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Trivandrum or Tiruvananthapuram is really a charming place. It is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is called fondly as, ‘God’s Own’ Country’. The capital of that marvellous state could not be a down-player! And it isn’t, at all!

As  we reach the railway station and move forward, we are greeted by a number of buses waiting for people to board, the conductor calling out place names loud, narrow roads, swarmed with numerous autorickshaws (seriously, never found so many rickshaws anywhere else in India, as of now), bustling with life, people moving fast, hotels and restaurants nearby gearing up to welcome their first breakfast customers, the aroma of freshly ground coffee lingering in the air from the Indian Coffee House at Thambanur;  all just a mere 10 percent of what a small part of Tiruvananthapuram can offer. There’s much more! Let’s take a dekko.

the Beachside at Vizhinjam - natural harbour

the Beachside at Vizhinjam – natural harbour

 

My eyes were set on beaches. Any malayali would be proud, that their land is dotted with sunkissed beaches, golden sands and unending waves but here at Trivandrum, beaches are a part of everyday life. The sea holds a very important position in trading and economy in India and Trivandrum has one of the best natural harbours in India.

Vizhinjam is an isolated beach area towards the outskirts of Trivandrum town. This is one beach area where a lot of fishing takes place and which has a small lake that is been cut off from the sea. Since the sea and the lake come close the reef is deep and Vizhinjam can brag of unimaginable wealth in sea; both in marine life and useful waters.

As a beach where the banks are elevated for 70% of the region, this offers a magnanimous view. Huts and settlements dot the inhabitant end of the approach road. Kids play on the stretch and take- a dekko- into the blue oceans, and give away their sadness into the beauty of the blue waters.

across the lighthouse

across the lighthouse, Vizhinjam

the stretch of Vizhinjam

the stretch of Vizhinjam

 

Kovalam- Eve’s Beach

The beach of Kovalam is off Trivandrum town, roughly a 40 minute drive from the the centre. It was busy though, with people, vendors, bubble-machine sellers and small kids. One thing to specifically notice is that all these beaches in Trivandrum are really neat and have Blue waters.

The clouds were drawing in, and the sky growled every now and then, announcing an arrival of lavish rains!

evening at Kovalam

evening at Kovalam

 

Night at Eve's beach

Night at Eve’s beach

 

A young girl, evades the waves as the night draws in- Kovalam

A young girl, evades the waves as the night draws in- Kovalam

Temples, Palaces, tourism and More beaches

Th town is spiritual as well, I should say. It begins from the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the major landmark of Trivandrum; also called its identity, to temples and churches dotting all throughout the town. The roads and surroundings of the Padmanabhaswamy temple are  clean, as the temple overlooks a beautiful pond, full of life with fishes and  other little creatures. Devotees take a dip in early morning hours, and like any other south Indian temple,Padmanabhaswamy’s own pad, looks magnanimous!

Temple street, Padmanabhaswamy

Temple street, Padmanabhaswamy

Padmanabhaswamy temple.

Padmanabhaswamy temple.

condiments and laddoos, accompany a good temple visit.

condiments and laddoos, accompany a good temple visit.

The town of Tiruvananthapuram has a palace at its heart. The Padmanabhapuram Palace was the home where the kings of Travancore (British India) presided. The palace is currently well maintained and for tourists, it has been developed into a museum, sided by a huge Garden with ponds and a wonderful zoo in the premises. In the slight drizzle, the palace looked beautiful as a few people walked barefoot on the garden pavement while others clicked photographs.

The entrance of the Palace

The entrance of the Palace

A swan pretends to dance her moves through the water; the ponds at the palace premises

A swan pretends to dance her moves through the water; the ponds at the palace premises

Shangumugham ( Shan- gu- mu-gham) beach is a vast, long, blue beach by the end of the town of Trivandrum. This is a strategic location near the vintage buildings that the sand of this beach is a platform for artists and sculptors to display their humble ventures. Statues and sculptors made of marble and black stones, with admirers inspecting them all around. It was blazing hot out there, but the wind was cold; thoroughly enjoyable, except for the crass tan I got, after an hour or so! Watch out!

Shangumugham beach has Colorful parasols. Very beautiful and long beach, a nice place to enjoy and chillout with friends; Calm and to it’s own.

Shangumugham beach has Colorful parasols.
Very beautiful and long beach, a nice place to enjoy and chillout with friends; Calm and to it’s own.

Two ponies awaiting customers at Shangumugam Beach.

Two ponies awaiting customers at Shangumugham Beach.

 

Tourist Homes and Tourism’s Own

The idea of Veli tourist home intrigued me. Veli Tourist home is a vast area under the Tourism department, consisting of lagoons, backwaters and touched by sea ( Arabian sea) at an end, where tourists can come, take in  Kerala’s natural bounty. Speed boats and ferries commute to and fro, taking in tourists for a round through the backwaters. Small black shags perched on huge trees, feather peck and takes a breather. Some water birds wait calmly, in hunt for fishes near the swamps of the water. Fishes are aplomb and wade through water, escaping the eyes of the slender cranes and kingfishers.

A place where everyone could come and enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala at a mere of INR.5/-, is a great initiative by the Kerala Government. Truly impressive! With boat rides and restaurants opened up, one couldn’t miss any less of Kerala’s backwaters and lagoons.

A speedboat caters to tourist entertainment at Veli

A speedboat caters to tourist entertainment at Veli

 

Veli Tourist home

Veli Tourist home

 

The Vast blue of Veli

The Vast blue of Veli

 

Trivandrum needs a visit from all the vagabonds out there. Even though it is a small town, it is too majestic to ignore. Trivandrum enjoys the cult status of being Kerala’s capital since the time of kings. It also acts as a perfect natural harbour, in the entire Kerala coastline for ships and boats to dock. That is a fine mix of tradition and modernity. The visit here is not just to enjoy Kerala’s natural beauty but also to reckon how tasty the Coffee at Indian coffee house, Tambanoor is!

Don’t wait!


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There is no question about the effectiveness of employee training and development. It’s incredibly important to help your staff advance their skills and knowledge to help grow a business, but the impact of employee learning has often been understated and even neglected. However, companies are now suggesting that employee training and development is one of the biggest megatrends that have completely transformed the future of work. It has overhauled how businesses should be developing and engaging with employees, and it’s leading to an incredibly diverse and talented workforce that is capable of wonderful new things.

Part of the problem of employee training and development is that it’s difficult to measure its impact on the workplace. Employee performance often isn’t a quantitative measurement that is easy to read and link to their output. This is one of the reasons why the effectiveness of employee training and development has been questioned by management experts.

Thankfully, new strategies have been developed to help measure workplace learning and its impact on companies. Below, we’ve included a helpful infographic that covers some of the most important measurements, such as return on investment and how it is calculated in the context of employee learning and development. It should put the effectiveness of employee training into perspective and will help you better understand when training is needed and how development actually improves your business and its productivity.


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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
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  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
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All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

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Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

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On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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