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Friday, May 27, 2011

ChukkaKura Pakoda, Bread manchuria

One among "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures".

Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino on December 9, 1946) is the President of Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is Italian-born daughter-in-law of the late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. After her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian Congress Party to take over the Congress but Gandhi refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997 and in 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress.

Since then, Gandhi has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party. She has served as the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since 2004. In September 2010, on being re-elected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party. Her foreign birth has been a subject of much debate and controversy. Although Sonia is actually the fifth foreign-born person to be leader of the Congress Party, she is the first since independence in 1947.

She was born to Stefano and Paola Maino in contrada Màini ("Maini street") in Lusiana, a little village 30 km from Vicenza in Veneto, Italy. She spent her adolescence in Orbassano, a town near Turin, being raised in a traditional Roman Catholic family and attending a Catholic school. Her father, a building contractor, died in 1983.Her mother and two sisters still live around Orbassano.

In 1964, she went to study English at the Bell Educational Trust's language school in the city of Cambridge. She met Rajiv Gandhi, who was enrolled in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in 1965 at a Greek restaurant while working there, as a waitress to make ends meet.Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi married in 1968, following which she moved into the house of her mother-in-law and then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

The couple had two children, Rahul Gandhi (born 1970) and Priyanka Gandhi (born 1972). Despite belonging to the influential Nehru family, Sonia and Rajiv avoided all involvement in politics. Rajiv worked as an airline pilot while Sonia took care of her family.When Indira was ousted from office in 1977 in the aftermath of the Indian Emergency, the Rajiv family moved abroad for a short time. When Rajiv entered politics in 1982 after the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash on 23 June 1980, Sonia continued to focus on her family and avoided all contact with the public.

Sonia Gandhi's involvement with Indian public life began after the assassination of her mother-in-law and her husband's election as Prime Minister. As the Prime Minister's wife she acted as his official hostess and also accompanied him on a number of state visits.In 1984, she actively campaigned against her husband's sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi who was running against Rajiv in Amethi. At the end of Rajiv Gandhi's five years in office, the Bofors Scandal broke out. Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian business man believed to be involved, was said to be a friend of Sonia Gandhi, having access to the Prime Minister's official residence.In 1980, her name appeared in the voter's list for New Delhi prior to her becoming an Indian Citizen, when she was still holding Italian Citizenship.It was a violation of Indian Laws.When she did acquire Indian Citizenship in April 1983, the issue cropped up again, as her name appeared on the 1983 voter's list when the deadline for registering had been in January 1983.

Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said that she surrendered her Italian passport to the Italian Embassy on 27 April 1983. Italian nationality law did not permit dual nationality until 1992. So, by acquiring Indian citizenship in 1983, she would automatically have lost Italian citizenship.
Sonia is the widow of late Rajiv Gandhi, elder son of Indira Gandhi. There has been considerable media speculation for over a decade about their future role in the Congress. After a period of uncertainty, both Rahul and Priyanka became primary members of the Congress party. While Priyanka has so far restricted herself to organizing her mother's election campaigns and taking care of Sonia's constituency, Rahul Gandhi has gone on to take formal charge as General Secretary of the Congress Party. He is also currently head of the Youth Congress.

Gandhi was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in the year 2004 and was ranked 6th in 2007. In 2010, Gandhi ranked as the ninth most powerful person on the planet by Forbes Magazine.She was also named among the Time 100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007 and 2008. The British magazine New Statesman listed Sonia Gandhi at number 29 in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures" in the year 2010.

Hic-Cup Pup

Little tike has the hiccups thanks to Tom, and Spike forces him to try and stop it.

Tips for Children

వూబకాయం పిల్లలను ఎక్కువగా వేధించే సమస్య. అందుకే ముందు జాగ్రత్తలివిగో...

* సూర్యోదయానికి ముందే నిద్ర లేపి వాకింగ్‌కు తీసుకెళ్లాలి. సాయంత్రం ఈత, నృత్యం లాంటి వాటిలో శిక్షణ ఇప్పించాలి.
* ఇంట్లో ఫ్రిజ్‌ను ఎప్పుడూ పండ్లు, బలమైన ఆహార పదార్థాలతో నింపాలి. నూనెతో చేసిన స్నాక్స్‌ జోలికి వెళ్లనివ్వద్దు. టీవీ, కంప్యూటర్ల ముందు గంటల తరబడి కూర్చోనివ్వద్దు.
* చాక్లెట్లు, బంళాదుంప చిప్స్‌, ఐస్‌క్రీంలు, కేక్‌లు, శీతలపానీయాల జోలికి ఎట్టిపరిస్థితుల్లోనూ వెళ్లనివ్వద్దు.
* వంట చేసేప్పుడు వారి సహకారం తీసుకోవాలి. దీనివల్ల వారి శరీరంలోని కెలొరీలు ఖర్చవుతాయి. పని అలవడుతుంది.

Armitron Men's Watch

Monday, May 23, 2011

Egg Dosa

Simple Ayurvedic Tips

Cough: Add a pinch of salt with two pinches of turmeric powder to one glass of warm water and gurgle.

Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.

Cold: Mix a gram of dalchini powder with a teaspoon of honey to curb a cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the intake as the cold disappears.

Cholesterol: Butter Milk in which 1/4 tsp pepper powder and 1 tbsp of finely chopped onions could be taken.

Constipation: 1 Cup lime juice water could be taken early morning

Dandruff: Boil the fresh neem leaves in water for 1/2 hour. Filter the liquid & cool, apply the juice on hair and soak for 10 minutes. Wash it away while bathing.

Depression: A pinch of finely powdered cardamom seeds could be taken mixed with black tea.

Diabetes: The best remedy for this disease is the bitter gourd, better known as ‘karela’. Eat this vegetable as often as you can or have at least one tablespoon of karela juice daily to reduce blood sugar levels in your blood and urine.

Along with above tip,  take ten tulsi leaves, ten neem leaves and ten belpatras with a glass of water early morning on an empty stomach. It will work wonders in keeping your sugar levels under control.

Consume 2 cloves of garlic with water every morning on an empty stomach. Garlic helps in reducing blood sugar levels.

Posse Cat

Tom and Jerry are in a cabin in the "wild west". Jerry's rustling his food, so Tom's owner won't let him eat until he's gotten rid of Jerry. Will he do it?

Computer Maintenance Tips

Minimize Crashes and Crash Damage:
1. Always shut the PC down properly. Windows creates temporary files that need to be closed before you turn off your machine. If you just throw the switch, these files are left in limbo. Not only might you lose program data that has not been saved, but it’s possible that badly written programs could be left in an unusable state.

2. When using Dial-Up Networking, do not physically disconnect your phone line from the PC before shutting down your connection. Windows can get hang waiting on the COM port.

3. Let Scandisk run during boot-up if your machine requires it.

4. Store data files on a different partition from the operating system. If Windows does crash and needs to be reinstalled, you won’t lose data.

5.Using Network: If you’re on a network, keep a copy of all your network settings (IP address, DNS, gateway, network card settings, and so on) handy.

Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware

Friday, May 20, 2011

Good food

First title of Miss Beautiful Smile

Diana Hayden (born 1 May 1973) is a beauty pageant titleholder from India who won the Femina Miss India contest in 1997 and was crowned Miss World 1997.

Diana Hayden was born in Hyderabad, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, in a Anglo-Indian family.She attended St. Ann's High School, Secunderabad, until the eight standard. Hayden continued her studies through open schooling and correspondence, and graduated from Osmania University having majored in English.

Before she began modeling, she worked for an event management company called Encore. She then worked as a public relations officer at BMG Crescendo, where she assisted in managing the careers of models Anaida and Mehnaz. On Anaida's recommendation she entered herself into the Miss India contest in 1997.

Diana Hayden won the Femina Miss India World crown in 1997, and then went on to win the Miss World crown in the same year. By doing so, she became the third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant, after Reita Faria in 1966 and Aishwarya Rai in 1994.

Following her tenure as the global representative for the Miss World organization, Hayden moved to the UK and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She also studied at the Drama Studio London, where she concentrated on the works of Shakespeare and earned a Best Actress nomination from the studio. In 2001, she made her screen debut in the film version of Shakespeare's Othello in South Africa.

Diana was signed by the Avalon Academy in 2006 as the face of the Academy and currently serves as a celebrity guest lecturer for airline personnel training programs.In 2008, Diana Hayden became a wild card entry on the second season of the popular Indian TV show Bigg Boss. She was voted off Bigg Boss during Week 13; the episode was aired on 7 November 2008.

When, in 1994, Aishwarya Rai was crowned Miss World, one thought it was a feat unlikely to be repeated in a hurry. Today, India has another Miss World - Diana Hayden. Ever since she took the first title of Miss Beautiful Smile at the countdown contest in the Femina Miss India contest '97, Diana had her sights set on the big time. Winning the Femina Miss India-World was the next step -- after a tie with Nafisa, who made it to Femina Miss India-Universe.

Puppy Tale

Women Health Tips

నెలసరి సమస్యలు చాలామందిని వేధిస్తాయి. ఇక నడుంచుట్టూ పేరుకునే కొవ్వుతో కొన్నిరకాల అనారోగ్యాలూ తప్పవు. చాలామంది మహిళలకు పెను శాపంగా మారుతున్న ఈ రెండింటినీ అదుపులో పెట్టే పరిష్కార మార్గాల్లో వ్యాయామం కీలకమైనదే. రోజూ కాసేపు వీటిని చేయడం వల్ల ఎంతో మేలు జరుగుతుందంటున్నారు ఫిట్‌నెస్‌ నిపుణులు.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chicken Pakoda

Army's First Women---001

Priya Jhingan(1992) becomes the first lady cadet to join the Indian Army (later commissioned on March 6, 1993). Erstwhile male bastion the Indian Army was broken by Priya Jhingan-Army’s first woman. In fact she even wrote to the then Chief of Army Staff, General Sunith Francis Rodrigues requesting him to open doors of the Army to the Indian woman. And in the year 1992, the bright young law graduate joined the ‘hard’ profession. Before she retired she said, “It's a dream I have lived every day for the last 10 years”.

