A Strong and Healthy Immune System From A to Z

Immune system is our body’s defence system that keeps us safe from infection and diseases. It helps us keep fit and healthy. Our immune system plays a crucial role in maintaining proper health. Any foreign disease causing bacteria or germ that enters our body is prevented from causing any damage to the body by the immune system.

A strong immune system can help fights against the germs and keeps us protected. People, who have a weak immune system, may catch these diseases more easily. Since the immune system in children is still developing, they are more vulnerable to infections and diseases. It is very important for our children to have a strong immune system so that they stay healthy right from the very beginning.

Here’s the list of things that they need to have from A to Z to have a stronger and a healthier immune system.

Antioxidants Eating fruits such as prunes, raisins, plums, oranges, red grapes, cherries which are rich in antioxidants, boosts immune system. Free radicals interfere with our immune system’s response to things such as the cold or flu, a diet rich in antioxidants will fight off the damage by keeping your immune system strong.
Blueberriesb_alphabet Stilbenoids from blueberries stimulate the CAMP gene to boost immune response. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters.
Coconut Coconut is rich in lauric acid, which converts in our body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.
DietD Over 70% of our immune system is in our gut and what we eat forms the foundation of our health. Nutritional deficiencies can damage immune system, increasing the risk of infections. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins and minerals around, which is why it’s so important to eat a good variety every day.
Exerciseimages Exercise contributes to good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. Exercise promotes good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and function efficiently.
Food SupplementsF Even the healthiest meal plan needs supplemental nutrition. Some of Supplements rich in vitamins C, E, and A, beta-carotene, and selenium, have immune-boosting properties.
GermsG While we must maintain hygiene, we must not live in a ridiculously clean environment. Exposure to germs creates antibodies which are needed for a stronger immune system.
HerbsH Herbs fortify our body. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, herbs strengthen our immune system and detoxify our body. Herbs like garlic, ginseng, clove, oregano, ginger, turmeric, mushrooms should be an integral part of our diet.
ImmunizationI Routine vaccinations have a huge impact on reducing and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases. Immunizations occurring during childhood is very vital for a strong immune system.
Junk away Sugar J Eating or drinking too much refined sugar, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs.
KaleK Kale, a hearty green vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse. The nutrients in kale strengthen the immune system and fight viruses and bacteria. It’s a great source of iron, which is an especially important mineral for vegans and vegetarians.
LaughL Laughing is good for us. It curbs the levels of stress hormones in our body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Just anticipating a funny event can have a positive effect on our immune system.
MusicM Listening to music can boost the immune system and may even help fight off disease. Music leads to special physiological changes which eventually lead to stress reduction or direct immune enhancement.
Network of FriendsN We all know friends are important, but strong social ties can also have a big effect on our health. A recent study found that people with strong relationships were 50% more likely to survive than those with poor social ties.
Omega 3O Omega 3 fatty acids help to boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells. Seafood, flaxseed, hempseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, eggs, pumpkin seeds are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids!
ProbioticsP Though the exact molecular interactions between probiotic bacteria and intestinal cells are not yet well understood, experiments have shown that probiotics can enhance immunity. Eating probiotic foods such as yogurt and fermented pickles, kimchi is good.
QuinoaQ Quinoa, a grain-like crop contains all nine amino acids, making it an amazing source of protein. It also contains other B vitamins and high levels of iron and zinc, minerals necessary for a healthy immune system.
RelaxR Stress can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. The ability to relax and rejuvenate promotes wellness, vitality and longevity.
SleepS Without enough sleep, our immune system may not have the resources it needs to fight off illness. We can help ourselves to a more restful sleep by keeping a regular schedule, getting exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, relaxing before bedtime, and keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
TeaT1 Regularly drinking tea throughout the day can help strengthen our immune system and our body’s ability to fight off germs and infections. Green and black teas, and Tulsi tea contain a beneficial amino acid called L-theanine, which can increase the infection fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells.
Unpasteurized Grass-Fed Organic MilkU Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains beneficial bacteria that prime our immune system and can reduce allergies. Raw milk also contains beneficial fats that help our immune system.
VegetablesV Vegetables such as spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn, eggplant pack the most powerful antioxidant punch.
WaterW Drinking a lot of water can help flush toxins out of our body and strengthen the immune system
Xpose YourselfX Vitamin D plays a number of roles in promoting normal immune function.
YogaY Countless studies show that yoga improves immune functioning. The practice of yoga is an organic immune system “boost-up” that provides us with natural ways to reduce the effects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pollution.
Zest for LifeZ Positive thoughts can give our immune system a healthy boost. One study of law students found that when they were feeling more optimistic, their immune system was stronger. So we must take time to increase the optimism, take time to savor the things we enjoy, look for the silver lining in difficult situations, and try not to dwell on negative thoughts.

