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Fantastico humans with mission in life

When I first went to interview Devender Singh Anand, whom I call Uncle, for the article  Empowering the underprivileged with Newspaper Cuttings, he was clueless why I wanted to write about him.  All these years he approached the Media only to write for the cause he is so passionately involved – helping the underprivileged and the specially abled.

His son explained to him “Papa, she has to write about someone who is doing inspiring work, so she wants to write about you. You will become famous after she writes”.

When I came to know the blog mentioned above got a prize, I called Uncle to give him the great news. When he picked the phone I told him very excitedly “Uncle the article about you won a prize, now you and your work will get more attention and moreover you are inspiring the youth of the country.” (the contest was conducted by Indibloggers and Youth ki Awaaz).

Uncle’s reply was a long silence….followed by “Very good, now you try to write something about the obstacles that the underprivileged have to undergo to gain their rights”.  The new-found recognition did not give him any reason to rejoice. Except him, everyone around him was excited.

Fantastico Humans with a Mission are like this; their focus is only on their mission. All the accolades and the attention is important to them only if it will serve to strengthen further their mission. In this Nation of 1.25 million population, there may be hundreds of such Fantastico humans, who continue their mission without worrying about Awards and Rewards.

In the park that I go for morning walks, an elderly man daily comes and waters the plants. One day I requested him to allow me to take a picture of him to put on my facebook page ‘Elderly of Delhi’.  He curtly refused. His mission to water plants can inspire many, but he does not want to be in the public glare.

Every year awards are given to the best teachers in the country. I wonder if there are only a handful of teacher that need to be awarded each year. Every Student, whether academically successful or not, has, at least, one teacher who has inspired him in his life. A teacher goes out of the way to help bright students with extra books, free tuition, food and accommodation.

There is one Fantastico Human about whom I very much want to write a blog. She was detected with breast cancer fifteen years ago, and because of her sheer determination, and courage she is now leading a normal life. In those days, the internet was not so common, yet she managed to gather all information on how to win over cancer. She now inspires those suffering to fight and win over the dreaded disease. Whenever I hear that someone, especially young woman, has succumbed to the disease, I regret that I did not introduce this Fantastico Human to her.  I have requested her to share her incredible story on my blog, but silence is her answer. I hope she reads this post and shares her story. Maybe we can use a pseudo name if she doesn’t want to come in public glare.

Peppy gifts better than business cards

To give a Business card or not to give a business card, that is the doubt nowadays.  Every business person has stacks of business cards which they have collected over years of networking for business purpose. Most of the time these cards do not come into any use.

Business cards are becoming nonexistent in many industries nowadays, as all you need to know is the name of the person and the company’s name.com for future communications. Every company has their social media accounts which make it easier and faster to develop communication.

When I went for the India Digital Summit, I realised that Peppy gifts rather than business cards struck the lasting humans connection.  The purpose of a business card is to remember the company and to maintain a  long lasting relation with them. According to me, there were two companies at the India Digitial Summit that left an indelible impression on the delegates.  They used some innovative methods that made their products more visible and paved the way for lasting relation with the participants.

Colour Code

Peppy gift

There was this company called Flock – a free chat service for work and business communication. Their colour theme, fluorescent green, was the colour code of their stall, uniform and the paper bags that they gave as gifts to the delegates. The fluorescent green paper bags were noticeable in every hall during the two-days conference. The colour was so striking that people inquired about where to get the kit. I too got one with the result that, two weeks past the event, my home still got a collection of fluorescent green Flock gifts – coasters, bag and stickers. I located their twitter handle and thanked them for the beautiful takeaways and thus a new connection has been developed with the company.

Smart Costume

peppy gift

NetCORE used a smart way to introduce their cloud-based, marketing technology platform- Smartech. There was a person in Robot Costume with Smartech written boldly on the Chest. The Red Robot walked around the venue. Anyone who took a picture with the Robot and posted it on Twitter had a chance to win an IPL ticket. I took a picture and posted it on Twitter. There were tweets and replies by NetCORE and finally I got an IPL ticket. More than the ticket I have made a connection with the organisation.

Certainly, a gift is an expensive substitute for a small and handy business card, but as technology and medium of communication is evolving day by day we need to find innovative methods to leave an indelible impression on those we intend to network for business.