On 21 September 1992, the feisty Priya Jhingan enrolled as 001 — the first lady cadet to join the Indian Army. "It's a dream I have lived every day for the last 10 years," says Major Jhingan, formerly OIC, Judge Advocate General, at the Chennai headquarters. That dream ended  days ago for her and 24 of her batch-mates who served out their 10-year commission. Jhingan does not want to think too much about what life's going to be like here on end. She's applying to various banks for administrative jobs. Returning to the dream, she says it was her single-mindedness that won her an entry into the Army. Soon after she finished her graduation, she wrote a letter to the then Chief of Army Staff, General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, requesting him to open the doors of the armed services to women.

The General wrote back saying the Army was planning to induct women in a year or two. Jhingan dropped all plans of becoming a police officer — her father was one — and decided to wait till the Army called her. "The signed letter from the General remains one of my prized possessions," says Jhingan. To bide her time, she studied law. When the full-page advertisement inviting women to join the Army appeared in 1992, she knew she would make it. "There were two seats reserved for law graduates. I was just curious to find out who the other person might be." Jhingan was right. Soon, she came down to the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. The batch of 25 spirited women did not know what to expect and did not have much of an introduction. So, they walked into the OTA with their trunks filled with fancy clothes they thought they would wear to all the social dos. With a shake of her head, Jhingan says, "Our commanding officer almost hit the roof when he saw our trunks and the list of requests — warm water, tube lights and a saloon."

A rigorous physical training with stringent standards that matched the male cadets wasn't a problem, says Jhingan. She is unhappy that the standards for ladies have been lowered now. "It is no longer challenging." The parallel training, however, did create some awkward moments for the shy lady cadets who never imagined they would have to get into the same swimming pool as the gentleman cadets or train under the watchful eyes of male officers. "We wrapped the towels tightly around us and refused to let go of them. Finally, our platoon commander Captain P S Behl had to come and order us to stand in attention. The towels fell and we marched forward," says Jhingan, embarrassed by the memory. In her first posting at Ahmedabad, there was only one toilet and she had to share it with other male officers, but she didn't let that bother her. "Often, I would go in and see someone else using the facility. So, soon I devised the system of knocking hard on the door before entering. But never once did I think that I should be allotted a separate facility," she says. When a sozzled jawan entered her room five years ago, she gave him a good thrashing. He was later court-martialed and booted out.

Jhingan waves away the initial apprehension of male officers that women were inducted just to 'add colour' to the Army. She explains their refusal to call her m'aam as just one of the "problems that every working woman faces while breaking stereotypes." But this mother of a five-year-old son, Aryaman, is willing to admit that her priorities have changed. "I am always thinking of what will be a good move for my son," she says. Ask her whether the Army took the right decision in curtailing the lady officers' service to 10 years, she will shoot back, "No way. Why should they decide what is right for me and my family?" She did not write to Army HQ seeking an extension because, "I never want to tell the Army not to detail me in for a case because I have other personal obligations. I can never do that." When Jhingan was commissioned on 06 March 1993, she requested that she be posted in the infantry. Her commanding officer told her may be her great-grand-daughter would get a chance to serve in the infantry. "I am waiting for that day," she says.

Life with Tom

Jerry writes a book called "Life With Tom" which Tom reads about past adventures. The third and last clip show.

Tips for Shinny Hair

Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Falooda to make Summer Cool

Modern Meera

Mahadevi Varma (26 March 1907– September 11, 1987) best known as outstanding Hindi poet, was also a freedom fighter, woman's activist and educationist. She was also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. She is widely regarded as the "modern Meera". She was a major poet of the Chhayavaad generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry ranging from 1914-1938. With passage of time, her limited but outstanding prose has also being recognised as unique in Hindi Literature.She was the Principal, and then the Vice Chancellor of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth, a woman's residential college in Allahabad. She was awarded, India's highest literary award, for lifetime achievement, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, followed by the Jnanpith Award in 1982.

Mahadevi was born in Farrukhabad, United Provinces in a family of lawyers. She was educated at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. She was the eldest child of Govindprasad and Hemrani and had two brothers and a sister, Shyama. She was married in 1914 with Dr Swarup Narain Varma in Indore at a tender age of 7. She stayed with her parents while her husband studied in Lucknow to complete his education, during which time, she received her higher education at the Allahabad University and passed her B.A. examination in 1929 and completed her M.A. in Sanskrit in 1933. She later joined her husband in the princely state of Tamkoi around 1920 and later moved to Allahabad to pursue her interest in poetry with agreement from her husband, as she refused to accept her marriage with him in childhood. Mahadevi Varma and her husband mostly lived separately pursuing their respective interests and used to meet occasionally.

After the death of her husband in 1966, she moved permanently to Allahabad and lived there until her death. Mahadevi Varma was deeply affected by Buddhism and also contributed to the Indian freedom movement. She even tried to become a Buddhist bhikshuni.Mahadevi was appointed as the first headmistress of Allahabad (Prayag) Mahila Vidyapeeth, which was started with a view to imparting cultural and literary education to girls through Hindi medium. Later, she became the chancellor of the institute.

