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I am blessed to have a child who has least interest in watching television or playing video games on mobile. He loves to watch me doing house hold chores. This way he has learnt good habits of  cleaning and he also helps me in keeping things to the place where they belong. He also loves seeing birds, animals, rain and rainbow. His favorite cartoon characters are Max & Ruby. This is all he watches on TV.

When I was a child, there was no easy availability of electricity in my area so less television to watch and not to talk of mobile phones. Those were the days when I used to play pakdam-pakdai, ice-water, hide & seek and plenty of other games  with children of neighborhood. All my summer vacations were spent at my grand parents home. They used to keep a good stock of comics like Chacha chaudhari, Champak, Nanhe Samrat etc.  I used to play with my cousins all day long.  The scorching sun of summers does not allow  children to play outside.  So  Chacha chaudhari and Sabu used to be my friends.

The books I read during my childhood left a great impact on me. Moral values imbibed through these books have  taught me a lot and helped me in my life whenever i faced any situation of dilemma. Stories told by my grand parents also played a great role in developing my thinking and decision making abilities.

But  these days I see most of the kids stick to the television and mobile  phones. Spending too much time on gadgets can kill creativity in  children. So it is very important for parents to   encourage their kids to play  games and activities which can  enhance their physical and mental ability. Outdoor games are the most suitable in this regard. Also parents should engage their children in interesting activities which can entice  their thinking process and creativity at large. But it  is a tough task for us to find activities that can develop little brains in right direction. Colgate has taken a step forward to encourage creativity and pampered imagination by introducing   toothpaste pack which comes with magical sea world and some trivia about them inside.

When i opened the pack i saw some pirates, fish and many sea creatures . My son became very enthusiastic on seeing these characters. We together cut the pictures and made a beautiful sea world. There is a mermaid in sea magic theme. According to him the mermaid is his mummy and the shark is taking bath in the sea. He shakes his hands like a crab and sings -“Shake your hands like a crab, shake your hands just like a crab…….. blah…. blah”.

It is my routine to read a bed time story to my son. For a change, I asked him to tell a story. What he told was beyond my expectations from a nearly 3 year old child. Only I can understand what he says, but here I  am sharing his story  in my words.

“There was a boy named Ayaan. He had a helicopter. He gave a ride to his friends Aniket, Satvik, Aisha, Moghil to the children park . They cut a birthday cake there and sang birthday song to Ayaan. They slide on the slide with ‘weeee weee weee’ sound. While coming back home they took  stars and moon from the sky as it would disappear during  day time.”

Find more about Colgate magical sea world @  http://www.colgate.co.in/en/in/oc

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India’s automobile industry is growing rapidly. New cars are launching everyday which are loaded with latest technologies, comfort and safety features. while exploring four wheelers, i completely, madly fell in love with the ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback. Though I like every bit about it but here i am sharing three of its features that appeal to me the most. When i am on road the most important thing for me is safety and Datsun redi-go comes with 7 pro safety features which makes it the most safe car in it’s league. Any car is worthless if not good in performance and see the Datsun redi-go tops in performance too with its fuel efficient engine and small turning radius. Third feature i like the most about Datsun redi-go is its comfort while driving. Although words are less to describe this car’s superb features, but still i have given some details upon above mentioned features. And here i go 🙂

DATSUN PRO-SAFE 7

Performance Augmented Brakes
Shortest Braking Distance

Reinforced Crash Protection Shell
High strength body shell to absorb impact for passenger safety.
Strengthened Datsun Body structure for optimized Torsional Rigidity and stiffness.
Better Frontal Offset Crash performance.
UN94 crash performance compliant.

Wider view of the road and surroundings.
Best -in-class visibility with higher eye point.
Good view of road and surroundings improves driving confidence and safety.

Technologically superior suspension system.
H-shaped torsion beam with double pivot arm gives high stability and cornering performance.
The body is supported at more points – hence better handling and more comfort.

Adaptive Electric Power Steering
High maneuverability at low speeds and stability at high speeds.

Energy Absorbing Steering and Airbag
Steering absorbs impact force and protects occupants

 

Performance

Fuel economy

The 799cc engine provides a peppy response and an impressive fuel economy of 25.17 km/L. It’s built for staying out more and enjoying the road longer.

i-SAT Engine
i-SAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) Engine automatically adjusts spark timing in response to fuel quality and power requirement. This give you a knocking-free, smooth performance.