This post is written for Indiblogger’s An Immune India contest in association with “Dabur Chwayanprash”.

UBC Day 31 : The UBC Journey from A to Z

Create a short story, a piece of memoir or an epic poem that is 26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with “A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet.

I saw this prompt on Shilpa Sharma’s blog and was inspired to share my month long UBC journey in this fashion. Here we go on our UBC Journey…

And finally the Ultimate Blog Challenge is coming to an end, today.

Blogging everyday can be pretty challenging especially when one is travelling and has hectic schedules.

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful, said somebody!

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Each day, grey cells were assigned the task to think differently and come up with new post ideas.

Fun it was… thinking, writing, reading, commenting… the activities that dominated our days.

Good friends, Smita, Little Princess, Kajal, Hema, Chicky Kadambari, Shail, Bhavya, Reema Sahay, Rashmi gave company and we were so glad to take this challenge together.

However, the journey became more fun when Richa, SuKu, Deesnitch, Kalpana, Kathy… joined in too.

It was fun meeting and knowing new bloggers (new to our existing network), their writing styles, their stories…

Just when we thought, we would run out of ideas, prompts from the Write Tribe, Blogadda WOW, Indiblogger contests came to our rescue.

Keep Blogging’, ‘You are doing a great job’, ‘A few more days’… morale boosters like these from fellow bloggers made us happy, motivated and energised to do our very best.

Lovely Corinne gave us a platform on the Write Tribe to interact and share our daily posts with the fellow UBC participants.

Meaningful and motivating conversations in the comment sections of our blogs gave us a high.

Nevertheless, there were a few who dropped out of the UBC after a few days.

Oh! That’s a given… happens all the time.

Praised they should be though, as they at least made an attempt to challenge themselves.

Quest to challenge self, to grow, to learn, to experience newer horizons should be the mantra, I believe.

Reading a chapter of Radha’s story everyday on Richa’s blog kept us on the edge of our seats as we waited with bated breath for the next turn of events.

Stories and anecdotes, garbled and stimulating thoughts, pictures and videos, poetry and prose, a huge variety was up on the blogs to enjoy and savour this entire month.

Thanks are in order to all you fellow bloggers and readers, as well as to…

UBC hostesses Michele Scism & Michelle Shaeffer, for this…

Very enriching and exciting journey

Well done, mates! I mean the…

X-Chromosomal tribe which dominated this challenge!

Yes! We have all the reasons to celebrate our success!

Zest is what I feel today and I am sure you feel the same too. 🙂

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E is for… Emotions

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Today is just the 5th day of this big A to Z Challenge and I have already experienced a myriad of emotions…

Awesome Participating in a Challenge which has some over 1600 participants from all over the world, organised by some highly professional bloggers and that it is helping me to explore a lot of things… the feeling is just awesome!
Bloggy Blogging is on my mind 24 x 7… everything I see, read is considered as an idea for a post for A to Z.
Concerned It is just day 5… will I last till day 26? I have to go out of town for a week, will I be able to schedule posts in advance?
Distracted Should I first think and write my next day’s post or should I read other blogs. The comments on the blogs need attention. What’s going on in the Facebook A2Zeders group?? Mind is galloping in different directions!
Excited Seeing the camaraderie among Indian A to Z Challenge Bloggers is keeping the excitement level high
Fired Up And this also fuels me up to do my very best!
Growing Reading such diverse writers and bloggers from so many countries…
Observing such diverse writing styles… humour, poetry, fiction, satire…
Learning so many tips and suggestions…
Whoa, I am surely growing!
Heroic Everyday challenge (ok Sundays are off) is pretty challenging. Despite a busy and hectic work schedule, I have still opted for this challenge… isn’t that heroic? Or is it suicidal!
Inspired Travelogues of such quaint new places, thoughts on so many topics, tips to write better, a peek into somebody’s life, some memories, some dreams… there is so much to absorb and learn!
Just Here While so many of the blogger friends have written so many posts in advance and are all relaxed and carefree (of course they have burnt a lot of midnight oil), while I am taking each day… each letter as it comes… just about managing…
Knitty Exchanging thoughts and views with so many new bloggers from different cities and countries is binding us in a new relationship!
Lucky So many people are reading what I write, indeed I am lucky to get their time, attention and feedback!
Missing you With so much to think, read and write for this A to Z challenge, I am missing my books, I am spending less time playing Hidden Chronicles. Oh, I am not getting read my regular blogs in the Reader too…
Nervous While, I was able to write the earlier posts relatively easily and had posted them at early hours of the day to get more time to think, read and comment and also do my regular work, but today, I am so behind my schedule on this one!!
Organized I have now 21 Draft posts ready with the alphabet picture and the beginning of title which reads like, F is for…, G is for… I am this organised!
But what that F is or what that G is, I still have to figure it out!
Pissed off When I think, think and think about a post and nothing takes shape and form the feeling is terrible…
Quiet Then, I sit quietly for a while and let the thoughts wander in different directions and then calmly sift the thoughts…
Reading Reading so many views and expressions, thoughts and ideas, tips and suggestions…
Sweaty …Leaves me a bit drained and the weather of the early April is not helpful either!
TGIF Thank God It’s Friday!!
Undecided A lot of wavering thoughts! For example for this E post, the multiple ideas that I had ranged from Escape, Eyes, Experiences, Eat Street to English is a Funny Language and even thought about Eggs!!
Vulnerable At one point of time, I even felt weak!
Wordy Words are all that I need for this Challenge…
Hugs and kisses to all the lovely people out there who are making this Challenge a reality and a big success for all of us!
Finally, this post is done!
Zen-like And I am at peace!

