Part 2 - South Asian Daily
LEXUS ES REVS UP STYLE
AND LUXURY FOR 2016
DANIEL CRAIG POSES FOR PHOTOS WITH FANS DURING THE RED CARPET OF THE MOVIE `SPECTRE` OF THE JAMES BOND
SAGA IN BEIJING (IANS).
CANADIAN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION
MOVING AT TOP SPEED
TORONTO - According to a TD Economics report, Canadian housing starts
dipped to 198,065 annualized units in October, from a lofty 231,304 units in
September. Given the rising importance of multi-unit construction, housing
starts have become more volatile on a monthly basis. As such, CMHC has
started reporting the 6-month moving average. This measure ticked up to
206,089, from 202,793 units in the prior month.
On a trend basis, CMHC cited that condominiums and purpose-built rentals
have contributed to strong gains in new home construction so far this year.
Meanwhile, the monthly decline merely reflected an easing in multi-unit
construction (-22%), which was coming off of near-record levels in September. Singlefamily home construction (+1.2%) was up modestly in
The decline was broad based across most major markets in Canada,
with the exception of British Columbia, where star ts rose 21%. Housing star ts fell by close to 29% in both the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, and near 18% in Ontario and Prairie Region.
Even with the decline in new home construction in October, housing starts
remain lofty and well ahead of the 170,000 to 180,000 annualized units needed
to keep up with the estimated underlying pace of household formation. The
strong underlying trend in new home construction through the second half of
this year largely reflects a lagged response to strength in housing demand
during the first half of the year.
Builders are responding to the rapid home price gains and strong demand for
new homes experienced in the first half of this year, as well as the low rental
vacancy rates in many urban markets. The pace of new home construction
is likely to move back in line with more sustainable levels through the rest of
2015 and into 2016. For one, the stimulative impact of low interest rates is
starting to wear off as far as demand for both new and existing homes.
Secondly, the Federal Reserve is likely to raise rates as early as next month.
This is likely to push up borrowing rates in Canada and should take some
steam out of housing activity all together.
TORONTO - Maintaining luxury leadership requires relentless pursuit. After significant enhancements for 2015, The ES maintains its
momentum by endowing the 2016 ES 350 and ES 300h with a redesign
to the front, rear and wheels; plus a host of new safety, connectivity
and multimedia technology.
The Lexus ES 350 serves as par t of the brand's strategy in the entryluxury segment, combining flagship-type comfor t - including 40 inches
of rear seat legroom - with front-wheel drive traction. The ES 350
delivers strong and efficient per formance from a standard 268-hp
3.5-liter V6 engine teamed to an ultra-smooth six-speed automatic
transmission, while offering competitive fuel economy ratings: 11.4 /
7.6 / 9.7 L/100km (city / highway / combined).
On the Lexus ES 300h, the beauty of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system
comes through in its seamless operation. The system combines a
2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to
generate 200 total system horsepower. The ES 300h is capable of
running strictly on the electric motor, the gas engine alone, or a combination of both, based on the driving situation. The electronic continuously variable transmission is a further contributor to the vehicle's
smooth demeanor. The ES 300h also has an excellent fuel economy
rating of just 5.8 / 6.1 / 5.9 L/100 km (city / highway / combined),
along with the convenience of refuel at any gas station.
The current-generation ES was already wearing the Lexus spindle
grille, the brand's signature design feature, and for 2016 it receives an
even bolder, one-piece version, framed by elegant satin chrome trim.
New standard LED headlights give the 2016 ES an elegant stare at
night. A fully redesigned front fascia puts the LED fog lights at the
corners accentuating the wide stance.
The 2016 ES 350 expresses a more sophisticated look from the rear
with distinctive L-shaped taillights and new chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust por ts peeking through the restyled rear fascia, as on the
flagship LS. The refreshed design extends to new standard 17-inch
alloy wheels and three new exterior colours. As before, the ES 300h
conveys its hybrid identity through subtle cues, including a trunk lip
spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges.
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Emotional bonding may lead
to lower testosterone in men
NEW YORK, (IANS) Not just your wife, emotional relationships
with siblings, friends, neighbours and co-workers can also result in lower testosterone levels as you age, researchers including an Indian-origin scientist repor t.
It has long been known that among humans (and some other
species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their
female mates in raising and nur turing offspring often have lower
testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. Now, according to two anthropologists
from University of Notre Dame in Indiana, not just spouse but other
relatives, good friends, colleagues and neighbours can play a role.
