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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Urinche Vanta


First Indian Woman To Receive Jnanpeeth Award

                                                                 
Ashapoorna Devi also Ashapurna Debi or Asha Purna Devi, is a prominent Bengali novelist and poet. She was born in 8 January 1909. She has been widely honoured with a number of prizes and awards. She was awarded 1976 Jnanpith Award and the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1976; D.Litt by the Universities of Jabalpur, Rabindra Bharati, Burdwan and Jadavpur. Vishwa Bharati University honoured her with Deshikottama in 1989. For her contribution as a novelist and short story writer, the Sahitya Akademi conferred its highest honour, the Fellowship, in 1994. She died in 1995. 

ASHAPURNA DEVI – the legendary doyenne of Bengali literature was born on 8 January 1909, at her maternal uncle’s place at Potoldanga in North Calcutta.

Her early childhood finds her in a traditional and extremely conservative family at Vrindaban Basu Lane amongst a large number of relatives. Due to the domination of her grandmother who was a staunch supporter of old customs and conservative ideals, the female children of the house were not allowed to go to school. Private tutors were employed only for the boys. It is said that baby Ashapurna used to listen to the readings of her brothers sitting opposite to them and that was how she learnt the alphabets.


Ashapurna’s father Harendra Nath Gupta was a famous artist of the time who used to work for the C. Lazarus & Co. as a designer , Sarola Sundari, Ashapurna’s mother came from a very enlightened family who was a great book lover. It was her “intensive thirst” for reading classics and story books which was transmitted to Ashapurna and her sisters in their early age.


Due to shortage of space Harendra Nath shifted his own family to a new house at 157/1A, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road (beside Khanna Cinema Hall), which provided freedom to Sarola Sundari and her daughters to read more and more according to their heart’s desire. In order to satisfy Sarola Sundari’s tremendous urge of reading there had been a continuous flow of various books and magazines from the different libraries of the time. As there was no dearth of leisure for the daughters and no bar to read adult books from very tender age. Ashapurna and her sisters had built up a love-relationship with books. Though Ashapurna had no formal education as such, she was no less self-educated.


Another fact was very remarkable which needs mention. The period in which Ashapurna was growing up was socially and politically a restless one. It was passing through a phase of agitation which resulted in a nationwide awakening. Though the children of Harendra Nath were far away from the direct touch of the outside world, they were quite sensitive to the restlessness going on throughout the country led by Gandhiji; and other political leaders who were ready to sacrifice their lives to bring independence. Thus different factors were responsible for nourishing specific culture which guided Ashapurna from her early childhood to youth, and carried her to a definite platform through various experiences and ideals of life.


According to Ashapurna –she and her sisters used to compete with each other by Composing and reciting poems. This gave rise to an unusual tenacity which inspired Ashapurna to send a poem to Sishu Sathi secretly to the then editor Rajkumar Chakravorty for publishing. The year was 1922, Ashapurna was thirteen and the name of the poem was “Bairer Dak”(The Call from the Outside). The poem was not only published, there was request from the editor to send more poems and stories. That was the beginning which developed into a never-ending flourish for Ashapurna culminating into a permanent place for her into the realm of literature.

Ashapurna got married in 1924 when she was just fifteen. She had to go to Krishnanagar to her in-law’s place leaving behind Calcutta of which she was so fond. She was married to kalidas Gupta. Since this period we find them changing places quite frequently. Three years later in 1927 the whole family settled in Calcutta for good at first in Ramesh Mitra Rload, Bhowanipur and later in a bigger house at 77 Beltola Road, where they lived till 1960. They had however, to shift with their own family to a separate flat near Golpark together with their only son Susanta, daughter-in-law Nupur and a granddaughter Satarupa. Later in 1967 another grand daughter Satadeepa was added to the family. Finally in 1970 Kalidas Gupta and Ashapurna built their own house in Garia at 17 Kanungo Park.Ashapurna lived there till she died on 13 July 1995.


Along with the normal chores of domestic life Ashapurna was making a room of her own through sheer power of will which realized her a significant place in the world of creative literature.

As mentioned earlier that publication of the poem ‘Bairer Dak’ marked the beginning of the odyssey of one of the most prolific creative geniuses of Bengali literature to whose credit go 242 novels and novelettes, 37 collection of short stories, 62 books for children. The number of her short stories runs into over 3000.

In the beginning of her writing career Ashapurna wrote only for the children – Chot Thakurdar Kashi Yatra was the first printed edition published in 1983, followed by others, one after another throughout her literary career.


In 1936 she first wrote a story for adults – “Patni O Preyoshi” published in the Puja issue of Ananda Bazar Patrika. “Prem O Prayojan” was her first novel for adults published in 1944.

