Wonder foods that help you fight PMS!     The premenstrual syndrome as we call it as PMS is one thing that reminds all girls of a bad mood or a feeling that you’re bloated or the worst part of it that you’ve got cramps. Though a lot of them resort to popping a pain killing pill, but that might give some adverse effects after all. Infant one of the best weapons against the angst of PMS might just be your diet. So here we give you some wonderful diet options that you could incorporate to get rid of the premenstrual syndrome.   Leafy green Vegetables:  Green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek are loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrients. Like magnesium, which supports brain health, mood, and sleep and may moderate cramps, as well as calcium, fiber, and B-vitamins. Recent research shows that women who consume more B-vitamins seem to suffer less PMS symptoms and B-rich foods have been linked to lower inflammation. Greens also have a bit of iron, and some research has found that iron from plant sources appears to lower the risk of PMS.   Beetroot:  Beetroots are loaded with potassium, which may help relieve bloating, along with natural salts that may calm cramps. Though they have a bad reputation that they’re high in sugar, but they’re in fact good for you. Plus foods that are rich in color are stocked with anti-inflammatory antioxidants especially red fruits and veggies, which contain anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory chemical compound. Juice them or roast and add to a salad.   Banana:  Too little potassium can cause muscle cramping  the last thing you want when menstrual cramps loom. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and potassium, which can stop you from retaining water and feeling bloated. A single banana will replace the potassium you lose from one to two hours of exercise, but if you don't like Bananas then you could also replace them with oranges as they are also a good source.   Yogurt:  A cup of low-fat or fat-free yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, often delivering 25 percent or more of your daily requirement. Calcium-rich foods an absolute must for women with PMS. When you’re hungry for a filling and high-nutrition snack, yogurt must be your go to snack. According to a study by researchers which analyzed the calcium and vitamin D intakes of nearly 3,000 women, eating a diet with calcium-rich dairy products, especially those with added vitamin D, lowered the risk for developing PMS by as much as 40 percent.   Eggs:  Eggs offer omega-3s, vitamin D, and protein. Animal proteins like eggs and salmon also have tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin which helps keep our moods stable, which is quite essential for PMS. Also eggs are nutrition powerhouses, and new research shows that people who are healthy can add an egg yolk a day to their diet and stay within the recommended guidelines for cholesterol. Eggs can help fight PMS because they are good sources of vitamins D, B6, and E. A study showed that a diet rich in vitamin D, a diet rich in vitamin B can reduce PMS symptoms. Dark Chocolate:  The magnesium found in a bar of the good stuff may help soothe headaches and cramps. The additional health benefit is that it’s full of antioxidants that help fight inflammation. In order to get the most out of it it is suggested that you always opt for a chocolate bar that is higher on the cacao percentage in it to get more nutritional quotient from the bite of bliss.   ..Divya

    Here is why Calcium is important for Older women     Proper calcium intake is important to everyone throughout life because calcium is critical to the health and longevity of our bones. Very few ladies check if there body if having Calcium deficiency or not. This is something every woman must make sure that their body has enough calcium to remain health all through their lives. Calcium is crucial for strong bones and teeth, and it is especially important for children and older women for good bone growth.   Calcium absorption and bone development is at its peak up to age 20, and then decreases at around age 30 when a draining process begins. An adequate intake of calcium, plus an appropriate intake of vitamin D, can significantly increase bone mass in both growing children and young adults, and it can decrease bone loss during ageing.   Calcium is lost daily through hair, skin, nails, sweat, urine. This lost calcium must be replaced, or the body will take calcium from the bones to perform other functions. Research says that if women don't take enough dietary calcium and vitamin D, then there is a chance of the hormones that regulate calcium react negatively with estrogen and progesterone and trigger PMS symptoms.   In case of older women, they must pay particular attention to meeting daily calcium needs. Women, beginning at age 51 need at least 1,200 mg of calcium per day, but it might vary depending on person to person, and your doctor would be a better judge to tell you what is the right about of intake according to your present body levels. Females have a higher rate of bone loss when estrogen levels decline with menopause because estrogen enhances calcium absorption and decreases its excretion.   After menopause, women’s need for calcium increases if they do not take estrogen replacement. Also, as we age we produce less stomach acid which hinders calcium absorption.  Compounding absorption problems in the elderly is low vitamin D levels due to diet and lack of sunlight. Furthermore, females have a lighter bone structure than men, making them more susceptible to osteoporosis.   According to various studies, 68 percent of the 44 million people at risk for osteoporosis are women. And one of every two women over age 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. That’s twice the rate of fractures in men one in four. Also 75 percent of all cases of hip osteoporosis affect women.   Emerging research supports an adequate calcium intake as a means to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Though 99 percent of the calcium in the body is in the bones and teeth, the remaining one percent plays a crucial role in other bodily functions, such as nerve transmission and muscular function. Hence taking Calcium rich food and also checking if you are calcium deficient and taking the right supplements is very important for your good health ...Divya

