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I am one of those who decides to get up early and go jogging but snooze twice to realize its too late and straight away rush for office. I am also one of those who plan a diet for a week but eat only what is tastier, including high cholesterol stuff fast food. Have you heard of a guy who pays yearly gym membership but go only for first month or so? Thats so me.
A correction here. That WAS so me. With strong determination and a few small steps, I’ve started living a healthier life. And so can you. Read on…
First things first. There is no need to completely forcefully change your active lifestyle to be healthy. Some small steps can be taken which can do wonders and ensure you have a active body, a healthy heart and a happy you ! Lets go through a few small initiatives and apply in our daily schedule that shall go a long way in keeping you fit and active.
Make sure that every week you aim for five 30-minute sessions of an activity that can involve simple exercises even sitting at work or while watching your fav cricket match on TV. Get up from that couch and start right away !
Excessive alcohol has severe damaging effects on the heart: It increases the risk of heart diseases, raises blood pressure, and is very calorific. No we are not asking you to stop drinking completely, but make sure that it is in limits.
Smoking doubles your risk of heart disease, and it affects your body badly. Smoking can be replaced by Nicorette or e-cigarettes, or even healthier alternatives like fruit juices.
Certainly the most exciting way for all the foodies in the house, healthy eating is the best way to be fit and active.
-Eat at least a small amount of fruit and veg a day.
-Opt for wholegrain carbohydrates such as brown bread or rice rather than sugary ones
-Include some milk, meat, fish and eggs in your meal
-Minimize salt intake, and also avoid high levels of fat and sugar: together they can dramatically increase your heart disease risk.
-Opt for high quality vegetable oils like Saffola.
SAFFOLA is a great healthy option that has multiple benefits. Lets have a look at few-
1. Contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that prove to be healthy since they prevent cancer and heart diseases.
2. This oil is known to have double the antioxidant power than that of olive oil. It is the perfect choice of oil for Indian cooking.
3. Saffola has a specially designed antioxidant system that can withstand high temperatures and help in preventing the formation of harmful free radicals.
4. According to lab studies, Saffola has around 20 percent lower absorption capacity than soybean oil, keeping your food healthier.
Undoubtedly, careful and correct eating coupled with regular exercise and an active lifestyle will keep you fit, and in the best of your health. So lets join the momentum, ensure we and our families follow the steps above, be fit and stay active. Afterall, a Healthy family is a Happy family !
Watch out this cute video that has a clear message : “Health Muskhil nahi, bas thoda push karo”
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy !
“Waking up late with bed milk and breakfast, my favorite dishes in lunch, loads of fruits and snacks till evening, then a sumptuous dinner, and ending the day with stories to make me sleep” ~ Summing up my summer vacations at my Grandparents place when we were kids. Memories fresh as it was just yesterday. Oh those days !
We grew elder, times change, we all get busy with life. But one thing that remains the same is the love of our Grandparents for us. For our parents, we have become adults now, but for grandparents, we are still kids and need to be taken care at the most minimum possible level, which they would need more but don’t care.
Spending a few hours with them can never replace the years and years they have dedicatedly taken care of us. But why hesitate in doing the smallest of the things that would make them smile? Its time we celebrate the Grandparents Day (10th Sept) in a manner they will cherish, and make them feel how special they really are.
I’ve always celebrated this day with my grandparents every year and ensure I spend enough time in a memorable manner so they know what they mean to us. Previous year we went to a Live sports game in my city, which they really enjoyed, my grandfather being a sports player himself. A picture of that memory below –
This year, I’ve decided to make this day extra special by giving a surprise to them! I’ve planned a surprise get together of my grandfather’s friends at my home.
To begin with, my granny has already told me the friends and colleagues that were really close to my grandfather at work and other spheres of life. There are a few jogging friends who always meet him in the community park. Also the friends from the temple, and few from the social clubs.
So the guestlist is ready. Next comes the food. We will make the best of dishes that my grandfather really love relishing upon, keeping in mind to keep the oil and sugar at low levels. Few items in the menu would be jalebi, rabdi, dahi ke kofte, aam panna and more..!
As a surprise, I’ve also made a slideshow of the old pictures of my grandparents, when they were young as us, till today, including our last family trip to Kanyakumari. That is surely going to be a pleasant surprise for him.
