Staying Healthy Can Be Fun

Over the years, I have realized that if I am passionate about doing or learning something, I would obsess over it for just a few days or may be a few weeks. And soon enough, I would move on without ever looking back. Yes, I get bored really easily!

And this is especially true when it comes to sticking to a fitness or a workout program. Usually, work, travel, home, family and life in general can derail my fitness plans but even without these ‘hindrances’, I am pretty quick to throw cold water on it. Why do I resist my exercise time? Is it because, I have made my exercise regimen hard. I mean, what’s the point of having a leisurely stroll on a treadmill, it has to be power walking, isn’t it? And that power walking can be very lonely and boring for an easily distracted person like me!

So does that mean, I am doomed to forever starting and giving up on my workout plans?

No, this love-hate relationship that I share with staying fit, can change. After all, there is always a way! And like they say, ‘you are stronger than anything standing in your way!’

The way was shown in the new Sunfeast Farmlite advertisements. These advertisements share a very important and pertinent message that staying healthy can also be fun.

Instead of resorting to conventional methods of exercising/walking in a park, staying fit can become an enjoyable outdoor activity when it is done with family and/or friends. Biking, Hiking or Walking Holidays or Trekking can be a fun and delightful adventure time with a group of people bound together by a common goal of staying healthy.

This fun and enjoyment can be translated indoors with friends as well. Aerobics, Zumba, Yoga are wonderful alternatives to traditional fitness programs. And of course 9 days of Navratri are a great way to stay fit. They say, about 956 calories are burnt while doing Dandiya for 2 hours. What could be better than this… fun, festivity and fitness, all rolled into one social activity.

Taking up any sport quite literally makes a game out of working out. A brisk game of Badminton or Table Tennis or Squash not only will get the heart rate up but will also burn a lot of calories, and not to mention the feel good factor of playing a good exciting game.

I liked the Goodbye Bai video which shows that when the maid does a disappearing act, which is pretty often! *Sigh*, doing the household chores yourself (and involving the whole family) is a good idea to stay fit. It kills two birds with one stone. Not only does one gets a spotlessly clean home but a lot of calories are burnt too. And as shown in the video, loading the playlist to some peppy music and dancing while doing the chores is a lot of fun. This ‘mundane chores’ workout can be made more exciting, by doing squats or sit-ups, push-ups, or crunches whenever a new song starts playing! Cool, isn’t it?!

Of course, complementing the daily workouts with healthier cooking and eating habits has an overall positive impact on life. So, we should opt for healthy food choices when planning and preparing meals.

The advertising campaign from Sunfeast Farmlite advocates the concept of health in a fun way through everyday regular tasks. Sunfeast Farmlite, is a healthy and tasty cookie available in two deliciously healthy variants – Oats & Almonds and Oats & Raisins.

It is said, if we enjoy what we do, we do it better. So if we can enjoy our fitness plan, we are more likely to stick to our commitment to stay healthy! Truly, staying healthy can be fun!

I am planning to include some fun activities in my quest to stay healthy. What about you?

This post is written for Indiblogger.in and Sunfeast Farmlite

Colour My Garden

They say, gardens are enclosed areas in which plants and arts meet. They form ‘cultures’ in an uncompromised sense of the word. A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.

A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space — a place not just set apart but reverberant — and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.

Now you create beautiful poetry and can greet spring anytime in your garden. Yes, it’s easier than ever to transform your outdoor space into an expression of your personal style, making it truly a joyful place.

Colour My Garden is a new initiative from my sisters, Aashima and Sheetal. They, at Colour My Garden offer a wide and vibrant range of Metal & Terracotta planters to help create unique and colourful balconies and/or gardens.

Using these peppy and gorgeous outdoor planters is the perfect way to create beautiful container gardens for your porch, veranda, courtyard or any outdoor space. Planters and garden pots allow for creativity and flexibility when designing a garden that fits the specific needs of you and your home. Colour My Garden offers a huge selection of planters in different colours, shapes and sizes.

Visit Colour My Garden now for all your colourful garden needs and add a dash of your style to beautify and electrify your balconies and gardens today!

