Welcome to The Seed of Joy - JRM's Oeuvre, a lifestyle blog! This seed primarily sprouts up narratives touching the essential spheres driving life - mindfulness, self empowerment, cognition, inspiration, motivation, spirituality and anything that makes you cherish JOY - inside and outside. :)

With intention to inspire and edify the readers with each post, JRM pours her heart out reflecting her emotions, expressions, perceptions, excursions, philosophies and experiences through her poetry, quotes and photography... all which binds together as memories - sweet, sour and beautiful!

"The best thing about Memories is that We can simply create them Anytime!" © Jyotika Rajput Mehra

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Buy the Latest HP Laptops


Beginning 2015, the Indian Laptop Market saw launch of some new variants of HP machines, such as HP Envy x360, HP Spectre x360 Notebook, HP Pavilion 15 (for music enthusiasts) and HP Omen (for gaming enthusiasts).

Though each series portray different USP's; here are some reasons you should opt for these awesome HP gadgets:

#1. High-End Performance

Equipped with latest technology and efficient configuration, HP provides its users with a class apart multi-tasking experience. Keep up your most challenging tasks with the powerful 5G Intel Core processor.

#2. Impressive Battery Life with Light Weight

With much enhanced battery life, thinner build and lighter weight, the latest machines will just amaze you. Now just travel lighter and keep your work going on and on!

#3. Crystal Clear Full HD

Razor-sharp picture quality of full HD from almost any angle reflects real time vision. Get ready to blow off your mind with the vividly crisp display clarity! (Available in touch screen or no touch screen mode).

#4. Stunningly Premium Looks

Get a taste of premium lifestyle with the designs crafted in a purely stylish manner. Continue your work comfortably in any environment with the refined features such as optional backlit keyboard and 360 degree hinge (converting notebook to tablet).

#5. Acoustic Art of B&O 

Experience an immersive sound wave with the customisable audio settings. Know what you have been missing! If you are an acoustic enthusiast, indulge in the gadgets to rediscover the hidden world of delightful sounds.

Words From the Eminent People...

“By introducing new range of notebooks with Bang and Olufsen, HP is looking to blend high end technology seamlessly into the lifestyle of the new age consumer enabling the consumers enjoy rich and immersive audio experience,” said Ketan Patel, director  personal systems, Printing and Personal Systems, HP India.

"The new HP devices will include an audio control panel to allow customers to customise and enhance their audio experience based on preset configurations tuned by HP and Bang & Olufsen."

"Customers told us that they wanted more color choices, more hardware options and better battery life in our Pavilion notebooks and x360 convertible PCs," said Mike Nash, vice president, portfolio strategy and customer experience, Personal Systems, HP. 

"With our 2015 Pavilion line up, we have combined bold new colours from Milan with the latest processors to give customers systems with a fresh new look that deliver better performance and battery life across the board."

HP Pavilion 15 and HP Omen Launch Pictures | Delhi | May 2015

Know More About HP Spectre x360

Image Courtesy: store.hp.com


Know More About HP Envy x360
Image Courtesy: store.hp.com


Know More About HP Pavilion 15 

Image Courtesy: store.hp.com


Know More About HP Omen 

HP Pavilion 15 and HP Omen Launch Pictures | Delhi | May 2015


Keep looking for the upcoming HP Laptops at http://store.hp.com/

New variants of HP EliteBook (premium business class machines) will hit the market soon. :)


Disclaimer: 

* Author of this post reserves rights for the written content source being an original concept. Please do not copy without permission. Be mindful to give credit if you refer this blog post anywhere. ©Jyotika Rajput Mehra

* Author of this post reserves rights for all the images except from the ones being referred specifically.

* This post is purely based on the author’s knowledge gained at the HP Laptops product launch event held in May 2015 in Delhi. The purpose of this post is to share HP's product review with the readers.

* Video Courtesy: www.youtube.com

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Balance Your Crash Diet with Honey...


When the aroma flows deep inside your senses and leaves you spell bound...
When the look magnetises your eyes with delight...
When the taste makes you feel elated and go merry-round...
When the nutrition satiates your body triggering the zest in your life…
Then you know that the “Food” is absolutely right…
~Jyotika Rajput Mehra Poetic Composition

FOOD – THE PRIME ELEMENT BEHIND OUR SURVIVAL…

“Food” - one thing that makes the world go crazy… has a wonderful impact when eaten right! Or else you just go hay-wired hopping from ailment to another!

