procaffenation https://www.procaffenation.com Stay caffenated Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:45:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0 https://www.procaffenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-Procaffenation-veritcal-01-1-32x32.png procaffenation https://www.procaffenation.com 32 32 The Beautiful Art of Calligraphy and its Remarkable History. https://www.procaffenation.com/the-beautiful-art-of-calligraphy-and-its-remarkable-history/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-beautiful-art-of-calligraphy-and-its-remarkable-history/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:44:08 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=23583 The Art of Calligraphy, also known as a beautiful art of writing means a sure knowledge of the correct form of letters. It came from the Greek words, “beauty” (kallos) and to write (graphein). It is a conventional sign through which people communicated knowledge. In the Middle East, it was a major art form which …

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The Art of Calligraphy, also known as a beautiful art of writing means a sure knowledge of the correct form of letters. It came from the Greek words, “beauty” (kallos) and to write (graphein). It is a conventional sign through which people communicated knowledge. In the Middle East, it was a major art form which was considered similar to sculptures or paintings.

Evolution of Art of Calligraphy.

TThe Art of Calligraphy originated in 3000 BC in China. Scholars in China have been practising calligraphy for nearly 3000 years now. Calligraphy is not only confined to China. It has its historical roots in countries like Japan, India, Tibet and Europe. Earlier, Calligraphy was practised in the form of pictographs and ideographs. People used to write on the surfaces of jades and oracle bones or surface of ritual bronze vessels.

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Eventually, the art evolved with people starting to use brush, ink, and paper. Artists used absorption of the parchment, clarity of the ink and hair on the brush to give a more aesthetic look to calligraphy.

The Art of Calligraphy in various countries.

The Islamic and Arabic art of calligraphy is usually the highest art form. Calligraphers use this as surface decoration for both religious buildings and everyday life. Indian calligraphy took inspiration from Persian and Arabic calligraphy. It features a looping and fluidic style. Just like Europe, calligraphers in India used it to write holy texts and religious scriptures. In Nepal, people predominantly used it to write mantras.

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Tibetan calligraphy depicts a vital form of its culture. For many years, calligraphy was the centre of Buddhism because of its influence on the religion. Scholars used calligraphy to write sacred texts and letters to religious authorities.

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Europe Calligraphy is the one which most Americans are familiar with. Scholars found these styles in King James’ Bibles. They used the script to write religious texts and express art.

Some very famous art of calligraphy.

“The Poem in Cursive Script” is an outstanding work of Zhu Yunming. He is a scholar and calligrapher of the Ming Dynasty. He is one of the four young scholars of Jiangnan. The work consists of four poems composed by Cao Zhi, a famous poet of Hao Dynasty.

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“The Odes of the Red Cliff” Zhao Mengfu, a prince, and descendant of the Song Dynasty. The work is a paperbound version, consisting of 935 characters, 81 lines and 25 pages. It is a beautiful masterpiece showcasing the style of Wei and Jin Dynasties.

The “Preface to The Poems Composed at Orchid Pavilion” is the most famous work of Wang Xizhi. This work is of high artistic value and is considered to be one of the three running script calligraphy masterpieces.  It describes the gathering of 42 literati near the Orchid Pavilion near the town of Shaoxing.

Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty admired the calligraphy to the extent that his descendants buried the original piece with him.

Read also:  Origin of your favorite brand names

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What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? https://www.procaffenation.com/what-do-you-see-when-you-close-your-eyes/ https://www.procaffenation.com/what-do-you-see-when-you-close-your-eyes/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 16:43:06 +0000 https://procaffenation.com/?p=7148 Just close your eyes. What do you see? Some visual sensation of varied patterns? Well, they are nothing but PHOSPHENES! It is derived from a Greek word- PHOS meaning “light” and PHAINEIN means “to show”. Phosphene is a sensation of light which is induced as a result of mechanical or electrical stimulation of the retina. Phosphenes are …

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Just close your eyes. What do you see?

Some visual sensation of varied patterns?

Well, they are nothing but PHOSPHENES!

It is derived from a Greek word- PHOS meaning “light” and PHAINEIN means “to show”. Phosphene is a sensation of light which is induced as a result of mechanical or electrical stimulation of the retina.

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Phosphenes are generated as a result of:

1. Mechanical stimulation– You can see them as you rub your eyes or put a gentle physical pressure over your eyes. This will stimulate the retina to generate phosphenes.

Read Also – You Need To See This Rescued Blind Owl That Holds The Universe In Its Eyes!

2. An inherent property of retina– The phosphenes generation is caused by the inherent electrical charges produced by the retina even in its resting state. That’s when there’s total darkness as you shut your eyes.

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3. Some other causes: Extreme laughter, sneeze, coughing, blowing. Migraine patients, at times, experience a visual “aura” before the onset of a headache. This aura is also a type of phosphene.

Now its time to clear a myth:

Myth: “Eyes always need light to function.”

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True or false? FALSE

Even if your eyes are not exposed to light for years they will still remain in an active state because our retinas have a light of their own. They have bio-photons that are absorbed by the retina itself and since there’s no visual information as such when we close our eyes, we see random patterns and shapes of colours. The neurons send signals to the brain via the hypothalamus. That’s why even if there’s just darkness that you see, mind you, you can see darkness! Strange, right?

 Is there just darkness? NO!

I am sure you must be seeing some flashes of light, dots, patterns, stars, formations. Amazing light show. Isn’t it?
The pattern that you may come across can be any of them: –
• Visual noise (random and shapeless visuals)
• Flashes- Light and dark

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• Varied Patterns, colours, and motions
• Objects with random shapes or might be shapeless
• Overriding physical perceptions

So, the next time you come across phosphenes, don’t worry, just enjoy watching them with your eyelids shut!

Read Also – The Fascinating Tradition of Kumaris: The Living Goddess of Nepal.

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Ignoring Hair Loss Is Probably Not A Good Idea https://www.procaffenation.com/ignoring-hair-loss-is-probably-not-a-good-idea/ https://www.procaffenation.com/ignoring-hair-loss-is-probably-not-a-good-idea/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:25:09 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=29120 What is hair loss?   Hair loss or alopecia is the loss of hair from the scalp. To deeply understand the hair loss system, we need to know that the hair follicle growth occurs in cycles.Each cycle consists of a long growing phase (Anagen), a short transitional phase (catagen) and a short resting phase (telogen). …

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What is hair loss?
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Hair loss or alopecia is the loss of hair from the scalp. To deeply understand the hair loss system, we need to know that the hair follicle growth occurs in cycles.
Each cycle consists of a long growing phase (Anagen), a short transitional phase (catagen) and a short resting phase (telogen). At the end of the resting phase, the hair falls out (exogen) and new hair starts growing in the follicles thus beginning the cycle again.

What is excessive hair loss or clinical hair loss?

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Our scalp on an average loses up to 150 strands of hair every day. In order to maintain or preserve regular volume, hair needs to be replaced at the same rate at which it is lost. It’s quite critical to maintain a healthy scalp because that is where the roots of the hair reside.
If the rate of hair fall is more than 100-150 strands a day, it cannot be called Normal hair loss. This condition is known as clinical hair loss which requires treatment.

What are the reasons for excessive hair loss?

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  • Poor blood circulation
  • Lack of Nutrition
  • Infection
  • Drugs
  • Pregnancy
  • Pollution
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Involutional alopecia
  • Allergies
  • stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sleep

How it can be prevented?

Diet plays a major role in the prevention of hair loss. Proper intake of Protein and Vitamins induces Hair Growth. Also, Ayurvedic hair treatments give you a proprietary medicine for hair fall, which helps to grow new hair. 

Why only Ayurveda?

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Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of medicine, describes the practice of Shiro Abhyanga, which is otherwise known as the ‘head massage’ for healthy hair.

This is because, your scalp is where hair roots lie. These roots needs nourishment. Moreover, the scalp is the furthest part of the body to which the heart pumps blood against gravity. This is the reason why regular head massages have been prescribed to improve blood circulation in the scalp.

Which Ayurvedic oils can be used to treat hair fall?

1. Svetakutaja oil:

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This plant has the capability of preventing scalp diseases. It is botanically termed as Wrightia Tinctoria. The leaves of this plant are used to extract the oil and it is widely known for its antimicrobial and anti-dandruff properties.

2. Bringhraj oil:

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This herb is known in Ayurvedic Granthas as ‘Keshraj’ which literally translates to “king of hair”. The oil is extracted from the Bringhraj plant which is quite popularly known for its medicinal properties that not only reduce the hair fall but also revive and regenerate new hair growth.

3. Amla oil:

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Amla is a rich source of vitamin C. It has antioxidant properties and it repairs the daily wear and tear. The oil is extracted from the fruit which is botanically known as Phyllanthus emblica. 

It is widely used as a natural conditioner.

  • Minimises hair loss.
  • Prevent greying of hair.

4. Virgin coconut oil:

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Research has shown that virgin coconut oil is a superior grooming oil that seals in moisture and prevents styling damage.
It is the purest form of coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin K, fatty acids, proteins and iron. It benefits our hair by-

  • Keeping hair moisturized.
  • Preventing hair breakage.
  • Eliminating dandruff and dryness.
  • Promoting shiny and silky hair.

5. Olive oil:

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Olive oil is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. It benefits our hair by-

  • Treating dry and damaged hair.
  • Makes hair smooth and soft.
  • Repairing split ends.
  • Restoring hair shine and vitality.

6. Argan oil:

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Argan oil is a good source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamin E. It benefits our hair by-

  • Keeping hair moisturized.
  • Penetrating the hair follicles.
  • Strengthening weakened hair.
  • Adding shine.

Here is a list of other oils which you can use for your hair growth:

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  • Castor oil- this multipurpose oil is thick in texture and helps to promote hair growth. It also seals in moisture and builds hair’s resilience to help it withstand styling sessions.
  • Jojoba oil- the soil is loaded with ceramides which makes it an ideal midweek sealing oil that strengthens and smoothes the hair. It has antifungal properties and it unclogs the pores which help to repair hair and cleanse our scalp. It also helps in balancing the pH levels.
  • Emu oil- clinical research shows that emu oil works with the Anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle which induces faster growth when used directly on the scalp.

These Ayurvedic Oils are a boon for a dry scalp but we must not forget that proper growth and development of hair is mainly induced by a healthy diet. All else is simply a secondary factor when it comes to Hair Growth. 

Read Also: This is what happens to your hair after you’re dead. 

 

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Could Acid-Proof Makeup Become A Reality? https://www.procaffenation.com/could-acid-proof-makeup-become-a-reality/ https://www.procaffenation.com/could-acid-proof-makeup-become-a-reality/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:30:11 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28555 Acid attacks have a huge impact on people’s lives, both physically and mentally.  Statistics show that acid attacks have become extremely common these days. An estimated 60% of the attacks go unreported as victims fear reprisal. Resources are usually only available in urban areas, leading to under-reporting in rural areas. Acid attacks occur all over the …

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Acid attacks have a huge impact on people’s lives, both physically and mentally.  Statistics show that acid attacks have become extremely common these days.

  • An estimated 60% of the attacks go unreported as victims fear reprisal.
  • Resources are usually only available in urban areas, leading to under-reporting in rural areas.
  • Acid attacks occur all over the world but this type of violence is most common in South Asia.

What is an Acid Attack?

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Attackers throw corrosive liquids at their victims, usually at their faces, burning them, and damaging skin tissue, often exposing and sometimes dissolving the bones.

The most common types of Acid used are:-

  • Sulphuric acid
  • Nitric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Aqueous solutions of strongly alkaline materials, such as caustic soda are used as well.

A New Invention?

One of the doctors in Bradford has taken one step ahead to deal with this situation. She has been putting in great efforts and has been trying to create makeup which will not only protect women from these devastating acid attacks but also make them look more beautiful.

After a lot of efforts, experiments and investments, finally the doctor has developed “acid proof” make-up.

Her formula can be added to anything from Nail Polishes to Foundation Creams. It is indeed sad that acid attacks are that prevalent in the society that she felt the need to make this development. But, all in all, this has been an incredible development.

She has spent the last 10 years of her life in developing the substance, which is called “Acarrier“.

After carrying out the basic tests, she has found out that it is waterproof, resistant to heat, and prevents acidic materials from penetrating into the skin.

  • Basic tests have shown that Acarrier works.
  • It provides protection from caustic materials and is waterproof and fire resistant.
  • It has a very high melting point.

Why did she create this product?

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Dr Almas Ahmed told the agency that she was deeply affected after seeing the horrendous ordeal that presenter and strictly come dancing star, Katie Piper went through after her ex-boyfriend made a successful attempt of attacking her with acid in March 2008.

The doctor said, “I started developing this product when I was in medical school but  I kind of forgot about the issue. But during this summer, when I heard about a lot of acid attacks in the news, it pushed me to refurbish the idea and finish it off. That’s why I have finally come up with a solution now. And this is because it has become an issue for me living in this country.

Well, let’s hope that Dr Ahmed soon finishes her job and successfully launches acid-proof makeup. It might become one of the greatest inventions of all time. Don’t you think?

Read Also: 5 ways to clean your makeup brushes

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Relish The Different Variants Of Stick Food https://www.procaffenation.com/relish-the-different-variants-of-stick-food/ https://www.procaffenation.com/relish-the-different-variants-of-stick-food/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:00:09 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28219   Street food has always been a hassle-free way of enjoying grilled meats on the move.  You can now enjoy vertical skewered creations like mini pancakes or cakesicles, banana split, etc giving vertical elevation a nudge to the top. Here is what you can feast on the next time you are looking to enjoy your …

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Street food has always been a hassle-free way of enjoying grilled meats on the move.  You can now enjoy vertical skewered creations like mini pancakes or cakesicles, banana split, etc giving vertical elevation a nudge to the top. Here is what you can feast on the next time you are looking to enjoy your food on a stick.

1. Banana Split Bite

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This is a drool-worthy dessert that’s generally a fan favourite served in a bowl, shared by one and all. However, yeah you can enjoy it all by yourself on a stick, drizzled with Chocolate sauce and honey, garnished with a mint sprig and tempered chocolate.  These banana split bites are totally healthy and delightful.

2. Mutton Gilafi Kebab

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The mutton Gilafi kebab is minced mutton mixed with spices, placed on skewers and cooked to perfection in a Tandoor. It is served on an inverted hanging skewer with naan, onions and green chutney. A completely tasty treat for you and your family.

3. Unicorn Cakesicle

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It is Unicorn inspiration all the way with this treat. Essentially a cake mixed with Nutella and chocolate garnishing and coated with plain chocolate then decorated for the cute and quirky look. These aren’t the old day popsicles, these are the modern generation unicorn cakesicles.

4. Fouta yakitori

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A traditional Nagayo-style tebasaki yakitori are crisp on the outside and sweet from the inside because they are generally paired with a tartare of apple and betel leaf to add crunch and to enhance the flavour.

5. Dark Chocolate Candy

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This Candy is a guilt-free treat made with popcorn, oats, dark chocolate and rock candy. Certainly a healthier alternative.

6. Chicken Chooza

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You can enjoy chicken lollipops in an unconventional way. Marinated with Chilly paste, deep fried and then tempered with curry leaves and mustard, and finished with yoghurt.

7. Chicken Drumstick Skewer

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These chicken drumsticks are pre-marinated, cooked in clay oven with cheese and served along with exotic vegetables.

8. Grilled Southern Spiced Prawns

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The prawns are coated with a blend of Spices and then grilled to perfection, giving it a charred effect and a smoky taste. Like any other food item, it all depends upon how you cook them. The simple plate or tankard of cooked prawns in the shell is a different customer than a spicy Thai prawn curry. But, in general prawns or shrimps have a delicate flavour that you might want to respect.

9. Chicken Croquettes

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This dish is an inspired take on traditional Italian antipasti crocchette and the East Indian snack potato chop.

10. Mini Banana Pancake Skewers

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These bite-sized treats are a great option for those looking to stack it up but not overindulge.

11. Beef Pica Pau

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While the tenderloin patties have always been the one to look out for cushioned between two burger pieces of bread, here you can enjoy a juicy one on skewers with bone marrow served with herb vinaigrette.

These stick foods somehow look tastier than their original variants. Don’t they?

Read Also: Let’s Brush Up Your Food Vocabulary 

 

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The History of Pillow: Your Sleeping Friend https://www.procaffenation.com/the-history-of-pillow-your-sleeping-friend/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-history-of-pillow-your-sleeping-friend/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 04:30:14 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27479 Pillows are considered to be one of the most comfortable products ever created by mankind. But, none of us know the story behind the origin and creation of pillows. So, let’s immerse ourselves in the evolution of Pillows. According to several sources, the first documented pillow was created during 7000 B.C. Back in the day, …

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Pillows are considered to be one of the most comfortable products ever created by mankind. But, none of us know the story behind the origin and creation of pillows.

So, let’s immerse ourselves in the evolution of Pillows.

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According to several sources, the first documented pillow was created during 7000 B.C. Back in the day, pillows were made up of stone and their sole purpose was to prevent insects from entering into mouth, nose, and ears.

Dating back to centuries, the earliest pillows were once considered to be luxurious items accessible to only the wealthiest of people. They symbolized power. The more you own them, the more influential you were considered. Funny but true.

Stone Pillows used by Ancient Egyptians.
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At the same time, In Europe, the pillows were used to support the head of dead people so they could rest in peace.
The Greek and Romans were among the first ones to leave behind the idea of pillows created out of stones. They started making cushions out of cotton and other soft fabrics.

While in Japan, the Cushion had a different story to tell.

In Europe, the cushions supported the head of dead people but in Japan, it was otherwise. The cushions were used to provide soft seating to the guests. While meditating, the owners would put another cushion over it making it softer thus, enhancing their concentration power.

Later, during the 19th century, the pillows and cushions were available even to the middle-class people.

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With the Industrial Revolution, they brought a significant change in the weaving and small-scale industries. During the Victorian European, Cushions became a medium to serve comfort to the home.

With the coming of the 20th century and globalization, the product which was once a luxury item now became affordable and available to everyone.

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With time, pillows and cushions took several different shapes and sizes. The quality and fabric have also changed dramatically.

Now In the 21st century, Pillows and Cushions have taken an entirely different form.

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You can find them in the form of bean-bags. They provide comfort to your body and at the same time add ambience to your home making your place more warm and serene.

From Stone Cushions to Bean Bags. It has been quite a transformation!

Read Also: Your Sleeping Positions Can Reveal Your Personality

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Hot or Cold Water – Which one should you choose for your Hair? https://www.procaffenation.com/hot-or-cold-water-which-one-should-you-choose-for-your-hair/ https://www.procaffenation.com/hot-or-cold-water-which-one-should-you-choose-for-your-hair/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:30:49 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28907 The water temperature decides your hair look! With the onset of winters in most parts of the country, you must be bound to choose hot water to bathe with and eventually run it in your hair too. Critical as it may sound, the hot water could be doing more damage to your hair than you …

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The water temperature decides your hair look!

With the onset of winters in most parts of the country, you must be bound to choose hot water to bathe with and eventually run it in your hair too. Critical as it may sound, the hot water could be doing more damage to your hair than you think.
Having said that, Water at both the temperatures has its role to play and has subsequent pros and cons.

It’s best to make a prudent choice and it will actively extract the benefits for your hair care regime.

Hot water?

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Use mildly hot water during the first wash because it will help open up your pores and clean out the hair follicles well. Do not overuse hot water as it causes frizz and makes the hair dry and brittle hence, prone to hair fall and other tress-related stress.
If you have your hair highlighted or have gone through any other colour treatments, remember that the hot water is causing the colour to run out faster so choose wisely.

Cold water?

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Just thinking about letting the cold water from the shower touch your scalp may make you go ‘brrrrr’ but for better hair, this is the endurance exercise. Believe Me!

Cold water makes the hair smoother by giving it a flat look (because no frizz here). It’s good to wash off the conditioner with cold water so that the product’s qualities get locked in your hair. It also helps in sealing in the hair’s moisture and clumping the hair together. Because, while warm water tends to create the frizz, cold water tends to flatten your hair.

Here are some tips for better hair quality:

  • Try to use the shampoo and conditioner from the same family.
  • Give your hair a gentle and timely oil massage.
  • Use  Ayurvedic oil for better results.
  • Consult your stylist regarding the best product in accordance with your hair type.
  • Moreover, a hair serum is a good idea if you tend to spend too much time in the sun or amidst pollution.

Now you know how water temperature affects your hair- so, from here it is up to you to choose hot or cold water in accordance with your needs. Choose Wisely!

Read Also: All You Need To Know About Hair Transplantation

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Weird and Wacky Period Customs From Around The Globe https://www.procaffenation.com/weird-and-wacky-attitude-of-people-towards-menstruation/ https://www.procaffenation.com/weird-and-wacky-attitude-of-people-towards-menstruation/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 04:30:12 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28967 Can’t touch plants on your period? Shouldn’t wash or cut your hair? Shouldn’t indulge in coitus because it can kill your partner? Or baking bread during your cycle is a good idea? Menstruating women have been told these things time and again. In many historic cultures around the globe, periods have been considered sacred and …

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Can’t touch plants on your period? Shouldn’t wash or cut your hair? Shouldn’t indulge in coitus because it can kill your partner? Or baking bread during your cycle is a good idea? Menstruating women have been told these things time and again.
In many historic cultures around the globe, periods have been considered sacred and powerful whereas, in some other cultures around the world there are customs that restrict menstruating women and consider menstruation as an impure act.

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Let’s have a quick sneak peek on the weird and wacky menstruation practices around the globe.

1. First menstruation? It’s a call for celebration in South India. 

The first menstruation of a girl is celebrated by the whole family and the celebration is usually as big as a marriage. It is considered a sacred day because this day marks her transformation to a woman.
On the last day of her periods, she is given a bath by her mother and other women. She gets new clothes and ornaments to wear as per the rituals. She is given a lamp and the griha pravesh ceremony is performed. It is considered to be an important event in the girl’s life.

2. Menstruation is considered impure in several cultures. 

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Menstrual Isolation is a common practice in India, Nepal and Bali. The girls are not allowed to enter the kitchen or to enter the house. This is one of the major reasons why these women do not feel comfortable talking about the problems they face during their periods. In some tribal cultures, menstruating women are asked to live inside of “Special Huts” during their periods.

3. Slaughtering of goat in South Africa

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Some nomadic tribes of South Africa have a very weird and special ritual for the girls who starts menstruating. She is secluded from her friends and a goat is slaughtered. The next day she is smeared with red clay after thorough bathing and the other tribal women gives her lessons on womanhood.

4. The weird culture of The Philippines

During her first period, the mother soaks the bloodstained underwear in water, and later the same water is used to smear the daughter’s face.

5. Honoring menstrual blood to the Bauls of Bengal

A group of mystic minstrels, Bauls from Bengal, includes a group of people who sing Baul songs and beg for a living. They have a very different view about periods and menstrual blood.
Having intercourse with a menstruating woman is not taboo for them. Their ideology also includes ingesting menstrual blood. For these people, menstrual blood is a regenerating substance which brings love, prosperity and happiness.

6. The very strange and wacky culture of Ghana towards periods. 

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When a girl gets her first period, she’s asked to swallow a hard boiled egg and if she fails to do so or simply takes a bite of that egg then it is considered to be a very bad omen for her future children.
How many of these beliefs have you come across? Do you feel that the wacky attitude of people towards menstruation has changed with time?

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Obesity in Children https://www.procaffenation.com/obesity-in-children/ https://www.procaffenation.com/obesity-in-children/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:19:55 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28098 According to a medical research, it has been noted that there has been an increase in childhood obesity in India in the last few years. We have a problem in our society so massive that it can no longer be considered uncommon. It has been reported that the current generation of obese children may have …

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According to a medical research, it has been noted that there has been an increase in childhood obesity in India in the last few years.

We have a problem in our society so massive that it can no longer be considered uncommon. It has been reported that the current generation of obese children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents because of the rapid rise in childhood obesity. Obese children are more prone to heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, stroke, kidney failure and cancer.

Risk factors

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  • Children in their early teens who are obese and who have high triglyceride levels have arteries similar to those of 45- year-old people.
  • Obese children younger than age 3 show indicators for developing heart disease later in life.
  • Children who are overweight from the ages of 7-13 may develop heart disease as early as age 25.
  • Obese children are more likely to die before age 55 than their similar peers.

A few suggestions to prevent your child from becoming overweight are-

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  • Encourage activities like riding a bicycle in the neighbourhood and playing games like badminton, kho-kho, swimming and skipping.
  • Try to include activities like dancing, karate and yoga to bring about positive action in their lives.
  • Establish family hours in your daily routine and utilise that time by playing games together, which involve physical activity.

Along with an increase in activity levels, it is also important to bring about small changes in diet.

These changes include-

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1. Be a role model

Parents who don’t eat healthy cannot expect their children to eat healthy. Throw out all junk food items, chips, chocolates, soft drinks, white bread from the house and keep fresh fruits handy.

2. Check portion size

Give small servings to your child to bring discipline while eating. Teach him to avoid overeating.

3. Use healthy cooking oil

Cook food in healthy oils like Olive and canola oil. Check the quantity of oil, while cooking.

4.Replace soft drinks

Aerated drinks, even canned and sweetened fruit juices, are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Replace them with coconut water, low-fat milk, fresh fruit juices or vegetable juices.

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Some important key tips for the parents are-

  • Replace your child’s screen time with active games.
  • Build activities in your child’s everyday routine.
  • Involve yourself with your child’s activeness.

It is extremely important to make sure that your child stays as far away from these things as possible.

Read Also: Tips for staying healthy while ageing.

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Some Great Tips to get a Sound Sleep! https://www.procaffenation.com/some-great-tips-to-get-a-sound-sleep/ https://www.procaffenation.com/some-great-tips-to-get-a-sound-sleep/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:30:36 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28905 First of all, I would like to discuss the disadvantages of lack of sleep. Have you ever thought about it– I’m telling you – NOPE! It’s not uncommon that with lack of sleep one tends to feel cranky and tired, and experiences a decrease in work productivity. Lack of sleep also greatly influences one’s appetite. …

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First of all, I would like to discuss the disadvantages of lack of sleep.

Have you ever thought about it– I’m telling you – NOPE!

It’s not uncommon that with lack of sleep one tends to feel cranky and tired, and experiences a decrease in work productivity. Lack of sleep also greatly influences one’s appetite. Moreover, not getting enough sleep impairs metabolism and disrupts hormone levels. A study has revealed that sleep deprivation can be a royal route to obesity.

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The number of hours of sleep that is ideal for someone varies from person to person. But on an average, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is what is needed.

With continued loss of sleep, the body’s ability to sense the level of insulin reduces. The blood sugar released in the body after one eats is not well regulated. At the same time, the body secretes, more cortisol (stress hormone) which makes it harder for the insulin to do its work effectively. The result is that excess glucose stays in the bloodstream, which not only leads to weight gain but also increases the risk of developing diabetes.

So to avoid all these unwanted conditions and risks you should follow a proper sleep routine. And by making these small changes to your daily routine you help yourself get better and sound sleep.

Here are some tips to get a sound sleep-

1. Rub Ghee on the soles of your feet:

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Rubbing ghee on the soles of your feet makes you feel relaxed. Doing it just before going to bed has been an age-old therapy in Ayurveda, for relaxing the body and mind thereby inducing a good night’s sleep.

2. Have a Glass of Warm Milk:

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Having a glass of warm milk before going to bed is something that our grandparents have told us time and again. Here is a scientific reason behind the story: Milk and milk products contain an amino acid called tryptophan which is a precursor to the sleep hormones.

3. Don’t mess with your Sleep Routine:

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Even though your days maybe packed, try to go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time as well. This will balance your sleep-wake Cycle and help you achieve sound sleep. But if you are a party animal and go to a lot of late night parties, make sure that you still wake up at the same time. It’s quite possible that you may feel sleepy and a bit tired later in the day but it will encourage you to sleep earlier and not mess with your routine.

4. Switch off all your Gadgets an hour before you sleep:

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Switch off all the gadgets at least an hour before you sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that induces your sleep which is normally released by the pineal gland in the brain a few hours before bedtime. The light which is emitting out of the screens of these gadgets delays the release of melatonin, increase alertness and resets the body’s internal clock to a later hour.

5. Don’t overeat at dinner:

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It is best to eat light and go to sleep as early as possible because our body doesn’t digest the food easily at night and does not react positively to late night snacks.

6. Reduce the intake of Alcohol and Caffeine:

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A Caffeine overdose or an alcohol buzz won’t help you fall asleep. Keep a distance from caffeine, alcohol and chocolates a few hours before bedtime. Avoid stimulants like tea, coffee and desserts post sunset. Have a wholesome dinner but not close to bedtime. Make sure you eat 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed.

7. Meditate:

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A sound sleep is always needed but for that, you need to keep your mind stress free and remain fit. Meditation always makes you feel good, relaxed and at peace, especially if you are using techniques that relax tense muscles.

8. Exercise:

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Exercise is a must so, never skip your exercise routine during the daytime. Exercise keeps the stress-related hormone levels in control and helps you fall asleep at night. But one should not overdo the exercise at night.

Doing regular exercise improves the quality of your sleep. However, doing so less than three hours before bedtime isn’t such a good idea because it alerts the body and it will then be difficult to fall asleep. Therefore, avoid exercising in the evening.

I hope these tips can help you achieve better and sound sleep the next time you’re feeling insomniac.

Read Also: Do You Know About Sleepy Head Day?

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Say Goodbye to Acne Scars the Natural way! https://www.procaffenation.com/say-goodbye-to-acne-scars-the-natural-way/ https://www.procaffenation.com/say-goodbye-to-acne-scars-the-natural-way/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 04:30:57 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28270 We all, at some point in our lives, have suffered from acne. However, if you don’t want to undergo chemical treatments to get rid of them, home remedies from your kitchen can effectively come to your rescue too. Here are some of them: 1. Cinnamon and Honey Mask: Using cinnamon powder helps boost new skin …

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We all, at some point in our lives, have suffered from acne. However, if you don’t want to undergo chemical treatments to get rid of them, home remedies from your kitchen can effectively come to your rescue too.

Here are some of them:

1. Cinnamon and Honey Mask:

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Using cinnamon powder helps boost new skin cells resulting in skin regeneration. Combine a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with two teaspoons of honey and apply using an upward circular motion with your hands on clean, moist face. Wash off after 15 minutes with warm water. Repeat the cycle twice a week.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

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Apple cider vinegar is a great natural toner. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in it soften dry skin along with providing the much-needed exfoliation to reduce red spots. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons green tea, 5 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of honey. Mix them all together and apply. Keep for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

3. Oatmeal, Lemon Juice and Cinnamon  Mask:

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Pour some water in a small container and place it on the stove and set it to medium heat. Add  1/2 cup oatmeal and 2 drops of lemon juice to the 1 cup boiling water. This mask helps to exfoliate your pores and cleanse your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes so that it can cool down a bit and then add 1 tbsp cinnamon powder.

Wash your face, apply the mask and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.  Then, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat the face dry using a soft towel.

Apply a bit of moisturiser after rinsing off the mask. Repeat this process once a week for a month and then once a month for the next three months. This homemade mask will eventually reduce acne scars and blemishes.

4. Potato and Tomato Mask:

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Grate potatoes and extract the juice. Mix it with tomato juice, and a few drops of olive oil and apply on the face. Let the mask sit for about 20 minutes. Repeat once every week.

Potatoes are rich in Catecholase, a skin lightening agent, and Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene and Vitamin C which are both really important for a glowing skin.

Also, remember that it is not a good idea to use this mask on injured or irritated skin.

5. Egg Whites:

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Eggs contain a considerable amount of protein, and by applying them directly on your skin, you can speak the healing process. Apply egg white on the scars and leave it overnight for best results.

Read Also: Secret to Glowing Skin Unveiled: It’s in your own Kitchen

 

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Mystery of Kodinhi: The Twin Town https://www.procaffenation.com/22853-2/ https://www.procaffenation.com/22853-2/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:28:50 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=22853 The world is a very complicated but amazing place. Bizzare and strange phenomena keep occurring around the world which baffles the ever-growing intelligent human beings. Most of the mysterious things are still unanswered. Among them is a village of twins in India which has left even the scientists scratching their head. Kodinhi is a small …

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The world is a very complicated but amazing place. Bizzare and strange phenomena keep occurring around the world which baffles the ever-growing intelligent human beings. Most of the mysterious things are still unanswered. Among them is a village of twins in India which has left even the scientists scratching their head.

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Kodinhi is a small village in Malappuram district, Kerala. A very peaceful and quiet place, Kodhini is home to about 2000 Malayali families.

When you get there, you will not notice anything peculiar at first glance. But, something extremely strange about the people living there will soon come to your notice.  You will notice twins everywhere, all ages, both identical and fraternal. Weird, right?

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India has low twin birth rates in the world, but of course, this village has defied all statistics and not to forget the very rule and consistency of mutations and genetics.

For India, the twin birth rate is approximately 4 twins per 1000 children while in Kodhini, it is about 45 twins per 1000 children. Having said that, it is no wonder that this village is very different than the rest of the country.  and is known as Twin Town.

According to a survey, there are more than 220 sets of twins born in these 2000 families. It is almost 6 times as many twins born as compared to the Global average.

More Fun Facts about Kodinhi

The unusual birth rate of twins in this village is a real mystery. Villagers say that the twin phenomenon began at Kodinhi only three generations ago. That is, since the last 60 to 70 years.

To add to this oddity is the fact that the women from Kodinhi who marry in far-off places are also known to give birth to twins.

The local doctor and twins enthusiast, Krishna Sri Biju says that the rate is increasing in a steady manner. The registered pair of twins is 220, but the real number is supposed to be much more than that. And the good thing is that all the twins are healthy and free from any disabilities.

There is a vague Mystery!

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Kodinhi is now a major subject of research for the International team of genetic resources from India, Germany, United Kingdom and other countries. All types of genetic, biological, molecular, hereditary and climatic factors are being observed but they’re yet to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.

Some say that the secret hides in what they drink and eat but it is not yet clarified. In addition, people here are poor and lead a simple life. There is no chance of any Fertility Treatment or Artificial Insemination.

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What’s going on in this village? Does it have something to do with science or is it a miracle? Why are scientists still unable to find out the right reasons behind the birth of so many twins? These questions are still unanswered.

However, Kodinhi is not the only village in the world with unusual high twin birth rates. There are two other villages like Cândido Godói in Brazil and Igbo-Ora in Nigeria.

If you get a chance to step into Kodinhi, keep your brain and eyes all-time active and be on the lookout for as many twins as you can find.

Read also- Do You Know About The Door To Hell?

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The Dancing Mania: The Dancing Catastrophe That Led To Several Deaths! https://www.procaffenation.com/the-dancing-mania-the-dancing-catastrophe-that-led-to-several-deaths/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-dancing-mania-the-dancing-catastrophe-that-led-to-several-deaths/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:22:58 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=29037 We have all heard of drunk dancing and dancing like there is no tomorrow. But have you ever heard of people who danced themselves to death? Let me take you back to the 14th century. This middle age century experienced mass death due to dancing mania. This phenomenon is still on the table for the …

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We have all heard of drunk dancing and dancing like there is no tomorrow. But have you ever heard of people who danced themselves to death? Let me take you back to the 14th century. This middle age century experienced mass death due to dancing mania. This phenomenon is still on the table for the modern psychiatrists and readers who are yet to find a reason behind it.

How did it all start?

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As the night dawned upon Strasbourg, France, a middle age woman, Frou Troffea, swiftly began swaying herself on a lonely street. She seemingly gained pace with her dancing and was soon accompanied by her neighbours. However, it wasn’t just any normal dancing for a happy while. There was no music and it seemed like people were dancing in a trance-like manner. Soon, a parade of people joined the mass and they danced from dusk to dawn, for weeks altogether. Suddenly, after a month, it all vanished into thin air and people who survived resumed their lives as if nothing had happened.

What do theories about Dance Mania suggest?

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Everybody looked onto the mass mania from different spectacles of thought. The medical lens of theory explained that these people were infected with ergot poisoning. This poison induced hallucinations, delusions, and spasms among those who ingested it. However, not much support has been given to this theory. From the psychological lens, it looks like mass hysteria was propelled due to the stressful conditions of life. History looks at it from a religious angle. Certain stories reveal that a curse doomed upon the civilization, by the priest of the church, caused such an epidemic.

Was it a one-time outbreak?

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Although the dancing mania occurred once in a blue moon, several other parts including Germany and Switzerland were also trapped with the hue and cry of the mass mania. The authorities tried to control it with the help of rhythmic beats of music, however, it only added fuel to the fire. People would haul like animals, have sex on the streets, strip naked and dance in an obscene manner. However, the records suggest that it was not voluntarily executed.

The present stance: A bygone memory.

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Today this remains nothing more than a bygone memory.  However, whenever this topic is discussed over drinks and meets, everyone’s pupils bulge out with interest.

Read Also: Two Indian Classical Dancers Who Danced Their Way To Fame

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The Story Of The Unsung Patriot – Rani Chenamma https://www.procaffenation.com/rani-chenamma/ https://www.procaffenation.com/rani-chenamma/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:23:58 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=23613 Kittur Rani Chenamma We all have read about India’s war of Independence. For more than 200 years, innumerable lives were lost. Millions were killed to set this country free from the clutches of the British. The History textbooks are brimming with glorious tales of various freedom fighters and their tales of bravery. But, in the midst …

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Kittur Rani Chenamma

We all have read about India’s war of Independence. For more than 200 years, innumerable lives were lost. Millions were killed to set this country free from the clutches of the British. The History textbooks are brimming with glorious tales of various freedom fighters and their tales of bravery. But, in the midst of this, a lot of names have been forgotten.  We could not do much to honour these selfless patriots. One such unsung hero is Kittur Rani Chenamma.

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Rani Chenamma has a story very similar to that of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi. She too was a widowed mother with an adopted son. She too was wronged by the Doctrine of Lapse. Both the Queens fought bravely to end the atrocities on their kingdom by the British. Both set an example for the future generation.

The Braveheart’s Story

Born in Kakati (a small village in Belgaum), Karnataka in 1778, Rani Chenamma was brought up like a true warrior. She knew archery, horse riding and also sword fighting. When she was 15, she was married to Raja Mallasarja of Kittur.

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The couple had a son. But soon after the King’s demise, the Rani lost her son too. So in 1824, she adopted Shivalingappa, under Hindu laws.

Read Also – The Untold Story Of India’s First Gold Medallist In The Paralympics: Murlikant Petkar

The British always wanted to own Kittur. They had been working on the Doctrine of Lapse to capture most of the Indian territory. On learning about Kittur having an adopted heir, they jumped at the opportunity.

But the Rani did not let this be a cakewalk for them. She wrote to the Lieutenant Governor of Bombay Presidency at that time, Elphinstone. However, he too was a puppet of the British. Eventually, the British army attacked on 21st October 1824.

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The British were foolish enough to take Rani Chenamma lightly. She led a huge army against them and the foreigners had to face a humiliating defeat.

They attacked again. The army of the Rani of Kittur fought bravely and killed many British officers. However, her malicious relatives had betrayed her. They had mixed cow dung with gunpowder. As a result, the Rani was defeated and captured this time.

Rani Chenamma was kept imprisoned at the Bailhongal Fort, where, she breathed her last on 21st February 1829. The valiant Queen was buried in Bailhongal Taluk.

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Paying Tribute

On 11th September 2007, a statue of Rani Chenamma was unveiled in the Parliamentary Building premises in New Delhi, by the then President Smt. Pratibha Patil. The Rani is still alive in the hearts of millions of people in Karnataka. It is about time we recall the valiance of more such legends.

Read Also – Salutes Of The Indian Armed Forces: How and Why Do They Differ?

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Top 10 Mesmerizing Restaurants in the World. https://www.procaffenation.com/top-10-mesmerizing-restaurants-in-the-world/ https://www.procaffenation.com/top-10-mesmerizing-restaurants-in-the-world/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:21:48 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=20208 Restaurants are mostly present so that patrons can indulge in delicious foods and various cuisines. There are many kinds of restaurants that you will find, but the ones you are going to read about are the Top 10 Mesmerizing Restaurants of the World. These restaurants not only offer a vast variety of worldly cuisines but …

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Restaurants are mostly present so that patrons can indulge in delicious foods and various cuisines. There are many kinds of restaurants that you will find, but the ones you are going to read about are the Top 10 Mesmerizing Restaurants of the World. These restaurants not only offer a vast variety of worldly cuisines but they also provide an experience you have never had before. Not only the ambience but also the setting of these restaurants will amaze you. So sit back and enjoy.

1.THE ROCK RESTAURANT, ZANZIBAR.

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This restaurant is located in the Indian ocean. It attracts people with its white sand beaches and serene beauty. It has a very pleasant climate. This rock base restaurant is a perfect place for romantic dinners. People can reach there by walking, swimming or taking a canoe. It is located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach.

Specialities of the place:

The place not only has a great ambience but also has fresh and delicious seafood. It makes up for a great romantic experience in Africa.

2. The Grotto, Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand.

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This is also known as cave dining. It is located in the limestone cave on the Phranang Beach. It is connected to a resort, The Rayavadee, but it is open to everyone who wants to enjoy delicious food and an exceptional ambience. Not everyone can say that they have dined in a cave.  The cave serves barbecue only on special nights of the year, but on the other nights, it serves exceptional desserts and light snacks. This place is great to visit at any time of the day, just to sit and enjoy the view of the beach.

