Cuemath Quizzes for kids taking place across Delhi NCR

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In a bid to instil in children a liking of math, Cuemath, a sophisticated after-school math learning program for KG to 8th class kids, has decided to organize about 40 math quizzes on 1st and 2nd October.

The quizzes will be held in different societies and residential areas across Delhi NCR. Certified Cuemath teachers will be conducting these quizzes in auditoriums with parents being given an opportunity to witness their kids participates in the event. One can register their child on for the event on to www.cuemath.com/delhiquiz. The registration fee is INR 100.

These quizzes will give students a unique exposure that they normally do not get in schools or tuitions. Besides, the event intends to put to test the Math reasoning and thinking abilities of children and is packaged to be fun, challenging and exciting. The winners of each quiz will get medals and all the participants will be getting certificates.

Also, Cuemath will soon organize a city-level Cuemath Quiz where winners from each of these individual quizzes will be eligible to take part and win exciting prizes.

“The reason for organising the quiz is to instil in children a liking of math and to show them the beauty of math, the universal language. The Cuemath Quiz enables the child to think analytically and logically,” explains the Cuemath’s team. The team adds, “The event strives to invigorate a competitive spirit among all the students. The aim is to help them to see Math in a different way which is based on logic and reason. It is a fun way of experiencing Math. Reiterating the message, Manan Khurma, Founder and CEO, says, “If there is one skill that every child should learn, I think it is the skill of being great at maths.”

In each individual quiz about 40 to 50 children are expected to take part. Overall 2000 plus students are expected to be part of the Cuemath Quizzes taking place across Delhi NCR.

Cuemath follows a multimodal learning approach that consists of engaging set of workbooks, gamified tab-based activities and interesting puzzle cards that provide fundamental math learning to the kids.

“A major part of Mathematics is making connections between separately disparate ideas, something that is completely missing from conventional math education,” Nikhil Pawar, Head of Curriculum, says.

Cuemath was curated with an aim to make kids great at math from a very young age. Through a ‘why¬before¬what’ approach to math learning, Cuemath aims to tap the kids’ natural curiosity and engage them in the subject, in the eventual hope of making them fall in love with the subject and have a transformative impact in their  lives.

Cuemath’s core team is comprised of math, education and technology graduates from IIT, IIM, Stanford, Cambridge and Harvard. They have recently raised $4 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and have invested millions on its learning system. Cuemath has over 2000 centers spread across 100 cities teaching more than 8000 students and striving to make them great at math.

To register your child for the event, please go to www.cuemath.com/delhiquiz

 To know more about the Cuemath Program, please check out: www.cuemath.com

 

National Restaurant Association of India hosts 34th AGM; Celebrates Year of Resounding Success!

 

 

 

~President Riyaaz Amlani reflects on achievements and shares plan ahead~

 

The National Restaurant Association of India held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Delhi today which was presided by Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman, MCD Standing Committee, South Delhi, as Chief Guest.

Besides giving the audience an update on activities of the association Mr. Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI, shared news on breakthroughs the body has made over the past 12 months on issues it has been pursuing with the authorities across cities.

Some of these that liberated the Food Services’ Sector from restrictions were:

  • Cabinet approval on the Model Shops and Establishments Act that allows shops, malls and other establishments to operate 24×7.
  • Decision on the delivery bikes issue – Ministry of Road Transport and Highways allowed fitment of boxes for delivery.
  • Formation of a subgroup by the FSSAI to amend rules that govern safety standards at eating establishments with NRAI.
  • Announcement by the Delhi government about removal of the tourism license given to restaurants, bars and cafes; and implementation of single window clearance system from 2017 onwards for the restaurant industry.
  • Exemption from providing Effluent Treatment Plants for restaurants having up to 100-seat covers connected with Municipal/ Delhi Jal Board STPs (as against the earlier 36-seat cover clause).
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about designing a single-window clearance mechanism to promote restaurant and food services business in the state.
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about eating houses, permit rooms, swimming pools and lodges not requiring police permissions to function anymore. Restaurants and bars fell under this order’s ambit.
  • Reduction in the number of licenses required to 31 from the earlier 37 by the Maharashtra government for operating a restaurant.
  • Provision of single license from the BMC to suffice for operating or starting an eatery.
  • Legal nod to rooftop restaurants in Mumbai.
  • Extension of 1 am deadline for bars & pubs from weekends to weekdays as well by the Karnataka government.