A long drive to the city’s biggest temple in the evening ending with having the whole family together and chit chatting, laughing at our home sweet home would be the perfect end for this beautiful day !
The preparations are done and I am sure this day would be remembered and cherished by my grandparents forever. All I am waiting for is the surprise in their eyes, and the smile on their face.
Lets all ensure to make this day special for our grandparents in a way that suits the best, and brings a smile on their faces. It will be a small token of our love and thanks for the great and uncountable things they have selflessly done for us in their lives. Its time to #LoveJatao to our forever caring grandparents.
Also, see, feel and share this video so that we understand how important one day with our grandparents can be, for them —
I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.
Learning a new language had always be fun, but equally challenging. I remember years down the line when I used to be a kid and it used to be starting days of my school, it was really difficult learning the new characters and their different forms. What used to be more challenging was the pronunciation, and the various forms. Add grammar to it and it just felt like a dancing demon which you can hate but not ignore.
The classroom session session used to be real strict with assignments, exams, notebooks, books, and what not. The teachers used to ask questions in between classes and it used to be an embarrassing moment for me since I wasnt that quick in learning 😦
I really wished at that time if there could be a fun way of leaning English. A way that giggles you, makes you laugh, teaches you with real life conversations and is super convenient at fingertips. A way where you can learn on the go, in your playground, while sitting on your terrace swing, or even a quick session before sleeping.
Fancy all this? Nihar Shanti Amla’s ‘Pathshala Funwala’ initiative is that step. Lets know more about this –
Fasten your seat belt, Dial the toll free number 8055667788, give a missed call and get set for an adventure journey. Specially meant for kids, but this initiative teaches all kids, and adults alike.
The IVR welcomes you with a lovely Jingle that will surely make the kids go giggle. It then proceeds with conversations and helps understand how to use english in real life. It is a great way to make any new learner understand how to make use of different phrases, words and sentences in actual scenarios. This is way better than classroom learnings that focuses on exam patterns, but this focuses on real life situations.
So, lets ensure that every person makes use of this toll free no 8055667788 which is a great initiative by Nihar Shanti Amla. This unique concept is called as ‘Pathshala Funwala’ and is already a huge hit amongst kids and the families who were looking for a fun way of teaching english to their kids.
Vidya Balan recently launched this initiative, look at the link below to find more and the video – http://www.deccanchronicle.com/videos/vidya-balan-launches-nihar-initiative-pathshala-funwala.html
Lets spread more about this new idea and the toll free no 8055667788 to all people we know and make sure it reaches everyone who needs it. Thanks Nihar Amla for bringing this for all walks of the society.
I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with BlogAdda
It was a fine weekend when I was teaching Mom how to use Whatsapp. Relatively new, she was enjoying the fun things of DP, status, groups and more ! And that is when our maid came for regular services, but she also brought her daughter today since nobody was at her home.
Neha, a 10 year old sweet little kid, with curly hair and rolling eyes seemed all shy when visiting us for the first time. To make her comfortable, Mom gave the mobile to her to play.
Now usually kids of this age are well equipped with all smartphone features and they handle it like a pro, but not Neha. She looked at it like an alien thing and in the fear of wrecking it, left it and hid her behind her mother.
Curious me, asked my maid if she knows how to use smartphones. My maid got a little upset and told that since Neha studies in government school, and “Waha Kaha English sikhate hai” (Ofcourse no English is taught there).
I had another look at Neha. She had zeal in her eyes. Hiding behind her mother she was still looking at the phone from a distance. It was depressing that it this age and technology kids are not learning English which is so much needed for future development. I further learned that Neha is a brilliant kid and is very smart in other activities like art & craft. It seemed a crime to let this happen.
I immediately went close to her and gave her the smartphone and asked if she wants to learn more. She nodded with curiosity. I explained basic features of smartphone, and also taught her how to use camera, even took a selfie with her !
But to ensure that learning continues, I informed our maid about the Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala’s toll free number 8055667788. You call the number and it starts with a lovely Jingle ! It looks to be a fun and beautiful way to learn English. I gave Neha my phone and headphones and she enjoyed listening and learning. She giggled most of the times and it was a delightful sight!
I saved the Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala’s toll free number 8055667788 in my maid’s phone and asked her to set a timetable for Neha to learn English. She was happy because Neha looked to be enjoying this fun way of learning and it came at no cost at all !
