Interview Post – Vineet Bajpai

Interview Post – Vineet Bajpai

2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction.

1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.

2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.

What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.

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Designing Your Garden: 6 Easy Ways To Landscape Design Your Front Yard

You’ve probably gone tired of searching and scrolling through Pinterest for over-the-top, challenging, and not to mention, expensive ideas to landscape design your garden that you had eventually given up any hope for a beautiful front yard.

It’s completely normal and I understand where you’re coming from. You only want what’s best for your garden. But your front yard, no matter how small or big it is, should be designed in a way that’s not only beautiful (read: not necessarily expensive), but also in a manner that makes sense.

Today we listed some of the easy ways to landscape design your own garden (without breaking your back and going over your budget, of course) by adding texture, some points of interest, and color to your front yard.

By the end of this article, you’ll have learned some simple ways to step up your curb game and make your front yard the envy and talk of the neighborhood. Your garden will look like a celebrity in no time and get the attention it really deserves.

Smart Use of Potted Plants

No front yard is ever complete and more beautiful than those with potted plants. You should consider adding potted plants in your landscaping project – not only because it’s so easy to do and arrange but – because it adds color and life to a rather monotonous garden.

Quick Tip: You can coordinate your flowers to match the current season. For example, choose whites and greens for summer and spring then switch to reds and yellows come fall season. However, if you love your azaleas and dahlias so bad and don’t want to replace them, repainting your flower pot isn’t going to require too much of your energy and time.

Light Up Your Walkways

A beautiful garden should be just as attractive after sundown. The lights in your landscape design will serve many purposes – from adding aesthetic and providing vision to your steps, sidewalks walkways for safety to bringing your landscape points of interest into focus.

Lights are commonly placed alongside walking paths but you do not have to set them in straight lines at given intervals. To minimize cost while still adding beauty, you can break up lines by placing lights on alternating sides.

Get Crazy With Perennials

Perennials are almost always the smart choice; you will only have to buy them once and they return more beautiful year after year. Annual flowers are also inexpensive and beautiful, especially if you choose those kinds that return after a year with more vibrant flowers and leaves like catmint, alstroemeria, and coreopsis.

The initial cost of an individual annual flower may hurt at first (from $7 to $40 at most) but, in the long run, you’ll realize you’re getting your money’s worth because they’re permanent and don’t really die and fade quickly.

Quick Tip: Since annual flowers are in for the long haul, choose your flowers wisely as they will become long-term residents in your front yard. They will greet you day in and day out, and they will welcome your guests for a long time. While I personally love tall verbenas because they’re not difficult to grow and maintain, get yourself an annual flower you easily won’t get tired of.

Consider Investing In Mulch Beds

Before anything else, mulch beds can be costly. Regular dyed and hardwood mulches will set you back about $20 to $25 per yard while premium ones are at $40 to $50. Yes, their initial cost is high and will probably create a significant dent in your landscaping project, but it is an investment you’d want to make.

You can substitute mulch beds instead of using grass around your outdoor living spaces (should you decide to have one). Not only that mulches are low-maintenance since they need no mowing nor watering, they are also known to break down, fertilize your flowers and plants, and thwart weed infestation.

Quick Fact: If your family loves eating out in your front yard, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t lose appetite because a good mulch bed gives off a pleasant, humus-y smell.

No, Installing Artificial Grass Is Not A Sin

While this may raise the brow of some, artificial grass has been gaining massive approval and becoming more popular every year due to its supposed eco-friendliness. Unlike a natural lawn, the  maintenance of synthetic grass is low to none since it requires no mowing, no feeding, and no watering.

Albeit expensive, synthetic (or yes, fake) grass are seen to last for more than 25 years which is truly economical than maintaining a real lawn. Its added aesthetic value cannot also go unnoticed as it comes in different textures, colors, and blade lengths.

Take It Out—Add Outdoor Benches and Seats

Your front yard should feel just as comfortable as your living room. Try adding seats in your garden—away from your precious plants and flowers, of course—by making use of small benches and wicker chairs.

While a good amount of sunshine is healthy for you, make sure that you won’t be getting too much. Your bench should be situated beside a tree that provides a cooling shade. If you plan to stay long in your outdoor haven, make sure that a stable foundation for your benches is provided by using paving stones.

If you want to add a resting place after working in your potting table, consider placing a comfortable armchair in your space.

Quick Tip: You can opt to add pretty throw pillows for added style and comfort. Just pick a fabric that can withstand any type of weather. Don’t forget to a cup of tea and your favorite book, then you’re all set!

There you have them! These are just some of the easy ways to landscape design your front yard without spending too much. Remember, a good landscape design is neither constraining nor fussy.

A good principle you can adapt when designing your garden is “less is more,” not “cheaper is better.” You’ll be amazed at how you can achieve an attractive front yard that deserves a second glance through simplicity and minimalist approach.

Over To You

Do you want to share your own landscape design ideas? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to leave your thoughts below and let’s talk!

Author Bio

 

Kristoffer Canimo is a Manila-based writer who strictly cannot start his day without coffee. When he’s not writing, he spends his time reading various topics like architecture, home design, gardening, and the paranorma

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The Untold Stories by Ridhi Drolia

 

Print Length: 109 pages
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance

 

 

Love comes in different forms. But in all its forms, it comes with various challenges. Only those who can combat those challenges are true lovers.The Untold Story is the tale of Vihaan and Riaa. Vihaan falls for Riaa’s charms at first sight and brings to her life crazy adventures and madness. They soon emerge as two hearts with one soul and their intimate fantasies begin to unravel in exotic places.

Their bond experience more downs than ups. These unexpected twists and turns bring Vihaan and Riaa closer and their romantic tale turn into one of lifetime bonding.

The story takes a drastic turn after the lovely couple is blessed with a baby boy. It should be a joyous moment, but instead, haunting memories of Vihaan’s own childhood break out as a fresh wound in his mind.

Read the novel to know what could make a father unhappy in the happiest moment of his life and how he combats his fear.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

In the author’s own words:
“The passion of writing is deep rooted in my blood.
After completing my Global Business Management certification from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, I joined hands with a few of my friends to start my first venture.
Post my stint with the venture, I engaged myself in my lovely family life and now I present to you the author in me.”
 
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