Sankranti Sweet Recipes

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Come January,  14th or 15th every year is  a festive treat to the eyes  and the taste buds.  On one of these days, India celebrates Makar Sankranti, welcoming the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign Capricorn.  It also marks the onset of the beautiful spring season.  And the most important of all reasons to celebrate this day is the beginning of the harvest season.

Sankranti festival is of great cultural significance all over India.  We can see markets brimming with display of new and harvested vegetables and fruits, sugarcanes, groundnuts, spikes of fresh wheat, rice and jowar (sorghum) seeds.  Garlands of yellow /orange chrysanthemum and marigold flowers brighten up the market area; that marks the new beginning of yet another auspicious year.

The food attraction of the day is the special festive meals offered in pooja to the Lord.  The important thing to note is a little of all  the newly harvested grains and vegetables are used in the cooking on Sankranti Day.  No festival is complete without sweets and here we share for you, some mouth-watering  traditional  Sankranti recipes made in different parts of India.

  1. Puran Poli of Maharashtra

Bengal Gram – 1 cup
Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Maida Flour – ¼ cup
Jaggery (Gud)– 1 cup
Ground Spices from:
Cardamom Seeds – 1 spoon
Fennel Seeds – ½  spoon
Pepper – ½ spoon
Cinnamon – 1 small piece

Filling (puran) : Boil Bengal Gram (chana dal) in water. Strain the water.  Now add jaggery and boil the chana dal again until it blends well and softens. Let it cool down. Mix all the spices and grind them into a fine powder.  (you can heat them dry lightly in wok before grinding to help grind faster).  Now grind the cooled chana dal and the spice powder in a mixer to make a coarse powder filling.   Make small round balls of the filling and keep aside.

Poli (outer dough): Make normal dough by mixing wheat flour, maida flour, 1 pinch salt and water.

Make round balls out of the dough.  Roll a ball little. Give it a cup shape and put the filling inside.  Now close the filling by stretching the dough over from all sides.  Roll the ball again to make a roti.  Cook this roti both sides on the tawa by adding ghee on all sides.  Your hot and steaming Sankranti puran poli is ready.

  1. Sweet Pongal or Chakkara Pongal of TamilNadu

Rice – 1 cup
Moong Dal – 1/5 cup
Milk – 1 ltr
Jaggery – 1 cup
Ghee – ½ cup
Cardamom Powder – 1 spoon
Cashewnuts – 1 tablespoon
Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Boil milk in a bronze pot called vengala paanai in Tamil.  Put rice and moong dal in the milk and let it cook.  Keep stirring until it mashes well.  Now add the jagerry into the boiled rice and keep stirring until it blends well with the rice to give a brown colour.  Add half the ghee to the sides of the pan.  Season cashewnuts and raisins in the rest of the ghee and pour it on top of the dish.  Add cardamom powder.  Your chakkara pongal or sweet pongal is ready.

  1. Til Laddu/TilGud Chikki of Maharashtra, UttarPradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh.

Sesame seeds (Til) – 1 cup
Jaggery – 2/3 cup
Peanuts crushed – 1 table spoon
Ghee – 1 teaspoon
Dry Ginger powder – 1 pinch

Roast the sesame seeds until they pop into pinkish brown color.  Let it cool.  Boil jagerry in a pan with ½ cup water and a spoon of ghee.  Let the jagerry caramelise into hard consistency.  The test is when dropped in cold water it should harden immediately. Remove from flame.  Add this caramel to the cooled til(sesame seeds) .  Add the broken peanuts and dry ginger powder.  Mix all thoroughly .  Now apply some ghee in your hands and make small round balls of the mixture.  Your til laddu is ready.  The same mixture can also be flattened on to a plate and made into rectangular chikkis.  Make sure to cut the mixture with a divider.  Alternatively a mixture of fried peanuts, jagerry, roasted til, sugarcane pieces and puffed rice can be made which is simple and nutritious. (Ellu Bella in Karnataka)

Make your Sankranti special this year with one of these traditional recipes.

Wishing you a happy Makar Sankranti!!

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Trekking Check List

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“Lofty mountains, whispering streams;                                                                Silent woods, milky snow.                                                                                    
 Oh! boundless paradise it seems                                                                           Happy go trekking to know” 

Your table is clean; you have wound up your pending work at office and delegated the rest to your trusted ones.  Now you are off on a week’s vacation to Manali, the most sought Himalayan Winter Trekking zone.  It is quite an excitement and you are having a confused time balancing between  what stuff you really need and what you actually don’t want to clutter your trek bag with.

