Sunday, October 18, 2020

A promise to self for better health, metabolism and immunity!

The year 2020 has taught us many lessons. Lessons including how important it is to be fit and have a good immunity, how important it is to save money for uncertain times, and to cherish every moment with loved ones.

The first few months of the lockdown took a toll on my overall health. Lack of physical movement, the constant stress of household chores and increased working hours, PMS and irregular periods, stress headaches and also a couple of dehydration/low BP led fainting spells! That was the alarm my body was giving me to take care of it, after all, your body is the only real asset you have.

The last couple of months I have been working consistently on making myself fitter. No fad diets nor overtly exerting my body with challenging fitness routines, but taking it slowly and steadily making sure I am enjoying the routine and not finding it stressful. Here are my 3 steps towards a fitter self:

1. Yoga & Meditation

Pranayam and yoga helps cool down and relax the body, the stretches are needed to untie the knots and give yourself more flexibility and keep you fit overall. Meditation is of so much importance when you're feeling stressed out too. I am following online tutorials and instructors and every class leaves me feeling blissful and rejuvenated. 

2. Nutritional Supplements

We are not spending time outside in the sun, and overall need better immunity to help fight the virus - hence intake of Vitamin C and D is very important. But that's not all, I am also using Enlightlife Metabolism & Essential Electrolytes Kit to tackle the dehydration/fainting spells and increase my metabolism, which otherwise was really low.

Enlightlife has a wide variety of health supplements catering to different needs and problems. I love their metabolism kit that includes chia seeds and aapro bean, you let the chia seeds soak overnight, and then in the morning mix in some aapro bean powder, stir and drink! They also suggest to add some honey and a dash of lemon for it to taste better, but I have not been doing that, and have gotten used to the drink now!

They also have some very interesting products like Tenderich coconut powder to mix with water and drink (after all where are you going to regularly get coconuts in the lockdown) - totally needed to balance the body's electrolytes. I was actually prescribed coconut water by the doctor, so this one is a boon for me. Other interesting products include Turmerich which basically is a haldi+pepper concoction with some mango pulp to make it tasty, also there is this super cute sized Aaprobean Peanut Butter Cocoa Truffle Bar which can give you instant energy before or after a workout! The packaging is so compact that I will definitely buy more to carry in my bag always - to combat sudden hunger pangs or give myself that little boost when I am feeling a little weak.

3. Dance Fitness

I used to go for Zumba classes thrice a week till last year and it was the most fun and stress busting activity for me - and the fact that it helps me burn calories and keeps me fit was an add on! I am not using Cure Fit app to take live dance fitness sessions at home - cast it to your TV and it is fun - with changing songs and steps - do try (they have free trials too and there are always deals on their monthly subscriptions).

Though I have only lost a Kg or two, I am feeling a lot more energetic, fit, can feel the loss of some inches and there have been no fainting spells in two months - so basically I know that I am certainly moving in the right direction, and consistency is key! I am a big time foodie and have cooked a variety of delicacies over the lockdown and never stop myself from having butter, cheese, breads, cakes etc - just making sure I am having them in wise proportions, giving myself a cheat day to indulge and being consistent with my supplements and exercise - that is all!

Do note: I am not a certified advisor and please make sure that if you are going to follow any of my methods, you have an okay from your doctor and know what suits your body. Avoid extreme yoga or dance workouts if you have knee/back injuries. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Make someone happy today with Oye Happy!

I wanted to buy unique gifts for husband's and son's upcoming birthdays and wanted something different than the run-of-the-mill tshirts or other gifts. And I came across a super cool quirky gifting site called https://www.oyehappy.com/

They have a variety of cute gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, boyfriend girlfriend and so on. And that is not all, keeping in mind the lockdown, containment zones and pandemic they have also a lot of virtual gift options which I think are quite cool too - like getting wishes from strangers, or a virtual guitar performance or even your own app! 

I am totally going to try them next too. For now, I bought their best selling "birthday mail", a mood detector mug, a lizard prank and a glitter bomb.

I cannot share the birthday mail and glitter bomb unboxing pictures because we are yet to use them when the birthday comes. But we opened the mug and the lizard prank.

1. Mood Detector Mug

I love coffee mugs that are interactive. This one comes with a whiteboard marker that allows you to write what your mood is. Isn't that amazing? It also is microwave friendly and the print is good quality. And the price is Rs.299 which is quite decent too.

