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a road of forgotten and veiled dreams,
sometimes slowly, sometimes gaily,
sometimes lost, sometimes profound,
I walk a road of unknown mysteries,
fervently finding my way through the endless path.....

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The voice of Bose- making life Beautiful!


This is a page from my personal diary which I wrote to my younger self, overwhelmed and fascinated by Google VPA (virtual personal assistant) enabled Bose QC35 II headphones and how it has been instrumental in making my life easy and productive. 


But before sharing this page, let me give an insight on what exactly is Google's VPA and how Bose QC35 II headphones have harnessed this astounding technology in the best possible manner. 


So, Google's VPA is a virtual personal assistant developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and smart home devices. Unlike Google Now, the Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations.


Users primarily interact with the Google Assistant through natural voice, though keyboard input is also supported. In the same nature and manner as Google Now, the assistant is able to search the Internet, schedule alarms and events, adjust hardware settings on user's device, and show information from the user's Google account. Google has also announced that the Assistant will be able to identify objects and gather visual information through the device's camera, and support purchasing products and sending money, as well as identifying songs. (Source: here)




Google's VPA can even tell you jokes! (Image Source: here)

Now since interacting with a personal assistant is all about talking and listening, possessing a good quality wireless headphones are a must. 


Bose leads the market by integrating Google's Virtual Private Assistant into the headphones' features as the first ever audio headphone manufacturer to do so. The multi-function button continues to offer access to your phone’s default virtual assistant, like Siri for iOS users. One can control music, send and receive texts, and get answers using just your voice.(Source: here)


One must be wondering how easy and hassle-free life would be when Google VPA enabled Bose headphones have become a norm.


This page from my diary entry would give you an insight on the same...



Dear Diary,


What glorious days were those that went past us! Sans gadgets and worries we had such a amazing time playing outdoor games and enjoying carom and ludo indoors. 

I am sure you remember them vividly and gaily. 
But, as time picked up pace and I began to grow up, the days of fun and frolic slowly gave way to work and responsibilities. 
It's indeed an irony how time flies! And when I look back, sometimes it's hard to believe we are adults already. And of course, the society now expects us to be responsible, sincere and productive.
Work comes first and this vicious cycle of  managing personal with professional gets so tiresome at times, one just wishes that one had many more hands- both on the clock and attached to our shoulders.

Do you remember, how insanely I used to juggle between chores? There was hardly any time left for my own self or to pen down on my most beloved diary. I felt trapped in this everyday schedule and wished deeply for someone to help me ease my busy schedule.


I cannot tell you, when exactly was I transported to this world of being empowered with a personal assistant ( maybe it was a time when I got hold of Bose Quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II) but one thing is for sure, my life has become better than ever!


Using them is the most natural thing for me and it's impossible to imagine a life without them.


I am so excited and keen to share with you, how immensely it helps me and and how heavily I happen to rely on this personal assistant of mine!


Like yesterday, I was out for grocery shopping.






I Wanted to locate cheap grocery stores, Bose enabled Google's VPA came to my rescue.
It patiently guided and answered all my queries from 'green teas for weight loss' to 'most loved perfumes for women'!




Then later when I was tired and hands all heavy with shopping bags, my VPA suggested me coffee shops nearby and we had a little chit chat too :D









Another way in which my personal assistant has helped me is when I am cooking and I need someone to direct and speak up instructions. Because you know how difficult it is to hold a ladle and grind spices and manually look up for recipe instructions. I tell you, it saves me a lot of time!






It has been helping me a lot in blogging. Be it translations or pronunciation, this personal assistant is a great Language teacher and Bose QC 35 wireless headphones II ensures highest voice quality!

Be it a book by any author or you need motivational/inspirational quotes to keep you grounded.





Interestingly, this lovely companion of mine keeps me entertained even when I am bored. Check out this conversation!












And I can go on and on talking to it and listening the suggestions for upto 20 hours at a stretch! yes, these wireless headphones from Bose have a 20 hours battery life. An advisory on lipstick shades as well. My makeup woes are sorted!