3. The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero Resort, San Pablo City, Philippines

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The restaurant is in a natural setting which has nothing man made. They serve authentic cuisine on bamboo tables to all the patrons. Visitors wash off their feet in the naturally cool and flowing water. What is better than a natural air conditioner in this humid climate? The waterfall gives a cooling effect and acts as a natural air conditioner in the hot climate.

Guests are also provided with entertainment like the traditional dance and music shows which are often performed there. Also, the waterfall and nature provide their own activities like hiking, bird watching, and swimming.

4.  Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, Thailand

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Dining 16 feet above the ground in a nest. How amazing is that? It gives you privacy as well as a spectacular view to watch and admire. I guess more than dining, working there would be much more fun because the waiters use a zip line to deliver the dishes and drinks. So if you find yourself looking for a beautiful and different dining experience do visit this place when you are in Thailand.

5. Huvafen Fushi, North Malé, Maldives

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A resort which is well known for its sparkling pools. The pools sparkle beneath your feet, also giving you the experience of eating at the beach. It has only 43 bungalows, thus gives the visitors the utmost privacy and peace as required. And it goes without saying that the white sand beaches and the beautiful luminous sea make the Maldives a splendid vacation destination.

6.Vista Restaurant, Koh Rong Archipelago, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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The Song Saa Private Island Hotel provides one of the most unique restaurants in the world. A bridge leads the patrons to the beautiful panoramic view of the sea in the lounge. The chefs serve freshly made food here and also blend traditional Khmer with the Western Cuisine. The view and the setting of the restaurant create the most memorable and romantic meals for couples.

           7.Checkers Downtown, LA, USA

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The restaurant provides an overview of the city of Angles. The restaurant has the best service, an elegant presence, and a sophisticated atmosphere. It also has a delicious and decadent menu to choose from a variety of dishes and drinks. On the whole, it makes a very pleasant meal while overlooking a city.

                                      8. Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy

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The village of Polignano a Mare in Apulia is in itself a very intriguing place to go around in Italy. Though the restaurant is in a cave on the seashore, this limestone cave has been a place to hold events since the 1700s. The setting and ambience of the restaurant are enough to give you a mesmerising experience that is sure to take your breath away. It provides everything from great wine to fresh seafood, it provides all the things that will make you understand why French Cuisine is considered best in the world.

Who wouldn’t want to experience one of the most exotic dining restaurants in the world?

 

                                    9. Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar, Bangkok

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If you’re someone who enjoys Citylights, trust me there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. The Banyan Hotel provides a spectacular, picturesque view at the top of its skyscraper. The restaurant is located on the elongated deck protruding out of the building, giving it a beautiful view. It gives the diners a feel of hanging in the air. The restaurant also provides a range of exquisite cocktails and dishes to choose from.

                                      10. Ithaa Restaurant, Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives

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 Ithaa literally means mother of pearls. Built 16 feet below sea level in the Maldives, this scintillating dining space has a  capacity of  14 guests only. The patrons reach the restaurant through the spiral stairs in a jetty. The restaurant is a part of an island resort and also provides their customers with a spectacular view of the sea through its transparent walls. The menu specializes in Asian and European cuisine.

Read Also- The Most Unusual Pizza Toppings You Will Ever See

 

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History of Jalebi. https://www.procaffenation.com/history-of-jalebi/ https://www.procaffenation.com/history-of-jalebi/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 18:27:45 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28499 Crispy, coiled and hot, that’s jalebi for you. Jalebi has the power to mesmerize anyone and bring water to hundreds of mouths. The process of making jalebi itself is very beautiful and a picturesque site for the foodies to behold. The way it is doled out in hot oil, using a soft cotton cloth piece …

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Crispy, coiled and hot, that’s jalebi for you.

Jalebi has the power to mesmerize anyone and bring water to hundreds of mouths. The process of making jalebi itself is very beautiful and a picturesque site for the foodies to behold. The way it is doled out in hot oil, using a soft cotton cloth piece then dipped into the sweetest sugar syrup.  It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this process itself is enough for people to fall into love with jalebi.

Jalebis have always been an integral part of the Indian household. Be it your elder sister’s wedding or Diwali celebrations, jalebi always finds its way to the dinner table.

Source: Sukhadia’s

 You can have your jalebi with anything from a cup of hot milk to samosa or lots of thick cream. The jalebi never disappoints!

But did you know, your favourite Jalebi is not Indian but actually a Persian import? Yes, you read that right!

Source: Shalini Vyas

Jalebi didn’t originate in India but it was invented in Western Asia, where it was known as Zalabiya or Zolabiya. In Iran, Zalabiya was the festive treat, enjoyed by everyone during the festivals, especially Iftaar gatherings of Ramzaan. The silver coated sweet delight was famous and consumed by all classes of population alike.

The 13th-century writer, Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi, featured all the popular dishes of that era in his cookbook, ‘Kitab al- tabeekh. It was in this book that the recipe of zalabiya was first mentioned.

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Through this book, the tale of zalabiya travelled to India from Iran. Zalabiya was introduced to the Indian population and almost immediately it gained a lot of popularity.  The sweet coil was then given the name ‘Jalebi’ which was a local accent version of zalabiya.

Priyamkarnrpakatha, a famous Jain script (1450 CE), has mentioned jalebi as a dish of the rich and the festivities. Hence, our favourite Jalebi has always been associated with feelings of festiveness and togetherness.

Source: Tripadvisor

In the 16th century, jalebi was mentioned in ‘Bhojana Kutuhala’, a famous book written about food recipes and science.

So, the next time you visit your halwai ki dukaan,  remember where your favourite yummy coil has come from.

Read Also: Types and Transformations of Paani-Puri Around the World

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Have You Ever Heard About The Watermelon Snow? https://www.procaffenation.com/have-you-ever-heard-about-the-watermelon-snow/ https://www.procaffenation.com/have-you-ever-heard-about-the-watermelon-snow/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:14:09 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28763 As the scorching Sun shines on us day after day, one cannot resist but wish for something cool like snow or refreshing like a watermelon. But, at altitudes of 10,000 to 20,000 feet, this wish becomes a reality with mountains and plains capped with Watermelon Snow. People around the world have witnessed the sight of …

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As the scorching Sun shines on us day after day, one cannot resist but wish for something cool like snow or refreshing like a watermelon. But, at altitudes of 10,000 to 20,000 feet, this wish becomes a reality with mountains and plains capped with Watermelon Snow.

People around the world have witnessed the sight of pink snow, which stains their clothes with colour and when melted can be mistaken for red wine.

Why “Watermelon”?

Also known as the pink snow, red snow or blood snow, the Watermelon Snow is a phenomenon commonly sighted in the alpine and coastal polar regions of the world during summer. It derives its nickname “Watermelon Snow” not only from its pinkish colour but also because of its scent which closely resembles the sweet smell of a watermelon. Unfortunately, this delicious sounding snow is not to be eaten, as it is a laxative infested with toxic bacteria which may be fatal to humans.

What makes it pink?

For thousands of years, this mysterious snow baffled mountain climbers, scientists and naturalists alike. It even made its first literary appearance in Aristotle’s writings. Some claimed that the snow gained its pink colour from minerals in rocks. Others speculated that it was caused by meteoric iron deposits. But centuries later, the snow was discovered to gain its colour from the Chlamydomonas Nivalis.

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The Chlamydomonas Nivalis or Snow Algae is a green algae which contains a bright red carotenoid pigment. This pigment protects it from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. When the Sun heats up and the snow starts to melt, the freezing temperature and the melted liquid create an ideal environment for this algae to thrive. As these green organisms soak the Sun’s rays they turn red, painting the snow in different hues of pink.

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A Climatic Concern?

But, the snow is not as charming as it looks.

Scientists around the world have discovered the pink snow to be a major concern for climate change. The snow algae not only changes the colour of the snow but also decreases its albedo. The albedo is the amount of radiation the snow reflects back into the atmosphere.

The pink colour of the snow then absorbs more heat which reduces its ability to reflect sunlight. This makes the surface hotter and the snow melt faster.

Nevertheless, one cannot deny how strikingly beautiful the pink snow is; promising that pink snow angels and pink snowmen could become a reality.

Read Also: Here is how you surf at Pororoca-n -Paradise

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18 Ways to detect a Migraine. https://www.procaffenation.com/18-ways-to-detect-a-migraine/ https://www.procaffenation.com/18-ways-to-detect-a-migraine/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:09:50 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=22498 Migraines are pulsating headaches, often occurring on one side of the head.  Around 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from a migraine. Three times the number of women than men. In patients who have migraines, all headaches are treated as potential migraines, says Anne Calhoun the partner and co-founder of the California …

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Migraines are pulsating headaches, often occurring on one side of the head.  Around 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from a migraine. Three times the number of women than men.

In patients who have migraines, all headaches are treated as potential migraines, says Anne Calhoun the partner and co-founder of the California Headache Institute, in Chapel Hill. Any form of physical activity may intensify the pain, yet the symptoms may differ from one person to another.

Here are 18 ways to detect a migraine.

                                                                                  1. Aura

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Some people who experience migraine experience an aura. The common auras are visual, which include flickering lights, spots or lines. Auras mostly last for five minutes to an hour, with a 60 minute “skip phase” before the pain from the headache sets in. But some patients may experience auras even without a migraine headache or a headache at all.

                                               2. Depression, Irritability, or Excitement.

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Mood swings or mood changes can be a sign of migraines. Patients may feel very depressed or down for suddenly no reason at all or may feel high without any cause whatsoever. Dutch researchers have reported a possible genetic link between depression and migraines, especially migraines with auras.

The presented data at the American Academy of Neurology 2010 annual meeting suggests that severe or moderate depression increases the chances of reoccurring migraines.

                                                               3. Lack of Restful Sleep.

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People with a migraine commonly wake up tired or have trouble going to sleep. Studies have also shown an association between lack of sleep and frequency and intensity of migraines. A lot of patients suffer from insomnia due to their migraines. When people are struck with a migraine they find it very difficult to sleep.

                                                     4. Stuffy Nose Or Watery Eyes

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People with migraines may have sinus symptoms like stuffy nose, clear nasal drainage, droopy eyelids, or tearing. One study found out that people with sinus related headaches suffer from migraines.

                                                                             5. Cravings.

Via- www.truthnhealth.com

Some patients crave certain foods before the onset of their migraine. The most commonly craved food is chocolate.

6. Throbbing PainOn One Or Both Sides Of The Head.

Via- www.mississippimigrainecenter.com

Pulsating pain in either one or both sides of the head is a very classic sign of a migraine. In a recent survey, it has been found out that 50% of the patients experience throbbing on one side of the head every time.

                                                                                   7. Eye Pain

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The pain of a migraine usually stems from behind the eye. People mostly blame the pain on eye strain and get their eyes checked but it doesn’t help with their headaches at all.

                                                                             8. Neck Pain.

Via-www.thehealthsite.com

People complain of a neck ache before or after their headaches. This mostly happens in the early stages of a migraine. In a survey, it was found out that 31% of these people frequently suffered from neck pain.

                                                           9. Frequent Urination.

Via-www.belmarrahealth.com

The patient tends to pee a lot, and if it is more than usual, the person may be suffering from a migraine. It is one of the prodrome phase signs for a migraine, these signs may appear an hour to 2 days before a headache.

                                                                       10. Yawning

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The patient yawns very frequently, once every few minutes. In a study, it was found that 36% of the patients reported that yawning is one of the signs of the onset of their migraine.

                                                          11. Numbness Or Tingling.

Source: Medical News Today

Some people feel numbness or pins and needles sensations in one side of their body, beginning from the fingertips through the arm, goes up to the face.

                                                          12. Nausea And Vomiting.

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According to a survey, 70% of the people suffering from a migraine also suffer from nausea and 30% suffer from vomiting. People who suffer from nausea during a migraine find it very difficult to feel relieved from medication for a migraine compared to those who do not suffer from nausea.

                                            13. Light, Noise, Or Smells Trigger Pain.

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Bright lights and loud noises are triggers to migraines. Thus, people suffering from a migraine tend to remain in dark and quiet places. They also avoid strong smells and odours.

Strong smells can intensify the pain from a migraine.

               14. Activity Worsens Or Triggers Pain.

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Migraines can also be caused due to certain physical activities. It may also worsen the pain.

15. Troubles In Speaking

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Some patients find it difficult to talk or even speak a word due to extreme pain. It is a common problem for some. But if you are experiencing it for the first time it is recommended to consult a doctor.

                                            16. Weakness In Only On One Side Of The Body.

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The person may experience a limp arm or numbness in one side of the body, but these can also be the symptoms of a heart attack so, you should consult a doctor just to make sure.

                                                         17. Vertigo Or Double Vision.

Via-www.cbsnews.com

People complain of vertigo or dizziness during or due to a migraine. Such Vertigos also have a direct effect on the intensity of the pain, thus doctors have stated that these are symptoms of migraines.

                                                               18. Headache Hangover.

Via-www.inquisitr.com

People experience fatigue, exertion, tiredness, and difficulty to concentrate after a migraine has set in.

Read Also- Why Do We Experience Physical Pain Post Breakups?

 

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The Most Expensive Materials In The World https://www.procaffenation.com/expensive-materials-on-the-earth/ https://www.procaffenation.com/expensive-materials-on-the-earth/#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:34:05 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=18038  Most people believe that gold is the most expensive material in this world. But, contrary to popular beliefs, there are a lot more expensive materials than gold. The rare materials share a common thread of being high in demand and low in supply. Here is a list of the most expensive materials on Earth (ranging from …

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 Most people believe that gold is the most expensive material in this world. But, contrary to popular beliefs, there are a lot more expensive materials than gold.
The rare materials share a common thread of being high in demand and low in supply.

Here is a list of the most expensive materials on Earth (ranging from least expensive to most expensive)

8. Platinum

Source: Wikipedia

Platinum has a silvery white metal look. It costs $60 per gram. It is one of the heaviest metals on Earth. It is dense, soft and unaffected by rust which is why it is one of the prime choices for making exquisite jewellery.

7. Rhino’s Horn

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Rhino’s horn is costly because people use it in traditional Chinese medicines. It is a cure for everything from cold to fever and costs $110 per gram. 

6. Heroin

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Heroin is easy to get and is less expensive than other dangerous drugs. It costs $130 per gram. This is the heaviest drug and an option for opium poppy.

5. LSD

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LSD causes powerful imaginations. It costs $3000 per gram. A small square of this paper melts on the tongue and is enough to send a person down a trail of hallucinations and illusions. It is a semi false drug.

4. Painite

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Painite is a very rare salt mineral. The crystals are hexagonal in shape and it costs $9000 per gram.

3. Tritium

Source: Banggood Blog

 Tritium glows in the dark. It costs $30,000 per gram. Apparently, it is created from rays of the space. The shiny material is used in making of lights and expensive watches.

2. Diamond

Source: geo.tv

Diamonds are everyone’s best friend. They are not rare metals but they still cost $55,000 per gram. Cost depends on the beauty, purity and shine and varies in accordance with the same.

  1. Antimatter

Source: Phys.org

1. Antimatter: Antimatter costs $62.5 trillion per gram. It is the most expensive material on Earth. We can find space rays in it. It is an ideal rocket fuel.

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Butter is a solid pale yellow or white emulsion of fat, water and air made by the churning of milk or cream. It is generally used as a spread or while cooking or baking.

The word butter is derived from Bou-Tyron which means ‘cow cheese’ in Greek. In simple terms, butter is something that is created out of milk fat.

Today, there is a wide variety of butter available in the market from cultured butter to sweet cream butter, to raw butter and many more.

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The history of butter dates back 10,000 years to the time when our ancestors first started domesticating animals for personal or business purposes. From there to here, butter has truly evolved from an easy spread to a mouth-watering enhancer in many dishes. It is a go-to topping for several snacks.

Several studies suggest that it was initially considered divine as it was used for certain religious ceremonies.

The classic history of Butter

Source: Reader’s Digest

The origin of Butter was first documented in Europe and the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, somewhere in Rome, Butter was used as a medicine for a cough and a spread to be applied on aching joints. Butter is also considered as a ‘Food for joy and celebration’ because as mentioned in the Bible. Abraham and Sarah offered the angels meat, milk and creamy yellow butter.

In India, Hindus consider Butter as something healthy, pure and sacred because they offer their gods and goddesses tins full of Ghee (liquid butter) during some religious ceremonies and also use Ghee as a flammable liquid (instead of wax) for their candles.

Source: Interfood

As soon as people begin taming cattle, several useful dairy products came into being. Butter was created by the Nomads in the Middle-East who begin collecting milk from sheep and goats. Then they separated the cream from the milk and constantly churned the cream until it turned to butter.

It is said that these nomads discovered butter purely by chance but today, Butter Industry has successfully established a firm foothold in our lives.

Some of the unknown facts attached to the history of butter are –

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  • The people of Rome and Greece used butter as a cosmetic; they not only used it to apply it on their skin to make it more soft and supple but also used it in their hair to make it more smooth, shiny and lustrous.
  • Earlier butter was costlier as it was only used in religious celebrations or during festival feast.
  • The color of butter depends on the diet of the cow whose milk you are using to make butter.
  • India is one of the largest producers of butter in the world. Ghee is also known as liquid butter or is called clarified butter.
  • Butter was believed as a sign of prosperity and fertility. Hence, as part of an old English custom, the newlyweds were presented with a pot filled with creamy butter.
  • Earlier butter was abundant, so it was also used to fuel lanterns.

The Making of Butter

Source: YK Antiques

When butter was traditionally made, the milk was allowed to sit in for a while; the cream was separated from the milk and transferred into a vessel which was later churned by shaking or beating it vigorously until it thickens and forms a creamy texture. It is then washed and given a solid shape.

The Butter-making knowledge and experience gained over the years and also the advancement in machinery has improved the processing of butter and has made it more hygienic.

Read more – The invention of your favourite snack – Pani Puri

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Simple Ways to Put Your Stamp on Your New Personal Oasis https://www.procaffenation.com/simple-ways-to-put-your-stamp-on-your-new-personal-oasis/ https://www.procaffenation.com/simple-ways-to-put-your-stamp-on-your-new-personal-oasis/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:09:20 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28893 Moving can be quite stressful, given that it is an annoying combination of sheer agony, hard work, and excitement about starting a new life chapter. Setting foot in your new home is a small step for mankind, but it is a giant step for you. Moving into a new place is a great opportunity for …

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Moving can be quite stressful, given that it is an annoying combination of sheer agony, hard work, and excitement about starting a new life chapter. Setting foot in your new home is a small step for mankind, but it is a giant step for you. Moving into a new place is a great opportunity for a fresh start, as it is a promise of a new and better life within those walls. A new home is a blank canvas waiting for you to put all your creativity to work and turn your best ideas into reality. Read on for some guidelines on how to create an interior that will reflect your personality and make your new home truly yours.

Before you move in

If your new home is not a new property, it is most likely that you will have to do some repairment work. Time takes its toll on things, and rest assured that there will be some traces of previous tenant’s existence. Make sure to get the place in good condition since moving in a new home that looks worn out is not thrilling at all. It doesn’t have to be a costly renovation. Do some basic makeover and repair critical spots in property, simply to create a clean and fresh feel in your new home.

Plan color palette for your new home

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A sure way to make any interior reflect your taste and personality is to add some color to it. Not only you will set the tone, but you will get the homey feel right from the start. However, keep in mind that this is something that you should do before you move in and unpack. You can do a painting job in a couple of days, but make sure to take time to think about the color scheme since colors can make or break any interior design. Opt for neutral colors and earthy tones to create a cosy and welcoming vibe, but if you crave some bright colors, feel free to accentuate a single wall. Also, make sure to match colors as you continue to decorate.

Furniture

Furnish your new home to create an elegant and comfortable home. Determine the style that you are after and see if your old furniture fits. Perhaps it is time to make changes and to look for new pieces that will match the style of your new place. There is no need to get rid of everything since there are probably some great looking items you already have that will work well in the new interior. Still, don’t hesitate to replace some a big pieces of furniture, like sofa or armchair, since some new, stylish piece can be a focal point in your living room.  

Rugs and carpets

If you happen to walk into a home with perfect, dark hardwood floors than you’re all set. Nothing evokes class and elegance as the shiny floor. Add a few statement rugs that will brighten up the room and create the warm and cozy feel. However, if your floor is not much of a sight for sore eyes, you can always opt for wall-to-wall carpets, although they call for slightly more maintenance. You can always layer different rugs to create the soft and bohemian look.

Modify

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If the budget allows, make sure to customize your new home according to your needs and preferences. For instance, repositioning electrical outlets or adding more natural light are adjustments that can make a new home instantly yours. Since this type of changes requires big renovation work,  it is recommendable to consult or hire reliable quantity surveyors to estimate budget and keep track of expenses you may have. You can always customize your home in the future, but the ideal time to make necessary changes is right before you move in.

Décor

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Your decorating style will add finishing touches and will have a final word on overall aesthetic in your home. Décor involves not only artwork but some functional accessory as well, like curtains or light fixtures. Decorate walls with paintings or framed posters. Get a statement piece of accessory, like a designer’s floor lamp and include an oversized mirror since it will add a new dimension to the room. Also, take care when choosing fabrics, as well as colors and patterns. Make sure that upholstery, drapes, curtains, cushions and even linen match or work well with your home style.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that decorating a home is a process, not a one-time action. Be realistic and patient as it may take time to put things together in the right way. Allow yourself to feel the space and to spend time in your new home without the pressure of having all things worked out. And remember to enjoy every step of the way.  

 

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Weight Loss Tips for Hypertensive People https://www.procaffenation.com/weight-loss-tips-hypertensive-people/ https://www.procaffenation.com/weight-loss-tips-hypertensive-people/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:31:06 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28094 One of the most effective Lifestyle changes for anyone suffering from hypertension is losing weight.  If a hypertensive individual loses even a little bit of weight, it can have dramatic effects on lowering the blood pressure. To prevent heart attacks and strokes, blood pressure should be maintained at 120/80 and it must not be in …

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One of the most effective Lifestyle changes for anyone suffering from hypertension is losing weight.  If a hypertensive individual loses even a little bit of weight, it can have dramatic effects on lowering the blood pressure.

To prevent heart attacks and strokes, blood pressure should be maintained at 120/80 and it must not be in the excess of 140/90. There are various foods that help to reduce blood pressure.

Let’s check out a few of them:

 1. Garlic

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Garlic is known to lower blood pressure by allowing the muscles of the blood vessels to dilate. The compound found in garlic that helps in vasodilation is adenosine, a muscle relaxant.

Both raw and cooked garlic can benefit those with blood pressure. Butter garlic is more potent. Garlic has other healing properties to its credit. It interferes with the formation of blood clots and also helps in reducing cholesterol. It helps improve immunity, and also prevents gas formation.

Helpful tip:

Chop 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, place it on a tablespoon and gulp it down like tiny pellets with warm water.

2. Fruits and vegetables

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Studies have shown that switching to vegetarian diet lowers blood pressure. Fruits are concentrated with Vitamin C, potassium and loads of soluble fibre, all of which contribute to the lowering of blood pressure.

People who eat the least amount of fruits and vegetables are more prone to high blood pressure. Therefore, make sure that you eat foods with high amounts of Vitamin C such as vegetables and fruits because apart from this, fruits also have other qualities that contribute to the lowering of blood pressure. The more you consume these fresh vegetables and fruits, the more active you feel all day long.

3. Potassium

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It is now a widely known fact that adding potassium to one’s diet decreases blood pressure. If one eats a diet low in potassium, their pressure might rise by four to five points.

In addition to low potassium intake, if a person is habituated to eating more salt they could develop hypertension over a period of time. In order to maintain sufficient amount of potassium, one could increase the intake of foods such as banana, watermelon, potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, spinach, skimmed milk, soya beans, almonds, etc.

Eating 3 to 6 servings of these foods would ensure sufficient potassium intake so as to keep blood pressure at bay.

4. Calcium

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Some experts believe that hypertension is more likely a result of a deficiency of calcium rather than due to the presence of excess sodium. They believe that consuming adequate calcium-rich foods such as milk, curd, green leafy vegetables, whole kabuli channa, rajma, matki, jowar, bajra, and nachini can neutralize the hypertensive effect of excessive sodium.

5. Fish

Source: Great British Chefs

It has always been a heart friendly food. Fish oils are known to help keep a check on blood pressure. If one is taking blood pressure medication, then consuming fishes such as Mackerel and Tuna, at least thrice a week, will help in reducing the daily dosage of medication.

Here are some other benefits too-

  • Helps in preventing skin problems.
  • Fish oil is very good for your eyes.
  • Eating a fish daily can improvise your immunity.

Maintaining a proper level of Blood Pressure should be a concern for Hypertensive people as well as normal, healthy individuals.  Prevention is always better than cure, right?

Read Also: DASH- A lifestyle for persons with high blood pressure.

 

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The History of the Ancient City of Greece https://www.procaffenation.com/the-history-of-the-ancient-city-of-greece/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-history-of-the-ancient-city-of-greece/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:02:18 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28554 Greece, an ancient country, officially the Hellenic Republic and historically known as Hellas, is located in Southern and Southeast Europe. As of 2016, it had a population of 11 million people. It is a country famous for its ancient architecture and famous history. Tourists from all over the world visit this place throughout the year …

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Greece, an ancient country, officially the Hellenic Republic and historically known as Hellas, is located in Southern and Southeast Europe.

As of 2016, it had a population of 11 million people. It is a country famous for its ancient architecture and famous history. Tourists from all over the world visit this place throughout the year to feel the warmth of antiquity that predominates the air. As much as we are attracted to the structure of this age-old country, very few of us actually try to get to know the roots of this civilisation. Let us then embark on a historical journey and try to get to know a bit about this dated country.

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Ancient Greece

Greece is considered to be one of the earliest civilisations of the world and it belongs to a period of Greek history from the Greek Dark Ages of the 12th-9th Century BC to the end of the Classical Era (c. AD 600).  Greek urban poleis (city-states) began to form in the 8th century BC, approximately the even buries after the Late Bronze Age collapse of Mycenaean Greece. It ushered in the Archaic period and colonisation of the Mediterranean Basin and after that emerged the period of Classical Greece. It was an era which began with the Greco-Persian Wars and lasted from the 5th to 4th centuries BC.

Alexander the Great’s conquests made the Hellenistic civilisation to flourish from Central Asia to the Western end of the Mediterranean Sea. The conquests and annexations of the eastern Mediterranean World by the Roman Republic brought an end to the Hellenistic period.

Classical Greece is often considered the formative ground that provided the foundation of the modern Western culture. It is also considered the cradle of Western civilisation. It gave a lot of importance to knowledge and back in the day also, science and religion were not individual entities. It was considered that getting closer to scientific truth meant getting closer to the Gods.

Ancient Greece, Source: Wexas Travel

Split into four periods, namely, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman, the history of the Greek civilisation proves to be very fascinating.

Historical Greek Sculptures, Source: ilreporter.it

Emerging from the Dark Ages in the 8th century BC, the Greeks adopted the Phoenician alphabet, having forgotten the Mycenaean script, and modified it to create the Greek alphabet. The earliest evidence of Greek writing comes from Greek pottery graffiti during the 8th century.

A war between the two important poleis of Chalcis and Eretria, called the Lelantine War (c 710-c 650 BC), over the fertile lelantine plain of Euboea, happens to be the earliest documented war of the ancient Greek period.

The introduction of coinage in about 680 BC resulted in the rising of the 7th century BC. This newfound wealth made the merchants desire political power and the aristocracies had to fight in order to not be overthrown by the ‘populist tyrants’.

The democracy that we practice all over the world today was first introduced by the Athenians. Having lost their city-state to Peisistratus and recovered in turn by the Spartan king Cleomenes I, Athens was made into democratic poleis, by the latter, in order to prevent it from being a Spartan puppet. The advent of democracy led to the ‘golden age’ for the Athenians.

Golden Age of Athens, Source: Athens City Tours

The Greeks were keen administrators of philosophy, which had a large influence on modern philosophy as well as modern day science. Well-known philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and Socrates were the people through whom we can get to know a lot more about the society and politics of those times, e.g. Republic by Plato.

It can undoubtedly be said that ancient Greece was the seat of learning and culture. Western literature and theatre, as we know it today, can be said to have evolved from here. Early Greek poets like Homer, tragedians like Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, Comedian like Aristophanes etc are the ones who were the first ones to give to us the taste of epics, tragedies and comedies. A lot of changes can be seen in the modern day plays but this remains the foundation ground.

The Hellenistic period saw the literary epicentre move from Athens to Alexandria, cultural centres such as Pella and Pergamon came into being. Thanks to the Hellenistic Kings and especially to the Museum of Alexandria that so much of the ancient Greek literature has survived.

National Museum of Alexandria, Source: Wikipedia

Hand in hand with literature went music and dance.

Music was present in every corner of the Greek society, from marriages to funerals to religious ceremonies, theatre, folk music and ballad-like recitation of epic poetry, it was everywhere.

The way the Greek culture embraced literature, music and dance, they welcomed science and technology in the same manner. Ancient Greek mathematicians have made a lot of important developments in the field of mathematics. The discoveries of several Greek mathematicians, like Pythagoras, Euclid and Archimedes are used in the teachings of mathematics even today.

The ancient Greeks have also made important discoveries in the field of medicine. Hippocrates, referred to as the ‘father of medicine’ had lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece and established it as a discipline distinct from other fields. This, medicine was made into a profession.

Hippocrates, Source: Famous People

The ancient Greek art and architecture has given us lots of excuses to visit the country time and again just to set eyes on the aesthetic beauty of these age-old ancient structures and monuments. It influenced the art of the Western world in an enormous way. Well into the 19th century, the classical tradition derived from Greece dominated the art of the Western world.

No matter how advanced the science and technology of those days were, it could not remove the people from religion and mythology because, as said earlier, these two were not treated as separate or competing entities. Their religious practices gave way to beautiful art forms, especially in literature, and these myths and legends were the steppingstones for the Western literature to develop into what it is today.

Greek Art, Source: artolympix

The civilisation of ancient Greece has immensely influenced the language, politics, educational system and others. Via the Roman Empire, the Greek culture came to be the foundation of the Western culture in  general. A modern revival of Classical Greek learning took place in the Neoclassicism movement in 18th and 19th century Europe and Americas.

Neoclassicism Movement, Source: useum

The advanced ‘ancient’ civilisation of Greece was the foundation ground for culture in forms of art, literature religion and science. As mentioned earlier, it was also the first country to have a democratic city-state. So, How ancient is it really? Is it ancient at all? Think about it.

Read Also: Greek Mythology: Off Stories, Legends and Tragedies.

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These Drinks help you to Detox from Festive Excesses! https://www.procaffenation.com/drinks-help-you-to-detox-from-festive-excesses/ https://www.procaffenation.com/drinks-help-you-to-detox-from-festive-excesses/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 17:41:43 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28858 The festival season is on and if you have indulged and now feel bloated, it is a good time to opt for Detox drinks. Simply put, these are drinks that can help you reduce toxins and feel healthier. Here are 5 that you need to include in your diet plan, right away! 1. Charcoal Black …

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The festival season is on and if you have indulged and now feel bloated, it is a good time to opt for Detox drinks. Simply put, these are drinks that can help you reduce toxins and feel healthier. Here are 5 that you need to include in your diet plan, right away!

1. Charcoal Black Lemonade:

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Charcoal Black Lemonade is a blender of activated charcoal powder, lemon, and honey. Activated Charcoal has excellent detoxification properties as it literally binds to toxins in the body and pulls them out through the body’s process of elimination. Lemons are very rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which help the process of detoxification. In addition, lemon juice boosts the immune system and can improve overall health.

Here are some other benefits of consuming this exclusive drink:-

  • It helps to whiten and brighten your teeth.
  • It helps to treat colon related diseases.
  • It helps relieve gastrointestinal complications.
  • It also helps to reduce cholesterol levels.

2. Cucumber and Mint Cooler:

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This mixture can flush out toxins from the body and aids digestion. Cucumber also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and hydrate the body.

Apart from this cucumber has such amazing properties which can help you with the following:-

  • Lavishes you with the required vitamins.
  • Cucumber and Mint supply you with skin-friendly minerals.
  • Revives the eyesight.
  • Helps you reduce your weight.
  • Rehydrates your body.
  • Prevents a headache.
  • Fights cancer-causing agents.

3. Matcha Tea:

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Matcha tea is High in antioxidants, can boost your energy levels, burn calories and detoxify the human body.

Apart from detoxifying your body Matcha tea has other benefits too-

  • It’s a great natural energy booster.
  • It helps improve your levels of concentration by boosting your memory.
  • Matcha tea is a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin c.
  • It has Anti-ageing properties.
  • This tea helps in reducing heart diseases.

4. Fenugreek Seeds soaked in water:

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Fenugreek seeds increase the metabolic rate of your body. You can soak the seeds overnight and chew on the seeds in the morning.

Fenugreek seeds not only posses the detoxifying properties but are useful for the following:-

  • It helps you with the bowel movement and relieves constipation.
  • It’s very good for hair growth.
  • Fenugreek seeds also help to boost oral health.
  • It helps to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Strengthens your muscle tissues.
  • The oil extracted from these seeds can be used for Cooking as well.

5. Lemon and Ginger:

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Ginger can help prevent stomach problems and boosts digestion. They are also rich sources of vitamin C and antioxidants which fight the production of free radicals in the body.

Here are some other benefits of consuming Lemon and Ginger juice-

  • This juice has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon and Ginger juice also helps to relieve menstrual discomfort.
  • This juice is really good for your skin.
  • These are the ingredients help you to boost your immunity.
  • Helps in reducing weight.
  • Fights with the allergens causing cough, cold and flu.

6. Cranberry Juice:

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Cranberry juice acts as a natural diuretic and can flush out excess water. It also contains an antioxidant which combats infections, disease and manages cholesterol levels.

Other benefits of cranberry juice are as follows:-

  • It prevents tooth ache.
  • It fights with the urinary tract infections.
  • This juice helps to improve the respiratory system.
  • Drinking this juice can keep you away from kidney stones.
  • This juice is rich in organic acids like salicylic acid which help you to reduce weight.

Read Also: Some great drinks to keep your stress at bay!

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The Chilling Side of the City of Paris? https://www.procaffenation.com/the-chilling-side-of-the-city-of-paris/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-chilling-side-of-the-city-of-paris/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:27:41 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28765 Paris, the infamous city of France is known for its neoclassical architecture, impeccable cuisine, its romantic atmosphere and culture. But, little is known about the numerous stacks of human bones which the City of Love stands above – The Paris Catacombs. The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries which hold the remains of more than …

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Paris, the infamous city of France is known for its neoclassical architecture, impeccable cuisine, its romantic atmosphere and culture.

But, little is known about the numerous stacks of human bones which the City of Love stands above – The Paris Catacombs.

The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries which hold the remains of more than six million Parisians. At a depth of 20 meters below the grounds of Paris, lie miles of tunnels bursting with bones telling a story. A story of the city which could no longer contain its dead.

The city that stands above its dead

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In the 13th century Paris, the mining of limestone quarries gave birth to an enormous underground city. It consisted of an intricate web of tunnels. Five centuries later, the growing European Hub ran into a major problem: their cemeteries started overflowing.

Residents of the Les Halles neighbourhood near Paris’s oldest and largest cemetery, Les Innocents complained about the unbearable stench of decomposing flesh that filled the air. Even perfume stores claimed that they couldn’t continue their business because of the unpleasant smell.

As a result, in 1763 Louis XV banned further burials in the capital. But, since the Church didn’t want the cemeteries to be disturbed nothing was changed.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

In 1780, a prolonged period of rain caused a wall around the Les Innocents to collapse. The property was flooding with old bones and rotten bodies which even caused some outbreaks of diseases. The city authorities then turned to the abandoned quarry tunnels as a solution to their problem. They used them as a dumping ground for these human remains.

It took the inhabitants of several cemeteries to fill each catacomb. To avoid disturbing the locals, they moved the bodies in the dead of night, hidden under a dark cloth on carts. By the end of the process, millions of late Parisians had been moved to the ossuaries with their bones lining the walls from head to toe. Eventually after 1860, as other facilities became available, no fresh bodies were buried in the tunnels.

Apart from this, the tunnels were also used by farmers to grow mushrooms, as hide-outs during World War II and as a home to German bunkers.

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The Empire of Death

Today, a little over a mile of the catacombs are open for visitors to explore. The 45-minute walk-through provides visitors with a glance of the narrow and dingy passages of the catacombs, taking them centuries back in history. Inside the ossuary, bones are neatly stacked along the corridors, arranged in different patterns, such as crosses and hearts.

The chilling catacombs have also attracted a group of rebellious individuals who call themselves the ‘Cataphiles’. These Cataphiles spend most of their time exploring off-limit areas of the underground tunnels.

The sign above its entrance reads, “Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort!” literally translating to “Stop! This is the empire of death!” which then leads one to the vast labyrinth of the underground catacombs whose mysteries are yet to be discovered.

Read Also: Paris Syndrome: A real thing?

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7 Secrets to a Stress-Free Apartment Remodeling https://www.procaffenation.com/stress-free-apartment-remodeling/ https://www.procaffenation.com/stress-free-apartment-remodeling/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:27:37 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28834 Home renovations can be truly exciting – you get to dive into the world of design inspiration and explore different ways of improving your space. However, this thrilling endeavour can quickly turn into a stressful and tiring nightmare, leaving your broke and dead on your feet. Luckily, with a carefully planned approach and a bit …

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Home renovations can be truly exciting – you get to dive into the world of design inspiration and explore different ways of improving your space. However, this thrilling endeavour can quickly turn into a stressful and tiring nightmare, leaving your broke and dead on your feet. Luckily, with a carefully planned approach and a bit of creativity, you can get through this process and turn your apartment into your dream home in just a few days or weeks.

1. Start planning early

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It’s never too early to start planning your apartment renovation. The sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to hire the right team, gather design inspiration and prepare everything you need.

You should set up a timeline for your renovation, list necessary supplies, start interviewing contractors and apply for the licenses you need. Coming up with a renovation schedule can also be helpful, especially if you have children. You’ll need to schedule your renovation to suit your family’s needs, habits, and obligations.

In addition, if you determine whether you’ll need to leave your home during the renovation early on, you’ll have more time to find appropriate accommodation for your family.

2. Set up a realistic Budget

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Although you can never predict all the expenses of a home remodeling project, it’s still advisable that you create a budget. This will encourage you to monitor your expenses and avoid spending more than you can afford.

Aside from allocating a sum to all of your necessary expenses, you should also set aside a certain amount for emergency situations.

3. Hire the right Contractors

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If you’re planning a major apartment renovation, you’ll probably need to hire experienced professionals, especially in the case of structural work.

When hiring contractors and other professionals, you need to check their references and experience to make sure that they can handle your remodeling project. In addition, it’s important that you click with your contractors because you’ll be working together every step of the way. Trust and open communication are essential for a successful business relationship with your contractors.

4. Organize your Electrical Team

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Certain renovation projects may require you to inspect your electrical installations or reinstall your entire electrical network. You may also need to introduce additional outlets or wire electricity in some parts of your home.

Of course, this job should be left to trained experts, especially in countries like Australia where unlicensed electrical work is strictly prohibited. For example, a reputable Sydney electrician is highly trained and meets all the safety standards and requirements for providing electrical services.

What’s more, you may also experience unexpected electricity-related problems, such as corroded wiring, exposed cables, blown fuses. Therefore, it’s always a great idea to have someone you can rely on in emergency situations.

5. Create the perfect Design

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Living in an apartment may bring certain design challenges, such as limited space, insufficient natural light, etc. Although these obstacles can be a nuisance, you can easily overcome them by creating the perfect design plan for your apartment.

You should focus on both functionality and aesthetics, finding a layout that will help you maximize your space and a style that will accentuate your home’s features. Take some time to gather inspiration and come up with an efficient, functional and appealing design for your apartment.

6. Undertake DIY projects

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Certain DIY renovation projects are quite simple, so you can tackle them on your own. Not only will you cut some of your expenses, but you’ll also acquire new skills and have fun along the way.

For instance, you can paint your interior or replace the hardware for a new look. You can also try installing new tiles or floating floors. Of course, it’s important that you know when to call the pros because some mistakes can be quite expensive to repair.

7. Get your Home ready

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Finally, once you’ve got everything prepared for your apartment renovation, you should get your space ready. Make sure to clear out items to make enough room for your contractors. You should remove curtains, blinds, carpets, dishes, and fragile items and possibly rearrange your furniture. In the case of a major remodeling project, you may also need to move your belongings to a storage unit.

Taking some time to properly plan your renovation and hire the right team will ensure that your apartment remodeling goes off without a hitch.

Read Also: 5 things you need to do once you buy a new house

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This Diwali, Indulge In Desi Sweets With A Global Makeover! https://www.procaffenation.com/this-diwali-indulge-in-desi-sweets-with-a-global-makeover/ https://www.procaffenation.com/this-diwali-indulge-in-desi-sweets-with-a-global-makeover/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:46:25 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28807 Diwali, the festival of lights, arguably one of the most awaited Hindu celebrations, is just a few days away and the city is rife with restaurants serving delectable sweets and dishes specially prepared for the occasion. While traditional sweets such as laddoos, Barfis, Kaju Katlis and Jalebis are a common sight, the influence of Global …

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Diwali, the festival of lights, arguably one of the most awaited Hindu celebrations, is just a few days away and the city is rife with restaurants serving delectable sweets and dishes specially prepared for the occasion.