"Compared to other men, fathers and married men often have lower
testosterone. We think this helps them be more nurturing. We are the
first to show that this also occurs with other social relationships," suggested Lee T. Gettler, assistant professor of anthropology.
We know that men and women with social suppor t have
much better health, overall, while testosterone affects risks
for depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some
cancers. Most of us have probably seen the TV commercials promoting testosterone as a remedy for symptoms of
ageing or "manopause".
ARSHAD WARSI WITH WIFE MARIA GORETTI, SANDHYA MRIDUL AND TISCA CHOPRA AT THE LAUNCH OF MARIA GORETTI`S BOOK
`FROM MY KITCHEN` IN NEW DELHI (IANS).
VISAFF 2015 goes Bollywood and beyond
VANCOUVER - The 5th Annual Vancouver International South
Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) is is pleased to announce the
countdown to its celebration of contemporary South Asian
cinema from around the world, set for November 27-29 at the
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Ar ts housed in Vancouver's iconic
"We are extremely excited for this year's 5th festival," stated
Jessie Lehail and Mannu Sandhu, Co-Producers of VISAFF 2015.
Our programming is a diverse collection of new independent
voices all linked by South Asian culture and shine a spotlight on
contemporary themes and conversations impor tant to our
audiences. This year's theme includes global Bollywood
filmmaking, but also champions local and global independent
film creatives and is committed to bridging the gap with
mainstream film. Films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the global South
Asian Diaspora will be showcased and will promote crosscultural interactions and understanding."
VISAFF 2015 focuses on the theme, Bollywood and beyond with
a lineup that invites the celebration of stories that engage,
educate and inspire by promoting free expression, crosscultural interactions, understanding, and combating intolerance
and stereotypes. The festival's program includes 20 featurelength and shor t films of all genres, with English dialogue or
English subtitles, from the South Asian diaspora-including two
Canadian feature-length premieres and numerous shor t film
premieres. Organizers anticipate close to 3,500 audience and
industry members over the three-day festival.
Foods to stay warm during winters
NEW DELHI, (IANS) As soon as the winter season approaches,
we fill our wardrobe with knitted sweaters and more. But it is
also impor tant to keep our bodies warm from inside. So stock
up ginger, honey and nuts to beat the chill. CyberChef food
specialist Shilpa Gupta shares a list of five foods that will
keep you warm:
* Ginger: Ginger reduces high cholesterol level and hence is
the best choice to keep the body fit during winters. With its
antibacterial proper ties, it is also helpful in treating cough and
cold that is quite common during this season. It can be chewed
raw daily or can be added to soup or any other dishes to
enhance the flavour.
* Honey: It is instrumental in combating cold, flu or cough
during winter. Even if it is sweet, honey doesn't add calories
and is also beneficial in keeping the body warm.
* Nuts: A variety of nuts like peanuts, walnuts and almonds is
the best source of good cholesterol, vitamins, fibre and
Omega-3 fatty acids. They make for essential snacking during
winters, as they are naturally hot food items.
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VANILLA YOGHURT MAKES
US FEEL GOOD
RANBIR KAPOOR AND DEEPIKA PADUKONE CELEBRATED DIWALI TO PROMOTE THEIR FILM TAMASHA IN NEW DELHI (IANS).
QUITTING FACEBOOK MAKES
PEOPLE HAPPIER, SHOWS STUDY
LONDON, (IANS) You might well be addicted to it, but quitting Facebook
would actually make you happy, suggests a new study done by Denmark-based think tank Happiness Research Institute.
The study, done in Denmark, enrolled 1095 volunteers (94 percent of
them said they visited Facebook as par t of a daily routine) and divided them into two groups. Half of them carried on using Facebook
as usual whereas the rest spent their time away from the social
After a week, 88 percent of those who had given up Facebook said
they felt "happy", compared with 81 percent of those who had still
been checking into their News Feed on a regular basis. Those who
had abstained from Facebook also repor ted feeling more enthusiastic, less lonely, less worried and more decisive, the study found.
They spent more time seeing family and friends face-to-face and said
they found it easier to concentrate too - those are a serious set of
benefits to taking some time away from the social network's apps
and websites. The researchers ascribe anxiety associated with
Facebook use to envy at other people's lives as they are seen enjoying albeit in edited highlights.
