It is that time of the year again when gifts and festivities are exchanged and well, more importantly to us, new cars are bought. The auspicious time of Navratri and Diwali is closing in and if you're beginning to bite your nails as to what to buy and make the best of it, we're happy to help. A lot of car manufacturers have announced car discounts and offers. From Renault, Honda to Mahindra, and also luxury brands like BMW and Jaguar Land Rover are into Diwali discounts. However, here we'll focus on cars priced between Rs 8.2 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. So, if that's what your price bracket is, you're welcome.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
A very popular sedan in Maruti Suzuki's lineup, the Ciaz is priced at Rs 8.19 lakh for the base variant and Rs 10.97 lakh for the top trim. Petrol and diesel engine options include a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.3-litre petrol. The automatic transmission is only available in the petrol trim. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz currently has cash and exchange offers on it - Rs 10,000 corporate discount and an exchange bonus of Rs 15,000.
A competitor to Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna comes in both petrol and diesel trims. The 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engine options are available paired with a manual or an automatic transmission. The base price of the Hyundai Verna is Rs 7.86 lakh and Rs 12.98 lakh for the top trim. It has a Rs 20,000 cash discount and an additional Rs 20,000 exchange bonus.
With prices starting at Rs 8.96 lakh for the base trim and Rs 14.15 lakh for the top variant, Honda City is one of the best-selling sedans in the country. It is available in both 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options with manual and automatic transmission options as well. Honda is offering free first-year insurance, a Rs 20,000 exchange bonus, and Rs 10,000 worth of accessories.
The Yaris is the newest entrant in the sedan segment in India, competing with the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Prices for Toyota Yaris start at Rs 9.26 lakh and extend to Rs 14.07 lakh for the top trim. It is available with petrol and diesel engines with an option of manual & automatic transmission options. For this festive season, the Yaris has a cash discount of Rs 30,000, a Rs 20,000 exchange bonus, and Rs 10,000 corporate discount.
An immensely popular SUV in India, Mahindra Scorpio was updated with a facelift version in November 2017. Prices for the SUV start at Rs 10.09 lakh and extend to Rs 16.44 lakh. It is only available with a diesel engine paired with a manual transmission. It gets Rs 40,000 cash discount, a Rs 25,000 exchange bonus, Rs 18,000 special offer in Delhi, NCR Zone and some select cities.
The entire country is celebrating Navratri right now with much enthusiasm and fervour. It is one of the most auspicious times in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated through different ways in different parts of the country. During this time, devotees sing songs in honour of the goddess and observe fast as well.
Things to keep
However, do you know that apart from the usual rituals, few things, if kept at home during Navratras can help you attract health and wealth? Here are those things and make sure to get them home..
The lotus flower is a favourite of Goddess Laxmi --- it is said that keeping a fresh lotus flower in your temple every day during Navratras will make Goddess Laxmi happy and she will bless you with health and wealth.
Silver or Gold coin
it is considered auspicious if you a buy a gold or silver coin with a picture of Laxmi and Ganesh embossed on it. You can do so on the first day of Navratris and keep it in either in your temple or your household locker.
Goddess Saraswati held a peacock as very close to her --- it is said that keeping a peacock feather in your temple will attract positive vibes for you and will also cure the Vastu Dosha in your area.
It is said that for wealth and prosperity, you should bring home an idol of Goddess Laxmi. Make sure she is in a sitting position in the idol, showering her blessings on everyone.
16 shringar items
Navratra is the celebration of the female beauty, so it is said that buying the "16 shringar" or cosmetic items during Navratras will make you healthy and wealthy. Let us now talk about the must do's during this Navratri and talk about the things that are deemed important during Navratri.
The North East direction, also known as Ishan kon is considered as the direction of Gods. Place the idol of the durga in this direction and pray to her idol daily.
If you are lighting an "akhand jyot" for the Goddess, then make sure to keep it in the South West direction. If you can't manage an akhand jyot, get one that will last through out the entire night.
Face east or north
While doing the Puja, make sure that you face the east or north direction. Also make sure that there are no dirty clothes lying around your temple area. Make sure that the area in and around your temple is clean and pure --- make sure to burn some incense sticks as well.
Changing the flag
If you have a flag on the top of the temple, make sure that you hoist it in the North West direction everyday. A home flag should always be allowed to flutter in the air and not kept confined within the four halls of the house.
Never place your idol near the bathroom. Also every temple should have an area to sit on and pray to God. You can do so while sitting on a mat as well... Now, let's talk about the different form of the Goddess that are prayed to during this period and what "bhog" is served to them.
While praying to Mata Chandraghanta, offer milk, sweets made of milk or Kheer to her. This is said to relieve all your pains and provide peace and prosperity.
