Happy Yugadi to All – 31st March 2015

Happy Yugadi to All – 31st March 2015

May this Jaya Naama Samvatsara Yugadi bring the Wave of freshness in everyone’s life

Ugadi is the New Year (Lunar New Year) for Telugu and Kannada speaking people and it ushers in the spring season. In 2014, the date of Ugadi is March 31. Jaya Nama Samvatsara begins on March 31, 2014. Ugadi (yuga and adi) means beginning of an astronomical cycle. It is also the first day of Chaitra, the first month of the traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Ugadi is also known as Chadramana Ugadi or Chandramana Varsha Thodaku or Vatsara Arambha.

For the Telugu and Kannada speaking people, Ugadi day begins with an extensive oil bath. Rangolis or Kolams are drawn in front of homes and doors and windows are decorated with a ‘thorana’ – mango leaves strung together. Then, it is time for the preparation of the famous ‘Ugadi Pachadi’ in Andhra Pradesh. In Karnataka, it is the ‘Bevu Bella.’

A major event on the day is “Panchanga Sravanam” – predictions for the year. It is organized at temples and by cultural and social organizations.

Ugadi Pachadi which is distributed on the day is a unique dish with a mixture of six tastes ranging from sweet to bitter. It comprises of jaggery, raw mango, tamarind, neem flowers, salt and green chilli. This is the first dish that people have on Ugadi day.

Ugadi Pachadi has an important symbolic meaning that life brings different experiences ranging from sweet to bitter. Therefore each individual should learn to take the different experiences in one’s stride and move ahead.

Instead of the Ugadi Pachadi, in some places people serve jaggery mixed with neem leaves. The bitter taste of neem leaves and the sweet of jaggery symbolize joy and sorrow in life. This is more popular with Kannadigas.

Maharashtrians celebrate Gudhi Padwa on the day.

Did Lord Rama Really Exist?

Did Lord Rama Really Exist?

