Come vacation, long weekends or festivals, the first thing that comes to mind for the people planning travel is train tickets. Booking a ticket during these days is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for many but unlike private operators for buses, we are dependent on government operated trains. Tickets booking open as early as 120 days and reservations for available seats gets completed so fast that short term planners find it almost next to impossible to travel by train. Though buses are an option, travelling with elderly people and women on a longer journey is not preferred by many. Tatkal is another option but here too, it is for the jiffy expert users to find tickets using this process. This has led to a development of a fantastico high utility travel app called ConfirmTkt which predicts chances of confirmation for wait listed tickets using historical data. It also suggests alternates like break journeys to help book confirmed railway tickets.
SuperChef Chennai 2016 is going to be held in the city from 26th to 27th February 2016. Super Chef is a competition for amateurs and non-professional cooks. It is an event that encourages cooks in us to get onto a high profile event well covered by media and has celebrity judges in its panel. Competitors are put into various assessments to choose the final 50 who go on to cook live in front of celebrity judges. This event is the brain child of the Round Table (MCRT94) and Ladies Circle (MCLC38) in aid of charity. Round Table and Ladies Circle are non-profit organizations concentrating on healthcare and education. This year the focus is on Chennai Flood victims’ rehabilitation and SuperChef Chennai is one of their important events that generates funds for these initiatives. SuperChef Chennai has made it better every year since 2013 and expectations are high this time and hoping for more fun this time.
Oral care had never been a subject of concern few decades back. We could connect it with the brushing habits, natural products, organic food, sans pesticides life and more. As we moved into the millennium, medical innovations have gone beyond just treatment to venture into cosmetic zone. Eating habits too have changed and so is our lifestyle. Still the most ignored part of our body remains to be oral care and specifically the teeth. We cannot ignore the fact that mouth is the organ responsible for our intake and the point of contact to our metabolic system. Any callousness in taking care of it can lead to overall issues with health. We had an interactive session and treatment at Apollo White Dental to understand the importance of regular dental checkups and the services they offer to customers.
Malaysia and Tamils have had an unique bonding, a feeling of extended family from both sides. Whenever Malaysian Tamil friends come home, we never felt the distance or a feel that we are hosting foreigners, such is our connection. Malaysia has gone over leaps and bounds in encouraging Tamils in their land to the extent we see premiere, launches happening there and the crowd is nowhere lesser in spirits or in numbers to encourage our fraternity. Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board or Tourism Malaysia invites us with open arms and leaves no stones unturned to makes us feel at home with their hospitality and celebrations. Their efforts to see Malaysia as a tourist destination at all levels has made a big impact with 27.4 million tourist arrivals and RM72 billion in receipts in 2014, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.
Now to the reel news in real, our Superstar Rajnikanth starrer Kabali, is shot in some of the exotic locations of Malaysia over next few weeks and also stars a couple of Malaysian actors. This is the second schedule of shooting and the superstar was earlier in Malaysia last year and was astonished to see his fan following in the country. Kabali is an ambitious project which is loosely based on the life of popular don Kabaleeswaran.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and E-commerce and online shopping experience is all into specific offerings for the day. It is celebration time as love is in the air. No other celebration boasts so much about love globally except this day, celebrated on February 14 of every year as St. Valentine’s Day. We are not going into history as it available in abundance on the net. For those who feel that this is not our culture, let us look at this day as a time to appreciate your spouse or the special someone to show that you care. An opportunity to kindle that flame of love, love however deep we have should be expressed once in a while, and this could be the right opportunity.
Fear snakes? How about a workshop to get over it by knowing more about them. India is has rich flora and fauna and it is our pride to get to know them more so we can appreciate them. This is one such 2 days workshop in Chennai on Reptile Management, Snake workshop. More details here –
STORM – Scientific Training on Reptile Management, a one of a kind Snake Workshop in Chennai, India. A pioneering initiative by the Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology in association with bay of Life conservation is aimed at all those people who have taken the leap from abhorring reptiles to understanding and learning to co-exist with them. Be it novice snake rescuers, students, enthusiasts who would like to hone their knowledge or others who want to learn right and ethical methods of handling them, this comprehensive bi-series snake workshop is an open door to learning about reptiles.
Note: Certificate of Participation will be given on completion of the snake workshop.
Bridal Assistant and Personal Shoppers are becoming the trend. How many times you wonder how nice it would to be to have someone who can help in choosing your clothes, accessories and if the person turns out to be a know it all, its a double delight.
How many of you have heard the words in the recent times?
” My sister lives in another city and is coming only a day before the wedding.”
“My best friends cannot make it to the wedding or cannot help me with shopping.”
“I have no time to throw a bridal shower for my best friend”
And this one is mine ” I live abroad and I have no clue about the good shops/latest designs/good tailors etc etc etc”
When I posted on our bloggers club about this series Srilakshmi of I am Stri, one of the prominent lifestyle bloggers from Chennai immediately pinged me saying she was a Bridal Assistant. Whaaa..whaat? I had a skype call with her to understand what she does and (ofcourse) why would I let her go just like that . People like Sri are emerging in cities like Chennai and are the need…
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We are approaching exam season and parents look tenser than the wards following up with them every minute, watching their movements and ensuring that they are always with their books. To every student waiting to write their exams, parents are demon incarnates breathing on their neck with the words ‘Study, Marks, Grade’. As a parent, I can understand the stress and thought process of the parents but children also deserve better.
Parents can turn out to be Fantastico for their wards if they understand psychology a bit and also the art of coping with problems that surface in the process of learning.
Children reaching the secondary level have to contend with the fact that whatever they have learnt till then was without thinking about the subject. As the grade progresses, learning gets associated with thinking and the need to think to learn arises.
Soft Soled shoes specifically Clogs have become a rage even though they come with an expensive price tag. Be it outdoors, indoors, travel, and adventure trips, we see children wearing clogs. It has become a point of superiority among school children to have Crocs clog shoes. Crocs have had its list of issues in US which people in India are unaware of. To add to the confusion, many products resembling Crocs are hitting the market from China and our own country to cash in on the popularity of the brand. We know the problem behind Crocs but unsure of what the others have in them though the one written here is for all these products with the spoken design. Read on to know more about Clogs / soft soled shoes.
Travel is never tiring when we are on our own and choose to do something we love. Our sudden decisions to change our routes have always been a memorable journey and we never deter for a moment to pursue what is in us. Day 3 was initially dedicated to Tiruchendur, the beautiful abode of Lord Muruga, one of the six Arupadai Veedu ( 6 houses). We wanted a journey to the beach, became famous after the 2004 Tsunami where the ocean pulled in and never came out to hit the temple. Science and Beliefs are at war here but to us, we know it is the place that holds us, be it for its amazing shoreline or the enormity of the temple and its significance. As we were retiring on Day 2, we saw many on the road wearing green dhotis and walking in groups. We came to know that these people are walking to Tiruchendur for Thai Poosam that Sunday, the day after tomorrow. The groups we saw were near Kallidaikurichi and Tiruchendur was about 70+ kms away. We could see young and old alike without slippers but peppy as ever and least bothered about the long walk ahead chanting divine names and proceeding towards the temple. Their sincerity and dedication made such an impact on us and made us contemplate on our travel without compromising an iota of comfort. Bowing to them for their devotion and sustenance, we proceeded on our journey.