Exhilarating Watermelon Juice

Today, for our Ramadan Special segment on glittercut.com, brings to you yet another easy-peasy recipe.

Watermelon juice, is a drink which is cooling, light and delicious.

As we know watermelon possesses unique coolant qualities, hence, it does wonders in keeping the body temperatures cool during the summers and fasting during Ramadan. It also hydrates and add to the water intake of your body.

So, here we go…

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Ingredients (Serves 1)

Watermelon cut into cubes 1 glass

Ice cubes 4 cubes

Lemon juice 2 Tbsp

Sugar 2 Tbsp

Vanilla Extract 1 Tsp

Rose water (optional) 1 Tsp

Salt 1/4 tsp (a pinch)

Equipment

Blender (my blender was out of order, hence I had used the handheld electric whisk, it turned equally well.)

Method

Add all the ingredients to the blender, and GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR… (blend it, till all blends really well) 😀

You are good to go.

Serve in a glass, for garnishing add mint leaves.

Tips:

For sugar, make sure you add according to the sweetness of the watermelon. I did not take out time to deseed my watermelon, and trust it was completely fine and worked out just okay.

For desserts, vanilla extract is my favorite ingredient, I love its aroma, and it also enhances the flavors of the other ingredients while chemically adding more flavor of itself.

So, here is a small list of all-time-must-haves at home if you proudly possess a sweet tooth.

Sugar

Vanilla extract

Chocolate syrup / chocolate sauce

All purpose flour

Milk

With the above ingredients you can work wonders to treat yourself with a desired dessert at any time of the day. Obviously, if going into the nitty-gritty details, the list goes long, but, the list above is keeping in mind the basic stuff required and remember… we are here only for easy-peasy hassle free recipes… YAAYY!!

Do let us know how you liked the recipe and did you try out our cold coffee, if yes, do let us know?

Cold, cold, cold, cold Coffeeee!!

As we all know, we are in the month of Ramadan being observed by the Muslims all over the world.

Apart from the spiritual essence and soul awakening purpose, Ramadan is also famous for its festivity and feasts offered in during the month.

So, this month I have come up with a dedicated segment for the easiest recipes for snacks, iftars, get-togethers or late night snacking.

Fondness for cooking is what I have not assimilated yet, however, I can cook well when I am asked to cook. (It runs in my genes) 😛

Today, in the Ramadan special segment, I would start with my favorite drink. Cold Coffee.

It is easy-peasy and a no-fail recipe for sure.

Cold coffee (servings 1)

(for more servings, do the additions and the math to get the sufficient drink)

cold coffee

Ingredients

Coffee powder (1 Tbsp)

Sugar (1 Tbsp)

Vanilla extract (1/2 tsp)

Ice cubes (3 cubes) (adding this to the blender, makes the drink frothier)

Milk (1/2 glass)

Date honey (1 1/2 Tbsp) / Regular honey can also be used

Chocolate ice cream (4 small scoops)

Garnishing ingredients

(any of these can do)

Whipped Cream (optional) Recipe for homemade whipped cream is mentioned at the end of the post.

Grated Chocolate (optional)

Chocolate Sauce (optional)

Equipments

Blender

Glass / jar / mug (for the beverage to be served in)

Method

In the blender, add coffee powder, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cubes, milk, Date honey, 3 scoops chocolate ice cream and blend till all the ingredients mix well and form a liquid drink.

For serving.

First, take the empty glass in which the drink will be served. Drizzle the chocolate sauce on its sides. Once the side of the glass has been decorated, pour the drink to the glass. Add the remaining scoop of chocolate ice cream and top it up with whipped cream. Trickle a little more chocolate sauce or you can grate the chocolate bar at the top to finish the exotic look of your very tempting cold coffee.

homemade whipped cream (optional)

Homemade whipped cream.

Ingredients

Heavy plain cream (250 ml) (cold)

Sugar (3-4 Tbsp)

Vanilla extract (1 tsp)

Equipments

whisk / handheld electric whisk

Method

Add cold plain cream to a deep bowl along with sugar and whisk it with your available equipment.

