurants with friends and family without any rush. Slow food was born in Italy. Conviviality – together with sustainability - is one of the keywords of the seventh edition of World Week of Italian Cuisine.</p> Fri Dec 09 16:30:06 IST 2022 a-gifting-guide-for-the-boozehound-this-holiday-season <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>From rum produced in Caribbean countries to homegrown tipples from Goa, beer inspired from the House of the Dragon to a prestige whisky, here's our round-up of alcohol gifts to indulge in this festive season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Diwali Vintage Scotch Ale</b></p> <p>India’s first Scotch Ale, Diwali Vintage, is a malty and rich beer with mild sweetness from the dark malts, balanced delicately with the spicy bitterness of noble hops. The beer gets its robust flavour from the dominant smoky aromas of peated malts used in the best Scotch whiskeys. The Diwali Vintage is a beer for sipping slowly by the fireplace and celebrating the year gone by. The Scotch Ale is part of a portfolio called Imagined-in-India series where the premium beer company has three new limited-release beers---Fest Oktoberfest Lager, Fireworks Hoppy Wheat, and Diwali Vintage Scotch Ale---launched specially for this festive season.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:</b>&nbsp;Karnataka - Rs 150 a pint || Mumbai - Rs 190&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Plantation 3 Stars&nbsp;</b></p> <p>3 Stars is a blend of aged and unaged rums from three primary terroirs: Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. While Barbados delivers a rich and balanced palate, Trinidad adds finesse, and Jamaica provides an emphatic structure. The final product is filtered to remove colour making it a smooth-tasting white rum that blends well with cocktails. A perfect rum for Daiquiris.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:&nbsp;</b>Goa - Rs 2,985 || Mumbai - Rs 3,400</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Short Story Dry Gin</b></p> <p>Short Story—the latest from Goa-based Third Eye Distillery—aims to drive the conversation homeward on creating a benchmark for quality spirits. At the helm of the brand is Pankaj Balachandran as the brand director of Short Story—a well-known figure in the beverage industry. Their gin is an 11-botanical blend of traditional, pot-distilled London dry gin (Juniper, Coriander, Bitter orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, cubeb berries, long pepper, anjelica, hazelnut, black cardamom and star anise). It has a strong and vibrant citrus and juniper foundation on the palate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:&nbsp;</b>Maharashtra - Rs 1,850 || Karnataka - Rs 1,950 || Goa - Rs 1,050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Trading Tides - Coastal Dry Gin</b></p> <p>With Australian lemon myrtle, anise myrtle and river mint and the Indian flavours of mangosteen, kokum and tamarind—Stranger &amp; Sons crafted Trading Tides, a coastal dry gin, is an ode to this rather strange trade. Trading Tides Gin is a bright bouquet of citrus notes that’s vibrant with a refreshing hint of mint and a soft, spiced finish.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:</b>&nbsp;Goa, Bangalore and Mumbai - Rs&nbsp;3,500</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (19 Years)</b></p> <p>Ardbeg is soon to debut in India a limited edition expression from its prestige range. The fourth bottling of its permanent 19-year-old expression, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van) will be made available in the country exclusively via Duty-Free retail outlets in Mumbai and Delhi airports. Produced in small batches and released year-on-year, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 4 is a rare and ever-changing whisky, drawing its inspiration from Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands. Matured with a higher proportion of Oloroso Sherry casks, Batch Four takes on more flavours of chocolate and raisin, alongside a distinctive mentholic character.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:</b>&nbsp;Available in travel retail outlets at Mumbai and Delhi International Airports for Rs 24,000</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Hapusa-Distiller's Cut</b></p> <p>Hapusa meaning juniper in Sanskrit is the first gin to be made with the Himalayan juniper berry. Found near the snowline in the Himalayas, the elusive juniper berries provide a beautiful structure to the gin while the turmeric and the delectable raw mango make Hapusa, a unique contemporary gin. Nao spirits recently launched a special variant of Hapusa Himalayan dry gin in New Delhi called Distiller’s Cut. Bottled at a higher alcohol strength of 47 per cent ABV, this Gin is able to retain and showcase some of the more delicate notes of its botanicals like raw mango and turmeric resulting in a taste experience that is familiar, yet richer and even more complex than the original.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Price:</b>&nbsp;Delhi - Rs 3,000</p> Sat Oct 22 18:57:54 IST 2022 international-coffee-day-shruti-shibulal-talks-coffee-and-responsible-hospitality <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>It was in 2012 that Shruti Shibulal, CEO and director of Tamara Leisure Experiences, started her first coffee plantation resort at Coorg. Ten years later, The Tamara Coorg, which is spread over 180 acres at 3,500 feet above sea level in the Kabbinakad estate, regularly features as one of the top luxury retreats for all coffee lovers.</p> <p>Daughter of SD Shibulal, co-founder of IT giant Infosys, Shruti found her calling in the hospitality industry after an internship stint at the Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Named a &quot;Young Global Leader&quot; in 2017 by the World Economic Forum, the 36-year-old has carved a niche in the realm of eco-tourism with properties from Kodaikanal to Germany. An industry historically associated with high pollution, Shruti has been one of the leading figures in rethinking hospitality in India as a responsible endeavour.</p> <p>Her company added three new properties in the first fiscal year of 2021 including an ayurvedic retreat in Alleppey, a 147-room hotel in Coimbatore and Moxy Bremen, a 128-room hotel in Germany, the fourth acquisition in the country. But it was in Coorg, India's own coffee bowl country, where the journey started. The Tamara Carnival this year in October-November will feature acts like multi-Grammy award-winning music composer and environmentalist Ricky Kej.</p> <p>On International Coffee Day, Shruti talks to The Week about growing coffee, responsible tourism and the several waterfalls flowing through the estate.</p> <p>Edited excerpts:</p> <p><b>As an eco-resort trying to minimise your environmental footprint, what are some of the practical challenges of keeping up with commitments to sustainability? Could going on a luxury-leisure stay really protect the environment considering the demands for comfort and several other amenities?</b></p> <p>Our offerings are authentic and harmonious with social and environmental well-being. For instance, our properties in Coorg and Kodai feature wildlife-sensitive LED lighting which preserves the natural ecosystem of both native and migratory species. This feature makes both estates a haven for rare and beautiful varieties of birds. Bird watching is among the most popular guest experiences we offer. In Coorg, rainwater harvesting tanks with the capacity of around 90 lakh kilo litre allow conserving rainwater which is used for resort operations and landscaping. Our guest experiences include plantation walks, cardamom and Rudraksha trails, etc., and learning about the process of coffee making from blossom to final brew.</p> <p><b>What are the challenges of running a coffee estate resort, as Tamara Coorg is spread across 180 acres?</b></p> <p>Considering the resort is built on steep terrains, we have Maccaferri walls for soil enforcement to prevent landslides. Cottages are constructed at varying heights on wooden stilts. In keeping with our ethos we have battery-operated buggies ferrying guests to their rooms and across the property. We have ensured not to divert natural water bodies flowing through the estate, rather have developed around them, to ensure their natural flow. Fencing around the property is created such that it provides a path for wild animals away from the property rather than hurt them in any way. Rainwater harvesting measures have been installed with a capacity of 1 lakh KLD which ensures self-reliance in running the plantation and for guests, without burdening the natural water table or communities downstream. These are just some of the many innovative ways we run a coffee estate resort.</p> <p><b>Any outward collaboration was done to promote the coffee&nbsp;</b><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">at Tamara Coorg?</b></p> <p>At Tamara Coorg, we follow regenerative and sustainable farming practices like maintaining soil fertility and bio-diversity and cultivating coffee in a shade-governed environment to differentiate our coffee. Sustainable and organic cultivation processes like using bio-fertilisers, bio-pesticides and composts nurture and nourish the precious topsoil, the loss of which is of grave concern today. We have entered into knowledge-sharing and collaborative initiatives with renowned coffee brands in the country to share organic coffee farming practices and enhance how guests can engage hands-on with our coffee and plantation.</p> <p><b>Can you tell us about some of the new initiatives introduced to help attract guests from a younger demographic slice?</b></p> <p>Millennial and GenZ travellers are notably the most informed and conscious. Since their preferences align closely with our own values we find that our offerings across the board are meaningful to the younger demographic. With the rise in popularity for nature-centric, wellness and mindful travel, we’ve been able to experiment further with the experiences we curate.</p> <p><b>Any new initiatives that you would like to highlight in the run-up to International Coffee Day?</b></p> <p>A flagship experience on offer at The Tamara Coorg is the Blossom to Brew coffee experience where our coffee professionals take guests through every step of how coffee reaches us in a cup. One of the highlights is the seasonal cherry blossom picking. The experience culminates at The Verandah, our coffee bar and souvenir store on the property. Our focus will remain on promoting the Indian coffee brew experience.</p> Sat Oct 01 13:26:52 IST 2022 this-designer-resort-goa-tribute-indus-valley-civilsation <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The tourism industry was one of the worst-hit sectors during the pandemic. But even in the midst of crisis, there are those who try to tread a new path and explore options.</p> <p>Experts say that experiential tourism is the way forward, and many properties in Goa, like 3102bce, a designer boutique resort, are gaining traction post Covid. It is more than a resort—it is also an extraordinary tribute to the legacy of the Indus-Saraswati civilisation.</p> <p>Since it started operations just before the Covid-19 outbreak, the property was only able to serve domestic customers. “We now have a visitor ratio of 90:10, which means that 90 per cent of the visitors are from India, and 10 per cent are from other countries,” said Ishaan Bhutoria, operation director of the property group.</p> <p>Despite the fact that Goa is presently experiencing its off-season, Bhutoria was fascinated by the level of interest in the Goan hospitality industry. “I expected hotel occupancy to be around 60 per cent during the off-season, but to my surprise, the facility is currently at over 90 per cent,” he said.</p> <p>The key factor that makes a resort stand out is that urban dwellers nowadays are in search of immersive experiences. “Today’s travellers expect more than just five-star accommodations; they like being immersed in the natural beauty, cerebral connect and ethnic flavours even as they indulge in delectable cuisines they have not experienced much. They are mostly interested in expeditions and experiences, the lesser-known and unknown places and legends, and developing a deeper connection with local culture and nature,” said Bhutoria.</p> <p>Speaking about choosing a rather unusual name for the resort, Bhutoria said it is a tribute to India's culture and philiosphy. “Inspired by the prehistoric Vedic era, our designer boutique resort offers an experiential experience that lies beyond the boundaries of an average hospitality experience. The Indus-Saraswati civilisation-themed resort pays homage to the sublime culture, philosophy and legacy of India’s ‘itihas’. This enabled us to provide our guests that cerebral link to the timeless heritage of this ancient culture,” he said. He added: “Nestled in the proximity of Vagator, Mini-Vagator and Anjuna beach of North Goa it is also very strategically located.”</p> <p>To provide an immersive experience and evoke the purity and grace of a bygone era, the architectural team took cues from the Indus-Saraswati culture. The rooms are adorned with replicas of figurines uncovered during archaeological excavations. While we ensured that all the rooms feature modern facilities and comforts, the interiors were designed to give the impression of being transported to the ancient world, he said. The resort was given a rustic feel throughout, with Harappa-style city walls and a Great Bath-style structure right in the middle. “Each of the 37 rooms of the resort are associated with seven Chakras that hold the key to our physical well-being, thus a guest is never short of a new experience,” Bhutoria added.</p> <p>Hailing from a family of hoteliers, Bhutoria takes inspiration from his father, Rahul Bhutoria, who has already created a name for himself in the field with ‘The Lindsay Group’.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue Jun 28 23:08:06 IST 2022 trends-and-predictions-for-the-future-of-mental-health <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>As the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic looms large, life restriction could enhance more trouble for working class of India. The pandemic has emphasised the importance of mental health and has altered the healthcare landscape.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the pandemic, demand for mental health services skyrocketed. Recent trends in the healthcare community show that there has been a substantial increase in the online education sphere with increased access to healthcare. Needless to say, both are proportionately increasing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2021, Olympic athletes, celebrities, and other public figures came forward about their mental health, helping to reduce stigma. As we enter the third year of the pandemic, mental health is expected to remain a top priority in 2022, say experts.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While mental health technologies exploded during Covid-19, the trend had already begun before the pandemic. In 2019, there were over 10,000 mental health-related smartphone apps available to assess the behavioural techniques of the patients.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the rise of mental health technologies during Covid-19, the trend is gaining traction and becoming less stigmatised with increased health screenings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"According to recent trends in mental health, personal hygiene patterns have shifted as depression, anxiety and PTSD, and even sensory processing disorders have an impact on our personal hygiene," said a senior doctor in Kolkata.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Furthermore, children and the elderly have been affected by the pandemic, resulting in the loss of relationships and social networks. Many children have been abused at home, leaving them psychologically vulnerable and traumatised. Many are now struggling academically as a result of increased exposure to pornography, violence, and video games, which has impacted young children. Many paediatric neurologists asking the same questions to every child visiting them, "What is the progress report of your wards?"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from that, adult people are looking for geographic flexibility and, in some cases, a return to in-person office work since 'work from home' has been isolating and anxiety-inducing for many.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the research of a psychotherapist in Kolkata, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is caused by a genetic-environmental interaction. The stress of Covid-19 is likely to trigger or worsen OCD in people who have a genetic predisposition to some forms of OCD (for example, contamination obsessions and cleaning compulsions). Unless they receive appropriate mental health treatment, some of these people will develop chronic germophobia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>People’s “money mindset” has shifted, and they now want to invest in “meaningful activities”, which is more spending and less hoarding. There is a trend toward reconnecting with friends and family. Some are even suffering from social anxiety as a result of being isolated and used to being alone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is critical for parents to learn about attachment parenting and work on their relationships with their children, which provide them with opportunities and space to express their feelings on a daily basis. Buying books on emotions for young children and reading to them every few days, as well as discussing it with the child, is an activity highly recommended. Teens need a lot of help because many of them have struggled during the pandemic. Instead of pressuring children to become pandemic-ready, acknowledge the changes that have occurred and collaborate with the child to help them cope.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“It is critical to acknowledge that the pandemic had an impact on all of us in some way. We must stop striving for pre-pandemic state and instead focus on current challenges and strengths, as well as how we can shape our lives to accommodate the changes that have occurred,” says Mansi Poddar, certified Psychotherapist and founder of Mansi Therapy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“People’s fear of death and loss is a major issue in the mental health field, in my opinion. This is what we are left with as a result of the trauma. It is necessary to work with such fears, but will we ever be completely free of them? No. As a result, therapy is critical. And it must be treated in the same manner as physical treatment. As a necessity”, she added.</p> Sat Jun 04 22:45:37 IST 2022 bees-sentinels-wild-ecosystems-rajani-mani <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Unlike 'cute' mammals like pandas and tigers, insects such as wild bees are often not given the importance they deserve. <i>Colonies in Conflict</i>, Rajani Mani's feature length documentary deals with the state of wild honey bees in a fast changing ecosystem.</p> <p>In an interview with THE WEEK, Mani talks about the major threats faced by the wild bees, how climate change spells disaster for them, and also ways to increase awareness about the species we share urban spaces with.</p> <p>Excerpts from the interview:</p> <p><b>Why are wild bees declining?</b></p> <p>Wild bees are on the decline due to several reasons like loss of habitat, air pollution, introduction of invasive species, heavy use of pesticides in agricultural areas, light pollution and climate change.</p> <p><b>How does climate change affect wild bees?</b></p> <p>Insects are perhaps more sensitive to changes in climate patterns than we know. More so as they depend on floral resources for their forage, and climate change is altering the weather and temperature causing trees to bloom sooner or later than they normally would and this could be disastrous to migratory bee species such as Apis dorsata for example. Different species of wild bees inhabit temperate and tropical areas, and many of these species have a specific temperature range required for their survival, unless they adapt or evolve to match anthropocene changes, species decline or extinction is almost certain.</p> <p><b>How does the decline of wild bees impact the environment?</b></p> <p>We don't know how it would specifically impact us, but generally speaking it would most certainly adversely affect nutritional security. The diversity of fruits and vegetables that humans are used to consuming and that our children require for their growth and well being will become rarer. But to me the most important impact would be on our forest systems. Bees are the sentinels of wild ecosystems, pollinating trees, shrubs, and providing a vital link in the food chain.</p> <p><b>Are there any measures that can be taken in urban areas in order to protect and preserve pollinators? If so, what are they?</b></p> <p>The first would be to increase awareness about the species that we share urban spaces with. Bengaluru for example is home to a wide variety of birds, insects, reptiles and small mammals. Most of these creatures have adapted to live alongside their human neighbours and are tolerant towards us, we too should reciprocate similar ethics to our wild neighbours.</p> <p>One of the ways to do this is to find time to spend in nature, visit neighborhood parks and lakes, take an interest in urban wildlife and share it with children. Manicured lawns for example are a favourite in apartment complexes, instead allow some wild spaces, low growing shrubs, indigenous trees that bees love to nest on. Avoid mosquito smogging, adopt herbal equivalents for mosquito control. Do not be in a hurry to remove a beehive by spraying pesticide, contact a humane beehive remover, or better still, leave them alone for 3 months.