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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Soulflower Pure Glycerin Veg Soap 'Orange' Review



Soulflower Pure Glycerin Veg Soap 'Orange' Review

First of all...how yummy does this soap look! Heaven lot. Right?

It looked like some one froze Goldspot(if anyone remembers that good 'ol fizzy orange drink) in a rose mould. Yummmm....

That was my first reason to buy it.

Second was that it was from Soulflower. Because, i love most of the soaps they make. Let's see how this one fared.

Price: 150/-INR


  What the Brand says:

Every day your skin comes in contact with dirt, pollution, wind, sun & sweat. Inspite of these setbacks, you can still have the softest, most gentlest skin. Natural nutrients gently & effectively lightens dark spots for a more youthful & even toned radiant skin. The rich lather rinses completely leaving no residue, while orange peel powder deep cleanses to remove dirt, bacteria and oil & exfoliates dead skin cells for blemish free dear skin, Works wonders on troubled teenage & oily skin. Glycerin has humectants properties, attracting moisture to your skin making it softer & smoother, one of the reasons that our soaps are so beautiful on the skin. This soap does not use any animal produce like milk or honey.

Review:

When Soulflower introduced Glycerin soaps, i was really excited because it was winter and i thought it would be perfect to keep my skin moisturized. And after reading the above description and claims i couldn't wait but order it immediately. 

I imagined a super moisturizing soap bursting with Orange flavour. But, sadly, neither the scent nor the moisturizing capability impressed me. The scent was far from refreshing Orange because it smelt like strong bitter soapy orange. And instead of moisturizing, it dried out my skin! That too when i was living in a wet humid climate!! I do not know why it did that in spite of being filled with glycerin!!!

 Conclusion:

I wish this soap worked. Soulflower Pure Glycerin Veg Soap 'Orange' is Seriously disappointing! There are better glycerin natural soaps available out there for even lesser price. So, i wouldn't recommend buying this. 

psssttt...It looks sooo pretty that you can use it to make some soap art may be.. :P :D

P.S: This Soap is the answer for This Guess the post.
 
   
This is a part of the "Soapathon" series.
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Love,

Siri.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Guess the Post! - An Orange Soul..Yeee hawww...



Howdy dowdy dolls? :D

Ma Mind's Tumbling Texan today!

After a long time, here's a Rugged Cowboy style "Guess the Post". ):E

Yeee...Hawww...

What da ya think it is?

Churn your Brains Chikitas.

yeeeeee...Hawwwwww...

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Love,
Siri.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rustic Art Soap Vetiver and Rustic Art soap Neem Review.

Today i am reviewing 2 variants of Rustic Art soaps i.e., Vetiver and Neem.


After the long and hectic but exciting 'Giveaway' phase, i am back with the "Soapathon" series. :D

Price: 155/- INR

1.Vetiver soap
No..that's not a hair strand on the paper carton! :P Since it is natural papier mache, it is just a fiber. :D  

Ingredients:



2.Neem soap


Ingredients:

Review:

1. Vetiver Soap: 
I bought this soap with high expectations regarding the Fragrance. But Sadly, It disappointed me by smelling of almost nothing!

2. Neem Soap:
When i was suffering from Severe Acne i bought this soap thinking it would help me by controlling the breakouts. But Again, even this soap disappointed me by causing little painful and itchy pustules that were scattered allover my face.

Conclusion:
You can easily skip them. There are similar soaps available from BON Organics at lesser price.

Read the BON soap-Country Rose Review.

 This is a part of the "Soapathon" series.
Previous posts under the Soapathon series: 

'Last forest' Pebbles Soaps-Jasmine, Lemongrass and Basil review

Have you used these two variants of Rustic art soaps? Was your experience different/positive? Share your opinions in the comments section below. :)
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Love,
Siri.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

And the Winners of the "Celebrate Slow Life - An Unconditional Giveaway" are........




Congratulations Jayanthi P. , Meena and Priyanka G. :) <3

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and Support guys :)

Whoever did not win this time, Don't worry sweet hearts.. i will be conducting another one sometime soon :) Afterall, where's Life Runnin.. So cheers :D :* <3

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All the winners, i will send your gifts within this week. So, please send me your address at vanityrehab@gmail.com :)

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Love,
Siri.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Giveaway: Celebrate Slow Life. An Unconditional Giveaway!



Era of Racing Fast life has led to the culture of fast and quick beauty solutions that are saving us time but costing us dear money and dear peace which is in turn affecting the health of our skin which leads us to buy more and more products. 

*Phew* Don't you think we are constantly getting trapped in this endless cycle?
  
