Can You Guess Who #IndiasMostLovedCEO Is?

Hey, quick question! What comes to your mind when you first hear the word ‘CEO’? Think, think! A sophisticated, unapproachable corporate executive with a stiff upper lip, isn’t it? After all, a CEO can never be lovable. Right?

Wrong! Somewhere in our midst we have a CEO who’s the most adorable one ever. The nation’s most loved! One who cares about your recruitment, appraisal and well-being. No kidding, he’s for real. The only issue being, none of us have quite been able to place who he is.

An actor? A cricketer? A politician? Or a regular, unassuming person like you and I?

Phew! This is a tough one and only time will tell.

In the meantime though, why don’t we start taking turns at guessing?! Participate in this super fun CONTEST and nominate your choice. Put forth your views as to who you think deserves to be #IndiasMostLovedCEO.  Start tweeting; coveted MOTO G mobile phones and Flipkart vouchers are up for grabs! Also, you could be featured here!

Imagine! What if #IndiasMostLovedCEO is the dynamic, young Virat Kohli or the suave Amitabh Bachchan? The polished Mr. Modi or Captain Cool MS Dhoni?

I call dibs on Shah Rukh Khan. He’s proved his mettle as an actor and his business acumen is no secret. He’s astute, politically correct and (let’s be honest) there’s no one who dislikes that dimpled smile! If there’s a CEO the entire country can love, it’s probably him.

That’s entirely my opinion though. You go out there and pitch your ideas too! Don’t forget to ask your friends, family and colleagues to join in the quest. Let’s pool in our opinions and wrack our brains. We may just come up with the right name!

With so many goodies to be won, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Hurry over and participate in the #IndiasMostLovedCEO contest now!

Who Is India’s Most Loved CEO?

I hear a buzz in the air. About India’s most loved CEO. You hear it too, right?

Ever imagined a CEO who actually cares about your career and salary hikes? (Definitely way more than your boss ever would.) A CEO who is as concerned about your promotion as you? Well, then quit imagining and wake up, because he’s for real! But who is he; or should I say, she?

Honestly, I haven’t been able to stop wondering what’s with people and all this praise for a certain CEO. With the suspense catching up I went ahead with a little online research.

What I read left me baffled. People simply can’t stop gushing about how the CEO has helped transform their lives. From making informed decisions regarding their career, to the dos and donts of an interview and what to say at an appraisal meeting!

Yes, he will even tell you what you should wear to an interview and how to make a great impact. Solve the salary puzzle and know your worth. Learn whether a job offering is the right one for you. The list is endless but the CEO has a solution to your every query!

The country’s going bonkers over guessing who #IndiasMostLovedCEO could be, placing their bets on who they think is the right choice. From Narendra Modi to Batman *sigh* and everyone in between, India’s most loved CEO is anybody’s guess!

On that note, if you think you could guess who the CEO taking the nation by storm could be, join in! Lay a wager on who is #IndiasMostLovedCEO and stand a chance to be featured HERE! Besides, you could win exciting prizes like MOTO G mobile phones and Flipkart vouchers!

Solve the #IndiasMostLovedCEO mystery and take away some amazing prizes! It’s a win-win situation! So, what are you waiting for? Get tweeting!

You know, it’s a chance you don’t want to miss!

The Little Shopper – One Stop Shop for Every Parenting Need!

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A child’s laughter is the sweetest sound! As a parent, you’d go to any extent to keep your children smiling, wouldn’t you? Then why not start at the beginning, with authentic advice regarding pregnancy and parenting, from the experts themselves? Be perfect parents from the word go!

How, you ask? The newest kid in the online marketplace, The Little Shopper, is here for you! From maternity wear to accessories by reputed brands like House Of Napius, Mama Couture, Inner Sense and Farlin, all your needs have been taken care of. After all, the mother-to-be must focus all her attention on the soon-to-arrive little one and leave the worries for someone else to handle!

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It is a well thought-out website, with a carefully curated collection. Instead of browsing regular e-commerce websites for hours – let alone stepping into a store – you can simply take your pick on The Little Shopper. Save time and breathe easy!

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Cradle your baby in a bedding set, replete with pillows and dress them in the cutest apparels by top brands like Tiny Toddler, Liz Jacob, The Blue Bus Store and more! The website has it all – from feeding accessories to diapers – so you don’t have to step out to buy baby essentials!