  Poorna's journey to be made into a movie..!     Malavath Poorna who scaled the World's highest peak- Everest, hails from Pakala village, in the district of Nizamabad, Telangana. Scaling the Everest on 25th May 2014, Poorna became the youngest to accomplish this task. Being chosen from Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools, Poorna was one among the 108 climbers of the Everest. Poorna, on May 25th at 6 a.m stood on the top of the highest peak and with her were some of the things she carried- her school flag, a photograph of Dalit leader Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the Tricolour in a plastic bag acquired from a fancy store in Secunderabad. The mountains echoed the pledge she had always memorized: "I am not inferior to anyone, I shall be a leader, I will think big and aim high, I will never give up...". Poorna had to face a series of hurdles to reach that height. She came across the adverse climate, she had to face the intense weather conditions, she had to sacrifice on her favorite food, she also had to pass by the dead bodies in the snow. At the age of 13, a girl is so strong that she crosses all those barriers and reach the world's tallest peak. Poorna's journey is not just inspiring, but also provides a path for all the women who underestimate their own potential. To make the world know about Poorna's bravery and commitment, a Bollywood movie is to be made.  Rahul Bose is to direct this movie which is based on the story of Malavath Poorna. The pre-production works are going on, and the movie is to get on to the floors soon after that. Details about who is to play the role of Poorna is yet to be out. We wish the movie will inspire more and more people, especially women. Poorna is not just a girl, she is an icon to show off the girl power!!

  Meet India's First Batch of Women Fighter Pilots..!   Yet again, these three young ladies have proved that they are in no way inferior on par with anyone. Making their own mark in the history of Indian military, these women are permitted into combat team. This is for the very first time that women are being allowed to endure in combat team. This is the very first batch of three lady pilots, which is  inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron. Going by the names, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were appointed to work in Indian Air Force, as combats on Saturday. Until last October, women were not allowed to work as combats in Indian Military. But, then the government decided to open the fighter stream for women. The enforcement of this decision was on an experimental basis for five years. Due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints, the combat roles of women in Army and Navy are yet off limits.   Talking about how it feels to set a new mark in Indian Military, Mohana Singh says, " It was a dream of my parents and grandparents to see me fly. It was for flying, I joined the Indian Air Force".  Mohana's father is with the IAF and grandfather is still serving as a flight gunner in the Aviation Research Centre. This batch will be given an intense, advanced jet training on Hawks. They need to endeavor and become eligible with 145 hours of on-the-air experience with the Hawks to get into the cockpit of a supersonic fighter. These ladies have made the whole country proud, by making the impossible thing to happen. We wish there are more of such brave ladies, who join the Indian Military. The inspiration these three of them spread is a thing that is needed to be appreciated. Bows to them.

  Here is how you maintain your silk sarees!     Almost every Indian woman would agree to the fact that each saree in their wardrobe has its own story like when and where it was purchased and for what occasion was it purchased for. And women hold silk sarees especially close to their heart!. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you silk sarees as good as new! -It is advisable to avoid the use of soap at least for the first couple of washes as chemicals damage the fabric. But for later you could use a mild Shampoo or detergent for washing. Alternatively you could also use a protein shampoo with warm/cold water. -In order to avoid stains, wash the pallu, border and body of the saree separately. Alternatively you could consider dry-cleaning the clothes as it is the best way to take care of silk, since the solvents used do not affect silk. - After washing make sure you do not leave it bundled up in a wet condition, this would spoil the cloth. Dry the saree immediately after wash and also make sure it does not come in direct contact with the sun light - As these sarees are worn only for 2 to 3 hrs at a time, there is no need to wash it after every use, just airing it inside the house will do. - Most of the sarees that we purchase for our weddings are kept safely inside the wardrobe, and left untouched for ages with so many memories woven into it. But it is always suggested that we refold them every 3 months to avoid tear in the sarees because of the folds. -It is advisable for us to keep them in a dry and cold place covered preferably in a muslin cloth and always fold in such a way to avoid damage to the zari. Also in order to not damage the zari in the long run, it would be better for the zari to be faced inwards to preserve sheen of the  saree. So ladies use these simple and smart tips to maintain your precious silk sarees and let them look like brand new ones every time you wear them! ..Divya

    Flower Pot Arrangements for the Garden     Cherishing the beauty of a container garden is a pleasure to the sore eyes of a concrete jungle being ! Flower pots are so valuable to all those who love growing small flowering plants or herbs and veggies in a balcony or a small garden patch leftover from the ever creeping concrete floor. Utilising these small spaces to the fullest is a clever idea, and here are some interesting thoughts put together by some very creative minds on the web...they have brought multiple large and small pots of various kinds and created flowering towers and even wind chimes and figurines for their lovely small gardens.     To create the pot-in a pot look : we need 3-4 pots, all in different sizes with a hole in the center for draining and to insert, a 4 feet long metal or wooden dowel. Place a large 12" or 10" pot at the bottom and fill it with rocks upto 3" at the bottom for strong grounding. Fill the pot with soil and insert a metal or wooden dowel in the center. Now, take the next smaller size pot and insert in along the dowel and place it on the large pot. Now fill this pot with soil and insert the remaining pots in decreasing order of size and place similarly, one above the other. Your pot tower is ready to serve beautiful flowering plants.     To create a zig-zag looking tower: We need a 10" or 12" pot for base, a 4 feet wooden or metal dowel and 3-4 pots of 4" diameter. Take a 10" or 12" pot and fill it with rocks at the bottom for strength and drainage, upto 3" and fill it with soil. Insert the dowel in the center and start to scroll a 4" pot through its center hole along the dowel. Fill it with soil and now insert the next 4" pot along the dowel through its center and place it on the edge of the bottom pot...creating a zig-zag effect, insert the remaining two pots and fill with soil. What are you waiting for....decorate this zig- zag flowering pot art piece with blooming flower plants !!       ...Prathyusha

