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Navratri Recipe: Balushai

The sixth day of Navratri, or Shashti, is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. Legend has it that Sage Katyayan meditated long and hard to win the blessings of the goddess. Durga Mata was pleased by his devotion and rewarded him by being reborn as his daughter, hence the name Katyayani.

On this day, honey is offered as bhog to please the goddess. This is said to help make the devotee charming and attractive. All the more reason to make this traditional festive sweet. It’s called balushai in the North, badusha in the South and is loved all across India. Balushai is a flaky pastry that’s baked to perfection, dressed with nuts and then crowned with a swirl of honey. In a nutshell, it’s doubly delicious!

Preparation time: 30 min                                   

Cooking time: 35 min                                

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients :

  • 350 gm all-purpose flour
  • 100 gm ghee
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp curd
  • 500 gm sugar
  • 300 ml honey
  • Ghee


1. Put baking powder, curd and ghee in flour; mix. Using warm water, knead a soft dough.

2. Divide the dough into small lemon-size balls. Make it round with your palms. Press it like a peda and make a crater with your thumb on both sides.

3. Grease the baking tray or magic tawa with ghee and preheat on convection mode at 180°C. Place the balushahi and bake for 35 mins at 150°C. Once the balushahi turns golden, take them out on a plate.

4. Dilute honey with 50 ml of warm water. Soak the balushahi in the honey concentrate for 10 mins. Drain and remove on a plate.

5. Garnish with slivers of pistachios and some dried rose petals.

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Navratri Recipe: Sheera

Today is Panchami, day five of the nine festive days of Navratri. Halfway through, and the excitement is only growing with this delicious meetha to dedicate to Maa Skandamata. She is the mother of Skanda, the war name for Lord Kartikeya.
Aeons ago, Lord Brahma blessed the demon Tarkasur with a boon—no one could kill him, except the son of Shiva. So, Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati to become the father of Kartikeya, who grew up to slay Tarkasur.

To honour her, prepare bhog with her favourite food: bananas. This sheera recipe boosts the goodness of ghee with the strength of bananas making the perfect offering. The preparation matches the colour of the day’s celebration, a radiant yellow. Worshipping Her on this day will lead to double the blessings, of good health and prosperity, as you will also worship Lord Skanda seated on her lap.

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 18 min

Servings: 2 portions


  • ½ cup semolina
  • 01  No. Banana (Ripened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 12 cashews
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tsp chironji
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch edible camphor


1. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, add ghee and heat the nuts at 100% micropower for 1 min.

2. Remove and place aside. In the same bowl, add ghee again along with semolina; mix well and heat at 100% micropower for 5 min, stirring every 1 min.

3. In another glass bowl, heat water for 6 min at 100% micropower.

4. Add the hot water in the roasted semolina. Mix well till absorbed and no lumps are seen. Add sugar and stir well until sugar dissolves.

5. Heat at 50% micropower for 6 min. Add roasted nuts, cardamom powder and edible camphor; mix well and continue cooking.

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Navratri Recipe: Malpua

Welcome to the fourth day of Navratri, or Chaturti. Today, it’s not about a special ingredient. It’s about a very specific dish. Chaturthi is dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda. She birthed the universe and light by producing the cosmic egg from her smile, and she resides within the core of the sun. She is worshipped as the creator of the entire Brahmand (universe).

On this day, malpua is offered as bhog to the goddess. It is believed to improve the devotee’s mental ability and decision-making power. Malpua traditionally uses khoya or evaporated milk. It’s soaked in sugar syrup, garnished with nuts and topped with a creamy dessert called rabri. Come, taste the warm glory of freshly-made malpua. You will understand why even the Gods decree it must be made during Navratri!

Preparation time: 30 min

Cooking time: 24 min

Servings: 4 portions


For rabri:

  • 1 litre milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp saffron
  • 1 tsp pistachios
  • 1 tsp almonds
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1.5 tsp cornstarch

For sugar syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 saffron
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder

For malpua:

  • 1 cup maida
  • ¼ cup semolina
  • ½ cup khoya
  • 2 tsp sugar (powdered)
  • 1 tsp saunf
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups ghee



1. Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass bowl ensuring no lumps are formed. Heat for 4 min at 80% micropower till the mixture turns saucy.

Sugar syrup:

1. Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Heat at 100% micropower for 8 min. Keep aside once done.


1. Take maida in a bowl, add sooji, khoya along with powdered sugar and saunf, followed by water. Whisk all of it together. Keep adding water to make a creamy-like mixture.