Well! A trek bag alone is not sufficient to pack all your things, you surely need a suitcase or a stroller bag to organise your city stuff like Casual Shirts, Trousers and T-Shirts and toiletries.  “Less luggage, more comfort” is the age old mantra for travel.  So here is a list of things you ought to carry for a trekking trip though individual preferences may be differ.  You can buy trek bags online as you could view a wide range of varieties.

  1. Light weight hooded jackets, shirts and trousers. This can not only reduce the total weight of the bag but also keep your body light while trekking.
  2. One pair of thermal wear for the night.
  3. Sunglasses to prevent snow blindness.
  4. Your favourite camera.
  5. A notebook and pen.
  6. A Big Duffel bag or large rucksack also called a trek bag to carry your luggage. While a duffel bag has compartments only on its sides, a rucksack or a trek bag is a large backpack; has many small zippers so you can organize your stuff properly.
  7. Water Bottles – 2 0r 3 to help throughout the day.
  8. A lunch box of dry fruits containing Cashews, Almonds and Figs because dry fruits can really fill your stomach fast and also keep you warm in cold climate. It comes very handy when you are hungry too. Try some salted pistas, almonds or cashews.
  9. Light weight thin towel so that it gets dried up fast.
  10. Small torch.
  11. Trekking or Hiking Shoes
  12. Warm woolen Socks
  13. Gloves , Woolen caps and scarfs.
  14. First aid kit containing plasters, crepe bandages, antiseptic creams, antibiotics, painkillers, balms, lozenges and those which are suitable for you.
  15. Sleeping bag and a mat in case you are going to camp.
  16. Small Toiletry Kit
  17. If you are a mountain climber, then you may also want to look at some climbing and hiking equipment to carry.
  18. Trekking or walking sticks

Do remember to view this check list when you plan a vacation at the hill.  Till then listen in to the voice of a traveler.

Soft Toys Collection

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Soft Toys are the joy of little kids as they can play with cartoon characters and also relate with their wit and style. These are great gifts to give children and can be preserved for long. And after many years when children grow up, parents locate these toys and relive childhood memories. Check out for stuffed  toys online and gift little kids a safe memoir.

Soft Toys – Cartoon Characters

Children love to personify toys and merge with their favourite cartoon characters like Chota Bheem, Mickey, Minnie, Spiderman, Doremon, Chutki, Little Panda and many more. Have a look at what your child’s toy shelf can display. Buy cartoon soft toys online at the ease of your time.

Soft Toys – Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears are lovely dolls and one of the most popular gifts for children.  But adults would also fall for it due to its happy chubby and soothing look. Would you like to gift one of these for a dear child or a friend?  Check this list for cute teddy bears online.

Smart Fit Red Teddy Bear

Shree Krishna Teddy Bear  - 9 inch


I love you Pink Teddy Bear


Hugging Teddy Bears

Welcome Baby :)

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The scene you see on the header image is the fondest of all memories of a new-born child.  If you are a first time mother you need to know that this innocent blissful baby grin is one of the movements during the infant’s sleep. Doctors call this Rapid Eye Movement (REM).  There are many other movements which are common during this phase like twitching (a sudden startle or a jerk) or light crying or a gesture of fear.

Indian grandmothers pacifyingly advise that the baby is smiling in sleep because God is showing the beautiful lotus flower and the baby is crying in sleep sometimes because God is hiding the flower from the baby.  Well that is our heritage!!

Your baby, the bundle of joy has come in and you would want to give all the comfort to this cuddly bubbly one. Here is a list of all things you can plan and shop online to give your baby a “cuddly welcome”.  You surely want more time with your baby keeping her clean and happy, so looking for an online baby shop would be just the easiest way out and more a savior of time and energy for you and your whole family.  This article would help you buy baby gear and baby bedding online.

#Baby Gear

At CVALUE, Baby Gear is a term which means all those things that go into safely transporting your baby physically.  Baby Gear means baby carriers, baby cots, bassinets, prams, strollers, baby carry cots and many more. Take a quick look of baby gear products available at cvalue infant care page.

             Bassinets                               Baby Carriers
             Carrycots                         Rocker N Bouncer

Baby Bedding

You would definitely need this must buy list to give warmth and coziness to your new born sweet heart.

Baby Swaddling: You need a baby swaddle (flannel cloth made of cotton, muslin or wool) to wrap the baby around so he/she feels protected and cosy. You may want to watch this video to learn “How to swaddle a baby”. A very important advise here is to take care that  none of the baby’s body parts are harmed during swaddling.

