Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My father was my inspiration in Childhood. He always preached us that luck sure comes at the door and knocks too but your efforts More »

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA  Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

1. आपका बचपन में प्रेरणा स्त्रोत कौन था? मेरे पूज्य बाबाजी स्वर्गीय श्री रामसिंह जी । जो एक कृषक थे, एक सामाजिक व्यक्ति थे। उन्होंने जिंदगी में मुझे जीना सीखाया। प्ररेणा भी More »

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd. with 300+ Centers all across India Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother and father were my source More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My inspiration was my family. I was surrounded by educators in my family. Ma Nanaji, Mamaji, my mother everybody was into academics. My Mamaji was More »

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I always believed that inspiration is from inside and not from outside. Only you can inspire yourself. Outward inspirations are momentary and do not stay More »

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My dad and my uncle were my inspiration in my childhood. Both of them were associated with RSS. They inspired me to join RSS More »

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Dr.Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother was my inspiration in my childhood and she is still my inspiration. My brother had also More »

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My grandfather was my biggest inspiration. I had learnt the minutest details of life from him. I learnt a lot from him about business. Like More »

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I think in my childhood it was the national leaders like Gandhi ji and Nehru ji who inspired me the most because our exposure at More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Who was your inspiration in Childhood? Radio was my source of inspiration as I used to listen to loads of music and radio and tape recorder were the only source to listen More »

 

Sensex ends lower; telecom stocks slump on RJio fears

Market benchmark BSE Sensex on Thursday erased its early gains to end lower by 29 points, halting 3-day winning run, following emergence of sell-off mainly in telecom stocks after new entrant Reliance Jio came out with free voice calls and cheaper data tariffs.
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Here are Some Tips for Prospective Customers about How to Choose the Most Highrated Virtual Data Storage for their Business

Keeping and sharing of the secret documents online prove to be an irrevocable requirement of the modern business environment. A lot of software developers provide deal-makers with secure digital spaces that must simplify the entire course of the transaction fulfillment – so-called virtual data rooms. Their key task is to guarantee protection to virtual versions of documents. A virtual data room can be used not just as a depository for confidential information but also as place where a few users have a possibility to share and talk about data, deals, and transactions. That is how, virtual data rooms eliminated the need to fulfill the entire deal exclusively during face-to-face meetings. If you wish to study more about online deal rooms, please, pay your attention to this site – virtual data room. While virtual platforms are gaining popularity, different providers offer their data rooms on the VDR market. But, not each platform that exists is reliable and decent enough to repose trust in. To find a trustworthy data room, the potential customer should consider some characteristics.

1. Reputation and experience inherent to the virtual room

Evaluate the reputation of the software developer. Commonly, the reputation can be evaluated according to the feedback posted online. Both – the ratings of regular room users and the analysis by experts – proved to be important when it comes to choosing a virtual room vendor. In addition, it will be useful to get acquainted with the aspects of the projects that were fulfilled with the assistance of the platform and, maybe, even to meet with the employees from a company which has already exploited software developed by the provider. In addition, the experienced provider will be able to offer specific solutions to a deal-maker.

2. The tools the virtual room may offer you

In a case of looking for a virtual data room, a particular set of necessary instrument must be checked. Thus, a good room focuses on document and access protection. The VDR is supposed to possess all the demanded certificates (ISO 27001 and SSAE 16), provide encryption of the data, firewalls, two-step user verification system, watermarks, etc. Moreover, the VDR owner is supposed to have all the rights to control access to the room in general and to certain documents, folders. Audit reports generated regularly help to track all the actions performed in the platform. In addition to being protected, the data room have to be convenient to utilize. For this reason, user-friendly interface which simplifies work in the virtual repository is thought to be essential. Diverse upload and search features also simplify and speed up the project accomplishment via the virtual data room. The named characteristics do not form an exhaustive list of the features that the deal-maker have to expect from the room: the expectations will be dependent on the customer’s demands.

