Monday 24 October 2016

Shubh Deepawali Giveaway

The month began with a bang of Navratri - dandiya, garba and Maa Durga's bhakti.A month full of festivity.I love this time because its full of dance, drama and lights.Everyone's heart is full of cheer,hope and festivity.

We clean our home.Make it ready to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.It is said that Maa Lakshmi blesses those homes which are clean and pure."Purity" has always been emphasized on this occasion.Pure ghee is used for lighting the diyas in this festival of lights.The prasad is made with pure ghee to offer to Lord Ganesha and Maa Lakshmi.

I use only Organic India Ghee as its the purest.Organic Ghee is made with 100% organic butter from grass-fed cows on small family farms in India. Silky smooth and luscious.Ghee is made by simmering butter over low heat and removing the milk solids as they form. The result is a delicious, creamy spread great for baking, sauteing and frying and is One of the Best Desi Ghee Brands in India.

On this wonderful occasion I offer my blog readers an opportunity to win this "Organic India" Ghee.

Its very simple just share your diwali wishes with us and get this superb prize in the giveaway.
last date 3rd Nov 2016
One winner will be selected by Random Draw.

You can also purchase it online here

Wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous Shubh Deepawali.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

chhote kadam initiative for the Heart

Age is just a number.Yet there is no age for heart problems. Whether you are 50 or 15 the most important thing is to prevent and manage heart diseases. It is also true that as we grow up and begin to get old so does our body. Have we not wondered so many times that only if we could reverse this aging process, get healthier and younger? It looks like we can get healthier and another very good news on the health front is the fact our heart can get up to 50% healthier but only if...
No I would not ask you to do anything drastic, follow the exercise and diet  regime of a beauty queen or a Mr Universe depending on your gender.
All I am referring to are #ChhoteKadam or baby steps that would yield a rich dividend and make your heart up to 50% healthier
#ChhoteKadam No 1:  Anger and stress only harms your health and heart. So the #ChhoteKadam #1 is that we remain happy.

Happiness is a state of mind and just by remaining happy you can do yourself a big favor.
The easiest way to be happy is to tell yourself that being happy is good for me and getting stressed is bad.This talking to oneself is like a self therapy.
Pick up a hobby and try to do things that make you happy. It could be to learn how to cook a new dish or play a musical instrument or sing. Stay stress free as far as possible.

So what if you are only a bathroom singer as long as you feel good about singing the #ChhoteKadam are leading you towards the right direction.

#ChhoteKadam #2 Lead an Active Lifestyle

Active lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart. An active lifestyle is a stress buster in itself. You could Set a goal to walk 30 minutes every day or learn how to swim.
You could begin to do Yoga and meditation which helps to relax.
Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health along with helping you to look and feel great.
Start small, Keep realistic goals.
Keep ten minute sessions throughout the day and build up from there.

Make exercise part of your daily routine. The best way is to make an activity diary to help monitor your progress and success. If you miss a day, don't worry - just make sure you start again the next day. Everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day. Use the stairs instead of the escalators. Do some stretches when watching TV.
Involve friends and family to make activities more fun, sociable and enjoyable. Go jogging with a friend and support and motivate each other, take the children swimming or join an exercise class. By varying your activities, you are less likely to get bored and lose interest. Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you walk each day. It's easy to use. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you are ready to take a step in the right direction, so you can push yourself to go that bit further next time you exercise.
You could walk your children to school and back every day, take the dog for a walk or find a local park and go walking with a friend.

#ChhoteKadam #3 Eating Better 

A balanced diet and eating at regular intervals without skipping meals helps us to cope with stress.

Healthy diet reduces the risk of developing coronary heart diseases and stops the weight gain process. It helps to lower the cholesterol level and even if one has heart problems a healthy diet benefits the heart. For balanced diet eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Take plenty of starched foods such as rice and potatoes. Some milk & dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans for proteins.
Choose food that is lower in fat, salt and sugar. Cut down on foods containing trans fats. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your hearts health. Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol causes abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to your heart muscle and other diseases such as stroke, liver problems and some types of cancers.

Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. To cope with stress many of us over indulge in smoking, drinking too much alcohol and over eating. All of these increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Watch your weight and remain positive
Remember & Practice these simple and #ChhoteKadam Daily and continue moving towards a heart that is upto 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

For Heart's Sake

Do I take care of my Home?
Do I take care of my family?
Yes of course !!!
Do I take care of my heart?
hmmmmmmm Probably Not !!!

So what does it take to take care of your heart? Here is my step by step guide that is super, simple to be followed and if done right can improve the heath of your heart to upto 50%
Step 1 Following a healthy diet is the first step or #ChhoteKadam towards a healthier hearth.
Eat healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, poultry, fish and nuts. Avoid red meat, as well as sugary and processed foods. Avoid foods high in sodium. Eating a healthy diet is not about good foods and bad foods in isolation from the rest of your diet – it’s about the overall diet. Protein and high fiber are important components of a healthy snack. Try vegetables and hummus, a fruit salad, a hand-full of almonds or even oatmeal with cinnamon and apples ahead of a big meal or event to avoid over-eating unhealthy foods. With the right diet we are get the right energy to take on the world.
Step 2. Stay Active
Staying physically active is important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
We all often forget to take care of our heart and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to prevent heart disease. If one thinks taking medicines are enough to prevent a heart attack or heart problems then the answer is a big NO. The real preventive measure is changes in our lifestyle.
Yes we can reduces the risk of heart diseases by 80 % with good lifestyle.
Habits influence how we live our lives. Habits also help shape every aspect of our lives.
To stay Healthy
Quit smoking if you smoke
Do consistent exercise
Regular physical activity has many benefits such as helping you to quit smoking,
Be aware of your right weight based on your height.. Lose weight if you are overweight, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol.
Doing aerobic exercise, using the large muscles of the legs and arms on most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes. This helps the heart work more efficiently. Do physical activities to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. This also helps you stay agile as you age.
An active lifestyle involving physical activity is essential for proper digestion of food and burning of calories otherwise it simply gets deposited as fat in various parts of our body and leads to heart related complications.
Step 3 The third simple step to get a healthy heart is to Stay Happy
Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. Constant or continuous stress can be harmful to your heart's health. Plan your days ahead of time so you can assess everything you need to do and also the things that you have to drop off the list so you can reduce your stress. You can do things that can help you stay positive and happy. Read a book or magazine, take a long bath, cook something you love—whatever makes you happy. Taking time for yourself can help you minimize stress and increase your positive feelings.
Following these three #ChhoteKadam is My mantra to take care of my heart and help it get up to 50% healthier.
“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

