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Monday, June 20, 2011


Second woman to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award

Priyanka Chopra ( born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 2000. She is often referred to by the nickname "Piggy Chops", which was given to her by co-stars on the set of the film Bluffmaster!

Chopra made her acting debut with the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. The following year, she made her Bollywood film debut with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and followed it with the hit Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2004, she became the second woman to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award, which she received for her critically acclaimed performance in Aitraaz. Chopra would later have commercial success with films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Krrish (2006) and Don – The Chase Begins Again. In 2008, Chopra received a National Film Award for Best Actress, as well as a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a model in Fashion and has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Bollywood.

Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to Ashok Chopra and Madhu Akhauri, both physicians by profession. Chopra spent her childhood in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh; Newton, Massachusetts; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her father was in the army and thus her family moved quite frequently. Her father hailed from a family of Punjabi origin, settled in Bareilly and her mother comes from a family settled in Jamshedpur. She also has a brother, Siddharth, who is seven years younger than she is.

Chopra studied at La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow as a young girl. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she studied in Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts and then in John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She returned to India and finished her high school at Army School in Bareilly. She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, but left after winning the Miss World pageant.

Chopra's mother sent in pictures of her for the Miss India contest. When she got called to participate, she was surprised and did it mainly to take a break from studying.She came in second place at the Femina Miss India 2000 competition, winning the Femina Miss India World title. She was subsequently sent to the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000. In the same year, Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza, both also from India, won the Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific crowns respectively, in a rare triple victory for one country. When Chopra won the Miss World crown, she became the fifth Indian woman to win the title, and the fourth Indian woman to win in a span of seven years.

Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan playing the role of Priya, the love interest of the protaginist in the film played by Vijay. The film was praised for its wit, although the depth of Chopra's character was seen as lacking.Chopra also sang playback in the film, singing "Ullathai Killadhe" along with Vijay. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in the Anil Sharma film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. She played a supporting role as a doctor named Shaheen in the film that The New York Times described as "ripping its text from the seething border tensions between India and Pakistan, spicing its conflict with hot-tempered religious zealots bent on nuclear havoc". Despite being one of the highest grossing films of that year, the overall film was not well received by critics.Chopra was awarded mostly good reviews for her debut Hindi performance.Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar's Andaaz, playing the character of Jiya who falls in love with Raj Malhotra, played by Akshay Kumar. The film was a success at the box office, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. said of her role, "Priyanka Chopra alone clicks with the audience, thanks to her skimpy outfits."

Her next few films released in 2004 Plan, Kismat and Asambhav performed poorly at the box office.Later that year she appeared in David Dhawan's romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi playing the role of a young fashion designer Rani along with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. The film turned out to be the third-highest grossing film of that year.She next starred in Abbas-Mustan's thriller Aitraaz. It was her first negative role and her performance was critically acclaimed.She earned a Filmfare Best Villain Award, becoming the second and last female actor to win the award after Kajol (the category has been retired since 2008). She also received a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the role. Film critic Subhash K. Jha noted, "A star is born! As the predatory social-climbing seductress who can go to any length to satiate her lust for life, Priyanka Chopra rocks the scene like never before. The film is undoubtedly a triumph for Priyanka Chopra. With half a smile, a twitch of her lip and a movement of her eyebrow she seems to slip into her man-eater's role with captivating ease".In 2005, she starred in six films. Four of them, Blackmail, Karam, Yakeen and Barsaat failed to do well.However, her performance in Yakeen garnered good reviews from critics.

Her other two 2005 releases, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster! performed moderately at the box office. In 2006, Chopra starred in two of the most successful films of the year: Krrish, in which she shared the screen with Hrithik Roshan and Rekha, and Don – The Chase Begins Again, alongside Shahrukh Khan which was a remake of the 1978 film Don. She played the character of Roma, a role which was played by Zeenat Aman in the original movie.
In 2007, she appeared in Nikhil Advani's ensemble piece Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. Despite a promising opening, the movie was a financial failure. Chopra's next release, the much-delayed Big Brother, also underperformed at the box-office. In 2008, Chopra acted in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, were critically and commercially unsuccessful.Critics started panning her for choosing the wrong movies and criticising her performances.Still, she was noted for her physical performance in Drona with Rediff writing, "Chopra truly impresses with her convincing action heroine skills."

 In early 2011, Chopra appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj's black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf, in which she portrayed the role of an Anglo-Indian woman who murders her seven husbands. Her performance in the film garnered mixed reviews by the critics.She has completed the filming of Farhan Akhtar's Don 2 – The Chase Continues alongside Shahrukh Khan. She has commenced the filming of Anurag Basu's Barfee, and Karan Johar's Agneepath remake,the filming of both being held in back-to-back schedules. Recently, she has also confirmed to be reprising her role in Krrish 2 alongside Hrithik Roshan.
Chopra became a television host with the Colors' reality show Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 3. She replaced actor Akshay Kumar who hosted the previous two seasons. The show, which premiered on 6 September 2010, beat the opening ratings of the previous two seasons.
Chopra participated in a concert tour titled Temptations 2004 with other Bollywood actors, including Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Arjun Rampal. She sang, danced, and performed in skits.She is known to be a fairly good singer. For example, she was offered to do the playback singing of "Tinka Tinka" in Karam (2005). She declined, wanting to concentrate on acting, but later sang the song live on the TV program Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

On 12 December 2009, she was present as a judge for the Miss World 2009 competition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was also appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2010.Chopra continues to do some modelling work, such as appearing for fashion designer Ritu Kumar's collection at HDIL India Couture Week.She has a number of endorsements and is one of the top paid Bollywood actresses in this respect.She has represented brands including Lux, Ponds, Sunsilk, Hero Honda, Nokia, Tag Heuer, J. Hampsted and Virgin Comic.

That's My Mommy

The duck returns again, and this time he is convinced Tom is his mother. Jerry tries to convince the duck that he isn't.

Juttu Vudadam Thaggalante

Friday, June 17, 2011

Idiyappam Recipe

first woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting

Karnam Malleswari (born June 1, 1975, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian Weightlifter. To her first time she participated in the 'National Junior weight lifting championship and stood First. In 1992 she participated in the Asian champion ship which took place in Thailand and stood second and won three silver medals. She also won three Bronze medals in the world championship. She won a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney, which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal . She is a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour for the year 1995-1996. She is also a recipient of the civilian honour Padma Shri in 1999.Malleswari is awarded the Arjuna Award in 1994, India's highest award in sports.