She died on September 11, 1987 at 9:27 pm. Her bunglow still stands at Ashok Nagar colony in Allahabad. It is under possession of descendants of her deceased secretary, Pt. Ganga Prasad Pandey. On her birth centenary year (2007), they have recreated a room dedicated to her memory. Mahadevi Verma (1907–87) : was educated in Allahabad, where she founded the 'Prayag Mahila Vidyapitha', promoting education for girls. An active freedom fighter, Mahadevi Verma is regarded as one of the four pillars of the great Romantic movement in modern Hindi poetry, Chayavada, the remaining three being Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Jaishankar Prasad and Sumitranandan Pant. She is renowned for her book of memoirs, Atit Ke Chalchitra (The Moving Frames of the Past) and Smriti Ki Rekhayen (The Lines of Memory). Her poetic canvas boasts Dipshikha (The Flame of an Earthen Lamp, 1942), a book comprising fifty one lyrics, all of which carry maturity of expression and intense mystical quality. Some of her other famous publications are Nihar (1930), Rashmi (1932), Neerja (1934), and Sandhya Geet (1936). Of her four prose works, Shrinkhala ki Kadiyan deals with the plight of Indian women. Her reflections on art and literature included in Sahityakaar ki Astha, evince a highly cultivated aesthetic sensibility, firmly rooted in the permanent values of life.

In 1935, She was appointed Honorary Editor of the famous Hindi monthly magazine Chand. She was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the President of India. She died on 14 September 1987.Mahadevi is considered to be one of the four major poets of the Chhayavaadi school of the Hindi literature, others being Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Jaishankar Prasad and Sumitranandan Pant. She was also a noted painter. She drew a number of illustrations for her poetic works like Deepshikha and Yama.

Her poems have been published under a number of other titles as well, but they contain the poems from these collections only. They include:
  • Neehar (1930)
  • Agnirekha (1990, published after her death)
  • pagal hai kya?(1971, published in 2005)
Mahadevi Varma's creative talents and sharp intellect soon earned her a prominent place in Hindi Literary world. She is considered among the four pillars of the Chaayavad movement. In 1934, she received Sekseriya Purashkar from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan for her work, Niraja. Her poetry collection (Yama, यामा-1936) received the Jnanpith Award, one of the highest Indian literary award.In 1956, Government of India bestowed her with the award of Padma Bhushan. She was the first woman to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, in 1979.In 1988, Indian Government bestowed her with the title of Padma Vibhushan.

Two Little Indians

Jerry's friends come round for tea and wnat to play indians, and go too far abd ebd up hitting Tom with an arrow, which makes him mad.

Life Saving Health Food Tips

Baby Einstein Octoplush

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pesara Punukulu Curry

First women Chief-Minister of West-Bengal

Mamata Banerjee (born 5 January 1955) is the Chief Minister-elect of West Bengal (to assume office on May 20, 2011) and the founding chairperson of the Trinamool Congress.Noted as a firebrand orator and popularly known as "Didi" (meaning 'the elder sister'), she pulled off a landslide victory for the All India Trinamul Congress in West Bengal by defeating the world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government, i.e. Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front government, eliminating the 34 years of Left's rule in the state.She opposes Special Economic Zones and forceful land acquisition for industrialization in West Bengal at the cost of agriculturalists and farmers.

Mamata Banerjee was born to Promileswar and Gayatri Banerjee on 5 January 1955, in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India. She grew up from a lower middle-class family and then started her political career with the Congress. And, as a young woman in the 1970s, she quickly rose in the ranks to become the general secretary of the state Mahila Congress (1976–80). She was a College-going adult in the mid-1970s when politics in Bengal had begun to accommodate the riffraff. Uninhibited, she jumped up and danced on the bonnet of Jaiprakash Narayan's car. Throughout her political life she maintained an austere lifestyle and never spent money on clothes, cosmetics and jewellery and slung a cotton bag on her shoulder. She has remained single throughout her life.

She graduated with an honours degree in History from the Jogamaya Devi College, an undergraduate women's college in southern Kolkata.Later she earned a master's degree in Islamic History from the University of Calcutta. This was followed by a degree in education from the Shri Shikshayatan College. Later, she earned a law degree from the Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata. All of these Kolkata based institutions (Jogamaya Devi College, Shri Shikshayatan College and Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College) are affiliates of the University of Calcutta.

In the West Bengal Assembly elections of 2011, Trinomool Congress and congress parties combined, spearheaded by Mamata Banerjee successfully won with nearly 75% of the total seats. This is considered a historic victory over the Left Front rule. She will be the 11th Chief Minister and the first woman chief Minister of the state. The high light of the election was that only four ministers out of the twenty eight of the outgoing regime were able to retain their seats. This includes the outgoing Chief Minister Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharya.

