Make Your Room the Gang’s Adda

Hello Readers!

Friends are family. I’m really fortunate to have some amazing friends; a few of them are my schoolmates, some of them I met in college, others from work, and the remaining I crossed paths with quite randomly.  I love to have them over as much as I can. Time just flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

However, entertaining friends at home was quite different back in college. Now that we’ve been sucked into the routine of life with offices to get to and deadlines to meet, crashing after a hard day’s work has become more about relaxation than merely fun times.

Back in our college days, we would scrunch into the most limited of seating spaces just for the sake of it, but now, things are different. We still love each other’s company, but, after all the formalities of everyday life, it really does your body and mind good to have a comfortable pad where you can just lie back and relax.

We usually hang out at my place, thanks to its proximity to our offices. And since comfort was a top priority, I decided to make the most of my limited space and budget to accommodate my buddies’ needs. With a few tricks, design hacks and #SubscriptionLifestyle, my place is now our perfect hangout; in fact, some of them have literally started to live here (LOL!)

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Here’s how you too can pep up your pad and make it your gang’s adda: –

Push Your Creative Buttons 

You do not have to buy new pieces of furniture to make your home comfortable. Just put your existing stuff to better use. As my friends had turned my home into a B&B, storage became an issue. I always had a pile of clothes lying on my chairs belonging to some friend or the other. Since I had only one cupboard, I up-cycled the chest of drawers in my living room into a freestanding wardrobe for my friends to keep their clothes.

Go For Space Saving Furniture

I have a super comfy sofa in my living room that comes with a nice bed tucked underneath. Sofa cum beds are great. Every time my friends come over, the bed comes out. This way there’s room for more as compared to the sofa alone and we can all just flop down on the bed and watch movies on my LED TV together

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Bring In The Mattresses

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With the restrictions of space and budget, its’ impossible to have multiple beds at home, especially if you’re living in a 1BHK rental apartment like me.

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My gang is big and even my gorgeous king-size bed can’t accommodate us all. To solve this problem, I brought a few mattresses that can be used to sit or sleep as and when needed. Don’t make the mistake of buying them though, since their utility is limited and also, they spoil with time. Get them on rent as I did.

Cook Up Some Love

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I enjoy cooking. But when I’m not cooking, we order from outside. I guess another reason my boys and girls love to eat over here is that because I #SmartlyOwn a microwave. No matter what we order, once the food is delivered, it goes straight into my microwave to be warmed, especially in the winters! Also, not to forget the innumerable popcorn parties and freshly baked cakes we’ve had.

These are real easy to follow and won’t cost you much. Just remember to go for rental furniture and appliances like I did, this way you can save a lot of money.

Once you have got what you need, just wait and watch how your home turns into a haven for your buds!

Love…

Riya

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Love..

Riya

 

Micronutrient Deficiency: What it means for Indian Infants & How to Fight it

“You are what you eat”, – this beautifully defines the effect of food on humans, but very few of us talk about what we don’t eat. Here, I am talking about one of the most essential nutrients in our food – micro nutrients. They are required in lesser amounts but micro nutrients such as, Vitamin A, iron, fol ate and iodine add to the nutritional value of food, and play one of the most vital role in a child’s proper development. A lack of these essentials in food can cause a condition known as –  micro nutrient deficiency, in children as well as mothers.

Prevent Micronutrient Deficiency

Every day, more than 6,000 children die in India, and micro nutrient deficiency is accountable for more than half of these deaths. Moreover, out of all micro nutrient deficiencies – iron deficiency is the most prevalent around the world, as this nutritional disorder equally affects both developing and developed countries.

Apart from iron, few other most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies are caused due to the lack of Vitamin A, folate, zinc and iodine.

So, how does micro nutrient deficiency affect a child’s growth?

Micro nutrient deficiency not only cause physical illness, but also affects the mental health of children. Each micro nutrient has a role to play in the proper growth of a child.

  • A lack of vitamin A and zinc leads to slow and poor growth in infants, a drop in immunocompetence and makes the child more susceptible to infectious diseases.
  • Iron deficiency can cause irreversible neurological impairment in a child, with reduced functionality of the immune system.
  • Iodine – if not fed in proper amount to an infant can hinder the physical growth and cognitive development.