 

He also reflected on the exponential growth that the restaurant industry is undergoing. Noting from the recently launched NRAI India Food Services Report 2016, he said “The Indian economy is increasingly gaining importance on the global stage. The size of the Indian food services’ market is INR 3, 09,110 crore in 2016. Contributing a total of 11% to the food services market, Delhi NCR holds the highest market size of Rs 32,885 crore. However, it comes a close second to Mumbai when it comes to the number of restaurants in the organized market.” Sharing his concerns, he said, “South Delhi localities like Hauz Khas Village, Nehru Place, Defence Colony, Saket, Green Park and Vasant Kunj have emerged as vibrant entertainment and food hubs. But restaurateurs operating in these locations have been grappling with logistical and policy concerns. For example, municipal authorities are not permitting service in the open spaces and terraces available to restaurants within the premises. Curtailing this only causes loss of business to the restaurateur, loss of revenue to the government and reduces the enjoyment of tourists who are drawn to open air restaurants. Internationally, open air Alfresco cafes add considerably to the charm of the cities. Such service in the open areas should be continued in the capital city as well.”

He further added, “As President of the NRAI, my request to the authorities is to recognize the merits of restaurants and bars as spaces that encourage and enhance city life. NRAI has been successful in many of its endeavors but there’s a long way to go. I am thankful to SDMC for streamlining and making the licensing process online. With government’s support, I am hopeful that together we will resolve the pending issues.”

Addressing the audience during the AGM Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman of MCD, South Delhi, said, “The potential of the F&B sector is visible to us with the number of restaurants, pubs etc. that open up in the city. Restaurants cater to not only the residents of the city, but also act as top tourist hubs for people traveling the city/ country. We have been working closely with the association and have been taking steps to ensure ease of doing business. While we understand that current norms are not suitable to provide a robust nightlife to the city, we are taking steps to make the impossible, possible. In co-ordination with the NRAI, we are hoping to bring many developments for the restaurant sector in Delhi.”

The 34th AGM also marked the two year anniversary of Mr. Riyaaz Amlani as President, NRAI. In 2014, when he took over the baton as President, a decision was taken to streamline the membership process of the association to have substantial members voicing the concerns of the restaurant industry. In less than two years, NRAI now boasts of more than 5000 members.

Expressing gratitude on the accomplishments and collaborations that NRAI successfully undertook during the last year, Mr. Amlani said, “Last year brought us scores of progressive moves from the government bodies across cities as we (as NRAI) were able to table our concerns to the policy makers much effectively. We will continue to do so to bring in the necessary changes required to tap into the immense potential this industry holds. I would like to thank the NRAI Office Bearers, Managing Committee and Members for their continued support, faith, guidance and motivation that helped the NRAI scale new heights.”

The AGM was followed by a grand cocktail reception that witnessed the participation of the city’s most prominent restaurateurs and industry stakeholders. Among those in attendance were  Mr. Kabir Advani from Berco’s,  Mr. Sandeep Anand Goyle from Essex Farms, Mr. Sunil Malhotra from The Embassy Restaurant, Mr. Rohan Jetley from TGI Fridays, Mr. Unnat Varma from KFC India,  Mr. Sumeet Chugh from Nizam’s Kathi Kabab, Mr. Satinder Sarna, President HKV Traders Association, Mr. Vikrant Batra from Café Delhi Heights and many more.

 

About NRAI

National Restaurant Association of India is the voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry. Founded in 1982, NRAI represents 100000+ restaurants, an industry valued INR 3,09,110 crores.

NRAI is the leading association of the Indian restaurant industry and aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian Food Service Sector. The association in its 34th year has a pan India presence with members comprising of restaurants, suppliers and educational institutes associated with it.

