WomanBuzz http://womanbuzz.in A Woman and Everything Else! Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:12:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 57125493 The Landscape Artist – Usha Deshpande http://womanbuzz.in/lifestyle/landscape-artist-usha-deshpande/ http://womanbuzz.in/lifestyle/landscape-artist-usha-deshpande/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:42:39 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=793 To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! Usha Deshpande has been in the field of garden landscaping for the last 30 years. She specializes in small scale projects like bungalow gardens, farm houses, terraces and balcony gardens. She has a  passion for art, that is why all her gardens have a strong aesthetic […]

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To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!

Usha Deshpande has been in the field of garden landscaping for the last 30 years. She specializes in small scale projects like bungalow gardens, farm houses, terraces and balcony gardens.

She has a  passion for art, that is why all her gardens have a strong aesthetic appeal.

Usha was introduced to gardening by her mother, who was one of the first ladies to learn the art of Bonsai in Mumbai.

Usha’s love for gardening flowered and soon became a passion. Then it was just a matter of time before her passion became her profession.

She took special training from the renowned landscape designer, Mrs. Shreya Dalal. She also attended many workshops conducted by masters from Japan, Singapore and Phillipines.

Usha has also attended an international conference in garden art in Japan. She has travelled to Singapore, UK, Austria and USA to study world famous gardens.

Her list of clients includes an impressive Who’s Who of Pune. She has done the following projects-

  1. Mrs. Narayan’s bungalow in Ambrosia.
  2. Mrs. Anu Aga’s bungalow on Boat Club Road
  3. Thermax Guest House and the new Thermax office
  4. Mr. Pravin Lunkad’s bungalow in Koregaon Park.
  5. Mr. Deepak Mehta’s bungalow in Koregaon Park {Deepak Fertilizer)
  6. Mr. Pravin Agarwal’s bungalow in Koregaon Park (Sterlite)
  7. Mr. Hingorani’s farmhouse (Indiana Group)
  8. Atlas Copco

Her talent is indeed noteworthy. So in case you want to use her expertise to spruce up and beautify your bungalow gardens, terrace gardens or even your apartment balconies, you can get in touch with her.

Usha Deshpande
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Isn’t Dark beautiful too? http://womanbuzz.in/beauty/isnt-dark-beautiful/ http://womanbuzz.in/beauty/isnt-dark-beautiful/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:04:41 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=786  Whenever you are surfing the net, have you ever noticed how you are constantly bombarded with links telling you how you can get fairer skin in two weeks, or how to lighten your skin tone by four shades by doing a certain thing, or look what happened to this girl after she applied this particular […]

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 Whenever you are surfing the net, have you ever noticed how you are constantly bombarded with links telling you how you can get fairer skin in two weeks, or how to lighten your skin tone by four shades by doing a certain thing, or look what happened to this girl after she applied this particular thing on her skin, and so on.

On the T.V. again, it is the same story. Advertisements of “fair and lovely”, “fair and handsome” and loads of other fairness creams which magically promise you a fairer skin in no time, are constantly being aired. Fair and handsome for God’s sake! And here we wasted our teens, drooling and fantasizing about the tall, DARK and handsome heroes of our Mills and Boons novels!

Recently, I came across an article written by an African American on this Indian bias for fair skin. According to him India is the most racist country in the world. In a survey conducted in 2013, India and Jordan were the only two countries who scored over 40% in racial intolerance. It is actually true that Indians are the most colour obsessed people in the world. An Indian will discriminate against another Indian on the basis of the colour of his skin.

The recent case of critically acclaimed actor Tannishtha Chatterjee’s ordeal at a popular comedy show, proves my point. She had been invited to the show to promote her film and since it was a comedy show, she was ready to be roasted in a good humoured way. But she was shocked at the regressive and blatantly racist attack on her because of the colour of her skin. She says that the jokes about her skin colour were not funny at all. According to her, even considering dark skin as a joke comes from a deep rooted prejudice in our society.

If you look at any matrimonial advertisement for brides, everyone wants a fair and beautiful girl. Well, if you are dusky or dark complexioned, your value in the marriage market surely goes down. Parents of girls who are dark skinned are in a perpetual state of worry as they know that getting them good grooms is going to be an uphill task. A dusky girl may have better facial features and personality than a fair girl, but the fair girl wins hands down in every situation. For us the concept of beauty stops at fair skin.