While traditional sweets such as laddoos, Barfis, Kaju Katlis and Jalebis are a common sight, the influence of Global cuisine has led to the Inception of a phenomenon touted as ‘Fusion Cuisine’.

While traditional festival foods will always be significant, the average Indian palate is evolving at a rapid rate affording chefs and Bakers the opportunity to experiment with different flavours further combining them with typical spices, herbs and textures.
Fusion cuisines are an amalgamation of the very best in this generation, and at the same time, fusion sweets bring back nostalgia and appeal.

Source: NDTV Food

City chefs have left no stone unturned in coming up with some of the most creative preparations. And they feel that these kinds of dishes succeed because consumers are willing to experiment. Today everyone is looking for unique experiences and willing to try different flavors.

From bite-sized treats such as Chai Ganache Bonbons and Motichoor Donut to the more Flamboyant Shakkarpara Cannoli with Coconut karanji Mascarpone cream, this Diwali amp up the festivities with the best fusion delicacies.

With Diwali just around the corner, I am going to help you prepare festive sweet platter that includes the Gulab Jamun Boondi Cheesecake, Motichoor Tart, Beetroot Tikki Chaat and many more.

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It’s a mix of sweet and savory treats that you can gorge on as you gear up to celebrate Diwali.

1. Motichoor Tart – Reinvention of a Classic

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Motichoor Ladoo is a classic Diwali mithai but nowadays fancy cashew-based and chenna-based mithais are in vogue. It seems like a good time to give the Motichoor laddoo a facelift.

Ingredients for the tart:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch baking powder

Method:

  1. Sieve the flour and mix baking powder

2. Mix Butter and Sugar and churn it till it becomes a thick paste.

3. Line the mould and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 12 minutes.

Ingredients for filling:

  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 pinches of cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp whipped cream
  • 2 pcs Motichoor laddoo

Method:

  1. Boil the milk and reduce to granular consistency on low flame
  2.  Add cardamom powder and sugar, allow it to cool.
  3.  Fold the whipped cream and fill the mould with rabri.
  4. Crust the mould with Motichoor laddoo. Garnish with edible flowers and nuts.

2. Beetroot Tikki Chaat – Adds sparkle to your festivity.

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Diwali is about light, colours and happy moments! This dish truly represents the same spirit in a Chaat plate – it is pretty much innovative, tasty and colourful!
The beetroot Tikki is a unique take on the deep-fried aloo and is a healthy alternative to go with the celebrations.
The combination of these zingy flavours, chutneys and celebratory atmosphere will sparkle any Diwali party!

Ingredients for Beetroot Tikki:

  • 300 gms beetroot (grated)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1-2 tsp coriander
  • 1 potato
  • 100 gms paneer
  • Oil for pan frying

Method:

1. Saute the beetroot for 5 to 7 minutes on medium flame.

2. Boil and mash potato till smooth, chop the coriander and green chilli, and grate the paneer.

3. Mix it all and blend well. Make round balls of medium size and press them to get a semi-flat Tikki shape.

4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry theTikkis on medium flame. Do not rush the pan and remove on absorbent paper once the Tikkis turn golden brown on both sides.

Ingredients for Ragda:

  • 1 cup Ragda or dried yellow peas
  • 1-1.5 cups water
  • A Pinch of jeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Boil the peas and keep them aside.
  2. In a pan, add the boiled Ragda, water, jeera powder, turmeric and salt and Simmer on medium heat.
  3. By making use of the back of the spoon, mash some of the ragda to get a thicker texture.
  4. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes and remove from heat.

Ingredients to assemble:

  • 2 cups Ragda
  • 10 pieces beetroot Tikki
  • 2 tbsp green chutney
  • 1 tbsp date and jaggery chutney
  • 1/4 cup potato straws or Salli
  • 1/2 cup beaten hung yoghurt
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1/2 tsp jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 3/4 spoon chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Whisk the yoghurt in a bowl and add chilli powder, jeera powder and salt to it.
  2.  In a plate, add some ragda and place a beetroot tikki on it.
  3. Drizzle some Green chutney, Date-Jaggery chutney and Yoghurt.
  4. Sprinkle some Potato Straws and chaat masala. Garnish with some chopped coriander and serve immediately.

Phirnee Tiramisu:

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Tiramisu, a classic Italian favourite is given an Indian makeover with a layer of phirnee over the biscuits which are soaked in a cardamom flavoured espresso coffee and dusted with castor sugar, cocoa and coffee.

Croissant ka Meetha:

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Rabdi and dry fruits are a lit for any festival. This is a rich and creamy dessert, made of crisp croissants, saffron rabdi and dry fruits.

Kaju Katli donut:

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Who doesn’t love doughnuts? And when these buns are given an Indian touch like this one here with Kaju Katli, it is sure to be a favourite.

Diwali delight cake:

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Treat your tastebuds with a delightful fusion of Gulab Jamun, Pistachio and dried Rose petals in a rich, moist and velvety cake. This one’s a perfect example of a fusion dessert.

Blackcurrant Kaju Katli:

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With a jelly-like texture and the flavour of black currant, it’s a dessert that’s light on the tummy.

How many of these Fusion Desserts would you want to try?

Read Also: Is the Varq Non-Vegetarian?

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It’s Pouring Porridge- A Few Healthy Porridge Recipes! https://www.procaffenation.com/its-pouring-porridge-healthy-porridge-recipes/ https://www.procaffenation.com/its-pouring-porridge-healthy-porridge-recipes/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:25:16 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28779 Porridges are humble meals that are not only comforting but are also rescue foods due to their easy-to-prepare nature. Their high nutritional content also makes them apt serving in schools for kids. 1. Oatmeal Porridge Ingredients 100gm oatmeal, 20gm cherry tomatoes,10gm zucchini, 15gm bell pepper, 10gm yellow squash, 1gm mustard seeds, 5gm Ginger, a few curry …

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Porridges are humble meals that are not only comforting but are also rescue foods due to their easy-to-prepare nature. Their high nutritional content also makes them apt serving in schools for kids.

1. Oatmeal Porridge

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Ingredients

100gm oatmeal, 20gm cherry tomatoes,10gm zucchini, 15gm bell pepper, 10gm yellow squash, 1gm mustard seeds, 5gm Ginger, a few curry leaves, 25ml clarified butter, 1 egg, a pinch of salt, 2gm crushed pepper, vegetable stock as required.

Method

  • Dry roast the oats in a pan till golden brown
  • Remove aside and let it cool
  • Cut the vegetables into dices and tomatoes into half
  • In a pan, take some clarified butter, saute the vegetables and the cherry tomatoes. Remove and keep aside.
  • Heat butter in a pan and crackle the mustard seeds, curry leaves. Add chopped Ginger
  • Add the dry roasted oats to the pan.
  • Add some stock and let it cook, season with salt and pepper powder
    once the porridge has thickened
  • Add the sauteed Vegetables to it and serve.

Health benefits

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. It is a gluten-free whole grain and is a great source of many important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. It is common knowledge that oats and oatmeal help one in losing weight. They also help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

2. Fuller for longer

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Ingredients:

20gm oats, 35gm greek yoghurt, 20ml water, 3gm almond, 3gm walnut, 2gm black raisins, sunflower seeds, 2gm pumpkin seeds, 2gm cranberry, 2gm fig, 2gm date, 1gm chia seeds, 1gm flax seeds.

Method:

  • Mix together the oats, Greek yoghurt and water Stir all the ingredients into one homogeneous mixture
  • Now top the mixture with all the nuts, dry fruits and seeds
  • Serve chilled.

Health benefits:

The porridge provides soluble fibre from oats and insoluble fibre from nuts and seeds. Cranberry and figs are rich in antioxidants. And the yoghurt provides calcium.

3. Red Quinoa Porridge with Baby Spinach and Feta Cheese

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Ingredients

110gm quinoa, 350 ml Almond milk, 120 ml water, 5ml olive oil, 4gm cumin, 10gm cumin powder, 20gm carrot, 20gm green peas, 20gm broccoli, 20gm zucchini, 20gm asparagus, 10gm baby spinach, 3gm black pepper, salt to taste.

Method

  • Soak quinoa in a bowl for 30 minutes.
  • Cookin water for 20 minutes
  • In a pan, heat olive oil, add cumin and let it crackle.
  • Toss in vegetables except for baby the spinach, saute for 2 minutes
  • Add the quinoa, water and almond milk. Let it cook till it gets thick in consistency
  • Season with salt and pepper
    Garnish with baby spinach and crumbled feta and serve.

Health benefits

Quinoa is light, healthy and rich in antioxidants, dietary fibres, and proteins. Also, the vegetables in this porridge add to its nutritious value.

4. Warm red Amaranth Porridge

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Ingredients

3 cups of water, 1/2 cup red Amaranth, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1&1/2 tbsp honey, 1/4 tbsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon, 2tbsp coconut oil.

Method

  • In a medium pot, bring the water to boil and add the amaranth
  • Cook it on the low heat, with the lid on, for 20 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed
  • Stir it occasionally while the amaranth is cooking
  • Once done, remove from the gas, and add honey, Vanilla extract, cinnamon, and coconut oil to the pot
  • Stir in well, and then serve in bowls.

Health benefits

Red amaranth is an Indian superfood that is becoming increasingly popular for it wellbeing properties. High in protein, calcium, minerals, and antioxidants, it is the perfect ingredient to begin your day with.

In fact, most of the people who opt for the amaranth porridge usually prefer it before or after their workout. Amaranth is also the only grain that has vitamin c and is ideal to help boost your immunity, especially during the change of seasons.

So, add all these new and exciting flavours to your boring Porridge to make it one Healthy and Tasty Meal.

Read Also: Why are Oats Superfood for you?

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7 Oils Which Can Change Your Beauty Game! https://www.procaffenation.com/7-oils-which-can-change-beauty-game/ https://www.procaffenation.com/7-oils-which-can-change-beauty-game/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 07:40:06 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28416 These essential oils can give your skin the much-needed rejuvenation therapy which will make you feel younger, fresher and brighter. These oils contain a soothing fragrance which can help ease your mind as well. 1‌. Frankincense Oil It’s a powerful astringent that protects the skin from free radicals. It reduces the appearance of sunburns, age …

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These essential oils can give your skin the much-needed rejuvenation therapy which will make you feel younger, fresher and brighter. These oils contain a soothing fragrance which can help ease your mind as well.

1‌. Frankincense Oil

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It’s a powerful astringent that protects the skin from free radicals. It reduces the appearance of sunburns, age spots, and large pores. Frankincense oil is also used for the treatment of areas that appear saggy such as under the eyes or jowls.

  • It contains anti-aging properties.
  • Frankincense oil also helps to heal wounds.
  • It helps to prevent skin cells.

2‌. Lavender Oil

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This oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-aging properties. It is well known for its ability to heal Cuts, Burns, Scrapes and other skin conditions. Lavender oil also helps delay fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, and sunspots.

  • It also helps to treat headaches.
  • lavender oil helps in balancing emotional stress.
  • It helps to treat bug bites.
  • It is also used to massage newborn babies.

3‌. Sandalwood Oil

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It has natural cleansing, purifying and anti-redness properties. These oil properties can help tighten, firm and tone aging skin. It is also high in antioxidants which can help reduce damage caused by free radicals.

It also helps to –

  • reduce fine lines
  • reduce pores
  • helps to reduce dark spots

‌4. Geranium Oil

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It has a beautiful flowery scent to promote beautiful and radiant skin. It’s natural cleansing and purifying properties help to balance the sebum in the skin and it works as a cleanser for oily skin and may even liven up pale skin.

‌ 5. Moringa Oil

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This nutrient content oil is famous for its anti-aging properties. It helps removes wrinkles and prevents the sagging of the facial skin as well. Moringa oil is also known for its amazing properties of curing acne. It is also very rich in vitamin C.

‌6. Almond Oil

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Almond oil is higly rich in vitamin E and provides moisture to the skin. It reduces skin sagging and tightens skin naturally. It’s a natural way to reduce dryness of the skin.

  • It helps to treat skin rashes.
  • It is also used for healthy nails.

7. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has the added benefit of removing impurities from the skin and make it acne free. Thus, your skin can glow flawlessly by just applying 2-3 drops of coconut oil every night before sleeping.

  • It is very beneficial for hair growth.
  • Coconut oil is also used for massaging.
  • It is used for cooking as well.

Read Also: You Will Start Using Castor Oil After Knowing These Amazing Benefits

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12 Food Items That You Didn’t Know Could Be Lethal For Us! https://www.procaffenation.com/food-items-that-may-threaten-your-life/ https://www.procaffenation.com/food-items-that-may-threaten-your-life/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:04:17 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=21261 We often think we know what we eat. We usually think we know what is safe to eat and what is not. But there are a few foods we may not know about. Though we do like to expand our palates by travelling and trying new cuisines, still, there are a few foods which may …

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We often think we know what we eat. We usually think we know what is safe to eat and what is not.

But there are a few foods we may not know about. Though we do like to expand our palates by travelling and trying new cuisines, still, there are a few foods which may look tasty but are dangerous. So we should think twice and make sure before we pick up items to eat.

Here are 12 food items that may threaten your life. The foods may contain fruits and veggies you consume on a daily basis. So next time. watch out!

1. PARSNIP LEAVES.

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The leaves are the same like on potatoes or carrots. But these cannot be consumed. Though the root is very delicious the leaves and stems contain a sap that may give a rash if touched. If the sap is consumed it can cause discolouration that may last up to 2 years. The sap reacts with sunlight and also leads to intense blistering on the skin due to its consumption.

2. MANGO PEELS.

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You would have never thought of eating a mango peel. But this is a very normal practice in the tropical regions where mangoes grow wild. The peel is very high in nutrients and a few people chomp on it without any reaction. Though it contains an enzyme called Urushiol which can give the person who has consumed it a rash similar to the rash caused by poison ivy.

3. LIME:

 

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If the juice from a lime reacts with the sunlight it can cause a blistering rash. The juice can be very harmful to the skin if it is in direct contact with sun rays.

4.RAW BITTER ALMONDS.

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Before we discuss whether nuts are fruits or seeds let us talk about raw bitter almonds. Raw bitter almonds contain very small amounts of cyanide and if it is consumed in very large amounts it can cause cyanide poisoning.

5. ASPARAGUS. 

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As if we were not irritated enough with asparagus making our pee smell funny that we have another reason to hate the skinny plant. The young shoots of the plant contain small amounts of toxins which may cause discomfort if consumed raw. The toxins are removed once cooked. The fully grown shoots develop berries and the berries contain the same toxin in higher rates and will cause even more discomfort on ingestion. So do not eat the berries or raw asparagus.

6. TOMATOES.

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Tomatoes are very prone to the deadly nightshade. Tomatine, the toxin is mostly present in stems and leaves of tomatoes. The toxin may reach hazardous levels in unripe tomatoes.

So it is always better to make sure about the ripening of the tomatoes than to die, isn’t it?

7. RHUBARB LEAVES.

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The rhubarb stems make a fantastic dessert but their leaves might kill you. The stems are very safe to consume but the leaves contain oxalic acid. The acid can cause serious symptoms like irritated stomach to kidney problems or in some cases, even death.

8. RAW CASHEWS.

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Raw cashews are as rare to come across as raw almonds. They do contain Urishol, the same enzyme as mango peels and poison ivy, and its consumption may cause blistering on the skin and an extreme rash. It can be lethal if ingested in high quantities.

9. GRAPEFRUIT.

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The juice of a grapefruit can produce a similar rash as the juice from a lime, but these rashes can be much more intense. If you’re taking pills for birth control or blood pressure the fruit can have interactions with the drug and cause side effects. The fruit may not completely stop the action of the drug but can cause severe side effects like blood cloths.

10. LIMA BEANS.

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These cute looking green coloured beans contain an acid called linamarin which converts into hydrogen cyanide on digestion and is highly lethal. Though the better part is that once the beans are cooked for more than 10 minutes they become safe to eat.

11. CASSAVA.

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Cassava is something your body turns into cyanide when digested raw or poorly cooked. It can be eaten but in small portions. If consumed raw or poorly cooked it can have lethal effects on the body. The areas that depend on cassava for their starch intake should make sure that they’re cooking it well and consuming small portions of it.

12. APPLE SEEDS.

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Apple seeds contain a cyanogenic compound which on digestion turns into cyanide. Though the amount of cyanide produced is very little, but if the seeds are consumed in a large amount then, cyanide can lead to death.

Read Also – Are You Aware Of The Meaning Of The Fruit Labels?

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Is The Dark Web Real Or Is It A Conspiracy? https://www.procaffenation.com/is-the-dark-web-real-or-is-it-a-conspiracy/ https://www.procaffenation.com/is-the-dark-web-real-or-is-it-a-conspiracy/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:08:55 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28077 The internet is a lot of fun. You can watch videos on YouTube, connect with your friends through Facebook, Instagram etc. Maybe once in a while, you might go to the weird side of YouTube and watch some crazy videos. But underneath all of that is something called The Dark Web. The Dark Web is …

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The internet is a lot of fun. You can watch videos on YouTube, connect with your friends through Facebook, Instagram etc. Maybe once in a while, you might go to the weird side of YouTube and watch some crazy videos. But underneath all of that is something called The Dark Web.

The Dark Web is very real. It is not a conspiracy or a legend. It is where some of the darkest sides of humanity are exposed.

Where is it located?

The Internet has 3 layers. It is often compared to an iceberg. Let’s try to explain it a little better.

  • Top Layer: This is also called the Clear Web. This is where the Google, Twitter etc are. Basically, this is what people mean when they talked about the internet in general. But what we don’t know is that this part contains only about 4% of the internet.
  • Deep Web: This is part of the internet which most of the stuff common people don’t know how to find. Kinds of Stuff like data, encrypted services etc. Most of the time people think that Deep Web and Dark Web are the same thing but it is not! We’ll get into the details later.
  • Dark Web: Now, the Dark Web will be at the very bottom of the iceberg. There are as many as 4 billion pages in the Dark Web. It can get you on the radar of the FBI. Even the most skilled hackers stay away from it because the things you could find are incredibly terrifying. Not just terrifying but also ILLEGAL

 

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What are the things you can find on the Dark Web?

  • Government Secrets
  • Weapons(illegal firearms sold&traded)
  • Hidden Wiki
  • Drugs ( Many drug dealers have moved their business to the dark web)
  • Government testings/Experiments (Many have theorized that the government is using the dark web to find people willing to be experimented on)
  • Thieves looking for jobs
  • Hitmen/Assassins
  • Human experiments
  • Snuff films(videos or films of real people dying)
  • Weird sexual things
  • Social security number, stolen credit cards, passport etc

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There are a number of scary stories from the Dark Web but I am going to mention only the least scary and disturbing stories:

  • The first one is a story about Government Testings that I have mentioned before. A Reddit user once told a story on the site about browsing the dark web and stumbling upon a job application posted by someone with R credentials and combat experience based out of Washington DC. The application didn’t say exactly what it was. Only that it was offering 255 thousand dollars for 6 months for being out of communication aboard a ship.

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  • You should never casually browse the Dark Web just because you are curious. Not only because you can stumble upon disturbing things but also because if you follow the wrong link or end up on the wrong page, it can open your computer to hackers. Shushant Tulare, a computer science student in Kanpur, India found out just how scary that can be after spending a day poking around in some dark web chat rooms.

   

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 For several days after he spotted an LED indicator on his laptop lighting up every time that he connected to the Internet. He soon realized that someone was accessing his web camera remotely. He finally reinstalled           Windows to make it stop but it was already too late. The hacker had been watching him sleep and had seen him in his most intimate moments.

  • This next story had to do with HITMEN who are available for hire as mentioned before. The site uses a bitcoin, an anonymous and largely untraceable online currency in order to hire a hitman who would take care of your problems swiftly and efficiently. However, the most terrifying part was that the prices were listed from lowest to highest and included civilians, police, politicians and even children.

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  • There are a number of different communities on the dark web consisting of people who are interested in some weird things. One of those things is Cannibalism! There is a place called The Cannibal Cafe where cannibals from all over the world discuss how to find victims, how to prepare them and in some cases, buy and trade body parts.

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Difference between Dark Web&Deep Web:

As I have mentioned earlier, many people associate deep web and dark web together as if they are the same thing. They are somewhat similar but let’s discuss the nuances.

The Deep Web is the stuff you can’t find on the normal search engine. It is accessible and mostly consists of business intranets, user databases, web archives etc. The Deep Web is 500% larger than the Surface Web and is not always illegal or immoral.

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The Dark Web is basically just a part of the Deep Web. It is basically an overlay network that is only available to be accessed with certain levels of authorization/software configurations. The sites on the dark web are often of an illegal nature. It is highly restricted.

Hence, site owners use anonymous names and crypto-currency(eg bitcoins) to try and avoid detection. This site contains many marketplaces. 

To summarize it, you can access normal deep web easily but they won’t appear in search engine results. Whereas dark web is not easy to access and often require sign up and additional authorization. Most of the messed up stuff you hear about regarding the deep web is on the dark web.

The Dark Web is now dubbed as ‘The Global Black Market’ because of the things you can find there. I am writing this article with a hope that it would bring some type of awareness in the way we use our internet. Let’s all stay on the Clear Web of the Internet.

Read Also: Some Spine-Chilling Secrets That The Internet Doesn’t Want You To Know

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How To Plan (and pack for) A Fall Getaway Like A Wanderlust Pro https://www.procaffenation.com/plan-and-pack-fall-getaway-like-a-wanderlust-pro/ https://www.procaffenation.com/plan-and-pack-fall-getaway-like-a-wanderlust-pro/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:31:04 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28439 Planning a vacation is fun, but there are also plenty of things to think about. When and where to go, who to take, what to see, and most importantly- what to pack? Whether we like it or not, packing takes the most time out of preparing for a getaway. We get stuck in these hypothetical …

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Planning a vacation is fun, but there are also plenty of things to think about. When and where to go, who to take, what to see, and most importantly- what to pack? Whether we like it or not, packing takes the most time out of preparing for a getaway. We get stuck in these hypothetical situations of what we’ll need and end up packing the entire closet. This proves to be a problem later because you don’t have enough room for other things you need and you have to carry a heavy suitcase the entire time. What’s more, you don’t even use most of the things you’ve packed. So, before you head for your fall getaway, here is what you need to pack.

1. Outdoor shoes

Try to pack only one pair of shoes for your getaway. The best ones to take are warm, waterproof shoes that will be comfortable to walk in for hours. You don’t want to be stuck in footwear that’s uncomfortable and doesn’t keep your feet warm or dry. That’s grounds for getting sick.

Such shoes are often very universal and can be worn for hiking, strolling around the city, or even going out. Pick a neutral colour like black or brown and they’ll go well with any outfit, too. That way you’ll ensure you always have the perfect pair of shoes ready, regardless of where you’re headed.

2. A leather jacket

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Leather jackets are not only stylish but are also pretty effective against the wind. What’s more, they don’t soak up water so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in the rain. That’s why you shouldn’t leave your leather jacket it at home. If you’re worried it won’t be warm enough, pack a warm jumper to wear underneath, and create the perfect fall look.

Not only is a leather jacket practical and takes up little room, but it also makes you look daring and stylish. It can be worn on casual and classier occasions, and won’t require to bring more jackets on your trip.

3. Classic jeans

Though this may seem like an obvious choice, don’t forget your jeans. They can be worn with classier shoes, heels, sneakers, or boots. That means they won’t take up too much space in your suitcase but that you’ll be able to wear them on any occasion.

What’s more, jeans are a rather comfortable piece of clothing and will be suitable for walking or even hiking. Your favourite pair of jeans will be just fine, just don’t forget to check if it’s warm enough for where you’re going.

4. Thigh guards

Any good trip involves a lot of sightseeing. That means you’ll be walking for hours, enjoying the scenery and touristic attractions. That also means that your thighs aren’t going to have much fun, no matter how amazing your time walking around all day is. Constant rubbing can cause a lot of discomforts and can stop you from experiencing your vacation fully.

Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this problem. Pack thigh guards as they are small pieces of fabric which hug your legs just right. They can be worn under any type of clothing, and stop your things from chafing. What’s more, they’re extremely comfortable and don’t feel too tight or too loose.

5. A vest

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Since we’re talking about a fall getaway, it means you’ll need to dress in layers. After all, the weather can be unpredictable with constant changes between hot and cold. That’s why you shouldn’t forget a vest.

Vests are very warm and comfortable, but still leave enough room for you to breathe, making them the perfect outdoor attire for fall. There are a lot of stylish options you can choose from, so you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect vest for your getaway.

Conclusion

As you can see, practicality is the main ingredient to anyone who’s trying to pack efficiently. There’s no use piling up unnecessary things in your suitcase as you’ll just end up stressing yourself out and not enjoying your vacation. Proper packing for a getaway is important because you want to stay light and on your feet so as to get the most out of your trip. We’re confident that you’ll have a great time now that you know exactly what you need.

Read Also: The Sweater Weather: How to Stay Active and Healthy during Fall

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Did You Know This Interesting Connection Between India And Japan? https://www.procaffenation.com/between-india-and-japan/ https://www.procaffenation.com/between-india-and-japan/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:30:00 +0000 https://procaffenation.com/?p=432 The link between India And Japan Were you aware of the fact that India and Japan are connected by this link? Yes. There exists a Strong emotional and a heritage link between India and Japan, and the link is none other than the Legend Subhash Chandra Bose. S.C. Bose (23 January 1897- Unknown), also known …

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The link between India And Japan

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Were you aware of the fact that India and Japan are connected by this link?

Yes. There exists a Strong emotional and a heritage link between India and Japan, and the link is none other than the Legend Subhash Chandra Bose.

S.C. Bose (23 January 1897- Unknown), also known as Netaji, was one of the most prominent Indian Nationalist leaders who attempted to liberate India from British Rule during the waning years of World War II.

Netaji left the Indian National Congress in 1939, following the differences within its conservative leadership. Later, he was placed under house arrest by the British but escaped from India in early 1941.

He turned to Germany and Japan for help in gaining India’s Independence by force.

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With Japanese support, Bose organised the Indian National Army. It composed of largely Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army who had been captured in the Battle of Singapore by the Japanese.

As the war turned against them, the Japanese came to support a number of countries to form provisional governments in the captured regions. The regions included those in Burma, Philippines and Vietnam, and in addition, the Provisional Government of Azad Hind presided by Bose.

Bose’s effort, however, was short-lived. In 1945, the British Army first halted and then reversed the Japanese offensive. Bose’s Indian National Army was driven down the Malay Peninsula and surrendered with the recapture of Singapore.

It was reported that Bose died soon thereafter from Third Degree Burns received in attempting to escape in a Japanese Plane which crashed in Taipei, Taiwan.

Source: Experience Tokyo

Netaji’s ashes are said to be preserved by his Japanese soldiers in the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo. He is still a very respected figure in Japan. Every year, a ceremony is held in Renkoji Temple to mourn his valiant death and to observe his towering legacy.

Read Also: The Popularity of Japanese Cuisine is on the rise in the city

 

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Get To Know The Fact Behind Why Do We Yawn? https://www.procaffenation.com/get-to-know-the-fact-behind-why-do-we-yawn/ https://www.procaffenation.com/get-to-know-the-fact-behind-why-do-we-yawn/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:08:29 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27307 Yawning, is usually considered a sign of boredom or your body’s way of telling you to get some shut-eye. The tears that form in your eye when you yawn tell you that you are missing your bed. The world famous saying “as contagious as a yawn” is so true. When you see someone yawning, you …

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Yawning, is usually considered a sign of boredom or your body’s way of telling you to get some shut-eye. The tears that form in your eye when you yawn tell you that you are missing your bed.

The world famous saying “as contagious as a yawn” is so true. When you see someone yawning, you can’t really help yawning yourself.

What Happens When We Yawn?

If you observe carefully, you will realize that when you yawn, you are first inhaling air, which creates a slight pressure on your eardrums, and then you exhale.

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What Causes A Yawn?

Like for any other action, there are numerous theories for why we yawn. As I said earlier, we inhale air when we yawn. And we feel the need to inhale excess air when the carbon dioxide in our blood increases. So our body tries to take in as much oxygen as it can.

Another theory is that yawning helps the brain to cool down. A study was carried out wherein ice packs were put on the subjects head and they were made to watch videos of people yawning. The subjects apparently yawned less.

A third theory states that yawns are caused by neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain), like serotonin, dopamine, glutamic acid and nitric oxide. Whereas other neurotransmitters like endorphins decrease yawning.

The Cultural Aspect

Some people say that when we open our mouths to yawn, we are letting our soul escape and that we are letting the evil spirits enter our body. To prevent this, we are supposed to cover our mouths while yawning.

It is considered rude to yawn while we are attending an important lecture or a conference or a meeting. It was a tradition to turn your face and cover it with your handkerchief while you yawn. A loud yawn may even lead to penalties for contempt of court.

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Contagiousness of yawning affects dogs as well. Domesticated dogs yawn when their owners yawn. Even the fact that fishes yawn has been documented.

In a herd, yawning is used to synchronize sleeping patterns. Contagious yawn is supposed to show empathy.

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I hope reading this article didn’t lead to too much of yawning!!! If yes, then stay caffenated!!!

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Read also- Hiccups: Why do we get them? How to get rid of it

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Did You Know These Mind-boggling Facts About The Human Body? https://www.procaffenation.com/do-you-know-these-mind-boggling-facts-about-human-body/ https://www.procaffenation.com/do-you-know-these-mind-boggling-facts-about-human-body/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:06:45 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=22310 Human Body is so amazing! Apart from being a set of complexity, it is full of so many surprises. Besides performing its chief function, every organ has a surprising side. Have you ever wondered how many mysteries and secrets your body is hiding from you? Well! It’s good enough to explore them. Let us go …

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Human Body is so amazing! Apart from being a set of complexity, it is full of so many surprises. Besides performing its chief function, every organ has a surprising side. Have you ever wondered how many mysteries and secrets your body is hiding from you? Well! It’s good enough to explore them. Let us go through these facts about the human body and get amazed.

1. Ecosystem Inside You!

Thousands of bacteria living inside your belly button form an ecosystem which has the size of an entire rainforest.

via- secure.i.telegraph.co.uk

Isn’t it great to shelter an ecosystem inside your body?

2. Potential acids!

The acid in your stomach is enough to dissolve razor blades. Quite acidic, right? But don’t take it as a warranty to swallow blades!

via- www.primandprep.com

3. Love is in the air!

Here is an interesting phenomenon that you will love. If a woman is pregnant and gets her organs damaged, her fetus sends out stem cells to help out and save her.

via- diabetestimes.co.uk

Kind of mother-child love!

4. Inner voice!

Would you love to know how the world hears you? Cover your left ear with your hand and speak. That’s how it is.

via- cdn1.medicalnewstoday.com

5. Weak bones!

Take a human bone, remove all its minerals and soak it in 6% hydrochloric acid solution for a night. Voila! Your bone is ready to be tied up in a knot.

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6. Let’s uncoil your DNA!

If the entire DNA in your body were uncoiled, it would be able to cover up about 10 billion miles, which is Earth to Pluto and back. Just Imagine!

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7. It’s colourful everywhere!

Never underestimate the power of your eyes as they can differentiate between 2.3 to 7.5 millions of different colours!

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8. The height of uniqueness!

 Apart from having the unique fingerprint, you have a unique smell and a unique tongue print, too.

Source: The Swaddle

9.  Crocodile’s Tears!

The only species to produce emotional tears are human beings. So, never trust your pets when they make a teary face!

Source: The Cut

10.  You are free to sleep.

 Here is a unique and interesting method of measuring your IQ. The IQ levels are directly proportional to your dreams. Hence, the more you dream, all the more intelligent you are. So, bottom line being- Sleep More. Good Luck!

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 Read also- Here Are 9 Interesting Facts About Sleep That You Might Not Know Of!

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Natural Nootropics- the latest fad for Fitness-Freaks! https://www.procaffenation.com/natural-nootropics-the-latest-fad-for-fitness-freaks/ https://www.procaffenation.com/natural-nootropics-the-latest-fad-for-fitness-freaks/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:19:26 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28048 In the Quest to ace the race in this competitive world, many are exploring various ways to get an upper hand both physically and mentally. In all this, several fad diets are marketed as being beneficial to the body and mind. Nootropic is one such term that is being heavily used these days. Whether it …

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In the Quest to ace the race in this competitive world, many are exploring various ways to get an upper hand both physically and mentally. In all this, several fad diets are marketed as being beneficial to the body and mind.

Nootropic is one such term that is being heavily used these days. Whether it is via prescriptions drugs or through Herbs in recipes, most fitness-oriented folks want to make the most of them.

So what are they?

“Nootropics, in simpler form are called smart drugs or memory enhancers. They are natural chemical compounds or synthetic compounds that enhance cognitive functions such as memory creativity, alternativeness, and alertness.

So here are some of the natural nootropics which you consume to enhance the functionality of your brain–

1. Eggs

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They have lutein which helps in cognitive functioning and acts as a neuroprotective agent.

2. Nuts

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Neurotransmitters in the brain are benefited by nuts which help in its functioning, perception since they contain DHA which helps in the development and function of the brain write-through when the baby is in the womb and prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

3. Berries

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They contain the highest amount of antioxidants and also have anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Carbohydrates

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Small carb meals in short intervals are required as our brain uses carbohydrates as the main source to derive energy. A small carbohydrate dose helps in better brain functioning as compared to three big, low-carb meals.

5. Caffeine

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It is a known fact that Caffeine improves the brain’s ability to synthesise long-term memories. But, too much caffeine causes anxiety and would have long-term repercussions.

6. Creatine

This is mainly present in non-vegetarian sources such as chicken, mutton, fish etc. The phosphate bonds are continuously broken down and rearranged. This process releases vital energy required in the healthy functioning of the brain. Proper hydration is very important during this process.

Source: Muscular Development

Other Natural Nootropics include Coconut Oil, Walnuts, Flax seeds, Green Tea, Berries, Turmeric, Omega-3 rich foods, Olive Oil, and green leafy vegetables like mushrooms, lion’s mane, pomegranates and cacao.

Read Also: How to handle protein deficiency in a vegetarian diet?

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Let’s brush up your Food Vocabulary! https://www.procaffenation.com/lets-brush-up-your-food-vocabulary/ https://www.procaffenation.com/lets-brush-up-your-food-vocabulary/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:15:16 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28261 As the world becomes a Global Melting Pot of food, flavours, textures and tastes, it is important to expand your food vocabulary to understand not only the dishes that you want to try, but also make an attempt to pronounce them right. Here are a few dishes that you may have come across but you …

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As the world becomes a Global Melting Pot of food, flavours, textures and tastes, it is important to expand your food vocabulary to understand not only the dishes that you want to try, but also make an attempt to pronounce them right.

Here are a few dishes that you may have come across but you might know how to pronounce their names. So, let’s look at these dishes and their correct pronunciations:

1. Ricotta

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The correct way to pronounce it is ree-KOT-tah.

It is a popular Italian white cheese made from unripened whey. It has a soft texture and a slightly sweet flavour.

2. Spanakopita

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The correct way to pronounce it is span-uh-KOH-pee-tah.

It is a type of Greek Pie made of a flaky phyllo dough, spinach, feta cheese, onions, eggs, and seasonings. It can be served as a simple casserole or as Triangles, Rolls or cigars.

3. Tortillas

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The correct way to pronounce it is tohr-TEE-yahs.

It is a flat unleavened bread staple in Mexico. It is generally used to prepare soft tacos or burritos.

4. Vermicelli

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The correct way to pronounce it is ver-mi-CHE-lee.

It is an Italian food which is a lot like spaghetti but a bit thicker in its diameter. This dish is generally prepared with fresh vegetables like red peppers, green peppers and carrots.

5. Bruschetta

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The correct way to pronounce it is broo-SKET-ah.

It is one of the most famous appetizers in Italian Cuisine. It is easy to prepare and mainly consists of garlic bread topped with basil, cheese and vegetables such as tomatoes and onions.

6. Crudites

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The correct way to pronounce it is Kroo-dee-TAY.

It is a type of appetizer of sliced or whole raw, seasonal vegetables and is typically served along with vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. These include celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, and asparagus Spears.

7. Escargot

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The correct way to pronounce it is es-car-GOH

It is a French delicacy consisting of cooked edible labd snail and is often served as an hors d’oeuvres.

8. Nougat

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The correct way to pronounce it is NOO-get.

It is a confection of nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste. It is generally made of almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.

Read Also: Why do we crave Junk Food?

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5 Of The Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Libraries Around The World! https://www.procaffenation.com/5-of-the-most-breathtaking-beautiful-libraries-around-the-world/ https://www.procaffenation.com/5-of-the-most-breathtaking-beautiful-libraries-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:09:35 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28385 There exist people, like me, who can spend hours on end in a library and lose themselves there forgetting about the world that is thriving outside. Many people think that reading books is a headache and it is better to stare at the idiot box instead. As opposed to that, immersing oneself in a book …

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There exist people, like me, who can spend hours on end in a library and lose themselves there forgetting about the world that is thriving outside.

Many people think that reading books is a headache and it is better to stare at the idiot box instead. As opposed to that, immersing oneself in a book and creating a world of their own is much more attractive to others. Now imagine this world accompanied by some extremely stunning surroundings and setups. Nothing like it, isn’t it so?

Then let’s plunge in and take a look at the five most beautiful libraries around the world which will take our breath away with its surroundings and just as well with their books.

1. BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA, ALEXANDRIA

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the very name meaning ‘Library of Alexandria’ in English is the cultural seat of Alexandria, Egypt. The library is the commemoration of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, which was a dedication to the Muses, the nine goddesses of arts.

Built by Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian general and successor of Alexander the Great, it was said to have ‘burned down’, taking down with it several scrolls and books, the destruction becoming a symbol for the loss of cultural knowledge. Built in 1974, the new library was built in an attempt to revive some of the magnificence that the centre of learning and scholarship used to represent back in the day.

Source: Bibliotheca Alexandria

 

2. BODLEIAN LIBRARY AND DIVINITY SCHOOLS, DUBLIN

A library of legal deposit for four hundred years. The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in the whole of Europe.

Established in 1602 by Sir Thomas Bodley, a former fellow in the Merton College, the roots of this library date back even further. The old library was founded in the fourteenth century under the will of Thomas Cobham, Bishop of Worcester but, underwent a period of decline in the late sixteenth century. The Bodleian Library contains around two thousand books with an elaborately ornamented Benefactor’s Register prominently displayed, to encourage donations.

 

 

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3. BIBLIOTECA MEDICEA LAURENZIANA, FLORENCE

A historic library in Florence, Italy, the Laurentian Library was built under the patronage of the Medici pope, Clement VII.

It was necessary to emphasize that the Medici were no longer merchants but members of the intelligent and ecclesiastical society which is why the library was built. Containing more than 11000 manuscripts and 4500 early printed books. The library keeps manuscripts and books which earlier belonged to the private library of the Medici family.

 

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4. AUSTRIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY

Originally called the Imperial Court Library, the library was found by the Hapsburgs in 1368. With more than twelve million items in its various collections. The library complex includes four museums with multiple special collections and archives.

Since 2005, some of the elaborate collections have been relocated with the baroque structure of the Palais Mollard-Clary.

 

 

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5. BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE MARCIANA, VENICE

A Renaissance building in Venice. This library is one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories in the country of Italy. The library holds the greatest collections of classical texts in the world. The library had been named after St. Mark, the Patron Saint of Venice.

 

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As much as we would like to visit these age-old libraries and explore them from end to end, reading the books, the surroundings are reason enough to keep us transfixed with the intricate architecture and breathtaking paintings. So while on a world tour do not only visit museums and churches but try and take a look at these libraries as well.

Read Also: All you need to know about this human library

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Facts you need to know about the “Handshakes” https://www.procaffenation.com/facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-handshakes/ https://www.procaffenation.com/facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-handshakes/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:24:37 +0000 https://procaffenation.com/?p=5816 Handshakes are often treated as a custom for showing warmth while we are introduced to someone new, or are greeting someone we already know. It is also used in the professional world to start a meeting or a conversation in a polite and friendly way. We have been introduced to handshakes as a ready-made norm, …

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Handshakes are often treated as a custom for showing warmth while we are introduced to someone new, or are greeting someone we already know. It is also used in the professional world to start a meeting or a conversation in a polite and friendly way.

We have been introduced to handshakes as a ready-made norm, which has been prevailing from much before we came into existence.

Have you ever thought as to how does shaking hands act as a symbol for welcoming somebody? Didn’t it ever riddle your ever-questioning brain how anybody could come up with an idea such as that?

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The Handshake had originally been discovered for a completely different purpose.

The origin of handshakes dates way back in time. There are different theories and school of thoughts that suggest the reason for the same.

One such theory says that this gesture was most common when wars used to take place, essentially back in the 19th century. Handshakes were used as a measure to assure that the counter was bearing no weapons in his hands and that he had peaceful and harmonious intentions. It was a way of checking for security from the enemies since the latter often tried to enter the premises while disguised.

Till date, athletes follow the norm of shaking hands before and after their matches to show that they bear no ill towards each other. Even artists of all sorts practice this while their colleague is honored with a reward.