Collegedunia.com… New Portal on the Block

The information about the various colleges and institutes today is very scattered and is usually available at the college’s website only. College aspirants are on a look out for detailed information on the colleges in various streams and cities, such as cut-offs, admission process, eligibility, fee structure, infrastructure, facilities, placements etc. Collegedunia.com is a search engine for the students, parents, and those in education industry, seeking information on higher education in India. It aims to bring this information for the college aspirants in the pre-admission phase, at one place in an organized manner. Collegedunia1 Currently one can find information on 15000 colleges and universities across India. The portal aims to include about 30000 educational institutions by the end of 2014. Collegedunia.com has colleges and institutions listed in various fields viz Management, Engineering, Medical, Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Agriculture, Architecture, Civil Aviation, Computer Applications, Fashion Designing, Hotel Management, Mass Communications and Vocational Courses. collegedunia3 After selecting the desired course, stream and location, a list of colleges and institutions appear. On selecting the institute of choice, the detailed info on the Fees, Rating, Email, Address, Website, Photos, Videos, Overview, Courses offered and Faculty appears. And this info is available for all colleges and institutions, making it easier for the students and parents to zero down on their options. Collegedunia4 The website has a simple layout which is user friendly and is easy to navigate. There are filters for every need, making it easier to narrow the search options. Collegedunia.com is a one stop shop for all information on various courses and colleges, and definitely a  must-use for all college aspirants.

Online Book Shopping @ Zoutons.com

When I first forayed into online shopping, I started with books. Even today, books remain my no. 1 choice for online shopping. I believe books are the safest and the most easiest items to shop online. And when one shops online so much for books, deals and offers are important too.

I came across, Zoutons.com, which is a coupons and deal aggregation website with the tagline “The Loot is on”, helping online shoppers and deal hunters to locate latest coupons and offers from a vast pool of online retailers and brands.

On clicking the Books category at Zoutons.com, one gets the various deals and coupons from various online book stores viz Snapdeal, Amazon, Flipkart, Infibeam, Paytm etc.

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Currently there’s up to 60% off on bestsellers at Amazon and up to 50% off on Competitive and Exam Books. Now isn’t that a loot!

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Basically, the books category section at Zoutons is one-stop-shop for deals and coupons for shopping of books online. Convenience and cost-effective deals at the click of a button! Cool

So, next time you are looking to indulge in some online book shopping, all you need to do is login to Zoutons.com.

Happy shopping! And happy reading!

My Shopping Experience @ Jabong.com

I have been shopping online for quite some time now, but got an opportunity to shop at Jabong.com only last week.

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Jabong.com is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide good quality branded products. Jabong.com caters to the fashion needs of men, women and kids across footwear, apparel, jewellery and accessories. There’s home fashion, beauty – make-up and sports merchandise too.

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I wanted to shop for a few things in the Beauty & Grooming section. It was heartening to see all reputed brands and wide range of options to select from.

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Jabong.com has  simple and straightforward navigation. One can filter the products by category, brands, price range and even discounts. Once I added the products to the cart, the check out was a breeze. Within minutes of completing the online shopping, I got emails and SMS alerts in quick succession giving the details of my order.20140810_152116

In less than 30 hours, I had the courier from Jabong.com, in my hands.

I had just closed the door after accepting the courier delivery and my phone showed yet another SMS alert informing that ‘your order with Docket no. XYZ has been delivered.’ Now, that’s some service.

Excitedly, I opened the pack and was amazed to see the packaging.

My parcel had 2 glass container items among other things. While each product was wrapped in a plastic bag, they were collectively packed in this bag which is called air column packaging. (See the fascinating process of how it is made in this YouTube Video here) Usually, bubble wraps are used to package glass items but I saw this air column packaging for the first time. It is a sturdy pack which is shock resistant and offers fall protection thereby keeping the products safe and intact. Innovative and contemporary, isn’t it?

20140811_101728In a nutshell…

  • Simple and easy to navigate site
  • Wide variety of products and brands
  • Range of payment options viz Cash of Delivery, Debit/Credit Card and Net Banking
  • Prompt email and SMS alerts about status of order
  • Free shipping
  • Super fast delivery
  • Sturdy packaging… made my shopping experience with Jabong.com, simply fabulous!

Have you shopped with Jabong.com? How was your experience?

The Zestful Experience

When Harish from Blogadda mailed me recently, inviting for a special event with 50 amazing bloggers at GOA!! Boy! Was I thrilled?

After sending him a confirmatory mail, immediately, my head started brimming with plans, thoughts and ideas for this gala event. The thoughts that dominated my days thenceforward was the excitement of meeting the virtual friends in real life and the exhilaration of being part of an exclusive event.

The experience of #ZestUpYourLife, Bloggers Meet at Goa courtesy Tata Motors in association with Blogadda at The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino was simply a ZESTful experience.

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The spirit, the warmth, the enthusiasm and the passion that the three teams comprising of Team Blogadda, Team Tata Motors and Team Zuri displayed in making our stay comfortable and enjoyable was simply remarkable. We were indeed treated like royalty. Our every query or concern was handled promptly and patiently and with a smile. 1

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It happened finally! Yes, at last we met the faces behind the blogs. With some, we hit it off like a house on fire, while some took a few minutes to open up and then there was no looking back. The laughter and the chatter over cups of tea and coffee and yummy food happened non-stop. They say, laughter is a great beginning for a friendship, and it was wonderful to connect with bloggers from different streams and passions. The group selfies and photo sessions are a testimony of the happy moments that we shared.WT @ Goa

SPECTACULAR

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 … was the event, The Tata Zest Launch Meet. The Master Class which was taken by the Product Specialists from Tata Motors was simply an enlightening one. Tata Zest truly is a technological advancement. The surprise of the day was meeting the charming and down-to-earth, India’s first F1 driver, Narain Karthikeyan who shared about the engine technology in Tata Zest. Every little detail was well planned and superbly executed.2

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… in every sense.