"Instead of focusing on what we actually need, we have an unfor tunate tendency to focus on what other people have," wrote the authors
of the study. According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Facebook is a "constant bombardment of everyone
else's great news".
"After a few days, I noticed my to-do list was getting done faster than
normal as I spent my time more productively. I also felt a sor t of
calmness from not being confronted by Facebook all the time," Sophie
Anne Dornoy, 35, one of the volunteers was repor ted as saying.
LONDON (IANS) Eating vanilla yoghurts with lower fat content
gives people a stronger positive emotional response, says a
new study. "We were surprised to find that by measuring emotions, we could get information about products independent
from whether people like them," said lead author Jozina Mojet
from Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen University in the
Netherlands. The researchers used a new method called an
emotive projection test to determine the effect of different yoghur ts on people's moods. Three groups of at least 24 par ticipants were each given a pair of yoghurts to taste. The pairs of
yoghurts were of the same brand and were marketed in the same
way, but had different flavors or fat content. The team then tested their
emotions using four methods, including the new emotive projection
test. The researchers found that vanilla yoghurt elicited a strong positive emotional response, supporting previous evidence that a subtle
vanilla scent in places like hospital waiting rooms can reduce aggression and encourage relationships among patients and between patients and staff.
The team also looked at the sensory effect of the yoghurts. There was
no difference in the emotional responses to strawberry versus pineapple yoghurts, but low-fat versions led to more positive emotional responses. The research was published in the journal
Food Research International.
Self-weighing can be
hazardous for young women
NEW YORK, (IANS) Self-weighing can be a useful tool to help
adults control their weight, but for young women this behaviour
may have negative psychological outcomes, says a new study.
Among females, frequently self-weighing is significantly related to
weight concern, depression and decreases in body satisfaction and
self-esteem, the study found.
"Females who strongly agreed they self-weighed reported engaging
in extremely dangerous weight-control behaviours at a rate of 80
percent," said lead author of the study Carly Pacanowski from University of Minnesota in the US. "Adolescent obesity is a public health
concern, but body dissatisfaction and weight concerns are predictors
of eating disorders," Pacanowski explained.
"This makes it critical that obesity-prevention programmes avoid
exacerbating these predictors by understanding how behaviours such
as self-weighing affect teens," Pacanowski noted. The researchers
tracked 1,902 young adults over 10 years as a part of project EAT
(Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults).
Results indicated that females who reported increase in self-weighing over the 10-year period were expected to have increase in weight
concern and depressive symptoms and decreases in body satisfaction and self-esteem. As such, self-weighing may not be an innocuous behaviour and care should be taken when young adults
repor t self-weighing. The study was published in the journal of
Nutrition Education and Behaviour.
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Death of a parent in childhood
ups suicide risk
LONDON, (IANS) The death of a parent in childhood may increase long-term risk of suicide, finds a study of children from
three Scandinavian countries who were followed for up to 40
years. "Our study points to the early mitigation of distress to
reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour among children who
had a parent who died during childhood," the study noted.
For the study, Mai-Britt Guldin from Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues used nationwide register data from
1968 to 2008 in Denmark, Sweden and Finland (for a total of
7.3 million individuals) to identify 189,094 children whose
parent died before the child turned 18 (the bereaved group).
For comparison, the authors matched each bereaved child
with 10 other children who did not experience the stress
related to the death of a parent to examine the long-term
risks of suicide after parental death (the reference group).
Both groups were followed for up to 40 years. During the
follow-up period, 0.14 percent of individuals from the bereaved group commiitted suicide as compared to 0.07 percent from the reference group. The researchers also found
that the risk of suicide was higher among boys as compared
to girls. The study was published online in the journal JAMA
PRECISE PLANNING MAY
KEEP WORK WORRIES
NEW YORK, (IANS) Do you keep worrying about work even
when you are away from office? Planning how to resolve incomplete work tasks can help employees switch off from
work and enjoy their evenings, advises a new study. In a
study of people's ability to detach themselves from work,
Brandon Smit from Ball State University, Indiana used an
online questionnaire to survey 103 employees pursuing 1,127
Overall, he observed they had more difficulty detaching from
work tasks that had been left uncompleted, especially when
these were impor tant to them. However, one group of employees was encouraged to create plans by writing down
where, when, and how they would complete these unfinished tasks.
