Useful Tips For A Safe Holi!
The festival of colors is here and while we can’t wait to get soaked in colors and make merry, it’s one occasion when we really can harm our eyes, skin, hair etc. Let’s see how we can keep ourselves safe from harmful chemicals and still can have fun.
Applying oil in the hair from root to tip is a sure shot way of protecting it from the colors. If you coat your hair with good quality hair oil such as Lotus Herbals, Dabur, Bajaj, Dove, Indulekha etc,, your hair will not hold much of colors and when you wash it after Holi, it will return to its original health. Ponytails and braids are good options to keep your hair tied and unexposed to an extent.
When you play Holi, you spend a lot of time outdoor and tend to forget the harsh effect of sunlight on your skin while having fun. So, a sunscreen is a must for you on the day of Holi. L’Oreal, Ustraa, Kama Ayurveda are among the good brands which have good sunscreens to offer.
Footwear is another important consideration and you should totally shelve your sneakers or expensive leather shoes while playing Holi and bring out those rubber flip flops for the occasion. Flip flops are mostly washable, so you can easily wash off the stains and your toes will thank you for keeping them free and ventilated while playing Holi. Skechers, Nike and almost all other leading brands have good quality, comfortable flip flops to offer.
Not just your face but also your arms, legs and other exposed body parts need special care before colors are splashed. So, choose a good quality lotion and apply it all over so that colors don’t penetrate deep through the skin pores. Nivea, Himalaya, Ponds etc. brands offer good body and hand lotions; you can choose as per your preference and budget.
We wish all our readers a very happy and safe Holi.
The Great Indian Premier League Is On Its Way!
Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is India’s one of the biggest entertainment networks which has given us many big brands like Colors. Viacom18 is a joint venture of TV18 and Viacom Inc. and it is involved in entertainment offerings through air, online, in-shop and through cinemas.
Looking at ‘Colors’, its offering is vast and is a mix of family shows, reality shows, comic shows etc. To name a few of the channel’s popular shows; Jhansi ki Rani, Tantra, Gathbandhan, Kesari Nandan, Naagin 3 and etc. are currently being aired.
The channel has an array of web excusive series such as Court room, Khatron ke Khiladi, Kitchen Champion etc. which have considerable number of dedicated viewers. Among upcoming attractions, the channel has FBB Femina Miss India 2019, Rising Star Season 3, Ali Baba aur Chalis Chor in its kitty.
Coming to the most entertaining event in any Indian’s life – which is Cricket! Come March and the mighty IPL (Indian Premier League) knocks on our doors. 2019 season is going to be the 12th season of the tournament which has made Twenty20 Cricket as popular as it is today.
‘Colors’ is one of the two principal sponsors of one of the most popular teams of IPL – Mumbai Indians. ‘Mumbai Indians’ has won the championship 3 times, previously. Here’s a shout out to all Cricket lovers – let’s gear up for some heavy doses of 20-20 Cricket before the mighty ICC World Cup 2019 starts from May 30th, 2019.
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Delayed Flight? Here Is What You Can Do To Pass Time
Once in a while, we all have experienced unexpected flight delays or long layovers and probably wondered how not to be bored sitting at the airport. As this is a fairly common phenomenon, we thought we should give out some useful tips to you! Here are some:
Making plans for the upcoming time – When you are traveling to a city or a country, you might be traveling for work or leisure. No matter what the purpose of your upcoming trip, you would get some extra time to plan ahead when your flight is delayed or you are in transit. So, it’s a good idea to utilize the time at the airport to make itineraries, do bookings and things like that. This is even more useful in case of a delayed flight as in that case, you are looking at a delayed arrival at your destination point and would have less time to complete the assigned activities.
Take a long walk and observe – In our busy lives, we don’t get much time to stroll around much. In case of a delayed flight or a stop-over, instead of sitting and getting bored, it’s a good idea to take a leisurely walk through the airport. Most big airports have branded stores, activity centers such as Spa, Gym etc. and you can explore them if just walking around doesn’t appeal to you. However, just walking around watching travelers from around the world can be an enticing experience in itself, for some.
This idea may not be very effective in smaller airports. In such cases, you might think of taking a guided, short city trip if time permits.
Serious reading – Are you an avid reader? Do you like visiting bookstores, every now and then? Free time at an airport is when you can do both. Pick a book or two of your choice and if you like reading, you won’t even realize where the extra time flew by. However, make sure that keep an eye on the displays in case you aren’t sure about the wait time, as most of the airports are silent ones, these days.
Therapy animals – This one is a little off-beat idea but would work wonderfully if you are lucky to have been stuck at an airport which has this facility. After a stressful trip or just like that, explore if you have this facility; you stress would go away, for sure!
In India, most airlines are known to be on time except unavoidable circumstances. The private low-cost airlines Indigo has actually maintained an enviable record for timeliness.
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What Does Solo Travel Do To Your Life?
Long before ‘solo travel’ became a social media fad, truly adventurous souls have explored unchartered places, on their own and came back enriched and as better people.
When we travel in a group, be it with friends, family or strangers in conducted tours, we move with restrictions. On such cases, we move in groups, as per itinerary set by group conductors and there are many things which we or don’t get to do, to accommodate plans and wishes of others. That’s why, once in a while, we all should plan to spend some time alone, away from the mundane life and familiar locations.
Here are a few benefits of traveling alone:
Finding solitude - In our so-called connected world of internet and digital conversation, we are fast becoming detached from our own selves. Solitude gives us wonderful opportunities to get reacquainted with our own thoughts, talk to ourselves and introspect. Once in a few months, we should plan to take a break, even if it’s just for a couple of days, to travel solo and rediscover ourselves.
Pursuing hobbies – In our busy lives, we do not really get time to do what our inner ‘us’ wants us to do. Things like reading, writing, nature-walking, cooking are examples of such hobby activities which are difficult to cultivate within the madness of our daily lives. If you are feeling strong about not spending enough time doing what you really like to do, think about a few days break and travel somewhere, alone. This will give you time and opportunity to pursue your hobby and it’s guaranteed that you would come back, recharged.
Future plan – Every now and then, we need to take a pause and reassess our life choices. These choices include our career decisions, interpersonal relationships, personal growth etc. If we don’t make time off, we won’t really get to think about them on daily basis. That’s why it’s important to go solo somewhere so that we can rethink, reconsider and plan our future without any disturbance from any fellow travelers.
Boosting confidence – There are a few among us who face confidence challenges once in a while. In our growing up years, we mostly remain surrounded by family and friends and in the process; a few of us grew up to become individuals with compromised confidence. When we travel alone, we face different issues which we are needed to tackle on our own. Finding ourselves in a ‘situation’ and learning how to make our way out, is probably the best way to boost confidence.
Travel planners and organizers are many in numbers and there are a few who have solo travel plans to offer. Explore makemytrip, yatra.com or goibibo.com for great deals on hotels and other types of accommodation.
Healthy Drinks For Your Kids
Do you find it difficult to keep your kids hydrated? Are you confused about what drink would be the best for your little ones? Here is some useful information for you:
There is no doubt that water and milk are the two best drinks for the kids and one should keep them completely away from all types of sugary drinks such as packaged fruit drinks, flavored water, energy drinks or soft drinks.
Though water is the most essential drink for the kids as it keeps the body hydrated but it does not contain all the essential nutrients required by their bodies. This is why kids should also consume milk and freshly made fruit juice, regularly.
Milk being the most balanced and complete drink for the kids, should be consumed by them, daily. In urban areas, where obtaining farm-fresh milk is a challenge, packaged milk of renowned brands such as Amul or Nestle are good options. However, parents should be careful about the fact that some kids can be lactose intolerant and the kids who are so, can’t consume milk. Milk or no milk, kids should also be given adequate fresh fruit and vegetable juice as they are the natural source of nutrients. However, parents should be careful that any artificial sweetener is harmful for kids, especially their teeth. So, one should stick to natural sweeteners such as honey or dates to make them appealing for kids.
Another challenge for the parents is to bring variety in the taste of the drinks so the kids find them interesting for daily consumption. Smoothie is a good option as one can mix and match flavors of various fruits and veggies and one present interesting flavor combination for the children. Try different taste such as tangy, sweet or a little spicy, be innovative and your kids are going to love their drinks.
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Places You Should Plan To Visit On The V-day
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and people in love can’t wait to celebrate this special day, dedicated to love. If we don’t be very critical, we would agree with the fact that in cities where lovers have very few places to enjoy each other’s company. This is one day when they deserve to have a good time and here’s a little help from our end:
PALM GROVE, RAMADA: Choose to spend a relaxing evening at the Tangerine Café in Ramada Plaza and relish the multi-cuisine buffet and the live counters. The place offers a good ambiance and value-for-money food.
THE CHAMBERS, TAJ LANDS END: If you aren’t concerned to remain within budget, try The Chambers at Taj Lands End. The place is ideal for a romantic escapade in a set-up for two on the Chambers Terrace. Treat your partner in a royal manner; as the experience here can be made personalized as per your preferences. Here, one thing you should remember and that is Chambers is a member only club.
BREEZE LOUNGE: This place is known to be one of the best romantic places in Mumbai. It’s an open-to-air lounge, offering a beautiful view of Powai Lake. The service, ambience and view all are first-rate and the food that they serve is vegetarian.
DOME, HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL: If you love to visit Marine Drive with your partner, this place is your best bet. This classy place offers a mesmerizing view of Marine Drive and serves delicious finger-foods. If you spend your special day, here at Dome, it’s confirmed that you won’t forget this date anytime soon.
This Valentine’s Day, try any of the above places for a memorable experience with your chosen one.
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Ayurvedic Cosmetic Is The Way To Go
Ayurveda has been around for centuries and India has always been at the heart of Ayurvedic mainland. So, it’s no wonder that Indian entrepreneurs are venturing into Ayurvedic produces, bringing various types of cosmetic products for women as well as men. Let’s have a look at the popular brands which are doing well in this:
KAMA: Kama Ayurveda is an established brand which has a huge product range. They say that all their products are authentic and are 100% vegetarian. A few of their popular products have won many beauty awards and price of almost all of their products fall in the upper category.
ARYA ESSENTIALS: A team of Indian doctors came together to formulate Arya Essentials’ range of products. All of their products are produced by following the principles of Ayurveda, by using the ingredients from nature such as Ashwagandha, Manjistha, Brahmi etc.
KHADI NATURAL: Khadi Natural’s products are all about quality, genuineness and purity. They have been one of the leading manufacturers of herbal items in India and have been delivering personalized beauty treatment for all skin and hair types.
