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Amla Goodness – Spoonful a Day (Dabur Chyawanprash).

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Everyday millions of Indians all over the world have a spoonful of goodness. They incorporate immunity and health in their life daily with a spoonful of Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash is loaded with nutrition of Amla and other Ayurvedic ingredients like Ashwagandha, Guduchi. In my post Amla or Indian Gooseberry: Every day Visit to the Fountain of Youth (part 2) I have already mentioned how beneficial consuming Amla is and Chyawanprash is the one of the best ways we can do it.

From childhood my parents have made sure I take a spoonful of Dabur Chyawanprash twice a day. They didn’t had to force me as I love the taste it’s a delicious mix of so much health that it increases our immunity and shields our body from sickness like cough and cold. When I moved out of my parents house for a while I didn’t take care of my health. I was lazy, ignorant or just completely stupid like many others youngsters moving out the house for the first time.

Slowly and steady I got a grip on my health and it takes discipline to live a healthy and active life. Today I make sure that I and my husband have Chyawanprash daily. My health strategy is simple it is better safe than sorry. I encourage every spouse and parent to encourage their loved ones to start the habit of taking Chyawanprash daily. I choose Dabur’s over any other available in the market simply because Dabur Chyawanprash has anti-oxidant properties and helps to strengthen your body’s internal defence mechanism – the immune system – thereby protecting you from day to day infections such as cough, cold etc.

Dabur Chyawanprash’s magnificent brew of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the body’s natural defence mechanism by stimulating your NK cells* (Natural Killer Cells). NK cells assist in fighting with virus and bacteria in your body, thus giving us increased immunity from various infections. Recent scientific studies conducted on Dabur Chyawanprash have proven its immunomodulatory and anti-allergic potential. It is a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and has more than 40 other natural ingredients.

Our Children are our pride and joy. We love them and care for them and we let their warmth and energy fill our hearts and our homes. When this precious source of energy falls sick, its effects are felt throughout the house and it sometimes feels like the house itself has fallen ill. Dabur Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and more than 40 other natural ingredients. Dabur Chyawanprash increases Immunity by 3 times* & hence protects against illness. After all a healthy child makes a happy home.

Other interesting facts about my favorite Chyawanprash:
• Dabur is the first branded Chyawanprash in the country
• It is the highest selling Chyawanprash with more than 60% market share
• It is scientifically proven to provide 3 times immunity* that helps fight virus, flu and infections
• Dabur Chyawanprash has been consistently voted as the power brand of the country and is a trusted remedy for cough and cold for a majority of Indian household.
• It has been endorsed by celebrities like Sreeram lagoo, Amitabh Bachchan, Vivek oberoi, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and now Madhuri Dixit
• Has a sugar free variant for calorie conscious people
• It is also available in 2 new exciting flavours mango and mixed fruit flavor
• It contains natural Ayurvedic ingredients, which are being consumed safely for ages.
• Dabur Chyawanprash was launched in 1949 in a tin pack which became the first branded Chyawanprash in India, widening the popularity and usage of traditional Ayurvedic products.
• Chyawanprash is a time tested formulation mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic literature with all its benefits and indication for use.
• To know more about this amazing product visit this link -> Liveveda (https://www.liveveda.com/dabur-chyawanprash/)

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Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Cleans Up Instantly and Effectively

Christmas Day is so much fun especially when you are spending it with kids. This Christmas I gave a different kind of gift to my friend. Her 6-year-old son was looking forward to watch the movie ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ but she was feeling a bit under the weather and was making excuses to avoid the holiday rush in the mall.

I couldn’t see his cute little face getting all sad and I offered to take him to watch the movie and for his favourite kids’ meal at the mall we regularly visit. Little did I knew that he would invite a friend and so on the very crowded day of Christmas me and my husband ended up babysitting two very energetic and very active boys.

Being well aware of the crowd situation we reached the mall a couple of hours before the movie started. While I was clicking photos of the kids with the mall Santa and around the pretty Christmas decorations, my husband went in the supermarket and got some drinking water, chips, bandages and Dettol Mutli—Use Wipes. I didn’t understand why we needed so many things we were out only for few hours we were not going on some trip but he said it will come handy.

The movie was amazing. We both enjoyed as much as the kids but when they turned on the lights I noticed the kids’ hands and faces were covered in sticky cheese popcorn dust. They both looked like they were dipped in the popcorn machine. When I stood speechless and tried to find my hankie in my bag my husband told me to use the mutli-wipes and he was so right about it.

