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All You Need to know About The Mecca of Awards, IIFA Awards 2018

Delhi experienced a starstruck evening on Thursday, 17th May, at Hyatt Regency where the Press Conference of IIFA Awards 2018 was held. With a host of IIFA dignitaries, luminaries from the sponsors and Several popular stars from the Bollywood family, the Press Conference witnessed the declaration of all the dazzling star-studded IIFA Awards 2018 that is going to be held in the month of June. This time IIFA has chosen The Land of Smiles that is Thailand as its destination. A Thrilling weekend is awaiting at Bangkok, Siam Niramit, Theatre wherein the stars would be joining to celebrate the thrilling IIFA fever.

What’s in Store For You at IIFA Awards 2018?

IIFA Awards 2018 would witness the hosting of Ayushman Khurrana & Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety fame Kartik Aaryan.

It would also witness the co-hosting of Karan Johar and Ritesh Deshmukh.

In the list of breathtaking performances, one can look up to the thrilling foot taps of Ranbir Kapoor while the other list of performances would soon be revealed.

IIFA Awards 2018 with a Cause

IIFA has always stood up for a cause and this time they have partnered with Woosh The Washing Expert for the cause #BarabariGharseshuru that implies equal participation of men and women in domestic chores.

Say No To Plastic with IIFA and UNE

IIFA 2018 has also collaborated with the United Nations Environment, where Diya Mirza stands out to be the brand ambassador for the theme of World Environment Day 2018, ” Beat Plastic Pollution”.

As a gesture of this collaboration, Diya Mirza, on behalf of the UNE gifted steel bottles to the celebrities at the press Conference, voicing the opinion that saying No to plastic should begin from saying No to plastic Bottles first.

IIFA in The Grounds of Thailand for the Second Time

Moreover, Mr. Stapnaseth Isra, who stands out to be the director of the Tourism Department of Thailand, told how iifa’s stepping into Thailand for the second time would add to the country’s tourism brilliance.

Undoubtedly it would serve as a platform to reflect the state’s vibrancy in terms of food, culture and definitely heritage.

Celebrities about IIFA Awards 2018

Bollywood family also expressed their sentiments about the IIfa Awards, 2018. Kartik Aaryan seemed to be super excited of something as colossal as IIFA, where he is going to be the host.

On the other hand, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are looking forward to attend the IIFA in Bangkok for the second time and really enthusiastic about the chain of events that’s going to follow.

Ranbir had won his first IIFA as a debutant actor at Bangkok and hence the destination had really been lucky for him.

Karan Johar expressed how he has been strongly attached to iifa since its very birth in London. His father, Mr. Yeah Johar and himself had been part of the advisory board of IIFA. He also congratulated Wizcraft International for such a brilliant organisation & execution of IIFA all these years.

Dates & Venue of IIFA Awards 2018

IIFA Awards 2018 has also partnered with OSIAN’s Auction to conduct a royal exhibition on Indian Cinema at Marriott Marquis Bangkok, from 21-st to the 23’rd of June.

While IIFA Rocks, Green Carpet and IIFA Rocks, would be held On 22’nd of June, on 24th June, Siam Niramit is going to witness the colossal, the prestigious and the royal IIFA Awards, 2018. We are also in eager anticipation about the style statements of Bollywood family as IIFA 2018, is being styled by the connoisseurs of fashion, Myntra.

The IIFA Fever has begun already and we really can’t keep calm about it.

3 Mighty Moments! – Mighty Raju’s epic moments of heroism

Superhero movies and cartoons have always captivated me! Their stories of outwitting evil villains and using their powers for people’s good have inspired me. For the same reason, I instantly loved Mighty Raju on Pogo, a cheerful young boy with sharp instincts and a knack for challenging wrongdoers! With his mighty powers, Raju safeguards his hometown, Aryanagar from the supervillain and an evil scientist, Karati.

With his all new movie, MIGHTY RAJU: SAMUDRI ADVENTURE coming up on his birthday – 15th August at 10:30 AM only on Pogo, I was quite excited. Mighty Raju will be seen combating two criminals plotting to abduct a rich businessman during a cruising vacation. Will Mighty Raju with his super-human powers, together with Inspector Khanna, rescue the rich businessman, Popat and his naughty but cute dog, Millie from notorious criminals, Tango and Dango on a cruising yacht? We’ll just have to tune-in and find out.

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This upcoming thrilling adventure sparked an idea. Why not share some epic moments of Mighty Raju’s heroism? Here are my top three!

 

  1. The moment of true sportsmanship when Mighty Raju saves evil Karati: He shows that he is not just a superhero but a mighty hero with a mightier heart. He proves this when he saves the life of his biggest enemy, Karati, who is about to fall in an acid lake at Gujjan’s adventure park.