The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru and aspires to lead the Indian Restaurant Industry to greater profitable growth. It represents the interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events.

NRAI aims to

  • Advocate changes in the laws governing the Indian Restaurant Industry at local, state and centre levels,
  • Provide opportunities to educate members
  • Play a key role in promoting skilling and career opportunities for industry professionals through the Hospitality Sector Skill Council.

 

I would love my son to read lots : Sonali Bendre

 

 

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Yesteryear heartthrob and parenting author, Sonali Bendre, recently wrote The Modern Gurukul, My Experiments with Parenting.

She’s back among the books again, as she  turned up in a stylish white shirt and flared pants at Crossword Bookstores at the launch of author Anusha Subramanian’s book.

Bendre was present to launch the book ‘Never Gone’ by Anusha Subramanian, daughter of bestselling, Crossword Book Award winning author Ravi Subramanian.

Speaking at the launch, Sonali confessed that she was the only author in her family; and that she would love for her son Ranveer to read books, as books have been her best friend.

Sonali also candidly admitted that she has the strong urge to ‘read fiction’, but ‘could never write fiction.’

Teenage author Anusha Subramanian, one of the country’s youngest young adult authors, was only twelve when she wrote her first book, Heirs of Catriona.

‘Never Gone’ is her second book. A work of youth fiction, you will meet many colourful characters in the 226 pages of the book.

As Anusha said, “I really love forming an emotional connect with the reader and hope that my book is able to achieve this.”

Proud father and Crossword Award winning author Ravi Subramanian; who has penned popular bestsellers with his banking trilogy The Incredible Banker, The Bankster and Bankerupt posed happily for pictures with daughter Anusha.

CLASSIC STYLE #RETROSWAG WITH SAIESTA!

CLASSIC STYLE NEVER GOES OUT OF FASHION SO FLAUNT YOUR

#RETROSWAG WITH SAIESTA!

What goes around, comes around. Well, it is true for fashion as well! Leading Bollywood ladies have time and again flaunted the retro style with panache. Maybe it will remind you when you were a teenager, or how your mother used to dress, and maybe you will think women in those days were just as beautiful as today or even more? As the 1960-90s fashion, which we all know as the ‘Retro’ fashion is back in vogue, Ms. Sonal Abrol, COO, Saiesta, India’s premier e-tail studio for women, brings to you some unique and stylish ideas to flaunt the #RetroSwag.

Actress Ileana D’cruz nailed the retro fashion in Rustom. Flaunting the pastel shades, with influence of Audrey Hepburn look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s one can be inspired from Ileana D’cruz look, pick up the midi-dresses in pastel colors or pair an elaborately designed saree with a sleeveless or 3-4th sleeves length blouse to make an elegant fashion statement. You can complete your look with the retro sunglasses that have always been statement pieces.

Moving to the most elegant and stylish Bollywood diva, Aishwarya Rai flaunted some of the very popular designs from the good old days, like the polka dots dresses and sarees in vibrant colors. To rock this look, you can select a polka dots top in various patterns – small animal based print with a broad neckline, in any combination and pair it with skinny jeans or bell bottoms, with a bandana and long earrings.

Flaunt a tunic with ever green polka dots or crop tops paired with jeggings or boot denims. Ace the winged eyeliner look and team it up with stilettos or wedges and carry that bold colored sling bag or clutch, to stand out of the crowd.

As the festival season is around the corner, you can flaunt the chikankari styled kurti or saree in serene white or light shades of yellow, pink, blue or purple. Pair your kurta with hand embroidered palazzo or pants or even boho hippie salwar to give yourself a simple and on-the-go look. You can wear a saree with broad borders with polka dots and a sleeveless blouse, and complete your look with a pearl necklace and earrings. These days, chikankari dresses are in, so you can select a plain dress with intricate chikankari work and complete your look with a broad belt around the waist. To give yourself a disco look, team this up with a junk metal necklace and similar earrings.

