Hands up if you absolutely adore puppies. I am sitting here in-front of my stupid screen but I can see many hands up and mine is up tooooooo!!
As a kid I always wanted a pup for myself, they radiate energy like no one else and they love you like you are the world to them. I never got one, because my mom is scared of dogs and both of my parents are working so my wish…well…it is still a wish. But guess what…a Gurgaon based start-up has come up with an amazing amazing idea that can make my wish come true (sort of) and make millions of the worked out souls happy and de-stressed.
FUR BALL STORY. Established in December by the Shrishti Sharma, who was a law student and shared her idea with two of her friends, Arushi Dixit, who is a designer, and Kunal Daral, who is an IT professional. Upon further research, they realised that the “pet therapy” concept was already widely popular in the West. With an idea that is relatively new to our country, the startup came into being in December last year and is now bringing smiles all over Gurgaon.
Currently, they have adopted three doggies namely, Muffin (a labrador), Cocoa (a shih tzu) and Angel (a golden retriever) — who are trained as therapy dogs and can meet over 40-50 people in a day without barking or snapping at them — and have been holding pet therapy sessions in various universities, corporate offices, hospitals and even private residences.
**wondering why I don’t get such amazing ideas** **sighs**
The adorable canines are presently undergoing an internationally certified training. Several sessions have already been conducted in companies like Nagarro and MakeMyTrip, a few educational institutes, and also at several homes. they are planning to start a bigger centre in Gurugram, where people can just come and unwind in the company of lots of dogs. We will also be getting a psychologist to be a part of this centre so that people can evaluate their progress.
If you are working somewhere, or studying, or just at home…who am I kidding…dear readers, I am sure you won’t mind such an adddddoooooorrrraable company. What are you waiting for, contact them now on their Facebook page and schedule an appointment.
You can always thank me in the comment box below and share you doggie story. You can also drop us a message on our Facebook page and we sure will share your story with the world.
A couple of months back, when it was the time of exams for my daughter, she and her friends kept calling each other asking and sending photos of notes through what’s app. Some of the pictures were so blur that my daughter had to call and ask them to send again. Agreed! Children may not know many things in the mobile but I have seen older people also are very careless when they click a photo. We might have observed some of the pictures that are shared in our regular gossiping book that is Facebook which is in dark lighting though it was shot in daylight, some are shaken, some or blur, while some might even have cut faces…Oops!!
Not everyone is a great photographer to go around with a great camera in hands always. Truth is even great photographers do not do that. They just know the knack as when to click the perfect shot from any device. But can you take good pictures from your mobile phones? Yes! Our mobile phones are called as smartphones for a reason, isn’t it?
So, how to take good clicks from our smartphones? Here are few pointers.
Make sure whatever you are trying to click should not be under shadows of things that are behind you are a shadow of yourself.
Use the one-third rule. That is, use the grid lines while taking a picture. Focus and adjust as where you want the item corners to be seen in the photo based on positioning properly with the help of grid lines.
Avoid zooming to take a closer shot of a picture. When you zoom in the image becomes blur or pixelated. Instead of either, you should try to go closer or take the photo and then crop it with only the item you needed to be photographed.
Try to use the natural light as much as possible, because the flash sometimes reflects the natural light and other bright items in the background dulling the subject.
Do not pose for every photo or do not ask people to look into the lens. Just take candid photos as people shot unexpected shows many different emotions and that makes it more interesting.
Wait till the lens adjusts and the image is clear before clicking on the image button.
Use photo editing apps. One of the best advantages is, there are various photo editing apps. I regularly use these apps to make all my photo to look good. No makeup does not make me worried anymore to share among friends and family because I simply use the youcammakeup app. You will be surprised with so many free apps that let you do various things to your photos and also add animations.
Use external lens add-ons to make your pictures shot with better clarity, and distance.
Find some support if you can before clicking as a slight movement can blur the pictures.
Use various filters that are available in your phone camera settings.
Use the highest resolution available on your phone.
Most of all if you want good pictures, you need to have a lot of patience.
