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England’s national poet, William Shakespeare (1564 –1616) is considered as the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language. Though Shakespeare is well known for his plays, his poetry also remains to be popular. He contributed two long narrative poems, published in the 1590s, along with a few other verses. In 1609, for the first time, Shakespeare’s collection of 154 sonnets was published. It is said that almost all the sonnets contain three quatrains, or four-line stanzas, followed by a final couplet. This form is known as Shakespearean Sonnet.
Let’s try to know more about the poetry of William Shakespeare through his ten most renowned poems including famous sonnets.
Published: 1594
Lucretia was an ancient Roman woman who was raped by the king’s son and committed suicide. The incident led to an anti-monarchist rebellion and thus played a part in the transition of ancient Rome from monarchy to a republic in late 6th century BC. The Rape of Lucrece is a 1,855 lines tragic narrative poem about the rape of Lucretia by the king’s son, Sextus Tarquinius, and the repercussion of the incident.
When they had sworn to this advised doom,
They did conclude to bear dead Lucrece thence;
To show her bleeding body thorough Rome,
And so to publish Tarquin’s foul offence:
Which being done with speedy diligence,
The Romans plausibly did give consent
To Tarquin’s everlasting banishment.

Published: 1601
The Phoenix and the Turtle is a symbolic poem about the death of ideal love. The poem defines a funeral arranged for the dead Phoenix and Turtledove, who are symbols of perfection and of devoted love, respectively. It has been thought to allude to various things including the extinction of the Tudor monarchy; and the phoenix being Elizabeth I and the turtle-dove representing her lover, the second Earl of Essex.
Truth may seem but cannot be;
Beauty brag but ’tis not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.

#8 SONNET 20
Alternate Title: A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted
Published: 1609
Sonnets 1 to 126 of Shakespeare’s collection of 154 sonnets are addressed to an unnamed young man who is now referred to as “Fair Youth”; while the Sonnets 127 to 154 are known as the Dark Lady sequence as they are addressed to a woman who appears to be a brunette. Sonnet 20 describes the Fair Youth as “master-mistress” of the poet’s passion. The speaker proclaims that his beloved possesses a woman’s physical attractiveness and the form of a man. Sonnet 20 is one of the most controversial poems of Shakespeare for several reasons including its sexual duality and its homoeroticism.
A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion;

Alternate Title: From fairest creatures we desire increase
Published: 1609
In the first quatrain of Sonnet 1, the speaker praises the beauty of his beloved and expresses his desire for his beloved to procreate. In the second quatrain, he scolds the young man for being too self-involved to consider procreation; while in the third, he warns his beloved that his beauty will fade. Shakespeare ends the sonnet with the couplet in which he says to his beloved to not deprive the world of his beauty. Sonnet 1 is important as it sets the tone for the entire collection and also the first mini-sequence of 17 poems, which are referred to as “procreation” sonnets as they each urge the young man to bear children.
From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:

#6 SONNET 73
Alternate Title: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Published: 1609
Sonnet 73 focuses on the theme of old age and its effect on human beings. Shakespeare uses a series of metaphors to characterize the nature of old age. In the first quatrain, he equates it to the fading of life like in late autumn; in the second quatrain, he likens it to the fading of light calling darkness “death’s second self”; and in the last quatrain, he compares it to the burning out of the fire. In the couplet, the speaker addresses his beloved, expresses gratitude for his adoration in spite of the physical deterioration of the speaker and tells him “To love that well which thou must leave ere long”. Sonnet 73 is regarded among Shakespeare’s most beautifully crafted poems and is one of the most famous of his 154 sonnets.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.

