Women Empowerment, Really Necessary?     Is it necessary to ask for a special Empowerment in Women? Why do such situations arise? Who forces such a state? All these and such are questions bombarding the minds of thousands of women across the world..because there still are Husbands, mostly husbands who control the lives of women in their household...Fathers are not so tough as they have love for the daughter at some corner..Husbands are the ones holding the lives and laughters of women, dominating them in various ways, intimidating them during some moments of the everyday life.   Women have a different life until they get married, they are independent, under the shelter of caring parents, in the same 'most-comfortable' atmosphere they grew up in. Everything changes soon as they get married..ofcourse, for some fortunate girls, things become so favorable after marriage, they meet the most-loving person and he takes care of her so wonderfully that she feels marriage is heavenly..and for most of us, marriages are the worst things that could happen..every such woman knows it, still endures for years, looking at the helplessness of the parents or their emotional status, and later at the innocent faces of her children and continues to long suffer...and the husband takes her for granted, the feeling of 'what will she do..nothing!' is his strength.     As someone rightly said 'A woman changes for her husband,becomes a mother to his children, they even carry his surname, not hers, she endures birth pangs and almost dies during labor, she takes care of his household and family too...he doesnot even care to show her some compassion, neither empathy when she is tired. He even has complaints with her cooking, every now and then..he doesnot want her to mingle with others anymore, he is so envious of her social relationships..she is left with no friends and no proper contact with her own family. She is capable of taking up a job but sacrifices for her kids, and stays home doing the dishes, cleaning the house..he never shows any respect for her sacrificial decisions. Finally, he says 'you did nothing for me!, or 'get out of my sight!'. Does she need such a treatment? Where is that most loved daughter of her parents?   Yes, we need Empowerment as long as there are husbands like this, we need a constant voice backing us up that things will be fine, that she is not alone, that there is someone to care for her...if that comes spiritually, then it is the most blessed and fruitful endurance. She needs diversion from the issue but how she finds it is the question...will the husband allow it, how will she even find some relief without any shame from him...this is an article not for the women but for every man to read..and learn not to live a life like the husband in this story..there are similar stories of husband suffering in the hands of a wife..even in this modern era, are such bitter relationships necessary? Can't  there be 'wonderful marriages' and 'amazing couples'. Empowerment, is it necessary?!   ..Prathyusha

