Monday, December 21, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Not just Payal, Save your family from Dengue. There are many people especially children like Payal who are vulnerable to catching dengue. Dengue is a deadly fever that can result in hospitalisation and even death. Payal has joined forces to help people in preventing and treating dengue. Youc an also pledge your action to prevent dengue.
- standing water
- Do not collect water in pails and buckets in the house.
- empty your kitchen sink of collected water in the vessels
-Clear water blockages of roofs/ in drains
-Empty dustbins everyday
- Cover toilet lids when going on a vacation
Provide hours of continuous mosquito protection for you and your family.
One could keep this switched on to prevent mosquitoes from entering the room.
-participate in Blood donation program to support with emergency blood
-financial help- to help buy blood
Go on, Pledge your support to eradicate dengue. Educate the people around you. Remove stagnant water. Use repellents and fight against dengue effectively.
Friday, October 30, 2015
> Meet Alex Rutherford- the authors of the Empire of the Mughal Series
> Alex Rutherford is the pen name of Diana Preston and her husband
> Michael. Both studied at Oxford University reading History and English
> respectively. They are keen travelers and have now clocked up visits
> to over 140 of the world's countries. So far 3 books of the series
> have been published the latest being- Ruler of the World.
> 1. How did it all begin? Your fascination with Mughal History and the
> will to convert it into a series?
> A. It all began about 25 years ago when we first visited India and looked at
> the Moghul architecture and motivated to look at some of the history that
> laid behind it. Our interest then intensified when we wrote a non-fiction
> book about the Taj Mahal and the background to it. we then decided the
> historical Fiction format would allow us to get into the minds and
> motivations of some of the great characters and personalities that inhabit
> our stories. Such a great saga couldn't be contained in one book, hence the
> 2. The Mughal History is a vast ocean in itself. Compressing it into
> books must have been a mammoth task. How do you go about the process
> of assimilating and sifting through the wide variety of information
> available? What is the rule of thumb you use while selecting what goes
> in and what does not?
> A. We try to read as many of the chronicles and accounts as possible and
> then to remove those things, although interesting in themselves, do not
> contribute to a strong storyline. An example of this is that we've only had
> limited opportunities to mention Akbar's interest in arts and cultures and
> in the next book in the series, we won't have space to go into too much into
> detail about Jehangir's scientific interests. Also, we omit many subsidiary
> stories about rebellions and subsidiary campaigns. If I recall correctly,
> Akbar's chronicler says that there were 144 rebellions against him during
> his reign, non successful of course, but several with interesting stories
> which we didn't have time to cover.
> 3. Akbar's rule was the longest of all Mughal rulers, apart from
> Aurangzeb who ruled for as many number of years. It is not a surprise
> that the book on Akbar is voluminous. But this book gives as much
> importance to Prince Salim. Was that consciously done because Salim
> loses most of his ruling years in the shadow of his father? Will the
> next book focus more on Salim or on both Salim and Khurram- the
> favourite grandchild of Akbar who is seen as being groomed for the
> role in Book 3?
> A. We thought it important to look at both Akbar's outstanding successes as
> an Emperor, but also some of the problems in his relationships within his
> family, for example, his chief chronicler Abu Faizal said that Akbar loved
> his grandsons more than his sons and this prompted us to try to see him
> through the eyes of both of his son and his grandson. The next book which is
> in the final stage of editing will indeed explore the relationship between
> Salim and Khurram and we hope to show a little of how this was influenced by
> their relationship with Akbar.
> 4. Akbar is the most familiar of all Mughal rulers among all-
> including children. The familiarity arises with the numerous tales of
> the nine jewels- Navaratnas of Akbar's court- especially Birbal that
> we have grown up with. It was quite surprising that there is no
> mention of the Navratnas/ Birbal at all in the book.
> A. We hope we've shown Akbar's religious tolerance which was outstanding in
> an age when Europeans were fighting and persecuting each other because of
> their belief in different sects of Christianity. The reason for not covering
> some of the most famous Navratans one of space and keeping a strong
> storyline, focused on a few characters. It would be a wonderful thought to
> be able to write about the Navratans in a future occasions.
