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RIP, my friend and partner, Chetan

Chetan Chauhan, former cricketer and UP minister, dies of Covid-19 at the age of 73.

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I did not think that I would be writing an obituary to my friend and opening partner, Chetan Chauhan.

Covid-19 has thought him fit to swallow — but at least it should have considered his pedigree and class! I am at a loss for words to fling at the menace that is chewing up our world. Chetan was on ventilator support and his vital parameters had been sinking. The wisdom and expertise of the doctors attending to him appeared to be no match to the nefarious designs of the vicious virus.

I have been recalling Chetan the cricketer and what made him so special. Before I met him, I interacted with his father, a retired colonel, who was a regular at the Delhi University grounds. He would travel to Delhi from Muradabad and regale us with stories of his son. Chetan was then playing for Maharashtra. The father would lament that his son was a highly accomplished opening batsman, but the mandarins in the Board were not giving him a fair opportunity.

We used to respect the old man, and wonder why he was not hurt.

Then in 1974, if memory serves me right, Chetan moved to Delhi. There was a lot of speculation as to who would partner him? We had two established openers, Vinay Lamba and yours truly. Within a week of his arrival we had a match coming up at Mohan Meakins in Ghaziabad against (I think it was) the Railways. I was told to open with him. We went out to bat quietly — we were not introduced. On our way to the pitch I told him my name and said, “As you are senior, you take the first strike.” We put on 119 and the opening pair issue was settled then and there.

As the season progressed, three discernable factors differentiated Chetan from the rest of us. He was from the Mumbai school of batting. He was not an impressive batsman in the sense of being a stroke player. He was principled. Basically, a sound defence, sideways, and unflappable. He played a few shots that he was sure of: A push to mid-wicket, a dab to backward point, a fierce square cut and pushes on the off side.

While most of us were stroke players and often paid the price for our impetuousness, Chetan was circumspect. “Aise hi hone ka, khelna hai toh khelo” (“this is how it is, play on if you want to) was his favourite take on things when umpiring or other factors went against us.

Chetan was superbly fit and hardworking. I do not remember him ever leaving the ground even once in the decade that we played together. He used to say, “I have played under Chandu Borde, and he was a tough task master.”

 Chetan also had a unique sense, the “business” as I call it, of scoring runs. He could manipulate the strike and knew when to defend and when to attack. The other batsman who had this trait in those days, and from whom we tried to imbibe this, was Sunny Gavaskar.

If Delhi and North Zone is a power house now, the credit for this in a large measure must go to Chetan as many of us learnt the finer points from him. Of course, our skipper, Bishan Bedi, needs to be saluted for enticing him to Delhi and reviving his seemingly defunct cricket career.

As a friend, I recall that we were both together when India was playing the Prudential World Cup final in June 1983. When we were all out, Chetan told me “Venks lag raha hai India jeet jayaega” (It looks like India will win). I asked why, to which he just said, “I can sense it!”

His smile and commonsensical approach defined him. His humility was touching. I have lost more than a partner, a mentor, an official who supported my efforts to put Kotla on the cricket map after it had been banned, a pal.

Rest in peace, Chetan, till we meet again.

 Venkat Sundaram is former captain of Delhi and North Zone, ex-chairman of Grounds and Wickets Committee, BCCI, and ex-manager of the Indian cricket team.

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Here is the list of the best online shopping websites to shop online in 2022:

  1. Aliexpress
  2. Amazon
  3. eBay
  4. Google Shopping
  5. Asos
  6. Overstock
  7. Zappos
  8. Wish
  9. Etsy
  10. Eight

Before giving information about foreign shopping sites, it is useful to examine other recommendations that may be of interest to you and that we think will be useful to you.

1. AliExpress

E-commerce stores have become an inseparable part of our lives with the increasing use of the internet and the transfer of shopping needs to the virtual environment. It is now possible to shop from anywhere in the world, from stores on the other side of the world. China-based  Aliexpress  is one of the international virtual stores serving users from all over the world.