    మేరీ కాం- బాక్సింగ్ చేసే అమ్మ!     ఆడది అమ్మయితే ఇక ఆమె వ్యక్తిగత జీవితం ఆఖరు అనుకుంటారు చాలామంది. కానీ జీవితంలో ఎదగాలన్న తపనే ఉంటే అటు కుటుంబ జీవితంలోను, ఇటు లక్ష్య సాధనలోనూ అద్భుతాలు సాధించవచ్చని నిరూపించిన మనిషి మేరీ కాం. మహిళలకు అనువుగాని ఆటలనీ, అందులోనూ తల్లి అయ్యాక దూరంగా ఉండాల్సిన పోటీలని భయపడిపోయే బాక్సింగ్‌లో పతకాల పంటని పండిస్తున్న మేరీ కాం గురించి మరికొంత...   పేదరికం... మేరీ కాం మణిపూర్‌లోని కన్‌గెతే అనే మారుమూల గ్రామంలో జన్మించింది. ఆమె తల్లిదండ్రులు పొలం పనులు చేసుకునే కూలీలు. మేరీ కాం కూడా పూట గడిచేందుకు తరచూ ఆ పొలం పనులకు వెళ్లి తల్లిదండ్రులకు సాయపడాల్సి వచ్చేది.   లక్ష్యం... మేరీ కాంకు చిన్నప్పటి నుంచి ఆటలంటే ఇష్టంగానే ఉండేది. కానీ తన రాష్ట్రానికే చెందిన డింగ్‌కో సింగ్‌ ఎప్పుడైతే ఆసియా క్రీడలలో బాక్సింగ్‌లో బంగారు పతకాన్ని తీసుకువచ్చాడో, అప్పటి నుంచి తాను కూడా బాక్సింగ్‌లో రాణించాలని నిర్ణయించేసుకుంది.   పోరాటం... మేరీ ఆశయాన్ని ప్రపంచమంతా ఎగతాళి చేసింది. బాక్సింగ్‌ అనేది పురుషుల ఆటనీ, ఆడవాళ్లకు తగిన సున్నితమైన ఆటని వెతుక్కోమని హెచ్చరించింది. ఆఖరికి మేరీ తల్లిదండ్రులు కూడా ఆమె ఆసక్తిని తీవ్రంగా వ్యతిరేకించారు. అయినా మేరీ తన పట్టు వీడలేదు. మణిపూర్‌ రాజధాని ఇంఫాల్‌కు చేరుకుంది. అక్కడ నర్జిత్‌ సింగ్‌ అనే బాక్సింగ్‌ శిక్షకుడి వద్దకు తనకు బాక్సింగ్‌ నేర్పమంటూ ప్రాథేయపడింది.   శిక్షణ... తొలుత నర్జిత్‌ సింగ్‌ మేరీని తేలికగా తీసుకున్నాడు. కానీ ఇతరులకంటే తీవ్రమైన ఆమె సంకల్పాన్ని గ్రహించిన తరువాత తన శిక్షణపటిమనంతా ఆమెకు అందించాడు. నర్జిత్‌ ఆశలకు అనుగుణంగా మేరీ కాం రాష్ట్ర స్థాయి నుంచి ఒకో పోటీలో గెలుస్తూ 2001 నాటికి ప్రపంచ బాక్సింగ్‌ పోటీలలో రజతాన్ని సాధించింది. ఆ తరువాత మరో ఐదు సార్లు ప్రపంచ బాక్సింగ్‌ పోటీలలో బంగారు పతకాన్ని గెల్చుకుని, ఆ పోటీలలో ఆరు పతకాలను గెల్చుకున్న ఏకైక మహిళగా రికార్డు సాధించింది. పెళ్లి... 2001లో మేరీ, ఆన్లర్‌ కామ్‌ను కలుసుకుంది. మేరీ ప్రతిభతో ముగ్ధుడైన ఆన్లర్‌ ఆమెతో ప్రేమలో పడిపోయాడు. 2005లో ఆ జంట వివాహం చేసుకుంది. మేరీ వివాహం చేసుకుంటే ఆమె కెరీర్‌ నాశనం అయిపోతుందని నర్జిత్‌ సింగ్‌ వంటి పెద్దలంతా భయపడ్డారు. వారు ఊహించినట్లుగానే మేరీ 2006-08 కెరీర్‌కు దూరమయ్యింది. ఈ మధ్యలో ఆమెకు కవల పిల్లలు కూడా జన్మించారు.   కుటుంబం అడ్డుకాలేదు... అందరి భయాలనూ తిప్పికొడుతూ మేరీ 2008లో తన కెరీర్‌ను తిరిగి ప్రారంభించింది. మళ్లీ ఒకదాని తరువాత ఒక పోటీని నెగ్గుకుంటూ పతకాల పంటని ప్రారంభించింది. ఒక పక్క గుండెజబ్బుతో బాధపడుతున్న పిల్లవాడిని గమనించుకుంటూ, ఆ బాధని దిగమింకుకుంటూనే రికార్డుల మోత మోగించింది. ఈ సందర్భంగా ఆమె భర్త ఆన్లర్‌ కామ్‌ అందించిన ప్రోత్సాహం కూడా అసామాన్యం. 2011 ఆమె ఆసియా కప్‌లో స్వర్ణాన్ని సాధించి వచ్చేనాటికి ఆమె పిల్లవాడికి ఆపరేషన్‌ కూడా విజయవంతంగా పూర్తయ్యింది.   చరిత్ర ముగిసిపోలేదు... 2012లో ఒలింపిక్స్‌కు అర్హత సాధించిన తొలి మహిళగా రికార్డు నెలకొల్పడమే కాదు, ఆ ఒలింపిక్స్‌లో కాంస్య పతకాన్ని సాధించి తన పతకాల రికార్డుని మరింత పదిలం చేసింది. మేరీ కామ్‌ ప్రతిభను గమనించిన కీర్తి ఆమె వెంటపడింది. పద్మవిభూషణ్ వంటి ప్రతిష్టాత్మక పురస్కారాలు ఎన్నో ఆమెను వరించాయి. మేరీ కాం జీవిత చరిత్ర ఆధారంగా 2013లో ‘అన్‌బ్రేకబుల్‌’ అనే పుస్తకాన్నీ, ఆ పుస్తకం ఆధారంగా ప్రియాంక చోప్రా ముఖ్యపాత్రతో చలనచిత్రాన్ని రూపొందించారు. మేరీకాం ప్రతిభను, పోరాటపటిమను గమనించిన కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వం ఆమెను రాజ్యసభకు ఎంపికచేసింది. అయినా మేరీ కాం ప్రస్థానం ఇక్కడితో ఆగేట్లు లేదు. ఈ ఏడాది బ్రెజిల్‌లో జరగనున్న ఒలింపిక్స్‌లో అర్హత సాధించడం మీదే ఆమె దృష్టంతా!   - నిర్జర.

  New Uses of Old Tyres     Vehicles give off their old tyres when worn out...they are recycled these days to make some innovative things for a better society but how many such tyres are recycled is the question...there are still so many others that are not being put to a second life purpose and thrown away in garbage, taking thousands of years to diminish. A new plastic item is being purchased every other day in almost all households for some purpose or the other. There can be a smarter solution to reuse the old tyres instead of buying new plastic materials...such a using tyres for planting sapplings, in the big garden or even in a small balcony garden, on the terrace top with proper water-proof base. They can be hung against the walls or layered on the ground to create a step-planter facility for multiple plants.     Some are creatively making seating solutions with old tyres...for an ordinary living room, as foot stools, side tables, center tables, kids chairs and even for the patio gardens for weather-proof seating, in kids play areas such as see-saw arrangements, hopping fun and such. Some have so simply converted the huge tyres into sand pits to engage their tiny tots. Few have brought them into the kids rooms to stack up their toys and story books.     Carving these tyres has become another trend...patiently carving and cutting tyres creates beautiful center pieces too. Coverng them with jute twine allover brings out a mighty centre table with a rustic natural look, a sturdy table for entertaining purposes in the living room...Out of curiosity, i have a question, do these old tyres smell like worn out rubber even after all this decorations? If not, then i am ready too to go on a hunt looking for some neighbor's old car tyre and make it my own craft piece ! ..Prathyusha