</p> <p>Rockbees are migratory and will leave once the floral season is over. By observing nature around you, over time patterns will emerge and we can better predict our surroundings and the creatures that inhabit our neighbourhood.</p> <p><br> <br> </p> Sun Jun 05 21:24:35 IST 2022 how-taro-is-teasing-the-taste-buds-of-fine-diners-in-india <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The root vegetable taro, or the humble <i>kochu</i> in Bengali, is used for all intents and purposes in China—as a flavour-enhancing element, as a bottled drink, a bun or a stew in a hot pot. It is also fashioned into a nest in traditional Chinese cuisine where grated taro (which is, in fact, <i>arbi</i> in Hindi) is fried to a delicate crisp and is later used as a base for fillings. The beautifully frizzled nature of its outer shell found a perfect expression in taro dimsums, part of the menu at the splendidly redesigned House of Ming in central Delhi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reopened last month after a year of full-scale renovation, House of Ming at the Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi has a gastronomical confluence of the old and the new where Sichuan, Cantonese and Hunan cuisine are celebrated in a timeless manner. It was also the capital's first five-star Chinese restaurant when it opened in 1978. In its latest iteration, the legend of the mysterious Ming princess floats like a shimmering dream over the restaurant. They are realised in chandeliers which hang down like her expansive, star-studded hair bun and light fixtures which could well be her beaded pendants. An Indian painter who is supposed to have spotted the elusive princess only by her intricately decorated hair bun once produced her possible likeness in a painting. A version of that mysterious painting is rendered as a striking intro to the restaurant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With over 140 dishes, this is more than a house of plenty. But the sumptuous dimsum spread is unmissable with a range of stuffing, and several inventive casings—from potato starch and wheat flour to deep fried and baked rice. Prawn har gow bedecked with a gold leaf to truffle oil prawn sumai. But the taro dimsum steals a march in the most surprising way, reminding one of flavours and textures which are a curious blend of the classic and the evolved. "This dimsum is fried in a very specific way where it is inserted in the oil very slowly. Taro is first cooked like a mashed potato but a little bit more drier. While taro forms the casing, the stuffing is made of water chestnut. If taro is not cooked properly, it can burn your throat," says Chef Arun Sundararaj, director of culinary operations at the hotel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Taro is an extensively used ingredient in Bangladesh and has been introduced in the kitchens of West Bengal as an act of cultural memory, enriching the narrative of "migrant seasonings". Think <i>maan kochu bata</i> (taro root paste) to <i>kochu shak</i>. The root vegetable from the colocasia family may not be very appetising to look at, but taro's breathtaking range as is now being realised in fine-diners across India, in tacos, crackers, dimsums and beyond.</p> Fri Jun 03 23:06:04 IST 2022 cycle-with-kochi-how-wnvironmental-initiative-empowering-women-follow-their-dreams <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Sindhu T. is in search of a new job now. She was working in a paint company in Mattancherry before, to which she had to walk around 3km daily. She lost her job when the company faced a shutdown. Sindhu, who is in her late 40s, is determined to find another job.</p> <p>“I will find a new job; I will cycle to my job place,” she said. “I do not have to depend on anyone else to travel now.” Sindhu is one among the many women—mostly in their 40s and 50s and are from economically weaker backgrounds—learning cycling as part of the ‘Cycle with Kochi’ programme. “I came to know about this programme from a neighbourhood group,” she said. “I always wanted to learn cycling. I got the chance only now.”</p> <p>'Cycle with Kochi' is an initiative to make Kochi the cycling capital of India,” said Prakash P. Gopinath, the bicycle mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, who is a mentor for the initiative. “We want to create a generation of cyclists who would make Kochi a greener city and would create a stronger cycling culture here. Also, this unique training programme would empower many women, who otherwise have to depend on a male member of the family for the commute.”<br> </p> <p>As part of the initiative, around 300 women and girls have already got training. The initiative by Kochi Corporation and Cochin Smart Mission Limited is supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). GIZ is a German organisation with the self-declared goal of delivering “effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions”.</p> <p>Stephen Fuchs, a diplomat and a spokesperson of the German embassy, said: “Germany has a big tradition in cycling. It is sustainable. [The initiative] would bring more cycles on the street and it takes cars away from the street. Millions of people die in India because of pollution, as also many places in the world. So, getting people off the cars and on the bicycles will help in reducing the death numbers. This training initiative in Kochi is attended by women who are working mainly as maids and fish sellers. Until now, they need to walk to their workplace, and it is a very cumbersome exercise. By learning to ride a bicycle, these women will have more confidence and they will be able to reach more places and generate more income. This initiative definitely will change lives.”</p> <p>'Cycle with Kochi' is one among the many GIZ-supported initiatives for sustainable urban development of Kochi. “GIZ is providing financial and technical support to Kochi Municipal Corporation for the procurement of 80 e-autos. Implementing physical and digital way signages, and a web application for travellers (Kochi Ithile), is another urban transport and mobility programme supported by GIZ,” Fuchs added.</p> <p>During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Berlin, India and Germany signed several bilateral agreements with a focus on sustainable development. As per the accord, India will receive $10 billion in aid by 2030 to implement clean energy projects. “India is a very important partner for Germany to fight climate change,” said Fuchs. German development bank KfW is providing 100 million euros as a climate policy loan for Kerala alone. KfW is also providing 170 million euros for rebuilding the Kerala roads that were damaged in the massive floods in recent years in the southern state.</p> <p>Kochi’s climate-friendly integrated water transport initiative, Kochi Water Metro, has received support from KfW to develop electric-hybrid ferries locally. These ferries will save 1.58 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gases in the next 20 years. For developing climate-friendly urban infrastructure in Kochi, GIZ is supporting three major projects. The organisation is supporting the corporation to introduce green-building certifications—based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) framework—to make building designs sustainable and climate-resilient. GIZ has assessed Kochi’s climate action plan and has given support in identifying the major drivers of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also providing technical support for establishing decentralised sewerage systems in Kochi.</p> <p>Fuchs pointed out that a German university, the University of Stuttgart, has created a sustainability profile of Kochi and has proposed several projects with potential for GHG savings. Kochi is receiving German support for sustainable waste management, too. Based on the request of the city, GIZ undertook a pilot study for the collection and transportation of solid waste. GIZ is supporting Kochi in managing plastics and other non-biodegradable waste materials, too.</p> Mon May 23 15:05:25 IST 2022 digital-marketer-to-producer-sanjana-parmars-journey-in-the-entertainment-industry-is-creating-waves <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Shifting to another field isn't duck soup. But not following your heart is even tougher, isn't it? Thus, there are only a few people who take the chance to revamp their lives by turning over a new leaf, and we know of someone doing just that! Meet producer Sanjana Parmar. You might already know this young and exceptionally talented woman for adding lustre to the entertainment world with her intriguing work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, did you know that Sanjana Parmar is also a digital marketer by profession? Yes, you read it right! She was an established digital marketer with a passion for social media management and a knack for content creation. And during the lockdown, when everything was knifed, Sanjana Parmar decided to venture into filmmaking and launched her production house called 'House Of Joy'.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But don't you want to know what inspired her to make this move? &quot;Being someone who relies upon movies to satisfy her entertainment keeda, I always wanted to be a part of this world. There are so many elements that go into making a movie, but being a producer is the best way I can use my skills to bring some truly outstanding stories to life, &quot; said producer Sanjana Parmar, who made her mark with her maiden project, 'Suraj Aur Saanjh'.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It was during the lockdown when her debut work fell into her lap and the producer helmed it with love, effort, and time. Addressing her journey, Sanjana said, &quot;In order to launch a production house, I had to learn the ropes of filmmaking. The process taught me the value of patience. However, the journey to date has been cherishable.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After this smashing foray, Sanjana Parmar continued to add one after the other super-hit projects to her resume, including Surprise, Online Girlfriend, 2 Square and Raja Beta. All of these are bathed in love and support from the viewers and are successfully streaming on Disney Hotstar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Producer Sanjana Parmar has several trailblazing projects looming over the horizon, which include numerous short films; two rom-com feature films; a thriller feature film; a music video; and a web show. Needless to say, Sanjana Parmar is proving her prowess as a producer, and we hope all these upcoming projects are a huge success too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Oct 06 17:56:21 IST 2022 makeup-artist-deepti-mohindar-on-the-initial-challenges-she-faced-in-her-career-as-a-beginner <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Deepti Mohindar is a popular makeup artist in India who owns a salon called Studio MeCHE. She is a media student who developed an interest in makeup during her college days. For 14 years, Deepti has become a trustworthy name, especially for bridal makeup. She worked hard, learned every brush technique and thoroughly understood how to blend everything perfectly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Make-up artist Deepti Mohindar reveals that from a third-person point of view, doing makeup seems fun and easy. But to be the best and perfect with it requires a lot of patience. One has to be calm and patient while handling clients. Her patience, determination and zeal helped her become popular in 2007 when she introduced airbrush makeup. She was even hired as an airbrush makeup trainer by VLCC back then.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Deepti saw the works of some talented makeup artists and self-taught other important makeup skills. Being from a media background to a makeup artist to owning a salon has been quite a roller coaster ride. There were challenges, but Deepti’s dreams were bigger and stronger that every obstacle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When asked what challenges she faced during her journey, in the beginning, Deepti Mohinder shares, “Thankfully, when I started my career as a makeup artist, there were few like me, and specially in Kolkata. So getting work was not difficult. But yes, handling clients and tantrums were definitely challenging. No institute teaches you how to handle such clients. But we learn to tackle them in our way.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Along with being a phenomenal makeup artist, Deepti is also a doting wife and mother. She has 2 girls, currently studying in school. Thanks to Deepti’s talent, her phone is almost always buzzing with messages and calls from clients for an appointment. She feels good to see how many people trust her work and want to collaborate with her for some special occasions in their lives.</p> Thu Jan 05 16:45:02 IST 2023 potsandpansin-presents-spacious-square-tawas-for-smart-cooking <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Why only have round tawa have best quality spacious square tawas for that edgy cooking experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s time for innovations. It’s time for the unique tawas launched by Meyer. Adhering to its promise of spoiling customers with choice, Meyer India proudly offers roti tawas and dosa tawas that are anything but round. Meet the super smart, functional and spacious square tawas by Meyer. These tawas are great to prepare your daily staple and break the old-set and never experienced norms. In fact, square tawas gives you the advantage of wider space (more breads to fit, larger dosas to prepare) then a regular round tawa. So, if you toast 2 bread loaves on a round tawa, you can toast 4 on a square tawa. The larger cooking space helps you cook more in less time and reduces your effort as well as fuel consumption.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are there top three bestseller square tawas that you certainly bring in your kitchen:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1. Circulon Non-Stick + Hard Anodized Square Tawa, 28 Cm<a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your kitchen your rules. Infuse the best of tradition with a generous dose of innovation with this incredible tawa. Replace your regular round roti tawa with this unique and superior square tawa. This square tawa's 28 cm diameter gives you a generous surface area to cook more food. Therefore, you can prepare four sandwiches at once rather than just one or two. This tawa males cooking completely comfortable because of its innovative non-stick technology, raised and incredibly comfortable handle, and immaculate cooking performance. It is a terrific kitchen investment that will help you churn out mouth-watering flatbreads, sandwiches and more with ease.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2. Meyer Trivantage Stainless Steel Triply Cookware Open Square Tawa, 27cm<a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A stainless steel tawa that is anything but ordinary. This stainless steel features unique square design and numerous convenient features that makes cooking fun. The strong triply construction of this completely nickel free tawa gives it the added benefit of providing unrivalled heating for fluffy rotis. For additional comfort, the tawa's handles are firmly riveted with silicone-covered stainless steel. Additionally, this tawa has lipping all the way around it. The stainless steel dosa tawa is compatible with all types of cooktops because of its highly magnetic conductive stainless steel base. So, go ahead and create culinary wonders with the help of this wonderful tawa in your kitchen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3. Meyer Premium Non-Stick Square Tawa 28cm (3mm Thick)<a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here’s bright and beautiful cooking tool to help you prepare delicious flatbreads without any fuss! This is a great substitute for the typical round tawa. This non-stick tawa is ideal for cooking your daily staple with utmost comfort because it features a high-quality non-stick coating and a solid aluminium core for even heating. The tawa has a porcelain enamelled exterior with a scratch-resistant finish for easy and quick cleaning. With its flaming and brilliant orange colour and unique shape, this will undoubtedly be the star of your kitchen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Explore the widest range of Tawa , kadhai , frypan and casseroles and much more from this best quality cookware D2C brand . They believe in quality products to safeguard the health of their customers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat Dec 10 18:19:04 IST 2022 3-super-cute-sassy-and-girly-instagram-captions <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>In today's blog, we have compiled a list of 50+ super cute, sassy, and girly Instagram captions. Whether you need a caption for your latest selfie or an inspirational quote to keep you motivated, this list will help you find the perfect words to share!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Cute Instagram Captions for Girls</b></p> <p>- I'm the girl that can do both!</p> <p>- Life is an adventure, make it a good one.</p> <p>- You can't handle this level of cuteness.</p> <p>- Friday night vibes ✨</p> <p>- Sweet and sassy since birth.</p> <p>- When in doubt, wear pink!</p> <p>- Sparkle like nobody’s watching.</p> <p>- Shine bright like a diamond 💎</p> <p>- Keep calm and be fabulous 🤍</p> <p>- Pretty in pink and ready for anything.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Girly Instagram Captions</b></p> <p>- Who runs the world? Girls 💪</p> <p>- She believed she could, so she did.</p> <p>- Remember that every moment is a new beginning.</p> <p>- Always be independent and never underestimate your power.</p> <p>- Life is too short to wear boring clothes.</p> <p>- Today I choose joy - always!</p> <p>- Inhale the future, exhale the past.</p> <p>- Feeling beautiful, powerful, and feminine today 🦋</p> <p>- Beautiful things don't ask for attention.</p> <p>- A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. 👩‍❤️‍👩</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Instagram Captions for Baddie Girls</b></p> <p>- Bad girls club! 🔥</p> <p>- Turn that frown upside down ✨</p> <p>- I'm my own definition of beautiful.</p> <p>- Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.</p> <p>- She is sugar and spice and everything nice - with a dash of bad behavior.</p> <p>- Better to be strong than pretty and useless.</p> <p>- Live for today; plan for tomorrow; party tonight!</p> <p>- Baddie alert 🚨</p> <p>- Rules were meant to be broken! 😉</p> <p>- A sassy girl knows her worth - always remember that!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Sassy Instagram Captions for Girls</b></p> <p>- Take me as I am or watch me as I go.</p> <p>- I’m not gonna sugarcoat it - I’m not that sweet.</p> <p>- Find someone who loves you as much as I love myself.</p> <p>- No, my attitude hasn't changed - you're just seeing it for the first time.</p> <p>- Keep rolling your eyes; maybe you'll find a brain back there.</p> <p>- Don’t worry, I’ve got enough sass for the both of us!</p> <p>- Love me or hate me, either way, I'm gonna shine.</p> <p>- Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.</p> <p>- A wise girl knows her limits but a sassy girl will never accept them!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Instagram Captions to Empower Women</b></p> <p>- Women are the real architects of society.</p> <p>- I'm a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.</p> <p>- Women should never be afraid to speak up and speak out.</p> <p>- When women support each other, amazing things can happen!</p> <p>- A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.</p> <p>- Give her two wings to fly, one is hope and one is faith.</p> <p>- You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent woman.</p> <p>- She was powerful not because she wasn't scared but because she went on so strongly despite the fear.</p> <p>- The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Super Girly Instagram Captions</b></p> <p>- Just a girl in love with glitter and sparkles.</p> <p>- Life is too short to not wear cute shoes!</p> <p>- Girls just wanna have sun ☀️</p> <p>- Strong things come in small packages.</p> <p>- Life isn’t perfect, but my outfit is!</p> <p>- I'm the kind of girl who can make anything look cute.</p> <p>- She has fire in her soul and grace in her heart.</p> <p>- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.</p> <p>- A sprinkle of fairy dust and a whole lot of sass.</p> <p>- Today I am choosing joy over sadness ✨</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this list gave you some inspiration for your next Instagram caption! Be sure to show yourself and other women some love - spread positivity and never forget how powerful, unique and beautiful each woman is! 💖</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking for more captions? Checkout this list of 500+<a href=""><u>Best Instagram Captions</u></a>&nbsp;to get more likes, views &amp; followers!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy posting! 🤳🏽</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed Dec 21 15:35:25 IST 2022 dermatology-meets-technology-in-this-new-indianderma-start-up-clinikally <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The pandemic has brought an unimaginable change in not just our lives but also in the manner we approach or seek healthcare services. Telemedicine rules the roost today and digitisation has taken a giant leap, bringing even skin and hair industry in its ambit.</p> <p>Users can now opt for dermatology consultation experience right from the comfort of their homes and in quick time. High quality skin and hair consultation is now at your fingertips and is as simple as taking a personality quiz online.