Sunday, February 25, 2018

Adopting a Holistic Approach for a Healthy Life

“Holistic living is a dedication to a lifestyle of balance and health” as per Dr. Linda Mundorff in her book `Take Control: A Guide to Holistic Living’. She is a traditional naturopath who believes that holistic living involves making time for your family and getting along with others. Adopting a holistic approach for a healthy life requires you to give importance to relaxation and spirituality. You need a commitment to a healthy diet, as per Dr. Linda Mundorff, to stay active throughout the day. She points out that there are several methods to go about this holistically. Dr. Maya Paul, writing for Helpguide.Org says, “Think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small manageable steps rather than one big drastic change to set you up for success. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.” Dr. Paul is a Health & Spirit Coach. She suggests three steps: • Simplify – Think about your diet in terms of color and freshness rather than being too much concerned about counting calories and checking portion sizes. • Start Slow – Make slow changes to your eating habits. It is not realistic to make your diet a healthy one overnight. Changing everything all of a sudden will have a negative impact and you may start hating your new eating scheme. • Whatever change you decide will matter – You do not need to be perfect and get rid of foods that you like or enjoy to get to a healthy diet. The ultimate objective is to feel good and get more energy and not to get bogged down or make your life miserable by making strict or difficult choices. The healthy food choices that you make should count and you can be happy with them. Alena Bowers, writing for Live Strong Magazine, says “Certain basics of nutrition must be met daily to eat a healthy diet.” The Help Guide website has suggested that you start to simplify your eating habits as earlier suggested by Dr. Maya Paul. Alena Bowers is also the author of `Alter this’. She is an educator and yoga instructor. She recommends that you start to implement healthier ways to eat on a gradual basis. You can start by serving smaller portions on your plate. You can chew slowly and be conscious of what you are eating rather than concentrating on the television or other people talking when you are eating food. Prema Scott Key writes in her book, “The Journey to Radiant Health”, that there are many holistic exercise methods to be tried. They are Yoga, Tai Chi and the Eastern Martial Arts as they incorporate the mind, body and the spirit. `Yoga’ actually means `Union’ in Sanskrit. The idea is to let you feel the unity within. Prema Key writes that “you can experience more endurance and enjoyment in life by becoming disciplined in holistic living”. Healthy eating is not just about a nutritional philosophy or depriving yourself of the foods you like. It is about beginning to feel good and have more energy to stabilize your mood and keep your body as well as mind healthy. To read more on adopting a holistic approach for a healthier life, you may go through these articles listed below.

Best Treatment for Oily Skin

You may feel that you are not finding a decent solution to remove the greasy look from your forehead and chin when you have oily skin. This is a condition that is often inherited from previous generations in a family. During the teen years, changes in hormone levels could cause skin to turn oily and result in acne outbreak. The best treatments for oily skin can be found at home. Cleaning your face in the morning and at night with a cleanser is probably the single most effective way to manage oily skin. You can use a gentle cleanser as harsh soaps can stimulate the skin to generate more oil. Like cleansers, toners that contain salicylic acid are most effective for oily skin. Oily skin can result from several factors. Genetics and family history can affect the make-up of the skin. Others may have a glandular condition that causes excessive generation of sebum by the sebaceous glands resulting in greasy skin. People in the past have adopted these treatments for oily skin:  Washing the face at least thrice a day.  Tomatoes have been used for their astringent and cooling properties. As tomatoes are rich in Vitamin A and C, they are helpful for reducing acne and getting rid of excessive oil from the skin. There are many anti-oxidants in tomatoes for them to be a popular treatment for oily skin. You have to cut the tomatoes in halves and rub those halves on the affected portions of your skin.  You have to apply make-up at least ten minutes after washing your face and not before because it will not allow the cosmetics to go down through the pores of the skin to create more blackheads and acne. Oily skin can be treated at home. These are the steps you have to take towards treatment for oily skin:  Keep your skin clean – The skin looks dirtier when it is oily. It is important for you to keep the skin clean by washing it at least thrice a day. The glycerine variety of soaps is effective like Pears.  Try Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera gels absorb oil and clear out pores. Dab the gel on to your face at least thrice a day after washing and then let it dry. Keep the gel in the refrigerator for the cooling effect.  Wipe with Astringents – Wiping the oily portions of your face with acetone or alcohol spirits can help in degreasing your skin.  Paper Facial Tissues – They can help soak up excess oil very fast. There are oil absorbing tissues that you can buy at the cosmetics stores.  Almond Honey Scrub – You can mix a small quantity of ground almonds with honey and gently massage or scrub the paste on to your skin with a hot washcloth and rinse thoroughly.  Use water-based cosmetics – If you cannot live without make-up or foundations, you can choose water-based products over the oil-based types and you can select spot concealers than coating your entire face. Try to use gel blushers or powders instead of cream foundations for oily skin. Blotting paper could be a great option for removing excess oil from your skin and the paper does not dry out your skin. These papers are lightly powdered for oily skin to reduce the shine further. Applying masks and clays to the skin also helps draw out oils and cleanses the pores. But excessive use can dry out the skin. They have to be applied only on the problem areas and that too, not frequently. You have to remember that there is no way to completely prevent oily skin. You can watch your diet too. A reduction of fish and iodized salt in your diet is recommended for oily skin treatment.