Breast Cancer from A to Z

October is breast cancer awareness month and this post is specifically for the Blogadda’s Online Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. I was tagged by Abha Midha for this noble cause.

There is a plethora of information available online on Breast Cancer–way more than one person could ever read. This post is an effort to present the info on Breast Cancer in a concise manner and from A to Z…

Age Age is the most significant risk factor. Breast cancer is rare in women younger than 25 years. Incidence increases with age, with a plateau in women aged 50-55 years.
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Breast Self Examination
A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined, usually for the presence of cancer. The growth sample is suctioned out through a needle or cut out using a surgical procedure. The sample is then examined and evaluated under a microscope by a pathologist to identify non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) tissue.Breast self-examination (BSE) is a screening method used in an attempt to detect early breast cancer. The method involves the woman herself looking at and feeling each breast for possible lumps, distortions or swelling.
Chemotherapy Depending on the type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can:

  • Cure cancer – when chemotherapy destroys cancer cells to the point that the doctor can no longer detect them in the body and they will not grow back.
  • Control cancer – when chemotherapy keeps cancer from spreading, slows its growth, or destroys cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body.
  • Ease cancer symptoms (also called palliative care) – when chemotherapy shrinks tumours that are causing pain or pressure.
Diagnosis Screening techniques are useful in determining the possibility of cancer, a further testing is necessary to confirm whether a lump detected on screening is cancer, as opposed to a benign alternative such as a simple cyst.
Breast cancer is commonly diagnosed using a “triple test” of clinical breast examination, mammography, and fine needle aspiration cytology. Other options are core biopsy, excisional biopsy, and vacuum-assisted breast biopsy
Evaluation Breast cancer evaluation should be approached with an ordered inquiry beginning with symptoms and general clinical history, followed by clinical examination and, finally, investigation, which may include imaging and biopsy.
This approach naturally lends itself to a gradually increasing degree of invasiveness, so that when a diagnosis is obtained, the process can be stopped with the minimum amount of invasion and, consequently, minimum discomfort to the patient. Because the more invasive investigations also tend to be the most expensive, this approach is usually the most economical.
Fears Most people go through several stages of fear when they are first diagnosed. A big part of the fear of breast cancer diagnosis is all the uncertainty and the feeling that you’ve lost control of your life — being swept away on an uncharted journey that you don’t want to take. It’s hard to imagine how anything good could happen on this particular trip.
Genes Variations of the BRCA1, BRAC2, CDH1, PTEN, STK11 and TP53 genes increase the risk of developing breast cancer. The AR, ATM, BARD1, BRIP1, CHEK2, DIRAS3, ERBB2, NBN, PALB2, RAD50, AND RAD51 genes are associated with breast cancer.
History Breast cancer may be one of the oldest known forms of cancerous tumours in humans. The oldest description of cancer was discovered in Egypt and dates back to approximately 1600 BC. The Edwin Smith Papyrus describes 8 cases of tumours or ulcers of the breast that were treated by cauterization.
Incidence Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, after skin cancer, representing 16% of all female cancers. The rate is more than twice that of colorectal cancer and cervical cancer and about three times that of lung cancer. Mortality worldwide is 25% greater than that of lung cancer in women.
Job The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on work life and day to day matters can vary from person to person. For some people, the effect is minimal. Some may have an understanding supervisor, a flexible schedule, and an encouraging team to support them through treatment. For others, there might be some questions about how to manage work (at office or home) and treatment.
Keloid A type of scar can occur after a surgical incision. A very severe form of a scar, it actually grows into normal uninvolved skin and does not resolve over a period of time. Also called hypertrophic scarring.
Lumpectomy Surgery to remove the breast tumour and a small margin of surrounding normal tissue
Mammography An x-ray of the breast; used to screen for or investigate breast abnormalities and breast cancer, particularly those which are too small to be felt by physical examination. Mammograms are made using a special x-ray machine designed specifically for this purpose. Screening mammography is used for early detection of breast cancer in women without any breast symptoms. Diagnostic mammography is used to help characterize suspicious breast masses or determine the cause of other breast symptoms.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the media as well as survivors, family and friends of survivors and/or victims of the disease
Other Names
  • Breast cancer, familial
  • Breast carcinoma
  • Cancer of breast
  • Malignant neoplasm of breast
  • Malignant tumor of breast
  • Mammary cancer