India Digital Summit: Promising days ahead for Startups in India

The 10th India Digital Summit, with the theme ‘Stand-Up Start-Up’, saw the coming together of startups and investors from all across India, and the world. There were inspirational talks and discussions by the founders of popular Startups that are now a name to reckon with, like Paytm, Shopcules, Meru Cabs, Oxigen Wallet, to name a few. Aspiring startups introduced their innovative products before a bevy of investors gathered from all around the world.

Hundreds of executives from sectors like Mobile & Internet, Technology, Cloud, eCommerce, Travel, etc. attended the two-days meet, on Feb 10th and 11th, 2016. The largest gathering of the Digital organizations was conducted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), at The Lalit Hotel in New Delhi. The conference covered a broad range of topics related to the web and the mobile like value added services, payment, and networking, etc. Also discussed were issues relating to the use and application of various digital media -the web, mobile, social media, etc. Startups got insight into efficient positioning and promotion of Brands and their products.

Various Sessions discussed the penetration of internet in different sectors. Founder of Startups which made successful inroads in categories like food, rural India, health, travel, books, education, and women empowerment, participated in the discussions. According to experts in the online education courses, there is a great possibility for Edu-Tech in rural India. And people in rural India are ready to pay for the education products they buy online’.

A wide range of interesting products was introduced by startups before prospective investors and delegates. One interesting product was an App with which all of the Apps in the mobile can be opened at a faster pace. The age of the startups aspirants is decreasing with some of those claiming to be technical head of companies were still studying in college.

In the Valedictory Address, Jayan Sinha, Minister of State of Finance, Government of India, said that ‘Technology is the secret sauce of India’s transformation.’ Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha Member, who founded BPL Mobile, discussed the relevance of Net neutrality. Overall in the two days of Leadership talks, discussions and networking among delegates, there was a feeling of positivity with hopes of greater days ahead for aspiring startups.

Be part of the Big Impact: Stop Lead Poisoning

Colourless, odourless and poisonous lead, invisible to the naked eye but is present in the soil, water, air and products of daily use. In countries like The US, FDI takes stringent measures to ensure that lead compound in consumer goods are within the permissible limit; mandatory labour rules and regulations assure the safety of Lead workers. In India various organizations successfully highlighted the hazards of lead in petrol and lead in paint, and they were successful in implementing certain restrictions on the usage of lead. Now Lead is not used in petrol anymore, and lead in paint has to be within permissible limits. There is a long way to go, much more have to be done to reduce or restrict the use of lead in India.

In the last two years, Consumers India conducted a series of research with students, researchers and doctors, accumulating a wealth of information clearly indicating towards the presence of a hazardous level of Lead in India. As a result of consistent effort, letters, based on the studies and discussion, have been sent to Prime Minister, Health Minister, Cabinet Secretary and others in Government of India. This issue has also been flagged before National Human Rights Commission.

According to WHO, 13 out to the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, and Delhi tops the chart with six times the level of airborne particulate matter than are considered safe. WHO prepared the report based on the presence of harmful gases in the air such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide. There are some other pollutants in our surrounding which need to be reduced or if possible removed from the environment. One such pollutant is Lead, described as ‘hazardous’ and ‘poisonous’ worldwide, and found in dangerous level in the atmosphere as well as inside the human body. All lead found in products are lead compounds which oxidize and mixes with water, soil, air and human blood and bone.

Inorganic Lead compounds used for the industrial or domestic purpose, mostly in the oxidized state, leaches into the soil, water and air resulting in many health hazards leading to even death. According to studies Lead (PB2) is mistaken for Calcium (Ca2) and gets into the bones.

Lead has been used since time immemorial and was considered healthy for use. But scientific studies and clinical reports prove that lead at any level is harmful for human consumption. However because of many useful properties like water resistance and enhancing the colour, lead is used in many domestic and industrial products like the lead sheet, cosmetics, PVC pipes, glaze and ceramic paintings, trinkets and paints.

How to detect lead?

The presence of lead can only be proved by tests at Lead testing labs.

How to participate in the campaign?

