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Discover Prompts, Day 18: New

Cooking

Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

This post is in response to Discover prompts-Day 18- New  by Ben Huberman

 

Due to Corona pandemic and Lock down,and being holed up in our homes,I developed

interest in cooking which has become a new habit.

Luckily I never needed the recipes since my life partner is willing to be my teacher.

Thanks to Corona (in a positive way)

I have become confident in cooking that brought total satisfaction and joy as time passed.

In the beginning of my cooking,the kitchen was messy,but the family was OK with it

since it brought lots of funny moments and you all know “A messy kitchen is a sign of

happiness”

In the beginning of this learning new skill, I put a condition,

My family was given two choices

Take it or leave it.

No ‘take away food’ from out side.

Initially there was some opposition.But it was not that difficult to convince an

understanding family.

Of course there was some wastage initially ( my apologies ).

Gradually my family started appreciating my efforts and started encouraging me.

Any lessons,I learned my friend?

No no my friend, I am not talking of the formula lessons of the various recipes.

I am talking about things, Life teaches us from cooking ( 5 lessons ).

1. Though we are busy cursing Corona Pandemic and the havoc & destruction it’s causing

to the humans,still it’s teaching something.

Always life works for you and not against you.

Here it’s giving me an opportunity to learn cooking,which,otherwise,I would have never

dreamed in my lifetime.

“Cooking demands attention, patience, and, above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.”   Judith Jones

True.I developed lot of patience,importantly started respecting the food components

which we get from Mother Earth.

The waste part has come to Zero and some food items were shared with pets,strays and

birds ( on the terrace ).

2. This brought out Humility & Compassion in greater strength.

3. “If you organize your kitchen you can organize your life”.  Louis Parrish.

Streamlining the daily routine has become easier now.

4. Patience is the virtue.This is the most important lesson I learned.Cooking is not a two

minute noodle story.

5. I felt cooking is another name for  ‘expression of Love’ and ‘a joy in sharing’

What is your experience my friend and you too can share your thoughts.

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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Quotes-wiseoldsaying,goodreads

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Who decides the time line of Corona pandemic ?

cosmos

We are nothing but inconsequential specks of moments in the infinity of time

What is Timeline ?

A timeline is a list of important events arranged in the order in which they happened. … Timelines are often used in history textbooks and biographies — they explain what happened during a certain period of time or to a particular person, starting with the earliest event and moving forward through time. vocobulary.com

Can we predict things in advance ?

With advancement in science,we are confident ( rather over confident ) about the various events happening in this world and are in a position to predict certain things,based on scientific models,examples include

  • Hurricanes
  • Cyclones
  • Tsunamis
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Snow storms
  • Desert storms
  • Eruptions
  • Wildfires
  • Landslide

And we are proud about our achievements and brag too.

Any thing that we can’t predict?

Though we are highly intelligent creatures,still we are not in a position to predict global disaster of other kind like

  • Pandemic like corona,what we are seeing these days
  • Earthquakes
  • Nuclear war

Now that we are in Corona Virus grip,let us talk a little bit about this.

Based on the enormous amount of information obtained so far by the so called sophisticated scientific means and with the help of models, can humans make a timeline for the virus pandemic ?

Can we say that so and so time the virus is going to disappear ?

  • Some said virus is going to die a natural death like in most of the earlier pandemics.
  • Some said the virus takes anywhere between 3 months to one year to disappear totally.
  • Scientists are busy inventing the vaccine for the corona virus and telling ,the solution is near.
  • Some are talking about the difficult times regarding economy to come back to normal and can take 1 to 3 yrs to recover.
  • Some are busy informing the number of deaths in each country.
  • Everybody playing politics by pointing fingers at the source of the infection.
  • Some saying the end of world is nearing.
  • some people are high lightening global warming as the cause and only when this is addressed ,all the other problems disappear.Each one on one’s own prediction ! Climate change & Corona Virus link
  • Some scientists predict that planet is in the midst of its 6 th mass extinction.
  • Stephen Hawking said humanity has only 1,000 years left of survival on Earth and that our species needs to colonize other planets

Who is correct & who is wrong ?

