Raghurajpur: The Heritage Crafts Village of Odisha!

Whenever someone speaks about "Heritage", I instantly remember vividly about Raghurajpur: the heritage crafts village of Odisha. It is not just any ordinary village, it is the heart and soul of creativity.

Palm leaf etching
Located around 12 kms away from Puri, Raghurajpur is the home of around 500 Chitrakars(artists who are expert in Pattachitra painting). Each household has at least one Chitrakar who is highly skilled and immensely creative. 

Raghurajpur is famous for Pattachitra: paintings on a piece of cloth. There are many types of Pattachitra like Tassar cloth Pattachitra, Palm leaf Pattachitra etc. With evolution and innovation, now the Chitrakars have started painting exquisite Pattachitras on coconuts, betel nuts, clay pots & bottles.

Work in progress
Pattachitra of Lord Jagannath
Pattachitra on bottles

Pattachitra on Coconuts and Betel nuts
A Chitrakar with his masterpieces
What makes this place stand out from others? The cheerful smile on the face of the artisans. They will welcome you to their home. They will show you their art, crafts & paintings patiently. They will tell you about their tales of struggle. They will explain the process of their trade. But, they will never force you to purchase anything from them. Even if you don't purchase anything, they will bid adieu with a smile.

There is so much of talent in this village! One trip to this place and you will definitely feel amazed. So much to learn from everyone, so little time! It is a known fact that the artisans of Raghurajpur are struggling. If you visit Raghurajpur, then please purchase something to support the highly skilled Chitrakars & save their craft from becoming extinct!

*This post is a part of entry for the #OdishaBloggersTrail contest by Odisha Tourism.


Selfie time with Tata Tigor!

Love to click selfies? Dreaming about winning a stylish makeover? Well, then a fantastic news is waiting for you. Check out the malls in your city and look out for Tata Tigor in display there. Just pick a new style with a makeover. Unlock your smartphone and click a gorgeous selfie with the Tata Tigor. Share your #TigorStyleBack selfie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with your Name and City. Then relax, cross your fingers and pray. You might win a stylish Zara makeover. Sounds cool, right? What are you waiting for? Rush towards your nearest mall. Good luck!

List of participating malls: http://bit.ly/TigorSelfieTnC 


Kick the bud and enjoy life!

Fifty-two per cent of men and women who used to smoke, said that they felt healthier after giving up the habit. Another 53 per cent, backed by a majority of females said, that it was not a difficult task to quit smoking.

These were the key findings of a survey conducted on 1,500 former smokers by ICICI Lombard in the week following up to ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on May 31. The nationwide survey, a part of ICICI Lombard’s brand campaign and wellness programme — #DoTheDifficult — revealed many interesting facts. While a mere 19 per cent of the respondents gave up smoking because of the rising cost in cigarettes, 43 per cent said they kicked the habit due to family pressure.

Among other findings, 32 per cent of the respondents managed to stay off tobacco by keeping themselves busy, including taking up new hobbies; 22 per cent avoided trigger areas that tempted them to smoke; 20 per cent started out with a ‘Quit smoking plan’, and 10 per cent used nicotine patches to give up the habit.

Most of the respondents, who began smoking 10-12 years ago, blamed hectic work schedules for smoking and consumed as many as 10-12 cigarettes a day.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) observes May 31 as ‘World No Tobacco Day’. This year, the theme is ‘Tobacco – a threat to development’ which will demonstrate the serious threat the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of nations and the health and economic well being of their citizens.

Through its wellness campaign, ICICI Lombard will spread greater awareness about the hazards of smoking, and honor those who managed to #DoTheDiffcult by giving up smoking. Sanjay Datta, Chief - Underwriting, Claims & Reinsurance, ICICI Lombard, said, “Smoking as a habit is not only harmful for the smoker but also for the passive smoker. Our survey highlights the serious health risks of using tobacco and urges smokers to give up the habit and lead a healthier lifestyle. We are pleased to see that more than 50 per cent of those who kicked the bud are feeling healthier than before.”

Mr. Datta further cited an interesting trend of 42 percent of respondents who had a health insurance policy had opted a critical illness cover to secure them from risks associated with this habit.


World Autism Awareness Day 2017!

