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Monday, November 12, 2018

Posted On November 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Wellness is a boon, however, it does take immense effort to keep all aspects of wellness in perfectly proper shape. Wellness is a complete integration of physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious, intellectual strength, social compatibility, environmental awareness and occupational affinity. Each of these aspects work towards creating a wholesome individual who aces at his own quality of life. However, we must understand that a few of these life-aspects are beyond an individual’s control and hence he must be on top of the aspects that are directly affected by his own actions.

Our regular tendency is to reach out for medicines whenever we have a small ailment. I think this has to stop as I have seen in my personal capacity that medicines could have side effects. I would rather go for health supplements like the ones Setu makes. 

Physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious and intellectual strength all come from a dedicated lifestyle regime and those who go for quick fixes only end up with prescription slips. I think #MedsCanWait, as I follow a stringent yet simple routine to boost my overall health and still be true to myself. However, I say this with personal experience that extensive life-changing activities are especially difficult to implement and even harder to sustain, but small changes that you resonate with, can be adopted and maintained to make a difference in a long run. 

It's wonderful to know that Health Supplements brand Setu is spearheading the #MedsCanWait movement which encourages people to try health supplements rather than take medicines to improve your overall wellbeing. To read more about this, check out their blog:

5 Unbelievably Easy Lifestyle Hacks To Keep Medicines At Bay

Talking about my personal experiences, one of the most simple yet most negated daily activity of mine is that I forget to drink plenty of water which has an immense number of benefits. Then I wonder why I don’t lose weight! Water promotes weight loss, boosts immunity, increases brain power and flushes out toxins. However, when the necessary quota of water isn’t maintained in the body, it causes dehydration causing toxin build-up which hinders organ function especially liver function. An overworked and unhealthy liver does a sub-optimal job that could be life-threatening. Personally I have found that a daily dose of Setu Liver Lift supplement is a healthier way to repair my liver rather than go for medicines.

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
I have also been neglecting my exercises! I need to understand the incredible benefits of being active; which can be achieved with simple activities like brisk walking or skipping or simply taking the stairs. I’m guilty myself of not keeping up with these routines, as I have too many things playing on my mind like my two children and their well being! But slowly I have come to realise that very little activity makes me the perfect candidate for obesity and puts me at risk for a number of health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. As I don’t have much time to hit the gymnasium with a vengeance to keep that heart pulsing essential lifeblood through my veins, I go for the next best alternative which is Setu Beat It which are multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. These have really made a big difference in me keeping out medicines and still being healthy in this hectic life!

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
Do you think you can make the small changes in your lifestyle like I made, to better your overall health? If you are committed to improve yourself, then Setu Health Supplements can help you in this endeavours!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Posted On November 09, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

If you are wondering if laser hair removal is for you, the answer is maybe. It is not the ideal choice for everyone, but it often yields positive results for many patients. Still, it can be an expensive process, and there are reasons you may not qualify for it. So, before you schedule your first hair removal appointment at your local laser procedure clinic, you need to understand a few key things about the process and your potential candidacy for it.

The Basic Benefit of the Laser Hair Removal
The basic purpose of laser hair removal is to weaken hairs to cause them to fall out, but they do not do so instantaneously. They are not immediately zapped off. Instead, they will fall out after treatment, often when you have left the clinic. Sometimes the hairs will not fall out until you have had several treatments. The reason to have laser treatment is simple. Each entire hair is affected by the treatment. Since the entire hair eventually weakens and falls out, regrowth takes a long time. At-home techniques like shaving often only remove portions of each hair, allow remaining portions to lurk right under the top layer of skin. Then one or two days is all it takes for hair to regrow. That is why the efficiency of laser machines for hair removal is so desirable. It presents a possibility of long-term results. In fact, some hairs may never regrow once they are gone.

