Harsh times of truth era! #wowprompt

Those raised brows ,those unwanted shrugs! Those harsh glares, those grudge hunnhh! Those sudden walking away to drastic changing topics! This is what I get as a gift when I speak the truth! Telling truth someone is a loving act! Better said than believed. It’s experience that’s a part of this blog when I say I have gained major hatred and more grudges after I revealed the truth. Until I said a lie, everyone loved me. But, when the alphabets containing the syrup of truth Came pouring down the bottle, I guessed I was better left alone rather than given a company!

It’s not just once. There’s been multiple times when being honest suddenly was the biggest crime on the earth. Where you are boycotted because you were up to the expectation. The expectation of always being the spoiler, the truth revealed!

From the glares that I get in my office when I reveal in front of my boss how his so called good deeds aren’t actually a great thing in the eyes of his employee to letting him know that we are not gift providers or packers and movers to help him gladly in his wife’s domestic chores. To the times when I bluntly let him know how disappointed I feel when I get my salary after the first week of the month passes away. Believe me, his state is enough to dig holes in me when he gets a nasty little honest worker giving him lectures on punctuality on pays! Well, can’t it. He hired me on merit and carrying my merit is what I do so! Poor him, can’t fire me right away! Not that I’ll like it if he did that way.( honestly speaking)

I get to hear whispers behind my back! When? It’s when I tell the truth in front of my whole family. When I tell them how arrogant they can be in discriminating between their daughter and daughter in laws. It’s weird how just a simple comment said truthfully can bring a rush of anger in each of their faces.

Those spatted words of “look at yourself first before commenting on others” can actually make my whole being burnt with anger, to tell you the truth. Well, it’s an honest comment that they always ask for right? So when you reciprocate with the same thing, why do you get such comments in return is something that I always wonder. Hence, I only give them an answer when they insist a lot. Otherwise, in a world where truth brings you more insult than rape does, you better keep your mouth tight shut! (Isn’t this a truth too?)

Dedicating a paragraph to the digital world, remember suddenly finding your previously commented lines nowhere to be seen beyond someone’s status or picture on Facebook or instagram? Why? Well, because you wrote the truth and people just couldn’t bear all the others reading the truth and they choose to delete those comments and sometimes the whole post all together.

I think, before my whole post gets restricted to be entered in the reading list because of harsh truths revealed here, is better stop writing more. I think these examples speak volumes how I am often welcomed and treated when I speak the truth!

This post is a part ofWrite Over the Weekend, an initiative forIndian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ 

Getting ready for #MyFriendAlexa!

So, it’s the first time for me! I am all nervous and confused and searching all those articles on Alexa rank and browsing through twitter with the hashtag, #MyFriendAlexa and literally spamming blogchatter team there with my queries! Thanks God their patient and didn’t block me for this!

But I guess, I have got the main idea digested! It’s a blogging festival! A big one! That’ll eventually help me get a higher performance for my blog and not to forget getting the better ranking at its highness, Alexa. The lower I rank at Alexa, the higher I rank in the blogging world. Plus the interactions and genuine feedback’s I would be getting on my blog would be another positive factor to look forward to.

What’s more? For the love of reading, I get to read some varied works of numerous bloggers all so experienced and amazing writers because of this fest. A minimum of eight or many in one or many niches are welcome here too.

I guess, I should dedicate my September to a month full of variety of niches covered in this blogging fest. I would start a chain of blogs with genres and cover almost all aspects of lifestyle and other niches while we complete the fest. For example, my first blog would be on pregnancy stages while second can be on fashion styles. I can dedicate my third one for food and the fourth one for technology. Similarly, writing on travel for the fifth and finance for the sixth would be a great choice too. I am planning to let my seventh post be dedicated to food and eighth one for travel! Who knows I may even cross the eight figure and write more! May be the ninth one would be on parenting and tenth one can be on home decor ideas and I can even write an eleventh on fiction and more on parenting and more.

Let see if these ideas work and I can survive through this challenge after the A2Z challenge! Wish me luck and stay tuned for a month full of varied and exciting posts!

Distinguishing between the symptoms of chikungunya and dengue!

Knowing chikungunya and dengue.

Mosquitoes borne diseases are on a high since the last decade in India and other Asian countries. Out of these, dengue is often fatal and chikungunya can also lead to death in various cases. The cause of them both is mosquitoes bites though their sources lie from different mosquito families.