3. Expected expenditures

As long as there are a lot of vendors on the market, the potential customers might find platforms that differ in price: the cost of exploitation depends considerable on the provider, on the estimated time needed for execution of the project, on the advanced services required, etc. Therefore, the potential user is expected to be realistic and to determine how much he can pay for the virtual platform.

4. The advantages you and your stakeholders will have a possibility to experience

A repository should be not merely cheap enough and convenient for the virtual room owner but also meet the demands of the owner’s current or potential partners. Maybe it is advisable to subscribe for the more functional virtual repository in a case it is provided with many services demanded by the business partners.

5. Adequate level of functionality

Before you select a VDR, critical evaluation of the demands and expectations is expected to take place: not a single client wants to pay for an expensive data room which is equipped with various valueless services. The potential data room user has to make sure he wants to pay for the set of tools he really needs and expects – not for popular and catchy functions that have totally nothing to do with data protection and storage.

If staying stick to these simple tips in mind, the one will have not that many difficulties when choosing a data room. Even though this process may take a considerable amount of time, it is better to spend a few more days and to check demo versions of diverse repositories than to buy subscription for the very first virtual room which was available at adequate price. You are expected to keep in mind that you are paying for your protection and convenience and the virtual data room are definitely not the ones to save money on.

ISSUES IN Innovative DEMOCRACY

ISSUES IN Innovative DEMOCRACY

In the classic constitution, your message democracy was used to allow the implication of overall fairness, unquestionable justice, and finish evenhandedness in delivery of societal solutions. Democracy emerged with opportunity of phrase and worship. While the original meaning of democracy was suggested to produce a cost-free governmental atmosphere for all, this classification has been eroded gradually. Current day democracy has different types and numerous relegations from democratic ideals.

My husband doesn’t let me touch his phone!

Our conversations are restricted to only general communication. No jokes, no laughter and no sharing.

Question: I am a 40-year-old woman staying in Mumbai. I have a reasonably happy married life for the past 10 years. My husband provides all the basic requirements of life, the only glitch being the fact that there is no transparency in our lives. I tell him about my day in detail, but he has built a wall around his personal life, which I am not supposed to knock on. When I try, he loses his cool for days together. I cannot touch his mobile phone and all hell breaks lose if I check his whatsapp. I cannot even ask where he’d been the whole day. Our conversations are restricted to only general communication. No jokes, no laughter and no sharing.

He feels since he is providing for basic necessities of life, I am not allowed to cross my limits. Fortunately I am a working professional and my work helps me retain my sanity. I am surprised at couples who are able to share so much. I am suffocated in this relationship as I am only recognised for my housework and office work and not supposed to speak or ask anything beyond this.

Should I accept this as his permanent nature or opt out as I feel I am allowing myself to be used? – By Anonymous

Answer by Shivani Misri Sadhoo: From your query, I am not clear on one thing; when you mentioned that you update your husband about your routine activities, how he responds and listens to you? Please understand in reality, listening needs much greater mental strength than talking about self. When partners share their day to day chores, they get an opportunity to release their daily stress, but if it’s been one-sided from the start, then it might be possible that your husband may have developed a belief that you do not care to know his unspoken stress and pressure by not identifying the same in him.

There could be another possibility that your husband is having alexithymia. Alexithymia is a personality trait that is characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. Alexithymia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population at the different level of intensity.

There could also be another possibility that something is bothering him which he is not able to share with you and which is why he does not want to share his phone and/or social messages with you.

I believe that the problem has reached to a leve,l where it has started to affect your marital and personal life and your self confidence as well to a great deal, hence I suggest you both consult a psychologist or a marriage counsellor in person, who will be able to guide you through counselling and therapy. Hope this helps.

Shivani Misri Sadhoo is a Relationship and Marriage Counsellor.

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What does the colour of your room tell about you?

