Category Archives: Editors Corner

Protect Your Home Indoors

Health issues weren’t much those days when we were young.  Probably we can attribute it to clean air, nature friendly living and health conscious routines. A recent visit to my doctor made me come across a new type of ailment affecting people and she names it as lifestyle disease. Seeing me quite surprised by the term, she explained that it is quite prevalent among people these days, reasons being exposure to pollution and change in lifestyle.  Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Wheezing have become a common occurrence among children in almost every household. Doctors attribute it to air pollution or the presence of unwanted things in the air we breathe which creates short term and long term impacts on our wellbeing.  To a short survey on the topic with few friends of mine to know if we have any control over it, majority of the people answered a Big No. Their answer hovered around their incapacity to control vehicles emitting smoke or cigarette smoking in public and those burning trash in public spaces. Is that all?  Is air pollution restricted only to outdoors? What about interiors? Is the air we breathe inside our home free from pollution? Most of them agreed that the air inside our homes are cleaner than outdoors. Sadly, in comparison, our homes are 5X times more polluted than outdoors. Our homes DO contribute a lot towards air pollution. It is a shocking piece of information but nevertheless true.

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Heart of Gold and Head of Diamonds

Going through the turbulence of watching the “IP” he was from the day Anu knew him as her dad, was not only emotionally draining but also brought in the sense of insecurity in her as she grew up. For those, who are not aware of the term “IP”, it means Insured person. Anu’s dad worked in a company which had a contract for maintaining sewage lines in the city. Lack of education and commitment towards his family had made him stick to his job for years. Anu got used to seeing her dad changing over from work clothes after a hygiene routine every evening.  He would seat her and her brother in his lap and feed them dinner and take them out on a round in his cycle most of the days except those when he was too tired. Anu would smell the anti-germicidal soap that he had liberally used while bathing to make sure he was smelling fine.

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Welcome to Era of Easy Communication and Misleading Information

The title says it all, we are living in an exalted era of communication and being fed with information sometimes authentic but many unverified and unproven. To add to this, we have the power to pass it on and it goes undeterred and unquestioned to gullible people who never question the authenticity of the information given to them. The reach is even more when it touches the life of a common man. One such case doing the rounds is “Plastic Rice”.

We also got a video in WhatsApp about Chinese plastic rice entering the market and how it is manufactured. Smartly, there was no audio to it. We could see raw material (glue) kind made into plastic sheets and then being shaped like rice and collected in bags. My first thought process was shock but then a bit prudence set in as I remembered the process of making thermocol where sago like bubbles are manufactured and made into blocks. It may be the “plastic rice” is a raw material for some industrial product. Where is the proof that it is being sold as rice? Sadly, Basmati rice, nature’s gift to India with its aroma and flavor has come under question putting so many farmer lives and produce under threat. Being an ardent Basmati rice fan, I set about checking various trustworthy news about it.

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Following Tea Trails in Chennai – Let us Eat and Drink Tea

9449a512-9fb5-4a97-862f-2a2e5a226fa3Chennai known more for its affinity to Coffee or kaapi is now getting its share of tea tasting experience with exclusive outlets for getting that Tea experience. Tea is no more limited to the hot beverage you get in roadside shops with a huge bag like filter and served in glasses. Tea Trails located in Ashok Nagar near the police station serves 80 different types of tea categorized as black, white, green, Oolong and herbal teas. Known as Chai, it is served without milk and there are 12 types of tea with milk.

The most interesting part of having the tea is the setup placed on the table along with instructions on brewing the specific tea.  The tea we had was Kashmiri Kahwa. Expecting a glass of dark brown tea (we had without milk), we were surprised to see an apparatus placed on the table with an instruction card specifying 1 to 2 minutes to brew the tea. So we waited for 2 minutes and pressed the button and lo!, we had 150 ml of  filtered brewed tea.  We were told we can brew the tea 4 times with the same ingredients making for 4 cups of tea when you buy one. Certainly an interesting concept and we were surprised at the cup of aromatic yellow tea. It is not over yet; we were served with Almond bits which we were told is sprinkled as an add on to the Kashmiri Kahwa tea.

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Godrej Aer Car Fresheners in Six Design Fragrances

Cars are no more a luxury in India now.  The challenge in maintaining a car lies in regular service and interiors. After all, we spend a lot of time travelling in a closed air conditioned car.  And if you are the kind of person with motion sickness, the smell of diesel can be quite a challenge to manage. To add to it, we have leather seats and what not.  Just getting into an ill maintained car is enough to spoil the day for us. With the cabs service picking up big away in Chennai, maintenance has become one of the key factors to get those star ratings from the customers. Car perfumes have a great role to play in keeping the vehicle drive worthy. Though many car fresheners have come into the market, many simply adopt the room freshener style which lasts for an hour and we are back to square one. What we need is a car freshener that keeps the fragrance constant.

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Going Natural: Good Knight Offers Mosquito Repellent Solutions with Citronella and Eucalyptus Oils

Winter is in and this spells onset of mosquitoes. It is a known fact that mosquitoes are vectors responsible for many diseases. As always prevention is better than cure and it is important for us to take necessary steps to secure us from potential mosquito bites. Immunity is a major factor in keeping away seasonal diseases communicated by various medium. When we talk about immunity, babies and children are the most susceptible and as a parent every one of us know how difficult it is to control them and keep them away from places where mosquitoes breed. The next aspect of immunity is allergic reactions. Today, allergies are the cause of many respiratory associated infections and so we hear ‘natural’ being chanted everywhere and in each item we purchase. It is not that everyone is allergic to chemicals but we can say that there is a formidable population in that area too.