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Navigating the site is extremely comfortable. Every tab clearly labels what to expect with each click. With best of what a parent needs to own and know, The Little Shopper offers everything from a pin to a plane under one roof! Toys for the boys and hair accessories for the pretty girls, down to tiny footwear for those tiny, happy feet – the list is exhaustive! Shopping has never been this fun before!

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Come summer, your fashionable tiny tot will raise a fuss for a great new wardrobe. To comply with these most adorable demands, The Little Shopper also has a special Summer Collection for the kids! It’s something you won’t want to miss!

Speaking of special, mothers are precious, aren’t they? To honor these strong, beautiful women, The Little Shopper is celebrating Mother’s Day with an amazing offer this May. Everyone who signs up will receive a free cash voucher of Rs. 3,000!

With their handpicked collection of the choicest Indian & international baby, kids and maternity brands, along with credible parenting information vetted by experts, you wouldn’t need to look elsewhere! So, the next time you require anything for your children, you know where to look!

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The Allure of Indian Ethnic Wear

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Indian ethnic apparels possess a charm of a different sort. If you’re one who thinks there’s no comfort like a pair of jeans, you’ve clearly never paired a salwaar or a patiala with a well-fitted kurta. Besides feeling heavenly, they look gorgeous – much unlike basic, boring denims.

I belong to a business family, who’s dealt in ladies’ ethnic garments for decades. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to traditional wear but there’s no denying the truth in the fact that ethnic wear highlights an Indian woman’s beauty!

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No one looks as exquisite as a bride on her wedding day, because of the glow on her face and tint on her cheeks, accentuated by the six yards of absolute elegance that she dons. A Bengali woman draped in a crisp white saree with a red border is Grace personified and a simple Punjabi girl wearing a Patiala suit, with pretty bangles tinkling on her wrists is sheer loveliness.

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Indian garments will always hold a special place in a woman’s heart: Whether she’s a little girl sashaying in her mother’s apparel, a woman of 50 looking for the perfect kurti, or a woman of 25 trying on dresses for her brother’s wedding and a pile of lehenga-cholis for her BFF’s Sangeet ceremony.

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Let’s not forget to speak about their versatility! An unassuming suit may come in any number of styles – An Anarkali if you’re craving a regal look or a simple straight cut salwar suit. While, the humble saree may be draped in numerous fashions: the Gujarati, Marathi, butterfly, mermaid style and so many more! There’s really no end to the possibilities!

Speaking of ethnic wear, I’ve been doing my fair share of research before I buy an outfit for my best friend’s wedding. So, during one of my many sessions on Google, I chanced upon an online store that currently stocks a wide (and the best) collection of Indian bridal wear and other traditional attire! I’m seriously contemplating giving it a go and would love some suggestions from you! You can check out the store right here.  I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

 

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There’s No Denying It: Jewelry is a Woman’s Best Friend!

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There’s no denying the fact that jewelry is a woman’s best friend. It has been around since time immemorial and shall remain forever. There’s something about an Indian woman sporting an ethnic outfit with statement jewellery. The charm is indescribable. Add to it a dash of lipstick, a hint of kajal and you’re good to go!

From parties to weddings and festivals to even the smallest occasion, us women need but the slightest reason to don our saree with chandbalis or jhumkas, a necklace and bangles of course!

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Women these days don’t shy away from wearing traditional jewelry designs. It, on the contrary is a rage, especially with the younger generation. Donning an ethnic necklace set with fusion garments to college events or proudly wearing her mangalsutra with a pair of jeans and a plain tee to work: today’s Indian woman is on a trend-setting spree!

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Diamonds are our best friends – whether in the form of a solitaire or an uncut diamond (polki) that forms the focal point of heirloom jewellery. Kundan and polki jadau embellished gold, gives off the most regal aura. Jadau work has been in practice since the Mughal era and is typical to the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Even today, it’s a preferred form of jewellery in weddings.

CV-MGUTA81463320880--GutarGoo-Craftsvilla_1Another striking trend prevalent these days is that of oxidized metals. Definitely one of my favourite types of jewelry I can vouch for when it comes to versatility. They look absolutely stunning when teamed with a saree, salwar suit or even a kurti!