    Don’t Ignore the Curtains   Now days, Interior decoration is not a luxurious term. With the wave of globalisation, interior decoration has come down to the reach of common man. Now it’s the matter of choice rather than money that is deciding the interior of a home. But how sad that many people forget the change that a few curtains could bring to their house? Just a few precautions in selection of curtain could bloom your house. Watch out...   Colour: - It’s always good to avoid those colours that certainly fade after a few washes or by sunlight. They would shatter the goodwill of your choice. - Keep in mind the colour of the room and the surroundings of a window. It’s always better to select a colour that is contrast with the room. - Think about the room you are decorating. Colours like bright pink might suit the bedroom but not the Hall. - The design along with the colour would either make room appear dark and congested or brighter and spacious. Stripes, dots, patterns... on a curtain would all affect the way a room looks.   Headings: Headings are the ones which join the curtain with the rod. We might use metal hooks or rings or straps to hang the curtain to the rod. But each heading has its own movement and appearance. Decide the type of heading you wish before you leap for a purchase.   Measurements: Everyone loves to see their window fully covered. But most of us forget other factors that affect the measurements. So we often end up with a curtain that is either short or lengthy. - The Headings of the window would affect its length and width. Straps might increase the length of the curtain where as rings would affect the width. - The height of the curtain rod would also affect the view and length of a curtain. The placement of curtain rod should also be thought well before the fixture. - Decide the extent of curtain that should be left hanging beneath the window.   Valance: It common now a days to select a curtain that has a decorative piece attached on the top. It’s called a Valance. From Swag to Balloon there are numerous patterns to be chosen for a Valance. Imagine the shape of Valance that would suit your window before you pick up the curtain.   Quality: Every one of us has some expertise in determining the quality and durability of a cloth. But there is another test for a curtain. Just pick up the curtain you have selected and place it before a bright light. You will be surprised to see some curtains allowing patches of light due to poor weaving. You would also get an idea of the amount of sunlight the curtain is allowing into the room.   Well, the above are just a few things that experts are suggesting to be careful before purchasing a curtain. But we can add our own terms to the list on the basis of experience. - Nirjara.

  Meet Smita Sabharwal... Young and Efficient IAS     You may have seen her photos on Face Book. You might have seen her clippings on the Channels. Most of us might immediately recognise her as a young IAS officer. But Smita Sabharwal is not just any ordinary officer. Watch out...   Daughter of a Colonel: Smita is daughter Colonel Pranab Das, a retired army officer. Pranab Das used to travel various parts of the country on duty and so does his family along with him. Smita has reached Hyderabad by the end of her schooling days. She has completed her 12th standard in St. Ann’s, and graduated in Commerce from St. Francis Degree College.   Not just a father: Smita’s father has carefully guided her career. He advised her to take commerce stream during the 12th standard. Smita was initially very angry about the push. But she was more than happy when she bagged the first rank in the all India ICSE Class 12 exams. After completing B.Com, it was her father again who suggested her to pursue the civil exams immediately.   Excellence in Civils: Smita cleared the Civil Services Examination by a very young age of 23. She was probably one of the youngest women to clear the exam at the first attempt. And she has not just cleared it, but made a blast with an all India 4th rank.   Not just looks: Many have mistaken her to be just a girl with good looks. But Smita gave a tight slap to their narrow minds. She excelled in every post she was appointed. Sub collector of Chittoor, DRDA director of Kadpa, Municipal Commisioner of Warangal... she made her mark in every field she has entered.   Daring:  In 2011 Smita has been appointed as Collector of Karimnagar where she has excelled at par. Smita has run various programs like “Amma Lalana” and “Praja Vaani”... which has led Karimnagar to be awarded as best district in PM's 20 Point Programme. Smita was later appointed as Collector of Medak. Her efficiency has led Telangana CM KCR to appoint her as Additional Secretary in his office.   And Dashing: Smita is the first lady IAS officer to be appointed to the Chief Minister’s Office. But some are not happy about it. A column appeared in Outlook magazine with derogatory remarks about her. It was alleged in the column that she was chosen based on her looks. You can’t expect Smita to bear such remarks. She immediately sued the magazine. Outlook has immediately apologised for the misdeed.   Doesn’t miss life: Smita might have excelled in her academics. But she has never missed her life. Smita claims that she used to study for only 6 hours a day and spend an hour in sports. She loves Paradise Biryani and is interested in social service. She was married to Akun Sabharwal, IPS officer who is also from the Telangana cadre. Let’s wait to hear many more achievements from her. - Nirjara.

