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Embracing richness of Indian Traditions...

Ever thought, why a certain calmness prevails over as soon as we enter our temples or take part in any religious celebrations in our homes or anywhere. Is this a magic? 


There must be some magic or perhaps it is the aura created by the soothing fragrances coming out from the sacred herbs used in the celebrations / auspicious occasions. Since ancient times, people in India have been using natural fragrances of Loban, Guggal and Dhoop Sticks on various occasions. Even Ayurveda has given due emphasis on effect of using natural fragrances on overall wellbeing as well as purifying the environment. Loban and Guggal are the herbs, widely used in households, Ashrams, Temples, Gurudwara, Yoga centres, meditation sessions, etc.

 

Would like to mention specifically about Loban (Gum Benzoin), which is also considered as a good medicine in Ayurveda and has a great significance in spreading positive vibes and purifying the environment. Granules of Loban are regularly burnt in places of worship and meditation centres to create an atmosphere conducive for holy rituals and other activities. Inhaling Loban fumes is beneficial in calming the mind, stopping vomiting, treatment of cough, reducing abdominal pain and arthritis. Spiritually Loban is used to elevate the energy level by cleansing and unblocking the human body energy centres.

 

Pure Loban is yellow in colour and is infested with antiseptic properties and daily use of Loban in evenings is helpful in keeping pests/ insects out of the house, naturally. My father regularly fumes Loban in the evenings and spread the fumes in the entire house. After spreading of Loban fumes, the house atmosphere gets relaxing. He used to burn the Loban in an open diya to spread the fumes around the house, till I found this beautiful, easy to handle and antique looking Brass Loban Fumer -

Only problem with Loban burnt in an open diya or in a plate is that it must be kept at safe place and away from reach of kids, however this Brass Loban Fumer is safe to use and can be placed anywhere. At times kids also enjoy spreading the fumes in entire house.


To generate Loban fumes and spread the aroma, either you can use ready to burn Loban cups available in markets or burn the Loban granules with some Havan Samagri or with a small portion of dhoop. I prepared a base from dhoop to fume loban granules: 

Inhaling Loban aroma calms the mind and help in reducing chest secretions. Loban fumes are a traditional and spiritual means to uplift the energy levels and has been used for centuries by saints and kings. Feel the richness of Indian royalty in your home with this LOBAN FUMER casted in brass. Greenish texture on the intricate design makes it even more appealing and an endearing Lifestyle accessory. The Fumer ensures slow burning of Loban and long-lasting fumes.

 

Not only Loban, the Fumer can be used for placing Nagchampa and Patchouli dhoop cones. Soothing aromas of Nag Champa and Patchouli in charcoal-free dhoop cones will help uplifting your mood.


Stand to place the dhoop cones is also included with the package. Just ignite the cone and relax. Unless the stand is disturbed, the residual ash from the dhoop cones will not fall down. Each packet came with 40 dhoop cones to ensure at least a month of relaxing atmosphere. 


These dhoop cones are made with organic ingredients and hand-rolled by women artisans keeping  your wellness in mind. With every EK Dhoop stick that you light, you bring our rich traditions roots and wellness to your homes. 


I have received following 3 items from WorldofEK; Brass Loban Fumer, two packets of Dhoop Cones and one Green leaf textured Ceramic Mug:


I received the above items in this packing:


Going by the size of the items, one packet would have been sufficient to put all the 3 items together, so initially I thought that “Over packing”. However, when I opened the packets, I realised the due care and efforts by EK team to ensure the items are transported without any possibility of wear and tear during the transit.


·    Packing - As I always say, packing is the last activity for the Seller but is the first impression for the Buyer. I will give full marks for the packing and will surely be not bothered about any damage to even fragile items during transportation by WorldofEK.
·  Appearance - Preparing an Antique is a time taking process. The Brass Fumer is worth the amount you spend.

·    Delivery Time - Received the items on 3rd day from day of ordering.
·    Ease of Use - Lift the lid of Brass Loban Fumer, put the Dhoop/ Loban or Guggal and enjoy Aromatherapy. Need not worry about spillage of ashes.

