Monday, January 9, 2017

Holistic Wellness Veda Earth

Indian Bloggers

Dear Friends , Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New year to you all. May you all gain sustainable wealth of all kind and share it with all. 

Mother Earth is exceptionally, Omni Benevolent . She is all loving, infinitely generous to all of us with all her bountiful resources. Thanks to Dear Mother Earth, we all are born Healthy and Beautiful.

Due to our Greedy Lifestyle  ( Hurry - Curry -Worry ),  Industrialization , Pollution , Junk food , Chemical-full cosmetics, we have lost a lot. Let's begin our new year on Naturally Healthy and Earthy Wealthy notes. How ? ...

Our Health is more precious than Gold, Silver, Diamonds and Aadhar card put together. Good Health reflects on our complexion in Pink. Peaches and Cream complexion is not just a Fairy tale phenomena. All of us can possess it with Healthy Diet, Disciplined Lifestyle and Veda Earth .

Veda Earth ? What's that ? You must be wondering ...  

VedaEarth offers contemporary ayurveda for women on the go. It blends ayurveda and essential oils with smart science to handcraft skincare products for the super-busy urban women.                                            

                                                               Veda Earth synergies the cosmic knowledge and purity of nature – Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, and ancient rich traditions. Veda Earth presents an unique, innovative, exclusive range of wellness products, which offers healing benefits and beauty.

The essential oils are absorbed in the skin, working full-time from within to bring out our natural glow, while the carrier oils stay on the skin, moisturizing and sealing in the effect of the essential oils at the surface.                                                                           
The Oils don’t always equate to oily. The benefits derived from taking the essence of oils to create beauty products, are many.                                                                                 
Veda Earth's carefully constructed blend of oils, masks, soaps and more, provide multiple benefits. We don’t need an array of products for our hair or skin. Their multi-benefit products do the work of many in just a single application. 

Divya Dinesh, CEO of Veda Earth is an Entrepreneur par excellence, At the young age of 25, she has endeavored an enterprise. Veda Earth is enriching her's as well as other's life beautifully... literally. She was born with cleft lip which made her realize how small imperfections can bring down people's confidence.

 She had very sensitive skin. Almost half the products available in the market, were useless for her. They used to cause irritation and burning on her skin including ones which were made for sensitive skin.

She tried even those products that claimed to be organic or natural. Her search for personal care and grooming products that did not irritate her skin, led her to Aromatherapy.

Her family had always been inclined towards natural remedies or alternative medicines, mostly because of her mothers's positive influence on them. 

Divya's mother Asha, suffered from debilitating migraines that left her unable to get through a single normal day. She found long lasting relief only from Aromatherapy and Alternative medicine. 

Ever since, whenever they had any problem they always tried natural remedies first and then the modern medicine.                                                                                                               Divya learned Aromatherapy and started making her own blends of oils. She used it as an alternative to moisturizers. That's how Veda Earth was conceived.

It originated as facial oil, hair oil and pain relief oil for Divya and her family. Gradually she shared it with her friends and relatives. She received good feedback from them encouraging her to make it an official brand. Thus, began her  journey of being an Entrepreneur with  Veda Earth

Veda Earth brings a contemporary twist to the classics, by taking traditional. sometimes almost medicinal concepts and remedies and give them a modern makeover.                                                                                        They create products for the savvy, conscious and conscientious consumer of today. Veda Earth products are multi dimensional in nature. We will find goodness – in each and every bottle."                                                                                           There were various factors that acted as inspiration behind  Veda Earth . Divya wanted to change the perception of beauty that people have in mind and also create products for the modern woman who is conscious about what goes on her skin as much as she is about what she eats/ drinks. 

Divya wanted women to feel good, intelligent, inspired, empowered about themselves and give the same vibes to all around them. 

Veda Earth has a range of 14 products consisting of Facial oils, Hair oil, Pain oil, Face packs, Handmade Soaps and Bath Salts.

Veda Earth Cleansing facial oil      ( 50 ml) INR 425 
                                                Exceptionally, just a little can get you a lot back. Add a few drops of Veda Earth Cleansing Facial oil to your daily skin regime and it deep cleans all the impurities from the skin.

