SpOOns OF FITNESS

Being healthy is something all of us are yearning for, but what does that actually signify?

Universally, our health takes into account our physical, mental and emotional healthiness. People nowadays are health conscious now they understand good health is above all wealth. A healthy body has an active balanced mind which gives a prevalent feeling of well-being. The body remains strong physically as well as mentally.

“WOW! What an amazing body.”

How’d you do it? Are you on DIET? This is the biggest question you ask whenever you see someone loses weight so I have decided to share my weight loss mission with you all.

The journey that I have endured what I do and what I eat in a day I will be sharing in my articles in parts. Things that I have described are experienced by me and I thought to share this with you all so that many of you can get benefits out of it as nowadays obesity has ripened as a big problem.

“DIET” a word which gives goosebumps, isn’t it?

A crash diet is really not advisable as in a long run you can’t stick to it, after attaining your goal when you stop dieting again your weight will bounce back, so a diet should be what?

I have discovered that changing your lifestyle and eating healthy with regular exercises and yoga will help you in your weight loss journey. Doing this you can maintain your fitness and control your weight after achieving your weight loss target. So let’s enter into a new phase of life with better habits. It’s all about dedication, commitment and determination towards a positive approach towards life.

I started my weight loss journey to get back in shape and envisioned my senses, I googled many YouTube videos and articles to initiate my mission and it still on, as my motto is now to stay fit, stay healthy and in today’s world it is the most important thing so do not compromise.

I got influenced by many videos some were from dietician Rujuta Diwekar her videos are awesome can be followed easily and genuinely it solved my queries and helped me in my mission.

Her book Don’t lose your mind lose your weight is worth reading.

You have gained weight in years so don’t lose hope when you don’t see any quick results. Stay focused and motivated. Nothing happens overnight, with consistent efforts you will get good results. Work hard and cohere to it, fasten to your schedule, gradually you will see the outcomes.

To lose weight and to lose weight in a way that it never bounces back what you have to do? What lifestyle to be embraced? The first way is to build good habits, by which your health will improve and when your health is adorned, your weight will automatically lose. When you acquire good habits you accomplish endurably, an irreversible or a permanent weight. Your skin will not slacken, your immunity will boost up, overall life refines. So the things which are necessary to be followed:-

1. Daily workouts, yoga,10,000 steps of walking

These things should be entailed in your daily routine which is the most crucial thing and without omitting you should include this in your training. Exercise at least 30 minutes in a day or 120 minutes a week. Do exercises which comprise core strengths stability and stamina. This will boost your immunity and your body metabolism process which is needed for weight loss. I personally do yoga for weight loss from Patanjali Yogpeeth. Which really gave superb results in 3 months.Which I will be sharing in my next articles.

Sit less, move more be active for every 30 minutes of sitting, stand at least for 3 minutes.

2. Start eating healthy. Don’t start your day with a cup of tea or coffee.

Regulate your tea or coffee consumption. Better to stop drinking this.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) consists of acetic acid. 1 tablespoon of ACV contains 3 calories and no carbs.

Having 1 or 2 tablespoons of ACV with a glass of water first thing in the morning helps to burn belly fat.ACV contains potassium along with amino acids and antioxidants that promote health.

It has many benefits -:

1. Manages blood sugar level

2. Decrease insulin level

3. Improves metabolism

4. Reduces fat storage

5. Burns belly fat

6. Helps you to keep you full for long hours

If you have some medical issues please consult the doctor before having any drinks. Otherwise, it is safe and very effective. Positive results are seen within 3 months.

You should have something before work out session like half of Banana or overnight soaked 5 almonds. It provides you with energy for a better work out session.

Whenever you are busy in the office or feel hungry and can’t have lunch on time very often you drink tea, don’t replace it to the meal.

Take something before having tea or coffee in the morning and if you are taking black tea or coffee it gives you 2 per cent of calories and helps you in your workout session so having a cup of black coffee, is good before a workout session. Develop a taste for tea or coffee without milk and sugar.

Include salads and greens in your diet. Always eat salads before eating your meal so that when you start eating your meal you feel less hungry. Drink water half an hour before eating and half an hour after eating your food.

Don’t cut carbohydrates completely from your meal as all the nutrients are helpful and essential for our body, so you have to plan out your meal in such a way that everything will be there in that meal, and you will get a complete balanced diet.

While eating, sit at one place and eat with all your senses, chew properly and eat slowly, be grateful for what is on your plate, don’t waste food.

Eat food which is local, seasonal and traditional. Enjoy simple and basic food that is prepared in your kitchen. Say no to outside food which is mainly unhealthy and you are unaware of its sources. Go back to your roots, what your Dadi and Nani must be cooking in their kitchen.

Processed food should be avoided as much as possible. Which is very unhygienic and can stop or slow down your weight loss process, avoid junk food. Eat whatever your body is used to, means from which region you belong to. For example, if you are a South Indian you can have idli, sambar, dosa and if you are an East Indian then you can satisfy yourself with meat, fish or eggs.

3. Eat-in the right proportion

How much should you eat? Calorie doesn’t matter, it is not only the calorie which equates how fit, thin or fat you are, but there are multifactorial equations.

Eat with 3S ( eat with senses, silence, sit down and eat ) whenever you are eating use your senses, for example, start from half chapati, chew it properly take double time which you usually take then if you need one more, you feel still hungry then take one more if you don’t need more don’t eat . Stop overeating.

While eating do not watch TV or use any gadgets and concentrate on your eating. You will discover while watching tv or using gadgets unconsciously you were eating more than what you need. Sit down and chew your food properly which will help in the digestion process.

How much should you eat?

In a thali, 50% should be given to Grains, Millets, Jowar, Nachni or Bajra. 35% to pulses, legumes, vegetables or chicken or fish. Rest 15% should be chutney, salad, raita, achar, papad.

