Brahmastan is a principle of Vedic architecture and community planning that designates the center point of a geographical area. Vedic architecture is based on Vastu Shastra. Brahmasthan has to be free from any obstructions and is often to be well lit from above, by skylights for instance. Now that the explosion of expansion rather than the growth of the cities has given little regard to planning, natural laws and foresight. The loss of open spaces and greenery is detrimental to our physical and mental health. The smart cities will never truly be smart unless this environmental imperative is incorporated into their plans. Children brought up in green spaces (at home, school and commuting) were found to have better attention, memory and overall development, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A Japanese longitudinal study in 2002 in the megapolis of Tokyo found that living in a greenery-filled neighbourhood that allowed easy walking was correlated with lower mortality risks. “The relation was generally present at all degrees of urbanity,” said a 2006 study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. “The overall relation is somewhat stronger for lower socioeconomic groups. Elderly, youth, and secondary educated people in large cities seem to benefit more from presence of green areas in their living environment than other groups in large cities,” it said. In Bengaluru, each person had 1.73sq. m of open space in 2007, with more than 70% of the population having access to no more than 1sq. m, according to an Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore thesis by D.S. Ravindran, an Indian Forest Service officer. The international norm is of 11sq. m per person and developed countries tend to have 20sq. m per person. In this context a valuable question arises. Are Indian cities doomed to be dull, grey, hot and angry, congested concrete heat islands, inhabited by people on the edge of their tempers and resilience, with children destined to never fulfil their potential? Samar Halarnkar editor of IndiaSpend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism, non-profit organization, who also writes the column Our Daily Bread in Mint Lounge has raised the most important question in his article, “The search for Brahmasthan” published in livemint.com, regarding the importance of environmental equilibrium for not only human beings but also for all the living beings.. By Premji
Work occupies most of our life. But unfortunately for many of us, the nature of the job is so confidential that even we don’t know what we are doing. Is yours one of that kind? The hectic work schedule, which many western countries, like America and Canada support has nothing to do with knowledge and progress. Centuries before this hectic work style, our ancestors invented Zero. Millions of years ago, India declares that earth is round in our Puranas. Today, Indians are hailed as America’s Prime Work Force and doing jobs in NASA, IBM, and Microsoft and many other top notch US companies. Many of them are born and raised in India. They were untouched of Americanism. So Jago Indian Jago. Make your day more Innovative and colorful.
Women smokers who believe that smoking helps in controlling weight are less likely to quit smoking, according to a study conducted at University of Illinois at Chicago by lead author Ce Shang. The researchers examined about 10, 000 smokers in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia as part of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project. Respondents completed three surveys between 2002 and 2007 that asked questions on whether they agreed with the statement that smoking helps control weight; on their attempts to quit smoking; and on their exposure to tobacco policies such as price, anti-smoking messaging, and smoking bans at work or in public. The researchers found that female smokers who did not believe that smoking helps control weight is baseless, a 10% increase in cigarettes price was associated with a 6% rise in attempts to quit. But the women who believe that smoking helps in controlling weight did not increase their attempts to quit in response to a price increase. Also, the anti-smoking messages worked in women smokers who do not hold the weight control belief. For every 10% increase in anti-smoking messages, 12% increase in quit attempts are seen. The study was published online in the journal Tobacco Control. AW: Lizitha
South Indian Poli Recipe is also called as Obbuttu in Kannada or Bobbattu in Telugu. It is one of the traditional recipes which is commonly prepared during festivals. This dish is made with a combination of lentils, spices and coconut hich gives great taste. Although each region has its own process of making this recipe, now I will teach you simple method to prepare this dish. Makes: 6 to 8 Puran Poli's Total Time: 60 Minutes Ingredients for the dough2 cups whole Maida flour1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder2 tablespoons oil Ghee for serving • Ingredients for the filling 1 cup channa dal 1 cup jaggery1/2 cup coconut1 teaspoon cardamom powder Procedure: 1. Prepare dough for poli by using Maida flour. Add flour and turmeric powder into a large bowl; combine it with little water at a time and knead until the dough gathers together to form a firm dough mixture.2. Add the 2 tablespoons of oil to coat the dough and knead for a couple of more minutes until smooth and firm and keep it aside.3. Add flour and turmeric powder into a large bowl; combine it with little water at a time and knead until the dough gathers together to form a firm dough mixture.4. To it add the 2 tablespoons of oil to coat the dough and knead for a couple of more minutes until smooth and firm and keep it aside. 