Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tip: Taking care of your Silk garments

While washing silk
garments, add a little lemon juice. The colour won’t fade and it will give a
glossy finish.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tip: Take care of your skin

Use an anti-bacterial soap and cleanser.
Wash you face with warm water and rinse dry with cold water. This is to close the pores after washing.
Always wear (at least an SPF 15 protective) sunscreen before stepping outside esp in the non monsoon weather. This helps prevent wrinkles in the future as well as fight against potential skin cancer.
Eat right. Stay away from foods that are high in saturated fats such as fried foods and those with processed ingredients.
Drink as much water as possible. It keeps your skin hydrated and moisturised.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Should you keep bananas in the fridge?

Many people have asked me Why banana should not be kept in fridge? Its pretty interesting finding the reason for not keeping the bananas in the fridge, there are infact a couple of reasons and some myths associated with the keeping of the bananas in the fridge.

Bananas emit a gas called ethylene, this gas actually hastens the process of riping.
Bananas do not ripe in cool temperatures unlike most other fruits which ripen (at a slower rate) under cool temperatures.
Banana skin becomes black when kept for long under cool temperatures

Thus bananas should not be kept in the fridge unless they are not ripe
They can be kept in the fridge once you want to preserve it for longer (after they are riped)
The skin gets black but internally they are good once peeled.
Ideally they should be wrapped in a plastic bag, ideally a zip lock bag (to prevent the ethylene gas from going out in the fridge and thus hastening the riping process for all the food items in the fridge.)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tip: How to pevent and overcome jetlag

Jet Lag is when you change timezones too quickly. Below are some simple tips that you can take in order to overcome / prevent jetlag.

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol (hard to do so because they are free?)
  • Avoid caffeine based drinks
  • Get as much exercise as possible by stretching in your seat and walking up and down the plane
  • Adjusting your watch to the destination time to psychologically adjust
  • Once you arrive have a shower
  • Try to adapt to the new time zone as fast as possible by exposing yourself as much as you can to the sun to adjust to the new environment and staying up and going to bed at an appropriate time for the new time zone even if this means staying up
  • Travel westwards instead of eastwards, by doing so you are traveling with time and not against time. If you are traveling eastwards then make sure you have an eyeband or an eye cover so that you can fool yourself that its already night.
  • Sleep in the plane according to the destination time.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tip: Learn to draw Calvin and Hobbes

Learn to draw calvin and hobbes the easy way

Monday, October 08, 2007

How bird flu spreads

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified a key step that the H5N1 avian flu virus must take to facilitate its easy transmission from one person to another. Lead researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a virologist at the UWMadison School of Veterinary Medicine, has revealed that a single change surface protein enables the H5N1 virus to settle into the upper respiratory system, which “may provide a platform for the adaptation of avian H5N1 viruses to humans and for efficient person-to-person virus transmission. The viruses that are in circulation now are much more mammalian-like than the ones circulating in 1997. The viruses that are circulating in Africa and Europe are the ones closest to becoming a human virus,” says Kawaoka, an internationally recognised authority on influenza. He said that though other currently undetermined changes are required for the virus to become a human pathogen of pandemic proportions, establishing itself in the upper respiratory system is necessary as that enables easy transmission of the virus through coughing and sneezing. The researchers involved two different avian viruses isolated from a single patient — one from the lungs and the other from the upper respiratory system — in the study.
They found that the virus from the upper respiratory system exhibited a single amino acid change in one of the key proteins for amplification of influenza virus genes. Kawaoka says that such a change promotes better virus replication at lower temperatures, such as those found in the upper respiratory system, and in a wider range of cell types.