Smit found that they detached themselves from work more
effectively than employees who did not create plans. "If you
have an important deadline looming on the horizon, for example, your
brain will keep nudging you with reminders, which makes it difficult to get a
break from work demands," Smit said. "It seems like we have the ability to
'turn off', or at least 'turn down' these cognitive processes by planning out
where, when, and how goals will be accomplished," he said.
SALMAN KHAN AND SONAM KAPOOR PROMOTING THEIR FILM PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO IN MUMBAI (IANS).
INSTANT FOOD HACKS FOR FESTIVE SEASON
NEW DELHI, (IANS) Make sure you're serving the right food delights
for your festive par ty! Try combining something sweet and salty, or
keep mostly finger foods, says an exper t. Here are some instant food
hacks by Chef Tushar from McCain Foods Kitchen:
* Show of cards: While you are looking forward to win that game of cards,
don't forget to serve the right food for that moment. Finger food comes in
handy at this time. You never know, your guests might just let you win for the
amazing food that you will serve.
* Something for children: Children are the hardest to please but you can
easily get hold of their curious taste buds and mind by doling out delicious
fried potato smiles and set them on a do-it-yourself project with cheese slices,
chocolate chips, cherries and whatever they fancy. You may additionally fry some
Burger Patty and place it between buns toppled with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.
Serve it with the right dip to add on to the presentation.
* Ace that dinner: Deep fry those delectable cheese bites with healthy vegetables
and crunchy outside in a precooked gravy with a quick garnish and spare yourself
the effort of making a from scratch to ensure the same keep some chopped
vegetables and marinades a day before and store them in the refrigerator for
them to last longer. This will give a new twist to your age-old dish and will
make your guests ask for more. The best part about this is that you will be
able to wrap up the kitchen work quickly and relax for the rest of the night.
* The sweet tooth: Traditional sweets are passé if you use your creativity in
making the last course of your meal, you are sure to get some brownie
points. For that enviable and winning combination of something sweet and
salty. How about your favourite fries with a dash of strawberry and chocolate
syrup or M&M marbles.
DON'T FORGET TO SAY
SORRY EVEN TO KIDS
NEW YORK, (IANS) Apologies are impor tant even to children
who are six or seven years old -- an age when they build social
skill foundations that last a lifetime, suggests new research.
Saying sorry for any minor transgression may not help the
children feel better but the quick apology can help you mend
relations with them, the findings show.
"What was surprising was that children who experienced a
minor transgression and heard an apology felt just as bad as
those who did not hear an apology," said the study's lead author
Marissa Drell from University of Virginia in the US. "But those
who heard the transgressor say, 'I'm sorry' actually shared
more with that person later. The apology repaired the relationship even though it did not mitigate their hur t feelings," Drell
The researchers set up a situation where children were the
victims of a minor accident. The children and an adult research
assistant were asked to build towers out of plastic cups. As the
child neared completion of his or her tower, the adult asked to
borrow a cup from the child, and in so doing toppled the child's
tower. She either apologised or said nothing, and then left the
room. Later, when children were asked how they felt, those
who received an apology repor ted feeling just as bad as those
who did not.
SHILPA SHETTY WITH HER HUSBAND RAJ KUNDRA AT EKTA KAPOOR`S DIWALI PARTY IN MUMBAI (IANS).
DIABETIC? POTASSIUM-RICH DIETS
MAY PROTECT KIDNEY, HEART
TOKYO, (IANS) If you are a diabetic, having diets rich in
potassium may help you protect the hear t and kidney health,
says a new study. Individuals with Type-2 diabetes are at
increased risk of developing kidney failure and hear t
disease. To examine whether higher intake sodium and
potassium are associated with these risks, Shin-ichi Araki
from Shiga University of Medical Science, in Japan and his
colleagues studied a group of 623 patients with Type-2
diabetes and normal kidney function.
Patients were enrolled between 1996 and 2003 and were
followed-up until 2013. Higher levels of urinary potassium
excretion, which closely correlate with intake amounts,
were linked with a slower decline of kidney function and a
lower incidence of cardiovascular complications. Sodium
levels were not associated with kidney or hear t health
"For many individuals with diabetes, the most challenging
par t of a treatment plan is to determine what to eat. The
results in our study highlight the impor tance of a diet high in
diabetes nutrition therapy," Araki pointed out. All meats and
fish such as salmon, cod, flounder, and sardines are good
sources of potassium. Many fruits such as banana kiwi, and
apricot contain significant amount of potassium. Vegetables
including broccoli, peas and tomatoes and also excellent
sources of potassium besides milk, yoghur t and nuts. The
findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
HOW SWEETS CAN HELP
YOU STAY IN SHAPE!
