Let’s Fight Cancer Together!

The month of February is ‘National Cancer Prevention Month’ and the ‘World Cancer Day’ happens to fall in the same month. So in the spirit of awareness – raising, Jaipur Beat would like to share some information to make you all a little more aware about the disease cancer.

Today, cancer is a common household word, with each of us associated with at least one near and dear one, a family member or a friend, a neighbour or a colleague, diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is often unpredictable, but there are ways in which some cancer risk factors can be avoided. What’s important is that your attitude and approach can help you greatly lower your risk for serious diseases like cancer, and boost your odds of living a longer and healthier life. Many lifestyle factors including smoking, the typical high-fat, refined-sugar diet and physical inactivity account for the majority of cancer.

 

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Cancer develops gradually as a result of a complex mix of factors related to Environment, Lifestyle, and Heredity. It is estimated that about 80 percent of all cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, to what we eat and drink, or, to exposure to radiation or cancer-causing agents in the environment. Early detection of cancer can greatly improve the odds of successful treatment and survival. Hence one should consult a doctor for regular checkups and not wait for problems to occur.

Most Common Types Of Cancers

Cancer of the head, neck, lungs and throat is the most common type of cancer in India that is caused by eating tobacco and drinking alcohol. Stomach cancer, skin cancer, intestine cancer and breast cancer are some other prevalent cancers in India.in Though in the past few decades, there has been a stability in the number of ovarian cancers cases in India but it is estimated that by the year 2025, the number of people suffering from breast cancer in India will double.

Support for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems becomes much easier when people have right information and support services where they live. Patients suffering from cancer tend to become irritable or depressed. Proper counselling and discussions on the treatment options help the patients to deal with the challenges that come with cancer in a much better way. The doctor who takes care of the patient is in the best position to discuss the chance of recovery (prognosis) and kind of treatment required. But there are many people in India who cannot afford a proper check up and treatment. Our government needs to change the system to reach such people and bring out effective change.

Cancer Prevention

Cancers that are closely linked to certain behaviors are the easiest to prevent. For example, choosing not to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol significantly lower the risk of several types of cancer – most notably lung, throat, mouth, and liver cancer. Diet plays a multitude of roles in the development of cancer as substances in the diet can either enhance or inhibit the growth of the cancerous cells. Physicians recommend diets that are low in fat and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating right, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, can cut cancer risk by a 30-40 percent.

Cancer Treatment in Jaipur

There is no single treatment for cancer, and patients receive a combination of therapies and palliative care. With the advances in technology, cancer is diagnosed more frequently. The myths associated with cancer are vanishing and people have become more open to accepting cancer diagnosis and discussing cancer openly. With a mission to create a comprehensive tertiary care center for cancer treatment where patients are served with world-class facilities, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur (BMCHRC) is an institution that came into existence in the year 1997 and has made a landmark in delivering cancer care services to the afflicted population of the country over the years. Besides BMCHRC, there are many noted oncologists in the city known for their expertise, skills and experience. Dr. Arun Gupta, Dr. Sanjeev Patni, Dr. Anish Maru, Dr. Lalit Mohan Sharma, Dr. Ranu Patni, Dr. Nidhi Patni, Dr. Nitin Khuteta, Dr. Ajay Bapna, Dr. Naresh Somani are to name a few.  As world cancer day approaches, take a step to bring smiles on faces who don’t have a reason to. You can donate , volunteer and support the cause of cancer prevention at various hospitals like BMCHRC and make life easier for many cancer patients and survivors. Contact Details are as follows-

Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
(Managed by K G Kothari Memorial Trust)
Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur 302017, India
T: 91-141-2700107, 2702106, 2702120, 2702899, 5107777 | F: 91-141-2702021
E: info@bmchrc.org, bmchrc@hotmail.com | http://www.bmchrc.org

Surviving cancer is not the end of a gruesome story but the beginning of a beautiful one. We want to end the blog by a message to all the cancer patients and survivors that get support. Join a support program for people with cancer. The inspiration and hope you’ll find there is priceless. Stay active, eat good, have faith and stay STRONG.

 

7 Fashion Trends To Learn From Jaipur Lit Fest 2015

Have you visited Jaipur Literature Festival yet? The place where all the renowned thinkers and writers get together and engage in interesting conversations with each other and the audiences. Well, apart from the literature enthusiasts, great minds, celebrities, there is one more category that is getting more and more prominent with every passing year at JLF: ‘The Fashionistas’.

 

No, these are not the people who work in the fashion industry, these are the ones who look at JLF as a place to alight at and introduce new fashion trends through their vivid experiments with style. Apart from the trends of printed colourful pyjamas especially the Rajasthani prints and bold color blocking, there is a lot more to see at Jaipur Lit Fest this time.

So in case you ain’t a literature person (and are scared to admit it) and did not pick this month’s Vogue from the street, visit JLF to witness a glut of snazzy people pulling off the most eccentric trends this winter !

 
1. Bootie Call

Be it ankle or knee high, leather or suede, the sexy boots are definitely a roaring trend among women and even little girls !

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2. Getting Baggy

The monochromes and blacks were out as far as bags are concerned. What took JLF by a storm were quirky prints, spring florals, multi-hued Tote bags, shoulder bags and the evergreen jholas with graphics, tropical and geometric prints. However, we would have loved to catch some hand held and boxy bags apart from the standard cross-bodies !

3. Knit a bit

Although the summer scarves in neon colors and attractive prints are always refreshing to look at, the bright ‘knitted’ ones were a total charmer at JLF. It was indeed a pleasure to see men and women both teaming them impeccably and outshining a lot many.

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4. Dare Denim

We all know that denim shirts, jackets are back in vogue ! People were seen sporting them in different shades and styles. Some paired them with scarves while others went with the plain jean look 😉
It was good to see the Ripped Jeans but they could have been paired with a pair of sneakers to complete the effortless sporty look.

 

5. Airy Berets & Tangy Turbans

Nothing beats a street style look of the perforated berets ! Green, red, black, blue, these chic headgears were all over the place definitely calling for a new trend before spring knocks at our doors 😉
Men were seen wearing bright colored turbans which surely added a statement to their otherwise simple look.

6. Spring in Sneakers

The time is gone for the standard branded single colored shoes, now the youth is wrapped in all sorts of prints when it comes to sneakers. Both boys and girls were seen walking around in sneakers with contrasting colors like purple & orange, in prints like florals, tribal, etc.

7. Funky Jackets

Who says winters are dull?? These guys make sure it is brighter and happier than summers or any other season with the quirky jackets with eccentric prints and patterns which reminded us of Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya with added colors !

Where people are almost in a competition to flaunt their gorgeous and sometimes over the top fashion sense, the feather in the cap is the expected arrival of Sonam Kapoor at JLF tomorrow. While everyone is wondering what has Sonam Kapoor got to add to this intellectual festival, the crowd tomorrow will say it all.
So are you ready to visit Jaipur Fashion Festival tomorrow?

So What’s New At #JLF2015 ? – Day 1

Thousands of people checked in at the beautiful Diggi Palace today to mark the beginning of five-day ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. Asia’s biggest literary festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine and attempts to bring the best of authors and thinkers from the South Asia and the world every January.

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Marked as the largest FREE literary festival on the earth, the Day 1 at JLF 2015 witnessed large number of people from all age groups paving their way to attend the ‘Key Note Address – The Poetic Imagination’ at the Front Lawns. Managing such huge crowd is not an easy task and to avoid any complications the organizers did make slight changes this year in the way registration process is carried out at JLF. People whether registered online or seeking an on spot registration need to go through a long queue before they finally step into the world of intellectual and literary discussions.

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Mr. Javed Akhtar, one of the renowned faces of our country and a regular attendee of JLF, charmed and enchanted the audience with his witty and insightful discussion on music during his session ‘Gaate Jaye Banjara: Film Songs- Urdu, Hindi, Hindustani’ and ended it with his beautiful ghazal ‘Main bhool jaun ab yahi munasib hai’ from the movie ‘Silsila’. 🙂 It was indeed a beautiful experience to listen to him.

Javed Akhtar at JLF 2015 clicked by  Jaipur Beat

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Some other highlights of the Day 1 at JLF were the sessions by Prasoon Joshi,  Devdutt Pattanaik, Naseeruddin Shah, Hanif Kureishi and many more. To serve the attendees and the guests, food was one of  the things that was taken care of very well. Various restaurants like Suryamahal, The Floating Leaf Cafe, The Fat Lullus, Puchka & Co., etc. were devotedly serving the people appetizing food at prices which were slightly higher than the actual. 😉 The book lovers were seen spending time at the Amazon Book Store while the not so book lovers were busy eating, talking and getting clicked. The Day 1 ended well but there is a lot more to catch up on literature, cinema, world and not to forget fashion. So stay Tuned for some more interesting updates!

