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Rice Flour Upma: Inspired by Bigg Boss Malayalam season 3

I always wanted to do a quick rice flour, recipe for breakfast or snack time. However, with rice flour it is not that easy.

When Sajna Feroz, the Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 contestant said that Upma can be prepared from rice flour, the conversation caught my attention.

Rice Flour Upma conversation in Bigg Boss House

I think the talk happened during the captaincy of Noby Markose, towards the end of the week when there is an obvious ration shortage.

I tried two times earlier and I found that rice flour upma takes just under 15 minutes of cooking time. Also, you do not need an accompaniment, the upma is savoury and tasty on its own,

Rice flour Upma

The cooking creativity of Sajna

That Sajna is a perfect homemaker and an excellent cook, she has proved many times in Bigg Boss Malayalam 3. This week Lalettan gifted her a prototype of the Ammikallu (traditional stone grinder) for her creativity is grinding coconut chutney with roti board and rolling pin.

Her creativity in cooking is a blessing in the Bigg Boss House, as whole rice and rice flour food seem to be a requisite, only next to oxygen for survival for most of the contestants. So, one day they had kanji (rice gruel for breakfast).

When I heard Sajan say that upma can be made from rice flour, that gave a spark. Ok, now I got a new quick recipe for the morning or four o’clock recipe. We can make upma with leftover puttu, on the contrary, preparing upma from raw rice flour is a different cooking technique.

I, therefore, searched for rice flour upma recipes on YouTube. But there were only very few. Besides, I do not know how Sajna prepared the Upma in Bigg Boss Malayalam 3.

So, after going through the few videos about preparing rice flour upma, I came out with my version of the recipe.

I am going to prepare this as a snack. I am going to have this rice flour upma with tea.

When you come from the office, with the tea you can prepare it. Hardly any ingredients. It is a very traditional recipe. I think it is very interesting. And in this fast-paced age, you can easily make this recipe at home.

Let me tell you the basic ingredients.  

Ingredients

Rice flour – 1 Cup

Curd (not too sour) 1 Cup

Ginger (chopped) – 1 tbsp

Green chillies (chopped) – 1 tbsp

For Tempering

Red Chili – 3 Nos (Red chilli is the main ingredient, that gives taste to the Upma.)

Curry leaves – As required

Cumin Seeds – 1 tbsp

Spilt Chickpea – 1 tbsp

Peanuts (Optional) – 2 tbsp

Method

Firstly, put the rice flour in a bowl. Then add half of the curd and mix with hand.  When the flour and curd are mixed, pour the rest of the curd. Here, I am adding few drops of water as the curd is a little, too thick. However, you can avoid adding the water if the batter has reached a thick pouring consistency.

Secondly, add some oil in the wok, followed by spluttering some mustard. Then add Cumin seeds and split chickpea. At this time, you can add peanuts also. Now add the main ingredient for taste, the red chilli.

When the above ingredients turn crispy, add the ginger, green chilli and salt. When raw taste of the ginger is gone, then add the rice flour and curd mix.

Close and cook for 5 minutes. So that it cooks and the water evaporates.

After 5 minutes, open the lid and check the texture of the upma. The upma has turned crispy, salty, sour and tasty. That makes the upma a perfect one-pot recipe for breakfast or snack time.

The cooking process is over now.

Rice flour upma is an unexplored field in YouTube Food Blogging. It is a very traditional item, known as Udhiri Upma in Tamil. I wish more people try and put videos on Rice flour upma.

The story of Pesaha Appam on Maundy thursday and recipe

Two years back I put a video on how to prepare Pesaha Appam or Maundy Thursday Appam. There were lots of comments and suggestions like:

“This is not how the Pesaha Appam is made.”

“Why did you put Cashews and Raisins.”

“The cross so big.” And so many, so many comments.

First, let me share the story behind the Pesaha Appam. Subsequently, I will share the reason behind the making of ‘pesaha appam video’ two years ago. At the end of the blog the recipe of the original Pesaha appam is shared .