In 1995, Malleswari won the world weightlifting title in her class (54 kg) with a new record, by lifting 113.0 kg in the clean and jerk. Malleswari, who went on to win the contest's gold medal, beat the previous record of 112.5 kg set by China's Long Yuling in December 1993. She also won the 1995 Asian championship. She broke her own records in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship in 1997, and India's first medal, a weightlifting silver, in the 1998 Asian Games.In

Karnam Malleswari is an Olympic weightlifting champion, who proved herself as much better than the rest in her career and is considered to be exceptional in her talents. She had her greatest moment in the Olympic spotlight when she became the first woman to win an Olympic medal in this sport.She managed this victory in the 2000 Olympic Games in weightlifting in the women’s 69 kilograms division. It remained a lasting memory for her in her professional career as well. Her first win was at the Sydney Olympic Games where she won the medal in the weightlifting category, it was a great moment for her as well as for all of the women in India. 

While she only won the bronze medal, this proved to be a great moment for her. Perhaps better than her achievement of winning her gold medal in the World Championships held in China. It was the first time that Indian women represented and won medals in world level competitions, which was a great credit to her.Thus this great achievement of Karnam Malleswari remained a positive moment for the whole country since she was the first medal winner in Olympics and also the first Indian women to win the victory.She was the world champion in 1993 and 1994 in a weightlifting category of 63 kg. She won the achievement with great satisfaction and this made her a national hero. Thus she earned the title of “iron girl of Andhra Pradesh” and became the golden girl of India. 

Her golden achievement paved the way to create enthusiasm for new generations and enthusiasm among women. Malleswari practiced by lifting weights of more than 240 kg but she could not capture the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics and achieved only the bronze medal. But still, it remained a positive and golden moment in her professional career since no Indian women had ever done this before.She was born in a small village of India in 1979 and began weightlifting at the age of twelve in her village. Backed by the support of her family, namely from her mother Shyamala who vigilantly took care of her diet which is very vital for a weightlifter. Another interesting fact is that her sister, Krishna Kumari is also a national lifter and thus Malleswari was called the sport daughter of India.

Her greatest moment was when she was honored by the prime minister of India for bringing a sense of pride to her country of India. Her professional career was marked with the statement made by the country’s prime minister who said that her achievement is a unique achievement and her triumph is an acknowledgment to Indian women. To add to her victory in her performance in Sydney Olympics, cash prizes and messages praising her came from all over the world. 

These cash winnings paved the way for future professionals, a motivation since they realized that if talents are achieved, the government would award the professionals. The statement made by Malleswari after winning the medal was that she was overwhelmed with happiness and there would not be another such great moment like being the first Indian women to win an Olympic medal. This statement clearly depicts that she recognized this achievement as the greatest and most positive moment in her professional career. She was coached by a Belarussian coach named Leonid Taranenkohe . 

Thus with her achievement she brought fame not only to her country but also to her coach. It must also be mentioned that the Sydney Olympic Games gave women’s weight lifting professionals a great aid by recognizing their talents and by awarding them a competition at the international level.Having come from a sporting family background, she achieved many awards. To name a few: in 1994 she won gold in a world championship at Istanbul ; in 1995 she won the Asian championship in Korea. Her professional career also included a moment where she set a remarkable world record by winning three gold medals in China in 1995. 

She also had many awards in her career. One was the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1994-1995. But in spite of all the achievements, the first appearance of her in weightlifting sports coupled with winning a bronze medal in 2000 during the Sydney Olympic Games was recognized by her as the greatest and most positive moment she had achieved in her career, the Olympics being the place where the greatest athletes from all over the world meet made it a great event in her world.This formed a tradition and lesson for future professionals, that sporting events are not only entertaining but are a way by which one can bring pride and fame to their country and also to themselves.

Malleswari was married in 1997 and took a break from competitive weightlifting, to return in 1998 for the Bangkok Asian Games. However, she struggled with her weight thereafter, and was unable to win a medal at the 1999 Athens World Weightlifting championships.There was contention over the choice of weightlifters for India's Olympic team. With three contestants and two spots, there was criticism when Kunjarani Devi was left out. However, Malleswari's bronze validates her selection.

Karnam is a Sanskrit word which means fame, dignity and pride."People keep asking me why India does not win more medals. It is all easy to talk about this sitting at big desks in air-conditioned rooms. But winning medals is not easy. We go into the field. We get injured. We can't sleep because of the pain. And then ... "

Pecos Pest

Jerry's Uncle Pecos comes to stay and he has a banjo. Whenever he looses a string he pluck's off one of Tom's whiskers.

Health Tips-Bad Breath Control on Spot

Fixing Bad Breath on the Spot

* Drink water and ask for lemon to be included. Surreptitiously squeeze as much of the lemon into the water as possible, as it will help cover up the odor.

* Chew a piece of gum or eat some mint candy.

* Gargle with salt to neutralise some of the odour.

* Sneak a spoon into the bathroom. Check to make sure you're alone. Look into the mirror, stick out your tongue and check for a pasty white goo on it. Turn the spoon upside down and use it to scrape your tongue, using a back to front motion. If you can't manage to sneak off with a spoon, head to the restroom, wash your hands, use your fingernails to scrape your tongue.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Puttagodugula Erra karam

Queen of Indian track and field

Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha(born June 27, 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian athlete from the state of Kerala. P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the "queen of Indian track and field".She is nicknamed Payyoli Express. Currently she runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala.

Her Quote:"I feel something is missing in my life if I am not running."

P. T. Usha was born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala. In 1976 the Kerala State Government started a Sports School for women, and Usha was chosen to represent her district.
In 1979 she participated in the National School Games, where she was noticed by O. M. Nambiar, who coached her throughout her career. Her debut in the 1980 Moscow Olympics proved lacklustre. In the 1982 New Delhi Asiad, she got silver medal in the 100 m and the 200 m, but at the Asian Track and Field Championship in Kuwait a year later, Usha took gold in the 400 m with a new Asian record . Between 1983-89, Usha garnered 13 golds at ATF meets. She finished first in the semi-finals of the 400 metres hurdles in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, but faltered in the finals. In almost a repeat of Milkha Singh's 1960 feat, there was a nail-biting photo finish for the third place. Usha lost the bronze by 1/100th of a second. She became the first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi-final.

