Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Start a Garden in your Balcony. A Guide.


Author: Eric.

A garden is an excellent addition to any home. Unfortunately, living in a small space such as an apartment in most cities, it remains a dream. But don't lose hope! If you have a balcony, you can set up a great garden in no time. We will give you some great ideas on how to create and sustain a garden on your balcony.


1. Things to grow in your balcony garden


You can nurture any plant that works with your climate on a balcony garden. You may choose which plants to nurture depending on your interests.
Herb gardens are fun. They bring different fragrances to your balcony, and you can pick fresh herbs for your meals.
You can also have a vegetable garden. Some vegetables to plant that are tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and beets.
Imagine the joy of picking your own veggies to make a salad or put in a soup? So rewarding!
You can also grow fruit such as strawberries, lemons, and blueberries on your balcony garden.
Flowers are great as well. Planting flowers and fruits is a great way to create a pretty and uplifting ecosystem that nurtures your soul and other life such as butterflies, beneficial insects, and birds.


2. How will the weather affect your garden plants?
In India, we get different weather every three or four months. You can rotate plants on your balcony according to the seasons.
In the summer, it's a great time to plant things like tomatoes, carrots, peppers, beets, and lettuce.
Herbs like basil, oregano, sage, and thyme will also thrive. Flowers like Marigold, sunflowers, hibiscus, daffodils, zinnias, and bougainvillea do great in summer.
During monsoon season, you can plant veggies that prefer cooler weather and soil such as beans, broccoli, cucumber, spinach, kale, and lettuce. Flowers such as gul mohur, lotus, monsoon cassia, and indigo flowers are great for monsoon season.
In winter you can still grow some veggies. Try carrots, capsicum, and cauliflowers.
For herbs try chives, thyme, and basil. You can also grow some flowers indoors such as petunias and paper daisies.


3. How to design and organize your balcony garden


There are different ways to organize your balcony garden.
You need to use the one that will help you maximize space or create a great ambiance.
You can create a vertical garden which you do by hanging lots of planters or pots from a trellis.
A great thing with vertical gardens is you can set up a drip irrigation system and cut down on having to water your plants manually.
Make sure you put your vertical garden where it gets enough sunlight because plants need it.
Great plants to grow on vertical gardens are herbs and leafy green veggies. For plants such as tomatoes, and cucumbers, you can place a large pot on the ground and use the trellis as the support they climb up on as they grow.
You can also hang your plants in small pots around your balcony border. Other planters can be hooked on to the balcony railing.
The other option is to have plants in different pots all over the balcony where they can get some light. It does not allow you
to grow a lot of plants but will allow you to nurture a few favorites.

4. Essentials for a balcony garden to thrive

- Sun
Although you can grow anything you like, some other factors will determine what grows in your balcony garden.
Start with sun exposure. How much sunlight does your balcony garden get?
Some plants do not need much sunlight, while others like most herbs require between 4 -6 hours of sunlight each day to thrive.
Pick the plants that will get enough sunlight on your balcony for a prosperous garden.
The location of your balcony will also matter. Balconies on higher levels receive more sunlight than those on the ground level.
If your terrace is mostly shady, it's a great place to plant ferns, begonias, English ivy, and peace lilies.
For a balcony that receives a lot of sun, strawberries, basil, lettuce, and tomatoes are great.
You can also companion plant, which means planting flowers that help each other to thrive. For example, leafy plants can be used to shade plants that do not require lots of sunlight.

- Soil
Soil is another balcony garden essential. It's easy to get good quality soil that can drain well from a gardening supply store or a garden in nearby farms. You can put gardening soil in pots of any size depending on the plant size and growth potential.
You will find help with soil from the people you buy flowers or seeds from for your balcony garden. They can also tell you the best pot size and how much sun each plant needs so you can plant them strategically for great results.

- Gardening equipment
You don't need a lot of tools to grow a garden on your balcony. Get a small trowel to dig through the small pots or planters and a watering can to make it easy for you to water your plants.

You may also get a spray bottle for spraying organic pesticide solution whenever nasty pests like aphids try to attack your veggies or flowers. If you like working in soil with your bare hands, that's fine; but if not, a great pair of gardening gloves are inexpensive and will protect your hands as you work .

