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Working from home was an unexpected gift for many of us in these unprecedented times. Infusing steadily into our lives and homes, various enterprises adopted WFH for the long haul. Safe to say, it is high time our laptops and desks get their due space in the house. While it has become a part and parcel of homes worldwide, having a designated workspace at home is still uncommon in India.
Blurring the space between work and home can be overwhelming. Having worked remotely for more than a year now, amping up your space is a project that can get your creative juices flowing. Amit Gupta, the Co-Founder and CEO of Ariana Deziner Kreations explores some ideas for a reimagined home setup:
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Let there be light
A naturally lit home is a delight. Curtains, both readymade and custom-made come in handy for this. If your house is well-lit, dark-toned curtains with sheer and detached lining are a favourable choice. The dual-functioning helps control the amount of incoming light in the room. The detached, light lining prevents harsh light from hitting you directly. Sheer curtains are suitable for the day. Not only do they allow natural lighting for your daytime meetings, but it also saves you some cash on electricity! While the darker tones can be used as blackout curtains, light-coloured curtains are best suited for spaces with lesser light penetration. Alternatively, patterned curtains in the room can add a much-needed spark to a space. Choosing the same pattern colour as the furnishing binds the entire look of the room. Moving the curtain rod higher than the door/window length and customising the curtain length accordingly is another hack. In compact homes, it successfully creates an illusion of higher ceilings.
Wallpapers for the win
Adding a pop of colour or a textured wall is the easiest way to refresh the space. Adding a textured wallpaper on the wall of your work desk creates an illusion of a workspace separate from a cosy-home space. This allows you to switch the work mode on. Once done with the day, you can step out to differentiate the setup to relax. Another way is to add the wallpaper on the opposite wall of the desk, thus giving you a cool background for those video conferences. The traditional way of applying wallpaper on your bedroom wall can add colour to an otherwise minimalistic style. This being said, don't be afraid to mix patterns and colours for a maximalist look. Making one wall stand out counts as a statement masterpiece of any room.
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A 'suitable companion:
In the era of sustainability, adopting conscious consumerism is the way to go. Multifunctional furnishings enable homes to free up space as well as protect natural resources. The new entry in town being the C-tables. Lightweight, portable and multipurpose, they can serve as a coffee table or laptop/study table without taking too much space. Be it from your couch to working with a view, you can shift from living room to balcony to a hill station with your C-table. The traditional study tables, too, have undergone an ergonomic upgrade with built-in plugs and phone holders for efficient use. Another hack is floating desks. A slab of preferred material is mounted to the wall, saving floor space.
Accessorise with accessibility:
Linen bed sheets and cushions can create a relaxing space. Plain and colour-blocked bedsheets, paired with quirky cushion covers, reflect your personality in your decor. On the lazy days when leaving bed is tough, but deadlines have to be met, cushions are your best friend. Rugs are an underrated accessory. A statement piece with a sense of warmth helps separate two spaces in one room and add definition to an area. Add a tint of cosiness to your work area with a door. It can keep you warm under the AC or chilly weather. Apart from relevant office tools, a coaster is another must. Keep your food stored in microwave-safe containers as well as reduce the number of dishes to wash.
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A cleaned, decluttered space looks bigger and attracts positivity. Every colour scheme has a unique impact on us. Choose a deep blue for concentration or a grey for warmth. The general rule of thumb is to restrict to three to four thematic shades. It creates a sense of balance and provides a cohesive feel to the home. The colour palette psychology can easily be explored via various trusted sources. Structurally, follow the natural lines of the walls. Occasionally, however, break the symmetry. Add a table or a chair non-aligned to a wall. Another trendy piece that breaks the monotony is the hanging chair or a hammock hooked to the ceiling. Place it in your living room or balcony as a statement piece.
The oft-forgotten but crucial facet of home decor is that your house should reflect your personality. It is only natural that it should be, first and foremost, comfortable. Similarly, a one-time investment in high-quality materials is always a wise choice, say makers at Ariana.in. You can create budget-friendly and smart spaces to keep one space bleeding to another. (IANS/SB)
Super model and actress Hailey Bieber said she is lucky to have a husband like Justin Bieber, refuting rumours of the ace singer not treating her properly. Hailey was speaking at singer Demi Lovato's podcast '4D With Demi Lovato', dailymail.co.uk reported.
Talking about her popstar husband and rumours around their marriage, Hailey said: "I think one of the biggest things is you have to know what the truth is behind everything. You know, there's so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together." She addressed the rumours point blank as she said: "There's one big fat narrative that goes around that's like, 'Justin is not nice to her, and that he mistreats her', and I'm just like, it's so far from the truth, and it's the complete and utter opposite."
Hailey went on to set the record straight about Justin, who she married in 2018. She said: "I really am lucky to say I'm with someone who is extremely respectful of me, who makes me feel special every single day. So when I see the opposite of that, I'm just like, 'Huh?' And everybody around who knows us personally would say the same thing." (IANS/ MBI)
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Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, covid, pandemic, growth, household, government, investment