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Kahwa is a Kashmiri tea containing cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron as flavourings. In Kashmir, kahwa is prepared in copper pots, which are known as samovars which are big pots in which the tea is steeped. in a typical household kitchen, kahwa is prepared in a pan. It's a refreshing drink to have on a chilly winter day but it's also good year around. Kashmiri Kahwa Tea provides several health benefits and can be an excellent addition to our diet.
It is often consumed after meals since it helps in digestion while also providing energy. Saffron, which is rich in vitamin B12, is used in this tea which helps strengthen immunity and keep the body's defensive mechanisms in control.
It is often consumed after meals since it helps in digestion while also providing energy. | Photo by Harry Cunningham on Unsplash
Kahwa green tea (1 ½ teaspoons), saffron (pinch of strands), cinnamon (1 piece- 2 inch), cardamom (2 pods), and almonds are the ingredients needed to make kahwa. In alternative to almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts can also be used. If you can't find Kahwa green tea, you can use any other green tea. Sugar, according to taste can be added if you would like to make it a bit sweet.
Step by step recipe (4 cups):
- In a saucepan, add 4 cups of water to boil.
- While the water is boiling add saffron, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
- Let the ingredients boil for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the green tea to the boiling water, stir and then turn the heat off.
- Allow a minute for the tea to steep.
- Meanwhile, divide the almonds and saffron evenly between 4 cups.
- Pour boiling kahwa over the garnish and serve immediately
(Add sugar if you want your kahwa tea sweetened.)
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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, also known as Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Prakash Parv, is an auspicious day commemorating the birth of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
According to the Georgian calendar, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born on December 22nd, 1666; but his birth anniversary is celebrated every year in line with the lunar calendar, which falls on January 9th, this year. He was born in Patna and was an outspoken supporter of social equality. He was a vocal critic of injustice and prejudice, and as a result, he became a significant source of inspiration for many people.
Guru Gobind Singh is honoured by Sikhs and have been an important figure in their lives. He is credited with the creation of the Dasam Granth, whose hymns constitute a holy element of Sikh prayers till this day. It was him who initiated the formation of the Khalsa community in 1699. Among his other accomplishments, he was the one who finalised the Guru Granth Sahib as the primary scripture. It is the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh that have enlightened the people of his religion and many others throughout the world.
Guru Gobind Singh was the one who established the five 'K's' that the Sikhs follow today. | Wikimedia Commons
He was the one who established the five 'K's' that the Sikhs follow today:
1. Kesh (also known as kesa): Refers to hair and beard that has not been shorn.
2. Kangha: Wooden comb used twice a day.
3. Kara: A bracelet made from iron or steel worn around the wrist.
4. Kacchera: Short breeches.
5. Kirpan: A sword.
On this day, believers from all over the world extend their warmest greetings to one another and pledge to follow the guidance and practice of Guru Gobind Singh Ji in their lives. Devotees assemble to pray for blessings and organise large gatherings in which they sing devotional songs and share food with each other. Following this, they offer special prayers in Gurudwaras, which are their places of worship. The food plays an important part in the celebration of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti. Numerous worshippers go to Punjab's Golden Temple to offer prayers and take a dip in the sacred Sarovar (a pool or moat-like tank built around or adjacent to the Gurdwara).
Numerous worshippers go to Punjab's Golden Temple to offer prayers and take a dip in the sacred Sarovar. | Pixabay
Guru Gobind Singh was a poet, spiritual teacher, warrior, philosopher, and writer. Although he passed away in 1708, his principles and convictions have survived through the generations of his followers.
(Keywords: Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, 9 January, Sikh, Sikhism, Punjab, Khalsa, Guru Granth Sahib, holy)
On Saturday, the 80th birth anniversary of Stephen Hawking, Google paid homage to the English cosmologist, writer, and theoretical physicist with an animated movie that appeared on its homepage. It covers Hawking’s life and work, with narration provided by the physicist himself, and was created with the approval of his family. His ideas on the origins and dynamics of the universe, which ranged from colliding black holes to the Big Bang, transformed contemporary physics. At the same time, his best-selling books made the science broadly accessible to millions of readers across the globe.
Hawking's ideas on the origins and dynamics of the universe transformed contemporary physics. | Wikipedia
Stephen William Hawking was born on 8th January in 1942 in the English city of Oxford. From an early age, he was intrigued by the workings of the cosmos, and his curiosity and brilliance gained him the moniker “Einstein .” Following a diagnosis of a neurological condition at the age of 21, Hawking was motivated by the music of composer Richard Wagner and the love and support of his future wife Jane Wilde to devote his life to physics, mathematics, and cosmology.