Facts on cold

THE common cold is easily spread through the cold virus. Read answers to some questions about the common cold.
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
Although the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different viruses. Because, they have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Generally, cold symptoms are much milder than flu.
Why isn’t there a cold vaccine?
The common cold can be caused by nearly 250 different viruses. It’s just too difficult for scientists to prepare a vaccine that protects against all cold viruses. Also, there’s less need for a cold vaccine. Colds are minor infections of the throat, nose, and sinuses. They generally come and go with no serious complications. You’re miserable for a few days, then it’s over.
Could cold symptoms actually be allergies?
If you are sniffling, but not achy or feverish, you may very well have allergies. Also, if your symptoms last longer than two weeks, and you also have red, itchy eyes, the evidence points to allergies. However, it’s often hard to tell because people with allergies and asthma are more likely to get colds. They may already have inflamed and irritated lungs — so they are less able to fight off a cold virus.
What’s the best treatment for a cold?
There is no cure for the common cold. The most
important thing you can do is drink a lot of fluids to keep your body hydrated. This will help prevent another infection from setting in. Avoid drinks like coffee, tea, and colas with caffeine. They rob your system of fluids. As for eating, follow your appetite. If you’re not really hungry, try eating simple foods like white rice or broth. Chicken soup is comforting, plus the steam helps break up nasal congestion. Ginger seems to settle an upset stomach. A hot toddy may help you sleep, but beware of mixing alcohol with other cold remedies.
Over-the-counter cold medicines can offer relief from aches and fever. However, doctors no longer believe in suppressing lowgrade fever — except in very young and very old people, or those with certain medical conditions such as heart or lung disease. Lowgrade fever helps the body fight off infection by suppressing the growth of viruses or bacteria and by activating the immune system.

How effective are natural remedies like zinc and vitamin C?
Some studies show that zinc supplements help cut a cold’s severity and duration. But, other studies show that zinc is no more effective than placebo. As for vitamin C’s effects, a recent survey of 65 years’ worth of studies found limited benefit. The researchers found no evidence that vitamin C prevents colds. However, they did find evidence that vitamin C may shorten how long you suffer from a cold. One large study found that people who took a vitamin C megadose — eight grams on the first day of a cold — shortened the duration of their colds. To prevent colds the natural way, it’s best to make sure you’ve got a wellnourished immune system. Dark greens foods like spinach are loaded with vitamins A and C. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which fights inflammation. Low-fat yoghurt may help stimulate the immune system. Regular exercise — aerobics and walking — also boosts the immune system. People who exercise may still catch a virus, but they have less severe symptoms. They may recover more quickly compared with less healthy people.
Should I go to the doctor or get an antibiotic?

You usually don’t need a doctor or an antibiotic when
you have a cold. Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. But a cold can turn into a sinus infection. If your sinuses become blocked and cannot drain properly, you can develop inflammation and a bacterial infection. An ear infection may also result from a bout of cold. Although sinus and ear infections can improve on their own, sometimes you need antibiotics to clear the bacterial infections from your body. Symptoms of an ear infection include ear pain, fever, and/or a feeling of fullness in the ears.
Symptoms of a sinus infection include a runny or stuffy nose, facial pain, and pressure, and headache.
Should I stay at home if I have a cold?
You’re contagious for the first few days of your cold, so it’s best to stay home. You need to be careful about coughing and sneezing around other people. Also, you will recover quicker if you get some rest.
How can I prevent a cold?
Wash your hands! Both flu and cold viruses are transmitted the same way — through microscopic droplets from an infected person’s respiratory system. Someone sneezes or coughs, and droplets are sprayed onto any nearby surface — including you! If people cough or sneeze into their hands (without a tissue), they can contaminate every surface they touch. If you touch that same surface, you pick up the virus. If you rub your eyes or nose, you’ve just infected yourself.

Tip: Drink a lot of fluid when you are down with cold

Tip: Speed up your computer

It’s true that when you delete a file from your hard drive, an expert could recover it, provided it hasn’t been overwritten by additional data.

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It’s also true that in Windows, recently deleted data is kept track of in the Recycle Bin, which allows you to restore the files to their original state and their original location. The files kept track of by Recycle Bin do take up space — in some cases, a lot of space — and they can potentially slow down your computer by hogging disk space that would otherwise be used by your operating system to perform its best.

If you don’t manually empty the Recycle Bin periodically, over time you could find that deleted data is actually taking up gigabytes worth of space. So your first stop in attempting to free hard drive space should be to empty the Recycle Bin. To do so, right click the Recycle Bin, and from the resulting pop-up menu, click Empty Recycle Bin.

You might also want to explicitly set the size of the recycle bin by right clicking on it and then moving the slider to your needed size. Remember the more empty space on your drives the faster your pcs are.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Ways to reduce the amout of salt you eat


Make your own processed food
You’ll save umpteen milligrams of sodium by making your own sauces and soups, and simmering dried beans until soft (rather than opening a can). Yes, it’s a time commitment, but if you’re serious about salt reduction it’s time well spent. Make these staples more convenient by cooking them in big batches, and freezing them in single-serving portions for later use.

