‘Professor Yash Pal made science easy for the children’

Pal was also honoured with Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularisation of Science in 2000 and The Meghnad Saha Medal in 2006.

Professor Yash Pal is someone who brought science to the children. He became a household name through his TV show “Tuning Point” where he simplified even the most intricate scientific phenomena.

His focus was on simplifying learning that made him immensely popular as a teacher. He took an active interest in the education of children. I’m aware he took personal interest in the education of his employees’ children, often picking and dropping them to school.

He had a knack for presenting complex ideas in a simple way. It is this quality that helped him translate the vision of University Education Commission (1948-49) into reality by way of establishing high-end common research facilities for university teachers. During his tenure as the UGC chairman in the 80s, he set up the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, Consortium for Educational Communication, Delhi and Inter-University consortium for Department of Atomic Energy facilities at Indore and INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad. He had an unassuming personality and he was able to lighten up even during testing situations. His recommendations to lessen the burden of the school bags and shift from rote learning to more engaging learning techniques are still relevant.

His another contribution was in the form of a report on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education wherein he reiterated some of the recommendations of Kothari panel which were not implemented but they are as relevant then as they were in 1964

6 Easy Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types

What comes to your mind when you think of pampering your skin which suffers due to the harsh sun’s rays or to get rid of the dullness caused by the dust particles blocking your skin pores or the heavy pollution that steals the glow away from your face? Beauty experts will tell you that exfoliation is the best way to remove dead cells, rejuvenate your skin and bring back your natural glow.

Another piece of good news is that you can do it easily by using homemade body scrubs made with natural ingredients. Due to the abrasive nature of the scrub, which is vigorously massaged onto your skin, all the impurities get drained out leaving it clear, polished and refreshed. A body scrub can also help in improving your blood circulation and is believed to fight cellulite.

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It is very important to keep two things in mind while choosing the right kind of body scrub for yourself:

First, know your skin type and secondly, choose the right ingredients that will suit it. To make this easy for you, we have put together six homemade body scrubs that cater to almost all skin types and needs. You can choose the one suitable for you and enjoy a spa day at home.

 

1. Brown Sugar Body Scrub (Sensitive Skin Type)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (solidified but soft)
5-6 drops of any essential oil (rose, lavender, jasmine will gel perfectly)
1/2 tea spoon of Vitamin E (optional)

Procedure and application:

 

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a wet sand consistency and store it in a jar. Massage it on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions on your skin. Wash it with lukewarm water, dab your skin with a warm towel and don’t forget to moisturize your skin after you are done.

 

Benefits:

 

Brown sugar is less abrasive then raw sugar which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types. It facilitates relaxation, removes dead skin and even white heads.

2. Coconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub (Dry Skin Type)

 

body scrubCoconut Rose Sea Salt Scrub; Photo Credit: Pinterest

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Himalayan sea salt (you can use sea salt, Himalayan sea salt is just pink in colour)
1/2 cup of coconut oil (solidified but soft)
1/2 cup of dried crushed rose petals
5-6 drops of rose essential oil

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

It gives you a fresh glow, exfoliates your skin, facilitates blood circulation due the abrasive nature of salt and induces relaxation.

3. Coffee Body Scrub (Antioxidant Value and Fights Cellulite)

Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
5-6 drops of essential any essential oil (optional)

Procedure and application:

Mix all ingredients together and apply all over your skin. Rub in a circular motion for deep absorption of the nutrients and cleansing. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

The aroma of coffee incorporated with vanilla or other scented oils creates a very relaxed and a soothing experience and exfoliates your skin as well. Antioxidants in coffee can help in preventing premature ageing and are believed to fight cellulite.

 

4. Green Tea Body Scrub (Oily Skin Type)

green tea scrubPhoto Credit: Pinterest

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of brewed green tea
1 1/2 bag of green tea (not brewed)

Procedure and application:

Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients together till you obtain a thick paste like consistency. If your mixture is too watery, add more sugar to balance the excess water. You can even add vanilla for a sweet scent. Massage it on your skin properly. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Green tea works wonders for oily skin. It exfoliates and removes dead skin, unclogs skin pores and induces freshness. Olive oil leaves the skin moisturized.

