Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kids Experiencing a Magical Space Adventure with Colgate Storyteller Packs.

My family's all-in-one dental solution brand 'Colgate' comes with a very innovative campaign “Magical Space Adventure” with three different themed packs so that our little kids can cut them in their shape, play, learn and make stories with their imaginations. I'd like to thank Colgate for making useful the packs that we throw away after unpack in the dustbin. After getting all three packs from BlogAddda, I was very excited to show the first magic to my little boy Rishu (Age-4) what's inside! Its designed to help the child’s creativity and keep them engaged in a fun way. I given him all the packs and a blunt-sharp scissors under full of my surveillance to avoid minor injury while cutting the rounds. Sometime I've joined hand to cut it smooth so that the characters look live. It was fun cutting the characters and joining with the stands. It was easy enough as the borders were marked for easy cutting and joining. In fact he was excited to cut them with his creative mind and imagine different magical stories with every Colgate dental cream pack themes. Though the green alien was his most favourite, space rocket is also playing partner keeping it in his pocket wherever he goes.

As a parent, we should keep trying to engage our kids in activities that invoke their creativity which helps them use their imagination and enables them to create their own stories in their world. It motivates them and help to learn while fun and later a sharp mind. I am going to share three best stories he made and found creative genius mind in my child like never before.

Story No-1: Zero Gravity Space Walk.
Space is always an interesting subject we go beyond our curiosity and as far kids are concerned, they are more curious than us. As we have been telling them interesting facts and fairy-tales before they go to bed, they already started making stories with these funny space characters. The cutting of the Sun, red planet Mars, Saturn and its rings, a sparking comet, spaceship, rocket and the zero gravity space walk all in his mind. Rishu with his sister Soumya put on their winter-wears woolen jackets and my bike's helmet so that they look like Astronauts and boarded on the rocket. On their requested I switched off the lights of the room to recreate darkness of space and lit 5-6 candles in different places. And then keeping a big candle in front of the Colgate cuttings theme they started space walk, float and crawling. The room transformed into an universe with their stories. Rishu thrown his leg towards Soumya to catch and pull. Rishu pasted the Sun cutting on the big candle to look exact like the sun. They were acting like the real astronauts as our everyday lives involve such activities as sitting, walking, picking up things from the ground and lying in bed, none of these activities are possible in orbit. The story is they went to space to watch live Mars on which there are thousands of stories, movies made and researches are going on. They found other planets like Saturn with its rings, and the almighty Sun. After an hour they advised me to switch on the light to come back on earth. It was great fun to watch them.

Story No-2, Mystical Alien Planet.
Rishu liked the green alien cut too much as he shown it to everybody of my family. I saw him to play with it even having breakfast. Lets hear the story as he told me. He made a call from my mobile to Rustam (the name of the green alien) to play Holi with them in their planet. The alien Rustam never played Holi before and was very curious how its played. They invited Rishu and his sister Soumya to bring some organic colours as they don't like chemical products. Rishu arranged some water guns, balloons and a toy water-cannon so that he can play better Holi with the aliens. I helped them to bring some organic colours ans thats how they got ready to land in alien planet. After landing on that planet, Rishu played Holi with the aliens accompanied by his sister very well. They really enjoyed as both of them were also looking like aliens after the green and red colours were severely thrown over them. The situation was entirely out of the world. The aliens were enjoyed too much as it was their first ever Holi. They took several selfies with Rishu and Soumya and shared on their social networking sites. Also confirmed that they will celebrate Holie every year from the next year. They even painted spacecrafts in a new organic colours. They named it "Holien". 

Story No-3, Space Launch.
Adventure never goes off when it comes for space launches. Today's generation is far advanced than we were two decades ago. Rishu cut the rocket with lots of imagination and curiosity and kept it with him in his school-bag. Rishu & Soumya put on their rain-coats, shoes, my and my wife's helmets to launch for space. Rishu chose the rocket and spaceship by Soumya. They both sounded grrrr like the rocket launching sound. Rishu's scrapbook is full of aliens and space launchers. His another hobby is collecting rocket toys and his drawing rocket cuttings all shows his creativity. Soumya's love for spaceship surprised me. They both went to space to capture selfie with the Moon and other comets. They launched the Colgate rocket and returned back with the selfies. With the help of two LED lights under the rocket and spaceship and a torch they relived the whole space launch. It surprised me with their creative mind. This is how they experienced rocket launch.

   Rish us busy cutting and getting ready for the Space Adventure.

Watch the TVC of magical stories.

I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at Blogadda in association with Colgate.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A luxurious staying Makes My Trip a memory for lifetime.


It was a memorable journey and reclining stay in Lucknow as I was interested to witness the historical city of Uttar Pradesh which was once the city of Nawabs, Mughals and British rulers. The city is popularly known for its culture, music, design and poetry for generations. A perfect combination of multicultural exhibition and artistic hub of India republic. I got approval of 10 days leave from my boss and the opportunity comes all of a sudden. I just sent a SMS to my friend Bimalendu 'Lets explore Lucknow' this week and he didn't waste his time to reply 'Lets go!'. I don't know whether he was ready or not but in fact he doesn't deny me when its time to travel to an unexplored destination.