> 5. How many more books are in the offing before the series conclude?
> Two and possibly a third.
> When is the next book coming in the market?
> A. Next year.
> 6. The Mughal Rulers has at least one fascinating aspect- be it love
> for religion, astronomy or the arts. Each of them has contributed to
> the Indian culture in their own way. With Akbar we had an elaborate
> understanding of his religious learning. What awaits us in the next
> A. With Jehangir, we will look at as far as space allows at his contribution
> to sciences and the arts. With Shah Jahan, it would be both architecture and
> his love of painting and also jewels. A French Jeweller who visited him in
> court described him as an outstanding gemologist. Some of Shah Jahan's
> happiest times were in Kashmir, just as were Jehangir's, where for example,
> Shah Jahan built a black marble edifice which may have been a precursor of
> the counterparting black Taj Mahal which he might have had in mind for
> himself but of course being imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb he never had an
> opportunity to put it in practice.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I chose from below because these are the shirts that my kids have worn earlier so I kind of know what would be the sizes that are good to pick up.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
-neem leaves in cupboards to ward against insects
- a pot of baking soda to remove bad odours especially near the dustbin
- cute baby socks filled with charcoal to remove moisture especially to prevent mould on my leather bags and damp smell in the cupboards especially where bed linen are stored.
Useful for bathroom cabinets too.
- used coffee grounds on bottles to deodorise and spread good aroma
- I am also adding coffee grounds to my compost pile
- plan to fill coffee grounds in a stocking and use as car air freshener. Perhaps add a few vanilla drops.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Cricket match? On a working day?
It is not like the eighties that one needs to be at home to catch the match. I remember people being glued on to the transistors even in those days so that they could follow a live update on the match. Today, we have moved further.
One could still skip work and watch the match in the privacy of the home. But the busy individuals do not like to skip work yet have the best of both worlds. So better still watch it at work. Cricket is a grand unifying force. Cross functional teams get together and get glued on to the TV to watch the match and match the others in the cheering or booing. And those who do not sit with the rest, watch it on their computers! Technology I tell ya.
Cricket Match during that birthday party?
Ah well, no problem. Just screen the match on one side of the party hall. Your party will be a bigger success.
And while you are at it, make it a cricket themed party so that the kids spend a fair amount of time playing and watching. Leaves you to watch the match in peace. But then, no cricket matches are watched in peace. Are they?
Cricket Match during classes?
It is a no brainer. We do not go to school that day. And even if we do go, we keep asking the teachers for the score who in turn are glued to their phones to see the scores.
Cricket Match on the day of your travel?
If cancellation of travel is not possible then you sit near the TV sets on the airport and of course surf at every possible occassion. Or may be, just take the train, You do not need to switch off your devices there.
Cricket Match is in itself a celebration.
It brings people together and creates a bonding across cross sections of people. World cup especially prompts people to get together and watch. We once set up a screen in our building and wore India tee shirts to watch the match.
Make use of this dedicated space for cricket fans as below. This space is a browser which has faster speed so that one does not face the problem of buffering as most browsers and would enable you to follow the match in real time. A true boon to souls who are forced to miss the match due to unavoidable reasons.
Have a go at the browser. See the benefits below.
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Honey Diet would be a good term for the same because I reduce or remove white sugar from my diet altogether and it also gives me a nice, rich, honey taste which I love.
Do not get me wrong. I do not believe in dieting. Only in making lifestyle changes.
Honey instead of sugar was one such lifestyle change which allowed me to have my favourite drink without compromising on taste but making it lower in calories.
Most people today try to crash diet which means they follow fad diets or eat unbalanced meals or just do not eat at all thereby calling on the body to store more fat.
Instead of 3 large meals, one should take 6 small meals to help the body handle smaller amounts of food .
The body should get a good mix of carbs, protein, vitamins, fibre. Rather than doing the fad diets which focus on just one group of nutrition one must go for a balanced meal plan which gives all the nutrients to the body.
