Shwetali Parulekar

  • Under Water – New Fitness Mantra

    We all have tried various exercise regimens to keep fit and have a toned body. The newest method to tone up is to stretch, squat and strength train under water. Gym workout is strenuous and becomes monotonous after a point of time.  What better than getting in the pool in summers!

    Kids swimming

    Swimming is one of the best forms of exercises but now the non-swimmers can also look forward to get into the pool and splash some water and get a fit and toned body. It helps the body to unload fatigue from intense land-based exercises. Flutter kicking, aqua-jogging, leg lifts, standing water push-ups and arm curls are some easy-to-do water exercises to start with.

    Swimming as exercise

    Many gyms and pools also offer regular batches in water boxing, aqua step as well providing specialized equipment that can be used for different exercises under water. Underwater strength training is the latest water workouts to join the bandwagon. It boosts your heart rate and muscle strength and it is low impact thus avoiding the chances of back or knee injuries during the workout.

    Swimming Mantra

    Water workouts have gained a lot of popularity in the recent times owing to an array of benefits. Irrespective of the fitness levels water workout has the potential to appeal a wider group of people because regardless of the fitness level there is a very good chance that you might enjoy the water workout. The main reason of people latterly preferring water workout is that you can exercise under water even while you are recuperating from an injury. It does not put any stress on the body that allows you to continue exercising. The buoyancy of water makes you feel light under water therefore outing significantly less pressure on muscles, joints and bones. Water workout is relatively safe for pregnant women; those suffering from BP and obese individuals as the heart rate are slightly lower in water.

    Read: Drown the heat by dipping into these 5 swimming pools in Navi Mumbai

    A list of few water exercises to begin with and beat the heat:

    • Tread Water: For beginners one can try to float for 3 minutes at least. It involves all your muscle groups. One can work their way up to 5 to 10 minutes gradually.
    • Leg Lifts
    • Arm Curls
    • Aqua jogging
    • Flutter kicking (with or without a kick board)
    • Stretching exercises: it is advised to do stretching exercises after a session of water workout.

    Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja

  • Bollywood report for the month of March

    Bollywood had us in an extravagant treat for the third month of 2018. Plenty of releases in March! Though all of them couldn’t keep us on the edge of our seat, however, a few were enthralling to appease the Bollywood fans. Read about March Box office collection of Bollywood films

    March got a bang-on start with Ajay Devgan starrer Raid. Raid, by all means, was a captivating watch. Ajay Devgan pulled off this crime drama beautifully and left us hooked to the screen.

    Raid alone dominated the box office since its release on March 16, but what’s so watchable about this crime drama that it received huge footfalls in theatres? The reason is simple, Ajay Devgan himself. Also, Ritesh Shah, the man behind such well-written dialogues. Both, the powerful script and Ajay Devgan’s fearless charm, worked for the movie. Despite the solo release on March 16, the film racks up 94.19 crores in two weeks’ timeline and will soon touch 100 crores.

    Anushka Sharma’s Pari, which was released on March 2, was way ahead of Raid, but couldn’t vie with Raid at all. This horror film couldn’t garner more than 28.65 crores at the box office. While other flat films like Veerey Ki Wedding, 3 Storeys, and Dil Juunglee sneaked in the theatres without even the audience noticing it.

    March picked up its momentum again with ‘Hichki’ on silver screen. Released on March 23, this message-conveying film by Rani Mukherjee was a sweet and inspiring watch and managed to strike 31.10 crores at box office, that too in mere nine days.

    March closed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s on-screen wife Disha Patani, that is, the release of Baaghi 2. This was a pure entertainment film topped with its typical Bollywood spice. Much to its expectations, the film entertained the audience shooting up the box-office figures to 45.50 crores in just two days. The statistics clearly hints at the film’s astronomical success.

  • Anti-aging Bedtime Habits

    We all want to stop time as far as our age is concerned. It never hurts to get a couple of compliments for our flawless skin, clear complexion. Follow these bedtime habits and slow your aging process:

    Wash your face:

    Our skin needs to breathe. It’s loaded with makeup during the day. Washing off the makeup before you get to bed not only helps you avoid clogged pores but the occurrence of acne too. This simple everyday ritual helps you get a clean and refreshed face.


    While we sleep, our skin takes the time to rejuvenate and repair itself from any damage caused during the day. To help you skin look plumper and nourished, apply a moisturizer/night cream that contains anti-aging component like hyaluronic acid.

    Drink water:

    70% of our body is made up of water. Water is very important for our skin to heal itself and keep it moisturized. Going to bed dehydrated makes it difficult for the skin to regenerate the cells while sleeping, so know how much water your body needs and stay hydrated!