Color and light are the two most important components that make a home. Each color says something about the mood of the room, and you.

Your is who you are. It reflects your personality and needs. It exemplifies ‘YOU’. and are the two most important components that make a home. It sets the tone and the character of your house. Each color says something about the mood of the , and you.

Color and light not only influence human emotions, they are also important components of changing the look or feel of a room. A coat of paint and the right lighting can dramatically change interiors, camouflage design problems and other defects. It can improve moods and reduce negative behavior, it can increase or decrease , it can improve concentration and productivity, and it can even increase appetite.

What does the colour of the walls of your room say about you:

Red
Exiting and demands attention
Studies show that this color actually raises heart rate.

Black
Elegance and power
Gives an impression of strength and authority.

Orange
Fun and ambition
Also an attention-getter, this color is perfect for calls to action.

White
Cleanliness and clarity
Also, associated with purity and adds no extra visual weight.

Yellow
Happiness and optimism
Studies show that this color causes the release of serotonin – reducing the chances of getting into depression.

Violet
Prosperity and royalty
Studies show that this color actually stimulates problem-solving.

Green
Growth and nature
Also associated with money, this color is the easiest for the eye to process.

Blue

Trust and loyalty

Generally, liked by a majority of people. Associated with calmness and security.

There is a lot of information and interpretation for different uses of color and light. Hence choosing one scheme can be overwhelming in many ways. One must have an understanding of the way that colors convey meaning in nature and culture. Ultimately, it also boils down to preference. There are many other factors that affect how we perceive colors and light, what is relaxing to some, may have a different effect on others.

(Inputs provided by House of Hiranandani)

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5 tips to make the best waffles

If you haven’t enjoyed the golden hue of a crisp waffle with your breakfast or any time really, time you did now.

If you haven’t enjoyed the golden hue of a crisp waffle with your breakfast or any time really, time you did now.

Hot, chocolatey or and filled with ice cream or fresh fruit, honey or syrup, can make for an apt party dessert too…

1. Fold the egg whites in right: Numero uno rule is that you must beat the egg whites to a stiff consistency then fold them into the batter. There should be no air in them as airy egg whites can make waffles very light instead of dense.

2. Don’t let them stick: How much oil or butter you use in the batter is telling on whether the waffles will stick to your waffle iron or not. If they land up sticking to the surface and breaking, increase the amount of oil or butter.

3. Be patient: The rule of thumb is, wait for the right amount of time and then lift the lid of the waffle maker. If your waffles turn out tough and rubbery, the iron may not be hot enough.

4. For flavour: To add a nice flavour to the waffles, keep an extract of vanilla or at hand (even a teaspoon of powder works). Add this to the batter.

5. Go with and buttermilk: Some waffle recipes call for either milk or in them. The trick is to use both. While ones made with buttermilk have a moist, great flavour, waffles made with milk are crispier. Thus, using both ingredients, results in the best of both.

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5 best bedtime beverages

What’s your favourite bedtime drink- a glass of wine, a cup of frothy latte or a piping hot mug of masala chai? Do you know that your choice of beverage/drink at night has a direct bearing on your health and sleep pattern. Here are some healthy options to choose from.

What’s your favourite bedtime drink- a glass of wine, a cup of frothy latte or a piping hot mug of masala chai? Do you know that your choice of beverage/drink at night has a direct bearing on your health and sleep pattern. Here are some healthy options to choose from.

Cocoa: Most people consider this the classic pre-bed drink. First consumed by the Mayans, cocoa was prepared as a delicious hot beverage made up of roasted cocoa beans, boiling water and a pinch of spice. Till today, it remains the most popular choice of hot before bed around the world.

Chamomile tea: If you don’t want to consume dairy before sleeping, the soothing Chamomile is an excellent choice. It helps you calm down, by relaxing the nerves and calming the stomach, promoting a great, peaceful night’s sleep. For best results, drink a cup of unsweetened Chamomile tea around 30 minutes before bedtime.

