Foggy Morning and The Casual Symphony!

My dream home is having a couple of casual corners where I spend the rainy days or extremely foggy mornings reading my favourite book with a cup of hot coffee. Or, if the morning is very unusual, lazy and I have an idea of doing nothing for the whole day but drown myself in the symphonies of the world! Yes, these moments are there in our lives, we desire to enjoy the solitude, enjoy of being alone with life’s all comforts around. A break from the usual routine work allows you to look back to your work, plan for more work and your body and mind are relaxed. Reading good books in a cosy corner in your room will enlighten you about life’s various facets. A story or a fiction teaches the reality of life. You know which things happen, who suffers and how, what is life’s magic and the list is endless. Reading a book casually too can throw light on life’s facts and you become energized with new ideas.

The world is moving very fast, all are just running, not knowing about the destination. Most of the time the future looks foggy, still, people run! The rich, the poor or the middle class, all are in hurry. Surveys show that the number of book readers is declining!

So, here are some ideas of creating a casual cosy corner in your house with a bookshelf around so that you can spend your cloudy winter days or a rainy day or a foggy morning leisurely. As someone said- A foggy morning is the best time to clean the dust off your old books lying on your bookshelf; Open them and read.Or, a day when you want to do anything but would like to be alone with a book and coffee.

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A cosy corner- Books, sofa with cushions and candle light. White is serene and goes well with a casual mood and a rainy day.
Think of a corner like this at your home. A big glass window, close to nature. A cloudy noon, drizzles, you, books and coffee. What can you want more from life?
Want solitude? Have this corner. Enlighten yourself with books and music under soft light. Rain outside will add to the adventurous mood!
How is this corner for a casual day?
Sleep unlimited, read, drink, music. Who cares the outside world?

Hence friends, hope I could reach you. Plan your next foggy day well in advance.

Good luck!

Thanks for Reading!




20 Possible Ways to Fly Healthy:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Well, if you were Superman, travelling would be so much easier. If you’re not ( and if you are, feel free to skip this article and go save the world 😉 ) air travel can be overwhelming and exhausting. Planes are often reputed as cold and flu factories with various germs and bacteria lingering around. Your head may be in the clouds (quite literally) but keep your feet grounding as we provide you with these tips on how to stay healthy while flying!!

1) Get enough sleep before you travel. People who are well rested with adequate sleep are less susceptible to infections. 

2) Carry your own travel pillow and blankets as the airlines often reuse them rather than cleaning them between the flights.

3) If you’re travelling with a child make sure your child is up to date on immunisations.

4) Never forget to carry an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Sanitize your hands before eating airline meal or after using the toilet. healthy-on-plane-1-sanitizer

5) Use Alcohol wipes or Anti Bacterial/Viral wipes to disinfect the tray table. 102990139-GettyImages-469661198.530x298

6) Use a new towel or a wipe to open or shut the cubicle door and to use the taps or flush.

7) Dehydrated mucous membranes are prone to infection. Drink bottled water to keep them from drying out. Avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying as they tend to cause dehydration.pexels-photo-75627

8) Don’t use water in the bathroom to brush your teeth. Use bottled water instead. 

9) Always sanitize your hands after leaving an airplane bathroom as bacterias like E.Coli, Shigella or Klebsiella are often present on the toilet seats.

10) Try to avoid using seat pockets as previous passengers could have put old tissues there.stm50928730d6f1e20121101

11) Avoid drinking coffee or tea on an airplane as they’re made from water in the airplanes’ tanks. Usually, boiling water up to 100 Degree Celsius for 1 minute kills the pathogens, however, in an airplane it may not often reach the required temperature to kill the pathogens. A person with suppressed immune system should avoid drinking water or anything made out of airplanes’ water tanks. Also, Avoid ice in drinks as they’re usually made from water in the tank.

12) If affordable or possible sit towards the front of the plane as ventilation systems in any commercial aircraft provides a better airflow.

13) Avoid touching surfaces in an airplane bathroom. Use the paper toilet seat cover and wash hands with hot water and soap and use a fresh towel to turn off the tap. Be extra cautious on international flights as there are more chances of people coming back with viruses that our immune systems aren’t used to.17.

14) Ask sick passengers near you to observe cold and flu etiquettes. If someone near you isn’t covering coughs or sneezes ask them to, even if it makes you feel awkward to do so. 

15) Use the personal air conditioning vents as the sophisticated filters present in them removes 99.97 percent of the germs. It also keeps the secondary air flow from your fellow passengers away.Xian_China_Eastern_Airlines_Aircraft_Cabins_Lighting_n_Air-Conditioner

16) Avoid packing a heavy carry on baggage as it can cause back or muscle injury while walking through the airport or lifting it up into the overhead bin.