She started her political career with Congress(I), and as a young woman in the 1970s, she quickly rose in the ranks of the local Congress group, and remained the General Secretary of Mahila Congress (I), West Bengal, from 1976 to 1980. In the 1984 general election, she became one of India's youngest parliamentarians ever, beating veteran Communist politician Somnath Chatterjee, from the Jadavpur parliamentary Constituency in West Bengal. She also became the General-Secretary of the All India Youth Congress. Losing her seat in 1989 in an anti-Congress wave, she was back in 1991 general elections, having settled into the Calcutta South constituency. She retained the Kolkata South seat in the 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 general elections.

In 1997, Mamata Banerjee came out of the Congress Party in West Bengal and established the All India Trinamool Congress. It quickly became the primary opposition to the long-standing Communist government in the state. On 11 December 1998, she controversially held a Samajwadi Party MP, Daroga Prasad Saroj, by the collar and dragged him out of the well of the Lok Sabha to prevent him from protesting against the Women's Reservation bill.In 1999, she joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and was allocated the Railways Ministry.

Trinamool congress performed well in the 2009 parliamentary election, bagging 19 MP seats, among them 5 women (including her), reiterating her faith in the Women's Reservation Bill. It’s allies Congress and SUCI also got 6 and 1 MP seats respectively. This is the best performance by any opposition party in West Bengal since the start of the left regime. Till date, the Congress victory of 16 seats in 1984, by the sympathy vote after the death of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, was considered the best opposition show.Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress Alliance won the state assembly election against Left Ruling party by securing 227 seats. Trinamool Congress alone won 184 seats.

Just Ducky

The little duck is sad because he can't swim, so he asks Jerry to teach him, but runs off into Tom's clutches before he can.

Beauty Tips

Yellow Gold

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pakora Kurhi (Curry)

First Woman to be elected Leader of the Opposition

Jayalalithaa Jayaram (born 24 February 1948) commonly referred to as J. Jayalalitha, is the current Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. She is the incumbent general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a Dravidian party. She is called Amma (English: Mother) and Puratchi Thalaivi (English: Revolutionary Leader) by her followers.She was a film actor in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi before entering politics.

She was born on 24th February 1948 in Mysore, Karnataka and was named as Komalavalli in a Tamil Iyengar family. She is a native of Srirangam, Trichy.Her father Jeyaram died when she was 2 years old. She had her formal education at the Bishop Cotton Girls' High School in Bangalore. She later moved to Madras State (now Tamil Nadu) along with her mother Sandhya, who ventured as an actress into Tamil cinema. She was then schooled at Sacred Heart Matriculation School (popularly known as Church Park Presentation Convent or Presentation Church Park Convent) in Chennai.She excelled in academics and has claimed that she was offered a scholarship for higher studies from the Government of India but she entered film industry, under the guidance of her mother.

Jayalalitha made her debut as a teenager in a Kannada film titled Chinnada Gombe (1964), which was a major hit and made her star overnight.She also acted in a English movie, Epistle released in 1961, which was produced by Shankar Giri, son of former president of India VV Giri. She acted in a couple of films in Kannada before moving into the Tamil film Industry. She got her first break in Vennira Aadai (1965), directed by C. V. Sridhar. The following year, she made her debut in Telugu cinema through Manushulu Mamathalu. She was perhaps, the first heroine who appeared in Skirts in Tamil films. From 1965-1972 she formed a hit on screen pair with MGR by giving back to back box office hits with films like Aayirathil Oruvan, Muharassi, Chandorodyam , Kavalkaran, Rahasya Police 115, Adimai Pen, Nam Naadu, Kudiyiruntha Koil, Olivilaku, Thaikku Thalaimagan, Mattukkara Velan, Thalaivan, Thedi Vanda Mappillai, Kanavan, Engal Thangam, Kumari Kottam , Raman Thediya Seethai.Except for Annam Ita Kai, the pair had all of their films as box office success. She also worked with B.Saroja Devi in Arasa Kattali.She also acted in suspense films like Naan and comedy films like Galatta Kalyanam.

After pairing opposite MGR in 25 Tamil films, she decided to explore herself by acting opposite other heroes in Tamil films. Her films rarely saw failure at the box office. Her commercially successful films with Sivaji Ganeshan include Pattikada Pattanama, Galatta Kalyanam, Sumathi En Sundari, Enga Mama, Raja and Deiva Magan. Her performances in Soorya Kanthi and Chandrodhayam were critically acclaimed. She continued pairing up with younger heroes like Ravichandran in movies like Bhagdad Perazhagi, Moondrezhuthu, Magarasi and Jaishankar and Vairam in Yaar Nee. Thereby she established herself in the Tamil film industry with the series of box-office hits Nee, Major Chandrakanth and Kandan Karunai. She made her Bollywood debut through Izzat, in which she was paired opposite Dharmendra. She also established her popularity in Telugu films Nayakudu Vinayakudu, Aadarsa Kutumbam, Akka Thamudu, Bharya Biddalu, Shri Krishna Vijayam, Brahmachari, Goodachari 116 and Navarathri. Her last film was Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal (1980).She has also rendered her voice for few songs in Tamil films.