Mata Kushmanda is offered Malpua as Bhog. It is said that offering the Goddess Maa malpua is said to be make you intelligent, wise and will also help you immensely at work.
To Mata Skandmata, a Banana is offered as a bhog. It is said that doing so keeps the family healthy. It also makes sure that there is never any shortage of food in your family.
It is said that honey is offered as Bhog to Maa Katyayani. It is said that this makes you physically more attractive. For those girls who are unmarried, this serves as a remedy to get married as well.
Jaggery (gur) is offered as Bhog to the Mata --- this along with doing some dakshina for the poor can reap rich benefits for you. Make sure that you offer some food and clothes to a needy person.
Coconut is offered as bhog to Mata Mahagauri ---- It is said that doing so will help an infertile couple conceive a child. You can do so, not just during Navratras, but all throughout the year.
On the ninth day of Navratra, Mata Siddhidatri is worshipped. She is also said to the Goddess of accomplishment. It is said that offering Til as a Bhog to the Goddess prevents one from accidents and untimely deaths in the family.
Looking for a fitness band or a smartwatch with a heart-rate tracker? Here are some of the best devices you can use to monitor your cardiac rhythm…
Mi Band 2 | ₹1,800 |
This entry-level fitness band, which boasts of a battery life of 10 days, sports a splash- and dust-resistant (IP67) build that’s certified to survive a jog in the rain. It lacks a built-in GPS, so outdoor runs and walks are only tracked when you have the paired handset with you.
Goqii Vital | Starts at ₹3,499 |
After you register with Goqii and provide details like your age, weight, and pre-existing health conditions, the service connects you to a personal coach who helps you set fitness goals and create a roadmap on how to achieve them. This health coach will also provide you with dietary advice and the exercise routine you should follow. The Vital band can be worn to the pool; it measures blood pressure, has a seven-day battery life, and can store data for up to 30 days without syncing with its mobile app.
Smartron t.band | ₹4,999 |
Besides a heart rate monitor, this band also includes an ECG sensor to measure blood pressure on an hourly basis. Its app uses all your physical-activity data, along with your heart rate and sleep patterns to detect stress levels and calculate your overall health index. The t.band is water- and dust-resistant, but it can’t be worn for swimming. It has a two-day battery life and can store 14 days of steps, up to 10 heart rate and BP records, and 1,200 minutes of exercise data.
Huawei Band 2 | ₹4,600 |
This band is waterproof and can even be worn when swimming. It comes with built-in GPS for an accurate analysis of your outdoor jogs or walks; you get a guided mode to help you breathe right, and it even measures VO2 levels (maximum amount of oxygen utilised during intense exercise).
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro | ₹13,590 |
The Fit2 Pro comes with built-in GPS; can be worn in the swimming pool and even measures altitude during treks. The band also supports third-party fitness services like Endomondo and MapmyRun. Depending on GPS usage, the Fit2 Pro will need to be recharged almost every three days.
Garmin Vivomove HR | ₹17,990 |
This smartwatch continuously monitors your heart rate to detect stress levels. It also initiates a relaxation timer to help lower anxiety levels. Besides, it looks like a traditional time piece; it combines an analogue watch face with a digital display that gets activated when you swipe to view your heart rate, VO2 levels, step count and notifications. The Vivomove HR will give up to five days of service before needing a recharge.
Fitbit Versa & Ionic | Starts at ₹17,950 and ₹22,599 respectively |
The only difference between these two bands is that the Ionic comes with built-in GPS, while the Versa lacks this feature. Besides, tracking your physical activities, the app stores detailed information on your sleep cycles and heart rates and presents it in a way that can be understood and worked upon. The devices are sturdily built, swim proof, come with an altimeter and give you up to four days of use on a single charge.
Apple Watch 3 | Starts at ₹29,900 |
If you own an iPhone, then the Apple Watch 3 is your best option for its native integration with the iOS ecosystem. It alerts you of any cardiac emergency when your heart rate rises beyond a certain threshold during inactivity for a 10-minute period. It is also swimproof and you can choose from various activities (running, cycling, swimming, etc) to record your exercise sessions. A built-in barometric altimeter measures elevation to count the number of flights climbed and GPS to record speed and distance covered. On the battery front, the Apple Watch will need to be charged almost daily.
These devices are NOT a replacement or an alternative to professionally-monitored stress tests or ECGs. They use LEDs that lie in contact with your skin to illuminate the capillaries beneath, while an adjacent sensor measures the rate at which blood pumps past to calculate beats per minute.
But the sensors aside, the true quality of a good fitness band or watch depends on its smartphone app, which crunches all the data to give you an idea of your heart health, and even help you maintain a record for your doctor. If you suffer from a heart ailment, consult your physician for advice on fitness activities for you.