Sunday, 10 September 2017

Unforgettable moments with my Grandmother

Grand parents are like precious jewels. The more you care for them the more they sparkle and shine. They cared for us and looked after us when we were little. They taught us to speak and made us walk our first tiny steps. T hey were always there to hold us when we stumbled. They have always been great story tellers and took us into realms of fantasy.
As a child I have been very closely associated with my grandmother. She was always there to help me and protect me and whenever I needed help or advice she was always by my side.
I still remember the day when there was a fancy dress competition in my school. She encouraged me to take part in it. She diligently stitched a gorgeous lehnga choli for me as she wanted to send me as a village belle. She went to the dhobi’s house and took on loan the silver anklets and necklace from his wife. To complete the look she also gave me a small earthen pot which she had decorated with mirrors.
This was not all she also accompanied me to school. All my teachers greatly appreciated my get up. We all paraded before the judges and to my delight I was selected for the first prize. When the moment for the prize distribution came I caught hold of her hand and took her on stage. It was a proud moment for both of us.
I used to snuggle by her side and listened in wonder as she narrated tales of fairies from her endless store of stories.
When ever I wanted my favorite dishes I would whisper in her ears and when I came from school my grand mother would serve them to me.
Her constant care and presence gave me confidence.  Not only did it make me happy but also saved me from the vicious circle of depression.
Now it is my turn. It is time to #LoveJatao for my grand mother as it is going to be her special day. I want to make the day memorable for her and make her feel extra special.
My grandmother had glorious hair which she tended with great care. Regular oiling and massage were her secrets. It was her passion to try out new hair styles. She would constantly pore into books depicting new hair styles and then styling her hair accordingly.
So I bought a book on hair care and with the latest hair styles that were beautiful to look at and at the same time easy to design. I went to my grand mother and kept the book on her lap. She turned the pages one by one and there was a beatific smile on her face when she finally looked up at me. I led her to the mirror and handed to her the favorite mother of pearl comb and requested her to give herself a new style. Her nimble fingers began to work and soon she stood transformed with a new hair style that added to her timeless grace.

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Home away from home

Classical décor and refined ambience with a stunning pool or the city view.
A host of services and amenities make it the best place to be.
Lush green lawns give it a rich look. Extremely helpful and friendly staff is always there courteous and attentive.  It has 294 luxury rooms, including 27 deluxe suites.
 food. So much of comfort and superb luxurious interiors in Delhi. Am I dreaming? No!!! Well it’s possible An explosion of taste, flavor and gourmet cooking make it a food lover’s paradise. On the menu is an extensive list of salads, Indian curries and some amazing Continental food only at The Taj Mahal Hotel, is on One Mansingh Road. This family-friendly hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 km of Khan Market, India Gate, and National Museum. Lodhi Garden and Purana Qila are also within 3 km.
It’s a fusion of elegant old-world luxury and modern comforts. This is one of the most prestigious hotels. It’s centrally located in Lutyens’ Delhi.

Golden Keys Concierge, a multilingual staff is always there to welcome you.
An explosion of taste, flavor and gourmet cooking make it a food lover’s paradise. On the menu is an extensive list of salads, Indian curries and some amazing Continental Apart from the facilities such as Travel desk, car rental services, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers & 24-hour laundry, there is also baby-sitting services for young guests.

The place which I loved the most is The Spa, There is a large outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre with Technogym & Life Fitness, Yoga on request,24 hour on-call doctor. Facilities for the specially-abled are also provided. There is a 24-hour business centre with Cyber Butler, four meeting rooms & a lawyers’ library, fully equipped with modern conferencing facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, secretarial assistance, interpretation facilities & workstations which are ideal for the business and diplomatic guests. There are 292 luxurious rooms and suites with stunning city & pool views. If you are a single woman traveler than you need not worry as this hotel has Rooms for single women travelers as well. There are Options of smoking & non-smoking accommodation also.
Marble bathrooms with luxurious bath amenities are sure to make you feel pampered. Complimentary Wi-Fi for resident guests is a plus advantage. There is food which suits every palate. Fine-dining specialty restaurants like the Varq (Indian), House of Ming (Chinese) & Wasabi by Morimoto (Japanese). Machan is a24-hour multi-cuisine eatery. The Grill Room is a continental dining destination. The Emperor Lounge, an elegant lounge. Rick’s, is a stylish lounge bar with a range of drinks. A 24-hour in-room dining facility so relish hot food anytime. One must try the Sunday Brunch. The Taj Mahal Hotel's Sunday Brunch offers a host of South East Asian options that will leave you craving for more. The buffet also includes different varieties of Champagnes, Martinis and Beers. The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes for kids, out of which one is a live pasta stand. So come and make a lazy Sunday exciting with friends and family. All 292 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include minibars, premium bedding, and LCD TVs. Taj Khazana an Indian boutique has a global appeal. Taj is a home away from home. It was completely a wonderful visit and worth repeating.