Who decides the time line ?

Dr.Antony Fauci,top infectious disease expert said “You’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”

And in turn God decides the fate of the virus.

We don’t really have a place in the universe, as far as on a timeline. But nothing else does, either. Therefore every moment really is the most important moment that’s ever happened, including this moment right now. Kaki King

Is not this high time we realize the presence of all powerful God ?

Just to refresh your memory,none except God makes the timeline.

The Bhagavad Gita states: “Some speak of God in wondrous terms. Some are charmed at thought of Him, but few know what He really is.”

God makes everything according to His plans.

Sometimes God makes better choices for us than we could have made ourselves.

“You make the decision with vision and God makes the provision” Mark Victor Hansen

And the conclusion is….

You can control nothing in your life and don’t cry because you are helpless.

The only thing left for you is to control intensity of your reactions to the events unfolding in this world.

Let us make our best to help each other in stopping the spread of the virus and let God do the rest.

Stop imagining the worst.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
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“The eighth deadly sin is ‘lies’ that harm” Maria Karvouni

Fake news

Beware of the false information.It’s more dangerous than ignorance   George Bernard Shaw

1 st April

To day is April 1 st,being April fool’s day, and we are not in a mood to celebrate.,the reason all of know.

Some may find comfort in humor by spreading misinformation,especially about Corona Virus pandemic.

It’s okay to be honest about not knowing rather than spreading falsehood. While it is often said that honesty is the best policy, silence is the second best policy Criss Jami.

We all know Internet can easily be used by unscrupulous elements to spread fake information about Corona Virus,misleading the public.

Always ref to the guidelines issued daily by the respective Government bodies,WHO or Centre for Disease Control & Prevention for updates on Corona Virus.

Check this BBC link

Corona Virus-fake news spreading fast

Take care & stay safe.

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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Hearts 💓 of hope

Hope

Don’t let your hearts be overwhelmed by the adversity.May you have the strength,hope and courage to overcome the situation Lailah Gifty Akita

As the corona pandemic is sweeping the World with lock downs everywhere,along with news of increase in the number of deaths, creating a gloomy picture.

As the pandemic started showing it’s true colours by isolating millions of people around the world….social media movement has started to instill Love & Hope.

Have you decorated your home with Hearts symbols ?

Social media groups like Hearts in the windows,Hearts of Hopes & A World of Hearts are formed and encouraging people to decorate their homes / windows / entry passages / side walks,with cut out of Hearts symbol,which can bring happiness to those people who are isolated.Some are decorating their homes with Rainbow symbols.

Why Heart Symbol ?

The heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol of Love, charity, joy and compassion.

I am talking about the Red Colored heart❤️ (which symbolizes the classic expression of Love) and not the other colored hearts.

Hearts of Hope

Spread the Love not the Germs

Any heroic tales ?

No doubt,these days are depressing yet one can come across any number of heroic tales.

People are becoming unsung heroes.

From the courageous medics ,scientists working hard to produce the vaccine,neighbors developing community spirits rather than being greedy and suspicious,Philanthropists,securit personels helping to transport essential commodities,people joining together to help the vulnerable society,old age homes,old people,teachers & gym instructors taking online courses….I can go on….

This kind of act by volunteers, giving us a ray of Hope.

We are all Grateful to these great souls.

Don’t be panicky & anxious!

There is hope on the horizon.Don’t let Corona Virus infect your mind !

And we hope soon the pandemic comes to an end and the cure is available at the earliest.

Hearts like wild flowers

“I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower,strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon,tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms,and able to grow and flourish even in the most broken places” Nikita Gill

OK. I have a question.

What is that first thing you want to do,when everything goes back to normal ?