In the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, P. T. Usha won 4 gold and 1 silver medal in the track and field events. Here she created new Asian Games records in all the events she participated.She won five golds at the 6th Asian Track and Field Championship at Jakarta in 1985. Her six medals at the same meet is a record for a single athlete in a single international meet.Usha has won 101 international medals so far. She is employed as an officer in the Southern Railways. In 1985, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna award.

Usha retired from Athletics and married V.Srinivasan in the year 1991, but to the surprise of everybody she made a sudden comeback in the year 1998 and won Bronze Medals in 200m and 400m races at the Asian Track Federation Meet held at Fukkowakka in Japan. At the age of 34 years, P.T. Usha improved her own timing in 200m race and set a new National Record, which was enough to prove the level of Athletic talent still lying inside her.  

World Record:

During the 1985 Asian Track & Field Meet at Jakarta, Indonesia, Usha secured 5 gold medals in the 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints, the 400 meter hurdles, and the 4 x 400 meter relay. She also earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay. This is the current record for most gold medals earned by a female in a single track meet.

Smarty Cat.

Health Tips-Bad Breath Control

Many people have bad breath without even realizing it. This can cripple your likelihood of enjoying a healthy social life, finding a significant other, and even advancement in your career. Halitosis or bad breath is mostly a result of poor hygiene and is completely treatable. It is quite easy to prevent and fix bad breath with the following guidelines.

* Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue first thing every morning, and also after each time you take a nap. Foul-smelling bacteria have had a chance to take over your mouth while you slept, and are most likely causing yucky "morning breath." Tongue scrapers can be found in most health food stores, and also in drug stores and convenience stores as they become more popular.

* After you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth thoroughly and gargle with fresh, cool water. This is a very important step, one that many people overlook. Nobody likes to smell your breath when it's laden with dirty, used toothpaste scum.

* Drink plenty of water - Insuring that you drink plenty of water throughout the day can help to control bad breath (halitosis). This can be an especially important consideration for those people who suffer from xerostomia (chronically dry mouths).

If you allow yourself to become dehydrated your body will try to conserve moisture by reducing its production of saliva. Saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath. A reduction in the amount of saliva in your mouth can make it harder for you to control odors associated with your breath.

* Rinse your mouth with water often - Rinsing with water can mitigate bad breath problems for brief periods of time. Rinsing will both dilute and partially remove the bacterial waste products that are the cause of breath odors.

* Stimulate your mouth's flow of saliva - You can help to minimize bad breath odors by stimulating your body's flow of saliva. This is because saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath.

One way to stimulate salivary flow is to chew on something. Doing so will trick your body in to thinking that it is getting a meal. And in preparation for digesting this meal your body will increase its production of saliva.

Chewing gum, cloves, breath mints, or lozenges can also be used to stimulate salivary flow. If you elect to use one of these products make sure it is sugar-free since sweets will promote the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

* After you eat or drink anything (besides water), thoroughly rinse your mouth and gargle with water. Use this practice without fail, day and night, and you will keep abreast of nasty bacteria buildup in your mouth, which cause bad breath. Run your tongue along the surfaces of your teeth throughout the day, and if you ever notice any plaque buildup, brush your teeth again and rinse thoroughly with water, making sure that you feel your teeth, not plaque buildup, which is a contributing factor in bad breath.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Eggs Recipe

First Musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004), also known as M.S., was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia's highest civilian award, in 1974 with the citation reading "Exacting purists acknowledge Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi as the leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Karnataka tradition of South India."

Subbulakshmi (Kunjamma to her family) was born in Madurai, Madras Presidency, British India to veena player Shanmukavadiver Ammal and Subramania Iyer. Her grandmother Akkammal was a violinist.She started learning Carnatic music at an early age and trained in Carnatic music under the tutelage of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and subsequently in Hindustani music under Pandit Narayanrao Vyas. She also learned Sanskrit and Telugu under Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. Her mother, from the devadasi community, was a music exponent and a regular stage performer, and Subbulakshmi grew up in an environment very conducive to musical learning. Her musical interests were also shaped by regular interactions with Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhavathar and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. Subbulakshmi gave her first public performance in 1929 when she was 13 years old at the prestigious Madras Music Academy. The performance consisted of singing bhajans (Hindu hymns).The academy was known for its discriminating selection process, and they broke tradition by inviting a young girl as a key performer. Her performance was described as spellbinding and earned her many admirers and the moniker of musical genius from critics. Soon after her debut performance Subbulakshmi became one the leading Carnatic vocalists.

In 1936 Subbulakshmi moved to Madras (now Chennai).She also made her film debut in Sevasadan in 1938.Subbulakshmi first recording was released when she was 10 years old. She gave her first public performance during the Mahamaham festival at Kumbakonam at the age of sixteen. She began her Carnatic classical music training under her mother Shanmugavadivu and then Hindustani classical training under Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas. By the age of 17, Subbulakshmi was giving concerts on her own, including major performances at the Madras Music Academy, a prestigious centre for the study and promotion of Carnatic music. Performance in Carnatic music concerts, was until then, a domain, traditionally reserved for men. She performed a vast variety of devotional musical forms in different languages including Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit, Panjabi, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi.

When the governor of Madras wanted the famous spiritual leader, Mata Sri Anandamayi Ma, to reside in his residence, Anandamayi Ma replied, "I will stay in the house of Subbulakshmi. She is Meera to me." Within two days, Sadasivam had special quarters built in their garden for Mata to give darshan and arranged for a new well to be dug nearby for fresh drinking water. Every evening thousands of people gathered there.

She traveled to London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places as India's cultural ambassador. Her concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York; the UN General Assembly on UN day in 1966; the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982; and at the Festival of India in Moscow in 1987 were significant landmarks in her career. In 1969 she was accompanied by Indian Railways Advisor SN Venkata Rao to Rameshwaram, where she famously sang several songs in front of each idol in the Rameshwaram temple.After the death of her husband Sadasivam in 1997, she stopped all her public performances.