Story of Pesaha Appam

The story of Pesaha Appam dates back to 4000 years when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. They were preparing to leave to their promised land and there were the famous 10 plagues. The frogs, the river Nile turning red, the locust and the tenth plague was going to strike – the firstborn of every family was going to die.

Story of Pesaha Appam

God, through Moses, told the Israelites to make a sign with blood on their doors, so that the Angel of death passes over their homes; and their firstborns don’t die. They obeyed the order of God and their firsborns were saved.

In addition, God also instructed them to prepare unleavened bread.

To remember that day the Jews have a seven-day long festival even now.

Story of the unleavened bread

Last Supper of Jesus Christ

Fast forward 2000 years. On Maundy Thursday, the first day of Passover, Jesus Christ had his Last Supper with twelve disciples. You might know the picture of Jesus with his twelve disciples, the famous Da Vinci Painting.

Story of Maundy Thursday

He had the supper where he broke the bread, gave it to the disciples and told them this is my body. Then he shared the wine with the disciples and said, “this is my blood”. That was the beginning of the Eucharist, the Holy Mass or, the Holy Qurbana.

Pesaha Appam tradition in Kerala

On Maundy Thursday, in the holy week of the great lent, St Thomas Christians in Kerala prepare the Pesaha Appam. The tradition among the St Thomas Christians, in many parts of Kerala, begins by preparing unfermented Appam, only on Maundy Thursday. Along with the unleavened Appam, they will have a coconut milk dip.

Story of Pesaha Appam

On Maundy Thursday, the head of the family will lead the ceremony when everyone gathers around the table. He will be the chief at the table. He will cut the appam, dip it the coconut syrup and give it to all the members of the family.

Previous Pesaha Appam video

In my place, we attend the Maundy Thursday service, either on Wednesday evening or, on Thursday early morning. Mostly a midnight mass that begins at 2:00 AM. We make the appam to be taken to the Church as an offering to be given to all those who attend the service. What I made in the previous video was the appam that was to be taken to the Church.

Hence, I made the video, keeping in mind the young mothers, and the working women, who go to the office on Wednesday, return, prepare the appam and then go to Church. That intention was only to give them an easy recipe.

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I made a long study and talked to many people. Thanks to my cousins Anitha Chechy, Chitra, Deepa, Jaya Aunty and Alice Aunty for sharing their insights.

What I’m going to follow today is the recipe, verbatim, as shared by Jaya Aunty. I’m sure you will have many comments and suggestions to make.

There will be a lot of comments, that will give more insight into the story of Pesaha Appam and how to prepare it more traditionally. That’s very important.

What is important in Pesaha Appam is about ‘how it is prepared’- the preparation, the sanctity, the purity, the tradition, the custom that is involved in it.

If there are grannies or elderly aunts at home they will reprimand you for talking as we have to be in prayer, we have to use the precious ingredients, the cleanest plates, if possible, the newest utensils. The place is tidied up and cleaned.

How to prepare Pesaha Appam

These are the ingredients:

For the Unfermented appam:

Raw Rice – 1 Cup

Urad Dal/Split gram dal – 1/4 Cup

Grated Coconut – 1 Cup

Shallots – 2 Nos.

Garlic – 1 Pod

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

For the Coconut milk Dip:

thick milk or the first coconut milk – 1 Cup

second milk or the thin coconut milk – 2 Cups

Melted Jaggery – 200gm

Cardamom – 3 Nos.

Cooking Method:

For the Maundy Thursday Appam

I have used a glass tumbler as a measurement cup. Rice and dal were soaked for 4 hours. Don’t add too much of urad dal. ¼ cup is enough for 1 cup of rice, that measurement needs to be followed, otherwise, Urad dal’s taste will be more.

The grated coconut is roughly ground with garlic, shallots and cumin seeds.

Grind the rice to a fine paste. This is the urad dal. We will mix both.

This is the mix of the coconut, with the shallots, cumin seeds and garlic, which has been roughly ground. And now we will mix.