Young women have taken to traditional jewelry like kamar-bandhs, nose-pins, anklets and maang tikkas with a vengeance and love flaunting them at weddings and pujas! Oh and rings! How can you forget rings! The quirkier the design, the better!

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Speaking of weddings and pujas, one can’t help but crave going for some jewellery shopping! Oh, but wait! Wouldn’t you rather sit home and click at few buttons on your keyboard to get the most sophisticated jewelry for your loved ones, instead of having to go all the way to the store? Yes? Then look no further than Craftsvilla! The collection is fabulous and spells classy with a capital ‘C’!

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Closure

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I don’t believe this happened,
Can’t accept it’s over,
There’s a lot I’ve left to do,
Still haven’t got closure.

Countless doors to shut,
I’ve people yet to meet;
Untold places I must visit,
Many fond memories to greet.

Please let me go back
Just one last time,
I’ve unfinished work to do,
Lose ends left to tie.

There wasn’t an opportunity,
It happened too fast;
I’m here in the future now
But not done with my past.

The present won’t make sense –
Not until I return;
I miss where I come from,
I’m waiting for my turn.

This place is beautiful,
The people nice and sweet
But my restless heart dedicates
To home, its every beat.

Take me back to my city,
The city of love and joy!
So I can see it one last time,
So I can say good bye.

Yaar Mod Do – Guru Randhawa, Millind Gaba

This heart-warming song sung and penned by the young mellifluous duo of the Punjabi Music Industry, Guru Randhawa and Millind Gaba, is the newest ode to Friendship. I happened to hear it while flipping through my favourite Punjabi channels and honestly, paused because of Guru Randhawa. His songs like Khat, Outfit and Patola are a rage (Patola, being a personal favourite). I’m glad I stopped to listen because there hasn’t been such a soulful number on friendship in a long time. The instant you think Friendship Song, you think Yaar Anmulle (Sherry Mann) or Yaariyan (Babbal Rai) but now we have another and I don’t hear anyone complaining!

The sincerity in their words travels through their beautiful voices and into your bloodstream like tiny shock-waves, leaving you covered in goosebumps. No matter who you are – a college student who meets his gang everyday but hasn’t realised how valuable they really are or a professional perpetually short on time who can’t recall the last time he caught up with his pals – this track will compel you to stop, reflect and act. It plucks at the heart-strings and will make you pick that phone to make the long-overdue call to your BFF.

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The song is intensely nostalgia-evoking with the melody in perfect tandem. You may catch yourself day-dreaming and smiling as you’re reminded of your gang. Passing the bill on and pretending you’re out of cash, happy-highs with the squad, demanding a treat like it’s your birth-right, leg-pulling and endless laughter. The video, however, is heartrending. Seems like an anomaly when observed separately but if you’re not the baal-ki-khaal nikaalne waala person, you’ll appreciate how the picturisation and vocals manage to blend beautifully all the same. The song takes your mind on an emotional journey, replete with smiles and tears.

Do note the tick-tick-tick of a clock that plays throughout the song. It starts the instant the boys are informed about their friends’ critical condition (at 1:23 in the video), to when they see them after a successful, life-saving operation (at 4:46) There’s a moment where we see a clock’s hands move and the beats drop down to a mere tick-tock (2:38). Though fleeting, it adds a metaphorical touch, almost signifying the ephemeral nature of our being.

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Lai lo paisa te lai lo pyaar, mainu mere yaar mod do… Take money and take love away but please return my friends to me. Less literally, the lead vocalists recount memories with their buddies and offer to give up everything they possess, in exchange of those lost friends. Phone de wallpaper te ne jo chaar, ohi chaar yaar mod do… Words that hit home and make you realise how friendship takes a blow in this mad rush called life.

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Special mention to Millind Gaba for his touching performance. He’s the man behind the music that does justice to the sublime lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well he can act too. In a particular scene where he is seen reminiscing their Shanivaar drinking-in-the-car scenes (3:16), the seamless change in expressions, from smiling to being reduced to tears, reveals his acting prowess!

It’s been around 2 weeks to the release and the song’s been playing on-loop ever since. Yaar Mod Do is after my heart for more reasons than one. Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to write and let the world know about its sheer brilliance on all counts; right from the spell-binding lyrics to the vocals, the video to its execution. This isn’t a review by any means, it’s pure appreciation. Kudos and major respect to everyone behind this master piece! Thank you for giving us the latest Friendship Anthem.