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On the onset of these diseases, experts get confused mostly detecting whether its dengue or chikungunya because the symptoms of dengue and that of chikungunya are almost similar with mild differences. Hence, medication often gets mislead and the process of curing the illness takes longer than usual. Today, let’s get discriminating the symptoms of both the fevers so that we get a better understanding of them.

chikungunya dengue symptoms

Dengue symptoms

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache
  • Pain in eyes
  • Body and joints pain
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Bleeding of nose.

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  • chikungunya symptoms

    Rashes
    Pain in joints with a slight swelling
    Nausea
    Headache and fever
    Vomiting.

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Discrimination between chikungunya and dengue!

  • In dengue fever, the incubation period is of about 3-7 days and remains for about 4-6 weeks while in chikungunya fever, the incubation period is of 1-10 days and it remains for about a fortnight.
  • Dengue fever carries high fever with severe headache, rashes and joint pains. In chikungunya, fever is accompanied with extreme joint pain and mild rashes.
  • Muscle pain is mostly around the back portion of arms and legs and there’s a high degree of joint pain on shoulders and knees. While is chikungunya, joint pain remains on hands and feet with some swelling at the area.
  • Dengue symptoms in adults includes heavy bleeding sometimes from nose too.
  • Rashes are mostly experienced on the face in dengue while in chikungunya, the rashes can be felt on the face, trunk, lips, palm and face.

Preventive measures! While we know both of the diseases have no proper vaccines till recently, it’s important to follow the precautions religiously to avoid the onset of these dangerous diseases.

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  • Wearing of full sleeves clothes to avoid exposing the skin to mosquito bites.
  • Using of effective and skin friendly mosquito repellent creams like GoodKnight mosquito repellent skin gel.
  • When outdoors, keeping the kids safe by using mosquito repellent patches.
  • Closing off the windows after sunset or using the mosquito repellent machines at home.

Just remember being aware of these diseases and using preventing measures to avoid it and experiencing the pain of it and the painful efforts that goes in curing it!

 

I grew up….

She felt the chill pass through her veins when the drop kissed her forehead! Then came another, one more and tip, tip, tip, the rain started. She veiled her face with her file and ran to the nearest small local cafe. People were already rushing to get saved from rains. Luckily, she caught a chair at a small table and ordered tea. She gazed out, sighed, it’s rains again, already! No wonder the scorching heat was unbearable but the rains, more nuisance. Stressed! She felt, deep in her thoughts, she gazed out.

That feeling when the room went dark and she was sneaking out of the window to find the grey formation of clouds around and screeching with delight watching them,”Mummy, it’s going to start raining, yay! Yay!” And this catching a glimpse of dark clouds and crying out silently,” The trains are going to be late, shit!” She grew up!

Opening up her little palms, enjoying the kisses of those cold droplets on her hands, trying to collect them all in her tiny clutches and now wiping her hands as soon as they got wet from rains, she grew up!

Closing her eyes, giving in herself to the sky, let the clouds get a better view of her face as they pour some rainy love on it to now shielding it with something so that her make up didn’t fade away, she grew up! I bet her wet innocence was more attractive than her dry make up!

Splash! Splash! One foot after the other and giggling loudly as she dashed through the paths after her friends to now double folding her denims and keeping each step lightly so that don’t even the slippers get some dirt of the rainy streets, She grew up!

Dancing freely to get more wetter than she already was to now hugging herself even more so as to avoid the drenched form, she grew up!

From enjoying the rainy long days from within the window to worrying about getting the washed clothes dry, she grew up!

A sigh passed her lips as she frowned thinking, the rains are the same as they were then, the grey colour of the clouds when it’s about to rain has been their tradition since infinity, the green grasses getting soft and muddy and the formation of those tiny puddles have been as it has been since years! Then what changed? Why can’t the rains now be the same as they were then?

what made her actually grow up? She glanced at the watch hanging, time? Time just passes, growing up is mandate, but time doesn’t restrict you from enjoying something that’s naturally beautiful! Then what? She saw the rush, she knew the answer already!!

The voices were clear even today, “wash off your feet, you splashed the whole puddle on your legs, wash them vigorously.” “Shhh! Don’t scream on just the sounds of the rains, so silly it looks!” “Why did you get drenched? You should have stood under some roof.” “Hey, change fast.You’ll catch cold otherwise.” These statements, these repeated commands, some way or another left a mark on her memory and ultimately her life.

It was the society! The society that forced her to grow up, the people around who created norms and broke them according to their conveniences and carved the same prints to the younger minds, just because they have been passed the inheritance of the same. This society which gradually changed the fun associated with nature into nuisance and the growing minds readily agreed to it and grew up defining it the same way to carry this tradition forward.