THE ART OF EATING RIGHT…
Balance Your Diet (Image courtesy)
The age-old mantra, “Eat to Live and not Live to Eat” is essentially the key factor that aligns you in the direct stack of “Eating Right”! Weirdly, people in today’s world follow the reverse gear, thus inviting all the ailments – physical, mental, emotional…

BALANCED DIET – THE PATH TO WELLNESS…

Well one ought to focus upon the prime element – “Food” that makes life go on, in absolute terms. The much clichéd term “balanced diet” indeed is the sure shot path to wellness. Here's a brief about its essential constituents: 

WATER
  • The elixir of life and the most essential constituent contributes to 60% of your body weight.
  • The intake varies on one’s age, climatic conditions and nature of work.
  • Adequate intake (AI) for females is 2.2 litres per day; for males it is 3-4 litres per day. (Courtesy: www.mayoclinic.org)
  • Water cures several ailments and heals your body. (See Japanese Water Therapy)
Tip: Substitute your aerated drinks with the fresh plain water and feel the magic yourself!

PROTEINS
  • The “Building Blocks” of life are required to repair body cells and create new ones.
  • The intake varies on one’s age and health conditions. (Healthy people do not necessarily require big portions of proteins)
Sources: Whole grains, cereals, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, animals.

Tip: Include 2-3 servings of proteins to fulfil the daily requirement.

CARBOHYDRATES A.K.A. CARBS
  • The store house of energy does wonders if consumed aptly.
  • The mood rechargers help in promoting weight loss.
  • Carbs are good for your heart and sharpens memory.
Sources: 
  • Healthy carbs (whole grain breads, bran cereals, green vegetables, fresh fruits)
  • Unhealthy carbs (refined flour, aerated drinks, starch, sweets and sugar)
Tip: Consume healthy carbs in moderation to retain your body weight!

FATS
  • Fats are highly caloric but essential for serving body's structural and metabolic functions.
  • They are necessary to absorb the vitamins in the body.
Sources: 
  • Healthy fats (remain liquid at room temperature – Olive oil, corn oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, fish, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts)
  • Unhealthy fats (remain solid at room temperature – Butter, beef fat, pork fat)
Tip: Avoid high intake to cut out heart and cholesterol issues, and increase in body weight.

VITAMINS

They are the vital nutrients that help body cells to develop and function properly.

Sources: 
  • Fat soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K)
  • Water soluble vitamins (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C)
[PS: For further details on sources of vitamins, click here!]

Tip: Deficiency of any vitamin or consumption in excess leads to ill health!

MINERALS
  • They are essential chemical elements required by the body to stay healthy.
  • They look after the bone health, skin, hair, heart-beat regulation, hormone creation, anti-ageing, and perform many more significant functions.
Sources: 
  • Macro minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, sulphur, sodium, phosphorus )
  • Trace minerals (iron, iodine, zinc, fluoride, copper, selenium, cobalt, manganese)
Tip: Consume in significant amount to strengthen the body immunity.

FIBRE and ROUGHAGE
  • The non-energy providers are extremely essential for a good digestive system.
  • They help in weight loss, reduction of cardiovascular diseases and healthy bowel movement.
Sources:
  • Soluble fibre (dissolves partially in water - oatmeal, legumes, seeds, nuts, apples, berries)
  • Non-soluble fibre (does not dissolve in water - breakfast cereals, whole wheat, wheat bran, brown rice, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, celery)
Tip: Gradually increase the intake to avoid bloating of stomach!

Good To Know: Milk is one ingredient composed of all the essential constituents of a balanced diet listed above. However, the recommendation for daily consumption varies from individual to individual, based on factors like age and health conditions.

HONEY – NATURE'S SWEET WONDER...
Nature's Sweet Wonder - Honey (Image courtesy)
World knows what this sweet wonder does! Here’s a fact list depicting the nutritional value of 1 tablespoon of honey. (Source)
  • Proteins - 0.06 g
  • Carbohydrates - 17.3 g
  • Sugars - 17.25 g
  • Traces of vitamins and minerals
  • Fats - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Dietary Fibre - 0 g
  • Total Calories - 64
Good To Know: It is internationally recognised that good quality honey should be processed at less than 20% water content. (Source)

A REAL BALANCED CRASH DIET WITH HONEY...

