Review: Eco Essentials Sughandi Bath Powder


I bought Eco Essentials Sughandi Bath Powder at Khadi Eco Basket in Secunderabad and was really excited to try it.

Ingredients: Indian sarsaparilla, Spiked Ginger Lily, Vetiver, Crape ginger, Wild turmeric, Dhumparastrum, Neem, Sandalwood, Tulasi, Rose petals, Green gram powder, other herbs etc. [See the photo below]

Eco Essentials Sughandi Bath Powder

Price: 50 rupees

Size: 100g

How to use it: Make a paste with 2-3 tablespoons of the powder with water or milk and apply paste all over body.

Texture: Not finely ground.

Smell: Smells nice and herb-like pleasant

Feel: I really wanted to like it but I did not like it on its own because it is coarsely ground and my skin felt like it was being scratched when I applied this paste and it hurt a little even though I had oil on my skin. I now use it mixed with finely ground green gram powder in a ratio of 1:1 which alleviates decreases the coarseness of the bath powder overall. I would not recommend using this particular bath powder daily because of its coarse nature but weekly should be fine only when it is mixed with finely ground green gram powder or besan (gram flour).

Note: Herbal bath powders do not foam like soaps though there is little foam due to green gram powder.

Overall: 2.7/5

Review: Zion Health Clay Soaps


I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed Zion Health Clay Soaps yet because I have been using them regularly since last year.  So far, I have used:

Ingredients: Varies but is usually Montmorillonite Clay (Kanwa), Shea Butter, Edible Coconut, Olive Oil, Essential Oil, Fragrance

Zion Health River Spring Soap

Price: 7-10 SGD depending on the variety and size. I feel the price is quite reasonable taking in account the size you get for the money compared to other equivalent organic soaps. I got them from iHerb.

Size: Comes in 2 sizes – 170g and 300g. I have tried both and usually get the 170g one. The 300g soap is really huge to hold in the hand for me.

Zion Health Soap
                                                                                                              300g                                                                                            
Zion Health Ancient Clay Love Soap
                                                                                                           170g

Lather: Good

Scent: My favourite scent was Ancient Clay Song Bird which is quite mild. River Spring has a perfume like scent undertone to it and has a strong scent.

Feel: The thing I really like about these soaps is the presence of clay. This really makes the soap a gentle and mild cleanser and I used it on my face for quite a while with no issues.

Overall: 4.85/5

Recommended: Yes

*I paid and tried all the soaps with my money.

On Goodreads


I was facing a reading drought in 2014. I was reading more non-fiction than before but was at a loss on what to read in fiction. Every time we were at the library, I would go through the fiction section and did not know what to borrow and ended up choosing the same old authors – Nicholas Sparks and Janet Evanovich or pick nothing. I was getting tired of them and wanted to expand my reading repertoire. Choosing non-fiction was relatively easier: just go to a particular section like health and check out whatever looked interesting. But then, I wanted to go beyond certain topics in non-fiction too.

That’s when, I saw ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette‘ by Maria Semple recommended on a blog (A cup of Jo) and picked it up from the library and I loved it! What’s more, I had been to Seattle and knew the places and things the author was referring to. I still remember this because this was when my reading changed dramatically.

After this book,  I decided to look for other recommendations on blogs, Goodreads and started filing books for my future reading.  I tried to have a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. Having this ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads really made my life easier and organized. I knew what books to look for in the library and I started borrowing more because I did not have to spend time in indecision every time we were in the library. I just went through my list and checked what was available. Later on, I started noting down the catalogue number of the library of the books and availability even before I visited the library to be more efficient.

This one change increased the number of books I read dramatically. In 2014, I read 15 books of which 6 were fiction and I didn’t like some of them. In contrast, I read 6 times more in 2015, 50% of which were fiction. All because I had a list and was more organized. Of course, one does not need Goodreads to organize their books but I like it.

Some people may see list making as a chore but I love it and feel it contributes to my life significantly and I am so glad to have my lists.

*This is not a sponsored post and is my personal experience. 

Listening to: Egire Mabbulalona from Happy (2006, Telugu)


I watched this movie (3rd or 4th time) last month and this song has been running in my head since then.

P.S: You might also like Listening to: Mansa gelupu needera- Godavari & Listening to: Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins – Top Gun.

Not Permanent


About 6-7 years ago, if I needed to buy something for use in the kitchen, I thought along these lines –

  1. Try and do without it
  2. Look for the cheapest workable alternative
  3. See if my parents/others have an extra that I could take

My main logic was that I was renting, why have too much stuff  when I am moving around so much and am not here permanently. Why bother?

I made do without a blender for 3 years.

I did not have a proper cutlery set for 4 years.

I avoided getting an oven for almost 5 years (There really was no extra space for an oven in my rental kitchens).

I had very little cookware.

I used a knife I did not like for 3 years.

I had an epiphany – I kept on postponing buying things for years and lived without stuff because of some plausible move/settling somewhere else in the future. I was depriving myself of pleasure and ease for some point in future. I had been saying that ‘I was not permanent here‘ for 3 years! Even, if I did move and settle permanently somewhere, would it be wise to spend a lot of money buying everything I needed at one go? Knowing me and how much research, analysis and searching I do, it would take me months before I got everything I wanted. At least buying stuff and using them would let me know if I liked it enough to take it with me or buy the same when I moved.

