Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wait, Let Me Take a Selfie - #EnjoyMore

Love for Photography is in my heredity, I presume! My father, uncle and my elder brother are all very good photographers. They travel many places, only to click a good shot. In my childhood, I, too, was very curious about camera. Any person with a camera used to become my favourite in a second. There were two cameras in our home; but I was not permitted to even touch them! I never missed any chance to cultivate them, when my elders went out. This affection for photography was rising with my age and still on. When I was in school, I belong to a gang of five girls. Every year, on the day of Swaraswati Puja, it was our girlie-ritual to go to a photo-studio and click a group picture. How can I forget the day of the marriage ceremony of my brother; where I continuously nagged after the cameraman to click some pictures with my friends.  My hubby and I went to Rajasthan for our honeymoon trip. During our tour, a foreigner asked me to click his picture with his camera in front of a Royal Palace. Also he clicked for us. Today, whenever I remember those days, I wonder; because no one from today’s generation imagine these types of incidents. Nowadays, it is so easy to click photos whenever& wherever I want; who cares I’m in a marriage party or in a remote place! Technology gives people smart phones; we can talk from anywhere and click anything, anytime. It is “Selfie”; that makes us free to say – ‘would you mind to take a picture of us?’

The term “selfie” was declared as“the word of the year” of 2003 by Oxford Dictionaries; after its first known use was revealed by an Australian; describing a photograph taken at a 21st birthday party.I wonder, if there exists any perfect selfie at all ! when you want to express your mood to the World, take a selfie. And it would be the perfect for you for that particular moment! If you ask me; yes, I click many selfies everyday. Some of those I share with my friends and some I store for future, when I need to refresh myself! I have so many favourite selfies; but you asked about the best, it is the below one. It was our 6th marriage anniversary. Every year my hubby arranges a surprise tour as my anniversary gift; and most of them are any remote place, where nobody can disturb us. That year, we went to Baranti;a small picturesque hamlet surrounded by hillocks; situated in Purulia district, West Bengal. We just forgot about our urban life there! It was really a lifetime memorable tour. On the last day of the tour; we sat on the sand beside the lake. At the time of sunset, suddenly it started raining! My hubby stood up and told me to run to our resort. That moment, I said – ‘wait, let me take a selfie’! This selfie is my all-time favourite; I have framed it and placed at my working table.

My Favourite Selfie

Framed on my work-table

Few days back, in a conversation with a well known photographer, I asked –
– Is it possible to click a stunning photo during travel in mobile? He answered – “absolutely! I think equipment doesn’t really matter. Vision does!” Actually, he is damn right. Vision and mood are more important to click a good picture; no matter you use a DSLR camera or a mobile. But remember, all mobiles do not give you same picture quality. So, if you want to capture a beautiful vision or to click a perfect Selfie, check the camera-features thoroughly before buying a Smartphone. And if you are not satisfied with your present mobile; here is a better option for you – Mobiistar #EnjoyMore!

Mobiistar, a Vietnamese smartphone brand was founded by Mr. Carl Ngo in 2009. The #Mobiistar brand-promise is to ‘Enjoy More’ which is focused towards giving their customers the opportunity to explore more possibilities. The rationale behind Enjoy Moreis driven through the products functionality and aimed at giving users a meaningful selfie experience provided with their front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot

This means that you can now get more of the picturesque background into the frame and not have to worry about fitting in everybody either! 

Also, you will get smoother Smartphones with best-in-segment Snapdragon Processors. Not only that, it comes with powerful, long lasting battery for unlimited fun. And guess what, all these specifications are available at an attractive price! So India, get ready for a star-studded welcome of #Mobiistar – coming very soon!

Keep your eyes at: Mobiistar on Flipkart


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Talk about India, from India with you

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! It is 11:00am. 18th April, 2018, Wednesday Here in India.  How are you friends? After a looong ‘HOT’ summer, it’s raining here and I feel so happy! Here is one more cause to be happy today! It is a holly occasion - Akshaya Tritiya, celebrated by almost all the Indian today! Allow me to say something about this……

Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej, is considered as the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. The pious day of Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of bright phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshaya Tritiya describes the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the day.