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  1. The moment of courage when Mighty Raju stands up to Charlie’s bullying: He always bravely stands up for those who cannot defend or help themselves. One such incident was when he stood up to Charlie, who harassed and troubled other students. With clever use of technology, he made Charlie confess his mistake, and in turn helped his classmates!

 

  1. The moment of equality when he trains his opponent for a fight: Mighty Raju always believes in fair play. While fighting a Kung Fu match in school against his classmate, he went out of his way to train and prepare his opponent well to ensure a fight on equal footing!

 

It’s hard to not admire Mighty Raju and his simple ways to combat complex situations, proving that more than a superhero – he is a good person with great values! On his birthday, we send him our love and best wishes. He is a true blue mighty superhero, that every child looks up to and aspires to be.

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Get ready for a day full of Mighty Raju’s exciting Adventures! Tune in to POGO, 9.15am onwards!

“How I wish I could become a kid again!”Kidzania Noida Would Definitely Make You Feel So

Being a mom of a three year old kid makes me go through a host of challenges. Balancing work, paying attention to his tantrums, satisfying his interests with innovative avenues everyday are problems I think every mother encounters in her day to day life. And what do we usually do? Hand him a phone or switch on the TV? Yes, even I am not an exception in this group of mommies. Despite coming up with a number of activities everyday, his exploring instincts still remain dissatisfied. And keeping in mind all these issues, I decided to take him to Kidzania on a weekend and believe me I truly wished I could become a kid again with him.

 

For those who are not quite aware about what’s Kidzania, this is a set up in Noida that Has a huge host of role playing activity platforms to encourage the adventurer spirits hidden in every child’s mind. Kidzania Mumbai had been a huge success and thankfully the Capital City kids also got a chance toexperience this thrilling fiesta.

And last weekend I decided to venture out with my kid into this whirlpool of extravaganza.

The Beginning

Well, the best part is as you head towards this colossal setting and get ready to board the fun filled flight, you need to take your boarding passes( access tickets). Your kid is also handed over a cheque of a certain amount and both you along with your little one will be given wrist bands{ GPS Trackers} for keeping a track of your kids’ location throughout the entire space.

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As I quoted, this is a hub of ROLE Playing activities. You have the hospital, the Fire Station, The Studio, The Pottery Station, The Pre School, Kitchen, Radio Station, Dance Academy , Bollywood studio and what not! Popular brands like Dominos, Radio City, Camlin, Big Bazar, Shaimak Davaar Academy are associated with these role playing platforms. In fact all spheres of professions have been taken care of and your kid has the chances to explore every avenue matching his core interest.

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Our next Stop was the hospital where my little brat was handed over a doctor’s court and was skillfully trained how to dress and feed a baby in the role playing nursery. From undressing the little babies(dolls) to making it wear diapers, every meticulous detail was being addressed to. At last he was also taught how to feed a baby milk through a bottle and rest him back to sleep.

The Camlin art studio, Gaana party station, Shaimak Davar Dance Academy were all enthralling spaces that made my kiddo happy to the brim. We wished we could make it a bit early to the place as we had only 3 hours at hand and a tones of things remaining to explore.

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Let Me Tell You What Makes Kidzania a Unique and A Must Visit Avenue For Every Child?

√ It Teaches Your Child A Simple Method of Transaction

Remember the cheque that my kiddo was handed over when he entered Kidzania? Well, the real fun begins here. The cheque needs to be encashed in the virtual YES Bank and your kid could be handed over some notes for access to every activity.

The activities are broadly classified into earning and spending categories. Like for example the Party station and the Driving activity required some cash to be spent. While the dance, painting and practice as a doctor made him earn some more cash. Nothing could have been a more simplified way to teach kiddos the concept of transaction.

√Trained Professionals Imparting Knowledge

Each of the professionals in every sphere is well-trained in his/her area. The patience with which they handle kids is commendable and the role-playing sessions are conducted on a highly serious note, thus keeping the originality intact.

√Boosts A Child’s Confidence and Sharpens His Independence

Several activities are planned in such a manner that they gradually shirk off your child’s shyness. For example in the Shaimak Daavar Academy the child is not only trained how to dance to a particular song but after the training sessions, he/she is taken to the stage and perform in a group, thus making sure that his stage confidence gets boosted up. Self-reliance is one of the core parameters taken into account here as none of the parents are accessed admission into areas of activities and they need to execute the tasks independently.

√Safety is the Ultimate Priority

Well, you can leave behind your kids behind at Kidzania and go for a movie, chill out with friends or go for office. Believe me, your child’s safety is never at stake here. Before accessing any activity, each child’s GPS tracker wrist bands are scanned to keep a track of the location. When you are back to take your child home, you can always get the deets of his location from the system operator. Both your child’s and yours GPS trackers are synced to each other. Activities are sorted as per age limitations and hence you don’t need to feel worried about your kid’s safety even for a minute.