SOULTREE: As unique as their name, SoulTree’s business model too is. SoulTree is a beauty brand that sources its ingredients from NGOs who work closely with rural communities. This renowned brand has BDIH accreditation. One should try their travel kit as well.
FOREST ESSENTIALS: As per the ancient Ayurveda philosophy everything in this universe has been shaped from the five basic elements, or Panchamahabhutas. At Forest Essentials, this theory is put in practice and is followed through the entire production process. Try their various skin care products for best results in natural way.
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Your Home Defines You!
Are you looking for a little pick-me-up for your home? Have you just moved to a new house and are looking for some inspiration to decorate the space? Whatever be the case, you are up for some useful tricks, here:
Contemporary furniture: If you live in a city, chances are there that you live in a compact space. For smaller spaces, it makes perfect sense to choose modern furniture which is sleek and light. Remember to mix colors, textures, styles as per your preferences, to create a mood-lifting ambience.
Mystical colors: Colors play a very important role in interior designing. If you have the liberty to paint your place, experiment! A good idea is to try monochromes to bring on a little mystery. Or, if you are a vivacious person with preference for bold styling, you may choose bright colors for the walls or can go for colored furniture. If you can’t change the colors of your rooms, try wallpapers, small fixtures, colored mats, carpets etc. to compensate.
Go green: Green is ‘now’; green is ‘tomorrow’! Let your imagination go wild and bring on green elements in your house as per your choice. Plants, green curtains, large-framed wall pictures of green landscapes; almost all of them would surely make you feel relaxed.
Cozy-up: If you love your home the way we do, you may love the idea of creating soft, soothing corners in your home where you can curl-up after a tiring day at work. Try pastel shades, muted wall-decorations, soft rugs, comfortable sitting arrangements etc. to make a special corner for yourself within your house.
If you are looking for an expert hand to assist you in decorating your house the way you have envisioned; there are a plenty of brands out there to choose from. For design ideas to execution, https://www.homelane.com/ is your go-to service provider for a home renovation. https://www.pepperfry.com/ has a huge collection of contemporary furniture solutions. They also come up with seasonal offers and big discounts; watch out for them. https://www.urbanladder.com is another brand which offers range of modern furniture, area rugs, house accessories and more.
This Winter, Go Someplace Beautiful
Winter is a beautiful time to take that annual break. Though there is minus side of winter travel which is having to pack woolen cloths and travel heavy; nevertheless, winter travel is extremely alluring. A tropical country India doesn’t really enjoy harsh winter barring a few regions, and that’s why it is the ‘pink’ season in tourism for the country. A lot of foreign tourists visit the country too, during winter. Here is list of places in India you can visit this winter:
Dharamsala – Mcleodganj – The land of Buddhism and spirituality, these sister hill stations are pleasant throughout the year; however they become even more charming in winters. Name any mountain attraction such as falls, lake, trekking trails and you would find it here.
Meghalaya – Countless waterfalls, breathtaking valleys, caves, peaks, jungles – Meghalay has it all! If you plan to visit Shillong in Meghalaya, you can also cover other prominent tourist places in North-east like Mokokchung, Imphal, Kaziranga National Park etc. If you aren’t afraid of cold climate then North-east India is certainly your go-to place in winter
Mussoorie - “Queen of Hills”, Mussoorie is located on the foothills of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. Mussoorie is one of the most picturesque hill stations of India and it’s pleasant throughout the year. Winter adds more charm to Mussoorie and makes it a perfect destination for a romantic gateway for honeymooners.
Sonmarg, Kashmir – Sonmarg, Kashmir is the ideal snow destination in India. If you are planning a trip to Kashmir this winter, plan to visit places like Thajiwas Glacier, Zojila pass and Gangabal Lake for sure.
Kerala – Otherwise hot and humid, Kerala makes a beautiful winter destination for tourists. Kerala is famous for its backwaters, lush green landscapes, Ayurveda Spas and beaches. If you are planning a Kerala trip this winter, don’t forget to include Munnar, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Alleppey and Thekkady.
For exciting tours and travel packages, you can explore the professional brands like MakeMyTrip, Thomas & Cook, Indian holiday, Yatra.com, SOTC etc.
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Famous Places In Mumbai Where You Can Take Your Pets
There are just a few places in our city which are pet-friendly. Hence, most of the times, we just sadly leave our pets at home before we step out for fun activities or dining out. But as we see, the time and the trend are changing, slowly and new places are coming out in Mumbai which don’t just allow pets but a few of them are meant to entertain them.
If you have a pet and you don’t like to leave them beside while going out, here are a few places in Mumbai which you can consider visiting. Here’s a list:
Furrybells – People who love their pets know how much it means to have their pets groomed at a professional place. It will be a delightful experience for your pets and yourself if you take them to Furrybells at Goregaon, the pet grooming service provider.
Bagel Shop – Bagel shop at Bandra, west, not just welcomes you for a scrumptious meal but also opens its door for your pets. Head to Bandra one day to enjoy tasty bagels, smoothies or sandwiches while watching your pets play, happily.
The Dog Park – Every Dog lovers know how much they love to socialize. There is a place in Bandra, Mumbai which is a perfect place for where your Dogs can play and socialize. The Dog Park on Carter Road, Bandra not just provides a large area for dogs to play but also allow you to organize parties for your Dogs.
Zoobar – Zoobar at Vile Parle, Mumbai is famous for the right reasons. Zoobar organizes pet brunches and events for your pets. In case you are planning to treat your pets, they have a special menu for pets.
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The Big, Fat, Glittering Indian Wedding!
A typical Indian wedding is often extravagant and is a multiple-day affair. No matter which state or region it is, an Indian wedding is typically one of the biggest events of one’s life. Though the extravaganza is not universal and majority of Indians can’t really afford to spend a fortune in a wedding; however, over-the-top marriage ceremonies are surely getting bigger and more popular.
In an Indian wedding, traditions play a major role with a numbers of rituals take place over 3-4 days before the wedding day. Wedding events vary greatly as per communities; however most of them involve singing, dancing, delicious food and a lot of camaraderie.
Affluent Indian households have embraced western culture and some of the wedding practices, too. This fusion is reflected most significantly in the matter of food and we often see Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, Japanese cuisines claiming spaces in Indian wedding reception menus.
Another new trend which is gaining huge popularity is appointments of wedding planners. Gone are those days when chacha, mama, bua, mausi, cousins used to double up as organizers in Indian weddings. Nowadays, even in budget marriages, professional agencies are taking charges and soon it’s becoming more than a fad but a necessity given the busy lives that we Indians are living these days.
A bridal make-up of any culture remains incomplete without the delicate touch of jewelry pieces which takes the make-up to another level and makes the bride look her best on her wedding day. In some Indian families, jewellery pieces are carried forward by generations and handed over to the newly wed bride, normally by the elderly women of the family. With time, the preferences of modern Indian brides are changing and stylish, lighter, designer jewellery pieces are taking places of traditional and heavy pieces.
If you are getting married anytime soon and if you are in Mumbai, for all your wedding jewellery needs, you can visit Jaipur Gems for celebrity endorsed jewellery.
2019 Bollywood Movies You Should Add To Your Watchlist!
All set to release in January 2019, Super 30 is a biopic film directed by Vikas Bahl. The movie is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar. Anand Kumar, a mathematician from Bihar, started his training program ‘Super 30’ to help IIT aspirants to become winners in life. The film casts Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi among others.
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Bharat is an official adaptation of 2014 Korean film, 'Ode to My Father' and is set to release on Eid, 2019. The star cast of this film has Salman Khan, Tabu, Katrina Kaif and others while Priyanka Chopra opted out of it because of personal reasons which was most probably her marriage with Nick Jonas,
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This multi-starrer is set against the backdrop of partition of India in 1940s. The film casts biggies from the Bollywood such as Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhaat, Varun Dhawan, Kunal Khemu etc. Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapoor are playing the lead roles in the movie.
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This movie is the first part of a superhero trilogy and has a big star cast consisting of Amitabh Bachhan, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Made in a budget of approx. 250 crores, this movie is written and directed by Ayan Mukherjee and produced by Karan Johar.
Foodhall: For The Love Of ‘Gourmet’ Food
The word ‘Gourmet’ has already claimed its space in Indian dictionary, especially in urban locations. The credit of bringing gourmet food into the Indian kitchens goes to a handful of premium food stores besides star restaurants. Among other similar category stores having presence in Indian metro cities, the Future Group baby ‘Foodhall’ stands really tall and away from the crowd because of its unique positioning and characteristics,
Foodhall has outlets in Delhi, Mumbai (Bandra & Lower Parel), Gurgaon and Bengaluru in India. The brand brings an array of gourmet ingredients, gifting options, party planning service, a range of gourmet beverages etc. the brand has categorized there offerings into many sub brands such as ‘Blue Ribbon’ for gifting items which are suitable for special occasions such as weddings, festival, birthdays etc., ‘Party chef’ which is the spread of party special items such as dips, canapés, sushi and other platters.
If you are a tea lover, don’t forget to step in to the ‘The House of Tea’ which has a collection of exotic teas from all over the world. Similarly, ‘Arqa’ the collection of premium spices from across the globe celebrates the love of Indians for spices. ‘Bustaan’ brings the premium range of dry fruits, seeds from Iran to California.
This goes without saying that one needs to have a deeper pocket to satiate the love for gourmet food as these things are sure costlier than your regular day-to-day grocery items. However, gourmet food is popular for what they offer – the experience! Unlike regular food, gourmet food is not for satiate just your hunger but it entices all your senses and takes dinning to another level.
Next time you want to try your hand on an international dish or want to impress your loved ones by serving something totally exotic, plan a trip around Foodhall.
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Best Indian Cities To Find Affordable Houses!
Indian Government’s ambitious project ‘Housing for all by 2022’ and favorable policies for real estate industry lining up to be implemented are making a lot of headlines and any regular Indian is being compelled to consider the real possibility of finally owning a home of his own. The plan is to provide such budget homes in the price band up to Rs 25 lakh. Hence an average Indian who comes under the mid-income segment may not be considering Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore for a new home even after corrections and various customer friendly schemes. They still might have to look elsewhere to own that ‘piece of dream’; so where should he look? Here is a list of Indian cities where affordable housing is still not a distant dream.
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Among all tier-I cities of India, Hyderabad takes the lead when it comes to budget homes. Even the most developed localities in the city, such as Kukatpally, Manikonda, Sainikpuri and Miyapur offer properties in the budget range of Rs 30-50 lakh. Real estate market of Hyderabad has been steady for a long time which makes it even more plausible for the customers as they have various options and options for good negotiations. It’s a rapidly growing city with flocks of IT/ITES biggies making it their business hubs and a lot of infrastructural developments happening around.