- Water and fertilizer
Of course, you will need to water the plants. It's also a good idea to buy some organic fertilizer or compost tea because all plants need some nutritious food to grow properly.

Fertilizer comes in liquid form that you can mix in water, or grainy stuff you can mix in the soil. If you go to a gardening supply place or a plant selling center they will give you ideas on what to use for fertilizer and where to buy it.

5. Starting a balcony garden
To start a garden, you can start with seeds. You will find them in garden supply stores, and they always have instructions on
the back on how to grow them.

Another option is to visit a nursery and buy already germinated seedlings. Nurseries always grow out seeds and sell the seedlings to garden enthusiasts. Buying seedlings from nurseries will save you time and energy so you can just start planting the herbs or veggies in a pot when you get home as opposed to making your own mini-nursery.

As for flowers, you will find them from flower sellers in many roadside flower businesses. Any time you buy a plant or seedling from someone, always ask how to care for it. You can always go back to the same place in case your plant has problems, and they will give you advice on how to tackle them.


6. Tips to help you care for your balcony garden

Plants on your balcony will thrive based on how you care for them. Ideally, to grow a great garden on your balcony, you only need lots of interest and commitment.
If you have a hard time with a plant, you can research online about it or visit your garden supply place for advice.
You will find answers that will help you change any of your negative gardening habits, and your plants will thrive.
Once in a while, you will find pests such as aphids and white flies in your garden. 
You can check out garden pest experts for pest solutions.
Another great idea is to use organic pest solutions for your balcony plants. Research on them and try each one until you find one that works.
The most crucial step to having a balcony garden is to start it.
 Once you do; take care of the plants by ensuring they get enough sun, water, and fertilizer.
Give the plants a lot of attention and do not be afraid to ask for advice from other gardening enthusiasts, pest control experts and organic farmers. After some trial and error, you will have the garden of your dreams and be an expert gardener yourself. Go for it!
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Editor's Word: That was such an immensely useful guide from Eric!
Eric owns a pest control company: sixbrotherspestcontrol.com
Their pest control products are safe for the environment. Go check their services out.
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Infinite Love,
Siri.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Wandering Bean Nutty Hazelnut Coffee Review.


These days, Like i said in the previous post, i am rolling in Hazelnut Heaven! I am Craving for it like nothing else matters in this whole wide world! Yes. Seriously. I have become a Crazy Hazelnut Addict!!! So Crazy that i even wanted to put it in a Pulao that i was cooking one day!!!!!! (Someday i might and i will definitely share the recipe with you all when i do. If i succeed that is! ;D) Let's move on to the Review.


For us Indians, especially South Indians, Coffee always meant 'Filter coffee'. 'Filter Kaapi' to be precise ;) which contains a small percentage of chicory root. We brew the decoction overnight in a steel coffee filter and in the morning prepare a fresh tumbler of it and savour every sip....err...wait wait...that doesn't happen! Just chug the kaapi(coffee) within seconds, fuel our engines and proceed with daily chores like almost a superhuman! :P :D

Then, the millenial rush shot the Instant coffee to fame. But, be it Nescafe or Bru, the taste did not go down that well with people who were used to filter coffee. With time, many of our tongues adapted and moved on with the instant brews.

And then, the Human's never ending desire to always go beyond regular, made him Add a Dash of New Ingredient to his Boring regular cuppa so that he can take it's Flavour to a new level. That was the Birth of Flavoured Coffee. Once people tasted this new brew which took them on a flavour spin, the whole idea is taking over the entire world. 

So, the coffee companies started adding artificial flavourings to their coffees. But, Artificial is Artificial right? it can never give you the Real Flavour. It just hangs you in the false Illusion of Flavour. Now, this is where 'The Wandering Bean' adds value to the whole Flavoured Coffee Revolution. Let's see how... :)


The Wandering Bean Nutty Hazelnut Coffee Review:

Tell me who's a Fan of Heaven-nut? sorry... Hazelnut? ;) You are? Must've had it with chocolate right? But have you ever craved it in coffee? If yes, you must've tried it wherever you encountered it... Like say, Starbucks, Nescafe, Krispy Kreme and so on and so on. And every single time you may have tasted Nothing close to Hazelnut but, plain Sugar Syrup. I myself had that experience! Read where and all i had it in THIS POST. (click on this link to read)

Today, i present to you, The Wandering Bean Nutty Hazelnut Coffee which takes you straight to Hazelnut Heaven!

