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Selfless Service Is The Way Of The Sikhs

This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads.

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Women preparing roti for langar, Wikimedia commons
  • This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly in the heat to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads.
  • Their aim is to simply serve, to bring joy or relief to someone else, and to help someone who needs it.
  • When caste systems in India have divided the public and caused suffering and pain, the Sikh principles have united everyone with no caste distinctions.

With a bright smile, they pour you a glass of flavored milk. In the scorching heat, they not only quench your thirst but also uplift your spirits. This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly in the heat to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads. They have set up temporary camps and they hand over glasses after glasses to pedestrians, rikshaw-pullers, two-wheeler riders and anyone with a parched throat. No one has asked them to do it. They consider this as a means to serve humanity.

Serving the people without discrimination and devoting  time and energy for the benefit and upliftment of the public are integral parts of ‘seva’ or service .The Sikhs tirelessly engage themselves in such community activities without expecting any reward or anything in return. This selfless service is called ‘Karseva’. The aim is to simply serve, to bring joy or relief to someone else, and to help someone who needs it.

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With helping others as their only initiative, Sikhs have even removed their turbans to save drowning people as the rest of the world looked on. There have also been Sikhs who have set up langars in war-stricken Syrian territory to help refugees.

People of all ages take active part in the service. Their service in the gurudwaras, the place of worship of Sikhs is a sight to see.  Middle-aged well-to-do men are mopping the floors; women are making chappatis in the kitchen for the langar and kids running with buckets of dal serving anyone whose plate are empty.

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When caste systems in India have divided the public and caused suffering and pain, the Sikh principles have united everyone with no caste distinctions. Their view of equality is one of the many endearing things found in this faith.

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The resolve to serve runs deep in Sikh culture. Some of the bravest armymen and sportspersons are from the Sikh community.

With all these selfless service, the Sikhs have captured our hearts and have inspired us to serve others. In today’s world, where people run behind fame and fortune, Sikhs engage in selfless service restoring our faith in humanity.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Sikhs have been the most selfless people in India. Distributing Chabeel on streets was one recent event they hosted. Also, in gurudwaras, they have free langars for anybody who wishes to eat food and the food provided has quality and good taste factors

  • Shubhi Mangla

    its a mark of pride that this Indian community is helping people in such a selfless way. Everyday people engage in langar services in gurdwaras and also clean it. The most beautiful job they have done is to distribute food to Syrian refugees.

  • devika todi

    i am sure everyone knows about the selfless ways of the sikhs. they truly propagate the principle of live and let live. the community as a whole inspires me.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Sikhs have been the most selfless people in India. Distributing Chabeel on streets was one recent event they hosted. Also, in gurudwaras, they have free langars for anybody who wishes to eat food and the food provided has quality and good taste factors

  • Shubhi Mangla

    its a mark of pride that this Indian community is helping people in such a selfless way. Everyday people engage in langar services in gurdwaras and also clean it. The most beautiful job they have done is to distribute food to Syrian refugees.

  • devika todi

    i am sure everyone knows about the selfless ways of the sikhs. they truly propagate the principle of live and let live. the community as a whole inspires me.

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Manage Acne in Summer With These Tips from Experts

Acne in summer is quite common so make sure you are paying attention to it well.

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Summer is the time which will lead to an imbalance in your 'dosha' or nature. To keep acne at bay one should adopt a 'pitta' pacifying diet and lifestyle. Pixabay

While cosmetics can cover up some facial flaws, it is tough to completely hide acne. Summer skin is prone to infections as dust, oil, heat and humidity tend to stick to your face resulting in acne, so make sure you are paying attention to it.

IANSlife spoke to experts from the beauty and wellness industry to know how one can manage acne in natural ways. Dr Taruna Yadav, Senior Ayurvedic Expert, Forest Essentials, says: “In Ayurveda, summer is the time which will lead to an imbalance in your ‘dosha’ or nature. To keep acne at bay one should adopt a ‘pitta’ pacifying diet and lifestyle.”

