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Beat the Heat with Mangoes: 3-Day ‘Delhi Summer Festival’ for Aam Aadmi at Dilli Haat

100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR

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Handloom and other craft items fair are regularly organised at the Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Delhi government has decided to merge the annual mango festival with the “Delhi Summer Festival” this year , said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra
  • The event to be held at Dilli Haat between June 24 and June 26, is the first summer festival to be organised in the Capital
  • A mango-eating competition will be one of the major attractions at the Delhi Summer Festival

The Delhi government announced a three-day summer festival at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri on Wednesday, June 15.

The government usually organises a mango festival every year, but this year, in 2016, it has decided to merge it with the “Delhi Summer Festival”, said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra to The Hindu. The event, to be held for the first time in the Capital, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 24.

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The festival boasts of a variety of attraction including dancers, singers, musicians and bands, comedians, illusionists and a mango eating competition to mark the regular Mango Festival of the city.

Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu
Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu

“100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR. Summer fruits, beverages, desserts, smoothies, frozen yoghurt, etc. are on the menu for quick ‘beat-the-heat’ drinks, said the Hindu report.

“I am very excited to be in Delhi at this time of the year. I feel that finally, my struggle in the Delhi heat has paid off well,” says an American tourist on a one month stay at South Delhi.

An event at Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
An event at Dilli Haat. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

According to the Hindu, other than handlooms, fabric, junk jewellery and other summer craft items, the festival will showcase easy to prepare and healthy summer food. Since the festival has been merged with the annual mango festival, it will be a great opportunity from growers across the country to display their home-grown, hybrid and traditional varieties of mango.

Delhi Tourism Ministry said “the festival will remain open between 11 AM to 10 PM, from June 26 to June 26”, listing Tilak Nagar as the nearest metro station.

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Dilli Haat is an open air ‘bazaar’ that plays host to colourful regional, national, and international food plaza and craft fairs. Located just opposite the INA market, the plaza remains a major tourist attraction due to its multipurpose open ground facility and easy access from various locations around the city.

– prepared by Maariyah Siddiquee, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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Try These Refereshing Summer Coolers At Home

You can now enjoy your favorite thirst-quenching summer coolers and beverages without compromising on the taste or on your health

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Try these great tasting and refreshing summer beverages. Pixabay

We are facing one of the hottest summers every recorded in the country. With these kind of temperature, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain health and stay fit. Staying hydrated is the most important factor to deal with the blistering heat. Enjoying your favourite beverages to beat the heat and proper hydration to the body sounds like a great idea. But these beverage delights come loaded with sugar and calories. Sugary beverage intake is significantly associated with a number of health issues.

Even WHO guideline recommend adults and children should reduce their daily intake of free sugar to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5 percent or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

“Believe it or not but you can now enjoy your favourite thirst quenching summer coolers and beverages without compromising on the taste or on your health. It is time to replace sugar with a natural, zero calorie and great tasting sweetener such as Stevia to make your favourite beverages healthy, hydrating and refreshing. It can be part of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to looking for ways to reduce sugar and calories for your family,” says Navneet Singh, VP Asia Pacific and Head of South Asia region at PureCircle.

Try these great tasting and refreshing summer beverages sweetened with Stevia to beat the blistering heat and enjoy summer.

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Make your favourite summer coolers healthy, hydrating and refreshing. Pixabay

 

GINGER MINT LEMONADE

Ingredient (1 Serving)

Water 1cup (2000ml)

Lemon -1 tablespoon

Mint -15-20 leaves

Ginger- 1 teaspoon

Sugar free green 2 e scoops

Recipe

Take a cup of water in a pan and add 1 tsp fresh ginger.

Simmer for 10 minutes at low heat then keep aside and steep for another 30 minutes.

After 30 min strain the ginger extract in a bowl.

Lightly Crush mint leaves in another bowl with help of rolling pin or in pestle mortar.

Add lemon juice, ginger extract, sugar free green & remaining water (cold).

Mix all ingredients, remove mint leaves.

Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with a slice of lemon.

MANGO LASSI

Ingredient (1 Serving)

Mango pulp/mango slice-1cup (100g)

Curd-1/2 cup (50g)

Water-1cup (100g)

Cardamom powder-1 teaspoon (0.5g)

Sugar free green- 3 scoops

Recipe

Pour mango pulp in a blender and add curd,

cardamom powder, water & sugar free green.

Blend it for 2 min or until it form a smooth blend.

Pour blend in a glass, garnish with few mango cube shape pieces.