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Pune has always been known as the ‘Oxford of the East’ because of the numerous educational institutions which adorn the city. The cosmopolitan characteristic, pleasant weather, good food and proximity to Mumbai make Pune a potential destination for the budget home-seekers.
Localities such as Baner, Wakad, Kharadi and Hadapsar offer maximum supply in the budget of Rs 30-50 lakh band. Many affordable projects are located on the fringe of the city and offer decent small to medium size apartments with essential amenities.
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Owing to Ambitious infrastructural projects such as bullet trains, GIFT (Gujrat International Finance Tec-city) and huge investments in the state, Ahmedabad remains high in the index of India’s fast developing cities.
Maximum supply of properties worth Rs 30-50 lakh is along the SG Highway and in areas like Satellite, Gota, South Bopal and Bopal. The oil, gas and energy industries, and automobile manufacturing industries are the major drivers for the real estate surge in the city.
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Developers from Kochi are no longer only focusing on luxury projects. Now, the Kochi real estate market is dominated by affordable housing segment, which went up to about 60 per cent of the total housing projects in the city. Developments such as Kochi Smart City and the Mobility Hub at Vytilla have fuelled demand for real estate.
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A JLL report says that Ghaziabad is an emerging residential neighborhood of NCR which has a high supply of flats in the budget of Rs 30-50 lakh. It is well connected via Metro and roads to major parts of Delhi-NCR region. Some of the residential clusters in Ghaziabad that have grown with momentum recently are Indirapuram, Kaushambi and Vaishali. The city has a high supply of ready-to-move-in properties offered by renowned developers.
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Our Very Own Tinsel Town – In All Its Glory!
A home is equal to hundreds stories and countless dreams. Ever wondered how are those stories that reside inside the homes of our B-town stars? They are no regular stories for sure! It’s for us to only imagine and speculate but there’s no stopping to dream alike or to get motivated. Here are a few beautiful abodes of Bollywood stars where glamour and luxury reside side-by-side, where taste and opulence are celebrated to its full glory.
Mannat – King Khan’s mansion
Shahrukh Khan’s house is a fitting address for someone who has mastered the art of winning the hearts of women and men alike, across the globe. His palace like house at Band stand, Bandra, is a testimony to his charisma and statute. The whole house is designed and decorated by Gauri, which is a result of years’ sourcing and travelling around the world. Mannat has 5 bedrooms, multiple living rooms, library, gymnasium and everything else you can think of.
Jalsa & Prateeksha – Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalows
Jalsa is the place where Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reside. It is located in Juhu, Mumbai. The palace like home is very gracefully designed and decorated with earthy colors like brown, beige and mustard. Matching to Amitji’s larger-than-life personality, his house too is a ‘must-see’ for visitors in the city of Mumbai. It is reported to be registered on the name of Jaya Bachchan. They also have other house named Prateeksha.
Galaxy Aprtment – Salman Khan’s home
Salman Khan, fondly called ‘Bhai’ by lakhs of movie-goers in India, has been living in this Apartment since his childhood. With him his parents stay in this home, Arpita, his sister was also residing here till she got married. On special occasions and festivities, Salman comes out in the balcony to wave and exchange greetings with his fans. People linger around here just to get a glimpse of the star. Salman got his apartment renovated in 2013.
Beau Monde Towers – Deepika Padukone’s home
Bollywood’s leggy lass Deepika Padukone stays on the 26th floor of this stunning building. The Apartment has a terrace, four bedrooms, three parking lots, tennis and badminton courts etc. Deepika reportedly said that she is an independent woman and didn’t need a man to buy her this iconic home. Go, girl!
Fortune Heights: Saifeena’s home
Bollywood’s leggy lass Deepika Padukone stays on the 26th floor of this stunning building. The Apartment has a terrace, four bedrooms, three parking lots, tennis and badminton courts etc. Deepika reportedly said that she is an independent woman and didn’t need a man to buy her this iconic home. Go, girl!
Fortune Heights: Saifeena’s home
In this building India’s favorite couple, Saifeena owns two Apartments. Their flat is on the tenth floor and Saif’s office is also in the same building. Kareena and Saif got married here. Reportedly Saif also has purchased four floors in the building opposite to his present residence in Fortune Heights.
Raj Classics: Priyanka Chopra’s home
The multi talented star Priyanka Chopra who’s going places internationally too owns 5 flats on the 6th floor of ‘Raj Classics’ in Versova. Her friend Susanne Roshan did interiors of her house. She bought this house so that she can enjoy her parents’ company and her own privacy both
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Rivali Park Joins Hand With Maharashtra Police To Propagate Road Safety Via Bike Rally In Thane
Rivali Park, a project under CCI Projects recently organised a rally for HOG (Harley Davidson Group) riders along with active participation from Maharashtra police in Thane. The purpose behind the initiative was to mark the occasion of 23rd road safety week and to spread awareness of ‘Drive Responsibly’ in the city. Rivali Park being the main sponsors of the event aimed at focusing on the plight of ‘Increased Road Accidents’ witnessedacross the nation.
The event witnessed the attendance of around 120Harley Davidson Riders present to support the ‘Highway Safety Patrol’. Music directors of the newly released Marathi film ‘Fuge’ also graced the occasion with their presence. The bike rally took place from Thane to Igatpuri.
The rally commenced by felicitating the riders of the Biker group. A special rider badge which read Drive safe and Drive responsibly was given to every rider to spread the accident awareness during their ride to Igatpuri. Ms Rupali Amber, Superintendent of Highway Police, Thane Range, also shared her in depth knowledge with the riders and discussed about the importance of maintaining the traffic rules and also made the riders aware about the life-taking risks of speeding up.
Rivali Park’s forte has always been symbiotic not only on humanitarian but also on ecological grounds.
According to Mr. Harjith.D.Bubber, M.D & C.E.O, Rivali Park, CCI Projects, “Taking into account safely measures while riding is of prime importance. We should take the responsibility to propagate safety wherever needed. The event has been organized to create safety awareness among masses along with proliferating the importance of road safety. I will never miss a chance to contribute in such events which is for the betterment of the people”.
About Rivali Park
Rivali Park by CCI Projects is an important and essential future-ready Endeavour. An environmental friendly project coming up in the outlying suburb of Borivali East, a 22-acre sustainable development near the natural reserve, the Borivali National Park. The project is spread across a more than 65% open spaces on the podium which has been designed by Gensler GA.
The project is LEED Registered and IGBC Certifies with earthquake resistant zone III. The project features various Green initiatives like Sewage Treatment Plant, Approx. 30% less water usage through high-tech plumbing fixtures and usage of VOC free non-toxic paints, adhesives and sealants.
Priyanka Chopra’s New York Home Is A Feast For The Eyes!
Our every own Priyanka Chopara, Miss World, a celebrated actor, singer, producer and philanthropist is evolving by leaps and bounds when it comes to her international acting career. After winning many awards including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards and the prestigious Padma Shri back home, Priyanka Chopra began her international acting career starring as Alex Parrish on the ABC drama Quantico and became the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series.
Big success came shortly after when she won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress for her role in Quantico. Since 2015, she has made New York her second home and is certainly one of the most noticed and in-demand actors there.
The actor is currently shooting for the second season of Quantico and has even found herself a beautiful bachelor’s pad in New York City.
Courtesy Ms. Anupama Verma, the famous Film Critic - journalist - author, the world got to see what does Priyanka’s new home look like!
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We surely want to see more than this beautifully done-up kitchen while wishing Piggy Chops for a brighter and bigger Hollywood career!
Inside Kalyani Chawla’s Fashion-forward New Delhi Home
Kalyani Saha Chawla’s work in fashion has given her razor-sharp insights into the world of style—her love of art, a strong sense of aesthetic. Her New Delhi home, a mix of edgy and eclectic, mirrors this
Towards the end of a narrow road in south-west Delhi’s Mehrauli neighbourhood, a pristine, white, double-storeyed structure encloses within it vibrant art, and its even more colourful owner, Kalyani Saha Chawla. Kalyani is a fashion entrepreneur, a luxury consultant, and a lover of art. Growing up in Kolkata, the daughter of an idealistic, passionate, and intense family, she spent her most impressionable years in a rambling, joint-family mansion on Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road. She has memories of black-and-white chequered marble floors, patterned and trellised glass doors, and art everywhere
Her New Delhi house has, in a manner, carried the story forward. The floors may not be chequered, but the doors are glass, and there is art everywhere. The granddaughter of legendary style maven Reba Rani Saha (“She took her middle name very seriously,” says Kalyani, eyes rolling) and daughter of noted gallery owner, Alaknanda Saha (she of the impeccable coiffure and elegant Tangail saris), Kalyani, simply put, loves art. It is neither societal affliction for her, nor mere subscription to fad. She has had the most stunning art around her ever since she was a child, and the essence of it pervades her home.
A sharp businesswoman, and a woman-about-town in New Delhi, Mumbai and Paris, amongst others, Kalyani likes to entertain and maintains a spiffy, eclectic salon. The Mehrauli house, naturally, is made just for that.
Marry the art, a smart home and a great hostess, and what you get is a particular kind of magic. “Kalyani is a thoroughly modern Indian woman and yet she is also very, very rooted in tradition, in Bengali culture, art and history. She also works in fashion and she likes to entertain,” says Vikram Goyal of Viya Home, who designed her previous house.
Kalyani moved into this house last year, just in time for Diwali, and made sure all her art was in place. Now, along with furniture from Viya Home, there are stunning artworks by stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore (“My parents gave it to me on my 40th birthday”), Jamini Roy (“He was a very close friend of the family”), FN Souza and lithographs by MF Husain, one of which is surprisingly titled Kalyani in Green. Books on wildly varying subjects—Gandhi, Picasso, and fashion—are scattered through the space on coffee tables, consoles and even the velvet-upholstered chaise longues.
The living room’s pale-green walls create the perfect background for the paintings. Works by patuas (artists who paint on cloth in the famed 19th-century Kalighat style of Bengal) share the wall with a Jamini Roy. Roy, after all, had an abiding interest in patua painters and had, at one stage, even learnt from them. On the wall adjacent to the Roy is a haunting, ethereal, almost ghostly drawing of 10 women by Rabindranath Tagore. And as if to offset this crepuscular beauty, the other side of the living room features two early Bengal School works, with their rich, deep reds and greens. Their dull gold frames ensure that you pay attention.
The counterpoint to all this art had to be something incomparably distinctive and different. The answer was a contemporary seven-foot-wide metallic sconce by Viya Home—not unlike a glamorous city skyline—that would hold its own in a New York loft, or a Paris atelier. Mounted on the wall separating the entrance from the dining room, it makes a great conversation starter.