Because, They Infuse their coffee with the Real Hazelnuts! And, there is No Chicory in it. Just Pure Coffee Sourced from Organic Coffee Plantations in Chikmagalur and Hazelnuts. Sounds like Bliss? I Say That's What It Is!

And oh my oh my...i feel like having a cuppa every other minute. Whenever my bottle is about to finish and i forget to order it beforehand, i feel like i am going to leave my body real soon. :P Sorry. But, THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!

I Savour every Sip while sitting in My Backyard Jungle. <3
And that Cup up there is from "Zista Black Pottery Range" available on Amazon.in . It adds such a Nostalgic Earthy Flavour to my Nutty Cuppa of Hazelnut coffee. Just Love how they both blend together to give a heavenly experience! <3

So, i Urge you All...Yes, i Urge you All Hazelnut Lovers out there to Hop on to Their Amazon Page and Order it Right Away! NO, NOBODY PAID ME TO TELL THIS. AND, I'M NOT LYING EITHER! I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN JHOOT BOLEY KAUVA KAATEY. ;P :D

Rating: Infinity/Infinity. <3 Because, anything less than that would be an Insult to this wonderful product.

Availability: Amazon.in or you can DM them on their Instagram @beanwander

See you soon with the Review of Other Flavours of coffee from The Wandering Bean.

Have you tried this or any Hazelnut coffee that stole your heart? I would love to hear your experience! Share with me in the Comments section below. :)

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Infinite Love,
Siri.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Compost Pots -One of the Most Simple and Sensible Solutions for a Healthy World.


                       Ratna Latha - Green Face, Vizag, explaining the terracotta home composting. Read her article on The Hindu. Find the Link at the end where it says - Image source: 1

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers


Author: PraGun.
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Q: Do you love your family?
Ans: Yes.

Q: Do you care for them?
Ans: Yes I ensure their safety, security and other responsibilities for it.

Q: Do you love your house?
Ans: Yes, and I ensure it has all basic amenities, it has the comfort and coziness and it has all elements to stay in connect with each other.

Q: So, do you love your planet?
Ans: Yes of course.

Question: And what are you doing for that???

Answer:
Well, if this question makes you think, then it’s high time we do our bit.

Enough gyan isn’t it, well no more gyan... Instead, i will just help you contribute that bit with a product which is easy to use and easily available.


I recently visited Indore and saw a unique pot over pot structure. That aroused my curiosity and when I enquired from my aunt and other neighbors I got to know a very unique, eco-friendly, and environment friendly thing.
It’s called compost pots (also called compost khamba). Yes these are a set of three cans which anyone can use, irrespective of space.
The compost posts gives you freedom and ease to make your own compost right in your backyard or terrace which your plants will happily consume.

What are they made of?
They are available in wooden as well as terracotta.

How to place them?
Well, we just need to provide our new friend, I mean the compost pots a right place to settle and be placed.

What is needed for placement?
Ideally we need a flat surface be it on terrace, or balcony, or garden. Just keep it out of reach from small kids.

Steps involved in composting:
1Segregate
2Preparation
3Add waste
4Maintain and repeat
5Check compost

Where to find these pots?
One can create it on their own or even buy it from a local shop and it’s even available online on amazon.in and other sites.


From: amazon.in :
(Click on the above link to go to the product page. And no, this is not an affiliate link.)

Do check all the terracotta products available form Daily dump on amazon.in. It’s an environment friendly series of smart compost bins.
Image - amazon.in

My compost pots journey:

Recently after knowing a lot about it, I started my own organic compost for my small vegetable garden.  I reduced my garbage throwing and instead collected it to create my own compost which is a treat for my soil in vegetable garden and environment too.

How much compost does it make?

If we see in a family of 4 persons we create almost a 1 kg of garbage daily, and so it’s the best solution to create compost easily. Vegetable peels (this forms the major filler for compost), fruits peels, seeds etc, some old leftovers, etc. you won’t believe we can easily convert Kitchen & Organic Waste to compost in just a time of 4-6 Weeks.