Pink Ribbon

A pink ribbon is a symbol of breast cancer awareness. It may be worn to honour those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, Susan G. Komen for the Cure handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
Quality of Life Women who have had treatment for breast cancer should be reassured that while they may be left with reminders of their treatment (such as surgical scars), their overall quality of life, once treatment has been completed, can be normal. Extensive studies have shown this. Women who have had chemotherapy may, however, notice a slight decrease in certain areas of function.
Risk Factors The primary epidemiologic and risk factors that have been identified are sex, age lack of childbearing or breastfeeding, higher hormone levels, race and economic status, Personal history of breast cancer, family history, and certain breast changes.
Symptoms According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:

  • swelling of all or part of the breast
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • breast pain
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • a lump in the underarm area

These changes also can be signs of less serious conditions that are not cancerous, such as an infection or a cyst. It’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor.

Treatment Breast cancer is usually treated with surgery and then possibly with chemotherapy or radiation, or both. Hormone positive cancers are treated with long term hormone blocking therapy. Treatments are given with increasing aggressiveness according to the prognosis and risk of recurrence.
Uncertain or Unproven Risk Factors Most studies found that breast cancer is less common in countries where the typical diet is low in fat. On the other hand, many studies of women in the United States have not found breast cancer risk to be linked to how much fat they ate. Researchers are still not sure how to explain this difference. More research is needed to better understand the effect of the types of fat eaten and body weight on breast cancer risk.
Vacuum-assisted Breast Biopsy Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is a tissue sampling technique that uses a special instrument and imaging guidance to remove samples of breast tissue through a single, small skin incision. This technique allows the surgeon to remove more tissue through a single incision than is possible with a traditional core biopsy and is a much less invasive procedure than an open surgical biopsy. For these reasons, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is becoming more common as a diagnostic tool in the management of breast lumps and abnormalities.
Weight Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, especially for women after change of life or if the weight gain took place during adulthood. The risk seems to be higher if the extra fat is around the waist.
But the link between weight and breast cancer risk is complex. And studies of fat in the diet as it relates to breast cancer risk have often given conflicting results. The American Cancer Society recommends you stay at a healthy weight throughout your life and avoid gaining too much weight.
X-rays A high-energy form of radiation. X-rays form an image of body structures by travelling through the body and striking a sheet of film. Breast x-rays are called mammograms.
Yoga An ancient Indian system of practices used to balance the mind and body through exercise, meditation (focusing thoughts), and control of breathing and emotions. Yoga is being studied as a way to relieve stress and treat sleep problems in breast cancer patients.
Zinecard A drug used to reduce heart damage in women given doxorubicin for breast cancer that has spread. It is also being studied in the treatment of cancer. Zinecard contains the active ingredient dexrazoxane. It is a type of cardioprotective agent, a type of chemoprotective agent, and a type of topoisomerase inhibitor.

We can do a lot by creating awareness, so calling my fellow blogger friends Neha, Sreya, Smitha, Insignia and Scribbler to join in this campaign… Lets say bye bye to breast cancer.

Also linking this post to Write Tribe : World Cancer Day

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Lucky Me…from A to Z

Dear Ma,
Today, I’d like to share, how lucky I am to have you as my Ma! I have never told you before, so, I am gonna express it all ie right from A to Z… the things I have learnt and admired in thee.

