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Madhubala- born on the day of love, 14th February is one of India’s most enchanting actors. Her beauty and acting mesmerized people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Her portrayal of Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam is still the strongest role of her career. In the book ‘I want to live’ – The Story of Madhubala by Khatija Akbar you will get to know the fascinating tale of love, craving, treachery, despair, and struggle in Madhubala’s life.

There was, is, and would be no other Madhubala. The current generation of movie buffs or film enthusiasts should know about her. So, taking a cue from the aforementioned book and also based on various interviews and writings online, here are some of the amazing facts about Madhubala.

Know Madhubala more here:

  1. Her real name is Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi and was born in the year 1933.
  2. She acted in 66 films out of which only 15 were Box Office hits. But unlike her contemporaries like Meena Kumari, Vyjanthimala, or Nargis, she never won an award. And that doesn’t make her any less popular.
  3. After a painful break-up with Dilip Kumar, she was married to Kishore Kumar.
  4. Due to family responsibilities, Madhubala had to start working at a tender age. She missed school for that. People closer to her in the industry says that she used to work like a machine. She commuted daily in the overcrowded 3rd class compartments from Malad to Dadar and still was never late at work.
  5. Theater Arts, an American Magazine, once conferred Madhubala with the title- “The Biggest Star in the World”. It was a rare honor although she never visited Beverly Hills.
  6. If you have seen Mughal-e-Azam, you must remember the outstanding performances of Dilip Kumar & Madhubala – they were amazing in their scenes together. Can you now believe that they were not in talking terms back then as a result of their bitter break up? Imagine the level of professional and artistic excellence that never came in the way of their portrayal of a romantic couple.
  7. Our beloved Madhubala was also a fashion diva. She carried the off-shoulder dress, the hip wide trousers and chequered shirts brilliantly. Even the simple chiffons, buxom blouses, the Anarkali dress, and that wavy hairdo – all were trendsetters back then till today.
  8. Madhubala wanted to direct a movie named “Farz Aur Ishq” in 1969. But she then became seriously ill and the world couldn’t see her behind the lenses ever.
  9. She suffered from heart disease and died at the young age of 36.
  10. In the New Delhi Center of Madame Tussauds there is a statue of Madhubala that is inspired by her look in the film Mughal-E-Azam.

The oval-shaped brown fruit with green juicy pulp inside is one of the tastiest fruits in the world. The brown cover is thin, hairy, and fibrous. The other name of this popular fruit is kiwifruit and Chinese gooseberry. China produces almost half of the total world production of kiwis. Many think that kiwifruit belongs to New Zealand as the people of New Zealand are called Kiwis but that is not true. China is the place where this fruit originated in the 12th century and it was exported to New Zealand in the early 20th century.

The taste is amazing and it is super-healthy. In 100gms of kiwifruit, you will find 61 calories, no cholesterol, no fat, 3mg of sodium, and 312mg of potassium. It is also a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and magnesium.

Read more about the amazing health benefits of Kiwi:

Keeps your heart healthy:
Keeps your heart healthy
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Studies reveal that eating kiwis in the morning has the same effect as aspirin but minus the side effects of aspirin. By eating 2-3 kiwis per day you can reduce the blood clotting by 18% and fatty deposits within the blood by 15%. Make a habit of having it between meals.

Digestion:
Digestion
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With kiwifruits in your diet, digestion would surely improve. They are great sources of dietary fibers and these fibers help in binding or removing the toxins from the colon. These fibers are also helpful in preventing constipation and gastrointestinal problems.

Prevents asthma:
Prevents asthma
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Due to the high percentage of vitamin C and other nutrients in kiwifruit, they help in preventing or combating asthma and other respiratory diseases. Studies reveal that those who eat kiwifruits have 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to those who don’t.

Repairs DNA:
Repairs DNA
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Eating kiwi daily makes the body strong enough to fight against DNA damages too. The phytonutrients present in kiwifruits help in restoring the damaged DNA And also preventing the formation of cancerous cells.

Carries anti-cancer properties:
Carries anti-cancer properties
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Kiwifruits contain anti-cancer properties. It has a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids which prevents the DNA from being damaged. Once the DNA is safe the cancer growth is prevented successfully.

