How to Use Honey for Hair: The Nutrient Packed Ingredient to Treat Dullness

In today’s fast pace, in order to be at the top of the ladder, we often tend to ignore our health and wellness. Pollution levels are only getting worse every year, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, where we recently experienced one of the densest smogs(fog combined with smoke) ever! Our hair needs moisture and the right nutrients in order to remain long, strong and shiny but the dryness and pollutants make it dull and weak, which causes severe hair loss and hair thinness. Pollution isn’t the only cause of weak hair, we follow every new hair trend that pops up on our feed and get swayed away by it without actually considering whether that trend is suitable for us or is it just another temporary fad that will fade soon.

How to Use Honey for Hair: The Nutrient Packed Ingredient to Treat Dullness

We subject our hair to harsh procedures like rebonding, smoothening and colouring, which induce very strong chemicals into our hair. In fact, regular hair blowing and straightening damage our hair in many ways. Even shampoos are not suitable to regain those lustrous tresses back because most shampoos contain sulphate, which weakens the hair more.

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So What Should You Use?

 

Natural remedies are most apt for your hair as they infuse natural nutrients needed by the hair and also come with no side effects. We have come across a lot of ‘nani ke nuske’ (grandma’s age-old tips and tricks) wherein we are told to use yoghurt, eggs and so on to get beautiful hair. One such ingredient that is known to help your hair is honey.

 

Yes, honey does not just suffice that sweet tooth or bloated tummy, but also works wonders for your hair. Honey is an emollient, which basically means that it does not allow the moisture to fade away from your hair. Instead it retains moisture to give that soft and a smooth texture to the hair whilst making it look shiny and healthy. Honey is also rich in antioxidant properties, which enables it to reduce hair breakage, hair loss and keeps your hair strong and healthy. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, which prevents scalp infections that can leave the scalp feeling itchy, red and swollen, and effect hair growth.

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All these properties present in honey make it a must-have ingredient in all our masks and hair spa procedures. So ditch the chemicals and resort to natural treatments like honey, which provides so many benefits while being gentle on the hair and scalp.

 

How Do We Use Honey on Our Hair?

 

 DIYs (do it yourself) masks are an easy and doable option. You need not invest in shampoos with honey instead you can make home-made honey masks in a jiffy that will deliver the same outcome. Let’s look at two very easy honey masks –

 

1. Honey Yoghurt Hair Mask

honey hair maskHoney Yoghurt Mask Preparation; Photo Credit: facebook/Lorna Jane Kierland Commons

 

Yoghurt nourishes hair with a very essential nutrient that is protein, while honey gives your hair that shiny and soft texture. This works well for dry and dull hair and is believed to reduce hair loss.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tbsp honey

 

4 Tbsp yoghurt

 

Method:

 

Mix honey and yoghurt well, then use an applicator brush or your hands and massage it well on the scalp and make sure to cover every possible area, even the hair tips. Cover your hair with a towel and leave this mask on for about 30 minutes, then just simply rinse your hair properly. Let your hair air dry, avoid using blow dryers or any other heated hair styling tool.

 

2. Honey Egg Hair Mask

honey hair maskHoney Oil and Egg Hair Mask; Photo credit: facebook/ Lisa’s Kiss My Legs

Egg is rich in proteins and vitamins that are essential for the hair. This is the reason why egg is regarded as one of the best hair masks, while honey helps in softening the hair and giving it shine.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

 

3 Tbsp honey (preferably organic)

 

2 eggs

 

Method:

 

Beat the eggs and the oil together, then slowly add honey and mix well. Keep your hair covered with a towel or a shower cap for about 60 minutes and then rinse your hair with any shampoo that will get rid of the egg smell or any excess oil from your hair, leaving you with extremely soft, shiny and strong tresses.

 

Go ahead, give yourself a day off and pamper yourself to a relaxing spa at home to help your hair regain all the lost shine and moisture.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

I am sure that most of us have an extremely busy schedule everyday. Given this scenario, we often tend to ignore our beauty problems or rely on market-bought products as a quick fix. The ugly truth is that these products may contain a lot of chemicals that can have damaging side-effects on your skin, hair and overall health. We’ve got some help for you. Here are 9 natural substitutes for your common beauty products that can be easily made at home. You may have not known but some simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

1. Natural Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair

Do you feel the need to wash your hair every other day? Or do you have an oily scalp? Here’s what you can do instead of using shampoo too often.

