5 Kitchen Hacks to Help you Save Your Time and Energy

With everything getting faster and digital, why should a fascinating yet a tedious activity such as cooking be left behind? You spend hours in kitchen cooking delicious cuisines for your guest, when you should be sitting cozily on the sofa and having a conversation with them. Well now, you can definitely beat the clock by consuming less of your time in preparing meals and more of it in socializing with your guests. We will help you to be tagged as an incredible host and you thank us later. Here are some hacks that you are missing on, while working in the kitchen.

#1- Chop it Like a Pro


Undoubtedly, the award of the ‘Most exhausting work in the kitchen’ goes to chopping the vegetables. The more delectable your recipe is, the more vegetables come in your ambit to be chopped and that is the way it works. Chopping becomes monotonous and at one point you surely are searching for a rescuer or a saviour to help you out and guess what, the chopper is definitely the one. Dice or slice easily with the chopper and complete your task in no time.

#2- Cook it to the Perfection

Sandwich maker

Like counter strike is in the games, sandwich is in the food. Favourite of everyone. Sandwich do consume a lot of your energy and time, when it is cooked on the stove manually. And sometimes, you end up making your kitchen messier. That is where the Sandwich maker comes into the picture. It helps you get swifter in making sandwich and takes the charge of cooking it to the perfection without you having to supervise it.

#3- Grind Effortlessly

mixer & juicer

With the increasing blaze of the sun, the intake of water and juices is already on the pinnacle. We are pretty sure that the demanding schedule of the day is draining you out of energy. And squeezing the fruit to savour its juice is something so excruciatingly hectic, that it further adds up to your fatigue. The mixer & juicer are the perfect time-saving appliances to fill the glasses of juice for each of your guest in the least time.

#4- Bake, Cook & Re-heat with Ease


Cooking and gossiping are something that can never go hand in hand. Well, this is what everyone used to follow like a rigid rule. Now, you don’t need to. Not because multitasking is so much in trend but for the simple reason that microwave will let you prepare your dishes without the need of constant supervision. Set the timer and voila! When you come back to examine it, it’s done. Isn’t it the wonder, we were all secretly wishing for?

#5- Make Your Rotis in Style

roti maker

The most hated and almost a routine job in every Indian household is preparing rotis. It is an absolute monotonous job. In Summer, standing in front of hot stove and making chapati is similar to standing under the scorching heat with your leg wedged inside the sand. You can’t leave because you are stuck. And the roti maker has come to save you from the burning heat. It’s time to get the appliance and save yourself from the unnecessary suffering.

Time-saving kitchen appliances are sure to be your perfect assistants, when you are in need of one. Check out Infibeam’s massive assemblage of kitchen appliances and save your precious time.


Vlogging. OR Is it Blogging?

Technology has succeeded in bringing a tectonic shift in almost all aspects of our life.You can even replace the word technology by Internet while you are at it. Internet now, is such an integral part of our lives that it is inane even to think about a life without it. So much so that the coming generation will not even realize that there can even be a life without internet. Internet has changed the way we eat, the way we speak, the way we celebrate, the way we connect, the way we earn. In a gist, it has changed the way we live. Vlogging- which did not even exist as a term (major number of people are not yet aware) has already become the smartest and the latest profession already. On asking a teenager recently – “So what do you want to become?”, I received an answer that left me in a daze. Now I know what he meant when he said – “ I want to become a vlogger!”. If you still have not figured out what vlogging means, well vlogging stands for ‘video-blogging’. And, if you recently found out what blogging is, you need to speed up mate!

Let me help you catch up. If you have been secretly dreaming about becoming a vlogger, then you have struck a goldmine for which you may thank me later. But, first let’s have a look the best vlogging cameras (Yes! They are not a myth) available in the Indian market currently:

1)Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Although the fact that whether it is the best camera suitable for vlogging is debatable. But, the reason that it is considered to be the best DSLR available in the market. The astonishing fact here is that it was released in 2014 (it already seems long ago) and due to this it does not contain major and some basic features like Wi-Fi. And, yes still it is considered the best DSLR currently in 2017. The industry has reached a technological dead-end, they say. The reasons are many. But that is for some other time. Right now, let’s have look that the features that makes this the best camera:

  • Full-frame camera with an ability to provide path-breaking result.
  • A fairly great battery life (950 shots approx)
  • Crazy-high ISO capacity for low light.
  • The best auto-focus system available in the market.

2) Sony A7RII

Sony A7RII

With the arrival of Canon EOS 80D and Canon 750D, it is not a very surprising fact now to know that the brand leading the other competitors in this arena by a ‘Usain Bolt’-ish lead is Canon. However, if there is one camera that has even dared to give a competition to 5D Mark III then it is Sony’s A7RII.  Again, it is a mirrorless camera that you can buy for any purpose including vlogging. What makes it great it factors mentioned below in which it has given 5D Mark III a run for the money:

  • Similar price range and additionally it can also record 4K unlike 5D Mark III.
  • Better sensor and better auto-focus.
  • Much smaller and easier to carry.
  • WiFi and NFC (which 5D Mark III lacks).