Every Child Is Given The Feel Of An Adult

Your children will be throughout treated as an adult beginning from the mere addressing to the imparting of the training sessions. Every child is addressed as “Sir/Ma’am” irrespective of their age and given tasks just like professionals. Every task is imparted a prior training followed y execution.

I am not biased but I think no play area or theme park can counter this brilliant concept. Children have tonnes to learn and loads of adventure awaits at their end.

Besides, it is indeed a cost-effective place as for a span of 5 hours, the charge is only 600 INR while for the entire day is 900. I think one day at Kidzania ia far better and lucrative( both on monetary and skill parameters) spending thousands on the toys.

So dear fellow mommies, make a visit to Kidzania soon and don’t let your little one miss out the fun.

Anurag Basu Cooked Up A Sudden Story and It Isn’t Delicious Enough! Jagga Jasoos Review

 

So Anurag Basu finally has arrived with a new film after years and I was too excited to try my luck. So right after a hectic day, I hopped into a nearby theatre for a quick dose of relaxation and what did I get?

An utter plate of disappointment offered to me with some peppy, melodious music.

So let me elaborate a bit so that you understand what’s in store for you when you walk into the theatres with some incredible expectations.

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I won’t unfold you the entire story but would share tits and bits and believe me these bits are enough strong to forget your movie plans. So Katrina Kaif adopts a storytelling mode to reveal the mysterious tales of Jagga aka Ranbir Kapoor. And there we come to learn how Jagga met his father “Tooti Frooti”. It was under his mentorship Jagga could learn the most significant chapters of life. But unfortunately, one fine day,  Tutti Frooti aka Saswata Chatterjee leaves behind Jagga in a boarding school without any further explanation. And then on, Jagga became the mystery solver, Jagga: the Jasoos.

From solving trivial mysteries like murder of his English teacher to the cracking of the secret route for arms migration, Jagga had established himself as quite a professional detective. And one fine day, Jagga comes to know that his father Tooti Frooti is no more. But the detective instincts in Jagga make him believe that his dad is still alive. And then begins his journey to search Tutti Frooti and in this course he finds a bigger mystery is waiting for him: The case of Mr. Bashir Alexander.

Who is he exactly, I won’t reveal, but all I can say is it is this thread that Anurag Basu leaves behind unstitched probably to bring out a sequel to this one.

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Katrina and Ranbir’s meeting seem to be accidental but in the due course they become great friends and definitely mutual love interests develop( quite predictable ). Shruti Sengupta aka Katrina is a journalist whose latest story centres around the illegal migration of arms and during this episode she happens to meet Ranbir, who not only helps her getting her story bites but also saves her from the possible life threats. Later Katrina accompanies Ranbir in his journey to find out “Tutti Frooti” his dad, as she is the only one he can look upto for help and also a complete replica of his dad in her attitude and behavior.

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The problem is if the narrative had been plain even with a pinch of flashbacks then still it could have been acceptable. But Anurag Basu decides to disclose the mysteries of arms and ammunition through the narrative of Katrina and that too in front of kids who fall between the age of 6-10 years. And just like us, they too were completely bored by Katrina’s story.

What Could Have Been Great:

As soon as you move into the theatres, you are into the world of lyrical ballads. Ranbir is unable to speak smoothly and he stammers, but surprisingly when he sings, he does it like a pro. Moreover even in some serious situations, Ranbir tends to forget his stammering and speaks in his usual flow. The problem is despite there’s some great music in the movie but there’s excess of it. But as the saying goes: Nothing of excess is never good enough.

The movie takes us to different locations from the scenic landscapes of Manipur to the traditional streets of the City of Joy and even to destinations of Kenya and Morocco. But nothing seems to impress us much.

As usual Katrina falls short of her acting skills and seriously adds to the disappointing soup.

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Ranbir Kapoor perhaps had taken over the responsibility to compensate for the loss and thus his flawless acting does make you feel that your ticket money has not been a complete waste. Even Saswata Chatterjee had been a source of great inspiration with his commendable acting.

After Barfi, I was really looking up to Anurag Dada for some real good script but unfortunately all expectations went in vain. Had the script been a little more powerful, then definitely the film would have left a greater impact on our mind.

Rating:3.5/5

Affordable Housing Plan : Why Smart Homes Karnal is the best project to invest in Haryana

 

Achieve Your Dream Home With The Smart Homes Karnal Project

Are you dreaming to invest in an ideal project? However your pockets don’t permit you to invest in your dream? Then here’s the correct option to choose for you.

In the current scenario and as per the estimated trends India is believed to be the most populated country by 2025. The problem that lies ahead with the statistics in terms of housing is not availability rather affordability.

