Thursday, September 21, 2017

Khao (Eat) Rice

Khao Rice

Indian kitchens are the Ayush Centres of our health. The ingredients used in cooking (turmeric, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, black pepper, curry leaves, bay leaves, cumin seeds, black cumin, mustard seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, carom seeds, black cardamom, cinnamon, cinnamon buds, fennel, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, mace, asafoetida, tamarind, garcinia, etc) are the great medicines to our good health. Each has a value, but where, when and how much to be used is an art of cooking the new generation doesn't know. 

India is predominantly a rice eater Country where more than 1100 varieties of rice are grown. There were 1.2 lakh varieties of rice in the world, of which 43,000 belonged to India. CRRI, Cuttack, Orissa has preserve 30,000 varieties. RRI, Manila is holding 83000 varieties. Now 90% of the paddy production comes from 25-30 varieties. However, tribals of India still consume 300 varieties. We the modern, are fond of refined, polished, hybrid varieties, good in look but poor in nutritional values. Our method of cooking rice is very poor. We eat more of a starch than the nutritive rice. South and East India use parboiled rice, carry more nutritional value. South Gujarat still eat roti made of rice. 

Till recent past, when India was Bharat, people used to eat unpolished rice made in home. Each house used to have kandaniyu fitted in the varanda (drawing room) and the house wife will remove the bran (it is also used as medicine, bran and rice bran oil) by preserving and nutrition value of rice using Sambelu. Have you seen Sambela dance garba in Navratri of Gujarat. Sambelas are left for Navratri dance. Sambela, home flour mill and churning curd to make butter and ghee with the help of wooden instrument (ghammar valonu) were the strength of the health of Indian family. The female folk were able to maintain the fitness of their body with better breasts (no sagging).

100 grams of rice has Starch (78 gm), Protein (8.5 gm), Fat (0.6 gm), Calcium (14 mgm), Phosphorus (18 mgm), Iron (2.6 mgm), Vitamin B (4000 national unit), Vitamin B1 (170 micro gm), Vitamin B2 (118 microgram), Nikotin Acid (3 mgm), Potassium (280 mgm), calories (118). It carries many essential Amino Acids. It is a food easy to digest. Polishing removes 15% of Protein, 85% of fat, 90% of calcium, 75% of phosphorus, 80% of thiamine, 70% of riboflavin, and 68% of niacin besides major part of minerals like iron, zinc and fibre.

Rice is a great medicine. It cures diseases of tridosha (imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Cough). It has less sodium therefore good for the patients of edema. It is called Akshat in Sanskrit, means immortal, used in all religious rituals. It has given lifeline to humans and it had played great role in controlling IMR in Asia. Rice is good for semen production, a major reason for population explosion in Asia. It is a tonic for women after delivery. Rice can give fast and instant energy. Rice increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high BP, help weight loss efforts, improve immune system, and provide protection against dysentery, cancer and heart disease.

Wisdom of Rice eaters v/v Wheat eaters always in discussion when people compare the two population. Wheat eaters have strength, while rice eaters have more stamina. Strength can lift higher weight but stamina can work for longer hours. Wheat is hard in digestion. It creates Aamdosha (indigested fluid) in the body. The gluten of wheat is causing headaches to many and it is the major contributor of cholesterol humans. Those who have weak digestion power and facing cholesterol problem can shift to rice. There are experiments to cure piles with only rice diet for a fortnight. 

The Bangalo rice of Dangs is the most flavourful variety of the State. Krishna Kamod of central Gujarat is popular variety but khichadi of Gujarat 17 is more popular in majority houses of Gujarat. Katarni rice of Jagdishpur (Bihar) can be stored for decades. I bought Katarni katta in 2005, still enjoying the taste till date. Indian Basmati, Jasmine of Thailand and Waxy of China are popular known varieties in the world. Amritsari, Sukhdas, Kaki Rekhalu of AP; Badshabhog, Prasadbhog of Assam; Ramtuli, Tulsimanjari of Bihar; Kamod, Pankhari, Jeerasar of Gujarat; Muskh Budji of J&K; Jeerakasala, Gandhakasala of Kerala; Dubraj, Adam chini, Kalimooch, Chattari, Kalikamod of MP; Ambemohar, Pankhari, Kamod Jeerasar of Maharashtra; T812, Badshahbhog of Orissa; Duniapet, Kalanamak, Tilakchandran, Sakharchini, Ramajuvain, Kanakjeera, Badshahpasand, Adanchini, Hansraj of UP; and Badshahpasand, Badshabhog, Randhuni Pagal, Kataribhog are the popular rice varieties of India. Red and Black rice are the health rice. The Khir made of black rice of Manipur is really unique.

