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Raksha Bandhan holds a special place in everyone’s heart. One of the most revered festivals in India, it celebrates the special bond between brother and sister. This year you may feel more attached to your sibling, given the pandemic created crisis.
Some of us might be away from our siblings due to the lockdown or social distancing norms, but don’t let that dampen the spirit of the occasion. Here’s a list of carefully curated items you can choose from for that perfect gift for your sibling.
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Gifts for brothers
This Rakshabandhan, buy your brother this Casio Edifice ECB-900DB-1ADR (EX499) watch with features like Bluetooth connectivity, world time, super illuminator.
Price: Rs 13,995, available at www.casioindiashop.com.
2. Pocket watch
The pocket watch by Jaipur Watch Company can be used in multiple ways, wear it around your neck, place it in your pocket or keep it on your work desk – whatever suits your fancy! Made of stainless steel, the watch boasts of a skeleton dial that is visible through the front and back with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals.
Price: On request, available at https://jaipur.watch/ and at stores.
3. Personalized grooming kit
Men’s grooming brand Bombay Shaving Company has come up with personalized grooming kits specifically keeping Raksha Bandhan in mind.
Price: On request, available bombayshavingcompany.com
The Glenlivet 12 YO – This is one of Speyside’s definitive malts. The Glenlivet 12 is one of the classiest, most sophisticated malts. This whiskey has been called a lot of things in its time: smooth, fruity, complex, sophisticated, entertaining, classic.
Price: Starts at Rs 3,500, available at stores
5. Skincare products
Kiehl’s offers you a variety of skincare products in its extravagant gift pack ï¿½for him’. It includes a travel pack of the Ultra Facial Oil-free Cleanser, a Facial Fuel Energising Scrub that will exfoliate and cleanse away impurities, a Facial Fuel Energising Facial Moisturiser that will help the skin feel re-energized and revitalized, a Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer that will refresh tired-looking eyes and minimize puffiness.
Price: On request, available at kiehls.in
6. Quirky camera
Advance your photography and make an impression with the Fujifilm X-A7. Simple, familiar controls at your fingertips let you create stunning results that tell your unique story. The new addition to the X Series range of compact and lightweight mirrorless digital cameras available in silver, camel, dark silver, mint green and navy blue
Price: Rs 48,000, available online
7. Nutritional supplements
This Raksha Bandhan, gift your loved ones the promise of good health with Gaia’s immunity pack which consists of Amla, Curcumin and Spirulina capsules – these nutritional supplements contain important nutrients that may otherwise not be fulfilled with our regular diet. These help in maintaining optimum health and strengthening your immunity.
Price: On request, available at www.gaiagoodhealth.com
8. Gift voucher
Add a spring to your sibling’s step! This Rakhi, share your love and care with your sibling but buying an e-gift voucher from Hush Puppies.
Price: Vouchers available at Rs 7,000 and can be bought for Rs, 5500; and Rs 5,000 can be bought for Rs 4,000. The gift vouchers can be purchased online from https://hushpuppiesgiftvoucher.easyrewardz.com/ and can be redeemed across any Hush Puppies store in India.
9. Riding Jacket
Surprise your sibling with a gift matching their passion for bikes. Designed for use on the road and highways, the riding jacket combines utility and comfort to provide the ultimate riding experience. The jacket has been created keeping in mind the riding position, so that it seamlessly provides support.
Price: Rs 5,600 onwards, available at https://accessories.tvsmotor.com/performance-gear.aspx
10. Work essentials
This season gift your sibling sleek work essentials from the Daily object’s Home Office collection. Handcrafted from good quality vegan leather, with a reversible design and smooth seamless craft made in India, these WFH products are heat and water-resistant make it easy to clean and use.
Price: Starts at Rs 799, available at https://www.dailyobjects.com/
Sunglasses are always a welcome present, and these pairs give you all the that you need — a little bit of cool and lots of eye protection.
Price: Rs 2,090, Fastrack aviators available at Amazon.in.
Reebok and Los Angeles streetwear label PLEASURES officially unveil their collaborative Beatnik sandal slip-on, a classic Reebok unisex lifestyle silhouette re-releasing for the first time since 2018. The PLEASURES x Reebok Beatnik is available globally at Reebok.com July 31.
Price: Starts at Rs 9,999, available at www.shop4reebok.com
Gifts For sisters
1. Wrist watch
Surprise your sibling with Fossil’s Riley Analog Rose Gold watch this Rakhi. Its signature Riley style with a 45-stone top ring features a rose gold-tone finish and a textured rose dial.
Price: Rs 9,995, available at Amazon.in
2. Fitness band
Fastrack Beat with Active Heart Rate Monitor measures heart rate at any given point of time and is your best fitness buddy. So, don’t skip a beat and gift it to a fitness enthusiast.