Sunday 28 August 2016

Time will Tell

I had applied for becoming an apprentice in an archaeological team that was to go on an expedition to Egypt. I got a mail that I was on the wait list. Well it did not mean anything as being on a wait list means nothing if you are not selected for the trip.
Being an archaeologist and going on an expedition has been a dream for me as my great grand uncle was an archaeologist who did extensive study in the pyramids of Egypt.
I grew up listening to the stories of his expeditions and my most prized possession has been an old metal medallion that was one of his finds and now I wore it as a good luck charm and it constantly reminded me of my dream of becoming an archaeologist.
If I got selected as an apprentice in an archaeological team it would mean I would get two way fare to Egypt, food and lodging in a tent and there would be no money paid to me. Working long hours from dawn to dusk and doing back breaking work would be part of the deal.
Despite all this hard work there was a long list of people eager to take this trip.
Each day I was checking the fares from India to Cairo numerous times and with each passing day the fares were going up and the possibility of getting selecting were going down.
With only 7 day left for the trip I got a call that I was to be part of the trip. I had to rush to get the VISA formalities completed.
On the designated day I took the flight to Cairo and headed straight towards the expedition site. It was a very arduous ride in a Landrover . The temperature outside must me 43 or 44 degree Centigrade but in a dry sandy desert terrain with not a glade of grass for shade it was unbearable.  It was quite a test for a first day.  Beyond a point the roads seemed to disappear and the Landrover carrying us was moving on sand.
A mild sand storm welcomed us and as a guard against the sand we were advised to cover our mouth and nose with wet pieces of cloth to keep out the sand.
Next day the work on the site began for me. As I was the junior most member my job was to run errands and do the documentation of the findings of the day.
On Day 2 we witnessed a severe sand storm and there was no way we could go back to our base camp so we decided to take shelter in the ruins of a pyramids nearby.
It was quite an experience. We took refuge in the pyramid that was still to be documented fully. However we were not the only inhabitants here. Some of our team members tried to move the stones so that they could light up a bonfire. The moment they did so they found a group of black poisonous scorpions resting there that had taken refuge from the sweltering heat.
I was curious to explore the pyramid on my own and started exploring.
The pyramid had a number of chambers each leading to an inner chamber through a narrow pathway.
I tried to follow the path that seemed to take me to the inner Sanctum of the structure. I found myself in a large chamber carved out of stone. Light was filtering into the chamber through orifices in the stone structure that were carved out for the purpose. Having no further path to go I decided to turn back. It is then that I saw a number of stones with markings and a number of stones were lying loose nearby.
I began to examine the symbols and they seemed to convey a message. In a lot of these pyramids there are hidden paths and chambers that lead you to some other location and these messages are like maps to be followed.
I figured out most of the pieces despite being a novice but there was still a crucial piece missing. Then I saw a stone tablet lying covered in dust. I cleaned it to find the same symbol present on it that was present on my medallion. I pulled out my medallion and reconfirmed this fact. On the reverse of my medallion was a sequence of symbols.
I thought of arranging the stone tablets in the described sequence. As I put in the last stone tablet in its slot. I heard the sound of gushing of water and moving of stones. Before I could realize what was happening I was swept away and the water carried me to quite a distance. It was quite a topsy turvy ride and I lost consciousness and when I came back to my senses I found myself in an ancient temple.
It had large boulders suspended in midair. I assumed that there was some kind of a magnetic field present here. To confirm my theory I took off my iron ring and tossed it in the direction of the floating boulders. The ring got stuck to the stones confirming my theory.
I moved on and at the end of the passage I found a wooden steering wheel the kind one would find on an ancient ship. There were markings on the stone slab next to it and I tried to rotate it to match the symbols. The moment all the symbols matched there was the sound of a click and I felt a strange vibration.
The vibration kept getting stronger and soon it was unbearable and I felt as if I was losing consciousness. It was like a state of trance and I could see my whole life playing out in front of my eyes like a film. It played to the point where I enter the pyramid and then it shows me the way to the secret most chambers of the pyramid and I unearth a hidden treasure then I also got a vision of my teammates falling ill and dying without any medication. This pained me a lot and in this treasure room was also a chest with herbs and graphically depicting what herb is for what disease. More than the treasure that was inanimate I had found a real treasure of medicines that could save the lives of my fellow teammates if the need arose. I clasped the small medicine chest close to myself and then a gush of water pushed me out of the pyramid.
When I gained consciousness I was lying on dry sand but I was still drenched to the core and I was still clasping the medicine chest as if my life depended on it. I hid it beneath my jacket to conceal it. When I rejoined my group my group mates laughed at me finding me looking disheveled and soaking wet but I could not possibly share my experience with anyone. I had been in such a strong magnetic field that my experience could have been a delusion but what about the medicine chest It was real and not a delusion.
That very night when the storm settled I tried to see if I could find the way looking at the stars. To confirm the direction I pulled out my compass and it was pointing in the opposite direction. I borrowed a colleagues compass and his compass showed the correct direction. My faulty compass at least proved the point that I had indeed witnessed the magnetic field that had reversed the north and the south pole of my compass.
My experience was a  delusion or a vision time would tell.

