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Review: Desi Chinese is so different than the authentic cuisine yet enough can’t be said how yummilicious it can be. Ching’s Schezwan Chutney is the perfect ‘desi’ tadka Indians need to satiate their love for spicy food. Try this with Bread pakoda, Dosa or have it just like that; this chutney is going to blow your mind off.

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It will not be an exaggeration to say that most of us own at least a pair of jeans, making denim one of the most popular fabrics in our wardrobes today. In today’s time, many fashion brands manufacture and/or sell a number of attires made from denim.

Here are a few interesting facts about Denim:

As per popular belief, Denim was first invented in Genoa, Italy, as early back as the 1500s. It is believed that Denim was made for the Italian navy to wear while on duty. Though the Italians were the first to make it, the material came from a French city called Nimes, ‘De Nimes’, which means ‘from Nimes’ in English.

The most common Denim is indigo Denim. This type of Denim is recognized by its specific dark color. To make indigo Denim, manufacturers dye the warp thread a dark blue color while leaving the weft thread white.

In earlier times, during the time of World War II, Jeans for men had the regular style which is the zipper being in front, but for women, the zipper was placed on the right side. Later on, it was switched and stitched it back to the front.

The oldest pair of Jeans ever to be made was a Levi Strauss & Co. 501 Jeans, which is believed to be about one hundred and fifteen years old. It was discovered in the year 1997 and auctioned in the year 2005. An anonymous Japanese collector bought it for $60,000. Want to know which one is the most expensive one? It’s the Dussault Apparel’s Trashed Denim Jeans which is priced at $250,000.

Thinking of buying a pair of Jeans or another item made of Denim? Here are the most popular brands that sell Jeans and Denim-made clothing:

Levi's - Perfect fitting styles and affordable for many. You can have the fitting options from big, small, tall, skinny, slim, straight, taper and relaxed.

Wrangler – An American Manufacturer, Wrangler makes superb quality Jeans. Look for a “W” on the back pocket to be sure of authenticity.

Lee – Stylish and versatile, Lee offers designs for both men & women according to the latest trends.

Pepe Jeans – Known for its off-duty style, Pepe Jeans has been a favorite among youngsters.

Calvin Klein, Guess, Allen Solly, Flying Machine, Diesel, Spykar are among the other popular brands which sell Jeans in India.

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Indian consumers chose their favorite and most trusted brands for online shopping, booking online tickets, etc. among Indian and foreign brands – as per the findings of a survey by YouGov. YouGov surveyed 1,017 respondents aged 18 to 40(+) in August 2019 and here are the findings:

  • Amazon, Jio, MakeMyTrip, Paytm, Ola, Uber have been voted the most trusted brands in the country
  • Amazon became the most trusted for consumers with 45% votes

In this survey, the participants were asked to choose between 76 brands across 5 categories: e-commerce, online payments, online travel booking, cab-services and telecom services.

“While Indians are more trusting of global brands in areas of online shopping and e-commerce, Indian brands are more reliable when it comes to making online payments, for online travel bookings and while choosing a mobile network provider,” the survey read.

Within 4 years of being in service, Reliance Jio has been voted as the most trusted telecom service provider with 41% votes. Jio has probably won millions of hearts by the cheap data and call rates that they offer to its consumers. Indian brand Airtel was voted as the second most trusted brand. UK-based Vodafone has been the third most trusted brand.

For online shopping, Amazon emerged as the winner in the online retail stores with 45% votes, whereas its biggest competitor Flipkart got 25% trust votes.

In terms of online transactions and e-wallet services, Paytm was the obvious category-winner with a vote share of 40%. Google Pay stood second with 27% votes, in this category.

As far as app-based cal-cab services are concerned, both San Francisco-based Uber Technologies and Bengaluru-based Ola emerged as winners. For online travel bookings, MakeMyTrip was trusted by 34% of Indians, followed by Paytm (17%), and Goibibo (6%).

Happy Independence Day to all our lovely readers! Stay informed.

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Monsoon time is a happy time for everyone provided you can ignore the traffic hassles and the occasional bouts of cold and flu. However, it brings additional doses of fun for the little ones. But, it’s a different story for the parents as monsoon is a constant source of worries such as infections, missed school days. Doctor visits etc. that your kids go through during this time of the year.

The worries can be kept at bay if you plan the diet of your kids, a little carefully. Here are some easy tips which would help you to plan better -

Load them with immunity-boosting food: choose the ingredients smartly and load their diets with immunity-boosting foods. For example, choose Turmeric in your daily recipes. Turmeric, a powerful antioxidant is a great immunity-boosting spice. Seasonal vegetables and fruits have phytonutrients which are essential to fight various kinds of infections. Just be careful with the raw veggies and fruits as during rainy months, sometimes they come with dirt and mud. Washing them thoroughly in clean water should take care of this problem.

Hot Soups: who doesn’t love a warm bowl of nutritious and tasty soup? Soups are tasty, nourishing and are the perfect recipe for the monsoon season. By serving various kinds of soups to your kids, you can take care of their vitamins and minerals intake without filling their tummies. Go on, load their soups with their favorite vegetables or protein, but keep it light.

Avoid the raw & the uncooked: make them stay away from raw/uncooked foods at any cost. This will keep them safe from stomach infections. Avoid salads, raw chutneys, cold sandwiches, cold cuts, sushi etc.

Go nuts over nuts: kids like to chomp on crunchy nuts like cashews, almonds and walnuts. Make them an interesting mix of toasted dry fruits which are brilliant sources of vitamins and antioxidants. They are high in protein and sources of good fats as well.  

Dairy is good in any season: almost all kids hate milk. Try to indulge them by replacing milk with tasty milkshakes, smoothies and fruit yogurt which will break the monotony and at the same time, will keep them full and happy!

