Lifestyle en Wed Jul 14 10:39:21 IST 2021 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 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 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 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 indias-first-coffee-infused-gin-to-hit-the-shelves-in-delhi <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Who doesn't like coffee? Who doesn't like gin? But only the seasoned barkeeper will mix the two after dark into a heady drink.</p> <p>Trust Nao Spirits - India's first ever craft gin brand which gave us the now di rigueur Greater Than - to do just that. Their No Sleep gin brings together two of the most popular beverages together, gin and coffee, as well as two innovative brands which are pioneers in their own right. Like Greater Than, Sleepy Owl made their mark by launching India’s first cold brew coffee. With their collaboration is born what would seem like formalising the inevitable - our countless attempts to play around with coffee and alcohol. There's an espresso machine in every respectable bar, and coffee cocktails regularly feature in "how to make" hacks and listicles. But one would be hard-pressed to find a coffee-infused gin in all its brown boldness as a bottled product.</p> <p>While the idea itself had been brewing since the launch of Greater Than in 2017, it took a pandemic-induced lockdown to test and measure the kinds of coffee which would pair well with gin and tonic. "In our first few months of distilling Greater Than, between me and my co-distiller (Jay Dhawan), we would often have fairly late nights and fairly early mornings. On one of those late nights, he said, let's see if the cold brew coffee in the fridge works well as a cocktail mixer with the gin. We created a gin and tonic with a float of cold brew on top. And we absolutely loved it," recalls Anand Virmani, co-founder and distiller at Nao Spirits. "I had three of them and did not get any sleep. And I had an early morning flight to catch," says Virmani, pointing out the genesis of a coffee cocktail which became a signature in their directory. It was in 2020 that Dhawan suggested if coffee itself could be infused in the gin as a standalone piece, so people can have it with tonic water at home. Or make an espresso martini or a negroni.</p> <p>The limited-edition gin does not use any sugar, coffee extracts or artificial flavours. Instead, Nao Spirits got Sleepy Owl to make a smooth, cold brew using 100 per cent Arabica coffee from Chikmagalur to infuse in their gin distillate. The result is a concoction which is simultaneously bold, crisp and fruity with a smoky aftertaste. There are tasting notes of red cherries, salted caramel and hints of pink peppercorn. "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. Anand, who is also the founder of the Mumbai-based music curator agency Milkman, wanted to bring to India a combination of flavours never heard before in gin-making. He worked along with a distillery in Japan and created a recipe which employs Yuzu, sansho peppers and hinoki from Japan with coriander, pepper, and cardamom from India. DOJA is a sip and drink beverage and is priced at Rs 2,050 in Goa and Rs 3,700 in Mumbai.</p> <p><b>Tamras</b>: Yet another entrant from Goa pushing the envelope in craft gin space is Tamras Gin which was launched in December. It is a blend of 16 botanicals which includes lemon verbena, cubeb pepper, lotus flower and seeds. Created by a screenwriter and ad filmmaker couple, it is produced at north Goa's Adventurist Spirits Distillery where they also take visitors on a guided tour. Tamras is available in Goa and Mumbai for now.</p> Sat Feb 05 18:29:32 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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I want to help them believe that they deserve to be respected, and teach them the importance of loving themselves and standing up for their rights.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the research of her book &quot;Domestic Abuse is Unreported Crime,&quot; of domestic abuse awareness and women empowerment she explained “With the help of mothers and schools, my dream is to teach young girls how to value themselves so that they will never allow anyone to disrespect or violate them. Because, these girls will become the next wifes, mothers, business owners, lawyers, politicians and even the commanders and Presidents of the countries. These young women need to be encouraged to dream, set goals and achieve anything their hearts desire.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through this exclusive chat she also mentioned that “Further to this, my vision is for women to have a real sense of freedom where they can wake up and do whatever they want to do without any fear or hesitation. 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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 soundsleep-an-ai-enabled-app-to-track-and-trounce-snoring <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Sociological research will tell you that sleep management in families entails "doing gender" - or how men and women experience snoring in unequal ways which affect the quality of relationships. The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted circadian rhythms; there is greater stress, worry and fear. Lack of a structured schedule with work-from-home lifestyles is gradually changing the way we sleep and snore.</p> <p>While snoring is common and harmless, it is often seen as a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which can cause a person’s breathing to stop and start while they sleep, wake up a lot or snore loudly. OSA has raised the risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke and heart conditions. Sleep aid apps are proliferating in the market and so are the ones associated with snoring. Gone are the days when breakfast table conversations revolved around threats to surreptitiously record the loudest snoring family member. Now one can place a mobile phone next to their bedside pillow to record the intensity of one's wheezing and study their snorescore in the morning. Something called the SnoreLab is already available for iOS and android users. Researchers at the University of Sheffield are developing a new iOS app, SoundSleep, to monitor breathing while people sleep and help discover the causes, factors and solutions to snoring and sleep disorders using artificial intelligence. Dr Ning Ma, research fellow at the University of Sheffield’s department of computer science, has more.</p> <p><b>Q\ When was SoundSleep first conceived and how did it set out to be different from the many sleep aid apps that already exist?</b></p> <p>A\ The use of acoustic analysis in healthcare is one of our research focuses at Sheffield that sets out to use deep learning methods to better understand and treat sleep-disordered breathing. The machine learning algorithm in the SoundSleep App is the output of a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships project between Passion for Life and University of Sheffield five years ago. The algorithm was subsequently fine-tuned during a recent Innovate UK project, which just finished this year. We believe the acoustic analysis of breathing sounds during sleep can offer an inexpensive and unobtrusive way for monitoring sleep-disordered breathing. A key part of this technology is to look at how to differentiate between snoring sounds and background noise, and leverage state-of-the-art AI to identify sleep disorders from sounds. The machine learning algorithm has been designed to work in bedroom environments and can detect snores while ignoring other sounds in the bedroom.</p> <p><b>Q\ Tell us about your work with the AI technology in your app which records and tracks snoring levels and provides nightly reports? How are these nightly reports created?</b></p> <p>A\ We understand privacy is one of major concerns many users have for many sleep monitoring apps. The AI technology that records and tracks snoring has a small footprint in power consumption and the analysis is done entirely on the smartphone. We designed it in such a way so that it does not stream any audio away to a remote server and thus protects users’ privacy. The technology continuously records sound when the monitoring is switched on, and once enough acoustic evidence is buffered, it will start to analyse the buffer and try to identify snore events among many acoustic events in the buffer. This process is repeated throughout the night. The amount of snoring and the snoring levels can be computed from the identified snore events and are displayed in a sleep report ready for the user in the morning. One of the advantages of such an unobtrusive sleep monitoring approach is that it allows continuous monitoring across multiple nights. We believe this will be particularly useful for users to monitor their sleep over a long period of time, and the snoring trend will help users identify any issues such as sleep apnoea at an early stage, allowing early intervention.</p> <p><b>Q\ What are the other ways in which AI is being harnessed to promote better sleep health?</b></p> <p>A\ We have utilised AI to detect and screen for obstructive sleep apnoea from entirely sound. Our next plan is to look at AI tools that will enable efficient sleep disorder assessment, by integrating acoustics and small, low-cost sensors that can be placed unobtrusively on the body in a unified approach. The aim is to implement this software on a mobile device, offering a smartphone-based solution for home monitoring and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.</p> Wed Jul 28 20:37:32 IST 2021 Will-TripCandy-Replace-Fiats-in-Tourism <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Since 2017, blockchain-based tokens are showing exponential potential in the business world. Unfortunately, despite their enormous benefits and growth, cryptocurrencies are still pretty misunderstood. Common people tend to perplex crypto with payment systems. Besides, there's a popular belief that investing in cryptos is exceptionally risky.</p> <p>To help people overcome this misconception and introduce the world to the fact that fiat currencies will soon be replaced with cryptos,<a href="">&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>TripCandy</u></a>&nbsp;has launched its unique travel tokenomics. With a mission of helping people enjoy the fantastic benefits of cryptonomy, a young S'porean entrepreneur and thought leader, Jeremy Foo has come up with this innovative crypto-based travel booking system.</p> <p>Built on the Binance blockchain, it is one of the thin-in-the-ground ventures that's spearheading the transformation in the travel booking system. In addition to working with only the traditional flat payment, TripCandy also encourages users to book their travel tickets, hotels, and more with crypto.</p> <p>To induce interest, Tripcandy ensures that they will return a percentage of the total sales to the user in the form of its $CANDY token. To serve this goal, TripCandy will purchase CANDY tokens from the market, which will give it a steady and increasing demand. With the growth in demand, the earned tokens will also grow, awarding the users with the actual experience of growing their money without putting any effort.</p> <p>According to Foo, digital assets are more beneficial than fiat currencies. They offer transaction security and avant-garde transparency, and they help users bypass the involvement of intermediates like brokers or banks. Leveraging TripCandy's innovative blockchain-based methodology, users can track the money trail and clearly determine its growth.</p> <p>When money is saved in the form of crypto, its true value will never change with the fluctuations in inflation. TripCandy's token rewards are a viable alternative to conventional cash back rewards. They let its users realize that they are making an actual investment because TripCandy will let them generate more value with increased bookings.</p> <p>Team TripCandy believes that being a digital asset, their token ($Candy) can bring new possibilities and new frames of mind to the business world. To create the way to such a transition, Jeremy Foo and his team are working dedicatedly, and they're overcoming every little and big challenge successfully.</p> <p>A few months back, the entire crypto market experienced a substantial decline, and TripCandy's $Candy was recently listed then. The fall in price hit the organization hard; however, Jeremy's sensitive leadership and the team's rational efforts helped TripCandy to come out of the situation. $Candy is now growing without bound, and recently it experienced a growth of 800%.</p> <p>Post-Covid pandemic, the financial markets across the globe witnessed a colossal dip. However, the crypto space kept on growing. TripCandy aims to leverage this potential and help people grow their money even in the most adverse circumstances in the conventional finance market.</p> <p>Jeremy Foo wants to establish TripCandy as a phenomenal crypto-based tourism solution that makes travel booking experiences seamless and enjoyable. The organization aims to bridge the gap between travelers and service providers, and the platform is a stop shop for those who always seek ways to earn huge returns on every investment they make.</p> <p>TripCandy aims to promote the realization that cryptos will soon be a part of people's daily life. Contrary to popular belief, cryptos are global, agile, transparent, and secure. Besides, they hold the ability to replace fiats. The TripCandy team is working hard to build a sustainable travel economy that allows its users to book flawlessly and earn effortlessly.</p> <p>In other words, TripCandy wants to become the go-to alternative to travel enthusiasts across the globe. TripCandy has already managed to gain a fair reputation in the crypto world because of its straightforward, logical, and efficient outlook. Recently, the organization has raised $1 Million from different investors, which evidences the company's reliability and potential.</p> <p>Jeremy Foo strives to take TripCandy to the next level by turning it into a second-to-none, worldwide, crypto-based, B2C/B2B tourism and travel platform. TripCandy stands tall to eliminate the unwanted fees applied by the fiat-driven finance and travel world third parties. It’s expected that Jeremy’s genuine effort will help him reach his goal and TripCandy will keep on creating milestones.