             -: Renaissance Lucknow Hotel :-

I always prefer to book in India's No 1 trusted travel site which offers jaw-dropping deals and discounts in hotels, flights, buses, trains and rightstays since 2000. This time we planned it advance booking to avoid any sort of uncertainty while booking my favourite hotels and flights. I chose 'Renaissance Lucknow Hotel' near Gomti Nagar from where I can reach at Bara Imambara, British Residency and Jama Masjid quickly. Located in the heart of Lucknow, this luxury hotel is my top pick due to its Marriott connection. I found this hotel is rated 5 out of 5 from MakeMyTrip user's review due to it's luxurious rooms including all the services and amenities they are offering. This 14 floors hotel is having enough space of on-site and valet parking, high speed internet facility WiFi, meeting place, luxurious bedding down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens all will feel of ultimate satisfaction to relax at its best.

I got an excellent room with all the luxurious facilities available that reduces the stress of long journey from Kolkata to Lucknow via early morning flight. The hotel is 17KM away from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow. The room was extremely luxurious well decorated and sophisticated designed to get charged from all day's journey within few minutes. The hotel offered nice air conditioned room with complimentary bottled water, tea services, mobile and laptop charging facilities, iron and ironing board, luxurious bedding of down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens. I was using mini fridge to store cold drinks and snacks bought from outside. I am extremely satisfied with behaviors of the staffs. Rooms are very nice with remote window blinds very clean and nice ambiance. I think it is justified with the name of the hotel 'Renaissance' in term of luxurious staying for anyone comes from any part of the world. I'd say its one of the best hotel in Lucknow which I noticed in few day's short staying. Everything in this hotel offers is full of comfort. I'd recommend everyone this hotel for its lovely location, friendly and obedient staffs. The food is better than many restaurants in Lucknow. This is the city of Nawabs, Mughals that's why I was expecting such a royal luxury staying in a luxury hotel. And it happens when I chose this hotel which has everything to claim its the best among the rest.

It is the tallest hotel in Lucknow and one of the lovely venture of Marriott group of hotels. There is a infinity pool ver the hotel's rooftop to provide enough comfort when deep yourself into blue water. I loved the pool. The best place to hang out and indulge yourself in relaxable staying. I ordered my favourite lunch and dinner as the catering staffs  customized my ideal menu according to my requirement. That's the best part. Its 112 rooms that include executive, deluxe and suites. Airport shuttle service is available on request. That's appreciated. For that we need to contact the property in advance to make necessary arrangements. I really enjoyed outdoor pool and 24-hour health club. A poolside bar, a coffee shop/cafĂ©, and a rooftop terrace onsite have engaged us to relax while in the hotel. The room we were offered feature comforts like premium bedding and down comforters, while conveniences include sitting areas and coffee makers. Enjoyed movie before going to bed as a large LED TV with cable channels kept us busy.

I had a genuine five-star experience here in this hotel with on-site valet parking, luxurious rooms, rooftop pool, sitting places, lovely location, rooftop sitting, free Wi-Fi and very comfortable atmosphere indeed. The hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destination and travel assistance to visit local attractions like Bhool Bhulaiyaa (8KM), Jama Masjid (10KM) Dilkusha Kothi (5KM) and the Lucknow Zoological Garden (5KM), British Residency,  Hazratganj, Constantia House, Dr. Ambedkar Park, Lucknow Museum, Rumi Darwaza, Chattar Manzil, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park etc.

I enjoyed my routine work-out to its well furnished fitness center which includes a full gym setup to offer us relax after hours of meeting or while returned exploring the city. I love this fitness add-on to give the hotel another dimension towards 5 star quality staying indeed. All the rooms are air-conditioned, having television, telephone, minibar, tea/coffee maker and attached bathrooms. The hotel also offers banquet halls and a luxurious decorated lawn to a memorable host private events. I will suggest my friends for its quality accommodation and great service. The hotel provides accessibility to important town facilities.

 I am fully satisfied and happy with my choice and looking forward to visit again with my family soon. I have spent 5 days with my bosom friend so that we can explore each and every corner of the city Lucknow. It was a wonderful experience as spent some quality time either in hotel or while visiting historical places. The rooms portray luxurious decorations, neat and clean surrounding, hygienic washrooms, sophisticated lawn, enough open space to breathe in relax. The best I liked most is its rooftop infinity pool that will never let you down from spending good time with your company to a cocktail. Mini fridges in every rooms will let you enjoy your personal dishes anytime brought from outside. It offers delicious meals as per five star quality standard. I almost tasted the favourite dishes of Lucknow i.e. Kebab Parantha, Mutton Biryani, Handi Chicken, Gulabi Chai, Lucknawi Chaat, Kulfi Falooda from the hotel room by just making a call to reception. The room service personnel, reception, planning team, catering staffs are very friendly and they offer customized ideal menu so that we can feel the dishes quite homely feeling. It was really one of the best staying experience I have ever had. I'd like to thank MakeMyTrip for helping me to get the best five star hotel experience.

Salient features to choose this hotel:
  • Airport Shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free public parking is available.
  • Designated Smoking Area and Non-smoking Rooms
  • Soundproof Rooms
  • Elevator facility
  • Honeymoon Suites
  • Dedicated Room Service
  • Newspapers, Free WiFi is available.
  • Fax/Photocopying, Meeting/Banquet Facilities
  • Outdoor Rooftop Pool, Spa, Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • Cleaning Services like Shoeshine, Ironing, Dry Cleaning, Laundry
  • Locker facility, private check-in/check-out, concierge Service, currency exchange, enough baggage storage.
  • Food & Drink are sophisticated. Breakfast in the Room, Luxurious Dining Menu, Buffet-Style Restaurant, Bar facility.
My Rating: 5/5

 Photo courtesy: Renaissance Lucknow Hotel

I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip