WAKE UP INDIA!

Keeping ourselves in tune with the new age fad of minting easy to coin catchphrases, we the humble female beauticians, living in different metro cities of India, have solemnly  resolved to popularise our new ‘mantra’ called ‘WAKE UP’.

If you find it rhyming with ‘Start up, be smart and Stand up’ India; then it is indeed a concrete evidence of your being alive in circa 2016. If you think carefully, the act of WAKING UP precedes the act of standing up or starting up!

Smart isn’t it? Especially if it comes from a bunch of hardworking, ‘stylist at home’ – service providers, engaged in the humble profession of removing excess hair follicles and dead skin cells from human body, including the feet.

Nationalist, rationalist, communist, spiritualist, numerologist, dentist, capitalist, fascist, geologist, microbiologist, (list is endless) – whatever their profession; all the Indians from Chennai to Chandigarh and Kolkata to Ahmedabad can enlist! And we are pretty sure that no one will have qualms about screaming out our brand new ‘mantra’ to prove that they are awake.

The usual suspects, like the stand-up humourists, cartoonists, astrologists, and screaming TV journalists are however humbly advised to stay away from our ‘mantra’ as we are afraid that they might steal our thunder in the name of what the nation needs to know!

Moreover, if they don’t understand our true intention to mentally wake up many of our sisters living in urban India; they might naively label us with their favourite nickname of the season. Yes you guessed it right – anti-national and anti-progressive forces!

It is also important to clarify here that we are a ‘BY WOMEN & FOR WOMEN’ organisation that serves all living ‘matas’ and the potential mothers from the human race, especially if they are living or visiting the land of Hindustan (aka BHARAT, HIND and INDIA) irrespective of their caste, creed, religious belief and nationality.

Why then the urgent need to wake up?

In the space below we have shared a couple of instant eye-openers. They have been carefully cherry picked to enlighten you on the need to be woken up besides giving you a blissful understanding of our occupational hazards.

Incidence No. 1)

A lady with crisp convent educated English accent, called us from Whitefield Bangalore. We have no objections if some of you prefer to call it Bengaluru. She claimed that she has recently shifted from Mumbai along with her engineer husband and was in urgent need of ‘Home Salon Service’ as she wasn’t familiar with her neighbourhood parlours as yet. Her only request was that she wanted a ‘CHINESE’ female beautician! It was a shock for our call centre employee and her supervisor. Supervisor being an avid follower of social and electronic media, totally believed in the ‘achhey din’ story but wasn’t too sure, if such good times had indeed arrived, wherein Chinese professional therapists (females) had started providing doorstep parlour services in India.

Our potential customer then went on to describe how these allegedly Chinese women are frequently spotted in her new neighbourhood and to her utter surprise a few of them were even heard speaking in Hindi!

Our smart supervisor was immediately awakened. Her inner eyes had opened. She regained her composure and in her usual humble demeanour she queried, whether the lady meant north eastern girls – hailing from one of the seven sister states and new born brotherly state of North East India?

Our respected potential patron emphatically repeated – YES the CHINKY females please!!! They are extremely polite and ohhh…soooo…. soft spoken.

We had to politely express our inability to send Chinese girls at her place or for that matter any Indian homes without them having an Indian visa.

We the less educated women of India also believe that such terminologies are derogatory. Do you? Are you awake to such crass ignorant racism around you? If no, then it’s time to say it aloud and say it together – WAKE-UP INDIA!

If you have also witnessed such an exhibition of smartness, from your fellow Indian sisters, then let’s get together to distribute a few maps of India. We can then shout – BHARAT KE MATAO KI BHI JAI alongside hail motherland.

Incidence No.2)

Another well-heeled potential patron called us at her foreign sounding posh apartment in * Gurgaon. *(If you are into past life regression these days, then please call it by its new name – The ‘CYBERCITY cum MILLENNIUM CITY of GURUGRAM’).

 She needed an expensive paraben free imported facial done on her immediately. We suggested an Italian brand. She agreed.

The therapist reached on time and was politely made to wait near the entrance of her expensive abode. To our collective rude shock, the hubby dear of our patron began screaming at our call centre co-ordinator, saying… ‘My wife is extremely fair, pinkish and delicate. And how dare you send a dusky complexioned aesthetician at my doorstep for the parlour services? How can I allow her to touch my wife’s face’ Why do you keep such women on your payroll!

This charming little display of prejudice against a particular skin tone may unnerve the weak, but not us.

We at ‘HOME SALON SERVICE’ are extremely proud of the fact that we do not discriminate on the basis of complexion at all. But if you do, then it’s time to collectively WAKE UP from this British or colonial hangover. Some historians may add Aryan, Hun and Greek, Afghan or Mughal influence too.

Jai Hind sisters, we believe we live in a free and democratic country called India. Hence we are planning to request the authorities to create more sensitive and sensible cities instead of smart cities and insensitive citizens.