Quick Dry Plain Waterproof Green MediumGarg Teddy Love Fur Design Polar Fleece Red Blanket with HoodElegant Special Polyster Mosquito Net-6*6ft-Green-Double Bed

 Waterproof Sheets          Blankets and Quilts           Mosquito Nets

Love Baby Tent-PeachSummerinfant Swaddler Pink-SmallQuick Dry Baby Wrapper Maroon

            Mattresses                             Baby Swaddle                    Baby Wraps

So get ready and calm your little one to smile and enjoy his sleep.

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Art Silk Sarees – The Latest Trend

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Every Saree is a story that defines a woman.

How to buy a saree which would be graceful yet not cut heavily into your purse?  The best option and the latest trend is the Art Silk Saree.  Art Silk is another term for Artificial Silk.   It is weaved out of a blend of rayon and cotton fibres and the cost of producing art silk sarees is much lesser than pure silk sarees.   The Bhagalpur Art Silk sarees  are really trendy with great looks.   What is thrilling in the purchase of online art silk sarees is the unending variety of colours and designs available today.  Ranging from bright yellows to elegant blues, the spectrum is amazing.

And the best advantage in art silk sarees is that they are available at prices as low as Rs. 300/-only yet they look so elegant  and one cannot resist buying more than one because of this nominal price band.

Be it a light party or a marriage occasion, art silk sarees  are robbing womens’ heart at a fast pace.  The most important plus is the light weight and easy draping feature of this saree that make it comfortable to wear.

So go ahead and enjoy the visual delight of art silk sarees  at or check out one of these if you really like it.

Bhavi Yellow Art Silk Sarees
Bhavi Yellow Art Silk Saree at Rs.599/ today
ISHIN Art Silk Multicolor Saree
ISHIN Art Silk Multicolor Saree at Rs.349 today
Samskruti Sarees Artificial Silk Saree With Blouse Piece at Rs. 499 today
Favola Green Mysore Silk Art Silk  Sarees
Favola Green Mysore Silk Art Silk Saree at Rs.552/- today
Vaamsi Tussarsilk Printed Saree at Rs. 425/- today
Shree Sanskruti Bhagalpuri art silk Printed Sari at Rs. 449/- today

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Books, my best friend.

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“Amidst the clamor, there is still a quiet space between you and yourself , while reading a book”

Books have been man’s constant friend till date!  If you are a regular reader you would surely agree and if you are not you should be the one to try it. Well! it is all about people and people; origin, actions, reactions, in actions, evolution and the new beginning again. Reading books definitely increases the overall analytical capacity of the reader as by constant reading he acts as a witness the movements he follows.

Books are either non-fiction or fiction.

Non-fiction books contain actual information, such as biographies, true accounts and history books.  Non-fiction books are those which are real accounts of happenings or people. These books include journals, biographies, travel guides, magazines, prayers, cook-books, home remedy books, diaries of people, books on religion and spirituality, finance and economy.  Shop online for biographies and walk through the life of people.

Astrological Biographies
Wings of fire
Steve jobs

Fiction books contain stories created by the author which are either a result of imagination or based on true stories and hypothesized to a desired ending. Novels come under this category. Novels can give the reader the experience of drama, romance, comedy, action, mystery and horror. Science fiction books are also a treat to the brain offering wide angle logical imagination. Literature and Poems are also a genre of books that appease the reader in both language and taste. You could also buy an anthology book online which contains all the works of a particular author or poet.  Some popular fiction books that you can shop online are:

The Gillian Flynn

"1920s Omnibus (Agatha Christie Years)"


Making India Awesome
The Mahabharata Secret
Explore many more genres of books at  
Arts, Film and Photography
Biographies and True Accounts
Health, Family and Personal Development
Literature and Fiction


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Footwear – The finishing touch of dressing!

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The first thing we notice in an outing or a gathering is the footwear.  It is then that we realize that we could have worn a better footwear.  Footwear is not only for aesthetics but also to scale the persona of the one who wears it. We are also judged by the way we attire and footwear comes a long way in the grand scheme of things. So footwear indeed completes dressing.

Elegance in footwear depends on our choice.  And our choice can be refined if we wear those that suit the appropriateness of the situation.

Again, what should we look in our shoes? The comfort or style?,     We should say,  both are pretty much important.

Let us see the good characteristics of a suitable footwear.  Typically, price shouldn’t be a factor and nothing should be compromised for a shoe that is comfortable.

  1. Flexi or adjustable

Adjustable straps such as laces or Velcro which allow for adjustment depending on an individual’s needs are good for sandals, floaters and heels.  A lace or strap would hold the foot in it’s place allowing fast walking, running or rough use.

