About the ‘Caring Hands Initiative’ by ICICI Lombard
As a part of the companies CSR Activity, ICICI Lombard has started the ‘Caring Hands Initiative’. So, what is this initiative all about? And how does it benefit society?
Caring Hands Campaign is an initiative launched by ICICI Lombard that aims at providing preventive healthcare services to underprivileged children. The uniqueness is that the company engages their own employees as volunteers in this project and they happily do their bit for this remarkable service. The initiative has been launched in 2011 and since then it has been a catalyst in affecting the lives of 1, 76,000 children in more than 300 schools across the country!
For this initiative, equipment and ophthalmologists are arranged by the employees and they successfully conduct eye check-up camps every year one day in December, which is now earmarked as the Caring Hands Day at ICICI Lombard. The most encouraging and rewarding aspect of this initiative is that the employees whole-heartedly participate in the activity for the underprivileged children. Approximately 50 percent of employees volunteer for this activity every year which is an overwhelming response and, the support indeed is remarkable.
I recently visited two schools in Worli which were run by the government for the financially weaker sections of the society to witness the CSR initiative by ICICI Lombard. The Adarsh School and Jan Skishan Sansthan accepted ICICI Lombard’s request and the eye-vision camps were conducted for all the children from standard 5th – 8th. Seeing this amazing CSR activity, I was pleasantly surprised how dedicatedly the ICICI Lombard employees worked. A group of employees volunteered for this praiseworthy initiative. The children were given certificates and even gifts for participating in the initiative. They were encouraged to participate and take interest in the eye care program by making them aware about its importance.
The activity included conducting an eye check-up for children of 9-13 years in schools. It has been seen over the years that children from underprivileged sections are not been provided with proper eye care. Appropriate care was not taken for these kids and not even basic spectacles were available to them. During the activity, it was clear that many children had poor vision. A significant percentage of underprivileged children suffering from poor vision were given appropriate guidance. The volunteers who conducted the camps identified several cases of poor vision caused due to delayed diagnosis and parental ignorance and provided these children with corrective lenses.
Caring Hands has grown tremendously over the years. From 11,000 children in the first year, i.e., 2011, the number of children touched through the programme grew to 36,217 in FY2018. The eye spectacles have been recommended to 5582 kids across 105 locations at 288 camps. ICICI Lombard has screened over 2, 00,000 underprivileged children and distributed 25,000 spectacles to these kids so far.
This makes me immensely proud to share about this unique initiative with all you readers. I am glad to witness the betterment of the children myself. Having correct lenses and improved vision at the right age is essential. ICICI Lombard is doing a great job for underprivileged children with this activity. Mostly, eye care is something which is neglected until it is too late. However, proper care and treatment are vital else there can be tremendous hazardous effects.
#CaringHands is an initiative which is a need of the hour for these children who are the future of our country. I completely support and encourage Caring Hands by ICICI Lombard for helping young minds to have a clear vision. This is a wonderful step towards growth and development for the children.
Everyone of us must have experienced this situation at least once in our life when we are extremely bored and clearly don’t know what to do. Majority of us waste that precious free time watching television, refreshing our social media accounts or choose the best and easiest option of giving up everything and sleeping. Most of us don’t know that what we do in our free time can actually have a very big impact on our life and help us in improving our performance in the professional world as well. We have made this process easy for you by listing down some cool and fun stuff that you can do when you have a lot of spare time. Below are some amazing hobby ideas for women. So the next time when you are lying down and thinking of something to do, consider these life changing habits that will cost you absolutely nothing but will add tons of value to your life.
Become a designer
Yes, that’s true. You can become a designer in your free time and the best part is you don’t need a fashion designing course for that. There are a lot of DIY Clothing hacks videos on the youtube that you can try or make your own clothing hacks. This is one of the best hobby ideas for women which will give you a whole new wardrobe without spending a lot on new clothes by reusing your old and boring clothes in a new way.
Pen down your thoughts
Everyone has a creative side. You might not know what hidden gem you have inside you.If you are a person with a lot of spare time and can do wonders with your words then this hobby is for you. You can start your own blog where you can pen down your random thoughts or you can write a novel or maybe some short stories or even poetry. Writing helps in relieving stress and also enhances creativity, imagination and focus. Today blogging is best way to start your journey for Mompreneurship.
Learn a new language
Learning is a life long process and knowledge is never ending. So it is better to learn something new instead of sitting idle and wasting your valuable free time. You can always learn a new foreign language. Having knowledge of other foreign languages helps you in your personal as well as professional life and another plus point here is that learning a new language is so engaging that it helps you to recover from stress and also maintains your mental health.