 “I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

In the lap of luxury

I love traveling.Its my hobby.Its my life.My one and only goal in life is to explore the unknown places.People eat to live but I live to travel.Every year end I make a list of places to visit.I never compromise on comfort and luxury.My holidays are always five star, full of comfort and style.I want to be pampered every time I travel.Last year I targeted my all time favorite place Mumbai.Maya Nagri.The place where the stars are not only in the sky but also on the ground.The most glittering city in India. After all the research I decided to book my room in Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.Its the best property in Mumbai.A traveler who enjoys the sun rise and sun set and wants to feel the breeze from the beach every minute then this is the right place.Its a beach front resort property overlooking the Arabian Sea.Just 5 km approx 20 minutes drive from the Domestic and International airport.

When I stepped out of the taxi and looked at this hotel there was only one word I could utter "WOW".Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach has five restaurants and a bar with extensive banqueting services,spa, a swimming pool and gym and guess what all with full beach views.I was on cloud 9. A place where you will be spoiled for choice 24x7.Free WiFi,32 inch LCD TV.Lavish breakfast, 24 hour fitness centre,O2 spa and sauna.Choice of flexible spaces for all kind of events.What else does one need.Many times I spotted many famous stars like Akshay Kumar,Prabhu Deva, directors and producers at the hotel.This property is not only my favorite but of famous Bollywood stars too.No doubt.The staff is very friendly.They are always ready to help with a smile.The hotel rooms are truly a place for living.They have perfect rooms for all the needs.I preferred the Suite, which is very large and well designed.It includes a separate lounge and bathroom.A premier lounge access with free breakfast and evening drinks too.I enjoyed every second of my stay there.There are standard rooms with 1 king bed or 2 single beds with rain shower, work area, LCD TV and internet access, broadband connection, hair dryer and safe. On the Executive Floor,the executive room treats you like a VIP with the Premier Lounge access with a complimentary breakfast and evening drinks. Choice of sea facing restaurants serve regional, international, Chinese and Italian cuisine, chic sea lounge and French patisserie.My favourite and my most recommended place is "PECHE MIGNON".Juhu's Only French Pâtisserie. It presents a lavish array of fresh and vibrantly flavoured pastries, breads with a variety of chocolates that are sure to be a hit with veryone with a sweet tooth. Located at the lobby level it produces luxurious and whimsical creations.Then there is "THE SQUARE-PAN-INDIAN ALL DAY",which serves a mélange of pan-Indian and world cuisines, 24 hrs a day."SAMPAN-CHINESE DINING",A legendary fine dining restaurant, located at the lobby level, serves delicious Chinese cuisine.My personal favourite is "BAGEECHA-INDIAN DINING",unlimited four course treats by the poolside."OLIO-ITALIAN DINING", a restaurant which features live cooking, authentic Italian wood-fired pizza ovens.Spend your evening at "GADDA DA VIDA-CHIC SEA LOUNGE" at the lobby level.
Relax and enjoy modern contemporary music and a view of the Arabian Sea while sipping a cocktail in this chic sea lounge. Gadda da Vida is located at the lobby level and offers creative food and a wide range of beverages.One can't stop to shake a leg or two on the foot tapping songs and music.Overall a spaectacular experience is assured here.

