Easy Effective Steps Towards Heart Health!

We all know that ‘Health is Wealth’!

But how many times do we behave irresponsibly towards this immeasurable treasure of ours?

We all are guilty of postponing our exercising plans at some point in time or of giving into temptations of tasty food over the healthier options, conveniently forgetting our resolutions for healthy lifestyle.

It is our duty to keep our body health as only a healthy body can have a healthy mind.

And the epicenter of our overall health is our heart. This good old ticker of ours bears a big responsibility to keep our body in mint condition and functioning well.

So what should be our strategy to keep it in optimum health?

 
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NO need to worry guys! nothing of mammoth proportions needs to be done to plan your cardiac care strategy. This job can be achieved through small steps taken on a regular basis-#chotte chotte kadam.  Just follow a healthy lifestyle in a disciplined manner regularly to keep your heart fit and strong.

Here are some simple tips that can help you in improving your lifestyle:

 

1.Say goodbye to smoking or chewing tobacco:

These are major risk factors when it comes to heart disease. Smoking exponentially increases the chances of suffering from heart disease. It is harmful for lungs, heart, causes cancer and many vascular diseases. Be careful about passive smoking as well. Never fall prey to it. So, bid it a hasty adieu right away!

 

2.Follow a balanced and a healthy diet plan:

Consume foods that are packed with optimum nutritional value like whole grain cereals, legumes, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Fresh fruits are rich in antioxidants.

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Also Keep a close watch on the total calorie intake. To regulate calories, one can reorient the dietary pattern by cutting down on carbohydrates and increasing proteins. High carbohydrate diet with lots of rice and products like white flour, starch results in extra calories, leading to obesity, which can cause diabetes and extra calories get deposited in the body as fat.

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Go for carbs that have low glycemic index. Diabetes and hypertension are major enemies of the heart. You can do yourself a world of good by reducing the intake of fried foods and sweets. Fat can be taken in moderation and try to curb your sweet tooth. Avoid egg and red meats. Egg yolks have been proven to have high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. Chicken, fish and white of eggs are safe. Try to include lots of salads in daily life.

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Choose healthy cooking oils that contain monounsaturated polyunsaturated fats that prevent cancer and heart diseases. The polyunsaturated fats reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Aim for a balanced diet that contains 30% carbs, 20% fats, 30% proteins, vitamins etc.

 

3.Reduce salt and sugar intake:

Keep the salt consumption to about 5 gm per day. One does not need to completely avoid salt. Even if one is hypertensive, 3-5 gm of salt daily should be fine. Keeping a check on salt helps to control BP and reduce the load on heart. Avoid adding extra salt in your food. Eat pickles and papads in moderation.

Do you know even sugar has an effect on blood pressure?

According to a 2014 study, sugar is also responsible for high blood pressure and heart disease. Most often, doctors recommend a low salt diet to control blood pressure, but they forget to mention sugar. But, latest research suggests that it is prudent to reduce sugar consumption as well to regulate blood pressure.

 

4.Exercise regularly:

Human body has been designed in such a way that it needs constant exercise to keep it in top condition and optimum level of functioning.

So, light exercise every day, all days should be included in the daily routine. Be active and stay fit. Walk as much as possible, join a gym or a yoga class.

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Whatever people eat, they should keep a close watch on their calorie intake. Keeping one’s weight under control and exercising every day will definitely help in keeping the heart healthy. These days, many youngsters are getting heart diseases and it’s important for the 20-30 age group to keep a close watch on their weight and play some games regularly.”

~ Dr I. Sathyamurthy  (Senior cardiologist, Apollo hospitals)

We totally know and understand this, but given our fast-paced lives, there is common complaint of lack of time for exercise.

Don’t worry, there is a solution for this malady too!

Manage it by including constant action in your daily routine without allotting too much separate time to exercise through these easy tricks:

a) Move around a lot: Ditch the lift, take the steps. This helps your body stay active and help your metabolism.

b) Walk more: Park your car away and walk to your destination to give your legs a workout.

c) Do spot jogging: This is a good trick to exercise in office or home, while you’re busy in some other task

d) Lift weights: No, not the big ones, but you can easily lift small weights while you are talking on phone or watching TV

e)Join group activity: like zumba, yoga or tai chi to keep you motivated and self driven to exercise regularly.

f) Do more outdoor activities: like gardening, playing with kids or taking a brisk walk in the park.

There is always a way to exercise if you have the will to do it. So, exercise and fitness are a lot about attitude!

 

5. Let go of stress:

In today’s world, we almost always find ourselves living in stress. It has become an inevitable part of our life.

But, beware as it can have a negative impact on our heart!

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According to certain health studies, there is a strong connection between stress and heart diseases. How exactly this occurs is not yet established. Is stress an independent risk factor or whether it affects other risk factors is not completely known.