Lets together educate all such kids we come across and save the Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala’s toll free number 8055667788 on their parents phone and inform them of this great initiative so that no kid/young/adult is left out and we help making our society & our nation a developed one !
I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with BlogAdda
Kanakgiri is a famous Jain temple in Karnataka, close to Bangalore (200 km). The moolnayak idol is of Parshwanath bhagwan, and this temple is also famous because it is the only Siddakshetra in South India. Kanakagiri is the only place among Jain centers providing relief for the ill effects of Rahu and Ketu. It is described in the Jaina scriptures as Kalasarpadosha.
Search SHRI KSHETRA KANAKGIRI on Gogle maps and it will take you to the exact location.
This temple is 200 km from Bangalore, the the drive time is 3 to 4 hours. The road is good. If you are arriving by your own vehicle, you can even take your car all the way up to the temple, if there are elders with you and cannot climb stairs. The car goes till outside the main gate.
The main idol is of Lord Parshwanath which looks beautiful. There are more temples in the campus, and even outside the campus on the hill. There is also a huge beautiful standing idol of Bahubali bhagwan in the middle.
There are 24 red marble toks stretched upto the adjoining hill that gives a beautiful panorama look.
There are around 350 stairs and the climb time Is not more than half n hour. Remember, the temple closes at 6pm.
Overall, KANAKGIRI is a nice jain teerth place and can be easily visited from Bangalore if you have your own vehicle.
There is dharamshala and Bhojnalaya below and the staff is very helpful and courteous. The temple is neat, and is currently under constructed to have more facilities for the devotees.
Imagine how a kingdom’s emperor’s lifestyle would be.. A huge palace, elephants for a ride, lavish meals, a lush green garden for your walks, a grand chandelier in the living room, or infact the grandest of things in every room.
Now imagine living this life! Yeah, like a fairy tale isn’t it ?
But you can actually live a king/queen’s royal life.. have all these fancy things in real.
Jaipur is a land of royals, and has many royal style hotels. I happened to visit this fascinating city and had to choose a luxury hotel for stay. With multiple suggestions and recommendations, we zeroed down to Hotel Rambagh Palace.
Few pictures I clicked while traveling from the Jaipur airport to our hotel —
And here we were. At our royal stay. One look, & I tried to catch my breath, my jaw dropped, and I instantly felt like the king of the world ! Ladies & Gentleman, here is the first picture of our hotel, Hotel Rambagh palace —
Catches your fancy, isnt it?
We had one of the warmest welcomes ever. We were greeted with kumkum, garland, and a nice local drink. We were escorted to our room, which was on first floor. I was feeling royal all the way walking towards the room. Now, the room. Here you go, the picture of our room. Imagine yourself here —
The service of the hotel, and the coutesy of staff is beyond everything. Its in the blood of Rajputs to treat their guests as god, and I experienced it that day.
After relaxing in our kingsize and king style bed, and enjoying shower in the most unique bathroom I’ve ever seen, we head towards satisfying our hunger buds. Trust me, this place kept me surprising ! The view of the dining area was royal in true words and spirits.
The hotel is unique not just in ambience and food, but in almost everything you can imagine. Right from the grand pool, to the royal horse cart, and also the doors and windows with beautifully intricate paintings. The more I say, the less it is !
Few more captures from my stay at Rambagh Palace —
I have been blessed with staying at some of the worlds most beautiful hotels. This one really captured my heart because of its history and grandeur. From the food to the service to the ambience, everything was beyond my expectations. A must see and stay hotel.
Are you one of those who believe that getting a passport is a hassle? Who are actually afraid of even initiating Passport application? Does the thought of getting into police verification makes you afraid? Do you think the passport interview would be more tough than your next job interview?
I used to be one among you. But no more, I finally shed all my fears, applied for passport, and got it within 10 days ! Yes you read it right, in 10 days I had my passport. And no, I didnt went to any agent, neither have any contacts to get it done faster. I did it all by myself, without any aid, thanks to the superfast transparent passport system now a days.
Still wondering how ? Let me explain —
First, create your profile in passport seva, just like you would do in FB or twitter. Link is http://www.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink
Then, login to your profile, click “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport”
You can either fill the form online or download and it it at your own ease. I recommend the latter. Click here to download the soft copy of the form
Unzip the file you have just got. This has a pdf file that is the form you have to fill.
