Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Home based remedies for dandruff, that works!


Dandruff is condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp. The main causes of dandruff are impairment of general health, development of a toxic condition mainly due to taking of wrong foods, constipation, and a low vitality due to infectious diseases.

Consider the following home base remedies for dandruff:

a) Just mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water to make a hair rinse that is a brilliant home remedy for dandruff. You may need more or less of this mixture, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. In fact, you can take an empty gallon jug, preferably plastic, that has a handle which will enable you to grip it while in the shower. You can mix 1/3 of a cup of apple cider vinegar into a quart of water, and keep this jug in your shower so it is ready for you to use. Pour the mixture on your head, and with your fingertips, massage it in gently. Do not rinse! And no, your hair will not smell like vinegar after it dries. It will be soft, easy to manage and most importantly, dandruff free.

b) One teaspoon of lime can do wonder in removing dandruff from hair. It regenerates the lost bounce in hair and prevents further stickiness to set in. You need to mix lime juice one tea spoon while washing your hair, and you need to select a mild herbal shampoo to wash your hair.

c) The most important point in the treatment of dandruff is to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to decrease the accumulation of dead cells. The hair should be brushed daily to improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. The most effective way to brush the hair is to bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head. Massage the scalp daily using one-finger tips and working systematically over the head. This should be done just before or after brushing the hair. Like brushing, this stimulates the circulation, dislodges dirt and dandruff and helps in the hair growth.

d) Add six spoonfuls water, two spoonfuls pure vinegar and apply it on the scalp with cotton wool before going to bed.

e) Wash the hair with whey, gram flour and myrobalan soaked in water.

f) Meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods should all be avoided.

As we grow old our skin loses its charm and elasticity. So we should be wise enough and take necessary steps at the right time

Monday, May 11, 2009

Unwind yourself among the picturesque hills of Ooty.

Known as the queen of the hills in South India, Ooty is a hot spot hill station that is known for its pleasurable climate, tea plantations, fruit orchards and scenic hills of the Nilgiris. The weather is quite pleasant at a mean of 15-20 C around the year, dropping to lows of 0 C during winter. The landscape is characterized by rolling hills covered with thick vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eucalyptus trees.

Ooty nestles in an amphitheater created by four majestic hills: Dodabetta, Snow don, Elk hill, and Club Hill. These hills are a part of the Nilgiri ranges that are really the meeting point for the Western and the Eastern Ghats.

Sites to visit!

Botanical Garden: Ooty travel is incomplete without a visit to the botanical garden and the lake which has captivated tourists for generations. The Garden has attracted many a film makers for film shootings here and has been one of the most common sites in many movies.

Lake: A popular picnic spot and an important tourist attraction in Ooty, the lake offers boating in various kinds of boats. A children's park with a Toy Train, Deer Park and Mini Garden are some other features at this site.

Doddabetta Peak: The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10km from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of he valley below.

Pykara Falls: Located about 19 km from Ooty, the picturesque Pykara Falls and its surroundings constitute some breathtaking scenery.

Shopping!

A flock of shops, largely small scale, sell a variety of products ranging from designer clothes to fresh vegetables to home made chocolates and even horses (if you are lucky). Year after year, it draws tourists, adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners and the film industry like bees to nectar. The commercial road forms the main business lane for the town and 30% of the business income via shopping comes from this long lane.

Where to Stay!

There are a many hotels in Ooty that serve as the ideal base to tour Ooty. You can choose hotels according to your choice and budget. Hotels in Ooty are well equipped with all the modern facilities and offer warm hospitality. Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for a number of hotels in India.

How to reach!

By Air
The hill station of Ooty itself doesn't have an airport. The nearest airport to Ooty is situated at Coimbatore which is at about a distance of about 90 km from Ooty.

