In our cities, digital payments have become commonplace. We're astounded by how much more we can do with our finances online. Many of us have gone cashless due to the ease of use and accessibility. The increasing popularity and use of digital payments raises a critical question. How many of us have any idea what we're doing? Are we utilising all of the tools at our disposal as we try to wrap our heads around conducting online transactions?
Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transmitted by an infected female anopheles mosquito bite. It injects the parasite called Plasmodium into the bloodstream resulting in the infection. Eradicating mosquitoes completely from your surroundings is a difficult task. However, it is important to keep your surroundings clean to stay protected from a number of diseases. On World Malaria Day, let’s talk about ways in which you can prevent mosquito breeding.
The glittering, scintillating and resilient diamond is the zodiac gem for the month of April, often celebrated as the diamond month! De Beers Forevermark busts some of the most common myths associated with this scintillating gemstone to ensure that you are well informed before your next diamond purchase.
Hosting a party at home is one of the best ways to socialise and spend quality time with friends and family. Instead of having a busy bar or paying large sums to book a party space, consider a house party. But one must first design their home and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. The day promotes global awareness about environmental protection and conservation. This day brings with it a reminder to do better for our planet and take responsibility for a greener and better future. The theme of this year's Earth Day is 'Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do?' We all can make a difference and make this place a better place to live in by taking small steps. As we celebrate the 52nd Earth Day, make sure to remind your near and dear ones to protect the environment and do their bit to save the precious planet through quotes, greetings and messages.
Every year, April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. The special occasion dedicated to the planet was first observed in 1970 in the US and since then, every year, this day has been earmarked so that the urgency with which the planet needs to be protected from climate change and global warming is understood by one and all. The basic idea behind celebrating Earth Day is to change it all: the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate- so that stepping into a sustainable future is easier.
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to underscore the importance of environmental protection. The official theme for 2022 is 'Invest In Our Planet' and though the idea may seem daunting, it is easy to give back to the earth. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed." We could start by acknowledging that the earth and its bounties are a gift to us, and not privileges that we have earned. When we exploit its resources for our greed, we forget that this is the only home we have.
Ceramic and glass utensils are commonly used in everyone's homes. But in many places, utensils made of copper are still used. At the same time, some people use copper utensils for worship. It is considered very auspicious. Apart from this, there are many health benefits of using this metal. But like other utensils, copper utensils are not completely cleaned by just washing them. It is very difficult to clean them. If it is not cleaned properly, then it starts turning black within a few days.
Aromatherapy immediately strikes a nerve within us quite literally, for the most, it seems a familiar place but lost in memory and for the remaining it still remains a mystery as to how to use it correctly. It can have the effect of curing insomnia related to stress and even act as an aphrodisiac for a few. Available in different range be it Bath salts, candles, Diffusers and even online platform to promote the relaxing effect on us.
It is often argued whether taking a bath every day is necessary or not. Well, Germany's Bild newspaper on Saturday has come up with claims and reports that reveal the benefits of showering less. Amid the ongoing possibility of a complete ban on all the Russian energy imports, a newspaper article titled 'It's enough to wash THESE four body parts – Why the skin cleans itself if you let it,' mentioned conserving energy through individual actions. The Bild cited the example of Germany's economy minister, Robert Habeck who asked his fellow countrymen and women to cut back on their heating, sauna visits, and showers to help the country reduce its dependence on Russian energy.
Men love to keep a beard. Be it a designer stubble or a well-maintained bush, facial hair give a more masculine vibe and make you stand out from the crowd. Gone are the days when a clean-shaven face was considered ideal for men. Now, beards, moustaches and stubble are all the rage. If you have a beard, please be aware that it is a permanent fixture that requires dedication. It takes constant care and work to keep beards looking perfect. But it's well worth the effort.
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is preparing for her role as a fast bowler in the upcoming Netflix film Chakda Xpress. It is a biopic, inspired by the life of Indian record-breaking pacer Jhulan Goswami. Anushka is currently gearing to shoot for the film and before she faces the camera, the prep is on to look like a fast bowler and gain an athletic build. Since Anushka will be bowling in the movie, she was seen doing box jumps in her latest video on Instagram.
