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Friday, 31 October 2014

Taking Care of Your Feet During Summer

The summer heat can make your feet dry and rough with the skin peeling off due to bad weather conditions. Here are some useful tips to take care of your feet during summer:-

  • Use Shea Butter for your feet. You have to follow these steps (i) Soak your feet in warm water 10-15 minutes and cleanse your feet thoroughly by scrubbing properly with a sponge to remove dead skin, rough areas and calluses from under the feet. (ii) Now take another tub of warm water and add one teaspoon of Shea Butter to it. (iii) Soak your feet once again for 10 minutes in it. (iv) Pat your feet dry with a towel & (v) Finally, apply little amount of the Shea Butter on your feet thoroughly to keep it smooth and moisturized.

  • Wearing sunscreen on your feet is another solution to protect your feet as during summer season, the feet are often forgotten to protect skin from the sun.

  • In order to keep your feet soft and to prevent dry, cracking heels, use a foot cream regularly at night as part of your home pedicure routine. As such, the skin on your feet needs moisture just like the rest of your body.

  • Always keep coconut oil handy and your feet will need it even in summer. Coconut oil has the ability to moisturize dry, rough skin. It nurtures skin cells and removes impurities in the skin. You can leave your feet with coconut oil on overnight and wear cotton socks. You will notice soft and beautiful feet when you wake up.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

India's Top 10 IIT-JEE | Medical | Competitive Entrance Exams Coaching Centers

Parents! You have the plan to get your son(s) / daughther(s) admitted in to any of the reputed Coaching Center for IIT-JEE / Medical & other Competitive Exams Preparation? Here are the top 10 Coaching Centers which are conducting regular classes and are providing also Distance Learning programs:-

  • Aakash Institute: Established around 25 years back, Aakash Institute has over 100 centers in almost all cities in India. Here it may noted that around 7600 Aakash Students got qualified in IIT-JEE (Main) Examination & around 4500 Aakash Students got qualified in AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) in 2014. Aakash provides also the Distance Learning Progams for IIT-JEE & Medical aspirants who are studying in 8th to 11th Std.

  • Allen Career Institute: Founded around 25 years back and based at Kota, Rajasthan, Allen has Study Centers at Ahmedabad, Bhilwara, Chandigarh, Indore, Jaipur, Navi-Mumbai, Rajkot, Vadodara & Surat. Allen also has Distance Learning Programs for IIT-JEE & Medical Aspirants.

  • Base: Base, founded in 1991, is imparting integrated programs for school students for IIT-JEE Preparation. It has study centers in Bangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Gulbarga & Tumkur. BASE also provides DLP (Distance Learning Programs) for IIT-JEE Aspirants.

  • Bansal Classes: This ia an another reputed Coaching Centre, based at Kota, Rajasthan, offering Class Room, Distance Learning, Online & iTab Learning Programmes for IIT-JEE / Medical aspirants. It has its Study Centers at Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Alwar, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Bhilai, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jhansi, Korba, Kota, Mathura, Meerut, Nagapur, Pune, Thane & Yavatmal.

  • Byju Classes: Headquatered at Bangalore and having branch in Delhi, Byju Classes have Coaching Centers in Mumbai, Noida, Kolkatta, Nagpur, Mysore, Durgapur, Chennai, Pune, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Calicut, Trichy, Surathkal, Hyderabad, Manipal, Ranchi & Warrangal. Byju Classes not only conduct Classroom Training but also provides online coaching & teaching through tablets. It provides Tablet Learning not only for IIT-JEE/Medical but also for CAT, UPSC, GMAT & GRE.

  • FIITJEE: Founded in 1992 by Mr. D.K. Goel (an IIT-ian from Delhi) and headquartered at Delhi, FIITJEE has Study Centers not only all over India but also in Baharain & Qatar. FIITJEE provides coaching specially for IIT-JEE aspirats and also for National Olympiads, KVPY, NTSE, SAT etc. for the school students who are in 5th Std. to 12th Std.

  • IITians Pace: Based at Mumbai, PACE IIT & Medical was established in 1999 and provides coaching for Engineering & Medical aspirants. It has branches / study centers in Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Goa, Akola, Kolkatta, Patna, Nashik, Pune, Nagar, Bokaro & also in Dubai.