Once my maid servant came to me and asked me to suggest some cream which could make her daughter fair. Well, I can understand where she is coming from, as she is not literate. But what surprises me is when educated people believe in such creams. At least they should know that our skin colour is caused by a pigment called melanin which is determined genetically and no amount of fairness creams can change our skin colour. What these creams can do,  at best, is to remove some of the temporary tan that we have acquired because of being in the sun for long.

The desire for lighter skin is intertwined with issues of self-image, racial inequities and colonial attitudes. This is what is running the the million rupee industry of fairness creams in India. Fairness creams are reportedly the most popular in the skin care market. Most creams sold in the market are a dangerous cocktail of compounds like steroids, hydro quinones and tretinoin, the long term use of which can lead to permanent pigmentation, skin cancer, liver damage and mercury poisoning.

Recently, actress Kangana Ranaut turned down a lucrative advertisement for a fairness cream as she said that if she did this campaign, she would be insulting her sister who has a dusky complexion. Well, kudos to her!

Actress Nandita Das, who is an outspoken activist for the “Dark is beautiful” campaign, says that a campaign on its own won’t transform Indian society, but at least it can start a debate on the issue. Ms. Das has refused many a roles where she was asked to change her skin colour. Well, more power to her!

There is so much more to a person than his/her skin colour. When will we learn to be comfortable in our own skin? When will we focus more on a person’s inherent qualities? When will we stop judging a person’s beauty by his/her dark or light complexion?

And yes, our colour is decided by our genes, so people get real and quit wasting your energies on this futile quest for a fairer skin!

 

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An Escape to Bali http://womanbuzz.in/travel/bali/ http://womanbuzz.in/travel/bali/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:07:10 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=741 The travel bug has bitten me. I am the happiest when I am on the move. This summer, the urge to explore yet another  new destination took over me. As I began to look for options I came across this 6 day trip to Bali interestingly called “Eat, Chill and Spa in Bali”. This was […]

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The travel bug has bitten me. I am the happiest when I am on the move.

This summer, the urge to explore yet another  new destination took over me. As I began to look for options I came across this 6 day trip to Bali interestingly called “Eat, Chill and Spa in Bali”. This was just the thing I was looking for. I booked myself on the trip and waited eagerly for it to begin.

Bali, fondly called “Island of the Gods”, is one of the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It is known for it’s forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is a part of the coral triangle having the highest bio diversity of marine species.

We arrived at the Nigurah Rai airport in Denpasar and were greeted by  traditional Balinese dancers.

From the airport we proceeded to Ubud, a small town in the uplands of Bali,  known for it’s traditional crafts and dance. It is a quaint place with narrow cobbled streets and a sense of tranquility pervading the air.

The morning market in Ubud.

The people of Bali are highly spiritual and the whole island is dotted with temples. The famous Tanah Lot temple is the most visited and photographed landmark of Bali.

In fact in Ubud  I found temples at every corner

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The island has many famous beaches. We spent a leisurely afternoon at the Kuta beach…….. 

…… and then enjoyed a spectacular sunset at the Jimbaran beach.

Bali is renowned for its highly developed arts like dance, music, painting, sculpture, leather and metal works.

For the adventurous at heart there is river rafting in the Ayung River.

Bali  boasts of excellent spa services. Here I am feeling totally refreshed after a traditional Balinese massage.

The Orchid Garden of Bali was a feast for the eyes.

And to top it all we tasted some really amazing local cuisine!

I really enjoyed my trip to Bali. I came back feeling totally rejuvenated!

 

 

 

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Onion pakoras http://womanbuzz.in/food/735/ http://womanbuzz.in/food/735/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:16:52 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=735   Onion pakoras Feeling hungry? Make these in a jiffy. Ingredients 1 cup besan 1 cup sliced onions 1 green chilli finely chopped Some chopped coriander Salt to taste 1/4 tsp jeera Little water Oil for frying Method Make a thick batter using all ingredients except oil. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and […]

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Onion pakoras

Feeling hungry? Make these in a jiffy.