Do you remember how tedious it was to book tickets earlier? People had to stand in reservation lines early in the morning for hours, unsure still, if they will be able to get hold of a ticket or not.
Then online ticketing system came and things eventually became so simple and easy.
Any day, any train/flight and any time, one could easily navigate the ticket he desired and grab it.

But, with Bose enabled google VPA , you just need to speak out your preferences and voila, our tickets are confirmed!

Can it get simpler than this? Not only this much. It also suggests you lowest prices and can also keep a track on when the airfare is going down. All on my commands!
It will also search and book hotels for you and send you detail of various attractions you can visit at any particular place. 








Now, being a doctor, I happen to have a extremely hectic schedule. Managing between medical studies and seeing patients is quite a job you know.
Bose and google VPA has been extremely helpful for me here as well.

I just need to mention the name of any disease to start with and it can so easily narrate me the cause, symptoms and latest available research on the same. It also suggests related videos and cases, even before I can ask for it.

I so desperately wish, they had allowed these in the examination hall!





Also, I no longer need to write or type the details of my patients or search for long in the folders,trying to locate them when he comes for follow up. 
I just need to verbally feed the info through VPA ( which by the way, can be done even while taking the history of the patient and that too in his own voice) and then ask google VPA to reproduce it within seconds, as and when needed.
I can't even express, how much time that saves. And everything goes on so smoothly and accurately.

I really couldn't have asked for more. 


And obviously, having some free time means, catching up on entertainment. Suggesting movies, playing any song, booking ticket, playing videos, with Bose's unique noise cancellation quality, you can relax thoroughly.





Last but not the least, this amazing personality has a sense of humour too. Always ready to crack a joke or two!


Check this out..







I have no reasons to complain! I know, you must be curious to know, how do these astonishingly working piece of gadget looks like. Well, the wait for you ends here, go ahead and take a look




Beautiful, aren't they? Image Source: HERE


Interested in knowing more about them? Check THIS site. #BoseQC35

My lovely diary, it's time to part with you for now. But, I will be updating you frequently about these lovely companions of mine.

Much love and care! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Fight iron deficiency with this delicacy!


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA - FACT FILE 


The commonest nutritional deficiency disorder present throughout the world is iron deficiency but its prevalence is higher in the developing countries. 

Iron deficiency anaemia is the top cause of disability in India since past 10 years. 
It is most common in children below the age of 3 years and in women specially in reproductive age group of 13 years to 40 years. 
In children, the reason for it being rampant is, the staple is milk which is unfortunately, low in iron. Thus, causing low haemoglobin levels or anemia as a result. 

In adults, amount of iron loss is 1 mg daily in males and non-menstruating female, while in a menstruating woman there is an additional iron loss of .5-1 mg daily.  So, women in reproductive age group are more prone to iron deficiency anaemia, both in developing as well as developed countries. 



ABSORPTION 


An average diet contains about 10-15 mg of iron, out of which only 5-10% is normally absorbed. In pregnancy and in iron deficiency, the proportion of absorption is raised to 20-30%. 


However there is a catch here. Iron from diet containing haem is better absorbed than non-haem iron. 

Haem iron is found mainly in animal products like chicken ,fish and some part of meat . 
Whereas, vegetables and nuts contain mainly the non-haem iron. 
Thus, Vegetarians needs to make extra effort to not just make sure that they are consuming iron rich foods but also that these foods are absorbed better. 

Absorption of non-haem iron is enhanced by factors such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, amino acid, sugars, gastric secretions and hydrochloric acid. Iron absorption is impaired by factors such as medicinal antacids, milk, pancreatic secretions, tannates contained in tea. (Source: Textbook of Pathology by Harsh Mohan) 


SOURCES OF IRON


FOR NON- VEGETARIANS ( Source: www.webmd.com )


1) Chicken

2) Turkey
3) Salmon
4) Tuna
5) Beef
6) Oysters
7) Mollusks 

FOR VEGETARIANS (Source: www.heathline.com )


1) Legumes 

 - Soybeans
 - Lentils
 - Beans
 - Peas

2) Nuts

 - Almonds
 - Cashews

3) Seeds

 - Hemp
 - Flax seeds
 - Sesame

4) Vegetables

 - Spinach
 - Broccoli 
 - Kale
 - Potatoes
 - Mushrooms

5) Fruits

 - Mulberries
 - Olives 
 - Amaranth

6) Whole grains

 - Oats
 - Quinoa 

As mentioned earlier, Vegetarian sources contain non-haem iron which is absorbed less effectively as compared to haem iron. But vitamin C along with such sources can enhance iron absorption. Also, there are some sources which contain higher Vitamin C  content along with iron and thus are good sources especially for strict vegetarians. 

