Monday, December 21, 2015

Know your rights and survive

It is said that if you do not speak up and in support of your neighbor when he is being subjected to a crime then you are next in queue so be ready to be subjected to the same treatment.
However when it comes to an act of Sexual violence the victim seldom speaks up. She invariably keeps mum and this silence lets the offender get away scot free.
1) Speak up and report the incident for it is not just a crime against an individual but against society at large. It is wrong to have been subjected to such an act and equally wrong to keep mum.
I know that people gossip, they also point fingers but then there are those who would stand in your support. Take the incident of the Nirbhaya rape case it united not just the entire city but the entire country in support of the victim and against the offender.
Public opinion is changing and help and support can be extended only to those who ask for it.
Take for instance the law about sexual violence has been modified to make it easier for the victim to file a complaint.

As against earlier times when a victim of sexual violence had to visit the police station that was the closest to where the offense occurred, now a days she can have a FIR lodged by visiting any police station she chooses. She can also use email or call up to report the matter.
On her behalf and with her consent , a friend ,a witness or a member of the family can also file a complaint. In such cases she would need to visit the police station and lodge the FIR later.

Hiding a crime and not speaking up is an offense akin to supporting a criminal. By doing so you are only encouraging the criminal to repeat the crime and they become fearless that no action would be taken. Even the victim is always under risk of becoming a repeat victim of the crime. So it is important to register a complaint with the authorities and initiate legal action.
3) By taking legal action you are not just helping nab a criminal but also protecting other women from becoming victim to the same offender.
It mobilizes public opinion in favor of the victim and against the offenders. Every time an offender is nabbed and punished it breaks the morale of other offenders and future would be delinquents. It instills a fear of the law and makes the streets and the cities a bit more safer for every women and girls out there.
May the torch of knowledge be always be with you and keep giving you the strength to protect yourself from any harm that may be lurking out there.

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We are all with you

Women of all ages have been subjected to sexual abuse and sexual violence. They have been victimized by men of all ages. Young girls especially tender young  girls are the most susceptible victims and even they are not spared from the humiliating experience of sexual violence. The violence often takes a tragic turn resulting in grievous injuries and also death. They are too innocent to understand the nature and enormity of the crime of which they are the victim. The offenders in these cases are often the neighbors, people known to them or even complete strangers. This makes it very important for the mothers to keep a sharp eye on their young ones. They can educate them not to allow strangers or people known to them to touch them inappropriately. In case of such an incident taking place they should immediately bring it to the knowledge of the mother who in turn should
report it to the police. If this is not done then there is a great chance the girl may be subjected to sexual abuse again and again. Usually such offenders threaten the young girls of further physical harm if they report the incident to their parents. They should be assured that confiding of such acts would protect them from further victimization.
The next lot to suffer is the girls of school and college going age. They when subjected to sexual abuse and violence keep silent fearing disgrace and shame and are afraid that they would become an outcast in the society. They should not keep silent due to fear  but report the matter at once without delay to their mother and family so that they in turn can report the crime to the police and also file a FIR to prevent the offender from repeating his shameful acts.
Women of any other age are not spared from this humiliation of sexual abuse and violence. There was a time when the victims had no support and could not confide in anybody.Today this has changed with law coming to protect the victims of such acts.Now
It has become very easy to report such crimes of sexual violence and abuse at the nearest police station and the presence of a lady police officer gives them the support and confidence to narrate. This reporting can be done by even a parent a friend or a witness.There is the option of reporting either in person or via phone and email.The women today are assured that they can report such crimes and expect legal aid to fight their cases.Today they have the assurance that they will get justice and bring the offender before the law. It is imperative that the women should not keep quiet but speak up for getting justice.This will not only protect the innocent children and girls and this will also result in other victims to come forward and report such offenses to get deliverance from such people and get justice.
Amnesty International has launched the #KnowYourRights campaign, which is a people’s rights educational program aimed at informing people of their basic rights via free educational modules on digital and physical media because knowing one’s rights gives one the confidence to take action. This will act as a morale booster and give women the power to protect themselves and if victimized then appeal for justice.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Protecting your baby's soft skin

The biggest concern for all the parents is how to keep their little ones happy. The most common cause of their unhappiness is discomfort due to rough and dry skin. Baby's skin is the largest and most valuable organ. The exposure to the sun, heat, pollution, dirt and chemical soaps make their skin rough and dry. The skin of a baby is very soft so dip a washcloth in soapy water and use it gently to wash baby's scalp with a baby shampoo.
 To clean the faces do use a moisturized cotton ball and gently dab with it. Once the skin is dry apply baby lotion immediately to seal in the moisture and prevent dry skin.
 Make sure to purchase products for babies which are fragrance free and also use tear free shampoos, bath gels and lotions,be watchful of the baby's reaction in case it is allergic. Always keep the baby skin protected. Its always a good idea to sprinkle a small amount of powder on the baby's bottom.
Always avoid perfumed, and deodorant soaps which are harsh for the child’s skin when a toddler. Baby soaps are the best.
In winters the dry weather can harm the baby's skin so give them lots of water to stay hydrated during the cold, dry months.
Dress the baby in layers year round so one can easily change them into proper clothing to shield them from sunlight, heat and cold. Always skip fragrant laundry detergents that might irritate baby's skin.