The Process of Laser Hair Removal
The process of laser hair removal typically requires you to go to your local skincare clinic four to six times. The appointments are spread several weeks apart. Each appointment generally lasts less than one hour. During the procedure, a technician points the laser at the offending hairs. As each hair is hit by the laser, the dark pigment, called melanin, is damaged and the hairs are weakened. It can be slightly uncomfortable, but your clinician will help you manage your discomfort during the procedure. You can also take a mild over-the-counter pain medication just before your appointment.

Laser Hair Removal Results Vary Between Patients
Before you have a laser hair removal treatment, you must understand your results will be somewhat unpredictable. Some patients experience permanent hair removal. Others have regrowth. If your hair does grow back, the length of time it takes to do so is also unpredictable. It may be as short as a few weeks or as long as years. Typically, hair stays away longer after you complete multiple laser hair removal treatments.

How to Know if You Are Able to Have Laser Hair Removal
Most standard lasers are designed to remove dark hair on light-skinned people best. That is because the lasers can disrupt pigment patterns, causing blotches of discoloured skin, if your skin is dark. Also, some lasers use the darkness of the hair against the lighter background of skin to help them target the hairs accurately.

Even though laser treatment is commonly recommended for light-skinned people with dark hair, there are newer lasers that can treat you, if your skin is dark. However, their effectiveness varies, especially in regards to the locations of the hairs. Facial hairs are often the most difficult to treat when your hair is quite light or your skin is quite dark. So, you must talk to your clinician before booking an appointment to see if the equipment at the clinic can treat you effectively.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Posted On November 01, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A few weeks ago I wrote about how #ProteinDeficiency in our diets affect our overall health and how protein can be supplemented via #SoyProtein especially for those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets. However, to derive the maximum benefits of protein, it needs to be completely absorbed into the system and for that good bacteria in the gut are essential. With today’s hap-hazard lifestyle there is an imbalance between good and bad in the human body, and thus to bridge the deficit, #Probiotics are to be consumed. 

But, what are #Probiotics?

Basically in simple layman terms, Probiotics (Pro = Promoting and Biotics = Life) mean #PromotingLife. However, in more complex scientific terms, Probiotics are live microorganisms ie good bacteria which are either the same or similar to the bacteria present in the human body, that when ingested or applied locally in sufficient numbers, balance the good and bad bacteria in the digestive system. Introducing Probiotics in your diet is a natural way to enhance the gut flora which in turn gives incredible health and wellness benefits. Discussing all possible benefits of Probiotics would be impossible, however, some of the important ones, in a nutshell, are as below:

~ Improves Gut Health

~ Aids Digestion
~ Enhances Immune Function

~ Lowers Inflammation

~ Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
~ Helps Weight Loss

~ Protects Bone Health

~ Regulates Hormone Levels

The most common, household source of probiotics is curd, however, now probiotics are also available in consumables like beverages, bars, confectionery, dairy, dietary supplements, frozen desserts, and more. Last but not least, taking a quality probiotic supplement is a great way to improve the gut microflora, however, you must check the some specifics prior to consuming a product.

Strain Diversity: It is important to check and identify cultures or formulas present in the product, and whether or not they are able to make it to the gut and are able to colonise.

Prebiotic Ingredients: It is crucial that a probiotic contains prebiotic and complimentary ingredients such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, turmeric, etc for the good bacteria to grow.

Active Cultures: It is best to pick products that have ‘live and active cultures’ rather than ‘made with active cultures’ for them to show any effect.

With so much at stake, only a few companies can boast of significant scientific research and studies done around strains of friendly bacteria that enhances several physiological functions, particularly that of the body’s natural defence system and intestinal well-being. DuPont™ Danisco’s range of probiotics, popularly known as  HOWARU® Premium Probiotic strains are clinically proven health-enhancing bacteria that are widely used in food and beverage products and dietary supplements. HOWARU®’s range of premium Probiotics are built on a strong foundation of clinical trials and with a key focus on safety and quality. 

