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Things we hate to admit about ourselves ecently I had an enlightening talk with a therapist while following up a story, that there are a lot of things that we hate to admit about ourselves. Guess this might hold true more for guys than girls but it’s true nevertheless. Top of the list is doing nothing after work. Countless hours are been spend either browsing random stuff on the internet or channel surfing. The next one is admitting that most of the clothes that you wear or at least the best looking of the lot is picked up by your wife, girlfriend or mother. The third one is not travelling enough. Commuting and spending time in different hotel rooms during work related travel does not count, rather actually travelling to explore. The next one on the list is to admit that we can’t actually afford the finer things in life, but will buy it with a credit card or loan. Bringing up the rear quite admirably is the fact that we are not really sure where we are in life, rather it’s just about floating with the flow.
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The fast and furious star, Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident. With a career spanning over 25 years Paul walker was known to Hollywood as a child actor to a fully fledged action hero in the fast and furious sequel. He will be remembered not just for his career as an actor but also as a friend, humanitarian, and a father too.
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Excerpts The apparel you are most comfortable in. I usually dress up in formals and it might be due to my corporatebackground. Other
A great way to unwind... The one place I desire to visit is Shimla during the snowfall. than that ajeans and a simple cotton shirt is my choice. I like to wear traditional mundu which is the most comfortable for the climate here. As for
First stardom experience.... It is the recognition from the people the exposure that we receive through a film is very huge and people are easily recognized with the small or the big character you do,
now, I prefer a traditional wear suitable for the climate of our place but my mindset may change for something peppy and casual. This photo session
definitely have updated my perspective on styling. Directors on your wish list... I had the opportunity to
Far from the
Crowd Six years after an enviable debut saiju kurup has marked his career through Trivandrum Lodgeâ€™- a film which displayed sensuality in its innocent forms. With versatility and a robust persona, saiju kurup is all set to take up sensible characters and to give life with his flexible dialogues and rugged flamboyance. Text Anju Manoj Photography Jinson Abraham assionate and versatile- the two words which epitomize saiju kurup. This upcoming star capable of playing roles as different as chalk
work with some of the important directors like Laljose, V.K Prakash ,Shaji Kailas and many other prominent directors from Malayalam and the one director I am aspiring to work with is Martin Prakatt as I found his movies very vivacious and innovative. For the last two years, I was work-
ing with the new generation debutant directors and they had given me the opportunity to rediscover myself as an actor. the directors Abrid Shine and Sambhu Purushothaman Whom I got a chance to work with have shown exceptional professionalism in their direction and I am sure down the
road they will take Malayalam cinema to an international echelon. What is your success mantra? Success is the outcome of many ingredients namely disciplines punctuality and hard work. Even though we do a lot of hard work, without
and cheese has marked his path in mollywood with his extraordinary performance in Trivandrum lodge where his role as ShibuVellayani has been applauded by the masses. Moreover, this vivid artist is getting busier as Anirudh making his way to kollywood.
a proper perspective all your efforts can become futile. it is important to discover who you are prior to doing anything or else it will be disgruntled no matter how much effort we put in. Choosing the right path can offer you, a whole new level of gratification from a stable financial setup to
recognition by people and the positive vibe that we receive from all these experiences can shape our lives.
mark the difference even at the regional levels due to the high visibility and acceptance among the audience.
Are you afraid of being stereotyped? Of course, every actor is intimidated of being stereotyped but it’s all about the decisions that we make. It is said that the first movie selects us and the rest we have to choose and down the road we may have to do that first character again but we can try to bring down the character to a completely new perspective and mark our novelty. .
The one destination you wish to travel with your family. The one place I will go with my family will be Nagpur where I grew up. It is my greatest desires to take my wife and daughter there to show them the places some of the important incidents in my childhood happened. In short I want to paint a picture of my childhood which defines who I am front of my family. Shoot with FWD
How was the experience of playing a role of a cricketer in the movie 1983? The movie brings back many nostalgic incidents of playing cricket in the fields wearing lungi with the bad made out of wood. I think in India more than 99 % of people are cricket followers, and so we can relate many of its scenes to our lives with its inspiring theme. In short, the director Abrid Shine has captures an 83’s village in a new generation perspective. In your opinion which is more glamourous? Cricket of film? I think both are equally glamorous but considering the last 5 years I think the cricket is leading. However, in cricket the people are gaining recognition only when getting into the international team compared to regional levels. However, in cinema you can
FWD photo-shoot was a relatively new experience for me and to be the cover model for a leading magazine like FWD is an aspiration for everyone including me. Moreover, thanks to the photographer Jinson for his brilliant photography skills which have brought out an exceptional output. I have heard a lot about this photo-shoot before for its unique makeover session.Creating a completely new panache out of the familiar faces is certainly a novel concept. And they have put in a lot of effort in figuring out the best styling based on our looks. Even while choosing the location, they have been very selective A guilty pleasure... In free time, I prefer sleeping. It is hard for me not to sleep. Apart from my sleeping hours I will lose myself daydreaming which can encom-
passa loving memory from childhood or an incident you wish to forget. Your message to the aspirants What I wish to convey to the youth is that downfalls are temporary setbacks. There is no consistency for any state in human life. We just have to be persistent with a hardworking mentality and discipline, which makes everything fall back into the right track. You are known as Anirudh in Kollywood...why a name change? Most of the people in the Tamil industry found it difficult to pronounce as it is a typical Malayali name. In many situations I found people struggling to remember my name. So I decided for a change of name. Anirudh is more common and of course can be easily recollected. What’s more important to you; box-office success or critical acclaim? While taking up film as our career we should accept both commercial and critically acclaimed movies. But in my opinion people are seeking an escape from this busy world and they prefer something relaxing and entertaining. Due to the same reason commercial movies hit the box office and considering my career growth commercial movies are my top preference. One thing you will never do onscreen?
A sensual scene can be the most uncomfortable scene for me to act out. I will definitely do villain roles but a sensual content can be a major setback, which might even lead me to back out from the movie. Do you relate to any character that you have played onscreen? The character Unnikesavan from my first movie ‘Mayookam’ is something close to my heart as I could relate that particular character with my own life. My debutant movie was not a boxoffice success and it was not a setback for me The first few years of my career there had been a lot of failures which I believe happened for a reason because these failures had fortified me to develop my acting career. Hariharan sir had helped me through out to mold an actor out of me. Later on director VKP had given me a chance in Karmayogi, which was again a critically acclaimed movie. However, it paved the way for my opportunity in Trivandrum Lodge which was a stepping-stone in my career, How important is a solo release for you? For me I don’t consider lead roles essential because acting is my passion and as long as you love what you are doing it won’t create much of a difference considering the roles that you do. My idea is to is to do as much of movies you can irrespective of the role.
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Interview Shine Bhaskaran
On a positive note Shine T. Bhaskaran, is the 69th International President of Junior Chamber International. It is the first time a Malayalee has reached the apex position of JCI
Excerpts You joined JCI Triprayar in 1999, now after over a decade, what are the changes the organization has come about? Over the last decade the core philosophy remains the same and only the strategies evolve over time. Even today, the basic objective stands as, giving developmental objectives to young people to create positive change. Earlier importance of leadership development and self-improvement among the members has been now shifted to groom them as more active citizens of the world. JCI became a partner of UN Millennium Development Goals in 2000 and has become more focused in undertaking the projects world over. Training area has remained a very strong part of the organization always. Recently, we started giving more thrust to update skills of the existing trainers and their evaluation. JCI has decided to put more efforts in its branding during the last decade and it has a common theme
As the International President of JCI what is your vision? To position JCI as an organization that unites all sectors of the society to create a sustainable impact. all over the world â€˜Be Betterâ€™. Even JCI logo and title have been changed and it has been given more prominence to use and spread them worldwide. So what I feel is that JCI has grown more as a powerful brand, undertaking more number of common projects all across the globe since the beginning of the new millennium As an organization for youth empowerment, tell us what are the challenges faced by young people today? In my view lack of leadership, focus and responsibility are the main challenges faced by young people today. Among these, I believe lack of responsibility is the crucial one. Today, the youngsters are not actively and zealously involving in the affairs and problems of the society they live in. This is a big challenge and also a critical social issue. We are bound to deal with and indulge in our society. JCI inculcate in its members, the social responsibility they require in their own communi-
ty and also to this world. How do you encourage young minds to join JCI? The core philosophy of JCI is to inspire confidence, unite communities, enhance equal opportunities, establish justice, embrace cultural diversity, and create sustainable impact. This philosophy attracts and encourages young minds to join JCI. We provide a platform for youngsters, where they can practically develop their talents to face the challenges of the world and also to fulfill their responsibilities. JCIâ€™s Ten Outstanding Young Persons program that recognizes 10 young people across the globe for their outstanding contributions in different fields is a unique project that encourages individuals to excel more. During the official visits I am planning to have special interactive face-to-face discussions with members of various youth organizations and youngsters and I am sure I can encourage them to join
Quick Read Junior Chamber International (JCI), founded by Henry Giessenbierin St Louis, USA in 1915 and in India it was first established in Calcutta in 1949. JCI is a membership-based non-profit organization of young and active citizens. With around 5,000 Local Organizations in more than 120 countries, JCI forms a vibrant global community of active citizens.
e is a charismatic leader who is all set to have an exciting year ahead as the President of Junior Chamber International, during the tenure he wants to empower and instill values in youth to make them a valuable citizen and responsible human being.