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Note of Caution: Parking spaces have been provided by JLF near Maharaja college and Diggi Palace. But People driving their way to JLF by cars may face some issues. So you may park your cars near S.M.S. Medical College, walk a bit and save time! 🙂

26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

Studded with India’s most celebrated sites, Jaipur has a story of its own and the city is full of hidden treasures to be explored. A mere mention of the city Jaipur invokes various images of folklore and festivities, colours, traditions, captivating architecture and exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Here are a few among the plethora of reasons to why your next travel destination should be Jaipur.

1. Heritage Hotels

The havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana.

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Pic courtesy- Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

2. Jaivana Canon

Jaigarh fort, once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and Amer, houses the Jaivana cannon, the largest cannon in the world.
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  3. Step Well

The ‘Bawdi (बावड़ी)’, or step well, inside the Panna Mian ka Kund near Amer fort in Jaipur is absolutely transfixing . If there’s one word for this architectural wonder, it’s ‘mesmerizing’.

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4. Jantar Mantar

The biggest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar of Jaipur which has also been inscribed on the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”

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5. Daal Baati

A trip to Jaipur would be incomplete without laying your hands on the traditional cuisine and scrumptious, ‘Daal Baati’.

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6. Kundan Meena Jewelry

Kundan Meena jewelery is a symbol of beauty and royalty which was started by the skillful hands of Rajasthani craftsmen.The blend of two has created a new idiom of jewelry.

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Pic Courtesy : Birdhichand Ghanshymdas Jewellers

7. Jaipuri Quilts

Did you know that the pure-cotton Jaipuri razais (quilts) with beautiful block-prints and soothing colours are famous all-over the world? These quilts are one of the best hideout zones at homes during winters.

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8. Hawa Mahal

The beauty of this monument is that it lies midst the hustle-bustle of Old Jaipur, and yet it never fails to stand out for its architecture and history.

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9. Nahargarh

Have you ever paused and stared at the beauty of Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh? You will be left spellbound. 🙂

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10. Amber Fort

This magnificent fort built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble is a gemstone of Pink City.  No tourist would ever miss a chance to see and explore the architectural beauty of Amber Fort.

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11. Polo

Among the world’s most time-honored sports, Polo is not less than a religion in Rajasthan. For a game, that is as “Exclusive as Elusive”, Jaipur is one of the homes of polo, in Rajasthan.

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12. Lassi wala

What are summers without this thandi fresh lassi by the famous Lassiwala at M.I. Road in Jaipur ?

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13. Mojari

Put your foot down and brighten up your wardrobe with Jaipuri jutis.

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14. Lal Maas

The food in Rajasthan is no less alluring than its vibrant culture and traditions. Laal Maas which is one of the age-old culinary delight of Rajasthan, is generously spiced and doused with lots of garlic & yogurt to warm up the heart and soul.

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Pic Courtesy: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur

15. World Trade Park

Jaipur apart from being a tourist destination is surely an ideal place for shopping too. World Trade Park gives the brand conscious and the not so brand conscious people a great space to choose and shop from among the best and exclusive brands of the world.

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16. Birding

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? Jaipur offers a number of avenues to click and watch wildlife and landscapes in their pure un-bound habitats.

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17. Photography

Photography has given us the power to tell beautiful stories, inspire generations and bring a change into the world! Photographers, amateur or ace will never run out of subjects in Jaipur.

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18. Elephant Ride

Chal chal mere saathi, mere haathi ! Due to the growing love of tourists for Jaipur, elephant rides at Amber fort have been increased. Representing a royal statement of majesty, Elephants in Rajasthan with their mythical grandeur are an intrinsic part of our traditional culture.

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19. Witness Wall city

The hustle-bustle and architecture of the walled city of Jaipur should not be missed if you are on a trip to Jaipur. The narrow lanes within the walled city throw up plenty of visual treats.  A must visit for the shopaholic and the food lovers who like to explore every tit and bit of the local markets.

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20. Camel Safari

A tourist should never miss a chance to take a ride on the ship of the desert at any place in Rajasthan.