“I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Friday, 27 January 2017

Warmth of Relationships

This video beautifully depicts how the coldness between siblings is easily repaired with the magic of warmth. Love is present in every moment, the only thing missing is your attention to it. These moments are just as possible with a casual acquaintance or a stranger.Magical moments are everywhere.Every moment is simply an opportunity to nurture your heart,warm your soul and elevate your happiness. Relationships are made up of both happy and dull moments. Life is very strange.When we meet people we generally make opinions about them.but then our opinions change.
After completing my school I got admission in a college which was far away from my hometown.I had spent my entire life with my family in Delhi.I had never gone away alone.Now going to Chennai for studies was a golden chance as only few were selected for this course on fashion.I mustered my strength and courage and reached the destination.There was a vast difference of culture, food and language between the two cities which I realised as soon as I stepped in the train to Chennai.I bid good bye to my parents with a heavy heart at the railway station and settled myself in the train.The train was jam packed.As soon as the train left the platform.I felt vulnerable and unsure of myself.Fears gripped me and thoughts of uncertainities made me doubtful of myself.Tears filled my eyes and to avoid unwanted attention from myfellow passengers I looked out of the window.After some time when I felt calm I observed my fellow passengers.Just opposite to me sat a lady who was in her late forties.She looked stern, strict and was not friendly at all.I smiled at her but she did not smile back.Next to her was a family with small kids and I felt at home in their presence.The journey passed with ease due to the friendly chit chat with this family but the stranger opposite me sat aloof.
 I reached my college premises.A hostel room was allotted to me.This was a new beginning for me.I was nervous as well as excited at the same time.While I was checking the room and its facilities.The rooms door opened and the same stranger who was in my train entered my room.I came to know from my college classmates that she is a professor who will be teaching us and due to the shortage of rooms in the hostel she was given a room to be shared with me.All my hopes and happiness vanished.I was hopeful that I would be able to share my fears and queries with my fellow room mate and would be able to feel at ease.But instead I had to share the room with a stern and unfriendly teacher.The food of the hostel was completely different and I was not able to relish it as compared to my home food.I felt it hard to adjust myself and wished the time would fly and my session to end soon.The city was beautiful but the language and the food made me nervous.The Professor was always stern, never smiled and I made up my mind that she did not like me at all.I lost weight and the pressure of studies made me more nervous and helpless.I felt helpless and disappointed.
One dayI woke up with a very high fever.When I opened my eyes I saw my Professor with a worried face changing the cold cloth on my forehead.I tried to speak and began to sit but she insisted that I should take rest and she made me drink hot soup.I remained like this for 2-3 days and she like a good friend skipped her classes and looked after me.When I was well I thanked her and for the first time she accepted my thanks with a broad smile.She packed her bag and told me that she has now got another room so she is leaving.Since then and till now we are good friends.
Relationships are formed with a word of understanding,care and warmth and such moments are cherished for ever.

“I’m blogging about my #MagicOfWarmth moment at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed Hot Oil

Monday, 24 October 2016

Shubh Deepawali Giveaway

The month began with a bang of Navratri - dandiya, garba and Maa Durga's bhakti.A month full of festivity.I love this time because its full of dance, drama and lights.Everyone's heart is full of cheer,hope and festivity.

We clean our home.Make it ready to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.It is said that Maa Lakshmi blesses those homes which are clean and pure."Purity" has always been emphasized on this occasion.Pure ghee is used for lighting the diyas in this festival of lights.The prasad is made with pure ghee to offer to Lord Ganesha and Maa Lakshmi.

I use only Organic India Ghee as its the purest.Organic Ghee is made with 100% organic butter from grass-fed cows on small family farms in India. Silky smooth and luscious.Ghee is made by simmering butter over low heat and removing the milk solids as they form. The result is a delicious, creamy spread great for baking, sauteing and frying and is One of the Best Desi Ghee Brands in India.

On this wonderful occasion I offer my blog readers an opportunity to win this "Organic India" Ghee.

Its very simple just share your diwali wishes with us and get this superb prize in the giveaway.
last date 3rd Nov 2016
One winner will be selected by Random Draw.

You can also purchase it online here

Wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous Shubh Deepawali.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

chhote kadam initiative for the Heart

Age is just a number.Yet there is no age for heart problems. Whether you are 50 or 15 the most important thing is to prevent and manage heart diseases. It is also true that as we grow up and begin to get old so does our body. Have we not wondered so many times that only if we could reverse this aging process, get healthier and younger? It looks like we can get healthier and another very good news on the health front is the fact our heart can get up to 50% healthier but only if...
No I would not ask you to do anything drastic, follow the exercise and diet  regime of a beauty queen or a Mr Universe depending on your gender.
All I am referring to are #ChhoteKadam or baby steps that would yield a rich dividend and make your heart up to 50% healthier
#ChhoteKadam No 1:  Anger and stress only harms your health and heart. So the #ChhoteKadam #1 is that we remain happy.

Happiness is a state of mind and just by remaining happy you can do yourself a big favor.
The easiest way to be happy is to tell yourself that being happy is good for me and getting stressed is bad.This talking to oneself is like a self therapy.
Pick up a hobby and try to do things that make you happy. It could be to learn how to cook a new dish or play a musical instrument or sing. Stay stress free as far as possible.