She adds: “An imbalance can come about from being continually exposed to heat, whether it is the sun or even at home. It is always advisable to stick to meals that are cooling, refreshing, hydrating and calming both in terms of ingredients and atmosphere.”

She suggests:

Foods should be cooling in nature, so opting for mild carbohydrates, citrus fruits and fruit juices, butter milk, fresh coconut water, green and root vegetables and salads definitely is a wonderful start.

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To keep acne at bay one should adopt a ‘pitta’ pacifying diet and lifestyle. Pixabay

An iced refreshing drink of pomegranate juice is fantastic for you after a tired day.
Drink Amla juice daily as it is rich in Vitamin C and natural antioxidants that protect against the harmful effects of free radicals and prevent acne formation.

Avoid caffeine, black tea and hot drinks in the summer as they lead to the formation of “ama” or toxins in your body. Drink water, warm herbal teas, and buttermilk, milk and vegetable juices instead.

Also, though our lifestyle habits are hard to change but these changes can be all so positive and fun. We needs to stay cool, both physically and mentally. Don’t sit in the sun for too long.

Over-exercise should be avoided and your body should be allowed to cool down before going for a shower.

Practicing of techniques that can calm and cool the mind like meditation, yoga, and cooling breathing exercises in the form of pranayama help you de-stress and uplifts your mood.

A calm de-stressing walk under the moonlight, a fresh breath of air or some soft music is what you need.

Dr Sushant Shetty, Head – Medical Operations, Services and Engineering, Kaya Limited advises:

Most important is not to pinch

Acne
Use a moisturizer that has ingredients like rose, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid – which are light and non-greasy. Pixabay

Avoid consuming sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks as they can increase your chances of breakouts. Foods with high-glycemic index increase your blood sugar levels which then increase the need for insulin. Higher the insulin in your blood, the more sebum is produced which can then clog your pores and cause breakouts. Instead, choose fresh foods that help flush the toxins out of your system.

Choose a sunscreen meant specifically for oily skin so that your pores are not clogged.

Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day. If you feel like washing it more often because it gets too hot, just splash your face with plain water. Using a cleanser or any soap on your face too often in the day can do more harm than good.

Follow up cleansing with an alcohol-free toner to remove excess oil from your skin. This should be considered only if advised so by the Dermatologist.

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Use a moisturizer that has ingredients like rose, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid – which are light and non-greasy – if required.

Sometimes medication or procedures may be required depending on the type of acne. (IANS)

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Beat Summer Heat With these Coolers

This summer soothe yourself with these drinks

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This summer lets these drinks cool you down. Pixabay

The summer has is upon us and with its sweltering heat wave, and all we can fancy is a cooling drink that will soothe our body and mind.

Add ingredients like raw mango or hibiscus which are native as well healthy, to your summer coolers. Mohit Madan, Manager – Rick’s, Taj Mahal, New Delhi shares some tasty and refreshing drinks to beat the heat.

Jal Jeera

A popular traditional Indian beverage bursting with strong flavours. Serve chilled to bring down soaring summer temperatures! It has a rejuvenating and cooling effect, and is considered to be good for digestion as well.

Ingredients:

1 fistful coriander leaves

1 fistful mint leaves

5 ml ginger juice

15 ml lime juice

� tsp pepper

1 tsp tamarind

2 tsp roasted cumin powder

Boondi (Crisp and fried gram flour tiny balls) as per requirement

300 ml water

Method:

Add coriander, mint, ginger and lime in a blender, add a little water and grind to make a smooth puree. Transfer the puree into glass bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve chilled.

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Try some cooling drinks that will soothe our body and mind. Pixabay

Panna

Aam Panna is a much celebrated summer cooler in north India and in some parts of South India like Hyderabad. It is made from unripe mangoes. It is healthy, seasonal and easy to make at home. The taste is palate friendly (and children should be encouraged to drink this rather than aerated beverages or those with excessive preservatives). It is rich in Iron and Vitamin C; and hence, builds immunity and works well as a natural iron booster. Aam panna has plenty of heat resistant properties and is best consumed during the intense summer months.

