Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hug your Dad... this Father's Day!

A small gesture goes a long way in letting one's father know how thankful his son is to him for everything that he has done. I do not need an expensive gift to express myself. Just need to wrap my arms around him and give him the best gift ever, a tight hug, let him know that his small gestures of love have helped me be the person I am today. Love you, Dad!

My memory is eidetic enough to remember how he taught us to do our own work. He used to provide only external help and we siblings had to complete our tasks on our own with his guidance. That was during our childhood. As we grew older and entered teenage, he started giving us outdoor tasks to perform, occasionally; To the bank, to LIC office, to local vegetable market, or a ration shop so as to make us aware how the daily life functions.

There used to be a sever water crisis in our residential neighbourhood. So initially him and me used to go on bike and get back the water filled in a 20 litre can from 2 kms away. Gradually it was me who had to shoulder the responsibility when it became ultimate necessary to complete the chores everyday, on a bicycle. He taught me and handed over one crucial responsibility of our household. These small things, they go a long way in ensuring that you know your place in the world and find your footing; he was always available to guide us through.

Whenever we got cold and/or cough, it was essentially mom's job to provide hot beverages with cinnamon and ginger, and to apply Vicks Vaporub to our chest and forehead and nose. But whenever mom was visiting her own parents, it was him who used to cook proper food for us daily and whenever we were sick, he took care of us none lesser than mom. He invited us to a park nearby after office and used to play Badminton with us. He is the primary reason I play the sport for my office now in zonal tournaments. He made me what I am, be it in academic/professional field, in sports, in person as a whole. We could never repay what our parents do for us selflessly. So, today I reach out and pay my tribute to him, by hugging him.

The best Father's Day gift is one you don't have to unwrap ... #HugYourDad

P.S. -- This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.

Hug your Dad... now!

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be"

A mother is like an ocean to her child while a father is the anchor of his kid's life. He held our hand as we learnt to walk. He picked us up when we were low. He gave us counsel in our darkest times. He cared for us when we were sick. He gave us a tight hug whenever we needed it. This Father's Day, I am blogging about to the ever unshakeable anchor of my life, my dad as I am really grateful for everything he has done for me. It’s time I pay him a special tribute and give him a warm hug.

I still remember from very small age how he, after coming from work in the evening, would teach and revise me every academic lesson I learnt at school. During exam times, he would often keep awake himself besides me and made sure I have practised all the examples of questions of mathematics in rough notebook. He would listen the answers to almost all questions from Science, English, Hindi, Social Studies, etc. And then only he slept even though he had to be at his office early the next day. But that never deterred him from escaping even a single minute where he could contribute towards my studies.

For all the other subjects he had to make sure either him or my mother had to listen answers so that I have had learnt all the questions to be asked in the oral or written examinations, the process continued till my 5th standard. After that, he mostly used to devote his full attention to my mathematics asking me to solve each and every question form the textbook before him, and then he used to match the answers before proceeding to next question or rebuking and slapping a little for easy mistakes. Now I feel those rebukes and slaps went a long way in transforming my studies, especially my Mathematics. This helped me in taking Non-medical after 10th board exams and finally clearing the prestigious AIEEE with AIR 3361. I have hold on to this magical number then as an integral part of my primary email id. And all that is due to him. Even he hadn't been strict about our studies and devoted himself to make sure we had all the facilities needed for studies, like emergency lantern with a mantle, no cable tv connection, etc. He has sacrificed much and now it's my time to thank him though it will never be enough.

The best Father's Day gift is one you don't have to unwrap ... #HugYourDad

P.S. -- This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sock Smelly to Smiley Air

As per Nielsen Survey 2013, 80% married women believe, on the days the house smells good, the husband spends more time with family. But what one doesn't understand is one of the most common sources of odour in houses is the unclean socks.

Socks even after one day of use (full day cramped inside shoes) produce putrefying smell due to organic matter decay the whole day, which produces pungent smell when you again use them the next day and remove them in the evening. What I have been doing to avoid everyday washing of socks, me being lazy enough, is to take the socks inside out and keep them in the show with hollow mouth inside and closed mouth outside.