  Why should we cook to please ?     Ladies are expected to be good cooks...alright , alright..! I understand, they cook so well that you get impressed...but what about others who maynot be able to cook exactly the same way you expect them to cook..they may have been trained differently, or their cultural roots have different taste preferences that dont match with yours, or they never had an oppurtunity to cook or any need to learn and cook on their own. Why should one judge the other's cooking abilities ? Men dont get evaluated for their cooking skills...however, those Men who are excellent cooks are famous, among friends, relatives, and some at a competitive level.   When women start to judge, they become so fussy..it is no ones business to comment on someone else's abilities, whatever field it be. Others may possess better skills than you in some discipline, and you may fail miserably when compared to them..but, we dont want to keep quiet...comment, comment and comment until the other person realises and feels so helpless and unworthy. Everyone starts at Level 0.. No one is an expert in the first step. When two people meet, it is obvious that they either gossip about others, praise themselves or argue, very rarely, they talk about good things that dont involve negative emotions or others..there are very few people who dont touch others' personal matters and who get offended when others try to meddle with their emotions or personal topics.       Such a discussion tampers ones self esteem, motivation and encouragement.. They tend to feel demotivated, hurt and maynot want to meet others due to the fear of the same insult being repeated. Cooking, especially makes a good cook famous and a bad cook so disappointed. It is the character of the person that is important. If a person doesnot sit and brag about his/her own traits, then it is a harmless, selfless person...if somewhere ornthe other, one brags about her cooking skills or something good about her, then she either wants others to praise her always or she is a dominating personality who is ready to trample others around whenever a chance comes.   This is the same situation between Mother-in-laws and the Daughter-in-laws..mostly the latter group are targeted for their lack of cooking skills..is it mandatory to be trained in cooking to get married, or is it a gentle, good looking girl that thet seek ?! They say, days have changed, Men are friendlier with wives in these modern day life..but there are still quite some Men who compare their Mom's excellent cooking skills to the newly wed wife's rookie skills...between some couples, this torture continues for years. I wonder who made this statement 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach..feed him well, and he is yours forever...this might be yester years' dream but it is the character of a man..if he is crooked, then even though you feed him well, he will comment on your cooking skills still.   Comparing ones cooking skills need not be important when friends meet...the other person maynot have been keeping healthy, or had an emotional problem that day...that she couldnot cook to impress..how much you write, how much you try to educate others...this cooking comparison game has been there in the families, among acquaintances, at work places, ...everywhere. Pride is so bad. When two praise each other in private, it is better..rather than praise eachother while the third person is around, may trigger issues and you will but loose good friends, the so-called good cooks !! ..Prathyusha

  HEALTHY FOODS FOR WOMEN     Nuts   Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and peanuts can certainly contribute to the well health of women. Every nut mentioned above have their own benefits. While Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, Walnuts are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids that keep your heart healthy. Peanuts are abundant with fibre and protein. Hazelnuts contain arginine, an amino acid that controls blood pressure. So, in a nutshell! Nuts are certainly useful for you unless you have a troubled record with diabetes or cholesterol in which case your doctor would suggest the limitations on the intake of nuts.   Milk   Modern way of living has left us with less time and space to be under sun. This would certainly deprive us from the benefits of acquiring Vitamin D naturally from the sunlight. Fortified milk would be the best way to gain much needed Vitamin D. Vitamin D not only helps the body to absorb calcium that’s present in the milk but has its own benefits. Vitamin D along with Calcium is said to reduce the occurrence and severity of osteoporosis- a malfunction of bones that affects most of the women in their middle age. Vitamin D is also thought to have the chances of working against tumours in breast and colon.   Eggs   It might be true that egg yolk contains huge levels of cholesterol. But it’s a rich source of nutrients as well. The ‘choline’ present in egg yolk has the chances of preventing breast cancer. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that were present in yolk were believed to prevent Macular degeneration. A degeneration of vision as you get old. Having your breakfast with an egg would let your stomach feel fulfilled and thereby decrease the craving for more food. But beware of the yolk if your cholesterol levels are on rise.   Beans   We normally ignore beans though every health journal portrays them as perfect foods. Beans are known to be rich in fibre which would be the best antidote for cholesterol. They also contain ‘protease inhibitors’, which may help protect against breast cancer. Beans are rich in nutrients and their regular intake is thought to have positive affect in controlling type 2 diabetes and blood pressure.   Spinach   It’s not just Popeye who gets energy from Spinach! It contains huge amount of Lutein, which keeps your artery walls clear from cholesterol. Vitamin K and Magnesium present in Spinach is known to be helpful in case of osteoporosis. Particular mention should be made about the presence of iron in Spinach. Most women suffer from anaemia which could be cured through sufficient intake of iron that’s present in Spinach. Spinach is known to contain cancer-fighting agents called methylene dioxyflavonol glucuronides. The intake of Spinach is highly recommended during pregnancy as it contains folete... an essential part of folic acid. These are just a few mentionable foods that are known to do good for women. However the list is not all inclusive and you can add foods such as Flaxseeds, Yogurt, Oats etc. A bit of research could certainly lead you to foods that are worthy to be included in your daily cuisine. - Nirjara.