<a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""><u>Clinikally</u></a>&nbsp;is a digital dermatology clinic providing personalised consultations, prescriptions and Rx-grade medicines at your doorstep. The impact of digital dermatology consultation is such that people have begun prioritising skin and hair health and are actively opting for treatment plans for chronic conditions.</p> <p>&quot;Barring hair loss and chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, skin and hair care treatments had largely fallen by the wayside during the pandemic,&quot; says Dr Guneet Bedi, a member of the Indian Association of Dermatologists (IADVL) and the head of Telehealth at Clinikally.</p> <p>Adding to this, Arjun tells FIT, &quot;Most people across the world, and especially in India, have inadequate access to dermatologists whether it is for consumer skincare, or like cancerous, more serious conditions.&quot;</p> <p>Clinikally handles issues of accessibility, waiting queues, time constraints and physical restrictions, which have helped it thrive. &quot;Professionals soon realised also that a lot of the conditions that they present to the clinics can be effectively tackled with a combination of telemedicine and product delivery,&quot; says Arjun Soin, ML Researcher and Co-Founder of Clinikally.</p> <p>Whichever part of the country you reside, you can have access to the best of skin and hair specialists from the metropolitan cities and with a click on your handheld device.</p> <p><b>The Process</b></p> <p>It’s simple! A patient is required to fill out a detailed 5-7 minute questionnaire with his or her skin type, medical history, concerns and requirements. &quot;That questionnaire encodes learnings from previous patients history and doctors prescriptions in a qualitative fashion,&quot; adds Arjun. He or she is then connected to a professional for an online consultation after which a prescription is handed out on how to move ahead on the skincare or treatment journey. The focus is on making tele-consultation thorough and accessible without compelling the patients to buy products if they choose not to.</p> <p><b>Artificial Intelligence is the key</b></p> <p>After patients submit the questionnaire, they receive a highly sophisticated treatment line. The idea of AI looking at an image is the future several people in the dermatology industry are looking towards. However, setting up the framework for that will require a lot more data sets.</p> <p>&quot;There is a huge lack of publically available datasets that are dermatologically approved, and biopsy proven.&quot;, says Arjun Soin</p> <p>&quot;You need to be able to look at if it's a pigmentation or eczema or a scoliosis, you want to make algorithms that are effective across races, across skin types and there tends to be a lot of bias in these algorithms in the skincare space right now,&quot; Arjun adds.</p> <p>Research is in progress on this area at Stanford University and we may soon witness Clinikally deploying AI, even better than it already is, for serving patients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Oct 28 17:22:50 IST 2022 survival-101-the-story-behind-american-brand-survival <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Survival is an urban fashion brand created by Miami-based entrepreneurs Manny Garcia and Gregory Morales in 2016. The two aim to create a community and be positive leaders and role models by using fashion as a voice to motivate the youth and inspire others. 90's Hip-Hop, sneakers, and a love for fashion inspired them to create the brand. Growing up, they were always the best dressed in school and stood out with their sneakers and outfits. Their love for fashion developed into hustle and hunger and ultimately into the Survival brand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Manny and Gregory partnered to start a business, Survival Clothing &amp; Footwear,&nbsp; which directly led to the establishment of their brand. Determined to achieve their vision, and without a single hand-out, they ventured into the competitive industry. They brought a unique style to urban wear that rapidly propelled Survival to the forefront of Streetwear's Elite, fueling a new dynamic in retail and design that did not exist in the South Florida menswear/streetwear market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Survival Clothing is the epitome of a culture-forward brand that pays massive attention to detail. When asked what they think Survival Clothing’s strongest edge is, one of the founders responded, &quot;We are also unique for the brands/products we carry at Survival. We carry many underground brands; we produce all of our in-house brands ourselves and are exclusive to Survival. We also carry a lot of Heritage Brands such as New Balance, Karhu, Saucony, Diadora, and Asics that set us apart from the average footwear boutiques/stores.” They do not use middlemen since they create their designs, develop, manufacture, and create content for the brand. The innovative businessmen also market their products, making Survival a one-stop brand for fashion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For over six years, Survival Clothing has continued to push boundaries in fashion. Although many businesses failed during the pandemic, Survival managed to grow and thrive during this period. The ardent entrepreneurs launched four retail stores in South Florida, and an e-commerce platform, and have several in-house brands, such as Paradise Lost, THRT Denim, and Yesterday is Dead, among others. &quot;We also secured space at one of the top three malls in America: Aventura. We have created job opportunities for over 50 people while positively impacting many people's lives and expanding to new avenues such as jewelry, wholesale, and footwear,&quot; says Gregory.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Manny added, &quot;Amazingly, we also found a way not only to&nbsp;break trends and bring awareness to the community but lead our industry in product development and now offer wholesale for our in-house brands to over 500 international boutiques. We are humbled that our self-made brand is now creating generational wealth. We also look to inspire and educate the youth and be positive examples to pave the way for more successful minorities in the community. The&nbsp;key is not only to survive but to strive and prosper.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Survival brand’s rise to success did not happen overnight. They faced many obstacles along the way but overcame them. Just like the definition of the word, “survival”, Manny and Gregory adapted to challenges and prospered. According to them, anyone looking forward to establishing a business should do it now. Don't wait for a perfect time or when you think you are ready, as that time may never come. The dynamic team plans to expand their supplies worldwide and launch more in-house brands&nbsp;in the coming years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue Nov 22 11:20:05 IST 2022 ozone-complexion-brightening-face-wash-and-hydrant-for-a-fresh-and-energised-feel <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Ozone Pharmaceuticals’ skincare range – Ozone Ayurvedics has always stood out with the quality of their formulations, their age specific skincare range as well as the potency of the ingredients used in their formulas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ozone Ayurvedics has been the skincare brand of choice for spas and professional aestheticians throughout India. Ozone is used professionally in salons for facial treatments targeting specific skin concerns from acne to dry skin, de-tanning and complexion brightening – they offer easy to use at home regimens as well to maintain the radiance from the treatment at spa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A much loved and trending combo from their range is Complexion Brightening Facewash and Complexion Brightening Hydrant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With an array of serums, essences, toners to build a multi-step skincare routine, the staples of good skincare and the most effective in results remain a good facewash and moisturiser. Ozone’s complexion brightening range is indicated to improve dullness in the skin, improve un-even skin tone and pigmentation. The entire range uses organic eco-cert ingredients, is certified cruelty free and paraben free.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both external and internal factors like hormonal changes, environmental pollution, sun exposure, stress, environmental pollution, sun exposure, stress, eventually deprive our skin of its natural glow and sheen. Ozone’s complexion brightening range is curated to supplement the skin with replenishing nutrients like Liquorice, Sweet Almond, and Mango Seed Butter. With consistent use, complexion is noticeably enhanced, and skin looks lit with an iridescent glow.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Complexion brightening facewash works to gently cleanse the skin, removing dead cells, impurities and gives the skin a brightened refreshed appearance. It dwells on the goodness of nature with organic ingredients like sweet almond oil, liquorice, and mango seed butter. With consistent use, both the complexion and the texture of the skin is noticeably boosted. Using a gentle, sulphate-free, but potent facewash such as the Complexion Brightening Facewash enhances skin health by gently exfoliating dead skin cells to clear dark spots and improve pigmentation. Boosted with Chironji Oil (Buchanania Lanzan) the Complexion Brightening Face Wash is suitable for sensitive skin with its healing properties that relieve problematic skin by reducing itching and irritation in the affected areas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Follow up this facewash with the Complexion Brightening Hydrant. Their use of the word ‘hydrant’ other than ‘moisturiser’ or ‘cream’ clearly reflects the combination of humectants to hydrate and occlusives to maintain the hydration and moisturise. It contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera, lemon extracts and Indian gooseberry and deeply nourishes the skin to enhance youthful glow. Neem (Azadirachta indica) inhibits premature ageing, protects against UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and other external factors. The vitamins and fatty acids in neem improve skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use of Ozone’s Complexion Brightening Hydrant brightens complexion by reducing signs of pigmentation, dull skin, and un-even skin tone. Overall, it also helps with collagen production which smoothens out the skin texture and restores its elasticity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The complexion brightening duo of facewash and hydrant combine and work to inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for melanin production. Therefore, 94% of users have reported the treatment to be effective for reducing un-even patches and sun tanning – making it a much loved after-sun care and post vacation skin revival.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Nov 04 11:13:49 IST 2022 zach-lus-patek-dominant-patek-philippe-and-richard-mille-watch-collection <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>In his 17 years as an active timepiece collector, 32-year-old New York horology enthusiast Zach Lu, (or&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href="">@zachattack__25</a>&nbsp;on Instagram) has amassed an enviable collection of watches, and prestigious connections with watch world stalwarts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When most of Zach’s guy friends developed an abrupt overnight obsession for fancy wheels, a teenage Zach Lu found he couldn’t stomach perpetual conversations about motor vehicles. However, he discovered that he could digest watch-talk. Indeed he relished it. He spent weeks buried in dusty horology treatises, learning whatever possible about luxury timepieces, and savoring the way the watch world seemed to slowly open for him. Captivated by the lure of horloges he’d spent his fifteenth year researching, Zach Lu made his way to the 2005 Geneva Antiquorum celebrating Vacheron Constantin’s 250th year at the age of 16. He used the auction to pick up a VC that he proudly dubs his “first legit purchase” and scope out the horomtry stage in Switzerland. During this time, sympathetic watch enthusiasts that Zach had met through his family, introduced Zach to Patek Philippe and Zach began attempting to acquire Patek pieces with eager determination.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within the year, Zach Lu’s name had begun to ripple across the Geneva watch circle and the-then CEO of Patek Philippe Stern, had heard that Zach had been trying to contact Patek. Intrigued by Zach’s persistence, he asked the Patek Manager to personally contact Zach.&nbsp;The boutique led the teenager on tour through Patek’s Siege Principal and then settled him at a lunch table set with Patek’s indomitable CEO.&nbsp;Zach recalls that this lunch with Philippe Stern transformed his view on good horology. Zach became a Patek loyalist and even now more than half his impressive collection is filled with Patek timepieces.</p> <p>Some of&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Zach Lu</u></a>&nbsp;’s most prized pieces include Patek's most valued innovations. Zach nabbed the firm’s second perpetual calendar chronograph, the legendary Ref. 2499 first series in exceptionally unusual yellow gold. He also has both the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch and the second most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch, that is the Grandmaster Chime 6300 with its unique reversible case and the Grand Complication Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002R with its ornate rose-gold and brown enamel, respectively. And as if this gamut of monumental models wasn’t enough, Zach recently acquired the limited edition Tiffany Nautilus 5711, or the blue-dial crown jewel of Patek’s signature steel timepiece co-signed by Patek Philippe and Tiffany &amp; Co. This last acquisition comes with the added perk of opening previously uncharted territory in the watch world.&nbsp;In a recent interview with Hodinkee, Zach detailed the meeting he had with Tiffany’s High Management when he took ownership of the 5711. He added that this purchase “opens up the door for me to Tiffany America, and to Tiffany Patek. I think this will be the beginning of an adventure and a long relationship with [Tiffany] and [Patek USA President] Lisa Jones… Phillips, Patek”. Zach’s new connections and his noteworthy plans for the future signify the promise of his enduring presence in important horology circles.</p> <p>Despite the domain that he has already made for himself in the watch world, Zach frequently looks out at the watch vista and spies pieces he cannot yet have. For example, he coveted the Tiffany-signed Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740 which also boasts a unique blue dial, before gracefully turning his back on the model.&nbsp;The watch belongs to Bernard Arnault, the chairman and chief executive of LVMH. “If anybody deserves this watch, it's him,” said Zach.</p> <p>Zach Lu adds that he categorizes his watches by their ‘classy’ or ‘sporty’ appeal and as far as he is concerned Patek entirely satiates his yearning for classy timepieces. For daily sport wear on the other hand, Zach gravitates towards Richard Mille’s futuristic appeal and innovative material design. He particularly treasures his 52-05 Pharrell Williams Sapphire, with its transparent case, sapphire crystal and shocking yellow band and his Rafael Nadal RM 27-04 which was limited to 50 pieces worldwide. And as of today, Zach hasn’t felt the need to venture beyond Patek and Richard Mille yet. When he speaks of other high-quality watchmakers however, he does speak with reverence and wonders if he will be tempted by some other brand one day in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Nov 17 10:23:34 IST 2022 sensational-snack-tainment-snac-atacs-taste-ka-twist-challenge <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Tongue twisters, we all must have heard of them at least once in our lifetime. Not everyone can speak these tongue twisters because they are pretty tough but are super fun to try! It would not be wrong to say that tongue twisters spark nostalgic feelings.</p> <p>One such brilliant tongue twister was put forth by Snac Atac, one of the only brands across India that offer healthy snacking options.</p> <p>'Taste Ka Twist', is the tongue twister presented to the audience by Snac Atac subtly hinting at the multitudinous flavours in each of their unique products. Moreover, the brand Snac Atac decided to launch a filter on Instagram with the same name. Thereupon the audience was given an exciting challenge where they had to speak &quot;Taste ka Twist&quot; 8 times in just 5 seconds! Now the question remains, what do you get for completing this challenge? An Apple Watch (yayy), one lucky participant will win an actual Apple Watch!</p> <p>AND GUESS WHAT?? Netizens loved this contest because a large number of people decided to partake in it by uploading their attempts to conquer this tough tongue twister on Instagram using the filter.</p> <p>This step was taken in order to promote the brand's image on social media using such vibrant and engaging campaigns. It allowed Snac Atac to boost its brand awareness and social media presence. All these factors ultimately lead to greater business! The sheer number of people who connected with us astounded us. This engagement from the audience was a clear indication of yet another successfully executed and result-rich campaign.</p> <p>The snacks are made with diet-friendly components like corn, potatoes, lentils, and natural flavours, with no artificial colours or preservatives. Cornado by Snac Atac also has delightful flavours that will satisfy your hunger without consuming extra calories. The brand is also one of the greatest options for satisfying your spicy and tangy needs at any time of day. People who have become health-conscious or fitness freaks prefer Snac Atac snacks as their perfect snacking selection.</p> <p>We consider ourselves fortunate to witness a growing and healthier family. We have successfully transformed garbage into something pleasant and nutritious, and you may join us on this adventure! Our products can be found on Amazon. So join us on this adventure and stick to a healthy diet for a healthy life.</p> <p>SnacAtac is full of surprises and such unique and sensational campaigns are our speciality. Because extraordinary products need extraordinary marketing tactics to captivate the hearts of the audience.</p> <p>Visit our official website to take a look at corn-tastic products. And don't forget to follow us on our Instagram handle for more such sensational content!</p> <p>Relish the guilt-free snacking with Snac Atac!<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Feb 02 10:27:05 IST 2023 meditation-how-to-get-started-if-you-are-a-beginner <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A balanced diet and workouts help us keep our bodies physically fit. In addition to this, it is important to take proper care of our mental health too. Meditation is like a workout for our mind. Usually practised after yoga or as a stand-alone, meditation helps recharge our minds.<br> </p> <p>Amid trying to balance work-life, even as we slip into the social media rabbit hole, maintaining a healthy frame of mind can be tough. Here's where meditation comes in. the practice has its roots in Hinduism and Buddhism.</p> <p>There are various types of meditation and all share the same goal of achieving inner peace. The various ways of meditation include guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation and transcendental meditation.</p> <p>Meditation can help beat sleepiness and sluggishness. Medication can also be used as a tool to beat stress and anxiety. Meditating in the morning is considered to be very beneficial.</p> <p>Kochi-based meditation instructor Sudakshna Thampi says “Meditation is the art of focusing your attention, uninterruptedly towards the object of your focus. Yogis use any object with a light of its own. Another popular object of attention is the breath.” According to her, a novice can start meditation by the simplest technique-- which is, set a timer for about 5 minutes, to begin with, sit in any comfortable position, close the eyes and watch one's breath without controlling it. Resolve to keep your attention focused on the breath till the timer goes off, gradually increasing the duration. Whatever thoughts may cross your mind during this time, watch them as an observer, try and detach from the thought.</p> <p>Remind yourself that you are the master of your mind. With practice, lesser thoughts will occur during your practice, she adds.</p> <p>Covid caused a lot of people to be isolated and unemployed several others, increasing stress and anxiety. Because of the work from home protocol, a lot of people found it hard to draw the line between work and home life.</p> <p>Doing yoga regularly helps you to keep in touch with your inner self. It also helps you manage your emotions. &quot;Yoga and meditation have completely changed my life. I used to be the kind of person who regularly gets cough and cold in every season and also was not touch with my emotions. Yoga helped me understand my emotions. It also increased my productivity and confidence in my body,&quot; says Kochi-based yoga instructor Priyamvada Mangal.</p> <p>Time and budget constraints often hold people back from consulting a yoga/meditation instructor. This is where apps like Calm, Headspace, Daily Yoga, Asana Rebel and so on come in. There is, however, no single app for yoga and meditation. Try the apps first and select the one which suits you.</p> Tue Apr 26 11:23:49 IST 2022 cashmere-yarn-to-cashmere-scarf-a-saga-of-luxury-by-pashminacom <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A regalia of luxury and stature, the art of Pashmina is handcrafting of the finest Cashmere&nbsp;based on knowledge of the skills passed on from generation to generation and designed purely by the intuition of Kashmiri artisans. The exquisiteness of the exceptionally warm and delicate Cashmere yarn transformed into extravagant Pashmina has fascinated the Royals all over the world for centuries with its enchanting glamour and traditional elegance.