So, Why not Pause, enjoy little things and spend some quality time with your skin and nurture it for it's healthy future? 

Here's a Simple and Unconditional Giveaway to celebrate Slow Life and Slow Beauty.

  This Giveaway has No Conditions. 
Which means, You don't have to Forcefully go through the "Liking/Subscribing/Referring" Marathon to win this. Just Enter your Email id/Contact. That's it.

No Discrimination Either!
There are going to be 3 Winners and All the 3 Winners will recieve an Equally Priced gift set of 2 awesome products.

The 2 products which i am giving away are:
1. Blend It Raw beauty box 'February-Skincare edition'. Price: 1199/- INR
2. BON Organics Lip Tint 'Strawberries'(Red.) - My Product of the Whole Year 2017! Price: 400/- INR

Blend It Raw Beauty box is a First of it's kind All Natural Beauty Subscription Box which contains Pure Organic Raw Ingredients sourced from all corners of the world. It is the heart child of Aarushi, a Genuine Natural lifestyle blogger. Her blogGlitternaturally.com

The Blend It Raw beauty box 'February-Skincare edition' will contain
Grapeseed Oil, Lavender Hydrosol, Kaolin Clay, Bentonite Clay, Power Oil and a Base Oil (Argan/Rosehip/Jojoba/Avocado) according to your skin type.

And it also contains hair cap, empty ombre bottle for serum and a face mask brush.

The BON Organics Lip Tint is 100% Natural and is Made out of Beetroot and Saffron. No Lake Dyes. No Animal testing. Eco friendly. I declared it "The Product of the Whole Year 2017"! Read my Review HERE to know why.

In the rafflecopter widget below, Just Enter your Email id or any other contact through which i can let you know that you won. Winners will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.

After Winning, Let me know your skin type so that the base oil can be customized accordingly.

This Giveaway will Start on 19 Feb 2017 at 12 AM  and Ends on 6 March 2017 at 12 AM. So, this will run for 14 days.

Open to Indian residents only .

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S: This is not a collaboration. I am purchasing the products with my own money. I Genuinely Love those products and the values they stand by.

If you Love Both our Works Genuinely and want to show us some love or follow us, Find us on:


Aarushi: Facebook, Instagram(Glitter naturally) Instagram(Blend it raw beauty)

How did you like the Idea of an Unconditional Giveaway? And, Do you think we are constantly getting trapped in this endless cycle too? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Love,
Siri.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bon Lip Stain/Tint - Strawberries(Red) Review. A product that any Natural beauty Lover Couldn't Live Without!


*A Giveaway of this product is going on right now. Click HERE to Enter*

Review and Lip Swatches of the Amazingly Pigmented, Vivid and 100% Natural 'BON Auroville Lip Stain/Tint Strawberries(Red)'.

Finally, here it is! The post which was getting constantly postponed: PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017: "BON ORGANICS - LIP BALM STAIN/TINT."

 Now you might be thinking: "But... the year has just begun!!!"

Let me clarify...

This product is so amazing that i declared it the Star Product for the whole year 2017 and may even hold the crown for the coming years ! Read on to know why.

If you are a natural/clean beauty enthusiast living in India, you definitely know how impossible it is to find a 100% natural lip colour, especially Red, that is highly pigmented and vivid. 

But, now you can do a happy dance! Because, I present to you... The one and only 100% Natural Red Lip stain from BON-Bio Organic Natural. It is coloured with Dried Beetroot powder and SaffronAnd it doubles up as Cheek stain too!

About the brand: BON - Bio Organic & natural is a Genuine Indian natural brand that is aimed towards greater good just like the town of their origin - 'Auroville'. 

In simple words, as they say: "This is not just a range of personal care products on the shelf, but a conscious way of living, an archaic way of life for everyone." 

Their motto: "For Everyone". Even when their genuine ingredients are really expensive, they price their products as less as possible and sometimes even off the MRP!!! so that everyone could afford it! Can you believe that!? 

What an Utopia this world would be if it was filled with these kind of people! right?

Let's jump to the looooong review now! :P :D

FYI: In the Swatch pics, i have absolutely no base makeup on my face because, as you may know, my energy reserves are too low and the credit goes to: #MultipleSclerosis. Just wore 'Soultree kajal - Rich loam' on my upper lash line so that i don't look like a grey zombie or something. :P :D In case somebody wants to judge, you may very happily do so. :)

Review:

Sick of dull and drab Mineral lip colours available in India? Then, here's something that you will treasure forever!

Price: 436/- INR for 8 grams.

