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There has been a lot of Ice Bucket Challenge viral video out on the web lately ranging from top level IT Company CEOs to Hollywood/Bollywood Superstars and Sports Celebrities. But it’s time to move over Ice Bucket Challenge and focus or adapt to a fresh and desi-er “Rice Bucket Challenge”.

For those who are not aware of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, it’s a bucket full of Ice pouring on your body challenge initiated by for spreading the awareness of a condition known as ALS.

But in a country like India, such a challenge seems baseless and somewhat publicity stunts just to catch some eyeballs. The concept of Ice Bucket Challenge was initiated to grow the awareness about ALS and collect donations and funding for the same. While in India, we have bigger problems to cater and one of them is scarcity of water.

So, Hyderabad-based Manju Latha Kalanidhi came up with an idea to help those underprivileged with the Rice Bucket Challenge, fully inspired by the global charity chain discussed above to spread the awareness about the disease ALS.

The official Facebook Page of Rice Bucket Challenge displays the slogan, “Indian version for Indian needs”.

To complete this challenge, one has to cook or buy a bucket full of rice and feed the poor or those underprivileged children who needs it. Just like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, one can challenge their friends, colleagues, associates by tagging them and using the hashtag #RiceBucketChallenge and move the challenge forward.

For some reasons if you don’t want to complete the challenge, you can also pass the challenge by donating medicines worth Rs. 100 to your nearest Government Hospital to help the poor.

Unlike the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there’s no organization behind Rice Bucket Challenge. A mere post on Facebook by Manju Latha Kalanidhi kick started this campaign. “My own local, practical and tangible version/response to #icebucketchallenge… save water feed the hungry!” she posted this on her Facebook profile and next the update got showered with likes and shares from all over India making the post viral.

As the “Rice Bucket Challenge”, the social campaign initiated by Ms. Manju Latha Kalanidhi went viral and became successful on social media helping a huge number of undernourished people especially women and children. To honor this effort of hers, the Indian Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) has decided to award Karmaveer Chakra Award and the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship to Ms. Manju Latha Kalanidhi.

Please read the full Press Release here. (Opens as PDF).

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We lead a busy life and with our hectic schedule, we forget to acknowledge each others’ presence. Being married can be a bliss if you keep the fire of love alive in your relationship. This doesn’t mean expensive gift or doing compromises, but doing something very ordinary but special for your husband. There are many small things that can make him feel special, loved and surprised for sure.

So, here are some interesting surprise ides you can do for your partner:

Surprise him by a Desert: There are many times he will request you to bring his favorite desert. But, you can surprise him by pick his favorite food and serve him after he come home after spending a hectic day. I am sure he will be incredibly grateful to you after seeing this.

Make him King of a Day: Men love to be lazy on weekend. Then it’s time for you to make his wish come true. Plan a weekend when you don’t let him work or bother him for any work. Let him relax on his way and give him things he need. I am sure he will notice this gift and feel loved for sure.

Cook his Favorite: It’s said that a way to man’s heart goes through his stomach. I find that true. Surprise your partner by cooking his favorite breakfast or dinner. Try this and you will definitely make his the happiest man in the world.

Create a Music Video: You don’t have to be artist to do this. All you need is some of his good photos and his favorite music track. There are many site you can easily find online which allows you to upload photo and music to create a video. With just one click, you can show him the love you have stored in your heart.

Surprise Gift: Many times your husband secretly desire for a gift. He might be saving for that too. So, why not save some money and gift him a thing he really desire for. But for this, you need to some digging and that can be easy task for a women.

Let him and world know your love: Men really love when their women tell others how much they adore their husband. The best way to do that is dedicate a song on radio. Write a special message and dedicate a song on radio. Make sure that your husband is listening radio when your message is about to play. The best time is to make this happen in morning when is he off to office or returning home.

Be the Seductress: Sometime a man like to be seduced. So, take this as an opportunity to show him the love you have for him. Plan a perfect romantic night and seduce him in the way he never imagined.

Making your partner happy is not a rocket science. All you need to think is some interesting surprising ideas to show how much you love them.

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After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is a day that people gift each other with something special. Though the event and celebrations can be termed as religious as it involves Saint Valentines as a matter of fact, but the event has remained a mystery because of different story behind Saint Valentine and love birds celebrating this day as a day for lovers. Even the church has not been able to fully explain the happening and thus it adds more to the mystery. I have seen in many religious nature photos to canvas art of St. Valentines and the story behind the day. It is believed by many that a Priest by the name of Valentines married young couples defying the decree of the Roman Emperor of that time. It is believed that the Roman Emperor banned marriages so that the soldiers can remain strong and emotionally stable with no sense of losing so that the war can be won easily. The priest was sentenced to death and we believe that it was his martyrdom and stand that we appreciate by celebrating Valentine’s Day.

canvas-home-printingNow a day this event is celebrated in almost every religion and country with a sense of day to appreciate the bond of love and care. On this event, which is always on 14th of February, couples exchange gift for showing their love towards each other. Many of us take advantage of this day by proposing to others and telling them how they feel about them. Though flirting has been the drawback of it, I wouldn’t consider this event to be the cause of evil in the society. Business community has been earning a lot from this lucrative business and offers some amazing kind of gift items every other year to bring uniqueness. Romantic dinners and romantic trips have become very common way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day. Here are few of the ideas to gift something cute to the one you love.

Electronic Gadget
World has been swept away with some amazing gadgets that have been introduced in the market. Cell phones have become like a must thing to have and people go for the new model whenever they get the chance to do so. Companies like I-phone, Samsung, blackberry and Nokia usually offer some specially designed cell phones for the event of Valentine’s Day.