</p> <p>The compelling seed of handcrafting Pashmina was sown in the alluring valley of Kashmir where the “diamond fabric” has been around for more than 5 centuries. Cashmere is found in the mountains of a lot of countries including Nepal, China, Mongolia, but the finest of all is found in Ladakh, India, that is particularly used by the craftsmen of Kashmir valley. The incredibly warm and fantastically gossamer Cashmere fleece from the Himalayan Changthangi goats is passed on to the highly skilled artisans of Kashmir who intricately weave it into wrap accessories on traditional wooden handlooms.</p> <p>The timelessly luxurious Cashmere Scarf is ornated by different techniques of weaving and embroidery to give them the prestige of “one-of-a-kind” masterpiece. The craftsmen learn these skills and techniques from their family and community where the secrets of this heritage art are passed down to generations. On the canvas of the Cashmere Scarf, an artisan paints the picture of his life experiences by his threads. The experiences he gathered growing up in the lap of the beautiful Kashmir valley with impressively craggy mountains, majestic forests, and jewels of rivers. The saga of Cashmere Yarn to Cashmere Scarf is as magical as a starlit sky making the artwork reminiscent of India’s heritage.</p> <p><b>The Turmoil of Artisans</b></p> <p>With modernization of industries, the handicrafts were converted into machine-made crafts that produced everything in abundance with low cost and adulterated cashmere scarves with synthetic fibres. This toxic system of overproduction and consumption not only led to polluting the environment, but also negatively affected the artisan communities. The disposable trendy pieces of fast-fashion took over the luxury of slow and sustainable work of art. The highly skilled artisans lost their privileges as the creators of artful wonders with traditional practices.</p> <p>The makers of Cashmere Scarves who once lived a flamboyant lifestyle, were deprived of even the basic income. Their financial independence was wrecked by the factory-owners. Markets were flooded with cheap replicas, forcing the grassroot artisans to either sell their precious work of art at extremely low prices or change their profession altogether. With such minimal earning, basic education was also a luxury they could not afford. This resulted in the artisans abandoning and drifting apart from their path of glorious Pashmina Art.</p> <p><b>The Intervention</b></p> <p>Exploring this painstakingly handcrafted luxury, Varun Kumar, a social entrepreneur, founded&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a>&nbsp;to demonstrate the highest level of craftsmanship to the world with timeless collection of handmade luxury. With a mission to revive the lost glory of Pashmina art, has become the largest curator of authentic wonders where each piece crafted exhibits beautiful artwork while displaying expert craftsmanship. “We created this platform with a vision to help the artisan community of Kashmir to access the global market where they can present their exceptional skills of shawl making. Preserving our heritage of this fascinating craft is need of the hour to empower the community and help them flourish,” asserts Varun.</p> <p>In the present scenario, millions of adulterated and machine-made Cashmere Scarves are being sold in the name of pure Pashmina. These scarves are not only fake but also harmful for our ecosystem. The synthetic fashion has been slowly poisoning our society with the toxic system of overproducing never-lasting pieces and wasting natural resources. Encouraging and emphasising the importance of authenticity of the regal art of Pashmina, each Cashmere Scarf at is 100% Himalayan Cashmere, handwoven and hand-embroidered, certified by Ministry of Textiles.</p> <p><b>The Independence of Artisans</b></p> <p>Today, more than 100 artisan families are connected with where they enjoy the freedom of selling their art to the true patrons without having to compromise on the earnings or the quality of what the authentic heirlooms of Pashmina have always been celebrated for. Varun explains, “These are not merely scarves that you drape. These are the miniatures of the life and experience of the artisan who has crafted it. Every piece has a unique identity elucidating the imagination of its maker.” All the associated artisans are not only paid upfront, but a reward of 5% of the proceeds is also contributed for empowerment of children and women of the artisan families.</p> Tue Oct 18 15:35:49 IST 2022 maby-the-ultimate-solution-for-nail-salon-owners <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>If your&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Nail Salon</u></a>&nbsp;is experiencing one of these conditions:</p> <p>Unable to attract potential customers despite trying advertising tricks&nbsp;. Scarcity of personnel. Can't find artists even though you've searched on social media sites or handed out flyers</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On holidays, there are long lines of customers, and they feel unhappy because they have to wait their turn&nbsp;. Spending a lot of time managi&nbsp;ng employees, dividing work schedules, handling inventory, revenue.&nbsp;Even if you have 3 heads and 6 hands, you can't manage it if you're alone. DON'T WORRY!!! THERE IS THE MABY APP TO SUPPORT YOU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No need to hire additional management personnel; just o&nbsp;pen the app, &quot;touch,&quot; and &quot;click,&quot; and you can control your business anywhere!&nbsp;&nbsp;Maby app helps you to break through revenue - Easy business management for shop owners who want to work and chill</p> <p>There’s no need to worry when you have MABY. The leading applic&nbsp;ation for nail salon owners with outstanding features:</p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;Manage customer appointments easily&nbsp;.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; Managing workers and employees of the shop</p> <p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;Manage the import and export of products of the shop</p> <p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;Smart payment gateway</p> <p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp; Statistics of income by week, by mont&nbsp;h, to have a suitable business strategy</p> <p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;Convenient customer care</p> <p>Monthly tip report</p> <p><b>See customer reviews about the level of satisfaction and service quality of the salon</b></p> <p>Update the latest nail trends&nbsp;. Moreover, with the Locator feature, Maby will he&nbsp;lp customers find the&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><b><u>nail salon near me</u></b></a>&nbsp;. From there, many new customers will come to your salon, boosting sales.</p> <p>Download the Maby app now to make your business easy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed Nov 09 10:12:28 IST 2022 how-radiance-is-the-best-skin-care-clinic-and-dr-rakhavi-midhun-is-the-best-dermatologist-who-is-changing-the-skincare-game-in-tiruchirapalli <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Meet the Dr Rakhavi Midhun MD DVL co-founder of Radiance Skin Hair and Laser hospital Dermatologist who is not just a skilled consultant but also educating their patients about the science behind dermatology:</p> <p>Whether you are looking for a specialist to treat your skin rash or acne or are planning to undergo a skin treatment for looking younger, going to a skin specialist is the answer. And “dermatologists” is the name that comes to mind when anyone asks you about a skin specialist. And in many cases, people use skin specialists and dermatologists interchangeably. But in reality, there is much more to skin specialists than just being a dermatologist</p> <p>There are different types of dermatologists out there. There are those that focus more on the basics of dermatology, such as rashes and rosacea, then there are cosmetic dermatologists who combine the medical side of the practice with aesthetics. If your main concern is aging, you may want to focus your search more on a cosmetic dermatologist who can deliver treatments that address issues such as skin laxity, wrinkles, and volume loss.</p> <p>Dr Rakhavi Midhun currently a renowned cosmetic dermatologist inspires confidence through medical beauty. A dermatologist by training and an entrepreneur at heart, she is the co-founder of Radiance Skin Hair &amp; Laser Clinic. She is an outgoing gold medalist in the field of dermatology, venerology, and leprosy from the prestigious JIPMER, Puducherry. She has delivered major lectures and won numerous prestigious awards, including an award for &quot;Women of the Future&quot; in Sep 2022 by the All-India Women’s Welfare Association. She provides guidance in acne treatment, hair loss treatment, skin allergies, and many more with the latest medical technologies &amp; machines.</p> <p>Website -&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>Instagram -&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a></p> Mon Oct 17 10:35:39 IST 2022 little-danish-aka-danish-khatri-suggests-budding-content-creators-to-create-content-that-people-can-easily-relate-to <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>His millions of fans across social media look up to his content that is honest, entertaining, and all heart.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A lot has been said about how people have worked their way to the top, thriving on their innovative approaches and confidence in their work. Still, there are a few that the world needs to know more about, for these individuals and professionals faced all possible challenges, stayed resilient, learned patience, and then went ahead in reaching a prominent position in their careers while being youngsters. Little Danish, originally named Danish Khatri today as a social media influencer and content creator, highlights how his journey too wasn’t all about sunshine and happiness and he too had his share of struggles, but that never dimmed his light within, and he kept focusing on how he could better his craft as a creator to reach more people and influence them positively through his content.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Little Danish says that social media today has become a world of its own, and to enter it may be easier, but to survive and thrive in the ever-growing competition may prove to be too taxing and challenging. Hence, he suggests that budding content creators create content that must not just stand unique from other creators’ content but must also be powerful enough for audiences to relate to it. He recalls how he had started with TikTok videos, following video trends and gaining enormous followers. However, after the app was banned in India, he began focusing on growing his Instagram and YouTube (<a href=""></a><a href="">&nbsp;<u></u></a>&nbsp;) and knew he had to brainstorm a lot of ideas and create content that could effortlessly impact people’s mindsets for the better.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, more and more brands wish to collaborate with this 20-year-old from Mumbai, India, as his growing fan and follower base relates to him and all that he creates to make them laugh and to entertain. The comedian, YouTuber, and content creator want other young influencers like him to pick up a niche and determinedly and consistently keep creating content to earn audiences’ love and recognition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do follow his content on Instagram @little__danish to know more.</p> Fri Oct 14 18:17:07 IST 2022 how-to-turn-the-humble-gourd-into-art-and-more <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The humble lauki (gourd) is the last thing you would expect to yield a bun stick.</p> <p>Yet Daisy Christine Momin, a multidisciplinary artist from the Garo hills of Meghalaya, is sporting exactly that around her bun-like hairstyle. As she demonstrates clay modelling techniques of slapping and rolling in a traditional craft store in central Delhi, three brown toy-like bottle gourds elegantly dangle and dance on one side of her neatly tied bun. Using a wire, she slices through a square block of clay into smaller pieces. She later kneads and squishes them into roundish, double-bottomed bottle gourds again. "Earlier, the gourds were a very important object of utility in the daily life of the Garo tribe. They used to carry water in the gourd all the way to the jhum fields," says Momin during a chat at Meghalayan Age - The Store which was re-launched in December in a contemporary avatar in a line of older shops selling handicrafts from several Indian states.</p> <p>"There are long-necked bottle gourds, short-necked ones and then the abnormally-shaped ones. The long-necked ones were used for taking out rice beer from an earthen pitcher. But with the availability of more conventional utensils, storage spaces and containers, people there didn't feel the need to grow these gourds anymore," says Momin, who has been working with gourds in her artistic practice since the 90s. Today, her studio in Bonepa Atila, Tura, in the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya, is filled with flower vases, hanging lamps, earrings and bangles fashioned out of bottle gourds; they almost look and feel as if they were light wooden toys. "I am used to collecting boxes full of gourds. But these days they get over so fast in the market. People visit my studio, see the artworks that have been birthed by the vegetable and they go and buy it to hang them as decorative pieces outside their houses," laughs Momin, who has inadvertently managed to revive an interest and demand in the good old vegetable with her art.</p> <p>Momin was at Meghalayan Age - The Store as part of its cultural fest Maniani which, in Garo language, means celebration. Ceramic artist Arak Sangma and filmmaker Dominic Sangma whose, MA. AMA won the Best Garo film award at the 66th National Film Awards, were also part of the event. Meghalayan Age – The Store now stands out at the Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan at Baba Kharak Singh Marg for its beautifully lit interiors refurbished for a more minimalist look with a cafeteria and a bookstore. A state government initiative, like most of the handicraft stores in this address, Meghalayan Age has curated agri-products like Lakadong turmeric and Sohiong Jam alongside Larnai pottery and Ryndia silk in a more modern, studio-like set-up.&nbsp; The store seeks to deliver the most original and distinctive products to the market by showcasing Meghalayan artists’ outstanding art and craftsmanship in newer ways through talks, film screenings, exhibitions and artist demonstrations, especially through the work of the three ancient hill communities of Meghalaya.</p> <p>Fashioning handicrafts from gourds is an ancient practice. Artists from Mysore to Madhya Pradesh, where it is called Tuma craft in Bastar, have harnessed the untapped potential of gourds which are hardly considered much of an investment by farmers across the board. For artists like Momin, the possibilities of this underdog vegetable are limitless. She plans to make elaborate sculptures from here on. "Now everyone here in Delhi is asking me if my bun stick is also for sale here at the store," she giggles. Sadly, it wasn't.</p> Sun Apr 10 00:06:32 IST 2022 of-cakes-cookies-new-age-mithais-delhi <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Sweet-tooth cravings go beyond digging into Tiramisu and the sugar-and-ghee fare from the neighbourhood store. The newest dessert outposts promise novelty and that substance of the soul.<b></b></p> <p><b>Bombay Sweet Shop:</b>&nbsp;When a halwai harnesses the glamour of a pastry chef, modern mithai is born. For example, a three-layer Chocolate Fudge at the Bombay Sweet Shop is 70% dark chocolate peda stuffed with peanut chikki and dark chocolate ganache. This decadent combo is lightly topped with a peanut cashew tuile (wafer biscuit). The result is a warm, comforting texture of a sandesh infused with the kick of a nutty-gooey fudge brownie. Other delectable experiments being undertaken at the Bombay Sweet Shop---owned by Hunger Inc. Hospitality, the parent company of celebrated brands The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro---include Coconut Caramel Patissa Bar, Ghevar Tart and Ferro Rocker Laddoo where besan ladoo plays tango with hazelnut. If the sacred Mysore Pak decided to have some fun, you might consider Kaapi Pak which is injected with a hint of coffee and crunchy sesame seeds. From Nolen Gur &amp; Coconut Kheer Kadam to Kaju Marzipan Bon Bon, Indian jujubes--a take on Karachi Halwa---to a whole bar dedicated to chikkis, head to the Bombay Sweet Shop to lap up some of the most innovative dessert mithais you probably didn't know existed. Started in 2020 in Byculla, Bombay Sweet Shop is now delivering across India. For their all-India shelf, they have Chocolate Butterscotch Barks, inspired by the brittle candy texture of the Karak Sohan Halwa from Lucknow. Bombay Bhel Chikki is packed with chakli, salli, chips, sev, gathia, nuts and bhel held together with jaggery. Their Khasta Kachori is a combination of two ‘kachori’ and ‘bhakarwadi,’ stuffed with a spicy filling of dried coconut, sev and moong dal. Don't forget the Chilli Cheese Bhujiya and the delightful jujubes.. Prices of boxes range from Rs 600 to Rs 4,000.</p> <p><b>Le15 pâtisserie:</b> The reigning queen of macaron, Pooja Dhingra, perfected her dream cookie recipe after years of testing and tweaking. The constant trials at Le15 pâtisserie--her brand which made French macarons marketable in India---has finally yielded an all-new cookie collection range in four exciting flavours. Launched in January, they come with the same passion for creating a confection that is truly heartwarming and easily accessible. The Crunchy Toffee Cookie is a nostalgia-laden ode to the taste of butterscotch and cashews with coarse sea salt and cornflakes; Brown Butter Pineapple Cookie is a mix of almond, corn flakes and candied pineapples. Signature Pink Cookies are made with cherries, almonds and corn flakes while the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut cookies come with a hint of sea salt. Perfect for days that are awful and those that are bright and cheery. Shipping across India now, a box of four cookies costs Rs 1,250.</p> <p><b>Colocal:</b> This is a veritable chocolate factory, or India's first live bean-to-bar chocolate factory along with a cafe. This artisanal chocolate brand is hidden oasis in the quiet lanes of Dhanmill Compound. The factory gives chocolate aficionados a chance to experience the process of chocolate-making like roasting and conching while they dine. The brand opened a new branch in Khan Market last year. Last month during Holi, they introduced chocolate bon bons in six flavours, thandai, gulkand, pistachios, gujiya, elaichi and nariyal. They also made a heel-shaped chocolate sculpture the same month.</p> <p><b>Love &amp; Cheesecake:</b> Entering its 10th year of operations, Mumbai's Love &amp; Cheesecake opened its doors in Delhi's Defence Colony in February. With 17 outlets in Mumbai and its first outpost in the capital, this cheesecake factory of sorts with some 56 flavours on offer is on a pan-India expansion drive with plans to triple the number of the outlets in the next six months. Some of their most popular flavours include Red velvet, Baklava, Salted Caramel, seasonal fresh alphonso mango layered cheesecake and the brand also offers liquor variants like Baileys Cheesecake, Tequila and Lime Cheesecake and Orange and Cointreau cheesecake. With floral ceilings and walls in white and pastel pink in their Delhi outlet, savour the cheesiness here with love and cake.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Bougie:</b> Although Bougie is an expensive restaurant with chandeliers and old-school yellow lamps on every table, the food and dessert selection here doesn't disappoint if you are in the mood to indulge. They specifically have a sumptuous dessert menu with artfully done European classics. Like Paris Brest is a round pastry filled with praline vanilla cream, topped with Turkish hazelnuts in the form of a wheel as a tribute to the Paris-Brest cycle race, believed to be the oldest cycling event.&nbsp; Tarte au Chocolat is a buttery cocoa crust filled with a rich valrohna chocolate ganache infused with cointreau and topped with chocolate quenelles. A special shout-out to Baba au Rhum which a small white cake filled with vanilla cream and heftily shot through with cognac.</p> <p><b>Brisk: CDC Experience -&nbsp;</b>India's largest sneaker store at 6,000 sq ft which stocks some of the world's most coveted brands, also has a craft coffee bar and patisserie called Brisk run by the Altogether Experimental Cafe dishing out toothsome cinnamon buns, among other things. CDC Experience, which is CrepDog Crew's first retail store, is also planning a pop-up burger bar. The co-founder of the popular sneaker store, Anchit Kapil, has cut his teeth running F&amp;B outlets like Summer House Cafe. &quot;I wanted to create a space where you can enjoy great burgers and buy a pair of kicks. Or have a cup of coffee and shoot some hoops,&quot; says Kapil.</p> Thu Apr 07 23:42:23 IST 2022 mensho-tokyo-a-goody-little-ramen-bar-for-novices-and-seasoned-noodleheads <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>In strict Japanese custom, you are not supposed to linger over your bowl of ramen. Popular as a working-class dish during the reindustrialisation of Japan in the 20th century, traditional ramen joints are standing rooms where you quickly dive into your bowl of steaming hot noodle soup, slurp and begone to make way for the next in line of noodleheads.