JCI. I have already decided to launch a new recognition program to our JCI members and they will be motivated to attract new members. Can you please tell us more about your maxim for this year ‘Unite to Impact’... We cannot expect the government or the business houses to provide solutions to all the challenges we face in society today. But, we hope with the maxim ‘Unite to Impact’, JCI members, can bring all these sectors of people under one umbrella and provide a sustainable impact to all the challenges. JCI members are the young active citizens of this world, who have the potential and energy to lead the world, to
peace and prosperity, as they have been exercising since its foundation. As the International President of JCI what is your vision? My vision is to position JCI as an organization that unites all sectors of the society to create a sustainable impact and to make sure those youngsters all around the globe contribute to the advancement of humanity. What are the difference you have seen in JCI India and the others world over? Compared to other countries, in India, female memberships are less and also very few hold major positions. Other difference is in age of the members; the average
membership age is less in other countries compared to the membership age in India. In India members join in their late 20s or 30s as against in other countries they join at the close of their teens. So in our country JCI members have only short period of membership to hold any elected positions. You have been an active member of JCI for a long time, personally how has the organization moulded you? As a normal person I was busy with my academics and after that I was fully involved in my business life. When I joined JCI, it gave me the confidence to be a better person in each walk of my life and thoroughly and positively improved my hidden talents. It
also made me a more socially committed person. You are also the CEO of Hotel Dreamland in your hometown, how do you effectively manage your profession and activities related to JCI? In 2002 when I participated in one of the JCI training programs called ABLE (Academy of Business Leadership and Excellence) I got the message of how effectively we can train our Co-workers to work efficiently without our physical presence. The basic strategy behind that is to develop a system, which will work out all routine functions of the business without our presence. So with that strategy, I am able to manage my profession and my social work simultaneously without any difficulties.
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Rejuvenate in Thai Style Swimming in champagne and 24k gold for your facial pampering your self has taken a new meaning at Aroma Thai Cochin. If you’re a bride to be you’ll really love the magic that transforms you here.
nspired by the concept and intrinsic value of foot massages and enlightened by the experiences of spas in Thailand, in the year 2008 Aroma Thai was created - a one of its kind concept - a spa for the feet from Thailand, a kingdom that stands at the forefront of the spa therapy, well known for its atmospheric relaxation and heirloom traditional wellness treatments. This international brand is now
functional in Cochin, opening up a never before experience. From the hustle and bustle of the mall, entering the serene environment of the spa , in itself is therapy. Extremely well decorated space lit with soothing and soft lighting welcomes you to a luxurious experience. Let’s get this straight; this place is not just about foot massages. They have great foot massages along with full body massages, body scrubs, face refreshers ,head massages and a great bridal package
for pampering the bride. The moment you step in the hostess greets you “Sawadee Khap” which means welcome in thai. One of the myths that this spa visit broke for me was that all massages involved oils. The thai massage yoga style does not involve any use of oil, rather the therapists uses their hands, knees and leg to move you into a series of yoga like stretches which helps improve circulation and flexibility. An hour later the end result is a feeling of
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enhanced mobility and peak in energy level. If you are looking for a more relaxing and deeply soothing massage, check out the ‘Arokaya’ foot massage. A session is around 60 to 90mins in which healing thai herbs are steamed to ease muscular aches, improve lymphatic circulation and detoxify. The wonderful Kanphu balm and aroma oils is massaged in for an overall feeling of warmth and weightlessness. If you are in a hurry or got some time free
before the movie starts do make it a point to try out the Sawdee Express The other massage that caught our fancy is the ‘day after massage’. This is really a good choice for those who suffer from headaches especially the late party kind. Also try out the hot oil head massage which has aromatic oil blend which includes sesame, peppermint, cedar wood and lavender. If you want to kick up the luxury a bit try out Champagne Body Massage which actual uses oil from Champagne in a luscious masque of strawberry, peach and grape extracts. The other pampering body massage is the Rice Bran and Oatmeal Scrub which is recommended for reducing sunspots and hyper pigmentation. These among others are part of the special bridal package developed at Aroma Thai. Make a note to opt for the exclusive oils. The Magic oil here is in such demand that they started selling it for customers. At the end of the service each customer is served Lemon grass tea which adds on to the whole feel good experience.
bonus MUST TRY Face Refresher with 24 carat Gold. Collagen Gold with combination of pure collagen, snow lotus herb organic aloe and 24k gold sheets. Thai Massage Oil-less yoga style massage for enhanced joint mobility and energy peak. Arokaya Herbal Compress and Khapungha balm for a soothing experience. Thai Dry Back Massage Focuses on upper and lower back Magic oil and Lemon grass tea Make sure that you pick up a satchel of each worth every rupee you pay.
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“It was awesome, the ambience, service & the people are too good, The aroma is really authentic. Wish they come a long way, whenever I am in Cochin will definitely visit Aroma thai”. - Geeta Sunu Owner One & Only Antiques
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Muscle Sports First Look into the latest Merc AMG offering
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Transmitting power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed automatic transmission dubbed the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC (brevity is not AMG’s strong suit) that utilizes a wet clutch pack in place of a traditional torque converter. The result is
gear changes that can occur in just .1 second in the transmission’s sportiest shift mode. The transmission features smooth rev-matching during downshifts and has a launch mode for stoplight racing; if drivers want to take control into their own hands, aluminum paddle shifters situated behind the well allow them to do just that.
A cleverly designed sports exhaust system utilizes computer-controlled flaps to allow quiet low-speed operation that won’t offend neighbors and a throaty V8 roar when the car is put through its paces. At low engine speeds, the flaps remain closed, keeping the noise level low. Once the driver starts to accelerate more aggressively,
the flaps open incrementally: first the to 15 degrees, then 30, and then 50. Upon full throttle, the engine is given free reign to make an eight cylinder symphony. Helping to balance the SL55’s accelerative forces is the AMG high performance braking system. With internally ventilated and perforated brake
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discs on all wheels, measuring 14.2 by 1.4 inches at the front and 13 by .9 inches. at the rear, the system offers short stopping distances and excellent fade resistance. The AMG sports suspension is a big part of the SLK55â€™s more playful nature in comparison to lesser SLKs. It includes independent suspension struts with stiffer spring and damper tuning, torque strut bearings on the front axle featuring higher rigidity, stiffer stabilizers at all four corners as well as a more negative camber on the rear axle, all of which conspire to result in high cornering
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Features Befitting the carâ€™s price tag, a wide range of luxury and technology items are fitted as standard. These include eightway power adjustable leather sports seat with heat and memory functions, a 500-watt Harmon/Kardon sound system with a USB/MP3 interface, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming and an AIRSCARF ventilated headrest system that keeps occupants warm during cool-weather top-down motoring.
Attain Nirvana Sheer opulence, Nirvana is considered one of the most impressive yachts available on the market today.
y search for the perfect yacht concluded when I came across ‘Nirvana’, the 88.5 metre-long mega-yacht also dubbed as the floating mansion. Beating the outstandingly lavish UAE and Russian yachts, the one-year old Nirvana is one of the most luxurious yachts of its time. The spectacular Trans-Pacific cruiser has also won Boat International
Media’s prestigious award for Best Exterior Design & Styling. Delivered by Oceanco, a renowned custom yacht builder owned by Oman’s private investor Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, Nirvana is the largest yacht of its generation delivered by them. On sale at $305.6m by Edmiston brokerage, she is the latest in a line of yachts to boast an ample sports and entertainment offering including ten jet skis and tenders, a stage for live per-
formances, a jet pool floor that rises to create a gigantic party space and an exotic glass reptile house that is home to chameleons, lizards, water dragons and turtles. On the main deck, a massage room provides the perfect place to unwind, while on the lower deck a 3Dcinema offers the ultimate entertainment experience. The bridge deck “hosts a stunning pack of amenities for all sorts of activities” and a fully
equipped gym. Her secluded sundeck has a 3m plunge pool, and behind the fully certified helipad is an additional sunbathing and entertaining area. Accommodating up to 12 guests, Nirvana is not only idyllic for the owner and his guests, she is also the perfect charter vessel. Despite her size, the superb onboard crew has the outstanding ability to make this huge yacht seem totally dedicated to each
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and every guest’s pleasure. Each floor of this six deck yacht, designed by Sam Sorgiovanni, is connected by a main stairwell and a six-person glass lift.
Nirvana has enormous fuel, water and food reserves, giving her a Trans-Pacific range and the power to cruise the globe in serene self-sufficiency.
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Must visit destinations in Kerala before you die We say the world is a small place but for a wanderlust who always chooses the road less travelled this is a world of obscurity waiting to be discovered; though the list is long FWD picks a few destinations that are less explored
Kuruvadweep in Waynad Best Season: Throughout the year Weather: Summer 22-43°C, winter 1233°C Kuruvadweep covers an area of approximately 950 acres. The major island of Kuruvadweep has two fresh water lakes that are visited by various migratory birds.