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Friday 19 August 2016

Monsoon Wellness Hamper Giveaway

I love monsoons.After the hot scorching heat the rainy season is always welcomed by one and all. It is my favorite amongst all four seasons. Sawan is enjoyed by one and all.Plants and trees grow green and refresh our mind and body.
Many festivals are enjoyed with great enthusiasm in this period.Rainy season has both advantages and disadvantages.Roads and playgrounds get filled with water.It also increases the chances of infectious
diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid and other digestive system disorders.Now the question arises as to how do we enjoy this marvelous weather without getting ill.
One has to strengthen the immune system.
For that I have 3 products with me which strengthen our immune system and fight with the causes that get us ill.

1 Organic Chyawanprash

It has 46 powerful organic ingredients which strengthens our immune system naturally.
- It nourishes our brain cells.
- Enhance memory power.
- Increase retention and recall
- Supports healthy heart function
- Improves digestion
- Improves absorption of nutrients
- Helps in cough and  asthma.
- Promotes glowing skin complexion
- Helps purify blood
- Acts against the aging process and maintain youthfulness.
- Promotes hair growth and helps absorption of calcium resulting in strong bones and teeth.
- Has Anti-stress adaptogen (rasayana)
- Boost immunomodulatory activity and restores functional immunity in response to defense mechanism
- Helps in maintaining physique, vigor and vitality

A spoonful of Organic Chyawanprash has so many benefits.The best part is its yummy, soothing to the tongue and kids loves the taste and its very helpful in the growth of children.

And if you are wondering whats the secret ingredients well its no more a secret just check this out
Powerful Organic Ingredients

Sanskrit Name
Botanical Name

Amalaki (dry)
Phyllanthus emblica/ emblica officinale
Vitis vinifera
Eletteria cardamomum
Piper longum
Cinnamomum Tamala
Cinnamomum Zeylanicium
Terminalia chebula
Tinospora cordifolia
Eletteria cardamomum
Aegle marmelos
Premna spp
Oroxylum indicum
Gemelina arborea
Stereospermum coalis
Desmodium gangaticum
Pseudarthria viscida
Vigna radiata
Vigna mungo
Tribulus terrestris
Solanum indicum
Solanum xanthocarpum
Ipomea maurtiana/Pueraria Tuberosa
Kempfreria galanga
Cyprus rotundus
Boerhavia diffusa
Meda/ Satavari
Asperagus racemoses
Ipomea maurtiana/Pueraria Tuberosa
Piper longum
Adhathoda vasika
Martynia annua
Nymphea stellata
Aquillaria agallocha
Kempfreria galanga
Bala Sidda
cordifolia/ Sidda rombifolia
Holostemma adakodien/ Laptedenia reticulata
Curculigo orchioides
Santalum album
Withania somnifera
Phyllauthus amarus/ Niruri
Bambusa bambus
Kesara (N O)
Mesua ferrea
Sugarcane juice concentrate (Jaggery)
Cow's ghee
Tila Taila
Sesamum indicum

I only prefer Organic Chyawanprash because
1.    It is made from pure, potent organic herbs and wild forest fruits
2.    It contains only wildcrafted forest Amla fruit pulp, with no seeds
3.    It is naturally sweetened with gur and organic raw honey
4.    Each spoonful gives 46 nourishing, antioxidant rich herbs & foods
5.    As per original Ayurvedic recipe using Organic Ghee & Sesame Oil
6.    Enhances bioavailability of nutrients and phytochemical assimilation
7.    Acts as a systemic tonic, clearing congestivity (ama)
8.    Strengthens the immune system response
9.    Supports digestive, heart, brain and liver function
10.  Rejuvenates cells: from the skin & hair to the bones & muscles

Organic Chyawanprash is recommended for all ages.

This is so tasty that kids love it as a spread on wholesome breads or crackers, this can be added to smoothies, or as a healthy snack just eaten right out of the jar with a spoon or stirred into a warm glass of milk.

One interesting fact about Organic Chyawanprash is it has sesame oil.Sesame is a bona fide superfood as it is a potent healing herb as well as a very nourishing food and it adds rich, thick, smooth, inviting texture to the Chyawanprash.According to mythology the original Chyawanaprash was created by the physicians of the Gods to ensure the youthfulness and longevity of the great sage Chyawana.It can be used daily as a systemic tonic that improves general wellness and vitality,increasing the longevity and the quality of life.