  Side effects of pregnancy-Swollen feet and Vericose veins     Swollen feet are not a big concern when they happen during pregnancy...Edema, as it is called, Swollen feet, occurs due to increased fluids and increased pressure on the uterus, those fluids tend to create swelling in the feet, thanks to the law of gravity ! Mostly starting to occur between week 21-27 and goes on until the day of delivery...for some, the swelling continues and raises concerns to the medical staff too, as it happened in my case...they had to apply tens to my highly swollen feet, but the next day of delivery, swelling reduced and left.     A matter of concern is when swelling keeps increasing and creates restless feet, it is when the Gyneacologist has to be informed and met if asked to. During every prenatal visit, they check the blood pressure rate and urine levels too, but if the levels are high compared to the normal range, then it is considered as Preeclampsia and needs immediate attention as it is harmful for both Mother and Child. Otherwise, in a normal situation, a sudden weight gain during pregnancy may lead swelling in the feet, and that is the reason why, along with purchasing maternity clothes, women need to consider buying new 'maternity' footwear as the feet are usually swollen or swell atleast once for many. If they still neglect and try to fit those tired feet in their old footwear, they tend to create a burning sensation or tired feet.   Certain good habits inculcated during pregnancy help avoid swollen feet, or atleast offer relief... Keep feet elevated mostly Donot stand or sit for long hours Never sit in a crossed-legs position Drink lots of water Use the right kind of footwear to fit those swollen feet/purchase new pair during pregnancy Follow prenatal exercise routines that are safe, regularly Avoid tight fit dresses, leggings or stockings Sleep, turning towards the left side Keep a control on the salt intake, based on the Doctor's recommendations Soak those swollen feet in hot water tub for soothing   Vericose veins are the not-so-desired side-effects of pregnancy...again, not happening to many women. The increased production of blood necessary for two beings, The excess pressure the uterus puts on pelvic blood vessels are the two conditions that come together to create a vericose veins situation. They are perfectly harmless for the Mother and child but Mom is left with these undesired veins on her legs and feet even after delivery as a memory. They may itch and swell after long periods of standing and donot allow Mom to wear her old shorts or Dresses without her permanent stockings ! Not matter what, these ugly veins and swollen feet...nothing can stop her from bringing her dream child to life, safely !   ..Prathyusha

  ప్రెగ్నెన్సీ సమయంలో చర్మం పొడిబారితే.....   అమ్మతనం గొప్ప వరం. మాతృత్వాన్ని పొందాలంటే ఎన్నో రకాల సమస్యలను ఎదురుకోక తప్పదు. కొంత మంది నెల తప్పిన దగ్గరనుండి వికారం వాంతులతో బాధపడతారు, మరికొందరికి చర్మం పొడిబారినట్టుగా అయ్యి దురదలు మొదలవుతాయి. ఎంత కంట్రోల్ చేసుకుందాం అనుకున్నా చర్మాన్ని గోక్కోకుండా ఉండలేరు. దాని ఫలితంగా వచ్చే రేషేస్ ఇంకా చికాకు తెప్పిస్తాయి. అసలీ ఇచ్చింగ్ ఎందుకు వస్తుందా అని ఆలోచిస్తే, మాములుగా ఉన్నప్పటి కన్నా ప్రెగ్నెన్సీ టైంలో మన శరీరంలో కొన్ని హార్మోనియల్ చేంజెస్ రావటం వల్ల  ఇలా చర్మం పొడిబారే అవకాశం ఉంటుంది, దాని వల్ల ఇచ్చింగ్ వస్తుంది. అదీకాక చర్మం సాగుతూ ఉండటం వల్ల చర్మానికి తగినంత తేమ అందక దురదలు వచ్చే అవకాశం ఉంది. దీని ప్రయవసానమే కడుపు మీద చారలు ఏర్పడి అవి ఎప్పటికి అలానే ఉండిపోతాయి. ఇలాంటి సమస్యలన్నీ తొలగిపోయి మీరు హాయిగా మాతృత్వపు ఆనందాన్ని అనుభవించాలంటే ఇంట్లోనే కొన్ని జాగ్రత్తలు తీసుకుంటూ కొన్ని చిట్కాలు పాటించాలి.      * ఎక్కువ మందికి కడుపు మీద లేదా మొహం మీద చర్మం పొడిగా అవుతుంది. చర్మం పొడిబారుతోంది అని అనిపించిన దగ్గర నుండి ఆలివ్ ఆయిల్ మసాజ్ చేసుకుంటే మంచిది. రెండు మూడు చుక్కల ఆలివ్ ఆయిల్లో కాసిని నీళ్ళు కలిపి దానిని కావాల్సిన చోట రాసుకుంటూ ఉంటే సరిపోతుంది.       * అలాగే వెన్న కూడా ఈ సమస్యకి మంచి పరిష్కారం చూపిస్తుంది. ఇంట్లో వెన్న ఉన్నా లేదా పాల మీగడ ఉన్నా దానిని చర్మానికి రాసుకుంటే త్వరిత ఫలితం కనిపిస్తుంది.   * రోజూ వాడే సబ్బులు కూడా చర్మం పొడిబారటానికి కారణం అవుతాయి. అందుకే కెమికల్స్ ఎక్కువగా ఉండే సబ్బులు వాడకుండా జాగ్రత్త పడాలి. సబ్బులకి బదులు ఆపిల్ సైడర్ వెనిగర్ వాడటం మంచిది. దీనిని నీటిలో వేసి ఆ నీళ్ళతో స్నానం చేస్తే మంచి ఫలితం ఉంటుంది.   * పొడి చర్మాన్ని పోగొట్టటానికి పెరుగు కూడా చక్కగా ఉపయోగపడుతుంది. ఎక్కడయితే చర్మం పొడిగా ఉందో  అక్కడ పెరుగు రాసుకుని ఒక 10నిమిషాలు ఉంచి తరువాత కడిగేసుకుంటే చాలు.   * ఎక్కువగా వేడి ఉన్న నీళ్ళు కాకుండా కాస్త గోరువెచ్చటి నీళ్ళతో స్నానం చేయటం వల్ల చర్మం పొడి బారకుండా ఉంటుంది.   * చర్మం పొడిబారిపోయి గరుకుగా తయారయితే. రెండు కోడిగుడ్ల తెల్లసొనలో పావు కప్పు జొన్నపిండి, నాలుగు చెంచాల చక్కెరపొడి వేసి కలిపి రాసుకుని బాగా ఆరిన తరువాత కడిగేసుకుంటే చాలు.   * స్నానం తర్వాత చర్మం తడిపొడిగా ఉన్నప్పుడే మాయిశ్చరైజర్‌ రాసుకోండి. అందువల్ల చర్మం ఎక్కువ సమయం తేమగా ఉంటుంది. అప్పుడు దురదలు కూడా రావు.   * అన్నిటికన్నా ముఖ్యమైనది ఎక్కువగా నీళ్ళు తాగటం. మాములుగా ఉన్నప్పటికన్నా ప్రెగ్నేన్సీ తో ఉన్నప్పుడు నీళ్ళు మరిన్ని తాగాలి. అప్పుడు చర్మం పొడిబారకుండా మృదువుగా ఉంటుంది.   ప్రతి సమస్యకి ఒక పరిష్కారం ఉంటుంది. అలాగే ఈ పొడిబారే చర్మానికి కూడా ఇలా చాలా నివారణా మార్గాలు ఉన్నాయి. వాటిలో ఏదో ఒకటి పాటించి ఇంట్లోనే  మన సమస్యని మనమే దూరం చేసుకుని హాయిగా ఉండచ్చు. ...కళ్యాణి

