26 March 2013

Stupendous values of Bael Tree

Bael (Aegle marmelos) - one of the prominent indigenous(native) trees of India. But now it is widely found in Southeast Asia. The Bael tree is considered to be a sacred one in India. The Bael leaves are used as holy offerings to Lord Shiva traditionally. It has been used by the Indians over 5000 years. It is believed that the Bael tree has originated during the vedic period(about 2000 B.C - 800 B.C) and it was mentioned in the  Yajur veda. It is believed that having this tree in our surroundings purifies and cleanses the environment. The Bael tree has stupendous medicinal values. They are one among the top ten herbs that are frequently used in Ayurveda. Almost all parts of this tree including root, stem, leaves and barks have medicinal values.
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Nomenclature :

Scientific Name     :   Aegle marmelos

Tamil Name          :   Vilvam (வில்வம் )

Sanskrit Name      :   Bilwa / Sirphala

Hindi Name          :   Sirphal

English Name       :   Wood apple / Stone apple / Bengal Quince

Common Name   :   Bael

Here's an image of the Bael tree sapling that I took at Sai Baba Temple, Mylapore, Chennai :

Another notable feature of Bael Tree is that they can withstand wide ranges of temperature, soil types and water logging. This holy tree can be planted in any type of soils having a pH range of 5 to 10. They bear the temperature ranging from -7 degree Celsius to 48 degree Celsius. Hence in India, it is believed that this tree can grow at places where other trees can't be grown and once planted they need just a little care. They can bear drought even for long periods. Being a sacred tree, the Bael trees are mostly found in the temple grounds. Only few people plant this tree in their gardens. The Bael trees are medium sized trees of height ranging from 8 to 18 meters. It has greenish-white flowers. The Bael fruits are hard and woody with smooth pulp. The fruits takes up to 11 months to ripe on the tree.

Images of Bael Tree and fruits from the Internet :


Medicinal values of Bael Tree :

As we read before, almost every parts of this Bael tree possess stupendous medicinal values. The Bael fruit has an immense value when it is about to mature.

             >* The half-ripe or unripe pulp of the Bael fruits are considered as stomachic. The oil from the Bael tree can be used against 21 types of bacteria as per research.

             >* As per Ayurveda,diarrhea and dysentery without fever can be cured using dry Bael fruit. and it acts as a tonic for heart and brain. It is also used for curing tuberculosis.

             >* The Bael leaf extracts are used to control the blood cholesterol levels. They are believed to be more effective in decreasing the cholesterol levels when compared to modern medicines.

             >* It is also said that the Bael leaf extracts can reduce diabetes to an extent. After some researches, it has been proved that the Bael leaf extracts have reduced blood glucose levels up to 54 %.

             >* Peptic ulcer can be cured by concoction of Bael leaves.

             >* Leaves, bark and root of the Bael tree are used in the treatment of snakebite.

             >* The ripe Bael fruit is also used to cure constipation and gastrointestinal problems. And it is used in many other ways for respiratory problems.

Note :  Do not follow or try this voluntarily.Kindly consult doctors or experts before consuming.

Some more facts on Bael Tree :

              As I read up on the internet the Bael fruit can be consumed like other fruits either when they are fresh or dried. They can also be made into juices as like lemon juice. The small shoots and leaves are used for green salads. It is said that the fruit also has some binding qualities which are used along with lime plaster for making water proof wells and mixed with cement for building walls in rural areas. It is good to know about these facts as I read on internet and would be nice if adapted everywhere. Then another interesting fact is that the Bael fruit pulp is added to the water colors by the artists to apply as a protective coating on their paintings. The Bael fruit is also used in the preparation of candy, pulp powder, nectar, toffee, slab, squash and many more.

Thanks for reading.

13 March 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

Hi everyone.. First I would like to thank Lakshmi Venkataraman and Deepak Raghuraman for giving me this award.. This is my first ever Liebster Blog Award and got from two.. Thanks friends...I dedicate this award to God, parents and to all my well wishers..

Liebster is a German word which means 'dearest', 'sweetest', 'lovely', 'pleasant', 'valued', 'welcome' and many more.. As I was unaware about this award, I searched about it in Google and found its meaning..