NEW YORK, (IANS) It may appear counterintuitive but including a little bit of sweets in your meal could help you stop gaining unhealthy weight, new research suggests. Eating sweet
foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal and this
memory can help you better control eating habits, the researchers explained.
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the par t of the brain that is
critical for episodic memor y, are activated by consuming
sweets, the study said. Episodic memory is the memory of
autobiographical events experienced at a par ticular time and
place. "We think that episodic memory can be used to control
eating behaviour," said one of the researchers Marise Parent,
professor at Georgia State University in the US.
Studies have found that increased snacking is correlated positively with obesity, and obese individuals snack more frequently
than people who aren't obese. To understand energy regulation
and the causes of obesity, scientists must consider how the
brain controls meal onset and frequency, Parent said. In the
current study, a meal consisting of a sweetened solution,
either sucrose or saccharin, significantly increased the expression of synaptic plasticity in dorsal hippocampal neurons in rats. Synaptic plasticity is a process that is necessary
for making memories. The findings were published online in
the journal Hippocampus.
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HIGH-FAT DIET CAN MAKE
LONDON, (IANS) A diet high in fat content can lead to anxiety
and depression by causing measurable changes in the brain,
researchers report. Also, the beneficial effects of an antidepressant were blunted in mice fed with a high-fat diet. When treating
depression, there is no predictor of treatment resistance.
"So if we consider metabolic disorders as a treatment resistance
predictor, this should encourage psychiatrists to put in place a
personalised treatment with antidepressant drugs that do not further destabilise metabolism," explained Bruno Guiard, senior author of the study appeared in the British Journal of Pharmacology.
On the other hand, taking mice off a high-fat diet completely reversed the animals' metabolic impairments and lessened their anxious symptoms. "This finding reinforcing the idea that the
normalisation of metabolic parameters may give a better chance of
achieving remission, particularly in depressed patients with Type 2
diabetes," Guiard added. The results set the tone for future investigations on potential mechanisms that may link metabolic and psychiatric disorders.
KARISHMA KAPOOR, KAREENA KAPOOR, MUKESH KHANNA AND TABU DURING A PROGRAMME IN HYDERABAD (IANS).
Mazda Receives German Design
Awards in Three Categories
HIROSHIMA-Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the company has received three awards in the Automotive Brand Contest. The
company's global design team, Mazda CX-3 and Bike by KODO concept were honoured at an award ceremony at the Städel Museum in
Frankfur t on September 15.
The prestigious Automotive Brand Contest honours outstanding product and communication design. Sponsored by the German Design
Council, the annual contest has 15 regular and four special award
categories. Winners in each category are selected by a jury of journalists and exper ts in design and communications.
Mazda's global design team received the Team of the Year award,
which is presented for "innovative and consistent brand design." With
design studios in Japan, the U.S. and Germany, the team has created
energetic and dynamic forms based on the KODO design theme that
have found expression throughout the entire Mazda line-up in recent
years. A member of the German Design Council said, "Unlike other
companies' design strategy [KODO design] is not supposed to define
a form language, and so Maeda always encourages his designers to
propose something that would exceed his expectations. That is why
each of current generation Mazda cars can have its own character
while consistently expressing lively motion."
The Mazda CX-3, a compact crossover SUV that went on sale this
year, was named Best of the Best in the Exterior Volume Brand category, while the Bike by KODO Concept track racer displayed during
Milan Design Week in April was recognized in the Par ts & Accessories category. "We are very excited about the awards presented to the
CX-3, the Bike by KODO Concept and especially our Global Design
Team," said Ikuo Maeda, Executive Officer and Design Chief of Mazda's
Design Division. "The entire team will continue to work to create
dynamic and energetic designs that will excite our customers."
WHY FLOSSING MAY DO MORE
HARM THAN GOOD
LONDON, (IANS) Flossing is supposedly done to get rid of pieces of
food and plaque from between your teeth, which if left to fester, can
cause inflammation and disease. But flossing requires a high level
of dexterity and if wrongly done, will do more harm than good, according to Robin Seymour, emeritus professor of dental sciences at
Newcastle University, the Daily Mail reported.
Instead of removing plaque, most people end up pushing the
plaque between their teeth down underneath the gums and
leaving it there. Another common error is using a sawing
action to drag the floss back and for th. This does not remove
plaque effectively but it can traumatise the gums.