Diaper changing routine is often a nightmare for babies and one will find them crying during that time. Change child's diaper frequently, wiping gently but thoroughly each time with baby wipes. Dab diaper cream or put warm water on baby's bottom, gently pat dry. Wait a few moments to air dry so moisture doesn’t lead to irritating diaper rash. To avoid this bad experience I always prefer Pampers.
“Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy. ”
Pampers are safe and a high - quality product for the baby's safety. At Pampers and P&G, more than 700 scientists and professionals work with leading health experts - such as pediatric dermatologists - to ensure that Pampers products meet all safety and regulatory requirements around the world. Pampers evaluates all ingredients in the final product to confirm their actual use is within the safe range for both consumers and the environment. They conduct extensive testing to allow mums to experience their products in real-life situations and adhere to the highest industry standards for safety, performance and quality.

“Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy. ”

5 Steps to keep your baby’s skin sof

5 Steps to keep your baby’s skin soft
My house was filled with happiness on birth of my niece. She looked like a little angel. She looked cute, adorable and soft. Elders were busy advising as to what is right for the little baby saying that the skin of the new born is very soft and sensitive. So it is very important to keep the baby's skin hydrated by bathing it in warm water for only three to five minutes. Never let the baby sit or play for long in soapy water. Always apply a lotion or moisturizer immediately after bath while the skin is still wet and then pat dry instead of rubbing were some of the things highlighted by the ladies of the house. 
Till the age of 3 the child's skin is very delicate and soft and needs a special care. Factors such as cold, wind, sun, dry air and pollution makes their skin rough and thus irritating them and the skin is sometimes prone to red blotches. Our first concern is to keep the baby’s skin soft, flexible and comfortable throughout the day and night. It should be just fun and no tears for the baby. We must use only skin care products that are specially formulated for a baby's skin, which are hypoallergenic and tested under the supervision of dermatologists and pediatricians.
 After baby’s daily bath time we must carefully moisturize the entire body and face using a moisturizing cream and body lotion. We should warm the products with the tips of our fingers so that the baby won’t be surprised by the temperature of the cream and accept it easily. The baby enjoys the gentle massage with moisturizing products and massaging oils until it has fully penetrated the skin. It is very relaxing and nourishing for the skin. 
It is very important to check the area behind the child's ears on regular basis as this area is often overlooked and prone to rashes and dryness. Baby's lips and exposed area's should not be overlooked. Always cover the baby's head, nose, throat, ears and hands with a soft scarf to protect them from cold and chilly air during winters.
 It is also important to keep the baby clean and dry. So we only rely on pampers as nappy area is vulnerable to infection and rashes. Should change your baby's nappy either just before or right after each feed, after every bowel movement, before putting them to bed and when they wake up after a long sleep. It may also be worth putting a fresh nappy on them just before setting off for an outing. We have been using pampers for the kids in the family as Pampers takes on the responsibility of ensuring that all its products are safe - for every baby. Pampers makes the baby wrapped in the softest and caressed in comfort.#SoftestForBabySkin

“Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy. ”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Our Journey to protect her heart

When I first saw her I knew that she was special and the one for me. Her lovely looks and her sweet smile had me transfixed. I chose to marry her because I wanted to spend my life with her and I made a vow to myself that I would take great care of her so that she never lost her smile. She was always very health conscious and took great care of herself. She used to go for walks and actively played badminton to keep herself fit.
We got married and started a life that was full of love,fun and hectic activity. A newly married life involved lots of parties and eating food that was not always healthy. We started relishing the wrong kind of foods and soon this began to take a toll on our health.In a few years time my wife started gaining weight. In the beginning this weight gain was not much apparent but slowly her dress sizes began to increase. She started keeping away from activities that required physical exertion. Not that she was shying away from any of her household duties. It is just that she never seem to have the time and energy left for herself. Now she was a dutiful wife, a daughter in law, and a mother and each role was being played to the hilt by her. However when it came to looking after her self something was missing. I realized that she was no longer going for her morning walks. As that time had been taken up by getting the kids ready for school. The evening time in which she used to play badminton was now being used for cooking the family dinner which she so painstakingly prepared to keep the entire families likes and dislikes in mind she also took great care to incorporate the healthiest of ingredients to make every meal not just tasty but also as nutritious and healthy as possible.

One day when we came back from the market we found that the lift was not working and we had to take the stairs to reach our first floor flat. We started climbing the stairs and I found my wife to be soon out of breath. We stopped for a while and then resumed our climbing the stairs again.
When I saw her stopping at very short intervals to catch her breath, a warning bell rang in my mind. A vision flashed before my eyes when she laughingly used to run up the stairs and not take the lift. This moment made me realize that I was not taking good care of her or she would not have come to such a state. I decided to take active measures to bring her back to her slim trim self and to bring back her loving smile which was now steadily turning into a frown.
Together we visited the site and took the Weight-Heart Test. 

Upon seeing the results we were shocked that her BMI was way beyond the normal as she had put on a lot of weigh.

The site suggested two plans to get back to health.One was a walk plan and the other was a diet plan.

