Friday, 8 December 2017

4th Year Urdu Celebration is here- Jashn-e- Rekhta

The Rekhta foundation has announced its festival Jashn-e-Rekhta starting 8th Dec 2017and concluding on the 10th Dec 2017.Jashn-e-Rekhta is an annual event organized by Rekhta Foundation to celebrate the spirit and eloquence of Urdu. Rekhta foundation has been making dedicated efforts to preserve and promote Urdu language.

Rekhta Foundation in a short span of 4 years have become the biggest online source of Urdu literature and poetry. To rejuvenate the Urdu language Rekhta foundation follows the ways of projects and events. This is the fourth year in succession that Jashn-e-rekhta is organized.

The three day event creates a strong awareness about the language Urdu and its development in the subcontinent. The festival gives exposure to the multi-faceted aspect of the language through the various events like performances, recitations, mushairas, panel discussions, debates, conversation on films, calligraphy workshop. The idea is to help the attendees to discover the various elements of the language.

Jashn-e-Rekhta garners an overwhelming response and appreciation with the support and participation of over 100 most distinguished writers, poets, artists, litterateurs, singers and acclaimed personalities from India and elsewhere. Since its debut in 2015, the festival has grown to become one of the largest literary and cultural events of the country. Follow the link below for the complete schedule of the festival.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Questionnaire with Shilpi Signodia

So this month featuring Author is Shilpi Signodia

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!!

I am an ambitious person who believes in freedom and feminism. I completed my MBA from GITAM’s Vizag. I am a full-time writer, I write because I love to. It’s the way through which I express.

Questionnaire with Shilpi Signodia 

How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

I am writing for last nine years professionally. But, it was in me during school days itself. I always enjoyed writing creatively. Yeah, I am imaginative plus narrative.

What do you find most challenging about your writing?

The start, I find it challenging. A story should have a good start then it automatically moves forward. 

What do you do when you are not writing?

I sleep. I love to explore and surf with people. I read biographies when I don’t write.

Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I don’t know where I will be tomorrow, so talking about 6 months or 5 years is too much. But, I desire to write more and more books, to share my experiences with people. I hope my future works will be more improved and would be liked by many. In next year or two, I want to be a known author in the market.

How do you keep coming up with material/content for your story? 

 It's my experiences and observations, that helps me to build the content of a story.

Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books? 
Before entering into this field, I thought writing a book is more than enough, after that, it sells on its own. I was very wrong, writing a script is just one thing, next step should be editing and search for a good publisher who will help you in marketing. Marketing is crucial in this business.

What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

His experience. A writer speaks through his books, and if his experience could benefit even a single reader, then the purpose of the book is accomplished.  

A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
Writing and money making, oh is it possible, please let me know too. For making money the book has to be a bestseller, and for that you to work on marketing as much as possible. I would suggest instead of choosing self-publishing and investing money on publishing the book, go for traditional press and invest in marketing that would reap better results. 

 What motivates you most in life?
It’s life that motivates me. So many ups downs, there is so much life teaches us. Accept it as it is, and get motivated. 

The majority of the readers tend to take sides due to religion and such other considerations?

A reader I think is just a reader. It’s their choice and wishes to select which author or book they would like to read. We are nobody to judge their choice.

What is the story behind the name of your book?

The name Hangover is very apt for my story. Because my leading lady Sneha has the hangover of her love and which is being presented in this book.  

What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

For a writer, plagiarism is a crime. If things are copy pasted then one cannot claim it to be their work.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Chai and much more....

India is the largest producer and consumer of black tea in the world today, with approximately 90% of households drinking this only beverage? But for all this love of tea, it wasn't until Chaayos that tea cafes became a name to relate to a good tasty chai. Chaayos is basically a  creation of IIT alumnus Nitin Saluja and Raghav Verma. The started it in the year 2012, with the aim to capitalize on India's small yet growing business of chai cafes.

Although I was familiar with the name “Chaayos”, but when a week ago a blogger friend of mine invited me to table tasting session on Sunday afternoon at Chaayos, Garden Galleria Mall outlet, like a kid I didn’t let the offer pass. So on a Sunday afternoon, I went ahead for my table tasting session of Winter Special on Chaayos. I was introduced to Divya- the brand manager for Chaayos and thereafter started amazing experience of tasting difference dished from their winter special menu. I stuck to regular Kulhhad Chai with less water, adrak, Tulsi. Took some time for it to be made, but was too good. The Shahi chai, black tea which is called a God’ Creation because it is a mix of all natural herbs and all were quite good, everything was indeed good. What makes them truly stand apart from competitors such as Nukkadwala, Chai Point, and others is hygiene, variety, and ambience, chipping away at the ascendance that coffee chains like Cafe Coffee Day have enjoyed time and again.

Gur Wali Chai

Snacks – Bun Maska  Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Bun Bhurji, Mom’s Poha, Paneer Loaded Open Paratha, Kulcha with kulhad matter, Pakora basket, Choco Lava Cake, Walnut n Nuts cake, Dates n Nuts Cake, Jalebi in Kullad, Masala Shikanji out of all the best was Palak Patta Chat Though service needs streamlining a bit as does the perfect order taking.

Kulhad Matar Kulcha

Kulhad Pav Bhaji

Moist Chocolate Cake

Date n Fig Cake 

Modinagar Masala Shikanji

Paneer Bhurji Bun

Undoubtedly a place to chill for a couple of hours with friends chatting but not somewhere one can settle and carry out some work in peace. A repeat soon in this Winter to relish on their Winter Special menu.

