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Imagine a morning when you enjoy your coffee minutes standing on the tenderness of soft, verdant grass bed; the fresh morning wind trying to catch your hair strands as you awaken into a new day. The panoramic setting in front of your balcony might disturb you but you can always uplift the mood of your favourite balcony. Transform the open alcove into a chosen niche as per your personal bent. Here are some of the uber cool and simple ways to oomph up your cosy nook suiting your busy lifestyle.<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"455","email":"mazumder.raga08@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Ananya Mazumder","imagepath":"15118547435a1d12970ade8.jpg","description":"

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A kitchen is more than just a place for cooking or eating. It is the heart of our home. Bigger is not always a good idea, especially when we are discussing kitchens. Small kitchens are usually more efficient workplaces and can be easily maintained also. With the help of trendy designs and decorating ideas, we can make even a small kitchen more organized, functional and stylish. After all, you should enjoy being in the kitchen and it should give you mental peace while cooking.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

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Microgreens, as the name suggests, are basically micro varieties of fully mature plants. They differ from their fully-grown counterparts in terms of their size, method of sowing, and harvesting duration. Scientific evidence has confirmed that these shoots can be 40 times more nutrient-rich than the fully grown plants. With microgreens being termed as the ‘new age’ superfood, more and more health loving people are growing them at home! And thankfully, microgreens are easy to grow too!<\/p>","story_order":"2","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"456","email":"divanshi.arora14@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Divanshi Arora","imagepath":"15118576425a1d1dead5332.jpg","description":"

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Can you name a few herbs or plants that can easily be planted on kitchen slabs, window sills or any other available area of the house?<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

The need of the hour is growing one’s own food in whatever way possible irrespective of space available. Newer techniques have made it possible to grow almost everything in pots in whatever space is there. At present, I am growing over 25 varieties of vegetables and herbs in pots in every nook and corner of space available in my house. The herbs which can easily be grown are Mint, Ajwain, celery, lemon balm, Curry Patta, Brahmi, lemongrass, lemon balm, basil, Aloe Vera etc. Right from potatoes and onions to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, radish, peas – you name it, it can be grown in pots. The easiest to grow are the leafy vegetables like spinach, Methi (fenugreek), Lettuce, Coriander etc.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

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What kitchen <\/strong>by-products can<\/strong> be used as a manure to grow a healthy kitchen garden?<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

Almost all biodegradable kitchen waste such as peels etc. can be converted into compost or manure including cooked food which has gone bad or is inedible.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

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Can you name a few instruments that one should have to grow his\/her own kitchen garden?<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

It is imperative to have a proper infrastructure in place for a kitchen garden – pots, manure, soil, coco peat. But to be able to handle it better and make it a do it yourself hobby – do equip you with a pair of sturdy gloves, a trowel, a pipe hose, spray can spray bottle to name a few. The equipment would vary depending upon the size of the garden (even if it is an entirely potted one like mine) whether in the ground or on the rooftop.<\/p>","story_order":"4","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"440","email":"komal.malhotra@vocabberry.com","created_by_name":"Komal Malhotra","imagepath":"150097204159770409f2311.jpg","description":"

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Who would think that the boring, uninviting cactus was a wonder in itself? A highly decorative marvel, this plant holds the capability to ward off intruders, envious feelings, malicious thoughts and more. It is also known to suck up the negative electromagnetic energies emitting out of our electronic appliances.<\/p>","story_order":"7","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"346","email":"mona.punjabi@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Mona Punjabi","imagepath":"14496360035667b0a3af8d0.jpg","description":"

The wordsmith- A Sindhi-Punjabi by birth, a Tamilian by marriage, a project manager and education counselor by profession, a writer by heart and passion. These four phrases describe her best! Writing is her true calling, she loves to write and write to love! Amidst project deliveries, excel sheet and power point presentations; she manages to touch the chords of her heart and mind through her writing and reading the writings of her favorite authors. As days fly by, you will find her writing on various genres, from lifestyle, to restaurant reviews, to review on outdoor trips, to business management articles, to hard-core online educational courses. Add to this list some photography and travelling and exploring the world.<\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"1","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"109","tag":"Garden"},{"tag_id":"127","tag":"gardening"},{"tag_id":"37","tag":"Home"},{"tag_id":"128","tag":"plants"}],"brands":0,"slug":"indoor-plants-for-positive-vibes","authorslug":"monapunjabi"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"3702","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"437","modified_by":"68","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Jas Kiran Kaur","modified_by_name":"MJ","title":"8 Tools That Make Starting Your Very Own Indoor Garden A Breeze","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"1","view_count":"6","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jul 15th, 2017","published_on":"2017-07-15 05:23:36","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Tools For Indoor Gardening","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"49913","article_id":"3702","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_32090840100051.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