If you celebrate 52 weeks of the year with 52 varieties of India, the heaven of Indian Cuisine is yours only. 

21 September 2017

1) 1/2 cup of Cabbage Juice everyday in the morning cures the colon of the intestines. 
 2) There are 3500 varieties of Brinjal and 1100 varieties of Mangoes in India.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jupiter transits to Libra today

Jupiter transits to Libra today 

After a year tour in Virgo, Jupiter transits to Libra at 7.59 AMfrom TODAY (12/9/17)for a period of 13 months. Libra is a sign of balance, therefore, Jupiter, the 'Jeeva' (common man) will get justice. It's 5th-7th-9th aspects over Aquarius, Aries and Gemini will benefit those born in these moon signs. People with moon sign Libra will enjoy the Gajkeshari yoga with liquidity, good relationships and pleasure cum religious tours during the year.

Rahu transited from Leo to Cancer from 21 August 2017 for 18 months, will act as an eclipse over the minds. Cancer is a house of Moon, the mind, will come under eclipse for 18 months. Rahu will dry up water from the Cancer till it moves to Gemini on 7/3/19. Rahu will impact the monsoon 2018. However, other planetary movements needs to be verified.

The transit of retrograde Mars in debilitated sign Cancer for 5 months (31/5/17 to 17/9/17) brought heavy floods and scarcity together in many areas of the country. It will transit in fire sign Leo (27/8/17 to 13/10/17), the sign of power, will make the political atmosphere hot with angarak criticism of the governments in power. It may give a kick start to many pending works and projects. People born in Moon sign Leo shall meditate daily to control their temper during the period! It's Sharad season (22/8/17 to 23/10/17), the season of diseases, beware of fevers. 

Saturn, the biggest cosmic player was retrograde, moved to Sagittarius from 26/1/17, will stay till 25 January 2020, when moves to Capricorn. During the period, it retrograde twice: 19/4/18 to 6/9/18 and 1/5/19 to 19/9/19. Saturn plays a big role in deciding the fate of many in public life. Saturn in Sagittarius, the neutral house of Jupiter, may allow Jupiter and other planets to play more role during the transit in Sagittarius. 

Shubham bhavatu kalyanam.

12 September 2017

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Scarecrow, the Chadiyo

Scarecrow, the Chadiyo 

I saw the village first time when I was 9 years old. The city was under curfew and control of army due to communal violence in September-October. The communal forces were not happy with the damages done to humanity in September, again put the city under fire in October. Helpless people were running away to native villages to save their lives and little belongings. 

It was a monsoon season. Away from the environment of looting, arson, violence and threat to life; when I saw the farms from the window of the train, my mind was full of green. All farms were looking attractive with green plants, trees and grasses; greenery look all around. Beautiful peacocks were singing tehuk...tehuk...the song of nature. But what are all these objects placed in the farms, looking like a human figure? I asked my mother while walking through the rail line from the station to our village. They are "Chadias", set up to scare the birds away from the field where crops are growing, so that they don't damage the crop, she explained.

Chadias... the word was familiar to me. To please my mother, when my elder brother used to tell about my playing with chawl boys, I was calling him Chadio. He was feeling happy and I was feeling scare of my mother. In school, when the teacher is late or on leave, the children play naughty naughty; freeing their energy from discipline. But when the teacher or head master come to inquire, nobody discloses the names. But one or two Chadiyas will take a chance and disclose the names before the teacher in private. It is an act of treason, an undesirable traits of character. It may be convenient for the teacher to make use of to help his own work, but it is a germ of moral habit down in young hearts. Informer develops into a big rogue in future. Smart students always identify them quickly and name them Chadiyas, the label they have to carry throughout their schooling. 