17) On long international flights get up and stretch periodically or walk up and down the aisle. Sitting in an economy class seat for a long time can decrease blood flow to the lower limbs and cause blood clots in your leg (Deep Venous Thrombosis). Risk factors for DVT are pregnancy, old age, obesity, history of heart disease or history of blood clots.

18) If you’re prone to motion sickness take ginger capsules before boarding the flight. Avoid looking at moving images or reading books. Direct the air-conditioning vent over your head. Listen to soothing music and try to sleep. Motion sickness ends when you fall asleep.

19) Avoid travelling when you are sick as the stress from travelling can further exaggerate the illness.

20) Wash or sanitize your hands after getting off escalators as they’re always full of germs. pexels-photo-327496

Here we go, Now you know the 20 Possible Ways to Have a Healthy and A Germ-Free Flight! Have a safe flight and Happy Journey!!!


Zika Virus: What you Should Know?

What is a Zika Virus?

Zika Virus is a disease caused by a virus transmitted by daytime Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopticus mosquito and which also transmits Chikungunya, Dengue and Yellow Fever. Sexual Transmission of the disease is also possible.

What are the Symptoms of Zika Virus Disease?

Mild Fever or rash can appear after few days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. Muscle and Joint Pain, Tiredness, Conjunctivitis. Symptoms usually last from 2 to 7 Days.

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How is it detected?

Zika Virus can be detected in blood and urine sample of suspected cases using RT-PCR. Results are typically available after 3 Weeks.

What are the Complications of Zika Virus Disease?

Zika virus is known to trigger Guillain Barrè Syndrome in adults. It also causes severe neurological deficits and Microcephaly in foetus of a pregnant woman.

What is Guillain Barrè Syndrome?

Guillain Barrè Syndrome is a condition in which the person’s own immune system attacks his or her nerves. In 20 to 30% of the cases, the chest muscles are severely affected making it hard for the person to breathe which results in near total paralysis or death.

What is Microcephaly?

Microcephaly is a condition in which the baby’s head is smaller than those of other babies of the same age. Zika Virus infection in a pregnant woman is known to trigger Microcephaly. Children born with Microcephaly may have developmental challenges as they grow older.

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What is Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome?

A range of manifestations have been reported in babies’ upto 4 weeks old upon exposure to Zika Virus in utero. These includes malformation of head, involuntary movements, seizures, brainstem dysfunctions, difficulty in swallowing, limb contractures, contractures, hear and sight anomalies. Other outcomes may include miscarriage or stillbirths. These group of manifestations are known as Zika Virus Syndrome.

Is India at Risk?

The medical journal Lancet has said 2.6 billion people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of Zika infection, based on analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns in those regions.Although Zika was first identified in 1947, the virus wasn’t considered a major health threat until a major outbreak in Brazil in 2015 revealed that it can lead to severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. WHO Declared Zika Virus as global public health emergency last year.

On 15th of May 2017, WHO said that India has reported three confirmed cases of Zika Virus infection in the western state of Gujarat. According to the WHO, more cases of Zika virus may occur in the future as it is known to be circulating in South East Asia region.

How is it treated?

There is no specific medicine or vaccine available for Zika Virus Infection. Treatment aims at relieving the symptoms with rest, plenty of fluids, medications for joint pain and fever. Aspirin and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) should be avoided until Dengue is ruled out.

How to stay protected?

Your best protection is to prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself from a mosquito bite.

How to prevent breeding of Mosquito?

  • At least weekly empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water.
  • Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water.
  • Remove standing water around structures and from roof
  • Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly.
  • Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs.
  • Cover trash containers.
  • Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days.
  • Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby.

How to protect yourself from Mosquito Bites?

  • Wear Insect Repellents
  • Cover up with long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning the room or by keeping the windows and doors closed.
  • Limit outdoor activities during the peak mosquito times.

How to Protect yourself if you are providing care to a person infected with Zika?

  • Do not touch blood or body fluids or surfaces with these fluids on them with exposed skin.
  • Wash hands with soap and water immediately after providing care.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothes if they get blood or body fluids on them. Use laundry detergent and water temperature specified on the garment label. Using bleach is not necessary.
  • Clean the sick person’s environment daily using household cleaners according to label instructions.
  • Immediately clean surfaces that have blood or other body fluids on them using household cleaners and disinfectants according to label instructions.

If you visit a family member or friend with Zika in a hospital, you should avoid contact with the person’s blood and body fluids and surfaces with these fluids on them. Helping the person sit up or walk should not expose you. Make sure to wash your hands before and after touching the person