However to be sure you are purchasing the right product, check the product label for:

~ species and strain designation for each probiotic 

~ minimum viable numbers of probiotic at the end of the shelflife

~ suggested dose for the related health benefits

So if a product is made using HOWARU premium Probiotics, the same will be mentioned on the packaging. HOWARU® Premium Probiotics are are available as ready-to-market products or in concentrate form. They are also optimised to meet specific consumer needs to help maintain natural immune defenses and includes: HOWARU® Protect Earlylife, HOWARU® Protect Kids, HOWARU® Protect Adult, HOWARU® Protect Senior and HOWARU® Protect Sport, HOWARU® Shape, HOWARU® Balance, HOWARU® Restore, HOWARU® Transit or HOWARU® Dophilus.

DuPont has the most diverse portfolio of Probiotics that are backed by technology, research and consumer insights. With growing awareness of the relationship between diet and health, consumers are demanding food products and dietary supplements that enhance health as well as provide basic nutrition. I'm one of those demanding consumers, I’m probioting, are you?

Until next time,

~ Heena

Friday, October 26, 2018

Posted On October 26, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway

I am a stylist by passion and that puts me in the centre of many fashion discussions. One of the most prominent questions I get from friends is about accessorising to stand out in a crowd, and my response to that is, ‘Pick a single accessory that will speak for you’. Even as a woman I keep my accessories to a minimum and absolutely vouch for a stunning timepiece. For me, nothing is more stylish and more timeless than a unique watch. Watches are my go-to accessory for all occasions to uplift my mood and my outfit.

Every time I get a new timepiece, my husband rolls his eye. But truth be told, even the tiniest pieces can make a bold statement and become the cynosure of all eyes with the right atmosphere set around it. Over the years I’ve formed a keen interest in hand-crafted pieces, with a personal touch that helps me define my style, and recently I found JORD Watches that do just that. 

JORD Watches are what I would call the elegance for a modern lifestyle that emphasises sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. The pieces aren’t for people who have to be somewhere, but for those who have somewhere to go. Behind every JORD is a group of artists, designers, marketers, and minders, who spend days creating perfect timepieces while arguing, and finally agreeing on all aspects of a finished product. By combining natural materials with reliable movement along with the JORD craftsmanship, a JORD is super luxurious and yet affordable.

As I received a Koa & Black timepiece from JORD’s Dover series today, I knew it had a perfect story to tell. I resized the strap for my husband who finally understood that the value of a watch doesn't lie in being able to tell the time, but lies in being aware of making that time count, making moments much bigger than the minutes on the face of the watch. I am one of those people who like to create uniqueness in everything, with small details that are captivating. So when I found out about JORD Watches, and especially the option of customised engraving, I absolutely had to get one for my man. The message I got engraved on the watch, ‘Time Will Explain’ is what we as a couple resonate with.

ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway

And since we loved our JORD, we’ve partnered with the brand to offer our readers a chance to own their very own timepiece from JORD. The contest is open until November 18, 2018. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Disclosure: I was given the option of choosing a watch that resonates with me by JORD Watches. The piece is a gift from the brand, however, all opinions and images in the post are my own.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Posted On October 24, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

When I embraced motherhood for the first time with #PrincessHeer, I was so misinformed about all things related to kids and took everything I heard or read at face value. However now with my second brush with being a mommy, I rely on my personal experience rather than any information floating around. One of the biggest debates new moms have is about diapers, especially disposable versus reusable diapers. I for one had to overcome some members of my extended family critique me for using diapers in the first place. 

With little to actually no knowledge about diapers, elders advise us against using diapers for various reasons. Some of them actually very absurd, myths that are only hearsay, some of which I’m going to break in my article here. 

Nappies better than Diapers
It is an age-old myth that cloth nappies are better than diapers but it's a proven fact that diapers are more efficient in absorbing liquid and keeping a baby’s skin dry and clean. The constant innovation in baby products have been phenomenal and diapers are using innovative techniques like lining with baby lotion and extra absorbents that keep a baby’s skin moisturised and healthy. 