Nelliyampathy, Palakkad Best Season: Throughout the year Weather: Summer 20-35°, winter 16-28°C Nelliyampathi is blessed with ever green forests with a number of wild animals. The mountain ranges provide immense opportunities for trekkers and adventure buffs.
Gavi, Pathanamthitta Best Season: Oct - Mar Weather: Summer 22-40°C, winter 1633°C Gavi is an eco-tourist spot it’s a beautiful hill station that is part of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Leisure options like trekking and boating are also available.
Vazhachal Waterfalls, Thrissur Best Season: Sep-Feb Weather: Summer 2240°C, winter 16-33°C Vazhachal is very near to Athirappily waterfalls, Vazhachal is quite popular among the tourists for its exotic flora and herbal plantations. Swimming is strictly prohibited in the area.
Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur Best Season: October to April Weather: Summer 32°C to 38°C Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is the only drive-in beach in Kerala and is the largest in Asia. There is a small private island named Dharmadam Island located there at just about 200 m south of the beach.
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Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh Best Season: April to October Weather: Temperature -12° C to 25° C. Winters- 2° C to 10° C
Ladakh Best Season: April to October Weather: During the day temperature could range from 20° C to 30° C.
Kutch, Gujarat Best Season: October to early April Weather: Temperature -12° C to 25° C. Winters- 2° C to 10° C
Khajjar in Chamba is an amazing destination in India that has a striking topographical similarity with Switzerland. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest, all in one place.
Ladakh, sometimes referred to as Little Tibet, is popular with tourists because it is home to one of the purest remaining examples of Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Kutch, in the western part of India is a geographic phenomenon, full of surreal charm. it is home to a wide array of flora and fauna.
Bhangarh, Rajasthan Best Season: October to March Weather: Temperature -12° C to 25° C. Winters- 2° C to 10° C
Mandrem Beach, Goa Best Season: November to March Weather: Moderate throughout the year
Hampi, Karnataka Best Season: November to February Weather: Summers are gruelling as temperatures could reach up to 40°C.
At the edge of the Sariska forest in Rajasthan lies the town of Bhangarh whose spooky status is attracting tourists these days and definitely day since the town is out of bounds after dark.
Situated in North Goa, Mandrem is a tranquil beach and counted among the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Serene and scenic, Mandrem is preferred by honeymooners.
One of India’s top historical destinations, the laid back village of Hampi was once the last capital of Vijayanagar. The ruins, which date back to the 14th century, stretch for just over 25 kms.
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STONEHENGE - GREAT BRITAIN Stonehenge is the UK’s most important ancient monument. It’s one of Britain’s most important tourist destinations and attracts about 900,000 visitors every year. It was seen as a place of religious significance during both the dark and middle ages.
Grand Canyon, USA The world’s most famous gorge offers a glorious vista of colourful rock formations carved out by the Colorado River below - itself a big draw for white-water rafting - the Grand Canyon attracts five million visitors a year.
Canadian Rockies Renowned for their scenic splendor, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks give classic illustrations of glacial geological processes including ice fields, remnant valley glaciers, canyons and exceptional examples of erosion and deposition.
The High Tatras, Slovakia Lomnicky Stit, a 2,634m-peak in Slovakia’s High Tatras mountain offers its visitors a rare feast for the eyes; from here one can see four countries: Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria.
Machu Picchu The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization.
Petra, Jordan The prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years. Located amid rugged desert canyons Petra was once a thriving trading center. In 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.
African safari An African safari holiday really is the experience of a lifetime. Kenya is the original safari destination with the Masai Mara and the great migration of the wildebeest, and snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro viewed from Amboseli National Park, but there are many more to choose from across Africa.
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he thought of my first travel experience without family gave me an inexplicable sense of pride and joy; pride because this was the first time I was pulling off a trip all by myself seamlessly and joy because I was discovering a new place. But my travel plans had its own share of woes and
hit the bottleneck even before I started off, as my family was not comfortable with the idea of me travelling alone and solo women travellers are looked upon as a taboo in India, I was forced to look out for a peer group that shared the same passion and enthusiasm for long voyages. Thatâ€™s when I came across all-women travel clubs that provides a range of experiences
like adventure trips, leisure and wellness, historic site visits and unique cultural attractions assuring high quality and safe hotel facilities to choose from. During a typical Indian family vacation women end up in a role-playing mode of being a mother, wife, and daughter and are often unable to experience a destination as an individual. But with burgeoning all-women
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travel clubs in the country, it is apparent that women want to come out of the conservative social norms and want to experience exotic destinations, adventurous sports without pesky kids and hubbies holding them back. The urban Indian women are educated, employed and does not mind shelling out extra moolah and finding like-minded women for an enriching and wild holiday. Prema Shankar, an avid travel aficionado who left her corporate job to become wanderlust says she feels completely rejuvenated after each trip. Pooja Premkumar another travel enthusiast who shares the same feeling says for her travel is therapeutic as the whole excitement of exploring a new place and meeting new people excites her to travel. Both these women who has travelled alone and along with other women says if the safety aspects are taken itâ€™s always better to move in groups,
as girls-only tours incorporate a variety of elements that are important to women: safety, hotel location, quality and comfort in accommodations, small groups, trip pacing, intimate experiences, the opportunity to meet local people, plus free time for individual exploration and some groups even provide opportunities to have insider experiences in each destination, like cooking a meal with a chef in Japan, making perfume in Provence and attending a Teuscher chocolate workshop in Switzerland . Though all- women travel clubs are common in the west, it started to become a rage in India only in recent years, all thanks to the high disposable income the modern independent women are ready to splurge for exotic holidays. According to a recent study by market research firm IMRB, Women make up 22 % of the workforce and their average salary had doubled in
urban India in the last decade. This has naturally led to the growth of women travellers at 10% to 15 % a year in India. Moreover, a lot of women go for domestic and international
business trips that give them the confidence and zest to travel. Christeena, a marketing professional who got acquainted with travel from a very young age says, she has always nursed the dream to travel the country and beyond. Her work related tours have helped her cover the whole of North-East and South India. Though challenges are many her love for travelling has helped her overcome the challenges, Christeena adds. With so many adventurous, free-spirited women gallivanting around the globe and no-boys-allowed travel companies catering to their valuable women customers I am all set to hit the road.
Rules to abide while travelling in a group Know you fellow travellers If this is your first trip with a group make sure that you meet
Travel Women Travellers them a few times to break the ice before you set out. Meeting you travel companions over lunch, dinner or coffee will give you an insight into their likes, dislikes and behaviour.
shopping. This will ensure that the expense is divided equally and no one complains about having to spend more than the others.
Know what your fellow travellers expect out of a trip. Your choice of travel mates could make or break your trip.
It’s necessary to make your likes and dislikes where hygiene is concerned. But do so without getting too critical or aggressive.
Always make sure that you keep an account of the expenses. The wisest thing to do is get everyone to pool in a certain amount that should be spent for all expense apart from personal
Considering the fact that you are travelling in a group there is bound to be difference of opinion at some point. Try to be practical and don’t take sides when people are arguing.
Smart Backpacking for Women Choose the right backpack: While purchasing a backpack invest in a good quality one that fits your dimensions like size, comfort, frame and price. Pack smart: Start packing ahead of time to make sure you’re carrying items you require. Jot down a list: Making a list can help you separate between what’s necessary and what’s not when packing. Lockable backpack: Deter thefts by choosing a backpack that locks. Many thefts also happen on long bus and train journeys so no
matter what – lock it up. Pack versatile clothes: Which ever garments you are planning to take should match the bottoms and can be interchanged or layered to fit your mood or occasion. Dresses are a great option it saves space. Opt for travel sized cosmetics: Take trial-sized bottles and tubes of Face wash, Sanitizer, Blotting paper, Toner or astringent and last but not the least a good sunscreen. Make sure you are not carrying what you can buy. Also multipurpose cosmetics and shoes can save a lot of space. Travel Adapter: Purchase an international adapter that works around the world. Take care of your electronics by choos-
ing a travel adapter that also acts as a converter. Lock: Purchase thin travel locks that can be used for various closures Headlamp: It is an essential item in your backpack; use your convenient head torch that enables you to have your hands free. Mobile phone charger: Is it even possible to imagine life without a mobile phone nowadays? Just don’t forget to pack your charger. Prescription medicines: Make sure there is enough to last for the entire trip. It can be difficult to refill prescriptions out of town and almost impossible to refill them overseas. Additionally, a first aid kit with anti-histamines,
bandaids, etc is always a good idea. Activate GPS on phone: With the advent of GPS and Google Maps, it’s no longer necessary to carry maps of places you’re visiting. Just ensure these are activated on your phone and learn how to use them. Ziplock bags: Ziplock bags are great for packing toiletries which might leak in a suitcase. The seal on the bag will keep most liquids inside even if the bottle leaks. A bag within a bag: Carry one of those small cloth totes that can be folded into a tiny size. Any extra buys can be packed into these while you walk about. Try and avoid the little plastic bags that shopkeepers will foist on you. Important documents: Apart from the originals, carry photocopies of important documents like driver’s license, passport
and even credit cards. In the horrible possibility that your wallet or purse is stolen, the copies make it easier to get by. Waist belt: Keep anything valuable in a small bag. Keep passports, money and bank cards in a money belt around your waist. Doorstopper alarm: Buy a doorstopper alarm and push the bottom of it under your door from the inside. If anyone tries to open the door while you’re in the room, a loud alarm will sound. The wedgeshaped stopper will also jam the door, preventing the intruder from opening it. Personal alarm: Carry a personal alarm that goes around your neck or on a keychain. This allows you to easily make noise and indicate that you need help should someone unsavory approach you or try to hurt you.