We generally take it as the Epics, unlike mythologies, are historical narratives and the events depicted in them are actual occurrences in history. Historians of East as well as West have successfully fixed the dates of Rama and Krishna and have also identified the places associated with them. Dismissing the contention that Ramayana is only a literary piece or an allegory woven out of the imagination of a poet. A historian Nandita Krishnan says that to doubt the existence of Rama is to doubt all literature. There is little archaeological or epigraphic evidence for either Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed, who are known only from the Bible and Koran respectively. Does it mean they did not exist? If Rama performs miracles such as liberating Ahalya, the Biblical story of Jesus walking on water or the Koranic tale of Mohammed flying to heaven on a horse are equally miraculous. Such stories reinforce divinity. She also describes in summary what areas the events of Lord Rama’s life took place. She explains: “The Ramayana is geographically very correct. Every site on Rama’s route is still identifiable and has continuing traditions or temples to commemorate Rama’s visit. Around 1000 BC or earlier, no writer had the means to travel around the country inventing a story, fitting it into local folklore and building temples for greater credibility. “In 1975 the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) unearthed fourteen pillar bases of kasauti stone with Hindu motifs near the mosque at Ayodhya; reports of the excavations are available with the ASI. Rama was born in Ayodhya and married in Mithila, now in Nepal. Not far from Mithila is Sitamarhi, where Sita was found in a furrow, still revered as the Janaki kund. “Rama, Lakshmana and Sita left Ayodhya and went to Sringaverapura – modern Sringverpur in Uttar Pradesh – where they crossed the River Ganga. They lived on Chitrakoot hill where Bharata and Shatrughna met them and the brothers performed the last rites for their father. Thereafter, the three wandered through Dandakaranya in Central India, described as a land of Rakshasas, obviously tribes inimical to the brothers’ habitation of their land. Tribals are still found in these forests. The trio reached Nasik, on the River Godavari, which throbs with sites and events of Rama’s sojourn, such as Tapovan where they lived, Ramkund where Rama and Sita used to bathe, Lakshmankund, Lakshmana’s bathing area, and several caves in the area associated with their lives in the forest. “Rama then moved to Panchavati near Bhadrachalam (AP), where Ravana abducted Sita. The dying Jatayu told them of the abduction, so they left in search of Sita. Kishkinda, near Hampi, where Rama first met Sugriva and Hanuman, is a major Ramayana site, where every rock and river is associated with Rama. Anjanadri, near Hospet, was the birthplace of Hanuman (Anjaneya); Sugriva lived in Rishyamukha on the banks of the Pampa (Tungabhadra); Sabari probably also lived in a hermitage there. Rama and the Vanara army left Kishkinda to reach Rameshwaram, where the Vanaras built a bridge to Lanka from Dhanushkodi on Rameshwaram Island to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. While parts of the bridge – known as Adam’s Bridge – are still visible, NASA’s satellite has photographed an underwater man-made bridge of shoals in the Palk Straits, connecting Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar. On his return from Sri Lanka, Rama worshiped Shiva at Rameshwaram, where Sita prepared a Linga out of sand. It is still one of the most sacred sites of Hinduism. “Sri Lanka also has relics of the Ramayana. There are several caves, such as Ravana Ella Falls, where Ravana is believed to have hidden Sita to prevent Rama from finding her. The Sitai Amman Temple at Numara Eliya is situated near the ashokavana where Ravana once kept her prisoner.” In describing the places in Sri Lanka that are associated with Lord Rama and the Ramayana, “Sri Lankan folklore and religious scholars have identified more than 30 places on the island which are associated with the Ramayana. And interestingly enough, people in these places have a strong sense of history and lore, and a strong sense of possession. They are proud of their association with the Hindu epic,” explained S. Kalaiselvan, director general Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. This is the case, even though 90 percent of the people in the Ramayana-related areas are Sinhalese Buddhists. According to the Ramayana, Ravana brought Sita to Sri Lanka by a vehicle called ‘Pushpaka Vimanam’ by the Hindus and ‘Dandu Monara Yanthraya’ by the Sinhalese Buddhists. According to mythology, this vehicle landed at Werangatota, about 10 km from Mahiyangana, east of the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, in central Sri Lanka. Sita was then taken to Goorulupota, now known as Sitakotuwa, where Ravana’s wife, Mandodari, lived. Seetakotuwa is about 10 km from Mahiyangana on the road to Kandy. Sita was housed in a cave at Sita Eliya, on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road. There is a temple for her there. She is believed to have bathed in the mountain stream flowing beside the temple. North of Nuwara Eliya, in Matale district, is Yudhaganapitiya, where the Rama-Ravana battle took place. According to a Sinhalese legend, Dunuwila is the place from where Rama shot the ‘Bramshira’ arrow that killed Ravana. The Sri Lankan king was chalking out his battle plans in a place called Lakgala when the killer arrow struck him. Lakgala is a rock from the top