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Green Tea Benefits: A Health Wonder

All tea lovers, here is some good news for you! Your favorite drink can help you boost health. Studies have found that green tea helps reduce several types of cancer and lower heart disease risk. A native of China, green tea benefits are aplenty, helping promote good health. Unlike coffee, green tea offers lesser doses of caffeine and is thus a more beneficial alternative to the former.Green tea belongs to the Camellia Sinensis plant genus, very much like oolong tea and black tea.





The Green Tea- Antioxidant Connection
Green tea is widely popular for its antioxidants, found in a group of polyphenols known as ‘catechins’ - which are seen as beneficial in preventing cellular damage that results in cancer. Green tea is enriched with catechins due to its processing. The processing involves heating the leaves for a brief period before drying them, which clears the enzymes that are otherwise responsible for breaking down of the catechins, thus protecting its potent antioxidant property.

Reduc…

Sachin Tendulkar Retires With A Heavy Heart; Conferred With BharatRatna

His life has been all about the 22 yards ."I knew never ever in my life I would get to do that again. And that is where my life started and those 22 yards gave me everything. It's like a temple for me. I wanted to say thank you to cricket. I just thanked cricket for everything that I got in my life," were Sachin Tendulkar's words after he made a decision to quit the game after 24 years when he smashed records and made new ones. His glorious cricket career is history now, and other cricket players have too many records to chase! Will they ever be able to break Sachin's records? I doubt!


Cricketing world will always remember the era of Tendulkar that began on November 15, 1989 and came to a halt on November 16, 2013.

The day has finally arrived when Sachin bids adieu to international cricket. Sachin's farewell match, as expected, saw Sachin and crores of his fans in an emotional state. Dedicating his success to his coach Ramakant Archrekar, father Ramesh, brot…

#I Am Malala- Chapter 1: The Birth of Malala

Continued from I Am Malala

This chapter talks through the birth of a girl child in the house of Ziauddin Yousufzai of Swat. A girl was born in a village where celebrations mark the birth of a male child, while daughters are merely meant to remain hidden behind curtain. The only thing expected of girls in the village is to serve the family with food and bear children. But this girl was different. How? Let's see.

The birth of Malala makes the atmosphere somewhat tense, but the girl's father is ecstatic. He thanks Allah for gifting him the biggest gift of his life.

Malala's father fell in love with his daughter at first sight and did not remorse even for a moment the birth of a girl child. Telling his cousin about his emotional bonding with his infant daughter and inviting friends and relatives to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Ziauddin said that there was something different about his child. He named the girl Malala after the Malalai of Maiwand - the most popular name …

Malala To Be Conferred With Nobel Peace Prize: The Story of Malala

She envisioned the dream of women liberation in the streets of Swat (Pakistan) when she was shot, but now her dream has transformed into a more zealous fight for the rights of women. After she was successful in defeating death, she has emerged stronger and decided to challenge the Taliban more vociferously. Strong, courageous, and bold, Malala Yousufzai has become a sworn enemy for the Taliban and the torchbearer of women rights in Islam.

Malala has been nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her active role against Taliban. The Pakistani child rights activist has become the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The Nobel committee has lauded her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people."

Paying tribute to Malala, Thorbjorn Jagland, Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman, says "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can …

Health Benefits of Cloves

Benefits of cloves have been known for ages. Most of us know clove for its aromatic properties, but do you know this dried flower bud of clove tree works magic on health? Yes, research proves that clove is a beneficial herb that can help fight you several health problems. Grown in tropical climates of India and Sri Lanka, clove belongs to the dry-warm group to which belongs another medicinal and aromatic herb - cinnamon (I will write about cinnamon soon).  Personally, we use clove in tea. In my family, it is primarily known for its benefits in fighting cold.

The most popular use of clove is in cuisines world over as a spice and a lesser common use is as food preservative. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, clove is a great natural product for health.

Great for teeth
One of the most common benefits of clove is for toothache. As clove works as an antiseptic, clove oil may be applied to the gum to relieve tooth ache. You may even apply the whole clove on the aching side between the te…

Water Benefits for Health

Water benefits health immensely. No matter how much water you drink everyday, this write-up promises to motivate you to drink plenty more for good health. Here I must emphasize that I am talking about normal drinking water or calorie free beverages, and not coffee, tea, alcohol, juice, or even cold water. Water forms a major part of your body, or if you say that 60% of your body is water won't be wrong. So the question arises: how much water should you drink?

Do not forget to check the dangers of drinking cold water here.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Choose MyPlate, your thirst should decide your intake of water! Though water is a crucial nutrient, everyone’s needs are different, depending on various factors, including age, level of physical activity, and diet. Most of us get enough water from the foods and beverages we consume during the day. MSU Extension recommends an increased intake of water if you are an older adult or physically active or work …

Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe vera benefits health in numerous ways. Let's see how?

An incredibly beneficial plant, aloe vera has plenty of benefits for all of us to enjoy. Whether you seek long, beautiful hair or glowing skin, aloe vera has it all to help you realize your health goals. A part of the lily family, aloe vera belongs to the family of garlic and onion and offers innumerable benefits.

Also known as the plant of immortality, aloe Vera plant is enriched with over 200 active components, which include enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, polysaccharide, and is thus used for a range of remedies. Since it is rich in vitamins and minerals, this miraculous plant offers all the benefits that you would expect from these minerals. Interestingly, aloe is one of the few plants that contains B12 vitamin.

Improves Digestion
Aloe vera is rich in nutrient compounds that help in healing, hydrating, and replenishing the skin when used externally. When consumed as a drink, aloe may have similar b…

How To Make Coconut Oil at Home; Health Benefits

Coconut oil benefits are aplenty. If you can make coconut oil at home, nothing better than that!

Here you will learn not only benefits of coconut oil, but also how to make homemade coconut oil.


I was never an admirer of coconut unless I realized how beneficial it was for overall health. There was a time I would not touch coconut and hated its very taste.



Now, times have changed and I am experimenting with coconut in the kitchen ever since I came across the umpteen coconut benefits.

In fact, every single part of coconut can be put to use. There are plenty of coconut oil uses that will leave you surprised. 

When processing coconut oil at home, you will first get homemade coconut milk, which makes a great flavoring agent for most south Indian recipes.

Coconut oil is the most versatile of all other types of oil -used in infant food, nutritional formulas for patients, food preparation, skin problem remedy, among others.  

It has plenty of health benefits, but should be used in moderation, as exce…
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Authentic South Indian Recipes

Authentic South Indian Recipes
If you love south Indian food, do not leave without checking this page. Dedicated to Chitra Balachander, a south Indian homemaker, the page is all about taking a journey into her south Indian kitchen. Travel with me to her kitchen to savor traditional south Indian food.

North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.