Out of order!!

Machines going out of order is acceptable. Toilets under maintenance, as well, is bearable.
The potentiality of eliminating of clogs, blocks and all kinds of chunks, be it from a human heart or a pipeline of any kind is feasible.
Ousting of substantial disorders is relatively attainable than impalpable.
But, what if, the impediment is nowhere but mentally.

YES! a mental block, struggling to survive through this post anticipating losing it all.

Never have I ever faced this before. Is it for never being a writer or tedious previous months? (I always wanted to use the ‘never have I ever’ phrase, I get to use it at last. YAYY!!)

Or, is my creativity being crushed by my angst and stress?
Or, is it the change I am going through in my life?
Instead of relaxing and relishing the mini-uninvited break, being all jittery is the only task I have accomplished with perfection.
Months have gone by, staying motivated initially meant smooth sailing through the silent sea oblivion of the intramural storm rising with each passing day.

The mental block is piling up, so, today, deciding to go against the flow and write all about it. Since 11:00 am, struggling and yet, here I am, at 5:00 pm still battling for words and focus.

Sharing experiences:
Recently, at a local centre, I happen to meet an individual who invested his savings from his job in setting up three shops in the marketplace.
Only to find them turn to ashes one morning from the night’s blaze. Around AED half a million trickling down to just AED 500 in the pocket.
However, Love and tragedy, both, as unpredictable as our future with no fixed time, place or scenario.
Overnight bankruptcy, lifelong savings down the drain, not to mention his breakup at the time, yet, the man is content and grateful as his employees or himself remained unharmed. Helping him filter the right kind of people worth sticking around while emphasizing the value of life over the love of objects.

Positivity floods through when we meet such experienced people elevating appreciation for our situation.
Nonetheless, it is all right to go through dejection and lowliness. However, to stay dejected and miserable is not alright.

This post is my attempt to get back to what I love doing, ‘blogging’.

Let us know in the comments below, have you suffered from a mental block ever or have risen stronger from your previous fall?? Would love to hear your story.

Finest Endowment

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Poem for me, by darling sister.

Gifts in any form pull my sentimental string, every single time I receive ’em.
The thought behind every gift itself is so touching.
A poem (above image), a gift to me by my younger sister, a writer who is exceptionally good with words.
It had been the best gift I have ever or will ever receive.
She explained my life in a nutshell and artistically presented it adroitly.
Here is the poem for my viewers to read.

Drop in your feedback in the comments below.

Real Neat Blog Interrogations

‘Glittercut.com’ takes a the pop quiz by ‘Take a ride on my mood swing’.

Niki of Take a ride on my mood swings, wishes to have her readers dig deeper into their creative minds & answer her intrigue questions.

So, deciding to take a shot at those.. here it is.

Q1: If you could be any mythical animal what would it be?

Unicorn… Horses being my favorite animal, a flying one is all I need. 😀

Q2: What personality traits annoy you?

Laziness and lack of empathy, gets on my nerves too quickly.

Q3: What about yourself annoys you?

Overthinking and anxiety.

 Q4: If you had a super power, what would you want it to be?

I would want to be Jack Jack from ‘The Incredibles’. The third superpower baby with ‘n’ number of powers.

Q5: What is your weirdest dream location?

Bermuda triangle without a second thought.. Totally fascinating.

 Q6: If you could guest star on any movie/tv show, what would it be?

The Ellen Show… I like the show and also I would like to appear as a contestant on ‘Nailed It’. Coz I can make baking blunders without a doubt. 😛

Q7: What live concert would you miss your own best friend’s wedding to attend?

The last live concert of Amy Winehouse in 2011, followed by her death, a month later.

Q8: What words/phrases do you use most?

Trust Me | Ya right | Seriously?? | Whatever | I love you

Q9: If you were a porn star, what would your stage name be?

Glitz arc.

Q10: What trait about you would others find pretty shocking because you rarely let it come out and play?

My philosophical input.. coz most of the time I prefer to keep my opinions to myself.

Go ahead and answer the questions, looking forward to read more answers.

Here’s to Niki’s blog ‘take a ride on my mood swings’.

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Curtains are drawn!!

As the curtains are drawn at the end of the month, nothing seemed to have changed. The number of cases in my country seems to rise at an alarming rate and the condition do not seem to relax, but, severe. 

