Saturday, 8 September 2018

Beat the Flu #MomVsFlu


My teen son is busy preparing for exams. I ensure he gets good rest and nutrition. He is healthy enough but prone to frequent attacks of cold and cough. I hope he doesn't catch the dreaded viral that seems to be affecting everyone with the changing season. 
Hmm, when I think back, I remember he was virtually born with a runny nose! 

In the last week of my pregnancy I was down with a severe bout of flu. I was horribly tired, with a constant sinus headache, aching limbs, nose blocks, well the entire package deal that comes with a flu attack! I avoided taking any medicines and went through labor in that condition itself. The baby, my son was thankfully born all normal! But within half a day I noticed the baby had trouble breathing while he was trying to feed. He'd contracted the rotten flu from me! I can't tell you what a trying ten days followed with sleepless nights and constant worrying over the tiny infant's health while I myself was still suffering from it! Eventually we both got better, after the pediatrician prescribed safe medication for us.


Back to the present, all these memories of the past came rushing back at me as I attended a blogger's event aimed at creating awareness and enlightening mothers about tackling influenza - MomVsFlu. It made me wish the flu vaccine had come into the picture back then! It could have saved me and my baby from having to suffer from all the misery of the nasty flu attack! 

The event had an eloquent, expert panel comprising pediatrician Dr Mukesh Gupta and gynaecologist Dr Uday Pai explaining various aspects of an influenza attack, ways to combat it while busting some myths as well!
Most of us dismiss a flu attack as just the "common cold" when in fact they are both not the same. 

So what is a Flu?
The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus A/B/C. A flu attack can be mild to severe depending on the person's immunity. Flu spreads by touching, coughing, sneezing by flu-affected person. Closed indoor air-conditioned environments trigger easier spread of the flu virus.
Symptoms can be mild/high fever, chills, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and tiredness. Simply put, these are symptoms that can put child/adult in sheer misery as long as the flu lasts.
Flu symptoms like tiredness and headache are more troublesome for children.
With the growing menace of the H1N1/Swine flu virus which can gain epidemic proportions, it becomes all the more important to monitor seemingly innocent symptoms like these. 
People at risk to complications from influenza are pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age and elderly persons.

Pregnancy and Influenza
Dr Mukesh Gupta shared some insights on this aspect.
Immunity is low in pregnant women, their physiology of breathing is changed due to the developing foetus while the hormones affect lung secretions. These factors make an influenza attack on a pregnant women worrying. It is difficult to treat the expecting mother especially with restriction in medication that will be safe for both mother and foetus. Influenza in pregnancy can affect the mother's lung capacity leading to lower oxygen level supply to baby which may cause pre-term delivery while high grade fever in mother may lead to growth defects in baby. 

The Influenza Vaccine
They are also called flu shots/jabs and they protect against infection from the influenza virus. Since the virus keeps rapidly changing, yearly fresh vaccines are developed. The vaccine takes 4-6 weeks to develop complete immunity hence needs to be taken before an epidemic like swine flu breaks out.
The best time to take these shots would be in the months of April-May-June. In a home with babies or small children, preferably go in for a 'Samuhik' vaccination says Dr Pai so that the entire family including the babies' caretakers is protected by the vaccine.

Dr Mukesh Gupta suggests women to take the flu vaccine as a part of the pre-conceptual planning, because only a healthy body can bring a healthy baby. But if one misses out the vaccine at that stage, one can still take the vaccine safely at any point of the pregnancy. The vaccine is completely safe for the breast-feeding mothers too. 


Bollywood diva Genelia Deshmukh who graced the occasion, supports the initiative of Mothers Against Influenza (MAI)
She strongly urges all mothers to go from being Worriers to Warriors by simply talking to their pediatricians and gynaecologists to know more about influenza and staying protected with the vaccine.

Doesn't it make more sense to prevent an illness rather than treating it?
We as mothers need to make informed decisions to protect our family from becoming frequent victims to flu attacks, falling sick and needlessly suffering, especially when it is easily avoidable! 
Worldwide the flu vaccine is widely prescribed annually to combat the seasonal attack by the unfriendly flu virus. It is time we take cognizance of this fact and equip ourselves to give our dear family a flu-free life. Every pregnant lady and every mother needs to be aware of this vaccine which can make life so much better and worry-free! 
Lets go #MomVsFlu, shall we?