Travel Do’s and Don’ts
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Globetrotters No place on this planet can be called the safest place on earth so before embarking on a trip know that no journey is going to be hassle-free and potential risks and dangers are part and parcel of travelling. But by following a few tips one can make sure the ‘do’ list Do some basic research on the destination you are supposed to visit. If possible try to contact friends or people who have earlier visited the place. Get a travel guide book that will tell you about backpacking tips specific to your location,
integrated maps, currency conversions and some helpful phrases. Check out health related information depending on which country you are visiting. Some countries require yellow fever vaccination certificate as a condition of entry -if this
is the case with the destination(s) your intend to visit then ensure that you get this vaccination well in advance of your trip and that you pack your vaccination certificate alongside your other travel documents so that you can show this at the airport upon
arrival. If you’re going to be heading to some hot destinations it is a good idea to wise up on sun blocks Know and understand jet lag symptoms and ways in which to prevent jet lag will go a long way to ensuring long haul
the ‘do’ list flights are more comfortable. Try where possible to spend in the local currency; generally you will get a better rate this way. And of course, watch out for locals trying to charge you a ‘tourist rate’ - it’s a good idea to research the going rates for necessities such as taxi fares, food, drink and accommodation before you set off to minimize your chances of being ripped off. Give a family member or friend your bank details... this way; you will have someone who can deposit cash into your account in case of an emergency. Notify your bank about your travel plans if you don’t, they may block your card when you are abroad under
the assumption of fraud. Double check foreign document requirements before you book your flight, or you could get stuck. Some countries like Thailand, Maldives and Sri Lanka allow visa on arrival while there are others that require you to obtain a visa before departure. Take into account the visa processing time for the country you choose to visit.
Avoid booking air tickets on the first travel portal you see. Hunt down the most suitable, cheap flight-finding site, which will offer you tailor made discounts to suit your budget needs. Don’t forget to get overseas travel insurance regardless of how short your trip is. It will cover your possessions, luggage, health and sometimes medical aid too.
It’s always a good idea to check your foreign ministry’s travel advisory for your destination, before setting off. Consider whether you’re going to arrive during a good season weather-wise Consult a country’s official railway website for saver fares when you’re planning a cross-country rail trip in Euro
Do not carry lots of luggage. You will need to handle these things alone. So make sure you travel light, probably with a backpack and one trolley bag. Do not carry a lot of jewellery and cash. While on long flights, make sure that you walk in the aisle at regular intervals. This prevents your feet from
swelling up. Figure out the requirements for various security checks in the place you are travelling to. There are some places with specific restrictions that you need to know before actually landing there. Once you reach your destination don’t divulge your travel or accommodation details to strangers. Don’t share taxis with strangers. Don’t stand out in a crowd, watch what you wear and match your dress code with that of the locals. Much of the attention that you draw is a result of what you are wearing. Don’t let your luggage out of sight. Always have an eye on them, be vigilant at all
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n escape from the mundane to explore the unexplored just to learn and relish the novelty of other cultures can be an experience of a lifetime. However, going on a trip does not have to burn a hole in your pocket. Now you can head off to the vacation of your dreams by planning economically while choosing
your accommodation, activities and means of transportation. Anyone with a budget- savvy attitude and a desire to travel can find the following information useful. Do research- Before planning a trip do a proper research on the place to understand the major attractions and the most affordable mode of transport that can take you to the place this can save a lot of money
and time. Travel off seasonWhile planning a trip try to find out the off-season. The rooms will be less expensive and the place less crowded. Save money on airline ticket- Airline ticket prices can vary so much from day to day that you have
to be frequently watching for deals and bargains when they come up. Your airline ticket purchase allows you with the greatest opportunity to save money if done properly. Getting Cash – If you are going out of the country, you might not notice that many exchange centers have very bad exchange rates. Search the internet to find out good places to get cash in the local currency. Travel Light – While travelling make your luggage compact as the airlines charge you more for the extra bags you have and try to keep it all within one bag per person. Shared accommodation–If you are travelling in a group, sharing a room will be cheaper than booking separate rooms. A dorm facility can be a good option. Plan Your Meals – When you reach your destination, plan your meals economically
through choosing affordable places. A good option will be the exploring some of the local delicacies as they are appetizing and affordable at the same time. Pack your snacks- The food from airports or the train station can be expensive and not very exceptional. Brown bag healthy snacks and meals and try to book a hotel room with a
kitchenette, to save on meals. Book a cottage – If you are staying at a place for at least a few days, consider a cottage instead of hotel rooms. They are often are more comfortable with ample facilities and your cost will be cheaper. Avoid local transportation – Upon reaching your destination, walk around and explore the places rather than hiring a car or a taxi. With GPS and a local language dictionary, you are good to go. Try exploring nearby places- An overseas vacation can be expensive and the best way for a getaway is travel around somewhere nearer. You will be surprised to discover an array of places unexplored nearby. Go on a group tour-A package tour can be economical compared to other independent travel options. Basically, the more business you can give them, the better discount they can give you. Opt for Night travelling – If the transportation is going to be long, consider traveling at night. It will save money on accommo-
dation for the night and many hours of time. Beware of deception- Starting with the overcharging taxi driver to the vendor selling a souvenir that actually cost less than what they did demand. People won’t spare an opportunity to take advantage of us. So make sure you do a proper research on the transportation fares and the prices of goods. Bargaining is healthyUnless the price is listed somewhere, you are generally free to try to negotiate a better price. Duty Free – You can take advantage of the duty free shops at airports. They might not be the best deal but if you consider taxes, the place might make it least expensive. Get yourself a prepaid Forex card- Most bank cards add a 3 per cent cost to the exchange rates they get. Avoid this expense through these speciality spending cards. Some banks also offer a back-up card in case you misplace your primary card.
Travel Road movies
Road movies a way to exult the restless self One can define any road trips as an endless journey for self-discovery. The ultimate road trip is all about the journey, not the destination, and these road trip flicks stands out for its unlikeness. Text Anju Manoj Photos Various Sources he road movie is a vehicle for either one or a small group of individuals who seek to
The Motorcycle Diaries The motor cycle diaries is based on Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s memoir of a continent-spanning trek with his friend Alberto Granado. It captures a much more vulnerable Ernesto che guvera than the one we know as the movie takes us through the array of events that had shaped the legend inside the young guvera. The story encompasses triumphs and mishaps that two youngsters face throughout their travel .
Y Tu Mama Tambien “Y Tu Mama Tambien” is a teen drama movie about two teenage boys and an impulsive journey with an older woman that involves sexual discoveries. The story narrates the brittleness of life and the decisiveness of death. The movie is plotted exuberantly in the parallel world of poverty through which the characters move. An extremely spirited movie that manages to invest real humor, sensuality, and sympathy into a story.
escape the world they are living in and set out towards a destination on the road. These movies have caused a prodigious impact when you feel a desperate need for a
change from the hectic pace of lives. They are iconic films encompassing humor, horror or drama, and transport you from your sofa to a far-away world of adventure, action
and self-discovery. These ten flicks inspire you to step out of the conventional to be extemporaneous travelers seeking heartstring-tugging experiences on the road.
Into the wild Into the Wild is an adaptation of the popular book by Jon Krakauer, a nonfiction is an account of the journey of a young Virginia man, who separates himself from his friends, family, and possessions in search of a greater spiritual knowledge and a connection with nature. The movie plots a tragic ending but is infused with a sense of possibility as it invests the pure connection with the nature and beyond.
The Darjeeling Limited It is a story of three brothers who was sent to India to bond on train, bus and a motorcycle trip. The movie progresses as they rediscover one another and negotiate a few cultural misunderstandings with the locals. The Darjeeling Limited is a wonderful fabrication, which combines the warm Indian colors and faded majestic splendor into one magnificent train ride.
Little miss sunshine Little miss sunshine is a musical comedy film, which narrates the story of a young girl who longs to participate in a pre-teen pageant. The whole movie is a journey in a caravan through which they would reach the destination 800 miles away. Along the way, they face some mishaps, which almost ruined their plans, but all these events brought together the family while on a trip to accomplish something, a bit farfetched.
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi stands out for its theme, which is relatively new in Malayalam. The film marks its novelty not just by the captivating visuals but also by the rare ostentation. The story outlines the journey of two youths who are on a long ride from the southern tip of the India all the way to Nagaland. The voyagers experience love, friendship, triumphs, trounce and death on the road as they move closer to their destination.