</p> <p>At Mensho Tokyo, one of Japan's most popular chains of ramen bars which opened its first India outlet in Delhi last year, you won't like leaving so quickly. The basic, effortlessly curated palate lulls you to stay. They say it's only a matter of time before you find your kind of true ramen and become a devotee for life. It is hard to say which restaurant in the capital serves the best ramen - and frankly it doesn't matter - but if you are open to switching allegiances from sushi to ramen as the go-to Japanese staple, then Mensho Tokyo might be the place to start. In fact, you can trust your food memory to erase sushi here as the diner with a giant communal table serves a wholesome mix of ramen, donburi (rice bowls) and zensai (tapas) like their delicately patterned gyozas and spicy dynamite prawns. A live kitchen looks out to the whole seating area with no-fuss interiors. Hard-pressed servers burst in and out through swinging doors. By 9pm on a drizzly Friday evening, it's full and lively with people waiting to clamber onto bar stools or talk over each other in scattered groups. Mensho Tokyo has all the trappings of a quaint little ramen shop if there could be one recreated in Delhi.</p> <p>Started in 2005 by Michelin-rated chef Tomoharo 'Menya' Shono, the Mensho Tokyo chain of restaurants soon branched out of Japan to set up outposts in San Francisco, San Rafael and Bangkok before making a foray into India, which is learning to appreciate ramen a lot more with increasing Japanese investment. In Delhi-NCR itself, there is a sizeable number of authentic Japanese restaurants in and around the business towers and sky-scraping condominiums of the Millennium City, Gurugram. These are restaurants run by Japanese expats who dish out menus far more diverse and edgy than the gleaming, fine-dining, “contemporary” variants in south and central Delhi.</p> <p>But Mensho Tokyo can be relied upon to take on the mantle of whipping up a discerning yet hearty bowl of ramen in the heart of Delhi. From Enoki chips to the lamb ramen spiced with sichuan pepper, panko fried Tofu Donburi to the Vegan ramen in a heartwarming broth made of chilli oil, nuts, crisps and micro-greens, there's something here for everyone, ramen-raver or not. The acclaimed chain in Japan is known for its tonkotsu style of ramen where hand-pulled noodles are dunked in a deep, rich pork-based soup. Popularly known as "ramen creator", chef Menya Shono is also known for more experimental variations like the chocolate lamb ramen. The Delhi outlet is also overseen by Menya Shono, who flew in directly from Japan to train his Indian kitchen army about the strict portions, ingredients and the specific noodle varieties to use. Noted Chef De Patisserie Vidushi Sharma and her partner Viren Khuller brought the Michelin-starred chain to India.</p> <p>The ramen industry is an ever evolving one and the love and care that goes into dishing out the perfect bowl of this intricate noodle soup is the stuff of documentaries and TV shows. But Mensho Toyko is worth a try if you are still searching for that perfectly nourishing bowl of ramen.</p> <p><i>Mensho Tokyo is open at New Delhi's M-Block market in Greater Kailash-2. A meal for two is around Rs 2,500 without alcohol.</i></p> Thu Mar 03 22:40:34 IST 2022 what-is-plant-based-meat-why-gaining-popularity <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Plant-based meat has been around for a while now—it has become a solution for all vegetarians to satisfy their meat cravings without cheating on their vegan-friendly and cruelty-free diet.</p> <p>With rising awareness of climate change and animal cruelties, an increasing number of consumers are opting for vegan meat that tastes exactly like meat but has none of the drawbacks. Vegan meat gained a lot of popularity since celebrities started to endorse and promote veganism and alternatives for non-vegetarians. Also, trends like ‘Veganuary’ have been promoting switching to vegetarianism and thus a one-stop solution for all non-veg lovers to switch their diet was to consume vegan meat and slowly adapt to the changes.</p> <p><b>What is vegan meat?</b></p> <p>Vegetarian meat is manufactured using meat replacements that have the same taste, texture, and flavour as meat, but without causing any cruelty. Vegan meat, also known as faux, fake meat, mock meat, meat analogues, or plant proteins, are products that have a similar texture, flavour, or appearance like that of animal-based meat.</p> <p>Cell-based or lab-grown or cultured meat products are another meat alternative that is created from genuine animal cells that are developed in a food production plant rather than acquired from animals bred in captivity and butchered for human food. Except for a few eateries in Singapore, these aren't yet on the market. They are, however, meat alternatives and they may play a role in the larger picture as we strive to transition away from industrial farming and toward producing the meat that customers desire without any harm.</p> <p>These vegetarian meat replacements are designed to provide one with all the nutrition that non-vegetarian diets provide. Because of its striking resemblance to genuine meat, vegan meat is difficult to distinguish. A variety of components are utilised in the production process including pea protein, plant-based proteins, wheat gluten, soy, potato protein, mung bean protein, and rice protein.</p> <p>Imagine Meats is an Indian plant-based initiative launched by actors Genelia D'Souza and Riteish Deshmukh. The brand that debuted a year ago offers a range of products that are produced completely plant-based. Speaking to THE WEEK about increasing demand for meat alternatives, Sudhish Sukumaran, Head, Imagine Meats said: “People have grown more conscious of the ill effects of real meat, in addition to animal cruelty and the water consumption in rendering cattle. Plant-based meat has become more popular in recent times due to an increase in awareness of the health issues people face when eating meat. Awareness and self-consciousness in the minds of people have given a lot of scope to the people to make their way to plant-based Meats and meat alternatives.” Recently actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli were also seen endorsing plant-based meat company <i>Blue Tribe.</i></p> <p>A recent study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health discovered that vegan meats were high in fibre, folate, and iron, and had less saturated fat than that ground beef. However, they have less protein, zinc, and vitamin B12, as well as a lot of salt. But the study had concluded that vegan meat is a healthy alternative to real meat.</p> <p><b>How did it begin?</b></p> <p>Meat substitutes can be traced back to 206 BC China where ‘Tofu’, a meat alternative, was primarily seen. It was popular during the Medieval Ages in Europe during the Christian observance of Lent, when eating meat from warm-blooded animals was restricted. Over time the popularity increased and currently, a lot of brands have come up with a wide variety of meat alternatives. In certain regions of the world, the market for plant-based meats surged by 37 per cent. In 2020, meat replacements accounted for around 11 per cent of the global meat and alternatives market. Vegan meats can be found everywhere nowadays, in restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, vegan school lunches, and private residences. Many famous fast-food chains have also partnered with vegan meat brands and added a few vegan-friendly dishes to their menu. McDonald's and Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, have announced partnerships with Beyond Meat. Burger King has partnered with Impossible Foods to provide meatless Whoppers. Del Taco has also announced that Beyond Meat would be available.</p> <p><b>Why switch to vegan meat?</b></p> <p>The popularity and demand for the same are increasing day by day. So why exactly should a person shift to vegan meat? The answer is simple, for starters, vegan meat is the best solution to reduce animal cruelty. People have started to adopt diets that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. With rising concerns in the environment and surroundings, everyone has become more cautious and aware about their actions and steps that they take in every sector. Practically in every parameter including land usage, water consumption, and combating climate change, vegan meat has the potential to make a significant impact favouring the environment. Livestock farming is one of the most carbon-intensive activities around, it releases a lot of greenhouse gases. Plant-based meals can reduce carbon emissions significantly.</p> Thu Feb 17 14:52:52 IST 2022 fashion-blogger-roma-jani-highlights-the-importance-of-confident-dressing <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Remember when Audrey Hepburn said, &quot;To pull off any look, wear it with confidence,&quot; how many of you agree with him? There's no doubt in the aforementioned quote, and if you still have one, Roma Jani will blow it off! This fashion lady is causing ripples on social media with her style and her outfit ideas are all over the internet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Aren't you too swayed by her impeccable vogue? Don't you want to know her secret? If you ask Roma Jani, she says that confidence dressing is everything you need to look outstanding. She believes that two main ways to look dapper are: first, you should always wear outfits that you are comfortable in; and second, be confident about what you wear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Roma Jani says, &quot;Wearing high-quality, well-tailored clothing can help you feel more confident.&quot; She further explains this by underlining how formal outfits make one look powerful. &quot;Whenever you wear those perfectly helmed trousers with your pastel shirt and pump heels, not only will you feel optimistic but also look bright. Confidence dressing will diffuse your charm through every aisle you walk and keep turning heads,&quot; Roma Jani further added. And we completely agree with her! Don't you?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fetching a few outfits that she slayed with her confidence, here's what we found... Roma Jani's black shimmery blazer one-piece dress from her recent photoshoot. The influencer looked glamorous, classy, and confident. Similarly, she styled her green and white striped co-ord set with sneakers and looked unbelievably charming.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Roma Jani has always been a fashion enthusiast. From keeping an eye on new brands to the latest trends, she never diverted her focus from fashion. Consequences? She is one of the leading fashion influencers today. Roma Jani has worked with several brands like Dior, Kazo, OPI, YSL, Aldo, Loreal, Daniel Wellington, Kama, Biba, Shein, Nexus Seawoods, etc. Not only that, but she has also worked with celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and many more.</p> Thu Sep 29 16:02:48 IST 2022 having-and-following-a-passion-is-of-the-essence-says-gaurav-manoj-singh <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>How many of you have or are trying to make a profession out of your passion? We bet the majority are pursuing that contemporary 9-5 lifestyle. Therefore, Gaurav Manoj Singh has come forward to address the primacy of following a passion. He believes that in the hunt for a steady life, we often sacrifice our dreams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gaurav Manoj Singh has shown his firm belief in heeding passion. He is not only a lifestyle influencer but also an Entrepreneur, travel enthusiast and a foodie. Through his Instagram, you will learn how exuberantly he travels to different countries and tries new cuisines. This young man accomplishes everything that his heart says. Explaining why Gaurav Manoj Singh says, &quot;It pacifies my soul. Every time I go to some country and learn more about it, I feel awakened. Travel makes me realise how big the world is and that we need to go beyond our own selves.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Enlightening on the prerogative of passion, Gaurav says, &quot;Having and following a passion is of the essence. You need this to keep your soul alive and so you achieve what you are aiming for. Somewhere I've read that having a passion is not about the job we do, but about the love and thrill of doing it. That's what makes our lives fulfilling. &quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gaurav Manoj Singh is following his passion in every possible aspect. Besides being a social media influencer and ideal for thousands of people, he is also an entrepreneur. He believes that we always have to make sacrifices. While choosing a secured career option, we give up on our dreams, and choosing otherwise makes us sacrifice a secured income. &quot;However, only pursuing your dreams will bring you peaceful nights,&quot; said Gaurav.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With his words and way of living, this young man has emerged as an inspiration for millions. If you think Gaurav is only outstanding in the digital space, then reconsider your thoughts! Why? It's because he has also been an active student and served as president of the student council at his university. But now, Gaurav Manoj Singh is the president of the Indian Student Union of Poland and has helped rescue more than a five hundred Indians during the Russo-Ukrainian war.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon Sep 12 15:30:26 IST 2022 life-coach-abhishek-raj-jain-adopts-a-unique-approach-to-inspire-optimism <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Stay positive, keep negativity at bay, embrace optimism are some quotes that everyone uses loosely to motivate others to persist and perform. However, they have become cliché and fail to create the intended impact. Life coach&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Abhishek Raj Jain</u></a>&nbsp;<u>&nbsp;</u>&nbsp;says that these cliches cannot inspire success. According to Abhishek, demotivated individuals need advice that works. While he does not deny the law of attraction and the power of staying optimistic, he believes that one needs to put the point across in a different way.</p> <p>“While everyone faces challenges, it is not fair to tell a struggling person that what they are facing is insignificant because others face it too”, says Abhishek who knows quite a bit about achievement psychology. He says that telling people to hide their fears and display a positive stance is unfair and detrimental to their mental health and success. They need to be shown the right way to navigate their challenges and fear.</p> <p>Abhishek has passed several dark phases of life to reach where he is today. He has achieved phenomenal success on his own terms despite coming from a simple family. His crowd-moving abilities have always received recognition and now he is moving crowds by telling them the secrets he learnt on his way to success.</p> <p>To motivate his followers to be optimistic, he tells them to set small goals that matter and not chase illusions. He tells them that instead of chasing the limelight they should chase small goals that make the bigger picture. He often quotes this example: “If you wish to climb a mountain, think about walking a kilometer first. When you see small goals, you are automatically optimistic about them because you know you can achieve them. This helps you to achieve that goal and helps you with the motivation to chase the next milestone. Thus, step by step, you climb the mountain.” According to him, it is not difficult to stay positive for smaller goals.<a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""><u>Abhishek Raj Jain</u></a>&nbsp;<u>&nbsp;</u>&nbsp;often talks about the phase when his family was in constant limelight, and he understood the negatives of being a social figure. He saw his father and uncle struggle with business challenges and navigate through the issues with thought, planning and control. Here is where he learned about the right way to manage aspects of practical life. He admits that he has lost his motivation and positivity several times but soon regained it by following the small-goals approach.</p> <p>He also worked hard to bring his weight from 126 kgs to the normal range of 75Kgs. The same approach helped him there too. He says that he looked forward to each kilogram and every kilo lost motivated him to tackle the next.</p> <p>He now wishes to change lives, one coaching session at a time. He is achieving significant success in these goals as he is becoming popular among middle to elite people significantly.</p> <p>To fulfill this goal, Abhishek is planning to launch courses which would help millions of users to kick start their journey of self-reliant. The course would be under 3 categories including social media and digital marketing, health and wellness, professional services. There will be a multitude of courses under each category, and it will increase skills in youths and will make them self-reliant. By taking these courses, user will enroll under a loyalty program and business opportunity, with such program, one can earn from 50k to 2 lakhs per month. &nbsp;You may get the latest update on Abhishek Raj Jain’s new initiative by following him on Instagram&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a>&nbsp;and through is official website.&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Sep 22 17:53:36 IST 2022 entrepreneur-shipra-neeraj-talks-about-the-onboarding-process-she-and-her-qnet-team-follows-for-beginners <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Shipra Neeraj is one of those entrepreneurs who have made their life purely on the basis of their strong willpower and perseverance. From her childhood to being a grown-up, Shipra has struggled with a lack of self-confidence and a very volatile career trajectory. She faced a lot of challenges even when she entered the direct selling industry but like a true champion, she overpowered every resistance towards success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shipra Neeraj is one of the topmost leaders of reputed direct selling company QNet. As a leader who is managing a team of hundreds of successful people, she has been recognised as the diamond star, which is the highest earning rank in the company. Her future plan is to become Blue Diamond Star and increase her income from millions to billions so that she can increase the radius of giving back to society.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Talking about the onboarding process of the company, Shipra tells that they give a clear overview of the industry and the business before taking anyone onboard. &quot;We have a one-on-one meeting for at least 2 hours where we give a clear understanding of the business. We share everything about the industry, company, its mission, vision, operating procedures, and the compensation plan which also includes rank advancement (ways to increase the income with the same effort).&quot; she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Not only this we also explain about our market share in the industry, our diversification in the business without compromising the core mission and also the after business compensation, i.e. how our next generation gets benefited which we call as Legacy Plan. Further, we also allow them to have their own research and answer every question they have.&quot; she adds.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Interestingly, Shipra was introduced to the world of direct selling by a friend. When she entered the industry it was a learning period for her. Despite having a long professional experience in other industries, she had to learn and unlearn so much. But in the end, it's all worth it! Isn't it?</p> Wed Sep 14 17:58:54 IST 2022 how-flipspaces-is-turning-the-tide-in-the-global-interior-design-landscape-with-tech-enablement <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Behind the semblance of towering skyscrapers and contemporary designs lies a disintegrated world of interior design. The interior design and associated supply chains for products and services form a largely fragmented market with multitudes of small and medium businesses swamping the design and build landscape. As a result, there is no de facto brand to design and execute business mandates at a large scale. This leaves business owners having to deal separately with a slew of designers, suppliers and contractors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Changing the course of the global interior design paradigm is Flipspaces- a virtual reality-powered commercial design and build venture. Leveraging their proprietary technology suite, Vizworld, Flipspaces envisions creating a global platform where interior designers, product and service suppliers can come together to deliver a seamless and differentiated experience to the customer looking to furnish their commercial space. Vizworld allows for significantly better control over cost, quality and timelines by integrating the entire supply chain onto one platform while creating a seamless scale.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Technology- a key enabler</b></p> <p>The infusion of technology into the design and build landscape has enabled Flipspaces to reimagine an organised and unified interior design and build industry. Vizworld, Flipsaces’ proprietary technology suite comprises a product discovery platform, VR and gamification-enabled design visualiser and an integrated design and project management system. Besides streamlining the design and build process, the VR-based design and build venture also envision becoming the Integrated Operating System for the furniture and furnishing industry. The company has empanelled over 750 retail furnishing stores using Vizstore, a breakthrough technology that acts as a digital twin of retail stores.