With changing lifestyle it has become essential to have a stylish yet affordable house. With this aim in mind Aegis Value Homes LTD under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has come up with Haryana’s First Ever Smartphone Controlled Project “ SmartHomes करनाल” in soon to become a smart City Karnal.

It is considered to be one of the best project to invest under the affordable housing scheme with so many below mentioned advantages:

  • Automated has become Affordable

With simple smart homes application you are able to control all the electronic devices running in the home from TV, AC, Geyser, Refrigerator, Fans, Lights etc.

  • Cost Friendly Homes

Starting at a minimal budget of Rs 11 lakh onwards for 1 BHK and Rs 19 lakh onwards for 2 BHK it is indeed an amazing project to have an investment which is profitable .

  • Prime Location

Situated at the prime location of Sector 32-A , Smart Homes Karnal is indeed a great place to have your home with all the basic amenities located at a distance of few minutes from the project. It is a 5 minute walk to the city’s only 5 star property Noor Mahal and near to the railway station as well as educational institutions.

  • Elegant in Look

Designed as per the contemporary lifestyle with modern facilities just at the nook of the corner, the project is indeed a great way to make an investment.

 

  • Timely Possession

Falling under the government scheme, the project is ready for possession within 3.5 years without any kind of delay in the work.

 

Hence, Smart Homes Karnal is an amazing project to have your hand in investment. So,what are you thinking simply make a booking today and get ready to earn greater profits in future.

 

 

OTM 2017, India’s largest Platform Witnesses The Showcasing Of 60 Countries’ Destinations at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai

The OTM 2017 was a master event that commenced on the 21st of February and ran till the 23’rd. This fabulous event saw the culmination of several known figures of the industry namely:

 

  • 1134 Sellers from 60 Countries
  • 547 qualified Buyers from all over India
  • Over 10,000 trade visitors expected during the 3 day show
  • India’s first MICE Club launched at the show

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Exhibitors from 60 countries are showcasing their destinations at OTM 2017, India’s largest travel trade show from 21st to 23rd February, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. This is by far the largest number of countries participating in any trade show in the country, forming a record of its own

The Level of Participation:

OTM 2017 has participation of 1134 travel organizations from 60 Countries. These include National and State Tourism organizations, Hotels, Airlines, Destination Marketing Companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as business travel and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) markets. 7392 travel trade visitors have pre-registered to attend the show. In addition, more than 500 buyers from travel, trade and corporate sectors have qualified for special hosting privileges. In addition to buyers from across India, international buyers from countries like Kuwait, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Thailand are also being flown in.

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The dignitaries present at the inaugural session of OTM 2017 include Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Punjab; I Gde Pitana, Deputy Tourism Minister for Overseas Promotion of Indonesia; H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India;  H.E. Demetrios A Theophylactou, High Commissioner, Cyprus High Commission; H.E. Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai;Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organisation;   Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia; ; Ismail A Hamid, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor, Egyptian Tourism Office; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India.

 

A brand-new addition in OTM 2017 is the co-located BLTM- Business & Luxury Travel Mart. It is focused on the Business, Luxury and MICE segments, where qualified hosted buyers will meet the sellers by appointments. Indian citizens whether travelling abroad or within the country are a much coveted and one of the fastest growing market for leisure as well as business travel segments.

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To tap into this lucrative market, 59 foreign countries are participating in OTM 2017. These include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Fujairah, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Ras Al Khaimah, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sharjah, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, etc. This is  a record number of countries participating in any travel trade show that has been hosted in India.

 India’s Role

Participation from India is equally aggressive as their international counterparts. Tourism departments along with private operators from Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and private sector participation from Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana are participating in the show in a big way. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has a strong presence at the show.

 

Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (Organizer of OTM), said,With over 1000 exhibitors from 60 countries and from 25 states all over India, OTM 2017 is India’s biggest ever travel trade show. Mumbai is among India’s most important tourism hubs and destinations as well as the biggest tourism source market. We have been organizing this show since last 30 years with a view to providing a platform for the stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry. National and International players who have come together at OTM will witness excellent networking, marketing and tourism promotion opportunities between countries, states and regions. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It plays a vital role in the economic development of a country.”

 

More than a 100 corporate buyers from top companies like Canara HSBC, L’Oreal India Pvt. Ltd, Capgemini, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Khaitan & Co,HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd, Mahindra Finance, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, Deloitte Shared Services India LLP, Wockhardt Ltd, Ambuja Cements Ltd, Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Ltd, Rajkumar Hirani Films, Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd, etc., have pre-scheduled over 2000 appointments for meeting sellers of their choice at the show.

 

In another first, the MICE Club is being launched at OTM, with an objective to facilitate networking and education opportunities among the community of buyers and sellers from Business Travel and MICE segments. Globally, travel trade fairs are considered important annual opportunities for face-to-face meetings and networking among buyers and sellers. Traditionally, visitors at these fairs walk the show and meet the sellers of their interest. The advent of online technologies has not left this field untouched either, as further added by Sanjiv Agarwal.