As the emphasis for natural and holistic well-being is garnering steam especially after the recent Pandemic era, better to try our natural and traditional recipes for overall well being. Along with improving the well being, the Brass Fumer will be a coveted addition to your Elite Lifestyle choices.


This is me, soaking in the Aromatherapy with the fragrance of Patchouli Dhoop cone placed inside Brass Fumer and enjoying a Herbal Tea in this beautiful Green leaf textured Ceramic Mug to relax after a day's hard work:

The size of mug is just perfect for an extended late evening coffee or Tea session with family or friends or for relaxing in solace.


About EK: World of EK is an initiative by Ektaa R. Kapoor to bring the best of India to our homes. The products are designed thoughtfully keeping in mind the impact they have on one's well-being- the material, designs/patterns used in the products have a deep-rooted significance in Indian culture. Most of the products are handcrafted by artisans to promote Indian craftmanship.


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Handmade Rustic Wall Shelves

Plain Walls may appear clean and elegant to many, however in actual plain walls are an opponent to creative and vibrant living space. Collecting original artefacts and art pieces is not an easy task as well. So how to illuminate the boring plain walls? There must be an affordable way to invigorate your home walls, while keeping exclusivity intact.

 

One fine day, I received these wonderful Royal Rustic Hexagonal Wall Shelves, as a gift from Exclusivelane.com.

 

The Product: Burned Wood, to be specific Mango Wood and thereafter painted with rustic green shades immediately took me back to the memory lane to the doors of our ancestral house in Rajasthan. Inspired from the rustic doors of Rajasthan, these Wall Shelves serves as the perfect souvenir that dates back to centuries’ old tradition.

 

Mechanical Engineer inside me was all excited and I was ready with my toolkit to fix these shelves on the Wall. Though I used the drill machine to drill the holes in the wall, but normal nails pushed inside the wall with a hammer can be also used to hang the shelves. Each Shelf has 2 concealed holes at the back for hanging on the wall.

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And they happily Gifted Ever after

And finally there was a much cherished smile on her face. 

I was relieved for a moment, but the analytics were anxiously analyzing if the smile was indeed genuine appreciation or was just a receipt acknowledgement, like the normal practice over past few years. So next few days were spent in careful observation and finally getting a confirmation that I have pulled off a miracle, with an awesome Gift this time. Finally, I was Happy OYE.

Being an engineer I have been regularly accused of being a calculator/ someone who can solve any problem on the earth but cannot select a proper gift for occasions. Situation was not different this time, as my marriage anniversary was approaching and I was again searching for that Perfect Gift, as usual scared/ terrified and confused on what to GIFT. So to be on a safer side I was again placing my bets on yet another COFFE MUG for this year as well, albeit with a different picture. However, I have exhausted more or less all the pictures for the cause as well. 

The problem we face, is what to Gift and where to find such a gift that conveys exactly what you want to communicate. If my better half reads this post somehow, she should believe that I have had tried number of websites and shops for that special gift, but somehow was unable to find that just right Gift, my kind of Gift - remember Maddy from RHTDM movie. Perhaps like many gift shoppers, I was unsure about what to look for and always used to feel insecure about the selection.

Finally some Angel must have felt pity on me helpless state and I somehow landed on a website which offered numerous options for personalized gifting. I found the gifting options so unique that frankly it took some time for me to let the ideas settle in my mind and synchronize with my ideas to the available gifts. I spent about a couple of days exploring the site and this was the selected one (Combo of Mirror greeting, Personalized Coffee Mug and Lit for You bottle) which swiftly got delivered. I only had to make the settings for a romantic evening -

The expression of my better half conveyed that Gift has won the day for me. 

First one which comes to notice is the Coffee Mug. The actual name of this mug is Happy Mug and is hyper personalized with every possible liking of your beloved and in fact many things that describe your favorite person. Prior to this, I always used to think all these small things do not / may not matter. But I was wrong, as I was realized now the importance and meaning of such small points. The feedback on this was an OYE HAPPY moment. 