So what if you are only a bathroom singer as long as you feel good about singing the #ChhoteKadam are leading you towards the right direction.

#ChhoteKadam #2 Lead an Active Lifestyle

Active lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart. An active lifestyle is a stress buster in itself. You could Set a goal to walk 30 minutes every day or learn how to swim.
You could begin to do Yoga and meditation which helps to relax.
Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health along with helping you to look and feel great.
Start small, Keep realistic goals.
Keep ten minute sessions throughout the day and build up from there.

Make exercise part of your daily routine. The best way is to make an activity diary to help monitor your progress and success. If you miss a day, don't worry - just make sure you start again the next day. Everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day. Use the stairs instead of the escalators. Do some stretches when watching TV.
Involve friends and family to make activities more fun, sociable and enjoyable. Go jogging with a friend and support and motivate each other, take the children swimming or join an exercise class. By varying your activities, you are less likely to get bored and lose interest. Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you walk each day. It's easy to use. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you are ready to take a step in the right direction, so you can push yourself to go that bit further next time you exercise.
You could walk your children to school and back every day, take the dog for a walk or find a local park and go walking with a friend.

#ChhoteKadam #3 Eating Better 

A balanced diet and eating at regular intervals without skipping meals helps us to cope with stress.

Healthy diet reduces the risk of developing coronary heart diseases and stops the weight gain process. It helps to lower the cholesterol level and even if one has heart problems a healthy diet benefits the heart. For balanced diet eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Take plenty of starched foods such as rice and potatoes. Some milk & dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans for proteins.
Choose food that is lower in fat, salt and sugar. Cut down on foods containing trans fats. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your hearts health. Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol causes abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to your heart muscle and other diseases such as stroke, liver problems and some types of cancers.

Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. To cope with stress many of us over indulge in smoking, drinking too much alcohol and over eating. All of these increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Watch your weight and remain positive
Remember & Practice these simple and #ChhoteKadam Daily and continue moving towards a heart that is upto 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

For Heart's Sake

Do I take care of my Home?
Do I take care of my family?
Yes of course !!!
Do I take care of my heart?
hmmmmmmm Probably Not !!!

So what does it take to take care of your heart? Here is my step by step guide that is super, simple to be followed and if done right can improve the heath of your heart to upto 50%
Step 1 Following a healthy diet is the first step or #ChhoteKadam towards a healthier hearth.
Eat healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, poultry, fish and nuts. Avoid red meat, as well as sugary and processed foods. Avoid foods high in sodium. Eating a healthy diet is not about good foods and bad foods in isolation from the rest of your diet – it’s about the overall diet. Protein and high fiber are important components of a healthy snack. Try vegetables and hummus, a fruit salad, a hand-full of almonds or even oatmeal with cinnamon and apples ahead of a big meal or event to avoid over-eating unhealthy foods. With the right diet we are get the right energy to take on the world.
Step 2. Stay Active
Staying physically active is important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
We all often forget to take care of our heart and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to prevent heart disease. If one thinks taking medicines are enough to prevent a heart attack or heart problems then the answer is a big NO. The real preventive measure is changes in our lifestyle.
Yes we can reduces the risk of heart diseases by 80 % with good lifestyle.
Habits influence how we live our lives. Habits also help shape every aspect of our lives.
To stay Healthy
Quit smoking if you smoke
Do consistent exercise
Regular physical activity has many benefits such as helping you to quit smoking,
Be aware of your right weight based on your height.. Lose weight if you are overweight, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol.
Doing aerobic exercise, using the large muscles of the legs and arms on most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes. This helps the heart work more efficiently. Do physical activities to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. This also helps you stay agile as you age.
An active lifestyle involving physical activity is essential for proper digestion of food and burning of calories otherwise it simply gets deposited as fat in various parts of our body and leads to heart related complications.
Step 3 The third simple step to get a healthy heart is to Stay Happy
Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. Constant or continuous stress can be harmful to your heart's health. Plan your days ahead of time so you can assess everything you need to do and also the things that you have to drop off the list so you can reduce your stress. You can do things that can help you stay positive and happy. Read a book or magazine, take a long bath, cook something you love—whatever makes you happy. Taking time for yourself can help you minimize stress and increase your positive feelings.
Following these three #ChhoteKadam is My mantra to take care of my heart and help it get up to 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”