Freedom from Dampness This Independence- Get Waterproofing Solutions from Dr. Fixit

Who doesn’t love the smell of wet mud, the thundering of clouds, the lightening and the drops of rain hitting the windowpane? Everyone enjoys a hot cup of coffee, some steaming hot pakodas and long drives in the monsoon season. But there are two sides of every coin; there is always a flip side. So is with monsoons, while we enjoy the weather, rains also bring with them quite a few adverse effects. In India, water seepage in homes and other buildings is one of the most common issues that results because of monsoon rains. Dampness has a lot of ill effects not just on the building and its infrastructure but also on the health of the people who live in these buildings.

 

It’s sad to see every second home dealing with such issues of dampness and yet people are so ignorant about them. In fact I just observed a damp patch on one of my room’s wall and I realized that we have been ignorant about it since quite sometime, and this monsoon season it has become more prominent than ever before. I immediately searched about dampness on the internet and learned so much, dampness is not a small issue, it can cause a lot of damages.

Bad design, faulty construction or use of poor quality of materials are some of the reasons that cause dampness. Dampness not only affects the life of the building but also creates unhygienic conditions.

Dampness tends to cause secondary damage to a building. The unwanted moisture enables the growth of various fungi in wood, causing rot or mould health issues and may lead to sick building syndrome. Plaster and paint deteriorate and wallpaper loosens. Stains from the water, salt and from mold mar surfaces. The highest airborne mould concentrations are found in buildings where significant mould infestation has occurred, usually as a result of severe water intrusion or flood damage. Molds can grow on almost any surface and occur where there is a lot of moisture from structural problems such as leaky roofs or high humidity levels. Airborne mold concentrations have the potential to be inhaled and can have health effects.

 

Health concerns around mold include infections, allergenic or immunological illness, and nonallergic illness. Asthma is also triggered by the sensitization of dust mites accruing humid, wet regions of a structure. Another health effect associated with structural dampness is the presence of bacteria in an indoor environment. Bacteria require water to grow and multiply. Bacteria are a source for the transmission of diseases, therefore putting occupants’ health at risk by water intrusion into the indoor environment.

To sum up, we can easily say that dampness can lead to following problems:

  • Reduce the life of structures
  • Causes bleaching and blistering of paints.
  • Causes petting off and removal of plaster.
  • Causes corrosion of metallic fixtures.
  • Deteriorate carpet & furniture.
  • Deteriorate electric installations
  • Causes spots on the floors and walls.
  • Causes rotting of wood.
  • Causes effloresce.
  • Dangerous for the health of occupants.

Though solutions are available people don’t take these problems seriously unless they become mammoth.

Watch this new ad by Dr. Fixit with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan where he has portrayed the importance of waterproofing in his amazing way!

It’s strange that on one hand we are celebrating 70 years of independence whereas on the other hand we are not even free from the adverse effects of dampness in our life. This Independence can we all take a pledge that we won’t let dampness ruin our homes and health of the people we care about? At least I am going to get my home sorted immediately and also urge my near and dear ones to do the same.


Dr. Fixit offers both preventive and post-damage care solutions.

So whether you are building your home or repairing it, Dr. Fixit has products that are of high quality and assure fixation of issues. From external walls, to roof protection, from water tank seepage issues, to internal wall cracks, Dr. Fixit has products for all your needs and they offer recommendations with the help of their technical experts.


So lets all take a pledge “This Independence Month, Say No To Damp Walls & Ceilings, Leakage and Cracks, let’s take the opportunity of this time of the year to take an oath to strive for Freedom From Dampness”


Also, next time when you want to get any tips or solutions to make you home healthy and happy, check out the Happy Homes Blog.


 

 

Grand launch of the Sports Illustrated Motorsports Special issue with BhaichungBhutia and Gaurav Gill

Sports Illustrated India magazine launched the  Motorsports  Special Issue,  in association with Maruti Suzuki Motorsports on 10th August 2016, at Underdoggs  Sports Bar & Grill. Ace Ex Footballer and motorsports enthusiast Mr. Bhaichung  Bhutia along with Ace Indian Rally Driver –Mr. Gaurav Gill unveiled the magazine with Mr. Vinay Pant – AVP Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Also were present a host of celebs. The extra special coffee table magazine celebrated the growing category of motorsports in India. Bhaichung Bhutia and Gaurav Gill spoke about their passion for the motorsports. The other sponsors included Singapore Grand Prix and Singapore Tourism Board.