      Newspapers across the world have been mentioning the 90th birthday celebrations of Elizabeth II, the queen of United Kingdom. What could be her health secret that has given a rare opportunity to be healthy even in her 90’s? Watch out!   Though queen always had a choice to smoke, she had never gone too close to the habit. She might have certainly been affected by the fact that her father is a big smoker and has died in his young age due to the habit. Queen of course has the habit of drinking, but with a limit. Even a second peg is said to be rare for her.   Queen would either have to be a guest or host for a dinner party quite often. But she is known to eat less. She is also keen to avoid too many carbohydrates in her food. She is against processed foods and wishes to include salads in her dinner course.   Queen is said to have brought up in a playful environment. Dancing and horse riding used to be a part of her daily life. Even today, she is said to prefer walking and horse riding, which lets her to deal with strenuous journeys that were to be made. The queen is known to maintain good sleeping habits throughout her life. She is careful to have at least 7 hours of sleep at night, and would wake up early in the morning. There isn’t any need to reiterate the importance of good sleep in one’s life!   Elizabeth is the queen of United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She obviously has to be in symphony with all those governments. Apart from the political issues, queen has faced a lot of trauma in her life such as the death of Diana. She did master the art of coping with stress that led her through every such agony.   Experts might be saying that pets are the best stress busters, and the queen was probably aware of the saying. She is fond of dogs and known to love a particular breed of dogs named ` Pembroke Welsh Corgis.’ She would spend much time with them and often walk around the palace with them.   Queen Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) in her early teens. They both got married in 1947 and believe it or not... they lived happily thereafter! Prince Philip is now 94 years old. In a culture where divorce and separation isn’t rare, it’s interesting to note that the couple has kept their marriage vows alive. A steady marriage is said to have added up to her health.   Queen is a member of church and has often declared her faith in Christianity. `I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ's words and example’ said Elizabeth in one of her Christmas message. She is also a patron to over 600 organisations and charities. She has even helped a few foundations to raise charities. Her charity and devotion might have certainly helped her to be in solace. ..Nirjara

  Ten things to know about Dipa Karamkar     Dipa, the ultimate gymnast hails from the North Eastern state of India Tripura, which is far behind development. But that didn’t stop her from reaching the skies. She started practising gymnastics when she was just 6 years old. Dipa and her father knew that they had a goal to achieve in life.   Dipa had flat foot, which was thought to be unsuitable for gymnastic movements. She along with her coach Bisbeshwar Nandi had to work hard to get a curve in her feet.Dipa has immense confidence in her coach Bisbeshwar Nandi and thus he is her only coach till now. She knew that he is her best guide.   In 2007, she won the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri, when she was just 14 years old, and that was just the beginning. Since 2007, Dipa has won 77 medals at various levels. 67 of them are gold!   Dipa was one of the five women in gymnastic history who has achieved a feat called PRODUNOVA. This feat consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults. Produnova is so dangerous that some people were even demanding to ban it. Because one can always land on his neck and break his spine while trying to achieve Produnova. But Dipa just wanted to achieve the feat.   In 2014, Dipa became first Indian women to grab a medal in Commonwealth Games, by winning a bronze at Glasgow, and she was second Indian after Ashish Kumar to achieve the task.   After her victory in Commonwealth Games, people began to recognise the ability of Dipa. Even the sports icon Sachin Tendulkar lauded her for her achievement, and said that he was proud of her.   In 2015 Dipa became the first ever Indian to qualify for the final stage of World Artistic Gymnastics Championship. She missed the bronze by a feather by remaining at the fifth position.   Dipa now creates another page in the history of Indian sports by getting qualified for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil. She would now be the first Indian women to enter a gymnastics competition in Olympics and would also be the first Indian to achieve the feet after a gap of 52 years. It was only in 1964 that Indian gymnasts were qualified to enter Olympics. ..Nirjara.