Can you answer ? please share your thoughts.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Greatness of Emptiness

Empty cafe

Are you scared my friend ?

Closure of shops,lock downs,wiring of borders,travel restrictions,social distancing,isolation,quarantines,voluntary curfews etc etc,these are the various measures undertaken to contain spread of corona virus.

What has  happened to all those…..the bustling Famous temples,busiest airports,popular streets,morning rush,fairgrounds,operas,protests world wide, and those those iconic squares ?

Everywhere one can see ghost towns,empty beaches,empty streets,empty restaurants,and vast majority of the empty public spaces which are built on a purpose to hold massive number of people.

What is common to all these situations ?

My friend by now you know……… it’s the ‘EMPTINESS’

What’s happening now ?

Strangely one can hear the sound of silence.

No one dare disturb the sound of silence…  Paul Simon

And eerie stillness all around.

Empty beaches

As we think much deeper one thing becomes clear.

“Emptiness is where the true value lies”   Tao Ti Ching

What is that he is trying to tell ?

Emptiness & Fullness are yang & yin.

By seeing these kinds of physically empty scenario,you realize the true value of the empty space.So in life there has to be ’emptiness’ in order to appreciate ‘fullness’

Emptiness brings awareness of your existence,

Because there is existence of emptiness,you are appreciating your existence.

“We mould clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that makes the vessel useful.”

Tao Te Ching quotes

Examples,

If the house does not have emptiness…. you can’t live.

If the cup does not have emptiness…. you can’t drink,in other words if the cup does not have empty space you can not drink.So emptiness simply brings the awareness of what is like ‘ being ‘

“There’s just something obvious about emptiness, even when you try to convince yourself otherwise. ”
Sarah Dessen

Empty chairs

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.”   Antonio Porchia

Emty city station

“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form” states the Heart Sutra, one of the best known ancient Buddhist texts. The essence of all things is emptiness.”
 Eckhart Tolle

Any lessons my friend ?

Emptiness also gives us an occasion  to think about God because of our daily life being in hustle & bustle mode ,we often ignore Him.

Emptiness from our ‘daily grind’ due to the ‘Corona Virus’ scare,is the best opportunity to thank of Almighty.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.  Mother Teresa

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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23 Warning signs of Epidemic of Ignorance

Ignorance

The ostrich-approach of burying your head in the sand, when confronting your areas of weakness, becomes a self-set trigger for failure Archibald Marwizi

Do you agree Ignorance is bliss ?

I can say the above quote literally translating into illiteracy in the present circumstances of coronal virus scare.

Simply put it in Thomas Gray’s words…“what you don’t know can’t hurt you”

“ignorance is a bliss” true in ordinary situations,but these are not ordinary days and we are faced with a serious situation, you can call it ‘Life & death situation’

When corona virus has become pandemic,we are taught personal hygiene,social distancing,wearing facial mask etc etc.

People are genuinely concerned and worried a lot.

But here the worry is of different type happening with so called Saner people putting the precious lives in jeopardy.

Rationality is the first causality in any global crisis,with people becoming emotional !

Social media not helping in avoiding the spread of fake news/ fake alerts.

In times of crisis of this nature,people are becoming emotional !

Fakery Avatars are appearing as the saviors !! Who are they ?

  • Unqualified Health advisers
  • Home remedies
  • Miracle cures by Babas / Gurus
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Unscientific claims of virus transmission
  • Xenophobia

I shall give some examples of what FAKE AVATARS doing things, to scare the virus which according to them is the best solution,which is not true scientifically.

How to put an end to these 23 idiotic thoughts !!