    Meet Susan – the CEO of YouTube     Every one of us is aware about Google and YouTube. But very few of us might have heard about the driving force behind them. Meet `Susan Wojcicki’- the 47 year lady who changed the course of Internet history. One of the most successful personalities in Google as well as You Tube.    Susan and Google Susan has been with Google since the start. In fact Google has started functioning in the garage of Susan. That was the year 1998 and Susan was the 16th employee of Google. She went on to become the first marketing manager of Google by the next year.   Susan and AdSence Susan grew up along with Google becoming its vice-President of Advertising and Commerce. It was Susan who developed the idea of turning googled words into money. She went on to develop Ad Sense which became the second largest revenue source for Google.   Susan and YouTube YouTube was relatively a small site in 2006 and Google has its own video service called Google Video. But Susan believed in the potential of YouTube and insisted Google to acquire it. It was Susan who spearheaded the purchase of YouTube by Google and is now the CEO of YouTube.   Susan and Google search It was Susan who thought of attaching Google search engine to every website. Susan initially encouraged the universities to include a Google search bar on their websites. The idea worked out and was followed by most of the websites on earth.   Susan and her 5 kids Susan was married to Dennis Tropper in 1998. That was almost 20 years of blissful marriage. She has not just one or two but... 5 kids! Many thought that Susan would be leaving her career after becoming a mother. But she always felt that family and career are complimentary to each other.   Susan and Success Susan might not be a public personality. But she was surely recognised by the media. She was often included in the list of influential people. TIME has included Susan on ` 100 most influential people in 2015’. She was considered as the most powerful women on internet and advertising.   - Nirjara.

The best things about Sania Mirza   Sania Mirza is often considered the most successful female tennis player from India. People might like her or hate her... but it’s hard to ignore her and her achievements. Let’s just watch the best things in her life. At the age of six Sania was Just Six years old when she has decided to become a tennis star. Tennis is not a favourite sport for an orthodox Muslim family... but her father wanted to change the trend. Very few people knew that Sania’s father Imran Mirza was her first coach. `My family and I never hesitated for a moment to do what needed to be done to build Sania’s tennis career, ` recalls Imran. The Hiccup Sania’s first major title came at just 17 years of age. She has won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles and that was the start of her collection of best trophies in the world. But Sania started to fall back after reaching her career best ranking of 27 by 2007. Though it was the best rank by any Indian tennis star, she was unable to reach further heights due her injuries.     The Change Sania has decided not to push herself hard in Singles. Rather she has decided to pursue her career in Doubles. Sania is powerful in her serving and returning the ball... but she can’t move swiftly around the court. She knew that if someone accompanies her in the court... the chances of her victory might get improved. Sania started playing mixed doubles and women’s doubles. And her decision proved to be perfect. Sania is now in No.1 rank in women’s doubles. Facing the Fatwa Some people are certainly not happy with Sania’s apparel on court. Sania was surrounded with threats to change her dress. They wanted her to wear long tunics with headscarves. She had to be accompanied by huge security at the tennis court. But she never backed up. She felt that what she was wearing was for the comfort of the game and not for modelling. Sania’s racket probably spoke more than her. Her consecutive victories on grass court thrashed the demands for long tunics. Marriage that none liked Sania was first engaged to her childhood friend Sohrab. But for the reasons better known to her, that was cancelled. People started cursing her when she has decided to marry the Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik. Sania had to assure time and again that she is Indian and would never part with the country. She brushed aside the demands that she should be playing for Pakistan.   Never minced her words Sania never felt shy at expressing her opinion. From safe sex to politics in tennis federation- Sania was ready to face the ire of the opponents for expressing her views. That might be the reason why she found her way in too many elite lists. She was named in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She finds a credible mention in records like "50 Heroes of Asia" & "33 women who made India proud". From Arjuna to Padma Bhushan she was the recipient of too many awards and recognitions. (Sania is now the Brand Ambassador of the State of Telangana)  

