Friday, 29 May 2015

Deco Window Curtains Review - Indian Curtain Reviews Online

Today I am going to review window curtains from the brand 'Deco Window'. I bought totally 5 Deco Window curtains last year, 2 of them from Pepperfry and 3 of them from Snapdeal. The actual picture of the curtains is below.

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About Deco Window:

Deco window  (www.decowindow.in ) is from the house of one of the largest exporters in India – Jayanita Exports and this is the reason why all the offerings are great in quality with some good value for money. You can choose from a great range of curtain rods online , buy curtains online and even buy cushions online from their site. They even have a made-to-order solution for the curtains to suit the ranging sizes of your windows and doors.


Deco Window Window Curtains Review:

I bought a couple of Deco Window's window curtains last year for my living room. I bought it from Pepperfry as I got in good discounted price at that time.




Since I was satisfied with the quality and appearance of the curtains, I bought 3 more for my dining room. My hall is in L shape with a living room and dining room. So, I wanted to buy 5 similar curtains to cover all the windows of the hall. Instead of buying 5 at a time,  I thought of  buying a couple of curtains first and then buying 3 more if satisfied. I was completely satisfied with the first 2 and I sought feedback from my neighbors too for the Deco Window curtains which I had bought. Hence, I went on buying 3 more. I bought them from Snapdeal as Snapdeal had some good offers while buying for the second time.




Price:

The price of a single window curtain is 499 approx. I could see the curtains available in different prices. Compare the online prices and discounts while buying the curtains. You might get be able to get in lower price if you can spend sometime in checking out the prices from different sites.

Availability:

 You can buy them from www.decowindow.in or from different online shopping sites like Pepperfry, Snapdeal and Fabfurnish.

Pros of the curtains:

1. High Quality fabric.
2. This particular curtain does not have printing. The design is achieved by thread work and fabric. Hence no worries whether the design will fade like printed curtains.
3. High durability.
4. No color fading.
5. Though it is not a typical black out curtain, it blocks most of the sun light. So, it is perfect for bedrooms and the rooms which you need privacy. If you use this for your living room, you need to open the curtains to allow the sunlight to come inside.
6. Not at all transparent.
7. Worth the price. I have visited different offline stores too to buy curtains. Curtains of this quality are priced above 1000.
8. Thread and fabric are bright and shining. I have bought 2 curtains for my guest room from another brand at a higher price. But the curtain looks dull in actual and not thick enough. In the day time, the design and color is not at all looking good as it allows all the sunlight to pass through.
9. According to me, lining is not required. The curtain is so thick.
10. More designs and colors are available.

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Cons:

Unlike my other pure cotton curtains, it does not allow the sunlight to completely pass through as it is quite thick. Hence you need to open the curtain if you are using in your living room. It was not a problem for me as I like to have the windows and curtains open to allow the fresh air to come inside the room at least in day time. I used to close them in the evening time as I have glass windows and mosquito problems :) So, I am okay with the curtains for the living room too.


Overall Thoughts:

If you are looking for a curtain which is thick, made with high quality fabric, good-looking, able to block most of the sun light, no color fading, non-transparent and available in affordable price, this curtain would be the best option.

It is very good for bedroom usage. You can sleep well even in the hot day time in summer.  I am planning to buy 3 more for my master bedroom soon in this Summer.
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Friday, 22 May 2015

My daily life with Myntra App

Many online shopping websites has started showing their interests towards moving to mobile apps. That is the reason we are getting a lot of deals only when we shop through their apps. They like to get their customers to have experience and realize the advantages of shopping in their apps. More than 75% of the traffic of many giant Indian online shopping websites is from mobile. There is no doubt that most of the people who shop online have smart phones with them. Instead of running three different platforms(desktop site, mobile site and app), it is obviously good to have a single platform which can benefit the customers . Mobile site is the least preferred as it does not give superior performance. It is just a smaller version of desktop site and also not so interactive like app. Desktop site is good but the shopping takes really more time and desperately requires a desktop to shop as it is quite difficult to shop from a desktop site in mobile. So, I invite Myntra's decision to go app only as we can reap a lot of benefits and deals.

 




Myntra is the first shopping site which went to app only mode from May 15, 2015. Initially, it might be difficult for the customers to drop their love for desktop site completely. It may take sometime for all of us to feel comfortable with mobile app only site. But I am sure that we can get unbeatable experience with mobile apps. When online shopping started booming in India, customers feel hesitated to buy online due to several factors but now everyone prefers online shopping only. In the same way, once we taste the advantages of app shopping, we will never turn back to desktop sites.



