Monday, 16 October 2017

A sweet goodbye #CleanUpCashOut

Hi guys,

Today I am going to share how I turned my old devices (mobiles and a laptop) into cash.

It was may 2009 when I got my first mobile. It was a Symbian phone which I did not sell away even when I switched to a smartphone because I have this emotional attachment to my first things (I still have my first computer, first watch and few other first things with me).

So, since I needed some money to get a DSLR camera, I decided to sell a few of my first things including the Symbian phone and my first laptop. My phone and laptop was still in mint condition and so I did not find it difficult to get buyers for both of them. With a heavy heart to let go off these two things and the excitement to own a DSLR, I finally listed both the things online. 
I got a call from someone asking about the phone, we decided a place to meet and then I sold the phone to the lady, who probably did not have enough money to buy a new phone, for a very nominal price because I know the joy of having things and the joy on her face was clearly visible.

Coming to my laptop, I got many enquiries from buyers but since I wanted to get a good price for my laptop, I waited for the right buyer. Finally, a college student who was from my own city visited my home and checked out the laptop and was very happy to find that it was in good condition and in his budget too. We closed the deal at my desired price.

After selling these two items, my sister gave me the suggestion to sell away tall the old smartphones we have. I gathered all the old phones from my house, they were 5-6 of them and listed them on the website, as they were in good condition. I found buyers luckily for all of them and converted my mobiles into cash.

Now I am thinking of letting go off my first desktop computer as well to #CleanUpCashOut this Diwali. I have listed it on and waiting for a suitable offer for the same.
Here is how cashify works - 

I suggest you all as well to sell away the items you don't need and clean up as you cash out. 

Do checkout this video to know about the market price of your product and sell away! 

Still not convinced? Well, on cashify, use copupon code 'CLEANCASH' and get an additional 250 Rs. on the sale of your gadgets. Isn't that amazing? Then sell away!

Thanks for reading,
Happy selling. :)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Keeping the indoor air clean

Hi guys,

I am going to write about how to get #CleanAirBeautifulHomes. 

As we all know, breathing in polluted air can lead to many diseases like chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continued exposure to air pollution affects the lungs ofchildren and may aggravate medical conditions in the elderly. Hence, air pollution adversely affects our health. We need to get rid of the pollution, but before that it is important to realize that polluted air is not an outdoor thing, infact it's alarming that indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than outdoors. 

It's time we make a move to make our air clean for our own health. Be it dust, skin particles, smoke or anything else, it all forms part of air pollution and takes a toll on our health. 

For cleaning the air indoors, we need to take care of even outdoor air as it enters the house as well. 

I am sharing some do's and don't's for keeping the air in your house clean and fresh. 

Dont's - 

1. Do not burn the garbage - It is very common to see people burning their household garbage in their backyard, however it is extremely wrong to do so. It not only creates smoke (carbon dioxide) but also this dirty air enters the house and the person burning the garbage is also affected while lighting up the garbage. 

2. Don't hide odours - Many air freshners just hide odours, but you need to eliminate them to clean the air.  Use a good air freshner that gets rid of bad odour instead of just covering it up. 

3. Avoid use of pesticides - Do not use pesticides in your garden or at home as the particles of the same are carried by the air we breathe in our houses. 

4. Do not smoke - Be it inside the house or outside, stop smoking as it not only damages your lungs but also pollutes the air. Smoking at home can cause passive smoking for other members of the family and also pollute the air indoors. 

Do's - 

1. Clean the air of the surrounding - Take measures to clean the air of your surroundings by using carpool or electric vehicles, going cycling, walking etc. which reduces the creation of pollution in the environment. 
2. Ensure proper ventilation - Proper ventilation in all the rooms and corners of your house is very important so that you can breathe fresh air. Air that is stale is not very good for health. 

3. Use exhaust fans - Install exhaust fans in your kitchen, as cooking, cleaning, using hair spray, and polishing your nails can release many organic compounds which are harmful. 

4. Get Asian Paints Royale Atmos - It is the paint that helps to purify the air with its  activated carbon technology by reducing the harmful pollutants from the air. (Bonus, apart from the good looking paint on your walls). I am going to get Asian Paints Royale Atmos painted in my house and get rid of a #MaskedLife. 

