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Let’s TOGETHER Make MUMBAI GREEN!

How a small initiative turned into a major movement!

From last many years I have been nurturing a desire to contribute something to the society but could never figure out how to accomplish this secret desire. Whenever I expressed this to my circle of friends and acquaintances, they discouraged me saying – this coming from fashion, lifestyle & travel journalist – तुमसे न हो पायेगा!

I never believed in the saying: अगर आपकी कोई इच्छा है, तो सारी कायनात उसे पूरा करने में जुट जाती है! Till Mission Green Mumbai happened in my life.

I still vividly remember my first call to Subhajit Mukherjee sometime in July 2017 few days before Change of Guard when Mr Mayur Shah was taking over as President, CREDAI – MCHI in a grand ceremony at Taj. He is a man on a mission to make Mumbai, Green, Cleaner & Skilled abode for all Mumbaikars. I had noticed him working on Link Road where he was relocating trees from the Metro route. After speaking to him, I was delighted to note that he was the same person, working for the cause of Mumbai & Mumbaikars!

It was decided to honour Mr Subhajit Mukherjee for his immense contribution towards Green Mumbai during the function. I invited Mr Mukherjee for the same and he happily obliged. He was there on time, smiling and friendly Subhajit accompanied by shy wife struck a chord immediately with all of us. & the association rolled & there was no looking back since!

In association with our Women’s wing we planted trees at various venues in Mumbai but unfortunately, I could not join this activity and I still regret that.

Then followed CREDAI – MCHI Maha Property Expo in November, where Subhajit offered to distribute free saplings to all the participants and the visitors attended the program. The initiative turned out to be super hit with visitors and Subhajit happily interacted and encouraged them to take selfies at the selfie booth. I must say, with his Green Mission, he became a star attraction.

Now, it seems that time has come for my DREAM!

Our organization CREDAI – MCHI has collaborated with Mission Green Mumbai (NGO) to plant 1 lakh trees all over Mumbai, which I am anchoring and have associated with this GREEN initiative of our organization. On Earth Day on April 22, we are undertaking tree – plantation and beach – cleaning drive at Dadar Beach where Mr Aaditya Thackeray, President – Yuva Sena will be Chief Guest. Since his confirmation, the occasion has taken the form of a movement with many celebrities like Dia Mirza and Shibani Kashyap joining in. INS Hamla lending logistic support, this is for the first time that they have lent support to any Civilian program.

Led by our President, Mr Mayur Shah, many Managing Committee Members would be planting coconut trees on the beach.

The seed of this program was germinated by our ideas man T. D.Joseph. You are invited to join the green initiative on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day) at Dadar Beach between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.  Your efforts will have the support of other concerned leaders, organizations, NGO and media representatives who will also be present.

Let’s all work together to make Mumbai a Greener and Cleaner City.  Your presence is much needed to encourage citizens to keep beaches clean, increase the green cover and stop the use of single-use plastic products.

I am closely associated with this program, why don’t you too, whichever you want to!

मैं अकेला ही चला था जानिब-ए-मंज़िल मगर लोग साथ आते गये और कारवां बनता गया

This is for Subhajit Mukherjee! Knowing him has brought in me an attitudinal change towards our social responsibility of making Mumbai Green which we want our future generations to inherit. It is my good fortune to have known him and associating with him.

Let’s Plant Trees/Adopt a Plant Together/You are needed to do your bit for Mumbai

 

 

 

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This early piece of morning is MINE, can be YOURS too!

Walk your way to good health!

I am a great proponent of “Morning Walk” but I don’t know of anyone around me, whom I have inspired by my lectures on benefits of a morning walk. Though some of my friends have started travelling inspired by my travelogues on the blog, for morning walks resistance is higher. We all know that walking is beneficial for the overall health of the being…

…I started walking some 25 years ago, without really thinking about its direct or even fringe benefits. I just liked walking, the peace, the breeze, the ideas, the mental & physical synergy, the fellow walkers…all added value to my walking regimen. I remember going with my father as a young girl, who used to walk much faster than me, but it was good fun catching him. After which it became a habit with me. Moreover, being over-weight, I always thought, walking balances it all. I remain fit, physically energetic and mentally more agile. When Baba Ramdev emerged on the scene, I added deep breathing to my regimen inspired by his Yoga Sessions.