In the dining room, the walls are lacquered in a glossy black with bands of moulding in a dull gold, crisscrossing the walls, evoking a fabulous laser show. The effect is drop-dead gorgeous. Paired with a seductive antler-leg table from Viya Home, what you have is one of the smartest dining rooms in the capital.
Since Kalyani entertains so much, she has reserved the two rooms upstairs as the private quarters, with one room for her, and the second for her daughter, Tahira Tara. The space she refers to as “the den” has one of Kalyani’s favourite purchases—a Riyas Komu painting of a youth’s face juxtaposed with a red star. It is a delightful, light-filled room, with an ancient Persian carpet on the floor, and books everywhere. A guest would be beguiled.
Surrounded by the things she loves, gifts accepted with deep appreciation, objects collected with care, Kalyani is at peace. “I really love this house. Once here, I don’t feel like leaving. When my daughter Tahira is here, it resonates with her energy, her laughter and the voices of her friends. When she is away, the art does the same. And that gives me great joy.” Meanwhile, the doorbell is ringing; guests are waiting to pour in.
It's Nature’s Haven For Suniel Shetty
Suniel and Mana Shetty invite Raedita Tandan into their dream home in Khandala. A holiday home is your space, where you can unwind and relax. And Suniel Shetty’s bungalow in Khandala is just that.
Resembling a beautiful resort, the actor calls it ‘his second home’. As soon as you enter the house, the glorious greenery has the quiet elegance and peaceful ambience that can help soothe your nerves.
Replete with Buddhist images and idols, a small lake, farm animals and dogs – his house makes for the perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city. In fact, the colonial backyard with the infinity pool will make you want to throw a lavish party.
For the first time ever, Suniel allows the media into his personal space. And it was definitely worth the wait…
Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s Luxurious Juhu Home ‘Kinara’
‘Kinara’ is a marathi word which means seacoast. ‘Kinara’ is set near the Juhu Beach giving couple ample space to raise their sons and enjoy the beauty of Nature. Suzzane Khan had Beautifully designed their home. Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty Kundra & Raj Kundra’s Luxurious house.
Shilpa Shetty is also a firm believer of FengShui and Vastu Shastra! In fact at the entrance of their house they have golden hand impressions of their Parents! She also do have her Bunglow in London.
In fact, Shilpa has always wanted a sea-facing home. She sayd, “My dream house is the one where I currently reside. I always wanted a beach house…”Apart from the couple, Suzzane Khan has beautifully designed their home!
So lets start from here, for most of the people who don’t know that Actress is a huge fan of Animal print. Take a look how aesthetically Table has been designed in this Drawing room to incorporate animal print.
WHOA Dinning room has been beautifully designed as the duo love to entertain guest who comes for the parties.
This sitting area has been given a very different look, incorporating contemporary look. This room, however acts as a passage way to other rooms in their home.
This is the bedroom of Mr. And Mrs. Kundra! Its high ceiling and is around 14 feet high, whichhas abstract antique tibetian door! Further more room has been given a very subtle look through white crushed curtains that flow across the window!
Big on fitness, Shilpa Shetty Kundra also keeps giving her fans a glimpse of her view from her home.She is seen here enjoying this splendid view with her son Viaan Raj!
Making Your Home Interiors Look Good On A Budget
We all want our homes to look sophisticated and chic. Yet sometimes our budgets restrict us – are our Pinterest and Houzifydreams just pipe dreams? No way! Here are five inexpensive ways of making your home look worth a million.
Start Neutral, But go Bold
By starting with a neutral colour palette, we are not only designing a sophisticated look but allowing the room to grow with you. Yet go bold on an accent wall. This will pep up the space and give the room a focal point. If you wish to refurbish in future, changing upholstery and décor will do the trick.
Tip: In the bedroom highlight the bedroom wall with an inexpensive wallpaper. Try opting for loose furniture so you can play around with the layout.
Less is More
Designing with this philosophy in mind is so important in our homes. Giving each interior space a piece that is a balance between function and aesthetics is vital. When we declutter, we give the important pieces in the room to shine.
Tip: Painting a heavy wood furniture piece white also de-clutters the details and makes the space look elegant.
Layer in Décor – Eclecticism is in
Now that we've painted the walls and bought in some furniture, yet your house doesn't feel complete. A luxurious home always layers. The details in the layers are what make the big difference. It gives it a personal touch. Adding throw rugs, cushions, photo frames, plants, books and décor is what binds the furniture with the room.
Tip: Mixing and matching design from different eras is the next big thing. An old Rajasthani door can be converted into a swanky display shelf for your travel essentials.
Mirror it Up
Using mirrors and coloured glass really lightens up the space and gives it an illusion for a larger space. Back painted glass for wardrobes and kitchen backsplash takes the space to another level. Decorative mirrors in the entrance lobby or a large standing mirror in one’s dress area can reinvent a room for those on a budget.
Tip: Your dining wall can be personalised with a customised laser cut mirror pattern that can reflect on your dining table.
Using accent lighting to highlight décor and furniture pieces can add drama to once a boring entrance or bedroom. Lighting is the most cost effective way to transform cave-like rooms into warm and inviting spaces.
Tip: Hanging two pendant lights at different levels above a designer furniture piece can transform your reading nook.
"Brangelina" Split: They Sell Their 1830s Row House In New Orleans
Amidst bitter separation, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting ready to go separate ways; it is believed they are also planning to sell off their stunning properties.
After listing their French mansion, Chateau Miraval, earlier this month, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their mansion in New Orleans. According to a new report, the couple’s French Quarter home, which they purchased prior to their marriage, sold for $4.9 million.
“Dating back to the 1830s, the row house had been listed a year ago for as much as $6.5 million. [Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie] bought the property in 2007, following Hurricane Katrina, for $3.5 million,” the Los Angeles Times revealed to readers on October 31.
According to the report, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s home was a brick traditional-style house with front balconies and dormer windows.
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“The nearly 7,650 square feet of living space includes scaled formal rooms, an updated kitchen, a laundry room, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Venetian-plastered walls, custom-designed marble mantles and crown moldings are among the interior details,” the report explained. “A grand staircase and an elevator connect the three-story home. A guest house and a two-car garage also reside on the 5,920-square-foot lot.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie parted ways at the end of last month after a 12-year relationship and two years of marriage. The couple also shares six children together, Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and Vivienne and Knox, 8.
With all likelihood the couple will sell many of their homes including their French home, which includes its own vineyard.
Brad Pitt and his wife have a total of 12 properties together.
Story Courtesy: http://www.inquisitr.com/
Home Buy Spree Of India’s Rich And Famous Personalities
He is one of the most talented young batsmen that India has produced. He made his ODI debut in 2007 against Ireland. In 2013, he started playing as an opening batsman for India ODI team. Rohit is the first captain to lead his team to the IPL title three times.
At early stage, the hugely talented cricketer used to stay in a small 1 bedroom flat in Borivali. Life was full of difficulties for him. At one point of time, he didn’t have enough money to pay his school fees. But life changes; and how!
Mr. Sharma now owns a flat worth Rs. 30 Cr. in one of the costliest areas of Mumbai.
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Son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh; nephew of actors Randhir Kapoor, grandnephew of actors Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Geeta Bali and cousin of actresses Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor – This man needs little introduction. One of the most talented actors of Bollywood, he is already in the top league.
Some time back, the actor reportedly purchased a sprawling apartment in the Vastu building at Pali Hill for a whopping Rs. 35 Cr. As per a report the actor has reportedly paid Rs.1.42 lakh per sq.ft. to purchase the apartment on the seventh floor of the 12-storey Vastu Pali Hill. The building is close to Krishna Raj, the ancestral home of the Kapoors.
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The celebrated captain of Indian cricket team is undoubtedly one of the most talented sportsmen India has ever produced. With enviable batting records and a colorful personality, he is always in the limelight.
Last year Mr Kohli purchased a spacious apartment in Worli, Mumbai. India's favorite cricket captain has bought this luxury property in Omkar Realtors & Developers' residential project Omkar 1973 for a whopping Rs 34 crore. It is said to be a 7,171 sq-ft sea-view apartment located at one of the most posh localities of Mumbai.
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The Color Of Fear Is Blue! Be Aware Of The Whale
“Adolescence” is not just an age range (between ages 10-14); it’s lot more. It’s that time of one’s life when body and mind go through rapid growth and inconsistent hormonal changes. Research says that more than often adolescents show intense and extreme emotions as they are subject to mood swings. Adolescent brains are still developing and it’s pretty common that they show signs of confused expressions. It’s a critical time to identity development and it’s very difficult to set a pattern here; as every child is different.
Common teenage problems
Often the behavioral problems in teenagers are caused by faulty parental attitude.
It has been observed that the children developed problems like – Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety attacks, Eating disorders, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and harmful addictions because of the absence of an adequately healthy family environment.
Sometimes, teenagers are prone to fall prey to the influence of social media and skewed social relationships.
What is Blue Whale challenge
The Blue Whale Challenge is suspected to be a suicide game, typically targeted to teenagers and young adults, where a group of administrators assigns daily tasks to the participants for a period of 50 days. The game concludes on the 50th day with the player committing suicide. Participants need to share pictures of their acts in the group to proceed to the next step. No one knows for sure how this game is played. While some say the users install some app on their smart phone, others say it’s via social media platforms the curators and participants come in touch with each other.
The Russian context
If reports are to be believed, this horrifyingly dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 teen deaths across Russia and UK. Blue Whale game is reported to have started in Russia in 2013 and 22 years old Philipp Budeikin, 22, is believed to be the creator of the game. A Siberian court sentenced the 22-year-old Russian creator of the game to three years in jail for inciting Russian youths to kill themselves.
Chillingly enough, in an interview, Budeikin actually admitted that he indeed pushed vulnerable teenagers to take up this cryptic challenge which eventually caused death for many of them.
The Indian connection
On 29th July, a 14-year-old Mumbai boy jumped to his death from the terrace of a seven-floor building located at Andheri (E). Media reported that he had photographed himself sitting on the edge of the terrace just before jumping and captioned it: “Soon the only thing you would be left with is a picture of me.” This accident was the first in India to be linked with the infamous Blue Whale challenge. The police are still probing the case.
Ankan Dey, 14, from the district of West Midnapore in West Bengal was supposedly another victim of Blue Whale game who was found suffocated by a plastic bag in his bathroom on 12th August. However, the police investigations are still underway and no definite conclusion could be drawn whether or not the boy was playing the deadly game.