Secretly been wishing to have a little garden of your own? Well, today is the day when your dream comes true! Yes, even if you live in a high-rise building or an old apartment that has no verandas, you can still breathe free with your indoor garden! Say goodbye to chemically-infected herbs and veggies and get set to shop online for some cool stuff for the go green movement!<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"437","email":"jaskiran@vocabberry.com","created_by_name":"Jas Kiran Kaur","imagepath":"149975690159647965e1362.jpg","description":"

Jas Kiran Kaur, born and raised in Delhi is a reader, writer and a nature lover by heart. After completing her Masters in English from DU, she has started to pen down her dreams and visions on social media. She's an optimist, a mindfulness practitioner, a tutor and a fun person to know. Follow her travelling adventures and everyday drama here<\/a><\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"1","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"110","tag":"Gardening"},{"tag_id":"37","tag":"Home"}],"brands":0,"slug":"tools-for-indoor-gardening","authorslug":"jaskirankaur"}],"slug":"gardening"},{"subcategory_id":"33","subcategory_title":"Celebration","articles":[{"scalar":"","article_id":"4523","featured":"1","featured_home":"0","created_by":"427","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"Fun Experiences To Share With Your Squad Before Getting Married!","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"16","view_count":"21","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jul 16th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-16 07:27:33","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Fun Things To Do With Friends Before Getting Married","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57810","article_id":"4523","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_75075992271351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

If you are 20-something, then you know marriage is coming your way and there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. With the start of this new phase in your life, priorities change, and many things take a back seat, like the making impromptu plans with your squad or hanging out with them for long hours. And before you know it, all your plans might revolve around your fiancé or his family gatherings and your 20s bucket list will have to be shoved away. So rather than waiting for the ‘right time’, get hold of your gang and make the most of it before you begin yet another amazing chapter of your life. Be it your girlfriends or a gang of guys and girls, here are some super fun things to do before one of you gets booked for life:<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"427","email":"kmitu.7@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","imagepath":"149303529758fde92108738.jpg","description":"

Mitali is a passionate reader and writer, fashion obsessed and a complete shopaholic! After completing her graduation in fashion designing, she let the creative side in her explore more and let jewellery designing be a part of her life and career. A complete movie-buff and a dog lover by heart and soul, her motto is to live each day as it comes!<\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"476","tag":"friendship"},{"tag_id":"40","tag":"Mixed bag"},{"tag_id":"377","tag":"Pre-Wedding"},{"tag_id":"205","tag":"women"}],"brands":0,"slug":"fun-things-to-do-with-friends-before-getting-married","authorslug":"mitalikhanapurkar"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4510","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"455","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Ananya Mazumder","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"All You Need To Know About Akash Ambani-Shloka Mehta Engagement","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"0","view_count":"0","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jul 4th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-04 10:01:23","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"All You Need To Know About Akash Ambani-Shloka Mehta's Engagement","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57684","article_id":"4510","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_26702735960351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

Last Saturday (June 30, 2018), Akash Ambani, son of one of the wealthiest and most successful entrepreneurs of the world, Mukesh Ambani got engaged to Shloka Mehta, the daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. Before the duo exchanged rings, the Bollywood film fraternity, distinguished sports and media personnel attended the pre-engagement party and gatherings too.<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"455","email":"mazumder.raga08@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Ananya Mazumder","imagepath":"15118547435a1d12970ade8.jpg","description":"

A simple girl who dreams big! Would love to have a life out of the ordinary for a change! A voracious reader and traveller, I love swimming as well as treating my taste buds with mouthwatering dishes. Absolutely love pets, especially dogs and feel that with them in your life, nothing can go wrong, trust me!<\/p>\r\n\r\n

