Ethnic wear with a twist

India is a land of diversities; diversity in the language people speak, food habits, festivals celebrated, marriage rituals, etc are the specialty of India. Festivals are like life and soul of Indian tradition. Festivals in India mean get-together with friends and relatives, cooking special dishes, lots of music, celebration, enjoyment and also shopping. Wearing ethnic clothes during festivals, marriage functions and special occasions is an integral part of such celebrations.

But, ethnic wear does not have to be the same old boring stuff. The latest modern trends are meant not only for western wear, now even our ethnic dresses are not lagging behind. You can get ethnic clothes like Saree, Lehenga Choli, Designer Sarees, Salwar suit, Anarkalies, Designer Blouses, Gowns, etc easily Continue reading

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Adventure and the mountains

A life lived in a routine way, carrying out mundane matters, is not a life lived to the fullest. Don’t just lead your life, or don’t just pass it, try to Live your life. Life’s journey is like a roller coaster ride, but adventure is life is very much needed. Adventure is like the spice of life. Live your life to the fullest, make adventure a way of your life.

Adventure can be done in many ways like bungee jumping, parasailing, scuba diving, cliff climbing, trekking, skydiving, river rafting, mountaineering and many more such activities.

Mountaineering is described as the adventure sport of mountain climbing. Imagine a white expanse everywhere, snow clad high mountains on all sides, what a beauty it must be! White bed sheet of snow everywhere, what a splendid view that must be! It can only be imagined with closed eyes. The mountaineers get to see the epic beauties of nature, inhale the crisp, fresh mountain air, which we mortals can only imagine. What adrenaline rush the mountaineers must be feeling! Every adventure enthusiast dreams of climbing the peak point of the Himalayan mountains i.e. Mount Everest.

Mountaineering might seem easy and beautiful, but, it is done in very difficult terrains in difficult weather conditions with less supply of food, water and even oxygen. Even though all the mountaineers are well trained and well equipped to face difficult situations, still in the face of adversity, even a small movement becomes a Herculean task.

Mountaineering is not done in a single day, it takes many days and that depends on many conditions especially the weather conditions of the mountains. From this point of view, for mountaineers or mountain climbers, shelter is of very much importance. High mountains like the Himalayas require many days of camping. Base Camp is a mountain area which is used for staging an attempt at the summit. Such camps are positioned in a way so as to provide safety from harsh weather conditions of the summit to the mountain climbers. Depending on the height of the summit, a mountain can have many camps above the base camp. The Mount Everest has camps I to IV above the Base Camp.

Mountaineering gives the adrenaline rush to the adventure junkies still it is one of the most dangerous activities in the world. There are many hazards involved in mountaineering which are like adverse climatic conditions, avalanches, equipment failure, fatigue, etc. and these situations can sometimes even lead to loss of life.

Still, no glory is achieved in life without taking risks in life. If you want to enjoy and live your life to the fullest, then include adventure in your life, take risks in life. Don’t just pass your life, live it.

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Sholay – The best Bollywood film ever made

In India,Bollywood plays a major part in the entertainment of the people. Whether you are planning an outing with your family, get-together with friends, date with girlfriend/boyfriend or want to enjoy alone; Bollywood movies are a great option in all such situations. Every Friday, new movies are released and the theatres, multiplexes are thronged by movie buffs. As in every field there are goods and bads, similarly in Bollywood, there are hits and flop movies.

There were movies and actors who came and went away, even without getting noticed or talked about. And then there were actors and movies which became legends through their scenes, dialogues and their immortal work. Continue reading

Rangoli designs and India

Rangoli is a form of art in India, which is usually drawn or made during festivals or auspicious occasions in front of the entrance doors or courtyards of the house. An art form or a tradition which is passed between generations. Rangoli is mostly made by women of the house. Rangoli drawing is popular in many parts of India, be it Rangoli in Karnataka, Kolam in Tamilnadu, Kalam in Kerala, Alpana in fc West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Mandana in Rajasthan and it is gaining popularity in other parts also.

In the Rangoli making process, usually the outline of the design is made using a chalk and then different colours are used for the filling purposes. The colours used for filling are mostly dry rice powder, turmeric powder, coloured sand, etc. Sometimes even flowers and petals are used for filling up the design, such a Rangoli is known as a Floral Rangoli. The Rangoli designs consist of various patterns, they include geometric shapes, flowers, petals, leaves, birds and even pictures of Gods and Goddesses.

Nowadays, even ready-made Rangoli designs or stencils are available in the market. One just needs to make the outline of the design using the stencil without much effort and then fill it up using different colours. Rangoli making is very famous during festivals like Onam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali but it is also made during other auspicious days and functions.