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch (preferably organic)
3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender or rose)

Procedure:

Mix both ingredients and lightly dust it on your scalp. Wait for 5 minutes and remove the excess powder with a brush. Cornstarch will soak in almost all the oil and dirt leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh.

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2. Natural Blackhead Remover

Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.

Ingredients:  

1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)

Procedure:

Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

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3. Natural Face Pack for Glowing Skin

This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin

. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

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4. Natural Teeth Whitener

Baking soda is a humble kitchen ingredient that can be used to solve many beauty problems. It is great to remove any kind of stains from your teeth.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Procedure:

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Let it rest for 1-2 minutes and rinse it off. You should do this daily to get cleaner, whiter teeth.

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5. Natural Skin Toner

A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there’s nothing like fresh aloe vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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6. Natural Makeup Remover

You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn’t make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

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7. Natural Perfume

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and fragrant in this hot weather? Here’s a way to make your very own natural mist.

Ingredients:

8-10 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender etc)
4-5 tablespoons of filtered water
1 tablespoon glycerin

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients well, and put it in an empty spray bottle. Use it whenever you step out for long-lasting fragrance.

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8. Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer

Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.

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9. Natural Wax for Facial Hair

Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, we suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.

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Now that you’ve found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

Your skin goes through a rough time facing dirt and pollution daily. No matter how lucrative some beauty products may sound, natural ingredients and a home-made pack are still the best solutions. Ingredients like saffron, lemon, milk and sandalwood are known to be great for your skin. Although sandalwood (chandan) is popular as a beauty remedy, very few people know about the red sandalwood. Rakta Chandana or the red sandalwood is one of the finest ingredients for your skin.

The red sandalwood tree can be found mostly in the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India. The tree is prized for the rich red color of its wood. Just like regular chandan, red sandalwood is also sold in powdered form but it is a bit more coarse. It is primarily used for skin care and beauty purposes. It is very effective in reducing blemishes and treating acne. It also helps in the removal of sun tan and dullness because of its cooling properties. Here are eight ways to use red sandalwood for beautiful and glowing skin.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

1.  Add few drops of coconut oil to red sandalwood powder and make a paste with it. This can be applied on dry areas for moisturizing them. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Red sandalwood powder is known to provide nourishment to the skin cells.

2.  Mix red sandalwood powder with lemon juice to prepare a mask for oily skin. Apply this paste all over your face and let it dry out. Once it does, wash it off with lukewarm water. It helps in regulating the secretion of sebum and makes the pores tight.

 

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Red sandalwood is great for oily skin. Photo credit: Istock

3. Acne and pimples happen to be common skin problems faced by most people. A rose water and red sandalwood face pack helps in the reduction of acne and acne scars and also the irritation caused by acne due to its cooling properties. You can even add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to the pack for better results.

4.  A pack made with 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya can help in exfoliation (removal of dead skin). This face pack helps you shed the dead skin and leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

 

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Red sandalwood also helps in exfoliation. Photo credit: Istock

5. Use red sandalwood powder along with curd and milk to improve uneven skin tone. Mix 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood powder, half tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoon of curd and milk each to make a face pack. Apply this all over and let it dry. Later wash it off with lukewarm water and enjoy radiant complexion.

6.  It helps in removal of dark spots and reduces pigmentation. Prepare a simple pack with 2 tablespoons of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoon of milk and apply it everyday.

7.  A pack with cucumber juice or curd with red sandalwood powder helps in removing sun tan. Mix 2 tablespoon of curd or cucumber juice with an equal amount of red sandalwood powder and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry and then wash off. You will see instant results.

8.  Prepare a mask with 2 teaspoons of almond oil, 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and 4 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder. Use this regularly for soft and glowing skin.