In 1981, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1988, marking her entry into the Parliament of India. Her association with politics grew from her association with the Late M. G. Ramachandran (popularly known as M.G.R), a movie star and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and her position as MGR's disciple helped her become his political heir.After M.G.R's death, she was alienated by a faction of the party who, instead chose to support M.G.R's wife, Janaki Ramachandran. Drawing on her massive popularity, she won the elections to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly in 1989. Incidentally she became the first woman to be elected Leader of the Opposition. In 1991, following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, just days before the elections, her alliance with the Indian National Congress paid off as a sympathy wave propelled the coalition to a massive victory. She was re-elected to the legislative assembly and became the first elected woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu, serving the full tenure (24 June 1991 - 12 May 1996) (Janaki Ramachandran technically became the first woman chief minister following her husband's death, but she was unelected and presided over a transitional 'caretaker' government).

Due to an anti-incumbency wave, and several allegations of corruption and malfeasance against her and her ministers, she lost power to the D.M.K in 1996, in a landslide defeat. All the ministers in her erstwhile cabinet, including her, were defeated in the elections and six of them even lost their deposits, meaning that they did not even secure the minimum number of votes expected of them. She returned to power with a huge majority in the 2001 elections, having mustered a bigger coalition and defying many pre-poll predictions. In the last assembly elections held in 2006, her party had to relinquish power to the DMK government.But her party the AIADMK again gained power with a landslide victory in the 2011 assembly elections and is the present CM of Tamilnadu.

During her years out of power, she has had to face a number of criminal lawsuits stemming from her first term rule mostly dealing with embezzlement and monetary fraud. In 2001, a specially designated court convicted her of criminal breach of trust and of illegally acquiring governmental property belonging to TANSI, a state-run agency, and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment. She appealed against the sentence to the Supreme Court of India. While the appeal was under judicial consideration, the conviction disqualified her from contesting the 2001 elections. However, having led her party to victory, she controversially became the Chief Minister as a non-elected member of the assembly in Tamil Nadu.

On 21 September 2001, a five-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court of India ruled that "a person who is convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not less than two years cannot be appointed the Chief Minister of a State under Article 164 (1) read with (4) and cannot continue to function as such". Thereby, the bench decided that "in the appointment of Ms. Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister there has been a clear infringement of a Constitutional provision and that a writ of quo warranto must issue".

In effect, her appointment as Chief Minister was declared null and invalid. Therefore, technically, she was not the Chief Minister in the period between 14 May 2001 and 21 September 2001. O. Panneerselvam, a minister in her party, was subsequently installed as the Chief Minister. However, his government was widely believed to have been puppeted and micro-managed by Jayalalithaa. In 2003, the Supreme Court acquitted her in the specific case, for lack of conclusive evidence to convict her. This cleared the way for her to contest a mid-term poll to the Andipatti constituency, after the elected representative for the seat, gave up his membership. Winning the election by a handsome margin, Jayalalithaa took over the Chief Ministership again. She is still a party in a few criminal litigations, from her first term rule, in the courts in the neighbouring Karnataka state.

After the 2006 assembly elections, O. Panneerselvam was elected the AIADMK legislature party leader and hence the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly after she decided not to attend the assembly except if "absolutely necessary". However, she, by virtue of her strong control over her party, was considered to be the de-facto leader of the opposition in the state. Later that month when all the attending AIADMK MLAs were suspended, she started attending the assembly. She was elected the legislature party leader. Of the 11 corruption cases levied against her in period 1996-2003, she was acquitted in 9. In 2011, she once again became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

That's my Pup!

Spike teaches his son the three most important things of being a dog: being a man's best friend, burying bones and chasing cats. In order to teach his son the third lesson, he uses Tom to show how should he chase cats.

How to make hair grow FASTER

Rainbow Flowers Skirt

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dahi Kadi and Besan Laddu

Global Leader of Tomorrow

Sulajja Firodia Motwani (born August 26, 1970) belongs to a business family, the grand-daughter of H.K Firodia who founded Kinetic Engineering. Her father Arun Firodia founded the Kintetic Group. She is her parent’s second child. She has two sisters, Kimaya, her elder sister, is in the US , Vismaya, her younger sister is, an engineer, is in charge of exports and public relations of the Group and Ajukya, her brother, who works in the US.

She is the Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd and Director, Kinetic Motors. Her husband, Manish Motwani, is the Managing Director of Kinetic Communications Ltd. They have a son Sidhant. She is multi-lingual with fluency in Marathi, Hindi, Rajasthani, French and English, with smattering Sindhi.
Sulajja Firodia Motwani completed the B.Com from Pune University (1990). On completing her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg in 1992, she joined Barra International, California, an investment consulting firm in the US (1992-94). She became the Senior Consultant, BARRA (1994-97), Head of Indian Operations, BARRA (1996-97 and moved on to her family business to become General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Kinetic Engineering Limited (1997).