Blessed with magnesium & potassium:
Blessed with magnesium & potassium
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Kiwis are great sources of magnesium and potassium and that means if you consume kiwis daily you will see a rise in your energy levels. The magnesium and potassium will help you to maintain a sane blood pressure level, reduce the risk of kidney stones, and will keep the osteoporosis at a distance.

Improves brain function:
Improves brain function
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The presence of folic acid in kiwifruits makes it an amazing agent to improve brain function. It also prevents any kind of brain defect in babies, before and after birth. This fruit also helps in improving memory, mood, learning abilities, and appetite.

Helps to sleep well:
Helps to sleep well
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The folic acid in kiwis helps in sleeping well and waking up in the morning refreshed. A regular intake of kiwis also helps in better focus.

Better eyesight:
Better eyesight
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Kiwifruits are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which are compounds found in the eyes. With a regular intake of 2-3 kiwis daily, these compounds increase and they help to reduce macular degeneration by 36%.

Great for skin:
Great for skin
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Kiwis help you gain a soft, supple, and youthful skin for the amazing antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E in them. They protect against skin cell degeneration.

Apart from all these points mentioned above, kiwis are also blessed with properties that boost immunity, fight male impotency, and supports healthy birth.

Bollywood – the biggest movie-making industry in India is full of surprises (sometimes good and sometimes bad). The last year has been another fabulous year in terms of a variety of content but the box office was appalling. Uri emerged as a surprise hit of the year while Kabir Singh made headlines both with controversy and box office. We witnessed brave movies like Article 15 & Section 375, enjoyed mindless comedies like Total Dhamaal & Housefull 4, cried at the heartfelt tale of The Sky is Pink & Super 30, lauded the social dramas like Dreamgirl & Bala, felt proud with women protagonists in Saand Ki Aankh & Mardaani 2, and got swept away with Gully Boy & Judgementall Hai Kya.

2020 has started and we are almost at the end of January where we already enjoyed Chhapak, Tanhaji, & Panga. Tanhaji emerged as a BO winner while Chhapak touched our souls. Panga proved again that there is currently no competitor to Kangana Ranaut.

The rest of the much-awaited Bollywood movies of 2020 are listed below:

Jawaani Jaaneman- Releasing on 31st Jan 2020
Jawaani Jaaneman
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The trailer gave that cool and outstanding vibe with Saif Ali Khan oozing charm like a 25-year-old. Tabu is playing the role of a long lost girlfriend of Saif and they share a daughter. One fine day the daughter comes to visit her father with questions and actions to be taken. The flair looks comic and I hope it does well.

Shikara- Releasing on 7th Feb 2020
Shikara
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Yes, it is easy to guess what can be the subject of this movie. It is about Kashmir (one of the most beautiful yet the most troubled places on this earth). The director Vidhu Vinod Chopra confirms to share the heart-wrenching story of the Kashmiri Pandits through this movie with romance as a backdrop. You can expect something amazing from this tale.

Love Aaj Kal- Releasing on 14th Feb 2020
Love Aaj Kal
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Yes, we already had a movie with this name and that is a cult among people and fans of Imtiyaz Ali. So, why is he creating another movie with the same storyline and the same name? The trailer was underwhelming and people are criticizing Sara Ali Khan after getting enamored by her last year. But Imtiyaz Ali may surprise you and that’s why to enjoy Valentine’s weekend you can walk up to watch Veer & Zoe.

Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship- Releasing on 21st Feb 2020
Bhoot – Part One
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Ask any horror movie goer they will say Bollywood sucks when it comes to this genre. But this Karan Johar produced and Bhanu Pratap Singh directed movie looks promising through the poster. Helmed by a new director, with Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead, you can expect a great show.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan- Releasing on 21st Feb 2020
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
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Another Ayushmann Khurrana movie is about to be released and the trailer was hilarious. Ayushmann has created his genre of movies with social messages and this one comes with the star cast of Badhai Ho. This movie will harness the topic of homosexuality and its acceptance to a family and it is going to be a lovely watch.

Thappad- Releasing on 28th Feb 2020
Thappad
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Not much is known about this movie but it is going to be brave as the name suggests. And also don’t forget the name of the director is Anubhav Sinha (who wondered us with Mulk and Article 15) and features Taapsee Pannu (who has still not given a bad performance).