Location: Qutub Minar
Date: 2nd April 2017

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on the 2nd April every year. This day is significant for raising the awareness about Autism and people suffering from autism throughout the world.

On this day, almost all important and significant monuments across the world are illuminated with blue light. The mighty Qutub Minar was also illuminated with blue light in the honour of World Autism Awareness Day.


T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship!

Location: Buddh International Circuit.
19th March 2017.

After three successful seasons, the fourth edition of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship flagged off successfully at Buddh International Circuit. It was a grand battle between the mean machines. For the record, T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is the solitary Truck Racing Championship in India.

This year, the racers competed in three categories:

1) Super Class
2) Champion Class
3) Pro Class

12 experienced racers from European Truck Racing Championship also participated in the championship for the first time.

This championship also witnessed two magnificent "Show Stoppers" - 1000 Bhp Tata Prima. These beasts can deliver acceleration of 0-160 km/hour in just 10 seconds. These are powered by 12-litre ISGe Cummins engine and engines that deliver 1040 hp of power and 3500 Nm of torque. Transmission is handled by new ZF 16-speed gearbox. These beasts also have advanced features like touchscreen and rear view cameras. These beasts are the creation of Tata Motor's Jamshedpur R&D team.

For the first time in the history of Truck Racing Championship industry of India, a female champion racer took part in the championship. Stephanie Halm from German broke the stereotypes.

12 brand new Prima trucks were built for the fourth edition of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship.

The fourth edition of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship was full of excitement and thrill. The deafening noise and the rush of adrenaline was a completely different experience. Now I am looking forward to the fifth edition.


Time to welcome a new SEHER!

At the end of a tiring day, there is nothing more peaceful than a sound sleep at the night. Sometimes, even after trying our level best, we can’t sleep properly. A lot of external factors are associated with sleeping disorders like irregular eating habits, inadequate exercise, smartphone addiction, caffeine intake etc. Amidst all these factors responsible for disrupting our priceless sleep, we often tend to forget the real culprit: The uncomfortable mattress. Yes, a mattress also plays a vital role in the intensity of our sleep.

Just any ordinary mattress is not good enough. A poor quality mattress often leads to back pain. In today’s health and fitness conscious citizens, comfort is given more importance than money.
Keeping all these factors in mind, Foam Home has launched a new variety of mattress under the name of SEHER. SEHER is an orthopedic mattress from the renowned luxurious and modern lifestyle stables of Foam Home. 

With the changing times, Foam Home also kept on evolving. It understood the needs of the customers and kept on innovating products that can provide the maximum value for money to all customers. After creating a huge base of gleeful and satisfied customers at Mumbai and India, Foam Home is all set to create ripples in the International markets as well.

Literally, the meaning of SEHER is DAWN, a DAWN in the era of sleeping technology. SEHER is a range of unique and highly sophisticated orthopedic mattress that is attractive as well as innovative. Earlier, orthopedic mattresses were not that much attractive. They were dull, physically hard and instantly gave a feeling that those were meant for senior citizens and patients suffering from back problems. Well, thanks to the brilliant heads at Foam Home, that notion is going to change really soon. Orthopedic mattresses are all set to get a brand new identity with the launch of SEHER range of mattresses.

So, how is SEHER different from other orthopedic mattresses? Why should you purchase it? How is it better than the other orthopedic mattresses which have already carved a niche in the market? First of all, SEHER range of mattresses is laced with ERGOSHELL technology: Patented by Foam Home. ERGOSHELL technology provides proper and adequate individual support to each and every area of your body. It has 42-block construction method. The mattresses are built upon a solid, super-dense shell which holds the support blocks together and makes it strong, supportive and comfortable. The mattresses are neither too soft nor too hard, just the perfect amalgamation between absolute softness and concrete hardness.

With the invention of ERGOSHELL technology, India is going to present a mattress technology to the world market, for the first time in the history of the Indian mattress industry! It also supports the ‘Make in India’ initiative. It is made especially for Indian people who always like to look for something that is traditional yet modern, comfortable yet stylish, affordable yet luxurious.

Bid goodbye to all sleeping woes and back pain by embracing the comfort of SEHER. A comfortable dawn is waiting for you!