MANGO GINGER LEMONADE

Ingredient (1 serving)

Mango puree -1/2 cup(50ml)

Water -2cup (250ml)

Ginger shredded -1 teaspoon

Sugar free green- 3 scoops

Lemon juice -2 Table spoon

Recipe

Take half cup of water in a pan and add 1 tsp fresh ginger.

Simmer for 10 minutes at low heat then keep aside and steep for another 30 minutes.

After 30 min strain the ginger extract in a bowl.

Add lemon juice to it, then add mango puree, 3 scoop sugar free green & remaining water (cold).

Mix all ingredients with hand or blend for 10-20 sec.

Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with mango slice.

Summer coolers
Staying hydrated is the most important factor to deal with the blistering heat. Pixabay

MANGO SHAKE

Ingredient (1 serving)

Milk 1cup (125ml)

Mango slices 3/4cup (100ml)

Sugar free green 3 scoops

Almond 2 pieces

Raisins 4 pieces

Recipe

Chopped mango slice into small pieces.

Add mango pieces, 3 scoop of sugar free green & milk into the blender.

Blend until everything mix uniformly.

Pour shake into the glass and garnish with chopped almonds and raisins.

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NIMBU PANI

Ingredient (1 serving)

Lemon- 1 medium size

Chilled Water- 2 glass (400ml)

Rock salt- as preferred

Mint leaves-8 leaves

Sugar free green – 4 scoop

Cumin powder- optional

Chat masala- optional

Recipe

Take chilled water in a vessel.

Slice lemon & squeeze the juice with squeezer. Discard the seed.

Add black salt, mint leaves & sugar free green.

Mix all ingredients.

Serve chilled (IANS)

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Celebs Showing Off Their Summer Body Amid Lockdown Clad in Bikinis

These celebs haven't let home-sheltering spoil their fun in the sun, and their social media accounts add to the heatwave

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Tara Sutaria and other celebs post sizzling bikini photos amid lockdown. IANS

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As temperature rise and vacations are a lifetime away, celebrities step into summer by stripping down to their bikinis. These influencers haven’t let home-sheltering spoil their fun in the sun, and their social media accounts add to the heatwave.

Kim Kardashian

If only we could all look like this when we go for our Quarantine workouts! Kim flaunts her enviable waistline dressed in a leopard print string bikini at her home gym.

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid flaunts a sun-kissed body and an even tan in her emerald green bandeau bikini.

Cardi B

Trust Cardi B to pull out all the stops– High heels, beach curls, hoop earrings and Monogram! The singing sensation was all shades of pink with her lavender bikini, dusty pink mane and matching LV

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Kim Kardashian flaunts her summer body in a bikini. IANS

Lady Gaga

Pink seems to be the summer favourite, as the fabulous Lady Gaga posts a picture of her pink locks. Don’t miss the shades of S&M with leather, chains, tatoos and a bit of under-boob. Gaga captions her picture “I hear the thunder coming down.”

Kylie Jenner

Kylie seems to have settled in nicely in her latest acquisition in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of California. She is seen sitting by her new pool flaunting her curves in a ribbed neon green bikini with a sporty scoopneck.

Tammy Hembrow

While Hembrow stays away from the sun, it doesn’t stop her from putting her washboard abs on display in sexy pink lingerie. The model uploaded a mirror selfie complete with a neat ponytail and high definition makeup.

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Celebs rocking their summer looks in a bikini. IANS

Carrie Underwood

The singer shared a photo of her showing off her svelte figure in one of her own Calia bikinis. The country artiste completes the look with a cowboy hat posing the question, “Is it summer yet?”

Tara Sutaria

Back home, Tara posts a throwback picture in a polka dotted bikini during a photoshoot in the Maldives.

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Hina Khan

The the sun in her eyes and sand in her hair, the TV actress sports an orange bikini in a throwback picture from a trip to the Maldives. She recalls happier times stating,: “I need my licence to chill BACCCCKKKKKKK #BeachLove #ThrowBack”. (IANS)

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Summer Comes With A Host Of Eye Infections, Avoid Them with Some Simple Tips

The summer sun can harm the eyes leading to a host of infections and diseases, avoid them with some simple tips

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Keep your eyes healthy this summer with some simple tips. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN                                                                                                       With temperatures crossing 45 degrees Celsius in certain parts of India, the summer sun can harm the eyes leading to a host of infections and diseases, in addition to several other physical issues. Eye problems caused by sun and heat are early cataract formation, pterygium (yellowish white tissue which grows on the conjunctiva and invades the cornea), pinguecula (small yellowish white patch of tissue in the conjunctiva) and degenerative changes in the retina.