From that very moment I made a pledge that I would take her on a morning walk every day. I made it a point to play a game of badminton with her on weekends.As per the diet plan we worked out a diet chart for both of us and started following it. This was our plan to #ProtectHerHeart. I also started following a diet plan similar to hers to gave her company and also to stay fit. These efforts bore fruit and she started losing weight and in a few months she was back to her old self and I was also fitter and in a better shape.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Color me wild color me right

There are so many colors that would brighten up my home instantly however when it comes to buying paint for the home I find myself ignoring them for I do not know how they would look and feel in my house. Will they go with the sofa and curtains. Would my sofa fit in with the new color scheme? There are quite a few questions and very few definite answers till I buy and try the paint in my home.
To answer such predicaments the #PaintFinder from the Bed Bath & More has provided the best try before you buy solution that helps us see how a particular selection of paint is going to look in our homes

The Paint Finder 

The Theme Selector

The #PaintFinder is the best tool for people like me who want the best colors and combinations to be incorporated in their homes to enhance not just the visual appeal of the home but also the well being of its inhabitants.
For lost souls like me who are clueless about color combinations yet want to try all kinds of colors and themes in our homes the #PaintFinder from the Bed Bath & More offers a great tool to create the look that we want in our homes.It is the perfect solution to try paint colors without having to try them in our homes. This way a lot of time,wastage,heartburn and disappointment can be avoided.
I belong to the Do it Yourself or DIY generation who likes to try things first hand . So when it comes to finding the right theme and the right paint to realize the theme in our homes #PaintFinder from the Bed Bath & More is the one stop destination for all my needs.
For instance I am very inspired by the 5 elements and would love to incorporate the 5 elements or the 5 tatvas into my home as the balance of these 5 elements which are fire,air, earth, water ,space or ether is supposed to be beneficial for the mind ,body and complete development .Moreover since the entire universe and even the human body is made up of these 5 elements or tatvas (state of being) so balancing them at home is also important.
So based on this knowledge I would like to have my living room where I meet and spend time with guests use the colors Yellows, blues,greens,and beige. As these colors create a positive ambience and environment while meeting with the guests.
The green living room so that the relations between me and my visitors grow organically and naturally

The blue living room : Together we will beat away the blues!

I choose  blues to banish the the blues from my bedroom

For the Dining area I would use the color schemes and themes that incorporate the color pink ,greens and blues.

Incorporating Pink in the dining room ensure my family stays in the Pink of health

For the bedroom I would prefer a theme that uses pink as this color not just creates a relaxing atmosphere but is also considered to be auspicious.

The Pink bedrooms for bringing in auspiciousness 

Light blue and light green colors are also very good colors for the bedroom.
For the children's bedroom green is a good choice of color as it helps them study and concentrate better.

The use of green in the children's bedroom helps them concentrate,study and learn better

For the bathroom a white,black and the mix of the two can also be used even greys can  be used creatively in the bathroom

 The best part is whatever color's I and my family choose I would be able to control my painting costs and remain within my budget thanks to the Paint calculator and the product comparison feature of this website.

I confess that with the  #PaintFinder from the Bed Bath & More
and the use of themes I have got the liberty of  trying so many colors and buy only the ones that look the best in my home.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

My daily Maxfreshmove

One of my favorite song and dance numbers is that of Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda that is the #Maxfreshsong. It is a song which fills you with the desire to rock and the moves of Allu Arjun make me want to groove and gyrate like him to the music of this captivating song .This song and dance number fills me with an intense burst of energy and I can’t stop myself from singing and dancing along with this musical wonder a rendition by Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun. I don’t care if I am not able to dance with those perfect moves because for me dancing to this great number simply means enjoyment and unwinding myself from my daily stress and tension. Some people are addicted to food, some to tea or coffee but I find myself addicted to this song and dance number. I cannot do without listening to it once a day or even more than once a day. One day as I was enjoying the song my young neighbor entered my room all decked up and ready to dance. He told me that he was listening to the music every day and today he could not stop himself and felt that he had to dance to the lilting music at any cost. The result was simply enthralling. We both enjoyed to the maximum, I watching his electrifying performance and he loved the dance moves which filled him with great energy.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Simple Massage Can Help Your Baby Take The Next Step In Life

As parents we have a number of responsibilities towards our baby and giving your baby a caring but gentle massage that is a very good way to help the baby. As a baby is small a complete massage from the head to toe can usually be completed in about 15 to 20 minutes but it has benefits that last the baby an entire lifetime. To start with the touch of the parent for its baby and baby’s touch for its parent is a very rewarding experience for both. It helps the two bond and it is a cherished baby steps towards a relationship of a lifetime. This is also the time when the baby grows at a very fast pace both mentally and physically. A healthy massage makes the baby healthy and looking at the baby grow day by day and how it responds to the parent . Each day the hand eye coordination of the baby increases and as we massage the baby we can actually observe the baby grow at a fast pace. However it is important to be gentle with the baby. The idea is to soothe the baby and not to do and harsh strokes against the soft and delicate skin. It is a good practice to make the baby lie on its back on a soft towel . The room should be pleasant and the baby should not be exposed to extreme temperatures like extreme heat under direct Sun or a extremely cold room should be clearly avoided. It is important to do the massage when you are not in a hurry to finish it as a chore and rush on to another job. Even the baby should be relaxed and calm. For the oils there are a number of choices and at the top of my list is olive oil. Olive oil nourishes the skin and aids in the healthy growth of the body. Extreme care should be taken that the oil is free of any artificial coloring and contaminants. It should not have anything that can harm the child’s delicate skin and body. With these needs in view I find that Dabur Massage Baby Oil happens to be a product of choice. The Dabur Massage Baby Oil does not have any artificial coloring. There is no Paraffin and Paraben added or present in the Dabur Baby Massage Oil.

