How to cleanse safely?

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Maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen is a big challenge for any homemaker. If you want to enhance your sense of well being within the house, then opting for environment-friendly products should be your first priority. One of the major areas of the kitchen which you need to pay major attention to is the kitchen sink. Normally people apply wasp sprays in order to clean the area. Often, a little amount of poison leaks out of the bottles, which then wafts around the kitchen. As a cleansing precaution, you can place products with signal words within a locked cupboard. Try to minimize their use in your kitchen cleaning exercise.

The next area which you need to pay attention to is the oven. First and foremost, you need to remove the oven racks as well as oven thermometer along with other things which you have inside the kitchen. Then, mix a ½ spoon of baking soda and mix it with some water in a bowl. Make sure that the paste can be spread easily. To make sure that the spread has the required consistency, you should take about 2 tablespoons of water. Then, spread it over all the inner parts of the oven, except the heating elements. You should use gloves as a safety cleansing measure. With the help of gloves, you can remove all the dirt. Baking soda is really effective in removing the brownish color. Give more attention to the areas of the oven which contain more grease.

Let the baking soda mixture to rest for around 10-12 hours. You can cleanse the oven racks in between. But make sure that all residue of baking soda is removed. Cleaning a cast iron pan is a challenging task. You cannot afford to use liquid soap on a cast-iron pan as it will ruin its non-stick surface. One of the best cleansing precautions you can take to clean the pan is to use salt. You can use a few tablespoons of salt and paper towel for rinsing. Once you have done that, refill the oil film by filling the inner surface with cooking oil. Housewives often run out of ideas to remove stains from coffee cups. In case you are looking for an instant solution to the issue, then you should scrub them with an equal proportion of salt and vinegar.

One of the most common kitchen appliances which people tend to ignore is knives. Knives tend to develop rust spots if left in water over a long time period. One of the most suitable ways to maintain their shine and sharpness is by applying lemon juice and a sponge to remove rust stains. Once you incorporate these tips in your day to day cleaning activities, maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen will not seem an uphill task for you. It will become the center of attention for friends and relatives who drop in at your place and make your neighbors go green with envy.

© Sheela Joby

 

 

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Vacations – A necessity to remain sane

Vacations! Best stress busters. Let’s Go!!

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Vacations give you relaxation and adventure. Vacation can be seen as a sanction of absence from the job for an outing. The outing can vary from a few hours to several days. The aim of vacation is enjoyment and tourism. The vacation may or may not coincide with festival, birthdays, and anniversaries. The more the merrier is the theme so friends and relatives make a group with vacationer.  A lengthy gap from work in the form of;-

  • Year discontinuity
  • Sabbatical

May be used to freshen oneself from routine.

The idea of catching up with vacation is modern in nature. It is almost two centuries old. In days gone by travel as a form of enjoyed was the sole right of the wealthy. It was at the time not affordable by the general public which is not the case now.

The communication technology has brought distance nearer through the use of;-

  • Internet
  • Mobile technology
  • Quick messaging
  • Skype
  • Videos
  • Teleconferencing

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Thus a person may be absent from the workplace but not missing from the work sphere. He may be working from some other location. Thus this is not considered a vacation as work of occupation is not abandoned. The demands of technology may make feel a person more stressed out. The psychological impact is stress.  Vacation aims to take a break from the job, break from routine and other commands of life so you get back to work fresh and full of energy.

Highlights of vacations

  • Vacations can revive your inner self into discovery
  • Vacation can keep away burnout and bring about productivity in the job sphere
  • The body batteries are recharged and stress diminishes. You return a healthy you.
  • The psychological factors like mood are elevated, the sleep cycle is restored, and there is more personal time to evaluate life. The satisfaction from life goes up.
  • Family bonds are established and restored. The stress of difficult periods is curtailed and declines
  • The quality of life is enhanced and later occupation is embraced with a zest.
  • The stress is relieved and there is a desire to do well in life.

Vacation is affordable

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Keep on giving a gift of the vacation to yourself periodically. The routine of the stress of daily life is to be suspended as often as you can. The duration of the vacation is not fixed. It can be from few days to few weeks or few months. Once back to work the interest in job gets better and the person takes the stress at his strides without feeling bogged down under pressure. You become ready for the worse as well. Those you can’t afford a vacation there are many options in the cheap vacation segment. Hostel and camp living are not adverse situations. A backpack tourist can see the world for less money.