The Kinetic group’s Kinetic Motor Company manufactures and sells scooters and scooterettes, and Kinetic Engineering Company makes motorcycles and mopeds. She later became Joint Managing Director, KEL (1998-till date)
The group’s joint venture with Honda Motor Company fell through in 1998 making Kinetic Honda to Kinetic Motors which later went into a technical tied up with UEN, a Taiwanese company, and Hyosung Motors, Korea increasing its product and price range. During this period the company increased its annual sales to 19,000 vehicles in July 2002 set to achieve a target of 26,000.
Sulajja Firodia Motwani won a number of awards such as the award for excellent performance as the woman CEO by the Institute of Marketing and Management (2003); Young Super Achiever Award from the leading magazine ‘Business Today’ (2003); Society Young Achiever's Award for Business in the year 2002; Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (2002); and ‘Face of the Millennium’ by ‘India Today’.

Johann Mouse

The story of a young mouse called Johann who loves to dance and a cat who wants to get him. Tom and Jerry play those characters.

Simple Home Made Remedies

Injury: For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a bandage after applying haldi.

Insomnia: Blanched Almonds ground along with 1tsp Khas khas in ½ cup of milk like a paste, could be applied on palms and soles at bedtime.

Jaundice: Mixture of Pudina, Lime and Ginger juice mixed with honey, could be taken frequently.
Low Blood Pressure: Tulsi juice mixed with honey could be taken.

Malaria Fever: Water, in a mud pot, soaked with Nirgundi leaves, to which ½ tsp black cumin seeds are added could be taken.

Muscular Pain: Turmeric and Ginger mixed and ground to form a paste could be applied.

Nausea: Water mixed with powder of fried cloves (2 pinches taken).

Nervousness: 6 to 8 blanched Almonds, 1 tsp rice and 1 or 2 tbsp juice of banana flower, all mixed and ground, could be taken with milk once every day for 40 days.

Toothache: Chew a clove or dip a piece of cotton wool in clove oil and place on the aching tooth for best results.
Ice is excellent in numbing nerve endings. Try to compress the affected area with ice. But if it aggravates the pain, discontinue it.

High-Back Chair

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Home Made Ayurvedic Remedies

Diabetes:Eat 5-10 grams of jamun seed powder every morning. It directly works on the pancreas.
Ear Disease: Decoction prepared from tender leaves of Neem, when warm, could be used as ear drops.
Falling Hair: Massage the scalp frequently with a little almond oil.
Fatigue: Rasam prepared from ghee fried, 1/2 tsp each of Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, Black pepper, Tail Pepper and Thuvar dal could be taken as an appetizer or mixed with steamed rice.
Fever: Boiling root powder in water to prepare a concentrate (1 cup reduced to ½) could be taken, with a little sugar added, daily morning on the empty stomach.
Headache: Take frequently fresh juice of ripe Pomegranate.
Heart Attack: 1/2 tsp garlic powder could be taken every day.
Hypertension: 3 or 4 cloves of Garlic finely chopped and boiled in milk could be taken every night.
Indigestion: 5 to 6 Garlic cloves, crushed could be taken with honey once a day.
Itching: Apply neem oil to the affected area. Or make a fresh paste of some neem leaves and apply externally. Boil neem leaves in the hot water used for your bath. Also eat a teaspoon of neem juice along with sugar for quick relief.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sooji Dhokla

Award-Winning Indian ScreenWriter

Honey Irani is an award-winning Indian screenwriter.Honey Irani was born into a Zoroastrian family on January 17, 1950. She was married to Javed Akhtar. Although the marriage ended in divorce, it produced two children, son Farhan Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar.Both her children are critically acclaimed Indian filmmakers. She is the maternal aunt of choreographer/director Farah Khan and director/host Sajid Khan(director). Her sister Daisy Irani was a famous child artist of the 50's and 60's.

Honey Irani began her Bollywood career as a child actress with roles in films like Chirag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan and Bombay Ka Chor. She has acted in over 72 films.Later, she became a successful scriptwriter.

Kya Kehna, Honey's most recent hit is the story of an young girl who decides to have a baby out of wedlock. It is interesting to note the manner in which such sentimental topics have been handled by Honey. In fact, Honey has a knack of turning unconventional storylines into hits. This is evident in the case of Lamhe (younger woman falling for much older, surrogate father figure) and Kya Kehna (on being a single mother). It hasn't always been smooth sailing for Honey. Some of her flop films include Himalayputra, Laawaris and Parampara. Interestingly, whenever Honey toes the conventional storyline she invariably delivers a dud. 

With Kya Kehna, Honey has been labelled as a bold writer. There are, however, certain limits on Bollywood's willingness to be 'bold'. Hence, many of her scripts have no takers.

  1. Har Pall (2007), dialogue
  2. Krrish (2006), screenplay
  3. Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), screenplay
  4. Armaan (2003), screenplay and story
  5. Albela (2001)
  6. Kya Kehna (2000)
  7. Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), screenplay
  8. Laawaris (1999 film) (1999), screenplay and story
  9. Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), screenplay and story
  10. Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997), story
  11. Suhaag (1994), screenplay
  12. Darr (1993), screenplay and story
  13. Aaina (1993), screenplay and story (also assistant dialogue writer)
  14. Parampara (1992), screenplay and story
  15. Lamhe (1991), screenplay and story
  1. Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), as Sheila
  2. Amar Prem (1971)
  3. Kati Patang (1970) as Manorama ("Munni")
  4. Chandi Ki Deewar (1964)
  5. Soorat Aur Seerat (1962)
  6. Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959)
  7. Qaidi No. 911 (1959)
  8. Pyar ki Pyas (1961)as Geeta.

