Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Thane City History

Throughout recorded history the city has left its mark under various names. However, it's present-day name is said to be derived from Sthan or Sthanaka, the capital of the Shilahara kings of Konkan.

The earlist evidence of Thane appears in the works of the Greek geographer, ptolemy, who, in his writings ( 135 - 150 AD) refers to a place called Chersonesus, which, according to researches, is the area around Thane creek.

The city crops up again in the Middle Ages and slabs and copper plates dating back to the period have been discovered in Thane. One of them, dug up from the foundations of Thane Fort in 1787, dated 1078 AD, is apparently a land grant from Arikesara Devaraja, sovereign of the city of Tagara, wherein he address the inhabitants of a city called Sri Sthanaka.

The great Venetian traveller Macro Polo too, in the course of his wandering set foot in Thane in 1290 AD. He describes the city as a greatkingdom, which apparently had a well-developed port, for he mentions a continous traffic of ships, and merchants trading and exporting leather, buckram, cotton, and importing horses.In fact, the present day Ghodbunder is said to be the site where horses were unloaded from ships.

Friar Jordanus, a great traveller, who visited the city between AD 1321 and 1324, describes it as being under a Muslim governer. He leaves a detailed sketch of early Christians in Thane and refers to the martyrdom of four Christian priests in the region, more than 200 years before the Portuguese ever set foot in India.

The celebrated Ibn Batuta and Abul Feda, contemporaries of Friar Jordanus, also came here. They refer to Thane as Kukin Tana and speak of its fame as a port from which ships sailed to the gulf carrying a kind of cloth called 'Tanasi' which was produced in Thane. Duarte Barbosa, a noted traveller, described Thane by the name Tana Mayambu 25 years before the portuguese conquest.

He paints a vivid picture of the town as one of Moorish mosques and temples, with many pleasant gardens.
The portuguese came to Thane about 1530 and ruled for over 200 years till 1739. Thane was then known as Cacabe de Tana. Work on the Thane Fort began in 1730.

The Marathas, who conquered Bassein and Thane in 1737 and 1739, held sway over the region till 1784, when the British captured thr Fort and ruled Thane, then also called Tana. They made it the headquarters of the district administration with a district collector stationed in Thane. The Thane Muncipal Council was formed in 1863 when the city had a population of 9000 souls.

After independence, Thane grew slowly and attained the status of an industrial town in the 60's and 70's. There was also a corresponding growth in trade, transport and construction activities, which picked up tremendously in the 80's. The 90's has seen the city burgeoning ahead, with great stride in construction and housing. The population has also increased manifold and Thane now occupies pride of place as a prime suburb and is all set to make its mark in the next millennium.

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Friday, 28 June 2013

Make Your Driving Safer and More Convenient

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28 June 2013

At weekends, many people enjoy having a trip by car with the family and friends. Maybe all the people hope to have an enjoyable journey, but the security and convenience are also of great importance, and sometimes may affect people's mood to a great extent. Thus, when driving out for a trip, it's necessary to make sure your vehicle has been equiped with enough devices for security.

Reversing Camera

Some people may pay little attention to its important role. A reversing camera, also known as a rear view camera, usually works when you put the car into reverse. The unit can be connected to a monitor of an in dash car DVD, or a car LCD monitor can be installed in the dashboard to display the image of the rear situation of the vehicle. When you begin to move your car backwards, the monitor will automatically show you a clear picture of the environment behind your car. Then you don't have to worry about whether there is something lying behind the car, or someone trying to cross the street behind the vehicle. The reversing camera is useful to help you avoid crashing on anything or anyone by accident.

Other Car Cameras

In addition to reversing camera, there are some other car cameras available for people to enhance the security of the vehicle. Mounted in the vehicle, car cameras are used to monitor all the activities in or around the car. On the monitor in the front of the vehicle, you can view the whole situation in the vehicle so that you can be clear about what your passengers are doing. Such function is especially helpful when there are children in the car, because most children are so curious and active and they may do something that looks dangerous in the driving. The use of car camera will make your passengers and your vehicle much safer during the driving.

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Rear and Side View Mirrors

Rear and side view mirrors are important when you drive, reverse and park your car. When you are driving the car, it's necessary for you to view the rear and side situation to ensure the security of the vehicle. Besides, it will be perfect to use rear or side view mirrors as well as reversing camera to complete the reverse. However, if you only use rear or side view mirrors to do the job, there may be some bind spots in your view particularly when there are not much space around the vehicle.
Certainly, there are also some gadgets which are useful and necessary for the safety of the car, such as a car GPS. Such devices are able to make your driving much safer and more convenient, so you should make sure your vehicle has these units when go out for a car trip.




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Monday, 24 June 2013

Kashid is a beautiful holiday location - 25 Kms, ahead Alibag

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24 June 2013

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Kashid beach is a sandy beach typical of northern Konkan beaches with a thin layer of white sand covering the underlying fine black sand. The one thing that differentiates Kashid beach to the other beaches in Alibag is the waves at Kashid beach with a semblence of Kerala beaches.

