Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cheers to Dilli #CelebratingSuper

Delhi- The heart of India, is indeed the land of dreams. Where many dreams originate and many get the wings while many are subdued and many get a reality check. The feeling of patriotism that you get when you're in Delhi is one of a kind and cannot be found anywhere else.

However, "Dilli Dillvalo ki toh hai par lungs valo ki nahi!" (Delhi may belong to the large-hearted people but not to those with healthy lungs).
One of the main reasons behind it is Delhi being an overly crowded city with a population of nearly 46 million and still growing, that means multiplied pollution is getting contributed to the environment by multiplied population. As per WHO, Delhi was the most polluted city in the world in the year of 2014. Shocking! Isn't it? Rising air pollution levels have contributed to rising vulnerability to various diseases affecting every community from children to elderly people.

When I think of Delhi, there are two perspectives that come to my mind. One is the negative face of Delhi that I mentioned above and second is the positive one. Where I see so many initiatives taken towards making Delhi a cleaner, greener, smarter and a much better city. Let's appreciate and acknowledge some of the initiatives taken by the government and people of India and celebrate these achievements with a hopeful and positive attitude of #CelebratingSuper.

Banning Fire Crackers and Introducing Super Crackers and E-Fuljhadi

India's supreme court has recently banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi during the Diwali season to prevent and regulate the amount of air pollution which otherwise crosses heights due to burning of fire-crackers.
Since ages, burning fire-crackers have contributed in causing toxicity in the environment filled with black smog which even the new-moon night couldn't hide. It not only pollutes the air but also causes noise pollution disturbing various street animals.

With the aim of encouraging people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali, Vodafone has come up with its campaign of Green Diwali by bringing Super Crackers and E-Fuljhadi to the people.
The Super Crackers will be available from 16th-19th October at 52 Vodafone stores. These Super Crackers pose no threat to the environment, instead, they contribute towards making a greener India. It contains eco-friendly water soluble papers carrying different variety of seeds of plants with air-purifying characteristics. To burn is to destroy and to grow is to bloom. These super crackers are not meant to be burnt but are meant to bloom by planting the seeds. The E-Phuljhari is a personalized GIF greeting that can be sent to all your loved ones through social media.

Banning Polythene Bags and Introducing eco-friendly Jute bags

It is very well known that plastic bags are among the biggest enemies of pollution in National Capital, Delhi. Since, polythene is non-biodegradable and if harmful to wildlife if consumed by them. It also poses various kinds of land and water pollution.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently imposed a temporary ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns of thickness which would definitely help in reducing the use of plastic bags.

Last year, the Textiles Minister, Santosh Kumar Gangwar took an initiative to replace the use of plastic bags by using an eco-friendly alternative of Jute Bags. Jute bags were sold at the outlets of Mother Dairy booths to promote the use of bio-degradable products.
Another such initiative was taken by Ecoware Pvt. Ltd. which is India's largest manufactures of eco-friendly food packaging in India. It promotes the use of natural, biodegradable packaging materials in place of synthetic and non biodegradable products.

Public Wifi Hotspots

Being a free Wi-Fi enabled city is like a whole new level that makes a smart city even smarter. It's way more beneficial than it actually sounds. Vodafone offers the fringe benefits of over 120 public wifi hotspots scattered across Delhi & NCR. Be it in DLF Mall, Pacific Mall, Khan Market, Sadar Bazar, Fortis Hospital, to name a few. This facility allows citizens to get free access to Internet at all the major public places in Delhi.

Empowering Start-Ups to Kick-start their business

Vodafone comes with a vision of empowering not only its customers but innovative ideas too. It aims at helping many start ups with disruptive and unique ideas by giving them Vodafone products as per their needs that help them in their business in the earlier stages. One of the greatest virtues that a company or brand can incorporate is not  only to work for their benefit but for everybody's benefits which is what Vodafone does.

Vodafone has launched Ready Start-up Kit exclusively for reinforcing the small-scale companies with the resources that they need to tackle shortcomings and build great and reliable services. You might be amused to know that successful startups like Oyo and Zomato have also been supported by Vodafone.

Eco-Friendly and Smart Bus Shelter

Vodafone Group had taken the initiative to set up the first Air-Purifying bus shelter at Safdarjung Hospital bus stand in the city to facilitate pollution free air for the passengers waiting in line for their bus. This area was deliberately chosen as many patients used to come for their treatment in Safdarjung Hospital. Thus, to avoid any kind of discomfort caused to them while waiting for the bus, this place was chosen to have the first Air-purifying Bus Shelter. 
These shelters are covered with plastic curtains giving it a fancy closed room look having three industrial air purifiers installed inside.
This initiative was taken by Vodafone to address the issue of alarming air pollution.
Another creative initiative taken by Vodafone was when it introduced the first Wi-Fi bus shelter in Gurgaon to make a digital India by bringing Delhi & NCR into the world of free digital communication. The most amazing fact about the Wifi Bus Shelter is that it could be used by anyone for 20 minutes and there's no bar on which mobile network provider the person is using.

