I am sure you all have already noticed
the rising temperature in the city. It’s just April and it is already
unbearably hot. I just dread to think what the coming days have in store for
us. It’s not just about going out of the house, staying inside is also not as
cool as expected. I was just thinking about
it today and reality hit me, till now, talks about global warming and how hot
our planet is getting was something I would read about and then forget about it.
However now it just petrifies me.
Little changes in our daily life can
really help a lot and if more people start doing it, I am sure it is going to
bring about a major change. I am just listing down a couple of things that
would actually make a big difference.
Reuse and Recycle
Recycling is cool these days. Use products
which can be reused or recycled. There are a lot of DIYs available online so
make use of it. Reduce consumption of things which are not eco friendly.
Cycle or Carpool
Using personal car leads to a lot of
pollution. Walk if that is possible,
cycle should be another good option. If the commute is long then carpooling is
a good option. We anyway are so stuck up with work and our daily routine,
carpooling will help you interact with new people and grow your social circle.
There are a few carpooling options
in India. However if these don’t work for you, try to find people at your
workplace who travel on the same route and you can then carpool with them.
My mother does this and trust me it
feels good. After dinner she used to switch off all the lights in the house and
then sit and catch up with all her TV shows. With all the lights off, it used
to feel cooler. So when not needed, switch off the lights. Make it a habit to
switch off all the lights before leaving the room.
off junk mail
Do you receive a lot of junk mail? Unsubscribe
and subscribe to their online version. It would save a lot of junk at your
house and also help lessen the use of paper.
Although it is not monsoon now but
this is something to keep in mind. When it rains, collect the water and then
use that water for routine uses. Watering trees, washing the dishes, mopping
the floor etc.
bags are your bae
Always carry a cloth bag with you
when you go shopping. I keep a cloth bag in my purse all the time! Avoid using
plastic bags. These days you get cute cloth shopping bags with quirky quotes
and prints, it’s fun to use them.
or House plants
I know that most of us don’t have
enough space for a full fledged garden but you can have some indoor potted
plants. I recently bought a cute plant pot online; it has really inspired me to
plant some indoor plants in the house. If
like me, gardening is not your thing, try to make it fun by using bring colors
and quirky pots.
Replace your normal light bulbs with
CFL lights. They consume a lot less energy and are comparatively cooler than a
Drive according to the speed limit,
it would help save a lot of fuel. Also plan your daily tips, try to cover up as
much work possible. It would help save a lot of fuel and would also help you
finish week’s worth of work in a day or two.
NH 47, a Bangalore based band, has created a video and song for
Earth Day that falls on April 22nd each year.Green
Yatra, an NGO dedicated to conservation and protection of nature,
is supporting the effort.
Summer is officially here and that
means that going out in the day is going to be one task! I personally would
love to curl up in the house with a nice cold coffee and a book. Most of the
people complain that they don’t have enough time to read books or that they try
to read but are never successful. I face that at times as well, it is difficult
to find time to sit and read books and that’s why I am listing down a couple of
things that I do to motivate myself to keep reading. I hope these tips help you
First things first, create your
book-nook. A small place where you can sit comfortably without any distractions
and read. It needn’t be a separate dedicated room or anything just a chair in a
corner with a reading lamp should work. Throw in some comfy pillows and snuggle
up. You can also set up a table and chair near the window and read away. Make sure
there are no distractions around no
Television, no computer not even your cell phone if you can do that (I personally
can’t stay away from my phone)
This is something that I do very
often. Whenever I am reading a book I keep a highlighter handy along with a
pencil. If I come across something nice I highlight it. I also scribble down if a thought comes to my
mind while reading. By the end of the book I would have few scribbled notes and
highlighted parts making the books all the more personal to me.
We live in a world which is filled
with apps and websites, make good use of them. Apps like GoodReads help log all
the books you have read and plan to read, you can also write reviews, track
your progress, read reviews by others, share your progress on Facebook and
Twitter and basically be book buddies with your friends. This really helps and
makes reading a little more fun.
