Say hello to good health with the Five Second Rule!

Getting in shape has never been easy. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed ‘fitness freak’ or just plain lazy, it takes massive convincing to get yourself going. Pulling off the covers and dragging yourself to the gym or simply waking up early for a refreshing round of meditation can be a chore.

First things first, quit waiting to feel like getting in shape. It’s never going to happen. No amount of feeling or knowing that you need to get healthy will help you, unless you start moving.

This is where the five-second rule comes into play. I firmly believe, it takes just 5 seconds to achieve great health. Now, before you roll your eyes at me, let me explain! I’m not referring to the 5-second rule where it’s perfectly all right to eat food you dropped on the floor, provided you pick it up within 5 seconds. I’m talking about the effective one.

The simplistic rule is all about taking action within the first five seconds of an idea popping into your head. From the moment a thought crosses your mind, you have just five seconds to act – before your brain scraps the idea.

I’ve listed only a few our many assertions with respect to our existing (or imaginary) fitness regimes:

  • I will make use of my six-month gym membership
  • I must start eating healthy
  • I should wake up early and practice yoga
  • I’ll meditate today
  • I will try putting on some weight to deal with my health problems

All the ‘I wills’ and ‘I shoulds’ fail because we don’t act in time. The human brain tends to panic and reject an intimidating idea. Yours will try to talk you out of all those positive affirmations. So, how do you capitalise on those precious, fleeting seconds?

  • Speak – speak your idea out loud. Tell someone you’re taking Zumba lessons. More likely than not, you will end up making it to class because now someone knows. It becomes more difficult to back out with someone keeping an eye on you!
  • Walk – as I’ve already mentioned, get moving – literally. Walk into the gym after work and get that membership. Once you start walking towards the gym, there’s little chance you’ll stop midway.
  • Write – make a note; from post-its to phone memos and alarms, reminders come in many forms. Write down ‘NO vada pao’ or ‘go jogging in the evening’. It acts like a reaffirmation.

Your health & fitness schedule comprises an endless list but the rule is simple. Just push yourself to take even the smallest step, within the first five seconds of getting the idea & watch miracles happen! It has worked for me, it will for you too.

Using the five second rule is MY way of being healthy: 1 rule & 5 seconds’ time is all it takes! Uncannily similar to Saffola’s motto of #ApneTareekeSeHealthy, isn’t it? So, how will you ‘push for health, your way’?

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda.

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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!

(This blog post is part of a campaign at Blogmint.)

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’!

(This blog post is part of a campaign at Blogmint.)

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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