All the Data and pictures collected can be tweeted with #StopLeadPoisoning to create the big impact

  • You can take the image of activities around your places like battery recycling or industrial activities which are taking place in areas banned for such activities.
  • If you find lead mentioned in the labeling, then send the pictures.
  • If you think someone, especially worker and kids have symptoms of lead poisoning, take picture and report.
  • If there are products with lead compounds at home, you can click the image.
  • You can also test the soil with Handheld X-ray fluorescence XRF analyzer
  • No level of lead is good for human health, but in many countries blood lead level below 10 is considered safe and above 40 is hazardous.

Products that cause Lead poisoning

big impact - stop lead poisoning

Paints

Lead is used in paints for speedy drying, durability and resistance to moisture that causes corrosion. Since lead is a leading cause of health hazard, many countries have the regulation prohibiting the use of lead in paints.  Alternative water-based paints are available. Although there are restrictions on the usage of lead in paint in India, Lead is added to some paints intended for household use. According to as survey by Toxic Link, it was the small and medium companies that covered 36%of the market which had a discrepancy in their claim about lead in paints. They find some technological difficulty in shifting to lead-free paints. Only lab tests can prove the presence of lead in paint. Lead added paints may be used in the homes. And sometimes playground equipment may contain high lever of lead, making the places hazardous for the kids.

Lead Sheets

Lead sheet is used for the construction of industry for roofing, flashing and cladding. And also used as shielding in the x-ray and nuclear industries. Lead in its solid metallic state (Lead sheet) would not normally present a hazard. However, Lead is a toxic metal and may present a hazard when melted from Lead dust and lead fumes. Oxidation of the surface of the Lead will occur forming a surface layer of Lead compounds.

Lead in water

Lead may be found in some metal water taps, interior water pipes, or pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes. When water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply

PVC Pipes

As per various surveys and investigations conducted by organisations such as the ‘Quality Council of India,’ the presence of ‘lead in water’ has alarmed people and agencies across the country. Thirty-three percent of over 370 samples of water from the top 26 cities of India tested positive for the harmful content of lead. Out of these, 31% of samples failed to adhere to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for a lead content of less than 10 ppb (parts per billion), while 2% of the samples failed to meet even the lenient Indian norms of 50 ppb.

Car and Inverter Batteries

 Lead poisoning occurs in many areas because of individuals recycling car batteries melted slag without appropriate controls and without having any understanding of the toxicity of lead.  According to a report, there are 110 Lead acid battery recycling units at Prem Nagar, near Mandoli, in Delhi which….. recover lead, releasing fumes and ash contaminating the air and soil.  Dr Naresh Gupta and Dr Amit Agrawal, of Maulana Azad Medical College, say that blood test on some workers in Delhi found that their blood lead is more that <40μg per dL, i.e., above the permissible limit. In another incident in Delhi  5-year-old girl, whose father is a battery factory worker, died of lead poisoning after suffering from kidney failure.

In humid conditions, car batteries need to be replaced every 2 or 3 years. Batteries are safe, but caution applies when touching damaged cells and when handling lead acid systems that have access to lead and sulfuric acid.

Ceramics Glaze

Lead may be present in the glazes or decorations covering the surface of some traditional pottery. If the pottery is not manufactured correctly, this lead can leach into food and drink that is prepared, stored, or served in the dishes.

It is not uncommon for ceramic items used for cooking or simply for decoration to contain lead. In fact, lead has been used in the glazing process for ceramic dishes, bowls, pitchers, plates and other utensils for centuries. Typically, after being fired in a kiln, a piece of ceramic will appear smooth and shiny due to the lead in the glaze.

However, to ensure that the items are safe for use, it is necessary to heat the ceramic to very high temperatures for a long enough period. If this step is not done correctly, the ceramic could contain levels of lead that pose a threat to human health.

Trinkets

Children use jewelry like bracelets, pendants, rings, etc. To attract kids, jewelry paint bright colours using organo-metallic compounds that are loosely bound to the surface and can peel out quickly. Children have a tendency to chew or swallow the jewellery which can sometimes be lethal.