Ingredients:

 Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), BON Pure Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Cruelty Free Bees- wax (Certified), Essential Oil of Vanilla blended with Ess- ential Oils of either Roses or Strawberry, and dried Beetroot powder & Saffron for colour. No Fragrances, No Harsh Chemicals, No Alcohol, No Animal Testing, No Parabens or Sulfates.

The tub is tiny so, the print was also tiny and unclear. That's why no pic. Sorry.


 My experience:

When i first stumbled up on this product while placing my regular aloe vera gel and soaps order, i did not give it much attention because, i thought it was like any other regular mildly tinted natural lipbalm which would never show up on my grey lifeless lips. I was content with my Forest essentials 'Sugared Rose petal' lip balm. And then one day, they posted an instagram pic which said: "Stain your Lips - Shop. Stain. Pout. Snap. Post & Win." 


And, that intrigued me! But, i was still hesitating because, it was made out of beets and beet juice always made my lips look as if they are bruised and dead.

I finally went on and bought the Red 'Strawberries' variant. Because, since they are pigmented with beetroot, i thought the Pink 'Roses' variant would be too purple/mauve like the beet juice that never suits me.

After i recieved it, i opened the jar to find a solid opaque cool toned red balm in there. There was absolutely no translucence! which usually is the case with natural tinted balms. The balm itself was Hard textured but when i swirled my finger on it a few times, it softened with the warmth of it.You can see the cool undertone of the red balm in this pic.


The Shade: A highly pigmented Red with a slight cool undertone. Here, Saffron is what makes this product really unique. Because, usually, lip colours made with beetroot pigment have that purple undertone which does not easily suit us yellow skinned Asians. But, in this product, the addition of warm saffron pigment cuts out that purple undertone.

I was insanely excited after seeing that there was no purple cast and immediately applied it on my lips. After applying, i was really happy with how the colour showed up just with a single layer.

After a few minutes, i applied a second layer. This time, the colour was even more saturated.*yay*

And then, i layered again for the third time. This time, my joy knew no bounds! Oh my daydreams! The colour was so saturated and vivid, that, for a second i thought i was daydreaming! It was highly saturated at this point and gave a beautiful vivid cool toned red(imagine MAC Ruby woo) colour to my lips. You can also see how strongly it stained my finger!

It gives a glossy finish when freshly applied. But, after a while, the butters/oils in the balm gets absorbed by your lips and leaves a satin finish. The below pic shows it's rich buttery texture.

Here's a pic taken in different lighting and angle that shows the Satin finish and the true intensity of the stain/tint. Don't ya love it? (I edited out only the odd and ugly shadows on my face. Never touched the lips. Trust me!)

Here's a mobile picture showing me wearing the stain on my cousin's wedding. You can see how it matches the vivid red colour on my dress.

 It does not fade off that easily. Here's the proof:
This was at my cousin's wedding reception. And the pic was taken after having super greasy food at dinner. As you can see, it did not disappear like every one else's regular lip colours did.

This was me with a bed head and a hint of stain left on my lips even after waking up and brushing teeth the next day. Now you know the staying power of this Stain!

This product has only one familiar drawback which is common with all lip stains: After a while, It dries up the lips like hel*! So, a heavy duty lip scrub and lip balm before and after application is must.

And one more thing to do with care is the application. Like with any lip stain, If you do not put a little extra time in applying this properly, you will end up saturating a lot of colour only on the inner rim of  your lips. Imagine paan/betel leaf aftermath. :P

This doubles up as Cheek stain too! But, remember to blend it out carefully. Or else, you will be left with clown cheeks. :P It adheres to the skin so strongly that you will not even be able to wipe it off.

They give a generous 8 grams of product and it lasts super long! I've swirled my finger in it vigorously for nearly 100+ times and there's barely any dent in it. So, Super value product this is.

I am skipping the pros and cons section for this product.Because, it's really difficult to sum it up like that. To appreciate it truly, you better read the full post.

My Rating: Infinite/Infinite. Because, i would be doing injustice to this product if i measure it's value in numbers.

It's Priceless. Especially for us Indians.

If you are an Indian or anyone from any corner of the world on an Eternal search for That 'One' Natural Makeup product that you will cherish forever, Then don't Live without this one.

That's how i can truly sum it up.

This Cruelty free All Natural Vivid Red lip stain from BON will remain the Star product of my vanity forever ! <3

Availability: Available online on Bonorganics.com Where you get free shipping anywhere in India with no minimum order value!
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Aaaaaaand.........Guess what! A Giveaway is coming up real soon! And, this product is definitely on the list! ;)

Are you feeling relieved too that we finally have a product that beats the drab mineral lip colours available in the Indian market? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. :)
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Love,
Siri. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Upcoming post! An Exciting one! Trust Me!



