Saturday 29 November 2014

Ab Montu Bolega, Aur Sara Desh Sunega

I'm proud that I stay at one of the cleanest city of the nation. How can I say so with so much conviction?? Well, this year on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, when most of us got acquainted with this movement called Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Ministry of Urban Development conducted a survey to find out the dirtiest and cleanest Indian cities. The City Beautiful Chandigarh actually justified its name by beating all cities on India and emerged as The Cleanest City. Obviously we, the residents of Chandigarh as well as whole Tricity, took it as a Personal Compliment and our faced beamed with joy. :)

This is the shinning silver part of the story that has an ugly face too. I could not turn my face around from the real picture where there are neglected areas of Tricity struggling for clean breath :(

For last many years, I’ve been crossing a nearby road to my child’s school while picking n dropping him which shamelessly owns a huge filthy dumpyard.... It had been a major concern of Health and hygiene conditions of more than 1800 students and staff of the school. It was not only an eye sore, but the garbage emanated stench which was unbearable for those who stayed nearby for many hours. The school authorities took every possible measurement to get that removed, but all in vain.

Then a working idea struck in the mind of a conscientious child whose ultra-thoughtful planning turned the situation other way around. The students formed a union and visited the Local Municipal Committee. They sang self-composed songs and raised slogans while carrying banners portraying their demand of removal of the dumpyard. The Municipal Commissioner appreciated the effort of the children. The students felt motivated as the Commissioner, despite his busy schedule, gave a patient ear to their request. He immediately arranged for a meeting with his officials and sent orders to clear the dumpyard.
But the Problems remained lurking as the request was not only to remove the litter, but also to remove the dumpyard or to shift it to some other secluded corner of the city.

In another phase of this drive, the students displayed dignity of labour by sweeping, picking wrappers, foils, polythene bags etc. from the roadside and the adjoining park. They spread the message of keeping the environment clean especially during monsoon to avoid blockage of drains and also to stop spreading of epidemics like Malaria, Dengue etc.

In the wake of the massive Mass Swachh Bharat Campaign by the students, the plea of the students was given prompt attention and corrective measures were taken by the authorities.

The leader of the campaign, who resembles Montu in his actions and will power, expressed his opinion that we must not be a silent spectator and must our voice to make a difference. Coz we have to be the change we want to see in the world....Kyuki Bin Bole Ab Nahi Chalega #AbMontuBolega....Aur Sara Desh Sunega.

About the Campaign:
World's leading sore throat medicine, Strepsils is encouraging people to speak their mind without any inhibitions. The brand has signed film actor Saqib Saleem of “Mere Dad Ki Maruti” and “Hawaa Hawaai” fame as the face of the campaign. Through “Ab Montu Bolega” campaign, Strepsils aims to increase its relevance for day to day expression with a healthy voice. The Facebook and Twitter pages have been sharing appealing visuals on topical issues, while encouraging users to join in the hashtag driven #AbMontuBolega conversations.
This post is written exclusively for Indiblogger's Happy Hours #AbMontuBolega Campaign in association with Strepsils .

Friday 28 November 2014

Fuschia Orange Peel Handmade Soap Review

Hello Dearies

               You know I'm in love with handmade soaps since long. Infact for almost 3-4 years, I have not purchased & used a chemical based soap usually available in the market. At times, I feel surprised how and why people go for those fancy-looking soaps that actually have no skin benefits :/

                Today, my intention is to make you aware of another promising brand dealing in handmade soaps i.e. Fuschia. I know, you might be feeling that I addressed this name earlier also in one of my posts. Yups! you are right. I already used n reviewed Fuschia's handmade lipbalm. And I'm sharing my first hand experience with one of the Fuschia handmade soaps in this post :)

             Fuschia currently is crafting handmade soaps in three wonderful ranges:
Classic Range, Designer Range and Herbal Range. Each category lists eco-friendly soaps to take care of our skin
                 I'll be talking about Fuschia's Orange Peel Handmade soap that is infused with many nutrients necessary for maintain youthful skin. This is one from the Herbal range of their soaps.