Live by the quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” \u2015 Mae West.<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/ananya.mazumder.184","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"179","tag":"Celebration"},{"tag_id":"341","tag":"Entrepreneurs"},{"tag_id":"377","tag":"Pre-Wedding"},{"tag_id":"75","tag":"wedding"}],"brands":0,"slug":"all-you-need-to-know-about-akash-ambani-shloka-mehtas-engagement","authorslug":"ananyamazumder"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4509","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"479","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Sreya Mukherjee","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"You\u2019ve Read All About The Royal Wedding \u2013 Now Here Is The Royal Gesture","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"0","view_count":"0","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jul 3rd, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-03 08:51:11","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Here's Why Prince Harry & Meghan Returned Their Wedding Gifts","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57682","article_id":"4509","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_01751506060351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

The royal family thus, cannot accept presents from businesses or individuals due to the Royal protocol. A swimwear company sent the Royal couple, bathing suits for the purpose of their honeymoon. Quite sadly, it was declined. <\/span><\/p>","story_order":"3","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"479","email":"cmsreyamukherje@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Sreya Mukherjee","imagepath":"15232554865acb08be3ef76.jpg","description":"

A thinker and a dreamer to start with! Being a Cancerian, I am deeply intuitive, sensitive and emotional by nature. Just like a crab, I wear a hard shell with a soft heart hidden underneath. Not just an aesthete, but art and creativity can greatly define me also, whether that is writing, stage acting, singing or painting. I am a voracious reader, a passionate writer, musicophile and a movie aficionado. As I am an avid foodie, delicious food can truly elevate my mood and swimming is like a therapy for me. The quote ‘Work, save, travel and repeat’ pretty much captures who I am. I particularly love rains and mountains.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

‘The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.’ – Bertrand Russell<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/highonartlife","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"1","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"179","tag":"Celebration"},{"tag_id":"491","tag":"Family"},{"tag_id":"223","tag":"Gifts"},{"tag_id":"377","tag":"Pre-Wedding"},{"tag_id":"75","tag":"wedding"}],"brands":0,"slug":"heres-why-prince-harry-meghan-returned-their-wedding-gifts","authorslug":"sreyamukherjee"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4499","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"427","modified_by":"477","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","modified_by_name":"Arshpreet Singh","title":"Moms Don\u2019t Need A Special Day \u2013 Here\u2019s How You Can Make Every Day Special For Her","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"4","view_count":"2","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jun 22nd, 2018","published_on":"2018-06-22 11:24:49","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Moms Don\u2019t Need A Special Day \u2013 Make Everyday Special For Her","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57607","article_id":"4499","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_02596745669251.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"A Surprise Visit","description":"

If you live away from home, or your mom; it’s time to plan a surprise visit! Go an extra mile and pre-book your tickets just to be around her. Giving a surprise visit to your mom might be the best way to show your love. Your mom will be thrilled to see you for sure!! You don’t have to go out of your way to manage leaves and holidays, plan something around a weekend so that the entire family can be together.<\/p>","story_order":"7","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"427","email":"kmitu.7@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","imagepath":"149303529758fde92108738.jpg","description":"

Mitali is a passionate reader and writer, fashion obsessed and a complete shopaholic! After completing her graduation in fashion designing, she let the creative side in her explore more and let jewellery designing be a part of her life and career. A complete movie-buff and a dog lover by heart and soul, her motto is to live each day as it comes!<\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"491","tag":"Family"},{"tag_id":"169","tag":"Love"},{"tag_id":"271","tag":"mother"}],"brands":0,"slug":"moms-dont-need-a-special-day-make-everyday-special-for-her","authorslug":"mitalikhanapurkar"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4498","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"478","modified_by":"477","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Nahali Bhattacharya","modified_by_name":"Arshpreet Singh","title":"Get Ready For The Next Royal Wedding: Princess Eugenie And Jack Brooksbank","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"0","view_count":"0","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jun 22nd, 2018","published_on":"2018-06-22 09:40:02","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Get Ready For The Next Royal Wedding Of Princess Eugenie","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57592","article_id":"4498","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_05208755569251.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

Just days after one of the biggest weddings of our times ended on happy notes, we are back in our anxious forms, counting days for another luxurious royal wedding to happen, between the ultra stylish Princess Eugenie and her man in the shining armour, Jack Brooksbank.<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"478","email":"nahalibhat@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Nahali Bhattacharya","imagepath":"15232551695acb0781bb972.jpg","description":"