Whatever one may call them, Chadiyas, Scarecrow; they are Master of Fear. The Masters (Mother, Principal, Boss) are in need of their help to control the objects of freedom. And the Chadias can't stop because of soothing pleasure they get out of chadi and the perks they enjoy as prize from the master. 

Have you seen Chadiyas in Administration? Have you seen Chadiyas in Public Life? How can they be free from the Chadiyas? They are there because it's a human mentality. They scare the birds, and the masters feels that they have controlled the mass. The Chadiyas get rewarded with better placements and postings in the organisation. 

Scarecrow is good to keep the birds away from the growing crop! Have you seen the Scarecrows?

What is your preference? 

To become a Scarecrow?
Or to be a Free Bird?

Whatever, but, Beware of the Scarecrows!!! Lol😂 

And if you do not stake your life, You will never win life for yourself. - Schillar

16 September 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Kutch forever

કચ્છડો બારેમાસ

Kutch is a wonderful district. People live in hardship but are always ready to work together at the time of crisis. I remember my days of Collector in Kutch. When I proposed to do deepening of Hamirsar lake (the prasadi lake, where Bhagwan Swaminarayan took holy bath) with people's contribution, starting with my one month salary, by the evening we were able to collect ₹10 lakh. We used Haribhaktas (followers of Swaminarayan) tractors, hired JCBs, and use the services of Swaminarayan Sadhus as supervisors and were able to increase the storage capacity of the lake by 1 CR litre more. The excavated earth was used in repairing the shoulders or widening of the roads. After the completion of the deepening of the lake work, Varunyag Yagya was performed and simultaneously we planned plantation of 1 lakh tree. The environment was so positive in the entire district that we had received highest rainfall of the century with 45 rainy days at some of the places. Lake Hamirsar overflowed and I was one of the fortunate Collectors to declare the day a public holiday.

Collector's meetings, parties and friendship with Army, Airforce, BSF, officers were something unique with the district, a lifetime memory. The Japanese lady Rajaram was always a great host. Late Himatsinhji, the uncle of the Maharao was a good friend of all. Maharao Pragmalji was open hearted man, but found in planning of his wealth without great outcome. Ramsingh Rathod was an enthusiastic man always ready to explain the culture of Kutch through his books. Banks in Patel chovisi (24 villages) were flooded with deposits. It is the only district of the state, that has lowest credit deposit ratio.

With 45,674 km2 area (20,000 km2 desert) 1/4th of the State is one of the best districts, I like the most. The topography, the desert, Banni, the Arabian Sea, historical places, ports, handicrafts, people, cuisine, etc, all unique.  Superb handicrafts, different castes, different embroideries: Rabari, Ahir, Mutva, Jat, Suf, kharek, paako, etc. I like the Suf embroidery the most as it is the most difficult embroidery. Each time, the craft woman has to count threads of the cloth before needling it.

And if you haven't spend an evening in open in Kutch, in summer, when the westerly winds coming from the sea crossing the ran and touching your heart and greeting with the pleasure of life, you have missed something great of the life. Evenings of Kutch are the best in the world. There is a proverb, people come weeping when come to Kutch and go weeping when leave it. It holds them in it's love forever. The language Kutchi is a dialect of Sindhi, very sweet and popular amongst the people. However, vagad (Bhachau, Rapar) speaks Gujarati.

શિયાળે સોરઠ ભલો, ઉનાળે ગુજરાત;
ચોમાસે વાગડ ભલો, કચ્છડો બારે માસ.

Kutch hearts give us the feel of the people's heart across the border. It was British and hurried partition in 73 days created the massacre of partition and made us permanent enemies.

2 September 2017

Herbs of Gandhinagar

Herbs of Gandhinagar 

"I wish I could explain your eyes, and how the sound of your voice gives me butterflies. How your smile my heart skips a beat and every time I am with you, I feel so complete".