Achar, murabba is a good source of vitamin K and good for your gut. So, start eating homemade achar and murabba.

Use Kachi Ghani Mustard oil which prevents heart issues, improves blood circulation good for hair and skin. Use Coconut oil, Groundnut oil which is made in our origins. No need to use olive oil it’s the only marketing and advertising of products which create illusions and attractions among people.

This proportional map supports your weight loss.

4. Divide your meals into 6 parts. Eat every 2 hours.

The whole game lies in the KITCHEN.

People have a perception that if you are doing workouts you eat boiled food or diet food. It’s only a healthy lifestyle which is the main element in the weight loss journey.

Start your morning with five overnight soaked almonds or half size of Banana.

Homemade Breakfast like poha, idli sambar, moong dal or besan chillas etc. Breakfast should be king-size as due to high metabolic rate digestion is fastest during this hour.

then Mid-Day meal which can be a seasonal fruit ( eat 2 fruits a day) or coconut water or any seasonal fruit juice (homemade ) don’t go for packed juices which have preservatives in them.

In Lunch roti, sabzi, salad, curd, dal and if you are a non-vegetarian then you can eat meat, fish, chicken, eggs. Eat everything as every food gives you nutrients but in the right proportion.

Snack Time (4 pm to 6 pm) green tea and a handful of nuts (nuts and seeds help in weight lose), roasted makhana or you can eat whatever you had in your breakfast the leftover portion you can finish during snack time, this is the time when you feel hungry and eat fried foods like samosas, chat pakode so avoid these unhealthy food items and build good food habits.

Finish your last meal i.e, DINNER at least 2 hours prior to sléeping. Your dinner should be lightest and before 8:00 p.m. Eat Dal and rice or khichdi with ghee for your dinner. It is easily digested and it’s a myth that by eating rice you will gain weight. Believe it or not I have reduced my weight by eating rice only. Don’t fear eating rice. Rice is not just carb ther is much more benefits

1.It is prebiotic and good for your gut bacteria

2.It is easily digested.

3.Rice improves hormonal balance.

4.It is good for hair growth and skin.

5.Inhibits growth of bad bacteria.

6.It has Vitamin B1 and B2 which is good for nerves and heart and reduces bloating / inflammation.

7.Rice is not high in Glycemic Index and by eating it with Dal and ghee the Glycemic Index further goes down.

8. It gives you a good sleep.

The secret lies in this only if you eat it before 8:00 p.m. 2 hours prior to your sleeping time your digestion process will be easier. Dinner should be light as compared to breakfast or lunch. Gradually our metabolism decreases till this hour so you should eat early and healthy so that it can digest easily

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Eat early, avoid carbohydrates during dinner. Rice and dal with a spoon of ghee is a super option for dinner as it digests easily than that of other food, stop bloating, increase metabolism and supports weight loss. You will feel light and get rid of constipation if you eat this combination.

White rice is not a reason for weight gain. Rather it gives a good amount of energy, vitamins and minerals. It can be easily digested but when taken it in moderation.

You can take a bowl and have rice in it while curry or subzi in your thali. Yes, just the opposite what you are doing now. It’s a small trick to eat consciously.

Eat clean and healthy it improves your lifestyle. 80 % is all about a clean diet and 20% is a workout.

Embrace the fact that this is the food which you are going to eat for the rest of your life so start living a healthy life.

5. Ghee is not good for weight loss is a myth.

Ghee is a good fat 3 spoons of ghee is advisable and with every meal take one spoon of ghee. Good fats cut down the bad cholesterol and increase metabolism helps in fat loss so with every meal one spoon of ghee is advisable. Good fats like groundnuts, almonds, walnuts, kishmish, ghee they and gives a glow to your skin during your weight loss journey. Ghee is a superfood.

If you have constipation drink hot milk with a spoon of ghee before going to bed this is an amazing tip for having a good motion in the morning.

6. Sleep on time.

Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep so sleep is one of the important factors in your weight loss journey. Good sleep improves your digestion level which helps in weight loss. Fresh mind in the morning is very energetic and gives out per cent throughout the day.

7. Be active throughout the day,

Pursue some have good habits nurture your hobbies like gardening, dancing, singing, playing any outdoor games which will make you active and will give peace to your mind and heals your soul.

8. Avoid oily food, fried foods, frozen food which have preservatives in them.

Avoid all-purpose flour, aerated drinks, junk foods.

Low cal snacks like baked chaklis, fat-free ice creams or fibre loaded biscuits etc are misinformation and marketing strategies of some brains which try to sell their products and make you fool

Low-fat foods don’t mean that they don’t have fat. They are barely 1 or 2 grams lower in fat than the full-fat version.

It’s better to eat full-fat ice cream or chaklis at least then you are aware that you are eating junk, so you limit your intake. But when you eat a packet of low-fat stuff thinking it is safe but they are rather more harmful.

The worst part is these products use trans fat, which increases the durability of food and provides the right texture at the same time it makes you fat and blocks your arteries also making you prone to heart diseases.

So now while buying such products think over it.

Eat homemade chips, chaklis etc and once in blue moon you can have them it won’t hamper your weight loss journey.

Eating outside is a new culture today, when both are working sometimes we may not feel cooking every day but try to make life easier by chopping vegetables and keeping them in the fridge or making different curry pastes and storing them in airtight containers. These are few kitchen hacks which can be adapted to make the cooking easier and faster after a hectic office hour. The earlier we understand this, it is better for our future.

9. Never Starve.

Starving makes your body believe that you are going through deficiency state, due to which it goes into scarcity response by storing more fats for the presumed scarcity. Your body believes this because you are keeping long gaps between your meals.

10. Drink 3 to 4 litres of water.

Keep yourself hydrated. Every 20 kg of your body requires 1 litre of water. So now you can know how much you should drink water.