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There’s No Fun Without Everyone! – Honda Mobilio

Hey fellow-Bloggers!

I’ve been working on this digital marketing presentation on Honda Mobilio today. (Do click on the link and you’ll find it there!)

Isn’t a tagline like “The More, The Merrier”, apt for this 7-seat wonder? Or maybe something in Hindi like “Sab Saath Jahaan, Khushiyaan Wahaan!”

Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Cheers!

A Tribute To Sir Alan Rickman

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With due respect to any celebrity I’ve ever liked, no one’s demise has left me feeling this sad. My heart sank the instant I read the news. A sense of emptiness lurks in the air; as though I knew him. I feel like I’ve lost a relative. Perhaps, I have. All of us, in fact. We, who are bound to each other with an invisible thread of unfaltering loyalty to a phenomenon called Harry Potter, lost one of our own today. There are people, yet awaiting their Hogwarts letter; I believe I received mine in the form of the first book in the series. The day I turned the first page was my first step into a world that would be brought to life in films – where my beloved character would be portrayed by my most favourite actor – Sir Alan Rickman. A versatile actor with stellar performances to his credit and I will still remember him as Professor Severus Snape. The Half-Blood Prince. No other actor could’ve done justice to the role, like Alan Rickman. I loved Professor Snape for the enigmatic ‘villain’ he was, for I’m predisposed to favouring dark characters. I admired him for the hero he turned out to be. I shall continue to respect him for his loyalty in love, life and death. I cried once when Snape died. And then again today. My heart hasn’t stopped grieving, my mind cannot accept it, nor can I wrap my head around this loss. I can only pray for my childhood idol’s soul. May the good Lord bless and keep you, Sir.
We lost a legendary actor and a man of exceptional character and poise. Hogwarts lost one of its Headmasters, who in Harry’s words was “probably the bravest man (he) ever knew.” We lost our Potions Master. We will miss you every time we turn to page 394 and raise our wands in salute. You will live on as a part of us. After all the years. Always.

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Latest Punjabi Wedding Songs

Winter’s here, which means it’s Wedding Season! Band, baaja, baaraat time *woot, woot!* Indian weddings are synonymous with music; Mehendi, Sangeet, Shaadi, Reception – and the other innumerable rasam and rivaaz in between – are incomplete without it.

A wedding is a colossal affair where everyone, from relatives to the mohalle-waale, is involved; even when it comes to music. We’ve heard it all:

  • Ladies of the house and the neighbourhood aunties – particularly the zealous aunties – singing their hearts out,
  • The live orchestra at Sangeet functions playing classics like Mere angne mein tumhara kya kaam hai
  • Band-wallahs announcing your yaar’s shaadi to the entire city,
  • And the DJ belting out one Yo Yo Honey Singh number after another.

Speaking of which, Punjabi songs deserve a special mention. No wedding is complete without a Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol or Main Toh Ainvayi, Ainvayi. Admit it! So, if you’re out hunting for the best contemporary Punjabi songs to brighten up your friend’s, sibling’s, or heck, even your own wedding ceremonies, you’re at the right place.

I’ve been pondering over this list since quite some time now so be rest assured a lot of thought and research has gone into it. If only college research work could be this fun. *Ahem*

I’ve done away with Bollywood Punjabi songs, because they’re basically inescapable, and stuck to those from latest Punjabi movies and albums. (To maintain recency, all listed songs are 2013-2015 releases). It’s pretty much got something for everyone. You’ll love these if you’re a Punjabi music fan, or a Punjabi, or both!

  1. Godday Godday Chaa – Malkit Singh

The happiest song I’ve heard in a long time. Anyone with a large family who loves their food, drink and dance will instantly connect with and love it. It address every possible member of one’s family from Mummy-Daddy, Chacha-Chachi, Maasi-Maasar, brothers, sisters, jija, friends, relatives and the entire gathering; with ‘Kaala Doriya’ thrown in for good measure. You won’t feel left out with this one no matter how you’re related (or not) to the groom!

