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Bring Out the Picasso in You and Decorate Your Home

The lockdown makeover for your home

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It's time to decorate your home with the waste items. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

People have had no option but to retreat to their homes, to try and warding off the pandemic with precautionary sanitary measures without letting it impede the work flow of their lives.

But being holed up indoors, leaves one with no place to vent or release extra energy which needs to be properly channeled.

This happens to be the perfect time to tackle all those unfinshed tasks in a scrupulous manner. Reading, writing, watching, exercising and even decoration.

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Peek within the various storage compartments of your home, There are bound to be old gems and treasures that you adored, like designer china plates, old-yet-lively printed bed sheets, unused fabrics and what not. IANS

But how to get on with decoration when you can’t go out to buy stuff or order online?

WoodenStreet’s Interior design consultant Heena Jain describes poetic ways to bring out the Picasso within you.

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Old is always gold

Peek within the various storage compartments of your home, There are bound to be old gems and treasures that you adored, like designer china plates, old-yet-lively printed bed sheets, unused fabrics and what not.

You might have cast them away, but now that you have a drive for redecoration (hopefully) and loads of time on your hands, the very first initiative is to make these relics of the past a part of your present.

China plates, especially designer ones, can be hung on a wall within the living or dining rooms, bringing out an interesting pattern and accent for that wall. Not only will this cheer up your home but also your mood.

With old bed-sheets and fabrics, you can arm yourself with a pair of scissors and get onto crafting meticulous wall-art pieces, drapes, tapestries and what not? Give your DIY a further boost by fashioning out doilies, mats, coasters, runners and highlighting layers of fabric to mimic throws, finally adding a character of comfort within your abode.

Salvage your photographs! Take out those old memories and give them a new home on the walls, creating a gallery of your loved ones with adoration, care and smiles.

Reused oganically

Within the minutiae universe of our homes lie tiny details imparted by the smallest of decorative objects affixed to a single shelf or a flat surface. But now that you have time, you might as well devote it to these lesser known objects. So whip them off their usual places. Little planters and succulents are perfect to reposition around your home. And if you’ve got small plants, put them into old containers to reinvent your space with a wave of positivity.

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Within the minutiae universe of your home lie tiny details imparted by the smallest of decorative objects affixed to a single shelf or a flat surface. IANS

If you’ve got wicker works, then spread them out, either as bases for other decorative items or, similar to wall-hung plates, create an abstract art out of clustered wicker plates.

Move it!

The most integral part of redecorating without adding anything new comes from placement. By simply changing the placement of your household furniture, you will find a new vibe emanating from within; a vibe of freshness and new beginnings. Placement matters so much because it dictates the appearance of your room, and how everything goes around it, including you. Freely experiment with new combinations in living room, dining room and even bedroom, if you happen to have space.

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This also means that you can finally create the very personal corner that you always wanted, but were burdened with your daily routine. Avid reader? Shift a light bookshelf, arm the corner with a floor lamp and a single chair, and voila! Your personal nook is ready. And don’t just limit yourself to corners, this rule applies to balconies, windowsills or any other space within your home that you want to claim as personal territory.

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With time on your hands, you have endless possibilities to experiment with what you have rather than going on a shopping spree. And you’ll be surprised by the results that simple recycling, repurposing and relocation bring. Stay safe, stay happy and stay creative! (IANS)

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PC Pal: Lenovo Launches Free Service to Find Devices Based on Lifestyle Needs

The service is designed to simplify the purchase process

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Lenovo launched a free service called PC Pal to help consumers find laptops accordinbg to their personal needs. Wiukimedia Commons

Lenovo on Thursday launched a free service called PC Pal to help consumers find perfect devices based on their lifestyle needs.

According to the company, the service will offer neutral, unbiased recommendations based on individual requirements, to help consumers make informed purchase decisions.

“A lot of consumers in India are looking to buy a PC, many of them for the first time. However, there are so many choices available that it can be difficult for a consumer to decide. This challenge of finding the right laptop can be addressed by PC Pal, by providing expert, impartial advice,” Rahul Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Lenovo India said in a statement.

The service is designed to simplify the purchase process and reduce the hassle of selecting the right laptop.

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The service reduces the hassle of selecting the right laptop. Wikimedia Commons

‘PC Pal’ asks a few simple questions and showcases the ideal configuration based on the consumer’s responses.

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Factors considered include the consumer’s computing need, budget, and lifestyle requirements. It will make a recommendation for the right model for that consumer regardless of PC brand.

The service is available by telephone or online. (IANS)

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Ace Learning From Home During Lockdown

The ongoing lockdown which has been imposed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the education of students

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In these testing times of pandemic and lockdown, students should ace the idea of learning from home. Pixabay

The COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways. It has changed the way we interact with people and spend our free time. With the nationwide lockdown is gradually easing, there is still a long way to go before life restores to a normalcy. Navigating education in these strange times can seem daunting and can be challenging for students everywhere, as per Education News.

With schools being shut indefinitely, there has been an interruption in the education of children- especially those who depend on classrooms to learn.

