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Exclusive and special features on variety of topics. Includes interviews with NRI Achievers, guest posts by experts and other articles of general interest.

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Arushi Madan : The Green Machine that inspires with her actions

Exclusive interview with Arushi Madan, Environment Ambassador to the Middle East (by Tunza Eco-Generation) and President of youth community group “Students for the Earth” What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau 17-year-old Arushi Madan isn’t just a regular teenager. She’s extremely dedicated towards lending her voice to the larger cause of conserving our environment. Known as the “Green Machine,” due to her great passion for the environment, Arushi takes every opportunity to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and reduce waste. In an era where most youngsters are not motivated enough to take up green-causes, Arushi manages to capture their attention by speaking their language – videos, games, quizzing, give-aways and Green Talk sessions are some of her tools. Interestingly, she campaigns at food courts, cafeterias and high school football areas to spread environmental awareness. With the…

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Dietitian speaks : How to stay fit and healthy during the party season

December is the month of celebration & parties but it also tends to be a time where we consume high fat & high calorie food. Here is a smart guide to make sure we stay in shape after the December party binge. During the party season… Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack before the party. Always eat normally on the day of a party. People who skip meals to save up calories tend to overeat everything in sight once they get there. Watch your portion sizes. Use a smaller plate ~ your mind will consider it a full plate regardless of its size! Pile your plate high with traditional seasonal vegetables such as red cabbage, carrots, sprouts and cauliflower. The more colors you have on your plate, the greater the variety of nutrients. Make a sweet potato mash with a hint of ground cumin.…

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Anaemia – Causes, Symptoms and Dietary Guidelines

What is Anaemia ? The blood in our bodies is composed of three types of cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) that circulate throughout the body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (Hb), a red, iron-rich protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to all of the body’s muscles and organs. Oxygen provides the energy the body needs for all of its normal activities. Anaemia occurs when the number of red blood cells (or the Hb in them) falls below normal and the body gets less oxygen and therefore has less energy than it needs to function properly. Signs & Symptoms It is common for people to ignore symptoms of anaemia or attribute them to other causes. Anaemia can make it hard to find the energy to enjoy hobbies or other leisure activities, or even to complete basic tasks at home or at work. Major symptoms of anaemia…

Photos : Amazing India like you have never seen before!

India, as described by Time magazine, is a kaleidoscope of contrasts. The historical heritage and huge diversity in landscape, people and cultures makes it one of the most amazing countries in the world. Immagine, a non profit organisation based in Kerala, is seeking to weave that vivacious variety in a hand-picked collection of images that showcase the wonder that is India. The 29 images below are the award-winning entries representing every state of India from the 2014 India Weaved in Frames contest (Telangana, India’s newest state, wasn’t there in the inaugural contest). For the photographic enthusiasts out there, India Weaved in Frames photography contest has announced the second edition of this contest and is now inviting entries from the world over. Enjoy thse amazing photos representing 29 Indian states Arunachal Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Assam Bihar Chhattisgarh Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Himachal Pradesh Nagaland…

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Want to save the world? This 15 year old will tell you how

Exclusive interview with Kehkashan Basu, the youngest Global Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Program “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” – Richard Rogers 15 year old, Kehkashan Basu, a Year 10 student at the Deira International School in Dubai, has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old. She has been working tirelessly to enlist the support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. In 2013 at the tender age of 12, she was elected as UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. Major achievements Her internationally acclaimed work on sustainability has resulted in…

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Nikita Gandhi – Living the Culinary Dream

Exclusive interview with Nikita Gandhi, winner of MasterChef India 4 “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck On Sunday, 12th April 2015, Nikita Gandhi created history as the youngest winner of MasterChef India – the Indian version of world’s most popular cooking show. After 11 weeks and 67 episodes of hard work and nerve-racking challenges, Nikita had become the proud winner of MasterChef India’s golden coat as well as Rupees one crore prize money. Another significant achievement was when India’s biggest celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor selected one of her dishes to be added to the menu of his restaurant – Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. Originally from Gujarat, the 21-year-old business and finance graduate, was born and brought up in Abu Dhabi. Even though her parents were open about her career…

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Healthy Ramadan : Fasting and your health

The holy month of Ramadan is here and are you looking for a great way to end your fast this Ramadan? The delicious meals at iftar is what all of us have our eyes on! Traditionally, there is an emphasis on providing bountiful meals to celebrate this special month. The women of the house toil for hours preparing scrumptious meals for family and friends. Ramadan isn’t always thought of as being an opportunity to lose weight because the spiritual aspect is emphasized more generally than the health aspect. However, it’s a great chance to get the physical benefits as well. When the body is starved of food, it starts to burn fat so that it can make energy. This can lead to weight loss. However, if you fast for too long your body will eventually start breaking down muscle protein for energy, which is unhealthy. So, all you have to do is…

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The All-round Girl : Engineer, Dancer, Model and now Miss India Qatar

Exclusive interview with winner of Miss India Qatar 2015, who would represent Qatar at Miss India Worldwide. “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful” – Jacqueline Bisset Gone are the days when beauty queens were considered to be size-zero girls with loads of make-up and no real personality. Today, the beauty pageant winners are decided on a plethora of  factors like confidence, poise, overall appearance, the way you move on stage and how you answer the questions. 23 year old Jyotsna Arora is a perfect example of today’s confident girl, who strive to excel in different roles. Hailing from New Delhi, Jyotsna is an electronics and communications engineer by profession and currently works with an EPC firm in Dubai. Recently she was crowned as Miss India Qatar 2015 and will be representing Qatar at the prestigious Miss India Worldwide pageant, to be…

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Chase your dreams, Embrace your passion and Success will follow

Exclusive interview with Doha based winner of National Film Award You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support – Sabrina Bryan When Christy Siluvappan, who works as a media manager in Doha, flew down to New Delhi in May 2015, it was a flight he would remember for the rest of his life. He had chased his dream, embraced his passion and now success was at his doorsteps. Christy was on his way to attend the 62nd National Film Awards Ceremony – the highest awards in the field of Indian entertainment – as producer of Best Tamil Film – Kuttram Kadithal. Apart from the National Award, Christy’s maiden production Kuttram Kadithal was selected for Indian Panorama status in Indian International Film Festival – Goa, was adjudged the Best Film in Chennai International Film Festival, and was the official selection for various international film festivals. NRICafe is pleased to have an exclusive interview with Christy Siluvappan…

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Kidney Stones – Keeping them at bay

Kidney stones, or renal calculi, are solid masses made of crystals. Originating from the kidneys, they can develop in the urinary tract. Kidney stones are known to be one of the most painful medical conditions Risk Factors Two golden dietary rules to curb the formation of kidney stones Curb the use of these culprits to curb kidney stones List of Food Items