Also, add a little salt also.

We won’t allow the batter to ferment. While preparing the coconut milk mix, we will let the batter stand for some time.

The cooking process:

To cook the appam, I will boil water in the idli maker, followed by steaming the appam for 20 minutes. 

I have taken a steel plate. I have applied a little coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil, which is best, apply butter, clarified butter or ghee, or any vegetable oil.

Pour the batter into the plate. And using the palm leaf you got from the Church for Hosanna, or Palm Sunday, make a cross on the appam. Make sure that the cross is made in only one appam, in case you are making more than 1 appam that is to be shared with friends, relatives and neighbors.

The appam is sent to houses where there is mourning because of the death of someone.

Now the appam has been prepared in the idli maker cooker by steaming for 20 minutes. If you do not have an idli maker, steam the batter in a pressure cooker, or a flat bottom wok. Then, place a ring at the bottom of the pan and pour half a cup water. When the water boils, place the appam batter, close with a lid and steam on low flame for 20 minutes.

For INRI appam

On the contrary, if you want to prepare INRI appam, Jaya Aunty says, you can add 2 tablespoons of melted jaggery, which will give a brown colour and sweetness. INRI was the inscription put on the cross of Jesus. 

For the Coconut Milk Dip:

First, we will pour the second milk and the melted jaggery. The jaggery was melted and strained to remove any impurities that are in there. I have melted around 200 grams. This is enough. Pour the jaggery into the coconut to get a light brown colour.

Next, add 1 teaspoon of rice flour, so that the coconut milk thickens and then keep this to boil.

Next, boil the coconut mix until a saucy pouring consistency is reached. Add the first milk. Lower the flame and do not let it boil. Finally, sprinkle cardamom powder and remove the coconut dip from flame. Do not let it boil and remove it from the flame. Now the Coconut milk dip is ready.

Please do share your opinion in the comment box. Thank you.

M G George Muthoot: A Great Visionary And Philanthropist

On March 5th breaking news in a news channel that M G George Muthoot had passed away changed the day’s mood. With the untimely death of Mathai George George Muthoot, there was a feeling as if a pillar of strength was gone.

Muthoot Sir to some, and Muthoot Uncle to the Youngsters, is known for two things – one for emboldening the common man to take out the unprofitable investment of gold, lying idle in the lockers, and obtain a collateral loan backed by their favourite precious metal. Two, he was a dear son of the Indian Orthodox Church, the Church established by St Thomas the Apostle of Jesus in AD 52, of which he was the trustee for ten years.

As a visionary, while Muthoot Group branches jumped from 31 to 5000, he simultaneously helped his Church, and many other organizations, to reach greater heights of development and diversification. Besides, he had the solutions to bring into effect his vision topped with an immense talent for human relations. As a result along with diversifying his business from gold loans to real estate, schools and hospitals, he shared the expertise so that others could also grow and develop.

The fruits of his business success, over and above his philanthropy, trickled down to the grassroots level. During the lockdown, he helped many either by the people contacting Muthoot or by him outreaching to those in need. He never bothered that when he goes and works among the commons, people will evaluate him, and they may try to get undue favour from the entrepreneur whose family is ranked 26th richest in India by Fotbes, with an fortune of $4.8 billion.

Twenty years ago when I told my mother that I was going to take a loan against a little gold from a Muthoot branch she cried. She said it was against the culture of our family to pledge girl’s gold. But I persisted and went to the branch and shyly took the loan. Now things have changed. Taking gold-backed loans has become a common practice, whether it is for education, business or personal needs. The vision of George Muthoot needs appreciation for changing the investment perspectives in India.

As a member of the Indian Orthodox Church, Muthoot is compared to Kandathil Cheriyan Mammen Mappillai the Editor of Malayala Manorama. Both of them were successful in their enterprises and at the same time they wore the allegiance to the Church on their sleeves. They worked with the Church heads and layman for social reforms and to build educational institutions.

Muthoot knew the Bible thoroughly and was an altar server. On the annual feast day of the death anniversary of St Gregorios of Parumala, he used to lead padayatra to the St Gregorios Church.

He was always concerned about the well being of the priests and their families and at times did little act of kindness. A few years ago he was instrumental in registering the priests in a health insurance scheme. Last April, in the thick of the lockdown, my father, an Indian Orthodox Priest, had to undergo an emergency liver surgery. He could easily undergo the surgery because of the quick reimbursement that he received from the health insurance scheme.

Muthoot lived for 72 years in this world and he sowed seeds of vision and aspiration in the minds of many youngsters. His life can be aptly summed up with the Bible verse, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

3-year-old in india book of records for identifying brands

Jeremiah, at the age of 3 years and 11 months, received a certificate and medal of appreciation from India Book of Records. He was appreciated for identifying brands by their logos. In 13 minute and 4 seconds he identified brand logos of 283 eCommerce, vehicle, food, social media, TV channel, cloth brand and many others in .

identifying brands

As a nine-month-old, Jeremiah crawled fast towards the garbage bin, while his mother was throwing an empty moisturiser can and he uttered “Olay’. This was the first time his mother realised his talent in logo recognition.

He talked before he walked. While travelling in the car his favourite activity is to identify shops from their logos. He stays with his parents Tinku and Roel in Abu Dhabi.

identifying brands

During the lockdown, when he went to Kerala, he surprised his grandparents with his memory skills. That is when his parents, encouraged by their relatives, decided to attempt the India Book of Records.

Making Jeremiah stay put to study is next to impossible. Owing to the pandemic, he is yet to physically attend formal school. He learned more than 300 logos in his play way method.

For the record-breaking attempt, he recognised 283 brands with ease. Appreciating his talent in identifying multiple logos, India Book of Records conferred a certificate and medal, two weeks ahead of his 4th Birthday.

3 WAYS TO avoid the disastrous effects of climate change

The Emission Gap Reports of 2020 are out; once again predicting where the emissions will be in 2030 and what should be done to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change.

As expected there was a short-term decline in Carbon dioxide emission, a dip of 7 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However this drop will only lead to a 0.01°C reduction of global warming by 2050.    Even now, the world is heading for a temperature rise beyond 3°C.

What needs to be done for a net zero emission?

For a net zero emission, according to the Paris Agreement goals, we should be limiting the temperature below 2°C. And as far as possible keep the temperature below 1.5°C.

Why the rate of global warming is not dipping?

This is because of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), The government pledges under the Paris Agreement, NDCs are not enough.

Where does India stand in GHG Emission?

India is the world’s fourth largest economy and fifth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, accounting for about 5% of global emissions. India’s emissions increased 65% between 1990 and 2005 and were projected to grow another 70% by 2020.

EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

What are the levels of emission and their corresponding temperature?  

In the Current policies scenario emissions are at 59 GtCO2e and at this rate the temperature will reach 3.5°C in 2050.

What happens with  Conditional NDC scenario? 

 With  Conditional NDC emissions need to fall to 53GtCO2e 3°C.   

2.0°C range

Green pandemic recovery is within the range. Emissions need to fall to 41 GtCO2e.

A green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions. World is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century.

1.5°C range

Emissions need to fall to 25 GtCO2e’

How to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C goal?

  • By combining a green pandemic recovery.
  • New net-zero pledges that reflects in countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • And backed with rapid action.

What can we do to reduce GHG and tackle effects of climate change?      

Household consumption accounts for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas. Steps must be take to encourage reductions from households with high consumption emissions; and at the same time avoiding burdens on the poor.

Essential changes are in  required in following areas:       

  • Passenger aviation
  • Reductions in car use
  • Domestic energy use
  • Diet change
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

56% of Lifestyle Emissions consist of:

  • Mobility : 17%
  • Residential energy : 19%
  • Food : 20%      

Consumption emissions vary in different countries:

  • United States of America: 17.6 tons CO2e per capita.
  • European Union and the United Kingdom: together approximately 7.9 tons per capita.
  • India:1.7 tons per capita.

