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Month: April 2021

A GENERAL GUIDE TO NUTRITION

Sprouts are considered the healthiest snack and are liked by all age groups and as people are looking for healthy, inexpensive, and convenient food, it fits best in this category. Doing sprouting at home requires long hours but in this high-paced world, people have a very hectic schedule and lack time for themselves so they end up going to the supermarket and buy raw sprouts from there. Therefore, it becomes essential to check the safety of fresh sprouts to prevent the large masses from being infected. 

Prostate Cancer: The Trauma can’t be Healed

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer detected in men of all the other cancers. It is third on the scale for the cause of death in men. Prostate cancer affects the person and spouse and causes various psychological and emotional issues. Some common issues include anxiety, depression, intimacy issues and sexual dysfunction. It is uncommon in younger people of age less than 45 but becomes more common with advancing age. Men with high blood pressure have more chances of developing prostate cancer. Prostate cancer arises when the semen-secreting gland cells mutate into cancer cells. Over time these cells multiply and spread to the surrounding prostate tissue-stroma, forming a tumour. The tumour may grow in size to affect the surrounding organs or may evolve to travel in the bloodstream and lymphatic system. Following factors may result in prostate cancer: Genetics- the risks are higher when a family member has prostate cancer, Diet- low levels of Vitamin D may increase risk, Medication, Infection- infection with Sexually Transmitted Infections Chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis tend to increase risk, Environment- a study showed that war veterans exposed to Agent Orange had increased rate of 48% and Sex. Not every prostate cancer is lethal and many men survived the disease. Life expectancy predicted changes with medical and lifestyle factors. An overweight person will lose 3.1 years and if he is a smoker he will lose 6.7 years. If the person is obese he will lose 5.8 years and if he is a smoker he will lose 13.7 years compared to a person with a healthy lifestyle. 

Postpartum Depression in Men: A reality?

The birth of a child is an illustrious moment of parenthood, ushering happiness and merriment to the entire family. Accompanying the bundle of joy ensues a new sense of marital responsibility and bonding between the mother and father; often seen as a positive outcome strengthening their relationship. However, with lifestyle playing a central role, the onset of depression in parents after childbirth is becoming drastically common and is a concerning issue particularly when it affects the father. 

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is referred to as the phase of a major depressive disorder following the birth of a child. Although this condition is more frequent to be reported in mothers, fathers are also highly susceptible to this distress. Shockingly, there isn’t a lot of mindfulness encompassing postpartum depression in men since it isn’t as regular as PPD in women. The condition frequently goes undiscovered and untreated, often leading to a critical stage of depression from where recovery becomes difficult. According to a research study conducted by Pediatrics, 25% of new fathers were diagnosed with symptoms of PPD whereas less than 10% cases were recorded for treatment. This figure is attributed to 1 in 4 men suffering from depression after the birth of their first child and has been steadily increasing at a rate of 68% in the first 5 years of the baby’s life. 

PANDEMIC SHAKES THE MENTAL EQUILIBRIUM OF THE YOUTH

The year 2020 has been copiously dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic which led to lockdowns, postponement of events, partial shutdown of transportation and a huge economic depression. A lot of ideas and conventions have been battled against as the world plunged deeper into the chasm of this pandemic. This unpleasant change has not only affected the economic, political or social aspects of a country but the mental health of the citizens has also been drastically affected. It is chiefly because of increasing unemployment or lack of confidence in their plausible future. Speaking of the future, the youth of the nation is suffering from the undercurrents of mental health issues during the pandemic. The uncertainty of their studies and career is taking a toll on their mental equilibrium.

HUMAN PROPENSITY: RESULT OF HUMAN OPINIONS

“The difference between a flower girl and a lady is not the way she acts, but in the way she is treated” – Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady.

Did you get surprised by the fact that the haggardly dressed old lady you always glanced around at odd hours, actually lives in the elegant house next to yours? Maybe you were shocked to know that the kid in your building whom you always saw fooling around aced his finals. It was a shock for you to find your old grumpy neighbour, who always complained about stray balls in his garden actually, loves to interact with children and takes in lost pupps.

TWO HOLY TOWNS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH

MANALI

Manali, situated in Himachal Pradesh, India is one of the most popular destinations among tourists. Located in the Kullu district, it also connects the citizens to Ladakh and acts as a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti. December, January and February are the coldest months in the region, with sights of heavy snowfall. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, about 50km south of the town. The following airport is also known as Kullu-Manali Airport. No railway station is close enough to the village making the best way to reach Manali via road, for the journey provides one with beautiful sights and a calm atmosphere. 

The legend says Manali is called after the sage Manu, the one responsible for the conception of the Human race when the world dried after being submerged. The Hidimba temple in Manali is said to be associated with the Pandavas. The tale narrates that Bhimsen killed a cruel demon Hidimba and married his sister. Another Mahabharata association is at Vyas Kund, along the Rohtang pass in Manali, where Rishi Vyasa is believed to have performed tapa. Manali is also said to be home to the Saptarishis (seven celestial sages). This place holds a spiritual vibe to itself but at the same time offers you adventure and much more.