2. Dead Lizard Prank



Thanks to this prank, I got to know that my 5 year old kid is not scared of lizards and I am a proud mom! I was very excited to record his scared reaction when he opened the surprise, but the joke was on me when he did not have any such reaction and very casually started playing with the lizard. Instead, my mother got freaked out, hahahaha! But it is a cool trick to try on someone who is scared of lizards, and I know a couple of friends who are, and are soon going to be victims of my prank (yes the prank can be done again and again any number of times).

Do check out their range and options for your next gifting need!

My Rs.1000 haul from Madanyu.com

One grand is not much in today's day, you can spend it easily on a trip to Starbucks to get some coffee or eating out. What if I told you that I got an iPhone cover, pop socket, face-mask, mouse pad and a desk frame - in that same amount? Crazy right! That too this was not any clearance sale, but a new website that I discovered - https://www.madanyu.com.

I received the shipment super fast and I wanted to show you guys all that I got! First let me quickly tell you what I love about this website:

1. Super affordable range:
Most of the things on their site are listed at Rs.200-Rs.300 per product, making it a great place to buy gifts too!

2. Wide range of prints:
Every product has SO many print and design options available that I had to spend a good amount of time only to decide which one's did I want. It was tough, believe me, I had like multiple tabs open and then kept shortlisting and almost wanted to buy two of each things coz I simply could not decide between two prints! There is something for everyone's liking or interest.

3. Fast shipping:
I got the shipment delivered on the very next day! That is SUPER QUICK!

Now let me show you the stuff:



The masks are like any other cloth masks, but I found them more snug, and better coverage covering nose and chin properly and it also is quite breathable! There are a lot of prints you can choose from and buy. If there is something I found missing, it is the care/wash instructions and how many times can they be reused.


I like to use a mouse along with my Macbook as it helps me work on presentations much faster. And I found this amazing mousepad in my favourite nature print that instantly adds a soothing, green element to your desk! If you love nature, and want to add some green to your desk - this is the print for you!



2020 is officially the worst year for the entire world, and we all need some motivation and inspiration everyday! It is a good idea to have a decor element on your work from home space that constantly makes you feel better. You can choose whatever resonates with you the most! I believe in good vibes, and hence got this "Good vibes only" frame for my desk.



My previous phone cover was really good, I used it for almost 2 years after all the falls it started cracking and chipping from the corners and I had to get a new cover. I like thin, non-bulky covers and really liked this marble effect cover that gives my iPhone a very sophisticated look - specially since I go for a lot of work meetings etc. Fun tip: If you are itching to buy a new phone simply because you are bored of your old phone, but it works perfectly fine, just change the scratch guard, wallpaper on your phone and buy a new cover - trust me, you will get the feel of a new phone in less than 500 bucks! Thank me later!


My previous cover that I had to change, had a ring-holder stuck to it and I have become habituated and reliant on that extra support, hence a pop-socket is must! The pop socket from Madanyu is like any other pop socket you get in the market, and they have a nice range of prints again. I got a monogram A pop-socket, for my name.

Do check out the range for yourself! Happy shopping!



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Bhanwar: Not an ordinary thriller movie- where time is uncertain #SamayKaJaal

One of the most watched genre of sitcoms is Thriller. Furthermore, there is fantasy or sci-fi. For those who do not know the difference - Fantasy is vampires, devils, witches, unicorms and so on while space travel, time travel, aliens and so on fall into Science Fiction. You must have watched plenty sci-fi thrillers in English, but there are not many in Hindi.

One upcoming Sci-Fi thriller for Indian audience is Bhanwar on ZEE5. Starring one of the favourite small screen pair - Karanvir Bohra (as Ranvir Makhija) and Teejay Sidhu (as Samantha Phoenix), also has Mantra (as Rodrigues) and Priya Banerjee (as Kanika Makhija). 


Image Source: ZEE5


A couple of fun-facts here, one being that the off-screen couple are not portraying an on-screen couple and second that this series also happens to be directed by Karanvir Bohra! Looks like the lockdown has truly made people Aatmabirbhar and creative to the T! I mean most of us have learnt a new skill, picked up a lost hobby or become better at cooking, right? So why not Karanvir become a director!


For those who don’t follow Hindi sitcoms, Karanvir Bohra has acted in a lot of popular Hindi serials like Kasauti Zindagi Ke, Naagin 2, Shararat, Qubool Hai and also has a few films in his kitty like Kismat Konnection. Teejay Sidhu is an Canadian actress and television host and both of them together have 2 lovely kids (twins if I am not wrong).


Scene plot and synopsis: 


Bhanwar is a ZEE5 Original suspense thriller series starring Karanvir Bohra, Priya Banerjee, Teejay Sidhu, and Mantra. A couple moves into a new apartment and discovers that the place is already occupied by their own ghosts. They soon realise they have time travelled and see the person who killed them.