 

OTM is supported by industry associations such as  Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA), SKAL International, Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA).

 

Featuring destinations through films has been a traditionally successful strategy for many destinations. Mumbai being one of the biggest hubs of film production in the world, OTM has partnered with Film and TV Producers Guild of India and Globe Hoppers to organize an exclusive event ‘Shoot-at-Site’ on the opening day of OTM focused on promoting tourism through films shoots, which will be attended by international and state tourism boards and leading film production companies. Destination Weddings is one of the fastest growing segments. A workshop on ‘Destination Indian Weddings’ is being curated with the help of Globe Hoppers. Some of the leading Wedding Planners from Mumbai and Delhi will be attending the session.

 

OTM 2017 has deployed a state-of-the-art online meeting diary system provided by EventsAir based in Australia. It is an advanced system that facilitates matchmaking and appointments between the Buyers and Sellers.  It has received over 5000 meeting requests prior to the show.

In addition to buying and selling opportunities on the show floor, exhibitors from various countries and states will also make colourful cultural presentations. There will be an equally interesting line up of workshops and presentations that will conducted on the sidelines of the mart.

 

Continua: A New Holistic Destination in Gurgaon For Uniquely Abled Kids

In the present age of hectic regimes of work, when it comes to a scenario where both the parents are working, taking care of the child is indeed a tough and challenging task. Moreover when the child has certain special needs and specific areas of concentration, then the issue aggravates. Under these circumstances either one of the parent has to take quits from his/her job or leave the child to the caretaking sessions of some nanny or daycare wherein the chid’s needs are not adhered to.

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In these scenarios, one feels the need of a dedicated institution which will not only take care of the child but would work upon his/her lack areas of development. Perhaps , realizing these quintessential hazards that any family faces while raising their kids and the strong passion for shaping a child psychologically sound and stable made the family of Continua launch their Neurotherapy school in Gurgaon on 7th February 2017. This school is all set to address all the essential needs of uniquely abled kids through their gamut of widespread facilities.

The inauguration of the school took place with the auspicious Bollywood actor, Vivek Oberoi, the Brand Ambassador for Accessibility India Campaign.

What Does Continua Have In Store For The Uniquely Abled Kids?

When you welcome your kids to the home of Continua, you are sure to give him an all-round care for the little, unique apple of your eye.

They have a pentagonal structure of therapies stored for your dear kids:

Occupational Therapy That is Inclusive of Sensory Integration and Physiotherapy (Neurodevelopment Therapy): This is an all-rounder therapy that is dedicated to enhance the sensory and processing skills, fine as well as gross motor skills and aiding them to ease ut their daily activities.

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy: ABA is a clinically effective process for bringing changes in the behavior of uniquely abled individuals.

Music Therapy: Music has been accepted as a major channel in Continua’s curriculum for organizing the sensory systems of autistic children as well as any other sensory processing disorders.

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Yoga Therapy: As we know, yoga is the powerhouse of healing all essential problems and this has also been incorporated in the curriculum of Continua for ensuring the children’s motor and social development.

Aquatic Therapy: Hydrotherapy works as magic for addressing the issues of social and behavioral aspects of children detected with autism disorder.

 

img_3019-1Actor Vivek Oberoi in reference to this occasion appreciated the institution for being a source of utmost help to parents who have to run from one institution to other in requirement of assistance for their uniquely abled kids. All their answeres can now be fulfilled under a single roof of Continua.

Masterminds Behind Continua

Dr. Himani Narula Khanna: A known and dedicated Developmental Paediatrician of North India.

Dr. Puja Grover: A well-read and passionate pediatric neurologist.

So now Delhi NCR and Gurgaon parents has finally found a dedicated, dynamic destination wherein their kids’ diagnostic as well as psychological necessities can be taken care of under one roof by renowned experts.

Continua is all equipped to offer your kid an environment for realizing and exploring the potentialities of uniquely abled kids, thus fulfilling their aim of social equalization.

Children Literature Fest Gurgaon 2017, A Reading Spree To Cherish

In the present age where video games and YouTube have replaced books and outdoor games, children are in real need of Literature Festivals which can re-instill their reading habits. To encourage reading habits in children as well as to nurture the existing love for literature, Gurgaon witnessed its first Literature Fest of the year 2o17. Hosted by Vega schools, a host of eminent authors as well as storytellers graced the occassion for the Gurgaon Literature Fest that lasted for two days.