3) Canon EOS M3:

Canon EOS M3

This is certainly a stand-out option in this list and an outstanding camera. You’ll know why in a short while. It can easily be mistaken for a compact digital camera due to it’s build. Wait till you get your hand on it. It is not only a mirrorless camera but it also contains a sensor that is 2 times bigger than the G7X. It has an APC-S sensor making it brilliant in low-light conditions. The reason it stands-out is the microphone input. So, Canon EOS M3 just saves you from all that pain of using an external recorder.

4) Canon Powershot G7 X MARK II

Canon Powershot G7 X MARK II

It certainly lives up to the legacy of its predecessor G7 X Mark I which was considered to be the best vlogging camera. This one becomes the leader with just few additional features and tweaks, enhancing its performance by manifolds. While DSLRs are my personal favourite, logically compact cameras are worth-it when it comes to vlogging. It has the same amazing lens flip touchscreen, wireless connection, great image quality even in low light and accurate and fast auto-focus like G7 Mark I. But the features below are what makes G7 Mark II distinguishably better:

  • A new rubber grip in design (comes in very handy. Trust me, It does!) which does not allow it to slip through your hands grip.
  • Better Processor, which makes it comparatively faster.
  • Improved auto-focus in low light conditions.
  • Cleaner quality in Low light.
  • Better battery management.

The only feature it lacks is 4K recording. Well, if that is what you are looking for, the one below is just for you.

5) Panasonic LX10

Panasonic LX10

As soon as it comes to compact cameras, Panasonic is a name that you just can’t go mentioning without. It has been receiving a lot of attention in the industry especially due to its video capabilities. The main reason behind Panasonic LX10 is because it provides 4K recording at the cheapest rates in the market. To add to it, it is devoid of the major problem other 4K recording cameras have faced i.e., overheating. It’s flip touch-screen makes it instant hit amongst the vloggers.

Notable mentions: Canon EOS 80D, Canon 750D, etc.

Note: The above list contains a mixture of DSLRs and Compact Cameras.

In a nutshell, the camera that you should go for DSLR or Compact or Camcorder, highly depends on your requirements. And it is needless to say that buying cameras online is the most feasible thing to do as you can easily compare multiple options together. Moreover, it is not advisable to go for an Audi if you do not know how to drive a car. Well, it exactly means what you understood. After all– “It is not only the camera but also the eye behind it that matters.”


Holi – Different Colours, Different Ways, But The Same Zeal!

The country with one of the richest cultures from all around the world. The country where the celebrations go on round the clock. The country where the culture, the language, the lifestyle, the dresses change in every corner. Is my country India. The differences at times may leave you amazed as to how these corners are a part of one same country. No matter how larger the difference, what binds us all together is the glorious past and the zeal to live the present with pure liveliness.

Holi, as a festival is like a huge tree. The significance, the backstory of festival remains the same like the tree’s trunk. The main essence remains about the colours. But, as the branches grow, they start showing different characteristics. This branches are the celebrations of holi in different states. Let’s have a look at a few of those:

1) Lathmar Holi – Barsana, UP:

This is the quirkiest version that any sort of festival can get. This version of holi is celebrated in Barsana region (Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon, and of course Barsana) Uttar Pradesh. Here, interestingly, festival is celebrated using Lathis (Wooden-sticks) along with colours. And as the tradition goes, women chase away (and hit too!) the men with lathis. The men try to shield themselves as much as they can while wooing! The un-lucky ones are captured by the enthusiastic women who then, make the men wear female clothing and dance in public! Scary! :O

Hindus Celebrate Holi In India

2) Hola Mohalla – Punjab:

This version of holi is celebrated in areas of Punjab wherein all the people come together on the second day post holi dahan. Historically, Guru Gobindsingh started this festival a day for sikhs to practise their military exercises and mock battles. And for obvious reasons, it is also known as warrior Holi. Moreover, a (3-day long) fair is held at Anandpur Sahib which people rush-in large numbers to cherish.


3) Yaosang – Manipur:

In Manipur,Yaosang i.e., Holi is celebrated for six days starting on Full Moon. Although the main essence of celebration remains the same, Holi is considered to the most important festivals for the locals. The main highlight of this festival is the 5-day long sports festival in every corner and nook of the state along with Thabal Chongba (Dancing in The Moonlight) – a Manipuri Folk Dance.


4) Rang Panchmi- Maharashtra & MP:

This version is considered to be the most exciting way of celebrating Holi. People of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh celebrate with colours on the fifth day(Panchami) after the Holika Dahan. Bhang is a notable presence in the celebrations here!


5) Shigmo- Goa

A massive spring celebration for the Hindus in Goa is the Shigmo Festival. Also known as Shishirotsav. There are two variants of this festival : Dhakto Shigmo and Vhadlo Shigmo. Dhakto Shigmo is generally celebrated by farmers, the labour class and the rural population, while Vhadlo Shigmo is of greater consequence and is celebrated by everyone together. Here, traditional folk and street dances are done by farmers. Even tourists at Goa celebrate this festival with a lot of excitement.


Notable Mentions: Manjal Kuli -Kerala, Hampi Karnataka, Phakuwah- Assam, Elephant Holi – Jaipur, Khadi Holi- Uttrakhand.

Be it any form , be it any version. Holi Gifts are not out of fashion. They never will be. So, choose from the exciting Holi Offers available and surprise your loved ones with colours and gifts!

Source :  http://soniyasen.blogspot.in/2017/03/holi-different-colours-different-ways.html