Please whisk till it reaches the stiffness as per your desire.

It is time consuming, so make sure you prepare your whip cream way earlier than the drink.

Whip cream then can be stored in an air -tight container for up to 3-4 days.

Do let us know, how you liked the recipe and would you try it out.

Emotional Sedation!!

Admiration, adoration, appreciation of beauty, amusement, anger, anxiety, awe, awkwardness, boredom, calmness, confusion, craving, disgust, emphatic pain, entrancement, excitement, fear, horror, interest, joy, nostalgia, relief, etc are all various categories of emotions. 

A typical person would experience many of the above emotions in different instances. 

An individual who encounters various emotions and gracefully handles it is taken to be mentally stable along with being aware of himself and his actions. 

The correlation of emotions with feelings is that of height and weight. 

Every emotion has a specific feel along with it. 

Every emotion is a blessing, be it of any kind. 

However, today, I would like to dedicate my post to emotional sedation. Sedative effect on our mental awareness of emotions. 

A traumatic childhood, an unexpected negatively charged extreme event which we were never prepared to face at the given time. It’s a hard blow on our psychological and emotional capacity of dealing with situations. Thus, leading to tinnitus, further resulting in lingering emotional numbness.

Emotional numbness, surprisingly, apart from the above-stated cause, can also be cultural and societal. In many cultures, the emotional state is not given due attention and hence, crying is related to weakness, while anger is looked up for strength. These societies pushing the mental health under the carpet, emphasizes its people on being stoic, rational and emotionally invulnerable. 

Having oneself in these various situations, the preferred road is simple, not to feel any emotions at all. 

The instance can be no better than that of a rape victim. The atrocious episode leaves the victim with a string of loud tinnitus and moving on to emotional numbness. the heinous event concludes in a void of emotions. Unable to feel, express or communicate becomes new configuration in the system of the sufferer. Similarly, severe loss, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), physical and mental abuse, are also few of many causes for sedation of emotions.

When speaking of mental health, emotional numbness is still a secret disease calling out for more attention. large numbers are oblivious of their malady, while others are in denial, as being stoic, stable and emotionally aware are always valued and held in high prestige. 

The crisis awareness of emotional numbness is eminent. Somebody in sentimental anaesthesia is no longer aware of any feeling, emotions or sentiments. Be it of his own or anyone involved, hence, dysfunctional coping mechanisms, depression, spiritual emptiness, inability to enjoy life, inability to form close and fulfilling relationships, disconnection from the inner self, confusion, irritability, fatigue, addictions, chronic illnesses, and somatic illnesses, inconsideration, insensitiveness, etc follows.

Being mindful of ourselves and ones around us is the key to reach out. 

Mentioned below are a few analytical ways in which one can be pinpointed.

  • Failure to express strong negative or positive emotions
  • Inability to “fully participate” in life (i.e. feeling like you’re a passive observer)
  • ‘Life is like a dream’ sense. (a feeling of unreality)
  • Living on autopilot.
  • Absence of interest in schemes, others find fun.
  • Feeling aloof from others.
  • An impulse to revoke from friends and family members.
  • Emotions are only felt in the body as sensations, but not by the mind
  • Animosity for people who show vivid emotions (both positive and negative)
  • Feeling numb in situations which should typically engender strong emotion
  • Panic attack when intense emotions eventually breakthrough.
  • Emptiness within.
  • Physical and mental insentience or blandness.

The extreme numbness may even influence the patient for suicidal attempts too.

Once we know the causes. Identify the silent bearers to recommend the ways to cure the silent disease.

As, the sentimental sedation is not permanent and so, the cure is available for both, long and short term. 