This was how I started buying kitchen stuff I wanted about 4 years ago and stopped postponing to some indefinite point in the future when I had my ‘own house and was settled‘. Granted, I have made some mistakes along the way and bought stuff I never used much or did not like later on but I have also invested in some cookware that has made my life easier and made me quite happy because it is a pleasure to use.

I am not permanent here but I am not permanent anywhere. 

Weird Things About Pokémon Anime


Last updated on 31 Aug, 2016.

I shall update this post as I watch more episodes.

I started watching Pokémon anime because of Pokémon Go. I liked the TV series and found it quite funny but there are some weird things in there and I am sure, I don’t get some things due to cultural differences. However, I am really glad that they did not edit it out when the series was dubbed in English. I wonder if these would be considered kid appropriate even though all the kids were watching it.

The weird things don’t make me want to stop watching this series because I really enjoy it and it makes me laugh. It is cute and heartwarming and has some lessons thrown in. Besides, I love these little quirks🙂

Season 1

  • 10-year olds leaving home to be trainers alone in the world! Hey, it is a fictional world. Anything is possible.
  •  Ep. 20 (Beauty & the beach)

Ash meets his mom after 2 months on the road and they never hug or touch! His mom was physically closer to the prof. throughout the episode than to her own son. Ash always hugs his pokémon though!

Same episode, there is a beauty contest and only this part is still in Japanese and not dubbed. James (a guy) who is dressed as a woman and claims his beauty does not lie in a man. He often likes to dress as a woman. Maybe, a great introduction to kids about gender fluidity and cross dressers?!

Then, James says ‘service, service’ in Japanese (It said service in the subs) and presses some button on his bikini and his breasts inflate a lot.

Everyone cheers for them and James holds his large breasts and says to Misty (who is around 13-14 years old) – ‘You participated 10 years too early’! Look at Misty’s face – She is devastated by this!

 

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; The subtitles say:You participated 10 years too early!

Note – Points 3,4,5 are from the same beach beauty contest scene. 

  • Ep. 34 The Kangaskhan Kid was super bizarre.

Fathers dangling 3 year olds from the windows of a helicopter and accidentally dropping the baby in the jungle.

The kids carrying 2 adults on a palanquin kinda thing because the adults don’t want to walk in the jungle.  Why couldn’t they drive?

Misty smacking a kid who barely reaches up to her waist.

The father hitting his 6/7 year old with a wooden log on the head! Then, all characters justify it as a good thing because it helped bring his memory back ha ha.

When the kid regains consciousness, the father opens his coat and shirt, shows his bare chest and asks ‘My boy, remember papa?’! What was that for, I wonder he he.

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Tommy, my boy
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Remember papa?

These adults who cannot even walk in the jungle because it is too hard decide to live in the jungle forever.

  • Ep 47 A Chansey operation

The adult male doc says ‘I can never say no to a pretty face‘ when Misty pleads for them to treat Pikachu. It is not like he is calling her a cute little kid but more in an adult dating kinda way (she must be around 12-14 years old). Even Misty confirm this when she comments to Brock ‘Looks like the doc is not the only one who likes pretty faces‘ because Brock is hitting on every single woman he can find.

  • Ep. 48 Holy matrimony

The underground room where rich Jessie tries to make James a ‘gentleman’ seemed to hint toward BDSM from the stuff in the room to the way rich Jesse and Jame’s parents talked.

Pokémon Go


Usually, I am a very late adopter and prefer to wait until the hype has died down before I even try out new things.

The latest craze here is Pokémon Go and everybody in public spots seems to be playing it. I downloaded the out of curiosity last Monday because:

  1. It is a game
  2. I did not have to queue for it
  3. No ‘sold out’ problems

I really enjoy playing it and am now one of those people crazy about Pokémon ha ha. It is fun and a great way to explore the city/town you live in. Now, I have become one of those people glued to my phone screen looking for poke stops and catching Pokémon. I am surprised how addicting it is (for me). This was the first time, my phone battery drained in less than a day because of constant GPS use and playing the game.

On top of that Uncle does not play this game but encourages me by sending me info about the game (like tips & tricks) as well as joining me on going to different places for catching Pokémon. Also, my orientation is not that great and Uncle tells me where we should be walking based on the map.

Last weekend, we went to Chinese gardens and we were surprised at the crowds there and almost every other person was playing Pokémon. We all were walking around catching Pokémon😀

One good thing about playing the game here is that everything is connected by transportation and compact. Plus, I do not have to drive to far off places to catch Pokémon.

The good

  • I am we are walking more and a bit extra to catch pokemons and hatch eggs
  • Exploring new areas  and noticing landmarks which serve as Poké stopsand that increases the chances of catching different Pokémon.
  • I used to have a lot of data left over every month in my plan and now, I can utilize it more.

The bad

  • I am glued to my phone.
  • My reading has slowed down.
  • I am only partially listening at times because I am focused on the game.

I was a teen by the time Pokémon (anime) released in India and I never watched it, though I heard about it. Now, with Pokémon Go, I started watching it and I have to say it is fun and funny! Watching the series made me realise that catching Pokémon seems actually cruel even though it is fiction. It is like catching wild animals against their will and taming them and trapping them in balls. No animal rights  lessons in there, though the main characters are really kind to their Pokémon and there is some talk about freedom of Pokémon (Season 1 Episode 10 – Bulbasur and the hidden village).

Are you playing Pokémon Go?