The Style Statement – By Shailja Tiwari

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Following the latest fashion trends and simultaneously giving your own style statement has become an important part of our lives. All of us want to stay updated with the newest dresses, footwears, and accessories in fashion. This is one of the reasons we constantly keep checking our favourite websites and blogs of famous trend setters so as to keep up with the pace. At the same time, it is also important to keep in mind our comfort and what kind of clothes and accessories suit our body the best to give a remarkable style statement. As is rightly said, the biggest fashion statement is having a fit and healthy body.

  • Clothing Trends for Women: It is no surprise that all women love to get ready and dressed up in their favourite outfits. Yet, women are also famous for taking a lot of time in selecting the perfect dress for any occasion. With the wedding season here, some of the latest trends women can follow during wedding seasons are wearing a colour that contrasts with red which can perfectly complement the bride, Anarkali dresses, lehengas and gowns.
  • Hairstyle Trends for Women: A perfect hairstyle is as important as a perfect dress. A complementary hairstyle can do wonders to your look by adding that oomph and making you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Many different kinds of hair updos are trending which go perfectly well with a gown or a saree or a lehenga. There are also many braids which can be done along with a hair updo that look classy as well as traditional at the same time. There are many hair accessories that can also be opted to add that glitter to your hairstyle and bring a fancier look.
  • Makeup Trends for Women: All women love makeup. Makeup adds glamour to your look. At the same time, makeup helps you conceal all the flaws like pimples, blemishes, scars and makes your skin look picture-ready. There are numerous makeup tutorials for every type of dress which are available on the internet. You can follow these tutorials and get an absolutely lovable look for the party.
  • Footwear for Women: With everything else set in place, your footwear becomes very important to complete that party look of yours. There is a complete range of footwear available for all kinds of party dresses for women that can give you a bold showstopper look and a classy and an elegant princess look. A perfect footwear is a must have on your list.
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Healthy Body: Happy Mind – By Shailja Tiwari

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It is no wonder that a healthy body is a solution to many problems of the mind and the heart. The human body is said to be a pure vessel within which a soul resides. Everybody should take care of the physical as well as the mental well-being of the body. At the same time, tempting junk food and cola drinks, irregular sleeping habits, dehydration, etc. make it very difficult for us to stay focussed on healthy living habits. Thus, it becomes very important to have an organized timetable according to which all the activities of a day can be planned so as to result in a healthy body and a happy mind.

How to practice a fit and healthy life style?

Today’s world moves very fast and we need to keep up with its pace to ensure that we do not lag in any sphere of our lives. Sometimes, it becomes unavoidable to devote extra time to work and family. But, it is necessary to strike a proper balance between the time you devote to others and the time you keep for yourself. An exercise routine of yoga or meditation in the morning or evening will make you more disciplined and focussed. Some practices that you can follow on a daily basis to stay healthy, fit, and happy are given below:

  • Have a proper sleep schedule and sleep for at least 7-8 hours
  • Try to sleep early at night so that you are able to wake up early in the morning
  • Have a healthy morning drink that will speed up your metabolism. Morning drinks can include apple cider vinegar with water, coconut water, smoothie, etc.
  • Waking up early will help you in concentrating more on your routine and do some physical exercise like jogging, yoga, meditation, etc.
  • Keep your body hydrated throughout the day by drinking at least 6-7 litres of water
  • Switch to healthy food that consists of less fat. Avoid eating oily and fried food

There are many advantages of sticking to such a schedule and following it on a daily basis. You will not only start feeling healthy and rejuvenated all throughout your day but also feel happy about your body and physical fitness. As a result, you will be able to better concentrate on other tasks at work and give proper time to your family. This will surely improve your mental health as well and thus lead to a happy mind.

