Sunday, February 27, 2011


It is never too late to live with richness, purpose, joy and love.
No matter how much time you feel you have wasted or lost,
it is never too late to make the most of the moment you are in.
No matter how many mistakes you think you have made,
it is never too late to start moving in a positive direction.
The instant you choose to fully live,
the past no longer has the power to hold you you back.
Where you are now is precisely where you need to be.
With gratitude in your heart for the journey that has brought you here,
choose now to make the most of where you are.
Starting from this place you can go in any direction.
It is never too late to choose the very best direction you can imagine.
Dig down and get in touch with the real substance of your most treasured dreams.
For what matters most, is always within your reach.
Move right on past the disappointments, the frustrations,
the regrets and the negative assumptions you have accumulated.
It is never too late to fully become the real, authentic, unique and valuable person you are.

By - L. Ron Hubbard
Loved these lines ...thought of sharing them with you .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Add a few drops of water to half a tablespoon of the powder. Apply the paste all over the face, neck and wash off after 10 minutes. This reduces the wrinkles and fine lines while fighting acne and oily skin.
Mix all the three ingredients. Yogurt can be used in the place of lemon juice. Apply all over the face and let it dry. The acids in the lemon juice treat dark spots on the face clearing the complexion. Turmeric brightens your face.
  • MILK
Milk is an excellent oil-free cleanser and it does not dry out the skin. Wash your face with milk so that the pores are not clogged with sebum/oil.
Not only dry skin but oily skin too needs moisturising. Honey is an excellent natural moisturiser. Apply a thin layer of honey all over the face and wash off after 15 minutes.
Take one tablespoon of multani mitti, mix about three tablespoons of rose water. Apply to face and neck. Wash face when the pack dries off completely. This is a unique pack containing valuable herbs to give you an oil-free, smooth and clear skin.
Information Source ... Bombay Times
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Saturday, February 19, 2011


  • Thyme is a herb used for culinary purposes as well as for medicinal properties.
    Here is a list of the health and medicinal benefits of thyme.
  • Thymol, the oil present in thyme leavesis used in mouthwashes to act as a breath freshener.
  • The anti-bacterial properties make it an effectiveremedy against mucous membranes present in the stomach and lungs.
  • The antiseptic properties make it an useful remedy for insect bites, burns and wounds.
  • A good remedy for bronchitis, cough and cold is to have fresh thyme leaves along with a teaspoon of honey, two to three times a day.
  • Thyme aids digestion and is especially useful after eating red meat.
  • Women who wish to seek relief fromtheir painful menstrual cycles should eat fresh thyme leaves because they contain anti-spasmodic properties.
  • Thyme oil is known to provide a soothing effect on the senses, alleviate mood, physical exhaustion and reduce insomnia by fostering good sleep.
Information source .. Bombay Times
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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Did you know that loss of more than 15 percent of water in the body can have fatal effects.

You know when you are dehydrated when you feel really thirsty. This happens when there is lack of fluids and/or the increase of some osmolites such as salts in the human body.

The symptoms of dehydration in most people becomes extremely evident after 2 percent loss of one's normal water volume in the body. In addition to thirst the symptoms might include dry skin, abnormally dark urine, tiredness and headache. Around 10 to 15 percent loss of water may result in dim vision, muscle cramps, dizziness.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration.

Information source ... Bombay times.
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We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.
What is the correct way of eating fruits?

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining, "Every time I eat watermelon I burp; when I eat during, my stomach bloats up; when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit.. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

TURMERIC / HALDI (Know your Spices)

Grown in South Asia, turmeric is called HARIDRA in Sanskrit and its use in Indian cuisine dates back to 3,000 BC. It's botanical name is CURCUMA.
Turmeric was not known to to the western world until the 13th century when it was introduced to Europe by Arab traders and came to be known as Indian Saffron. This spice is the key ingredient in many Persian, Malay and Thai dishes too.
Turmeric is a symbol of purity,prosperity and fertility. It is almost used in all Indian rituals.

A pinch of turmeric is added to the water that is poured on the idols of gods and goddesses temples as a part of abhishekam. Betel leaves,nuts and dried turmeric roots are given to women guests as they are considered fertile and bring good luck. A paste of turmeric and vermilion is applied on the forehead during ceremonies.
Turmeric plays a key role in Indian marriages. On the eve of the wedding,turmeric paste is applied on the bride's face and arms. In some regions, the saree worn by the bride is dyed in turmeric powder. Turmeric mixed with rice is showered on the groom and bride for good luck. The palm of the bride is smeared with turmeric powder as a mark of change in her status.
When the groom ties a turmeric-dyed thread called TALI or MANGALSUTRA, around the neck of the bride,they become husband and wife.
It is extensively used in Ayurveda because of its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. In Chinese herbal medicine too turmeric has been a vital part.
It is supposed to heal the wounds quicker.
It has the ability to clear the phlegm. A pinch of turmeric added to warm milk helps clear the soar throat.
These days all kinds of turmeric based cosmetic products and creams are available in the market.
Information Source:The speaking tree
(A Times of India Group Publication)
Pictures Source: Photobucket

Sunday, February 6, 2011


If I could catch a rainbow I would do it just for you.
And share with you it's beauty on the days you're feeling blue

If I could build a mountain you could call your very own
A place to find serenity A place to be alone...........

If I could take your troubles I would toss them in the sea
But all these things I'm finding are impossible for me

I cannot build a mountain or catch a rainbow fair
But let me be what I know best: A friend that's always there.

I came across this beautiful poem on friendship....I do not know who the author is.
How true it is....the gift of friendship is the only precious thing, I feel....that one can receive.
You just have one good friend, who loves you unconditionally and is like a pillar to support you through thick and thin. There are moments in every body's life when you feel low and depressed, he/she is there to give you the moral support and the courage to face and accept things. Such friends work like a band-aid on a wound...with a magic healing touch. They understand your moods and feelings and are there for you always no matter what.
But you have to be really lucky to find such friends.....others are like fair weather friends....who come and go like changing weather.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The idea of pets is not limited only to dogs and cats. Birds, rabbits, tortoises, and even reptiles are included in the pet categories. Having pets is experiencing joy and enrichment, something that almost all pet owners swear by.

Here are some benefits of having pets:

  • Pets act as a great source of stress busters. No matter how tired and stressed out you feel when you return after a long day at work, the affection that your pet gives you is bound to make you happy.

  • Caressing your pets and just spending some quality time with them is known to lower blood pressure.

  • Pet owners tend to lead a more active lifestyle, taking the pets for walks, playing with them and grooming them.

  • Pets have the power to ward off loneliness and depression, especially for the elderly people.
  • Children who grow up in a house with pets, tend to fall less prey to infections.

Source: Bombay Times.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything.
Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with what you need for yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.
Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
Be the last to criticise a colleague who fails.
Be loving to those who love you.
Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change.
Above all be yourself !