The world was practically placed in the state of house arrest as the pandemic-induced lockdowns came into force in multiple countries across the world over two years ago. It has been acknowledged by experts globally that the outbreak and the prolonged impact of the pandemic majorly impacted the physical as well as mental wellness of a number of people. Besides, the remote working and learning culture fostered by the new normal led to a number of lifestyle changes. Many have since written and spoken about how the path of spirituality could and in fact has been helping millions strike equilibrium of sorts in their life.
On the occasion of Ram Navami, Lord Rama was born. The day is marked by Rama Katha recitals or reading of Rama stories. Chaupai and prayers are also recited in praise of Lord Rama and there is the tradition of fasting and performing havan on this occasion. Lord Rama is the embodiment of virtue and the celebration of Rama Navami is done with full devotion and joy. Houses are decorated and idols of Lord Rama are beautifully decorated with flowers, clothes and jewels. On this occasion, while you devote your time and mind to the Lord's service, make sure keep your loved ones in your memory and send them wishes of Ram Navami.
The festival of Ram Navami is celebrated with gaiety all over the country. This time the festival of Ram Navami will be celebrated on April 10. Lord Shri Ram was born on the Navami day of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. It is celebrated as Ram Navami. According to astrology, by taking some measures on the day of Rm Navami, the blessings of happiness and prosperity can be found.
Productivity is the key to every entrepreneur's life. However, in this constant need to be productive and meet daily targets, one tends to lose out on the work-life balance that we so strongly advocate for our employees/teams to follow.
The holy festival of Navratri is coming to a close and with Ram Navami, the nine-day long auspicious occasion will be coming to an end. In various parts of the country, huge idols of Goddess Durga will be installed and she will be worshipped by devotees so that their sins are rid and wishes are fulfilled. As the festival is celebrated with enthusiasm across India, people also wish each other on this occasion. If you are also away from your loved ones and want to wish them on the occasion of Ashtami, send them some greetings, wishes, images and messages that follow.
Brainstorming sessions, product launches, pulling off all nighters or celebrating success with the team - office designs these days are not limited to boxed cubicles or stations, it's about creating invigorated spaces that fuel innovation and collaboration.
After a long, cold winter, we're all relieved to see the sun, but not the heat it brings. Your pet can't stay indoors all the time, and the sun isn't kind to them either. Fortunately, there are simple DIY methods for protecting your pet from the heat and keeping them cool.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated by people who are native to Maharashtra and Goa. This year, it will be celebrated on April 2. According to the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa is observed on the first day of the Chaitra month. It marks the start of a new year for Maharashtrians and Konkani Hindus. On this day, people clean their houses and decorate it with beautiful rangolis and mango and neem leaves. Besides this, the traditional Gudi flags are hoisted on the terrace or house exteriors.
The new wave of festive cheer is being observed as the holy month of Ramadan, also known as Ramazan or Ramzan or Ramzaan will start from April 2. It is the holy month in the Muslim Lunar Calendar. In the Islamic culture, it is considered to be the holiest month that spans 29-30 days. People observe fasts for the entire month of fasting and on the last day, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by people belonging to the Muslim community all around the world. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. It lasts between one sighting of the crescent moon and the next. It is said that Ramadan is the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad's first revelation.
Just like smartphone technologies have been around for years and are always developing and improving. Home tech products also utilise computers and other futuristic gadgets to perform a variety of automated tasks that are generally focused on one goal, making our life simpler. This trend has further picked up in the wake of the pandemic wherein homebuyers are now looking for smarter technology such as no-touch features, home automation, and applications that lessen the number of high touch points in homes.
Come April 1 and everyone will be trying to prank you, shouting 'It's April Fools''. Although the tradition of April Fools' has been around for years, still, many of us can't help but get fooled by our peers and family members on this day. Before we try to plan out our pranks, it is important to understand what April Fools' is about and where and how do people celebrate it?