The repercussions caused due to micro nutrient deficiency can be experienced throughout the lifetime, and is a big loss to the economy of a nation. It is accounted that the treatment costs of micro nutrient deficiencies go up to 27 times higher, compared to the cost invested in its prevention.

Strong Steps to Prevent Micronutrient Deficiency

Organizations such as WHO, and UNICEF are doing their part to improve this situation on the global front.

UNICEF with the introduction of mechanisms like Village Health and Nutrition Days, are working towards spreading awareness about the cause, part from raising the demands for making supplements available for micronutrients like vitamin A and iron, for children and mothers.

WHO also promotes the idea, as it recommends that supplements for vitamin A should be made available for children between the age of 6 months-5 years, every 6 months in areas where vitamin A deficiency is prevalent.  The issue has been addressed by the government of India, with the introduction of campaigns to provide vitamin A supplements, twice a year.

Relevant steps are being taken with the visible results. For example – India has been able to double the rates of life expectancy, and child mortality has dropped to half in the last 50 years. Still, there is a lot that needs to be done, because in developing countries almost 40% of preschool children are suffering from iron deficiency or anemia.

WHO, in its Global Targets 2025, has mentioned about its mission to improve maternal, infant and children health and nutrition, and are committed to monitor its progress.

All the efforts look promising and a healthier and nourished future is envisioned, for the upcoming generations.

Think about it and share your thoughts in comment box.

Love…

Riya

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Switzerland: Heaven On Earth

The world has hidden treasures that, once you travel, you start to discover them and Switzerland is definitely a precious gem.

I was lucky enough to visit Switzerland last month as I was the winner of #GetSwissed contest which was hosted by @SwissTempelle and Switzerland Tourism. I uploaded my selfie with Swiss Tempelle product on my social channel and was selected as a winner of this GRAND contest. The prize was all inclusive trip to Switzerland. Yay!!

So the journey started from Delhi on 26th Oct Night. They booked Swiss airline for us. We reached Switzerland ( Zurich) on 27th morning. We had a hotel booking in Interlaken but just to explore more we kept our luggage on Zurich station and went out to explore that city. In Zurich, we went to Zurich lake and some markets. After that in noon, we took our luggage from Zurich station and went to Interlaken. We had booking in beautiful hotel called Hotel Metropolis, Interlaken. The hotel was so beautiful and was located in perfect location. In evening, we explored Interlaken market, casino and nearby church. It was so beautiful and I am already missing it :O

That’s the view of Interlaken Market.

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For Day 2, the hotel reception gave us our tickets to Jungfraujoch, top of Europe. We started our journey in train from Interlaken to jungfraujoch. (We had 1st first Swiss pass which was arranged by Switzerland Tourism). Trust me the scene was so beautiful and breathe taking. It took us around 2 hours to reach there.

Inside look of First class coach.

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And that’s the pic from TOP OF EUROPE ❤

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For Day 3, we had hotel booking in Lucerne. So we took a train from Interlaken to Lucerne and managed to reach there in 2 hours. For whole day we were busy exploring Lucerne market as we had to buy a lot of stuff for our friends and family. We also went to a Cruise ride on that day.

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Outside our hotel in Lucerne.

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During my whole trip I was carrying my favorite Swiss Tempelle body lotion to take care of my skin during whole journey.

There is so much to experience in Switzerland that you’ll be able to find something that will entice you to holiday there, somewhere at every time of year.

If you want even more detailed information about the fantastic choice of holidays that are available throughout Switzerland then why not visit our Switzerland tourism website where you will find ideas and suggestions whatever the time of year that you are planning to travel.

Much thanks to Swiss Tempelle (www.swisstempelle.com)  & Switzerland Tourism for this once in lifetime opportunity.

Love..

Riya

5 Best Places To Visit In Manali

I was lucky enough to visit Manali last month. Being a travel freak, I loved that place. Weather was snowy and so perfect for adventure activities. Before my trip, i shopped for all my adventure equipments including Hiking Bag, Jacket, torches, water bottle, watch, camera etc from Adventure Gears. Have a look at what i purchased.

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Head here to check out more such adventure equipments.

I was there for 3 days and explored many places. These are must visit places- 

  1. Solang Valley

Solang valley is about 15 kms from mall road. Very beautiful place and perfect one for adventure freaks. Go there to do all adventure activites including skiing and para gliding.