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes

Thanks to Dettol Mutli-Use Wipes cleaning the sticky cheese was easy. It felt nice on the skin because its pH neutral and it kept the skin moisturised. For years Dettol has provided the best kind of protection against a wide range of germs. It is a trusted brand name in every household and so I found it secure enough to use on face and hands. It effectively cleaned cheese and was also useful when the kids had ice-cream all over their hands and face.

Dettol Mutli-Use Wipes helped me keep the kids clean without running multiple times to the jam-packed mall washroom. I couldn’t thank my husband enough for getting this amazing product. This comes in two sizes 10’s pack and 30’s pack. I will always carry the smaller pack in my bag the bigger pack will be kept someplace handy at home.

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Sheet

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Sheet

Pros of Dettol Multi-Use Wipes
They are ideal for –
• Ideal for instant clean-ups of hands, face or even surfaces
• Protects against a wide range of germs
• Gentle on skin
• Leaves a fresh fragrance
• Alcohol free
• Use at home, in the car, office, or on holiday

Cons of Dettol Multi-Use Wipes
I couldn’t find anything worth complaining about the product. Because of my babysitting success I may have to something like this again and then also I will be armed with Dettol Multi-Use Wipes to get me out of all kinds of sticky situations 🙂

• Pull back the resealable cover, and pull out a wipe
• Reseal the pack after each usage, and store with the cover facing down to avoid the wipes from drying out
• Wipe your skin, or surface to hygienically clean, and then dispose the wipe

Suitable for:
• Hands and face
• Childrens’ Toys
• Work Surfaces
• Kitchen Surfaces
• Electrical Devices
(Note: Product not suitable for Carpets, Upholstery, and Fabric)

Sizes available in 10’s pack and 30’s pack.

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Kotak JIFI – A Bloggers Way to Bank

Kotak JIFI

Kotak JIFI

Ever since I started blogging I am enjoying living a digital life. Social media has given us such an amazing platform to connect with anyone anywhere and I am always amazed by the new trends. When once a hobby started taking shape into a full time profession I decided to keep the finances related to writing in order. Yes I do know a bit about managing finances. If you know me you would know that my first job was with a bank and I believe once a banker always a banker. Latest and new trends in bank always excites me and I love to find out more flexible approaches to manage my account as let’s face it when we try to make money as a freelance writer we do not enjoy the comfort of a regular pay.

I decided to get an account that is easy to operate even from my mobile phone, which is flexible to handle transactions any time as per the convenience of clients mostly based internationally and which supports online purchases. Luckily I found out about Kotak JIFI an amazing banking option for bloggers. It’s easy, smart, flexible, completely new age.

I found the zero minimum balance and social and transaction points that can be redeemed on purchase the most attractive advantage of Kotak JIFI Account. To help fellow bloggers learn the other benefits I have mentioned most of the benefits in detail below. To know more about this account I recommend visiting the link http://www.kotakjifi.com or Kotak Bank’s Corporate Website.

New age Banking Benefits of Kotak JIFI Account:

1. Zero Minimum Balances: The best feature for a freelance writer like me as it does help us get over the dry period when we are in between projects. It pays high interest on balances over Rs.25,000 by automatically creating term deposits with your spare cash.

2. A Funky Platinum Debit Card: Jifi Debit Card comes with a host of premium benefits catered to your taste. A chip based debit card that offers added security at PoS terminals and gives you a higher withdrawal limit at ATMs.

JIFI Platinum Debit Card

JIFI Platinum Debit Card

3. Full of Rewards and Surprises: Cool points for introducing to friends, commenting on Facebook page. These points can be redeemed by buying exciting products online.

4. Sign Up Benefits:

JIFI Benefits

JIFI Benefits

5. Convenient and Flexible,

6. Mobile Apps: Kotak Mobile Banking app lets you manage your accounts, pay your bills, transfer money and much more. Kotak Offers app provides updates on the hottest discounts, exclusively catered to your taste.

7. Loyalty Club:

JIFI Loyalty Club

JIFI Loyalty Club

8. A Personal Financial Tracker,

9. Supports Online Transactions and Purchases: Start earning cool social points & transaction points for every online transaction. We can also trade points with friends. Choose the points to redeem and select from many options start banking differently

10. Social Banking: Bank with Kotak using Twitter; your account balance, transaction history, cheque book request and many more activities are now just a tweet away.