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Red sandalwood has many uses in your skin care routine, give it a permanent spot in your beauty cabinet. You’ll find the best quality of red sandalwood in Kerala, so if you happen to visit it, you must buy it for yourself.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil is a great beauty ingredient. It is a natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant is is closest to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’ that helps protect and heal the skin from external toxins. It is the first defense barrier for the skin. Jojoba oil being the closest in construction to the human sebum is a natural replacement for it. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can be the perfect skincare solution.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil contains essential vitamins for the skin such as Vitamin B, E and key minerals such as zinc, copper. In adulthood, your skin tends to produce lesser sebum hence making the skin dry and dull looking. Jojoba is a natural supplement that can be used for your regular skin care routine. Here are seven benefits of Jojoba oil which you probably didn’t know.

1. Retains moisture:

Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin

thereby keeping the skin hydrated and looking fresh. Jojoba oil helps moisturize the skin, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores of the face, which tend to cause blackheads and breakout of acne.

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2. For soft lips:

For fresh and soft lips, jojoba oil can be gently massaged on the lips to ensure no dryness and cracks.

3. Reduces wrinkles:

The essential vitamins present in Jojoba oil help greatly reduce wrinkles and the visible effects of ageing

. Since jojoba contains no harmful chemicals it can be used as part of one’s daily grooming routine.

4. A natural sunscreen:

Jojoba oil is also applied on the full body, which makes it a good natural alternative to harsh sun screen creams

.

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5. Treats skin burns:

Jojoba soothes any burnt skin by going deeper into the tissues and healing them, this helps the pain after a sunburn or tan. With its natural healing properties Jojoba oil is helpful in reducing skin burns during shaving.

6. Good for your hair:

Jojoba oil helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. The presence of Vitamin E & B conditions the hair shaft making the hair shinier, adding volume and density. The stronger hair shaft prevents hair breakage due to drying wet hair every day. Head massages with jojoba oil help to also condition the scalp which removes scalp dryness. Thus avoiding dandruff and itching.

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7. Great make-up remover

: In addition to all its amazing all round applications jojoba oil can be used as an effective and natural makeup remover.

All you need to do is take a few drops of the oil on a cotton sob and simply glide it to remove stubborn eye shadow and kohl.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

The monsoon season brings with it beautiful weather, cool breeze and a joyful mood. But the change in weather can may not be too kind to your skin and can cause several beauty problems. Some monsoon woes that most of us may face are hair fall, oily skin, allergies and fungal infections. While you would do everything you can to protect your face and hair, your feet that bare the brunt of the places you take them are often neglected. If you don’t give them attention, it may lead to cracked heels, brittle nails and tired feet. Use these easily available kitchen ingredients to pamper your feet at home and save a trip to the salon.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

 

1. Lemon for exfoliation

Lemon slices act as a great natural scrub that can help in exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin. You can even mix of lime juice with honey and olive oil and apply over worn-out feet for a moisturizing effect. A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet. Squeeze some lime juice in a tub of lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes.

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A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet

2. Yogurt for tanning

The good-old cooling curd works like magic for removing sun tan. Apply it every alternate day on your feet and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you wash off. You see a difference in two-three applications.

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Yogurt helps in removing sun tan

3. Milk and baking soda for DIY pedicure

Why head to a salon when you can do your own pedicure at home with natural ingredients? All you need is two-three cups of milk mixed with three tablespoons of baking soda. Warm the milk and then add the baking soda to it. Dip your feet in this mixture and let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water later. This works really well for dry and scaly feet.

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Milk and baking soda are great for DIY pedicure

4. Coconut oil for cracked heels

Cracked heels can be painful. Treat them by rubbing some coconut oil gently over the affected area and leave it on overnight. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and makes your heels smooth. You can cover with socks to allow the skin to totally absorb the oil.

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Try these natural home remedies and say goodbye to all your beauty problems this monsoon season.

 

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

Did you ever think that the green leaves you sprinkle on your biryani as a garnish could be the secret to your glowing skin? Coriander, also known as ‘hara dhaniya’, is a member of the Apiaceae family. Other members of the same family include celery and parsley. Traditionally, it was an essential ingredient in oils and perfumes too. It is a herb with a pungent smell. The fresh aroma can make you feel instantly rejuvenated. Its anti-septic and carminative properties make it unique.

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

What is coriander good for?

Coriander is extremely rich in folate, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Your skin feel soft, supple and radiates glow when your cells are protected from oxidative stress. They can be armored against stress and degeneration with the help of antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent the movement of free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the ageing process. It allows the skin to retain its elasticity.