Diapers cause Rashes
The biggest myth to discourage the use of diapers is rashes. However, truth is that diapers are better at preventing rashes than nappies if used correctly. However, if you use diapers 24x7 or use wipes with alcohol or fragrances, then chances of rashes are much higher. The most hygienic way to use diapers to prevent rashes is to change within 5 hours and use India’s first water-based wipes brand Mother Sparsh

Diapers require Powder
Initially, it was promoted by doctors and consultants to sprinkle baby powder whenever you change a baby’s diaper. However now with improvements and innovation in diaper technology, there is no need to powder a baby’s bottom each time you change him. Use wet wipes or baby wipes to clean the area and then put on a fresh diaper. 

So now that I've put the most frequent diaper myths to rest, here are a few suggestions to make your little one’s diaper journey a joyful one: 

~ Pick the diapers size on the basis weight and not age
~ Always clean your baby with baby wipes when changing diapers
~ Ensure you give your precious little one a couple of diaper free hours
~ Use products those are dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved
~ Use prescribed diaper rash cream at the first sign of redness, spots, blisters or scales
~ Never use any over the counter ailment, lotions, antiseptic cream on rashes, spots or scales
~ Incase rashes, spots, blisters or scales don’t clear in a few days, do consult your baby’s doctor

There are no rules to parenting, follow the leads your little one gives you, and don't let the  myths deter you from giving your little one the comfort he needs. As a mom, I have cleaned and diapered a lot, so I hope this article will answer questions and debunk myths about diapering that will help to keep your baby healthy and happy.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Posted On October 21, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A few days ago I read an article in a national daily about the epidemic of Protein Deficiency that's gripping Indians, especially those who follow vegetarian diets. The Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) claims that almost 85% vegetarians are protein deficient, and only about one-third of those people actually know about the lack of protein in their diets. And this is true for both adults as well as children. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recently started educating doctors about the importance of protein in terms of quality and quantity in the daily food intake.

As I read the article a chord stuck and I realised how unaware I was about the ideal protein requirement and the role of protein in the development of young children and adults. And hence I started to research all about a balanced diet, more so about protein and I'm glad to share some crucial aspects of it with you. 

There are three macronutrients essential for the human body to sustain life namely protein, fats and carbohydrates. Protein is one powerful nutrient that is present in every living cell of the body. 

Role of Protein
Protein plays a major role in many bodily functions, including building bones, muscles, cartilage and skin;  producing blood, enzymes and hormones and repairing body tissue. 20 amino acids make up protein that is needed by the body, of which only 11 are produced within the body while 9 must be supplemented by food. However, the additional protein that is required cannot be stored within the body and hence it is to be consumed on a daily basis. 

Amount of Protein 
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein content for an individual is one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight to meet the basic nutritional requirements. You can use an online calculator to calculate the recommended daily intake as per your age, body type and lifestyle. Experts also emphasise that protein requirement in infants and children are usually higher than normal. 

Effects of Protein Deficiency
Protein Deficiency is the state when your protein intake is unable to meet your body's requirements. Protein deficiency over a long period of time causes numerous side effects for individuals, especially children. Insufficient protein reduces body mass, thereby affecting muscle strength and function causing weakness and cramping. It also adversely affects the immune system, making it difficult to fight infections and prolongs the healing process. 

Sources of Protein
The best sources of high-quality protein are meats, fish, eggs and dairy products, which have all the essential amino acids that the body needs. Some vegetables and fruits also punch in a fairly high level of protein while dairy products provide the necessary amount of protein. 

However as a vegetarian, I find it very challenging to supplement the daily requirement of dietary protein for my children and so while looking for alternative sources of protein I came across a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which pegged soy protein as a rich source of plant-based protein that has health benefits similar to protein from meat, fish, eggs and cow milk. Soy is regarded as a rich protein source on the basis of its Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score, making it a well-digested source with all the essential amino acids present to support growth and development. The importance of protein cannot be overstated and as a mother, with young children, I have to ensure that I provide a balanced nutritious diet for my little ones to aid their healthy and progressive growth journey, and for that, I’m trusting Soy Protein to do wonders for my cherubs. 