I am a person, who is not so good in drawing and also I am not much interested in stuffs like Rangoli making. But life changes a lot after marriage, plus seeing my neighbour in Bangalore preparing Rangoli on every festival, always inspired me to try my hands for Rangoli drawing. So I bought myself a Rangoli stencil and different colours for Diwali. From the past few years, I am making Rangoli during Diwali, which is said to bring good luck and prosperity. I am a rookie in Rangoli making and year by year I am gaining practice. This is the pic of the Rangoli, which I made during last Diwali.

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Rangoli is like a divine art form to please the almighty and bring good luck and prosperity in the house, also it is deep rooted in our Indian culture. We should help in keeping this art form alive and should pass it on to our younger generation.

Ethnic fashion in India and Craftsvilla

Craftsvilla is India’s no 1 platform for ethnic products. It has the latest collection of ethnic wear like saree, salwar suit, lehenga choli, ready-made blouses, kurti, jewellery, etc. For any of your ethnic wear needs, just go to Craftsvilla site and your problems are solved. It has everything one needs under one roof.

Many a times I have heard these words, which goes like this


“Indian nari (woman), looks beautiful in a saree”.

I am not saying that western dresses don’t look good on Indian woman, but ethnic Indian dresses like saree and salwar suit add a special touch to our special occasions, functions and festivals. An Indian woman can easily carry any western wear, but saree and salwar suit add a special beauty to the person wearing them. And truly, an Indian woman looks beautiful in a saree.

In India, go to different parts and you will come across different ways of wearing a saree, be it the Bengali style of wearing a saree or the Maharashtrian style or the Gujarati style or the South Indian style. Nowadays, wearing saree on a daily basis is almost becoming obsolete, especially in the urban areas, even though in rural areas, it is still the preferred daily wear of married women. But now the scenario is changing in small towns and even in some rural areas and newly married girls prefer salwar suit instead of saree for daily wear. A salwar suit looks cool and elegant similar to a saree.

Times are changing and choices are changing, still saree is the most preferred ethnic wear by married women and even by unmarried girls for special occasions and festivals. Even corporate offices celebrate ethnic day where women come to the office wearing a saree. In today’s India, Bollywood movies and Bollywood celebrities have a strong impact on the fashion sense of today’s generation. Be it the cool and casual outfits of Deepika Padukone or the sexy and elegant saree worn by Priyanka Chopra, everything leaves an impression on today’s people. As per me, both Deepika and Priyanka can carry a saree in a sexy and glamorous way. They can flaunt and make even a simple saree look very elegant. They have given a new dimension to wearing a saree and making it sexy, elegant and cool.

Even though, western dresses may seem cool, but Indian saree and salwar suit is the best for any festival or function. Craftsvilla is there for all your fashion needs.

Placeoforigin.in – for the love of tea and snacks

Whenever guests arrive at our homes, it is almost customary to offer them tea or coffee along with snacks. Usually we offer tea  to our guests and neighbours. Even if neighbours come to our house, we ask them about tea or coffee. If neighbours come unannounced, it is not a big deal, you can offer them tea along with something to eat. But if special guests come and that too unannounced, the situation can get a little embarrassing or uncomfortable if one is not in a condition to prepare some snacks for them along with tea or coffee.

Nobody wants to face that ignominy of being in such a situation and after all special guests need special treatment, even if they are unannounced ones. For the rescue of the people of India, placeoforigin.in has come, so that we don’t land in such situations. Placeoforigin.in is India’s first marketplace for speciality Indian foods, ethnic foods and even regional delicacies. But the best part is that all the food products are sourced directly from the producer and delivered direct to the end consumer. What can be better than this? There are no middlemen, so both producers and consumers get good deals.

Tea is like the national beverage of India, still coffee also does not lag behind in this race. Coffee is a favourite among the people of southern India and even among the youngsters. Placeoforigin.in offers a wide range of tea, coffee and green tea, but that is not all. It also offers a wide range of tea/coffee accompaniments like biscuits, cakes, namkeen items and regional snack items. We Indians are big foodies and even great hosts. We always offer a variety of snacks along with tea or coffee to our guests and Placeoforigin.in is proving to be helpful in this endeavour.

For all the health conscious Indians, Placeoforigin.in has different varieties of green tea for them. Have a cup of green tea and make your evenings relaxing. Every evening, it gets quite cumbersome to prepare some snacks for the family, so why not stock up the snack items from Placeoforigin.in and make the evenings more enjoyable and less tiresome.

Placeoforigin.in is like a life saver for all those people who don’t have time to prepare snacks every evening. Just stock up tea, coffee or green tea and food accompaniments from Placeoforigin.in, and you will never have to face an embarrassing situation in front of your guests, neighbours and even family members. Evenings are meant to be enjoyed with family and Placeoforigin.in helps in keeping the evenings enjoyable.