Existing Royal families of Madhya Pradesh – By Naynesh Rajak

GWALIOR (Princely State)

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Scindia JYOTIRADITYA RAO SCINDIA, 11th Maharaja of Gwalior, since 30th September 2001 (Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior-470 004, Madhya Pradesh, India)

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SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1731. Maharaja Scindia JYOTIRADITYA RAO SCINDIA was born on 1st January 1971 in Mumbai, B.A., M.B.A., educated at Doon School, Dehradun Harvard University, Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University, California (USA), elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 2002, Member of the Committee on Finance 2002/2004, re-elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004, Member of the Committees on Estimates, Petitions and Finance; interests include: cricket, swimming, reading and wild life conservation, Member of the Delhi Gymkhana; the India International Centre; and the India Habitat Center, as well as several golf clubs in India, married 12th December 1994, HH Maharani Priyadarshini Raje Scindia, daughter of Maharaj Kumar Sangramsingh Gaekwad of Baroda, and his wife, Rani Asharaje Gaekwad, and has issue, one son and one daughter.

BARWANI (Princely State)

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani since 15th September 2007. (Barwani House, 12 Old Palasia, Indore 452018, Madhya Pradesh, India)

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SHORT HISTORY: Founded in the 9th (traditional date of 836A.D.) or in the 14th century by a Sisodia Prince from Mewar, who migrated into the Narmada Valley, and settled at Avasgarh,  a hill in the Satpuras, about 78 kilometres southwest

of the present capital. Until 1650, the state was called Avasgadh, after its

original capital. From the beginning of the 18th century the power of the Ranas of Barwani gradually declined; their country, originally of considerable extent and situated between the Narmada and the Tapti, was devastated by the Marathas, and at the time  of Malcolm’s settlement of Malwa (1819), only a strip of the Satpura range, 207 kilometres in length, with the lowlands on either side, remained to them. They did not, however, become tributary to any of the Malwa Chiefs. The state was formerly located in Malwa, Central India and became part of Madhya Pradesh at Independence. The state was located on the left bank of the Narmada River, laying between 21º 36′ and 22º 7′ north, and 74º 28′ and 75º 17′ east. Bordered on the north by Dhar, on the northwest by Ali Rajpur, on the east by a portion of Indore, and on the south and west by the Kandesh district of the old Bombay.

KHILCHIPUR (Princely State)

PRESENT RULER: HH Raja Rao Bahadur PRIYAVRAT SINGH, present Raja of Khilchipur since 31st July 2006.

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SHORT HISTORY:

Founded in 1544 by Dewan Ugra Sen, a Khichi Rajput, a section of the great Chauhan clan, and who was forced by family dissensions to migrate from the Khichi capital of Gagraun. A grant of land was subsequently made to him by the Mughal Emperor, which included the adjoining Zirapur and Machalpur parganas, later a part of Indore state, and Shujalpur, later in Gwalior state. They became tributary to Gwalior in 1793. The Rao Bahadur maintains a military force of 45 cavalry, 202 infantry, and 2 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 9 guns (as of 1892).

DEWAS Senior (Princely State)

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Puar TUKOJIRAO IV KRISHNAJIRAO PUAR, 9th Maharaja of Dewas-Senior since 1999. (Anand Bhawan Palace, Dewas, India)

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SHORT HISTORY:

The state was founded in 1728, when the two sons of Raja Kaloji received from Baji Rao Peshwa the grant of the Dewas State in common. The Raja maintains a military force of 70 cavalry, 594 infantry, and 14 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 15 guns (in 1893).

ORCHHA (Princely State)

PRESENT RULER: HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri MADHUKAR

SHAH Ju Deo Bahadur, 27th and present Maharaja of Orchha

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SHORT HISTORY:

Born 8th December 1944, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and graduated in 1964 from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University,

married 1973 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Snehlata Devi, born 1947, daughter of HH Maharaja Pratap Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha, and has issue, three daughters and a son. ORCHHA was founded in about 1250.

Source: Royal Families of India, Google Images

Royal families of the World – By Naynesh Rajak

The UK

The British Royal family comprises the monarch of the United Kingdom and her close relations. There is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the British royal family and, apart from Queen Elizabeth II herself, different lists include different people.

Those who, at the time, are entitled to the style His or Her Royal Highness (HRH), and those styled His or Her Majesty (HM), are normally considered members, This includes those so styled before the beginning of the current monarch’s reign. By this criterion, a list of the current royal family will usually include the monarch, the children and male-line grandchildren of the monarch and previous monarchs, the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, and all their current or widowed spouses.