A bank account truly for the digitally driven and socially connected if you are not yet convinced watch the video below and come join me in the world of JIFI a new age of banking has arrived and I want to be a part of it, do you?

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Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour Review – A Good Way to Cover Grey Hair.

I recently visited my uncle’s place and got into a long discussion about colouring grey hair. When it comes to hair colour, like most of the elders, my uncle and aunt also have a lot of mixed opinions and lot of confusion.

If they go for natural products like henna then it may not give a proper colour. If the hair has more salt then pepper then henna gives a funny reddish colour which most of the elderly people do not prefer. The alternative is chemical loaded expensive hair crème that has a high risk of damaging hair.

If we make up our mind to buy the expensive chemical loaded hair crème we do not get a smaller pack for trial. So we cannot be sure about the risk of allergy or any other damage. For those with short hair it makes no sense to buy these expensive hair crème big packs targeted for long hair.

I always wanted to try a hair colour but it had to be safe and ammonia-free. I have kept clear from chemical hair colour for long now and when I noticed the small pack of Godrej Expert crème hair colour I decided to give it a try. The small pack looked very convenient and also because it contains the goodness of aloe protein. Godrej claims that this product gives hair deep shine and makes it ultra soft. My uncle and aunt wanted to try it out.

Godrej Colors Packs

Godrej Colors Packs

The pack has 20 gm crème colourant and 20 ml of developer – they are pre-measured, so there is no confusion of ratio or no hassle of storing remaining colour. I found this as a very smart feature of this product. The price came as a pleasant surprise. For just 30 rupees, it felt like a very sweet deal. I picked up all the colours and got a nice variety of colours – (1) Natural Black, (2) Black Brown, (3) Dark Brown, (4) Natural Brown and (5) Burgundy.

My aunt was excited to try the Black Brown or Dark Brown colour. My uncle on the other hand like simple things and doesn’t get impressed easily. The no confusion pack got his ok. He liked the idea that he can use it without any measurement. The instructions on the pack are easy to understand and follow. Doing a Skin Hypersensitivity Test is always a good idea before trying any new product and the pack clearly instructs to perform a small patch test 48 hours before each application.

Godrej Expert Rich Creme Pre-measured Sachets

Godrej Expert Rich Creme Pre-measured Sachets

My uncle and aunt’s opinion after trying Godrej Expert Rich Crème hair colour for the first time:

The simplicity of the products made a very good impression on my uncle and aunt. They liked the easy to handle the no confusion pre measured sachets of crème colourant and developer. The smooth crème texture of the product after mixture made it easy to apply and spread and good enough to cover each and every strand of hair. For my uncle, 1 pack was enough but my aunt used 2 packs to cover her long hair.

The smell of the product is pleasant and that was another nice surprise to us. After wash, their hair got a nice even colour and also a very good grey coverage, hair felt soft and had a nice shine. The colour looked very natural and hair became easy to manage. My uncle and aunt are happy with the product and will definitely use it again.

Before Picture

Before Picture

My uncle enjoyed the makeover he got from Godrej Expert Rich Crème hair colour and the difference can be seen clearly in the pictures below. Besides covering greys, his hair also got soft and manageable.

After Picture

After Picture

6 Reasons why you should try Godrej Expert Rich Crème hair colour:

1. Easy to apply
2. Convenience of pre-measured sachets
3. Goodness of aloe protein
4. Leaves hair soft and silky
5. No ammonia
6. Highly affordable

Precaution: Do a Skin Hypersensitivity Test as suggested on packet before every application.

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Saffola Total – The Right Kind of Cooking Oil for a Healthy Heart.

Saffola Total

Saffola Total

Today many people are suffering from heart related problems. Heart problems are not just for the elderly anymore. Lifestyle disorders like stress, being overweight, consumption of junk food, irregular eating habits, addictions like smoking, drinking and worse add to strain on the heart. We need to understand that heart is a miraculous machine which is working nonstop for us.

We can avoid the life threatening heart conditions by keeping check on our diet. A little change in our lifestyle can make a huge difference to our heart’s health and can increase our lifespan with years. Besides regular workout like walking, cycling or yoga, drinking water and eating low-calorie high-fiber food we should chose the right cooking oil for our day today use.

The cooking oil plays a big role in our daily fat consumption. While choosing the right cooking oil we should keep few basic points in our mind like it should be high in antioxidants and its absorption capacity should be low.