It has an additional benefit that Almond oil is also present in the Baby massage oil. The property of almond oil is that it moisturizes the baby skin helps to keep the baby’s skin glowing and supple throughout the day. A simple step of adding and using the Dabur Baby Massage Oil in a young infants life helps you lay the foundation of a life in which the baby remains calm, healthy and grows up happily overcoming the challenges of the growing up years.

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How a Massage Can Make Your Baby Happier and Healthier

Whenever my baby cries I simply hold it in my arms and slowly it calms down. I find that holding my baby and its touch is very relaxing even for me. So when by merely holding my son makes him calm down then why not give him a head to toe massage .
A good body massage is a very efficient way to nourish the baby’s skin. The muscles get stronger and the body in general grows better.As a medical doctor I  know the fact that a good and gentle massage stimulates the central nervous system of the baby’s body. A little baby’s life is full of challenges .As it grows sometimes it experiences growing pains and on other times it has colic or stomach pain due to gas. As parents feed the infant at regular and timely intervals the reason for them to cry most often is constipation or gas in the abdomen.The baby who cannot speak or communicate finds it extremely difficult to communicate and tell about its troubles. However when we provide a head to toe massage the entire process is not only relaxing but also very therapeutic for the baby. Its various pressure points get stimulated and activated. Some also believe that the relaxed state of the baby helps it fight the disease germ fighting properties. Even the trapped gas in the stomach can get displaced and find an escape route.
As per medical science the touch sets off a chain reaction that stimulates the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical substance, known as a feel good chemical that reduces  cortisol which is a hormone which is secreted when the body is in stress. The physical symptoms are elevated heart rate and breathing. So when this stress is reduced the breathing and heart rate gets back to normal.
Now the question is with what should the massage be done. Oil  massage is a good way to nourish the skin and help the child’s body get stronger. Almond oil helps moisturize the skin and if we use a product that has a combination of both these oils then we can give the baby the benefits of both the oils to our little baby.A product which incorporates both this oils is Dabur Baby Massage Oil. This baby oil does not contain any artificial coloring.
It is also free from any paraffin and parabens.
This baby oil is a great product to incorporate in a baby’s daily care routine. It helps the baby remain calmer, happier and grow into a healthy individual.

“I am participating in the #FirstLove activity at BlogAdda in association withDabur.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Its Song Dance and Masti Time

My playlist of hip and happening songs keeps changing over time. Here is my all time favorite list and it has a special addition the new released Allu Arjun and Anushka MAnchanda Song but before you savoir the song let me build it up a bit for you with a collection that would be A favorite of quite a many.
#1 Add a little high school nostalgia to a film and put in some good music and if you have Alia Bhatt shaking a leg on the song its got to be a hit and the song that I am talking about is the Radha song from the movie Student of the year.
Its ironic that a few months before the release I came across  Soni Razdan ,Alia Bhatts mother at the Chowpatty part of the Juhu beach while doing a morning walk. Little would she have ever imagined that her little daughter would be becoming such a big star and that too so soon. Full credit goes to the starlet for her talent and the Radha song did give her the actress a chance to shake a leg and display her oomph factor as well.
 #2 There is this particular song called Rum and Whiskey from the movie Vicky Donor that caught my attention when I heard it for the first time on the radio. This song was one of the reasons for me to go and watch the film even though the lyrics  are in Punjabi and I have no idea what they mean but I just loved the song and I was slightly disappointed to find it at the end of the film used as a backdrop to roll the credits. What a waste of such a wonderful song I thought. I was not alone in being a fan of the song as I met an old acquaintance at the theater who was watching the movie sixth time just to watch the song.
#3 There is this song called Desi Daru from the film Cocktail. I love to play it at my parties and if someone believes that it is not a dance song fit for dancing and come and watch people dance on this song with their innovative dance moves
#4 Sheila Ki Jawani yes it is in my playlist. Actually I never thought that such a song would be in my playlist but I used to get so many requests for it at parties that the beats that play in the background made me fall in love with the music pieces that play in between and I must confess I play it to see all the pot bellied uncles and aunties groove to this number with their unconventional moves.
#5 Lat Lag Gayee Bollywood Song from  Race 2 has  Saif Ali Khan and  Jacqueline has a great high energy and very refreshing moves and its cool factor makes it an instant hit for me.
#6 Subha Hone Na De Full Song" from the movie Desi Boyz starring  Akshay Kumar and  John Abraham is a cool number for any occasion and finds itself comfortably seated in my playlist.
#7 Badtameez Dil Song from the hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani staring  Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone is a all time maxfresh song for me
#8 Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani staring  Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone  is a full on masti song that is always part of my playlist. It had so much fun associated with the song.
#9 Want to make a hit fun song high on energy and fun factor then follow my advice take sharukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and make them hang under a bridge trying to diffuse a bomb. Their chemistry will transform you to a dream land where you will find Anushka Sharma singing and dancing to a song called Jiya Re and the movie would be called Jab tak hai Jaan  
# 10 Yes it time to showcase the new song of the block featuring Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun. It has some cool lyrics, The spicy tadka of Anushka Manchanda’s voice and the must follow dance moves of Allu  Arjun.