You would've already started guessing what this over exposed pic is about...right?

  If you are a Natural Beauty enthusiast from India, You would've already gotten super excited!

This is only half of what's gonna come up! Yes...there is something else too! And that 'something' is just as Exciting! :)

As for the product in the picture,

Clue 1: I told you that i will post about it at the end of last year but never did. 
Clue 2: I mentioned about it at the end of some of my posts dating from last year's last month to this year's first month.

Let's see how many of you can find it out! ;)

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Love,
Siri.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Last forest Pebbles Soaps-Jasmine, Lemongrass and Basil review


Review of the Last forest's Pebbles Soap-'Jasmine' .

About the brand:

Last Forest Enterprises is a marketing initiative of Keystone Foundation – it aims to spread the message of:

*small indigenous farmers and gatherers.
*value added organic produce.
*biodiversity and food security.
*indigenous knowledge, traditions and crafts.
*sustainable harvesting & farming methods.
*local employment & markets.
*fair trade principles.


Last Forest also promotes products from other areas in the country, with similar values. It runs a chain of 3 stores in Tamil Nadu. It procures produce from over 60 groups across the country and supplies to over 40 retailers.

Last forest is now a World Fair Trade Certified Organisation bringing you fair trade goods to your doorstep.

Let's move on to the review of these aromatic soaps now...

Both Basil and Lemongrass look similar like this.



The Jasmine one looks like this.



My Experience:

I love collecting pebbles. I just love the word 'Pebbles'!. So, when i saw these on the shelves of 'Dhanyam organic store-chennai', i just grabbed them without any second thoughts. :P :D 

All three of them are really good SLS free natural soaps. They lather awesome and don't dry the skin. As for fragrance, the Jasmine one has the most beautiful scent of them all and leaves behind a beautifully fragant skin. It is also my personal favourite. Both Lemongrass and Basil smell mildly of their respective fragrances.

Pebbles did not disappoint afterall! :D

Pros:

*SLS free.
*Paraben and Petrochemical free.
*Leaves the skin moisturized and fragrant.
*Biodegradable and Eco-friendly.
*Made by a World Fair Trade Certified Organisation.

Cons:

*Lathers less in hard water.

Do i recommend? Yes, if you have soft water supply. The jasmine one especially. And also because of all their noble efforts towards preserving the planet and humanity. <3

This is a part of the "Soapathon" series.

So, Do you like pebbles too? Tell me about it! :)
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Love,
Siri.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get ready for a "Soapathon"!



Hello doston :) Ya..felt like deviating from angrezi a li'l bit :P :D You must be wondering, where on earth is the "Product of the year" she was talking about? right? Sadly, due to some personal reasons, i couldn't edit and resize the pictures on time :(

So, for now, i thought i will talk about a giant bunch of Indian natural soaps that i've tried till now. Now, what do you call a marathon of soap reviews? 

A 'Soapathon'! ;)

But, don't worry..i will not load you up with soap reviews continuously. I will review them in every alternate post. I will talk about either a bunch of them together in a single post or individually.

So, if you are a fan of natural soaps, do not miss the 'Soapathon' that will start sometime this week itself. See ya. :)
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Love,
Siri.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

'Sukrishi Organic Farm/Food Forest', Bangalore Experience: Part 2 - Mud Cottage and Mudhol Canine.



Did the Previous post make you want to visit and stay at the 'Sukrishi Organic Farm/Food Forest', but left you wondering how and where? Here's the Answer:
(Pricing and other details are at the end of this post)

"The Eco-friendly Bamboo-Mud cottage":
My love for Mud houses is Eternal. I would do anything to stay in one. Because, for nearly 26 years, I have witnessed it's worth in the form of my naani ma's/Grandmother's home. It used to be cold in summer and warm in winters. Not just that, but we used to have a sense of overall well being for as along as we used to stay in that home. However, after my grandmother passed away, it had to be demolished due to various reasons. It breaks my heart whenever i see a cement home in the place of my grandmother's beautifully alive mud home. :( So, my wish is to build one someday.

Phewww.... enough ranting. Let's move on to My Mud Cottage Experience... (Pic heavy but worth every bit!)

The cottage is made of Bamboo with a Mud plastering. This picture shows the natural netted ventilation system of the cottage from outside.

(From inside)

A candle stand inside the cottage, made out of fallen tree branches. Brilliant!

Glass 'Skylight' panels in the roof are the natural light source inside the cottage. At night, you can use LED lights provided. 