A month ago, we were in a fix as to how Ramadan will be spent, and now we ponder over ways to honour our Eid festival.  

Commonalty ciphering means to break the shell and muster, while the perceptive ministry, speeded up and declared a 24-hour lockdown right on the festive day. So, curtailed is EID to our homes and backyards. 

Withal, Eid deluged with blessings, serenity, good sleep, family time, cooking, praying and deepened gratitude is anticipated.

Eid – Ul – Fitr, celebrated after a month full of fasting from dawn to dusk. By fasting and serving the purpose of the holy month, we are accoladed in the form of Eid.

30 days of fasting, customs being observed while bevelling our line of daily routine towards faith and sanctity, embody marvellous perks.

Foremost, to discern the ache of person, enduring his pain is fundamental. Thus, fasting eminently bolsters us with the required understanding. 

Repudiating the driblets and the crumbs gush the sense of reaching out. 

Hence, fasting intensifies the empathy towards the needy leading to an escalation in charity and donations. 

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Secondly, fasting is paired with worship, prayers and invocations. Late-night prayers (Qayam-ul-Layl), Qayam refers to standing, Layl denotes night. So, standing in the night for prayers has premium benefits. 

Research shows that one reason staying up all night worked was because sleep inhibits the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that helps control our metabolism and, indirectly, our levels of energy. An estimated 25% to 35% of depressed patients have low TSH levels. Recent research has shown that while sleep inhibits the release of TSH, staying awake through the night and the early morning hours boosts it. This “new” scientific research is completely following the habit of the prophet (saws), which was to sleep shortly after Eisha prayer (by 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm), and wake in the very early morning hours (by 2:00 am – 3:00 am) again to pray.

Many health benefits are backed up with mental peace, serenity, tranquillity and calmness. When a soul is calm and at peace, he loves the life he is blessed with, hence increasing him in gratitude. 

Thirdly, fasting has proved to be associated with a wide range of potential health benefits, including weight loss, as well as improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention. Also, fasting can help lower cholesterol, improve glucose control, reduce liver fat and improve blood pressure. Studies have also shown that fasting, which leads to caloric restriction, increases the lifespan of even healthy people.

While fasting, taking short naps are also said to be rewarded. 

Apart from this, Muslims also practice the famous “5:2 whole day fasting” along with the other ways of intermittent fasting all round the year.

Prophet Mohammad SAW used to fast every week on Mondays and Thursdays, and now science has been proving its health, mental and emotional benefits. 

Fourth, another obligation during the month is reciting as much Quran (holy book of Muslims) as possible. Surprisingly, even recitation and memorization of the Quran gets numerous gain with it. 

“And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” (Al-Quran, 17:82)

Science has proved that by reducing our brainwave frequencies to alpha and theta, we can enjoy loads of benefits:

  • We are more spiritually connected, and more at peace. This makes us enjoy life more.
  • We are healthier due to lower stress levels
  • We can control our mind to focus completely on the present
  • We can remain calm even while under pressure
  • We can accelerate our learning
  • We can go into the state of deep relaxation, which is important to our health and emotional wellbeing

And the mind that is operating at alpha waves is also linked with creative and lateral thinking. Lateral thinking is the ability to look at a problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on. Additionally, an alpha level mind can memorise up to 1500 words a day, as is the case with small children.

We know that mediation, which the recitation of the Quran is similar to, helps us to bring down our brain waves to this beneficial alpha and theta waves.

The conclusion of the research shows that reciting just a page of the Quran reduces our brain waves to alpha, thereby leading to a rested and calmed mind. Subhanallah!

Along with all the other benefits, the major benefits above bring emotional stability, helps practice patience, inculcates empathy and sympathy, draws each one closer to their loved ones and community. Erases our differences brings all to a common ground. 

As the month-end gets closer, we are at the benefitting end at all aspects of Ramadan, yet we are rewarded with festive days of EID-Ul-Fitr.

However, before the night of Eid – Ul – Fitr, global Muslims are obliged to buy basic commodities, groceries and goods; distribute among the poor of the locality (Fitra), assuring an ecstatic Eid celebration not stays limited to your homes. However, Zakat due can be paid out before the next Ramadan arrives. 

