Home decor items for festive season

This listicle is perfect for all the households who will be celebrating Diwali – get the festival of lights in all galore and pomp with these exquisite decor items.

Lotus Urli

It is an exquiste piece of beautifully handcrafted bowl which can be used for both floating flowers or even floating tea light lamps. Urli ushers prosperity and is placed at door entrance usually.
Buy here at 698₹

Lotus Urli
Lotus Urli
Hanging electrical diya
Electrical diya
Electrical diya

This set of hanging eletrical diya has 7 dim neon bulb in each diya and one brass bell at the base.
buy here at 700₹

Oil Lamp

This handle is shaped in om – this metal diya can be easily used for aarti and adds more to home temple or even office temple, for Diwali celebrations.
Buy here at 375₹

Oil lamp
Oil lamp
Haldi Kumkum dabbi with lid
Haldi kumkum dabbi

This is a beautiful and multi utility item which can be used for Diwali aarti, specially for applying haldi kumkum to ladies.
Buy here at 398₹

Toran

Stitched on velvet cloth, this beautiful craftsmanship example is addition to the home temple entrance. Please make sure you have supporting tape to hold the toran in place.
Buy here at 299₹

Toran
Toran

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Get ready for festivals with AGIF

Amazon Great Indian Festival is back with too-good-to-be-true deals. With the upcoming festival seasons, be sure to grab the items to make every moment memorable.

Tripod

Tripod is must-have specially when it comes to creating videos and reels! This tripod has bluetooth click so it’s easy to go hands free for capturing those lovely memories.
Buy here at 398₹

Ring light

Ring lights add more Portable LED Ring Light with 3 Color Modes Dimmable Lighting
Buy here at 449₹

Selfie stick

This is an excellent 3-in-1 multifunctional Selfie Stick which is compatible with all mobile phones. It is Bluetooth Enabled so with just one click you can capture the photo. It also comes with Tripod Stand.
Buy here at 549₹

LED Touch Lamp Speaker

USB rechargeable wireless bluetooth speaker is a great addition to home during festive reason, all the more because this can be used as a lamp as well!
Buy here at 699₹

Star Projector Night Light

Unable to travel at the moment? You can fill your room with stars and moonlight, so that you feel as if you were laying under the stars!
Buy here at 549 ₹

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Kolkata : A connoisseur’s paradise

Each place has its own story to tell!
Aminia

This 1929 established restaurant offers food for soul – Awadhi style biryani. The hot buttery potato cube coupled with juicy chicken on top of piping hot saffron rice has enamored the hearts of Bengalis for a very long time. The other top picks are Mutton Rezala and of course the famous Phirni.

K C Das

86 years ago, this outlet was built to promote the pride of Kolkata – Rasgulla. They are the pioneers in selling rasgulla in cans thus taking rasgulla beyond the Bengal borders. The store is helmed by Dhiman Das, who is from the lineage of Nobin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rasgulla, and his son Krishna Chandra Das (KC Das), after whom the store has been named.

Anadi Cabin
Anaadi Cabin, Kolkata
Anaadi Cabin, Kolkata

A restaurant built in loving memory of son. Balaram Jana had established this “cabin” in 1925 in memory of his son, Anadi. Even after 9 decades, the cabin is one of the most visited places for its famed spicy Mughlai parota. The delicious aroma floats in the air, enticing all the passers-by to have a munch of it. 

Nizam’s
Nizam's restaurant, Kolkata
Nizam’s restaurant, Kolkata

The crowded streets of Esplanade, just beyond Aminia, harbors another gem. Famous for its Kathi roll of all varieties, this 1932 establishment attracts food lovers from everywhere! More than the food, this legendary place looks like it’s trapped in time. The Kathi rolls will surely transport you back to a bygone era.

Regent
Regent Restaurant, Kolkata
Regent Restaurant, Kolkata

Fish Kobiraji and Regent go hand in hand! This diner was also established in 1935 and has cabin facilities! The restaurant offers all cuisines from Chinese to Awadhi. We had only Fish Kobiraji from here but unfortunately, we were very much full by that time so we couldn’t relish the taste as much. Hopefully, we will go back soon for another taste of paradise.

Nahoum’s bakery

Located inside the legendary Hogg market, Nahoum’s is easily accessible from the Simpark Mall entry point. In 1902, the bakery was established by Nahoum Israel Mordecai, a Baghdadi Jew. Since then, there has been little or no modification to the store. The old-fashioned tall glass displays and wooden till with the distinct smell of cakes and cookies capture the visitors. It’s said Christmas in Kolkata is incomplete without Nahoum’s cakes.