If you are in the mood to go for the classic combination, you can take a cue for yesteryear superstar Zeenat Aman, who gracefully flaunted this look in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, which became a style statement in the late 70’s and continues to be held in high regard even today. To replicate this look, pick any vibrant colored t-shirt and pair it up with flared high waist pants. You can even pair an ethnic short jacket with mirror or phulkari work with a plain dress in bright color and accessories to add to the “oomph factor”.

Starlet Hema Malini is still famous for her fashion sense, but back in the days, her lovely chiffon sarees were quite the rage. Pair a plain chiffon saree with a net-sleeves blouse and tie your hair in a bun for a simple yet elegant look. To give an interesting twist to this look, you can even opt for an embellished blouse in a contrasting color with your saree and stand out from the crowd.

So don’t hesitate in bringing back the charm of the good old days and flaunt your #RetroSwag with Saiesta, because you have the #RightToFlaunt!

P.S. – To check out our collection, log onto www.Saiesta.com!

About Sonal Abrol, Chief Operations Officer, Saiesta:

With specialization in textile designing and export management, Sonal Abrol, The Chief Operations Officer at Saiesta, is a veteran in the international fashion industry and her career is best described as a kaleidoscope of designing, production, operations, marketing and management. Her expertise lie in designing apparels, accessories and home furnishing, and her team of proficient designers strive round the clock to deliver collections inspired by global runway trends and street fashion. All her designs and creations have a unique blend of western silhouettes with an essence of embellishments, prints and patterns connecting them to the country’s fashion ethics. With her rich experience, incredible entrepreneurial skills, commendable vision and extensive knowledge of the trade of fashion, Sonal makes for an ideal choice to take the brand to the next level.

A Season Apart: Designer Isha Gupta Tayal- Inspired by British Era, an experiment with Style dazzled the ramp

A Season Apart: Designer Isha Gupta Tayal- Inspired by British Era, an experiment with Style dazzled the ramp

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In an ever emerging fashion industry in India, the new designers are creating fashion statements everyday with their power of imagination and hunger for creativity.  The runway has portrayed the Indianized British costumes that how British India brought about a change in the costumes of contemporary India to the elegance and royalties.

 Isha Gupta Tayal is one such emerging designer who has presented her ‘Imaginative Dressing’ a perfect blend of British India and Royal India Fashion. British era Clothing styles were dictated by propriety, and stylish garments were a sign of respectability. Her designs were focused on the modesty of Royal India fashion with Victorian cuts, regal intricate Indian embroideries, cutwork & brass accessories. The Steampunk fashion would be full of adventure and youthfulness. “My intention is to see Indian women breaking out of their pearl cages and enter into royal steampunk adventures” says Isha Gupta Tayal

  

 

Isha Gupta Tayal- Store at Pitampura, Delhi

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Reviving the art of writing: Chambers of Ink brings world renowned PaperBlanks and Paper-Oh to India

 

Reviving the art of writing: Chambers of Ink brings world renowned PaperBlanks and Paper-Oh to India

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamouring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

On Launch of PaperBlanks and Paper-Oh Padmashri Ms. Shovana Narayan, renowned Kathak dancer, Ms. Sukriti Jiwarajka, Founder and CEO, Chambers of Inks, Padmashri Ms. Anjum Chopra, former Captain, Indian Women Cricket Team a.JPG

 

Since ancient times writing and chronicling have been more than just putting words on a sheet of paper. It has always been a well developed art which needed the right balance of everything involved with writing, including, the paper.

Even today best of poets, writers and storytellers long for that uniquely crafted sheet of paper, notebook, and diary which will help them create those time-defying prose and verses. The right tool can elevate one’s creativity and productivity.

Aiming to revitalize the art of writing, journaling and chronicling, Chambers of Ink has introduced world renowned Hartley and Marks’ quality range of notebooks, diaries and journals to India. Under the partnership, Hartley and Marks will offer its range of ‘PaperBlanks’ and ‘Paper-Oh’ products to the Indian customers.