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21. Bhandhej & Leheriya Shopping

Bhandhej and Leheriya are the two most demanded prints by the locals and the tourists of Jaipur. These two remain on the top of every shoppers’ list,  in Jaipur.

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22. Galtaji Temple

Built in pink stone, Galtaji temple is a gorgeous spot and consists of a kund which is considered holy and thousands of pilgrims come every year especially on Makar Sakranti to bathe in it.

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23. Pyaaz Ki Kachori

Rajasthan is globally famous for its succulent fried snacks, and Rawat’s Pyaaz Kachori with a crisp, flaky and deep-fried crust; stuffed with a lightly caramelized and exceptionally seasoned onion filling is the signature dish from Jaipur!

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24. Ghewar

This disc shaped mava delight aka ‘Ghewar’ will conquer all your sweet cravings. 🙂
Best places for ghewar in Jaipur: Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, LMB, BMB, Gopi Mishtan Bhandar and many more in walled city.

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25. Chokhi Dhaani

Chokhi Dhani means ‘special village’ and this mock Rajasthani village resort, about 20 kms south of Jaipur, lives up to its name.  This is one place in Jaipur that tries to capture the cultural heritage and charm of Rajasthan and its village life.

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26. Jaipur Literature Festival

The largest FREE literary festival of Asia, the ZEE Jaipur literature festival brings together some greatest thinkers and  writers from across the world to come together and engage in intellectual debates and discussions in the beautiful capital of Rajasthan.

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8 Tips and Tricks for attending the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

We all have been waiting for the Zee Jaipur literature Festival 2015 eagerly as the festival promises to be extravagant and much bigger than ever this time, with the famous literary geniuses like A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Naseeruddin Shah, Shashi Tharoor and Vishal Bhardwaj attending the event. Moreover, around 2 lakh foot falls are anticipated this time during the festival which can surely make it overcrowded and confusing for those who are attending it for the very first time or those who don’t know the tips and tricks for attending the festival.

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1. Registration is the magical word-

Although the entry to the festival is free but the registration is required to be done beforehand as the festival remains crowded throughout the five days.

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  1. Map and program schedule is the lifeline-

It is very important that you carry a map or program schedule with yourself as the there are six different venues for the festival namely- BaithakChar BaghSamvaad, Front Lawns, Mughal Tent and the Durbar Hall. So don’t forget to grab a map and schedule of the festival as soon as you reach the information desk.

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  1. Stick by your watch-

The sessions at the different venues go on simultaneously with only 10 to 15 minutes gap between each session. The switching between the venues is not an easy task and seats at the sessions fill so quickly that it is hard to imagine. So we would recommend that leave for the next session 10 to 15 minute before the previous ends.

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  1. The festival is beyond literature-

A very important tip, the festival is not just about literature it has something to do with fashion too. 😉  So just make sure you layer yourself with the best over coat, boots, scarves and accessories for the much need fashionable update for the event.

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5. The Musical sessions-

This time the festival will be having two musical sessions, the morning one will take place at Diggi Palace and will be free of cost. The evening music sessions will be held at Clarks Amer and has a quite good line-up. The passes for each music session will cost INR 400 and do make sure that buy the tickets beforehand as they are sold out quite fast.

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6.Book-shopping –

The Full Circle is the official bookstore partner of the Jaipur literature festival and they retail at the Diggi Palace. So if you want to get your book personally signed by the authors, you need to buy book first and then get signed by the authors.

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7. Be at pleasure as a delegate- 

Although the festival is free but you have the option of registering as a delegate too. One can register as a delegate either for a day or for the entire festival. The delegate badge entitles you to lunch and dinner with featured speakers, sponsors, publishers, festival directors and access to the music stage.

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8. Walking down is the Mantra-

It is better to use the public transport or chauffeur driven cars to reach the venue, as the parking lot gets filled very quickly and the roads are even temporarily closed by the traffic department during the festival.So always be prepared to walk down to the venue.

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We really hope that these tips and tricks would help you to enjoy the festival and make the most of it. 🙂

Vegetarian Delight -Haldi Ki Sabzi

Most people use haldi everyday in dal-subzi but fewer are the fortunate souls who have enjoyed its sabzi. So we at Jaipur Beat decided to go on an unusual vegetarian delight which is also the poor man’s saffron, tasty and aromatic, of course auspicious too.