Since this period her writing continued as a never-ending process. Most of her writings marked a spirited protest both for men and women, against the inequality and injustice stemming from the gender-based discrimination and narrowness of outlook for both ingrained in traditional Hindu society, Ashapurna Devi’s stories lay threadbare the oppression women have to face and made a fervent appeal for a new social order though not subscribing to the modern theoretical feminism of western mode. Her magnum opus – the trilogy – pratham Pratisruti (1964), Subarnalata (1967) and Bakul Katha (1974) symbolizes an endless struggle for women to achieve equal rights.


Upon her death she was at the peak of fame leaving behind an inexhaustible fund of unique literary creations which gained her respect and appreciation from all her readers. Ashapurna Devi had been widely honoured with a number of prizes and awards, the list of which follows this script.

The Bodyguard


Jerry saved Spike from going to the city's pound, so Spike felt the need to reward Jerry in some way, so he offered to be his bodyguard. Now, the only thing that Jerry has to do is whistle, and Spike will go. Obviously, this becomes a great problem to Tom, who tries to find a way to catch the mouse without messing up with the dog.

Ten Questions you ask yourself

1) Do I only drink recommended safe amounts of alcohol? 
Recent studies say that a moderate one or two units a day lessens the risk of heart disease in men over 40 and in women post-menopause. One unit of alcohol is the equivalent of half a pint of ordinary strength beer, a 
glass of wine, or a pub measure of spirit. Drinking more damages every part of the body. So, men, 3-4 units and you are asking for trouble. And women, let’s not overdo it and down 2-3 units a day. 

2) Do I eat 5 portions of fruit and veggies a day? 
Yes, great idea because this way you’ll end up getting your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. For eg, a banana counts as one portion, as does a glass of fruit juice, or 2 tablespoons of green peas. Fruit and vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, E and selenium. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce chances of developing heart disease and certain cancers. Fruit and vegetables also provide the digestive system with the fibre it needs. 

3) Should I be active for at least 30 mins every day? 
Regular exercise helps to keep your heart healthy, your joints strong, and your weight down. Besides, exercise releases endorphins — the feel good chemicals — that pep you up. Thirty minutes a day on at least five days of the week is what’s currently recommended and brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing are all good ways to get your body to sweat it out. Also, do the kind of exercise you enjoy so it won’t seem like punishment to you. 

4) Do I drink 8 glasses of water a day or more? 
The body needs water for many different reasons — for good digestion, to keep the immune system strong, and to keep the skin healthy, to name but a few. However, few people drink the recommended 8 glasses a day. In warmer weather everyone should drink a little more than this. Mixing water with fruit juice adds a little more taste to this cool and refreshing drink. Remember that drinking decaffeinated drinks is another good way of giving the body the liquid it needs so you don’t feel tired. 

5) Do I keep my salt to a minimum or can I indulge myself? 
Duh!!! Unless you are looking to get BP. The problem is most of us don’t know just how much salt we are taking in because it’s hidden in processed foods, bread, biscuits and cereals. At the dinner table, keep the salt shaker as a decorative piece, because there’s salt already in your cooked food. The body needs the sodium component of salt to keep the concentration of body fluids at the correct level and to help the transmission of electrical nerve impulses. Too much salt is a major risk factor for high blood pressure and this leads to heart attacks and strokes.

6) Do I only occasionally eat fatty and sugary foods? 
But of course. Sugary foods can damage the teeth and pile on the pounds. Fatty foods also contribute to obesity and narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in heart disease. Overweight people are also at risk of diabetes and osteoarthritis because of the great strain that will be put on the joints. Eating fatty or sugary foods as a treat every now and then shouldn’t be a problem, it should be enjoyable if you have a sweet tooth. Just don’t live on them. 

7) How much sleep should I get to be healthy? 
The body needs sleep to help it recharge. On an average 8 hours is needed but some people need less than this, some need more. Tiredness causes poor concentration and performance and is responsible for many accidents, particularly on the road. Going to bed and getting up at the same time helps the body get into an effective routine so that the necessary rest is obtained. 

8) Is it okay to smoke a few cigarettes? 
Smoking has more than 50 ways of affecting your health and 20 ways of killing you. One in two smokers can expect to die of a smoking-related disease, half of those in middle age. Apart from the well-known risks of heart attacks, stroke and lung cancer, smoking ages the skin prematurely, reduces fertility and can cause impotence. Nicotine addiction is well recognised and nicotine replacement therapy is available in patches, gum, lozenges, tablets, an inhaler, or nasal spray. 