I contains key ingredients like Frankincense, Chamomile, and Benzoin known to help rejuvenate skin, improve blood circulation, and make skin soft and glowing. Here’s to three awesome ingredients, one awesome oil and the science of Ayurveda.

Apply on face and neck, gently massage into skin. If required, wipe with a dry tissue. To ensure better results, avoid washing after application. For even better results, apply twice a day.

Here are the ingredients used in making it. 100% Vegan, No Animal By-products, No Animal Testing, No Harmful Chemicals, 

No Sulphates, No Silicons, No PEG/PPG, No Mineral Oil/Petrolatum, No Parabens.

Each 100ml contains oil of: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernel , Grape (Vitis vinifera) Seed , 
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon schoenanthus) Leaf , Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) Oleo gum Resin , 
Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) Resin , Saffron (Crocus sativus) Stigma , Roman chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Flowers . 
Also contains Vitamin E and Soya Lecithin to Q.S.  
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BRINGING the RAINBOW - The Hindware Story

Indian Bloggers

  "It was 30th December ..... It is said that life is full of surprises, I would be starting what would become one of the greatest adventures of life " - when an autobiography of a famous entrepreneur (leading  industrialist) entices us at entry level with an exciting note like this, we are absolutely awestruck and resolve to #BringingTheRainbow in our life. We, the readers are so mesmerized by author R. K. Somany's fluorescent Rainbow, that an industrialist transforms into a lodestar to follow .... forever. That's the power of #BringingTheRainbow.

By now, all of you must be wondering , what's this #BringingTheRainbow ..... all about !

The Hindware Story -
Author : R. K. SOMANY 
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Genre : Autobiography
Pages : 201
Price : INR 595

My brain was buzzing big time while browsing  #BringingTheRainbow . I must recite this story at the earliest ,  to my teenage nephew Aamen. There are very few books that impact you so heartily to share them with your loved ones, immediately. #BringingTheRainbow , an autobiography, is part memoir and part business guide. It lures you into reading it consistently. It inspires you to have high moral , to cultivate good habits ,  to be disciplined. 

" Don't tell me stories of Crows , sparrows , kings & queens. Tell me a story of King Ram " .... goes a popular Marathi lullaby.  There's a Paradox here. the child does not want a story of King and Queen and still want the story of King Ram. Ram was not just a king but ' Maryaadaa Purushottam ' . This may be the PLUS point for the elders , but from the point of view of a child Ram's story , i.e. Ramayana , is an absolute block buster entertainment.

Similarly, an Autobiography by an Entrepreneur may not be on the wishlist s of many, but an exhilarating account ( #BringingTheRainbow ) of an adventurous Entrepreneur ( R. K. Somany ) is sure to grab infinite eyeballs. Instead of just singing the paeans, ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you the real McCoy ... #BringingTheRainbow

There's a very charming story about the title of this book. Once when the young R. K. Somany was driving in troubled mood , along rutted mud roads, on the way to find a way out of the stalemate land deal, a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The rainbow scene exhausted his anxiety and rejuvenated him. That was his moment of epiphany. That rainbow became his guiding mantra. Since that day, whatever he did as a businessman, a friend or a family man, he asked himself – “Am I #BringingTheRainbow to this endeavor ? The passion , the excitement , the color ?”

Mr. Rajendra Kumar Somany, Chairman & Managing Director of India’s largest sanitaryware manufacturing company HSIL Limited (formerly Hindustan Sanitary-ware & Industries Ltd) , an ace entrepreneur, accentuates the importance  of his family and St. Xavier's Collegiate School in shaping him to be the man he is today. He tells us how his character is formed through childhood memories such as - As the second youngest among a large brood of children, he often had to wait, and fight, for a chance to play. This instilled in him a fierce determination and fighting spirit. He learned the importance of punctuality, correct behavior, conduct , speech, etiquette and 'corporate citizenship' - to repay those who have given us, be it investors, the employees , or society at large, that fosters our well-being. 