Ambition Whatever you want to do, do it with passion, you practice. And that reflects in the way you manage home… the cupboards, the décor, the food… everything reflects of you as a wonderful home maker. It is so awe-inspiring.
Bold Trusting the decisions/choices I made.
Cooking Admiring my Australia shaped chapattis to defending the giggles when the potatoes were swimming in watery curry… I have come a long way today, but it meant a lot in those early learning cooking years.
Discussions Sulking and cribbing never solved a problem. Talking about it, does!! Yes, I believe it truly, much to the chagrin (sometimes) of my Best Half!
Exercise “A healthy mind in a healthy body” and never deviating from your morning/evening walk despite any weather, is truly inspirational.
Friends You have been friends even with my friends and some would come just to talk to you and that’s something! Hope I am able to do the same with my child.
Gratitude Thanking God for his blessings and not taking anybody for granted. I know, it hurts when the latter happens to you!
Help All your maids are truly blessed. How you help them and even teach their kids!
Imagination Your ability to see beyond the obvious… exemplary!
Jest Your sense of humor spreads laughter and cheer everywhere.
Knowledge Knowledge is power and you are too powerful when it comes to the IPL teams (and now ICC T20) and their scores or knowing the names of the actors of your saas-bahu serials or what’s happening in the Nirupama case… you know it all!
Love “I Love You”… these 3 words, I never heard you say, but your each and every action and your eyes always, always say that!
Money-wise I always laughed, whenever I saw you arranging money for different purposes (grocery, general shopping etc) in different pockets of your purse… I know its importance now!
Nurture Few months ago, I was cribbing about my help, and you said, “Consider, that you don’t have one kid, but two! Give him some time and patience.” And am I satisfied today??
Optimism “Koi baat nahin, try learning from a professional school, next time,” when I couldn’t drive the car after ‘learning’ twice from 2 different driving schools.
Persistence Try, try till you get it right… you elucidate with personal examples…like working on that difficult Sudoku in the daily newspaper, till you got all the answers right!
Quest Learning to make Dhoklas in the microwave or understanding what this Blogging is all about!! Your quest for learning new things is amazing and I still need to learn a lot from you.
Rest Rest a while, it helps you rejuvenate. And I am happy to see its effects on my baby too.
Save Some time back, when I needed a small loan and was trying to figure out the arrangements, in a flash of a second, you gave me your savings and I still remember the look of pride and satisfaction on Pa’s face at this gesture of yours.
Toil Whenever we go for our day long shopping expeditions, the way you make preparations for lunch/dinner or complete all the chores before we step out of the home… its truly too much. I would be too tired for shopping with all that. But not you!
Understanding There are many things of our lifestyle which do not gel with your beliefs, like the late night parties or going to the ATM every now and then, but still you understand! Hope I am able to change too, with the changing times!
Verve The energy and zeal to cook elaborate meals for our friends even at a short notice and sometimes no notice at all… this is something I want to do with a smile for my kid and his friends.
Wisdom Your home remedies for common ailments are miracles and tips for this and that… awesome!
X-tra I now understand the need to keep a bit of x-tra things at home… the quilts , the eatables or even the gifts…
YOU Family is very important but YOU are important too. Find time for yourself.
Zest for Life All these truly show the zest for life you have!

Love you, Ma!

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It’s All Black

Yesterday, we went to a party and the dress code there was Black.
A friend is buying a new car, and he did an opinion poll on the color and he got 80% votes for the color Black. Incidentally, our car is also Black in color!
Another friends’ wardrobe consists mainly of Black. Yet another Blogger friend recently shared her love for Black Tees.
And I am in sync with Henry Ford too, when I say, “I can have any shape, pattern or design of shoes and handbags, in any color – so long as it’s Black!!” Yeah, all my shoes, sandals, slip-ons, heels, flats, boots…even the sports shoes are Black!

What is this with color Black?? Here’s the A to Z of color Black…

Authority Yeah, Black signifies authority and power and even seriousness.
Beveragescofee The expression “Black tea” is also used to describe a cup of tea without milk similar to  Black Coffee served without milk or cream. Both have health benefits!
Clothing Muslim women wear Black burqas. Lawyers and Judges wear Black robes. Even graduates wear Black robes.  41j M5xHq8L._SL500_
Days
  • Black Monday, when stock market crashed on October 19, 1987.
  • Black Wednesday caused Britain to pull out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.
  • Black Friday is the Friday the 13th, any day when the 13th day of the month is a Friday.
  • Black Friday (shopping), is the day after American Thanksgiving Day
  • Black Friday (partying),is the last Friday before Christmas
Ethnicity The Black race, also called “African American” on the US Census, refers to a “person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
Fashion In fashion, Black is stylish, sexy, elegant and timeless. It makes people appear thinner. Gothic fashion includes Black dyed and crimped hair, Black lips and Black clothes.
Government Agents Men in Black in popular culture and in UFO conspiracy theories, are men dressed in Black suits who claim to be government agents who harass or threaten UFO witnesses to keep them quiet about what they have seen.
Heraldry In English heraldry (the occupation or study concerned with the classification of armorial bearings, the allocation of rights to bear arms, the tracing of genealogies, etc.), Black means darkness, doubt, ignorance, and uncertainty.
Ice Black ice, called “glare ice” or “clear ice”, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a road or sidewalk, used to describe slippery road conditions. Black ice is also used in those geographical areas where it rarely rains.When it does rain, the oils from vehicles that have dripped on roadways float on the thin layer of water resulting in a very slippery condition.
Jews-Hassidic Black is worn by Hassidic Jews. The preference for Black comes from a decree made by community rabbis in the 18th century stipulating that Black outer garments be worn on the Sabbath and Jewish Holy Days out of the home, as opposed to the shiny, colorful kaftans that were worn prior to that time.
Karateblackbelt The Black belt in Karate and other martial arts denotes competence and seniority.
Logoswwf Many company and brand logos are in Black. Sony, Nestle, Calvin Klein, Kellogg’s Motorola, WWF, Adidas, Playboy, Cartoon Network, Mercedes-Benz, Chanel, Mont Blanc, The Beatles, Pepe Jeans…and many more have only one color… that’s Black.
Months
  • The Black September in Jordan, in which thousands of people were killed.
  • Black July killing of the Tamil population by the Sinhalese government in Sri Lanka.
Negative Aspects Black has negative aspects like the Black sheep of the family or Blackmail. Some are Black hearted ie evil and you Black list some things/people.
Occult The Black Sun is an occult symbol used by those who believe in Nazi mysticism. Black magic is a destructive or evil form of magic, often connected with death. A polished Black mirror is used for scrying, and is thought to help see into the paranormal world without interference or distraction.
Prosperity In the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, the color Black is associated with rain clouds, a symbol of life and prosperity.
Quote “Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff.” – Stephen Wright
Ribbons222px-Black_Ribbon.svg The Black ribbon is worn or displayed as a political statement. It is used in a variety of manners:

