My Zapstore: The Story Behind It!

My Zapstore: The Story Behind It!


Zapstore is your personalised e-commerce store, that helps you earn rewards when people buy from your store. Now, the question arises about what you'd sell? You can list the products from your favorite e-commerce store to your zapstore, i.e.e be it Flipkart or Amazon or be it clothing or electronics, everything can be listed on your Zapstore and you can earn cashback and rewards every time your followers buy from your store!


                          


About my Zapstore:



My Zapstore, at the moment, offers merchandise worth INR 50,000 varying from electronics to books and what not! Here is a detailed account of the reason why the products made it to my Zapstore:

Electronics:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid camera, always ready for a snap. Break the DSLR stereotype with this cute and easy to carry, instant film camera! Several colours available!

An HP Deskjet Ink Advantage All-in-one Printer that is a must for every household with school going kids as well as normal utility for everyone. Printing through wifi with one click from your phone, ah, technology, could it get any better?

The All-new Kindle e-reader for easy, glare-free reading, anywhere, anytime! I was never fond of reading on screen but when I realised how convenient it is, I changed my mind and I'm looking forward to owning a kindle.

Seagate 1TB External Hard Drive: Storage is the biggest issue we face today. With a million things to store, our laptops go queasy and work slowly. Take backups and store all your precious stuff in this 1 TB external Hard drive. Keep it safe, secure and at hand, anywhere and everywhere.

A Karaoke Magic Sing with over 5000 inbuilt songs in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Gujarati along with an add-on chip to add your favorite songs. For your love of singing, this is a must!

Fitness:

A Strauss anti-burst gym ball to stretch muscles and do pilates. A good workout ensured in most affordable manner! Choose the required size of the ball as per your height and you're ready to roll.

You can choose Anti Burst Ball As per the following Chart:
4'11" to 5'4" height: 55 cm ball
5'4" to 5'11" height: 65 cm ball
5'11" to 6' 7" height: 75 cm ball

An Adjustable Flat Incline Decline Bench for Ab workout. Want great abs but don't want to hit the gym, this is your solution! A good investment, if you're looking to make one, for both your health and your pocket.

                               

Books:

Reading is a habit, I wish, everyone would inculcate in themselves and those around them! I offer you the recent bestseller and the most awaited book of the year, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Mind you, it is a script for a play, not your normal book, and still worth every penny!

Along with the above is a box set: Divergent Series that I've been wanting to read for very long. Another bestseller, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. This book has been on my TBRL for a long time, a must read, from the reviews. And last but not the least, The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi, popularly known as the Indian Dan Brown.



Musical Instrument and Accessories:

For my beloved Violin, a Shoulder Rest, that helps your balance it without making it uncomfortable. From one of my previous posts, you must be knowing that I play the violin, if not, you can check out this video that I posted of one of my performances.

Board Games:

I love board games, so much that I can provide you with almost every board game available in the biggest Toy Store in our town. I'm a fanatic and I make sure we never fall behind on the latest releases. Every Christmas, I follow a ritual to give presents to my younger brothers and sisters. Guess what do I gift them?

Check out these games that are on my Zapstore, perfect Christmas presents:
                         

Baking Utensils and Tools:

Baking is a therapy for me, even though I'm barely any good at that. I love decorating cakes and these tools are must buy for everyone who loves baking. My store has a Turn Table, 52 Piece Cake Decorating Nozzles and a 98 Piece Ultimate cake Decorating Baking set.


Shoes:

We all can solemnly agree that running shoes are a must, and hence I present to you a pair of the same, from Adidas. Comfort and ease, guaranteed.

All the products in my Zapstore have got great reviews and range from necessities to luxury! Check out my Zapstore.

You can make your own Zapstore and earn cashback through Paytm and referral bonus along with rewards on purchases made by your followers. It is a revolution for Online Shopping and it is most certainly a good one.

I am making my own store for the #BestZapStore activity at BlogAdda in association with Zapstore.

Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Hello, Old Friend!


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Hello, Old Friend!

Remember the times, when we used to make the trends?

Laughing about anything and everything, not caring if it made sense?

When school was about everything but studies?

Copying homework, the hour before submission?

Got curious who'd be lucky to accompany the birthday girl/boy around the school?

Chasing each other around the corridors, even if it made us look like fools?

When we trotted along the opposite corridor to drink water just to avoid going back to the classes?

And lying to each other while fighting over class passes?