By Rail
The difficult terrain of Nilgiri hills has been triumphed over by laying a pleasant narrow gauge rail track till Mettupalayam and Coonoor. The railway station of Ooty is merely 2 km away from the city center. The toy train journey begins from Mettupalayam and coming via Coonoor it reaches Ooty. The major broad gauge junction is located at Coimbatore which is connected to almost all the major cities. However, the nearest broad gauge is situated at Mettupalayam.

By Bus
With well laid and maintained roads Ooty is well connected with all most all south Indian cities by bus. There are regular bus services from Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, and Kanyakumari and also from many cities in Kerala. State owned and private vehicles ply on this route. Many tourist services providers offer package trips to Ooty from many south Indian cities. These will charge about Rs 4 per km.

Best time to visit!

The best time to visit Ooty is November and March, however you can also visit Ooty during April-June, but during this period the hill station remains a bit crowded.

Discover the splendiferous Kanyakumari Beach.

The India's Land's end Kanyakumari is unequaled in being encircled by three seas that is Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and Arabian sea. Hence the confluence is called 'Thriveni Sangamam". Here one can get a breath-taking view of the Sun Shine and Sun Set at their best. The multi colored sand yet another incomparable feature of the Beach here

The Kanyakumari beach with multi-colored sand and rocky boundary is unquestionably one of the most beautiful beaches in south India and offers a great change from all other beaches. The waves that hit the shore are quite strong and frequent, that means that one does not get to enjoy a step into the shallow water or a sea bath.

The shore being rocky makes it more unsafe to venture out to the sea, so people are asked to stay within the prescribed zone. You can shop for shells that are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach. There is a lighthouse on the beach from where one can get a beautiful view of the sea.

Kanyakumari beach has a magnificent sight with multi-colored sand lapped by the outreaching ocean waves. You may not find the golden sand to laze around while you sunbathe, but the visual aspect of colorful sands all over has their own aesthetic entreaty. The seashore is rough and rocky with man made embankment that adds to the beauty of the beach. A lighthouse stands high on the shore from where one can have a splurge of panoramic view of the area.

Tourist Attractions

Kanyakumari Amman Temple - This temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati, who performed penance here for the arrival of her consort Shiva to claim her hand in marriage.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial - The memorial has been built on the
Vivekananda Rock, so called because Swami Vivekananda used to meditate here. Built in 1970, the memorial is a blend of all the styles of Indian architecture. A statue of Vivekananda is installed here.

Gandhi Memorial - There is a memorial mandap to the Father of the Nation Mahtama Gandhi, erected where his ashes were kept for public homage before being immersed at the meeting point of the seas. There is an architectural glare in the construction that it has been so designed that the rays of the sunfall on the same spot where the urn was kept exactly.

Government Museum - Located near the Beach Road, this museum has a collection of bronze articles, tribal objects, wood carvings and zoological and botanical specimens.

Vivekananda Kendra - Covering an area of 100 acres, this institute has been established to promote the messages and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda. Now its a spiritual retreat and a major center of service to humanity.

How to reach!

By Air

Nearest Airport –Thiruvnanthapuram (Kerala State) 87 km from Kanyakumari.

By Rail

Kanyakumari Junction (1 km from Central Bus Stand).
Nagercoil Junction (2 km from Anna Bus Stand)

By Bus

Kanyakumari – Central & Express Bus Stand.
Nagarcoil – Anna Bus Stand (Local Transport).

Christopher Bus Stand (Other Districts).

Friday, May 8, 2009

Discover the peaceful Pondicherry.

Pondicherry also known as puducherry, is a Union Territory which is located on the eastern side of Indian mainland. Being a former French colony Pondicherry shows a strong influence of yesteryears. One can witness a large number of religions thriving in small yet beautiful part of India. Hinduism always had a strong hold in Pondicherry. And with time Islam and Christianity also found home in Pondicherry and today are as major as Hinduism.

Located just 160 Km south of Chennai and close to most states of South India, Pondicherry today is an merger of people from all these states. And with them came all the languages of these states. Here you will find many languages being spoken like Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and French. So is the culture different. This potpourri of culture and traditions is what makes Pondicherry a truly wonderful tourist destination.