Ingredients
1 cup besan
1 cup sliced onions
1 green chilli finely chopped
Some chopped coriander
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp jeera
Little water
Oil for frying

Method
Make a thick batter using all ingredients except oil. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and deep fry dollops of the batter till golden brown. Serve hot with ketchup.

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Swasth haath, Savlon ke Saath! http://womanbuzz.in/health/swasth-haath-savlon-ke-saath/ http://womanbuzz.in/health/swasth-haath-savlon-ke-saath/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:24:04 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=729 Recently I came across an interesting video about Savlon’s CSR towards children’s hygiene. Since hygiene is a topic very close to my heart, I was really impressed with this unique innovation of Savlon where they have incorporated soap into chalk sticks. Children who use slates and chalks in schools invariably have their hands covered in […]

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Recently I came across an interesting video about Savlon’s CSR towards children’s hygiene. Since hygiene is a topic very close to my heart, I was really impressed with this unique innovation of Savlon where they have incorporated soap into chalk sticks.

Children who use slates and chalks in schools invariably have their hands covered in chalk dust. Come lunch time and these hungry souls start eating their food with just a cursory washing of their hands with water. To train them in using soap each time is an ordeal. Being a mother I am well aware that making children do the right thing sometimes is so difficult.
Bringing about any kind of behavioural change in children is an uphill task. To motivate young children to adopt healthy hygiene habits is really challenging. The process of communication and education has to be fun and engaging. Children have to be mentored through joyful learning and play way methods.

Savlon has addressed this very need through their brilliant concept of incorporating soap into chalk sticks. Each time a child washes his hands with water, the chalk residue on his hands turns into lather and makes his hands squeaky clean! The chalk dust forming lather on washing with water is a unique experience that engages children and educates them on the importance of cleaning with cleansers.

As we all know, a lot of young children suffer from common infectious diseases like diarrhoea, common cold, influenza, skin and eye ailments, among others, due to poor hygiene. In school, in the course of the day, children touch many things and surfaces, thus picking up a lot of unwanted germs and bacteria. Most school children in the rural interiors have very low awareness about personal cleanliness.

Healthy practices like regular hand washing with soap is one of the most effective preventive measures that one can inculcate in children to ensure their good health. Hand hygiene is a critical issue.

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Savlon’s unique Chalk Sticks is a first of its kind initiative, in a series of on ground activities being undertaken by Savlon Swasth India Mission.

As a mother I realise the importance of keeping children healthy and disease free, and for this reason I really appreciate Savlon’s initiative in this direction.

The Savlon Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks are indeed a simple, yet effective innovation that will ensure that children in schools all across India keep away from diseases and enjoy a happy and healthy childhood. Their health is finally in safe hands….their own hands!

Children are the future of our country so come let us make them healthier to make our country stronger!!!

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Black! White! Or 50 Shades of Grey!!! http://womanbuzz.in/musings/black-white-50-shades-grey/ http://womanbuzz.in/musings/black-white-50-shades-grey/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:46:33 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=722 Demonetisation as I understand it. By Anand Thakoor I am not an expert in economics or finance but would attempt to give my understanding of the current demonetisation exercise. I do not have access to any statistics and hence figures in the narrative are only my estimates. To understand the process we need to split […]

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Demonetisation as I understand it.