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“We truly believe that we have a product which can transform omnichannel commerce in the FnF</p> <p>category. With our presence in India and US, and with an amalgamation of having critical skill sets which are deep domain expertise and understanding of technology, we are uniquely positioned to crack this complex problem and create a highly valuable SaaS business from Vizstore”, says Kunal Sharma Founder and CEO of Flipspaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Charting the Path to Global Dominion</b></p> <p>Flipspaces enjoys a unique position in the design and build landscape owing to the size of mandates it executes across the globe and the gross margins it commands. Fundamentally robust unit economics has allowed the company to scale the business while remaining profitable even at the EBITDA level. As a tech-led commercial design and build leader, Flipsaces has a ticket size that is 10X of other Interior Design startups, a market size 8X of these players, with India and the US combined, and a more streamlined product and delivery ecosystem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In an otherwise execution-heavy business, Flipsaces has been able to scale without compromising on time or quality because of the category it operates in and the supply chain and delivery mechanism it has developed to seamlessly operate at scale. Another key driver behind the growth of Flipspaces would be the repeat business that is generated from referrals which equates to around 60% of its current business, making it a highly preferred brand across startups, MSMEs &amp; MNCs. The tech-led design and build startup boasts a long repertoire of repeat clients such as The Address, No Broker, Opulence, Times Group, Aditya Birla, InstaOffice, Nivea, Oppo, P&amp; G, Reebok, Royal Enfield and Razorpay in India and the US.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Eyes on the Sky</b></p> <p>Flipspaces has executed over 600 projects both in India and the US spanning over 6 million square feet. The design and build venture projects the revenue growth of around 2X at the end of FY22-23. Additionally, the company has grown 35X in the last 6 quarters in the US market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on its strong growth momentum, Flipspaces aims to progress towards a future of interior design with engaging and inclusive customer journeys. With the help of its integrated technology stack, the company has the sole vision of becoming the biggest global design-tech brand by bringing the three disjointed aspects of design, product and delivery experience under one roof for its customers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Flipsaces now has a fully operational business presence within the US where it has grown substantially and validated the same business thesis of organising the design and build of the small and medium-sized commercial floor plates globally. With its presence now spreading across the country, the company has further established a stronger foothold with its new office in New York. Additionally, the tech-led design and build venture has also started to hire local talent for various roles spread across the design and build sector. The company aims to strengthen its presence further in India and the US before its forays into other international markets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Aug 19 17:25:18 IST 2022 archives-outdated-customs-of-the-armed-forces-that-refuse-to-die <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p><i style="font-size: 0.8125rem;"><b>This story was published in THE WEEK issue dated January 28, 2001. After the removal of 'Abide with Me' from Beating Retreat, R. Prasannan wrote a column (issue dated February 13, 2022) on respecting Army sentiments, which you can <a href="">read here</a>.</b></i><br> </p> <p>To the uninitiated, it may seem an act of disloyalty—drinking a toast to the Supreme Commander sitting down. They do it in the navy because a king of England permitted it.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>To us, superstitious civvies, right foot forward is auspicious. But soldiers step off with the left foot. Left-right-left is the norm, because that is how Roman legionnaires went to war. Maroon may be considered a garish colour, too girlish for the tough image of a paratrooper, but he's possessive about the maroon cap suggested by novelist Daphne de Maurier.&nbsp;</p> <p>Officers of an armoured unit wear their shoulder straps back to front because more than a hundred years ago, a cavalry officer arrived thus on parade in a hurry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Officers of the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre wear a red and gold knot at the end of the lanyard. It was earned not in battle, but thanks to a particularly good dinner given to Field Marshal Sir William Slim.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the world of the brass hats—colonial to the core—an idiosyncrasy often spawns a custom. While many customs have tales of valour and sacrifice to back them, many others have been earned after a hearty champagne dinner or rum call.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every inch of their uniform—especially the bright ceremonials—has a story to tell. Observes N. Kunju, a retired subedar-major who is a 'dissident' writer on military matters: &quot;If a British Commander-in-chief of the Indian army were to walk out of his grave to review the Indian army, he would find it just as British as he left it, perhaps more British than the British army.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Most military brass have no qualms about it. Often it is these customs and traditions, strange to the civilian eye but solemn to the soldier, that keep the man in the uniform going in the unexciting times of peace. In war they keep him fighting at the front. The fiery regimental spirit fondly polished over decades and centuries possesses him in the face of the enemy. As veterans say. no soldier is fighting for the country. He fights for the regiment, his battalion, his company, his platoon, his section, his comrade. The honour of all these abstractions are ideogrammed on every inch of his ceremonial uniform and etched in his mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is much debate about whether the colonial practice of regimenting on ethnic (read caste) lines, perfected by Sir Frederick Roberts, in the aftermath of the 1857 mutiny, is in tune with the secular values of the country. And the patriotic soldier still swears by the battle honours won against Tipu, or Holkar or the Rani of Jhansi. Till a few years ago the commandant of the Rajput Regimental Centre displayed on his car and office a blue pennant with an image of the Bailly Gate, the gateway of the Lucknow Residency captured from the 1857 'mutineers'. The image was replaced by the regimental crest.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Rajputana Rifles' crest is the Maltese Cross with an olive wreath around it and crossed&nbsp;<i>yamadhars&nbsp;</i>(Rajput daggers) above it. Also the crest of British rifle regiments, the Maltese cross was adopted by the mounted cavalry of the Hanoverian army because their commander was related to the then grand master of the Knights of Malta. The only post-Independence change was that the&nbsp;<i>yamadhars&nbsp;</i>replaced the crown.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Madras regiment's elephant crest was won after the Madras army's daring action under Wellesley against the Peshwa's army at Assaye—a battle he once described as tougher than Waterloo.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Grenadiers' badge bears the White Horse of Hanover. The Jat Regiment has refused to part with the Roman numeral IX even though it no longer occupies the ninth position in the regimental hierarchy unlike in the 1920s. The 3rd Sikh uses the 45th Rattray's Sikhs' silver bugles; the 4th prefers the old XXXVI Sikhs' devices. Kumaon bears the Russel demi-lion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most colonial customs and associations continue. Except perhaps for the replacing of beefsteak and bacon with&nbsp;<i>pulao&nbsp;</i>and&nbsp;<i>puries</i>, little has changed.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the eighties one chief is said to have tried to replace the ceremonial straight sword with the Indian curved tulwar, which made its exit with the chief.&nbsp;</p> <p>Old British tunes like&nbsp;<i>Abide With Me</i>&nbsp;and the Scottish favourite&nbsp;<i>Auld Lang Syne</i>&nbsp;are played, as much as&nbsp;<i>Saare Jehaan Se Achcha</i>, by bands wearing leopard skins since the British army employed (not in India) similarly-clad West Indians in 1843. Ask why the colonial tunes still linger and the clipped English reply is: &quot;Even Mahatma Gandhi thought&nbsp;<i>Abide With Me</i>&nbsp;is a jolly good one.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Regimental bonding still inspires old British officers to fly across continents to attend obscure reunions. Major Ted Morrow, who served with the 2nd battalion Rajputana Rifles and its machine-gun battalion, was in Delhi in November to attend the regiment's 12th reunion. Morrow is active in the UK Raj Rif Association, and hundreds of Englishmen still write letters or exchange e-mail greetings on raising days and on anniversaries of the battle victories of Indian battalions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brigadier Nandlal Kapur, 79, who retired in 1968 and settled in South Africa, attended the Rajputana Rifles reunion with the other 'old faujis' who had captured Ruweisat post in Montgomery's El Alamein victory over Rommel. &quot;My battalion, the 4th Rajputana Rifles, was the most decorated one in World War 11,&quot; said Kapur, not hiding his pride. &quot;This regiment brought me up. So I came to see it.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Troopers of the 4th Horse (old Hodson's Horse) lined up in ceremonial dress outside the Cathedral Church of Redemption in Delhi on November 30 to honour 90-year-old Brigadier Bill Magan, their old regimental officer. He came with his wife Maxine, whom he had married in the cathedral 60 years ago as a captain.&nbsp;</p> <p>Records of the Sikh regiment mention the touching meeting between 74-year-old Lt.-Gen. Sir Reginald Savory and Lance Naik Bhola Nath of the 14th Sikhs when President Zakir Hussain gave colours to the regiment in 1968. Meeting after 52 years, the knighted general and the peasant recalled their action in Gallipoli in 1915 where both were wounded. Regimental records, however cliche-ridden, echo many such reunion stories.&nbsp;</p> <p>The last British soldier left India with the Somerset Light Infantry, but Indian army regiments had British generals as colonel-commandants for many more years. The practice of designating a general officer who had served with any of the battalions of the regiment as colonel-commandant continues. Of course, they are all Indians now. The idea is that an avuncular figure, not directly in command, would take a personal interest in the welfare of the regiment, its troops and its widows.&nbsp;</p> <p>So when 2 Madras had their raising day bash on December 13 (it was raised in 1776 as 15 Carnatic Infantry at Thanjavur and underwent many nomenclature changes), Lt.Gen. A.S. Rao, director-general of the National Cadet Corps, went around the tents, recalling his days with the regiment and cheering the thambis into higher 'spirits'. Present were also the father-son duo Lt.-Col. (retd) L.R. Route and Col. R.L. Route, both of whom had commanded the battalion. The elder Route says he was born to serve the battalion. &quot;December 13 is my birthday, too.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Though reformists allege that the colonel-commandant practice is wasteful and that the battalion commander can look after the troops' welfare, most senior officers swear by the practice. &quot;I visit all units,&quot; said Lt.-Gen. R.S. Kadian, colonel-commandant of the Rajputana Rifles. &quot;This is the oldest rifle regiment; its first unit was raised on January 10, 1775. I check if anything further has to be done to maintain troop motivation, morale and other things. I also recommend remedial measures, if needed.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Civilian observers are often mystified by how the force can swear by colonial motifs. But Rajputana Riflemen are as proud of Captain Wood, who won the first Victoria Cross in the Indian Army in 1856 (battle of Bushire), as of the four Maha Vir Chakras in the 1999 Operation Vijay and of Captain Hanifuddin after whom the Turtuk sub-sector is named. &quot;We are apolitical,&quot; said Brig. Kapur. &quot;We had no problems in switching loyalty from the Crown to the President. We serve the supreme commander. It was the King once. Now it is the President.&quot;</p> <p>In other words, little has changed except the nomenclature of the supreme commander. Naval officers continue the practice of sitting down when raising the toast to the President. While the origin of the custom is lost in history, the most popular story is of King George IV, who dined on board when he w as a regent. As the officers rose to call the toast, he said: &quot;Gentlemen, pray be seated. Your loyalty is beyond suspicion.&quot; Another is that King William IV hit his head against the low ceiling on board and decreed sitting toasts. A third tale has its origin in the Glorious Revolution. Officers loyal to the dethroned James II used to take their pistols to the mess and sit on them to prevent them being taken away by the loyalists of Mary and William of Orange. The custom of the toast itself is said to have originated during the English civil war as a declaration of loyalty among the Cavaliers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yet the officers could be rather protective about the custom of sitdown toast. When INS Tir visited Saigon in 1958, both the Vietnamese protocol officers and Indian diplomats insisted that everyone remain standing in the presence of President Diem, who was visiting the captain's cabin. But Commander Mehta maintained he would sip champagne seated. The commander had his way as Indian diplomats sweated in their shoes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The naval ensign retains the red cross of St. George, patron-saint of England. The navy would not part with it for &quot;it is a symbol of the Indian Navy's association with Commonwealth navies&quot;. While ships visiting foreign ports offer a 21-gun salute to the flag of the host country, the firing is dispensed with if the host is a Commonwealth country. Firing guns in salute is said to have started during early European seafaring days as an indication that the ship is making a friendly entry and has discharged all ammunition. The origin of the hand salute also indicates that the saluting person has no weapon in hand. The naval salute, which conceals the palm, has a more practical reason—to hide the palm soiled by work on board.&nbsp;</p> <p>The guard of honour is meant to convey to the guest that he may dispense with his troops and inspect for his personal satisfaction the fine soldiery set up to guard him. Over the years, the services have evolved finer details—a head of state receives a 150-member guard, a Prime Minister 100 and others 50.&nbsp;</p> <p>The air force has comparatively fewer ceremonial hang-ups. Being a 20th-century service, it is yet to acquire the 'aristocracy' of the 'colonial' army and the 'imperial' navy, but is also inventing customs. So unlike in the army and the navy, junior officers move into the dining room in the air force messes when dinner is announced, but after dinner they stay in the ante-room till the seniors and guests leave.&nbsp;</p> <p>The air force's fly-past is a custom that originated in World War days. Formations returning after operations used to fly past the base to enable those on the ground to count them and estimate losses. It is now part of every major national and service celebrations, the most noted being the Republic Day parade.&nbsp;</p> <p>The R-Day parade, much maligned now because of the traffic inconvenience it causes in Delhi, has a deeper meaning to the services than a mere show of colour. &quot;It is the armed forces conveying to the supreme commander that they are at his beck and call as ever and in fine state to go to battle,&quot; said an army officer connected with the R-Day ceremonies. &quot;They are also displaying their newly acquired weapons for him. Then they entertain him, with a musical extravaganza and beat retreat.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the main attractions of the R-Day parade is the 61st Cavalry, the only surviving horse cavalry unit in the world. The other mounted unit, the President's Bodyguard, considers itself the most senior regiment in the Indian Army, having been raised by Warren Hastings at Varanasi in 1776.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Beating Retreat ceremony of the Indian armed forces is today hailed as the most magnificent display of martial music and colours in the world. As Gen. Shankar Roychoudhary observed while releasing the first military music cassette a few years ago, &quot;not even the British army is maintaining its musical tradition as we are doing.&quot; Carrying drums and bugles to battle is a tradition that began thousands of years ago.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is much criticism that the Indian army uses colonial instruments like bagpipes, but military historians are quick to point out that the tradition of going to battle with bagpipes could very well have started in India. The earliest mention of it is in Cannon's Historical record of the 71st Regiment. It went to the Battle of Porto Novo in 1781 against Hyder Ali playing bagpipes. Sir Eyre Coote, greatly pleased with the battalion's fighting spirit, told a piper in the heat of battle: &quot;Well done, my brave fellow, you shall have silver pipes when the battle is over.&quot; And he kept his word. So the 71st is the only regiment that has silver pipes in the army.</p> <p>At parades, too, marching paces are not the same for all units. Foot guards march 116 paces to the minute and infantry march at 120. The rifle and light infantry regiments were raised for quick movement and proved their worth in the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. To further lighten their load they carried bugles instead of the heavier drum. Even today only rifle regiments have bugles and all of them, except the Sikh Light, carry a bugle image on their cap badge. Since they were raised for quick movement, they are never called to attention; they march on from the 'at ease' position.&nbsp;</p> <p>The regimental bugle call of the Raj Rifles was adopted in March 1902 and was initially that of the company of the 104th Wellesley's Rifles. The 104th Wellesley's Rifles had moved to Fort Sandeman in relief of 103rd Rifles, which had taken part in the Waziristan blockade. The meeting of the link battalions furnished an opportunity for discussing many points of mutual interest and it was decided to adopt a similar regimental bugle call.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rifle regiments were also originally meant for stealth and were given black buttons, badges and belts instead of shining metallic ones. Even today, they wear black, including the shoulder ranks, while others use metal pieces. Buttons are of white metal for cavalry, black for rifles and yellow metal for all others. The distinction is followed in leather accessories, like belts, as well. Rifle regiments wear black; others brown. Cavalry and rifles wear cross-belts while others have Sam Browne belts, named after Sir Samuel Browne, who lost an arm and wore a waist belt supported by a light strap from the shoulder to carry his sword. Only the 1 Gorkha Rifles wear brown leather belt and boots because in one action all their officers, except one medical officer who had brown belt and boots, were killed.</p> <p>The line infantry, except for the rifle regiments, display their battle honours in their colours. The armour or tank units are considered successors to the horse and are still called cavalry. In line with their mounted tradition, armour units display their battle honours on their standards and guidons. The artillery, however, have no colours. Their guns are regarded as colours and saluted on parade. The practice of treating guns as colours started when cannons were precious possessions and had to be prevented from falling into enemy hands, much like colours.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 16th Light is considered the most senior cavalry (tank) regiment and it alone is permitted to carry two standards on parade. Standards were presented to it in Trichnopoly in 1788 on the orders of Sir Archibald Campbell, commander-in-chief of the Madras army, for its services in the war against Hyder Ali. They were abolished in 1869 when the Madras army withdrew standards and guidons from all cavalry units. This led to much heartburn and finally, following special sanction, the Prince of Wales presented new standards in 1922 at Rawalpindi. These standards were replaced in 1976 with new ones given by President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.</p> <p>The navy used flags for communication. Ships do not fly flags, but 'wear' them. When a ship is decorated with flags on ceremonies, they are 'dressed'—as they are going to be at the International Fleet Review in Mumbai next month.&nbsp;</p> <p>The red tabs, worn on the collar by colonels and higher ranks, have their origin in the mediaeval age of knights. The tabs are officially called Gorget Patches, the gorget being piece of armour that protected the knight's throat. The practice was picked up again during the 1899-1902 war in South Africa where red tabs were introduced to distinguish senior officers from the khaki crowd. Sashes used to be worn around the waist (sometimes from the shoulder) for carrying wounded pals. Since the load had to be light and strong, silk was used and is still worn as part of ceremonial dress. While the Rifles have sashes in black the others wear crimson.