Krop Toothpicks : Herbal chewing picks

Dental care is something we take it for granted. Most of us hardly take care of our dental health, until it starts hurting.

Now Dental care or Oral care is all about keeping your teeth and mouth clean. Most common and practised way is  brushing teeth regularly, at least twice a day.  It is also advisable to have a dental checkup done once in  six months.

Lot of dental care depends on what we eat and how we clean our mouth after that. We use various methods to clean , be it tooth pastes or mouth wash or any other ways.  Usage of Toothpicks also helps in cleaning the teeth, especially after a meal or so. I recently come across Krop Toothpicks and found it interesting, you know how?

Its a multipurpose one, Krop toothpicks can be used for cleaning the teeth and also can be chewed. Yeah its Herbal Chewing Picks. It is a mouth freshener and are available in 3 different flavours Clove, Cinnamon and Mint.

Essential oils are used in Krop Toothpicks, which stop tooth decay now I have become a fan of this herbal toothpicks.

Tata Sky Launches Tata Sky Tamil Cinema: An Exclusive Channel for Tamil Movies

If you ask me name that one industry which is ever growing, I would say Media & Entertainment, especially in the last one decade, we have seen so many platforms and players emerging. The DTH penetration in India has also gone high.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is the leading DTH service prover in India.  My association with Tata Sky goes back right from the time the switch happened from cable TV to the DTH.  I am quite happy with various packages they offer and the wide range of channels they have.  Now Tata Sky has come up with a exclusive channel for Tamil movies named “ Tata Sky Tamil Cinema”. Now its a great news for movie buffs like me. Currently, the DTH operator has four regional movies services namely Tata Sky Telugu Cinema, Tata Sky Marathi Cinema, Tata Sky Bangla Cinema and Tata Sky Punjab De Rang.

The Launch

Tata Sky launched their new exclusive channel for Tamil films at a Gala event on 11th October. During the launch , Mr. Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer shared some interesting insights and stats about the TV viewership population in Tamil Nadu. According to him, close to 95 percent of population has got TV at home.  When it comes TV viewership, South India is far ahead from rest of India. The DTH viewership is also ever increasing and there is a huge market for regional movies, especially Tamil and Telugu movies. The new exclusive channel for films will cater to this market.

Ad free channel, thats real Jingalala moment!

Yes, the channel won’t have any ads, thats a welcome relief right 😀 and Tata Sky Tamil Cinema is priced Rs 45 per month and you get to see the latest releases.

With this new channel, I am sure Tata Sky is going to  expand its subscriber base in Tamil Nadu.

   

Everyday Ability

When was the last time you took out your differently abled friend / relative for a movie or for a coffee? before that, do you have a friend like that? at your work place / school or college? I never had. We rarely see them in a any of the public spaces right? in a movie theatre or a mall. They are the largest invisible group of people in the world. Would you believe if i tell you that there are 200 Million differently abled people in India?

So whats stopping them from venturing into the mainstream? is it their physical disability? Not really. Its the attitude or outlook of the other majority thats stopping them to come out.

  Every day Ability organised  a scuba diving session  for the differently abled friends in Chennai. The idea was to bring out people and given them new experiences. The event was well organised. The participants experienced how it is to be under water. Most of them have never been this close to water.

The organisation is carrying various outdoor activities across India for the differently abled people.  Over the years there has been a sea of change in the outlook of general public towards the differently abled community. The Scuba Diving trainer interacting with the participants and you can see all are very much thrilled!

Some more images from the event.

 

Bombay Shirt Company- The Story Of My Shirt!

So When was the last time you wore a shirt customised for you? For me it was during school days 🙂 mainly before the commencement of the school after the summer holidays.  Going to the local tailor shop was fun, that was the only time we used to get an idea about the latest fashion trends, tailor was our hero. He knew so many things about various styles of shirting, which hero wears what style and all.

Times changed. The era of ready -made shirts came. It was a big rage, so many varieties, trends and styles. But the fun of whole process of making your own shirt had gone.