అందంగా ఉంటేనే గుర్తిస్తారా!   పురుషాధిక్య సమాజం, మహిళా సాధికారత... లాంటి మాటలు పెద్దవే కావచ్చు. ఫెమినిజం అనేది ఓ పట్టాన కొరుకుడపడకపోవచ్చు. కానీ సంస్కారం అనేది ఒకటి ఉంటుంది. సమాజం ఆ సంస్కారాన్ని మరచినప్పుడు ఎవరో ఒకరికి ఒళ్లు మండి గొంతెత్తి తీరుతారు. అలాంటి ఓ సంఘటనే ఇప్పుడు సంచలనంగా మారింది. ఇటీవల దైనిక్‌ భాస్కర్‌ అనే హిందీ పత్రికకు చెందిన భాస్కర్‌.కాం ఒక నివేదికను తయారుచేసింది. పది చూడదగ్గ ప్రదేశాలు, పది తినదగ్గ వంటలు... అని జాబితాలు రూపొందించినట్లు ‘అందమైన పదిమంది మహిళా IAS, IPS  అధికారులు’ అంటూ ఓ జాబితాను తయారుచేసి వదిలింది.   ఈ జాబితాలో కేరళకు చెందిన మెరిన్‌ జోసెఫ్‌ ఒకరు. కేరళ ఐపీఎస్‌ క్యాడర్‌కు చెందిన మెరిన్‌... అత్యంత చిన్న వయసులో ఆ హోదాను దక్కించుకున్న వ్యక్తిగా, ప్రతిభావంతురాలైనా అధికారిణిగా ఈపాటికే వార్తల్లో నిలిచారు. కానీ ఆమెను తరచూ తన ప్రతిభతో కాకుండా అందంతో గుర్తించడం మెరిన్‌కు మొదటినుంచీ బాధగా ఉండేది. ‘ఇలాంటి అందమైన అధికారి ఎదుట ఎవరైనా లొంగిపోతారు’ తరహా వ్యాఖ్యలు ఆమెను ఇబ్బంది పెట్టేవి. అలాంటిది ఇప్పుడు ఏకంగా ‘అందమైన అధికారుల’ పేరుతో ఒక జాబితాను విడుదల చేసేసరికి మెరిన్‌ కోపం కట్టలు తెంచుకుంది. పోలీసు, రక్షణ శాఖలో ఉండే అధికారులు సాధారణంగా వివాదాలకు అతీతంగా ఉంటారు. కానీ మెరిన్‌ భాస్కర్‌.కాం వంటి జాబితాలకు ఒక ముగింపు పలకాలని అనుకున్నారు. తన ఫేస్‌బుక్‌ ద్వారా గతవారం ఆ వార్త మీద తీవ్రంగా విరుచుకుపడ్డారు.   మన దేశంలోని పత్రికలు, ముఖ్యంగా ప్రాంతీయ పత్రికల వైఖరి ఎంత దారుణంగా ఉందో ఈ వార్తను చూస్తే తెలిసిపోతుందన్నారు మెరిన్‌. మహిళల ప్రతిభను, భౌతికమైన అందం స్థాయికి ఈ వార్త దిగజార్చిందన్నారు. కష్టతరమైన పరిస్థితుల మధ్య బాధ్యతలను నిర్వహిస్తూ, నానారకాల రాజకీయాలను ఎదుర్కొంటున్న సదరు ఆఫీసర్లను..... గుడ్లప్పగించుకుని చూసేలా మార్చేశారన్నారు. తెలివితోనూ, స్వయంకృషితోనూ పైకెదిగిన తమలాంటి వారికి నిజంగా ఇదొక అవమానమంటూ ఉతికిపారేశారు. చివరగా... అందమైన మగ IAS, IPS అధికారులు అంటూ ఏనాడన్నా మనం ఓ జాబితాను చూశామా? అంటూ జవాబు లేని ప్రశ్న వేశారు. మెరిన్‌ సమాధానం ఇప్పుడు సోషల్‌ మీడియాలో ఓ సంచలనం. మీడియాకు ఒక చెంపపెట్టు. ఎందుకంటే మన ప్రకటనల దగ్గర్నుంచీ పెళ్లి చూపుల దాకా.... ‘ఆడవాళ్లకి ప్రతిభ ఉంటే సరిపోదు, అందం కూడా ఉండాల్సిందే’ అన్న మాటల తాకిడి ఎక్కువవుతోంది. ఆఖరికి ఎమ్మెల్యేగా ఎన్నికైనవారిని కూడా అల్లరి మూకలు వదలడం లేదు. మొన్నటికి మొన్న అసోం నుంచి ఎమ్మెల్యేగా ఎన్నికైన ‘అంగూర్‌లతా దేకా’ గురించి ఇలాంటి మాటలు చాలానే వినిపించాయి. మన తెలుగుజాతి ముద్దుబిడ్డ రామ్‌గోపాల్‌ వర్మ సైతం అంగూర్‌లత గురించి తనదైన శైలిలో నానా రాతలూ రాశారు. ఇలాంటి ఆలోచనా ధోరణని ఎంత త్వరగా అడ్డుకుంటే అంత మంచిది. అందం అనేది కేవలం బాహ్యపరమైనదే అనీ, పైపై మెరుగులకు మించిన విలువలు ఈ జీవితంలో చాలా ఉంటాయనీ... ఇప్పటి యువత తెల్సుకోవాల్సిన అవసరం ఉంది. - నిర్జర.

Anandi Gopal... First Indian Female Doctor   Millions in this world wish to achieve something. They even set high standards to fulfil their wishes. But alas! Only a few move forward to reach the heights. One among such few is Anandi Gopal Joshi- the first Indian Female Doctor. Anandi may have died at an early age of 22. But her life wasn’t futile... The Orthodox factor Anandi was born on March 31, 1865 in Maharashtra. She belonged to a Brahmin family who were of course highly orthodox. Those were the days of illiteracy and child marriages. Anandi’s parents too have decided to stay along with the society. They married her at a very early age of 9 years.     Her Husband Anandi was married to Gopalrao Joshi. Gopalrao was 20 years older than Anandi and was a widower. But he was a reformer at heart. He thought that women should also be educated along with men. Such thoughts can be considered highly radical by that time. But Gopalrao not just felt the need for educating women... he encouraged his wife to learn Sanskrit, Marathi and English! The Turning point Anandi was 14 years old when she gave birth to a boy. But the boy couldn’t survive for more than 10 days due to lack of medical facilities. This tragedy has inspired her become a physician at any chance. And Gopalrao is there to support her! He has sent a letter to an American missionary, requesting him to help his wife to pursue her goal. The American missionary was ready to help them, but not without a condition. He wanted the Gopalrao couple to get converted to Christianity... to which the couple disagreed.     The Generous Theodicia- a women New Jersey came to know about the quest of Anandi. She along with a few others began to encourage and guide her towards her goal. In 1883, Anandi got enrolled in `Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania’. But her enrolment has infuriated the Hindu society who was unwilling to send a girl across the ocean. Anandi convinced many such critics and explained them, the need for more female doctors in India. First... First... First By 1886, Anandi was graduated with MD. Thus she became... The First Indian Female Doctor, First Hindu women to set foot on American soil, First Indian Female graduate along with Kadambini Ganguly. Her graduation was such a sensation that even Queen Victoria has sent her the greetings. The Tragedy Anandi was given a great welcome back in India. She was congratulated by great leaders such as Lokamanya Tilak. Anandi was immediately appointed as in charge for the female ward of the Albert Edward Hospital in Kolhapur. But fate was so rude at Anandi. Since her teenage, Anandi has been ailing with breathing problems. Though she knew that her health could get worse due to the climate and diet of US... she wanted to prove a point to the society. She wanted to be an inspiration to the rest. On 26thFebruary 1887, Anandi has succumbed to tuberculosis. Anandi may have died at an early age of 22. But her life wasn’t futile... her life was so inspiring that even a crater on Venus was named after her. She may have died young. But she is going to live forever! - Nirjara

