Choosing A Theme

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I went crazy selecting the themes today. It’s a part of the assignment on Blogging101. Though it was advised to stick to 10 themes to choose from I tried at least 20 themes to demo and 4 themes by activating them!

I have realized that what works for someone’s blog may not work for me. Theme “Sela” is what I chose, simple and elegant.

What do you think?

Then and Now : Difference between My 20’s and 30’s

Today I was reflecting on my past years, I am in my 30’s now and quite different than what I was in my 20’s.

Take for instance the New Year’s party.

Few days before the party

Then: All excited, shopping for the party theme outfit and doing trials of the makeup
Now:  Get dressed in some comfortably clothes exuding clam all the time. “Why didn’t I wear a dress? In this freezing cold?” I am wearing layers of clothes with a bright scarf and a tummy tucker. Don’t make me jealous by saying you don’t need the tummy tucker.

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Yummy Karnataka Breakfast at Kamath LokaRuchi

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Kamath LokaRuchi :

This restaurant is located on the Mysore – Banglore highway. It serves excellent vegetarian breakfast. Even better than Maa ke haath ka khana ( means mom’s cooking in Hindi)!This place is so popular that on weekends people travel from Banglore city just to have breakfast.

We saw this very interesting old style kitchen with onions, coconuts and bananas hanging from the ceiling. There is a cow shed in the back and it immediately reminded me of my village.

The menu is not extensive but they put up specials for the day. Food is served on banana leaves, it gives a very authentic feeling.

I have tasted the Neer Dosa, Rava masala dosa and  Moode Idly. Alas Akki roti was over 😦

Neer Dosa : Extremly soft dosa. Came with three chutneys – sweet coconut chutney, A thin watery sambar (very tasty, bit like potato and peas curry) and a red coconut chutney. In case you are familiar with Malvani fish curry of Maharashtra, this red chutney (minus the fish ;)) will give you a similar taste.

That day me and friends were craving for a special sweet coconut delicacy wrapped in rice flour and boiled called “Modak”. It is sort of a dumpling but sweet. The sweet chutney served with neer dosa gave exactly the same taste and we were overjoyed!

Rava Dosa : Nothing different here but it was very fresh and delicious.

Moode Idly : Idly wrapped in banana leaf and boiled. The idly was soft and gave a faint smell of the banana leaf.

Coffee: I think it was filter coffee.

Outside the restaurant there are handicraft and wooden toy shops where all the women in our group shopped extensively. I will post about this in detail later.

Overall :

Ambience: 4 stars 

Food : 5 stars

Cleanliness : 3 stars

Service : 4 stars

How To Get Rid Of Dandruff

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Dandruff is a pesky problem which aggravates in winter. The easiest way to deal with it is using an anti-dandruff shampoo but does using anti-dandruff solve the problem? Some medicated shampoos cant but the variety of shampoo available just wash the dandruff away.

Let’s look at the causes of dandruff:

  • Dry scalp
  • Over Shampooing
  • Yeast-like fungus called Malassezia
  • Medical conditions like Psoriasis
  • Sensitive to ingredients in hair care products or hair dyes (Minoxidil – use in hair loss treatment, Paraphenylenediamine – hair dyes)

Some home remedies to remove dandruff:

Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds):  Fenugreek seeds have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal Properties. Soak them overnight, grind to a paste. Apply on scalp and keep for 20 minutes. Wash.

Lemon juice:  Help correct pH balance of the scalp. Two teaspoons on lemon juice apply on scalp wash off after 20 mins. Combination of lemon juice and coconut oil also works very well. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and is a good conditioner.

People with Color treated hair do not try this. Lemon is natural bleach.

Gooseberry ( Amla) with Basil (Tulsi) leaves:  Mix basil leaves paste and gooseberry power. Apply on the scalp. Wash off after 30 mins.

Yoghurt(Curd):  Has good bacteria and conditions hair. Apply for 30 mins. and wash off. You can also combine yoghurt and lemon juice for better results. Another remedy uses yoghurt(enough to cover scalp) and black pepper powder (two teaspoons).