Bombay Shirt Company

Recently I came to know about the Bombay Shirt Company and how they customise shirts. I got curious and decided to visit the outlet.

This is the story of my Shirt!

The Level of Customisation.

I was surprised by the level of customisation Bombay Shirt Company offers. Right from fabrics (both Indian and International brands) to Collars, Buttons, Leather, Twill tapes and Suede. You get a good amount of choices to pick in these various categories. Enough options to choose!

So I spent a good amount of time, going through all the options and designed my shirt.

The experience was great, the staff were courteous and helpful.  And here I am proudly wearing the shirt i designed.  at the Bombay Shirt Company, Adyar outlet.

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: Nainamvalappu Football Fans Association (NFFA), Calicut

18 June 2010: Nainamvalappu Football Fans Association (NFFA), Calicut

Nainamvalappu, a small town in Kozhikode, predominantly comprises the fishing community. Founded in 1996, Nainamvalappu Football Fans Association (NFFA) is in constant touch with FIFA. FIFA sends regular magazines, a copy of the new rules, brochures and miniatures. NFFA has a mini FIFA museum. “This time, FIFA sent us a gold key chain carrying its logo. We have displayed all our curios here,” says Mr. N. V. Subair, the President of NFFA.

You could see Zakumi banner, the Official Mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, gold  and silver plated replica of World Cup, key chains, buttons, stickers and official postcards of all the entire FIFA World Cup matches, all sent by FIFA, in the museum.

Mr. Subair says there is so much talent here when it comes to football but lack of facilities is the biggest impediment.

At NFFA also I saw a replica of FIFA World Cup trophy, made of wood. There is a story behind the replica here. During the final of the World Cup when the winner lifts the original FIFA World Cup trophy, this replica at Nainamvalappu is handed over to the respective fan club members! So, as we all know, in 2010, the members of Spain’s fans club lifted the trophy.

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: Nice Coffee Day

17 June 2010

Puthanathani, Malappuram district

Nice Coffee Day: 2 Argentina, 1 Brazil and 1 Germany please!

Through one of the Malayalam dailies, I came to know about this wonderful World Cup-themed Coffee shop in Puthanathani, a small town in Malappuram district.

So what’s the specialty of this Coffee shop and how is it related to the football World Cup? At the entrance of the shop, I saw this huge replica of FIFA World Cup trophy. This is one sure sign of soccer mania! The replica was almost 4 feet and was made in Gypsum. I entered the shop and saw tables decorated with the flags of World Cup playing nations. – Each table for one nation. There were tables for Brazil, Argentina, Italy, England and Germany. And the glasses where juice is served were also wrapped in various flags.

Then I met Mr. Khalid who runs the shop, along with Mr. Abdul Karim. As with any other person from this part, they are also hard core Football fans. “We wanted to do something very different this World Cup, and we came out with the concept of naming various juices as leading football playing nations”, said Khalid who himself is a juice maker. So once you enter the shop you can sit at your favorite nation’s table, and the particular juice, named after that nation, would be given. The menu card also showed Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy, France and Germany. Another interesting thing that Khalid shared was that groups of friends would come together as a gang but once they entered the juice shop they would split up to sit at their respective team’s table. He planned to show the semis and the final live, adjacent to the shop itself, so that people could enjoy the matches while sipping juice. So I went and sat at the Argentina table and ordered, what else, 1 Argentina please!

And I enjoyed my Argentina shake, it was complimentary from the owner! Later in Chennai at Cafe Coffee Day I found something similar to what I saw at Nice Coffee Day, but, according to me Nice Coffee Day was better connected to the World Cup Soccer brand and represented the true spirit of people of Malabar towards Football!

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: Argentina Brand ambassadors of Malappuram district

15 June Malappuram

By the time I reached Malappuram, two youngsters in Argentina jersey were waiting for me. Mr. Tanvir, my friend from Makkaraparamba, had arranged the meet up.

