Fitness Resolutions for 2018

As we are all set to welcome the New Year, it is also the time to reset your fitness goals for 2018. A New Year is a great time to take fitness resolutions that will keep you fighting fit through the year. And that is a great way to start the year on a positive note. We speak to experts to help you make the right resolutions this New Year. Choose a fitness activity you love and do it consistently

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Flying High with Audrey Deepika Maben

Motorglider which will be flown by Capt Maben Growing up, as an avid reader, a story that fascinated me was Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Perhaps it was the notion of being able to travel the entire world in a finite duration that caught my fancy back then. Naturally when I got a call recently saying a woman was attempting a trip around the world in 80 days, in a micro flight, my interest was piqued and

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The Mangroves of Pichavaram

Did you know that the world’s second largest mangrove forest is in Pichavaram Mangrove Forest near Chidambaram? Well, this is a fact that is largely unknown but the beauty of the Pichavaram mangrove forest located between the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south is a delight for all nature lovers. This estuarine complex forms the Killai backwater and Pichavaram mangroves and offer over 400 water routes for boating. A picturesque drive past paddy fields, colourful

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Five off beat things to do at Club Mahindra Kandaghat

My first visit to Himachal Pradesh in Dec 2017 was made memorable thanks to Club Mahindra who invited me to visit their property off Shimla in Kandaghat. After a rather long flight from Bangalore to Chandigarh and the two plus hour drive to Kandaghat, I was welcomed by a sea of colour courtesy the flowers blooming in small pots that dot the property. The pristine white architecture of this resort plays perfect foil to the colourful landscape that surrounds it

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Home decor – moodier pallettes

Doing up your home in rich colors can add an oomph factor like no other. Adding accents of deep gem tones, shiny metals, velvet upholstery and sleek black and white marbles can give a regal look to your home. Do it Right Moody colour palettes are dark and rich in colour and are ideal for the homes which have good natural lighting. The deeper gem stone colours fall under the rich colour palette; blend well with metallic furniture and accessories.

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Shankranti Home Decor Ideas

The dawn of the New Year always coincides with Shankranti, the first major festival of the year which celebrates the beauty and love of nature, being a harvest festival. The ‘back to roots’ connect that this occasion invokes is a sort of thanksgiving to nature’s bounty and is the perfect time to give your home a spanking new look inspired by the festival. And we tell you exactly how you can do just that. Tradition Beckons When it comes to

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Woolen Wear Market in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said that the domestic market for apparel and lifestyle products, currently estimated at $85 billion, is expected to reach $160 billion by 2025. The woolen wear industry in India is a rural based and export oriented and the country happens to be the 7th largest producer of wool and contributes 1.8 per cent to total world production of wool. Rajasthan is the largest wool producing state in India with 70 wool processing units and over

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Thogalu Bombe – the art of shadow puppetry

An art form that merges music, performance and puppets, Thogalu Bombeyata is a unique shadow puppet show that is practiced in Karnataka. This folk art has several variations as Sutrada Gombeyata and Yakshagana Bayalata. Basically thogalu means hide of the animal skin and this art form uses special leather puppets to play out scenes from the epics – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and mythology. In Sutrada Gombeyata, practiced in Southern Mysore, puppets are made from light wood that is rot

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Fitness Forecast 2018

It’s the start of another spanking New Year and that time when you are all set to make your fitness resolutions. While trends like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Vinyasa /Tang and Ying / Glow / Sound Yoga, Martial Arts, Body Weight Training and Water Workouts made waves in 2017 and will extend to 2018, there is much more to look forward this year. And if you are the kind of person that is looking for interesting alternatives and like

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How to Hone Your Hobby?

When I ask most people what they do for a hobby, the common answer is “I used to do this (some hobby) earlier but now I don’t have time.” While the trappings of urban society can get the better of you, the importance of a hobby in your life can hardly be over emphasized. A hobby can make changes to each day upping your happiness quotient. Now that is something hard to beat right? Hobby Matters Life has become very

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