For whom my heart beats!

It was one pleasant January morning of year 2004, when I was awaiting my medical clearance for moving to Canada. Till then I had never ever taken a health report as I considered myself quite healthy who believed only others go to hospital, not me.

Read on to know what happened next.

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As expected the bell rang from the lab but there was a shocker for me… I was diagnosed with high blood sugar levels and high BP. That time the only thought which occurred to me was that my plans will be in jeopardy of moving to Canada, but it was my husband who said think of your health first. All of 39, world looked different for me, suddenly from being a happy go lucky woman, healthy, working professional, engaging wife and hands on mother… I was diabetic too. My heart retorted, I just refused to accept that this has happened to me.

A self-confessed foodie, my thought went to the ice creams, desserts, shakes, juices…which I loved on my platter, day after day! Never missed an opportunity to gorge on anything tasty. Most importantly the thought which bothered me was of my young daughter Tanya and doting husband Mukund, how they will cope with this, particularly if this condition spills over and damages my heart too. I was haunted by the thought that life would no longer be the same for me, if at all I am going to live long.

But with my grit and determination towards my condition, I became hale and hearty over a period of time. From my experience I can tell all women that our duty is first towards us, so that we are able to fulfill our duty towards our loved ones. First thing First. I consulted a Diabetologist who cleared few myths surrounding diabetes, that patient is incurable, patient is more prone to heart disease or one  should give up completely on sweets, fruits, drinks, fats, carbs…everything. Doctor gave me a complete diet plan which topsy-turvied my morning schedule. But I stuck to my guns…I have to be fine for my loved ones. My mornings started with jogging, followed by healthy breakfast and lunch and light dinner.

Most importantly, Doctor advised “Switch to Saffola”. Since then I am on that routine and Saffola has been a constant companion. I motivated many of my family and friends to use Saffola. Exercise, walking I still do…but I have become relaxed about food. Blogadda reminded me once again that I have to be healthy. I fully support #ProtectHerHeart initiative of Blogadda and Saffola.

After receiving the mail from Blogadda, I promptly took the “Weight -Heart Test” on Saffola website (www.saffolalife.com) where I was detected with 6% risk of heart ailment where as my husband Mukund is 100% safe, fortunately! So lots need to be achieved as far as I am concerned. We can do many activities together to make the condition more acceptable like morning walk or round of Yoga. As far as food is concerned we are already on near boiled food, raw vegetables, salads, milk, sprouts, low crabs, low starch…which are must to keep my blood sugar levels in control. Now there is a need to take at least a Kilo Meter long walk after dinner, which we should take together. We will start it from tomorrow itself…but does tomorrow ever come? It has to if I have to be fit and fine.

This weekend I plan to join Garba Workshop to make most of the Dandiya Nights this Navratri, this is good for my heart in many ways, physically heart is in good condition and mentally I am happy. Win win situation both ways! Though husband can’t dance to save his life, though a Gujarati.

My husband Mukund very promptly and regularly attends to my diabetes related conditions like monthly blood tests, giving medicines in time, keeping me free for my exercise routine, morning walks, giving up on his favourite Jalebis and Fafdas and switching to Saffola! This is a joint effort indeed to keep ourselves healthy. We have successfully achieved that. As a patient I have received lot of compassion and dedication from my family, and today I am having a healthy lifestyle and an exciting lifestyle.

I request all women to take care of  your heart specially and if there is a condition, don’t lose heart. Believe me it is not that difficult!

Statuary Warning: May be read as my real life account.

I am joining the Saffolalife #ProtectHerHeart initiative and pledging my support to better heart health in Association with BlogAdda.

Step into the TRIVENI of tradition, trend & trust!

Triveni Sarees tagline reads: Grace, Dignity, Identity!
For me the catch line would be: Tradition, Trend & Trust!
Every woman aspires these inputs while selecting her saree & Triveni embodies these to the hilt!

Surat based Saraf’s vision of Triveni Sarees can be best described as tasteful concoction of colorful contradictions, grace and trend. Their sarees transcend their passion to make Designer Sarees accessible not only to classes and but also to masses. Going by this dictum, their sarees have Designer inputs which every woman aspires with value for money pricing. Considering the highly competitive and price sensitive saree market, these wonderful sarees are a steal for their price tags. No wonder Triveni sarees are loved by not only Indian Women but by women across the Globe. They have a fleet of happy women customers who have adorned Triveni sarees to very special occasions like on a red carpet event or marriage in the family. Loved for all occasions, adored by all women…step into world of Triveni Sarees through their exclusive collections.

I will take you through them in a sequence so that you know about the collections in detail. Their catalogues are most awesome pieces which we got to glance while our visit to Surat to their office and works recently. I admit it will be difficult to do justice to Triveni’s print catalogues, but none the less, it will be an honest effort.

