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Taj Mahal – the architectural inspiration to many
March 26, 2017
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The great architectural marvel of Taj Mahal is among one of the world’s renowned structure, was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This marvelous structure stands tall in Agra, along the banks of river Yamuna. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees

 

However, some little known facts are as follows :

There’s a replica of this structure in Bangladesh, which is known as Taj Mahal of Bangladesh, built by Ahsanullah Moni, a wealthy Bangladeshi film-maker. Construction began in 2003, but Mr Moni says that he came up with the idea in 1980 when he first visited the real Taj in Agra, India. He said that his homage had been built because most people living in Bangladesh – where nearly half of the population exist below the poverty line – cannot afford to travel to India to see the real thing.

 

Faizul Hasan Qadri, a retired postmaster from Kaser Kalan village (around 50km from Bulandshahr in western Uttar Pradesh), from India, also started building a small replica of the original structure in his village to show his love for his beloved wife. The 80-year-old retired postmaster, who had exhausted all his savings in building a “mini” Taj Mahal in Bulandshahr in the memory of his late wife, has got financial aid from the Uttar Pradesh government in constructing the mausoleum, in which he wishes to be buried beside his woman. Qadri said that he has spent Rs 14 lakh on the building, including provident fund and gratuity. And now it has become a piece of attraction for the villagers in Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

World Sparrow Day – Let’s save them, before they extinct
March 20, 2017
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Did you know that 20th March is observed as “World Sparrow Day” – in order to raise awareness among global citizens about this extinct species and the need to save them, inorder to save this environment. House sparrow is a common urban bird, which co-habitats with us, but rampant urbanization has caused more harm to this species.

The idea was to earmark a day for the house sparrow to convey the message of conservation of the house sparrow and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken so much for granted. The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world. The day was celebrated by carrying out different various kinds of activities and events like art competitions, awareness campaigns, and sparrow processions as well as interactions with media. The idea of marking a World Sparrow Day came up during an informal discussion at the Nature Forever Society’s office.

The tentacles of development spreading with fast paced concretisation of the city have ended in choking away one of mankind’s oldest associate. While concretisation sealed the fate of sparrow nesting, rising levels of pollution only aggravated the situation for these compact birds with bright grey and brown plumage. Bird lovers looking at the civic bodies to pitch in with efforts by earmarking conservation spaces in the parks for the birds feel disheartened by the lukewarm response.

However, there are very simple measures by which one can reintroduce the sparrows into the city life. People can recycle their used water bottles to make bird feeders filled with grains. Similarly, shoeboxes kept outside can serve as nesting areas for these birds. With greater awareness, we can bring a change in the way this chirpy neighbouring bird is facing threat of extinction.

 

Ice Cream – Summer time solace with health benefits
March 18, 2017
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Summer time and the only solace we find is in ice creams, and once we decide to have ice creams – the right flavour for the right mood sets us free from all stress and strain of a workaholic lifestyle. This interesting food item has some equally interesting past history – During the 5th century BC, ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice “as it livens the life-juices and increases the well-being.” In 400 BC, the Persians invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavours. The Roman Emperor Nero (37–68 AD) had ice brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings to create chilled delicacies. In the sixteenth century, the Mughal emperors used relays of horsemen to bring ice from the Hindu Kush to Delhi, where it was used in fruit sorbets.

Today, modern machineries are employed to manufacture ice creams in factories, to satisfy the taste buds of the consumers. Ice cream is such a sweetened frozen food, which is being loved across all age groups. However, a scoop of ice cream can be beneficial to your health in many ways.

There is no denying that ice cream isn’t exactly a health food. Its main ingredients are cream, milk, sugar and flavouring. That being said, ice cream does provide your body with a handful of key nutrients, including bone-strengthening calcium and phosphorus, blood-pressure-lowering potassium and energizing B vitamins. It also provides a decent amount of protein, which is important in tissue repair and cell growth. Here’s a reason women may want to indulge in ice cream: A Harvard study published in the journal Human Reproduction suggests that consuming full-fat milk or ice cream may improve your chances of having a baby.

Health benefits of Honey, the must have in your kitchen
March 13, 2017
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There are certain natural things available in our household, which has tremendous medicinal benefit, which we probably are unaware of and simply ignore. One of such natural element is HONEY. Honey is so good, that it can be considered as one of the key member in the list of powerfoods that should be in your kitchen right now.

Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. Honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide and probably that’s why it has incredibly long shelf-life. Ancient Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4,000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea and nausea. Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the mysterious therapeutic properties of honey. Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, honey can also be moisturizing and nourishing. For a powerful home beauty treatment for which you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already.