Take it away people and hit the dance floors or take the dance steps to your dance floor or dancing in front of the groom sitting on his wedding horse. Just feel the music,let go and enjoy

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Evergreen Solution

Aloe vera gel and lemon juice have immense beauty benefits.I use it for my hair.They provide nourishment, prevent excess oiliness, eliminate dandruff, encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss. Regular application of this guarantees a beautiful shiny hair and a glowing complexion.It is a very simple solution. Prepare an aloe vera and lemon juice mask. We need 2 aloe vera leaves, half a lemon. Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon.Pour the thick, succulent aloe vera gel into a blender.Pour the lemon juice into the blender as well.Blend the mixture for about one minute.Pour the mixture from the blender into a bowl.Its ready.

Aloe vera is a soothing beauty ingredient which helps keep your skin healthy and repairs damaged one with its healing properties. I use Aloe Vera to moisturize. It has excellent moisturizing capabilities. It effectively cleans and softens the skin. The moisturizing effect works for both men and women. The antimicrobial properties of aloe vera also make it an excellent option for acne treatment. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the skin inflammation caused by acne.

I Apply aloe vera gel to my face regularly to diminish the lines and wrinkles which is associated with ageing and loss of elasticity in the skin. Aloe vera contains both vitamin C and E, both of which are known to be vital for healthy skin and also help to improve natural firmness, leaving my skin soft, supple and hydrated. The healing properties of aloe vera gel can additionally help to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn. It serves to restore my skin's natural moisture.
For glowing skin try this. Create a paste with a small amount of turmeric using 1 tsp of milk, 1 tsp of honey and a few drops of rose water. Then add the aloe vera gel to the paste and mix well. Once the paste has been mixed, evenly apply to the face and neck and leave for roughly 20 minutes. Wash off with cold or warm water and pat dry to reveal your new glowing skin.

This is a very effective Aloe Vera Detox face pack
Nee Aloe vera, Mango fruit, Lime juice
Blend the aloe gel extract along with cut pieces of mango fruit.
Add lime juice to the paste and apply it on your face for 20 mins before rinsing it with cold water.
This pack will detoxify the skin and freshens it.Aloe vera is good for skin,health and hair.
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Hello healthy skin

I am doctor by profession and in a day I get at least 10 patient who suffer from side effects after using costly cosmetics. I ask them to immediately stop using any cosmetics and begin use natural products. I recommend the use of neem leaves in daily routine. It is  used in many Ayurvedic medicines because of its numerous benefits. Neem leaves should be consumed as well as used in beauty packs.

Here are some of the solutions I share with them. It works wonders.

- Neem controls excess oil. Those who have oily skin should make a paste by mixing neem powder with lemon juice and little yogurt. This paste controls excess oil formation.

- Mix neem powder with rose petal powder, yogurt and a little milk to make a smooth paste. Apply it and let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse with water that is mixed with 2-3 tbsp. of rose water. This add glow to the skin.

- Mix neem powder, with Tulsi powder, sandalwood powder and rose water to make a fine paste. Apply the paste on your face and let it dry before you wash it off with cold water. Regular usage will help in lightening the blemishes

- Mix neem powder with some water and few drops of grape seed oil and apply it to your face for getting rid of dryness of skin thus giving a very balanced effect.

- Neem contains immune-stimulating compounds and regenerative properties that help the skin to fight pathogens below the skin surface thus keeping the skin remain supple. Applying neem oil on your face or adding neem powder to your face packs helps in soothing the skin and reducing the effects of aging

- Neem has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help in soothing the skin in case you are suffering from some skin allergy or infection. Boil the neem leaves refrigerating it so that it cools down.& apply the water on the allergy.

- Neem oil helps in getting rid of itchiness and irritation. It also helps in keeping the skin moisturized thus reducing the dryness and scaling. The anti- bacterial properties also prevents development of any further skin infections.

- Neem offers instantaneous and long-term relief from eczema. It also effectively cleans the rashes caused due to eczema. You can boil neem bark in water and use its paste as a pack against Eczema.

- Neem is a magical herb that not only helps to treat skin problems but also scalp and hair problems that to effectively and safely. To reduce hair fall and to get rid of dandruff, boil a handful of neem leaves in 2 cups of water till the leaves changes color and the water becomes greenish. Use this water as the last rinse after you shampoo your hair. The anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties of neem help in getting rid of dandruff keeping your scalp healthy and help in stimulating hair growth.

- Neem has regenerative properties which help in reducing hair fall. An oil massage to the scalp using neem oil can increase blood circulation in the scalp and help in enhancing rate of hair growth