Mr. Shafiq and Mr. Nithumon were the self-proclaimed Brand ambassadors of the Argentina team. During the World Cup season, in their specially decorated Scooter, they travel to all the interior parts of the Malappuram district, spreading the message and encouraging everyone to root for the Argentina team. They make sure that they cover all the football clubs and they are treated as local heroes, especially at Argentina fan clubs.

Mr. Shafiq told me that they purchased their scooter mainly for the World Cup season. They spent about Rs 1000 for stickering. That evening there was a road show in Malappuram town. These road shows are a mere demonstration of fans’ craziness towards Football. You can see all types of merchandising, flags, bikes and cars decked with stickers and painted in various soccer playing nations’ flag colours. In Malappuram, blue was the predominant color, Blue being the color of Argentina.

Mr. Shiju, a business man, wanted to do something different during the World Cup. So he decided to sticker his two cars. He attended all the road shows related to the World Cup. He spent around Rs 3000 per car for stickering work.

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: Areekode- The Football Village.

14 June 2010, Areekode, The Football Village.

By the time we started to Areekode from Malappuram town, it was drizzling heavily. Tanvir, however, was thoroughly drenched but thrilled to watch the Brazil Vs Argentina match that was organized at Areekode. Areekode is a football village, situated 28kms from Malappuram. Areekode has produced many international footballers including U. Sharafali.  I was worried about Tanvir and asked whether we should wait for rain to recede but he  rejected the idea and said we were already late. We managed to reach Areekode just before the commencement of match, even though we missed the wonderful road show. There was a sea of people there. I was at the midst of a big football carnival. Tanvir was missing throughout the match. He was somewhere in the midst of all that hustle. Later, I spotted him standing on a chair and whistling non stop. The match ended in a draw. I met lot of diehard fans there, both Argentina and Brazil fans, in all shapes and sizes 🙂

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: Tanvir- ul – Isque: My friend from Makkaraparamba

I met Mr. Tanvir at Legends sports club at Makkaraparamba. He was thrilled when I told him that I had come from Chennai to write about Football. He arranged for photographs of the match that the club had organized. On that day there was supposed to be a huge road show, organized by Malayalam Manorama, one of the leading Malayalam dailies. The road show was at Areekode, some 60 kms from Makkaraparamba. He said he would take me to that place and show the entire proceeding.

On the way we decided to visit Malappuram town and then proceed to Areekode. So we set off for Malappuram town. By the time we reached Malappuram, there were diehard fans waiting for us, thanks to Tanvir. The fans were on bikes and in cars with stickers of their favorite nations. We couldn’t spend much time in Malappuram so we said goodbye to them all, promised to visit them again and headed off to Areekode.

On our return I noticed one strange thing. Most of the people who overtook us were screaming at us. I could hear only Argentina. I wondered what we had done to provoke such jeering. When we stopped mid way to fill petrol I understood the reason. Tanvir was wearing the Brazilian flag as a head gear since it was raining heavily and seeing him attired this way hardcore Argentinian fans heckled us. Tanvir smiled and said they were hard core fans. At last I dropped him off in front of the Club. He had only one question, when is the book coming? Tanvir is the true representative of the football crazy people of Malabar.

FIFA World Cup- The Festival Of Malabar: World Cup football banners: A visual treat!

1000 മെസ്സിക്ക് അര കക്കാ!!!!

My next pick of interesting banner I am sure will delight Brazil fans and despond the Argentina ones.

Location: Parakkulam

Theme: Inspired from the Malayalam saying “1000 കോഴിമുട്ടയ്ക്ക് അര കാടമുട്ട ”, a rough translation “half quail’s egg is equivalent to a 1000 chicken’s egg.” The statement underscores the fact that a quail’s egg is far more nutritious than a chicken’s egg. Now to the World Cup and the banner from Brazil fans,

Headline: 1000 മെസ്സിക്ക് അര കക്കാ , means
“Half Kaka is enough for a 1000 Messi(s)”