Times changed and “Wellness” became a fad, morning walk attained new dimensions, suddenly we could see walkers in branded track pants, T-shirts and keds in all colonies/parks / jogging tracks walking briskly with mobile and earphone in tow. Conventionally, earlier morning walk was associated with old people (Subah ki Sair), who needed to pass time after retirement. With changing times, millennial generation made a morning walk fashionable. I am sure morning walk has become pan Indian phenomenon with people of all strata of society jumping the fray…old people, not so old people, young people, college students, boys & girls, ladies & gentlemen and children, the whole lot. Reasons for everyone’s walk may vary, but the objective is the same to attain mental & physical fitness. I have many fellow walkers who have been walking in the same park with me for over 15 years. Not all walk, some do yoga, some exercise, some do deep breathing, some just enjoy morning breeze, some listen to music and some are there to gossip. My reason for walking doesn’t include any of the above as it has been more of a habit and ritual with me which has benefitted me immensely. I set my day’s work during the morning walk, all creative ideas cross my mind then and fitness, that is for everybody to see. I am more energetic and creatively inspired than colleagues nearly half my age, more so hardly any medical leaves in my career. Can I ask for more?

Indeed, there are some tangible and intangible benefits of walking like: If you are diabetic, 30 minutes’ walk enables you to maintain glucose levels. It is strongly advised by all doctors. Walking combined with good sleep and a healthy diet can do away doctor in your life. You will be astonished to find out that good old walking is a single practice which could significantly benefit the whole body and mind. It’s free, easy and requires little effort. Waking up early morning and drag yourself out to the park is quite an effort though.

According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart-related disease or stroke. This activity helps avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.

Walking is an aerobic exercise which increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps train your lungs, as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Because of better and deeper breathing, some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved.

Muscle tone and weight loss (in overweight cases) may also be achieved through walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day may be counted as an actual workout in a gym, especially if you add some intervals or walking uphill. Additionally, it’s low impact and there’s no recovery time, which means no sore muscles and regrets for missing tomorrow’s workout due to being too sore the next day.

Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss of bone mass, and even reduce the risk of fractures. The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking moderately at least 30 minutes a day on a regular basis to reduce pain in your joints, along with stiffness and inflammation.

Mushrooming of gyms all over the place shows that for any benefit, we are ready to pay a hefty price, but we will not value those things which are freely available to us. So set – up your alarm, sport your walking gear & get set go!

If my post inspires, even one person around me, I am happy.

Hope Reena is listening oops reading!

 

 

 

#RuleOutThyroweight- Let’s not ignore the issue!

In January, a thyroid awareness campaign witnessed the congregation of bloggers who had gathered there to apprise themselves about Thyroid disorders and share it with #RuleOutThyroweight. A well-known celebrity and Bollywood star who is also the Therapy Awareness ambassador for creating Thyroid awareness initiative in India – Ms Juhi Chawla, shared her experiences with Thyroid Disorder.  

Thyroweight which is mainly diagnosed in women, as in their quest to create balance, take too much on them and ignore their health or any health-related symptoms. Symptoms that are telling us to pause and take notice. But in this fast-paced daily life, we ignore it. These could be shouting signs of an underlying issue. Once we identify the causes, issues, we can work towards it. Issues such as thyroid dysfunction- have treatment options at hand. Life can become easy – and full of energy! Let’s not wait and ignore those issues.

Thyroweight is weight changes and tiredness due to thyroid disorders. Thyroid disorders are of two types-

Hyperthyroidism- Excess secretion of Thyroid Hormones

Hypothyroidism- Less secretion of Thyroid Hormones

Hypothyroidism is much more common than Hyperthyroidism.  In hypothyroidism weight gain, tiredness and lethargy are the common symptoms. Thyroid disorder is one of the most common endocrine gland disorder worldwide. Research and market data shows that we, women tend to ignore these symptoms and blame our lifestyle. With Thyroweight, an awareness needs to be created around this small weight gain and other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism. The sooner it is detected; the easier life becomes.

