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Lifestyle

Video for smart living, savvy lifestyle blog

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Monsoon has arrived in Mumbai. The sun has gone on leave and the overcast sky is pouring since morning. My cat had been running around, inside the house like a misfired missile since morning. He has now got tired, curled up and gone to sleep. From my window, I can see the children coming out with their umbrellas to enjoy the first proper rain of the season. A weather such as this has got my creative cells ticking. So, I have compiled this video cover for this ‘smart living’ blog using some pictures from my Instagram feed. I hope that this conveys the essence of mindful, healthy, smart and positive living. I have used this as a cover for the Facebook Page. If you are on Facebook, please do like this Facebook page. I will keep the post short. Do let me know how did you find the video? O, I realised that I did not include my cat in the video after Mr ABHIRAY59 who blogs on https://occassionalmusingsblogpost.wordpress.com pointed out. So, I am including here, a picture of Po peeping out of the window in the morning. PO is not much of a poser and doesn’t like to be clicked but maybe…

Personal Finance

Are you making your money work for you?

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It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you. ~Robert Kiyosaki   Just as you work hard to make money, you must ensure that your money also works for you. Merely saving money is not enough, it should be invested properly so that it grows in value and helps you to realise your financial goals.   Why do you need to grow your money? Nobody needs to be told how unpleasant inflation is! It erodes the value of your money. As prices go up due to inflation, the same money will fetch you lesser goods. You cannot control inflation but you can beat the inflation by protecting yourself against it. That is possible when your money also grows in value at least equal to or more than the increase in the cost of living. Your investment should help you at least to preserve the purchasing power of your money.   Lifestyle Inflation But then, inflation is not the only devil.  When you make more money, you tend to spend more. Your and your family’s standard of living goes up and you incur more expenses to maintain that standard. The increase…

Digital

What is Lifestyle Blogging? Why is it ideal for content marketing?

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‘What is Lifestyle blogging?’ ‘Do Lifestyle bloggers write only about designer wear, expensive furnishings and shopping habits?’ ‘What is the difference between a lifestyle blog and a personal blog?’ ‘Can you use your lifestyle blog to make money?’ I am often faced with a barrage of questions such as these from people who want to know more about the trend of blogging that is picking up speed at an incredible rate, so I decided to come up with this post. Before we get to the blogging part, let us see what lifestyle means. Lifestyle refers to the way in which people live. It is expressed in both work and leisure behaviour patterns of individuals and in their activities, attitudes, interests, opinions, values, and allocation of income. Taking this definition of lifestyle from the Business Dictionary, let’s see what a lifestyle blog is. What is a lifestyle blog? From the various definitions, I particularly like this comprehensive definition given by Evan from mediakix.com. A lifestyle blog is defined as the digital content representation of its author’s everyday life and interests. A lifestyle blogger creates content inspired and curated from their personal interests and daily activities. A lifestyle blog delves into themes related…

Travel and Culture

Kathmandu Places to Visit – My travel memoirs Part II

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Continued from Kathmandu Top Attractions: My trip to the City of Temples (Part I) During our stay in Kathmandu, we were deliberating on going to Nagarkot or Pokhara, but travelling to either of these places meant that we would need to spend a night there to see the sunset and the sunrise. Given our short schedule, we ruled out the visit to these places, as it would be difficult to drive back in the evening after sunset. These are the tourist places in Kathmandu that we visited instead: Doleshwar Mahadeva About 20 km away from Kathmandu city centre, is a temple called Doleshwar Mahadeva, which is believed to be the head of Kedarnath temple, one of the most prominent Hindu pilgrimages in Uttarakhand, India.  Given its religious significance, Birbal suggested that we go there. It was a pleasant uphill drive with views of terraced hills and the valley. On the way up, I requested Birbal to stop at places from where we could get good views. He willingly obliged. On reaching the temple, we found that it is a small, quaint place in the lap of the hills. The Shiva sculpture at the Doleshwar shrine is supposed to be 4000 years…

Travel and Culture

Kathmandu Top attractions – My trip to the City of Temples

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I frankly admit that the impression that I had formed of Kathmandu, until recently, was solely on the basis of the scenes of some of the Hindi movies (such as Hare Rama Hare Krishna, and more recently Baby) and Indiana Jones movies that I had seen. That was before we (husband and me) packed off for a short trip, leaving our cat in the safe custody of my daughter, who has come home on vacation. The destination obviously was Kathmandu – an offbeat place but well suited for a short summer getaway, especially for heritage lovers like me. Arrival at Kathmandu Taking a morning flight from Mumbai, we landed in Kathmandu by noon. It had rained in the morning, due to which the temperature had dropped and the weather had turned pleasant.  A huge poster of Deepika Padukone with an Oppo phone greeted us at the Tribhuvan International airport, where I was expecting to see posters of people in their traditional Nepali costumes. Repair work was being carried on at the airport escalators, which made me a little sceptical while using those. The hotel Annapurna was not very far away and we reached the hotel in half an hour. While…