Growing up doesn’t means giving up joy and innocence, it’s rather a process to increase the same by passing it out to others. She stood up, smiled widely and knew what to do next!

The small crowd gathered near the cafe were smiling watching the lady who was enjoying rains with little kids of the area, as if she was one if them, as if she wasn’t a grown up!

The beach life!

Rejuvenating you souls is just such an awesome feeling! Travelling is another amazing way to rejuvenate yourselves. And what could be more heavenly to relax, have a gala time near the beach! Those fresh waves kissing your feet, those salty ambience around you that engulfs you sweetly. That soft sand dropping away below your feet and those enthralling view of sunset testing you while you just gaze out there relaxing.

Beach life can be enticing! Imagine living in a villa that opens up at your private beach. Your privacy while you swim those chilling, soft waves cam be such heavenly. The solitude you feel when you just sunbath lying on the beach sand soaking yourself on the soft sands beyond your back can be an enriching experience too.

When it comes to public beaches, there are innumerable tourists places offering you some amazing and breathtaking destinations that can prove astounding for a brief beach holiday. Which other place than Goa in India can give you a perfect beach experience along with the exciting water sports to add some glam to it. Not to forget the huge variants of multi cuisine stalls at the beach side giving your soul some scrumptious food options to choose from. The shopping spree that you can feel after glancing at the local and handcrafted items you get there is extremely natural too. A perfectly consuming, fun filled three/ four days holiday can be rejuvenating and refreshing for everyone who love beaches.

Another great beach that india prides in having is Andaman and Nicobar islands. The excotic and natural range of islands consists of dozens of beach that are embossed with amazing natural beauty. The scenic views and captivating views are enough to glam up your beach holiday here. You need atleast a week’s holiday to explore the islands that opened up for tourists and enjoy the calmness of the beach.

Maldives is a global beach that’s what I say it! The sophisticated beaches having the most captivating sea is a famous retreat for beach logon travellers. Huge lines of trees and pure and rushing water and clear and soft sand, that’s what you can expect from Maldives. A holiday for atleast ten days is worth to enjoy a fun time out here.

Miami is another beach that welcomes you with open arms are stunning sand and sea combo. This world famous beach destination has lakhs of people visiting it throughout the year and still has some space left for more beach lovers. You just can’t enough of the surfing and water sports activities here along with the beautiful climate enough to give you a healthy tan.

There are more, some incredibly natural gift of nature in the form of beaches along the world are awaiting explorers to have a glorious time on their sand. But oh human, are you so busy running behind the virtual world that out can’t spare a short holiday captivating the soul of natural beauty around you?

Breathefresh vayu bags- A perfect solution for indoor air pollution!

Indoor air pollution!

Indoor air pollution is real! The daily use of electrical’s, chemicals in perfumes or room fresheners, pesticides, plantations, the continuous cooking and household works all are responsible for lots of toxins in air. The dust that enters the house through windows, footwear, rain wears and after kids outdoor play is humungous. These all contribute a lot to the air pollution in houses. These indoor pollutions are double as dangerous as the outdoor pollution is! While you just pass on the outdoor pollution sources as we keep on commuting, while we stay indoors, we are in continuous contact with these pollutants. Hence, major breathing issues can be caused with these reasons.

Breathefresh
Breathe Fresh looked into this issue with the seriousness it deserves and brought about a range of beneficial, natural products that can help us deal with indoor pollution. These products are easily accessible through their site BreathFresh.in and on Amazon also. They are affordable and have all natural ingredients, hence they negate the side effects of air-borne chemicals in our houses. Varying from Air Purifying bags to natural Air purifier with anti-bacterial essential oil these products can be easily placed around the house to absorb the pollutants present in the air. Hence, providing a cleaner, fresh and pure atmosphere within the house.

Vayu bags from Breathefresh

I recently used Vayu bags from BreatheFresh, the only advanced air purifying bags with three layer technology providing maximum coverage of gases commonly present in the houses. Some of the benefits of using it are:

  • It absorbs excess moisture from humid and musty corners.

  • Keeps away the mold, mildew, bacteria and allergens.

  • Naturally removes odour.

  • As it’s made up of natural ingredients like activated charcoal, hence it doesn’t adversely affect in any sense.

Where to place it!

Just hang it in your wardrobe with your clothes or in your bathroom to let it absorb humidity and smell. Or place it in your car as an air purifier. You can also place in refrigerators to avoid smell mixing from various foods. You can place them in your travel bags too, it will keep all your belongings fresh.