of which Ravana could see north Sri Lanka clearly. It served as a watchtower following the expectation that Rama would invade the island to rescue his consort. Ravana’s body was placed on the rock at Yahangala for his subjects to pay their last respects. Since Ravana was a Brahmin, it was considered a sin to kill him, even in battle. To wash off the sin, Rama performed puja at the Munneswaram temple in Chilaw, 80 km north of Colombo. At Manaweri, north of Chilaw, there is a temple gifted by Rama. According to another legend from the southern part of Sri Lanka, Sita was actually detained in the mountainous forest area of Rumassala near Galle. When she fell ill, Hanuman wanted to bring some medicinal plants from the Dronagiri mountain in the Himalayan chain to cure her. Since he could not find the plants, he brought the whole mountain and dropped it at Unawatuna, which is near the present Galle harbour. Unawatuna means ‘here it fell’. Indeed, the area is known for its medicinal plants. At Ramboda, in the central highlands, known for its massive waterfalls, a temple for Hanuman has now sprung up as the belief is that he had visited Sita who was incarcerated there. Legend has it that the Koneswaram temple, in the eastern district of Trincomalee, was gifted by Lord Shiva to Ravana, as he was an ardent devotee. In the famous Buddha Vihara at Kelani, near Colombo, there is a representation of Rama handing over captured Sri Lanka to Ravana’s brother, Vibheeshana, who sided with him in his conflict with Ravana. Nandita Krishnan continues to explain the importance of these holy sites, “All the places visited by Rama still retain memories of his visit, as if it happened yesterday. Time, in India, is relative. Some places have commemorative temples; others commemorate the visit in local folklore. But all agree that Rama was going from or to Ayodhya. Why doubt connections when literature, archaeology and local tradition meet? Why doubt the connection between Adam’s Bridge and Rama, when nobody else in Indian history has claimed its construction? Why doubt that Rama traveled through Dandakaranya or Kishkinda, where local non-Vedic tribes still narrate tales of Rama? Why doubt that he was born in and ruled over Ayodhya? Nobody believed that Homer’s Iliad was a true story till Troy was discovered after extensive archaeology. To further verify this aspect of the history of Lord Rama, Pushkar Bhatnagar concludes that geographical evidence for the epics is abundant. There still exist many places like Rameshwaram, Kishkindha, Kurukshetra, Hastinapura, etc. where the visits of Rama and Krishna are a basic part of local folklore. Lack of archaeological evidence is no excuse for denying the existence of history, sums up Bhatnagar. “If the buildings of that time over 7000 years ago do not exist today, can we just infer that civilizations and personalities of that time also did not exist?” we can see the affects of the Ramayana tradition in many countries who have adapted their own form of the Ramayana and worship of Lord Rama, especially in the countries of Southeast Asia. These include Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia (Capuchia), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Other areas can also be found where the influence of the history of Lord Rama is in affect, such as the continent of Africa was once known as Kushadvipa for having been ruled by Kush, one of Lord Rama’s sons. There have also been astronomers who have identified the approximate time of the Ramayana by the descriptions of the stars and constellations as given in the Ramayana, or even in the Bhagavata Purana and other texts. Pushkar Bhatnagar, author of the book Dating the Era of Lord Rama, claims that there is a significant amount of information available to prove that Rama was a historical personality. He says, “Valmiki, who wrote the Ramayana, was a contemporary of Rama. While narrating the events of the epic, he has mentioned the position of the planets at several places.” He explains that by using recent planetary software, it has been possible to verify that these planetary positions actually took place precisely as specified in the Ramayana. These were not just stray events, but the entire sequence of the planetary positions as described by Valmiki at various stages of Rama’s life can be verified today as having taken place. Bhatnagar goes on to explain: “This information is significant, since these configurations do not repeat for lakhs of years and cannot be manipulated or imagined so accurately, Bhatnagar goes on to explain: “This information is significant, since these configurations do not repeat for lakhs of years and cannot be manipulated or imagined so accurately, without the help of sophisticated software. The inference that one can draw is that someone was present there to witness the actual happening of these configurations, which got recorded in the story of Rama.” Bhatnagar provides the following quote from the Ramayana: “Rama was born on the Navami tithi of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra masa (9th day of the increasing phase of the moon in the lunar month of Chaitra). At that time, the nakshatra was Punarvasu, and Sun, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus were in Aries, Capricorn, Libra, Cancer and Pisces respectively. Lagna was Cancer and Jupiter & Moon were shining together. — Ramayana 1.18.8,9 The conditions can be summarized as follows, according to Bhatnagar: 1. Sun in Aries 2. Saturn in Libra 3. Jupiter in Cancer 4. Venus in Pisces 5. Mars in Capricorn 6. Lunar month of Chaitra 7. 