Bamboo Shelves(upclose).

Cellphone images of the whole cottage sent by Asha. Because, i did not have a zoom lens with me.Click for larger image. It has one double bed and also a kitchen platform with a sink. The door in the third image to the right is of the attached bathroom.

The Clay water pot.

A small vintage looking glass window panel from inside the room. For a while, it transported me back in time! <3

The transparent Blue glass fittings in the wall which adds an interesting element to the interiors. You can even see through it. :) <3

After exploring the cottage, we got to relax in this rope swing which is in front of the cottage.

The gang set up a net and played Badminton!

You can even relax in this hammock like Jayaram sir in the pic, with beautiful backdrop which is near the main building after entrance.

Food! It was a yummy spread of Jowar roti, Chilli Peanut powder, Brinjal curry, Pulav, Plain tempered dal and Coconut chilli chutney which was the yummiest one i had till now! There were super tasty Papads, Chutney powders, Natural unadulterated Cow milk curd and a dessert too. All items were made with organic ingredients! Yum it was!

Another cellphone pic of me taken by a gang member while i was picking up an extra piece of the yummy papad. Ignore the ugly tied hoodie please. :P :D

And now....*Drumrolls* please.... The Majestic Indian Mudhol hound! Her name is 'Rani' (rightly named so). When i saw her from a distance, even though i am a doggy mom, my heart skipped a beat because i was alone and she looked ferocious! But, (see the next pic)

Once i called her name, She started wagging her tail and came towards me so lovingly that i fell in love with her in an instant! <3 <3 <3 Even though she hails from an aggressive hound breed, She was an absolute sweetheart! You can feel the majestic Aura she exudes. A Queen indeed. Total love!

Say hello to 'Rukma', the naughty, jumpy and artistic one of the lot. Artistic because, she is a camera enthusiast! She was so amused whenever she saw a camera that she tried to snatch both mine and the T.v cameraman's huge camera! :D

Meet 'Jaanu', a boy, the saintly one of the lot. (Picture a calm innocent saint in mind)

The Mighty Mudhol and the Mini Mutt! <3

While returning back, we saw these delicate medicinal plants being cultivated in a shaded setting.

They even made for us all an almost medicinal Bajji/Fritters with Ajwain leaf/Karpooravalli/Indian Borage for evening snack. Quite unique they tasted. (cellphone pic again :P)

And since the evening was getting really cold, we also had a mini Bonfire kind of set up made with dry coconut shells and coal.

The tall T.v anchor rode THE ROYAL ENFIELD!!! That was the moment i cursed my short height like anything! I seriously wish they made a 'Bajaj Avenger' type short motorcycles! I hope someday they will. :(

End of the day 'Gang Picture'. :)

This whole "Sukrishi Organic Farm/Food Forest" Experience has been the most Wonderful and unforgettable one i had in a very long time. I feel Rooted and Rejuvenated even after it has been weeks since my visit.

Do i Recommend? Yes Yes Yes. Totally worth it! Everyone needs to visit this place which reminds us of our roots and source. And also, since the chances of finding a Mud cottage surrounded by forest is awfully rare in/near a metropolitan city, you along with the next generation i.e., your kids can experience it at the 'Sukrishi Organic Farm/Food Forest'.

*It is nearly 35-40 Kms from their 'Organic state Store/Restaurant' in Malleshwaram.

So, if you wish to take a break and celebrate life with nature, they They'll have it arranged for you!
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Here are the details:

*The tour starts with Breakfast at the Green Path Organic State- Malleshwaram.
*A Session on 'Celebration of life with Nature!'
*A Traditional welcoming at 'Sukrishi farm'.
*Welcome drink and relaxation 
*A tour in the farm. 
*Learn composting,Rain water harvesting & Organic farming techniques.
*Play Nostalgic games from childhood.
*Enjoy Organic Lunch. 
*Sunset watching followed by fire camp. 
*Bamboo-Mud House to relax and rejoice.

Pricing for Farm tour

Rs.1​2​00 Per person (Inclusive of Lunch, Snacks and Farm Tour)
Rs.​20​​00 Per person (Inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner, Farm Tour and Night accommodation at Farm house)
Arrangements will be made if you plan to stay for a night at Sukrishi Farm.

Address:
Sukrushi Farm, 
Marasara Halli, Nelamangala,
Bangalore - 562123, 

Karnataka.

For location on Map, Go HERE

Contact no. +91-9986784447

Email: asha@thegreenpath.in
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P.S: How about making the 'Sukrishi Organic Farm/Food Forest' your unique New Year celebration Destination? ;)

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Love,
Siri.

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