26 February 2016

#FlipkartOutdoors - IndiMeet at MangoMist Resort



#FlipkartOutdoors - Last month, I was active on IndiBlogger and that's the reason I was able to register for the IndiMeet, coz IndiBlogger was smart enough not to send an email invite about the meet. ;) After attending the #FlipkartImageSearch IndiMeet at HRC, Bangalore I did not want to miss the blogger event. One for networking with the fellow bloggers and two Flipkart always has so much to give and three it's my first IndiBlogger Outdoors meet.

Here it begins, on 20th February Saturday morning we left early following the Google maps and it suggested an easy route through Electronic city - but it did not advise about the narrow roads. We reached venue on time, this time we had a mobile reporting through IndiBlogger and it was cool. They just had to scan the QR Code from our IndiPass and we receive a welcome message on our registered mobile. We also got time to time updates about the meet over the phone. Jai Ho technology. We then collected our wrist band and headed for the breakfast. The breakfast was decent considering there were two huge teams, 125+ IndiBloggers and a huge family team outing from one of the IT companies (Lucky they). 

After breakfast, our activities begin. Anoop as usual lively and energetic briefs us through the events of the day, continued by Vineet's hilarious warm up exercise. We were then divided into 7 groups and we dispersed to different Flipkart partners' counters. They were from Garmin, Samsung, Red Chief Mens shoes, Polaroid, AltecLansing, Sony,  and Coleman. We spent quality time understanding the products they had to offer, trying the devices, verifying and providing feedback if the device did not work well. 

Garmin - Our first visit was to Garmin counter where they had spread various Garmin Fitness Bands, we tried them and one of us were handed the device to test the features for rest of the day. The Garmin Fitness Bands are awesome and pocket friendly. The Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band which we tried monitors your moments and record your calories, heart rate, sleep with lot of easy to use features. And it's sleek and adjustable any wrist size. 

Samsung - A well known brand in India, who wouldn't want to own these smartwatches. They had variety of smartwatch collections with different price range obvious that a little heavy on the wallet but the features are awesome and reliable. It's a must buy for a fitness freak and one wouldn't regret buying Samsung smart watches.


Red Chief - They had variety of corporate casual shoes on display, cool shoes, we girls couldn't try them as it was manufactured on for men. So men's had an add on during the #FlipkartOutdoors.

Polaroid - Polaroid counter seemed cool to me, I was reminded of the olden days when they used to take the instant photographs after seeing Polaroid ZIP Zink Photoprinter. I'm sure I'm going to own this soon. 

Another cool device they had and the USP of the outdoor event was their Polaroid Cube, an apt device for your Outdoor ventures. They had a variety of add-on accessories to support the cube they were Helmet Mount, Body Strap, Monkey Stand, Tripod Mount, Waterproof case, Bumper case, and Bicycle mount. When we visited the counter only accessories left was the body strap, however, I tried them on my hand and I was able to shoot the action videos. It's a cool device, shock proof and easy to use having just one button for all actions.

AltecLansing - Altec Lancing Mini LifeJacket Wireless Speakers and Altec Lancing Bluetooth Active Earbuds were stealing the show. They were pouring water on the bluetooth speaker and the music still playing uninterrupted. This demonstrated that the device is apt for outdoor activities on any condition rain or shine. There was a contest for Altec Lancing Bluetooth Active Earbuds, they claimed that the gadget would not fall out from the ears with any kind of body moments. But our adventurous bloggers made sure to shake their heads as much as they can to drop the earphones down.

Coleman - Any outdoor adventure wouldn't be complete without the Coleman products. They had the Coolers, Tents which are easy to assemble, Quad chairs, and lot of takeaway for the winners like water bottles, head torch, tiffin boxes and so on. Each team had to participate in assembling the tent, Prashant's team won as they were able to assemble in 90 seconds. 
My team assembling the tent

Victory: Look at the satisfaction after entering the tent what we assembled

Sony - Sony action cam, one of the best during the #FlipkartOutdoors. They were rough and tough in the action camera category, also waterproof. I'll have you decide on the Sony action cam features seeing the video shot by Prashant Bhandare here:


video

After the entire product demo, real fun begins with the activities lined up at the Mango Mist resort. We tried Bamboo walking, hilarious land zorbing, paintball activities, and to end with a relaxing fish spa and the mist dance. Thank you #IndiBlogger and #FlipkartOutdoors, you rock.


P.S: Thank you #Flipkart for the coupons on #FlipkartImageSearch contest.