5. Cook the chana dal with 1-1/2 cups of water until soft and is well cooked. Drain any excess water from the dal and keep aside.6. Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat, add the jaggery and sugar and stir until the jaggery and sugar dissolve completely. Add coconut and cardamom to the jaggery mixture and stir well. 7. Once it begins to thicken, turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Divide the dough and puran mixture into 12 portions.8. Roll out the dough into 3 inch diameter circles. Place a portion of the filling (puran) mixture into the center of the circle. Bring edges of the circle towards the center and fold over to cover the entire filling9. Flatten the stuffed dough and roll gently into a 5 to 6 inch diameter circle.10. Place the rolled poli’s onto the skillet to cook until golden brown on both sides by using Ghee. 11. Repeat this process to make the remaining poli’s. 12. Serve it with ghee smeared on top Aw: Lizitha
Thandai recipe is one of the Indian festive recipes that taste delicious. This dish is converted to classic western dessert called Mousse. Usually it is the great recipe that suits festivals like Holi. It can be prepared easily with simple ingredients and can be prepared a day before Holi and set in the fridge. With an array of spices and dry fruits used for thepreparation, thandai can be a great immune booster. Makes: 2 dessert bowls of mousse TotalTime: 30 Minutes Ingredients 2 tablespoons Homemade Thandai Masala2 teaspoon agar-agar (china grass)1 cup milk, at room temperature2 tablespoon sugar or to taste1 cup heavy whipping creamJuice from half a lemon1 tablespoon of chopped pistachioFollowing are the simple steps for preparation of Thandai Mousse recipe. 1. Take a china-grass sheet then cut it into small pieces and blend in the mixer to get a coarse powder. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside. 2. For whipping the cream, transfer the cream to a large bowl. Using an electric hand blender at medium speed whip the cream till soft peaks are formed.3. Take a small pan and add milk, china grass and 1/2 cup of water. Heat pan over medium heat while stirring continuously the ingredients in the pan.4. Bring the mixture to the boil once, reduce the flame to low. Ass sugar and stir to evenly combine. 5. Now add the thandai masala, stir the mixture with a spoon continuously. Bring the mixture to boil once and then let it simmer over medium heat for few minutes or till it start thickening. 6. Once liquid start thickening, turn off the heat. Arrange a metal strainer over a large bowl. Strain the hot mixture into the bowl.7. Transfer the strained mixture into a steel bowl and place the bowl in a deep vessel filled with ice cubes for 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture cools down.8. Whisk the mixture vigorously to avoid lumps and then add beaten whipped cream, lemon juice and fold gently.9. Now gently fold in the whipped cream into the thandai flavored mixture. Once the whipped cream and the liquid is evenly combined, add the lemon juice. Stir gently once to combine the lemon juice. 10. Transfer it into the serving bowls and refrigerate it for 6 hours. 11. Garnish the recipe with chopped pistachio before serving. AW: Lizitha
Hyderabad's rich and resplendent is being reflected in its historic structures, particularly opulent palaces located in the Old City. Intricately designed and elaborately decorated, these palaces were once synonymous with the city that boasted of at least a few dozen such beautiful structures, until a few decades ago. Currently, it show’s poor shadow of the affluent past that the royals of Hyderabad flaunted. However, most of the them have now come alive in the pages of 'Images of Hyderabad' (Volume-II), a recently compiled book by Urdu daily Siasat, which it also deals extensively with the city's once mesmerizing palaces. The first volume of the Urdu daily Siasat was published in 2012. Falaknuma Palace is the only palace that still exists in Hyderabad, while the Chowmahalla Palace is also better, what you see is only 50% of its original structure. The Hill Fort Palace has turned into Ritz Hotel, located under blue sheets. Even the Bella Vista that's become the Administrative Staff College premises now was a magnificent structure at one point in time. However, the historian said Malwala Palace, Chandulal ki Deodi, Jahanuma Palace are some of the other structures have been slide down to the vagaries of time and neglect.
Jerry Sandusky, Michael Jackson, Mary Kay Letourneau have been committed several accused and convicted disgusting crimes against children from past years. However, these high profile cases will show everyone to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe from strangers, while parents are considered as the first and most powerful line of defense against unknown people. Parents should take care of their children and make home a safe place for their children to discuss about their experiences, where kids are less likely to become victims. Talking with your children online and offline safety isn’t always comfortable. Parents must educate children how to protect themselves from strangers. They also need to know that you will calmly listen and understand what is going on, before reacting. You must always encourage kids not to keep secrets, particularly if the secret makes them feel weird, uncomfortable, nervous, or unsafe. Your child must know that they can tell you about these things, and that you can handle friendly. Stress that you will love them, no matter what it might be. You need to teach your kids specific, age-appropriate skills, which it can help them to stay safe. As children age, the knowledge and skills need to changes based on the risks they are likely to encounter. Teaching safety is an ongoing process that can start as early as the pre-school years.