Published: 1593
Probably Shakespeare’s first publication, this poem narrates the story in Greek mythology of Venus, the Goddess of Love, and Adonis, an extremely handsome young man. Enamored by Adonis, Venus tries to seduce him though Adonis is only interested in hunting. She faints when he scornfully rejects her and fearing he has killed her, Adonis kisses Venus. She recovers and they kiss again. The next day Adonis goes out for boar hunting even though Venus has had a vision of him being killed by a boar. The vision comes true and Venus is devastated. Due to what happened to her, from then on, whenever humans will love, there will always be suspicion, fear, and sadness. Among Shakespeare’s most renowned works, Venus and Adonis contains discourses on the nature of love and brilliantly described observations of nature.
It shall be cause of war and dire events,
And set dissension ‘twixt the son and sire;
Subject and servile to all discontents,
As dry combustious matter is to fire:
Sith in his prime Death doth my love destroy,
They that love best their loves shall not enjoy

#4 SONNET 29
Alternate Title: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes
Published: 1609
In the octave of Sonnet 29, the speaker is depressed due to social ostracism (“my outcast state“) and personal misfortune (“curse my fate“). He also gives vent to his jealousy of those that are “rich in hope” and “with friends possess’d”. The sestet of the sonnet begins with “Yet” and takes a brighter tone as the speaker feels better upon thinking of his beloved. It ends with the couplet, “For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings; That then I scorn to change my state with kings.” Sonnet 29 breaks away from traditional sonnets due to its different structure and because the speaker, due to his lack of self-worth, is unable to present a solution in the sestet.
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,

#3 SONNET 130
Alternate Title: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun
Published: 1609
Sonnet 130 satirizes the concept of ideal beauty that was a convention of literature and art during the time. It compares the poet’s mistress to a number of natural beauties; each time making a point that the beauty of his mistress in obviously inadequate for such comparisons. In the last couplet of the poem, Shakespeare states that still his beloved is as special as any beauty for whom such fanciful comparisons are made by artists. He writes, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare; As any she belied with false compare“. Sonnet 130 is renowned for mocking flowery courtly sonnets.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

#2 SONNET 116
Alternate Title: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Published: 1609
This often-quoted sonnet provides the definition of ideal love. In the first quatrain, the speaker says that love is not changeable; in the second he says that it is fixed like the north star is to sailors; in the third he says that it not a “Time’s fool”, that it does not change with time; and in the couplet he attests to the certainty of his definition of love by saying, “If this be error and upon me proved; I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” Sonnet 116 is regarded among the finest in Shakespeare’s entire sequence of 154 sonnets and it is one of the most famous poems written on love.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

#1 SONNET 18
Alternate Title: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Published: 1609
Shakespeare starts Sonnet 18 with a flattering question to the beloved: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” He goes on to list some negative aspects of summer to establish that his beloved is better. In the last part of the poem, he states that the beauty of his beloved will never fade as he will make it eternal though the words of this poem which will remind the world of him “so long as men can breathe or eyes can see“. Sonnet 18 is the most famous poem written by William Shakespeare and among the most renowned sonnets ever written.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Let’s Talk Green: Types of Deficiencies in Plants



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Plants can’t say through words about how they feel? Or what they need? However, these green living beings can express through their appearance about their needs. The abnormal yellowish color of leaves of plants often tries to tell us about their basic requirements for a healthy life. Let us take a look at the below symptoms or signs of deficiency to know what exactly the plant is craving.

Nitrogen Deficiency

Nitrogen is a vital nutrient for the creation of chlorophyll, which is the key ingredient of photosynthesis. Additionally, nitrogen is the main constituent of amino acids that forms proteins. Protein stimulates growth in plants and promotes fruit development.

Signs: Yellowish or pale green leaves and inhibited growth

Solution: Adding coffee grounds directly to the soil or plant makes the rich in nitro nutrients. Another method is to plant a nitrogen-rich plant such as beans and peas near nitrogen-deficient plants.

Phosphorous Deficiency

Phosphorus (P) is a vital macronutrient for plant productivity. According to research results, Phosphorus deficiency limits the photosynthetic machinery and the electron transport chain. It reduces the orthophosphate concentration in the chloroplast stroma to levels that inhibit ATP synthase activity.

