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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

I won't be completely wrong, if I say that we all are leading a tiresome life. Day in and day out we struggle, work hard and overcome all the obstacles to make ends meet. In this race we eventually forget that even as adults, we need some time for ourselves. So in this "Me" time what does most of us do? We watch TV, hangout with friends over a coffee, we socialize and meet relatives, spend time visiting a mall, shopping or watch movies. We basically do everything that creates a huge hole in our pockets, isn't it? But have you ever reminisced about your childhood days, days when you would keep yourself busy playing games or in some outdoor activity? Simply thinking of those days make us wish to become a child again !!

After reminiscing about playing cricket on a huge neighboring ground with your group of friends or playing football on a rainy afternoon, you must be wondering about how to reclaim your childhood back. So, here I am going to tell you about this amazing app called as Sportsjig which can be downloaded both on your Android as well as Apple device. 

Basically, Sportsjig is an app which allows you to enjoy the sporting activity which you have craved for or missed in all the years of growing up. So the app allows you to locate your favourite space around your area of living and find a sporting event happening. Also, the app allows you to create your own space for the sporting activity, create a sports event, invite your friends and get on to play that game you had ever wished to and rekindle the love for sports within you.

Moreover, Sportsjig also has their own sporting carnival with offers for the sports lovers and enthusiast to join the carnival, indulge in some high octane sporting activity, meanwhile better your health and invite your friends while building new friends over a game of your favourite sport. Sportsjig keeps you updated on what’s happening in sports too. Apart from this, the app also gives you visibility, in terms of allowing you to manage your space and analyze it.

Currently, Sportsjig is coming up with Sports Carnival (Winter 2015) at Mumbai, Bandra on 6th of December. Simply imagine playing your favourite sport along with plenty of other sport lovers and winning prizes!! Isn't it something worth eyeing for? You can register for the carnival through the app as well as there is a facility of on-line and spot registration. The fee for this carnival is affordable for majority of us and it shouldn't be the reason for giving this carnival a miss. 

So simply download the Sportsjig app and reclaim not only your space but also your childhood!!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Published by: Namrata
Publisher: Revelation House Books
Genre: Fiction/ Romance
No. of Pages: 162
Price: INR 295

Buy links: Flipkart || Amazon

Blurb: Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane as "Metro Diaries" will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, Metro Diaries - Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.
Review: Love is a feeling and a decision at the same time. You fall in love, or rather recognize that you are in love with someone and then try to hold onto your love and make it your most wonderful decision. In any ways, love is a journey where you experience plenty of emotions run through you at the same time. So one time, you will be ecstatic and on the other you will be melancholy. It is roller-coaster ride, packed with emotions and Metro Diaries is one such ride!

As the name suggests, the stories are short and crisp as if it is written on a diary for someone whom you love. The collection of 20 stories, takes you to an emotional ride where the author has portrayed emotions as central character along with love and together they weave a magic called Metro Diaries.

The stories are simple without any complexities thrown and are easy to read. Most of them indulge you with simple narrative, good story-line and most importantly with large pinches of love. Each and every story ensures that there is enough in them to keep turning the pages. The interesting part of the book is that, before commencement of each story, there is a short poem which tell us what to expect from the following story. 

The writing is good. The choice of words in most instances is even better and the editing is also good. Moreover, I didn't find any proof reading or spelling errors. 

The author has done justice to the subject which is very close to her heart, although I felt that some stories would be better if it would have been a bit longer. It would be an even compelling read.

Overall: If you are a sucker for romance and love stories, Metro Diaries is a must read.

Ratings: 3.5/5 *

About the Author: 

Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 7 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer's Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.

You can be in touch with her on:

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/wingstomywords
Website: www.privytrifles.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/privytrifles
Email: privytrifles@gmail.com

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Everyone of us deserve better. We wake up daily with a hope that the day ends well and strive to achieve for the betterment of our lives. As any parent, I also strive to see that my kid deserves the better, if not the best of the facilities and primarily, education. With education being the primary and most important concern for any parent, it is necessary that education reaches the kids.

As Nelson Mandela had once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."