Have a heartfelt laugh !!😆

  1. Alcohol consumption helps because alcohol destroys the virus🍷
  2. Keep the body hot by avoiding ice cream,and virus dies because of the heat in the body♨️
  3. Holding hair dryer close to one’s throat will destroy the virus
  4. Drink water every 15 minutes,virus washed out of the body quickly🍺
  5. Bovine urine can fight the virus🐄
  6. One company selling alcohol free hand sanitiser🤔
  7. Medications from homoeo,Ayurveda & sidda💊
  8. Clapping hands can either kill the virus👏or virus is thrown out outright.
  9. Some say the news of virus becoming pandemic itself is a fake news📰
  10. A few thinking, it’s end of the world anyhow and no amount of precautions help🌐
  11. Some telling since India has a hot climate,the virus dies a natural death🔥
  12. Sale of anti corona mattress🛏️
  13. ‘Go corona go’ songs as if the virus is shooed away with these songs🚶
  14. Poultry products can spread the virus🐥
  15. Vegetarians are safe from corona virus🍆
  16. Eat garlic / Ginger to enhance immunity against the virus.
  17. Desert the pets,they can spread the corona infection🐕
  18. Receiving a letter or package from China is unsafe👜
  19. Rinse nose with saline helps prevent the infection👃
  20. Avoid…..made in China food products at any cost🈵
  21. Bat soups & snakes are responsible for the outbreak🍵🦇🐍
  22. Newspapers spread corona virus hence unsafe.Don’ touch or read 🗞️.
  23. Touching Currency notes- too dangerous.💲🏧

I can go on….but how to stop these myths going viral….I am totally lost.

Do you have an Ostrich-Approach ?

God does not call us to rest seven days a week with our head in the sand. He calls us to make an impact wherever we are     Phil Callaway

A word about ‘Ostrich Approach’-I don’t know,who invented this term- a reference to the popular notion that Ostrich hides from dangers by burying its head in the sand…….an insult to this wonderful creature.Why will an ostrich bury its head in the sand,it dies of suffocation.And the fact is it never does.

Please share your thoughts.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Hey..Covid-19..Are you going to catch me?

corona virus

“Most people talk about fear of the unknown, but if there is anything to fear, it is the known.” Deepak Chopra

Don’t let Corona infect your mind !

My friend,Let your faith be bigger than your fear.

“Of all the liars in the world,sometimes the worst are our own fears”       Rudyard Kipling

Are you anxious about the pandemic my friend?

On a lighter note…

Me: what could possibly go wrong ?

Anxiety: I’m glad you asked

Yes.I can understand you.You all are worried and anxious.Sure it’s a frightening time. By now you realized that this is not like other worries and it’s a rare situation.

I know you decided to brace up but confused a lot.I also know that you are becoming sick of TV channels and getting bored staying home..and just dying to go out and you are aware of the  ‘corona party’ that is happening in the vicinity.

What is ”Corona party” ?

Young people around the world are defying official advice & bans to carry on socializing.It’s said youngsters are busy with ‘end of the world’ drinking sessions, in groups.

There is a dangerous trend among youngsters that corona kills only old & feeble.Beach parties are still continuing.

Young adults hold “corona parties” and cough toward older people.

Virus Rebels

Millennial have become  Virus Rebels   and attending beach functions just to come out of the fear/boredom thus ignoring authorities warnings,regarding social distancing.

Millennials aren’t taking corona virus seriously

‘A ticking time bomb’ type of statements from the scientists community adding up to your tensions.

Looks like corona virus is taking toll on your mental and physical health.You are scared of scarcity of food & other essential items.

Some of the common descriptions of late,we are hearing….

  • Self isolation
  • Boredom
  • Lock downs
  • Empty shelves
  • Social distancing
  • Financial havoc
  • Bereavement
  • Emotional wreck
  • feeling sad,stressed
  • confused
  • Loss of jobs
  • uncertain future
  • not sure how long to stay indoor

Now you are dread & panicky. Don’t hit the panic button straightaway.

For Heaven’s sake don’t be anxious & uncertain. Stop worrying about the disease itself.

How to stop worrying and avoid anxiety situations ?

My friend here are 12 simple steps to be followed and I am sure you all can do it.