Senior cardiologist Dr. Tilak Surarma says, “Studies have shown that long term stress results in a higher incidence of leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Many people with long term work related stress end up exercising lesser, follow an unhealthy diet, smoke and drink alcohol, which leads to obesity.” This in turn, increases chances of having hypertension, diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol.

So, stress makes one prone to have risk factors for coronary heart disease. Apart from this, chronic stress exposes one’s body to unhealthy elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can be detrimental for the heart.

Many people smoke a lot when in extreme stress conditions or consume a lot of alcohol. Both of these are major risk factors for heart ailments. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to cardiomyopathy, a condition in which heart muscles get weakened.

To reduce the harmful effects of stress on one’s heart, one can follow these easy tips-

a) Practice Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama:

Yoga is a good form of exercise and it can also be useful to combat stress. Meditation can calm you down. Practice it regularly for 15-20 minutes daily. Deep breathing exercises like pranayama help in controlling stress.

b)Maintain a Positive Attitude:

Everyone goes through stress, but each one of us handles it in different ways.

Let go of bad experiences and avoid anger, guilt, fear, hostility, anxiety. Face life’s challenges with a smile.

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Learn to FORGIVE AND FORGET easily to maintain your inner peace and tranquility ! 

Unforgiveness and holding onto anger and resentment kills your calm and harms you manifold. It is like a parasite which you hold on to and that keeps gnawing at your own health.

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c)Listen to your favorite music:

This helps in mental relaxation and helps decrease stress.

d)Take adequate sleep:

Early to bed and early to rise is the best option.

e)Take periodic breaks:

Go for vacations with friends and family. Enjoyment increases your happiness quotient and decreases stress.

 

6. Get Regular Checkups:

It is mandatory to monitor your blood pressure, sugar level, cholesterol, Triglyceride, and lipid profile on a regular basis. If there are warning signs, don’t ignore them and seek medical advice.

It is important to note that diabetic patients may have advanced heart disease and not show any symptom at all.

 

Warning signs can be:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Breathlessness with even minimum activity
  3. Palpitation
  4. Giddiness
  5. Insomnia
  6. Cold sweat
  7. Dizziness

You can reap great benefits towards good overall health by following these #chhote kadam(small steps).

Persistence is the  main key here.

So, Be Active , Eat Better and Stay Happy to keep your heart healthy and enjoy a blessed life! 

 

“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association withBlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

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Best Bollywood Movie Ever!

India is often called the world’s other movie capital other than Hollywood, due to the sheer number of movies produced in Bollywood-the Indian film industry based in Mumbai (formerly called Bombay). The numbers of films made each year are more than 1500 on an average and in terms of statistics it has grown to $2.3billion approx.

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There are different types of movies that are produced in Bollywood, that cater to the different types of viewers and belong to the various levels of the quality meter-the good ones, not so good, the bad ones and some downright atrocious. There is commercial cinema which is loved by the masses and there is parallel cinema which is enjoyed by art lovers and contributes to art of movie making substantially if not as much in financial terms.

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To pick the best Bollywood movie ever is not an easy task as tens of thousands of films have been made since the industry started in 1913 with the production of first Indian feature film ‘Raja Harishchandra’. But some of the movies which have touched our sensibilities and hearts in some way or the other over the ages are-Mother India, Mughal-E-Azam, Guide, Sholay, Masoom, Arth, Pakeezah, Lagaan, 3 idiots, Taare zameen par, Rang de basanti, Swades and many more.

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Out of a whole lot of choicest of Indian movies that i have enjoyed watching, Chak de India is my all time favorite. It was released in 2007.  It had all the ingredients which make a movie a must watch and raise it to an all new level of films.

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The film is based on a real life incident, so it feels very inspirational as the viewer can totally relate to the struggles the characters in the movie are going through to achieve their goals in spite of the umpteen hurdles and challenges they face in their path. The narrative of the film flows smoothly throughout and lacks unnecessary diversions and tracks.

All the actors fit perfectly into their characters and play the roles as if they are born for it. Shahrukh Khan superbly dons the role of the hockey coach with his perfect mannerisms and physical attributes. It seems as if he had been coaching hockey players all his life. The way he instills confidence and team spirit in his demoralized and divided team is a great lesson to be imbibed in all spheres of our life. As the movie proceeds, one gets to watch thrilling action on the field which is very realistic. The climax is equally nail biting and the movie ends on a very positive note upholding the virtues of team work, undying human spirit and off course resilience against all odds.

Overall, this movie impressed me a lot and touched me at a deep level and became a permanent member in my unforgettable and all time favorites list.

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For latest news on Bollywood you can visit www.follo.in– the wonderful site with loads of information where you can even follow your favorite movie stars and get in touch with them. There is an app available which you can install if you want to easily access this site through your phone. There are sections like featured gallery, Bollymasala ,B20, starbuzz to tickle your entertainment buds. You can test your know how about your favorite star by taking starquiz. There is also Bolly rewardz where you can get free movie vouchers and points by following stars and get goodies signed by your favorite star in exchange of these points.