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Another school of thought indicates that this custom has been practiced during marriages from much prior to the war situations. In various western cultures, the holding of hands demonstrates the promise of friendship and love between two people forever and is continued to be practiced till date.

According to this norm, when you shake hands with a person, it signifies that you are promising to be loyal to them and that you are ready to take care of them for as long as eternity and if you betray the person or his loyalty, it would count as a sin.

Even in the Hindu religion, the father usually places his daughter’s hand in the hand of her groom to show that he approves of their matrimony. Also, he trusts that his son-in-law will take care of his daughter until the end.

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Yet another belief suggests a contradiction to the previous one. According to this belief, shaking hands transfers the sins and bad luck of one soul to another. This is why religions such as Buddhism prohibits holding hands and instead consider bowing towards the guest(s) as a gesture for greeting them.

No wonder politicians are always eager on shaking hands with everyone!

Read Also: Why is Namaste more than just a simple word?

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Tips for Staying Healthy while Ageing https://www.procaffenation.com/tips-for-staying-healthy-while-ageing/ https://www.procaffenation.com/tips-for-staying-healthy-while-ageing/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:08:31 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28326 Ageing is a normal process that comes with life. It can’t be reversed but it can be managed in a way so that you enjoy and live every day to the fullest. After all, your health can significantly affect the quality of your life, and as time goes by, it’s important that you take care …

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Ageing is a normal process that comes with life. It can’t be reversed but it can be managed in a way so that you enjoy and live every day to the fullest. After all, your health can significantly affect the quality of your life, and as time goes by, it’s important that you take care of it properly and regularly. Obviously, not every age-related health issue can be solved with self-care and generally healthy lifestyle, but the following tips are still paramount for feeling, looking and living better for as long as possible.

1. Keep exercising your Body:

Humans need physical activity in order to stay healthy. Simple as that. If you want to maintain your health as you age, it’s essential that you work out consistently.

But, this doesn’t have to be scary or unpleasant. There are many different physical activities that you can engage in. In that respect, choose something that suits you and your temperament. Going to the gym, home workouts, cycling, swimming, dancing, aerobics, walking – it’s all there for you to find and try out.

Of course, you may want to discuss exercise possibilities with your doctor as well, so that you’re completely positive what kind of exercise will have the best and safest effect.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet:

Another essential tip that’s usually as annoying as being physically active is a balanced diet. But, no matter how tired you are of hearing “exercise and eat well”, it won’t change the fact that these really do work. And you don’t actually have to sacrifice anything in order to eat better.

You can still enjoy sweet things and carbohydrates from time to time. It’s just important to introduce other, healthier foods to your daily meals such as lean meat, fruits and veggies in order to provide your body with proper nutrients and antioxidants that will do their bit in maintaining your health as you age. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

3. Maintain your Brain Health:

This is a bit tricky subject but it still needs to be addressed. After all, the brain also ages together with the body. In that respect, some people will experience brain power decline as they reach a certain age.

However, with constant cognitive stimulation, warding off the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s is possible. Even though there’s no known cure as of yet, spending time in a positive environment can make a huge difference. For instance, even if the person starts showing signs of mental decline, special communities such as the NewDirection dementia care centre and similar can do everything in their power to manage the symptoms and improve the lifestyles of affected individuals.

With so many opportunities for healthcare, engaging hobbies and socializing, this kind of place can ensure longer health and better ageing experience for people suffering from dementia.

4. Socialize as much as you can:

As we age, meeting up with friends and family can become more challenging for one reason or the other. But, don’t let this get out of hand. Even if you’re not 100% aware of it, loneliness can really affect the way we feel and think, which can, in turn, impact the body as well – similarly to stress.

The more you laugh and enjoy the company of good friends and family members, the better you’ll feel and view life in general. So, don’t cut yourself off from people you care about. And don’t hesitate to go out, talk and meet new people regardless of your age. Socializing is beneficial for your health at every point of your life.

5. Fight away stress:

Stress, together with the sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, can seriously affect your health, and if you ignore it, you can experience the negatives as soon as you enter the fourth decade of your life. Naturally, everyone gets stressed from time to time. The key to a happy and healthy life is to learn how to let it go. There are tons of stress-relieving techniques and ideas that you can use for your own benefit. From walks in nature to engage in your favourite hobbies, it’s important to find something that personally works for you and reduces stress. Don’t let it consume you. As mentioned, stress can affect the physical health as well, all the stronger as you’re older.

Taking good care of yourself and loving your life are positive patterns that will also keep you healthier for longer as you age. No one can reverse the ageing process but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it – as long as you allow yourself this with your own actions.

Read Also: Feeling Stressed Up? Follow these effective Stress-Burster Activities

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The popularity of Japanese Cuisine is on the rise in the City! https://www.procaffenation.com/the-popularity-of-japanese-cuisine-is-on-the-rise-in-the-city/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-popularity-of-japanese-cuisine-is-on-the-rise-in-the-city/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 05:51:55 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28021 Mumbai is a culinary hotspot, thanks to its thriving food and beverage industry. From fine dining outlets, casual restaurants and street food delicacies at famous alleys to the growing delivery kitchen segment where food is delivered to one’s doorstep, the city’s gastronomical scene is getting richer and wider by the day. While we have our …

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Mumbai is a culinary hotspot, thanks to its thriving food and beverage industry. From fine dining outlets, casual restaurants and street food delicacies at famous alleys to the growing delivery kitchen segment where food is delivered to one’s doorstep, the city’s gastronomical scene is getting richer and wider by the day.

While we have our share of European and Indian cuisines, the popularity of Asian cuisines, especially Japanese, has been increasing lately. The host of New Japanese restaurants have opened up, such as Foo in Lower Parel, Izumi in Bandra, and quick service restaurants such as Harajuku and The Tokyo Creperia in Bandra, among many others.

Japanese food is well-known for being a healthy option when eating out. Also, there is a growing awareness, interest and appreciation about the cuisine in recent times and it is growing in popularity among millennials. Also, given that Japanese food uses fresh and minimal ingredients yet is packed with loads of different flavours and textures, its popularity was inevitable.

Why is Japanese Cuisine becoming so popular?

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The versatility of the ingredients used in Japanese food is a key factor of its popularity. The predominance of rice and noodles and a variety of fried food in Japanese cuisine makes it appealing to the India palate. There are a variety of ingredients that are spicy, sour, sweet, salty and better which suits the Indian palate.

Japanese food uses seasonings such as dashi, chilli, sake and mirin, ginger, vinegar, red pepper, barbecue, stew, sugar, and salt. These ingredients are very flavoursome despite not being very spicy and work well when used as a seasoning while grilling or braising a food item.

The best Japanese dishes and places to watch out for–

  • Miso crusted Chilean Sea Bass at Umame, Churchgate.
  • Spicy Ramen at Kofuku, Bandra.
  • Gyoza Nikkei at Foo, Lower Parel.
  • Sushi and Sashimi Platter at Shiro, Worli.

Have you tried any of these yet?

Read Also: Here’s how the British Raj influenced our Indian Cuisine

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Here’s everything you need to know about African-Indians: The Siddis https://www.procaffenation.com/siddis-are-indians-what-do-you-know/ https://www.procaffenation.com/siddis-are-indians-what-do-you-know/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:12:29 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=19811 Descendants of merchants, sailors and slaves from South East Africa, Siddis are an ethnic group settled in India, Pakistan and Srilanka.  They are believed to be descendants of the Bantu people of East Africa. Around the 13th century, they were first brought to India as slaves by the Arabs, and then the Portuguese and finally …

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Descendants of merchants, sailors and slaves from South East Africa, Siddis are an ethnic group settled in India, Pakistan and Srilanka.  They are believed to be descendants of the Bantu people of East Africa.

Around the 13th century, they were first brought to India as slaves by the Arabs, and then the Portuguese and finally by the British. Many worked as labourers, bodyguards or soldiers for kings. A few of them even managed to become Kings due to their connection with Maharajas. Though, a majority of them continued to live in poverty and isolation.

Demographics

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Siddis are also known by other names – Habshis (slaves sold by Arab tradesmen), Kaffirs (with no racist connotations) in Sri Lanka and the Sheedis in Pakistan. According to the statistics, Pakistan is home to nearly 50,000 Sheedis.

Meanwhile, India is estimated to have at least 25,000 of Siddis living across several states but mostly concentrated in Gujarat and Karnataka. Some also live in Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Bihar. They are even recognized as a scheduled tribe in 3 states and 1 union territory: Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Daman and Diu. As far as their homes are concerned, they mostly reside in forest far away from the cities.

 

Religion

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Majority of them are Sufi Muslims and that too confined in the state of Gujarat. Historians have said that Siddis were possibly influenced by the Mughals. The reason being Mughals were their ancestors’ biggest employers. In contrast, Siddis of Karnataka are largely Catholics, possibly influenced by their Portuguese and Goan masters.

Only very few became Hindus as the caste system did not leave much opportunity for them. The one factor that binds this community irrespective of their different religions is the ritual known as  Hiriyaru. During this ritual, the ancestors are invoked on auspicious occasions such as births, marriages and deaths.

 

Isolation and Racism

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Siddis live a very secluded life. So much so that it wasn’t until 2003 that the communities of Gujarat and Karnataka found out about each other’s existence. Since they have restricted themselves from mixing with other gene pools, their features still resemble that of Africans.

Due to their different appearance, they have faced racism for centuries and even today are widely regarded as ‘outsiders’.

 

Occupation

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Most of the men and women work on farms and in the forest. Then there are those who are casual and contractual labourers. With few opportunities for education and employment, NGOs have started taking initiatives. Nowadays, they are trying to help the youth by training them in sports.

 

Culture

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The Siddis have fully assimilated into modern day Indian culture, traditions and language.T hey are Indian citizens but often the rest of India have a hard time believing they are so. The only thing that separates the Siddi tribe from any non-Siddi Indian is that they marry their own kind within the community. That was a norm that was followed for a very long time. However, today inter-community marriages have been encouraged and accepted.

Culturally, their lives revolve around music and dance. Like any other Indian tribe, the rhythm of music and dance flows in their blood. Even if you ask a child to dance, he or she will be able to instantly break into the rhythm. The songs are a true reflection of the lives they lead and their passion for hunting. Often, the whole village comes together after a hard day’s work and dances in unison. The strong dance moves might have mellowed down but it continues to be an integral part of their culture.

A Lost Chance

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In the late 1980s, a  Special Area Games programme was headed by the then sports minister Margaret Alva. It was initiated in the states of Gujarat and Karnataka. On the whole, it was observed that children lacked a healthy nutritious diet and were malnourished.

Yet within a few months of training, they were winning medals and breaking records at the state level competitions. Unfortunately, by 1992-93, the initiative ended, the program was cut and Siddis were asked to return back to their homes. Some found jobs, others returned to their villages. Though all hope is not lost. Sports Authority Of India still seems interested in working on this and who knows we may in near future see Siddis representing the nation at Olympics.

 

Read Also : Motherhood is a journey that does right by you of the new life you made.

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Here’s how to detoxify your Home like a Pro! https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-detoxify-your-home-like-a-pro/ https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-detoxify-your-home-like-a-pro/#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:28:25 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28054 We all understand the consequences associated with living in a completely polluted environment. We need to detoxify ourselves from all such pollutants. There’s lack of fresh air in our surroundings especially in our homes. So make a little effort and grow some plants to bring good health and happiness all around. Plants not only help to …

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We all understand the consequences associated with living in a completely polluted environment. We need to detoxify ourselves from all such pollutants.

There’s lack of fresh air in our surroundings especially in our homes. So make a little effort and grow some plants to bring good health and happiness all around.

Plants not only help to purify the atmosphere but also helps you to-

  • Remain healthy
  • Suffer less from headaches and coughs and feel more refreshed
  • Suffer less from allergy problems
  • Recovery becomes faster
  • Remain stress-free
  • Feel happy and fresh
  • It helps to feel people more active and more productive

Here are some of the plants which you can opt for according to your requirements–

1- Bamboo palm

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Apart from its fascinating looks, it is very well known for removing chemical vapours and for creating humidity in the specified area. It is highly resistant to insect infestation.

2- Boston Fern

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This Scrubber Plant because of its mass of lush foliage helps to scrub the air of toxins in a room and improve humidity. With a small amount of regular watering, it should thrive.

3-Kimberley Queen Fern

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Another fern which is very rich in foliage, this plant has proven to be the best at removing pollutants from the air and creating a humidified atmosphere.

Like the Boston Fern, it needs regular watering.

4-Areca Palm

A plant which offers everything: it releases lots of moisture into the air, removes toxins in an effective manner, is easy to take care of and resists insect infestations as well.

Its delicate fronds look too pretty if kept in a living room.

5-Gerbera Daisy

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This plant has an amazing quality of removing toxins that are present in the air. It purifies the air and provides oxygen for better living as per the NASA tests.

This gerbera plant gives rise to the most beautiful and beautiful flowers of orange, yellow, red and many more colours.

Autumn is the right time to bring this plant to your homes because it provides you with winter colour and an antidote to spending more quality time at home.

6-Florist’s Mum

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The flowers of this plant can make your home a pleasant place to live in, because of their bright colours and fragrance. And apart from its beauty, it has the ability to purify the air which is like an added benefit to bring this plant home.

7-Peace Lily

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It’s a beautiful plant which has deep dark green leaves and tall elegant white flowers. It’s the symbol of peace. Again it possesses all the qualities of removing toxins from the air and keeping the house humidifier. And moreover, it’s very easy to handle.

8-Dwarf Date Palm

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It is considered to be the best ever plant for removing toxins, it creates a refreshing ambience because of its strong main trunk and long fronds which grow to about 3 feet.

9-Rubber Plant

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You can choose this plant if there’s a lack of natural light at your place. It has great large leaves which look good at almost all the places.

It is especially good at removing formaldehyde, one of the most common toxins present in indoor air.

10-English Ivy

Source: House Plant Shop

A great air scrubber and humidifier, and don’t worry you can easily take care of this plant.

It seems beautiful in hanging baskets especially in your home gardens.

So if you believe in making your home a place full of positivity, joy and happiness, so first put some efforts to keep it pollutants free. Hence pick a plant today and bring it to your place!

Read Also: These 5 Indoor Plants will help you to sleep like a baby.

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Have you ever wondered why do we blow out Birthday Candles? https://www.procaffenation.com/have-you-ever-wondered-why-do-we-blow-out-birthday-candles/ https://www.procaffenation.com/have-you-ever-wondered-why-do-we-blow-out-birthday-candles/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:29:05 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28027 What comes to your mind when someone says birthday?– a delicious cake, is it?  Yeah, a delicious chocolate cake! The idea of celebrating a birthday with a cake has its origin since ancient Roman times. Well, there are many theories which are related to the origin of birthday candles. Let’s take a look at a …

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What comes to your mind when someone says birthday?– a delicious cake, is it?  Yeah, a delicious chocolate cake!

The idea of celebrating a birthday with a cake has its origin since ancient Roman times.

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Well, there are many theories which are related to the origin of birthday candles. Let’s take a look at a few of such stories:

Some think that the tradition might have started in Ancient Greece. Since then people used to bring cakes with lit-up candles on them directly to the temple of their almighty goddess Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. The candles were lit to make them glow like the moon, which is a popular symbol associated with Artemis.

Also, some people believe that the smoke which candles carry can carry their prayers to heaven. The current tradition of making a wish while blowing out the candles might have originated from that belief itself which made other people think that the smoke from the candles will carry their wishes and hopes directly to the almighty sitting there in heaven.

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Some others believe that the tradition of birthday candles started with the Germans. In 1746, Nikolaus Ludwig, A German critic, celebrated his birthday with a huge cake and of course a lot of candles and it was believed that the number of candles were put up according to the age of that person. Lighting candles around the cake is considered to be a sign of good luck. Thereafter, the German folks started celebrating their birthdays with cakes and candles, which they believed to be the ‘light of Life’.

Read Also: Why do people make a wish on their Birthdays?

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Night Skin Care Routine For A Healthy, Glowing and Redefined Skin https://www.procaffenation.com/night-skin-care-routine-for-a-healthy-glowing-and-redefined-skin/ https://www.procaffenation.com/night-skin-care-routine-for-a-healthy-glowing-and-redefined-skin/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:28:27 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28186 Your Skin is the largest organ in your body; it has an important role to play. This includes acting as a defence against any environmental factors and regulating temperature. All the functions that your skin performs are designed to help your body keep working properly. With that being said, here is a night time skin …

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Your Skin is the largest organ in your body; it has an important role to play. This includes acting as a defence against any environmental factors and regulating temperature. All the functions that your skin performs are designed to help your body keep working properly. With that being said, here is a night time skin care routine that will heal your skin tissues and give you desired results over time.

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1. Daily

Develop a Regime

You should wash your face two times a day: in the morning and at night. In the morning, you will be preparing your skin for moisturizer, sunscreen, and antioxidants. In the evening, you will be removing dirt and pollutants that accumulate throughout the day. You should remove all your makeup before going to bed; this will help your skin to breath and repair itself overnight.

Also, your pores can end up getting clogged from excess sebum and dirt that your face is exposed to. When you cleanse, it helps to keep your skin and pores looking its best. After cleaning your face, you should apply a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer and products that contain shea butter to prevent the early signs of aging. You will wake up looking and feeling more refreshed.

Slather Up

Your eyes have the thinnest skin in all the parts of your body, hence you should pay special attention to them. Treat this area with an eye cream containing growth factors, Vitamin C, and retinol to boost the production of collagen and skin thickness. Other areas that are vulnerable include your arms, hands, decolletage, and neck, which all display signs of aging and sun damage before other parts of your body. It is important to always apply moisturizer after showering when your skin tends to be most primed to absorb the moisturizer. Body oil locks in moisturizer and doesn’t leave you greasy.

Turn Down the Heat

Your skin will be less dry and healthier when you always keep water temperature warm instead of hot. The same principle applies when you are washing your hands: warm water will help you avoid flaking and scaling your skin. Additionally, limit the duration of your shower and pat the moisture from your skin using a soft towel rather than rubbing it.

Give Your Body Everything It Needs

Make sure you get enough sleep (preferably eight hours). The time spent when your body is shut down is often used to restore and repair your cellular tissues, which ensures their optimal vitality. Water flushes out toxins in your body while delivering key nutrients to your cells: stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also, eat clean to avoid any breakouts. Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables plus a diet that is low in sodium to prevent puffiness.

Always Wear Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen that has SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher on a daily basis. Sunscreen protects your skin from the UV rays, lowers your risk of getting cancer, prevents premature aging of your skin, keep your skin barrier healthy, and helps in maintaining an even skin tone.

 

2. Weekly

Exfoliate Using an At-Home Peel

You are probably already using your exfoliating cleanser 2 to 3 times every week to scrub the dead cells. However, to take your beautiful skin to the next level, gently exfoliate with a mixed alpha and beta hydroxy acid peel. This will remove all the dead skin cells and reveal the firm, glowing skin underneath.

Take Good Care of Your Tools

Pay attention to all the surfaces you come in contact with on a daily basis. Clean all your makeup brushes, pillowcases, and cellphone every week. This will ensure that you are not undoing all the TLC.

Stay Active

Exercise at least three times per week. Exercising increases your blood flow, which nourishes your skin cells, keeping them vital. Exercising also tightens your skin and reduces stress, hence minimizing breakouts. You should also fuel up once per week with a protein thigh in omega 3 fatty acids (ω−3 fatty acids) such as salmon and snack on walnuts and almonds, both of them prevent inflammation.

 

3. Monthly

Go for a Chemical Peel or In-Office Facial

If you can, set aside time once a month for an in-office treatment such as a facial or any other physician-strength procedure. A chemical peel is recommended; it exfoliates and minimizes dark spots to brighten your skin. It is an indulgence, but less intensive and expensive compared to trying to repair damage when it happens.

Get a Monthly Full Body Sugar Scrub

A body scrub is simply a skin care product, with a primary function of removing dead skin cells from your body through exfoliation and cleansing your skin as well as increasing your body’s blood circulation. To achieve this, the exfoliating component has to be abrasive enough, but not too strong, you might damage your healthy skin.

 

Don’t overuse a physical exfoliator as this can be drying. Stick to a scrub while showering once every month. Using circular motions, gently massage a moderate sugar scrub into your skin over your entire body. Make sure you pay attention to dry areas such as elbows and knees. You will feel your skin tingling: that’s a good sign indicating the scrub is now activating your circulation. You should then rinse it off and after you have dabbed yourself dry, it’s time to slather on your thick, body cream.

 

4. Yearly

Communicate With Your Dermatologist

Medical professionals recommend that you visit your dermatologist once every year. Your dermatologist can advise you on how to keep your skin healthy. If you are considering cosmetic treatments such as tightening procedures, fillers, or lasers, your dermatologist will help you to make a decision that will work best for you.

Go for a Yearly Skin Screening

Doctors recommend an annual skin cancer screen from your dermatologist. You do not have to wait until you notice something unusual on your skin. Skin cancer occurs at any stage, and that’s why routine checkups are crucial to your overall well being. Pay particular attention to your back and calve. These areas are prone to melanoma development in women.

Following this skin care routine will ensure that your skin keeps feeling and looking amazing for many years to come.

Read also – The 3 Korean Skin Care Trends You Need To Know About!

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Why do we crave Junk Food? https://www.procaffenation.com/why-do-we-crave-junk-food/ https://www.procaffenation.com/why-do-we-crave-junk-food/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:58:08 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27988 Eating habits have changed drastically since the beginning of time. Fast life demands fast food. The concept of a home cooked meal is slowly fading. Take-outs and online ordering have taken their toll on our lives. All of these places serve junk food. The more we eat, the more we crave. So, let’s talk about …

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Eating habits have changed drastically since the beginning of time. Fast life demands fast food. The concept of a home cooked meal is slowly fading. Take-outs and online ordering have taken their toll on our lives. All of these places serve junk food. The more we eat, the more we crave. So, let’s talk about one of the most important problems that Gen Alpha is facing:

What Is Junk Food?

Junk food refers to the high-calorie group of foods which contain high amounts of fat and sugar and very little protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This food contains high calories ideal for gaining weight. Pizza, burger, fries, cakes, candy, carbonated drinks, etc fall under this category.

What Causes The Craving?

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1. Orosensation:

This is basically how the food feels in your mouth. It is not just the taste but also the smell which gets you addicted to junk food.

2. Dynamic contrast:

This refers to the combination of different sensations in the same food. How something with an edible shell has a soft creamy thing inside. It is a perfect combination of a crackle with something soft. For example, a pizza has a thick slightly crispy crust with soft melted cheese on top. A perfect combination.

3. Salivary response:

Emulsified foods like butter, sauce, chocolate lead to an increase in the salivary levels which in turn heightens the taste perceived by your taste buds.

4. Memories:

Your brain might not remember anything you study a night before an exam but it will surely remember the wonderful taste of these junk foods. Once you eat a particular tasty food, the brain remembers the response that it created, and the next time you see, smell or even think about that particular food, those past memories are triggered.

5. Food that melts rapidly:

Some foodstuffs just melt in your mouth. And although that sensation might be one of the best sensations that you have experienced, it will never give you a sensation of being full. So you will go on eating more and more.

6. Sugar rush:

Food containing a high sugar content triggers the “pleasure center” of the brain, which leaves it asking for more.

7. Looks pleasing:

Imagine there’s a plate of roti and gavar sabzi and another plate of pizza kept in front of you. Which would look more appealing? Obviously pizza. Nobody in their right mind would choose Gavar over Pizza, right?

Source: Australasian Science

Major companies appoint special people and invest a lot of money in researching human responses to junk foods. They know exactly where to hit and how to market their products to make them look even more interesting. One should not feel guilty about hogging on junk once in a while. But making it a habit is definitely not good for one’s health.

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Harmful Effects Of Junk Food

Daily binging, over a period of time, will lead to obesity. And along with it, will come hundreds of other ailments like cardiac problems, increased cholesterol, polycystic ovarian syndrome and many more. The salt content in these foods is also high which is another risk factor for heart diseases. Research also says that there may be a connection to depression.

Behavior problems like hyperactivity can be seen in young children. Usually, these types of food are often so filling that there is no room for healthy food. This can lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially in kids.

How To Avoid Junk Food?

Now, this needs mutual efforts from our side as well as the government. In some countries, the government levies a heavy tax on these junk foods which makes it a bit difficult to afford. And secondly, the advertisements should be reduced. Kids are hooked on to television, which is the main source of advertisements. The ads are so attractive that children can’t help but demand the product.

At the individual level, the less we eat, the less we crave. It will be difficult to control in the beginning. But as you form the habit of eating healthy, it will get easier and easier. Avoid buying packaged foods. Buy yourself a nice dress or a day at the spa when you avoid junk food for a particular period of time. The reward method does help.

And the most important: learn to deal with your stress. Most of us turn to food for comfort every time we feel sad or angry. Find an alternative. Go jogging or dancing or read a book. Whatever helps.

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Read also- Pros And Cons Of A Ketogenic Diet

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The Sweater Weather: How to stay Healthy and Active during Fall https://www.procaffenation.com/stay-healthy-active-during-fall/ https://www.procaffenation.com/stay-healthy-active-during-fall/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:58:05 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28112 Summer has passed and the weather is getting colder by the day. However, this does not mean that we should remain indoors until the end of fall. Yes, we can no longer go to the seaside and surf all day, but there are other sets of activities that we can do. Staying active and healthy …

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Summer has passed and the weather is getting colder by the day. However, this does not mean that we should remain indoors until the end of fall.

Yes, we can no longer go to the seaside and surf all day, but there are other sets of activities that we can do. Staying active and healthy is around the year effort. Physical activity is the key to inner happiness, so we shouldn’t decrease exercise during the colder seasons such as fall or winter. There are hundreds of activities we might undertake, so we chose a few of the easiest ones to get started with.

Regular Exercise

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The end of the holiday season means that the number of scheduled tasks increases significantly. If you have children then the start of school means that those couple of free hours you had during the summer are long gone. Still, your weekly itinerary should allow enough time for regular physical exercise.

The intensity of the training season can be moderate. It can consist of a morning jog through the park or an hour of aerobics or weightlifting after work every other day. Whatever your workout consists of, make sure you exercise regularly.

Failing to do so will put your health in jeopardy. You were more active during the summer so a sudden stop of all activities cannot be good for your body’s metabolism.

Strengthen the Immune System

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The weather in October and November can be quite tricky, as cold spells are often followed by warm days with plenty of sunlight. This is perfect for the spreading of airborne viruses. Flu season reaches its peak at the beginning of fall, so be ready to apply countermeasures. The last thing you need is a fever and a pesky cough to stop you from working out. The immune system must be kept in excellent condition. Firstly, the food you eat should be rich in vitamins and nutrients.

These are predominantly found in fresh fruits and vegetables which can be purchased at the local greenmarket. Secondly, sleep is especially important since this is the actual time your organism recuperates and prepares for the hardships of a working day.

Maintaining a normal sleep cycle of around 7 hours a night contributes to a strong immune system. On the other hand, not enough sleep can lead to increased stress levels that will make you prone to all kinds of disease.

A Healthy Diet

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You might have noticed by now that overall health and exercise go hand in hand with proper food intake. The right diet will provide you with enough energy to stay active throughout the day. As in the case of regular exercise, time is a limiting factor.

That is why many people decide to order food and sign up for a food delivery program, rather than prepare it themselves. This too is a valid option, under the condition that these home delivered meals are rich in nutrients. Such meals are ready to eat immediately and are rich in proteins. A swift solution for an active diet during a slow season of the year.

Fall Cleaning

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Although spring cleaning is more popular, fall is also a season that requires a cleaning overhaul. Since you need exercise, this is the perfect opportunity to get it and do something useful for everybody living under the same roof as you. Start from inside the house by deep-cleaning each room and changing the furnace filter, or cleaning the chimney if you have one.

Don’t forget to check if your house is safe against the elements. Change any cracked or missing caulk around the doors and windows. This will probably require you to go to the hardware store, so you will have plenty of useful stuff to do in your free time.

The outside of the house should be maintained as well. Don’t be lazy and get the ladder to check if your gutter is free from heaps of leaves and other kinds of debris. If you have a garden, tend to it by planting new species or trimming the branches of trees. All the chores done around the garden are part of the overall preparation for the onset of winter.

Fall Festivals

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As people move back into urban settlements returning from their holidays,  the number of local festivals rise. Check the community’s and the municipality’s website to find out what is happening around you. If there is a good gig near you, drive there to listen to your favorite band.

After all, you have to wind off during fall as well. If you have a family, then look if the fair is in town and take the kids to it. You can plan a whole day of carnival ground fun for your loved ones. This will keep you active and more importantly, it will put a smile on your face.

Admittingly, fall is a slow season, but you can turn this to your benefit. Let festina lente, or “make haste slowly,” be your credo this fall!

Read Also:  Know about the amazing fashion trends of Autumn-Winter 2017

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The Key to Making Your Home Workouts not Boring https://www.procaffenation.com/the-key-to-making-your-home-workouts-not-boring/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-key-to-making-your-home-workouts-not-boring/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:24:20 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28105 Why do people go to the gym when they can exercise in the comfort of their home? This question has little to do with the equipment as it can be installed in anyone’s home, but it is an issue of motivation. People find it hard to exercise in a space their brain associated with relaxation, …

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Why do people go to the gym when they can exercise in the comfort of their home? This question has little to do with the equipment as it can be installed in anyone’s home, but it is an issue of motivation. People find it hard to exercise in a space their brain associated with relaxation, rather than intensive training. However, home workouts have numerous advantages over conventional gym exercise, if only you can start working out from the comfort of your home. If you are still reluctant to start, here are some problems to address and resolve.

Motivation

Every beginning is hard and nowhere is this truer than in fitness. The thing that actually makes that first step so hard is the lack of a clear goal. We should decide on a set program and adhere to it in the weeks and months to come. This program will have a goal in the form of weight loss or reaching a certain Body Mass Index. This way, we will be motivated to continue workout after workout as they are all not futile.

In addition, the sets of exercises can change after a while avoiding the danger of getting bored and subsequently quitting. It would be wise to consult an expert when drawing up this program. A fitness coach, a competent friend, or even the local gym owner can help us significantly. Also, be sure to include exercises that are just outright fun and you enjoy doing them, regardless of the effect.

Choice of music

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Talking of motivation, it is hard not to mention music. Nowadays, it is possible to listen to music using wireless headphones, so why not make use of that. It is the best pre-workout routine we can undertake. The music genre should be energetic, some pop to lift the spirits up or even rock to prepare us for an intensive workout. Make a custom playlist that will be readily available for exercise only. It can be listened to even during the workout as you can play it as loud as you can. After all, you’re in your own house or apartment.

Equipment

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Gyms are gyms primarily because of the equipment they possess; the atmosphere comes later as it is made by the clients. Your home too can be converted into a gym. The trick is to buy the equipment you are going to need. There is no point in buying a slatted gym bench if you are not going to do any weightlifting.

You may opt for more cardiac exercises, so you might need kettlebells, a squat box, or resistance bands. Another thing to aim for is purchasing good quality gym equipment that you can use in the years to come. You won’t have the full range of barbells, but the ones you have will be sturdy and long-lasting. The final touch can be placing an exercise mat that will make the whole area look more like a home gym. Plus, it is easier to use equipment such as a foam roller on it.

Buddy up

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We already discussed that high levels of motivation are crucial for successful home exercise. However, motivation will inevitably drop as time goes by, so you will need additional sources of it. One way to go is to find friends whom you can exercise with. This is a common practice in a professional gym, but there is no reason not to apply the same strategy at home. You are bound to have friends who share your passion for working out and are willing to assist you. A bit of healthy competition can’t hurt.

Dress properly

Although you are inside your home, working out does requires a change of clothes. Just as the exercise mat creates a physiological border between the “gym” and the home, so will proper clothing put you in the right mood. Workout wear will regulate your body temperature and help you achieve more. Another option is to wear these clothes even when you are not exercising so you will always be prepared to start.

Finally, when all these preconditions are met, you can start working out. Don’t regard this practice as something boring to get off the to-do list for that day, but rather as a challenge. By creating the right space, setting a schedule, and having the right equipment you will not be tempted to give up before you reach your fitness goals.

Read also – Pros And Cons Of A Ketogenic Diet

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A moving Love story : The moving statue https://www.procaffenation.com/a-moving-love-story-the-moving-statue/ https://www.procaffenation.com/a-moving-love-story-the-moving-statue/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:24:15 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27876   The story of moving statue Love is like a violin’s bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings.  As a result, the popular sculpture known as ” Man and Woman” depicts this monumental love.  The famous Georgian Artist, Tamara Kvesitadze is the mastermind of this creation. To begin with, the year 2010 saw …

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  The story of moving statue

Love is like a violin’s bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings.  As a result, the popular sculpture known as ” Man and Woman” depicts this monumental love.  The famous Georgian Artist, Tamara Kvesitadze is the mastermind of this creation.

To begin with, the year 2010 saw the creation of the statue. The seaside city of Batumi, Georgia possesses this distinguished moving statue. The fateful story of two lovers is remembered every day, as the clock strikes 7 in the evening. The moving statue is made of the metallic discs which slide towards each other,  merging into each other for short embrace after which they separate.

The heartwarming assimilation of the monument is clocked for 10 minutes coupled with warm colors adorning its beauty.

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The inspiration behind the creation

Inspiration was the foundation stone for this creation. The Novel, “Ali and Nino”,  narrates the story of a Muslim boy falling in love with the Georgian Princess.   Thus, the narration of their high school days to the battle and invasion of Soviet Russia weaves the story.

In conclusion, the narrative describes the struggle of love between religion, war, and customs.  The true identity of the author is unknown. However,  his pen name, “Kurban Said” holds his recognition. One of the legendary works of the 20th century embarks his novel.  Besides that, 30 different languages have adopted this story making it a worldwide sensation.

 

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A beloved spot for travelers

In 2012, Christopher Hampton announced to adapt the novel to produce a film. The formation of the monument ended within 10 months. This place is a bustling spot for couples and travelers filled with awe and admiration. The onlookers become teary-eyed as the magic of love and separation illuminates every day and the age-old story revives itself.

Read also: The Significance of the ‘Kindred Spirits’ Sculpture will surely move you to tears.

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5 Fascinating Mythical Creatures from North-East India https://www.procaffenation.com/5-fascinating-mythical-creatures-from-north-east-india/ https://www.procaffenation.com/5-fascinating-mythical-creatures-from-north-east-india/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:10:19 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27812 The North Eastern part of India is shrouded with mystery according to people of mainland India. It’s understandable for them to have a view like that because North East India is very different from other parts of India, be it the color of their skin or their culture. When people talk about the North East …

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The North Eastern part of India is shrouded with mystery according to people of mainland India. It’s understandable for them to have a view like that because North East India is very different from other parts of India, be it the color of their skin or their culture.

When people talk about the North East states they mainly mention the food, the people, and the picturesque view of the place along with the weather. But what people don’t know is that the North Eastern Indian states are much more than that. They have a rich history, myths, and legends of their own respective states.

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 In this article, we shall talk about some fascinating yet scary Mythical Creatures from the folktales of North East India. This research has become really tough now because there is almost no written documentation about these creatures. They live on as stories which are passed down from one generation to another.  

1. Pheiccham:

 Let’s start with the Land of Blue Mountains ‘Mizoram’. I am from Mizoram so all the mentioned stories have been narrated to me by my grandmother when I was little. Mizoram has a number of mythical creatures as compared to other states so I am just going to mention a few of them.

 Pheichham resembles a Goblin. It’s a creature with one leg. The interesting thing is, instead of bringing harm to people it brings them luck and fortune. According to stories, if a person has an encounter with a ‘Pheichham’ he should try to catch it from its leg and if the person succeeds, the ‘Pheichham’ will grant him his wish. The person gets three wishes in total. Till today, ‘catching a Pheichham’ is used to describe someone having immense luck and great fortune.

Illustrated by Taarika John
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2. Lasi:

Another one from the state of Mizoram. Lasi is basically the Mizo version of a ‘Fairy’.

According to stories, ‘Lasi’ is a very beautiful woman who seduces hunters. If a hunter falls in love with a Lasi, she will guide him in his hunting expeditions and will never go home empty-handed. He can also hunt any animal he wants because according to folklore, Lasi has full authority over animals. But there’s a catch! If the hunter tells anyone about his little affair with Lasi, he could die.

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According to a Mizo folktale “Chawngtinlerhi”, a Lasi falls in love with a hunter. Since they couldn’t be together, the hunter marries another woman and has kids. One day he decides to talk about his little affair to his wife which eventually leads to his death.

Most people interpret Lasi as something evil. If a hunter has an affair with a Lasi they call it “Lasi zawl”. The term is still used today in some parts of the village when a person has really good luck with hunting animals.

 

3. U Thlen\ Thlen:

This one is from the beautiful state of Meghalaya also referred to as “abode of clouds”. One of the most famous and scariest mythological creatures is from Meghalaya. It is locally known as U Thlen which translates to The Thlen in English. According to the people of Meghalaya, Thlen is a snake, a demonic snake and some people interpret it as an evil spirit that takes the form of a man-eating snake. The Thlen has a long history.

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Today, it is regarded as a powerful house spirit whom people often worship in return for untold riches.  Greedy people who are after money generally rear the Thlen in their houses.

The family then hirs a person called ‘nongshonoh’ who will be the one in charge of bringing the preys (which is human beings) to the Thlen as a sacrifice. The Thlen would bestow the family with richness in return.

We also see “nongshonoh” in Mizo folklores. Parents tell their kids stories about the nongshonoh in order to scare them and prevent them from doing bad things. Parents often say stuff like ‘The nongshonoh will come if u don’t finish your food’ or ‘Do not do this and that if u don’t want the nongshonoh to take you with him’

 4. Ban Jhakri:

This one is from the state of Sikkim which is the brother state of the seven sisters. Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali are the 3 Ethnic Groups of Sikkim. Nepalis form the majority of the population in Sikkim hence it seems like this particular legend is also borrowed from Nepal.

Ban Jhakri is a supernatural shaman of the forest. According to stories, it is a short and wild trickster who is also believed to be a descendant of the Sun.

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Ban Jhakri kidnaps kids (mostly boys between the age of 7-20) who he thinks have the potential to become great shamans. When their training is over, he drops them off at the same spot from where they were abducted.

If he finds any of his candidates to be impure in any way they are quickly released or sometimes given to his wife (the Ban Jhakrini) who desires to cannibalize them and eat them.

According to some people, they can be seen in our world and not just in the spirit world. But, only the powerful shamans can see the Ban Jhakri. Apparently, many Jhakris still exist in Sikkim but nobody has been able to confirm their existence.

5. Yeti/Grape-Frut:

This next one is from ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ Arunachal Pradesh. It seems like the state of Arunachal Pradesh shares the same story when it comes to the Himalayan Yeti. It is also commonly known as Grep-frut.

According to them, the Yeti is a giant abdominal snowman with a human face having a really long nose, glittering eyes and a conical forehead. It moves extremely fast and has a shrill cry. According to the tribal elders, the Yeti lives in a cave and eats the kernel of trees especially the Rachi and Nighori trees. But it also occasionally feasts on human beings if he manages to capture one.

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I was actually quite surprised while doing my research. Mainly because I’ve always heard about the stories of the Yeti but according to those stories and legends the Yeti had always lived in the mountains of the Himalayas. But a report from an explorer named Taylor who has spent six decades searching for the creature to prove the story of the village elders. According to him, he had ventured across the Himalayas, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh and from Nepal to Bhutan in search of the creature.

I think we can all agree from this that the North East States of India is much more than what meets the eye. It’s much more than just the food, the dance, the people or the culture. In fact, they have one of the richest histories in India.

 Disclaimer: The pictures used are just imaginary. It is based on what people think these creatures look like. Pictures are usually hard to find since there is no solid proof that they look a particular way.

Read Also:  Scary Mythical Creatures from around the World

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Some great Drinks to keep your Stress at bay! https://www.procaffenation.com/some-great-drinks-to-keep-your-stress-at-bay/ https://www.procaffenation.com/some-great-drinks-to-keep-your-stress-at-bay/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:03:13 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=28031 Stress! Yes, nobody, these days is free from the word stress. Stress is the manner in which your body responds to any situation or circumstance. In this modern world of extreme competition, everyone goes through some or the other kind of stress. There are many situations that can shoot up your stress levels, it can …

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Stress! Yes, nobody, these days is free from the word stress. Stress is the manner in which your body responds to any situation or circumstance.

In this modern world of extreme competition, everyone goes through some or the other kind of stress. There are many situations that can shoot up your stress levels, it can be some work-related stress, study-related stress, relationship stress, or it may be some socialistic stress.

Now how to deal with it –  You need to eat healthy food which can provide you with extreme energy levels to deal with your stress.

Here are some great drinks which can help to keep your stress at bay:

1. Milk:

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Everyone should consume a glass of milk every day because it contains a wide range of nutrients. The calcium and magnesium present in milk lower down the blood pressure and also helps to reduce stress levels. Moreover, it also contains tryptophan which gets converted into serotonin in your body and aids to relax your brain nerves. That ultimately improves your mood and relieve stress. From now on, try not to run away from milk.

2. Black Tea:

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If you consume a cup of black tea every day for 6 weeks, it will help you deal with the post-stress cortisol levels.

3. Water:

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Water is an essential element of our body which plays a vital role in the proper functioning of our body system. It helps to release the endorphins which are responsible for improving the mood of a person. The more you drink water, the more you will stay stress-free. It’s the key ingredient to stay away from all the stress.