  • After the 7 July 2005 London bombings, Google displayed a Black ribbon as a mark of respect and sympathy. Google also displayed a Black ribbon on their website to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in September 2005.
  • In UK, after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997
  • During the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week the Black ribbon was worn worldwide to show support and promote awareness of the Palestinian struggle.
Submission Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing Black implies submission to men. Is the same applicable to men too!!?? I wonder!
Tuxedos Black tuxedos are worn at formal occasions known as Black tie functions.black-tie
Unhappiness Black symbolizes sadness and unhappiness too.
Villains Villains, such as Dracula and Witches often wear black.
Wildlife Suppression “The Black” is a wildfire suppression term referring to a burned area on a wildfire capable of acting as a safety zone.
Xpertise/Xperience In Japanese culture, Black is a symbol of nobility, age, and experience.
Yearn & Mourn Widows in many cultures wear Black.
Zzzzz…. Black- The color of night…the time to rest and sleep.

A to Z of Marriage

Meeting the love of your life and then being in marital bliss together..
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Met a stranger and then turning your marriage into a happy one… either ways, requires a lot of hard work.
Marriages, they say, are made in heaven, but so are lightening and thunder!

Even, if there are no lightening and thunder, it’s always good to remember and know the ingredients that make for a happy marriage!

So, here’s the A to Z of the ingredients needed to make a marriage, happy and blissful!

Accept Accept differences.
Bond… That grows with passing time.
Communicate Communicate with words, deeds, gestures, eyes…
Dream Talk about dreams and help each other to realize them.
Expectations Have them, but realistic ones!
Faith Have it in abundance in each other.
Give… Surprises, gifts, support, pleasure, happiness, forgiveness…
Hold Hold hands. And each other too!!
Intimacy… For a healthy, happy relationship.
Juggle many roles Listener, admirer, critique, counselor, friend…
Kiss Start and end each day with a kiss.
Laughter Laugh together.
Maturing together Welcome the natural developments of personality and partnership that happens with time.
Nurture… Your love
OK to argue… But not in front of kids!
Positive attitude… Leads to a happy and successful married life.
Quality time Spend quality time together.
Respect Respect each other and give each other some space too.
Small things… Matter a lot
Traditions Create and follow your own rituals and family traditions.
Understand… Each other from your inmost heart.
Vision Pursue the same life paths, values and goals and mutually commit to those paths, values and goals.
Wedding ring Wear it all times
Xcitement Add extra sparkles of excitement, regularly!
Yours truly… For each other
Zest and zeal… Through thick and thin!

Happy Anniversary!! 🙂

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All in a Day’s Work

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 5; the fifth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

Oh, all in a day’s work is nothing special. It’s just the routine.

But a single day’s thoughts, expressions, learnings, observations can run into reams of pages. Jotting down some of the A to Z of a day of my life!