Show your photography skills
Yes, we know you are a great photographer but you’re just hiding your talent. Do not limit yourself to your selfies. Go outside explore the world and start capturing each and every beautiful moment. Photography has a number of options; wildlife, nature, food and what not. This hobby of yours will give you a lot of beautiful and sweet memories. So, grab your DSLR or your phone and get on thejourney for capturing the perfect moment. Photography is the best hobby ideas for women as it is mostly not time bounded .
Try food styling
You love cooking. Right?Lets do something more than just cooking and serving. You have a hidden chef inside you. So next time when you get extremely bored try something with food styling. Decorate your food with colors, designs and patterns. Yes you heard that right you can show your creative side to decorate cakes, cookies, salads etc. and the best part is that these colors, designs and patterns are delicious as well. Food styling is inborn hobby ideas for women in some cases, like my mom she never serves food without decorating it. She believes that food is eaten by eyes first and then nose and then mouth. And people who dont use 5 senses while eating are not eating consciously.
Play with colors
Bring out the child in you and play with colors. Painting as a hobby can give you a lot of self satisfaction and help in bringing out your feelings on a paper soaked in different colors. In your free time you can paint your heart out or maybe join a painting class to excel in this field. You can also create amazing art pieces to decorate your house or make some extra cash by selling them! Painting is also destressing in some cases where women can express their feelings thru their paintings..so far the most destressing hobby ideas for women.
Bring out the musician in you
We all love music, Music brings out your expression and helps in connecting with yourself. If we talk about the best hobby ideas for women then learning a musical instrument can make a good use of your free time. And who knows? You might be the next Hendrix!
Make your own garden
Once in your life you must have dreamt of having your garden with lots of flowers, fruits and trees. But due to shortage of space it seems impossible. Gardening is the hobby which helps us to connect with nature and the good news for you is that you can have a small garden in you flat or apartment. All of us have heard about terrace gardening. Whenever you have ample of free time give it your small terrace garden and in return it will give you flowers and fruits which will add to the beauty of your home. My mom does this as she feels satisfied when she gets fruits and vegetables from her own plants. And she flaunts her plants and grown fruits on her watssapp group.
Volunteering and helping others
This hobby idea for women is well suited for people who always want to give something to others. You can volunteer in different organisations which work towards providing helping hands to the needy. There are a number of options, if you’re in love with animals you can join an aninal shelter as a volunteer or you can helpin raising funds for charity or you can also help by donating food, clothes etc.in an orphanage or an old age home.
Collecting is the best hobby idea for women that can grow you into a more observant and disciplined person. It is a fun task to collect things of same type. First of all you have to decide what you want to start collecting. There a huge number of options available for people who are interested in collecting antiques. You can make your own library by collecting different books or you can make a stamp book full of different stamps or you can collect pebbles, precious stones, art works and a lot of other things. Pick anything of your choice and start collecting and flaunt your collection in front of your family and friends.
Not only this, there are a number of other hobbies which can help you connect with yourself and will help you make efficient use of your precious free time. Go down in the comment section, tell us what is your favorite hobby and what you find the most interesting in the above list to try out next time when you are free or if you have any other hobby ideas for women.
Kerala is witnessing the worst nature’s call with enormous and dreadful pouring of water from everywhere which resulted in disastrous floods. Almost it has been a week, be it a newspaper, news channel or social media all are inundated with images and posts of the furious floods of Kerala. At present the condition of Kerala is very bad, everywhere you will find people battling with rising waters, risk of bridge crash and shortage of basic necessities like food, medicines and shelter. Kerala Floods have now become the Most dangerous natural calamities of nation.
Kerala : the place close to my heart
You must have seen my blogs on #GoKerala which was God’s own country in real sense. But why then God showed his anger on his own state. I don’t want to argue with God right now but I want you people to help people and donate in any way you can. The best is CM fund or state fund. I donated through NGO, paytm and Amazon as i felt safe and scam less. But be aware of such scammer as your help may not reach the needy. I believe if you can really help, nothing like it. I have my close friends staying there and they have arrived at their Mumbai home and trying to help from Mumbai so that it reaches the people who are in actual need. Today’s (23/8/18) newspaper had every information needed to donate through right agency and hence I thought to share with you .
The flood situation is something that can happen to anyone. Who can understand this better than a Mumbaikar, who themselves has experienced the consequences of dreadful floods during 26th July. Thinking about that day when the entire Mumbai was drowning in water, it gives a goose bump even today. This flood is 10 times more than Mumbai flood. I know when I didn’t see my dad for three days in flood. I can imagine the pain people must be going through while searching for their kins. Because of disastrous rain, Kerala till now have experienced the loss of more than 8k ,crore rupees and lives of several people, which is increasing with the passing days, the death-toll in this flood hit state has reached to more than 350 people. Since, Kerala is a tourist place and has very beautiful and pleasant weather during Monsoons, it is said many foreigners and tourists people have also been trapped at many places. So, at several places of Kerala, relief camps have been organized to help people and also to remove them from danger. More than 60,000 people are leaving in the relief camps, from that about 40,000 are at Wayanand. A total of about 53,501 people have been shifted to 439 relief camps. The worst affected areas of Kerala are Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kochi, Alappuzha and Wayanand, etc.