Not only this, Vodafone offers many more benefits exclusively for Delhiites. To explore more, do check out this link-https://www.vodafone.in/home-delhi
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Strangest Experience Of Selling A Gadget

There was a time when my life resided in my laptop. It had all my pictures, movies, documents, study material and what not. From blogging to banking, everything was handled by my laptop. I can't recall of a day when I didn't utilize the perks of having a laptop.

I bought my first laptop when I was in 2nd year of my graduation period. Since, the main motive of buying a laptop was for computer programming, I had bought the one with i5 processor which was costlier than the i3. It had all the latest specifications and was huge 15.5 inches in size, since I wanted my first laptop to be the best one. I couldn't ask more from a machine, it just served all the possible purposes that one could think of.

I took full advantage of this laptop for more than 2 years. But after I started working, I had to travel every weekend and carry my laptop with me from my hometown to the city where I work and the other way round. It became very difficult for me to carry it on the days I was already loaded with the luggage. So I finally decided to buy a smaller and cheaper one after selling this one as it would be easier to carry and would not affect me much if it by any chance gets damaged any time during travelling.

I listed its ad on a website with all the specifications and pictures of its left profile, right profile and front profile, to be precise. The price I quoted was very reasonable according to me, since I bought it for 50k INR, I quoted it for only 24k. As it was nearly 3 years old but was in perfect condition. Some dealer of a computer mechanic shop showed interest in it and agreed to pay 22k INR for it. He made the payment and took the laptop on a condition that he should not face any kind of performance or usability issues while using the laptop. I assured him with that.

Just a day later, he called me again complaining that the laptop wasn't up to the mark, it was hanging a lot and few other drawbacks that I don't remember exactly. I got annoyed on listening to his complaints so I asked him to bring my laptop and take back his money right away. After this incident, I dropped the plan of selling my laptop and continued using the same one.

Only a few days after this incident, I started facing a couple of issues with my laptop. It used to get shutdown in the middle of something important. It became very slow in processing which was very strange as I had never faced such issues before. The other day I was using my laptop while it was plugged into the charger and suddenly the screen turned black and laptop turned off. I tried to turn it on by pressing the power button for 30-40 seconds but it was of no use. I tried a different charger to charge it as the problem could be with the charger but that also didn't work. Then, we had no choice but to give it at a service center to get it fixed. It somehow got fixed but the mechanic told us something that left us in complete shock.

He told that the processor of this laptop is not the original one that came with it but has got replaced by a downgraded version which is why I was facing all the issues lately. He also told that this processor wouldn't work for long and I either have to get it replaced or buy a new laptop. Though I am not completely sure but I suspect it was the dealer who bought my laptop for one day, who might be responsible for replacing the CPU. As it was very strange of him to complain the very next day. I tried calling on his contact number but it was unreachable. I'm not sure but probably he tricked us into all this and got a better version of CPU for his benefit.

This was the strangest incident that has happened with me while trying to sell any gadget. Most of my gadget selling experiences have been extremely bad. So, I had almost made up my mind to give up on selling anything again until I came across Cashify, which is the smartest solution to sell all the old and spare gadgets. It is a safe, easy and fast way to #CleanUpCashOut. 

If you also end up messing things while selling, then don't worry, leave the job of selling to Cashify and enjoy the perks of #CleanUpCashOut.
Moreover, I am sharing a coupon code- CLEANCASH for you to get additional Rs. 250 on your sale of gadgets.
To know more about Cashify, please check the given link- https://www.cashify.in/

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My Story Of Clean Up But No Cash Out

A long time ago when letters were the key,
To pass the message or write a plea,
Then came a new invention called telephone,
When real time communication was rarely known.
In a blink of an eye came the revelation of pagers,
Text messages were sent by adults and teenagers.
Soon every medium was blown away,
With entry of mobile phones on the way.
Year by year a brand new technology,
Changing the patterns of our ideology.
A touch can grant the access to millions,
A button can broadcast everyone's opinions.
With changing era our expectations have grown,
Everyone wants a gadget which is most renown.

In today's world, gadgets have become such a great necessity that most of us can't even pass a day without using our mobiles, tablets or laptops. Our world completely relies on them, literally.
I still remember the first and the worst phone I was given by my parents was Nokia 1100 in sky blue color, I loved the color though. The only good thing about it was 'Snake 2'. I think that game can never be beaten by any of the games in smartphones now a days. There was a unique pleasure in pressing those buttons to dial any contact or type a message. One benefit of these mobiles for Parents was that they used to find out quickly if their children were typing any message due to the sound of button press on keypad. This is definitely one of the biggest drawbacks of mobile phones with keypad.