The Launch of the special annual Sports Illustrated India issue marks the dawn of the new horizon in the world of Indian motorsports. The Magazine will provide the much-needed vital knowledge about the motorsports industry and seeks to be the one-stop information hub for the motor sports enthusiasts. The Motorsports Issue is a refreshing sports magazine poised to bring the Indian as well as international motorsports personalities on the Indian scene, focusing on key areas of motorsports. With exclusive interviews and features from both Indian and International Motorsports icons crossing the spectrum of sports, including Karun Chandok, Narain Kartikeyan, CS Santosh, Hari Singh, Gaurav Gill, Suresh Rana and others. The new publication will bring its readers closer to the lifestyle of India’s top racers/motorists.

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Spokesperson Mr. Vivek Pareek, Senior Publisher, Sports Illustrated India said “This special issue is a rendition of Sports Illustrated India’s commitment to every sport in India. We hope this specific initiative will encourage more people to take up the sport and find the support they need to excel.”

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Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr. Vinay Pant, AVP -Marketing spokesperson said” Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to motorsports has spanned almost two decades, and we have constantly endeavoured to take the sports to the grassroots. With more initiative across the country that encourage budding racers, we look forward to a vibrant racing scenario in India. 

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Spokesperson Mr. Shashank Shekhar Mishra, India Representative of Singapore Grand  Prix said “Singapore Grand Prix is one of the world’s most glamorous events, with exceptional racing and performances. We are proud to associate with Sports Illustrated to bring the passion and excellence of the track to readers and visitors to the most spectacular GP event in the world.

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Black Dog Easy Evenings with Sorabh Pant

Black Dog Sparkling Water from the house of Diageo, recently organized a fun-filled evening, what they fondly call as Black Dog Easy Evenings. As part of these easy evenings, Black Dog gets in different artists for performance across bars and restaurants and let people enjoy an evening filled with loads of fun and excitement. This time it was the Black Dog Easy Evenings with Sorabh Pant, a household name in the field of stand up comedy at a well-known & popular restrobar called Raasta in Hauz Khas Village.

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The evening was truly funfilled from start to finish. From the moment Sorabh Pant climbed on the stage to the time he finally ended the show, it was like watching a live wire all through. I cannot simply explain this man and his talent in words; you have to watch him to believe the energy he has. His jokes were apt as per the audience, they were topical yet very spontaneous. I mean seriously his quick fit is truly commendable. His interaction with people and coming with crazy one-liners was something to watch out for. The whole atmosphere was filled with noises of laughter, whistles, cheering sounds and applauses as this man went on continuously for two hours cracking people up with his jokes and impromptu reactions.

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And the moments become more fun when you are sipping Black Dog whisky, which is so smooth and relishing some amazing food at Raasta.
I tried the Chicken Quesadillas and Herb Fried Fish Fingers. The chicken filling of the quesadillas was very good and the fish was crisp from the outside and tender inside. I loved both the dishes.

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“I keep coming back to Delhi, thanks to the great vibes and the enthusiasm of the audience. In a city like this, it’s super easy to get caught up in a frenzied, hectic lifestyle and it makes me feel good to be able to give them that much-needed break. I’m glad I can give the people of Delhi a good laugh and help them unwind a little. With ‘Easy Evenings’ by Black Dog Sparkling Water, I am all geared up to show the people of Delhi how humour is the best way to unwind and enjoy a relaxed evening,” said, Sorabh Pant.

“We are delighted to give the audience in Delhi an opportunity to unwind and relax, with the finest of India’s comedic talent, Sorabh Pant. We want people to take a pause from their hectic schedules, relax and just savour these moments. Easy Evenings by Black Dog Sparkling Water is all about getting people to have a good laugh and relax. A great way to de-stress and unwind on a week day with some great comedy,” said, Nitesh Chhapru, Head of Marketing, Luxury & Premium Core Portfolio, United Spirits. 


About Black Dog Sparkling Water – Easy Evenings


Black Dog Sparkling Water with its strong legacy has understood over time that achievers in their busy life deserve a pause from their daily schedule. Black Dog Sparkling Water – Easy Evenings has been presenting these go- getters with moments to relax and unwind with comedy, music and food galore. Easy Evenings is not only a platform to unwind and witness a spectacle by various artists but also for one to enjoy and let the world wait. Performances at Easy Evenings range from stand –up comedy, jazz nights, improv and food pairing sessions. So come, sit back and enjoy an experience of class and finesse.


About Sorabh Pant


Sorabh Pant is one of India’s most prolific comedians. He has done over 1200 shows in 75 cities across 14 countries. He’s also the founder of East India Comedy and the author of the almost-bestselling novel Under Delhi.