According to your weight start consuming water.

Always keep your bottles out in a row or labelled and finish them one by one so that you can know how much you have consumed in a day. Water helps in the digestion of food. And try to drink warm water which helps in your weight loss journey.

Don’t adopt a fast weight loss strategy when you lose weight quickly, you will renounce health, your skin will relinquish rather build good habits it will take time but it will give you terrific health and will help you to lose weight over a period of time which you can maintain throughout your life.

Stepping on the scale and watching your numbers going down it’s thrilling and when you work hard and get rewarded the happiness is unlimited.

Having the energy to do things actively, playing with kids, slipping into your favourite old outfit Ahhhh!!!!

Getting an amazing figure and facing the world with more confidence and a proud new version of YOURSELF olala!….who doesn’t want?

So, fasten your belts and GET SET GO.

RAJA FESTIVAL -Celebrating Womanhood

Banaste Dakila Gaja,
Barasake the lo asichhi Raja,
Asichi Raja lo,
Gheni Nua sajabaja!

(This quintessential song describes how elephants are calling from the forest and the raja festival has come once in a year, bringing much pomp and exhibit with it).

Pic courtesy: Sudarsan Pattanaik

ABOUT ODISHA

Odisha is famous for its magnificent temples, culture, heritage, and festivals. People are known for their simplicity. This land is called a festive land as we have a popular proverb in Odia which states: 13 festivals in 12 months (Barah masare tero parbo). We celebrate many festivals and pujas enthusiastically and the Raja festival is one of them where we can see our ancestors have bestowed so much emphasis and honor to womanhood. I am endowed that I am from the state of Odisha where femininity is celebrated.

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ABOUT RAJA PARBA

Raja (Ra -jaw, as it is pronounced natively is derived from Sanskrit word Rajaswala which means Menstruating women. Raja is a three-day festival and celebrated in Odisha is a celebration of womanhood and Menstruation.It is believed that mother earth (Bhu Devi ) mensturating during these three days, and on the fourth day she is given a ceremonial bath is known as Vasumati Snan.Bhu Devi is the wife of Lord Jagannath. A silver idol of Bhu Devi is still worshipped in puri mandir besides Lord Jagannath.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RAJA PARBO

During these three days, no agricultural activities like ploughing or sowing take place. Mother Earth is being revitalization at this time basically it is the regeneration phase of our mother Earth.

Each day is celebrated with pomp and grandeur.The day before Raja is ” Saja Baja” the preparation day during which all household cleaning is accomplished, dishes are prepared, grinding stones in the kitchen are cleaned and grinding of spices, chopping, slicing is done for the coming 3 days during those days the men do the needful.Odisha celebrates womanhood as a blessing although still Menstruation has got many myths attached to it and girls are not allowed to do many things during this period. One should visit Odisha and see how people celebrate the raja festival with great splendor.A renowned social activist Manjo Jena has quoted once ” Everyone who believes the menstrual blood is impure should know that the same kept life on for 9 months inside the Mother’s Womb”.

RAJA CELEBRATIONS

Pic courtesy:Dibyasha Bharadwaj

The first day of Raja is called Paheli Raja. Several traditional events are organized such as swaying upon various swings like Ram Doli, Dandi Doli, etc.

The second day is called Mithun Sankranti advent of the Rainy Season (Asadha month) and the third is called Basi Raja during these three days women do not take part in cooking, or perform Puja (the men do it in the houses) rather ladies play indoor games like Ludo, Chess, Bohu Chori, Puchi, etc.

Mainly girls celebrate it by wearing new clothes, new sarees, streaking Alta on their feet, and glittering with ornaments.

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They feast on some scrumptious array of Odia delicacies like pithas, sweets, and pans enjoying folk songs while whirling on decorated rope swings on big banyan trees, they do not walk barefoot on the grounds or prick the soil with their feet. They vow to give birth to a healthy child and unmarried girls are groomed for nuptials through this festival.

Men also play kabaddi, Kho – kho, and cards and enjoy this festival.Every year Raja festival is celebrated around mid-June. This festival was popular among tribes at first but later celebrated everywhere in the state. It is celebrated with full of happiness and gaiety.Women are given rest during these three days. On the fourth day, during “Vasumati Sanan” ladies bath the grinding stone pondering it as mother earth with turmeric and adore with flowers, sindoor, and sandalwood paste.

MEMORIES OF RAJA FESTIVAL

While I was a kid I still remember my Aja (maternal grandfather) always tie ropes for us to swing. What fun I used to have along with my Mausis (aunties) playing on swings in our Courtyard and compete with each other who would reach higher and proclaimed as the champion ” Raja Queen”.My Aai (maternal grandmother)used to make endless pithas for us. Yes! Pithas are (sweet dishes) speciality of this festival for example Poda Pitha.

The signature dish of the festival. Lord Jagannath is feast on poda pitha while returning from his aunt’s place ( Bahuda Yatra during Rath yatra time, that’s why poda pitha is famous among all festivals) Arisa pitha, Monda pitha, Chakuli pita, Rasaballi, etc. Pithas are distributed among relatives and neighbours.

Aromas of fish, mutton, prawn, sweets, and varieties of vegetable dishes engulf the atmosphere during these three days.Raja festival is incomplete with Raja Pan (sweet betel) is released by all.

In Odisha, the Raja festival is very close to everyone’s heart.It is the festival of fertility, positivity, and mainly a celebration of womanhood.This year due to COVID 19 raja festival will be celebrated with guidelines issued by the government.May this Raja Doli (swing) swings high above to exterminate the griefs of the world, in this pandemic catastrophe, singing songs of happiness, love, and hoping for a better and safe world.