Don't wait, take steps for your health and breathe pollution free air.

Do visit this website to know more on how to keep the air fresh and clean - 

Thanks for reading, 
Breathe clean :)

My way to be healthy

Hi guys,

I am here to share with you some good and healthy tips that I follow to stay fit without devoting much time to it as I have a busy day almost everyday. If you also face the same problem and want to stay fit, you have come to the right place. Read on to know how to keep yourself fit. 

I am going to tell you tips on how to stay fit inspite of having a busy schedule.

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda

Firstly, to stay fit it is important to work out. Now I cannot go to the gym going to my busy schedule and hence I try to do work at home myself manually which not only completes my household chores but also makes me fit by giving me the required exercises.
The second thing you need to do is to stop being lazy. Psych your mind into doing work instead of procrastinating it and you will realise that you become more active than ever before.

The third thing is you need to give up on junk food and start eating food that has the right oil which is healthy for you like Saffola Oil.

Next, squeeze in few pushups or other exercises whenever you get few minutes, but remember to not exercise after a meal. 

Lastly, add a glass of honey and lemon water to your diet every morning which will wipe out the toxins from your body and help you stay fit. Push yourself to keep yourself fit and your heart healthy. I have shared tips on how I stay #ApneTareekeSeHealthy and hope you find them worth.

These are the ways I manage to keep myself fit. Do share yours in the comments below. Also, do watch this video by saffola oil - 

I believe, everyone has a tough time following specific things so best idea is to define your own lifestyle keeping in mind your health and follow the practices that suit you best and the ones you can be comfortable with. 

When you don't follow a healthy diet, you start judging yourself sub-consciously, which is why it is important to follow a healthy routine. Don't let the negative thoughts of not following a healthy routine sink in, rather fight them out by following few easy steps to remain healthy and fit. 

Thanks for reading. 
Wish you good health! 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Stay healthy tips

Hi guys,

We are all busy in our daily lives with our schedule and career, jobs, etc. But, I am sure we all do realize the importance of being healthy and go through the guilt of not making enough time and efforts for our health.

Today I will share my ideas of being healthy by squeezing in a few habits into my daily schedule itself to stay fit.

Everyone wants to be healthy and yet we struggle with it a lot. To be healthy, you worry about the extra time which you will have to take out in your life or the morning sleep you will have to sacrifice for that yoga class. Being healthy might also mean that you will have to sacrifice your food and switch to a diet you don’t like. You almost feel judged whether you are doing enough. And then with these thoughts in your mind, health becomes this difficult pursuit resulting in a constant struggle to make it a part of everyday life. 

Now, there are two aspects to being healthy - one is to eat good and the other is to exercise. We annot overlook either of them. I plan to inculcate these two habits in my daily routine.

Here are a few easy ways which you can follow to stay healthy like me -

1. Take the stairs instead of the life whenever possible.
2. Go walking to short distances instead of taking your vehicle.
3. Include sprouts in your diet which provide you the nutrients for the day.
4. Use good cooking oil for preparing your meals like Saffola oil.
5. Do some manual work at home instead of going to the gym - It will save your time as well as money while making you healthy. ;)
6. Make sure to drink lots of water as water eliminates the possibility of many diseases. Drink water while sitting, if you stand and drink water, it affects your knees in the long run. 

Simply follow these steps and make up for the carelessness you have being doing towards your health. Stay fit.

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda

 I have shared tips on how I stay #ApneTareekeSeHealthy, share yours in the comments below.

Do watch this video - 

Ofcourse, you have to sacrifice a little on the junk food and other unhealthy practices, which will do a huge part in keeping you fit. So avoid junk food. 

Thanks for reading! Stay fit. :)

Friday, 8 September 2017


Hi guys,
“A grandparent is someone with silver in their hair and gold in their heart”, mine sure has!

As grandparents' day is round the corner, i.e. 10th of September, it's time to #LoveJatao to them afterall not everyone is lucky to have grandparents. 

We all have been busy in our lives with careers, friends, jobs, etc. And we have also overlooked our grandparents. We barely find time to talk to them, visit them or even call them. Thankfully, i have been following #LoveJatao for quite a while now.