By Anand Thakoor
I am not an expert in economics or finance but would attempt to give my understanding of the current demonetisation exercise. I do not have access to any statistics and hence figures in the narrative are only my estimates.
To understand the process we need to split it into intended purpose and the various effects in the immediate (upto 15 days), short term (6 months), medium term (1 year) and long term (over 1 year) for various groups of people, businesses, etc.
A good place to start is a look at the last demonetisation. In 1978 PM Mr. Morarji Desai demonetised the 1000, 5000 & 10000 rupee notes. Yes there were 10,000 rupee notes. In those days well over 95% of the population had never even seen a 10,000 re note, leave alone handled it. Even the 1000 re note was not common so over 90% of the population were not affected by the demonetisation.
Fake currency hardly existed in the high denomination sector, Cross border terror did not exist, some militancy in the north-east and naxal groups were there, but they hardly used the above notes. The main purpose thus was only so called ‘Black Money’. It was not a digital world and all records were on paper. Aadhar or similar id’s were not there and even the PAN number had not started. Property was sold with just 30~40% white and upto 70% black component. Similarly almost all trade had a large black component. Altering or missing records was no big deal. Media was not as active, more so as communication was poor.
Thus when the demonetisation was done, almost all could manage to change their demonetised notes by some means or another. Some notes were burnt or destroyed and that was the small gain for the govt. Some money came into the banking system, but hardly anything. There was no follow-up action and soon the so called black money was back and growing. Therefore on the whole, the operation was a total failure.
Now coming to 2016. It can safely be said that over 99% of the adult population in India have at some time or the other possessed a 500 re note. Thus the demonetisation will affect 100% of the population.
Let us consider the intended purpose.
Fake currency – This takes a direct hit. The full stock becomes useless. Full immediate and short term gain, medium to long term gain will depend on follow up action.
Cross border terror – Infiltration is mainly funded from the other side so little direct effect, but there is dependence on local assistance and safe houses which takes a hit without cash so terror strikes may not be so successful. Sleeper cells will find it difficult to activate and if not funded will wilt in some time. Instigation for local disturbance will be largely hit as it strongly depends on cash incentive. Will give short to medium term relief which should be used to quickly develop employment and positivity. Strictly shut of funds to instigators by any means.
North-east militancy – This has a fair amount of ideological conviction resulting from years of neglect. Cash crunch will give good breathing space. Clean government, quick development, good border management with Bangladesh and Myanmar will convert most. The final few will require more pro-active counselling with carrot and stick.
Naxal movement – This started with noble goals of justice for tribal people but over time degenerated to a level where, for sustenance of the movement they were feeding on the blood of the very tribal people who they were fighting for. The vicious circle is that without peace there is no development and without development there is no peace. Cash crunch will again give good breathing time and if the fund supply can be controlled for long, then the movement will die out. This should be used for rapid health care, education and employment generation.
Black Money – This is the most complex part. There are various types of black money some of which is not so black. Each requires different treatment and affects different groups of people and businesses. There is some overlap in black money and all of the above. Let us first divide black money in 2 groups. 1. Black money from crime & 2. Black money from evasion. Other groups are ‘Dead Money’ which may or may not be black but is hoarded and thus out of circulation, and there is ‘Unaccounted Money’ which is in circulation in cash but out of the formal banking system and having no record, such as with hawkers, small vendors, domestic help and other service providers, unorganised labour etc.
Black money from crime can be sub-dived into money from violent crime such as bank and cash van robbery, looting, chain snatching, burglary, theft, vehicle or commodity theft, kidnapping, ransom, blackmail, enforced prostitution, smuggling, drugs, making and dealing in illegal weapons bombs etc., supari killings, paid violence etc.
Money from non-violent crime fraud, debit/credit card & bank account hacking, conning, chit fund scams, bribery, etc. In all black money from crime there is an adversely affected person or persons.
Immediate to short term effect – Small timers may get away, big guns will lose some to bulk of their cash stack.
Medium to long term – May limp back to old ways if nothing is done.
Action required – Making large cash transactions very difficult without digital trail. (partly in progress) and quick prosecution of criminals.
Black money from evasion – This is legal money but converted to black to avoid taxes such as Income Tax, Sales Tax, Service Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty, Import/Export Duty, Excise Duty etc. In this category other than the govt. no other person is affected and so these cases normally do not land up in court. For example: Say a professional (employees have TDS) earns Rs. 1 Cr per year. At 30% his I.Tax is Rs. 30 Lakhs. He declares only 50 lakhs income and pays 15 lakhs as tax. In the tax office he pays Rs. 5 lakhs as bribe to ensure no enquiry. He has generated Rs. 5 lakhs as black money from crime and Rs. 45 lakhs as black money from evasion. As can be seen this is the area where large chunks of black money is generated, which does not go in the formal banking system. This is also the area where a very large population is, in big or small ways involved and thus all will point fingers but no one really wants to bell the cat. All political parties, builders, Bollywood & entertainment industry, doctors, lawyers and almost all non-salaried class have some skeletons in the cupboard.
Therefore PM Modi has taken a very bold step which will ruffle a large part of the population, including many in the BJP and to some extent the BJP also.
Immediate to short term effect – As above, the small timers may get away with little to no loss but will get the message. Big guns will try all means to paint the money but those with large stacks will lose bulk of it. (Big guns need not mean industrialists. Core business of big industry does not work on cash. A car maker does not pay his work force in cash and cars are not sold in cash.)
Medium to long term – Many will get the message and avoid evasion if the tax rates change, although some may still go back to old ways.
Indians are by nature not criminal minded if the system supports them. There is a good example for this. Mumbai can be considered as a mini India as it has people from all regions, languages, religions, castes and economic class. If we recollect the few days after 26th July 2005 when the devastating floods Mumbai took place, the city was bad shape with almost all houses, shops, offices, industries etc. lying open. Strangely in those few days there were no major cases of looting, theft, molestation house brake etc. even though the law enforcement was almost non-existent. Shortly after the Mumbai floods, there was hurricane Katrina in south-eastern USA, with similar effect. It should be noted that the few days after had large scale looting and theft from shops and homes left open. This is a point to ponder.
Therefore action required to control black money from evasion – Drastically reduce taxes especially Income Tax, Capital gains Tax and Stamp duty. (Sales Tax and Service Tax will be replaced with GST) It can be done in stages, but the first stage should cut it by at least 30~40%.