Fuschia Orange Peel Handmade Soap
 Fuschia Orange Peel Handmade Soap comes in an outer cardboard packing with an inner sealed transparent plastic sheet holding the soap bar. The color of outer paper-covering compliments the key ingredient so well.

The soap bar weights 100 gms that costs Rs. 225/- per piece.

 The soap bar is not bright orange in color, but a pretty one that actually has some thin particles peeping out.
             It is a gentle soap that doesn't leave the body skin dried out after usage. The texture of the soap is very creamy on your palm and it produces sufficient lather in contact with water. If  the soap bar is properly placed in the soapcase to get dried after use, it has no tendency to melt down at normal temperature. It spreads a sensuous fragrance on body for next few minutes after bath. The fragrance itself is absolutely identical to citric one that my nose recognizes instantly.

              It washes out easily and asks for no application of moisturizer, if you have oily to normal skin. But I feel uneasiness n stretchy on skin after bath in any season, so would suggest people with dry skin like mine that they should use a light body lotion afterwards.

           In only few regular uses, I noticed lightened complexion on exposed body parts. I believe the Vitamin C content of orange peel combats free radicals and helps adding a glow to your skin by fighting off wrinkles.

            My experience makes a noticeable point that Fuschia Orange Peel Handmade Soap can not only be used as cleansing sap bar, but can be used as a toner.

The Positives:
 1. 100% vegetarian n NO animal tested. (the green dot in the pic above indicates the same)
2. Orange peel treats acne very effectively.
3. Extracts dirt from deep inside the pores.
4. Smells really heavenly.
5. Doesn't melts so easily, so one bar will last quite longer.
6.Preservative free, so shelf life is longer than soaps offered by other brands.
7. Deflects harmful UV rays.
8. Renews worn out skin cells and prevents all unhealthy skin conditions.

100% Vegetarian (not for edible use)
The Negatives:
1. The ingredient list is missing from the packaging and I really wish that the key ingredients MUST be mentioned to convince users about the goodness of the product.
2. A bit pricy (but on the website, one can opt for buying combo packs of few soaps at good discounts) 
3. Not locally available at drugstores or supermarkets.
contain a wide variety of nutrients
contain a wide variety of nutrients

If you are looking for a soap that can target those dark spots caused due to acne or some sunspots then please give this a try. This soap has actually relieved me from sparing time for making a homemade paste of dry orange peel n milk. I've developed a huge passion for this soap and will be repurchasing it in the next bunch :)

*PR Sample.

Thursday 27 November 2014

Vedantika Herbals Anti Ageing Mask Review

             Few days back, I got a pack of skin care products from Vedantika Herbals at my doorstep for review purposes. I have been hearing all good about their product range, so I felt all excited to test them on me :)
            The pack included a Skin Polishing Scrub and an Anti Aging Mask. The Skin Polishing Scrub has already been reviewed by me and if you missed the post, here is the link.

Now after trying my hands on Anti Ageing Mask for quite a few times, I'm ready to share my opinion.
Product Claims:
           Vedantika Herbals Anti Ageing Mask is an instant face lifting & firming treatment that helps sagging & ageing of skin. Regular use gives the skin lasting firmness & resilience. Also removes wrinkles, lines blemishes and improves skin color & texture. It arrests the ageing of the skin, leaving your face looking years younger.

              The Vedantika Herbals Anti Ageing Mask also has identical packaging as the Skin Polishing Scrub has. They come in rectangular plastic bottles with screw cap.
How much to pay for what quantity?
You need to pay INR 250 for 70gms of the content.

For how long can I use it?
The product has a decent shelf life of 18 months.

