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Ok…! Now before you scroll down any further let me hit the nail straight on its head. The very reason that you’ve opened this article is that just a fortnight into the New Year and you are already apprehensive about whether you’re going to get caught in a rut and do the same old act of giving up on your fitness goals and then wait again for another 300 days to pass by. Else if you are someone who has been hitting the gym regularly you may find this helpful with respect to redefining your goals and progressively break your own limits.
Now for most you, who are desperate about getting fit, unfortunately, you might tend to fail in your attempt towards getting fit and being healthier for no fault of yours, by falling into a vicious cycle where you have failed expectations leading to loss of hope thereby clinging back onto your old habits and then social pressure might push you to your limits where in you reluctantly force yourself to get started again and then the same cycle repeats again and again until the next new year.
In a grand launch at ITC Grand Chola and an evening akin to a perfect traditional event, Levista Instant Coffee was launched by SLN coffee in Chennai. SLN Coffee has more than 50 years in Coffee business exporting over 10000 MT of green coffee, roasted ground coffee powder and instant coffee powder and now brings the product to coffee lovers in Tamilnadu and Karnataka as a start. It is interesting to note that the beans are handpicked and come from SLN’s own coffee estates in Coorg. When it comes to instant coffee, traditional coffee lovers look away because it misses that aroma we are so used to when we have our filter coffee. Levista coffee boasts of filter coffee experience in instant form, a hook enough to attract the coffee lovers, would not be too much if we say coffee addicts who can never say No to coffee.
Mysore is a dynamic city – full of culture and history. The route from Bangalore to Mysore is one of the busiest in the region and full of its own attractions too. From Ramanagara, which is now an adventure hub, to the gushing Shivasamudram falls in Mandya, the 150-km route along NH275 is full of scenic surprises. Customers are saving on the Bangalore to Mysore cab fare by choosing car rentals for a more wholesome trip experience. Even for business travelers, a rented car gives them more control over their schedule.
As a business hub, Mysore is an important centre of industry, tech and trade. Its offices and industrial sectors are spread across the city. When travelling for work from Bangalore to Mysore, an end-to-end solution is always preferred. A rented car is ideal for a business trip, a transport option available at all times for those meeting shuttles and site visits, along with the transit between the two cities.
Weddings mark a significant milestone in our life. Be it our own marriage or wedding of our sibling or son or daughter, a wedding has never been associated only with the bride and groom, in Indian parlance, it is a marriage of families. The need to make it special is predominant in the families and they look at it as an opportunity to meet, greet and celebrate the occasion with family members and friends. Changing lifestyle has brought in innovation and creativity and couples look towards making a difference by making the wedding unique in every aspect. Such weddings are not a common occurrence and parents look for guidance to get started.
Basics of any dream wedding can be broadly classified to address outfits, jewelry, makeup and hair, venue, décor, photography, accessories, cakes, mehendi designs, return gifts, wedding packing, unique ideas and invitations. There’s so much thought process that goes into each category and for the ones who is getting to celebrate a grand wedding the very first time, it can be so daunting. This is when online platform such as WedMeGood come to our help. It is an eye-opener going through the site and we are thankful for providing a platform to plan and execute such a grand event in an organized manner.
Celebrations have found a new meaning in our lives. Social life is at its active best and connecting and communicating with friends and relatives has become easy. It is a sea change in the behavioral patterns from yesteryears when connectivity was an issue. Looking at things today, it makes us feel that life was much more serious and less fun those days. Today children are much more youthful and more magnanimous in celebrating life. It is never too late to get into the bandwagon. It is mostly a surprise visit to the friend’s home or at a common place or a restaurant to celebrate birthdays or weddings or anniversaries. Whatever be the plan of celebration, our basic item is a huge cake we so carefully select based on the occasion. Cake shops today has reinvented themselves and we now have a great variety of Birthday cakes, wedding cakes and even photo cakes in Chennai.
Jewelry has always been an accessory woman love today and in olden times. The only difference is that uber women see it more as an statement than investment and is particular about the way it looks and the way it adds to their personality. Jewelry brands have taken efforts to innovate to bring the joy of ownership to the owners of their designer products. It is a huge challenge to cater to the varied tastes of the 21st generation women and it is quite interesting to see how brands especially CaratLane offers jewelry to attract the current generation.
Who does not want that extra money we make out of unused things? Come the 1st week, our regular wastepaper mart man comes in a cycle to pick up those newspapers, magazines, plastics, corrugated boxes and the recyclable materials we have carefully collected over the month. We make less than 100 rupees in the process but that is vital in keeping our home clutter free and gets us extra money. But what happens to the e-waste? Laptops and mobiles are the part of our daily lifestyle. Every person in the household holds a mobile and depending on the age group they are in, mobiles are changed as frequently as 6 months to 3 years. We would like to keep it for more time, we know the value of money but the frequent updates to the operating system makes sure that the mobile stops responding to you in due course. This happens even when we carefully maintain it with cover or put a monkey cap where only a tiny part of the mobile is seen.
Some of the mobile phone brands are accepted in exchange offers when we buy the new one but these mobiles come with a good price tag during purchase and have its own set of terms and conditions. Exchange becomes compulsory because we do not want so many mobiles lying around in the house and most of the times, we end up giving it off at meagre price. There are the other mobiles which the sales people push to you and those coveted ones we bought at rock bottom prices in Billion-day sale or at the great Indian festival which do not find a place in the exchangeable list.
The world has shrunk and it has become quite common to see parents sending off children abroad for studies. Many things occupy the thoughts of parents right from the environment, academics, living conditions and the list can go on and on. The other concept much talked about in recent times is home schooling. As a parent, when I thought about home schooling, my first thoughts were on the acceptance of my daughter in reputed colleges post her schooling and her social exposure. I was on the lookout for virtual school addressing my concerns in India. Virtual school can be a great asset for children pursuing sports and arts as a career. It can be a boon to children who have missed their school admission cycle and specifically for children with learning differences who are highly gifted or students for whom mobility is limited due to physical disabilities or those who have Attention Deficit Disorder and other special needs. It is a marriage of technology and academic excellence to bring virtual schooling home. Technology evolution has paved the way and time for parents looking for home schooling to rejoice. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, launched first-of-its-kind Virtual International K–12 Education in India with International Connections Academy (iNaCA). Bringing accredited U.S. education directly to your desktop, the iNaCA provides a flexible world-class curriculum for students studying in classes up to class 12.
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.
Travel has now become a part of our regular routine. More often if you are a traveler of air-conditioned coaches in trains, it makes it easy to travel by flights instead. It saves time and efforts. This can be possible only when we know when to book our flights unlike the train system where the tickets price remains stable and the earliest booking gets a confirmed seat though we cannot commit on the seating comfort. Flights have a different algorithm and so prices vary and the rules of railways just do not apply here. How do we get the best deal in air tickets? Travel search engines such as Skyscanner are a great help in helping us in this effort. A recent survey of Indian travelers revealed 72% do not know when is the best time to book flights. A survey by Skyscanner unveiled 69% of travellers incorrectly estimate that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before departure, when in fact the best deals are snapped up by travellers who plan in advance.
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.
Hair problems do not end with crowning glory and extends beyond. Hair is wanted and unwanted and it all depends on its location. Imagine a quick call from a friend in the last minute to have fun; it can be an invite from friends, a fun party, and a smoothie with your crush. The first thing that comes to a mind is the time we went for our last shave and the possibility of stubble. All the enthusiasm wanes away and the invitations are no more inviting. Epilators have come a long way and the leader is Braun epilators, researching and specializing on getting silky smooth skin at a moment’s notice!