  • Identify the underlying reason for the numbness. 
  • See a psychiatrist. It is completely alright to visit a mental-health doctor. The old fashioned taboo of having a mental health issue is no more a dispute (at least in many countries and cultures). 
  • Talk to people who you feel closest to. People who make you feel connected, communicate and help yourself attain relief.
  • Exercise daily. Yoga, boxing, kick-boxing are great stress busters. However, a casual walk around the neighborhood also does wonders.  
  • Get ample sleep. Lack of sleep adds to the irritation and fatigue, hence, worsening the situation.
  • A well-balanced healthy diet is a must. It helps regulates and improves your mood.
  • Stress management. Minimize the stress and engage in stress-busting activities like meditation, prayers. Identify the stress enhancing factors and try to deal with them positively while getting rid of them eventually.
  • Determine emotions and articulate emotions. if you find this the hardest. do not delay in seeing a psychiatrist, let him tap your emotions for you and you can take it forward from there. 🙂

To the ones who are suffering from emotional numbness, you are not the only one. There are a lot more fighting the secret fight daily and maybe in the worst of situations. This sickness is momentary if crucial care is provided at once.

Have your say on emotional numbness in the comments below.

A window to count on!!

Blogging community event – Jugalbandi.

Chapter one – A window to count on

“She gazed out of the window to find a moonless sky full of twinkling stars…”, and within the skies, among the stars, she could see her unfettered self in the world of her dreams, with no confinement.

Zoe, 15, restricted within her home out of cultural and authoritative stipulation surrendering to the norm of the family since ages.
Like many other girls in her country, she could never leave the house except, the day, when she says her vows and steps into her ‘happily after’.
Her gateway into her world of imagination was the only window in her room. The window knew her and had seen the most phases of her growing up than anyone in the household would have ever cared to notice. It was the sole witness to her sorrow, her joy, her beauty unfolding while she confessed her secrets, desires and hope into the thin air through the window.

‘Zoe’, meant life, named by her mother who she loved immensely, while craving for the slightest jolly communication with her father.
Usually complaining, Zoe, had interrogated her mom, as to why she named her ‘Zoe’ while she is just living and not alive.
Only to find her mom responding ‘you gave me life, by coming to this world, and for the reason, I called you ‘Zoe’, you are my life, Zoe’.

Skipping night’s sleep was a preferable affair to sit at the window to feel the crisp wind brush her skin while her hair softly plays along. Her thoughts would wander from running in the woods, going to school, making new friends, singing, dancing and never coming back to her pen. Tears, like all other nights, would assemble on the window sill, leaving a stain on drying, giving away a sneak of the last night’s silent dialogue.

With every passing year, as Zoe bloomed into an elegant teenager, her desire for freedom, grew stronger.

Her other brothers were so well looked after by her father with all the deserved attention, facilities resources to lead a happy childhood.
They went to school, had friends and usually invited them over over suppers for which Zoe just like a good sister had to serve them.
She had happily started serving their friends since ‘Zion’ had been her brother’s newfound-slightly-older friend.
Zion was the sweetest among all his friends, he noticed Zoe and would greet her with a smile and usually exchanged greetings and thank yous. Zion was the only one who would make her feel noticed, while for everyone else she was more than transparent. Lately, all the adrenaline seemed to shoot up, upon his sight or even his smile, while she caught him stealing glances at her in return.
For the first time in ever, she had imagined of another individual by her side while she enjoyed and roamed the lands by free will.

The girls in the neighborhood, if they are lucky enough dodging the abortion of their initial existence seemed to have come with the same destiny as Zoe’s. They all had to finish up the chores, take care of the household and younger siblings while not getting to go to school, or go out in woods, or make new friends. All the girls in the locality had secretly got their confidante in stars, moon, window, ceilings or their pet.

However, their worst nightmare shared by all was to get married in their teens to the man of triple times their age. She had been to Sasha’s wedding earlier this month, she dreaded to be in the situation, as the only memory she has of Sasha is of crying, wailing and getting dragged into the car at the end of the ceremony by her very old groom.