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Time for Celebration of Our Friendship

A friend in need is a friend indeed.  This statement cannot make sense to many who do not have a ‘friend’. In these days where relationships are made for mutual convenience, friendship has become a sinking ship with very few having the luxury of true friendship. Having a true friend, I can confidently say, a friend is one who adds value to your existence, supports you in your endeavors, accepts you as you are and instills in us the confidence that there is someone for us with whom we can be ourselves without being judged.  Many might feel that this is a tall expectation but getting a Friend satisfies all this if you manage to get one.  As we hardly find time to celebrate our parents and siblings who have been part and parcel of our life, friends too fall in the same category because they become our extended family and we start taking them as granted too just like others. When I came across this opportunity to blog on the Zee TV’s Yaaron Ki Baraat celebrating friendships, I found this as a lovely opportunity to write about my friend R who has been part and parcel of my life for more than a decade now. Thanks to Zee TV for thinking about this  concept of celebrating friendships, it helps us relive our moments and cherish  the togetherness we have  enjoyed.

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Filing Your IT Returns- As Important as Having your Breakfast

Ever wondered why there are numerous infomercials on the benefits of filing your income tax returns on time? It is to let us know the importance it has assumed in the past few years, thanks to the advent of rating agencies for evaluating the credit worthiness of an individual. Also, it would be an immense advantage if one were to file their Income Tax Returns on time at the end of every financial year. Just imagine the fact that you are fulfilling your responsibility towards the financial health of your nation. Just one man cannot turn the face of the country’s financial health. Agreed. But little drops make an ocean. Forget the percentage of the elite who are all about evading this very concept; it is us who can decide ultimately and as a conscious citizen, it is our responsibility to do so.

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Vegetarian Food Review : Head to OMR Food Street for Lip Smacking Value for Money Food

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OMR Food street located in Okkiam Thuraipakkam, is a haven for food lovers and caters absolute value for money food.  This food review is unique in its own terms. When we scouted for food to cater to our different demands across cuisines from different parts of the world, we were mostly disappointed. The urge will sure die down faster looking at the distance we have to cover to move from one restaurant to another.  By the time, we reached the second one; our interest in the food is gone.  When malls came up, we were excited with the food court concept but sadly, for a vegetarian, it is not easy to walk into an air-conditioned floor where non-vegetarian food co-existed with vegetarian food.   The aroma wafting in the air is enough to turn vegetarians off.  Now to the subject, the Chennai Bloggers Club invited us for a tasting session at OMR Food Street, and it was a lovely time of fun, food and laughter.  It is a small street with shops selling food on the either side and yes, we have a first floor too. We were astounded by the variety of food we got there and good number of options for vegetarians too.  Now to the review –

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Aircel Innovates with its Campaigns to Attract Consumers

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Mobile data has become a tool to connect and fares better than voice data.  Aircel invited us for #AircelBlogUpChennai meet at the Part Hotel to give us an insight into the industry statistics and its product offerings.  It was an interesting meet with Mr. Sunil Kuttam, Head – Data Devices taking us through a presentation of mobile data statistics among countries and its penetration and various causes and effects for the numbers.  More importantly, we came to know about various campaigns of Aircel and the factors behind Aircel’s growth of 53% data revenue and 65% consumption.  We had fun and informative contests for the group of about 25+ bloggers from the City.

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Is Evil Eye a Myth or Real? Director Naga Explores in this Episode

In one of the interactions with my neighbor the other day, she was ranting about the way her daughter-in-law was taking her 1 year grandchild to functions and parties.  I was puzzled and enquired about her discomfort in this matter. After all it is her child and she is taking her to gatherings and certainly not roaming with her in hot sun.  To my dismay, my neighbor started a long lecture about how her grandchild falls ill the very next day after being taken out to such parties.  I said probably the kid might have consumed some food which might have upset her tummy. She vehemently disagreed and said it is all due to Kann drishti ( Nazar in Hindi, Evil eye in English).  I was a bit taken back by her statement and then casually asked do you mean people like me seeing your grandchild is making her ill?  The lady nonchalantly said Yes, it happens without your knowledge and it does affect my grandchild. That is why I insist to my daughter-in-law to put in mai (kajal / kohl) in her cheeks such that the child does not look attractive.  But she never listens and also takes cute pics of the child and puts it all over social media.

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Chapter 6 – Want To Be or Not to Be

The Story Continues from Chapter 5 – The View of The Unknown Written by Gowthama Rajavelu.

Priya could not digest the fact that her mother actually disappeared into thin air. It somehow did not leave a feeling of pleasantness in her and now everybody around her felt eerie. The warm lighting she saw earlier in the beings now seemed scary and weird.  Why would her mother show up to disappear later?  Is this her mind playing games or did this really happen? Priya wondered as she turned around.

Deb walked over to her in slow strides and pulled her back to her room.  She said “Get going girl, your coronation is out to happen now!  Everyone is waiting and each minute is precious for us”.  Priya could neither enjoy the feeling of becoming a “Queen” nor get over the awkward feeling of being among those with whom she could not relate much.  Egged by curiosity, Priya asked Deb, “I am yet to understand why I am here and how this throne belongs to me?”  Deb with an awkward smirk said “Belong?  This is the biggest joke I have heard recently. It is yours only for a day and this is how we celebrate a new addition in our family”.  Deb added “Everything you see here is mere illusion, happiness and celebration inclusive. Get ready now it is getting late”.

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