Choose The Right Footwear For This Monsoon

With the rainy season fast approaching, its time to start considering what footwear you will choose to battle the flooded roads and muddy puddles. 

It is important to remember that this season is no exception for dressing well. Flip-flops and jelly shoes are not appropriate for a corporate setting, nor are bright colours and bold patterns. Stick to neutral colours, and try to avoid lighter colours as those could get stained easily. Dark shoes are your best bet for this season.

If you are wearing socks, be sure to carry a spare pair with you in your bag, or keep one with you in your office. It is advisable to wear socks as it creates a barrier between your skin and the water, but wearing wet socks can lead to odours and infections.

Be careful while choosing materials, avoid leather and suede at all costs as these will get damaged by the water. However, waterproof leather shoes are available in the market so these are also a good option. Other waterproof materials are also preferable in this season. ‘Breathable’ shoes, such as those made of canvas or cotton, are a good option as they dry quickly. Be sure to purchase sturdy shoes that will give you a firm grip to prevent slipping.

Ballet flats are a good choice this season, and they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns suited to the office environment. Pumps or platform heels are also a good choice as they elevate your feet and prevent it from coming in contact with the wet ground. However, make sure you that they have a good grip and are not too high, to avoid risks such as tripping and falling.

Another option is to wear flip-flops or any waterproof shoes and change into your formal shoes when you reach your destination to prevent them from getting messy. Make sure the waterproof shoes you choose are light, as they should not weigh your feet down.

Keep wet wipes with you in your handbag and at your office in case you need to clean any dirt or water off your shoes.

Remember, choosing the right footwear is essential in order to guarantee that your shoes do not get ruined, and also to keep your feet dry and out of contact with the dirty water on the streets. There are serious health hazards such as infections due to contact with contaminated water so be sure that the shoes you choose can protect your feet.

It is important to take good care of your shoes as well as your feet in this season. When it comes to shoes, be sure to air dry them before you store them. You can use absorbent gels to help rid shoes of moisture quickly. Keep them clean by following the care instructions provided. You can also try stuffing them with newspaper to keep odours away. To take care of your feet, make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap and water if they have been in contact with the flood water. Also, never wear wet shoes.

Keep these few tips in mind and you will breeze through the monsoon season with no trouble at all!   

Written by Malini Hemlani, an Image Consultant based in Hong kong.

T.Nagar (Theagaraya Nagar) | A Mad Shopper’s Paradise

Theagaraya Nagar, popularly known as T. Nagar, is one of the busiest shopping destinations not only for the city of Chennai, but also the whole of south India.  On a typical weekend, the number of people who move about on Pondy Bazaar, the suburb's principal commercial area, might soar up to 500,000. During festival season, this number might reach 2 million. Even on a lean day, about 200,000 pedestrians traverse the roads around Panagal Park, the central part of the neighborhood.


 T. Nagar is also considered as the biggest shopping district in India by revenue. According to the estimates, the shops in T.Nagar together account for revenues of nearly Rs. 200,000 million annually, which is double that of New Delhi's Connaught Place and Mumbai's Linking Road which account for about  Rs. 40,000 to 60,000 million annually. About 70 to 80 percent of the gold sold in Chennai is from this place.


This 6 km-long stretch is full of big brand establishment’s side-by-side smaller and petty shops that sell all sorts of household goods and garments. Wardrobes stores like Nalli, PothysRaymondGarden VareliRmKV, Kumaran Silks and The Chennai Silks have their showrooms in Theagarya Nagar. Retail giant Saravana Stores has a wardrobe showroom and an utensils showroom in T.Nagar. India’s largest retailer Kishore Biyani of Future Group says "It's the mecca of retail".

The town was named after Justice Party leader Sir P. Theagaraya Chetty.

MindMeld | Smarter Way to have Conversations | Expect Labs

Many a times it happens that you are on a phone call with someone and discussing on a topic you’re unfamiliar with. What do you do in that case? Mostly you would lie and pretend to be familiar with that topic.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a piece of software that could analyze your conversations in real time and pull pertinent information so you’re always in the know? 

Expect Labs, a technology company based in San Francisco is coming up with a iPad app called  MindMeld, which analyzes and understands the last 10 minutes of your conversation to predict the information you may need in the next 10 seconds.


Mindmeld understands your conversation
Unlike a regular group call, MindMeld listens as you talk and identifies the key concepts and meaning of your conversations

MindMeld automatically finds relevant information
As your conversation changes, MindMeld continuosly finds and displays relevant pictures, videos, articles and documents so that any information you may need is at your fingertips.


MindMeld helps you share with a single swipe
You can instantly share pictures, videos, articles and documents with a few friends or across your social network.

MindMeld organizes and archives your thoughts
Pictures, videos, articles or documents you share are intuitively organized and archived in the cloud so you can access them anytime from anywhere.

Courtesy: ExpectLabs

Why we read the Bhagavat Geeta, even if we can't understand it?

An old farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavat Geeta.

His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagawat Geeta just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand, I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the
Bhagawat Geeta do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house.

The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to  the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the waterwould leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, "SEE.... it is useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

"Son, that's what happens when you read the Bhagavat Geeta. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Lord Krishna in our lives."

Are you a Morning Person or a Evening Person?

Are you full of energy around midnight?

Is your biggest meal of the day – Dinner?

Do you bring out your best while working @nights?

If your answer to the above questions in YES, then you are a Evening Person (a person who tends to stay up until late at night).


Recent research study on behavioural traits of morning people and evening people has presented many interesting factors.

  • It says morning people are agreeable, optimistic, stable, traditional, proactive, conscientious & most satisfied in the life while evening people are Creative, intelligent, humorous, extroverted, pessimistic, neurotic & depressed.
  • Morning people tend to wake up at the same time everyday, whereas evening people sleep in when they get a chance.
  • When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards as they anticipate problems & try to minimize them.
  • Evening people are smarter and more creative, and have a better sense of humor than that of morning people.

If companies have large proportion of employees who are evening people then they should leverage on this diversity to contribute significantly to their quantity & quality of their productivity. For eg: Evening people seem to be more common in the media jobs and in jobs involving creativity.
Music Director - A R Rehman enjoys composing music more in the evenings than in early mornings.

So, Do you consider yourself a Morning person or a Evening person? 

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