Mother of a 16 years old Kerala boy has recently filed a complaint that her son killed himself under the influence of the Blue Whale game. Similar incidents have been reported from a few other places like Indore, Bhopal, Solapur, where children have been saved from taking their lives. Though in all of these cases doubts were raised about the children playing the Blue Whale game, nothing has been proved till date.
How to tackle this menace
This notorious game is primarily targeted to the teenagers and understandably so. Parents need to understand and be cautious about the vulnerability their children are faced with when going through adolescence.
Irregularities and abnormalities to watch for:
Parents need to keep a close watch on whether or not their child is spending too many hours on the Internet. The Blue Whale game is believed to have challenges given to the participants that need to be performed in early mornings. Therefore parents should take a notice if their children are drowsy in the morning and the behavior is repetitive. It’s also better to keep a check on their social behaviors, academic performances, uncommon outbursts etc. Not just the parents, the teachers also need to keep vigilance and should report any abnormal behavior of any of their students to the authorities.
Authored: 9amstories editorial
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Eyes On 2019 World Cup; Kohli Backs Dhoni For Good
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”.
Does Indian skipper, the fireball, Virat Kohli believe this? It’s looking like that he does!
Just when the men in blue take on Sri Lanka in the five-match ODI series, it’s heartening to see Virat Kohli coming out to validate former skipper MS Dhoni’s importance for the team. He believes that the ongoing series with Sri Lanka and the forthcoming ones against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka for the second time will allow enough opportunity for MS to regain his sheen and also help the team to get settled before taking on South Africa in January-February, 2018. Now that he doesn’t play Test Cricket anymore, the forthcoming ODI tournaments become more significant for him - thinks Kohli.
In recent times, MS Dhoni’s batting form has been under the scanner and a lot has been said about him being a burden on the team. Of late the World Cup winning team's skipper was questioned about his ability to stay up until the end to finish the game. Questions were on whether or not he should stay put till 2019 World Cup.
Meanwhile, after a comfortable nine wicket win against Sri Lanka in the first ODI at Dambulla, Kohli’s men are looking forward to repeat the act when they play the second ODI at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, today.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be favored by the captain to open the bowling as he has the ability to swing the ball and can bowl over 135 kph, believes Kohli. Skipper also thinks that he is in a better position to get an extra bounce because of his height.
In the first ODI, India secured a comfortable win against Sri Lanka by chasing a modest 217 run target. Team India reached the target in the 29th over riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 132 and Virat’s not-out 82, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Here are the teams for the 2nd ODI
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
Authored: 9amstories editorial
Time To Visit Cheery Mumbai As Ganesh Utsav Is Here
It’s that time of the year when the homes and the streets of Mumbai city will be filled with the chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya” and the devotees will be lining up in front of the famous Pandals to give their favorite Elephant God the yearly visit.
For the uninitiated, the 11 days long Ganpati Mahotsav is starting from 25th of August, 2017. With the rest of the country (especially the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) the financial capital of India, Mumbai is all geared up for unlimited fun, food and celebration.
Here are a few popular places in the city which one must visit during this festival.
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Lalbaugcha Raja: The famous Lalbaugcha Raja comes home to Parel every year. Since 1934, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has been organizing this extremely popular celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. The idol here was known as Navsacha Ganpati which means fulfiller of the wishes. Thousands of devotees, including many celebrities, line up to pray before the Ganpati idol here. One can expect tight security around the Pandal and should be ready to stand in the queue for hours to take a glimpse of the Lord.
How to reach Parel from Mumbai international airport: The driving distance between the international terminal of Mumbai airport to Parel is about 18 Kms and on a normal day, it should take you about half an hour to reach there. However, expect heavy traffic around the city during Ganesh Utsav. Aggregator cab services such as Ola, Uber etc. are good options to travel between places within the city.
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Ganesh Galli Mumbaicha Raja: Just a short distance away from Lalbaugcha Raja there comes ‘The Mumbaicha Raja’. The lane is called Ganesh Galli and is famous for this Ganpati Utsav which is being celebrated since 1928. The specialty of this Pandal is the themes that the organizers come up with every year. This year the Pandal is going to be a replica of south India's spectacular golden temple.
The place is close to Lower Parel Railway station and is always crowded during the festival time. One can consider visiting Bappa early in the morning till early afternoon as after 2:00 pm the peak hours start and continue until late night.
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Andheri cha Raja: Andheri cha Raja is yet another famous Ganpati idol in suburban Mumbai. This Pandal is organized by "Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee” which was established in the year 1966. This is a beautiful Pandal to visit with some of the most lavish decorations and captivating themes. Along with thousands of common men, Bollywood celebrities also visit this Pandal.
To reach Andheri cha Raja Pandal, the best way to take the Metro towards Azad Nagar station and then ask for at Veera Desai Road, behind Sports Complex.
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Girgaon Cha Raja: This Pandal is popular because of its eco-friendly concept. This Ganesh Mandal is located near Charni Road station. This eco-friendly Ganesh idol made of Shadu clay and is about 25 feet tall. Girgaoncha Raja idol was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio program “Mann Ki Baat”.
There are many more popular Ganesh Pandals which will adorn the city for next few days. A few of them are Khetwadicha Ganraj, Bhandarkarcha Raja, GSB Samaj Ganeshotsav, Tejukayacha Raja, Chinchpokli Cha Chintamani etc.
The essence of Ganpati Utsav is fast changing and a lot of Pandal organizers, even common people are becoming aware of environment-friendly ways to celebrate the festival.
Tell us about how you will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi the eco-friendly way. Share your learning, experience, tips and experiences with Mumbai.
(Authored: 9amstories editorial)
Is India Becoming A Country Of Sinking Cities?
Mumbai under water
On 29th August, India’s commercial capital, the city of glamour, Mumbai went under water after a few hours of torrential rain. Mumbai’s Santa Cruz IMD observatory registered 331.4 mm rainfall on Tuesday which was the heaviest since July 26, 2005, the day when Mumbai witnessed the deadliest of the floods which claimed hundreds of lives.
Thane city received 247 mm rainfall on the same day, while the rainfall recorded in Palghar was 280 mm, it added.
Mumbaikars were caught largely unguarded as the sky opened up early morning on Tuesday. It looked like another normal rainy day in monsoon months. Till early afternoon, mostly unaware, common men continued with their daily routines. It was around 2:00 p.m. by when people started taking notice of the unusually long and heavy spell of rain which had started flooding the streets and the lanes.
HR departments of many companies started circulating permissions to leave office early and many of the office-goers had started leaving for homes anticipating the worst. As the high-tide at around 4:50 pm coincided with extremely heavy rainfall the drainage system of the city gave up completely.
Next two hours were complete mayhem on the streets of Mumbai. Most roads were under knee-deep water, public transportation systems were interrupted especially local train networks. Lakhs of commuters got stuck for hours together, many of them walked down to their destinations in heavy rains and strong wind.
Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, was totally submerged in water and in agony!
An isolated case?
Though Tuesday’s deluge was an uncommon incident with very heavy rainfall coincided with high-tide, this was not unseen or unheard in India. Almost every year we see one of the Indian cities going under water with citizens struggling to keep floating. At recent times, first Bengaluru, then Chandigarh, and now Mumbai –three Indian cities have suffered greatly. The common thread in all three cases has been a faulty urban planning. When Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, a heavy spell of rain was enough to throw the national capital into total chaos.
Another alarming fact is our cities have miserably failed in protecting the water bodies which could have absorbed or drained out water in case of very heavy rainfall. The major water bodies have been encroached upon or reclaimed by countless unplanned and/or illegal developments. The few which are remaining have practically turned into garbage dumps. When it rains like this those garbage takes no time to chock the entire drainage system of the city causing overflowing and flooding of the roads.
Acres of meadows and marshlands are now shrunk to much smaller their sizes. These valuable natural assets are rampantly being used to dump waste or they are transforming into real estate developments.
Due to the unbridled and random urbanization, our cities are gasping for respite. When our cities were planned natural drainage or the slope of a city was never kept in mind. Re-laying of roads as per the natural drainage patterns is a logical way out while new constructions must be carried out in accordance.
Water harvesting in lakes and ponds is a time-tested solution to avoid floods within cities and also to quench the thirst of our water-starved cities. Rain water harvesting can primarily be done by individual housing societies but more initiatives from the administration are required.
Another sincere effort that the concerned authorities should immediately look into is clearing of the drainage system.
Not just the authorities
We waste no time to blame the government and the authorities when there is a flood in the city. But, we also tend to forget many important things when the sun shines next morning. How many of us have sincerely taken up the issues of rain water harvesting in our respective societies, have we stopped uses of plastic bags which are the main reason to chock up our drains – are the questions we should ask ourselves.
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Authored: 9amstories editorial
Millennials Actually Love Stores But Do The Numbers Back It Up?
It has been an interesting couple of weeks for retail. While earnings reports for traditional mall retailers, perhaps not surprisingly slumped. A slew of other retailers, notably those who have been investing in integrated store experiences and embracing innovation like Nordstrom, reported positive earnings and actual growth in same store growth.
Other retailers continue to tweak their current foot print allocations and invest in technology also reported positive numbers. Those included Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, PVH, Dollar Tree, Burlington Stores, Guess and PVH. This forced Wall Street to admit that perhaps the current doom and gloom retail outlook is not nearly as bad as it may seem.
At the same time, it seems that Millennials- the often lauded “Horsemen of the Retail Apocalypse” are actually spending time in stores. In fact 50% of millennials prefer going to stores as a primary shopping medium according to a recent study. The big ‘but’ here is that they are not shopping the store the same way as previous cohorts which explains the discrepancy between an apparent preference for in store shopping, and the struggle retailers are seeing in same store sales growth.
Millennials are taking a much more fluid approach in how they engage and interact with the store. It remains a critical part of the shopping journey, but often the ultimate transaction occurs online for Millennials.
It’s a situation where the brick and mortar store has enormous influence over the discovery, research, and fulfillment portion of the shopping experience but does not enjoy the hard dollar attribution for these shopping behaviors. This causes a challenge and problem for retailers in evaluating which stores are the most productive, decisions about opening and closing stores, and even ecommerce strategies.
The reality is that the problem is not with the store, but how we are measuring the success and role of the store as Millennials and Gen Z become the majority of shoppers. Both cohorts when surveyed, list the store as an essential part of their retail experience, even though the dollars spent at the cash register in the store may not reflect it.
Simply closing a store that does not have store sales may actually be a mistake in these situations where a store’s influence actually anchors all of the retailer’s customers that live nearby. The presence of that store influences sales further than those four walls and drives value beyond just sales (few and cheaper returns, etc.). That’s why retail needs to rethink how to measure the effectiveness of their stores to include a more expansive set of metrics including what key elements influence shoppers.