Lets look at the various fields —
Applying for : Fresh Passport
Type of application : Normal
Type of booklet : 30 for 1500 rs, 60 for 2000 rs
Known by other name : Depends on individual, usually No
Ever changed your name : Depends on individual, usually No
Place of Birth : Depends on individual, usually No
Citizen of India : By birth
Is parent a govt servant?
Educational Qualification : Depends on individual, usually Graduate and above
Eligible for non-ECR category : Usually YES.
Give Family details
Is present address out of India : No
Permanent address same as present address : No
Emergency contact details : Dont give no of your parents, give details of your roommates/colleagues
References : You can give 1 reference of your landlord / PG owner and another of your colleague/office persons/neighbor if they know you well
Have you held/ hold any diplomatic/ official passport? : No
Have you ever applied for passport, but not issued? : No
Other details : All of them NO
Click I AGREE, give Place, and date.
Click Validate and Save. This will ask a location, give location. This saves your file in XML format of around 8-10 kb. Dont worry, this is the right format passport application is uploaded in website.
Once you upload, it will ask for PAY AND SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT. The payment portals are fast and within minutes you’ll pay the amount (1500 or 2000). They’ll ask if you want to avail SMS services worth 40 rs. I’ll say its good and go for it, as this will keep sending you SMS on your application status, which is worth knowing. If you do not subscribe for this, you can anytime login to your profile and check the status.
Pick any convenient date, pick your nearest PSK, and schedule the appointment. Now wait for the big day to arrive.
Lets talk about documents now–
For DOB proof — provide your 10th & 12th marksheet and migration certificate (keep handy)
For ID proof — provide your PAN Card, or Adhaar card
For address proof — provide your bank passbook that has same addressing running for not less than 1 year (if you dont have, get into a joint account with a friend who has one) OR a letter from your office that says this employee is residing on this address since these many years OR/AND an affidavit that says the same (get one made from BDA complex, Domlur).
Keep these docs along — Your degree certificate, rental agreement, Office ID card, driving license, or anything that can be an identity proof.
Yes, if you are born in or after 1989, you need to get birth certificate with your name on it. Not sure of complete process of getting that done though.
Complete list here –
Big day preparation:
First, dont be late, infact be there before time. Secondly, ensure to pick all possible documents you have. Thirdly, do not panic. Fourthly, ensure to take out the print out of application form, no xerox required.
Also, ensure you take one set of xerox of all things you have in originals. Even the xerox of your company ID Card. Also, carry all originals, leave nothing behind. There is no requirement of taking passport size photographs.
In bangalore, PSK is at two places – one near marathahalli, other near kormangla.
As you enter the premisis, you see a guard at the gate. Tell him what you are there for (passport application form) and he’ll tell you one counter. Stand in queue at the designated counter. Once you no comes, provide the executive all the documents (only xerox, not originals) he is asking for. These guys are quick, so you have to be attentive. Once he is okay with all docs, he’ll ask you to wait.
Few minutes later, you name will be called out, and you’ll be handed over a file of your application docs. This also contains your token no which you have to remember throught the process. You’ll be asked to go to the main hall.
Before you enter the hall, read the display that has the token no and the counter no against it. Once your no gets displayed, go inside the hall to the respective counter. There are 3 counter – A, B, C. Reach the counter no in A category first and wait for your turn.
Here you’ll be asked for your application form, taken a picture, taken the thumb and finger impressions and sent to counter B. Counter B is the place where your documents will be verified. The person will be helpful and if he is not satisfied with any of your docs, will ask you for alternate documents. If you are missing any xerox, you’ll be sent to counter A1 for getting so.
Once done, wait for your no again for Counter C. Thats the last place for final verification. You might also be asked to go to passport officer cabin for any special check (not to be afraid of, she/he is very polite and helpful). Once all counters done, look at the status in your receipt, if it says GRANTED, you should say thankyou to the last counter executive 🙂
You’ll be asked to fill feedback at exit, and take the receipt home. Once you go out exit, you are out of the main building and cannot come back. So if you have any questions, ask before you are out.
Ok, so you have cleared LEVEL 1 of Passport application. You must have received an SMS saying the same. Go home, sleep without worries !