Small turning radius
The compact design of the Datsun redi-GO provides the ultimate maneuverability. Make a full turn-around with just a 4.7-metre turning radius. Handy for when you find yourself in a tight spot.

Comfort

Drive comfortably
Datsun redi-GO’s 5-speed manual transmission gives you smooth control, with precise shifting for a more seamless response to your demands.

Drive computer
Instantaneous and average mileage, distance to empty, fuel remaining, and much more is displayed right in front of your eyes.

Shift indicator
The easy-to-read shift indicator shows the ideal time to shift for maximum efficiency and performance.

Superior Air-conditioning
The Datsun redi-GO’s air conditioner has been optimized for Indian weather conditions – Its precisely calculate air circulation and ensures that the passengers are comfortable inside, irrespective of the outside temperatures.

Its large 89 CC compressor has a high cooling capacity, that keeps the car cool and comfortable throughout the journey.
The aluminum compressor assembly ensures superior performance.
Its integrated center AC vent makes sure that 50% of the air flow distribution is given to the passengers on the rear seats.

After getting whole lot of features about Datsun redi-go i am 100% sure none can resist to take a test drive and take one home. After all it solves all our needs on urban roads and beats all the other cars in safety, comfort and performance. Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

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Paneer contains generous amount of Vitamin D, Vitamin B complex along with calcium and minerals. The presence of linoleic acid and sphingolipids in paneer makes it effective in preventing cancer. Paneer is also known to enhance blood formation, strengthen the liver and facilitate absorption of nutrients.
Most of the vegetarians like me, love to hog on paneer dishes. Paneer always satisfy our taste buds. Whether it is curries, starters , stuffed in parathas. Paneer simply tastes delicious. With Summer already around the corner so less spiced and mild flavors of food are more desirable. Here I came up with my version of shahi  paneer recipe, which has mild flavors.

Serving for 4:
Ingredients

For curry powder (masala):
3-4 laung (cloves )
3-4 black peppers
2-3 whole dry red chili
1 tsp khas khas (poppy seeds)
½ tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
1 ½ tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
1 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)

For curry
200 gram Paneer (diced)
1 ½ tbsp oil
4-5 medium sized tomatoes (roughly chopped + diced)
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp ginger (chopped)
3-4 medium sized onion (roughly chopped + diced)
1 tej patta (bay leaf)
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
½ tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
½ tsp sugar
2 tsp cream
1 tsp ghee

Method :
Dry roast all the ingredients of the list of curry powder (masala). Let it cool and grind them in a mixer grinder.
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Boil roughly chopped tomatoes,onion, ginger and garlic together. Make puree  once it is cooled.
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Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Suate diced onion for 1 minute on medium flame. Add tomato, onion, ginger and garlic puree into it. cook it until oil separates.
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Add 2 1/2 tsp of curry powder (masala) that we prepared , cream, turmeric powder, chili powder, sugar and salt. Cook it for 6-7 minutes on low flame.
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Now add panner cubes, tomatoes and coriander leaves. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add a little water. Curry should not be too thick or too thin. Simmer for 4-5 minutes on medium flame.
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Plate it in a bowl, garnish with cream, ghee, grated paneer and coriander leaves. Serve hot with chapatis, parathas or jeera rice.
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Notes:
This is a mild flavored recipe. If you want to make it spicy, avoid sugar and add chopped green chilies, chili powder.
You can store rest of the curry powder in an air tight container to use it further.
Never over cook paneer. It may become hard.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Don’t forget to share your feedback. I’ll be back soon with lots of flavors of love n food.

Mornings are the busiest part of the day. It is a link between a relaxed night and a busy day. The story becomes tougher in case of a woman because she not only has to start the day for her children but also for her husband. There are many lives that depend on her partially or completely. I happen to be at that part of life. So for me a good morning is actually the one that doesn’t put me into time frames of work. And this luxury is only possible on weekends because I don’t have to work at the clicks of the clock.

