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India For Children: Introduction To India For Kids

India For Kids

I am excited to announce that I have published a new book called "India For Children: Introduction To India For Kids". Its a small book about India for kids and adults who are wants to learn about India. There are plenty of real photos of kids and adults of India. A range of topics has been covered in the book keeping children in mind. The book is available on all Amazon stores. Click on the image below to see the book. 

Here's a review I received from PS Winn an author from the USA. 

This book is a great way for not only kids but adults to learn about India. The author adds in information about the people, the history, animals, climate, geography, language religion and more including facts about Bollywood. Shalu Sharma has packed an incredible amount of information in a small enough book that is well written and parents can be guaranteed that kids will never get bored reading it. The author has added in great photographs that add to the story. Thanks to the author for making learning fun by sharing accurate facts in a great book of information.

10 inspirational quotes about life struggles and success

Sometimes it’s hard going about doing your daily routine and this where some inspirational quotes about life can come in handy.

So here are 10 inspirational quotes about life struggles and success that you might wish to read and get inspired.  

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security – John Allen Paulos.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself – Harvey Fierstein.

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. - Jack Canfield.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are – John Wooden.

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away – Shing Xiong.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives – William Ross Wallace.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be – Marcel Pagnol.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu.

Hope you have liked these 10 inspirational quotes about life struggles and successes. Feel free to write your favourite quotes about life in the comments section. You might wish to buy my book “Inspirational Journal to Write In” where you will find 100 inspirational quotes and spaces to write in. It is available on all Amazon stores. 

Benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil was considered unhealthy and full of saturated fat. But recent scientific studies have shown that it has many benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits documented in scientific literature.

Virgin coconut oil, rich in antioxidants, was shown to attenuate hypertension. Virgin coconut oil has a potential to reduce the development of hypertension and renal injury induced by dietary heated oil, possibly via its antioxidant protective effects on the kidneys.

Kamisa et al. 2016 Appl Physiol Nutr Metab.

As compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in other cooking oils, the medium-chain fats in Medium-chain triglycerides are far less likely to be stored in adipose tissue, do not give rise to 'ectopic fat' metabolites that promote insulin resistance and inflammation, and may be less likely to activate macrophages.

McCarty and DiNicolantonio. 2016. Open Heart.

Coconut oil even though rich in saturated fatty acids in comparison to sunflower oil when used as cooking oil media over a period of 2 years did not change the lipid-related cardiovascular risk factors and events in those receiving standard medical care. Vijayakumar et al. 2016. Indian Heart J.
Chlorhexidine andcoconut oil have shown significant antifungal activity which is comparable with ketoconazole.

Shino et al. 2016. Scientifica (Cairo).

Virgin Coconut Oil could be an efficient nutraceutical in preventing the development of diet induced insulin resistance and associated complications possibly through its antioxidant efficacy. Narayanankutt. 2016. J Food Sci Technol.

It was observed that the nutritional treatment associated with extra virgin coconut oil consumption reduced the CC and increased HDL-C levels in patients with coronary artery disease.

Cardoso et al. 2015. Nutr Hosp.

Virgin coconut oil consumption during chemotherapy helped improve the functional status and global  quality of life of breast cancer patients. In addition, it reduced the symptoms related to side effects of chemotherapy.

Law et al. 2014. Lipids Health Dis.

Supplementation of virgin coconut oil has beneficial effects on lipid parameters by reducing lipogenesis and enhancing the rate of fatty acid catabolism; this effect was mediated at least in part via PPARĪ±-dependent pathways. Thus, dietary VCO reduces the risk for coronary heart disease by beneficially modulating the synthesis and degradation of fatty acids.

Packing list for India

Here's my first attempt to create an infographic. This one is about the packing list for India. Those considering visiting India should bring these items. These 10 items is a must in a packing list for India. Please note some of the items have been categorised while some item stand out individually.

Packing list for India

Spirituality - Definition - The True Inner Meaning

Spirituality - Definition - The True Inner Meaning
By Vijay Kumar Jain

Spirituality is one word which puts a human being on the highest pedestal of life. It is field of Spirituality traveling on which one reaches the last leg of cosmic life nay the form of human being himself!

The goal of Spirituality is attaining salvation (moksha in Hinduism)! From the beginning of the first manifestation as an amoeba to the last manifestation (the 8.4 millionth manifestation)... the goal of every life remains the same.

The phase of life as a human being announces that the life has come full circle. It is only as a human being that one can get enlightened (reach the stage of Nirvikalpa samadhi) and attain salvation (moksha in Hinduism). Reaching the stage of enlightenment is the last step in the field of Spirituality.

Spirituality is living life as it was meant to be... not as we may have desired or wanted living it. Living a life of choice is not the forte of all human beings. Those on the path of pure Spirituality... the true seekers of Spirituality are sometimes able to manifest destiny by establishing absolute control over it.

It is a certain fact that only the true seekers of Spirituality become the masters of their destiny. Knowingly or unknowingly many people who have a materialistic goal in life travel the path of Spirituality and become successful in life. It was not a happening by chance... all was the result of a law which cannot err. These highly acclaimed individuals unknowingly tread the path of pure Spirituality and achieved the goal of their life.