North 24 Kaatham North 24 Kaatham is a movie plotted on the everyday life of Malayalees, where we have to face the inconveniences due to constant hartal or strike in the state. The story is about three strangers due to the circumstances had to travel from south towards the north of Kerala. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable with its situational humor and sarcastic dialogues at the dilemma of an ordinary man on a hartal day. Overall North 24 Kaatham is fresh and innovative concept.
My Own Private Idaho My Own Private Idaho is an influential movie directed by Gus Van Sant. In the movie Mike Waters, the young drifter played by River Phoenix is a narcoleptic who is first seen traveling through Idaho. This Homosexual road movie pictures a quite desolate, poetic reflection on the uncompromising desire for home. The poetic dialogue in some scenes mixed in with River Phoenixâ€™s narcolepsy makes the story contented with unique characters and exceptional adventure.
Bachelor Party Bachelor party is a travelogue movie based on friendship, love, treachery, triumph and defeat. The whole story is happening during a period of three days. The director Amal Neerad have tried to incorporate the best of technical aspects to bring in the classy Tarantino style into Malayalam. The film has a rugged attitude with its crude characters and atypical dialogues.
Zindagi na milega doobara The film portrays the story of three friends who set out on a fantasy trip and the consequent events later on change their lives and perspectives. The film is made â€˜feel goodâ€™ with its outstanding visuals and soothing backgrounds. The chemistry between these childhood friends is reflected in this movie where they all inadvertently desire to break free from the clutters of their lives and by the end of the movie, each took a brave leap in their lives.
Tech on the go Longing for an escape from the hubbubs? Travelling for business? or both? No trip is complete these days without an array of gadgets built to travel effortlessly. Whether you're making your way by plane, train, automobile, or even your own two feet, these geeky travel gadgets make you forget about your Smartphone’s low battery life to a long confusing checklist. Find out what the travelers are taking on the road this year.
The Powerbag Business Class Pack Good news for the travelers as you don’t have to roam around to find a plug point. With Powerbag Business Class Pack, you can charge the devices on the go. This particular bag pack has built in battery system supplying enough power to charge your devices from your smart phones to your laptops Price: 9,600 approx . SpareOne Emergency Mobile Phone This mobile phone works using one AA battery with a huge lifespan of 15-years. By plugging in a local sim card this device can be used anywhere around the world. The device also comes with add on features like built-in flashlight and a dedicated emergency services dial button and for these reasons it won the esteemed Innovations Award at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Association convention. Price: 4,920 approx
Polaroid iM1836 Snap For the photo enthusiasts out there, the Android-powered smart camera will be the item to show off. The polariod iM1836 has the best inbuilt features including changeable lenses coupled with a 10-30mm optical zoom lens. The camera works on android’s 4.1 jelly bean operating system which enables seamless capturing and sharing. Price: 18,876 approx
TripIt Pro App Triplt -an all in one travel organizer is a pro application designed to manage travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip particulars in one place. By just sending the confirmation emails to plans@tripit. com, and triplt will right away create an agenda for your trip. If there are any changes in the schedule, this smart app lets you know through messages or e-mails.
rivate Wi-Fi This facility provides a network to get internet access without accessing the data roaming. It’s a monthly subscription service Open spaces withthat wide bay window acts like a private network which can hide your location and data providing a safer environment to browse. create a very spa-
Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger An overcharged device isn’t something great while considering the battery life of the device and not to mention energy loss. With the Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger we can overcome these inconveniences. Once the device is fully charged, the power from the mains will shut down automatically saving the devices battery life as well as energy. This piece of innovation can be used in any electronic devices using 30-pin or mini-USB ports. Price: 1,140 approx
The spaces are given a dramatic, character-laden club look, teaming with woody and warm tones.
The Lifeproof Nüüd The adventure lovers can now hike, kayak or even climb without worrying about their precious devices from any kinds of impacts. The whole new Lifeproof Nüüd, protects your tablet against bumps, shocks, rain, snow, dirt and more, without obstructing its accessibility. This one of a kind accessory is very compact making this the perfect accessory for your travel pad Price: 5,445 approx
Trakdot Luggage Tracker Now you can track your luggage with the all new Trakdot Luggage Tracker. With this device you don’t have to rely on anyone else to find out where your luggage is. By just synchronizing this GSM chipequipped monitor to an app on your phone, and you can locate the exact location of your luggage. Price: 3,000 approx
The pad we share Do you wish to see the world sans guidebooks sans maps without burning a hole in your pocket? Now there is a way to connect with like-minded travelers and mingle with some of the most hospitable people around the world.
umping into someone whom you’ve known through some emails or messages can be a little intimidating but you can have an experience of a lifetime. For the travel enthusiasts, couch surfing is a great way to experience a place through a native’s perspective. There is no better
way to understand the culture and customs of a particular place than to live with natives which offers a distinctive and inclusive travel experience CouchSurfing is a network connecting worldwide travelers and adventurers offering a variety of hospitality exchange and social networking services. Consisting of more than 2 million members present in 230
countries worldwide, couch surfing is a great way to explore into other places and cultures in a low budget. A CouchSurfer will stay at the host’s place for a day or more, depending on the arrangement made between the host and the guest. They can contact each other through the organization’s nonprofit website, which exists in 33 languages. The move-
ment began in San Francisco in 2003, upholding the concept of “connecting people all over the world for inspiring experiences that create understanding, personal growth and trust.” Upon joining CouchSurfing, you are instructed to create an online profile, elucidating your views , skills, your favorite music, movies, and books, etc. Members post photographs
Quick Read of themselves and also the accommodation options such as sofas, sleeping bags and beds so as to illustrate the clear picture of the person whom you might share a room or an apartment with. A broad array of cultural perception is achievable through couchSurfing as the concept is available in more than 70,000 cities. The one rule in couchSurfing is that travelers are not allowed to exchange money. As the hosts you can choose what you want to offer – a couch for backpackers or just meeting up for a meal. You can write references for people you met through CouchSurfing as your hosts or other backpackers and others do the same for you. Though couchSurfing is an impending concept in India it very easy to find a host in almost every city. Finding a safer place is the tricky part in India. From a country where women living alone are considered
taboo, most of the hosts from India are men. It is safer for the female travelers to check the details like whether the person is living alone and the location. You can choose people living in families or couples to stay away from any concealed intention and at the same time you can deeply grasp their cultures and other rituals. With the increasing possibilities in couchSurfing, the members do endorse the positive factors such as global equality and to diminish cultural barriers. The couch surfers from around the world share their experience as being a great place to meet likeminded people and unbounded possibilities to exchange experiences.
Couch surfing on mobile Couchsurfing app is available in App store and google play. Description CouchSurfing is the world’s largest social travel network, connecting a global community of travelers and explorers. Members get together to share a place to stay, to hang out or even to have a coffee together.
In the app, you can Search for people to connect with Respond to and send CouchRequests Have conversations with upcoming hosts and surfers Easily view people’s profiles Facebook login
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Ravishing beauty Soft flowing georgette sari with peacock print and toning blouse.
wedding Changing face of Malayalee wedding
The Big Fat
Mallu Weddings Wedding, being once-in-a-lifetime event, is a special occasion for everyone. The celebration of the joy and happiness of this occasion is now growing innovative, unconventional as well as flamboyant. Text Dhanya Menon Photos Various Sources alayalai weddings which are known for their innate simplicity and minimal rituals is now giving way to the grant Bollywood set trends of Big Fat Indian Weddings. The buoyant economy, influence of media and the desire to make a buzz has made the typical Malayali wedding a band, baaja, barat. The actual wedding ceremony will be conducted according to traditions, but the wedding eve and reception are stages for innovation and luxury. Industry experts say that the wedding budgets today ranges between Rs 30 to 35 lakhs for a two day event. Here’s a pick from the latest luxury trends in the Kerala wedding industry.
Traditional Extravagance A review of the lavish weddings conducted by top Kochi based event planners shows the fact that Keralites does not want to move away from traditions, but are exploring new ways to splurge on it. Caprisoned elephants welcoming the guests at entrance, percussion ensembles
QUICK READ Top Wedding Trends Theme Traditional, North Indian, Arabian Colours White, Gold and Purple Venue Resorts, Open Air, Backwaters Photography Candid Jewellery Fusion Trousseau Fusion style, In contrast to décor Cake Thematic Décor With imported items
over the pathway, Kathakali regalia waiting to accompany you to the hall, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali tableaux on stage, live performances, Keralite’s love for culture goes like this.
Innovative Ideas Weddings on houseboat, beach side weddings, thematic weddings; wedding planners as well as families are wracking their brains to make the special day a celebrity one. And if you are thinking that this is being restricted to cities and NRI couples, you are wrong. Big Fat Weddings are happening in every nook and corner of Kerala. The bride-groom sitting on a flower chariot or a pumpkin chariot, faux temple settings, Victorian ambience, ‘Sufi’ nites, Arabian dreams, it goes endless.
performers in North, here we have celebrity playback singers including Stephen Devassy, Jassi Gift, Balabhaskar, Sivamani or renowned DJs to jazz up the event. Even middle class families are going for several trimmed versions of these.
Wedding Planners Wedding planners are not new to Keralites, but the difference is that earlier wedding planners were hired only for weddings of the super rich or celebrities. But today, wedding planners
Grandest, innovative and amazing stages are setting up now with imported tulips, crystals, sky lanterns etc.
