Luxury at its Best

What is Luxury?

Is it only the prerogative of the rich?

No. It is not.

The Luxe Café breaks the traditional notions and helps you reinvent what luxury is. It is for one and all. And by that I mean it is equally valuable for a Corporate Head in Mumbai to an IT Manager in Bangalore to a Post Master in Peepli (Rajasthan) to a School Teacher in Champhai (Mizoram).

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As the editorial director Manisha Mayur Shekhar says,

“The Luxe Café is an innovative platform for digital storytelling, curating interesting and newsworthy experiences from the world of luxury.”

From fashion and gastronomy to people and places to home and interiors, the Luxe Café provides finer details of every single aspect of life.

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While browsing through the rich content with finer details provided by a team of experienced writers, artists and design specialists, you also get the added advantage of personal opinions from industry experts. You also have the option of interacting with select industry experts to make informed choices.

“At times, a sound sleep can be a luxury and it cannot be bought however wealthy one is.”, says Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur.

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At the Luxe Café, you have the value add of interacting directly with brands from different facets of life. Your doubts are clarified by the makers themselves and you can be sure of nothing but the best.

The Luxe Café is India’s first B2C online platform with curated content, dedicated to global luxury and lifestyle. It is developed as an online magazine for purveyors of luxury living and provides enormous elite lifestyle options to choose from.

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Personalized services from well-known brands are highlighted for the user’s benefit.

The Luxe Café narrows down on some great properties for ideal holiday home to invest your money and enjoy you precious time with your loved ones. It helps you savour your first sip of premium tea waking up to the first rays of the sun on a magnificent Himalayan Peak or relish the best cuisine in the Sun City of Jodhpur or a splendid spa on your international vacation in Tokyo or transform your home without breaking the bank. There’s something to suit everybody’s taste.

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So with the festive season and lots of holidays ahead, what are you waiting for?

Check out your options at The Luxe Café.

Indian Media – The Best Chat Bhandar

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You know where in India do you get the best masalas (spices) and chat-pakodis (crunchy snacks)?

Where else other than the very own Indian Media.

Life would have been so dull and monotonous without them. They provide all the tadka required for the vibrancy in our day to day life.

CRAP!!

Media today goes after the best story, not the truth.

Most of the big time media conglomerates are now only into controversial stories. It has to have masala or it has to be paid. They will publish it regardless of the fact that whether it has a certain amount of truth in it or not. If one were to sue them for human rights violation, 80% or more will be behind the bars.

A few links to prove my point:

Has Shweta Basu Prasad no Right to Privacy?, Asks Her TV Mother Sakshi Tanwar

Furious Deepika Padukone Slams Leading Daily, Says ‘I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!?’

A Journalist Asked Parineeti Chopra A Sexist Question. Her Response Deserves A Standing Ovation

I am surprised that it took Sakshi Tanwar to come up with this for everyone to know that even those accused of rape or someone who is alleged to be involved in a sex racket have the right to privacy. Shweta Basu is not the first person to have been denied this right. Every woman, be it a cine star, small screen diva or an ordinary female from amongst us. Every single time each of them have been denied the right to privacy. Who gave media this right to convict them as offenders? Even law does not allow them to be called violators unless their involvement in the case is proved. While the pimps or the other party who paid them for the services are given a clean chit by not exposing their names. Why? Just because they are people with power, money and influence? Shameful!

Ranjini Haridas, Shetha Menon, Urvashi, are some actors from my home state who have been named and shamed again and again publicly by the media. This in turn helped a lot of garbage trucks to unload their garbage on the respective social media pages of these females in the form of cuss words, abuses and what not. Why? Just because they are soft targets? Are we even aware of how much stressful it is for them? Have we ever thought of where all this can lead them to? I sincerely appreciate their will power because of which they survive in the midst of all of this unnecessary chaos. I am in no way supporting people who are involved in such business. But like everyone else they do have a right to choose to do what they want. Make it legal for the sake of them. But no, our media will not fight for this case, because then they’ll not have enough masala to sell.

‘Can’t let you in as you are Park Street rape victim': Rape survivor registers complaint after restaurant denies entry

I did not see most of the media talk of this unfair behavior towards the Park Street rape victim. They chose to again use Suzette Jordan’s name to en-cash most of the readership, but none named or shamed the manager who spoke rudely to her. Why?

A prime ministerial candidate was questioned on why he had abandoned his wife many many years ago. The case was shut within hours saying it is a personal matter. Is it that only people with money and power are supposed to have personal matters?

Not their fault. 24 hours news channels. What will they show? Showing incidents that can help the poor or needy or victims will not fetch them money. So they choose not to showcase those. High-end research information. That’ll help youngsters and academicians. But what will they gain from it? Loyal viewers/readers? Who wants them? It’s all money money money. If fast cash is not there, it doesn’t excite them. For fast cash they can stoop down to any level. From cleavage to bed room secrets to conspired sex rackets to any filthy thing.

I really respect the stand taken by some of the young sensible females like Nandita Das, Kalki  Koechlin, Parineeti Chopra, Sakshi Tanwar and now Deepika Padukone. They didn’t decide sit back and keep quiet and let things cools down themselves with time. They chose to speak up. They spoke for each one of us. Instead of shaming them or judging them, we should feel grateful that they chose not to be suppressed for the sake of many of us and our future generations.

  • What happened to the accused in the Bangalore school rape case in July 2014?
  • And those accused of the December 2012 Delhi gangrape?
  • What happened to Jagriti Singh accused of the murder of her domestic help?
  • And the infinite others?