Kashid beach tucked between two rocky hillocks on the Alibaug-Murud road is one of the best beaches near Pune and Mumbai. A long stretch of beach, Kashid stretches along for almost 2 kms! Kashid with waves much higher than other beaches in Alibaug is by far the best beach in this part of the Konkan region and though quite deserted on weekdays, Kashid attracts its fair share of week-end holiday makers.

Around Kashid..

Kashid is a beautiful holiday location and for a long holiday there many sightseeing options available in Kashid. A trip to the Phansad wildlife sanctuary can be a delightful experience adding variety to a Kashid holiday. Alibaug and its many beaches are just a half an hours drive away. Marble sculptures sculpted by late Mr. Nanasaheb Karmarkar can be visited at the Karmakar museum, 40 kilometers from Kashid.

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Mumbai/Thane to Kashid

The fastest and convenient way to travel from Mumbai to Kashid is by a ferry. With regular A/C and non A/C ferries plying between Gate way of India one can reach Kashid from Mumbai in about an hour.

The ferry is uptil Mandwa and the ferry operators drop the ferry passengers to Alibaug bus depot free of charge and there are regular buses run by the ferry operator from all the Alibaug beaches back to Mandwa. Taxis and buses are available from Alibaug depot to Kashid and back.

Mumbai/Thane to Alibaug by road

Alibaug is approximately 100 kilometers from Mumbai however it takes about 3 - 3.5 hours to cover the distance due to traffic.

Weather: Temperatures vary from 16° C in winter to 32° C in summer, with an annual rainfall of 524 cms. October to May is the best time to visit.


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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Easy Meditation Techniques

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09 June 2013

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Here are some easy meditation techniques to get you started:

Technique 1: Breathing Meditation

  • Sit in quite place where you won’t be disturbed. Wear comfortable clothes and find a comfortable chair (you don’t want to be so comfortable that you’ll be tempted to fall asleep. That’s why it’s better not to mediate in bed).

  • Close your eyes

  • Focus on your breaths - in and out, in and out, in and out. You can just pay attention to your inhaling and exhaling or you can count your breaths. Breathe naturally through your nose and just pay attention to your breath as you inhale and again as you exhale.

  • When your mind starts to wonder (and it will), just focus on your breathing again.
NOTE: Some find it easier to focus on an object instead of their breathing. You can focus on an object such as a flickering candle if that is easier for you.

Technique 2: Quick Meditation

Quick Meditation Techniques Really Work

Quick meditation can provide just as much benefit as those programs that require hours of meditation each day. We live in such a crazy busy world where we’re bombarded with information 24/7. All the modern conveniences we’re fortunate enough to have don’t necessarily give us more down time. We’re busier than ever.

You probably thought you had to spend hours a day to meditate and that you couldn’t really see results for years. That’s Not true. You can change your life in just minutes a day, and you won’t have to wait years to feel the benefits.

There is so much conflicting information available about the proper length of meditation. The truth is that you can gain benefits just by meditating 1 or 2 minutes at a time. If you meditate for a minute 8 to 10 times a day, you will start seeing results. The key is consistency; you have to do it every single day.

If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to find 15 minutes for a meditation session, just commit to incorporating meditation minutes throughout your day (every day).

During the day, take a 1 or 2 minute meditation whenever opportunity allows – when you’re at a traffic light, when you’re watering flowers in the garden, during TV commercials, or when you just need some clarity.

The good news is that you can’t get it wrong and that it gets better the more you do it whether it’s a minute or an hour. Be consistent and meditate every day.

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Benefits of Meditation

One of the most significant benefits of meditation is that it helps quiet the mind. Why is that important? When you relieve your mind from your thoughts and become still, there is no resistance within you. As your resistance subsides, you free your mind from worry and struggle. This is what inner peace and happiness feels like.

Why else do we meditate? Releasing your resistance can bring on a whole host of benefits to you spiritually, emotionally and physically. You’ll start to see huge changes in your life – you’ll start attracting the things you want and you’ll want to maintain your newfound positive state so your old negative thoughts will no longer take over.

Another one of the great meditation benefits is that it is a fast and reliable way to help you focus on now and just allow whatever happens to be okay. The more you meditate, the more you will be able to carry this feeling of allowing into your daily life.

That’s Huge! It helps you to embrace 'what is' instead of 'struggling against’ something. Once you have started this awareness journey you can’t go back – and that’s a very good thing.

Other Benefits of Meditation:

  • Promotes feelings of happiness
  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances your ability to learn
  • Eases pain associated with tension in the body
  • Lessens anxiety
  • Helps you gain clarity and insight
  • Increases optimism
  • Fosters resiliency
  • Makes you feel more focused and alert
  • Boosts self confidence
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Diminishes PMS symptoms
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Produces a feeling of inner peace

Meditation Myths

Don’t let these common meditation myths prevent you from trying this powerful life changing tool. Have you held these common meditation misconceptions?
  • It’s for those “new age” or “super religious” people: Millions of people of all different cultures and backgrounds meditate in the US and worldwide. Almost all successful people understand the benefits of meditation and incorporate it into their lives.
  • It's too hard: You'll be surprised just how easy it is to learn how to meditate. If you can close your eyes and breathe, you can meditate.
  • I don't have time: You can get all the benefits of quick meditation as you do from those who meditate for hours, as long as you do it consistently.
  • My friends and family will think I’m weird: Your friends and family will be in awe of the wonderful changes they see in you and before you know it, they’ll be asking you for meditation advice.
You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain - try meditation and reap the benefits.