Next day or two , check your application status in passport website https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/secure/loginActionWorkList. It should say about Police verification pending. Fret not, Police will come to your present address and you need to be present with all the documents, originals and one set of xerox, along with one passport size photograph. They’ll call you a couple of hours before they arrive.
If you are not available when the police calls, tell them sorry and ask a time when you can go to police station to get the verification completed. Go to your police station and ensure to carry all originals, one xerox, one photograph. If you live in a PG, also get a letter saying that this person is living in this PG since this date and has no criminal records, with the PG Reg ID, and owner signature. (If there is no ID, tell this to the police and ask for alternative).
The police would be very cooperative and ask for your docs. After complete verification, they’ll take your picture, your signature and signature’s picture. Once they write CLEARED on the first page, you should say THANKYOU SIR with a big smile 🙂
Wait a day or two. You should receive an SMS saying that police verification cleared and your passport is in printing. Thats the time there is no more to worry about at all ! In a day or two, you shall receive another SMS saying that your passport is dispatched. Quickly login to your passport profile and see the status. from there, copy the Consignment no and track it here — https://www.indiapost.gov.in/VAS/Pages/trackconsignment.aspx
Find out the post office where your passport has reached from this page. You need to be physically present at your present address where the postman will deliver your passport. If its not possible for you to stay and wait for whole day, call the post office and tell your area and ask for your postman’s number. They’ll give you without any issue since its passport matter. Call your postman, check with him when he’ll come and be there at that time.
Get your passport from postman, sign on the page, and Remember, say THANKYOU to him.
THIS IS IT !
You have finally got your passport, and without any much hassle. The whole procedure is super smooth and very fast, and if you have all documents correct, this should not be a worry at all. The whole process from appointment at PSK to delivery of your passport should not take more than 2 weeks. Mine took exactly 10 days !!
If you find this info useful, or need any other more info, please write a comment.
Thankyou for reading this long post. Hope you get your passport without any hassles 🙂
Puff, that was a day !
It was scorching hot at 2 in afternoon, but here I was, in my Swift Dzire, with AC in full swing, and Songs on full volume. We scrolled past the heavy Silkboard traffic swiftly like Usain bolt finishes his races. We reached BTM and were enroute Banashankari, and then the unexpected happened. My car started wobbling, and the speed reduced.. My heart sank, and just hoped it not to be a puncture. But guess luck was on the other end, and me on the receiving end. It was a flat tyre, damn !
As I said, the luck wasn’t favoring that day. There was no puncture shop nearby. I checked with a local shop and they informed about a shop that was 2km away..
Arrghh… I so wished there was an anytime anywhere road side assistance. Had no options, I took an auto and reached the shop.
Two lean inexperienced looking guys manned a shabby shop. They demanded 300 rs just to bring the flat tyre from the car to their shop. Later they’ll inspect and tell final rate. They even said that even if they are unable to make the puncture, I had to give them 300 rs as the service charge. Can you believe that? But as my day was going, I decided not to mess further and had to agree upon.
It took these guys 1 hour to fix the puncture. I struggled to catch my breath when the guy demanded 1800 rs. They claimed to have done some servicing, oiling, and added some spares without even my knowledge. Also, there was no pucca bill. I had no choice but to part off with my hard earned money. But I really wished if there is a service that is more convenient, affordable and transparent, and can takeover this unorganized auto industry.
Seems god heard my prayers. My friend told me about this website that offers similar service but at an affordable rate, and is more efficient, convenient and transparent. That is www.fulltank.in
Full Tank offers multiple services —
-24×7 Roadside assistance
-Car wash, servicing, repair
-Drivers for hire
Full Tank has a line up of skilled professionals, that are easy to reach and offers a variety of packages with reasonable prices. Not just that, they even provide a guarantee, and are completley customer centric, offering complete satisfaction. The chauffers are well trained and experienced and they offer complete tracking of your car.
You can even get multiple offers via their app. Right now, you can avail upto 70% off just by filling this survey – https://goo.gl/forms/wK0RzM0kg7hziHMA2
Know more about Full Tank on www.fulltank.in or call them up at 8431233375.
So, its time to shack off the chains of bogus spares, delayed delivery, lack of customer service & orientation, incomplete repair works & unjustified bills. Login to this website now, download the app, get set for a host of special services, and #BeaHero.