  Start a Blog for your talent !   Spending the whole day running errands, behind kids, serving family...then you realise you havenot even sat for few minutes at a stretch the whole day !! Wondering if we are getting enough time for ourselves..ladies ?! Same thoughts come to me too..writing this article at close to 1'o clock in the midnight..if feel why cant we join hands with close friends or just single handed to start a blog..mostly to share our talents..of cooking, crafts, family welfare and childcare...sometimes to vent out our frustration after a long 'every'day. Some of the talented lot started a few groups on a famous social website but i wonder if such networking websites allow these on longterm basis.     Blog space is a wonderful platform to even start earning with just our talent in writing and sharing expertise and experiences. If you dont think you have any such specialities, then just gather up all those ladies and make videos or ask them to share their talents in your blog. Starting a blog is pretty inexpensive, but ends up fetching you some income through advertisements and useful marketing links. The web has tons of helpful notes on how to start a blog of your own...be it one with your own and independent title or one that has a domain attached to it.   Some write about the movies they have watched, reviewing their opinions..some on music releases and some on community services, pet care, nature and safeguarding it for future generations, eco-farming, ....just browse the web and you will be surprised to see the variety of blogs people across the globe have created with their own interests and passions.  This is a perfect medium to shout out to everyone around that you also have a talent of your own and find people with similar interests responding to your blog, posting their comments and compliments, you can share your daily thoughts and feelings too with them for a great support from outside the home and family. Blog and you will rock !! ...Prathyusha

  Flip Flop Slippers and Crafts     Its Spring already and Summer is soon arriving in India..temperatures getting hotter by the day and all the shoes bid goodbye, atleast for the casual looks. Flip flops peek out of the shoe closet and they are quite affordable to buy two pairs each...in that case, why not do something interesting with them. Slippers come so handy..(i mean so footy!!) to run errands, some are for the rough use and some for the bike rides and catching up with friends types ! Giving a makeover to those simple flip flop slippers might be worth it if you like flauting your pedicured feet. Decorating flip flops and decorating with flip flos is what we are going to see today.. Decorating a simple looking flip flop pair is so easy, if you have some artificial flowers at home..bigger or smaller..all we need is     A pair of slippers Strong permanent glue like Fevicol or Elmers Glue All, one that is water-resistant Few plastic flowers in the colors of your choice Pair of scissors     If you want to spruce up a currently using pair of slippers, then wash and brush the straps (band) thoroughly to remove dust. A new pair is easier to decorate, as we can just start off glueing the flowers. Before that, with Scissors, cut the stems of the flowers completely and line up the flowers on another surface to decide the pattern you want. Once ready, start applying dots of glue on the rubber straps of one slipper. Paste the flowers carefully, pressing each one clasping them to the strap, repeating the same with the other strap..make sure to use the glue that is made for rubber-plastic-fabric surfaces, as the straps are rubber, flower buds are plastic and flowers are usually made with satin or other fabric. When dry, your decorated slippers are ready to flaunt !! See what some DIY Experts have done with their creativity...taken simple Flip flops to the wall..using them as Cup-Plant Holders and Towel Hooks ! Can Flip Flops become a piece of art too !! ..Prathyusha

  Canopy Beds for The Princesses   Decorating bedrooms for girls is one interesting part of home design. Girls come as color packages...right from Day 1 of Birth..everything can be colorful, with great patterns and designs..can Boys have this pleasure too ?! no chance ! And thats the reason buying gifts or dresses for girls is easier, with lots of options..similarly decorating their bedrooms can be fun filled. There are so many color options, design choices..mostly ofcourse, will be Pinks and Purples ! Still, we can setup colorful Window curtains , even the furniture can be colorful and stylish. One such are the Canopy beds, to give it a Princess-Royal feel...such is their forever passion for Princesses.    Got a canopy-four poster bed or not, you can buy a hoola hoop or a circular curtain fixture and setup a canopy easily, just gotta have some carpentry skills or a skilled companion. Buy some long netted fabric or sheer curtains, and hang them from the ceiling height, there it is, that Royal...dreamy Canopy bed !! If you dont want it for a bed, them just create a corner to read books, with few pillows and hang the canopy above...or set up a canopy in the playing zone as a cozy spot....any space or any purpose for the kids, canopy theme is lots of fun...even grown-ups feel like crawling into one cozy canopy and start to read a story book or simply dose off !!     - Prathyusha Talluri

