Saturday, March 17, 2018

Overcome stage fright | Tips for first time speakers





Public speaking can be challenging for a few people, but it need not be so. Just a little bit of practice and confidence can help you be confident on stage!

With a little bit of theatre experience and some experience of hosting events during my academic years, I think I have gathered few tips or hacks that help me be confident on stage. Sharing the same with you, hoping they will help.

Do not memorise
People often tend to memorise their script and the problem with this is that in case you lose the thread on stage, you might just fumble and this may cause you to panic. Instead do memorise the script but tweak it according to you, memorise it like a dialogue, like talking to a friend. This way, if you forget on stage, you still know what the crux of the topic is and can continue using your own words. Then pause after completing the thought/sentence – look at the script in hand and get back on track.
Get comfortable with silence, do not read out / say everything at a go. Pause. Collect your thoughts. Go on.

Be confident
This could be a little narcissistic or people may call it over confidence, but two hours before I go on stage I tell myself that I am the best! Like really the best! The most amazing person ever! And no one else is as good enough as me. This boost of energy and confidence gives helps me stay confident on stage and thus makes me do a good job.

Pointers
Make pointers on your script, highlight the important parts, this way just glancing at the script will help stay on track.

Don’t be blinded
If this is a proper stage set up in a theatre or an auditorium, understand that there will be lots of lights and it would actually be difficult to look at your audience beyond the first few rows. Do make sure that you maintain audience interaction even if you cannot see them. It would be easier to maintain eye contact with the first few rows, beyond that jus assume you are looking at people or look at the end wall of the auditorium.

Prep for it
Get to the venue a little earlier, read out a few lines for the empty chairs, do a sound check. The point here is to get comfortable, you do not know the audience and that’s your element of surprise, anything other than that – you should be aware of beforehand.

Get comfortable with you mic
if it is a lapel mic (clip on mic) make sure you are not wearing a necklace which might accidently bump against the mic causing a loud sound. Using a lapel mic also means you’ll have a batter pack attached at the back of your trousers. If you are wearing a dress, try using a belt inside the dress or wear a dress with pockets.

Slides are to guide you!
Often, people start reading the slides during a presentation. Do Not Do That! Slides are to guide you, use it as a prompter, let what you are saying be more informative.




Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celebrity Style Decoded - 1




Dress like your favorite Celebrity, here's where you can buy items similar to what your favorite celebrity was wearing.

Malaika Arora
Move over little black dress, the red velvet dress is here to rock!

Pic Credit: https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/malaika-arora-trolled-for-too-short-dress-really-internet-1788241

We have three similar dresses that you can opt for:

1. http://www.shein.in/Mock-Neck-Frill-Detail-Velvet-Dress-p-385451-cat-1727.html
2. http://www.shein.in/V-Neckline-Swing-Dress-p-388565-cat-1727.html
3. http://www.shein.in/Burgundy-Ruched-Asymmetric-Velvet-Cami-Dress-p-313579-cat-1727.html


Alia Bhatt
An outfit that is perfect for a causal day out and yet, if required, can be dressed up for a fancier event


Although we couldn't find the exact replica, we did manage to find something that was close enough

1. http://www.koovs.com/koovs-spot-mesh-ruffle-cami-dress-100574.html?skuid=425533&gclid=Cj0KCQjw7Z3VBRC-ARIsAEQifZS1SAJhdDH6m-rG4F1MenslZV11_ajWizblLkpQCpiJfjQHGHm3_30aAvd6EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

2. http://www.shein.in/Half-Placket-Polka-Dot-Ruffle-Dress-p-434429-cat-1727.html

Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi was seen sporting this floral top with jeans, making it the perfect causal outfit for everyday or for when you are running late and need a quick fix.


http://bit.ly/2FxIiBw

Although, I couldn't find the exact copy, I have mentioned some similar floral tops.

1. http://www.koovs.com/koovs-crop-shirt-26-101843.html?skuid=432599
2. http://www.shein.in/Scallop-Trim-Floral-Top-p-423741-cat-1890.html
3. http://amzn.to/2pbQoEQ
4. http://amzn.to/2FAR2Hb

Want me to share links for some other looks? Let me know what you would like to see next on the blog in the comments below. 




Monday, March 5, 2018

Sail under the Bandra Worli Sea Link with Mumbai Maiden



The reason why I love Mumbai so much is that the city never stops surprising you. The city has so much to offer – culture, history, tradition, fast paced life, the sea, the traffic, the pollution and the spirit to never stop living your life.

Every couple of months if not every couple of weeks, there is something happening in the city that makes you want to look forward to the weekend. You spend the weekend exploring and relaxing and doing something that will help you recharge for the week coming up.

I recently spent my Saturday evening, doing just that. I cruise ship ride just off the Mahim coast. Mumbai Maiden was launched recently in collaboration with Maharashtra Tourism, it is the perfect way to bring in your weekend and recharge yourself for the week to come.