Gunjan Saxena- Releasing on 13th Mar 2020
Gunjan Saxena
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Sharan Sharma is the director and it will feature Janhvi Kapoor as the protagonist. Gunjan Saxena is the 1st female and Indian woman air force pilot. This biopic is going to be a great watch with Vineet Kumar Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, and Angad Bedi in supporting roles.

Angrezi Medium- Releasing on 20th Mar 2020
Angrezi Medium
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This movie is big because it is going to be the return of Irrfan Khan after battling cancer. It also features Kareena Kapoor Khan and Radhika Madan. Directed by Homi Adajania, this movie is a much-awaited one.

Sooryavanshi- Releasing on 27th Mar 2020
Sooryavanshi
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It is Rohit Shetty’s universe of cops where you see flying cars, larger than life entry of heroes and villains, and outstanding drama. He understands the pulse of the audience like no other and gives us entertaining movies. This time he has roped in Akshay Kumar as a cop and the buzz says there will be a special sequence of Singham and Simmba both in this movie.

’83- Releasing on 10th Apr 2020
83 movie
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This is the much-awaited biopic of India because it will tell the story of the 1st cricket world cup win of India. India was an underdog then and brought the glory home in the stable hands of Kapil Dev. The cast is beautiful and o we can expect this Kabir Khan directorial to be a massive hit.

Gulabo Sitabo- Releasing on 17th Apr 2020
Gulabo Sitabo
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A few photographs of this movie were published and they were interesting. Eponymous glove puppet characters, Gulabo and Sitabo are from Uttar Pradesh, and this movie is about their story is full of local humor and songs, depicting the day-to-day struggle of the common man. When Shoojit Sircar sits in the director’s chair, he wins our hearts.

Ludo- Releasing on 24th Apr 2020
Ludo
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Touted to be another Life in a Metro movie, this Anurag Basu directorial looks promising (at least from the first poster). It features Abhishek Bachchan, Fathima Sana Sheikh, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi.

The Girl on the Train- Releasing on 8th May 2020
The Girl on the Train
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It is a remake of the 2016 American film of the same name that is based on the British author Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name. The film stars Parineeti Chopra playing the role of an alcoholic divorcee who gets embroiled in a missing person’s investigation.

Shakuntala Devi- Releasing on 8th May 2020
Shakuntala Devi
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Featuring Vidya Balan as the human-computer Shakuntala Devi, this is a biopic that will amaze us. Vidya can never disappoint us and the same applies to Sanya Malhotra who plays her daughter in this movie.

Thalaivi- Releasing on 26th Jun 2020
Thalaivi
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The motion poster drew so much of criticism – god knows how the final results would be. It is the biopic of Jayalalithaa, late politician and popular film actress who was the CM of Tamil Nadu. Kangana Ranaut looks exactly a copy of Amma in the teaser. Hope it will live up to our expectations.

Gangubai Kathiawadi- Releasing on 11th Sept 2020
Gangubai Kathiawadi
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After a lukewarm 2019, Alia Bhatt seems to be back on the right track with this SLB movie. It is another dramatized biopic of the mafia queen named Gangubai. The posters garnered positive responses from movie lovers.

Toofan- Releasing on 2nd Oct 2020
Toofan
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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra joins hands with Farhan Akhtar again to create another sports drama. Farhan plays the role of a national lever boxer and the posters look outstanding.

Laal Singh Chaddha- Releasing on 25th Dec 2020
Laal Singh Chaddha
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The best is kept for the last I guess. Advait Chandan of Secret Superstar fame now is busy filming Laal Singh Chaddha based on Forrest Gump (one of the best of Tom Hanks). Featuring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vijay Sethupathi, Mona Singh, and Pankaj Tripathi – this is going to be a BO winner and tearjerker just like the original.

The other notable releases of this year would be- Dhaakad, Prithviraj (November), Sardar Udham Singh (October), Bhuj: The Pride of India (August), Shamshera (July), Radhe, and Laxmmi Bomb (May).