9) Do I take time out everyday to relax and unwind? 
Our lives are getting busier and more stressed. Our bodies are being drained of energy. Short-term stress is good since it helps you perform better and keep on the ball. Long-term stress, however, can damage the body causing high BP, stomach ulcers, and depression. Recurrent cough and colds, tiredness, irritability, are all signs that a break is needed. Every hour, have a few minutes for yourself, to relax and unwind. Do this by performing some simple muscle stretches, practising some deep breathing relaxation exercises, or listening to some music. 

10) Should I feel happy? 
When someone feels happy it boosts their immune defence system and makes them more likely to look after their health. But everyone has ups and downs, and this is normal. However, when people feel unhappy more often than usual, it leads to depression. Depression can be successfully treated. It’s not someone’s fault if they develop depression and they shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Carrot Sorakaya Sweet and Godhuma Rava Halwa


First Indian Woman Chairperson Of Indian Airlines


                                                            
Sushma Chawla became the first woman ever to head the Indian Airlines as she took charge as the chairperson and MD of the public sector carrier here. Chawla, who was the deputy MD, will be holding the post in an officiating capacity according to the appointment orders.
She replaces Sunil Arora. Chawla, a post-graduate from the Delhi School of Economics and a topper throughout, joined IA as a management trainee in 1971. She steadily climbed the corporate ladder in the airline to become its first woman director in 1996.


Chawla took over from Sunil Arora who had headed Indian Airlines for five years, an Indian Airlines release said.

Chawla joined the state-owned domestic carrier in 1971 as an executive and moved up to be the first woman director of the company in 1996.

She also headed the northern region as the airline's regional director and then as director (finance) before being promoted as deputy managing director in September 2004.

The Million Dollar Cat


Harriet, Tom's aunt, has died and Tom inherited all his money. However, in her testament it was clearly stated that Tom will lose all the money if he damages any living being, even a mouse. Now, Jerry is taking advantage of this situation and Tom is fighting against himself to not get rid of the mouse.

Why has using the computer mouse become a problem?

The mouse is a common piece of computer equipment which helps people use computers more quickly and easily. Since the introduction of Windows technology in the 1990s, which made mouse-intensive software popular, the mouse has become standard office equipment. 

Using a mouse as the only input device (as with a computer game) is not hazardous as long as the computer workstation is set up properly and frequent breaks are observed. However, because most people using a mouse in a workplace setting must use the computer keyboard at the same time, using a mouse regularly works the same small muscles over and over again, and can lead to discomfort, pain, and even Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs). 
What makes using a computer mouse hazardous? 

There are two reasons why using a mouse regularly can be hazardous. 

First, using a mouse requires a person to make small, exact movements with their hand, fingers, and thumb. By positioning, travelling, scrolling, and clicking the mouse again and again, the same small muscles can become tired and overworked. This can cause: 

* Pain (ache, soreness) on the top of the hand
* Pain (ache, soreness) around the wrist
* Pain (ache, soreness) along the forearm and elbow
* Formulation of painful nodules, and in the later stages, ganglion cysts, around the joints and along the tendons.
 
* Numbness and tingling in the thumb and index finger that may develop into Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

The second reason using a computer mouse can be hazardous is that the placement of the mouse can make it awkward to reach. Many computer workstations have limited space; since the keyboard is already directly in front of the person using the computer, most times the mouse is placed around the upper right hand corner of the keyboard and toward the back of the desk. 
  
When the mouse is in this position, it is out of 'easy reach': it is beyond the safe distance range for comfortable hand movements. In order to use the mouse, the person has to reach their arm outwards and forwards and hold it there unsupported for as long as they are using the mouse. 

Moving like this, and holding your arm like this, again and again throughout the workday can cause soreness and fatique by putting an extra load on the muscles in the upper back (Trapezius muscle) and shoulder (Deltoid muscle). Repeated use of the mouse, therefore, can cause aches and pains in the shoulder and neck area. Lower back pain, while not directly caused by the mouse, can also be a problem if the computer user has poor posture and leans forward when they sit. 
 
What can be done to reduce the risk of injury from using a computer mouse? 

Designing a computer workstation which lets a person use a keyboard and a mouse (or other input devices like trackballs or graphics tablets) at the same time can be very difficult. 

The complete elimination of aches, pains, and WMSD may not be possible, but choosing the right mouse, positioning it properly, and being aware of how you are holding your body and using your muscles can all help.

Phantom Force Chess


“We are Indians, firstly and lastly.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meal Maker and Ragi Laddu


First Indian Woman Lieutenant General

                                                                     
Lieutenant General Punita Arora is the first woman in India to don the second highest rank i.e Lieutant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first Vice admiral of Indian Navy.

She was born into a Punjabi family which hails from Lahore. When she was 12 years old, her family moved to India during partition and got settled in Saharanpur, Uttarpradesh.