</p> Fri Jun 17 11:41:24 IST 2022 The-Woman-Behind-Cocktails-to-go-Movement-Garnett-Phillip <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Often there comes a time in our lives when everything stops. It seems like there is no moving forward. It is as if someone has pressed a pause button on our lives, and all our plans and aspirations for a better future have vanished into thin air.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Not too long ago, we all encountered this feeling of helplessness when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. The economies crashed, and a lot of people were out of jobs due to downsizing. The pandemic negatively impacted small businesses the most, amongst which the restaurant and bar industry faced the maximum brunt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to a survey in 2020, approximately 43% of businesses were temporarily closed, and employment had fallen by 40%. This represents a shock to America’s small firms with little parallel since the Great Depression back in the 1930s.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For those who initiated their business projects in 2019 or around the same time, the shock was even more severe. Where many businesses could not pull through, a few managed to start small, follow COVID-19 standard operating procedures, and finally emerged successful. One such inspirational story is of Garnett Phillip, an entrepreneur who signed the lease for The Rogers Garden, a Caribbean-inspired bar with community art, garden dining, rum punch and island vibes in Flatbush, Brooklyn, just before the pandemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After ten months of construction and renovations, the pandemic hit and The Rogers Garden had to shut down. Just when Phillip started to lose hope, things started opening up by the mid of 2020. “Instant rush of people wanting to be outside, social distancing, masks, mandates, inspections, changing the businesses infrastructure to safely serve customers, tons of staff just to meet the required rules to operate, and so much more that wasn’t in my original plan or budget. I never ran a bar under these conditions, but I pushed through,” shared&nbsp;<b>Garnett Phillip</b>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During these uncertain times, The Rogers Garden also implemented the idea of ‘drinks on the go’ as the New York state temporarily allowed bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks to go during the pandemic, tossing them a lifeline when indoor dining wasn’t allowed.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“It was a huge help to us,” said Phillip.&nbsp;To make it a permanent solution, Phillip along with the legal community, are in conversations with the government to permanently legalize to-go alcohol in New York City, similar to other states and countries. If to-go alcohol is legalized in New York City, restaurants and other businesses will be allowed to sell cocktails with delivery and pick-up orders too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Governor Kathy Hochul has supported the idea and proposed bringing the popular initiative back and making it permanent. It is a part of her small business recovery plan and to implement the measure, all it requires is a change in law from the state legislature.</p> <p>Following the same vein, Garnett Phillip also hosted New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who is running for governor, and others who support Hochul’s plan to take the initiative forward to further press for the need for the idea.&nbsp;</p> <p>Opening in the middle of a pandemic with so much uncertainty was not easy, and Phillip was not ready to let her business suffer. “I knew that no matter what happened, this HAS to work,” asserted Phillip. “I have put my heart and soul in the bar. I am an entrepreneur, I am a wife, I am a mom of two little boys, and I have worked really hard for this. Coming to this bar is like truly getting a piece of my love for the islands.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With so much hard work, determination and passion that went into establishing a business, it’s not a surprise that Garnett Phillip rose with the “Cocktails to-go” movement. In fact, she is persistent in her quest to help small businesses like hers achieve success. Her efforts will not just benefit The Rogers Garden but will give life to a lot of other similar projects by entrepreneurs who have put their hearts and soul into their dreams and turned them into a reality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed Jun 08 18:24:20 IST 2022 farewell-titos-thanks-for-the-good-times <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Hedonism is synonymous with Tito’s in Goa. The common refrain with the party crowd of north India was “Chalo, Tito’s Chalte hai’. For Mumbaikars, it was the bar next door. They did have to leave behind their daily dose of bar fights and their threats of “Do you know who I am”. Because, while Tito’s was as raucous as it gets, the owners did draw the line and wouldn’t take any of their drunken brawls or nonsense. So, once this was made clear, most happy puppies arrived to have a great time and make new friends, exchanged numbers and yes, promptly discarded them the next morning. I am guilty of this as well. Done it in Ibiza, too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tito’s made Goa the Indian Ibiza and I can vouch for that! Any bar crawler who frequented Tito’s will affirm the clichéd, “What happens at Tito’s stays in Titos’!” It was the ‘cool scene’ era and violence was rare. The only fear you would face at Tito’s was if someone tried to hug you to death, beer breath et al! Peace maaaaan!&nbsp;</p> <p>Then we evolved. We began to get aggressive. Our idea of a good time went south. Hard liquor became fashionable. But what was commendable with Tito’s was that they knew when to draw the line and the unruly were ejected regardless of ‘who they were’. I recall standing bumper to bumper with happy dunks and enjoying the music that was thankfully loud enough to drown the raucous banter.</p> <p>The beverages and cocktails were reasonably priced as were the Goan starters. The Bloody Marys and Margueritas were the go-to cocktails, and if that didn’t trip your trigger, the tequila was the ’ole faithful to get you up and running, or staggering! The lethal combination was complete with the array of beers to be gulped and there was guaranteed instant nirvana!&nbsp;</p> <p>Goan style spicy cafreal, the ever-popular beef and pork dishes and the traditional Goan fish curry rice were the perennial favourites! The cheerful bartenders were never stingy with their peg measures and it didn’t take long to start schlurring rather soonly! There has to be some magic in a place if the revellers had no qualms about having booze spilt over and have your sweaty ‘newly found buddy’ crawling all over your face. But I have no regrets whatsoever. Over the decades it was always the same great time and the resultant mother of all hangovers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The hordes of German, Israeli and British backpackers found it a haven as they were in a space that satiated all their sinful desires! The free love era was designed for and by Tito’s. The celebs from Bollywood and models pan India were always there in their skimpiest and sexiest outfits to add to the glamour. The poshness was left behind at home. As time passed and the younger generation landed in droves from all over India, Tito’s created another space 200 metres away for the upper class, called ‘Mambos’, where you could find a place to sit and get table service. It wasn’t long before Tito’s attracted the males and the latter, the couples.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are hundreds of bars now and many are good ones, but not many have the instant recall of Tito’s. It does take a lot of verve and thinking ahead to earn legendary status and Tito’s deserves it! It is indeed sad to hear about the rough and shoddy treatment meted out to them by the various authorities. The owners are not making any bones about it, and rightly so. They are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Cheers and thanks for the good times, Tito’s.</p> Tue Jul 06 18:19:08 IST 2021 suditi-sharma--a-woman-working-for-women-s-wellness <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>With the motto of keeping her goals high, Suditi Sharma has fought against all odds, dived into the ocean of challenges, and came out with more possibilities in life every passing year. After graduating in Consumer Psychology and pursuing MBA, Suditi Sharma headed Product design, social media marketing, branding &amp; business development for over five years. However, one thing she knew she wanted from life - a brand of her own. Being a woman who was held back in certain situations, Suditi knew she wanted to do something that improved the lives of thousands of women around the globe. That is how she came up with Himalayan Organics with her college friend Vaibhav Raghuvanshi. The Himalayan Organics is a Nutraceutical Brand that has all the natural solutions for Holistic Wellness for women and men.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since women's day is round the corner, the brand focuses on providing best deals to their women customers and celebrating them by gifting them health and wellness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the best products listed on The Himalayan Organics' website include various dietary supplements to fulfil nutritional needs and other hair and skincare products for overall health and wellness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Having a dream to make Himalayan Organics the leading brand in Dietary Supplements, Suditi also aspires to file an IPO of her brand shortly. With this, the Co-Founder of The Himalayan Organics aspires to establish her company as a one-stop solution for all Dietary Supplement needs. Working in the D2C space right now, the brand also wants to expand its presence in offline retail stores in Pan India.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Suditi, who heads the creative aspect of the brand, sees her team as the backbone of the company. According to her, it is the team's dedication &amp; commitment that the company has undergone this kind of phenomenal progress.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Being a woman, I was told that I should plan something 'realistic,' something that I can pursue with my family life in the future," shared Suditi, adding, "However, I wanted to do business. Here I am, running a growing business for the past three years and planning more to its success in the future."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a short period of 2.5 years, Himalayan Organics has served one million+ satisfied customers, with 120+ Vegan products. Suditi feels that when one keeps their goals high, the chances of success get higher too. The Flagship products of this brand are Plant-Based Vitamin D3, Vegan Omega 3-6-9, Plant-Based Vitamin B12, Plant-Based Hair Vitamin, Multivitamins &amp; Korean Ginseng. Himalayan Organics understands that health concerns are different for everyone. Hence they also provide Free Dietary &amp; Nutritional Consultation from their team of certified expert dieticians customized as per the need.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The future vision is to be the World's leading brand in Dietary Supplements so that we can transform the lives of millions by enriching them from within," shared Suditi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Founded in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in 2018, The Himalayan Organics caters to solving various health problems and providing a preventive healthcare solution. This company offers 100% Vegetarian, Organic, Plant-based, Safe &amp; Effective dietary supplements on their website, Amazon, Flipkart, Nykaa, Purplle, Nutrabay, 1mg, Pharmaeasy, etc.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Himalayan Organics has 126+ affordable products backed by rigorous research &amp; development, out of which 55 are Plant-Based Supplements, 25 are Organic Certified, and 36 are in the Beauty Category. The brand also provides free lifetime doctor consultation and dietician support to its customers. Furthermore, their products are formulated in-house by expert R&amp;D professionals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With exemplary leadership skills and a creative mind set, Suditi has achieved quite much in just three years, and she knows that this is not it. She is here for a bigger dream, and she will fulfill that no matter what.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"One thing that I would like to tell all the women out there is that you can do anything. If the world tells you that you cannot, prove them wrong. You are more than what the world thinks of you, and you are you, and that is enough," Suditi concluded.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><a name="_heading=h.gjdgxs" id="_heading=h.gjdgxs"></a></p> Tue Mar 08 17:59:11 IST 2022 with-lockdowns-ending-indians-undertake-revenge-travel-after-months-at-home <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>After months of being cooped up inside as Covid raged outside, well-heeled Indians have decided that home is not where the heart is and are hitting the road and the skies to break the monotony of their indoor existence.<br> </p> <p>There is even a term for it revenge travel'. So when states started opening up after a ferocious second Covid wave, people headed out in droves to beachside hotels, hill homestays or even just a resort close by. Anywhere but home and maybe not quite what the doctor ordered<br> </p> <p>Taking revenge as it were for the months of anxiety, of working from home, doing or conducting classes online and unable to meet even close relatives, they masked up, got their jabs and wasted no time in heading outdoors.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;"Advance bookings as measured by the share of bookings with travel dates more than four weeks away are over 10 per cent this year compared to around 5 per cent last year, Rajiv Subramanian, vice president at global online travel company Cleartrip, told PTI.</p> <p>We expect the increased momentum of the vaccination drive and reduced caseloads to catalyse domestic travel recovery in the next two quarters," he added.</p> <p>On the ground, images of people thronging destinations like Manali and serpentine queues of cars waiting to get into popular hill towns such as Shimla give the picture.