Cosmetics

  • Kohl, Kahal, Al-Kahal, or Surma: According to FDI, samples often tested contain significant amounts of lead. Lead sometimes accounts for more than half the weight of a sample of kKohl usually in the form of lead sulfide.
  • Lipstick: What many don’t know is that lipsticks may contain lead, the notorious metal that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Not all lipsticks contain lead, but some studies in recent years show that the metal is more prevalent than previously thought. In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducted a study — “A Poison Kiss” — that detected lead in 61% of the 33 lipsticks tested, with levels ranging from 0.03 ppm to 0.65 ppm. No lipstick lists lead as an ingredient. The amounts are small, but the presence of lead in lipstick, which is ingested and absorbed through the skin, raises concerns about the safety of a cosmetic product that is wildly popular among women. According to FDI “Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption is ingested only in tiny quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the Lipsticks to be a safety concern.” Cost doesn’t seem to be a factor; a cheap or expensive lipstick isn’t the determinant of how much lead is present.
  • Progressive Hair Dyes: Lead acetate is used as a color additive in “progressive” hair dye products. These products are applied to achieve a gradual coloring effect.To ensure the safe use of these products, it is important that consumers follow these directions carefully.Users can determine if lead acetate is used in a particular hair dye product by reviewing the product ingredient declaration appearing on the label of the cosmetic package.

Toys

Lead may be found in paint on toys. It may also be used in plastic toys to stabilize molecules from heat.

Plastic

Lead softens the plastic. The use of lead is plastic is still prevalent.

Contributors to the Campaign

The inputs from the following discussion and studies were mentioned in the letters sent to Honorable Prime Minister and other higher Authorities.  Important inputs were also provided by various other experts. The contributors are as follows:

  • A group of students, led by Sushant Thakran, pursuing BBS from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (University of Delhi) has prepared a study report titled ‘Lead & Occupational Hazards’ during Winter 2014-15 Batch of Internship with Consumers India.
  • Inputs from the study ‘Lead Poisoning and Women’ by the group led by Subuhi Karim (MA Eco-Jamia Millia Islamia).
  • Expert inputs received from Dr Naresh Gupta, Director-Professor,  Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated Hospitals.
  • Dr Roopa Vajpeyi, Academic & Consumer Activist was the mentor of the student groups.
  • Dr Naresh Gupta, Dr Roopa Vajpeyi and Ms Anita Gupta, Academic Head for Science, Mount Carmel School, who were panelists in our programmeIs Lead Poisoning  Killing You Slowly?’
Full text of the LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER, as also some highlights of the study ‘Lead & Occupational Hazards’ are given below.

December 27, 2015

Dear Mr Prime Minister,

I would like to share with you some of our concerns regarding Lead Poisoning emanating from the studies titled ‘Lead & Occupational Hazards’ and ‘Lead Poisoning and Women’ carried out by groups of students led by Sushant Thakran (BBS-3rd yr, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, DU) and Subuhi Karim (MA Eco-Jamia Millia Islamia) respectively during internship with Consumers India as also expert inputs received from Dr Naresh Gupta, Director-Professor,  Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated Hospitals, Dr Roopa Vajpeyi, Academic & Consumer Activist and Ms Anita Gupta, Academic Head for Science, Mount Carmel School, who were panelists in our programme Is Lead Poisoning  Killing You Slowly?’ Held on October 28,  2015, at India Habitat Centre.

  • Lead is a chemical element in the carbon group which is used extensively in paints, toys, cable sheathing, lead sheets, PVC Pipes, ammunitions, car and inverter batteries, ceramics glaze, cosmetics, etc.  Ayurvedic and herbal medicines may also contain high levels of lead.
  • WHO has identified lead as one of the chemicals of major public health concern. As per their estimates, 15-18 million children in developing countries are suffering from permanent brain damage due to lead poisoning.
  • The tests carried out by the Centre for Science on popular paints in India found that 72 % of the samples had much higher levels of lead than the voluntary limit specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
  • All the samples of artificial jewellery tested by Toxics Link were found to contain very high levels of lead, which when ingested, could lead to lead poisoning.
  • 33% of over 370 samples of water from the top 26 cities of India tested positive for the harmful content of lead. (QCI).
  • Exposure to lead causes anaemia, hypertension, kidney diseases and impaired fertility. Children and pregnant women are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning. The foetus of a pregnant woman is gravely affected by lead exposure since lead can pass through the placenta directly to the baby.
  • Lead paint is the major source of lead exposure for children. Children’s digestive system absorbs up to 50% of the lead they ingest. Studies have shown as much as a 5.8 decline in IQ (on a scale where 100 is average) for every 10 micrograms increase of lead in blood levels.
  • As lead paint deteriorates, it peels. A single chip of paint of the size of a thumbnail contains 1 gram of lead, and a few such chips can raise the intake of lead to 1,000 times the acceptable limit. Children with a history of pica (compulsive cravings to eat non-food items like dirt, paint chips or clay) are at risk of lead poisoning.
  • Cosmetics like lipstick, Kajal and sindoor are major sources of lead poisoning in women. The average quantity of lipstick ingested by a woman in her lifetime is 2 kgs, and it is also linked to infertility and miscarriage.
  • A survey of workers carried out by our interns for their study revealed that most of the painters don’t even know that there is the lead in paint which is hazardous to health. The battery recyclers, however, generally know that their field of work is associated with lead. But they cannot imagine switching jobs as they have to feed their family!
  • A survey of consumers revealed that 70% of them had no awareness of the lead content they are exposed to in day-to-day life.
  • Though Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had revised its household and decorative paint standards to 90 ppm in 2013, it is rarely followed by industry.