 After the show, I personally interacted with Sorabh and asked him how he started all this and what made him choose stand up comedy as his career.
See here what he had to say about it..

The evening ended with a silly selfie and all I can say is that it was truly an enjoyable evening and I will definitely keep a watch on next Black Dog Easy Evenings and create more memorable moments.

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Valentino brings in their most contemporary AW’16 collection..!

Valentino, the name that represents distinctive styling, unrivalled craftsmanship & exquisite detailing in its stylish shoe and accessories, has been embellishing the grace since its inception. Valentino- the most reputed name in the exotic world of leather today is internationally lauded for its fine quality & exquisite product range. It is among one of the top 5 formal footwear leather brand in India.

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Valentino now launched their AW 2016 collection with over 350 styles and designs at India International Footwear Fair in Delhi on Friday- Sunday, August 5-7, 2016. The collection comprised of more than 350 shoe style designs with over 100 modern-day designs for women and 250 virgin Italian designs for men. The five-style range of foot wears featured everything from slippers to sandals, casual to formals and boots. The assortments are available at their e-commerce portal www.valentino.in.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the honorary Mr. Arun Jaitely , the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, India.

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I tried on quite a few sandals from the collection and I have to say that they were the perfect balance of style and comfort. Without compromising on the design elements, the footwear is extremely comfortable, even their stilettos were like that. I mean the footwear is made in such a way that even if you are in high heels for the entire day, your feet won’t get tired. Its made keeping in mind the busy and tiring schedules of today’s working women. So whether you are looking at flaunting your heels at a party and make a style statement or you are running around with the daily office chores, your footwear comfort is taken care by the Valentino range. Also you have a wide variety to choose from, stilettos to wedges, to ballerinas and flats, every footwear has a charm of its own.

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Valentino was instigated in the year 1985 by Mr.Moti Lal Daultani, founder, Valentino. Presently, the company is spearheaded by its second generation entrepreneur Mr. Chander Daultani, Director, Valentino who entered into his family business with a vision to take the footwear industry to next level. Mr. Chander Daultani can well & truly be called the inheritor of the rich legacy & credited with reviving the 31-year-old family business.

The brand has been growing exponentially and has successfully created a strong foothold across every nook and cranny of India. The company has expanded its wings and now possesses national & international strong presence. Valentino has a well built retail presence through more than 700 Multi Brand Outlets across India and selected nations.

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Inspired with passion to exude elegance & Comfort, Valentino products are crafted from world’s premium leather using traditional as well as ultra modern methods to deliver some of the world’s most comfortable leather shoe and accessories. Fusion of modernity with elegance, contemporary, yet classic in colors and designs of the season. Every single product is backed by Valentino guarantee of leather purity, snazzy cool look, and light in weight, heavy in durability and extremely comfortable.

Valentino has redefined fashion by offering a fine range of classy shoes along with trendy leather accessories like hand bags, sling bags & wallets to add glamour to the outfits. The entire range weaves a magical spell because of fine mixture of colors, beautiful designs, graceful elegance and ethnic flair. Their mens collection is just as amazing.

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Valentino produces the genuine leather products driven by a passion for perfection at every single stage of the critical manufacturing and evaluating process & stages. Only the finest ‘best of season’ lots are carefully selected by Valentino. The design house and embellishment centre incorporates the highest level of skills in embellishments and decoration by experienced shoe designers.

So check out a nearest store around you and get your feet pampered with style and comfort.

Her Resurrection- Book Review

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The book has been very aptly dedicated to Jyoti Singh and all the innumerable victims of sexual violence.
It takes you through the tragic journey of Maya,the protagonist of this highly moving and poignant tale.
The author has beautifully captured the ethos and pain of Maya tracing her journey from a young eight year child,a burden,as referred to by her father. From child sex abuse to the rape of a teenaged Maya.The hatred and ridicule of the Society which still considers women as the weaker sex to be lorded over and abused by the so called superior species of man, this book discovers many shades of her persona, beautifully captured in words.
The centre of her strength through these early disasters in life of Maya is her mother who installs a sense of purpose in her.
Maya from a remote village who despite all opposition sets out to realise her dream of education.
The journey takes her to Mumbai where she is forced into prostitution and her subsequent getaway from a brothel to further deceit and abuse at the hands of men to her eventually overcoming her utmost desire to kill herself and redeem and reclaim her dignity form the crux of this moving story. The book literally showcases the cruelty that our society has to offer especially when it come stop rape victims and women involved in flesh trade. But it also shows the power and strengths that every woman possesses and the fact that she can overcome any challenges life throws at her and emerge as true winners.
A very beautifully penned story capturing the pain, the grief and the undying underlying grit of Maya. Its a tale of survival and reclamation of one’s own identity.
A must read.
Grab your copy today.


