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Agriculture can be very profitable, says new book




New Delhi, April 18: Contrary to popular opinion, agriculture can be a hugely profitable venture provided one has the right knowledge, says an agriculturist from Kerala.

“Agriculture can be transformed into a new generation agri-business by making available in the market, uncontaminated fruits pesticides,” says C. Hariharan in “Make Millions from Agriculture” (Konark Publishers).and vegetables free of hazardous chemical insecticides and

This would also need to be accompanied by enhancing the quality of output through the implementation of grading and labelling, says the 158-page book packed with tips on how to succeed in farming.

“If making profits is the main objective of practicing agriculture, then knowledge updation is most important,” says the author, a resident of Alappuzha who devised practical methods of farming by himself and developed it into a profitable enterprise.

“Care must begin right from the time of germination of quality seeds in soil that is alive. Training for the utilisation of wind, sunlight, heat, humidity, water, fertilisers, etc, in the right measure is also important.

“We must realise that agriculture will become highly profitable only if the production and marketing are mutually complementary,” Hariharan says.

Son of an employee of a government printing press, Hariharan started his own business with three offset printing presses after graduation.

It was after once listening to Malayalam writer Sukumar Azhikode promoting agriculture on a commercial basis, including through kitchen gardens, that Hariharan switched over to farming.

Harharan’s initial experiment of cultivating vegetables on just one acre of land by combing traditional and modern methods brought him huge financial success.

“After that I took some more land on lease with some like-minded friends and cultivated plantains and vegetables.

“I could soon become a model for others in making agriculture a profitable enterprise rather than just a delightful pastime.”

In his book, Hariharan delves into great detail to explain how lakhs of rupees can be earned by cultivating bitter gourd, long beans, ivy gourd, papaya, passion fruit and more.

In his Foreword, noted agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan says that Hariharan’s book should become a part of school curriculum.

“This book would stand distinct with its detailed descriptions of the experiences of farmers and true accounts of income and expenditure of cultivation of each vegetable showing excellent return on investment.

“It also gives a befitting reply to those who spread messages that agriculture in general is not economically viable,” Swaminathan says.



Gift green plants, orange gujiya on Holi




New Delhi, Feb 24: Going for a Holi party? Add colours to your gifting options like a green plant, a gold coin or orange sweets like gujiya, suggest experts.

Sunil Gupta, Founder at, and Vishwavijay Singh, Co-Founder at, have listed a few colourful options:

* Green: As the colour green signifies peace and harmony, how about gifting a potted plant or terrarium as a gift? Plants make a perfect gift for various occasions as gifting your loved ones with plants spreads positive energy and improves the quality of air in a home.


* Yellow: In India, gifting gold jewellery and idols is considered auspicious for celebratory occasions. The colour yellow signifies piousness and gifting something as precious as gold in an earring or a gold coin has an intrinsic value.

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* Orange: Every festival or occasion is incomplete without sweets. Gifting sweets has always been the benchmark of Indian tradition, especially during festivals. Therefore, this Holi, gift your loved ones with sweets and savouries like malpuas, gujiyas, motichoor ladoos and more.


* Blue: As the colour blue signifies calm, gift your friend or a family member a travel gift card. Gift a travel experience which can last for a day, a week or more.

* Red: The colour red reflects love and fertility. Look for gifts such as red-coloured clothes or attractive home decor pieces like candle holders, canvas painting, and flowers that can change the overall look and feel of a home.


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Use potato slices to treat puffy eyes



Potato on eyes

New Delhi, Feb 21: Waking up with puffy eyes is rather common and it is easy to treat them. Drink sufficient water and use refrigerated slices of potatoes to get rid of the puffiness, suggest experts.

Bubbles Singh, Founder at Just B Au Naturel and Ragini Mehra, Founder at Beauty Source, have listed simple ways to treat your problem:

* The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drink water. When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause your under-eye area and other parts of your body to swell.

Water also helps flush toxins out of the body.

* Iced compresses like chilled green or black tea bags can help soothe puffy and irritated eyes. They contain anti-irritant properties that help reduce swelling around your eyes. You could even try splashing your face and eyes with ice cold water.

* Slices of refrigerated potato or cucumber work as a fantastic natural remedy to get rid of under eye puffiness.

The enzymes and the astringent properties in these vegetables help reduce inflammation and help tighten the skin. This remedy will also help get rid of wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes.

* A mask made of egg whites helps in tightening the area around the eyes, as egg whites are a nourishing natural skin care treatment, reducing puffiness of the eyes.

* Puffiness of the eyes can be caused by seasonal or inherited allergies. Allergies prompts us to rub our eyes more, leading to further puffiness. Visit a doctor and get yourself checked in case of any such.

* Use natural products that help reduce dryness, reduce puffiness and hydrate your skin like an eye serum or aloe vera based eye creams which can also cool down the eye area.

These products do not harm the eyes, repair and replenish the skin around the eyes, ensuring that you see a difference in the brightness and texture under your eyes when you get up in the morning.


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Choco lava cake hot favourite among lovebirds



Choco lava cake

New Delhi, Feb 19: Lovebirds indulged in some sugary goodness, including choco lava cake, on Valentine’s Day, reveals a survey.

According to findings derived from Swiggy’s order analysis for Valentine’s Day on February 14 and eight Wednesdays before that, love-struck Indians stuck to their favourites, the most shareable pizza and fries, as their order increased sharply by 55 per cent and 38 per cent respectively.

Choco lava cake saw an increase of 73 per cent. There were four times more donuts orders and red velvet items were also ordered 3.5 times more, read a statement.

The 2018 Valentine’s Day food trends are on the basis of Swiggy’s order analysis of the cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi/NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Jaipur.

“Despite the usual excitement around making Valentine’s Day special, an increasing number of urbanites made the choice to spend it at home with their loved ones.

“Deterred by urban challenges like long working hours, traffic, planning and reservation and parking, many couples opted to have their Valentine’s dates over great food, in the privacy of their homes,” said Srivats TS, Vice President, Marketing at Swiggy.


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