In a Hindu marriage there are 7 vows which both bride and the groom takes together for life. This infographic is a simple description of the 7 vows or Saath Pheras which a couple take in a marriage ceremony around the holy fire.
Almost centralized in the city of Lonavala, in the outskirts of Mumbai & Pune city, an Indian celebrity wax museum is located. Unknown to many residing in India as well as in Maharashtra itself, as this museum is not at all talked about or marketed anywhere! Even though I live in Navi Mumbai, I came to know about it’s existence just few days ago when my friends (more of an acquaintances) accidentally landed up there while they were in Lonavla (Actually they didn’t tell me about it as I made this observation while stalking their profiles :P)
From the website (must visit the site) itself I had a feeling that the museum was not going to be anything close to Madam Tussauds as it was cited almost everywhere on the site.
But we made a plan to visit the place on one free evening as it is almost 1 hour away from my place and the locals had mentioned it will be almost a 30 minutes tour (But frankly stating it is less then that if you don’t take the pictures).
Conclusions from the visit
#1 Plan a visit to Lonavla and include this as one of the places to visit on the list. Don’t go for just the wax museum.
#2 It’s a dingy place, I don’t think they clean it up that often as there was layers of dust on the statues, they should put an effort to clean the statues once in a while.
#3 I don’t know why they have put up all the carpets on the wall, that is just increasing the dust in the room and making it look more gloomy and sad.
#4 There are 3 rooms but statues are placed randomly, at least they should keep them according to profession like politicians together, musicians, actors, etc.
#5 Ticket costs around Rs 100 which I think is reasonable but they should also maintain it according to the fee.
#6 Some statues are really good like Narendra Modi, Rabindranath Tagore, Saddam Hussein, Jackie Shroff, Anna Hazare and Kapil Dev which are seriously selfie real!
#7 Some statues are bad as they just look like mannequin from the garment store like Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson and Charlie chaplain.
#8 The description next to the statue was equally bad once, some of them just have a printout, they need to work so much on their presentation!
#9 Timings to visit the place were convenient from 9 AM to 9 PM
#10 Very limited number of statues with very limited popular ones not much on variety. Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Amithabh Bacchan, etc are upcoming ones (don’t know for how long that upcoming board was put up there on the wall)
#11 There are just 3 small rooms which keep on decreasing in size as you go further inside.
#12 The entire tour will take around 30 minutes max if you are taking pictures and selfies.
#13 Don’t go with expectations as it will ruin your experience!
#14 There was a mandir next to Dada Sahib statue, only in India you see something like that in a museum!
Here are few pictures of the museum I took.
Instagram is the most popular visual community binding platform. It connects with everyone instantaneously in the language of images and videos, hence it comes out as a fun image sharing social network. It has helped many brands build their network and generate leads. Here are few tips where brands can go instafamous!
Hashtaging is very easy way to connect. There are couple of popular hashtags which brands can make use of too.Use popular hashtags while describing your posts than flooding your posts with unnecessary tags.
Direct is really nice option to connect with your audience. Its like twitter DM. You can always say a thank you for the follow and connect on a more personal way.
Like any other social media platform community building is also essential on instagram. Acknowledge with reply on posts or do reposts from those who follow you when they post something about your brand. Engage on a very human level with your audience.
Videos are very useful to get your attention on instagram. People generally stop to watch video while scrolling down their feeds, hence adding a video maybe DIY, etc. won’t do any harm.
What do you think? Have you tried anything from above pointers on Instagram to generate engagement? Do share.
Hey if you think I am inspired by the book of Stephen R. Covey then you are probably right to some extent but what inspired me to write this was how easily he wrote about the habits which we should follow to be efficient but in reality we seldom do what is right like smoking, we still do it even when we know it’s not helping us in any which way. So I thought of pointing out the 7 habits of highly ineffective people so that you can just dodge them to be successful than accept an unrealistic habit.
No value for time – Time is very important! Just make the most of it by waking up early everyday and seriously avoid things like surfing the net, browsing social media sites or watching TV. Shift such leisure activities to your afternoon break. Do something productive….. activities like making a plan for the day, couple of exercises or yoga in the morning! Avoid multitasking, that is so not going to save time, believe me you’ll probably end up ruining whatever multitasks you are synchronizing! Focus on one and one thing at a time.