It attracts great attention from users due to the fact that it contains various product groups. On the site, producers and consumers have the opportunity to come together directly without intermediaries. The site, which was established in 2009 with the aim of selling to users by Chinese sellers, became one of the largest virtual stores in the world in a short time thanks to the intense interest it received.

AliExpress has hundreds of thousands of merchants and millions of products in different categories. Every product needed from the site, which is the most suitable market of the digital environment, can be purchased at prices many times lower than the market price. It is extremely easy to register and shop on Aliexpress, which stands out with its category and product variety.  

2. Amazon

One of the first companies that come to mind when it comes to online shopping,  Amazon is one of today’s record breaking technology companies. The site, which first started its activities with the sale of books, continued its services by adding products in different categories from time to time.

In a short time, the site, which has a product range that can easily meet all needs from clothing products to technology products, from electrical household appliances to kitchenware, also provides technological services in addition to product sales. Unlike traditional shopping sites, cloud storage and data processing service, and music and movie download service within the scope of subscription are the features that make the site different from its counterparts. 

3. eBay

eBay , which is one of the most popular e-commerce and export sites in the world, provides the opportunity to sell to different countries over the internet and to buy products from different countries. eBay, the online marketplace of the virtual environment, is one of the trusted addresses used by investors to sell products around the world.

Both new and used products can be sold on the site. Selling and buying is easy on eBay, which gives sellers the opportunity to list their top 50 products on the digital market for free every month. You can both sell and shop with an eBay account that can be opened for free without any procedure.

On the giant sales platform, where millions of transactions are made in a day, there are product categories to meet all needs, from old products to new products, from collection products to products with campaigns.

4. Google Shopping

One of the greatest conveniences technology offers to people is the internet. Like many transactions, shopping can be done over the internet, making it possible to benefit from the benefits of technology in the most efficient way. When it comes to the Internet, Google comes to mind directly. It is also a privilege to benefit from Google services in the shopping area, where all kinds of searches can be made and all necessary information can be accessed instantly.

With the Google Shopping service, users can search for products on online e-commerce sites. In addition, comparisons can be made between the products offered by different vendors by using the Google Shoppingi service. Billions of searches are made on Google in a day. Most of these searches are about shopping. Google Shopping service is used to meet the demand of users to buy products.

Google Shopping is not an online shopping site, but an advertisement presented to users by the search engine. Professional sellers use this option to reach their target audience. By using the Google Shopping service, users have the opportunity to access the quality products of large stores and make the right choice by comparing prices.

5. Asos

In the past, we used to go out on the street and wander around the store for hours, trying to find a product. But nowadays, we can reach the product we want in a short time over the internet. And without getting tired! Considering the possibility of purchasing economically priced products with opportunity campaigns thanks to Asos, a UK-based service provider, it will be understood how advantageous online shopping is.

The biggest advantage of the Asos shopping site is that it offers the opportunity to find products in numbers that can be called funny compared to other sites. Uninterrupted customer service support and prompt response to messages greatly satisfy users in terms of reliability.

The shopping site, where cancellation and return transactions can be made easily, has a rich product range that will make it difficult to decide on women’s and men’s clothing. For those who want to dress economically and follow fashion closely, Asos offers hundreds of products in different categories in a variety that will appeal to every budget. 

6. Overstock

Every product offered for sale in Overstock, one of the e-commerce stores of the online market with a long history, is delivered to the buyers in a short time. You can take advantage of the fact that you can buy various needs from clothing to cosmetics, auto parts, accessories and vitamin group from the site with the guarantee of the original product and have it delivered to your home.

Human needs are quite diverse. Some of these needs need to be met daily, while others need to be met periodically. With Overstock, it is possible to find the necessary products for all needs on a single site. The world’s giant store in America’s online shopping, which sells products in many different categories, brings quality products to internet users from all over the world.  