I urge you to take a look at this credible resource for more information on Influenza:

To find a vaccinating doctor in your locality you could simply check out this link:



Disclaimer: 
I attended a discussion on influenza awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. 
Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. 
Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. 
The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, 
nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for babies having Influenza. 
Any reader of this blog or their family members suffering from Influenza should specifically consult 
his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment. 





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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Get Smart or Not


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"Interesting times we live in. Everyday is a learning experience; don't you agree, Nik?" Nik of course had his nose buried deep inside the sports column. 
Nina continued reading the article that had caught her attention. 

Children who lie turn out smarter

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/children-who-lie-turn-out-smarter/articleshow/65664305.cms
'Hmm, I wonder if I should try this technique with the kids. All the fat fibbers at work are after all sitting cozily at the HQ while cracking the whip on us, poor slaves. Maybe their moms already knew about this stuff and started training them early on....you can't become a sleaze-ball overnight, can you?'
Yes, Nina was convinced. This fact of life had been staring her in the face since ages...if only she'd been smart enough to fathom it or her mother had been. 
Little Johnny who lied to his Papa had it right, that's how you got the sugar! 
'The path to sugar or success is not sweet', she thought grimly and wondered how to go about smartening her two boys with her new-found wisdom.
"Neel, Varun, come here," she called, adding, "look what I got for you." 'That should bring them out of their room in no time,' smiling at her own little deviousness.
The boys skipped upto her in a jiffy. "Look guys, you know how I've been forever telling you never to lie, how you'd be committing a sin every time you lied and getting closer to hell? Well, forget that...I was lying. I want you to feel free to lie, in fact it would be good if you can make a habit of it. I read an article in paper today. Apparently, lying makes you smarter and I seriously think you guys need some help in that department. You get me?" she paused as she saw the clueless look on their faces.
"Mummy you want us to play April fool?" Varun asked doubtfully.
"No Varun that's not what I meant. You see, whenever you're caught in a tight spot, think of the best lie you can come up with and use it to set yourself free. 
Hmm, let's see, imagine if you played a prank at school and the teacher caught you, what would you do Neel?"
"I never play pranks, well no one in our class does, you wouldn't either if you had someone like Sheela miss as your class teacher," Neel replied feelingly.
"Oh, I just asked you to imagine the situation and tell me what you would do, that's all." Throwing a disappointed look at her elder offspring she continued, "Okay, you tell me Varun, what would you do if you played a prank like throwing chalk at say Anju miss while her back was turned and she caught you?" Nina asked encouragingly.
"But ma, our teachers use board marker pens only, where would I get chalk from?" Varun wisely enquired.
"Say you threw an eraser at her and got caught, then what?" she waited hopefully.
"I doubt if an eraser would bother Anju miss too much. In fact I don't think even an earthquake would make her pause while she is talking about,'What Books and Burials tell us'," Varun groaned.
'Aarghh!! What is it with these idiots? Am I too late?' Nina wondered worriedly.
Nik saw the serious meeting in session and tried to sidle past unnoticed...unsuccessfully. 
"Ah, can I get some help here Daddy?" Nina called.
"What have they done now? Varun you lost your compass box again? Neel how many times have I told you turn in your homework in time?" Nik said with as much indignation as he could muster.
"No, no, no! It's nothing they've done. It's something new I am trying to teach them. A new way of tackling sticky situations. Here, read this article and tell me if I am not onto something. We've been going about it all wrong."
"Hmm, interesting...," Nik said as he looked up after reading the piece.
"Okay, I think I have an idea how to go about this," Nina snapped her fingers excitedly.
"Nik, I have to confess something first," Nina announced with a sidelong conspiratorial wink at him. "I got a large tear in the saree I borrowed from Renuka for last week's party. That saree is a designer one and I think it costs a bomb. What should I do? What do I tell her?" she waited eagerly for Nik to cue in on her plan.
"Didn't you wear a gown for that party, the red one that makes you look fat?" Nik remarked and wondered why Nina was winking at him with the kids around.
"Oh, maybe I wore the saree last month, but tell me what should I do?" again winking at him.
"Last month we were away on our holiday, don't you remember?" Nik was having these rather accurate memory recaps while Nina glared at him.
"No, I got it wrong," Nina said as she attempted to salvage her plan. "I wore it six months back for the wedding at Pondicherry and the saree tore while I was ironing it, I am sure now, tell me Nik, what should I tell Renuka," Nina cried exasperatedly.
"Mummy wore Lina aunty's lehenga for that wedding, didn't she?" Neel piped.
"Yes, but Lina aunty looked prettier in Mummy's saree, didn't she? Varun chipped in.
"Boys, boys, come now, I agree Mummy wore that purple lehenga but she looked so beautiful in that, look...I even took our selfie with her wearing that one," and Nik proceeded to scroll down six months worth pictures in his phone gallery. 
"Okay I give up!" Nina fumed as she marched away to the kitchen.
'Pah! Me trying to teach this family to lie and make them smarter...they can't lie to save their lives! Raja Harishchandra would have been proud to know them. Pack of losers, I am stuck trying to save!' 
"Mummy you said you got something for us when you called us?"
"I lied!" 
"Nina, how much do you think that saree costs?"
"My sanity!"