Easy rider, easy glider, incomprehensive life definitions, movies and coffee, mist and mountains and also prolific dissociation. If I break the frenzy into concrete steps of hows and whats, the anticipation will be gone. Life is but a shipwreck of all our corporate plannings. It is awful but oh so beautiful!<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/nahali.bhattacharya","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"179","tag":"Celebration"},{"tag_id":"491","tag":"Family"},{"tag_id":"75","tag":"wedding"}],"brands":0,"slug":"get-ready-for-the-next-royal-wedding-of-princess-eugenie","authorslug":"nahalibhattacharya"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4487","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"427","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"7 Ways To Cheer Your Real-Life Superhero With Invisible Cape This Father\u2019s Day","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"6","view_count":"3","comment_count":"1","created_on":"Jun 16th, 2018","published_on":"2018-06-16 18:30:59","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Ways to Celebrate Father\u2019s Day and Make It Special for your Dad","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57495","article_id":"4487","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_06423483719251.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"Go Down Memory Lane:","description":"

Looking for something a little more sentimental? Take a stroll down Memory Lane. Literally. Go to some of your favourite childhood spots like your favourite ice cream shop or candy store or a place your dad used to take you out or the lane where he taught you how to ride a cycle and reminisce on the great memories you two shared.<\/p>","story_order":"5","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"427","email":"kmitu.7@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","imagepath":"149303529758fde92108738.jpg","description":"

Mitali is a passionate reader and writer, fashion obsessed and a complete shopaholic! After completing her graduation in fashion designing, she let the creative side in her explore more and let jewellery designing be a part of her life and career. A complete movie-buff and a dog lover by heart and soul, her motto is to live each day as it comes!<\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"208","tag":"children"},{"tag_id":"491","tag":"Family"},{"tag_id":"488","tag":"father"},{"tag_id":"476","tag":"friendship"},{"tag_id":"168","tag":"Relationship"}],"brands":0,"slug":"ways-to-celebrate-fathers-day-and-make-it-special-for-your-dad","authorslug":"mitalikhanapurkar"}],"slug":"celebration"},{"subcategory_id":"44","subcategory_title":"Entertaining","articles":[{"scalar":"","article_id":"4527","featured":"1","featured_home":"1","created_by":"388","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Kripa Chowdhury","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"Chat In The Cafe With Somak Ghosh And Agnijit Sen, Two Dynamic Radio Jockeys Of Radio Mirchi Bangla","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"3206","view_count":"1.3k","comment_count":"16","created_on":"Jul 18th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-18 11:38:11","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Interview With Somak Ghosh And Agnijit Sen Of Radio Mirchi Bangla","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57856","article_id":"4527","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_89271211191351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

Growing up as a Bengali kid is so much fun. Rich literature, melodious music, fantastic food are an integral part of any growing Bengali kid. Along with these, Bengali kids experience some dynamic duos as well. To name a few would be, Nonte Fonte, Hada Bhoda, Feluda and Topshe. While they are fictional characters who can be imagined about, a real-life Bengali duo who are becoming a part of every household these days is Somak Ghosh and Agnijit Sen. Popular as RJ Somak and RJ Agni of Radio Mirchi Bangla. Two of them are making extensive use of the radio and other contemporary forms of media to cater to Bengal based content to Bengalis worldwide.<\/span><\/p>\r\n\r\n

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We are extremely pleased to share that on special request both Somak and Agni are today our guests of honour at Polka Cafe. From their terrific equation to personal lives - let's discover more. <\/span><\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"388","email":"kripa.chowdhury@commits.edu.in","created_by_name":"Kripa Chowdhury","imagepath":"1496124910592d0dee41733.jpg","description":"