  • Goa… the greatest place to be in monsoons.
  • Friends… connecting with some amazing bloggers and making some new friends too.
  • Food… a lavish spread that was delicious too!
  • Hospitality… that was warm and generous
  • Experience… that was truly one of a kind.DSC_0262

Thank you Blogadda and Tata Motors for an experience that #ZestUpOurLife!!

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Images courtesy Deepak Amembal and Roshan Radhakrishnan! Pls click on the pics for a better view 🙂

Test Drive with Zest

Tata Motors’ new car Zest is just about to make its debut in the Indian market.

After seeing the looks and test driving the Tata Zest, I must say that the team @ Tata Motors has done a spectacular job, as the car not only has a grand stylish look but is also a step ahead in technology.

Tata Zest has contemporary youthful design. It has a design that reflects emotions. There’s a power bulge on the bonnet and sculpted and athletic body side with a signature Tata grille. The LED tail-lamps with homogeneous and wrap around looks along with projector headlamps are some new features that give it a distinct look.

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The interiors are modernistic and snazzy with a good leg, shoulder and headroom space. The dual tone look with beige and black color inside the cabin gives it an elegant look. There are accessory power sockets, cup and bottle holders, glove box unit through I feel that the car boot is a bit small.

This new car from Tata Motors is truly made to give a connected driving experience. It comes with an amazing and never seen before infotainment system. Zest comes with a Harman infotainment system which has a 5-inch touchscreen display. DSC_0299The music system supports AUX-in, Bluetooth, USB, SD card, iPod and FM/AM connectivity. So, howsoever you listen to your music outside the car, you can listen to it in the same way inside the Zest too. There are 8 speakers in car including both woofers and tweeters -installed at different locations throughout the car, each one producing its own sound to give a kind of concert quality of music.

At any given point of time 5 devices can be connected through Bluetooth in the Zest Infotainment System. The Infotainment System can be operated through voice commands. Through voice commands one can tune to FM stations by just saying, ‘Tune to 98.3 or FM Preset 3’ , play song in the Media by song name or album name or artist name. With voice commands even the contacts in the Phone Book can be dialed by just saying ‘Call Kshitij’ and SMSs can be read aloud too.  Even the Climate Control can be done by just saying ‘Set speed to 4 or set fan speed maximum or set temperature to 24’. The best thing about this voice command feature is that it recognizes Indian accent. The audio-visual driver assistance during reversing is an additional feature.

As a co-passenger during this test drive (Yes, I don’t drive!), I believe that Zest is a spectacular car from Tata Motors which is  a class apart with innovative features, connectivity and comfort.

Zoutons.com : The Loot is On

Zoutons.com is a coupons and deal aggregation website with the tagline “The Loot is on”, helping online shoppers and deal hunters to locate latest coupons and offers from a vast pool of online retailers, banks and brands.

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Zoutons is the online player in the deal aggregation space to offer coupons and deals of top Banks in Indian and more than 500 pan-India brands.pic 1

The website helps in finding great saving deals on various products ranging from home appliances to computer accessories, designer wear for men, women and kids, discount on holiday packages.

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Key features of Zoutons.com

  • Most updated discounts offers and user verified deals on popular brands
  • Regular news-letters offering information on latest discount offers and deals
  • Expert blogs on new offers, saving tricks and tips for online shoppers, latest shopping trend
  • India’s top 300 brands and the latest Credit Card/ Debit Card & Loyalty discounts by Banks in India

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What is in it for the Consumers?

Lesser browsing, more saving: Coupons can save money, it’s a known fact but coupon hunting can also influence people when undecided about a purchase. At Zoutons.com there are offers from over 600 stores, 1000+ brands and 25+ banks providing a single platform to avail maximum possible cost reduction.Pic 5

The website partners with all the leading e-commerce portals and the users can find all the latest deals and discounts provided by the stores like Snapdeal coupons, Jabong coupons, Myntra coupons etc.

The key differentiator is the mailer service for the subscribers which offers customized daily updates on the basis of previous shop history, browsing pattern and selection.

Zoutons.com is the only player to offer Bank Loyalty Discounts. Banks usually give discounts to their card users. But when a customer goes to an e-commerce site, he/she might miss them. On this site, one can look for bank wise discounts and avail the attractive offers.

What is in it for Merchants?

Increased customer conversion, with decreased shopping cart abandonment: The major issue for e-com portal is to prevent the premature leaving of customers while shopping. Zoutons.com, by providing a clean UI and manually verified deals decreases the chances and the data acquired since inception of the website proves that the deal site do indeed drive quantitatively and qualitatively strongly motivated consumers.

The structure of the website allows more probability of the users to explore products/brands from various stores at a single place, as there are more than 600 partner stores on Zoutons.com.Pic 4

What is in it for the Affiliate?

Unique and attractive reach and frequency: Zoutons.com is having tie-ups with 6 affiliate networks and has been successfully providing good number of transactions. The leverage of having support of 3point14 Digital, a leading performance marketing firm, enables the site to generate maximum out of the mailer activity.

The flexibility of the website in running a particular discount and experimenting with new promotional offers makes it a valuable partner for ad-networks.

So, next time, you plan to do online shopping, visit Zoutons.com first, grab coupons and attractive deals and then shop at your favourite online store! Hurry!!

Pee Safe

I am sure most cringe when we need to use the public washrooms. The threat of toilet-borne infections lurks in our minds whenever one has to use a public washroom whether in a 5-star hotel or an airport or a restaurant or even the ones in the offices. The ‘dirty’ toilet seats and that typical smell makes us squirm too. For those few agonizing moments that are spent in a washroom, we pray that we don’t catch that nasty infection. Of course, chances of getting an infection are high from touching the door handles/knobs and taps/faucets in the washroom too.

There is respite from the frowns and worry as a new product has been introduced in the market to address these very issues. Pee Safe Toilet Seat Sanitizer is specially formulated to disinfect the toilet seat surface and deodorize the surroundings with its refreshing mint fragrance.

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Microbiocidal tests carried out showed that Pee Safe eliminates 99.9% of disease-carrying germs commonly found in toilets such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli.

Pee Safe is easy to use too. Given below are the simple steps to use it:

  • Hold the sanitizer spray can at least 3-4 inches from the toilet seat or any other area that you wish to sanitize.
  • Shake the bottle well and spray.
  • Wait for five seconds.
  • Wipe the seat cover with a tissue paper.
  • The disinfected seat is ready to use

So, you can use this sanitizer spray in public restrooms and sanitize the faucets and door knobs too and protect yourself from germs and keep the foul odour at bay too.

A 75 ml can is priced at INR 120 and a can can last up to 150 uses.

Pee Safe is available online at http://www.safetykart.com.  Pee Safe offers total toilet personal hygiene protection by sanitizing, cleansing and deodorizing the toilet seat and its surrounding areas.

Pee Safe is the handy hygienic protection in your bag.

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Sunsilk Perfect Straight : Review

I have shoulder length hair as seen in the profile pic on this blog. As you can see, the hair are neither straight nor curly but wavy and these hair have a mind of their own. They curl and twirl in any direction and if not tamed well and timely, they have the power to scare a small child! OK, the last part is an exaggeration, but you get what I mean.

When I read about the Sunsilk’s New Product Range , which says…
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Love Straight Baal?
Lock Karo!
Rock Karo!
Now straight hair stays in perfect shape even as it dries!

This product seemed like a dream come true for my hair. I wanted to try this shampoo and conditioner to tame my unruly hair.

I washed my hair with Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo and then used the Perfect Straight Conditioner. Waited patiently as the hair dried. Both the packs said “Keeps hair fully aligned as it dries”. The hair dried after a while and the result… I didn’t see any noticeable change and my hair had the same wavy look.

I took a second opinion from my sister (she was not aware that I had used the Perfect Straight shampoo). Her response, “Your hair has a good bounce!”

I was not disheartened, I thought, may be with regular use, I would see the change. Also, I read on Facebook somebody mentioned that her hair remained straight for 2 days with this shampoo. Motivated by this, next day, I oiled my hair and then washed with the duo. I had to use a larger quantity to remove the traces of oil. I read the instructions on the conditioner pack, to see if I was doing it wrong, but no, there weren’t any special instructions, just the regular ones. The result… the hair smelt good, had a soft and smooth feel but did it give me that perfect straight look? The answer is NO! I had the same wavy hair as before!

Used the shampoo and conditioner pair for the third time, and then the fourth and then the fifth… The results with my hair were not what the packaging or the advertisements claimed.

Though I am disappointed but I believe this product is not designed for wavy hair. May be it is for people who have straight hair and/ or with slight curls. I don’t know, if using the Serum for the same would help.

Product : Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo & Conditioner
Net Vol : 80 & 90 ml respectively
MRP : Rs. 56 each

This post is a part IndiBlogger‘s review program for Sunsilk Perfect Straight Contest.

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