Looking at the condition of Kerala, the Chief minister of Kerala Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The water level of several dams in Kerala has increased, crossing all the danger levels, especially the Idukki dam. So, they were forced to release those Dam water”. He also said they are trying their level best to help the flood affected people in all possible ways and are also asking helping hands from all the other states. He also undertook a aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Idukki and Wayanand, said Kerala was in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc and calamities, which in turn has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. He announced a compensation of Rs 10Lakh to the people who lost their homes and land and Rs 4Lakh compensation to those who lost their lives in the floods.
Hearing about the incidents on the News channel and also reading about them in the Newspaper gives a goosebumps. I just imagine how much the people in Kerala must be suffering, seeing all their valuables, land, home, their relatives, etc flowing along with the disastrous flow of water in front of their eyes and they can do nothing, just can cry out for help or can blame the nature and God. 2 fisherman were drowned on last Saturday, when their boat capsized off Tiruvandrum, while in another incident the bodies of a mother and daughter were found in a waterlogged area behind their house at Kuttanad in the Alappuzha districts, this are the few incidents which came in limelight, there are many such incidents of flood victims who lost their lives and properties which are unknown to us. If you see on news channel you will find people especially the kids and old people crying out in pain for help and asking for food and medicines like beggars. Many rich and sophisticated people have come on footpath, their condition has worsened to such an extreme extent that even you will find tears rolling out of your eyes if you see them.
Although the red alert has been lifted from 12 districts of Kerala but still the water level has not significantly decrease in these areas. Various government agencies are carrying out the rescue operations and also preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases. Both the Centre as well as State governments are coming forward to save the God’s own Country. Although the rain has subsided now in the several parts of Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, many districts are still inundated, where injured and affected people are waiting for rescue boats and helicopters. Many residents who had moved to the terrace or the other floors of their buildings have raised alarm for help because of their deteriorating health.
How other states and nation are helping Kerala floods affected people
The Maharashtra state government has also given a hand of support with around 7Lakh litres of water in the wagons for the flood victims in Kerala. Each wagon contains around 50,000 litres of water. Even from Bollywood many Filmstars have come forward to help Kerala financially. UAE also offered a financial assistance of rs.700Crore. HAM radio operators are helping in rescue operations in flood devastated Kerala by tracing stranded people through their last cell phone location and then sharing that information with officials and army people. Also, over a dozen of FMCG firms, including ITC, Coco Cola, Pepsi and Hindustan Unilever have announced to supply water bottles, medicines, food and other necessity items to flood-hit areas in Kerala. Maruti Suzuki India said, they will donate a rupees of 3 Crore for Kerala Relief Work.
It has been witnessed that people from all over the country are providing helping hands in all possible ways. A Kerala based Mumbaikar Mr. Karthik Murali has created a group of 20 friends and created packages and cartoons of necessary things, for Kerala flood victims. Likewise many people, firms, organizations etc, depending on their capacity have taken initiative and are doing their best to help Kerala flood victims.
It is also said Rail and road traffic services have been restored in most of places in Kerala and many people returned to their places safely but many of them found their electrical appliances and furniture completely ruined. Also, at some places of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts the incidents of snake bites have been noted. In flood affected areas of Kerala, around 32,000 people have been rescued and 3500 people have received medical help by the armed forces. Knowing, about such a critical condition of Kerala and of the people staying there, we can try to help in all possible ways and should pray God to help them come out of this dreadful condition.
PS : KERALA STATE HAS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART AND THAT MADE ME #blogforKerala. Kerala Tourism has always done best to give tourist new experience every time you visit but today they are experiencing the worst. Lets help Kerala to rise again and live like before. Together we can.
In philosophy, happiness word is derived from Greek concept of eudaimonia, which means good life, or flourishing life. Happiness to me means a smiling face of my daughter in front of my eyes daily morning . It is that thing when you see parents gave a big smile on your achievement.
Happiness comes from ?
Happiness is something which comes from within. It’s a state of mind, for you it may be happiness, but for some one may not be. For me happiness is to travel ,travel not as solo but with family. Travel has been always my most important part of life and most of happiness or emotions comes when I am travelling with my daughter. Happiness is having one coconut water from using three straws together as a family. Or when I see my angel enjoying the experiences and adventurous ride and comes out as a achiever.
watching a baby smiling for the first time .
meeting an Indian in a foreign country.
meeting your old school friend after a long time with your kids.
eating mom made food after 5 years when you come from foreign country.
being a reason for some one smile .
watching old couple supporting each other, where they know that they might leave each other after sometime, but still want to help and spend good times with each other.