A true Bengali from heart, this Kolkata girl is presently working as an editor in Namma Bengaluru. She came here three years back for her Masters at Commits and is in love with the fast life of the IT city. Other than office, she spends most of her time in cooking and experimenting new kinds of food. Photography and Bollywood music excites this day dreamer, who wants to travel the world in a single vacation.<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/m.facebook.com\/kripa.chowdhury.92","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"1","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"493","tag":"Bengal"},{"tag_id":"320","tag":"entertainment"},{"tag_id":"261","tag":"Interview"},{"tag_id":"495","tag":"radio"}],"brands":0,"slug":"interview-with-somak-ghosh-and-agnijit-sen-of-radio-mirchi-bangla","authorslug":"kripachowdhury"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4515","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"484","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Meghna Trivedi","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"Royal Journey On The Royal Train\u2026 Don\u2019t Miss This One!","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"4","view_count":"2","comment_count":"3","created_on":"Jul 9th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-09 08:14:22","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Meghan Markle's Royal Journey With Queen On The Royal Train","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57736","article_id":"4515","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_71108889111351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"What their Body Language Revealed","description":"

Without her husband, Prince Harry by her side to reassure her, Meghan who was a bit nervous initially, found comfort in the Queen’s congruent and spontaneous smiles that revealed how delighted she was to have her new granddaughter-in-law by her side. The duo got along famously and the Queen showed her confidence in the Duchess via the minimal glances she threw in her direction and those that did come her way were looks of approval rather than concern. Sometimes whilst watching a performance in front of them, the two royals sat chuckling like teenagers forging deep bonds of friendship and parental affection.<\/p>","story_order":"8","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"484","email":"meghna75@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Meghna Trivedi","imagepath":"15311189145b430542641c6.jpg","description":"

A mother of three with an equal appetite and passion for words; loves to dream and weave tales when she’s not busy running after her quarter dozen. A homemaker who loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen and eat it too; she’s a movie maniac who’ll burn the midnight oil to catch her favourite show. A tea guzzler who’s high on life believes that change is the only constant.<\/span><\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"122","tag":"celebrity"},{"tag_id":"169","tag":"Love"},{"tag_id":"58","tag":"Travel"},{"tag_id":"75","tag":"wedding"},{"tag_id":"205","tag":"women"}],"brands":0,"slug":"meghan-markles-royal-journey-with-queen-on-the-royal-train","authorslug":"meghnatrivedi"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4185","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"465","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Manasi Murde","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"Toys Which Help Improve Your Child's Brain Activity","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"3","view_count":"1","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jan 18th, 2018","published_on":"2018-01-18 12:18:28","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"A child's brain development activities","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"54519","article_id":"4185","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_11415867726151.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"Playdough","description":"

Messy kids are the best kids. A child without a playdough has experienced no joy at all. Playdough is the ultimate creativity enhancer. Teach children to mould clay into different shapes, letters, numbers and the likes. Playdough can also be used to learn a lot of other things like identifying colours.<\/p>","story_order":"4","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"465","email":"murde.manasi@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Manasi Murde","imagepath":"15132455755a324b879c4cd.jpg","description":"

I'm a software engineer by profession and writer by passion. Writing makes me happy and reading makes me feel content. I currently live and work in Bangalore, but I am a true Mumbaikar. I take pride in being creative, crazy, fierce and unstoppable. I go by the oath- As long as I live, I will keep reading, writing and never stop learning!<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/manasi.murde","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"208","tag":"children"},{"tag_id":"322","tag":"mental health"}],"brands":0,"slug":"a-childs-brain-development-activities","authorslug":"manasimurde"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"3939","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"352","modified_by":"68","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Georgina Doray","modified_by_name":"MJ","title":"5 DIY Halloween Costumes Inspired By Cartoons","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"3","view_count":"4","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Oct 23rd, 2017","published_on":"2017-10-23 05:53:25","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Halloween Costumes, DIY Costumes, DIY Halloween Costumes, Cartoon Inspired Costume","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"52590","article_id":"3939","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_95623005658051.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

This is the season of Halloween and it is about time you unleash your inner demons and get your freak on! For this year, we're all about the cartoon\/animation-inspired costumes that are not cliched like the old witch, Dracula or even Harley, and certainly not an expensive affair. Here are 5 ways to recreate some of our beloved cartoon characters without breaking a sweat or creating a hole in your pocket. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

 <\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"352","email":"georgina@polkacafe.com","created_by_name":"Georgina Doray","imagepath":"150400534459a54ce0e7953.jpg","description":"