Navratri is the nine days of celebration of the goddess Durga which is celebrated with much fervour. To mark the festival devotees observe fasting for a period of nine days in honour of the goddess. This year Chaitra Navratri will be starting from 2nd April. If you're planning to observe a fast for nine days, don't forget to keep a tab on your fasting methods. It is important to avoid health mishaps. Here are a few tips to conquer the fasting period and yet remain healthy:
The holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan will be commencing on April 2. For people of Muslim faith, this is a very crucial time as this is the month of abstinence and submission to Allah. For a complete month, Muslims observe fast from fajir or dawn ie before the sunrise to maghrib or dusk ie after the sunset. This period is marked by an increase in devotion to Allah but there are several rules to fasting or roza and praying that need to kept in mind if you are observing Ramadan.
Choosing a pair of shoes might look very easy but when it comes to choosing the perfect pair of shoes, things do get a bit tricky. Now the question that naturally comes to mind is what are those important factors that are needed to be considered to choose the perfect pair of shoes? Although there are multiple factors to consider, it is important to go with only the most important ones to make your process of selecting the right pair of shoes easier and more confusion-free. So without wasting much time, let's get started with the five most important things to consider before buying the right pair of shoes.
Navratri is the festival of Goddess Durga, who is associated with protection, strength, motherhood, destruction and wars in the Hindu culture. During the nine-day long festival, devotees observe fast and worship the Devi for courage. Each day of Navratri is devoted to a different avatar of the Goddess.
Researchers have demonstrated that the brain waves during sleep can determine the extent of an individual's propensity for risk. The research, published in the journal 'NeuroImage', shows slow waves occur during deep sleep and indicate good sleep quality and regeneration. "The fewer slow waves an individual has over their right prefrontal cortex during deep sleep, the greater their propensity for risk. Among other functions, this region of the brain is important to control one's own impulses," explained neuroscientist Daria Knoch.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues the tradition of wearing headgears from different states and cultures. On Wednesday, he along with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda were present at the swearing-in ceremony of Pushkar Singh Dhami as the 11th CM of Uttarakhand. For the event, PM Modi was spotted wearing a cap from Uttarakhand along with 'Brahma kamal', which is the state flower of Uttarakhand that blooms in the mountains. Boat-shaped, black in colour, and an embossed Brahma Kamal are what the cap consisted of.
Come summers and you will notice that your furry friends are behaving differently. Like humans, the changing weather also has an effect on animals. Especially during the summer season, pets require special care because of the rise in the temperature of the surroundings. Hot and humid conditions can have serious effects on the health of animals, whether they are adopted and have the privilege of a home or they are stray. Here are some tips that will help you keep you pets safe during summers.
Water is essential for the survival of all the living species on this planet. Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed to raise awareness about the significance of fresh water and the management of this natural resource. Even though water is available in plenty on Earth, only about 2.5 percent of it is fit for consumption. Rest all is saltwater, which cannot be consumed. Hence, it is our responsibility to conserve water for the future generations.
Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, is organising Putul Utsav, a puppet festival to mark World Puppetry Day on 21st March 2022. With India celebrating 75 years of independence, the theme of the festival is Azadi ke Rang, Putul Ke Sang in keeping with the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Whether we want to accept it or not, biologically men and women are very different. One of the important differences is in the way men and women use and store fat. Men on average have about 3 per cent essential fat as part of their composition - women have 12 per cent.
Holi is one of the most exciting festivals, especially for children, because it is colourful and messy! There are numerous ways for your children to have fun while also celebrating the festival of colours in an environmentally friendly manner. Here are some activities to get your kids excited about Holi:
Today, after Holika Puja, one should circumambulate or do parikrama of the Holi fire and put barley or wheat earring, gram, moong, rice, coconut, sugarcane, batashe etc. in the fire. Barley earrings should be roasted in the fire of Holi and eaten as prasad and distributed to everyone. After Holika Dahan, everyone should also smear themselves with the colors of Holi. Acharya Indu Prakash gives some measures by adopting which you can save yourself and your family from the evil eye.