As considered the holiest month out of all the months, it also is a disciplinary month for all the believers. The Muslims all over the world observe and adhere to the obligations of the month. A training period for all followers with a habit-forming routine to be followed all around the year.

The believers are expected to pursue this constant behaviour throughout the year. Sadly, we struggle for consistency and persistence, keeping it limited only to this month. 

This year on wards, doing my best to follow the same practice throughout the year and as you know the benefits as well, hope you will too. 

Glittercut.com wishes its phenomenal virtual family a Wonderful, Blessed and an Auspicious Eid with your loved ones, Eid Mubarak.

#stayhome #staysafe

Do add in your viewpoints and feedback on the benefits and perks of Ramadan in the comments below.  

Garbanzo Bean Snack – Kabuli Chana Chaat

Any snack if made right, could prove to be a beneficial catalyst in your struggle for weight loss along with many other enhancement to your health.

Chickpea chaat / Kabuli Chana Chaat / Garbanzo Bean Snack comes to your screens by glittercut.com in its Ramadan Special segment, making a valued addition to your many easy-peasy recipes.

Chickpea chaat loaded with protein and fibre is decadent and dripping delicacy which can make anyone go weak in the knees.

So, here it is:

Ingredients:

Chickpeas (soaked overnight) 250 gm

Yogurt 250 gm

Cumin powder / zeera powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 2 – 3 Tbsp

Apple 1/2 cup (chopped)

Pomegranate 1/2 cup arils

Mint leaves 1/4 cup (chopped)

Garnishing:

Coriander leaves

Tamarind Chutney / Imli ki chutney (optional) for recipe, click here.

Method:

Wash and soak chickpeas in water overnight. Boil the chickpeas with some salt in a pressure cooker till tender. It should take around 15 -20 minutes to pressure cook. (NOTE: The cooking time may vary.). Once done, drain the chickpeas and set aside.

In a bowl, take yogurt add sugar, salt, cumin powder and mint leaves – mix it all well.

Just before serving, add the mixed yogurt to the chickpeas along with the chopped fruits.

Garnish with coriander leaves and top it off with tamarind chutney.

Tips:

Do not add fruits to the yogurt well before time, as it might become soggy and might end up looking dreary.

You might want to add black pepper powder, red chili powder and coriander powder to the dish to make it more spicy and give it a more desi taste.

Mango Lassi, relish

Rich in nutrients, yogurt is a dairy product which has ‘n’ number of benefits. Be it weight management to protection against osteoporosis, yogurt does it all as it improves the immunity system of the body.

Yogurt intake combined with fruits, is a bonus. It becomes the source of high quality protein and has a synergistic effect on health as it combines various vitamins and minerals.

(Lassi, a sweet or savory Indian drink made from a yogurt or buttermilk base with water.)

Today, on glittercut.com, for our Ramadan Special segment, we have the easiest recipe for mango lassi.

Ingredients: serves 3

Yogurt 2 cups

Milk 1 cup

Mango 1 (peeled and cut)

Honey 1 Tbsp

Sugar 3 Tbsp

Vanilla essence 1 Tsp

Cardamom powder 1/2 Tsp

Ice cubes 4 – 5

For garnishing

Dry fruits chopped

Cardamom powder

Equipment

Blender

Method:

In a blender, add mango, milk, yogurt, vanilla essence, sugar, honey, cardamom powder and ice cubes and blend till the ingredients turn into a thick smooth liquid.

Your lassi is ready.

Serve it in a glass and garnish it with dry fruits and sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder at the top.

Enjoy..

Service to humanity!

All over the world regardless of the ongoing season or the weather conditions, our desires, our wants and needs pay no heed. Rising with passing time, quenching the craves becomes a task. Feasible at a click of the button for some, while, regulating for the vital supply itself gets crippling for some.

The ratio of the crippling is way more than the haves. 

Instances of both classes are spotted in our vicinity. At times, the contrast is distinct, but, many times to differentiate the indigent is confusing. 

Shielded amour-propre refrains the impoverished from imploring, while expectations soaring their speculation of acquiring aid.

While the secret desire of the deprived remains cloaked, the glare of the leisure blocks the effluent from spotting the needful.

On the contrary, the benevolent irrespective of their financial holding selflessly reach out to the needy with available means, winning the ‘philanthropist’ title. 