7. Zappos 

There is a great interest in online shopping throughout our country. However, not a day goes by that we do not encounter a new e-commerce store. However, while there is an opportunity such as the internet, those who want to open up to the world, not limited to our country, are in demand for foreign shopping sites.

Isn’t it a great advantage to reach the stores in the other parts of the world and shop from where you live? It is a privilege to buy products from popular stores that have proven their reliability, especially Zappos. Let’s say for those who do not know Zappos among the variety of online stores; Millions of clothing products, shoes and accessories are offered for sale on the site.

Free shipping is an economic opportunity for users when purchasing or returning products. In addition, the ordered product is delivered to the address of the buyers within 2 or 3 days. Other online stores do not have the opportunity to return a product purchased from the site but which is not liked or has problems, for one year. Uninterrupted access to the customer service support of the online sales site, where shopping can be made 24/7, is also possible.  

8. Wish

If you are looking for an online shopping site where you can find the products you love in different varieties and follow technology and fashion soon, Wish is a good alternative. Because on the site, hundreds of different stores from all over the world sell their products. This means that what you are looking for can be found easily.

The product variety is quite high on the site, which practically brings together buyers and sellers for a profitable shopping system for both parties. From Wish, a San Francisso-based service, shipping is made to all over the world, including our country. Wish products are very cheap compared to the market since they are sold directly from the factory without an intermediary company.

Personal payment options are also available on the site, which offers installments by credit card. Remittance or EFT options with a 5 percent discount can be used, as well as payment at the door. With the original product, reasonable prices and payment options, you can have a quality shopping experience on the Wish site.  

9. Etsy

The online shopping system, which has been used for a long time, has now turned into a classic activity. There are thousands of sites that serve as e-commerce stores. On these sites, almost the same products are offered for sale with slight variation in price ranges. Those who want to go out of the ordinary in online shopping are looking for a different site.

Etsy stands out with its unique products at this point. Etsy is a more advantageous site compared to other online companies. Because more handmade products are sold on Etsy. With its vintage-weighted product categories, it brings together those who want to sell or buy these special products.

Like other stores, Etsy does not have a product store. Millions of people on the site sell items with material and moral special value. You can directly access the products you are looking for on Etsy without searching for different items.  

10. Eight

The point we have reached in terms of technology has made our lives much easier. The developments that have taken place have been especially beneficial for us in terms of shopping. Nowadays, every product you want can be found on the internet. Many shopping sites with different names and capacities sell all the products needed.

Otto is one of them. On the site where special design shawls are sold, it is possible to find shawl models that will complement daily use or special day combinations in the most elegant way. The product range is exceedingly wide, as the service is provided with different tastes and budgets in mind. Otto, where women of all tastes can easily find the models they are looking for, takes the classic shawl shopping experience to a special dimension.

The site, which generally sells at economical price ranges, also organizes special campaigns for users. Offering dozens of shawl models to buyers, Otto also keeps customer satisfaction at the highest level with its superior service quality.

How Do I Know If A Shopping Site Is Trustworthy? 

Shopping online is very convenient. Considering the affordable prices in addition to the opportunity to shop without getting tired, online stores are the smartest option to meet the needs. However, online shopping has some risks as well as convenience and advantages. Chief among these is security. Those who want to shop online without experiencing victimization   are doing research on reliable shopping sites . In fact, it is possible to shop reliably on the internet by paying attention to a few simple points. 

Pay attention to the address bar: There is a lock sign in the address bar of trusted sites. In addition, the “https” tag, although not a reliability criterion alone, still serves to distinguish corporate sites. The Google search engine warns users when they enter an unsafe site. 

Price information:  Comparing the price information of the site with different sites before shopping will give a clue about security.  

Advertising phenomenon: As you  know, advertisements appear on the sides of almost every shopping site. However, some of them have too many ads. This is a security criterion for shopping sites.  