For more information, please visit http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/

Ms Juhi Chawla shared that she has Thyroid patients around her- with her husband and father-in-law both having it. But a small medication and sincere attention to lifestyle changes have enabled them to conquer this condition and now they are living life to the hilt. He has been enjoying his adventurous treks and following a very healthy work-life balance. So much so that, she recently discovered that her hair-dresser, is also suffering from Thyroid and is taking simple medication through a Pill to counter the condition. She is happy as she is able to carry on with her personal and professional life well.

Well-known endocrinologist, Dr Shehla Shaikh, in an exclusive conversation shared many unknown facets of Thyroid dysfunction and how one should address it.

I too had encountered Thyroid dysfunction with my mother-in-law inflicting it. She became very nervous and thought it was the end of the world for her as she was not aware of the course which she needed to follow to overcome it. She struggled with the condition until we took her to a doctor who made her understand it all and put her on simple medication – twice a day with some dietary changes. It worked well for her.

Everyone can counter the Thyroid disorder condition with ease, provided we pay due attention to it, take proper medication and adopt a positive approach towards it.

Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.’

 

The STAR moves amidst STARS! #RIPSRIDEVI

I cannot say and I will not say,

That she is dead, she is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of hand,

I cannot say and I will not say

She has wandered into an unknown land,

And left us dreaming how very fair

-James Whitcomb Riley

The enigma called SRIDEVI fades into oblivion, leaving her millions of fans across the globe heart-broken. In a long time, such heart-wrenching news has broken up on a Sunday morning.

The untimely and sad demise of veteran action and darling of millions has left a big void. It’s hard to believe that Sridevi who was so lively and vibrant in a family marriage, is no more.

In no time, a star has become one among the stars above.

Being a big fan of the star, I have watched almost all her films. We use to keenly await for all her films. I remember watching her first time in the film Nagina at Rivoli Theatre in Connaught Place, New Delhi with my mother. Not knowing much about the films, with mummy blabbering “arre jaane kaun si picture hai yeh” but she literally had to take her words back in the interval. We were literally bowled over by Sridevi’s dynamic performance who looked so stunning at the same time.

Next came Chandni, another masterpiece, I remember taking off from office to watch the movie. Her styling, clothes, dialogues, performance…all were so mind-blowing. Girls all over India started copying her fashions & mannerisms and secretly aspiring for life like hers – having such loving fiancée!

And what to say of the blockbuster song – Mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyan hain, which became staple to all marriage sangeets. I remember dancing to the song, mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyan hain on my best friend and colleague Geeta Sindhi’s sangeet function and garnering lot of appreciation! Thank you Srideviji for giving us such wonderful moments – Lamhe.

Lamhe – another sensitive and beautiful performance by Srideviji who looked so mesmerising in both the roles of mother & daughter. Can’t get over – Morni Baga mein bole aadhi raat maa! – Such vibrant dancing to the even more Rajasthani music!

Another impactful movie – JULIE – Sridevi as lost lorn teenager beautifully swinging to the song – My Heart is beating – my all-time favourite in Priti Sagar’s voice and what performances by Omprakashji, Nadiraji, Laxmi and Sridevi.

I don’t remember the name of her movie with Mithunda – oh yes! Jaag Utha Insaan, which had many beautiful dramatic moments, thumping music and dances, of which she was a master.

A powerhouse performer, Srideviji has given us beautiful moments, which will always be missed.

I would always notice her presence in various functions in which she was dressed to the hilt in her beautiful Kanjiverams, kohl eyes and gajras – looked truly Indian diva! Our generation loved to copy her designs.

Even now when I have to attend a marriage, I look for Sridevi’s Styling for various functions – with due respect – I am nowhere close to her – but emulating her, I just can’t give up.

Bollywood pays rich tributes to the late actor, as the void left by her never be fulfilled.

“She will be in the textbooks of Indian cinema; Sridevi was a complete actor in her own right, flawless and dignified,” said Subhash Ghai, who was her director in ‘Karma’ in 1986, when Sridevi was still finding her foothold in Bollywood.

 

 

 

Meghalaya Saree for Handloom connoisseurs!

Which saree connoisseur would not like to have beautiful Mekhla saree in her collection or from North – East’s handwoven silk or handloom saree, particularly from Meghalaya. These sarees are enchantingly beautiful, easy to drape and maintain and give a special feeling to the lady wearing it. Normally you have to visit handloom stores or emporiums for these sarees, which sometimes dampens your spirit and you swap it with some other saree for the occasion. And you did not want to be the part of the crowd. These sarees look truly special if you are attending any conference, hosting a show, visiting a literary festival or simple book reading session at a bookstore, which you are planning to attend.

