Momma’s are the best Salesperson

Being a parent, is like riding a roller coaster ride. You never know which side your life is going to fall in the next second. Up, down, Left cut, Right cut, turn around, somersaults or even God doesn’t know the way because driving this ride is your child, with naughtiest ideas in his/her mind .

My sister Rinku was blessed with a baby girl Tanishi (Tanu) 4 years back and that was the only time when she smiled and the infant cried. Since then till time, it’s been always the other way around. Interestingly her in – laws and even her own family with 30 years old rooted relations instantly switched their loyalty.  So the current situation is that, even when Tanu sniffs, everyone gets tensed. When Rinku complains about Tanu’s tantrums, everyone just turns their ear.  So anyone who listens to their conservation without seeing their face may think Tanu is the grandma of the home and Rinku is a disobedient grandchild who is only grown up in age and not by her mind.

Mumma, I am trying to tell you since long, Clothes are kept this way not that. Listen to me, Learn from me, I had learned it from my teacher today only. I was praised for folding the handkerchief myself.”

Rinku mama, I told you I will finish my meal after TV why do you keep putting the spoon back in my mouth again and again?”

Mama, Its already bed time, You know Dr. Uncle always says we have to be in the bed by 10, but you always keep watching TV beyond 10:30, Tell me, why?? “

Being the rock star of her home, Tanu loves to play football, volleyball, ping pong and even invent few new games to play with her mama’s Cellphone. So, Blessing in disguise for Rinku is, she gets a reason to buy new phone after 6-8 months. And now she has 2-3 old phones lying around the house and the 4th one just got crushed by her tricycle with a sound of  “Krrrrrrr”.

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As Rinku decided to buy another phone and tapped happily on next generation, ultra-slim dual camera android phone, my brother in law dropped the bomb.

Rinku , I know that Tanu creates lot of trouble for you and she is the one who crashed the phone but I want you to act responsibly. I want you to get all old smartphones repaired and try if any one of them can work. I am using same phone for last 4 years and you are about to buy 5th phone in a span of 4years.  ACT responsibly”.

The silence after a bomb drop is more painful.  Although she went silent for few minutes, but busted her anger in another way “ OK , I will surely get a new phone and I don’t need ur credit card for this. I will get all the phones repaired and sell them to fund my new phone. And YES, order some food for next few days from wherever you want, as I will be busy in other works, viz repairing and closing the deal.

So shots had been fired, promises has been made but how to keep them is the real situation for now.

“Brother,  I need your help ASAP”. She posted a message on Whatsapp to me  in Delhi. ” Yes, Tell me what happened? Tanu is all right na? ” ” For God’s sake, there is world beyond your niece, Yes she is ok but I need your help. ” ” Ok , Tell me,” ”  I am sending across my 4 old phones , get them repaired from Nehru place and sell them in Gaffar Market and order me a new phone.”

” Sis , I don’t have time for doing this repair and selling thing , but yes I can order you the phone .”

“No, I have made a promise to Aakash that I will buy a new phone after I get rid of all of past junk, thus acting responsibly.”

“Ok, Send them across, I will get them repaired and the selling part, you can take care on your own. Just sell them to any of your kitty friend or Mom’s circle at any price and I will pay for the difference”.

Deal sealed!

Fast Forward 2 weeks. Rinku is trying to sell her semi-repaired phone within her friend circle. Her target price was new phone price divided by four, simple maths. As she started showing her intent to sell phone to her friends, the nightmare began. Most of them were holding on such inventories for long and have been unsuccessfully trying to do so from years. Every phone had a story to tell and bruises like warriors to show. Some had been dropped from the roof, some were thrown in anger, some were tapped and broken like eggs in curiosity on what lies inside them and few even got flushed by kids in an attempt to see the phone circling around in the pot.

In short, it was a marketplace which only had sellers with stories but no buyer for them. When the wait started to move from days to weeks to months, she finally decided to change her approach. She offered all 4 phone to family members and forced them to buy as souvenir of childhood memories of Tanu. This selling process involved lot of drama, tears, false promises and lengthy discussions. But as of now, Mom’s are always the best salesperson in the world as they daily handle the toughest customer “kid” and still emerge as winners.

So from the day the 4th phone got crushed till today which was almost 50 days, the curtain over the phone drama was finally closed. All 4 phone got sold and she happily bought the new phone and even made my brother in law say “Sorry”, “ you are the best” ,“ I was wrong “.

