Sunday, 14 April 2013

How I Met The Sun

Hello Everyone!!!

How is the Sunday going??? Mine was okey-dokey . Went shopping in the evening and that is all I did today.But last Sunday was super fun. I attended my second Indimeet - The #Neutrogena Indiblogger Meet.
The meet was organised at JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu in the afternoon to introduce Neutogena's Ultrasheer Sunblock.

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The registrations started at around 1:30 pm and this meet unlike the last one had a huge participation with around 150 Bloggers.

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We were all given Neutrogena's Deep Whitening Mask to cover our face and relax before the event started . Also they gave us a tiny yellow umbrella witha small strip of paper to write our names and submit it back. Why?? I'll tell that a little later :)

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After everyone registered the meet started. It started in the usual Indi-intro style. What is that?? Well the Indimeets are not like the usual bloggers meet - no formal introductions. Instead they come up with crazy ideas, shuffle bloggers and make them run here and there and in the end you get to know the fellow bloggers but in a fun filled way :D.

After the introduction and some more fun activities Mr. Ganesh ( please correct me if I goofed up with the name)  from Neutrogena welcomed us and also introduced us to new Ultrasheer very quickly.

After that came in the tiny yellow umbrellas I told you about in the beginning of the post. We were all asked to pick up one umbrella each and find the blogger whose name was written on it. The task was to find the blogger and get to know about them. Later they called out names randomly and the person who had the umbrella with the names had to tell what they knew about the person. If you know them well. You get prizes. Isn't that cool??
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What next??? Indi team won't let you sit just like that :P. So came in the next activity. Everyone was asked to form groups according to the no. of holes in the tiny umbrella we had. Mine had 2 holes and so I went to the table no. 2. We were a group of 25 bloggers - the largest and the best :D. 

Now there were two group activities. The first one was to name our group and also prepare anthem  based on the theme - Fun in the Sun. Every group name was supposed to have "SUN" in it. Since we had a Sardar boy - Ratnadeep, in our group we name our group Sun Of Sardar (Full on filmy :P )  Mrs. Suranga Date wrote down a very catchy Bollywood inspired anthem and Vaisakhi sang it so well that we were declared the winners. Yayyy!!! 
Son of Sardar 
The second group activity was an attack - defend game. One team was given UV balls ( There is nothing like UV balls. We were given the smiley balls which they named UV balls :P) while the other team was given umbrellas, some were regular one while the others had holes in them. One team attacked with the ball ( Harmful UV rays) while the other team tried to defend ( the umbrellas with the holes represented regular sunscreen while the full protection was for Neutrogena's Ultrasheer - complete protection) Loved the way they incorporated the concept in a fun filled activity and even more loved throwing balls at the opponent team :P. At the end of the activity the best defending team was declared the winner.

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So after so many activities came in tea break. The food was in one word AWESOME. Lip-smacking kebabs, sandwiches, desserts and coffee :)

After the tea break the meet continued. There was a celebrity guest whom we got meet and talk to - the pretty Tara Sharma. She looked gorgeous in the yellow dress. She spoke about her TV show, how she had started blogging ( yes she blogs too), etc etc. 

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After all this fun was the gyan time. We had a practicing Dermatologist  Dr. Parekh.
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He demonstrated using UV sensitive film how Ultrasheer provides complete protection compared to  the other fairness creams and sunscreens in the market. One can clearly see how well Neutogena's  Ultrasheer works.  The Ultrasheer provides complete sun protection against UVA/UVB . It also contains patented Helioplex (it is a broad spectrum formulation for UVA and UVB protection using Avobenzone and Oxybenzone.) that works like an invisible shield to give superior protection. A detailed and complete review would be up soon.

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Here are a few important points to be noted when applying sunscreen by Dr. Parekh
  • Only a high SPF is not necessary. The sunscreen should give you complete protection from UVA/UVB.
  • Always apply sunscreen liberally on exposed area 15-30 minutes before heading out in sun
  • Reapply after every 2 hours.
  • Neutrogena's Ultrasheer is safe to use on kids above 3 years of age.
Be sure to to include these when applying sunscreen :)

And with this the event almost came to an end. Yes almost. What is left??? A crazy indiblogger harlem shake video. I won't do much of talking and let the video speak. The official video is not yet but here is a small trailer shot by fellow blogger Pankaja Date.

Leaving you with some more pics :)

Youngest and the cutest member of Indi -team. She is cho chweet :)

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All the bloggers together :)

I came home back with these. Indiblogger t-shirt, the volleyball I won, Ultrasheer products and a 4 GB pendrive :)

And this is How I Met The Sun. It was a fun filled afternoon.A big thank you Neutrogena and Indiblogger. You can checkout more pictures of the event on Neutrogena and Indiblogger Facebook Page.

Hope you enjoyed reading. Would love to read your comments. See you soon :)


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Mumbai For Women

Hello Everyone!!!

On 30 March, Saturday, Indiblogger in association with The Times Of India had organised a Bloggers Meet at the Times Of India building ( Yes the heritage building that will complete 175 yrs this year :D ). The meet was organised to discuss the issues affecting the women in the city. Born and brought up in Mumbai I was excited to attend this meet as it was something about me.
This was my first Indimeet  and I was surprised and glad at the same time to see active participation from Men in a meet that concerned women.

The meet started with bloggers introducing themselves, some fun activities and was followed by a a serious and very meaningful discussion on various issues concerning women - from safety concerns, security, independence, domestic violence, the rise in the no. of rape, molestation and eve teasing cases to the lack of sanitation facilities and health problems.
One by one all these issues were discussed. The bloggers as well as the reporters from Times Of India cited real life experiences and then the possible solutions were discussed too.
The meeting concluded with a heart touching video by Times Of India which in less than 2 minutes conveys what every women in the city feels.


I left the venue in the evening with the memories of a great afternoon, some new friends and a BIG QUESTION in my head.

"What women want from this city?"
"What I want from the city that has been home all my life?"

Of all the things discussed at the meet the most important change that I want to see is - I want my city to be SAFE and not safer than the capital or any other city. No comparison, no compromise when it comes to safety.So that my parents don't start worrying if I don't reach home before 10. So that like my brother I too can go out at anytime of the day or night. So that I don't have to be extra cautious when walking through a crowded lane.

Am I really asking for too much?? Smiles instead of lecherous stares? To make my home feel like home?
If we (both men and women) work together this can easily be achieved. 

All the ladies reading this - You have to stand for yourself if you expect someone else to stand by you. I know this is easy to say but yes keeping a mum, letting someone get away after doing something wrong to you will not help. Be strong, know your rights and break the silence. For e.g Times of India shared a pan railway helpline no that actually works. Whether you have lost something or there is some miscreant in your compartment call them on 9833331111 and they will be there to help you. And yes this no. is not just for you to read. Save it right now and share it with the people you know.You never know you may need this no. too.

Men have to break the silence too. If you want someone to save your sister, your wife, your mother, your daughters someday, come forward to help others today.

I know this is a distant dream but surely an achievable one if we work together.

Apart from safety the next thing that is very important is health problems. Women tend to ignore their health as they are busy taking care of their family. Please do not overlook this. Skip that party, cancel your parlor appointments or something else and get a complete health check up done. To take care of others you have to be fit yourself.

Would love to read your comments / suggestions.

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