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Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation by Hiranya Verma: A book review

Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation by Hiranya Verma: A book review

Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation as the name by itself depict boldness over humiliation. Hats and hoods give warmth and hats are worn as dignity or rank so when hats and hoods cover our heads humiliation can be kicked off. What a nice title the author has selected.

We all face humiliation once in a while and sometimes we tolerate but sometimes we burst out. In this book, the author has created a positive mindset to face challenges in a bold way.

Let’s peep into what fabulous perceptions this little girl’s endeavours to share her stories with us in a book- Hats, Hoods, and Humiliations by Hiranya Verma.

Book Title: Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation
No. Of pages: 321
Author: Hiranya Verma
Genre : Non-fiction|self-help|Children’s book
Get your copy: Kindle

An interesting book to be read by all. I share my review of the book now.

What is “Hats Hoods and Humiliation” about?

The author is 10 years old and she has supremely shared her stories with the world. At her age generally, girls remain silent or sob with the challenges they face. But the author has bravely faced the crisis and narrated her challenges and solutions for the young generation. This book is divided into 7 sections and it covers all emotional aspects and dealing with the problems. Each section ends with some point to ponder. And a quiz time for all to sum up what you have got from her bag of goodies. You can grab your hats n hoods set it firmly to stand with confidence. Hats off to such a brilliant girl.

As the section unfolds readers will discover that the little wonder has compared laughter with water and anger with lemon, how they both give us a balanced life.

Put a smile on your face and wiggle on your walk, hold your head up high and BE YOURSELF. This amazing mantra is given by the 10-year-old girl. Unbelievable imaginations can be seen in this book which we have forgotten in our life’s journey due to the busy routine of our life.
She suggested to laugh over tiny things, not to bottle up grudges. To write down feelings when you feel low that I used to do when I was in school. Her lines took me back to my roots.
She mentioned the relationship she shares with her parents, siblings, friends. A little girl’s imaginations about relationships are so well defined, A matured and thoughtful suggestions are given by her about life.
Forgetting and forgiving these are keywords of happiness. A noble heart will really make her a good human being, which is the most valuable thing.

What did I like about the book?

Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation breathe full of tangible advice while also being relatable because the author shares her stories from her own life.
In this book, she energies encourage and set all of us to deal with bullying and embarrassment. This book comprises suitable illustrations and hand-painted clip arts, which makes things easier to understand and connect. This book makes you think about a little girl’s world, how she took everything so constructive and she has given a new outlook to what everyone confronts at this age. She motivates all of us to take action rather than restrain and tolerate it. This book will help children in shaping their prospects in life.

This book will be a great addition to the school/local library or anyone’s personal collections.

This book is a gift for every parent when they deal with their children. It definitely reminds them of their childhood memories.

The summary at the end of each segment and the quiz time is amazing. Illustrations are incredible. Excellent fluency in English and the book hook you till the end.

I warmly recommend Hats, Hoods, and Humiliation a read. Every school going kid will relate to the situation that the author amasses in her book.
I would love to read more from little Hiranya’s world. Best wishes to this newbie author.

What I missed in this book?

Honestly, it’s a wholesome meal served by this wonderful girl. You might have got what I mean to say from this. Hiranya has wonderfully captured all incidents and I would like to know more about how emotionally a girl/boy handle/deal with themselves/outside world after suffering from odds in her next upcoming book. I hope she can express it efficiently. Bravo!

RATING:

Rating:4.5 stars upon 5.

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Thank You!

MA!

“Ma! Yeh lo aaj ka yeh 150rs hue bas( mother! take this today it’s only rs 150). Ashu came back from work and handed over the money. His mother took the money, she took a deep breath and began to count. Ashu’s sad doe eyes looked up to her. “God bless you my son” Malini’s hands moved over Ashu’s head. Her throat tightened and tears rolled down her cheeks. ” I can’t give you a good life, a life where you can enjoy and study, but due to our situation you have to work”.She choked out between sobs.
Don’t worry Ma things will be okay, our father left us for another woman, you are the one who is earning and doing everything for us, why are you thinking like this? Ma! we love you “, Vinni hugged Malini from the back. Malini’s chest shuddered as a silent cry ripped through her. Ashu stood helpless in front of them, they were coping up with life so that things would run out smoothly. In spite of many odds they were struggling to earn so that they could study while earning.

Vinni winked Ashu to bring the surprise they had planned out. She deliberately moved her hands and closed Malini’s eyes, Ashu went to the next room and came back with a gift-wrapped box in his hand. Ma!! both of them screamed Happy Mother’s Day !! Malini suddenly opened her eyes to this, her eyes slowly slide up. Malini stood awestruck looking at them. “What is this”? She was delighted to hear them shouting and singing for her. ” Ma open the box see what we had been doing all these days”? Vinni chuckled.
Malini carefully opened the box and she was surprised to see her old necklace mended with a new pendant. Everything flooded back to her, The Fight…The Necklace…The Loss…n The Pain.., when Rajesh took her only necklace without her consent and mortgaged it and played cards and never gave the money to Malini. When Malini searched for the necklace it was already with the goldsmith Ramu who was staying nearby, later he told Malini about the mortgage.
” Oh!! My lord! She sighed. How did it happen? You both are so thoughtful I never knew. How this happened beta”? She was surprised and delighted to got back the last precious possession that her father gave her while her marriage. She always tried to bring back this necklace but the circumstances never allowed. She was touched by this gesture. She hugged both of them, Vinni put the necklace on her neck. After years she could get back her MA as she used to see her when she was small.
“Ma! Vinni sewed quilts for Ramu bhaiya’s quilt shop. After college we spent our time earning dignity for our life. I have started home tuitions Ma, sorry we have never told you before as you must have not allowed us to do so.” Anshu muttered.
Malini breathes heavily looking at them.
You were eternally there with us whenever we were planning something.”A little patience and we are there” Ma your words were with us every time we failed. We are not afraid of anything now, because you are near ” Vinni’s eyes flashed.ñ

Ma we have climbed every tide and grew weary, we have learned to weather the tides. You are the one who gave us strength. Ashu held Malini and wiped her tears.
Malini’s all worries vanished with a splash of laughter and togetherness.
Malini ‘s eyes were full of tears. Oh god! She began to cry helplessly ” Ab mere Bachhe bade ho gaye ( Now my kids are grown up ). ” We love you Ma!” both of them yelled.
” I have not eaten anything since morning Ma” Vinni urged. ” Tho chalen!!”( So let’s go). They giggled and move towards the kitchen.