Tourist Attractions

Auroville

Located 10 kms north of Pondicherry town, Auroville is visualized as a universal town, where people from different nationalities, faiths and beliefs, can live in peace and harmony.

The construction of this 'universal town' was started in 1968 under the counseling of the mother, a paries- Born painter-musician who become Sri Aurobindo's disciple and close companion from 1924 till his death in 1950. The development of this Utopia is still in progress. Several countries have offered to set up permanent pavilions, reflecting the culture and ethos of their countries.

Pondicherry Museum

The Pondicherry museum is also a big draw for tourists. The museum has a part dedicated to archaeological findings of the roman settlement from Arikamedu and an impressive sculpture gallery. The museum has a French division as well where one can trace the history of this colony. There are many exhibits in this section; one popular exhibition is a four-post bed that was used by the famous French Viceroy, Dupleix. Besides history one can also enjoy watching their snail shell’s amazing collection. The snail shells exhibited are all from Pondicherry.

Sacred Heart Church

There are several large churches and cathedrals around the town, including the striking brown and white sacred Heart Church on South Boulevard. Nearby are the peaceful, extensive Botanical Gardens, opened in 1740.

Botanical Garden

Established by C.S perrotet in 1826, it preserves a large assortment of exotic species of plants from all over India and abroad.

Mansion of Ananda

Rangapillai Built in 1773, this mansion is a fine specimen of indo - French architecture. Ananda Rangapillai was the courtier of Joseph francois dupleix , the governor. The dairy which Rangapillai maintained between 1736 - 60 is a book of great value as a source of information on the history of Pondicherry and the French in India.

How to reach!

By Air

The nearest airport to Pondicherry is Chennai, 135 km away from the city.

By rail

Though Ponidcherry is on the rail map journey by train to and from Ponidcherry is not very popular. Villupuram is the nearest junction, it is fairly well connected to places like Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.

By road

Ponidcherry is well connected to all districts and major towns of various states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andra Pradesh. Ponidcherry is best accessible by road, either by bus or by taxi. There are regular buses, almost every 15 minutes in the day from Chennai’s new bus stand in Koyembedu.

Tour to Pondicherry, therefore is the ideal getaway, if you want to leave the bustle of the daily life far behind and seek a rendezvous with yourself in an atmosphere that exudes tranquility.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Experience the splendid Kodaikanal

Located in the folds of the Palani hills, Kodaikanal is a popular and quiet hill station with forested slopes, stupendous rocks, captivating waterfalls and a lovely lake. Situated at an altitude of about 2,133 m above sea level, this hill town is well known its educational institutions that have earned international repute.

The most spectacular scene this hill station has to offer unravels itself once in every 12 years when the blue-violet 'Kurinji' flowers blossom up to cover its slopes like a velvet carpet. They are the reason that these hills have earned the name of 'Nilgiris' or Blue Hills. The fruits and plums here are known for their freshness and taste. Stretching across an area of just 21.45 sq. km., the Berijam Lake here ranks amongst the most charming lakes of South India that spread across an area of 24 hectares.

Tourist attractions

The Lake
A impressive star-shaped lake glitters like a jewel amidst the emerald green wooded slopes. This 24 hectare lake is skirted by 5 Kms long, black tapped road is focal point of Kodai, This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai, retired and settled in Kodai.

Dolphin's Nose
Situated about 8 km from the Berijam Lake is the Dolphin's Nose, a flat projecting rock from where one can take a breathtaking view of the widening gorge below.

Coaker's Walk
Coaker's Walk derives the name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is about a kilometre from the lake, which runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai. Some of the best views of the plains can be seen from here.

Bear Shola Falls
An ideal picnic spot located 1.6-km from the lake, which can be by a picturesque, rugged hill path. Bears once used to drink water above the falls.