She studied in Sophia School in Saharanpur till 8th grade. After that she moved to Guru Nanak Girls Inter-College. In 11th Standard while getting admitted to Government school for boys she decided to take science as a career. She joined Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in 1963 which was the second batch of the AFMC and she turned out to be the topper of that batch.

Punita was commissioned in January 1968. Before becoming Vice Admiral of Indian Navy she was Commandant of AFMC. She took the charge of commandant of Armed Forces Medical College in 2004 thereafter becoming the first woman officer to command the medical college. Before that She was co-ordinating Medical Research of the armed forces at the Army headquarters as additional director-general of Armed Forces Medical Services (Medical Research).She moved from the Army to the Navy as the AFMS has a common pool which allows officers to migrate from one service to another depending on the requirement.

She has been awarded with 15 medals in her 36 years of career in Indian Armed Forces.

  • Vishisht Seva Medal for providing efficient and timely help to victims of the Kaluchak massacre in 2002.

  • Sena Medal for providing gynae-endoscopy and oncology facilities and pioneering invitro-fertilisation and assisted reproductive techniques for infertile and childless couples in military hospitals.

The Zoot Cat

Tom dresses with an orange zoot suit made with a hammock to impress a black kitten and eventually wins her affection. However, Jerry wants to interfere to get revenge of Tom's cruel actions towards him and he finds ways to ruin the cat's date.

Green Tea

The Zoot Cat


Tom and Jerry-The Zoot Cat by redhotjazz
Tom dresses with an orange zoot suit made with a hammock to impress a black kitten and eventually wins her affection. However, Jerry wants to interfere to get revenge of Tom's cruel actions towards him and he finds ways to ruin the cat's date.

Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP. 
 
Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth. 
 
A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must. 
 
Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday. 
 
Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull. 
 
Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down! 
 
ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc. 
 
A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness. 
 
VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. 
 
VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil. 
 
COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper. 


Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall: 
 
Apply almond oil on scalp and massage. 
 
Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month ¡V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair. 
Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair. 
 
Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fenugreek Leaves Dumplings


First Indian Woman Air Vice Marshal


Padmavathy Bandopadhyay (born 4 November 1944) is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force. She is the second woman in the Indian armed forces to be promoted to a 3 star rank (after Indian Army's Lt. General Punita Arora).

Bandopadhyay was born in 1944 at Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh. She grew up in New Delhi and obtained her education at the Kirori Mal College. She joined the Indian Air Force in 1968. She married S. N. Bandopadhyay, a fellow air force officer. She was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for her conduct during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. In her career she has been first woman to become a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India and the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole. She is also the first woman officer to have completed the Defence Service Staff College course in 1978. She was the Director General Medical Services (Air) at the Air Headquarters. In 2002, she became the first woman to be promoted to Air Vice Marshal (2 star rank). Bandopadhyay is an aviation medicine specialist and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Baby Puss


The daughter of Tom's owner, a young, stupid girl, is treating Tom as a baby as if he was her toy. Also, she threatens Tom with giving him beaver oil if he takes out his baby clothes. A couple of minutes after being dressed as a baby, Tom's friends arrive and they begin to make fun of him when they see him.

One Minute Beauty Tips

Hydrate your face - Apply moisturizer before you get in the shower and leave it on until the end. The steam opens pores so moisturizer penetrates deeper.

Warm away dryness - While showering, place a closed container of body lotion in a sink full of warm water. When you dry off, you'll have a warm treat to massage 
from head to toe.

Get soft, smooth lips - Apply lip balm several minutes before getting in the bath or shower, then gently scrub lips with a warm washcloth. You'll easily whisk away flakes and dead skin.

Take 10 years off your hands - Treat yourself to a skin-smoothing manicure in seconds. Mix some sugar with a dollop of olive oil and a drop of vanilla; massage into hands and cuticles, then rinse under warm water.

Massage your scalp - Add a few drops of 
peppermint oil to baby shampoo for a tingly scalp refresher. Bonus: peppermint is a natural astringent that helps keep scalp oils in check.

Deep clean your face - Before washing your face, saturate a washcloth with hot water and apply to face for one minute. The heat opens pores to allow for deeper cleaning and more effective removal of pore-clogging debris. Follow with your regular cleansing routine.

Create baby soft skin - Mix together equal parts salt and body wash or conditioner. Scrub your entire body in the shower, then rinse for the smoothest skin yet.