 Most of us are financially well off and can provide quality education to our kids, but spare a thought for those who are not so financially well off. Imagine a situation where, due to lack of funds, you couldn't get your child to provide for a Masters degree. How regretful you will be for your entire life! Robbing your child of education is truly a crime which no parent wants to commit. Moreover, what if the school that your child is learning suddenly stops functioning due to lack of funds? Wouldn't you be crest-fallen? Same is going to happen with a rural preschool run by Aham Bhumika (Aham Bhumika is a registered NGO under Societies Act) unless some generous soul offers to donate some amount and see the children learn and educate themselves.
The rural preschool is located in the village named 'Borda', 17 kms from Bhopal. They have 40 kdis belonging to underprivileged category whose parents work as daily wage labourers on brick kilns and construction sites. At present, the school needs 14,000 every month to keep functioning and imparting education to these kids.

So below are the bank details of Aham Bhumika if you wish to contribute to the education of these kids: (All donations are exempted from tax under Section 80-G of the Income Tax of India)

A/c name: Aham Bhumika Swayam Sevi Sanstha, SAVINGS ACCOUNT NO. 2073101015874, IFSC Code- CNRB0002073, Bank – CANARA BANK, Branch – MAHARANA PRATAP NAGAR, BHOPAL

You can drop a mail at ahambhumika@gmail.com with your name, address, donation amount, PAN no. and contact details.

The full details on how to donate are given here.

You can also buy hand-painted shoes from their website as well as hand embroidered, tribal motif , Gond Art cushion covers by pre-order. By buying a pair of shoes you will fund the education of a rural child for a period of one month. The price of shoes ranges from Rs.999 to 1499. 

This is an earnest request to fellow bloggers to help in spreading the word by blogging about it or by sharing the post. You can share using the hashtag FundAhamBhumika. If you choose to blog, then you can use images from their Facebook or Twitter profile.

Think about it. A 1000 or 2000 rupees won't affect us much, but it would work wonders for them.

Moreover, we spend even more on movies and meals. So please don't let the education of these children to suffer. Contribute as much as you can as each and every kid deserve better when it comes to education. 


Monday, 5 October 2015

amorous glances
a storm of passion erupt
tableland of love

Linking it to Haiku Horizons where the word prompt for the week is 'storm'.

It is said that, 'Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another' and how true is that! Take any top dancer and you will feel that the dance simply comes from within. Just seeing them dance, invokes a feeling to dance even to a non-dancer. So if you are one such dancer or aspiring to be one, then you must visit DanceBible now. 

We have plenty of portals for various products and services, but rarely you will find a portal which will connect YOU with Dance. DanceBible is once such portal which will help an aspiring as well as an established dancer to hone their dance skills and learn dancing by viewing dance videos uploaded by various dance artists. 

The main purpose of DanceBible is to encourage dancing among people by connecting various dancers, choreographers, dance educators and dance parents. The platform allows to connect and share the dancing skills, learn different dance forms, create a portfolio and share it to the world. DanceBible is like a community for dancers who can learn and grow together and spread the passion for dance.

DanceBible is nothing but an encyclopedia for Dance. You don't need to Google every now and then about dance videos, dance forms and ways and techniques to perfect the art. You will find each and every thing at DanceBible.

So there are plenty of features available to you when you visit DanceBible. You will get to know about Dance Styles, Dance Anatomy, Dance Audio and Videos and also interviews of famous dance personalities. 

Along with that, there is a section called as Dance Diaries wherein you can write about your experience, your journey and anything under the sky concerning dance and share it with others. Some of the articles are so informative and well written that it gets easier to find a solution to the problem. So, in short, you will find plenty of resources to learn and master the art of a particular dance form.

So once you learn the art, you can upload and share your dance videos by creating your Dance Portfolio. 

Times are such that people prefer freelancing into their choice of field. So if you are freelance dancer, DanceBible allows you to add yourself as a freelance dancer and take dancing assignments. Isn't this lovely for all those freelance dancers looking for an opportunity? 

DanceBible, apart from providing you with lots of information on dance and honing your dancing skills, it also allows you to network which is highly necessary in today's digital era.

The other important feature is Dance Schools where it allows you to find a dance school in your area which you can approach to learn dance. 

So overall, if you are parent of dance enthusiast, a dancer, a performer or even a choreographer, DanceBible has something for each and everyone of you. You can also check out their Facebook page for more info and updates.

Being a non-dancer, it is time I enroll myself in one of the dance schools listed at DanceBible. Ciao! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Nothing comes easy. You have to pay a price to achieve something. Compromises and sacrifices have to be made in order to have that something which is elusive till date. I think there is no shame in admitting that we all make compromises and sacrifices day in and day out. Rarely we will find a day being spent without any compromises and sacrifices. A day only for ourselves and no one else. Sadly, this goes for both the sexes. 