By: Sandeep Bhanote| Co-Founder and CEO at Radius8 Inc
Courtesy: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse - Mr. Sandeep Bhanote
Not Superstars But Solid Performers!
Bollywood is synonyms with glamour and flamboyance. It’s a big world of shinning sets, over-the-top songs, colors and vivacity, larger-than-life stories and country’s favorite superstars. But not to forget that Bollywood is also home to many brilliant actors who may not be stars but definitely hugely talented performers.
Bollywood is the only film industry in the world that produces more than 1000 movies annually and it keeps giving us truly versatile actors who always make us take note and come back for more.
Here’s a list.
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Abhay Deol is a marvelous actor with films like Dev D, Shanghai, Ahista Ahista etc. in his kitty. It takes a long time before he got the recognition that he deserved unlike many other contemporary actors. He is rarely seen in the party circuits and maintains a low profile; perhaps one of the main reasons why he remains underrated till today.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his debut in 1999 in the movie Sarfarosh. Before joining Bollywood he was a chemist from Muzaffarnagar, UP. Siddiqui is one of the finest actors Bollywood has ever produced. His performances in Black Friday, Kahani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Gangs of Wasseypur–2, Taalash, Peepli Live, The Lunchbox and in other movies were applauded equally by the critics and the audience.
Konkona Sen Sharma
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Coming from the family of famous Bengali filmmaker and actor Aparna Sen, Konkana Sen Sharma is known for her versatility. Her performance has always been appreciated by the critics. A National Award winner for the movie Life in a Metro has also delivered notable performances in Page 3, Talvar, Omkara, 15 Park Avenue etc.
Konkona’s role in Wake Up Sid was hugely popular with the masses.
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An accomplished screenplay writer, actor and director Rahul Bose is another hugely underrated actor in Hindi Film industry. His choice of roles and style of acting make him a illustrious actor in parallel cinema. However, he was equally entertaining in movies like Shaurya, Chameli, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Before the Rains etc.
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Well known for playing offbeat roles in benchmark Hindi movies, Manoj Bajpai is a renowned actor in Bollywood. His character of Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur made him a household name in India. Manoj is a successful theater artist and winner of two National Awards and four Filmfare awards.
Authored: 9amstories editorial
Dandiya Queen - Falguni Pathak Is All Set To Rock Again Of Maharashtra's Biggest Ground For 'Ruparel
Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak, will soon have a biggest record in her name as she will be performing first time in Maharashtra’s biggest ground i.e. Late Shri Pramod Mahajan Sports Complex of Borivali, Mumbai for 'Ruparel Navratri Utsav 2017' from September 21 to September 29, 2017. The ground has 13 acres of area. Falguni will be performing Navratri for the 2nd year in Borivali, consecutively.
The occasion of Bhoomi Pujan was graced by BJP MP Shri Gopal Shetty and BJP MLA - Dahisar Smt. Manisha Chaudhari, Shri Yogesh Sagar – MLA, Shri Vijay Bhai Girkar - MLA along with the organizers and local corporators yesterday at Late Shri Pramod Mahajan Sports Complex of Borivali.
Ruparel Realty is the main title sponsor & organiser along with Showbizz Entertainment who are organising 'Ruparel Navratri Utsav 2017'.
On this occasion BJP MP, Gopal Shetty, said “Mumbai is an amalgamation of various cultures. Navratri is the best example of this confluence. Now biggest Navratri will happen in Mumbai, so people may choose Mumbai for Navratri at a national level like Dahi Handi.”
According to Shri Amit Ruparel, Managing Director, Ruparel Realty said, “Today's organizations are progressively recognizing festivals to promote a sense of bonding and to show their respect to local culture. Ruparel being a secular company believes in celebrating all festivals with fervor and enthusiasm. We have a lot of customers who are zealous about Navratri as a festival. Dandiya is an occasion to celebrate with families; it gives us immense happiness to see families bond over dandiya.”
"When it comes to an event as grand as this, our priority is safety. Thus, we have deployed added security and stringent crowd management measures, especially for women, so they can enjoy the festival while feeling safe and relaxed" said Shri Santosh Singh & Shri Shiva Shetty (MLA), organisers and directors of Showbizz Entertainment.
Falguni Pathak an undeniable Navratri sensation, who, for over two decades have got masses dance to her folk and Bollywood tunes, is all set to bring an element of surprise on stage this time by introducing her new gujarati song
'Jode Rejo Raaj'. "Following the tradition of my events, this time as well, I have selected songs in various languages, bringing in glimpse of diverse culture of India into one festival. Additionally, I am excited to use this opportunity and keeping Navratri in mind I have recreated an old Gujarati song Jode Rejo Raaj, which will serve perfect beats for Garba dancing." said, the singer.
This Navratri festival will also be interesting because after demonetization and GST, it will be the first religious and social program that will bring lakhs of people together. Borivali itself is a Gujarati locality and places like Kandivali and Dahisaralso have quite good number of Gujaratis. The location is so convenient that people can easily reach at the venue.
It is remarkable that last year, only Falguni Pathak was able to hold commercial Navratri because all the other organisers in Mumbai were not able to collect money by selling passes. Looking at this, there is no doubt that this year, Navratri Utsav of Dandiya Queen will get record break response from the people.
The Battle Of The Brands Is The Fiercest In The Store
Very few shoppers can accurately recall purchasing most items that they actually bought on their last shopping trip. They can rarely even recall how much they spent.
This is because a large part of shopping is a subconscious process and often decisions are not rationale. Consumers don’t spend much time thinking deeply about the choices they make. Instead the brain takes shortcuts to enable quick almost intuitive judgments.
Purchase triggers could be broadly divided into pre-store (all influences before you enter a store) and In-store (all influences at the store). Contrary to popular believe in-store triggers are higher than the cumulative triggers from media and word of mouth.
Thus it might seem, that a new offer on the shelf it would be a challenge to find ways to disrupt this habitual decision making. Yet, it’s interesting to note that despite walking into stores with a fair amount of purpose a large part of the final decision making is made at the shop floor. A whopping 60% + decisions are influenced at store.
If a shopper walks in with a category in mind but not the brand, the task is to influence her to buy our brand. If the category and brand both are pre-decided then we work towards either making her stick (if she has our brand in mind) OR make her switch to our brand. If neither category nor brand is in the shopper’s mind the effort would be to remind her of the category and then make her buy our brand.
And for any of these, there are in-store investments made in-store all efforts to influence the shopper. POS merchandising contribute to a significant investment. However, influence of POS merchandise is far lower than one would expect. The meta-analysis done amongst shopper insights work in India amongst categories with high BTL investments, show that only 5% shoppers were influenced by any POSM.
Based on a number of in-store eye tracking studies done globally we saw that shoppers noticed 15 POS materials out of 450 in an average supermarket – that’s about 3% of total. And the average attention per POSM lasts for around 1.5 seconds!
But unfortunately, that’s where a lot of investment goes.
For the brain, the store is a jungle.
With an overload of information product skus, colours, promo offers the shopper’s brain is tired from navigating the array of aisles and brands, and it stops processing information after a few minutes shopping.
The battle of the brands, therefore, is the fiercest at the shop floor. That is where your brand’s story can turn. Research has proven that beyond above the line media, the fight between brands to win the shopper gets played out once again at the store. And this time it influences the final yardstick, sales. Thus it is critical to ensure that our brand or our communication is not getting lost in the retail jungle. Measuring the effectiveness of our in-store investments is thus an imperative.
By: Sreyoshi Maitra
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What Are Millennials All About?
Millennial consumption patterns and preferences are unique from other generations across categories. What they value, why they do what they do, and how they do it is all changing relative to the traditional status quo.
This reality seems to be common knowledge, but most stop there. Specifically, I believe the following preference distinguishes millennial behavior from those of their parents.
Of course not every millennial's preferences are identical, but I would argue that as a group, they prioritize value and convenience above all else.
As consumers, millennials can make a purchasing decision that focuses on value or convenience. However, the intersection of the two is the most interesting because usually these two attributes are at odds with each other - consumers can either get convenience or value, but not both. Millennials today, however, are demanding both and successful companies are delivering on this dual promise.
Millennials believe in value. Value is not simply a determination on price; it is a more holistic view of value given multiple considerations such as quality, convenience, price, company mission, etc. Consumers perceive a good or service to be a good value if the perceived benefit seems high relative to its price.
Unlike their parents, for millennials value is based less on the brand of the products or services, and more about other factors such as its quality. According to a Bridge.over survey, 70% of millennials think their generation is less brand-loyal than previous generations. This is exemplified in the decline of traditional consumer packaged goods (CPG) — among the top 100 CPG brands, 90 experienced share declines, according to a 2015 study by Catalina.
Alternative selection criteria include deciding purely on brand, price or quality. Instead, millennials are optimizing across various criteria for what they perceive to be the optimal combination to create value.
Convenience is key. Long gone are the days of coupon clippers that will drive across town to the supermarket with the cheapest toilet paper. Millennials prioritize convenience daily in how they allocate their dollars - Instacart vs. going to the store, Amazon Prime vs. Costco, Postmates vs. takeout, and the list goes on.
Convenience is not just about time savings, but also about the quality of the experience. Casper's success illustrates how millennials prefer to order a fixed price mattress that arrives at their door over going to Sleepy's, testing dozens of options, negotiating a price, and carving out time to have it delivered.
Within Redpoint's portfolio, ThredUp & Brandless are great examples of companies that are capitalizing on this trend of offering both value and convenience.
Female millennials love ThredUp’s Clean Out Kit. They gush about how they earn extra cash to clean out their closets by simply putting their old clothes into a bag and mailing it in. For these women, the alternative to ThredUp is not higher effort options like Goodwill or eBay. Rather, these clothes would otherwise just sit in their closets or they would simply throw them away. This act of taking slightly more effort for some compensation shows that these millennial women do care about value, but in convenient way.
Similarly, millennials have fallen in love with Brandless, in part for their ability to provide real value and convenience. With quality ingredients in their products (organic, non-GMO, etc.), Brandless’s $3 price point across its 100+ SKUs is a no-brainer value purchase for their millennial consumers. In addition, because Brandless has curated products and rationalized categories, it’s convenient to purchase on their website quickly and effortlessly — consumers trust that Brandless has spent the hours on their behalf to find the perfect chef’s knife, and they appreciate not having to spend 2 hours searching through Amazon results and reviews to optimize for the best one.