Your skin is asking more moisturizer, you are feeling apprehensive to take a bath daily, and you simply don’t care about how you are looking because all you care about is to stop shaking in the cold waves – these are the signs that winter is here. All your warm woolens are out and like every year you think you don’t have enough winter clothes- right? But skipping the bath, applying moisturizer, and wearing layers of woolens are not the only precautions that you have to take. There are many more things that you must follow to stay fit and healthy this chilling season. The steps are easy and simple to follow.

Read your winter fitness mantra:
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
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Every season comes up with its special fruits and vegetables and that is nature’s way of taking care of us. You will stay fit and fine with the consumption of these things. Winter is the season when you get lots of leafy vegetables and you must include them in your diet. These vegetables and fruits will build stronger immunity and give you a natural shine. Have everything from spinach to radish, carrots to cabbage, oranges to guavas, beet to turnips – all are important for healthy winter life. So, make a chart and have one type of fruit and vegetable daily for the whole week. That way, your body will extract the antioxidants and vitamins from all types of winter special fruits and vegetables.

Walk, run, or jog
Walk, run, or jog
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Winter is the best time to walk, run, or jog for a longer period. In summers, you sweat a lot and get tired easily but thanks to the chilling weather, you feel the opposite in winter. So, take out your sports shoe and tracksuit and walk briskly run around, or simply jog in the park outside your home or terrace of your home. You will feel more energetic and healthier.

Have Tulsi  
Have Tulsi    
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Tulsi is a perennial plant and if not in the summer season, you can practice its consumption at least in the winter season. It has Vitamin A, C, B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc and that means all your cold-related illnesses will be cured. Have tulsi tea, tulsi soup, or simply di tulsi leaves in honey and chew it. Your immunity will become stronger.

Try honey
Try honey
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Honey is rich in antioxidants and is free from fat and cholesterol. Also, honey is very effective in curing your winter health hazards like the common cold. Have herbal tea with honey and see the change. You can have honey in pancakes, toasts, oatmeal, yogurts, coffee, or cereals. Also, apply honey daily on your face and see how naturally you start to glow.

Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
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Do you know that too much white sugar and flour will not only contribute to weight gain but can also hamper your immune system? Have momos or chowmein from the street-side stalls but once a month. Replace them with whole grains and natural sweeteners.

Plan a trip
Plan a trip
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In the winter season, your kids have winter vacation and you can arrange some leaves from your workplace. So, plan a trip anywhere and come back refreshed. Going to a new place or traveling is also an essential part of staying healthy and fit. Why? Because the same old daily life leads to monotony and that reflects in whatever job you do. A break from work or study and exploring a new place will bring new energy in life to perform better. India has some heavenly places that you can enjoy in winter. So, go out and make memories for a better and healthy life.

Don’t forget water
Don’t forget water
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Just because the weather outside is freezing doesn’t mean you should cut down your water intake. Staying hydrated is essential in all seasons. Carry a flask along at work and have lukewarm water. You will not feel thirsty but set a reminder every hour to drink a glass or half-glass of water. Always remember that water flushes out toxins in your body and that’s why you must not forget to drink water in winter too.

December- the last month of the year is filled with nostalgia and memories. Nostalgia because as a whole year ends, we all have a flashback in our minds about the failures and achievements, gains and losses, etc. Memories because this month gives us two most cheerful occasions- Christmas & New Year and thus many get-together moments with loved ones happen leading to creating many everlasting memories.

Christmas & New Year are only 6 days apart and thus with the arrival of December, you must be busy making plans to buy various things as a token of your love & respect for your near and dear ones.

The list of Christmas & New Year gift ideas below may help you:

Fragrant Candles:
Fragrant Candles
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You can never go wrong with a set of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 fragrant candles. Candles symbolize hope, the light of life, and positivity. It is one of the best-selling Christmas & New Year gifts. Fragrant candles lighten up the mood, enhance good thoughts, and release stress and that’s why they are well-appreciated gifts. Plus, candles also impart a cozy home décor. Go for orange, lavender, or cinnamon-scented candles.

Box of Exotic Chocolates:
Box of Exotic Chocolates
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A box of exotic chocolates is something that will be loved both by kids and adults. Find the ones with interesting shapes of hearts, stars, or Santa and impress your loved ones. Chocolates will increase love and sweetness in your relationships too.