The school instilled in R. K. , a fierce desire to win and taught him the value of hard work.He was a bit old for his class when he joined the school. He was given a double promotion in the fourth standard due to his good performance. The euphoria was shortlisted as he failed that year and had to repeat the class. That incidence taught him that there are no shortcuts to success. Failures are the pillars of our success. We must draw right lessons from them and not get into a negative frame of mind. There is no substitute for hard work. Once his finger got caught in a radiator fan and almost chopped off but he shrugged it off as the price of learning something new. This taught him another important lesson - to be successful, one has to be in the thick of action. Observing others from a distance and barking orders does not work fully. Unless you know the nuts and bolts of the issue at hand-you will always be at the mercy of others. Even today he tries to teach himself something new. The challenge of picking up new skills and knowledge keeps him alive, fresh and in tune with the times.

R. K.'s initiation into the world of commerce began as soon as he finished school. Learning the traditional Marwari system of single-entry bookkeeping was drudge work. It was the very foundation on which the entire business was built. He joined R.B Rodda & Co ( India's leading gunsmiths ), which was purchased a few years earlier by the family. Since childhood he had natural affinity for tools and machines , so he learnt fast and loved his profession. He expanded Rodda's business manifold before he left for Delhi.He had a packed schedule while pursuing B.Com. degree, college in the morning, full day at office, French classes three times a week and studying at night. He learnt 'the art of Time Management' an important lesson , practically. Even now, nearing eighty, he works an average of sixteen to eighteen hours a day and he is very punctual too. 

 From an early age R.K. wanted to do something to alleviate the plight of those who had to go out into the open to relieve themselves. This probably played a small role in his choice of the sanitaryware sector.

In 1959, the Somanys decided to manufacture the sanitary ware ,India’s first vitreous china ( it did not absorb water even if the product chipped). They were determined to go in for the latest technology and provide Indian consumers with the best products.They partnered with Twyfords Ltd. an English firm. 

The production process in the sanitary ware industry requires close supervision. A family member needed to visit England and train for a few months. R. K was the only family member available so he entered the ceramics industry, of which he knew nothing. The training was rigorous, through and physically taxing. He learnt the intricacies of making ceramics on the shop floor and all the trade secrets. It was an education no university degree could have replicated.

Soon after returning from England R.K. moved to Delhi. He plunged headlong into the task of building the factory. They were new players in the industry, their brand H Vitreous was unknown and they had only a handful of dealers across India. The odds seemed stacked against them but their vitreous products were far superior in looks , finish, durability and overall quality, and therefore, a much better value proposition in spite of the higher price. 

As they rapidly increased the production , they began to benefit from the economies of scale. They cut prices, while being able to maintain their strong margins. Demand soared and despite R.K.'s best efforts , production could not keep pace with demand. This meant that Hindustan Twyfords was riding a crest. 

Allowing rampant black-marketing would have given them higher short term profits , but would have negatively affected the bonds with customers. R. K. was inordinately proud of the Somany family's reputation as that kind of goodwill takes decades to build but can be destroyed in minutes. R. K. was faced with a matter of principle , he went with his gut instinct, which proved to be beneficial over the long run. This incident led him to introduce an 'innovation', which has now become a standard practice -the setting of maximum retail price ( MRP ).

Today ,Hindware is a well reputed household name today, but R. K. struggled fiercely , without compromising on the quality of products and Somany's goodwill to finally have HSIL emerge as a market leader. HSIL is the first company in the Building Materials Industry to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificate.

Apart from the many personal struggles in his path, there were the professional struggles too that held him back- the socialist era was not to kind to entrepreneurs ; the Emergency led to a lot of harassment; lots of Hindware products were sold in the black market; many dealers selling the products above the maximum retail price. Somany successfully waded through all these wars, but there were more lined up for him on the political front. He was up against I.K Gujaral, former Prime Minister of India and Bansi Lal, former Chief Minister of Haryana – both battles that he eventually won. He even had to endure a personal fight where he stood against two of his own brothers.

#BringingTheRainbow is an awe-inspiring account of how a dedicated , disciplined , hardworking young man, R. K. erected an exquisite empire from scratch. In 2013, the World Confederation of Business honored him with the ‘World Leader Businessperson’ recognition.

#BringingTheRainbow enthralls you with many successful as well as drastic, daring actions by R. K. who learned fast from his failures and prospered. Reading it was an incredibly enriching experience as I have resolved to get up early and work harder 

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Monday, January 2, 2017

#VivoSelfieNight at KittySu Lalit

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to “VIVO SELFIE NIGHT” 

with some good music, food and a bit of banter.

