Saturday, 8 October 2016

Celebrating Durga Puja with some Natural sweetness

Durga Puja celebrations are on full swing.  Almost every locality is trying their best to showcase intricate craftsmanship and detailing on the Pandals. These pandals are a piece of art in itself where inspirations are drawn from all walks of life. So while, one pandal is highlighting the tribals and their lifestyle , another one has chosen the theme Butterfly or Prajapati, as they call in Bengali, this year. You truly have to see it to believe it that the decorations are so life like and so intricate. 

The essence of Durga Puja is an amalgamation of the culture, artistic expression and the joy of celebration. People get dressed up in their fineries and visit each pandal with enthusiasm and joy. Another thing celebrated during Puja with fervour is the love of food. People enjoy the nightlong Pandal hopping along with eating out.  From roadside stalls to high end restaurants, every place is full of people who are celebrating Ma Durga and her arrival on Earth. 

Food forms an integral and important part of the festivity. The young ones like to put their hands on streetfood like Puchka, jhalmuri , momo, ice cream etc . While some others like to indulge in traditional food, in the form of Amish and Niramish thali (Veg and Non veg).  

Streetfood is high on demand at this time of the year, where people like to just grab something on the go. Amongst others,  Ice creams are an eternal favourite with people of all ages. With the weather still humid and the scorching sun, people love to relieve the heat by indulging in some yummy Ice cream. Keeping the traditional flavours in mind, Mother Diary has come up with a new flavour, Nolen Gur Ice cream. Bengal is well known for the sweet Nolen gur available, which is basically date palm jiggery. This gur is used extensively in many traditional Bengali sweets and other desserts. Using the same gur in an ice cream, gives you a natural and organic sweetness. 

Us being, total Ice cream lovers, found ourselves digging into the Nolen gur Ice cream cups. The natural sweetness and the beautiful brownish hue of the Ice cream rings traditional bells and is a wonderful way to celebrate the season of Festivity.

It is available in pack sizes of 750 ml and 90 ml and is priced at Rs 150/- and Rs 20/- respectively. 

Happy Puja Binging

Disclaimer : This post is in association with Mother's Diary

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Welcoming Festivities with fun, fervour and hygiene

India is the land of Festivals with each having its own charm and significance. The basic purpose being getting together and celebrating life in general with new clothes, gossips and lots of  food.  Month long preparations begin where meticulous plans are carried out to make the most of the upcoming festivity.

This time of the year brings along a string of festivals. With the nip in the air and the appearance of new blooms, nature announces the beginning of the most important  festival amongst Bengalis-Durga Puja. Calcutta being a very cosmopolitan city, it is amazing to see people from all religions get together to celebrate the festival of cuture, passion and artistic expression. All over  the city,  beautiful and intricate Pandals are set up which compete with each other in detailing, craftsmanship and innovation. 
Year long preparations are done to decide the theme, colours and the detailing which includes the idol Durga with her 4 children who are believed to have descended on Earth at this time of the year.

The run up to the celebrations include buying new clothes, getting rid of new and buying new things for the house and most importantly maintaining a clean and hygienic surrounding in and around the house.

The seasonal change brings with itself the appearance of all sorts of insects esp cockroaches in the house. Cockroaches are carriers of bacteria that can lead to an array of diseases from diarrhoea to food poisoning. The presence of cockroaches should be taken very seriously  as they can live in all places and corners of the house, in cracks and crevices, behind cylinders, under the cabinet etc. They crawl on food and utensils at night and spread food poisoning and they love to hide in hard to reach areas where regular cleaning does not help.

A regular cleaning regime becomes important to ensure a check on cockroaches and with the festival season approaching it becomes all the more important to combat them with sure shot methods. Some of the things to remember are never to leave food in open esp at night, ensuring areas like sink, under cabinet and around cylinder are clean as these are some of the most favourite hiding spots. The most effective way to maintain cleanliness in all areas is the usage of Godrej Lal Hit as it comes with its unique deep reach nozzle which helps to kill even the hidden cockroaches. Use Godrej Lal hit every month and ensure a safe hygienic and clean household.

Welcome the season of festivals with lots of fun , fervour and assurance from Godrej Lal hit to have your house free from the menace of cockroaches.

Happy Durga Puja to all of you.

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