We suggest that following steps be taken by the Government to tackle this menace effectively:

  • It is necessary to establish a national mandatory regulatory framework to control the manufacture, import, export, sale, and use of lead paints, toys, cosmetics, Ayurvedic and herbal medicines and other products causing lead poisoning.
  • Awareness regarding lead poisoning should be spread amongst consumers.
  • Prenatal check up of pregnant women should include the blood test for lead.
  • There is also need to review the existing limits for Lead in prevailing standards. Many countries worldwide are reducing the permissible limits. For example, Canada has a limit of 10 ppm for Lead in products applied to the skin.

We appeal to you to kindly take adequate measures to safeguard the health and well-being of our consumers from the hazards of lead poisoning.

With regards,

Yours truly,

Dr Jayashree Gupta

President, Consumers India

5 summer drink recipes to beat the heat

On scorching summer afternoons, you see parents giving chilled juice bottles to kids as soon as they alight from the School bus. Only few kids are lucky enough to get such minute parental attention as in most homes both parents are working. After School kids come home and serve the food themselves with the result most kids do not eat and drink on time. Drinking a lot of water in very important in the summer season, but due to tiredness and laziness kids will avoid drinking water.

Many kids suffer from stomachaches and they sometimes faint in the classrooms in summer. There is a general feeling of lethargy and sickness which may be the sign of not taking a lot of water to stay hydrated. A medical professional once told me to take a lot of seasonal fruits during the summer like watermelon, pomegranate and strawberry. Kids do not eat fruits unless given forcefully and parents do not have the time to persuade them. The healthiest and the easiest way to make the kids intake the fruits is to prepare juice and refrigerate them.  When the kids return from school the first thing they will do is to open the refrigerator and have some cool homemade, refreshing summer drinks.

It is not true that kids do not like homemade food.  Parents who cook regularly at home say their kids like homemade food. (Tip: understand your kids taste bud and cook accordingly.) The 5 summer drinks mentioned here are not as sweet and yummy as the packaged drinks, and you won’t find them on menu cards, but once the kids develop a taste for these drinks they will drink it without any compulsion.

The summer drinks mentioned here are for people of all age groups and you can easily prepare them using ingredients that are regularly used at homes. Unlike the aerated, sugary, soda drinks, that just quenches the thirst these healthy summer drinks option also provide necessary vitamins to resist heat and diseases.

Healthy summer drink recipes, easy to prepare and refrigerate. Kids rehydrating drink after school - Juices of Aam Panna, Bael phal , Nellikai arishtam...
Aam Panna – Raw mango juice, a refreshing summer drink

Raw Mango Juice (Aam Panna)

As a child, the only time I loved having aam panna was while travelling by train during summer vacations. My Mother carries the aam panna pulp in a small container and sugar in another. We, siblings, make friend with other kids while travelling together for two days. Mother prepares the juice and serves to all the kids. Aam panna in those moments were rejuvenating, soothing and enjoyable like never before.

Ingredients

Raw Mango – 1 Medium Size

Sugar/jaggery- As required

Cumin Seed – 1/4 tsp

Water – 2 cup

Method of preparation

Steam the mango in a pressure cooker/ steamer. Remove the peel on cooling and extract the pulp. Add the cumin seeds, sugar and two cups of water. Stir well. Pass the concoction through a strainer to remove the pulp. You will get a translucent juice.