Added advantage:

These Terracotta Composters are handmade by our own Indian Potters, when I came to know of this it added to my happiness as I respect the local handicraft and artisans a lot. It contains No Plastic or any Toxic Elements. For a person like me who is always looking for environment friendly options, sustainable development, and saving nature this is a boon.

Composting has three main ingredients:

1.       Browns as in dead dry leaves, branches, twigs etc.
 2.       Greens as in vegetable or fruit scrapings, vegetable waste, and leafy clippings etc.
3.       Water I even use the vegetable washed water in it.

This simple technique will also give you immense pleasure and you can love your planet and help it grow in its natural way.

Why Compost pot?

For our healthy breathable atmosphere and living conditions it’s high time we switch to such practices.
For future generations we must use natural products which are safe from dangerous chemicals.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink along with Refuse is the new generation mantra. I religiously follow the 5 R’s and promote them as much as I can.

By composting, we also helps the soil to stay enriched, as we are producing beneficial bacteria and excellent fertilizer in our own mini pot. This has given me satisfaction of moving towards greener, healthier and environmental friendly future for our coming generations.
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Editor's Word: As PraGun said, Compost Pots are one of the most simple  and Sensible Solutions for a Healthy World. It just takes a minute or two at most to do this simple daily task. So, ready to take this up to leave behind a better world for our Future Generations? Would love to hear Your Thoughts and Ideas in the 'comments' section below. :)
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Infinite Love,
Siri.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

I Tried Five Hazelnut Coffees in India and I Have a Clear Winner!


Heavennut...sorry sorry...Hazelnut. But then, who can not call it that when it tastes like that. Especially with chocolate. Mmmmm....And, It's humanly impossible to count the number of Nutella freaks in this www...i mean...whole wide world ;P right?

But these days, Hazelnut is making it's way in to many kinds of food and beverage products. Like Granola, Granola bars, Muesli, Ice cream, Gelato, Milkshake, Biscuit, Toast, Rusk, etc., etc., But, i myself never imagined that it would go in to coffee. So, here's how my journey with Hazelnut Coffee began...

First trial:

Amidst my Hazelnut chaos, i encountered a Hazelnut latte in Starbucks and i jumped and ordered it immediately. But, that was a nightmare! Because, it tasted nothing like Hazelnut but a pure sugar syrup!! :(

Second:
This is when i was ordering my regular groceries from bigbasket.com

I chanced up on Nescafe Hazelnut coffee and ordered one. Tried it excitedly but, ended up being utterly disappointed. I found No trace of Hazelnut. :(

Third:

This time it was Little's Rich Hazelnut Flavour Infused Instant Coffee which i again found on amazon.in when i was sulking in disappointment with all the hazelnut coffees that i had tried till now. After reading all the positive reviews, my expectations were kinda high. After receiving the product, i very excitedly unscrewed the cap and shove my nose in it only to gag to my death!

Fourth:

I was in Krispy kreme ordering my Donut. I felt like i need some coffee to charge me up so, i was scanning the menu and i found Hazelnut latte. Ordered it. Disappointed again! :(


Fifth and Final:
(Not Sponsored. I Swe*r! Jhoot boley kavva kaatey! ;P)
I saw an ad on instagram by "beanwander" which was about flavoured coffees. At first, i was like...chalo yaar...phir se nahi! (Oh No! Not again!!!) I've seen many people promote this on instagram. And, you know how instagrammers are these days...they promote anything because they call themselves an influencer. (Yes, i'm on instagram too but, i'm definitely not an Influencer!) But then, being a caramel fan, i was intrigued by their Creamy caramel flavour. So, i ordered it anyways and received a sample of Mint and Hazelnut variants with it. I tried the hazelnut with zero expectations but guess what! one sip and i was floating in Hazelnut heaven!!! So, this is the WINNER! A CLEAR WINNER!!! From that day, i have become a "Winner Winner Coffee Sinner"! (No, i don't play PUBG! I just keep hearing 'winner winner chicken dinner' from the people who play it).