If you want to look like a DIVA on any occasion, take your pick from Triveni’s Meghalaya collection, and believe me you will be in the league of handloom saree connoisseurs like Shabana Azmi, Kiron Kher or Vidya Balan.

No more wait now!

Recently, Triveni Sarees has brought out a collection of Meghalaya Sarees, which is truly traditional and Bohemian at the same time. It’s a small collection of eight colour combinations but all of them are very graceful, subtle and vibrant at the same time. Beige with maroon, Beige with magenta, green with maroon, maroon with magenta, rust and orange, electric blue with magenta etc. – the colour palette is truly outstanding.

You can order one or more from the Meghalaya collection at triveniethnics.com and it will be delivered right at your doorsteps. And you are ready to rock.

So more on Meghalaya now, except that it is due for elections shortly and PM would be visiting it soon. Which colour it votes for, is to be seen but you can’t escape the colourful persona of Meghalaya people.

If you are in Meghalaya, you can’t skip the bright hues around you which contrast brilliantly with its natural beauty. Though it is a small state in North – East of India, which is due for elections soon, it has many things in abundance. It is the land of eternal beauty which is visible in various handicrafts its boasts of, be it food or dress. The significant crafts of Meghalaya are cane and bamboo works and weaving. The culture of Meghalaya tribes is associated with their important technique of weaving. While most other parts of the Indian subcontinent introduce Indian men as the weavers and spinners, in Meghalaya the women run the spinning and weaving culture. This industry is the most significant one for the rural counties of Meghalaya.

Endowed with incredible natural beauty, Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. Meghalaya has great tourism potential, which is still untapped and unexplored. Meghalaya Tourism Department has formulated many plans and tourism policies, to attract domestic and international tourists, which would lead to the economic development and generation of ample employment opportunities in the state.

Meghalaya tourism is focused on developing infrastructure and public facilities at all tourist spots, along with the development of various areas of tourism in the state such as Nature-based tourism, Cultural tourism, Health resort tourism, and Art and Craft tourism. Meghalaya tourism is also emphasizing on adventure tourism in Meghalaya that includes trekking, caving, and water sports. Rock climbing and Hand gliding will be promoted with recognized adventure and sports associations.

Meghalaya is also known for its beautiful sarees, hand-woven silks and cotton, predominantly in black, white and red/ maroon colours which are adored by all of us.

Information courtesy: Meghalaya Tourism

 

 

 

 

Rado Brand Ambassador Hrithik Roshan opens new store at Delhi Airport

Bollywood megastar Hrithik Roshan was the guest of honour at an exciting event to open Rado’s stylish new mono-brand store at Delhi IGI Airport today.

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This is the first time Rado has opened a mono-brand store in an airport and the new boutique features sleek and textured materials in muted tones. With specially crafted elements, the boutique offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in a modern design that reflects Rado’s characteristic design approach. It’s the perfect place for visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Rado and experience the minimalist design and innovative materials of the brand’s timepieces.

Speaking at the event, Hrithik Roshan said: “I congratulate Rado on this achievement and I am excited that the brand is now available at one of my favourite airports in the world. I have been with Rado for six years now and I am elated to see how it continues to grow and expand across the Indian market. I wish Rado success in this new endeavour.”

Hrithik Roshan with Simran Chandok, Brand Manager, RADO

Rado CEO Matthias Breschan commented: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first airport store at Delhi Airport and are honoured that Hrithik was able to join us today. This is a big achievement in further expanding the availability of our watches to Rado enthusiasts in India.”

Delhi IGI Airport is the busiest airport in India, handling 63.3 million passengers every year and is known for its world-class retail experience. The Rado store offers a break from the hustle and bustle of the airport with its calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Rado is a globally recognised brand, famous for innovative design and its use of revolutionary materials to create some of the world’s most durable watches. Ever since its beginnings in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado has been a pioneer, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holds true today.

