5 must-have accessories this season

57218887That’s the thing with fashion – it changes! And with trends getting in and out of vogue every day, it’s hard to keep up with all the change. What’s harder is to keep buying new clothes all the time! So, what do you do to keep your current wardrobe in style? The key is to accessorize right and give life to an old, oft worn outfit! Here are a few accessories trends that I’m so totally into this season.

1) Scarves

Ever seen yourself gawking at the cabin crew wearing scarves and all you could think about is how effortlessly chic they look, welcome to the club! I absolutely love them! Their most glorious years were in the 70s, but scarves have come back with a bang! Pick a silk printed scarf and choker tie it with your white shirt outfit to make you the Blair Waldorf at work or just tie a cotton scarf as a head band with a gypsy dress to awaken your inner bohemian. Bright check scarves with the trench coats or dull ones with your over-sized sweaters will definitely keep you in game.

2) Socks

For the last few years, designers are trying – often successfully – to make fashion for everyone. And why shouldn’t they! And a trend that has recently caught on is a nice pair of socks! Who would have thought that? It is by far the easiest and the most inexpensive piece of accessory that will change the entire outfit. From the silks to frills, and neons to glitter, team these with your mules, your sandals, your block heel shoes. Don’t just limit yourself with sneakers! For your work clothes you can pick the more subtle ones, at parties you can play with the knee high socks with your minis.

3) Belts

While we know that the belts didn’t go anywhere, the double buckle belt has reemerged after the 80s like a Kraken! Try teaming these gypsy style belts with your high waist flared jeans or the metallic buckles to match your pencil skirt at work. A body shaper belt with a sari will definitely make all the aunties turn their heads at the next wedding! Enjoy all the attention while you dig into a hot gulab jamun.

4) Statement earrings

That one earring trend was a major head turner last year. Now, isn’t that the most convenient thing ever? Pick the most gawky, chunky one piece and add flavor to your outfit. The best part about it? You don’t have to throw your favourite earring of which you lost one. Just wear the one left and be stylish!

5) Layered necklaces

You don’t even have to go shopping for this one. Both your old necklaces and your pocket will thank you for this. Just clean your drawer and place your metallic neckpieces together and beads and pearls can have their awesome reunion. Try layering these at your next party and grab all the attention.

Avantika Mohan’s suitcase and her cupboard define her. “There are only two things I am good at: travel and clothes. My day job in aviation and my passion for all things stylish take care of both!”

In nine #steps, make the #world a #greener #space!

52968841Global temperatures have been on a steady rise, and rising sea levels can no longer be ignored.

Mumbai based agriculturist, Dilip Shah, started his annual campaign of distributing one lakh saplings each year for free. It’s been 17 years since the campaign started and Shah continues to keep the tradition alive. He gives us nine tips on how an individual can make a difference to the environment, in his/her small way.


Your humble houseplant can decrease the CO2 levels in your house substantially. They are easier to maintain -especially considering cramped Mumbai houses -and they fit easily into balcony grills and windows. One can also plant kitchen herbs like basil, rosemary, chillies and so on. Creepers are also a great idea. The grill gives them ample support and it also beautifies the flat.


Mumbai has long since abandoned the idea of lawns and gardens. Blame it on buildings encroaching on green, open spaces and the city’s teeming millions. Terraces are the only available spaces, thus making terrace gardens a necessity.

They also go a long way in making the city green. One can start with small plants and then accordingly expand. Check with your building society office to collaborate on this.


Switch off the AC for an hour at least. Open those doors and windows to help ventilate the work space better.Even at home, don’t switch on the AC immediately when you get home as our body acclimatises to the temperature. Air conditioners consume a lot of electricity and also generate a lot of heat.


Mumbai disposes about 100 bodies a month, and most people opt for the traditional funeral pyre to cremate bodies. To accommodate that need, about 50,000 trees are cut in Mumbai annually. People should opt for electric or LPG gas cremation. This will help preserve the forest cover in and around the city.


Think twice before immersing an idol in the sea after a religious procession or celebration. They not only pollute the sea, but also harm the marine flora and fauna.


Assign one day in the week as a `nocar day’. Use public transport, or hitch a ride to work with a colleague. Better still, invest in a bicycle. It will also keep you healthy.


Appliances like microwaves, induction cook tops, washing machines and dryers consume huge amounts of electricity. Limit your dependence on them. Instead, use alternate methods of cooking. Heat your food on the gas stove, instead of nuking it in the microwave. Rely on sunshine to dry your clothes naturally, instead of opting for the dryer.