What about you? Let me know in the comments how you ensure a balanced diet for your precious ones.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Friday, October 19, 2018

Posted On October 19, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Dressing up for the festive season becomes a chore when you can't decide what to wear. Sometimes putting together an Indian outfit that helps you stand out takes no effort at all if you know what to pick. Of course for the uninitiated, it could be a tedious task but I rely on my salwar suits to help me sail through the numerous festive celebrations. Though there is a wide variety of salwar suit styles to pick from, the trick is to pick the styles that work best for your body type.

Anarkali Suits
The latest trend that has reemerged after decades is the Anarkali style that practically works for everyone and is easy to style. The long flowing silhouette is a flattering style that hugs the upper body while the flare accentuates the lower body. Alter the length as per your body type and pick dark shades and flowy fabrics for maximum effect.

Straight Suits
A closet staple, a classic long straight kameez and slender churidar can never look wrong on any woman. However, it is important to pick a fit that is comfortable and hugs the right curves while accentuating your body. Straight suits work best for tall women, however, due to the length and sharp straight cut, it looks smart and sassy on a short woman too.

Patiala Suits
A fun suit made popular by the cinema, a Patiala suit is perfect for every body type. The short kameez allows the gorgeous silhouette of the Patiala to shine through and add character to the overall look. Patiala suits look best in flowy fabrics, dark colours and printed bottoms, that add a Punjabi tadka to your style.

Palazzo Suits
Again a trend that has come back in a good way to offer a wonderful option to those who love the salwar suits but are bored of the routine styles. The broad pant style bottom offers a vivid flare and design that can spruce up a straight line kurti. Palazzo suits work best for medium built women with broad shoulders and decent height.

Dhoti Suits
The dhoti style adds a fun element to the contemporary salwar and transforms a regular suit into a fashion-forward outfit. The multiple pleats that are typical to the dhoti style will be complementary to women who are small built and leaner in shape. Dhoti suits like Patialas should be paired with shorter kurtis to add an edge to the ensemble.
Slit Suits
The best way to add some sassiness to a salwar suit is to opt for a front centre or front side tall slits. This style is borrowed from the western long dress that allows a woman to show her gorgeous legs. Slit suits look best in stiff fabrics that without a doubt portrays a fashionable approach to ethnic wear. 

Owning a salwar suit is much like owning a pair of denim, and the more you wear different styles you will want to experiment with them. Numerous online stores to offer amazing designs and styles to choose from depending upon the occasion and budget. So do not let any excuse hold your fashion choices this season, get creative and flaunt styles that you may not have worn before. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Posted On October 17, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

In India, entertainment means only two things - Cricket and Cinema. Indian cinema dates all the way back to 1913 with the silent film Raja Harishchandra, the first-ever Indian feature film produced by Dadasaheb Phalke. Over the past hundred years, numerous facets of Indian cinema have evolved and how. The largest and most evident transformation in films have been that for the heroine, the lead actress has gone from feeble to fabulous and fearless. In early cinema, the heroine was restricted to being a perfect woman, who never looked beyond her family especially her husband and was restricted to the home and kitchen. However, today the leading actresses are playing complex challenging roles to reflect the woman of today. 

One such actress who is taking risks with her roles is Kareena Kapoor Khan who entered the industry when she was just 20 years old. She made her debut in 2000 with Refugee and played Nazneen Ahmed with a beautiful mix of confidence and innocence to instantly become India’s sweetheart and win a Filmfare Award for the Most Sensational Debut. 18 years on, she is still considered one of the most prolific and charismatic actresses of our times with a career that has a beautiful mix of roles. Here’s looking at some of her most sensational and path-breaking roles:

Veere Di Wedding (2018)
Synopsis: Four girls on their way to find true love discover that friendship this strong has its consequences.
As Kalindi in Veere Di Wedding, Kareena plays a woman from a broken home who is in two minds about tying the knot with her boyfriend. She convincingly plays the woman who follows her heart, regardless of the consequences of her decisions and backs herself with grace. Audiences will remember this role of a badass woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to voice her decisions. She effortlessly anchors the entire movie beautifully. 