Fusion Elements It’s a fact that no one wants to move away from the root for pure contemporary elements. But a pan-Indian appeal is coming to Kerala homes. People have started organising pre-wedding ceremonies like ‘Mehendi’, ‘Sangeet’, ‘Baraat’ inspired by Bollywood movies. “Dakshina’ a ritual in the dawn
are becoming an intrinsic part of even middle class weddings. Even small towns have wedding planners now.
Invites Wedding invitations have also come under a drastic makeover. From the traditional designer cards, there are several luxury options like invitation in a wooden or metal box, stories about the couples and how they met in classy designs, scented cards, cards embellished with beads, stones and crystals, gifts
of the wedding day has moved to the pre- wedding day which will be followed by extravagance in folk or North Indian themed settings.
Party Fever The five minutes ritual of garland exchange and ‘Minnukettal’ is getting extended to five days now as those sparse rituals are getting fattened up with parties for friends, cousins, colleagues and others, besides bachelor and bachelorette parties. If Bollywood stars are guest
wedding Changing face of Malayalee wedding
and sweets along with the card etc. These innovative cards range from Rs.200/- to 400/for one card and additional costs for embellishments.
like Sameera Saneesh and Shine Benaven are becoming popular, with costs of trousseau running to lakhs. The couples are fetched in anything not less than Audi or a BMW of which the rent varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000, for 6-8 hours. Professional bridal make-up artistes are grooming and dressing up the bride. While the list goes endless, ironically, these are accompanied by a growing obsession with â€˜purityâ€™ of rituals. Many Hindu weddings are now introducing things like vedic chantings during the ritual. Christian and Muslim weddings are digging out sever-
There are several other extravagances in terms of trousseau, make over, cars, and more. Exclusive designer wears designed by Ritu Kumar and Hari Ananad to Keralite designers
al age old traditions which are extinct now. In short, Keralites started leaving no stone unturned to make their wedding an out-of-the-world affair.
Cakes Designer cakes and thematic cakes take new shapes and sizes right from Eiffel Tower to miniatures of the bridegroom, or matching the wedding theme. Bridal cakes matching the bridal trousseau and 4 D cakes which have elements like sound, light, smoke and action are the latest in wedding cakes.
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Simply Captivating A clever architect knows how to get the most out of every square inch of potential in a small space by implementing some smart design solutions, interior planning and thus create a seemingly spacious home.
Quick Read Quick Facts: A contemporary apartment giving the feel of an individual house Type: City Queen Apartments by SR Properties Owned by: Mr.Reghunath
Text Dhanya Menon Photos V M Architects
Area: 1600 sq ft Location: Vadakara Design: Vinay Mohan, V M Architects, Kozhikode. Tel: 963382271
01 A simple and elegant living room, with a sneak peak to the break fast counter. Gives the impression of an open concept
02 Black abstract pattern against pure white wall
inimal means not just clutter free. Minimal today also means leaching every bit of personality. You need not do anything over the top, but a simple and sophisticated appeal can be achieved, when everything serves a specific function. Comfortable and practical interiors being one of the most desirable ones today, this apartment located in
Vadakara proves that you need not own an individual house to taste luxury. Contemporary furniture, clean lines and a monochromatic palette lend this home a sophisticated aura. The designer has created an emphatically linear design for a feel of spaciousness. Smart space saving techniques dominates the design.
Living Room True to its name, living room is
03 A vibrant bedroom
with ample natural lighting. Vertical and horizontal patterns landing a more spacious feel.
04 Wash area with niche
storage beneath positioned in a space saving way.
05 Master bedroom with an elegant flavour
the space where you and your family lives truly and spends quality time together. The living room here is simple, spacious and has some unique techniques which transform a simple look to something interesting. A simple sofa set and furniture with gentle flavours add an elegant feel to the room. An abstract pattern with steel lends uniqueness and a feeling of brightness to the living space, while the plain simple drapes fills the room with an airy and light vibe. There is a sneak peak to the kitchen from the living space, giving a feel of openness, and the glass work separates the dining area to offer privacy. The living room is flooded with soft light, pristine whiteness and the wide windows unlike other apartments, lends a
spacious as well as a feeling of purity. Both the living room and the dining space with a balcony is a lesson in simplistic design.
Bedrooms Each of the 3 bedrooms here has a different personality, yet
not completely deviating from the main theme. The master bedroom is a classy one, while the kidâ€™s bedroom is vibrant and the guest bedroom is aptly elegant. By applying the minimalist design, the bedrooms here are elegant and comfortable. The
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furniture and accessories have a simple and clean design. The natural sheer patterns are decreasing in popularity now a days, but here it is cleverly used for an added elegance in design. Meanwhile, to avoid a flat impression, contrasting colors and linear patterns are introduced. Another notable feature in the bedrooms is the maximized usage of built-in storage. Attached bathrooms with linear tiles giving the place a spacious feel.
In tune with the modern trends, this home has an open kitchen with breakfast counter. The storage spaces in the kitchen are smartly camouflaged by paintings. Simplicity is the virtue of this house, while there is a brilliant coupling of aesthetics and utility. It is true that colours have a great impact on your moods and each colour makes you feel different. On a whole this house is harmonious and is bustling with life.
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the kitchen overlooking the living spaces. Allows spaces more interactive
07 Guest bedroom with elegance
08 A vibrant kitchen with a lively green and white shade
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Urban Utopia We feel your search for a perfect abode should end here as the foremost developers - Sobha has revolutionized the concept of living inside four walls into a marvellous bliss.
QUICK READ Sobha Developers Limited ‘Sobha City’ Guruvayoor Road Thrissur, Pin - 680553 Kerala, India. MOb: +91 9633 90 90 90 Tel : + 91 487 2389770/1
ocated in the cultural capital of Kerala Sobha City is known for its high-tech amenities and robust architecture to bring in the paramount lifestyle. This 55 acre endeavour is lush in greenery so as to restore nature in an urban backdrop. Let’s glimpse into this world class township- the life at Sobha
Dr. V.M. Manoharan The one feature that attracted us was the ambience and ecofriendly architecture. The serene ambience is beyond comparable and is unlike anywhere else in Kerala. We get all the conveniences of living in an independent house. Mr. M. Sethumadhvan The one factor that has to be praised for is its ambience and also the quality of work. They have used only the premium quality materials in building up the whole project making it the most comfortable place to live in.
Mr. V. Vijayan & Mrs. Seethadevi Vijayan Security can be a crucial factor especially for us old people and it’s very difficult for our children to check on us all the time. But here at Sobha they provide a good security for the residents making it a safer environment to live in. Mr. K. Viswanathan & Mrs. Sasikala. V The one thing that attracted us is the pollution free atmosphere. We can enjoy the greenish splendour that the place provides making us forget about the fact that we are living in an apartment in the middle of a city.
Mr. T.S. Anantharaman & Mrs. Girija Anantharaman Sobha has various activities for all age groups such as club house, gym; aerobics training etc. Another important factor is the ventilation, every nook and corner of the apartment is airy and properly ventilated and I am sure the architect has done a pretty good job accomplishing that. We are enjoying the retirement life here at Sobha with all the premium facilities and amenities. Major Krishnakumar & Mrs. Usha Krishnakumar We have been living here for a year now and as everyone knows Sobha always gifts the best for its customers, and this has to be one of the finest living space in the state. Though we came to know about the place through our friends when we first visited the township we were mesmerized with the planning, architecture and above all the wide roads that made jogging and walking enjoyable. Mr. C.K. Sathyanarayanan Mrs. P.N. Sreekala, Sreerekha & Bharath Our favourite spot in the apartment is the balcony particularly in the rainy season. In the green background the sight of rain falling into the lake is magnificent and relaxing. We can spent hours sitting there adoring the exquisiteness of the place. Mr. Kishore. P Mrs. Kala Kishore, kiran & sharan The place is completely free of pollution and the calm and serene atmosphere further pulled us into settling in Sobha. One other feature is that all the necessities come to our doorstep. It can be food items to grocery, the facilities are just a phone call away.
Mr. T.P. Mohanakrishnan & Mrs. Rekha Mohanakrishnan The villas here are spacious and offer ample amount of privacy compared to other villas where there are shared walls and other inconveniences hindering privacy. Another major highlight is that we are living in the vicinity of hospitals, schools, temple, and other transportation facilities making the place even more convenient.
Mr. Lijo Davis Mrs. Minu Lijo & joe The ambience is the highlight of the place. Comparing to other apartments and townships this place is lush with green which makes us feel like home.
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Rare birds Of the Ghats Black and Orange Flycatcher
Conservation Status Threatened
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Conservation Status Extinct
Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
Great Indian Hornbill
Wild Life Photographer Neelakandan Madavana Shares few of the shot of the rare birds in Kerala
Nilgiri blue Robin Conservation Status Threatened
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Conservation Status Threatened
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Conservation Status Threatened
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destination party destinations
loves to Party Text FWD Media Photos Various Sources J Savyo canâ€™t remember a time without strains of music decorating his life. For the first DJ from Kerala to have debuted in Bollywood, Savyo has performed with Bombay Vikings, Shibani Kashyap, K K, Silk Route, Shaan, Sonu Nigam , Usha Uthup,Stephen Devassy et. al. He has been travelling around the globe and and feeling the vibe at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. DJ Savyo has come up with a list of exclusive nightclubs, lounges and bars across the metro cities of India where he loves to play.