  1. Stable

The shoes’ heel support / heel cup should be soft and stable, preventing vertical or horizontal heel movement.  Ladies!  For your attention please!  Kindly inspect the heel cup and the sole of the heels while buying, you don’t want to end up feeling like walking on a stone pillar.

  1. Roomy enough

There should be sufficient room at the front of the shoe for your toes. During normal walking your foot both spreads out and lengthens up. Therefore, you should pick a shoe that is longer than your longest toe by about the width of your thumb. This would also allow some breathe space for your toes protecting you from

  • Bunions or hammertoes.
  • Corns
  • Toes that cross over each other.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Complications from diabetes that you may not feel due to poor sensation in the feet.
  1. Heel height 

It is in the best interest that shoe heel must not exceed 2.5cm in height.  When taller ones are worn for long hours, the heel and ankle would become more unstable and thus be prone to sprains and forefoot pain.

  1. Good condition

Monitor your footwear and discard shoes that are too worn-down, as these have often lost some of their basic functions. Continuing to run in worn-out running shoes increases the stress and impact on your leg joints and heels, which can lead to overuse injuries. offers a wide variety of fashion and elegant footwear.  Take a look at it.

# Flip-flops (slippers)

Flip-flops also called slides or step-ins are a type of open-toed sandal typically worn casually.  They consist of a flat sole made of rubber or plastic, held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot. The name “flip-flop” originated from the sound made by the slapping of the sole, foot and floor when walking.

"La Maliboo Red Eva Material Women's Flip Flops"

On the other side:

They should be avoided in case of prolonged walking because they offer very little to no arch support, heel cushioning. This type of shoe can accelerate the problems associated with having a flat foot.

#  Flats (slippers or sandals)

Flats are sandals or slippers are flat on the sole. They give the body the perfect stability.

Cocoon Flats

# High heels

Who would not say yes to a brand new catwalk or Do Bhai high heels, they are pretty much a dream of every teenage girl. Heels range from low to high height upto 6 inches. Even though a caution has been spread about the height of the heels , it’s not a problem if the flaunting are for a few hours or so, but if put into regular use, please be informed about the health issues too.

Wearing heels regularly shifts your body weight to your forefoot, which increases the pressure to this area and typically leads to forefoot pain. High heels also create a balance problem; as you force your knees and hips forward, it may lead to pain and discomfort in your back and legs.

# Sneakers

They are typically used for athletic purposes. But  today it is nick -named as casual shoes which can be worn at any wear except formal meetings. But who knows wearing them formally can be the next fashion trend.  Though kicks are easy to use, foot hygiene is very important and should not be ignored.

Sports guys ! make sure to check your feet every day, wash them and keep them dry for a few hours and don’t forget to trim your toe nails to avoid injury.

Catbird Black Women'S Casual Shoes

Mobile Phone Buying Guide – Phone Camera

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Simply Point, Shoot and Tell your story.

In today’s world, a snapshot of every moment in and around life has become so effortless with the advent of camera in phones. This special inbuilt feature in the phone, means a lot,  it means we always have it with ourselves and we won’t miss a single opportunity to smile bright.

Now what are the basic specs you have to go through to become a pro?

  • Is it megapixels??? Or a flash???

What if I choose a phone that is camera first and phone second.

Pixels:- Pixel  is digital imaging, it is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen.

One million pixels =one megapixel.

The number of megapixels relates to the quality of a picture a camera is capable of producing. The higher the number of pixels the clearer the image will be. In the early days of digital photography, when you got less than one megapixel, photos had little to no detail, often appearing “blocky” and “pixilated.” But anything above 5 megapixels is worth it. All you have to do is just point-and-shoot.

Flash:- Well there are two types of flashes one is led flash and other is xenon flash . Almost all of us want a camera phone that does a decent job at home. You can’t fit studio lights and an expensive lens into your pocket, so you need a flash that does the same thing. The answer is GO for xenon flash lights. They are 10,000 times brighter than an led flash, and if you want to capture the minute details then it is always better to prefer xenon light flash.

Now coming back to the question

Is it megapixels??

Is it Flash Light??

Well guys the more the better! higher the megapixels combined with xenon flash light, then you have hit a jackpot.

Some of the best features available on smartphones @

Model Flash: Camera sensor Camera Mp Features:
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Dual LED 1/3″ 8” Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus (Phase detection), Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LED 1/2.6″ 16” Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Samsung Galaxy K zoom Xenon 1/2.3″ 20.7 “ Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Autofocus, Optical image stabilization, AF Assist Beam, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Blink detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge  LED 1/2.6″ 16” Optical image stabilization, Manual focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Voice activation, Self-timer, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Nokia Lumia 1020 LED, Xenon 1/1.5″ 41 Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Optical image stabilization, AF Assist Beam, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer

So don’t forget to go through camera specifications while you go online shopping for mobiles.