Soften your tootsies - Close the drain to your shower and add a powdered skin softening foot soak to the bottom of tub. Then, just let your feet soak while you shower as usual.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Prawn Masala Recipe


First Indian Woman Chief Justice Of High Court

                                                                           
Justice LEILA SETH born in Lucknow in October 1930, she joined the Bar in 1959. When in India, she was a junior to Mr Ashoke Kumar Sen when Mr Sen used to practise during his absence from the central cabinet of India. She was the first woman to top the London Bar exams in 1958. She handled a large number of Tax matters (Income Tax, Sales Tax, Excise and Customs), Civil, Company and Criminal cases as also Matrimonial suits and writ petitions. In 1978, she was appointed as the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court. In 1991, she was appointed the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh.

Justice Seth sat upon enquiry commissions which examined the effects of the serial Shaktiman on children, as well as the enquiry into the death of Rajan Pillai in police custody. She served on the Law Commission of India till 2000 and was responsible for the amendments to the Hindu Succession Act which gave equal rights to daughters in joint family property. Seth was at one point a junior of Ashoke Kumar Sen.

Leila Seth's autobiography, On Balance, was recently published by Penguin India. In this book, she talks about her early years of homelessness and struggle, her straying into law while in England with her husband Prem, and later practising in Patna, Calcutta and Delhi; and her happy marriage of over fifty years, including the experience of bringing up three remarkable children: writer Vikram Seth, peace activist Shantum and film-maker Aradhana.

Also dwelt upon are her views regarding corruption, discrimination and delay in the legal system; some judgments dealing with education and with inter-personal and constitutional law; and her experiences as a member of the 15th Law Commission. There are also delightful vignettes: Premo and her turning an old mansion into a splendid home in Patna, Vikram's writing of the novel A Suitable Boy, Shantum's ordination as a Buddhist teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh and Aradhana's marriage to Peter, an Austrian diplomat, and work as a documentary film director and production designer on films like Earth and Water.

Her autobiography On Balance, (Penguin/ Viking) released is dedicated to her husband and her two-year-old granddaughter Nandini. Notwithstanding her own formidable achievements and this excellent literary effort, Leila Seth is also the Suitable Boy Vikram Seth’s mother. 
" My children had chosen their path and they were happy wherever it would lead them. Yes I was worried for Vikram that he might end up as a penniless writer in some garage. But anyone who knows Vikram would vouch that if Suitable Boy had not been a success I am sure he would have been happy leading the life of a penniless writer," says she. 
 

Besides the family, the autobiography gives a detailed and informative account of the legal profession. It particularly provides insights into the gender bias and the excruciatingly slow-paced Indian courts and corruption in judiciary.In a field where females were rare, Leila Seth held her own refusing to do women’s cases and choosing to compete with her male colleagues taking up tax matters, constitutional law and criminal cases---often a sole woman judge among a gaggle of male judges. 



Leila Seth says she feels fulfilled after the birth of her grand-daughter Nandini (Shantum’s daughter) who is the bundle of joy for the entire household. However she believes the future has many more years and good things in store for her. But she won’t write a sequel because, as she says, " It is now left to Premo to fill in the blanks by writing an autobiography too. 
 

Vikram Seth has already prodded his father to write a few incidents of his life and has got his word that he would finish his memoirs for his mother’s 75th birthday. Prem Seth who started out as an office help in the Bata Manufacturing company in Ambala, stacking shoes and running errands, went on to become the Chairman of the company.But for the moment, the Seth family is looking forward to the publication of Vikram Seth’s latest book Two Lives ---a biography this time---which has fetched him the highest advance any Indian writer has ever got.

 



Yankee Doodle Mouse

Kitchen Tips

  • Vegetables: Don't discard the water in which the vegetables are soaked or cooked. Use it   in making soup or gravy.
  • Tamarind:Tamarind is an excellent polish for brass and copper items. Rub a slab of wet tamarind with some salt sprinkled on it on the object to be polished. Gargles with tamarind water is recommended for a sore throat. 
  • Utensils: Use nonsticking utensils. Use thick bottom utensils, they get uniformly heated. For electric stoves, use flat bottom utensils.Add a little bit of common salt to the washing powder for better cleaning of utensils.To keep the vegetables fresh for a longer time, wrap them in newspaper before putting them in freeze.Chop the vegetables only when you are ready to use them. Don't cut them in too advance. It would spoil their food value. 
  • Sink (Blocked): To clear the blocked drain pipe of your kitchen sink, mix 1/2 cup sodium bicarbonate in 1 cup vinegar an pour it into the sink, and pour about 1 cup water. In an hour the drain pipe will open. 
  • Soup Salty: Place a raw peeled potato in the bowl, it will absorb the extra salt. 
  • Yoghurt (Home Made): To set yogurt in winter, place the container in a warm place like oven or over the voltag establiser.
  •  Yogurt: If the yogurt has become sour, put it in a muslin cloth and drain all the water. Then add milk to make it as good as fresh in taste. Use the drained water in making tasty gravy for vegetables or for basen curry.To keep the yogurt fresh for many days, fill the vessel containing yogurt with water to the brim and refrigerate Change the water daily. 
  • Cleaning the Cutting Board:After using the cutting board to slice, dice, or chop all kinds of neat goodies, use a metal scraper or spatula to scrapeaway any remaining bits and pieces of food. Throw the scrapings into the garbage disposal, garbage receptacle, or trash. Scrub the board with hot, soapy water thoroughly. If your dishwasher reaches a temperature of at least 165°F, then you can probably place a high-density plastic cutting board into the dishwasher. Moreover, if your dishwasher has an antibacterial cycle, use it to wash the cutting board. Otherwise, scrub it by hand. Allow the board to air dry.