What are its key ingredients and their Hindi Names?
Cassia Tora (Chakvad), Terminalia Bellerica (Baheda ), Withania Somnifera(ashwagandha, Indian ginseng), Ocimum Gratissimum ( tree basil ), Aloe Barbadensis, Citrus Aurantium, Ash of Turbinella Rapa (Shankhbhasma) , Saffron (zafaraan), Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti).

Where can you buy it?
Many websites are selling Vedantika products including Jabong, eBay, Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Satvikshop, Craftsvilla and few more. So you can order it from any online site with which you are comfortable.

How did I use it?
               As the application instructions on the pack read, I mixed the required quantity of of the face mask with rose water and also added honey for enjoying the utmost benefits for my dry skin. I apply a thick layer over my face and neck and sat quietly surfing my internet giving the mask ample time to dry. Since its a thick layer, so it takes around 15-20 minutes to dry properly. I checked by touching it on my face and then washed it off with lukewarm water.
How I felt during and after its use?              The first thing I noticed on opening the pack was the similar smell i.e camphor. As I mentioned in my previous post also that camphor is something whose smell doesn't overpower me. But when I applied the mask on my face, a stinging sensation irritated my eyes.  But since I had added rose water in the mixture, the sensation lasted not more than for a minute and soothed the skin. It comes out easily when I gentle rubbed it with wet hands.

              Since the mask is very minute powdered, I didn't feel the itchy dryness after its use. Actually after wiping the face with a soft towel,  there was a visibly clean n clear skin tone in just three uses. I could even feel better skin elasticity. I am sure its because of its rare precious herbs extracts combined with Shankbhasma which is claimed to provide the most powerful age-control benefits. 

(Tip: You can substitute the rose water with cucumber juice also. And if you feel honey is sticky on your face, it can be replaced with few drops of glycerin. Use fresh water to rinse it off in summers.) 

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the results of Vedantika Herbals Anti Ageing Mask
 1. Purely natural herbs used.
2. No harmful side effects on skin.
3. Detoxifies the skin effectively.
4. Finely ground for easy application.
5. Smell nice (but may be a bit strong for some sensitive nose)
6. Improves skin complexion.
7. Travel friendly packing.

1. Tingling sensation (though its not too strong to make you feel uneasy).
2. A bit expensive (but again when I think about the herbs used, I know why it costs this much)

Overall Thoughts:
            I would definitely continue using this anti-ageing mask to nurture and pamper my skin in future as well. I believe no product can STOP ageing, but there are some products that can slow down this process. And Vedantika has given us a solution to keep fine lines, wrinkles and age spots at bay. I'm loving my soft, supple, youthful n radiant skin after using Vedantika Herbals Anti Ageing Mask. 

'Jewels of Alive n Kicking' Giveaway (Closed)

Dear Readers

                 Today is the Thanksgiving Day and as Alive n Kicking got blessed with 200+ likes, I thought to launch this giveaway as a special thanksgiving ceremony ;) :)

This time I'm picking two winners who will win a jewelery piece each. The first prize is a Silver Necklace and the second prize is an adjustable finger ring. 
 Have a look at the cool prizes...

 Mandatory rules:
1. Like Alive n Kicking on FB.
2. Subscribe to my blog via email.
3. Follow my blog via GFC.
4. Share the giveaway post on your Facebook profile page publicly so that I can verify it.
5. Mention your details like FB name, GFC name, email id and FB share link in comment section below.
Optional Rules:

1. Invite your friends and loved ones whom you care about.
2. Write a blogpost those who own a blog. And do share the blogpost link.

            The giveaway is open to Indian residents only. It starts today and ends on 10 December, 2014. The winners be selected via lucky draw and will be announced on or before 12th December, 2014 on all my social networking interfaces. The winners will have to forward their postal details to me within 24 hours of declaration of result, else next eligible winner would be selected.

The prizes will be dispatched immediately after receiving the winners details as usual and tracking details will also be provided to the winners :)

Hope I made it all clear. Still if you any doubts/queries, do message me on FB or mail me. I will be replying ASAP.
Good Luck everyone...