The day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every one. The literal meaning of Akshaya in Sanskrit means imperishable or “never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and land. On this day, many of Indians buy gold or silver ornaments.
Gold Ornaments, specially made for Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is also referred as a golden day of eternal success because the Golden Age or the first of the four Yugas, Satya yug is believed to have begun on this day. Akha Teej also marks the birthday of Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Lord Parshuram. The auspicious day also holds a special importance as the holy river Ganga also descended down to earth from heaven on this very same day. Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great Hindu scriptures, Mahabharatha on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya. The first Tirthankar in Jainism- Bhagwan Rishabdev also broke his fasting spell of one year by taking juice on the day of Akha Teej.

Time to go now…………Take care of your family and yourself! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

#CuttingPani - Conserve Water To Get Closer To Life

"Water Water Everywhere Nor Any Drop To Drink"

The other name for water is ‘Life’. Without fresh water we shall die in just a few days. But, how much we know about our life? Do you know that 70 percent of the world is covered by water; but, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh? The rest is salt or ocean-based water or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it or use it. As our population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. Let’s discuss it in detail –

Why do we need to conserve water:

In one sentence, saving water helps protect our Nation's, as well as the World’s water supplies. It is clear that water is one of our most precious resources.  Considering that every single person on the planet needs water to survive. Conserving water can diverts less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries, that helps keep the earth safe. It can also reduce water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. This lowers energy demand, which helps prevent air pollution.

Before marriage I lived in Railway Housing; and now I live in Govt. Housing. In both places, 24 hrs. Water facility is available. I find almost every family use water meaninglessly! They always wash their clothes in running water; no one use bucket for bath; they water there plants in their Garden as like they give shower them and many more! They behave like - “if we get water enough, why should we not use?” It's not just the dry western areas of our country or those villages that need to be concerned with water efficiency. As our population continues to grow, demands on precious water resources increase. There are many opportunities to use household water more efficiently without reducing services.

Ways to Save Water:

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or saving or scrubbing your hands your hands before washing. Don’t let all that water goes down the drain while you brush! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.
  2. Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks; fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings.
  3. Re-use your pasta or noodles cooking liquid by watering plants instead of dumping that water down the drain.
  4. Use bucket for bath or cut your showers short for some serious water savings. If you have a habit of taking shower multiple times a day or even daily; skip the shower from time to time.
  5. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of waste water
  6. When you hand-washing a lot of dishes, fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.


Educate Children about Conserving Water:


It is very important to teach our children about the importance of water, as well as saving water. We need to grow our children with a good habit of water conserving
Be aware your children about these initial steps:

  1. Learn your kids to turn of the faucets properly after using.  Ask your kids to double-check the faucets after they are done washing their hands or brushing their teeth.

  2. Tell your children to fill their glasses as they need; or drink the full glass.

  3. By telling your kids to use the half-flush every time they need to use the loo, you can save a lot of tank water. Similarly, a inculcating a habit of quick showers will result in saving thousands of liters of water in every household.
  4. Childhood is the best time to learn anything new. People remember things all their life, what they have learnt in their infant age. So, tell your child about the importance of water and how they can use it wisely Encourage kids to reuse leftover water from glasses for gardening or fill the bowl of your pet.

Take a pledge to make a habit of #CuttingPaani

The #CuttingPaani is an initiative of Livepure, they has developed based on the ‘cutting chai’ culture of Mumbai. They says – ‘The #CuttingPaani campaign implements the Mumbaiya concept for saving drinking water’.
When we serve water in dinner table or to gusts, every time we leave a half-empty glass. We do not drink the full glass of water. The #CuttingPaani concept is create to restore those drops of water, which are dump to sink after every sip. By asking for #CuttingPaani, meaning the only the amount of water you can comfortably drink, you can save a lot of water.
Here is some way; you can use to support #CuttingPaani:

1. When you serve water to your gusts, don’t fill the glasses first. Serve a jug, full of water with empty glasses. Request them to fill their own glass as much as they need.