There is a correlation between income and emissions:

  • Top 10% of income earners are around 36–49% of the global total emissions.
  • Lowest 50% of income earners account for around 7–15% of all emissions.

Carbon mitigation in mobility

Mobility has significant mitigation potential to reduce emissions.

  • Reduction, at around 1.9 tCO2e per avoided long-haul return flight.
  • Active travel such as cycling and walking can reduce emissions.
  • Greater use of public transport.
  • Greater vehicle efficiency.
  • Adoption of BEVs.

The strong link between income and mobility emissions

  • Global top 10% of income earners use around 45% of all energy for land transport and around 75% of all energy for aviation.
  • Compared with 10% and 5% respectively for the poorest 50% of households. 

(Mobility Lifestyle Decisions)

  • Airport expansion plans in the UK legally rejected in their current form on climate grounds.
  • Domestic Austrian flights replaced with intercity rail between Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Incentives for bicycle purchase and repair – tax cuts for cycling in the EU and UK.

Carbon mitigation in residential sector

There is Ample mitigation potential in residential sector to reduce emissions:

  • Low-carbon heating and renewable energy should be used by households.
  • There should be energy-efficient construction and renovations.
  • Emissions should be reduced through smaller living spaces.
  • There should be adjustments to room temperature.

(Residential Lifestyle Change)

  • Retrofitting public housing after economic downturn Improved residential energy efficiency in USA.
  • Energy-efficiency standards for energy-intensive products in Japan.
  • Smart meters reduced gas consumption by 22.0 per cent overall and by 27.2 per cent in high consumers in the UK.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon mitigation in food sector

  • Full or partial vegetarianism has the potential to reduce emissions from food consumption by around 31 per cent.
  • Pescatarian diet leading to an approximately 27 per cent reduction.
  • Reducing beef and lamb, and encouraging healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, can reduce food-related emissions by nearly 10 per cent globally.

(Diet Lifestyle Change)

  • France implemented national policies against food waste in supermarkets.
  • Food-growing households in Czech Republic reduce household emissions. 
  • Italy implemented a law to reduce food waste and encourage donation of leftover food to charity.

The focus of the global economy on paid employment – and the devaluation of unpaid care work that sustains it – is an overlooked barrier to low-carbon lifestyles.

The richer, the higher the emissions

  • Higher income tends to be correlated with higher emissions.
  • The richest 1% of the global population account for more emissions …… than the poorest 50%.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

So how much time is left to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change?

It’s not too late to act

Emphasize emissions reduction from mobility, residential energy use and food, as these constitute key sectors through which lifestyle change can enable climate mitigation, comprising approximately 17 per cent, 19 per cent and 20 per cent of Lifestyle Emissions respectively.

Encourage Low-Carbon Lifestyles for mobility, residential energy use and food.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Diagnosis And Treatment

Triple-negative breast cancer tests negative for three factors – the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and a protein, HER2. These are important factors that drive other forms of the disease. This means that a person with triple-negative breast cancer tests negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and excess HER2 protein.

The cancer cells in the breast of a triple negative diagnosed person don’t have receptors for estrogen or progesterone and also don’t make too much amount of the HER2 protein. Therefore, the cells test negative for all the 3 tests.

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) accounts for almost 10-15% of all types of breast cancers. Triple-negative breast cancer is different from other types of invasive breast cancer in terms that it grows and spreads faster, do not have as many treatment options, and a severe prognosis of the disease.

The common symptoms of triple-negative breast cancer are usually the same as those of other breast cancer types. This typically includes a lump or mass in the breast, pain or redness in the breast, an inverted nipple or fluid discharge from the nipple.

Although, doctors aren’t sure what makes a woman more susceptible to get triple-negative breast cancer, but there are certain risk factors that can be considered. This type of cancer has been known to only affects up to 20% of those who have breast cancer.

It has been observed that such cancers tend to be found more commonly in women younger than age 40, especially in African-American, or those who have a BRCA1 mutation.