<br> </p> <p>Be it a workcation, staycation or drivecation, people are clearly eager to travel and splurge as India's Covid cases dipped, determined to make up fo.r lost leisure days due to frequent shutdowns, signalling the return of normalcy for the corona-hit travel and hospitality sector.<br> </p> <p>Noida-based IT professional Avinash Giri chose the quiet town of Naggar in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district for his workcation.<br> </p> <p>"This is the first time that we have travelled since the onset of the pandemic. Things were pathetic in the past two months. We were cooped inside our homes, not going out even to the balcony. My wife and children wanted to be out and I decided to pick this secluded Naggar district," he said.<br> </p> <p>"The view, the weather, everything is amazing here. The property I am staying at is new and economical -- food and other chores are well taken care of by the host. I will stay at least for a month at different places in Himachal Pradesh, and our next possible desti nation is Manali," the 37-year-old added.</p> <p>Both Giri and his wife are partially vaccinated.&nbsp;</p> <p>His 'revenge' is sweet news for the bleeding hospitality industry.<br> </p> <p>Budget-friendly hostel chain goSTOPS, multi-hospitality chain OYO and Airbnb, the online marketplace for arranging or offering lodgings, are among the companies that witnessed a major spike in the number of enquiries and bookings made in June.<br> </p> <p>While goSTOPS, according to its founder and CEO Pallavi Agarwal, has recorded a "1,000 per cent" spike in its daily reservations; Airbnb India has also observed a "strong pent-up demand" for destinations that are a drive away from metro cities.<br> </p> <p>"With different states starting the unlock procedure and beginning to ease Covid restrictions, we have seen a significant surge in enquiry and booking from both metros and mini metro cities. What has also fuelled the sentiment of travellers is the vaccination rate going up and infection rate taking a nosedive," said Agarwal.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to travel tech startup RateGain findings, New Delhi (2,943), Pune (2,113), Hyderabad (1,969), Bangalore (1,516), and Chennai (1,516) are the top five destinations with the most rooms booked from June 7-20.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Leisure cities are taking slightly longer to bounce back. However, they are showing significant potential for the coming weeks. Leisure hotspots like Jaipur, Visakhapatnam and Agra are already seeing positive signs of travel coming back. We're noticing increasing interest for hill stations within driving distance from mainstream cities... (stations) like Manali, Lonavala, Nainital, Shimla, Mysore ," said Yatish Jain, OYO vice president and chief growth officer.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>Hotels and resorts are riding high on the revenge travel trend too.</p> <p>WelcomeHeritage Hotels, for instance, is seeing nearly "70-80 per cent" of occupancy in most of their hill properties, including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.</p> <p>Offering various innovative packages, such as 'Work from Home' and 'Drivable Holidays', their 'Head for Hills' package which is proving to be a hit among tourists travelling from the nearby cities starts from Rs 7,000 onwards.<br> </p> <p>The trend is benefiting resorts near big cities as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, and The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa in nearby Gurgaon are clocking week-on-week "25-30 per cent growth" in leisure guests through their staycation offerings.</p> <p>"There is pent up demand; and people do want to get away from the humdrum and monotony of being at home, and are looking for safe ways to return to some semblance of normal life. In fact, the whole of May when the resort was non-operational, we were getting queries asking when we will reopen the resort," said Rahul Puri, multi-property general manager for The Westin Hotel and Resort.<br> </p> <p>The package for two at The Westin Gurgaon and The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa starts at Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000 plus taxes, respectively.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>Car rental company Avis India has also reported a surge in bookings with commuters travelling "solo, in couples, and with their families".&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>"They are planning weekend getaways to nearby mountains or cities such as from Delhi to Himachal or Jaipur. Or from Bangalore to Ooty. Some are also relocating to work from hills such as Manali or Shimla which is leading to an increase in long term rentals. We are seeing a rise in the booking of Amaze, Honda City in the Sedan category while InnovaCrysta has been the preferred choice by our customers in the SUV category," said Sunil Gupta, MD and CEO, Avis India.</p> <p>As India's Covid numbers fall India on Sunday reported 43,071 fresh cases and a positivity rate of 2.34 per cent, less than 5 per cent for 27 consecutive days doctors advise caution and the need to be vigilant.</p> <p>&nbsp;"Yes, it has been a tough time. However, we cannot let our guard down. We should not be mingling with groups. It is not advisable at all. We need to stay cautious for the next two to three months, said Dr Vikas Maurya, director and Hod, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh.&nbsp;<br> </p> Sun Jul 04 18:53:34 IST 2021 ooking-to-forge-a-robust-lifestyle--ritu-pamnani-s-instagram-can <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A healthy and vigorous lifestyle is a universal desire... but we can’t attain it. Why? due to a lack of awareness of an energetic lifestyle. But Ritu Pamnani is a strict proponent of living a life that is not only healthy but also happening and we could take it from her Instagram!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through the tiny three-panel window of Instagram, Ritu Pamnani illustrates not only fashion but fitness, adventure and self-care with a gist of extravagance. The lifestyle that you adopt will precisely reflect on your outer self and Ritu Pamnani is proof of that. She has made sure fitness and a nutritious diet are the core elements of her life and look at the radiance that is seen in her pictures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After striking through health and fitness, Ritu Pamnani moves towards adding positivity to her life. Her travel stories and ceaseless dedication to her passion show how she keeps adding vitality to her life. Ritu Pamnani’s travel diaries underline the importance of rejoicing in life to live better.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We've always seen the influencer embracing herself and her qualities and we are confident that this is how she acquires optimism. Moreover, Ritu Pamnani is also seen adding a dash of affluence to her life and why not? After all, living life with every embellishment is the innermost desire for all of us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>By using products of high quality and adding fashion items from the brands of high standing, Ritu Pamnani leaves no room for doom and gloom to stick in. Highlighting the most recent post, the influencer was seen sharing her routine by writing "healthy girl summer" in the caption.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We can take a lot of inspiration from Ritu Pamnani, not only about lifestyle but majorly about fashion. The influencer's zest has enabled her to work with brands like NARS, Pantene, Guess, H&amp;M, Mango, Puma, Tanishq, Fila, Mac, Revolve, etc.</p> Thu May 12 18:28:39 IST 2022 heed-fashionista-charmi-jhaveri-s-exclusive-styling-tips-to-beco <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Fashion is essential in today's society, whether you're trying to be the best dressed, or just looking for a general style statement. Moreover, you have to have a solid</p> <p>&nbsp;knowledge of all the trends and keep your eye on the ball when dressing because mistakes can really hurt your image (or bank account).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But don't you worry, as Charmi Jhaveri is here to save both!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A fashion, travel and lifestyle influencer who is taking Instagram by storm. Among a plurality of kinds, Charmi Jhaveri's styling tips are the most iconic and you shouldn't miss them. She has never missed a chance to awe us with her amazing and highly creative outfits.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What Charmi Jhaveri does for style is nothing less than a miracle or even better, it is magic! Don't we all know that she always likes to keep it regal and elegant? Charmi Jhaveri has given us a few accessorising methods, from wearing the simplest kimono or kaftan and decorating them with massive jewellery to keeping the style modest when donning heavy designer clothes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On her Instagram, she has also uploaded a reel talking about the must-have jewellery pieces and also showed how she styles them with different outfits. Charmi Jhaveri has also guided us on which outfit requires what type of a hairdo, what neck pattern suits which neckpiece, when to wear heels, etc. To know about each of these, slide into your Instagram and enter @charmi_jhaveri</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Charmi Jhaveri offers you a lot of knowledge about dressing up according to the season and festivals. In almost every post, she has shown us the right dress to wear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The fashion industry is sometimes referred to as "the belly of the beast," and we rely entirely on internet celebrities like Charmi Jhaveri to tell us what to wear. Now, we shouldn't be shilly-shallied while admiring her.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To date, she has collaborated with several clothing brands like Style Junkiie, Pernia's Pop-Up Shop, Aza Fashions, Amani, etc. Charmi Jhaveri is also the Kobe PR Ambassador and delights us with quality travel stories.<b></b></p> Tue Apr 05 22:52:05 IST 2022 how-to-get-playlisted-on-spotify <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> People all over the world are finding new music on Spotify and similar streaming services. Nowadays, cassettes and vinyl are largely seen as antiques. 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The main thing that we search for is professional production and quality mixing.<br> <br> What Makes Your&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Spotify Promotion</u></a>&nbsp;and YouTube Music Video Promotion Different from How People Normally Promote Music?<br> <br> Our company provides you with humans who listen to your song, while many other services send streams from bots. It takes us a minimum of five hours to prepare your campaign. Nothing is automated. People want to believe that they can let a computer do everything, but this type of technology doesn’t exist and probably will not exist for a very long time. Until that day comes, we need people to do everything that the client expects us to do, including answering the phones and the emails.<br> <br> Who Runs<br> <br> We have seven people in four different countries. Alejandra is in the Dominican Republic, Lavine and Steve are in the United Kingdom, Katia and Carol are in Brazil, and Andi and Tobias are in Germany.<br> <br> What Do You Think about the Streaming Providers and the Way that They Changed the Music Industry?<br> <br> Radio airplay promotion,&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>Spotify promotion</u></a>&nbsp;and YouTube promotion leveled the playing field for all musicians because we can now split listeners up into different demographics and target a specific audience. This keeps us from wasting our advertising dollars. The most advantageous package for beginners is our promotion package with 100k follower reach, as it allows you to reach a large target group with a small budget. Playlist Promotion, Radio Promotion and YouTube music video promotion are going to be how musicians promote their music in the future, and we are proud to be at the beginning of it.<br> Fri Jun 17 11:42:47 IST 2022 kawatra--the-best-celebrity-makeup-artist-in-the-north <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Practice is the best teacher, or so goes the old adage. So when it comes to makeup, it's natural to turn to celebrity makeup artists whose mastery over their craft can be credited to the countless hours they have spent perfecting their techniques on the most-watched faces of showbiz in their makeup chairs. In the past few years, we have seen the demand for makeup artists increasing. Social Media has given them the chance to choose the best amongst them. Amidst the competitive environment, the stylists leave no stone unturned to put their best foot forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the highly experienced names from the makeup industry, Mehak Kawatra has set her throne as the most trusted name among beauty enthusiasts. She has been trotting out the brushes and sponges for 10 years now. The highly skilled makeup artist known for giving flawless makeovers has built a strong clientele all over India. After learning from the London School of Makeup she has now weaved her magical touch on renowned celebrities. She has acted her jinx on Gauhar Khan, Himanshi Khurana, Sonam Bajwa, Neeru Bajwa, Sargun Mehta and Sana Khan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She has been bestowed with a few awards from the industry. She has been awarded International Award Brand Icon Thailand, Wedding Mantra award for celebrity makeup and hair artist. She has received awards from the most distinguished celebrities like International Excellence Award by Madhuri Dixit, International Quality Award by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Best Celebrity &amp; Bridal Makeup Artist of the year Award by Chitrangada Singh. She has been the official promotional partner for Bollywood hits like Veere Di Wedding and Gully Boy. She was with Anil Kapoor and his team for the inauguration of Malabar Jewellers in Ludhiana. And it doesn't end here. She has also attended the bride and family members for Sargun Mehta's Brother's wedlock.