Basant Panchami 2018: Why Do Bengalis Refrain From Eating Ber (Jujube) Fruit Before Saraswati Puja

It is that time of the year again. The biting cold weather is slowly giving way to the beauteous and bountiful spring. The blossoming flowers, the ripened fruits and the lush green fields, there is a reason why Spring is also dubbed as the King of all seasons. Various communities and countries across the world have different ways to celebrate the shift in seasons. In India, which also happens to be an agro-based economy, spring season plays a huge role in the agricultural and harvesting calendar and naturally then the…

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Winter Warmers: Do You Know The Difference Between Stew, Soup, Stock and Broths?

Winter is finally here and we can’t express the amount of delight we get out of curling up inside our blanket and slurping on some heartwarming soup. While the world of winter warmers may swing between broths, stews, chowder and soups, it is good to know what makes each one of them different from the other. But, why exactly should we take the pain to differentiate between them? Well, if you think there is a world of a difference between pilafs, biryani, fried rice and pulao, then trust us, this would be an equally enlightening…

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Guavas for Weight Loss: How Do Guavas Help you Shed Kilos

Green, crunchy guavas are back in season and we can’t be happier. Freshly cut guavas with a dash of chaat masala can perk up a dull, gloomy day. A host of benefits further makes this fruit a universal favourite. Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health practitioner Shilpa Arora says, “ Guavas are a low GI fruit and do not raise blood sugar levels. It is the best fruit for hormonal imbalances. Diabetics and heart patients can also enjoy this nutrition-packed fruit. Green, crunchy guavas Some of the health benefits of Guava, according to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda…

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The Mystery of the Do Pyaaza Dishes

One of the most common dishes from thesubcontinent, the Do Pyaaza is remarkably difficult to dig into. Of course, its flavours are irresistible and you don’t need to challenge your palate at all to immediately appreciate the caramelised sweetness of onions bunged in with meat and whole spices. However, it is when we begin to get into the history of the do pyaaza—or indeed trying to find a common recipe for this style of dishes—we begin to run into problems. Most of us who have eaten chicken, mutton or even paneer do pyaaza…

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Lifestyle change: “I know what to do, I just need to do it…but how?”

I hear this nearly every day in my primary care clinic. Many of my patients are overweight or obese, which mirrors the national trend: two out of three adults in the US are overweight or obese. Many of these folks suffer from medical issues such as low back, hip, knee, and foot pain; asthma; obstructive sleep apnea; fatty liver; type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; or depression. We know that these conditions often improve with weight loss. So, I often recommend weight loss as a first step in…

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Do Not Let Your Blood Pressure Go Unchecked, It May Lead to Stroke

One of the biggest challenges in curbing the increasing rate of high blood pressure cases is the inability to spot its occurrence and not taking enough preventive measure to keep the condition at bay. In most cases, hypertension is the product of a sedentary lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating habits, poor sleep pattern, alcohol or tobacco abuse and high levels of stress and anxiety. Some symptoms for early detection include headache, chest discomfort, palpitations, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds and feeling numb or weak. Eating a well-balanced diet, sleeping…

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Answering the Lifestyle Question: How Do You Want To Live?

Every small business owner has to address this question: How do you want to live? For some, it’s enough to own your own jobs. But for others, freedom means passive income and creating something they can pass on to their children (without making the children pass out from overwhelm and exhaustion). And for another set of small business owners, the preferred lifestyle is working in a business that they love and having a reliable team that allows them to take one or two worry-free vacations a year.   The goals…

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Haryana government planning to do away with school bags

The Haryana government is planning to come up with a new pilot scheme under which students will not be carrying bags and their books would be kept in schools. Students will no more carry bags and books to schools         The Haryana government is planning to come up with a new pilot scheme under which students will not be carrying bags and their books would be kept in schools. The scheme will be implemented in 50 schools in the state for the upcoming academic session. Additional Chief…

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Mark Zuckerberg is worried about sensationalism in news. But Facebook could do more to help.

Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg liked to think of Facebook as a basically innocuous social utility. But that view has taken a beating in recent months, as news shared on Facebook had a huge — and, critics say, pernicious — effect on the presidential election. In an open letter released on Thursday, Zuckerberg grapples with the implications of Facebook’s growing power. “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” he writes. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community.” Many of…

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Sedentary lifestyle and women: Do some exercise daily, else you’ll age faster

Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years than those who are less sedentary, a new study has warned. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US found elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day have shorter telomeres — tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age. As a cell ages, its…

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