As soon as touch screen phones came into the picture, it took no time for the phones with keypad to get obsolete. No one used to buy it. I still remember the amount of hype these Nokias created when they first made an entry into the market but popularity of touchscreen phones were any day much better than the Nokia keypad mobiles.

Now, I too wanted to buy a touch screen phone since everyone around me had one. Some also had flip phones with no touch screen but a much sleek keypad, those were cool too. Though smartphone came early but Android and iOS were yet to be introduced, the smartphones then had a different OS called Symbian or Bada which only a handful of people know. Finally I too convinced my parents to buy me a touch screen phone that was 3.5-4 inches or so. It was very tiny and sleek, I still remember how difficult it was to hold without slipping it out of hands. Since I had brought a new phone, I had no need of the older one, so I returned it back to my father.

He went to one of his friends who had a mobile shop for the resale of my old phone. The shopkeeper being my father's close friend, agreed to take it back but wasn't agreeing at a convincing price. I obviously came up with a plan and asked my father to immediately comeback home without selling the phone. I wrote down a note with decided price and model of the phone and pinned the note in my school's notice board.
A person from my school showed interest in it and agreed to by it on quoted price, I was very surprised since I had to do no convincing and he agreed very easily. He asked for the phone, along with the box and accessories to check if it works fine and he told me that he would show it to his parents and would buy it if they are willing. I thought that this was fair enough so I handed over the phone to him so that he could show it to his parents and check that phone's in working condition.

Turned out this was one of the worst ways to sell a phone since the guy never reverted back, he took the phone and was absent for many days after that. I didn't have any contact of him. And the most shocking thing was that he acted as a complete stranger when I tried to confront him few days later. Since we discussed all the matter outside the school, nobody was involved in it. So, I had no proof of selling him the phone. I was very heart-broken and scared at that time. I could have done a complaint against him but since there was no proof against him as I chose a very unprofessional means of selling the phone so I did not take any action. No one was going to believe me if I have taken any action. I had to lie to my parents that I had lost my old phone since I thought it was a better option than being scolded for selling it for free.

This was one of my quirky experiences of selling an old phone. I certainly realized that these kind of matters should always be resolved professionally using all the formalities and under someone's supervision.

But that was a long way back, today there are many other ways of selling phones or other gadgets. Easiest of them all is the Cashify website and App. It is one of the fastest way to clean up your old gadgets and get the cash out of them instantly. With #CleanUpCashOut, anyone can rely on Cashify to sell their gadgets immediately at the highest available price.
Use the code CLEANCASH, to get additional Rs. 250 on the sale of your gadgets (Yippee..).
To know more about Cashify, do check their website- https://www.cashify.in/

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Daisy's Love Affairs

Gadgets were like aliens to Daisy, she had never felt any connection or attraction towards her laptop or mobile phone. She barely used her phone throughout the day.
The other day, Daisy was strolling around in the market and she suddenly saw a bright and beautiful store of mobile phones with a number mobiles placed side by side, of different brands and size.
Out of all, the one placed in the center had a stunning appeal with a shining metallic sleek body and colorful screen. She instantly pointed it out to the store person who consequently picked it from the shelf and brought it towards her. Her eyes were constantly glued to the phone while admiring its beauty.

"5.1 inches, Android 7.0 Nougat OS, Storage 32 GB with 1 year warranty. I assure you, you'll have absolutely no complaints", said the shopkeeper.

It was the first time when Daisy actually felt some connection with a gadget. She indeed felt love at first sight on seeing the brand new 'X' phone.

"I don't care about the specs, Sir! What I really know is, love sees no OS and no processor", she said while still staring at the phone.

She had become so blind in the love of X phone that she didn't care about its expensive price and bought it in one go without giving a second thought to it.

Since then started the happiest days of her life. She and her phone and nobody else was all that she wanted. She and her phone used to spend the entire time in her room clicking selfies and watching movies. Her parents were strictly against her relationship with the new X phone. They thought that the phone was diverting her focus and dragging her away from her ex-love, studies. They wanted her to be with studies and leave X phone, but Daisy didn't listen to them as she felt that everything's fair in love and war. After all her phone used to wake her up and sing her to sleep. It was her only companion who never judged her for acting weird.

One fine day Daisy was hanging around with her X phone and she mistakenly slipped the phone out of her hands and it fell on the ground. On picking the phone, she noticed that the screen guard has got some cracks so she immediately headed towards the same mobile store as she couldn't see her phone being badly hurt. She got the screen fixed by a new guard and just when she was leaving, a new gadget crossed her view. Now, this gadget was an ultimate goals to her list of expectations from a mobile. Its rose gold color caught her attention and she couldn't blink her eyes for few seconds, her mouth was left widely opened on seeing the charm of the new 'Z' phone.