Mirror Greeting comes with a lovely playful message - Content inside the Card with a mirror reads ‘There was a very close call between baby pandas and you and the mirror has chosen you’. No worries whomsoever will open this will surely be going to fall for you.

Lit for You, a small jar –   

Your question is not the packing box and you can get the feedback with a click; this small jar is equipped with a battery operated light. Your partner has to just flick the button to say YES. Very handy, in case your partner believes communicating/ you understand without words. 

While writing this post and recalling this gifting exercise, I realized in the process that for a Happy relationship, there has to be something more than just Passion and Love; a genuine liking and this liking needs to be reinforced time and again to your beloved. Writing is easy, speaking is better but best expressed with a meaningful GIFT, for an OYE Happy HAPPY OYE moment

Last but not the least, the packaging. Packaging may be the last activity for the sender, but it is the first one to be noticed by the receiver. Study cardboard box, well wrapped mug and nicely accommodated other 2 items.

To summarize – Now I will be no more scared about finding that Gift and now actually waiting for next occasion. Very sure such personally crafted gifts by OYE Happy, https://www.oyehappy.com/ will keep the buyers bonded with the site, the way their Gifts will keep the loved ones together forever.

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MODWAYS - Magic Business Planner

At first glance it was just like any other Business Planner when I received the packet. So, I quietly kept it inside my bag and went home. Honestly, I had no idea that this Business Planner is a Pandora’s Box waiting to be explored, sorry to be opened. Can’t help, being an offbeat explorer!

At night while taking this diary out of my bag, noticed the Wi-Fi symbol on the front cover and a small push button. Curious I, checked it closely to find a well-crafted Push-Button (actually Power/ ON-OFF button) into the outer covering. 

Is it just any other diary, my thoughts went into a toss? At that moment I noticed that back side covering is quite thick, unlike regular such planners. What the hell it is? So, I turned over to the inside of the back covering to find this crafted arrangement of cables in well carved cavities. Now I was completely shocked and confused as what these cables are doing here.

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Modern Stylish Tallboy - Hyundai All New Santro

Way back in the 1990's a relatively unknown name from South Korea entered the Indian car market and dared to compete with well established Maurti, Ambassador and Tata. It was the time, when compact/ small car buyers were accustomed to small engines and a features deficit product. It was then, Hyundai introduced the Santro, which claimed to offer superior technology, features, space and interior quality, that were often neglected or better unheard till then. Most important Santro offered "Power Steering" as standard fitment and made driving a comfortable affair.

Very soon Santro was the preferred choice for Indian Car buyers and changed the dynamics of Indian Automobile Sector. Sales figures are sufficient enough to indicate the magic Santro left on its proud owners. 
  • From 58,646 in 1999, sales figure reached to 65,515 in 2000. 
  • Trust and excitement continued with average sales nearing 1 Lac per year over the next decade. 
  • November 2006 - Santro crosses 10 Lac sales in eight years.
Despite high demand, Santro was discontinued in 2015 after 16 years of love affair with Indian Roads. It was a heart break moment for numerous Car Lovers across the country, however the memories never left the Indian Car Buyers. 

23rd October 2018 was the day when Santro made a comeback to rule the Indian roads. At a Grand launch ceremony attended by Shahrukh Khan, Media and leading Bloggers from India, curtains were pulled off from "All New Santro". 
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Urby Mens Wallet - Your Style, Your Choice

“You are entirely up to you”.
Your walk, your watch and your pen which you use outline the first impression about your personality. Rightly pointed out that your personality is the mirror where others see your image. Wait a minute, I forgot about the most important one, "YOUR WALLET" – the source of all other style statement items.
Your choice of wallet speaks a lot about you: that can be represented through a variety of options including card cases, bi-folds, phone/travel wallets, and/or money clips. Time to put your money where your money belongs, with due respect it deserves.