My personal experience

I reside on twenty fifth floor, hence along with the breeze, there enters a lot of dust too. These dust particles often formed layers on our open bookshelf and this resulted in allergic bronchitis for my daughter. The unavoidable situation called for a safety measure that should be both natural, without any side effects and effective to cope up with the large amount of dust particles entering the place because of strong breeze.

Vayu bag seemed to fit in the criteria perfectly. I just placed it along the bookshelf that’s most frequently used by my kids at home. The effect on it was visible from the first day. I actually saw a rapid decrease in her breathing issues within a week of usage. We also got away with the flies and small insects that used to often gather around the books each day.

Seeing this my husband got so impressed with its natural ingredients and positive effects within days that he ordered one for his travelling needs as well.

He often goes for road trips for longer distance and hence always complains about his belongings stinking, due to excess moisture and even dampening of clothes sometimes. This had previously got him embarrassed a lot of time.

We just placed Breathefresh’s Vayu bag between his clothes while he travelled from Mumbai to Ajmer this time for a road trip. Quite surprisingly, even after rains being on a very scale during most of the trip and the bags being packed for more than fourty eight hours, there was no damp smell, no dampness between the clothes. And this had no side effects on clothes colour or other expensive materials present in the bag.

I have actually pre-ordered some more of these Vayu bags for my new house too. I’m pretty sure this will definitely be more useful to absorb the fresh paint smell in the new house that’s actually quite dangerous for children.

Hence, as a mother, a home maker and a lifestyle blogger, my review for breathefresh Vayu bags is a big thumbs up. It really works wonders to capture the unwanted smell and dangerous dust particles at home while keeping air fresh and germ free naturally.

If you care for your health and your family’s health, want to live in a home that’s actually sweet with no unbearable odours and is free of any type of harmful chemicals, I am sure you would love check these wide range of air purifying products from Breathe Fresh.

Andaman and Nicobar islands- Peaceful, serenic retreat for travellers!

The traveller you are!

There are various types of travellers across the globe! Some love adventurous trips, while some enjoy the romantic beauty of nature! Some explore the global markets greedily, while are content with the museums and archileogical history of a country! Today’s, post is dedicated for those travellers who love exploring the bounties of mother nature! They find solace in viewing the natural serenity and counting the unique inventions of nature in the form of flora and fauna! Its also for those wandering souls who love amazing around on natural beaches gazing the sun in peace! So, let’s explore the lush and rich islands today which also prides in having some really amazing beaches of its kind.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Andaman and Nicobar islands, one of the seven territories of India that lies proudly between the Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea is actually a group of 600 kush islands in the Bay of Bengal with only 9 accessible to tourists. The one place that tend to have it all! From astounding coves to varied marine life, from lush,dense forests to crystal clear and pure water, from mangroves to a diversed wild life! You name it, this island is surely blessed in every manner!

The rich islands!

You can visit this amazing, rich gifted island to find around 6,400 species of fauna, approximately 240 types of stunning birds, rarely viewed animals like spotted deer, wild boar, gecko, Python,etc. The natural beauty with some extremely scenic views, some of the Asia’s best beaches and adventurous water sports are a part of this lovable island too.

Places to visit

Port Blair, the famous city with a history that takes you back to the pre British period of India . When here, you can explore the Chatham Saw mill, oldest and largest mill in Asia, check the Forest Museum, Fisheries Museum and Cottage Industries Emporium called Sagarika. The famous Cellular Jail which was called Kaala Paani back to the black and white days will transfer you back to time. The Andamans have the most exotic and some exceptional beaches that are famous round the globe. The Wandoor beach, Elephant Beach, Sitapur Beach, Bharatpur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach and Radhanagar Beach. The calmness and the serenity here together guarantees some perfect time spent out here.

You can also get a chance to try out a number of water sports such as Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sea Walk etc. at any Radhanagar beach or Elephanta beach. The other beaches are open with these sports too.

A ferry to Havelock Islands gives you an amazing opportunity to gaze at the captivating, pure and crystal clear sea.

Where to stay:

The keys hotel aqua green, Hotel Sentinel, Hotel king saffire are some of the luxury stay options at Port Blair while hotel Horizon view, Dev mahal and Lal bagh ecofriendly resort are some of the budget stay options available.

Foodie’s delight

Food plays an essential role when visiting any place. As each destination has its own staple food, so does the Andaman and Nicobar islands have too! Located amidst the sea from all the sides, sea food is their speciality and staple diet here. You can get a variety of unexplored sea food available at the local restaurants all of them tasting better than another. With the growing trend of tourism here, they have also adopted multiple cuisines like Chinese, North Indian cuisine, etc. You can try eating out at Annapurna restaurant, Waves, Corbyn’s Delight, Bay Island Hotel Restaurant, Hotel Kattabomman, Mehmaan- The Restaurant, Royal Palace and Vegan Creek.