  • Resonance: Founded in 2001 by Mr. RK Verma (an IIT-ian from Chennai), Resonance has study centers in most of the Northern States of India. It conducts Classroom Contact Programmes for IX to XII Std. Students, Pre-foundation Career Care Programmes for VI to X Std. Students, e-Learning / Online Programmes and prepares students for NTSE, IJSO, BITSAT & KVPY Competitive Exams. It is incredible to note here that around 18000 Resonance Students, through contact classes, DLP & e-Learning programmes, have passed JEE (Advanced) in 2014 itself & 400 Students have qualified in Medical Entrance Exams.

  • T.I.M.E.: T.I.M.E (Triumphant Institute of Management Education) was established in 1992 in Hyderabad and now it has the core team of over 40 IIT/IIM Graduates. T.I.M.E. now has around 235 offices located in 120 towns and cities across the country. It offers wide range of programmes for national & international level entrance exams like JEE, CAT, MAT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS & TOEFL.

  • Brilliant Tutorials: Based in Chennai and founded around 40 years back, Brilliant Tutorials provide both Classroom and also Distance Education programmes for IIT-JEE / Medical / IAS / GATE / IES / BITSAT / BPOE / CSIR-UGC (NET) Entrance Exams. It has Classroom Centers in Haldwani (Uttrakhand), Mumbai, Guwahati, Lucknow, Faridabad & an e-Learning Center in Madurai.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Parents! How to Choose a Good Playschool for Your Children?

Most Playschools are privately owned, and expensive. Whether you want to send your child to playschool or not. If you have decided to send, you have to consider the following factors:-

  • As an initial step, try to find something that is not very academically inclined.

  • Availability of Time to Spend: Think whether you or your spouse have time for your child. If both you and your spouse are working and have no time to teach, your child may lag behind his classmates when he starts his school education.

    However, if either of you stay at home, then sending your child to playschool is not a necessity. And you have to keep in mind that very young children have an incredible ability to learn as their brains are remarkably sharp. So, it makes sense to put your child in an environment conducive to learning at this young age.

  • Less Academic Playschool: Playschool where you want to send your child should be less academic as your child should not be struggling like trying to learn maths. Prefer those Playschools which let the child have fun while learning and having a garden and that has many outdoor activities.

  • Socializing Atmosphere: Playschools also provide an opportunity to socialize with other children. Also, your child will gradually get used to the concept of classroom in an informal manner.

    Families who are living in an isolated neighborhood or in a place where there are not many children can send their children to playschools. This will help your child to interact with other children at a very young age.

  • Routine Habit: Sending your child to a playschool will help ease in to a routine at a very young age.

Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore.

Simple things may put you at risk of many diseases. You have to watch out for the following warning signs:-

  • Vitamin-D Deficiency: While staying outdoors for long period of time without adequate sun protection will lead to Vitamin-D deficiency as it will increase the risk of respiratory infections. As such, Vitamin-D is vital for a strong immune system.

  • Stress: Stress can have a lasting impact on your brain. Those who experience more stressful situations in their work or relationship and / or in their health problems in their middle age period are more likely to develop dementia later in life.

  • Aerated Drinks: People who drink more than 8.5 ounces of aerated drinks are at an increased risk of developing cancer. Fizzy drinks with high sugar content will cause pancreas to increase insulin production.

    The above result in pancreatic cells getting exposed to a higher concentration of insulin than other cells in the bod, which in turn creates an imbalance leading to cancer growth.

  • Insomnia: Suffering from a lack of sleep or have irregular sleep hours? Insomniacs are at twice the risk of suffering a stroke than people who do not have trouble falling asleep. Sleep deficit has an impact on your blood pressure level. And this will also lead to inflammation of the vascular walls over time. Listening to calming sounds before you go to sleep will be good.

Parents! How to Foster Reading Habits in Your Child?

Parents nowadays often worry that the reading habit of children is dead and children seem to care about nothing except TV. Every parents know that reading stories enlarges a child vision, fosters imagination and improves language skills. How can parents cultivate the reading habits in children? Explained here:-

  • Parents can start them young like bedtime story regularly. Very young children not only love stories but the nightly routine calms them down and sleep well.

  • Parents can also have a few books available and let the child choose a book each night.

  • Parents can also read stories to their children at meal times. Here, parents can find that their children love the activity and probably eat well also.