Maithili is a language of India that is spoken mainly in Bihar. There are forty five million people speaking this language in the Eastern State of Bihar and in the Terai region of Nepal. Maithili is a member of the East Indian group of Indo-Aryan languages. It has been given official status in India and is used as a medium of education and also as an official government language. It is the sixteenth most spoken language in India and the fortieth most spoken language in the world. As it is part of the language family of the Indo-Aryan group, Maithili is linked with all the people living in the eastern regions of India. Numerous speakers of Maithili are there in Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra. It is the second state language of Nepal. Expert linguists have separated this language from Hindi which belongs to the same Indo-Aryan family. Few scholars claim it to be a dialect of both Bengali and Hindi languages. A census report taken out recently has categorised Maithili as a source of origin for the Hindi language. In 2003, Maithili was accorded the status of an independent language through its addition in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. It was declared as an official language. This step was taken historically so that the language could be used widely in the areas of academics and all other official functions. It took some time for the language to be granted an official status as people always thought Maithili to closely resemble Hindi. In the earlier days, Maithili had been the language most widely spoken by the people of high castes like Brahmins. Today, a Maithili Academy has been set up to train people regardless of the castes or classes. Now, Maithili has its speakers among all the classes and castes. It is a common scene when you find usage of the Maithili language in households and city halls. Maithili had become a language of the masses. It has spread through magazines and television programs. It has gained so much popularity that it is now being used in the academic curriculum of universities. Maithili linguistics is being taught at the Patna University and also Mithila University in Darbhanga. Dictionary and grammar books have been introduced in schools too. History Maithili language has a rich history behind it. The term has been taken from the word `Mithila’ which is a famous state in the ancient period of India. It was the name of the ancient kingdom of Raja Janaka, father of Sita. It also happens to be one of the names of Sita, Lord Rama’s wife. The history of Maithili literature is more than a thousand years old whereas that of Hindi literature has a history of barely two hundred years since Bhartendu Harishchandra. In his book `Alphabetum Brahmanicum’, an Italian scholar, Amaduzzi, has mentioned Maithili language around 1770 AD. The modern period of Maithili began with the advent of the Maithili Theatre by Shri Kaushal Kumar Das in 1982. Literature Maithili has quite an illustrious history of its literature. A well known poet is Vidyapati. It is because of his efforts that Maithili has achieved its status from its modest origins. His poems had a major influence on the Maharaja of Darbhanga who did a lot to bring it to the status of an official language and made it comprehensive to the masses. The earliest work in Maithili is `Varna Ratnakar’ by Jyotirishwer Thakur around 1225 AD. The language got literary prominence in the medieval period when Maithili scholars like Chandeshwar, Vachaspati and Shankar wrote many works in the language. The famous scholar Vidyapati wrote many famous songs in the Maithili language in Nepal in the Bhakti form of poetry. Vidyapati was an eminent literary figure in Maithili. He is responsible for elevating the status of Maithili language from a common people’s language to one used for official work in Bihar. He managed to replace Sanskrit with Maithili. Many writers started writing in Maithili on the subjects of humour and satire. Dr. Hari Mohan Jha brought about important changes in the ancient Mithila culture. His renowned work, ‘Khatar Kaka Ke Tarang’ is regarded as a major work in the modern Maithili literature. After Maithili was accepted by the Sahitya Academy, many writers have won literary awards almost every year. Many scholars opine that Siddhacharyas formed a prototype of Maithili during the ninth century when they composed `Charyapada’. Since then, the language has progressed and many works have been found. Prototype forms and words are also found in `Prakrit Paingalam’ and other Sanskrit works written by scholars of Mithila who were under the influence of the native people. In the fourteenth century, Kavi Shekhar Jyotireshwar Thakur used a form of Prototype Maithili and this is one of the oldest prose works in any of the languages of