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Friday, 31 August 2018

Srilankan Wonders


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Planning family holidays is a challenge with each member having a different date availability and destination preference.
Well, against all odds, I managed to squeeze in a 5N/6D trip to Srilanka on a family holiday in the month of June.
Aptly called the "Srilankan Wonders" tour by Thomas Cook India, the tour operator I selected, it was indeed a wonder we pulled it off! 
An even greater challenge proved to be me compiling this post on the tour! Yeah, I am no travel blogger but I persevered to put together this post and by the end of it, I was honestly in awe of the travel bloggers I know, who do these mind-blowing posts of all their exciting and exotic travels on a regular basis! Sometimes it is best to leave certain things to the experts!
Anyway, the deed is done and I have managed to do this travelogue which will hopefully be of use to someone. I had this back in time feeling of doing the mandated, "My Summer Vacation" essay while doing this post, but hey, why not!

Srilankan Wonders here we come...


DAY 1

The most irksome part of this trip was thankfully, right at the beginning - The flight from Mumbai to Colombo.
Despite my repeated requests for a change in itinerary, the online 'travel experts' booked me on a really uncomfortable 8.5 hrs night-long journey from 12.00 a.m - 8.30 a.m that included a 4.5 hr layover at Chennai. 
A sleepless night followed by a hectic day long sight-seeing tour planned for after we landed at Colombo. 
So our sleep-deprived family of four landed at Colombo airport on time, to be greeted by an executive from the Thomas Cook travel partner, Luxe Asia and promptly taken to our waiting vehicle with driver-cum-tour-guide-cum-travel-redeemer!

A short halt at a Bed-Breakfast place just off Colombo for a shower and breakfast and we were ready to make our way to a busy day ahead.
First on the itinerary was, The Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Enroute we stopped for a touristy elephant ride (priced at Rs 2500/elephant ride for 10 mins).



The elephant enclosure is quite interesting. We got to see the baby elephants being washed and fed. The Srilankan elephants are Asian elephants of the sub-species Elephas maximus maximus. The Srilankan elephants are smaller than the Indian elephant - Elephas maximus indicus while the Indian elephants have a more rotund form.

This was followed by lunch at restaurant Elephant Park one of the many restaurants along the banks which offer a glorious view of elephants frolicking in the Maha Oya, stream - though it looked mighty enough to be a river!

We made our way next to the city of Kandy. By now, the effects of a sleepless night and excitement was taking a toll on us. And that is when we made our way to Prasanna Gems-store
Did you know that you should never shop for food when you are hungry? 
Well, likewise never enter a gem or jewelry store when you are sleep-deprived, especially if you are a lady! The eyes simply glaze over anything sparkly. 😜
Needless to say, I spent a fortune on stuff worth less than quarter their value at this place.

It was now time to head to watch a Traditional Kandyan Dance
The Kandyan dance, music and costumes are quite unique and a must-watch experience.

