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/
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Happiness : Reason for good morning !

I was wandering and brain storming, what title will go well with theme of this post  … a post which defines my moments/memories/action that results in any emotion changing into a broad smile. Smile , no matter how short it last on my face but recharges every grey cell of body to move ahead without considering the issue surrounding me .

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So after internal brainstorming for hours with few titles popping up as ” Other side of sadness ” ” What make me smile ” ” How to recharge gold plated Heart ” ” From darkness to Brightness ” ……. few  headers were worth considering but the perfect one was what I am going to write about  ” Happiness ” , Many scholars said it’s a state of mind and last for few seconds –  minutes and the reason behind it keeps on changing not only from individual but also for same individual with change in culture/Emotions/Surroundings/Stage of life . So If you spot a lion during jungle safari travelling can give moments of happiness and make the entire trip worthwhile, it can turn out to be nightmare if you are travelling alone in night on a abandon road and you hear a ROAR…

Rather than diverting too much from topic, this post is going to be a part of my life where i would be collecting all things which bring happiness in my life and a parabolic curve on my face between chin and nose portion. Some of them are Spontaneous , came as surprise package in day to day life and some which I always look forward to in case I really need to cheer up and feel that life on earth is worth all the efforts , some of those best kept hidden tricks are :

  • Slideshow of Pictures: Pictures Speaks thousand times better than words and when they are of your loved & treasured one even facial expression tell hundreds of stories and emotion’s. So whenever my phone/tab/laptop start playing the slide show of dear one’s it takes back my mind to memory lane of good times shared with chosen one .
  • Books : Few Author’s pen down magical world in few pages that no matter how many times we read them , we always feel it’s the ideal life we want to live … Someone has rightly said that books are Human’s best friend  and I prefer hard bound versions
  • Travel: Although Professional Obligation require me to life in a city bursting with traffic and people, but at slightest chance of free time and I slip away to travel and explore the world. This gives a chance to interact with strangers, visit unexplored places and appreciate artistic part of God.
  • Volunteering for Social Cause: There is one life and within this we try to achieve Infinite things. Within this mad race, if our deeds help to bring smile of some unprivileged part of society then the reward is happiness and satisfaction. This feeling is best in world and cannot be described in words.

These are few of the idea’s which always bring HAPPINESS part back in my life … The Reason which make everyday morning a GOLD MORNING and a day to look forward to . Refreshing start to a day with Smile on the face in the morning is a symbol of life well spend in days went by.

Colgate Brought another reason with a new product which treat you as a KING 🙂 ..  A Recently launched Toothbrush whose details will make you buy it instantly. Check out the Product at #Colgate360GoldMornings. Because everyone deserve to turn their ordinary morning to Gold Morning!!

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Winter’s & Gajar ka Halwa

Visit to a  vegetable market in Nov- Dec and first spotting of Carrot ignites mind with two images  ” Blankets  ” & ” Gajar ka Halwa ” .  Yes, winters are incomplete till time we consume at least 3-4 kg of Halwa till the season permits .  Visiting Grandparents home , Fighting inside blankets , sleeping till 10 am and starting day with bowl full of halwa served hot are most cherished childhood memories for many of us .

The desert serves the purpose of delivering Milk , Carrot , Dry fruits , Saffron in easy way liked by people of all ages .

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Although like Majority of Indian Men’s staying away from Cooking which is traditionally considered a forte of Women’s , even i am counted in those pampered kids who used to kept away from kitchen and made to enjoy food sitting on other side of table . But , My love for food and curiosity forced MOM to let share recipe and learn how to make quick Snacks and deserts . The first one was Maggie and second was ” Gajar ka Halwa ”

Surely anyone reading the post must be knowing  , how to make those 2 minute noodles . So i am sharing the recipe of  , ” GAJAR ka HALWA ”  as ” WINTER’s ARE COMING ” and this dish will surely get you title’s of   ” LORD OF SEVEN KINGDOM ” and ” Protector of the Realm.” with a real chance for the ” IRON THRONE” 🙂

Prep Time : 20 Min ,

Cooking time :  1 Hr ,

Serves : 3-4 people ( Can reduce to 1 if you are serving to foodie like me )

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100 gm-  MAWA / KHOYA/ Condensed Milk

5 serve spoon  – Sugar Free NATURA

1/2  litre-Milk

2 tbsp- Desi Ghee

1/2 kg-Carrots Grated

20gm -Kaju (Cashewnuts) chopped

20 gm- Kishmish (Raisins)

2-3 Flake’s – Saffron

1/4 tbsp – Elaichi (Cardamom Green ) powder

Cooking Instructions :

1.) Firstly , Mix Saffron Flake’s with tbsp of Milk in a small bowl and keep it aside .