Desaru Coast set to welcome Indian business and leisure travelers in 2018

Malaysia’s First Premium Integrated Destination to increase Tourist Receipts with New Offerings

 “India has always been an important market for Malaysia. In 2016, a total of 6,38,578 Indian travelers visited Malaysia, maintaining its position as the sixth top tourist generating market to the country. Desaru Coast will definitely make the Indian excited and thus giving a boost to arrivals to the country” said Mr. Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Director – Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai. He was speaking during the exclusive preview of Desaru Coast here in Mumbai recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. Said, “  “Desaru Coast’s India tour will open doors for us to connect with buyers of all sectors within the travel-value chain commerce whilst positioning Desaru Coast as the destination of choice amongst holidaymakers and business travelers alike within the region. We look forward to sharing a preview of the destination that will appeal to international travelers with its myriad of offerings.”

 Ms. Olivia Ooi, Senior Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing, 2. Mr. Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.
3. Ms. Kristine Lim, Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing

Developed by Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd., Desaru Coast is located at the south-eastern region of Malaysia, spanning over 3,900 acres along an unspoiled 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea. The destination is easily accessible via land, ferry, and air. Desaru Coast is home to four globally renowned hotels and resorts, two world-class golf courses, a themed water park, a retail village as well as a conference centre.

Anchored by Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, one of the world’s biggest water parks with the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia, the attraction also presents visitors with a Malaysian fishing village atmosphere. Visitors can also experience the first water coaster in the region and a unique mix of wet and dry rides.

The fully-integrated beach-front destination will encompass globally renowned hotels and resorts namely The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.

Adding to the vast array of leisure and holistic offerings is Desaru Coast Riverside, a 23-acre water-front landscaped retail and lifestyle village located in the heart of Desaru Coast that delivers an all-inclusive leisure experience, including a range of retail, eateries and entertainment outlets. Completing the unique blend of experiences that the multi-billion-dollar integrated destination has to offer is the Desaru Coast Conference Centre, an equipped multipurpose venue with a banquet area and exhibition space that can host up to 1,000 participants. The conference centre is furnished with meeting and breakout rooms, VIP lounges, a pre-function area, and courtyard to cater to MICE events, corporate functions and entertainment events.

Golf aficionados will get the chance to tee-off at the first Els Club in Southeast Asia, the third in the world, The Els Club Malaysia in Desaru Coast. The Els Club Desaru Coast comprises two championship golf courses, the 27-hole Ocean Course and the 18-hole Valley Course. Managed by Troon Golf, the Ocean Course was designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, while the Valley Course was designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend and major champion, Vijay Singh. Golfers can be guaranteed a world-class golf experience with an incredible view.

Desaru Coast is set to unveil its destination offerings in stages, with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course in September 2016 and The Els Club Desaru Coast – Valley Course in March 2017, followed by the remaining components from end June 2018.

The Indian travel community and visitors are welcomed to find out more about the latest updates on Desaru Coast developments at SATTE, New Delhi, Booth no. E170, Hall 1 (January 31st – February 2nd, 2018).

For more information, visit www.desarucoast.com

Vitamin E, Vital for Glowing & Youthful Skin #Evion

I started noticing dark patches of pigmentation on my face a few years ago…

Since then my struggle to get rid of them started, as I was mentally not prepared for this development. On finding me anxious about these patches on my face, advice started pouring in from all quarters. Apply Curd, Honey, Lemon, Multani Mitti…what not! I diligently followed some of the advice but of no avail. I showed these to my family doctor who gave me a medicated cream, which also didn’t help much. One of my colleague in the office told me that this is not pigmentation, these are excess calcium deposits on my skin, which further added to my anxiety. I did not where to seek help from as I had lost faith in doctors and skin specialists who made me pop-up six pills every day. It was really getting on my nerves…

…I almost decided to give up!

Then again, while my way home from the office, in local train one lady pointing my patches, identifying herself as skin specialist suggested a cream to me and said, even Priyanka Chopra applies this cream to get rid of her patches. I took a sigh of relief…finally this cream is my calling! Without wasting any time, I rushed to the medical store and paid a bomb for this Jadu ki chadi. Believe me, even after applying 6 tubes regularly for nearly 6 months, my patches did not budge. I am still looking forward to catching that lady.

One leisurely Sunday morning, I came across an ad in HT Brunch which prominently mentioned Vitamin E as the base of that cream. Having lost all faith in creams and lotions, I paid no heed to it, but yes Vitamin E component stayed with me. I started researching on Vitamin E…

So literally, what does Vitamin E stands for? Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. The body also needs vitamin E to boost its immune system so that it can fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them. In addition, cells use vitamin E to interact with each other and to carry out many important functions.