  1. Sithneyan – Jaz Dhami

Sithneyan refers to light banter that ensues between the maternal (Naanke) and paternal (Daadke) sides of the family. The song has run into a controversy-of-sorts where some consider the lyrics to be offensive (with reference to the YouTube comments). However, for those who can take it with a pinch of salt, this is one enjoyable song.

  1. Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo – Title Song

Punjabi folk music with a twist of modernity! Sung by Amrinder Gill and Shipra Goyal, this song is naturally beautiful and captures the essence of traditional Punjabi songs; the only twist being the silver di taar.

  1. Glassi – Mr. & Mrs. 420

The people who stand strong through the entire wedding rigmarole deserve a song in their honour, right? No, not the bride and groom; I’m talking about their friends. These guys (and girls) put their heart and soul into performing their BFF duties, which of course earns them the right to enjoy to the fullest! After all, if it wasn’t for your buddies, who would breathe life into your Sangeet and Mehendi? And who would dance in your baaraat as if his life depends on it, haan?

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve seen people take these lines a tad seriously – ‘ajj nachna ae sir te glassi rakhke’ and ‘muh vich rumaal paake hath naal ghumaavangey’; even when the song doesn’t call for it. Such is the level of enthusiasm and energy. Believe me you definitely want this on your list. Plus, it has Jassi Gill, Yuvraj Hans and Binnu Dhillon for God’s sake. Need more reasons?

  1. Ghagre Di Lauwn – Dildariyaan

It calls for only 3 things: dance, dance and dance. The beats of the song and voices of Jassi Gill and Kaur B make you forget the world and do the Bhangra, shoulder chak chak ke!

  1. Saa Charju – PNB

Wedding playlist without the quintessential Girls Vs. Boys Bhangra song? Whaaa? Nuh-uh! This one by hit-machine PBN is absolutely fun and will linger in your mind all day. It indulges in a healthy battle of the sexes and has some amazing beats fit for the bhangre de rajas and giddeyaan di ranis! Bring together the men and women of the family and let the dance war begin. Don’t forget the Grey Goose. Just saying. It is after all a wedding, no?

  1. Shagna Di Tyari – Happy Raikoti (7 Knaalan)

‘Every girl dreams of her wedding day’; har ladki ka sapna and all that. I was reminded of these cringe-worthy statements we’ve heard a million times over and pleasantly surprised to see how the cliché has been taken and turned on its head in the most adorable way. Ha! So, it isn’t only the girls who dream of their big day! Shanga Di Tyari is a song from the boy’s point-of-view (finally!) and a masterpiece by young gun, Happy Raikoti.

  1. Dil Da Plot – Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin

This one by Jassi Gill & Roshan Prince, the immensely talented duo that has taken the Punjabi music scene by storm, is a must-have on your wedding playlist. (Come to think of it, I’ve unintentionally listed quite a few Jassi Gill songs; seems like he’s ruling the roost. Good for him!)

Baaki kudiyaan da 22, 23, 24, 25, 26… The play on the word ‘boycott’, ‘bai’cott (in the Punjabi accent) and ‘22’ (the number 22 is pronounced in Punjabi as bāī) is epic and terribly cute. That was just FYI because you mustn’t miss out on it.

  1. Aaja Bhangra Pa Laiye – Saadi Love Story

Diljit Dosanjh and Amrinder Gill. What? Isn’t that reason enough for a song to be absolutely phenomenal? You have Navraj Hans’ vocals to boot. Okay, Surveen Chawla is the leading lady. Happy now? Yay! *ting*

  1. Nanke Dadke (Boliyan) – Raj Ghuman

One solely for the Punjabi weddings! Think the list is incomplete without Boliyaan? Me too. So here you go! In her distinct voice, Raj Ghuman sings this beautiful number, which gets feet tapping and the entire family dancing! Burrraahh!

I can’t help adding one more to my initial list ‘cuz 10 is just not enough! Here’s a bonus:

  1. Singh Naal Jodi – Sukhshinder Shinda & Diljit Dosanjh

One simply can’t put together a Punjabi playlist and give the most effervescent and lively jodi a miss. Go traditional with this beautiful Singh-Kaur track sung by the remarkable duo of Diljit Dosanjh and Sukhshinder Shinda. O chakkle dholiye!

There! You’re now ready to impress the family with your knowledge of fantastic songs! You’re welcome 😀