The Man with The Golden Arm


Friday, March 25, 2011

Rava Kesari with condensed Milk


      cimg3700c.jpg In the weekend when we where in the Walmart, I passed by the sugar isle and couldn’t help but to notice the sweet condensed milk. It just brought back my childhood memories. Once in a while my mom used to bring the condensed milk (popularly called as milkmaid) not to make any fancy cakes but just for us take a spoonful and lick every bit of it. The smooth, sweet and creamy texture was just heaven for me. So, after this small flash back, I thought let me just get it and will eventually figure out what to make… or as usual eat just like that. Yesterday being Krishnashtami , I dressed up my daughter as chinni krishnudu . She was looking so cute, it felt like krishna has come to my house. To celebrate the festival I made Rava kesari with condensed milk. As a substitute to milk and sugar I added the sweet condensed milk. It came out pretty good and all I can say is the recipe is a keeper. Ingredients: (Makes about 10 pieces)
      • 1/2 cup semolina (rava)
        • 1 1/2 cups water
        • 3/4th cup sweet condensed milk (or adjust acc to ur taste)
        • 2 tsp ghee
        • 2 cardamoms pods finely powdered
        • Little bit of saffron and
        • A handful of cashews and raisins
      In a skillet put half teaspoon of ghee and fry the raisins and cashews till light golden color. Remove and keep it a side. In the same pan put half teaspoon of ghee and lightly toast the rava in a low heat and keep it a side. Now take 1 1/2 cups of water and saffron (slightly rub the saffron in your palm, it helps it melt in the water easily) and let them come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add the toasted rava and stir continuously for five minutes. When it starts to thicken, add the condensed milk stirring continuously and making sure the rava doesn’t stick the pan. Cook for another five minutes. Then finally add one teaspoon of ghee, cashews, raisins and the cardamom powder. Coat a tray with some ghee and pour the rava kesari in the tray. With the help of little bit of ghee spread the kesari and let it sit for few minutes. This helps the rava kesari to thicken. Then cut into pieces, offer to the chinni Krishna as neivedyam and serve your loved once.

First Indian Woman Pilot In Indian Air Force


Harita Kaur Deol: In 1994, at the age 22, became  the first woman pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF), on a solo flight.  Originally from Chandigarh, India, she was inducted as a Pilot into the IAF fleet to Transport flyers.   She started her flying in HPT-32, trained in Kiran, Avro and AN-32 Aircrafts. 

Zipped up in her navy blue overalls and strapped to the pilot's seat inside the cockpit of an Avro aircraft, Flight Cadet Harita Kaur Deol made history when she kissed the clouds at a height of 10,000 feet. The 22-year-old girl from Chandigarh had become the country's first woman pilot in the Indian Air Force to do a solo.She flitted about in the clouds for half an hour maneuvering the aircraft with proficiency as her colleagues and seniors monitored her movements with a great sense of pride. It was indeed a momentous occasion for the five-feet-two-inch tall girl and the Indian Air Force. 

With a modest smile, she emerged from the aircraft to a spontaneous applause, pats, hugs and handshakes. Was she in a state of daze... overwhelmed? "No, not at all. I am happy I was the first to do a solo and that I lived up to the expectations of my instructor," replied Flight Cadet Deol. Having been inducted as a pilot into the IAF fleet of transport fliers, she always had the confidence, and now the solo sortie had only strengthened it further, she added. With her chin up. Flight Cadet Deol faced the glare of camera lights and said: "I will speak to my parents first... and may be celebrate today's success with my friends over the week-end." 

Air Commodore P.R. Kumar, Air-Officer-in Command at Air Lift Forces Training Establishment (ALFTE), Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore, who did the solo check, was beaming. "She was confident and in full control of the aircraft. Her take-off and landing were excellent. The standard she demonstrated was much more than my expectation. Girls are much more clear in their expression," he gushed. 

