All posts by Ancy Abraham

Worked as Magazine and Educational Books Editor, Developed industrial websites, brochures and profiles. Writes about lifestyle topics related to health, food, shopping, etc. Presently writing for Many other life-changing projects are in the pipeline, keep reading, Enjoy!

Lunch box home delivery system

Lunch box home delivery
The ever growing number of kid’s consumer goods, is a matter of concern among parents. Parents are torn between traditional values and peer pressure. As if all the splashy garments and gadgets were not enough, a new industry – the school lunch box home delivery shops –  has entered the kids market segment. Read in this post about the nukkad natak (street play) by consumers about junk food.
The pioneering entrepreneur, of the lunch box home delivery industry, is a woman who wants to help working parents provide kids with healthy lunchbox for school. Place an order in the morning and the lunchbox will be delivered at the door-steps before the kid leaves for school. The menu is healthy; as the entrepreneur, herself a mother, ensures that she caters wholesome and nutritious food for the young customers. Lunch box home delivery is a good substitute for homemade food, once in a while; however substituting homemade lunch boxes entirely with home delivered lunchboxes will be a bad idea. Not only will the children be denied the intake of right amount of nutrition, they will also develop dislike for traditional, staple food. Lunch box home delivery industry is hereto stay. The growing number of time-starved working parents is only increasing the potentiality of the thriving industry, so as to feed the healthy food starved children.
Lunch box home delivery business is its salad days, and it’s growth has to be watched carefully. Since the health of children are at stake there are many challenges that this industry will have to tackle so as to gain the approval of parents and children. Here is a guideline for lunch box home delivery companies to follow so that they earn the patronage of both parents and children:
  1. The lunchbox should taste good when children have the food at lunch breaks.
  2. The food packed should be high in nutritious content
  3. The food should taste like home made food which mama cooks.
  4. Specialize in some recipes that are tasty and nutritious. Too much of variety in menu will help to gather curious customers, however you can only be retained by highlighting your specialty.
  5. Prepare the common dishes of that place. If in chennai prepare more of idli, sambar; and upma. Lunchbox preparing companies should understand that they are appointed to provide the kids with food that contains enough nutrients for the growing period. There is no need of exotic dishes!
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5 Quick lunch box recipe for kid’s

 lunch box recipe
Preparing the lunchbox for children is a challenge for parents. The lunch box recipe usually is bread and jam or cooked instant noodles. The lunch box recipe makes no one happy. Neither the children are happy with the  cold snack, nor the parents are happy with the nutritious value of the food packed in the lunch box. If the children are inculcated with the habit of eating home-made food, they never give up that habit. With some quick trick, and 20 minutes to spare, parents can prepare healthy and homely lunch box recipe for kids. Here are a few lunch box recipes, that will bring smile on the face of parent and children. To know more about lunchbox home delivery system read this post.
  1. Potato tricks: A lunch box recipe that every child will to pack to school. Boil potato overnight; and in the morning add some spices to make it tastier. Use the potato base as stuffing for roti and sandwich. Add some tomato sauce, kids will love the combination.
  2. Cottage cheese magic: A lunch box recipe with lot of calcium. Crumble the cottage cheese and add spices as per choice. You can also add chopped tomatoes, onion and capsicum. Use the base as stuffing for sandwich and paneer parantha. Or else, cut the paneer into 1”inch cubes; cook the paneer using paneer butter masala. Instant butter panner mix requires less cooking time.
  3. Egg unlimited: Kids love eggs; and its easy to prepare, tasty and nutritious egg snacks. Sandwich or roti rolls can be made by stuffing boiled and crumbled egg; scrambled egg or omelet. Whip an egg and pour it over the roti in the pan, flip the roti over two or three times, until the egg is cooked well – Egg Parantha is ready!
  4. Minced Chicken: Any dish with a hint of chicken in it, is inviting. Minced chicken can be converted into limitless number of dishes. On a busy morning you can go for a minced chicken stuffed sandwich or roti. Or, if time permits, refrigerate, boiled and drained, noodles overnight; in the morning mix it with shallow fried minced chicken and other ingredient to make chicken chow mein.
  5. Vegetables Cutlets: A play-way method lunch box recipe that will inculcate the habit of eating vegetables. At leisure prepare and refrigerate ready-to-fry vegetable cutlets. In the morning fry the cutlets and place it between bread slice along with cucumber and tomato slices. The vegetables can be sliced  and kept before itself.
The entire cooking process will take only 15 to 20 minutes. The cooking process is made simple if the dough for roti is prepared and stored overnight.To cook faster utilize all kinds of kitchen gadgets.
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How to introduce spouse: “the wife” or “my wife”