Though old, this one is really effective. Reduce your dependence on plastic. If you are forced to use it, then make sure you recycle and reuse it.Buy bigger bottles of shampoos, detergents and similar household products.Also, carry a jute canvas cloth bag with you when out shopping.


Inculcate love and respect for Mother Nature in children at a young age.The sooner they make nature a part of their normal life, the sooner they will preserve and protect it. Engage your children with nature -make them walk barefoot on the grass and take them for hikes and treks.

#Paint your #roofs white to reduce #global warming

57185705A new modeling study has determined that painting your roofs white can help reduce the effects of global warming in the city.

According to a report in Live Science, the study simulated the effects of painting roofs white to reflect incoming solar rays and found that it could help cool cities and reduce the effects of global warming.

“Our research demonstrates that white roofs, at least in theory, can be an effective method for reducing urban heat,” said Keith Oleson, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

“It remains to be seen if it’s actually feasible for cities to paint their roofs white, but the idea certainly warrants further investigation,” he added.

Cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change because of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect.

The asphalt roads, tar roofs and other artificial surfaces that permeate cities absorb heat from the sun, making temperatures in urban areas on average 2 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 3 degrees Celsius) higher than in rural areas.

“It’s critical to understand how climate change will affect vulnerable urban areas, which are home to most of the world’s population,” said NCAR scientist Gordon Bonan, a co-author of the study.

White roofs could reflect some of that heat back to space and cool temperatures, because white surfaces reflect most of the light that hits them, while black surfaces absorb most of that light.

Oleson and his team used a newly developed computer model to simulate the amount of solar radiation absorbed or reflected by urban surfaces.

The model simulations, which are idealized representations of cities, suggest that, if every roof were entirely painted white, the urban heat island effect could be reduced by about a third.

Such a reduction would cool the world’s cities by an average of about 0.7 degrees F (0.4 degrees C), with the cooling influence more noticeable during the day, especially in the summer.

White roofs could also cool temperatures inside buildings, which could change the amount of energy used for space heating and air conditioning.

This in turn could affect the consumption of fossil fuels, which generate many of the greenhouse gases responsible for Earth’s warming.

#India ‘key player’ in #global #space race, says #foreign #media after Isro’s #record 104 #satellites #launch



  1. Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 on Wednesday injected India’s weather observation Cartosat-2 Series satellite and 103 nano satellites
  2. Many of India’s landmark missions have cost far less than their equivalents in Russia, Europe and the US

India has emerged as a “key player” in a growing global commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication, world media commented on Wednesday after the country scripted history by successfullylaunching 104 satellites+ using a single rocket.

Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 on Wednesday injected India’s weather observation Cartosat-2 Series satellite and 103 nano satellites, including 96 from the US, into orbit after a textbook lift-off from Sriharikota space centre.

The launch was “another success for the Indian Space Research Organisation, which is rapidly gaining a reputation globally for its effective yet low-cost missions,” The Washington Post said, noting that India has already sent up dozens of satellites, including 20 at once last year.

The New York Times said that by sending a flock of 104 satellites into space within minutes, nearly tripling the previous record for single-day satellite launches, establishes India as a “key player” in a growing commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication.

“The launch was high-risk because the satellites, released in rapid-fire fashion every few seconds from a single rocket as it traveled at 17,000 miles an hour, could collide with one another in space if ejected into the wrong path,” the paper noted.

“Forget the US versus Russia. The real space race is taking place in Asia,” CNN commented.

London’s Times newspaper reported that by today’s feat, India has reinforced its ambition to join the elite space-faring nations.

Many of India’s landmark missions have cost far less than their equivalents in Russia, Europe and the US. Isro’s Mars mission cost $73 million+ , compared with Nasa’s Maven Mars launch, which came in at $671 million, the British paper pointed out.

UK’s Guardian newspaper, commented that the record-breaking space launch will help India to cement its place as a serious player in the burgeoning private space market.

“India, which became just the sixth nation to launch its own rocket in 1980, has long made space research a priority. The Indian government has increased the budget for its space programme this year and also announced plans to send a mission to Venus,” the British paper said.

The BBC, quoting observers, said today’s space success was a “sign that India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market.”

“The successful launch is yet another feather in the cap of India’s ambitious space programme that has earned a reputation of offering a reliable low cost alternative to existing international players,” it said.

Over the past two decades, India has become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market offering a low-cost alternative, the British public broadcaster said.

China’s state-run media took note of India’s success in the space sector.

“India created history by successfully launching 104 satellites in a single space mission, breaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.