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12 Seasonal Fruits chart in Delhi

seasonal fruits chart in
Seasonal fruits chart in Delhi keeps changing every month. There is at least one fruit exclusive to a month in all the 12 months of a year. One thing that I love about Delhi is that garden fresh fruits are still available as we did two decades back. Because of the proximity and connectivity of Delhi, fruits fill the markets according to the season. Apples from Kashmir, Plums and Apricots from Uttarakhand, Mangoes from Tamil Nadu; by looking at the seasonal fruits chart, in the market, you can say which month of the year it is. Read the post to know 8 home remedies for cold and fever.

It is said that to gain immunity in the extreme climatic condition, one should follow seasonal fruits chart in Delhi. Every fruit has nutritional values that are essential for a particular season.You have the juiciest and sweetest mangoes in May/June Months, in July when it rains the mangoes get infected. According to Delhiites if you have Guavas in November and Bananas in the winter season they provide immunity to the body from the severe winters.

Mentioned below is the seasonal fruits chart that provides immunity from the seasonal changes:

Pear

Commonly known as Nashpati, this fruit is available in plenty in the month of October. Small, crispy and juicy this fruit is kids’ favourite.

Mango

There are a tremendous variety of mangoes, a few of them are commonly liked by the consumers. The cost and the taste are the two factors that matter while buying mangoes. Different varieties of mangoes enter the market as the summer begins. Mangoes have got nutritional values but they should be had in limits. In July as soon as the monsoon sets in people stop buying mangoes, as they say, the fruit will be infested with worms.

Lychee

Lychees are visible in the market only in the month of May. These juicy and sweet fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Watermelon

Watermelons are available throughout the summer. The biggest challenge, while buying watermelons is to ensure that the red edible portion is sweet and juicy. Watermelons are the best product for resisting summer heat.

Guava

Huge, sweet and soft Guavas appear on the market in the month of November. Guavas have got medicinal value. We can boost immunity by having guavas in winter.
Banana
Banana’s are available throughout the year, they taste and look best in January.  Delhiites says that bananas are good for the winters as it helps to control blood pressure during the season.
Indian Blackberry
They can be seen in plenty for one or two months in summer. Buying the fruit at costly rates sounds irrational since in our childhood we used to just gather the jamuns (as it is called in Hindi) that fall under the tree. Jamuns are highly nutritious and they are especially good for Diabetic patients.

Sugar Cane

Since we require more water intake in summer, Sugar cane is a natural energy drink with the right amount of sugar content and traces of nutrients. The natural enzymes and nutrients, in the freshly pressed sugarcane juice, are easily absorbed by the body. A lot of stalls come up in summer that provides freshly extracted sugarcane juice.

Pomegranate

The nutritional value of the fruit is so high that you better buy the fruit and forget about the price. Pomegranates can be had as such or they can be juiced along with other juicy, watery fruits.

Sapodilla

The round, brown fruits is an essential ingredient for the mixed fruit juice recipe. Sapodilla is plentifully available in the April/May months. They are a good source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that are crucial for optimal health.

Bael

An ancient fruit of India, Bhel fruit pulp is the best solution for summer ailments. Bhel juice is good in preventing sun strokes, dysentery and diarrhoea which are common in summer.

Apple

When you think of the Delhi winter’s the first image that comes to mind is of the red, green and yellow apples arranged in rows in the fruit market. Prices also reach the rock bottom during the peak season. Some Delhiites say that at Rs 40/Kg a poor man can have apples rather than onions for Rs 60/Kg. As you know ‘An apple a day keeps the Doctor away‘.
Delhiites are lucky that even as the city is fast growing as a modern city, we can still enjoy the fruits directly from nature’s fruit basket. My friends abroad sometimes say that they cannot make out which are the seasonal fruits as all fruits are available throughout the year.

The Career-oriented housemaid

housemaid

Housemaid is the only empowered and emancipated lot in India – thus believes working women in Delhi, who spare no effort to do equal justice to her home and office duties. Her indispensable support at home is the housemaid. Her day is made or marred upon whether the housemaid comes or not. Read how cheaper electricity can improve common man’s lifestyle. 

