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Rang Barse : Bhang, Gujiya and Gulal

In a country as diverse as India, naturally each festival like Holi is celebrated with different traditions. In many parts of India many people drink Bhaang—an intoxicating drink. This is also added to some mouth-watering delicacies like pakoras and thandai to enhance the mood of the festival. Bhang is also associated with Lord Shiva and the fact that Holi comes few days after Mahashivratri gives credence to this association. Bhang unlike other intoxicants like Charas and Ganja is eaten and not smoked. Bhang is large green leaves and flowering shoots of a plant crushed in to pulp with requisite amount of water.   Gujiya is traditional sweet khoya stuffed delicacy …


Remain Calm – Secret of longevity. Can you keep calm under these circumstances? : Prashant Mendiratta

We never have to deal with the life-or-death dilemmas of a bomb squad, everyday situations such as job interviews, public speaking, and family emergencies, can be every bit as stressful if we are not accustomed to dealing with them. Over the years though we have learnt to deal with the stress originating from such conditions. There are however new situations which still manage to put us off our guard and make us temperamental. These situations could happen anywhere; here I am listing them with particular reference to everyday life in New Delhi. You miss a shaded parking lot on a peak …


Architects of India’s historic series sweep (4-0) over Australia

Cricket is a team sports and yet it is possible that one man’s contribution with the bat or a ball overshadows others. In many cricket matches we have seem how one man single handedly won the match for his team. This is the reason why we have Man of the Match award …


Sledging : Has it done any good to Aussies? : Prashant Mendiratta

Australia cricket team over the past 2 decades has become infamous for verbally insulting and intimidating opposition players. The close-in fielders do trash talking in attempt to break the batsman’s concentration, thereby causing him to make mistakes. Sledging that started as a harmless banter reached such epic proportions that people started comparing sledging …


Cuisines of the world in your plate : Prashant Mendiratta

Food and Beverage industry is finally getting its due in New Delhi. We have fine dinning restaurants of the best cuisines in the word and best of wines to pair it with. Top 10 cuisines in the world as I see are : 1. Indian (Tandoori & Mughlai) 2. Indian South Indian …


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What do you small talk about? : Prashant Mendiratta

Often while travelling in a metro or in a party or in networking luncheons during conferences, person next to you tries to engage in a small talk. This talk could be about weather, cricket. Usually such conversations have no informative or a functional value.  The main purpose of this small …


Holi a colourful festival : Prashant Mendiratta

Holi is one of the 2 major festivals celebrated in India with great fervor and enthusiasm; the other one bring Diwali. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile …


Booze Benefits – Hiccups ! : Prashant Mendiratta

Contrary to many health claims; drinking alcohol has no health benefits. It is a big publicity propaganda that obviously beneifts cash rich corporates that equates daily moderate drinking with eating an apple a day. Drinking induces fatigue and drinking at little as half a drink could cause your nerve cells to die. …


Little voice in your head : Prashant Mendiratta

You know it very well that in order to just survive you need to stay fit. Healthy mind survives in a healthy body; so ideally your mind should always be telling you to get up and start exercising. Sadly it doesn’t happen this way. There is always a little voice …


Quality of life : Prashant Mendiratta

I am sure for most of the people quality of life means different things. God created every one equal but yet every person goes on to become a unique person as driven by the environment and challenges. I feel life is a pure maths; you are a sum product of …


Badminton, how it all started : Prashant Mendiratta

Come winters and you start hogging. You start frequenting your favorite chinese joints like sidewok, moet, mainland china and the extra pounds that you have been adding keep hidden under layers of clothing in Delhi winters. Come the onset of summers and you start shedding extra layers of clothes and …


The after effects of playing badminton : Prashant Mendiratta

Ofcourse one would say that you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and in general happy after a hard game of badminton. Sometimes a game of badminton shows you interesting stuff that you least expected. Few days ago; on our way back home after few hard games of badminton in which I lost 2 and …