When the IAF advertised for eight vacancies for women pilots in 1992, there were 20,000 applicants from all over the country. About 500 qualified for the written examination held at Mysore, Dehra Dun and Varanasi. From each of these centers, 10 to 12 candidates cleared the written test and were put through a week's physical training followed by a medical checkup. Only 13 candi- dates withstood the strain, pressure and competition and were inducted into the IAF's transport fleet last October. 

Since then the going has been tough. At the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, the cadets underwent three months of pre-flying train- ing followed by Stage I flying training on HPT-32 aircraft for two months and Stage II flying training on the Kiran aircraft lasting for five months. On an average each of them accumulated 120 hours of total flying. However, the hard grind took only seven of the 13 cadets to Stage III. 

The seven women cadets arrived at ALFTE, Yelahanka, in July that year for pilot's conversion training. On successful completion of their Stage III training on Avro and AN-32, they will get their "Wings" and be commissioned at the Air Force Academy, Secunderabad, in December that year and subsequently posted out to squadron service. 

Obviously, having come through such rigorous mental and physical tests, their zeal to come out with flying colors is unquestionable. None of them looks "tough" in their height or build, but they all believe: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.And of course, the Aircrew Examining Board has been all along validating their "very good performance". Only three of the seven women cadets come from the services' background with fathers retired as Army / Air Force Officers. The rest are daughters of professionals and businessmen. Three women cadets are from ex- NCC (Air Wing). Two had completed their Private Pilots' License and one her Commercial Pilots' License before joining the Academy at Hyderabad. 




The Lonesome Mouse


Jerry finally managed to get Tom kicked out of the house. Now, the mouse can have a peaceful life, but he soon realizes how boring is his life without being chased by Tom. Now, they have to team up to make Tom's owner change his mind and take Tom with him again.

Kitchen Tips

Popcorn: Keep the maize/corn seeds in the freezer and pop while still frozen to get better pops.
Noodles: When the noodles are boiled, drain all the hot water and add cold water. This way all the noodles will get separated.
Onions: To avoid crying, cut the onions into two parts and place them in water for 15 minutes before chopping them.Wrap the onions individually in a newspaper and store in a cool and dark place to keep them fresh for long time. 
Oven: Watch from the oven window to conserve energy because the oven temperature drops by 25 degrees every time its door is opened,
To clean the oven, appl a paste of sodium bicarbonate and water on the walls and floor of the oven and keep the oven on low heat for about half an hour. Dried food can easily be removed.  Paneer: To keep paneer fresh for several days, wrap it in a blotting paper while storing in the refrigerator.Do not fry paneer, immerse it in boiling water to make it soft and spongy.
Papad: Bake in microwave oven.Wrap the papads in polythene sheet and place with dal or rice will prevent them from drying and breaking. 
Pickles: To prevent the growth of fungus in pickles, burn a small grain of asafoetida over a burning coal and invert the empty pickle jar for some time before putting pickles in the jar.
Potato: To bake potatoes quickly, place them in salt water for 15 minutes before baking.
Use the skin of boiled potatoes to wipe mirrors to sparkling clean.Don't store potatoes and onions together. Potatoes will rot quickly if stored with onions. 
Refrigerator: To prevent formation of ice, rub table salt to the insides of your freeze. 
Rice: Add a few drops of lemon juice in the water before boiling the rice to make rice whiter.Add a tsp of canola oil in the water before boiling the rice to separate each grain after cooking.Don't throw away the rice water after cooking. Use it to make soup or add it in making dal (lentils).Add 5g of dried powdered mint leaves to 1kg of rice. It will keep insects at bay.Put a small paper packet of boric powder in the container of rice to keep insects at bay. Put a few leaves of mint in the container of rice to keep insects at bay.Rice pulao and other recipes.
Samosa: Bake them instead of deep frying to make them fat free. Don't fry the filling potato masala. Preserve the samosas in freezer. For eating, take out of the freezer two hours in advance and bake them over low temp. 
Sugar: Put 2-3 cloves in the sugar to keep ants at bay. 
Tadka: Use sprouted mustard seeds (rayee) and fenugreek (methi) seeds for your tadkas. Both of them when sprouted  have more nutritional values. Also this add flavour to the dish and can be more beneficial, besides giving decorative look to the dish. 
Tomato: To remove the skin of tomatoes, place them in warm water for 5-10 minutes. The skin can then be easily peeled off. When tomatoes are not available or too costly, substitute with tomato puree or tomato ketchup/sauce. Place overripe tomatoes in cold water and add some salt. Overnight they will become firm and fresh.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hand Baked Fish(Isuka Chepa)


First Indian Woman Judge Of Supreme Court

                                                                     
Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the first woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India (1989) and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. She is the first woman judge of a Supreme Court of a nation in India and Asia. On her retirement from the court she served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission and as Governor in Tamil Nadu (1997–2001).