On a usual morning I am busy arranging things for my husband and kid to enable them to meet the expectations of the day. But come the weekend and I am the boss. I don’t have to get up early. I can wake up as and I wish. To start my golden day I try not to start the day at first place. When I am done with my sleep I try to just laze around on the bed to respect the urge of laziness. Every passing hour is bliss. Finally when I get up I expect my husband to make a bed tea and ready to eat snacks. It is a total heaven experience to have morning tea just before noon is about to start. The tea should be supplemented with TV channel surfing for gossip news and songs. Isn’t it a perfect start of the day ? To me this is an ideal morning and I believe all the women would agree to me in chorus.

After bed tea I would feel at ease to think about the options for brunch. The brunch or say the first meal of the day should be something high on fats. I mean something that is spicy and oily to satiate the taste buds.

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The theme “Drive,Design and Connect” to me clearly summarizes Bangalore city. It is a city of hope, dreams and satisfaction. The city has seen exponential growth in the last two decades and the migration of people from other parts of the country has posed a serious challenge to this beautiful and modern city. The traffic has been a serious problem but that is natural when the growth of the city is taken into account. Also the traffic issue is only limited to some key location otherwise the city has a fast moving traffic.

The city has innumerable assets in terms of design and infrastructure to boast about. It has the highest number of IT parks in the country. No MNC can dare not to have its operation center in Bangalore. Bangalore has almost eight tech parks to make it India s favourite business destination. The weather is another factor that has favoured Bangalore in the eyes of foreign investors. It is the impetus of Indian economy. Every year the best brains of the country find their dream job in Bangalore and make it their second home. The city has a unique mixture of culture, traditions and languages that give the city a truly Cosmopolitan outlook.

The city is also famous for its greenery and eco-system. The botanical garden or the LalBaugh is famous for its flower festival. Its not just software and IT enabled services that Bangalore is famous for. The city also has a rich heritage of government buildings in the forms of Vidhan Soudha, Bangalore University and BMTC infrastructure. It is an educational hub with highly prestigious colleges and universities under the wing.

Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) is one of the finest airports of the country and is spread over an area of 4,700 acres. It is well connected with almost all the airports of India and major cities of the world.
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The city has added one more feather to its cap by introducing Metro rail as Namma Metro to ease traffic congestions and give tempo and pace to its slow moving traffic. The BMTC has left no stone unturned to facilitate Bangaloreans with reliable, cheap and comfortable public transport.

Coming to drive part of the theme. Bangalore has both the driving force and drive destinations to top the list. The driving force is the financial satisfaction of the people and loads of weekend getaway destinations to choose from. Right from the nearest Nandhi Hills to ShivaSamundrum waterfalls, Bangalore has it all. Mysore, Shimoga and Chikamaglur. Other favorites among the people are Ooty and Kodaikanal. It is an incredible experience to drive to Mysore or Chennai from Bangalore.

Bangalore’s road network exceeds 3,000 km and consists of ring roads, arterial roads, sub-arterial roads and residential streets. The city road network is mainly radial, converging in the centre. The main roads of Bangalore coming into the city include Bellary Road in the north, Tumkur Road and Mysore Road in the west, Kanakpura Road, Bannerghatta Road and Hosur Road in the south and Airport Road and Old Madras Road in the east. The city is well connected with cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore, Coimbatore and Salem through state hihgways and National Highways.

In short, Bangalore has top notch infrastructure, resources and human power to prove it the best in class city by any standard. The exponential growth of the city in almost all the spheres of life is a raw proof for this claim. It is by far one of the best cities to live in India and hence my choice for the #madeofgreat Zonal War

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My obsession started when i was younger. I am a foodie since my childhood and that passion for eating food, made me obsessed towards kitchen. I always think about the next meal that i am gonna cook. I am not a chef, so complicated techniques and a huge ingredient lists are not my type. I love eating at restaurants and friend’s places, but consider myself as a home cook. My recipes are simple but hearty. I always enjoy cooking be it a complicated or simple recipe. All my culinary skill has come from bringing up my child. Here I am sharing the recipe which i learnt from my mother-in-law. She often cook it and is very famous in her social circle for this recipe.