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Now, if we talk about Bollywood movies in general, there is no basic premise on which they are based. They cover the complete spectrum of emotions, sensitivities, topics, styles, techniques, genres, tastes and the like. But there are some common cliches which are repeated in lot of them. Some of these i am sharing here:

1. Hero is always good and the villain is compulsorily bad and evil. The good wins over evil ALWAYS.

Does it happen like that in the real world not always just even often ?

2. At least one hour of song and dance sequence is a must in a three hour movie, even if it is completely unrelated to the story line.

How else to you get to add multiple glitzy costumes and numerous breathtaking foreign locales in a few shots?

3.The hero single handedly beats up a whole bunch of goons even if they are double or triple his size in weight and height.

Are all heroes of Bollywood movies bestowed with superpowers?

4.Almost always the hero and heroine fall in love at first sight and then the whole movie revolves around their love at first sight.

Do all love stories in real life necessarily start by love at first sight ?

5.With just an added mustache and black sunglasses, neighbors and even cops can’t recognize a person if a character needs to disguise himself in the story.

If disguising oneself was as easy, all criminals in the real world would rest assured peacefully that they shall never be caught. After all, arranging a fake mustache and black sunglasses is not that difficult a task.

6.If a car in the film ever stops working, one solution that works 100% is to pour some water in the radiator.

Would we ever need car mechanics if this filmy trick worked as wonderfully in real life?

7. The hero constantly stalks the heroine to win her heart and almost always succeeds in doing so.

Does stalking ever work in the real world? in fact this often takes serious turns and has damaging repercussions as recently happened in a sad case in Chennai. This is one issue which film makers need to think about seriously and refrain from encouraging in any form in the movie because it has damaging effects on the youngsters  who blindly copy what is shown on screen and society is affected as whole.

Whenever a commercial movie with big names who have spend big amounts on advertising it is released, the viewers rush to watch it and it runs on house full. Mostly, people follow the mass mentality. On the other hand, when a well made movie with a message comes to the theaters, it gets a luke warm response and does not do well financially. As an audience, its high time we use discernment and appreciate the effort of movie makers who have the courage to come up with useful messages.  Movie making is a business and no producer will be ready to finance a venture which incurs loss . So, we should flock the halls to watch such movies so that their makers are rewarded in financial aspects also other than just awards so that they continue to make high quality stuff. After all, movies are a very strong medium that can be the harbingers of change in the society. This medium should be used to its best advantage other than just entertainment.

What is urgently needed is change in the common mindset!

 

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Enhance your online shopping experience with ZAPSTORE!

Now days, more and more people prefer shopping online over conventional shopping because of the numerous advantages and benefits it offers. Some of the reasons are convenience of shopping anywhere, anytime without bothering to travel long distance to the market in heavy traffic or crowded streets. This saves lot of valuable time and other resources. It takes only minutes to shop online and one can shop even at midnight lying on your comfortable couch.

Better competitive prices and discount deals are also available online. Variety of products from different sellers are available at one place. You can even shop for products from other countries sitting in your home. Also, compulsive or impulsive spending is avoided as we make well thought out purchases when we shop online.

This hassle free experience of online shopping becomes even more rewarding if we can easily compare price, features and functions of any product  from different sellers  from several online platforms before buying a product to ensure the perfect value for money. But this seems to be a very time consuming task.

Not any more!

In such a scenario ZAPSTORE comes as a saviour for us consumers. It is a one stop shop for all our shopping needs, which provides the complete market of online products curated or chosen by other shoppers at your fingertips. It is a unique shopping concept which ensures that every ZAPPER is a winner.

Zapstore.com is an e-commerce portal aimed at making online shopping more enjoyable, rewarding, fun and satisfying. It gives the consumer an option to buy the product at the price that they want to, by comparing with all the options available at different platforms, at zapstore easily and then choose the best option or deal available. Overall, Zapstore works as an Options Market where one can check all the options available online and pick the best deal.

Logistic partner support system with distributors of all major brands is well refined to make sure that the products reach the consumers promptly. The USP of the Zapstore is to enable consumers to buy the products they want at the prices they wish. It is a single platform for all the best products across e-commerce stores including Flipkart, amazon, snapdeal etc. All the products are hand picked ie chosen by other users so the products are already ‘best out of the rest’. Now the Zapstore users just have to select the ‘Best of the Best’ which they prefer.