"5.5 inches, Mac OS 11.0, Storage 128 GB with 1 year warranty. I assure you, you'll have absolutely no complaints", said the shopkeeper with his evident smile.

After few seconds of gazing at the Z phone, she suddenly realized that she no longer loves her X phone. She had totally gotten over the fever of X phone and desperately wanted to buy the Z phone with all new trendy look and features.

Since, she was out of money so she had to go back home empty-handed. She tried to convince her parents by saying that Z phone is her true love and she would never ask anything again from them.

To which her mother replied, "But what about your X phone? Doesn't it require your love and attention? How can you get over it so easily? You chose it over studies and fought with us, I thought you actually loved X. How can you leave X alone?"

"You're right Mom. I can't leave X alone. I have decided, I will not move on with Z phone until I don't find a lover for X. Z phone will have to wait for me until I hand over X to genuine hands."

Since then, she got engaged in finding the right person for X phone, she searched many sites but couldn't fine a suitable solution as every site quoted a very low price for X phone. She didn't want to sell X at such a low cost as she knew the true value of it and believed that X phone deserved a much higher price than that.

Finally, she downloaded Cashify app which later served as a saviour for her, she didn't have to put much efforts and it helped her finding out the highest price for X phone. She instantly sold the X phone to a very genuine buyer. Eventually, Daisy felt satisfied and contended on selling her ex love- The X phone. She certainly realized that her love for new phones will keep on growing so she must keep Cashify App to help her whenever she has a new crush so that she could dispose off the oldie with its #CleanUpCashOut aim.

If you have an old gadget too and want to sell it off in the easiest and fastest way, then do checkout an absolutely amazing website called Cashify- https://www.cashify.in
Here's a coupon code <CLEANCASH> that Daisy used to get additional Rs 250 on the sale of her old phone. Even you can avail this coupon code and enjoy the benefits of Cashify. :)

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Time When I Got Stuck With My Old Phone

All the TV anchors of online shopping channels ace in the art of portraying things in a much exaggerated manner that they can easily convince most of the people to buy any commodity even if it's not of their use. That's why I always stay away from such channels as they easily manipulate me to buy their products by laying stress on the features and saying things like "Hurry, only few minutes left for this bumper sale. Avail this offer before anyone else does". Despite knowing the fact that this is their marketing strategy, I somehow fall into their trap every single time.

Nearly two years ago, I saw an android phone being sold by one such on-air shopping channel which looked very attractive to me and had even more attractive features. Despite having all the alluring specifications like latest processor, camera quality, in-built memory and battery backup, its price was surprisingly very low. Honestly speaking, I didn't even have the need of a new cellphone at that time, but I couldn't resist myself from buying it as it was too inexpensive to have such great features.

But the harsh truth is, every budget-friendly product has its unforeseen shortcomings. The extra price that all the other reputed vendors or companies charge is not just for the up to date specifications but for the quality assurance too.

Just few months after the purchase of this phone, I started facing a lot of performance issues, frequent app crashes and quick battery discharge. I was fed up of charging my phone after every few hours. Soon, I realized that buying this smartphone was surely one of the worst decisions I have ever taken. In today's world, a smart phone handles a lot of things from waking you up and reminding important dates to sending urgent mails and doing important transactions. So, it's very crucial to have a smartphone working in a good condition. All my daily tasks were being impacted by the performance lag of this phone.

Since, the phone was under warranty period at that time, so I decided to get it repaired. Unfortunately there was no mobile store available at my location of that particular brand. Still, I managed to go the store situated in the nearby city to get it repaired. Even after getting it repaired I was not satisfied with the functionality. Soon after getting it repaired, I started facing some issues in the touch screen. Again, I got it repaired from the same mobile store. This time I got it properly fixed to make sure I don't face any issues as I am very dependent on my phone to manage my social and professional life. Even, after getting it fully repaired I was somehow not happy and satisfied with this phone. Perhaps, I just got over the fantasy of having a hi-tech phone as it didn't meet my expectations at all in the earlier days.  In no time, a huge series of smartphones with latest technologies came up for grabs and I finally decided to get rid of this old one.

I had no clue in the beginning as this was the first time I was trying to sell a used phone, so I asked a friend of mine for some advice. He instantly advised me to exchange it for another phone on any e-commerce website that offers discount on exchange. I found this option feasible to me so I checked online stores and finally filtered out a list of them which provided an exchange offer (By list, I mean only 2-3 of them). Apparently, you can avail the exchange offer for only those mobiles which are present in the product list of website that has brands and models which are applicable for the exchange. Unfortunately, my mobile was not present in that list and hence, it was not applicable for the exchange offer of any website.