Car Blanket:
Car Blanket
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This is a thoughtful gift idea for those who have to drive a lot. Be it early morning or late night, this heated car blanket will keep the driver warm and cozy thus driving won’t be a punishment at all. They can be easily plugged into any car and until one unplugs it – it will remain warm.

Champagne Glasses:
Champagne Glasses:
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As said earlier December is the time when people love to party more. Both Christmas & New Year refers to never-ending parties and that’s why a beautiful, sleek, and elegant set of champagne glasses will be a perfect choice of gift. You can buy them online and choose a personalized set.

Colorful Coasters:
Colorful Coasters
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Colorful hand-painted coasters will be another meaningful gift. When friends and relatives come home to meet and greet that means there will be coffee/tea along with other savories too. This is when these coasters can be put to use which will impress the guests too. Anyone will appreciate this much thought about the gift.

Plants:
Plants
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With every passing day, the need for plants is growing and thus these green friends would be the noblest gifts. Go for low-maintenance plants like Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Spider plant, Snake plant, etc. These plants will help people to breathe fresh air, curb indoor air pollution, and provide a better atmosphere for those with breathing problems.

Woolen Wears:
Woolen Wears
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Winter is the time for bringing out the heavy woolen sweaters, shawls, and pullovers. Opt for bright and funky woolen wears for your friends and relatives and win their hearts.

Funky Jacket:
Funky Jacket
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You can opt for funky jackets with quirky messages printed on them. Those bright-colored jackets would also be great choices. Various TV shows or movie poster inspired jackets are also available and you can buy them too for your loved ones.

Body Butter:
Body Butter
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Body butter or lotions or creams are the “must-have” things for the winter season. Go for herbal ones and make a hamper out of them to greet your near and dear ones.

Winter Special Recipe Book:
Winter Special Recipe Book
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Winter is a great time to cook and eat. A winter special recipe book would be of great help to the ones who are new to cooking and also for those who love cooking.

Winter is perhaps the best time to eat. Why? Because you get a variety of fresh vegetables as compared to summer and monsoon. Beet or beetroot is one of the easily available vegetables of this season. It contains major nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that provide many health benefits. Beetroot consumption helps in lowering the blood pressure, may prevent cancer, provides a supple and glowing complexion, aids in maintaining a healthy weight, provide ample muscle power among people with weak heart, may prevent dementia, etc. Apart from that, beetroot is a great source of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, and folate.

This bulbous root vegetable is generally eaten as a salad or juice or smoothie. But I will let you know about a recipe using beet that will satiate your sweet-cravings this winter. Beetroot kheer is not only tasty but also looks gorgeous and therefore be ready for loads of Instagram likes and comments.

Ingredients:
  • Beetroot: 2 cup (grated)
  • Milk: 1.5 liters
  • Ghee or clarified butter: 3 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Green cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts: 30 gms
  • Almonds: 30 gms
  • Rosewater- 1.5 tsp
How to make Beetroot Kheer?
  • First of all, grate the beetroot and measure 2 cups and keep them aside.
  • Now take a saucepan and fill it with 45 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  • Add the grated beetroot in it and cover it.
  • Let this boil for 5-7 minutes.
  • Keep the lid intact for another 2 minutes and now sieve the beetroot.
  • Let it cool for some time.
  • Take a bowl and squeeze the half-boiled beetroot. You will get the raw reddish-pink color.
  • Don’t throw away this juice and save it for later.
  • You can throw away the water you used to boil the beetroot.
  • Now take a clean and large saucepan or pot and put the ghee in it.
  • Let the ghee release its beautiful aroma and then add the beetroot.
  • Sauté it well for 3-4 minutes. The beetroot will become softer now.
  • Now put the milk in it and give a nice stir for 2 minutes.
  • Close the lid and keep the flame low.
  • Check after 10 minutes and give another stir.
  • It won’t take more than 15-20 minutes to cook.
  • Open the lid and check the thickness at this point. If you want a diluted one, then, add some hot water.
  • Also, add the sugar and stored juice of beet at this stage. Give a nice mix to this one.
  • Now sprinkle the green cardamom powder and give another mix.
  • Let all these gather well on the heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Add another teaspoon of ghee and rest it for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add the rose water and close the lid to open only before serving
  • Add chopped cashews and almonds before serving.