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Atomic Habits :An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

James Clear’s Atomic habits is perhaps one of the most best-selling self-help books. I used to hear often that this is a book which should be read in the 20s, I always smirked at the idea. How wrong I was! This book is a must-read, had I read it earlier I would have probably rectified my ways -but keeping in spirit of the book, it ITS NEVER LATE TO START!

We are aware that good habits build a better lifestyle and bad habits tend to do vice versa. According to James, it is minuscule changes in habits which bring about the positive long-term changes. Habits are consequences of a continuous process.

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”

james Clear

Cue, Craving, Response and Rewards form the 4 building blocks of good habits. Our brain is unconsciously and meticulously performing analysis on factors that lead to fruits or “Rewards” – Cue is the stepping stone of the habit-building wherein we make an effort to identify the trigger points. It may be as simple as not snoozing the alarm clock daily. Whether or not we snooze, we may tend to go back to sleep. However, with continuous efforts and understanding the rewards of an early day will soak in slowly. Craving forms the second stepping stone wherein our cues are linked to the will-power to exchange a habit for a better one. The cumulative effect of human emotions and logic drastically changes a cue into a craving.

We respond to the situation based on our cravings and hence Response forms the last but one stepping stone to good habits. Rewards are the finishing line of good habit, the red ribbon which we dash against on adapting to a good habit. To make these four stones go in a loop so that our habits change, we should make simple changes. Cues should be obvious triggers which lead to an appealing stimulus like cravings and these stimuli should compel us to respond in most easy way possible so that we finally procure good habits as rewards; be it monetary benefit or spiritual accomplishments.

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”

James Clear

The simultaneous process of observing the reward is a cue, the sheer desire to achieve it defines the craving, the efforts we actually put in to achieve the reward counts as the response. The book breaks down into simple step-by-step processes to manipulate the brain to succumbing into good habits. Overall, it is a wholesome book to study your own self and metamorphize into a better one.

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Cafes of Hyderabad

May I offer you the best beverage joints of Hyderabad?
Paaka Organic

Paaka Organic is located in Lingamapally – off the roads driving past BHEL. The rustic decor welcomes you with bamboo swings and indoor plants. You can sit here for hours sipping on fresh seasonal fruit juices. Since it’s quite near to the University of Hyderabad, the cafe is frequently visited by the students. There is a shop which offers direct from farm products. Also, they have open mic nights and story telling nights hosted in their small compound. Over all, a lovely place to hang out with your gang of friends! I love their Natu Kodi or country chicken dishes- It’s absolutely tasty!

Check out their menu here

The Coffee Cup

Located in Sainikpuri, The Coffee Cup is again a very pocket friendly cafe. You can sit here for hours with yummy milkshakes and onion rings. The decor comprises of books and guitars. You can while away your time playing games like Jenga or Ludo while munching on their budget friendly platters. In a nutshell, there is something for everyone – be a book-nerd or a game player! Plan a visit soon with your group now!

Check out their menu here

Roastery coffee house

Roastery Coffee house is tucked away in a corner of Banjara Hills. The coffee house has answers to all your pensive thoughts with its wide array of cold and hot coffee. The breakfast platters are to die for! I loved the simple egg-mayo sandwich for its presentation! The cafe is very “instagram-worthy” with all its nooks and corners perfect for clicks. A definite visit for a cosy start to your day.

Check out their menu here

Heart Cup Coffee

Heart Cup Coffee has two branches – One in Kondapur and another one in Gachibowli. I had visited their Kondapur branch in its revamped avatar, in the lane beside TCS office. There are both outdoor and indoor seating area. The outdoor area offers tables for small group for having private party. Our Hazelnut mocha sizzled irresistibly while we waited for Cheddar chicken. I hope to go back soon sometime to enjoy the evening vibes.

Check out their menu

Drive in cafe

Driven Cafe is posh cafe located in Kapil Towers – yes, the very heart of the Financial district. The interiors give dashing vibes with super bikes on display. You can not only enjoy coffee, but also buy pouches of coffee to brew at home, if you want. One of the best veg cafes around – the pizzas are spiced up in comparison to the coffee! A match made in heaven to be honest!