The next option my friend suggested was to sell it to any dealer of the local market as they can be convinced on negotiation. This option was also cancelled from our "Get rid of my phone" option list when all the dealers refused to buy it even for a single penny as it was obsolete and the brand was not trustable. Finally, I had to put its advertisement on an online marketplace at a very low price (30% of what it costed me)
Surprisingly I didn't get any call even after weeks of putting the ad. I was frustrated by this time, I felt like this phone has got stuck with me like shadow and I'm unable to get rid of it. At-last, I just gave it free of cost to a cousin of mine who desperately needed a mobile. But he returned it back to me after few months as he didn't like the phone at all.

Sometimes I laugh so hard at these incidents that repeatedly didn't let me get relieved from the baggage of this phone.
I still have it but of-course I don't use it anymore. It's currently resting in the box inside the third drawer of the cupboard in the store room, but I believe that it's not the place where this phone should belong. I think Cashify is the apt place that will truly value this product of mine without judging it. And what's the best thing about Cashify is that my phone's brand is also applicable on Cashify which was not applicable at many other websites.

It not only offers selling old phones but old tablets, laptops, TVs  and Gaming Consoles too. I'm definitely going to advantage myself with #CleanUpCashOut motive of Cashify. If you too wish to sell your old gadgets in fast and easy way then do tune into https://www.cashify.in/
Psst.. Here's a bonus deal- You can use the coupon code- CLEANCASH to get an additional Rs. 250 on sale of your gadgets. Spread the news and help your loved ones to cashify their gadgets. :)
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Sunday, 8 October 2017


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Dear God,

Just a reminder that I am assuming, 
you have something huge planned for me tomorrow,
to balance all the things that were unfair today and yesterday, 
to compensate all the things that I really deserved, 
but fortune makers didn't let them happen to me,
to reimburse all the debts of happiness,
that you owe to those who needed it the most,
to do the virtue of justice to those who are worthy of,
And to those who have been keeping faith in morality.
Don't let this fire cease in anguish.
Don't let this faith be surrendered to the ghosts of misfortune.
Don't let this belief fade away in pain.
Don't let this hope die before I do.

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Time When I Judged Babies

I can fairly imagine what a bliss it is to have a baby. I have always craved for having a baby of my own because just an hour or two of babysitting is not enough for me. I feel really sad when they start crying to go back to their mummies. And it's really partial of them for always wanting to hangout with their mothers and nobody else. I know it's very silly of me to judge babies who have no knowledge or clues at such tiny age.

But it really makes me upset when little babies get so much attached to their mothers that they are not willing to go with  anyone else, even if the other person is dying to cuddle the baby and just see that smile on their face for once. But no, the moment you'll pick them up, they start crying and shouting as if you have done something wrong to them.

It's only on your 'lucky' days that these babies, for real, tend to choose you over their moms. That feeling is an epic one, when a baby stops crying the moment you pick them up, but that moment just turns out to be a regular one when that baby just burps and continue with his usual hobby of crying and jumping out of your hands.

I wonder if they are taking the revenge of their mothers or grandmothers who tried to pick me up when I was a baby. And no doubt I was the flag bearer of these resilient babies who would cry all day long if a stranger(by which I mean a person other than their mom) comes to admire them.
Jokes apart, I love babies and am very fond of them. But, just can't bear the fact that they don't love me back! :D
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

#DaanUtsav- Feel The Grandeur Of Giving

One of the greatest virtues one can imbibe is the virtue of giving. Sometimes being just a little generous to someone can light up their world and ultimately yours too. One of the inexplicable feelings in the world is to see someone happy and contended because of you, to be someone's first aid and to be the patron of someone's hope.

Have you ever felt the goosebumps on seeing tears of joy in someone's eyes and knowing that you're the reason behind it? If not, then let me tell you that it is an exceptional experience to be someone's reason of smiling.

The Art of Giving not only signifies giving money to the needy but it could be giving anything that you posses be it your time, your skills, your knowledge or it could be something from your wardrobe too.

In the busy schedules of contemporary world, no one really has the time to show concern or be empathetic to anyone. We all have somewhere put the blindfolds and have been ignorant of the fact that there are many people in our surroundings who are at the verge of killing all their hopes. They certainly need our help, our time and our concern towards them. It is our sole social responsibility to be the support system of such people and provide them any facility that could in any way heal their adverse conditions.

We should always participate in practices and programmes that benefit the people who are in need of a helping hand. One such programme is conducted in my workplace where our management provides blankets to each employee so that each one could donate them to the poor people living around or in their locality. Another such activity organised by our company is selling of handmade products near Diwali festival in the lobby of the building where on purchase of every product by the employee, funds are raised for an NGO. Such activities when conducted in a gathering can raise substantial amount of funds and can help many organisations to achieve their goals of serving people.
On this #DaanUtsav, let us join hands to give joy and get an equivalent joy in return, as the joy of giving is the biggest of all.

Do you have clothes that you don't wear anymore, or some old books from school time?
If yes, then you can make the best out of those by giving them to poor kids who can't afford such basic necessities of life.