My maternal grandfather (Nanaji) suffered a paralysis attack earlier this year, and so I left my home and came to stay with him in his city. I have been staying year for quite a few months now. I take care of him, joke around with him, spend a lot of time with him, listen to his stories of his young days when he used to do a job. He is a retired Civil Engineer who served the Govt. I love the shine in his eyes when he talks about his office days and how he excelled in his work. We even listen to music together (After all, there is no better cure than love and music) and it amazes me how he can tell the name of the song, film and singer just by hearing the tune of the songs. Hats of to his memory.
He has recovered a lot from the attack and now he can walk a few steps too, i wish to see him walking normally once again and I believe that day will come very soon. We even went through old pictures - He has a lot of photographs.

Coming to grandparents' day, I am planning to celebrate this special day with my nanaji by cooking his favorite food and bringing milk cake for him as he loves it a lot. I have even ordered a shirt for my nanaji online, because celebrations are incomplete without a gift. We have 3-4 boys to look after nanaji so I have planned to call all of them as well and have a small treat with nanaji so he feels special and then I am thinking of spending some time talking with him. For me, it is grandparents' day everyday since I have been living with him, but still this day will be a little special for sure.

Also, it is Nanaji's birthday on 15th September so, that calls for a celebration again and I am planning to prepare a birthday cake for him or order one from the market and make his 75th birthday a memorable one for him as well as me.

I feel really blessed to have him and spending time with him is really the best part of my day these days. He jokes more than I do. Here is one of his jokes for you -
(His vision has suffered due to the attack) 

Nanaji - My phone has just 44% battery.
Me - Nanaji, check properly it is 89%.
Nanaji - Look at it from my eyes beta. 
And we both had a hearty laugh. I am glad that I got to stay with him and experience the joy which many can't. It is one of the most memorable times that I am having right now. 

Here is a recent grandfie I clicked with him.

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.

Thanks for reading! 

Friday, 1 September 2017

#GoodinGoodbyes with Vodafone

Hi guys!!

Ganeshotsav is going on in full form, we all have welcomed Ganesha in our houses but, he will be leaving soon too, ofcourse with a promise to come back again next year! Goodbyes are painful isn’t it? But today I will share a positive side to goodbyes.

Every year, during visarjan, we harm a lot of sea creatures due to the visarjan. Hence this year, Vodafone has introduced the concept of eco-ponds! Well, Vodafone believes that while we celebrate our festivals with full enthusiasm and joy, we need to also think of sustainable life and hence, introduced eco ponds.   What are these eco-ponds you ask?
Eco ponds will help to avoid pollution that happens due to visarjan of Ganeshas made of PoP.  The Eco-pond is technology driven and uses (IOT) device which helps track the water level in it once the Ganpati idol is immersed. The concerned family/Housing society/Organizing Committee also get a SMS alert.

Vodafone team partnered with NCL and the latter provided them with a solution of ammonium carbonate that dissolves the idol and leaves the sludge, which can be later filtered and re-used to make chalks and other products. The brand teams studied on how much chemical solution would be needed to immerse Ganpati idols. The weighing machine also helps the NCL and Vodafone ascertain on how much chemical solution is needed to dissolve the idols once they are immersed in the pond. Once the pond is full, it is replaced with other pond and the first one would be cleaned and re-used.

Watch this video to know more :     
This year, as Ganesha will bid goodbye to us there will be a little #GoodinGoodbyes , all thanks to this wonderful concept.
Vodafone has also set an Aarti stand as people perform puja before immersing the idol in the water. So, once they keep the idol on the Aarti stand, it will weigh the idol and then calculate on how much solution is needed to dissolve the total number of idols in the pond. Isn’t that an amazing step towards an eco friendly visarjan? I am really excited about this!

I am glad to tell you that 8 Vodafone stores are dedicated to carry out the activity. Vodafone stores located at JM Road, Hirabaug, Wakdewadi, Aundh, Karve Road, NIBM Road, Kalyaninagar and Kharadi are equipped with Vodafone Eco-Ponds (See Annexure). Further to this, devotees can also dial 7391000000 to locate all the Vodafone Eco-Ponds. Go join the revolution for a sustainable future!!