I’m excited to see how companies continue to innovate to deliver both value and convenience to cater to millennials’ preferences. Have other examples of companies that have done so? Would love to hear about them in the comments.
By: Medha Agarwal | Investor at Redpoint Ventures
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Hindi Horror Movies You Shouldnt Watch Alone!
There are people who simply don’t enjoy watching horror movies and then there are some who just can’t get enough of scary movies. They would watch their choicest horror movies - over and over, just for the thrill of watching them and living the fear every time.
For the Hindi movie lovers, who don’t get freaked out and unsettled by watching horror flicks; here’s a compilation of Hindi classic horror movies which should be on your bucket list.
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Many moviegoers complain that Bollywood horror movies are anything but subtle. This movie will be a treat for them to watch as Raat is considered to be one of the finest work of Ram Gopal Varma. Raat has got some really unsettling chills. Revathi's brilliant acting adds to the fear quotient while you watch how the leading lady is possessed by the spirit of a dead kitten.
Go for it.
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Phoonk is another notable Hindi horror movie directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film was based on superstition and black magic. The movie went on to become a blockbuster. It was reported that a prize of 5 lakh was announced for those who would be able to watch this movie alone in a theatre.
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Directed by Vikram K. Kumar, 13B is considered to be one of the classic Hindi horror movies. The storyline goes like this: a man moves to his new apartment only to experience a series of supernatural occurrences through a soap opera telecasted exclusively on his TV, which shows the future of his family. With its tight writing and superb casts, 13B is a spine-chilling horror story at its best.
Darna Mana Hai (2003)
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This is an experimental movie directed by Ram Gopal Varma which is a wacky film made up of six short scary stories, leading up to a thrilling climax. The storyline shows seven friends getting stuck at a deserted place in the middle of the night when their car breaks down. They found shelter and tell one another stories to kill time till dawn.
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Kaun is a benchmark movie in Bollywood. It’s an unusual movie which runs for one hour-and-a-half with no songs and only three characters. The entire story revolves around a house and scary things happening inside the house on a rainy night. The film's main protagonist is played by brilliant Urmila Matondkar, who portrays the character with intense facial expressions and body language. Her performance was ably complemented by superbly talented Manoj Bajpai in a supporting role.
Try these horror flicks this weekend with friends or alone – depending on how courageous you are!
Authored: 9amstories editorial
It’s Time To Indulge In Festivity As Mumbai Welcomes Durga Maata
Durga Puja is one of the most awaited festivals of Bengal and the devotees come together to celebrate this festival with open hearts, irrespective of their cast, community or religions. The festival marks the win of goddess Durga in the battle with Mahishasura. Across the country, the festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor. People bring in home idols of Goddess Durga, organize jagrans, visit pandals, meet friends and relatives and relish on delectable Bong foods.
Mumbai is home to a significant number of Bengalis who organize community Durga Pujas in different parts of the city. These Pandals in Mumbai attract people from all walks of life, including Bollywood celebrities. Bhog, aarti, feast and cultural programs are organized by Bengali communities. During Durga Puja, Mumbai transforms into mini Kolkata.
Here’s a list of prominent Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai:
1. The Bengal Club, Shivaji Park:
It is one of the oldest Durga Puja Pandals in Mumbai. The Puja rituals here are performed just as it is done in Kolkata's famous Durga Pujas. Aside the famous ‘Bhog’ one can also sample varieties of authentic Bengali dishes like fish chop, mutton chop and Bengali sweets near the Pandal. You can also find stalls selling jewelry, handicrafts and saree from Bengal.
Location: Bengal Club, Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar West.
2. Balkanji Bari, Mukherjees:
The Balkanji Bari Durga Puja is hosted by actress Rani Mukherjee, Kajol and Tanuja.The Pandal attracts huge crowd including many Bollywood celebrities. The Balkanji Bari puja also hosts cultural programmes during the 5-day festival with participation from the Bollywood artists. The star-studded Pandal is open to visitors on all days during Durga Puja.
Location: Hotel Tulip Star, VM Road, Juhu
3. Powai Bengali Welfare Association Durga Puja
This Pandal is at Hiranandani Gardens in Powai and witnesses huge crowd during all days of the festival. The major attraction of this Pandal is the Master craftsmen from West Bengal who construct the Natmancha or theatre stage which over the years have featured Indian temples like Lotus temple, Konark temple, Sripuram Golden temple and many more. Other highlights include Dance competition and performances by famous Bollywood singers. Traditional lunch is served on the three main Puja days.
Location: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai
4. Lokhandwala Durgotsav
The Times of India Lokhandwala Durgotsav is one of the biggest Durga Pujas in the western suburb. Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has played a major role in making this Puja a huge success. The highlights of this Pandal are celebrity spotting, cultural programs and delicious food stalls.
Location: Lokhandwala Ground, Andheri West, Mumbai
5. Ramakrishna Mission
This Pandal celebrates Durga Puja in an authentic way. The traditional Kumari Puja is a major highlight of this pandal where young girls are worshipped by devotees to seek blessings on the day of Ashtami. The Pandal also offers delicious ‘Bhog’.
Location: Ramakrishna Mission Marg, 12th Road, Khar West.
Authored: 9amstories editorial
10 Things That Will Take You Back To Your Childhood If You Were Born In The 90s!
1. The best and hardest game we ever played between school lectures
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2. Messages were different when there were no whatsapp and snapchats.
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3. Listening to music on an actual cassette player.
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4. TV shows like Hip Hip Hurray, Remix, Shaka Laka Boom Boom were our daily dose of entertainment.
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5. Simple yet delicious candies kept us content.
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6. When leisure time was spent reading Chacha Chaudhary and Tin Tin comics and not on Facebook and Snapchat
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7. And when we actually went out-doors and played games with our friends.
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8. Phantom cigarette was a really cool thing.
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9. MSN and Yahoo chats was our jam and we could spend hours talking to people we barely knew.
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10. And last but not the least, Ekta Kapoor serials like Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasauti Zindagi Ki ruled the prime time soap era and we had to unwillingly watch them because of our mothers.
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(Authored: 9amstories editorial)
Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Stress Free
Stress has become an everyday word for most of us. No matter if you are a working professional or a home maker varied degree of stress seems to have taken over our lives in ways more than we could imagine till a few years back. Stress related diseases are going rampant; we are getting short tempered and more agitated day by day and sometimes giving in to deadly addictions to combat stress.
There’s a beautiful way to fight stress and we somewhat tend to ignore it many a times. It’s out HOME, our private refuge of solace and rejuvenation. No matter if we live in a large apartment with family or in a studio flat all by ourselves, we can always make our home or at least a corner within it – our DESTRESSING zone.
Please note that you don’t have to spend a bomb to make your home a stress-free zone. Apply your own ideas; you don’t have to follow any rule here. Here are a just a few suggestions to get you started. You are welcome to customize according to your taste and needs.
Sometimes simple hacks go a long way to bring big differences. ‘Stress-free’ living is not a myth; start today, by making your home free from stressful energy!
Authored by 9amstories.com Editorial
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Gardening Is A Great Stress-buster
Balcony vegetable gardening
Gardening is a great stress-buster and a creative hobby which can be an enriching experience for anybody. But our spaces are getting scarce every day, especially in city homes where it’s a challenge to accommodate the essentials let alone plants. Hence, Gardening as a hobby is taking a back-stage in modern time.
So, what do you do?
You use your spare space wisely and make use of the small open areas such as your balcony for Gardening. It can play a huge role to make you relaxed, contented and truly happy.
There’s a saying “There are no Gardening mistakes, only experiments” which means you are allowed to apply your own mind, be creative and try a number of techniques to make it work for you. But, we thought, we can help you to get started by sharing a few simple tips...
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So, wait no more! Start planning, choose your favorite veggies or flowers, get your hand soiled, experiment, learn and let your Garden grow as far as your creativity goes.
Create your own masterpiece, start Gardening today…
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Authored by 9amstories.com Editorial
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Handy Tips To Keep Your Home Monsoon Ready
The sweet rain
You can either love monsoon or hate it, but you can’t ignore it! So, the great Indian South West monsoon is here and while we enjoy the rain and the cool weather, let it not hamper your daily life.
We believe, by this time you have already planned duly for the monsoon months, such as the weekend gateways, monsoon special recipes, healthcare plans etc. but do you have a plan to protect your home, furniture and gadgets from the incessant rain; if not, read on…
High humidity is one of the biggest downsides of the wet months and dampening of the walls is unavoidable if you don’t have a proper waterproofing on the walls. If unattended the walls will emanate a dreadful damp smell. The easier solution will be a dehumidifier or an ioniser.
There are many pockets in almost every Indian city which invariably get flooded during monsoon months. Here are a few things you should be doing to control damage to your expensive furniture aside blaming the civic authorities, of course!
Make sure you get your homes tested for termites before monsoon arrives. Move your outside furniture to inside the house if you think there’s a chance of heavy downpour. Wooden furniture tends absorb moisture and swell up; it’s a good idea to cover them in plastic. Wax treatment also is a good way to keep the furniture moisture-free.
You have spent a lot on those electrical gadgets, now is the time that you should take good care of them to avoid damage and potential electrical hazards. Staying indoors and enjoy a day off in monsoon can be very relaxing but what if the humidity levels are high and you need to switch on the AC to stay comfortable?
Get your ACs checked thoroughly by a professional electrician to avoid faulty service. It’s a good idea to invest in an air conditioner with an anti-bacteria filter as it effectively stops breeding of germs inside the room.
Monsoon is a time when faulty electrical connections poses greater risk of short-circuit. Be careful and fix it if any before it leads you to dangerous accidents. Unplug all electrical appliances and equipments during a stormy weather or in case of a thunderstorm.
Deal with the smell
Wet cloths plus damped furniture plus humidity equal to foul smell all around. A bug screen or insect mesh is a good way to be able to keep the windows open while restricting the bugs to enter your home. The air flow and occasional sunlight will keep your house well ventilated and odor-free. During rainy months keep your expensive carpets, rugs etc. packed as they tend to get dirty during the rains. When wet, they will release uncomfortable smell.
Similarly, invest in a trendy umbrella stand to keep your wet umbrellas tucked or else water dripping from them can create messy interiors.
Try using lemon and vinegar to deal with foul smell from your home. You keep also consider neem leaves for your almirah; it will save your clothes from bad smell. Alternatively, you can try naphthalene balls and rock salt to do away with the smell.
Think of investing in aromatic candles, room freshener or incense sticks as per your preference to give your house pleasant smell.
Cleaning is a must during monsoon months. Keep your furniture and floor clean and check for puddles of water around your house which can help deadly mosquitoes to breed. If there’s any accumulation of rain water near your house or on terrace, make sure you empty them regularly.