Conversation between the employer and housemaid:

You didn’t come yesterday, Bai?” the woman asked politely to bai (that’s how housemaids are addressed in Delhi).
I couldn’t come” she replied indifferently, deeming it unnecessary to give explanation for her leave without notice. She can take up more houses, if sacked. No enticements, in the form or gift or money, can help to bring her punctually and regularly to work. Every perks has an effect of two days.
Ignorance in bliss!
“You didn’t come yesterday, Bai?” the woman asked politely to bai ( that’s how housemaids are addressed in Delhi).
“I couldn’t come” she replied indifferently, deeming it unnecessary to give an explanation for her leave without notice. She can take up more houses if sacked. No enticements, in the form or gift or money, can help to bring her punctually and regularly to work. Every gift has an effect of two days.
Ignorance in bliss!
Ignorance! is what make the housemaids powerful in comparison to educated working women:
  • She says she is illiterate, so she doesn’t know about family planning; she has six kids from the age of six to twenty-six; and ten grandchildren.
  • She doesn’t know how to tell the time; so she cannot be blamed for coming late. Employer has to keep guessing every day whether she will come or not.
    Morning walks in the park depend on Bai’s grace. If she is absent then an extra hour has to be spend doing household chores. Even by taking sympathetic line, it is not possible to gain favour of housemaid. When one employee told the housemaid about her health problems, which will aggravate on doing lot of Physical work. Pat came the reply, “Even I have the same problem“.
Unique description of housemaid
  • Most of the housemaids have the same story to share.
  • They were married too young, between 9 and 13 years of age.
  • One says she was too young to remember her wedding.
  • They grew up illiterate or without watching television.
  • They had the first exposure of the outer world after marriage, and now they are the primary breadwinners of the family.
  • Their husbands help them in taking care of the children.

One housemaid has a toddler, and she cooks food her family before leaving to work in eight houses. When asked how she manages to stay away from home for the whole day leaving small kids at home, she said, “Let the house go to hell, when at work I’ve to concentrate on my work”. In addition, she has a joint family comprising her husband’s family member and her bigger children who help her with distribution of work at home. Her attitude and work strategy are what every working woman should adopt. She has the right kind of career-oriented perspective which can be a yard stick for every woman professional.

Delhi Winter time is Party Time!

Delhi winter
Delhi winter according to Dehi residents in the best time of the year. For those new to Delhi winter you have to stay here for a few years to understand what they mean. I used to think, people hibernate during winter season. During the first two Delhi winter, I spent most of the time sitting at home, under a blanket. Read about five green leafy recipes for winter in this post
People wait eagerly for the coming of Delhi winter, which comes soon after Diwali. The first nip in the air is welcomed by wearing the first winter clothes and dark make ups. One thing that women like about Delhi winter is that the make up stays longer, they don’t sweat and they can wear dark colourful clothes.
Delhi winter and Sunlight
In the parks there are fewer walkers in the morning, during Delhi winter, as the day breaks late and so people walk in the evenings or late in the morning. By 11:00 AM there will be enough sunlight, so the elderly and housewives gather in the parks to bask in the sunlight. Basking in the sunlight during Delhi winter is as delightful  as having a cup of coffee during coffee breaks. The women in the park do a lot of small talk while cutting vegetables or knitting woolen clothes.
Foodstalls do brisk business
During Delhi winter, in the evenings, all the foods stalls are crowded by people enjoying a hot snack in the winter chill. The chinese food stall has the largest soup sales during this season. People also like to have a lot of meat in this season. Usually people in Delhi have a predominantly vegetarian diet, they say in winter any food you eat is digested fast so fatty food like chicken, meat, butter, and cheese all are used lavishly in diet.
People do not like to stay inside during Delhi winter, there are sometimes 20000 marriage on a single day during Delhi winter. Passing by the marriage celebration in open tents, you can see beautiful women in traditional wears, and hardly any winter clothes. Curiously women say they do not fall ill in the winter chills.
Traditional concoctions to resist winter diseases
Grandmothers wears only a thin cardigan during the thick of Delhi winter. They say Delhi winter is not strong. The diet of the natives of north India, makes them resistant to the harsh Delhi winter. Having a lot of green in the diet helps you gain resistance from the winter diseases.
Green and Fresh Vegetable Market
The weekly market held by the road side, in Delhi winter, looks much prettier than the fruit and vegetable section of a hyper market. There are a variety of vegetables which is garden fresh, because of the cold weather. The fenugreek leaves, spinach, mustard leaf, mint leaf  and a variety of other local leaves make the vegetable stalls looks greener and prettier. “Batua”, a common herb found in parks, is a very good winter protector which can be had with salads or other vegetable dishes.
Delhi winter is a partying time and not a a lazy man’s favourite climate. Winter is usually associated with death and darkness, there is a phrase in english ‘during the winter’s of life’. The activities connected with Delhi winter are of enjoyment like basking in the sun, having lot of food, marriage celebrations and so on. Life never stops in Delhi winter, the daily businesses run as usual in freezing winter or scorching summers.

