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A few months ago, I became a proud house owner. I bought my first house..I mean a three bedroom apartment. Like every other house owner, I too spent a huge chunk of money in renovating...painting the walls in the colours of my choice (or my wife's taste rather), getting wall cabinets and closets built, new furniture and every thing that set apart our flat from others. We even got a fireplace built! Well after everything was complete, it was time for House warming or 'Griha Pravesh'. As the rituals go, after all the Puja, the family has to spend that night in the new house. So me, wife and our daughter slept on the floor of our new bedroom. (Of course none of the furniture had been shifted) Although it was kind of camping; sleeping in a new place, the morning after we woke up with a nasty surprise. Our daughter had a terrible fever and she was awfully sick.
Me and my wife realized that there were so many new elements in the house: all the woodwork, plaster of Paris art and o…

Wonderchef opens its first store in Gurugram

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If you are a cook, then of course good cookware fascinate you. Even if you don't have any relationship with cooking (like me) you still have interest in cookware because believe me everyone loves to eat. And for nicely cooked food, a fantastic range of cookware is mandatory. I may not cook, but my wife is an avid food preparer and entertainer so I have some knowledge about the prerequisites of an elaborate meal. She had been a fan of Wonderchef cookware since quite long. Earlier this wonderful range of cookware was available only online. But then last Sunday, the brand opened its first outlet in North India and we could not be more excited! The cherry on the cake? Master chef Sanjeev Kapoor was coming himself to inaugurate.



Wonderchef, which is India's favourite brand of healthy cooking, opened its first store in North India, in Galleria Market, Gurugram. The store is fully equipped with all the products and very nicely decked up. Mr Ravi Saxena, MD Wonderchef Store and a food …

3x3 BL: Road To Mexico

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How often do you get the opportunity to watch a basketball match of international caliber live? Very rarely I must say! Well past Sunday was rather fortunate for basketball lovers like me in Delhi NCR as 3x3BL was there in Gurugram! Yes 16 to 17 September saw basketball matches like never before!

The International Basketball Federation has granted exclusive rights to YKBK Enterprise Private Limited to bring 3x3 Pro Basketball League to the Indian Subcontinent. The motive is to build grassroot structure for 3x3 across India. It is proposed that it would be built into a franchise based professional sport; starting with 12 teams which can go upto 36 teams, in a period of 7 years.
 The younger audience is targeted through aggressive promotions on print, television and social media. This is a sure shot road to international success for pro basketball players. The winners of this League get an all expense trip to Mexico along with cash prize and international exposure. For more exciting detai…

Stay Healthy: Your Way!

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Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not just the absence of disease. This definition has been given by WHO, so no questions are raised. I bet maximum of you thought that health is just being disease free. But its so not true. In order to be called and felt healthy, you need to be at peace in all dimensions. Man has had a love hate relationship with being healthy. In the stone age when there were no pollution or lifestyle diseases, man used to die of infectious diseases. And now with medical science reaching newer heights everyday, men are dying from cancers and other lifestyle diseases (for which science has yet to find answers for) What we are missing is that we need to strive constantly to keep ourselves healthy. Because prevention is better than cure and of course, Health is Wealth. You won’t be truly able to decipher the importance of the second phrase unless you or some close family member of yours has been really sick. So the cardinal question …

My Dada Dadi...My first sweethearts

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This post is a tribute to my paternal grandparents. They are no more in this world. But I remember them all the time. Its not that I particularly decided to write something about them on Grandparents' Day ie 10th of this month. I am a person who does not believe in celebrating a single day dedicated to love (Valentines), parents (Fathers and Mothers Day) or birthdays even. I feel that love and gratitude should be showered all year round. But somehow this year, Grandparent's Day seemed to be the perfect excuse to mention them on the blog.
Since they are no more I can't plan anything special with them. I. however can dream about the countless anecdotes full of love and pampering for me. My Dada and Dadi were conventionally opposite. By that I mean my Dadi was strict while my Dada was lenient. Usually its the opposite in most households. I have always been brought up by strong women; be it my Dadi, Mom or my Didi. Anyways, the point is that my Dadi had a set of strict houserule…

Its all about English Vinglish!

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If you have ever travelled abroad, especially Europe or South America or South East Asia, you must have faced language problem. We Indians used to have a notion earlier, that its mandatory to be fluent in English in order to explore the world. However this concept is wrong as half of the world does not even speak English! In Europe, except for the United Kingdom and Switzerland, people hardly know English! Each nation has their own mother tongue and they are very happy in keeping themselves restricted to their culture. The situation is similar in South America as well as South East Asia. In all, there are a very few English speaking nations in the world; the major ones being United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada and of course India! Yes, India..the country where English is a foreign language is spoken the most.
So why the obsession with this alien language? Mandarin is the maximum spoken language in the world followed by Espanol and then our very English. If the Chinese and …

Book Review: Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD : The Return of Damayanti

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For a reader who is fond of reading thrillers, this book looked quite interesting. I mean I am used to reading Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot and hence I got excited when I received this book by an Indian author, Nisha Singh. This is the second book in the Bhrigu Mahesh PhD series. I have not read the first one but am particularly happy that I got to read this one.
The novel is quite lengthy as its a 400 plus pages book (432 to be precise) but not for a single moment you would feel bored. I, for instance finished the book pretty fast as I was too curious to get to the bottom of this mystery!
The story is set in Krishna Dwar, a fictitious town in North India which is a popular pilgrim spot (as the name suggests). Bhrigu Mahesh is an ex Policeman turned private detective who works with his friend Sutte. The relationship between them bears an uncanny resemblance with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Sutte fails to read between the lines unlike his genius friend. He is called for help by …