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Grated Haldi

Haldi or turmeric is a basic ingredient of Indian cooking but ‘Kachi Haldi Ki Sabzi’ is something special and cooked on special occasions in Rajasthan during winter season. Traditionally cooked with lots of ghee, this subji is typical to the Royal Rajasthani cuisine. This kachchi haldi ki subzi is easy to make and taste good.

So here is a short & simple recipe for Winter Delicacy-

 Ingredients for Turmeric curry recipe.

  • – 250 gms.
  • Peas – 1 cup.
  • Tomato – 4
  • Green chilli – 2-3
  • Ginger – 2 inch long piece
  • Curd – 400 gms. (2 cup)
  • Ghee – 150 gms. (2/3 cup)
  • Black pepper – 10
  • Cloves – 5
  • Cinnamon – 2 pieces.
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tea spoon.
  • Heeng – 2 pinch
  • Coriander powder – 2 tea spoon.
  • Aniseed powder – 1 tea spoon.
  • Salt – 1 tea spoon (according to the taste)
  • Coriander leaves – 1 table spoon (chopped)
  • Ingredients
  •  Wash the turmeric pieces, put them into water for 5 min. dry the water or wipe with a cloth, peel them and then grate them in a bowl.
  • Cut tomoto, chillies and ginger and make a paste. Keep this aside.Tomoato
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry grated turmeric till golden brown on low flame.
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    Fried Haldi

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  • Take out turmeric from the pan & fry peas in same ghee for 2 min.peasPeas in haldi
  • Take out peas & tamper with asafetida  (heeng) & cumin seeds (Zeera)
  • Once it get roasted add aniseed powder & coriander powder.
  • Put grinded black peppers, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon then add tomato, chili, ginger paste to roasted masala & cook till ghee starts to float at the top. Garam MAsala
  • Add whisked cud to the masala and bring it to boil. Keep stirring.
  • Once it starts boiling add tomato pieces to it. Once boiled add salt to taste.Dry Masala
  • Now add roasted turmeric & peas to the final gravy. Put the flame off.gravy 2
  • Garnish with coriander leaves & cover it for 10 min.
  • Winter special Kachi Haldi Ki sabzi is ready to serve.Final

Serve it with roti but it also tastes good with zeera rice.

As turmeric is quite dry and hot in nature so a good amount of ghee and curd should be added to balance the heat and dry nature of haldi.

This subzi should be taken in moderation like a pickle or chutney.

 Health Benefit-

  1. Good source of antioxidant
  2. helps the patients of arthritis
  3. lower the risks of brain diseases, cancer and heart diseases.
  4. Antiseptic in nature

Take Care-

  1. As haldi has a prominent color better use kitchen gloves so as to avoid your hands and nails becoming yellow
  2. Use only glassware or steel ware, as on melamine yellow stain will be difficult to remove.
  3. If your Kitchen platform is light in color better spread old news paper before starting preparation for the dish
  4. If there are  stains of haldi on tiles better clean it immediately
  5. Do not leave utensils to be washed later as the chances of stains will be greater in that case.

9 Priceless Little Things You Love To Do In Winters

They make you shiver, they make you sick, but like every cloud comes with a silver lining, winters come with little moments which make it worth to experience this season !

1. Touching someone’s face with cold hands

And watch their annoyed face after that 😉

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2. Taking someone’s ‘hot seat’

The one they had been sitting in for quite long :p

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3. Stretching your sweater sleeves to cover your hands and hold them tight in your fist

Despite your mom telling you that this will make the elastic loose.

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4. Standing under the hot water shower

And struggling to actually turn the tap off and step in the cold world again !

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5. Spotting someone with a hoodie and ruining their hair

That’s your favorite way to irritate your siblings especially 😉

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6. Wrapping your hands around a hot cup of tea/coffee

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7. Breathe on the mirror to make it go foggy (And then drawing on it)

In the bathroom, bedroom, car windows, you love to do this !

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8. Wearing your boyfriend’s jacket

Call it cheesy or Filmy, you secretly await the moment when he offers you his jacket.

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9. Tucking your feet under the blanket after a long day

No shoes, no warmers and no heaters can compete the feeling of tucking your freezing feet inside your comfortable blanket at the EOD.

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*Pics via Google and Pinterest.