  Sun Shade ideas for Summer   Escaping the Sun is typically impossible during this harsh summer months in India..how to stay cool and safe during this time of the year has become one big concern. Protecting ourselves and our plants, same time, trying to keep the power supply cost low is a tricky thing. Running the ACs and Coolers through the day might make one sitting in the house feel cooler but for the one who is on the other side of the house, it becomes hotter due to radiations and emissions. A green solution to this is installing sun shades outside the windows and doors, or setting up shades on balcony fences is a smart solution. Also keeping this point in mind during constructing a house, not to set up glasses for show on the elevation or for the looks, inorder to eliminate radiation and reduce cooling charges. Come Summer and we see ACs and Coolers everywhere in the market, similarly the root-woven and green netted fabric sun shades are also sold in the market...the DIYers use Burlap and such other fabrics that are dyed in green color for a cooler look..one can purchase such materials in necessary dimensions and hang them outside the windows, especially in the West, South West corner of the house or a building helps make the structure get cooler by a few couple of points. Aesthetically also they offer good looks to a building, making others get a cool, shaded feeling during the hot summer months. Protecting the plants from sun damage is an added advantage, which makes a big difference as plants in turn help purify the air and create a cooler atmosphere. Water consumption for maintaining the plants can be controlled if these sun shades are set up, and they also offer a friendly setting to share a dialog or two and a laughter for a lighter mood when friends and family are around.   Custom Sun shades can be set up outside windows instead of concrete shades that are typically commn in India..these are a little on the higher end for an investment but give the building a cosmo look and serve the purpose without fail. Roller blinds, Canopies, retractible shades are other options for those who like spending a little more for extra comfort...they can be expanded during summer seasons and rains and retractible during the colder months or when not necessary for convenience sake. Expensive or Easily available or ready to install, these Sun shades are cool for those extending hot summer months !! - Prathyusha  

The complete life of Jayalalitha   Jayalalitha was born in a highly influential family. Her paternal grandfather, Narasimhan Rengachary, was a court physician to Maharaja of Mysore. The huge wealth amassed by him has indeed spoiled his son Jayaram- the father of Jayalalitha. Jayaram was addicted to all kinds of habits that deteriorated his health. The wealth amassed by Jaya’s grandfather was squandered by Jayaram for his addictions. Finally he died in mysterious circumstances in 1950, when Jayalalitha was just 2 years old. Jayalalitha and her mother were left in shock after the demise of Jayaram. Jaya’s mother Vedavalli took clerical positions in Bangalore to support her family. Later on, she moved to Madras where her sister Ambujavalli was working as Air Hostess and Film Actress. Vedavalli has changed her name into Sandhya and started acting as supporting actress in Tamil and Telugu films. Though Jayalalitha started learning Bharatanatyam from the age of 3, neither Sandhya nor Jaya were interested in her entry into films. Jayalalitha was 12 years old when leading Tamil actor Shivaji Ganesan saw her performing classical dance. He immediately predicted that, with such beauty and charm, she would be great actress. But both Jaya and her mother didn’t like the prediction. Jaya wanted to become a lawyer! Though Jaya was studying hard to fulfil her aim to be a lawyer, fate gave her a complete turn. B.R.Panthulu famous South Indian director has once saw her immediately casted her in his next film. That was a Kannada film called ‘Chinnada Gombe'! Jaya acted in ‘Chinnada Gombe’ during her holidays and has no intention to continue her film career. But, huge success of ‘Chinnada Gombe’ and her financial constraints forced her to stay in films forever. Jaya’s first movie in Tamil was Vennira Aadai (1965). That film was given an ‘A’ certificate due to scenes on Jaya. But Jaya may not have been allowed legally to watch the film, because she was just 17 years old by that time. She became the first heroine to appear in skirts in Tamil films Jaya started her marathon in Telugu movies in 1965. Her debut Telugu movie was ‘Manushulu Mamathalu’ with ANR as lead actor. Jaya has acted in 28 Telugu movies and all of them were a hit. She even has won Film Fare award for her performance in ‘Sri Krishna Satya’. Jaya was introduced to MGR on the sets of ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, the first film in which Jaya and MGR were casted together. It was in the year 1965. MGR was 48 years old and Jayalalitha was just 17. They were rumoured to live in together as their career went forward. MGR introduced Jaya to politics and made her a prominent leader in the AIADMK party founded by him. She was even sent to Rajya Sabha in 1984 due to her fluency in English. But his death in 1987 has changed everything for ever. After the demise of MGR, AIADMK was split into two groups... one led by MGR’s wife Janaki and the other faction was of course led by Jaya. Jaya later overpowered the other faction and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991. It wasn’t an easy task for Jaya to handle the politicians in Tamil Nadu. She was once insulted on the grand stage of Tamil Nadu assembly by the mob of MLA’s who has even torn her sari. Jaya has even accused Chenna Reddy for misbehaving with her while he acted as a governor of the state. Though being a successful chief minister, Jaya has often faced the allegations of corruption. She has even got infamous for being first chief minister in India to be disqualified from office due to conviction in a disproportionate assets case. But she later regained the position as she was acquitted by the high court of Karnataka. Jaya now holds the post of CM of Tamil Nadu for fifth time. She was crowned as the leader of the state for second consecutive time. It was a rare record that was broken after 32 years. The love of Tamil Nadu people and loyalty of her party members seems to have made this possible. - Nirjara.

