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Diwali gifting ideas to add brightness and cheer to your celebrations

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The festival of lights Diwali is celebrated in India with great pomp every year. Exchange of gifts form an essential part of Diwali celebrations. People traditionally exchange sweets and dry fruits besides other gift items during Diwali as a token of love and regard. The festive season is just around the corner and you must be thinking about gifting options for your relatives, friends, and colleagues. 

Afterall, who doesn’t appreciate receiving Diwali gifts ranging from exotic treats to thoughtful presents, exquisite jewels or something surprising? Here’s a list of some of the ultimate gifting solutions to make Diwali of your loved ones extra special. 

A LUXURY WATCH FROM JAIPUR WATCH COMPANY DESIGNED BY YOU

India’s first and largest bespoke watchmaker Jaipur Watch Company is launching a unique and innovative program that lets people design their own watches on the watchmaker’s website to make the festive season more exciting for their customers.

This innovative program allows customers to choose what their watch will look like by selecting their preferences from various dials, indices, hands, and strap options. They can also get their name or that of their loved one engraved on the dial.

Customers will need to log on to the Jaipur Watch Company website www.jaipur.watch and design the watch they want. The company will craft the timepiece with meticulous precision and deliver it to the customers.

Jaipur Watch Company is launching this unique initiative to make Diwali gifting exciting not just for watch connoisseurs and collectors but also for ordinary people looking for unique gifting ideas.

Also, to mark the 5th anniversary of the Kings Wristwear Collection, a limited edition of 500 watches that housed a one paisa coin and the celebrated Swiss mechanism, and celebrate the spirit of Diwali, Jaipur Watch Company has launched the Kings Wristwear II collection. 

A one pice coin (the lowest denomination of British India coinage) is embedded in the 43mm dial of Kings Wristwear II. The historical narrative associated with the coin makes it a unique watch. Minted between 1943 and 47, the one pice coin or 1/64th of a rupee was the lowest denomination in the King George VI coinage era. It was also the first coin with a hole in the centre. 

Each watch in this limited edition carries a serial number, which imparts it a unique identity. The watch houses the Swiss-made Ronda 702 caliber and showcases a unique moving disc mechanism. King Wristwear II is available in new colours such as somber black (with gold and silver variants), salmon (only 50 limited edition watches), and sacramento green (with gold and silver variants – 25 limited edition watches each). As an introductory offer, the first 20 watches in each colour would be sold for Rs 30,000, after which they will cost Rs 40,000 each. 

IZZHAAR’S NEW COLLECTION

‘Around The World with Izzhaar’ is the theme for their new collections unveiled for the festive season. It is bound to set your travel genes on fire with its loving craftsmanship. Designed with motifs that are reminiscent of unique cities around the world, it is a theme that is a beautiful blend of tradition and modernity, classy and chic elements, ethics hues and contemporary touches.

These collections are perfect for the festive season and wedding gifting and will be forever remembered as a token of love during auspicious ceremonies. You can find Izzhaar stores in New Delhi, Gurugram, and Mumbai. 

FRUITY MOCKTAIL-INSPIRED CANDLES BY WK LIFE

The cute candle set contains one pink lemonade spritz scented candle, one strawberry fizz scented candle, and one summer punch scented candle, all contained within little glass jars with screw-top lids. Mocktail Candlesare delivered in a box. This fruity mocktail-inspired set makes a wonderful gift for anyone who loves nostalgia. They feature a scent like your favourite mocktail and would make perfect gifts. One can avail of these candles for just Rs 699 at https://wklife.in/.

ARTISANAL CHOCOLATE HAMPER BY COLOCAL 

With the arrival of the festive season of 2021, Colocal has launched its premium gifting hampers specially curated to make your festivals sweeter. The Diwali Feast Hamper priced at Rs 3800 contains three different spreads, six different chocolate bars, pour over coffee sachets from Roastery, a marshmallow box, a cookie box, a greeting card and two diyas. You can order it at https://colocal.in/ or at their outlet in New Delhi. 