Do you have spare time on weekends or after office hours?
If yes, then you can utilise that precious time to teach children who are hindered to get education. The achievement of being the guiding light of someone's life is indeed one of a kind.

Did you make extra food for guests but they cancelled their plan?
If yes, then rather than serving that food to garbage, you can simply give them to the ones who are starving since morning. In return you get the heartiest blessings from innocent souls which always help to shape your future as well.

Did you get or are you getting your Diwali Bonus this year?
If yes, then think that, for some people even Diwali is like any other ordinary day without food and shelter. You could really light up their Diwali by giving a part of that bonus to them. It feels awesome, trust me!

This season let's fill happiness and joy in someone else's life and feel the grandeur of giving.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Do-It-Yourself to Rescue Yourself


Meet Miss DIY, who is a fan of greens and a foe of blacks (if you know what I mean).
Lately, she came up with an urging cause of making a green environment not only outdoors but indoors too.

She prepared a list of environmental enemies being used in every household and replaced them with the Eco-friendly DIY alternatives to promote a healthier and green living. 

Be a part of her journey and experience the fringe benefits of Eco-friendly and pocket friendly products.

Enemy No. 1: Commercial Laundry Detergents:

Miss DIY researched the cause of laundry detergents being top in the list of air contaminators and came up with a whole bunch of reasons behind it.
Laundry detergents are made of harsh chemicals and over 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds), some of which have been declared harmful and life threatening by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). 
Moreover, these detergents that make your clothes sweet smelling and clean, actually contain toxins such as petroleum based solvents for the purpose of this scent. Bleach added into detergent just makes an icing on the cake of danger by adding chlorine to the list of chemicals degrading the air quality scale to even worse condition.Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause a bouquet of diseases inside the human body.

Do-it-yourself Detergent Recipe:

Here's a chemical free and inexpensive alternative for the silly chemical containing detergents that Miss DIY chose:
  • 6 cups of washing soda
  • 3-4 cups of baking soda
  • Grated non toxic bar soap (6 Bars)
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils such as Lavender oil (For Aroma)
  • 4 cups of borax (Sodium Borate- A safer alternative of harmful chemicals)

Enemy No. 2: Floor Cleaners:

Floor cleaners play an essential part in making our house germs free but should we really use them at the cost of lowering the air quality?
Miss DIY was indeed concerned about the toxic ingredients of floor cleaners and their negative impact on the indoor air quality. She found out that chemicals present in the synthetic floor cleaners such as chlorine and ammonia can pose a serious threat to our respiratory organs. Moreover, since floor cleaners are used in every corner of the house for the purpose of cleaning, it can actually contaminate the air in every corner as well.

Do-it-yourself Floor Cleaner Recipe:

The easiest one of all that Miss DIY couldn't resist to share with you, goes as follows:
Mix a cup of white vinegar in a bucket (nearly 4L) of water and you're done!
For a better version, mix half a cup of baking soda into the mixture and get started with cleaning and mopping.

Bonus tip: Vacuums are the best way of removing dirt and debris! Try vacuuming first and then give a finish to the clean floors by mopping with the natural Eco-friendly floor cleaner.

Enemy No. 3: Perfumes

Synthetic chemicals in perfumes and body mists were the next in the list of Miss DIY's concerns.
Here's why:
It's essential for every person to smell good if he/she wants to leave an appealing impact on anyone. For the sake of smelling good, we all are somewhere guilty of degrading the quality of air.  As the synthetic compounds in perfumes, deodorants and mists are known to cause acute allergic reactions, headaches and asthma.

Do-it-yourself Perfume Recipe:

Miss DIY was very excited to use this recipe and try her hands on a wide range of eco friendly fragrances.
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils such Lavender, Rosemary, Pepper mint, etc (Use as per your preference of fragrance)
  • 1 tbsp of carrier oils such olive, jojoba, almond or coconut.
  • 2 cups of fresh water for diluting the mixture.

Enemy No. 4: Disinfectants

The other day, Miss DIY was surfing the Internet and came up with a shocking fact about disinfectants. It said that a significant amount of VOCs are apparently emitted from disinfecting and sanitizing products into the air that may cause health issues such as wheezing and asthma too!
This left Miss DIY in astonishment. She wondered for a while and started her experiments to find an effective alternative for another environmental enemy.

Do-it-yourself Disinfectant Recipe:

Finally, the moment has come when Miss DIY can proudly share her recipe of an optimum substitute for disinfectants and sanitizing sprays.
Miss DIY remembers the time when her mother used to mix Tea tree oil in her moisturizer for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This triggered an easy recipe of homemade disinfectant in her mind.
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils such as tea tree oil.

Enemy No. 5: Candles

Most candles are made of paraffin wax which release a wide range of toxins such as toluene and benzene. These toxins if exposed to air can pose serious health concerns such as respiratory diseases. Moreover, the soot produced from incomplete combustion of paraffin wax can cause harm to our lungs.