Replace the white poison (sugar) with the natural source of energy-booster while you are on a crash diet, and I bet you will never lose upon the essential nutrients. 

Treat yourself with some great health benefits of Honey that…
  • Boosts memory
  • Triggers weight loss and good digestion
  • Fights cholesterol and protects heart (due to its anti-oxidant properties)
  • Cures infection and relieves swelling (due to its anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Combats cough and cold
  • Aids sleep
  • Nourishes skin and hair
Crash Diet Tip: Along with your regular workout, strictly cut down sugar, refined flour and fried to see the best results!

So now when you want a balanced "crash" diet, don’t forget the golden elixir, the product of sweet bee workers – "Honey"! :)

Disclaimer: 

* Author of this post reserves rights for the written content source being an original concept. Please do not copy without permission. Be mindful to give credit if you refer this blog post anywhere. ©Jyotika Rajput Mehra

* This post is purely based on the author’s personal experience, knowledge and perception. The purpose of this post is to encourage the readers to stay healthy by eating right and using nature's gift of honey in daily diet.

* The content of this post is validated through relevant sources using Google, and should be used as informational purpose only. It does not claim to be any kind of medicinal advice.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Shine with Richa Sharma's Image Management...


Be it the morning breakfast or time to dine,
Never leave a chance to shine,

Dress up, step out, learn and explore,
The world has an array of exciting stuff in store,

Express, communicate, make a connect,
Let your confidence create a ripple effect,

Fathom your appearance to be an essential key,
Through which you can lead and live your fantasy,

 Exude your charm with style and smile,
Your image is all what makes your presence worthwhile!
~Jyotika Rajput Mehra Poetry
Looks Do Matter | Courtesy: Google
Today, with this post I am highly pleased to share the concept of Image Management with you all. :)

 I am so grateful to the HR team of my company who had organised an exclusive workshop for the women professionals on the occasion of International Women's Day 2015. Though its quite a delayed post but its surely worth sharing!

Also, the scope of Image Management embraces the make over for men too.

Richa Sharma, who was the prime presenter, is the principal consultant and trainer at PurpleFactor. She is a certified image consultant trained by Image Management Consulting Institute (India), under the curriculum of Judith Rasband, a world renowned Master Image Consultant and Director of Conselle Institute of Image Management, USA.
Image Management Guru - Richa Sharma | Courtesy: Google 
She aims to empower and educate people with the art and science of image management.
Along with two more speakers, Richa started the session by playing an awesomely beautiful video. :)

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

And then there was active interaction among the speakers and the audience…

Discussion included significance of smart dressing and what one can do to alter their image regardless of having a perfect body shape. Audience was totally pumped up with real life stories regarding good looks, physical appearance, how impactful is one’s style and dressing in today’s world, and further so.

So what is an “Image”?

Image is the prime asset that defines an individual's personality. It is a cohesive reflection of one's emotions, ethics, perception, behaviour, decisions and desires.

Image can be affirmative or non-affirmative… How to build an affirmative one?

The factors that build an affirmative image are…
Factors building Affirmative Image

Observe that the evolving attribute is being yourself which eventually leads to happiness.

What do you mean by "Be Yourself"?

It is just realising that "feel good" factor which makes you elated, happy and comfortable. It is something which makes you feel confident enough to face the world. It is actually your primitive form of nature – while communicating, or walking, or styling, or eating, or doing anything. When you are in your natural form, you are the happiest and the most comfortable person.

Hence, the art of self-introspection is necessary to be learnt, i.e. examining yourself at emotional as well as the physical level!

Doing so would enable you identify all those teensy-weensy things that you may surpass in the daily regime. It is just like closely observing all your actions and reactions, likes and dislikes and further so. 

Observe yourself closely and you will come across the answers for some of the basic questions…
  • What makes you happy and comfortable?
  • What is your confidence level while talking to people?
  • What bothers you about your looks?
  • What you can change about your looks?
  • What you cannot alter about you looks?

Emotional and Physical Well-being – The Inter-Related Fundamentals…

There are many elements governing your emotional well-being – atmosphere, circumstances and most importantly the people. Staying in healthy environments and connecting with positive people do wonders on the mind psyche, thereby strengthening your thought process.

