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Pop-up your taste buds at Independence Day

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New Delhi, Aug 11:  As India marks 70 years,  celebrate it special with the different dishes. From the tri-colour mocktail to trio of Panna Cotta to mazedaar masala munch chaat.

This Independence Day, some of the experts curated easy-to-do recipes with a regional twist to celebrate freedom from diet goals.

* Recipe: Trio of Panna Cotta by Chef Elangovan from Vivanta by Taj- Dwarka: Indian take on classic Italian dessert from Veneto. Flavours of khus, vanilla and saffron are a modern twist to this humble set cream with the perfect wobbly texture on the occasion of Independence Day.

* Ingredients: Heavy Cream: 300 ml; Breakfast sugar: 35 gm; Gelatin: 5 gm; Khus: 10 ml; Saffron: 50 gm; Vanilla: 5 ml

* Method: Soak gelatin in cold water, Boil cream and sugar in a pan. Add soaked gelatin and mix till it cools slightly, strain, divide mixture into three equal parts. Add khus in one part, vanilla in second and saffron in the third. In a glass gently pour khus mix first and allow it to set. Then pour vanilla mix and allow it to set. Finally pour the saffron mix and let it set. Serve chilled!

* Recipe: Experts of Pepsico brand Kurkure give recipe on mazedaar masala munch chaat.

* Ingredients: One pack of rice crispies, sweet corn, bell peppers and onion.

* Recipe: Take a pack of rice crispies in a bowl and mix it up with fresh sliced bell peppers and diced onions. Add sweet corn for a juicy crunch.

Twist to transform the popular snacks from the four regions of the country:

* From the East: Bengal is known for its spicy and delicious cuisine. Take a cue from their all-time favourite Jhal Muri and to Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add half tea spoon of imli chutney, half a lemon juice and half teaspoon red chilli powder, half tablespoon finely chopped coriander, one teaspoon of Jeera powder, one teaspoon of chaat masala and salt to the masala recipe. Stir well for a lip smacking evening snack with a Bengali spicy twist

* From the West: The street food culture runs strong in western India, be it Gujarat or Maharashtra. Be inspired from Sev Puri Dahi Puri, lovingly called SPDP and to the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, lay golgappas on a plate and fill them with masala recipe. Then add half cup mint coriander chutney, half cup sweet tamarind and dates chutney, half tea spoon imli chutney, half cup red chili garlic chutney, half a lemon juice with a pinch of Jeera powder or roasted cumin powder.

* From the North: Nothing beats evening tea with snacks in north India. Capture the moment with your family and add a bowl of Channe to the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add ginger, coriander powder, a tinge of black salt and cucumbers. Serve with a piping hot cup of tea.

* From the South: Add coconut and mustard seeds in the dish and serve the tanginess of south India for snacks with your family. To the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add a handful of grated coconut.

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Don’t overdo stress or make-up on wedding day

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Don’t go overboard by giving your eyes and lips a dramatic makeover and preferably choose a balance look. Also, ensure you remain stress-free to look your best, suggest experts.

Nalin Verma, Co-Founder, Euro Chroma Institute of Cosmetolgy and Puniti, Beauty Expert at 7 Shades by Puniti Unisex Salon, have shared tips:

* The main idea of a perfect bridal make-up look is to accentuate the best features, and at the same time, keep the overall look simple, yet gorgeous. As it is, Indian brides are loaded with jewellery and heavy dresses. So, it is best to keep the make-up natural.

* If you want a classic bridal look, opt for vermillion red, coral red, deep red and pink red lip colours. Ditch pastel or nude shades.

* Highlight eyes or lips, not both. Fresh and effortless make-up styles are dominating the modern bridal trend. Lips could be kept moist or matte depending on the event.

* For blushing cheeks, shades of pink, red and orange are the colours of choice for most brides.

* Mascara is a good option to give a neat look to the eye lashes.

* In order to obtain a long-lasting look, start by cleansing your face well and then patting it dry to ensure that there are no traces of dirt or oil on the face.

