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Some Extraordinary Easter Gifting Experiences – April 20th

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“God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”  -1 Corinthians 6:14 Easter is a celebration of Lord Jesus’ resurrection and the power he holds over those who have faith in him, and those who believe in an ongoing celebration called life. This celebration is especially joyous to our little ones, with Easter eggs, bunnies and lots of fun and frolic. The power of gifting and lighting up the faces of children with joy is within your hands. We suggest you create natural colours for dyeing the Easter eggs using beetroot, turmeric, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, coffee, … Read Full Post

Holi: Rang de basanti!

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Some say Holi is about triumphing over evil, others say it is more about letting your hair down and celebrating a joyous, colorful and carefree day.  We ask you let you to let your hair down and celebrate. One of the best places to witness Holi is in Lord Krishna’s birthplace, Mathura, where the celebrations continue for 16 days amidst reenactments of scenes from the Prahlad- Holika tales. In a village called Barsana, womenfolk await the raid from men folk of neighboring village of Nandgaon. As the men try to place their flag on the Radhika Temple, the women armed … Read Full Post

Valentine’s Day – unique gift ideas for that special someone..

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Here are some things you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.  Fifty million (50,000,000!) roses are exchanged on this single day, making it a red-letter day for roses. The Italian city of Verona receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet because that is where Shakespeare’s eternal characters ‘Romeo & Juliet’ are supposed to have lived. Richard Cadbury invented and propagated the use of Valentine’s Day candy boxes in the late 1800s. This made the association of gifting candy and chocolate an immortal part of Valentine’s Day gifting. In Toto, Valentine’s Day is simply about expressing your delight. Roses and chocolates merely … Read Full Post

Christmas comes to Bollywood!

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Christmas fever has already gripped Bollywood! This year, Bollywood heartthrob Katrina Kaif is planning to finish the promotion of Dhoom- 3,  after which she will celebrate Christmas with her family in London.  Thereafter, she will fly off to join Ranbir in New York to ring in the New Year. Rumor mills tell us they will be joined by Ranbir’s good buddy and filmmaker Ayaan Mukherji. Ranbir is currently trying to finish shooting of Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ quickly. As for charismatic Kareena, some time ago she had bought a lovely little Christmas Fir tree from the famed Harrods of London, … Read Full Post

Gift ideas for Christmas: Creating Memories

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Besides six pointed stars, cakes, carols, hymns, and nattily dressed people going to Church, Christmas is the season to rejoice, by exchanging gifts.  Even though Christians comprise only 24 million people in India, a majority of Indians celebrate Christmas with cakes, sweets, candles and feasting. In the cosmopolitan cities, Mumbai has the most Catholic Christians and entire families attend Midnight Mass religiously, followed by grand feasting. Kolkata, Delhi Bangalore and Chennai have their own share of merriment and feasting in their own fashion, thanks to evangelists spreading the word of Jesus.    Regionalism too has crept into the Indian Christians, and … Read Full Post

Secret Santa: Surprise is the Key!

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Everybody knows about Santa Claus, the rather portly figure dressed in that ever so familiar red and white dress, riding on a sledge pulled by a pack of Reindeer led by Rudolph. In the olden days, good children used to write letters to Santa with their wish list of gifts. Today children probably e-mail him at his address in the North Pole. Yes, he is still associated with spreading joy through gifting on Christmas Eve. All his presents are carefully gift wrapped so that recipients would get a surprise while opening them on Christmas Day. Secrecy was the key as … Read Full Post

Carrying on Sachin’s Legacy of Sportsmanship

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Known by many names like Master Blaster, Tendiya, and Little Master, Sachin RameshTendulkar has earned himself the sobriquet as the “God of Cricket.” Born in Mumbai on 28th of April, his father named him Sachin, after his favorite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. His illustrious career began when his half brother, Ajit, introduced him to cricket in I984, since then his cricketing career never looked back. By the time he was 16, he made his test debut against Pakistan in November 1989 in Karachi. In those days, every cricket lover had to tune in to All India Radio’s commentary, as … Read Full Post

Bhai Dooj: Many Names, One Prayer

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Bhai Dooj celebrations symbolize the unique everlasting bond of affection between brothers and sisters in India. In different parts of India, the name and even the rituals and belief vary slightly, but the prayers are always the same, a prayer from sisters for the well-being of their brothers. Some call it Yama Dwitya and believe that this was the day the God of death Lord Yama’s sister Yami, invited him for a feast, whilst she put the auspicious mark on her brother’s forehead, soon after the ceremonial aarti welcome.  He in turn, presented her with lots of delightful gifts. Others … Read Full Post

Mythology on Dhanteras and Diwali!

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We in north India herald in Diwali with Dhanteras. We pray to Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity and well-being of all our family members and friends. Dhan Lakshmi is welcomed into our houses with a lot of fanfare with alpana or rangoli to mark her entrance. According to one legend, Dhanteras is the day that King Hima’s 16 year son was saved from death.  Astrologically, predictions foretold that the son would die of snakebite on the fourth day of his marriage.  His wife, knowing of the predicament, lit up the entire house with lamps and littered jewelry and gold coins all … Read Full Post

How does Bollywood send gifts for Diwali?

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In 2007, the Big B donated 50 items of his clothing on Diwali, which included embroidered shirts, suits, and jackets and so on, for auction by Oxfam, and the money used for funding their charity work, worldwide. Manmohan Shetty and the late Yash Chopra always sent out Silver Ganeshas to selected few during Diwali, while the late Manmohan Desai always handpicked silver Lakshmi coins to people who came visit him at his Khetwadi residence. Hmmm …it seems every cloud does have a silver- lining in Bollywood.  Not so long ago, megastars Rishi Kapoor and his better half Neetu always sent … Read Full Post