Foods high in vitamin C include:
  • fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, kiwis, guavas, papayas, pineapples, melons, and mangoes
  • broccoli
  • red and green bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • tomatoes
  • leafy greens

The recipe I am going to share here is a very nutritious one. And is particularly good for vegetarians looking for their daily iron share in a tasty way. 

It contains :

- Broccoli
- Almonds and Cashews
- Red and green bell peppers
- Tomatoes
- Mushrooms
- Bean
- Olives

and you can always experiment with many other vegetables and nuts! 

Here we go...


BAKED VEGETABLES - ITALIAN STYLE 



PREPARATION TIME : 15 Minutes
BAKING TIME : 25 Minutes
SERVES : 4-5

INGREDIENTS

1) Vegetables ( All cut cubed sized )
- Broccoli - 1 small 
- French Beans - 100 gm
- Mushrooms - 50 gm
- Baby corns - 50 gm
- Yellow and red bell peppers - 1 small each
- Sweet corns - 50 gm
- Carrots - 2-3
- Any other vegetable of your choice

2) For Tomato Sauce
 - Tomatoes - 2
 - Ginger - 1 small piece
 - Garlic - 3 pods
 - Basil Leaves - 4-5
 - Cashews - few
 - Almonds - few
 - salt - according to taste

3) For white sauce 
 - Milk - 2 cups
 - Butter - 1 tbsp
 - Maida - 2  tsp
 - Black pepper powder - 1/4th tsp
 - salt - according to taste

4) Mozzarella cheese - grated - As much as you like!


1) Steam boil all the cubed vegetables until soft, add a little salt and keep them aside.

2) In a pan, take a little oil and add saute all the ingredients of tomato sauce namely , tomatoes, ginger, garlic, basil leaves, almonds and cashews. Also add a little salt. 

3) After they have cooled a bit, grind them into a smooth paste without adding any water.

4) Now, evenly mix the tomato sauce with the boiled vegetables and keep aside.

5) For white sauce, take a pan, add maida and butter. Roast it for few minutes. Then slowly add milk ad keep stirring vigorously as you do so to avoid formation of lumps. 

6) After the sauce begins to thicken, add black pepper and salt. You can also add some grated cheese in the end. Switch off the flame and keep it aside.

7) In the meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 

8) Take about a 1.5L rectangular or an equivalent sized baking dish and very lightly grease it with olive oil or vegetable oil.

9) Now layer the vegetables and tomato sauce mixture. 

10) Next, pour over the white sauce liberally.

11) On the top, add grated mozzarella cheese.

12) Now, place your dish in the pre-heated oven and bake it on convection mode for 20 minutes and then grill mode for 5 minutes. 

13) The cheese on top will melt while the vegetables will be nicely cooked. 

14) Serve hot.



Contains Broccoli, beans, Mushrooms, Bell peppers, Almonds, Cashews - All packed with Iron.




Iron rich delicacy - Baked Vegetables!
Livogen has taken the initiative of helping women fight iron deficiency. This post is a little contribution in the same direction.Visit their website to know more. http://www.livogen.in/iron-chef/


For any health related queries, you can contact me on my mail ID sarahdelhi11@gmail.com


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tangy Tomato Chicken - An iron enriched delight!


Iron is one of the most essential element for the human body. It is involved in numerous biological processes of the body. The average adult human contains about 0.005% body weight of iron, or abut four grams, of which three quarters is in hemoglobin- a level that remains constant despite only about one milligram of iron being absorbed each day, because the human body recycles its hemoglobin for the iron content.

Iron is most available to the body when chelated to amino acids and is also available for use as a common iron supplement. Glycine, the cheapest and most common amino acid is most often used to produce iron glycinate supplements.

