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Month: January 2019

Experiencing tribal life at Roopark Village

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I had been hearing quite a lot about this village resort in Orissa. So, last Christmas holidays, I decided to forgo the city parties and the chilly Kolkata winter and experience a completely different lifestyle for a change. I usually prefer renting a car for short travels. I had been using Savaari car rental service for a while and I feel Savaari has outstanding service at some of the best prices I have explored. So, my cab was at my door on Christmas Eve.

Reaching there

This resort I am talking about is in Balasore district in Orissa, about 262 Km from Kolkata city. Before my travel, whatever I retrieved from online research was enough to get me hooked. There is a small tribal village called Kantabonia, about 37 Km west of Balasore and occupied by the Santhal tribe. On one edge of the village, surrounding the Kuldiha and Tenda Elephant Reserve lies this eco-village resort. With hills on one side and forests on the other, this looked like ultimate serenity.

It took me nearly six hours to reach via NH 16, with all the morning traffic and road work in Kharagpur.

The resort and its surroundings

Driving through the remote countryside with banana plantations and paddy fields, when I finally landed at my destination, I was awestruck at the beauty of the place. While I have been so such kind of resorts before, this was way different than one can envisage. A far cry from anything commercial, this place looked like a part of the surrounding nature, only enclosed by bamboo fences.

The entire setting is made in the form of tribal homes, with mud and thatched roof and other natural materials like bamboo, coir, and rattan. The pathways of red soil were left raw and untouched, only lined with pebbles to demarcate from the cottages. There was no sign of any fancy urban trapping. While everything was made eco-friendly, they were equally a treat for the eyes. Every hut had a small verandah where oil lamps, lanterns, and tribal trinkets adorned the ceilings and doorways. The walls were beautifully painted with colorful ethnic motifs. Even food was served on earthen tableware.

The view opened up to the Nilagiri Hills and the adjoining forests. While there were few tourists around the property, the only sound I could hear was the calls and chirpings for various birds or the trumpeting elephants from the nearby wildlife sanctuary.

Talking about the sanctuary, I must say, this forest reserve definitely enhances the experience of Roopark. Within a drive of just 40 minutes through the villages and fields, you can reach this famous elephant reserve of Orissa. These dense forests at the foothills of the Nilagiri Hills are home to leopards, tigers, Sambar and spotted deer and a huge population of elephants. Birds like hornbills and peafowls roam around outside the forests as well.

A respite from the regular

By sundown, the place assumed a completely opposite ambiance. Lit by candles and lamps, the village appeared like a page out of those folklores I have grown up listening to. A group of dancers was invited to perform at the resort. As the lead drummer introduced his rhythm, the women circled and matched the rhythm with their perfect footwork. The heavenly trance of the music, the glow of the oil lamps, and the chorus of the cicadas adding to the party took me away from my life back in the city, at least for some time.

Pro Tips:

Always book a reliable and cheap Kolkata taxi service because in Roopark you will need to keep a car with you at all times.
Definitely visit the Deokund Falls and the Chandipur Beach at 16 Km from the resort.
Opt for their adventure packages to enjoy different activities in and around the resort.

Wedding websites, e-invites, checklist & other tools simplifying Indian weddings

Technology has taken over the world, and its power to simplify life is not something that can be disputed anymore. And now it is taking over the Big Fat Indian Wedding by storm, with services such as wedding websites, wedding invitations, gift registry, checklist, budget planner, guests apps and more becoming increasingly popular among millennial couples. Wedding Wishlist brings you some of the coolest online tools and services to use for your wedding that will help save both money and time!


  1. Wedding Website

This has become the fastest growing trend for Indian couples, and with good reason. A customised wedding website is a great way for couples to share their story and function details with guests. This is particularly important for Indian weddings, as the huge guest lists mean that more than half the guests don’t know the couples personally. With a wedding website, the couple can share the story of how they met and add photographs, which helps guests feel more connected to the occasion. It also acts as an in-depth invite with function details and RSVP functionality, saving the family endless calls to check on who’s coming. Further, it allows guests to leave fun messages for the couple in their guestbook, which the couple can cherish for years after. And the icing on this big, huge cake is that this entire service is free and customizable.