Wednesday 26 November 2014

'Lipz' Lip Moisturizer by Ethicare Remedies - Review

Hello Everyone

                      Hope you are enjoying the onset of winter at your places... Recently, I have been receiving messages from many of my readers to suggest some lip treatment product that offers more butters and less wax than usual balms. Many of them hesitantly mentioned that they would be more interested to go for an affordable product that suits their pockets. After much consideration, I came up with a really economical lip moisturizer that is full of wholesome nourishment for lips.

                  The Lipz lip moisturizer from Ethicare Remedies takes the center stage today..but before I show you how it looks like and how it works, let me grab the opportunity to introduce you with Ethicare Remedies :)

Ethicare Remedies:
Ethicare Remedies was founded by Mr. Ilesh Khakhkhar in 2003 with exclusive focus in Dermatology & Cosmetology, a PIONEER of many products in India. The motto of the company is the belief that 'the right to good health is universal'. They have got their presence in 17 State of India and also export products in countries like Mauritius, Dubai, Bangladesh and Yemen. They believe in winning relationships with their product offerings. Their diversed product portfolio has got high regards in the eyes of all leading dermatologists and cosmetologists across the country.

                 Lipz lip moisturizer has been categorized under Dry Skin section of the products.
Packaging: The Lipz lip moisturizer comes in a white outer carton packing. The lip moisturizer is contained in a white tube with a red cap that can be tightly closed after use.
Outer Carton Pack
Net Wt.:  9 gms.
Price: INR 72.
Shelf Life: 3 years.
Tube Pack
This ultra-hydrating lip moisturizer is infused with rich Kokum Butter, Shea Butter,
Squalene, Mineral Oil, Sun Filters and Silicon Oil. The Squalane is identical to the oil that our glands produce naturally and works very effective to get rid of dryness since there are no oil producing glands in the lips. 

   Special Instruction: Not to be used by children under the age of 3 yrs.  

How did I use the product:
As you have seen that this lip moisturizer is a handy tube pack with a hole pierced in the center of the tip that ejects the content out with little pressure at the bottom. I liked the slanted tube tip which is comparatively easy to glide on lips than the round tip.

                    Before I could apply the lip moisturizer, I brought it closer to my nose to know how it smells like. To be frank, the packaging of the Lipz lip moisturizer is not very attractive or colorful and thereby gave me an impression that it would smell something unbearable like yucky medicines ;)  But to my pleasant surprise it has a soft vanilla fragrance that doesn't irritate you at all.

                    I glided the lip moisturizer twice or thrice in one application in the night. Till the next few minutes, I was rubbing my lips to look for that glazy white layer that we generally notice after use of lip balms, but fortunately found none. I swear its completely free of waxy feeling on lips. And the results have been satisfying with my dried lips turned soft and super smooth as i got up next day.

                 But on its application during the day time, I feel the need to re-apply it after frequent intervals as it doesn't stay longer when we tend to eat or drink something.

                 Something that goes in absolute favour of Lipz is that it is generously formulated with SPF 15 that not only makes the product glossier but is expected to block 93 percent of UVB rays. The problem of lip inflammation is just history when you have sun protection for your soft lips. A Happy Me indeed :)

               The women in love with matte lip products can layer this Lipz Moisturizer as a hidden base to their matte lipstick since its colorless and doesn't show off.

1. Clinically accepted by many dermatologists in the country.
2. Provides expected level of hydration.
3. No Preservatives, Artificial flavors or fragrances added.
4. Leaves lips look rosier pink and healthier.
5. Replenishes lips with rich butters that melt easily.
6. SPF 15 included.
7. Sturdy packing.
8. Very Reasonably Priced.
9. Causes No Allergies or Irritation.

1. Really difficult to find any in terms of quality n all ! But it needs frequent application for consistent result.
2. I would have loved it more if this innovative product gets a brighter packaging to attract more consumers ;)
3. Not readily available at medical stores, at least in my city (but online purchase is quite happening these days among people, so I don't consider it as a limitation as such).

