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Homemade packs to deeply hydrate your hands and make them soft and smooth



Who does not love soft and pretty hands? Our hands do most of the chores in our daily routines. It’s not just our body that feels tired but our hands also show the signs of efforts they put in our everyday lives. They need our pampering and lots of care to be in good shape. While you may be tempted to pay a visit to your beauty salon, spending some time with your hands by pampering them on your own is more effective or valuable than what money can bring from the parlour services. All it takes your own little effort.

The routine starts with cleaning your hands thoroughly. Your hands tend to collect a lot of dirt, sweat and bacteria as they are exposed to most of the daily chores. If not cleaned properly, they can get rough and infected. To clean your hands thoroughly, take a small tub. Fill it three-fourth with lukewarm water. Add juice of a lemon and few drops of any herbal shower gel into it. Mix well. Dip your hands into this solution for eight to ten minutes. Scrub them with a loofah. Rinse with normal water and pat dry. Do not forget to scrub the spaces in between your fingers. That’s where the dirt, dust and bacteria rest for long.

Never neglect your hands. Here are some homemade packs that can do miracles to your damaged hands:

Take one tablespoon of organic honey. Add one tablespoon of raw whole milk and one teaspoon of oats powder into it. Mix well. Apply this paste on both sides of your hands and leave to dry for 20 minutes. Rinse with tap water. Pat dry. Apply cocoa butter cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly and wear gloves overnight.

Take one teaspoon of glycerine, one tablespoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of rose water. Mix well. Apply on clean hands and let it rest for 30 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Apply cocoa butter cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly. Wear gloves overnight.

Take one tablespoon of semolina. Add two tablespoons of raw wholesome milk and few drops of olive oil. Mix well. Apply on hands and massage for few minutes. Let it rest for 10 to 20 minutes. Wash with tap water and pat dry. Apply Vaseline petroleum jelly or cocoa butter cream. Wear gloves overnight.

Take half a cup of orange juice. Blend half banana with it. Add few drops of rose water into this paste. Mix well. Apply this pack on your hands and let it dry for 30 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Apply cocoa butter cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly and wear gloves to lock in the moisture overnight.

Take two teaspoons of bentonite clay. Add two tablespoons of yogurt and few drops of pure coconut oil. Mix well. Apply this paste on your hands and let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Apply Vaseline petroleum jelly or cocoa butter cream and wear gloves for overnight moisturising.

Mix one tablespoon each of cucumber juice, lemon juice, tomato juice and one teaspoon of glycerine together. Apply this solution on your hands and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Moisturise them with coca butter cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly and wear gloves immediately.

To have soft, smooth and pretty hands, you do not need to spend hours in parlours. You could be doing a far better job by adopting any of these natural packs which can provide you with the most effective long-term benefits. All these packs will help you get smoother and softer hands. Apply any of them which suits you the most on alternate days or at least twice a week. You can apply all these packs in rotation too. Try to apply them before going to bed so that they can heal your hands overnight. Rinse them after few minutes with plain water and pat dry. Do not forget to apply cocoa butter cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly before sleeping. Wear gloves after applying it to keep them moisturised overnight. This way you will notice within a week or two that the texture of the skin of your hands has improved a lot. You can also use natural almond or coconut oil instead of cocoa butter cream or petroleum jelly to moisturise your hands overnight.



Chef Vikas Khanna’s drive to feed the hungry started due to a spam mail



Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna, whose debut film as a director The Last Color was in contention for an Oscar nomination at the last Academy Awards, has taken a break from both culinary and filmmaking duties to turn focus on social service.

Khanna claims he is so busy these days organising a massive food distribution drive through a social media campaign that he has initiated that he has no time to even think about the release of his directorial debut.

Khanna’s drive, #FeedIndia, aims at providing meals and essential supplies to thousands of dabbawalas in Mumbai as well as widows in Vrindavan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“It started from a spam e-mail. On April 1, I saw an e-mail that said, ‘after lockdown in India, there are oldage homes and all they need is your attention’. I deleted that mail. But sometimes it happens that you board a wrong train but it leaves you at the right destination, and that’s what happened with me in this case,” he recalled.

Khanna continued, “It was a spam e-mail but the pictures in the e-mail, where old people were lying down without food, broke my heart because I have earlier worked with oldage homes and leprosy centres and I knew that they generally have storage of food. Then I tweeted about the issue to check whether it was true or not and after that, we got hundreds of e-mails. We didn’t know people paid attention to our tweets but I started getting messages from various places including Goa and Karnataka.”

The 48-year-old Amritsar-bred chef added that National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) helped him to execute his plans. Over the course of nearly 80 days, Khanna says he has distributed 14 million meals in orphanages, old-age homes, leprosy centres, widow ashrams as well as among migrant workers, across 125 Indian cities with the help of the organisation.

About releasing his film, Khanna said, “Honestly, I don’t have time to breath because of this whole situation. So, as of now I am not even thinking about the release of my film.”

The Last Color is a film about the age-old taboo surrounding widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi, who struggles daily for survival on the streets. The teaser of the film featuring Neena Gupta was released at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.


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Nitish Raj Receives Advance Royalty for 25,000 Copies



The acclaimed author and literary critic, Nitish Raj had received an advance royalty of 25,000 copies for his upcoming masterpiece, Love In Modern Times by P.R Productions and Publishers. Mr. Raj had also earlier published a novel. His columns and literary criticisms have got published in various media houses of national and international repute. 

In the words of Mr. Raj; “There is no shortcut to success, inspite of that we need to be  consistent. Today’s youngsters are good when it comes to hard work but they lack direction. If we understand what we are running for in the current time frame, the destiny and destinations are not very far.”  Prateek Sharma; Founder, P.R Productions & Publishers says, “This book of Mr. Raj contains 20 different stories which had touched the depths of the emotions of the mere mortals. And I more than sure that readers will fall in love with it.”

This deal has been facilitated by Literia Insight and his Founder, Vikash Saxena says, “I am very happy that our author has received an Advance Royalty of 25,000 copies which is a unique feat in itself. The budding writers should focus on writing something which could be a torchbearer to the society. It should be at a level which could help us to understand the difference between the right and wrong aspects of society. Writers should be focused towards quality writing. I hope that young writers would understand this fact and will enrich us with quality writing.”

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‘Include Yoga as part of online learning programmes’: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu



On the International Yoga Day, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged educational institutions to include Yoga as part of online learning programmes being conducted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to improve immunity.

Vice President’s remarks came at the digital ‘Yoga and Meditation Shivir’ organised by SPIC MACAY on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

“I am glad that ‘UNICEF Kid Power’ has listed 13 Yoga stretches and poses for children,” Naidu said.

Observing that the 5,000-year-old tradition is not a mere workout, he said, “It is a science that emphasizes balance, poise, grace, equanimity, peace and harmony”.

Calling for large-scale scientific experimentation to further explore the immense possibilities of Yoga as a wellness solution, Naidu said Yoga as a mode of therapy or Yog Chikitsa has become extremely popular. He said that a large number of studies offer scientific evidence for its potential to treat a number of diseases.

Referring to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical and mental health of the people, the Vice President said, “Indeed the world is going through challenging times and we simply cannot allow the pandemic to get the better of us. We have to unite and put up a stronger fight and to ensure that we are healthy, both physically and mentally.”

He said that yoga can be an effective solution for the high level of stress that the pandemic has created in our lives. “Yoga is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health and its full potential must be harnessed,” he added.

Pointing out that the pandemic is not the only health crisis that has threatened the wellbeing of the people, he expressed concern over the increase in lifestyle diseases.

Quoting WHO, he said it was estimated that 63 per cent of all deaths in India in 2016 were because of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). “Yoga remains an incredibly simple but powerful instrument to prevent and control lifestyle diseases,” Naidu observed.


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