Hawking defended his Ph.D. thesis, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” at the University of Cambridge in 1965, presenting the groundbreaking hypothesis that space and time evolved from a singularity, an endlessly small and dense point, primarily remembered today as the essential characteristic of black holes. During the same year, Hawking was accepted as a research fellow at Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College, where he would spend the rest of his life doing research.
In 1974, due to Hawking’s fascination with black holes, he discovered that particles could escape from black holes. This idea, called “Hawking radiation,” is his most significant contribution to physics. Hawkins was appointed as the Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics by the University of Cambridge in 1979 for his revolutionary work on black holes. This post was held by Isaac Newton in 1669.
Physicist Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. thesis was made publicly available in 2017 on a University of Cambridge portal, which crashed as a result of the high volume of visitors.. Following a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) for more than 50 years, Stephen Hawking passed away in 2018.
Following a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) for more than 50 years, Stephen Hawking passed away in 2018. | File
According to Britannica.com, “His publications included The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time (1973; coauthored with G.F.R. Ellis), Superspace and Supergravity (1981), The Very Early Universe (1983), and the best sellers A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (1988), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), A Briefer History of Time (2005), and The Grand Design (2010; coauthored with Leonard Mlodinow).”
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Human lives are built on the foundation of social relationships. Friendships are like lifelines for many of us as friends may help us feel good about ourselves. We can share our joy and grief with our friends. Friends are indeed a blessing in one's life. They can improve any situation, no matter how bad it appears to be. We all have different groups of friends, some of whom we refer to as best friends, some of whom we turn to for advice, and some who are simply travel companions. On the other hand, fake friends are the ones we should avoid at all costs. They will be as sweet as sugar, but only for their own benefit.
Toxic friendships exist in the same way that people might find themselves in toxic romantic relationships. Here are some signs that you may be dealing with fake friends:
1. They have a habit of disappearing when you need them
"A friend in need is a friend indeed." If a friend isn't there for you, even virtually, when they know you are going through a hard time or if the support they provide you with doesn't seem genuine or if they try to show fake sympathy, understand that they aren't the kind of friends you should have around you. The presence of a friend should be calming and comforting.
The presence of a friend should be calming and comforting. | Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash
2. They don't feel happy for your accomplishments
It's not you; it's them. If your friend doesn't feel happy about your achievements and treats your accomplishment as something that is not great, they are comparing their life with yours and taking out their discontentment out on you. Move yourself and your thoughts away from people who do not clap when you win, both physically and emotionally. Those are NOT your "friends." A true friend is supposed to support and appreciate your efforts even if you fail.
Move yourself and your thoughts away from people who do not clap when you win, both physically and emotionally. | Photo by Obie Fernandez on Unsplash
3. They have no respect for you
Their subtle taunting, playful insults, and even praises make you feel uneasy, and you want to get away from them. Teasing may be funny at times, but not always. This behaviour can impact you negatively and may lead you to doubt your own self. Sometimes the severity may even lead to psychological issues. A friend should respect your opinion as well as your needs. A supportive friend, surely, goes a long way.
Tasing may be funny at times, but not always. | Photo by Jerry Zhang on Unsplash
4. They keep gossiping about people
Fake friends take great pleasure in controversies. Other people's suffering is their breakfast. While some of us despise pointless drama, for others, the act of creating or participating in it can be energising. Such people are fundamentally bullies who want to feel superior over others or take pleasure in their troubles to feel delighted, strong and amused. Avoid these kinds of friends like the coronavirus.
Fake friends take great pleasure in controversies. | Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
5. Are they on your side?
Fake friends will only be around for as long as there is no damage to their image or as long as everyone likes them. These people are extremely diplomatic; they will allow you to walk on a bridge which they know is broken and pretend to help when they see you are struggling. That demonstrates how cruel and manipulative they are.
Fake friends will only be around for as long as there is no damage to their image or as long as everyone likes them. | Photo by Zane Persaud on Unsplash
6. They only contact you when they need something
Every time their name appears on your phone screen, they will only call you if they have a specific reason, which may be "Hey! do my assignment please." or something for which you are needed. It seems that you are only remembered when there is a favour to ask. Your help may be much acknowledged, but be prepared to be ghosted till the day they want you to do another task for them.
Fake friends only contact you when they need a favour. | Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash
People who are fake become fake friends. There is nothing they can do to make you feel better about yourself except waste your time, money, affection, and energy. The friends with whom we choose to spend our time significantly impact our overall well-being and happiness, so choose your friends wisely.
(Keywords: friends, fake friends, frienship, relationships, contact, respect, need, help, diplomatic)