4. Cherry Juice

Source: Healthline

If you are looking forward to having a peaceful sleep all night then you must drink 2 glasses of cherry juice a day which is like quite good to reduce the stress levels.

5. Green tea

Source: Nutrition Promise

As we all know green tea is quite good for reducing weight but it also helps to reduce stress. So there are more than one benefits of drinking green tea.

6. Fresh Vegetable Juice:

Source: Pine Dove Farm

What comes to your mind when you think of fresh vegetable juices? Bitter Gourd Juice, isn’t that right? 

Yes everyone cringes to have fresh vegetable juice but you never know how much it’s beneficial for your health.

It not only helps reduce your stress levels but also provides you with high quantities of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins which are essential for your health.

7. Valerian:

Source: Herbal Tea

Most of you must have not heard about this thing . But, Valerian is a popular medicinal herb that is often found in tea blends. It is quite popularly known for capabilities of reducing your nervousness and anxiety. It can prove to be the perfect drink for the ones who are having sleepless nights because of its ability to deal with insomnia.

8. Chamomile Tea: 

Source: Medical News Today

Chamomile tea! You know it’s a great medicinal herb. It heals your wounds quickly. It gives an immediate relief if you are in pain. It contains glycerine, which possesses relaxing properties.

So, the next time when you feel anxious and stressed make sure you drink any of the above-mentioned drinks so that you can feel relaxed and refreshing.

Read Also:  These 5 Home-made Juices will help you to lose weight.

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Unknown Indian Street Food that will impress your Taste Buds! https://www.procaffenation.com/unknown-indian-street-food-that-will-impress-your-taste-buds/ https://www.procaffenation.com/unknown-indian-street-food-that-will-impress-your-taste-buds/#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 19:19:31 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=23352 When it comes to delicious street foods, Indian Street Food will never fail to impress your taste buds. There are countless options for street food available at cheap rates. The fast foods are ready to eat food and are sold by vendors at public streets. Street foods are inexpensive so that people from economic classes …

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When it comes to delicious street foods, Indian Street Food will never fail to impress your taste buds. There are countless options for street food available at cheap rates.

The fast foods are ready to eat food and are sold by vendors at public streets. Street foods are inexpensive so that people from economic classes eat from these vendor and hawkers. But now people of any gender, caste, creed and economic status are passionate about street food. From Vada Pav to Aloo Chaat, from Aloo Chaat to Sevpuri, from Sevpuri to Panipuri the list is endless.

But, what if we tell you that there are many unknown Indian street foods which you’ve probably never even heard of?

Check out some of these –

1. Poha Jalebi

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It is one of the most famous delicacies of Indore as well as of Bhopal but it is quite unknown to many people. This street food can be found in every nook and corner of the city. People of Indore have an obsession over this fast food as it is eaten in breakfast. It is popular among the youngsters as it is quite pocket-friendly.

2. Dabeli

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Dabeli is a street dish sold on the streets of Gujarati towns. It is a popular snack originating from Kachchh region, Gujarat. This street food is like Vada Pav which is stuffed with spicy potato mixture with a garnishing of tamarind chutney and pomegranate.

3. Mutton Ghugni

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It is a Bengali brunch dish which is served with kachoris along the roadside. Ghugni is a spiced gram based curry with masala and onions. It is essentially a vegetarian dish but mutton chunks are added into it which is, the specialty of this particular street food.

4. Banarasi Tamatar ki Chaat

Source: The Hindu

It is a delicious street food from the holy city of Banaras. This chaat is very much popular on the street of Banaras as it has unique flavours of mashed pulpy tomatoes, boiled potatoes, and boiled peas topped with onions.

5. Palak Patta Chaat

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Palak Patta Chaat is a very famous chaat from North India. It is one of the best snacks to be served at tea time. The recipe includes fresh spinach dipped in besan batter, fried deep and then topped with curd, masala, and delicious chutney.

Read Also:  The Invention of your favorite Snack – Pani Puri

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10 Facts You Should Know About Your Teeth https://www.procaffenation.com/10-facts-you-should-know-about-your-teeth/ https://www.procaffenation.com/10-facts-you-should-know-about-your-teeth/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:10:10 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27970 Dental care and hygiene have been evolving over the years- new treatments, a range of tooth-care products and dentistry as a booming profession. Most of the talk about teeth is restricted to oral hygiene, but the human teeth have so many stories hidden inside the gums. Here are 10 fun facts you should absolutely know …

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Dental care and hygiene have been evolving over the years- new treatments, a range of tooth-care products and dentistry as a booming profession.

Most of the talk about teeth is restricted to oral hygiene, but the human teeth have so many stories hidden inside the gums. Here are 10 fun facts you should absolutely know about your teeth!

1. Dentistry dates back to 500 BC

Source: Pacific Science Center

The Greeks made the first toothpaste using iron rust and coral powder, and tree twigs were used as toothbrushes.

2.  No two human teeth are alike

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Yes, add your ‘tooth-print’ next to your fingerprint. Even identical twins do not have the same teeth, and this is why dental records are used for the identification of bodies.

3.  Your teeth are naturally slightly yellow.

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Next time you buy that extra-whitening toothpaste, think twice.

4. Your teeth are like icebergs.

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Only two-thirds of each of your tooth can be seen, as the remaining one-third is implanted in the gums.

5. Saliva is your best friend

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Saliva does not help in just digestion but is the number one life of defense against germs. It is more important than your tooth-brush or floss.

6. You produce enough saliva in your lifetime to fill two swimming pools.

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A whopping amount of around 23,600 liters!

7. Your enamel is the hardest part of your body

via- www.houstonspediatricdentist.com

It is more difficult to fracture your tooth than your skull. Though both bones and enamel are made of calcium, enamel has special proteins that give it special powers.

8. Your teeth grow before you’re born

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Unlike common belief, the teeth of babies don’t grow from birth to the time of teething (around 8 months).  In fact, the teeth are formed in the womb itself and appear later.

9. Spit your toothpaste, don’t rinse

via- www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Doctors state that merely spitting the toothpaste is efficient as it allows some amount of fluoride to remain in your teeth. Fluoride is an extremely effective germ-killer.

10. Good teeth mean good health

via- www.worldartsme.com

Oral hygiene is considered an indicator of overall good health. Some research studies have shown that higher level of gum diseases also come with high levels of heart diseases and diabetes.

Read Also: The Most Astonishing Fact- A Snail has 14,000 Teeth?

 

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MISCONCEPTION: 6 French things that are actually not ‘French’! https://www.procaffenation.com/french-things-know-are-actually-not-french/ https://www.procaffenation.com/french-things-know-are-actually-not-french/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:23:27 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27713 Bread, breakfast foods, hairstyles —many names come to thought when anyone states France. However, just so you know, most of the stuff that you believe to be ‘French’ was neither here nor there related to France. Thus take off that braid hairstyle, put down the fries, and get ready to be astounded by everything that …

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Bread, breakfast foods, hairstyles —many names come to thought when anyone states France. However, just so you know, most of the stuff that you believe to be ‘French’ was neither here nor there related to France.

Thus take off that braid hairstyle, put down the fries, and get ready to be astounded by everything that till now you considered to be French.

1. The French Kissing

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It’s acknowledged as the misconception that French kissing is first practiced in France. All things considered, it’s in that spot in the name itself.

However, specialists approve that kissing with the tongue ain’t at any chance a custom from France. The kiss is first said in writing in the Kama Sutra, a well-known book that was composed even before when France was known as a country. The kiss dates to the 5th century BC (at least).

2. French Toast

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Ugh, Every one of those Sunday breakfasts was a lie! The delightful, syrup-ed bread meal you grasp as your favorite snack isn’t from France in any way.

As per legend, the cutting edge modification to the toast recipe was introduced by an owner in Albany, New York, identified as Joseph French. In 1724, he started making this dish for people, and the meal rapidly got on. The rendition of the famous dish eaten today ain’t named for the nation however for Joseph French.

3. French Manicure

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The popular white-tip nail treatment or manicure was introduced by Max Factor, a well known Hollywood cosmetician. This white-tip nail art was famous for quite a long time before it was known to be a custom from France while in the 1970s, Jeff Pink used it as a style like Max Factor’s to make a characteristic nail appearance. He was requested to rehash the procedure on the Paris Fashion runways. Consequently, the design rapidly got on as the ‘French’ manicure.

The look has been connected to styles from  France beginning that point onward, however, it was initially developed miles away in California.

4. French Braid

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Such plaits/braids are into existence from the antiquated Greek culture — when ladies wearing twist braid styles were portrayed in craftsmanship and also in old Africa — when the workmanship indicates these braid styles which are 6,000 years of age.

In 1871, in a short story shared in Arthur’s Home Magazine, a spouse advises his better half to make up her hair in “that new French braid.” The twist braid style has been related to France from that point forward.

5. French Fries

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No, no… French fries ain’t a meal originating in France! Potato fries were literally produced in Belgium, yet “Belgian fries” doesn’t move off the tongue much easier.

Amid World War I, US Warriors positioned in Belgium tested the fries and came up with this name for the potato fries since Belgium’s legitimate dialect was French.

6. Croissant

 

 

 

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The Croissant is one of the primary things that individuals consider when they consider France. It’s so classically a traditional dish of France that the croissant is for all intents and purposes utilized as an image of the nation. Be that as it may, this flaky, rich, baked good isn’t from the Fashion Nation. Not in any way.

 The croissant was originated in Austria, and it is recognized as a kipfel there. This is a baked item made with loads of spread or fat, at times sprinkled with almonds and sugar, and certainly the progenitor of the cutting edge croissant.

Read Also: 5 Things we owe to the French Revolution

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Why is Mumbai more happening than before? https://www.procaffenation.com/why-is-mumbai-more-happening-than-before/ https://www.procaffenation.com/why-is-mumbai-more-happening-than-before/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:18:18 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27927 Be it just sitting at Marine Drive, dreaming while the waves hit the shore creating a Symphony which makes life seem perfect or Partying all night long in the Clubs, Mumbai rarely fails to be the heartbeat of the Country. The City of Dreams, often known for its Bollywood Glam, Fast Paced living, and the …

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Be it just sitting at Marine Drive, dreaming while the waves hit the shore creating a Symphony which makes life seem perfect or Partying all night long in the Clubs, Mumbai rarely fails to be the heartbeat of the Country.

The City of Dreams, often known for its Bollywood Glam, Fast Paced living, and the Nightlife has been a point of interest to many Travellers around the world.

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In a Country like India, which is home to many diversified cultures, Mumbai is the only City known for celebrating almost each one of them. You might have heard people saying that they wish to visit Mumbai at least once in their lifetime.

What is it that makes this city a dream for everyone? Is it about the success stories or about the glamour?

Whatever it is, one thing I know for sure is that it has something to do with the happening culture which never lets the city sleep!

If you’re not into mainstream Parties which generally means Clubbing, and you find it difficult to plan your weekends, you are definitely not aware that Mumbai now has a lot of House Parties for you where you can make real-time connections and do what you’d love to do.

Yes, you read that right! And if you’re the mainstream kind, we would still recommend you to give these kinda parties a shot!

In the recent times when it is difficult to have a great time in the overcrowded Pubs on Saturday Nights, many people have moved to a new and exciting concept known as House Parties. These house parties are generally…

1. Open Mic Nights

 

This is an open space where individuals come together and share their Poetries, Stories, and Jokes. The mic is open to all and people can opt to perform or not perform based on what their interests are.

2. Movie Nights

A lot of Mumbaikars have opened their houses for strangers and have opted for  Movie Nights House Parties instead of the mainstream club hopping. (The same goes for the Sports Screening)

3. Paint Parties

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A lot of artists come together in one common place and have their very own in-house artistic party! People paint, create and do some amazing stuff which might interest you if you are in love with colors.

4. Poetry/Music Jamming

Sessions where you have a small audience and a cosy place to perform, engage and interact.

There are many things one can do at a House Party and I know for sure that this city is now more happening than ever before because of these House Parties.

Many real-time connections, many fun activities, much more laughter, and of course many new friends. All your friends were strangers once, right?

Now, let’s move on to the bigger question: From where do I gather information about such house-parties?

There’s a website known as Playace.co

This Website enlists fun House Parties and it came to my rescue when I was done going to the clubs and wanted something real to cross my path. One must try attending one of the House Parties listed on their website to get the essence of a real-life gathering. There’s a lot one can do on Playace. It also allows you to host Intimate House Parties.

Read Also: History of the City that never sleeps- Mumbai

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How to Turn Your Backyard into a Lovely Oasis? https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-lovely-oasis/ https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-lovely-oasis/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:44:21 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27871 If you’re one of those people who love spending time outside enjoying the fresh air and the serenity of nature, you’ll definitely want to hear what we have to say. Instead of letting your backyard look messy and neglected, you should find a way to turn it into a lovely oasis that you and your …

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If you’re one of those people who love spending time outside enjoying the fresh air and the serenity of nature, you’ll definitely want to hear what we have to say. Instead of letting your backyard look messy and neglected, you should find a way to turn it into a lovely oasis that you and your family will simply adore. Here are some useful tips on how to achieve this quickly and without paying a fortune for it. Good luck!

Redesign your Patio

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If you’re not sure how to begin your total backyard overhaul, remodeling your patio seems like the best choice. First, you should invest in quality furniture which will be weather-resistant and at the same time look absolutely sophisticated and chic.

For instance, wicker items have been shown to be one of the most popular options. Their low-maintenance quality and durability together with that special rustic feel create a perfect combination for every patio, and can easily match different design solutions. However, if you prefer the contemporary industrial style, wrought iron chairs are what you’re looking for. You just need to be aware that this kind of material requires a little bit more care to keep it in good shape and prevent rusting.

Build an Outdoor Kitchen

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The next step to creating a real oasis in your backyard is building an outdoor kitchen and dining area. We guarantee you that this will become your favorite spot for hanging out with your friends and organizing crazy summer parties.

All you need is a nice grill, some storage space, a small refrigerator and a countertop where you can dice the meat, mix spices and prepare delicious meals. On top of that, you can always enhance this outdoor dining experience further by adding a bar to your kitchen as well. Here, you can serve tap beer and try out new cocktail recipes. Cheers!

An Outdoor Bathroom is a must

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Aside from creating an outdoor kitchen area, you can expand your bathroom and enjoy long baths surrounded by trees and colorful flowers. If you like the sound of this, think about opting for a luxury spa which will be perfect for relaxation and in-water exercises.

Moreover, you can always add a few scented candles or bring out lavender essential oils to surprise your partner and spend a romantic evening in your outdoor oasis. Finally, if you have kids, this will help you encourage them to be more physically active. We are sure that they will be thrilled to jump into the hot tub and spend hours swimming and playing with their rubber toys.

Grow a small Organic Garden

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Apart from ensuring that your backyard looks fabulous, you should make good use of it and grow your personal veggie garden. You can use decorative stones to surround separate beds and create nice paths between them. Not only will your garden look interesting and unusual this way, but you’ll be able to stroll freely through it without getting your shoes muddy and wet. All you need to do is pick your favorite vegetables, buy the seeds and research on how to grow them properly. Don’t forget that gardening has been proven to be an extremely beneficial hobby, both for our mind and our body.

Ensure Privacy

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If you live in a densely populated area, you must have learned to value privacy above anything else by now. So, if you really want to turn your backyard into a lovely oasis, you have to find a way to prevent your nosy neighbors and passers-by from constantly disturbing your peace and spoiling all the fun.

For example, you can use greenery as a natural screen and grow different kinds of shrubs and trees all over the place. On top of that, a lattice fence around your patio can be the right way to go, especially if you grow a flowering vine which will make it look more inviting and less intruding than a regular wooden one. Lastly, if you appreciate Asian design ideas, you can go for opaque acrylic panels and place them around your dining area to create an intimate space and evoke that special homey vibe.

As you can see, transforming your backyard into your own sanctuary can be really simple and cost-effective. All it takes is the readiness to think outside the box and pamper yourself with a nicely decorated patio, fabulous bar, and a fancy outdoor bathroom. Enjoy your new home!

Read Also: 5 Things you need to do once you buy a new House

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How to Upgrade your Boyfriend’s Fashion Sense? https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-upgrade-your-boyfriends-fashion-sense/ https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-upgrade-your-boyfriends-fashion-sense/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 18:53:57 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27901 You’ve found a great guy.  You love the same restaurants, he’s a good listener, you both love to travel, he opens the door for you, he makes you laugh…he’s perfect!  Well, almost perfect. There’s just that one little thing – his style. You really want to do a boyfriend makeover.  If he has a definite …

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You’ve found a great guy.  You love the same restaurants, he’s a good listener, you both love to travel, he opens the door for you, he makes you laugh…he’s perfect!  Well, almost perfect. There’s just that one little thing – his style.

You really want to do a boyfriend makeover.  If he has a definite “look” he prefers (that you really don’t), then you may have your work cut out for you in this department.  And honestly, if that’s the only thing “wrong” about him, don’t let that be a deal breaker!

But if he’s a guy who is just kind of clueless about fashion, there are ways to nudge him in the right style direction. All it takes is a proper game plan, and we’ve gathered some tips that’ll help make even the most fashion-challenged man become runway ready.

TIP 1:  KEEP IT POSITIVE

The last thing you want to do is criticize everything you hate about his style. Don’t be that girl, or you may end up without a boyfriend. Instead, keep all your comments positive and build him up.  Every time he wears something you like, compliment him. You don’t need to gush over every item that meets your approval, but giving him a verbal thumbs-up on what he’s doing “right” sends him the message.

Basically, just play up the things he wears that you love, and make no comment on the things you don’t. When he wears the leather jacket that you love, make sure he knows it. He’ll likely start wearing those things more often, feeling more confident in the clothes you like, because you’ve made him feel good about wearing them.  

TIP 2:  MAKE SUGGESTIONS

It may be the case that your guy doesn’t really know where to start when it comes to fashion or how to pull off a certain look. If he’s up for it, go shopping together.

You don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe in one day—just pick a clothing store or two, and browse together. Make suggestions to steer him in the right direction so he knows what to look for in the future. Maybe have a mental list of things you’d like to see him in and test out how open he is to your ideas.

Pick out some clothes you like and ask him to give you a dressing room fashion show (bonus points if he’s a good sport about this). Certain must-have accessories come to mind as well, such as watches. Watches are the only “jewelry” a lot of men wear, so help him pick out a quality statement piece.  As for shoes, he should have at least one dressy pair for work and special occasions and a nice pair of casual shoes that are comfortable for everyday use. And of course, a snazzy pair of sunglasses can add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

TIP #3:  COMPROMISE

You can’t expect him to fully adapt to your style.  He’s not your dress-up doll after all. You can make suggestions, and guide him towards your fashion tastes, but don’t get frustrated when he doesn’t like everything you like.

 He’s allowed to have his own style choices, just as you are allowed yours. So maybe he ends up with a wardrobe that is a blend of your style and his, which is not a bad thing at all.  Let him keep that old college t-shirt he loves or those worn-out shorts you hate but he loves because they’re comfy.

The bottom line is you chose him for who he is and not for what he wears. If your guy is absolutely not a shopper (which is probably the main reason why men lack style), you could even see if he’s open to you doing it for him.  Don’t overwhelm him with 10 bags of clothes that turn him into the ultimate hipster when he’s more of an athletic guy.

So, you can find a few pieces you think he’ll like and see if he wants to incorporate them into his closet. Slowly but surely, you’ll be adding key style pieces to his wardrobe without him feeling like you’re dressing him.    

And finally, think beyond the clothing and accessories.  Never underestimate the power of a good haircut or beard trim. Something as simple could have a huge impact on your man’s overall appearance, and turn him into the total stud you always knew he was!

Read also – 5 Amazing Life Saving Fashion Hacks

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History of the City that Never Sleeps: Mumbai https://www.procaffenation.com/history-of-the-city-that-never-sleeps-mumbai/ https://www.procaffenation.com/history-of-the-city-that-never-sleeps-mumbai/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:44:49 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27711 Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, the city which is home to people of all races and religions. People from all over India come to Mumbai, filled with hope. It is considered the place where all your dreams come true. But not many of them bother to know about the history of this millennial city. …

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Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, the city which is home to people of all races and religions. People from all over India come to Mumbai, filled with hope. It is considered the place where all your dreams come true. But not many of them bother to know about the history of this millennial city.

How was Mumbai Formed?

Seven islands: Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, Old Woman’s Island, came together to form the city that it is today.

In 1784, the Hornby Vellard project was initiated to join these islands. By 1838, the Mumbai as it is today was formed. The seven islands were known as Heptanesia, which is Greek for “a cluster of seven islands”.

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Since the Stone Age?

Evidence suggests that Mumbai was inhabited by humans since as early as the stone age period. Kolis, a Marathi fishing community were the first inhabitants of this island. They were Dravidians and they practiced the religion of animism under the reign of Emperor Ashoka.

Later, a number of empires gained and lost control over the city. Some of them were Mauryas, Satavahanas, Abhiras, Vakatakas, Silharas and many more. The Mauryas brought Hinduism and Buddhism. Finally, the Muslims of Gujarat handed over Mumbai to the Portuguese viceroy Nuno Da Cunha by the Treaty of Bassein in 1534.

By the end of 17th century, it was the Mughals turn to invade Mumbai.

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The name Bombay came from the Portuguese word Bomb Bahia, which means “good bay”. This happened when the Portuguese explorer, Francisco de Almeida’s ship sailed into the Mumbai harbor.

The Portuguese

The Portugal rule in Bombay lasted from 1534-1661. One of the oldest churches in Bombay, the St, Michael church, was built by the Portuguese. So was the St Andrew church in Bandra.

They were all for intercaste marriages and encouraged the locals to bond with the Portuguese. They even tried to convince the Koli, Kunbi, and Kumbhars residing in Mahim, Worli, and Bassein, to convert to Christianity.

While the Portuguese were busy focusing on Mumbai, their country was taken over by Spain in 1580. This gave access to other European nations to Mumbai.

The first to arrive were the Dutch, followed by the British. Bombay was given as a dowry to the British when Catherine of Portugal married Charles II of England.

The British

Abraham Shipman was the first Governor of Bombay and he arrived with his fleet. But the Portuguese governor refused to give up Bombay, not allowing the British fleet to land over there.

After Shipman’s death his successor, Humphrey Cooke, took over Bombay but, Salsette, Mazgaon, Parel, Worli, Sion, Dharavi and Wadala still remained under the Portuguese.

Later, Cooke finally acquired Mahim, Sion, Dharavi, and Wadala. According to the Royal Charter of 27 March 1668, on 21 September 1668,  Charles II gave away Bombay to the English East India Company for an annual rent of £10. Under their reign, warehouses and quays were constructed.

Due to the arrival of many Indian and British merchants, the trades increased. The British ruled over Bombay till 1947.

How Bombay became Mumbai?

In the year 1995 Shiv Sena, the Hindu party came into power. They wanted to strengthen the Maratha community. It was their belief that Bombay was an unwanted legacy of the British rule. They named it Mumbai after the goddess Mumbadevi. The original people of Mumbai, the Kolis used to worship her.

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The national government was unhappy with this change as they believed it would lead to the loss of Bombay’s international identity.

In spite of that, the change did happen and all federal agencies, newspapers were made to adopt the change.

Mumbai, the city that was ruled by numerous leaders, experienced drastic changes, which not only helped it to prosper but also made it the business capital of India.

Every ruler helped to make the Mumbai as we know and love. It is true that once you stay in this city, you will never feel like living anywhere else.

Read also: This Person is credited for inventing Mumbai’s famous Vada pav

 

 

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5 Things you Need to do once you Buy a New House https://www.procaffenation.com/5-things-to-do-once-you-buy-a-new-house/ https://www.procaffenation.com/5-things-to-do-once-you-buy-a-new-house/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:11:03 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27806 Buying a new house is always exciting, but it does not come without extra work. Once you are in, it’s time to adjust the space according to your aesthetic taste. That means buying new furniture, new appliances, but also essentials that many people miss. Here is a list of the 5 things you have to …

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Buying a new house is always exciting, but it does not come without extra work. Once you are in, it’s time to adjust the space according to your aesthetic taste. That means buying new furniture, new appliances, but also essentials that many people miss. Here is a list of the 5 things you have to do as soon as you cross the doorstep of your new home.

1. Changing the Locks

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Decorations are nice, but first things first. Safety should be your primary concern, which means changing the locks. Even if you personally know the previous owners and trust them, you still should get a new pair of keys. Perhaps somebody, unknown to them, made copies and now has access to the house where you live. A new lock is inexpensive so change it the very second you move in!

2. Check the Plumbing and Wiring

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You don’t want your house to get flooded or go up in flames, do you? Then be sure to check and the pipes and cables that run through it, under it, and over it.

This is something that real estate agents never bother to inspect and the previous owners usually aren’t aware of the situation. Go to the bathroom, kitchen and the basement to check for leaks in the pipes. Mold and an unpleasant smell are a tell-tale sign of a leak. If you spot one, call the plumbers immediately to fix it. The same goes for electric wiring, check that there aren’t any sparks and that the voltage is even in all sockets.

If you are buying an old property, perhaps it is wise to change the entire wiring in advance. Old electric wiring is one of the main causes of house fires in Australia.

3. Home theatre

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Once the house is secure from external and internal threats, it is time to make the house truly your own. Setting up a theatre system will ensure that you have full control of the entire space so you can start having fun. The TV set goes into the living room, paired up with a gaming system. However, keep in mind that cable signal can be flickery, especially in remote areas, such as the Australian Outback.

Even in cities, it is wiser to use antennas which guarantee free channels, better visual quality and are weather-proof. The process of antenna installation in Sydney is rather simple and does not require nearly as much money as you might think. Also, for a home entertainment system, a simple roof antenna is sufficient enough.

4. Clean up the house

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Even if you are the first owner, the place you are going to live has to be cleaned thoroughly. Whether you do it yourself or you hire an agency to do it, this action should not be omitted or left for later. If you do it on your own or with the help of friends, be sure to gear up: buckets, mops, chemicals, vacuum cleaners, rubber gloves etc. Scrub every nook and cranny of the house, including inside the cabinets, the window sill, the basement, and the attic, if there is one. Be sure to steam clean the carpets as well, that is the only way to deep clean it.

5. Pest control

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In today’s world, animals, even wild ones, live alongside people. You will definitely come across some in your house, so their population needs to be controlled.

This can be done on your own, which we do not recommend, as calling pest control is an effortless solution that won’t cost you much. Most common animals that you will encounter are rats, mice, cockroaches, termites, stink bugs etc. Another living threat can come from above in the form of pigeons, bats, and pesky mosquitoes. If they live in large numbers around your house, then you might consider installing window screens. This way you won’t be in the situation to chase out bats from your living room in the middle of the night.

There are many more additions that you can make to your home. Prioritizing is essential, and these five steps really ought to be taken first before anything else. A secure environment in which you can have fun provides the basis for everything else to come.

Read Also: Top 8 Insanely Easy DIYs for your Home

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Father- Daughter Bonding Ideas https://www.procaffenation.com/father-daughter-bonding-ideas/ https://www.procaffenation.com/father-daughter-bonding-ideas/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:50:25 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27797 The bond between fathers and daughters is unique and unlike any other. Dads love their little princesses more than anything else in the world, and daughters know that their dads will always be there for them. However, as strong as that bond is, every bond needs to be nurtured. Depending on your daughter’s age and …

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The bond between fathers and daughters is unique and unlike any other. Dads love their little princesses more than anything else in the world, and daughters know that their dads will always be there for them.

However, as strong as that bond is, every bond needs to be nurtured. Depending on your daughter’s age and personality, she might not like every idea you come up with. However, it’s the effort that counts, so here are a few ideas that might inspire you.

1. Go on a Bike Ride

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If you are a proud dad whose daughter has just conquered the training wheels and can now ride a bike on her own, use that opportunity to introduce her to your environment. Go on a bike ride, explore the outdoors, and spend some quality time together. You can organize a picnic in the park when you get tired, and you can get some memorable photos that you will surely cherish for a long time.

2. Prepare a Meal together

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It’s never too early to start learning how to take care of yourself and knowing how to prepare an actual meal falls into that category. No matter if it’s just eggs with ham or something a bit more complicated, your daughter will learn not only how to make something for herself but also how good it feels to be able to prepare something for others as well.

3. Talk about Boys

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It might be one of the more difficult subjects for most dads, but it doesn’t have to be awkward at all. If your daughter is starting to show interest in boys, there are probably many things she’s curious about. Plus, it’s better to start these kinds of conversations before she actually finds her first boyfriend, because you can steer her in the right direction and give her a better idea of what to expect. Just be careful not to stereotype boys – you want her to stay interested in them, but you also want her to know how to recognize when a boy is not worth her time.

4. Surprise each other

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Small surprises make our lives more dynamic and cheerful, and what a better way to surprise each other than with a nice gift. Your spouse can play a role in this as well; you can ask your wife to secretly find out what your daughter would like to get, and later, for Father’s Day, she can help your daughter pick one of the many interesting Father’s Day gifts as well. Moreover, you can later spend some time together picking or making a nice gift for the mom as well.

5. Teach her

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This depends on your daughter’s skills and interests, but if there is something she’s interested in that you are good at, use that opportunity to spend some quality time together. For example, if she’s into sports, encourage her and play with her. If she likes to draw or paint and you happen to be good at painting, teach her some useful techniques. Finally, when the time comes to learn how to drive, you can be the best driving instructor she could hope for. There are many things dads can teach their daughters, you just need to pay attention to what she needs.

6. Seek her Opinion

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One of the best ways to bond with your daughter is to show her that you value her thoughts and opinions. You can do this by asking for her opinion on matters that you both care about. For instance, you can ask her what she thinks about your new outfit, your new recipe, or that new movie that just came out.

Additionally, dads usually think that their daughters don’t care about their new car or tool, but that’s very often stereotyping. Even if they are not interested in the car properties, they can still give you their opinion on the color, fabrics, comfort, etc. You just need to approach the subject in the right way.

Next to all the responsibilities that grown-ups have, sometimes it’s hard to find enough time to spend with those we love the most. However, it’s now how much time you spend together but how well you spend it.

So, make the most of your time by doing activities that are fun for both of you, learning about each other, and learning from each other. This way, you can rest assured that even after she grows up and moves out, she will still love spending time with her old man.

Read Also: What does your baby think about?

 

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Types and Transformations of Paani Puri around the World https://www.procaffenation.com/types-and-transformations-of-paani-puri-around-the-world/ https://www.procaffenation.com/types-and-transformations-of-paani-puri-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:49:26 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27627 If food is the Emotion, then Pani puri is its interjection. There is something comforting when we talk about the small mouth-watering crispy pockets made of wheat flour or semolina served with deliciously spicy stuffings and a little tangy water. This lip-smacking blend of various flavors gives it a magically twisted taste and makes every …

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If food is the Emotion, then Pani puri is its interjection. There is something comforting when we talk about the small mouth-watering crispy pockets made of wheat flour or semolina served with deliciously spicy stuffings and a little tangy water.

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This lip-smacking blend of various flavors gives it a magically twisted taste and makes every Indian heart skip a beat.

In fact, it is a much-loved delicacy savored by everyone around the world. This appetizer is a manifestation of simple joy for people.

In India, Pani puri is called by different names in different states and is also served with various different ingredients.  Each region has its own twist to the dish with different flavored water. Let’s have a look at the common variants of our all-time favorite dish:

1. Pani Puri

It is made up of hot ragada curry or white chickpeas along with a blend of spicy chutney and a little tangy water. It is served differently in different places.

In Gujarat, grams/ boiled moongs are added to the stuffing. In MP, mashed potatoes are added but there is no boondi in the water served with pani puri. In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, onions are mixed with the normal stuffing.

2. Gup Chup

 This type of pani puri is mostly found in Chattisgarh, Telangana, Hyderabad, Odisha, South Jharkhand, etc.

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The name “Gup Chup” is because of the interesting sound the pani puri makes when the small crisp breaks into our mouths.

Unlike normal Panipuris, it does not contain potatoes. Rather, it consists of white chickpeas served with tangy water and onions are added to taste.

3. Pakodi

It is known as Pakodi in Gujarat. It is the perfect Khatta-Meetha combination snack in here. Green chilly, mint leaves, onions, sweet chutney are the additions made to our favorite lip-smacking Pakodi.

Apart from this, what’s additional here is the “Sev” for all the Gujju food lovers!

4. Patashi/ Batashe

 People in Rajasthan, Haryana, and parts of UP call our all-time favorite food item Patashi. The stuffing here consists of potato, gram, and chickpeas.

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 It is served with less tangy water and this water is made up from dry mangoes and spices are added to taste.

You can find the most famous Patashi in Hazaratganj, Lucknow. The place here is famously known as “Paanch Swaad ke Batashe”

5. Dahi Puri

Dahi puri is a type originated by the Mumbaikars and the people living in Delhi and is now available all across India.

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Instead of the tangy water thick curd is used with the sweet chutney. It provides a different blend to the appetizer altogether.

6. Sev Puri

Well, another variant of Pani Puri commonly available in cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad.

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This type of Pani Puri consists of mashed potatoes mixed with onions, garlic, chilies, and tamarind added to the evergreen Gujarati food item “Sev”. Seasoned with pomegranate seeds and a hint of lemon which brings in a tangy flavor and a bit of chaat masala sprinkled on it to top it all off.

7. Phuchka

Pani puri is known as Phuchka in West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Bangladesh, etc. This is the most famous street food available in these local markets. The stuffing here is made up of boiled grams, green chilies, tamarind and mashed potatoes with spicy water and tangy chutney.

The puffy mini puris served here are a bit darker in color and bigger in size as compared to the other ones.

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Apart from these normal flavored pani puris, there are some kickass transformations you would love to know about:

1.    Chocolate Golgappe:

Imagine your favorite spicy food-item available in a whole new avatar. Chocolate Golgappa is a dessert form of panipuri.

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It is a chocolate coated puri filled with fruits and whipped cream. The water to dip in is a perfect blend of betel leaf, fennel seeds, and vanilla ice cream.

The water dip is served in small shot glasses filled with a coffee milkshake with the stuffed puris gracefully placed on the top of each glass and served.

For all the chocolate lovers out there, this is a must try!

2.     Fruit Panipuri:

Perfect for fruit lovers, this unique pani puri provides a zesty taste of fruits in the soulful street food.

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The mashed potatoes here are replaced with chopped fruits and the tangy water is replaced with a fruity liquid. The fruity flavors of orange juice and apple juice are served with the fruit stuffed puris. It is a perfect tastemaker snack.

3.   Pani Puri with Black Grapes:

The pani in this recipe is tasty and is made healthy by using black grape juice instead of our regular tamarind water.

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The combination of mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilies along with grape juice enhances its flavor and unusualness. 

4.   Thai Pani Puri:

 The traditional puri stuffings are replaced with mixed vegetables dipped in coconut sauce.

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 It is garnished with fresh spring onions. These puris are crispy from outside and creamy from inside with an exciting texture and finger-licking taste.

5.    Pizza Pani Puri:

Imagine two of our favorite food items merged into one!

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 Byte size pizza in golgappa is a very innovative snack best served as starters. The stuffing consists of capsicum, onions, olives with pizza sauces and seasonings in accordance with the taste.

It is then garnished with the heart of pizza i.e. Cheese. This is must try for all the Pizza lovers, you’re just gonna love this mini one bite pizza.

 Pani Puri has truly crossed all geographic boundaries and is becoming famous throughout the world. Here is how it is served in different parts of the USA:

 

1.     Healthy Panipuri:

There is a healthier take on Indian staples in Los Angeles. Here, it is stuffed with sprouted mung beans and house-made chutneys. And unlike the tamarind water, cumin and mint infused water is made to dip the puri in. You can find this is in a very famous café there named “The Bombay Café”.

 2.  Vodka Panipuri:

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Panipuri is served as part cocktail and part snack in Cambridge. They mix lime and spiced honey paste to vodka instead of the regular flavored water. Later, pour it down to the martini glasses and serve it with the plate in which the stuffings are to be self-filled in the puris.

 3.   Dahi Avocado Chaat:

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 This is the local version of Philadelphia (USA). The puffed puri is stuffed with the chickpeas and addition of fresh avocado, red onions, home-made chutney, and tangy yogurt, which gives it a unique flavor.

4.    Puri + A Sexy Cocktail:

There is a unique style of serving panipuri in Houston (USA). They use the puffed wheat crisps and fill them with the stuffing of tender potato and garbanzo medley, and savor it with homemade tamarind and mint water. What makes it different is the fact that it is served along with the Kama Sutra cocktail.

Pani puri is a snack which is loved by the young, appreciated by the old and it continues to fill their lives with the perfect blend of tastes and flavors. It brings a smile on millions of faces and acts as a perfect appetizer before the meals.

Read Also: 6 Interesting and Unexpected Chocolate Facts

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Did You Know About The Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi? https://www.procaffenation.com/did-you-know-about-the-human-computer-shakuntala-devi/ https://www.procaffenation.com/did-you-know-about-the-human-computer-shakuntala-devi/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:31:03 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=20398 How about if you were not allowed to use a calculator for an exam but you can perform any complex calculations mentally in little time? But everyone is not blessed and our mental activities are limited to an extent too. However, there are some people who are bestowed with such great talents. One amongst these …

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How about if you were not allowed to use a calculator for an exam but you can perform any complex calculations mentally in little time?

But everyone is not blessed and our mental activities are limited to an extent too. However, there are some people who are bestowed with such great talents. One amongst these prodigies is Shakuntala Devi of India.

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Shakuntala Devi was born in Banglore, on November 4, 1929. She was an Indian writer and the mental calculator popularly known as ‘Human Computer’. She could do much bigger calculations in no more than 2-3 minutes.

Life Of The Prodigy And Her Achievements:

  • An adroit mathematician, Shakuntala has displayed her proficiency many times at various universities worldwide.
  • She used to get the invitation for her speculative abilities of calculations. Multiplying much bigger numbers, cubing the huge numbers, computing any type of mathematical sum was a cakewalk for her.
  • She once said, “Numbers have life; they are not just symbols on paper.”
  • At six, she performed her numerical talent at The University of Mysore, India. She even went on a tour through Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s upon invitation.
  • She has even defeated the computers in competition.
  • Once she appeared at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas where she was asked to extract the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in front of an audience. It took her 50 seconds to do so while the Univac computer; her competitor took 62 seconds for the same.
  • Not one but many such incidents have proved her blatant skills of computations.
  • She holds a Guinness World Record in 1982 for multiplying two 13-digit numbers in just 28 seconds.

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  • These all virtues fetched her the name ‘Human Calculator’.
  • Apart from this, she was also a great writer. She has written so many novels and texts about mathematics,         puzzles, and astrology.
  • She wrote the book, “The World of Homosexuals” which is the first study of homosexuals in India.

Death And Recognitions:

  • She died of respiratory problems at the age of 83, on 21 April 2013.
  • Her fame was so huge that even Google recognized and respected her talent. On 4th November 2013, her 84th birth anniversary, there was a Google Doodle in her honor and memory.

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Read Also – Have A Look At These Indian Brands With Foreign Names!

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6 Interesting and Unexpected Chocolate Facts https://www.procaffenation.com/6-interesting-and-unexpected-chocolate-facts/ https://www.procaffenation.com/6-interesting-and-unexpected-chocolate-facts/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:26:22 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27769 Did you know that chocolate has a superfood status? Chocolate is an absolute wonder that has its own section in the food pyramid. The most popular comfort food, chocolate is absolutely divine whatever form you serve it in- bars, cakes, ice creams, rolls, and the list goes on. Luxury chocolates like Lindt and Ferrero Rocher …

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Did you know that chocolate has a superfood status?

Chocolate is an absolute wonder that has its own section in the food pyramid. The most popular comfort food, chocolate is absolutely divine whatever form you serve it in- bars, cakes, ice creams, rolls, and the list goes on.

Luxury chocolates like Lindt and Ferrero Rocher are classic gifts for special occasions. But apart from all these delicacies, here’s a list of fascinating uses of chocolate-

1. Chocolate was used as currency

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Chocolate was used as a valuable commodity in South America’s ancient barter system. The Mayans, who are believed to have introduced chocolate used it as a form of currency. The Aztecs loved cocoa so much that they even levied taxes on the commodity.

2. Body paints and bath products

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Chocolate is extremely rich in anti-oxidants, and hence a value-item for the skin products. Cocoa butter is one of the most demanded ingredients in body products in the current market. A lot of spa treatments also use chocolate as the main ingredient.

3. Fake Blood

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You did not see this coming, did you?

Chocolate was the main ingredient in the fake blood that was created for the scariest of horror movies like the Psycho and Night of the Living Dead.

4. Potential fuel?

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Escherichia coli, a type of bacteria, absolutely love chocolate. When they eat too much chocolate, they produce hydrogen which is a clean source of energy.

Maybe waste chocolate could be used as a potential fuel in the near future.

5. Fighting tooth decay

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Yes! Some properties of dark chocolate have better cleansing properties than fluoride. So some dark chocolate a day might just keep the cavities away.

6. Instant Mind Energizer

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Chocolate has a compound called flavanol, which instantly boosts your mind by increasing your brain circulation. It also lowers your blood pressure and de-stresses you. So if you have a mental block, chocolate is your go-to!

Now, you have a bunch of genuine reasons to hog on to that favorite chocolate bar of yours, huh?