Day & Date: Thursday, 15th December 2016

Venue: Kitty Su, The Lalit Building, Navpada, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai

Timing: 7:30 pm onwards

Come, let’s take some selfies together.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Reliance Chillx All-in-one Entertainment

" Tu Chill maar " , my 15 year old nephew orders me, whenever I flare up due to his pranks. How can I 'Chill maar' as we have donated both our TV sets 15 years to an orphanage in Vikramgarh, 15 years ago. Since then , the only source of infotainment ( Information + Entertainment ) is my laptop.
Believe me , it's NO Fun. All work , I mean only NEWS and no Movies , Music , TV serials made me Dull. Imagine , all the neighborhood is lit up like Diwali and I am locked up in a cold, black hole.

CHILL was the Only Solution and Reliance is an Angel with CHILLXReliance Entertainment announced entry into New Digital Media Content and Distribution business and launched its first offering - Chillx, the first all-in-one entertainment platform.

Reliance Entertainment has invested in a new digital media  company - FUNONGO LLP and launched its first multilingual all-in-one entertainment App 'CHILLX

Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment announced a new venture in a Digital Media Content and Distribution company, called ‘FunOnGo Media & Entertainment LLP’.  FunOnGo is founded by Vijay Singh and Ujjwal Narayan. The company launched, its first offering in the entertainment space, an Android APP, called ‘CHILLX.

CHILLX is a complete entertainment based platform aimed at placing the power of choice in the hands of consumers. The App will give consumers choice in languages, entertainment formats, genres as well as payment mechanisms.

The app is a digital entertainment departmental store that curates a mix of games, music, viral videos & clips, entertainment news, short films & full length movies. 
Vijay Singh CEO, FunOnGo Media & Entertainment LLP- said “This endeavor allows us to widen the scope of consumer engagement on a scale that is possible only when you are a part of  India’s leading entertainment conglomerate like Reliance Entertainment.”

Content on CHILLX is available across major Indian regional languages like Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati etc.
Shibasish Sarkar, Chief Operating Officer, Reliance Entertainment said: “Digital platforms are encouraging a wider audience with diverse consumption patterns, we recognize that this calls for innovative approach in the manner we produce and present our content. The launch of Chillx is in line with our business vision.”

Chillx contains an exhaustive games section, with several premium games available on a try and buy basis. The portal also lists and recommends apps for Indian users depending upon their usage habits.

The approach that makes Chillx relevant to partners and consumers alike are:
(a) Accessibility : Chillx is distributed to consumers via 3 routes; On Device with select Indian OEMs, side loaded at telecom retail stores & on GOOGLE Play Store.
(b) Connectivity : Chillx offers both online streaming and download options 
(c)Usability : Convenience to customize the User Interface in multiple Indian languages
(d) Simplicity :  Free and Premium content is available on Chillx. For paid content Chillx has integrated telecom billing option ease of operation. 

For more information log onto & follow the App on twitter @chillxapp & like on Facebook @chillxappofficial. 

Reliance Group, led by Anil D. Ambani, is among India’s major business houses, with a leadership position in telecommunications, power, infrastructure, financial services, and media and entertainment. The Group has over 250 million customers, serving 1 in every 5 Indians and has over 8 million shareholders, amongst the largest in the world. 

Reliance Entertainment is the media and entertainment arm of Reliance Group and is engaged in the creation and distribution of content across film, television, digital and gaming platforms. Internationally, Reliance Entertainment has partnered since 2009 with iconic film producer and director, Steven Spielberg, in the formation of DreamWorks Studios.  

This relationship has produced several highly successful films such as The Help, War Horse, Lincoln, The Hundred Foot Journey and Bridge of Spies. In December 2015, Reliance Entertainment, Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media and Entertainment One formed Amblin Partners, a new film, television and digital content creation company. The studio recently produced and distributed ‘The Girl on the Train’ based on a bestseller and will continue to produce various films going forward.

In India, Reliance Entertainment has produced, distributed and released more than 170 films in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, etc. The studio has formed Plan C a partnership venture with director Neeraj Pandey that recently produced the very successful Akshay Kumar starrer film, Rustom. Besides Reliance Entertainment has an on-going partnership with Phantom films, a company created by highly talented directors and producers. 