Health and Fitness

Depression is treatable: Let’s Talk

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For someone living with #depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment & recovery.  ~Tweet by WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Depression, as an illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. It is surprising to note that depression is the leading cause of ill – health and disability worldwide. While there is a perception that feeble minded people suffer from depression and anxiety, it is not so. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody, at any age, or in any place. People with depression normally have a loss of energy, change in appetite, anxiety, reduced concentration, indecisiveness, restlessness, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated. Here, I present a guest post on this topic written by Sarbani Chowdhury, a Clinical Psychologist with the Indian Air Force. Read on what Sarbani says about depression…

Travel and Culture

Have you been to the oldest museum in Mumbai yet?

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Real museums are places where time is transformed into space. ~ Orhan Pamuk I have always enjoyed trips to museums. My penchant for a visit to museums goes back to my school days when our teachers would take us for trips to museums and gardens. In most of the cities that I have visited, I have gone to see the city museum to get a hang of the history and heritage of the place. I find the museums to be treasure houses of wealth where one gets to see and know how generations have lived and progressed through the ages, understand their way of life, and appreciate their art and culture. Furthermore, the entry to most of the museums is either free or highly subsidised. The oldest museum in Mumbai Last weekend, my husband asked me if I wanted to go to the oldest museum in Mumbai. Needless to say, I was more than happy at the suggestion. Off we went to see Mumbai’s city museum, which was first opened to the public in 1872 as Victoria and Albert Museum. The readers of this blog may recall that some time back I had written about my visit to the  Albert Hall Museum…

Health and Fitness

Fifty plus and restless: How older Indians are working on unfulfilled dreams

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Changing perception about turning fifty   Fifty seems to be the new thirty. Not very long ago, hitting the big ‘five-oh’ was considered a time to slow down in life; a time to take things easy and relax. That’s no longer the norm. With advances in medical care and growing self-awareness, perceptions are changing. People turning 50 are starting to invest in themselves and have no intention of applying the brakes; their goal is to #LiveNonstop. The new generation of people turning 50 is all about staying active in a way that doesn’t just keep them busy, but also energized and strong. From taking up new languages, travelling to exotic destinations, taking up dance and yoga to hitting the gym or prepping for a marathon, its go, go go! Age, after all, is just a number and this concept seems truer now, more than ever before. It seems like it’s a great time to hit 50 and I was extremely curious to know just how some of my friends, who are in their fifties have made changes to their lifestyle. So, I asked around and here’s what I found out –

Personal Finance

Wealth Ultima – A New Age ULIP

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti In life, as in chess, forethought wins. ~ Charles Buxton The birth of a healthy daughter was a happy occasion for Rakesh Prasad and his wife Ravina.  Along with the couple, their respective parents were also ecstatic with joy at the arrival of the little one. By the time the child was barely 3 days old, the grandparents were already talking about what the little girl would be when she grows up. Rakesh’s parents wanted their granddaughter to be a doctor, Ravina’s father wanted her to be a lawyer, while her mother wanted the child to be a fashion designer. Rakesh was getting a little weary of all these discussions. Several thoughts began to play in his mind. In a time span of 20 years, his daughter will be ready for college. They would need to plan adequately for her future. He shared his thoughts with his wife, who was already thinking of putting aside some money into fixed deposits. Rakesh was more inclined towards mutual funds. Like any other well-settled young man, he wanted to gain from the uptrend in the market. Though he was financially savvy, the couple had a busy life, which left them…

Home and Interiors

Turkish Mosaic Lamps in Mumbai

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A new lamp, a piece of art can transform a room. ~ Madonna This is exactly why I love to collect decoration pieces and wall hangings. Recently, I had been to a furniture exhibition at NSE Ground in Goregaon in Mumbai. Just at the entrance of the exhibition was a stall that had mosaic lamps hanging from the ceiling, with patterns and colours so attractive that it caught the attention of all visitors coming to the exhibition. Beautiful mementoes, figures, ceramics bowls and table trays with floral designs occupied a table, and coloured discs adorned one of the walls. As I looked at the displays, the arabesque lamps reminded me of Aladdin’s lamp. Those exotic looking multicoloured lamps had deep jewel toned colours. The lamp globes were made of many finely cut, tiny pieces of coloured glass held by brass frames. Soft light emanating from the lamps along with the shadows cast by the lamps created an ambience of romantic intrigue. It almost felt like a genie would appear anytime around the corner! My husband pointed out that the mosaic lamps were Turkish lamps.

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