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10 birds in delhi spotted in parks

birds in delhi
Birds in delhi is hard to spot. A friends said she spotted a crow in her balcony after a decade, her children never watched birds in delhi while growing up. The growing number of building in the city has deprived the children of experiencing the beauty of nature while they are growing up. Read how the saptaparni tree  perfumes the air during autumn in Delhi.
Compared to other cities, Delhi has a  better green cover; by putting in a little effort you can help your child watch a number of birds in delhi . While visiting the park you will be easily distracted by the activities and the noise of the people, therefore some level of concentration is needed to spot birds in delhi.
Unlike in olden days when there were more birds than leaves on banyan trees, now you can easily count the birds and there are even fewer banyan trees. While walking through the park you will come across different types of birds in delhi that are either residents of the park, migratory birds or visitors. Some of the birds in delhi that can be spotted in the park are as follows:
  1. House sparrow: Many articles have been written about the sad disappearance of this friend of children of yesteryear’s childhood days. They used to come home to peck at the grains and mothers showed them to pacify crying children. Now those kids, in their 30’s and 40’s, are running campaigns to save the remaining birds in delhi. There are house sparrows in a large number in a housing colony where a few trees are planted together in a yard. Some bird lovers provide bird food and water.
  2. Myna: Kids in olden days used to predict coming events depending on the number of myna that they spot. 1 means sadness, 2 mean happiness, 3 means someone is sending letter, and so on. There are a lot of mynas in the park and their future seem to be secure in the city.
  3. Parrot: They can be spotted mostly when the guavas are ripe. They will have all the guavas in bungalows  and then enjoy the cool air by perching on the trees in the park.
  4. Peacock: Peacocks are mostly found in agricultural fields; sometimes they visit the cities and sit on trees in the park. If  you are lucky you can witness the beautiful ‘peacock moment’ – peacock spreading it’s vibrant wings.
  5. Flower-pecker: She is a frequent visitor to houses with garden, which is smaller than a sparrow and can sit comfortably on a tulsi branch. It’s eggs are as small as lizards eggs and the babies are so small that when four of its babies perch together on a tender tulsi branch, you will mistake it for a big caterpillar. She eats all the bittergourds in the kitchen gardens.
  6. Crow: One of the birds in delhi that was so common in the olden days, now two or three can be spotted in the park.
  7. Pigeon: Known as the ‘lice of the city’, they can survive in any situation. They took the place of crow, and other birds in delhi, and literally make a mess of home and public place with their nests and droppings.
  8. Baya Weaver: The most photogenic variety of birds in delhi; they are colourful, elegant and their  perfectly woven nest are tempting enough to be taken home as a show piece. You can spot their nest on the top branches of huge trees in the park.
  9. White Eared Bulbul: These birds are flycatchers and so their numbers are increasing. they are second in position, among birds in delhi, after the pigeons.
  10. Pied Cuckoo: This migratory bird can hardly be spotted, however their beautiful songs after rain, brings back nostalgia of one”s native place.

Ancy Abraham

Delhi diwali…..The Day after

Delhi diwali

Delhi diwali is the time for celebration, shopping and socializing.  Diwali is also known for the noise of firecrackers. Loud fireworks indicate the fervor of the season. According to Newspaper reports this year’s pollution was less; but noise was more on Diwali. I beg to differ on the analysis. In the area that I stay this years Delhi diwali was a noiseless affair compared to the loud fireworks of previous years. Read this post to find how to gain resistance from pollution in Delhi.

The decibel of the sound of firework may differ from place to place. Our residential area consist of Bungalows with few occupants so the Diwali firework is a low key affair. As the smoke and noise did not penetrate into the house, like other Delhi diwali’s, yesterday’s night was as peaceful as any other night.

Today I went a little late to the park, because days break late as winter has set in; and the park, I thought, would be empty after late night Diwali celebration. To my surprise there were people of all age groups in the park and the green juice vendors were busily serving customers. There were some family with children playing on the swings and see-saws.

Walking through the park was a precious experience today, as there were few walkers which meant more space to walk leisurely through the park. To accompany the serenity that prevailed in the park , there was the chirping of birds that still survive in the concrete jungle. I counted alteast five varieties of birds – house sparrow, house crow, pigeon, myna and kite. Usually the birds cannot be spotted in the crowd of walkers and their beautiful songs are diluted in the cities noise. A mongoose fearlessly crossed the paths and squirrels were seen in large number busily nibbling some food.

Even at 9:00 in the morning the day was still young and the sun was slow to make an entry. Today the walk was really perfect as I had no fear of bumping others while walking fast; the calm in the park refreshed the mind. The day after a Delhi diwali was a gift to the walkers!

Ancy Abraham

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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