The liebster award is given to the upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers..
Now here are the rules for this award :

* Each person must post 11 things about themselves..
* Answer the questions that the tagger set for you..
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post..
* Set 11 questions for those 11 people you tagged for answer..
* Go to their page and tell them..
* No tag backs ..

Rule *1, Here are 11 things about myself :

1- I'm basically a nature admirer..Love my family,friends, close ones..They mean a lot to me.. Friends are my world indeed..
2- I believe that whatever and whomever we face in life are gifted to us by God , even the struggles are sent our way to build and strengthen ourselves..
3 - I love to be unique and I'm..
4- I love cricket and a huge Dravid fan..He is one of my inspiration.. I like other sports too, such as hockey, badminton, football, carom and chess.. But cricket is my favorite.. In general I believe sports teaches a lot to an individual on aspects like being fit and relaxing the mind..
5- I'm passionate about journalism.. I love writing and reading.. I like reading adventures, novels, biographies and spiritual books..
6- Love listening to Music, especially melodies..It eases off all the stress..
7 - My favorite colors are Lavender, all shades of blue and pink..
8 - I love home made foods especially my Mother's veg.biriyani and chapatis with variety of side dishes.. Despite this, I like eating outside with my family and friends at different places..I love cooking new recipes and learning little from the best chef- My mother :) ..
9 - One of my ambition is to be a part of some social causes and non-profit organisations that serves people and our environment.. Hoping to do it in action soon..
10 - I love photography and  travelling(especially long-distance travels).. It paves the way for admiring our paths to the destination.. As I heard it somewhere, the paths are more beautiful than the destination..
11 - Last but not the least, I'm here in this world to achieve something for what God has created me and I'm on the way to reach it.. I love the paths I traveled till and yet to come.. Everything is gifted by the Creator..

Thanks for spending your valuable time..

Rule *2 - Answer the questions set for you by the taggers :

* Here are my answers for Lakshmi's questions :

1. Euthanasia is illegal in India. Do you support it ?

  No I do not support it.

2. East, West, North and South are the directions which have been named so by man for convenience; If given a chance to change what will you change it to ?

I wish they remain the same..

3. Will social media interactions replace personal contact in the future ?

I don't think so.. My point is that all individuals have to make an effort not to sink personal contact because of social media as we may miss the livelihood..It matters on how well we manage and it depends on priority too..

4. If you could talk with one author/poet/writer/photographer/cook(any one) who would it be ?

Nice question..There are many to mention.. The first one who comes to my mind is Barkha Dutt..Then others  to be mentioned vitally are C.Gopinath, Lakshmi Sharath, Sudha Umashanker and Rahul Dravid..

5. Why do you blog ?

To be honest, I started blogging just as a pass time and to know about it, slowly I realized its worth and I feel its a great platform to create awareness and share our views to our people around the world..

6. Is sarcasm healthy ?

I don't think it is always healthy..

7. Does the dress one wears, music they listen to, people they hangout with etc etc, define what their character is ?

Yep it defines one's character to an extent.. Actions do speak more than anything..

8. What is the most beautiful place on earth ?

Its my Home sweet home :) and all scenic places..

9. What will your super-power be, if you were in a position to acquire just one super power ?

I would go for dedication, sturdy and determination to be a super-power..

10. Which is the best place to be in Chennai and at what time, season is it ?

Tough to pick one.. I would say Chennai would be at its best in December as Margazhi Utsavam,Christmas and New year were lined up at Mylapore, Alwarpet and Annasalai.. Then don't miss the Theosophical society for its natural beauty and The Elliot's beach.. There are number of streets in Parry's where you can shop for everything and T.Nagar shopping also to be mentioned..

11. What do you think Chennai is best for ?

Chennai is best for its Traditional culture and heritage, integrity of people from various places and its traditional foods..

Here are my answers for Deepak's questions :

1. What is the most happiest moment day in your life and why ?

Its hard to pick one... Time spent with my family, friends, close ones makes me happy always..

2. Who is the one person who inspires you most and why ?

Obviously my Mother comes first here.. She inspires me in all the way she is.. Then it is Barkha Dutt and Rahul Dravid..

3. How you want to see yourself in the next three years ?

Nice question.. I would be doing my dream job and accomplish my goals on both personal and social front..