Diagnosis of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Screening for breast cancer has been prevalent in the past decades. There are certain ways that helps a woman self examine for breast cancer. This may include checking for lumps in the breast and armpit as well as checking the nipple for any abnormality and discharge.

However, only the tests can confirm the type of breast cancer and its stage. The medical team will plan the treatment based on the diagnostic results.

Biopsy is one of confirmatory tests that gives definitive results about the type of breast cancer. In this, the doctor cuts out a small sample of the tissue in the area of the breast that isn’t normal. The cells are then observed under the microscope and a pathologist conducts other tests.

The doctor will assess if the structure of the cells are normal, precancerous, or cancerous. In case of cancer, more tests are performed to determine out the exact type of breast cancer.

If the sample doesn’t test positive for estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors, then the diagnosis is triple-negative breast cancer. The doctor will also determine the stage of the cancer which will indicate how much of the cancer has spread and is it malignant – spreading to other parts of the body.

Treatment

The medical team designs the treatment protocol on the basis of the type of breast cancer and the stage of the cancer. It is customized for different patients as everybody’s body reacts differently.

As hormones aren’t contributing to the growth of the cancer, it is unlikely to respond to medicines of hormonal therapy, including tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors. Patients with triple-negative breast cancer also do not respond well to medicines that target the HER2 protein.

Breast cancer treatment in India is a one-stop solution for safe, effective and cost-effective treatment. The hospitals offer comprehensive medical packages with affordable prices. This makes India an affordable choice for international patient, with no compromise of the quality of patient care services.

Treatment options for Triple-negative breast cancer

Surgery

Patients are first recommended for a surgery to remove the cancer from the breast. There are different types of breast cancer surgery depending on the amount of tissue removed. When the triple-negative breast cancer is aggressive, mastectomy can be the best option.

Lumpectomy

In this surgery, the lump from the breast is removed along with nearby lymph nodes (the small oval-shaped organs that are part of the immune system). This is done to see if the cancer has spread. The surgery may take over an hour. The patient usually spend some time at the hospital and usually there is no need to stay overnight.

Mastectomy

This is a more radical approach which involves the removal of the breast completely along with nearby lymph nodes. The doctor may also look if the cancer has spread. The woman can choose to have breast reconstruction surgery during the same surgery to restore the shape and appearance of the breast.

Surgery can also be combined or followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy to eradicate all cancer cells.

Chemotherapy

This involves use of a medicine or a combination of drugs that kills cancer cells. This is most likely the first thing the doctor suggests. It can be given through a needle into a vein or in the form of a pill. When the cancer is diagnosed early, it may respond better to chemo. The chemotherapy can be done in one of three ways: Neoadjuvant therapy, which is chemo before surgery to shrink the tumor; Adjuvant therapy, chemo is used after surgery; and Immunotherapy, which is used along with chemo when the cancer has spread and surgery is not an option.

Radiation therapy

In this, high dose radiation is used, most likely after surgery, to kill any cancer cells remaining in the affected area. Radiation aims to stop the cancer from recurring and is commonly done after a lumpectomy.

About the Author

Vanshika Rawat is an experienced content developer. She is very knowledgeable in the field of science and healthcare and has worked under brilliant scientists during her higher education. Vanshika obtained her degrees in Masters in Science and Bachelors in Science (Microbiology with Hons.) from renowned institutions – Panjab University and University of Delhi.

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How to save for posterity?

In the 21st century, when predominantly nuclear family prevails, there is a rising tendency among parents asking why to save for posterity. We earn and we burn, why save for the posterity?

Rise of Nuclear families

Yes, you are right; we were born in nuclear families, with just enough to eat, wear and enjoy a little bit. Also, our parents managed to give us a good education.

And on that firm footing, we built a career and became financially secure. We bought one or two houses, one or two cars, saved for the children’s higher education and have a decent bank balance.

Does that mean that we secured our children’s future and we did enough for the posterity? No, we haven’t?

