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.

 

(Image Courtesy: https://www.condorferries.co.uk)   

 

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.

Image result for bharat movie

(Image Courtesy: YouTube)

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,

Image result for kalank

(Image Courtesy: YouTube)

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.

Image result for Brahmastra

(Image Courtesy: YouTube)

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. 

(Image Courtesy: Future Group)

 

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.

Hyderabad

Image courtesy: www.mouthshut.com

 

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.

Pune

Image courtesy: www.happytrips.com

 

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.

Ahmedabad

Image courtesy: www.tripadvisor.in

 

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.

Kochi

mage courtesy: www.cqmsjt.com

 

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.

Ghaziabad

Image courtesy: www.indiataxionline.co.in

 

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.

Story courtesy: www. http:// economictimes.indiatimes.com/, http://www.rediff.com/)

 

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

Story courtesy: www. http://vanitynoapologies.com/

Image Source : https://www.in.com/

 

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.

 

 
 

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.

QUEEN BEE
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.

MODERN ART
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.

PERSONAL SPACE
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.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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.

Lighting Essentials
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.

Image courtesy: ListTag

 

“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

Rohit Sharma:

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.

Image courtesy : http://allindiaroundup.com 

 

Image courtesy : http://allindiaroundup.com 

Ranbir Kapoor:
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.

Image courtesy : http://www.mid-day.com 

Virat Kohli:

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.

Image courtesy :http://www.indiatimes.com 

Image courtesy : http://www.indiatimes.com 

Image courtesy :http://www.indiatimes.com

 

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:

  • Behavior- Sign of agitation, restlessness, lack of focus, aloofness
  • Academic – Drop in grades, abstinence
  • Addiction – Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs
  • Psychotic – Depression, OCD, BP traits, Suicidal thoughts

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

Image courtesy: http://images.deccanchronicle.com

 

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.

Image Courtesy: India.com

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.

Image Courtesy: http://www.bhaktiras.net

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.

Image Courtesy: www.tripsavvy.com/

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.

Image Courtesy: http://sankashti.com

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.

Way out

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.

Image Courtesy : The New Indian Express
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.

Abhay Deol

Image Courtesy: http://i.ndtvimg.com/

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.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Image Courtesy: The Indian Express

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

Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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.

Rahul Bose

Image Courtesy: The Asian Age

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.

Manoj Bajpai

Image Courtesy: Bollywood Movie Review

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
Courtesy: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse - Sreyoshi Maitra 

 

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.

Value

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

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
Courtesy: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse - Medha Agarwal 

 

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.

Raat (1992)

Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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.

Phoonk (2008)

Image Courtesy: http://www.extramirchi.com/

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.

13B (2009)

Image Courtesy: Quora

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)

Image Courtesy: Sulekha Movies

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.

Kaun (1999)

Image Courtesy: Scoopwhoop

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

 
 

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!

  • 1. Segregate: Whether it's a whole room or just a corner make one spot in the house your personal place for unwinding and distressing. Similarly create a corner/desk for chores and boring jobs such as staking up utility bills, medical documents etc. Color-code your corners accordingly. Make up your mind that when you are at your happy corner, you won’t bother yourself with stressful, mundane thoughts
  • 2. Make your bed every day: "The state of your bed reflects the state of your head," says Zen Buddhist priest. Make sure you organize your bed every morning before you leave for work. You won’t want to come back to an undone bed, late and exhausted in the evening – trust us!
  • 3. Discard: As we move on in life, it’s better to get done with pent-up emotions, toxic past and anything which reminds you about it. Make some time in a weekend and make your home free from past memories which don’t matter to you anymore. Tear old letters, throw away broken gifts, donate anything that’s intact and can be useful to a needy. Bet, you will feel rejuvenated and lighter at the end of the process
  • 4. Green corners: Studies show that green significantly reduces stress and it indeed helps if you keep house plants and/or flowers. Keeping plants inside your home has a secondary benefit as well. Growing plants in itself is a creative and de-stressing activity and will also add a soothing and beautiful element to your interior
  • 5. Managing chores: It’s extremely helpful if you maintain an organizer for daily chores and can stick to it religiously. For example, you shouldn’t postpone doing your utensils to the morning and should get done with it in the evening only, after dinner. This will keep your house clean, devoid of unwanted stinks and eventually help you to feel better
  • 6. Colors: Colors play very important part to reduce your stress level. Hotter tones like yellow, orange, red etc. may give your interior a bold look but bright colors are known to play upon your mood and tension level. Soothing colors like purple, green, blue etc. would be better ideas for your walls and your furniture if you are fighting stress

 

Welcome home!

Authored by 9amstories.com Editorial

Image courtesy: https://blog.bedbathandbeyond.com/

 

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...

  • Go Vertical: In modern cramped apartments, nurturing a Garden may seem to be a luxury. Going vertical is a good way to save space and it also adds glamour to your interior. You can try growing Lettuce, Radish in your vertical Garden space
  • The container Garden: Another innovative and cost effective way is container Gardening. Here you choose a right-sized container (Ideally not less than 15” wide and 12” deep) and the right type of plants as the roots need enough space to grow. Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Green Onions are among the vegetables that will be easier to grow in containers
  • Mix Colors: When you are Gardening in a small space, especially your balcony, the space can look congested. So, to add color and character to your Garden you can try bright color containers, pots etc. This will make your space look vibrant and bright
  • Window Boxes: If you have a real space crunch, you can try Window Boxes. You can start at a basic level and can try some leafy veggies such as Basil, Lettuce etc. It’s a great way to plant as your windowsill would always get enough sunlight and it also will give your otherwise boring-looking windowsill an elegant look

Image courtesy: http://www.bhg.com

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…

Image courtesy: http://www.bhg.com
Authored by 9amstories.com Editorial

Image courtesy: i.ytimg.com

 

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…

Moisture control
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.

Furniture care

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.

 

The Gadgets

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.

Most importantly…

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

Image Courtesy: Makaan.com

 

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

Image Courtesy: The Unworldly Travelers

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!

Be respectful

Image Courtesy: Zastavki.com

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

Image Courtesy: Genius Quotes

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.

Dress appropriately

Image Courtesy: www.roberthalf.com.sg

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:

  • Increase in health awareness and knowledge
  • Increase in physical health and mental wellbeing
  • Improved morale, job satisfaction and motivation
  • Improved opportunities for a healthier lifestyle
  • Greater capacity to enjoy life both in and outside the workplace

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

Image Courtesy: https://quotefancy.com

 

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!