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When raised a question about her further programs, Mehak elucidated that she seeks to work with several personalities. Gaping at her progressive record, it seems that budding artists will chase her goals. With passion in her heart, she will exceed at an unparalleled pace in her incredible career.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue Mar 22 07:59:51 IST 2022 before-you-plan-a-vacation--take-a-glimpse-at-rinki-pamnani-s-tr <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Who's yearly to-do list doesn’t include long-vacation plans? While you might have penned the places you wish to visit, before you plan your trip, take some inspiration from Rinki Pamnani and her well-crafted travel diary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The influencer visits various places whenever she gets an opportunity. Rinki Pamnani is a travel enthusiast and her surging Instagram posts and pictures validate that. She always makes sure to click her memories and show them to her Insta famjam. Do you wish to know the places where Rinki Pamnani has shown her hippie-go-lucky gypsy spirit?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To date, Rinki Pamnani has travelled to cities that are dream destinations for many hodophiles. She has posed in the shimmers and shines of Las Vegas; New York's lively alleys; Los Angeles' Hollywood streets; Hawaii's easy-breezy vegetation; Disneyland's most fascinating castle; and many more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rinki Pamnani’s most recent trip was to the most intriguing destination, Disneyland, where she took her Instagram and posted a picture of herself posing in front of the Disney castle. She also created a story highlight that illustrates Rinki's entire trip and how she is relishing her life as a kid. Her Disneyland stories will arouse the kid in you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks prior to that, Rinki Pamnani was seen swaying in the cool breeze of Hawaii. She dumped a lot of pictures that featured the ooze and beauty of nature. This trip was full of good food, zip-lining through the beautiful Kauai mountains, greeting dolphins and so much more of the scenic setting of Hawaii. So next time when you are in Hawaii, Rinki has already told you what to do and what not!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No matter where Rinki Pamnani goes, she always carries her fashion flare. If you are confused about what to wear when you are in Hawaii, Rinki Pamnani's Instagram stories will give you a glimpse of that. Not only for Hawaii but also for Disneyland, strolling in Beverly Hills, California and many more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rinki Pamnani is admired for her fashionableness. She has worked with a few brands like Swarovski, Damas, Tresemme, OPPO, Visit Dubai, Zara, NARS, H &amp; M, Dior, Missguided, etc</p> <p>Who's yearly to-do list doesn’t include long-vacation plans? While you might have penned the places you wish to visit, before you plan your trip, take some inspiration from Rinki Pamnani and her well-crafted travel diary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The influencer visits various places whenever she gets an opportunity. Rinki Pamnani is a travel enthusiast and her surging Instagram posts and pictures validate that. She always makes sure to click her memories and show them to her Insta famjam. Do you wish to know the places where Rinki Pamnani has shown her hippie-go-lucky gypsy spirit?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To date, Rinki Pamnani has travelled to cities that are dream destinations for many hodophiles. She has posed in the shimmers and shines of Las Vegas; New York's lively alleys; Los Angeles' Hollywood streets; Hawaii's easy-breezy vegetation; Disneyland's most fascinating castle; and many more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rinki Pamnani’s most recent trip was to the most intriguing destination, Disneyland, where she took her Instagram and posted a picture of herself posing in front of the Disney castle. She also created a story highlight that illustrates Rinki's entire trip and how she is relishing her life as a kid. Her Disneyland stories will arouse the kid in you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks prior to that, Rinki Pamnani was seen swaying in the cool breeze of Hawaii. She dumped a lot of pictures that featured the ooze and beauty of nature. This trip was full of good food, zip-lining through the beautiful Kauai mountains, greeting dolphins and so much more of the scenic setting of Hawaii. So next time when you are in Hawaii, Rinki has already told you what to do and what not!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No matter where Rinki Pamnani goes, she always carries her fashion flare. If you are confused about what to wear when you are in Hawaii, Rinki Pamnani's Instagram stories will give you a glimpse of that. Not only for Hawaii but also for Disneyland, strolling in Beverly Hills, California and many more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rinki Pamnani is admired for her fashionableness. She has worked with a few brands like Swarovski, Damas, Tresemme, OPPO, Visit Dubai, Zara, NARS, H &amp; M, Dior, Missguided, etc</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu May 12 18:21:04 IST 2022 stranger-sons-taking-craft-gin-trail-beyond-indian-shores <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>It was around 2015 that Sakshi Saigal, while pursuing her MBA from Barcelona, started noticing pockets in Europe fizzing with gin bars, especially gin tonic and cocktails bars in London. "I was really surprised that the back-label of these gin bottles listed botanicals, herbs and spices that you could easily find in India, like coriander, black pepper, nutmeg. At that point I was like why isn't anybody in India making premium gin?" says Saigal who after coming back to India went on to set up&nbsp;Stranger&nbsp;&amp; Sons in 2018 with&nbsp;Rahul Mehra&nbsp;and&nbsp;Vidur Gupta.</p> <p>Today Stranger &amp; Sons, packaged&nbsp;in a stylishly stout bottle with a cork stopper,&nbsp;is&nbsp;best-known as an early innovator in the Indian craft gin landscape, a premium Indian brand that&nbsp;can be spotted in bars in&nbsp;London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. "A&nbsp;domestic consumer in India is always&nbsp;suspicious of&nbsp;premium Indian spirits. And we wanted to challenge that. And&nbsp;not only at home in&nbsp;India, but even globally," says Saigal, now ready with plans to expand to more international markets like New Zealand, Mauritius and&nbsp;Australia.&nbsp;</p> <p>This aspirational Indian brand, once hardly available beyond Goa where it is distilled, is on an expansion spree. Available in Maharashtra and Karnataka, Stranger &amp; Sons launched in Delhi this year and has just landed in Rajasthan too.&nbsp;&nbsp;Not exactly a London dry gin, Stanger &amp; Sons mostly has&nbsp;Indian botanicals and the robust flavour is a perfect blend of black pepper, nutmeg, mace, coriander, liquorice, cassia bark, angelica, juniper and four aromatic citrus peels including&nbsp;Gondhoraj&nbsp;lemons from Kolkata. While not as ubiquitous as Greater Than, another homegrown brand which was the earliest mover in India's gin renaissance, Stranger &amp; Sons is a bit boutique with accessible characteristics. Priced a little under Rs 2,000, it appeals to a wandering tippler always on the lookout for exciting new brands with a story to tell, preferably with&nbsp;farm-to-table bona fides.</p> <p>But Stranger &amp; Sons is now growing beyond its niche credentials. It has&nbsp;constantly tinkered with a range of flavours and spirits and taken&nbsp;a number of&nbsp;initiatives&nbsp;to support the industry in a pandemic year&nbsp;while&nbsp;elevating the home-drinking experience&nbsp;in unique ways.</p> <p>&nbsp;The brand launched Strange Times, their&nbsp;first collection of pre-batched cocktails and cordials, made in collaboration with some of Asia's best bars including five bars from Singapore, Tippling club, Neon pigeon, 28 Hong Kong Street, The Old Man, Native and Cin Cin and O Pedro from India. Pocket-sized, ready-to-pour, single-serve Negroni in a bottle is one of those ideas. Their collaboration with The Bombay Canteen restaurant yielded the refreshing Perry Road Peru, a distilled cocktail made of gin and&nbsp;pink guavas (pink perus). Easily&nbsp;refrigerated with a shelf life of up to six months,&nbsp;Perry Road Peru was a limited edition, pink-peachy goodness in seductively designed bottles.&nbsp; The brand also launched a G&amp;T kit with four bottles of tonic water at no added cost. "We wanted to make sure we build a really diverse gin that stands across all cocktails. So, it is not just about gin and tonic, but we really stand by a drink. program which has the Gibsons and the gimlet. Gibson is basically a martini, but with a twist. It has pickled onions. But we took that whole conversation to pickled tomatoes and apricots," says Saigal about the all-round flexibility of their brand.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the lockdown they&nbsp;had one of their largest orders, from the Craft Gin Club which is the&nbsp;UK's biggest subscription club for gin lovers. They deliver some of the world's best craft gins at the doorstep of their subscribers. "They select one gin every month. And that gin is sent out to about 70,000 homes across the UK. It comes with&nbsp;a really nice kit&nbsp;with tonic water, some chips and chocolate and things like that. We were&nbsp;the&nbsp;gin&nbsp;of the month in September last year. At 70,000 bottles, I think it was the largest order we fulfilled," says Saigal. Apart from the many industry awards they have been&nbsp;winning, Stranger &amp; Sons won the&nbsp;Gold last year at the&nbsp;International Wine &amp; Spirit Competition&nbsp;with a&nbsp;score of 98/100. IWSC is awarded to the eight best gins in the world. This led to a&nbsp;collaboration with Four Pillars gin, a&nbsp;craft distillery in Melbourne, with both companies exchanging and infusing their indigenous botanicals.&nbsp;"We have really been able to add to the global conversation around gin and the perception of India in the international spirits market," says Saigal.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Jul 02 16:17:35 IST 2021 sg-asudev-pays-tribute-to-girish-karnad-collage <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>S.G. Vasudev’s collages of Girish Karnad beautifully sum up the versatile genius’ scintillating career. The collages were featured in a performance staged by Ranga Shankara recently in commemoration of Karnad on his 83rd birthday.</p> <p>Vasudev shared an intense bond with Karnad, the late playwright, actor, writer and filmmaker. His friendship with Karnad goes back 58 years. ‘’When we first met, Karnad was an assistant manager at the Oxford University Press. He was astonishingly well read. He had an in-depth knowledge of poetry, theatre and even existentialism,’’ recalls Vasudev.</p> <p>In 1967, Karnad got Vasudev a manuscript of Dr U.R. Ananthamurthy’s <i>Samskara</i>. ‘’ Both of us felt it could be made into a film. Tom Cowan, a young Australian director- photographer was staying in Cholamandal then. Cowan was very excited when he came to know about the film project. He offered to do the cinematography for the film,’’ says Vasudev. Cowan worked on the Kannada classic and won much critical acclaim for his contribution. Cowan who has several hit films to his credit still considers Samskara among his best.</p> <p>Vasudev collaborated with Karnad for <i>Vamsha Vruksha</i>, another award-winning movie. The Cholamandal legend says his mind was crowded with memories as he made the collages of Karnad.</p> <p>Collage art is no child’s play for Vasudev.&nbsp; His new series of collages are endearingly playful, and yet powerful and thought-provoking. They offer layers of meaning.</p> <p>Vasudev who won the National Award from the All India Lalit Kala Akademi in 1967 is best known for his <i>Vriksha</i> (Tree of Life) series. The 80-year-old Bengaluru based artist still seems to be obsessed with tree motifs. Trees with pearl shaped leaves growing on long, slender stems appear in his collages too, signifying life, death and what lies between.</p> <p>Asked why the tree motif is so dear to him, he explains, ‘’I like tree shapes. Trees come in different shapes. Tree motifs give me scope to experiment.&nbsp; You can even make human form from them.’’</p> <p>When the pandemic confined him to his home studio, Vasudev began looking for something to lift his spirits up. He ended up making collages using torn bits of paper, wedding invites and magazines. He even took out images from <i>Vriksha</i>, his biography in a coffee table book format. His drawings added zing to his collages.</p> <p>Vasudev’s collages are well thought out pieces of art and he bares his soul in them. A collage is more than just juxtaposing seemingly unrelated elements, he says. ‘’My collages don’t just happen. They are based on solid ideas,’’ adds Vasudev, a founder member of the Cholamandal Artists Village in Chennai.</p> <p>Vasudev has had his share of struggles. ‘’I worked hard in my initial years. I’d do craft work along with my friends in Cholamandal and make money out of them. We hardly had two meals a day,’’ he recalls.</p> <p>‘’Cholamandal is the only artists’ village in the country that has survived even after 55 years,’’ he adds as an afterthought.</p> Mon Jun 07 14:56:55 IST 2021 dr--punu-rooprai--changing-the-outlook-of-the-fitness-industry <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p><b>The most trusted naturopathic doctor whose advice has transformed many lives all across the globe. She suggests her clients avoid the dependency on artificial health supplements and incline more on the 100% homemade diet.</b></p> <p>Eat with the purpose to serve your body with nutrition fuel it with good intentions says Dr. Punu Roooprai an entrepreneur in fitness industries for 17 years. She has helped in transforming more than 3000 people according to commit to oneself to follow the whole process. To bring a change needs need to have an internal feeling and will to do that and that’s the step towards weight loss because lazy souls don’t make history.