The ship sails from under the Bandra – Worli sea link giving you a beautiful view of the underbelly of this iconic structure and the providing with you a stunning view of the Mumbai Skyline. The ship then sails along the Mumbai coastline. You can get onboard the cruise from Bandra Jetty; a speed boat will take you to Mumbai Maiden which is anchored in the sea.

The ship is an initiative by SSR Marine Services, a private marine company in joint collaboration with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). 

The ship has two levels and the upper deck, which can easily accommodate 285 passengers plus a 15 member crew across its various levels.

It has a restaurant at the ground level of the ship to handle any F&B requirement.   Besides this the ship has a banquet hall at the 2nd level which can be available for hosting events, the Upper deck would be the focal point where people get to enjoy the panoramic view of the shoreline and sea beyond.  

It has all the amenities for the comfort of a passenger with well trained staff and equipment to oversee the safety and security onboard. 

The ship is spacious and great for a get together or a party or even an office team outing / bonding session. As the sun sets, the ship cruises into the city waters, the wind in your hair and the soothing breeze is enough to calm anyone down.

I boarded the speed boat from Bandra jetty and ventured towards Mumbai Maiden which was anchored in the sea, once onboard, I went around the ship once quickly and somehow stumbled into the main control room, the captain was nice enough to invite me in and explain me the various aspects of sailing a ship and the radar and the safety precautions.

After an informative session with the captain, I went to the upper deck which is so spacious; it has enough seating arrangements as well. I quickly grabbed a seat and lounged there with some coffee. 

The sea is so calming that I didn’t wish to get off the ship. Sitting there with a bustling city on one side and the calm and vast ocean on the other side, sipping on my coffee and reflecting on my thoughts was indeed bliss.



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Monday, January 29, 2018

Bose at every step - Everyday Companion


Keeping up with blogging and a full time job can get tough, today was one such day. She woke up a little late and missed going to the gym, she did a quick calculation in her head and realised that going to the gym now means getting late for work again. She hurriedly got ready for work and stormed out the front door. Just as she reached the elevator she realised she had forgotten her Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II. Quickly dashed back home, grabbed her headphones and made it to the elevator in under 15seconds.

As soon as she got into the elevator she used the built-in Google Assistant on her headphone to find out the traffic situation on her way to work. When google informed her that there in fact is not much traffic on the way today, she decided to take the bus and save some money by ditching the cab.

The Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology in her headphones drowned away the traffic noise making sure that she enjoyed her music on her way to work.  She never worried about using her headphone out and about around the town as they are made with impact-resistant materials, glass filled nylon and corrosion resistant stainless steel which ensures that they live a long long life.

As she reached work, she quickly grabbed a cup of coffee, asked her google assistant to remind her of a conference call at 4pm and got to work. She reduced the level of noise cancellation to make sure that she still is able to hear her colleagues and her office landline ringing. The Volume-optimised EQ made sure that the music played in high quality. She even uses her headphones to answer calls, the phone calls are clear and audible even when she is in a noisy or windy place.

Although she was using listening to music all day, she need not charge the headphones. A single charge can last her for 20 hours. Still she quickly charged the headphone during her lunch break; a 15-minute charge gives you another 2.5 hours

The headphone notified her about her conference call.

After a long day at work, it was time to head home. The plush ear cushion made sure that the headphone did not irritate her all day.

As she reached home, she charged her everyday companion for a new day tomorrow.





Monday, January 22, 2018

The beauty of not caring




If you look around you’ll notice that a number of people around you are stressed or dealing with anxiety. It is not only common but scary when you notice its rapid growth. I deal with anxiety at times, it was after I noticed that this was a growing concern I began to divert my mind and honestly Just Stopped Caring!

Not caring can be associated with a negative quality, but at times, that is all you require to lead a happier, carefree and positive life.

Less stress
The biggest and the best benefit of not caring is that it immediately cuts down on your stress levels. The minute you stop caring, you do not have anything to worry about!

Only people who matter, matter
Not caring doesn’t mean you withdraw from everyone and not be available to them during tough times or when they need you. Not caring also doesn’t mean that you don’t empathize with your closed people.
Make sure you have a clear idea about people who matter to you, people who are important to you. People other than your close knit circle is not your concern and you should worry less about them.

More time to focus on important things
When you stop worrying about, you have more time to focus on good and more important things in your life. It frees up sometime for you to indulge in an activity that makes you happy.

Hobby
Continuing the above topic – free time means you can finally take up that hobby you always wanted to. You can learn to play an instrument, read or listen to music or binge watch a series. Anything that makes you calm down, relax and take your mind off everything else.