Enjoy this amazing delicacy during your wintertime get-together parties or during the lazy weekend meals.

What comes to your mind when the name Usha Uthup comes up? Stunning sarees, gajra, big bindi on forehead, and a smiling energetic face – right? Right through my childhood, I have seen this lady pumping up the stage. In my world, she has always been the rockstar. Who else can set the stage on fire in a saree and wearing a gajra? My grandparents and parents always told me that “look at her how civilized her clothes are- you don’t always need to show your skin to perform!”. That is her power- she is able to connect to me and the older generation.

At 72 also she travels a lot and spreads happiness among people. Here are some facts that you perhaps don’t know about Usha didi:

  1. At the beginning of her career, she sang in Trincas. It is one of the classiest restaurants in India situated in Park Street of Kolkata. She was the first lady to sing there and that too clad in a saree. Many a time she was asked to change her clothes or at least wear the saree in some other way but she didn’t. She was there to sing and she sang without worrying about these petty things.
  2. Although a Tamil Brahmin, Usha was born in Bombay. In her school, she was thrown out of the music class.
  3. Her sisters who were into music introduced her to Ameen Sayani who gave her an opportunity to sing in the Ovaltine Music Hour of Radio Ceylon. She sang a number called “Mockingbird Hill”.
  4. Kolkata is the city that gave her massive popularity but before Trincas, she sang in a few nightclubs in Chennai. Kolkata also introduced her to her husband whom she met at Trincas and also her children were born there. She says Kolkata gave her the love of her life, identity, fame, and adulation. And she can never stay away from the city for long. Many times, she wears a big bindi with “K” written in Bengali on it- as a token of respect to the city.
  5. She gave her first-ever live performance in Kolkata at Trincas way back on 1st October 1969. Trincas is known to attract all celebrities across the country. Trincas organized a double celebration package for people. On 27th & 28th September, it organized another live performance of Usha Uthup to celebrate her golden jubilee year of performance while the restaurant celebrated its 60th anniversary.
  6. If you are a fan of her jewelry and sarees, then, you must know that she loves to shop from Kanishka, a famous South Kolkata boutique, and Chamba Lama, a Tibetan jewelry shop in the New Market area of Kolkata.
  7. Usha Uthup in 0’s broke the stereotypes of music that Kolkata or India listened to. She brought those first rays of jazz and pop among people and no parties are ever complete without her Bollywood songs.
  8. Usha Uthup says that she never had any formal training in music. Her two elder sisters Uma & Indira started to sing during the ’50s in clubs of Mumbai and she learned music from them. She says that music flows in her naturally.
  9. Do you know that Usha Uthup sang in 13 regional languages and 8 foreign languages?

“Wine makes every meal and occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized” – Andre Simon

What a beautiful quote was that! Wine makes you wiser wonderfully. There are major benefits of drinking wine. It contains antioxidants which help you retain a glowing skin and hair. Drinking wine increases bone density and boosts the immune system. It lowers the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol. So, if you are bored of just drinking wine (which can never be true), you can try this purely magical, mysterious, and miraculous White Wine Chicken.

Step 1 – The Marinade Process:
Key Ingredients

Chicken: 250 gms

Salt: 2 tsp

Black Pepper Powder: 5 tsp

Ginger Paste: 1.5 tsp

Thinly Sliced Onion: 2 Small

Finely Minced Garlic: 5-6 tsp

Chopped Green Chilies: 4

Chopped Coriander: 5 tsp

Melted Butter: 7 tsp

Mustard Oil: 2 tsp

White Wine: 6-7 tsp/30 ml

  • Wash the chicken pieces nicely and pat the pieces dry.
  • Now gather all these mentioned ingredients and start the marinade by putting the ingredients in order.
  • Always put the salt first followed by black pepper powder, ginger paste, thinly sliced onion, finely minced garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, melted butter, and mustard oil.
  • Use your hands to give a really nice mix.
  • Finally spread the white wine over this chicken. Give another hand mix very well and refrigerate it.

P.S. – For best results, the chicken should be marinated for 6-8 hours. But if you are in a hurry, you can marinade it for 1-2 hours.