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Monday, 20 May 2013

Heart Care and Cholesterol Control

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20 May 2013

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AN INDULGENT LIFESTYLE AND AN INADEQUATE DIET ARE TWO MAJOR CAUSES OF HEART DISEASE. TO STAY FIT HERE ARE A FEW MEASURES OF CARE AND CONTROL

Heart Diseases and Hypertension which lead to heart or other organ failures has been on the rise for the past 2 decades. People above the age of 40 have been suffering from such problems due to their unbalanced dietary habits. Its always advisable to control these factors if you want to reduce your risk.

Preventing Coronary Diseases

When there are excess deposits of fat, cholesterol or other substances in the inner wall of arteries, the arteries narrow and harden into a condition known as astherosclerosis, the most common cause of heart trouble. A planned diet and regular exercise are the key to prevent atheroclerosis.

Friendly and Unfriendly FATS

FAT should not exceed 30 per cent of your total calorie intake, which includes a maximum of 10 per cent saturated fat and 10 per cent mono-unsaturated fats. Saturated fatty acids in full-cream milk and red meat increase your cholesterol level. Use non-fat or low-fat milk and milk products instead of full-cream milk and avoid sources of saturated fatty acids like lard, butter, cream, palm oil, coconut oil, ghee and vanaspati.
Mono-unsaturated fats that lower cholesterol as well as prevent formation of blood clots are present in olive, canola, peanut and mustard oils. It's best to use these while cooking.
Omega-3, a fatty acid that prevents atherosclerosis is present in foods like herring, mackerel, salmon, tuna, soyabean, walnuts and butternuts. Take these regularly in small quantities to prevent atherosclerosis.

Cutting Cholesterol

Dietary cholesterol should be limited to 300 mg per day. Since it largely comes from animal products, consumption of non-vegetarian foods, whole milk and milk products hould be restricted. For example, an egg has 250 gm of cholesterol and it is not advisable to take more than two to three eggs a week.
Take healthy alternatives like chicken, fish, beans, vegetable, fruits, bread, pulses, wholewheat flour, cereals, rice, millet, skimmed milk and skimmed milk products and vegetable oils like corn, sesame, soyabean, sunflower, canola, olive and mustard.
Heart disease is less frequent among those who eat high carbohydrate and fibre-rich foods. Carbohydrate and fibre-rich foods. Carbohydrates should provide at least 55 per cent of your daily calories. Foods like bread, chapattis, cereals, rice and dals provide an adequate amount of carbohydrates.

How to control Chest Pain:

  • Boil 4-5 pods of garlic in a glass of milk and consume the garlic pods with milk daily to avoid chest pain.
  • Pound the dates with the seeds and eat them every day.
  • Increase the intake of ginger and lime in your diet.
  • Pound urad dhal to powder and eat it regularly.
  • Drink a glass of milk mixed with kadukai powder every night before going to bed.
  • Take a spoon of tulsi juice with honey in empty stomach every day.




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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Juicing For Your Blood Type

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19 May 2013

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Ever wonder why a particular diet works great for some people but not others? Well now we know! Finnish scientists recently discovered that molecules which cover the surface of blood cells and determine each person's blood type are energized by different nutrients. In other words, certain foods are better suited to certain blood types. Thus, eating – and juicing - according to your blood type can be effective in lowering weight, boosting energy, and relieving GI problems.

according to your blood type has been an intriguing theory for decades as presented in the book, Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type by Peter D'Adamo, N.D. This article briefly reviews the foods that are best for each blood type, with a particular emphasis on fruits and vegetables and juicing recipes.

There are 4 blood types: O, A, B, and AB. Type O is the "oldest" blood type according to D'Adamo's theory, set in our genes when we first emerged as hunter-gatherers. Type O's have the hardiest digestive systems which consume mostly meat. Type A people come from the later development of agrarian society which adapted for the optimum digestion of all kinds of plant food. Type B folks are descended from nomadic people who raised herds and adapted to eating both plants and meat. Type AB arose most recently in our evolutionary history with digestive systems with both A and B blood type characteristics.

Type O's do best with a high protein and low carb diet. Their digestive systems need lean animal protein for optimal health along with certain fruits and vegetables, but only a minimum of carbohydrates. Since their digestive systems are high in acid, coffee and processed sugar is to be avoided. Rigorous exercise makes O's feel at their best.

Foods that don't do well with O's are: wheat, corn, beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, avocado, eggplant, mushrooms, olives, potatoes, mustard greens, sugar, bacon, ham, and pork, caviar, lox, herring, and octopus, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, dairy, cereals, pasta, oranges, melon, strawberries, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, vanilla, vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, coffee, distilled liquor, all soda, and black tea.