2. Use water container or purifier with tap in your home; so that you can fill your glass as much as you need.
3. Put a container in a corner of kitchen and store leftover waters in it. Use all the water for gardening and watering indoor plants.
4. Use leftover water for cleaning and mopping.
You can use it to fill your pet's water bowl, too..

Finally, I request to all my readers, please conserve water for your nation, as well as the World and its people; and also for your future generation. I urge each of you to Sign The #CuttingPaani Petition, and to save water by adopting #CuttingPaani.

See this video to know more about #CuttingPaani:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Famous Four Places in India to Enjoy Holi

Holi is an ancient and popular Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India. The colourful Holi festival is not only an obsession for the Hindus; it has attracted many people from various nations of the world. It is a spring festival, celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which occurs around the month of March. It is the second most widely celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

This festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the victory of good over bad. There are several mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. According to one belief, the festival celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu. Holi festival is also widely associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.
Here are four most famous places in India to watch or play the Holi festival.

Mathura & Vrindavan


The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely famous throughout the country. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.


Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. Drenched in traditions and in the love of Lord Krishna, Mathura is definitely one of the top places to celebrate Holi in India. According to legend, the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from the leela of Radha and Krishna. Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. A colourful and musical procession takes place from the temples to river then to the Holi Gate, where the festival is marked. The best place in Holi to catch the throwing of colors in Mathura is Dwarkadheesh Temple.
Dwarkadheesh Temple

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is hosts a week long Holi celebrations. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi. The town echoes with tales of Radha-Krishna and celebrates the festival with traditions, devotion and serenity. 
Banke-Bihari Temple
The Holi customs in the temple are unique, as there is not play of conventional dry or wet colors, but flowers, and hence the name Phoolon wali holi (Flowers’ Holi). The temple priests’ shower the pilgrims with flowers in a way showering the blessings of the Lord. Arrive quite before the gate opens to get a close up position.



Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is famous for ‘Lath mar’ Holi. Barsana was the home of Radha where Krishna went to tease her and her friends. On the first day of Holi, men from Krishna’s village Nandgaon, travel to Barsana to tease the women there. The women chase men and hitting them with sticks, hence the name Lathmar Holi. The main celebrations at Barsana, take place at the Ladliji temple, dedicated to Sri Radha Rani. Sweets, Thandai, spiritual songs related to Radha and Krishna and play of color make it a fun place to enjoy the festival.



Santiniketan has the distinct identity of culture and heritage, which gives the place a unique soft touch. Santineketan was previously called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit). Tagore family came to be owned this place. Rabindranath Tagore's father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore attracted by the beauty of this place and established Saantiniketan in 1863.

The Holi festival in Shantiniketan has a unique flavor. The Holi is celebrated as Basanta Utsav or Spring Festival here. Rabindranath Tagore started Dol utsav or Basanta Utsav in his institution with colorful cultural programs. The students of Visva-Bharoti celebrate Basanta utsav in very special way. They make the festival more colorful and attractive with their magnificent live performance. 

Students dress up in yellow color and present some wonderful folk dances and cultural programs followed by the throwing of colours. The celebrations start a day earlier than Holi and are now considered an important part of the Bengali heritage. A huge number of tourists arrive every year at Shantiniketan to witness and participate in these celebrations.



Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated in Rajasthan and Jaipur celebrates the festival in royal style with great patron from royal families of Rajasthan. The celebrations stretch for two days. The first day of Holika Dahan is observed at the City Palace in Udaipur. The customs of lighting the Holika Dahan is traditionally performed by the current custodian of the Mewar dynasty. The following morning, the celebrations of Holi are all out on the streets.

The Pink City, Jaipur used to celebrate the festival of colors extravagantly with the elephant festival. Every year the Holi festival begins with a massive parade including elaborately decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancing through the streets. There are also elephant polo, elephant races and tug-of-war between elephants.

😀 Happy Holi 😀