After a yearlong struggle, I realized that this problem needs to be attacked inside out, applying creams, lotions, oils, face-wash etc. are of no avail if vital ingredients are not reaching inside. Hence it was important that I make some important changes in my eating habits and add those foods which are a good source of Vitamin E.

So What foods provide vitamin E?

Vitamin E is found naturally in foods and is added to some fortified foods. One can get recommended amounts of vitamin E by eating a variety of foods including the following:

Vegetable oils like wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils are among the best sources of vitamin E. Corn and soybean oils also provide some vitamin E.

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Nuts (such as peanuts, hazelnuts, and, especially, almonds) and seeds (like sunflower seeds) are also among the best sources of vitamin E.

Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, provide some vitamin E.

Food companies add vitamin E to some breakfast cereals, fruit juices, margarine and spreads, and other foods.

To ensure a consistent supply of Vitamin E, I started eating five soaked almonds every day and added spinach soup to my dinner besides some of the sources mentioned above. Inside was sorted, what about the application on skin.

I came to know about Aloe Vera Gel which claimed to add a glow to the skin and is ayurvedic preparation too. I decided to invest in it chucking my age-old favourite Nivea cream. But what about vitamin E for the skin? On further research, I came across #Evion oil capsules and eureka…what a discovery it turned out to be! Every night I opened one capsule and mixed it with Aloe Vera Gel and applied on my face with a double quote on my patches. Gradually all this started showing results. Friends started telling me, your face is glowing, your patches are going, skin is tightening!

Now I have got Evion Vitamin Cream which I use everynight.

Vitamin E oil works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the ageing process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.

Now you see it to believe it, these drastically lightened…making me happier!

This was Vitamin E and Evion capsules for me.

I hope you will draw inspiration from story on combatting dark patches, loss of glow and loosening of skin with Vitamin E and you can have details from #Evion website: http://www.evion.co.in/

This is my entry for the My Vitamin E mantra contest being held on Indiblogger by Evion.

The Great Mumbai Shopping Festival is here!

Aamchi Mumbai is all set host apro “The Mumbai Shopping Festival” from January 12 – 31st organized by MTDC,  purportedly on the lines of the Dubai shopping festival.

It will be first of the kind grand shopping cum fun and fair mela with many themes like fashion shows, street performance and more all around Mumbai city and Suburban, Thane and Navi Mumbai area. Complete 3 weeks (20 days Shopping festival mela) starting 12th January 2018 will last till the end of the month will be a grand trade fair and discounted shopping event with an extra dose of late night fun and fair with hotels, airlines giving discounts and restaurant and bars opened late night too. A great opportunity to enjoy best discounts and offers at more than 50 different locations in Mumbai.

MSF 2018 is a joint initiative of ‘Maharashtra Tourism’, ‘OMCPL’, ‘Maharashtra Unlimited’ and ‘Visit Maharashtra’. A festival dedicated to shopping here forth putting Mumbai city on the world map as a huge Shopping Destination. These 20 days events bring in Entertainment, Prizes, Lifestyle, Great Experience with almost every part of Mumbai on Sale, Discount and Offers of about 5000+ local & international brands covering South Mumbai, Western Suburban, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Far North Vasai Virar locations. Many Associate partners like MCHI Credai, Naredco, FICCI, GJEPC India, Retailer Association of India, India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd and Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association gave support and push to this festival. The Opening ceremony of this festive event will be held on 12th January at BKC (Jio Garden) and Similarly Closing at Gateway of India on 31st January 2018 by Hon’ble CM.

Shopping Partners

Shopping destination and Hospitality partners like Malls, Restaurants, Hotels, Various Retail Outlets, Departmental Stores, Petrol Stations, Airlines, General Stores, Movie Theatres, Online Shopping giants are all connected together for this mega shopping event of Mumbai. Below are the listed partners:

Music Concerts, About 13 Stage and Sports Events and Many performing arts can be observed at 13 various locations in Mumbai city, Suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai area. Below are the details.

