What is Gondh? A Look at Its Health Benefits and Why You Must Include It In Your Winter Diet

Gondh or edible gum is widely used in dishing out nutritionally loaded preparations; one of its most popular uses in India is while preparing nourishing laddoos that are usually consumed by pregnant and lactating women and by those recovering from an illness. Edible gum is usually sourced from plant gums, essentially derived from Middle Eastern legume or acacia plants. Alternatively known as Tragacanth or acacia gum, this natural gum is procured after drying the sap of a variety of gum-producing plants found in the Middle East and parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and…

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Have You Ever Wondered Why Crackers Have Hole?

Crackers are one of our most loved snacks that people like to enjoy in the evening with a hot cup of tea or even at a dinner party with a zingy dip. Crackers are baked foods basically made with refined flour and sometimes multigrain flour and can be eaten on their own or flavored with cheese, seasonings and herbs. It is believed that the idea of crackers emerged back in 1792 by John Pearson when he wanted to make a kind of bread which would last longer, but it was in 1801 that it was…

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Millennials And Their Kids: Why They’re Choosing DIY Education

For millennials the conversation around raising kids is not too far off in the distant future. For many that reality is already here with over 50% already becoming parents. Unlike our parents’ generation where the procedure was get married, buy a house, and then have kids, millennials are doing things a little bit differently. Take it from Jared Angaza who became the guardian of a 10-year-old Rwandan boy at the age of 27. He’d been studying in Africa for most of his life, and when he noticed a young boy selling peanuts outside of his office,…

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Karwa Chauth 2017: Why You Shouldn’t Break Your Fast with Fried Foods and Caffeinated Drinks

Karwa Chauth is just around the corner and many Indian married women are gearing up to observe a nirjala fast to bless their husbands with a long and prosperous life. Karva Chauth will be celebrated on 8th October 2017. On this day, women wake up early morning before sunrise to feast on their sargi received by their mothers-in-law and then keep a nirjala fast throughout the day. It has been observed that woman often break their fast with a grand feast and lots of delicious food. This may include heavy dishes, fried foods or caffeinated beverages to make…

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Fashion’s Space Race: Why The Spacesuit Is A Huge Future Branding Opportunity For Designers

The mock rocket launch at Chanel’s fall 2017 Paris Fashion Week show (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Space travel has long been a source of inspiration to the fashion industry. When the space race between the Soviet Union and the US was underway in the 1960s, it influenced designers including Paco Rabanne, Courrèges and Pierre Cardin into all manner of both sculptural and streamlined looks. High fashion houses since have regularly referenced everything and anything related to the galaxy, the fantasy of its contents and the way in which we…

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Shukto: Why Can’t Bengalis Start Their Meal Without This Bitter Medley Of Vegetables

For most part of the country and the world,  West Bengal is the hub of rich and sinful sweetmeats. But did you know the land of Roshogollas, Sandesh, Cham Cham , Kaala Jaam  and Mishti Doi also has a popular bitter dish without which the afternoon meal  is deemed incomplete. We are talking about- Shukto, a bitter-sweet medley of vegetables that has to feature during lunchtime in Bengal or any Bengali festivity. Made with vegetables like bitter gourd, neem leaves , sweet potato, Bengal gram, raw banana, French beans and drum sticks, Shukto is a rich stew of…

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Here’s Why Your Salad May Not Be The Most Healthy Meal of Your Day

Opting to go light and healthy? Think your healthy plate of salad is the best bet to keep all the unhealthy carbs and fats at bay? Think again. Yes, a generous helping of greens and vegetables is surely low in calories and provides a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, but the fattening dressings and toppings tossed with your leafy greens can instead make your healthy meal of the day a feast of calories and fats! Here’s how. Now we all know the importance of loading up on healthy and leafy greens daily; they are a powerhouse…

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Why resistance to antibiotics is fast becoming a big killer

Is antibiotic resistance a threat to surgical outcome? A retrospective study by AIIMSon 100 infants who underwent heart surgeries at the institute from June 2015 to June 2016 suggests so. Cardiac surgeons have found that 16 children developed hospital-acquired infection, which led to longer hospital stay and need for ICU support than those who didn’t. Also, of those who acquired infection, three died due to sepsis. Dr Shiv Kumar Choudhary, additional professor of cardiac surgery at AIIMS, said Klebsiella was the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection. It is a…

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Why Topshop is falling out of fashion with the Instagram generation

While the Oxford Circus flagship store is a ‘destination’ shop, many branches outside London feel like relics from a pre-digital age Instagram influencer and fashion lover Ono Bello takes a selfie. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images 31 Ellie Violet Bramley Wednesday 7 June 2017 17.47 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 7 June 2017 22.57 BST There was a time, for many British teenagers, when no Saturday was complete without a trip to Topshop. It was a name that had cache – and fashion editors didn’t think twice about dressing in Topshop threads. But now…

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Kids from Economically Weak Backgrounds May Hit Puberty Early. Here’s Why

Puberty refers to a time and age in life when a girl or boy becomes sexually mature and they may also undergo other physical and hormonal changes. The first sign of puberty in girls is usually breast development and in young boys is when their voice deepens and facial hair appears. In general, the process usually occurs between the age of 10 to 14 in girls and 12 to 16 in boys but a new study has discovered that kids who belong to weak economic backgrounds may experience puberty much…

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