If you want to know more about the same, visit these articles  :

Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

10 Snowfall Destinations in India

The falling snow spreads a white sheet all around giving the place an exclusive appeal.In Indiasnowfall is found to be maximum in the Himalayas. To witness this, you need to head to one of the towns located at its foothills. When are you packing your bags, and heading to a snowfall destination. Here is a guide that may be of some help.

1. Lachung

Visit Lachung in Sikkim at the foothills of the Himalayas to witness some splendid and pristine views of the snowfall and its aftermath. Everything in this town gets covered by snow during the winter months and it exudes its own magic for you to view and behold. Capture this memorable moment on a camera to view and cherish it back home.

2. Gulmarg
Photo by confused_me, CC0 1.0

Gulmarg in Kashmir is one of the most preferred tourist destinations to view the snow and its magnificence and beauty. There are manypopular destinations in Gulmarg. Skiing and snowboarding it is the best pick for the adventure buffs. Make a tent in some spot and enjoy picnicking here and the kids may enjoy making snowballs and a snowman.

3. Pahalgam
Photo by Mariiamir, CC BY-SA 4.0

Kashmir is renowned for its beauty. To get the real feel of it you need to visit Pahalgam in winter. The snow kissed mountains, beautiful valleys and the gushing rivers offer a splendid view of the city situated in the backdrop of the Himalayas. Trekkers frequent this place and also other sports lovers especially the skiers and rafters and have carried back fond memories.

4. Ladakh
Frozen Pangong Lake, Photo by AmareshwaraSainadh, CC BY-SA 3.0

Another place in Kashmir to view the snowfall and enjoy its beauty is Ladakh. A white blanket wraps around the place during the winter months. This frozen beauty has no equal and you can stand there just admiring it for hours and you will not know the lapse of time. Such is its mesmerizing effect.

5. Dhanaulti
Photo by Goran0297, CC BY-SA 4.0

Located amidst the pine and cedar trees this town Dhanaulti is a great place to visit in Uttarakhand for the nature aficionado and also an adventure buff.  Camping, hiking and trekking are the main activities of winter here. Taking part in them will give you the adrenal rush. The sight of the snow reflecting the golden hue of the sunrays is really spectacular.

6. Auli
Photo by Anuj Kumar Garg,CC BY-SA 2.0

Nestled amidst the snowy peaks and valleys Auli in Uttarakhandis a destination to go to during the winter not only to enjoy the incredible beauty of the white spread of snow but also to enjoy the adventure sports especially skiing and the chair car ride on your trip to Auli. Sailing in air at a height of 10000 ft. and having a view of the landscape is really thrilling.

7. Shimla
Valley of Shoghi, Photo by India Untravelled, CC BY 2.0

The captivating beauty of Shimla is a must visit in HimachalPradesh has drawn many a tourist to it not only during summer but also winter. Come winter and it is the start of the season for winter sports. Skiing, mountaineering, paragliding and so on offer some opportunities for some pulsating action for the adventure buffs. Snow peaked mountains offer some jaw dropping views of the panorama.

8. Triund
Photo by Aleksandr Zykov, CC BY-SA 2.0

The spread of white redefines splendour and grandeur. And this is what you get to see at Triund in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the Kangra Valley it offers splendid views of the valley which is really superb during the winter. Mountaineering, trekking and hiking are the activities that draw people here.  A night stay either in a tent or resort is an experience by itself.

9. Tawang
Photo by Arpandhar, CC BY-SA 4.0

Heavy snowfall completely alters the colourful town of the Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh into a white blanket. This transformation has an allure of itself. The vegetation enclosed with a white tinge of snow is a beauty to behold. Trekking in the snow-covered valleys can set your adrenal to rush.

10. Mayudia

A hill resort Mayudiais one of the must visit places in Arunachal Pradesh is perched amidst the hilly terrains of the Himalayas. The profuse cover of snow really adds to the gorgeous tranquillity of the place. The visitors get to experience the perfect hospitality here from the locals during their stay in the picturesque valley. The sight of the wild animals like the flying squirrels, wild goats is really stunning. Trekking in the chilled weather adds to the thrill.

The winter may fly away and you may still be planning so why not book your tickets to one of these lovely destinations today itself.

Author’s bio:
Come vacation and you start to make a travel plan. For guidance, you can refer the blog Trans India Travels written and maintained by Rohit Agarwal, a passionate traveller, and it will not disappoint you.