Finally Day 1 came to an end as we eventually reached at our difficult-to-find hotel.
Hotel Yo is quaint, small and has the feel of a home-stay. But...I seriously do wonder, how did they come up with the name for the hotel?!😜



DAY 2

We started the day on a spiritual note with a visit to the Buddhist Sacred Tooth Relic temple - the Dalada Maligawa. The temple is perennially crowded with locals (dressed in pristine whites) as well as tourists and Buddhists from the world over. I was enthralled by the amazing history and architecture of this temple.







The Royal Botanical gardens, Peradeniya
This is a must visit place in Kandy. The entrance fee is at Rs 750 INR/person. 




Sprawling at 147 acres and well-maintained, ideally this garden needs at least half a day to do it justice. It has a beautiful Orchid garden, different kinds of palms, bamboos, pine, grasses, herb collections besides several species of plants. The mighty Mahavali river flows by this park. We took a large golf cart (Rs 1000 INR) to save on time but it would have been better to meander on foot and enjoy this treasure-house of beautiful flora. 

We moved towards our next destination which was the famous hill-station Nuwara Eliya. On the way there is the picturesquely located  Chinmaya Mission's  Hanuman temple that has a nice restaurant, Annapoorna.
We also stopped at Damro Tea estates for some tea-tasting and shots of the misty tea gardens.

Ramboda Falls
The Ramboda falls at 358 ft is a pretty impressive stop-worthy location enroute to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya
We drove through a rain-drenched, chilly Nuwara Eliya (1868m altitude) with a rich colonial history. The Gregory lake, the racecourse, the colonial architecture, terrace farming are some sights we saw. 
We were keen to visit the Seeta Amman Kovil at Seeta Eliya and it was truly worth visiting. Later our guide suggested we enjoy what Nuwara Eliya was famous for - its cool climate by taking a long walk through the lovely Victoria gardens.

For some strange reason our itinerary constituted a 2N stay at Kandy and so we made it all the way back to Kandy and Hotel Yo instead of staying at Nuwara Eliya.


DAY 3

We started the day with a bird's eye-view of Kandy city.


This was followed by some retail therapy at Lanka Silks (Branded garments that may/may not be original, at really good rates).
Oakray Woodcarving that has some beautiful wooden artifacts and furniture but I found them very expensive.

Next we headed to the Sushantha spice garden to be fleeced...err..I mean to be taken on a medicinal-botanical tour that ended with a not so surprising display cum sale of "genuine Ayurvedic products"- costing a bomb!
Lunch was at The Grand Ralidya.

And finally by 4 p.m we reached Club Waskaduwa Beach Resort and Spa, about 25 kms from Bentota


The resort rooms are great and the property excellent. Indian vegetarian food sadly seemed a little...sad! 


DAY 4


The day started with this magnificient Peraliya Buddha statue, a tsunami memorial at Hikkaduwa.

We visited one of the numerous (and if I might add, shabby) Turtle Conservation projects.

It was time next for a boat cruise on the Madu river.
Sri Lanka has a great number of rivers, many of them really massive and when I asked our guide if they were always full, the guide was bewildered. "Of course they are full all through the year", he replied. You see Sri Lanka is blessed with dual monsoons from the N.E and S.W monsoon clouds and hence the perennial rivers.

The cruise was a lovely 45 min ride through the mangroves with a halt at a tiny piece of land very royally named "Cinnamon island". A man there disinterestedly shows you how they harvest cinnamon barks and of course sells you all things cinnamon and soon after we were on our way back. We spotted an iguana in the mangroves but the boat had sailed by the time we whipped out the cameras.

We reached Galle city at lunch time and feasted at the Hotel Rampart, Galle

Galle, a UNESCO site is a beautiful place straight out of a history book! I fell in love with the beautiful Portuguese, Dutch and British influenced architecture. 



The walk through Alfred Street will make you honestly wonder if you aren't really in yesteryear Europe.



We had a lovely time walking along the fort's grassy ramparts, visiting the Clock tower, light house, Old Dutch Hospital, the Cricket stadium, and the All Saints Church.
I had to be literally be dragged away from this lovely city. We had more to do for the day!