Read Also: Did you know chocolate can cause death?

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Surprising Mystery behind the Mass Bird Suicide of Jatinga https://www.procaffenation.com/21677-2/ https://www.procaffenation.com/21677-2/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:27:31 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=21677 Jatinga Bird Suicide Jatinga is a small village in Dima Hasao district of Assam, India. It falls on the south of Guwahati. The Khasi-Pnar tribe and Assamese are the main inhabitants of this village. However, this village is infamous for the surprising mystery behind the mass bird suicide of Jatinga. What Happens Here? Mass bird …

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Jatinga Bird Suicide

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Jatinga is a small village in Dima Hasao district of Assam, India. It falls on the south of Guwahati.

The Khasi-Pnar tribe and Assamese are the main inhabitants of this village. However, this village is infamous for the surprising mystery behind the mass bird suicide of Jatinga.

What Happens Here?

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Mass bird suicide in Jatinga is probably the most bizarre thing you have ever heard about. This occurs between September and November every year. The migratory birds start descending down from the sky out of nowhere. They come crashing into trees and walls and die.

This phenomenon affects several birds starting from Black Bittern, Green-pigeon, Emerald Dove, Pond Heron, Kingfisher, Hill Patridge, Little Egret, Black Drongo, and many other species.

Village Myths and Superstitions

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The bird suicide phenomenon has had left the villagers of Jatinga confused for a long time. However, blinded by superstitious beliefs, villagers at one point started believing that these were “spirits flying from the sky to terrorize them”. As a result, they began capturing the birds with bamboo poles and started killing them.

Several researchers like E.P Gee, Salim Ali, Sudhir Sengupta, and Anwaruddin Choudhury have conducted research on the incident.

The Mystery of Bird Suicide Resolved

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The actual reason behind the mass bird suicide in Jatinga is disorientation at high altitudes and high wind speeds. The birds are attracted to village lights in the dark and thus fly towards them.

The area is mostly covered in fog due to which they crash into trees, and walls, and ultimately die.

Creating Awareness Among the Villagers

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 Conservationists and wildlife workers have started taking necessary steps to create awareness amongst the villagers so that they stopped killing the birds.

Anwaruddin Choudhury in his book, The Birds of Assam, talks about the bird suicide of Jatinga. He compares this phenomenon with similar incidents that have happened elsewhere in places like Malaysia, Philippines, and Mizoram.

Read Also: Bird Poop: The Quirky way of minting money

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How to Handle Protein Deficiency in a Vegetarian Diet? https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-handle-protein-deficiency-in-a-vegetarian-diet/ https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-handle-protein-deficiency-in-a-vegetarian-diet/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 05:38:58 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27686 Remember that one time when you got really inspired and wanted to lead a healthy lifestyle? C’mon we have all tried doing that at least once in our lives. It’s all fun and games in the beginning but eventually, we all succumb to the realities of our nerve-wrecking lifestyles. In other words, we end up …

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Remember that one time when you got really inspired and wanted to lead a healthy lifestyle? C’mon we have all tried doing that at least once in our lives. It’s all fun and games in the beginning but eventually, we all succumb to the realities of our nerve-wrecking lifestyles.

In other words, we end up hogging on a lot of carbohydrates and fats. Proteins and fibers usually get a go-by in this thread.

Legit, eating healthy never really works out.

Via Source: The Indian Express

Even though you eat sabzi-roti and daal-chaawal every day, it is highly likely that you’re not in taking the right amount of macronutrients as well as micronutrients that are vital for your body. It is a known fact that the Indian Vegetarian Diet is quite deficient in Protein, Vitamins, and Fibres. As a matter of fact, according to research conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition, 9 out of 10 people in India are protein deficient.

Protein Deficiency will have an ugly impact on all the biological aspects of our body. Be it immunity, height, weight, regenerative capacities or repair, it will cause damage to the body sooner or later. Proteins are called Macronutrients for a reason!

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Contrary to popular beliefs, you can easily get the right portions of nutrients in your body despite the fact that you avoid meat altogether. All you need to do is, devote a teeny part of your day for the well-being of your body.

But, keeping a track of everything that goes into our bodies is, quite a task, innit?

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, here is a list of items that we all should incorporate into our breakfast to get the right amount of everything. Keeping a balance in everything we eat is one of the most essential factors for leading a healthy life.

None of these preparations take up a lot of time and are very easy to prepare.

 1. Quinoa Flakes with Milk:

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Quinoa is a super grain which is gluten-free and rich in proteins. This plant-based food consists of all the nine essential amino acids important for our body.  As an added benefit, it is also high in vitamins, potassium, calcium, and Iron. It is rich in fiber and antioxidants too. So, you can imagine how good these must be for your body.

One cup of Quinoa contains almost 8g of Protein. These flakes coupled with milk should be your go-to breakfast option.  Take 2 Tbsp Quinoa Flakes in a bowl and add half a cup milk to it. You can either add Turmeric as a topping or, fruits and nuts.  There you go! One of the healthiest meals of the day ready to eat in 2 minutes.

2. Sauteed Vegetables with Tofu:

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It’s not necessary for you to be a vegan to indulge in this bean curd prepared by coagulating soy milk. It is a good source of protein, calcium, Iron and Vitamin B1.

Dice vegetables like Bell Peppers, French Beans, Carrots, Onions etc. You can use boiled mushrooms and Broccoli too. Sautee these vegetables in olive oil with caramelized garlic cloves. Add black pepper and salt to taste. Add Tofu cubes to the pan and mix everything properly. ( You can use either Paneer or Tofu).

This preparation is rich in Fibres, Protein, Calcium, Vitamins,  and Iron.

 

3. Greek Yogurt :

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Greek Yogurt is an extremely healthy option as and when you feel peckish in between your meals. You can even have Greek Yogurt as a part of your breakfast or a quick evening snack.  It is an excellent source of proteins as well as calcium.  It contains all essential amino acids required by your body.

You can add extra Vitamins and Fiber to your Yogurt by mixing Fruits and Nuts ( Almonds, Walnuts and Brazil Nuts).

100g of Greek Yogurt contains approximately 10g of Protein and 100-150 mg of Calcium.

4. Broccoli-Corn Salad:

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Salad gets really boring at times, eh?

So, it is time to let go of your mainstream cucumber-tomato salad and indulge in this really tasty Broccoli-Corn Salad.  It is rich in fiber and way more rich in protein than a normal salad. Simply mix Boiled\sauteed Broccoli and Corn together and add salt to taste. Add a bit of lemon juice to add zing to the food.

But, it is important to keep in mind that a normal salad is also a good source of Vitamins and Fibers. So you mustn’t completely cut that off either.

5. Boiled Pulses and Lentils:

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A bowl of Boiled Lentils and\or Pulses is one of the healthiest options that you can possibly think of.  Lentils and Pulses provide vegetarians with the essential amount of macronutrients required by their bodies. In fact, certain quantities of these seeds have more protein than meat.

So, you can either boil mixed lentils\pulses or boil specific lentils\pulses. Whichever way you decide to go, it is easy to prepare and extremely healthy with the right amount of Protein essential for your body.  Ex: Chickpeas and Toor\Moong Daal are readily available in almost any Indian household.

6. Sprouts:

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Sprouts are an excellent source of Proteins, Fibers, Vitamin A, C, K, Iron and other micronutrients vital for the functioning of our body. These nutrients generate benefits for each part of our body. They are extremely easy to prepare and clearly, very healthy.

I’d suggest you make it a point to always have some or the other type of sprouts in your kitchen.

7. Regular Indian Food:

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Clearly, we underestimate Indian food items. There are a lot of healthy food items that you can include in your breakfast: Dosa, Idli, Dalwada, Dhokla, Poha, Thepla, Appam, Uttapam, Upma etc. All these options are rich in Proteins and Fibers.

8. Oats:

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It’s been told a million times before and I don’t wanna sound redundant but, how can I possibly not include oats in a list of healthy food items?

Chop a few vegetables like carrots, onions, french beans, and add frozen peas and boiled corn to the portion. There you have it.

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It is time we realize that there’s more to a healthy breakfast than packaged fruit juices and cereals. It’s not possible to suddenly start eating healthy and most of us flip our lids out of frustration when it doesn’t happen.

But we need to start somewhere and I need you to realize that doing the bare minimum is not the way to go when it comes to health.

Read Also: The Secret to Glowing Skin Unveiled: It’s in your own kitchen!

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8 Endangered Languages of India Heading Towards Extinction https://www.procaffenation.com/endangered-languages-of-india/ https://www.procaffenation.com/endangered-languages-of-india/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:04:59 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=22093 India is a country whose linguistic richness plays a key role in maintaining its social and cultural diversity. Languages of India trace their roots back to several language families. The major ones being the Indo-Aryan languages spoken by 75% of Indians and the Dravidian languages spoken by 20% of Indians while other languages belong to …

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India is a country whose linguistic richness plays a key role in maintaining its social and cultural diversity.

Languages of India trace their roots back to several language families. The major ones being the Indo-Aryan languages spoken by 75% of Indians and the Dravidian languages spoken by 20% of Indians while other languages belong to the Austroasiatic, Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, and a few other minor language families. It has the world’s second highest number of languages.

As per the Census of India of 2001, India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. Unfortunately, many rich languages of India are on the verge of extinction. While the other 191 languages are classified as vulnerable, definitely, severely or critically endangered languages. Here are 8 Critically Endangered Languages from different corners of the country which need to be saved from extinction.

1. Aimol ( Manipur):

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Aimol or Aimal is the language spoken by the Aimol tribe of Manipur, India. It has less than 3,000 speakers worldwide. Aimol is spoken primarily in the Chandel, Churachandpur and Senapati, districts of Manipur. Aimol is mutually intelligible with Kom.

As per reports, all the old Kuki languages, including Aimol, are merely dialects of the same language. There are almost no written records of this language. Younger generations have based their linguistics on the Latin script, while others have based it off of Manipuri written in Bengali script. As per 2001 census with 2,700 native speakers, Aimol language is critically endangered.

2. Gutob (Andhra Pradesh & Odisha):

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The Gutob language also known as Bodo Gadaban is a Munda language of India. The speakers of this language are mainly concentrated in Koraput district of Odisha and Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. This language is also known as Gadba, Gutop, Gudwa, Godwa, Gadwa, and Boi Gadaba.

This language belongs to the Austro-Asiatic language family particularly to the South Munda subgroup of the Munda branch. With approximately 40,000 speakers, the Gutob language is considered to be critically endangered. The hydroelectric projects in the area have displaced Gutob people from their traditional villages.

3. Jarawa ( Andaman Islands):

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Jarawa is a descendant of a parent language known as Proto-Andamanese. It belongs to the Organ language family. It is the language of the Jarawa tribe of the Andaman Islands, especially the hunter-gatherer communities.

The ancestors of the Jarawa are believed to be part of the first successful human migrations out of Africa. The Jarawas have no system of writing and only drawings and gestures are used as a means to communicate. Currently, with a population of only 270, the community, as well as the language, is a threat. Jarawa is an official language in India, specifically the Andaman Islands and is considered vulnerable.

4. Kota (Tamil Nadu):

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With about 900 native speakers in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu state of India, Kota language is under threat due to the greater social status of the neighboring languages. It belongs to the Dravidian language and may have originated from Old Kannada and has a close relation with Toda language.

The origin of the name Kota is derived from the Dravida root word ‘Ko’ which means Mountain. It is spoken mainly by the tribal Kota people. The language is critically endangered with a Kota population of only 2500.

5. Langrong (Tripura, Assam & Mizoram):

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Recorded as Langrong by UNESCO, Ranglong language is also known as “Riam Chong”. It belongs to Sino- Tibetan language family and is a Kukish Kuki-Chan language of India and Burma. It is spoken in Northeast India in the region of Tripura, Assam, and Mizoram.

Ranglong language is a tonal, monosyllabic, contextual, agglutinative, and an ergative language. The Ranglong speakers as per G.A. Grierson in 1904 were 6266, in 2017. Ranglongs at present are about 15000 in number and the language has officially been declared as a critically endangered language.

6. Mahasu Pahari (Himachal Pradesh):

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Mahasu Pahari which is also known as Mahasui or Mahasuvi is a Western Pahari language mainly spoken in Himachal Pradesh. It is estimated that the speaking population is about 1,000,000 as per 2001 census. It is primarily used in home and for religious purposes.

The language has developed several dialects as per different locations. It is understood and spoken by people of vital age group. It is considered critically endangered as the number of people speaking it is constantly going down.

7. Nihali (Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra):

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Nihali, also known as Nahali is a moribund language spoken in west-central India (in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra). It is a language of the Nihali tribal people of the region. It had approximately 2,000 speakers in 1991 out of an ethnic population of 5,000.

There are no other surviving monolingual speakers of the language making it a critically endangered language. Currently, people who are well versed in modern Nihali are likely to speak varieties of Hindi, Marathi or Korku as well.

8. Toto (West Bengal):

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Toto language is spoken on the border of West Bengal (India) and Bhutan by the Toto tribe. It belongs to the Sino- Tibetan language family. This language is listed as a critically endangered language by UNESCO, with an estimation of 1,000 speakers. However, this language is still spoken in most families of the Toto tribe.

There are many more languages which are critically endangered and vulnerable. In future, many more are going to join the list if proper preservative measures are not taken on time.

“Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India” is a scheme initiated by the Government of India as a means of protecting and preserving the Critically Endangered Languages of India.  As per the scheme, The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore is working on protection, preservation, and documentation of all the mother tongues/languages of India which are spoken by less than 10,000 speakers.

Read Also: Five Dead Languages you should Know about

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8 Rare Diseases that can Transform you into a Superhuman! https://www.procaffenation.com/rare-diseases-make-you-a-super-human/ https://www.procaffenation.com/rare-diseases-make-you-a-super-human/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:59:02 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=21171 Diseases are often given a bad name, but if these diseases can turn you into a superhuman, would they be considered bad thereof? Here are a few rare diseases that can literally transform you into a superhuman, but is that all? These diseases don’t seem like something that may bug you, but at the end …

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Diseases are often given a bad name, but if these diseases can turn you into a superhuman, would they be considered bad thereof?

Here are a few rare diseases that can literally transform you into a superhuman, but is that all? These diseases don’t seem like something that may bug you, but at the end of the day, they are ‘diseases’ which means that they clearly have a downside to them.

Let’s check out 8 of these rare superhuman diseases:

 

1. Savant Syndrome

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In Savant syndrome, the person is capable of displaying expert skills and knowledge in specific fields of math, art or music. It is believed that only a handful of people in this world suffer from this rare disease.

Like all the good things, this disease also comes at a price. It is seen that 50% of the people suffering from savant syndrome are autistic. And the other half suffers from different central and nervous system disorders.

Also, 10% of autistic people suffer from Savant syndrome.

2. Congenital Analgesia

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The person with this disease loses the ability to feel any pain. This sounds like a real superhuman quality, as everyone desires to be resilient towards pain.

Now, the children hurt themselves more than once in a day, and if there is some serious injury like breakage of bones, the child suffering from Congenial Analgesia won’t be able to tell as he/she won’t feel any pain. Hence, it can damage their body.  Hence, not being able to detect pain can be really harmful to one’s body.

3. Hyperthymesia

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People suffering from hyperthymesia, tend to remember every minute detail of their lives. It is also known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). Only 60 people in this world are known to have this disease.

But again, Hyperthymesia can be very problematic. The people suffering from this disease can never alter their memory or forget it, so they have to remember every single thing no matter how bad or good it is. Imagine how hard it would be for a person with a traumatic past to suffer from this disease. They never really get over it and have to endure the pain for the rest of their lives.

Also, these people suffer from regular headaches and insomnia.

4. Urbach-Wiethe Disease

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In this disease the person becomes fearless. This disease has been found in 300 people till now.

The most well-known person to suffer from this disease is an American woman, given the name SM. She was made to watch many horror movies, taken to a haunted house and she kept asking to touch poisonous snakes and spiders shown to her.

Displaying courage and being fearless is good but, sometimes the same quality leads to you making the wrong decisions. Fear makes you choose your decisions wisely and stops you from making bad decisions. A person without any fear is more like to kill and harm others,  as compared to a person who fears.

5. Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy

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In this disease, the person gains super strength. There are very few cases known related to this disease.

This disease has not shown any significant detrimental side effects yet. Do you think that super strength can be a curse somehow?

6. Stone Man Syndrome

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In this disease, a person’s body can heal instantly. This disease is also called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressive. One in two million people is likely to suffer from this disease.

This disease can be really harmful because tissues aren’t produced and the muscles turn to bones and joints fuse together.

This condition turns people into living statues as their body hardens because of so much bone production.

7. The Vampire Disorder

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It is also called Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia. People with this disease have pointed teeth like vampires and pale skin with dark circles around their eyes. Also, these people have an intolerance to heat and are irritable in warm weathers.

8. Synesthesia

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It is a neurological condition in which a person’s sense of stimulation is ‘crossed’. Stimulation of one sensory automatically leads to involuntary experience in another sensory. About 5% of the population has this disease.

People with this disorder are known to create art. Few famous people suffering from this disease are Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga. Some people can mix sounds with taste, while some can mix shapes with flavors.

Read Also: Rarest Mental Disorders from around the World to make you shiver.

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Kinds of Stuff You Can Legally Do In These 5 Nations! https://www.procaffenation.com/kinds-of-stuff-you-can-legally-do-in-these-5-nations/ https://www.procaffenation.com/kinds-of-stuff-you-can-legally-do-in-these-5-nations/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 17:10:15 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27539 Of course, life turns out to be restrictive at times. Certainly, we have the liberty to seek peace and comfort simply within the speculations. When your pleasure legally challenges you to ride naked being tripped on LSD, then all that freedom begins to shrivel up. It is fortunate to have 196 nations with their own …

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Of course, life turns out to be restrictive at times. Certainly, we have the liberty to seek peace and comfort simply within the speculations. When your pleasure legally challenges you to ride naked being tripped on LSD, then all that freedom begins to shrivel up.

It is fortunate to have 196 nations with their own set of values and laws. In these nations, you can legally do the “stuff” with people thinking it to be perfectly normal. Probably, you just have to step in The Right Country!

1. Hola! It’s time to wander naked in Spain

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Spain has a standing for the “naked” beaches.

Natives and visitors from the world rush to Spain’s several naked beaches, excited to go to the “only” site where they can throw off those constricting outfits with no annoying police officers ordering them to cover themselves up. As a result, in Spain, you can rightfully be nude in whatever public place you desire.

Even more, The constitution of Spain in 1978 declared it as an inviolable human right. Surely, attempts were made to amend the law, though nothing ran through.

2. Ride ‘Tank Limo’ in the United Kingdom

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Well, England isn’t the exclusive country where you can ride a tank. Lots of countries in the US let the people enjoy a joyous drive in the invulnerable vehicle.

Though England carries it a step ahead- road tanks are legal. Furthermore, A “Tank Limo” can drive you wherever you need to go, whether on your route to the supermarket or to drop off your children at school.

3. Take every drug home in Portugal

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In Portugal, all the drugs that are in existence have been decriminalized. You won’t be arrested or jailed, though, for owning a private stash, while you are smoking marijuana or when you freebase cocaine.

4. Attach A Blaster To Your Automobile in South Africa

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In South Africa, you can get a flamethrower – a custom designed blaster which shoots out 65 ft of fire, that can be adjusted onto your automobile.

The nation legally lets you kill the one who’s attempting to break into your automobile. The creator, however, asserts that it apparently won’t kill the person but would simply blind him/her.

5. Own an identity as a dragon in Russia

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On the Russian census, legally you can name yourself as whatever ethnicity you desire to have, even if its existence isn’t confirmed. Consequently, adolescents often name themselves as “hobbits and elves”, and the elders lead to register themselves as “Martians”.  Hence, as far as the Russian Census Bureau is regarded, anything they choose is acquired as a fact.

So, head on to one of these countries whenever you wanna explore your wild side or simply wanna do something “unconventional” that is, in your country.

Read Also: 10 Dangerous things that were Legal in the Past

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The Biggest Myths About Vegetables! https://www.procaffenation.com/the-biggest-myths-about-vegetables/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-biggest-myths-about-vegetables/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:28:28 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27556 We all know that vegetables are healthy for us, there’s no doubt about it. They make our body stronger, and they taste great (most of them). However, there are still some myths related to this type of food that people tend to believe, yet, could not be further from the truth.  Let’s try to burst …

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We all know that vegetables are healthy for us, there’s no doubt about it. They make our body stronger, and they taste great (most of them). However, there are still some myths related to this type of food that people tend to believe, yet, could not be further from the truth. 

Let’s try to burst all the vegetable-related myths that most of the people harbor:

Are Fresh vegetables more nutritious than frozen ones?

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Research has shown that frozen vegetables are just as healthy as the fresh ones, and in some cases, even healthier. This is because veggies start losing their nutrient value the moment they are picked, but if they are frozen right away, they stay preserved at their peak value.

This is also why it’s sometimes better to choose frozen veggies than fresh veggies that take a lot of time to get to the store. What is true, though, is that both options are better than canned vegetables.

Do Potatoes really make you fat?

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Potatoes are very low in calories, and they are pretty much fat-free. They also contain plenty of potassium and fiber, which means that they can make you feel sated for longer and actually help you lose weight.

So, it’s not the veggie itself that makes you gain weight but rather the way you prepare it. Cooked potatoes will always be healthier than French fries, and potatoes seasoned with herbs are better than those seasoned with cheese or mayo.

Are vibrantly colored vegetables healthier?

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Contrary to the popular belief that the more vibrantly colored a vegetable is, the healthier it is, that’s not always the case.

Of course, in many instances, that is true, but there are still more than a few exceptions. For example, white cabbage, as dull as it might look, is one of the most nutrient-packed veggies you could eat. Celery is also very healthy, even though it might look boring.

Kale slows down thyroid function?

If you have a thyroid condition, you’ve probably been told at least a few times to stop eating broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage. Kale thyroid connection refers to the belief that those veggies can make your thyroid larger by limiting its iodine uptake, which could make your thyroid gland function even worse.

However, research has shown that the above-mentioned veggies cannot harm your thyroid unless you already suffer from an iodine deficiency. So, if you don’t have any iodine-related issues, feel free to enjoy your kale.

Is Organic always a better option?

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In this day and age, we are all familiar with the choice between organic and conventionally-produced food. For veggies to be organic, they mustn’t be treated with any kind of pesticides, they must conserve biodiversity, and the producers must protect natural resources.

However, the truth is that pesticides are not that dangerous in small amounts. The health risks are very often exaggerated, and the levels we are usually exposed to are far too low to cause any serious damage. So, reducing that exposure even further by buying organic food does not really make that much of a difference.

Do Tomatoes come under the category of vegetables?

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Last but not least, believe it or not, there are some “vegetables” that actually do not fall into that category. For instance, tomatoes and cucumbers are not really vegetables. They may not be sweet, but they are still fruits. More precisely, they fall into the berry category – a fruit that develops from a flower, with its seeds enclosed in a fleshy pulp. It still doesn’t mean you should start including them into your summer fruit cup, but knowing the botanical difference between a fruit and a veggie might come in handy some day.

If you want to stay strong and healthy, eating vegetables is a must. Still, don’t believe everything you hear about them, especially when you hear something bad. No vegetable is harmful on its own, regardless of how dull-colored, frozen, or non-organic it is.

So, feel free to enjoy them, and try to make your diet as veggie-diverse as you can.

Read Also: 6 Rare Fruits with amazing benefits, you probably didn’t know about. 

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Some of the Weirdest Phobias that People have! https://www.procaffenation.com/some-wierd-phobias-that-people-have/ https://www.procaffenation.com/some-wierd-phobias-that-people-have/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:24:38 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=20092 All of us are scared of some or, the other thing, but an irrational fear of a specific object is called a phobia. Phobias can be hereditary in some cases but, most of the phobias are acquired through traumatic experiences in one’s life. Fear can also be induced by seeing others scared of a particular object. …

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All of us are scared of some or, the other thing, but an irrational fear of a specific object is called a phobia.

Phobias can be hereditary in some cases but, most of the phobias are acquired through traumatic experiences in one’s life.

Fear can also be induced by seeing others scared of a particular object. People of all age groups have some weird phobias, whose cause is difficult to explain. Even the smallest of the things can elicit an extreme response of fear. Here’s a list of some of the craziest phobias from around the world that are extremely rare but totally real!

ALLODOXAPHOBIA

Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions. These people avoid getting into conversations that lead to conflicts. They take distance from debates and arguments.

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CHOROPHOBIA

Chorophobia is the fear of dancing. These people avoid going to public events, parties, and functions as they fear becoming aroused or excited.  They also feel nervous when they see people around them dancing with full energy and blasting music!

Via Source: Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Because, why should the fear of long words have a short name?

It is an uncommon fear and can have severe effects on the day to day functioning of an individual. Students with this phobia find it hard to cope with their studies.

Via Source: Boldomatic

 

COULROPHOBIA

Coulrophobia is an extreme fear of clowns. It is extremely rare because most of us tend to like clowns. Clowns depict happiness, fun, and entertainment but some people are legit scared of them.

via – readersdigest.ca

 

CYNOPHOBIA

Yes, there are some people on this planet, who do not like dogs. It’s hard to believe that some people are actually afraid of these angelic creatures. Especially street dogs scare people the most.

via – petyak.com

 

SOMNIPHOBIA

Somniphobia is the fear of sleep. A lot of times children are scared of going to sleep because of the fear of nightmares. Somniphobia leads to sleep deprivation and reduced energy.

Via Source: Creepypasta Wiki Fandom

 

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of number 13. A lot of people consider it an unlucky number. Certain hotels do not have the room number 13 and some people also avoid taking any major decisions of their life on the 13th day of the month.

Via Source: Flickr

 

XANTHOPHOBIA

Xanthophobia is the fear of the word yellow and the color yellow. People with this phobia cannot stand the color yellow which is omnipresent in nature. They fear lemons, bananas, yellow leaves, and all things yellow.

Via Source: YouTube

 

SIDEROPHOBIA

Gazing at the night sky is a romantic feeling. But, a few people are scared of the night sky studded with stars.

Siderophobia is the fear of stars. These people are scared to go out at night and do not like gazing at the night sky.

via – rd.com

 

PLUTOPHOBIA

I definitely did not see this one coming!  Some people are afraid of the consequences of real wealth. Plutophobia is the fear of wealth.

These people think that money will create new problems in their lives. Certain religions also discourage the accumulation of wealth.

 

via – rd.com

These were some of the craziest phobias that are actually real.  Hard to believe, right?

Read Also – The Fear of Food Touching the Plate Actually has a Name!

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Pigeons: Einsteins of the Bird World? https://www.procaffenation.com/why-pigeons-are-smart/ https://www.procaffenation.com/why-pigeons-are-smart/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:24:01 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=18860 Have you ever felt the desire to shoo a pigeon away as soon as you see it? Well, you aren’t alone! Pigeons, the brainless birds are pretty much hated across the world. But, the bird lovers love them. Do you know why? Research suggests that humans have a stereotypical bad image of pigeons. They think …

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Have you ever felt the desire to shoo a pigeon away as soon as you see it? Well, you aren’t alone! Pigeons, the brainless birds are pretty much hated across the world.

But, the bird lovers love them. Do you know why?

Research suggests that humans have a stereotypical bad image of pigeons. They think pigeons are stupid.

But, there’s more to pigeons than what meets the eye. They are very smart, humble creatures who share an equal level of intelligence with smarter primates like dolphins.

Let’s have a look at some of the most interesting pigeon facts that you will ever come across:

1. Pigeons were the first birds that were tamed: In the earlier period, rock doves (tamed pigeons) were first outlined on clay tablets. Some historian scholars suggest that Neolithic men also tamed pigeons.

2. Unlike any other bird, they can perform aerial acrobatics like a backflip: Yet, no one knows about it! There is no scientific explanation that suggests why pigeons roll backward in flights.

Smart pigeons facts
Via: kiwireport.com  

3. Pigeons have the ability to remember faces: Their memory is very sharp as compared to human beings. Example – they can remember thousands of images for a period of several years.

4.  Pigeon is the only bird that can suck water.

5. They can learn all the 26 alphabets of English: Also, they can detect dangerous diseases like cancer! They can detect the diseases faster than a doctor. A doctor takes up various tests, after which he comes to a conclusion. But, pigeons can do it faster, maybe better.

So, the next time you want to get quicker results, just approach a pigeon. They are the smartest birds on the planet!

Smart Pigeon facts
Via: audubon.org

6. They understand the concepts like space and time very well: This is pretty amazing! They understand the human things but their brain functions in a different way.

7.  The only non-mammal creature who can recognize their own reflections in the mirror. They have an amazing vision.

Smart pigeons facts
Via: pigeonrescue.org

8. They have the ability to categorize: Pigeons can recognize both natural and human-made objects. Also, pigeons can learn the equal amount of words, alphabets, codes, and numbers in the same way children do. They know how to respond to different situations.

Smart pigeons facts
Via: drchristianconte.com

9. Pigeons can pick out amongst four different kinds of objects: Also, they learn complex actions and responses. Research has shown that their guesses will be 99.9% right! They are known as ” the Einsteins of the bird world “.

Via Source: zphoto.fr

10. They are smarter than any other average bird or animal: They have a “homing instinct”. It’s the ability to find their way back home even if they are hundreds of miles away or blindfolded. Only superhumans have this capability.

11. They have better eyesight than humans. During World Wars, they carried messages to the US army and provided important information. Hence, they successfully saved the lives of thousands of people.

Smart pigeons facts
Via: Wikipedia

12. Their flying speed is 100 mph: Although they don’t always show it. Some pigeons can fly fast and over long distances. In fact, a pigeon named Winston can fly faster than the speed of the Internet.

We humans already know that there are a few animals and birds that are quite intelligent. But, somehow we can’t imagine a pigeon with so many natural proficiencies. Rather than surprising, it’s shocking!

In fact, the pigeon can perform skills that we, as humans can’t even imagine doing.

Having said that, I feel we should start respecting them. After all, we should not judge a book by its cover.

Read Also: Bird Poop: The Quirky way of Minting Money.

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The Story of the most beautiful Mughal Empress: Nur Jahan https://www.procaffenation.com/the-story-of-nur-jahan/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-story-of-nur-jahan/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:54:42 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=19476   There have been many great love stories in the history of India which have left a significant remark on the lives of thousands of people. People from time to time have set standards of love based on these ancient love stories. I’m pretty sure people must have heard about the great love story of …

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There have been many great love stories in the history of India which have left a significant remark on the lives of thousands of people.

People from time to time have set standards of love based on these ancient love stories. I’m pretty sure people must have heard about the great love story of Salim, the crowned prince, and Anarkali, the dancer in the emperor Akbar’s court.

But what people don’t know is, that the prince fell in love again and this time with one of the most beautiful women in the history of India: Nur Jahan.

Via Source: Chandragupta’s India

The love between Jahangir and Nur Jahan

Apparently, Salim, formerly known as Jahangir, had seen Nur Jahan while he had been exiled from his father Mirza Ghiyas Beg’s estate.

He was mesmerized by looking at her. She became his salvation and he didn’t stop until he had her. Nur Jahan, formerly known as Mehrunnisa was renamed post her marriage to Jahangir.

Many historians can retort to this statement that Mehrunnisa’s marriage had been pledged to Sher Khan of Gaur city before Jahangir could even ask to marry Mehrunnisa.

Her fathered refused the prince’s wish to marry his daughter. It is said that he did this because Ghiyas Beg did not wish for his family to be caught up in royal matters of the emperor’s court. 

via – commons.wikimedia.org

Alas, Mehrunnisa was married to Sher Khan, but he was later murdered and Mehrunnisa was escorted to the imperial harem to be the lady in waiting of one of the widows of the late emperor Akbar.

We can’t help but wonder if, Jahangir had paid for Sher Khan’s assassination. For all that is known is that he gets married to Mehrunnisa in the end.

Via Source: The Economist

Mehrunnisa didn’t really have a very good life before Jahangir came into her life, she just had a daughter from Sher Khan whom she loved dearly. But, the daughter was not much favored so much by his father since he wanted a son.

It is said that Nur Jahan grieved for three years before agreeing to marry Jahangir. The emperor couldn’t let her go even when her brother Mir Khan was executed when he was found guilty of conspiring against the emperor.

Some people till this date say that the beauty of the women of Mehrunnisa’s family was really a sight to behold!

Nur Jahan’s niece, Arjumand married Jahangir’s son Khurram. This gave birth to the beautiful love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz (Arjumand), and we all have the pleasure of seeing their love in the form of Taj Mahal today.

http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2015/11/real-life-romance-nur-jahan-jahangir/

Mehrunnisa after marrying Jahangir was given the title of Nur Mahal (Light of the palace) and later on known as Nur Jahan (Light of the world).

She is known to be the most influential empress in history and the most beloved wife of Jahangir.    

Read Also: Shadow Queens: Women who ruled the world.

 

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How to Greet Your Subconscious through Lucid Dreaming? https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-greet-your-subconscious-through-lucid-dreaming/ https://www.procaffenation.com/how-to-greet-your-subconscious-through-lucid-dreaming/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:53:27 +0000 https://procaffenation.com/?p=17308   “I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.” – Andrew  Wyeth   Greeting your subconscious? Sounds Scary? Sounds Weird? Well, a large section of people is steeped utterly in the depths of lucid dreaming. Yet, when asked what a “lucid dream” is, they fail to understand or …

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Via- YouTube

 

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.”

– Andrew  Wyeth

 

Greeting your subconscious?

Sounds Scary? Sounds Weird?

Well, a large section of people is steeped utterly in the depths of lucid dreaming. Yet, when asked what a “lucid dream” is, they fail to understand or express the same.

So, let us begin with what exactly is a “lucid dream”.

A lucid dream is a dream where the dreamer is completely aware of what he/she is dreaming and so is able to exert a control over that dream. It’s more like a world of fantasy where all your dreams can come true. It’s a place where you can imagine yourself getting over your biggest fears and phobias. For instance, even if you are an arachnophobic, you can still imagine yourself as playing with the spiders. If you have agoraphobia, you can still see yourself having a great time with people in any public space. In short, anything impossible becomes possible while you lucid dream.

 

Is the Idea of a Lucid Dream Real?

Yes, it is totally real and scientifically proven. What you dream (the content) may not be real but, the idea of lucid dreaming is nothing less than reality.

So it is not merely a fantasy playground. Rather, it is a reality that paves way for the fantasy.

Is Lucid Dreaming Beneficial?

(Pros and Cons of Lucid Dreaming)

A lucid dream is an explosion of the senses. Let us discuss a few benefits and drawbacks of lucid dreaming both while asleep and awake.

Via- Astral Chakra

PROS:

  1. Self-awareness: A Lucid dream is the best way of finding out about yourself, your likes and dislikes, fears and inhibitions, etc.
  2. No limits and boundaries: Whatever you dream comes true in the world of a lucid dream. There are no boundaries and no limitations.
  3. Taps your creativity: It allows the creative juices to flow within you and channels them in a more positive direction by allowing you to look at and do things in a creative manner, even in your real life. You can emerge as one of the best poets, writers, storytellers, scriptwriters, etc. by making a great and good use of your ability to lucid dream.
  4. Provides a control: In real life, it is almost impossible to exert control over everything and everyone around us. But lucid dream gives you a personal satisfaction by handing over the entire control of your world to you.
  5. The sense of freedom: In a lucid dream, you can even fly, glide or hover as easily as a bird. Hence while you feel yourself to be constantly in the clutches of the real world, a lucid dream allows you to breathe in an air of freedom.
  6. Eradicates your phobias: All your phobias (of height, water, spiders, dogs, people) and worst nightmares can become your favorite fantasies in lucid dreams. You can actually come to enjoy and like these things without a tinge of fear. And once you discover the best way to overcome these phobias in your lucid dream, you can also employ that tactic to get over your fears even in the real world.
  7. Ability to time-travel: Lucid dreamers are actually endowed with the psychological potential of traveling in time and space, thereby uniting the past and future with a tinge of surrealism. It opens up the opportunities to explore and travel in different dimensions even while the entire thing is only taking place in your “mind”. In other words, it’s more like “Going places”
  8. Gives meaning to your life: Lucid dreamers discover a personal meaning to life. You can know all about your strengths and weaknesses and acknowledge them in the process of lucid dreaming. As you are conscious while dreaming, your ability to introspect increases. Lucid dreaming brings you closer to yourself. It is a world where you can actually come face to face with your dangers and weaknesses to wage a thoughtful war of survival and well-being.

Via- ashscrapyard

 

 CONS:

  1. Dissociation: Since everything becomes possible in the world of lucid dreams, it makes it difficult to distinguish dreams from reality. Excess lucid dreaming can even lead one to totally break the link with the real world.
  2. Renders you alone: Suppose if you are the only lucid dreamer in your group while your other friends do not even have any idea about what exactly is a lucid dream, you will feel left out and alienated. You will be unable to share your stories with those who wouldn’t even understand your fantasies in the first place.
  3. Obsession: Too much of everything is dangerous. Isn’t it? A lucid dream is no exception to this fact. Too much of lucid dreaming can be detrimental to your mental health. Hence exert some control when it comes to lucid dreaming.
  4. Distorted perception of reality: Excessive lucid dreaming can take you away from the real world, thereby leading (misleading) you to see a hazy and vague picture of reality. It leads to a distorted perception rendering you unable to combine fantasy with reality.

Via Source: Spiritssciencecentral.com

Both the idea and content of lucid dreaming aren’t harmful. The real problem arises once an individual transforms it into a habit.

Lucid dreaming will be good only when you can keep your dreams and reality separate, thereby avoiding any kind of confusion.

Read Also: How well do you know Dreamcatchers?

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Bird Poop:The Quirky way of Minting Money https://www.procaffenation.com/bird-poop-quirky-way-minting-money/ https://www.procaffenation.com/bird-poop-quirky-way-minting-money/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:50:37 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27500 In a world where people are scrambling to make money by hook or by crook, a country which came up with a genius plan to do this years ago was Peru. A tiny western country in South America, Peru began filling its coffers by selling Guano. Guano is the poop (read: excreta) from seabirds, bats, …

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In a world where people are scrambling to make money by hook or by crook, a country which came up with a genius plan to do this years ago was Peru.

A tiny western country in South America, Peru began filling its coffers by selling Guano. Guano is the poop (read: excreta) from seabirds, bats, and seals. An excellent source of potash and nitrogen, its popularity as a natural fertilizer spread like wildfire.

Via Source: Garden Jardinitis

Its discovery in 1802 on Chincha islands off Peruvian coast brought agriculturalists around the globe at the doorstep of Peru. Guano also saw its use in manufacturing explosive devices. It was a product so close to the hearts of the early inhabitants (Incas) of the region, that anyone seen killing the birds was awarded a death penalty.

Via Source: National Audubon Society

The Guano mania

Apart from Peru, many Caribbean nations also produced Guano around that time. However, the quality that came from Peru was unparalleled. In the late 1800s, most of the country’s GDP came from the sale of Guano, touted as “a gold mine” by many.

This mania snowballed mainly because it was an era of agriculture. With the boost of agricultural production owing to Guano, America increased its import, despite booming prices.

Seeking opportunity in monopolizing the product, Peru raised the prices. Irked by this, USA Congress passed the Guano Islands Act, 1856 to annex any Guano deposits discovered by them.

The state of affairs today

Even today, hundreds of laborers engage tirelessly to collect these pungent droppings into sacks, without any protective gear.

Via Source: TotallyCoolPix

The country refrains from capital-intensive techniques to pick the droppings, lest they disturb the birds. Illegal trade and bird-hunting have taken a toll on the bird population of Peru, where birds are dwindling in large numbers. Apart from anthropological factors, the bird population is also affected by climate change.

Via Source: Games 2018

Although many natural fertilizers dominate the world market today, the Guano remains expensive due to its extraction cost, owing to its labor-intensive techniques.

Sustainability of Guano is one of the main cause of concerns in the present era, where ecological conservation is put on the back burner for material gains. With over-exploitation, the world could lose these birds soon.

Let us hope that the world will act before it’s too late to revive the magnificent creature.

Read Also: Strange! American cities named ‘Madras’, ‘Delhi’, and ‘Bombay’.

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Unraveling the Beauty of Sikhism https://www.procaffenation.com/unraveling-the-beauty-of-sikhism/ https://www.procaffenation.com/unraveling-the-beauty-of-sikhism/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:47:39 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27351 A big book sitting under a large dome-like structure is seen immediately as one enters the room. A troupe of singers humming melodious tunes is seated close to the book. Visitors bow down before the book as they enter and take their place on the carpeted floor. A volunteer is seen offering something out of …

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A big book sitting under a large dome-like structure is seen immediately as one enters the room. A troupe of singers humming melodious tunes is seated close to the book. Visitors bow down before the book as they enter and take their place on the carpeted floor.

A volunteer is seen offering something out of a large vessel to every visitor that leaves the room. These are some of the snapshots of a typical Gurudwara.

Via Source: Kashmir Age

Gurudwara literally means door/path to the Guru (Holy leader). It is a temple for the Sikhs, who are followers of a religion called Sikhism.

Sikhism emerged as a distinct religion merely 500 years ago. A man named Guru Nanak was born to a Hindu family in Talavandi (present-day Pakistan). A critique of the caste system, he decided to establish a religion on the principle of egalitarianism. Thus, was born Sikhism.

Being a relatively modern religion, it remains a mystery to people across the globe.