Helping comes with the pleasure of its own, the realization of the wonders every good deed can do. 

Various channels of approaching the unfortunate are accessible. Charitable organizations or charitable events, they all aim to provide for the needy and deal with poverty one man at a time. 

However, we don’t need to bank on such events or organizations entirely for helping the deprived. 

Apart from dropping a dime in the charity box at the mall, or spending on a charity coupon, ways like feeding the poor, giving old clothes, distributing blankets or other essentials, setting up a water cooler in the neighborhood add to the list of admired charitable ways. 

At times, the deserving may be contiguous to us in relation or distance. Mindfulness to their needs is what it requires to make the first step forward to provide support.

Upon giving alms, the giver is not helping the needy, but, instead is helping himself to become a better person, to be more empathetic, and helps himself to be more generous while expecting null in return. However, the sanctification of giving charity and the elation of easing the misery of a soul is indescribable. Yet, some boastful individuals brag about their blessed cause and let the value of the deed go in vain.

Negligent of the scar left on the hearts of the receiver by their hurtful act.

The mortified receiver strained by the circumspect acceptance of funds, already burdened by the affliction and compromising their dignity, generally, expect the giver to be attentive of their emotions.

All form of charity is a component of many religions and culture. Hence, being taught and inculcated in the young minds from an early age, building a sense of service to humanity.

Similarly, in Islam, charity throughout the year is instigated while in the holy month of Ramadan, charity by the name of Zakat has been made obligatory. Zakat, the third out of five pillars of Islam, is a term used for the 2.5% of the wealth, investment or savings to be paid to the poor and needy. (to know more about the Zakat and its terms and rulings, click here). Economists have confirmed the fact that if each believer makes the due payment of zakat and does not withhold it, poverty will surely be eradicated from the face of the Earth. Sadly, that is not the case yet. 

There are various types of people in need depending on their situation, hence, broadening our opportunities for charity. 

Generosity could be in the form of giving wealth, clothing, essentials, groceries and many other desired objects which eases the gainers’ situation to some extent. 

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However, it does not remain restricted to the same. If you possess knowledge of any kind, sharing it is charity. Helping any seeker in any manner without expecting any returns while not boasting is also a form of charity. To smile at someone is charity. Clearing the pathway of any obstacle to ease the passage for others is charity. Charity is also when you help a blind man cross the road. Showing directions to the lost is as well a form of charity. Helping out animals is also charity. planting trees as well is charity and the list goes on.

So, for reaching out and helping, you need not be rich or have a huge bank balance. Without these also you can be charitable and earn the rewards and be blessed. 

Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :

“Your smiling in the face of your brother is a charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is a charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is a charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is a charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is a charity for you.” Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1956, In-book reference: Book 27, Hadith 62, English translation: Vol. 4, Book 1, Hadith 1956

No good deed is small. A deed which may be minuscule for us might make an enormous difference in the life of the beneficiary. So, never belittle any act of help and seize every opportunity which comes your way, doing your part in making a life lead to a better future.

What are your thoughts on charity, and is there anything you would want to add to our post, let us know in the comments below? 

Like and share & continue to spread the sparkle.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!

I am nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Shweta Suresh, creator and writer of Mr Random Ramblings. Short stories, tiny tales along with her many blogging recognition add to her successful persona. Visit her blog to know more about her. You will be dazzled as well. I can’t thank you enough. ❤

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Answer to Shweta’s questions:

  • What’s the last movie that you watched?
    • Miracle in cell no. 7
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
    • Walk on the beach while getting wet in the rain.
  • What are you doing to beat the lock-down blues?
    • Workout, read, pray, cook and blog.
  • How long can you go without using your phone?
    • Only for the time I’m asleep while setting my phone on silent mode.
  • What do you most value in your friends?
    • Trustworthy and supportive
  • Do you have a favorite fictional character? What makes her/him your favorite?
    • Genie, from Aladdin has a great sense of humor while he is always by Aladdin’s side and supports him in every possible way with all his powers and charm.
  • Winter or Summer?
    • Winter
  • What is love, in your point of view?
    • Love, it can only be with a living thing, with objects, it is being merely materialistic. Love makes you want go out that extra mile and take that chance for the sake of keeping the spark burning. Love is accepting the complete package of and about the other person without any discretion.
  • What is your favorite movie or TV show?
    • Dynasty / Nailed it / 4 more shots please / Band Bajaa Bride
  • If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?
    • I would want to go back to the time when I delivered my son and relive the moment as I really miss his initial 2 years and I feel I did not enjoy it as much I should have. Now he is growing up too quickly.