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Is your child phone ready

Last time I visited a mall I saw a toddler in a pram who could barely speak handling a smart phone and playing a game on it. Now days finding kids with phones that are expensive and complicated to operate is not at all uncommon. We find them all the time but it raises an important question as to what is the right time to give a phone to a kid.
Ready through the post I was set off to explore the various points that would decide if a child is ready for his or her first cell phone
# 1. The first pointer is a valid reason to have one. My neighbors kids remain with the maid after school hours and are off to one class to another and need to be contacted from time to time so does that make them eligible for a cell phone. So according to Mihalas article it is a case of Your Child needs a cell phone vs your child wants a cell phone. If it comes to tracking a child’s where about and contacting him then the scale tends to tip in the favor of the child getting a phone.
#2 Refers to the fact that the child must be ready to be tracked and monitored in terms of data usage and net activity by the parent. I have seen children as young as ten talking extensively for hours with their friends over the phone, being constantly disturbed by messages during their tution classes and using the phone as a gaming console and playing endless hours playing games. In such cases the usefulness and productiveness of the phone is greatly diminished and it becomes more of a distracting factor in their live an addiction which is hard to get over with.
#3 Talks about the maturity level of the child. As to if the child is mature enough to take care of his or her things. There is no point in giving expensive devices to a kid who is constantly keeping and forgetting things or losing then in parks or school bus. Only when the child is mature enough to handle and look after a smart phone should be given.I completely agree with this point.
#4 As a parent it becomes our responsibility to see what apps are there on the phone and if any of these lead to the child being bullied in any way. I think that this is an extremely important point as one needs to be aware of the possible dangers of using the apps and the dangers of exposing the children to unsolicited content and anonymous contacts who could either intimidate the child, bully him or her or create any negative effect or influence in their lives.
#5. It talks about the relationship of the parent / garden with the child and the ability to be able to communicate and explain to them the potential dangers of using smart phone and using discretion such as not disclosing their information and contact details with strangers.
Overall the article can be used as a ready reckoner and a checklist for preparing both the parents and the child for the first smartphone for the child.
The original article can be read here
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Discovering my creative streak with a simple project

My little sister had a craft project to make .The topic said that the student that is my sister is supposed to make something useful and decorative from the items available at home. She came to me for help but frankly speaking having been off academics I was not much help in suggesting any project so the idea of helping her or making a project for her seemed quite far fetched at that instant.
 However being a loving and persuasive sister that is what my sister is she coaxed me into searching for some tips to complete the projects and since nowhere in the school project guidelines did it say that one cannot look for tips from the internet. So I took the help of technology and searched a large number of resources and finally decided that the project of making a mirror on the reward me site that I found here looked interesting and challenging.
The final look of the created mirror was fascinating but sourcing all the parts for the mirror seemed a daunting task. Then looking closer I realized that I already had a circular mirror lying around. The cloth line pegs or clips were lying around in plenty and I and my sister discovered that we had a whole assortment of them in multi color plastic, aluminum to wooden ones.
Since my sister ties a pony tail so she had a few rolls of ribbon that our mother has bought so that they last a long while.
Since our mirror was already circular we need not do much. However we were in a fix as to how to fix the picture hook at the back of the mirror. One solution was to take it to the mirror shop and get it fixed by them but by now both me and my sister were fully immersed in the DIY spirit and decided to look around the house for an alternative solution.
Luckily we found a picture hook with a strong adhesive sticker at the other end. We peeled the protective paper from the adhesive surface and fixed the hook to the rear non reflective side of the mirror. Once we were assured of the strength of the adhesive my sister started following the next step of the instructions from
And used the pegs to create a beautiful pattern around the circumference of the mirror. Slowly a very interesting pattern was emerging as our project was taking shape. By the time she finished attaching the pegs to the circumference of the mirror it began to resemble the sun with the pegs appearing as its emanating rays.
Next she sought my help in completing the next part of the project that was to tie the ribbon through the hook that we had fixed at the back of the mirror. This was to hang it and also offered the opportunity to beautify the project a bit more by making it into a bow or a flower. I managed to tie it into the shape of the bow. The final outcome of the project was very satisfactory thanks to the simple and easy to follow instructions found here
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Super Hug for my Super Dad

My father for me is next to God. He had a very busy office life but he did a great act of balancing both the home and his office, he never neglected me. He made sure to tell me bedtime stories whenever possible. He gave me guidance at every step of my life. He suggested to me which subjects I should select in my school. He guided me in charting out my career. He went from college to college with me for my admission while caring for my food and water during these trips as they were extreme hot summer’s days. We had long conversations which helped me made right decisions at the right time and today I realize the decisions which I took with him made my life perfect. Thank you so much papa for those moments when you sacrificed your comfort and pleasures to give me the right guidance. We both love to travel so as a team we have explored different cities and countries just like two best friends. No one could ever guess that we are father and Son. I I have never felt any hesitation discussing anything with my father. He always made me feel comfortable. He answered all my questions. He was the first person to meet my girlfriend. My father is perfect. He is the hero of my life. Santa Claus comes and fulfills wishes only once a year but my father is my real Santa Claus who has fulfilled all my wishes and given me enormous joy every day and every moment of my life. Fathers are emotional too. They look stern but from inside they are very soft and delicate. He supported me at every step of my life and gave me the support of his strong arms, the feeling of security, which gave me courage to conquer the world. My father always supported and encouraged me for higher education. He fought with his elders who were against my education. He firmly but gently convinced them. And now everyone in our family is so proud of me. He is the pillar that keeps our family upright and strong. Single handedly he ensures we have everything we need and are comfortable. My father is understanding, caring, and patient and he diligently listens to any ideas or issues we are facing and decides the best way to solve it. He is always cool and collected in any situation. Family is an important part of my father’s life, though he is a busy man he always makes time for us. I can never repay him for everything he has done but can only be thankful for having such a great dad. My gift for him is a super duper hug He is my first hero and my first inspiration. Thanks Papa!!!
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A thankyou Hug for my Dady Cool