how to introduce spouse
Recently I heard someone introduce his wise as “the wife”. I have heard people address their wives as “my wife” (which is the translation of ‘meri biwi’ in hindi). ‘The’ in grammar is used to indicate the particular person or thing you mean, eg. “The house at the end of the road”; “the girl sitting at the end of the row”. ‘The wife’ is grammatically right and emotionally wrong. Abraham’s wife = The wife of Abraham; which mean grammatically calling ones wife ‘the wife’ is perfectly alright. Read to find out why a tiger killed a man because of the on-lookers ignorance. 
Some women say that as long as the husbands don’t address them as ‘mummy of my kids’, they are ok to be addressed as ‘the wife’. Recently someone said that Sridevi calls her husband, Boney Kapoor, Papa.
In the ordinary Indian setting where we use indianized english in social conversation, without worrying about the grammatical impact, I think if I were asked how to introduce spouse in a party?  I will say I would like to be addressed as ‘This is My Wife’.

Ancy Abraham

vegetable recipes for kids

vegetable recipe for kid
Internet is loaded with articles and recipes on how to make vegetable recipe for kid. Do we need to try our hands at exotic vegetarian dishes, so as to make the kids get some nutrition. I don’t think so, ‘coz I believe every child likes some kind of vegetable. Parents use children as an excuse so that they themselves do not have to go on a vegetarian diet. Children like potato chips; and they eat the capsicums, tomatoes and mushrooms on a pizza topping. Learn 5 quick lunchbox recipes in this post. 
 I think the easiest way to make the kids eat vegetables is to make the same vegetable recipe for kid differently every time using different types of vegetables. For instance every time you make sambar, use different kinds of vegetables. Only two vegetables are required to prepare sambar. So next time substitute potato with raw papaya; or carrot  with beetroot (beetroot gives an attractive colour to the sambar).
Every time you make a pizza use two different vegetables. Use carrot and beans one time, next time mushroom and beetroot. The colour combinations of the topping will be inviting.
Traditional recipies, basic ingredients and cooking methods can be followed, but add a little motherly, veggy touch to make the recipe a vegetable recipe for kid.
When a vegetable is included in cooking then the nutrition and flavour of the vegetable mixes in the dish.  As the doctors say, it is ok to drink atleast the gravy of sambar because all nutrition of the vegetable has got mixed in the gravy.
Making vegetable recipe for kid should be done regularly, so that having vegetable becomes a habit with the kid. A habit once created will be there for lifelong. Try cooking leafy vegetables in different ways and the kid will choose atleast one green leafy  vegetable recipe for kid as a favourite.
Parent’s have to put effort from their part so that kid become lovers of vegetable recipe for kid.  All the best!

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Say ‘No’ to pollution in delhi

pollution in delhi
Pollution in Delhi is not a new topic of discussion. According to World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer, air pollution is a major cause of cancer. Their studies show that pollution in Delhi has high level of life-threatening pollutants. More about lead pollution in Delhi in this post.
That Delhi is a highly polluted city, is well-known, you can know the difference by staying here for sometime. Due to pollution in Delhi people say their food intake is less than half of what they have in the village. Delhiites always say “Nothing is fresh here”. To gain something we should also lose something (Kuch Paane ke liye Kuch Khona Padta Ha). In the village you would not have the income to buy all the fresh things. 
The cheapest and the simplest method to gain resistance from pollution in delhi is early morning walk and exercise in the park. Walks will prepare the body and mind to resist the pollutants inhaled during the rest of the day.  
In the park there were a few volunteers of alternative medicines distributing flyers and telling walkers about how therapies can heal various diseases. The flyers contained names of diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis,  diabetes, BP, Amnesia,……….. These diseases can be summed up under one name – lifestyle diseases. There is no need of medication, these diseases can disappear by adopting corrective measures in lifestyle. We cannot stop pollution in Delhi until the people and authorities work towards the common goal of making Delhi pollution free.  Until the pollution in Delhi in eradicated we can remain well armed to fight the menace caused by pollution. 
I find no school going kids in the park. Half of the walkers are the elderly; and the rest youth and the middle aged. People become conscious of their health after they develop some kind of diseases. 
Many business that promise better health are mushrooming in and around the park. Yoga, pranic medicine, auyrveda, all claim that their treatments are good to gain resistance, and cure, from diseases. Tell the herbal juice wala what kind of disease you have and he makes the right concoction for you ‘a glass of juice for arthritis please’. As it was weekends there were also camps for free medical check up. 
It will be a great blessing for the health of the city, if children put in the habit of running and exercising in parks. They will benefit in two ways. Firstly children, who are the largest victims of air pollution diseases like asthma, will gain resistant.  Secondly, if children inculcate the habit of walking they will be conscious about their health for lifelong. 
For the health of the City – Say ‘No’ to pollution in delhi ! Say ‘Yes’ to walking and exercise!