2. Preheat the magic tawa on H2 mode for 2 min and pour 1 tbsp of malpua batter. Heat further on H2 mode for 10 min.

3. Immerse malpuas in the sugar syrup for about 10-15 min.

4. Put rabri on top and serve.

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Navratri Recipe: Kheer

Milk. It seems so commonplace in everyday life, but it assumes a special significance on religious occasions. In Hinduism, cow’s milk is symbolic of purity and sustenance, and hence is the key ingredient in a variety of puja offerings. The third day of Navratri, Tritiya, is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta, her golden form a vision of beauty, charm and grace. When Lord Shiva arrived to marry her, his baraat (bridal procession) included creatures like goblins, ghosts and hermits. Maa took this comely form and asked Lord Shiva to transform into a princely groom to win over her family, who were terrified of the grim ascetic. Out of love, he obliged.

Maa has a fondness for kheer or milky dessert, and it is believed that offering kheer or sweets made from milk to her will banish sorrow and pain in life. Our recipe for today uses a combination of almond-cashew paste and condensed milk for rich, delicious kheer. Try it, enjoy it and get set to reap the rewards!

Preparation time: 20 min                     

Cooking time: 22 min

Servings: 4 portions


  • 30 almonds
  • 4.5 cups milk
  • Half tin condensed milk
  • 15 cashew nuts
  • Almond essence, a few drops
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


1. Blanch almonds in hot water at 100% micropower for 6 min. Let rest for 10 min, then drain and peel them. Set aside a few slivered almonds for garnishing.

2. Soak the remaining almonds and cashew nuts in one cup of hot milk for about half an hour. Grind to a smooth paste.

3. Heat the remaining milk with cornstarch slurry at 50% micropower for 8 min. After milk comes to a boil, add the condensed milk and stir. Add the almond-cashewnut paste and heat at 50% micropower for 8 min.

4. Remove from heat and add almond essence. Garnish with almond slivers and serve hot or cold.

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Navratri Recipe: Sandesh

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

As the festival unfolds, so do the magical legends that surround it. Each tale is an affirmation of truth and honour; the victory of good over evil. On the second day of Navratri, known as Dwitiya, Maa Durga is worshipped as Goddess Brahmacharini. Legend has it that, as Mata Parvati, she went through many trials and tribulations to win Lord Shiva as her husband.

Sugar is therefore offered as bhog to the goddess, to sweeten her penance. This is said to increase the longevity of the devotee and family members as well. White is Her colour; symbolic of peace, purity and meditation. We’ve combined both in this recipe. Follow this to appease the goddess with fluffy white sandesh, and enjoy a long and blessed life.

Preparation time: 20 min                     

Cooking time: 16 min

Servings: 18 pcs approx


  • 2 litre full cream milk
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 3 tbsp almonds or pistachios to garnish


1. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, heat milk at 50% micropower for 8 min. Add lemon juice to milk and heat at 100% micropower for 8 min, stirring every 1 min. Leave the milk to rest for 10 min. Once cooled, the milk will be curdled.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers

Q: What is a dishwasher?

A: A dishwasher is a washing machine for cleaning utensils. Unlike manual dishwashing, which relies largely on physical scrubbing to clean, IFB Dishwasher cleans by spraying 30-70°C hot water at the utensils, helped by IFB’s own Dishwasher Detergent and dried with steam. It is just like a washing machine that you use to wash clothes.

Q: Can a dishwasher clean Indian masala stains and heavy utensils like kadhai?

A: A dishwasher can easily clean all types of masala, oil stains and greasy food residue. IFB Dishwashers have various programs that ensure that all utensils, from Western to Indian, are hygienically washed.

Q: If we have to pre-rinse the dishes before loading them, what’s the use of buying a dishwasher?

A: You don’t have to pre-rinse the dishes. All you have to do is scrape off the leftovers from the dishes and load them in the dishwasher. Your IFB Dishwasher will do the rest.

Q: Does a dishwasher have space for my kadhai, patila and other large utensils?

A: With two baskets and cutlery tray, you can easily load your kadhais, pots, pans, plates, spoons, ladle, servers and glassware in an IFB Dishwasher.

Q: Is a dishwasher suitable for stainless steel utensils used in Indian homes or aluminum and bronze dishes?

A: An IFB Dishwasher is suitable for utensils such as stainless steel, glassware, bone china, microwaveable and dishwasher-safe plastics. Utensils like plastic casseroles, wood, and metal ones made of aluminum, copper, silver, gold and bronze should not be used in a dishwasher.

Q: Do dishwashers completely fill with water when cleaning the dishes and how do they scrub the dishes?