While being nominated for the award, I would like to nominate my blogging friends for the same;

Niki Noir – Take a ride on my mood swing/

Apinder – Potatosandwich

Shaheen Sheikh – Sheensbuffet

Sadogapan Govind – Pointless and Prosiac

Carol Anne – Therapy Bits

Imprinted – Running on Impty

Que Tran – dathaoqutrn

Belles Days – Life in the slowest lane, view from a wheelchair

Tony Burgess – The Burgess Blog

Grace – CtrlAltEsc

Saumya Agarwal – Randomness Inked

Dear Nominees, kindly answer the questions below:

  1. What is the best thing you enjoy about blogging?
  2. Your favorite cuisine?
  3. What makes you feel being a man / woman is a blessing?
  4. What technology or advancement of science scares you the most?
  5. What technology or advancement of science amaze you the most?
  6. What technology or advancement of science, you find to be futile?
  7. What is your biggest fetish?
  8. What makes you cringe the most?
  9. Favorite lyrics ? (mention 2 lines from the lyrics & the song name)
  10. If given a chance, would you fall in love with your first love again without the consequences changing?

Exquisite Apple Milk

‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ – a quote we have been well versed with since decades.

As apples are extremely beneficial to us, being rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium, it is most affiliated to cancer cures, cutting down on diabetes, helping with digestion and many more.

Keeping the same in mind, today, on glittercut.com we have prepared a light, flavorful apple milk for our Ramadan Special segment.

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Apple milk

Ingredients (serves 3)

Apples 1 (cut into cubes)

Almonds 7-8

Vanilla ice cream 2 scoops

Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Sugar 2 Tbsp

Milk 1 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp

Rooh afzah (a concentrated fruit squash) 1 Tbsp (optional)

Rose water 1 Tbsp (optional)

Equipment

Blender

Method

In the blender, ad the cut apples, almonds, milk, sugar, Rooh Afza, cardamom powder, vanilla essence, and rose water. Blend all the ingredients really well till the fruit and the almonds are completely mixed with the ingredients without leaving any lumps in the drink.

Your drink is ready to serve.

Tips:

If you do not have rooh afza, add sugar as per your taste. The rooh afza just adds the light pink tinge to your drink along with sweetening it.

You can peel the apples and almonds if your like it that way, however, I did not peel any of them and yet, the drink turned out to be delightful.

Do let us know in the comments below, if you have a new recipe to share with us.

Banana-Choco Shake

Bananas when combined with milk is loaded with amazing nutrients, minerals, fiber and basic sugar. As bananas are a rich wellspring of nutrient B6, folate, nutrient C, magnesium, potassium and sugars. A glass of banana shake is sufficient to keep the stomach full for quite a while. Moreover, it comes with additional beauty enhancing benefits for our skin and hair.

We add chocolate to our banana shake as it makes it more delightful and is a treat for our taste buds.

So, today glittercut.com brings to you a very tempting, yet an easy recipe for Banana Shake.

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Banana shake

Ingredients (Serves 1)

Bananas 1

Milk 1/2 glass

Vanilla ice cream 3 scoops

Ice cubes 3 cubes

Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp

Rose water 1 tsp (optional)

Date honey / Honey 1 Tbsp (optional)

For garnishing (any one of these would do)

Dry fruits (chopped)

Chocolate syrup / chocolate sauce

Chocolate (of your choice)

Equipment

Blender

Method

To the blender, add milk, banana, ice cream, ice cubes, vanilla extract, rose water and date honey, and blend it all until the banana and all other ingredients form a tempting smooth drink.

For garnishing

In the empty serving glass / jar / mug, drizzle the chocolate sauce to the sides of the jar from inside and then pour the drink in it. Top it off with dry fruits, and finish the look by fixing a chocolate bar / piece into the shake sticking out a shown in the image above.

Is this the way you have your banana shake? let us know in the comments below.