In a day, I…

  • Accept the challenges that life throws my way.
  • Accomplish miracles with a gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile or a hug
  • Aggravate sometimes a simple issue
  • Amuse myself by playing FarmVille
  • Annoy the lil’ baby by not giving in to his demands
  • Anxiously wait for the feedback on my new blog post
  • Bewilder at the regressive programs on the television
  • Bitch about anything that is not to my liking
  • Calmly control the tantrums of a 7 year old
  • Cheerfully agree to disagree with…KG!
  • Confuse the issue…(Sometimes…once in a odd while!)
  • Crazily look at the goodies on my virtual farm
  • Curiously observe the magpies hitting their beaks on the glass pane ceaselessly
  • Cynically appraise myself
  • Determine the plan of action for the day
  • Disappoint the 2 men of our home on the dining table
  • Drink 3 cups of masala tea
  • Enthrall the kid by reading him the stories from the Panchatantra
  • Envy nobody
  • Frustrate the maid with endless instructions to wash her hands before doing anything in kitchen
  • Giggle out loud at the silly SMS jokes
  • Gratefully thank God for all his blessings
  • Happily cook
  • Hope for the best in everything
  • Irritate myself and others too
  • Jealously guard my mini-library
  • Kiss and make-up with an annoyed KG or AG
  • Laze around too
  • Love the feeling of being loved
  • Madly play FarmVille
  • Numbly brave the cold weather out here
  • Optimistically look at things
  • Peacefully sleep
  • Quixotically refrain from using our Treadmill
  • Refresh myself by listening to KG and AG about their day’s happenings
  • Reject whacky ideas that keep floating in my brain
  • Rejuvenate myself with a 10 minute nap
  • Relax by listening to Jagjit Singh
  • Rush to help
  • Sadly remember some memories
  • Shock KG when he sees me without my laptop
  • Surprise the 2 men by suggesting, “Let’s not go to a South Indian food joint, this time!”
  • Sympathetically listen to the official grouches shared by KG
  • Thank God again
  • Think, think, think…
  • Touch base with family and friends
  • Understand the importance of life
  • Value my relationships
  • Worry too!
  • X-ray the new things a bit too deeply
  • Yearn to be a kid again
  • Zealously work.

It’s all in a day’s work!

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Women & Shoes: An Affair in Pairs

Women love shoes. Many women cannot resist buying a new pair of shoes every time they pass by a shoe store.


Shoes have an almost mysterious power. Is it any wonder women obsess over their footwear collections? They make an expensive indulgence seem worthwhile. Shoes transform the way they feel. They give height, power, sexiness and of course elegance if worn with the right ensemble. A pair of jeans looks completely different when you have a pair of red stilettos on than when you wear flip-flops.


Women’s shoes are as varied as women themselves.


In the A to Z series, here’s the ‘Must Have’ shoes for every woman!!


A

Ankle Boot: Whether they’re flat or heeled, ankle boots and long skirts are a classic combination. Whichever style you prefer, the key is to show no leg.clip_image002

B

Ballet Flats: Ultra feminine and always stylish, ballet flats are a popular choice for dressing up clothes without adding height or killing your feet. clip_image004

C

Clogs are also easy to slip on and run out but they are a little more stylish than a traditional slip-on shoe. From wooden clogs with fur lining to Crocs, clogs are easy to wear and give you a boost of style on your way out the door. clip_image006

D

Dress Shoe is a shoe to be worn at smart casual or more formal events. clip_image008

E

Espadrilles are casual flat or high-heeled fashion sandals of a style which originated in the Pyrenees. They usually have a cotton or canvas upper and a flexible sole of rope or rubber. When it comes to women’s shoe styles, no style stands out more than the espadrilles. clip_image010

F

Flip Flops: A flip flop is a flat, casual thong sandal that is free at the back, so that when one walks, they get a sort of “flip-flop” sound.clip_image012

G

Gladiator Sandals: With a wealth of celebrities supporting this trendy footwear, the strappy gladiator sandals are fast becoming the must-have shoe!clip_image014

H

High Heels may be shoes with heels 2 inches (5 cm) or higher. They are often seen as having more sex appeal than low heel and are thus commonly worn by women for formal occasions or social outings. clip_image015

I

Ice Skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel oneself across a sheet of ice.clip_image017

J

Jogging Shoes: Select shoes with better fit, are durable and well-cushioned and which are light weight and comfortable too.clip_image018

K

Kitten Heels: Tapered like the stiletto, but as the heel is only 1″-2″ high, the effect is more cute than sexy. The style was popularized by Audrey Hepburn.clip_image019

L

Loafers: Loafers have an inherently “preppy” feel to them, making them a great choice for adding a sporty touch to casual attire. They’re perfect with jeans or casual pants, but to keep them from being boring, look for a unique color, finish, texture, or detailing.clip_image021

M

Mojari is a generic name of handcrafted ethnic footwear. The uppers are made of one piece of leather or textile embroidered with bright and ornate threads and embellished with brass nails, cowries shells, mirrors, bells and ceramic beads.clip_image023

N

Narrow Width Shoes: Tip for Narrow Widths: The more letters, the slimmer the shoe.
Example: AAAA or 4A is more narrow than AAA or 3A.

