Thursday, November 25, 2004

Politicians keep on harping over different themes every time there is an event or a festival approaching. Once the CM Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Navratri (Nine days festival in India) urged people to go vegetarian all 365 days but soon forgot about it himself, I guess;-) This reminds that Gandhiji had been Mascot followed by Sadhu Vasvani (25th Non Vegetarian Day) for vegetarianism. He said, "Take food as medicine and not in order to gratify the palate. Eating non veg itself brings out evil thoughts in human minds who become violent and destructive.

Now, as we shift towards the next universal festival 'Thanksgiving Day', (26th Nov) it's amazing to know about the pilgrims and how people started celebrating this day when I read Ann McGovern's Book 'The Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving'. However, kids in west marvel students and smack their lips at many food dishes that were eaten at the first Thanksgiving like wild turkey, geese, ducks, deer, lobsters, clams, oysters and fish along with vegetables and pop corn.

This reminds of a proverb which is rightly said, "What you think, you cook and what you cook, you eat and what you eat, accordingly thoughts flash in your mind". So, Check it Out! Avoid Flesh, Avoid Fish and Avoid all the Non Veg dish! Go Vegetarian. After all, its your Life - Attitude makes a big Difference!

Recipe for Life

- Blossomsmile ilaxi
Editor, Kidsfreesouls
- Official Blogger for M.J. Akbar

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Hello...November 21 has been marked as 'Hello Day' but How oft we do remember even to say Hi casually to friends or well wishers? It's Power of Voice that influence people. Voice can be used to achieve greater confidence.How to use voice to persuade people to your way of thinking.A voice could seduce or sedate people. Ever noticed how do you SOUND???"HELLO" – When we say this five lettered word, it’s the sound that makes a big difference. Your voice is the inner reflexion of your soul. Every person has gifted with a voice which one can modulate with the speech styles. The voice is the power within you. It has powers that make a person fall in love with you.A voice can make one ready for a battle of words which can calm and seduce, provoke or silence, thrill and charge or can be electrifying. Voice has a special depth of thoughts and can influence your whole life as well as others. When you say ‘Hello’ the sound is like tinkling bell when you say it with softness and deep feeling but if you are harsh with your words, this means you are not towards the right track to road ahead of success. Words spoken with intelligence, words spoken with soft feelings, words spoken with understanding has an impact on the other with the voice powers. If you observe people talking, you can find the characteristics of the person which can master you with ‘mind reading’. Voice can get you hired or fired or promoted too. A voice can make friends or foes. A voice bring love back into your life and a voice can make your work loads lighter when you are on hieghts of your job and the work stress is higher.

(Send Hello Cards)
I have two Book Recommendations which might help readers:

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Speak to Influence : How to unlock the Hidden Power of you Voice
by Susan Berkley

Voice is a lovely gift that humans possess and as someone said "Speech is silvern, silence is gold" – Speech is Silvern but Silence speaks a thousand words and those thousand words when are accumulated comes out with an outburst, overflowing thoughts stored in the mind and than there is peace and calmness, isnt this true?

- Blossomsmile ilaxi
Editor, Kidsfreesouls

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Kidsfreesouls Announces a 'Book Week' every year in November. Dive into the Ocean of Knowledge picking up pearls of Education, Entertainment & Information to share with friends. Books widen the doors of imagination and stimulate the mind. Desire of Knowledge is a natural feeling. Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. Some read to think, some read to write but majority of them need to talk! Our mind is a wanderer as it create thoughts, thoughts create intentions and intentions create reality! Thoughts rule the world! The mind in its own place and itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.

Happy Reading, Keep the faith.

- Blossomsmile ilaxi
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  • Monday, November 08, 2004

    Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year (12/13th November) to all Readers of kidsfreesouls. It's time for celebrations and as I remember the aggressive arguments of Suhel Seth in his print article in Asian Age and also on 'We the People' NDTV Debate, I feel 'Celebrating Diwali & New Year is like the feel of the Music & Dance during Christmas.' In the name of celebrations, yeah, we sure have a lot of gifts, give and takes, a lot of eats and socialising but isn't this so good feel when we take out time from our busy routines to relax and enjoy?

    Anyways, I remember I once got a Softel Icecream Maker Machine from Times of India Advertisement response department for submitting Ice-cream making Recipes and here is a delightful Chocolate Cook Book I use for making chocolates during Diwali.

    Wish could pass on some to Suhel Seth as a Gift...with a note 'Happy Diwali & Happy New Year..LoL

    I tried The Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook and ever since then, a great Chocoholic. As some ingredients were not available in town, I grabbed this book 'Art of Chocolates: Techniques & Recipes from a friend. The books says in detail:
    Start to Finish -
    Ingredients and Tools
    Melting and Tempering Chocolate
    Spectacular Chocolate Confections
    Chocolate Magic Tricks
    Spectacular Chocolate Gifts
    Spectacular Chocolate Cakes and Desserts
    Basic Cakes, Fillings, Frostings, and Sauces

    Easier to go through step by step with simple Instructions. The magic tricks are great I like most because once you make a chocolate, the appear has to be cool. So here's a mould,chocolate plates, bowls, boxes, cups, leaves, bows, flowers, tree bark various cutouts.Chocolate baskets, decorated boxes and various tricks is sure catchy. Of coz, some ingredients fall short in India, there's always some substitutes to use and I find it much easier to try my hand on one or two recipe but yeah, reading is cool n the taste touches the sweet tooth jes seeing the pics. A good pick.

    - Blossomsmile ilaxi
    Editor, Kidsfreesouls

    Monday, November 01, 2004

    Why Do Parents Over-indulge?

    This book has invaluable resource to nurturing cooperation, good character, and positive life skills in children. You'll learn how to:

    -Avoid power struggles with your children
    -Maintain schedules, plan meals, and reduce stress through effective time management
    -Learn the power of family meetings in tackling discipline and developmental problems
    -Help those who care for your children understand the important philosophy of kindness and firmness in setting boundaries

    Busy parents shower their love for kids by spending excessive amount decorating kids room with all modern facilities and buying expensive gifts. With both working parents competing with each other in hiking their career graphs, each tries to beat the other in appeasing the neglected child by providing wrong signals. They do not realise that more than the material goods, what the child needs is emotional security, which the parents have no time for. Parents go overboard exhibiting their parental instincts of their own interest and the same child actually resent this over indulgence as over the years. They grow to regard this as interference. What I think is that it is neither indulgence nor interference but involvement that the child needs most. According to Daniel Goleman, childhood is
    "a special window of opportunity for shaping children's emotional habits." We must help children recognize and understand their emotions and the emotions of others. For this kids need time, love, attention, a sense of belonging, structure, and for the adults to model humane, honest behavior, Listening and communicating skills.

    Pause, think - shower love with gifts but spend value time with kids as no amount of expenses incurred can compensate for parental love, afterall!

    -Blossomsmile ilaxi
    Editor, Kidsfreesouls