"I think a far better approach is to brush thoroughly, ideally with a
powered toothbrush, then use an interspace or interdental brush to
clean between the teeth and finish off with an alcohol-free mouthwash,"
Seymour was quoted as saying. Antiseptic mouthwashes have been
shown to be particularly beneficial for cleaning between the teeth.
"Using a mouthwash is going to be as good as flossing, and as most
also contain fluoride there are additional benefits in terms of
protecting teeth from decay," Seymour added. "I would always advise using an alcohol-free mouthwash as there is
no benefit to alcohol in terms of efficacy but there is a potential risk of oral cancer," he warned.
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Exercise can slow brain ageing
TOKYO, (IANS) If you wish to stay sharp even in the golden
years, regular exercise may be of immense help, suggests
new research. In a study of older men between ages 64-75
years, the researchers found that the fitter men per formed
better mentally than the less fit men, by using par ts of their
brains in the same way as in their youth.
The study led by Hideaki Soya from the University of Tsukuba
in Japan and his colleagues showed direct relationship between brain activity, brain function and physical fitness in this
group of older men. The researchers pointed out that as we
age, we use different par ts of our brain compared to our younger
With tasks involving the temporary storage and manipulation
of memory, young adults favour the right side of the prefrontal
cor tex (PFC), while older adults engage both the right and left
PFC. In order to examine whether physical fitness can retain
some youthful qualities of the brain, the researchers aerobic
fitness in 60 older men.
The men, whose physical fitness was found to vary widely,
then per formed a test to measure their selective attention,
executive function and reaction time. This well-known 'colorword matching Stroop test' involved showing the men words
meaning color, such as blue, green, red, but asking them to
name the color of the letters rather than read the word itself.
Analysis of the relationship between brain activity and Stroop
reaction time revealed that those men that favoured the left
side of the PFC while per forming the Stroop test had faster
reaction times. This indicated that older adults who use the
more youth-like, task-related side of the brain perform better
in this test. The researchers also found that fitter men had
shor ter reaction times.
KRITI SANON DURING THE LAUNCH OF WORLD OF TITAN`S DIWALI COLLECTION IN MUMBAI (IANS).
ADD QUIRK TO YOUR WEDDING SOIREE
NEW DELHI, (IANS) Take a break from traditional invitation cards and
usual table top bars, and add a dash of quirkiness to the decor or
'baraat' to evade boredom from the celebrations. Mehak S. Shahani,
co-founder, WedMeGood, an online wedding planning platform, has
shared tips on how not to make your wedding boring:
* Add transpor t to your decor: Being Indian means using symbols
that define us. Whether it's decking up
the refurbished lorry or the cute motorbike, or you could even have a bar
shaped like a truck. Label it 'Sharaab
di Gaddi', and you have an instant hit on
* Pop ar t baraats: Take the regular
baraat celebrations a step higher
with fun callouts and streamers.
The hottest trend these days is a
live DJ on a truck and which play
alongside the baraat. Grooms arrive in style on scooties, and guests
hold large callouts and shapes to
make it look like a mini fair.
* Passpor t style invitations: Invitation cards set the tone for your wedding and they are the first way to make
your wedding quirky. Whether you
want a card made as a matchbox
(Since you are the perfect match) or
as mock boarding passes/ passpor ts
for a destination wedding, the sky is the limit.
* Quirky photobooths are all the rage: Grab a bunch of props and
create a fun backdrop for a photobooth. You can go all types of funky
on photobooth backdrops -- from having a life-sized crescent moon
for the guests to sit in, to props with giant sunglasses and wigs.
* Include nostalgia: Cutting glasses, village cots and Indian umbrellas. Swap out fancy table centerpieces for cutting chai glasses filled
with rose petals, and have your mehendi in a funky village theme with
charpoys and umbrellas as the decor.
* Take it up a notch with an entire mela theme. Let your mehendi
happen with actual 'mela games' like shoot the balloon, water balloon fights, or ring the bottle. It's something to keep the guests entertained with a uniquely Indian flair.
* Quirky signages: Bring out
your personality with fun
messages and signboards to get the party
star ted. From signs
at your bar (Trust me
love quotes at your
the list is endless and
goes a long way to
make your event
personalised and fun.
300,000 SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL/RETAIL
PLAZA COMING AT 2 KM FROM THESE HOUSES
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