Warm milk: If you’ve been told since childhood to drink a glass of warm before bedtime, there’s a good scientific reason behind it. The amino acid tryptophan in milk helps the body produce the hormones it needs for a serene night’s sleep. What’s more, milk is also rich in calcium and is a great source of protein. No wonder it remains one of the simplest yet best hot beverages before bedtime.

Peppermint tea: Just like Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea is another kind of herbal tea that naturally helps distress the body. If you have an exam or job interview the next day, it’s recommended to have a cup of this delicious and refreshing herbal tea — it will soothe your stomach, reduce nausea and relieve anxiety!

Hot chocolate: Often confused with cocoa, hot chocolate, traditionally, is a beverage that is thicker, creamier in consistency, as it contains cocoa butter as well as cocoa powder. A richer alternative to cocoa, hot chocolate is usually prepared with milk (unlike cocoa, which is made with hot water) and is a great option for kids.

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Why we love these three amazing exotic fruits

They’re packed with health benefits and great taste.

Acai Berries

This must-have darkish berry is not known as a superfood for nothing. Hailing from Central and South America is had on its own, in smoothies, juices and a variety of baked desserts.
Benefits: Packed with healthy fats, acai berries have a host of health benefits. They are said to lower cholesterol levels, boost and promote skin health.

Persimmon

Say hello to the new kiwi. Soft and sweet persimmons that resemble yellow-orange tomatoes, are delicous. Foodies will tell you that the best way to enjoy them is to spoon out the inside and have it on its own. The fruit is also added to pies, pastries and cakes. We suggest you chop it into your leafy green salad for a citrusy taste.

Benefits: Bursting with dietary fibre, persimmon has high levels of beta carotene, iron, sodium and . It is also low in fats.

Prickly pears

A little tricky to tackle as it has spines, prickly pear — that comes from the family of cactus — has a sweet, delicious flesh. Lesser-known back here (it is only coming into fruit stores now), the prickly pear can be eaten raw, in jams, jellies and can be added to tarts.

Benefits: The fruit is packed with C and is said to cure headaches.

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Have you tried these lesser-known regional dishes?

Ask your grandma. There’s nothing as precious as her recipes. The most astounding tastes are to be found in family cooking techniques, and old spice cupboards and mortar-pestles have their own culinary stories to tell. With India being so diverse, each region has its own way to lure the tastebuds. There is a huge variety of such fare that is untapped and still unknown. A few home chefs got cooking and shared their secrets of what makes for delightful food, from the far corners of the country…

Unexplored territory, huge potential


Our country is immensely soaked in various cultures and with it comes the distinctive array of cuisines associated with each region of India. Thus there is so much that can be done with it, feels food stylist . “These cuisines include a variety of comfort foods, which often go unexplored. It’s no longer just dal chawal, but so many equally satisfying foods from different parts of the country that fit the bill,” he says.
Geography plays a crucial role when it comes to the fare, adds chef . “For instance, comfort food in Kashmir is noon chai or kahwa . In Himachal, the popular dish is madra char gosht . While Punjabis love sarson da saag with makki di roti , in Haryana, this is served with bajri ki roti . The gatte ki curry is known, but what about jungli or safed maas or even the lesser-known rasgulle and gulab-jamun ki sabzi ? So, there’s a whole journey that needs to be covered,” he says.

Treasures from the home

A whole repertoire of authentic taste awaits when it comes to homestyle cooking, believes , who organised a conference for home chefs in Mumbai, recently. “These are folks who are quietly creating a food revolution through their culinary passion. I envisage that they are going to bring lesser known recipes to the fore; it’s time we readied for it,” he says.