SHEER KHURMA:
Ingrediants:

500 ml milk ( approximately 3 cups full fat milk)
1 small stick of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
4-5 cloves
1 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter
½ cup broken seviyan/vermicelli
7-8 chopped cashews
8-9 chopped almonds
8-9 chopped unsalted pistachios
8-9 chopped seedless dates
4 cardamoms, crushed to a powder
Sugarfree Natura as per taste
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Method:
1. Heat ghee in a pan, roast the seviyan till golden and keep aside.
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2. Heat ghee in the same pan and add chopped dry fruits and saute for 3-4 minutes.
3. Heat milk in a saucepan and let it come to a boil. lower the flame add cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf.
Boil it till the milk slightly thickens.
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4. Add the roasted seviyan and SugarFree Natura to the milk and cook on low flame till the seviyan become soft.
5. Add the whole dry fruit mixture except almonds and cardamom powder.
6. Garnish with chopped almonds.
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7. Serve the sheer khurma hot, warm or chilled.
you can also garnish sheer khurma with saffron strands.

I have used SugarFree Natura in this recipe instead of sugar because we need a certain amount of sugar in our blood to function properly. But consuming too much sugar in diet can be hazardous for our health. The effects of too much sugar or fructose can be likened to the effects of alcohol. All the fructose you eat gets shuttled to the only organ that has the transporter for it: your liver. This severely taxes and overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage. This is when Sugar Free comes into the picture. It duplicates the effect of sugar without calories of Sugar. SugarFree Natura is made from Sucralose. Sucralose is made from sugar, tastes like sugar, but has no calories.

Babies change your life completely. Parents get busy in loving and caring for them. Maintaining hygiene is the best way to care for babies. Babies poop several times in a day and it’s a tough task to maintain that perfect hustle free hygiene without using diapers. As everything comes with pros and cons, so do the diapers. I spent hours researching for the perfect and the softest diaper for my baby. I found that diaper is not something that can be taken for granted. The choices may seem endless searching for a disposable diaper. It’s impossible to know from mere glance at the package that how one brand compares to another in absorbency, fit and comfort and whether or not a more expensive diaper is worth the price. There is a lot more to think before buying diapers for your baby.

THINK THINK THINK!
Most of us spend a lot of time on internet surfing and researching for gadgets and clothes that we have plans to buy. But when it comes to baby care products we just rely on TV Ads. Is ‘nt it wise to do a thorough research through various informative sites that meticulously explains the points that needs to be emphasized before buying the right baby care product. I tirelessly went through various websites to help me understand the science behind baby diapers and to my surprise I got some astonishing facts that everybody should know and is worth sharing.

Most babies wear diapers nearly 24 hours a day that remains in constant contact with both skin and mucus membranes. This means that any chemicals in diapers is likely to wind up in your baby’s system if he or she wears disposable diapers.

1. Dioxins – Many baby diapers are bleached with chlorine, resulting in remaining traces of dioxins. According to the World Health Organization, dioxins are “persistent environmental pollutants” that can cause an array of health problems including developmental delays, damaged immunity, hormone interference, and certain cancers. Even if dioxins don’t wind up in the diapers after bleaching, they do wind up in the water and thus, the food supply, creating an environmental health problem from the manufacture of diapers.

2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Many disposable diapers release VOCs such as ethylbenzene, toluene, and xylene. According to the EPA, some VOCs are carcinogens. Others can cause neurological problems, eye irritation, and decreased immunity.

3. Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP) – The absorbent center in disposable diapers is made from SAP. Once used in tampons, SAP was responsible for the cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome associated with the products. SAP also irritates skin, can cause staph infections, and may be related to other health problems, as well.
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Buying advice
consider your infant’s needs as well your priorities. Every family has their own bottom line. Is it cost? Health? The environment? The perfect fit? Or do you just want it all? Don’t buy in bulk until you are satisfied with a specific diaper’s performance and fit. Wait to buy baby’s first diapers until just before or after he/she is born and you know their weight. Choose a Diaper that exceeds in absorbency so that your baby’s skin keep dry. Find a Good Fit to avoid Leaks. Most diapers help ensure a leak-free fit by providing a double elastic sealing edge; one edge just along the absorbent core, and one along the outer shell of the diaper. Keeping your baby comfortable requires not only stellar absorbency and an adequate fit, but also materials that feel soft on baby’s skin. Securing tabs need to stay put and should have soft or rounded corners. In addition, edges and seams need to feel seamless to avoid chafing.

This blog post is a part of the Pampers #SoftestForBabySkin activity at BlogAdda.
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