Even while I also ended buying one of her phone, which I thought was very small price to see the glomming smile on her face.

Probably, if Cashify was there we all could have been saved from all the troubles. All mothers can now #CleanUpCashOut and get over their worries..

You can also try and use code “CLEANCASH” to get INR 250 additional on your gadgets sale. So time to wipe out this Diwali all the electronic junk from your closet.

 

 

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Increasing use of Solar power in Delhi

To combat climate change, reduce  air pollution, and enhance energy security Every Country in Planet is talking about turning away from fossil fuels and more to Renewable energy sources . Among the option of Solar is the one which is predominately getting noticed due to its application .

Delhi is blessed with almost 300 sunny days and the rooftop space  available for solar panels is estimated to be 31 km2 , giving Delhi a solar energy potential of 2.5 GW (annually approx. 3,500 million kWh).

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Some of the Major Places in Delhi which have already adopted solar rooftop system are :

  • Lotus Temple
  • Moolchand Hospital
  • Major Delhi Metro Stations ( almost 30 of them )
  • Many Delhi Public School Buildings
  • Maruti Suzuki Plant in Manesar
  • Medanta Hospital
  • IIT Delhi .
  • Major Collages and Hospitals and Hotel Chain

List of benefits of going solar  :

  • Reduction in Pollution .
  • Reduction in Cooling Requirements as heat is absorbed by the solar panel installed on roof .
  • Earning Carbon Credits.
  • Reduction in Peak Demand Load Reducing Overall Electricity Bill
  • Under net metering , excess power produced can be sold back to grid earning money for consumers .
  • Less dependency on Grid power and feasible solution for areas with deep power cuts .
  • For Industrial Consumers , Solar replace costly diesel power requirements .
  • Being part of Responsible tourism .
  • & for GOOD karma off course .

Given Delhi’s land-locked position, the high cost and paucity of barren land within its borders,  and low potential for wind or hydro power, Delhi is focusing on rooftop solar as its primary  source of renewable energy.

With current tariff power touching almost INR 6 for Residential and INR 10 + For commercial consumption , when solar power has already touched INR 3-4 / unit . It definitely make sense for everyone with a roof space to shift to generate their own power . Ideally 1 KW of Solar System Require 100 Sqft / 12 Sqmt of Shadow free space and investment of around INR 45-50,000 / KWh system . Mainly it consists of Solar Panels , Panel Structure , Inverter , Cable and Metering Equipment . 1 KW of system generate approx 1500 unit / year and these can bee designed / customized based on individual load requirements. Delhi , itself has approx 100 + installer who can provide turnkey design , installation services.

In 2016, the peak power demand in Delhi was almost 6 GW (annually approx. 28,000 million  kWh). Power demand can vary considerably across a 24-hour window, especially in summer and owing to the increasing use of air conditioning. In general, energy utilities  pay  more to meet short-term demand surges, raising the average cost of power. Delhi’s peak  demand curve broadly matches the generation curve of solar systems, which can therefore help reduce peak demands. Moreover, energy produced by rooftop solar systems is mostly  consumed at, or near, the point of generation, minimizing transmission and distribution losses.
In short, rooftop solar systems offer sustainable energy, environmental benefits, low gestation  period, low transmission and distribution losses, reduced need for distribution infrastructure,  and peak load offset that reduces costs for the DISCOMs and ultimately for the consumers.

The Government of India (GoI) has set a target of 100 GW of solar energy generation in India by 2022, of which 40 GW is from rooftops. Delhi is well positioned to lead India’s rooftop solar revolution and has consequently established solar generation targets of 1 GW by 2020 (4.2% of  energy consumed) and 2.0 GW by 2025 (6.6% of energy consumed). To help achieve these  targets, this document seeks to outline a robust and pragmatic solar energy policy for Delhi.

Alongside, govt & various private bodies are actively working on  consumer awareness of solar energy, promote capacity building,  and generate healthy competition among solar developers, so that solar power is adopted on a mass scale and Delhi becomes the premier solar city in India .

Being the Capital city of India , Everyone looks towards Delhi to lead the race ad set example for Tier-1 City and other to follow . And this initiative will surely help us in creating a SUPER LIFE #CelebratingSuper  for its citizen  and green air / clean air is the need for the hour .