A FEW HOME CHEFS GET COOKING

Oriya fare

Oriya cuisine has its own distinct taste. “It is still relatively unknown to other parts of India and is very rustic, very down-to-earth and tasty,” says foodie . “One of the favourites is phokal bhato or fermented rice, which is so popular there. I add a little Bengali gondhoraaj leboo to it, which takes the dish to another level. You also have slow-cooked chicken bati bosha , chinguri bata — a prawn chutney, the dalma gravy — a temple food, dahi baigana , which is a raita -like dish where you fry brinjal then add dahi on top and for dessert, chenna podo made of paneer,” she says.

North-Eastern style tribal delight



Many are unaware of North Eastern tribal cuisine, but it’s delicious. “I hope it comes onto restaurant menus here,” smiles Assamese food evangelist . “I did a pop-up in and it was sold out.” This food uses locally-grown herbs like maan dhoniya (coriander). Dishes include pork with bamboo shoot which is had at weddings, kolkolia maas or fish in black sesame and aaitar . “This translates into grandma’s dessert, though in the North East we have no concept of dessert after meals. Instead, you get tea and pitha (rice cakes),” she says.

Himachali fare



The next time you try a pop up, opt for Himachali cuisine. Says home chef from Shimla, Sherry Malhotra, who has been dishing it up. “The food has influences of Kashmir, and Tibet, so you will see a lot of yoghurt, dairy and lentils in it.” One of the most popular dishes includes chana madra , prepared during feasts. “This is a yoghurt gravy with chickpeas, jackfruit and spices. Other popular comfort foods includes sepu vadi — a spinach-based gravy eaten with babru — a fermented roti and turkiya bhaat , which is in essence, the Himachali pulao . “You must also try the char meat , a smoked preparation, prepared in a chulha in villages. The meals end with khus khus-makhane (lotus flowers) ki kheer ,” she informs.

Bengali bhoj



If what you know about Bengali food is just alu posto and chingri malai , take your tastebuds down another lane. There are a host of other comfort foods, says food blogger who prepares them. “You have the alu phulkopi dalna which is made on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she informs. There is also shorshe chingri or mustard prawns. “People use only mustard paste, but I added poppy seeds and coconut paste to it too as well as kalonji , which is how it is made traditionally in East Bengal,” she informs. A great meal-ender is gokul pithe , made during Janmashtami and . “It’s one of the most forgotten dishes, the new generation no longer makes it. Time we brought these recipes out,” she says.

Fave regional bites from across India

  • Bhajias: The crispy snack is not just a monsoon fave in Mumbai, but also enjoyed all-year-through with a cup of steaming chai .
  • Dhoklas: A popular dish from , fermented dhoklas are also had as a breakfast dish, with tangy mint chutney.
  • Dal makhni: Originating from Punjab, this dish has whole black lentils cooked with kidney beans, butter and cream.
  • Ragda/chole puri: The hot chickpea snack with bhatura or pattice is a must have in the north.
  • Curd rice: Relished in South India, soothing curd rice is almost a meal staple.

Tips to nourish your curls

Preventing that frizz, and controlling that unruly mane is an ongoing war for those with hair. But there’s nothing like a twisty-curly mane of to shout out ‘sexy’! So, rather than paying a bomb to get them straightened, nourish those curls. Here’s how…

Mix equal amounts of apple cider and water — massage into shampooed, wet hair. Leave on for a few minutes, and rinse. Try and do this at least once a month.

Get a hot-oil massage regularly. Go to a parlour, or take some herbal oil, warm it up, and massage it into your hair and scalp. Once done, wrap a hot towel around your head for a few minutes, and leave on the oil for two hours before shampooing it all off.

Eggs are a good conditioner for frizzy hair. Beat two eggs with olive oil, apply. Leave on for half, and shampoo your hair.

Mash an avocado, add two tablespoons of yogurt. Beat it into a paste, and apply it to your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water. Repeat this twice a week.

Beer can soften your hair. Wash your hair with a regular shampoo, then do a final beer rinse (you can use leftover beer).

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