Hope these tips helps. If you got any more ideas for a better photography from mobile phones share them in comments.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
The statement is true to it’s core. Isn’t it?
And it’s even more true for Prerna, Founder of Kraftdeck, a venture of handcrafted home decor products and furniture. India is one of the fast developing country and women here are equally ambitious. Hailing from a business class family, Prerna inherited it in her genes and wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. Her grandfather who had migrated from Pakistan at the time of partition established his own business and her father, a successful jeweler in Indore are two people who set an example for her to follow her dreams.
Being born in a Marwari family, Prerna grew up seeing all her aunts, uncles, cousins and any other family member having their own business and making their way into the commercial market. Having her father and grandfather as her ideals, she also wanted to own her own business and build a career of her own after completing her graduation of BBA. She and her sister Chandini together started a boutique with Indian ethnic wear as their specialization.
I and my sister always had an eye for the latest fashions and trends. We knew every new design, collections, quality of materials and every other single detail of the fashion world and wanted to deliver and showcase it to the world in the form of our work.
– Says Prerna beaming while talking about her initial business that was the gate proof or a beginning for her to start on her own.
Although both the sisters together took their boutique into a well-established level for about four years, but Prerna got married and had to move to Delhi from Indore.
New place, new people, Prerna got busy in building a family and it almost took two years after she was able to find her way back to work. However, this time she could not go back to the boutique in a place like Delhi.
When you travel you meet yourself. After marriage, I traveled to different cities and I found myself. I discovered my interest in the local art, vibrant colors, immaculate details of our artisans and various other things relating to art inspired me. I decided that I want to touch people houses, their space and their lives with beautiful hand-made artwork.
– recalls Prerana, who is celebrating the first year completion of her home decor venture Kraftdeck.
Initially, before starting the Kraftdeck company she attended art classes to know more about every stroke of art. Slowly, she began to do artworks for her own house as well as for other family members. It was really difficult for her to find all the necessary things such as the raw materials, sourcing, packaging, shipping, and manpower. However, she worked hard and made sure she is capable of opening Kraftdeck.
After about three months approximately she was ready to begin her home decor and offbeat furniture company that is Kraftdeck. Her first break to do a design where she could widely be noticed with her artwork was when she was asked by the renowned interior designer Heena Handa to create decorating products for Karma Lakeland Resort in Manesar.
Client satisfaction, quality, and patience are the key for a successful entrepreneurship. But to keep yourself motivated and optimistic at times when things do not turn up the way we desire is the hidden secret for one to reach the top of the success ladder.
– claims Prerna thinking about her journey with Kraftdeck so far.
Starting the company was not as easy and she did struggle. Marriage and family took most of her time. She and her family were not interested in a 9-5 desk job as Prerna was always interested in something creative. She did try to find herself in various activity such as the chocolate making, baking delicious cakes and cookies, and so on. However, it is in the art class where she felt connected and had a true calling. She built her Krafdeck through some of the known contacts from her husband clienteles who is into marble and granite business.
I was always interested in hand-made gifts. I remember how I use to give many hand-made gifts to my husband Aditya while we were engaged to be married. Personalized gifts always give more meaning and stay closer to the heart to me.
– blushes Prerna remembering her carefree days before marriage.
The idea of making her own gifts had sown a new seed to sell personalized gift items as people are more interested in gifting different and unique rather than same old gifts. That’s when Kraftdeck came into existence.
With a vision to be an exclusive company of handcrafted home decor and furniture, Prerna’s focus is to collaborate with interior designers and architects around the world to create hand-crafted products that bring beautiful design, art, and nature together. The Kraftdeck will also be launched online soon to increase the comfort of customers to see and buy their products. The plan is to make it to the international market before 2018.
Persistence, perfection, patience, power, prioritizing your passion is the way to keep yourself sane and this is my mantra for life.
– says Prerna with all the confidence on her face who has high dreams in making Kraftdeck recognized all over the country and globally.
Well, what’s life without a piece of art? I would say it’s the most boring one, isn’t it? Here is Kraftdeck FB page. Check out for amazing artefacts for your home or workplace.