Conclusion: Lipz Moisturizer provides essential lubrication for the lips and can considerably help to get rid of chronic dryness over time with frequent application. People with a budget of below 'one green note' should definitely give it a try on my recommendation.
                 All in All, Lipz has reserved an irreplaceable space in my handbag now coz the weather is getting more harsh with every passing day and I can't lose suppleness of  my lips :)
Kiss  your dry lips goodbye !!

                Hope you find the review useful and I would love to read about your valuable feedback on the same.

Monday 24 November 2014

Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub Review

Hello Everyone,

                         I'm here today to talk about Skin Polishing. We expose our skin to a variety of things everyday including dust, pollution, harmful rays and what not! I realize that skin polish at least once a week is essential to remove dead skin cells and to keep our skin glowing. Skin Polishing is basically the process of exfoliation used to create ultra-smooth skin. You might be thinking that only professionals at beauty parlors can do it for us, but today I'll share my first impression of an effective skin rejuvenation product i.e. Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub :)

About Vedantika Herbals:
                 NCL Agro foods (vedantika Herbals) is a group of researchers and scientist headed by Shri N. C. Limbasiya, a food technologist from Gujarat. The main motto of the brand is to spread awareness about Health using Herbs.

Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub

                       Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub comes packed in a transparent plastic bottle with an outer screw cap and an inner plastic push-in cap that will tightly hold the content inside. 

Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub
Net Quantity: 110 gms/ 3.88oz
Price: INR 185
Shelf Life: 30 months

              Rubia Cardifolia, Withania Somnifera (ashwagandha), Oscimum Gratissimum (Clove Basil), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, Prunus Amygdalus (sweet almond), Juglans Regia (Walnut ), Citrus Aurantium ( bitter orange), Cinnamomum Camphor, Gram Flour & Oat Bran.

 Instructions to Apply :
                      Make a paste by soaking required amount of Skin Polishing Scrub in milk for 10 minutes. Gently rub to clean wet parts of the body for 5-10 minutes in circular movement. Wash off with normal water. 

My first experience with the product:
                   To begin with, let me tell you that as soon as I hold the Skin Polishing Scrub in my hand (still packed), I could smell a familiar fragrance from my childhood days. Reading the ingredients, I realized its my favourite aroma of Camphor :) 

                    As oppose to the usual scrubs that come in paste form, the Vedantika Skin Polishing Scrub is in powder form that can be converted into a paste of the consistency that suits your needs and preferences. So I utilized my Sunday yesterday to pamper my skin with this scrub and followed the instructions.

                      As I rubbed a pinch of this Vedantika Skin Polishing Scrub between my fingers, I felt happy to know that it is neither so crumbly ground nor very minutely ground. Because if its so coarse, I would have been afraid of scratches on my skin .... & if its so soft like a gel, there is always a feeling of not getting the purpose solved. As they say that a body scrub should ideally be of similar consistency to table salt. I found Vedantika Skin Polishing Scrub just the ideal one. :)

Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub

                  Later I soaked it in milk for few minutes and added half a spoonful of honey to the mixture because of my dry skin type. The gritty paste in light chocolaty color showed colorful ingredients in li'l chunks :)
Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub

           Beginning with splashing some water on my skin, I rubbed the paste on my face, neck and arms for the first use in circular motions. Here I paid close attention to the sides of my nose and any fine lines or dry spots on my skin by being careful around the eyes, when using it on face. Then I targeted the exposed parts of my back to cleanse with this scrub.
                  Like we all are aware of the benefits of non-abrasive and gentlest exfoliant Oat bran, it thoroughly removed the skin impurities. Infact I'm expecting that my tanned forehead skin would surely be lightened with its regular use. I finished off by splashing my skin with fresh water to close the pores and freshen up my skin.

Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub

1. Ayurvedic formulation using ancient beauty secrets.
2. Just perfectly ground.
3. Causes no irritation.
4. Smells soothing.
5. Easily Available.
6. Genuinely Priced.
7. Travel Friendly Packing. 
8. Can be used of any part of the body.

1. I experienced dryness even after adding honey into the mixture. I guess I need to pour in a generous quantity next time before a final word.  
2. If you find the price on a higher side, just recheck the ingredients list to know the obvious reason.

Overall Thoughts:
                 Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub not only makes your face feel clean and renewed, but also prevents breakouts and exfoliates dry skin. It sloughs off dead skin, blackheads and dirt from your skin gently without being harsh on skin. Those who want to stay away from beauty salons can definitely go for an effective remedy for brighter and more even textured complexion using Vedantika Herbals Ayurvedic Skin Polishing Scrub.

Hope this review will be informative for those reading. Do leave your feedback in comment section below.

*PR Sample.

Friday 21 November 2014

Fuschia Tropical Alphonso Handmade Lip Balm Review

A lip balm that helps relieve chapped or cracked lips is a must-have in my bag during all seasons, especially in winters. I carefully choose lip balm that helps protecting my lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather effectively.

Few days back, I got a nicely packed lipbalm from Fuschia in Tropical Alphonso flavour and I
thought to treat myself with the delicious taste of Alphonso ;) 

About 'Fuschia':

Fuschia is range of Handmade Natural Skin Care & Beauty products by Vkare, pronounced as "We Care" that reflects the brand's sole purpose reasonably well. VKare Bio Sciences Pvt. Ltd. is mainly associated with Healthcare and Biotechnology. Currently VKare has 38 variants of soaps and 5 variants of Lip Balms available under the brand Fuschia which are all handmade :)

Out the 5 yummy variants of lipbalms available in Tropical Alphonso, Plush Peach, Choco Butter, Pomegranate Pink and Black Currant flavours, I'm ready with my experience of using Tropical Alphonso Lip Balm today :)

The Fuschia Tropical Alphonso Lip Balm comes packed in a little transparent jar that displays the lip balm color clearly from outside. The screw-rotational lid makes the content safely sealed, and thus the packaging can be considered as your perfect companion during a journey.

 Net Wt.: 8 gms. per pack
Price: Rs. 225/-
Shelf Life: 30 months

The Fuschia Tropical Alphonso Lip Balm is made with 100% vegetarian and natural ingredients including Shea Butter, Kokum Butter with Natural Vitamin E. The natural essential oils like Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil and Mango Flavour have been added for extra soft n supple lips. The organic beewax is the main ingredient that seals the moisture in lips.

organic beeswax
My Experience:
My lips generally do not get chapped very very easily if I'm staying at home. But lately I have noticed that my lips get affected by the dry air, cold temperatures, and wind when I'm staying out for long hours due to varied reasons. Obviously, these are the factors that all have a drying effect on our skin, particularly our lips coz the skin layer is very thin.

The day when I got this lipbalm, I applied a thick layer on my lips before going to bed so that the lips feel generously hydrated over the period of few hours when I'm not eating anything. And I realized that I have correctly judged the effectiveness of this lip balm. I wake up to a softer, lipstick-ready pout the next morning. :) Infact the area around my lips was also better moisturized (which generally shows some dryness).

One very impressive point about this lip balm is that though it looks lemony yellow in color when you look at it; but when you apply it on your lips, its completely colorless. So not only you can twin use it as a perfect lip primer, but it can be used as a top coat on your lipcolor. Just apply a thin layer beneath any lipstick and the color will last longer and look more even :)

Yet another interesting fact about all Fuschia lip balms is that it can be used by anyone. By 'anyone' I mean, not only women can enjoy the kissable soft lips, but men can also keep their lips smooth with application of Fuschia lip balm.