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

“Bhaiya! aap de dijiye inhe, main paise de Raha hu” (Bro! Give her, I will pay for it). Rama looked up. A tall well-built man was standing behind her. Her heart was pounding, “Why he is paying the amount for me?”. The man took his bag and left in his yellow Benz, as abruptly as he had arrived. Rama wanted to thank that gentleman, but he had left. The shopkeeper handed her a 10-kilo rice bag. She was happy and her heart was blessing that gentleman, “Maybe God has sent you for me. Whatever, may God give you all good things, Sahebji!” She mumbled and left for her home.
“Mummy , paise de na Dudh layenge (give me money, will bring milk)”. Rama kept quiet, she unzipped her mini purse found thirty rupees.

 “This can be saved for vegetable for today’s dinner”, she thought and sat down looking at lonely streets.
Buzzzzz——! 

A sound drew her attention. It was a message in WhatsApp about the coronavirus, to stay safe at home. She scrolled the mobile’s contact list. She called up Ashin, her former employer.

Tring…tring

After a long ring……….

 “Oh, I want to sleep who is there in the afternoon”
 Ashin saw Rama’s name..(her old maid).she wanted to rest but thought to answer her call…

“Hello Rama! How are you?

 Are things are ok at your end? How are the corona cases in Delhi?” She asked eagerly.
“Namaste Bhabhiji! We are fine.”

Rama’s tone was a bit dull Ashin intuitions made her ask “What’s about lockdown? Are you at home?” Ashin asked.

“No bhabhiji! Due to corona virus, society people are not calling us. Gatekeeper is not allowing us to go inside. Some people left before lockdown and when I am asking them for money, they are saying they will pay when they will be here. Even if I am giving them the account number to pay me online they are saying they don’t have money in Paytm and they can’t go to the bank now. Bhabhi, they are making me a fool out of me. We don’t have food to eat. Here everything is so costly.”

Kajal interrupted her, “Mummy give me something to eat”. Kajal was Rama’s daughter. Kajal took the phone from her and greeted Ashin “Namaste Aunty, see how mummy is saying no to everything”. She had tears in her eyes.

Ashin was so sad to hear all these she asked Rama “Rama! Do you want me to send some money”? She was clueless about how to help them during this lockdown. They are staying away and as such lockdown has made normal life horrible.

Rama instantly admitted. “Please bhabhiji! I will send you an account number. Send me “. “Rama was not the kind of lady who asks for money as other maids do. But this lockdown has made her life tough. ” Bhabhiji, we will die from hunger not corona. Corona is for rich people, not for us. If we will not work who will feed us? Look at my husband he left us for another woman, he never thought about our daughter. But how can I leave her? I am her mother. But this disease has made it impossible to go out who will give us to eat. House owner is asking for rent too. We don’t have anything to eat how I can pay him rent? I told him about Modiji’s words but he ignored and asked me to pay by next week, see how cruel he is? Whereas today in the morning while I was in the grocery shop one gentleman suddenly paid money for rice, I don’t know who he was but may God bless his family”. Rama uttered sadly.

Ashin was stunned for a minute she was speechless. She told Rama to send her the account number so that the money can be transferred.

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“Rama, ask your saheb to check his account, I have transferred the money. Take the amount from him and bring some groceries first. Spend it judiciously. If you need any other help do let me know. stay safe, don’t go out and take care of Kajal.
After 5 minutes Rama called up again to confirm the money.
“Thank you bhabhi, for your help. No one is here to help us. People went home without giving my payment whereas you helped me”. “Thank you aunty!” A happy tone was shouting from the back. It was Kajal’s “Rama go and bring milk.” Ashin was happy she could help them. Although she is staying away in another city and know Rama is not working for her anymore, she helped her without any intention to get help. Just she helped her for the sake of humanity.
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It’s pathetic where people are not helping the poor rather moving away from such issues. I feel pity for them. The poor are working for us. During this time, they need help. We should go out of our way to help them. I urge to people please pay the poor people who are working for us or even you find anyone in need. Circumstances have made them to sit, deliberately they are not doing things. Yes, still people are there who are helping out these needy.

One unknown man helped Rama who wàs no one for her.Rather, the people for whom she was working ran away without paying her. 

Be humble. Have gratitude for them who are helping us while we are sitting at home. They are fighting directly with the corona virus making our life safe.

Nobody is enjoying this phase. It has become frightening for the labour class. They need our help. Even if they are not coming for work don’t cut their salaries, help them. Make this lockdown successful, as staying inside is the only mantra to stay safe.

This is one true event likewise many Ramas must be there, please help them. They need us. And we need them.

As it is said:-

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.


Mother Teresa

DIY HANDMADE FACE MASK by using cloth bag (Best out of waste)

Masks have become a hot commodity, as the coronavirus is spreading worldwide. These essential items are now flying off store shelves. Hospitals’ demand for these commodities has increased comparatively. Now as the cases are increasing day by day we need more masks and it’s not easy to manufacture them fast. We are running short of masks so in this case let’s try to make a homemade mask, something is better than nothing.

Masks are generally used to protect ourselves and others from respiratory droplets, and with a rising number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, there’s no harm in wearing homemade masks at least, while going out and about as long as it is a homemade mask.