</p> <p>Dr. Punu Rooprai one of the most trusted doctors with clients worldwide, was inspired by her father Mr. Surender Shukla. Her father’s 40 years’ experience in manufacturing fitness equipment and expertise in bunnies made her choose this platform and work more hard. She started her journey when she realized that for better health we need to lose weight and follow a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet plan with the result of losing 22 Kgs. She kicks to start the body’s metabolism and when it starts increasing the body responds and start losing body fat and within 24 Hrs. one can start seeing results. On the misconception, that cleansing, detox intermittent fasting in naturopathy, Dr. Punu says that each person has a different way of working out and her diet plans are 100% healthy and consist of homemade food so they can be followed without any side effects. Her client base has a wide range from 12 years to people of 83 years with the major transformation she advises proper diet and, breastfeeding high fiber foods, healthy snacks like makhana and roasted clean for new moms to lose their pregnancy weight and asks to avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Dr. Punu Rooprai described her experience from each transformation journey by saying&nbsp;<b>, “I am extremely proud of all the transformations I have done and each one is close to my heart. I get so many blessings from a child 12 year of age to people aged 83 years.”&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;She is thankful to all the clients who believed in her.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Her diet routine is a balanced diet which includes dairy, carbs, proteins and all vitamins for hers out is really important as it removes all toxins from our body she says instead of focusing on how one looks we should focus on the fitness of the body as well as mental fitness should a&nbsp;<b>“Health is the real wealth and not the peace of Gold and Silver”</b>&nbsp;And once you are on a healthy diet regarding, the hardest thing is to stop it. If one wants something one has never had, one must be willing to do something one has never done.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon Feb 28 18:28:17 IST 2022 growing-influencer-hala-owais-writes-her-success-stories-by-work <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Have you ever thought about why influencers are interested in working with brands? Simple! Spare growth is what these brands give them. We have a perfect example to validate this: Hala Owais. A Dubai-based beauty blogger who has taken over the internet and the glamour world with her mastery and knowledge of makeup.</p> <p>Reaching brands in their niche is the ultimate goal of every influencer. Hala Owais too asserts this. She started as a makeup artist and is currently working with several cosmetics brands. Too Faced Cosmetics (Middle East), Catrice Cosmetics (Arabia), Charlotte Tilbury (Arabia), So Good, Boots (Middle East), etc. are a few brands that Hala Owais has collaborated with. Out of those, her promotion with Too Faced Cosmetics is seen very often.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Aren’t these some of the dream brands for every makeup artist? We guess so, and this is how the beauty influencer made her big. Hala Owais saw huge success when she started collaborating with brands.</p> <p>Earlier, her views and likes on Instagram were limited to 3-5 thousand per post. It was in recent years when her beauty educator side caught the eyes of these brands too. In the current age, Hala Owais garners up to 50K impressions. She has exactly defined how an influencer's success is influenced by an abundance of followers and brand collaborations.</p> <p>She has also done paid promotions for brands in other niches like Pantene (Arabia), Tanishq (UAE), Justlife (UAE), Imperial Leather (Arabia) and more. Hala Owais is a fashion enthusiast too, and her stylishness has attracted a million eyes, including brands like Brauna (Arabia), JW Peo, Styli and Lily and Rose.</p> <p>Hala Owais believes that daily promotion of the brand you aspire to work with can help you get the attention of those brands. She follows this even today by tagging several cosmetics brands of high standing in her stories. Furthermore, from working with different labels to owning one, Hala Owais is a quintessential example of not only an outstanding influencer but also a mindful entrepreneur.</p> Tue Mar 15 16:24:37 IST 2022 how-to-become-a-wedding-vendor <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being hired as a wedding vendor. First, make sure you have&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>vendor liability insurance</u></a>&nbsp;This will protect you in case something goes wrong and the client sues. Second, provide a high quality of services. Go above and beyond for your clients and make sure they're happy with your work. Finally, price your services fairly. Don't overcharge or undercharge your clients; find a price that's fair for both of you. If you follow these tips, you'll be well on your way to becoming a successful wedding vendor!</p> <p>Estimated wedding vendor business industry statistics 2022</p> <p>The average U.S. wedding budget is&nbsp;$20,000, so it's no surprise that the wedding industry is a multi-billion dollar business. According to&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>The Wedding Report</u></a>&nbsp;, Inc.’s 2018 Industry Forecast, the total wedding vendor business industry will exceed $262 billion by 2022. This includes businesses such as photographers, caterers, florists, and more.</p> <p>In 2020, the global wedding industry is expected to be worth $300 billion in the U.S., the average cost of a wedding is $33,931. The catering industry is projected to reach a value of $294.92 billion by 2022</p> <p>The event planning industry is expected to reach a value of $53.89 billion by 2022. Wedding insurance is projected to reach a value of $3.5 billion by 2022. The average catering cost for a wedding is $8,508. The average event planning cost for a wedding is $2,286</p> <p>With the wedding industry expected to grow significantly in the coming years, there's no better time to start a wedding vendor business.</p> <p>How to get started as a wedding vendor</p> <p>Importance of quality service</p> <p>When it comes to planning your big day, you want everything to be perfect. This means ensuring that all of the vendors you hire are up to par and will provide the quality of service you expect. If you're looking to become a wedding vendor, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being hired.</p> <p>First, make sure that you have the necessary skills and experience. Wedding vendors need to be able to handle a lot of stress and work under pressure. They also need to be creative and have a good eye for detail. If you don't have any experience, consider taking some courses or workshops.</p> <p>Another important thing to keep in mind is customer service. As a wedding vendor, you need to be able to provide top-notch service from start to finish. This means being organized, responsive, and professional. Make sure your rates are competitive and that your website and portfolio are up to date.</p> <p>Tips for standing out from the competition</p> <p>When it comes to becoming a wedding vendor, it's important to remember that there are many others out there vying for the same business. This means you'll need to do something to set yourself apart from the rest. Here are a few tips:</p> <p>1. Have an excellent portfolio. This is your chance to show off your work and prove that you're capable of delivering high-quality results. Make sure your portfolio is well-organized and easy to navigate and be sure to include plenty of stunning photos from past weddings.</p> <p>2. Offer unique services. If you can offer something that other vendors don't, you'll be more likely to stand out in the minds of potential clients. Try brainstorming some ideas that are different from what's already out there.</p> <p>3. Stay up to date on trends. As a wedding vendor, it's important to be aware of the latest trends in the industry. This way, you'll be able to cater to the needs of your clients and offer them something that's fresh and new.</p> <p>4. Offer great customer service. One of the most important things you can do as a vendor provides excellent customer service. Make sure you're always available to answer questions and address concerns.</p> <p>5. Be professional. When dealing with clients, it's essential to always act in a professional manner. This means being respectful, courteous, and attentive at all times.</p> <p>6. Follow up after the wedding. Once the big day is over, be sure to follow up with your clients and ask for feedback. This will help you improve your services and make sure that you're meeting the needs of your clients.</p> <p>By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to becoming a successful wedding vendor. Remember to put your best foot forward and showcase your talent and professionalism at all times. Good luck!</p> <p>What to expect as a wedding vendor(The importance of quality service)</p> <p>As a wedding vendor, you can expect to be working long hours, often on weekends. This is because weddings typically take place during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. It's important that you are able to provide quality service during these busy times, as the bride and groom will be relying on you to make their big day perfect.</p> <p>There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being hired as a wedding vendor. First, make sure your business is reputable and has a good reputation. Next, be sure to have a great website and portfolio that showcases your work. Finally, be sure to market yourself well and attend relevant bridal shows. Following these tips will help you find success as a wedding vendor.</p> <p>Common mistakes made by wedding vendors</p> <p>When it comes to planning your big day, you want everything to be perfect. This means ensuring that all of the vendors you hire are up to par and will provide the quality of service you expect. If you're looking to become a wedding vendor, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being hired.</p> <p>However, before you start handing out your business cards, it's important to be aware of some of the most common mistakes made by wedding vendors. This way, you can avoid them and put your best foot forward from the beginning. Here are four mistakes to watch out for:</p> <p>1. Not having a clear vision</p> <p>It's important for any business owner to have a clear vision for their company, and wedding vendors are no exception. If you can't articulate what your business is about and what you offer, you'll have a difficult time convincing potential clients that you're the right vendor for them.</p> <p>2. Not having a strong online presence</p> <p>In today's world, it's essential to have a strong online presence if you want to be successful. This means having an up-to-date website and social media profiles that showcase your work. Potential clients will likely do some research online before making a decision, so it's important that they can easily find information about your business.</p> <p>3. Not being professional</p> <p>is key when it comes to wedding vendors. This includes displaying a high level of customer service, being punctual, and delivering on your promises. Remember, you're representing your business when you work with clients, so it's important to make a good impression.</p> <p>4. Not being organized</p> <p>This one goes hand in hand with being professional. If you're not organized, it will be difficult to stay on top of everything and meet deadlines. This can lead to frustration for both you and your clients.</p> <p>5. Not doing your research</p> <p>Before you start booking weddings, it's important to do your research and learn as much as you can about the industry. This will help you understand what clients are looking for and set realistic expectations for yourself.</p> <p>As long as you avoid these common mistakes, you're on the right track to becoming a successful wedding vendor. Remember to put your best foot forward and always keep your clients in mind!</p> <p>8 Tips for becoming a successful wedding vendor.</p> <p>If you're looking to become a wedding vendor, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being hired. Here are eight tips to help you get started:</p> <p>1. Research the market.</p> <p>Knowing what services and products are in demand and what prices are typical will give you a better idea of what kind of business to start.</p> <p>2. Specialize.</p> <p>When it comes to weddings, there are plenty of vendors who offer a wide range of services. Standing out from the crowd by specializing in one area (e.g., photography,&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>catering insurance for a day</u></a>&nbsp;, DJing) can be a successful strategy.</p> <p>3. Build a strong portfolio.</p> <p>A strong portfolio will show potential clients that you're professional and capable of delivering high-quality results.</p> <p>4. Develop a good reputation.</p> <p>word-of-mouth is one of the most powerful marketing tools out there, so make sure you provide excellent service and deliver on your promises.</p> <p>5. Create a website and social media profiles.</p> <p>A well-designed website and active social media profiles will help you reach more potential clients.</p> <p>6. Invest in quality equipment.</p> <p>Having quality equipment is important if you want to be taken seriously as a wedding vendor.</p> <p>7. Stay up to date with trends.</p> <p>Trends change quickly in the wedding industry, so it's important to be aware of what's popular at the moment.</p> <p>8. Offer unique services or products.</p> <p>If you can offer something that other vendors don't, you'll be more likely to stand out from the competition<a href="">.</a></p> <p>Following these tips will help you become a successful wedding vendor and build a business that couples will love working with. Good luck!</p> <p>REMEMBER…</p> <p>No matter how much experience you have in the wedding industry, there is always more to learn. Keep up with the latest trends and techniques by reading industry blogs and attending workshops and seminars. This will show your potential clients that you’re serious about your business and that you’re committed to providing the best possible service.</p> <p>So, if you’re looking to start your own wedding business, or want to become a wedding vendor, remember these tips: be professional, stay up-to-date with industry trends, and put your clients first. With these things in mind, you’re sure to be successful in the wedding industry! Thanks for reading!