Bryant Park
Another popular spot of the hill station is the Bryant Park, situated on the eastern side of Kodaikanal Lake. It is essentially a botanical garden, named after its founder, Mr. Bryant, a British Army Officer. Here, you will find a blooming growth of mixed flower species, including roses and lilies. The park also serves as the venue of a horticulture show, organized every may.

How to reach!

By Air
Madurai Airport is the nearest air link from Kodaikanal, situated at a distance of approximately 120 km.

By Road
Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520km), Ooty (264km), Trichy (197km), Coimbatore (175km), Kumili (160km), and Madurai (120km). There are regular bus services from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. For local transport, taxis and luxury buses are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.

By Rail
There are a number of trains that you can take from all major metropolitan cities of India to reach Kodaikanal. From Chennai, you can take Nagarcoil Express or daily Pandain express while tourists from Delhi can board at Navyug Express that leads to Kodaikanal Road Station.

Accommodation Kodaikanal offers nice accommodation facilities to the tourists. The TTDC-run Hotel Tamilnadu on Fern Hill Road and Carlton Hotel, near the Lake Road, are two top-end hotels. Hotel Clifton, Hotel Garden Manor, Yagappa International Tourist Lodge, Kohinoor Circuit House, etc., are some other hotels where comfortable accommodation is provided to tourists.

Discover the health benefits of Lemon.

Lemon is a small, egg-shaped, edible citrus fruit with a yellow rind and a juicy, sour pulp, rich in ascorbic acid. Not known to everyone lemon has got numerous health benefits.

Have a look on some of is health benefits:

a) Add the juice of half a lemon to the early morning tumbler of hot or cold water, for a clear complexion.

b) Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.

c) The high vitamin C content of the lemon has been used for hundreds of years to ward off scurvy among sailors and travelers. There is little sodium, so the fruit is good as a flavoring for those on a low salt diet.

d) Have sore feet? Try soaking them in warm water and rub them further with freshly squeezed lemon juice. While hot water opens pores, lemon juice provides a cooling and astringent effect. Apart from foot relaxation, this method is also believed to induce sound sleep as it has a relaxing effect on your foot nerves.

e) Lemons can be rubbed directly onto skin and left for about 2 hours before rinsing. This is good to reduce wrinkles and treat blemishes. The treatment will work better if followed by olive oil after rinsing. It works by speeding up skin renewal and uncovering a fresh new layer of skin. However, it is important not to do this before going out in the sun as it will have a bleaching effect.

f) The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

g) Lemon has been used for many years in gout and rheumatism. Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders. It has been used in destroying intestinal worms. It prevents vomiting and helps to cure hepatitis and other innumerable diseases.

h) The most valuable ingredient of lemon, next to vitamin C, is citric acid, of which it contains 7.2 per cent. Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.

Importance of spoken English.

English as a universal language has become the key tool of globalization. The importance of English for International Business, depends on the number of people who speak it and for what purpose the language is spoken. But what matters most, is to understand how to use English language rather than just knowing it.

English is the perfect verbal communication medium for many governments around the world, and it is also well known in business, education, world news, health sector and communication. In many places such as Asia, Africa, and South America, the ability to learn English will determine who will increase their living standards, and who will remain in poverty.

Using English efficiently and leading a good life have much in common. The study of English constitutes much more than the technicalities of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Through basic and advanced courses in literature and composition, students are prepared to sharpen their reading and writing skills.

Careers in education have provided satisfying occupations for English graduates in the past and will continue to do so. However, the ability to handle language effectively and clearly is valuable in any occupation. In fact, the English major is invaluable preparation for many professional careers.

Many companies have discovered early in the 21st century that they can cut their costs of production by sending their jobs overseas. The proper term for this is outsourcing, or off shoring.

What magic outsourcing has done in India is there for everyone's eye to see.

In many countries where English is not the native language, one is considered highly educated if one can speak the language properly. It is almost indispensable for higher scientific and technological studies.

One will be presented with a number of career opportunities, and will have the option of staying home to work, or you can travel abroad.


Truly when you learn how to speak English, the opportunities are limitless!