Street Performances

Music Concerts for all genre performed by Bollywood and Marathi folk world along with Local Musicians and talents less known. College and Rock bands, International EDM artists will all be seen rocking late night performing Classical, Rock, Indie Pop, Jazz and more.

Venues

Bandra Carter Road, Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, Worli Sea Face, International & Domestic Airport, Juhu Beach, Outside 3 Star Hotel Kharghar (Navi Mumbai), Vashi Railway Station, Galleria Mall Powai, Upvan Lake Thane, Cypress Garden Mulund and Maxus Mall Mira Road.

Late Night Zones & Bazaar

During Weekends, Late night Bazaars are organized opened till and wee hours (Till 4 Am). Few locations are kept wide open for fun and entertainment for family and friends to enjoy along with shopping. Below are the dates and late night locations :

  • 13th January & 14th January (Bandra Jio Garden, BKC)
  • 19th January & 20th January (Mindspace Malad Link Road)
  • 26th January & 27th January (Powai)
  • Food Trucks and Khao Galli Food Options

Food Truck Association of India will showcase food options at the trending food truck eateries of Mumbai. These will be a weekend fun and eateries zone with dates as detailed below :

13th and 14th January at Worli Seaface.

19th and 20th January at Mindspace Malad.

26th and 27th January at Powai.

Infiniti and InOrbit Mall Malad, High Street Phoenix Lower Parel, Phoenix Market City Kurla, Oberoi Mall Goregaon, RCity Mall Ghatkopar, Grand Central at Seawood Navi Mumbai and Thane Viviana Mall.

Super Markets Brands & Grocery Stores

DMart, Big Bazaar, Crossword, The Bombay Store, Reliance Fresh, Haiko Powai, Vijay Sales Outlets, Nature’s Basket, Reliance Mart and Digital outlets.

The idea is to come to Mumbai, enjoy its delicacies, visit tourist spots and shop, availing attractive discounts everywhere. “It is going to be a unique experience!

Summertime Villa, jewel in the GOA’s Crown!


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When at the end of the year, you plan to hit GOA for obvious reasons, you can explore a new boutique hotel, Summertime Villa…Let me introduce you to Summertime villa in Goa, Asia’s Most Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, winner of World Boutique Hotel Awards in London! A luxury hilltop villa in Goa with tropical gardens, koi pond, and infinity pool. Total privacy in a secluded location, yet close to the famous beaches on the coast of North Goa. Summertime is also a preferred sanctuary for Bollywood celebrities who want to escape the paparazzi for some me-time.

Summertime villa in Goa makes a winning combination of a location close to north Goa’s hotspots yet surrounded by two peaceful acres of lush tropical gardens. This sort of generous private space is simply unheard of in Goa, especially in north Goa. The two acres are spread around the villa in such a way that maximum amount of privacy is assured, as several high-profile celebrities have discovered.

Summertime is built in contemporary Bali style, the preferred holiday destination of the owners. Large glass walls bring in views of the two pools and every window and door opens out to stunning greenery. The double height living room is the heart of the villa. A large rattan and wood sofa flanked by deep armchairs invites hours of convivial catching up with family members and friends. Summertime villa perches on a hilltop just outside Calangute overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. It is a rare luxury villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquillity which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

The three massive suites of 75 sq meters each are all done up in happy colours and hand-picked furniture from Bali and from other places from the owners’ travels. There is a large separate wall to wall wardrobe, exquisitely done large bathrooms with walk-in showers and twin vanities. Just outside the Koi suite is the large koi pond where colourful koi fish await some snacks. A burbling waterfall ends in the koi pond and this presence of water is a huge attraction to birds, both resident and migratory.

Another strong presence is of books, books and more books. In a bright corner of the living room is a Bibliochaise – a chair built around a mini-library. Obviously, the house belongs to big-time readers and their collection keeps on expanding.

The impressive frontage of Summertime overlooks the large infinity pools. Folks who want to do laps can do so in the whopping 14 x 7-meter length while the lazy swimmers can perch on the benches built inside the main pool overlooking the gardens or immerse themselves in the smaller lounge pool.

Summertime is fully staffed with an amazing cook, a very versatile caretaker and well-trained housekeeping staff. The grounds care for three staff members who live in a charming bungalow at the bottom of the property. Summertime’s staff and the wonderful food has also been a huge highlight and just about every guest leaves raving about the quality service and food.

Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.