It is a powerhouse of iron which leads to an increase in the hemoglobin levels in the body and prevents anemia that can cause dull skin. It is a well-known fact that your skinis a reflection of your internal health. Whether your skin is too oily or too dry or even a combination of the two, chewing fresh coriander leaves every morning on an empty stomach is a great healthy practice.

Be it acne or pigmentation, oily or dry skin, pimples or blackheads, coriander juice works like magic. Coriander’s anti-fungal and anti-microbial elements are even known to treat eczema. It is a detoxifier, a disinfectant and even treats dark lips!

According to Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, “Coriander helps relieve acidity. Due to acid formation, redness, bumps and zits are a common feature. Eating coriander can reduce acidity and thus, help you get rid of various skin eruptions.” She also explains while applying coriander on your face, it is most effective when combined with rose water and oatmeal or sandalwood in the form of face packs. This helps in avoiding any sort of allergies and dryness as a result.

5 ways to use coriander for skin

1. Coriander with aloe vera:

Freshly ground coriander in combination with aloe-vera

can be applied on the skin. This helps to get rid of wrinkles.

2. Coriander with lemon juice:

A combination of ground coriander with some lemon juice when applied on the effected area can do wonders for acne and blackheads. Coriander enables the dead cells to be removed and leads to a rejuvenated skin.

3.Coriander face pack: 

Grind the coriander, add milk, add honey and lemon juice and apply on the face. This face pack will leave you with glowing skin.

4. Coriander with rice and yoghurt:

A combination of ground rice and yogurt relaxes facial muscles and cells and leaves you refreshed. Make a mixture of it and apply it like a mask.

When your skin fails to show a positive response, we know how frustrating it can get. The least you can do is seek comfort in the confines of your kitchen and grab a handful of coriander! You’ll thank us later.

Why Uttarakhand must not use English for teaching in govt schools

For a child, the school acts like a bridge connecting the home and the world. In this transitional crossing of environments, research and study have consistently highlighted the key role played by the mother tongue. That, when instructed in the mother tongue or home language, children perform better in subject-based learning. So, adopting English as the medium of instruction for early-age learners (from Class 1) in schools, like the proposed plan for government institutions in Uttarakhand, looks problematic.

Education begins at home with the home language and gets conditioned by sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch, within doors or close by. The move from home to school alters the learning environment. School, whether private or government, presents a structure, a system for learning, whereas earlier it was a natural flow of experience. It presents new peers, teachers, content, discipline, and format. It’s a lot to adjust to quickly, and then, a new language of instruction.

If education inspires learning and questioning, and if education facilitates freedom of enquiry without fear, then which is better — a medium of instruction using the homely local mother tongue or a powerful global language like English?

When instructed in the mother tongue or home language, children perform better in subject-based learning. So, adopting English as the medium of instruction for early-age learners in schools, like the proposed plan for government institutions in Uttarakhand, looks problematic (For representative purposes only)

Looking at global trends and the aspirations of new generations, an English medium of instruction appears attractive. Such a strategy seems to offer better opportunities for higher education, enhanced career prospects and professional growth, and overall economic well-being. But communicative competence in English — more suited for higher education or professional development — comes later.

What about thorough grounding in curriculum subjects, of which English is simply one subject of study; understanding concepts and thinking independently; responding to and framing questions and offering solutions; creativity and innovation in a disruptive global environment; and learning 21st-century life skills? This real learning becomes that much more difficult without a mother-tongue-led instruction. In a non-English-speaking environment, using English to teach curriculum subjects does not come easy. Add to this the teacher’s competence in handling English — first, in mastering the language; second, in using English to teach curriculum subjects — which remains a cause for concern.

Does the mother tongue offer something better? Representing natural transition from learning at home, using the mother tongue to teach curriculum subjects leads to greater emotional connection with the classroom, teachers, peers, and the learning process. Tending to actively engaged children, teachers — able users of the local language like their students — can give free rein to their creative and innovative impulses: Learning becomes student-led (rather than teacher-led), encouraging skill development. Naturally competent in imbibing new languages and now confident in their learning ability, children can easily pick up any new language — including English. It’s an all-round healthy learning outcome.