Do-it-yourself Candle Recipe:

Miss DIY couldn't resist herself using scented candles in her home all the time but after knowing these frightful facts, she made sure to do the needful. She came up with an easy alternative of paraffin wax, that is beeswax which is 100% natural and Eco-friendly.

Here's the recipe:
  •  1/2 kg beeswax
  •  1/2 cup of coconut oil
  •  10-15 drops of essential oils. (For scent)
  •  Cotton wicks
  •  Glass Jars

Enemy No. 6: Nail Polish Remover

Conventional nail polish remover can make you inhale a great deal of air pollutants if you continue using it.
Since the ingredients of nail polish remover such as Acetone can cause health issues like irritation, dizziness and headaches. Wouldn't it be great if we can replace it with a natural and non-toxic nail polish remover?
If yes, then continue reading what Miss DIY is upto..

Do-it-yourself Nail Polish Remover Recipe

Miss DIY researched a lot and came to the conclusion that since Eco-friendly ingredients are mild in nature, they may take longer time to show results than that of strong chemicals. But there's no harm in that, right?
So, here's the best green replacement of the conventional acetone nail polish remover:
  • 1 tsp of Citrus fruit such as Lemon or Lime
  • 3 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar
With this recipe, you no longer have to hesitate to wipe off the unnecessary strokes of nail paint from your nails! Miss DIY is truly a saviour. Isn't she?

Enemy No. 7:  Adhesives

Miss DIY was very addicted to making artwork and fixing stuff. She used to spend almost 2-3 glue sticks on her artistic pieces every week. Little did she know that she was contributing to downgrading air quality in her home. Most of the glues contain formaldehyde which by the way is among the most widespread pollutants of indoor air. Inhalation of formaldehyde could cause irritation in nose, eyes and throat while in extreme cases like prolonged ingestion, it can even cause terminal diseases!

Do-it-yourself Glue Recipe

Look what Miss DIY has in store for you.

Voila! It's the DIY Eco-friendly glue recipe!
  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm filtered Water
  • 1 Tbsp of white Vinegar (to preserve the glue)
  • 5 drops of essential oil

Enemy No. 8: Hair Sprays

When we talk about sources of air pollutants, hair sprays are no less in the discussions. They play an equal role in polluting the inside air with harmful chemicals. Every young person these days uses this product and some style freak people have a habit of over-exploiting the hair sprays without knowing how much harm they are causing to the environment. 
Ultimately, we ourselves have to pay for our misdeeds so it's high time to look for the substitutes of such products. But you don't have to worry my friend as Miss DIY is to your rescue with her next handy recipe!

Do-it-yourself Hair Spray Recipe:

Presenting to you, the all natural homemade hair spray recipe with absolutely no chemical additives.
Here it goes:
  • 1 cup filtered hot water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 10-15 drops essential oil such as orange or lemon

Enemy No. 9: Room Fresheners

Last but not the least in the list of Miss DIY was room fresheners, which are known to emit unfriendly and poisonous chemicals in the air making it lethal. Since, room fresheners are used so widely used, it was very disturbing for Miss DIY on encountering the risk facts about these fresheners.
She pulled her socks and dedicated herself in finding the replacement of this enemy.

Do-it-yourself Room Freshener Recipe:

Miss DIY was very impressed by essential oils due to their aromatic qualities and even more exciting fact was that they come in so many different varieties! But one thing to be kept in mind while using essential oils is, they should always be diluted by a carrier oil or water before using as they are concentrated in nature.

Enjoy the benefits of natural room freshener:
  • 1 cup of distilled water.
  • 15-20 drops of sweet smelling essential oils as per your choice. (Miss DIY prefers lime or lavender)

Miss DIY is truly a knight in shining armour for us, so is the Royale Atmos wall paints by Asian Paints. This new range of wall paints are specially manufactured for the purpose of solving the problem of indoor air pollution and substitute the conventional unfriendly air fresheners. It absorbs all the air impurities and foul smell leaving the air clean and fragranced. I hope that you too have made your mind for #CleanAirBeautifulHomes by now as Deepika says, "To breathe clean at your home, start with your paint."

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Our Contribution To Polluted Indoor Air

Human has a temperament to put the blame of every adversity on nature without giving a second thought towards actual reason behind it. Sometimes, it's us who are the partakers of causing unsound situations in our surroundings.

One such crisis is air pollution and we are not only responsible for making outside air polluted but within the confinement of our homes too. Unknowingly, we ourselves are partly blameworthy for letting the air pollutants invade inside our home. We always fail to observe our significant amount of contribution towards making the indoor air polluted.