North Eastern India. Vidyapati also used the language in his dramas, `Kirtilata’ and `Kirtipataka’. He also composed many poems describing the love of Radha and Krishna in his `Padavali’ that is written in the Maithili style of the medieval ages. He also influenced Nepali, Oriya and Manipuri literature during the medieval period. His influence has been seen right up to the modern period in the Shyam Sangeet of Rabindranath Tagore. Maithili has also survived from the courts of the kings of Nepal during the Malla period. Several dramas and anthologies of lyrical poems in Maithili come from this period in Nepal. Ankiya Natak’s dialogue and songs were composed in Maithili during the period of Shankardev and Madhavdev in Assam. In the modern days, several writers have produced literary writings in genres like poetry, plays, dramas, critical reviews and epics representing the culture, history and linguistics. Maithili holds a good collection of oral literature in the form of folk tales in prose, ballads and songs. Script Maithili was generally written in the script known as Mithilakshar or Tirhuta which was developed from the Brahmi script during the first century. It had similarities with the Bengali script. It is based on the Sanskrit grammar of Panini. Today, Maithili language uses the Devanagiri script. A lot of effort is being put in to preserve this script. A digital version is also being compiled to encode the script in the standard Unicode. A proposal has been put forward to implement this. There are three modes of writing in the Maithili language. They are Devanagiri, Mithilakshar and Kaithi. During the last one hundred and fifty years, foreign scholars like Colebrooke (1801) and Kellog (1893) have studied Maithili’s grammar, lexicography and comparative linguistics. These scholars along with the Indian linguists like Rahul Mahapandit Sankrityayan have been successful in turning Maithili into a fully fledged independent language that has originated from Sanskrit Prakrit. There were earlier attempts made by Sir G. Grierson to publish the grammar of the language in 1880. He did work on the vocabulary of the language in 1882 and Bihar peasant life in 1885. In 1946, Pandit Deenbandhu Jha wrote a book on grammar and published a Maithili dictionary. In 1973, the Institute of Advanced studies in Shimla published an incomplete dictionary of the language compiled by Dr. Jayakant Mishra. Royal Nepal Academy has also published a Maithili-Nepali-English dictionary under the guidance of Dr. Y. Yadav. Dr. Subhadra Jha has written on the formation of Maithili language in 1958. Professor Radhakrishna Chaudhury has written the `Survey of Maithili Literature’ in 1964. Dr. Jayakant Mishra has written the `History of Maithili Literature’ in 1968. In the same year, Pandit Govind Jha has written on the `Origin and Growth of Maithili’ and he has also compiled a Maithili-English dictionary in the recent times. Dialects Maithili language has many dialects. The diversification in these dialects has come about due to its geographical locations as well as the caste differences. Some of the dialects are Standard Maithili, Eastern Maithili, Jolaha and Central Colloquial Maithili. A distinct characteristic of these Maithili dialects is the easy comprehensibility among the people who speak them. The main reason is the presence of many similar sounding words in all the dialects. Almost ninety per cent of the words are shared between Brahmin and non Brahmin dialects. Maithili falls in one of the three dialects of the Bihari language along with Magahi and Bhojpuri. Maithili is widespread in the Northern region of Bihar, east of river Gandak. It is also spoken in parts of Southern Bihar. Preservation of the Language Just like Kashmiri, the Maithili speakers themselves do not take much pride in the daily use of the language. There are no daily newspapers published. Even magazines and periodicals are very few in print. The Hindi language purists who hate Maithili do a lot of damage through the apathetic state government. The language has been derecognised at the civil service examinations level. There is no unity among the Maithili speakers themselves. There is too much of consideration for petty squabbles like caste, religion and the big gap between the lower strata of the society and the elitists. People forget that Maithili belongs as much to the Dalits and Muslims and those people belonging to the lower cadres and castes in life as it belongs to the people of the upper castes. It is encouraging to note that the Dalits and the lower castes have preserved these Loris, Nayaks and Rayaranpaals and have memorised them. They have been able to maintain them traditionally down the ages. These traditions have played a great role in the preservation of the Maithili language.

Tablets have become Personal Computers of Convenience

Though laptops or net books are quite common in today’s society, Tablet PCs are fast becoming the new age personal computers for their convenience, portability and functioning. When we analyse the tablet personal computer market in the United Kingdom, we realize that the entire market is dominated up to almost ninety five per cent by Apple with their iPad and iPad2 as per the latest market research. The latter was introduced just a few months back in the UK market. This is not at all a surprise as there are only a handful of other Tablet PCs that are available in the UK market as per Techradar UK. There is a hint of competition in the air to Apple with a recent launch of Windows 7 Tablet PC in UK. Samsung has also entered the market with its 7” Galaxy Tab in UK. Some analysts are predicting that in the next few months, new Android based Tablet PCs are likely to hit the UK market before Christmas this year. The Android Operating System Tablet PCs make up a very small percentage of the total global market. An Android Tablet PC is a wireless personal computer that is little bigger than a cell phone and a little scaled down than a net book. iBUY247 is a popular seller of all brands of Tablet PCs in UK. Their current popular brands in Android Tablet PCs are the ib701, PCX5A and PC ZT-180. Acer also has come out with its Android Tablet PC for UK’s hi-tech gadget market. The model is Iconia Tab A500 with specifications of 1GHz dual core processor and nVidia GeForce video graphics processor with ultra low power consumption. But, it is more expensive than Apple iPad2. iBUY247 is also selling Windows-based Tablet PCS with models like PCX9, P10P and N737i being the popular ones. In addition, the other brands that are available in the UK market are the `Winslate 1’ that is with a display of 1024x600 pixels and `Winslate 2’ which is an ultra thin capacitive tablet at only 14mm, offering a high screen resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The WinPad Ultra is the biggest in rugged design for portable Windows Tablets. With screen sizes of 7” or above and sufficient processing power, Tablet PCs offer a computing experience with functions that are comparable to net books with a growing number of applications.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Le Lac des Cygnes - Swan Lake - The Original Score

Le Lac des Cygnes Swan Lake Piotr Tchaikovsky Antal Dorati Minneapolis Symphony
It does not happen on many occasions that an original score of a well known musical opus remains obscure to the world. It has happened in the case of the original score for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. Today, Swan Lake has come to be recognised as the queen of all traditional ballets, no one realises the tumultuous time it had during its earlier years, forcing the composer to keep, revising it neurotically. It all began in 1875, when the director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, V. Begitchev, commissioned Tchaikovsky to write a score for a ballet and the libretto was provided by the director himself in collaboration with Vasily Geltzer. The story is actually inspired by a German fairy tale and it got Tchaikovsky attracted to it. Tchaikovsky composed feverishly, giving an almost symphonic stature to the score for the ballet and when it was finished, the entire staff of the Bolshoi Theatre felt that it was too orchestral and difficult to perform. The first performance took place on 4th March 1877 and it turned out to be a dismal affair; even the audience not showing too much enthusiasm. The production did not include tasteful and imaginative choreography to match this kind of a symphonic score. The management of the Bolshoi Theatre then decided to tell Tchaikovsky that some sections of the score for the ballet were not danceable at all. They wanted to interpolate dances from other ballets in a similar fashion to how some productions in the earlier part of this decade have inserted Tchaikovsky’ First Winter Dreams Symphony into a ballet arrangement for Snegurochka or the Snow Maiden. So, Tchaikovsky’s original score for Swan Lake collected dust till 1883 and a performance was given at the Maryinsky Theatre at St. Petersburg with revisions and deletions edited by the composer. Another performance also resulted in a disaster. Tchaikovsky never had the fortune of watching his great opus performed as he intended any time after that. The ballet was first appreciated in 1901 when Alexander Gorsky produced it for Bolshoi Theater and took up the challenge admirable, albeit eight years after the composer had long left his earthly abode at a young age of fifty three. He died of cholera. This performance gave the ballet its immortality. What we see choreographed today is the version stamped by the artistry of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, whose partnership finally saved Swan Lake from extinction. Antal Dorati with Minneapolis Symphony and Mercury Recordings presented the first recorded score of this famous ballet. It deserved a world premiere merit at the time it came out in December 1954. The performance was recorded in the Northrop memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota with a single Telefunken microphone hanging fifteen feet above, slightly behind the head of Mr. Dorati. The orchestra was arranged in a normal concert performance set up to achieve a natural balance among the featured solo instruments and the orchestral ensembles. This recording can be considered as an important milestone in the disc literature of this ballet master work.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ten Soups that are Ideal when Dieting