Keep a well stocked first-aid kit in house so that you remain prepared for any sudden attack of headache, cold, cough, fever or diarrhea.
Follow these simple tips and you will be rain-ready in no time. Time to enjoy the chai-pakoda!
Authored by 9amstories Editorial
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Sure Ways To Be A Good Traveler
Sure ways to be a good traveler
Travelling is bliss. To be a good traveler is essential. It’s important because we should respect our world, the environment, our fellow travelers, other countries and their cultures, people and their conveniences, as we travel.
Every traveler should keep this in mind that certain basic ethics on co-existence are to be maintained no matter where we travel to or who we go with.
Listen and plan
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Consider connecting with a local when you set yourself on a journey to a new place. Travel planning can be taxing and to do that like a pro, you need to prepare yourself well in advance. Trust us; travel-apps don’t know it all. Reading good travelogues will certainly help but if you really want to see the place like a local; you have to turn to them!
Try and befriend a cab driver while moving inside the town, ask the waiters politely about the best dishes that are available on a restaurant’s menu. More than often starting a conversation with the bartenders or the waiters or the cabbies will give you good insights about the place.
However, in case you are traveling solo (especially if you are a girl), you should be careful with whom you are interacting. Keep your guards on, be friendly but don’t encourage over friendliness and you are set to sail!
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The only way to get respect is to give respect.
Our world is full of beautiful monuments and installations. Especially the popular destinations which see a large influx of tourists tend to experience more damage to their public spaces, tourist attractions etc. Be careful and empathetic as you travel. Follow the local rules, respect fellow travelers if you are traveling in a group, make others aware as well.
We should remember that if we respect other cultures and national treasures of others, our own would be respected too when they come to our country. So, be respectful to the people, the places and the animals, too.
Be nice and kind
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Taking out your stress on the persons next to you is the easiest thing to do. You may be in rush or you may have missed your train, but taking out the frustration on the bellhop or the waiter is the worst form of manipulations. Try to remember that they all are human beings too beside representatives of an airline or a hotel.
Think how you would have liked to be treated when you are flying in an airplane or traveling in a local transport. Treat your fellow passengers in exactly same manner and we will have a world full of humble and good travelers.
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While traveling, you don’t have to dress to kill!
But it will go a long way to know what's appropriate to wear where you're going. Dressing styles vary widely in different parts of the world, sometimes even within states, cities or areas. In many instances dressing in certain manners may be regarded as inappropriate. Hence, it’s better to do some research and plan your wardrobe as per the culture and convenience of the place you are going.
It’s a nice way to represent your own culture when you decide to wear your own dresses while traveling in a foreign place. Whatever it is, don’t forget to respect the place and its culture.
Authored: 9amstories editorial
A Holistic Approach To Healthy And Happy Workplace!
A holistic approach to healthy and happy workplace!
Healthy workplaces can help to make business more productive and employees more engaged. Therefore promoting and supporting health in the workplace is not only common sense, but it makes good business sense too.
"Make happiness a priority. Start by recognizing that a happier workforce is better for everyone."
It’s not just people that should be healthy even buildings should be healthy too. Through the quality of air, light, views and the overall experience, healthy buildings help people be their best. What are the buildings in which you spend time doing for you? Buildings are where people spend 90% of their time. But in the buildings where you work truly helps you be your best? Do they help improve your health and well-being?
Here are the benefits of a healthy workplace for employees:
Providing a warm, engaging and stress-free environment is the single most important pillar on which companies can build their corporate culture. And that process begins with the creation of physical space. Offices built in a colourful, almost playful style with exposed concrete ceilings and floor provide a relaxed environment where employees can deliver well even under pressure. Offices of senior management should have glass walls, so that anyone can come in and have a discussion on issues at the workplace.
Employees perform better when the management's expectations are laid out clearly and are in line with their area of expertise. If employees are having trouble handling workload and there are too many people trying to perform the same task, employers should review and update all job descriptions and shift work tasks to the employees who are well-matched.
Employees need motivation and appreciation. A leader must never hesitate to compliment employees on their accomplishments. They must offer employees something so that they know they are appreciated for their work and that the company is proud of their achievements. For a healthy and happy workplace, building trust among employees is essential. This keeps the employees stress-free and mentally fit.
A positive workplace is more successful over time because it increases positive emotions and well-being. It improves people’s relationships with each other and amplifies their abilities and their creativity. It buffers against negative experiences such as stress, thus improving employees ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties while bolstering their health.
And, it attracts employees, making them more loyal to the leader and to the organization as well as bringing out their best strengths. When organizations develop positive, virtuous cultures they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness, including financial performance, customer satisfaction, productivity, and employee engagement.
Regular refuelling is essential to keeping the brain working at its best. People will only feel empowered to do this if they are encouraged to do so and the best way to make this happen is to lead by example. Taking a walk at lunchtime, leaving work on time and taking your annual leave are good ways to start.
Promoting a culture that celebrates health and wellbeing is a vital business strategy and it is your responsibility to ensure that workplace health is taken seriously. Not only will you be looked upon more favourably by your workforce, as you're looking out for their wellbeing, you'll receive acknowledgement from your industry and wider business world. When you already invest in recruitment, training and staff development, so why not also ensure your people are happy and healthy too?
By: Gunjan Johar | Real Estate Analyst & Home Decor Blogger
Why Being Judgmental Is Not A Cool Thing
What does it mean to be judgmental?
Being judgmental means to hold specific thinking or belief based on what we commonly observe in a person or a community. “How could they…” “How could he”..“Why on earth would someone” are some examples of judgmental statements that we often make. A person is called judgmental when he stereotypes certain behaviors which he personally thinks are not appropriate or in accordance with a norm.
Who are judgmental?
While there is no specific set of characteristics by which we can identify who among us is a judgmental person but there are some obvious signs of this trait that we can watch out for.
If you have a friend who does a lot of negative evaluations of others or if you find yourself doing this often, be careful, we can smell a judgmental person in your friend or in you. Judgmental people very often create their own rating system which is more than often is to suit their convenience. These are the people who often ignore the contexts of a situation and jump into conclusions. Be aware of them!
Being judgmental is often forming an opinion and concluding about someone or something based on one quality or act. For example, saying that “Devyani has done a mistake by yelling at Vishal for no reason” is an expression of one’s opinion, but saying “Devyani has shouted at Vishal for no reason, she is a bad girl” is being downright judgmental.
Are You Observing or Judging?
One should be very careful about the difference between observing and judging. Especially if you are in a position to give feedback to a lot of people (like a teacher or a business leader), you should know the thin line between the two. When giving feedback, if you try to pass judgment as fact, you stand to lose the respect and confidence of the people around you.
With a simple example, we can understand the difference clearly. If you see a man around you with an unusual hair style (which you particularly don’t like much), your observation ends at the point of noticing him but if you are judgmental you will think or say that the man should cut his hair in a proper manner (which according to you is proper). When you see a girl smoking and you are not used to see girls smoking, unless she blows smoke on your face, it should be none of your concern. You can advise if you know her but you have to no right to judge.
Indians are often judgmental
India is high on "Community" values where the people of from a community are expected to adhere to an unwritten moral code. This includes practices and rule permitted by the communities on what should and should. This, of course, is not the case only with the Indians but there are many countries in the world where people act in similar or worse manners but we as Indians can’t help but notice where we are going wrong, collectively.
Another disadvantage of living in a country of so many religions and communities is there are distinct differences and people tend to differentiate between his community and others’ communities. With so many cultures and communities in one country, people here are a little more prone to judge others by parameters not suitable according to his own community norms.
How not to be judgmental
We are all judgmental. You, me, everyone, at least in certain ways, at certain times. What we probably have to understand being judgmental often masks our sanity and when tend to look down on others, who, according to us aren’t behaving in a manner we are comfortable with - that creates division between people.
The first step toward break free from this limiting trait is to understand. If we try to understand the person we are about to judge, we will become more aware of his circumstances under which he is behaving the way he is. By putting ourselves in his shoes, we can. Once we understand him, let’s try and accept. Once we are able to accept that person for who he is, without trying to change him, we are almost there. Once we accept the person for what he is, we would most likely to feel for him. Once we feel for others, we will gradually know how not to be drawing conclusions about him.
So, while it’s great to be observant and compassionate about others, it’s not a good thing to be judgmental.
Let’s all “Be curious, not judgmental.” as said by Walt Whitman.
Authored by 9amstories.com Editorial
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Change Homes Frequently? Rent Furniture To Move Lights
Buying furniture or appliances every time you change home can be intimidating; especially if you shift homes frequently. Be it within a city or in-between cities, it’s not an easy task to find a fully-furnished house; moreover, there’s no guarantee that you would like the furniture that your landlord might have dumped in the flat to be rented out for his convenience.
Days are changing and you aren’t any short of options if you just don’t want to live with the hassle of buying and/or selling furniture every time you change home frequently. Cost of living is going upward and no matter if you are single or married, cost of buying and shifting furniture is a dispensable cost if you decide to rent furniture. Here is why:
Flexibility – Who wouldn’t love to remain flexible while changing homes? More importantly, what if your test and preferences change when it comes to decorating your next home? Here’s the remedy – most of the furniture renting companies offer the flexibility you would love about the furniture of your choice. Every time you are bored of looking at your red reading table, you can upgrade to a wooden one as and when you wish.
Cost-saving – Good quality furniture comes at a high cost and it may not be a viable option for a person who has just started working or living on a tight budget. Rentomojo has a queen size metal and solid wood bed at just 439/- per month, which can mean both a cost-effective and a quality solution to your sleeping in style problem!
Hassle-free – Why to add the stress of buying furniture or appliances to an already bulging list of stresses involving home shifting? Settling in a new place is already a stressful task. The renting agencies normally come with the convenience of installation and it takes away the pain of you at a minimal cost.
Duration – You may have rented a place for a couple of months and couldn’t find yourself a furnished place to stay. What will you do in that case? Simply, consider renting your furniture for a short-term stay. The best thing about the furniture renting agencies is the flexibility of the terms and you can always go for a short-term tenure if you need be, albeit the cost may be a little higher than long-term rentals.
Quality – If you don’t want to compromise on the quality of your furniture or appliances, you should be ready to shell out a hefty amount. Now, you still can enjoy good quality without paying a bomb. Here come the renting agencies like Rentomojo or Gozefo; who give good quality furniture and appliances on rent at low costs.
So, next time when you fancy a beautiful bed-side table for your home but know that the monthly budget will get hampered if you go and buy it, consider ‘renting’ it!