Pooja Lal

No, we don’t offer crockery or silver coins!

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Why are companies hung up on giving their employees and clients things they already have?! Do you really want another crystal piece with an ugly logo engraved in it? Or a digital photo frame? or the 5th toaster? Why can’t businesses wake up and smell the change in gifting?! People aren’t interested in the ‘branded items’ that they have been receiving for the last two decades! They want something better, they want a change, they want something they will actually enjoy! Don’t you want your employees to talk about their gift? Don’t you want them to tell all their friends … Read Full Post

Mr. Modi – the real deal

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The last time we felt this type of excitement, albeit to a smaller extent, was when Aam Admi Party was campaigning in Delhi. This time the excitement is euphoric. Beyond compare. He has touched our hearts like no other leader in this country. He has brought tears with his amazing oratory skills. He has shown the world that he has arrived and he is here to stay. He is Mr. Narendra Modi, aka, NaMo. So, how does this blog relate to gifting? It doesn’t. It does, however, relate to the fact that I am creating a business, creating employment, adding … Read Full Post

How to host a rocking party… Corporate event for clients & employees

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Organise Organise Organise ! You don’t need a big team of people to throw a fab party or corporate event, you only need a plan, major follow ups and a lot of hard work! We recently organised an event for a client at the gorgeous Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund. This included a 2 day stay, group activities and 1 cocktail party & dinner. The event was a success and the guests are still posting comments on facebook! Here’s the 5 steps on ‘How to organise a party to remember’. 1. Pick a great venue There are lots of venues in … Read Full Post

Rishikesh – for every kind of traveller.

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“Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers.” ~ Lonely Planet. People travel to Rishikesh from all over the world for Yoga and Wellbeing. Yoga institutes have sprouted all over this Himalayan city. If you are in the city you must witness the Ganga Aarti at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram every evening, it is not as crowded or as commercial as Aarti held in Varanasi and in Haridwar. The scale is much smaller yet it’s still nice to see it at least once. A … Read Full Post

Over the top corporate gifts!

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A company  in the US specialises in creating over the top gifts either experiences or items that takes gifting to a whole new level. Exotic vacations, a James Bond day adventure, highly popular sports events, visit to a vineyard, tickets to fashion shows are just some of the super luxury experiential gifts offered. They also arrange for clients to watch red-carpet arrivals, hang out backstage or attend after-parties. And in some cases, they can set up an in-person meeting between a client and celebrity. High end luxury gifts are now part of a retention strategy for companies wanting to retain their … Read Full Post

Is a pat on the back enough?

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Corporate gifting nowadays is almost always a key component of a role within the HR and Procurement functions in any organisation. Companies have realised that ‘engaging’ their employees in ways other than the annual appraisal is now critical to the employee’s satisfaction and loyalty to the company. Engagement creates a ‘stickiness’ factor which is immeasurable. Research has shown that ‘employee engagement’ and ‘reward & recognition’ are absolutely critical to the employee’s performance as well. Simply said a happy employee is a more productive employee. The more you engage your employees, get to know them, spend time with them outside of ‘work’, … Read Full Post

My daughter asked ‘Mama why can’t I also wear a Rakhi?’

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This generation is going to question tradition with sheer logic and I applaud them. I’m dissappointed at myself for not asking my mother this question 30 years ago! My generation accepted things the way they were… no questions asked. My 5 year old daughter’s generation wants to know ‘Why’ for everything, they will challenge the norm and question the logic and I can’t wait for many more such questions over the next many years! So my answer was ‘The Rakhi is to remind your brother that you will always be there for him and in turn your brother will always … Read Full Post

Let Sisters Choose Their Own Experiences

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This Rakhi Raksha bandhan is an old hallowed celebration of ties between brothers and sisters- no matter how far away they may be. It is a pledge of protection by brother to sister and reciprocated by the sister’s prayers for long life to brothers. News reports from Bhopal say that this year there are many funky Rakhis on sale, starting from Spiderman with lights and music, Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chota Bheem and the PM waving his left hand. On the other hand, news reports indicate that the widows of Varanasi in their ashrams are preparing to send 1000 … Read Full Post

Celebrating Eid with feasts and fashion

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Bollywood started Eid with a bang this year with Salman Khan’s releasing his movie ‘Kick’, as a true gift for all his fans.   According to sources, the superstar was spotted wearing the Avatul Kursi pendant in the beginning of the month of Ramadan.  The Throne of the Avatu-l-Kursi is the 225th verse (ayah) of the second chapter (sura) Al Baqara, a famous verse from the Qur’an which is widely memorized and displayed in the Islamic world and describes God’s power over the universe. The superstar is known to have faith in lucky charms gifted by family members and we wonder … Read Full Post

Parents Day: Stand by them, Always

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 No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us. ― Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle You have celebrated Mother’s Day, you have celebrated Father’s day now it time for Parent’s Day. Kids honour their parents with special songs and gifts. Bill Clinton signed the US law in 1994, turning the last Sunday of July into Parents Day towards “Recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” So how is it that you want to thank your parents on July 27? They are the ones that gave you all you ever wanted, and … Read Full Post