Here are some daily life situations where I feel that I can only use Myntra app.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sitharathai | Kulanjan Benefits - Home Remedies for Cold, Cough and Chest Congestion

Sitharathai is a very good home remedy for common cold and cough. I am currently using this home remedy for my 3 years old kid to treat cold and cough. I have tried myself too. It is so effective. I thought it is a very good natural remedy for cold and cough which is worth sharing with you all. If I find symptoms of cold or cough, I immediately start giving sithrathai on the same day so that it gets cured immediately. If we use the home remedy on the same day as we recognize common cold or cough symptoms, it is very easy to cure it.

My neighbor told me that she used to give sitharathai to his son whenever he catches common cold. 
I feel that it is quite easy remedy which does not take much time if you have it in powder form.

 

Health Benefits & Uses of Sitharathai(Kulanjan): 

Sitharathai(Kulanjan) is very effective for treatment of cold and cough. Regular intake of sitharathai during cold can easily make the phlegm to come out and help you to free from chest congestion. It is also used for stomach complaints.

Where to buy?

You can buy in naatu marunthu kadai(country drug stores). You might be able to get in few grocery shops too. I am seeing that it is available in online websites too.

How to give sitharathai(kulanjan) for kids?

Mix sitharathai with honey and give it to kids(above 3 yrs old). They do not complain to eat it if you add more honey. I always add generous amount of honey(1 tbsp approx) and give it to my son.


If you do not have honey at home, mix it with milk and add good amount of sugar or jaggery to make it tasty.

My neighbor told me that we can add sitharathai in payasam and give it to kids who are not ready to take it even with honey. You do not need to tell them that you are giving a natural medicine if you are going to add in payasam. You can give it even if they do not have illness. It is good for overall health.

I am not sure about the dosage instructions of Sitharathai for small babies. It is better to consult a doctor for small babies before trying.


Sitharathai Dosage Instructions:

In the Sitharathai powder pack, it is mentioned that we can give 1/2 tsp sitharathai powder with honey which has to be given morning and evening. If you do not have it in powder form, you can mince or chop the piece  into smaller pieces and grind it into fine powder form. 


Adults can increase the quantity a little bit or can have thrice a day. Check dosage instructions in you can check in the packing. If it is not available, ask the people in stores itself. They will have good knowledge.




Few other Home Remedies for Cold and Cough:

Camphor and Coconut oil for cold and cough
Ajwain Leaves or Karpooravalli for cold
Honey and Cinnamon for cold and cough  
Turmeric, Pepper and Palm sugar milk
Homemade Health Tonic


Sitharathai/Kulanjan in different languages:

Botanical name: Alpinia Calcarata
Family: Zingiberaceae
Common Name: Snap Ginger, Cardamon Ginger, Indian Ginger
English: The greater galangal, lesser galangal, Java galangal
Hindi: Kulanjan, Granthimula
Malayalam: Chittaratha,Artta
Tamil: Chithirathai, Nattarattai.
Telugu: Dumparastramu.
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Homemade Chapathi Noodles Recipe - How to make homemade noodles with chapathi

Homemade Chapathi Noodles is such a mouth watering recipe which can be made very easily. It takes about 20 minutes of time in total but it is worth it. Most of the time goes in cutting vegetables and chopping the chapathi. Cooking time is very less. So, you do not need to sweat a lot to make this delicious recipe. It is a very quick fix for breakfast and dinner especially you have leftover chapathis in hand. You can serve this as evening snacks for your kids as well. It is a very good bachelor recipe too. No grinding is required. Without any complication, bachelors can also prepare a tasty dish for breakfast or dinner that too instantly.




Side dish suggestions for Chapathi Noodles:

As we are adding tomato sauce in the chapathi noodles, we can have it without any side dish. It tastes pretty good. If you like, you can serve with tomato ketchup or any other sauces.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal Recipe/Vallarai Keerai Chutney(Brahmi Leaves Chutney)

Vallari Keerai chutney is a very healthy side dish for Idli, Dosa and rice. I will not tell you that it is tasty as regular coconut chutney. But this recipe can help you to make the best vallarai keerai chutney(in Tamil). Vallarai keerai is known for very good memory power. So, if you are a mom, you can add this keerai in your kid's diet at least once a week.



Vallarai keerai thuvaiyal is one of the easiest recipe you can make with this particular keerai variety. There are lot of health benefits in using this vallarai keerai(Brahmi leaves). You might have heard about Brahmi oil for hair problems like hair loss, hair thinning and premature greying. I have already
posted health benefits and uses of vallarai keerai/brahmi leaves. It is good to take in your diet too.

Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal Recipe/Vallarai Keerai Chutney(Brahmi Leaves Chutney):


Vallarai keerai thuvaiyal

Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal Recipe/Vallarai Keerai Chutney(Brahmi Leaves Chutney):


Ingredients:

Vallarai Keerai/Brahmi Leaves(in Hindi) - 1 cup
Peeled Onion Shallots - 3
Peeled Ginger - 1 inch
Peeled Garlic - 6 flakes
Dry red chillies - 2 to 4 as required
Gingelly Oil - 1 tbsp or any edible oil
Curry leaves - few
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Bengal gram(Kadalai paruppu) - 1 tbsp
Tamarind - 1.5 peanut size
Salt - to taste
Water - As required

Instructions:

1. Clean the brahmi leaves(vallarai keerai in Tamil) and keep ready. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add urad dal, peeled onion shallots, ginger, garlic, dry red chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves, urad dal and bengal gram. Saute till the bengal gram and urad dal turns golden brown in color. Take care not to burn them. Transfer the contents to a plate.

Vallarai Keerai thuvaiyal recipe stage1

2. Saute the vallarai keerai(brahmi leaves) in the same pan till they soft and cooked.

Vallarai Keerai thuvaiyal recipe stage3

3. Add all the above ingredients in a mixie once they cool down. Add salt, tamarind and required water. Grind it to chutney(thogaiyal) consistency. We do not have any more thing to do with the vallarai chutney after grinding. So,check the taste of the chutney in the mixer itself and adjust red chillies and salt if required.

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Vallarai chutney(Vallarai thogaiyal) is ready to serve with idli, dosa or rice.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Vallarai Keerai Benefits and Uses - Health Benefits of Brahmi Leaves

Brahmi or Vallarai Keerai is a very popular medicinal herb used widely in India. Vallarai keerai is used to treat various diseases like fever, ulcers and diarrhea. It is also very good for hair and skin diseases.

Vallarai Keerai - Brahmi Leaves

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Celebrating Mother's Day with a special contest

It's time to celebrate this Mother's day with a special contest arranged exclusively for you in association with Doodle Collection!! One lucky winner will get a fashionable diary from Doodle collection. Yes, we are giving a beautiful and fashionable diary to the winner which will make you to feel proud when you hold it. You can give your mom's address to us and we can send the dairy directly to your mom as your mother's day gift for her:)



About the sponsor - Doodle Collection:

Special Thanks to Doodle collection for sponsoring this contest.

Doodle diaries are a unique combination of functionality and design which makes writing fun. They have a wide range of collection from personal use to office use. All their diaries are colorful, fun and fashion-forward. Are you a traveler, writer, music aficionado or a fashionista? They have perfect diaries to fit your persona.

I am sure that their doodle diaries and notebooks will inspire you to write.

Features of Doodle diaries:

1. Each cover has distinct style and sensational tactile.
2. The hardbound cover is perfect for everyday use.
3. High quality raw material is used.
4. Colors of the cover are so attractive that make you to feel proud to hold.
5. They don't bend.
6. Wide range of exciting designs.
7. Available for both personal and office use.
8. Personalization can be done like printing names of employees, guests or your loved ones on bulk order.
9. Worth the cost.
10. Designs are friendly to every gender, age and job profile.

SIMPLE RULES TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

1. Follow PinkandPink on Twitter here and Doodle Collection here.
3. Retweet the image of the contest in Twitter.
4. Tweet your response for the question - Why your mom is the best in the world? with the hashtag #Pinkandpinkmothersdaycontest in twitter. You can answer the question in facebook too if you you do not want limit yourself by the no of words:)

So simple right? Why are you waiting? Head on to twitter and participate in the link - https://twitter.com/pinkandpinkblog/status/595195509075116032

Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/557439627612294/photos/a.643151475707775.1073741827.557439627612294/930975873591999/?type=1&theater When you answer in facebook, please add your twitter handle too.



Note: 

Giveaway ends on 9th May 2015.
Winner will be announced on 10th May 2015(Mother's day).
The diary will be dispatched by the end of May 2015.
Additional points will be given to the participants who share this giveaway.
Open to Indian residents only.
Winners will be picked by Pinkandpink and Doodle India.
Doodle Collection will be sending the prizes directly to the winner. Doodle has rights to send the diary of their choice in case of out of stock.
Decision of the judges is final.
Winner has to send the address by 11th May. Otherwise another winner will be chosen.

Check the mother's day diary collection of Doodle India here.
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