Full Review of The Wandering Bean Nutty Hazelnut Coffee and three other variants shall be up soon. :) Until then, i am gonna Sin away with my Hazelnut cuppa and You, keep drooling! ;D or,  you can Order your bottle from Amazon.in. (You can click on this link to land on the product page directly. And No, This is not a Sponsored link. I don't earn a Rupee if you buy through this link.)

Have you tried any Heavennut...oops... Hazelnut coffee? :D Got any favorites? Share away in the comments section below. Let's spread some Heavennut-Hazelnut Love across the country. :)

Infinite Love,
Siri.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Junglee Movie. Not just a Summer Entertainer! But, a Key Film for our #Keystone Species.

            Written by: Siri. Vanity Rehab's Owner, Editor and Photographer.


News:
1."Priyanka chopra and Nick jonas are suing the magazine for spreading false rumours telling that Priyanka chopra and Nick jonas are heading towards a Divorce!"
2. "South Indian Elephants are being unsympathetically Poached for their insanely valuable Tusks and are heading towards Extinction!"

Which News bit would you react to in a fraction of seconds?

Mostly, the First one. Right?

Because, everyone is fed up of hearing the Poaching/Endangered/Extinction News about Elephants every now and then. There's nothing new about it until the News says "The Last South Indian Elephant Breathed it's Last Today." That shall sure stir up many hearts but, until then, a Popular Product Discontinued by M.A.C or iPhone does that. Until then, we fail to notice what a Great Gift we are going to LOSE FOREVER!

Down in the picture is the last Male Northern White Rhino "Sudan" who passed away in March 19th 2018. That sub-species is Entirely Extinct now because there are only two Female Northern White Rhinos left in this world and without a Male, they anyways can't take the species forward.
Image result for the last african white rhino

Let's jump in to the subject now. Junglee Movie starring Vidyut jammwal as the main lead was released on 29 march 2019. and i went to watch this movie with my family and my 14 yr old bestie Riya.

If you are expecting the usual plot reveal and discuss what went bad and who performed well/yuck then, you are in for a disappointment. 

The purpose of this post is to tell you all to not watch this movie like a summer entertainer. Nah...watch this not for Fun and Entertainment but, for Life.

Yes, Watch it For Life. Now, why am i saying that?

When we look at an Ad saying "Save the Majestic Elephant", we feel Sympathy and sign up some petition in few seconds and then think that we've done a great deed. Because, Who has "Time" to do/think about anything greater than that. Most of us are always focused towards personal growth, accumulations and security that we tend to forget that there exists an Eco-system that is as fragile as a House of Cards. If one key card is gone, the whole house gets disrupted.

And just that way, if one key species disappears not because nature intended to erase it from the face of earth but because of Human Greed, the whole planet will have to bear the brunt. And, Elephants, the Pachyderms are called the "Keystone Species". You can read the reasons behind calling them that HERE. Be Amazed after finishing! Please read that first before proceeding further. Finished? So, imagine what could happen when a Key species goes Extinct or even if their number reduces drastically! 

To put it in simpe words: If They are gone, Gradually, Everyone are gone.

In South India, Elephants are a part of every major devotional/spiritual celebration. Not as a tourist attraction but, for a reason beyond Human Entertainment. Ages ago, they recognized what an important role they play in Spirituality and also the role they play in keeping all Life around them Alive.

Down in the picture: A Temple Elephant blessing a little girl in South India. This reminds me of how i used to not leave the temple when i was a kid unless my dad takes me to the elephant and gets me his blessings. :)

We all definitely find this 'Baby Elephant chasing Birds' video super cute. I agree. But,

Let us just not stop at awwwww..... Guess what 7.7 Billion people can do to Save 1 Million Elephants on our planet. If at least half of this Human population can take a little time out from their Personal Schedules, Miracles are just an act away. I alone can not act or suggest you in which way you should act but, We All Together CAN! Let's not Let our South Indian Elephants who are on the "Endangered Red List", meet Sudan's fate.

And, show your kids this movie. Make the Empathy raise in their hearts for our elephants. For, they are the Future.

Elephants are NOT A PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT OR A PIECE OF PRECIOUS JEWELLERY, They are LIFEJai Gajraj!