Available on Amazon


Price Rs 150/-

Book Review- Once in a Lifetime;Happens Again

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The book is co authored by Mr Ashish Kumar Mall and Ms Lovely Kumari both third year students at KIIT University,Bhubneshwar.While Ashish is pursuing Electronics Engineering Lovely is a Computer Science Engineering student.
The one word the book after reading evokes is Nostalgia.
One can very easily relate to the hero of the book Ashwin and his best friend Ankita.
The book traces the teenhood journey of Ashwin. The adolescent age when one is constantly ready to fall in love at the slightest chance. Each girl who passes your path seems a Princess and the one you happen to get close to a queen.
Those teenhood infatuations,friendship,love,breakups,love lost,new love found makes for an interesting read.
I think most everyone will be able to connect with the situations and lead characters of the book be it Aswin his friend Mitu and the three girls mainly involved Ankita,Bhawana and Ria.
You will find an interesting twist at the end of the book.
Go ahead grab a copy and re visit your teens.


Price: Rs 169, available on Amazon


 

Ladakh based Drukpa Nuns bike across Nepal and India in 2500 km Cycle Yatra; reach Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, of the Ladakh based Drukpa Order, 500 monks and nuns cycled into India and reached Chandigarh as a part of their 2500 km journey to Hemis Monastery in Ladakh.

The Drukpa Order, which has come to be known for its insistence on gender equality and celebration of diversity regularly organises such events to highlight issues of global significance. The Cycle Yatra, which commenced in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 3rd July 2016 from one of the monasteries of the Drukpa lineage, has become an annual feature of Order’s efforts to promote awareness about the Environmental Crises in the region and inspire collaborative action to resolve it.

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The two month long Yatra traverses through some of the most arduous routes in the Himalayan region amidst adverse conditions. From the quake-hit regions in Nepal, to the monsoon hit towns in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot, Srinagar, Sonmargand Kargil (J&K) – The Yatra will culminate at Hemis Monastery, 45 kilometres from Leh. Where it is scheduled to arrive, prior to Naropa 2016 – a grand spiritual festival that is held once in every 12 years, celebrating the 1000th birth anniversary of the Indian Saint Naropa, patron of the Drukpa Lineage.

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“The Himalayas have been the home of the Drukpa Lineage for over 1000 years now. Recently, the region has faced several environmental disasters that caused unwanted &unprecedented loss of life and upset the natural ecosystem. Our aim through this journey is to inspire people to be one with nature instead of being in a constant state of war with it. The Himalayas and the earth were formed millions of years before we were and it is our duty to respect them,” said His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa – the 12threincarnation of the head of the Drukpa Order.

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His Holinesshas personally led the Cycle Yatra from Kathmandu and plans to complete 2500 kilometres all the way to Hemis Monastery in Ladakh – shattering the conventional concept of the role of the spiritual Guru.It is through his vision that the number of women being inducted into the Order has increased manifold since his accession. The nuns of the Drukpa Order are instrumental in the activities of the Lineage across the Himalayan Region and are fondly known as the ‘Kung Fu Nuns’ for the role they have played in resolving on ground issues.

For his tireless efforts, His Holiness has been conferred the title of ‘Keeper of the Himalayas’ by the United Nations.

About Drukpa Lineage:

The Drukpa Lineage (the “Dragon Lineage”) is an integral part of Himalayan and Central Asian legacy and culture. Dating back to the Indian scholar-saint Naropa, the Drukpa Lineage is woven into the history of Buddhism the geographic locales of India and Central Asia. It is strategically located along some of the world’s most significant historical trading routes and has over 1000 monasteries in the region. The state of Bhutan, honours the Drukpa Lineage as its state religion.

The present Gyalwang Drukpa is the twelfth reincarnation of the founder of the Drukpa Lineage, whose tenant of “service before self” and their zeal to convert compassion into action to tackle international challenges has earned the lineage a robust global following.

RAUCORD the new revolution in cord furniture..

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Among all the home décor elements, furniture is one of the most essential aspects of the entire décor planning whether indoor or outdoor. Rehau, one of the leading interior solutions providing company, exhibits a beautiful range of cord furniture at their showroom, which is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

I recently went with a friend to REHAU’s showroom as she wanted to buy furniture for her garden, and what an amazing experience it was.