Health Benefits

Resists heat; provides Vitamin C and anti-oxidants; prevents Dehydration, diarrhoea, Indigestion and Constipation; an effective solution for Diabetes; checks Anemia and Improves digestion.

Healthy summer drink recipes, easy to prepare and refrigerate. Kids rehydrating drink after school - Juices of Aam Panna, Bael phal , Nellikai arishtam...
Gooseberry extract (Nellikai Arishtam) – a summer drink to resist heat stroke

Gooseberry Extract (Nellikai Aristam)

Gooseberry has many medicinal properties hence the extract is known as aristam (medicinal wine). Gooseberry is prepared with jaggery so as to keep the percentage of alcohol low. Mother used to prepare Gooseberry liquor at home which is similar to the process of wine making except that yeast and sugar is not used. Gooseberry extract is the best resistance against heat and resists many diseases. In Ayurveda gooseberry is an essential ingredient for hair products due to its cooling effect.

Ingredients

Gooseberry – 1 Kg
Jaggery – 1 Kg
Cloves and Cardamom – Powdered

Method of preparation

Select fresh gooseberries, wash and dry them. Make small holes on the gooseberries with a fork. In a porcelain jar, place one layer of gooseberries followed by a layer of powdered jaggery. Finally, add the cinnamon and clove on top. Close the lid tightly, cover the lid with a cloth and keep it undisturbed for 2 months.  By now the Juice is extracted. Squeeze and strain the juice and store it for more than a year in a cool, dry place. For kids, a spoon full of gooseberry extract diluted with water is highly refreshing for the whole body.

Health benefits

Gooseberry extract is rejuvenating and it is used as a remedy for jaundice, dyspepsia and cough.

Healthy summer drink recipes, easy to prepare and refrigerate. Kids rehydrating drink after school - Juices of Aam Panna, Bael phal , Nellikai arishtam...
Bael (Stonne Apple) Juice – A traditional Indian summer drink to beat the heat

 

Stone apple (Bael) Juice

There was a bael tree in front of the temple near my home. In those days Bael was common, large fruits hang on the tree like Christmas hangings. When the fruit falls, the hard shell breaks and the yellow pulpy fruit inside is visible. Some passerby will take the fruit and have it. I did not know the value of the fruit until coming to Delhi, where you have to buy the fruit and juice. In the villages in North India Bael (Stone apple) is a holy fruit and the fruit juice is considered as an excellent heat resistor.

Ingredients
Bael / Wood Apple – 2 medium size
Jaggery – 2 tbsp
Salt –  A pinch
Cumin Seed – 1 tsp
Water – 2 glasses

Method of preparation

Split the fruit using a pestle, and scoop the pulp. In a bowl, mash the pulp so as to soften the pulp and separate the seeds. Now add a glass of water and pass the juice through a strainer. If required add more water and press the pulp so that the juice is separated and only the fibre remains in the strainer. Add the rest of the ingredients – jaggery, salt and cumin seed to the juice. Blend it in a mixer and serve it.

 Health benefits

The ripe fruit keeps the body and mind cool, cures acidity also. It helps to improve the digestive system and controls diabetes.

Healthy summer drink recipes, easy to prepare and refrigerate. Kids rehydrating drink after school - Juices of Aam Panna, Bael phal , Nellikai arishtam...
Watermelon Crush – A summer drink which requires no water to be added

Watermelon Crush

Watermelon is sweet and watery so there is no need to add water. We can add some flavours to make the juice tastier and healthier.

Ingredients

Watermelon – 1 medium size

Sugar – 2 tbsp.

Mint leaf – 3 to 4 Nos.

Lemon juice – 2 tbsp.

Method of Preparation

Peel the watermelon and remove the seeds. Blend the chunks in a blender for a minute. Now add the sugar, mint leaf and lemon juice. Blend it again. Pour it directly into a serving glass and cover with a plastic sheet before refrigerating.

Health benefits

Watermelon consist of 90% water, hence the juice helps to stay hydrated and prevents heat stroke. The fibre in the fruit helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract. According to some studies, a glass of watermelon juice before an intense workout helps to reduce muscle soreness.