9th day after New Moon (Navami Tithi, Shukla Paksh) 8. Moon near Punarvasu Nakshatra (Pollux star in Gemini constellation) 9. Cancer as Lagna (Cancer constellation rising in the east) 10. Jupiter above the horizonAccording to the Planetarium software, it provides the following date: Sri Rama Navami – 10th January 5114 BCE – Birth Day of Rama, Observation at 12.30 p.m It was the ninth day of the Shukla Paksh of Chaitra month too. Moving forward, after 25 years of the birth of Lord Ram, the position of planets in the sky tallies with their description in Ramayana. Again, on the amavasya (new moon) of the 10th month of the 13th year of exile the solar eclipse had indeed occurred and the particular arrangement of planets in the sky was visible. ( Date comes to 7th October, 5077 BC). Even the occurrence of subsequent two eclipses also tally with the respective description in Valmiki Ramayana. (Date of Hanuman’s meeting Sita at Lanka was 12th September, 5076 BC). In this manner the entire sequence of the planetary positions gets verified and all the dates can be precisely determined.” Although this provides verification of the existence for Lord Rama according to calculations as given in the Ramayana, some people feel the timing for the day and year of His birth may be different than what the planetarium software indicates. For example, Vedic astrologer Nartaka Gopala devi dasi points out that “Regarding the calculation of Lord Rama’s birth as 10th of January 5114 BCE – Birth Day of Rama, Observation at 12.30 PM, there are 2 reasons why this cannot be correct. His rising sign, or lagna, is Cancer. That places Aries in the tenth house, and He has the Sun in Aries. The placement of the Sun in any birth chart will tell the time of day of the birth. Sun in the tenth house means birth at noontime (approx. 11 AM to 2 PM). There are no exceptions to this. (Lord Krishna appeared at midnight, the Sun is in Leo, 4th house for Taurus rising. Birth at 6 PM means 7th house Sun. Birth at sunrise means 1st house Sun.) Also, in Lord Rama’s chart the Sun is in Aries, and the dates for Sun in Aries are fixed, which means the same each year on April 14th to May 13th. So how did the January 10 date come up? These two Jyotish corrections are common sense that any Vedic astrologer would immediately see.” So there may be a difference in what the planetarium software suggests. This also corroborates why we who follow the Vedic calendar celebrate Lord Rama’s appearance in April-May each year. So the traditional date appears accurate. further reason why we should accept that Lord Rama appeared millions of years ago. In the Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara-Kanda (or Book 5), Chapter 4, verse 27, [Gita Press, Gorakhpur, India] it explains that when Hanuman first approached Ravana’s palace, he saw the doorways surrounded by horses and chariots, palanquins and aerial cars, beautiful horses and elephants, nay, with four-tusked elephants decked with jewels resembling masses of white clouds. The question is how could there be a mention of the elephants with four tusks unless Valmiki and the people of his era were familiar with such creatures? A quick search on the Encarta Encyclopedia will let us know that these four-tusked elephants were known as Mastodontoidea, which are said to have evolved around 38 million years ago and became extinct about 15 million years ago when the shaggy and two tusked Mastodons increased in population Pargitter says that ‘the geographical knowledge revealed in the Epic could hardly have been obtained except by actual visit to these places by some persons.’ Monnier Williams among his many tributes he pays to the Epic, ranks the Ramayana as the beautiful composition that has ever appeared at any period or any country. Swami Vivekananda proclaims, “In fact the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the encyclopaedias of ancient Aryan life and wisdom, portraying an ideal civilization which humanity has to aspire after.” Macdonall says, “Probably no work of world literature, secular in its origin has ever produced so profound an influence on the life and thought of a people as the Ramayana.” in 1973, Sri V.D. Ramswami had brought out a book on “Sri Rama Pada Yatra” covering the places visited by Rama during his itineraries, with maps illustrating his trek in the forests. The spot on which Rama crossed River Yamuna to reach Chitrakoota is Kosum, which Cunningham identifies with the ancient town of Kousambi, capital of Vatsa Desha (the Doab). The modern town of Chitrakoota is situated in the district of Banda which is about five miles from the railway station of Karvi. The small hill of Chitrakoota is a part of the Binthachal range and is about five hundred feet high. Pilgrims walk round the hill which is never climbed because people believe Rama is still there. While some historians identify Panchavati with modern Nasik, there are others who hold the view that it must be the modern Badrachalam in Andhra Pradesh. To the west of the town of Bellary on the south bank of Tungabadra is the small village of Hampi where the ancient Kishkinda is placed on general agreement by scholars Major Forbes in his book titled ‘Eleven Years in Ceylon” gives a good account of the various sites in this island whose names are connected with those in the Epic. Lord Rama has been revered as. ‘Maryada Purusottam’. The Sanatana culture of The Hindus has stand to the onslaughts of time and enemies in flesh… It would ever be alive and thriving giving Spiritual and Yogic guidance to the whole world Jai Hind