Reading Challenges also helps a lot
(Although I haven’t really completed any but it did help me read up a lot)
reading challenges motivate you read more and helps you cultivate a reading
habit. GoodReads has a book challenge where you decide to read a certain number
of books every year. While you are at it, add me on GoodReads so that we could
inspire each other. To add me click Here.
also conducts a #BrunchBookChallenge , you can follow me on Instagram and
checkout books I am reading by clicking Here
many other challenges online, Check out the image for one of my favorite
carry a book-
Always carry a book with you and
whenever you have some free time just start reading. eBooks are great as they don’t
take up extra space in your bag, you can just read on your phone.
Dedicate some time everyday just for
reading it could be 5 minutes or half an hour depending on your schedule. This would
make sure that you read every day. The other way to do this is to decide number
of pages to read every day. Decide to read at least 20 pages every day, you can
do more if you have more time.
Make a list of books that you want
to read, you can use apps or make a handwritten list. This would make sure you
never run out of things to read. There are many lists available online as well,
posting some below.
This is my favorite, visit old used
books shops! You get books at cheaper rate there and often find some good
deals. You’ll end up buying more books for lesser money thus making sure that
you never run out of books. If you are a regular customer the owner might also
give you additional discounts.
with topics and genre you love-
If you are just starting then it
makes sense to start with books on topics and genre you love. This will keep
you interested and will make sure that you complete the book.
Phones are such important part of
our lives. These days almost everyone is dependent on their cell phones. I don’t
need to emphasize how we use phones for more than just making calls. Almost
every few months a new phone is launched and then I go through the
specifications to see if it fits my needs, the ones which fits my needs are generally
over my budget. However ASUS Zenfone 2 hit home immediately!
It charges up fasts, don’t we all need this? In this fast
paced life no one has time to patiently wait for the phone to charge.
Edges Zenfone 2 is just 3.9mm! I am not a sucker for slim phones, I mean
that wouldn’t be a deciding factor for me considering that these days almost
all the phones are thin. However 3.9mm is impressive. The first thing that came
to my mind was that it would fit perfectly in my clutch. You know those times when
you are attending a function and are carrying those nice little dazzling
clutches and then your phone decides to be all rebellious and refuses to fit
into that little clutch? Well I face that all the time, I hate that bulging
clutch, this phone should solve my that problem immediately. Also, would fit
snuggly in my jeans pocket.
Arc Design with Intuitive Rear Controls – It has REAR CONTROL!!! How cool
is that? It has a physical rear key which helps in better control. Also tacking
selfies are a lot more easy, so all you selfie obsessed people this is the
phone you need to buy. Adjusting volume, navigating etc is just super convenient.
I did have Motorola phone back in the
day which had a track pad on the back and it was a very useful feature. I am
glad that this phone as this feature, it really makes the daily handling super
quick. Also plus point because it designed to
be used by both right – or left- handed people.
inch Screen the phone boasts an a nice 5.5 inch screen. They have kept the
bezel width to a bare minimum giving Zenfone 2 a remarkable 72% screen to body
ratio. The screen obviously it the most important thing and good that they
decided to keep that in mind. The bigger the screen the better really for me. I
keep taking videos and pictures and at times watch movies on my cell phone and
this just fits the bill perfectly.
Zenfone 2 has a variety of panels
and colors available. Being a girl, I love to customize and change my
phone covers almost every day. Everyone gets bored with the same old thing right?
I love it when the back panels are readily available so I can change the look
of my phone regularly.
See What Others Can’t See I have saved the
best for the last, how can we not talk about the CAMERA!? Being a blogger and a
new YouTuber camera is something that I use the most on my phone, taking
pictures and videos have become a part of my life. This camera boasts a 13mp
rear camera 5x leganlense and dual LED real tone flash. It has a 5mp front
Time difference is another complex thing,
although luckily here the difference is just of 1 and a half hour but it still
becomes difficult to manage. By the time he is home from work and done with
dinner and finally has time to speak to me, it’s already bed time here.
I really am amazed by people who are
able to sustain a relationship where the time difference is more than 5 hours. It
just means that one of them has turned into a zombie/vampire and is up at odd