The best ingredients for Type O juices are cherries, leafy greens (particularly kale, spinach, and broccoli), bananas, blueberries, figs, mangos, and plums. The sugars naturally found in these fruits and vegetables combined with their alkalinity will not increase the acidity in the type O constitution. Here are some great juice recipes for O's:


20 cherries, pitted
1 leaf kale
1 stalk celery

2 mangos, with skins, without seed
1 banana, remember not to juice bananas as they will clog your juicer – blend them
1 spear broccoli


People with type A blood have a less hardy digestive system, and don't process meat well. They do best with vegetables and fruits as well as whole grains, tofu, and legumes. Animal protein and dairy products tend to rot and ferment in their digestive tracts, and the toxic bacteria backs up into their tissues and muscles, causing digestive distress. Type A's have less hydrochloric acid in their stomachs which is why they do not properly absorb Vitamin B12 which is found in red meat, although B12 is also found in vegetable protein foods such as Spirulina, soy, and seaweed.

The best exercise is not a vigorous workout, but rather calming, centering exercises like Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga and golfing. Type A's should avoid meat, dairy, sugar, white and whole wheat flour, corn oil, cottonseed oil, peanut, safflower and sesame oil, brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, garbanzo, kidney, lima, navy, red beans, tamarind beans, cereals, pasta, cabbage, eggplant, lima beans, mushroom, olives, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, yams, bananas, coconuts, mangoes, melon, oranges, papayas, plantains, rhubarb, tangerines, gelatin, pepper, vinegar, wintergreen, ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, beer, distilled liquor, seltzer water, all sodas, and black tea

The best Type A foods are berries, figs, plums, avocado, pears, peaches, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, kale, spinach, garlic, soy products, pineapple, and only moderate amounts of fish and poultry. Type A folks do really well digesting grains and beans such as green beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and soy. Snack on nuts and seeds.

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3 cups pineapple
1 pear
2 leaves kale

5 carrots
2 spear broccoli
1 thumb ginger

People with blood type B have very tolerant digestive systems. They do well with meat, plant, and dairy foods with only a few exceptions. D'Adamo highly suggests that type B's eat turkey rather than chicken because the later has a protein that directly interferes with type B metabolism. They should avoid corn, buckwheat, lentils, peanuts, and sesame seeds, as these foods will tend to make them gain weight. Just like the Type O's, Type B's tend to have a problem with wheat products and nuts.

Foods that are particularly good for B's besides red meat and turkey are liver, eggs, seafood, especially deep ocean fish such as cod and salmon, flounder, halibut, sole, licorice tea, soy products, olive and flaxseed oil, oatmeal and puffed rice. Foods to avoid are corn, lentils, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, buckwheat, wheat, shellfish, tomatoes, tofu, artichokes, avocados, olives, pumpkin, radishes, tempeh, oil of canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, sesame and sunflower, coconuts, persimmons, pomegranates, prickly pears, rhubarb, starfruit, allspice, almond extract, barley malt, cinnamon, cornstarch, corn syrup, plain gelatin, black and white pepper, tapioca, ketchup, hard distilled liquor, seltzer water, all sodas, amaranth, barley, cornflakes, cornmeal, cream of wheat, kamut, kasha, rye, seven-grain, shredded wheat, wheat bran, and wheat germ.

Great type B juices include leafy greens, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, bananas, cranberries, grapes, plums, watermelon, papaya, and pineapple.

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¼ watermelon, without rind
10 grapes, seeds and all
4 leaves mint

5 carrots
½ red pepper
1 thumb ginger

And finally the rarest blood type is AB which has only been around for the relatively short period of 1000 years. AB blood is a result of the intermingling of disparate groups. AB's combine the best and the worst of A's and B's - most foods that are bad for A's and B's, are also bad for AB's, with the exception of tomatoes. Like Type A, AB's produce less hydrochloric stomach acid and thus do not do well with a lot of animal protein, yet some is essential. Therefore, portion size is important, and with less frequency. Be sure to take bromelain, a digestive enzyme derived from pineapple, to assist with the digestion of your animal protein meals. The best meats for you are lamb, mutton, rabbit and turkey. Also, avoid smoked and cured meats.

Foods to avoid are red meat, kidney and lima beans, seeds, corn, buckwheat, wheat, chicken, cornish hen, duck, goose, ham, heart, partridge, pork, veal, venison, quail, anchovies, barracuda, beluga, bluegill bass, clams, conch, crab, crayfish, eel, flounder, frog, haddock, halibut, herring (pickled), lobster, lox (smoked salmon), octopus, oysters, sea bass, shrimp, sole, striped bass, turtle, yellowtail, cheese, ice cream, sherbet, whole milk, corn oil, cottonseed oil, safflower, sesame, and sunflower oil, filberts, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame butter (tahini), sesame seeds, sunflower butter, sunflower seeds, adzuke, black beans, fava beans, garbanzo, kidney, and lima beans, black-eyed peas, cornflakes, cornmeal, kamut, kasha, corn muffins, buckwheat kasha, barley flour; artichoke pasta, soba (buckwheat) noodles, artichoke (domestic & Jerusalem), avocado, white & yellow corn, black olives, peppers, radishes, mung bean & radish sprouts, bananas, coconuts, guava, mangoes, oranges, persimmons, pomegranates, prickly pears, rhubarb, and starfruit.