Location: Garden Galleria Mall, Sector -38, Noida
Meal: Tea & Snacks
Food: 8/10
Drinks: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Friday, 24 November 2017

How to safeguard your family with natural mosquito repellent

The mosquito happens to be the world’s deadliest carrier of vector-borne diseases. The pest has become the prime pain around the globe being the carrier of Zika virus in America. In recent years it has made its presence felt in a major way in the Indian subcontinent.  With a surge in the cases of Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria.The mosquitoes are causing Havoc across and eradicating them is becoming increasingly difficult.

As per the leading daily Indian Express, the countries capital Delhi registered 952 cases of dengue in the month of September 2017 and clocked a chikungunya caused the fatality.

The mosquito carrying dengue virus is active during the daytime. The kids in school, in the playground and even at home are soft targets for these disease-carrying mosquitoes. The ways to prevent these diseases is to reduce the habitats and growth of mosquitoes and limiting the exposures to bites. There are no vaccines available for chikungunya and malaria, hence mosquito repellants are the only sane choice to kill mosquitoes or for limiting exposures to the bites. When it comes to mosquito repellents the consumers can pick between chemical based or natural repellants. The most obvious choice for the consumers in the chemical based repellents are the ones containing the DEET. DEET is also called as diethyl-meta-toluamide is known for its foul odour. According to a study, DEET damages brain cells and also leads to behavioural changes. The DEET also gets absorbed through the skin and is known to cause reproductive disturbances and central nervous system disorders.
In the light of the above, the best and safest alternative is the natural repellents. There are a variety of plants like lemongrass and marigold that are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Putting them in and around the house can be an effective measure to fight mosquitoes. As per a research at Iowa state university Catnip plant is found to be 10 times more effective in repelling mosquitoes as compared to DEET. The neem oil is found to be more effective than DEET and has been confirmed by the scientists at the malarial institute in India. No wonder we can see people burning Neem leaves in villages to eradicate mosquitoes.  
Lavender oils are a wonderful smelling and a natural mosquito repellant. One can dilute it by mixing it with other oils such as coconut or sweet almond and can be applied to the body.

In case you don’t have access to above due to lack of time or availability, then natural repellants made by GoodKnight are the perfect solution for the consumers. In the year 2016 GoodKnight launched its innovative range of 100% natural repellants. The range includes fabric role on, patches and cool Gel. They are a perfect solution for protection from mosquitoes outdoors. The products are a boon as they are completely natural and certified by paediatricians as child safe. All the outdoor natural products by Goodknight give protection for 8 hours against mosquitoes. So with these offerings from Goodknight, it is time to say no to dengue and chikungunya and yes to all the fun and frolics in the outdoors. Good knight has come up with the really good solution with the natural way :

Saturday, 18 November 2017

How To Choose The Right Water Purifier

With the increase in pollution and depleting resources of pure water, an individual today is pressed to take well-thought decisions when it comes to the health of self and his loved one. One cannot leave to impulse when it comes to picking up the right water purifier. Buying a water purifier is just not Paying for the popular one or the cheapest one. There are a number of factors that are to be considered before making a purchase. The key factor in making a choice is the kind of water received in the area where one stays. Further to this one has to see the technology used in the designing and functioning of the water Purifier. The price and the reviews of the products are also important factors that cannot be ignored. If planning to buy a water filter is on the charts for you then please go through the list of factors that are to be considered.

Water Quality
Water quality is the first and the foremost factor that should impact your buying decision. One needs to be sure of the water quality before one makes a choice. if the water you receive has a high TDS level is hard and saline then the correct option is an RO water purifier. These RO water purifiers are having a semi-permeable membrane capable of removing the micro dissolved salt, metals and impurities.
As of today, there are a number of water purification technologies that the market has to offer. Having the knowledge of various technologies is important to pick the right product. The market today offers products that are based on RO, UV and UF technologies. Below find a list of technologies that are available as an option in the market.
RO Water Purifiers
The Reverse Osmosis Purifiers are the ideal purifiers if you live in an area that offers water that has a high TDS level. These water purifiers are capable of removing impurities of heavy metals, Flouride, Arsenic, and other toxins from water. The only drawback is that they also remove some of the essential minerals from water hence it is imperative that the RO has a TDS controller in it
Gravity-Based Water Purifiers
Gravity-based water purifiers are ideal purifiers if the TDS level in the water is low. They are economic water purifiers and do not require electricity to operate. They can successfully remove bacteria, dust, chlorine, and cysts from the water.
UV Water Purifiers
UV water purifiers are the purifiers that can be effective for purifying tap and municipal corporation water. They basically use a high power UV lamp that disinfects water and remove the contamination. The drawback of these water purifiers are that they fail to remove the dissolved impurities from water.
If you are having a water supply that is high in microbes and contaminants like nitrates, dissolved pesticides, and lead then the correct choice is always a UV based RO purifier. The UV effect irradiates the water and help in killing the bacteria and viruses. This is possible because the UV penetrates the cells of the microbes and destroys the ability to reproduce. The semi-permeable membrane of the RO is capable of removing the dead microbes and the contaminants of the water thus making it fit for human consumption.
Storage Capacity
Storage capacity is one of the important factors that one needs to keep in mind before making a decision. If one lives in an area that has frequent power cuts one has to buy a filter with higher storage capacity. The automated system of the purifier starts the purification once the level falls down to the minimal level.
The product Certifications is a critical factor that one needs to check in water purifier before one makes a decision to purchase. Certification ensures that the brand offering are authentic and trustworthy. Live pure has been honored with some of the top quality certifications.
Maintenance and After Sales Services

Maintenance and After Sales services are the important factors that cannot be ignored before making a purchase. A water purifier that is high and frequent in maintenance is never the right choice.