Where is the media now? Have the offenders been arrested? Have they been punished? Who cares. Right?? After all, they all had to rush and cover one of our politicians seeking his mother’s blessings on his birthday.

One rape every 30 minutes in India

OMG: Deepika Padukone exposes cleavage!

These are the headlines that fetch them exorbitantly priced advertisements. Objectification of females, political agendas and blame games is all they want to spend their time on. The outcome no one cares about.

Our media does highlight the rape cases getting into the intricate details of the brutal act. But once they have earned enough from a particular masaledaar case, they hardly get back onto it to ensure that the offenders get punished. After all, it doesn’t get them cash. They hardly realize that the majority of India has woken up and is educated enough to understand who’s doing what. Gone are the days when politicians could brainwash the public using media. Today, people are more aware of their rights. They know when and how to speak for themselves. They know the cheap tactics of the media and they cannot be fooled forever.

Repeated incidents like Deepika lashing out, Parineeti showing the journalist his worth and so many others are a proof that this unfairness of the media will not be taken any more. a few more steps and these rogues can be put back into order.

My intention is not to shame or blame each and every media person. But I intend to warn those who stoop down to any level and resort to unethical means and practices. It’s only together that we can improve the state of affairs in our country and make it a better place for ourselves and our people. We must always remember that the victim could have been one of us, one of our loved ones, one of our very close ones. That alone will make us take the right step.

Related articles:

Indian media in a challenging environment

The glory and the blemishes of the Indian news media

Paid news: A cancer in Indian media

The Rot Behind the Façade of Free Media in India

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This post is part of the WordPress Daily Prompts : 365 Writing Prompts program where the aim is to post at least once a day based on the prompts that they have provided. Today’s prompt is, “Not fair: Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.

The author Rekha Dhyani is one of the contributors to the We Post Daily and blogs regularly at Dew Drops. She also shares her lucky clicks at The Crystal Trance.

Land of Stalkers and Perverts

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Perversion is a type of human behavior that deviates from that which is understood to be orthodox or normal. Although the term perversion can refer to a variety of forms of deviation, it is most often used to describe sexual behaviors that are considered particularly abnormal, repulsive or obsessive. Perversion differs from deviant behavior, in that the latter covers areas of behavior (such as petty crime) for which perversion would be too strong a term. It is often considered derogatory, and, in psychological literature, the term paraphilia has been used as a replacement,[1] though this term is controversial, and deviation is sometimes used in its place.[2]

Source: WikiPedia

Stalking and perversion has been around for ages. To be precise, I’m sure it was around since the time humanity was around. Like there is Asia, America, Africa and other continents, there is a land of perverts on this earth. The only difference there are no clear demarcation for this land. It extends itself into almost all countries. Only the population of stalkers and perverts differs. But they are there. Offline as well as online. The trouble is we refuse to accept that until unless we ourselves or one of our close relatives, friends or associates are affected.

It was just day before that a friend informed that someone had forged her profile and was contacting people in her friend list. Everyone perceived her as the original person. This has continued for over two years and she got to know now because her offshore team celebrated her birthday with a cake when it was not her birthday. But the fake profile’s birthday matched. Doesn’t this sound creepy?

Now we were wondering what to do with this case when last night a very close friend messaged me about my picture being illegally used by a fake profile and some other perverts (I must say there are tons of them) had liked it and posted cheap comments. I completely lost it. The first thing that came to my mind is fear. I wanted to deactivate or delete my account. I tried to cool down. Why should I? I’m not the one who is making mistakes. He/she is the one. Then I thought I should block that profile. A little later I tried reporting the pic and the profile to FB. But our dear Zuckerberg and team, they came back to me asking me to request the profile owner to pull the pic down. I calmed myself. But I got even more enraged. I wanted to get that B*****D nailed at any cost. After discussing with the husband and a few good friends, I decided to lodge a formal complaint. I used the Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police to lodge my complaint. But like most of our initiatives, the form when submitted gave the following error message.

The requested URL was not found on this server.

In a situation of crisis, I generally try my best to forgive the other party to save a particular relationship (if I value it) as much as possible. But here there is no relationship that I need to value. Plus, this is a CRIME. I was sure I couldn’t let this go unattended. My silence would mean picture of many more innocent users being shared by this and many other fake profiles. I culled out all the possible email-ids I could from the Delhi Police website, Crime Branch website and Cyber Crime Cell website. I mailed them the link and lodged my complaint. I’m definitely going to submit a copy of my electronic complaint in person to the nearest police station this evening. More update on action taken will follow.

Meanwhile, I have also messaged the bugger about action taken as a warning sign. If he pulls down the picture or deletes his profile by himself, good for him. Else, I am definitely going to ensure that necessary action is taken against him and he gets the deserved punishment.

The other friend who’s a victim of cyber impersonation asked me to see if I can write a fictional account on what might be the psychology behind such perverted minds. At that time, I didn’t know I would have to handle one myself. Honestly, there is no psychology. A few kicks on the right place will make them forget the cheap kicks that they derive from such tricks. I’ll ensure that this one gets what he/she very well deserves.

Meanwhile, this update is to warn each one of the readers to be very very cautious about what they share or post on social media. It’s nothing but a million eyes following you without even your knowledge. And FB’s privacy settings are so ‘well defined‘ that you would want to bang your head on the wall for having decided to create an account in the first place. The number of  perverts like these outdo the number of genuine users using the platform for spreading information and sharing knowledge. I wish Zuckerberg’s team tweaks the algorithms to help keep stalkers away from the platform.

P.S. Sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors as this post is typed by a sleep-deprived victim.