Ki & Ka (2016)
Synopsis: A young, married couple whose relationship challenges the gender roles placed upon women and men in Indian society.
Only Kareena could have pulled off the role of Kia. She represented the character of every ambitious woman who works hard to survive the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. Also to play a love interest to a younger man is a challenge she took up and executed very well. She is very convincing in her role as a woman of today who wants a career and a personal life but wants to keep motherhood at bay, which a lot of actresses would shield away from. 

Jab We Met (2007)
Synopsis: A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman.
As Geet in Jab We Met, Kareena wins hearts while portraying the transition of a bubbly, fearless, madly in love girl to a jilted in love, lonely girl with amazing clarity and elan. The film belongs to Kareena who pitches in the most memorable performance of her career and gives an entirely new meaning and treatment to the boy-meets-girl story. Audiences will remember her spunk and her fun-loving attitude in the film for which she bagged the maximum Best Actress Awards that year.

Omkara (2006)
Synopsis: A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.
As Dolly in Omkara, Kareena went de-glam with a no-makeup look that put the spotlight on her brilliant performance. A simple village girl who was rebellious in love, and went to the extreme to be with the man she loved, portrayed her vulnerability and innocence beautifully. The wedding night scene is still etched in the minds of the audiences and the sheer surprise reflected in her eyes in that scene is still remembered. 

Chameli (2004)
Synopsis: On a rainy night, when an investment banker's car breaks down in the red light district, he takes shelter where he meets and later befriends a prostitute.
In Chameli, there is no trace of Kareena. There is only Chameli - a prostitute with her gaudy makeup, tacky clothes and vulgar language. Kareena stepped out of her comfort zone to play a low-class street hooker waiting in the shadows to entice lonely men with aplomb. The film offered audiences a glimpse of what Kareena was capable of as an actress, earning her a special award at the 2004 Filmfare awards. 

If you have any more suggestions to add to this list, do mention those in the comments.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Posted On October 07, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

The wedding season has just begun and 'Save The Date' cards have started to arrive. With the number of destination wedding invites this year, I'm beginning to think about getting remarried at a beautiful destination. Of course, I would do a lot of things differently this time around should I end up renewing my vows, first of which would be to find a platform like WedMeGood where I can find genuine and professional wedding vendors available in destination wedding city. The one thing that makes me excited about a destination wedding is a selective close-knit group of invitees, all bundled up in one place for a few days having the time of their lives.

Having said that planning a destination wedding is no cake-walk, then there is dire need to find contacts of the vendors, their portfolio and their reviews to find the best out of them. On WedMeGood, you can find best wedding venues in your destination city and once your venue is booked, you can find photographers, makeup artists, mehendi artists and more with a single click. Awesome, isnt it?  Download the WedMeGood App today. I will definitely leave all the implementation to the experts but I sure would want to choose the destination in which I’d want to say ‘I Do’.

Ever since I’ve started thinking about wedding destinations, I’ve been dreaming of clear skies, crystal waters, land expanse and much more. Here’s taking a look at 5 cities in India that would provide a perfect backdrop for your special day.

Calangute, Goa
Goa is by far the most popular places in India for destination weddings with its perfect mix of blue and green. Couples can opt for either casual or exotic weddings, and they will even be spoilt for choice between a beach wedding, a garden wedding, a fort wedding and a church wedding. 

Udaipur, Rajasthan
Anyone who wants to feel like royalty on their wedding day can choose any place in Rajasthan for their wedding. However pegged as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is the place to consider for a gorgeous palace wedding for its finest cultural and natural beauty to create a romantic landscape for the day. 

Kumarakom, Kerala
Kerela, known as ‘God’s Own Country’ offers diverse venue options from a beachfront to tea gardens to gorgeous waterfalls. If you are thinking about tying the knot amidst serenity, then look no further than Kumarakom that offers striking views for each ceremony that will remain etched in memories forever.

Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Weddings are all about romance and what better place for romance than Agra with Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love. Take your wedding vows in mughali style at the historical place, against the majestic backdrop and enamoured by the culture, to create memories for a lifetime. 

Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi is the perfect wedding venue for that offbeat couple who likes being enamoured with heritage and history. Weddings at the famous ruined temple complexes by the shores of River Tungabhadra makes for a unique experience not only fair the couple but also for the guest.

So which of these destinations would you choose for your wedding? Or is your mind set on another location altogether? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Posted On October 04, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Often, some of the smallest things and decisions untaken by us have the most significant impact on our future. Even though a talent hunt exam might seem insignificant initially, it can entirely change your child’s future for the best.

 How a Talent Hunt Examination Prepares Your Child for The Future

Appearing in a talent hunt exam is a great way to gauge performance and align interests of your child for the future. Talent hunt exams also provide scholarships to meritorious students – making these exams highly regarded. Most talent hunt examinations are skill-based assessments based on the syllabus directed by central boards such as CBSE and ICSE. For instance, talent hunt exam such as ANTHE – conducted by Aakash Institute is a gateway to JEE and NEET preparation through their coaching classes. Any student from class 8th onwards can appear for ANTHE and begin their preparation for admission in the top engineering and medical colleges in the country. Aakash Institute offers up to 100% scholarship for their coaching classes.

So, appearing in talent hunt examinations and grabbing a scholarship is the perfect way for your child to spearhead their future. Let’s take a look at how a talent hunt examination will help your child:

Helps Your Child To Focus 
Once your child appears in a talent hunt examination and wins a scholarship, many different avenues will line up for them. Earning a scholarship will instil a sense of achievement in your child which is crucial for their growth in the future. When your child realises their potential, they will be more focused to do better and give their best. 

Winning a scholarship by appearing in talent hunt examination also boosts confidence and equipping your child to take on future challenges.

Benefits Their Career
If your child is academically meritorious, appearing in a talent hunt examination and winning a scholarship will put their career on the forefront. They will be given a chance to prepare for the toughest entrance exams like JEE and NEET without any financial liability. Furthermore, adding such academic feats on the resume helps in the future when your child will be applying for jobs in the best organisations around the world. A mention of scholarship on the resume stands out in both university and job applications.

Makes Them Realize Their Personal Goals
Students who are serious about studies often take talent hunt examination as a challenge and a goal they want to achieve. Since their priorities are lined up, they are selective about how they spend their time. They have a greater focus on studies and getting things done. If your child has a bent towards science, winning a scholarship through talent hunt exam like ANTHE can be a tremendous personal achievement for them. 

Way to Connect with Other Meritorious Students
Students who earn a scholarship through a talent hunt exam are already aware that they are a part of the cream. The scholarship further enhances their career and brings them into the limelight where they can connect with other meritorious students. Exams like NEET and JEE are highly competitive, and your child needs to foster that state of mind. When your child is connected with other meritorious students at the coaching classes, they will perform better because of the competitive environment.

Financial Benefit
Most talent hunt examinations provide scholarships to meritorious students. If your child performs well in exams like ANTHE, they will be provided with up to 100% scholarship to prepare for JEE or NEET. When your child is aware that the coaching classes are paid off by a scholarship, it will lift off any burden. In such a situation, your child will only have to concern themselves with studies. The money saved can be used for college education in the future.

A Scholarship Will Motivate Your Child
If your child lacks motivation but is extraordinary at studies, a scholarship can be the ultimate motivator. It will boost their willpower and motivate them to showcase their best talent. By consistently being in a state of motivation to achieve better, they will shape their future self.

There is no doubt that building a career depends on many factors. However, providing the best opportunities for your children lies in your hands. A talent hunt examination can be an eye-opener for your child. ANTHE is the most popular talent hunt examination that provides up to 100% scholarships. Scoring good in ANTHE will bring your child closer to their medical or engineering dream.

