Foods to lift your mood

Some of our days will make us to feel anxious, irritable, frustrated or depressed. Here are some food items which help in boosting up your mind.

1. Bananas

Bananas are rich in natural sugars and mood-lifting nutrients helps to put a smile on your face. In addition to this banana also contains

Tryptophan – an essential amino acid which boosts serotonin levels

Magnesium – helps you to relax

Vitamin B6 – helps to relieve depression

2. Nuts

Consumption of Walnuts and Brazil nuts could be the perfect healthy way to boost up your mood. Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and tryptophan in Walnuts offer you the mood boosting properties.

Brazil nuts and Walnuts

Brazil nuts and Walnuts

The nuts are also a good source of Folate also called as Vitamin B9; the deficiency of which leads to depression.

As low levels of selenium causes depression, irritability and anxiety, snacking on Brazil nuts plays a vital role in secreting selenium.

3. Vitamin B12 and Oily fish

A dose of B vitamins namely vitamins B12 and B6 helps to lift your mood. B vitamins are required for normal brain function and for producing mood boosting serotonin.

As Marmite is fortified with vitamin B12, this is a good choice of people who struggle to get their recommended intake.

Omega-3 fatty acid in oily fish is good for heart, brain health and is a good mood booster.

University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine concludes from a research that lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood make them feel moderately depressed and have a negative outlook.

4. Chocolate

Chocolate is the most favourite snack of many which includes

  • Relaxing magnesium
  • Calming anandamide
  • And pleasure-inducing phenylethylamine.

Chocolate dipped with strawberries

Chocolate dipped with strawberries

Chocolate when dipped with strawberries gives you a healthy treat with mood-boosting benefits. Being a good source of vitamin C, Strawberries helps in the production of endorphins and also contains rich mood-enhancing flavonoids.

A tribute to Pataudi – the Great Seducer of his time

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi – nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, former Indian cricket captain was born on 5 January 1941.

Pataudi was the youngest captain at the age of 21 in the Indian cricket team’s history and is regarded as one of the finest ever.

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, former Indian cricketer

Pataudi has totally played 46 test matches for India from 1961 to 1975 and also captained 40 test matches thereby winning nine of them.

His right eye got damaged in a car crash even then he continued playing and scored 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91 per innings.

This great tiger died on 22nd September 2011 in Delhi Hospital because of lung infection.

Miss Universe 2011 – Leila Lopes

The 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant was at the Credicard Hall in Brazil on 12th of September 2011.

Delegates from 89 countries and territories competed for the title of Miss Universe 2011 this year in Brazil.

Miss-Universe 2010

Miss-Universe 2010 - Ximena Navarrete

After a tough competition Miss Angola, Leila Lopes was announced as Miss Universe 2011, taking over the reign of Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe and Miss Mexico 2010. At the end of the event Ximena Navarrete of Mexico crowned her successor, Leila Lopes of Angola.

Miss Universe 2011

Miss Universe 2011 - Leila Lopes

An African beauty has not been crowned Miss Universe since 1999, when Miss Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe, took the crown.

Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were

  1. To get a lot of sleep
  2. Use sunscreen even when it’s not sunny
  3. To drink lots of water

She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.

The first runner-up in the competition was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine.

The second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil.

The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.


Miss Universe 2011 winner and runner up

Miss USA (and Miss California) Alyssa Campanella is there in the 2011’s Top 15 out of a total of 88 contestants.

Onam sms wishes in Malayalam

Last year i have started my post with this jinulive under the topic My Onam Celebration 2010 and i am glad to share my wishes for the second time continuosly.

Attha pookalam on PONONAM done by my mom

Attha pookalam done by my mom

  • Aishvaryavum, Samriddiyum, niranja nalla nalukal ennum undavatte oppam manassil snehthinte oru onamai.

  • Oormakal koodukootiya manasinte thalir chillayil niramulla oraayiram ormakulumai oru PONNONAM koodi varavayi…
    Hridhayam Niranja ONAASHAAMSHAKAL.

  • Veendum oru ponnonam koodi vannethi. Ellavarkkum ente ponnona aasamsakal.
  • Oro puvilum Oro thalirilum Oro Manasilum Vasantham Vidarthikondu Veendumoru ONAM vannethi” HAPPY ONAM “.
  • Nanmayudeyum , sambal samrithiyudeyum, oru ponnonam koodi varavayi.
  • Sandhoshathinteyum samrdhiyudeyum oraayiram onaashamsagal.
  • Kai Niraye Pookkalum Veedu niraye Aiswaryavum manasu Niraye snehavumayi
    Onakkalam koodi
    Othiri snehathode

  • Aishwaryathinteyum nanmayudeyum,
    nairmalyathinteyum pratheekamaya thumbappookkal,
    mavelithamburane varavelkunna e sudinangalil …
    Ente priya suhruthinu orayiram onashamsakal nerunnu.