Price: Rs 2,195, available in stores
3. Security device
You can never be too cautious in today’s date, and a security device goes a long way. Try the Letstrack security device, it’s a discreet tracking device for people and assets. Your sister can place it in her bag, keep in her pocket or fastened with a belt, so that someone in the family is aware of here whereabouts.
Price – Rs 6,999, available on www.letstrack.in and amazon
4. Designer saree
With eco fashion and sustainability in focus, this Raksha Bandhan, Anavila makes it easier for brothers to pick the perfect gift for their sisters- a gorgeous handwoven sari.
Price: On request, available at https://anavila.com/raksha-bandhan/5. Safe clothing
This Raksha Bandhan give your sister a special gift of safe fashion with the brand Freakins. All their products are treated with antiviral technology that actively inhibits viruses and kills bacteria upon contact to the surface. It offers a variety of denim wear like jeans, jackets, dresses, skirts and masks for women.
Price: On request, available on www.freakins.com
The Shell Collection by Vaitaanika collection draws inspiration from the beautiful patterns of a seashell, calming sound of the sea waves and the treasure found under sea. It is in a salute the working woman.
Price: On request, available at https://vaitaanika.com/
7. Designer Eyewear
If your sister is a fan of trendy eyewears, gift her the Versace – VE 4388.
Price: On request, available at stores.
8. Beauty box subscription
Here’s making it easier for you to give her everything she would ever need crafted beautifully in a box. An amazing gifting option, the beauty box is full or surprises and are packed with a combination of products from skincare to make-up. Items are especially handpicked by the in-house team of MOOIBOX and are a necessity that every girls can do with month on month. All you have to do is get her to answer a few questions based on her choice and skin type and voila.
Price: On request, available at https://mooibox.in/
9. Pot Planter
Plants bring happy vibes, and are helpful in perking up your mood. Give a message of wellness with a plant in a Butterfly Citrus Pot Planter. The unique structure and appealing colour combination will surely win her heart in no time.
Price: On request, available at www.woodenstreet.com
10. Vegan Cosmetics
Gift your sister vegan beauty products from Konscious Vegan Collection by Kiko Milano.
Price: On request, available at all Kiko Milano stores
11. Elegant bag
You can opt for this Ted Baker Taupe Solid Tote Bag. The dome shaped design works for casual and formal settings. It’s minimal and trendy.
Price: Rs 23,000, available at stores
12. Trendy juttis
If your sister is someone who loves footwear, gift her a pair of juttis from Fizzy Goblet which she can team with her Indian outfit for the occasion.
Price: On request, available at www.fizzygoblet.com (IANS)
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users globally. With the new update, if a user chooses to back up his chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to him, and no one will be able to unlock the backup. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to access their end-to-end encryption backup.
"With end-to-end encrypted backups, no other messaging service at WhatsApp's scale will provide this level of security for people's messages -- from sending and transit, to receiving and storing in the cloud," the company said in a post. The feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app.
he feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app. | Photo by AARN GIRI on Unsplash
Once the feature rolls out, open WhatsApp, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backups > End-to-End Encrypted Backup, and then follow the prompts. One can now secure their end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of their choice or a 64-digit encryption key which means that no one else but only the user will be able to access the backup.
"This feature will provide people with more privacy and security for their digital conversations and that's a responsibility that we don't take lightly. Given this, we are rolling this out slowly to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience for people on iOS and Android around the world," the company added. (IANS/ MBI)
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A luxurious house makeover might seem to be an expensive and overwhelming task but it doesn't necessarily have to drill holes in your pocket. A few small changes and the right decor pieces can make a huge difference to the way your home looks. Keyur Zaveri, VP of Design at Furlenco shares some ideas that could give your home a rich look.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
While it may feel intuitive to keep adding expensive decor to your home to give it the luxurious touch, in today's ageless is really more. Simplifying your space can give your home a classy look. Invest in a few accent decor pieces - a lamp, wall art, decor for a centre table that are cohesive and work well together in the theme of your room as opposed to having numerous things that do not look like they belong together. Resist the temptation to buy over-the-top accessories and unnecessary furniture, which make your home look bulky.
Resist the temptation to buy over-the-top accessories and unnecessary furniture, which make your home look bulky. | Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash
The most important part of creating a luxurious house is to add furniture that is comfortable and elegant. Good furniture, paired with stylish soft furnishings is the first step to creating a beautiful house. Pillows & Cushions of various sizes and accent throws can instantly make a home feel more inviting. Play around with the colours and fabrics of the furniture and find soft furnishing that complements the centrepieces. Invest in good quality fabrics like velvet, linen or suede to upholster your furniture. You can even try textured fabrics like denim blue and faux leather.
Pillows & Cushions of various sizes and accent throws can instantly make a home feel more inviting. | Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Lighting can make all the difference to the vibe of your house and help you create a luxurious, beautiful looking space. Using multiple sources of light that draw attention to various corners in the house can make a space look very well put together. Invest in ceiling lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, and accent light fixtures to highlight your favourite areas in the house. While it is advisable to keep a single colour and tone of light, the intensity and direction can be played around to enhance the ambience of the space.