So now that you understand the impact a scholarship can make on your child’s future, it is time to fill forms and give them the best.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Posted On October 02, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

If there is one name in the fields of MBA admission consulting and GMAT prep that commands respect, it is Experts’ Global

The Company
This firm was founded in 2008, by Mr. Mayank Srivastava, who holds an MBA from Boston University. The core idea behind the firm was to impart education, through technology. Thousands of students have benefitted from Experts’ Global’s international level GMAT training and MBA admissions prep, securing admits to some of the world’s best business schools. One out of every ten Indians studying in one of the US Top 50, have worked with Experts’ Global. The firm’s highly trained; highly motivated staff is extremely proud of the work that they do and the efficiency with which they do it. Let us explore the many ways in which Experts’ Global helps its students, achieve their goals. 

Online GMAT Preparation
Experts’ Global’s GMAT prep program is the most complete, in the world. It has more than 300 conceptual videos, that explain the GMAT syllabus concepts, clearly and in great detail. It also has 4000 practice questions and 15 full-length mock tests. All of these practice questions and mock tests are hosted on a screen that has been designed to resemble the real GMAT testing screen, as much as possible. This program’s exhaustive analytics and insightful diagnostics put it years ahead of any other, in its field. 

GMAT Mock Tests
As mentioned, Experts’ Global’s GMAT mock test series has a full 15 mock tests. This is more than twice what the typical mock series offers. These mocks are highly congruent to the GMAT. Firstly, their questions are perfectly in-sync with the GMAT’s. More importantly, the scoring system that the mocks employ is virtually identical to the GMAT scoring algorithm. This is evidenced by the thousands of students, who have reported that their final Experts’ Global mock scores are exactly the same as their GMAT score. This congruency, combined with the GMAT accurate testing screen, that the mocks are hosted on, provides a truly accurate GMAT experience. 

GMAT Live Classroom Program
Experts’ Global’s GMAT prep program also has a live, classroom version. These weekend classes are conducted by Mr. Srivastava, himself. Mr. Srivastava has taken on the role of teacher, out of a sincere love of mentoring. As a GMAT 99th percentiler, Mr. Srivastava is intimately familiar with the GMAT and is eager to share his expertise. Every year, Mr. Srivasta’s students are left impressed by that expertise, as well as his dedication. One should bear in mind, though, that the batch sizes for these classes are very small. So the seats must be booked, well in advance. 

MBA Admissions Consulting
Now let us take a look at Experts’ Global’s offerings, as an MBA admissions consulting firm. Experts’ Global utilizes a boutique system. The firm only takes on a limited number of students but they train those students, very well. Uniquely amongst MBA admission consultants, Experts’ Global offers end to end admissions consultancy. This means that the firm guides its students through every step of the admissions process. Most others specialize in only a select few aspects of the process. The quality of Experts’ Global’s admissions consultancy is obvious from its results. Since 2008 Experts’ Global’s students, have gone on to secure admits to every one of the world’s top 150 business schools. 

ISB Admissions Consultancy
In India, every MBA admission consultant is guaranteed to encounter students targeting the ISB and Experts’ Global is no exception. In response to this demand, Experts’ Global’s admissions teams have worked hard; to develop a perfect understanding of the ISB’s admissions process. This hard work has clearly paid off, as 90% of their ISB aspirants have received interview calls.   

MBA Interview Training
Many admissions consultancies offer interview training. Experts’ Global stands apart, in this field, due to the methodical and exhaustive nature of its training program. The training has a self-learning component and a mentorship component. The students begin their training by studying fifteen video essays that cover the fundamentals of MBA interview performance. This is followed by a series of mock interviews. These interviews are based on the answers that the student gives on an exhaustive questionnaire, of the most common MBA admissions questions. This training program has helped thousands of students, secure admittance to the school of their choice.

Video Credit: Experts' Global

Experts’ Global’s highly trained MBA admissions consultants and its world-class GMAT prep course have helped thousands of MBA hopefuls gain admittance to their dream schools. This firm is, absolutely, the best resource for those pursuing the GMAT, an MBA, or both.