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Nov 18, 2016

The real significance of growing Jaware / Khetri in Navratra / navami pooja / can jaware or Khetri be eaten?

What made me write this post are the discarded Jhuwara / jawara / Khetri pots after the ninth day - NAVAMI Pooja of Navratri. Hindu sow wheat or barley seeds on the first day of Navratri pooja and offer the saplings to the mother goddess on the last day as part of the rituals. One can easily find these pots along with the remaining saplings inside the huge MCD dustbins or piled up under any Peepal tree.

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What people don't understand is the real meaning behind this ritual which has been followed by the Hindus for years. Being a Hindu I must say that our Sanatan Dharma is probably one of the most well thought religions which stand so firm in their ability to explain its rituals and values in the most scientific and logical manner. When we talk of this ritual of sawing Jhuware / jaware / Khetri ( Also Harela in Uttaranchal region) it clearly indicates the value of sprouting the grains and growing wheat grass to reap out the health benefits out of it. It's importance is so deep and well appreciated by our ancestors that it is offered at the feet of the goddess as a symbol of respect, purity and devotion and then kept on our heads as a mark of blessings from the Goddess's feat. We saw it keeping so much of purity and hygiene aspects in mind in terms of selecting the soil and  manure and also choosing the quality of seeds. We then keep an eye on its growth and water it consciously in order to help it grow reasonably well. If the saplings doesn't grow well or long enough it is not considered as a good sign. At least a few sprouts must pop out to be offered to the goddess and then be taken as a prasad. Do we ever thought why it has given so much of importance in our rituals and is linked to positivity and prosperity in our life.

The biggest agony of today's age is that we choose to follow rituals just as action points without trying to understand their true meaning. By all such rituals our ancestors tried to pass on the gift of the knowledge which they wanted us to imbibe in our day to today life. Growing Jhuwara should not be the action for just one day as part of a ritual but must be grown throughout the year and consumed as part of our diet. Imagine the tremendous health benefits of consuming it on a daily basis in the form of a salad dressing or in a powdered form or may be extracting it's juice etc. 


Courtesy - Google

Ages back there was no such concept of commercializing the knowledge but with passing of time and also realizing the health benefits of wheat grass many organic and Ayurvedic companies have started offering variety of products ranging from powered wheat grass to flavored Juices. These tiny greens are rich in vitamin A-C-I-K-B complex and also proteins. There are seventeen amino acids which present in these saplings. These miracle greens are  70% chlorophyll, which can tackle most of the blood / hemoglobin related problems in the human body. It is amazingly filled with oxygen and therefore a natural detoxification agent. They can even remove heavy metals from the body and tackle many blood disorders. As now they are marketed vigorously by the health companies across the world people buy them at any price because a Baba Ramdev is suggesting it or an Amway is advocating it. 

High time guys .... it takes almost no efforts to grow fresh wheat grass at your home or balcony or even at the windowsill. You may use any type of container even a used container from your kitchen to grow it. You may consume it's fresh leafs or juice it in your grinder by adding a little water into it. People staying in the most polluted cities can take tremendous health benefits by consuming this juice as an excellent detoxification agent and an easy remedy to flush out the toxins from their body. A prevention from free redials and a rejuvenating heath drink for your overall health system. What are you waiting for..Goooo man.. Grow the greens.... 

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Oct 26, 2016

पापा..यहाँ आप की आहट है

पापा...... झक झक रौशनी की झिलमिल में आप की मुस्कराहट है
आप तो नहीं हैं साथ पर यहाँ आप की आहट है

मैं जीती हूँ हर दिन उस वक़्त को जो आप के साथ था 
कोई चिंता न थी हमें क्योंकि सर पे आपका हाथ था 
मैं पीती हूँ हर उस दर्द को आंसुओं के साथ, जब याद आते हैं वो दिन 
मैं ढूंढती हूँ आप को तस्वीरों में, कहानियों में, पुरानी चिट्ठियों में,
आप के कपड़ो में, किताबों में, ख्यालों में और सोच के पुलिंदों में.
दिवाली की झालरों में, रंगोली के रंगों में, देहरी के बसंतधारों में,
दीवालों पे लटकी माला में, आलों की सफेदी में, बताशों की ढेरी में.
खील में खिलौनों में, घर के हर एक कोने  में, मिठाई के दोने में, 
काकू की शाखों पर, मौसमी के पेड़ में, आँगन  की मेड़ में दीपक की कतारें हैं.
नज़ारे हर तरफ खुशनुमा, जगमगाहट ही जगमगाहट है.
दिया एक आपके भी नाम का अब  घर में जलता है 
रंगीन कागज़ की माला से आपका कोना सजता है 
ये सब यादें  मेरे ज़ेहन में आती और जाती  हैं 
पीले गेंदे की लड़ियाँ जब मंदिर को महकाती हैं।  
अज़ब दीपावली की गज़ब जगमगाहट है 
आप तो नहीं हैं साथ पर यहाँ आप की आहट है 

