March 2020

Jenga: The Blocks Game

Jenga is a blocks game marketed by Hasbro. The origin of the name is from the Swahili word Kujenga which means simply “to build“. The structures are made by adding the blocks till it becomes unstable. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The game was created by english woman Leslie Scott. Scott was born in Tanganyika and spoke both English and Swahili. The family moved to Ghana in West Africa. The game was… Read More »Jenga: The Blocks Game

Nightmares !!

A Nightmare is the terrible dream like inability to run from a dangerous situation, losing your or gadgets or a bad time in a person’s life. But it has nothing to do with Mare. Although Sigmund Freud considered as the father of modern psychology described the dreams as the awakening of the subconscious mind and fulfillment of the unfulfilled desires. Coming to the origin of the word, it consists of two words fused together. Night and Mare. Mare is derived from middle English word  Mare which meant a “female evil spirit thought to lie upon and suffocate sleepers’. This had… Read More »Nightmares !!

Goji Berries

Goji, goji berry, or wolfberry, are popular as super fruit for dieting celebrities. Like many other fruits which are considered as super, claims by sellers are surrounded in controversies. It has become popular since 2000. It was mainly produced in China and exported to the other countries. It is native to Asia and have been long used in traditional Asian cuisine. To add as a proof of its magical properties is the story of a chinese man named  Li Qing Yuen, who was said to have consumed wolfberries daily, lived to the age of 256 years (1677–1933) some say 190 years. This claim… Read More »Goji Berries

Love Handles!!!

The term “Love Handles” refer to the extra flab around the belly. Health conscious people try to cut this to look slim and healthy. There are many explanations for the use of this term. Young unmarried people are very conscious of their figure because they think that looking slim is attractive. But after they are married, their competition ends and happy couples gorge more food leading to obesity. The term was popularised by actress Debbie Reynolds. Although she was not fat, her mother was. His father liked her mother as such. She said in an interview “My mother is—well—rather plump,… Read More »Love Handles!!!

Lazy Susan

According to Wikipedia, A lazy Susan is a turntable (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in distributing food. Lazy Susans may be made from a variety of materials but are usually glass, wood, or plastic. Simple interpretation is that the lady at home must be very lazy and didn’t like to move around serving the food going from one chair to another. So this was invented to avoid this. Eaters could rotate it to scoop out the food. During earlier times, it was also called a Dumbwaiter. Both Dumb and Lazy parts have almost similar connotations. But where from the… Read More »Lazy Susan

Baker’s Dozen

Everyone knows that a dozen contains 12 items. But a baker’s dozen consists of 13 items. Baker adds 1 extra loaf to the bread. Perhaps the tradition continues from a law in medieval England. The law “The Assize of Bread and Ale”, passed in the reign of Henry III, regulated the price, weight and quality of bread. Any baker found overcharging customers was subject to harsh punishments, including fines, jail and beatings. Since at that time bakers simply used loaves instead of scales for weight, they had to ensure they gave enough bread for the cost, so chose to add… Read More »Baker’s Dozen

Spiritual importance of Coconut

Coconut is a miraculous fruit. The water loaded with minerals and micronutrients is so refreshing. It is a life saver as it hydrates the dehydrated body. It gives nourishment without side effects. This magical water is enclosed inside the shell, which is so tough to open, if one doesn’t have the proper tools can frustrate you. Here you have the food but still it is so far away. It teaches that one has to toil in order to achieve the success. As the fruit matures a layer of fat begins depositing on the inner wall of the shell. Quantity of… Read More »Spiritual importance of Coconut

Happy to See So Many of them….

They are called Nature’s scavengers. They eat putrid flesh and thus prevent many diseases. But the carcasses they used to clean had done them in since a few years back. The cattles were given declofenac , a medicine for fever and even if a fraction was retained in the flesh of animal, its flesh was like a poison for the vultures. So their number began dwindling, so much so that they became endangered species. In India, i remember of my childhood village days, there was a place outside every village where dead cattle were thrown. Vultures would descend on it… Read More »Happy to See So Many of them….

Rastafarians

Remember Bob Marley with a special hairdo. He was called a Rasta because he practiced Rastafarian religion which began in Jamaica in 1930. Most followers were poor people of African descent brought by the British in West Indies as labours. It is both a religion and a social movement. They were oppressed and it was a reaction to this oppression. Rastafarians believe that their God is Jah who is in fact Haile Sellassie, the king of Ethiopia. They believe that Christ was black. The religion is not strictly religion but a way of life. It says that in every living… Read More »Rastafarians

Wholesome Rice!!

Rice is the staple diet of majority of world’s population. Asian people mostly eat rice with vegetables and lentils. Annapurna is the Hindu god of rice. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word for rice, “anna”. She is often depicted with a rice spoon in her hand. What is the rice? It’s white part is the carbohydrates: precursor of sugar of the energy. The colour of rice comes from its outer shell or ‘bran’ which holds much of its nutritional value. It’s the bran or the coating which contains minerals and other micronutrients. When rice is processed (milled) much of… Read More »Wholesome Rice!!