Opening an account on Zapstore is very easy as it is very user friendly platform with clear instructions for all the steps to be taken. The store offers products of different categories ranging from technology to fashion. I selected three items which i was planning to buy since a long time but was postponing the final decision as i was confused with all the options available. But this portal is very effective in showing the price list collected from different online ecommerce sites. The display is very neat and clean with different options based on category and brands sorted out. The navigation from one site to other is very smooth and fast. The items i selected based on my requirement are:

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  1. HP 15-AF006AX  15.6 INCH LAPTOP– I selected this as its specifications completely suits my requirement. It is a quality product at great price for office work, watching movies, or surfing internet. It is also good for gaming purposes for games with enhanced graphics. The RAM can be upgraded to 8GB for superior gaming experience. Go for it if you want a gaming laptop in this price range. I t is the best deal and provides complete value for money.
  2. Zebronics Falcon wireless gamepad – this is an awesome product available at low price I was looking to buy it as the mode changing feature it offers is quite useful when you play different games. It supports all USB plug and play. It is worth every penny at this price.
  3. Apple iPhone-6: this is a phone which epitomizes elegance and excellence at its best. I selected this phone as it is powerful, efficient yet thin and comes with advanced ios 8, larger and superior high definition retina display screen which makes it a great choice to watch videos and play graphic intensive games. The 16 GB internal memory can store large amount of videos, pictures, data files. The 8 megapixel camera contains optical images stabilisation technology which is found in high end cameras, and results are blur free photographs. So,now all my photography needs can be taken care of by this phone single handedly.

You can check out more details about products  on my zapstore here….https://zapstore.com/s/Aryans

 

I am making my own store for the #BestZapStore activity at BlogAdda in association with Zapstore.

Believe in your Dreams!

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.

~Edmunds Lee

All of us have certain cherished dreams which we want to fulfill to the best of our abilities. We try whatever is possible to achieve them. But the path to fulfillment of our aspirations cannot be journeyed without encountering obstacles or blocks of any kind. This journey towards our goals becomes easier and hurdle free if we plan well in advance and there is an experienced well wisher to guide us at the start of this journey to boost our morale and also during the course of following the path. When we our stuck we need someone to encourage us and help us pick up our lost confidence.

One such person for me has been my maternal uncle, who has always offered inspiration and guidance for me since my childhood days. He has helped me in learning a lot of life lessons and in helping me choose my career path with clarity. When i had decided upon my dream of becoming an engineer and getting admission in a reputed engineering college to fulfill my dreams of inventing new technology which would be cost effective and useful to our nation and fellow citizens, my uncle whole-heartedly supported me and offered any advice and guidance i needed. At times, when i was lost or felt dejected, he would recount encouraging and uplifting examples to cheer me up.

Some of the pearls of wisdom he shared with me are:

  1. Believe in your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem   ~Walt Disney
  2. When you follow your dreams, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it ~Paulo Coelho, the alchemist.
  3. You have to dream before your dreams can come true ~A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
  4. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams ~Oprah.
  5. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t who will? ~Jon Bon Jovi
  6. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ~Napolean Hill
  7. Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are alone are omnipotent ~Ray croc.
  8. You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take ~Michael Scott
  9. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can ~Arthur Ashe
  10. Everything you can imagine is real ~Pablo Piccaso
  11. When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure. ~ Mary Kay Ash.
  12. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting ~Paulo coelho, the alchemist.
  13. The only thing worse than starting something and failing in not starting something  ~Seth Godin
  14. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure-Paulo coelho
  15. We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams ~Steve Maraboli

These were some of the inspiring quotes by world renowned achievers my uncle had written on a poster and put it in front of my study table so that i could read them often and feel motivated. Thus, my uncle played a very important role in guiding me and helping me along the way of following my dreams.

In a similar way, Stoodnt is platform which provides guidance and support to the students who want to fulfill their dreams of higher education in universities abroad. The expert counsellers in the panel have solutions to all the queries of students like future scope of a course in job market, hostel facility in the college, steps to succeed , which course to apply for based on individual’s aptitude, and many more insights and expert opinions.

Take the risks and follow your dreams! The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and have the courage and conviction to achieve them.

“I am blogging about my dreams and the people who helped make them true for the #AdviceThatMattered activity at BlogAdda in association with Stoodnt.”

The Story Of A Suicide!

“In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”

                         ~Haruki Murakami,

 

Life is a constant struggle. No one down the ages has ever said that it would be easy. One has to pass through several trials and tribulations in the journey of life on a regular basis and overcome the hurdles to survive in this world.Humans seem to be hardwired to adapt to their circumstances and find ways to challenge any threat they face and come out victorious most often.

 

Each human has this inherent desire for living n surviving even in the hardest of circumstances and conditions.Generally, this human spirit of strength prevails and the person remains afloat in the whirlpool of life in spite of hundreds of setbacks and failures, in hope for better times ahead.

 

But sometimes, there  comes a point when all hope shatters, and one feels completely helpless and defeated in the race of life. There seems to be no solution to the problems they are facing, there is no way in sight to escape from where they are stuck.They start considering themselves as total failures. At this point, they think that only way to end their suffering  and pain is to end their lives. The thought of suicide grips them and entangles them completely.

 

To kill is not easy! and to kill one’s own self, even more so!

 

So why are they strong enough to kill themselves but not strong enough to live?

