Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Every creation by NATURE, be it the animal, bird, forest, mountain or the river, has the right to live in its true pure form; but we, the so called most intelligent living beings are destroying or spoiling them for our benefits. I question,'Can't we live in harmony with them?' Then, comes...'The Darwin's Theory Of Survival Of The Fittest' to mind, one has to fight to survive! But fighting doesn't mean killing, at least now, when science has come this far. Being smarter ones, we can avoid causing any harm to them and still survive! Isn't that something to be thought over? And, again, for that balanced ecosystem all have to survive for the sake of all.

I want to save all the species on the planet but since it's a Hobson's choice, I have to choose these... my favorites. Favoritism prevails everywhere, I hope my other fellow beings on the list don't mind for not being chosen.

FROGS...? They sounded very interesting since my childhood. We sisters used to sit by the pond in our farm and watch the tadpoles make tiny hops and merry. The way they swam was truly delightful for us. So, for this reason, the unhappy me who doesn't see a frog around these days,
want to save them and their relatives, I mean the other species of frogs from all over the world.

The next ones are our relatives of past, Monkeys...! I heard stories about these naughty creatures snatching bananas, coconuts and even purses from people. Once they had taken an entry into my house through the back door while I was fast asleep on one afternoon. I woke up to see a family of monkeys-2 adults and two babies entering into my kitchen in a queue quietly. Petrified me, ran to the neighbors to get help and by the time I returned with my neighbor they were on their way back with the head of the family carrying my box full of flattened rice. Somehow my neighbor managed to take my box back! They had eaten my onions, potatoes and carried some sweet lemons that I had kept on the cooking platform. Yeah! They messed up my kitchen and ate my food and I still want to save them and their other relatives! Generous, me.

Elephants? I always knew as them as humble and friendly creatures. The movie buff me, saw them in every other movie as a pet and admired them a lot and....the story still continues. So, I want to save these, my all-time favorites.

You have read my stories till now, and I am sure you all loved them and want to echo my voice. Don't you?

 I am participating in the Save the Species contest for the book “Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” in association with Saevus Wildlife India,  read the reviews for the book ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ here

Friday, July 10, 2015

Honey Diet

Human body is made up of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids along with traces of vitamins-A, B Complex, C, D, E, K and minerals-Iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium etc.  Any deficiencies in these cause various disorders in the human physiology and anatomy.

-Deficiency of 'Vitamin A' causes night blindness.
-Deficiency of 'Vitamin B 12' causes pernicious anemia.
-Deficiency of 'Vitamin C' causes scurvy.
-Deficiency of 'Vitamin D' causes rickets.
-Deficiency of 'Iron' causes anemia.
-Deficiency of 'Calcium' leads to osteoporosis.
 Severe deficiencies can be fatal.

Certain fruits, vegetables and pulses contain certain nutrients, for example: pulses are rich sources of proteins; apple, tomato, carrot, papaya are all rich in Vitamin A; gooseberry, citrus fruits-lemon, orange, sweet lime are rich sources of Vitamins C. So milk and egg are considered wholesome food as they are rich sources of many nutrients like proteins, calcium and vitamins.

Excess amounts of these essential components cause problems too....hypervitaminosis, hypercalcemia etc. leading to further complications in the human body.

So one is required to take these supplements regularly in required amounts, neither less nor more.
The benefits of such a balanced diet cannot be numbered as they are plenty. Along with that healthy body with normal functioning organs comes the healthy mind. With these two one can achieve success in every sphere of life. Isn't that true?

I know many, who in the quest of losing weight got hospitalized due to weakness and anemia. Crash diets only further the complications. To burn the excess fat one is not supposed to cut on all the other essential nutrients. Avoiding fried items and all the other fatty foods is what all required to get into shape. One is advised to have many small meals a day rather than 3 full heavy meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food intake must be mainly in liquid form-juices, and green leafy vegetables. Completely lessening the sweets intake can only cause weakness as they are primary sources of energy. So replacing the natural sugar with artificial sweeteners which have low calories is always advised. But, that replacement with honey is more beneficial as it is also a rich source of antioxidants which help in eliminating the free radicals from the body, the bi-products of metabolism, which cause ageing and other diseases.

Intake of a spoonful of honey with a warm glass of water and lemon juice is a known fact aiding in weight reduction. Not only this, adding honey in place of sugar to sweets, juices and other dishes, which is no cutting down on the sugar intake,  called 'Honey diet' is very healthy way of dieting. Those with sweet tooth too don't have to worry more about their diet and can follow these recipes by Chef Vikas Khanna.