Company information : Company information of corporate shopping sites is given clearly. If both the sites serving in our country and  foreign  shopping sites provide reliable service, company information is definitely given in the about us and communication sections.  

Frequently asked questions and comments : It is useful to do research and read the comments before buying a product from a shopping site. Corporate companies provide access to comments made by customers. In addition, extra attention should be paid to frequently asked questions and answers given by the site.  

Customer service : If there is a problem after shopping, whether there is someone to contact or not is one of the security issues to be considered in shopping sites.  

Social media:  Today, almost every shopping site has a social media account. The extent to which these accounts are actively used by the company can guide customers in terms of security.  

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5 MUST-HAVE JEWELLERY PIECES FOR KARVA CHAUTH

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As we spent yet another year at home in our pyjamas, the ongoing festive season has given us the perfect excuse to dress up! It is that time of the year when festivity in India is in its full swing. India boasts of an array of significant festivals, of which Karva Chauth, marks one important celebration for married couples.

Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands.

Undoubtedly, like every year, ladies would be stressed about choosing the perfect outfit for the special day. But do you think your search will be limited to finding a good dress? Of course not!

With your sartorial choices taking the front seat, do not forget to have your hands on the must-have jewellery pieces that not only compliment your clothes but also your personality.

Bhavesh Navlakha, founder of online fashion jewellery brand Sukkhi helped ANI list the trending jewellery pieces that would be a one-time investment for you to perfectly style your outfit not only for Karva Chauth but also for the entire festive season:

1. Pearl choker: Chokers are never out of style and are a beautiful addition to accentuate Indian outfits. The choker lends an edginess to your chosen ethnic outfit. An elegant pearl choker can elevate any outfit and give a rather classy look without being too heavy.

2. Long-chain jhumkis: Long-chain jhumkis, also referred to as Bahubali-inspired earrings, is a style statement that acts as the perfect addition to any ethnic outfit. It is a contemporary take on traditional earrings which adds a touch of glamour to your outfit without the need for any more jewellery.

3. Pearl bangles: Bangles are one of the most traditional accessories used in India. Bangles are a versatile jewellery piece that compliments our ethnic outfits. Adding jewellery pieces to your wrist acts as the perfect accessory to just about every Indian outfit.

4. Jhumkis: Jhumkis are immensely popular as one of the most worn jewellery pieces and is loved by everyone for their intricate design. Jhumkis can be paired with Indian ethnic outfits and also western outfits to create an eye-pleasing ensemble.

5. Kundan neckpiece: Kundan neckpieces look elegant and sophisticated and can glam up your outfit in no time. Not just for Karva Chauth, but Kundan sets can be worn by pairing them with your favourite outfit and layering the necklaces.

With jewellery trends constantly evolving and changing every year, we find it hard to keep ourselves updated on them. So, now that we have got you all covered, style your outfit with the above-mentioned jewellery pieces, making your ensemble not only look great but also speaking volumes for you!

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Needledust launches its first-ever store in Mumbai

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India’s first-ever designer jutti label, Needledust is thrilled to announce the launch of their first-ever store in Mumbai at Reliance’s first premium mall in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, Jio World Drive.

Housing more than 90+ premium and luxury brands, JIO World Driver is an exciting hub for luxury, fashion, shopping and entertainment. Located in Bandra Kurla Complex, and spanning across an area of 17.5 acres at Maker Maxity, Jio World Drive is Mumbai’s newest, vibrant urban hangout. The precinct is home to 72 prominent International and Indian brands, 27 culinary outlets with cuisines from across the globe, Mumbai’s first rooftop Jio Drive-In Theatre, an open-air weekend community market, pet-friendly services, a dedicated pop-up experience and other bespoke services. With an international consumer base, Needledust launched in 2014 with an original first of its kind product in the designer jutti space.

Following the immense success of their existing stores in Delhi & Chandigarh and a spectacular online presence on Needledust.com, this is a significant milestone for the brand as they open their doors to the tinsel town. 