The concept of time traveling is really fascinating, I am a believer and wisher of it coming true in my lifetime (okay, teleporting will also do). What would you do if you got to travel back in time and meet your younger selves? I would probably tell my younger self to marry at a later age, travel more and concentrate on my fitness. :P OR Maybe I would tell myself to block the best Twitter and Instagram handles before someone else did! Hahahahaha!


The show releases on 18th August and will be available for streaming on ZEE5. A total of 8 episodes for you to binge on! Watch the teaser here.



So if you’re a Karanvir-Teejay fan or generally a fan of thriller and science-fiction, then you know what you’re doing on 18th August! Happy binge-ing!


Do you have some more Sci - Fi and thriller shows to recommend? Do let me know in comments and I will make sure to watch and share my review! Also read my article on some amazing drama movies you can watch on ZEE5.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mi Selfie Stick Tripod (with Bluetooth remote) Black - Review

I have used many selfie sticks and tripods over the years, broken some, lost remotes of some and basically was in need of a new Tripod. Did not really need a selfie stick (do people still use them?) but then my brother recommended the Mi Selfie Stick Tripod, and me being the moofat sister, told him to gift it to me on my birthday. And he did!


And I must say, I am impressed! I have used it a few times in the last 2 weeks and here is a quick review, incase you are looking to buy it and are contemplating!

As a content creator, for kid's YT channel, as a blogger, as a photography enthusiast and as a social media strategist, a good camera and tripod are absolutely important to shoot content, record videos, take still images or timelapses and what not. But I was tired of the phone clips breaking or the tripod being too bulky to carry around.

What I liked:

1. Weight and build - it is compact and useful!

 

The tripod cum selfie stick is light weight, folds into a really small unit that you can put in your bag and carry around (Will fit in most female bags and purses as well). So you can open it up and set your camera and record on the go, while traveling or hiking and so on!

2. Price

At Rs.1099 I found it to be a good purchase, with a remote control and free delivery. I am a clumsy, rough and tough user. If this tripod lasts me a couple of years, I will be happy.

3. Ease of use and setting up -


Setting up your phone on the selfie stick or tripod is not complicated at all, even for a complete novice. No need to spend time figuring out how the tripod works - you will understand it quickly. The rotating phone holder, vertical and horizontal modes and bluetooth connection - everything is super quick and easy to get a hang of!

What could be better:

1. Tripod is for smart phones only -

Unlike the heavy duty tripods made to operate with DSLRs, phones or go-pros, this one works only for smartphones. I am not complaining, for light weight easy to carry, I could not expect everything. But if it could have worked with my GoPro Hero Session - Now that would have been amazing.

2. Height of the tripod -


The collapsible rod of the selfie stick/tripod is not too much, you cannot expect it to unfold to a full height standing tripod. It is very short even when fully extended so works well for tables, otherwise you will have to place it on something at a height.

3. Colour options -

There is only a black variant available (looks like it is manufactured in white as well) but some fun colour options would have been nice!

Overall, a MUST HAVE if you're someone who Vlogs, creates content and specially in this post-COVID world with all the Zoom calls and video conferences, it is a great purchase! You can buy it when in stock here.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Lockdown Diaries - #ShareTheLoad

Mom, why did Coronavirus come?

Asks my 5 year old son.


Inquisitive, curious minds, answers are a must.

I say, the virus has come to teach us, son.


Teach us what, mom?

Teach us some important lessons, beta.


Give me an example mom.

Hmm, the virus has made me work from home.

Thanks to that, I get to spend more time with you,

And watch you grow, nourish & thrive!


Yes mom, I love that you’re home!

What else has the virus taught us mom?


Look at dadaji beta, what is he doing?

Mom, he is dusting & sweeping the floor.

Was he doing that before, son?

No, mom! The virus must have taught him so!


Yes! I think so too!

Now look at your dad, what is he doing?

He’s cooking yummy fried rice today mom!

Will you have some?

Of-course beta, I would love that!

The lockdown has made us enjoy so many dishes made at home!


What else has the virus taught us mom?

Well, beta, what did you help me with today morning?

Today morning? I helped you do the laundry!

Yes! You helped me put the clothes in the machine,

And you helped me put them to dry!

I quite enjoyed it mom! We should do it even when the virus has gone!

Certainly, beta! I’d like that too!


Wow mom, the virus has taught us so many things!

Maybe, it is not that bad after all!

Hahahaha! My innocent one!

I’m not sure if the virus is good, 

But the time we’re spending together at home, sharing the load, is surely wonderful!