On this fathers day I want to give a very big hug to my father who is my hero, my super hero, my rock star. He never said "NO" to me. He knows everything. Whether it was learning how to ride a bicycle or cracking that almost impossible mathematical problem or even being taught how to swim nothing was difficult for him. He solved from my tiniest to biggest problem with a smile. He once said "failure is the pillar of success". He taught me how to live happy in adverse conditions and how to find out the solution of a problem. His support was always with me. He gave his green signal in my every effort he said I should try and keep trying till I succeed and even then if I fail I must not despair He is there for me always. This support gives immense confidence and strength. One can move mountains with such support. He advised to achieve my goals step by step. He says that always listen to your heart because the only one thing which is true is your heart which can guide you on the right path. My father is my role model. I always wanted to emulate him in whatever manner I could the way he ate, he danced, he moved or socialized I wanted to be exactly like him. I learned from him about values and life is lessons I would want to pass down to my own children one day. He holds a special place in my heart. Like a magician he fulfilled my every wish with a swish just like that. Today I realize how many sacrifices he has made everyday just to fulfill our demands. He is a great man. He is so loving, helpful, and great fun to be with. I am my father’s pampered kid. He pampered me but he also gave me good values and morals. My father lights up my life everyday. He never let me sleep hungry or angry even if he had not eaten his meals after a tiring day. I still remember that after coming home from the office even if he was tired or not feeling up it he never missed playing with me or talking to me. He asked what I had done the whole day and in conversation he gave me life's true lessons. He was always gentle with me never raised his voice nor got impatient or angry with me. In fact he is my daddy cool. No care is greater than my dad's care. I don’t know where to begin thanking you for all that you have done for me. You brought me into the world watched out for me, taught me, laughed with me and spent a lot of time with me. Thanks for being the best DAD I could ask for. A DAD who loved me enough to teach me some tough lessons so my life would be easier later on you are my greatest inspiration. You taught me so many things that are most important. You have taught me how to live a life of character. A great hug is my return gift for all you have done.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Reclaiming my home from bad odor with Ambipur

My home has a peculiar problem that even much after the food has been cooked and consumed it leaves it aroma that lingers on in the home like a unwanted presence almost like a ghost who walks and drifts from one room to another. Even though I never leave my socks anywhere except for the dirty clothes bin yet I find a smell of socks socked in sweat and canvas shoes drifting from one room to another. Is the smell originating from my socks, shoes or my home in general or it comes from a neighboring household is still a mystery to me. I was grappling with the topic and trying to find both the source and the resolution of how to deal with all these odors than one day I realized that the house above mine was rented out to a lady who ran a spices and pickle making business from her premises. I noticed it when I experienced a strong smell of garlic and mango pickles come to my house through the window. It was an unwanted visitor who had found its way to my house but refused to leave. 
Its one thing to savor food with such flavors and aromas but when these smells are strong and persistent then it becomes too tough to handle. The worst part was that there appeared no way of stopping them. I felt deprived of a normal life as the strong smells seemed to be absorbed even by the clothes that I wore. It became difficult to find a clean fresh smell of clothes with out the smell of these spices, condiments and pickles. I used to feel a strange heaviness in my head due to this heady concoction of aromas. I started avoiding coming to home early. Even on weekdays I liked to stay longer then usual in the office and on weekdays I started visiting and staying over at a friends place or at a local mall. How long could this go on? One day I fell ill and was confines to my bed. Running a high fever made me weak and disoriented. I was confined to my bed due to this illness caused by these odors.
 Luckily for me a friend visited me and when I shared my predicament with him I was advised to get myself  Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air Freshener. I tried this new product and for the first time I experienced what I had not felt in so many months. It felt as if the heady concoction of spices and condiments had disappeared from my house. More importantly each room felt and smelt fresher. The advice of my friend had helped me reclaim my home from the grip of persistent, overpowering bad odor.
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Ambipur helps me show bad odor the door

When I signed up the rent agreement with my landlord I was named the sole occupant and tenant in the rent agreement. However when I moved in I discovered that I was not the only one living there…
I am a working professional with a very hectic work schedule. I go out early in the morning and come back late at night. Since my house is locked throughout the day there is very little sunlight that gets into my home. As a result when I come back I am greeted by a stale smell the moment I enter my home. The bad odor and staleness was a constant and unwanted companion who would not leave my rented house even for a moment This made me feel as if I was living in a prison cell and I am a prisoner of bad odor. As long as I was the only occupant I somehow managed. However one day I got the news that my ailing grandmother was to come and stay with me. I was very excited to get this news but at the same time I was greatly worried as my grandmother is an asthmatic and prefers to stay in areas which have a fresh and clean surrounding and fresh air. I managed to get the house clean with the help of a domestic help but realized that there was very little I could
do to get rid of the stale musty smell inside the house. Moreover the house or should I say the apartment that I was living in was so constructed that when ever the neighboring flats cooked something in their kitchen the smell of the food would end up in my home. I was particularly concerned by this fact as my grand mother is a strict vegetarion who does not even touch eggs, meat or fish. However in my house the smell of fish and meat being cooked is a regular visitor during meal time as it is being cooked on a regular basis . This set the alarm bell ringing for me as the time for my grandmother’s arrival came close. I felt very tense and perplexed as to what to do and how to handle the situation. A friend of mine suggested that I should purchase the Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air Freshener as he felt it would help me tackle the issue of bad odor at my home. When I went to buy Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air
Freshener I got really confused and spoilt for choice by the sheer number of flavors available on sale. Then I thought about my grandmother and picked up the Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air Freshener flavor of my grandmothers liking. There was very little time left for my grandmother to arrive. I quickly went back home and sprayed every room ,kitchen, washroom and every possible nook and corner of the house with Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air Freshener. I had to rush to the railway station to receive my grandmother so there was very little time to check the effect of Ambi Pur Air Effects Spring & Renewal Aerosol Air Freshener. Upon returning home with my grandmother the moment I opened the door I was greeted with a gentle, pleasant and welcoming fragrance. This came as a wonderful surprise for me and I felt as if I am walking into a new home. In the effort to make my grandmothers stay pleasant I had discovered the secret of defeating bad odor at home and the bastion of bad odor has finally fallen thanks to Ambi pur.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