The best AB foods are tofu, seafood, dairy, green vegetables, spirulina, sea kelp, and pineapple. Great AB juice recipes are:


20 cherries, pitted
1 leaf kale
1 stalk celery

2 mangos, with skins, without seed
1 banana, remember not to juice bananas as they will clog your juicer – blend them
1 spear broccoli


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Thursday, 16 May 2013

10 smart eating habits to energise your lifestyle

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16 May 2013

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Most of us have a busy work schedules and a dozen other commitments to look into.

But, to do justice to all these various aspects of your life, you MUST pay attention to your diet and health. How you eat your food is as important as what you eat. So, the next time you sit down to eat, enjoy your meal by keeping these pointers in mind.

Energise your lifestyle

1. Eat slowly; chew your food well

It takes 20 minutes before your stomach sends a clear message to your brain that you're full.

If you take the time to chew your food well, you will find you end up eating less. Ideally, you should have smaller, frequent meals as opposed to larger, infrequent ones.

2. Eat more

If you want to lose weight, starving yourself does not help -- you need to eat well. Surprised?

Here's the explanation: When your body doesn't receive the required nutrients, your metabolism slows down. Metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories while resting. So, if you don't eat enough, fewer calories will be burnt and there will be less fat loss. You should eat small meals at regular intervals to keep your energy levels high. Eat till you are satiated (at the same time, don't forget what we suggested in Tip No 1).

Get MORE out of your cardio workout

3. Eat less red meat

Red meats are high in saturated fat and should be avoided by people with high cholesterol. Chicken and fish are the best meats to consume.

Fish is better than chicken because it has antioxidants. Antioxidants are organic substances that include vitamins C, E, A and carotenoids; carotenoids add pigment to some fruits and vegetables. For instance, carrots wouldn't be orange without them. Beta-carotenoid is the most popular of carotenoids. Antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke.

These meats can be baked, grilled or roasted. Frying will add unnecessary fat.

4. Prevent constipation

Add fibre to your diet; this adds bulk to your food and prevents constipation. Whole grain foods like oatmeal, bran, wheat germ, brown rice, fruits (especially with their skin), prunes (dried plums), etc, are all good sources of fibre. Home remedies for constipation including the following: Have guavas with the seeds.

Have honey in a glass of milk twice a day.Have one tablespoon of corn syrup in a glass of water. Corn syrup is actually corn starch, which is primarily glucose. It is used in making candies, jams and jellies because it does not crystallise like sugar. Corn syrup is available in any well-stocked supermarket.

Lifestyle tips for diabetics

5. Have onion and garlic

Onion decreases blood pressure and garlic decreases cholesterol. Any amount and form of onion and garlic will give you the benefits of their properties, but a raw garlic clove taken on an empty stomach in the morning is the best.

6. Use less salt in your cooking

Use minimum amount of salt for cooking if you have high blood pressure. Salt also causes water retention. This means your body will retain water if it is not receiving enough.

After all, it still has to carry on the normal functioning of the organs and, if you are not drinking enough H2O, then the body starts keeping it.

Water being taken in other forms, such as, soups, dals, drinks, etc, is retained for later use. Bloating and puffiness are all signs of water retention.

Sensible Diet Habits

7. Have calcium-rich foods

Use skimmed or double-toned milk and milk products as these contain less fat. Double-toned milk has lesser fat than toned or full cream milk.

In the non-packaged variety, cow's milk is just as good as skimmed milk; it is definitely better than buffaloes' milk as the latter contains large amounts of fat. You should have between one and two glasses of milk a day.

Other sources of calcium and protein can be taken instead of milk, if one is allergic to it. Calcium rich foods include almonds, figs, red kidney beans (rajma), mustard greens (sarson ka saag), etc. Proteins can be found in meats, sprouts, soya, dals, etc.

8. Switch from maida to whole grains

Replace maida products with whole grains, whole wheat, soya breads, etc, as these have a good amount of fibre; fibre helps in binding cholesterol, which helps in less production of bad cholesterol. Whole grain foods like oatmeal, bran, wheat germ and brown rice, fruits, especially with skins, prunes, etc, are all good sources of fibre.

Too much fibre may cause loose stools, so you have to monitor your individual intake accordingly. Medically, approximately 25 gm of fibre a day is enough to help maintain your digestive system.

A good indicator: four slices of brown bread contains five grams of fibre; so does one large banana or orange.

Dos and don'ts for migraine attacks

9. Have foods that contain iron

These include red meats, especially liver, fruits like watermelon and pomegranate, vegetables like spinach, beans, beets and broccoli, whole grains, dried fruits, especially prunes, sunflower seeds, etc.

10. Dos and don'ts for migraine attacks

You may have heard some of these before. But the best good food habit, which we all seem to overlook, is to actually taste and enjoy the flavour of the food with your emotions instead of just your tongue.



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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Couple of prevalent choices you can consider after class 12

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15 May 2013


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Have you showed up for your class twelfth exams and are sitting tight for the outcomes? It is currently time for you to take a choice about your vocation arranges. A solid arrangement about your future should be drawn at this point which will thus decide the course of your expert life.