CONNOISSEURS COLLECTION TEA BOX BY YOUCARE LIFESTYLE

Make the celebrations delightful with Connoisseur’s collection tea box by Karma Kettle available at YouCare Lifestyle YouCareLifestyle.com. A perfect gift box for tea connoisseurs and those with fine taste In the box: Istanbul- green tea with apple, rose, hibiscus and berries. The box contains 40 silken pyramid tea bags, with 4 varietals X 10 each, priced at Rs 720.

HOME DECOR PIECES FROM THE DECORKART

The DecorKart’s latest collection is ideal to illuminate your existing decor and or to give a new look to your favourite corners. The brand brings you the most beautiful selections that you can shop at https://thedecorkart.com/. Cosmos Temple Jar is priced at Rs 8,800. Their collection comprises decorative jars, teapots, dinner sets, and even lighting options such as table lamps, wall candle stands and more. 

HANDCRAFTED PIECES BY RANI PINK GIFTS

Rani Pink Gifts has launched two beautiful and nostalgic Diwali collections: The 90s Candy Collection and The Khilauna Collection, which are Inspired by Indian childhood memories. The 90s Candy Collection: The colours of this collection are borrowed from the colours of our favourite candies that we grew up eating. The brand took a big bite of nostalgia and poured our 90s heart out into the design of these handcrafted products—A sweet trip down memory lane, with pockets full of mango bite. The Khilauna Collection: With festivals around the corner, the winter months’ onset brings grand feasts and fairs. From the colourful phirkis to the guccha of futes, each khilauna is someone’s definition of a Sunday well-spent during the festive months. Choose your favourite khilauna from the Rani Pink collection of handcrafted products that come in different colours of joy and celebration. Check out their collection at https://www.ranipinkgifts.com/

A UNIQUE ICE BUCKET FROM SIEGER BY FÜRSTENBERG

Prometheus Ice Bucket from SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG is available at Sources Unlimited. Prometheus—the hero of Greek mythology, lends his name to the ice cream container and cups. Matt-finished on the outside, the Prometheus facial features are particularly striking and underline the noble charisma.

Each striking masculine-looking ice bucket features a precise relief of a man’s face that transforms it into a tiny sculpture. To achieve this superlative quality and fineness, the designs are handcrafted: unparalleled artisanry is combined with cutting-edge technology. Prometheus is available in the colour combinations matt white/gloss white, matt white/gold and matt black/gold. Price: On Request

RAVISHING MELANGE BY MIRANA JEWELS 

Mirana Jewels is set to launch its 2021 Festive Collection with a lot of exciting and amazing jewellery. The entire range is crafted with utmost care and perfection that suits the best for every festival be it Navratri or Durga Puja or Diwali. The festive collection features captivating traditional designs. It comprises Mahalaxmi Temple Necklace that goes perfect to redefine the Diwali look. The collection also comprises Mint Minakari Chokers, Padmini Kundan Chokers and stunning earrings to complete the festive look. The entire range that you can explore at https://www.miranajewels.com/ comprises copper-based alloy material with gold plating and Kundan and other Imitation Stones having embellished finishing that captures the essence of elegance with refined cuts and designs. Price: On Request

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SANAV, 8-YEAR-OLD INDIAN CREATES WORLD RECORD

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Sanav Ramsankar, an 8-year-old, from Tamil Nadu, India and a resident of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, created a World Record on 23rd November 2021 by reciting salient details of 186 Rivers from around the world covering the continents, length in kilometres, outflow/destination and countries each river flows through.

This record was administered through a virtual live event on 23rd November 2021 at 4:30 pm GST (6:00 pm IST) and was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. During the event, Sanav recited the details of all the 186 world rivers in 15 mins 53 seconds and became the first in the world to create the “World Record” in this newly created category. Sanav is deeply interested in learning about geography and general landmarks in particular. To expand his knowledge, he has been avidly collecting and learning information through various sources from the Internet. Sanav also can recount the capitals and currencies of 196 countries. Noticing his talent and capabilities, his parents engaged Mr. Sushant Mysorekar (Founder of Brain Rhyme Pvt. Ltd., Singapore and an Internationally certified Intelligence Coach) to coach Sanav, and thus the journey towards this world record started.