 

Is it that they have not failed, BUT, the society, the world  has failed them?

 

Such drastic steps come to mind when there is no hope left, person becomes totally hopeless. Humans need hope to live their lives and face the difficulties and hardships, in anticipation of a brighter and better tomorrow. Hope takes away the pain of today and washes away the frustration of the past regrets. Without hope, it becomes difficult to face the stark realities of life.

 

Recently i read the novel ‘THE STORY OF A SUICIDE ‘on this important issue by Sriram Ayer. In this, the stories of Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani have been narrated in a gripping style. The lives of these four youngsters are connected through a web of love, passion, revenge and deceit. The story line is powerful and the struggles of the young people have been very well verbalized through the story. The book can be read here http://www.storyofasuicide.com

It is a very good attempt to reach out to youngsters and make them understand their emotions and reactions better. After each chapter of the book, there is a information and guidance section with  how to overcome, do’s and don’t on various relevant topics like depression, heartbreak, loss, failure, harassment, sexual abuse, loneliness, complicated relationships, hurt,sadness and the proper course of action in such circumstances is suggested in a very comprehensive format. This feature is really commendable and makes the novel a self help guide. http://www.storyofasuicide.com/how-do-i-all.html
The book successfully highlights the important topics of societal prejudices and stereotyping, judgmental attitude about sexual orientation of an individual, sexual abuse stigma, harassment and lack of support system for those who are in distress.
Different chapters of the book bring forth  the struggles and hurdles the characters come across in their lives and how the society adds to making live hell for them. How Hari is judged for being a gay, Charu for being an independent minded strong girl,Mani for his poverty and lack of English know how and how Sam reacts irrationally to un-reciprocated love and  Is not society meant to have a cushioning and supporting effect for its individuals in times of need? The societal expectations and conformist attitude plays a havoc in their lives and almost  drives them insane. Once their emotions start the downward spiral towards regret,sadness, guilt or fear, their mental frame work seems to be out of control.
The human behavior and its shortcomings are nicely depicted. The book is truly a mirror to present day society and its parameters of judgement. We regularly come across similar cases in mainstream media. But raising such issues is just not enough, long term feasible solutions need to be discussed and found for such issues. This book is a strong step in such  a direction.
Some lines worth highlighting which had a deep impact on me are mentioned below

The Mermaid Greenie !

Since the last few days, i had noticed my son staring at the TV screen with wide eyed wonder and excitement whenever the Colgate advertisement appeared during breaks. On closer look, i realized that he was inquisitive about the sea animals showed in the ad and their cutouts which were available free with the Colgate strong teeth toothpaste packs.

On noticing his curiosity and eagerness for these sea animal figurines, I promised to get him the Colgate toothpaste at the earliest if he brushed his teeth properly, following the method and correct brush strokes advised by his dentist and that too without fail. He quickly agreed to the deal.

In the evening when i brought him the Colgate packs with the magical sea world creatures printed on the inner side, he was full of enthusiasm and immediately set out to cut them and arrange them on a board to create the magical sea scene. He was completely engrossed in the fun and learning activity. Along with figurines, there were small snippets of information about those sea animals which greatly added to his knowledge.

After he had finished displaying the cut outs and created a wonderful scene which looked straight out of the recent movie ‘Finding Dory’ he invited all the family members for a story session. We all were made to sit around his sea scene display and witness him unlock his imagination and creativity. We were taken into the fascinating world of mermaids, pirates, treasures and dolphins.

Are you ready to sail along with him into this amazing  wonder world?  Hop on!

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A long, long time ago, there was a mermaid with beautiful, shiny green eyes. Her name was Greenie. She lived inside the deep blue sea with her family. They lived happily and Greenie had lot of friends who lived in her neighborhood. They studied with her in the Seakids Academy, where they played together and also had lots of fun.

Sometimes, she liked to visit the sea shore to watch people on the beach, especially the little kids, whom she found so cute and adorable. Greenie would watch them making sand castles, looking bewildered at the splashing sea waves and soaking the warmth of the sun. Some of them frequented the ice-cream selling cart which was always surrounded by the merry making munchkins eager to try out different flavors.

One day, as she sat on a rock near the beach, lost deep in her thoughts, the pirate named Blackbeard saw her through his binoculars. The rock where she was sitting was quite a distance from the beach and hidden from public view by the bushes. Blackbeard was in his ship approaching the coast to anchor it at the harbor nearby. He had sailed the sea for years looking for treasure hidden at a secret location; but he had failed in all his attempts and always returned empty handed. This time too, success had eluded him. He was deeply frustrated because of his repeated failures.

The cunning Blackbeard had heard from some folks about the mermaid who knew about the secret location of the treasure. He also knew that this mermaid had green eyes and she often visited the shore to watch the human world and the playing kids. He immediately hatched a plan to kidnap her so that he could find the huge hidden treasure with her help.

Blackbeard, stealthily put a net near the shore to capture her when she returned to the sea to swim back home.