 

5. Tomato Sugar Body Scrub (Tan Removal)

tomato body scrubPhoto Credit: Facebook/24fitnesshot

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes
1 cup sugar

Procedure and application:

 

Puree the tomatoes in a blender and then in a bowl mix it with sugar.  Massage this mixture on your skin properly or use an exfoliating brush and move in circular motions. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

Benefits:

 

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C and replenish your skin with these nutrients. This homemade scrub can help in preventing acne, it lightens your complexion, removes tan, and makes your skin look fresh and smooth.

 

6. Lemon Sea Salt Scrub (Improves Skin Tone)

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Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt or epsom salt
5 spoons olive oil
1 whole lemon’s juice
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

Procedure and application:

 

Mix all ingredients and apply. Wash with lukewarm water. It can also be stored in a jar for later use.

 

Benefits:

 

Lemon brightens and lightens your skin tone, exfoliates the skin while olive oil moisturizes it leaving the skin feeling smooth and polished.

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

During summers, the heat doesn’t just dehydrate our body but also robs away all the moisture from our skinmaking it look dull and dry. The skin tans because of the UVA radiation from the sun. The UVA rays pierce into the lower layers of the epidermis and trigger the cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the brown pigment in the skin that causes tanning. Tanning increases the risk of pre-mature aging of the skin. Our hands are subjected to the maximum amount of sun exposure as they are rarely hidden from the harmful rays. This may cause an uneven skin tone and discoloration. To get rid of tanning, people may opt for harsh methods like bleaching their skin, but this causes further darkening and makes it rough and dry. Here are a seven home remedies for tanned hands that are completely natural and without any harmful side-effects:

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

1. Yogurt and Turmeric 

Take a bowl of yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix it together and apply it on your tanned hands. Rinse it off after 20 minutes. Yogurt contains probiotics which lighten the skin and moisturize it while turmeric improves uneven skin tone.

yogurt

2. Soaking in Lemon Juice

Take a bowl with warm lemon juice and soak your tanned hands in it for 20 minutes. After that, rinse your hands with cold water. The vitamin C in the lemon juice protects the skin cells from the UV rays. Make sure you moisturize your skin after this as the acidic lime juice may make your skin dry.

lemon

3. Aloe Vera

Take some fresh aloe vera gel from the sap of the leaf and apply it on your hands. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. The gel consists of antioxidants that protect the skin cells and remove the tan.

aloe vera

4. Cucumber Paste

Take a cup of cucumber juice and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix this with turmeric powder and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off. This will refresh your skin and will help it regain its lost glow.

cucumbercucumber paste; Photo Credit: facebook/making natural cosmetics

5. Almond Paste

Take 5 to 6 almonds and soak them overnight. Later, blend the almonds with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste, leave it on overnight and wash it off the following morning. Almonds are rich in vitamins and riboflavin which protects the skin and improves its health.

almonds

6. Sandalwood and Turmeric Powder

Take a few teaspoons of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder and mix them. Add two-three drops of rose water to this. Mix them together and make a thick paste to apply on your hands. Leave this paste on for 30 minutes and then wash it off. This will improve the complexion of the skin and treat the damaged areas.

sandalwoodSandalwood and turmeric powder; Photo Credit: facebook/MDH organic health

If you have any other secret beauty remedies from your granny’s kitty, we’d love to hear about them!

This monsoon, ditch your samosas and pakoras for these easy quirky snack recipes

If you ask a food lover,‘What’s the best thing about the monsoon?’ They are most likely to reply, ‘Sitting in the balcony, sipping hot tea and gorging on hot samosas’. However, that’s not the only way to enjoy the rains in Delhi. Monsoon is all about enjoying dishes that are spicy enough to tickle our palate and innovative enough to fire your imagination. We got in touch with chefs in the city, who show us the delicious way to enjoy the rains by putting together these refreshing monsoon based recipes.

Crumbled corn flakes with marinated paneer

Recipe by Chef Prem K Pogakula, The Imperial.

Marinate 100gm paneer with 5gm degi mirch powder, 10gm ginger garlic paste, 4gm garam masala powder, 2gm black pepper powder and 10gm chopped coriander. Make a batter with 1 egg, 30gm flour and water, as required. Dip the paneer in the batter and coat it with 50gm of corn flakes. Once the corn flakes are coated, deep fry the paneer till it turns crispy. Serve them with tomato ketchup.