Some diets believe in fasting and therefore doing a detox of the body. Which means the body goes into starvation mode and begins storing fat as energy. One tends to then over eat the following day and lose out all the benefits of the fasting in any case.
Weigh yourself two days after a day of fast and you will sense the shock.
For example, I use the following
On rising- lassi/ coffee with honey or buttermilk. sometimes when time is a crunch - it is simple honey lemon and warm water. Honey is believed to cut cholesterol.
Breakfast- cornflakes/ oats/ upma/ dosa without oil/ idly
Midmorning- tender coconut/ fruit/ vegetable juice, a boiled egg
Lunch- 1-2 glasses of cold water, Cup of salad, 2 roti, vegetables, daal, buttermilk. The water, buttermilk and salad will help you control the food quantity to near ideal
Dinner- before 7.00- 7.30 pm- soup, salad, wheat bread- 2-3 slices/ roti & salad/ veggies/ oats
Ensure you take 12-15 glasses of water. Can also include the tender coconut, juice in the tally.
Fruits, salads, oats give fibre.
Tetrapack juices are not always good- remember the sugar added so focus on getting drinks made at home and remember use honey not sugar.
Everything counts- yes that small piece of chocolate too.
Attain your target and then allow yourself one treat day in the week- not before that.
Check out http://www.daburhoney.com/ for more understanding on honey and its benefits. The site also has calorie calculators and meal planners which will help one in a healthy diet plan.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
A true kushi ke pal capturing the moments of togetherness between the father and the children, benefiting boith because the father gets to shoot that perfect photograph and the kids get to pose and understand how each pose affects the shot. Evident from the fact that after every single photograph, the kids ask to look at the result and then pose differently to help the dad capture the perfect photograph.
Buddy parenting in the true sense is interactive rather than instructive parenting. A learning experience that perhaps end up benefitting both the children and the parents.
It is an emotional experience because it involves all the facilities of senses including the heart and the head.
The remote controlled helicopter shot out into the sky.
To the chorus of excited whoops and shouts
They hopped and skipped
Following the craft
The Dads loved it
Boys and their toys
Fell the craft after a brave round of flight.
Many pairs of eyes followed the flight path.
Or rather the landing path
A part went missing
But thankfully was retrieved
The Dads tried hard to repair
The child was brighter
He pulled out the manual
And identified the way it should go
The craft flew again
Truly, it is important to sometimes take a step back and look at the scenario dispassionately because sometimes we do not have all answers. The child found the answer even as the adults could not because logic operates in many ways than one.
Where is the eject button
in this new car stereo
Said Mamma exasperately
The child pointed out to the right button
Oh, he would alsways press the right buttons
Mamma, look at the symbol
Oh yes said Mamma
Time I used other facilities
apart from the obvious
Symbols and not Words
That is how the kids communicate
And truly we grow older and miss out the obvious learning steps. Time to reflect upon the basics and see how that can be applied in our day to day life.
Truly said, children perhaps have more common sense than us.
And therefore a buddy style of parenting focusing on learning together rather than teacher and taught is richer and more effective than the traditional style
What is your Kushi ke pal aka Kellog's pal? What is your own learning moments?
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Sunday, June 21, 2015
- 400g paneer cubed
- 2 -3 tbsp cashew - soaked and ground to a paste.
- 6 tomatoes pureed
- 1 green chilly
- 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp kasuri methi
- 2 tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp kashmiri mirch powder
- 2 tbsp butter
- coriander leaves
- salt and pinch of sugar
- heat butter in a pan. add bay leaf and fry
- Add ginger-garlic paste and fry
- add the tomato and green chilly purée and red chili powder and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the tomato paste.
- add cashew paste and stir well. saute the cashew paste till the oil begins to leave the sides of the masala paste.
- add water and simmer on a low flame.
- add salt and sugar and simmer till the curry begins to thicken.
- add the paneer cubes and cook them for 2-3 minutes till they become soft.
- add crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves & garam masala. stir.
- garnish paneer butter masala with coriander leaves.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
We did the Red fort also and hired a guide who took us through the motions
Friday, May 15, 2015
A very catchy jingle welcomes us when we watch the new airtel app ad. It is about shaking to hear the sound of money and savings and that definitely got my antenna up.