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Gone are those days when you stand in long lines in-front of the ticket counters to buy your bus tickets. Nowadays with advancing technology booking bus tickets has also gone online, similar to train, flight or cab bookings. Technology has enabled us to book tickets right from our smart phones without having to move out from our homes or offices.

Here are a few popular bus ticket booking apps which would save you a lot of time and headache:

RedBus: One of the most popular bus ticket booking apps, RedBus offers its services in numerous cities and smaller destinations. You can browse for your destination; you can also choose the type of vehicle and your preferred seat/s right from the app. To make things more alluring for you, RedBus keeps offering discounts and other benefits, from time to time.

Travelyaari: A brand of Mantis Technologies, Travelyaari is an early entrant in bus ticket bookings in India. Apart from bus ticket booking, they also offer affordable travel packages. The company is headquartered in Bangalore and they are present in other major cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vijayawada and Rajkot.

Paytm Bus Booking: Paytm the biggest digital wallet service in India is based out of Noida, and was founded by Vijay Sekhar Sharma in 2010. In 2015, Paytm tied up with leading bus aggregators in India and started its bus ticket booking service. It provides complete personalization options in terms of preference of seat and the number of passengers.

Abhibus: Covering over 75,000 routes with a network of over 2500 bus operators (2018 data), abhibus is among the fastest-growing bus network services in India. Abhibus is the technology partners for India’s largest fleet Operators, hence when you book your bus tickets from them; you get access to all the major bus operators. Abhibus offers a round-the-clock customer support and options from a sleeper, AC, semi luxury, luxury, and coaches from Volvo or Mercedes with convenient payment options.

MakeMyTrip: One of the most popular tickets booking platform, Makemytrip is a very popular app for booking flight tickets and bus tickets. You can book your bus ticket for traveling anywhere across the country through MakeMyTrip app. MakeMyTrip was founded in 2000 by Deep Kalra, and In 2005, it launched its India operations, providing travelers the convenience of booking travel with just a few taps.

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Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a vacation? We guess, no. Vacations become even more exciting if we are traveling to international destinations. New people, new culture, opportunities to experience foreign locations never fail to fill us with pure joy and eagerness. When planning a foreign trip, we often get overwhelmed. If you are one of them who don’t want to take the hassle of planning a trip on their own, there is a plenty of help available. Here’s a comprehensive list of top travel agencies of India:

Thomas Cook: Thomas Cook is one of the most popular brands in travel industry. Not just customizable holiday trips, they also offer a host of services such as foreign exchange, travel insurance and corporate travel facilities. In 2011 and 12, Thomas Cook was ranked as the Favorite Specialist Tour operators award at the Cond`e Nast Traveler Readers Travel Awards. Thomas Cook provides tour packages both for domestic and international destinations including Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. They also offer tour packages including Cruise holidaying, hotel stay facilities too. They also offer assistance on Passport and Visa facilities.

Cox And Kings: Cox And Kings is one of the oldest travel companies in the world. They are present in India and abroad and are known for their excellent service and professional approach. Their primary services include fixed and customizable tour packages, both in India and abroad. Cox And Kings also specializes in trade fairs, foreign exchanges, insurance, business travel and many more.

SOTC: SOTC’s tour packages are fully customizable and that is their biggest USP. Expert tour managers and planners at SOTC suggest tours and holiday packages keeping in mind your preferences and your budgets. SOTC is popular for the leisure travel, incentive travel and business travel that they offer. They offer tour packages for Honeymoon (both in India and abroad) and customizable holidays to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, USA etc. They also provide support for flight booking and hotel booking.

Oxygen Holidays Pvt. Ltd: Oxygen Holidays is a premium corporate travel management company that provided professional services to travel companies. They offer tour packages to locations across India and abroad. They offer tour packages for Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.

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In a city cramped badly for space and full of urban chaos, more than often, we try to take a breather and spend a morning or an evening, enjoying a meal and a view! Mumbai has a number of such good restaurants from where you can enjoy a gorgeous view while having your food. Here’s a list of few such places with a stunning view:

Dome: Though, not your every day eating place, Dome has more than one reason to attract your attention, the to-die-for exquisite view being the primary one.  Dome is on the eight floor of the InterContinental Hotel, and offers an informal ambiance and an open-to-air cocktail lounge. To top it all, you can expect friendly staff, prompt service and a classy décor. The food served here is exotic too, try grilled meats or sushi, tiramisu or chicken tikka, while you soak in the view and fix yourself!

The Marina Upper Deck: This place is fondly called as South of France and we must say that it’s not an exaggeration. Located at Colaba, the place offers a perfect sea view from the top. The place is ideal for couples who are looking for some quiet and cozy time, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The ambiance is welcoming and warmly lit. The delicious food, courteous staffs are the cherries on the top. You should try their Chicken tandoori platter, galouti kebab, and mutton seekh kebab while you are there.

Aer Four Seasons: From Aer four Seasons rooftop, you would be captivated by an aerial view of dazzling Mumbai city in the night. Aer really delivers no matter if you want to enjoy the live music, delicious food and the view with someone special, or you want to chill out with a bunch of friends. Don’t worry about the monsoon rain, as the place organizes a special windscreen and canopy during the rainy months. You can try their Pepperoni pizza, chicken satay and chicken tikka pizza.

Pizza By The Bay: No matter if you love Pizza or not, this place will surely leave you mesmerized as it’s one of the best beachside restaurants in Mumbai.  Pizza By The Bay offers a wonderful sea view, gourmet pizza, and helpful staff. Their desserts are to-die-for, too. So, next time when you are near Churchgate, don’t forget to drop in. The place is also famous for the scrumptious breakfast that they serve.

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