Whenever I see my daughter helping other kids in garden and behave maturely at age of 5.6 years, I feel proud on my parenting. Happiness is not something to find ,it’s exist within you, it lies with in you, and you need to excavate it from deep layers of sadness.
It is very important to be happy to live a good life but unfortunately, happiness has disappeared from the lives of most people. As many people have different ideas of happiness. Some people find happiness in money, Some people in love and some people feel happiness in others happiness, as they know they are reason behind happiness. Some people feel happy and satisfied when money, name and fame is prospering and they are doing good in career.
According to some recent studies, some habits attract happiness. And in order to keep it up, here are few of tips to be always happy.
1. Be satisfied
2. Stay in the present
3. Be positive
4. Bring positive thinking
5. Be with people with positive thinking.
I hope this post made you smile and helped you to understand what is happiness. so guys smile…….. 😉
This post is written as a part of the “Happiness blog train” presented byBlogsikka and Momsmethods and sponsored by “Nayasa”. Nayasa has come up with a new range of bottles. This range of bottles are insulated, they maintain the liquid’s temperature inside the bottle either hot or cold. The new designs are practical and aesthetic. From holding in palms to the cap, everything is designed carefully.
I would like to introduce you to amazing health blogger and my friend Sabeeka from MomsMethods) which is a destination for articles on adopting a healthy lifestyle using natural remedies. She believes – “Nature is bountiful and provides easy ways to heal and maintain a healthy lifestyle and momsmethods helps bring these to their readers.” Please read her take on happiness on her blog which is the next destination for this train. And I also welcome all my fellow blogger who are boarding this train.
How much water is essential in our life, that other google will clarify your doubt, but my moto is to save water from the daily chores. We waste water without having the sense of how we waste water in gallons
Here are the following ways we waste water on daily basis to Save water
1) while serving water to anybody at our home generally we serve full glass, and they don’ drink. So I suggest you guys what ever the water left over just collect into a bucket and use that for other purposes like using in washing utensils, or putting in plants etc. Or else share using a bottle instead of transferring in to glass. You can drink water from above. 2) when ever we use water for utensils make sure you fill two buckets and wash them, instead under a flowing water. Also throw this water in to your plants. 3) Make sure your all taps are tightly closed so that not even a drop is get wasted or I would suggest that keep bucket down so that you can collect as much water as possible. 4)Try to close tap while doing brush, you can save good gallons of water 5) Try to use quick shower in two minutes while bathing instead of filling that 50-100 liter bucket, this will help to save water. Dont shampoo your hair daily, twice a week is enough. 6) Use wipes outside when you travel so that you are hydrated and dont waste much of water in keeping your self hydrated from outside. 7) Wash car only twice a week or try to clean it with just a wet cloth with minimum water.
8) If you use washing machine for clothes then use it twice a week when you have collected enough clothes for washing.
9) Don’t waste blank paper because each paper is made from trees and to make one paper 10 gallons of water is used.
10) In summer try and drink more water than wasting on any other form so as to save water and share water.
*These are the few daily chores you can do at home Now I will suggest you to save water outside and on festivals Water is an essential component of our life and its importance get high during festivals, weddings etc. What I did was I attended a marriage in Rajasthan where I saw everybody is enjoying and as it was grand wedding there were a good amount of crowd over there, as everybody knows Rajasthan is hot state where water is utmost importance. But on wedding season no body cares about so I saw many small bottles were lying there and nobody was using it, they were about to throw all those bottle, so what I did was I collected all bottle and there was a construction happening near by so I took all bottles and distribute among themselves.
Do watch video that i shared on mu community that people should save and share water
As everybody always says to use less water during holi festival, I would say to go on beaches just play with only water, it saves two thing, your skin and wastage of water. In hotels people use tank and tanks of water, there should be strict law of using water in hotels. Water drop is the most precious diamond of our life with which our life gets shine, so take care of it and keep it as you are saving your diamond in your lockers.
The #CuttingPaani initiative by Livpure is all about being water wise and making aware of the concept of use only the amount of water which is needed. #IndiChange,
Fair man, sitting under the tree, with a black hat and long jacket, playing a soft music on his violin. A passersby journo looked at him sharply and found as Mr George, the richest man of the city, sitting quietly with out any security…
He calmly asked “sir, if I’m not wrong, are you the owner of X brand”. He replied softly by nodding his head.
Journo asked him again, may I know why are you sitting here?
Mr George replied ” Holding a seat near this tree so that when I die I get a shade of this tree, which is grown on my mom’s cemetery. She was the one who took me in her arms for the first time and I want her to hold me again for the last time when I die”.
Journo had no words to speak after that. He walks away with deep thoughts.