M.S. also acted in a few Tamil films in her youth. Her first movie "Sevasadanam" was released in 1938. MS Subbulakshmi also played the male role of Narada in "Savitri" (1941) to raise money for launching Kalki, her husband's nationalist Tamil weekly. Her title role of the Rajasthani saint-poetess Meera in the eponymous film (1945) gave her national prominence. This movie was re-made in Hindi in 1947. The movie had M.S Subbulakshmi. sing the famous Meera bhajans, with Dilipkumar Roy as the music director. Later, she quit films and turned wholly to concert music.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had this to say about M.S. Subbulakshmi- "Who am I, a mere Prime Minister before a Queen, a Queen of Music". While Lata Mangeshkar called her Tapaswini (the Renunciate), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan termed her Suswaralakshmi (the goddess of the perfect note), and Kishori Amonkar labeled her the ultimate eighth note or Aathuvaan Sur, which is above the seven notes basic to all music. The great national leader and poet Sarojini Naidu called her "Nightingale of India". Her many famous renditions of bhajans include the chanting of Bhaja Govindam, Vishnu sahasranama (1000 names of Vishnu), Hari Tuma Haro and the Venkateswara Suprabhatam (musical hymns to awaken Lord Balaji early in the morning).

She was widely honored, praised and awarded. Some of the more popular ones include Padma Bhushan in 1954, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1956, Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1968 (literally, Treasure Chest of Music. She was the first woman recipient of the title), Ramon Magsaysay award (often considered Asia's Nobel Prize) in 1974, the Padma Vibhushan in 1975, the Kalidas Samman in 1988, the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1990, and the Bharat Ratna in 1998. She was also honored as the court-singer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) has installed a bronze statue of M.S. Subbulakshmi at the Poornakumbham circle in the temple town. It was unveiled by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on 28 May 2006.

The most famous Kancheepuram Saree shade known as MS Blue was created for her by the well known Congress party member and philanthropist, Sri Muthu Chettiyar when they met at the residence of Sri R. Aiyadurai and Smt. Thangam Aiyadurai at Lady Desikachari Road, Madras, who were close friends of MS and Sadasivam.She was bestowed with enormous prize moneys with these awards, she donated most of them to charity. She has given more than 200 charity concerts and raised well over Rs. 10,000,000.
She was awarded honorary degree degrees from several Universities.She was an ardent devotee of Kanchi Mahaswamigal and she rendered his composition Maithreem Bhajatha (O World! Cultivate peace) in her concert at the UN in 1966. She donated many of the royalties on several best sold records to many charity organizations.

Tom and Cherie

Useful Kitchen Tips

1.బియ్యంలో మట్టిగడ్డలు ఎక్కువగా ఉంటే చారెడు ఉప్పు వేసి 10 నిమిషాలు నాననిస్తే మట్టిగడ్డలు నీళ్ళలో కరిగిపోతాయి.

2. కూరలు తరిగేటప్పుడు కత్తిపీట క్రింద పాత పేపరు వేసుకుంటే, తరిగిన తొక్కలను అలాగే పేపరుతో ఎత్తి బైట పారేయవచ్చు. లేకపోతే అనంతరం ఊడ్చుకోవడం శ్రమ, టైం వేస్టూనూ.

3. కాయగూరల్ని ముందుగా నీటిలో శుభ్రంగా కడిగి, ఆ తరువాతనే తరగాలి.అంతేగాని ముందుగా తరిగేసి,తరువాత కడగకూడదు.

4. ముందుగా కడిగినా కూడా అరటికాయ మొదలైనవాటిని తరిగి నీళ్ళలోనే వేయాలి. ఇటువంటి కూరలు రెండుసార్లు శుభ్రపడవలసిందే.

5. కూరగాయముక్కల్ని పసుపు కలిపిన నీటిలో ఉంచితే ఏవైనా క్రిములు ఉంటే అవి పైకి తేలిపోతాయి.

6. కూరలను మరీ సన్నగాను నాజూకుగానూ తరగకూడదు. అందువల్ల వాటిలోని పోషకాంశాలు నశించే ప్రమాదముంది.

7. కొన్ని కూరలు తరిగేటప్పుడు చేతులు బంకగానో, పొరలు గానో వచ్చేస్తూనో ఉంటాయి అరటి పనస వంటి కూరలు.తరిగేముందు చేతులకు కొంచెం నూనె రాసుకుని తరిగితే ఆ విధంగా జరగదు.

8. కంద పెండలం వంటివి తరిగేటప్పుడు చేతుల్ని చింతపండు రసంలో తడుపుకుంటే దురదలు పుట్టవు.

9. తరిగిన కాకరకాయ ముక్కలను కొంచెం ఉప్పు వేసి నలిపితే చేదు తగ్గుతుంది.

10. బంగాళాదుంపలు మెత్తబడినట్లయితే తరగబోయేముందు వాటిని ఒక అర గంట ఐస్ వాటర్లో ఉంచితే గట్టిపడతాయి.

12. వంకాయలు, అరటికాయలు తరిగేటప్పుడు కొంచెం పెరుగు కలిపిన నీళ్ళలోకి తరిగితే కనరెక్కకుండా ఉంటాయి.

13. వంకాయ ముక్కల్ని బియ్యం కడిగిన నీళ్ళలోకాని, ఉప్పు వేసిన నీళ్ళలో వేస్తే కనరెక్కకుండాను, నల్లబడకుండానూ ఉంటాయి.

14. అరటిపువ్వును దంపేటప్పుడు పసుపు వేసి దంపితే నల్లబడదు.

15. ఉల్లిపాయలను ఒక అరగంట సేపు నీళ్ళలో నాననిచ్చి, ఆ తర్వాత తరిగితే కళ్ళమ్మట నీళ్ళు రావు.లేదా ఫ్రిజ్లో పెట్టి తీసినా సరే.

16. కాలిఫ్లవర్ ను ఎప్పుడుగానీ చిన్న ముక్కలుగా తరిగి ఉప్పు వేసిన గోరువెచ్చటి నీళ్ళలో వేసి కొద్ది సేపు తర్వాత తీసి వండుకోవాలి. ఇలా చేస్తే అందులోని క్రిములు చచ్చిపోతాయి.

17. ఉల్లిపాయ తరిగేటప్పుడు రెండువైపులా కోసి మధ్యకి తరిగితే పైనున్న పొర త్వరగా వచ్చేస్తుంది.

18. వెల్లుల్లికి కొద్దిగా నూనె రాసి కొద్దిసేపు ఎండలో బెడితే పొట్టు తేలిగ్గా వస్తుంది.

19. నిమ్మకాయను నేలమీద పెట్టి అరచేత్తో అదిమి కాస్త మెత్తబడ్డాక కోస్తే రసం పిండటం తేలికగా ఉంటుంది ఎక్కువ వస్తుంది కూడా.