  Brass Vase into a Jute Side Table     Some of us still have atleast one or two brass vases at home, either lying in the attic or standing in a corner, not matching the decor in an old fashioned style. I brought home this huge tall vase from my Mom's, thinking it would match my decor but to my surprise, it ddnt match atall, sametime, it started looking so odd...i watched it every day thinking of a reason to get rid of it...and you know, one day i thought of giving it a new avatar! I had a big fat roll of jute twine lying at home..and Lo, this was the final outcome, a side table cum pot stand for my indoor plants !!     We need: An old metal vase A big roll of jute or any natural finer twine Hot glue gun 15-20 Glue sticks based on the size of the vase Acrylic color in desired shade A wide painting brush and a Sponge dabber Wooden plate m-Seal Procedure: Wipe clean the surface of the vase. Let dry of any dampness. With streaks of hot glue, start pasting the jute twine layer above layer. I made circular design patterns with jute twine and pasted them at the bottom and center of the vase to give it an interesting look. You can just keep the simple line-by-line look if making separate circular patterns is time taking for you.     This takes few hours or coupele of days time to finish covering the vase with the twine completely. If you want to keep it jute color as-is, then you don't have to color it. I wanted a dark wooden finish to match the other corner tables i already have, so i bought a Terracota Brown shade Acrylic color and painted it completely brown. Using m-Seal, attach the Wooden plate to the top of the vase, as a table top. Give it a day, for the paint and the wooden plate to fix and dry. The most awaited, side table cum pot stand is finally ready for display and use, Mine flaunted itselves with a cute plant on top... ..Prathyusha

  That Friendly Ladies Nite   We all have friends and like spending time with a good group of them. Even one single odd person spoils the fun. In this quest to find the right friend with whom our mentality and frequency matches, we come across quite a few and select one or two. Luckily, if you friends happen to be in the same city or the same community, we tend to feel we can meet up anytime or anyday but with our busy personal schedules, it is so difficult to meet eachother atleast once a month. I wonder how some ladies keep inviting and hosting kitty parties, get-togethers and such every month. If you are in that loop, it gets easier but once you come out of that group due to jobs, schools and life, 'Sorry, can't make it to the party, i am caught up' is one frequent answer we hear, even from ourselves. Too much of running behind life makes us so frustrated that we want to spend lone time or some time with good friends, atleast an hour of not having to run behind kids or feed them if they are younger, etc. during such times a Ladies Nite is the best. Arrange one at ones place or a good not so crowdy restaurant. At home, there is no time limit, but restaurants might offer all the service without having to serve food or clean dishes.     Inviting new girls to make friends with them depends on your reason to meet. If you are in a very light mood to spend joyous moments chatting and catching up on general matters, each person can invite a new friend into the group..but if you want to meet your bestie or a group of close ones to discuss a personal or common matter, then having new friends may not be a good idea. You would not be able to discuss private matters with them around and they might feel left out if you all sit together or gather up in twos to chat. With old friends, there need not be any activities, specially....chat, chat , chat and chat...hours would be enough..depends on everyone in the group. If inviting new friends, it is always good to have one, two games and some ladies crafts for fun, or a potluck. A common dress code or a theme for dressing up makes it more interesting and exciting. Coordinating the event is important...someone who is good with communicating, social media follow ups can do it better. Making sure everyone is informed, and coordially invited is the key. However, close friends dont need such formalities. Some invite a friend who just started her home-based jewellery or Costume business or someone who markets Tupperware..these parties are a good platform to introduce such oppurtunities..yet, they are a success only when everyone in the group is informed of the agenda and they all like to attend..let it not be a strange surprise. And if you are meeting after a long time, make sure to take atleast few pictures for a great memory..send the photos to others in the group in few days using creative photoframes or make crafty frames while you all chat and use them for sharing photographs. A 'Ladies Only' party is the best...you can talk without having to bother about kids or husbands !! ..Prathyusha

Wishes on Women's ( special article )   A soul in grief, cries. Why am i a woman ?! When i speak, why does the society comment and raise an eyebrow? When i want to be independent, why do people think i am rebellious? Can't i be given a little more importance? Can't i dream of a happy life? My life was worryfree until marriage happened, why did it change completely? What harm did i do, that they dominate me? How can my parents who loved me so much give me away in marriage ? So many questions bombarding. Just touch a sorrowful soul of a hurt woman and her tears tell you a tale. On the other hand, there are others who are happier with a caring husband, a helpful family, their dreams come true and they achieve alot in life...some are very successful in careers and some are content with wonderful families on both sides.   They say in this modern society, super fast times, women have become smarter and bolder, yet there are still those who have no support from parents, who are emotionally sensitive and think of both sides being affected by their drastic decisions and hence, settle to be dominated and suffer with no individuality. Only way things can change and be better is when those husbands realise to treat their respectible wife just the way they treat their Mothers or Sisters and give them the much needed affection and attention. Ladies: Be more responsible and dont try to dominate too...probably, these Men are just very cautious of not being over ridden by a wife,...we have tried to be nice and gentle, just be the same. You are on the right path!! Marriage cannot be in harmony with the slightest diversion..both husband and wife should be good to eachother. However, there are wives who have made their respectible husband's life miserable...they donot let them live their life happily...when there is no trust in marriage, it fails. Self-realisation and  correction should be the Manthra followed..if not, God is to be feared the most and if He ever punished the wrong one instantly, thats the only way people would learn to be good !! On this International Womens Day, i wish Women who are still crying silently behind closed doors and in the closets, not being able to change a rude and chauvinistic husband, get redemption quickly and to them those sorrowful days would be a dream of the past and that they see brighter and happier days...how it happens is all in the hands of God Almighty!! I wish for a miracle for all women on this Women's Day !!     ...Pratyusha Talluri

