Friday, 17 March 2017

Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini the perfect Holiday Destination

Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini the perfect Holiday Destination

Yes you read the title of my post right. There is no typo. Traveling on Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini in particular can be a memorable experience.
Ships have long been used to transport goods and people from one place to another. However in today's world luxury Cruises represent the epitome of luxury and comfort. I experienced this first hand when I got the opportunity to travel on Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini.

To begin with it is a luxury cruise liner that can accommodate over 1500 passengers.
To make this journey comfortable they have a staff 1:2 ratio who manage the ship and look after the guests and keep the cruise liner in top shape.

Different people have different reasons to take a cruise and I found people from various nationalities and age groups.

There were families with children, young couples who had chosen this cruise as part of their Honeymoon and there were Senior Couples who were enjoying a leisurely life that SuperStar Gemini has to offer.
Life on the ship can be luxurious as well as rewarding. Star Cruise SuperStar Gemini offers a number of activities, food and entertainment options to its guests. I found the game of Bingo “Go for gold Jackpot Bingo” was not just easy to play but also quite rewarding as I witnessed quite a few guests walk away with winning the Bingo games .If you want to try your luck there is a full-fledged casino.
The best part is that I found that this cruise offered something for everyone. For those traveling with children there is a full-fledged activity center. It has a care taker and a large number of games and activities to keep the young ones productively occupied. It is an experience that every child should have for a positive Impact on their lives.

Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini Activity Centre

Apart from this there are regular activities like Cake Decorations ,Pizza Making,ice cream party ,paper art, Pajama Party and the list goes on and there are enough activities to keep the young ones not just occupied but they can also learn a new skill and enhance their knowledge about the ship and the world.
For the entire family there are game shows that the entire family can play, experience the Chinese Tea making demonstration or simply go to the deck and enjoy breathtaking view of Sunrise and Sunset.
For the honeymooners and the young couples there are plenty of opportunities to bond and spend quality time together. If you want to spend quality time with your loved ones then Star Cruise SuperStar Gemini is the place to be.

You could laze on the deck 11 breathe in that fresh air that is so refreshing.
Go for a Jog together on deck 7 or maybe request a song as the live band plays peppy music at various places and locations of the ship. One can request a song and if the band knows it then they eagerly play it for you. I heard beautiful Bollywood song renditions by the various artists on the ship.

The cruise lays a lot of emphasis on entertainment. So there are a number of shows lined up for you when you are on board.
These add to the charm of being on board Star Cruise SuperStarGemini and without attending them the experience would never be complete.

Food: Star Cruise SuperStarGemini has a number of restaurants and places to eat and drink. They offer a wide range of cuisines to suit its various guests. They serve Indian , Chinese ,Asian  and Western Cuisines.
There is so much food with so much variety to suit each palate that one cannot possibly go hungry if one is looking in the right places. If you are a vegetarian or a Jain, do not get worried these meals are readily available.
I have listed the restaurants on board Star Cruise SuperStarGemini. These specialize in different kind of foods. The restaurants on board are of two type’s  all inclusive restaurants that one can go to and eat without paying anything extra. You can go and eat here and your meal cost is covered in the ticket. The restaurants not in the inclusive list are the ones that one can go eat and pay.
For each day you can check the list of inclusive restaurants in the Navigator which is the Navigation tool or map to follow the activities for the day on the ship. This is the daily sheet of paper delivered to you in in your cabin.
For the early risers there is Observatory Lounge/KTV on Deck 12 Fwd
Mariners on Deck 9 Mid offer International & Indian Cuisines (Pork and Lard Free)
Dynasty Deck 11 Aft
Bella Vista
Blue Lagoon is the 24 Hour Open restaurants
Taipan: Chinese and A La carte
Topsiders Bar : They offer some wonderful Wraps and Hotdogs

So when you are traveling on Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini be prepared for having a fantastic experience on board the ship.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Let us Live it up before we die

The Story starts with the words 


So it sets me thinking so someone has decided to kill oneself OMG! But then the mind begins to reason . The narrative starts with Dear world so the person writing these lines has still some emotional bonding left with the world why else would he address the world as “Dear World” ? Perhaps this person may not kill himself immediately. Hope that some good sense prevails or some help reaches him to prevent him from taking such a drastic step.
Such is the narrative of the story telling .It is gripping to tell the least. As the story progresses it progresses through the 31 chapters that are very well written. One is always involved with the 4 main characters Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani. It is hard not to relate to the highs and the lows of their lives.
As the story progresses it unfolds a tale of love, passion, revenge and deceit . I often felt that I am not reading a story but watching a movie for the story is fast paced. The author does not waste time in unnecessary detail perhaps it is the style of the author Sriram Ayer.
The narrative unfolds like a powerful screenplay where the most powerful scenes have been retained that tell the story of the lives of Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani as it unfolds in the backdrop of a college campus. Their lives have the fair share of sorrows & joys. All along there is an underlying melancholy that keeps building up the tension. Perhaps as a reader one can feel what the protagonists are going through. They all have reasons to live and sometimes reasons to die but one of them succumbs to the pressure of life and its stresses and calls it quits.Who did it is not something I am going to write here and spoil the interest of the readers .Instead I would share a gripping section of the story that made me think am I actually reading a story or watching the narrative unfold in the form of a film.
There is an instance in the story where the author in one of the chapters “CAESAR MEETS DRAUPADI” uses the words...

I begin to wonder have we not all experienced this emotion at some point or the other?
So what sets those apart who survive and move on to live another day versus those who quit and decide to end their lives?

There is a role play in this part of the story between Charu who plays Draupadi and a person who plays Caesar.
They have both lived their eventful lives and awaiting judgment near the Pearly gates.
I begin to wonder life is beautiful and Death is the ultimate truth but why shorten it by suicide. After we die ,all the hard work that we have done goes to waste. The grades that we have earned are of no use nor is the money that we have made. We would no longer be able to enjoy the company of our loved ones nor any worldly pleasures. So why quit? Let us live life to the fullest.

So what is my advise to everyone?
For one this is my survival guide that I use all the time
1) I keep telling myself that life is like an ice cream eat it before it melts. There is so much in this life that is enjoyable so we must make the most of all there is to enjoy. The nature, fresh cool breeze, the sunrises and the sunsets ,the chirping of the birds are all the simple joys of life. At times our day to day stresses get to us and we forget to enjoy this ice cream called life.
2) Life is like a pressure cooker. It is and I do not deny it. But just like the pressure cooker has a system to release the steam and a safety valve in case things go wrong. Similarly even we should have a safety mechanism. It could be a daily routine of yoga and breathing exercises.
3)Share your feelings with trusted close friends, siblings and parents who are our support system and the gas (read stress) release mechanism.
4) Always remember that death is inevitable and there is no escaping it but there is so much of life left to be lived before we die. For once we are dead and gone we cannot come back. Cannot spend time with friends, parents, loved ones, not eating of favorite food ,no ice creams !
5) In case you feel like killing yourself then talk to a counselor.
6)There are sucide helplines where you can call and talk to a person who would listen to you and who can actually HELP you.
7) It is a good idea to get in a positive frame of mind to do this
list all the positive things and joyous moments of your life
make a list of people who care for you and a list of people you care about go and spend time with them.
8) Remember life is not a rat race. There is so much more to it . Spend time with people you can confide in, your family and friends who understand you.
9) If you fell the pressure is perpetually there to kill yourself due to situations that are beyond your control get to talk to a councilor.
10) There are self help groups which one can join and under the guidance of a trained person one can learn to come out of a difficult situation of life ALIVE.

Friday, 15 July 2016

PAY Tax Without Tears

Every Indian assessee whether having a taxable income or not is required to file a return and pay tax if due..Income tax refers to direct tax paid on income to the government within a given financial year. Eligibility for income tax is that any person or sovereign entities can efile Income Tax Returns when his total income from all sources of income exceeds the maximum amount permissible which is not chargeable to income Tax by the government.E-filing of income tax return in India is now a effortless task thanks to the e-filing platforms like H&R block which has made paying tax return fast,easy and hassle free.Even one can file income tax return of past years also.It creates a strong financial background as filing income tax return online creates financial credibility of the assessee thereby assisting him for easy fund procurement.Refund claims is very easy.Total peace of mind is assured for tax payers.Submitting income tax returns of past three years even if it is a NIL return to banks or financial institutions for smooth processing of Loans like housing, education, vehicle etc.One gets Visa easily by showing that you are paying taxes on time.So a  hassle free international travel.Quick registration of immovable properties in some  cities of India.If you are traveling overseas, foreign consulates ask you to furnish ITR receipt of the last couple of years at the time of the visa interview.Especially important if you plan to travel to the US, UK, Canada or Europe.When traveling to foreign countries, whether on a business or leisure trip, always carry income-related proofs along with salary slip , Form 16 and ITR receipts.if one plans to start their business and need to fill a government tender or two for the same, they will need to show their tax return receipts of the previous five years. This is to show your financial status and whether you can support the payment obligation or not. Businessmen, consultants and partners of firms do not get Form 16. Hence, ITR receipts become an even more important document for them, provided their annual income exceeds the basic exemption limit of Rs 2.50 lakh.For all sorts of financial transactions, ITR receipts will be the only proof of income and tax payment for the self-employed.

 I’m taking the #TaxPledge to file IT returns with the easy Income Tax efiling option from H&R Block at BlogAdda.