The fun-filled Holi festival is here! The celebrations are usually filled with gulal, colours, water guns and water balloons. Amid all the excitement, we might just ingest colours through body parts exposed, including our eyes. Colours or other material often manage to get into our eyes impacting this extremely sensitive organ. Those wearing contact lenses should know that the lenses absorb Holi colours, and can thereby stick to the lens for long and damage them. And given that most of these colours contain harmful agents like industrial dyes, and alkalis, their impact on the eyes can be severe.
The time of Holi is near. This festival of colours brings happiness and joy to everyone's life. On this day people cherish delicacies like Gujiya, Papad, Dahi Bhalla and Thandai. While many like to enjoy the festival with food, others enjoy an addition of Bhang in their drinks and eatables. Bhang is almost essential in Holi parties as people love to lose control and enjoy with their friends and families. However, it is important to understand that overdose of bhang isn't good. It only leads to bad taste in good memories and leaves you with a severe headache.
Holi, the festival of colours, is a week away. With the pandemic showing signs of weakening, it is expected that the festival will be celebrated with full fervour in states across India. However, one must be careful during celebrations as COVID-19 has not really ended. On the other hand, Holi is synonymous with colours. People smear gulal on each other and even play with water on this occasion. In such conditions, it is imperative that proper care must be taken so that our vital organs, especially our eyes, are protected from harm.
The kidneys are two organs that are located in the lower back, one on each side of the spine. They are about the size of a clenched fist. The Nephron is the functional unit of the kidney and contains a specialized structure called the glomerulus within which filtration of blood occurs. There are about a million nephrons in a kidney. The kidneys have numerous functions that are vital to your well-being. Their main functions and a description of each are listed below.
If you are one of those who cannot end the night without cherishing a glass of wine along with good music and great company, you must have many empty discarded wine bottles in your storeroom. It's time to put them to use and bring out your creativity. Old wine bottles make for a beautiful decoration on your bedside tables or work best as planters on your balcony. They not just uplift the area but also add charm to it.
No Smoking Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of March every year. This time, it is falling on March 9. The day is designed as a time to reach out to friends or family members who suffer from nicotine addiction. On No Smoking Day, people are also encouraged to help others quit. Smoking not only puts the person using cigarettes actively in danger but affects those around him also. Today is the best day to give up on this vice.
Turning 40 is a major milestone for us. It is a halfway point by most life expectancy charts. This stresses the need to take better care of ourselves, both mentally and physically, be it exercise or focusing on the right nutrition.
In a span of seven years, Bhumi Pednekar has achieved a feat that many Bollywood actresses aspire to. She has not only broken stereotypes on the screen with films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Lust Stories and Saand Ki Aankh among others but also called out the bigotry in the industry & society. She has been a champion of women rights and girlchild education and uses her social media platform to spread awareness about body positivity, menstruation and climate change. In addition to these, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, intends to implement a year-long social campaign for which it has roped in the Bollywood actress.
Every year National Safety Day is celebrated on March 4 to raise awareness regarding safety and how to control accidents. It also stresses on the commitment towards safety. It is also intended to reaffirm employees’ and the general public’s commitment to working safely to avoid any danger to themselves and others.
The Indian wedding and events industry is one of the largest in the world. The industry is largely unorganized and highly fragmented, due to its sheer size and volume. As per the KPMG report on the Market Study of Matrimonial Services in India, the wedding industry was estimated to be INR 3,681 billion in 2016. Further, it is also estimated that over 10 million weddings take place annually in India, making it a highly lucrative space.
Wedding celebrations have always been big, fat, and more or less recession-proof in India. The unorganized Indian wedding industry has employed many people and is estimated to be running into billions.
In India, the change of weather is being experienced. The winters are going away making way for the summers. With this change in climate, mosquitoes are also back! No one is safe from these blood-sucking flies, who carry various diseases, some which can seriously affect our health. As we prepare for the warm season, we bring to you a sure shot therapy that will repel mosquitoes and let you enjoy life both indoors and outdoors.
When you hear the term "self-love", images of sheet masks or spontaneous road trips in films and spa days come to mind. However, self-love is more than this. It can take different forms for each of us. A rigorous Pilates workout can be as relaxing as a spa treatment. Self-love entails accepting your true self -- with all of the flaws and imperfections that make you unique as an individual.