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ceremonial head-dress for the Garhwal and Gorkha Rifles is the double felt hat. Berets are black for armour corps, olive green for most others, and maroon for airborne (parachute) regiments, the last of which has a story behind it. It is said Sir Frederick Browning, who raised the first airborne division, found troop morale down one day in North Africa. His wife, the novelist Daphne du Maurier, suggested they be given new hats of maroon.&nbsp;</p> <p>The colour of the parachute worn on the left pocket denotes the number of jumps one has made. Blue indicates 25 to 49; yellow 50 to 99 and red 100 and above.&nbsp;</p> <p>Madras Sappers wear a dupata which reminds them of their days of valour under Sir Charles Napier, the punning conqueror of Sind who sent the famous 'Peccavi' or 'I have sinned' message. Napier led 3000 men including C company of Madras Sappers in an attack against the Baluchis at Meeanee in Sind in February 1843. The British 22nd Regiment of the Foot (later Cheshire Regiment) was also present and there was much fraternisation after the victory. The British troopers gave their shakos to the Madrasis. Later they adopted the headgear and called it dupata.</p> <p>Before the 1922 reorganisation, each battalion had its own cap badge. Now there is only one for a regiment. The Punjab Regiment's cap badge has a galley on it commemorating the fact that its 2 battalion was the first to serve overseas and was there at the capture of the Isle of Amboyna.</p> <p>The style of wearing lanyards also differs from unit to unit. Officers of old 'Royal' regiments, corps and departments, and those permitted as a mark of appreciation by the President wear them on the right shoulder. Rajputana Rifles have a red knot with two zig-zag golden stripes, which Gen. Cariappa allowed, impressed by a dinner they gave Field Marshal Sir William Slim. Nicknames or honorific titles are adopted by units through historical associations. The 2nd battalion of Jammu &amp; Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI or Jaklight) is called Sherwani Paltan (paltan is Hindustani for battalion) after the schoolmaster and poet Maqbool Sherwani of Baramulla, who joined the force and organised volunteers against Pakistani raiders and was captured and nailed alive on a tree. 'MMG Parade' in this regiment means mandir, masjid and gurdwara which are under the same roof.</p> <p>Naval ships 'crossing the line' (Equator) have unusual rituals on board. A mock court of Lord Varuna is held and the captain is tried on fantastic charges. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, sailing to Indonesia, was 'tried' for overworking and having too many phones on his desk. Finally the 'old man' (captain) is given Varuna's certificate.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sailors' tongue is a separate lexicon by itself. A story goes that a Society for the Study of Naval Language sent a questionnaire to Admiral Lord Nelson, who returned it with the remark, &quot;Please forward through proper channel&quot;. The study team went to the shore of the English Channel, put the questionnaire in a bottle addressed to Nelson at Portsmouth. Two centuries later the bottled questionnaire reached the Florida beach where a Green group sued the long-defunct society for littering the sea.</p> Mon Feb 07 21:51:18 IST 2022 makeup-is-magical-reveka-setia <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>When it comes down to wearing makeup, the advantages go beyond looks. Believe it or not, wearing makeup can help you transform your life in ways that you couldn’t even imagine. Reveka Setia has discussed the benefits of wearing makeup that can't be overlooked.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reveka believes that makeup can bestow individuals an enthusiasm upswing by making them feel more physically desirable, heightening feelings of self-esteem, attitude, and personality. Subsequently, this assurance can also stimulate your cognitive abilities. She acknowledged that women have proven to show higher productivity while wearing makeup than women who don’t wear makeup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She is of the opinion that makeup can help protect your skin. An additional advantage that cosmetic makeup offers is that it helps you keep your skin safe from outside forces. With the distinct mixture of SPF components, colours, and reflectors of solar radiation, practical coloured cosmetics can be a significant basis of a woman's anti-ageing and skin cancer prevention armoury. She believes that makeup cosmetic products can help you prevent skin cancer. 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This integrative approach has allowed her to create a company that involves the best of both worlds. The idea behind this immersive approach was born from observing her cats. Her companionship with them led her to watch them groom for hours on end. This led Dr. Elie to understanding how important taking care of one’s body is- even her cats invest time in it! Furthermore, her expertise as a doctor brings an edge to the brand. She knows the tricks of the trade from a medical standpoint, bringing in her own niche of professionalism to the field of beauty and skincare. Dr. Elie Organics background as a dentist gives Dr. Elie the precision skills required in curating products that are reliable and healthy to use. Above all this, observing her journey is inspiring. Her entrepreneurial spirit is easy to spot. 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"It was in the last one year that we were able to see how the tasting notes developed. It isn't just a combination of coffee and gin. It's a whole new dimension altogether," says Virmani, who is currently based in Goa. Already in stores in Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, No Sleep will enter Delhi in the next two days.</p> <p>"Unfortunately, Jay, our co-distiller, is not with us to see the launch. We lost him in August last year in an accident," adds Virmani, highlighting that ultimately No Sleep's emotional undertones are much more difficult to express. Virmani first met Jay as a mixologist at The Bombay Canteen, one of India's most celebrated restaurants. "No Sleep was his idea and it is dedicated to him."</p> <p><b>New in town</b></p> <p><b>DOJA</b>: Goa-based East-Side Distillery has launched the first ever Indo-Japanese gin DOJA. Started by Jai Anand, DOJA is an amalgamation of botanicals from India and Japan's Wakayama prefecture. 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Tamras is available in Goa and Mumbai for now.</p> Sat Feb 05 18:29:32 IST 2022 everything-has-beauty-but-not-everyone-sees-it-eva-fleurose <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>With years of bag experience, Eva Fleurose is a responsible and loving mother of two. Not only is she a successful fashion and beauty influencer/expert.True fashion attracts beauty in every aspect of life.She left her native Poland at the young age of 17. She began her journey to London, pursued her dream, and then embarked on a never-ending journey.In</p> <p>, she was recognized for her work and talents in Paris, Maroraco, and there was a long list to follow. Fashion is something that has fascinated her since childhood. She used to style her family, friends and cousins ​​for her parties and vacations. 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By combining great culinary experience and service, the brand has grown to become the first choice for the burger lovers. Their USP is the handcrafted patties they use for the burgers</p> <p>which have quite a loyal fanbase.</p> <p>Just Loaf's burgers are known for using fresh ingredients, the combination of luscious meat and french fries that go perfectly with other dishes, you can't help but fall in love with what they serve.</p> <p>The history of the founders of “Just Loaf” began with seven friends dreaming it big. They all came together in the city of Tirur, Malappuram, Kerala, their home town to start a food truck which quickly took a shape of a quick-service restaurant - which later turned into one of the most successful QSRs in Kerala. There is an old saying - &quot;the whole is larger than the sum of its parts&quot; and that really couldn't ring truer with this story as every one of these founders had some sort of flare for perfection when it came to food. It was nothing sort of</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>an achievement! They understood the demand for flavourful and high-quality Burgers and fries and launched “Just Loaf” which has been able to make people fall in love with the unique taste they serve to their customers. Just Loaf is an example that by having your heart set on success you can make it big too.</p> <p>The delicious burgers and fries attracted a lot of footfall on Tirur outlet in 2018. This newfound success inspired them to open second outlet in 2020, in Perinthalmanna which is another major city in Malappuram with a total makeover of their brand and theme. Just Loaf kept evolving and did not just levelled up the branding but also added more dishes to their menu and repeated the same in Tirur, followed by Calicut in the city’s most prime</p> <p>location Coxswain23 and they have been winning all the time. In my opinion, “Just Loaf” has cracked the code and understood the nerve of the Indian food lovers which has allowed them to expand into so many locations.</p> <p>Just Loaf is very clear about its mission and that is to raise the expectation</p> <p>of the customers by serving them authentic food. Just Loaf has been successful so far in raising the bar high when it comes to the delicacies that they serve.</p> <p>When Just Loaf started, it focused on serving what they have always loved cooking and eating themselves. It was a pleasant surprise for the debutant, Just Loaf, to have their food get so much widespread appreciation from the locals which helped them scale to other locations. Today “Just Loaf” is an example of just how far one can go by mixing excellent products with an unbeatable brand. Just Loaf has evolved into one of the most popular fast food and burger joints in Kerala and is now looking to expand globally! The directors of Just Loaf, Mehroof, Arshaq, Muhsin, Sarbas, Nayeem, Vishnu and Jasim are school friends and it was this dream of starting an eatery together that led to the conception of &quot;Just Loaf&quot;. Just Loaf has since become a major success story in Kerala and now with their launch in Qatar, they want to repeat this success story once again. Just Loaf is now a global brand which is bound to become the next big thing in the restaurant industry.</p> <p>Just Loaf is going places and we all want this epic burger joint in our cities soon. If you live in Kerala or planning to visit there, make sure to add it to your bucket list. 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One Urbaine is one such fashion brand that has understood the need of the time and is making every revolutionary effort to make men's fashion wear more affordable &amp; sustainable. Shattering the clothing conventions, the brand 'One Urbaine' is all set to make its entry in the men's clothing line this October.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since brave and individualistic people are dominating the rules of men's attire, the fashion industry is on the verge of change. After recognizing recent celebrity trends, One Urbaine is prepared to establish casual, inexpensive, and unique clothing goals. Fitness and fashion go hand in hand, and One Urbaine will launch a clothing line that will start off with new forms of clothes as well as attires that will set itself apart from the competition. Comfort always precedes purpose, no matter how much we love the sense of style. 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This October, One Urbaine is all geared up to debut its men's collection, bringing the magic to your ordinary fashion wardrobe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To discover more about One Urbaine head over to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;also follow them on&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Facebook</u></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Instagram</u></a>&nbsp;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Aug 11 14:21:55 IST 2022 author-indian-producer-and-mediator-ms-veera-mahajan-a-woman-on-a-mission-to-help-women-lead-a-peaceful-life <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>It is observed that while women are the ones who are known to shape the future of tomorrow, ever since the initial stage of civilization has seemed to suffer a lot. 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A player can only play the game once in the day, adding to the suspense.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In six chances, players must guess the correct word. Users who get the word accurately for multiple days in a row get to keep a streak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The game was originally not designed for the world to play. Wardle created Wordle (with pun intended, of course) for his partner Palak Shah, who loves word puzzles, according to the New York Times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wardle released the game publicly in October. Though only a handful played it in the initial weeks, currently there are over 3 lakh people solving the daily puzzle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>How to play wordle?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Playing Wordle is no herculean task. The game can be accessed by simply opening the <a href="">Wordle website</a> on an internet browser.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The game begins with a blank 5-row, 6-column grid, with the user typing in a random five-letter word in the first row. One trick is to use a word that has many vowels, like ADIEU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The letters will then be marked in green, yellow or grey colour. Green means you have entered the right letter, in the right position. Yellow is for the right letter in the wrong position, while grey denotes the wrong letter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Using these colours, the users must deduce the correct word in the next five chances. From the second guess ahead, the player must strategically gauge what the word could be. With more yellow and green boxes, one can guess the right word.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beware, never use the greyed-out letters again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Why has Wordle become so popular?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the puzzle can be played only once per day, it is a thrill for all to spend a few minutes guessing the word and sharing their victory on social media.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only good for brainstorming and improving vocabulary, but this game is also a chance to play against the whole world, as everyone has to guess the same word in six chances.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The best feature is that the game is free and has no ads or annoying graphics. One also need not sign up for anything, making it a smooth sailing experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a Reddit post, Wardle shared Wordle is meant to feel like a croissant, a “delightful snack” that is enjoyed occasionally.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Enjoyed too often, they lose their charm,” he added.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat Jan 08 22:26:20 IST 2022 this-veganuary-2022-a-look-at-the-history-of-veganism-in-india <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>It was in 1944 that Donald Watson, an animal rights advocate, coined the word “vegan”. It is a common term these days, but have you heard of the Veganuary challenge?<br> </p> <p>'Veganuary' is a portmanteau of January and vegan, and is an annual vegan diet challenge by a UK non-profit organisation of the same name. Participants are encouraged to adopt a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. It was started in 2014 by British entrepreneur Matthew Glover and animal rights campaigner Jane Land.</p> <p>The movement since its inception has spread rapidly, with people participating from over 209 countries in 2021.</p> <p><b>What do vegans eat?</b></p> <p>No, vegans don’t just live on green salads and homegrown fruits. It is true that the diet is largely based on veggies and fruits, but with the expanding vegan market, there are meat alternatives or 'meatless meats' and vegan substitutes for most food products.</p> <p>Restaurants are including vegan food, too, like KFC’s “Finger-Lickin' Vegan” nuggets by collaborating with vegan meat producers like Beyond Meat, Quorn and Lightlife in the US, UK, Canada and Russia.</p> <p>Veganism is not just about a vegan diet. Vegans avoid using animal-derived products or those that have been tested on animals. It includes avoiding products that have everything from animal leather, silk from the silkworm, sheep wool, marine products or animal-tested products like makeup, shampoo, paint and even floor polish.</p> <p>It is not just the reason for animal cruelty that has led to the rise in adoption of vegan lifestyle by many, but also concerns regarding environmental impact, zoonotic diseases and health issues like diabetes and cardiovascular problems.</p> <p><b>Veganism in India</b></p> <p>India encompasses 23 to 37 per cent of vegetarians according to government research. In reality, this number might be lower. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Indians’ love for dairy and dairy products is indisputable.</p> <p>The origin of veganism in India can be traced to ancient times when philosophers like Mahavira and Acharya Kundakunda influenced the vegan practice in India.</p> <p>Often the term “vegan” and “vegetarian” is used interchangeably in India. With the diverse cultural traditions, the philosophy of veganism is reinforced by the concept of ahimsa or non-violence.</p> <p>The principles of Jainism in India, too, contributed to the vegan revolution. The Jain community is completely lacto-vegetarian and even avoids underground plants for the fear of injuring insects.</p> <p>Veganism in India has surged as a consequence of globalisation and the increased use of social media. On Instagram, aesthetic pictures and arguments of ethical rationale are manifold.</p> <p>In cities like Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Goa, the number of fully vegan restaurants are rising. Labels like “vegan”, “veganisable”, “cruelty-free” are also on the rise. Online shopping sites with meat alternative products are also contributing to the hike.</p> <p>In India, the market for vegan products is on the move with many startups focusing on introducing plant-based foods. There are numerous sustainable and vegan lifestyle brands, too.</p> <p>Veganism in India is also accompanied by myths like nutrient deficiency, lack of diversity, and high cost. Nonetheless, it may not be long enough before veganism becomes a major aspect of Indian lifestyle.&nbsp;</p> Wed Jan 05 17:59:30 IST 2022 indians-flock-to-home-makeovers-as-hybrid-models-blur-work-life-boundaries <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>33-year-old Puja Malhotra’s favourite spot at her home is her balcony. &quot;The view from my balcony fills me with energy. I never miss a sunset,’’ smiles Malhotra, a digital artist who draws heavily on nature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Malhotra has been thinking of converting her little oasis of peace and tranquillity into a workstation.&nbsp; &quot;I’ve ordered outdoor furniture and some colourful plants,’’ she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a hybrid work model has become the norm, the spaces inside our homes have had a mind-blowing makeover. Now that people have the time to be more in their house, they are paying more attention to the decor they add to their space, says Raina Singhwi Jain, marketing head of the Gala Group that owns Maeva. &quot;Pieces that are sustainable and versatile are more in demand. People are also more open to experimenting now than before.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jain adds, &quot;We have seen a change in the home decor choices of our clients during the pandemic as they are working remotely. Scented candles and essential oils are something people are choosing more to add to their homes. The aromatherapy scents help to calm down and unwind. It plays a crucial role in uplifting the mood too.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prathibha Rajesh, an architect and interior designer based at Malleshwaram in Bengaluru cannot help pondering on how the distinction between home and work life has become blurred during the pandemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The trials of the lockdown has had us rethinking our spaces, to help accommodate work from home, online classes, children's play and peaceful moments that maintain sanity. Economic concerns, comfort and most importantly a normal routine are deciding factors in most homes. As we've isolated ourselves at home during the pandemic, our needs for privacy, safety, comfort, aesthetics have changed the way we have been living,&quot; says Rajesh.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tabassum Fatima would agree with that. Unsurprisingly people are buying plants these days, she observes. Stick on mirrors are also a huge fad. &quot;You can have them anywhere in your house. They look classy,&quot; beams Fathima, an undergraduate student in Bengaluru.