Signs: Darkening around edges of leaves, stunted growth and small or no flowers.

Solutions: Adding aquarium or fish tank water to soil however ensure the water doesn’t contain salt components. The fish water is also a great source of nitrogen.

Potassium Deficiency

Potash deficiency is common in sandy soils because potassium ions (K+) are extremely soluble and easily leach from soils without colloids. Potassium deficiency impacts protein synthesis in plants and maintains turgidity and flaccidity of guard cells that helps in opening and closing of stomata.

Signs: Leaves with brown spots and yellow or brown veins or yellow edges. This deficiency leads to disease and drought.

Solution: Bury peels of Banana an inch below the topsoil. Peels take some time to rot and will slowly help plants. Banana peels also deter aphids.

Magnesium Deficiency

Insufficient magnesium in plants degrades the chlorophyll in the old leaves, which causes interveinal chlorosis, which limits the photosynthesis process in plants and subsequently the plant growth is compromised.


Yellowing of veins and edges of leaves.  Sometimes it leads a marbled appearance.


Epsom salt works tremendously when directly added to the topsoil of the plant before watering it. It is significantly beneficial for peppers, tomatoes, and roses.

Calcium Deficiency

Inadequate Calcium in plant cells leads to tissue necrosis leading to stunted growth of plants. Lack of calcium also increases the plant’s vulnerability to root diseases such as Pythium.


Yellow spots between the leaf veins, blossom end rots, stunted growth, weak or dying stems.


Crushed eggs shells are a great source of calcium when added to the soil. This method will slowly help your plants, so make sure you till the eggshells well into the soil to help the process along.

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Slight change in your Lifestyle can bring the spark back!!!



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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very common yet major problem for most of the men irrespective of the age group. ED occurs for many factors including particular health disorder, emotional relationship problems, specific medication, and alcohol or smoking habits and fortunately it can be curable. Although there are many ED treatment options including medication and surgery, there are also some natural remedies which can help to overcome the problem. Apart from this, certain activities or lack of activity also causes ED, so before trying out medications or natural remedies, some changes in lifestyle can also be considered for better results.

Here are some lifestyle changes that one needs to try before opting for medication or surgery.

  1. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise has helped a lot of people to overcome most of the health problems. Similarly, for ED, improvement in blood pressure, blood flow, and overall fitness may significantly reduce the risks of ED. Apart from regular cardio exercises, it is advised to focus on various pelvic exercises and Pilates as well.

2. Eat Healthy

Healthy eating habits have always helped us to stay fit. Eating right and nutritious food helps to reduce the risk of many vascular and lifestyle diseases, which are the major cause for ED. Some of the foods that help in curing ED includes watermelon, dark chocolate, and pomegranate juice.

3. Say No to Alcohol and Smoking

Both of these activities affect health badly and lead to many potential health risks, including cardiovascular disorders and ED. Eliminating alcohol and smoking habits may help cure ED problems.

4. Stay stress-free

Stress is another major factor that impacts sexual performance. Stress comes from several directions including finances, work, and relationship issues. All you need to do is keep yourself calm and try to find solutions to your problems. To reduce your stress levels, some meditation can be tried out or some soulful music can also help in reducing unnecessary mental pressures.

5. Keep yourself engage in sexual activities

Engage yourself in certain sexual actions that turn you on. This helps in partial erections which has a positive impact on ED. The increased blood flow to the genital helps to stimulate and enhances the function over a period of time.

So, these are a few tips that might benefit you before you go for medications. It is advisable to consult a doctor before taking any medications or herbal supplements.

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Homemade Masalas that Brings Authentic Taste to Your Food!!!



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Indian masalas are always rich in fresh herbs and spices that add mouthwatering flavor to the Indian cuisine. Especially when prepared at home, the complex and perfect combination of ingredients brings a real feast when added to the curries or stir-fries. Homemade masalas completely change the appearance and taste of the food.