Needledust brings to you a line of bespoke fine leather juttis that speak the charm of a true old school artisan with a desire to recreate this age-old craft for those who wear, admire, preserve its elegance and culture.

The celebrated label is all about unbridled passion for the revival of the jutti and unmatched craftsmanship, amalgamating the finesse of old royal moulds with innovative design and embroidery patterns that impeccably reflect 21st-century aesthetics.

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MANUBHAI JEWELLERS LAUNCHES AN EXCLUSIVE BRIDAL JEWELLERY COLLECTION FOR NEW BRIDES-TO-BE

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This wedding season, Manubhai Jewellers, a leading jewellery brand for over 30 years has made the process of finding the perfect jewellery for all the brides-to-be more special and remarkable. The brand has launched a new campaign called “Wedding by Manubhai” that features jewellery for every function – Sangeet, Mehendi and Wedding -along with a special traditional experience for all the new brides-to-be to wish them good luck and prosperity.

Speaking about the new campaign, Samir Sagar, Director, Manubhai Jewellers, said, “We at Manubhai Jewellers have been creating intricate and beautiful pieces of jewellery that balance between tradition and contemporary design to suit every occasion. For the wedding season, we want to take the opportunity to highlight the traditional values associated with our brand and offer a new bridal experience.” Manubhai Jewellers are popularly known for their specially crafted and curated collections in Mumbai. With a retail presence in Borivali, they cater to every customer’s needs ranging from beautiful modern diamond pieces to fanciful and chic gold wear, to traditional Kundan and Jadau jewellery. The brand is one of the few jewellers in Mumbai creating bespoke designs in Polki, Temple and Antique.

Additionally, Manubhai Jewellers are also committed to specialising in bridal jewellery called Madhuban. The Madhuban collection features beautifully handcrafted inspirational jewellery displayed in the store with a royal theme. Manubhai’s traditional concepts stand are brilliantly reflected through the indigenous craftsmanship of the Madhuban collection and has made the brand popular among the best jewellery shops in Mumbai. Further, all jewellers at Manubhai are hallmarked and certified.

Further, to make the moment special for new brides, Manubhai Jewellers have also introduced “Madhuban Delight” wherein the bride is first welcomed in a traditional way with the ‘Aarti thali’ and then gifted with a ‘Potli’ – a traditional drawstring bag that contains silver coins, vermilion, rice and Swastik that symbolise good luck, prosperity and imply the underlying cultural significance of ceremonial rituals.

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Karva Chauth 2021: Stand out with these easy makeup looks

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Karva Chauth, an important festival for married couples has always been about dressing up to the nines and sporting elaborate makeup looks for women. Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands. This year Karva Chauth will be celebrated on 24 October, that is, Sunday.

Ladies, you may even have spent days planning out your Karva Chauth outfit and makeup look. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic easing down, there is much of a point in getting decked up like earlier.

So, it is time to come up with a makeup look that is not only appropriate for your special day but also worthy of posting on Instagram!

Check out the simple tips listed below by Professional MUA Sahibjeet Kaur shared with ANI to create a makeup look that is unapologetically you:

1. Basic red, with popping eyeliner or kajal: Women love to wear traditional red shades for their Karwa Chauth, but another trend that has really taken up and we cannot get enough of is the coloured eyeliner or kajal look. Gone are the days when your eyes could carry only basic black or simple brown colours. Now, you can use coloured eyeliner or kajal to add a unique point to your Karva Chauth look. Add trendy colours like lime green, electric blue, and bubblegum pink to your eyeliner or Kajal. You can play around with a sleek cat-eye look or experiment with a graphic liner look by doing a cut-crease with a coloured liner. Apply bold blood-red lipstick with small size red bindi. To compliment your look, style your dress with gajra, mang tikka, and a choker neckpiece.