The moment you enter REHAU’s showroom, you are in a different world. The way they greet, the way they showcase their product range and the way their representatives go on to explain you everything with great detail, its just mind blowing. I think for all of us, the personal touch counts a lot in making a purchase decision and when the product quality is so superior and the brand so hospitable, you just cant go anywhere else.

REHAU’s cord furniture is officially called RAUCORD and I was really impressed with the minutest details given out by their representative that influenced our purchase decision greatly. Here is a summary of what we came to know about RAUCORD, and I am sure it will help you in choosing the best too.

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RAUCORD, as it is officially called, is a premium synthetic weaving material suitable for all kinds of applications including outdoor and indoor furniture as well as garden and home accessories.

The material is manufactured using renowned German engineering know how and production technology.

REHAU has been active in polymer processing since 1948 and is one of the pioneers in designing and supplying all weather rattan with more than 7 years of experience in this field.

If you are one of those who love the luxurious appeal of wicker furniture but dread its upkeep, REHAU rescues you from the ordeal. With its superior characteristics and cutting edge technology, RAUCORD offers you this relaxed and carefree experience both indoors and outdoors.

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With its state of the art UV stabilization technology, RAUCORD weaving material is fade resistant and will retain its quality even through the harshest attacks of summer. RAUCORD is also stain resistant and hence keeps you worry free from the spillage of coffee and tea and leaving marks. A few swipes with a damp cloth is all it takes to make it shine as new.

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The durability of the product is another thing that has been kept in mind while developing it – it doesn’t crack, break or sag under heavy usage and heavy bottoms. Durability and resilience is achieved without compromising on shape and form, thus making it a preferred choice.

RAUCORD comes in a vast range of long lasting colours to make your furniture not just durable but also look beautiful.

One look and I am sure you gonna fall in love with it. Do visit their showroom and opt for RAUCORD whenever you are planning to buy wicker furniture, and even if you aren’t, just visit their showroom once, and you will surely change your mind!

Book Review- The Soft Target

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The book traces the life of the lead protagonist Mohan.
Born in the Village of Bolangir,Odisha to very timid parents who have literally struggled through life.Mohan is blessed with intelligence beyond his young age but at the same time he is cursed with a rarest of rare disease.He is mind is hyper active bordering on genius.But what the mind dictates his tongue cannot relate.Let me give you a small example here.You ask Mohan How are you? His reply would be The Sun is shining bright.But despite this handicap he was a brilliant student topping in the school as well as state level. His parents were worried and garnering all their savings take him to Madras for treatment.The Doctor there is really at wits end and tells them that there is no remedy for this rare ailment but advises the parents to give him psychiatric counseling.
As they return to their village Mohans resolve to excel gets stronger.
He loses his parents in an accident and blames God for everything in his life.
But he challenges God that he will no longer be his soft target and to negate his one weakness he is determined to excel in academics.
From here on the author very skillfully takes you through to Mohans journey from a village to the prestigious IIT Bombay where three other protagonists join him by coincidence and how they form a formidable friendship.
The trials and turbulations at IIT and subsequent success for the four and then the murder and political intrigue in which Mohan gets involved lead to an absolutely fascinating tale.

A perfect weekend read.


Price: Rs 249/-  and available on Amazon


 

The Ribbon Trap-Book Review

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The Ribbon Trap is the first publication of its Author Shine Syamaladevi born in a small village in Kerala.Himself an avid reader and a daydreamer he got the opportunity to travel across the nation on various official appointments.

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The journeys across fuel led his passion and resulted in this, his first book a true labour of love .
The Ribbon Trap is a poignant love story of Krishnaprem and Smita.
The author beautifully captures the undying love of both right from the very young age of school going mates.
The journey from childhood to adulthood is very beautifully sketched amidst an array of emotions.
The ever changing life has one constant,their unwavering love for each other.
No hesitancy or doubts creep into their love even when they are staying apart in different cities due to work related postings.
As they grow so does their love for each other.
Then as destiny would have it Smita is pulled into a game of deceit and murder.
Embroiled in the falsely implicated case she goes through living hell only on the unwavering strength of her love for Krishnaprem to whom she wants to return.
Krishnaprem is also with her and for her all through the horrendous turn of events in a backdrop of political intrigue,police brutality,and shockIng betrayal from certain very close individuals.
I again stress the beautiful and undying love for each other for me is the underlying strength of the story.
Well worth the read. Commendable first attempt.


Book Price: Rs 256/-


Available on Amazon


 

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