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat Mar 12 10:35:38 IST 2022 fashion-photographer-nima-samiee-sets-his-footprints-on-a-global <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Fashion is by far one of the most lucrative professions today. The industry has given the best creative professionals to the world including designers, models and photographers who have proved their prowess with their skills. Utilizing the potential of photography, Milano based fashion photographer Nima Samiee is making the right noise on the internet. Originally from Iran, he moved to Milano in 2012 and has been following his passion since then.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the onset of his career, Nima started his job as a photographer in Milan. One of the primary reasons behind zeroing down fashion photography is his immense love for fashion. Nima says, “As a photographer, I have got so many subjects to capture. Whether it is to capture any muse or any launch of apparel, the industry demands more creativity and that is what I love the most.” He further explained that every day is a new learning experience for him.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The kind of photo shoot Nima has been doing redefines glamour in the truest sense. If you have a glimpse at his Instagram feed, a majority of his shots are class beyond comparison. Having collaborated with Milano’s top-notch models and brands, Nima has worked with magazines and publications like Vogue, Numero, Love Magazine and L’officiel. Besides photography, Nima has been covering various shows as a content creator.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking about exploring social media, he says, “It is a platform that can make any artist an internet star. If you have the talent, nothing better than the internet in today’s ever-changing era. Using it as a tool to highlight his portfolio, Nima Samiee has used it as a networking tool with having built strong connections with artists, models and influencers.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the numerous achievements of Nima, working with Live Magazine remains one of his most prized possessions. Some of the high-end models Nima has worked with are Sasha Luss, Noel Capri, Sofia Resing, Marianne Fonseca, Cara Delevingne, Kat Graham, Martha Hunt among others. Moreover, the ace photographer has created high-quality content for brands like Versace, Balmain, Fendi and Armani. Along with it, Nima’s work has taken him to global fashion events like Paris Fashion Week and Milano Fashion Week. To know more about Nima Samiee, check out his Instagram page - ‘@nimasamieeph’.</p> Fri Oct 01 10:35:44 IST 2021 mother-daughter-launch-mental-health-helpline-pandemic <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A mother-daughter entrepreneur duo has come up with a unique solution for distressed people during the pandemic in the city of Kolkata. Caring Minds, a subsidiary of Patton Group of companies, based in Kolkata, has opened their toll-free number where adults and children who are depressed after losing their kin, or affected mentally amid the pandemic and shutdown, could seek counselling.</p> <p>Anyone can call seven days a week, 9am – 9pm, and speak with a mental health expert.</p> <p>“With the new normal constantly evolving and bringing with it death, devastation, and grief wherever one looks, it has become a toxic situation that is bound to take a toll on our mental health too.&nbsp;Living in a constant state of worry for over a year under circumstances that are less than ideal affects one and all - all age groups, all genders, all classes,”&nbsp;said Minu Budhia, founder director of Caring Minds.</p> <p>Speaking to THE WEEK, Budhia, herself a leading psychotherapist, said she and her daughter, Preeyam, head of new initiative at Caring Minds, have decided to address the dreadful situation.</p> <p><b>Excerpts:</b></p> <p><b>What kind of advice would be given to people through this number?</b></p> <p>In the present times, all age groups are going through constant stress and anxiety, 24x7. Presently people are overwhelmed emotionally with the negativity of the new normal. This unending feeling of being disturbed, distressed, depressed is demoralising people and creating a&nbsp;toxic situation in their minds. This is then negatively affecting their mental health. Our helpline is an endeavour to alleviate this tension and to help men, women, seniors, and children to cope with hope and come out of this daily negativity.</p> <p><b>Please specify whether only adults would get or children would be equally benefited.</b></p> <p>Our helpline is for one and all. There is no age bar for mental healthcare and thereby we are open to receiving calls from any age group across the country. Sitting at home, being stuck studying online, bereft of direct contact with friends, many children and teens have lost their emotional support system. We are here to provide that support in their time of need. No child should feel lost, lonely, or scared in these difficult days – we are here to be a friendly voice of support.</p> <p><b>How many experts have Caring Minds roped in? What are their specialities?</b></p> <p>We have a pool of trained mental health experts who are there to counsel and provide emotional support and psychological first aid to all callers. It is similar to putting a band-aid on a small cut. Deep wounds need a different treatment plan.</p> <p><b>How would the assistance be provided?</b></p> <p>As a helpline like this is the first step for many to getting the help they need, our counsellors provide help that is psychological. Psychometric testing and psychiatric intervention are secondary steps requiring diagnosis and treatment and that is only possible via planned clinical sessions. If our counsellors realise that someone is in need of urgent or more in-depth help, they are referred to other treatment options.</p> <p><b>Was this a result of the pandemic situation, or did you plan on setting up such a helpline earlier?</b></p> <p>For over a year everything in our lives, both negative and positive, has been about the pandemic. It has permeated our personal, social, and professional lives, become a part of our very existence, and we are aware of it every waking moment. We had been thinking about a helpline for quite a while, but given that emotional support and mental healthcare is the need of the hour, our team worked round the clock to make this launch possible. We wanted to help our community feel emotionally safe in these distressing times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i>Caring Minds mental health toll-free number is 1800-891-3021&nbsp;</i></b></p> Thu May 20 16:28:25 IST 2021 in-conversation-with-renowned-spiritual-leader-yogi-shivan--the- <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p><a href=""><u>Yogi Shivan</u></a>&nbsp;is one of the most known faces of ancient wisdom of Yoga &amp; Ayurveda. His healing village is attracting people from various nations across the globe and the Yogi explains the importance of Indian culture to the world.</p> <p><b>The concept of ‘Healing Village’ by you was very innovative. Could you explain more about&nbsp;</b><a href=""></a><a href=""><b><u>“Indimasi”</u></b></a>&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;?</b></p> <p>Indimasi is a replica of villages which existed in ancient India-Bharat. Bharat was a combination of self-sustained villages. These villages were like a joint family who stayed together, worked together and prospered together . In these villages it was mandatory to have a dairy farm, agricultural fields, pond, amphitheatre, Kalari , traditional hospitals and temple along with a meditation centre.</p> <p>By utilizing these facilities, everyone in these villages was well aware of their total well-being in physical, mental, social and spiritual planes.</p> <p>Ancient Indian Healing system gave equal importance for the body and mind.</p> <p>Sage Sushruta says,&nbsp;<i>Sareera manasoyogo paraspara manuvrajeth</i>&nbsp;.</p> <p>If a person can explore the hidden potential of the mind, his body functions will be under his command.</p> <p>Here that person’s inner self will be his own shelter. Samaveda says&nbsp;<i>tat tvam asi</i>, Your inner self is what you are looking for. India’s indigenous techniques make everybody capable of finding their own inner potential.</p> <p>The name Indimasi is a combination of “INDI” from India and “ASI” from&nbsp;<i>tat</i>&nbsp;<i>tvam asi</i>&nbsp;and propagates the ancient wisdom of India in a modern scientific way.</p> <p><b>We have seen many people calling you ‘The Guru of Healing’. What are the methods you adopt ?</b></p> <p>All Indian traditional contributions are from Sages who were known as&nbsp;<i>Thaapasas</i>. In Sanskrit,&nbsp;<i>Thaapa</i>&nbsp;means heat. Heat is the key player behind all molecular structural differences.</p> <p>For example, take ice, water, and vapour. Ice is solid with certain molecular cohesiveness. If&nbsp;<i>Thaapa</i>&nbsp;(heat) is applied, ice will be transformed into water and with further heat application it will be transformed to vapour. If the heat is removed, the same process will be reversed. The human body’s health is based on the management of its temperature (37.3°C).</p> <p>Pranayama and meditation can make a person capable of playing with the body temperature (Thaapa). The process of maintaining&nbsp;<i>thaapa</i>&nbsp;through meditation is called&nbsp;<i>thapas</i>. The person who does&nbsp;<i>thapas</i>&nbsp;is called a&nbsp;<i>thaapasa</i>.</p> <p>Each one of us is having a hidden&nbsp;<i>thaapasa</i>&nbsp;within . Through simple and scientific practice , Indimasi guides everybody to awaken the&nbsp;<i>thaapasa</i>&nbsp;within. Thereby, the healing process will be happening in a natural way for that person.</p> <p><b>Modern World is plagued by stress, depression, suicide tendencies, psychological issues. As a Spiritual leader and Yoga Guru, how would you mentor the society ?</b></p> <p>Modern world is plagued by many diseases . According to Ayurveda and Yoga, immunity of the body is maintained through five energies. They are :</p> <p>1. &nbsp;<i>Anna bala</i>&nbsp;– Power of Food</p> <p>2. &nbsp;<i>Asana bala</i>&nbsp;– Power of Exercise</p> <p>3. &nbsp;<i>Oushadha bala</i>&nbsp;– Power of Medicines</p> <p>4. &nbsp;<i>Prana bala</i>&nbsp;– Power of Breath</p> <p>5. &nbsp;<i>Mano bala</i>&nbsp;- Power of Mind</p> <p>These energies can be attained and harmonized through yogic disciplines or&nbsp;<i>Thapas</i>. To a person who is having the optimum level of immunity, none of these diseases are relevant. In simpler terms, when these energies are balanced, the person will be having a healthy body and mind. Such people can also play a major role in building a healthy society.</p> <p><b>What are the new initiatives and activities of&nbsp;</b><a href=""></a><a href=""><b><u>Indimasi</u></b></a>&nbsp;<b>?</b></p> <p>1. &nbsp;Train the senior citizens to deal with old age.</p> <p>2. &nbsp;Educate everyone in the community about the possibilities of traditional science.</p> <p>3. &nbsp;Teach about the importance of Yoga, Ayurveda and ancient science from school level.</p> <p>4. &nbsp;Through the integration of Ayurveda, Yoga and Kalari therapy, provide everybody a disease-free and contented life.</p> <p><b>Yoga and Wellness are growing worldwide, you also attract a lot of foreigners and people from various nations ; is this a fascination by the west for Indian Culture ?</b></p> <p>It is not a fascination but a realization of the real benefit of Indian Traditional science. Only the Indian tradition can bring the satisfaction and peace that modern man is desperately looking for.&nbsp;World peace cannot be achieved through arms and ammunition. It is possible only through the virtue of individuals. Indian tradition makes love and peace possible for mankind unconditionally.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Oct 01 10:27:29 IST 2021 fashion-diva-sonia-pronks-philanthropic-actions-make-her-a-generous-soul <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>What is your definition of being rich? Well, where the world links it to an abundance of money, only a handful of people believe in being affluent at heart. While the latter category is very slight, we are delighted to say that Sonia Pronk belongs in the same niche. This Swiss fashion lady and lifestyle influencer is prominent on social media for her stylish digital game, but she is also very generous on the ground level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Digging deeper into Sonia Pronk's philanthropic side, we found out that she has established a hospital in Cameroon (Africa) by working with a Catholic church. This hospital that she has helped in establishing is dedicated to diabetic patients and to people who don’t have access to proper medication considering their financial situations. A myriad of people are benefiting from Sonia's selfless act.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Moreover, the generous lady also has a huge heart for children, especially those who are disabled or have special needs. Sonia Pronk has contributed to their betterment in a cosmic number of ways and also has a project to create a centre for them. In Africa, Sonia has also built churches and is helping a myriad of orphans to develop and live a robust and healthful life. She has taken plentiful efforts from them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sonia Pronk has always been admired for her love of fashion, but this time, we ought to acknowledge her love of humanity. The fashion lady believes that money can buy all jewels and lavishness, but then you are also capable of giving back to society and its people. And everyone should accept responsibility for society. Sonia Pronk has once again influenced our way of thinking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The world needs more people like her, who understand the true meaning of humanity. We hope Sonia Pronk keeps up with her philanthropic work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed May 18 17:39:44 IST 2022 travel-influencer-ravi-rajapaksha-explains-his-experience-about- <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Young individuals are courageous, daring, energetic, and self-confident in their abilities, which perfectly defines the inspiring character of the young travel influencer, Ravi Rajapaksha. It is most suited to introduce him as a well-famed Sri Lankan digital nomad and a travel influencer who has worked hard to earn such a reputation. Ravi Rajapaksha comes from a business background, so it is no surprise that he became a successful entrepreneur at an early age. Ravi Rajapaksha has succeeded in establishing himself as an inspiring figure while also winning the hearts of thousands of adolescents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Apart from being an entrepreneur, a social media manager, a tour guide, a travel influencer, and a digital marketing expert, Ravi Rajapaksha is also the successful founder of SriLanka Elephant Safari, a prominent Sri Lankan travel firm that attracts tourists from all over the world. His deeds encourage the young to push their boundaries and help them become leaders, find their passion, and become a better version of themselves. As Ravi believes, "Exploring the world via adventure travel gets you closer to your "inner self," providing you with the opportunity to analyze and push yourself in ways you never imagined were possible."