When you are dieting, you can safely think in terms of soups. There are many delicious soups that you can concoct to lead a healthy life. Tiffany Tse is a Lifestyle writer with a focus on healthy living. She writes regularly for Shape Magazine. She firmly believes that soups can provide ample nutrition when you are dieting. She has compiled eleven ideal soups for people to eat regularly when they diet. 1. Lentil Chili Soup – This is a healthy stew and the fiber rich lentils that are low in fat keep the calorie count in control. Spice could be added with a little dash of chili powder. This recipe is provided by Maris Callahan who is a writer for `Diets in Review’. 2. Mushroom and Barley Soup – You can use nutty grains of barley to get that chewy texture and mushrooms would be able to satisfy as a low calorie treat. This is one of Tiffany Tse’s favorite dieting soups. 3. Red Pepper Bisque – You can shop for crisp and sweet bell peppers and yellow onions. Liquefy them into a colored puree. This will be full of antioxidants and the concoction can turn into a healthy meal with an addition of mixed greens and whole grains. This recipe is also provided by Maris Callahan from `Diets in Review’. 4. Chicken Zucchini and Potato Soup – Good chunks of potato, chicken breast and zucchini make up this stew and it is ideal for a cold day. The vegetables make this stew a filling one. This recipe was taken by Tse from Chris Powell who is a trainer from Extreme Makeover. 5. Crème de Tomate – This is a simple one and must have been made numerous times at home. It is better to make fresh at home than rely on the canned soups. You can chop, roast, simmer and blend the tomatoes to give that silky mélange touch with the combination of onions and red peppers. The recipe remains one of Tse’s top few when dieting. 6. Turkey Rice Soup – When you want to make use of some leftovers, brown rice and turkey cooked in chicken broth with some frozen mixed vegetables can give you a “mouth watering, robust gumbo” as per Tiffany Tse. 7. Spaghetti Squash Noodle Soup – This a low carb combination with strips of spaghetti squash noodles mixed with onions and potatoes. Cook the spaghetti squash and then bake it. Prepare vegetables in a pot and heat with olive oil. Add the squashed noodles and cook for about ten minutes. This recipe was supplied to Tse by `Veg Obsession’. 8. Chicken and Dumplings Soup – This is usually high in calories and sodium but can be turned into a healthy recipe with many nourishing vegetables for a stew and whole wheat pastry flour for the crisp dumplings. This recipe has been provided by the `Gracious Pantry’. 9. Moroccan Chickpea Stew – Tender chickpeas will give this stew a nutritious pep. The chickpea nuggets will be full of protein and fiber and can serve as a filling addition to any meal. Cook the chickpeas in tomato sauce and let it boil. You can add frozen spinach and noodles to the stew. The recipe has been provided by `Gluten Freedom’. 10. Minestrone – This soup is low in carbohydrates and calories. It is made with potatoes, corn, carrots, tomatoes, white beans and lentils. As with the Crème de Tomate, this soup will provide you with lycopene. It will add fiber, protein and iron to your diet. This combo has been supplied to Tiffany Tse by `Young Married Chic’. You may read more for details on how to make these soups for a healthy diet in these articles listed below.

Hashimoto Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune and chronic lymphocytic disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by numerous cells and antibody influenced immune processes. They cause primary thyroidism. This is one of the first auto immune diseases to be recognised. This is a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid which is a small gland at the base of your neck below the Adam’s apple. This gland is a part of the endocrine system that produces hormones which coordinate many activities in your body. The inflammation that results from Hashimoto’s disease leads to an underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism. It affects mostly middle aged women. Treatment is prescribed by way of hormone replacement and it is an effective process. This disease progresses slowly over the years and causes thyroid damage and that leads to a drop in the thyroid hormone levels in the blood. The symptoms are those of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland. Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism • Fatigue and sluggishness • Increased sensitivity to cold • Constipation • Pale, and dry skin • A puffy face • Hoarse voice • Unexplained weight gain — occurring infrequently and rarely exceeding 10 to 20 pounds, most of which is fluid • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and hips • Pain and stiffness in your joints and swelling in your knees or the small joints in your hands and feet • Muscle weakness, especially in your lower extremities • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) • Depression