Earlier during the day, overhearing the conversation of her parents her panic-stricken self had managed to compose herself with the utmost difficulty. That night, gazing at the stars, realizing the absence of the moon by the natural darkness spread over the night, she couldn’t hold back her tears, while she wept inconsolably, the words of her parents rung in her head repeatedly. She remembered her mom opposing her father, while he came an announced the news of setting up Zoe’s wedding in the coming week. Zion was one of the many thoughts which occurred repeatedly during that night which increased the tears count immensely.

It was then she decided she could never end up in a much miser situation, and now is the time to make a decision, for the marriage was never going to happen.

But, the puzzle to her liberation and freedom was not yet solved.

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Covet for reminiscence!!

Every moment worth enduring is captured, felt and seized in various forms. Since ages, gravitation to relive cherished moments coveted. History witnesses the quenching of such desires to capture moments using various ways. Umpteen techniques adopted to document such moments and memories have been registered throughout history.
Be it live sketch, sculptures in the mountains, statue making, sewing a war scene, or painting a wedding scene, etc is scattered all over the map in various museums and galleries.
Hanker seemed to have not died a bit with the passing time. It has evolved beyond imagination, just the approach of captivation has undergone a drastic transformation.
The paintings, sketching, sculpting has been all taken over by myriad photography, yet, making the obsolete an invaluable affair.
Today, I do this post, wondering the pining for photography people across the globe share.

A picture clicked from a plane capturing the beauty.


Photography is no more confined to moments, occasions and cherished moments, but, has widened horizons to abstract, aesthetic, macro, beauty, nude, underwater, time-lapse, stock, still, satellite, aerial, panoramic, perspective, landscape, conceptual, candid, portrait, action and many more versions. Aesthetic photography however always intrigues me, while candid shots are my favorite.

Nonetheless, the most trending one is the ‘selfie’ photography, conventional kind at the disposable of a layman.
The moments captured on a reel, are hardly ever re-visited, nisi you are a professional or capture moments out of passion.
Irrespective of the probability of a re-visit, we tend to click, snap, shoot and capture moments. Usually having ourselves on cleave to either to seize the moment or to live the moment.
A part of the population falls under the ‘live in the moment’ banner, while the other half, is busy capturing every single moment and making it feasible for a re-visit.

A picture clicked in Kashmir, India


Every kind of photography is a form of art and hard work. It can only come out beautiful and effective when done with passion and love.
However, the emotional rush on the sight of every moment from the past through snaps is overwhelming. The potential power to pause your errands and make you spend hours going through the clicks one after the other is undeniable.
A concoction of emotions deluges our heads rewinding the exhaustive arena of the picture. Making the time passed by since then, beyond belief.

The idea of this post struck me when accidentally, I came across a picture of my son, Owais, in his initial months of existence. The accident of lasted for about more than 2 hours, still, I couldn’t get enough. The inscrutable pleasure is indescribable. With every picture effortlessly the memories of the moment flooded as it had been lived along with ‘behind the scenes’ moments.

I am not much of an enthusiast when it comes to storing every moment you live in the reel. ‘Live in the moment’, was a more agreeable statement for me until yesterday. But, yesterday, the pictures made me realize the influence of photography in one’s life and to re-visit the moments, the occurrence of which has been long forgotten.

From now on, I plan big on capturing my moments and clutching the memories while living in the moment from behind the camera. An idea of collecting my sons pictures at every stage of his life, and showcasing at his wedding has occurred to me, hoping it will be easier done, than said.

How do you think is the idea of becoming a regular at photographing your moments? What kind of photographer are you currently? which photography intrigues you the most? How did you find the post?
Let us know in the comments below.

Where the Light touches the Earth!!

#CommunityChallenge Letter to Life.
10-day writing challenge at Blogging community.