A: In an IFB Dishwasher, 360° powerful spray arms and shower sprays 70° Celsius hot water with high pressure to remove all the stubborn masala and oil stains, giving utensils a clean, hygienic wash without the need for scrubbing. This hands-free washing doesn’t affect and dry your hands like manual dishwashing.

Q. Will it take a lot of time to wash dishes in a dishwasher?

A: Loading a dishwasher takes only 5 minutes, and you are free to do other work while the dishwasher washes the utensils for you. On the other hand, it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour for washing utensils by hand.

Q: What is the program duration in IFB dishwashers?

A: IFB Dishwashers have a minimum time of 18 minutes in Jet Wash, 30 minutes for Quick Wash and a maximum of 183 minutes for Auto Intensive program.

Q: Where do I place the dishwasher? It won’t fit in my kitchen!

A: The dishwasher fits into any Indian kitchen, requiring only 60 cm wide space. You can also install it in your balcony. Dishwasher can be placed next to the kitchen platform, under the kitchen slab, utility area or balcony.

Q: Will my electricity bill go up?

A: A dishwasher is highly energy-efficient and uses only 1 unit of energy for each wash (power consumption depends on program selected, load and inlet water temp.

Q: Will my water bill go up?

A: An IFB Dishwasher is highly water-efficient and uses just 9 litres for a wash in Eco program.

Q: Is it hygienic to wash baby bottles in it?

A: Its 70°C temperature wash kills up to 99.9% germs and is suitable for hygienically cleaning baby bottles as well.

Q: Can I use my normal detergent/liquid soap/handwash detergents in the dishwasher?

A: Normal detergents are not meant be used in dishwasher as they can’t give desired results. Normal detergents cause very high foam and may lead to dishwasher malfunction. It is recommended to use IFB Essentials Autodish Dishwashing Detergent, Autodish Rinse Aid and Dishwashing Salt or Dishwasher Tablets, which are tested for Indian cooking conditions.

Q: Where can I buy dishwasher detergent, salt and rinse aid?

A: You can place an order on

Q. The water hardness is more than 800 ppm. Will the dishwasher work?

A: Dishwashers are meant to work below 800 ppm. A higher level of water hardness will leave white mineral/calcium spots on the utensils. You can install an external water softener with a dishwasher to get good results.

Q: If there is a power failure, will the dishwasher need to be reloaded?

A: IFB Dishwashers are programmed with an Auto Restart feature. This means that they resume their wash cycle from where they left off upon resumption of power.

Q. Can I wash fewer utensils in the IFB Dishwasher?

A: Yes. IFB Dishwashers have a Flexi Half Load option for fewer dishes, which allows you to load utensils in lower rack, middle rack or top cutlery tray.

Q: What are the colours available in IFB Dishwasher?

A: Dark Silver, Inox Grey White, Silver-Stainless Steel Finish options are available in IFB Dishwasher range.

Q: What is the warranty on IFB Dishwasher?

A: IFB Dishwashers come with 2 years comprehensive warranty.

Q: Why doesn’t plasticware dry in dishwasher?

A: Plastic items are more difficult to dry because they have a lower thermal mass than ceramic or metal items in the dish load, causing them to cool faster than the other items during the drying cycle.

Q: What happens if I do not use Rinse Aid?

A: Utensils do not dry and develop a lot of water stains/white marks on them.

Q: Can a dishwasher clean burnt/charred milk or tea pans?

A: Burnt or charred utensils need extra effort. Just scrub off the area on the dishes before loading in the dishwasher.

Q: I am unable to load all the utensils in one go. Can I overload the dishwasher?

A: No. Please do not overload your dishwasher as it may block the movement of spray arms and restrict water flow to the utensils. This will reduce washing efficiency of the dishwasher and may cause damage to spray arms. You can run two to three wash cycles in a day depending on number of meals.

Q: Can I just put all utensils in the dishwasher randomly and start?

A: No. Load the IFB Dishwasher as per given instructions for best wash results.

Q: Do I need to clean the IFB Dishwasher or is there any maintenance involved?

A: Yes. Once a week, take out the filter and clean under tap water.

Q: How do I prevent odour in dishwasher?

A: Dishwasher is self cleaning appliance; it doesn’t need to be cleaned like a sink. However, once a week or when required, clean the filter. You can also keep the dishwasher door partially open after use for the moisture to vanish.

Q: What happens if I use normal kitchen salt in the dishwasher?

A: Kitchen salt contains other impurities that may spoil the internal water softener. This will result in white patches/film on vessels after wash.

Q: What is the purpose of the Tablet button on IFB Dishwasher?

A: When you activate Tablet button, dishwasher deactivates the Salt and Rinse Aid consumption. Even if the Salt and Rinse Aid are filled, they will not be used during the wash cycle.