Beware of the ‘WhatsApp Calling Invitation’ Scam!

A new scam is going viral among the WhatsApp crowd – the ‘WhatsApp Calling Invitation’ scam. Read what this scam is all about from this post.

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One of the trending news on the Internet is the newest feature of WhatsApp that allows voice calls over mobile data or Wi-Fi. The feature, however, has not been rolled out officially and only a few selected users have had a chance to test it. Also, to be able to use the feature, a user must meet the following two criteria:

  1. Have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on their phone.
  2. Must receive a WhatsApp voice call from another user who has this feature enabled on their phone.

As of now, WhatsApp has put the invitation process on hold and is not officially released for all users.

So, Where’s the Problem?
Clearly, the excitement over getting the WhatsApp Calling feature is humongous among users across the world. And taking advantage of this excitement, online scammers and hackers have started a fresh malicious campaign that is going viral.

A message is circulating in the WhatsApp community that goes “Hey, I am inviting you to try whatsapp calling click here to activate now—> http://WhatsappCalling.com

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This message is a hoax and an attempt to get users to download malicious apps and fill a survey form. WhatsApp, as mentioned, hasn’t officially released this feature.

What Happens if you Click on the Link on your Android Phone
1. It takes you to a page where you have to invite 10 of your friends before you can start using the feature. Your invitation will be sent in the form of the same message, as displayed above.

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  1. Once you are done inviting 10 users, the ‘Continue’ button is enabled. Clicking on it, takes you to a page where you are asked to complete a survey.

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  1. Clicking on the given button redirects you to the below page that asks you to download an app as shown below.

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If you proceed further and download the app as asked, you won’t be getting the WhatsApp calling feature. By following all the steps mentioned above, you will have only helped the scammer earn money. Furthermore, these apps may also be malicious and harm your device once they are installed.

What Happens if you Click on the Link on your PC?
If you are using WhatsApp on your PC, and click the link (http://WhatsappCalling.com), then it will take you to the same ‘Invite Now’ page. Once you click ‘Continue’, you will be taken here:

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Clicking on the third option will download an installer on your PC, which happens to be a malicious adware. Once inside the system, the adware does the following:

  1. Opens unwanted sites in the background without user permission
  2. Changes default search engine
  3. Adds an unwanted add-on to the browser
  4. Displays unwanted ads

What Should you Do?
If you come across the invitation message “Hey, I am inviting you to try whatsapp calling click here to activate now –> http://WhatsappCalling.com“, please do not click the link or respond to it. It is also important that you avoid forwarding it further, and advise the sender not to circulate the same.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Face Washing

Face washing is an essential step in cleansing. From times immemorial, individuals especially women have attached importance to use of homemade products and masks for face cleaning.
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At times it is also neglected and taken casually regarding the type of products, aggressiveness of use and suitability as per the skin. All in all we cannot ignore the hygiene of face as it can result in multiple implications for the skin.

Some Do’s and Don’ts….

1. Always use right products suited to the face. As a thumb rule use mildest facewash. Type of facewash used can vary according to skin type but look for gentle, non irritating types. Common misconception is that more the lather better is the cleaning. Rather such face washes are high on detergent content. One should try and go for milder washes preferably fragrance free to avoid allergy.

2. Use right temperature of water. Use or very cold of very hot and very cold water can either over dry skin or cause skin to look blanched.

3. Use same facewash twice daily atleast in winters and three times a day in summers followed by moisturizer. Avoid rushing out in sun immediately after washing face. Take time out to apply sunscreen.

4. Never rub your face vigorously after washing. Mop the face gently with mild towel. Also use oilfree moisturizer in acne prone skin and creamy moisturizer in dry skin within 3 minutes after facewash.

5. Don’t use Facewashes for removing makeup. Remove make up with remover or even a good moisturizer. Then wash it off with facewash. Some people like to follow cleanser, toner, moisturizer ( CTM) routine. It doesn’t work for everyone as some people can get allergic rash to toners as they are alcohol based. Always try products behind ears for 48-72 hours to see if they suit and then start using.

