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Home – My Happiness Quotient

Lifestyle, well being - Anupriya kapur - March 20, 2020

Home is my happy place. It’s my ultimate headquarters for blogging, some meetings, quality time with my 12 year old and of course, creative thinking. It has been my perfect abode of peace, laughter, musings, some cooking and often…well, just nothing! You know you are home when you can lie on the couch, feet up and hair down, and drown yourself smugly in a world created by you!

Therefore to me, my home is so much more than square feet, furniture, walls and shades! My home defines that island of happiness, of tranquility, where I can literally escape from the madness outside! So, needless to say, I do go out of my way to bring in fresh air, sounds of music, healthy vibes and of course the very necessary chaos without which any home is so incomplete. No, my home isn’t the perfect ‘home décor awards’ house, neither would it win me an award in “tidiest piece of habitat”. But yes, challenge me to one of those “happy homes” contest and there’ll you’ll find me in all probability with a medal of honor.

My Ingredients for a Happy and Healthy Home!

So, here’s what makes my house a home that’s healthy and full of joy.

Music –

I am a music person. And who isn’t!? Music helps me tide over stress and pain, helps me ride through storms. Music is my first appreciation of myself on those occasions when I make myself proud. If you ever feel you are in need of exchanging notes on jazz or pop, county or blues, gazals or Bollywood, drop me a note.

Music kills my negatives, helps me emerge and evolve, because being healthy comes from the inside, and it begins in the mind. Music is said to have healing powers. It helps restore cognitive, sensory, and motor functions in the brain. Just 15 minutes in a day dedicated to a playlist of my choice calms my nerves. In addition, I find it therapeutic to arrange and clean my music devices and discs regularly.

Pets –

Did anyone say pets? I have recently turned into a cat and dog-loving lady and can’t put in words how much I love the feeling. Pets complete us. By adding to the fun, the noise, the cuddling, and the mischief. We raise some, we adopt some. At the end of the day, they are my second and my third children! I have always believed that growing up with pets is a great way to teach a child compassion and responsibility. Above all, they have loads of good times playing and bonding!

When it comes to pets, maintaining hygiene may seem a little tricky. Pets, like kids, will never understand that they are not supposed to step into a puddle or touch their food with dirty paws. So, I make sure that I am as strict with my pets as I am with my son. And it’s more than just keeping their litter box clean. Pets need to get dewormed, made tick-free, and be groomed regularly.   

Colorful Walls

I love to get my walls repainted every now and then. I believe that every house reflects the character of the person who lives inside. And, the colors of a room set my mood. While warm colors like yellow and orange are welcoming, blue and green are a burst of energy. Neutral colors like white and grey create a beautiful balance. Black, on the other hand, adds a touch of luxury. Grainy, woody textures make things rustic and familiar. And textures reflect my whimsical sense of art.    

However, it came to my notice only recently that the wall paint can affect the health of my family. It was one of my friends who had pointed out that interior walls can also be a source of infectious bacteria. The harmful bacteria get transferred to us over the course of time. Ever since I have known about this, I have made it a point to shift to Asian Paints Royale Health Shield which reduces indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and kill 99%# infection causing bacteria. Another thing I love about them is the extensive color palette that they offer. It truly gives a great luxurious finish to the walls. It has Silver Ion Technology in it that is recommended* by Indian Medical Association.

Plants

 Its 2020, and every inch of every city is covered in concrete and pollution. It is important for me to build a little piece of greenery amidst that. And, I keep hoarding plants. From flowering plants in my balcony to succulents in a special corner in my drawing-room, plants adorn my home. I even have my own herb garden in the kitchen! And, I love it when I can spend some time with Kabir, teaching him about these plants and how to take care of them.

There’s very little I need to say about plants in the house. They purify the air and help me create a world where my family and I can breathe freely. They bring the temperature down. And, in general, I find the presence of plants really soothing. The greenery soothes my eyes and my heart; I think I have spent countless hours watching rain drip down from the leaves during monsoons. 