Step 2 – The Paste and Mixes:
  • Boil a handful or 20-25 pieces of Cashew Nuts in water nicely so that it turns soft.
  • Now make a smooth paste of cashew nuts to be used in this amazing chicken recipe later.
Step 3 – The Frying and Cooking Process:

This step would start once your chicken is thoroughly marinated (for the time mentioned above)

Key Ingredients

Refined Oil (for frying chicken) – approximate amount

Refined Oil/Butter (for frying other ingredients) – 5 tsp

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1.5 tsp

Fennel Seeds (Saunf) – ½ tsp

Green Cardamom (Hari Elaichi) – 4-5 pieces

Bay Leaves (Tej Patta) – 2 pieces

Thinly Sliced Onion – 5 pieces

Garlic Paste – 2 tsp

Sliced Tomato – 1 Medium

White Wine – 4 tsp

Full Cream Milk – 1-2 cups

Green Chilies – 4-5

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tsp

Oregano – 1 tsp

  • Now you have to take out the chicken from the refrigerator and bring it to normal room temperature before proceeding with the final leg of the wine chicken.
  • Put some approximate amount of oil in a wok or frying pan. Pull only the chicken out one at a time from the marinade mix and fry them well until golden brown.
  • Now take another wok and put that 5 tsp of refined oil or butter.
  • Drop the Cumin seeds, Fennel Seeds, Bay Leaves, and Green Cardamom and let the aroma fill in your kitchen.
  • Its time now to put in the thinly sliced onion with garlic paste. Fry it until golden and then put in thinly sliced tomatoes.
  • Let the tomatoes soften a bit and then put the fried chicken in the wok. Keep stirring for at least 5-7 minutes so that nothing sticks at the bottom and every bit of chicken receives the spices.
  • Remember that the marinade mix had onion, garlic, coriander, and green chilies. Now put that mix in this wok of chicken. Give a nice stir and let it cook undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • The cashew nut paste along with 1 cup of full cream milk has to be spread now. Give a stir and put 3-4 tsp of white wine more. Keep mixing and stirring meanwhile.
  • Stir well so that there are no lumps of cashew nut paste.
  • Check the consistency of gravy and as you have put some more white wine, put the lid and let it cook for at least 15 minutes.
  • Open the lid and check the consistency again. The consistency can be adjusted with some more milk or warm water.
  • The mesmerizing aroma of white wine chicken can now be felt more. Sprinkle a tablespoon of white sugar, slit green chilies, coriander leaves, and oregano.
  • Serve it hot or mildly hot with Steamed Rice or Chapati or Paratha.

The sleep requirement varies from one body type to another. Some may stay fit with only 5 hours of sleep while some need at least 8 hours of sleep. But the main point is the quality of sleep. Going to bed at 10 P.M and staying awake till 1 A.M. to fall asleep is not good. Waking up at 2 A.M. and again struggling to fall asleep is not a strong sign.

Some people don’t even consider these sleep-related problems as a real problem but imagine if you go to bed sharp at 10 P.M. and fall asleep in 10-15 minutes- complete your quota of sleep- won’t your morning be refreshing? Of course, it will be. Research says that when you have a good-quality sleep, you become more positive towards life, and become more productive at work.

Do you know that there are certain types of food that can help you with better sleep? Of course, things won’t happen overnight but if you practice including these following food types, you will see good results in 2-3 weeks.

A warm companion- Tea:
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Yes, tea is generally consumed right in the morning to energize the mind and body. But there are certain types of tea that help you sleep well. Chamomile tea & passionflower tea are those types of tea that will provide you with a night of better sleep. There is the presence of antioxidants in chamomile tea that promotes a better heart function and reduces inflammation. This tea also has apigenin- a type of antioxidant that communicates with certain receptors in our brains that signals the brain to sleep. The same things are present in passionflower tea and these tea types also reduce levels of anxiety and stress.

Comfortable & Tasty Soyfood:
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Soy rich food types like miso, edamame, soy nuts, and tofu are rich in isoflavones. These isoflavones enhance the production of serotonin in the brain and that encourages the body to sleep. Having two soy food over the day will help you with your sleep-related problems.