24 February 2016

Wedding Moments: Silver Anklets – One of the sixteen adornments


Jewellery is something that has to do with emotion.
That aspect of jewellery really interests me. - Ann Demeulemeester

Anklets (Payal in Hindi) is one of the sixteen adornments (Solah Shringar) of an Indian bride. I always believe that there’s some reasoning in  Indian beliefs so here’s a transcript of my understanding about wearing silver anklets. I’ve referred many blogs or website’s from where I got this information and translating as per my understanding.

Majority of women wear silver anklets and I believe this is the right metal to wear on your ankle. People say by wearing silver anklets one’s energy is not wasted and re-vibrated back to one’s own body. The wind chime like effect of the anklets might be the reason and Silver is a good conductor of energy and work as a mediator between the two forms of energy, earth and human body, it makes a woman more energetic while sending the negative energy to earth.

Anklets improve the womb, reproductive system, stomach, liver, and the feet. Women usually are involved in a lot of work more than men, who have to do a lot of running around or have to work standing up wear heavy anklets as it increases activeness.

12 February 2016

Friday Gyan: Poisoning Mother-in-law


During Lunch Break, Mother in Law will be the centre of attraction in my office cafeteria. And the ladies everywhere find so much joy in venting out their frustration by cribbing over the lunch. Somehow, they need to take this out. I've even witnessed words like I want to kill her but I don't want to go to jail kind of statements and my mother in law somehow wants to get rid of me but she doesn't know how to kind of statements. Well, they don't mean it but this is the level of frustration with them. Well, it's kind of entertainment for us who are not privileged to stay with our Mother in laws. We have a good laugh. 

Since, I used to share weekly Friday Gyan's earlier and now being intermittent with these gyan's, here's this weeks Friday Gyan dedicated to all those ladies. Enjoy the gyan:

Poisoning Mother-in-law

Story:
Long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.

Moreover, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing the poor husband great distress. Unable to stand her mother-in-law’s bad temper and dictatorship Li-Li decided to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all. Mr. Huang thought for a while, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.”. Lily nodded and accepted his request.

Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, “I am giving you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. To avoid suspicion, you must act very friendly towards her. Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.”

Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to plan her plot. Weeks went by, months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother. After six months, the whole household had changed.

Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She never had an argument in six months with her mother-in-law, who now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with. The mother-in-law’s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love her like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. They both were treating each other like a real mother and daughter. Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see all this.

Li-Li started feeling bad about poisoning her. So she went to see Mr. Huang to ask his help once again. She said, “Mr. Huang, please help me to stop the poison from killing my mother-in-law! She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.”

Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”

Moral:
We take quick and random decisions in life based on our prejudices and judgments, most of which we end up regretting later and wish if we could not have done them. Letting go of a negative attitude, however hard it may be, can help us turn things around better down the line. Always keep a positive attitude and a proper state of mind while you take important decisions in your life. And remember to treat people with love and care because you always get treated by the way you treat others... 

Originally posted in my other blog: http://cutemorningalways.blogspot.in/2016/02/friday-gyan-13-poisoning-mother-in-law.html

8 February 2016

Wedding Moments: Hairstyle of a typical Mangalorean Bride

Mangalore is famous for few things: The Ideal Icecreams, Beaches, Temples, Seafood, down to earth people and yes, Mangalorean Jasmine - Mallige. You get anything anywhere in the old but Ideal icecreams and Mangalore Mallige is really difficult to transport and get it anywhere in the world. However, these flowers are sent often to Siddi Vinayak temple in Mumbai. 

Any Mangalorean wedding is incomplete without the presence of Jasmine. No matter what price of Jasmine on the day of wedding, people afford to buy Jasmine. Based on the local demand, the price is fixed daily. So, in case there are religious festivals and lot of festivals in a day, the Mallige price can go up to 1500 for an Atti. It seems 800 flowers make a chendu and 4 chendu makes an Atti. 

Hairstyle of a typical Mangalorean wedding:
Around 5 Atti Mallige is used for the Jasmine Braid (Mallige Jade) for a bride in Mangalore. And bridal hairstyle pattern is typical and specific to Mangalore. Check few of the pictures of Mangalorean Mallige Jade.





PC: Nithin Suvarna, Nayan Kumar
Wedding Photography by: Dreamframes, Balmatta, Mangalore

Bridal Hairstyle at:
Diva Beauty Salon
Address: 1st Floor, Somayaji Building, Bunts Hostel Road, Opposite Hotel Woodlands, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575002
Phone:0824 244 3086

Refer the links below to know more about Mangalore Jasmine:
http://lifeofgujarat.blogspot.in/2014/04/shankerpura-mallige-jasmine-flower.html
Refer this site: http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=176944

4 February 2016

Wedding Moments: Your word!

We do not remember days. We remember moments.
Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. - Minor White

PC: Nithin Suvarna
Wedding Photography by: Dreamframes, Balmatta, Mangalore