Peri-peri and panko crumbed prawns

Recipe by Chef Prem K Pogakula, The Imperial.

Clean the prawns. Marinate them with salt, 10ml lemon juice and 10gm peri-peri chilly powder. Add salt and lemon juice to it. Make a batter with 1 egg and 30gm flour. Now dip the marinated prawns in the batter along and coat it with 50gms of panko (breadcrumbs). Deep fry in medium-heated oil till it turns golden brown and is well cooked from inside. Garnish them with chopped coriander and serve with lemon wedges.

Masala Arancini Balls

Recipe by Chef Piyush Jain, Molecule

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 5gm onion, 10gm peas and 5gm garlic and sauté it. Stir until the onions become soft but are not brown. Add a cup of Arborio rice and cook for 2 minutes. Season it with salt and pepper. Remove it from the heat and mix 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to it. Transfer the risotto to a bowl and allow it to cool. Stir a beaten egg into the risotto. And in another bowl, whisk half of an egg and milk with a fork. For each ball, roll 2tsp of the risotto into a ball. Press a piece of mozzarella cheese into the center and roll to enclose. Coat it lightly with flour, dip into the milk mixture and roll in bread crumbs to coat. Fry until the balls to golden brown and serve hot.

 

Recipe by Chef Harangad Singh, Prankster.

Cook 100gm cauliflower and 2 potatoes in a pressure cooker for three whistles. Mash them together. Heat oil in a pan and add 10gm of chopped capsicum to it. Cook for 2 minutes, add 5gm ginger, 5gm garlic, 2gm chilli powder and 2gm turmeric powder to it and saute. Add the mashed vegetables and fry it. Add 1 cup of tomato puree and 1 cup of water. Bring it to boil. Add 5gm pav bhaji masala and 5gm peas. Cook for 10 minutes. Add salt and butter to taste. Once the bhaji is cooled, mould it into a patty shape. Add panko crumbs and deep fry it. Toast and butter the pav and layer it with fried patty, cheese and onion rings. Serve it with green chutney.

Sambar Cappuccino

Recipe provided by Chef Harangad Singh, Prankster.

In a pressure cooker, add 50 gm toor dal, 10gm turmeric, 2 cups of water and cook. Mash the dal and keep it aside. In a cooking pot, add oil and heat it. Add 5gm cumin seeds, 5gm mustard seeds to it and allow it to crackle. To this, add 5gm asafoetida, 5gm fenugreek seeds, 1 dried chilli and sauté it. Add 10gm chopped onions, 10gm sliced tomatoes and mix well. Add salt, 5gm red chilli powder, 5gm turmeric powder and 2 drumsticks to this. Add 1 cup of water and cook the drumsticks for about 10 minutes. Then add the mashed dal into the drumstick curry and mix. After mixing, add tamarind extracted pulp into it. Bring sambar to a boil, strain it through a strainer. Top it up with coconut milk. Serve hot with crispy dosa pieces.

Aubergine with Chicken

Recipe by Chef Choong Chew Loon, Royal China.

Place slices of 1 aubergine into an ovenproof baking dish. Drizzle oil and place in a hot oven for 10 minutes to soften. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry 6-7 pieces of boneless chicken to brown. Place chicken pieces on top of aubergine. To it, add 3gm garlic, 3gm sugar, some lemon zest, chopped olives and chopped tomatoes. Add seasoning and thyme. Put it into the oven again for 40 minutes until tomatoes soften and the chicken juices run clear. Serve hot with rice.

6 Easy Gym Ball Exercises for Beginners

A gym ball or an exercise ball is made of soft elastic with a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters and it is filled with air. It is used in physical therapy, weight training, athletic training and regular exercise. There are numerous names for this ball like the balance ball, fitness ball, pilates ball, or the birth ball. It has been proved to be of great help in improving cardio endurance, balance and strength. For those recovering from injuries, gym ball exercises are very effective as they reduce spinal and muscle strain during movements. Most people may think that these exercises are more child-like, but they aren’t as easy as they appear and need to be performed in the right manner to produce results. Here are a few gym ball exercises that you can try if you are a beginner.

6 Easy Gym Ball Exercises for Beginners

1. Over-Head Ball Squat

In this exercise, both your arms and legs are put to use. While holding the ball over your head, bend your knees and do a squat. Performing 10 to 15 of these, strengthens your arms, shoulders and deltoid muscles. This is an easy and effective exercise and all that is required is a gym ball.