Incidence No. 3)

A jet setting social worker having an Indian passport and working on several women empowerment related issues in the developing world; called us during the lunch break at one of the women centric international conference in Kuala Lumpur and requested us for a doorstep beauty service in her hotel room in Hyderabad; a brief stopover on her way back home in Pune.

Our telephone operator expressed our constraints as an on-demand beauty service provider and our inability to serve customers in a hotel room, unless they are traveling alone as a women. They also have to share with us the hotels management’s consent.

Undeterred by our polite refusal she pressed us to confirm the appointment as she was pregnant. She also procured the necessary permission from the hotel’s duty manager.

Being an emotional and yet practical Indian enterprise, we gave in to her repeated appeals and sent our senior most therapists Ms. Lata – a mother of two grown up children. An expert in providing a gentle and caring massage to expecting and lactating mothers.

Our dear patron sent Lata back from the hotel room saying ‘Lata’ was too old.

We did not know at age 40 a woman was old for another woman for providing beauty services like ammonia free hair colour (root touch-up) and a fresh fruit clean-up.

Bharat Mata must be a grand old lady then. What do we do with her? Send her to an old age home?

WAKE UP INDIA – before we learn to stand or start up.

JAI HIND.

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WHITE HOUSE WILL TURN PINK ON TUESDAY 8th NOVEMBER, 2016

As a woman who works and writes the blogs for ‘Home Salon Service’ – an organisation that is exclusively ‘BY & FOR’ the women of India, I can personally stick my neck out and say it with utmost confidence that the American Presidential contest of 2016 will be between two woman candidates and in all likelihood Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton will move into the white house as the first ever woman President of this super power named United States of America.

I can say it with – ‘take it in writing’ kind of confidence; even though I am neither a frequent visitor to US nor a resident of USA. It is the same for my relatives, friends and family.  Individually and collectively we have no expertise in any of these domains called psephology, political science or International relations.

I am sure, many of you might be wondering;

  1. Why am I talking about American politics in a beauty related article?
  2. What on earth gives me this confidence to make such a bold declaration? Is it just woman to woman bonding across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans?

Allow me to answer the first query, first;

Answer: a) I feel the ladies who are our clients, living in the metro cities of India and most of my blog readers (includes men) are matured, well-educated, rational and intelligent human beings. They are discerning individuals can hold forth on many subjects besides discussing the benefits of seaweed and fresh fruit facials.

They are possibly sick and tired of external beauty related tips – ‘WHAT to do and WHAT not to do’. Especially, all those articles which vaingloriously announces that the ‘WINTER IS HERE!  As if the reader cannot feel it!  Or under-estimates our collective intelligence by using dumb and vague adjectives like ‘AWESOME, MIND BLOWING, COOL’ to describe their products and services. I have nothing against these words or their users; but in my humble opinion it should not come from a SELLER of services. We ought to be treated better, isn’t it?

So why cannot a contest between two beautiful ladies for the top-most job in the world find space in a beauty related blog?

Answer: b) My confidence, in Hillary’s victory, stems from the fact that I am from the beauty industry. America is on a beautiful course correction path. After denying blacks the right to vote, or the dignity of an equal citizen for centuries, the great citizens of that great country opted for an African immigrant’s child as their President in the last 10 years. It is now time that the typical Anglo-Saxon, Christian and White Male only bastion is breached by an erudite woman like Hillary. After all the biggest support base of Mr. Obama in the last two elections were the beautiful women of America.

Ranged against Hillary are atavistic, ugly and creepy voices of misogynist religious conservative old men that are against anything that is natural or beautiful. Their fight is against women and their bodies. They are against – ‘Right to abortion, right to teach our children the right knowledge, right for free universal medicine’ and the list is long.

As a person from the beauty industry, my instinct tells me what is ugly and I sincerely stand against all kinds of ugly thoughts that give rise to such voices. And I am sure my sisters and friends in America feel the same.  Together we say

‘WE STAND FOR BEAUTY & ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL – BOTH EXTERNAL & INTERNAL’.

Now, whether upon Hillary becoming the next President, will mean less domestic violence, abuse and gunshot wounds for the women of America, is another aspect or story that’s hidden in the womb of time.

Till then Happy Makar Sankrant, Poush Sankranti and Pongal

Cheers

Maya Menon

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Eating water is better than drinking it!

Hi Friends!

At a glance, the headline of our first blogpost for the ‘NEW YEAR & NEW YOU’ campaign, would possibly appear, to many of you, to have been written by a Bengali to justify, why they usually use the word ‘Khao / Khabo’ (meaning to eat / eating) instead of drink / drinking any drinkable stuff in liquid form.

To many others, it may sound like a riddle or a ridiculous comment, isn’t it? Yes, it did sound like one to me, when I first heard it 5 years back, on my way to ‘Pindari’ Glacier, after completing the arduous uphill trek till ‘Dhakuri’ pass from ‘Bageshwar’, in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. I was exhausted with fatigue and thirst. The nearest KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam) rest house was at least 10 minutes’ walk away and I had run out of drinking water, I had carried in my rucksack.