ఏ దేశమేగినా తప్పని వేధింపులు   ఆడది అర్ధరాత్రి నిర్భయంగా సంచరించడం గురించి గాంధీగారు చెప్పిన మాటలు సరేసరి... కనీసం పట్టపగలు ప్రయాణం చేసే పరిస్థితులు ఉన్నాయా అని అనుమానం కలిగే స్థితిలో ఉన్నాం. ఒళ్లు గగుర్పొడిచే అత్యాచారాలు ఎన్ని జరుగుతున్నా, అలాంటి ఘటనలు ఇక మీదట జరగవంటూ ప్రభుత్వాలు భరోసాను అందిస్తున్నా... పరిస్థితుల్లో మాత్రం ఎలాంటి మార్పూ రావడం లేదు. ఈ విషయాన్ని ధృవీకరించేందుకు బ్రిటన్‌కు చెందిన ‘యాక్షన్‌ ఎయిడ్‌’ అనే సంస్థ ఓ పరిశోదనను నిర్వహించింది. బ్రిటన్‌, ధాయ్‌లాండ్‌, బ్రెజిల్, ఇండియా... ఈ నాలుగు దేశాలలోనూ యాక్షన్‌ ఎయిడ్‌ కొన్ని గణాంకాలను సేకరించింది. సంపన్న దేశాలు మొదల్కొని, పేదరికపు అంచున ఉన్న ప్రాంతాల వరకూ స్త్రీలను వేధించడంలో ఏ దేశమూ వెనక్కి తగ్గడం లేదని ఈ గణాంకాలు తెలియచేస్తున్నాయి. ఈ నాలుగు దేశాలలోనూ నలుగురిలో ముగ్గురు ఆడవారు ఏదో ఒకరకమైన లైంగిక వేధింపుని ఎదుర్కొంటున్నారని తేలింది. దీంతో ఆడవారిని వేధించడం అనేది ఒక అంటువ్యాధిలా మారిపోయిందని యాక్షన్‌ ఎయిడ్‌ హెచ్చరిస్తోంది.   అసభ్యమైన పదాలు వాడటం, ఈలలు వేయడం, ఇబ్బంది కలిగించేలా చూడటం... ఇలా ఏదో ఒక తీరున ఆడవారిని వేధించడం మామూలైపోయింది. ఇరుకు సందుల దగ్గర్నుంచీ ప్రభుత్వ రవాణాల వరకూ... స్త్రీలు నడిచే ప్రతిదారిలోనూ వారికి వేధింపులు తప్పడం లేదని ఈ పరిశోధనలో తేలింది. ఇక అత్యాచారాల సంగతీ సరేసరి. హైస్కూలు కూడా దాటక ముందే బ్రెజిల్‌లో 22 శాతం మంది బాలికలు అత్యాచారానికి లోనవుతున్నారట. కాస్త మంచి బట్టలు వేసుకుని బయటకు రావడానికి కూడా భయపడుతున్నామని అక్కడి అమ్మాయిలు వాపోతున్నారట. అలాగని పోనీ ముసలివారన్నా కామాంధుల కంటపడకుండా ఉన్నారా అంటే అదీ లేదు. ధాయ్‌లాండ్‌లో సేకరించిన లెక్కల ప్రకారం 55 ఏళ్లు పైబడిన స్త్రీలలో కనీసం 20 శాతం మంది ఆడవారు అత్యాచారానికి లోనైనట్లు తేలింది.   నగరజీవితంలో పొంచి ఉన్న వేధింపుల గురించి ప్రచారం చేసేందుకు గత ఏడాది నుంచి మే 20ని ‘Safe Cities for Women Day’గా జరుపుకోవడం మొదలుపెట్టారు. ఇంతకీ ఈ వేధింపులు తగ్గాలంటే ఎలాంటి మార్పులు రావాలి అన్నదే అసలు ప్రశ్న! మగవారి ఆలోచనల్లో, ప్రవర్తనలో మార్పు ఎలాగూ రావాలి. అదే సమయంలో ఆకతాయిల ఆటలు చెల్లకుండా ప్రభుత్వాలు కూడా కొన్ని చర్యలు తీసుకోవాలని సూచిస్తున్నాయి యాక్షన్‌ ఎయిడ్ వంటి సంస్థలు. వీధుల్లో సరైన విద్యుత్ వెలుగులు లేకపోవడం, పోలీస్ పెట్రోలింగ్ కొన్ని ప్రాంతాలకే పరిమితం కావడం, ప్రభుత్వ రవాణాలో సైతం తగిన రక్షణ లేకపోవడం, ఆకతాయిలను చూసీచూడనట్లు వదిలేయడం... ఇవన్నీ కూడా ప్రభుత్వ వైఫల్యాలే అంటున్నారు.   నగర జీవనంలో మగవారితో సమానంగా పరుగులెత్తుతున్న ఆడవారు, తమ కష్టానికి ఫలితంగా వేధింపులను ఎదుర్కోవడం ఎంత దురదృష్టమో కదా! మరి అలాంటి దుస్థితి మీద ఇప్పటికైనా ప్రభుత్వాలు తమ దృష్టిని సారిస్తాయేమో చూడాలి. - నిర్జర.  

