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Jayati Bhasin is a graduate in Humanities from the esteemed University of Delhi, and has been involved in the process of reading and writing since a very long time. She is a fan of the moon, paperback books, mountains, sunflowers, handwritten letters, music, history, language, feelings, and everything old.
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Honestly, this is the time when all most everybody think that they are infected with Coronavirus or Delta virus or Omicron virus just because they have severe cough. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to cure cough at home using traditional home remedies.
So, some of the ways in which cough can be cured at home are as follow:
Mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey
One of the effective home remedies for cough and common cold is a mixture of lemon, cinnamon, and honey. This is a traditional method and this syrup effectively cures both: cold and cough. Now, this syrup is made by taking half spoon of honey, and adding a few a drops of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon. This syrup works like magic in curing cough and common cold if taken twice a day.
Drinking tea which has tulsi, ginger, and black pepper can also help in treating cough and common cold. This kind of tea is also great for one's health. It must be noted that these three ingredients play a very significant role in fighting a cough and common cold.
Intake of flaxseeds
Eating flaxseeds is another effective remedy to cure cough and common cold. Photo from Pixabay
Eating flaxseeds is another effective remedy to cure cough and common cold. One of the methods to eat flaxseeds is to boil flaxseeds until it thickens and then strain it. After this, one can add a few drops of lime juice and honey to it and have the mixture for getting relief from cough and common cold.
This remedy might sound new, but when one is suffering from cough and common cold, then it is highly recommended to drink pineapple juice. All that needs to be done is to add a few drops of honey in the pineapple juice and mix it well. This home remedy does wonders in treating not just cough and common cold, but also in enhancing one's health.
Some studies suggest that taking Vitamin C, in medicine form or natural form, before the onset of cold and cough symptoms may shorten the duration of such symptoms. At the same time, consuming Vitamin C can help to boost one's immune health which is very important in today's time. One can consume Vitamin C rich food like lemon, oranges, grapefruits, etc.
It is believed that essential oils help in decreasing the speed at which the virus multiplies inside the body.Photo from Pixabay
Another great home remedy for cough and cold is essential oil. It is believed that these oils help in decreasing the speed at which the virus multiplies inside the body. Essential oils of cinnamon, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, and thyme are considered the best for curing cough and common cold. All that one needs to do is put some essential oil in a diffuser for relief.
In the season of winters and pandemic, hope that one feels relief from cough and common cold by trying these home remedies.
(Keywords: Cold, Cough, Winters, Coronavirus, Delta Virus, Omicron Virus, Pandemic, Home Remedies, Lifestyle, Health, Fitness)
Every year, January 15 is observed and celebrated as Indian Army Day. This year, India will be celebrating 74th Army Day.
Indian Army day is celebrated to honour the soldiers of the army, who have served the nation selflessly and set the greatest example of brotherhood and patriotism. It must be noted that this day is celebrated at all Army Command Headquarters.
History of Indian Army Day
In the war against Pakistan in 1947, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa led the Indian Army.Photo from Pixabay
It was on April 1 in the year 1895, when the Indian Army was officially established. This was the time when transfer of power from the British to India took place. Also in the year 1949, when India got its independence, the Army, too, got its first chief. General Sir Francis Butcher successfully handed over the baton to Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa. Moreover, in the war against Pakistan in 1947, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa led the Indian Army, and he then became the second highest ranking officer in the Indian Army, after Sam Manekshaw, when he received the title of Field Marshal of India.
Celebration of Indian Army Day
As there is threat of third wave of Covid-19, therefore Indian Army Day will be celebrated amidst stringent protocols. This time, there will be showcase of weapons and platforms including drones, Advanced Light Helicopters, the new Light Combat Helicopter from the state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which the Indian Army is thinking to deploy in the Galwan sector. Not only this, BLT T-72 ‘Bharat Rakshak’ tank, the 155mm Soltum Gun, and the BrahMos Missiles will also be displayed. The present Army Cheif Manoj Mukund Naravane will take salute and Bravery Awards like unit credentials and Sena Medals will also be awarded.
New uniform to be unveiled on this Indian Army Day
The new uniform has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in close collaboration with the Indian Army.Photo from Twitter
Another significant event which will take place on this year’s Indian Army Day will be the unveiling of new uniform with disruptive digital patterns. Interestingly, the uniform will be worn by the soldiers during the Army Day parade in Cariappa Parade ground in New Delhi. It must be noted that the new uniform has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), of course in close collaboration with the Indian Army. This is the fourth time that the uniform of the Indian Army has been changed since independence. Talking about the design of the new Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU), then it will will have a mixture of Olive Green and earthy colours for better camouflage, and the fabric is more durable, sturdier, and lighter than the ones being used currently.
(Keywords: India, Indian Army Day, Pakistan, War, Battle Dress Uniform, Display, Uniforms, Bravery Awards, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa)
Pongal is a four-day festival of harvest celebrated in South India, especially Tamil Nadu. This year, Pongal will be celebrated with great zeal and zest from January 14 to January 17.