2. Have fun with the eyeshadow palette: Bid adieu to your basic pink and red eyeshadow look. Explore the peppy colours in the palette and blend the shades that go with your outfit. To add more glam to your eye makeup, apply artificial lashes on your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Go light with your lip-shade to let your eyes do the talking!

3. Smokey eyes with a glitter twist: A trend that can never become stale is the basic smokey eye makeup look. But, why should you settle for basic? Pick up your makeup brush tool and add some glittery twist to the whole look. Choose a colour matching to your outfit for the smokey eyeshadow. Blend it until you achieve the perfect smoke. Apply artificial lashes to your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Ditching the basic black, add a glittery twist to the whole look by applying a silver shiny eyeliner. Apply nude or glossy lipstick and a stroke of highlighter on your cheekbones. If you can wear big jhumkis, it can enhance your look like anything.

4. Add some glow to your look: Steer clear of your ultra-bright golden highlighter and go for a subtler look instead. Opt for a subtle highlighter in the shade of rose gold, champagne, or dull gold. Apply it at the high points of your cheekbones, on your brow bones, and down your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look. This will make your makeup look understated while still making you look effervescent.

5. Get peachy with blush: Red, pink or green- choose any colour for your outfit and peachy makeup will add volumes to your look! Go for a peachy blush with a slight shimmer to add warmth to your face and elevate that dewy look. You can apply the blush straight across your cheekbones and nose to create a pretty fresh look and to your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look.

Pro-tip: Do not neglect your eyebrows. You can use an eyebrow pencil to shape up your eyebrows or can use eyeshadow to give a natural uplift to your brows.

Now that we have got you all covered, try out these makeup tips to glam up this Karva Chauth!

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DIAL M FOR MINIMALISM

With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes.

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Clamping down on consumption for some has indirectly affected their aesthetic (most for the better). It has initiated a shift in consumer choices. The year 2020 and a majority of 2021 have seen a shift in design trends. Instagram accounts with zen influencers have made impressions in the aesthetic inclinations of many. Enter Marie Kondo, the purveyor of minimalism with tidying up as her motto. Known to preach cleanliness, she believes ’Tidying up’ fosters joy and serenity. Indulgence and maximal living is a personal choice and we are not arguing about it. Respect, Kardashians and Jenners.

However, understated interiors are an aesthetically pleasing choice of decor. This style that is #trending can be incorporated into homes of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s Japanese, modern or Scandinavian, there are many ways to achieve this coveted look. An added advantage is it is not labour intensive to execute so you can save energy for your upcoming HIIT session. Most of these sleek looks can be achieved by incorporating simple streamlined furniture with chalky hues for upholstery.

Clean modern lines, a pastel palette of colours and simple silhouettes. With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes. Colours are imperative.

A decluttered coffee table with a statement pot planter can do the trick. Facets that add to the zen features range from contemporary ceramic bowls to a some-free soy wax candle. These contemporary bowls can be procured from Ellementry, a home accessory studio from Jaipur. Nestasia (an online Indian home store) boasts of geometric ceramic pots that are unique and trendy. They are available in chalky hues in harmony with a minimalist’s handbook. For everything else there is Ikea.

Rattan mirrors are topping the charts for sprucing up your blank spaces. Choose from a range of hand made rattan numbers to bevelled circular pieces. One mirror on a single wall should do the trick. A multitude of small rattan mirrors can add that subtle adornment. These handmade rattan numbers could be found at gingercrush.com. You could also explore www.pepperfry.in for some sleek round mirrors by the brand Flairglass.

Tables with sharp lines or curves comply with the minimalist’s montage. Sofas and couches with forms conforming to the Marie Kondo design sensibility.

If you’re looking to fix the mess, commit to tidying up. Investing in simple yet effective pieces with minimum maintenance. Airy spaces with sunlight pouring in are therapeutic. Choose earthy and pastel colours in tandem with the zen philosophy. To destress, declutter.

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