Not long ago, a friend of mine experienced major bodily changes post pregnancy – weight gain, fatigue, hair loss and mood swings. Very easily these were attributed to Post Pregnancy effects. After a suggestion from her relative, she underwent a Thyroid Test. The test results turned out to be positive for Thyroid Disorder. Today, regular medication is bringing her thyroid imbalance under control. She got lucky with early detection. If given a thought, how many such people are present out there, completely ignorant of these signals their body must be giving and merely attributing it other more prevalent causes. 1 out of 10 Indians have thyroid disorder but over 70% of India’s population stay unaware, hence undiagnosed.
Common reasons for ignoring thyroid symptoms:
1) Most people think it’s hereditary, hence can’t affect them 2) Probably it’s the sedentary lifestyle giving weight gain 3) I am crossing 30 so anyways hormones are changing 4) It’s just a minor weight gain, why should I go for test A more prevalent symptom is thyroweight – weight gain with tiredness. Even though the most common one, this too gets easily ignored for its generic nature.
Celeb Talk – Taking Initiatives and Spreading Awareness
We all follow Bollywood irrespective of the genres we love, we all do sometimes look up to these Bollywood Celebrities. When Deepika Padukone upfront spoke about her struggle when she went through Depression, we all took Depression seriously. On the occasion of the Thyroid awareness month, an awareness campaign was organized, where Dr. Shehla Shaikh, who is a leading Endocrinologist with 25 years of experience and associated with major Hospitals like Saifee, Wockhardt threw light on interesting facts around Thyroid disorder.
Also supporting the cause was well-known Bollywood celebrity Juhi Chawla. She shared her experience on Thyroid disorder and how to overcome it. She said, “Thyroid disorder is not something you cannot treat, just get a test done and if found positive, consult your doctor and start your pills as prescribed.” She also shared example of her husband who is a thyroid patient, and leading a healthy life by following a simple medication. The panel discussion led to one conclusion that women who majorly suffer from thyroid disorder, tend to ignore themselves, so Juhi added, “Be a bit selfish, and take care of yourself first and #RuleOutThyroweight”. These examples might have motivated you definitely. So how about you getting yourself and the loved ones around you checked if these symptoms persist.
Types of Thyroid Disorder:
Thyroid disorder can be classified into two types:
Hyperthyroidism – It is a condition in which thyroid gland becomes overactive leading to excess thyroid hormone production. Hypothyroidism – It is a condition in which thyroid gland becomes underactive leading to less thyroid hormone production
Hypothyroidism is a far more common disorder than Hyperthyroidism: Unexplained weight gain Lethargy Tiredness Fatigue Constipation Memory Loss Slow heart rate Weakness, nervousness, anxiety Dry hair, hair loss Change in menstrual cycles Irritability, mood swings, etc.
If hypothyroidism is not treated timely or is not taken seriously can lead to cardiovascular and neurological disorders. For more information please visit http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/ To conclude.. Let’s be more cognizant of the physical and mental changes happening within and around us and come together to #ruleoutthyroweight
Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.’
Women are the real architects of society. – Harriet Beecher Stow
Women’s day celebration
Women’s day is nearing and we all are getting ready to get empowered for the day, I really don’t understand why do we need only a day to show the love and respect for women on 8 th March only, where will 364 days go, don’t we eat food daily In-fact twice a day, right? Then why the world celebrates international women’s day on particular date. As a human being, only two formation is available by God majorly, men and women, then why we need to say this is women’s day and this is men’s day. So other days are meant for whom?? Any answer?? Funny bones are tickling in my mind now. I think in India women are still considered as inferior part of human being and hence exaggerated so much to celebrate on women’s day. But to my knowledge women’s day should be celebrated everyday.
So to celebrate women’s day daily I am introducing to you this Women’s day to my inspiration who is Dr Hemangi sane. I believe that Inspiration is always around us, you have to open your eyes to search around and get something into your life each day.
Inspiration is a motivation to reach your goal. Since my sister is homeopathic doctor but she does the job in Neurogen hospital which is specifically for stem cell therapy under Dr hemangi sane. My sister introduced to me to her and after taking her interview, my goosebumps became active…
She is a inspirational women, a doctor, a fighter and true inspiration. You must be thinking doctors are always inspiration for somebody but she is not only a doctor who treats the patient. She is a one who gives hope to an ending life.
She was 27 when she completed her MD in medicine in US. She achieved her goal in life and about to begin a new era in her life.
But life is full up and downs, surprises and shocks too. For her this time it was a shock when she started feeling week day by day. She went to the best doctors in US and the diagnosis she got was a terrible shock and she suffered from a disease Called Motor neuron disorder (MND/ALS). The disease whose other name is incurable. She was heartbroken, lost all hope and tired of running around doctors to hear that ” no it is not MND/ALS” but the fact is fact. But the will she had to live life without giving up made the God change his destiny. She came to her hometown India. Where she tried all kind of treatment available medical or nonmedical just to fight against the God’s decision.
Finally she was towards her way to reach the ray of hope.