Punjabi, the language of the Sikhs is the eleventh most spoken language in India. Due to the large Sikh population in Canada, Punjabi has become a third language in the country’s Parliament.

Unique characteristics of the religion

Most Sikh men and women adopt the surnames “Singh” and “Kaur” respectively (meaning lion and lioness). This is done so that, women don’t have to change their surnames post marriage.

Langar or community kitchen is a feature unique to this community. It is a voluntary service wherein vegetarian meals are offered every day free of cost to everyone, irrespective of their gender, class, religion or caste. From cooking to serving meals, from washing utensils to guarding visitors’ shoes, every activity in the Gurudwara is performed by volunteers.

Via Source: YouTube

Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism encapsulates the philosophy of the 10 Gurus. The Granth Sahib is considered to be the 11th and the immortal Guru. It is written in the form of poetry rather than prose, setting it apart from many scriptures around the world.

Consequently, the prayers are often accompanied by singing. To emphasize the feature of universality, the Granth Sahib entails both Hindu and Islam elements.

The word Sikh literally means disciple in Punjabi. Sikhism encourages rationality over blind faith and superstitions. This is why a Sikh disregards animal sacrifices and fasting as ways to please God. A 15 feet cloth is worn by Sikhs (both men and women) as turbans. The turban not only highlights their unique identity but is also intended to channelize the sun’s rays towards the center of the head. Most men and women have uncut hair to appreciate God’s creation.

Rituals and worship

To mark the birth of Guru Nanak, a Gurudwara called Nankana Sahib was built in 1600 CE. Nanakana literally means “the coming of Nanak”. Every year Sikhs around the world visit Nankana Sahib to celebrate the Guru’s birth anniversary.

Sikhism advocates monotheism in which God is conceptualized as formless and gender-less. They disregard idol worship and the system of priesthood. Any Sikh can lead the prayer in a Gurudwara. This highlights the liberal views of the religion.

“It’s all in the name”, they say. Naming newborns, an auspicious ritual in Sikhism, entails opening of a random page of the Granth Sahib and reading out the first line written on it. The first letter of the line determines the first letter of the name.

Kada Parshad is a dish made with equal quantities of wheat, sugar and clarified butter (ghee). It is offered to devotees every day as they leave the Gurudwara and is intended to be a form of God’s blessings.

Via- Shreshtha Chhabra

Sikhism imbibes qualities that are quite rare, albeit imperative, in the contemporary times.

The values of humility, freedom of religion, community service, equality are deeply ingrained in Sikhism. This is what it means to be a Sikh.

Read Also: Death and story of the Kallu Doms

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Death and Story of the Kallu Doms https://www.procaffenation.com/story-of-the-kallu-doms/ https://www.procaffenation.com/story-of-the-kallu-doms/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 07:19:24 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27331 A person attains Moksha/Mukti post-death and attains ultimate liberation, is a concept of Hinduism that equates death to attainment of freedom from the tangled web of life. In India, a community whose livelihood depends on this Hindu belief is the Dom community. The daily occupation of the Doms or Kallu Doms, as they are often …

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A person attains Moksha/Mukti post-death and attains ultimate liberation, is a concept of Hinduism that equates death to attainment of freedom from the tangled web of life.

In India, a community whose livelihood depends on this Hindu belief is the Dom community. The daily occupation of the Doms or Kallu Doms, as they are often called, includes cremating the dead. After the funeral flames have consumed the body, the Doms clean up the ashes. They often have to beat the body with sticks to ensure it burns completely.

A peek into the history

There are numerous tales that explain the origin of this community, living on the ghats of the holiest river of India, the Ganga. While one tale suggests that Doms are descendants of Raja Harishchandra, another tale speaks of the Doms being cursed by Lord Shiva for stealing his wife’s jewelry.

Irrespective of the version of the tale, the truth of the matter is that Doms find themselves at the lowest rungs of the ladder of the Hindu caste system in contemporary times. They suffer from discrimination, untouchability, and poverty. On an average, a Dom earns around Rs.200 to 300 per body.

Via- Shreshtha Chhabra

Present state

Due to their socioeconomic status, they are refused employment elsewhere. Consequently, the batons are often passed on to the future generations. Due to the unbearable stench emanating from the bodies, Doms often have to be inebriated. Boys, as young as 13, often find it difficult to break out of the vicious cycle of alcoholism.

Via Source: Firstpost

The wood used by families for the cremation varies from sandalwood to common wood, depending on the economic status of the family of the deceased. As a cultural norm, Doms use a burning piece of wood from the pyre to light the stove of their houses, an eerie irony. There have also been instances where families have refused to pay the Doms. But unperturbed by this, they continue to perform their duty.

Despite their hardships, Doms consider themselves to be blessed. “The society regards us as gatekeepers of Heaven. We help them to attain Moksha. Which other occupation gives you this privilege?”, says a member of the Dom community, sometimes also assuming the title “Dom Rajas” (Dom kings).

As the Doms await, yet another funeral pyre turns to ashes, yet another person attains Moksha.

Read Also: Be a part of the Ocean after your Demise.

 

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Did you Know that Technology has caused a Phobia? https://www.procaffenation.com/did-you-know-that-technology-has-caused-a-phobia/ https://www.procaffenation.com/did-you-know-that-technology-has-caused-a-phobia/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 07:16:38 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27417 I travel to my college by bus every day. The other day, after a long night of binge-watching Brooklyn – 99, I had a really late morning. As the bus honked loudly outside, I bolted out of the door grabbing my bag in one hand and my breakfast in another. As I fell into a …

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I travel to my college by bus every day. The other day, after a long night of binge-watching Brooklyn – 99, I had a really late morning. As the bus honked loudly outside, I bolted out of the door grabbing my bag in one hand and my breakfast in another. As I fell into a seat and arranged my belongings, I realized that my very beloved phone had been left behind charging, but the bus had started moving. I panicked- I was about to experience 8 phone-less hours. Frantically I placed calls to everyone who lived in the hostel and sent out a message in all groups in a desperate attempt to get it. Thankfully, one of my classmates was attending a late class and she could get it for me. I was saved from a terrible fate.

How technology has barged into our lives

I’m sure you all resonate with this anecdote. We’re all addicted to our phones- Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter- the never-ending list. Right from checking whether it is going to rain in the next hour to booking a cab to reach our destination, we are completely dependent on our phones.

In my life, Google types my messages and Grammarly checks the grammar. WordPress voices my thoughts and YouTube’s music is my work-anthem. Flo reminds me to buy sanitary napkins and Zomato sends me suggestions on where to buy the antidote-al ice-cream.

Does your phone act like your secretary too?

Via Source: Reader’s Digest

What is Nomophobia?

Research conducted by the Iowa State University has indicated that this phenomenon- nomophobia or no-mobile-phone- phobia is acute anxiety one experiences when he/she is separated from one’s phone. Most importantly, it also points to the extreme dependency on phones for basic functioning.  Therefore, its absence acts as a handicap in our life.

Via Source: Business Insider

Are you a nomophobe? Take this test!

1. When do you check your phone?

(a) As soon as you wake up (8 pts)
(b) During breakfast (6 pts)
(c) On the way to work (4 pts)
(d) When you get a message (2 pts)

2. How often do you check your phone?
(a) Every five minutes (8 pts)
(b) Every 30 minutes (6 pts)
(c) Every hour (4 pts)
(d) 4-5 times a day (2 pts)

 3. Where do you keep your mobile phone while you sleep?
(a) Under your pillow (8 pts)
(b) Beside the bed (6 pts)
(c) On the other side of your room (4 pts)
(d) In another room (2 pts)

Via Source: Manila Shaker Philippines

 

4. Do you take your phone with you to the bathroom?
(a) Usually (8 pts)
(b) Sometimes (6 pts)
(c) You’ve considered it (4 pts)
(d) Never (2 pts)

5. What do you mostly use it for?
(a) Social Media (8 pts) (WHATSAPP COUNTS AS SOCIAL MEDIA)
(b) Emails (6 pts)
(c) Music (4 pts)
(d) Texts and Calls (2 pts)

10- 15: No signs of Nomophobia
16-28:  On the Slippery Slope
29- 48: You’re an addict!

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What can we do?

We could change this and reduce the anxiety and sleeplessness caused due to Nomophobia.  A small step of switching off our phones during meals and sleep can help. Maybe we could clear the clutter of unused apps in our phone.

Let’s wear a watch instead of taking our phone out to check the time and get drowned in the vicious cycle. Else, soon the end to AIB’s ‘If Apps were People’ wouldn’t be the apps dying but, our social skills and peace.

Read Also: Cherophobia: The Happiness of Happiness.

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Chernobyl Way of Life: Uses of Vodka You Did Not Know About! https://www.procaffenation.com/chernobyl-way-of-life-uses-of-vodka-you-did-not-know-about/ https://www.procaffenation.com/chernobyl-way-of-life-uses-of-vodka-you-did-not-know-about/#respond Sun, 02 Sep 2018 12:36:28 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27436 Something happened on  25-26 April 1986, in a small town called Pripyat, 104km from Kiev- the capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. A series of uncontrolled nuclear reactions took place in the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant during a late night security check when safety systems were intentionally set off. It is now, known as the …

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Something happened on  25-26 April 1986, in a small town called Pripyat, 104km from Kiev- the capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

A series of uncontrolled nuclear reactions took place in the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant during a late night security check when safety systems were intentionally set off. It is now, known as the most disastrous nuclear malfunction in history.

The Chernobyl disaster has caused a number of deaths due to radiation and a larger number of radiation-caused cancer cases. Numerous accounts have been narrated about the lies and secrecy that shrouded the event. But, in spite of all hidden behind the veil, it wouldn’t be wrong to call it one of the worst man-made disasters ever.

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Horror – Story

Stories have been penned since then, until now. Stories of despair, poison, and loss. They narrate the pouring of black colored rain that tastes metallic and paints peeling off as water dripped down the walls. There are tales of hundreds of children going bald.

via- www.dailymail.co.uk

What did the victims do?

In such a horrific situation, people began finding indigenous solutions to counter the effects of the radiation. One of these measures was alcohol, more specifically the world famous Russian Vodka.

In the words of Zoya Sheftalovich, a survivor of the Chernobyl disaster- “Vodka already considered as quasi-medicinal, took on new importance. The more it burned the throat, they said, the better it was to treat the radiation poisoning.”

This fact has been researched by scientist and has been supported and negated equally.

On one hand, few claim that alcohol has an effect on reducing the growth of thyroid cancer. On the other hand, some studies indicate that it might increase the levels of gamma radiation. Apart from this medicinal debate, vodka was the livelihood of people. Petrol was bought with vodka, food was bought with vodka. Vodka was the currency and everyone was drunk all the time.

via- www.allthatsinteresting.com

A lot more was said those days- taking iodine and wearing thick pants. Regardless of the horrors, the place has endured, Chernobyl is no stranger to tourism.

A new project called the Chernobyl VR, or Chernobyl Virtual is to be launched for a complete visit of the plant. It is for those who fear the consequences and those who live too far away. With the help of a 3-D helmet, one can scan the room and look at the components and places within the zone. It would be an absolute experience, with a shot of vodka of course!

Read Also: Be a Part of the Ocean after your Demise

 

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The Color of the Day is…Black https://www.procaffenation.com/the-color-of-the-day-is-black/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-color-of-the-day-is-black/#respond Sun, 02 Sep 2018 12:35:27 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27342 Are you someone whose wardrobe is bursting with the enchanting black fabric? Have your friends stopped getting your clothes from the color spectrum? Are you one of those people whose number one shopping rule is “If it’s not black, put it back”? Welcome aboard. Here are some of the personality traits that explain the inclination …

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Are you someone whose wardrobe is bursting with the enchanting black fabric?

Have your friends stopped getting your clothes from the color spectrum? Are you one of those people whose number one shopping rule is “If it’s not black, put it back”? Welcome aboard.

Via Source: Complex

Here are some of the personality traits that explain the inclination towards BLACK:

1) People who wear black intend to display a certain kind of aura around them. They want to assert their power wherever they go.

2) Black, according to some psychologists, equates to dullness. It is believed they use black to build a cocoon around their feelings and have a streak of anxiety.

3) It exuberates confidence. People, especially women, who wear black want to divert attention from their attire to their personalities, their work. According to them, bright colors are merely distractions and hence, want to stay away from it.

4) Being ambitious is yet another thread that links people who wear all black. It shows that a person is driven, focused and certain about their goals.

5) It is also believed that black is worn in order to intimidate others. Their desire to appear strong is also the reason why men don’t like wearing shades of pink.

6) Black is also believed to flatter one’s curves, making them look a tad slim.

Via Source: Simply Sona

Why black is awesome!

Well, whether these traits apply to us or not, we certainly cannot help loving black.

No one can deny that black is the most classy and chic color that exists. It helps us to steer our lives with certainty in a world that is increasingly becoming unpredictable. Black has an inherent property to impress people. The soothing effect it has on people transcends across boundaries. Wearing black is also a way to express self-sufficiency, to say “I am enough”. It is an undeniable fact that wearing black saves us time, that would otherwise be spent matching accessories. Thus, the minimal characteristic of black is what makes it endearing to most of us. Whoever said, less is more.

Quintessentially, black is a contrast of mystery and certainty, of arrogance and modesty, of chaos and calm. So, go ahead and wear it with grace, with poise. After all, it is our happy color.

Read Also: What is the significance of colors in our emotions?

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The 3 Korean Skin Care Trends You Need To Know About! https://www.procaffenation.com/the-3-korean-skin-care-trends-you-need-to-know-about/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-3-korean-skin-care-trends-you-need-to-know-about/#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:28:00 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27311 With the recent rise of popularity of K-pop and K- Dramas all over the world, there has been more and more interest in Korean beauty culture, especially Korean skincare. Asians and especially Koreans are famous for having clear, glowy and hydrated skin. Their stars especially have beautiful skin even without makeup on. In Korea, skin …

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With the recent rise of popularity of K-pop and K- Dramas all over the world, there has been more and more interest in Korean beauty culture, especially Korean skincare.

Asians and especially Koreans are famous for having clear, glowy and hydrated skin. Their stars especially have beautiful skin even without makeup on.

Via Source: Narcity

In Korea, skin care is part of the culture hence, you learn how to pamper yourself from a very young age.

The center of beauty in Korea focuses around good, healthy skin that’s even in tone. Many people in the beauty community have a big misconception about cutely packaged products which seem good but cause a lot of damage to your skin. This is absolutely untrue when it comes to K-beauty. Koreans know how to make their skin care routine entertaining but, effective at the same time which is one of the main differences between them and the western world.  Koreans use 10-18 products a day which explains how much Koreans care for their skin.

 Korean beauty culture is constantly changing because of the fast-changing trends. It’s all about creating new formulas, ingredients and creating an entirely different category of beauty.

In fact, Korea is the country that came out with cushion foundations, bb cream, sheet masks etc. Koreans spend twice as much time and money on skincare routine. Koreans are famous for having perfectly clear, smooth and radiant skin. They sometimes look like they have no pores and wrinkles despite being over 30.

Koreans are some of the savviest consumers out there. When you care so much about your skin, you’re definitely going to make sure what it is that you’re putting on it.

 There have recently been 3 very popular trends in Korean skincare: Glass skin, Honey skin, and Dewy dumpling skin. Let’s dig deeper and see what these trends really are.

1. Glass skin:

This popular skin care trend went viral after a popular makeup artist who goes by the name of Elle Choi [@elliejellyb3an] posted a selfie of herself on Instagram where her beautiful skin that looked poreless and transparent like a baby’s skin caught people’s attention instantly.

So, many of her current followers and non-followers were curious to know her skincare routine and the secret behind her beautiful skin. People started calling this poreless skin as ‘glass skin’.

Today, ‘glass skin’ is defined as a skin that looks clear, translucent, luminous and poreless just like a piece of glass.

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2. Honey Skin:

Honey skin is all about hydrated, glowing skin. It is one of the oldest skin care trends in Korea, even before Glass skin became trendy. This phrase is mainly used to describe skin that looks like honey. If you look at honey closely, you will realize that it is often shiny and looks really smooth and supple hence that’s basically what ‘honey skin’ is all about.

One thing to remember is that when we say ‘honey skin’ we are not talking about a product or a kind of treatment using honey, which is often a misunderstanding. Honey skin is the kind of skin care that looks good with or without makeup.

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 It is actually hard to differentiate between ‘glass skin’ and ‘honey skin’, even if you look at the close-up shots of pictures side by side.

The main difference is that while ‘glass skin’ is all about the texture and radiance of the skin from within. Whereas, honey skin is all about hydration and luminosity of the skin that is, honey-like sheer skin.

 

3. Dewy Dumpling Skin:

This trend is a little different from the others in a sense that it is more of a makeup trend than skin care. Makeup artist Nam Vo who is often called “Highlighting Queen” on Instagram, is the one who popularised this trend.

It’s all about having that dumpling like sheen using highlighters. Dewy dumpling skin uses really minimal makeup.

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In this type of routine, the highlighter is used to have that extra 3-D look especially towards the temples and above the cheekbones.

But according to Nam Vo, having dewy dumpling skin really does starts with skin care hence, the reason why we are including this trend on the list. According to her, the better your skin is, the better the makeup is going to lay on your skin.

via thecut.com

 

All these mentioned skin care trends may look and sound similar to a number of people especially people who are aware of the world of K-beauty. But, they are all slightly different from each other. Glass skin is all about having that luminous and poreless skin. While honey skin is all about that supple, plump and nourished skin. And lastly, dewy dumpling skin is the one that relies on the skillful use of highlighters to create that 3-D effect on the skin but with a radiant and moist skin as a base.

Korean beauty products are inclusive and are for everyone and every skin type who are interested in K-beauty.

In fact, it is reported that it is more difficult for people of fair complexion to achieve the three mentioned skin care trends because of redness and broken capillaries. The only ideal trend that Korean skincare follows is hydrated and well-nourished skin.

Korean skin care trends are fascinating and are worth the hype but it may not be for everyone. So, just know that you can have a perfectly healthy skin without trying to have a Korean ideal skin.

Read Also: The secret to glowing skin unveiled: it’s in your own kitchen!

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Did an Iceberg really take the Life of the Titanic? https://www.procaffenation.com/did-an-iceberg-really-take-the-life-of-the-titanic/ https://www.procaffenation.com/did-an-iceberg-really-take-the-life-of-the-titanic/#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:27:51 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27157 Titanic’s proprietors, creators, and manufacturers dedicated a lot of consideration and cost to the manufacturing of the ship. They had guaranteed that she would be the most secure and most sumptuous liner to ever exist above water. Nobody,  at any point, envisioned that an extensive sea liner would endure deadly harm. So was it really the …

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Titanic’s proprietors, creators, and manufacturers dedicated a lot of consideration and cost to the manufacturing of the ship.
They had guaranteed that she would be the most secure and most sumptuous liner to ever exist above water. Nobody,  at any point, envisioned that an extensive sea liner would endure deadly harm. So was it really the crashing into an iceberg that created this mass-perish?  Or, a little recklessness? Could it have been avoided?

There weren’t enough rafts.

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Apparently, because of the resilient properties that Titanic possessed, the crew memebers were over-confident and the ship was being pushed at her full-service speed in areas with poor visibility.
Regardless of what made the Titanic sink, such an enormous death toll could most likely have been kept away if the ship had conveyed adequate rafts for its travelers and group.
In any case, the White Star liner left Southampton with 20 rafts, the legitimate least, with an added limit of 1,178 individuals. In spite of the fact that Maurice Clarke, the government worker who reviewed the Titanic in Southampton, suggested that it must convey 50 percent more rafts. His handwritten notes later revealed that he felt his activity would be undermined.
In the light of these events, he didn’t give the popular ship the approval to cruise. But clearly, that didn’t work.
The 20 rafts withdrew the ship with around 400 void seats. They left more than 1,500 individuals to die in the sub-zero sea waters.

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It was voyaging too quick.

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From the earliest starting point, some faulted the Titanic’s captain, Skipper E.J. Smith. He cruised the gigantic ship at such a rapid speed (22 ties), through the chunk of ice waters of the North Atlantic.
Some believed that Smith was endeavoring to better the intersection time of Titanic’s White Star sister dispatch, the Olympic.
However, in 2004, Robert Essenhigh speculated that he endeavored, to control a fire in one of the ship’s coal dugouts which, could have clarified why the Titanic was cruising at full speed.

The wireless radio operator dismissed a key iceberg warning. 

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Not as much as an hour before the Titanic hit the ice sheet, another adjacent ship, the Californian, radioed to state it had been halted by thick field ice.
The prefix “MSG” (Ace’s Administration Gram)  would have required the chief to recognize accepting the message. But, it did not contain the aforementioned signal. Hence, the Titanic’s radio administrator Jack Phillips considered the other ship’s notice non-earnest. And so, he didn’t pass it along.

Coal Fire, Not Iceberg, Destined the Titanic

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Another narrative piece speculated that the sinking of the ship was due to manufacturing defects. It was lauded for its proclaimed resilience. This led to ignorance and over-confidence by the crew members.
It may have been quickened by a mammoth coal fire in its structure. It seemed to have begun as long as three weeks before it was set off.

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What Makes Blue Pigment Unique In The Natural World? https://www.procaffenation.com/what-makes-blue-pigment-unique-in-the-natural-world/ https://www.procaffenation.com/what-makes-blue-pigment-unique-in-the-natural-world/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:55:53 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27305 Nature entails species that have a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from the olive- colored Ridley turtles, to pink flamingos, to the red-billed firefinch. But what about the color blue? Well, blue is an extreme rarity when it comes to the animal kingdom. Although we may find blue butterflies and blue whales, they are actually …

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Nature entails species that have a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from the olive- colored Ridley turtles, to pink flamingos, to the red-billed firefinch. But what about the color blue?

Well, blue is an extreme rarity when it comes to the animal kingdom. Although we may find blue butterflies and blue whales, they are actually not blue. These species merely seem blue.

Most animal/bird species around the globe lack the pigment needed for them to look blue. But if they lack the pigment, which is a prerequisite for any color to be visible, then how are they still blue?

Well, this is a question that had baffled scientists for decades. After much research and analysis, they found the answer to this macrocosmic question in the microcosm of the cells.

Via- butterfly conservation

The Science behind it

Instead of containing the blue pigment, the species that “appear” blue, consist of unique cell structures at the microscopic level. We already know that different colors exhibit different wavelengths. In the VIBGYOR spectrum, the color violet has the shortest wavelength when compared to the color red.

So, when different colors come in contact with these cells, their unique structure results in various colors bouncing off, but in a haphazard manner. However, the color blue, with its short wavelength, bounces off symmetrically upon hitting the cell. It is due to this selective reflection that blue is visible to us. This phenomenon is known as structural coloration.

This phenomenon hit headlines yet again when the Indian state of Maharashtra declared Blue Mormon Butterfly as the state butterfly in 2015. Its scientific name is Papilio Polymnestor. With black wings with vibrant blue streaks, it is the second largest butterfly of India.

The Human Connection

Via- hoopes vision

It is also because of this phenomenon that some human beings have blue irises. The color palette in humans ranges from brown to black, depending on the melanin concentration in the iris. Thus, colors like silver, hazel, blue, green, etc. are merely a result of the structural coloring of the iris.

Well, it looks like our vision has been fooling us all along, hasn’t it?

Read Also: What is the Significance of Colors in our Emotions?

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Rare and Beautiful Flowers of the Himalayas https://www.procaffenation.com/rare-and-beautiful-flowers-of-the-himalayas/ https://www.procaffenation.com/rare-and-beautiful-flowers-of-the-himalayas/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:00:08 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=24335 Flowers in the Himalayas are widely known for their distinct and medicinal properties. The Himalayan region, with its diverse climatic conditions, is home to many endemic, endangered and beautiful flora. The number of plant species is more than 25,000and these serene valleys possess 10%  of the world’s known species and 50% of India’s endemic plant …

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Flowers in the Himalayas are widely known for their distinct and medicinal properties.

The Himalayan region, with its diverse climatic conditions, is home to many endemic, endangered and beautiful flora. The number of plant species is more than 25,000and these serene valleys possess 10%  of the world’s known species and 50% of India’s endemic plant species.

Let’s talk about a few of these flowers in detail:

Gaping Monkshood:

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Gaping Monkshood or Aconitum Chasmanthum, is one of the beautiful flowers in the Himalayas. It belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. It is a perennial herb with a leafy stem. These flowers have a gaping mouth, compared to other Monk’s hood flowers. Sepals are blue or white with veins, rarely pale purple, not contiguous to the helmet.

Gaping Monkshood is generally found in meadows of Himalayas, from Pakistan to Nepal, from 2300 to 4300m. It also has a great medicinal use. People mix dry roots with butter and give them as an ointment on the abscess, they also mix boils with tobacco and give them as “Naswar”.

Greenish Himalayan Monkshood:

Via Source: Steemit

Greenish Himalayan Monkshood or Aconitum heterophyllum belongs to the buttercup family. It is a perennial herb and has large greenish-purple, prominently darker veined flowers. Also known as Indian Atees, the lowest leaves of this flower are deeply lobed and long-stalked. We can find these flowers in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal from 2400-4000m. The flowering takes place from August to September.

The dried roots of these flowers have very influential medicinal properties according to Ayurveda.

Himalayan Monkshood:

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This beautiful perennial flower has large deep or bright blue flowers. Greenish Himalayan Monkshood is its cousin flower which slightly differs from this flower since it has greenish-violet flowers. The leaves are ovate heart-shaped and are 4- 8 cm from the stem.

Just like Greenish Himalayan Monkshood, we can find these flowers in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, from altitude 2400-4000m.  They are famous for Ayurvedic medicinal purposes. The seeds crushed in honey are applied on the throat for tonsillitis. Nasal insufflation of roots is beneficial for a headache.

Himalayan Baneberry:

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Himalayan Baneberry or  Actaea acuminate, has a cylindrical cluster of numerous white flowers at the top. Flower clusters are 3-5 cm long. Leaves are about 40 cm. The flowers have clusters of stalked berries. We can find Himalayan Baneberry in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at altitudes 2400-3600m. Flowering generally takes place from May to August.

This plant is widely used to treat cold, cough and rheumatic pains.

Yellow Himalayan Oxeye Daisy:

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Yellow Himalayan Oxeye Daisy or Adonis Margaritae, is a perennial herb with long vertical rootstock.

The flowers are bright yellow in color and have a single velvet hairy-stalk. Yellow Himalayan Oxeye Daisy grows in large clumps in airline meadows in the Himalayas from Kashmir to West Nepal and West Tibet., at altitudes 3000-4300m. The flowering takes place from July to August.

It is used in Homeopathy to treat Asthma, Whooping Cough.

Blue Himalayan Anemone:

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Blue Himalayan Anemone or Anemone Obtusiloba has variable buttercup flowers in colors white, blue and yellow. Flowers have 5-7 elliptical petals which are silky haired. Flowers have soft hairy basal leaves.

One can find Blue Himalayan Anemone in forests, shrubberies, open slopes and grazing grounds, at altitudes 2100-4300m. The flowering takes place from May to July.

It is medicinally useful to treat fever, arthritis, and anxiety.

Read also:  Chanshal Pass: A Journey towards the End

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Interesting Facts That You Should Know About Your Body https://www.procaffenation.com/interesting-facts-that-you-should-know-about-your-body/ https://www.procaffenation.com/interesting-facts-that-you-should-know-about-your-body/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:49:57 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=26522 A human body is the most magical thing on this planet. Here’s a list of some of the most fascinating facts about the human body that you’ve probably never even heard of. MIND = BLOWN. Fact 1: There is a single part of our human body that doesn’t have any blood supply. This part is …

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A human body is the most magical thing on this planet. Here’s a list of some of the most fascinating facts about the human body that you’ve probably never even heard of.

MIND = BLOWN.

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Fact 1:

There is a single part of our human body that doesn’t have any blood supply. This part is the cornea which is present in the eye. It directly takes atmospheric oxygen.

Fact 2:

The nerve impulses which are sent from the brain move at a very high speed. Its speed is 274 km/h on an average.

Fact 3:

Our heart pumps about 182 million liters of blood in an average lifetime.

Fact 4:

The heart of women beats faster as compared to the heart of a man.

Fact 5:

The people who write with their right hand are more likely to live at least nine years more than the people who write with their left hand.

via: oasishumanrelations.org.uk

Fact 6:

Out of millions of people, only 7% are left handed.

Fact 7:

A person says around 5000 words in a day.

Fact 8:

A neo nettle has an ability to swallow and breathe both at the same time till seven months.

Fact 9:

The human skull has around 29 different bones.

via: newscientist

Fact 10:

Almost 5,000 cells in our body die and get replaced by new cells every minute.

Fact 11:

When a person blushes, his stomach also turns into red color.

Fact 12:

720 enzymes are in the active state in a human body.

Fact 13:

Apart from teeth, all the human body parts have self-healing property.

Fact 14:

Even 1% of bacteria can make your body sick.

via: news.mit.edu

Fact 15:

Until death, a person can recall, about 120 trillion data.

Fact 16:

The umbilicus is the scientific name of the belly button.

Fact 17:

The human body needs less than seven minutes to fall asleep.

Fact 18:

You won’t even know and you will eat eight small spiders accidentally in a lifetime.

Fact 19:

In case of identical twins, if one twin doesn’t have a certain tooth, it will be absent in the other one too.

Fact 20:

A neo nettle’s body has more bones as compared to an adult.

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Fact 21:

Human lungs have a surface area almost equal to the area of a tennis court.

Fact 22:

Women’s eyes blink two times less than that of a man.

Fact 23:

A person remembers only 10% of their dreams.

Fact 24:

Sperm cells are the smallest cells in a man’s body.

Fact 25:

The smell of bananas is helpful in losing weight.

via: gardeningknowhow

Fact 26:

Our brain possesses more than four terabytes of memory capacity.

Fact 27:

The rate of human respiration gets one ⅓ time higher in spring as compared to that in autumn.

Fact 28:

Human brain generates higher electrical impulses daily. These impulses are generated more than the telephones in the whole world.

Fact 29:

The only living thing that sleeps on their backs is human beings.

Fact 30:

The human body has almost 2 kg of bacteria.

via: rowdyprebiotics

Fact 31:

There are only a few people who can move their ears out of which, ⅓ can only move a single ear.

Fact 32:

Blonde’s facial hair grows faster than that of a dark-skinned person.

Fact 33:

A four-year-old kid asks almost 480 questions in one day.

Fact 34:

In a human body, 99% calcium is present in the human teeth.

Fact 35:

After the tips of a human finger, lips are the most sensitive part of the body.

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Fact 36:

Our skin gets replaced almost 1,500 times in a lifetime.

Fact 37:

During a kiss, heartbeats almost 100 times in a minute or even more.

Fact 38:

If hair were allowed to grow for a lifetime, the length would become 800 kilometers.

Fact 39:

When the body loses 1% water, we become thirsty. The loss of 10% water can even cause death.

via: facthacker

Fact 40:

We lose 150 calories when we hit our head accidentally against the wall.

How many of these fascinating facts did you know about?

Read Also: The Structural Framework of the Human Body: Repair and Development

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11:11 : A Divine Call From Angels? https://www.procaffenation.com/1111-a-divine-call-from-angels/ https://www.procaffenation.com/1111-a-divine-call-from-angels/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:48:25 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27291 Did you just see your clock strike 11:11 again? Do you feel it too?   Do you also start feeling a magical spark within your soul and surroundings the very moment you take a glance at this number? Instinctively, you start thinking that this number is of great importance and that you see it too …

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Did you just see your clock strike 11:11 again? Do you feel it too?

 

Do you also start feeling a magical spark within your soul and surroundings the very moment you take a glance at this number? Instinctively, you start thinking that this number is of great importance and that you see it too often.
You see it everywhere be it digital clocks, block addresses, license plates or any other such manifestations. Does 11:11 signal the presence of a spirit? Too many questions, eh? If yes, then you are guided to the right place.

“Numbers have a way of taking a man by the hand and leading him down the path of a reason”, said Pythagoras. He was indeed the first one to state how important numbers are to our lives and about the vibrational properties they possess.

11:11 suggests that you, yourself are the divine master of your own universe. The number itself possesses a bunch of qualities like the quality of patience, spirituality, honesty, intuition, idealism, etc.

11:11 reminds you of the one divine energy that is flowing throughout every damn thing in and around you. It is a sign of angelic beings nearby and that they want to bring in clarity in your life. In fact, the months from November 11 to January 11 are considered to be a period of a divine or spiritual trinity. It opens the door of opportunity for us to awaken and smell the cosmic coffee.

Meanings of seeing 1111 again and again :

1. The god wants you to be the creator of your own world and start manifesting your own self:

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The message behind the number 11:11 according to this is that you are the writer, creator, and producer of your own story. And that God will never judge, however you want your story to be. You are the sole person responsible for all the divine wishes you make or want to get fulfilled. It basically suggests making your own decisions and living by it.

2. It signifies you to pay attention to your own ideologies.

 

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It is essential that we start listening to our own thoughts which are hidden deep inside our soul. And towards the end, all the good thoughts will ultimately culminate in good actions. 1111 is a sign that you should start focussing on and pursuing things that you want and ignore all the other things that you don’t. This is simply because there are too many things in life to care about and too less to focus upon.

The number also signifies that there is a door of opportunity that is open for you and your thoughts to freely flow by.

3. 1111 decodes as remembering?

 

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As soon as you take a glance at angelic numbers like 1111, 222, 333, etc. you will start feeling that your cellular memory is getting reactivated and you are beginning to remember something that you might have forgotten long back. It makes you remember who you are and the worth of your existence in this world.

The surrounding gets filled with positive vibes and energy.

4. It is trying to lead you to the path of awakening:

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There are times when we don’t take notice of the opportunities around us. When we see such magical numbers, it signifies that there is always a window of new hopes that is open for us. And we just need to stop all our work for a moment, close our eyes and feel what signals our angels are giving us. It is always trying to make us realize the bigger picture in life. There is a path it manifests that will ultimately connect your own true self with a better self.

In fact, these divine signs are so spiritual that they keep giving you numerous awakening calls to make you focus on how you can make yourself better.

It’s 11:11 Make a wish! It is one of the most popular phrases today.

And, it is said to come true only when we see such numbers by sudden glances instead of purposively waiting for the digital clocks to strike that time for you to close your eyes and make a wish. This saying is not only famous here in India but Hollywood has also begun to believe in this 11:11 theory.

In fact, there is a concept relating to this theory in one movie named “I origins”. You’ll find it interesting to know that in this movie, a guy starts seeing 11:11 and is guided to follow these angelic numbers until he meets the love of his life, his spiritual girl.

Seeing such numbers is a positive sign. It is a sign which says that there is a lot of love and greater light that is available for us in this Universe. We just need to awaken ourselves and get on the right path to achieve our goals and desires.

All we need to do is to open our mind and soul to tune into the magic.

Read Also: Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo: The Mystic Law

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Be A Part Of The Ocean After Your Demise! https://www.procaffenation.com/be-a-part-of-the-ocean-after-your-demise/ https://www.procaffenation.com/be-a-part-of-the-ocean-after-your-demise/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 18:02:54 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27253 Introduction   We all are very familiar with the evolution of human beings. We were nothing like this before. We were closely related to Apes! Look at us now. Ever wondered why such drastic changes took place in nature? Well! Scientists claim that some species on earth can find one way or the other to …

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Introduction

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We all are very familiar with the evolution of human beings. We were nothing like this before. We were closely related to Apes! Look at us now.

Ever wondered why such drastic changes took place in nature? Well! Scientists claim that some species on earth can find one way or the other to survive. So, we found our way to be Homo sapiens.

Much like our fortune, every natural breed on this soil strategizes for its perseverance. Little did they know, the earth is metamorphosing every single day. The planet is nothing like how it was 100 years ago. And it is nothing but our very own nature that is struggling to persist with time.

Effects on Marine Life

 

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Planet earth doesn’t only belong to us, humans. It is an abode for 8.7 million species, 1 million of these live in the ocean.

Researchers say that about one-third of the marine animals are still unknown. Excess human activities have created several obstacles for all these marine creatures. The health of the ocean is degrading day by day.

Increasing coastal populations and overuse of marine resources are the main problems behind such deterioration. This results in the loss of habitat for the species living under water. Much like human beings, fishes also need shelters to abide. But unfortunately, environmental degradation is washing off several marine well-nesses.

The Agony of Coral Reefs

 

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The coral reef is an underwater ecosystem. It is largely distinguished by reef-building corals and popularly called “Rainforest of the sea”. This reef occupies less than 0.1% of the world’s ocean area and provides a home for at least 25% of all the marine species.

One of the biggest contributions of coral reefs is its role in the marine food web. Even the human world depends on these reefs for food and income.

Regardless of their importance, Coral reefs are on the verge of extinction. Over-exploitation of the marine ecosystem by man has led to such depletion. According to UN, 19% of the world’s coral reefs are already dead. This major extinction will lead to an increase in sea-surface temperatures and expand seawater acidification. The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) reported that within the next 40 years, the remaining reefs may vanish entirely from earth.

Marine biologists claim that 45% of the world’s reefs are still healthy and these people are now attempting to find ways to restore what we’ve lost.

Reef Balls to the Rescue

 

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In 1980, Todd Barber and his colleague, Don Brawley, were surfing through the sea to see the coral reefs of Florida Keys. They found out how the reefs were deteriorating.  Later, in the year 1992, they came up with the perfect idea to protect the reef’s family.

“Reef balls” are artificial reefs to the environment. Reef Balls Development Group, founded by Todd Barber and Don Brawley, first introduced the idea of man-made reef structures.

Initially, artificial reef balls were produced to save the coral reefs. But due to the wish of Brawley’s father-in-law to be buried in the sea when he dies, the duo came up with the project of formation of reef balls. These balls are made of cremated human remains mixed with concrete. It is placed in water and prospers as real reefs to the fishes.

Advantages of Artificial Reef Balls

 

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Reef balls protect the remaining natural coral reefs. These balls form new reef areas and a place for coral reefs, sponges, and seaweed to grasp on to. It protects existing coral reef sites and provides habitat for many marine species to thrive upon.

Mixing artificial reef balls with human burials give the entire innovation a positive inspiration. Family members can take part in the making process and leave hand-prints on the reef balls. Individuals can visit their beloved’s burial site by boat and scuba dive to the reef balls. They can have a GPS survey with the longitude and latitude of the reef’s location.

Where to Grab the Opportunity of Reef Ball’s Burials?

Everyone can connect to the Reef Balls Foundation (Non-profit organization) located in Athens, Georgia, the USA through email.

Their famous website Eternalreefs is also always open for your contribution to saving the serene marine ecosystem.

Read Also: Deep Sea Mysteries And Oddities That Might Surprise You

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Some Spine-Chilling Secrets That The Internet Doesn’t Want You To Know https://www.procaffenation.com/some-spine-chilling-secrets-that-the-internet-doesnt-want-you-to-know/ https://www.procaffenation.com/some-spine-chilling-secrets-that-the-internet-doesnt-want-you-to-know/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 18:01:16 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27224 Imagine you are the Titanic, we’re about to crash an iceberg! Just that we won’t shiver because of the cold but because of the spine-chilling secrets of the internet. The Internet is probably the busiest beehive in the world – the activity this very second would be approximately 55000 Google searches, 7000 tweets, and more …

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Imagine you are the Titanic, we’re about to crash an iceberg! Just that we won’t shiver because of the cold but because of the spine-chilling secrets of the internet.

The Internet is probably the busiest beehive in the world – the activity this very second would be approximately 55000 Google searches, 7000 tweets, and more than 2 million emails. The World Wide Web hosts around one billion websites which we reach with a simple click. But do you know all that we’ve been seeing is just 4% of the internet?

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Beneath the surface web lies the deep and dark web- the place which hides the secrets of the internet. Here are the basics of the internet iceberg:

Surface Web

The surface web is what you are accessing right now- this blog, Google, Twitter, YouTube and all the regular sites. Information can be accessed through common browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Deep Web

The Deep Web is 500 times larger than the Surface Web! Results from the deep web do not pop up in your Google Search, but we all access the deep web regularly as all our cloud storage (Google Drive or iCloud).

The deep web also includes private documents and password protected pages- which means your Facebook and Netflix Account pages are actually part of the Deep Web! All the database of the police, government agencies, and investigation bureaus are hidden in the deep web.

Dark Web

Now the last layer of the internet, the dark web, is dangerous and well, messed up. It’s the web of all illegal activities punishable as crimes, some heinous. The Dark Web is not accessible by our common browsers and requires the TOR browser for access. The sale happens through cryptocurrency or bitcoins- electronic cash.

The Dark Web is home to some of the most illegal and creepy activities across the globe. From fake Ids, fake college degrees, hackers and match fixing to extreme activities like stolen credit cards and illegal porn, the dark web is a layer of the internet that hosts these activities on a large scale.

Hitmen, thieves and burglars, arms and weapons, government secrets, every drug in the world and even human experimentation can be accessed on the Dark Web! It is also been found that the Deep Web allows a person to buy child spirits from abortions and miscarriages (What?!?!)

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Clearly, there have been cases of the Dark Web getting out of hand as Dark Web sells private and illegal information.

But it’s also necessary as places of anonymity have to be encouraged for creative freedom and expression. Well, this is definitely a case of ‘between the iceberg devil and the deep sea’!