Emotional well-being also primarily depends upon your physical well-being, i.e. your health and appearance. No wonder that is why people with appealing looks possess a good mental status and hence those with balanced emotional quotient lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Bothering Fact…

But the bothering fact is that not everybody is blessed with great looks, or a perfect body figure or physique. The image of a person majorly forms the diktat from one’s physical looks, which is actually the factor impacting one’s confidence, societal image, personal as well as professional life.

Here comes the saviour – “Image Management”… An Art and science of reviving your image!

“Image” is…
  • Reflection of your Physical Well-Being
  • The way you are perceived by Others


Significant Factors Impacting Image...
  • Health – Can be very well controlled and balanced with the help of dieticians and food experts
  • Appearance – Can be corrected with the help of fashion scientists


Slashing the Worries Related to Looks and Appearance with “Image Management”…

Now your body shape will no longer be a reason to bother you. Forget the worries and make your presence strongly felt wherever you go!

Learning the “Body Type Analysis”...

Richa displayed a slide show and made us all aware of the different types of women body shapes. Here is what I could jot down…
  • Triangle
  • Inverted Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Hourglass
  • Diamond
  • Rounded
  • Pear
Different Types of Women Body Shapes | Courtesy: Google
Through a demo (by calling different women in front), she very finely made us understand the varying body shapes and how one can identify theirs, with the help of a body measuring scale.

Richa then showcased slides which focussed on the types of apparels to be chosen for various body types. She also made us learn about specific colours, patterns and styles while shopping. This was actually the moment which all were waiting for! We were eager to know how wisely one could invest in clothing that gives a million dollar look!

She emphasised on the fact that Wardrobe Management is extremely essential for a good societal status and one must learn the art and science behind it.

The session proceeded to the beauty segment where Richa personally did a makeover for one young lady. She gave her a subdued look just perfect for office. The make-up line was from the popular beauty brands like Maybelline, L’oreal, Revlon, Lakme:
  • Face cleanser
  • Applicator and brushes (face, eye, lip)
  • Matte foundation (natural yellow, especially for Indian skin)
  • Concealer (for more bright and clear effect)
  • Face powder (natural beige)
  • Cheek bone highlighter (natural-rose)
  • Eye definer stick or Kajal (black)
  • Eye shadow (natural pink)
  • Eye liner (black)
  • Mascara (black)
  • Eye brow pencil
  • Lip liner (pink)
  • Lip colour (natural pink)
The session ended with some great fun games.

Richa truly made us aware of the significance of good looks, and how one’s appearance can build or break their image – at personal, professional and social levels! Her motivating words encouraged each one of us to bring out our inner beauty and make it reflect over our appearances!
Wake Up & Do Make-Up
Her golden mantra – “Wake Up & Do Make Up” charged everybody with a smile! She said, “Wearing make-up never harms, its just that you have to buy good brands, remove make-up before going to sleep and follow good diet”.

Key Archives...
  • Image is a combination of your internal as well as external beauty.
  • Image Management is not only for corporate professionals, but also for those working from home, housewives, business people, teenagers, would-be brides-&-grooms, people visiting abroad, and further so.
  • Positive attitude leads to self-improvement which in turn leads to success.
  • The best make-up is to wear a smile. It inherently makes you happy and confident.
  • Understand your body shape type. Change what you can! Accept what you can't! Love your body. Hating your imperfections will have negative impact over your emotional well being.
  • Style your wardrobe. Get rid of the clothes and accessories that do not suit your body shape. Shop wisely!
  • Invest in good brands - clothing and cosmetics... and you will never regret it.
  • Eat healthy, exercise, look good, feel good... and "Wake up & Do make-up"!
The workshop was extremely inspiring, energising and beneficial. It made us all realise that sometimes it is essential to defocus from the hustling busy lives and emphasise upon the necessities of our well-being!

I again convey my heartfelt thanks to Richa, the woman of substance, whose magic wand can really do wonders for those who really wish to go for a great makeover and make a remarkable difference in their lives! 

So, What are you waiting for...? To experience the benefits of the popular makeover mechanism, contact Richa Sharma today at +91-9871553646 


Disclaimer: 

* Author of this post reserves rights for the written content source being an original concept. Please do not copy without permission. ©Jyotika Rajput Mehra


* This post is purely based on the author’s personal experience, knowledge and perception. The purpose of this post is to spread awareness on the subject of image management as learnt in Richa Sharma’s live workshop. This is a gentle reminder for all to observe their physical appearance and take help of professionals like Richa, in case a makeover is required!