  1. Wedding Invitations

While the trend of e-invitations is not new, it has now come off age. From the super traditional to super fancy, all kinds of weddings have one thing in common—an e-invitation. They’re practical, they’re creative, they’re good for the environment and there is an endless variety to choose from. Video invitations capture the love story in a way that catches the interest of the guest and gives them the necessary information about the dates, venues, and functions. Alternatively, one can go for a classic e-invite that goes with the theme and colours of the wedding celebration. They can be in the form of a Save the Date card, or a multi-page invitation.


  1. Wedding Gift Registry

This online trend really took of in the latter half of 2018 when Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra created one for their wedding. It is a way to make wedding gifting more meaningful and manageable for both the couple and their guests. A wedding gift registry allows the couple to create a list of the gifts they want for their wedding and share with guests. Guests can buy or contribute to any gift in this list. The idea is that it saves the guests the guesswork and running around, and it ensures the couple loves and uses every item they receive. Since all the gifts are delivered directly to the couple, it’s practical and waste-free for them and stress-free and hands-free for the guests.


  1. Indian Wedding Checklist

Wedding planning can be exhausting and complex. There is always a never-ending list of tasks and it can be impossible to keep track of them all. Wedding Wishlist’s checklist for Indian couples is the perfect tool to help you go through this journey without missing out on any task. It is the first checklist designed keeping Indian weddings in mind and keeps you on top of every relevant detail, from your mehendi artists and dhol walahs to the pooja ingredients! The best part is that you can also customise this to add your own tasks and reminders and remove the ones you don’t need. You can sort it by time to the wedding, functions or priorities, making it your perfect companion till the big day!


  1. Budget Planner

Another signature aspect of Indian weddings is the alarmingly huge amounts of money spent and the complex matrix of who spends what. With the budget planner tools, managing and tracking finances as well as keeping a close watch on the budget becomes a reality. This intuitive tool tells the couple what ideas spends should be across different areas, helps them keep track of outstanding payments and becomes a place for the couple to save all their invoices. It also allows the couple to add mutiple people who would be spending on the wedding and split the expenses between them!


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Let’s accept it: Best baby wipes for sensitive skin. #NewLaunch #UnscentedWipes #MedicalGradeCloth

Mother Sparsh, the pioneer in baby wipes category, is the preferred choice of mothers across the country. The Mother Sparsh baby wipes have been massively successful in providing the ultimate care for your baby’s skin. The same brand that is so revered in the community is launching a new product – Mother Sparsh 99% unscented water wipes.

The premium unscented water wipes are specially made for the extra sensitive baby skin.

You don’t need to be worried about your new born baby’s hygiene anymore. Mother Sparsh 99% unscented water wipes are made up of 100% organic plant-based material. The newly launched unscented baby wipes are free of Alcohol/Parabens or any other kind of chemicals that are often found in other wipes.

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Mother Sparsh has fixated on the idea of developing a product that is completely safe for your baby. The premium 99% water wipes are free of any kind of scent or fragrance. This helps parents to ensure the purity of the product and solidifies their trust in Mother Sparsh to take care of their baby’s sensitive skin.

Super thick medical grade cloth:

The premium 99% unscented water wipes are made up of a plant based medical grade fabric. The fabric is derived from plant pulp in order to ensure its purity and dependency. Such a commitment to providing hypoallergenic, biodegradable, high quality water wipes has resulted in the success of Mother Sparsh as a brand.

Packaged with a moisture-lock lid:

Most of the baby wipes available in the market today are dry. These usually act as abrasives towards your baby’s sensitive skin and may even end up causing rashes.

The Mother Sparsh wipes on the other hand are 99% water. These sustain the softness of your baby’s skin. The plant based medical grade fabric and high moisture content provide a smooth and velvety feel to the wipe. Even the wipes that are often laden with moisture, end up losing the dampness once the packaging is opened.

Thus, in order to maintain the moisture content in the water wipes and ensure hygiene, the Mother Sparsh premium water wipes come with a never seen before, moisture-lock packaging. The ulterior packaging makes sure that the moisture is retained within the wipes.

3 times thicker:

The newly launched premium Mother Sparsh baby wipes are made to be 3 times thicker than the average baby wipe available in the market today. This is because of the medical grade fabric used in the formulation of these baby wipes.

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Thus, in my opinion, the new launch of the Mother Sparsh unscented 99% water wipes is a boon for parents throughout the country.

No such product existed in the market before. Mother Sparsh has revolutionised the baby wipe industry with its innovative thinking and eco-friendly products.

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