Finally the common man standing outside banks – There has been a panic created by the pessimists and doomsday sooth sayers that the world is about to end. These are fed by politicians and so-called economic experts. The media is known to always feed on negativity. The result is a hoarding of low denomination notes well beyond the requirement by those who could get it, and thereby leaving the less fortunate to suffer. With more currency coming in the situation will improve, but in the meantime stop hoarding and circulate low denomination notes especially to the weaker sections of society.

The author is a citizen of India.

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A review of Eat, Drink and More http://womanbuzz.in/lifestyle/review-eat-drink/ http://womanbuzz.in/lifestyle/review-eat-drink/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:53:08 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=699 They say gifting is an art. It is easy to buy things for yourself, but when it comes to buying gifts for others, one is always in a quandary. It is difficult to judge the likes and dislikes of the other person. Clothes,  cosmetics, perfumes are all a matter of personal choice. So when I […]

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They say gifting is an art. It is easy to buy things for yourself, but when it comes to buying gifts for others, one is always in a quandary. It is difficult to judge the likes and dislikes of the other person. Clothes,  cosmetics, perfumes are all a matter of personal choice. So when I came across this Eat, Drink & More membership card,  I felt it would make a perfect gift which could be used over the period of one year on several occasions. I promptly gifted one to my son and daughter in law on their anniversary! Do check it out.

Membership of Eat, Drink & More entitles the member to the
following benefits and privileges at The Westin Pune Koregaon
Park, Le Méridien Pune and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel &
Serviced Apartments, Pune. Membership is valid for one year
and the annual membership fee is INR 11,952 all inclusive.

Card Benefits:

  • A complimentary one night stay for two people with breakfast
  • A complimentary lunch buffet for two
  • A complimentary dinner buffet for two
  • Upto 50% of discounts on dining in
  • 20% discount on all beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic),
    excluding premium wines and spirits .
  • Members’ Happy Hours between 7 pm to 9 pm at the Hotel
    bars (Buy 1 and get 1 free on select brands only).
  • 20% discount at the Pastry Shop. Members’ Happy Hours
    after 8 pm, 50% discount on cakes and pastries.
  • 10% discount on flexible rate for any category
    of room.
  • 20% discount on the spa and salon services.
  • A complimentary one kg celebration cake when minimum of four
    persons dine in.
  •  50% discount on the total food bill when up to ten persons dine for buffet lunch/dinner.
  •  1,000 off on the total food bill with a minimum net spend of
    INR 2,000 while dining at any restaurant.
  •   A complimentary bottle of In-House Wine when minimum of four persons dine at any restaurant.
  •  Members enjoy the same dining discounts on the food at participating hotels in South Asia.
  • A complimentary membership card is available for your spouse.