6. Replacements like curd or milk do not actually work. Some people prefer not to use facewash or use only homemade things as replacement like curd or milk. These are not very effective cleansers and can lead to blackheads or clogged pores. Soaps too are not a good choice as they are not ph balanced. Facewashes remain the best choice.

Face is the mirror of body. To maintain face hygiene facewashes have an important role to play. Something we all need to choose judiciously.

– Dr. Aman Dua, Dermatologist

10 Tips on How to Kiss

Wanna perfect your French kissing technique, or just want the basics on how to kiss for the first time? Follow these kissing tips the next time you’re ready to smooch.

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1.  Find the Right Time to Kiss

The best time for a first kiss is when you’re alone, there’s a pause in the conversation and you’re both looking into each other’s eyes. Help make this moment happen by finding a way to get away from the crowd, standing or sitting close to your partner, making eye contact and letting the convo come to a natural breaking point. You’ll both know when the moment is right.

2.  Don’t Obsess About Your Breath

Your breath doesn’t need to be any more minty fresh than your kissing partner’s. (For instance, if you both just had dinner together and ate equally garlicky meals, you’ll be fine.) Bring some mints with you, but don’t pop them obsessively. It’s not necessary and it’ll make you look over-eager.

3.  Start With Your Lips

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about french kissing is tongue, but that shouldn’t come right away – you’ll have to ease into it. Start just by lightly kissing their lips (either their top lip, their bottom lip or both) with yours.

4.  Don’t Make Your Tongue the Star of the Show

A kiss without any tongue at all is perfectly fine. But if you want to take it to the next level, open your mouth a little wider, gently touch your tongue against theirs, and let the tips of your tongues “play around” together. Don’t do much more than that, though. When it comes to tongue, a little goes a long way.

5.  Use Your Hands Wisely

The best spots to place your hands are around your partner’s neck or waist, on the back of your partner’s head, or if you want to be extra-romantic, against your partner’s cheeks. Never just leave them by your side! That would be a total waste.

6.  Don’t Forget to Breathe

Take regular breaks to pull away and look into your partner’s eyes. It’ll give you a chance to catch your breath and share a smile.

7.  Mix It Up

Don’t leave your lips or your tongue in the same spot for more than a couple of seconds. The initial excitement of a first kiss is thrilling, but things can get boring awfully quickly if you don’t vary your style a little.

8.  When In Doubt, Follow Their Lead

You don’t need to be an expert on kissing to share a great kiss. If you’re not sure what to do, just let your partner take over and go with the flow. As long as the two of you like each other and are concentrating on the magic of the moment, it’ll go great.

9.  It’s Okay to Laugh

You might be tempted to laugh or make a little joke to ease the tension or hide some your nervousness. Go for it. Your partner’s probably just as nervous as you are, and it’ll ease the tension for them, too.

10.  Know When to End It

If this is your first time kissing this person, keep things brief. There’ll be plenty more chances to kiss, and you want to leave them dying to lock lips with you the next time.

How often must women wash their hair?

How often must women wash their hair?

In the summer due to heat and humidty, one’s hair can get oiler than usual; hence it is advisable to wash one’s hair every alternate day and at least twice a week in the winter.

long hair girls photo gallery (331)Is it necessary to use a shampoo, conditioner and serum from the same brand? Why?
Yes, it’s always better to use a shampoo, conditioner and serum from the same brand because each company generally makes products using ingredients that work better together.
How often must one change their shampoo?
It is a myth that one should change their shampoo often. Change your shampoo only if your hair density or texture changes. Once a month, buy a sachet of clarifying shampoo and wash your hair with it; this gets rid of the build-up of your regular shampoo.

How often must one oil one’s hair? Can you shed some light on the debate about oiling being bad for air?
I am of the opinion that oiling is good for your hair. Oil your hair once a week, leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it off.
The cons of oiling are that it often weighs down the hair (specially if you over oil) and can make your tresses look very greasy. However, oiling has great benefits too! It improves the blood circulation due to the massaging involved and enhances the sheen of your hair. There are also special oils that can help eliminate dandruff.

There seem to be endless haircare products in the market? Could you please list a set of hair care essentials/basics from brushes to serums and anything in between.
Buy a shampoo and conditioner specially meant for your hair type. Opt for a light all-purpose serum. Besides these, you will find a number of products in the market meant specifically for your hair type. For example, if you have curly hair there are products such as curling lotions.