 #ggnchildrenlitfest celebrates the desire of reading for both knowledge and leisure for children across Gurgaon

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The Aim of The #ggnchildrenlitfest

With the intent to inculcate a habit of reading in children, the first edition of Gurgaon Children LitFest was inaugurated on the 5’th of Feburary at Vega School premises by Mr. Sandy Hooda, Co-Founder Vega Schools. The two-day event witnessed various bestselling children’s authors, storytellers, book signing, reading, puppet shows, writing workshop, publishers, panel discussion and parent workshops.  The fest was open for children between the age group of 5-12 years and will be held in the premises of Vega School, Gurgaon.

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Vega Schools’ Opinion on The Fest

Speaking on the occasion Sandy Hooda, Co-Founder, Vega Schoolssaid, “We have invited writers from all over the nation who have made a name in children’s literature. The purpose of the festival is to make reading entertaining for children and encourage parents to build a ‘reading’ relationship with their child. We strongly feel that books document the fall and rise of civilization and have played an important role in shaping the world. Reading a beautiful story has the power to transport us to other worlds while we are present here and now. According to a study published in PLOS ONE, getting lost in a good work of fiction can help build empathy and allows the reader to build desirable personality traits by learning from experience documented in books, both fiction and non-fiction.”

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Eight bestselling children’s book authors such as Benita Sen, Himanjali Sankar, Payal Dhar, Yashodhara Lal and Haimanti Mitra will bring stories to life. Illustrators and ten most animated storytellers such as Arunima Shekhar, Dr Tanu Shree Singh, Sreedevi Gopakumar, Kamal Pruthi, Yuveka Singh will tell magical tales and make children laugh and daydream. The main objective is to explore the creativity of the students so as to develop greater interest in them towards reading books and stories.

The Event

Explaining the purpose of the children centric Literature Fest, Harleen Mohanty, Head of School, Vega said, “There is a basic difference between literature festivals for adults and children. For adults, panel discussions and contours of literature set the tune, whereas for children one needs to convey everything in a storytelling manner. A habit of reading informs children of universal morality and gives them space to imagine. She added, “This Literature festival is an effort to build a passion for reading among children and parents. It is a small movement to bring awareness in Gurgaon about reading good literature and is a testament to our eendeavorto imbed 21st century skills like creativity, imagination and communications, in our students.”

About Vega Schools

Vega began with a parent whose child developed an aversion to his school. The parent was denied access to his child’s classroom – to understand what might be causing the trauma and terror. The school being one of the highest rated schools in Delhi didn’t make things easy, it looked like there were no alternatives! Therefore, the birth of Vega schools, a collaborative effort by some of the best schools in the world, was to create an Indian member that would be contextually relevant yet progressive. Vega also values progressive and immersive learning.  Progressive 21st century schools recognise that future work environments will demand a different skill set from young people. These skills include leadership, teamwork, strong communication skills, problem-solving, and positive work ethics etc.

A Carnival Cherishing Childhood: Delhi’s KRACKERJACK CARNIVAL

 

Delhi never runs out of events and the best part of the city is that as winter sets in, you can start feeling the presence of the Capital’s basking in the glory of carnivals. One such carnival that Delhi recently witnessed was the KrackerJack Carnival: A potpourri of festivities, activities and fun-enriched event. Though the target group of the carnival was mainly limited to children, but as you know fun and frolic are contagious and thus it turned out to be a gala celebration for both the adults as well as the children.

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The Exclusive Episodes of the Krackerjack Carnival

The 10th edition of the Krackerjack Karnival in Delhi caters to the children and their needs. Set in the elaborate background of JLN Stadium, the event unfurled several episodes of amusement and gambol.  It turned out as a great success for both parents and children through overdoses of fun activities and encouraging healthier life styles. After all what can be more exciting than a real life interaction with the popular characters from Dholakpur? Yes, we are talking of Chotta Bheem aOne of the most anticipated events of the day was the ‘Jungle Book Se Aage’- a theatre performance directed by Bubbles Sabharwal and Lushin Dubey. With the incoming of theatre arrived a musical evening- MOZARTSY, initiated by wonderfully talented Sonam. It aims to bring joys to lives with music in ears zones. The musical sessions were followed by cosplay actions with genius, philanthropist and millionaire Ironman and dance all you can Zumba session.

The Master Brains Behind The Extravagant Carnival

Ms. Chandrika Behl, the director and founder of KrackerJack Carnival, Exhibitions India Group was interviewed and she expressed her happiness and excitement over the response that this event received. In fact the first day of the event witnessed such an overwhelming reach and success that Ms. Chandrika was eagerly in anticipation for the second day of the carnival to unfurl.

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Some other parents while asked about their experience in the event gave such ebcouraging answers that clearly underline the success parameters of the Krackerjack Carnival. One of the parents also shared how she as well as her little one was both active e enthusiasts in this fun-filled carnival and is looking forward for the next season to unfurl soon.