Ingredients:

1 unripe mango

2 tbsp powdered sugar

� tbsp black salt

� tbsp black pepper powder

5/6 mint leaves crushed

� tbsp roasted cumin seed powder

1 glass chilled water

Ice cubes

 

Masala Chaas / Buttermilk

Masala chaas, is one of the oldest healthy drinks that is known by many different names in different parts of India. Traditional chaas is wonderful as a digestion as it contains more lactic acid than milk. It is loaded with probiotics which is very important for our health.

Ingredients:

1 cup yoghurt

2 cup cold water

2 green chili (add as per taste/ preference)

� cup cilantro

� inch piece ginger

� tsp roasted cumin powder

� tsp chaat masala

Pinch of salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend to smooth consistency. Serve right away sprinkled with little bit more cumin powder. Serve chilled.

Summer drinks
Summer drinks that will rejuvenate you amid lockdown. Pixabay

 

The Virgin Sangria

Sangria is traditionally made with wine, but, here we have an innovative version that is a combination of juices. It is both refreshing and healthy and should be served as a chilled summer beverage.

Ingredients:

� cup cranberry juice

� cup apple juice

30 ml honey syrup

15 ml lime juice

� cup sparkling water

� cup Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries

Lime wedges and Mint sprigs

Method:

Combine all ingredients into a small pitcher. Stir to perfection to combine. Pour it in glass and add fruits. Serve with garnish mint sprigs on top.

 

Raspberry Hibiscus Ice Tea

Recipe:

240 ml Water

5 gram loose hibiscus tea

5 pieces raspberry

5 large mint leaves

2 table spoon honey

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Pour loose hibiscus tea into pitcher and set aside. Bring water to boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and pour it over the loose tea. Add raspberry, mint, and honey and let tea steep for 15 minutes. Pour tea through a fine strainer in separate pitcher and place it in refrigerator until its cold. Serve tea over ice and garnish with mint. (IANS)

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Homecations: The New Way To Unwind This Summer Amid Lockdown

Homecations might be the new way to unwind for the summers, turning your home into a holiday destination

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A homecation is a vacation at home, allows families to make memories. Pixabay

At present, homes are doubling up as schools, offices and fitness centers, if not more. With cancelled vacations and a deep desire to travel, ‘homecations’ might be the new way to unwind for the summers, turning your garden or backyard into a holiday destination.

As per a new poll from Zillow, 38 percent of respondents plan to spend more time at home this summer compared to years past as a result of COVID-19. A ‘homecation’, which is a vacation at home, allows families to make memories and hold onto some summer traditions, without the health, safety and financial concerns that may now come with a traditional vacation.

For a fun homecation, try putting up tents in the backyard, read adventure novels under a lantern-light, add on a singing spree around a small bonfire if your space and weather permit it. You could also make delicious sandwiches and summer coolers for a brunch picnic, and play board games, delve into family legends, or just take a nap. Days can also pass by playing in a kids’ pool and filming fun moments. For something simpler, just dim the lights and tune into a movie your family likes.

You can also recreate the atmosphere of a city or region you would like to go to, cook local meals, put some local songs, and visit some city destinations virtually.

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Homecations might be the new way to unwind for the summers. Pixabay

Tips to make the most out of your homecation:

Turn off your phone and set an out-of-office notification. Let your colleagues know that you’re taking time off, even if you’re not leaving your property. Extra credit if the message is a creative one.

Knock out any household chores ahead of time so they’re not a distraction. It’s hard to unwind if you’re staring at a mountain of dirty laundry.

Save the screen time. Give everyone’s eyes a break from video calls and online work, and instead pick up a good book, play a game or get outside.

Plan something special you’ll look forward to. Is backyard camping too rustic for you? Plan an at-home DIY spa day or a dinner alfresco on your porch with take-out from a favorite restaurant. Invite friends or family over via video call or in a safe, socially-distanced visit.

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Take pictures. Like any other vacation, make sure to take lots of photos and post your pictures on social media, if you are into that. One day, you may look back on this moment in history and wish you had family photos to document how you spent your time at home. (IANS)