Dear ‘Dream Destination’,

2003, enthralled, I walk out of the movie theatre thinking of the captivating scenes of the movie ‘Brother Bear’. Baffled and questioning the existence of such a creation. I asked my mom, only to learn, the lights touching the Earth do exist on the other side.
13 year old, then, was bewitched by the magical lights meeting the Earth with a covet to get to the other side of the World.
Since then you, Aurora Borealis is my dream destination, be it in any of the lucky countries hosting it.
I secretly pray for you to not lose your enchantment to the various harmful aspects of the atmosphere to which most of the world couldn’t win. Stay safe from global warming, climate change and many other depreciating aspects.
At least I request you to hold on to your true self till I see you and feel you in every breath I take.
Just hold on till I capture every curve in the reels of my DSLR and memorise every colour of your existence.
For me, Aurora Burealis is a synonym for a dream destination.
Hope you take my desire to visit one day seriously and do sustain yourself and your beauty until then.

Your aspirant.
Irut

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Velocity!!

#CommunityChallenge Letter to time
10-day writing challenge at Blogging community.

Dear time,

Subject: Over speeding.

All of a sudden you seem to come to stand still, as nothing seems to move forward except the number of casualties from the horrid disease.
However, in the olden days, it took ages to carry out a task or make a drastic difference.
Today, I write this letter to you with utter confusion, as to what has changed.

Affairs which lasted or took almost a year to come into the light, now it happens within a fraction of days, weeks or months.
Enough contemplation leads me to a conclusion of my own that it is all related to the advancement of technology.
Travelling took days, whereas now it has become a matter of a few hours.
Your ageing with increased productivity, as sick recover within hours, relationships break or mend within days, wars conclude within months, whereas, the wars earlier lasted for more than 5 years in a stretch.
Similarly, the epidemic upgraded itself to a pandemic within 4 months. This could have been a matter of more than a year in your teenage.

I wonder, what an influence technology has over you, exposing us to its outcomes and results.
We sure tend to enjoy and exploit it to the fullest and again face the consequences ourselves.
Nonetheless, I would request you, slow down a bit.

Just till when my son is a kid, your speed is making me miss out on him achieving precious milestones.

Obligated.
Irut.

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This too shall pass!!

#CommunityChallenge Letter to present self.
10-day writing challenge at Blogging community.


Date: 24.3.2020
Dear Irut,
Subject: This too shall pass.

         Its been long since we spoke last. 
Hope you are doing good and enjoying late morning breakfasts and a rhythmic array of eat-sleep-repeat while you blog, design and shoot in your empty spaces. 
  However, I write this letter to you to tell you that I am so Proud of you. All the catastrophic episode which you have been starring in, have passed by without dimming your sparkle. Even this too shall pass. 
Focus on the tiny winks, clasp on them till it becomes a memory. 
Enjoy and strengthen your bonds with your family and get more closer to your creator.
 This too shall pass. Make every moment worth remembering and cherishing.
 Your brain cells have been working overtime these days to outgrow your nervousness. Major plunge in your funds, an inevitable dilemma, I can understand. But, darling, since when did monetary roller coasters start keeping you up at night. 
 You’re stronger than you think, you have been through a tougher time than this. And, this too shall pass. 
Build your faith stronger and focus on the good. Let tomorrow get its luggage and unveil it tomorrow. Go with the flow, love. 
As this too shall pass. 


Love,
Irut.
Subconscious,
Positivism and Motivational Department. 

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“Reset Oh Foolish One”