Spirituality in other terms means that before we ask God the Almighty for material riches to be bestowed upon us... we need to compensate by giving something equivalent or more back to the community. This is the path undertaken by most successful entrepreneurs.

In terms of Spirituality we are not supposed to get anything unless we promise to do something in return... in the system of God there is fair play all throughout. As we desire... so shall be the corresponding karma we would be required to perform. Mere false promises bring us nothing.

It was the forte of JRD Tata that he always loved his country and the countryman. The benefit of the society was foremost in his mind all the time. The prime reason why the Tata Empire is known as the foundation builder of India! Tata name itself is representative of building a technological Empire for the benefit of entire nation. This is what Spirituality is all about.

JRD Tata was a trustee par excellence. According to him everything belonged to God and he was merely a trustee carrying out the dictates of God. In his lifetime he never built a house for himself. His love for the material riches of life did not seem to exist at all. His every endeavor was aimed at improving the quality of life of human life and the country as a whole.

What a noble persona JRD Tata was... a true karma yogi indeed! He did not live Spirituality rather Spirituality lived in him. He was a perfect example of how a true spiritual seeker must live his life. JRD may have never admitted that he lived a spiritual life but unknowingly he practiced Spirituality every moment of his life.

JRD Tata followed the dictates of Bhagwad Gita throughout his life unknowingly. Apart from being a true karma yogi... he also excelled in teaching the core values to the society. He was one of the rarest kinds that have ever dwelled on mother earth as material riches and comforts in life never attracted him come whatever may.

JRD Tata excelled in human values to the extent that even most accomplished people on the path of pure Spirituality get dwarfed by his accomplishments. Spirituality is not only seeking the domain of God but even in day-to-day matters of life every human being needs to practice Spirituality.

The famous saying, "whatever we want others to do unto us... we should do unto them" forms the core teachings of Spirituality. It is not merely a saying. It has to be practiced in reality as was preached and advocated by Napoleon hill in his famous books "think and grow rich", "master key to riches" and the famous "law of success in sixteen lessons".

These three Bible books by Napoleon hill... "Think and grow rich", "master key to riches" and the famous "law of success in sixteen lessons" form the core of Spirituality. There is no argument about that. At every stage Napoleon hill has prophesied that before we can expect anything from God we need to give something back to the community. He was also a true practitioner of Spirituality from heart.

Spirituality definitely helps one take control of destiny. As we proceed on the path of pure Spirituality we tend to develop a positive approach towards life. Reeling all the time under a positive attitude of mind... One is able to fine-tune those critical aspects of life which are an absolute must if one needs to become the master of his own destiny.

Spirituality makes a perfect man out of a negative thinker. In the field of Spirituality there is no place for any negative thinking. One who has fixed a goal in life and always indulges in positive oriented thinking can not be a loser in life. It can never happen!

Spirituality imbibes the following virtues in a human being:

Spirituality makes you feel all the time that there is something higher than the mere existence as a human being.

Spirituality spells out that God exists within every living being as our soul (the atman within). It is God within us which guides us on the right path whenever we tend to go wrong.

Spirituality inculcates in every human being a feeling of positive ness all throughout. Floating on the positive mental plane brings one closer to our goal of life.

It is Spirituality and spirituality alone which prompts and guides one in the right direction whenever we feel cheated by the senses prevailing upon us. To be able to come out of the clutches of the five senses is what Spirituality is all about.

If we desire to know God truly then we need to follow the path of pure Spirituality. It is only as a true spiritual seeker shall we realize God one-day.

It is a Spirituality which cuts short the path and makes the whole world look like a family. In the spiritual domain there is no space for different religions, dogmas or creeds. Our wanton desires cease to exist... the moment Spirituality takes complete control over us!

Spirituality truly is the essence of life. However materialistic we maybe on the earthly plane... there shall come a day when Spirituality would completely wipe us clean of all the impurities within us.

Without Spirituality the life or a human being is like a rudderless boat going round and round in the unfathomable sea of life.

It is Spirituality which teaches every human being the real value of life... being spiritual is not being religious alone... Spirituality teaches us the core values of life... the real essence of us!

It is only through the medium of Spirituality that God is able to guide the mankind towards its destined goal. As many human beings... as many different spiritual paths!

Right from day one when we are born and until the last breath... it is Spirituality which keeps our heart pumping all through. It is Spirituality which clears all doubts that our soul (the atman within the body) is the real master and our body is but to decay and die.

Spirituality clears all doubts related to the concept of God. Whenever in doubt... the wise follow the dictates of the spiritual masters of the era! Every spiritual being merges his identity with the Supreme Being (the Almighty God).

Spirituality confirms that life has to go on... it is a journey to be completed in many phases (8.4 million manifestations in fact). It is Spirituality which confirms that the life of a human being of 70 to 80 years is but a trickle in the total life a span of our soul (the atman within). The total life span of the soul being a maximum of 96.4 million earthly years!

Spirituality has no relationship whatsoever with religion. Following a religion means following the dictates of a successful spiritual master... one who has already covered the journey and has become capable of guiding the mankind to its logical end.

Religion is meant for living a single span of earthly life. On the contrary Spirituality guides every living being to its logical end in the unending cosmic journey undertaken by the soul (our atman within).

It is Spirituality alone which removes the fear of death from those who have released the pinnacle of spiritual life. Spirituality gives you a commanding position in life. One can work for above 23 hours per day having gained absolute control over sleep. This is not only possible but can be observed by watching the topmost rung of spiritual masters.

The presence of Spirituality in our lives cannot be done away with for it forms the inner core of our manifested physical life. Behind every success lies the core of Spirituality which guides one inherently all throughout the cosmic journey.

In practice... when I started in search of God at an early age of 13 years... I was so confused about life that I thought it was only the religious masters who shall guide me on the right path. I was so wrong.

It was at the age of 37 that I came in contact with God one-to-one basis. It was the pinnacle of my spiritual pursuit. My life had come full circle. This was to be my last manifestation. I had reached the end of cosmic life. The distinction between Spirituality and religion were now absolutely clear to me.

Having been able to traverse the path as a true seeker of Spirituality and reach the end goal has been a really pleasant experience. Everything I try to convey to the community is based on true personal experience of life. Being my last sojourn on Mother Earth I have but to impart the pearls of Spirituality I have learned before I leave the mortal frame.

Spirituality is not to be practiced merely in theory. Spirituality is not contained in the sacred textbooks alone. We simultaneously need to practice pure Spirituality and try reaching the end of the cosmic life. Achieving salvation in the present life would be something every human being would desire.

Why not all of us practice pure Spirituality all the time!

Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 on Spirituality: what it truly means to you!

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Asking For Help

As a child and young adult I was very independent. Regardless of the situation, if I was doing something I was determined to do it myself and not ask for anyone's help. In my eyes asking for someone's help was akin to admitting defeat or somehow showing others that I was weak or incompetent. My attitude was "If someone else can do it, I can do it". How Naive.

Asking For Help

Now I am a Father of two beautiful children. My daughter is wiser at 19 than I was at that age. If she is having difficulty with something she promptly asks for help and willingly accepts it. She's a lot like her mother in that regard. My son at 17 is a lot more like me; in his mind asking for help is a form of "giving in" and somehow shows him as weak. We had an incident this weekend which underscored his being a chip-off-the-old-block. He was in a drama performance at his high school on Friday night. After the performance many of the kids decided to go out for an after-performance snack. My son decided to go but got lost looking for the restaurant. He drove around for over an hour trying to find the place but didn't find it. He ended up coming home disappointed that he missed out on the social time.

The next morning, my wife and I talked to him about what happened. I asked him several times, "Why didn't you call us for help?" To him, that would have been a sign of weakness as he decided to forge ahead on his own without soliciting our assistance. We stressed to him the importance of asking for help, that asking for help is not a foolish thing; not asking for help when you really need it is foolish. As Cat Stevens sings in Cats in the Cradle "My boy's just like me; he's grown up just like me".

As PM's, there is plenty of times where the problems we face warrant us asking for help. Too often the cry for help either comes too late or not at all because the PM wants to try to work his way out of the jam without admitting he is over his head. Then there are times when the PM throws up the flare at the slightest hint of a problem and doesn't even try to solve a problem herself. She immediately dumps the problem at her boss' footstep expecting the boss to solve her problem for her. Either way the ask for help was inappropriately used by the PM.

My one nugget to you is this: when you get into a sticky situation on a project, don't be afraid to ask for help from others that have similar or more experience than you. Do a quick assessment of the problem, decide if you've got the experience to solve the problem on your own, then either move forward with solving the problem, ask for advice from a colleague on how they would handle the problem, or ask for help because the problem is bigger than you are. Going it alone just means that there may be a bigger mess to clean up later because the mole-hill you tried to fix yourself has grown into a mountain.

Lonnie Pacelli is an accomplished author and autism advocate with over 30 years experience in leadership and project management at Accenture, Microsoft, and Consetta Group. See books, articles, keynotes, and self-study seminars at

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Turmeric latte recipe

Turmeric latte is a very healthy drink. It's got milk, it's got honey, it's got chocolate, it's got cardamon and healthy spices to make your day. Easy to make and yummy to drink. Even StarBucks is selling them. Here's how to make your own cafe latte in the video below.

Turmeric latte

Here's one I made and it was so yummy, I decided to make a post on it. Here's an outline how to make your own turmeric latte.

Take a cup of milk
add some ginger
some turmeric
add some honey
add a few cardamon seeds
a hint of chocolate powder
a few cloves
some black pepper (to allow the absorption of curcumin - the active ingredient of turmeric)

Mix everything together in a mixer. Heat in a microwave or a pan. DRINK your turmeric latte.

Remember turmeric latte has no caffeine, no wheat just pure goodness even kids can drink them. If you have a cold, flu or just feeling down then turmeric latte is the one you should go for.

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