    Get Enough Sleep:

    Sleep is of utmost importance for a healthy skin. It is a key factor in regulating the aging process. A good night’s sleep helps you release the human growth hormone (HGH). So sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a night and give your body to recharge your skin.

    Don’t Eat Just before Bedtime:

    Giving into midnight craving can make your skin look wrinkled. Sugar elevates your glucose level, inhibiting the regeneration of collagen.

    Prime your pillowcase:

    How much ever clean the pillowcase might look, it does carry a certain amount of bacteria that are not good for the skin. Flip your pillow regularly and change your pillowcase often for a clean and bacteria-free skin.

    Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja

  • Google’s beautiful ode to Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay

    Do a quick survey, just look around and ask your friends and colleagues if they know who Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay is. I can guarantee their answer, it would be a no. Then go ahead and tell them about this revolutionary woman and check out their reaction. This is how it’ll play out – oh okay. Shrug shoulders. Move on. And that is where this would end. But today, take a moment to brush up on your history. And if you’re the one who looks at Priyanka Chopra and Oprah Winfrey as feminist role models, please read on to know the origins of this fight.

    Today, on the 115th birthday anniversary of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Google chose to do a beautiful doodle honouring her contributions in the fields of regional music, handicrafts, dance and more.

    For the ill-informed, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was amongst the top leaders who took on the British in the struggle for India’s independence. Not just that, she was a pioneer feminist and socialist who also wrote some stellar pieces on her experiences touring the US to gain support to overthrow the British colonialism. And she even took it upon herself to revive Indian crafts and arts and bring them to the forefront. Seems like a lot for one woman, doesn’t it? Well, what can we say? She was all that and much more!

    Married at the age of 14 and widowed soon after, she faced difficulties very early on in her life and that was the reason the seeds of equality and empowerment of women took form in her mind. Her conversations with prominent freedom fighters also instilled a sense of patriotism in her. After choosing to marry again despite much societal opposition, she found a new sense of interest in Indian handicrafts and other art forms, an interest she shared with her husband.

    One of the most iconic images of Kamaladevi is of holding and protecting the national flag in a scuffle between satyagrahis and authorities during the Salt Satyagrah.

    Now while you rattle off some celebrity’s names (who are worthy in their own right), it will do you good to add Kamaladevi to the list of feminists and women pioneers that you are inspired by. It’s the least we can do to honour the legacy of this multifaceted woman who has made a lasting impact on Indian arts, crafts, handloom and textiles, and so much more.


  • Robin Hood Army gifts Navi Mumbai’s underprivileged kids a movie day 

    Yet again, Robin Hood Army produces a kaleidoscopic cinema of happy emotions in Navi Mumbai. Yes, it was on this Saturday – 31st March – and Sunday – 1st April, 2018  – when the hunger heroes from the army treated the underprivileged kids with the Rani Mukherjee starrer ‘Hichki’.

    Every week must meet its end with a bang-on time. With weekend celebrations. Right? Likewise, for these needy kids, too, who may not relate to the modern-day lingo of ‘weekend fun’, but for sure know what it is to indulge in fun. Commendable exclaims to Robin Hood Army for letting these needy and poor enjoy the film in the thrilling darkness of theatres.

    This act is worthy of admiration as 300 tickets for the movie ‘Hichki’ were booked for kids by the Navi Mumbai unit of Robin Hood Army. Robin Hood Army in collaboration with Book My Show ferried kids from across the city of Navi Mumbai to Raghuleela Mall in Vashi and Glomax Mall in Kharghar and gifted them the time of their life.

    During the interval, the volunteers of Robin Hood army also meted out a special combo of salted popcorn and coke to these ecstasy-filled kids. Post the film, the volunteers and the kids posed together for a happy picture. What a happy end to a happy Saturday!

    May the life of these underprivileged kids be filled with such beautiful moments! Kudos to the Robin Hood Army.

  • 8 DIY ideas for recycling products at home

    Our house is a magic box of things we can recycle or reuse in our everyday life. We just need to shift our perspective from discarding things or throwing them away (dumping somewhere else) to reusing them. The 3 R’s-Reduce, Recycle and Reuse are the key to minimize pollution of non-biodegradable products. Here are a few things mentioned you can follow to make the world a better place:

    1. Plastic Water bottles:

    • Firstly, try to reduce the use of plastic bottles for water by installing water purifier systems.
    • Carry your own water on the go
    • Cut the bottoms of plastic bottles and plant seeds in them converting them to planters.
    • Check Pinterest for decorative ideas
    • If it becomes mandatory to use plastic bottles, make sure they end up in the recycle bin.