My Airtel App brings convenience at your fingertips. Today, most of our work including bill payments, shopping, connecting with people and also talking on phone is done through one instrument which is the mobile phone. The more my service providers offer, the better and smarter I get in dealing with my daily issues.
"The My Airtel App with its simple and intuitive design helps manage all DTH, Broadband, Prepaid & postpaid services in one place. There are offers for post paid and pre paid users and it helps pay your bills, recharge your DTH, track account usage, track service requests, buy products, and add your family & friends' numbers"
All features are currently available on Android. IOS release - coming soon and it cannot be soon enough because that is what the need of the hour is.
The download process is easy and can be done fast.
The top best features that I like about the MY Airtel App are as follows-
1) Recharging DTH because that is something we always forget and when we are out of station and are out of sight and out of mind, it helps us be on track on our recharges so that we get uninterrupted supply at home and the Mother in Law is not annoyed at being cut off from her favourite serials. And most importantly, these are quick. That is the best thing about these.
2) The sound of savings, the recharge benefits, coupon, free surprise. Anything that is free is the best and I like that best. Amazing to be able to save money by just shaking my piggy bank, err My Airtel Money
3) The I Want to feature which saves my frequent recharges and bill payments on my homescreen is also extremely interesting as it helps me shorten my transaction time after the first transaction that I have done. Now I can repeat my frequent recharges on the go and do not need to refer to any data. A very secure, safe and fast method of doing the jobs that is necessary and important but highly uninteresting. Most importantly, one can auto log in which saves the hassles of remembering passwords.
What more can My Airtel app give me?
I would love to have new features and facilities updated on my finger tips.
Keep me excited about what more you can give me.
Make it faster than fast.
Can I book gas through it?
Go to the link to experience the new features from airtel app.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
My mother remains my go to person for all problems. Everytime I face a situation, I believe that if I tell her, everything will be alright.
A form of unburdening my troubles on her, without any thought that I would be burdening her with my own troubles.
For me, my mom is the strongest person. Stronger than I believe her to be. My heart knows that if I have a problem, no matter what, if I tell her, she will find a way out for me. It scares me to think that the same expectation will be from me for my children and I may fail, unlike her.
Today, as I struggle with my weight, the first lesson I remember is-
Take a bowl and eat. Do not eat straight from the jar. You will not have control. MY FIRST PORTION CONTROL LESSON indeed.
She taught me etiquette.
Do not load your plate in one go. Go for seconds. BUFFET MANNERS!
She taught me to treat my children as priority.
Forget drinking water and eating when the children are crying for a feed! WHEN THE INTEREST IS OF BIGGER INTEREST THAN THE PRINCIPLE!
She taught me to stay calm and collected in the face of adversity.
Be quite. Do not answer back. Just hear them out. LESSONS IN PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE.
She taught me basic life hacks.
Baking a quick cake, making fluffy parathas, tenderising meat.
MY FIRST COOKING CLASSES WERE AT MY MOTHER'S SIDE, overlooking her shoulders and observing what she does. Even today when I grind garam masala or cook jackfruit, I call her to get the recipe!
She taught me to respect and be helpful.
Everytime we went to people's home, she ensured that we siblings cleared empty plates, helped in the kitchen and were generally useful. We hated it that time but today I realise that it was a character building exercise that I did not appreciate that time.
MY FIRST CHARACTER BUILDING TRAINING INDEED!
She taught me to appreciate family. Whether it meant going to visit family and not making excuses to stay back at home or going for summer vacation. She made memories for us and ensured we appreciated the same.
MY FIRST MEMORY MAKER BEFORE BLOGGING!
She ensured we were independent yet kept a close eye on us. Today, she tends to mother us and do things for us and sometimes holds back from giving her opinion and I appreciate it even more because being a mother, it is difficult to let go and watch others fail.
My mother is my conscience keeper, teaching me what is right and what is not and she remains my inspiration and provides me life quotes, some funny, some profound, both varieties being extremely important in life!!
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