Always happy
The Biggest perk of not caring is that you tend to be a happier person, you are in your own Lala-Land and that’s just perfect for me. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Grow curry leaves at home in 5 easy steps| How to save your dying curry leaves plant




I recently got into growing herbs and edibles at home; I am still learning myself and thus experimenting one plant at a time.

Tip: For beginners, I would suggest to buy an already potted plant from a nursery. Growing plants from seed can take months or even years. Having an already potted plant is easy to take care of and is generally sturdier than the one which is just growing from seed.

I had got my curry leaf plant from a nursery but after buying it, I realised that it was dry, unhealthy and wasn’t growing at all. I tried providing it with fertilisers and nutrients but all failed. The only option I had was to prune it.

If you have a curry leaf plant which is not growing or is unhealthy then you can do the same thing.
            Step 1: harvest all the healthy leaves (if any)

Step 2: cut off the branches at the nodes. Node is where a plant grows from. Make sure you make a clean cut.

Step 3:  water it everyday in the morning. Curry leaf plant loves water but do not over do it. Watering once a day is enough.

Step 4: add fertilizers, I personally add some tea leaves every week. If you have a healthy and nutrient rich soil, you can skip this step. If you do not have a nutrient rich soil and wish to use organic fertilizers then you can add some tea leaves and cut up organic kitchen waste in the soil. This will decompose naturally and turn into rich manure for the plant.

Step 5: keep watering the plant and a few weeks later you’ll notice new leaves growing.

You now have a healthy green curry leaves plant. You can use the leaves in your food preparations.










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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Camping at Bhor – weekend getaways near Mumbai and Pune




This was my first camping experience and I am glad it was a pleasant one. A friend recommended this place; it is situated on a private property and is surrounded by water and mountain range on 3 sides.  Tourbugs arranges camping weekends here; they take care of everything for you so you don’t have to carry anything with you. They provide you with comfortable tents, Veg and non veg barbeque and dinner. Since it’s a private property, there is no one around expect for the people camping there. 

There is little to no mobile network there, giving you a much needed digital detox.

They generally organise weekend trips but going there on a Saturday was not possible for us thus we requested them if we could reach on a Sunday and leave on Monday, he agreed. Since we went there on Sunday, there was no one camping with us, the entire area was just for us.

We left from Mumbai at around 10am and reached the place around 4pm. We did stop on the way for lunch. The place is stunning; we took a round around the property while sipping on tea.

We soon started prepping for the bonfire and the barbeque. The chicken was juicy and yum, it was magical to sit under the moonlight with only a bonfire and yummy food.

The place is clean, had clean washrooms as well. There are absolutely no mosquitoes here.

The owner of the property lives around 10minutes away and the food and tea is made there only. 

They sent over our dinner around 9pm. With some light music in the background the evening was spent sharing stories.

It was a cloudy night but the moonlight was enough to light up the place.
We woke up early next morning and after some breakfast we went downhill to the catchment area. As I mentioned earlier, it is a private property thus it was just us in the middle of the water in the middle of nowhere.

We actually could spend hours there. I don’t know how to swim so I chilled in the water with my lifejacket on. After I was done just floating around in water, I decided to go lie down on the little boat that was anchored there. I got my last night’s wine bottle and finished the little wine that was left.

Soon it was time to head back home; we decided to have lunch at the owner’s home. Their kitchen has a few tables and a sitting area. They served us yummy home cooked traditional Maharashtian food. We ate it all :D and then left the rural calm place to enter the urban concrete jungle.








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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Himalaya youth eternity - night cream review




I have been using Himalaya Youth Eternity Night cream for around a month now and honestly I love what it does to my skin. I apply it after thoroughly cleansing my face and removing all the makeup.
            
The company claims that the product will help,
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks
  • Improves and evens skin tone
  • Improves skin elasticity and hydration
  • Smoothens your skin


I take around 2 dollops of the cream on my palm and apply it on my face and neck; I wake up with super moisturized skin. It’s winter right now and my skin tends to dry out but with this product that hasn’t happened even once.  

The cream is thick and has a sweet fragrance – the product vaguely reminds me of Lacto Calamine except that this product doesn’t have a gritty texture.

It is easy to apply and spreads on your skin easily and evenly. I love the fact that it is not sticky, after 5 minutes of applying this product you wouldn’t feel like there is anything on your face and yet your skin will be moisturized. You’ll wake up with a healthy glow.

I have been following the below mentioned winter routine:
I alternate between using Himalaya Youth Eternity Night Cream and pure Aloe Vera gel.
I keep the aloe gel on my face all night and wash it in the morning.
I have an aloe plant at home and I cut a leaf from it and keep using it. A big juicy leaf lasts me up to 2 weeks if used on alternate days.

I had recently developed some acne marks on my cheek; they have visibly reduced after following this routine. I have noticed that my skin has also got a little tighter (in a good way)

You can buy it here: http://amzn.to/2zI8phC