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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.
Home Décor is the most challenging aspect of making the space we live ours. With many shops and online sites offering products, it is a nightmare to locate the ones we want without losing the bigger picture. Many times, during my purchase spree, we have landed with items which we never want to use as it does not fit into the idea we have in our mind. On contemplation, we understood the mismatch between the sellers and buyer’s mindset. We arrive at a theme and look around to buy things that match but the sellers are only selling products. This makes a big difference, be it furniture, furnishing or other household items, either offline or online. It has been overwhelming at times since it involves substantial investment of money, time and effort. This is when I stumbled across an online site, Home Canvas, a platform that curates furniture and home decor products from stores, suppliers and artisans from all over the country.
Gold plating / gold covering as it is popularly known has been a synonymous process with many of us in the late 70s and 80s when we wanted to own that classic piece of ornament which we could not afford in gold. I remember having a wonderful collection of temple jewelry, my priced possession for a long time. With the introduction of paste jewelry, the popularity and familiarity of gold plating has ebbed a little only to reinvent itself in different forms of application.
Ask about gold covering to elders, they will tell you how it has saved them from embarrassing situations while attending weddings and family functions. The process of plating is coating the base metal which can be brass, bronze and silver with gold in specific microns to give a golden effect and also protect the valuable artifact underneath.
Viveks, yes our own Viveks India is holding a Warehouse sale on 25th, 26th and 27th March2016. It was amazing to see a huge display of televisions, Airconditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, fans, coolers, mixies, grinders, laptops, mobiles and you name it and it is there – latest and at an unbelievable price. This is no simple advertorial since we ourselves checked out various prices and was amazed at what was offered to us in the latest Television and washing machine since we are buying it ourselves.
Interior decor makes a building of mortar and bricks to a living space. What if we get an opportunity to make our contemporary Indian Art part of our home integrated so beautifully into our spaces to enhance the looks and go beyond just framed pieces of it on walls here and there as decorative pieces? Living Canvas is such an initiative by Pallavi Goenka and initially we could not really understand how we can make use of art beyond pieces of art on the wall. Thanks to their sincerity in getting across samples of materials they use and its applications in interior decor, we could appreciate the efforts that have gone into this venture.
Travelling today has a lot of strings and if you are travelling with family, most of our time is spent in gathering people, ensuring everyone is comfortable and making sure all their needs are met. Additionally, safety of baggage takes top priority and in case, it is a longer trip, baggage grows more in number. Travel times is about one or the other keeping awake to ensure baggage stays with us. Additional care points when taking along elderly people lies in ensuring all their accessories such as spectacles, mobile, medicines go along with them wherever they go. This is not the issue with large groups alone, even when we are travelling alone or being a frequent traveler in a touring group, we carry a lot of our gadgets such as camera, tripod, mobile, lens, laptops, cards, external HDD and so many to make travel blogging or purpose tours fully covered to have an impact on our audience.
Dawn breaks and our home is abuzz with ceremonial traditional Suprabatham so loud yet soothing such that everyone wakes up to it. Our beautiful home is lit with natural light entering through the traditional windows and the sun roof on the terracotta tiles. Our expansive home extends 3 divisions in length and the whole place is filled with pleasant incense. Getting up in the morning is refreshing and triggers a unique feeling of awakening in me. A walk to the backyard reveals the well cared for garden of guava, mango, neem, drumstick, coconut trees dotted with fragrant flower beds of jasmine, hibiscus, rose and many day and night flowers. It is a unique experience to see those buds waiting for the respective breaks to show up their lovely faces.
Check out the latest trend and you see Dream catchers everywhere in home décor, lockets, pendants, earrings and more. Look closely and you can see intricate work depicting a geometrical pattern assembled in a certain way. Dream catchers are originally from south America and belong to the native people of Ojibwe nation. Let us know a little bit more on the legend behind it and also its construction.
Interior décor is a big challenge when it comes to kids. It is a different take when compared to the aspects of different spaces in home such as living and kitchen. In one of the discussion sessions with a interior decorator while planning our space, my daughter who was listening to everything suddenly interrupted and said nothing you discussed for my room interests me. On a deeper thought, we understood that she has the right to plan her room the way she wants. Let me tell you, it is easily said than done. We have to think as a kid to understand her interest and see everything through her eyes.