पापा ...... 
झक झक रौशनी की झिलमिल में आप की मुस्कराहट है
आप तो नहीं हैं साथ पर यहाँ आप की आहट है.

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Jun 8, 2016

Product review / Feedback of Sumeet Appliances, Sumeet Mixer Grinder, Sumeet Grinderman, customer care no. for Sumeet mixer grinder

Ever since I have bought a Sumeet Grinderman I was really happy to have everything going smooth in the kitchen. This purchase was influenced with the strong belief of my mother that remained intact for years. She always said nothing can beat Sumeet mixer grinder in the market when it comes to tough grindings like dry masala powders and Dosa / Idli batters at home. Then my Sister in law who was again gifted a Sumeet mixer at the time of her marriage supported my mothers opinion quite strongly and these reviews eventually made me replace my old Bajaj mixer grinder to a new SUMEET Grinderman.


Now i am close to complete one year using this machine I am willing to share my experiences with all of you who are either planning to purchase a Sumeet Grinderman which is no doubt an excellent product and also who are struggling with a damaged one and looking for the customer care services which are extremely pathetic. I bought this machine late in July 2015 and encountered with the very first problem in January 2016 which is within the one year warranty period.

Lets talk about the POSITIVE ASPECTS OF THIS PRODUCT first

1- Sumeet Grinderman is a 750 watt machine which comes with three jars. One for dry grinding another for wet grinding and the small one to prepare the chutnies etc., but good enough to grind almost anything in small quantity.

2- All three jars are thick plated and heavy in quality also are the lids and blades (Except the stirrer attached to the small jar) unlike many other machines which look fancy but the quality is really not that good. My previews one's jars got cracks on the edges. 

3- Also comes along with four interchangeable blades for dry grinding, wet grinding, flour kneading, meat mincing, whipping, ice crushing etc.

4- Let me assure you with my own experience that this machine is powerful enough to crush raw spices like coriander, dry challis, black pepper and garam masala etc to make a find powder. A real fine powder.

I have used almost all the attachment except the needing one because I find my food-processor more easy to wash for the kneading mess.

DRAWBACKS OF THIS PRODUCT- 

1- The look and feel of this product is really very basic. If you compare them with the fancy designs of other products available in the market it looks very old fashioned.


2- It creates a lot of noise because of the heavy duty motor i guess, which is disturbing to some extent.

3- The dome shaped lid attached to the chutney jar has a  feature of a stirrer at the top in order to continuously mix the content inside the jar while the mixer is working. I found this  feature just good for nothing and really not that helpful and required for such a small jar. The main problem is the plastic which is this stirrer is made of, is really low quality. Since we are a small family this is the jar which is mostly used and after using it for a while I noticed the stirrer's stick badly damaged.Plastic threads coming out because of the pressure built inside the jar while in use.
I realized this quite lately when I was grinding some black pepper and while sieving the powder I found these tiny plastic threads mixed with the powder. I have immediately stopped using this jar and carefully removed the stirrer from inside. It is better to use it without a stirrer then putting your health on stake.




4- The sealing rubber ring of the chutney jar's lid of somehow difficult to remove for cleaning and then to be placed again. The structure of the jar's lid is really complicated for cleaning and putting the lid back on place.

Now coming to the Customer Care Support of Sumeet Appliances. 

The most pathetic and hopeless after sales service arrangements I have encountered recently. I am based out of Delhi and it took more then two months to just get a small part repaired after series of conversations after the top people of the company as the ECO deals himself for each complaint and have no after sales team / customer care call center to respond. 

Read this specific post to get the contact numbers to approach if your Sumeet Mixer grinder / grinderman is not working. 

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