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The Netherlands(Holland)

The monarchy of the Netherlands is constitutional and as such, the role and position of the monarch are defined and limited by the Constitution of the Netherlands. Consequently, a fairly large portion of the Dutch Constitution is devoted to the monarch; roughly a third of the document describes the succession, mechanisms of accession and abdication to the throne, the roles and responsibilities of the monarch and the formalities of communication between the States-General of the Netherlands and the role of the monarch in the creation of laws.

Holland is a fairly young monarchy. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1815, and King William I was its first ruler. The first king of Holland was from the House of Orange-Nassau. The origin of Holland’s motto, ‘Je maintiendrai (“I will maintain”)’, the colors of the flag and the national color orange may all be found in the House of Orange-Nassau. Princess Beatrix was the reigning monarch for over 30 years. In 2013 her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, succeeded to the throne. The monarch has limited power; the King has immunity, but the real power lies with the ministers. The monarch is neutral and does not make pronouncements about political topics.

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Japan (Imperial House)

The Imperial House of Japan (kōshitsu), also referred to as the Imperial Family, and the Yamato Dynasty, comprises those members of the extended family of the reigning Emperor of Japan who undertake official and public duties. Under the present Constitution of Japan, the Emperor is “the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people”. Other members of the imperial family perform ceremonial and social duties but have no role in the affairs of government. The duties as an Emperor are passed down the line to their children and so on.

The Japanese monarchy is the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world. The imperial house recognizes 125 monarchs beginning with the legendary Emperor Jimmu (traditionally dated to 11 February 660 BC) and continuing up to the current emperor, Akihito; see its family tree.
Historical evidence for the first 29 emperors is marginal by modern standards, but there is firm evidence for the hereditary line since Emperor Kinmei ascended the throne 1500 years ago.

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Cambodia (Monarchy of Cambodia)

The King of Cambodia (Khmer, French: Roi du Royaume du Cambodge) is the head of state of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The King’s power is limited to that of a symbolic figurehead to whom people are to give love and respect. The monarch also represents peace, stability, and prosperity to the Khmer people. Since 1993, the King of Cambodia is an elected monarch, making Cambodia one of the few elective monarchies of the world. The king is elected for life from among the members of the Norodom and Sisowath bloodline who are at least 30 years old by the Royal Council of the Throne, which consists of several senior political and religious figures.

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Sweden

The Swedish royal family (Swedish: Svenska kungafamiljen) since 1818 has consisted of a number of persons in the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte, closely related to the King of Sweden. Today those who are recognized by the government are entitled to royal titles and style (manner of address) and perform official engagements and ceremonial duties of state. The extended family of the King (Swedish: Sveriges kungliga familj) consists of other close relatives who are not royal and thus do not represent the country officially.

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Thailand (Chakri dynasty)

The Chakri dynasty (Thai RTGS: Ratchawong Chakkri) is the current ruling royal house of the Kingdom of Thailand, while the Head of the house is the monarch. The dynasty has ruled Thailand since the founding of the Rattanakosin Era and the city of Bangkok in 1782 following the end of King Taksin of Thonburi’s reign, when the capital of Siam shifted to Bangkok. The royal house was founded by King Rama I, an Ayutthayan military leader of Sino-Mon descent.

Prior to the founding of the dynasty, King Rama I held for years the title Chakri, the title of the civil chancellor. In founding the dynasty, King Rama I himself chose “Chakri” as the name for the dynasty. The emblem of the dynasty is composed of the discus (Chakra) and the trident (Trisula), the celestial weapons of god Vishnu and Shiva, whom the Thai sovereign is seen as an incarnation.

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Norway (Norwegian royal family)

The Norwegian Royal Family is the family of the Norwegian monarch. In Norway there is a distinction between the Royal House and the Royal Family. The Royal House includes only the monarch and their spouse, the heir apparent and their spouse, and the heir apparent’s eldest child. The remaining Royal Family includes also all other children, grandchildren and siblings of the monarch, along with their spouses and widows or widowers.