The product also claims to use it on any part of the body to prevent moisture loss. So I tested the same on my elbows and found that the dry skin of this part of my body also appreciated its healing combination of natural oils. :)

And not to forget, it smells delicious exactly like a mango (I'm not sure if it also tastes like a mango, coz I have not tasted it as yet, just kidding)  ;) :P

1. Not Animal Tested.
2. Colorless Base for Lipsticks.
3. Non Sticky.
4. Portable & Travel Friendly Packaging.
synthetic scents, flavors, parabens, or petroleum
5. Absolutely Synthetic scents / parabens / petroleum free
synthetic scents
synthetic scents
synthetic scents, flavors, parabens, or petroleum
synthetic scents, flavors, parabens, or petroleum
6. Easy Online Availability on websites like Rediff Shopping Myntra, Snapdeal, Shopclues etc.

1. I wish this lipbalm is available in stick or tube form which can be applied directly coz swiping finger on the lipbalm seems to be uneasy as well as unhygienic. 
2. Not easily available in physical stores. 

Overall Thoughts:
Fuschia Tropical Alphonso Lip Balm is a ready-to-use remedy to avoid signs of dryness, pain and swelling on lips as the temperature starts to drop & you can say goodbye to chapped lips this season. 

Hope you find this review informative.    

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Toilet for Babli - The Safe Sanitation Drive by Domex

I was really in a state of shock to read somewhere that many countries across the globe are being labeled as ‘vast toilets’. But the reason was obvious...OPEN DEFECATION :(

I could immediately visualize the situations when most of us notice such cases during journeys that people from nearby villages / communities are defecating in fields, forests, bushes, bodies of water or other open spaces. Infact, we just turn our faces other side just to ignore the scenario. Even when my li'l boy asks me "mumma, why don't they use their TOILETS", "don't they feel ashamed" etc, I tend to snub him for being over-interferring in USELESS matters :(  But I seriously admired our newly elected prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi, when he promised- "Toilets First, Temples Later" and decided to support him whole-heartedly.

Why open defecation?
* lack of access to proper sanitation.
* cultural beliefs like building a toilet brings bad luck.

* contracting diseases like diarrhoea and hepatitis.
* no dignity or privacy.
 * the probable danger of sexual assault for women :(
* leads to mental and cognitive stunting.

But Domex has finally awakened me towards my responsibility. I have realized that we need to first break the silence to end open defecation. I know I cannot get the toilets constructed for those who have no access to toilets, but definitely I'm utilizing this medium to take action by donating my time and sharing these messages publicly.

About The Domex Toilet Academy
Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand is currently running the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme that was was launched on 19th November 2013. Its purpose is to provide a sustainable and long-term solution for sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy. The Toilet Academy makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene. Their effort has resulted in bringing the change in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa and we aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas faced with the problem of open defecation.

Look at Babli's sad face who is waiting for hygienic amenities for herself...

You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.

Lets pledge to make India free from open defecation with right policies and social attention and with initiatives like #ToiletForBabli and feel pride for making our villages Open Defecation Free (ODF). A social movement to revolutionize attitudes and behaviors toward sanitation in India is the only way out because practicing good hygiene is as important as worship to God.

This post is exclusively written for Indiblogger's #IndiHappyHours Campaign in association with
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Tuesday 18 November 2014

A Bit of Spain Creeps into My 24K Home

Ask anyone about his or her hearty wishes, and I'm sure a Dream House is one of them ;) I'm no exception to that. I always longed for an idealized home that perfectly fits my needs and desires.

Undoubtedly, everyone expects n deserves a roof above his head in life in form of a HOUSE. But it is equally important to have liveliness at that place so that the people living in a house feel intermingled into each other's lives. The pleasures of staying in a Lavish House with finest furnishing is a really petty thing, but its a pleasure to own a Cozy Home where every member celebrates LIFE :)

As someone said "Home is a little corner of God’s green earth to call your own." I will add to it saying "my home is the most adorable possession filled with personal touches and sentiments I'm living every moment..."