It started about two months back under the mentorship of Mr. Sushant Mysorekar. Since then, Sanav has been training in memorizing the details through a combination of cognitive mindset and several creative learning and memory tools and techniques. A Grade Three student from GEMS The Millennium School (Indian CBSE Curriculum), Dubai, Sanav has put in around 60 hours of work to memorize the world river systems and its details.

Sanav shares the credit of his maiden world record achievement with his mentor and his parents. He says, ‘They have encouraged and worked hard to balance my day-to-day activities and priorities! They helped me practice effectively over the entire period.’ Sanav believes in “Work hard; have fun; learn from mistakes; make history!” and during the event, he conveyed a wonderful message – “Hard work never fails.”

Sanav loves his family comprising of his father, Ramsankar Rajendra Raja, from Tamil Nadu, India, a banking technology professional; his mother Aswini, a homemaker and his ever-playful younger brother, 3-year-old Sajiv.

Interestingly, Sanav also loves to play chess and soccer. He has earned medals and certifications from various internal tournaments in Dubai. His aim is to achieve international norms in chess. In addition, Sanav is a Brown Belt holder in Karate and is working towards receiving Black Belt at the earliest. He has also recently opened his own YouTube channel.

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NISSAN WANTS EV TO ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF GLOBAL MODEL RANGE BY 2030

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Japanese car manufacturer Nissan unveiled its Ambition 2030 plan on Monday with which it intends to invest heavily in making electric and hybrid vehicles half of its global variety by introducing 23 new car models.

“Based on customer demands for a diverse range of exciting vehicles, Nissan will introduce 23 new electrified models [EV], including 15 new EVs by fiscal year 2030, aiming for an electrification mix of more than 50 percent globally across the Nissan and INFINITI brands,” Nissan said in a statement. The company is planning to build its long-term strategy, Ambition 2030, around the concept of electrification, with the intention of investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) within five years to accelerate electrification of its line-up as well as level of technology innovation.

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COUNTERFEIT RUPEE MADE IN PAKISTAN GOES FROM BANGLADESH TO INDIA

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The counterfeit rupee is made in Pakistan—goes to India. The route of smuggling these counterfeit notes is Sri Lanka via Bangladesh, then India. This counterfeit rupee smuggling has been going on for a long time. Counterfeit rupee first arrives in Chittagong in a marble container from Pakistan. Then it was brought to Dhaka and stored. They are then smuggled across the border into India at convenient times. The police came to know about this after arresting two members of a fraud ring with a counterfeit currency of Rs 7.5 crore in a special operation in the capital. They were arrested by Gulshan police.

The arrested are Fatema Akhter Opi and Sheikh Mohammad. Abu Taleb. A case has been registered against the arrested at Khilkhet police station. The accused in the case have been sent to court for remand.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Gulshan Division Deputy Commissioner (DC) Assaduzzaman said this at a press conference held at the DMP Media Center on Saturday afternoon. He said two persons were arrested from Khilkhet and Demra areas of the capital on Friday night. DC Asaduzzaman said that Fatema Akhter Opi was arrested on the basis of information that a woman was standing in front of the gate of Banarupa residential area of Khilkhet with fake Indian rupees. Then 50,000 fake Indian rupees were recovered from him. On the basis of the information provided by her, another 7 crores 34 lakh 50 thousand counterfeit Indian rupees were recovered from his own house in Panditpara area of Dakshin Khan police station. Later, another member of the forgery ring Sheikh Mohammad from Demru’s Sarulia area.

DC Asaduzzaman said the arrested Fatema Akter was an active member of the International counterfeit Indian money-laundering ring. For a long time, he used to collect Indian counterfeit currency from Pakistan through international channels and smuggle it to India through marketing through domestic channels. Abu Taleb, who was arrested on November 23, handed over the recovered Indian counterfeit to Fatema Akhter Opi. Taleb, through Pakistani nationals Sultan and Shafi, skillfully smuggled out of 500 sacks of marble stones imported from Pakistan, 95 sacks marked with pink thread, to Bangladesh via Sri Lanka. Describing the ring as involved in the scam for nearly 10 years, DC Asaduzzaman said, “Fatima used to collect these counterfeit coins from Pakistani nationals Sultan and Shafi.