Q: Can I use dishwasher for commercial purpose like hotel or restaurant?

A: Domestic dishwashers are designed for home use only. IFB also manufactures Industrial Dishwashers meant for commercial purposes where dishwashing load is higher.

Q: Why is foam on the bottom side of the dishwasher after completion of the program?

A: It is because detergent or rinse aid quality is not good, wrong rinse aid setting chosen or excessive detergent used in the dishwasher. If the supply to your dishwasher is of soft water, please reduce the detergent dosage and rinse aid settings.

Q: Why are water droplets present on dishes after using Quick Wash/Super Wash/Prewash?

A: Quick Wash/Super Wash/Prewash and other programs with less than 1 hour wash cycles do not have drying cycle.  It is normal to see water droplets after using such short programs.

Q: Is there any dishwasher that can wash dishes with normal handwashing detergent?

A: No. One has to use the special dishwasher detergent, rinse aid and salt meant for dishwashers only.

Q: Is there a dishwasher model which has space to accommodate all utensils in one go?

A: Dishwasher sizes are mostly standard across all brands. IFB Neptune VX Plus and IFB Neptune SX1 are the largest dishwashers in India with up to 15 Place settings.

Q: Why are my plastic vessels deformed after washing in a dishwasher?

A: Those are non-heat-resistant plastic vessels and not meant to be washed in dishwashers. It is best to load dishwasher-safe utensils in it.

Q: Do I need to soak tea/milk/rice bowls before loading in a dishwasher?

A: If they extra sticky, it is good to soak them in water for a while to prevent stickiness and then load in the dishwasher. If the food has hardened or dried in the utensil, you can use prewash to moisten the dried food and clean them before washing. This will give the same effect as soaking the utensils.

Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part 	II

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Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part II

Our world is heating at a faster rate than ever before.

Global warming is resulting in yearly increase in temperatures, and the five warmest years in recorded history have been in the past decade. In India itself, many cities – including Delhi – recorded their highest monthly temperatures ever in 2019, with heat wave to severe heat wave conditions in large swathes of the country. July 2019 went down as the hottest July ever in Indian meteorological history, and about 65% of our population came face to face with temperatures of 40 degree Celsius and more. Elderly people and children were the demographic most vulnerable to this heat.

We at IFB realized that this phenomenon will continue – and possibly even worsen – in years to come, so we needed to build an air conditioner that would ensure that even severe heat wave conditions didn’t affect people’s lives, at least when they are indoors. In short: no compromise on cooling.

Uncompromise on Cooling Comfort

Driven by the idea to set an industry benchmark in cooling, our R&D division performed the most gruelling of tests to check the cooling performance of our ACs. The machines went through various combinations of high and low ambient heat, various levels of humidity and frequent voltage fluctuations to ensure that wherever in India the air conditioner is used, neither weather factors nor power variations affect its cooling performance. Our team also tested the ACs in Rajasthan, one of the hottest states in the country where temperatures regularly cross the 50° Celsius mark, to check how it was cooling.

The outcome of these demanding tests and field visits: IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC, which offers cooling even at 58° Celsius ambient temperature, one of the best in the industry. The performance is backed by cutting-edge technology and innovations:

    • Cools at 58° Celsius: The IFB FastCool air conditioner delivers quick cooling in your room even at 58° Celsius ambient temperature.

  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: Even in the midst of heat wave conditions, the powerful compressor of the IFB AC ensures peak efficiency and cooling.
    • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: The fins in indoor and outdoor units of the air conditioner have been coated for better heat exchange and cooling performance.

  • Air Cooled PCB: This unique cooling system prevents the PCB of the IFB ACs from getting hot, ensuring efficient and consistent performance of the air conditioner.

    • 4 Way Auto Cooling: IFB air conditioners cool all parts of a room uniformly through motorised horizontal and vertical air swing.

    • 120% capacity: When you turn on the air conditioner, the variable-speed compressor operates at 120% capacity as compared to a fixed-speed one, resulting in immediate lowering of room temperature.
    • Long Air Throw: The 360° blower and powerful fan ensures that cool air reaches even the farthest corner of a large room.

Uncompromise on Good Sleep

Our research also showed that consumers – particularly those residing in hotter areas of the country – were not sleeping in a comfortable state even when an air conditioner was in use. The reason: hot breaks when the compressor of the AC shuts off.

A fixed-speed air conditioner works on the principle that once the desired temperature is reached, the compressor shuts off. It will only restart after at least 3 minutes. During this time, the temperature of the room rises; the hotter the region, the quicker this rise in temperature. This is precisely the time when people’s comfort and sleep are affected, with the heat making them twist and turn.