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Fight the invisible enemy – Pollution

We are living in a Jungle made of Steel and concrete . Yes , that how a modern metro city can be defined . With growing Population due to  large volume of people moving towards Metro city for Job opportunities , their is a Hugh spurge in Skyscrapers  buildings for residential and commercial purposes . As per Sqft Prices are going up , the average size of a flat is reducing , no. of floors on a tower is increasing and many of the parks , garden have been legally/illegally encroached to turn them into profitable business means .

Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts
Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts

One of my childhood friend ( Ashish Kalra ) lives in a Greater Noida in a  residential complex  made by prominent Builder with 5 towers located closeby with a occupancy of almost 5000 persons . Being a prime city location , there are 18- 20 more complex located in vicinity . So a nearby park is 4-5 km away from his house .Although , as per govt rules and to market these projects the builders shows lush green parks and jogging tracks in their sales brochure but in reality most of these are converted into parking space for 2/4 Wheeler’s leaving no space for tress/garden for people to breathe in fresh air even at early morning hours . There are club houses for kids activities and RWA assembly but they are more sort of Big size AC containers .

To make up for lack of fresh air , modern solution  was providing AIR-PURIFIER in each home which can virtually make you feel safe . But me and my friend comes from a generation where we spend almost 50% of our time in our home town closed to nature , walking in woods , playing sports in green field and roaming around spotting flowers/fruits/vegetables and even taking short naps between tuition on the benchmark below shades of trees in park located everywhere in town few footsteps away .

Definitely  work compulsion have bounded to live closeby to office in these skyscrapers , but deep inside we missed those breeze of air and knew that without closeness to mother earth our kids immunity towards disease and the feel of freshness which unleash creative side of brain/mind would suffer as they grow old .

So almost after 6 months , During a meeting of RWA held to approve permission to open Restaurant on roof of all 7 towers helping them to  earn Roof Rent and fixed fees from franchise which would reduce AMC charges for all Flat owners . As the proposal was providing monetary benefit , everyone agreed to it . But ASHISH has a different thought in mind and asked 7 days to evaluate pro-cons and meet again . As the suggestion was coming from Ex-IIT , IIM passout  , Committee agreed to follow .

In Next Meeting , ASHISH Showed a Presentation on concept of ” TERRACE GARDEN ” , how the place which is currently dumped with waste building material , chillar units , Dish antenna and mobile tower can be converted into a perfect hangout place for everyone to chat / play / discuss and get close with nature .

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How it can be a workshop on growing organic food . How can it reduce cooling requirement for the building . After this he introduced a Child Specialist who demonstrated how kids of the block are suffering from asthama and other disease due to lack of fresh air and how this rooftop garden can benefit them . For Housewife’s , Senior Citizen ad kids these place can be a meeting point close to nature . The IDEA got real appreciation from all of the residents and they applauded on the thought process of Ashish which goes way beyond commercial sense and instantly brought real happiness on face of all . images (1)

Everyone agreed to contribute in term of there skill set and profession for realizing the concept and agreed to form 5 CLUB HOUSES with names derived from  ” ELEMENTS OF EARTH ” . Every Saturday was en-marked for get-together and people avoiding past meeting as they felt jailed in those club house were first one to confirm .

And After 2 months of effort and work , a portion of dull steel – concrete jungle was replaced by ” GREEN SMILE ” . A view which instantly brought relief to resident’s eyesight and people who used to spend evening endlessly switching TV Channel and kids glued to Mobile games were all on the roof . Playing , Eating , Sharing ideas and watching the mother nature delivering its magic on plants .

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It shows , being progressive doesn’t mean you are confined by virtual walls know as Status .  Rather move out and be open for all as mother nature , who teaches us perfect lesson of humbleness which treat everyone and anyone as it’s kids without playing  favoritism .

 

Similarly Asian paints has come u with a new product , one which will help us fight the Indoor Pollution ..  Royale Atoms … It’s surely makes it more than a normal paint and help everyone keep their home SAFE from the dirtiest enemies ” Pollution

Gallerist – Marketplace for Original Artwork

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.”

― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

We all like to decorate walls of our house with a masterpiece which make our home feel personalized and buying online is the way to go .  A perfect gift for any occasion and a classy form to convey your feelings .  Visiting art galleries is not cup of tea for everyone . Also , it’s difficult to connect with the artist and understanding the idea/theme behind it  if done in offline mode .