When to visit

Although the islands and the serenic beauty here welcomes you with open arms throughout out the year, Oct-Jun is still the best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar islands. The weather here remains hroughout the year with summers heating upto 35 degrees and winters getting down to 15 degrees. However, October to May is more advisable to visit with mild, moderate climatic conditions.

Well, now you know where to plan your next holiday when you feel you need to destress and explore the botanic beauty some more!

Easiest and superfast ways to prevent mosquito borne diseases!

When the competition around is strong and the need to excel is extreme, you just can’t afford to get ill at any cost! But, the main concern here is, when you are surrounded by dangerous chemicals, pollution and deadly mosquitoes, how is it possible to stay healthy and uptight always?

Moms and mosquitoes

As moms, we are always so protective of our kids, be it their well-being or their health. We make sure they get pure water, hygienic surroundings, etc. so that the increasing pollution and impurities don’t hinder their growth. But, do you know even with so much hygiene around, with greeneries that benefit you so much, with cleanliness and germ free precautions you can actually be bitten by mosquitoes?

Yes, the major cause of dangerous diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus, are mosquitoes and they can invade your surroundings at any time. No matter if it is day time or night time, if your house is clean or if it is dirty, mosquitoes can still dwell around you.

Rapid protection against mosquitoes needed

So, in this rapid lifestyle, where we don’t even have the time to visit a doctor according to the monthly schedule, can we provide guaranteed mosquito protection for our kids and family? When our kids are always in a hurry and pressure to keep on going in and out of the house, is it possible for us to keep them guarded from these mosquitoes?

The answer to this is, yes, of course! With these quick tips, mosquito protection on the go is now possible!

Full covered clothing

The best way to keep your kids protected against mosquito bites is to keep them fully covered. Opt for track suits which have full length sleeves and pants that are ankle length to hide the maximum bite area.

Regular use of sanitizer

Using hand sanitizers are one of the important ways from preventing the mosquito bites. Kids tend to regular munch something or the other within short time span and often avoid keeping their hands clean. This, results in mosquitoes being attracted to them. Hence, a regular use of hand sanitizers after each short snack would prove helpful in preventing mosquito bites.

On the go mosquito repellents

The super-fast generation nowadays needs a super-fast and an effective mosquito repellent such as the Goodknight Fabric Roll-On and the Goodknight Patches.

These products are made using 100% natural ingredients and recommended by paediatricians too. The Goodknight Fabric Roll-On with 4 dots on your kid’s clothes protects him/her from all kinds of mosquitoes. The Goodknight Patches are available in fun designs and once stuck onto your kid’s clothes, provide mosquito-protection.

By following these simple steps, you can easily protect your kids from the dangerous onset if mosquito borne diseases even when you are on the go!

Products that work best for toddlers

Being mommy!

Having babies is the sweetest feeling in the world! But the duties and demands increase as the baby grows! The most challenging phase of motherhood is when our cute babies start toddling around the house! The naughty toddlers are unstoppable, they are always on the go, always on some important task that just can’t be left undone.

It’s surely one of the most trickiest times for moms when we know that the moment we avert our gaze, these munchkins are going to start munching anything that’s around, they are going to climb the stairs and shelves which they shouldn’t at all. Keeping them protected at home is a tough task, let alone the times when they go outdoors for an evening stroll at the park or for a visit to their aunt’s place.

The fear of mosquito borne diseases

This is the time when we have to protect them more as they are most likely to be bitten by mosquitoes which cause dangerous diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya and the Zika virus. These mosquitoes can strive just anywhere and everywhere and your toddlers are at a risk of getting bitten by them just as any other individual could.

Toddlers and protecting them

For grownups and babies we can take the necessary precautions to keep them safe from mosquito bites in several ways, but for toddlers, it becomes challenging as they are always running here and there and are extremely fidgety too.

My recommendation

Thus, as a mom, with a personal, satisfactory experience, I recommend Goodknight Fabric Roll-On. A simple mosquito repellent, most suitable for infants and kids which is paediatrician approved and made using natural ingredients. Just 4 dots on your child’s clothes and whoaa! They are totally protected from those pesky mosquitoes.

These are amazing too

Even the Goodknight Patches are extremely suitable for toddlers. They come in animated designs with Chhota Bheem and are totally effective on mosquitoes.

With these simple Goodknight repellents, make sure your toddlers are protected from harmful diseases and are the same naughty souls without any worries!