These are the underlying years that will shape your vocation. Hardened rivalry and a lot of alternatives can regularly leave understudies befuddled. To weed out the thistles of perplexity, you initially need to dissect your interests, diversions, slant, possibility and openings. It is regularly said that on the off chance that you pick your vocation in light of your advantage and side interest, the achievement rate and in addition fulfilment level will be high. In the event that you do what you cherish, you will never need to "work" a solitary day in your life. Try not to pick any profession affected by companions or guardians. Offer need to your potential and intrigue. It ought to be the sole criteria for choosing a vocation.

Pick your profession on the premise of the accompanying angles:
  • Area of intrigue
  • Personality
  • Aptitude
  • Assess your quality and shortcoming
  • Skills
  • Possibility and Opportunities
  • Capability
  • Feasibility and direction
  • Nature of work
  • Financial guide and grant
In the coming years, a lion's share (85%) of the employments will require individuals with some instruction and preparing. So it is prudent that you go for specific instruction instead of adhering to simply essential degrees. A bit of preparing or down to earth training would be a jolt.

Here are a couple of prevalent choices you can consider after class 12:

Administration Stream

Business administration is today a standout amongst the most looked for after professions. For hopeful in the work showcase, this has opened boundless open door in assorted circles with the guarantee of prizes as great compensation, status and extension for expert and self-awareness. Besides, in this accomplishment arranged calling where comes about check more than year of experience, brilliant and persevering youngsters can ascend to top positions decently fast. After class 12, understudies can select administration courses at lone wolves level like Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS), Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) and Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis (BFIA).

Regions of work
  • Individual Management or Human Resources Development
  • Fund
  • Generation and Operation
  • Deals and Marketing
  • Administration Information Systems
There are additionally some uncommon regions for work in business administration that is a specific kind of business administration.
  • Worldwide Management - bargains in every aspect of universal exchange and business.
  • Operational Research - utilizing numerical investigation for taking care of money related and creation issues.
  • Innovation Management - has some expertise in all parts of innovation, including financing and checking.
  • Administration Consultancy - in charge of recognizing and rectifying issues concerned organization approaches, techniques and strategies.
  • Open System Management – manages administration of open ventures, non-government association and cooperatives.
  • Doctor's facility Management – manages the effective running of clinics and human services associations.
  • Lodging Management - focuses on all parts of neighborliness and inn organization.
  • Country Management - using administration hones for overseeing agro-based and other town businesses as additionally advertising rustic items.
  • Timberland Management - Responsible for dealing with the organization and promoting of woods related ventures and items for woodland advancement.
  • Catastrophe Management - this comes enthusiastically amid the seasons of normal cataclysms and fiascos and is included with reproducing and restoring calamity stricken individuals and overseeing alleviation materials and different assets.
  • Relaxation and Event Management – manages the administration of recreation related exercises, clubs, parks and occasions

PCs and IT stream

Recently, PCs have turned into a basic piece of our every day lives. From schools to working environments, they have guaranteed a prevailing position in view of their numerous helpful capacities. PCs enable individuals with handicaps to have a typical existence and empower them to telecommute.

So if the field of PCs and data innovation intrigues you, then you can decide on PCs as your vocation goal after your twelfth class. There are a ton of profession alternatives in this field extending from information passage administrator to programming engineer, from web planning to web creating et cetera.

A few expert undergrad and postgraduate courses are offered in PCs and IT by noted establishments and additionally other private organizations the nation over.

Building stream

On the off chance that the multifaceted design of numbers rushes you, the speculations and laws of material science intrigue you and analyses of science touch off your brain to make something new, then building is the correct prospect for you after 10+2.

Designing is a standout amongst the most favored vocation choices after 10+2. The majority of the understudies having 10+2 degree with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics settle on building as their profession choice.

So in the event that you have officially chosen to go for building, you need a decent order over science, material science and science as these are the essentials to get into a decent designing school. Aside from that you have to secure 60% stamps in 10+2 to get into tip top IITs. However, in the event that you have not secured 60% stamps in middle examination, then you require not to stress since we have a few alternatives past IITs.

Understudies need to qualify designing selection tests like JEE Main, JEE Advanced and other state level building exams to get entrance into B.Tech, B.E, B.Arch courses which are offered by different noted designing schools.

While picking building as a vocation a couple of things that one needs to remember are
  • Do I have the enthusiasm for science, material science and science?
  • Do I have the careful comprehension of these subjects and will I have the capacity to clear all the building papers and finish my course in the endorsed 4 years.
Building is a blend of arithmetic, science and imagination. This blend has come about into the arrangement of a few complex issues in our everyday life running from wheels to aircraft's.
Building can likewise be characterized as a craft of relating logical and numerical standards to make things that advantage individuals. Designing is the way toward delivering a specialized item or framework to meet a particular need.

Engineers utilize maths, science, imagination and configuration to take care of issues and enhance lives. So it's critical for you to be a decent turn in arithmetic and science.

Therapeutic stream

In the event that you had Physics, Chemistry and Biology in class XII then you can consider a profession in medication and related fields.