Fatema and Taleb used to hide these counterfeit rupees under the water tank of their house in Dhaka. Later, he used to smuggle it to India through various borders of the country. ‘ The police official further said that Danesh, the husband of Fatema Akter Opi, is a Pakistani citizen. He is ill and now lives at home. He was arrested by DB Motijheel Division a few years ago. There are two cases in his name. In addition, Abu Taleb was traveling to Pakistan. Since her husband is Pakistani, Fatima has also visited Pakistan many times. This is the source of their acquaintance with Sultan and Shafi, the leaders of the fake rupee cycle, and later they too became involved in this cycle.

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‘The Fuel Delivery’ disrupting fuel distribution landscape

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In this era of digitisation, everything- apparel, books, shoes, grocery and now even fuel can be delivered at one click via mobile app. ‘The Fuel Delivery’ is among the pioneering startups in this segment, redefining the fuel distribution landscape through best-in-class service and a superior customer experience.

Founded by Rakshit Mathur in 2021, the startup has deployed an IoT (Internet of Things) – based mobile app wherein a customer can place an order for delivery and get it delivered at the doorstep at the prescheduled slot. The startup’s name is itself suggestive of its objective of doorstep fuel delivery in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. Fuel is a basic necessity for the Indian economy. It finds usage in several sectors with industries, including agriculture, transportation, construction, manufacturing, retail, logistics and warehousing, healthcare and hospitality, agriculture and transportation, etc. Against the backdrop of the acceleration of e-commerce, doorstep fuel delivery has become a necessity.

The company leverages IoT (Internet of Things) for fuel delivery. All the delivery vehicles are enabled with an IoT solution that allows real-time monitoring and tracking, seamless logistics management, and reduced order fulfillment time. It recently won the ‘Indian Achievers Award for Promising Start-Up 2021’ by the Indian Achievers ‘Forum & Achievers’ World.

“After working for over a decade and a half in the corporate sector, I discovered the potential of IoT (Internet of Things) and wanted to harness it to the fullest. After exploring various options and opportunities, we zeroed in on the concept of fuel delivery via a mobile app. The Fuel Delivery has been established with an aim to redefine the fuel distribution landscape through best-in-class service and a superior customer experience,” said Rakshit Mathur, Founder & CEO, The Fuel Delivery.

“Covid-19 has exacerbated the challenge of the last-mile delivery of diesel which is used as a fuel to run operations. The Fuel Delivery offers the comfort of getting fuel at the doorstep, thereby maintaining social distancing, avoiding pilferage and safety risks and above all, saving time. What differentiates us from our competitors is that we are not a retail player; instead, we’re focusing on bulk deliveries in sectors like hospitality, real estate, hospitals, corporate IT parks, schools and housing societies etc. We also cater to individual customers,” he added

“The minimum order delivery is capped at 100 litres with a one-time nominal convenience fee of just Rs. 99. Our fuel dispensing bowsers are equipped with best-in-class safety features like spark arrestors, emergency shut-off valves, fusible links, emergency vents, pressure vacuum valves, etc., approved by the government authorities and concerned stakeholders, thereby ensuring extra safety advantages for consumers. As a responsible organisation, we are committed to ensuring the utmost level of safety while redefining customer experience,” he further said.

The Fuel Delivery is presently operating in Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. It plans to scale up the national presence by expanding to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata, Jammu and Chandigarh etc., in the next 12 to 18 months. It also plans to include alternate fuels like CNG into offerings after getting approvals from the regulatory bodies.

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JEWELLERY IS A VERY PERSONAL THING, MUCH LIKE STYLE: SUSHMITA SEN

In this exclusive interview, Sushmita Sen opened up about the latest collection of Zoya, her favourite piece from the collection and her thoughts on how jewellery adds on the personality of the person, among many other things.