Photo Frames
A new trend in the market is of gifting something special by getting a framed print of images through canvas printing services offered by many companies online, especially for this event. One has a choice to choose from the images they have with them of personal nature or choosing some brilliant ideas that are offered by these companies on their website.

Sweets are Treats
Next to the event of Easter, Valentine’s Day sees huge sale of chocolates. The easiest and cutest way to wish someone the day is to get them a heart shaped chocolate box of some exquisite chocolates and flowers. Major companies like Cadbury and Nestle make specially designed and packed chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

Stuff Toys
Have you ever heard of love birds calling each other with names? Yup they usually use the word my honey bunny or my teddy bear and so on. I don’t know if the stuff toy companies introduce these nicks through clever marketing or they picked it up by researching norms, but the gifting a stuff toy is literally huge. In fact it is more like a Valentine’s Day special of gifting a stuff toy. Companies usually offer some very cute stuff toys on the occasion having color combination of red and white.

 

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So finally its February and Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Although I believe you can’t dedicate a single day to love but then in this hectic life of ours, Valentine’s Day means a lot to everyone. Couple rejuvenate their love this day while singles raise their hopes of finding their valentine on 14th February.

Valentine’s Day often turns out to challenging too especially for those in relationship. Apart from romance and love, it’s also becomes a task to make it special for your valentine. Some panic and get into last-minute perfect gift hunting frenzy. So here today I am sharing this cool “Valentine’s Day Cheatsheet” that could help you refresh your love once again.

What Your Valentine Wants!

Infographic Source: What Valentines Want | Shari’s Berries

The above infographic is a result of a survey of 1,000 people. As per the survery, on an average, 18-25 year olds are two times more excited than those aged between 55-65 year olds. On the contrary, the survey also states that as the age increases, the desire for gifts increases too. To be precise just 4.5% of 18-24 year olds desire for gifts on Valentine’s day whereas as many as 12.2% of 65+ years old desire for gifts from their Valentine. And we thought Valentine’s Day is only for the youth!

The survey also highlights about the type of gifts preferred by both men and women. 15% of men and 9% of women agreed that they would enjoy gifts that can be shared with their significant other. 39% of women and 35% of men would like a romantic present from their partner. Surprisingly only 20% of men and 19% of women want to be surprised on Valentine’s Day.

Of those surveyed, 57% of people would prefer to receive their gift at home, just 9% at work and 35% were happy with receiving their gift anywhere. They were also more eager to stay in on Valentine’s Day than go out for a meal.

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It’s the Valentine’s week and I can’t hold myself but share my list of some great romantic movies produced in Bollywood cinema. Bollywood is known worldwide for its singing and dancing and there are lots of romantic musical movies released every year for Hindi Cinema fans.

Today, as Valentine’s day is nearing, I would like to share my list of top 23 Romantic Bollywood Movies collection for my readers to enjoy this month of love. Pick up any of these movies and watch it everyday with your partner and rejuvenate your love for the whole year.

Here’s the list as follows:

1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Directed By: Aditya Chopra

Stars: Kajol, Shahrukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Mandira Bedi, Satish Shah, Farida Jalal

2. Kabhi Kabhi

Directed By: Yash Chopra

Stars: Rakhi, Waheeda Rehman, Neetu Singh, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

3. Guide

Directed By: Vijay Anand

Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Dev Anand, Leela Chitnis

4. Maine Pyar Kiya

Directed By: Sooraj R. Barjatya

Stars: Bhagyashree, Salman Khan, Alok Nath, Reema Lagu, Mohnish Behl, Lakshmikant Berde

5. Choti Si Baat

Directed By: Basu Chatterjee

Stars: Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Ashok Kumar, Asrani

6. Rockstar

Directed By: Imtiaz Ali

Stars: Nargis Fakhri, Ranbir Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Moufid Aziz

7. Tere Naam

Directed By: Satish Kaushik

Stars: Bhoomika Chawla, Salman Khan, Sachin Khedekar, Ravi Kishan

8. Silsila

Directed By: Yash Chopra

Stars: Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor

9. Veer Zara

Directed By: Yash Chopra

Stars: Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta, Boman Irani

10. Mughal E Azam

Directed By: K. Asif

Stars: Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote

11. Jab We Met

Directed By: Imtiaz Ali

Stars: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor,

12. Chashme Baddoor

Directed By: Sai Paranjpye

Stars: Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi, Saeed Jaffrey, Ravi Baswani

13. Paakeezah

Directed By: Kamal Amrohi

Stars: Meena Kumari, Raj Kumar

14. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

Directed By: Kundan Shah

Stars: Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Tijori, Satish Shah

15. Hum Tum

Directed By: Kunal Kohli

Stars: Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher

16. Amar Prem

Directed By: Shakti Samanta

Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna

17. Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na

Directed By: Abbas Tyrewala

Stars: Genelia D’Souza, Imran Khan, Prateik Babbar

18. Ek Duuje Ke Liye

Directed By: K. Balachander

Stars: Rati Agnihotri, Kamal Haasan, Madhvi

19. Jodha Akbar

Directed By: Ashutosh Gowariker

Stars: Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan

20. Barfi!

Directed By: Anurag Basu

Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz

21. Hum Aapke Hain Koun

Directed By: Sooraj R. Barjatya

Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath, Renuka Shane, Mohnish Behl, Reema Lagu, Satish Shah

22. Bobby

Directed By: Raj Kapoor

Stars: Dimple Kapadiya, Rishi Kapoor

23. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Directed By: Karan Johar

Stars: Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Shahrukh Khan

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