This wise old shepherd woman from ‘Garhwal’ who had lived all her life in the higher reaches of awe inspiring, mesmerising and majestic Himalayas, muttered this statement while extending her hand to comfort me. I liked the concern in her voice but could not decode her statement; until she offered me freshly peeled orange slices to suck!

It’s only then, at approximately 9,000 feet above the sea level, I suddenly realised this profound truth, that we actually do eat water, when we eat fresh succulent fruits like oranges, watermelon, strawberry etc. Water that enters our body while eating it permeates our cells better than when we gulp or drink water.

So, to rediscover the NEW YOU, do remember to consume a lot of fibrous fresh fruits this winter to replenish the 70% water content in your system. I am sure this will compensate for the reduced intake of water in this cold and dry weather.

Alternately you may also call for my professional therapist friends from Home Salon Service’ if you live in a metro city of India, for making your skin eat water with the help of our moisturising wine or fresh fruit facials. That’s another way of eating a liquid, but not as effective as the earlier one.

I will be happy to see a quiet thank you smile on your lips for bringing that extra glow on your face and for helping you crack this profound philosophical and nutritional statement, learnt from the ‘Himalayan Heights’.

Cheers

Maya Menon

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WOMEN TAKE CHARGE! – An online campaign and contest 2016

WOMEN TAKE CHARGE! – An online campaign and contest 2016
(01st January – 31st March,2016)

Ancient Indian wisdom says – ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness.
But, why do we only see garbage dumps and an unholy filthy mess?
Especially in our towns and cities, near the posh housing colonies;
While we are at our suave best inside the house and at the parties!

Government of India is now levying a ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ cess;
But it will not make a difference, if we make it Government’s business!
The onus is on each one of us and as women; we pledge to take charge;
As we are against all things ugly, we will not neither spread filth nor tolerate!

#HomeSalonService is happy to launch this humble call to action!
Together let us co-create an aesthetic image of a modern nation.
Will reward the top 3 contributors of our PLAN – ‘Cleaner, neater neighbourhood’
Share & like this message and suggest your innovative ideas, as if this is your livelihood.

We are waiting to hear your implementable ideas or the ‘Cleanliness Actions’ initiated across India.

Jai Hind
Maya Menon

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ODD OR EVEN – ONLY FOR DELHI NETIZEN

All you lovely ladies of Delhi NCR
If you have a car with odd or even number
And you wonder how to visit your favorite parlor
As it’s neither an emergency nor your work regular
Plus you support the steps taken to clean the city’s air
As many young and old are surviving on inhaler & nebulizer
So calling a beautician for #HomeSalonService will be much wiser
Public transport on CNG will bring them to your doorstep faster.
Let’s make the city greener, more beautiful and a place healthier
This is our beauty pledge for the forthcoming NEW YEAR !

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Home Salon Service- Professional doorstep salon service for ladies only !

Home Salon Service is definitely a revolution in the salon industry which is close to 10000 crores. The organization provides Salon services at doorstep to ladies only in more than 15 cities of India.  This concept is no doubt exciting for those who do not get time to visit parlors on regular intervals because of their tight work schedules.

Customers can now avail all sorts of relaxing high quality beauty treatments like Facials, waxing, massages, pedicures, manicures etc at the comfort of their home and as per their convenient timings and days. There is no need to struggle in traffic jams, inconvenience of taking prior salon appointments and doing lot of planning in order to visit a salon.

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Image Credit: homesalonservice.com

Its not just the service that you enjoy but the entire experience of availing the service is enjoyable. Home Salon Service has a team of skilled and experienced beauty therapist, make up artist, hair stylist etc who go to the client’s place to deliver quality service. It offers quite a few very interesting packages and the discount range on these packages is up to 30 % which makes it the most affordable Home Salon Service provider. The packages and the special offers keep changing every month.

Special discounts are usually offered on bridal and pre-bridal packages and packages are also customized as per the need of the client.Home Salon Service uses only branded products for the services and the portfolio of service is the same on a pan india basis.

So its the flexibility, convenience and the quality service that you get at your own time and your own place. Moreover, with Home Salon Service, you are able to book the appointments just by informing 2-4 hours in advance so the turn around time is 2-4 hours which is just unmatchable.

Home Salon Service is currently present in the following cities : Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida etc.

Booking an online service with Home Salon Service is very simple as the website is very much user friendly and it automatically guides you through the entire process and you get the confirmation of the bookings done with ease.

Home Salon Service offers a new electronic membership, or e-Membership, option , wherein the customer can save up to 50 % of the total value of their monthly salon expenditure. Also, you can gift Home Salon Service gift vouchers on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or simple incentive gifts.

Lot of repeat customers and word of mouth references itself speaks about the good quality work of Home Salon Service.

Contact us for more details and book your online appointment and see the difference yourself.

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