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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Why you should not be copying Kareena Kapoor Khan’s motherhood lifestyle blindly

There’s just no stopping Kareena Kapoor Khan — not even pregnancy and subsequently, motherhood. While most women chose to avoid the public eye when sporting a baby bump, Kareena Kapoor Khan was more socially active than ever, from walking the ramp to doing magazine shoots. And just three days after her delivery, Kareena had a party at her home. Unlike her fellow female actresses (Kajol, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, who took a break from films), Bebo, who delivered in December, was to start shooting next month for Veere…

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Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. But anyone who has ever funded a Kickstarter knows that with extraordinary growth in the technology sector comes extraordinary failure. Some devices were doomed to fail—either the prototypes were…

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Why You’ll See Planned Parenthood Pins at New York Fashion Week

Last September, two days before New York Fashion Week began, supporters of Hillary Clinton paid $100 to $25,000 to attend a fashion show co-hosted by Anna Wintour that featured fancy T-shirts designed by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg. This week, however, post-Trump victory and a will-designers-dress-Melania brouhaha, fashion’s political-statement making is taking a more visible, and vocal, turn. As part of an effort to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood, an organization whose funding is under threat from a Republican-controlled Congress, the Council of Fashion…

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Trump’s ‘alternative facts’: Why the row about inauguration ‘lies’?

He has only been president for a few days – but already Donald Trump and his team are locked in a new dispute with US news organisations. The row over the coverage of his inauguration has provided the first indication of what Mr Trump’s relationship with the media will be like. And it has amazed even some of the most seasoned political commentators. What is the argument about? Photos showed more people had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama in 2009 than Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The number…

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Here’s Why Food Is So Insanely Expensive at College

If you’re wondering why college costs so much these days, take a look at the main dining hall at Wellesley College. The $65 million Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center features floor-to-ceiling windows through which students can admire Lake Waban while enjoying made-to-order omelets for breakfast, Niman Ranch ham sandwiches for lunch, dinner entrees featuring local seafood, and, for dessert, all-you-can eat ice cream. Wellesley, in Wellesley, Mass., requires all undergraduates to buy a contract for the dining hall. The cost: $7,442 per year, or almost $12 per meal. That’s almost…

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