F-Bar, Lower Parel, Mumbai Only inhouse DJâ€™s play there. It is jampacked after 11 pm. There are two floors with a deck giving uninhibited views. Each area has different rates, say at the Gold Area you have to pay Rs 5000 for the entry. The elaborate food and alcohol line up is just an added
Royalty Club, Bandra West, Mumbai Royalty has a Dark ambience. It has huge space and has to its credit a list of major international who played there including David Guetta.
Pebbles, Jayamahal, Bangalore One of the biggest venues in Bangalore, Pebbles reminds you of Goa. Set in a rocky jungle theme, this night club has the setup for excellent music, flowing booze and the lush greens with rocky outdoors set the mood just right for a high class camping type party. Pebbles is completely buzzing on Saturday nights, with a nominal cover.
Hard Rock Cafe, Worli, Mumbai The place boasts of a fantastic ambiance. It comes alive on the weekends and has a great crowd. This place quite often organises performances by less known and some very-known performers from various genres (jazz to blues to EDM).
Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai It blends acoustic excellence and ambience with live performances, great cuisine and an excellent bar. Genres of music range from jazz, blues, funk, soul and afro/latin to electronic, club, rock, folk and lots more.
The Beach, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar
Hardrock Cafe (Bacardi weekender), Banjara Hills, Hyderbad You wanna rock n roll and party every day, then Hardrock cafe is your place to be. One of the most hip and happening place with great ambience, energetic rock music and good Food & Drinks. It is always lively and bouncy.
Take a trip to The Beach in the middle of Bangalore city and sip on exotic cocktails while you sway to retro and hip hop beats. Regulary conducts Bollywood nights.
Shiro, Chanaykya Puri, New Delhi
Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon Its a huge area allocated for performing arts and different types of cultural fiesta. It has been instrumental in providing a destination for many people who otherwise found it difficult to get the extravaganza
Hard Rock Cafe, Saket District Centre, New Delhi When you enter the huge door of HRC, you are definitely in a different world of Rock, Booze and Good American Food.
The clubbing area has been divied into four layers. You start off with Water, graduate to Fire, the Sky and Heaven, which offers the best view of the DJ booth which is otherwise tucked away behind giant sliding doors. lounge bar is known for its pan-Asian cuisine. The minimum spend is Rs.40000 and generally plays retro music.
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The Exibition held recently in the city, organised by the Rotary.
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Sachin 200 Not Out.. As a mark of respect to the master blaster -Sachin Tendulkar, RED FM Cochin launched a 200 hours of nonstop program dedicated to the cricket icon. For 200 hours that is precisely 8.5 days, irrespective of whether it was
day or night, till the historic day when the legend played his 200th Test Match and bid adieu to memorable career spanning 24 years, the RED FM and all of their RJs spoke only about Sachin. Since the beginning of the
campaign, calls were pouring in from our listeners who only wanted to talk about Sachin. The campaign saw a huge participation from our listeners who came to the radio station with refreshments for our RJs and showed solidarity towards the Sachin campaign. The program was kept alive by our RJs who were on air to speak and listen from die-hard Sachin fans between super hit music until they passed on the mike to the next two RJs who took over. Many celebrities shared their experience on air with our RJs including the upcoming star, Dhyan who with much excitement as any other Indian admiring the living legend shared his experiences of meeting Sachin Tendulker in person. With proud faces and heavy hearts the listeners, RJs and the guests encouraged the little master for the feat he was about to
accomplish. That was not all. As a part of the campaign, RED FM Cochin along with FWD Life magazine held a signature campaign at Lulu Mall on November 16th where Sachin fans could write all that they wished about him on a flex board. The wishes poured in from all over who worshipped his sheer perfection and humility that he retained throughout his triumphs. This flex board was dedicated to the citizens of Cochin at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium during the inauguration of Sachin Pavilion by the CM and was displayed at the stadium during the ODI cricket match on November 25th. The campaign had given a chance for the people to pay a tribute to the living legend for his wonderful and pristine professional career leaving amazing records that inspired the generations to come.
WHITE FIESTA In this festive season, Feast your eyes and your taste buds as we bring you the best of delicacies to indulge yourselves and to get into the holiday spirits.
Red Velvet cupcakes with Coconut-Crea Cheese Frosting Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 3 tablespoons red food coloring 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups buttermilk Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Roasted Veal Chops with Grapes Ingredients 1 pound seedless red grapes 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon sugar Salt and freshly ground pepper Four 1-inch-thick veal rib chops (about 1/2 pound each) Asparagus 2 to 3 nos 2 tablespoons of mashed potato
Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 240 degree C On a baking sheet, toss the grapes with the vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and the sugar; season with salt and pepper. 2. Roast for about 10 minutes, shaking the baking sheet halfway through, until the grapes are hot and the pan is sizzling. 3. Rub the veal chops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper. Push the grapes to one side of
the baking sheet. 4. Add the veal chops and roast for about 5 minutes, or until sizzling underneath. Turn the chops and roast for 5 minutes longer for medium-rare meat. 5. Transfer the veal chops to a platter, 6.pour the grapes and juices on top. stir fry asparagus along with vegetables of your choice. 7. spoon in mashed potatoe on to the plate along with the chops and stir fries vegetables.
1. Preheat oven to 170 degree C. Beat butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. 2. Gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add food coloring and vanilla, beating until blended. 3. Whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Spoon batter into cupcake moulds. 4. Bake the cakes at 170 degree for 10 minutes .Cool the cakes on wire rack for 10 minutes. 5. Pipe the Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting on the cupcakes. For coconut-cream frosting Beat cream cheese, and of butter at medium speed until smooth. Add coconut extract, beating until blended. Gradually add 4 cups of powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in 2 cups of shredded coconut.
Winter tomato-mozzarella bruschetta Ingredients 200 grams cherry tomatoes coarse salt 200 grams mini mozzarella 1 loaf ciabatta or French bread extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar black pepper fresh basil leaves 2 garlic cloves (optional)
preparation 1. Heat the oven to 160 degree C. Place a baking parchment on a tray and spread the coarse salt generously.
Cranberry Cocktail Ingredients 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries 2 cups dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Thin strips of zest from 1/2 lemon Pinch of coarse salt 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2 cups seltzer
Preparation 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put cranberries into a large skillet; Bring syrup, wine, brown sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, lemon zest, peppercorns, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking occasionally. 2. Pour over cranberries. Cover tightly with foil, and bake until cranberries are soft but have not burst, about 10 minutes.
2. Slice the tomatoes in half and place on the salt, cut side up. Sprinkle with pepper and leave in the oven to dry for 40-50 minutes. Slice the ciabatta thinly, drizzle with olive oil and place under hot grill for a few minutes, until golden brown. 3. Slice the mozzarella cheese coarsely and place in paper towel to dry. If using garlic, peel it, cut in half and gently rub the ciabatta. 4. To serve, arrange the ciabatta pieces on the serving plate place the tomato and mozzarella pieces on top tear some fresh basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer cranberries to a bowl; cover with 1 cup cooking liquid. Let cool completely. 3. Bring 1/2 cup cooking liquid and the granulated sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, whisking until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to low; simmer until liquid has reduced and barely coats the back of a spoon, about 6 minutes. 4. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; let cool completely. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 3 days. 5. Reserve 40 cranberries. Puree remaining cranberries until liquid in a blender. 6. To serve, place 10 reserved cranberries on each of 4 decorative skewers. Pour 1/4 cup puree and 1/4 cup syrup into each of four 12-ounce glasses; stir to combine. 7. Add skewers, and fill glasses with ice. Top with seltzer, and serve.
events kochin half marathon
RUN KOCHI RUN One more reason for Kochi to cheer becomes the part of the elite list of cities across the globe that boasts of a marathon of its own with the first ever Cochin International Half Marathon to be held on December 29 with two legends ,Actor Mohalal andn Olympian Milkha Singh as brand ambassadors. Photos Push Integrated Communications ochi is the second city in South India after Bangalore to host a marathon. Mumbai and Delhi are the other cities that hold marathons annually. The concept conceived by the Kochi Corporation will be promoted and executed by Push Integrated Communications. Online registration for the event was launched at a function in the presence of athletic icons Milkha Singh, P.T. Usha and actor Mohan-
lal. Online registration is already open. Walk-in registration for the event will begin on Wednesday and close on December 22 or even before in case the running places get filled up. Organisers expect record participation for the event considering that participants will have the opportunity to run alongside some of the worldâ€™s best long distance athletes and Indiaâ€™s best runners. Besides half marathon, a 7-km amateur run will be held for people from all walks of life.