With so many benefits, the EDM card makes for an ideal gift. Even if you take one for yourself, you get to celebrate all your family events and occasions like birthdays and anniversaries in real style and with a lot of discounts, too! You can entertain your guests and even plan your kitty parties or other social get togethers and enjoy all the benefits of the card throughout the year!!!

Eat, Drink & More, Pune
www.eatdrinkandmore.in
For membership enquires contact

Christopher +91 70 30 947808

 

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What’s apping??? http://womanbuzz.in/musings/whats-apping/ http://womanbuzz.in/musings/whats-apping/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:02:45 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=685 Have we completely lost it? Have we become brain dead? Or demented? Or morons? How can we read, share, forward, copy, paste, read, send, forward…….the same jokes, stories, anecdotes over and over and over, again and again and again? I am into a lot of WhatsApp groups and I am sure everybody else is, too. […]

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Have we completely lost it? Have we become brain dead? Or demented? Or morons?

How can we read, share, forward, copy, paste, read, send, forward…….the same jokes, stories, anecdotes over and over and over, again and again and again?

I am into a lot of WhatsApp groups and I am sure everybody else is, too. There is a school group, a college group, few kitty groups, a family group, an extended family group, to name a few. It’s a very effective way of keeping in touch and sending messages to a large number of friends simultaneously, and it doesn’t cost a dime, but I wish people would  learn to use it sensibly. It’s a great platform for sharing messages and updates between people, but the whole purpose of its usefulness is defeated as important messages are lost in the maze of useless forwards  that people keep posting. By the way the same forwards are shared on your Facebook timeline too! And then there are comments like “great posts abc” or “wonderful posts xyz”.

So, I have read about the thugs who spray chloroform on visiting cards which they then give you to make you unconscious so that they can rob you, the thieves who stick this piece of paper on your rear windshield  to prompt you to get out of your car so that they can drive away in it, the warnings about downloading specific messages that will steal sensitive data from your phone and a lot of other stories that I now know by heart as I get to read them at repeated intervals on the various WhatsApp groups!

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If this is not enough, there are people wishing you good morning, good evening, good night with pictures of flowers, lakes, waterfalls, sunsets, etc. Seriously, who has the time to go through this trash during the course of a busy day! If I am away from my phone for an hour I see 258 or some such atrocious number of WhatsApp messages waiting to be read!!! If I choose not to read all those messages, then I miss that one important message about my friend waiting to meet me at the coffee shop.

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Then there is this species of friends who believe in giving you general “gyan” about life and its philosophies! They keep posting quotes of great people, famous proverbs, etc. and you know what, this is your “eureka “ moment! So this is where you have been going wrong. Maybe if you practise what is written in the proverb, your life will become better. Simple isn’t it?

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And don’t forget those jokes. Oh yes, they are supposed to make you laugh but having read a joke for the umpteenth time, I am ready to pull out my hair!

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And if this is not enough, you will have twenty people responding to this joke with emojis or emoticons! So you have these winking faces with their tongues hanging out, tears streaming down faces, smirking faces, smiling faces, laughing faces, thumbs up signs and clapping emoticons flooding your phone screen! Uff!!!

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Friends, WhatsApp is a great platform. If we learn to use it judiciously it is quite a helpful thing. So come let us follow some basic WhatsApp etiquette to make this amazing app more of an asset and less of a liability.

  • Keep this platform solely for sharing messages and personal info
  • Do not post senseless forwards on group chats
  • Avoid putting those good morning, good night messages
  • Do not have a private conversation on a group chat
  • Do not post too many pictures unless they are of an event attended by the group
  • Discuss and post only those messages which are relevant to the group
  • Do not discuss politics or religion on group chats
  • Avoid hurting anyone’s sentiments with insensitive remarks
  • Do not post information that has not been verified
  • Do not text at odd hours
  • Use smileys and emoticons effectively

I have to sign off now as my phone is pinging again. Another 300 messages waiting to be read I am sure!