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O

Open Toe Dress Heel: This open or peep-toe shoe can be a closed back pump or a slingback. This shoe is for dressing up. The open toe makes it a little sexy. A shiny patent leather or metallic are good options. clip_image026

P

Pumps : The classic black pump can be worn everyday to the office, to job interviews and to just about every other business occasion. This closed toe simple shoe should have a 2-3 inch heel depending on your own personal preference. You can choose from leather, microfiber or other fabrics. Just keep it basic.clip_image028

Q

Q-Form alignment system in shoes provides all-day comfort and support. So go in for this!

R

Reef Sandals are a great choice for summer, because they are made of sturdy construction and have quite thick straps. These hardy sandals make great footwear for long summer treks. clip_image030

S

Sandals are always a favorite in Spring and Summer months for their casual beauty and ease of wear. A closet full of sandals is not uncommon for many women, because they look great with dresses, skirts and jeans. Sandals are easy to dress up or dress down, making them perfect to transition from a daytime lunch to an evening outing. clip_image032

T

Tall Boot : Casual or dressy, flat or heeled, a pair of tall boots is one of the most versatile footwear items you can have in your wardrobe.clip_image034

U

“U Cube” T-Strap Sandal is a cute little go-with-everything option for dress or casual. The cute cutout upper and adorable details like a chunky heel and buckled t-strap give it definite appeal. clip_image036

V

Vegetarian Shoes: Many people prefer to purchase leather free shoes and footwear made with no animal byproducts!! Made from microfibre backed real cork, these vegan shoes are soft and amazingly flexible! clip_image038

W

Wedge Sandals are sandals but have the ankles higher as if wearing a high heels shoe. clip_image040

X

X-Training Shoesclip_image042

Y

Y-Band Sandals

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Z

Z-Strap Terrain Jane Shoes: So surprisingly comfortable, you’ll wear this morning till night, weekdays and weekends, with dressier clothes or casual. Its secret is lightweight, flexible, foot-soothing construction. Just one wearing and you’ll be convinced. clip_image046

Off to shop?? 🙂

A to Z of Fashion for Men!!

Yesterday was a male bashing day. And today is a day to pamper them. CONFUSEDRANTS.. inspired me to formulate my own A to Z Fashion Tips for MEN!!


Presenting the A to Z of fashion tips and trends for men that would make them ‘a complete man’!!

A

Aviators ooze traditional “cool” and a more manly edge.clip_image001

B

Blazer for a casual or formal do.

C

Calvin Kleins new Steel Underwear range that glow in the dark!

D

Denim jeans and jackets. Mixing denim is good. Matching the same shade of denim is not.

E

Espadrille, the classic rope-soled shoe of the French clip_image002Mediterranean is the hot new shoe, as men around the world discover the simplicity and comfort of the espadrille.

F

Fragranceclip_image003Use different fragrance for different occasions …

G

Gold Accessories: Chains and bracelets, cufflinks simply clip_image004add some elegant style. The key to wearing gold well is to not go overboard.

H

Hairstyle: Buzz cut, hair styled with gel or a classic and no fuss do, whatever suits you.

I

Intelligence!!

J

Jackets – Match dress shirts to sweaters to T-shirts without appearing out of place and perfectly blend up the look by bridging casualness and dressiness.

K

Know Yourself. Finding your own personal style amid the latest fashion trends is paramount to building the perfect wardrobe. Choose clothes that suit both your personality and your body shape.

L

Loafers. Shoes make the man. Of all the items in a man’s clip_image005wardrobe, shoes are the single most important element of style.

M

Man Bag: Having a great bag or hold-all can really add some clip_image006class and style to an outfit.

N

Nike Trainers for running and jogging etc. because you can’t beat the sports technology and just overall quality of a trainer maker who have been “just doin’ it” since the 60’s.

O

Open Mind: Listening to others’ ideas may not be easy, but it could be a valuable way to learn something new or change your perspective on life.

P

Pocket Squares: clip_image007Any mediocre or worn out jacket can be instantly livened up with an inexpensive casually folded pocket handkerchief.

Q

Quality of Family Life is a support for greater motivation, commitment and overall performance.

R

Rings: Finger rings clearly reflects a man’s individuality in style and has a beautifying impact to a man’s hand.clip_image008

S

Shorts, always have that relaxed casual vibe to them. Add clip_image009some class with a polo or short sleeve shirt . Canvas trainers look just as good as boat shoes with them.

T

Tie : By simply changing the style of knot you wear you can breathe new life to an old tie on a tired suit.clip_image010

U

Understanding Nature is a ‘Wow”

V

Values in Life : Prioritize

W

Wallet : Ditch your old-fashioned leather wallet and replace it with something modern, different and eco-friendlyclip_image011.

X

Xtra Goodness

Y

Youthful Confident Attitude

Z

Zenith Chronomasterclip_image012

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