Georgina is a dreamer and a closet poet of the morbid sort. However, her inspiration stems not from the romantic version of cliques but the expression of identity in its unusual form. She is a quirky little renegade, who seeks the path less taken and the adventure of a life time. What's more, she is a cat person and an old-school rock and roll\/metal enthusiast. So if you do happen to stop a song mid way of its flow in anyway, death will soon be upon you, no pressure!<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/gean.ad","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"320","tag":"entertainment"},{"tag_id":"189","tag":"Halloween"}],"brands":0,"slug":"halloween-costumes-diy-costumes-diy-halloween-costumes-cartoon-inspired-costume","authorslug":"georginadoray"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"3827","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"352","modified_by":"68","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Georgina Doray","modified_by_name":"MJ","title":"Check Out How Instagram Is Turning Out To Be A Dark, Hollow And Shallow Place","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"5","view_count":"12","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Aug 29th, 2017","published_on":"2017-08-29 08:29:45","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Dark Side Of Instagram","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"51236","article_id":"3827","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_98632783993051.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

The Instagram culture isn't always as it seems. Like every other social media platform, it first starts out as a curiosity to stimulate social interaction, but before you know it, the obsession to fit in with the trend takes over.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

Utilising the app to gather material for infotainment, travel destinations or just following our mentors and the latest celebrity craze has flagged an unhealthy indulgence that compels people to mimic all that they see on their social feed. The dark twisted humor lies in staging a similar lifestyle to spawn "followers" and "likes", thereby, constructing a sense of social acceptance and validation.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

The fitness culture, for instance, propagates a destructive standard of a perfect body type which consumes followers with insecurities and dissatisfaction. The positive affirmations typically delivered through self-love and inspirational quotes have seemingly backfired leading to an unhealthy lifestyle for quicker results.<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"352","email":"georgina@polkacafe.com","created_by_name":"Georgina Doray","imagepath":"150400534459a54ce0e7953.jpg","description":"

Georgina is a dreamer and a closet poet of the morbid sort. However, her inspiration stems not from the romantic version of cliques but the expression of identity in its unusual form. She is a quirky little renegade, who seeks the path less taken and the adventure of a life time. What's more, she is a cat person and an old-school rock and roll\/metal enthusiast. So if you do happen to stop a song mid way of its flow in anyway, death will soon be upon you, no pressure!<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/gean.ad","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"289","tag":"instagram"},{"tag_id":"79","tag":"social media"}],"brands":0,"slug":"dark-side-of-instagram","authorslug":"georginadoray"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"3828","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"8","modified_by":"391","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Glory Mathew","modified_by_name":"Mayuri","title":"Chat In The Cafe With Bharatanatyam Dancer, Sushmitha Suresh, On Her Studio Vivartana And Her Creative Life","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"144","view_count":"401","comment_count":"6","created_on":"Aug 29th, 2017","published_on":"2017-08-29 06:11:24","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Interview With Bharatanatyam Dancer Sushmitha Suresh","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"51283","article_id":"3828","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_71388565893051.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

Bharatanatyam is one of India's oldest dance forms, and is recognised around the world as a classical and pure dance form. There have been many a notable Bharatanatyam dancers over the years, and continuing that legacy is Bangalore's very own Sushmitha Suresh. Having started her training at the age of four, Suresh has accomplished quite a lot in her expansive career as a Bharatanatyam dancer. We got chatting with her about everything from her most memorable performances to opening her own dance studio, Vivartana. Read on to find out what she has to say. <\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"8","email":"glory@polkacafe.com","created_by_name":"Glory Mathew","imagepath":"150399908259a5346a0a3c2.jpg","description":"

Free spirited, hopes to take the fashion world by storm and loves to binge on ice cream. One look and you would think 'nah she's not feisty'...but beware; she's not afraid to throw a punch. And if you're looking for someone who knows how to tickle your funny bone, then she thinks she's the one; be your own judge for that. But entertainment on her list is top priority. "I don’t bite, you know...unless it’s called for.” - Audrey Hepburn. This does count for her!<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/glory.mathew.773","twitter":"","rating":"3","favourite":"3","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"68","tag":"art"},{"tag_id":"317","tag":"Dance"}],"brands":0,"slug":"interview-with-bharatanatyam-dancer-sushmitha-suresh","authorslug":"glorymathew"}],"slug":"entertaining"}],"slug":"home-living"},{"category_id":"2","category_title":"Fashion & Beauty","category_color":"#f8abd4","category_icon":"140402811253afc4d017e4e.png","category_order":"2","description":"","subcategories":[{"subcategory_id":"5","subcategory_title":"Style Tricks","articles":[{"scalar":"","article_id":"4516","featured":"1","featured_home":"0","created_by":"455","modified_by":"477","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Ananya Mazumder","modified_by_name":"Arshpreet Singh","title":"Fashion For Plus-Size - It\u2019s All About Looking Good!","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"3","view_count":"6","comment_count":"1","created_on":"Jul 9th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-09 08:27:08","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"All About Plus-Size Fashion To Look Your Best","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57744","article_id":"4516","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_37311491211351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"Positive Fashion Changes","description":"