My kids, the kids-no-longer, wanted something more adventurous besides staring down the cobbled alleys and gazing over quaint boutiques and art galleries of Galle!
So we headed for some Water Sport action at Divakawa Water Sports centre for some adrenaline spike!
Back by late evening to Club Waskaduwa for R&R.


DAY 5
Colombo City
We had a leisurely start to Colombo from Bentota and we were there in 1.5 hrs.
We drove through the city with detailed commentary from our guide. 

Some of the places we saw were, the Marine drive, Galle face, Bere lake, old parliament, the 350 m to be inaugurated Lotus towerTown hall municipal corporationLotus hall, Independence square, the Mental hospital and International conference hall. We actually didn't get out of the car anywhere except for a stroll at Galle face.
Lunch was at an authentic Indian restaurant, Sri Vihar, great food, reasonably priced. 
Well, we did have loads of free time but our tour itinerary didn't offer anything more and with the weather playing truant we finally ended up relaxing at the hotel, Hotel Sapphire


DAY 6

We had a 12.00 noon flight from Colombo airport to Bengaluru and then onwards to Mumbai with a 2 hr layover. 

And thus we come to the end of the Srilankan Wonders trip.

THE THOMAS COOK EXPERIENCE:

For folks considering booking their trip through the Online Thomas Cook portal, let me hasten to warn you that, do this only if you are comfortable with vague instructions and minimal communication which is what you will get once payment for the entire travel is done. You only have a toll-free number to contact them and every time you call, you speak to a different person.
Email communication is no great shakes either. Most mails you send bounce back though the executives said they do receive them. 
I asked to be booked for a group tour since we had tried it before and really enjoyed interacting with other families. After repeated enquiries, I was informed that the group tour hadn't materialized and that it would be just our family. ("Oh no! Not just you guys again!" cried my outraged offsprings.)
The strange thing is, when I got tired of following up these supposed 'travel experts' over multiple phone calls, I decided to pay a visit to the local Thomas Cook branch. The folks there declared that they had nothing to do with bookings done online!!

Well, after all this initial drama, I had absolutely no expectations from my trip. 
A trip that I had written off as a disaster due to the poor communication with online executives, turned out to be one hell of a pleasant surprise. 
The good hotels we stayed at, point to point travel arrangements and the sheer convenience of a good travel guide cum chauffeur at your call sure make up for all other discrepancies!
All is well that ends well, indeed!!
After I returned from my trip, I immediately emailed Thomas Cook expressing my thankfulness for the unexpectedly good trip. 
But of course, no one acknowledged or replied to that!

TOUR COST:
Srilankan Wonders entire package including economy airfare, guide/driver, hotel bookings (breakfast & dinner included) local sightseeing and travel: Rs 45,617 INR/person. 
Lunch: Extra
Visa on arrival: Rs 1750/person 
Shopping expenses extra
Entry fees to parks, rides etc. extra
Tips to guide extra

SHOPPING:
Souvenirs, magnets, handicrafts, wooden artifacts, gem stones, wooden demon masks, cheap knock-offs and seconds of branded clothing, batik fabric and of course tea!

TAKEAWAY:
Sri Lanka is very similar to India yet very different. It kind of reminds you of Kerala but trust me it is a lot different. Just within an hour's travel in this country, you can experience different geography and climate. Beautiful beaches, cool hill-stations, lush greenery, amazing culture abound this place. June isn't too crowded a time to visit Sri Lanka as the rains are just about starting here. 
Culturally rich, with a vast and interesting history. You can make your way through with English and many locals can speak Tamil too. Locals are polite and helpful. The currency conversion factor ( 1 INR = 2.32 SLR), helps! Still, I felt most of the stuff there was more expensive than in India.

Good tour guide cum driver - A boon for any tour especially in a new place.
Online travel bookings - Not for me.
The detours, add-ons on the tour - One needs to be wary as they are big pocket drainers.
Research prior to travel - Must do.
Expectations from the holiday - Expect least and you'll be pleasantly surprised with whatever comes your way!




Note: This tour was made at my own expense. All the opinions expressed are honest and truthful and not meant to promote or be derogatory to any enterprise.