 

And for your knowledge, there are at least 40 types of honey, and each one has a distinctive taste and unique properties. Different honeys have different flavonoid profiles, depending on the floral source of the nectar.

Women’s cricket schedule for 2017
March 12, 2017
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As a cricket lover, I am sure you are well aware of the upcoming schedules of matches around the world, right. But are you also aware of the Women’s cricket tournaments that are lined up for the year 2017? I am sure, you have never thought of it. Here’s a quick glance at the schedule for 2017 …

Apart from the ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales in June and July, Australia will host a multi-format series later in the year that will feature the first-ever Women’s Day-Night Test match at the North Sydney Oval.

Slowly but steadily, all Test-playing nations have introduced central contracts. Australia’s WBBL, now two seasons old, and England’s Women’s Cricket Super League have been massive hits, and the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 in India gave a glimpse of the potential that remains to be tapped.

Things have been moving rapidly in women’s cricket since the International Cricket Council took over the International Women’s Cricket Council in 2005. New benchmarks are expected to be set when the 11th edition of the Women’s World Cup takes place across four venues in England from June 24 this year.

India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan were the four teams to qualify through the Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 held in Colombo. They will join Australia, the defending champions, England, New Zealand and West Indies to complete the line-up. The top eight countries played three matches against each other in the ICC Women’s Championship, with the top four earning automatic qualification.

Held from 2014 onwards, the Championship produced some memorable moments. Meg Lanning topped the batting charts with 1,232 runs in 21 matches, while Ellyse Perry followed her on the second spot with 985 runs. Jess Jonassen was the best bowler with 31 wickets. The trio played a big role in Australia winning 18 matches to top the table.

The bottom four teams – India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – joined Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Papua New Guinea to play the Qualifiers in Colombo.

 

Love- Hate relationship with TV Ads
March 12, 2017
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Right now the Television programme which you are watching is all due to the money pumped in by the Advertisers and hence they have the right to advertise their product or service in between your favourite television series. So are you annoyed, irritated or entertained with such kinds of Ads, which interrupt your flow of watching the TV series?

Some might feel it extremely annoying while others take it with pinch of salt, and while rest feel it as a dose of entertainment and consumes the same with same zeal and enthusiasm. In most countries in the world, broadcast television is available for free to anyone who has a television set.   Obviously, nothing is ever really for free.  So in return for receiving free entertainment and information over the airwaves, television viewers have to watch television commercials coming from the people who sponsor those programs.

Television commercials come in many forms, such as:

  • the traditional 30-second commercial, with variations such as 5-second, 10-second, 15-second, 45-second, 60-second and so on
  • public service announcements
  • 30-minute or longer infomercials touting specific products and services
  • sponsor logos superimposed artificially on soccer fields or basketball courts
  • static or rotating billboards in broadcasts of live events
  • home shopping channels that are commercial in nature all the time
  • product placements within the television programs, such as the soft drink in the hand of the actor

Advertising is a funny business. Literally, look at enough ad agency portfolios and you’ll see so much comedy that you’ll start to wonder if the only successful approach is humour, even at times emotions play a huge role too. Some ad experts think advertisers need to worry about more than just sales. If viewers begin to associate the brand or packaging with the negative emotion of a loud and annoying interruption of their entertainment, eventually the brand will suffer.

Happily Retired ever after – Enjoy its to the fullest
March 11, 2017
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Not everybody can plan their retirement in a way, that the enjoy their after work life with same enthusiasm and fun. There are some things that we can learn from others who have made the transition into the kind of life that they wanted.  Some would say that they were “happily retired”, while others wouldn’t even admit to being retired at all!  That’s the point–this next phase of your life will be about living the kind of life that YOU decide.  It might include work, it might be travel or it might be learning and doing new things!

The truth is, even though most professionals look forward to retirement, the loss of a job can be unexpectedly traumatic. According to psychologists, jobs provide mental health benefits including:

  • Feelings of contribution and being appreciated
  • The satisfaction of solving problems and learning new things
  • Relationships with fellow workers
  • Daily routines eliminating mental decisions about “what to do next”

The key to a positive retirement is to ensure these benefits don’t get lost, but are simply experienced in a different way.

Staying active is key to post retirement agenda, be it both mentally and physically. Retirement can be emotionally devastating. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, volunteer your time, years of experience, and wisdom to help fulfill your need for accomplishment and recognition. The average person has roughly 20 years of life remaining after retirement – time enough to write a masterpiece, run a marathon, or mentor hundreds of youth. There’s even time to do nothing, discover the beauty of grandkids, or rekindle the romance of a long relationship. Tomorrow can be the beginning of new adventures, new joys, and greater successes – how you spend it is up to you. Hence retirement should be taken positively and brave it as any other phase of life.

