Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy Christmas!!!!!!!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.

A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank and we got upsot

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away

Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! you’ll take the lead

Carrot Soup

Ingredients :

Chopped Onion – 1

Carrot – 250gm

Green Chilli – 2nos

Ginger – 1inch piece

Water – 3cups

Salt, Pepper, – to taste


Cheese cube – 1

Method :

Cut the carrot into small pieces. Heat some butter in a pan and saute the onions in it. Add the carrot. After some time add chilly and ginger to it. Put the contents into a pressure cooker and cook . When it cools, grind and sieve the vegetables. Add some water and heat the soup. Before removing from fire add salt and pepper powder to it. Garnish with grated cheese

Miss World Competition Over, India’s Parvathy runner up!!!

India’s Parvathy Omanakuttan narrowly missed out on winning the Miss World 2008 crown which went to Russia’s Ksenya Sukhinova at a glittering African extravaganza held in Johannesburg on Saturday.

“Miss World 2008 is Russia,” announced Julia Morley, head of the Miss World committee that organises the event.

Twenty one-year-old Parvathy, who hails from Kottayam in Kerala, finished first runner up and failed to join five Indian glamour queens Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000) who had won the title.

This was the first time in eight years that an Indian reached the finals of the Miss World competition.

Parvathy, who had won this year’s Miss Femina contest in April, said she was happy that she could go this far in the contest but was disappointed a little at not having won the crown.

“I had expected that I will win. But there is a little disappointment. After many years, India reached the top five. It’s been eight years since an Indian has reached the finals of Miss World contest and this makes me happy,” Parvathy said.

“But I cannot say that I’m very happy as I had expected to win. I’m a little disappointed. But it is said that destiny has a big role to play in one’s life and God might have something better in stock for me,” the Kerala girl told NDTV.

The second runner up was Gabriel Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. More than 100 international beauties participated in this year’s Miss World pageant hosted by South Africa.

miss world

(L-R) Miss India Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss Russia Ksenia Sukhinova and Miss Trinidad & Tobago: Gabrielle Walcott

Cancer to be world’s top killer by 2010

Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world’s top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, international health experts said in a report released Tuesday. Rising tobacco use in developing countries is believed to be a huge reason for the shift, particularly in China and India, where 40 percent of the world’s smokers now live.

So is better diagnosing of cancer, along with the downward trend in infectious diseases that used to be the world’s leading killers.

Cancer diagnoses around the world have steadily been rising and are expected to hit 12 million this year. Global cancer deaths are expected to reach 7 million, according to the new report by the World Health Organization.

An annual rise of 1 percent in cases and deaths is expected � with even larger increases in China, Russia and India. That means new cancer cases will likely mushroom to 27 million annually by 2030, with deaths hitting 17 million.

Underlying all this is an expected expansion of the world’s population � there will be more people around to get cancer.

By 2030, there could be 75 million people living with cancer around the world, a number that many health care systems are not equipped to handle.

“This is going to present an amazing problem at every level in every society worldwide,” said Peter Boyle, director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Boyle spoke at a news conference with officials from the American Cancer Society, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Cancer Institute of Mexico.

The “unprecedented” gathering of organizations is an attempt to draw attention to the global threat of cancer, which isn’t recognized as a major, growing health problem in some developing countries.

“Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live,” said Hala Moddelmog, Komen’s chief executive.

The organizations are calling on governments to act, asking the U.S. to help fund cervical cancer vaccinations and to ratify an international tobacco control treaty.

Concerned about smoking’s impact on cancer rates in developing countries in the decades to come, the American Cancer Society also announced it will provide a smoking cessation counseling service in India.

“If we take action, we can keep the numbers from going where they would otherwise go,” said John Seffrin, the cancer society’s chief executive officer.

Other groups are also voicing support for more action.

“Cancer is one of the greatest untold health crises of the developing world,” said Dr. Douglas Blayney, president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

“Few are aware that cancer already kills more people in poor countries than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. And if current smoking trends continue, the problem will get significantly worse,” he said in a written statement.

Source – Yahoo News

Creativity in Vegetable Cutting

One day I was cutting vegetables for kurma on cutting board. I took beans first and cut them, then potato and last carrot. Suddenly my hubby told – “wait wait I want to take a picture of this” . I surprised what is there in particular. Then only I noticed properly. My vegetable pieces are like tricolor of our flag.

Here’s the picture for you

How is it?