And the worst nightmare will be getting it vetted as original as  Market is full of fakes and it’s difficult to differentiate for a common men .

With Cars to tickets to vegetables are getting sold over click of mouse with promise of originality and peace of mind . Same concept has been adapted by art houses too .

Gallerist , is one of the amazing platform exploring this concept . It has a collection of more than 4,000 original paintings & drawings, created & exhibited by 1000 artists worldwide.

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If you are looking for an original painting signed by an artist, Gallerist.in is the right place to buy from. Paintings exhibited on Gallerist are by artists, who are verified by Gallerist team to assure you the right quality & price.

Some of the top artist featured on the site are :

  • Bijendra Pratap
  • Sankar Thakur
  • Girish Chandra Vidyaratna
  • & Many more

You can simply browse , select and order the paintings and rest will be taken care by Gallerist . Moving beyond , it give option to follow your favorite artist and his work .

The Website caters to all range of buyers from economic to top end .

In future , if the buyers wish to turn into artist and like to promote their own art work . This platform help in enabling the same too . It is working like one stop solution for all .

About the Founder : Founded in early 2014 by Mr. Ajay Anand . His  motive was to bring renowned and esteemed artists together along with  providing a platform for new entrants who aspire to make a mark in the art industry.

This website is must to be made a part of your bookmarks and mark under favourite category . Who knows , you may just find the perfect masterpiece which may inspire your senses .

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Indi-Berger Paint meet experience

It has always been wonderful catching up interesting meets by IndiBlogger & there came up a great rejuvenation after approx 2years for me. Tussling between corporate life & a little kid, it was indeed a great breakthrough for me , to once again catch with with the Blogger community & this time it was all the more important due to its co-association with “Berger paints”.

We had been planning for our home makeover from past 10-15 days & this was a perfect time to understand as to what Berger Paints was upto.

The venue -Vivanta by Taj was indeed Vivacious and as always, the gesture of Indi team was full of warmth. Going by some digital times, we were provided  badges(with twitter handles) & various setups were done for photo bytes. Progressed post doing lunch, indeed a warm up activity was a must to ensure that ”sleep time as over” . Yes it was the start of Bonding time, to catch up old pals & new bloggers and understand about them with a group activity.

Welcoming Mr.Das from Berger paints, indeed gave a perfect professionalism in the way he took the presentation & Q&A’s. The concept of Berger paints came very new & Mr.Das is wholly responsible for “keeping the community engaged & liven up”:). Live running contests as “best Tweet/ Best Pic” kept all of us engaged all the more on social channels which stood out very well.

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Let me take the opportunity to get my readers acknowledged as to why I firmed my decision on “Berger Paint” with their Berger Xp service for my home, Home sweet home.

It has been pain to me, thinking of employing traditional painter with that small sand card patch & brush to paint over.. Further, painting a house seems full of hassle for professionals like me who have to work daily for long hours.

I feared how my parents would manage that, since the home would turn into a cabin full of dust, mites. How would they handle covering & shifting furniture? Will they be able to cater to “n” no. of questions by the painter ? How will they manage for nearly a month in that environment?

All these questions as prompting me to delay my decision of getting the house painted. But, let me be very true with you all, this meet indeed changed my perception towards “House painting”.

  1. Its a known brand & name in India for many decades , with many awards & certifications to its credit.
  2. They have been innovative since the beginning wrt paints or services and that stands so true with their “Painting ka T20”, Berger express painting. Having trained many painters in their academy for professional training , they are just going better with expanding their Automated Home Painting Tools.
    1. More the automatisation, lesser the man hours required for painting – As claimed 40% faster than traditional painting.
    2. Professional painters to handle your house perfectly & give it a glittering touch.
    3. Forget that sand paper, they’ve come up with sanding machine (having dust free vacuum function), which goes more faster & works in a much cleaner way.
    4. Automated Multipurpose Mixer for Putty & texture mixing, again making mixing hassle free.
    5. Forget those small hand rollers, they’ve got Auto rollers to their portfolio. Adjustable with automatic paint pumping to give a better finish.
    6. High Pressure washer : With pressure regulator & nozzle adjustment ,it helps in hi-speed pressure wash.
    7. Airless paint sprayer : Supporting water based paint & primer , with uniform finish.