sniffsniff what is it?

Surprise ! Surprise ! I got selected for the #SniffSniff activity. The activity involved receiving a series of packets over a span of few days and based on the contents of the packets I was suppose to tweet and post on facebook. The idea was to guess or deduce what the product being referred to was.
The First Packet

The first packet contained a card with the face of a person and a clip was present on the nose as if to block a smell
It set me thinking so the project has got something to do with a smell.

The fact that the nose is being blocked means we are dealing with some kind of bad smell or odor.
Its time for me to tell all my friends on facebook and twitter about my find.

 What could it be? It set my my thinking

The next packet had a nice aroma coming out of it.

when I opened it I found this

Upon taking out the bag I found it to be containing coffee beans

So the first packet indicated a bad smell and the second packed is indicating a good smell. Hmm...
This is getting interesting I thought and I eagerly awaited for the next clue in the form of the next packet.
In the next packet I found this

A mask? A thought deeper and pondered upon the clue. A mask is also a cover ,a protection. The word mask also means to cover up something.
Putting together the clues together I get

 So a bad odor can be masked or covered by a good odor. Ok so this is the theory that we are working upon. The third product indicates protection
So if I am thinking in the right direction that we are talking of a product that protects us from bad smells or odors.
So what can the products be? Perfects room freshner,perfumes or a deo
Since we are talking about an activity which has only males participants so I narrow down the next package to contain a deo.
My Friends foes and Countrymen at twitter and facebook Lend me your years I want to share the news with you that the next product is most likely to be a men's deo.

In a few days time on Sunday I got the final package. Upon opening it I got a nice and sleek bottle

 So I am proved right . It is a Nivea Men Body Deodorizer or a Deo as we refer to this product. The moment I open the box my nostril's are greeted by a very pleasant smell of the Nivea Men Deo.
On close inspection I find that it is a 120 ml bottle. So the next question arises how much is the actual deo an how much of it is gas?

 I see it is written clearly on the bottle " Gas Free". With this assurance it is time for me to test the product. Since it is Sunday today and that too a hot Sunday afternoon. The best way to test is to use it before going out to meet my friends for a game of tennis. 
Upon using the product I find the odor of the deo to be immensely likeable .
Even after a few games of tennis I cannot smell my sweat instead its just the fragrance of the deo. Both me and my friends are impressed. The single application remained effective for me for the rest of the day and I seem to like it a lot.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

A dream concert to create Maxfresh moment

Sitting at the railway station I find myself surrounded by people .So many people ready with their luggage are preparing to embark on a journey. For some it is the end of a journey as they who are disembarking at the station, getting off the trains after traveling hundreds of kilometers. The steam from the near by tea vendor is billowing from the kettle and in the cacophony of sounds and chaos 
I am lazily waiting for the train to arrive .I am doubtful if its such a good idea for anyone to travel in such a humid heat. Yet the world around me goes on at a mechanical pace almost like the ticking of the clock tick tock tick tock. It does not matter if the clock is running slow or fast it just goes on ticking away.I am not the kind of person who can be tied down to a route. I like to feel life flowing through me especially when I hear a foot tapping and a refreshing number being played more so if it is sung by one of my favorite singers Anushka Manchanda. It givesme an instant high. Just as these thoughts flow thorough my mind I can hear one of my favourite Anushka  Manchanda numbers playing in the back ground blaring out from a distant radio.It is this famous Bollywood song from the Bollywood blockbuster Golmaal Returns
Its such a foot tapping number that it instantly transports me to a land of song and dance . I feel that it would be so wondeful not just for me but for all the commuters also if we could have this and all the Anushka Manchanda songs being performed in a live concert and the location of the concert is the train  itself. The other twist to this concert would be that Anushka Manchanda would be dressed up as the onscreen heroine for whom she has performed and in the place of her hero or the male lead I would love to see Allu Arjun. The stylish singing of Anushka Manchanda and the equally stylish dance of Allu  Arjun would make it to be a mind blowing concert for one and all to see. 
It would be the moment of life where schedules and clocks would be blown up and thrown out of the window. All the commuters would join the singing and dancing letting their hair down and enjoying as if there is no tomorrow. Actually in our day to day life we spend too much time chasing one thing or the other. The constant fear that we would be left out of the race of life or miss that ever elusive train only robs us of the joy of living. So it’s important to live in the moment and for the moment. A powerful Song and Dance perdomance by Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun would provide us with the path that lead us to the garden of life where we can live our maxfresh moments and enjoy our life 
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