Remember the time when we used to do those stupid yoga poses on the ground?

And laugh at each other, giggles filling the ground, from one end to another?

When we all stood together for the class, making teachers mad?

When we signed our own tests and diaries, be it mom's or dad's?

When slam books were all the rage and teacher's too when they spotted ours.

When we made fun of each other for no reason whatsoever, just to kill the time?

And pulling legs, of course, pairing up half of the grade with the person they don't like!

Those games of truth and dare, and those days when we learned to care?

When we'd run down the stairs when the games period arrived and walk back slowly while our sweat dried?

Getting on the nerves of the teacher we didn't like and hoping for a change, going on strike?

When we played Holi, on that hot day of April, drowning each other with bottles full of water?

Laughing like crazy when every teacher complained about our class being notorious?

Trying our best to find a way to escape when the time to be punished came?

The time when we got caught, and we were all in different seats?

When we escaped the teachers who were always ready to find fault?

When the social media hadn't taken over our lives!

When playing basketball was one of the greatest pleasures of life?

The time when we turned the classroom into a stage, dancing while the tables became the source of music?

And consoled each other, in the failed love and relationships stage?

Calling each other, day and night, ready to stand together, ready to fight?

Exchanging friendship bands, counting the bands we got and hoping to keep them safe before we got caught?

Remember the time when we used to be friends, sharing our sorrows and joys?

Well, it's one of those days again and I hope this letter finds you and works as the band to rekindle old memories and make us friends again!

Love,
Radhika

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Share your old memories with your friends, and make sure to leave a comment!

Until Next Time,
Happy Friendship Day to all!
Also, be kind to each other!
Bye Bye! :)

Book Review: 'Secretly Yours' By Vikrant Khanna


Book Review: Secretly Yours

~The longer the book, the longer you spent in another world.~


Author: Vikrant Khanna
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Price: Rs. 145/-

Genre: Romantic Thriller
Rating: 1.5/5 
ISBN- 9780143425915


Every once in a while, I read a book that makes my mind go haywire, and clearly not in a good way.
The book that bagged this award this month is 'Secretly Yours' by Vikrant Khanna. Read the review to know why:

Source: goodreads.com

Back Blurb from the book
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Everyone has secrets but is hers the most shocking? Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Sahil has always blamed himself for his parents' death. He has little interest in life until he meets the enigmatic Anya in a chance encounter during the Shimla fest. Soon he falls head over heels in love with her, but Anya doesn't reciprocate his feelings. 
An accident leaves him in a coma and when he wakes up he makes a startling discovery-he can read minds! Now he can find out what goes on in Anya's mind and maybe, just maybe, make her fall in love with him. But is Anya all she seems? Or is she hiding something? Deliciously plotted, full of morbid secrets and startling revelations, Secretly Yours will make you question what you see and who you trust."

Plot- The 17-year-old protagonist, Sahil's life is the living example of Murphy's Law. Everything that could possibly go wrong in a teenager's life has gone wrong in his and he takes to self-harm, smoking, and alcohol to momentarily forget the pain.

Sahil is not sure what his career would be, for he undecidedly thinks of being a musician, a guitarist until Anya, the female lead, enters. Anya enrolls in the music academy where Sahil is a student. The instructor there is too busy to attend to new students that he leaves the beginners to be taught by other students. Sahil teaches Anya how to play the guitar while falling in love with her hair, which he is obsessed with, and her. Anya, though gives Sahil all the signs of falling in love, rejects him when he tells her so which brings out the writer in Sahil and he gets halfway through his barely written book.

Amidst this half-baked love story, comes the thrill of a serial killer on loose committing murders and secret disappearances of Anya along with the unexplained behavior of her friends.

His Grandma, who unapologetically blames him for the death of his parents dies in a car accident (guess who was driving the car?) and Sahil, who goes into a coma for a month after the accident, acquires mind reading skills but he is no Edward Cullen. For his skill to work, he has to be in physical contact with the person he wants to read the mind of.

Will Sahil be able to find out Anya's secret and save her from the impending doom? Will he be able to sort out his upturned life and his relationships? To find out, grab the book, but at your own risk.

Pros: 
  • Short Chapters.
  • Coverage of teen turmoil.
  • Various Plot Elements.
Cons:
  • Number of Clichés more than the number of Chapters.
  • Misleading Blurb.
  • Unwanted Explanations. 
  • Poor Character Development.
  • Predictable Ending.
  • Editing errors.
  • Poorly Titled Chapters.