1.Armaan (2003)

Jerry and Jumbo

Jerry meets a kind little elephant who falls of a train, and helps Jerry beat Tom up.

Simple Ayurvedic Tips

Allergies: Chandan (Sandalwood): 1 tbsp mixture of lime juice in sandalwood paste could be applied.
Anxiety: 1 tsp dried amla powder could be soaked in one cup of water overnight to which 1/8 tsp of black pepper powder and 2 tsp of lime juice added. The mixture is diluted as required for consumption.
Arthritis: Mixture of powders of 6 tsp each ginger, caraway seeds and 3 tsp black pepper could be taken in 1/2 tsp dosage along with water twice daily.
Asthma: Boiled milk with turmeric powder (haldi) (1 tsp) added could be taken instead of coffee or tea in the morning and night.
Backache / Back Pain: Two or three cloves (Garlic) should be taken every morning.
An oil prepared form garlic and rubbed on the back will give a good result in backache. An boil oil mix with Camphor & apply on your Back. Ginger paste and eucalyptus oil could be applied on the affected area.
Baldness: Coriander seeds (dhania) soaked in water with addition of 1 tsp dried amla powder, overnight & the filtered liquid could be taken every morning.
Blackheads, Pimples: Fresh leaf of fenugreek crushed and ground to form a fine paste could be applied on a face and allowed to remain overnight and washed off in the morning.
Blood Purification: A pinch of saffron (kesar) could be taken along with milk daily.
Body Odor: Add a tablespoon of sandalwood paste in a glass of lime juice.

AquaFresh Fluoride Toothpaste

Monday, May 9, 2011


Gudit - Non-Christian Queen

Gudit  is a semi-legendary, non-Christian, Falasha, queen (flourished c.960) who laid waste to Axum and its countryside, destroyed churches and monuments, and attempted to exterminate the members of the ruling Axumite dynasty. Her deeds are recorded in the oral tradition and mentioned incidentally in various historical accounts.

Information about Gudit is contradictory and incomplete. Paul B. Henze wrote, "She is said to have killed the emperor, ascended the throne herself, and reigned for forty years. Accounts of her violent misdeeds are still related among peasants in the north Ethiopian countryside."Henze continues in a footnote,On my first visit to the rock church of Abreha and Atsbeha in eastern Tigray in 1970, I noticed that its intricately carved ceiling was blackened by soot. The priest explained it as the work of Gudit, who had piled the church full of hay and set it ablaze nine centuries before.
There is a tradition that Gudit sacked and burned Debre Damo, which at the time was a treasury and a prison for the male relatives of the king of Ethiopia; this may be an echo of the later capture and sack of Amba Geshen by Ahmed Gragn.

The Italian scholar Carlo Conti Rossini first proposed that the account of this warrior queen in the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, where she was described as Bani al-Hamwiyah, ought to be read as Bani al-Damutah, and argued that she was ruler of the once-powerful kingdom of Damot, and that she was related to one of the indigenous Sidamo peoples of southern Ethiopia.This would agree with the numerous references to matriarchs ruling the Sidamo polities.

If Gudit did not belong to one of the Sidamo peoples, then some scholars, based on the traditions that Gudit was Jewish, propose that she was of the Agaw people, who historically have been numerous in Lasta, and a number of whom (known as the Beta Israel), have professed an Israelite pre-Ezra Judaism since ancient times. If she was not of Hebrew, Israelite or Jewish origin, she might have been a convert to Judaism by her husband, or pagan.Local traditions around Adi Kaweh where she allegedly died and was buried indicate her faith was pagan-Hebraic,rather than Israelite or Jewish [Leeman 2009].

It was during the office of Patriarch Philotheos of Alexandria when Gudit started her revolt, near the end of the reign of the king who had deposed the Abuna Petros. As Taddesse Tamrat explains, at the time "his own death in the conflict, and the military reverses of the kingdom were taken as divine retribution for the sufferings of Abuna Petros."

This chronological synchronicity with the tenure of Patriarch Philotheos, and the intervention of king Georgios II of Makuria, provides us a date of c.960 for Gudit. A contemporary Arab historian, Ibn Hawqal, provides this account:
The country of the habasha has been ruled by a woman for many years now: she has killed the king of the habasha who was called Haḍani [from Ge'ez haṣ́ani, modern aṣ́e or atse]. Until today she rules with complete independence in her own country and the frontier areas of the country of the Haḍani, in the southern part of [the country of] the habashi.
Another historian mentions that the king of Yemen sent a zebra to the ruler of Iraq in 969/970, which he had received as a gift from the Queen of al-Habasha.
Taddesse Tamrat has speculated that one effect of Gudit's otherwise ephemeral rule, might be the pockets of various languages related to Amharic scattered across southwestern Ethiopia (e.g. Argobba, Gurage and Gafat), which could have been Axumite military settlements isolated by her conquests and later Sidamo migrations.