Thought to be a respectable calling, a great deal of understudies seek to wind up noticeably a specialist after 10+2. In this way, in the event that you have chosen to get into a therapeutic school you have to show up for a placement test directed by a few administrative bodies including CBSE. Since 2013, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduate courses (NEET-UG) will be led at an all India level intends to ease the need of understudies to show up in numerous tests and advance legitimacy in confirmation handle. NEET UG will permit class XII understudies to sit in a solitary selection test to get admission to the MBBS course in every therapeutic school in India, including private restorative universities.

Restorative selection tests are likewise directed by noted therapeutic schools like All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for admission to their MBBS courses.

If not MBBS, there are different alternatives accessible for you, for example, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Ayurveda, Veterinary Science, Homeopathy and other unified branches of therapeutic science.

Separate and Online Education

With evolving times, general schools are no longer the main choice to seek after higher reviews. An understudy can select different courses through correspondence and in addition Distance Education.
There are couple of essential perspectives, which ought to be considered before beginning the undertaking for further reviews.
  • On the off chance that you need to improve your instructive or expert aptitudes yet can't give full time to it
  • On the off chance that you are working, and need to study one next to the other.
  • On the off chance that you need to do extra/full time courses alongside your reviews
  • Would you like to look for involvement alongside your reviews?
  • Make you require a prompt showing with regards to alongside your reviews because of some family emergency?
In the event that any of the previously mentioned questions have a positive answer however don't comprehend what to do then Distance training is all what you require.

Professional Courses

The changing face of innovation has expanded the request of specialization in instruction. Professional Education preparing (VET) foundations grant particular and handy learning to the understudy and help them end up noticeably free and effective in life. Professional instruction preparing foundations bestow graduation and post graduation courses to understudies.

The best some portion of the organization is that notwithstanding working understudy can join the course, and even select the timings according to their benefit and nature of employment. The professional foundations enable the understudies to concentrate on the web and go to either night or morning classes. In addition, money related guide is given to understudies who are monetarily powerless. Paying for instruction can be excessively expensive for some. Nowadays school expense is observed to soar. This denies youngsters from getting their essential training. Be that as it may, with the adjustment in time and state of mind these kids are dealt with and are left with more extensive choice of professional training. Some time ago individuals were superstitious giving their youngsters a chance to get into professional instruction program. They considered their relationship with work training will corrupt their status in the public arena as just low strata youngsters examined there. Yet, with the adjustment in time, the state of mind of individuals is evolving. They search for business specialization preparing program and the professional program managed such alternatives, and gave a superior opportunity to the kids.




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Friday, 15 March 2013

Bake a Cake

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15 March 2013

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Marble Cake (Eggless)


Ingredients
140 gms plain flour (maida)
2 tsp levelled, baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tin (200 grams) condensed milk
60 ml melted margarine or butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp powdered sugar for soaking
Chocolate Butter Cream/ Icing
grated chocolate and cherries for decoration

Method

Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda bi-carb together.

Mix the condensed milk, flour, melted margarine, vanilla essence and 1/2 teacup of water.

Divide the mixture into 2 parts.

In one part, add the cocoa and mix well.

Grease and dust a 175 mm. (7") diameter ring mould tin.

Put 1 tablespoon of each mixture alternatively in the tin.

Make another layer over the first, but this time put the cocoa mixture on the white mixture and vice versa.

Bake in hot oven at 400°F for 25 minutes.

Cool the cake.

Dissolve the powder sugar in 1/2 teacup of water and soak the cake thoroughly with this syrup.

Cover with chocolate butter icing.

Decorate with grated chocolate and cherries and serve.




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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Health Benefits of Yoga for Women Over 40

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12 January 2013

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Simple tips and technics to keep your body fit and healthy

Did you know that the health benefits of yoga include everything from stress relief to improving chronic health conditions such as depression and even cancer? For some reason it seems like when a woman hits forty everything in her life begins to change. The kids are grown and begin to leave home, long term marriages seem to either dissolve or need to be redefined, physical changes due to menopause and the process of aging can seem to leave you feeling a bit more fatigued and less enthusiastic about life. Middle age should be a great time in a woman's life, but for many women it can be a time of feeling abandoned, angry and out of step with the world and your own minds and bodies. This often results in health problems caused by stress and the natural aging process.

It doesn't have to be that way

Just because you are over 40 doesn't mean your life is over. In fact it is the start of an entire new chapter, and yoga can help you to get your mind and body into shape to face the next 40 years with enthusiasm and good health. Yoga for relaxation can be the catalyst for learning how to be happy at any age.

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Here are 10 Key Health Benefits of Yoga for Relaxation:


  • Sense of self - Yoga can help you get back in touch with who you are. The techniques you learn during yoga and the need to concentrate on every part of your being from your breathing to your mental and emotional center helps you to reconnect to who you are giving you a sense of yourself as a person that you may have missing for quite a long time.

  • Increased energy - Although yoga is a form of exercise, its unique techniques help to replenish your energy reserves. Women who consistently practice yoga claim that they feel less tired and have more energy than they did in their 20s or even 30s.