A homemade mask must cover the nose and mouth since this is where respiratory droplets enter and exit. As for fabric recommendations, cotton is advisable, the thicker the better, make it 3 layers and tie it tightly.
” The thicker and more tightly woven material is, more protective. Always make 2 to 3 masks so that when one mask is sanitized others can be used. It should be sanitized after each use.

I have made masks from cloth bags, best out of waste indeed. 
Making DIY face mask at home from a cloth bag.

Material Required 

Cloth bag

Scissors

Needle and thread

Sewing machine (if you have one)

Two strips

Ruler

Fabric or cloth bag

Make your own face mask—no sewing machine

  • Cloth bags can do more than carrying groceries—they can also be turned to make face masks and can be used during this crucial phase.
  • Cloth masks can be used as an alternative to medical masks.


How to make a face mask


Time: 90 minutes if sewn by hand
Materials need to be ready before make ting :

  •  1 medium non-woven polypropylene reusable grocery bag
  • 2 strings /60 inches of ribbon, between ½ inch wide

Method
1. Wash the reusable grocery cloth bag.
2. Cut the sides off the grocery bag, cut off the handles.

3. Cut the bag into sheets. 
4. Measure and cut one sheet, measure the down 9 inches and draw parallel vertical cutting lines. Fold them, iron them. Stitch these by sewing both sides a quarter-inch in from the edge. Double back your stitch to make sure the pleat seam is strong.


6. Fold half an inch of material from opposite edges. Iron the fold on low heat to set it. Then, sew it a quarter inch from the edge. 


Caution: High heat will melt the bag material.

Set each fold with an iron. Be aware of the temperature.

6. Make the head tie cut two strips or ribbons, make sure the ribbons/strips are long enough to reach the back of your head with at least 4 inches to spare. If the length of the ribbons is right, sew the pieces at both edges.


13. Sterilize your mask. Before using it for the first time, submerge your mask in boiling water for 10 minutes.
It’s important to remember a face mask by itself is not enough. wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes, and never touch the part that covers your mouth. When you’re done using it, sterilize it, let it dry completely (in the sun if you have access) to stave off any bacteria growth, and then store the mask in a clean, plastic, resealable container.
Help yourself and your community. You can make masks and donate to workers you come across or help people who are in need.

 In a time of mask shortages, it’s a “better than nothing” precaution if you need to move through a crowded space or take care of someone who is sick. Please follow instructions from your local authorities and remember that social distancing, washing our hands thoroughly, and staying home are still the best ways to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.

#stay safe.

Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun part -7

Next morning with swollen eyes Rahul woke up when rays of sun beamed on his face. He got up and he felt sorry whatever that happened last night between them. He reviewed every moment and the sweet memories flashbacked in front of his eyes. He got out of his bed searched Tania as usual she was not their. He thought she might have left for work , he went to the porch and looked outside “Is that what I wanted from this relationship , No! how I could be so cruel for my lady love” he was feeling guilty. The colourful future that they both had painted seemed to be washed away suddenly .

The day they decided to stay together he welcomed Tania with petals everywhere on floor. She was the lady with whom he had visioned his life.

He went inside and made a cup of strong tea for himself suddenly he saw a diary on the dinning table , It’s Tania’s diary she never wanted him to read , but…..

” I want to know why this happened? ” Rahul thought.

Rahul took the diary and flipped through pages…

March 15, 2019

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I was sleeping, when the doorbell rang , oh ! Rahul made my day with fireworks and petal shower ,the air balloon … Everything was so amazing, I had never ever celebrated my birthday like this , My man, Rahul is amazing…He made my day. No one in the world can love me more than Rahul. He proposed me. I could see love in his eyes.
I have been attracted by his manly figure. But never imagined he will be mine some day.
He is so perfect. I love him too. We are in love..
I love him madly.❤

Rahul flipped some more pages..He was soaked in memories they had.

March 20,2019

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Rahul and I became so close to each other , that I said yea for the munnar trip today, It was a bus ride and after years I think I have laughed so much with him, he makes me smile, he is doing whatever I want him to do. It ‘s amazing to be in love with him.

I love you madly.❤


Rahul went through her words which made him emotional. He came across the page where their first night was described …It just shivered his body..They were perfect for each other then what went wrong?” Rahul felt terrible.

June 2 nd, 2019

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Things are not working out. I can see Rahul is loosing faith on me. I feel helpless. Although I cheer him I failed . He compromise, he has became so possessive , how can we live our life like this.

Today I have planned a surprise for him with Aniket , I have received his call letter for advanced studies in medicine , Australian university has approved his application. At Last his dreams are going to true. I will be with him, we both will move to Australia and I will reveal the surprise as soon as we reached there. Our gloomy days will over with new environment and endeavours.

I can’t say him why Iam going to Australia now, I have to arrange everything. Sorry Rahul. Don’t make frown faces, Although you look super cute with jealousy feeling….  I know I work alot , I do it to make a secure future for us.

I love you madly.❤


Rahul felt a heavy ball inside near his throat, how to swallow these facts.

His body trembled, how cruel he was to Tania….”why” goshhhh!!!! What I have done?” Rahul fell down on his knees cried aloud.

“How could I thought her disloyal, I made bad perceptions when she was doing so much for me”

He caught his forehead sat there flipping last page where Tanya wrote about how Rahul screamed and proved her disloyal. 

June 26th ,2019

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Can’t say what happened ? Everything has finished. My loyalty is in doubt. Nothing in the world can fix trust. It’s the most important thing in love. Today my character and loyalty is in court of love , What I have done? Do I deserve this?

Iam pregnant…I thought I will disclose everything when we reach Australia but …..

I hope he will take good care of himself and look after everything. May he get a better life partner, I am sorry. I can’t handle and make him happy. Iam a looser.