  Meet India’s Youngest Women Pilot   Ayesha Aziz... She is from Kashmir, the place torn by terrorism and dominated by separatists. But she wanted to pursue a career that’s dominated by males. Ayesha wanted to be a pilot! She always loved the take offs and landings of plane which could scare the common man. Support... When Ayesha revealed her dream to her father, he didn’t shout at her. This Mumbai based industrialist has instead joined her at the Bombay Flying Club. Ayesha took her ground classes and received her student pilot licence in 2011. She was just 16 years old at that time and became the youngest pilot in India.   NASA... Ayesha was 17 years when she was selected for a space training program in NASA. During her two-month stay in Alabama, Ayesha completed advanced training for being an astronaut. She was even lucky to meet her inspiration Sunita Williams at NASA. Commercial Pilot... Ayesha is now pursuing her B.Sc in Aviation at Bombay Flying Club. She has to complete yet another 80 hours of flight to get the commercial licence in aviation. Ayesha would then become a part of the elite group of women pilots in India at just 20 years of age. “More than being India’s youngest pilot, I am happy for having accomplished my childhood goal,” says Ayesha.   Her message... Ayesha may be a Muslim girl. But there wasn’t any conflict between religion and personality. Besides being a pilot, Ayesha has done a photo shoot for a magazine. She has even served as a model for an advertisement. “You should hold your head high and not let others put you down,” was the message that has been driving her ahead. - Nirjara  

Icecream Stick Shelves   Creative crafts are the brain children of many talented crafters and artists, they create anything interesting from anything boring and simple. Using simple icecream sticks to make additional storage shelves to display light-weight items in any room or to make fruit holders for display on dining tables or counter tops is a very creative idea. And because this craft idea doesnot need any wood work skills, any drilling, nails and tools, anyone interested can take up this craft project. We need: A pack of atleast 50 icecream sticks Any industrial strength glue or wood glue An A1 size white paper A pencil or pen Acrylic color or Spray paint of your color choice A wide painting brush Strong twine for hanging     Stencil your desired shape on a plain paper and start laying the first layer. Now stick the second layer to the first, either creating a simple second layer or a combed look. Usually a 7-layer piece is strong enough. Using the same glue stick a piece of twine to the middle layer, inorder to hang the shelf to a hook or nail against the wall. Using a painting brush or a spray bottle, color the shelf with your desired color. As this shelf is strongly glued, it wouldnot break, however, since we used light-weight icecream sticks, it can handle light-weight items for display or can hold watches or eye glasses for simple storage. You can make shelves of any practical shape with a stencil as basis. These icecream stick shelves are quick and easy additions to your decor !     - Prathyusha      

    Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Get Rid of Right Now     To take the clutter out of your kitchen is something that you always want to do but then keep postponing it for sometime later. But here are a few tips that could help you organize your kitchen in a better way. Check these out.   We often don't realise that we own far more bags than the ones that we need. So, there are cases when you go shopping and end up bringing back home so many bags that we end up saving them up in a rack or somewhere in the kitchen, which in turn occupies space and makes the kitchen look cluttered. Hold on to a maximum of 10 and donate the rest. Or you could also leave some in your car, so that the next time you are out shopping you would not need to buy more bags.Then you won't be that person who gets to the supermarket and realizes your bags are tucked away in a cabinet at home.     A lot of us have a tendency to pick up stuff from the restaurant that we visit for an eat out, or get back home complimentary items from a hotel that we were put up in. These may seem to be really good and the best part is that they come at absolutely no cost. But, you're always going to get more the next time you order, so there's no point in stockpiling them. You would only end up choking your kitchen space.   Most professional chefs tend to manage with just three to five knives, so it is recommended that we also stick to the same number while at home. Chances are, you rarely use more than a knife. So stop stocking up just so that you might need them someday. Which might not arise at all. So, dispose off the knives that you thing are not sharp enough or for any reason you are not able to use them now.   This may be the case with most kitchens. There might be too many reusable and disposable water bottles lying in your cupboard. But the fact of the matter is that you would only need one bottle per person, and maybe one or two extra. So clean the rest of the bottles and donate or recycle them.          If you've been using one towel to do everything, then its time for you to throw it out and get a new one. Towels are the most commonly contaminated surface in the kitchen. It is recommended that you designate one for cleaning dry surfaces and one for wet surfaces and put both in the washing machine daily, especially if you've been doing heavy duty cooking at home.   ..Divya