If you are smart enough, you will realize that these compromises and sacrifices are usually made when it comes to eating, sleeping and health. How many times have you avoided your lunch as a deadline at work kept you busy? More often than not, if you are working in an industry which doesn't have any fixed schedule. How many times have you skipped your breakfast or just had a glass of juice? Plenty of times, right? How many times have you compromised with your sleep due to work pressure or other commitments? Again, plenty of times, if I am not wrong. Apparently, this seems to a growing trend among the urban class people where commitments, be it work or social or any other reason for that matter keeps people away from the three basic necessities for a good and healthy life.

The effects of such a lifestyle is that we tend to ignore our health the foremost. We simply pop a pill and get back to our daily routine without even thinking of the side-effects that popping a pill without any prescription have.

Even various researches have shown that both men and especially women are at a risk of heart diseases due to increasing weight and lack of proper exercise. So Saffolalife has come up with a wonderful initiative to #ProtectHerHeart along with yours.

So, I thought of some interesting things, we as a couple would do to improve our health and most importantly #ProtectHerHeart, as it is only around Her my live revolves and heart beats!

1) Help out each other in beating our daily stress where we would Walk and Talk, share our troubles and look out for solutions without judging as it eventually results into arguments. So, I would take her for a walk daily, post dinner and come back with burning some calories.

2) I would urge her to join me for a jog on a Sunday morning, leaving aside all the household chores. In return, I would help her in some of them. (In case you don't believe, check my Twitter bio) This will not only strengthen our relationship but also help in keeping ourselves fit and healthy.

3) It is necessary to have timely and healthy meals for a better health in the long run. So, it is wise to eat healthy meals which we, as a couple, need to take more seriously. In fact we have already started taking our meals seriously and cutting down on unhealthy meals as far as possible. 

With Saffolalife #ProtectHerHeart initiative, it becomes all the more important for me to improve our fitness levels and all the above three points are necessary to move forward in that direction.

So encourage us and request everyone whom you know to introduce to #ProtectHerHeart initiative and pledge to lead a healthy life.

“I am joining the Saffolalife #ProtectHerHeart initiative and pledging my support to better heart health in Association with BlogAdda.”

After attending the Pampers Premium Care Pants Product Launch, as a mother, it was quite obvious to get a feel of these newly launched diapers and see the difference when compared to others. I had always thought that most of the diapers are usually the same. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I first felt the Pampers Premium Care Pants in my hands. It is as soft as a feather, both on the insides and the outsides. 

To confess, I am not a type of mother who frets about the brand of the diaper. But, after having seen the quality of the Pampers Premium Care Pants, I have now made my mind to use the same henceforth. The reasons to my becoming a brand loyal henceforth are:

1) The Material - What I have noticed in my short duration as a mother, most of the diapers that are available in the market tend to be of a bit harsh material as compared to the Pampers Premium Care Pants. As I said above, the material used is feather soft and breathable which completely erases the cause of skin rashes among babies and leaves a happy feeling among them as well as the mothers. As such, a happy baby leads to a happy mom! Isn't it?

2) All around softness - When you have the quality of the material to be feather soft, it is bound to give an all around softness. Pampers Premium Care Pants are aesthetically developed that ensures that the baby gets all the comfort that makes the baby happy. Even the waistband is so soft that it doesn't leave very heavy marks on the baby's waist. 

3) Dryness - Pampers Premium Care Pants ensures that it stays dry from the inside as they possess ultra dry pores which quickly absorbs and lock away the liquids. Thus it helps in ensuring that the babies do not feel wet and can have a good night's sleep.

4) Baby Lotion - We all know that the skin of every baby is soft and to protect the softness of the skin, Pampers Premium Care Pants have developed a baby lotion. This lotion has been used in these diapers which help in protecting the softness of the baby skin while the diaper is on. So there is no need of applying the baby lotion when the diaper is worn. 

5) Wetness Indicator - As a first time parent, it was very difficult for me to understand when to change the diaper for my kid. Sometimes I used to keep on the diaper for a couple of hours and sometimes I used to keep it for longer duration. But now with wetness indicator, it will get easier for me and lot of other moms to know the time to change the diaper. Moreover, even dads can now share a hand in changing the diapers with the much needed wetness indicator.

So overall, Pampers have gone a step ahead by introducing such much needed features in its latest Pampers Premium Care Pants. I would definitely recommend every parent to use the Premium Care Pants from Pampers for their little ones.

A superb product to keep both the babies and parents happy all the time! 

This blog post is written for Pampers #SoftestForBabySkin activity in association with BlogAdda.