Healthy summer drink recipes, easy to prepare and refrigerate. Kids rehydrating drink after school - Juices of Aam Panna, Bael phal , Nellikai arishtam...
Lemon Juice – Easiest and most common healthy summer drink

Lemon Juice

When you want to have some chilled summer drink, the first option that comes to mind is the soda lemon juice. Many small juice sellers become famous due to the twist they provide in the lemon drink. In my hometown, a juice seller got customer queuing up because of his famous lemon juice with ginger extract. Multifarious tweaks can be added to the lemon juice, here is the simple recipe that I prepare almost every day:

Ingredients

Lemon: 1/4 Cup

Sugar: 1/2 Cup

Water: 1 Cup

Salt: 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation

Mix the Lemon juice with sugar, salt and water and keep it in the refrigerator. Lemon juice will remain fresh for two to three days.

Health Benefits

Lemon juice helps you to stay calm and cool. It helps to improve the immune system, cleans the stomach and purifies the blood. Lemon is also useful in treating arthritis, rheumatism, obesity, constipation and dental problems.

Palazzo pants for all occasions

Palazzo pants are loose pants that look more like a skirt. More often celebrities are spotted wearing palazzo pants paired with shirts, tank tops and jackets. And their style is enhanced with branded bags and matching stiletto. To know more tips about losing weight read this post. 

Palazzo pants are the latest trend  of this summer. Women wear palazzo pants to malls, shopping, parties and tourist destinations. The long flowing pants looks very elegant and attractive when worn on all occasions. And in winters you can use the chiffon palazzo pants.

Why wear a Palazzo pant?

Palazzo is the style of this summer season.  Palazzo is not just for celebrities. With a little modification to suit the lifestyle, palazzo pant can be worn to office, parties and markets.

Palazzo pant gives an edge, in style quotient, so that the one wearing a palazzo stands out in a crowded metro or in an public event. Palazzo pants are loose flowing so they are comfortable to be worn to work.

How to wear a Palazzo pant?

You can wear a palazzo pant which is foot length and team it with a high heeled shoe.  Palazzo pant can be paired with traditional Indian tops like kameez; or with short shirts and tank tops.

Palazzo pants in different hues and materials

Palazzo pants are now available in silk, crinky chifon, chiffon and cotton variety and they have been adapted for the everyday lifestyle of the common man. For girls and women who want to look smart in office, in parties, shopping or for an outing; any time and every where the Palazzo pant is comfortable and stylish.

There are a variety of palazzo pants available in the market in various colours and materials. Pair palazzo pants with an elegant top and look pretty and smart for office, party or an outing.

palazzo pantsCrinkle Chiffon Palazzo pants as Party wear

Wear a loose flowing crinkle chiffon palazzo pants party wear with a matching long Kameez and look stunning at parties.

 

palazzo pantsPrinted Palazzo Pants for casuals

A printed cotton palazzo pants is comfortable for casual wear paired with a short shirts. 

 

 

 

palazzo pantsSilk palazzo pants for evening wear

This silk outfit looks gorgeous for a social event like a birthday party or an anniversary. 

palazzo pantsMatching accessories for palazzo pants

A matching pair of ear rings, colourful necklace or a stylish hand bag will increase the style quotient.

 

 

 

 

palazzo pantsPalazzo pants official wear

Get ready for office looking stylish, trendy, official and smart.

 

palazzo pantsMothers in Palazzo pants

A modern mom who is trendy and gorgeous in palazzo. Make sure that the palazzo pant bottom does not drag on the floor. The palazzo pants look elegant with a flat heel shoe.

 

 

 

palazzo pantsPalazzo pants for formal wear

Wear the palazzo pants with the trendiest kameez in the market. The best look comes when the palazzo pants are worn in contrasting colours with the top.

palazzo pantsPalazzo pant with prints

A printed casual looking palazzo pants can be worn to college on a normal day. Pair it with a short kurta of contrasting colour. 

 

 

 

palazzo pantsPalazzo pant with a short top

Who said palazzo pants are only for celebrities. Wear a short top with palazzo pants, wear a bead necklace and get ready for office any day.

 

 

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Printed palazzo pants look elegant on college girls. Where ever you go you get noticed for the style and elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

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.