I will miss him, his touch, his unplanned surprises, his gifts, his way of loving me. I will miss how he would picked me up in his arms and roam around the house , we cook together while making love….I will miss them all.

I will miss ” US” together….

Will try to live alone…No one can take his place.

Wish you a happy life my love.

Good bye.

Rahul found out the application. He was in tears.

“Please join Rahul” her words were quoted with a tag .

My love….Oh!! you are carrying our baby… My love, please come back !!!!

 He cried aloud ….Iam sorry….rry. Please come back…Forgive me Tanu..You are mine..How can I doubt you..Our child..O god!! What I have done?? I can never be happy without you dear, mere breathing doesn’t amount to happiness ..

Rahul stood mortified. Blank expression and blank mind. His inner self shattered. 

Memories are bottled up is this diary can they be cherished again…?? Rahul was clueless.. of their relationship….a lonely house with memories of Tania who was no more with him…He lost ….HER.

The End.

Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun-6

She switched on the computer, to start some official work, and turned her music player on,  placed a record on the turntable. She was happy with the news that “she is pregnant” she wanted to give him a surprise.

Buzz…..buzzzzz….. 

“Hello Aniket! What’s up now?”

“Ma’am we need to hire someone to make a video clip on some basic informations that we need to share with our staff.” Aniket needed help for their recent project.

“So why don’t you try out, you are so good at it.”Tania said.

“Yes..ma’am but I need you for guidance, can you come ?” Aniket said.

Tania was thinking about it, just the bell door bell rang..courier boy gave her a letter which she received and signed in the recieving form. “Thanks” she smiled and closed the door.

It’s Rahul’s call letter Woahhhh!!!!!

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Rahul came back, he saw the door was locked. He searched for the duplicate keys ” there it is” Rahul entered the house. It was all dark.

He switched on all lights and calledup Tania.

Buzzzzz….buzzz

“Where are you?” Rahul questioned, ” You have not told me about your plans , I was in OT. I saw your missed calls now. You should have messaged.” 

“Oh! Rahul I was in a hurry, I forgot. Take out food from fridge , Aniket needed me so I planned to come here”. Tania said.

Suddenly Rahul got annoyed . Aniket !! Ahhaaa!!!! Again…So, you are with him. He simply cut the call. He took a bottle of water and furiously he finished it.
Rahul was possessive he didn’t like her girl to plan out any thing at this hour. Tanya again called back. “Rahul, please don’t get angry we are literally stuck….”

Rahul shouted back “Oh Tanu! You know I don’t like this guy then why? Look at the time, it’s late.” he shouted angrily.

” Aniket, I have to rush back, otherwise my plans will not work out.. Why these trust issues arises between partners, we both are busy and hardly had time for each other but he is so possessive, resistance to anything I do, whoever I meet.” She felt helpless as she was in love with this relationship and she carved for him.

Tanya came back and she tried to make things normal, things were changing at a tremendous pace. When they are living together now, these adjustments are causing conflicts and they are facing issues. 

“Don’t waste these precious moments babe” , Rahul held her hands..”Everything will be fine honey, don’t take me in the wrong way. Don’t shout if you do not know the problem”  Tania replied and served him a bowl of hot soup on the table. Arguments and altercations have made their relationship a bit painful. Which were unbearable for Tania, but she tried her best to resume with her normal life. Maybe some day “I hope everything will be alright”  she muttered to herself, while she cleaned the kitchen top and planned menu for the next morning.

She sat in the living room watching tv, thinking how she planned to share the news to Rahul but in this atmosphere she decided not to disclose about her pregnancy, why this has happened she got puzzled how to solve these issues.

One fine day, while searching through some certificates in the drawers, Rahul found out a mischievous packet. “What is this?”,  he opened the packet and saw tickets of Tanya and Aniket to Australia.

Oh shit! I knew, this is what I guessed. He was trembling with anger. His patience took the last breath” she didn’t informed me that Aniket was with her. The world was upside down for him at a glance. How come his love can do this.? What is that he lacked ? He got frustrated with the feeling that Tania ditched him….Is it??

Cuckoooo cuckookkk..(Door bell)

Tania came with all materials to start video editing work from home. 

“Hi Rahul ! How was your day? Did you eat something?” She took a glass of water and sipping from it asked “anything serious?” Rahul’s face was red and he was behaving differently. Tania became curious “what happened babe” she came and cupped his face , Rahul thew away her hands forcefully. 

“Where were you?…. You work with him, you eat with him …and..and…now you sleep with him too…He shouted in a rage. The moment he uttered this, Tania stood  stunned watching him. She was numb.
Rahul began to throw out all that came in his hand. It was unbearable for her she never expected this from Rahul, who was her everything and loved her more than anything. Time stopped. Rahul was screaming as she stood and listened to his allegations . Her eyes teared up. She picked up all the things which was lying around broken…Broken as her relationship..Her heart..Her heart was  crying aloud .. how this happened? She was torn and her heart scattered into pieces, she couldn’t sleep the whole night.

 She went outside and started gazing at the sky thinking “things were not working out. How can he say that I’am not loyal?” His words crushed her heart. She sobbed uncontrollably.