According to World health organisation, iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world, even through the mineral is present in a variety of foods.

Being a doctor, I come across patients with iron deficiency and low hemoglobin very frequently. 
The deficiency symptoms may range from nausea, weakness, ringing and buzzing sound in ears (tinnitus) and many other clear or vague symptoms.

But, a great deal of them can be covered by dietary changes alone. The good news is, iron is found in varying quantities in many a food items that we consume on a daily basis. 
In fact, most of the times, we don't even need to give special attention to our body's iron demand and needs as it is easily met on it's own.

Although, many a times, due to special circumstances specially in case of females, one needs extra iron as demanded by the body. Like in case of pregnant women, iron demand is increased and needs to be tackled by diet as well as supplements to keep the hemoglobin levels normal.

Talking about foods particularly rich in iron -Jaggary (gur) comes on top. It is regarded as the cheapest and richest source of iron. (Undoubtedly, delicious too).

There are many other cheap and easily available sources. Common ones being spinach,oats, nuts,soybean, fish, lentils, tofu , chicken, dates, bread etc. 

Out of these, I think, Chicken is my favourite source. Chicken is not just easily available but can also be cooked easily and is a very versatile food product.
One can eat it by simply boiling it or as a main dish, make rolls or fried snacks. The options are endless. And it tastes delicious early single time (remember KFC?) 

However, not all parts of a chicken provide the same amount of iron. Chicken liver supplies 11.63 milligrams of iron per 3.5-ounce serving, or about 65 percent of the nutrient’s daily value. Equivalent servings of chicken heart and chicken giblets supply about 50 percent and 36 percent of the daily value for iron, respectively. Chicken breasts and light meat broilers or fryers contain just over 1 milligram of iron each per 3.5-ounce serving, or roughly 6 percent of the daily value. Dark meat broilers or fryers have slightly more iron, providing about 7 percent of the nutrient’s daily value per 3.5-ounce serving. (Source -here)

Here I would like to share a very simple Chicken recipe that can be served as a main dish. It contains all the basic ingredients and can be cooked pretty quickly. No marination time, no lengthy procedures but a very delicious , tangy, rich and not to mention iron rich gravy.

I call it 'THE TANGY TOMATO CHICKEN'


Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 35-40 minutes
Serves : 6

Ingredients

Chicken : 1/2 kg or about 6 pieces
Tomato : 3 Large (Pureed) 
Onion : 2 Medium ( Coarsely chopped) 
Ginger - Garlic Paste : 1 Tbsp
Red Chilly Powder : 1 tsp or according to taste
Coriander Powder : 1/2 Tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1 tsp
Salt : According to taste
Refined Oil ( you can use any other oil as well) : 2 tbsp
Water


Method

1) In a wok, take oil and add coarsely chopped onion. Fry it till golden-brown and then sieve through excess oil and keep it aside to cool a bit.( We need to grind it later) 







2) In the same oil , add chicken pieces, cook for about a minutes. Then add ginger-garlic paste, salt and Red chilly powder ( I add it to the chicken directly as it provides enhanced flavour and colour).






3) Fry it till raw smell of spices as well as chicken goes away ( usually 10-12 minutes) and it becomes brownish like this ,




4) In a grinder, add roughly chopped tomatoes, golden- brown onion and grind it to a smooth paste.

5) Add this paste to chicken and also add garam masala here.






6) Simmer the flame and cover it after giving a nice stir. 


7)) Let it cook for about 20-25 minutes, till chicken is soft and oil comes on the surface. Occasionally stirring in between. 
Doesn't it look simply mouth-watering? And believe me, it is extremely easy to cook and tastes delicious while being equally nutritious at the same time. 
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8) Once the chicken curry is cooked completely, add a few drops of lemon juice if not sour enough. 

9) Take it off the flame and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. 




10) Serve hot with Roti or Naan. 






PS: I am helping in raising awareness against iron deficiency through these recipes with contain iron-rich ingredients in association with Livogen. 

For more details, check this out -  http://www.livogen.in/iron-chef/


Wishing you a happy, healthy and nutritious life!