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December is upon us and with it so is the end of 2013. Surely, Christmas is one huge highlight of this month (the details of which constitute an entirely different blog) but there is also another event, one celebrated across the planet, that stands sentinel at the end of the year. Yes, we are talking about the ever exciting end of the year and the beginning of the new one.

Having a plan for the New Year is a pre-requisite and cooler the plan, the higher is your rating on the hipster scale. Though we start thinking about this one a few months before it actually arrives, we usually end up at nothing concrete until the last few days as you don’t want anything to go wrong with it and want it to be better than the last few years. So, along with the F&B and a guest list that has a tendency of changing at hourly intervals, comes the most important factor – the venue.
New Year parties have been known to erupt in locations ranging from shady dorms to the best night clubs on the planet earth. The grandeur of the venue is often directly proportional to the budget allocated for the event. But, what if there was a way to ensure that less is more? Apparently, as most metro citizens have discovered, there is a way. This way we are talking about also goes by the name ‘House parties’.

17According to the Wikipedia definition, a house party is ‘typically a type of party where medium to large groups of people gather at the residence of the party’s host. In modern usage, a house party is typically associated with teenage or young adult crowds, loud music and dancing. Historically, the term has also referred to more genteel gatherings at country estates, lasting anywhere from several days to weeks.’
Pubs and clubs with their million and one restrictions have made letting down your hair and partying hard a distant possibility. That, along with the excessive amounts spent on food and alcohol rarely makes such outings worth the money. If the venue is an unfamiliar one, it’s difficult to feel ‘at home’ there and because of these reasons most people are going the house party way.
And who said a house party cannot be compared to the likes of those happening at the best nightspots? Businesses have also noticed the rising trend and have specialized services meant to help you plan, feed, and even clean up after your bash.
So, decide what your 2013 theme is going to be, get that guest list ready to the last guest and welcome the new year right from the comforts of your home and with the people who matter the most. Are you game?

SAVE THE SNOW LEOPARDS

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If you have the fortune of coming across a Snow Leopard, the first thing you will notice is its unique smoky grey fur. This however, is its gift along with its curse. Its beautiful fur is the primary cause of their near extinction at the hands of man. The carnage for their fur first started when the Snow Leopard caught the attention of the Europeans in 1761 and through the years their population has plummeted worldwide.

These beautiful leopards are found in 12 countries in Central Asia, and their habitat includes some of the world’s highest mountain ranges. Found over much of high altitude Asia, including Mongolia, China through Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, these creatures have probably never been common, due to harsh environment factors. It is estimated that there are 4,500 to 7,500 snow leopards living in the mountains of central Asia. These numbers may not be concrete as the rough estimates mentioned have been based on limited surveys that were done several decades ago.

However, being a Snow Leopard in today’s day and age is a curse of the worst kinds. Snow Leopards have suffered tremendously at the hands of man. The cats are threatened by livestock owners who kill them as predators while at the same time increasing their domestic stock which is not favourable to the cat’s natural prey. Also, to make things worse, new weather conditions in the Himalayas caused because of global warming are quite likely to encourage trees to grow in these areas, which means that snow leopards might soon have to either adapt to a whole new hunting ground, or face extinction.

34Protected in India since 1952, hunting has nevertheless continued in northern India and the bordering Himalayan states because the fur is so valuable. In Mongolia, legal hunting is allowed for tourists, who pay thousands of dollars for the chance to shoot one of these rare cats. They are protected year round in Russia, but due to the economy, poaching is rising.

So, what can you do to save this exquisite creature? You can start by TAKING ACTION> A tiny step by you can go a long way for the snow leopard and prevent it from turning into a mountain legend. Start by supporting snow leopard conservation organizations. If you don’t have money for donations, ask if you can help in other ways by contributing your time or holding a fundraiser. You could also sign up to visit snow leopards in their natural habitat. While you aren’t likely to see the elusive cat, you can experience their mountain habitat and harsh living conditions.

The snow leopard is just another example of how the hunter becomes the hunted. So, why don’t you set an example by taking action to save this hunter?

Be a #SnowLeopardSaviour! Donate & help WWF-India out with camera traps to #SaveOurSnowLeopards – http://bit.ly/KGZNht