In my search to find the right oil I experimented with different kinds of oils like Olive, Rice Bran, Safflower and finally settled my quest to find the perfect oil with Saffola Total. When it comes to heart healthy cooking oil Saffola has always been a preferred brand among many. Saffola has always given us good quality products and the latest brand of oil Saffola Total has lots of benefits.

3 Reasons why Saffola Total is the right kind of cooking oil for a healthy heart:

1. High Antioxidants:
Saffola Total is high in antioxidants. It has twice as many antioxidants as in olive oil. Antioxidants protect our cells and prevent this cellular damage thereby decreasing the risk of CVD and other diseases. Antioxidants are known to reduce oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) thus help maintain a strong heart. Help in mopping bad free radicals and maintaining cell health. Prevent clogging of arteries/ blockage of arteries. Help in keeping our arteries healthy.

2. Low Absorption:
Saffola Total has the added advantage of Losorb Technology. Saffola Total has up to 10% lower absorption capacity as compared to other oils. Based on external lab studies on sunflower oil, soybean, canola (Saffola Total has shown 18% Lower Absorption then soybean oil, 16% Lower Absorption then sunflower oil, 20% Lower Absorption then canola oil).

3. Multiseed Benefits:
Saffola Total is a blend of rice bran oil and safflower oil. It gives us goodness of two oils in one. Furthermore, it is fortified with antioxidants that help fight free radicals and thus maintain the stability of the oil during storage and while cooking at higher temperatures.

“Saffola Total is a special blend of oils with a balance of fatty acids, which is considered suitable not just for the heart but for overall wellbeing. Moreover, the high antioxidant content of this oil makes it the right choice for staying healthy.” Neelanjana Singh (Consultant Nutritionist).

We are already struggling with lack of time and increasing level of stress and we cannot afford to jeopardize our health by not taking care of our diet. Our body does have a daily requirement for fat and good cholesterol (HDL) hence our balance diet should include a healthy amount of right kind of fats.

When we count our daily fat intake we count fats like butter or ghee kind of products that we add on to our meal and forget the cooking oil which is in fact the largest source of our daily fat intake. We avoid outside food because of the unhealthy and burnt oil that is used in most of the eateries but do we use the best available cooking oil for our home cooked meal. I suggest we spend some time to find the best cooking oil for our family’s health. I am happy to suggest using Saffola Total as your daily cooking oil.

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Our First Valentine’s Day – My Platinum Day of Love.

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Young love gets very excited with first of everything; first date, first kiss, first movie together, first New Year’s Eve together, and the biggie – the very first Valentine’s Day. To recall my Platinum Day of Love I mentally scanned millions of memories and out of many one stood out as the earliest one.

This memory is more than 13 years old but I still remember like it happened yesterday. Before visiting my Platinum Day of Love let me give you some background. I met my husband 10 years before we tied the knot. I won’t say it was love at first sight but we instantly become good friends. Our interests were similar like we loved the same kind of food, movies, places to hang out and all those little things played a big role to get us closer to each other.

That year the Valentine’s Day was special for me. It was my first year out of a very strict all girls school and in college. I was looking towards celebrating my first ever grown up romantic valentine party arranged by the seniors of my college.

I planned the dress, makeup & hair, the shoes that will go with the dress and everything well in advanced now all I needed for my perfect romantic Valentine party was a date. Don’t get me wrong some boys did ask me (I remember at least 4) some well in advanced but all those were turned down and some very harshly by my best friend. He had a strong negative opinion about every boy who tried to be my date for the Valentine’s party.

He was against the concept of Valentine’s Day like Grinch against Christmas. Everyone in my college was excited about the romantic day except the one person I really wanted to celebrate with. He was having debates about how the day is nothing but a commercial celebration and how the greeting cards, flowers and chocolate industries rip off gullible youngsters. I imagined him as the prince charming in my fairy tale and he was behaving like the fire-breathing dragon guarding the tower.

The day before the party we were hanging out with our friends; one of them asked what would my perfect Valentine’s Day be like and without a thought I said a long romantic bike ride to some beautiful place. He looked at me and gave me a smile. We did share a moment but we both didn’t have the guts to tell our true feelings for each other. All my friends decided to go to the party as a group and not in pairs thanks to the grumbling of the Valentine Grinch in our group.

The next morning as planned I packed my dress, makeup and shoes in a bag. We were going to attend the party right after classes. Deep in my thoughts I was getting dressed for my early morning classes. I remembered how he drove away every guy trying to ask me for a date. Maybe that is his way of showing he thinks of me more than a friend. May be when the time is right we will get to the place where telling each other about our feelings will not be so awkward.