About the Author: 
Vikrant Khanna is a captain in the Merchant Navy. He is the bestselling author of When Life Tricked Me and Love Lasts Forever. Apart from writing, he is fond of composing songs and playing the guitar. He lives in New Delhi.

Personal Opinion: I never pick up books by Indian Authors unless the blurb is exciting enough to arouse my curiosity, and that is a very rare occurrence. The redundancy in plots and lack of innovation are visibly hurting the Indian writing community. People keep to the basic clichéd love stories adding an easily predictable twist. 

At first, I thought I was reading something in the lines of Hancock, a Will Smith movie, but it later changed tracks in the lines of Twilight. Now you know what to expect.

If you noticed, I try my best to level the number of Pros and Cons in my reviews but this one just wouldn't let me. I think that says it all.

Haven't read the author's bestsellers but this was surely not the best he can do. From the way he writes, he could have done a lot better than this.

Pick up as per your judgment!

xxx

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Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

The Story of Our Not-So-Ideal Family Vacation!


After taking a long break and lazing around in the monsoon sun (yes, monsoon doesn't bring rain here in Rajasthan, just exclusive monsoon sunshine), I have a great deal to share with you. Especially about the vacation, I went on recently with my family. 

With our house in making and several other responsibilities, how we convinced my father to agree for this vacation, I have no idea. Thankful to my mother's friend in Sangli, Maharashtra, who's daughter's wedding invitation caused us to think about taking this extended vacation of 7 days in total.

When my father showed the slightest signs of approval, without further ado, I booked the plane tickets for our journey to Pune from Jaipur for the 7th of July and our return tickets by train from Mumbai to Jodhpur on 13th of July.

Day 1:

After traveling from Jodhpur to Jaipur via car and then boarded our plane to Pune, i.e., Air Asia, an International Airline. What was different about Air Asia? There were posters of superstar Rajnikanth all over it for the promotion of his latest film, Kabali. Quite a sight, I must say. The new era of marketing and promotion is here!

I took several pictures from the window seat that I luckily had. The sky changed in every few minutes. Here are some of the shots I managed to capture of the wonderful view:







Moving on, we reached Pune in an hour and a half. We hired a car for the rest of our travels, an Innova, and I slept quite comfortably in the backseat while my mother, elder brother and younger sister all sat, chatting on the middle seat and my father, with the driver on the front seat. It took us a lot longer than usual to reach Sangli because of the constant downpour. We all went to sleep as soon as we reached our destination and changed into comfortable clothes.

Day 2:

The next day was packed. We had to attend the wedding functions and they were wonderful. My mother has some truly lovely friends. Those ladies were so affectionate towards my mother and welcomed us so heartily even when they were busy.

The wedding reception was amazing. It was monsoon themed. The stage backdrop was potted plants with a mechanism that looks like it was raining because I could see the water running. The ceiling was decorated with 400 upturned umbrellas and the lighting kept changing to blue and pink and the music, Ah, the music. My favorite part. There was a band playing the beautiful Bollywood compositions back to back and the piano! The grand white piano. I just couldn't take my eyes off it. I'll share the video of the same on my Instagram soon.

Apparently, my brother doesn't like being captured.
The best part though wasn't the decoration, but the fact that the food items were restricted to 16 in total. Less in number, but amazing in taste and quality. Indian weddings are known for their pomp and show, their extravagance, but this one, this wedding in Sangli was the first one to keep the number of delicacies served to 16 which goes easily up to 80-100 in any big fat Indian wedding. Times are changing and so will the society, one wedding at a time.

Now, while in Sangli, we had the afternoon to ourselves so we visited the two popular Ganesha Temples situated there. The weather was amazing, a slight drizzle, enjoyable and the greenery. Sangli is, by far, the greenest city I've visited. The population is less, the weather is wonderful, greenery everywhere and more importantly, the people are kind and affable. A gem of a town, I must say. One of the pictures that I took:

An unedited wonder, is it not?