Read Also: The Popular Internet Conspiracy: The Mandela Effect

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Here Is How You Surf At The Pororoca-n Paradise! https://www.procaffenation.com/here-is-how-you-surf-at-the-pororoca-n-paradise/ https://www.procaffenation.com/here-is-how-you-surf-at-the-pororoca-n-paradise/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 17:38:54 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27234 Every year, around the spring equinox (between March and April), the surfers of the world gather at São Domingos do Capim, a Brazilian Municipality. Since 1999, this town has been hosting the annual sport’s championship on the adjacents of the Guama’River. But aren’t tides an occurrence in the oceans and seas? A  Short Geography Lesson The …

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Every year, around the spring equinox (between March and April), the surfers of the world gather at São Domingos do Capim, a Brazilian Municipality. Since 1999, this town has been hosting the annual sport’s championship on the adjacents of the Guama’River. But aren’t tides an occurrence in the oceans and seas?

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A  Short Geography Lesson

The Guama’River is one of the three rivers that flow into the mouth of the Amazon River. We are all familiar with the concept of how the moon’s gravitational force causes the water of the sea to fall and rise, a phenomenon known as the tide.

Twice every year, the forces of the universe create a miracle- an equinox, when the sun, the moon, and the earth are all on the same line. The sun, as well as the moon, pulls at the earth’s waters creating tides like no other day. The pull is so strong that the water from the vast Atlantic Ocean rushes into the Amazon in the direction of a river, forming what is called a tidal bore.

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Some Crazy Facts

Okay, let’s stop with the academic lingo! What is so fascinating about ocean water flowing into a river?

The average waves on the beaches are around 1.5 meters tall and last for a very short period of time. In the Amazon, during the equinoxes, these tidal bores are so large and long- 4 meters/ 12 feet high and last for more than 30 minutes.

These waves crash with the speed of 15 to 24 kilometers per hour and go on for hundreds of miles. It can be heard thirty minutes before arrival. In 2003, a record was created by Brazilian Picuruta Salazar who rode for about 12.5 km for 37 minutes.

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Danger- Tide

Though the pororoca seems like the surfer’s paradise, it is not only the largest but also the most dangerous tidal bore across the globe.

The name ‘pororoca’ itself has multiple perilous connotations to it:

  1. In the indigenous Tupi language of the region, the word pororoca could translate into ‘great roar’.
  2. According to the Portuguese version, poroc-poroc was an indigenous way of expressing complete destruction.
  3. It is also speculated that is a combination of the words: poroc– to take out and oca– house.

The wave is extremely dangerous as it carries the debris from the dense rainforests of the region due to its extreme force.

Dangerous fauna like jaguars, piranhas and snakes lurk in the waters or might be encountered during the course of surfing. The pororoca could be a never-ending wave, or literally the end!

Read Also: This Earthquake Is Not Natural But Created By People Like You And me.

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Here Is A List Of 4 Of The Coolest Calculator Tricks Ever! https://www.procaffenation.com/here-is-a-list-of-4-of-the-coolest-calculator-tricks-ever/ https://www.procaffenation.com/here-is-a-list-of-4-of-the-coolest-calculator-tricks-ever/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:03:28 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=26387 The calculator is actually a pretty interesting object. Here are a few cool calculator tricks that you should have up your sleeves to impress practically anyone! Guessing any unknown number Advise your companion to pick their most loved number somewhere in the range of 1 and 9, however, don’t disclose the number to you. (Most loved …

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The calculator is actually a pretty interesting object. Here are a few cool calculator tricks that you should have up your sleeves to impress practically anyone!

Guessing any unknown number

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  1. Advise your companion to pick their most loved number somewhere in the range of 1 and 9, however, don’t disclose the number to you. (Most loved number = 5)
  2. Reveal to them that through the enchantment of their adding machine, you will demonstrate to them your number.
  3. Utilizing the adding machine, have them increase their number by 9. (5 x 9 = 45)
  4. Have them increase that number by 12,345,679. (1 through 9, avoiding the 8) (45 x 12345679 = 555,555,555)
  5. The adding machine displays the chosen number – 9 times!

Age guessing

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Utilizing an adding machine, your tyke can play a trap on grown-ups by “speculating” their age. To add to the quality of enchantment, the tyke gives the adding machine to the grown-up and they do the activities themselves.

  1. Advise the grown-up to conceal the screen from view and punch in their age.
  2. Instruct them to multiply the age by 2
  3. At that point include 1
  4. Increase the aggregate by 5
  5. Increase that aggregate by 10
  6. Subtract 100
  7. Request that the grown-up record the appropriate response.
  8. Taking the mini-computer, take a gander at the number on the screen. Overlook the last two digits of the number. The number you are left with will be the grown-up’s age.

The Mystery of 73

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This trap influences to give the idea that you can foresee what’s to come. Give it a spin and check whether it awes a group.

  1. Write the number 73 on a bit of paper, overlay it up, and offer it to a clueless companion.
  2. Tell your companion select a four-digit number and enter it twice into an adding machine.
  3. Inform your companion that the number is separable by 137 and request them to check the same utilizing the adding machine.
  4. Tell your companions to separate the outcome by the first four-digit number.
  5. Astound your companion by requesting that he or she unfurl the paper. Voila! The appropriate response on the mini-computer should coordinate the number on the paper – 73!

The Human Adding machine, otherwise known as the 3-7-13-37 Trap

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This trap will create the impression that you are the world’s quickest human adding machine. To make it sensible, provide your companion with an iOS number cruncher and get a bit of paper and pencil for yourself.

  1. Have your companion pick any 2 digit number (82, for instance)
  2. Tell your companion to increase this number by 3 and hit enter/parallel (82 x 3 = 246)
  3. Then increase that outcome by 7 and hit enter/parallel (246 x 7 = 1,722)
  4. Duplicate that outcome by 13 and hit enter/square with (1722 x 13 = 22,386)
  5. Then duplicate that outcome by 37 and hit enter/square with (22386 x 37 = 828,282)
  6. While you companion is composing numbers angrily on your iPhone, you can record the main number three times and discover the appropriate response in a matter of seconds. (82-82-82 = 828282= 828,282)

Memorize these tricks and become the coolest, smartest kid in the room!

Read Also: Photos which look photoshopped but are actually true

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Psychic Surgery: Miracle Or Deception? The Truth Unraveled. https://www.procaffenation.com/psychic-surgery-miracle-or-deception-the-truth-unraveled/ https://www.procaffenation.com/psychic-surgery-miracle-or-deception-the-truth-unraveled/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:02:46 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=24771 “Psychic Surgery” is a form of healing. The healer performs the surgery on the conscious patient with bare hands. The doctor first opens the patient’s body and removes the diseased material followed by, the subsequent closing of the body leaving no scars or marks. History This practice was first introduced to the public in the …

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“Psychic Surgery” is a form of healing. The healer performs the surgery on the conscious patient with bare hands. The doctor first opens the patient’s body and removes the diseased material followed by, the subsequent closing of the body leaving no scars or marks.

History

This practice was first introduced to the public in the year 1960. Because of the scientifically unexplainable nature of this operation, it was listed as a ‘paranormal’ phenomenon.

It was initially known as “bloodless surgery” and was later renamed as “Psychic Surgery”. It became well known among American and European citizens who were interested in miraculous healings.

Doctors dealing with chronically or terminally ill patients obviously needed to inform them when biomedical sciences could no longer aid them. Obviously, there were many patients who refused to give in and went to great lengths to find a cure. Hence, Psychic Surgery somehow landed up.

Positive feedback on Psychic Surgery offered patients complete and immediate recovery. There is a long history of patients traveling the world in search of miraculous cures, especially in the US. Hence, the stories of miraculous healings in the Philippines found a ready audience owing to various magazines.

Via Source: Mystic John Culbertson

At first, countless reports sprung up about miraculous healings taking place and people from the western continents started looking up for the healer’s names whom they had read about in the magazines.

As the number of these stories started to increase rapidly, a number of foreign patients went home with their own recoveries and film showing bizarre surgeries, more people started going to the Philippines with their own chronic and terminal problems.

By 1966, the topic had sparked enough interest among the masses that a book “Wonder Healers of Philippines” by Harold Sherman made its way to the shelf. It advertised and supported the stories of these miracles. However, this also gave way to accusations of fraud as skeptics noticed that the mere appearance of operations could be easily imitated by magicians using sleight-of-hand.

Around 1972-1973, when this healing was at the height of its interest, some disturbing revelations started coming up. Some patients started facing a lot of medical issues after they had discontinued the operations.

What is Psychic Surgery?

As mentioned before, Psychic healers are gifted to heal chronic and/or terminal ailments with their bare hands. They provide you with massive amount of healing energy to cure your disease(s) and boost your immune system.

They don’t specialize in any disease, the spirits are channeled to tune the body, remove blockages and unwanted matters.

Via Source: Medical Daily

The treatment takes only a few minutes. It does not use any instruments, anesthesia, scalpel cut, stitches, side effects, or a long recovery period. There will be no scar and you will be able to resume your normal life after the treatment.

Although hundreds and thousands of people over the years have given a positive feedback and claimed that they were actually cured by this, there are still people who widely boycott this practice and believe its nothing but a trickery.

Many people are indeed fake and give the healers a bad name but there are genuine healers in the Philippines who can help you as and when biomedical practices have failed.

It is advisable to consult your doctor about your ailment before taking up any other treatments.

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The only way to know for sure if Psychic Surgery is real or not would be to re-examine the old assumption of a separation between mind and body, and simultaneously considering if ending the separation between biomedicine and psychology would be a better approach to medicine in general.

If doctors start treating patients like people rather than just bodies, doctors can relearn how to engender the same sort of belief and trust that helps cure psychosomatic diseases worldwide.

Read also- Did You Know Surgery Was An Indian Concept?

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Rarest Mental Disorders From Around The World To Make You Shiver https://www.procaffenation.com/rarest-mental-disorders-from-around-the-world-to-make-you-shiver/ https://www.procaffenation.com/rarest-mental-disorders-from-around-the-world-to-make-you-shiver/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 17:31:05 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=24726 Are you normal? It might seem like an easy question, but our brain is a complex organ. Human beings are yet to understand its full potential. Our grip on reality can be thinner and more unsubstantiated than you think. This should come as no surprise, since everything that a person is—their hopes, memories, and conditioned …

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Are you normal? It might seem like an easy question, but our brain is a complex organ. Human beings are yet to understand its full potential. Our grip on reality can be thinner and more unsubstantiated than you think.

This should come as no surprise, since everything that a person is—their hopes, memories, and conditioned responses—are all contained by the small, fragile brain.

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However, unlike a failed liver, a malfunctioning brain can result in many bizarre consequences. The basic senses that we take for granted—such as not craving human flesh, or being able to recognize your family’s face—suddenly vanishes, and all you are left with is a disorder so bizarre that you get written up in an article like this.

Mental Disorders: Walking Corpse Syndrome

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Cotard’s syndrome makes you believe that you have either been dead or mutilated in some absurd manner such as amputation or your blood being drained out. Yet some patients show delusions of immortality.

The condition is most common among schizophrenics and people who’ve suffered head trauma. The case of a young man who hit his head in an accident in Scotland left the hospital convinced he was dead from either septicemia or AIDS. Shortly afterward, when his mother took him to South Africa, he came to believe that his soul had been sent to hell.

 Mental Disorders: Fregoli Delusion

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This is either your mother or an alien replicate. Can’t be too careful.

People with this disorder are irrationally convinced (or are they?) that strangers have taken the place of their friends and family members and are wearing cunning disguises that only look like the faces they’ve known all their lives.

Researchers, although uncertain, speculate that this disorder might have a basis in an organic brain disease.

Mental Disorders: The Cannibal Disease

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Remember the famous series Santa Clarita Diet?  It could be a real thing.

Wendigo psychosis is one rare disorder in which you start craving human flesh.

Wendigo is said to be a paranormal creature who feasts on human flesh. Symptoms usually include Nausea, Vomiting, and Loss of appetite (Ironic much?).

Eventually, the victim will crave human flesh, and will sometimes attempt suicide to keep from “infecting” others.

Mental Disorders: Aboulomania

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People with aboulomania have reported being completely indecisive about every minor decision they had to make. Routine activities such as walking, completing chores or deciding which famous person to troll, becomes difficult to prioritize.

What’s interesting about aboulomania is, that the affected person is otherwise completely normal. Sufferers know they have a problem with pathological indecision, yet they will agonize at length over every little thing. People with the condition just can’t stop obsessively working up elaborate arguments in favor of their actions.

To treat these victims, doctors first have to rule out depression and then,  in a gentle manner encourage them to get over it. It tampers clinical research because scheduling a visit with patients is generally difficult.

Even though our brain is responsible for everything we do, perceive and are; it is after all just an organ and things can go wrong with it. Brain disorders cannot be treated like other diseases, and once inflicted it is very rare to ever be completely rid of it.

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Listed in this article are 4 of the rarest mental disorders, some of which are culture-specific.

We should appreciate all our senses in life, we never know who is craving for the things we take for granted.

Read also – The Most Unusual Mental And Psychological Conditions

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Snake And Python Massage Is A Thing Now? https://www.procaffenation.com/snake-and-python-massage-is-a-thing-now/ https://www.procaffenation.com/snake-and-python-massage-is-a-thing-now/#respond Sat, 25 Aug 2018 15:42:48 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=25895 Would you dare to lie down on a table and then, allow snakes or pythons to crawl all over yourself? Hell, no. First things first, snakes are extremely creepy and scary. Why would I go near one, let alone allow them to crawl all over my body? Well, Snakes Massage is a thing now. And, …

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Would you dare to lie down on a table and then, allow snakes or pythons to crawl all over yourself?

Hell, no. First things first, snakes are extremely creepy and scary. Why would I go near one, let alone allow them to crawl all over my body?

Well, Snakes Massage is a thing now. And, it is actually very beneficial and relaxing. More importantly, very popular.

Via Source: Business Insider

The Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia offers a unique massage in which they allow pythons and other snakes to crawl all over the customer’s body. So, get ready for a full body massage provided by our very own snake masseuse.

Apparently, the slithering movement of the snake frightens people and the brain is switched to the flight\fight mode. This adrenaline rush has a positive impact on the human metabolism.

All are the reptiles used here are obviously, non-venomous. You need not worry about the bites (well, at least the staff says so). Before the 90-minute treatment, the snakes are taken out of the plastic boxes and are cleaned with antiseptic.

The snakes and pythons drape themselves over your neck, roll around on your stomach and back and occasionally stick out their forked tongues.

Via Source: The Inquisitr

 

You could probably use this treatment to get rid of, not only your fear of snakes but also stress. Talking about de-stress, it kinda feels strange that they expect people to stay calm while two pythons slither across your body, the way they please.

The snake massage is just one of the 300 treatments offered by the center. But, this particular treatment is the most talked about.

Via Source: Imgur

It is said that the snake massage is very effective since it improves the blood flow to the heart which helps in decreasing the risk of heart diseases. It is believed that once you’ve overcome the initial fear, this unique massage with snakes sliding all over your body, will relieve the tension in each ofyour muscle and hence relieve the stress.

There’s a place called Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage, New York where Serpentessa, lets three or four of her beloved boas crawl around your body, for a soothing massage.

Serpentessa (Gretchen Brown) is a Snake Priestess. She has been living with Serpents for the past 20 years. Snake priestess Serpentessa is with you the whole time to make sure you don’t get choked out during the session.

Via Source: College Of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Then, there’s another spa in Israel, which uses not one, but six different non-venomous snakes for the snake spa. The snake spa is very relaxing and it also alleviates muscle pain and soreness. It costs somewhere between $100.

The size of the snake depends on the type of massage – the larger the snake, the more effective the massage.

But, Customers need to follow a few strict rules to make sure that the experience stays pleasant. No jerky or sudden movements, you need to lay down calmly. Most importantly, do not scream even if you’re scared, it’ll confuse the snakes, they’ll perceive you as a threat and you might end up getting hurt.

Scary or not, the snake massage is gaining popularity nowadays.

Read Also: How Can A Cat’s Feces Parasite Alter The Human Mind?

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Louis Braille: The Great Vision Of A Blind Man https://www.procaffenation.com/louis-braille-the-great-vision-of-a-blind-man/ https://www.procaffenation.com/louis-braille-the-great-vision-of-a-blind-man/#respond Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:35:38 +0000 https://procaffenation.com/?p=13424 Louis Braille is known for inventing the Braille System, the writing system used by visually impaired people to write and read. He changed the lives of blind people all around the world and was an invaluable contributor to the world as we know It. Let’s have a look at the fascinating life of an extraordinary …

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Louis Braille is known for inventing the Braille System, the writing system used by visually impaired people to write and read. He changed the lives of blind people all around the world and was an invaluable contributor to the world as we know It. Let’s have a look at the fascinating life of an extraordinary man.

Born Sighted

Louis may have lived his life as a blind person, but he was born sighted. Born on 4th January 1809 in a small town Coupvray in France, Louis lived with his parents and three siblings. Louis often played in his father’s workshop, who was a village saddler.

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One day, when he was three years old he was playing with some tools. One of the tools ended up slipping and struck him in one of the eyes. The eye became infected and spread to the other eye as well. Young Louis became completely blind by the age of five.

Blind School

Via Source: Wikipedia

In spite of being a brilliant child, he had trouble reading and writing at his regular school. At the age of 10, however, Louis received a scholarship to the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris. It was one of the first Blind schools in the world.

However, he was unsatisfied with the way the students were being taught as they were mostly spoken to. He was unhappy with the lack of books and how hard it was to read the huge books with raised letters.

Charles Barbier and his system of “night writing”

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Barbier, a former soldier, had invented a system of writing called “night writing”. Louis gained interest in the system when Barbier introduced it to the school in 1821.

The system was originally created for soldiers to share top-secret information amongst themselves on the battlefield without speaking. The writing system consisting of 12 raised dots proved too complicated for practical use. However, Louis was able to modify it and develop a simpler version.

Birth of The Braille System

 

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By the age of 15, Louis was able to come up with a modified and usable adaptation of the “night writing”. He reduced the 12 dots into six dots, making it a much easier system which is now known all over the world as “The Braille System”.

In 1829, he published the first Braille book ever.

In 1837, he went on to add symbols for music and math as well.

Educator

via- nyamcenterforhistory.org

Louis Braille was offered full-time professorship in 1833. He taught geometry, algebra, and history. Being musically gifted, he also became a proficient organist and cellist.

Braille Acceptance

via- blindfoundation.org.nz

Blind students had to study braille on their own as it wasn’t immediately accepted by the public. Even at the University where Louis taught after he graduated, braille wasn’t taught until after he died.

Upon the persistent insisting of blind students, the Royal Institute finally implemented the Braille system in 1854.

The system is now used almost all over the world and has proved to be one of the greatest inventions for the Blind community.

Death

via- edu.glogster.com

Louis Braille died of Tuberculosis, in 1852, just a couple of days post his 43rd Birthday.

The French government finally recognized and honored his accomplishments in 1952 and moved Braille’s remains to Paris in the Pantheon, where his remains rested amongst the other French heroes, with the exception of his hands which remained in the village cemetery upon the request of the Mayor of Coupvray.

Read also: Klingon, Dothraki, Elvish & More: Popular Conlangs and Their Origins

 

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Limelight Is On This Miraculous Animal Now. https://www.procaffenation.com/limelight-is-on-this-miraculous-animal-now/ https://www.procaffenation.com/limelight-is-on-this-miraculous-animal-now/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:53:25 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=25556 A fisherman just hopes to have a good catch when he casts his reel. But results might not be the same as always. It may be a prize catch or even just seaweed and sometimes even thrown away plastic or old torn clothes. This is all, what they generally expect. But would anyone have ever …

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A fisherman just hopes to have a good catch when he casts his reel. But results might not be the same as always. It may be a prize catch or even just seaweed and sometimes even thrown away plastic or old torn clothes. This is all, what they generally expect.

But would anyone have ever thought that he/ she might catch a fish having the head of a bird?

A fisherman actually experienced this while fishing in China’s Guizhou Province. His catch was part fish and part bird. It had the body of a fish but the head of a bird.

The News has broken

China’s Guizhou Urban Newspaper, which broke the news, identified the fish as a common freshwater carp (Cyprinus carpio). But a lot of people still believe that it was a miraculous animal. The mouth resembles a beak while the small fins on the side give the appearance of wings.

via: welcometochina.com.au

 

Abrupt reasons for the miracle or deformation

To clear all the misconceptions about this miraculous animal, scientists have come up with a better explanation.

The fish’s unusual appearance could be because of some sort of a developmental problem caused earlier in its life. There might be various reasons for this deformity. The hormonal factor could be one possibility. Another reason could be that the chemicals, dissolved in the water might have caused this problem.

Yang Xing, an expert from the Guizhou Fisheries suggested the same. There might be various reasons behind the deformation. The embryo might have been damaged while it was growing or the overcrowded fish farming might have caused lack of oxygen which eventually led to the head deformation.

Whatever the reason, the animal has gained immense popularity with its Youtube videos gaining high views.

The video shows the strange fish gasping for air while the onlookers exclaimed in surprise!

Read Also: Weirdest Things Found By The Airport Security

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Photos Which Look Photoshopped But Are Actually Real https://www.procaffenation.com/photos-look-photo-shopped-actually-true/ https://www.procaffenation.com/photos-look-photo-shopped-actually-true/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:53:14 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=26884 A few of the pictures here are too unusual to be in any way, evident. Regardless of whether they’ve been captured with accurate precision and timings or sheer luck, they’re absolutely real. The scenes shot in these photos are intriguing. Let’s have a look: 1. Lane Game Strong: Photographer Oscar Ruiz captured this photograph in …

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A few of the pictures here are too unusual to be in any way, evident.
Regardless of whether they’ve been captured with accurate precision and timings or sheer luck, they’re absolutely real. The scenes shot in these photos are intriguing. Let’s have a look:

1. Lane Game Strong:

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Photographer Oscar Ruiz captured this photograph in a lodging advancement in Mexico. It was picked as the photograph of the day by National Geographic.

2. Abstract Painting

Via Source: Pinterest

Photographer Micheal Brandt caught these moving slopes at the Palouse Valley, Washington, USA. This specific photograph is looking towards Tekoa Mountain from Steptoe Butte.  It’s an astonishing geological point of interest right in the core of the Palouse. This picture looks like a portrait, almost unreal.

3. Row, Row, Row Your Boat:

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Looks like, this man is merrily towing his boat down the stream in a lake filled with paint. This is a genuine photograph of a contaminated lake in Anhui territory, China. The green layer is algae and the other patches are due to the uncontrolled contamination.

4. Photography = Art

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The rainbow hitting this cascade is an impeccable illustration! It is one of those too good to be true photographs captured in the perfect moment. But, it isn’t photoshopped. This Picture is as real as you and me.
5.Nadal and Federer playing tennis on a water court:

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Envision, what will happen if the tennis ball leaves this water court?
Nonetheless, amid a cordial knockabout in Qatar, these players figured out how to play on a court that was gliding amidst a tidal pond in the Persian Bay. Federer went up against his Spanish opponent.

6. The Magic Tap

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This unconventional wellspring has confused everyone. How is it held up without any support? More importantly, where does the water come from?

If you look closely, you will notice the straightforward tube which is covered up by the water flow. Hence, the visibility of the white pipe under the waterfall is almost non-existent.  

7.Rio De Janerio by Sergio Moraes

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8. Surfing with dolphins by Matt Hutton

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This photograph catches the precise minute a dolphin ruptures free of the water into the approaching way of a surfer.
Despite the fact that dolphins have been known to impart the waves to surfers before, once in a while are they captured leaving the water and on a similar wave.

9. Radisson Blu Inn in Berlin, which houses the world’s biggest tube-shaped aquarium

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The AquaDom is the world’s biggest cylindrical aquarium. It has one million liters of saltwater, and it is a dazzling living space for various types of tropical fish. The AquaDom is kept up by the Ocean Life Berlin, which is found alongside the lodging. Ocean Life Berlin houses 30 freshwater and saltwater tanks. These are home to a large number of ocean tenants.

10. A ship that almost smashed it’s way into this pleasant town

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The Sun Voyage Resort and Yacht in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, has turned out to be one of the nation’s greatest traveler goals. It is the world’s first ashore journey themed resort.

11. It’s a frigid apparition of a Jeep

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The most conceivable hypothesis about how the shell was shaped states that the driver isolated the sheet of ice from their bumper when they warmed up their motor.

The shell stayed unblemished after the driver hauled out, in the light. It was upheld by icicles solidified to the ground. This has happened to various other automobiles, as well!

12. A Shark Rises

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This photograph was captured precisely one second before the shark rose up, out of the water. The surface strain of the water looks unfathomable!

All these astonishing photographs narrate that photography is all about the precision, timing and the right angles!

Read Also: How Did Blacks End Up As The Architects Of The Word ‘Cool’?

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Here’s How The British Raj Influenced Our Indian Cuisine https://www.procaffenation.com/anglo-indian-cuisine-british-raj-influenced/ https://www.procaffenation.com/anglo-indian-cuisine-british-raj-influenced/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:30:19 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27088 Apart from influencing our cultures, style, and way of life, the British also majorly influenced the Indian Cuisine. Apart from the infrastructure and the economy, another thing that was developed, was the Anglo- Indian cuisine. This kind of cuisine came into the picture during the British Rule, when the British memsahibs or wives interacted with …

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Apart from influencing our cultures, style, and way of life, the British also majorly influenced the Indian Cuisine. Apart from the infrastructure and the economy, another thing that was developed, was the Anglo- Indian cuisine.

This kind of cuisine came into the picture during the British Rule, when the British memsahibs or wives interacted with their Indian cooks. They gave their English inputs which resulted in Indian outputs and that is pretty much how Anglo- Indian cuisine was born.

Following is a list of some interesting, both heard and unheard dishes that belong to this cuisine-

Kedgeree

Kedgeree is said to have been evolved from the Indian dish Khichdi.

This dish was brought to England by all those English people who enjoyed eating khichdi and introduced it in England as breakfast and called it Kedgeree. It contains rice, fish pieces and hard-boiled eggs served with butter or cream.

Parsley and lemon juice are a few of the toppings. Chicken kedgeree is also a variety of this dish.

via: dinner4tonight.com

 

Chutney

Chutney was evolved from the preservation technique that was used for pickles. When the British came to India they mainly relied on pickles, chutneys, marmalades, and jams.

Slowly, the chutney was carried by the English to the Western parts of the world. Coconut chutney, tomato chutney, mint and coriander chutney are some chutneys which are famous worldwide.

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Read also – 29 Famous Dishes From 29 States Of India

Mulligatawny Soup

The mulligatawny soup got its name from the two Tamil words namely miḷagāy meaning chili or miḷagu meaning pepper, and tanni which means water. This soup is quite similar to the staple rasam. It is made with 7-8 spices, vegetables, and water and is thickened to a soup-like consistency.

Sometimes chicken and mutton pieces are also added and it is best served with rice or bread.

Via Source: One Green Planet

Railway Mutton Curry/ Railway Chicken Curry

Famous in Calcutta, this railway chicken/mutton curry is also a British raj specialty.

When the Britishers used to travel in trains, especially in Calcutta, they used to hire cooks who would prepare a sumptuous meal for them. This is when the home cooked mangshor jhol (mutton curry) begun getting famous with the British.

The curry contained numerous Indian spices and used to be too spicy, thus coconut milk was added to tone down the spiciness and was served with rice or flatbread.

The railway chicken/mutton curry is still quite famous in various parts of Calcutta.

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Pork Vindaloo

The Vindaloo is a famous curry preparation in Goa and other Konkan regions. The origins of this curry preparation can be traced back to the times when it was prepared by the Portuguese who had settled in Goa.

Vindaloo got its name from the Portuguese word  ‘carne de vinha d’alhos’ which means ‘meat in garlic wine marinade’.

The Indian cooks further refined it by adding the Indian spices. This dish is very popular and is found in every single restaurant in Goa, where it is made with the original pork vindaloo recipe.

via: dishmaps.com

So, these were a few examples of the popular Anglo-Indian Legacy.

How many of these have you tried?

Read Also: The Unknown Health Benefits of Baking Soda

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Arrow Remains Found In The Ribs Of A Deer: Survival Is A Miracle? https://www.procaffenation.com/arrow-remains-found-in-ribs-of-a-deer-survival/ https://www.procaffenation.com/arrow-remains-found-in-ribs-of-a-deer-survival/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:18:20 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=25546 Miracles happen. Most of us must have had some or the other incident in life which made us believe in the power of God. The Almighty has the power to create and the power to destroy. No one can kill you if, the Supreme power wants you to live. This Deer stands as a testimony …

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Miracles happen. Most of us must have had some or the other incident in life which made us believe in the power of God. The Almighty has the power to create and the power to destroy. No one can kill you if, the Supreme power wants you to live.

This Deer stands as a testimony of the same.

via: forbes.com

 An arrow in the ribs

Now, what would happen if you shoot a deer in the rib cage? OK, you would say that it may survive if the arrow is taken out and the ribs which have been damaged are paid attention to and cured.

But what if the arrow stays in there, in the ribs of the deer? Of course, it would die.

And this fact has brought huge fame to a deer which was hunted in Utah in 2017.

The Facebook Post

He became a facebook celebrity when Utah Conservation Officers Association, uploaded an image of his ribs to facebook.  As per the Facebook Post, “the shot wasn’t fatal and the arrow broke off, but the deer’s body used the arrow as a splint and the bone grew around the shaft.”

The deer did not die, in fact, it lived with the arrow inside his gut for a long period of time. The image reached millions of people and was shared about 41,000 times.

via: bigdeerblog.com

The proud hunter

The image did not reveal anything about the death of the deer. People were not sure if the deer had died of the arrow or the bullet. But, whatever the deer was finally brought down by, another arrow or a bullet, we have to assume that it had to be something pretty powerful to kill this tough guy.

From the appearance of the rib cage, it looks like the animal was dressed a while ago.

The successful hunter was so much amazed by this miracle of nature that he framed it. The photograph of this was taken by Robert Stegall. He is the son of the person who finally killed the mighty hunter.

What? Haven’t seen it yet? Here’s the image for you.

 

via: www.livescience.com

 

We’re pretty sure that this isn’t the first miracle that you would have come across. Look around, you’ll be able to witness hundreds of miraculous things happening each day. That’s the beauty of faith and that’s the beauty of nature.

Read Also: Why Is Spider Silk An Important Breakthrough For Various Industries?

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Chanshal Pass : A Journey Towards The End https://www.procaffenation.com/chanshal-pass-a-journey-towards-the-end/ https://www.procaffenation.com/chanshal-pass-a-journey-towards-the-end/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:51:57 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=25207 “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets darker.” – John Muir Truly quoted by Sir John, the world is a vast place and we must take a look at every beautiful creation of nature before we close the last chapter of our lives. People travel …

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“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets darker.”

– John Muir
Truly quoted by Sir John, the world is a vast place and we must take a look at every beautiful creation of nature before we close the last chapter of our lives.
People travel all across the globe, some for leisure, some for fun and some for discovering new places that give peace to the mind and the soul.  The world is full of fascinating places with stunning and astonishing architectural feats,  tropical paradises, snowy and windy mountains and picture-perfect landscapes.
All these diverse destinations are waiting to be explored. A lot of places remain hidden and are rarely discovered by anyone.  A true wanderer is always up for new challenges and to unravel new places. So, backup your bucket list with one another beautiful and fascinating place known as the Chanshal Pass.

Via Source: vargiskhan

A Deep Insight :

The Chanshal Pass or Chanshal Valley is cuddled up in the laps of the mighty Himalayan Range. It links Dodra Kwar and Rohru in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.
Situated at a distance of 158 Kms from Shimla and set at an elevation of 4,520 meters (14,830 ft), it is the highest peak in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.
It is the mountaintop, which serves as the best place for the nomadic appetite of the otherwise bounded young MNC labors tired of their monotonous dawn to dusk schedules. This place is a hidden treasure, perfect for the adventure junkies. It is a peaceful, pristine site which offers an exquisite hiking and camping experience.  It is all about spending a good vacation without burning a hole in your pocket.

Let’s lose ourselves to the beauty of nature :

The place is the epitome of beauty and peace. Though the journey is long and tiring, the view from the top will really be worth it. The roads to the summit are gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. The is ascent is steep and, with a lot of slushes and loose rocks, but it all looks picturesque. The trip will be an experience in itself.

Via Source : vargiskhan

The summit offers good scenic views of the Himalayan Mountain range. It’s really windy and cold up there. Even your phone might blow off if you don’t hold it still while capturing what your eyes can’t believe is real, at first.
The trip is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in travel, off-roading, and photography.
The drive is risky but adventurous. Plus, the pleasing and alluring views while on the way to the top will make your journey worth remembering. The beautiful sunset and a cup of coffee with a good book are all the things that you need to experience one of the most peaceful and breathtaking evenings of your life.

Via – Indiamike

I feel this place is special and unique in its own way and deserves to be visited and appreciated at least once in a lifetime.

Read Also: 5 Things every traveler ‘must do’ at least once

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Pulsars: The Most Accurate Clocks In Space https://www.procaffenation.com/pulsars-the-most-accurate-clocks-in-space/ https://www.procaffenation.com/pulsars-the-most-accurate-clocks-in-space/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:49:38 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=25169 We have atomic clocks that are highly accurate. But there are clocks in space too. In fact, they might be even more accurate. Pulsing, rapidly spinning stars could be used as universe’s most accurate clocks.  For many years, astronomers have attempted to use these stars, named pulsars, as time-keepers. But, the contortion in their spins …

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We have atomic clocks that are highly accurate. But there are clocks in space too. In fact, they might be even more accurate.

Pulsing, rapidly spinning stars could be used as universe’s most accurate clocks. 

For many years, astronomers have attempted to use these stars, named pulsars, as time-keepers. But, the contortion in their spins has prevented this from happening. However, a recent discovery and a new understanding could enable scientists to compensate for it.

via bbc.com

When stars collapse and become dense enough that protons and electrons squish together to become neutrons, pulsars are created.

Once the stars’ mass is condensed into a small volume, conservation to angular momentum causes the pulsar to rotate up to hundreds of revolutions per second.

Pulsars radiate a steady ray of light which sweeps around and hence, their light seems to pulse on and off as it crosses our line of sight. This pulsing is not quite steady. Slight variations in the observed pulling rate were unexplained, until now.

Timing the cosmos

Lovell telescope in the United Kingdom has helped in explaining this phenomenon. These deviations are arising because the pulsars are slowly spinning down at two different rates. The switch between these two rates is unpredictable and abrupt.

via spaceinfo.com

Careful observation and measurement of a pulsar’s light at any particular time should tell us about its slowdown rate, and allow astronomers to calculate and correct it. This will largely improve the pulsars’ usefulness as cosmic clocks.

All the eminent clocks developed by humans need correction to accommodate for the variations in temperature, pressure, humidity or local magnetic field. Scientists claim that pulsars are a potential means of unerring an astrophysical clock.

Ripples in space-time

via sciencemag.org

Scientists are hoping that pulsar clocks can be helpful in answering questions about the gravitational waves.

These waves were previously undetected, but pulsars may be the lead to finding them. 

Einstein’s theory of general relativity suggests that events like a merging of 2 supermassive black holes will create wavelets in the space-time that stretch out through the entire universe.

via ibtimes.co.uk

For example, a gravitational wave would cause a change in the pulsing rate of a pulsar on passing through it. If we could measure these changes very precisely, we may be able to corroborate the existence of gravitational waves.

Gravitational waves are expected to be created by supermassive black holes in the universe. Observatories around the world are trying to use pulsars to detect these gravitational waves.

The new techniques may be successful in revealing the gravitational wave signals that are currently undetectable due to the non-uniformity in the pulsar rotation.

via nasa.gov

Read also- What Are The Strange Messages Coming From The Universe?

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The Popular Internet Conspiracy: The Mandela Effect https://www.procaffenation.com/the-popular-internet-conspiracy-the-mandela-effect/ https://www.procaffenation.com/the-popular-internet-conspiracy-the-mandela-effect/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:44:09 +0000 https://www.procaffenation.com/?p=27027 Have you ever felt like, you’ve known something in a particular way but then, you look back at it and it didn’t actually happen or it happened the other way round?? If you’ve ever experienced something like this, then it seems like you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as The Mandela Effect. It all started with …

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Have you ever felt like, you’ve known something in a particular way but then, you look back at it and it didn’t actually happen or it happened the other way round??

If you’ve ever experienced something like this, then it seems like you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as The Mandela Effect.

It all started with the controversy over Nelson Mandela’s death. Hence, that’s where the name for this phenomenon comes from. Many people say that they remember Nelson Mandela not making it out of the prison alive in the 1980s. There are some others, who firmly believe that they saw his funeral on the news.

Yet Nelson Mandela didn’t actually die until 2013.

Via Source: NewIndianExpress

When Nelson Mandela died in 2013, a paranormal consultant Fiona Broome, discovered this phenomenon. She firmly believed that Nelson Mandela had died in the prison.

Then, she launched a website where she shared her experience and found out that so many other people recollected the same memory. Weird, isn’t it?

People began sharing their experiences regarding other false memories they’d noticed. It then blew up from there and became an internet phenomenon. Here’s a list of the most famous and mind-blowing examples of the Mandela Effect:

1. The Berenstain Bears:

These popular children’s books and television show series were loved by many for years. Anyone whom you ask will tell you that the correct way to spell “Bernstein” is with an “e”  and not “a”. What if I told you that’s wrong?

That’s right, it’s actually called the “Berenstain Bears”. There are a number of testimonials from Fiona Boome’s website of people who remember it as “stein”. One person wrote “Didn’t it used to be the Bernstein Bears? Now, suddenly it’s the Berenstain bears? Is this some sort of anti-Semitic cover-up? Or are people born in the 1980’s misinformed?

via in5d.com

2. Mirror Mirror On The Wall:

This line is probably one of the most famous lines ever from a Disney movie or even outside Disney.

The line is so famous that, there is literally a whole movie named after it, called “Mirror Mirror” starring Lily Collins and Julia  Roberts. What if I told you that we were all remembering it wrong! Snow White’s evil stepmother actually says,  “Magic mirror on the wall.” We couldn’t believe it either.

3. Missing lyrics of “We are the Champions”:

Remember singing this iconic Queen song as a kid everytime you beat someone at something? Most of us believe that the song ends with: “We are the champions….of the world!” But if you listen to the song now, it doesn’t end with “of the world.” Those words literally disappeared into thin air.

The song just ends and it’s making us crazy. Don’t believe us? Hit the play button.

4.The Pikachu tail controversy:

Pikachu is arguably one of the most well-known Pokémon in the world. Which is why, it’s sort of funny that, people can’t remember what his tail looks like.

People remember there being a black mark on Pikachu’s tail, but if you take a look at Pikachu now, you’ll see no black marks there. Some people remember his tail with a black tip, while others believe it to be just another example of the Mandela effect.

via reddit.com

 

 

5. The popular cartoon network show- Is it Looney ‘Toons’ or ‘Tunes’?:

Another popular cartoon show, the “Looney Toons” was loved by many.

The name, “Looney Toons” makes sense because “toons” of course, is the short form of cartoons. But, apparently, it has always been ” Looney Tunes” and not “Looney Toons”.  It doesn’t make sense because the show was not a musical.  When on Earth did it change to Looney Tunes? And How? We’re baffled too.

via trueactivist.com

 

6. Does Darth Vader really said, “Luke, I am your father”

After the premiere of Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back, in 1980, the line,”Luke, I am your father” quickly became one of the most popular and quoted movie lines of all time.

The phrase could be seen on t-shirts, hats, phone cases, memes and just about anything. Even the people who hadn’t seen Star Wars knew about this famous line.

Except that, Darth Vader never actually said this! He said,”No, I am your father”.

These were some of the most popular examples of The Mandela effect. Clearly, there’s something interesting going on here, but what could it possibly be?

How to explain the fact that, many different people can share the same false memory? There are certain theories that try to explain the same.

1. Parallel Universe/Virtual Realities:

Some people believe that it could be due to the shifting of the universe.

Conspiracy theorists believe, that it’s possible that we first lived in an alternate universe where it was ‘Berenstein ‘bears but then, one day we all shifted to another universe where it was Berenstain bears.

It just means that we all still remember things in a specific way, that we have known from the original universe we once lived in. But now, we are living in an alternate universe where things are slightly different.

There have been a number of debates among physicists regarding the parallel universe theory. Even today, it remains debatable.

via thespiritscience.net

2. Time Travel:

This theory is about time travel. Many people believe that somebody traveled back in time and changed something small and this small change affected a lot of other things.

A good example of this is the movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ where Ashton Kutcher went back in time, picked up a pencil and drew something and then when he went back to the future a bunch of things was different.

via davidreneke.com

3. Confabulation/memory defects:

Psychologists came up with the term confabulation which is a clinical term to refer to memory defects.

According to them, the Mandela effect is a result of false memories which occur in a number of ways which could be biased or maybe as simple as not remembering things right. Memories aren’t pure. But it’s fascinating to think that people whom we have never even met, have the exact false memory.

Whether you believe in this theory or not, the Mandela effect will make you question your entire knowledge.

Via Source: The IPWSO Blog

 

We are not stating that the Mandela Effect is 100% real because that simply can’t be proven now and won’t be proven anytime soon.  It is just an interesting theory either you’re into conspiracy theories or not.

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