    1. Aluminum Foil:

    • By placing foil behind the plants in shade, it helps in reflecting light on them.
    • The leftover foil can be used to pack stuff that needs waterproofing like photographs, old films, etc.
    • Create your own solar cooker by placing water in a vessel and food over a foil platter in a sunny spot. Keep some foil at the back of the vessel too and voila!
    1. Plastic bags:

    • Use them to line your wastebaskets instead of buying garbage bags.
    • Reuse them at grocery stores, vegetable vendors, supermarkets etc.
    • Save them to wrap fragile things to store them better.
    1. Old Mobile Phones:

    • Sell it on e-bay if it’s a reusable model still in demand
    • Clean up your old cell phone and give it away to someone needy. Make sure it’s in a working condition.
    • Check Earth911 to see how you can recycle your mobile phone in your area.
    1. Old DVDs, CDs:

    • Get creative and make something useful or decorative out of it like a collage of CDs for your wall, for local crafts, etc.
    • The internet is flooded with ways to reuse CDs in many creative manners

    1. Old Denim:

    • Donate your jeans to the underprivileged or the more needy if its still in usable condition.
    • Reuse the jeans to make bags, aprons, skirts, patchwork quilts, etc.
    1. Junk Mail, envelopes, paper:

    • If reply envelopes are in good condition reuse them to send your own mail. Just stick your own address in place logos or return address.
    • Can be used as mulch for kitchen gardening by shredding the unused envelopes.
    • Make sure you recycle all the unused paper.
    1. Wine corks:

    • Use them to cork homemade bottles of oil, sauces, jams, etc.
    • Cut them into circles, paint and rope them into a wire to convert them into a necklace. Can be used for belts too.
    • Corks can be used to aid drainage in the pots in the garden.
    • Get creative and decorate your fridge with cork magnets
    • These corks can be converted into miniature plants to decorate nook and corner of your house.

    Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja

  • Refreshing Mocktail Recipes To Enjoy This Summer

    Summer days often leave you craving for a cool, refreshing drink. This, in turn, makes you grab a glass of an aerated drink. Though it may satiate you at that time, it can be extremely harmful in the long run. Refreshing mocktails are a great alternative and perfect for the summer season.

    Here are a few recipes to delight your palate

    1) Refreshing orange mint mocktail

    Orange Mint Mocktails

    This drink is very refreshing, perfect to chill, cool off and relax.


    2 cups orange juice
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/2cup club soda
    1/4 cup water
    2tbsp sugar
    2 to 3 slices orange
    2to 3 mint leaves
    Ice cubes as required


    • Stir orange juice, lemon juice, water, and sugar in a vessel till the sugar dissolves.
    • Garnish with orange slices, mint leaves, and ice cubes.
    • Top with soda.

    2) Strawberry lemonade

    Strawberry-Lemonade Mocktail

    Strawberry lemonade mocktails can be made in minutes and is a very popular choice.


    1 cup of ginger ale
    1 cup of fresh lemonade
    3 strawberries chopped
    1 strawberry for garnishing


    • In a glass, combine lemonade and ginger ale along with the ice
    • Add the finely chopped strawberries.
    • Use the last strawberry for garnishing.

    3) Pina Colada

    Pina Colada
    This is another easy mocktail recipe.


    2 ripe bananas
    1 cup of fresh pineapple diced
    1/2 cup of coconut milk
    3 cups of ice cubes
    Pineapple wedges for garnishing


    • In a blender blend banana, pineapple pieces, ice and coconut milk.
    • Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges.
    • Serve immediately.

    4) Mango Frappe

    Mango Frappe


    1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
    3/4 cup of orange juice
    1/4 cup of lime juice
    2 ice cubes
    1 cup of club soda


    • Puree the mango in a blender.
    • The add the orange and lime juice and blend for another one minute.
    • Add the club soda and ice cubes.
    • Mix until all the ingredients are well blended.Then serve.

    These simple mocktails are very easy to prepare.

    Guest Writer: Madhu Jain

  • Best Natural Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

    The temperatures are soaring day by day in the city. The blazing sun not only tends to make the skin dry but also makes it vulnerable to damage. There are many natural ways to help you protect your skin from the sun.

    1) Healthy diet

    If you want to stay hydrated you have to better increase intake of coconut water, fresh juices, and green tea. Fluids help us from body dehydration. We should avoid caffeine based and alcoholic drinks. When your body is affected by dehydration, you can notice water deprived skin.

