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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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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

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6 simple and healthy recipes with mango

Mango, also called as ‘king of fruits’, is one of the nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance and taste. Studies have also shown that mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit in the world. King Sized Benefits of Mango Mango fruit is rich in Dietary fiber, Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidant compounds. This makes it a good choice as a desert for Diabetics, Thyroid and those having High Cholesterol. It is an excellent source of Beta Carotene, a pre cursor to Vitamin A and Potassium. Mango is also a good source of folate which will help in purification of the blood and production of RBCs. The antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia cancers. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically LDLs (Low Density Lipoproteins). Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home…

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How to manage Hypertension through proper diet

What is Blood Pressure ? Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats (about 60-70 times a minute at rest), it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. Most adults in the India have blood pressure readings in the range from 120 over 80 (120/80) to 140 over 90 (140/90). If your blood pressure is within this range, you should be taking steps to bring it down or to stop it rising any further. Dietary Management The current nutritional therapy focuses on weight management, sodium control and general nutrient balance. Objectives of Diet therapy are: To achieve a gradual weight loss in obese and overweight individuals and maintain their weight below the normal weight. To reduce the sodium intake. To maintain adequate nutrition. To achieve the above objectives, the prudent…

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10 Worst foods for your heart

Double cheese burgers, pepperoni pizzas and french fries – do they hurt your arteries? Dietician Khyati Rupani picks 10 worst foods for your heart’s health. 1. Red Meat Eating too much processed meat is very dangerous to your heart and increase risk of CVD’S. 5 slices make up 252 calories, 22 grams of fat and almost 1,000 mgs of sodium. Eating too much processed meat has been linked to high cholesterol, obesity, and high blood pressure leads to heart attack. 2. Butter croissants/khaari/baked puffs One measly butter croissant soars with a calorie content of 231 plus 12 grams of fat. Most of the fat being TRANS FAT, which is detrimental to the arteries. The innocent looking puffs/khaaris/croissants are packed with these trans fats responsible for heart diseases and abnormal lipids. 3. Pizza Doughy, pepperoni, cheese covered processed pizzas contain high amounts of saturated fat and are super high in sodium. These two are…

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Healthy foods – Are they really healthy ?

Some foods that we eat, may seem healthy. But the question is “Are Health Foods really Healthy?” Nutritional labels of many brands shout phrases such as “Low cholesterol, Low fat, No added sugar, organic foods, multigrain” etc. However, unhealthy choices lurk among even the most-healthy seeming foods. For instance, chewing onto a energy candy or granola bars. It may seem extremely nutritious and providing one enough energy. There lies the MYTH! The high energy comes from the high calories coming from high fats and high sugar in the bar. There’s no magic, but simply Hidden Diet Hazards The healthy myth’s considered unhealthy! Energy and granola bars :  Extremely high in fats, sugars and calories. The name “low-fat” just swaps sugar for fat and as many calories than regular versions. Lesson Learnt: AVOID these bars completely. Salads with unhealthy fatty dressings :  Vegetables are healthy. Yes! But the question is “Are The…