Check out their full menu

Have you ever been to these cafes? Did you like any of them? Let me know in comments below which are your favourite cafes in Hyderabad and I will surely visit them!
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Ganesh Chaturthi decoration items

Ganapati or Vinayaka, is the God of new beginnings. He is worshipped as Vighnakartaa and Vighnahartaa. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with pomp and grandeur almost in every Hindu household every year. We seek blessings from Ganesha to avert any kind of hindrances and be blessed with prosperity. Here are few items to help with the 10 day festival :

Paper Makhar
Makhar
Makhar

Decorations keep changing so it’s best to invest in eco-friendly options. Paper Makhar is one of the best decoration item as it can be easily assembled.
Buy here

Puja Samagri

Covid era has compelled us to go digital and yes, even puja samagri is available online. This 28 items bundle has everything you need for performing puja.
Buy here

Puja Samagri
Puja Samagri
Artificial garlands
Artificial garlands
Artificial garlands

Puja is incomplete without flowers. Artificial garlands definitely ease the work and add wow to the decorations. It eliminates the need to change flower decorations for celebration.
Buy here

Agarbattis

This pack of premium incense sticks will enhance the festival atmosphere within a few seconds of burning! The Pure sandal aroma will have relaxing effect on everyone present for the celenrations.
Buy here

Agarbatti
Agarbatti
Fairy lights
LED Battery operated lights
LED Battery operated lights

Add 10M 100 LED Battery operated wire decorative fairy lights to complete the decoration. these lights will complete the aura of celebrations.
Buy here

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The Chronicler of the Hoogly

A book that took me back to the labyrinth of my roots!

Shakti Ghosal has penned down a wonderful book. Astami, Pandemic, Fault lines , and The Chronicler of the Hoogly comprise the four stories in the book. Each story revolves around the repercussions of misdeeds and karma, often transcending over decades. The smooth knitting of the stories does not fail to impress the reader with the actual facts with slight creative suggestions made for the crevices in the history.

Ashtami marks the auspicious 8th day of the Durga Puja festival. It’s a festival of grandeur. The story transcends pre and post-independence timelines narrating in detail the life of a Bengali family who settles in Delhi over time.

Pandemic runs parallelly drawing comparisons between the Spanish Flu and present COVID situation – how families have been affected cumulatively over time. Work from home may be delightful at times, however, it also brings to the table all the uncomfortable truths we usually try to avoid in the garb of quality time.

Fault lines took captured my attention for it’s twists. Anjan’s life turns upside down when his past comes haunting him with misdeeds he had done to achieve his goals. His conscience visits him in form of his old friend and berates him for each incident that served his selfish needs.

The Chronicler of the Hoogly took me on a ferry ride on the mighty Hoogly river, along with Samir. The author paints a beautiful picture of Kolkata, interweaving past and present moments seamlessly.

Usual Ferry rides on Hoogly river
Howrah Bridge

The reader is sucked into the vortex of politics fueled by the dark greed of a woman, Joba. Her tentacles reached through established families and ruined their homes. One misdeed leads to another and soon, the scheming British took an opportunity to hammer on the existing cracks. All of which culminated in the fall of the stature of Bengal as a prospering land.

The last story etched in mind the glory of Kolkata and her bountiful land. Kolkata has survived the frequent attacks from outsiders, yet, she has managed to retain her heritage with full grace. Possibly since, being Bengali, the story struck a chord in my heart. For a fact, Kolkata tourism does offer a ferry ride through all the ghats and I was surprised that it molded into such a tale!

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Books on my Wishlist 2021

Miss Marple and Mystery: The Complete Short Stories Paperback

I have the Hercule Poirot collection and this year, I have set my eyes on the Miss Marple collection. It contains short stories all Miss Marple stories along with other independent short stories written by Agatha Christie.

Undertow

Undertow by Jahnavi Barua is a poignant tale of homecoming and searching for answers and origin. It was one of the most raved about book last few months and I have ever since wanted to read it.

The Complete Father Brown

Solving mysteries with blend of wit and imagination, Father Brown series is very popular for crime thrillers. I have been eyeing the Wordsworth publishers collection, as it compiles all of the stories in one book!

The Island of The Missing Trees

Elif Shafak had stolen my heart with the book The forty rules of Love. Now the author is back again with her latest – The Island of the Missing trees. I am sure her penmanship will slay readers’ heart again.

Us against You

The man called Ove is such a sweet fuzzy read that I want to read all of Fredrick Backman’s books. US against you is one of his another popular writings.

Do you own such wish list?
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Unique Rakhi Gifts

Rakhshabandhan is celebrated with much gusto and pomp: Raksha depicts “protection” and bandhan depicts “tying up”. The full moon in the month of Sravana marks this auspicious festival. Usually sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers, promising each other of love, long life and protection for lifetime. This day celebrates sibling- love like nowhere else on earth.