  • Feelings of well being - Another health benefit of yoga is that it provides you with a sense of physical and emotional well being. Yoga can not only make you feel better about yourself, but about the world around you and life in general. You'll find yourself looking forward with enthusiasm to each new day.

  • Stress reduction - Yoga teaches you to control your breathing which helps you control your body and quiet your mind. Focusing on your breathing instead of the overwhelming chaos of your daily life fosters balance, peace, and calm.

  • Improved minor health issues - Probably one of the most important health benefits of yoga is that it helps to strengthen your immune system. Stress and the physical aches and pains that we feel as we get older can have a negative effect on our immune system making us more susceptible to colds and other more serious illnesses. Yoga helps to relieve stress and those aches and pains that are part of the aging process which in turn strengthens your immune system and results in improved health.

  • Improves chronic and serious health issues - Yoga also helps with more serious and chronic health issues such as cancer, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, and debilitating insomnia.

  • Promotes weight loss - As an added bonus for us women, yoga can be a catalyst to help us lose weight.

  • Improved memory - Consistent yoga practice has been proven to improve memory, concentration, focus, and enhance mental clarity. This is especially valuable for menopausal or pre-menopausal women.

  • Increase in confidence - Yoga helps us integrate our bodies and mind which makes us aware of our gifts and potential. The self awareness you find from regular yoga practice will naturally increase confidence and self esteem.

  • Develop intuition - Yoga can help us develop our intuition which unfortunately many of us learn to ignore as we get older. We let the voices of our friends, family, and society overrule our inherent wisdom and intuition. Consistent yoga practice helps us focus on our inner guidance.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Types of Scholarships for Higher Education you can get

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A grant is a honor of access to an organization, or a budgetary guide grant for an understudy to further training. Grants are granted on different criteria which fluctuates from nation to nation.

A worldwide understudies ought to apply for grant alongside his application, as colleges abroad require isolate application for the same other than application for confirmation. Typically it is granted with the I20/offer letter, yet in the event that not, an understudy needs to select in the different grant programs offered by the college and different offices in the nation relying on his qualification.

Besides, there are some Indian establishments, for example, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, which awards grants to Indian understudies and the term of the grant will be up to 2 years. It covers for the period conceded educational cost charges, sufficient everyday costs and one-way travel.

Grants can be in type of:

  • Assistantships
  • Association
  • Entry level position
  • budgetary guides

To apply for budgetary help to the colleges, an understudy present a different application frame before due date and satisfy the predefined necessities Criteria for Scholarships:
  • accessibility of assets to the college
  • scholarly necessities
  • citizenship prerequisites
  • enlistment prerequisites

Grants might be delegated

  • Justify: The beneficiary might be controlled by understudies athletic, scholarly, masterful or different capacities. The fiscal esteem might be unimportant, if the grant is intended to rouse the understudy and advance the investigation of the subject. The biggest grants are normally justify based.

  • Humanism: This is monetary guide where candidates should at first qualify by race, religion, or national root. Subsequent to separating the candidates in view of their ethnicity, extra figures are taken thought to decide the last beneficiaries.

  • Institutional: These are grants granted by a particular school or college (organization) to an understudy wanting to go to that establishment. The organizations of various nations have their own particular arrangement of money related honors, which won't be same with the other college. The fundamental kind of honors are:

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistants are those graduate understudies who are included in guideline, typically of students. Qualified GTAs perform instructional obligations in a region of their mastery, regularly inside their home offices, albeit qualified GTAs may perform showing obligations outside their areas of expertise.

Graduate Research Assistantship

Explore led by Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) is a critical segment of the aggregate supported research at MSU. GRAs frequently lead look into in a significant range of their real course of study under the bearing of an employee. GRAs are relied upon to work 15 to 20 hours for each week. The exploration is generally a part of the staff consultants look into that is straightforwardly upheld by outer financing. GRAs are by and large anticipated that would do a particular research extend which regularly frames the reason for a postulation or exposition.

Understudy Employment

Graduate understudies may likewise hold work in different limits (i.e. , understudy work, for example, custodial, cafeteria help, mentoring, and also grouped, proficient or aide positions). Any non-assistantship position must be affirmed by the college preceding tolerating business.
A person who goes to the college as an understudy might be utilized fundamentally through a graduate instructing or research assistantship. In any case, understudies may likewise fill in as an understudy worker. For this kind of work, an Employment Authorization Form must be submitted with endorsement from the understudy's counsel and the particular division of the college. Graduate understudies may not be utilized for over 20 hours for every week aggregately for all types of work on grounds.

However remember:

  • that many individuals apply for these honors, and grants don't take care of the whole expense of study.
  • that the understudy may not be granted grant in the primary semester alongside I20/offer letter, yet doubtlessly the understudy will get it from the second semester simply after the satisfaction of the prerequisites.
  • The allow is constrained and the pool of applicants is huge
  • It is regularly more promptly accessible to Graduate as opposed to Undergraduate understudies
  • Rivalry for universal understudy grants and help is wild
  • Schools are extremely finicky about picking the correct applicants,
  • Decent evaluations are to a great degree essential in securing a global grant.



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