But learning is a continuous process, and the reality is that anyone can learn anywhere through e-learning. Schools,play schools, colleges, tutorials and coaching centres have taken their education online. To avail of this benefit all we need is self-motivation and the right mindset. Ankita Kishore, Chief Strategy officer, BYJU’s shares with IANSlife 6 ways to ace “Learning from Home”.

Here are a few things students can do to help create the right learning environment and make the most of their time at home:

Set up camp, create your “study zone”:

Staying all day at home can also mean lots of distractions. So in order to be focused, dedicate a specific area in the house for studies. Ensure this designated area is free of clutter, has good internet connectivity, and is comfortable enough for uninterrupted learning. And to give your study zone a special touch, decorate your space with motivational quotes for that extra push!

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Spend time understanding a topic, rather than skipping it. Pixabay

Take up a challenge, strengthen your concepts:

This is your personal time and you need to free yourself from the hesitation of asking questions or accepting difficulties. It’s the best time to revisit lessons, strengthen fundamentals, and master challenging topics. So if you’re struggling with a certain topic, instead of shrugging it off, take the time to understand it. There are various study materials available online – videos and written – that explain concepts in an easy-to-grasp and engaging manner.

Watch videos, learn smarter :

Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster by your brain than text? And I’m sure that anyone can vouch for the fact that learning from videos is a lot more fun than reading! Learning apps have videos with well-explained animated content and live classes that are designed to help students grasp concepts faster and retain them longer. So take the time to find videos that explain concepts visually so you can learn, understand, and remember them better.

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Make a time-table for yourself and follow it every day. Pixabay

Create a routine and stick to it:

Having a routine can help you become a consistent and disciplined learner. So make a time-table for the day and allocate a certain amount of time to learn, practise, and revise. To ensure you make the best use of this routine, make sure that you stick to it. Opting for LIVE online classes could also help set a routine to your learning.

Make your surroundings your Teacher :

Did you know that James Watt’s inspiration for the steam engine came from a boiling kettle? He noticed how the steam forced the kettle’s lid to rise and realised that he could use steam to power an engine.

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What this story tells us is that science is all around us – in your kitchen, the garden, and everywhere else. So be observant of your surroundings, ask questions. If you’re curious to know why certain things work the way they do, look it up online. If you want to go a step further, analyse what you learn and mentally map each of your newly discovered facts to understand how everything is interconnected!

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Make your surrroundings your teacher and be curious to know how things around you work. Pixabay

Practise, revise, and practise some more:

There’s no better time than now to master concepts. Once you cover a new topic, practise and revise. There are unlimited practise tests and quizzes available online and on apps such as BYJU’S and more, that can help you practice, ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of every concept and unit. You can also refresh your memory by occasionally revisiting old topics.

So make the best use of your time indoors to learn, grow now and thrive to be future-ready!! (IANS)

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Lockdown: Indians Gear Up for Home Workouts

Online fitness-gear purchases indicate new workout plans of people

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People are set to workout from home as there has been an increase in online purchases of workout gears. Pixabay

By Siddhi Jain

Working-from-home is the new reality for many office-goers, now that the deadly Coronavirus has forced a near shutdown of normal life. But, despite gym closures and limited opportunities to step out for fitness, Indians seem to be stepping up and purchasing activewear and fitness equipment online, to set-up personalised and convenient gyms at home.

With social distancing becoming the new norm, consumers have turned their home space into a gym keeping their fitness regime intact. Consumers are increasingly searching for athleisure wear and fitness equipment online as they continue to stay indoors and explore different stay-at-home exercises. Across all the age groups, consumers have become more conscious of their lifestyle choices and are taking steps to innovate and personalize their fitness routines, notes e-commerce giant Flipkart.

The importance of a healthy and fit lifestyle has led them to look for products such as yoga and lounge pants, sports bras and t-shirts online. Further, sports shoes are growing in popularity among consumers across the country – including cities such as Vizag, Ernakulam, Guwahati and Allahabad. Men’s portswear has seen an uptake in demand for shorts, track pants, t-shirts and caps, a company spokesperson told IANSlife.

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People are also seen increasingly investing in Sports shoes. Pixabay

As comfortable clothes replace the formal work attire, people are increasing investing in a new wardrobe that takes them both through work and workout.

It is not just athleisure and sportswear that’s getting the most traction, but fitness equipment like yoga mats, cycles, treadmill, support equipment and dumbbells are witnessing an increase in searches, it said. Consumers across Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Ernakulam and Lucknow appear to be keen to shop for fitness accessories and equipment.

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These searches also reflect how people are choosing both work and play, as badminton racquets and cricket bats also make it to the list of searches.

Flipkart says its recent introduction of new brands such as Under Armour, Cultsport, One 8 by Virat Kohli, and Attitude by Chris Gayle has given consumers a much wider collection of products to choose from. Their curated �Work-out from Home’ selection on the app offers a handpicked selection to consumers across 1000+ styles, based on the serviceability in their zones.

“With the lifestyle changes consumers are witnessing today, as a homegrown company, we want to ensure that they have a wide and best selection of products to cater to their requirements,” the e-commerce site said. (IANS)