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 2. Jogini waterfall

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3. Hidimba Devi Temple
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4. Manu Market
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5. Solang-Nullah
Make sure you visit all when you are in Manali next time.

Whats more?

Use code ESGA05 and avail additional 5% OFF (apart from current discounts available on the website) on all adventure equipments purchases through adventuregears.com for your next trip.

Love…

Riya

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Top 7 Phenomenal Islands In India

 

I’m sure the phrase is pretty popular- no man can live as an island. While that is certainly true, it never did the modern man any harm to travel to one and count on total rejuvenation on vacation every once in a while. While the idea of Robinson Crusoe is never too appealing, island tourism in India is seeing a boom and rightly so, courtesy the tranquillity of seclusion, breath-taking global-standard beauty and the exotic feel common to dreams. Hence, let’s put on the fancy scuba gear and get exploring these little oases of peace.

  1. The Lakshadweep Islands

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Look at a picture of this gorgeous island, you’ll know what I am talking about. A group of small islands, named “the group of one lakh islands”, it features corals Australia is so famous in Lakshadweep. Also, it has quirky tourism implements, like lighthouses.

  1. Havelock Island

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Named after a foreigner seems to be a feature very common in these parts of India-this one was named for Henry Havelock. One more common feature of islands look like lighthouses, and Havelock one has one too. It has a beach which is acknowledged to be the best in India by Time magazine, and belongs to an archipelago that shares its name with Richie Rich, only a different spelling-Ritchie’s archipelago.

  1. Great Nicobar Island

This island has the largest size among its kind in India. It has a turbulent point in its history, the 2004 Tsunami that caused much destruction. It has exotic reptile and avian species indigenous to it, and-you guessed it-lighthouses. It has a host of rivers that flow along its general topography.

  1. Little Andaman Island

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For the traveller who is going off the beaten track, literally, is waiting this island. Not too crowded and not too expensive as well, this is the beatnik tourist’s dream come true. It features exotic avian and turtle species, and offers safaris a la Africa, and boat voyages a la Mauritius. Best of both worlds, did I hear someone at the back say?

  1. Barren Island

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This is one island that is more boho than the last. Let’s find out why. It is akin to the Vesuvius, being the only volcano that actually erupts in South Asia. Also, it offers Scuba Diving opportunities to tourists. It is a lot like the Dead Sea, with the almost non-existent life that it supports. That’s where it gets its name from, as well.

  1. Viper Island

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It sure seems like places have stories that prove how truth is stranger than fiction. True to the world of adventure and horror stories, this island was named after a ship that carried Lt. Blair to India. It is a pretty island, and a jetty for tourists visiting Andaman. But what the guides won’t tell you is that this place used to have gallows, now abandoned, which was used to contain and torture Indian political prisoners of the British Raj. And oh, it has some viper species as well.

  1. Rutland Island

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Individuals with interest in Victorian English literature will know about the treatment meted out to the racial “other”. This island provides real-time opportunity for learning about some “others”- The Jangil tribe, natives to the Andamans, who were few and far in between in terms of interactions with people from the outer world, but present nonetheless. Also, this island has a number of beaches in Andaman along with the opportunities for open-water divers.

It is sometimes strange how things exceedingly relevant to one discipline are completely out of the vista of another. One sees how islands, very important in political power establishment, was taken little note of in tourism, especially in the Indian context. It’s good to see that changing, and Lakshadweep is now the first destination many couples would like to explore on honeymoon tour to India. Indeed, with scuba diving, exotic fauna and world class thriller histories, islands shouldn’t be something people miss out on the flavour of.

Love…

Riya

FBB CELEBRATES 23RD APRIL AS WORLD SHORTS DAY WITH #DROPTHEPANTS

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On World Shorts Day, fbb has taken a bold and unique route with its #DropThePants campaign.  Digital campaign #DropThePants also has famous comedian Vir das announcing the day through a hilarious and engaging video that urges men to #DropThePants on #WorldShortsDay.

I visited the FBB store to participate in this #DropThePants activity. Found some great collection of shorts at just Rs 499/-

Also have a look at this amazing collection from the FBB store-

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Perfect shorts for #DropThePants

So what are you waiting for?

Go buy your favorite shorts from FBB now!

Love..

Riya…