Greenie was completely oblivious of the devious plan of Blackbeard and had no idea of the trap. The sun had started setting on the horizon and soon darkness would spread its wings every where, so she decided to return back home. As soon as she entered the water to swim back home, she got badly entangled in the net and was completely trapped in it. Within minutes, she was dragged towards a ship through the ropes attached to the net.

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Blackbeard pulled her up into the ship and tied her with heavy chains to prevent her from escaping. His assistant Sadie was assigned the duty of keeping a constant watch on Greenie.

Greenie was very frightened and worried. Although she knew the secret location near the coral reef where the treasure was hidden and even the exact location inside a shipwreck where it was safely kept, she had no intention of divulging the truth to Black beard as the treasure was the rightful property of her friend  ‘Orange’-the octopus. Orange guarded his treasure with all his strength and might. Greenie would never let any harm approach her friend or his property.

On the second night of her capture, Greenie woke up with a startle by a sudden poke on her ear. As she looked around to check what it was, she saw a parrot hiding near- by and trying to convey her some message. Soon, she deciphered that the parrot, Peeku had been sent to search for her by her family and her friends- the sea horse, lion fish, tortoise and swordfish. They were really concerned about her well being when they found she was missing.

Peeku and Greenie thought of a plan to  free her from captivity. Soon enough, they found an opportune moment when Sadie dozed off on her chair from where she was keeping a vigil. Quickly, Peeku opened the lock of the chain around Greenie with his beak. He was an expert at this task having practiced it regularly.

Greenie silently freed herself from the chains and jumped into the inviting water of the sea and started swimming rapidly towards her home. Peeku flew over her to guide her and show her the way. On the way, she met her friends- the puffer fish, sword fish, smiley crab and blue dolphin who guarded her throughout her journey till she reached home safely. She thanked her friends wholeheartedly and invited all of them for a fun party at her home on the weekend.

After all, friend in need is a friend indeed !

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With this , my son ended the amazing story telling session with a promise to share another story the next day.

Along with having fun, getting inspired to create his own stories, this activity also taught him interesting facts about sea creatures like – crabs can walk sideways, octopus has three hearts and can change its color quickly, some starfish species can regrow limbs, sting ray uses it’s stinger for self defense, lion fish can be dangerous as their needle like spines and teeth can poison you, dolphins are smart and very friendly and many many more like these.

The four packs of colgate strong teeth toothpaste with different themes- Treasure hunt, Pirate ship, Sea magic and Coral reef are a wonderful way to unlock children’s imaginative abilities along with protecting their teeth and gums. So, get going and grab them all for your little ones and watch them having fun as they embark on the journey to the fantasy land of sea creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Luck !

 

What is good luck for you?

Different people might feel lucky in getting different things, achieving different goals or milestones. For one person it could be attaining perfect health, for other acing a particular exam or being able to buy his dream house.

Your dreams and desires are the main root of the  concept of luck. Feeling lucky is knowing your true desires that might lie somewhere hidden in the Depth of your mind. Thus it’s different from person to person.

Identifying and acknowledging these desires gives one a better chance of consciously moving in the required direction and achieving the goals to fulfill your desires. Luck also reflects faith in obtaining these goals.

You feel lucky when you know what you truly want out of life, when you have identified what you want to be doing and what steps you take towards that path.

Then, you find reasons to act, to constantly confront the obstacles in the way and to succeed. You get the courage to put yourself out there and grab any and every chance that comes your way in the journey towards your goal.

Define and identify luck for yourself, Decide where you want to go. Move ahead with full faith and conviction. Be ready to convert the challenges into LUCK !

Benefits of online income tax filing !

 

We all like our income to constantly keep increasing and dream of it rising exponentially. As we reach new heights of success and thereby new levels of revenue earning, we are duty bound to file income tax returns.

A tax is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer( individual, institution or organisation) by a state or its representatives to fund various public expenditures. This is how wiki pedia defines tax.

The purpose of tax is to raise revenue to fund government, to enable it to carry out expenditure on economic infrastructure, military of the country, scientific research, public work and operations of the government itself. Some of it is also utilized in welfare schemes of health, education and employment generation for the poor citizens.

Tax is the main source of government revenue which is needed even for public utilities like road and bridge building, law and order maintenance and other development programs. Income tax therefore helps in the overall progress and development of the nation.

It is thus an important duty of every law abiding and country loving citizen of the nation to regularly file income tax return. There are approximately 3 crore individual tax filers in India.

Some advantages of filing your income tax return:

  1. you can use it as your standard income proof.
  2. sanctions of loans either for your dream house or higher education becomes easy and quick.
  3. trading in stocks, opening bank accounts or making any other investments becomes easy for you.
  4. it becomes easy to obtain a visa for foreign travel as most countries want to know your financial sound status before granting visa.Income tax returns come in handy to prove your financial worth.
  5. planning a financial portfolio becomes easy.