Unesco together with Unicef, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, and UNHCR organised the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, South Korea. The Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all) states, in Point 32: ‘In multilingual contexts, where possible and taking into account differing national and subnational realities, capacities and policies, teaching and learning in the first or home language should be encouraged.’ Point 59 says: ‘Particular attention should be paid to the role of learners’ first language in becoming literate and in learning.’ Setting out a new vision for education for the next 15 years, the Incheon Declaration for Education 2030 has been adopted by over 180 Unesco member states.

We are a young nation. We are a confederation of states with developed languages and rich literatures held together by the common desire for amity and unity. We have had a deeply disturbing colonial past, a recent brutal one, which led to the use of English.

Instead of changing the medium of classroom instruction, the way forward lies in evolving a connected and implementable approach to school education: Develop instructional material for students and teachers that sustains creativity, conceptualise robust teacher training programmes, roll out innovative teaching methodologies, ensure goal-and-outcome focused learning assessments and, apply data and analytics for personalised learning.

Shaping the mammoth enterprise of school education affecting so many young lives, we should not fail to train our eyes on our roots, our unique, indigenous languages, to offer a learning environment that fosters connection, belonging, and identity embedded in the child’s culture.

In here lies our tryst with destiny.

IIT-Kanpur adopts 5 villages to promote tech, solar energy use, solve water crisis

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) has adopted five villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

The scheme has been introduced by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to uplift rural India.

“As part of the initiative, we will ensure the overall development of Hridayapur, Baikanthpur, Ishwariganj, Pratappur Hari and Saxupurva villages, situated on the outskirts,” said IIT-K professor Sandeep Sangal.

Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water.

Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water and using solar energy

Besides, the farmers would be educated about the use of solar energy, cleanliness and use of latest technologies for farming.

Chief development officer (CDO) Arun Kumar said the IIT-K has agreed to provide all assistance for the development of these villages.

Dr Reeta Singh of IIT-K said most of the problems of these villages would be solved by introducing new technologies.

The IIT-K professors led by the district magistrate Surendra Singh would hold Chaupal in Baikanthpur and Saxupurva villages on Thursday to understand the problems of villagers and to frame the strategy for their development.

“Other educational institutes would also be associated with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan to ensure the development of the villages they decide to adopt,” said the DM.

 

 

7 Ingenious Ways to Use Cornflakes Beyond the Cereal Bowl

A bowl of milk is the first thing that comes to our mind when we hear ‘cornflakes’. Cornflakes have always been synonymous to a healthy breakfast meal. Topped with fresh fruits, nuts, seeds and yoghurt or milk, and drizzled with honey, it proves to be a satisfying meal to kickstart the day. But is that the only purpose of cornflakes – just as a breakfast cereal? Well, of course not. Trust the world of extremely creative chefs and food enthusiast that this breakfast cereal can actually be spruced up in delicious ways to create interesting dishes. Ditch that monotonous use of cornflakes with these superb ideas –

 

7 Ingenious Ways to Use Cornflakes Beyond the Cereal Bowl

1. Cornflakes Upma

 

Give cornflakes an Indian touch by making upma for an alternative breakfast option. Heat cooking oil and sauté mustard seeds, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, chopped onions and chopped tomatoes. Add finely crushed cornflakes and drizzle with a little water. Mix well and cook for a few minutes. Cornflakes Upma is ready for an amazing breakfast!

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2. Cornflakes Ladoo

 

Another way of giving corn flakes the Indian touch is by making sweet ladoos. Mix all the dry fruits you want in ladoos like cashew, walnuts, almonds etc with cornflakes. Grind it well. Add ghee, sugar, coconut powder, cardamom (elaichi) and milkmaid in the mixture. Mix well and make small balls of ladoos. Enjoy this quick dessert after meal.

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3. Pear Ice and Crunch

 

Use cornflakes for making base of Pear and Ice Crunch. For the base, mix honey, sugar, crushed cornflakes, nuts and coconut powder in ghee. Set the mixture properly. For the sorbet, boil sugar and pear in water. Simmer until tender. Cool down and add the juice and mint. Freeze the sorbet and serve chilled with the crunchy base.

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4. Butter Crunch Biscuits

 

The love for biscuits with evening tea is eternal. Make your own Cornflakes Butter Crunch Biscuits at home. All you have to do is to mix vanilla essence, sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, crushed cornflakes and nuts with melted butter. Mix well and place it on greased baking sheet. Preheat the oven at 175 degree Celsius and bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes.