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Monaco (House of Grimaldi)

The House of Grimaldi is associated with the history of the Republic of Genoa, Italy and of the Principality of Monaco. The Grimaldi dynasty is a princely house originating in Italy, founded by the Genoese leader of the Guelphs; François Grimaldi, who in 1297 took the lordship of Monaco along with his soldiers dressed as Franciscans. In that principality his successors have reigned to the present day. During much of the Ancien Regime the family spent much of its time in the French court, where from 1642 they used their French title of Duke of Valentinois. The current head of the family is Albert II of Monaco, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, son and successor of Prince Rainier III and the sovereign princess consort Grace of Monaco, formerly Grace Kelly.

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Morocco

The royal family of Morocco is from the Alaouite dynasty. They have been ruling the kingdom of Morocco since the 17th century.

The royal Alaouite dynasty has reigned over Morocco since the 17th century. In the early 20th century, the European powers vied for power in Morocco. Sultan Abd al-Aziz IV displeased Moroccans by cooperating with the Europeans and was deposed in 1908. His brother, Abd al-Hafiz, took the throne but abdicated after the kingdom became a French protectorate in 1912. He was succeeded by his brother Yusuf.

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Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan is not your typical Arab ruler. Named after his great-grandfather, King Abdullah (also known as the founder of modern Jordan), he is widely popular both locally and internationally for having maintained Jordan’s stability despite overwhelming odds.

The king is the 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, through his belonging to the Hashemite family, which has ruled Jordan since 1921.

The Royal Hashemite family has been a key player in the Arab world for almost 72 years now. King Abdullah took over the throne after his late father, King Hussein passed away in 1999.

King Hussein married four times and has 12 children.

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Source : Wikipedia and Google Images

That Perfect Match – By Arif Sheik

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Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Raanjha, Sheeren-Fardhad and of course the most pronounced Laila-Majnu are the names that first hit our nerves when we hear words like ‘the perfect match’, ‘made for each other’, ‘soul mates’ etc. and accept it or not we all, at some point in life, fancy such love. We dream of spending the luscious time of our in the warmth of ‘that someone special’ and loosing ourselves into them. However, the definition of that ‘someone special’ varies person to person.

We often hear that matches are made in heaven but how do we know if we have met that person, that soul mate made for us? Honestly, we never know, but still our belief remains firm.

In India, finding your perfect match is often considered as a serious responsibility of the elders of the family. India, known for its culture, tradition and customs celebrates this union of the ideal match, the wedding in a festive spirit. This is something which makes the Indian weddings very distinct. In a country like India, with the growing population and the diversity in it, finding your perfect match becomes more interesting.

As mentioned above, the definition of that ‘someone special’ varies person to person. Some people attribute this with the relativity with religion, community, culture, linguistics, socio-economic status, political influences and physical features like skin complexion, height etc. Though the arranged marriage system in India is assisting such unions, the modernity and western influence is also being reflected in the Indian weddings of this modern era. The developing technology, liken in every field of modern world, is being influenced on the concept of weddings too. There were times when the bride and the groom would get to see their better half only on the day of their wedding, the elders of the family fixed the wedding of their younger generation as per the compatibility they find in the prospect and today we find numerous matrimonial companies waiting for you to help finding that ‘made for you’.

Today when the whole world is available on the web, marriages also got pulled in the gravity of technology. Matrimony for elite is a flourishing industry in today’s age. The cut throat competition amongst the millionaire matchmakers might have enhanced the quality of the services provided but somewhere down the line, the concept of compatibility is not so pronounced. This may be because of the growing crowd in the platform and often privacy is not so concerned with the profiles visible to everyone.

Despite of the established ideas in the industry, Ultra Rich Match- the match making for millionaires pioneered a new way considering the privacy factor and 100% compatibility. The privacy policy and the commitment offered made this company a leading brand in the sector of matrimony for business families.

FIVE MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS IN INDIA – By Subham Das

India, the country which carries the blend of different races as a result of its rich history, reflects the same blend in its ancient exuberant palaces. Those magnificent buildings have been carrying the proof of royal lifestyle of Indian ultra-rich people of those days. Modern India is carrying the legacy of making the affluent feel like royalty with a range of marvellous hotels in different places throughout the country. Here we are presenting some of them which are class apart.