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Divya Bhalla, parent of three and a housemaker said, “Krackerjack Karnival is one of the most awaited events in our calendar as a place to go together with family. Having attended the previous two editions as well, I can vouch for the fact that it is an amazing show that offers an experience unlike something we have ever seen before. Krackerjack Karnival not only provides holistic and wholesome entertainment for kids and family, it also offers us a one stop shop for important products, services and information ranging from maintaining kids health to assistance during the approaching admissions season all under one roof.”

 

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Krackerjack Karnival has given an interesting touch to the value of family that has been losing price in the modern times.  This occasion has all the right reasons to be celebrated to the fullest in a time where people have just few hours to count upon in the life of 24 hours in a day.

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In fact Delhi, Dilwalon Ka Sheher is in need of these kinds of carnivals more frequently which address children’s quality engagement and gives an opportunity for the families to spend time together as Jon Wooden puts together that “The most important thing in the world is family and love”. Krackerjack Carnival was a perfect platform to celebrate the joys of childhood with grandeur, fun and learning simultaneously.

Sabhagar Theatre Festival: A Gift For All Theatre Lovers of Kolkata

Coverage By Kathakali Sengupta

Sabhaghar Theatre Festival, presented by Centre Stage Creations brought to the City of Joy a great panorama of the best of World Theatre. It was a 3 – day- long show of great stagecraft from 10th to 13th  December , 2016 at GD Birla Sabhaghar Themed  on ‘ Celebrating World Theatre’ , it showcased workshops and performances by UK actor and director Daniel Bye, Lillete Dubey and Gautam Halder. We were fortunate enough to watch Gautam Halder’s performance in Prachya’s play  ‘ Nileema’ , directed by Biplab Bandyopadhyay on the last evening of the show.

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It was a satire inspired by famous playwright Eugene  Ionesco’s play ‘ The Lesson’ which was a perfect critique of contemporary education system. Much in sync with Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘ Totakahini’, the play presented a weird professor’s obsession with making  the  student understand everything she wants and does not want to know.

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His obsession with teaching does not end even when the student is on her deathbed. The play also presented the student’s imaginary escape from reality which she can only dream of. Interestingly enough the  characters of the students, both during the play and at the end are female characters, much realistically representing the sexual oppression that female students face nowadays from their male professors.

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At the end, the autocratic professor’s murder of the student and again setting another prey for his obsession, marks a great end of the day. Last but not the least, the supporting group of actors dressed as clowns act as the inner conscience of a person’s soul and also maintain a parallelism of every action.

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The Sabhagar Theatre Festival indeed gave all the theatre lovers of Kolkata to usher in some splendid performances. Hope it comes along every year with a new mood and some more thrilling theatrical acts to look forward to.

Sandeep Atre’s Socialigence: A Boon For Realizing Non-Verbal Social Behaviour

There was once a time when academic qualifications were enough to be a part of and sustain in a social organization. However with changing times, it has become a crucial aspect to realize and understand the social behavior of fellow colleagues when you are eager to sustain in an organization. This is not only the scenario of a workplace but in fact every other social or personal space where you are in constant interaction with pople. It is quite easy to crack and realize spoken words and behavior but what happens when the code of behavior is only a set of reactions? Well, in these situations, it is indeed a difficult challenge.

However during one of my interviewing sessions, I chanced to come across Sandeep Atre, a psychologist who holds in his bag of wisdom the key to all social behavioral solutions. In fact, Socialigence, an online platform strives to reach out to people who are indeed interested to crack and understand every sort of unsaid social behavior.

Before I pen down the details about my one to one interaction with this genius, I would love to enlighten my readers a bit about Sandeep Atre. Apart from being a well-informed, experienced psychologist Mr. Atre is a PHD scholar and is also the founder and Director of Socialigence.

Socialigence is indeed a one of its kind platform that endeavors to provide a complete end to end online tutorial session for amateurs to experienced people helping to understand the several intricate patterns of social behavior. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a boss, a founder or an employee, Socialigence has the solution for one and all with their curated and researched content and video tutorials. As Mr. Atre confirmed that “All the courses have been designed in a very specific manner and thus can cater to several profiles.”

There are pre-recorded videos on the forum where there would be tutorials on the interpretations of different kinds of behavioral code, for example the movement of hands while speaking or the touch of hands when a person is trying to make a point. A person can have access to all these videos as many times for a year and his understanding and realization of the video shall also be judged on a sample test where an exercise of 10 questions will be provided.

Moreover in case of any sort of interruption or glitch that an user faces during the video, he is free to contact or reach out Socialigence or contact personally Mr. Atre via mail for the clearance of doubts. Well such an interactive platform in the field of social behavioral learning is indeed one of its kind till date.

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Coming back to Mr. Sandeep Atre, this had been indeed one of the best of interviews conducted by me. The reason is the in depth informative session that we happened to come across. The interaction undoubtedly established that he is a man of extreme genius when it comes to the judgment of social behavior.