One such ignorant household was the 'xyz' family. This family had 4 members, Mr. Ian- the family head, his son Ricky, his daughter Joanne and his younger brother Mr. Charles.
Mr. Ian worked as an engineer, he had two pets, a cat named Martha and a dog named Loui. Ricky was in high-school and loved to play football, Joanne was an intern at his father's office, while Mr. Charles had a small scale business of his own.

Mr. Ian, once invited his friend, Mr. James to dinner. Mr. James was a psychic, he used to make supernatural claims about people. On his visit to Mr. Ian's house, he acquainted Mr. Ian and his family that he sensed the presence of some evil spirits invading inside their house. On hearing about this, Mr. Ian got really worried and asked Mr. James to guide him and his  family through the ways to demolish the shadows of such ghostly figures from their house.
Mr. James very kindly, agreed to it.

"I sense something hazardous. Are there any pets around here?", Mr. James asked in his deepening voice.
To which Mr. Ian promptly answered, " Yes, two of them. My cat Martha and dog Loui, they are like family members to me.

Consequently, Mr. James replied, "I sense some pet dander floating in the air that came from Martha's body and mold spread everywhere that was initiated by Loui's fur. Are you aware that pets are one of the noteworthy factors of causing indoor air pollution? To overcome this situation, you must get your pets properly cleaned up and trimmed and make sure that you don't allow them to stay in your bedroom for long time."

Mr. Ian was surprised on knowing these facts and affirmed that he would take care of cleaning his pets everyday.

Further Mr. James asked if there is someone who smokes cigarettes in xyz family. Mr. Charles replied that he has a habit of smoking.
Mr. James was disappointed on knowing that.

"Smoking not only affects the smoker but the people around them too. Passive smokers are equally affected by the smoke.", he said.

"Moreover, tobacco smoking inside a confined space is strictly not favoured since it concentrates the harmful chemicals in indoor air and is more threatening than smoking outside in wide space.", he continued.

Mr. Charles felt very guilty on hearing this and apologized to his family. He further assured that he would never pollute the air by smoking inside the house from now on.

Then Mr. James asked the family about the person who continuously uses cellphone in their house. Joanne immediately raised her hand and told that she has a very bad addiction of using her smart phone all the time.

Following Joanne's word, Mr. James replied, "Not many people know the fact that smart phones are also one of the sponsors of making the indoor air unfit for breathing."

"But how? I don't see any smoke or germs that get emitted from my phone which can cause harm to the air.", said Joanne.

Mr. James replied that cellphones emit radio waves and micro waves and prolonged use of cellphones has been known for causing some serious health concerns such as brain cancer!
Joanne was really taken aback on listening to Mr. James and promised herself to minimize using her cellphone.

Mr. James continued his questions and asked about the person who is responsible for disposing off the garbage from the house.

Ricky answered that his father has made him the in charge of disposing off the garbage from the garbage bins.

Mr. James further asked, "how often do you dispose it off?"
"Until it doesn't start overflowing.", Ricky answered in laughter.

"I'm not very impressed on knowing that, Ricky. Do you know if the garbage gets old then it not only stinks but also release harmful gases, bacteria and other germs out of the waste into the air? It can pose serious respiratory issues in the body.", said Mr. James.

Ricky accepted his mistake and decided to empty the garbage bins everyday to keep his family safe from germs.

Mr. James carried on with his speculations  and asked the family about the person who brings dirty shoes inside the house.

Ricky replied that he has a habit of bringing muddy shoes inside the home after he comes back from the football ground after playing football.

Mr. James suggested him to always leave dirty shoes at the door of house since it can bring a lot of dust particles in the indoor air and contaminate it which further can cause certain infections.

The next conjecture of Mr. James was the presence of a leaky shower in the house. Mr. Ian accepted that the shower of his bathroom has been leaking since quite a long time and he didn't get a chance to get it fixed.

Mr. James enlightened that leaky showers can create moisture inside the bathroom and become the fertile grounds of mold and mildews which can cause various allergic reactions to the body. He further suggested Mr. Ian to get his shower fixed and make sure to keep his bathroom clean and dry to avoid the commencement of such pollutants in the indoor air.

Mr. James, then revealed, "The ghosts I mentioned earlier where not any unworldly spirits but these harmful pollutants that you have been bringing inside the house. And you can only keep these ghosts at bay if you improve your acts and make efforts to keep your home free from indoor air pollutants."

The xyz family was very grateful to Mr. James who enlightened such facts to them and helped them to make a cleaner environment inside their house.

We all are in same boat as Mr. Ian. Aren't we? Let's take a lesson from this story and make a change towards a cleaner air.

One of the optimum ways of closing the doors for dangerous air pollutants is using Royale Atmos wall paints by Asian Paints. Since its active carbon technology absorbs harmful pollutants in air and it's fragrance keeps away the foul smells. Thus, it does the work of air freshener in an effective and helpful way. Now, everyone can have #ClearAirBeautifulHomes with Royale Atmos.

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