  • The Oberoi Udaivilas: The 4th Best Hotel in the world doesn’t need any chronicle to elucidate its beauty. The Kohinoor Suite with private pool, garden terrace and other luxurious amenities costs INR 10,00,000 per night.
  • Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Jaipur, as a city, is flamboyant enough to make one taste the royalty with its great palaces and rich heritage. Rambagh palace has its own ancient history as it was the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The Sukh Niwaas and the Suryavanshi Suites in this palace costs around INR 7,50,000 per night.
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Situated in the middle of the Lake Pichola in Udaipur, this 18th century marble palace has been famous as it belonged to the great Mewar dynasty. Being passed through many royal handovers, this hotel is currently in Tata Group’s hand. Once featured in a James Bond movie, this hotel features butler service, while the opulent rooms offer lake and palace views, minibars and period furniture. Suits add panoramic views and ceiling frescoes. The presidential suite in this palace costs around INR 6,00,000 per night.
  • The Leela palace, New Delhi: The Leela Palace is the perfect fusion of Indian culture and Lutyen’s architecture. With 194 premium rooms, 42 Royal club rooms and 18 suites including dedicated Butler and access to Royal club lounge and amenities, this huge property costed 18 billion INR to construct. The Dining facility offers with multiple choices like The Qube (all day dining); Jamavar (signature Indian restaurant); Megu (Japanese restaurant); Le Cirque Signature (fine-dining Franco Italian restaurant); The Library Bar and The Lobby Lounge. Tariff of The Maharaja suite is INR 4,50,000 per night.
  • The Oberoi, Gurgaon: With its great location and proximity to the national capital, this place is renowned for its ecstatic design as it was shortlisted in the Built Projects Category at the 2012 edition for the Best Hotel Design of the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore. Premier Suite with pool, WiFi, breakfast & two-way airport transfers costs INR 5,00,000 a night.

4 luxury Airlines in the World – By Atul Panthi

  1. Etihad Airways

The be-all and end-all of luxurious airline travel, Etihad Airways has everything a passenger could possibly wish for in-flight. Beyond winning multiple World Travel Awards (“World’s Leading Airline – First Class”, “World’s Leading Airline – Business Class”, “World’s Leading Cabin Crew”, and even overall “World’s Leading Airline 2015”: a title it has clinched for seven straight years), flying on Etihad’s First Class service feels more like a First Class cabin on the Orient Express. Passengers willing to dish out over $30,000 (for a trip from New York City to Abu Dhabi) can book “The Residence”: the cream-of-the-crop regarding in-flight comfort. This upper-deck cabin comes with a double bedroom, living room, shower room, and personal butler (not to mention a gourmet chef) to make it feel like you’re staying at the swankiest hotel even when you’re at 40,000 feet.

  1. Singapore Airlines

When you first step into a Singapore Airlines Suites cabin and the first thing you should do is change into your (provided) comfy pajamas and bedroom slippers. Once you’re settled, take a look at the design, crafted by French luxury yacht interior designer Jean-Jacques Coste who is widely famous for his work, and the leather on your seat, upholstered by Poltrona Frau in Italy known for his classy work on leather. A 23-inch (58 cm) LCD television keeps you busy and the sliding Suite doors which enclose the cabin give as much privacy as you wish.

  1. Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific’s First Class service makes this luxurious airline cabin feel more like an art gallery. Artists Maria Lobo and Linda Leviton have designed sculptures which are displayed in the cabin. With an ottoman allowing a visitor to join you, the set-up of Cathay Pacific’s cabin makes it look more like you’re having a drink at most beautifully designed coffee shop than flying through the air.

  1. Emirates

As Dubai known for its luxuries and hospitality all over the world, and why they look behind when we talk about the airlines industry. Emirates is one of the leading luxury airlines flying the skies, Emirates really steps on-board amenities up a notch. From Bvlgari toiletries to an on-board shower spa to an on-board bar and lounge, Emirates knows how to please its wealthier customers. And, for those who understand what this means, you’ll eat your meals from Royal Doulton bone china plates using Robert Welch cutlery. Sounds fancy.