* Indian brides love gold eye make-up since it goes well with their red, fuchsia, or green lehengas, ghagras, or heavy saris. So, if you want to play it safe, this is the color to go with.

Paint the eyelids with a gold or peachy pink shade, and use some charcoal shadow on the exterior lid contours to give a subtle, smoky effect. You can achieve this by using a brown shade on the inner crease area.

You can also use golden eye shadow instead of silver for the brow bones.

* If you are hiring a make-up artist, make sure you explain what you need clearly. Explaining things in advance will help you get the look you want. If the make-up artist is new, then it is always recommended to get a trial session before your wedding day.

* Ward off stress hormones: You need to relax and shun off all the stress. It is difficult to practice but stress can take a toll on your skin, making it look worse.

* Take care of puffy eyes: Use chamomile tea bags over the eyes to make them appear less puffy. Using normal tea bags may stain your skin.

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Why mothers’ response to baby’s babbling is important

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New York, Jan 21: Do not stop your little ones when they are babbling. According to new research, babies tend to listen to mothers’ verbal languages that further helps them in learning language skills.

Babies organise mothers’ verbal responses, which promotes more effective language instruction and infant babbling is the key, the research said.

Published in the journal Developmental Science, the study maintained that babies modify their sounds to become more speech-like in response to feedback from their caregivers and that they learn things have names by caregivers naming objects.

Researchers recorded and recombined the vocalisations of 40 nine-month-olds and their mothers, using a “playback paradigm”, to assess how specific forms of sounds and actions by infants influenced parental behaviour.

“We expected that mothers would respond more often when babbling was more mature and they did. The increased rate of response meant more language-learning opportunities for the baby,” said Michael Goldstein, Associate Professor of Psychology at Cornell University.

“The mothers’ speech was also more likely to contain simplified, learnable information about linguistic structure and the objects around the baby. Thus, by varying the form and context of their vocalisations, infants influence maternal behaviour and create social interactions that facilitate learning,” Goldstein said.

The researchers also found that mothers responded more often and more informatively to vocalisations directed at objects than those that were undirected.

“We suspected this would be the case because the object the baby is looking at creates an opportunity for the mother to label it, so she’s more likely to respond with specific information than when a baby is babbling at nothing,” said Rachel Albert, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lebanon Valley College.

“These results contribute to a growing understanding of the role of social feedback in infant vocal learning, which stands in contrast to the historical view of prelinguistic vocalisations in which babbling was assumed to be motor practice, with no function in the development of communication and language,” Albert added.

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Best ways to decorate your space with plants

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New Delhi, Jan 17: Plants look just adorable and keeping them indoors not only brings life to the entire place but they also improve the air quality by reducing toxins existing in the atmosphere so make sure you are decorating your abode with plants nicely.

Myna Batavia, Founder of Green Carpet, and Preeti Narula, Founder of Living Balconies, list down ways to decorate your house with plants.

* Your living room is the best place to be decorated with a lot of greenery. Potted plants are the best choice to be kept in the living room. These pots are available in different sizes and colours to suit your requirements. Ensure that they are visible over the furniture kept in the living room.

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* The dining area should be graced with plants such as money plants, bamboo plants, and ferns in glass bottles and vases.

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* Embellish your bedroom with indoor plants such as Sansevieria which increases oxygen levels at night to have a sound sleep. You can keep small potted plants on bedside tables on either side of the bed.

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* In the open space or balconies, install a shelf or hanging flower boxes along the railings to make it look attractive from outside. Also planter in sync with wall colours and embellishing the place with animal artefacts will increase the beauty quotient of these areas.

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* Also just to fill in the empty area of your apartment, you can try keeping big plants in colourful pots.

* Decorate your living space with indoor plants as they make any area feel bright, lively, calm and beautiful.

* Place your plants on shelves or wooden pallets to create a mini indoor garden

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* One can also hang indoor plants like Chinese money plant, Staghorn ferns, snake plants and weeping fig in the balcony.

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* Use your old crockery set for planting to decorate your kitchen, living room, and even bathrooms.

* Make your own terrarium with succulents to create a decorative piece in your kid’s room or dining table.

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