Have you watched this movie? How did you feel? Share with us in the comments section below. :)

P.S: If you want to write these type of articles on my blog, Here's your chance! please go through this post of mine: (click on it)

Want to Write for the Planet? Here's Your Platform. I'm Hiring! And, Everyone is Welcome. The Only Qualification Required is: Love for the Planet!


P.P.S: I am not associated with the Filmmakers or the crew in any way. These are my personal feelings that i decided to put up in words.

Infinite Love,
Siri.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Discounted Obesity – How food apps might encourage mindless eating and increasing obesity!


Author: Anirudh Tulsiram, Bangalore

"How about adding that extra fries and coke for just Rs.80?"


We often see combo offers like these that make it irresistible for us while ordering food on online food delivery applications. These applications have done well in the department of saving time and giving us the convenience of getting food at the click of a button.

These applications have also given the consumer the liberty of choosing dishes based on mood and not restrict the platter to what one restaurant can cater. 

While all the above mentioned benefits seem like a no brainer to the average consumer, they often discount the shift in behaviour when it comes to eating food.

Photo Credits: TeekTalks.com

I clearly remember the excitement, as a kid, when I was ordered pizzas from on the website. The whole experience of anticipating the pizzas to appear like the ones I saw online, to the delivery person ringing the bell and me paying the exact change (courtesy my mother) was unbelievable. 

The ordering of pizza was a luxury and the prices of the pizza were high! I particularly liked pizza while my dad, mom and baby sister were still getting used to eating something other than regular rice and curry. 

Photo Credits: KitchenTreaty.com

Fast track to the year 2016 ish, most of the in-store experiences started to become app based. Be it groceries, medicines, spectacles even transport (doesn't come under in-store experiences) could be availed from your mobile phone with a few clicks.

Change in consumer behaviour and the comfort these applications gave the consumers were evident. Many companies offered their products to be ordered from their own website, slowly moving to a few aggregators taking over the application space to further applications becoming the new normal.

Most of these aggregators were/are funded and have deep pockets. They have products that can be offered at a far lesser price than the retail business can manage. 

Thus understanding the food aggregators and what they might be doing to the general population gets interesting. 

Photo Credits: Mashable.com

The common knowledge of building products is to induce the 'hook' mechanism. This helps the consumers keep using the product often. All social media platforms use this 'hook' mechanism to keep consumers continue using the product. 

This is very similar to what the food aggregators have done incredibly well with notifications and discounting the bill with promotional codes. 

Nowadays, consumers regularly order food online. It could be when they are bored, at irregular hours (late nights) or even over weekends. Families have reduced visits to their favourite restaurants on weekends. Ordering online is not online the new trend, it's the one to stay.

Having ordered a few dozen times myself from these food delivery applications, I have often realized that I tend to over order or order what I don't need. This happens because of the slight nudge that due to promo codes or discount coupons. 

Photo Credits: FreeClues.com

What happens next is amazing - I eat everything that I have ordered! That's the underlying problem. It's got to do with two things:
  • Constantly being told to not waste food while growing up.
  • Mindless eating.

The change of focus lies in between the time of ordering and the delivery time. Either our rationality goes flying out the window when we see the food or we just consume to ensure we don't waste.

I have also observed, this does not happen when we order in excess at a restaurant. We politely ask the staff to pack the extra food and bring it home, only to consume it for our next meal.

I am no behaviour expert, but I think this restaurant behaviour is often the result of trying not to be judged by the people sitting beside us for either disrespecting food or being ignorant and not finishing our food.

Overall, I see myself and a few others doing displaying this behaviour constantly. Ordering extra food because the value of the offer exceeds the quantity that could be consumed i.e., getting more quantity/extra food for proportionately lesser money.

Example: 1 Idly and 1 Vada at 19 rupees. I ordered 2 of those. For someone who does not have anything in the morning generally, I overate. So did my friend - 'Discounted Obesity'


Considering there are much more concerning issues that could be written about the whole food delivery aggregators, we cannot discount the 'Discounted Obesity' that will happen to the urban population soon. 

Photo Credits: Phys.org

So the question really is:
While food delivery applications provide us with the ease and convenience of ordering food wherever and whenever we want, are they a reason behind mindless eating among us hence leading to the larger crisis of 'Discounted Obesity'? And what in your opinion can be a solution?

Comment below if you have thought about the above and share your opinions with us!