20. పగిలిన గ్రుడ్డును కొంచెం వెనిగర్ కలిపిన నీళ్ళలో ఉడకబెడితె లోపలి ద్రవం బైటకు రాకుండా బాగా ఉడుకుతుంది.

21. గ్రుడ్లను ఉడకబెట్టిన తర్వాత వెంటనే చన్నీళ్ళలో ఉంచితే పైపెంకు ఒలవడం తేలికవుతుంది.

22. ఉడికిన గ్రుడ్లను చన్నీళ్ళలో ముంచిన కత్తితో కోస్తే బాగా తెగుతాయి.

23. కోడిగ్రుడ్లను అల్యూమినియం, లేదా వెండిపాత్రలలో పగలగొడితే అందులోని సల్ఫర్ కారణంగా పాత్రలు నల్లబడతాయి.

24. తడిగా ఉన్న పాత్రలలోకి పగలగొడితే గ్రుడ్డులోని పసుపు భాగం పాత్రకు అంటుకోకుండా ఉంటుంది.

25. ఆమ్లెట్లు వేసేముందు గిన్నెలో ఉప్పు కారం మసాలా అన్నీకలిపి కొద్దిగ నీరుపోసి కలిపిన తర్వాత గ్రుడ్లను కొట్టి కలిపితే అవి సమానంగా కలుస్తాయి.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Velluli Karapodi

Ingredients for Garlic chilli powder / Vellulli kaaram podi

  • 1 cup red chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves with the peel on
  • 1 tbsp jeera / cumin seeds

Preparation of Garlic chilli powder / Vellulli kaaram podi:
  • In a blender add red chilli powder, jeera / cumin seeds, salt and grind to fine powder
  • Add the remaining ingredients i.e, garlic cloves with the peel and curry leaves and grind well
  • Do adjust salt and spice to taste. You can store this garlicky chilli spice powder for up to 2 weeks outside and couple of months in refrigerator
For us, these Vegetable idlis ( Kanchi Idly ) and Garlic chilli powder( velluli miram ) is definitely a sumptuous match made in heaven, you gotta try it to believe it. I'm sure this spice powder beats fresh coconut chutney or sambar along with the steamed rice and lentil cakes( kanchi idly ). To get the maximum flavor, use chilli powder with either clarified butter( ghee ) or fresh lime juice.

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and Miss Universe

Lara Dutta Bhupathi (Born 16 April 1978) is an Indian actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and former Miss Universe.Lara was born in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh to a Punjabi father and an Anglo-Indian mother.Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She also has two older sisters, one of whom serves in the Indian Air Force and a well known younger sister. Famed composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney is Lara's cousin.The Dutta family moved to Bangalore in 1981 where she completed high school from St.Francis Xavier Girls' High School and the Frank Anthony Public School. Lara graduated in economics with a minor in communications from the University of Mumbai. She was crowned Miss Universe in 2000 which led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Dutta Bhupathi won the annual Gladsrags modeling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in 2000.At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, Lara was the clear favourite ahead of fierce competition from Venezuela, Spain, USA and Canada. She achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her perfect interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. After her final question, in which she delivered a passionate defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe.In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza won their respective Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple victory in the world of beauty pageants.

Lara primarily signed up to do the Tamil film, Arasatchi in 2002, but due to financial problems, it only released in mid-2004. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then appeared in a number of films, some of which failed at the box office and some of which were mildly successful. Her box office "hits" include Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Partner (2007) and Housefull (2010).In 2006, she starred in the comedy, Bhagam Bhag which did well at the box office.

In 2005, Sania Mirza and Lara Dutta Bhupathi both participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati (season 2) on 13 November 2005. Dutta's first release of 2007 was Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The film was a box office failure in India but did better overseas, especially in the U.K.She received mixed reviews for her performance in the film. Her later release, Partner opened to a good response and became a hit.

Her 2009 release, Blue was one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema. Lara had initially walked out of the project because the movie was entirely shot in the ocean and she did not know how to swim. However the male protagonist Akshay Kumar encouraged her in learning how to swim and she immediately started training with a special coach. Blue was released on 16 October 2009.She stated that "The moment I got to know of it, I called Akshay and told him that I wouldn't be able to accept the assignment. He knew the reason behind my decision. Not many people are aware that I had almost drowned while shooting for Andaaz, Akshay had rescued me. When I reminded him I couldn't swim, he told me to forget my phobia and learn swimming pronto," said Dutta. "Today, I feel Blue has not merely made me overcome my phobias, but has also taught me something that will stay with me for the rest of my life".

Her 2010 release Housefull was a hit across India. The movie starred Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the 4th biggest hit in the country with Rs 955 Millions of gross revenue .She played the role of Hetal Petal , one of the main character in the movie .In 2011 ,her first movie as a producer Chalo Dilli released.Lara dated New York Yankees star Derek Jeter when she lived in New York City. There she was spotted at a baseball game in Yankees Stadium and a news items was carried on ESPN.In September 2010, she got engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi.They got married on February 16, 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra,and later followed it by a Christian ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.

Designs On Jerry

Tom designs a super big mouse trap to kill Jerry, and while he is sleeping the drawings on the blueprints come alive!

Drink Water on Empty Stomach

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water .....interesting

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

2. Gastric - 10 days

3. Diabetes - 30 days

4. Constipation - 10 days

5. Cancer - 180 days

6. TB - 90 days

7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Putnala Pappu Laddu

First female Teacher of the first Women's School in India

Savitribai Jotiba Phule (January 3, 1831- March 10, 1897)was a social reformer who along with her husband, Mahatma Jotiba Phule played an important role in improving women's rights in India during the British Rule.Savitribai was the first female teacher of the first women's school in India and also considered as the pioneer of modern Marathi poetry.In 1852 she opened a school for Untouchable girls.

Mahatma Jyotiba is regarded as one of the most important figures in social reform movement in Maharashtra and India. He is most known for his efforts to educate women and the lower castes. Jyotirao, then called as Jyotiba was Savitribai’s mentor and supporter. Under his influence Savitribai had taken women’s education and their liberation from the cultural patterns of the male-dominated society as mission of her life. She worked towards tackling some of the then major social problems including women’s liberation, widow remarriages and removal of untouchability.