She met a person who was enormously genius Dr Alok Sharma Neurosurgeon researching under Stem cell therapy.
With all lost hope she took treatment with no loss no profit benefits and to just fight against all odd and fact that she will be no more within few years.
But she is a true fighter and that made Stem cells work for her. She is not improved but she is living her life since more than 10 years. She started working with Dr Alok Sharma as a motivational speaker and then she joined as Head of medical officer and now she is also Head of research and development team. Not only she fight for herself but she is founder of Asha ek hope foundation where she is helping other mnd patient and try to change their life and give new hope of rays.
For me she is a true inspiration and a fighter and give a message of never giving up in life even if you are taking your last breath.
I salute such women who fight for long and reach the Everest with a broad smile in their face. This Women’s day I wish to see such more women’s of our nation who has shown such tremendous fighting powers to defeat death.
This post is a part of blog train!!
I would love to thank Jhilmil Bhansali for giving me an opportunity and glad to be a part of A day to Celebrate Womanhood Blog Train. Further, I would thank amrit kaur for mentioning and linking me through her blog. She has written a beautiful post covering her views on gifts for women’s day. Further, I am handing over this blog train to gurjeet chabbra – A Mother of two kids. She is an amazing lady, who loves to share her amazing thoughts and advice on parenting as well make new recipes.
This post has been written as a part of the #AlexaTheIncredible campaign hosted by #womenbloggerwb”
Celebrate Holi festival with homemade organic Colors in 2018
Holi festival is called as a festival of colors; it signifies the good over evil. People all over India celebrate this festival with great fun and joy. Holi festival is celebrated by burning woods as a bonfire in front of our house, which is related to burning of Holika, also called as Holika dahan. This was a historical event in hindu culture and tradition. On the very next day of Holi which is called as Dulhendi, people celebrate by smearing each other with Colors especially Gulaal and also splashes colored water and water balloons at each other. This festival is celebrated in the remembrance of fun Krishna used to have playing Holi with the gopis at Gokul. Although I enjoy the splash of colors and this colorful festival but I am always scared of the chemicals used in the colors. The Holi colors available in the market are very harmful and are made up of harsh chemicals, most of them are made up of oxidized metals and industrial dyes which can cause serious health and skin issues. However, this should not discourage any of us from celebrating such a fun-filled festival and should not restrict us sitting at home instead to be more protective and alert I suggest people to opt for Non Toxic, organic and natural Homemade Holi Colors. Many stores now offer natural colors but you can also make them at Home. Here are some of the Eco friendly, natural and Herbal Homemade Holi Powder recipe’s which are very safe for everyone including kids.
One of the basic methods of creating Holi color powder is mixing any flour (maida or wheat) with food colors, but even food colors do have chemicals nowadays so it is better to opt for natural one. Check out how you can make good organic holi colors at home.
Red Color signifies sensuality and purity. In India, red color signifies a lot of things like it is the most preferred color for marriages and birth of child, even Women wear’s a Red bindi/tilak during festivals and ceremonies. You can use Red SandalWood Powder or Raktachandan as a red Holi color powder. Also, you can mix dry rose petals powder with corn flour to make red color and also Red Hibiscus flower dried in the shade can be used in the powder form. To get the Wet Red Color you can add water to above powder till it gets into a uniform solution. Best way to get easiest red colour is to make beetroot juice plus cornflour paste ,dry it under sun and then powder it to get fresh color.
Green Color signifies life and happiness. To make a natural Green Holi Color Powder mix an equal quantity of pure Henna Powder with flour. To make wet Green color take fresh neem leaves and boil them in water, allow the mixture to cool and remove the excess water then dilute the remaining mixture as per requirement. To make in excessive quantities take all green leaves from garden and paste it and dry it under sun ,after drying just crush the paste with your hand and get uniform powder.
Yellow Color signifies knowledge and learning. To make Yellow Holi Color Powder mix two part of turmeric powder with four parts of besan flour. For a water based color, boil Marigold flowers along with the pomegranate peels in water.
Blue Color signifies bravery and determination. To make natural Blue Holi Color Powder dry and powder the Neeli gulmohar or Jacaranda flower which blossoms in summer. For water based Blue Color crush blueberries and soak it in water.
Brown Color can be used as substitute to Black Color since many consider black color as inauspicious. To make natural Brown Holi Color Powder, mix 1 part of Henna Powder with 4 parts of Amla Powder.
6. Black color-
Though not considered auspicious for festival, This is easiest to make as it helps to purify your skin . yes i am talking about charcaol powder, its harmless and purify and clean your skin.
TIps: Since most of natural colors are made using fresh vegetables and flowers, so they easily get spoiled. To keep them stay keep them in refrigerator or use then fresh. Each person or infant is different, before applying color, always do a patch test.