Changing Lives... Forever   1)“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change.”- William Arthur Ward This holds true in the case of Vimla Kaul, an 80 yr old teacher from Delhi.   2) Staying home doing nothing was never an option for Vimla post her retirement, she started changing the lives of underprivileged children of Madanpur Khadar in Delhi, for better.   3)A visit to the village around 1995 motivated Vimla and her husband to do their bit for the betterment of people living there. there was no looking back as she went from strength to strength, starting from 5 students it grew to 110 students.   4)Faced many hurdles to initially get a place to teach kids As she could not afford to build a school she moved from one park to another teaching the kids in the open lawns.she finally moved to MGD park where we taught for 15 years.     5)Thanks to Malviya Trust’s support, Vimla now has a school building with four rooms where she teaches students up to Class2, Vimla, now gets financila help from friends and family in the form of donations.   6)After all her struggle Vimla proudly confides that, “These children are very talented. They just need support and guidance. If they are given the same opportunities and facilities like mainstream kids, they too can do wonders, Kudos to her Spirited thought  

Bouncing back to life- Prabhasini Pradhan     1)Prabhasinipradhan ,President of the Kalinga Network for People Living with HIV?Adis   2)Prabhasini Pradhan, the president of the KNP+ has been to hell and back. She can never forget the fateful day on which her husband of three years, who was working in a factory in Mumbai, was tested HIV positive.   3)But in spite of all this she Never has any regrets about reveling her identity for the sake of spreading awareness on the disease and fighting the stigma attached to it.   4) Over a decade ago a time where, In the rural heartlands, stigma and rumors ensured that HIV positive people were disgraced and driven out of their homes and communities, Pradhan’s in-laws forced her to leave their home . She tried to find work to make ends meet and ensure a decent childhood for her daughter.   5) Met a counselor at an Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC) and she helped Prabhasi deal with the trauma she was going through. That encounter led to the formation of the KNP+ that was formally registered in 2006. “Initially, due to the stigma there were only seven members who came forward and enrolled and Prabhasi was the only woman. Now there are over 5,000 members, including thousands of women.   6) The Kalinga Network’s main agenda has been to create awareness about the disease, especially among positive people, by sharing with them essential information regarding government schemes, health and education facilities and other benefits. 7) Pradhan, who lives in Bhubaneswar with her daughter, admits that though initially she was depressed at being HIV positive, she doesn’t feel that any more. In fact, she thinks her condition has proved to be a boon. “God has given me an opportunity to help and understand other positive women and fight for their rights,” she observes with a smile. According to her, there are many busy days and months ahead of the Kalinga Network as a lot needs to be done by way of creating awareness and building platforms for positive people.  

Story of a visionary Woman   1)She was told she needs help, and that she cant handle her own life and walk with out support .But she rose to a place where she can not only take care of her own self but, but helps others too. Meet Tiffany, the woman with visual disability who is visionary all by herself.. Meet Tiffany.. a 26-year-old teacher, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and she is blind. Being blind is the last piece of information you need to know about her because she has created many more powerful identities for herself than just being blind   2) Tiffany was all of 12 years when her mother passed away who was like a back bone in her life. Those were tough times and Tiffany had to gather her courage and learn to live life by herself.   3) Neither the regular schools, nor the blind schools that Tiffany went to, had bothered to teach her how to handle these basic needs. She recalls that sometimes she and other blind children even wore their clothes inside out. They cared little about their physical appearance. When Vinita Akka began to take an interest in Tiffany, the seeds for change were sown. Tiffany started dressing well and began to learn to manage her day-to-day activities on her own.   4) Tiffany was so dependent on others.. She was always escorted by someone. The words “impossible” and “you can’t do it” continually echoed from the people around her. But Tiffany was determined that this would not continue. By the time she got a chance to break free and discover herself, she had spent 18 years of her life   5) After completing her schooling at Wellington, Tiffany moved to Thiruvananthapuram to pursue her Bachelors in English, It was here that her life changed. Tiffany held her father’s hand and started walking towards the Kanthari office. Its an organization that provides leadership training for individuals who are inclined to bring about social change.. That’s when Sabriye Tenberken, the co-founder of Kanthari, handed a white cane to Tiffany and urged her to walk on her own. And she neither stumbled nor looked back again     6) she decided to pursue a B.Ed. in Special Education from Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya in Coimbatore. in 2012, well equipped with her education she started her project ‘Jyothirgamaya.’ The thought was if blind children cant come to school ,let the school reach them .   7) Through Jyothirgamaya, Tiffany and her team visit the homes of many blind people in Thiruvananthapuram. They teach them Braille, computers, personal grooming, and other life skills. They are taught to use the white cane and become mobile. Jyothirgamaya organizes camps across Kerala to mobilize the blind. It also organises outdoor activities, city tours and introduces new and unfamiliar activities.     8) She is just 26 but She is a woman with a vision beyond the ordinary. Kudos to her efforts and determination