Was thinking of such kind of distinct wallet for some time. Finally got this Carnelian Red Mens wallet. I was travelling at the time when this wallet was delivered at my home. When my father received this wallet, he got a bit confused and called me to inform that I have received something very expensive! Full marks to the packing.

With your name embossed, it is an ideal style companion to be carried around. Pleasing mix of Golden embossing on Carnelian Red is enticing and eye-catching. In case you like to have your name printed in any other colour, option of personalization is also there. Not just pleasing look, the quality leather is soft to touch and gives a premium feel to your wallet, which it duly deserves.

Have been using the fully loaded wallet for more than a couple of weeks, there have been ZERO crumble impression anywhere on the wallet. Despite being fully loaded with your cards, the wallet does not give a bulky feeling and can be comfortably placed in your hip pocket as well. The wallet isn't just pretty but has been crafted out of top grain leather. It is a quality product that will last.




Despite a slim look, the wallet has ample slots for your cards, payment receipts/ bills and necessary identity documents. Zipper slot for coins is a welcome addition to prevent any accidental rolling of coins.

Many wallets look amazing from outside, but the quality of internal fabric at times do not match up with the external extravaganza. With due time, card slots gets overlapped as the internal fabric has given away or the stitching has called it a day much before your expectations. However, the interiors of this Carnelian Red wallet have been ideally supported by rich satin fabric, which not only gives interior a premium feel but well compliments with the outer finishing of this wallet.

From external and from inside the wallet is very well made. With sturdy stitching and absolutely no loose threads, the product is living up to the high standards of quality. Having used myself, I am convinced that the quality wallets from Urby will surely last for years unless if you don’t throw them in the fire or drop them out of a plane. Wallet specifications as follows:
  • Dimensions: “11.2 cm x 9.7 cm” – Easy to fit inside your pocket
  • 1 main slot for cash and other documents
  • 6 easy-access card slots
  • 3 slip in pockets for cards/ bills
  • Zip slot for coins and more
  • Rich dual tone poly satin interior for slim finish
  • Comes encased in a drawstring bag for protection
At times, the product on many online websites do not match with the actual delivered product. However, in case of this Urby Wallet, the product in fact looks better than the images posted on their website. With this level of honest commitment to quality, perhaps Urby will surely receive the best publicity, that is “The Word of Mouth”.
Personalized Men’s leather wallet, Engraved leather wallet is the perfect Men’s gift. Printed with the name of your choice, this customized wallet will be displayed with pride for years to come. Great gift for Groomsmen, Friends, Husbands and Fathers alike.
Not only for Men, Urby stocks some fantastic collection of wallets for Women as well. May be you can think of surprising your Mom, your sister, your better half or your girlfriend as well.
Urby is a direct to customer, lifestyle and accessories brand. Urby designs and manufactures essentials for an urban lifestyle using the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship. I will recommend to check their website (www.urby.in) for awesome "Made in India" products.
Thank you Urby for this wonderful wallet. Views expressed in this article are my own.
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Wander wheels - Hyundai ‘Next Gen Verna’...

Hyundai Verna is one of the globally acclaimed offerings from Hyundai with over 8.8 million Customers in more than 66 countries and already 3.19 lakh units sold in India.


Sporty and dynamic looks blended with luxurious interiors, Next Gen Verna is all set to redefine Premium Brand Statement. Since its launch on 22nd July 2017, the car is quickly becoming a vehicle of preference for the Indian customers.


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Documents Safety while travel - Passport Holder

That was the time when I was enjoying every moment of trekking in the snow-capped peaks of Suraksan mountains in South Korea. Excitement of the solo trekking continued even on my return. While I was about to call it a day, I noticed something strange about the passport.
It was the time to go into the flashback. To avoid any accidental slipping of passport while trekking, the passport was securely placed in the front pocket of my woolen shirt and there were layers of more warm clothing wrapped around to withstand temperatures up to -160C. Due to rigors of the trekking the heat generated inside the layers of warm clothing, the lamination of the passport had peeled away from the first and last pages of the passport.

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