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Sushmita Sen recently joined NewsX for an exclusive interview as a part of NewsX India A-list. In the exclusive interview, the actress opened up about the latest collection of Zoya, her favourite piece from the collection and her thoughts on how jewellery adds on the personality of the person among many other things. Excerpts:

Speaking about the latest collection of Zoya and what made her come on board for it, Sushmita said, “Zoya and its team, that I love, not the first time I’ve been a part of Zoya’s launches, in the past and beautiful ones for that. I think it’s just an old connection, an old trust and a beautiful collection that brings me here and of course, it’s house of Saturn. It just makes you feel like you belong to one of the most beautifully thought connections with India. It’s beautiful. It has unchanged elegance.”

Talking about the timing of the collection, she said, “Not just the festivities and the change of season but also nearing the change of a year. That always brings in a sense of rejuvenation and hope for better times. I think when you celebrate that and of course, needless to say, no matter which part of India you are in, people are usually getting married around this time now so, that also adds to it. I think it is a very special time of the year. I was born in it, I think it is lovely.”

Sharing her thoughts on how jewellery adds on a person’s personality and overall looks of the person, she expressed, “Jewellery is a very personal thing, much like style. Different people prefer different things. My sense of elegance is timeless. It has to be pieces that you can wear not just once in your life and never be able to wear it again. The way I see it is, if I did ever get married, I’d still wear jewellery that I can actually repeat rather than something really big and different that i never get to wear it again. That’s my take on jewellery. Of course with different people, it’s different but yeah, it is got to be timeless. It got to be something that is unforgettable for you. it marks a chapter in your life that you can celebrate often.”

When asked about her one special piece of jewellery, she said, “The first solitaire that I ever bought for myself. The whole world has been accredited for it, which is a mistake but I bought that for myself and saved up a long time to get it but it had to be 22 carats.”

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I always go to a place, soak in the vibe, and then think about what I can create: Nidhi Khurana

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Nidhi Khurana is a travel content creator who loves exploring offbeat places. Her content inspires young women to take the road less travelled when it comes to recreational travel. We hosted Nidhi for a frank interview for our latest series, NewsX Influencer A-List. Below are the excerpts from the interview:

We first asked Nidhi to describe her experience with being a travel content creator, to which she told us, “To be very honest, people think that travelling and content creation is an easy job and it is enjoyable, which it is at times, but when it becomes your job, it gets tedious. You are caught up in so many things that you actually forget to enjoy the place.” Summing up her experiences, she said, “So this is what happens with me. I love what I do, I love travelling, but at times I miss out on experiencing things because I’m busy recording them for my audience.” 

Nidhi believes that spontaneity is what keeps her going. She said, “I’m the kind of person who is very spontaneous about things. I do not preplan my shoots. I always go to a place, soak in the vibe, and then think about what I can create for this beautiful place, for my audience.” She also spoke about the technical side of content creation, “When it comes to shooting, editing, it is a whole lot of process, to be very honest. It, at times, takes a toll on you but I believe if you love something, if you’re passionate about something, you just do it.” 

We were then curious to know Nidhi’s views about the struggles that women often go through while travelling solo. Nidhi shared with us, “So, travelling as a woman comes with pros, as well as cons. Pros in the way that at times if there is a long queue and most of the people in the queue are males, and if they see you standing there, they, out of generosity, would let you cut to the beginning of the queue.” She then lists some tips for women travelling alone. “I have been travelling since two years ago but I have not really come across anything that would make me feel unsafe and the key point here would be you choosing the right place and the right moment. It’s on us how we keep ourselves safe because we cannot guess what the other person has in their mind,” said Nidhi. She also advised women to properly research their place of stay and carry pepper spray, among other things. 

For our next question, we asked Nidhi about her best travel experience, to which she narrated about her trip to Goa that she had to, unfortunately, cut short. “That was a very beautiful experience for me in the sense that I got to discover myself. I have been to Goa many times, but this time I had thought that I’ll be exploring the unexplored Goa – the Goa that is beyond beaches,” she said. Narrating the experience further, Nidhi said, “So, I went for forest hikes and I, literally, saw one of the most offbeat beaches in Goa. So this was one of my best travel experiences to date because I was able to rediscover myself as a person, myself as a creator.”

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