QUICK READ The half marathon will have a general category besides separate categories for various age groups whereas the amateur run will offer Keralites above the age of 15 an opportunity to run and emerge winners. The half marathon has been certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and is being held under the aegis of the Athletic Federation of India. The technical side of the event will be the responsibility of the Kerala State Athletics Federation.The Race Director is Edgar De Veer from Netherlands who is an an experienced and illustrious organizer, co-ordinator and manager of track & athletic, marathon events all over the world The event will carry a total cash prize of Rs. 60 lakh with separate prize money for Indian athletes. The event will witness the participation of around 20 foreign athletes from countries, including Kenya and Ethiopia. The male and female winners of half marathon will bag $5,000 each while the runners-up will get $3,000 each. Prize money will be awarded to first eight finishers in both men and women categories. The fastest man and woman athlete will take home Rs. 2 lakh each. The half marathon will be a timed event and all successful finishers will be provided with a finishersâ€™ medal and timing certificate. The half marathon will have an entry fee of Rs. 200 and the amateur run Rs. 100. Registration can be done online through www.cochinmarathon.co. For more information, contact the helpline 0484-2207022. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date December 29, 2013 Half Marathon 21 km Certificates will be awarded only to participants who finish the 21 Km Half Marathon they have enrolled in.
Amateur run First 7 km Celebrity run 2 km Prize Money Total cash prize of Rs. 60 lakh Registration www.cochinmarathon.com For more information, contact the helpline 0484-2207022. email email@example.com
Are you boring in bed?
How to Scoring system If you’ve marked ‘Red’ then you’re a lion in sheep’s clothing, you like raunchy sessions now and again
After a few years into a relationship, couples usually complain about the monotony and boredom creeping in. And before your partner brands you as a dead fish it’s important to take a self evaluation to make sure that you still have a hidden spark that can sizzle your sex life
For those with majority ‘Blue’ you aren’t obsessed by it. You understand that a healthy sex life needs to include some variety and are not scared or disgusted by those things that others consider pleasurable. Continue to explore your boundaries and try new avenues. Finally people with ‘Green’ should try to spice up things and achieve a healthy balance in the bedroom
How do you react when your lover asks you to talk dirty in bed?
How do you feel when you discover a porn magazine at your lover’s flat?
Let loose - you know how to deliver the goods!
It doesn’t bother you that much - in fact, you’re a little turned on.
You can hear hair grow with the deathly silence that descends in the room.
You can’t believe it, what is he thinking?
Have a bit of a go, but feel a little shy.
You wonder if he has any videos to go with it…
Where would you feel most comfortable ‘doing the do’?
What do you say when your lover buys you an outfit for role-play?
Outdoors, in the broom cupboard anywhere!
‘Your place or mine, naughty?’
You like it at home, but would try anywhere at least once
‘OK, I’ll put it on - but only for a little bit.’
Strictly in the bedroom, you have a bad back
‘You filthy *!&?%!!!!’
Would your lover convince you to do something in bed that you find a little intimidating?
What do you do when your lover suggests watching a porno film instead of foreplay?
Not really - you would be able to convince him to stick to the usual routine.
Agree to try it out.
Never, you would get too upset to do anything at all.
Tell him one is already in the video, ready to go.
Yes, after a little prodding and reassuring.
Pretend you’ve suddenly lost your hearing.
Kashi- Your Karmic Connection Art and food-The two words are clo¬sely interwoven in such a way that artists have used food as an artistic medium to influence our sensory experiences and inspire us
quick read Kashi Art Cafe Burgar St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi Opening hours 8.30am-7.30pm
Text Anju Manoj Photos Various Sources
or those who admire art and good food, Kashi art café is the destination. The place has art, food, tranquility- a one of a kind place where you can hide out from the hubbubs of the city. Kashi art café is a hub where artists can showcase their works and for everyone who enjoys a conversation over a cup of coffee or for those in search of a quiet place for uninterrupted reading. Tucked away from the hue and cry of the city, the place offers a peaceful and picturesque ambience. The cafe flaunts alacrity and
one can spend hours out here contemplating, perceive things around and just watching the world lapse. Kashi is distinctive with its array of contemporary art forms that adorn this cafe’s walls making its every nook and corner perched. The place is made rustic by replacing most of the walls with exotic potted plants along with pebbles and neutral colors. The café showcases a sitar performance twice a week making the place more alluring. The art gallery in Kashi Art is a platform for the aspiring artists to showcase and to bring out their works to the
public glare. Artists such as NN Rimzon, Sosa Joseph, Zakki Hussein, Valsan Koorma Kolleri and Anant Joshi and other established artists also display their works here. The place offers simple and natural food. The perfect accompaniment to the variety of freshly made cakes and pies would be their special cup of coffee such as Press Coffee, Espresso, Café Latte or a cup of Masala or Chamomile tea. The cold drinks available here are Limeade, Homemade Iced Tea, Cold Coffee and Pineapple Juice. Limeade is made from freshly squeezed lime and soda sweetened with
narunandi and sugar syrup. The ingredients are fresh and earthy which are ideal to the persona of the place. Kashi Art Café also serves continental breakfast and lunch for which they have fixed daily menus. The choice is normally limited to two items for each meal. The concept of art gallery and cafeteria clubbed together is a relatively new concept in Kerala and has become a sensation among the youngsters, especially the tourists. The contemporary arty ambience that the place offers makes it a distinctive hangout spot.
THE PULP FACTORY is a must visit for juice and cream lovers. The idea behind Pulp Factory is to provide healthy and hygienic fresh juices along with snacks, which are uniquely Mumbai-flavoured. There are three different categories of eatables that you get here. Fresh juice extracted from fruit pulp using state-of-the-art machines, assorted cream mixed fruits, dry fruits and falooda combinations and the distinctly Mumbai-flavoured sandwiches and rolls.
the pulp factory 3rd floor, Food Court Lulu Mall, Edappally, Cochin
THE PULP FACTORY
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Travel tips for pets Planning to hit the road or fly the skies with your pet? We give you tips on how to move with your best companion hassle-free
ost of us consider pets as our family members so naturally we can’t bear the thought of leaving them behind. A fluffy faithful dog or cat curled up beside can give us enough warmth and comfort. Travelling with pets can be a wonderful and bonding experience provided we do proper planning and preparation. The foremost thing that must be kept in mind is that not all pets are suited for travel. And it is necessary to consider the pet’s temperament and physical conditions before
embarking on a journey. By following the below mentioned simple tips we can make sure to have a hassle free journey with our furry friends Make a visit to your vet to update any shots your pet needs, check your pet for any health problems that may be affected by travel, get a health certificate and proof of any necessary shots from your vet, and get any medication your pet needs. Make sure your pet has the proper ID to travel, including and a collar with a current ID tag. You may also consider a
collar tag with travel-specific information, such as your cell phone number. If you’re travelling out of state, take your pet’s health records along. Put your name, destination address and cell phone number on your pet’s crate in case of emergency. Make sure your pet is welltrained, well-socialized, and used to traveling in your car. Put Together a Travel Kit that would have pooper scooper, waste bags, treats, an extra leash, small first-aid items like nail clippers and liquid bandages and your pet’s favorite pillow or toy for comfort.
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Feed your no less than three to four hours before your trip begins, to minimize motion sickness. If your pet needs to eat during the duration of the trip, feed it at a rest stop an¬d give it some time to digest. During any trip, it’s important to stop often so your pet can stretch its legs, relieve itself and burn off some excess energy. Don’t ever let your pet hang its head out the window as it could be hit by flying objects, and the wind and cold air can cause inner-ear damage and lung infections
Great places to have sex other than bedroom
Hot spots to make out
other than Bedroom Has sex in your bedroom become a mundane activity for both of you then it’s time to spice up your sex at some ‘not so common’ places where you and your partner can get nasty. lluring sexual spots are concealed not only in your house but outside as well: like an empty elevator, back of a car, beach at night and list goes on but just make sure you don’t get caught! Couples can also be more adventurous and try out places with a high risk of getting caught but the risk enhances experience and pleasure. So here are a few unorthodox places where you and your partner can turn on the heat.
Something new… Bring her to a new destination. You can take your partner to a hotel room and make your day as romantic as possible which you hesitate doing at home with oils, candles and the like. The great thing about getting a room for the night is that you can make the biggest mess and get nasty all night long, without having to worry about the mess the morning after. The best thing to do is plan this kind of evening spontaneously without waiting for a special occasion. Just do it for a change where
you and your partner can make love to a new environment.
Get a hot tub. Get a hot tub. You and your partner can lose yourselves into the capaciousness that a hot tub provides remember that your aim here is to make this moment tub-full of memories.
Be a little outrageous Everyone has some sort of sexual fetishes and nothing is more exciting than exploring and finding a new spot but few are brave enough to act on it. Plan a date with your partner. Don’t mention where the date is going to be until you both reach there. Be a little adventurous in your private office or even conference rooms. All the spots are great for forbidden sex, if you’re sure your boss isn’t around.
Take her to the beach Nothing romantic holding hands and a walk through the sea shore. Why not get a little more intimate? Prepare the night; get a bottle of wine, a candle, a blanket, and whatever else you need. Chill out and enjoy what the moment has to offer. Surroundings alone can get her in the mood as the evening progresses.
In a parking lot Cars have always been a popular spot to get audacious. It’s illegal if someone sees you, but otherwise, go for it! We recommend private areas of parking lots at night. If you’re feeling really daring, try it out during the day.
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