If we a citizen of India understands the ill-effect of synthetic colors and use organic colors, we will not only ensure a safe celebration for our friends and relatives but also will feel happy to have contributed for well-being of environment too.
For Nature Pixel Organic and Natural Holi Colors made by Disabled people you can call/whatsapp 9910208007 or can write at [email protected]. It contains a pack of 3 colors each of 100gm for rs.260. The colors are made naturally by disabled people and the flowers they use are collected from the temple.
Holi is the festival of celebration and relishing food. Different communities in India celebrate Holi by preparing different Holi special food. The most popular and loved by all is Thandai with addition of Bhaang. North Indians prepare Shakarpara’s and gujjias while Maharashtrians make puran poli and Gujaratis make sweets like kheer, basundi and Halwa. Here present few Holi special dishes for Holi festival. Do read my blog on makar sankranti special recipes.
Apple Coconut Kheer for Holi festival
1 peeled and grated apple
½ cup grated coconut
1 and ½ cup milk
½ cup condensed milk
1 tsp ghee
Few dry fruits for garnishing
Heat the ghee in a pan and then add grated apple in it. Stir it until the apple part becomes semi-dry. Turn off the flame and allow it cool on room temperature. In another pan keep the milk on boil till it reduces ¾ of its volume. During this process stir sometimes in between and then add condensed milk. Allow it to boil for few more minutes and taste the sweetness if required then either sugar or condensed milk. Add the dry fruits. Mix well and cook for few more minutes. Turn off the flame and take the prepared rabri in a bowl and allow it to cool on room temperature. Then add the cooked apple. Mix it well and keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled.
Tip: With the normal apple kheer I have added a twist by using coconut which not only increases the taste of the dish but also have anti-viral, anti- bacterial properties in it. It’s great for hair and for skin. This dish is highly nutritious with vitamins and minerals in it.
2. Sugarcane Juice Kanji Wada-
Sugarcane juice 250ml
Asafoetida (hing) ¼ tsp
Red chilli 1/4tsp
Mustard seeds 2 tsp
Soaked urad dal 1/4cup
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
Mix entire sugarcane with the considered water. Then add salt, hing, mustard seeds and red chilli powder one by one and stir it properly. Keep this ready kanji (drink) one side for 2 to 3 days when it becomes sour. After 3 days when the kanji becomes ready then we will fry and add wada to the kanji (drink). To make the wada’s, blend the soaked dal in a grinder by adding few water while grinding. When the mixture gets grind completely, whisk it and then from this batter make the wada and put them in the heating oil. While making the wada the batter should not be very thick else the wada’s will not be soft. Fry the wada’s in the boiling oil and then mix them in the ready Kanji. Serve it cool.
Tip: Normally Kanji wada are made using water but to give extra taste and energy I have used sugarcane juice. Sugarcane juice Kanji wada is a unique combination of sweet and sour taste. It works as a great appetizer. If you don’t like sweet kanji wada you can use water in place of sugarcane juice. Be careful to keep the kanji in clean place, otherwise it may get contaminated.
2 tbsp Thandai Masala (available in market or can be made at home)
2tsp china grass in powdered form(optional)
1 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup whipped cream
Few drops lemon juice
In a small pan add milk and china grass powder and ½ cup of water. Heat the pan and keep stirring the ingredients on medium flame. Allow the mixture to boil. Once the china grass starts dissolving add sugar and stir it properly. Now add the Thandai masala, and while adding stir it continuously. Allow the mixture to boil on slow flame till it starts thickening. One the mixture gets thickening sieve the entire mixture into a bowl (u will find undissolved particles of china grass left). Now take the strained mixture into a steel bowl and then keep it on a vessel containing ice cubes till the mixture gets cool completely. After that whisk the mixture thoroughly avoiding any lumps to form and then add whipped cream and lemon juice and whisk it properly. Take the ready Thandai Mousse in serving glasses and allow it to deep freeze for few hours before serving.
Tip: Thandai is very rich and healthy drink since is rich in dryfruits especially almonds and pistachios. Thandai Mousse is an Indian festive twist to classic western dessert mousse. It is a complete nutritious delight. Bhaang can be added to Thandai for intoxicating effect.
1 cup soaked chana dal
2 cup basmati rice
3-4 chopped green chillies
Few curry leaves
Few garlic chopped (optional)
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric
1/3 cup water
Chopped coriander leaves
1 medium chopped onion(optional)
Soak rice and daal for 4-5 hours. Grind chillies and garlic together. Make the paste of daal and rice mixture but it should not be very fine. Mix all the ingredients well. Heat oil in a pan then take a round spoon which you use for dosa. With the help of that spoon release the batter gently one by one. Allow it to fry golden brown from both the sides. Serve it hot.
Tip: This dish is originated at Bihar and Jharkhand. It is best served with aloo curry and green chutney. It tastes crunchy and is can be mild sweet if you add sugar to it.