2. Standing Ball Squeeze

This exercise works on your hips, lower back and inner thighs. First, stand straight and place the ball between your legs, next to your knees. Then squat down, forming a 90-degree angle and squeeze the ball. Remain in this position for as long as possible and stay balanced. The bigger the ball, the tougher it is to perform this exercise. Beginners can take the support of a wall or chair, if they find it too hard to stand straight. Perform this 10 times for 35-45 seconds for effective results.

3. Standing Plank

This exercise benefits your shoulders and arms and increases the intensity of a normal plank. Take your left leg and stretch it behind, while resting your arms and elbows on the ball. Take your right leg and stretch it behind, making both the feet meet. Do this 6 times, 30 seconds per set.

4. Triceps Dip

This exercise works on your upper body and strengthens your triceps and biceps. To perform it, you need to sit on the ball with your legs forming a 90-degree angle. Keep your knees apart from each other and place your hands on your hips. Slowly move your hips forward so that they are a few inches in front of the ball. Then, use your triceps to lower your arms down a few inches and return to the starting position. Make sure your back remains upright and repeat this 10-15 times.

5. Ball Jog

This exercise strengthens your core and makes it firm. Sit up straight on the ball with your feet firmly pressed on the ground. Move your knees up and down to bounce on the ball. Try to bounce as high as possible and for 2 to 5 minutes for 5 sets. This will keep your heart rate up and can also be used as a warm-up exercise.

6. Hands off

This exercise works on your abs and core. To perform it you need to lie flat on your back on the ground, with your arms and legs stretched out. Hold the ball over your head with both your hands and transfer the ball from your hands to your feet. Continue this movement repeatedly and make sure that only your hips and butt touch the ground.

Always remember to get proper guidance from your fitness trainer before you embark on a new journey.

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

During summers, the heat doesn’t just dehydrate our body but also robs away all the moisture from our skinmaking it look dull and dry. The skin tans because of the UVA radiation from the sun. The UVA rays pierce into the lower layers of the epidermis and trigger the cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the brown pigment in the skin that causes tanning. Tanning increases the risk of pre-mature aging of the skin. Our hands are subjected to the maximum amount of sun exposure as they are rarely hidden from the harmful rays. This may cause an uneven skin tone and discoloration. To get rid of tanning, people may opt for harsh methods like bleaching their skin, but this causes further darkening and makes it rough and dry. Here are a seven home remedies

for tanned hands that are completely natural and without any harmful side-effects:

1. Yogurt and Turmeric 

Take a bowl of yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix it together and apply it on your tanned hands. Rinse it off after 20 minutes. Yogurt contains probiotics which lighten the skin and moisturize it while turmeric improves uneven skin tone.

yogurt

2. Soaking in Lemon Juice

Take a bowl with warm lemon juice and soak your tanned hands in it for 20 minutes. After that, rinse your hands with cold water. The vitamin C in the lemon juice protects the skin cells from the UV rays. Make sure you moisturize your skin after this as the acidic lime juice may make your skin dry.

lemon

3. Aloe Vera

Take some fresh aloe vera gel from the sap of the leaf and apply it on your hands. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. The gel consists of antioxidants that protect the skin cells and remove the tan.

aloe vera

4. Cucumber Paste

Take a cup of cucumber juice and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix this with turmeric powder and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off. This will refresh your skin and will help it regain its lost glow.

cucumbercucumber paste; Photo Credit: facebook/making natural cosmetics

5. Almond Paste

Take 5 to 6 almonds and soak them overnight. Later, blend the almonds with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste, leave it on overnight and wash it off the following morning. Almonds are rich in vitamins and riboflavin which protects the skin and improves its health.

almonds

6. Sandalwood and Turmeric Powder

Take a few teaspoons of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder and mix them. Add two-three drops of rose water to this. Mix them together and make a thick paste to apply on your hands. Leave this paste on for 30 minutes and then wash it off. This will improve the complexion of the skin and treat the damaged areas.

sandalwoodSandalwood and turmeric powder; Photo Credit: facebook/MDH organic health

If you have any other secret beauty remedies from your granny’s kitty, we’d love to hear about them!