However, apart from all these oppositions, Savitribai yet continued to teach the girls. Whenever Savitribai went out of her house, groups of orthodox men would follow her and abuse her in obscene language. They would throw rotten eggs, cow dung, tomatoes and stones at her. She would walk meekly and arrive at her school. Fed up with the treatment meted out to her, she even decided to give up. But it was because of her husband that she continued with her efforts. He told Savitribai Jyotiba who was working for women's education had started the first girl’s school and required women teachers to assist him. Jyotiba educated and trained Savitribai, his first and ideal candidate for this job of a teacher. Savitribai and Jyotiba faced fierce resistance from the orthodox elements of society for this. Jyotiba sent her to a training school from where she passed out with flying colours along with a Muslim lady Fatima Sheikh.When Savitribai completed her studies, she, along with her husband, started a school for girls in Pune in 1848. Nine girls, belonging to different castes enrolled themselves as students.

Slowly and steadily, she established herself. Jyotiba and Savitribai managed to open 5 more schools in the year 1848 itself. She was ultimately honoured by the British for her educational work. In 1852 Jyotiba and Savitribai were felicitated and presented with a shawl each by the government for their commendable efforts in Vishrambag Wada.The next step was equally revolutionary. During those days marriages were arranged between young girls and old men. Men used to die of old age or some sickness and the girls they had married were left widows. Thus, widows were not expected to use cosmetics or to look beautiful. Their heads were shaved and the widows were compelled by society to lead an ascetic life.

Savitribai and Jyotiba were moved by the plight of such widows and castigated the barbers. They organized a strike of barbers and persuaded them not to shave the heads of widows. This was the first strike of its kind. They also fought against all forms of social prejudices. They were moved to see the untouchables who were refused drinking water meant for the upper caste. Both Jyotiba and Savitribai opened up their reservoir of water to the untouchables in the precincts of their house.

Savitribai was not only involved in educational activities of Jyotirao but also in every social struggle that he launched. Once Jyotiba stopped a pregnant lady from committing suicide, promising her to give her child his name after it was born. Savitribai readily accepted the lady in her house and willingly assured to help her deliver the child. Savitribai and Jyotiba later on adopted this child who then grew up to become a doctor and after Jyotiba's death, lit his pyre and completed his duties as a rightful son. This incident opened new horizons for the couple. They thought of the plight of widows in Hindu society. Many women were driven to commit suicide by men who had exploited them to satisfy their lust and then deserted them. Therefore, Savitribai and Jyotiba put boards on streets about the "Delivery Home" for women on whom pregnancy had been forced. The delivery home was called "Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha".

Jyotiba and Savitribai were also opposed to idolatry and championed the cause of peasants and workers. They faced social isolation and vicious attacks from people whom they questioned. After his demise, Savitribai took over the responsibility of Satya Shodhak Samaj, founded by Jyotiba. She presided over meetings and guided workers.In 1868 she welcomed untouchables to take water from her well.She worked relentlessly for the victims of plague, where she organized camps for poor children. It is said that she used to feed two thousand children every day during the epidemic. By a strange irony, she herself was struck by the disease while nursing a sick child and died on 10 March 1897.

Savitribai's poems and other writings are still an inspiration to others. Two books of her poems were published, Kavya Phule in 1934 and Bavan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar in 1982. Recently the Maharashtra government started an award in her name for Women Who Work Social Causes.Jotiba and Savitribai opposed idolatry and championed the cause of peasants and workers. Both faced social isolation and vicious attacks from the people whom they questioned. Savitribai's letters give us a good idea about the experiences of women during this social movement. On her death anniversary, a postage stamp was released by the Department of Post and Telegraph. 

On March 10, 1998 a stamp was released by Indian post to honour Savitribai's contribution.Savitribai was a "Vidya Jyoti" for all those who want to do something in the field of education.

Touche, pussy cat!

The two mouseketeers are back, and are ready to give Tom a good slaying.

To low Blood Pressure naturally, without using man-made drugs

What is a good diet for high blood pressure?
According to research, dietary habits are perhaps the number-one reason for essential hypertension, or high blood pressure. While there are foods that are beneficial for lowering your blood pressure, as listed above, there are foods that should be avoided. Limit your intake of salt, caffeine, white flour, alcohol, deep-fried food, nicotine, preservatives, sugars, and artificial flavoring and coloring. Replace salt with flavorful herbs and spices. See if you make the switch from coffee to tea, which has much less caffeine, if any. Wheat flour is a healthier choice than white flour. Swap sugar with honey. Otherwise, eat fresh wholesome foods of all colors every day.  
What are some ways I can lower my blood pressure naturally, without using man-made drugs?
First of all, it is very important that you discuss with your physician before going off any prescribed medications. In addition to the dietary advice given above, some of the best ways to naturally keep your blood pressure down include:

• Take 500 mg a day of vitamin B6, a natural diuretic; 800 mg of magnesium; 1,000 mg of calcium; and omega-3 supplements such as flaxseed or fish oil to provide essential fatty acids.

• Perform moderate exercise (heart rate at 120 beats per minute) for 30 to 40 minutes at least 4 times a week.

• Practice a Stress-Release Meditation every day. Breathe consciously, relax, and with each exhale focus on relaxing each area of your body in sequence, starting from the top of your head and moving down to your toes. Try taking your blood pressure reading before and after 20 minutes of meditation practice. Log the readings and watch your blood pressure drop over the course of a month..

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hyderabadi Biryani

మాంసం 1 1/2 kg ,బాస్మతీ బియ్యం 1 kg ,ఉల్లిపాయలు 1/4 kg ,పెరుగు 1/4 kg ,అల్లం వెల్లుల్లి ముద్ద 3 tsp ,
కొత్తిమిర 1/2 కప్పు ,పుదీన 1/2 కప్పు ,పచ్చిమిర్చి 3 ,పసుపు 1/4 tsp ,కారం పొడి 1 tsp ,ఏలకులు 6 ,లవంగాలు 10 ,
దాల్చిన 2" ముక్క ,షాజీర 2 tsp ,గరం మసాలా పొడి 1 tsp ,కేసర్ రంగు లేదా కుంకుమ పువ్వు ,పాలు 1 కప్పు ,
ఉప్పు తగినంత ,నూనె రెందు కప్పులు

