Thursday, January 29, 2015

The magical healing powers of Papaya

I first came across papaya when I had just said goodbye to my teens and entered in my professional life. My first posting was in Karachi and my boss was very fond of eating this yellowish-orange looking fruit in his office first thing in the morning. The mess waiter told me that he was eating something called as papaya. 

I haven't really befriended it since the for it is neither sweet nor sour or even bitter. It is kinda a tasteless unless one is lucky to get a just-ripe papaya which is more sweet than being tasteless. 

But if we go by its many health benefits, then one would sacrifice its taste and eat it to remain healthy and hearty. Some of the many health benefits of papaya are as under:

  • It supports cardiovascular system
  • It alleviates inflamation
  • It encourages renewal of muscle tissues
  • It is good for treatment of skin wounds - use papaya peel for treating wounds
  • Its daily use prevents or aids in preventing formation of cataracts of eyes
  • It helps constipation and nausea
  • And it is also said to prevent many causes of colon cancer and gastrointestinal system
Almost ripe Papayas of my home garden

Seeing its many health benefits, my wife has planted a  pair of papaya trees and is giving wonderful fruit - perhaps many may not know that papaya is the only fruit tree which does not give fruit unless the male and female trees are planted together.

Photos: Pixabay - except last one by me
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paris down below - as seen from Eiffel Tower

In my previous post about 'My maiden glimpse of Eiffel Tower, I talked about the strange feeling that I had when I first looked at the Eiffel Tower in the rather hazy morning and lining up to get the ticket to loo at Paris from the Eiffel top. Herein under today I am sharing how Paris looked down below while we had climbed up the two stages of the Eiffel Tower.

Notice at the ticket booth announcing 'everyone' to be present to buy the ticket
Climbing up from the ground floor to board the left for the first tier of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower has a total height of 325 metres as can be seen from the photo below. The first tier where visitors are taken is at a height of 149.23 metres. Four lifts feed the visitors to this level. However to reach the top of the tower which is at 276.13 metres, a single lift takes the visitors up to the top.

The photos below have been taking from the second tier of the tower as I described earlier.

Some more photos of Paris:
The famous White Church of Paris as seen from the tower (above and below left). I will cover my visit to this church in one of my next posts and would also narrate how I was almost robbed.

The Arch de Triumph as seen from the Eiffel Tower. After we came down, we went to see the place and the famous Champs-Élysées. I will cover the photos in my next post.

Here came an end to a memorable climb up the Eiffel Tower - something that will always remind me of my visit to Paris. I shall talk more landmarks of Paris in my subsequent posts.

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Eat Carbs and drink coffee to be in shape

Tired of exercises and dieting to shed away your extra flesh around the belly? Well if you are and do not know what else to do, here is something you mat try and feel happy thereafter.

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Yes, a new study shows that eating carbs and drinking coffee can be the answer in reducing weight. The wonder four weeks diet that includes carbs, coffee and hot chocolate before going to bed may have the answer to your weight reducing dilemma.

Daily Mail has published this wonderful news of a  Four-Week Fitness and Food Effect, a collaboration between qualified medical doctor and nutritionist Dr Michelle Storfer and exercise blogger Faya Nilsson, takes the faddiness out of the equation and instead that recommends eating carbs, feeling full, drinking caffeine, enjoying hot chocolates and not over-exercising.

The plan promises to 'transform your physique' in just four weeks, helping you to lose weight, lower your body fat percentage, tone up and feel infused with energy.

If interested watch the video below:

Do you want to know more? Read about it at: Daily Mail
Photo: Pixabay
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beware: The much appealing Calpol can be dangerous for children

Calpol - that wonder drug for mainly many children ailments can be dangerous for children. Do you wonder why?

A leading doctor in England has warned against the overdose of Calpol as its attractive pink colour and bottle wrapper is to appealing for the children to resisit. He even questions the wisdom of adding strawberry flavour into it.

Parecetamol is the main ingredient of Calpol - thus an overdose of paracetamol (in calpol) can casue liver damage or even deaths among children, who take an overdose of this otherwise appealing drug behind the backs of their parents.

Read more about it in Daily Mail

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My maiden glimpse of Eiffel Tower

There are many a landmarks around the world that one wants to see - but one of the most visited landmark around the world remains the famous Eiffel Tower of Paris. Some call it a rusty iron structure attracting people from around the world. But the fact remains that all those who love travelling would somehow travel to Paris to see this gigantic steel structure at least once in their lifetime.

And that once in a lifetime came for me too when from Kiel, Germany where I had gone to visit my son who is studying there, we embarked upon the journey of some of the neighbouring Schengen countries. Our first leg of journey was Groningen in Netherlands where I had gone to see a friend after 43 years and have already shared it in one of my earlier posts.

Our next stop was at Paris and obviously the first thing that we had on our programme was seeing the Eiffel Tower. So after dumping our luggage in the hotel on Voltaire Street, we boarded the underground metro train to the nearest station to Eiffel Tower.

As soon as we got out of the train, and we started scaling the stairs to the ground floor, we were swarmed by shops selling souvenirs, mostly of replicas of the Eiffel Tower. But we were in a hurry to see the actual one and without wasting an additional time, we got out looking around who gets to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

And I got lucky as I walked out of the shade of the building to the left (below), suddenly there appeared the Eiffel I had so longed to see since my childhood. In the morning haze, the tower looked a bit hazy too, but as we approached nearer and nearer, it got brighter and clearer.

And from now on it was us and the Eiffel Tower with our cameras clicking and taking countless photos as can be seen in the following photos.

Sizing the tower is the most favoured type of photo for the tourists - my younger son too joined in

Going towards the Eiffel Tower

Having reached the base of the tower, one is really struck by the voluminous steel structure of the Eiffel Tower. And to my surprise, it was not rusty at all.

Queuing up for the ticket to climb up the tower is some feat in itself. There is s along queue of tourists and visitors, standing for hours and hours, but still displaying patience. My two sons got into the queue - but we later came to know that the every 'climber' has to be present at the ticket counter to get the ticket. So me and my wife too joined the queue and inched forward to get our tickets.

While my sons stood in the queue, my wife (extreme right) waited along with other ladies for the ticket.

Finally tickets in hand, my sons pose together before we entered another queue to enter the lifts to go up the tower.

Selfie: We all at the base of the Eiffel Tower

In my next posts, I will share photos of Paris as seen from atop the Eiffel Tower. It looks really beautiful.

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