Fathima Beevi was born on 30 April 1927 at Pathanamthitta, Kerala state, India as the child of Meera Sahib and Khadeeja Bibi.She did her schooling in Catholicate High School, Pathanamthitta and degree B.Sc. at University College, Trivandrum. She took her B.L. from Government Law College, Trivandrum.

She was enrolled as Advocate on 14 November 1950. She began her career in the lower judiciary in Kerala. She was appointed as the Munsiff in the Kerala Sub-ordinate Judicial Services in May, 1958. She was promoted as the Sub-ordinate Judge in 1968 and as the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 1972, as District & Sessions Judge in 1974.


She was further appointed as the Judicial Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in January, 1980. She was then elevated to the High Court as a Judge on 4 August 1983.She became permanent Judge of the High Court on 14 May 1984. She retired as the Judge of the High Court on 29 April 1989 but was further elevated to the Supreme Court as a Judge on 6 October 1989 where she retired on 29 April 1992.


Her appointment to the Supreme Court over several senior judges was seen as a political decision by Rajiv Gandhi following the controversy over the Muslim Women's (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act.She later went on to become Governor of Tamil Nadu on 25 January 1997. Appointing her as the Governor of the TN and Justice S S Kang, formerly chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court, as Governor of Kerala, then President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma said "Their experience of and insights into the working of the Constitution and the laws comprise valuable assets."

As the Governor of the state, she rejected the mercy petitions filed by the four condemned prisoners in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.The prisoners had sent the mercy petitions to the Governor, pleading her to exercise her power under Article 161 of the Constitution (the Governor's power to grant pardon).


She was embroiled in controversy when she gave a clean chit to the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu that prompted the ire of the Central government. Union Minister for Law, Arun Jaitley asked for her resignation.Later she left her office as Governor of the state under controversial circumstances of her accepting of Jayalalithaa's of assembly majority after the elections and over the arrest of Karunanidhi, who pitched for her appointment four years ago. Jayalalitha defended the state Governor Justice Fathima M Beevi's decision to invite her to form the government saying that the Governor's decision could not be questioned.

She said that "She is a former supreme court judge. She herself is a legal expert. None need to teach her about law or the constitution. Her decision is not justiciable."Jayalalitha's party had received the simple majority (131 seats out of total 234 seats in the Tamilnadu Assembly) after elections in May 2001.Fathima Beevi, the then Governor of Tamilnadu administered the oath of office to J Jayalalitha as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu on 14 May 2001 in spite of the fact that Jayalalitha can not contest the election and would not be able to get herself elected by the people to the assembly within six months as per the constitution. There were a few Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions filed in the Supreme Court questioning the validity of her appointment as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Fathima Beevi justified her decision by saying that the majority party in the state assembly had elected Jayalalitha as their leader.


Fathima Beevi submitted her resignation after the Union Cabinet decided to recommend to the President to recall the Governor for having failed to discharge her constitutional obligation. The Centre was peeved with Ms Fathima Beevi for not having furnished an independent and objective assessment of the sequence of events after the arrest of the former Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, and the two Union Ministers, Murasoli Maran and T. R. Baalu. The Centre had accused her of toeing the official line verbatim. The then Andhra Pradesh Governor, Dr C. Rangarajan, took charge as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, following her resignation.


She was given a warm send off at the Meenambakkam airport when she flew by a special State Government- owned aircraft to Thiruvananthapuram after resignation as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa and her Cabinet colleagues presented her shawls and flower bouquets.In an informal chat with presspersons, Ms. Beevi said, " You should pray for the welfare of the Tamilians and the people of Tamil Nadu ". She also thanked the people of the State for their cooperation.Later Supreme Court of India quashed her appointment of Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Referring to the case, the Court Bench ruled that "The Governor cannot, in the exercise of his/her discretion or otherwise, do anything that is contrary to the Constitution and the laws. Therefore, the Governor, having due regard to the Constitution and the laws, must decline to exercise the discretion in appointing as Chief Minister a non-member who was not qualified to become a member of the legislature."


As the Governor of the state she had also served as the Chancellor of Madras University. It was reported by university sources that the Vice-Chancellor,P.T. Manoharan, had decided to quit his office in the wake of the Chancellor allegedly withholding her approval to the Syndicate’s decision to establish a new department for contemporary Tamil literature.She had also served as the Chairman of Kerala Commission for Backward Classes(1993) and member of National Human Rights Commission ( 1993). She received Hon. D Litt and Mahila Shiromani Award in 1990.She was also awarded Bharat Jyoti Award.The left parties also discussed the nomination of the prospects of Fathima Beevi as the President of India, during which the NDA Government proposed the name of Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.She currently resides at her ancestral house in Pathanamthitta, Kerala.