Bring joy to your teacher, Sep 5th

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The Upanishads hail of learning as follows:

AchArya poorva roopam, antEvA uttara roopam, vidyA sandhi:, pravachanam sandhAnam, iti adhi vidyam.

The teacher is the prior form, The pupil is the latter form, learning is the junction and the instruction given by the teacher is the catalyst. This is quality education.

On September 5th, Teachers’ day, let us remember all our teachers who have been our guiding light in our life.  Guru is “one who dispels darkness of ignorance”. “Gu” means “darkness of ignorance” and “Ru” means “one who removes”.

Teachers can do wonders in the life of a student more than a parent . On 5th of September we celebrate teachers day to pay our respects to them. Parents give birth to a child whereas teachers nurture their talents and shape his/her character to make their future meaningful. Let us never forget or ignore them; instead always respect and love them. Teachers spend their entire life molding thousands of children in their life time and that’s why teaching is indeed a noble profession.  A little extension in fact, every day we also keep learning from  parents, our grandparents, co-workers and friends.

If you really agree with our sentiments on teacher’s day, how about taking efforts to update your mobile contact list with your teacher’s phone numbers?  How about calling them or surprising them this teacher’s day with a bouquet of flowers or some plants.  Sure the day would be the happiest for your teacher.

Share your joys and respects with your teacher with Teachers’ Day Gifts from  You can choose from a variety of ideas like:

Momento:- See the joy on your teacher’s face by gifting her this cute photo frame. You can put your photo or a group photo with all your  friends in her batch.

Pens and Diaries:- Dear students, this is  a classic way to show your teacher, the pioneer one who introduced you how to read and write in this world. Gift them with the premium pens available at Pen, a pinnacle of perfection and class moulded into an exquisite writing instrument that bends and curls on the premium notebook that serves the desire of the perceptive individual who aims for the best.

Sheaffer Roller Ball Pen

Latest Gadgets:-You can always surprise teachers with the latest brands of electronics available to you at Every person likes to exhibit  trendy gadgets. brings you the latest electronic products.   A onetime click and capture of loveable memories will mean much to your loved ones –   A camera might not be a bad idea.”!!!  You can find plenty of brands in gadgets from First-class mobiles to the latest smart watches available online  with the best deals and offers.

"Apple iPod shuffle 2GB 5GEN"

Unique gifts for matchless teachers: – Get interesting with bouquets,  chocolate truffles, greeting cards and desktop accessories.

Home décor:- Articles such as a wall décor, clocks or mini furniture.

Aakrati Brass Decorative Bell Yellow, Pack of 1

Real Indoor Plants:- Or go green and gift your teacher some indoor plants so she remembers you every time she  waters it.

Nurturing Green Indoor Plant Golden Pothos Ceramic Pot RedSo don’t forget to call and wish your teacher on September 5th.  Happy Teachers’ Day

Must Have Car Accessories

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Furnishing your car with the requisite accessories is what really makes your drive or travel most comfortable. Especially when you are out on a long journey, preparing your car to behave like a mobile home is worth the effort. You can buy a wide range of car accessories online at CVALUE.
# Car Interiors

car interiors

Car Seat Covers  are very essential as they protect your seats from accidental spills and stains. You can chose from a variety of materials like fabric, leather or rubber depending on your choice.

Car floor mats can be placed at the floor of the car to manage dust from shoes. Car floor mats are available in fabric/carpet material or plastic/rubber material. The rubber car mats are washable and easy to maintain. You can also buy mobile phone holders and mobile phone mats to hold mobiles from falling down while on the move.

Car Perfumes and car fresheners keep the air fresh and free from car odour.  Music, no doubt is the life of a car drive. You can choose from a wide range of brands in car audio systems.    Car window curtains and windshields can keep the car dark during the day if you want to be away from the glare of sunlight.  Buy car amplifiers and car woofers from brands like Infinity, Kicker, Cadence, etc. You can also shop for portable car speakers from

# Car Exteriors

car exteriors

Exterior protection for your car not only gives your car that shiny new look but also encourages you to do it yourself. Always have a car scratch remover in your car so you can bring your car back to normal within a few minutes. To protect your car from denting you may want to attach a car side beading.  And if your car still faces a dent, don’t worry about it. You can quickly remove the dent if you have a car dent remover. Do not forget to buy a car body cover to protect your car from rain and dust.

Your car is like your baby so protect and take care of your car.