Some beautiful captures from my elder brother, Raghav, who loves capturing the world in his own unique way:



Day 3:

Leaving Sangli, we headed to Mahabaleshwar, a popular hill station, via car, but the rain was heavy, it took away half of the day. We visited a few beautiful tourist points over there, including a famous temple that has a Shivling in the shape of a Rudraksha that emerged out of the ground itself and there are five holes in the Rudraksha that depict the five rivers that emerged the same time when the Shivling appeared. It is also said that the water in those holes comes from these rivers and never empties or dries. I saw that Shivling, but it is fairly easy to conjure up a false but exciting tale. Here's a picture of the aisle just outside the gate of the temple taken, of course, by none other than my brother:



We ate at Mapro, an amazing restaurant in Panchgani, swarming with people. Here a picture of the wishing well:




The heavy downpour made it impossible to explore Mahabaleshwar any further, so last minute changes in the plan and we headed, in the evening, to our next destination, Alibaug, a coastal town. We reached Alibaug in the dead of the night and settled at the first hotel we saw as the plan had changed midway and it turned out to be cozy. We were snug as a bug in a rug!

Day 4:

We checked out from the hotel in the morning to visit the Alibaug Beach. It was clean, no crazy crowd, vast and the weather was amazing. Cool winds blowing, but not too hard. We had loads of fun over there and my brother took this amazing picture:


We rode a carriage that took us to the far end of the beach and back. We left when the first shower hit. Now this was supposed to be our day in Lonavala, so we headed there right after lunch. On the way, we saw various scenic miracles and took several pictures.


The rain made it impossible for us to head straight for Lonavala. The way was blocked when we were just 2 kilometers away from entering Lonavala and we had to take a detour which resulted in the loss of an hour. Now the hotel that we were supposed to go to was situated in such a place that after reaching almost as close as we were to Lonavala when trouble came that the way was closed for tourists because of only God knows what. The rain was the root cause, of course. Now we took a detour to our second option and headed to Hotel Lonavala and in the way came the first and India's only wax museum. Art has so many forms, and not one fails to bewitch me. I created a video compilation of a few statues which you can watch on my Instagram.

Now, Lonavala would have been a lot more fun if we hadn't got stuck in traffic on its narrow roads and top it off by the heavy downpour. So as we retired in the evening to our cozy rooms after a long walk, a little Chikki (Famous sweets) shopping and eating to our fill, we dozed off instantly.


Day 5:

The next day, we headed out early to catch up on the few places we couldn't visit the other day and found an absolutely beautiful spot that now easily takes a few hundred MBs on my iPhone (Yeah, I got an iPhone when my Xperia Z1 was sacrificed to my carelessness! *Sobs*).
Here are a few pictures from that spot:




We saw the Bushi Dam and a few other spots in the close vicinity, a few hundred waterfalls and a few brave-hearts bathing in the same. We checked out a ceramic shop and I could only admire the perfection and beauty of those creations as we already had bundles of luggage to carry back on our train journey back home. We did take a few mugs, though. :D

Around half past twelve, we arrived at Imagica, a popular amusement park, situated at an hour and a quarter's distance from Mumbai. The park has three variations, a theme park, a snow park and a water park. It was way better than I had imagined. Creatively constructed, fun for all ages. Since it rained that day too, the outdoor rides were closed for a while, but the indoor rides were pretty great as well, and my mother agrees. We went to the theme park and the snow park. 

The theme park was amazing, it had so much to offer that we lost track of time. You certainly cannot explore it in one day if you don't arrive as soon as the gates are opened. The structures, the rides, the colours, you just can't help admiring it. 

So the first ride was Deep Space, an indoor roller coaster. Of course, I didn't know that when I excitedly heard myself say, 'I'll do it!'. Yes, I'm afraid, I'm afraid of heights and roller coasters and other scary rides and I was kind of thankful that the outdoor rides were closed because I was scared that my sister would drag me along to ride Nitro, the outdoor, scary, roller coaster.

But, I did it anyway. My sister motivated me and my brother mocked. So you know, mixed effect. We were told to take off our spectacles before we got on the ride which reduced the fun, but I have to say, I screamed and I enjoyed it. It was short, though. You can check it out on Google.

After this, we had lunch and then the other Indoor rides after going to the Snowpark. Honestly, I prefer Jaipur's Snow planet over the Imagica one because I had more fun there. Yes, this one's larger and has more rides, but we only spent half an hour in this one and a full hour in Jaipur one.


The Armada!
I'm almost there, Rapunzel!
This pretty Waterfall!

I loved the ride 'Mr. India' which was based on a popular Bollywood movie, Mr. India. We took pictures, had fun and set out to Mumbai at around 6:30 in the evening.

Stuck in the traffic, we arrived at Mumbai at my relative's place at around 10:00 p.m. or probably even later. I slept all the way! 