Hope you enjoyed this little attempt at me jotting down my lockdown diaries. In-fact, not just at my home, even at my parent's home everyone is helping each other, my dad is helping in the kitchen, helping with laundry and making sure my mom doesn't have to do everything alone! Sharing the load has always been important, but with no access to help from outside, family's got to help each other! 


In the beginning it was really tough, I could not wait for my helping aid to be back. But I'll be honest, with 3+ months of lockdown I have gotten used to the routine and doing everything, with chores divided - we are in a set routine!



#ShareTheLoad #ShareTheLaundry #ShareChoresMultiplyLove


I will #ShareTheLoad and help in household chores in association with Ariel India and BlogAdda

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Reasons you should watch these drama movies

Though I mostly watch English or Hindi movies, sometimes I like to get out of these and try different languages - Korean, Spanish, Telugu or Malayalam movies. The rawness of some movies and stories sometimes touch you and impact you much more than the commercial big-banner movies!

Thanks to a couple of close Malayalee friends, I learnt quite a few Malayalee words and then they’re always are subtitles to help me decipher and understand!

ZEE5 has many free Malayalam and Malayalam dubbed movies to watch, like Carbon, Company, Salute and many more. By free it means you do not need to have a paid subscription, unlike most other OTT platforms. Isn’t that just great?

You can also explore many premium Malayalam movies in the paid version of ZEE5.
From romcoms to adventure thrillers, here is a list of the best rewatchable Free Malayalam movies to watch while you stay indoors in the lockdown!


#1 Kadam Kadha
Directed by new-comer Senthil Raj, Kadam Kadha featuring Joju George and Vinay Fort is one of the best comedies to come out in the Malayalam industry recently. The movie tells the quirky tale of two friends Giri and Cleetus who follows a trail of big money to solve all their problems. The movie also features memorable performances from comedy veterans like Ranji Panicker, Saiju Kurup and Sinoj Varghese. With quirky story-telling and memorable on-screen performances, Kadam Kadha is sure to be a fun watch for you and your family while staying indoors.

#2 Prathi Poovankozhi
Featuring Manju Warrier and Saiju Kurup in lead roles, Prathi Poovankozhi, directed by Rosshan Andrews tells the inspiring tale of a young woman’s search for justice, despite the many obstacles on her way. The movie tells the story of Madhuri, a salesgirl in a textile shop essayed brilliantly on-screen by Manju Warrier, who gets assaulted on a bus by a market place goon Antappan, played by Rosshan Andrews. The movie with enthralling sequences is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats while you follow Madhuri’s search for justice.


#3 Thattumpurath Achuthan
Nothing like a Lal Jose movie to uplift your mood while staying indoors! Featuring youth icon Kunchako Bobban, Thattumpurath Achuthan tells the quirky tale of Achuthan setting out on a mission to help a young girl and her family. The feel-good movie with a social message also features amazing performances from Hareesh Kanaran and Sravana. If you are looking for a carefree laugh with your family, you shouldn’t miss the quirky incidents from Thattumpurath Achuthan.

#4 Kalki
Directed by newcomer Praveen Prabhakaran, Kalki tells us the story of Nanjankode, a village destroyed by political turmoil. The police force is incompetent as goons reign over the village and the situation is worsened after the death of a police inspector. Featuring Tovino Thomas in his first-ever police avatar, Kalki is sure to give you all the thrills of a superhero flick as Inspector K steps into put law and order back in place. If you are a lover of adrenaline-pumping action flicks, you shouldn’t miss Kalki for its enthralling action scenes and mass appeal one-liners.

#5 Ira
The nail-biting police thriller directed by Saiju S takes the viewers on a thrill-ride when inspector Rajeev is assigned to the murder mystery of a politician. The process of investigation leads Rajeev to Vaigha, who is in disguise to help the tribal families. An intense tale of crime unfolds as Rajeev and Vaigha connect the dots to find the real culprit behind the scenes. Featuring powerful performances from Unni Mukundan, Miya George and Gokul Suresh in the lead role, Ira with its sudden twists and turns is the perfect investigation drama to watch while staying indoors.

Source: https://zeekeralam.zee5.com/
These movies, like most Malayalee movies, are cultural, made for movie enthusiasts and not masses, 

In-fact there is so much content in so many languages, that you will not get bored at all! Some other movies and series I have enjoyed on ZEE5 are - Mentalhood which is all about being a mom, Ghoomketu - the latest movie starring Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Dream Girl and more.

Users can access the entire ZEE5 content library on 5 screens simultaneously. Get ZEE5 subscription today and enjoy binge-watching.