Stress free Tax return filling with H&R block

Filling a tax return is the responsibility of every citizen of the country. On one hand the money we pay as taxes strengthens the hands of the government which uses our tax money towards nation building activities. It is with our tax money that roads and bridges are built and other infrastructure projects are undertaken.
Apart from this the act of filing our return enhances our financial prospects.
Take for instance 2 people A & B who go to a bank for taking a home loan.
A files his tax returns and B does not. Now one of the papers the bank would ask for as part of  the loan application process is your copy of the income tax return. Person A who files his tax return is able to furnish this document. He gets the loan with which he buys or builds a house in which he lives happily ever after. Person B on the other hand has no ITR to furnish so he returns back empty handed.

It is not just the case of taking a loan. Filing of tax return reflects positively on the financial health of an individual in more than one ways.

Let us take another situation. Both A & B want to go to a foreign country for let us say better career prospects or may be just for an excursion. When they apply for a VISA they are asked to attach a copy of the ITR. As usual person A has a copy of ITR and he gets the VISA and he is able to take the foreign trip where as person B again comes empty handed.

So now the question arises what is an easy way to file tax return. Instead of filing long forms and standing in endless queues to submit the forms one can opt for e-filing of our tax return with the help of H&R Block platform. This way we can take the help of a professional team who would take care of our tax filing needs making the process stress free for us.

 I’m taking the #TaxPledge to file IT returns with the easy Income Tax efiling option from H&R Block at BlogAdda.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Win a Maybelline hamper worth Rs.1,500

This is a guest post from a fellow blogger Hema. Read the review and participate to win a Maybelline hamper worth Rs.1,500

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I am a girl who loves an active life. Summers heat and sweat does not stop me.I like to do my outdoor activities just like I do at any time of the year.It is a challenge to maintain my beauty and fresh looks during the summer times due to exposure to extreme heat & sweat.
Like every summer this time also the temperatures are soaring to 47 degrees and more. However I am relaxed and worry-free because I have found the perfect solution for my skin to stay fresh. The star is Maybelline New York's White Super Fresh Compact Powder. It is a 12 hour perfecting compact which helps me look fresh, fair and always in control!

So no more dullness or patchy skin. Maybelline New York's White Super Fresh Compact Powder keeps my face oil & sweat-free, even in hot, humid weather and without any additional touch ups.
White Super Fresh is for my kind of a girl. A girl  on the go who needs to look fresh all throughout the day. No matter how busy my life may get. My makeup is now always under control.

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Friday, 3 June 2016

Datsun redi-GO the ultimate Urban Cross

What does every car lover like me dreams of ? that he or she would be free to explore paths less traveled. Drive to untraveled terrains. So to fulfill this dream you need a car that is sporty and fun to drive perhaps what you dream of is a car that conforms to the crossover design. What if you could get that crossover design in an urban hatchback? No do not rub your eyes you are not dreaming.  The all new Datsun redi-GO is here and it is just that an urban cross that offers Fun , Freedom and Confidence. To see if it stands firm on this promise I have to take it for a test drive.
So why would I choose it over other cars for a test drive?
To begin with look at its styling.
Its elegant
The Daytime Running Lamps immediately catch my attention. 


Now this is a feature I have seen in very high end cars. I have seen these big cars move past me and the daytime running lamps make them look so cool. So just to be seen in a car with Daytime Running Lamps would be a feature for which I would take it to all the parties I go to and it is sure to become a conversation starter.
However the car is not just about looks it is a performer from the stable of Datsun cars which has a long history of making cars that are not just good to look at but are also safe comfortable and stand out from other brands. I am surely going to look good in such a trendy car.
I am keen to drive it so that I may experience firsthand its I-SAT ENGINE.
Now the I-SAT technology is the Intelligent Spark Automated Technology and what is does is that it controls the rate of sparking based on the fuel quality and the power requirement? Thus every ride is knocking free and very smooth.
It also comes with a fuel efficiency of 25.17 km/L.

 What makes me so keen about this car is the fact that it has a small turning radius of just  4.7 metre. 


So the narrow lanes and the by lanes would not be able to deter me from driving and parking in any part of the city and I would be experiencing a new freedom on the roads to try this I would like to drive to and explore all the hot spots of my city.
Now we live in a country where we need and use the car airconditioner practically throughout the year and this is just the reason why the air conditioner is and should be effective and well worth checking when we take a test drive. The all new Datsun redi-GO comes with a large 89 CC compressor that has a high cooling capacity so whatever the weather outside, the occupants of the car would feel comfortable inside. This is possible due to the precisely calculated air circulation  An additional attractive feature of the air condition incorporated in the all new Datsun redi-GO is the fact that car has an aluminum compressor assembly and an integrated center AC vent that ensures that 50 % of the air is circulated to the rear seat passengers.So now the weather would never be a constraint in driving and exploring new places with my friends.
That’s not all , the all new Datsun redi-GO has a host of features like
drive computer 
power windows
sporty and comfortable interiors that makes it an interesting car to check our and take a test drive.All you need to do to take a test drive is ...
Download the Datsun India app to book your own Datsun redi-GO, today.
You can also book India's first urban cross online, through Snapdeal - India’s leading e-commerce website, or by visiting your nearest Datsun dealership.

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

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