I am in love with her since August 1979. I saw her first time in rainy season, and fall in love. Love at first sight!!! Everyday, I was gazing at her open eyed from the bus window. She was looking beautiful. She has awakened the nature lover in me. She was looking gorgeous with lots green vegetation around, lush green road sites with dense tree lines, farms full with vegetation, and all open land covered with fresh green grass giving her a charming look like an European city. Breathing in fresh air and witnessing her green view made me her lifetime lover. I wait very eagerly for the rainy season to come to see her gorgeous look. One may see many beautiful insects during monsoon but the black caterpillars, painted grasshoppers and beautiful silky rose red insects are unique, adding into the beauty of the nature. 

During rainy season, many herbs, shrubs and lata plants comes out and cover the land, road sides, fences all over. I can't recognise all of them. When I asked my officers of Monday meeting to name the ten herbs of the capital city, they stayed silent. But during the morning walk of the next morning, my wife came to my rescue. She is from village, therefore, recognise many species. She is our home vaidhya. We could recognise, list and photo nearly 81 herbs and shrubs of the city. Each herb carries medicinal value and useful to cure one or more diseases. Nature has given us health cover to protect ourselves with the help of herbs and shrubs around.

The 81 herbs and shrubs with their local names and medicinal uses are:

1. Adhedo (diuretic, stomach pain, cough, aamvat, piles, smooth delivery); 2. Aghadi bodi (cough, pitta, worms, skin problem, indigestion, insomnia); 3. Akado (Mandar): (headache, jaundice, body pain, migraine, plies, ear pain, joint edema, dama,); 4. Arani (vat dosha, edema, worms, breast milk); 5. Ardusi: (Cough, cold, asthama); 6. Ashwagandha: (vajikar-happier marriage life, anxiety, stress);

7. Bab: (arthritis, edema, diuretic); 8. Bavchi: (scabies, skin diseases, fever, edema, tridosh); 9. Ber (vitamin C, B; minerals, digestive system);
10. Bhanth: (course cereal, general care); 11. Bhangro: (cynas, cholera, sore in mouth, eye disease, hair growth, black hair, cold cough to children); 11. Bhoringani (kantkari): (bronchitis, urination, baldness); 12. Bhamaradi (cot insect); 13. Bhony Ambali ( mouth sore, diabetes, white discharge, anemia, jaundice, fever, stomach pain);

14. Chanothi: (pitta dosha, voice clarity, baldness cure, migraine, sperm production); 15. Chanakbob (kankol): (heart care, mouth sore, vatrog, blindness); 16. Chandanbatvo (chil): (animal feed, liver care, tridosh, diuretic, joint pain); 17. Chitro (kothimbi):

18. Dabhado: (sperm count, tridosh, jaundice, urination, calculus); 19. Damaro (marvo): (eczema, tinea, haemorrhoids); 20. Dhanturo (black, white): (impotency, insane, vaginal pain, hemeplagia, insane, edema); 21. Dudheli: (skin problems, boils treatment); 22. Dodi (Jivantika, kharkhodi): (rasayana, eye sight, dhatu vardhak, tridosha, vaginal prolapse); 23. Dharo (durva): (nosebleeds, menstruation, headache, vomiting, hiccups);

24. Fanj: (to make pakora, strength, heart care, aam dosha); 25. Fudino (antioxidant, immunity building,  26. Fulekiyu: (worms, urination);

27. Galjibhi (eyes disease, snake bite, cold fever, skin problem, blood purification); 28. Galgota (dipmal, marigold): (diarrhoea); 29. Galo: (age control, eye sight, dhatu vardhak, memory, tridosha, jaundice, diabetes); 30: Ganthiyu: (tinea, sores); 31. Gangeti: (boils, fever, testicles problem, sperms, scorpion bite); 32. Gilodi (gholi): (eczema, jaundice, blood purifier, dama, edema); 33. Gokharu (rasayan, kidney stone, for strength, removing heat from body, urination)

