Peppers and peacocks

Our life's routine and desire to keep balance in our schedule gets completely thrown off sometimes. Those are the times we remember... the inertia is gone, there is something new, something weird, something awesome that happens and stays with us forever. A spur of the moment picnic lead us to a magical place called Kavi... Continue Reading →

Kashmiri Kahwa

Kashmiri Kahwa is made of green tea, boiled with cinnamon sticks, whole cardamom pods, saffron... with option of rose petals and nuts (slivers of almonds or crushed walnuts) added. It can be sweetened with honey. The fragrance itself gets you into a relaxed mood. Warm, welcoming... sure to be a favourite winter warmer! I would... Continue Reading →

Winter warmers

Walk, run, jog A warm cup of spiced....... kahwa (recipe and story in next post) lemon honey ginger tea Apple cider Tea A hot cocoa Piping hot dessert A race to the top or bottom of a hill

The Indian Gooseberry

Botanical name: Emblica officinalis The fruit is very high in Vitamin C (higher than lime) at 478 mg/ml. The fruit is known as Amala in India The fruit is used in complementary medicine to be protective against or helpful in recovery from many conditions including diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, inflammation of various types, and gastritis. It... Continue Reading →

Be thankful, be thoughtful

Creating Harmony

This time of year, families come together to celebrate and overindulge in food. There will be many articles talking about

How to curb calories during the holidays;

How to lose weight in a short time;

New Year resolutions;

However, the biggest advice one can take is that of mom’s: know yourself, know your body. During the holidays, be present, be with those around you – family, friends. Switch off the smart phone for a while and listen to the one across the table. Eat, but cherish every bite. Be conscious. Be aware. Take your time.

“Lifestyle changes” are widely held responsible for so many illnesses today. Holidays are the time to de-stress, enjoy slow cooking, cherish the smells, flavors and leisurely meals, take the evening walk with a relative or friend, do some morning yoga, talk to friends and family, laugh, sing, remember and create new memories. No crash diet…

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Inspiring quotes

As I pause after a rally of blog posts in the first part of the month, I would like to share some quotes that resonate- "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson "One day your life will flash before your... Continue Reading →

Two Birthdays – 14 November

Today is the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, in 1922, discovered insulin along with Charles Best. Prior to this, there was no treatment for Diabetes, so people did not survive for long as they were unable to utilise the energy from food they ate. Research is always a bit of serendipity, luck, observation, and lots... Continue Reading →

Being the guiding light

A favourite childhood story was of Birbal's "khichdi" (dal-rice). Birbal was the trusted and wise advisor of king Akbar. Akbar often had puzzling issues for Birbal to solve. Once, Akbar asked a man to stand outside in the cold all night without any aid. However, in the morning he found out there was a lamp... Continue Reading →

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