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5. Nutty Cornflake White Chocolate Cluster

 

This is an easy and brilliant way of using cornflakes especially if you are a chocolate lover. To make Nutty Cornflake White Chocolate Cluster, firstly add nuts and cornflakes in a bowl. Now add tempered white chocolate and fold it nicely with a rubber spatula to evenly coat cornflakes. Quickly transfer it onto cupcake liners with scoop or at the bottom of a pan to make a thin layer. Decorate with vermicelli and cool it down before serving.

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6. Fried Ice Cream

 

Make the unimaginable dessert at home by deep frying the cornflakes coated ice cream balls. For this ‘Mexican dessert’, make ice cream balls and freeze them over night. Make a crunchy mixture of cornflakes and cinnamon. Roll the ice cream ball first in egg white and then in the crunchy mixture. Make sure the balls are covered completely. Deep fry the balls for not more than 12-15 seconds. Top it with chocolate sauce or honey and enjoy.

 

7. Cornflake Crusted Fried Chicken

 

Love crunchy, fried chicken? The most convenient way to get that perfect crunch is to coat the chicken pieces in corn flakes, after dipping them in the batter. While deep-frying, the corn flakes turn beautifully crisp, making for a lip-smacking treat.

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All these cornflakes hacks are quick and easy to make at home. Enjoy the novel cornflakes recipes. Happy cooking!

5 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Make Your Skin Glow in Summers

Summers are known to be not-so-good for our skin. The blazing sun often leaves our skin tanned and may even cause dullness. You can try and hide from the sun but you can’t totally shun it. The good news is that you can get your glow back with the use of few simple kitchen ingredients. These can not only hydrate, rejuvenate and protect your skin but can also help in dealing with summer woes like sun tan, acne and redness. Try these five all-natural solutions for a change.

1. Cucumbers

Cucumber is great to retain your summer glow. It acts as a natural toner for your skin due to its cooling properties. It can help to improve dull and greasy complexion. Cucumber is also great for dry skin due to its hydrating properties. Just rub few chilled slices of cucumber over your face gently and let your skin soak in the juice before you wash it off. Do this as often as you can to keep your skin protected against the heat.

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Cucumber acts as a natural toner for your skin

2. Tomatoes 

Not only can eating tomatoes give you an attractive glow (thanks to ts antioxidants), but applying it also can help in improving your skin tone and treating sun tan. You can apply them as it or blend some with fuller’s earth (multani mitti) to make a face pack. Multani mitti lends it cooling properties along with the nourishment of tomatoes.

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Tomatoes can help in improving your skin tone

3. Lemon

Lemons are full of Vitamin C which is a wonder nutrient to gives a natural glow to your skin. Being acidic in nature, lemon is also great for exfoliation. It can help in removing all the dirt and dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. You can make a quick lemon scrub at home. Cut the lime into half and dip it into a bowl of brown sugar. Now, rub this lime all over your face, neck and cheeks gently like a scrub. Later, wash off and apply some aloe vera to soothe your skin. Lemon will brighten your skin naturally.

lemon

Lemon is great for exfoliation

4. Turmeric

This wonder spice is great for your skin. You may have often seen your grandmothers adding a pinch of turmeric to her homemade face packs. This golden spice is very effective against acne and redness due to its anti-bacterial properties. It also helps in improving uneven skin tone. Mix one teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to make a quick face pack for glowing skin.

turmeric pack

Turmeric is very effective against acne

5. Green Tea 

You may have not known this but the secret to glowing skin lies in your green tea. You can use green tea leaves as a facial steamer. Boil few leaves in water and then pour it out in a large bowl. Keep a towel over your head and bring your face close to the bowl to let your skin absorb the steam. Do this for 10 minutes and then wash off. You can also make a quick face pack with green tea leaves, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix all together and apply over your face. Rub gently in circular motion for few minutes and then wash off. This is great for exfoliation.

green tea

The secret to glowing skin lies in your green tea

Apart from these, rose water is great for your skin during summers. Just fill some up in a mist bottle and spray it all over your skin through the day to keep it refreshed and glowing.