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Has anti-fungal properties. Equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar and apply on scalp rinse after 5 mins. Vinegar has a bad smell and that will stay until you rinse your hair again.

People with color treated hair do not try this. Vinegar has bleaching properties.

Ginger and Beetroot juice: Ginger has anti-bacterial properties. You can add vinegar to this mix as well for better results.

Neem Leaves : Have Anti-bacterial properties. Boil neem leaves. Use the boiled water to rinse hair.

Coconut oil and Camphor: Coconut oil conditions and has anti- bacterial properties. Camphor cools the scalp. Heat the oil with camphor and apply to the scalp with a cotton ball. Rinse with shampoo after 20 mins.

Aloe Vera Gel: Conditions and soother itchy scalp. It helps in removing the dead skin.

Henna: Creates a protective layer and reduces scalp irritation. Henna is also a conditioner.

Banana and Vinegar: One mashed banana with vinegar. Banana conditions and vinegar has anti-fungal properties. Keep for 20 mins. Use daily or alternate days.

Baking soda:  Cleans and exfoliates. Add one Tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup water.

Salt: Yes, that right! Salt helps exfoliates and can relive that itchy scalp.

Tea Tree Oil: Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and soothes skin. It also moisturizes the scalp. It is a known remedy for dandruff, often used in dandruff shampoos. Add it to coconut oil or olive oil (or any carrier oil) and apply to scalp. You can leave it overnight if possible or wash off after 30 mins.

Jojoba and Rosemary oil:  Jojoba conditions and Rosemary has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Hibiscus leaves: Helps regain pH balance and relives itching. Make a paste of hibiscus leaves and leave on scalp for 30 mins.

Egg and Lemon: Egg conditions and lemon maintains pH balance. Lemon reduces the offensive smell of egg.

Other things to consider:

  • Include zinc, B vitamins and essential fatty acids, vitamin D in your diet.
  • Reduce hair styling.
  • Shampoo less. Shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils causing the scalp to produce more oil.

If you don’t have time for the home remedies then look for the following ingredients in your anti-dandruff shampoo.

Anti-dandruff shampoo should have

  • Zinc Pyrithione
  • Zinc Omadine
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ketoconazole
  • Blue Lagoon Algae
  • Proctone Alamine
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Coal Tar (controversial, said to increase cancer risk. Has several side effects).

Some people swear by the no shampooing method. Go without a shampoo, just rinse hair with water for a month. The body adjusts the scalp oil production and restore pH balance. I don’t think I can live with the greasy hair for so long though, it’s not for me!

The only shampoo that has worked for me for dandruff is Nizoral. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to use it.

And My Tagline is

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Too many songs in my head, it doesn’t help that I have music in the background.

Some of them were :

  • Starlight can you give me the Fame, Please hurl me the Game – What! you haven’t heard of this one? Here have a listen. The video is great too – Potatoes singing!
  • Put on your dancing shoes
  • I get knocked down but I get up again
  • Lets start the music

**Then realizes all of them are songs thinks some more and comes up with these**

  • Piggy on the railway
  • This little piggy went to market

Nursery rhymes, results of having a two year old around!

So I tweaked it a little to,”This little piggy sat down and wrote…”

Now I can live with that (for sometime 😉 )

Why every kid should collect stamps

That’s a fantastic collection!

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I admit it: I feel a bit nerdy confessing I collect stamps.

I’m not sure how it all started, but I think it’s my father’s fault. He used to travel a lot for work, so he had friends all over the planet. And occasionally these friends would send us a letter, like this one:

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Within a few years I’d amassed maybe a dozen such first-day covers, and I’d saved several hundred stamps from my father’s correspondence. (I especially looked forward to Christmas each year.)

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Before long I was saving my allowance for the local stamp-swaps and mail-order offers. I’m sure I got swindled a few times (I was only eight or nine). But still, it was fun.

Then my collection sat idle for a few years, largely forgotten while I attended college and married and started a career. It wasn’t until last year, in the aftermath of The Great Flood

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