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Aren’t that completely new to you? Let’s acknowledge that paint industry has evolved & with all these automatic machines to work, definitely painting a house turns into a pleasant experience.

Also the services are just a call /SMS away.

And let me share the best part.. All these benefits are at “NO ADDITIONAL COST”, yes that was what Mr. Das explained and came as icing on the cake to us.

After having this engrossing session, we were given some mysterious objects , hand gloves, masks, head cover..Nopes we weren’t going to operate someone;) we were given white boards & palm sized sand papers to ensure that the board goes smooth across all the sides. believe on me, it was a small board & 8 people dusting & brushing it! It was not at all easy , with so much dust engulfing, it did make us realise the importance of modern techniques.

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This activity did require a “Coffee Break” with some recordings of video bytes in the back. We were enjoying , it was an activity laden interesting session by Berger paint teams.

As another activity awaited us, having a sight recalled me of the young days when we used to hold brush & do water or oil colours on the paintings. Lol , it was always messy for me , really didn’t knew how it would turn out.

Started with the mixing of colours knowledge, “Themed” painting competition worked in good spirits with we canvassing “Delhi Meri jaan”, what ever may happen, “We love Delhi” & here comes the painting our team worked out! Needs appreciation indeed.

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I Love Dilli

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It all worked in great team work, although we could not win, but then it was highly enjoyable perfecting the caption which Berger paints wanted to cascade “ Turn painting into happy experience” .

Have a look at their T20 of painting advert

Photowalk – Golden Temple , Amritsar

Second Stop on our Amritsar trip after Jallianwala Bagh  was heart of the CITY  – GOLDEN TEMPLE  .( Swaran Mandir )

The serenity of the place can be felt with first step inside the dorm . We can spend hours sitting in the vicinity of this place and may find some inner peace too .The charm of this place made us to visit 2 times in 2 consecutive days   to watch it’s glory in NIGHT and DAY MODE.

This place also runs a Community Kitchen know as ” GURU KA LANGER ” which is free for all and is entirely run by Volunteers ( Sevadars ) and there was no dearth of them even in  freezing cold winters .

Other than this , they have a library and hostel where you can stay for FREE in dormitory style on first come first serve basis . Across the day Sikh Prayer ” Ik Onkaar ” can be listened from any part of the temple .

Interestingly , Inside the pond surrounding the main dorm , we spotted many golden colored fish ( Check pictures ) and don’t knew it was a pure coincidence or they have been placed .

Overall , the place is very well managed and would surely make you to revisit .

Sharing with you our memories of the trip in form of pictures which may inspire you too.


 

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Even Extreme temp doesn’t bother the faith of Devote’s
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Inside the Langar !!
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Innovative way to serve water
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Spot the Other GOLD – fish

Take you PET along – CollarFolk

Travelling with pets in India is a relatively new concept, it being possible mostly if you have your own accommodation up the hills or down the coast. Today, we are only just exploring the idea..  A Pet friendly holiday in India is now an absolute reality and something that is becoming incredibly easy to plan.

CollarFolk started by Rukmini Vaish are  facilitators of the ideal vacation – one where pet parents can take the entire family, including their beloved pet! With a comprehensive list of pet-friendly resorts, hotels and home-stays to choose from, and all the guides and information for a stress free pet vacation.

Like every other pet parent, Rukmini  faced this dilemma when planning a holiday, “where will I leave Kiki?” This got her researching properties that welcome pets and to her surprise there were quite a few. A couple of vacations with Kiki and she knew that every pet family would love this! Voila – CollarFolk was born. (watch footage from some of these holidays in our video, the adventures of Kiki https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLONOIzA7Aw)

Properties listed on the website are verified and checked for suitability  including: management and staff’s pet friendliness, open space in property, availability of pet food, vet on call, add on services for pet families such as availability of a pet sitter, access to common areas for the pet, pet friendly pool to carpeting or carpet free rooms. They also integrate travel, by providing pet friendly transportation for the holiday.

In addition, CollarFolk also provides pet taxi services in Delhi NCR. Co-operative and pet-friendly drivers, hygienic, well equipped cars with pet hammocks and back seat barriers, spacious interiors and reliable and convenient service are what makes their vehicles truly pet friendly.
CollarFolk loves happy customers, even more so happy tails!
Website: http://www.collarfolk.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CollarFolk/

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