It was a beautiful morning, the sun was rising, and the winter was very well showing its presence in Pune. I got in the bus that I regularly took for college and just like any other day I buried my head in a book. This was a very early bus and hardly had any passengers, I sat near a window to enjoy the cool winter breeze. Honking from a motorcycle distracted my reading. I looked out of the window and noticed two of my friends on a bike riding along my bus.

Aditi sitting behind held out a big chart paper having a huge “B” written on it; I waved to ask her what are doing but they rode ahead. Another bike with two more of my friends rode along the bus and Sarika who was sitting behind held another sign that read “My”. I was thrilled and a bit embarrassed with this act of my friends as everyone in that bus including the conductor was looking at these signs. The conductor made it more embarrassing as he was reading the signs out load.

After the second bike moved ahead along came the third bike on which Radhika sitting behind held out a sign that read “Valentine.” The conductor promptly read it out loud. Then he said out the whole sentence with the excitement of a child solving a puzzle; “B My Valentine.” Some in the bus giggled and some shook their head in disapproval for the crazy act of the youngsters.

I hid my face with my book bit shocked with this surprise and then the fourth bike came along with only one rider, my price charming who came close to my window and yelled out; “If the answer is yes please get down at the next stop.” I could not believe what was happening. Nobody ever did anything like this for me and I couldn’t wait to see what else was planned by my friends. I got down at the next stop. My seven friends grinning like the Cheshire cat and their four motorcycles where waiting for me at that stop.

I looked in his eyes and saw a spark like never before. Today he was more than my best friend, today he was my valentine. I sat on his bike and we all drove towards our college. I rested my head on his back and closed my eyes. The cool touch of his leather jacket felt so nice against my cheek. I put my arms around him and held him tightly. I never wanted that moment to end.

When we reached college it looked completely different. Lots and lots of bikes where cluttered in front of the gate almost everyone from my class was standing there. “What’s going on?” I asked him. “Well, didn’t you say something about a bike ride? I spread that idea among our class mates and got an overwhelming response. Now we all our going for a long bike ride to Kashid beach, it will take roughly 3 to 4 hours and then back till night. We have planned to bunk the classes and ditch the senior’s party. Please tell me if you like the plan or would you like to do something else. Either ways I would love to spend this day with you.” He replied.

How could I say no to something like that and so our road trip started from college at around 7 am. Our convoy of 14 bikes and 28 youngsters mostly couples reached the beach before 11 am. The bike ride was tiring but the roads were beautiful. The roads had lush greenery on both sides and very less traffic compared to the city ones. Riding along with a huge group was such an amazing experience.

On that bike I felt close to him like never before. Several times he touched my hand in the most loving way. My hands were sometimes resting on his thigh or hugging his chest. He kept asking me if I was comfortable or if he needs to stop for a break all along the road. In the morning when it was cold he told me to put my hands in his jacket pockets to keep them warm.

The day we spent on the beach was mesmerizing. Most of my college mates enjoyed group activities but I just loved walking on the wet sand and feeling the waves on my feet. The tiredness from the journey melted in seconds as my feet touched the cool and soft sand. The ocean waves were inviting and a dip in them made the trip completely worth it.

Just before sunset and before leaving that beautiful place I wanted to take a last long walk on the beach. He joined me and we walked along the long beach holding hands, taking like we are dating for years, picking up any interesting shell that we spot in the sand and of course playing with the foamy waves with our feet. He suddenly stopped, “I think we came too far. We can’t even hear our friends. Let’s go back.”

We turned back but we stopped for few minutes to notice the most beautiful sunset we ever saw. The sky turned red it looked like the universe was blushing as we were getting closer. He held me from behind, his hands crossing near mine. I never felt so secured, so safe yet so vulnerable before. He kissed my cheek and they copied the blush of the sky. For us the world stood still for that moment. Our feelings for each other were clearer more than ever. That sunset was the end of all the awkwardness and confusion. That was the moment we became one.

My Platinum Day of Love was nothing like I dreamed or planned but it was magical. I did wear the dress and makeup I packed in my bag but on another day for our first date just the two of us. I thank God that it also went nothing as planned and that is a whole another story. Now every day I try to live my life not as per some schedule or plan but trying to recreate the magic I experienced on my Platinum Day of Love. Why Platinum because we are blessed with true love that does not fade with time and a precious metal like Platinum compliments our eternal love.

This post is specially created for Indiblogger’s Platinum Day of Love Contest.

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