The commitment n promise of a Common Family Man to his family members for providing them a comfort zone brings him back home everyday.The moment when smiling faces of his soulmate and his child appear in his eyes, he wishes to reach home earliest. Just looking at any corner of his home brings a warm smile on his face where he has spent memorable moments since long years.

I may simply say that the willingness to stay connected to our own feelings as well as the emotions of my loved ones drags our heart towards my home everyday. Imagine if money were no object and I get lucky to customize my house with the Porcelanosa ...
I would certainly choose to talk to the beautifully crafted walls of my dream home when there is no one to listen to me and an echo of my heart could be heard clear in that silence. A home's walls enclose, strengthen and hold secrets & so I wanted them to be as pretty as I feel about myself...

Porcelanosa Mosaic Moon Beige Sandstone wall tiles

I loved to have fashionable Mosaic wall tiles for my home to kill the boredom of looking at usual painted walls that I see day after day, at all hours, in any weather. Porcelanosa's mosaic wall tiles are the simplest shortcut to add richness, brightness and liveliness in your home all around. I loved the thought that these lovely pieces can be used to decorate corners as framing important corner.

Turning my attention toward a woman's worksphere, I knew that I had minutest detailing of how to make my kitchen space inviting for myself and everyone. The Porcelanosa's kitchen worktops left me with a smile as I got to know that the material used is not only stainfree and  fireproof but is also certified for its anti-bacterial and anti-allergic properties.
The Easy Racking makes the modular kitchen more of fun and an organized system to cook n serve with love via stacking all essential elements in island placement.
Easy Racks
I admired the kitchen furniture that calls everyone inside this warm place to sit together and eat while sharing pleasant moments of togetherness and make kitchen a dinning room as well :)
Kitchen Furniture

Now, talking about that room of personal hygiene i.e. my bathroom which needs the most careful choice of innovative yet practical bathroom furniture or sanitary fittings n fixtures. From PORCELANOS cool collection, I'm excited for metalic rain showers for enjoying bit of luxurious bath like standing underneath a waterfall with low drizzling ...
Rain SHower
 A punch of bright colorful sanitary fixtures can definitely give anyone an unusual start of the day different from monotonous here is the starting of a sunny day :)
Mood Yellow Sanitaryware

 Last but not the least, judicially managing the available space is always the key factor to judge the efficiency of a homemaker. Porcelanosa comes with a perfect solution to optimize the vacant areas by establishing huge range of well-designed closets, wardrobes, dressing rooms and racks that assure no malfunction while getting ready to step out.
dressing room

With the birth of Porcelanosa, now I better know how to transform a chunk of land into my #24KLiving dream home without much effort, just choose tastefully & celebrate life <3

You can explore about Spanish ceramics and tiling company Porcelanosa and its products in more detail here :)

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Friday 14 November 2014

Childrens' Day Celebrations With Some Valuable Lessons

                         "Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence"

Today is Children's Day! Although we are too big for being called as 'Children', but we can always enjoy the day with our kids and make them feel special on this day :)

At my son’s school, Children’s Day was celebrated with lots of fun n frolic today. The school headmistress in the guise of Pt. Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India, astounded and regaled the students; while the vice-principal sent waves of elation and gusto among the students and teachers of St. Soldier, Mohali in the guise the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Both the enthusiastic ladies applauded the endevour of students for participating religiously in the Swachh Bharat campaign. Stressing on the usage of e-books, he made the children take a pledge for reading e-books to become voracious readers.
A PowerPoint presentation showcasing the love of Chacha Nehru for the children made little ones feel proud and special. The repertory of the students and the teachers through a Qawwali Parody threw the audience into splits of laughter. The students relished sumptuous and palatable refreshments while watching the entire show put up by the teachers.
I thought I should not miss the opportunity to spend a moment with NMo ;)
As the day is about to conclude, I received a cute video clip via whatsapp from a friend which I could not resist myself sharing with you...look at the interesting clip and I bet you will find many things to identify with <3 <3
Happy Children's Day to One & All !!