Therefore, here we present ten best masala recipes for the most common Indian delicacies.

Pav Bhaji Masala

Ingredients: 7 whole red dry chilies, 4 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tbsp cumin seeds, 1/4 tbsp black pepper, 1/2 inch cinnamon sticks, 3 cloves, 4-5 black cardamom, 2 tbsp dry mango powder, 1 tbsp fennel seeds, and ½ tbsp sugar powder.


Take a pan and dry roast all the ingredients except for dry mango powder and sugar, until it becomes golden brown on a low medium flame. Once you get the aroma of the roasted spices to add the dry mango powder and roast for a minute. Then, switch off the flame cool and add sugar powder and mix well. Once the mixture cools down, grind it to a fine powder in a mixer. Then, store in an airtight container.

Chicken Masala

Ingredients: 1 tsp turmeric, 12 cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp mace, 15 pieces dried plums, 1 tbs red chilli powder, 10 pieces green cardamom, 4 tbs coriander powder, 1 tbs salt, 12 pieces black pepper corns and 4tbs deghi mirch,

Whole Spices to Grind: 2 large pieces cinnamon sticks, 2 tbs white cumin seeds, 15 pieces green cardamom, 5 pieces star anise, 1 tbs black cumin seeds, 1 tbs black pepper corns, 1/2tbs cloves and 4 bay leaves


Put all the whole spices into a mixer and grind to make powder, then add the all the powdered spices to the grounded mixture of whole spices and mix well. Store in air tight jars.

Sambhar Masala

Ingredients: 2 cups whole red pepper, 1 1/2 cups coriander seeds (dhania), 2 Tbsp mustard seeds (sarson), 3 Tbsp cumin seeds (jeera), 4 tsp pepper corns (sabut kali mirch), 2 Tbsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana), 2 Tbsp husked split black gram (dhuli urad dal), 2 Tbsp bengal gram (channa dal), 2 Tbsp yellow lentils (arhar dal), 2 Tbsp rice, 2 Tbsp asafoetida (heeng), 2 Tbsp turmeric powder (haldi), 1/4 cup dried curry leaves (kadi patta)


Roast all the ingredients, except the turmeric powder until it becomes slightly colored. Remove from the stove and cool, and grind to a powder. Then, mix in the turmeric powder. Store the sambhar masala in an airtight jar.

Gunpowder Masala

Ingredients: 1 cup – urad dal, 1 cup – Channa dal, 8 to 10 Red Chillies, 1 tbsp – white sesame seeds, (dry roasted, 1/2 tsp – Hing powder, 2 to 3 pieces Tamarind, Small piece Jaggery (optional), Salt to taste, 1 tsp – oil.


Roast the dals together in two teaspoons of oil, till it becomes golden brown. Then add red chilies and roast for two minutes on medium flame. Add the tamarind, hing powder, sesame seeds, jaggery, and salt. Grind the mixture coarsely and store in an airtight container. Mix with sesame oil and eat with idlis and dosas. It can be stored for two to three months.

Korma Masala

Ingredients: 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp  Whole Black Pepper, 2 tbsp  Coconut Powder, ½ tsp  Mace, ½ tsp Turmeric, ½ tsp Salt, 1-1/21 tsp Red Chili Powder, 1 tsp Coriander Powder 1 tsp, 6 Cardamom, 1 Bay Leaves, ½ tsp  Tartary, Kewra Essence Few drops


Grind together cumin seeds, whole black pepper, coconut powder, and Mace. Transfer in a bowl, add turmeric, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, cardamoms, bay leaf, Tartary along with few drops of kewra essence. Mix well and store in an airtight bottle. This masala is enough for 1 kg mutton and chicken korma.

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Five Homemade Masalas for Most Common Indian Cuisines!!!