The historical Kyoto temple host first gay wedding in Japan, which it is still not legal in the country. It doesn’t mean there aren’t options for LGBT couples dreaming of tying the knot in Nippon, which it was a big venues like Tokyo Disneyland, an ancient Zen temple in the picturesque city of Kyoto will host gay weddings in traditional Japanese style.Established in 1590, Shunkoin Temple follows Zen Buddhism, which it is most prominent destination for a 20th-century school of thought that blends Zen and Western philosophy. It will also take a strong stand on human rights, with their website proudly declaring, ‘Shunkoin Temple is against any forms of ‘Human Rights Violations’ in the world. However, no religion teaches how to hate others. Religion teaches how to love and respect each other in the world. In fact priest Takafumi Kawakami insists that we are going to welcome every couple regardless of their faith or sexual orientation. The Kyoto temple officially offering gay weddings in 2011, but it has given the conservative nature of Japan, the service hasn’t been widely publicized or recognized here.
Khushi Baby was created by undergrads at Yale University in spring 2013, where the students taking a class called ‘Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World.’ The assignment is known as a gadget for tracking health data in remote areas. Yale project has been launched a new product which it will be helping several thousands of babies in Northern India from disease. Khushi Baby’s product is a digital necklace that contains complete medical record and vaccination records of the baby. However, the Doctors is likely to check the digital information via existing, near-field communication technology and a mobile app created by the Yale students. The Khushi Baby team data on a near-field communication chip, health care workers wouldn’t even need an Internet connection to access information via the mobile app. Meanwhile, the necklace will be a just fall over the head and the plastic pendant, which it will cover the computer chip is waterproof.
Avtar Singh Mauni is well known as most famous person in Patiala, who spends around six hours every morning to prepare himself with turban and bracelets before he goes to his local temple in Patiala in Northern India. The holy person’s turban consist of some 2,115 feet, which it is considered as the same length as 13 Olympic swimming pools. Meanwhile, the turban will be multicolored and decorated with silver ornaments and weighs around 100 pounds. Avtar Singh Mauni insists has decided that he is going to wear his enormous turban till he is no longer able to hold it up, where he don’t consider it a burden. He added he will be very happy when he wear it. Singh also eyeing to break the world record for largest turban. Avtar Singh Mauni used to travel on a motorcycle, which makes him relax on his regular pilgrimages across Punjab. It is not possible for him to ride in cars.
Are you ready to enjoy the spectacular lifestyle of your dreams, visit Madrid to have a beautiful night life, museums, historical places, rich history, shopping malls and Art Galleries. Madrid will attract approximately 15 million tourists every year to enjoy vibrant night life and it is leading holiday city in the Europe. Most of the tourists excited to visit Madrid with family, couples, friends, or groups to enjoy nightlife in night clubs, lively clubs, DJ’s, live music entertainment and bars. Madrid–Barajas Airport serves as local airport for several million tourists and it is considered as one of the busiest airports in Europe. Madrid theme Parks, the Warner Bros Park and the Parque de Atracciones are most popular places to visit along with families. Madrid offers vast number of attractions all around the city like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Museo Nacional de Antropología and Museo Naval de Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Palacio Real de Madrid and Prado Museum. Madrid is a ideal place for Mediterranean climate with winters are cool with minimum temperatures often below freezing and Summers are warm to hot with average temperature 33 °C with great sunshine around the year. The city will attract most of the visitors from North Africa, India, China, West Africa, Pakistan, Latin American including European Countries.It is well known as capital city of Spain, surrounded by Gibraltar to the north and north east by France, Andorra, east, Mediterranean Sea on south, northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay to the west.
Make a plan to Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the east coast of Spain, which it is equipped with beautiful landscapes, beaches, vast mountains, attractions, museums, coastlines, cuisine, and many more. Several million tourists visit annually to spend beach holidays along with family, friends, couples or groups mostly in summer season. Tourists can enjoy fabulous holiday trip to Balearic Islands, where kids can take part in vast number of outdoor activities in water parks, lively resorts, family resorts, natural cave formations, prestigious resorts and more. It is major tourists attraction for families to spend great time watching sceneries, sandy beaches, blissful beaches, lively resorts, historical places and ancient forts. You can watch out top tourists attractions on the Island listed Church of St. Mary Magdalene, National Library of Belarus, Khatyn Memorial, Minsk Sea, Mound of Glory, Victory Square, Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest, Mir Castle, Palma La Seu Cathedral, Formentera and Cueva De Can Marca. Balearic Islands is well known as the archipelago of Spain and located on the western Mediterranean Sea near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Most of the tourists will arrive from European countries to spend lively night lift around the coastline and it is has perfect climate with golden beaches around the year. Balearic Islands will feature sun soaked playground for holiday makers around the coastline and the climate has been amazing with beautiful golden beaches.