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Grand event at Home? Here’s How to Ensure a Comfortable Stay for Guests

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March 28, 2017: Do you remember the good old days when hosting guests was no problem at all? People had huge homes and inviting family and guests to a wedding, family events or get –together was not a logistical nightmare. But today, as the families are becoming more nuclear in character and the size of homes are shrinking, organizing a family function that entails the attendance of extended family and friends has become a matter of much contemplation and debate. Especially, if you reside in NCR, you will have to jostle some things.  Below are some common questions most of us will have when looking for accommodation for guests –

  • Location– Will it be centrally located?
  • Budget – Will it be within one’s means or pocket?
  • Facility – Will the facility be adequate to ensure the comfort of guests?
  • Service – Will it have basic room service and laundry?

Addressing all of the above concern to the best, OYO, India’s largest branded network of Hotels has come to the rescue of several people who are looking for a comfortable yet affordable stay for their guests. Present in nearly 177 cities with over 6500+ hotels in their listing, finding affordable hotels in Greater Noida or any other part of the NCR is no longer a worry.

The OYO Advantage

Convenience of Booking – The platform has a dedicated app and web portal. Every user has a separate login, and all booking and cancellations can be done from a single log-in. For example, if you have booked more than 1 OYO rooms in your vicinity or locality, all the booking details can be accessed from a single login. The OYO application is also very easy to browse and has a user-friendly interface.

Widespread – As stated earlier, OYO has a wide reach and is present in 177 cities across India. So, if the location of the family event is in Greater Noida, finding a suitable accommodation is no longer a worry. Just specific search details and you will find a complete list of hotels in Greater Noida.

Budget-Friendly –With so many guests to host, finding an accommodation that doesn’t burn a big hole in the pocket is rather difficult. Not everyone can afford uber-luxurious stay for guests. However, with OYO rooms, that concern has been put to rest.  Not only are the hotels listed on the website budget-friendly they are well equipped with all essential facilities that anyone would want.

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Standardized Facility – With OYO accommodation, you don’t have to worry about the quality of service. For instance, if you have planned the stay of your guests at two or more locations, you don’t have to worry about the quality of service offered by each establishment. This is because, across India, every OYO accommodation offers similar facility and amenities.

Listing of Amenities – Before you book a place, the app clearly lists the amenities (Wi-Fi, power back-up, etc.) that the particular OYO room has to offer. So, you can pick up a place keeping in mind the comfort and preference of your guests.

Customer Support – The platform has a robust customer support system. Therefore, all your questions and queries will be answered immediately.

Bottom Line

Finding suitable accommodation for guests is one of the biggest problem, wedding planners or people in general have. Either the accommodations are too expensive, or the facilities are not up to the mark. However, with the popularity of OYO App, that concern has been addressed to a large extent. OYO room is easy to find and are located in the popular places of a city of neighbhourhood. You are also assured that every guest will receive similar treatment and facility. So, next time you have a big party or a wedding function, look no further than OYO rooms.

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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