It is important to file your returns timely and regularly to maximize your tax refunds.

With the help of information technology and internet, filing income tax has become an easy task which was earlier considered  cumbersome by most of us. Now transactions which were once time consuming can be done quickly and easily.

Thanks to the adoption of information technology by Indian income tax department, e-filing of income tax is not a big or difficult task anymore. It involves easy step by step procedures which are simple to execute.

Some of the benefits of e-filing of income tax returns are:

  1. It gets filed in a timely manner, without any undue hurry just before the deadline approaches. E-filing transfers your tax return documents instantaneously to income tax department. There are no chances of these important documents getting misplaced, forgotten or lost unlike the earlier paper based system.
  2. No chance of submitting wrong info related to name or income details as corrections can be made as many times as needed after filling the details before final submission.
  3. E-filing is cost effective and hassle free. You don’t need to pay heavy fees to get your documents prepared by professionals.
  4. Easy and accurate calculation is possible for knowing the taxable income. You can thus find optimum plans to maximize your deductions, lowering your taxable income by great margin .This puts in a lower tax bracket and helps in saving a big amount.
  5. You can double check the details like PAN number, bank account numbers and address and calculations can be verified again and again.
  6. Tax refund is fast and easy. When you file return online, often you get tax refund directly into your bank account within a month.
  7. You can view your tax credit and file it online from anywhere, anytime. You can even track the processing status in real time.

E-filing is completely DIY (do it yourself) with the easy steps to be followed and user friendly approach. If you still need some assistance in filing your income tax return electronically, you can take the help of platforms like H&R Block which have experienced tax experts on their panel who guide you at each step and are available on chat for solving all your queries. They have tied up with 300+ corporates and e-filed more than 3 lakh returns with 9/10 customer satisfaction score.

Keep these documents handy when e-filing your tax return:

  1. Form 16- This is your tax credit statement as well as your salary certificate.It has two parts- part A (contains TDS details from your salary )and part B( contains salary details like allowances, basic salary, deductions under chapter vi A etc.) You can upload your form 16 directly or fill it manually making sure you don’t miss out on any info.
  2. Tax credit statement 26 A – Form 26 A contains details of -tax deducted from tax payers income,tax collected,advance tax etc.
  3. Investment details- details of ASF,NSC,ULIP, UTI,PPF,Equity saving schemes,ELSS etc.
  4. Interest income details- interest earned on saving bank account,PPF account, FD etc.
  5. Medical or life insurance details-The premium you pay for these are allowed as deduction from your income.
  6. Bank account details- It is compulsory to mention all your active bank accounts as on date of e-filing the tax return. Details like account number,IFSC of your bank branch and type of account should be provided.

So, choose the easy, secure, accurate and quick way of filing your income tax return online and remain in the good books of financial institutions and fulfill your duties of being a good citizen.

 

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Filing of tax returns made easy!

Along with rights, always come duties ! Most of us are very excited and particular about our rights but often ignore our duties, more so the duties we have towards our nation. One such important duty is to file our income tax returns, and that too on time. But it is common knowledge that income tax filing is not taken seriously in our country. Although every one is aware of the fundamental rights bestowed upon them as a citizen of this country but most of the duties a citizen has towards the country remained unfulfilled here.

Income tax filing is not done by vast percentage of the population in India due to ignorance of its benefits and also because it is considered cumbersome and time consuming. It is also often seen as an unnecessary burden which is best avoided.

But the actual truth is way different than this!

Income tax returns hold great importance in your financial life and are helpful in myriad ways. ITR comes handy in various circumstances like-

  1. if you want to apply for a loan be it for house, vehicle, business expansion or the like.
  2. in better planning your financial portfolio like share investments, fixed deposit, bonds etc and how much amount should be parked in each for better fruitful returns.
  3. if you plan to apply for a visa to visit a foreign country as a tourist, student, or for business purposes.

Filing income tax returns is a major responsibility we have towards our nation and overall growth of the country including the economic growth depends on it in more ways than one. Income tax is a big source of revenue generation for the country’s government. This revenue or fund is used by the government for building and improving infrastructure in the country like building bridges, research institutes, roads, dams etc. This income is also utilized by the government for welfare projects like midday meals, free education and medical facilities for the poor, shelter for homeless and needy, employment schemes for below poverty line citizens etc. 

Income tax returns also are a measure of a country’s  progress across various fields as the rising income tax shows corresponding rise in the income growth.

So, considering all the benefits of filing income tax returns, we all should pledge to do our duty and strive to become better and worthy citizens of our great nation and with online filing of tax available it is now an easy task. We can even file income tax with a few clicks in a couple of minutes with e-filing platforms like H&R Block.