Ms. Sukriti Jiwarajka, Founder and CEO, Chambers of Inks and Mr. José Andrada, Head, Hartley & Marks, India were present during the launch at The Lodi – The Garden Restaurant in New Delhi. The program was graced by Padmashri Ms. Shovana Narayan, renowned Kathak dancer and Padmashri Ms. Anjum Chopra, former Captain, Indian Women Cricket Team.

Talking about the launch and Chambers of Ink’s vision, Sukriti Jiwarajka said, “There is therapy in putting pen to paper. Blank pages, just waiting to be filled are one of the most beautiful things in this world. It’s like your story is waiting to be written. Chambers of Ink aims to inspire people to write again. We are extremely glad to introduce PaperBlanks and Paper-Oh to the Indian market. Chambers of Ink is a platform that brings together brands that do some really incredible, meaningful stationery.”

Talking about the Hartley and Marks products range, she added, “At Hartley and Marks for over 20 years now, they’ve been making some beautiful writing journals that celebrate human artistry & craft. It’s amazing because these journals are inspired right from French textile patters to Persian binding art to Japanese lacquer boxes right here to embroidery from Gujarat. It’s incredible how they go world over and imbibe their art.

Jose Andrada, Head, Hartley & Marks, India, said, “Coming to the Indian market was a much awaited step and we are very happy to begin our association with a country which has such rich history and interesting stories to document, chronicle and share. Even though India is the youngest country, the people here have a deep sense of respect for their past. While they are modern and futuristic in their approach, they respect their history,” said.

Talking about his outlook for the Indian market, he added, “The product offerings by Hartley and Marks suits all age and groups and people here can easily relate to our diverse range of designs. We are very optimistic about launching our product here and we look forward to entering new markets here.”

Chambers of Ink has planned to tie-up with selected retail outlet in coming days but initially all product will be available on Chambers of Ink’s portal http://www.chambersofink.com/ across country.

PaperBlank: All products are created by trained designers who love to create and who appreciate the rich artistic history of human culture. The covers are long lasting and are like a time capsule that one treasure’s for a lifetime. The process uses acid-free, sustainable forest paper and 100 % recycled binder boards.

Paper-Oh: A creative team consisting of over 80 people laboured for over five years to design quality notebooks with functional features. In order to make them more flexible, the notebooks are Smyth sewn with minimal glue. The writing paper is sourced 100% from sustainable forests and is uncoated, meaning it is left natural with no added veneer.

About Chambers of Inks

Chambers of Ink is an effort to bring back the romanticism of writing with a beautiful collection of writing journals. The art of journaling should be detached from the distractions of technology. The company is inviting everyone to join revive the beauty of putting ink to paper. The journals are inspired from past era, the long history of book-binding and from contemporary paintings & themes. Chamber’s artistic collection of journals will motivate everyone to put your own story down.

http://www.chambersofink.com/

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Bollywood Actress Zeenat Aman walked the ramp at India Runway Week

Bollywood Actress Zeenat Aman walked the ramp for Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal at India Runway Week
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Bollywood diva Zeenat Aman dazzled the ramp as a showstopper for Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal. The Muse Room by Akassh K Aggarwal is a celebration of Being a Queen Beyond her Peers. Collection of Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal comes with a message of celebrating women of all ages- from their teens to their 90’s- who not only have a stellar sense of Living and a knack for making their way in the world but also possess that uncanny ability to know when to act their age and also when to throw the supposed limits of that number. Akassh  says, ” I am very much delighted that Bollywood diva ZeenatAman has walked the ramp for me. She has been my first crush and will always be my muse. Keeping her in mind, I have created the whole collection and have kept my collection name as “The Muse Room”.  

 

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Zeenat Aman said, “Walking the ramp is always fun. It is a feel good factor when you get the instant reaction from the audience. When Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal approached me for his show and after seeing his jewellery, I couldn’t say no. I got nostalgic when I walked the ramp on one of my favourite track Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko and dum maro dum at India Runway Week. Akassh is a great person and a very creative designer. His Jewellery is extraordinary and beautiful. It was lovely to be a part of his show and I am obliged to be his Muse. “