  • For the young children, there are touch-and-feel books with different materials which are available online with different materials.

  • Comics and graphic novels can be an entry in to more serious reading too. Various versions of classics are available, so whether your child is four years old or twelve years, they could be reading any book of their interest, be it is of traditional story or more contemporary one.

  • Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs is good for him / her.

  • A visit by parents along with their children will enable the children browse through hundreds of exciting and interesting books.

  • To further motive the children, parents can take them to a good bookshop as a treat and gift them a story book on occasions. Parents can also teach them to love and respect the books.

  • The best technique for the parents to foster the reading habits children is to be book-readers themselves.

  • Having books around the house will encourage their children to pick up a book and glance through it. Reading will follow quite naturally.

  • According to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the bet of all".

Friday, 24 October 2014

Early Morning Mistakes Everybody Should Avoid.

Are you in bad mood in the morning or throughout the day? You skip breakfast? Here are some few changes you can make immediately after getting up from the bed:-

  • Wake up quietly and move your muscles slowly. When you wake up, turn to your right and get up from the bed. So, spend a few minutes in silence, take deep breaths and sip room temperature water.

  • Immediately after waking up, stretch well. Just three to four gentle stretches and a few breaths will help us throughout the day.

  • Start your day with a cup of lime water or plain water. You can follow it up with green or herbal teas.

  • Early in the morning, do not give preference to your emails / phone calls / social networks etc. Instead follow 20-20-20 time techniques. Spend 20 minutes for exercise, 20 for meditation and 20 for reading something uplifting.

  • Never skip your breakfast as missing breakfast puts extra strain on the body. And you will also end up making wrong food choices through the day. Another mistake we commit is, starting the day with sugar in tea, biscuits etc. It is good to begin the day with a few soaked almonds, whole wheat bread, rotis or some fruit.

  • Being calm in early morning is the most important thing. Before 10 am, listen to natural soothing sounds of nature birdcalls, sound of ocean, chanting of mantras etc.

  • A cigarette or a strong black coffee on an empty stomach can devastate the digestive system over a period of time. It is good to have warm water or digestive fruit juice and / or non-sugary biscuits to protect your digestive system.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

How to Look Taller in Photos?

Most people feel and complain how they look shortern than they are in the photographs? Here are some tips to make you taller in photos:-

  • Best way to look taller in photos is to turn partially to your side and place one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.

  • When clicking a picture, the camera should be positioned at a lower level, preferably the waist height.

  • Another technique is to wear heels but you have to make sure that you have worn a comfortable pair of heels to avoid looking awkward.

  • Color of your dress plays an important role. Better maintain same color for the top and the bottom, preferably dark colors.

  • Pull your shoulders back, your chest forward and gently suck the stomach in.

  • Make sure to stand tall with a shallow curve in the small of your back.

  • It is better to wear high-waisted bottoms as they project the impression of longer legs.

'Nausea'. Remedies & What to Avoid?

The nutritious and balanced diet makes a person healthy and keeps diseases at bay. The most difficult situation comes, when we ignorantly take such food which helps promoting any disease. 'Nausea' is a feeling of sickness with an incliation to vomit or a feeling of loathing or disgust. Here are some simple tips of what to avoid and what to eat to cure it?

  • Avoid foods, prepared with ghee, oil, hot spices, chilly and acidic juices.

  • Have some pieces of ginger and add with lemon juice. After 2-3 hours, add a little salt and drink. This will treat nausea and will increase hunger.

  • You can also take dates with lemon juice as 'chutney'.

  • orange juice with rock salt and pepper will also cure nausea.

  • Some pieces of radish with rock salt and lemon juice will also help in overcoming nausea.

  • You can also have carrots mixed with black pepper and rock salt.

  • If due to constipation, problem of nausea arises, cut pappaya with black pepper, rock salt and lemon juice will also help.

  • Vegetable salads having radish, cucumber, beet root and mix powder of black pepper / salt will also cure your nausea.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Very Simple Tips to Lose Your Weight.

Though physical exercise is a key factor in burning calories, many do not get time for doing physical exercises. Any alternative solution (for those who like eating and drinking) to lose weight? Here are they:-

  • Green Tea : As Green Tea is known to have several antioxidants, it boosts the burning of fat.