To resolve this issue, IFB decided to focus only on inverter technology in air conditioners, becoming the first Indian company to build a range of only inverter ACs. The functioning of an inverter AC can be related with the walk-and-sprint analogy. When the AC is turned on, the compressor “sprints” and cools immediately. After the optimal temperature is reached, the compressor doesn’t shut off but only reduces its speed in a manner of “walking.” The inverter technology ensures two major advantages over fixed-speed ACs in terms of performance and durability:

  • Constant, comfortable cooling: A steady temperature is maintained, with no variations or “hot breaks” in between.
  • Longer compressor life: Continuously switching on/off in a fixed-speed AC shortens the life of the compressor. This is not the case in an inverter AC.

Uncompromise on Energy Efficiency

The next question was: Does this superior performance entail more energy consumption or more pressure on the environment?

The answer is: No.

The inverter technology in our ACs results in higher energy savings, since reduction in compressor speed reduces power consumption and also because the compressor doesn’t need to restart, a process that itself requires more power. Another step towards driving energy efficiency – in line with the India 2021 vision – and taking care of the planet was to use R32 refrigerant across all of our models. While R32 reduces energy consumption, it is also eco-friendly with zero impact on the ozone layer.

It has been a relentless, uncompromising pursuit to perfect our product, which is derived on IFB’s own philosophy of zero-compromise. A philosophy that reflects in the FastCool’s cooling performance and efficiency, in the comfort it delivers – even if you are in the hottest place in the country.

Why You Should Buy IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

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Why You Should Buy IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

Planning to purchase an air conditioner? Here’s why the all-new IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC is perfect for you to experience the best in air conditioning.

Here are the top reasons why you should buy an IFB AC:

Breathe Healthier Air with IFB FastCool AC

  • 7-Stage Air Treatment: The IFB FastCool AC comes with 7-Stage Air Treatment, which comprises Dust Filter, PM 0.3 Filter, Anti-bacterial Filter, Activated Carbon Filter, Catechin Filter, Vitamin C Diffuser and Aroma Diffuser. These improve indoor air quality, helping you stay healthy and refreshed


IFB FastCool AC Gives Excellent Cooling Performance

  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: The powerful compressor cools even at 58 degree Celsius ambient temperature. Inverter technology is better than fixed speed as it offers faster, efficient and consistent cooling and saves power.

  • 4 Way Auto Cooling: Ensures all corners of a room are cooled uniformly.

  • Air Cooled PCB: This feature keeps the ODU PCB cool, resulting in best AC performance.

  • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: The fins on both indoor and outdoor units are coated to improve heat exchange, which enhances cooling efficiency.

  • 100% Copper Piping: All IFB air conditioners feature 100% copper piping for condenser, evaporator and interconnecting pipes, which is highly durable and results in fast cooling.


Get Unmatched Durability and Reliability with IFB FastCool AC

  • Nano-Tek Coating: This special coating protects the exposed evaporator tubes from corrosion, which can lead to leakage, less cooling and breakdown.

  • Unique ODU Stand with Stainless Steel Bolts: Specially designed IFB ODU stand ensures resistance against corrosion.

  • Automotive Grade Weather Proof Coating: This coating on ODU and stand offers protection from rust, dust and weather-related stresses.

  • Fire Proof ECB: Safeguards the IDU ECB from heat, fire and corrosion.


Multiple AC Models to Choose From



  • Rating: IFB ACs have a 3 Star and 5 Star rating. All ACs are ISEER compliant, offering higher energy efficiency.
  • Silver and Gold Series: IFB FastCool ACs are available in Silver and Gold series. The Silver series has a matt finish indoor fascia while the Gold series has a premium chrome strip on the indoor panel.
  • Capacity: The IFB FastCool comes in options of 1 Ton AC, 1.5 Ton AC and 2 Ton AC, catering to whatever is your requirement as per your space.


Installation, Warranty and Service

  • Free Standard Installation: Standard AC installation (T&C apply) is free of cost by a trained IFB technician.
  • 3 Free Services: Three free services (two dry and one wet) can be availed within the first year of purchase.

  • Warranty: 1-year comprehensive machine warranty, 4-year Super Warranty can be purchased at Rs. 899 + Taxes at the time of installation, 10-year compressor warranty and 5-year ODU PCB warranty (T&C apply).
  • Service Network: IFB has 900+ authorised service providers covering over 2500+ towns pan India, giving you complete peace of mind.


Buying the IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

You can explore the IFB FastCool AC range here. IFB air conditioners are also available at most IFB Points, our exclusive stores. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

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