MANIKARAN

A town in Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India is located 45kms from Kullu. It is one of the busiest sights in Himachal Pradesh, because of the Gurudwara that stands tall validating the various Sikhs and Hindu beliefs. The Sikhs hold for themselves that during the third Udasi, Guru Nanak the founder of Sikhism visited this place with one of his disciples. He asked Mardana, his disciple to collect food for Langar from those who resided nearby and they did donate. However, Guru Nanak and Mardana soon realized that there was no fire to cook the food. Following the orders of Nanak, Mardana then lifted a stone, making way for a hot spring. But while trying to cook food, it kept sinking and so Nanak asked his disciple to offer prayers to God and their astonishment, the food started floating and was then easily cooked. Guru Nanak Sahib Ji said that anyone who donates his life in the name of God, All his (or her) drowned items will float.

Sikhs to this day use those hot springs, which exist close to flowing cold water independent of any scientific explanations, for cooking food to serving langar. One can also see huge bags of rice and dal in those hot water springs left for cooking. These hot springs are also called curing water for they are believed to cure skin diseases and swelling pain. 

The Hindu belief tells a tale of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati spending eleven hundred years in a lush green area where Goddess Parvati lost her precious stones in a stream. Unable to locate it anywhere, she requested Lord Shiva to find those and he opened his third eye. An inauspicious event for the world for it faced a lot of disturbance. Due to which to pacify Shiva, Sheshnaag gave rise to the boiling water, making Goddess Parvati find her stones as well as pacifying Lord Shiva. Accordingly, the water is still there, hot and extremely auspicious.

Close to the Gurudwara are Tibetan Markets selling innumerable holy books and symbols of Sikhism. A close walk from the same leads to one of the many Hindu temples in the area. 

Manikaran is a Holy place that holds for Sikhs and Hindus and sees a lot of devotees every year. The common ones to visit the place arrive from Manali, by crossing Kasol, another town that lays between Manali and Manikaran gurudwara. 

Source: http://www.discoversikhism.com/sikh_gurdwaras/gurdwara_manikaran_sahib.html 

CARVING GEMS OUT OF FAILURES

With a large campus spread over 20 acres near Phey village in the Indus valley of Ladakh, India, SECMOL (Educational Camp; Cultural Movement of Ladakh) is just the perfect place for one to learn almost everything and anything. SECMOL School was established by Mr Sonam Wangchuk, an Indian engineer, innovator, and education reformist, 1988 reform the education system, which is an alternative to the present educational institutions around the world. But you will be amused to know that, here courses are offered for students who have failed. Students who couldn’t pass in their 10th or 12th exam and students required an altogether different approach to understand things.

GANGAUR- FESTIVAL OF LOVE

Gangaur is a festival celebrated throughout Rajasthan and in some parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal.

The festival is done by people to pay their respects to Goddess Parvati, also known as Gauri. It’s a festival to celebrate love and marriage. In the festival, both married and unmarried women participate with warmth and passion. People make clay sculptures of Parvati and Shiva, they offer prayers to them and dress the sculptures. Along with all these, people also observe a day-long fast. This is done because people believe that this will lead to a long and happy married life. Goddess Parvati is the goddess of love and marriage for Rajasthani people, and thus the festival is of utmost importance and joy to them.

ARE VICES CRIME?

The distinction between vices and crimes is crucial to understand the nature of both these things, many people conflate vices and crimes and consider one is the same but is this true? Are vices crimes, so first, we need to know what is vice? What is a crime? And what differentiates them. To consider an act crime there should be two important things present in a particular act i.e.,’mens rea’ that is a guilty mind and ‘actus reus’ which means an act in which is done in furtherance of the guilty mind, these two are the essential elements of the crime.

ORIGIN OF PANI PURI

Pani Puri which also goes by the names of Golgappe, Phuchka,
Gupchup, Patasi does not need any introduction as it is one of India’s
most common street food. You might even be disregarded as an
Indian if you have not tasted this South Asian delicacy. Since the
onset of the current lockdown and pandemic situation, everyone is
missing it as the original street Panipuris are not readily available and
in order to satisfy their food lust many people are shifting towards
home-made Panipuri.

FROM STRICTLY ARRANGED TO SEMI- ARRANGED

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion
or company than a good marriage. — Martin Luther.

Unlike the saying, "When it comes to love, age is just a number" the perception behind Indian marriages is to "settle down" when you reach a certain age. The fear may be that as you grow older, you might not find the right person or no person at all. It is the year 2020, but the fact
remains the same in every caste and community.

How to overcome food wastage?

Food wastage is the tossed-out food which is either discarded due to inappropriate traits or surplus quantity. The notion, food wastage can be inferred by two terms, food loss and food waste.

FIGHT CLUB


“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.” Ever wondered how life would have been if you had chosen the road not taken? Ever craved the wildness and wanted to do something adventurous and interesting? Something different from your boring mundane life? Wanted to live someone else’s life?