Being in the ’40s and my parents in their 70’s, what my parents did to secure my future was right. But I being in the ’40s and my children in their teens, I need to think of a few more criteria to secure the future of my posterity.

Carbon footprints and food miles

I have to think in terms of Carbon footprints and food miles; also about Sustainable clothing and Sustainable farming. To secure my children’s future I need to give them not just a decent education, but also handover a liveable planet to them.

Save for posterity

Large families and joint families of yesteryears

My parents grew up in large families with many siblings. They were well to do families with land holdings. They had enough to fill eat but not to splurge. Things were like the first come first basis. The fittest could survive. The smartest and the strongest get the lion share. It was the duty of the mother to ensure that every member of the family got their proper share of food and clothing.

The first generation nuclear families

However, when my parents began a family, a nuclear one, they wanted to give the kids every happiness in life. They gave the kids the best food and clothing. As they were conditioned in childhood to share with others and eat home-cooked food, they never took any interest in the processed food available in the market. But they bought readymade chocolates, cookies and chips for their kids. And thus we were conditioned on plentiful.

Pampered kids of today

Being conditioned in the plentiful, we made our kids self-sufficient. Giving them their own unique choice of food, clothes and gadgets. At least we had common bathrooms, common phone and television. Now there is hardly any common factor among the parents and children. 

Kids Environment Activist

Kids like Greta Thunberg understood the danger of plentiful parents and self-sufficient kids. They urged their parents to own just one house, to reduce the carbon footprints, which is the measure of the greenhouse gases generated during production.

Greta also refuses to travel by air, to reduce the carbon footprints.

We must think like our grandparents and live like our parents.

We need to live our life from the scratch.

Because transporting food items from far away generates footprints, we must become self-reliant thereby reducing food miles. We must try to be self-reliant by growing vegeables in whichever way possible- terrace garden, kitchen garden and indoor plantation.

Gold treasure discovered hidden by ancestors

Several stories that appeared online give an insight into how we survive because of our forefathers saved for us. And why we must save for the posterity.

Roman age gold coins were discovered from the Como, city in Italy, which is worth millions of Euros. Possibly a wealthy person buried the coins in the beginning of 2000 AD fearing some invasion. Now the coin has become the wealth of a nation.

Air and water measurable

Who though that one day the amount of water used to wash the grapes for wines will be counted. And who thought the water used for manufacturing and washing jean will be considered as huge water consumption. Until now we thought air and water were free to be used by every living being.

We have an even bigger responsibility for the posterity. We need to save the environment for posterity. We need to be on an austerity drive. Instead of being on use and throw culture, we need to adopt use and reuse culture. A gist of how we can save for the posterity is being taught by the pandemic because we have learned to live a minimalistic life. We must continue our austere habits even after the pandemic and save for the posterity so that they can enjoy, breath and live freely on earth like we did in our childhood.

man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss, lifestyle today news, Nov 23…

Man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss; Melting ice sheets of Greenland; Mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago; Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

A man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss

A 33-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh watched Bigg Boss, as doctors performed critical brain surgery. The surgery was performed to remove a recurrent glioma in the left premotor area. Prasad was required to stay awake during the surgery.  It is not clear from the reports about the number of hours taken for the surgery, however, he watched Bigg Boss Season 14 and the super hit Sci-Fi Hollywood movie Avatar as three doctors performed the surgery.  He had undergone a surgery in 2014 also but did not recover completely. He was discharged from the hospital in Guntur on Saturday.

BRAIN SURGERY

Melting ice sheets of Greenland

The largest island on earth, Greenland, is the benchmark to decide the intensity of climate change. Various researches are being done to evaluate how far global warming results in the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland. In one such study researchers climbed down the moulins that drain meltwater coming from the ice sheet. The researcher found that the moulins are larger than previously thought. And they say that the volume of meltwater in the Moulin will affect the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and also how fast they move towards the sea.

A mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago

Once upon a time, 4 billion years ago, there was a megaflood on Mars, so says the scientists. Before the flood Mars could sustain life. The analysis is done from sedimentological data from the NASA Curiosity rover. There are geological feature that was formed by water and wind, and frozen four billion years ago. The ‘Anitdunes’ and ‘Megaripple’ features on the Gale crater are an indication that a megaflood occurred on the red planet.

Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

Jaan Kumar Sanu was the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss Season 14. Son of Kumar Sanu, he was the fresh face entrant to the reality show. He entertained the audience through Bigg Boss with his singing and other skills. He has been voted out on a thin margin from the nearest contestants.

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A visit to Ayyappa temple r k puram

It was Chingam 1, the New Year of the Malayalam calendar and around 10:30 in the Morning when we reached Ayyappa temple R K Puram, in Delhi. Seveli, the daily ritual was about to begin. 

Devotees were present standing barefoot on the hot concrete tiles waiting to pay obeisance to the deity. The daily procession of diety takes place three times around the temple every morning and evening.

AYYAPPA TEMPLE R K PURAM

History of AYYAPPA TEMPLE R K PURAM

The Ayyappa Temple at R K Puram is one of the well known Ayyappa temples in India. During the Sabarimala season, Devotees preparing to go on the Sabarimala pilgrimage, carrying the ‘erumudi’, visit here wearing the ‘Chandana-mala’.

The consecration of the Shrine, built in the Chera architecture style, took place on 30th April 1980. Twenty-five sculptors in this temple were carved in Kerala and took two years to complete. The stones for the construction were collected from the Barathapuza River.

The Kathakali Sculpture

A life-size sculpture of Kathakali dancer performing a mudra. There are some 20 main mudras or the hand signs and many small mudras that are the main element to performance the story. Katha means story and kali mean performance and art. The themes of the kathakali are from the religious legends and folk mythologies of the Hindu Puranas.

There is also Goddess Durga (Bhadrakali) and Sarpa Kavu for Nagas (with the installation of Nagaraja, Naga Yakshi and a Chithrakuda, representing all snakes).

The bells:  According to ancient scriptures, the bell helps to give sound for keeping away evil forces, and the ringing of the bell is pleasant to God. The peaceful and sacred temple built in the pristine green expanse is a must-visit holy destination in south Delhi.

An earlier post was done about the historical and spiritual importance on Onatukara in Kerala. Click the link to read about the little know history and religous significance of this place in Travancore.

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change lifestyle today news snippets nov 17

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change; Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief; Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal; Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined; Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

JEFF BEZOS ANNOUNCES FIRST RECEPIENTS OF $10 BILLION FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced the first recipients of the $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change. The recipients include 16 scientists, NGOs and others who are “working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions.” In his Instagram post, Bezos says that he has been learning for several months, “from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.” The $791 million funds announced today is the first part of the $10 billion set aside by the world richest man to “protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

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Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief

The vaccine alone is not enough to overcome the virus say the WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. The number of cases are increasing at an alarming rate since the pandemic first broke out. The latest figure registered in WHO on Friday was 645,410. Tedros says along with the vaccine, tests, surveillance, isolations and care are to continue. “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.” He said.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal

Well-known environmentalist, writer and activist Sunita Narain is the recipient of Edinburgh Medal for her work on climate justice. The ceremony will be held virtually on November 18th, this Wednesday. Sunita Narain is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down to Earth Magazine. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. She is active both in India and internationally in formulating policies related to environmental issues.  

Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was in the Intensive Care Unit ealier this year due to Covid-19. Once again in two-week self-isolation as one of his contacts was confirmed to be covid positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.” he tweeted.

Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh set a sustainable fashion trend of sought when he recycled an old saree of his mother to Diwali outfits. He posted a video on Twitter where his mother is seen waving a blue turquoise sari followed by Ritesh and sons Riaan and Rahyl wearing Kurti made from the sari. Many applauded the actor for the initiative on Twitter. We need to wait and see if the actor will repeat the outfit in future events as part of sustainable living.

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