Initially, the trend was to wear darker colours that give an illusion of looking slimmer. People on the heavier side avoided lighter shades in fear that people may notice their weight and bigger structure. But now, people are no longer stepping back and adopting all kinds of quirky and colourful or sober and elegant shades of clothing. Different upgraded and modern international brands and the extensive range of their amazing plus-size clothing, are slowly and steadily turning their plus-sized clients’ experience of constantly hearing the offensive “fat” to an admirable “fabulous”!<\/p>","story_order":"7","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"455","email":"mazumder.raga08@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Ananya Mazumder","imagepath":"15118547435a1d12970ade8.jpg","description":"

A simple girl who dreams big! Would love to have a life out of the ordinary for a change! A voracious reader and traveller, I love swimming as well as treating my taste buds with mouthwatering dishes. Absolutely love pets, especially dogs and feel that with them in your life, nothing can go wrong, trust me!<\/p>\r\n\r\n

Live by the quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” \u2015 Mae West.<\/p>","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/ananya.mazumder.184","twitter":"","rating":"0","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"379","tag":"Clothing Brands"},{"tag_id":"22","tag":"Fashion"},{"tag_id":"144","tag":"style tricks"},{"tag_id":"205","tag":"women"}],"brands":0,"slug":"all-about-plus-size-fashion-to-look-your-best","authorslug":"ananyamazumder"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4525","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"427","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"7 Ways To Instantly Transform You Looking From Boring To Wow","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"11","view_count":"3","comment_count":"1","created_on":"Jul 17th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-17 16:28:57","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"Must Have Fashion Accessories","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57831","article_id":"4525","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_47781724481351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"","description":"

There are days and occasions when we girls feel like we don't have anything fantastic to wear. Has this ever happened to you? If yes, then this article is exactly what you need to make all your outfits glamorous and fun.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

Here are some simple ways by which you can add that extra oomph factor to your look. Try adding some of these to your attire and we're sure you'll make every head turn.<\/p>","story_order":"1","featured":"1"},"author":{"author_id":"427","email":"kmitu.7@gmail.com","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","imagepath":"149303529758fde92108738.jpg","description":"

Mitali is a passionate reader and writer, fashion obsessed and a complete shopaholic! After completing her graduation in fashion designing, she let the creative side in her explore more and let jewellery designing be a part of her life and career. A complete movie-buff and a dog lover by heart and soul, her motto is to live each day as it comes!<\/p>","facebook":"","twitter":"","rating":"1","favourite":"0","user_stats":[]},"tags":[{"tag_id":"266","tag":"accessories"},{"tag_id":"22","tag":"Fashion"}],"brands":0,"slug":"must-have-fashion-accessories","authorslug":"mitalikhanapurkar"},{"scalar":"","article_id":"4512","featured":"0","featured_home":"0","created_by":"427","modified_by":"454","author_type":"1","created_by_name":"Mitali Khanapurkar","modified_by_name":"Shashank Sagar","title":"Style Tips And Tricks To Wear Kitten Heels With Almost Anything!","sub_title":"","overview":"","preamble":"","share_count":"10","view_count":"1","comment_count":"0","created_on":"Jul 5th, 2018","published_on":"2018-07-05 10:55:41","published":"Y","seo":"1","pagetitle":"How To Style Kitten Heels With Almost Anything","sponsored":"N","stories":{"story_id":"57709","article_id":"4512","media":"http:\/\/polkacafe.s3.amazonaws.com\/articles\/thumbs\/ti_125_32774086870351.jpg","media_type":"P","story_title":"How to choose the Perfect Pair of Kitten Heels","description":"