Vacation and stress significance

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If you happen to experience stress in daily life or job you will sustain it without recognizing the symptoms of burnout situation. Everyone has a different reaction to stress. Crush and defeat signs may be equally different. However, some symptoms are common to all. These include;-

  • Depletion of energy
  • Deficit motivation
  • More often frustration signs
  • Tepid health signs like lack of sleep

If you experience any of these plans a break and out to tourist destinations like the beaches, historically rich places, colder regions and just laze around. Ponder at times on issues that affect you; you are likely to get a solution like a talk with the boss, transfer etc. Tackle stress before it engulfs you. On vacation, the mind is at peace and you devote some time to self-care. Body functions well.

Travel and freedom

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It can assist stress relief in several ways;-

Fresh atmosphere and warming sunshine are pleasing and great for health. Fresh air enhances oxygen in the blood and the body feels energized. Play and physical exercise are relaxing they diminish tension. You can undertake any of the following like trekking, mountain climbing, riding, or idling at the beach. So long you enjoy what you do relieves stress. Schedules of work are broken.  Sleep and talk times are there when you want it.  There are no laptops and ringing mobiles to irritate you.  Freedom acts as a fillip.

Chronic stress affects you physically. Your ability to oppose infection goes down. When you are stressed out it tires you; your blood vessels have affected and you can meet some unexpected accident. Food is not digested well. The cells of the body may be altered for the worse. Decisions are not correctly made and you face the consequences. You become isolated lonely and depressed. Think of vacation before it is too late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KERALA FLOODS RELIEF

Someone rightly said, “Strength lies in unity”. A nation that stands together for its people can never lose its strength.  The immense rainfall in the southwest region of Kerala has drowned almost 14 districts of the state due to natural calamities like floods and landslides. People all over India are contributing wholeheartedly for the victims of Kerala flood. Gone are those days, when you have no way to extend your support to people in mess.  The Government of India has also released an additional amount of 500 Cr for providing flood relief.  About 1,067 relief camps have been set up at government schools, colleges, anganwadis, churches and auditoriums all across Kerala sheltering two lakh people. The CM of Karnataka has announced 5 lakh rupees compensation for the people who have lost their houses in floods. The CM of UP, Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs. 15 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund for flood-hit Kerala. Madhya Pradesh, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has released Rs 10 crores as assistance for flood-hit Kerala. From Punjab region, 1 lakh packets of food products consisting water bottles, skimmed milk, biscuits & sugar is being sent to Halwara airport in Ludhiana. CM Capt Amarinder Singh had announced Rs 10 crores worth of immediate relief also Rs 5 cr in form of ready-to-eat food material.

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Other than money Operation madad has been launched for the 3 badly affected regions namely Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Pathanamthitta. The SNC rescue teams have been augmented by Gemini boats, divers and other resources from both Eastern and Western Naval Commands of the India Navy. 72 diving teams have been deployed across multiple locations in Kerala. Many aircrafts namely  ALH, Sea King, Chetak and MI 17 have been on duty for days. The Odisha government has deployed 240 fire service personnel for Kerala relief and rescue operations.

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The central government has also made railways free for transportation of relief material for Kerala through various State Govt. agencies, PSUs&other Govt agencies.  Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is also helping in sending flood relief material to Kodagu and Kerala via road at free of cost and has also deployed 3 Airavat club class buses to pick more than 150 people stranded in Kerala’s Thrissur, from Palghat to Mangalore for free of cost.  Indian Airforce is dropping relief material in many regions.  The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is providing medicines in order to prevent vector-borne diseases acute diarrhoeal diseases, zoonotic diseases, snake bites and dog bites due to flood and is focusing on disinfection of drinking water sources.

A big Salute goes to the fisherman of Kerala who put their life at stake to save the stranded people. They are still with the rescue work. Fishermen had brought 100 boats into Kerala waters for helping in rescue operations. They are not doing this out of duty or compulsion but out of their own will. No wonder ties of humanity are inseparable

You must be thinking this all governmental efforts but nearly all party members to donate their one month salary towards Kerala relief fund, All the relief camps set up in various parts are doing a wonderful job, all are helping each other. Many celebrities, employees,, industrialists, small business owners, bankers, engineers and the list goes on and on as people from all walks of life are contributing towards the cause. And this is not just a help but your selfless actions are contributing to mending lives.

© Sheela Joby

 

 

 

 

KERALA FLOODS – 2 continuation article

Kerala, the land of God is its worst condition at present due to an act of god hitting hard on them. There is only one thing on every citizen of Kerala i.e.”Rain, rain, go away come again another day, Let our houses stay”.  The immense rainfall in the southwest region of Kerala has drowned almost 14 districts of the state due to natural calamities like floods and landslides.  Kerala has faced this kind of situation before in 1924. The situation got worse due to the opening of thirty- seven out of forty- two dams and reservoirs in order to drain out the excess water from the catchment area. As this was the only way to control rising water levels. The district administrations already gave adequate warnings to people living along the river banks to move to upper regions. But excess rainfall played the villain. Also, it was for the first time in last 24 years that shutters of Cheruthoni, one of the largest dams of the Asian- subcontinent were opened to release an extensive quantity of water into the Periyar and Chalakudy River and its tributaries.

According to the latest reports of Meteorological Department, Kerala has received 37.49 percent of rainfall from 1 June to 16 August, whereas the average monsoon range is around 19 %.  The Ernakulam, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, and Malappuram districts are flooded due to excess rainfall and the hilly districts of Idukki and Wayanad are in worst condition due to landslides.

According to the latest statistics, a total number of 324 people have been killed, out of 14 districts in the southwestern region; twelve districts are on red alert.  The government has put around 52 teams of Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Fire Force and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to carry out the rescue operations.  The 12 columns of the army and other 10 army engineering teams are posted at low-lying districts namely Ernakulam, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, and Kannur. 23 IAF choppers are being used to airlift people stranded on the higher platforms of their homes and apartments. About 43 NDRF teams are posted on landslip- prone regions and five diving teams of the navy are also put in action to evacuate stranded people in swollen regions. Around 330 boats are moving around worst affected regions to save people. Last night, 12 additional teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) consisting of 540 personnel have also been sent to Kerala.

TERRIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION AT KERALA

The Government of India has also released an amount of 100 Cr for providing flood relief.  About 1,067 relief camps have been set up at government schools, colleges, anganwadis, churches and auditoriums all across Kerala sheltering two lakh people. People are given basic amenities like food, clean water, toilet facilities with the support of panchayats and local private organizations.

BOATS AT RESCUE

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Kochi Airports have been shut on 15 August till 18 August as rain has returned to create a lot more havoc. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has also canceled their bus services from the Bengaluru region to Kannanur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod region of Kerala as all the major roads and highways are completely flooded. Kochi Metro services and Railways have also been shut down of 16 August.

FLOODED KOCHI AIRPORT

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The government has announced disbursement of 4 lakh rupees to the family of the dead person, 10 lakh to people who lost their homes completely and 3800 rupees to each and every person in a relief camp. The government is trying its level best to provide safety and shelter to stranded people. The CM of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan is constantly appealing for the donation from people all across the nation. CM recently tweeted-

“Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps. Your help can rebuild the lives of the affected. Donate to https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in   #StandWithKerala.”

HELPLINE NUMBERS

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Everyone dreams of having a roof over their head, but nature has turned the world upside down. But now it is our job to help people dream again and fulfill their dreams. Wondering, what we can do other than donating money.

We can abstain from spreading rumors via social media platforms like Whats app, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more. You can also spread the helpline numbers (given below) given by the government for information about flood situations. If nothing, then you can pray for the well being and safety of people of Kerala as most of us believe God to be an ultimate creator. Help Kerala people to fight the savage rainfall of the century.

© Sheela Joby

 

FLOODS IN KERALA

Floods in Kerala occurred on 8 August 2018 is a result of an unusually severe amount of southwest monsoon rains. Many people died due to floods. It was first time in the history the five gates of Idukki Dam were opened at the same time when the heavy rains in Wayanad region of Kerala have left the hilly district completely isolated. Out of 39 reservoirs, 35 reservoirs were opened. According to a death toll, around 67 people have died from 8 August to 15 August 2018. According to the latest reports of Metrological Department, 14 districts are on red alert with around 36,000 people displaced in a few days. The Government with the help of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), KSDMA (Kerala State Disaster Management Authority), Indian army, Indian Navy, and Airforce has evacuated around 1 lakh people. The 4 army personnel had been deployed in Kerala namely- Madras Regiment, DSC Kannur, Engineering Task Force and Engineering Task Force

Kochi Nedumbaserry Airport has been shut down on 15 August till 18 August as rain has returned to create a lot more havoc. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has also canceled their bus services from the Bengaluru region to Kannanur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod region of Kerala.

This is the first time Kerala have been stuck in flood after 1924. The drinking water and power supply has also been affected badly. 70-year-old women got electrocuted as her house got submerged in water near Pathanamthitta. Several parts of the states of Kerala haven’t received power supply and water from last 5 days. In the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, an old man died as the wall of his house collapsed. Due to the terrible conditions of town and cities, the water from the Mullaperiyar Dam has also become a matter of concern. Tamil Nadu has agreed to draw more water from Mullaperiyar Dam in order to reduce its water level from 142 feet to 139 feet. The floods aren’t just enough to create the havoc even landslides have also become a matter of huge concern. Two landslides occurred in Idukki on 15 August, killed 5 people.

The Idukki dam has been opened again in a week as Idukki, the hilltop district which attracts most of the tourist to Kerala is on the high vigil due to increased discharge from Cheruthoni dam. There were many tourists stuck in that place, the government is evacuating tourists from those regions. In about 60 tourists were saved from the Munnar region where all the roads, resorts and properties were destroyed by the flood. The government has released a special notification for the people living in near the Periyar banks in Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur should follow the directions given by district collectors of these districts and quickly move to relief camps as soon as possible. There is relief camp set up for those displaced by Kerala floods which have also come under the threat of flood water. The Ernakulam camp has about 23,000 people. The Indian navy has started a relief camp in Aluva region in order to coordinate the rescue operations smoothly. It is the time of need for all the people of Kerala and I believe this Independence day we should pledge to help and protect them in whatever way we can. The CM of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has requested people to contribute to the relief funds. You can send money via cheque or Demand Draft (DD), or Internet Banking. Please find the details mentioned below:

Name of Donee: CMDRF
Account number: 67319948232

Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram

IFSC: SBIN0070028
PAN detail: AAAGD0584M
SWIFT CODE: SBININBBT08

                                                                                                      ….. to be continued…

© Sheela Joby

Why Entrepreneurs are adopting Co-working Spaces

From a flexible work environment to the opportunity to meet a number of like-minded people, there is certainly something special about this idea of co-working offices or spaces. Perhaps these are the key reasons that have motivated the budding entrepreneurs to move out of their cluttered bed-rooms or from their lazy sofas and move into a more productive environment.

But how actually these co-working spaces help the entrepreneurs build up a more productive and growth-oriented business environment. Let’ have a look.

Certainly a better environment than the next door coffee shop

Just get out of your lazy pyjamas and get working.

Usually, the entrepreneurs or freelance workers preferred to work from their own bedrooms, nearby coffee shops or restaurants etc. But, these places don’t offer you the right environment to concentrate on your work. Be it the excessive crowd and the unreliable internet connection in the café or the lazy surroundings of your bedroom, these factors act as biggest hurdles for your productive work routine. On the other hand, a co-working space allows you a flexible environment with the required amount of privacy to concentrate on the growth of your business.

Valuable professional connections

The more strong your business connections will grow, the higher will be the chances of your success.

This is perhaps the most important aspect of the growth of your business. Co-working office spaces give you a chance to collaborate with like-minded as well as seasoned professionals that allows you to learn crucial elements of business and management or get new and refreshing ideas. Even the experienced professionals can yield benefits from the innovative mindset of young and budding entrepreneurs, allowing all the members to reap mutual benefits from these co-working spaces.

Co-working spaces are rich in amenities

No need to worry about the loose leg of your chair or your busted charging socket, the co-working space providers will do that for you.

A reliable internet connection, a properly set working desk with suitable furniture, encouraging and refreshing interiors and décor, fully furnished and ready to serve kitchen, regular refreshments and what not. Majority of the co-working spaces offer you a fully structured environment with latest office amenities. The layout of the co-working space is structured precisely to boost your concentration on work and let you focus on a single goal, that is, the success of your business.

This is perhaps one of the most important factors that motivate the freelancers and entrepreneurs to opt for co-working spaces, as they can just move in and get to their work without worrying about even the simplest of the things.

Stability plus flexibility- it’s just your choice

So what do you prefer “A traditional office like environment” or a “Flexible structure for work”?

You might be amongst those people who prefer a typical 9-5 job environment for your work or a flexible environment with breaks, night-long works. Co-working spaces can serve both your requirements with ease. It offers you just the exact working environment that you desire.

So be it a structured and stable routine or flexible working environment co-working spaces are surely a reliable source. You can easily find affordable co-working spaces in Mumbai, Delhi and other key metro cities of India, to give wings to your business.

© Sheela Joby

Sheela Joby, is  a  freelance writer and blogger from India with an experience of 14yrs, she writes  on SEO, CV/Resume, Photography, press release, yoga, food, Medical, Biotechnology, finance, law, fashion,, short stories, poems, entertainment, Events etc Her written work abilities might be affirmed autonomously at  different websites You may take in more of her writingsathttps://sjindia2013.wordpress.com/Email: sjindia2013@gmail.com,
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