We have only one life so lets live it to the fullest.
Order your Organic Chyawanprash now online

2 Organic Wheat Grass Powder

World’s first Multi Vitamin and Super Food. It is an excellent  Energy and Immunity Booster supplement.

It contains
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Folic acid
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Calcium
- Iron
- Chlorophyll

All these nutrients are available in their natural forms and Naturally Acceptable to the Body.It is the most
easiest daily nutrition.

It is made by safely dehydrating very tender shoots of wheat.

Organic Wheat Grass helps restore healthy alkalinity levels, supports your immune system and the normal
detoxification process, healthy energy levels and promotes overall well being.

Easy to consume just mix 1 tsp of Wheat Grass powder into 1 cup of water or juice or buttermilk or your favorite beverage.
This is also a great base for making a variety of smoothies by adding fresh fruits, vegetables, green herbs and spices.

One can add crushed nuts or flax seeds to add to the taste.
Wheat grass consumption goes way back to some 5,000 years.One ounce of wheatgrass contains 120 calories, 8 grams of dietary fiber, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A, 93% of the RDA of vitamin C, 356% of the RDA of iron, and 12% of the RDA of calcium. It also contains 8 grams of protein.Wheat grass is overflowing with vitamins, amino acids, liver enzymes, and chlorophyll. It contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It also bears more vitamin A and C than oranges and carrots and is rich in vitamins E, K, and B.

Wheat grass is 70% chlorophyll.This makes the wheat grass so powerful.
Chlorophyll reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odor, and prevents cancer.

Wheat grass should always be consumed on an empty stomach or with other fruits and vegetables. It should never be consumed after a meal, otherwise it will make you feel nauseated.

Young children, pregnant women, and elders should consult their doctors before adding wheat grass to their diets.

Some incredible and wonderful benefits

- Treat Skin Diseases
- Lose Weight
- Reduce Food Cravings
- Detox Your Cells
- Improve Immunity
- Stimulate Circulation
- Improve Digestion
- Treat Arthritis
- Reduce Fatigue
- Get Rid of Body Odor
- Treat Skin Wounds
- Prevent Tooth Decay
- Cleanse the Liver
- Treat Sunburn
- Stabilize Lipid Levels
- Clear Sinus Congestion
- Get Rid of Acne
- Prevent Cancer
- Fight the Common Cold
- Treat a Hangover
- Improve the Mood
- De-Stress
- Fight Depression
- Improve the Appearance of Nails
- Ease Menstrual Pains
- Combat Inflammation
- Get Rid of Bad Breath
- Neutralize Infections
- Repair Damaged DNA
- Improve Your Exercise Regimen
- Slow Down Aging
- Fight Radiation
- Refine and Renew Bodily Tissues
- Flush Drugs out of the System
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
- A better functioning brain
- Balance Your Diet
- Improve Oral Health
- Clean the Bowel (enema style)
- Heal Skin Irritation
- Get Rid of Dandruff
- Enjoy a Better Douche
- Improve Your Sex Life
- Eliminate Heavy Metals from the Body
- Diversify Your Gluten-Free Diet
- Boost Energy
- Increase Fertility
- Improve and Create a More Discernible Palate
- Reduce Appearance of Scars

Order your Wheat Grass Powder now online

3 Tulsi Mulethi tea bags

My doctor friend always recommends Mulethi for a sore throat.Now this Organic Tulsi Mulethi tea bags are the best and easiest way to keep my throat in check being a Stress Relieving & Vitalizing Tea with great aroma and taste.

Order your Tulsi Mulethi tea bags now online

Now one of you have a wonderful chance get this spectacular Monsoon Wellness Hamper. Its very easy.
share this giveaway link on your Facebook page.tag your friends and let me know as a comment below.Through a random draw one of you can win this hamper
Hurry offer valid from 20th aug to 25th aug 2016