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A Spiritual interlude http://womanbuzz.in/life/a-spiritual-interlude/ http://womanbuzz.in/life/a-spiritual-interlude/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 08:43:27 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=651   I had never imagined that I would ever attend a “Kumbh Mela” in my life. It is not because I am not a spiritual person, but because I generally dislike crowds and crowded places. For the uninitiated, the Kumbh mela is held at four places in India, namely, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. According […]

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I had never imagined that I would ever attend a “Kumbh Mela” in my life. It is not because I am not a spiritual person, but because I generally dislike crowds and crowded places. For the uninitiated, the Kumbh mela is held at four places in India, namely, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain.

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According to a legend, at one time, the Devtas and the Asuras were churning the ocean to get “nectar” or the drink of immortality. When Lord Vishnu was transporting the nectar in a “Kumbh” or pot, he spilled some drops over these four places thus making them sacred. The Kumbh is held in these four cities in rotation, coming back to the first place after 12 years.

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This year, I was invited by close relatives, to attend the Simhastha in Ujjain. After much consideration I, accompanied by my family, finally decided to go.
On the eve of our departure, we heard that the government had declared a red alert in many northern states, including Madhya Pradesh, where the temperatures were set to soar to 45 degrees and more. I was already apprehensive about facing the huge crowds and now the thought of doing so in intense heat, really seemed an uphill task. But being the positive person that I am, I embarked on the journey hoping that everything will turn out fine.
We flew down to Indore and from there proceeded by road to Ujjain. The drive was quite comfortable, it wasn’t as hot as we had expected and we did not get caught in a traffic jam.
After freshening up, we left for the Ram ghat to take a dip in the Holy river, Shipra. Incidentally this  is the place where Lord Ram had bathed all those years ago.  The scene at the ghat was magical. Even though there were thousands of people who had collected here for the last “Shahi Snaan” of the Simhasth,  there was no chaos as such.

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The atmosphere was absolutely mesmerizing. Amidst the cacophony of  the temple bells, recitation of mantras, squeals of the little children and the sound of the “aarti” being performed on the banks of the river, one was transported to a different Era. Along the banks, at every few feet, the local pundits had set up temples of their own where they would apply “Tilak” on your foreheads and perform a Pooja for you after your bath. The devotion of the millions present there was almost contagious. I felt a unique sense of peace and contentment come over me. There was magic at that place, in that moment. There were people of every caste, creed, colour and status, bound together with their immense belief in this one event.

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I was happy that I had decided to attend the Simhasth. It was a very rich experience indeed!

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Beat the Heat with these Summer Coolers http://womanbuzz.in/food/beat-heat-summer-coolers/ http://womanbuzz.in/food/beat-heat-summer-coolers/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 18:09:31 +0000 http://techzonelife.com/womanbuzz/?p=615 Peak summer is here. Days are getting hotter and hotter with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees. Extreme heat causes dehydration. So it is important that we drink lots of fluids to keep our bodies hydrated. Here are some simple home made drinks using natural coolers like sabza, saunf, cucumber and curds to cool you down. […]

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Peak summer is here. Days are getting hotter and hotter with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees. Extreme heat causes dehydration. So it is important that we drink lots of fluids to keep our bodies hydrated. Here are some simple home made drinks using natural coolers like sabza, saunf, cucumber and curds to cool you down.

Kacchi Lassi

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. Rooh Afza
  • 2 tbsps. Milk
  • 3/4 glass water
  • Crushed ice

Method

Mix everything in a tall glass and serve.


 

Cucumber Cooler

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Ingredients

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/4 inch of ginger
  • 1/2 glass water
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of cummin powder
  • Crushed ice

Method

  1. Grind the cucumber with water.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve chilled.

 

Mint lassi

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsps mint chutney
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed ice

Method

  1. Run all the ingredients in a liquidiser.
  2. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

 

Khus Magic

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps Khus syrup
  • 1 tbsp saunf
  • 1 tsp sabza
  • 1 glass water
  • crushed ice

Method

  1. Boil the saunf in a little water.
  2. Cool it.
  3. Soak the sabza seeds in water.
  4. Mix all the ingredients.
  5. Serve chilled.

Do let me know which of these you liked best and also if you have any ideas for more such coolers and mocktails. Awaiting your responses in the comments section below.

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