Gone are the days when siblings used to gift each other sweets and chocolates. With advent of online shopping, now we all look for quirky gift ideas. Team OrdoAbChao brings you a variety of gifts which are run by boss ladies! 100% Made in India, handmade with care!

Handitivity Designs

Book jackets, any one? Aarushi’s Handivity offers these unique book jackets in local prints specially Dabu, Kalamkari and Ikat prints. The jackets are beautifully reversible and have bookmark storage with zippers. There is fluffy handmade bookmark to mark your pace while reading. Basically, everything you need to read in cozy corner! Kindle owners, don’t be sad, there is one for you as well! The jacket binds the Kindle with straps and keeps it safe in its arms. When you place your order, make sure you use the code ANKITABBB02 to get additional discounts. This Delhi-based store provides international shipping as well.

ORDER BOOK/KINDLE JACKET RIGHT NOW!

Friendly Neighbourhood Witch

What happens when a graduation pursuing girl gives shape to her dream of digital art? Its a BOOM business – FriendlyNeighbourhoodWitch! Manvi Narang offers customized art prints – ranging from popular sit-coms to web-series. Her TVD series are quite a rage. Apart from that, she offers digital painting of special moments. If you want to capture a memorable instance in a digital painting, she is your girl! You can also opt for the outstandingly beautiful wooden bookmarks and washi tapes (Book nerds, do take a note please!).

ORDER ALL AMAZING PRODUCTS HERE!

Floressal store

I had connected with Jenny over books so when she had opened her store for amazing resin products- I went gaga over it! Go check out her page Floressal store and you will be astonished at the huge range of products. Think of it and she will magically create it for you on resin. She offers customisation on most of products which ranges from beautiful table lamps, geode trays, coasters, bookmarks, wall clocks, rings…. The list is HUGE! Absolutely go for it to gift your siblings.

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Artifiction

Aromatic candles offer sense of tranquility and peace. The candlelight experience can increase ten times if you get to choose the scents you find relaxing or atleast select the ones which have sooting properties. All of these can make a world of difference even more, if some of the scents remind you of you favourite fictions or tv shows! Yes, Binisha and Mansi Shah, the two stalwarts behind the candle store Artifiction offers you to choose a treat for your olfactory senses. Be sure to pamper you siblings with a dose of scents and warm light, customisations are available! Light them to read a book or add to your home decor – This is a must have!

DON’T WAIT – ORDER THE CANDLES HERE!

Let me know in the comments below if make a purchase or have made a purchase from them – would love to fan-girl over their creativities together. You can also reach me on Facebook or Instagram to share your views; or share your comments below.

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Sherni

“If you pass through the jungle 100 times, you may spot a tiger once, but the tiger will have seen you 99 times”

The dialogue sends a chill through your spine and sets the tone for the movie. Vidya Vincent, played by Vidya Balan, is a divisional Forest Officer entrusted with wildlife conservation in the forest. Vidya is joined by Hassan Noorani, played by Vijay Raaz. Noorani, a college professor/entomologist by profession and animal-lover by heart is the only honest man among the dishonest bureaucrats. They team up to raise awareness among the villagers and rigorously train the forest friends. While Vidya and Noorani look for a viable solution to conserve the forest. Over time, they realize that the tigress only wants to travel to the safe haven of the National Forest with her newborn cubs. The tigress is acting out of her nature to kill while traveling. A true Sherni who isn’t trying to be one, but is one actually. They understand that providing a safe passage by capturing them alive and releasing them in the forest is the best option. They are met with constant roadblocks and easy-quick solutions,i.e, killing the tigress. The media is fed with lies and the whole issue gains national attention. Social activists are rally everywhere to save the tigress with her cubs. Yet, a certain section of people gangs up to prove the fact that “man-eater” tigress should be put to rest.

A still from the movie. Image source : IMDB

Sherni depicts how once you start walking on “sarkari rasta”, it awaits you with the long vistas of red-tapism and the rampant misuse of power and position. Toxic chauvinism and trophy-hunting coupled with political ambition become the hurdle for the honest DFO’s work. The climax only speaks volumes about the dirty truth about our society.

Plan a trip to Gir National Forest

Vidya Balan’s scintillating performance as the DFO has quite aptly justified the fact that actions speak louder than words. Vijay Raaz, as Noorani, plays the perfect companion in bringing the instrumental change in the mindset of the local people. Neeraj Kabi plays the role of Mr. Nangia, who is compelled to turn a blind eye to local bureaucracy and shut the case with force. Amit Masurkar has spun the storyline of the movie in a way that leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

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