This has resulted in keeping the socks relatively fresh for 1-2 days but not odour-free. 

I mean, if one has a strong sense of smell, he/she wouldn't be able to tolerate the same. So, there was an urgent need of a newer solution, unlike spraying deodorants on socks. (That really leads to more smelly problems. Don't believe me, try yourself :D )

My New Solution:

A soothing fragrance can rejuvenate the senses and charm your feelings. Ambi Pur Set & Refresh Starter kit - Lavender Vanilla & Comfort, which is no ordinary air freshener (Ambi Pur Base Aerosol), is a continuous non-energized (CNE) placement product designed to continuously eliminate odours and always maintain freshness. Highly effective in small enclosed spaces, it does not just mask malodours but eradicates them completely. It replaces the odour with a natural fresh fragrance and transforms your home into a fragrant haven for up-to 50 days! A great value for money air freshener that mystifies your home into a floral, herbaceous and fresh aroma with soft comforting back notes. Complete your home with refreshing aromas and relax the senses.

Key Features:

The microporous fibres allow for sustained and effective release of the fragrant oil. The oils themselves have been chosen specifically on the basis of their character and evaporation potential. There is also an intensity regulation system integrated into the product that allows you to have complete control over the release of the fragrance. Sit back and breathe in the invigorating fragrances.

Lavender Vanilla & Comfort: A fragrance for a person who has a calm persona and affects people in a positive way. The therapeutic aromas of Lavender and Vanilla let your senses relax.

Also try our varied range of fragrances in Ambi Pur Set & Refresh and keep your home fragrant. (Fragrances - Sweet Citrus & Zest, Spring & Renewal, Blossoms & Breeze)

P.S. -- I am blogging for #SmellyToSmiley activity in association with Ambi Pur

Smelly to Smiley home

Monsoon is coming, or rather have already come in my part of the country. Who doesn't like rains and the constant splashing of water outside. But the season is also known for a major point of dislike. Constant rains result in the dampening environment inside house also and it leads to a persistent nagging odour 24 hours. It starts with the verandah or balcony first because these parts of house are in closer touch with the moisture due to rains outside, so the odour settles in here first. And it really sucks when your nose starts clenching itself once the odour percolates to your bedroom also. Most of it is smelt either in the toilet or the bathroom of the house.

Bangalore is a constant hub of rains throughout the year, but monsoon makes it really difficult because this is that odour period for our nostrils. Forget about the guests, it really stifles for the family members. The only solution that comes to mind when someone is visiting during this period is to get a room freshener and half-empty it spraying everywhere in the house. But, as everyone knows, it doesn't do much positive in this regard. Of course your room would start smelling flowery but still your nostrils will catch that nagging damp odour, thus making the room freshener only half successful as it just covers the odour, it doesn't remove it per se.

But now AmbiPur claims to convert our home from Smelly to Smiley

Fragrances have mood altering properties and reflect specific memories. Ambi Pur Air Effects Blossoms and Breeze Aerosol Air Freshener, does not just mask malodours but eradicates them completely. It replaces the odour with a natural fresh fragrance and transforms your home into a fragrant haven! A great value for money spray that has a mild non-obtrusive mist appealing to both, men and women can create refreshing memories. It takes you to a time when you can just throw your windows open to the fresh and uplifting fragrance of budding blossoms and green fields. Spritz the fragrance in your home and let it work its magic.

Key Features:

This handheld air freshener, has unique odour fighting ingredients & an innovative environment friendly, non-flammable, water based nitrogen propellant system, which helps the fragrance last long. It dispenses the fragrance in a natural mist form and refreshes the environment by genuinely eliminating trapped odours.

Blossoms & Breeze: The fragrance for personalities that radiate gentleness and approachability. It mystifies your home into your garden of Eden giving cool and positive energy.

(Other available Fragrances - Sweet Citrus & Zest, Lavender Vanilla & Comfort, Spring & Renewal, New Zealand Springs, Thai Dragon Fruit and Hawaiian Flowers).

P.S. -- I am blogging for #SmellyToSmiley activity at in association with Ambi Pur