  • Soup: Anybody who wants to lose weight, can substitute a meal with any vegetable soup as soups not only high on nutrition but also extremely filling.

  • Apple: An apple few minutes before a meal will help in keeping a check on weight as it has lot of antioxidants that prevents the accumulation of fat.

  • Water: Drinking water often throughout the day will also help flush out toxins from the body.

Why Some Working People Cannot Retire Early?

Many working people dream of retiring early in their lives to lead a life of leisure. But many do not succeed. Why? Here are the reasons:

  • Lack of AdequateSavings : If you want to retire at the age of 60, you should set aside at least 10-15% of their income for retirement every month. You want to retire at your 50? You need to put away a larger portion of your income (say 20-25% of your income) for retirement planning.

  • Not Saving in the Right Avenue: Needless to mention, safety is a big concern for everybody but being too conservative can also pose a risk. A 100% debt-based retirement plan will not be able to grow at the required rate. Instead, you need to have at least 25-30% of your retirement portfolio in stocks to beat inflation in the long- run.

  • Lack of Investing Discipline: Investing just for 6-8 months or for a few years is not enough. Investment should be made for decades both in debit funds & also in stocks for a long-term benefit.

  • Often Dipping in to Savings: Young working people often find it difficult to suppress the temptation to withdraw their retiral benefits when they change jobs. Sudden rush of liquidity and the heady feeling of a new job is deadly combination and usually results in expenses. Every time job is changed, retirement plan is in danger of getting derailed.

  • Miscalculation of Needs: Lot of working people do not take inflation in to account when calculating retirement needs. All working people should keep in mind that though many expenses such as clothing, travel and entertainment, will come down in retirement, others such as health care will go up.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bachelors / Bachelorettes! Tips to Save Money When Single.

Many bachelors / bachelorettes have a tough time during the month-end as it happens because they do not manage their finances well though they are earning well. Here are some simple tips for them:-

  • When single earning members start earning money and open their bank account, they should parallely open a recurring account, depending upon their fund inflow and outflow every month. Once the amount matures (which can be 1 year or more), they will get a bulk sum at their disposal.

  • A mistake most single earning members do not do is 'budgeting' (income and expenditure) every month. If they fail to do so, they end up spending more than what they earn. Once they come to know the expenses for the month, they can prioritize and later, if needed, adjust the budget depending on how much they earn.

  • If they want to spend their weekends with their friends, they can orgainze the same at their places in stead of going to hotel. This will not only lead to cutting down expenses unnecessarily at restaurants / travelling, but also will assure great fun as everybody can indulge in activities like cooking together, setting the table, playing games.

  • Most important rule every bachelor and bachelorette can follow is '30 Day Rule'. Here is what is it? If a bachelor / bachelorette feels that they are in need of something, they can / should wait for 30 days and reconsider the decision to buy it. If they manage without that for the first 30 days, chances are that they may even decide not to buy it at all as their urge to possess it would have passed. Lot of stuff go waste as they are bought due to curiosity by fulfilling the desire immediately.

Basic Rules for Writing a 'Resume'

A CV, full of typographical errors and cluttered information, does not create a good impression. Job seekers should know that Resume is a mirror of what their career has been like and what they can offer in terms of professionalism to the prospective employers. Here are some golden rules to be followed while preparing a 'Resume':-

  • Typos and spelling errors are not justifiable in a 'resume' as it gives a first-hand account of a job seeker's capabilities and experience. As such, job seekers should avoid typos.

  • Most of the job seekers use confusing objectives and common phrases like "Seeking a challenging position, want to grow professionally, proven track record, excellent communication skills, can work under pressure & result-oriented" which should be avoided.

  • To get the jobs, job seekers exaggerate or even lie about their past career. They should keep in mind that employers verify from social networks / references about the job seekers before employing anybody.

  • Job seekers should limit their 'Resume' to a maximum of two pages as employers have no time to read more than 2 pages. in rare cases, the Resume can stretch to third page. At the same time, most important information should not be missed out.

  • The format of the Resume should be readable and visually appealing. It is better not to give importance to fancy, colorful and multiple fonts an jarring text sizes, center alignments for texts, bold and italic texts.

  • As 'Resume' of any job seeker is personal and about the achievements, it should totally be original and better not to copy somebody else resume format.