Laziness– Being lazy is probably one of the biggest reasons some people don’t achieve what they are supposed to achieve. They have every possible ingredient in them talent, ambition , zeal but they lack that proactive approach and end up becoming the unknown Michael Jackson, who could have been the king of pop if only he started up singing in front of everyone. So get up, be lazy some other day because today, you got to move & shine like a diamond and there is no other day than today to do that!
No initiative – Initiation is very essential in every sphere of your life, from getting a discount on the vegetable price to talking to a girl whom you like. So if you don’t initiate now, you might miss the last train to the land of successful people. Take up what you were planning to do, whatever that is, maybe it won’t work the first time or the second but someday it will and that day you will sure thank me ;P
Escapism – People just avoid topics, things, etc. and escape from the reality but seldom they know they are not escaping from reality but they are escaping from opportunity. Running away won’t make any difference to the way things are going around currently but if you accept the challenge, then you might learn something which can help you in the process of become someone great!
Losing focus – Inefficiency is complementary to those who lack patience. Trees take time to grow, flowers take time to blossom, and so in the same way, what you do today will eventually in time pay off, hence don’t lose hope and patience and leave what you have started in the middle. Stay focused, stay efficient!
Criticizing– We all are so good at this thing of criticizing! But it’s really not hard to see what someone has to offer, maybe that person is not exceptionally good like you but maybe you can channelize that source in a better way. Criticism pulls you away from looking at the brighter side; it just creates a bias judgment and hampers overall growth. Stop criticizing!
Delusional – And lastly the delusional side of the thought that we are the best! You might be good or even great but just get out of the delusion of there is no one other like you. Get out of the delusional life and start listening, whatever the point someone is offering , just evaluate the ones which you can benefit from, disconnect from the ones which are delusional but at least develop a quality of listening, probably you’ll end up hearing something really interesting!
Did I miss out on something? Do share you comments…
Diwali is like Indian Christmas, kids like it because of gifts, food & holidays and so do we all over grow adult counter parts! Gifts are awesome way to share the love and especially when people put an effort to look into your likes & dislikes and then buy you a well thought of & heart felt gift (& BTW everyone likes free stuff). But in reality nobody actually does that, so we all end up getting something we always get every year and then some of us (which is mostly a majority) forward that same gift to someone on the next festival. So this gift just floats around all 365 days, pretty much like passing the parcel game & somehow it pops up at your place again & this is how I ended up writing this article! Heads up for my unhappy list of loopers! I think after reading this post many of my friends/family will stop sending me gifts or start giving me better gifts 🙂
- The Ganesha – I seriously have almost all kind of Ganeshas, the normal one, the plastic one, the silver one (which is what I should recommend to gift me again), the one in the snow ball, the one on the pencil stand (I wonder how do they come up with ideas like this?!) and the my friend Ganesha one . I seriously don’t get why people even think of giving it every year even when they know I have plenty of those, they must be like she definitely needs a my friend Ganesha to complete her collection of Ganesha statues, I’m going to gift her that (so thoughtful).
- Dry fruits – They are high in calories, expensive like anything & giving something like that just proves the point you didn’t even care to think. If I had the option of buying something worth 1000 bucks instead of box of dry fruits, I sure would have & also made sure that 1000 bucks were well spent with recall value of 100%. Just stop sending that!
- Sweets and chocolates – I don’t have a brain, lets send chocolates & sweets for Diwali! Reality check nobody eats this much sweets! It’s just new way of poisoning people with mawa & high calorie sweets, it is poisonous and not even food!
- Flowers – I do like flowers but I seriously hate when people just give that stupid 100 buck bouquet which is sold on the roadside. Those flowers are almost dead with the roadside pollution and direct sunlight, so you actually throw them away next day as they start smelling bad. Fake flowers are better option to cheap ones!
- Diyas – like seriously, I got 2 of them this year and I was like this is the dumbest gift which even I couldn’t come up with when I was making this list… I think you’ll like them & I’m like….
- Messages – cards are good no doubt, but sending listless forwards are just annoying as hell. If you don’t have time to buy me a card then please don’t send me a stupid forward message too, it just makes things worst! I am not going to read it anyway and it just eats up the space on my mobile memory.
- Nothing – And then there are people who don’t even wish you on this awesome festival! How rude like seriously they are burden to the nation. In the book of Diwali ethics they have mentioned and I quote “there are 3 laws of Diwali share 1.GIFTS, 2. (some) food and bring 3.a smile by saying happy Diwali!” Kill yourself if you bring a gift of NOTHING!