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A naturalist at heart, Ravi is passionate about educating others about the fascinating and engaging activities that can be done to connect with nature, such as taking a thrilling Sri Lankan hot air balloon ride. According to Ravi, a hot air balloon ride is an excellent opportunity to see nature from a different vantage point. While the majority of people have had the sense of flying in an airplane, Ravi adds that a hot air balloon ride is a totally different experience. On a hot air balloon ride, Ravi invites both locals and visitors to take in the breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscape of the Sri Lankan countryside. Especially in the Dambulla - Kandalama area, because the climate is peaceful and stable, it is ideal for flying balloons. Ravi asserts anyone who would prefer an exceptional hot air balloon ride in Sri Lanka should consider <a href=""><b>Sri Lanka Balloon - Lanka Ballooning (Pvt) Ltd</b></a>. because of the unrivaled service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"A Sri Lankan hot air balloon ride enables you to float over Sri Lanka's dramatic landscapes, world heritage sites, rivers and lakes, historic landmarks, and the stunning splendor of the country." Ravi Rajapaksha. Hot air balloon rides have been immensely popular and well-known since their advent. These adventures have been written down on bucket lists throughout the globe by many individuals. They are one of the most thrilling missions that travelers and tourists seek and enjoy nowadays. Simply glancing at the balloons above will give one an idea of how unusual the experience is and how fascinating it is to ride in those baskets oneself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ravi Rajapaksha claims that from the minute he stepped into the basket, he was on his way to one of the finest, if not the best, adventures of his whole life! He describes the panoramic views of splendor from above as "truly priceless," adding that the mountains were especially gorgeous, the waterways glittering with enticement, and the grasslands brimming with tranquility. As thrilling and daring as the notion of the Sri Lankan hot air balloon is, one must have a fundamental understanding of what a hot air balloon is.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>First, the basket, which is a component of the hot air balloon you will be riding, will be unpacked and attached. A burner will be mounted on top of four "sticks" that fasten the basket's sides. After that, gas lines will be linked to propane tanks located within the basket. After a brief check to ensure the burner is operating properly, the basket will be attached to the balloon, named "the envelope," in advance. Then the preheated air for the hot air balloon will be extracted from a huge bag. The tapering portion of the envelope will next be fastened to the basket by hooks around the burner's perimeter. After precisely spreading out the envelope flat, it will be inflated with cold air. Following a visual inspection for holes, the balloon will be inflated. When the hot air is inflated, sandbags or hooks will be used to prevent it from bouncing about on the ground. From this point on, riders will be escorted onto the hot air balloon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another thing that Ravi praised about the <b>Sri Lanka Balloon - Lanka Ballooning (Pvt) Ltd</b> was how much they safeguarded the passengers. Their hot air balloons were spacious and had safety belts in the baskets. Following a brief security and safety training, the weight will be removed, and the burner will be turned on to lighten the air. From here, the hot air balloon will be gently propelled upwards into the air by the wind, which will cause it to fly up to three thousand feet in the air. When Ravi was asked how he felt inside the basket, his instant response was, "It felt quite hot." For him, it wasn't long before he realized how hot the burner was and that the basket in front of him was very scorching. He was presumably bracing himself for a sudden, jolting launch when he lifted off. Surprisingly, none of these occurred. After filling the hot air balloon with lighter air, the basket is gently lifted off the ground.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This first sensation was quite weird. In the balloon, Ravi had the feeling of being in a dream, and he was pleasantly surprised by how gentle the floating experience was compared to his expectations. As soon as he got into the basket, which is normally constructed of wicker, he felt that it was a little fragile. However, once in the air, Ravi felt more secure. Additionally, Ravi remarked that he noted that you could not hear the wind from within the basket. While in the air, regardless of how anxious he had been before, he had a calm and tranquil feeling of serenity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Flying like a bird is a long-cherished aspiration of millions of people. As someone who accomplished that goal, Ravi wants to inspire others to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As a travel influencer, Ravi Rajapaksha urges you to soak in the breathtaking panoramas of the sun rising and setting, experience the freedom in the air, and ponder what is unfolding under your feet from a distance on a Sri Lankan hot air balloon ride. Book your magical hot air balloon ride in Sri Lanka with <b>Sri Lanka Balloon - Lanka Ballooning (Pvt) Ltd</b>, a fully licensed operator certified by the CAASL (Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka), which is associated with the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and other relevant ministries. Follow Ravi Rajapaksha on <a href=""><b>Instagram</b></a> to stay updated on his journeys and other fascinating adventures.</p> <p><a name="_heading=h.gjdgxs" id="_heading=h.gjdgxs"></a></p> Thu Feb 24 21:38:48 IST 2022 ankur-gupta--jmd--ashiana-housing--india-requires-a-push-for-the <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Globally, the coronavirus pandemic has upended many lives and forever altered the life of citizens across all age groups but it has been even more challenging for the elderly population. Due to countrywide lockdown and strict regulations for social distancing and isolation, the feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, and depression took over the senior cohort. At present, India’s senior citizen population is second largest in the world after China and while the government policies should cater to the needs of the disadvantaged sections, the seniors from middle income and upper income segments should also be prioritized. A Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report projects that the senior population in India will witness a three-fold increase of up to 30 crores by 2050, presenting an exciting opportunity for the senior living industry. Currently, though the senior housing demand is huge but on the supply side, senior housing in 40+ senior living players across all formats stands at just 15,000-20,000 units.</p> <p>Developed economies provide relaxation from financial burden to senior citizens in multiple manners in the form of direct income tax exemptions, exemptions for expenses on clinical and non-clinical care up to a certain limit, which should also be adopted in India. Senior citizens living in retirement community currently pay 18% GST for the monthly services along with 5% GST on food. Several senior citizens also need specialized senior care equipment which when imported attracts 28% GST. Relaxation in taxes will help increase the purchase volumes and in doing so, increase the overall tax value. At the same time more and more seniors will get benefitted by availing the services and products designed especially for them, resulting in receiving better facilities.</p> <p>The need for&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>senior living projects</u></a>&nbsp;will continue to grow over the next couple of decades. As a result, states and municipalities need to update their zoning laws to promote dedicated land allocation for senior living projects and provide a dramatic push to the sector. Within this, relevant authorities need to ensure well planned parking norms, density norms and infrastructure norms, specifically for senior living. The government needs to improve the law for health insurance for seniors as it becomes expensive over time. Health insurance for people taken at corporate level should continue for life and there should be norms to ensure that they remain reasonably priced. Additionally, reverse mortgage needs modification as currently it is not really helping seniors liquidate their assets to solve their medical or assisted care challenges. With 20% of the Indian population likely to be elderly by 2050, the government as well as private sector needs to devise robust strategies for providing social security and healthcare benefits to them.</p> <p>We need to build housing solutions that are completely focused on ensuring requirements of senior citizens are met - through parks where they can enjoy a walk, workout or a designated space with requisite senior-friendly facilities. At the same time, we should bring in standardization for all senior care services and products. This will improve their quality and streamline the processes followed to closely monitor these offerings and be able to make any course correction, if required. And on the other side, when all stakeholders come together, it will help boost the acceptance for senior care facilities in the minds of Next of Kins (NOKs).</p> <p>Positive demographic growth drivers, focused efforts by government and policy makers, and recent rise in number of private sector players across various senior care formats, the sector presents a massive potential for development in the next few years. People post their retirement years, primarily look for a space that provides them with the right amenities ensuring their emotional and physical well-being. Hence, concerted, multi-stakeholder efforts are required to build an ecosystem that helps address their concerns and allows them to engage in various recreational activities for their overall wellbeing. The government must provide the right push to make sure that the private sector is able to generate employment, service the elders better and create the right ecosystem.</p> <p>To know more about&nbsp;<b>Active Senior Living</b>&nbsp;at Ashiana Housing, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u></u></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu Jul 08 19:37:36 IST 2021 young-fashion-designer-and-entrepreneur-barry-kibiwika-aka-harnu <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Web -based media is to be sure an incredible asset in the present 21st century that has turned into an essential piece of our life which can make anybody a star for the time being! As it's been said " Passion makes a huge difference". A youthful fashionista and vagabond by heart did him change paths from his calling to following his side interest and energy in the Fashion Industry. The youthful Fashionista has worked together with numerous worldwide brands, he has a gigantic measure of devotees i.e 66k on Instagram.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The neat is at present working in the pre-creation phase of beginning his own design name. Not entirely settled at composing a book. The youthful web-based media sensation says, "I have consistently had my twisted towards style and garments. Being an architect didn't give me that kick and henceforth I picked to live life to the fullest. In the wake of being a blogger and having worked with brands like Google, Amazon, and Tata to give some examples I am as of now in the arranging system of my own style name. It will be a mix of pattern and mainstream society."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A youthful design fan and a drifter by heart, Harnun, is presently good to go to send off his own high road style line. The details on brand and logo will be unveiled by Harnun soon and the products will be made available in the market by the year-end.</p> Thu Feb 24 21:34:58 IST 2022 ready-to-get-your-front-door-coated--here-s-what-you-need-to-kno <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p><b>Ready to make an impactful first impression?! Here’s all the information you need about getting your front door coated.</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you planning on welcoming guests this festive season? Maybe you’re looking to sell your home soon. Whatever the case, your front door is the first impression people coming to your home have of your house. Ensuring that the door looks great is the easiest and most effective way of breathing new life into your outdoor living space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Most homes have wooden front doors and it’s extremely crucial to get them coated properly. It can either be clear coats that will intensify the glamour of wooden grains or opaque coats that will impart bright &amp; vibrant colour to your front door &amp; make it stand out.</p> <h2><b>Choose a Wood Putty</b></h2> <p>As a part of surface preparation, it's always necessary to first check for dents, holes, and scratches. If your door has signs of wear and tear, consider using wood putty to get a smooth finish. Many brands like Berger offer Green Pro certified wood putty, which is ideal for both interior and exterior surfaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="_b6hyq88m1ak7" id="_b6hyq88m1ak7"></a><b>Wish To Offer A Natural Look To The Front Door?