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Walking boosts memory

Today I read an article in a Newspaper that the memory power of those who walk in park is 20% more than of those who walk on street lanes. Naturally, while walking in a green surrounding there is more intake of oxygen and that makes the brain-cells work better. Maybe this is the scientific explanation for the inspiration that writers get when they are in the midst of nature. Remember the famous poem of Robert Frost “Stopping by the woods” penned down after he travelled through the woods on a cold winter night. Read this post to know the advantage of using walking shoes.
I observed that most of the people who walked in the park did not have athletic figure, they were walking more for their mental than physical fitness. Nowadays you need to be young, physically and mentally, to remain fit in the job market. There is one fellow, whose self-styled exercise routine has made him  the butt of joke in the park. He runs fast and when he finds some other jogger in front of him, he will reduce the speed with a loud noise, as if applying sudden break in a car. He faces to the west and claps so loudly that the sound vibrates through the entire premise of the park. He ends his exercise routine by standing straight, looking up at the sky, as if to roar like a lion, and then he laughs at the top of his voice. He is a successful entrepreneur, and I am sure he follows the ‘I don’t care what others think’ attitude even in his office.(The secret of all successful people is their confidence to act differently in order to attain their goals).
My boss, in her seventies, is another example of how fitness is important to remain mentally fit. She does yoga and walks everyday in the morning. She drinks one glass of green juice, and another of fruit, before leaving for office. Ask her about the content of any magazine she published 20 years back and she promptly gives details about its date of publishing, the cover picture and so on.
In this age when Dementia and amnesia are becoming common, the time is never late to begin exercising and walking in the parks. An hour of activity in the park everyday will keep one fit, mentally and physically always. 
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Brisk walking is good for health

The first golden rule to maintain a healthy lifestyle – Brisk walk everyday. I have read many articles about the benefits of brisk walking, but I still don’t know how fast I should walk. Since articles were of no use I decided to follow the footsteps of the fittest person in the park. I discovered that, if the articles were confusing, the ingenious walking techniques of the walkers were even more confusing. Read this post to know about the walking habits of four generations of a family.

I located the leanest walker, since I wanted to be that thin, and observed how she walks. There was nothing artistic about her style. She kept on walking, non stop, around the park for hours, with an earphone fixed in her ears. There were youngsters who ran at full speed –  I decided not to follow them. Then came a healthy girl in the opposite direction, she was taking long, hefty strides and swinging her hands to and fro, violently, as if she was going to beat someone. There were some who did combo-exercises. They stretched hand and legs; and swung them round and round while walking. Others just jogged.

While most walked alone, some were in groups. They walk to rejuvenate, so that they can start their day on a fresh note. While they walk, they occupy the whole space, disturbing the pace of the serious walkers. There was also a group of elderly aunts, who wore sports shoe with their traditional dress, walking religiously in the morning and evening. These beautiful women in their seventies are so fit and healthy that any youngster would want to make them their fitness icon. (I know them personally, the secret of their fitness, and beauty, is also because of their harmonious family life.)

After observing the walkers in the parks, and discussing with regular walkers, I concluded that how you walk or how fast you walk is not important. What is more important is to walk regularly without fail.

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The fitness freak elderly


Going to park in the morning is the most refreshing way to start a day. Parks are so common that every place in Delhi is within walking distance of one or two parks. There are parks in my colony, however I like to go the District Park which is situated in acres of land and the whole place is buzzing, in the morning, with fitness activities. Read this to know about an 83 year old international woman athlete.

Most of the early morning park goers are the elderly who can give tough competition to youngster with their innovative fitness techniques. In the ‘laughing clubs’ who stand in a circle and laugh their lungs out on some artificially created jokes. Some of them sit on the bench and sing spiritual songs or poems. Sometimes they decide the future of the government by just sitting on the bench – without jumping on their feet or running to the well of the house. Their spirits defy their age and they come up with new projects for the development of the colony.
As they have lot of time and they are keen to stay fit, they opt for traditional fitness lifestyle. So they use dantoon (neem twig) to brush teeth and have green herbal juice consisting of bitter herbs like alovera, gooseberry, bitter gourd, china grass,……etc.(tips: any herb or vegetable that in green and bitter can be included). The fitness-freak-elderly enthusiasm led to three make-shift herbal juice shops being erected inside the park, that make sweet money in return of serving the fitness-freaks bitter juice.
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