खुद का खाना बनाए
आप बहुत नमक कम कर सकते है अगर आप खुद का खाना बनाए तो जैसे बहार से केत्चुप लाने के जगह आप घर पर बनाए तो आप नमक कम दलंगे, बहार से कैन मैं मटर लाना के जगह घर पर पकाने से आप नमक काम इस्तमाल करेगे और ज्यादा पोश्तीक कहॉ बनता है, हां थोडा वक्त ज्यादा लगता है पर वसूल है। ज्यादा पका कर आप फ्रिद्गे मैं भी रख सकते है ताकी आप बाद मैं उसे इस्तमाल कर सकते है।

Choose convenience foods wisely
Opt for frozen vegetables when you can’t get them fresh but make sure they don’t contain any sauce। Rinse the food in a colander before using, to get rid of some of the salt. Cut back or eliminate additional salt in a recipe that calls for canned goods.

फ्रोज़ं खाना ध्यान से चुन्निये
कभी कभी आप को फ्रोज़ं खाना लाना पड़ता है क्यों के वोह उसका सीज़न नही होता है, पर जब भी आप फ्रोज़ं कहना लाए तो ध्यान रख्ये के वोह नमक बे बिना हो, अगर नमक हो तो भी वोह ग्रव्य के बिना ही होना चिहेये। वोह लाने के बाद उसे बरोबर तरीके से साफ किजेये पानी मैं ताकी उसका नमक नीकल जाये। और आप जो बनने वाले हो उसमें भी नमक काम डाले तो बेहतर होगा।

Don’t add it if you can’t taste it
As a rule, we don’t add salt to boiling water for pasta or potatoes in our kitchens। We prefer to add salt to a dish when its impact will be strongest — usually at the end of cooking. A little salt goes a long way if sprinkled on food just before serving; you’ll taste it in every bite.

वहा मत डाले जहा आप उसका स्वाद नही महसूस कर सकते हो
जैसे के आप आलू पकाने मैं मत डाले, उसकी जगह आप खाना पकाने के बाद ऊपर से डाले तो वह काम नमक मैं ज्यादा स्वाद आएगा। या फिर खाना बाना ने के बाद उसके दाल ने से भी नमक कम इस्तमाल होता है और ज्यादा स्वादिश खाना बाँटा है।


Measure, measure
We always use measuring spoons when adding salt to be sure we’re not overdoing it। Even if a recipe calls for a ‘pinch’ or ‘salt to taste,’ measure what you are adding, using a small amount (say, 1/8th teaspoon) at a time and taste as you go.

नाप नाप कर नमक डाले
हमशा नमक चम्मच सी ही डाले ताकी आप बरोबर मात्रा देख सकते है, आम तौर पर लोग नमक चुटकी से डालते है जो दिखता नही, और कभी काबर जितना स्वादिश लगे उतना ही डाले ताकी आप हर जगह नमक कम करके फिदा उठाये।

Distract your palate
Acidic flavours like lemon or lime juice and vinegar can help bring out a dish’s inherent flavours, helping you reduce or even eliminate salt। Or, try a sprinkle of fresh grated lemon zest, chopped fresh or dried herbs — a replacement for salt. They can help ease the transition to lower salt cooking by waking up other flavours. Go with seasoning, found in any spice aisle; just make sure they’re labelled ‘salt-free.’


नमक से ध्यान बातिये
निम्बू, इमली वीनेगर वगारा से खाने का स्वाद आता है, यह डालने से नमक कम इस्तमाल होता है। आप पुरी तरह नमक निकल भी सकते है, दुसरी भी मिर्च मसाले है जिससे आप नमक कम इस्तमाल कर सकते है। यह डालने से आप धीरे से नमक माँ इस्तमाल कम कर सकते है।

Boost vegetable flavours naturally
Because many vegetables have flavours our palates perceive as bitter, they tend to be a target for lots of added salt in recipes। Instead of reaching for the saltshaker to counteract bitterness, roast or grill your vegetables to help bring out their own natural sweetness and give them a nice caramelised exterior.

सब्जी का स्वाद का आनंद लीजीए
काफी सब्जी का स्वाद आलग होता है, जैसे करेला, गुअर वगारे। नमक डालने से यह स्वाद का अहिसास नही होता, इन्हें अलग अलग तरीके से पका के इनका स्वाद का इह्सस लिया जा सकता है।

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