  1. Total ban on Dr.Google ( don’t ever check for symptoms of corona,sure psychologically you feel you are having the same symptoms )
  2. First realize that nothing under your control and let things take its own time.
  3. Stop talking or discussing about corona throughout the day & night.
  4. Remember….me time & family time.It’s a God given opportunity to bring back those lost moments, bond with family members with a fresh outlook.
  5. Stick to your usual daily routine
  6. Stay informed but avoid being obsessive with TV news
  7. Forget about your social media notifications or feeds…it’s counterproductive.Most important don’t share fake news.
  8. For reliable information,Depend on CDC or WHO bulletins or your local public health authorities bulletins issued on a daily basis.
  9. Just because you are anxious don’t indulge in alcohol,tobacco or drugs of dependence.
  10. Remember the basic things…..frequent hand washing,not touching face,mouth,nose or eyes and social distancing. and wearing mask in infection prone areas.
  11. Remember to thank the healthcare workers & other related professionals who are risking their lives in order to save you all.
  12. Be helpful to the society.

Take home points

  • Your anxious state is not going to be permanent.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Realize that God has some good plans ahead.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
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Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday

Everyone has their own path, fortunately mine leads to the liquor store

Don’t forget….Thirsty Thursday is the best drinking day !

What is Thirsty Thursday ?

A pseudo-holiday celebrated on Thursday involving drinking alcohol and partying.(Caution-avoid partying,which is not allowed in these Corona days)

Why Thirsty Thursday is a preferred day?

Simple.

  1. The first sip-thinking about the coming weekend is always sweetest
  2. Because of the lock down every nook & corner of the world,you have nothing to do and it,is better way of spending time
  3. Because of the corona virus scare,you can’t keep your throat dry ( remember corona virus symptoms….dry cough )
  4. What a great day ! TV  or …say video games or singing,music,family…… all waiting to be involved.
  5. Seriously I am asking…do you really need an excuse ?
  6. Just enjoy the day…… you can’t even go out for a walk …….since you are responsible citizen and don’t want to be the reason for spreading the corona virus.
  7. Thursday is a blessed beer day !
  8. Enjoy the Corona Extra ! Chill out !
Corona Extra

A guy sitting with his girlfriend, drinking beer says, “I love you”. Girl asks “Is it you or the beer talking?”. Boy replies, “Its me. Talking to my beer.”

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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DisclaimerI am not here to encourage you drinking or become a habitual drinker.All of us know that consuming alcohol is injurious to health’

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Don’t be a bum,wash off the scum

Hand-wash

Hand washing has become a must in these days of Corona Virus scare.Sadly many people are not aware of the exact method.

Any idea how much time it takes ?

Just 15 seconds of your time,which can save your precious life

Did you know….

Washing hands prevents illness and spread of infections to others. Hand washing with soap removes germs from hands.This helps prevent infections because..

1.People frequently touch their eyes,nose and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes,nose and mouth and make us sick.

2.Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks and while people prepare or consume them.Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks,under certain conditions and make people sick.

3.Germs from the unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects,like hand rails,table tops,or toys and then transferred to another persons hands.

4.Removing germs through hand washing ,therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin & eye infections

Why hand washing education is important ?

Teaching people about hand washing helps them and their communities to stay healthy.Hand washing education in the community:
  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40%
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune system by 58%
  • Reduces respiratory illness,like colds in general population by 16-21%
  • Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in school children by 29-57%

Source-https://www.cdc.gov/

How to wash your hands (the right way) ?

  1. Wet your hands with warm running water before you get to the soap.
  2. Rub you hands together to make as many bubbles as you can.
  3. Make sure the bubbles get all over the front and back of your hands,between your fingers and under your nails.Try to rub your hands for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Rinse all the bubbles off under the warm running water.
  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel,paper towel or air dryer,
  6. If you get something gross on your hands and you don’t have a soap & water,hand sanitizers or wipes can help.

Source-Canadian Consumer Specialty Products association

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Thank you. Namaste🙏🙏🙏
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