E-filing of income tax return is a great option as it is :

  1. Easy and non cumbersome. It is very simple, convenient and user friendly. You can register online on the INCOME TAX INDIA WEBSITE from any part of India through your computer, tablet or phone to file the form.
  2. It is very quick and non time consuming. you don’t need to travel long distances in heavy traffic to tax offices or your adviser’s office or stand in long lines to file return.If you submit your return online on regular basis, the statement comes pre-filled with earlier information like salary details, investments, fixed revenue sources etc. Thus it saves lot of valuable time.
  3. It is secure and completely confidential. The information is guarded through high grade encryption systems.
  4. Easy accessibility and user friendly. You can check and recheck your information anytime from anywhere according to your convenience and make changes as many times you want until the final deadline of tax filing. It is not as cumbersome to make changes as in traditional methods of tax filing.
  5. It is eco -friendly as it is paper less. we can thus rest assured that we have helped in preserving trees at some level by doing our bit.
  6. Fast and hassle free Refund of excess tax. The calculation of excess tax is easy if done online and its recovery is prompt and easy. So, no more constant following of this matter and reduced stress.
  7. Tax estimation is easy, accurate and faster. After you fill in the required inputs, tax estimation can be easily calculated to find payment of tax due and monthly payments can be adjusted.

Internet statement of tax return incorporates all categories of income that is taxable,  deductible expenses and investments eligible for tax reduction, just like paper statement.

Some important documents needed while e-filing tax returns are:

  1. Form 16-issued by the employer.
  2. Form 16 A- Tax deducted by banks on interest
  3. Form 26 AS
  4. Bank statements
  5. Home loans and/or HRA receipts
  6. Documents of investments for tax saving and few others depending on your individual field of work.

 

If you still feel that you need assistance in e-filing of returns, tool like H&R Block is a great option as there are tax experts on their panel to guide you and provide help and solutions to all your queries. Their advice helps in maximum tax savings with optimization of your tax liabilities based on your individual situations.

Their in depth knowledge is also  a great advantage to individuals with capital gains, dual taxation, ESOP workings, global income,sale of foreign shares, and many similar complicated issues. They also provide year long access to your adviser, your account page and documents that help in planning taxes in better way with guarantee of accuracy and confidentiality.

H&R Block is the largest consumer tax filing company in the world with 2.5 crore clients served with 9/10 customer satisfaction score. It is a self guide wizard but quick call facility is also available for support.It is definitely a rewarding association and  a great step forward in fulfilling your duty to compulsorily file income tax returns.

 

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Catch up on lost growth for your kids!

Health is wealth. We all know how true this statement is, and try our best to follow all possible guidelines to ensure that we and our family members stay always healthy. But in today’s time when the food available is deficient in nutritional factors due to various reasons like uncontrolled use of pesticides and insecticides, synthetic fertilizers and long days and distance of transportation, we need to put in extra efforts to achieve optimum health and to maintain it.

It becomes an even more tough and herculean task when we consider the question of optimum health for children. Most of the kids are fussy eaters, specially in regards to nutritionally rich vegetables and fruits. It is very difficult to make them understand the importance of nutrition rich foods and then to convince them to eat those. In such a scenario, nutritional supplements which can be added to milk come in handy. But, in some case, even these added supplements are not able to provide the growing child with sufficient requirements of nutrition. Many factors are responsible for this ,like child being too finicky and irregular in food habits or the low nutritional level of food being provided.

The growing children need extra doses of minerals and vitamins for optimum weight gain and height increase. When this is not available they fall behind in these parameters compared to their peer group. Lacking in height can be very emotionally traumatic for kids as they are prone to being bullied about this matter in school or socially. I have personally noticed some such cases.So, it becomes very important to address this issue for the best overall development of the child not just physically and mentally but also emotionally.

A new heath supplement Horlicks Growth+  has been specially formulated by child health experts keeping all these factors in mind. It has advanced nutrition for proper growth and development of growing children in the age group of 3 to 9 years. It contains added vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients to help the child to catch up on lost growth in height or weight by providing extra boost of required nutrition to the body systems. According to surveys, it’s consumption has shown clinically proven visible growth in six months .

Is your child behind his peers in height or weight gain ? Then Horlicks Growth can be the right solution for him as it also contains high quality proteins. Please consult your pediatrician at the earliest to discuss the right amount of dosage of Horlicks Growth to be given to your child. The correct dose can vary from child to child depending on child’s metabolic rate, types of food items consumed and meal timings.

To check your child’s parameters of height and weight, try out the horlicks growth calculator at this site – https://growthplus.horlicks.in/.

This will help to check if your child is growing well.

Horlicks growth+ is available in two yummy flavors- chocolate and vanilla which are sure to be favorites of even the most finicky and choosy kids. It can be added to hot or cold milk or water. It is also suitable for vegetarians.

It is a nutritional supplement and not meant to replace meals. Therefore continue regular nutritional diet for your kids along with it.

Horlicks growth+ also  provides vitamin A, C and D which are important to build up healthy immunity for children and guard them against several diseases. So, take the right decision and choose this wonderful health aid.

 

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