4. If you have given an opportunity to create and implement one social awareness campaign, what would it be ?

Well, It would be an 'Environment awareness programme' and 'Education for all' campaign..

5. What is the best blog you have ever read (can restrict to blogs of CBC members) ? 

I would choose 'A travel blog of an Indian Backpacker' by Lakshmi Sharath..

6. Education or Experience - What would you vote for ? You should select one and tell why ?

I vote for Education here.. As Education brings you all awareness, it also gives you experience..

7. You are given a option to have a conversation with one person, who is no more. who will you choose and why ?

I would like to speak with my Grand father(My Mother's dad) who is no more, I lost him when I was 12 years old.. He will be so affectionate on me and he will be proud to see me now..

8. What did you want to be when you are a child and what you are now and what you want to be in future ?

I just wanna be a good Human-being always..

9. Make a rhythmic prefixes for the 7 days  of week ?

It would be Scintillating Sunday , Majestic Monday, Triumphing Tuesday, Wondrous Wednesday, Twinkling Thursday, Fabulous Friday, Speedy Saturday.

10. What is the Best and Worst in Blogging ?

The best part is you get a platform to share on whatever you want people to be aware of, the worst part is when it gets unnoticed..

11. If a movie was made about your life, what would be the title for the movie and who will you choose to play the lead role ? 

I would give a title as 'On the paths of my Journey' and I would choose one of my close friends to act in it..


Rule *3 - Here are the 11 bloggers I choose for the Liebster award :

1. Abhinav R
2. Jahid Akhtar
3. Vishal Rathod
4. Jeena R. Papaadi            
5. Chitra 
6. Incredible Tirunelveli
7. Devharsh Trivedi 
8. Ashish
9. Depopam
10.Deepa Iyer
11.Rupam sarma

 Rule 4 - Here are my questions for the 11 bloggers I chose :

1. What blogging means to you ?
2. Your favorite hangout in your city ?
3. If you are given a position of authority in our country, what change you will bring in and on which field you would give prime importance ?
4. Share your views on child labor.. Do you think that child labor has been eradicated ?
5. What is your favorite musical instrument ?
6. Test cricket examines a player more accurately than the shorter versions.. Whats your take on this ?
7. Do you think that our environment(trees, forests etc) is conserved properly, what would be your part in conserving the environment?
8. What brought you to blogging and when ?
9. Citizen Journalism - your views on it ?
10. What is your most memorable moment in life ?
11. Name your favorite city other than your own..?

Thanks for reading and Best wishes to all !!!! 

01 March 2013

Solitude with Nature


Solitude  is the state of being alone or a state of isolation, this is the meaning you could see in a dictionary.. But if you ask me, I would say solitude is somewhat connected with Nature..Its not about loneliness, its about spending some time alone with your inner self through God and with what God has gifted us(i.e.nature)..When solitude is merged with Nature, you could find your way in defining and discovering more about your inner soul.. You could discover your prime purpose in this world.. As said by Thomas Browne, 'All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God'.. You can never ask for more, when God has already gifted us with his own beautiful creations which serves us in many ways.
 -*    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.." - John Muir

 -*    "Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness" - Lawrence Freeman
  -*     "I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all and alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up " - Pearl S.Buck

  -*     "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.. " -John Lubbock

Image Source : Internet

In solitude one can quest for true intentions.. It helps to face our fears, to pray for our family, our loved ones whom we miss and it also helps in restoring our energy to make our-self ready for our next assignments..It heals all our misunderstandings, broken hearts and more than that makes us to realize what we are and what we are ought to do.. God has set a best way to understand our-self through solitude..If you closely observe our environment, you could witness many lessons that God has in store for us.. It starts from the busy working ant,honey bee to the magnificent mountains, each and every creatures in our environment stay as an example for us..It is proved by some researchers that if you closely observe the nature's greeny environment you can conquer your stress.. Its absolutely a stress-buster. Whenever you feel stale, just have a gaze or walk with Nature, its consequence would definitely be euphoric..

Here's a video that I have created for solitude with Nature :

Have some time in solitude to discover , to renovate and to restore your energies back..  Enjoy the Nature..

Thanks for reading..