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Indian masalas are always rich in fresh herbs and spices that add mouthwatering flavor to the Indian cuisine. Especially when prepared at home, the complex and perfect combination of ingredients brings a real feast when added to the curries or stir-fries. Homemade masalas completely change the appearance and taste of the food.

Therefore, here we present five best masala recipes for the most common Indian delicacies.

Garam Masala

Ingredients: 150-grams cumin seeds, 50-gram black cardamom seeds, 25-gram cinnamon, 25-gram cloves, 25-gram peppercorns, and 4 bay leaves.

Method: Sundry or lightly roast all the ingredients to get rid of moisture content. Then grind all the spices to a powder in a mixer. Remove the garam masala and store in an airtight container.

Chole Masala

Ingredients: 1/3 cup powdered amchoor, 1/4 cup powdered anardana, 1 cup garam masala, 3/4 cup powdered coriander seeds, 2 Tbsp powdered red chillies, 1/2 cup powdered sonth and 1 3/4 cup salt

Method: Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight jar.

Biryani Masala

Ingredients: 60 corns allspice, 4 whole star anise, 16 green cardamoms, 4 whole flowers of mace and 1 whole nutmeg

Method: Dry roast all ingredients and keep them aside to cool down.  Then grind them to powder and store in an airtight jar.

Chaat Masala

Ingredients: 1 cup coriander seeds, 1 1/4 cups cumin seeds, 1/2 cup thymol seeds/ ajwain, 1/2 cup mango powder, 2 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 1/4 cups powdered black rock salt, 4 tsp powdered black pepper, 2 tsp citric acid, 1/2 cup dried and powdered mint leaves

Method: Roast the coriander, cumin and ajwain in a heavy-based pan until it becomes dark brown. Then remove from pan and leave it to cool. Take all the ingredients together in a grinder and powder fine. Store in an airtight container.

Tandoori Masala

Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried, powdered ginger, 1/4 cup dried, powdered garlic, 2 Tbsp black pepper, 2 Tbsp chaat masala, 1/4 cup garam masala, 1/4 cup powdered red pepper, 1/4 cup kasoori methi, 3/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup dried, powdered onion and 1 tsp powdered red color (optional).

Method: Mix all the ingredients, blend in a blender and store in an airtight container.

Happy Cooking 🙂

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Plants are not always friends!!!



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Plants, an amazing creation of Almighty, provide oxygen to supports the animal kingdom on earth. However, there are many venomous or poisonous plants do exist in nature, which we are not aware of.  It is also believed by some people that there are some man eating tree do exist somewhere in the Middle East. Although there is no strong evidence reported regarding the existence of such trees, current world, however, deadly poisonous plants do exist.

Below is a brief compilation of some of the most dangerous plants that are still found in nature.

Nerium Oleander

Nerium Oleander is believed to be the most poisonous plant on Earth. The plant is filled with poisonous chemicals including two most powerful toxins namely oleandrin and nerine. The poison of oleander so powerful, that it can poison the human body even on ingestion of the honey made by the bees that consumed oleander nectar. Even though it is noxious in nature, Oleander plants are used for decorative purposes because of it a lovely fragrance.

Cicuta or Water Hemlock

Primarily found in the marshy areas of America, Cicuta, commonly known as Water Hemlock, contains a poisonous toxin, cicutoxin, in its roots. Unfortunately, the white roots of Cicuta are often mistaken for the parsnip. The chemical cicutoxin causes nausea, cramps, vomiting and muscle tremors. People survive the cicutoxin suffer from long-term health conditions, such as amnesia. Ingestion of this plant material can cause death in the animal within 15 minutes of consumption.