Day 6:

The weather was nice, it rained but softly. The day was marked for shopping and that we did. My sister and I went to Linking Road, while my mother, father, and brother chose to visit the mall, Inorbit. We met at the mall, later in the day at 7 and browsed and shopped a little more, ate and returned home. 

Day 7:

The next day, we were all packed and ready to leave by 11. We reached the Bandra Terminal just in time, thanks to traffic, of course. The journey was, well, alright. Our co-passengers were three elderly people, one couple and a man. The old man and his wife chatted with us while the third man just slept the whole way. The old man had partial paralysis. Just yesterday, my father told me to tweet to the railway minister that every coach should have a digital screen that shows the upcoming station, the time of arrival and the time of the halt in order to reduce the worries of the elderly, the physically challenged and the others. Would you assist me in the same? 

My brother took this picture at one of the stops:


We reached home at 7 in the morning and finally, I took a deep breath. There's nothing more exhilarating than returning home after a long journey, is there?

This yatra might not be ideal for you, but within my definition of ideal, it fits perfectly. We were all together, we created memories and we had the time of our lives, what else matters?

Did you enjoy reading? Let me know in the comments and do share what you've been up to all this while! I have another travel story to share and hopefully, I will.

Want to read another of my travel escapades? Here's one: Travel Story: Escapade in Mumbai!

Until next time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! :)

Importance of Growth and Development Of Your Child


In this furiously advancing age of technology, health is the being ignored more than Internet Explorer. Kids spend more time playing with their advanced tech toys like iPads or mobile phones then the swing in the park, which apparently used to be the idea of fun, a little while back. With minimal physical activity and bags of Cheetos in their laps, the only thing the children of this age are getting good at is how to expertly gain weight at the age of eight.

This has been the cause of worry lines on the faces of most of the parents. Due to lack of the right intake of necessary nutrients, exercise and sometimes hormonal disturbances, the growth spurt that was supposed to be hitting the child decides to take a backtrack. To achieve the right height and weight as per the age, the child has to be provided with a balanced healthy diet as well as plenty of physical activity.

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The lost growth not only affects the child's physical form but also traumatizes them mentally. Comparing themselves with their peers and often getting bullied for their appearance, these children face far more challenges than they are capable of and hence this becomes a leading cause of depression or a subdued personality..

Ages 3-9 is the crucial growth period for the children, if not given proper proteins and nutrients in this period, often leads to an undernourished body which invites lots of other diseases. To prevent the same at an early age, awareness in both parents and children has to be spread and taught.

Undernourishment occurs when the person doesn't eat enough nutrition to cover their needs for energy and growth. It often leads to muscle weakness, weightless and fatigue.

A good physique is the key to confidence and gives an impactful presence to the person, opening several doors of opportunities. The children should be made of aware of this so that they themselves do all that is possible to enhance their growth

In this advanced age, parents can easily educate themselves about the required nutritional intake of their child. Regular checkups with a pediatrician will help to identify any irregularity at an early stage. Parents should encourage their children to engage in sports and help them choose one of the sports they enjoy and develop the same over time. A habit inculcated at an early age stays for a lifetime, so I've heard and experienced. This practice is important for both the mental and physical health of the child since a deep insecurity developed at an early age leads to nothing but dissatisfaction and insecurity for the whole life, increased manifold.



Source: slideshare.net

Pediatricians say that "3-9 years is a critical growth phase for children. However, inadequate growth can sometimes happen due to fussy eating, illness or for several other possible reasons. Growth lost in early childhood requires specialized nutrition in order to catch up, but parents must make sure that adequate nutrition is provided so that catch-up growth happens".

A child falling behind on growth requires a higher dosage of nutrients than normal to catch up on the lost growth and development. Horlicks has introduced a new health supplement, Horlicks Growth+, that has all the required high-quality necessary nutritions that are required by a child to catch up on the lost growth and development faster. Designed and recommended by international pediatric experts this drink is clinically proven to show visible growth in 6 months in children in the age group of 3-9 years who are lagging behind  in achieving the right height and weight.
You can read more about it here: Horlicks Growth+ 
Source: www.horlicks.in



"We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed. 
To him, we cannot answer 'Tomorrow'. His name is 'Today'." 

~Gabriela Mistral, 1948

What, in your opinion, is the importance for a child to catch up on lost growth?
Share your view in the comment box below!

Until Next Time, 
Be kind to one another!
Bye Bye! :)