Your Favorite Fiber Food:
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Wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds, pulses, potatoes with skin intact, pears, broccoli, oranges, berry, barley, etc. are the food types that are rich in fiber. Include these types of food in your meals and see a sea-change in your sleep cycle. Fiber-rich food actually prevents blood sugar outpourings that may lower melatonin affecting your sleep. So, include more fiber food in your diet.

Tasty Fish:
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Having any type of fish is a healthy option. But just to cure your sleep-related problem, you can have salmon, tuna, or halibut. They are rich sources of vitamin B6 that produce melatonin- a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. These kinds of fishes also have a great amount of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. This is an amazing combination that produces serotonin- another sleep-enhancing brain chemical.

Crunchy & Juicy Kiwi:
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You can enjoy this exotic fruit after 1 hour of your dinner as a pre-bed snack. Kiwis carry a good amount of vitamin C, E, and K along with folate and potassium. Kiwis help in reducing inflammation, aids the digestive system, and also lowers the level of cholesterol. Also, don’t forget that kiwis contain serotonin that helps with a night of good sleep.

Tart Cherry Juice:
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The small and beautiful looking red fruit is a great source of vitamin A, C, K, along with copper, manganese, and potassium. The juice of this fruit is known to cure insomnia too along with sleeplessness. Insomniacs can have this juice two times a day and see a great result. This juice is rich in melatonin that helps with good quality sleep.

These food types are what you see in the departmental store or vegetable market easily. Thus, pick them up if you or anyone in your family is suffering from any kind of sleep-related problem.

Dhansak is a famous Indian dish that originated among the Parsis of the Zoroastrian community. It is a beautiful combination of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Originally, it is mutton, vegetable, and lentil recipe that is savored by people. In a regular Paris family, Dhansak is a Sunday menu because it requires a lot of time to prepare. And as it is a special food item, so, the whole family must enjoy it at the lunch/dinner table.

Although most households prepare it with chicken or mutton, here I will present a recipe for vegetarian dhansak. The vegetarian Dhansak recipe is quite simpler and healthier. As the winter season is here, you will get many fresh vegetables in the market which you can use in Dhansak.

So, check the delicious recipe of Dhansak here:

Main Ingredients:
  • Pigeon Pea Lentils (Arhar or Tuvar Daal)- 1 cup
  • Green Gram Lentils (Haare Moong Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Pink Lentils (Masoor Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Tomatoes- 4-5 medium-sized
  • Onion- 1 large (chop it well)
  • Potatoes- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Pumpkin (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Eggplant (Baingan)- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Bottle Gourd (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Tamarind Pulp- 3 to 4 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)- 4 tsp
Please note that here 1 cup is equal to 250 gms
Ingredients for Dhansak Spice Mix:
  • Ginger- 1 inch
  • Garlic- 12 to 15 cloves
  • Cinnamon- 1 if large and 2-3 if small
  • Cumin Sees- 1.5 tsp
  • Cloves- 8 to 9
  • Dry Red Chilies- 2to 3
  • Coriander Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies- 4 to 5 (more if you want it spicy)
Process to Prepare Dhansak?
  • Take the lentils and rinse them well under flowing water. Make sure no dirt remains.
  • Now take all these lentils and the chopped veggies (except onion) in a pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook it in 4 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. (You can add some more water and wait for 2 or 3 more whistles in case the lentils and veggies are not prepared)
  • Now strain the lentils and vegetable mix through a strainer and keep it aside.
  • Bring the ingredients for Dhansak Masala now and grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. You can add some water to make a nice paste.
  • Now take small marble-sized tamarind and soak it in 3-4 tsp of warm water for at least half an hour.
  • Once the tamarind becomes soft squeeze the tamarind using your palm and extract its juice in a bowl.
  • Now take the ghee and add it to a clean wok or pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute them till they become golden brown.
  • Then add the dhansak masala that you have prepared and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and vegetable mix into it now and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  • After that add the tamarind pulp and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Check the consistency- in case you want a thinner one, you can add some hot water into this mix.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes or till the time the fragrance of tamarind pulp is there.

It is now ready to be served at your lunch/dinner table. Serve it with hot brown rice and enjoy great family time.

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