Abrus Precatorius or Rosary Pea

The beautiful red and black colored seeds, of rosary pea plant popularly known as rosary prayer beads, are widely known for making imported jewelry.  These beautiful seeds contain the poison abrin, however, the seeds are absolutely safe until they are broken or the outer coating is damaged. Each pea of the pod contains approximately 2.5 milligrams of abrin, which is sufficient to kill a human. Abrin inhibits protein synthesis by bonding with the plasma membranes. Symptoms of abrin poisoning include tough breathing, nausea, vomiting, fever, and fluid in the lungs. It also leads to dehydration and ends with the kidneys, liver, and spleen shutting down causing death within four days.

Atropa Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade

Atropa Belladonna, commonly known as ‘Deadly Nightshade’ grows to a height of 1.5 meters and can be recognized by its bell-shaped purple flowers and the dull, dark green leaves. The plant is completely safe for animals and birds, however deadly for human beings. Symptoms of Belladonna poisoning include dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, headaches, confusion, and convulsions. The deadly poison doses disturb the nervous system, rendering the nerve endings in involuntary muscle paralysis.

Castor Oil Plant

Castor plant contains the deadly toxin, ricin, found in high concentrations in the seed coating. Symptoms of castor poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, internal bleeding, and kidney and circulation failure. Exposure to the dust is most common in areas where the beans are processed for commercial use.

Taxus Baccata or the English Yew

These plants are believed to be a symbol of the immortality of the soul and seen in plenty at church graveyards across Great Britain. The 22 meters giant trees contain poison in all of its parts except the bark. Consumption of the leaves and seeds can lead to dizziness, dry mouth, dilation of the pupils, weakness, irregular heart rhythm, and possibly death. It also possesses medicinal values, such as a cure for water elf disease and potential as an anti-tumor. Yew extract is used for Taxol, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

Ageratina Altissima or White Snakeroot

The white snakeroot is a shadow loving weed mostly found in the eastern and southern United State. The plant contains high levels dangerous toxic substance called trementol, which acts as a powerful poison for horses, goats, and sheep and symptoms poisoning include depression and lethargy, placement of hind feet close together or far apart, nasal discharge, excessive salivation, arched body posture, and rapid or difficulty breathing. In humans, the poisoning symptoms include bad breath, loss of appetite, listlessness, weakness, vague pains, muscle stiffness, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, severe constipation, coma, and possibly death.

Aconitum or Aconite

Aconite is a beautiful but poisonous plant that contains toxins in every part of it and is known to poison people who mistake its white carrot-like root for horseradish or some other herb. Its poisoning symptoms cause numbness, tingling, and cardiac problems as well. When ingested, the poison leads to a burning sensation in the mouth followed by increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, a tingling sensation in the skin, changes in blood pressure, heartbeat irregularities, coma, and sometimes even death.

Datura Stramonium or Jimsonweed

Jimsonweed or Datura with its pointed leaves and fruits looks scary itself. The parts of the plant contain toxic alkaloids with hallucinogenic properties that can cause hospitalization and death when consumed in high dosage. Even beautiful white or lavender trumpet-shaped flower of Datura also contains the poisonous toxins atropine and scopolamine. It is also widely known for its medicinal values such as relieving asthma symptoms and as an analgesic during surgery or bone-setting.

Hippomane Mancinella or Machineel

Manchineel or the ‘little apple of death’ found in plenty Found across the Florida Everglades, Central America, and the Caribbean. Its white sap can cause damage, including rashes, skin irritation, coughing, loss of voice, etc. These tiny apple-like fruits, if ingested, can cause blisters in the mouth, swell the throat to shut it off, and even cause gastrointestinal problems.

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Strange Superstitions across the World!



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In Brazil, it is believed that handbags shouldn’t touch the floor or ground, as this is considered as a bad luck. People believe that if the handbags are kept or fall on the ground, then the owner of the handbag will lose the money kept inside it.


As per Chinese culture, the number four and its multiples are extremely unlucky, as the Chinese phonation of the number ‘four’ is similar to the word ‘death’. People in China usually avoid the number four in almost everything including building numbers and number plates as well. Similarly, the numbers 13 and 23 are also believed to bring bad luck, so many elevators in China don’t have these numbers on their control panels.

