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MUSIC – THE SOUL OF LIFE

Music, in simple words, can be defined as vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) which brings out expression of emotions. It is the “art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear”. The word MUSIC derives from the Greek work “MOUSIKE – art of the Muses”. Some of the elements of music are rhythm, pitch, texture and so on.
Music is food for soul, mind and body. It helps us rejuvenate and is a matter of energies and inspirations. I am attached to music right from my childhood days.  I still remember that the weekend means all the Sundays in my family was fixed as a music day.  Music is like yoga, it makes us happy and helps in keeping hormonal balance in the body.  Listening to music helps us to focus and also relax our body. It makes my mind peaceful and fills with positive thoughts. It touches the spirit and would always remain in some form in this world. Music plays an important role in everyday life in form of rituals, ceremony and social gathering. People make music as a hobby …

Simply Delicious Recipes For Fasting

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Kaun kahete hai bhagavan khate nahi,  Mata Shabari ke jaise khilate nahi... Achyutam, Keshavam, Krishna, Damodaram, Ram Narayanam, Janaki Vallabham...
My favourite bhajan...so true to its words...by the way...Happy Janmashtami!!
Fasting sure revelas the strength of the soul. Fasting can be made more attractive if we dish out new items from the kitchen. Kahani me twist laya, naya masala dala to purani folk tales bhi modern lagati hai!!! Kuch aise hi farali vyanjan ek modern twist ke sath ek naye andaz me...sirf aap ke liye.. Kaho aur khilao!!! Kuch fasting ki dishes aisi bhi...
Dil Lalchati Farali Puri
Ingredients For Making Puri Farali flour - 1 big bowl (Farali flour is readily available in grocery shops)Oil - 3tbs Farali salt as per taste or regular salt.Ingredients For Garnishing 
Boiled potatoes, smashed with hand - 1 small bowl Tomatoes, chopped - 1 small bowl (if you use in fast)Green chutneyDates n imliy chutneyPomegranateSweet Curd (optional)Potato sev (Optional) Coriander leaves Meth…

Science Behind Fasting

Along with the beloved monsoon season comes the season of festivals in India.These festivities are associated with colour, fun and scrumptious food. But something that almost always precedes these festive celebrations are periods of abstinence from some of our favourite foods and drinks...... something we all know better as a "FAST".The practice of fasting has been passed on from one generation to the next as a form of penance to "PLEASE THE GODS" and get your wishes fulfilled at the earliest!!! But I am sure, most of us might be oblivious to the fact that there is a very sound scientific ground on which these practices are based.
Different religions have different practices, but almost all do follow fasting in some form or the other. So, here I would like to throw some light on the science behind some of the fasting practices....
1. CHATURMASA : Chaturmasa is an auspicious four-month period in the Hindu calendar.The Hindu months of Shravan, Bhadrapad, Ashvin And Kar…

Last Minute Gifting Ideas For The Busy Bees...Chutaki Bajake...

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Heavy down pour gave way to the hide n seek of sunshine and rain. The nature donned its new avatar for the season. And here we are, with just one day to go for Rakhee!!! OMG!!! I forgot to buy gifts for my beloveds and yes wished to make some interesting rakhees this time around as well....where should I go now, kya karu???  I am sure many of us also must be going through the same choppy boat ride given the fact that days pass by faster then we think... But don't worry...Here we are with last minute, DIY gifting ideas that will save your day gracefully. And cherry on the top, every one sure gonna appreciate the novel gifting ideas and home made rakhee. So just relax and browse through the four ideas that we have concocted just for you...
Envelope or gift/card holder :  
Materials required : Two card papers of two different colours. Scissor  Glue..thats all
Procedure :  
Take any two different colour papers, preferably with one dark and one light shade. Draw total of 4 circles with the hel…

Freedom All The Way...

Freedom, is Freedom, is Freedom!!! 
FREEDOM...uttering the word itself invokes myriad thoughts.  If I put them together, it would be a collage of various hues of colours and emotions... from patriotic value to the depths of personal choices.  Freedom means many to many. Is freedom just one standalone emotion/action or a spectrum?? And isn’t it amazing that I am letting my mind wonder with freedom in whichever direction, as the thoughts pull it!!!!  
So what acutally is freedom??? I had a word about it with my friends and the answers were as sweet, salty, spicy, juicy, naughty, serious as them...love you friends for that... To sum up I could come up with a "wish list" of what freedom means to most of us. And here it goes...
Freedom is… 
1) Not setting up an alarm to get up in the morning.
2) Enjoying an entire 16-inch pizza all by myself while catching up my favourite movie at the end of a tiring day!!! Sigh!!!
3) Going on a solo trip to an undisclosed location. God! I want it so b…

Get Yourself Covered This Monsoon...

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Hello friends, its monsoon!!! - the season of enjoyment & excitement - my favourite season and I believe its yours too!!! In this season we love to eat street food like a hot plate of kanda bhaji or a spicy plate of Pav bhaji....sounds yummy, right!!!! I am sure, many of my friends must have also planned long drive trips and trekking. 
However, along with the change of weather we see many illnesses cropping up...Some might be just as benign as runny nose but some might turn out to be little more nasty. Are you financially ready to tackle the nasty ones ??? If the answer is NO then it’s time for you to buy a “Health Insurance ”. Its like get yourself and your loved ones covered...
Why should I buy a Health Insurance ???
No one plans to fall sick or come across an accident, but did you realize that we might require medical care at such times?? We all need health insurance because one cannot predict the total  cost of our medical bills.  It protects you and your family financially in th…

RAINBOW - Bring Colours To Life...Make It At Home!!!

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We live in a highly competitive world; each and every parent wants their child to be smart, responsible, successful and excel in every field. Natural course of action is that we put them through rigorous regime of courses or extra activities whether it interests them or not. A child is not fully developed to understand their likes, dislikes or interests.
Having gone through a similar childhood experience and drawing inferences from others, I could see that many of us are tagged as the “Wasted Talent”. Probably because we always had talent and potential in us but didn’t have a clear vision. Today, this has made us restless. “Mocktail  Mommies” has given us the platform to fill that void in us.
Art nurtures inventiveness as it engages in a process that aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, better cooperation and self-motivation. Assisting children in learning through art ensure that they are equipped with skills and techniques that enable them to express better ideas. A…