  • Orumayude
    Onam Varavayi !!!

I wish you all a very Happy Onam.Smiley  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley

SMS jokes

  • Dad to Tintumon: When I beat you how did you control your anger?

    Tintumon: I start cleaning the toilet.

    Dad: How does that satisfy you?

    Tintumon: I clean it with your tooth brush.

  • Dad: Do u know how 2 swim?

    Tintumon: No.

    Dad: A dog is better than u! It can swim.

    Tintumon: So do u know how 2 swim?

    Dad: For sure!

    Tintumon: Then, what’s the difference between u and a dog?

  • Tintumon called FM radio & said

    “I’ve found a purse with Rs.15000/- a credit card & an ID card of Mr.Mani, No.13,Halls rd,kannur….

    Radio jocky : How honest ….so you want to return his purse…?

    Tintumon : no……. i just wanted to dedicate a sad song for him…

  • Father and Tintumon were standing in front of the tiger’s cage at the zoo.

    The father was explaining how ferocious and strong tigers are and Tintumon was taking it all in with a serious expression.

    “Dad,” tinumon said finally, “if the tiger got out of his cage and ate you up …”

    “Yes, son?” the father said expectantly.

    “What bus should I take home?” Tintumon finished

  • Tintumon was asked to write a sign board for the traffic near the school.

    He wrote”Drive carefully! Don’t kill the students, wait for the teachers”

  • Prof.: Chemical symbol of Barium?


    Prof.: For Sodium?


    Prof.: What will we get if 1 atom of Barium & 2 atoms of Sodium combines?


  • The principal was annoyed by the noise during the assembly program.

    “There seem to be several idiots in the auditorium this morning,Wouldn’t it be better to hear one at a time?”

    Tintumon shouted, “Okay – you start.”

  • Teacher: Imagine u r a millionaire. Write ur life history.

    Tintumon didn’t write.

    Teacher: why are you not writing?

    Tintumon : I’m waiting 4 my secretary 2 take notes….


    Teacher: Write the passive voice of ” I made a mistake”

    Tintumon: ” I was made by a mistake”

  • A professor to Tintumon: “what is attention deficit hyperactive disorder?”

    Tintumon: “JIMBALAKDI PAMBA”

    professor: “I don’t understand anything”

    Tintumon: “same 2 you”

  • Tintumon: Dad, there is a small PTA meeting at school tomorrow…..

    Dad: Wat do u mean by a small PTA meeting ?

    Tintumon: its… just u, me & the Principal !

  • Techy Tintumon

    Teacher: Write a C program to prevent TITANIC from sinking..

    Tintumon:Declare the variable TITANIC as float…!

  • A day spent without laughter is a day wasted. Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Movie review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series.

Planet of the apes movie

Planet of the apes

The story starts with the scientist Will Rodman, currently residing in San Francisco. He is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by performing tests on apes.

During his test a female chimpanzee gives birth to a baby chimpanzee named Caesar. Steven Jacobs orders to put down all the test chimpanzees after the escape of the female chimpanzee.

Robert Franklin, the subordinate responsible for carrying out this was not able to kill the baby chimpanzee and instead he kept it in his house. Caesar haves high intelligence, and learns unbelievably well.

Rise of the planet of the apes caesar

Rise of the planet of the apes - caesar

Will gives a sample of his cure to his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Initially his father improves but illness came back again.

On by attacking a neighbor who threatened Will’s father, Caesar is forced to leave Will’s house and entered a primate facility in San Bruno, where the apes are held in cages and are cruelly treated.

Rodman again creates a more powerful cure to treat his father and begins testing on chimps begin. The new Cure strengthens the intelligence of the apes, but is critical to humans. Franklin dies because of his exposure towards the virus.

Rise of the planet of the apes

Rise of the planet of the apes

Caesar escapes from his cage and releases an airborne strain of the virus that increases the intelligence of the apes.

Because of the virus Caesar was able to speak and it made all apes escape from the primate facility, Will’s research institute and San Francisco Zoo.

They all escaped through the streets by fighting with a police blockade who stopped them from crossing.

The movie is most surprising in its seriousness as it shows a forceful character study of Caesar.

Overall it is rated as 5/8 with most satisfying subject.

Miss India Universe 2011

Beauty pageant “Miss India Universe” is conducted every year and the winner of the same represents India in Miss Universe Contest.