The Sun rose like it did the day before. It was bright and sunny and so nothing changed. The night before the moon had stayed still in the sky. It was bright and was thankful for the sun casting its eye. But all had changed really and now it seemed too late.
            Let me cast my mind back to those times on the train, my head locked down with not a care in the world. Did someone look in my direction to exchange a pleasant glance.  Oh, how I now long to make eye contact again.
            Let me cast my mind back to those coffee shop occurrences with my head buried in my laptop. Did I take the time to maybe share a drink with a stranger,  ask them how they felt today. Oh, how I long for a chair in that coffee shop and make a new friend.
           Let me cast my mind back to the praising of celebs online while chastising our teachers and front line workers for pay rise demands. Did I not understand the real definition of a hero. Oh, how I long to shake and hug each and everyone of our front line workers now. Tell them what a brave and tremendous job they are doing to save us.
           Let me cast my mind back to the running around for kids thinking I was doing it all for them. Did I not stop to ask what they wanted. But now I do thank a powerful and protective force that a chance has been granted.
           I’d heard that when tyranny and obsession became our weapon of choice the powerful force would send someone,  something to reset the error of our ways. And so in my lifetime I reset. I spent my life consuming, taking, grabbing, clawing but now I must be creative, to give, to share, to once again be compassionate.
            When the dust settles, will we have learnt our lesson? Only the powerful force knows as our hearts are transparent in front of it. 

– Apinder Sahni (Potatosandwich)

Blogger | Writer | Author

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Breathing space!!

The Covid-19 came as a bane to mankind, but, when it comes to the environment, Covid-19 has proven itself to be a boon.

Due to the lock down, Beijing was able to witness clear skies as factory cease operations, motorists halt, etc. Hence, rejuvenating the environment and reviving the air.

The drastic difference in the skies of Beijing, China, due to the lock down.

The lockdown blessed the city of Venice, with clear waters, swimming swans and visible fishes having a gala time in the lakes of the city. 

Mumbai, the tinsel town of India, also adds to the beneficiary list of the benefits, as the lockdown has vacated its very famous tourist spots such as the Juhu Beach, hence, giving it some open and pollution-free air. 

Moreover, Covid-19 leaves the tourism industry all over the world tarnished for a noticeable period now. 

Again, giving the sought after places a breathing space to revive and rejuvenate.

The Earth needed this break. The awareness of the necessary break has been passing on through various channels. 

Some times, it was through observing Earth Day on April 22 of every year, or it was reinforcing the World Water Day on March 22 every year. 

Moreover, there is a ‘Bike-to-Work’ day observed on every third Friday of May.

The list does not end there, 21 Sept is long announced as the ‘Zero Emission Day’.

Anyhow, the list goes on, to literally, including every single day of the year to make Earth greener and save its resources from being depleted. Without any noticeable change.

One day out of 365 days isn’t of much help, so, the lockdown on all sectors and activities have proven to be very advantageous for the environment.  

All said and done. What about after the lock down is over?

As China already releases a statement stating, after overcoming the plague, it will only focus on its economic recovery. 

Taking us back to ‘square one’, maybe even into negative square one (-1). 

To recover the losses and fall in the economy, it will have to speed up its processes, productions and trades. 

Does that mean it will double the negative effect on the environment as the factories might end up working overtime and emissions of carbons in the air will multiply? 

The tourism industry will leap, yet again bringing the environment at the edge of the cliff. 

This has to be taken as a wake-up call by every single soul. We must do our part in building the environment, pollution-free and greener than ever.

So, our homework is to practice these popular steps daily in which we can fulfill our responsibility towards the mother nature.

  • Not only saying ‘No’, but, also ensuring others to say ‘NO’ to plastic.
  • Not littering our vicinity and not allowing others to do the same.
  • Tag a friend along and plant as many trees.

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, 

If the Hour (the Day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

  • Save water, save electricity.

Anas also reported that the Prophet said,

“If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.” (Bukhari)

  • Use products which can be reused, recycled or degradable.
  • ‘Go Green’ by minimizing the consumption of paper. Unnecessary printing or paperwork should always be avoided.
  • Walk or let your bike take you to work twice a week. Hence, making less use of your car and cutting down on fuel consumption.

You can think of any other way to go green or save the environment or did I miss out on any, do let us know in the comment.

Hope, the officials do not get selfish in recovering from the losses and once again put the environment backstage leaving it to suffer the consequences.

We wish you a safe and greener, corona-free environment.

Do let us know, About your viewpoint on ‘after-the-lockdown’. 

Do you think this has given enough wake-up call to the authorities or things might just return to as they were? Why?