Lighting can make all the difference to the vibe of your house and help you create a luxurious, beautiful looking space. | Photo by Karan Nagpal on Unsplash
Layering works wonders everywhere- be it a chic coat or blazer over your outfit that adds extra charm, or adding decor pieces to your furniture for a luxe look. Carpets add splendour and exquisiteness, instantly changing the way a room looks. Area rugs under tables and sofas help in defining spaces and can blend together the whole look. Experiment with some elegant runners near your beds, on top of your dining tables, or even your bathrooms. You can also add wall coverings and window coverings for a more inclusive aesthetic.
Area rugs under tables and sofas help in defining spaces and can blend together the whole look. | Photo by Sina Saadatmand on Unsplash
You can add a small yet noticeable metallic touch to upgrade your interiors. However, you must be careful to not overdo it; the key to going bling is to keep the metallic accessories minimal. Consider golds, bronzes, copper or silver hues and incorporate them in cushions, lamps, accent walls, lighting fixtures, or centrepieces. You should ensure that each finish is a thoughtful addition to your space.
You can add a small yet noticeable metallic touch to upgrade your interiors. | Photo by Stephanie Harvey on Unsplash
Incorporating these tips can do wonders for your home decor. You can make your home luxurious, without costing an arm and a leg. More than anything it's about making the right choices that give your house look clean and classy.
(Article originally published on IANS Life) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: metallic, lighting, fabrics, invest, luxurious, furniture
India may not see a billion smartphone users even by the end of this decade and there are seven key challenges to achieve 100 per cent smartphone penetration, according to a new report. With the shrinking addressable base for smartphones, India is likely to have 887.4 million smartphone users by 2030, said the report by Gurugram-based market intelligence firm techARC.
The new smartphone user acquisition has been on a decline since 2018, after 4G drove switch to smartphones as it ushered several new use cases and forced feature phone users to upgrade. This, however, is not the case with 5G, which can substantially bring out a new use case for the mobile users compelling the feature phone users to move to a smartphone.
Affordability is the first concern even if users would discover their own use cases. "This is on account of both - investment in the device and the recurring data cost. Even to own a device, it's a substantial increase in the outlay for around 200-250 million users who cannot spent more than Rs 1,500 on a mobile device," said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.
Even to own a device, it's a substantial increase in the outlay for around 200-250 million users who cannot spent more than Rs 1,500 on a mobile device. | Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash
Second reason is that there are no models that could self-subsidise the smartphones for this potential audience, who are on the other side of the fence waiting to join the smartphone arena. "Advertising-based revenue and value-added driven revenues are negligible for such audiences where advertisers would not be ready to spend much as this is not their target audience," the report mentioned. So, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) cannot work out any model of recovering partial cost of the device upfront and then realising the gap in due course through other streams.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) cannot work out any model of recovering partial cost of the device upfront and then realising the gap in due course through other streams. | Photo by Zac Ong on Unsplash
The third key reason is that the OEM ecosystem is gradually moving away from the entry segment. All major OEMs have disinvested out of the entry segment (less than Rs 5,000) where the first-time smartphone user would fall. Rather OEMs are moving to higher average selling price (ASP) as consumers are willing to spend more (15-35 per cent) on their next upgrade/replacement of smartphones.
The fourth reason is that the OEMs are adding more features and functions to their smartphones to facilitate paying users leverage more from the device by consuming content and other services, which are subscription based. The interest of OEMs is gradually moving in this direction, where they could increase the lifetime value (LTV) per smartphone user by getting a pie of the services that the users are paying for.
"Another reason is that attempts such as a hybrid smart-feature phone, haven't paid off well. Though it has got in additional 80-85 million users into the digital ecosystem using fundamental digital services, majority of the featurephone users haven't accepted this 'workaround' wholeheartedly," said Kawoosa.
Attempts such as a hybrid smart-feature phone, haven't paid off well. | Photo by The Average Tech Guy on Unsplash
The sixth reason is that globally, we are witnessing prices of components going up on the one or another pretext. This is only forcing the OEMs to increase the cost of the devices and in a very hypersensitive market like smartphones, it is very challenging for the OEMs to frequently trade-off between input costs and the market opportunities.
Globally, we are witnessing prices of components going up on the one or another pretext. | Photo by Yiorgos Ntrahas on Unsplash
Finally, the entire smartphone ecosystem is interested in investing in opportunities which are rewarding. For example, when we compare education and gaming as two areas of immense opportunity, the entire smartphone ecosystem has preferred to make considerable investments in gaming than education. "There is hardly any OEM focusing on making devices affordable so that more and more students could benefit from digital means of education. But over the past two years, we have seen several OEMs making gaming smartphones in the affordable segments," the report argued. The result: At 4.9 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for smartphone subscriber growth, India may not have a billion smartphone users even by 2030. (IANS/ MBI)
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