To be continued..part 7

Is Pyar Ko Main Kya Naam Dun -5

Two red lines. She opened another Pregacare. To check again. Again two firm red lines greeted her. There was no symptoms, how can this be? Tanya was at total whirlwind of emotions. Her heart beat sizzled. She thought that sheer exhaustion made her feel low. She came out from the washroom and searched for her mobile.She dailed Rahul’s number. It was switched off! “Pick up Rahul”, Tanya muttered. But to no avail. She took a deep breath. She told herself to calm down. But her mind revolted and repeated, “Tanya, you are pregnant!” she paced about the flat overlooking the Bandra bandstand. She had been sharing this flat with Rahul for a couple of months now. Since they came back from Munnar. She looked out of the balcony, the morning sun was shining harshly and the Arabian Sea was energetically splashing against the sea front. She took another deep breath and walked to the kitchen. She put the water on for coffee and called out to Alexa. “Play some romantic songs of Dev Anand!” Tania poured the black coffee. She sniffed the aroma and thought to herself how tactical everything seemed to be. When one had something to live for. She carried her coffee to the old stuffed armchair next to her window, sat down and looked outside the window. Equation change in all relationship, we are in live-in relationship. How to deal with this pregnancy now. As the caffeine hot her a sensation of happiness overtook her. She relaxed.  She thought about how they had spent thier days together, loving each other. She clinging to his chest, leaning against him and he caressing her body. She smiled thinking of their past two months. And then it struck her. The first time, in Munnar. They were in so much hurry that they didn’t bother with the protection. So that must have been the one! She reminisced about the evening on their first day in Munnar.  Rahul had come back from his conference early. It was still afternoon and the sun was lighting up the green hillsides of Munnar. They had quickly changed and went for a walk. A small path led to the nearest Tea garden. The mud path got narrower and narrower and were walking in a single file. Rahul ahead and behind him Tanya holding his hand firmly. It was looking like some Bollywood movie of the 70s. They met a few lady tea garden workers who were nimbly plucking the leaves and putting them in their basket. They smiled at this lovely couple and called out something in Tamil. Soon they were away from any sign of human life. It was only the vast tea gardens on the hill side. They sat on a rock. Holding each other’s hands. No words were need. They just soaked up the scenery. Suddenly both of them said together, “Never saw tea gardens before!” And they both said, “Bingo!” and started laughing. There reverie was broken by the sudden appearance of black clouds and thundering. They ran to the main road to escape the downpour. By the time they reached the tiny tea stall both of them were drenched, drips and drops of rains made them wet.. For a single moment the time stopped. They didn’t care the people around them. It was just …Rahul and Tanya. He pulled her into a tea stall.  “Tanu… you are the half that made me whole… You complete me”. The drops of rain dripping from her face were making her face looked pleasing. Rahul wiped her face and cheeks, ensuring not a single drop is left on her face.  There was hot chai brewing. The chaiwala smiled and offered them tea. As they sipped their tea, the chaiwala started telling about Munnar in broken Hindi. He talked about how the British built these tea gardens. He said there were wild elephants around. This seemed to scare Tanya. The downpour stopped as abruptly as it had begun. They made their way back to the hotel, completely soaked in rain. Soaked in emotions and love for each other. Rahul locked the door, “Do you know, Tanya, my mom used to say raindrops are happy tears of snow”, he smiled to her. Music of rain drops can still be heard from outside, Rahul asked her hand for a dance. “Love always comes with surprises” Tanya could smell his peppermint breath, as he was close to her.They both danced crazily around the room, suddenly Rahul lifted Tania “O uch!!!” Tania said. He roam around the room kissing her passionately. He nibbled her lips as she moaned.

” Oh! Tanu once more moan for me babe” Tania wrapped him by his neck and leaned her herself in his chest. Aahhh !!!! She groaned. “I can’t take it Tania, you are so beautiful, so divine, I want to taste every iota of yours. I want to suck every inch of your body, want to give you pleasure , I need your love Tanu you make me crazy”. Rahul bounced her body. Those wet hair which were lying on his hands were set to make him victim of love. The flashes of lightning shine against her face making her more adorable.  “Hey! Promise me you will be always mine, after this. I want you forever Rahul..” Tanya whispered huskily by his ears. She glared at him.

“I promise” Rahul softly kissed her eyes. She hid her face at the crook of his neck, liking the perfume he was smelling.They were closer and their adrenaline started pumping, heart beat increased. Rahul’s finger felt like fire upon her skin, “Pull me into your den Rahul ” Tanya whispered. Rahul licked her ear and he took her to bedroom, gently slipped her to the bed she caught a pillow next to her and covered her face with it, she was blushing.He nuzzled the hard nub through her sleeveless shirt, her white lacy leg bands was visible below her pants, her tight thighs were breathtaking. He pulled his shirt, and unbuckled his pant. He ws naked now. A strong and masculine man, he looked so wonderful, manly. She crawled onto him and brushed her thumb all over his body. He became wild. He ran his hands all over her bottom and down along her legs in one long caress.She sighed very softly. Her toes curled in pure ecstasy. She closed her eyes to feel the intense. His arms wrapped her and held her tightly, while both of them kissing. He rubbed hands on her back. His fingers stopped at her bra clip, and he tried to pulled away …”May I ?” He asked quitely, Tania shyly nodded slightly. He smiled and pressed his lips on her once again tasting her flavor all over again. He was so gentle and it ached her for wanting him more. They looked into each other’s eye, he undid the clasp and slipped her bra, He held her more tightly. They were so close their body sensation could be felt by each other. Her murmurs and moans made him crazier.  He slipped in between her legs, pressing himself harder this time on her. He growled deeply into her den. she allowed his hardness to go inside her deeper. She moaned loudly as she felt him. A cocoon of love encased their embraces as he smoothly entered her. They broke apart. All sweaty and exhausted. The candles flickered as the thunderstorms continued.  That night their body became one. And the shadows on the walls were a witness of their pure love. Silence was broken by their moans, groan of  desires. That night was really special. They reached climax. It was a like a fantasy. “You really make me happy my girl, you are so gorgeous babe..I’m so lucky to have you.” Rahul smiled. Tanya laid her head on his arms, cuddled him. A blush crept on her cheeks. “Goodnight my princess! I love you so much. Sweet dreams.”  Rahul kissed her forehead. It was like a dream, a dream that was too wonderful to wake up.

To be continued….part -6