 

 

 

Blood donation is like saving a life
March 10, 2017
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Probably one the noble social cause is BLOOD DONATION, something which is within our reach and a simple way we can make a huge difference to the society at large. We need to build a vibrant, active and social movement throughout the length and breadth of our beloved society to raise awareness amongst the population for donating blood by motivating every healthy person to come forward and give blood voluntarily and regularly. We as a nation, extends our best wishes to all those engaged in promoting this noble cause. As medical science is advancing at a terrific speed, the need for blood is equally in very great demand in our country as there are many fatal accidents and complicated surgeries going on to save human lives. The timely availability of safe blood can save a life in distress. Blood donation is entirely a safe procedure and builds an immediate and immeasurable relationship between the donor and often an unidentified recipient.

Donating blood is almost saving a precious life – Blood donation is an extremely noble act. It is something one would do to put their share in helping a person in need.

There are several myths about blood donation and one need to understand that simply donating a bottle of blood will not make you sick. Blood cells form in one’s body very fast, and by the time you have a glass of milk and some fruit, you’ve made twice the blood you donated.

There’s no substitute for human blood, although researchers have been trying for decades to create an artificial substitute. Only blood from one person can save another.

Human blood contains different proteins, and can be classified into four major blood groups: A, B, AB, and O. Type O is the most common, and the type blood banks frequently run short of during their peak seasons. Blood transfusions must take place between donors of like blood types. The body produces antibodies if given the wrong blood type.

Don’t you think, Pizzas are overrated worldwide!!
March 7, 2017
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We all love to bite our Pizza, its hot, its cheesy, its spicy, and its yum!! But just think about it, don’t you think Pizza is just too overrated worldwide? As if it’s the staple food of the world population. People are over obsessed with their Pizza and goes gaga over it, posting on Social media, taking pictures.. and what not. Sure enough, you can’t log onto Facebook, Twitter, or Insta without that cheesy delicious circle being pushed in your face.

It’s like – so relatable how good pizza is and how bad our love lives are… but is it really relatable that you prefer a damn pizza over a relationship? I think this is crossing the line from relatable to pathetic. We all love food and experimenting with food and trying different kinds of dishes should be desirable, rather than gobbling Pizza all over. Every human being in the world has to eat, but working out actually takes some motivation, so why do we find it necessary to brag about just how little we do and hide behind pizza to get likes. You know what’s way better than pizza? Pulled pork, clam chowder in a bread bowl, your grandmother’s banana bread! You don’t see me posting about how I want to marry banana bread and it’s way cooler than going to the gym or having goals in life, no, that’s strictly designated to pizza already.

And if you actually think back, you will find Pizza is a complete waste of money, the side crust is anyway left to rot, and too much of cheese is anyway unhealthy. You just KNOW that when that cheese breaks apart the leftovers will get stuck on his chin or something. When people try to spice up a pizza by adding some new toppings, it ends up as a nasty mound of unrelated foods that should only be eaten together in case of emergency.

And yes…Pizzas are overrated worldwide.

 

Violent Kids :: The other side of Video games
March 5, 2017
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Video games – something which the kids of modern times get glued on to. They spend long hours in front of computer, laptop, tablet or even smartphone to complete various levels of their favourite games. The parents on the other hand find it great that, their wards are busy playing video games, without even realizing the cruel reality that’s slowly developing in the kids’ mind.

To kids, virtual experiences feel very real, not only because the graphics today are so amazing, but because they are taking on a first-person role in the killing process. Rather than just passively watching a rated-R violent movie, when kids play a game, they are one of the main characters inside the adventure. The entire experience becomes a more meaningful — and deadly – in their brains, which are forming new connections every day.

Investigators and Researchers discovered that people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. They also found that those who played nonviolent games showed no meaningful changes in aggression or hostile expectations over that period. Kids mind is an imaginative world, where they believe most of it to be true. Foul languages, explicit stunts, violence used in the games make them feel that these all are part of their social life and they grow up with it to become an aggressive individual.

Playing violent video games are easily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some young people become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior.  But many scientists and psychologists find that video games can actually have many benefits – the main one is making kids smart.  Video games may actually teach kids high-level thinking skills that they will need in the future.

The only way out, is parent’s intervention when the kids chose a particular video game to play. Parents might evaluate the content before letting their kids go ahead.