Space

What’s your vision of a joyful home? Mine has always been of a simple room with nothing but a bed and a bookshelf, and golden sunlight pouring in from a large window. And, as an adult, when I finally had the opportunity to build a “home”, I made sure that the decor is minimalistic, to ensure there’s enough space for light and air. Fresh air and lots of natural light is the key ingredient for happiness – and great selfies!

Once a month, I go all “Marie Kondo” on my home and enjoy a decluttering spree. I have my own rule: if I have not used a particular item in the last one month, it goes. If it’s a book that I have read and not reread or lent to someone, it goes to a local library. If it’s the pair of clothes that I can’t fit into, it gets donated. That’s how I ensure that I don’t need extra furniture to store unnecessary things. I’ve noticed that the more space there is, the less I have to worry about dust gathering in odd corners, or my home looking dark and dingy. And who doesn’t feel happy and healthy, living in a spacious, well-lit, airy place?

Conclusion –

Needless to say, maintaining a healthy home is so crucial to me. It brings me peace of mind to know we are entering an abode of hygiene and health. Using the right disinfectants (especially because of pets), instilling in Kabir the use of hand wash, making sure that every piece of garment worn is fresh and ironed, are but basic needs. With an active 12 year old and two pets, there’s almost always a chance of something tripping over, getting spilled and coffee on the sofa ☺ So, ensuring a clean home soon after “mess time” is over, is an absolute must! My mantra always has been ‘give them space, but keep things clean”. Above all, it’s about taking care of each other – not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. It is about finding a reason to smile, from the inside.

Home is where the heart is. My home is always my favourite place on earth. Isn’t yours too?

#Royale Health Shield with Silver Ion technology, within 2 hours of exposure kills 99% bacteria on walls.

Refer to ‘Antibacterial Silver’, 1994, School of Chemistry & App Chemistry, the University of Wales by Julia Clement & Penelope Jarrett.

*Fomite Infections (bacteria) can spread through infected walls among other indoor surfaces in homes and offices

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Havells Freshia – A Breath Of Fresh Air!

Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - November 7, 2019


As we packed up the Diwali lights this year, Kabir was fervently telling me how he couldn’t wait to resume school and meet his friends. Dad and I were discussing how we could shed all the holiday weight with regular morning walks. I, more than ever, was honestly looking to get some productive writing done and step out to wrap up all the procrastinated chores. But as usual the blanket of haze over Delhi this time of the year morbidly washed down our plans. The capital city’s pollution had escalated to an alarming level and brought schools to a standstill till November 5th.

Every newspaper circulation in the last few days reiterated how fallible we have been in arresting the rising pollution levels. Those with delicate health problems are severely suffering and the rest are unable to cope with the ‘worst’ air quality recorded in this season.

Before the city’s unorganised chaos blew up, I thank my stars for having the chance to get my hands on the Havells Freshia Air Purifier ahead of time. The ‘air purifier’ scenario is still relatively new and not many are aware of the amazing health benefits an air purifier bring to your home. 

Air purifiers – necessity or trend?

An air purifier is an effective way to clean the indoor air. It kills contaminants, allergens, foul smell, bacteria, viruses and propels a better quality air for us to breathe and also improves general health including better sleep quality. Air purifier is an intelligent investment especially when you have children and elderly citizens at home.

So, the positives pacify the debate. Air purifier is a necessity; especially for urban homes.

When it comes to giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of longer and healthier lives, it is always wiser to make a well-informed choice. It’s not only about the product quality but in this case, after sales service is equally important as the filter does need to be changed at least once a year.

Havells is once such leading Indian brand popular for fast moving electrical goods. So, when they invited me to check out their new range of Freshia Air Purifiers, the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. While I can do very little to control the type of air outside the comfort of my home, I can absolutely try to purify the air indoors and protect the health of my family. If given a choice, I would rather be at home than step out and into the mouth of the hazardous monsters – air pollution, traffic and scorching heat. But, that’s not possible!

All you need to know about Havells Freshia Air Purifier Range

Havells recently launched the Freshia Air Purifier range in four uniquely designed products which provide a rich consumer experience. The four products AP-20, AP-40, AP-46 andAP-58 are made from HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter technology. What’s HEPA you ask? So in simple words, it primarily works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. 