34. Jasud: 35: Jenzru: (navel lump, breast milk); 36. Jipato: (dog bite, oxen care); 

37. Kakach (kanchaki) (paediatric care, tongue cuts, worms, aamvat); 37. Kakdasingi (paediatric care, diarrhoea, asthama); 39. Kandvel (hadsankal): (bone healing, heat remover, menstruation problem, night vision problem, epilepsy); 40. Kanjaru (animal feed, diuretic for cattle and buffalo); 41. Kankodi vanjani (tridosh, asthama, worms, TB, fever, epilepsy, cynas, piles); 42. Kansaki (to prevent feticide, vaginal discharge, cough, burning urination); 43. Kantasalio (early discharge, molar pain, pregnancy, teeth worms, Scorpio bite, edema, skin problems); 44. Karen: (poisonous plant, scorpion bite); 45: Kasundaro (tinea, hiccups, bronchitis, leprocy, delivery); 46. Kharshandi (navel setting, ear pain, fever, cough); 47: Khatiluni (tridosh, headache, burning, herpes); 48. Kothimba: (boil care); 49. Kunvadio (eczema, tinea, white discharge, heat control, abscess); 50. Kukadvel (jaundice, anemia, cough, bronchitis, TB, worms, piles, hiccups); 51. Kunvar (alovira) (cosmetic, breast disease, spleen, cough, jaundice, fever);

52. Lajamani (risamani): (tridosh, blood purification, vaginal care, diarrhoea); 53. Lambdi: (tridosha, calculus, dama, indigestion);

54. Malti: (mouth disease, cough, worms, ear pain); 55. Mehandi (hina): (dandruff, fever, diabetes, lump, cold); 56.  Mindhal: (vomiting, basti, edema, gas, cold, fever); 57. Mindhi Aval: (liver care, worms, laprocy, stomach problem, skin problem, aamvat, edema, cough); 58. Mayurshikha: (heat problem, lumps, calculus); 59.  Morvel: (tridosh, blood purification, mania, heart care, worms);  60. Moth (nagarmoth): (breast disease, hiccups, night vision, jaundice) 

61. Nagod (Nirgundi): (arthritis, vat dosha, worms, throat problem, eye care, memory, edema, fistula, brightness, contraction of ovary after delivery); 62. Nari (chandvel): (dhatu vardhak, tridosha, bone healing);

63.  Panbavadi (mouth sores cure, blood purification, wound heeling); 64. Pashanbhed: (calculus, urination, diabetes); 65. Patol: (cleaning of boils, fever, undri-hair loss, worms); 66. Piludi: (rasayan, premature graying of hair);

67. Ratanjot (jasundi): (pitta, pregnancy, baldness, vaginal discharge, piles); 68. Rohis (vatrog, joint pain, cough);

69. Sahdevi (perspirative, insomnia, vaginal prolapse); 70. Samo: (cough, pitta, stomach pain); 
71. Satodi (punarnava): (edema, urination, diuretic, perspiration, cough, veins disease); 72. Shankhavali: (rasayana, mania, epilepsy, worms, life expectancy, intellect); 73. Shatavari: (rasayana, dhatu pusti, balya, intellect, eyesight, heart pains); 74. Sonvel: (tridosha, headache, pediatric care); 75. Sugandhi (green tea): (fever, perspiration, cough & cold, stomach pain); 

76. Talvan: (ear disease, cold fever, edema); 77.,Tandaljo: (liver care, menia, tridosha, diarrhoea); 78. Triparni: (dama, cough, boil);
79. Tulsi: (fever, bad breath, hiccups, tinea, night vision problem, ear infection);

80. Vasanvel (vevadi): (fistula, stomach pain, pediatric care, sperm count); 81. Vishnukanta: (piles, wound, worms, jaundice, intellect). There are many more to be added in the list.

Now, when you take a morning walk of the city, halt for awhile and try to see the green nature around. The herbs and shrubs are there to take care of your health problems. Nature cures us provided we care for her. Better to fall in love with her then to pass through a dry spell!!! Lol 😂 

3 September 2017
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