Miss-Universe-1994 sushmita sen

Miss-Universe-1994 sushmita sen

Till now Ms. Sushmita Sen and Ms. Lara Dutta from our country have been coroneted in this prestigious contest in 1994 and 2000, respectively.

Miss India Universe 2011

Sunkavalli Vasuki, 26 years old beauty from Hyderabad has won this title at Mumbai on 15th July 2011 by defeating 16 contestants; this victory reserved her represent India in Miss Universe Contest at Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Miss Universe India 2011 - Sunkavalli Vasuki

Sunkavalli Vasuki

The current Miss India Universe, Ms. Vasuki belongs to Ungatore in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

She was crowned by Ms Sushmita Sen, famous actress and first Miss Universe from India in 1994.

We hope that Ms. Sunkavalli Vasuki is a strong competitor in severe battle for winning the title of MISS UNIVERSE this year. The entire country wishes her the best. Smiley

Myths about Weight Loss

In this modern world no one wishes to be looking fat, People are ready to face all the challenges to become lean, some are taking advantage over this and started earning money out of this by giving ideas which may even cause hazard than good.

1. If I sharply reduce my calories, I will lose weight faster

When you try to cut your calories severely, your metabolism gets slow rather than speeding up by making it more difficult to lose weight. Avoid starving yourself.

Exercising on an Empty Stomach will not help you lose weight

Exercising on an Empty Stomach will not help you lose weight

2. You have to work out two hours a day, every day at a high intensity to lose weight

Not a true fact. Studies show that 30-60 minutes of moderate exercises like brisk walking or jogging is far enough to stay fit with a healthy intake of food.

3. You Can Burn More Fat Exercising on an Empty Stomach

Blood glucose will be low on an empty stomach when fasting, but you need glucose when you exercise.

If you fail to eat before a workout session; you risk muscle protein being converted to glucose to maintain a critical level of blood glucose.

Hence it is best to have some toast or energy bar or fruit juice or sports drink to give your blood glucose a little boost before you work out thereby preventing the use of muscle for energy.

4. If I drastically cut calories, I’ll lose weight faster

This is just the same as we discussed in first point. When you calorie intake is low, your body moves into Starvation mode through which your metabolism will actually slow down and you may not lose weight.

Drinking Water will not help you to lose weight

Drinking Water will not help you to lose weight

5. Drinking lot of water helps to lose weight.

Drinking water is good for health, but it does not have any connection with weight loss.

6. The stricter the diet, the better it will work.

When you are so strict in your diet by completely eliminating entire food groups or eating just one food, you’ll get tired of the allowed food and finally you will quit everything.

7. Don’t eat between meals.

Long gap between meals will make your metabolism go wrong, thereby getting too hungry which makes you overeat at your next meal.

8. Skipping meals will help me lose weight

Skipping meals will actually make you gain weight, your metabolism plummets and you get overly-hungry when go too long without eating. Because of this you may not be reaching your daily calorie requirements which will backfire on you.

dairy items gives you more calcium

dairy items gives you more calcium

9. Dairy is a “don’t” on healthy diets.

Dairy products give you more calcium which can actually give our weight loss efforts a boost.

10. Fat is bad.

Not all Fats are bad to health; fats like omega-3 fatty acids are good for health

11. To lose weight, I have to quit eating my favorite foods

It’s not that you have to stop eating your favorite foods, you just want to consider the amount to intake. Little amount intake will help you keep motivated.

12. Don’t Eat Carbohydrates Because They Turn to Fat

Only overeating of carbohydrates will make you gain more fat. The fats from carbohydrates will not store on your body permanently. Easily you can burn it off just like the way you burn off your dietary fat.  Smiley      Smiley      Smiley

Cars 2 – Movie review

Cars 2 movie is full of animation fanatics to cheer about. The animation is excellent, especially in Disney’s 3D format and particularly a shot of an underwater scene at the beginning was special one.

Cars Movie Poster

Since the first movie already dealt with McQueen; Cars 2 concentrate highly on the relationship between McQueen and Mater.

Mater discovers that he is not just a rusty truck that other cars laugh at and McQueen realizes how much Mater means to him.

Caine is a new addition to the crew and provides a small output to his role. Mortimer and comedian Eddie Izzard adds more fun to the film.

Cars 2

McQueen and Mater get on on a journey to compete in the first World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

During the adventure, Mater becomes sidetracked, while Lightning McQueen continues his pursuit to win the race. The story goes on as such.

Overall it is rated as 3/5 with good enough action and comedy which is highly entertaining to watch. Smiley