Usage

As per your space requirement, the AP-20 and AP-40 are most suitable for smaller spaces such as a kid’s room or office cabins. The AP-46 caters to master bedrooms and conveniently large spaces. While the AP-58 model is best suited for living rooms, office and fairly large spaces. You can always inquire with the store staff to help place your air purifier in a strategic location for optimal performance.

Pricing

Now you would want to know how the Freshia models are priced. With pocket-friendly pricing starts from MRP 9,000 upto 32,000 for the top-end model; trust me when I say it’s a great investment!

Features

A big shout out to the unique safety controls, real-time display features and powerful allergen & filtration technology. The entire Freshia range comprises of a noiseless AC Motor therefore the peaceful aura in your room is not disturbed. Everything is made easy with a touch and press from a remote control. Because we are all human and sometimes forget to turn off appliances, the super-smart ‘sleep mode’ helps with ‘forgetfulness’!

Except AP-20, rest others have a UV and child-lock mode along with dust sensors. AP-20 and AP-40, both have 5 stages of filtration process; whereas AP-46 and AP-58 models have 7 and 9 enhanced stages respectively.

What’s interesting is that there is an automatic filter replacement reminder, so even when you fail to remember to pay attention to your filter needs, the machine send a reminder and you are sorted. I was really impressed with the aesthetics of the touch screen panel. The controls are intuitive and the colour indicators help understand the current status of the air in the room. With 2-year warranty on every model, be rest assured that service is easily available.

I just can’t say enough great things about the Freshia Air Purifier range by Havells; except for the fact that I wound up buying two of them! One is plonked happily by my dad’s bedside and the other one is my son’s healthy companion in his room.  I sleep better knowing my family breathe clean air when they are indoors.

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A day well spent

Lifestyle, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - November 28, 2018

Approaching the last month of the year we’ve got a number of festivities and holidays that have kids and adults excited just the same. With a busy lifestyle as a mother, someone who loves shopping and fitness enthusiast, it is important to find things to do with my son that we both love and which gets us both the needed calorie burns! Umm, not really. When it’s time to have, it’s fun with no bars hold 😊 Continue Reading

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A day with panasonic

Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - September 26, 2018

A couple of days back, I happened to be invited by Panasonic to attend a masterclass with chef Michael Swamy where they also showcased their range of ‘Intelligent Home Appliances’ comprising refrigerator, washing machine, and microwave oven. To be honest, I was a little sceptical about the zero-oil concept of their microwave oven. For me, zero-oil equals to boiled and bland food which has no relation whatsoever with your taste buds.

But I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see the chef churn out one lip-smacking dish after another without using a single drop of oil, ghee, or butter, literally. This interactive class included a warm chocolate mousse, grilled peach salad, hasselback potatoes, and baked stuff chicken with salad. I still doubt I would be able to churn out anything like that ever though. Their microwave range has features like 360-degree Heat Wrap for uniform cooking, Magic Grill to retain moisture, juices, and nutrients, and Vapor Clean for easy hassle-free cleaning. Continue Reading

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What I talk about when I talk about sleeping

Lifestyle, well being - Anupriya kapur - September 2, 2018

As we grow older and life becomes hectic, the one thing that gets compromised is sleep. I have seen that happen to almost everyone. Everyone says you need less sleep as you get older but that is just another forward and a fallacy. I like to believe that I am in the best shape of my life right now. And as counter-intuitive as it might seem, I work out the least now. It’s only 3-4 days a week 45 minutes to an hour.

Compare this to when I used to run. I used to run at least 45 minutes every day. Add to that, the build up to a marathon and you are talking about at least 8-9 hours of running every week. Yet my weight barely budged. I used to still feel fatigued and survived on coffee most days. Doesn’t seem right, right? I have done a lot of retrospective analysis on what the possible reasons for this could be. And believe me, it has nothing to do with functional training being better than running. The key difference I found between the two scenarios, in fact, was how much I used to sleep. Sleep is the key time that your body breaks down fat and repairs muscle. Now that I am sleeping more, I am more enthusiastic about my workouts and see better effects thereof. Here are a few things that I have discovered on my journey to find better sleep. Continue Reading

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Taking the Datsun redi-GO AMT for a ride!

Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - June 12, 2018

My job brought me to Gurgaon for the first time in 2001, there was no public transport to speak of and getting from one place to another was really challenging. I still didn’t dare to learn how to drive as I took all the women-can’t-drive jokes a bit seriously.  But, years later, when I actually did learn how to drive, I was terrified as I would get worked up with aggressive honking or embarrassed about not being able to park correctly. Only people who are afraid of driving will understand what I’m trying to express. I just couldn’t get myself used to the constant changing gears along with the clutch while dealing with the traffic specially during peak hours and malls where one needs to drive on the ramp to exit.

I would dream of automatic cars, but they were unheard of and available only in high end models. After a couple of months, I gave up. However, when I was in the Philippines, the need to drive was even more as public transport was really expensive but automatic cars were more easily available than manual cars. On the insistence from a friend, I learned how to drive, and it has been one of the best things I have done for myself. I felt so empowered and independent. Continue Reading

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It’s never too late to quit smoking

Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - June 6, 2018

I have been fortunate enough to never have really been addicted to smoking other than a brief phase in the middle where I smoked 5-6 cigarettes a day for about a year. But I have seen friends and family suffer continuously under the grip of its unrelenting addiction. Everyone wants to quit but most people can’t, no matter how hard they try.

I have seen my brother suffer at the hands of smoking at close quarters and know fully well that it isn’t just an innocent addiction but one that can ruin lives because of its impact on cardiovascular health that can lead to heart ailments. The only saving grace – if I can call it that – is that cigarettes don’t have any psycho active substances. Back to my brother – he suffered at the hands of this addiction for years until he couldn’t function normally anymore and had to quit. He was determined to take charge of his health so he managed. But most people aren’t that fortunate. Continue Reading

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Some smart hacks

Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - May 12, 2018

Life has become taxing with work, unending domestic chores and not to mention, being a mother to a ten-year. I thought it would get easier as Kabir grows older and in some ways it has but for most part, I’m more stressed. Maybe it’s because of the sudden increase in pressure from school regarding academics or his emotional needs or both. And then there is pressure of being a smart mom in just the way Kabir looks at me like I have solution for everything!  So here are some of my secret hacks to that lovely and not-so-well managed home, without losing sleep…aah well, at least not all of it 😉 Continue Reading

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Weekend at Fairmont Jaipur

Lifestyle, Travel - Anupriya kapur - May 1, 2018

I have been to Jaipur three times already and even though it’s been really long, I distinctly remember that I loved the place each time. So, there was no question about missing the opportunity when Fairmont, Jaipur invited me to spend time over the weekend with Kabir. As luck would have it, two other bloggers with their kids were also invited for the same.

The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Jaipur city and takes about 45 minutes by car to get there. And as usual, since I hadn’t done my research about the place, I was caught by total surprise. This place defines luxury. The kind of luxury which doesn’t intimidate you but fills you with warmth. We were welcomed by a grand reception and the instagrammer in me went a little crazy once I got the glimpse of the property. It’s a fairly new hotel and is inspired by a blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture and the facade has been made to look like an old fort. Continue Reading

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Keep your vitamin and mineral levels in check with Vitastiq 2

Fitness, Fitness related, Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - April 30, 2018

When I gave birth to Kabir, my Vitamin D levels had dropped to 5. For those who don’t know what that means, levels such as that can be fatal. In a situation like this, you have to get a blood test done almost every day to know that you are making progress. I had cracked my ribs and had no idea about that for a long time and just went about my daily life. Thankfully, with enough conversation around the negative effects of less than optimal Vitamin D levels, things are beginning to change a bit. Unfortunately, what we haven’t yet grasped is that there are many other deficiencies in the body that can lead to equally severe situations. For instance, the lack of magnesium can create irregular heart rhythms and fatigue. Excessive potassium can cause high blood pressure. Continue Reading

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