</b></h2> <p>If you’ve decided to showcase your wooden grains and want to retain the natural look of the wood, choose the product that can be applied on solid wood, wooden veneers etc. One of the popular wood coating products in the market is Berger's Imperia Breathe Easy. Most importantly, even if the doors are already coated with any clear wood coats, no scraping is required to undertake new touch ups.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If your door is exposed to exteriors, you can choose Imperia Breathe Easy Exterior Wood coatings that impart moisture proofing, UV Resistance &amp; excellent Matt Finish with pronounced wood grains. Remember that a superior quality polish will keep the beauty of your wooden door intact for years to come.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="_j4u3u6xxsvg7" id="_j4u3u6xxsvg7"></a><b>Choose to give opaque &amp; vibrant colours to the front door</b></h2> <p>Front door colour ideas range from subtle and calm to vibrant and exciting. You don’t need to apply the same colour on both sides of the door. You can choose colours contrasting or complementing the exteriors and interiors. Some things you should keep in mind while painting your door are:</p> <h3><a name="_nixc60656kd7" id="_nixc60656kd7"></a>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Make the Right Choice</b></h3> <p><br> Choose a non-toxic, water-based product for wood coating, like the one from <a href="">Berger Paints wood polish</a> range called Imperia Breathe Easy. This is&nbsp; a low VOC (volatile organic compounds) wood coating product that hardly releases any smell during or after application. It can be used for interior and exterior wood. &nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="_an0mmwoddlqt" id="_an0mmwoddlqt"></a>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Hire Professional Help</b></h3> <h3><a name="_yh3wvivxovqf" id="_yh3wvivxovqf"></a>Choosing a front door colour for your home can be an overwhelming task. That’s where professionals come into the picture. They help you choose the right type of weatherproof paint and also guide you with selecting the correct colour that blends perfectly with your theme and your neighbourhood.</h3> <h3><a name="_ils5x63u489y" id="_ils5x63u489y"></a>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Know the Right Time to Apply Coat</b></h3> <p>You don't have to worry about when to do the coating. If you're comfortable, you can take the door down from its hinges to finish its coating. This way, you can take it inside, if necessary. If you wish to apply wood finish without removing the door, it’s best to begin the&nbsp; job in the morning. That way, the door can dry completely and be closed by night.&nbsp;A humid day may lengthen the drying time, and applying the coat in direct sunlight will cause blisters. While deciding when to coat your front door, make sure there is no rain anticipated for at least two days. If it is summer, try either early morning or late hours of the afternoon to ensure no blistering happens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Painting your front door can make a huge difference in your home’s appearance.&nbsp; Professional painting services not only provide you with several door painting ideas that help you get a new look but also do it in a fast, efficient and hassle free way.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu Dec 30 19:09:49 IST 2021 fitness-influencer-harman-sidhu-on-breaking-the-misconceptions-s <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>There are many types of influencers in the world in the fitness field. But Harman Sidhu is different among all as she is a successful postpartum fitness and lifestyle blogger. After her daughter's birth, Harman gave her time to be the best mother to her baby and dedicated enough time and attention to her body.</p> <p><a href="">Harman Sidhu</a> always believed in living a fit and healthy life. But she knew that patience is the key, and it is important to eat and exercise right. Harman was coached by her husband, Puneet Sidhu, who also encouraged her to be one of India's best fitness bloggers.</p> <p>Often, there are many misconceptions about the postpartum journey. Some women follow crash diets and work out at gyms to lose the weight they gain during pregnancy. Many believe that getting their pre-pregnancy body back is not possible. Hence, they over-exercise without any professional help. However, none of this is true, and Harman is an apt example of how healthy physical transformation after childbirth is possible with the right guidance.</p> <p>When asked about how she's trying to break these misconceptions, fitness influencer Harman Sidhu says, "Often, women ask me if they can follow a diet plan by themselves and do the most common exercise done by everyone. I made them aware that post pregnancy exercises are a bit different, and it is essential to go easy on the body for the first few weeks. I help them understand why the right diet plan and good food is important. Starving or crash diet is not helpful as a mother is also lactating and has to provide nutrients to the baby."</p> <p>On her Instagram page, Harman often shares pictures and videos about her fitness regime. She has more than 260k followers who are highly inspired by her healthy lifestyle. Many women message Harman and inform the blogger how her journey encouraged them to focus on their health.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Nov 19 14:37:19 IST 2021 5-new-fashion-trends-to-learn-from-social-media-celebrities <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>In the years before the active usage of social media, people were less interested in trends. The fashion world felt like a foreign land only accessible to celebrities and designers. However, with the passage of time, style and fashion became more reachable to a broader public. Many influencers have emerged on social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, who not only follow but create new trends.</p> <p>Fashion never stops evolving; its ever-changing and fleeting nature keeps us desiring for more. The times change, and so do the fashion trends. Even with the pandemic, it was the same. Bollywood celebrities also contributed significantly to popularising these trends. Although the start of the year was slow in fashion, it was compensated by the end of 2020.</p> <p>From tie-dye prints to sequin sarees, here are five new fashion trends to learn from social media celebrities.</p> <p><b>Tie-dye Prints</b></p> <p>The days of hippie vibes are back, and the tie-dye prints have returned with them. The breezy pattern became a mainstay over t-shirts, jumpers, and hoodies, notably in the tracksuits worn by celebrities. DIY tie-dyeing remained popular in the last year, owing to many people being confined at home.</p> <p>The vibrant trend has been around for a while, but it has now reached prominent designers, who are re-inventing tie-dyed clothes in their current collections.</p> <p>Following the trend, Alia Bhatt wore a faded tie-dye tee and white jeans, which is a superb way to keep your t-shirt in the spotlight.</p> <p><b>Micro Bags</b></p> <p>When it comes to one’s style, bags are an essential item that everyone wants to play around with. Big bags were so last since they got much smaller in 2020. Micro bags, in various forms, have become popular in recent years.</p> <p>From round shapes to micro mini bags, these tiny bags are creating new bag trends. These accessory pieces, which are midway between the form of a party clutch and a shoulder strap, are making social media celebrities fall in love. Sonam Kapoor and others sported the micro handbags trend.</p> <p><b>Statement Sleeves</b></p> <p>The best-dressed stars recognized the power of the poofy sleeves when it came to adding a charm to their OOTDs. From puffy shoulders to oversized peasant sleeves, this year’s volume was undoubtedly up.</p> <p>Oversized sleeves have been around for a while; they are light and billowy in soft colors, lustrous fabrics, and cheery designs this year. Among the celebrities, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja embraced old-world charm with mutton sleeves on her couture dress, while Anushka Sharma liked the trend in a party-ready short dress.</p> <p>A designer case gives an added aspect to your attire if you feel like it’s missing something. Many of the Bollywood celebrities have iPhone and the iPhone covers they use depicts their style. The latest iPhone, iPhone 12 Pro, and&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>iPhone 12 Pro Cover</u></a>&nbsp;are in the game. Moreover, many Indians buy the&nbsp;<a href=""></a><a href=""><u>iPhone 12 Cover</u></a>&nbsp;according to their style and in coherence with the latest trends.</p> <p><b>Sequin Sarees</b></p> <p>While much of 2020 was quarantined, sequin sarees took over during the months when the celebrities were occupied with promotions and making event appearances.</p> <p>The sequin saree is a graceful and exquisite piece of clothing that is the most versatile in our closet. With changing fashion trends, the sequin saree was the ultimate party wear in 2020.</p> <p>Among other celebrities, Malaika Arora, Janhvi Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and Kareena Kapoor revolutionized the game by making this trendy saree famous.</p> <p><b>Neon Attires</b></p> <p>Acid green was seen everywhere, with Deepika Padukone’s billowing Giambattista Valli tulle on the Cannes 2019 red carpet to Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Retrofête skirt. It wasn't the only shade of green that swept Bollywood; the millennial star’s favorite hue was the iridescent lime, a yellow variant of the color.</p> <p>Jhanvi Kapoor is undoubtedly one of Bollywood’s top style icons. Whether it is her film choices, acting, or dancing skills, the diva nails it all while looking like a million bucks.</p> <p>The diva, an actual snappy dresser, has been setting new trends as well as reviving old ones. It seems like Jhanvi couldn’t get over the neon trend and has shown us again and again how to do it right.</p> Thu Jul 08 19:37:22 IST 2021 jiya-sosa-raises-the-bar-of-makeup-industry-in-india-with-each-p <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Glamour is not just found fixing outside appearances, it is also when the inner confidence is reflected inside out. Makeup may have fixed many flaws outside but it is even more powerful when people find makeup a way to express their inner confidence. Jiya Sosa is a one-man army who has changed the game of makeup creating glamorous transformations inside out. She always believed that many humans regain their confidence when they use makeup as an expression. Her makeup classes across the globe have given many the chance to express themselves through makeup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jiya Sosa is a makeup artist who has traveled across 7 countries alongside traveling within India to help people learn innovative makeup techniques. Jiya constantly was online delivering classes and even uploaded videos presenting tips and tricks for makeup. Post lockdown she started traveling across cities in India and she has eventually traveled to 29 states and 100 cities over 6 years. Jiya has also mentioned, 'I have been rigorously working because of which when I am not taking classes online, I am traveling. I have spent 105 days traveling in the last 4 months organizing multiple sessions for people.'</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She has worked with celebrities including Shilpa Shetty, Himanshi Khurrana, Urvashi Rautela,&nbsp; Mahima Chaudhary, and Parul Shah amongst many others. She reportedly has been associated with a project alongside Kareena Kapoor as the lead. She has received multiple recognitions including&nbsp; 'Live Makeup Queen Of India' by Asian Excellence Award 2021 in which Urvashi Rautela presented the award and 'Best Education Academy Of India Makeup' by Parul Chauhan in 2021. Jiya Sosa also added, 'I wanted to empower every individual and there is nothing more empowering than gaining inner confidence. Glamor is more inside than outside and I just help people to find it through makeup.'</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri Nov 19 14:34:47 IST 2021 lifestyle-icon-narendra-desai-cherishes-his-dream-of-inspiring-o <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Narendra Desai's name is rising in the books of modest influencers impacting lives with a humble and earnest approach, and sincere carvings towards his vocation and desires.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Narendra Desai was a young boy with big dreams and aspirations from a small townlet. Yet his dreams never collided with his confrontation. He has always been a man of charm helping others and putting needs on the plate of others even when he had nothing for himself. Yet, Desai strived harder to achieve his vocation and fulfill people's needs and his aspiration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, when the young entrepreneur is residing his commerce. He is successfully fulfilling his dreams too. Narendra is recognized for his travel trails he is exploring every corner of the world listing his recommendation for others and helping his followers with the suggestion of dos and don't. Even in his desires, he is thinking of the betterment of others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Narendra Desai is also inspiring others with his fashion sense and lifestyle dairy.</p> <p>He has constantly been one to maintain it real. Be it either his personal or professional life, the entrepreneur has always endorsed authenticity and living true to one’s self. And everyone respects and stands to follow him for the same mantra, He shares that he doesn't want to be like others who he points out have been in the overwhelming politics, peddling stories to their audiences by pictures that are lavish and breaking the hopes of others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Narendra teaches everyone to be modest about their passion as it's not a breeze to make an impact on social media. He adds to the conversation by stressing the fact " It is not easy to create a niche for yourself just by waking up one morning, it takes a lot of productivity, investments, commitments, and compassion… but if you know what you want, go for it and never settle for less".<b></b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> Wed Sep 22 22:33:47 IST 2021