Interestingly, Pongal marks the beginning of Uttarayan, which is the sun's journey towards north, leading to the end of winter season. It must be noted that Pongal is celebrated just like other harvest festivals of India namely Lohri, Makar Sankranti, and Magh Bihu.
History of Pongal
It is believed that Pongal was celebrated for the first time during Sangam age (200BC-200AD), and at the same time, the festival also found its mention in the puranas. According to one of the stories, it is believed that the festival of Pongal is associated with Lord Shiva. There is a story which says that Lord Shiva had a bull named Basava, who he sent on earth to spread the message that humans must oil massage and bath every day and eat only once in a month. But, Basava told the humans to do the opposite. He told humans to eat every day and do oil massage and bath only once a month. When Lord Shiva got to know about this, he punished Basava by sending him on earth to help humans by ploughing their field and meet their daily food requirements. Because of the same reason, cattle came to be associated with Pongal.
Day-wise celebration of Pongal
On the first day of Pongal, known as ‘Bhogi Pongal’, celebrations begin as fresh harvest of rice, sugarcane, and turmeric is brought from the fields. On this day, old and useless domestic articles are discarded and are burnt along with cow dungs. This is a ritual of Bhogi Mantalu and signifies new beginnings.
On the second day of Pongal, known as ‘Surya Pongal’, is dedicated to the Sun God. This day focuses on cleaning and decoration of homes. Women usually wake up early in the morning to prepare for the day. Houses are decorated with beautiful kolam designs. Freshly harvested rice is used to make dessert with jaggery and milk. They are boiled to the point that they come out of the pot. This dessert is then offered to the Surya Dev before it is eaten by the family members on green banana leaves.
The freshly harvested rice is boiled in pots along with milk and jaggery till they overflow and spill.Photo by Pixabay
On the third day of Pongal, known as ‘Mattu Pongal’, Lord Ganesha and Parvati are worshipped. The word ‘mattu’ means ‘bull’, and on this day, cattle are bathed, and their horns are painted and covered with shining metal caps.
The fourth and the final day of Pongal is called ‘Kaanum Pongal’. This day is also considered as an auspicious day to start new bonds and relationships. Pongal officially concludes on this day.
Pongal is celebrated with full enthusiasm in India, especially in South India. This day marks the end of winter solstice and the outset of new beginnings!
Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Pongal!
(Keywords: Pongal, Celebration, India, South India, History, Significance, New Beginnings, Tamil Nadu)
Every year, the festival of Lohri is celebrated on January 13, which is a night before Makar Sankranti. Lohri is basically celebrated to commemorate the passing of the Winter Solstice and looks forward to longer days. The festival is primarily celebrated by the Sikh and Hindu communities in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.
History and Significance of Lohri
One of the reasons why Lohri is celebrated is because wheat, which is the primary crop of Punjabis, is sown in October and is later harvested in March, and to celebrate this, people gather around a bonfire and celebrate the harvesting of this crop. At the same time, people also celebrate the passing of the winter and the coming of spring season as Lohri in January.
‘Dulla Bhatti’ was a local hero of Punjab during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. His grave is buried at Miani Sahib Qabristan in Pakistan.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Another reason why Lohri is celebrated is because this day is attributed to the tale of ‘Dulla Bhatti’, who was a local hero of Punjab during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, and worked as a saviour of the people and was considered as ‘Robin Hood’ of Punjab. It is believed that he would steal commodities from the rich and provide them to the poor. In fact, he is believed to save groups of young girls from being sold into slavery, and would arrange the girls’ marriages to the village boys and provide them with dowry from the stolen loot. Interestingly, two of the girls who were saved by Dulla Bhatti were Sundri and Mundri, who have now come to be associated with Punjab’s famous folklore, ‘Sunder Mundriye’.
Celebration of Lohri
There is no doubt that every year the festival of Lohri is celebrated with much enthusiasm with the traditional bonfire. At the same time, along with the bonfire, people offer prayers to the God for a healthy harvest and offer peanuts, gur ki rewari, and fox nuts to the bonfire. After this, people majorly Sikhs, dance around the magnificent bonfire along with singing popular folk songs. Men show their energetic moves in Bhangra, while women do Gidda.
People, majorly Sikhs, dance around the magnificent bonfire while singing popular folk songs.Photo by Pixabay
It must be noted that even though the festival of Lohri is celebrated throughout India, but most of zeal and zest is seen in Punjab, where people celebrate by eating roasted corn from the new harvest. Alongside corn, sugarcane products such as gudd (jaggery) and gachak (dry sweet made of peanuts and jaggery) are central to the celebration food.
Because this year the threat of Covid-19 exists, the great celebration of Lohri may not be evident. But, this wouldn’t stop people from having fun in their safe spaces, their respective homes, where they’ll do Bhangra and Gidda while eating gajak!
(Keywords: Lohri, Celebration, Punjab, Hindu, Sikhs, India, Covid-19, Bhangra, Gidda, History, Significance, Happy Lohri, Dance)