ముందుగా నూనె వేడి చేసి సన్నగా తరిగిన ఉల్లిపాయలు ఎర్రగా కరకరలాడేటత్తుగా వేయించి పెట్టుకోవాలి.అలాగే తరిగిన కొత్తిమిర ,పుదీనా కూడా. కొద్దిగా పచ్చివి తీసి పక్కన పెట్టుకోవాలి. వేయించిన ఉల్లిపాయ,కొత్తిమిర,పుదీనా,పెరుగు,కారంపొడి, పసుపు,మాంసానికి తగినంత ఉప్పు వేసి గ్రైండర్లో మెత్తగా ముద్ద చేసుకోవాలి.ఒక గిన్నెలో శుభ్రపరచిన మాంసం,నూరిన ముద్ద, పచ్చి కొత్తిమిర,పుదీనా, పచ్చిమిరపకాయలు,గరం మసాలా వేసి బాగా కలియబెట్టి కనీసం గంట నాననివ్వాలి. బియ్యం కడిగి పదినిమిషాలు నాననిస్తే చాలు. మందపాటి గిన్నె తీసుకొని 4 త్బ్స్ప్ నూనె(ఇంతకుముందు ఉల్లిపాయలు వేయించిందే) వేసి దానిమీద నానబెట్టిన మాంసం, మసాలా వేసి సమానంగా అడుగున పరచి పక్కన పెట్టుకోవాలి. ఇంకో పెద్ద గిన్నెలో బియ్యానికి మూడింతలు నీళ్ళు పోసి అన్నానికి తగినంత ఉప్పు వేసి మరిగించాలి. నీరు మరిగేటప్పుడు ఏలకులు,లవంగాలు,దాల్చిన చెక్క ముక్కలు, షాజీర వేయలి. బియ్యంలోని నీరంతా వడకట్టాలి. మరుగుతున్న నీటిలో ఈ బియ్యం వేసి సగం ఉడకగానే త్వరత్వరగా జల్లెడలో వడకట్టి మాంసంపై సమానంగా పరవాలి.పైన కొన్ని ఎర్రగా వేయించిన ఉల్లిపాయలు,సన్నగా తరిగిన కొత్తిమిర,పుదీనా కొద్దిగా,రెండు చెంచాల నెయ్యి,పాలు,కొద్ది పాలల్లో నానబెట్టిన కేసర్ రంగు అక్కడక్కడ వేసి, తడిపిన గోధుమపిండిని చుట్టలాగా చేసుకుని గిన్నె అంచులపై మొత్తం పెట్టి దానిమీద సమానమైన మూత పెట్టాలి. పొయ్యిమీద ఇనప పెనం పెట్టి వేడి చేసి దానిపై ఈ గిన్నె పెట్టి దాని మీద బరువైన రాయి కాని వేరే ఎదైనా వస్తువు కాని పెట్టాలి. దీనివల్ల ఆవిరి బయటకు పోకుండా ఉంటుంది. బిర్యానీ మొత్తం ఆవిరి మీదే ఉడికిపోతుంది. అరగంట తర్వాత ఇది తయారై గోధుమ పిండిని చీల్చుకుని ఆవిరి బయటకొస్తుంది ఘుమఘుమలతో.ఈ వంటకం మధ్య వేడి మీదే నిదానంగా చేసుకోవాలి. అన్నం వడ్డించడానికి తీసేటప్పుడు నిలువుగా తీసుకోవాలి. అప్పుడు వేరువేరు రంగులతో చూడముచ్చటగా కన్నులకింపుగా ఊరిస్తూ ఉంటుంది. ఉడికించిన గ్రుడ్లతో అలంకరించుకోవాలి.దీనికి కాంబినేషన్ పెరుగు పచ్చడి,బగారా బైగన్(గుత్తి వంకాయ) మిర్చీ కా సాలన్, ఖుర్బానీ కా మీటా,డబల్ కా మీటా.

ఈ బిర్యానీ మటన్, చికెన్ తో ఒకేవిధంగా చేసుకోవచ్చు.కాని మాంసం మంచిది లేతది చూసుకోవాలి.

Anjali Devi

Anjali Devi (born 24 August 1927) is a veteran Telugu actress and producer. She is well known for her mythological role as Sita in Lava Kusha and roles in movies like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali.

She hails from Peddapuram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh state, India, and later settled in Chennai. She was a theater artist before entering into movies. Her film debut was as Lohitasya in Raja Harishchandra in 1936. Her first movie as heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad. She eventually acted in more than 350 Telugu films and also in a few Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine.

She married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, in 1948. Together they produced many Telugu films under the banner of Anjali Pictures. She acted in Lava Kusha, a milestone film and the first color film in the Telugu film industry in 1963. She acted in various roles like damsel, angel, dancer, demon, goddess, traditional woman and later in mother characters. Her granddaughter Saila Rao is also an actress. She is the one the great actress.

In 1936 she appeared in a minor role in Raja Harishchandra and then played the lead role in L. V. Prasad's Kashtajeevi. She is well known for playing Sita in Lava Kusha and her performances in films like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali were also appreciated. She has acted in more than 350 films, which includes Telugu, Tamil and Kannada language films. Brundavanam (1992), Anna Vadina (1993) and Police Alludu (1994) were the last few films of her career. In Balaiah's Police Alludu and Anna Vadina she appeared alongside Brahmanandam.

In 1955 she produced the film Anarkali, in which she herself played the lead role of Anarkali, with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Salim. Then she produced V. Madhusudan Rao's Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. Bollywood and Tollywood actress Jayapradha played the lead role in her film Chandipriya alongside Shobhan Babu and Chiranjeevi.
  • She received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 2005 for her lifetime service to the Telugu film industry.
  • She was conferred the Ramineni Award in 2006 in the fine arts category.
  • She received the prestigious ANR National Award in 2008.

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Ways to lower your Blood Pressure

Here are the most beneficial foods for lowering high blood pressure:

Celery juice: This is a time-tested Chinese remedy! Studies have found that celery is packed with over a dozen anti-inflammatory agents, including apigenin, a cox2-inhibiting compound similar to some anti-inflammatory drugs. Easily made in a blender or a juicer, drinking two to three 8 oz glasses of fresh celery juice a day for a month can help prevent high blood pressure or restore it to normal.

Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish, along with other nutrients, protect blood vessels from plaque, reduce inflammation, and prevent high blood pressure.

Olive oil: According to a recent study, olive oil intake is inversely associated with both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Use olive oil in cooking and on salads.

Apple cider vinegar: Vinegar alkalizes the body and lowers your blood pressure. First thing in the morning, when your stomach is empty, drink 8 ounces of warm water mixed with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp honey regularly. The honey ensures regularity of bowel movement since constipation may aggravate high blood pressure.