When I asked him that What Interested him to Get Into Socialigence, his answer was simple but enlightening. It was during his Researching, he found Social Intellligence can be broadly intersected into Inter-personal and non-verbal communication. The field of non-verbal communication is indeed huge. For example, Body can show only the emotional state and face shows the exact emotion. In both anger and love, both will look at the person with the same intensity, so it is indeed a difficult task to judge the kind of EMOTIONAL STATE. And Socialigence’s tutorials help you to realize or judge the positive or the negative vibes conveyed by the emotional state. Since “word express thoughts and body express emotions” as conveyed by Mr. Atre, it is in fact a challenging task to interpret the latter one.

When asked about whether Socialigence helps to interpret social media behavior, well yes, Mr. Atre had an answer to that too. As per Mr. Atre there are certain codes of smiles and gestures that are decoded in the tutorials provided by Socialigence.

For example when both the muscles are exercised in a smile, we know the whole smile is a whole-hearted and true one. But when you come across Deuschen smile or a smile where only a single muscle is exercised, it is in fact a fake one. According to Mr. Atre, “When one needs to create a contact, it is only the exchange of factual information. But when one focuses to establish a connect, there is a necessity of exchange of an emotional information”. And thus Socialigence guides you to interpret this emotional information.

The role of Socialigence is also quite crucial for parents of today. Teenagers are children who are glued to social media and often adopt lies and fake stories for justifying themselves, can only be understood and analyzed if they are emotionally comprehensible. And yes, Mr. Atre’s specific designing of courses looks after that too.

Some Notable Achievements of Mr. Atre are:

Sandeep Atre has taken upon himself to venture into spreading knowledge and awareness about the impact of psychologist on people through CH EdgeMakers – a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ organisation of central India for close to two decades, as a team of close to 100 people.

He has trained more than 100 thousand students for ‘Soft Skills’ and ‘Entrance & Recruitment Preparation’. He is also a Promoter-Director of EduBirds – a venture in commerce education.

He  also carries in his bag of authorship: “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behaviour – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence”.

He has featured as a ‘Management & Motivational Speaker’ at various prestigious platforms like IIM, IIT, RRCAT, Rotary International, Lions International, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), State’s Teachers’ Training Program, Academic Staff College DAVV, Police Training Academy and more than 100 institutions.

A noted blogger and an author of various articles, columns and research papers published in reputable magazines, compendiums and journals; he has served on various editorial and advisory boards, and has also been an ‘Executive Committee’ member of Indore Management Association and Associate Editor of its publications.

Thank you Mr. Atre for such an enlightening session. Interacting with you had been one of the most informative sessions for Social Connoisseurs.

Arthah: The New Residential Game Changer in Ghaziabad From Thapar India

Delhi is gearing up industrially and commercially. The recent developments down the years have transformed Delhi NCR into a more inhabitable place. With growing commercial trends, there have also been significant changes in residential lifestyles. Keeping in mind the rising trends and necessities of the present upper middle class and aristocratic sections of the society, the renowned buider family of Thapar has undertaken the project of Arthah:a new residential set up situated in the commercially emerging corners of Ghaziabad.

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Thapar India since the year 1983 has been surprising us with their bespoke residential projects. Arthah has been another proof of their maginificient thinking and innovative real estate ventures. An interaction with one of the iconic members of Thapar India helped Social Connoisseurs to know more about this promising venture.

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Ghaziabad, being the new area of Delhi NCR after Gurgaon and Noida in terms of industrial and commercial progress demanded quite a promising residential set up for a long time. Realising how inhabitation is increasing in the nook and corner of Ghaziabad, Arthah was envisioned as a luxurious set up catering to the necessities of the settlers.

Mr.   Gautam Thapar, the Director as well as CEO oof Thapar Builders, enlightend us with Arthah’s real meaning. While Arthah seems to resemble to meaning, however Mr. Thapar explained the present project actually refers to Bhagwad Gita’s Arthah meaning one of the four aims of life.

Morphogeesis, a top-notch architectural firm had been involved in the construction of the project and Arthah simply looks as a tempting, irresistible desire to fall for.

Some of the top features that make Arthah a visual as well as a residential treat for the inhabitants are:

  • It is one of it’s kind 26 storey residential complex located in Vaishali of Ghaziabad.
  • These apartments have been conceptualized and formulated as per the Vaastu and the Feng Shui guidelines.
  • Moreover all of the 48 studio apartments are completely furnished with stunning planned décor while the 84 luxury homes are semi-furnished.cam_right

The spacious apartments with outstanding planning once again live up to Thapar’s lineage of curating and creating the best.

This New Creation From Thapar India is All Set To Redefine Ghaziabad

Team Social Connoisseurs is proud to get introduced to such a promising enterprise by Thapar India.

 

 

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