FunOnGo as a Telecom Value Added Services company that counts Indian mobile phone brands like Intex, Micromax, Karbonn, Panasonic, Spice, Videocon and others as its clients.  Across all its clients FunOnGo has the potential to reach 40% of the smartphone users in India. The co-founders have a proven track record in delivery of entertainment VAS services and will manage the day-to-day operations of the company.

Monday, December 19, 2016

#SunbeanArtOfCoffee at ITC

Indian Bloggers

Coffee and I share a poetic bond, ... literally. How ?. 
We were in exhilarating mood as it was that glorious Pre-Christmas season. It was my very first out of Mumbai picnic. Nature's green treasure enchanted us throughout our southern tour.  Bangalore , Ooty and Mysore were on our itinerary. The weather, was at it's pleasantest best. My first poem just popped out after a sip of an excellently brewed, aromatic coffee at Hotel Harsha's coffee lounge. I was in 7th standard and did not realize the value of that heavenly moment. I did not have a note-book to jot it down, so can not share it verbatim. It was about the paradise enriched with fragrant Coffee, Sandal, eucalyptus, roses and  numerous spicy plants that I had lavishly inhaled while traveling throughout South.

Since then Coffee is always on my mind whenever I wish to have my creative juices flowing. Presently when , I received an exclusive invite from ITC for #SunbeanArtOfCoffee , I reminisced about Hotel Harsha's Coffeelicious moment.
ITC Foods unveiled Sunbean Gourmet Coffee  in Mumbai on 17th December 2016 at ITC Grand Central Hotel  in the presence of Lifestyle Bloggers and Digital Influencers

CJ'S ballroom at ITC Grand Central Hotel  was decked up flowerfully, signature ITC style, right from the entrance to our tables for #SunbeanArtOfCoffee  meet.

 Our very own Indigenous, most popular & famous Indian brand, ITC forayed into the branded coffee arena with the launch of delightful Sunbean Gourmet CoffeeITC has more than 25 years of experience in sourcing the finest coffee beans complemented by many decades of blending and culinary expertise. It has united India's best and world's finest coffees with two exquisitely crafted blends of Sunbean Gourmet Coffee - #Nicamalai ( Nicaragua + Anamalai ) and #Panagiri ( Panama + Budangiri ) 


Sunbean Gourmet Coffee presented exquisite blends of the choicest Indian & international bean varietals. It is the culmination of an extensive search across the world to select some of the finest beans which were then expertly blended by ITC’s master-blenders with beans from some of India’s best coffee growing regions to deliver an unparalleled coffee experience. Sunbean Gourmet Coffee is available in two delightful choices, #Nicamalai – a fruity-sweet aromatic coffee with a creamy expression through a blend of carefully selected beans from Nicaragua & Anamalai hills and #Panagiri – a fragrant coffee with strong aroma, pleasant roasted nutty taste and a hint of chocolate  blended with mildly sweet Panamanian beans & intensely sweet flavored Arabicas from Baba Budangiri hills. Baba Budangiri is popularly considered to be the birthplace of coffee in India where Baba Budan, a legendary holy saint planted the first coffee seeds that he had brought from Yemen.

Both these gourmet coffees are currently available exclusively at ITC Grand Central - Mumbai, ITC Sonar - Kolkata, ITC Gardenia and ITC Windsor in Bengaluru and ITC Grand Chola - Chennai, Sunbean Gourmet Coffee will soon be available across all ITC Luxury Hotels and promises to be every coffee connoisseur's delight.


We learned a lot about #Sunbean gourmet coffee, techniques, it's logo / symbols ( Happy Eagle & Furiously shy Spotted dear ) from Mr. Karthik and Mr Christopher. Barista Ashwath demonstrated various exquisite coffees like Cappuccino , Latte , Americano , Espresso , Cinnamon Honey coffee, Cafe Mocha etc. The heady highlight of this #SunbeanArtOfCoffee event was our very own DIY Coffee art, which we will cherish forever. The Sunbean coffee tasted better than best when we brewed and designed it ourselves. 

Lots of Love, Lunch, Coffee infused Desserts, Soup  and Bloggers-bonding happened at ITC #SunbeanArtOfCoffee event. The super Sweet surprise about #Sunbean coffee is that, even the cappuccino tastes naturally sweet without a spoonful of sugar.