So how and where you can get these beautiful sarees? No need to go to Surat. You can get these ordered from the comfort of your office or home by visiting their website: http://www.triveniethnics.com and sarees would be delivered right at your doorsteps. So what are you waiting for? Navratri and Diwali are round the corner…dress yourself in Triveni Sarees and wear it on these festivals and special occasions. Post your picture on your face book page, tag @Triveniethnics and you become the Triveni Saree Ambassador. How cool is that!

And…and Triveni Sarees are retailed through all prominent outlets country – wide. Your can have your pick from there to!

While at Triveni Sarees, I felt I was amidst the ocean of beautiful sarees…sarees for every budget, every colour, and every design! Interestingly, for the first time I came to know about the humongous effort which goes into the making of a saree. You would be surprised to know that a saree has to go through many stages – selection of fabric, colouring, dyeing , designing, embroidery, folding, packaging and packing and quality checks on all the stages, before reaching its destination…our wardrobes!

Back stage story will be in a separate post, till then you swoon over wonderful world of Triveni Sarees!

KALPANA

Kalpana 3

This collection is all about popularizing trends for the modern, confident women. The semi casual sarees gives the impression of exclusive designer wear courtesy their subtle surface designs. Light and Bright colours care combined with a two-tone effect decorated with embroidery, cut work and brocade borders; teamed with designer blouses. The design and placement of embroidery are the highlights of this collection combining ethnic wear into contemporary styles with intricate details. They are heavily embroidered mixed with chiffon, georgette and net fabrics. Fancy jacquard, chiffon, georgette based fabrics are used in sarees.

Ideal for women who love to blend traditional and some classical!

SENTORINI

Serontini

The collections is all about fusion; fusion of tradition into contemporary style. The designs are inspired by the tradition of Rajasthan fused with modern Bandhini look. The colors are bright yet soothing, even complimenting others well in some of the pieces. The fabric used is chiffon. The most attractive feature of the collection is its border- beautifully crafted with sari and thread work. The collection is beautifully designed for newly married women much because of its colors, surface works and prints. Bandhej print has been widely used in different patterns and colours. Stone work and embroidery are combined to create artistic patterns in blouse pieces. Furthermore, there are different styles of blouses to choose from!

Ideal for those who love to be in sync with tradition & trend!

DASTOOR

Dastoor Collection

Here light and bright colours are combined with a two-tone effect decorated with embroidery, cut work and brocade borders which are teamed with various designer blouses. Important feature of the collection is its subtle variation in designs. They are well embroidered amalgamating Bhagalpuri silk and net fabrics. The sarees are beautified using different surface design techniques like cut work, stone work and embroidery. Whereas sparkle, sequins and foil are used in velvet blouse fabrics. The sarees have a two tone effect and fabrics used are fancy jacquard, chiffon and georgettes. With the use of contrasting colors and beautiful border work teamed with trendy blouse pieces.

Make it a Dastoor to have one!

FASHION FLOW

Fashion Flow

‘Fashion Flow’ is a collection of contemporary style digitally printed sarees which runs on the ground of fashion trends. Scattered floral prints, a mix of bright and pastel tones, tribal block prints and ombre effect; these are some relevant features of ongoing trends. Being lightweight; they are very comfortable and can be stylishly wore to work teaming with matching accessories and bags. These can be draped in multiple ways!. The young women who follow trends will love the digital prints, colours and effects with very creative blouse pieces. The fabrics used in sarees are mainly georgette and chiffon some of the blouses are made of Art Silk.

Ideal for young corporate Indian Women!

GARDEN OF DESIRE

Garden of Designer

Here the georgette and chiffon mix of printed collection gives a smooth feel of the fabric. The hues of red, yellow, blue and green are wisely chosen to match the occasion. The summer collection goes in trend with beautiful floral inspired prints (scattered and continuous) and appealing patchwork. The borders are brocade with ready made laces. The sari pieces are teamed with crepe jacquard blouses with golden prints.

Ideal for would be brides and newly weds!

JHUMRI

Jhumri

In this collection the sarees are designed with minimal variations; keeping it simple yet classy. The variations are mainly in term of sleek borders, apt embroidery and blouses. The sarees are a wise mix of chiffon, georgette and jacquard fabrics. The fabrics are further embedded with patch work and stone work as a design element. The ombre effect adds to the visual appeal with beautiful cut work and tassels. These surface design techniques enhances the beauty multi-fold. The designer blouse pieces are exclusively crafted with embroidery, net fabrics and variation in neckline.

Ideal for contemporary Indian women, young, not so young, forever young!

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Indeed I go by the belief of Saraf’s, “Indian Women is a Triveni ( meaning Fusion) of colourful contradictions, tenderness, yet strength, classy yet contemporary and graceful yet vital.”

My special thanks to Triveni Team for their design and digital inputs: Shalini Raj, Noopur Sharma & Noopur Chaturvedi when I attacked them in their dens!