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Plan your trendy kitchen #GFTR2018



'The Heart of the Home is the Kitchen' - Isn't this true? 
All you eat makes its way way from the hearth - the heart of the home, your kitchen
Since this is the place which is the source of so many happy memories and one that will create many more memories for you and your family, it makes a lot of sense to plan your dream kitchen well.

The Godrej Food trends Report 2018, is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date reports on upcoming and in-trend aspects from the Indian food scene. I decided to do this post as a part of the Godrej Food Trends 2018 Contest #GTFR2018 to share my views on some aspects of Trends in Kitchen Design which include the Kitchen layout, Cabinetry finishes and Kitchen accents


Trends in Kitchen Layouts

The Open Kitchen


The Open kitchen is an increasingly popular trend seen in modern and contemporary themed homes. It gives a modern look and enlarges the entire space if styled right.

Closed Kitchens


Most home-owners don't have an option to make structural changes to the home. A closed kitchen with a single entryway ensures privacy and restricts view of messes and spills common to kitchens. So this concept is still popular!

Best of both Worlds - Semi-Open Kitchen


The semi-open kitchen is a compromise, it cordons off the smells, messes and spills yet creates a feeling of space. So a semi-open kitchen works well giving you privacy as well as a sense of connection and openness. Personally, I love this layout!



Island Kitchens in either of the three above layouts are getting a thumbs-up too!

Trends in Cabinetry Finishes

Well, this a mind-boggling area with so many new upcoming products and finishes. 
Broadly speaking, you can choose finishes from High gloss, Matte and Semi gloss.

A kitchen's look and aesthetics however should not compromise with functionality and it should consider factors such as:
  • Kitchen is an area of high traffic 
  • Rough everyday usage
  • Moist conditions
  • High temperatures
Currently trending in the modern Indian kitchens is the contemporary look with minimum fuss and maintenance, concealed or in profile handles, soft-close doors and drawers, state of the art hardware in cabinetry. Open shelves are in too but make for tough maintenance.

1) The High -Gloss Look
A high gloss, sleek look with laquered/Acrylic lamination process treated commercial ply/marine ply shutters and particle board is the hot trend in kitchens now. Easy maintenance and durability make this a hot favorite. However, particle board tends to expand on exposure to moist conditions of the kitchen so I would not advise it. As for colors, you could go for single-toned neutrals like white, ivory, beige, all black or with wood grains. Or simply go bold with popular colors like wine-red and plum, dark colors look even better in this glossy finish.


2) The Metallic Look
Many folks are opting for the metallic look teamed with industrial grey concrete wall finishes to complement the steely look. If high gloss stainless steel bothers you, go in for brushed steel or aluminium. Better still gold, bronze metallic look works great against neutral walls and floors. Aluminium cabinetry can be in other colors too by anodizing treatments.


3) The Glass Effect
Back painted glass in aluminium frame is a trend many designers swear by. Glass has a super reflective property and lends high gloss, it is easy to clean and tough against stains, moisture and high temperatures. Further the glass can be customized with your preferred colors and even motifs and images.

Trends in Kitchen Accents

Gone are the days of multicolored kitchens. The current trend is veering towards monochromatic - cabinetry with single color, blending single tone with neutrals like natural wood or metal. Highlighting back-splash kitchen wall dado tiles are passe! ☹️
But don't let that dampen your colorful spirit! In fact by keeping the cabinetry, walls and floor neutral you get more chance to play with contrasting colors and textures! It's all about kitchen accents nowadays!

Add color and personality to your kitchen with these kitchen accents:

1) Plants, herbs, micro-greens, kitchen window planters are all the rage in kitchens today!

2) Colorful crockery and assorted nick-nacks - totally cool!

3) Paintings, family photographs, framed kiddie creations, DIY art, quirky wall decals, gallery walls - take your pick this season, but off course don't go overboard, because maintaining stuff in an Indian kitchen is not easy! 


4) Accent lights, like pendant lights, pull-down lights and concealed mood lighting add oodles of charm while the light play adds more warmth to the otherwise functional fluorescent white lights normally used in kitchens. While pendants look beautiful in island kitchens, they may be a nightmare to maintain.



I hope I got those wheels turning! Time for a kitchen makeover, no?
That's all for now folks! Till later, Happy Homes and Happy Decorating!



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