Could you list a few Hair Don’ts?
Don’t use the wrong shampoo and conditioner.
Never brush wet hair
Trim your hair every 6-8 months
Regularly clean your brushes and combs
Don’t expose your hair to the sun

Tips for Success

Tips for Success

Important tips for students

1. Students normally consider anger, laziness, sensitiveness, fear, tension, inferiority complex, insecurity about future, failure to speak in public, lack of attention and memory as their problems. These are not at all problems but only weaknesses which can be fought upon.

2. Daydreaming is the barrier of learning. Lack of concentration is due to lack of interest in studies or more interest in other things. Conquer your unwanted desires that take your time. Don’t discuss your next day’s interesting programs like going to cinema or picnic, just before starting your studies. This leads to daydreaming distracting your concentration. Fight this barrier. Avoid gossip, arguments, phone conversations and long discussions during your study hours.

3. Planning your timetable is very essential. Decide how much time you are going to spend for your entertainment and how much for your studies. Time Management is very important. So plan to work according to your time table. Request your parents not to invite guests during your study hours. See that your friends should not ring up at your study hours.

4. Pay equal importance to all subjects. Don’t ignore any subject. If you do so at the time of examination you will find that particular subject difficult and tough. Don’t sit at the nick of the moment preparing for the examination. Don’t be over-confident. Plan to prepare for examinations from the beginning of the academic year. This helps you to avoid tension when the examination date advances. Doing this you can maintain good health avoiding late night outs.

5. Understand the subject matter. Discuss with friends or with your teachers to clarify your doubts if any. Develop the habit of condensing and expanding the subject. Note down important points using key words and learn to expand the words when required.

6. Try to follow your time table regularly without fail. You can give extra time for the subjects you feel tougher by giving extra time for that particular subject on holidays.

7. Fix particular place for study. Avoid study in your bedroom or in kitchen. Spend time in libraries and try to study alone. Combined study may promote unnecessary gossips.

8. If you feel bored of continuous study relax for a while. But don’t sit in front of the Television. Just go out, breath in fresh air and come back to your studies. Never watch late night movies.

9. Develop the habit of reading text books. Note down the important points. You will not have time to read bulky text at the time of the examination so prior reading and noting down of important points helps you a lot during examination.

10. Don’t read continuously without rest. Take ten minutes break in-between every one hour of your reading. Go to your balcony or in open space, close your eyes and feel the fresh air. During the ten minutes break, try to recollect what you have studied during the previous two hours, closing your eyes.

11. Avoid oily foods and snacks in breakfast as these things make you lazy. Avoiding such food you can be alert throughout the day. Avoid heavy meal. After dinner, walk for ten minutes silently and then continue your studies.

12. Drink as much water as you can while studying so that you feel fresh. For every of your study have a glass of buttermilk or fresh fruit juice. Smell mint before preparing for study. It increases your attentiveness.

13. After completing one subject give a gap of five minutes and then go for next subject. Discuss your subject with your friends and parents so that you remember the things very well. Cultivate the habit of reading daily without break. If you wish to watch television or if you feel like talking with your friends complete prior to your studies. Avoid doing such things in-between or after your studies as it disturbs your mind.

14. Avoid last minute preparation for any left out subject matter. It creates unnecessary tension.

15. Avoid oily foods, cool drinks, sweets a month before examination.

16. Usually students get nervous at the time of examination. But nervousness makes you forget things. Your memory weakens. So stay relaxed and confident before staring to write your examination.

17. Divide your time equally for all the questions. Before answering the question paper read it atleast twice. Don’t waste your time on one answer. Don’t write beyond the requirement. See that though the answers are brief they cover entire points.

18. Avoid falling in love at your age. It is quite common but with a little effort, you can avoid such things. There is lot of life further for a better choice. Self control is very essential to develop concentration and to build a bright future.

Perform your duty
Whole-heartedly
Thy not expect the result
Enjoy the work
Just by doing it
And the result is a bonus.

WISH YOU A BRIGHT FUTURE