United States

In Vermont, the United States, many farmhouses that are constructed in 19th century are built with slanted windows in the roofs. This is because of the local people who believe that witches unable fly their brooms into tilted openings.


Egyptians believe that opening and closing of scissors without cutting anything or simply keeping scissors open is a sign of bad luck or misfortune. It is also assumed that placing them under pillow while sleeping can help prevent nightmares.


It is a common practice in Zimbabwe that the husband casts a spell on his wife to prevent her from infidelity. Should this spell be broken, it is assumed that the bodies of the cheating couple become tightly bound together in a ritual known as ‘durawalling’, and are thus inseparable. The exercise is believed in so sturdily that it acts as a strong preventive for extra-marital affairs.



Stomach should be kept hidden during a thunderstorm, especially before falling asleep. This is due to the blind belief that Raijin, the god of thunder, will steal and devour your belly button while you’re in peaceful slumber! It is also thought that the Raiju loves sleeping in a human navel. Therefore Japanese often sleep on their stomachs during bad weather.


Buckets or carts in Russia are never kept empty, as both are believed to be bad signs of poor fortune. Therefore, street cleaners are encouraged to keep their brooms, rakes and other cleaning equipment in their buckets to keep them full always.


According to Spanish beliefs one should eat twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve for good luck and wealth throughout the life.


In Sweden the manhole covers on the pavement are marked with either a “K”, for the Swedish word for ‘fresh water’ and ‘love’), or an “A”, for the Swedish word for ‘sewage’ and ‘broken heart’. Local folks believe that their love fortune and fate can be determined by the amount of K and A covers they pass over, and they can plan their steps accordingly. If you step over the wrong kind of manhole cover it is said to bring negativity. Gratefully, it can be countered by three hearty slaps on the back.


Spilling some water on ground behind a person going for job interview is believed to bring good luck. The movement of water is symbolic to fluid movement and tranquillity, so they should tackle the task ahead with ease.

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Amazing Sundarban Forest!!!



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The Sundarbans is a mangrove forest spans across the borders of India and Bangladesh. It is a delta formed by the confluence of Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. The forest is extends from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh. The Sundarbans are comprised of wide variety of flora and fauna which attracts millions of tourist from all over the world.

Apart from its incredible beauty and wildness there are also other amazing facts.

It is the largest Mangrove forest in the world. The tremendous growth of mangrove is due to the coastal water around the Sundarbans. 40% of the mangrove forest comes under India, while rest of the forest comes under Bangladesh. It is also considered to be the UNESCO World heritage site.

Sundarbans (India) is ten times bigger than the city of Venice. Encompassing 4000 sq. km, the Sundarbans Forest in India has 102 islands, out of which 54 are inhabited and rest of the area is covered with the forest.

The dense mangrove forests are home to the royal Bengal tigers. It is believed that Sundarban has the largest number of royal Bengal tigers in the world.

The name Sundarban has been given after a mangrove tree that is named as Sundari which in Hindi means beautiful. That is why Sundarban is considered to be as a very beautiful place.

As declared by the Fishery Board of India, Sundarban is the largest Biosphere Reserve in India because of its brackish water fish production and marine fisheries.

There is a village called widow village in Sundarban, which is home to India’s resilient Tiger Widows.

Sundarban is also famous for its night safaris due to the Phytoplanktons, the small micro-organisms that reflect light in the dark new moon.

So, these are a few facts that we have tried to present you; however, there are many more other amazing facts about Sundarban.

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In the Memory of Padma Bhushan Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan



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Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s writings are considered as great milestones in Hindi literature which needs no introduction. He was a rebellious Indian poet noted for the Nayi Kavita literary movement in early 20th century.  He was born in a Hindu Kayastha family, in Allahabad in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, in British India. He was also a poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan.

In 1976, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest award for his contribution to Hindi literature. He had incorporated vocabulary from several languages, including Awadhi, Hindi, and Urdu, which were considered as Hindustani language during that time.

Let’s check of his best poems below,











These evergreen compositions will always remain with us.

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The Sultan of Music: Adnan Sami



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Adnan Sami is one of the best & most underrated singers of Bollywood we have ever seen. He is a musician, pianist, and actor who performs Indian as well as western music, mostly in Bollywood movies. His most remarkable musical instrument is the piano. He is considered as the first person to play Indian classical music on the piano in a way he created through the Santoor.

Some of his best songs are –

Born in London to a Pakistani diplomat, Arshad Sami Khan and Naureen from Jammu & Kashmir of North India, Adnan has been titled as “Sultan of Music” by The Times of India.

Adnan is also known for playing over 35 musical instruments.

His first single was in English, Run for his life, recorded for UNICEF and released in 1986. It was ranked No. 1 in the music charts in the Middle East followed by three more No. 1s: Talk To Me, Hot Summer Day and You’re My Best Kept Secret.

With the song Aye Udi Udi in the movie Saathiya (2002), he got an opportunity to work with A. R. Rahman.

In 2000, Adnan joined with Asha Bhosle on the album named Kabhi to Nazar Milao in India. Composed by Adnan, the album became an instant hit and had topped the indie-pop charts in early 2000.

His second album was Tera Chehra, released in October 2002. The album featured Rani Mukerji in the title track and Amitabh Bachchan in another track “Kabhi Nahi”, who also sang the duet with Adnan.

Hope you will like this collection of Adnan Sami’s best songs.

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Ten things we should do to SAVE EARTH



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Today the environment has become a serious concern as the wrath of Mother Nature clearly indicates the consequences of being irresponsible and careless towards the environment for centuries.

Now people have come forward to save the earth by practicing even little things every day that can really help in reducing carbon footprints, greenhouse gases and conserving the environment.
Therefore let’s go green by practicing below ten things.

1. Follow 3R rule.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the three things that we need to pay attention to our everyday life. Reducing, reusing or recycling daily household trash can significantly reduce pollution.
Cultivate a habit of throwing household waste in separate garbage-bins per them, so that these waste materials can be reused or recreated. Also, we should use products that come with minimal packaging. This little practice in our day to day life is the first step towards conservation of natural resources and landfill space.

2. Volunteer yourself for cleaning up your society or surroundings.

Avoid throwing any waste on roads or in your surroundings further.

3. Educate people.

Bring awareness among people by educating them on environmental pollution and help them to understand the value and importance of our natural resources.

4. Save water.

Water is the most important natural resource and minimum use of water has become one of the biggest challenges that we are facing nowadays. Statistically, 65 percent of the daily usage of water is used in the bathroom. This can be minimized by taking shorter showers instead of taking a bath. Try not to leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.

5. Go for sustainable eating habits.

Food production is a major reason for the extinction of wildlife. Our eating habits are responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss. Therefore, adopting a plant-based diet instead of a meat-dominated diet can minimize the impact on the environment.

6. Shop mindfully.

Try to buy less plastic products or materials and make a habit of using reusable shopping bags.

7. Save energy.

Usage of long-lasting or energy-efficient light bulbs will minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Also make sure to switch off the lights, fans, coolers or ACs while leaving the room.

8. Plant a tree.

We all know that trees provide food and oxygen. Afforestation helps save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. Therefore, try to plant more and more trees in your surroundings.

9. Don’t throw chemicals into the natural water bodies.

Try to use non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.

10. Drive less.

Try to share vehicles or carpool whenever possible. Go for public transports more often or ride a bicycle to work, school, and supermarket. In this way, we can help in reducing emission and it will also help us economically.

If we can practice these simple things every day, it can help in reducing the global consequences and make a big transformation in the long run.

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