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Wo. ETOP 10 WOMEN ENTERPRENEURS OF INDIA TO FOLLOW ON WOMEN’S DAY
“Little Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision” is a true saying, if you have dreams and a determination to fulfill it, you will definitely achieve success in life. We all have a Wonder Woman inside us, the only thing is we ourselves have to pull it out, Women’s just have to know, their Strength lies in what and then should give 100% to cultivate it. So let’s get motivated on this women’s day.
As Women, We Must Stand Up For Ourselves. As Women We Must Stand Up For Each Other. As Women, We Must Stand Up For Justice Of All. Believe in yourself so strongly that the world can’t help but will have to believe in you.
Around the World, today Women have more Power than ever before. Gone are the days when Women were considered no match for all-powerful men in this world. Whether it is Film industry or in the field of Sports, be it in the field of medicines or in Research field everywhere Women’s have proved themselves as better than Men’s. Men still dominate decision making but still we have found an ample of growth in the number of Women in several sectors like in Parliaments and Cabinets, formal employment and education or in judiciary and police force, you will hardly find any sector where you get the absence of Female as a member. But still Women in public life are often subject to sexism and prejudice.
Woman achiever is one who can build a castle with the bricks other has thrown at her. India too has its own pool of bold and fearless Women who have achieved a benchmark not only in India but also overseas. Here I am going to list about such great and Successful Women’s, who with their Hard work and Dedication have achieved such a great heights in their life. So, here is the list of Top 10 Women Entrepreneur of India to follow on this women’s day.
1. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw :
She is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited. Biocon was started in 1978 and started its evolution from an industrial enzymes manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company. Under the leadership of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Biocon is a leader player in Biomedicine Research.
2. Chanda Kochhar :
Chanda Kochhar is the MD and CEO of India’s largest private bank ICICI Bank. She is widely known for her role in shaping Retail Banking in India. She was awarded with the Padma Bhushan one of the India’s largest Civilian honor for her pioneering work in the financial sector and effective leadership during financial crisis and supportive business practices.
3. Naina Lal Kidwai :
Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian Woman to graduate from Harvard Business School. She is an Indian Banker, Chartered Accountant and Business Executive. She was also the first Woman to guide functioning of Foreign Bank in India. She was listed among the world’s top 50 Corporate Women from 2000 to 2003 by Fortune Magazine. She is one of the most successful and famous Indian Business Woman of today.
4. Ekta Kapoor :
Ekta Kapoor is a daughter of famous actor Jeetendra and is sister of bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor. She is JMD and creative director of Balaji Telefilms. She has created a name and fame for herself in TV serials and film production. She bagged the Hall of Fame award for her contribution in the entertainment world at 6th Indian Telly Awards 2006. At present she is researching her hands in the sector of web series and is achieving success in that too. She has been termed as the most successful Women of the entertainment world.
5. Indra Nooyi :
Indra Nooyi is the current Chairman and CFO of the second largest food and beverage business PepsiCo. In the beginning of her career she held manger positions at Johnson and Johnson and the textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named as president and CFO in 2001.
6. Neelam Dhawan :
Neelam Dhawan is an iconic figure in Indian IT Industry. She is an inspiration for Women’s working in IT industry. She stepped her leg in IT world in early 1980’s when there was handful of Women in his industry. She is said to be a Woman with ‘never-say-die’ spirit.
7. Priya Paul :
Priya Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wellesley College, USA and is an Indian Business Woman. She entered her family Business and is currently the Chairperson of Park Hotels. She has been conferred with Padma Shri award by the Government of India on 26th January 2012. Priya has also opened a new branch of hotels called Zone by the park and is a 4 star branch of Hotels.
8. Ritu Kumar :
Ritu Kumar is one of the renowned women in the field of Indian Fashion Industry. She has carved a niche or herself in designing a variety of wardrobe’s including Indian wear, Formal Evening Wear, Traditional Wear, Swimwear etc. She has also designed the costumes of three Miss India winning pageants. She was awarded with Padma Shri by the Government of India in the year 2013.
9. Shahnaz Hussian :
Shahnaz Hussain is a well known name in the Herbal Cosmetic Industry in India. She has introduced number of herbal products and is CEO of Shahnaz Herbals Inc. Currently; her group has over 400 franchise clinics over the world covering over approximately 138 countries. In 2006, she was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
10. Indu Jain:
Indu Jain is known by many different titles such as humanist, spiritualist, entrepreneur and an educationalist but she is most prominent and best chairman of Times Group. In January 2016 she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. She is the perfect picture of the successful Indian Woman Enterpreneur.
Women’s like these are a true inspiration for all the other Women who strive hard to achieve great heights in their life. Considering them as your role model, each one of us can be there where they are today. All we need to have is complete faith in ourselves and will power to achieve our goals. International Women’s day is celebrated on 8th March every year.
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