These health tips help eye infections to a large extent. According to Ramesh Pillai, Senior Corporate Optometrist, Eyewear Division, Titan Company Ltd., some of the eye infections which one needs to be wary of in the summer and the monsoon times are:

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a term which most of us are familiar with. It is nothing but the inflammation of Conjunctiva (a thin transparent tissue which lines the white part of the eye ball). It can be in the acute or in the chronic form and are usually self-limited lasting a maximum of two weeks if untreated. Conjunctivitis often occurs in epidemic form and is called as �pink eye’ in laymen’s term. It is associated with redness and a moderate amount of mucus discharge, irritation and stickiness of the eye lids on waking with occasional swelling of the eye lids. This is primarily caused by bacterial infection in warm climates. Having said that, conjunctivitis can be caused by viral and fungal infections as well. Hence it is important you consult an eye doctor or ophthalmologist before taking any medication. Since it is an epidemic form, one should isolate themselves if they have conjunctivitis and should avoid touching others and also avoid using objects like towels and personal products used by the affected person. To prevent the spread of the disease, the person who is infected and the family should be instructed to give special attention to their personal hygiene.

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Eye problems can be caused by sun and heat to a large extent. Pixabay

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic Conjunctivitis is also known as seasonal or warm weather conjunctivitis. It is an uncommon allergic disease which usually affects both the eyes and usually begins in the pre puberty age and lasts for 5-10 years. It is more common in boys than in girls. The identity of the specific allergen or allergens can help in treating the disease but it always remains a mystery. In most of the cases, some of the manifestations shown is known to be related to grass pollen sensitivity. The disease is less common in temperate than in warm climates and is almost nonexistent in cold climates. It is almost more severe during the spring, summer and fall than in the winter. Symptoms associated with this form of conjunctivitis include extreme itching sensation, a ropy discharge and sensitivity to light. Cold compresses and ice packs are helpful and sleeping in cool, air conditioned rooms can keep the person reasonably comfortable. In case of severe symptoms, one needs to consult an eye doctor/ophthalmologist for proper treatment with medication. Recurrences are the rule, particularly in the spring and summer but after number of recurrences the conjunctivitis heals leaving no scars.

Stye

Stye is a common bacterial infection of the lid glands that is characterized by a localized red, swollen and acutely tender area on the eye lid. It is essentially an abscess, with accumulation of puss formation in the cted glands. Pain is the primary symptom and the intensity of the pain is in direct proportion to the amount of the lid swelling. Treatment of Stye is with warm compresses for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day followed with a medication. If the swelling doesn’t get resolved within 48 hours, then you may have to consult an eye doctor for getting the right medication and treatment. Recurrent styes are also known to occur if the eyes have less amount of uncorrected refractive error. Hence it is advisable to get the power checked as well by an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is the deficiency in any of the tear film components which may lead to loss of the tear film’s stability. This will cause rapid break-up of tear film, and appearance of dry spots on the ocular surface. Dryness of the eye may therefore result from any disease associated with deficiency of the tear film components which includes the aqueous, mucin and lipid layer. Symptoms of dry eyes can be scratchy or sandy (foreign body) sensation. Other common symptoms are itching, excessive mucous secretion, burning sensation, redness, pain and photosensitivity (inability to tolerate light). Treatment involves prescribing tear substitutes based on the deficiency of the tear film component which is established through certain investigative tests done in the eye clinics/hospitals.

While Dry Eye is more to do with the deficiency of the eye to produce enough tears or to do with the tear film’s instability, high temperatures during summer can only aggravate this condition by fast evaporation of the tear film. Hence using tight goggles and use of humidifier can bring in a huge sigh of relief for people with moderate to severe dry eye problems.

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Keep yourself healthy and your eyes healthier with some simple tips from experts. Pixabay

The best way to prevent your eyes from getting any of these eye infections is by following these simple steps.

Maintain a good personal hygiene. Avoid touching the eyes very frequently. Build a good immunity by regular exercise and healthy eating. Hydrate yourself by drinking lots and lots of water and having fluids rich in nutrients – Have a minimum of two liters of water a day

Protect your eyes from the dust, dirt and the harmful UV rays by using a good pair of sunglasses. The best way to keep your eyes protected from the harmful effects of the UV rays from the sun is by wearing a good pair of oversized polarized wraparound sunglasses which offers 100 percent UV protection and at the same time offers great comfort from the harmful glare of the sunlight.

Protecting your eyes from harmful blue rays by using blue filter lenses. A good night’s sleep gives your eyes a chance to rest, heal and replenish so that your eyes can stay healthy

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Get your eyes examined periodically at least once in a year by a qualified Optometrist/Ophthalmologist so that any problem pertaining to vision or the eye health can be diagnosed at an early stage and can be treated immediately. (IANS)