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our world now revolves around our home. And for many, home is a means of self-expression. &quot;Your home is an extension of your personality and identity. It needs to evolve with your life. We are trying to help people express themselves better,&quot; says Keyur Zaveri, head of design at House of Kieraya. &quot;The fabric, embellishment and accessories together create an expression,&quot; he says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prava, a luxury furniture and lifestyle brand recently launched by House of Kieraya, offers an array of sofas, study tables, beds and soft furnishings created by award-winning designers. The brand ensures there is something for everyone: This season’s collections are Floral Affair, Abstract Energy, BOHO Earth, and Eclectic Glamour.</p> <p>Jyothika Kumar from Mumbai was completely consumed by her newfound affection for home décor.</p> <p>&quot;We spend more time indoors nowadays due to the pandemic and it makes sense to invest in quality furniture. I don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a sofa or chairs that are more functional and comfortable. They also help me up my style quotient,&quot; says Kumar who conducts team building activities at her home.</p> <p>Indians are moving with the times. The 'Automation and AI report 2021’ by YouGov shows that around 64 per cent of urban Indians are comfortable with automation in their homes. The online survey covered around 19,000 respondents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Six design makeovers for your home</b></p> <p>Spending more time at home with family, working and learning remotely, being more mindful of the relationship between indoors and outdoors—all of these experiences have implications on how we will design houses going forward. Learning to be mindful of the environment will always be our goal. And as the pandemic makes its way out, we hope to still have meaningful connections, and that technology is coming to terms with what that looks like. These new trends taught us that we should never take our home environment for granted in terms of comfort and especially aesthetics.</p> Sun Dec 26 11:58:34 IST 2021 the-good-life-guidebook-for-the-holidays-delhi <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Bid farewell to 2021 and ring in the New Year (not to forget Christmas!) with these treasure troves in the capital city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Dining</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smokehouse Deli's resident feline Salem sits snug and stately on a wooden rack, next to pots and plants, surveying the chatter and chomp of evening diners in all her haughtiness. The black stone cat has reason to be pleased. It was in 2011 that Impresario Handmade Restaurants launched Smokehouse Deli in Vasant Kunj, the first ever outlet of the restaurant chain which would go on to set the template for European cafe-style dining in the country. Now, after 8 more outlets across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, it's almost back to terra firma for the popular Vasant Kunj outpost which reopened in a more vibrant, cheerful, expansive avatar last month. With an enlarged patio, sleeker art splashes, and large, brilliantly lit glass panels, the makeover embraces the space design of a large-sized terrarium with great liveliness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There's much to look forward to for Delhi denizens. Their 2.0 menu, full of wholesome, handcrafted goodness, has a thick journal-like appearance with charming pencil sketches and culinary trivia. Standing tall within the outlet, the Goodness-to-Go station offers fresh and healthy meals on-the -go. Smokehouse Deli Charcuterie, a brand new addition, will extend lazy brunches to a happy sundowner. &quot;The DNA of the brand still remains the same. But we are doing more with local ingredients by reducing miles. We are trying a lot of things ourselves. For instance, the mizuna leaves in the salad are now grown here in Delhi. The pizza flour is coming out of Indore and is good enough for our hand-rolled Neapolitan pizza,&quot; says Shamsul Wahid, group executive chef at Impresario Handmade Restaurants. This holiday season, step into Smokehouse Deli's amber halo for a cosy, consoling meal of mushroom bolognese with a round of Bellinis. Add to it a heartwarmingly whipped Truffled ricotta with sourdough toast, and you end 2021 on a truly soul-fulfilling note. Lobster and lamb shanks went live on the menu on December 17.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Great Indian Christmas spread at Monkey Bar outlets across the country pays thoughtful homage to regional specialties. With an innovative food and cocktail menu, patrons can look forward to festive culinary renditions from Indian communities with a distinct yuletide heritage, from Anglo Indians to Syrian Christians. There's Mangalorean Chicken Indad with Sannas - sweet and sour Chicken curry served with the fluffy rice cakes, a staple Christmas dish in Mangalore and Goa usually paired with a pork dish. Hearty roast duck mappas from the Malabar region are served with coconut curry and masala appams. Add to it crunchy pan rolls stuffed with bottle masala shrimp chilli fry and Monkey's own take on Erachi Pidi - rice dumplings dunked in meat gravy. Cocktails include Mumbai's East Indian community's celebratory drink Khimad which is often described as a combination of a zingy fruit punch and hot toddy, apart from a refreshing twist on Goa's Xmas dessert Pinag made with rice, coconut and jaggery. The menu is live till January 6.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Home décor</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Carpet Kingdom, one of the oldest manufacturers of carpets in India with a legacy of 125 years, is leading the way to expand the possibilities of what carpets can achieve. Run by fifth-generation entrepreneurs, their R&amp;D team stays on the pulse with some of the most exquisite hand-knotted rugs, upcycling the finest of benarasi sarees or even a pet bottle yarn to design contemporary linen rugs. The brand has a R&amp;D team to rigorously ideate on colours, designs and bring back long-lost techniques of weaving Kashmiri carpets. From walls of an elevator to cushions for mouse pads to the upholstery of your chairs, shoes and handbags, they have an intricate carpet solution for every exposed surface. They count brands like Tatas, WeWork as their clients apart from regularly working with celebrities. Recently, Carpet Kingdom created a dark and broody concrete cityscape for a law firm in black and white as a wall carpet. Our pick of the season is a pure wool Christmas-specific carpet in a lovely shade of turquoise which recalls snow at its comforting best.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gwalior-based iTokri is one of the most loved e-commerce sites for patrons enthusiastic about Indian handicraft and handloom products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The online store for fabrics, jewellery, paintings, and other artworks is India’s only crafts and loom retailer with a hundred per cent inventory of handmade artisanal products ranging from Punjab’s phulkari dupattas and Gujarat’s bandhani sarees to Andhra’s ikkat handloom fabrics, and Odisha’s pattachitra paintings. A completely women-based organisation, the iTorki team onboarded close to 200 news artisans and ensured that they kept getting orders through the pandemic. If you are looking for Christmas bells and baubles, you might want to look no further than the Kutch copper-coated jhoomar bells from a wide range of festive products on sale including hand-knitted macrame wall hangings, lanterns, bedspreads and handmade scented candles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Drinks</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We would not recommend a fine bottle of vino to undergo evaporation for your mulled wine fix. Savour it like special occasion whiskey and Moet Hennessy India’s Terrazas – Reserva Malbec fits the bill just fine. So many more exciting food pairings can be explored for Christmas, with Terrazas Reserva Malbec which is fruity, nicely layered and fresh, balanced and elegant from the beginning to end. It is ideal to pair with red and game meat, especially grilled. Also pairs beautifully with mature cheeses and red-sauce pasta. Perfect for a dinner and sundowner.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Dessert</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps there are more interesting ways to ring in Christmas than the good ol' plum cake and gingerbread cookies? There are enough French patisseries in town and it is hard to stand out. Cafe Monique teleports patrons to the sassy 90s with its authentic vintage recipe heirlooms from France. Cafe Monique Patisserie, situated in Amaara Farms in New Delhi, was founded by Shivan Gupta with the support of a French chef, Maxime Montay, after he crossed paths with a French family that ran traditional patisseries in the Côte d’Azur belt of the famed French Riviera. Today, Cafe Monique offers a specially-curated menu of desserts which includes Le Paris-Brest (a traditional choux pastry filled with delectable almond and hazelnut praline), La Tarte Tropézienne (a brioche packed with light vanilla cream and poached pears), and Le Saint Honoré (an effervescent pastry made using the most meticulous techniques in French patisserie). The patisserie’s Chantilly cream, vanilla cream and caramel glazed choux, are some more tantalising options. The brand is currently following a virtual delivery business model; which enables the users to directly order from the extensive portfolio of delicacies from the brand’s website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are intrepid enough to give icepops a chance this winter, don't miss Skippi. These ice popsicles feed on schooltime nostalgia to bring back the long, cylindrical multi-hued &quot;golas&quot; as a formal brand - and an alternative to traditional ice cream. Started by a Hyderabad-based couple, it was meant to kick off as a summer refresher in March 2020 when the lockdown hit and disrupted all the best laid plans. The company formally launched the product only later this year. Skippi ice pops come in six flavours.</p> Thu Dec 23 21:50:14 IST 2021 whiskey-for-the-win <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Ernest Hemingway liked his scotch and soda. The tipple makes an appearance in <i>The Snows of Kilimanjaro</i>, and even in the autobiographical <i>A Moveable Feast</i>. Poet and short story writer Dorothy Parker was a famous patron of whisky sours. Robert Burns once raised a toast to a fictional &quot;John Barleycorn&quot; in a poem. The list of writers who sought inspiration from the starlight in whisky might be long and endless, but it is time to crack open that special occasion bottle you have been protectively stowing away as we ring in the festive season.</p> <p>Stay off the fearful rotgut with THE WEEK's guide to great whisky, now in the Indian market.</p> <p><b>The Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 12 years</b></p> <p>There is a Google search prompt which goes like &quot;the Balvenie vs Glenfiddich.&quot; Both are made by the UK-based distiller of popular single malt scotch whiskies, William Grant &amp; Sons. Legend has it that when the company's longtime malt master David Stewart went to receive his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2016, the queen cheekily remarked that she preferred gin over whisky.</p> <p>Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 12 years, gains its distinctive character from being matured in two different wood types. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky. To make The Balvenie DoubleWood, the master distiller takes whisky that has spent at least 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads, and moves to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months. The traditional casks soften and add delicate character, the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor and the final few months in the tuns allow the whiskies to marry harmoniously.</p> <p>The chocolate and raspberry, rich brioche, and stewed cherries aromas along with raspberries, cinnamon and black pepper make the whisky a delight to sip on.</p> <p>It is available across the country and is priced at Rs 9,345 in Mumbai for 700ml.</p> <p><b>Wild Turkey 81</b></p> <p>For whisky to be called bourbon, it must contain 51 per cent corn, and must be produced in the US. Wild Turkey, the iconic American bourbon brand from Kentucky, announced its launch of a new variant in India as part of an ever-growing global expansion. Not for nothing does the award-winning brand have Matthew McConaughey as its &quot;creative director&quot;. The new edition in India is called Wild Turkey 81 and is characterised by bold, authentic full-bodied flavor, aimed at the Bourbon drinker set on blending the spirit in cocktails.</p> <p>The famous Wild Turkey brand name first came about in 1940 when distillery executive Thomas McCarthey took a few warehouse samples on a Wild Turkey hunting trip with a group of friends. The following year, his friends asked him for “some of that Wild Turkey whiskey” and the brand was born. Early this year McConaughey, along with the owners, took consumers on a personal tasting guide consumers of five Wild Turkey expressions: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Rare Breed Bourbon, Longbranch and Kentucky Spirit.</p> <p>Wild Turkey 81 comes at a neat Rs 2,623 for 750ml bottle</p> <p><b>Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake</b></p> <p>Whoever thought of cakes with whisky? Or single malt whisky, to be precise. Glenmorangie’s tasteful limited edition, A Tale of Cake, began with the illustrious company's director of distilling and whisky creation, Bill Lumsden, dreaming up this whisky’s luscious, fruity layers while musing over how some of his most joyous memories came from cake—from baking with his granny in her kitchen, to the pineapple upside down cake his daughter made him for his birthday. Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is a one-off limited edition, rather than part of a particular range.</p> <p>CakeTails are cocktail and cake pairings to celebrate the taste of a different Glenmorangie expression. The whisky was first aged in bourbon casks, to create Glenmorangie’s signature smooth and fruity notes, then finished in Tokaji casks from the famous Tokaj wine region in Hungary.</p> <p>Price in Mumbai: Rs 12,500; Gurgaon: Rs 6,500.</p> Wed Nov 03 14:06:14 IST 2021 how-your-genes-influence-whether-certain-type-workout-works-for-you <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Genetics have a significant influence on many aspects of our life – from our height and eye colour, our weight, and even whether we develop certain health conditions. And now, our <a href="">recent review</a> has shown that our genetics even influence whether or not we’re suited to a certain type of exercise.</p> <p>To understand how our genetics impact the way we exercise, it’s important first to understand why we <a href="">adapt to exercise</a> in the first place. “Adaptation” refers to the body’s ability to make <a href="">subtle improvements</a> that help it better cope with a new exercise or challenge. One example of this would be <a href="">increased muscle mass</a> from exercise. These changes in our body help us to be better prepared to do this activity the next time we need to. While we all adapt to exercise, we improve and <a href="">adapt differently</a> and at <a href="">different rates</a>, even when we do the <a href="">exact same exercise</a>.</p> <p>There are many reasons why this is the case. <a href="">Various factors</a>, such as diet, sleep, age and whether we leave time to recover between workouts, are all important in how we adapt to exercise. But recently, studies have also shown that the reason we all adapt differently to exercise is largely <a href="">related to genetics</a>. In fact, research has shown that there are <a href="">hundreds or even thousands of genes</a> which influence the way our body <a href="">responds and adapts</a> to exercise.</p> <p>Take the <a href="">ACE gene</a> for example, of which there are two types: ACE I and ACE D. This gene has been shown to be linked to cardiorespiratory and aerobic fitness due to its role in helping deliver oxygen to our body’s tissues, as well as regulating blood pressure. It’s thought that if you have the ACE I gene, you’re better suited to endurance – whereas those with the ACE D gene are thought to be better suited to strength and power, as they aren’t as good at regulating blood pressure and oxygen.</p> <h2>Adaptation</h2> <p>To better understand how our genes are related to different types of exercise – and whether they affect the way we adapt to exercise – we conducted a <a href="">systematic review and meta-analysis</a>. This allowed us to assess all the current evidence which has linked certain genes to different key measures of fitness – including cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and explosive power (how quickly we can go from a standstill to a sprint, for example) – in the average person. We looked at a total of 24 studies which included 3,012 participants altogether.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on our analysis, we found that, on average, people saw significant improvements to their fitness when they exercised three times a week for 12 weeks – regardless of their genetics. This is great news, as it shows us that everyone can improve their fitness through exercise regardless of their genetics.</p> <p>But, we also saw that these fitness improvements weren’t always equal. In fact, there were sometimes large differences between people – even those that did the exact same type of exercise for the same amount of time. In some cases, this difference was greater than 10%. For example, we found that for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, and power, there were on average around 4%, 10% and 4% differences in improvements respectively.</p> <p>Even after taking into account sex, age, diet and other factors which can affect how we adapt to exercise, our analysis found 13 genes that were directly responsible for influencing these differences. For aerobic training, genes explained 44% of the differences in scores that we saw. For strength training, genes explained around 72%. But for power, genes only explained around 10% of the difference. The rest of these differences can be explained by <a href="">other variables</a> – such as diet, sleep, recovery time and lifestyle. This shows us what a big impact our genes have on what fitness adaptations we see when we exercise.</p> <p>This all isn’t to say that people with certain genes should give up or pursue different types of exercise. Rather, this simply means that people with certain genes may need to work a little bit harder than others to see similar adaptations. While this is unlikely to have a big impact for the average person, a professional athlete may want to know which genes they have so they can better understand where small improvements can be made that will boost their performance.<img src="" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;"></p> <p><span><a href="">Henry Chung</a>, Postgraduate Researcher, Exercise Genetics, <i><a href="">Anglia Ruskin University</a></i> and <a href="">Dan Gordon</a>, Associate Professor: Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology, <i><a href="">Anglia Ruskin University</a></i></span></p> <p>This article is republished from <a href="">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="">original article</a>.</p> Mon Nov 01 15:31:12 IST 2021 how-to-eat-traditional-onam-sadya-chef-pillai-explains <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Wondering where to get a traditional Onam sadya? Bangaloreans can have a princely sadya this Onam, prepared by Chef Suresh Pillai, who has become a household name with his videos of traditional Kerala recipes with a twist.</p> <p>Restaurant Chef Pillai, his new restaurant in Bengaluru’s Whitefield offers a whopping 26-dish sadya (a multi-course vegetarian meal) with three types of payasam. The Onam sadya costs Rs 999 and takeaway and home delivery options are available between August 20 and 22.</p> <p>‘’Starting my own restaurant has been a long-nourished dream,’’ says Pillai, a former BBC MasterChef contestant. Pillai shares some tips on how to eat the Travancore Onam sadya the right way. ‘’It is an eight-course meal that starts with an amuse-bouche (small appetisers preceding the main course) of banana wafers and chips coated with jaggery. The first course includes rice, dal and ghee, along with nine dishes including pachadi, kichadi, avial, thoran, injipuli, kootukari, theeyal and pickle. The second course consists of rice and sambar. This is followed by a third course of ada pradhaman and banana. Course four features paal payasam and boli. The fifth course includes a fruit payasam like pineapple pradhaman or a lentil based payasam. Rice and pulissery is served as the sixth course. The seventh course includes rice and rasam. Butter milk served in the last course helps in digestion.</p> <p>As a child, Chef Pillai loved the lore of King Mahabali, because of whom he would get new clothes and good food. Onam, that marks King Mahabali’s return to Kerala is celebrated with much pomp and splendour. Pillai and his siblings would look forward to the festival. ‘’Back then, there were no readymade clothes or branded shirts. So, we’d go to the neighbourhood tailor to get our shirts and trousers stitched. We’d get the stitched clothes,’’ he recalls.</p> <p>&nbsp;Pillai grew up on an island by the Ashtamudi lake in Kerala. His parents were poor and Pillai and his siblings would barely have three square meals a day. Pillai’s mother would prepare a sumptuous meal and the children would eat to their heart’s content. The sadya would be followed by two varieties of payasam including Ada Pradhaman&nbsp; made by his father, who was an occasional cook.</p> <p>Onam is around the corner and Pillai becomes that little child impatiently waiting for festivities to begin.</p> Wed Aug 18 14:18:14 IST 2021