Cucumber: A natural diuretic, cucumber will help hydrate and lower the pressure in the arteries. Eat 2 fresh cucumbers every day for 2 weeks.

Flaxseed oil: Flaxseeds, like fish, are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids that protects your blood vessels from plaque.

Nuts and Seeds: A handful of L-argnine-rich nuts and seeds a day may help lower your blood pressure. L-argnine is thought to help widen the arteries.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chana Dal Tadka

"Most Recorded Artist" in the world

Asha Bhosle (born September 8, 1933) is an Indian singer. She is one of the best-known and highly regarded Hindi playback singers in India, although she has a much wider repertoire. Her career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades. She has done playback singing for over 1000 Bollywood movies. She has recorded many private albums and has participated in numerous concerts in India and abroad.Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility, Bhosle's work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian Classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, Rabindra Sangeets and Nazrul Geetis. She has sung Hindi, Assamese, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, English, Russian, Czech, Nepali, Malay and Malayalam.

In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources.The World Records Academy, an international organization which certifies world records, recognized her as the "Most Recorded Artist" in the world, in September 2009.The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Asha Bhosle was born in the small hamlet of Goar in Sangli, Bombay Presidency (now in Maharashtra), into the musical family of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar, who belongs to Gomantak Maratha Samaj. Her father was a theater actor and classical singer. When she was nine years old, her father died. The family moved from Pune to Kolhapur and then to Mumbai. She and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar began singing and acting in films to support their family. She sang her first film song Chala Chala Nav Bala for the Marathi movie Majha Bal (1943). The music for the film was composed by Datta Dawjekar. She made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song Saawan Aaya for Hansraj Behl's Chunariya (1948). Her first solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).

At the age of 16, she eloped with 31-year-old Ganpatrao Bhosle, marrying him against her family's wishes. Ganpatrao was Lata's personal secretary. The marriage failed miserably. Her husband and in-laws mistreated her. After a few years of marriage, Asha was turned out (around 1960) by a suspicious Ganpatrao and she went to her maternal home with two children and pregnant with her third child. She continued to sing in films to earn money.

At that time, prominent playback singers like Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Lata Mangeshkar monopolized the singing for the female lead and the big films, whilst Asha used to get the assignments they refused: singing for the bad girls and vamps, or songs in the second-grade movies. In the 1950s, she sang more songs than most playback singers in Bollywood (not counting Lata). Most of these were in low budget B or C-grade films. Her earliest songs were composed by A R Qureshi, Sajjad Hussain and Ghulam Mohammed, most of which failed to do well.Singing in Dilip Kumar-starrer Sangdil (1952), composed by Sajjad Hussain, she got reasonable recognition. Consequently, film director Bimal Roy gave her a chance to sing in Parineeta (1953). Raj Kapoor signed her to sing Nanhe Munne Bachche with Mohammed Rafi in Boot Polish (1954), which gained popularity.

O. P. Nayyar gave Asha a break in C.I.D. (1956). She first achieved success in B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur (1957), composed by him. Her duets with Rafi like Maang ke saath tumhara, Saathi haath badhana and Uden jab jab zulfein teri, penned by Sahir Ludhianvi earned her recognition. It was the first time that she had got to sing all the songs for the lead actress. B R Chopra recognized her talent and got her to sing in many of his later films including Waqt, Gumraah, Humraaz, Aadmi Aur Insaan and Dhund. Nayyar's collaboration with Bhosle also produced many hits. Gradually, she established herself and received patronage of composers such as Sachin Dev Burman and Ravi. Bhosle and Nayyar had a professional and personal parting of ways in the 1970s.
Asha's house is situated in Prabhukunj Apt on Peddar Road area of South Mumbai. She has three children and five grandchildren. The eldest of her three children, Hemant Bhosle (named after Hemant Kumar), spent most of his early years as a pilot and quit to have a brief career as a music director. Asha's daughter Varsha worked as a columnist for The Sunday Observer and Rediff. Asha's youngest child, Anand Bhosle, has studied business and film direction. He manages Asha's career. Her grandson, Chaitanya (Chintu) Bhosle (Hemant's son) is a part of the world of music. He is a member of India's first & only boy band, "A Band of Boys". Her sisters Lata and Usha Mangeshkar are playback singers. Her other, sister Meena Mangeshkar and brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar are music directors.

Asha is an excellent cook and cooking is her favorite hobby. She often gets flooded with requests by Bollywood celebrities for kadai ghosht and biryani dishes and has rarely turned down a request. In fact, her paya curry, Goan fish curry and dal are very popular with the Kapoor family of Bollywood. Once, when asked in a Times of India interview, what if her singing career had not taken off, she said "I would have become a cook. I'd have cooked in four houses and made money."

Asha is a successful restaurateur and runs restaurants in Dubai and Kuwait, called Asha's. Asha's offers traditional north-western Indian cuisine. It has a presence in the Wafi City development in Dubai, as well as three restaurants in Kuwait, at The Avenues Mall, the Marina Mall and a brand new third outlet at the Spoons Complex. Other restaurants can be found in Abu Dhabi's Khaldiya Mall, Doha's Villagio and Bahrain's City Center Mall, with future outposts planned for Dubai's Mall of the Emirates and Cairo, Egypt. Asha Bhosle has a 20% stake in the business. Asha is not involved in day-to-day running of the restaurant which is looked after by the Wafi Group. She takes care of the kitchen and the décor. She personally trained the chefs for almost six months. According to a December 2004 report in the Menu Magazine, Russell Scott, a former head of Harry Ramsden's (the fish and chips chain), secured the UK rights to the Asha's brand and planned to open up to 40 restaurants over the next five years. As part of her chain of restaurants, Asha has recently opened a new restaurant in Birmingham, UK.

Asha's fashion statement is white saree with sparkling embroidery, pearls around her neck and a touch of diamonds. Harrington said "The first time I met Ashaji she was dressed in the most beautiful sari with diamonds and looked very regal. Then I looked down and saw that she was wearing tennis shoes! I thought I love this woman."

Asha is a good mimicry artist as well. At a concert at World Trade Center in Dubai on April 22, 2004, she mimicked the song Kabhi To Nazar Milaao in the voices of Noor Jehan, Lata Mangeshkar and Ghulam Ali.
Nowadays, apart from singing and her restaurant, Asha is also working on her autobiography.