    2) Use sunscreen

    There are many types of sunscreen available in the market, but choose the one with sun protection factor(SPF)25 or above. Apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before leaving the home.

    3) Increase the intake of fruits and veggies

    In summer you can have a fruity diet which is a blessing for your skin.The different coloured fruits can nourish you with essential vitamins and minerals that can leave the skin feeling flushed and well fed.

    4) Use tomato juice for fine lines and sun tan

    Add vitamin C and raw tomato into your daily diet. Tomatoes and oranges help to reduce the fine lines of the skin.

    5) Drink plenty of fluids and water

    Drink lots of fluids like smoothies, milkshakes, fruit juices, water, and water-rich foods to keep you well hydrated. Always carry a bottle along with you when you are out. Drink as much water as you can in a day. This helps to get naturally glowing skin and is good for health.Water helps to flush away toxins present in our body.

    6) Use lemon and aloe vera face pack for a sun tan

    Squeeze out fresh lemon juice and add aloe vera gel. Mix them well and apply on the tanned skin and leave it until dry. Apply this paste 2 to three times a day to get clear skin.This face pack is also very effective for dark circles around the eyes.

    7) Curd and gram flour face packs for dead skin

    Take curd and gram flour in equal proportions. Mix them well and add lemon juice to it. Apply this to your body parts and repeat it twice a week to get a glowing skin. This face pack acts as a natural scrub that helps to exfoliate your skin.This helps to get rid of dead skin cells from the skin surface.

    8) Sandalwood and rosewater face pack for fairer skin

    Sandalwood and rosewater pack helps to remove sun tan and can gently nourish your skin.Sandalwood has soothing and cooling properties.This helps to relieve from sun tan.Rose water acts a natural cleanser, toner and refreshes your skin.
    Prepare a thick paste of sandalwood powder and rose water.Mix them well and apply on face.Keep for 20 minutes then wash off. This helps to get fairer skin, removes sun tan and sunburns.

    So guys, if you follow these simple tips, they can help you avoid the beauty issues that we face when the warm weather settles in. With a little care, you can enjoy summer to its fullest.

    Guest Writer: Madhu Jain

  • Tips to Maintain your Bridal Lehenga

    After a fabulous wedding season and a lot of fun and frolic, the wedding season comes to end for now so its time to pack your wedding outfits. The bride spends a whole lot of time, endless efforts and huge amount of money on choosing the perfect bridal lehenga for her marriage. It does not do justice to wrap up and put away your bridal lehenga just like that. Here are a few tips to help you pack your bridal lehenga and maintain it forever:


    It is advisable to place sheets of tissue paper in between the folds of the lehenga so that the zari, sequins or any other embroidery does not rub against each other.


    To avoid any kind of foul smell, add some cedar oil balls or some pieces of cloves for your outfit while packing. Naphthalene balls can also be added which will help in avoiding any kind of mites also.


    It is always better to wrap it up in a muslin cloth. Keep it in a box made of acid-free material. Improper storage of your outfits can completely ruin them.

    Fresh Air:

    It’s a good thing to take out your outfits once in a while and let them get some fresh air and sunlight.

    Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja

  • Ways To Get Your Kids To Help And Clean Up Around The House!

    We all want our kids to help us around with the daily chores at home. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds, the older the kids the more difficult it gets to put them to work. In today scenario, it is of utmost importance that we forget the mollycoddling and teach our kiddos to be independent and manage on their own. Here are a few tips how to get your kids help around the house:

    Just State. Don’t Ask:

    Set clear expectations instead of requesting them. “can you clean up, please?” is much more likely to go unheard or fetch an answer as ”No” instead of “It’s time to clean up, please.” In case they say no you can always make them clear that it was an expectation and not a request.

    Make it exciting:

    All that kids want to do is play a game all the time. Make it exciting and challenging enough that they aren’t able to refuse it. Go.Go.Go Stop. Beat the timer or Beat your bro/Sis/Mom/Dad can be highly motivating.

    Set an example:

    Kids learn through examples mostly and not through just telling them to do certain things. Putting away all the toys can be a little overwhelming for young kids. If you participate it looks more doable than it actually is. The best solution to the answer “no”

    Find ways to say Yes:

    If the tasks seem age-inappropriate, find different things the kids can do to nurture their desire to help. For example, if they cant cook ask them to lay a table or help you with putting away folded laundry. This helps to create a sense of responsibility.

    Picture chore charts:

    Well, daily chores can be very monotonous for us adults forget the younger kids. It’s always fun to make it more interesting by creating a chart for daily chores with pictures. This gets them going and does not even feel like work.

    Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja