Day 9 – Blog-a-photo Challenge I Books

Penguin Classics is an imprint published by Penguin Books, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House. They are published in varying editions throughout the world including in Australia, Canada, China, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Literary critics see books in this series as important members of the Western canon, though many titles are translated or of non-Western origin; indeed, the series for decades from its creation included only translations, until it eventually incorporated the Penguin English Library imprint in 1986. The new classics were known as “Black Classics” for their black covers, which also featured artwork appropriate to the topic and period of the work. Recent design work includes the Penguin Little Black Classic series of 2015,  a series of pocket-sized classics introduced to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books. From India to Greece, Denmark to Iran and not forgetting Britain, this assortment of books will transport readers back in time to the furthest corners of the globe. With a choice of fiction, poetry, essays and maxims, by the likes of Chekhov, Balzac, Ovid, Austen, Sappho and Dante, it won’t be difficult to find a book to suit your mood.

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Shocking Health Problems Caused By Consuming Broiler Chicken

People often misunderstand healthy lifestyle habits and Frugal Living.

Well, not that I mind, but I have often had to brush away looks that seem like trying to push me inside the earth, just because I say ‘NO’ when it comes to fab food and packed food.

Well, today is the turn of the broiler chicken.

Broiler Chicken – The Quick Growing Livestock

It all started when on a visit to a nearby livestock production unit, I found that along with the feed the chicks were administered with antibiotic.

I asked if it were a one-time dose- but to my shock, I got the answer that –tetracycline was administered in small doses regularly.

And this lead me to google this particular behavior and you would be shocked as to what I found.

Antibiotics in Livestock

Livestock now have begun to be grown in huge farms and runs like an industry. The chick grows to a consumable form within 65 days. A chicken piece you are eating grows from egg to muscled form in just a couple of months, and this, is done with the help of growth hormones and antibiotics.


Yes! Some antibiotics such as tetracycline taken in small doses can give a boost in muscle growth.

This after being found economically beneficial had become a very common practice among broiler farms.

Who Warning

In 2012 World Health Organization has already warned about using the antibiotics to livestock’s and humans are dreadful and has to be minimized.

However, in spite of the warning from the World Health Organization the farmers all over the world inject antibiotics to their livestock so they get healthier and are free from other diseases.

By research it is found that MCR-1 bacteria, which are a mutated bacterial strain which has evolved due to low dosage administration to poultry, move easily between the strains of E – Coli and other bacteria causing many blood, urinary and gut infections.

What Does This Actually Mean to You and Me

Well, when you eat the chicken that is been fed with such feed and anitbiotics, you will be accumulating a lot of these antibiotic (remember the food chain diagram that you learnt in school).

This makes it easy for mutated organism to grow easily in your body – now, can you correlate newer types of fever where the docs are not able to find the culprit. These are grouped under the umbrella of unknown viral infections.

Believe me – the culprit might be some bacteria transferred from your dinner table to your tummy – reaching the E.coli there.

It is found that consumption of antibiotics is more in livestock’s than humans. Human who takes more antibiotics also face the problem of resistant bacteria.

Antibiotics are important to get rid of certain infections and diseases but must be used minimal. Farmers worldwide feed colistin antibiotic for chickens for fattening.

In India because there are very less restrictive laws against such acts, there is no control on the use of antibiotics. The condition is better in US.

Food and Drug Association Program

The Food and Drug Associated initiated a voluntary program in Dec 2013 to stop the overdose of the antibiotics for livestock, wherein not to use on them for making them grow big in size but only minimal to protect them from diseases, but this was not a strict step but entirely depends on the industry to decide to join or not. It was designed mainly to reduce the use of antibiotics on livestock and resistant free illness on humans.

What Should You Do

Well, under the circumstances, all you need to do is go organic – go local.

Yes! You have read it right – buy from local farmers, near your place. This will help not only you consuming healthy food, but also would help the farmer.

Buying frozen meat and broiler meat may look easy and economical; however what you are doing is harming your family. You not only are playing with the immunity but also the hormones of people at home and young children.

By, Menaka Bharathi

About her: Menaka Bharathi a.k.a Simple Indian Mom is basically an Agricultural Microbiologist. She is an Organic Lifestyle Enthusiast and Organic Food Producer who markets it under her own brand –SIM Organics. Mother of two energetic boys she blogs at simpleindianmom and is a Parenting Consultant and conducts online and offline workshops on teaching mindfulness to children and mind-mapping for a better future for children.

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Day 8 – Blog-a-photo Challenge I Jewellery

Bangles, don’t call it overdressing – it’s the only way to go. I had rented out my space in the apartment for an jewellery exhibition and as a must visit to it, to check on their business, I ended up buying these colorful fabric white stone studded bangles for myself. You can have a blast matching, or alternatively, clashing the colours of your bangles with your outfit, playing around with fun colour combinations, and getting to really enjoy your collection on an ongoing basis. They’re one of my all-time favourite accessories available at all manner of price points, super easy to wear, can be dressed up or down to your heart’s content, and are a joy to build a rainbow of over the years.

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Day 7 – Blog-a-photo Challenge I Window

I love looking out my doors and windows to the countryside around my home. It gives me a sense of my place in the world – as well as the changing seasons. Sure, I’m just a romantic, farm girl at heart, but by looking outside through open windows and doors, I understand just how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

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#BookSlutThursday – Week 3

  1. Reading William Dalrymple and Anita Anand:’s new book, Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond, I was tempted to draw the kind of charts that are now so in vogue due to the popularity of shows like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead, where the body count of important characters runs into double digits. The kind of charts that trace every death that occurred across every season, categorised according to how each gruesome end came about.
  2. Set in the eerie locales of Mussoorie of the bygone era, Death under the deodars the anthology has intriguing cases where myriad of characters ranging from an adulterous couple to a Daryaganj strangler play their part. Miss Ripley Bean, the immortal character created by Ruskin Bond, returns this winter with eight brand new adventures which she resolves with ease. As the elderly investigator, reminiscent of Miss Jane Marple from Christie’s novels, with her terrier Fluff and her accomplices Mr Lobo and Nandu ruminate over these curious cases, not only the young readers, but also the aged feel the pace of the narrative and get hooked till the end.
  3. The English Patient tracks the convocation of four people at an Italian villa – a nurse, a Sikh sapper, a thief, and a badly burned Englishman – who come to forge an unlikely family, and together discover the secrets of their respective pasts, and the emotional wounds they share.
  4. For an affordable pen that writes smoothly; dries quickly and indelibly; won’t bleed, skip or feather; and has the best ink flow of any non-fountain pen; grab yourself the uni-ball. Available in a number of sizes and colors, it’s the best affordable pen around for taking notes or a meeting. This is thanks to uni-ball’s special pigment-based ink, which is designed to sink into the paper, which has the added bonus of making it much more difficult to wash away, preventing check fraud.
  5. Sheaffer teamed up with  Ferrari, racing arm of the Italian thoroughbred sports car manufacturer, to produce this collectors edition of the Sheaffer Ferrari 100. With its wide profile and classy gloss yellow finish, this Ballpoint Pen has a great quality look and feel with Ferrari emblem on cap side.
  6. I love vintage Baker furniture, old globes and unique pieces with character. … ABOVE Antique box collection. You just can’t put into words how mesmerizing you feel when you open the lid and see the kind of space the box offers. I have my bookmarks and tiny stationery items housed in it. All in all it is very beautiful with vintage design.
  7. If you want something a little more unconventional, you must own metal bookmarks. These book accessories look ornamental. Lose yourself in a good book, but not your place when you use this stylish metal bookmark! Makes a great gift for yourself or the reader in your life.
  8. Think outside traditional flower arrangement elements and make roses float in a porcelain bowl. Presentation is everything when you’re arranging a single variety of flowers. To make a dozen roses even more impressive. Miniature roses are perfect for creating this type floating flower arrangement.

If you are inspired by this post I would suggest you do the same and share your link with Shalz.

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Adventure is worthwhile

I often meet people who dislike travelling. Has this ever happened to you? My love of travel is such a given that I’d never actually thought about what it is I love about it, but meeting this non-traveller inspired me to think of the reasons to love travelling.

1. New sights

Travelling forces your eyes to be open because you’re seeing things you’ve never seen before.

2. In the present moment

It is easy to get caught up in the future, or thinking about things that have passed, or wondering what’s going to happen next week. But when I’m travelling, it’s all about the present moment. It brings a marvellous immediacy to every day.

3. Unfamiliar food

Most people will eat the same kind of food, over and over again, but if I am in a different culture with all kinds of unfamiliar food, and suddenly my taste buds come alive. It’s like an instant broadening of horizons for the palate.

4. Meeting new people

It is possible to meet new people at home, of course, but many of us stick to our same group of friends when we’re in our comfort zone. Out of the comfort zone, though, now that’s where the magic happens. That’s where you’ll meet people who are either entertaining for just one conversation or day, or will become friends that last for many years.

5. A renewed appreciation for home

And this is perhaps my very favourite thing about travelling. Leaving home, even if it’s just for a few weeks, makes it come alive again when you return. You can see just how vibrant, how wonderful, how beautiful your hometown is.

What’s your favourite thing about travelling?

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