2.) Take a deep pan ,add Milk , Grated carrot  and boil it on low flame and stir occasionally till the milk start drying up . (Approx 30-35 Min)

3.) Pour the bowl with saffron ,  a  Mawa , Sugar Free Natura to the pan together and continue cooking till  entire milk dries up  completely  (Approx 15 min) .

4.) Add Ghee and cook for another 5-7 min .

5.) Halwa is Ready .

6.)  Garnish it with kaju , kishmish , elaichi  and serve  HOT  .IMG_20151129_222554



{ Additional tips : 
1.) To reduce cooking time , you may use Pressure  cooker instead of deep fry pan but it may affect taste a bit.
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2.) Use Sugar Free NATURA instead of Regular sugar which guarantees the sweetness of sugar without the calories equally good for Diabetic and diet conscious people  .}

This dish can be preserved for 3-4 days and may add a small amount of hot milk if it thickness over period of time .

Statuary warning : Guest may  get addicted to this dish and it may result in increased frequency of their visit and the flavors of freshly cooked halwa may induce envy in your neighborhood 🙂

 

Photo Khata : Casela Nature Park , Mauritius

9 photo series previewing our visit at CASELA NATURE PARK , MAURITIUS . Do checkout the last picture to feel the thrill of adventure unique to this place .

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Our National Bird – Welcoming us in foreign land 🙂

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Attitude !!!
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Lion – preserved and protected brought from African countries

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Walking with the lion

From Idiot box to Ideal Box – Television

For ages , parents have been trying to keep their kids away from TV , defining it as a Box which  sort of hypnotize people and keep them glued staring at the changing color of screen  for Hours. Although in 80’s there were very few privileged household who own this  Golden Trophy namely ” TV ” and only DD was broadcast for few hours in a day . But with Rapid Advancement in Tech. Shape , Cost and form of TV has entirely change and DTH /Cable services now has 300 + options of TV channels including international genre available at the click of a button or going forward would be available at simple gesture of hand .

My parents was no different and they too consider watching TV as complete waste of time with zero learning and rewarded me with 5 rs extra in pocket money on the day I skip watching TV  . But as generation changes , so does the thought process and now When I have became parent of a 1 year old kid , I think TV is the second best tutor after parents if approached in correct way . So , although most of DTH/TV comes with ” Child Lock ” option , I believe kids are smart enough to predict the password and tweak it as per their wish . Even Mobile phones seems more friendly to them at age of 2-3 , which we adults struggle some time to understand the use of certain apps .

I am surely going to allow my child to watch selective content from various TV channel which are informative , Educative , Entertaining and motivational . Few of the shows which are already on my list are :

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  • The Jungle Book: An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s original book shows  the colorful life of a jungle boy and the wonderful animation kept kids hooked to the show getting acquitted with wildlife in simple form .
  • Discovery of India :  TV series based on Book written by our Ex. PM Mr. Nehru .
  • KBC : Quiz contest which help increase IQ of the child and motivate him to learn .
  • The Amazing Race : Reality Show in which Couples travels across world to compete in time based task to win rounds and ultimately the race with Hugh prize money . It motivates to travel to know about various cuisines , culture and way of life beyond our country with a feel of being GLOBAL CITIZEN.
  • Potli Baba Ki : Puppet show series  based on tales written by Gulzar Sahib  was entertaining as well as Moral story tied to them narrated in very simple way .
  • TOM & JERRY : Light Heated Cartoon series of Friendly Rivalry between a cat and mouse .
  • Animal Planet Show’s

And the list will keep  growing and updating based on respective  age of our kids .

It will also help in Real time learning , so when we visit  Thar desert in Jaiselmer (Rajasthan ) and  I show him the Discovery show on how People live and survive in desert , Why Camel is known as King of Desert , what sand storm are etc. , kid can make a direct connect with it .  He will be more motivated to sit and study continuously during exams without his mind wandering on  what all he is going to miss on his fav. TV show , as 50 GB of Hard disk will record everything as scheduled and he can watch all once exams get over .

Definitely as a parent I have to keep a watch on what my kid watches and with TATA SKY Transfer box , Parents can record and transfer the specific content on a educational TAB and can hand over it to their KID . So even when he is at home or away with friends or travelling , he is watching something constructive and suitable content according to his age .

These few reasons can surely help us convert the Idiot Box into a Ideal Box for Kids which ultimately