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Once upon a time there lived a king.
The king had a beautiful daughter, the princess.
But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No matter what;
Anything she touched would melt.
Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her.
The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter?
He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king, ‘If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured.’
The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan.
The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king’s wealth…
THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE.
The first brought a sword of the finest steel.
But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted. The prince went away sadly .
The second prince brought diamonds.
He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt. But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted.
He too was sent away disappointed.
The third prince approached. He told the princess, Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there.’
The princess did as she was told, though she turned red .
She felt something hard. She held it in her hand.
And it did not melt!
The king was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed.
And the third prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.
Question: What was in the prince’s pants?
M&Ms of course.
They melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
What were you thinking??
I STILL WORRY ABOUT YOU SOMETIMES!
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 24.03.2012)Once upon a time there lived a king. The king had a beautiful daughter, the princess. But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No matter what; Metal, Wood, Stone, Anything she touched would melt. Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her. The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter? He consulted ...
The history of India begins with evidence of human activity of Homo sapiens as long as 75,000 years ago, or with earlier hominids including Homo erectus from about 500,000 years ago. The Indus Valley Civilization, which spread and flourished in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent from c. 3300 to 1300 BCE, was the first major civilization in India. A sophisticated and technologically advanced urban culture developed in the Mature Harappan period, from 2600 to 1900 BCE. This Bronze Age civilization collapsed before the end of the second millennium BCE and was followed by the Iron Age Vedic Civilization, which extended over much of the Indo-Gangetic plain and which witnessed the rise of major polities known as the Mahajanapadas. In one of these kingdoms, Magadha, Mahavira and Gautama Buddha were born in the 6th or 5th century BCE and propagated their śramanic philosophies.
Almost all of the subcontinent was conquered by the Maurya Empire during the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. It subsequently became fragmented, with various parts ruled by numerous Middle kingdoms for the next 1,500 years. This is known as the classical period of Indian history, during which India has sometimes been estimated to have had the largest economy of the ancient and medieval world, controlling between one third and one fourth of the world’s wealth up to the 18th century.
Much of northern and central India was once again united in the 4th century CE, and remained so for two centuries thereafter, under the Gupta Empire. This period, witnessing a Hindu religious and intellectual resurgence, is known among its admirers as the “Golden Age of India“. During the same time, and for several centuries afterwards, southern India, under the rule of the Chalukyas, Cholas, Pallavas, and Pandyas, experienced its own golden age. During this period, aspects of Indian civilization, administration, culture, and religion (Hinduism and Buddhism) spread to much of Asia.
The southern state of Kerala had maritime business links with the Roman Empire from around 77 CE. Islam was introduced in Kerala through this route by Muslim traders. Muslim rule in the subcontinent began in 712 CE when the Arab general Muhammad bin Qasim conquered Sindh and Multan in southern Punjab in modern day Pakistan, setting the stage for several successive invasions from Central Asia between the 10th and 15th centuries CE, leading to the formation of Muslim empires in the Indian subcontinent such as the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire.
Mughal rule came from Central Asia to cover most of the northern parts of the subcontinent. Mughal rulers introduced Central Asian art and architecture to India. In addition to the Mughals and various Rajput kingdoms, several independent Hindu states, such as the Vijayanagara Empire, the Maratha Empire, and the Ahom Kingdom, flourished contemporaneously in southern, western, and northeastern India respectively. The Mughal Empire suffered a gradual decline in the early 18th century, which provided opportunities for the Afghans, Balochis, Sikhs, and Marathas to exercise control over large areas in the northwest of the subcontinent until the British East India Company gained ascendancy over South Asia.
Beginning in the mid-18th century and over the next century, India was gradually annexed by the British East India Company. Dissatisfaction with Company rule led to the Indian Rebellion of 1857, after which India was directly administered by the British Crown and witnessed a period of both rapid development of infrastructure and economic decline. During the first half of the 20th century, a nationwide struggle for independence was launched by the Indian National Congress and later joined by the Muslim League. The subcontinent gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, after being partitioned into the dominions of India and Pakistan.
(source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_India)The history of India begins with evidence of human activity of Homo sapiens as long as 75,000 years ago, or with earlier hominids including Homo erectus from about 500,000 years ago. The Indus Valley Civilization, which spread and flourished in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent from c. 3300 to 1300 BCE, was the ...
1. Everything you eat is savoured in garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2. You try and reuse gift wrappers, gift boxes, and of course aluminum foil.
3. You are always standing next to the two largest size suitcases at the Airport.
4. You arrive one or two hours late to a party and think it’s normal.
5. You peel the stamps off letters that the Postal Service missed to stamp.
6. You recycle Wedding Gifts, Birthday Gifts and Anniversary Gifts.
7. You name your children in rhythms (example, Shameem, Naeem, Ajmal , Akmal etc.)
8. All your children have pet names, which sound nowhere close to their real names.
9. You take snacks anywhere it says ‘No Food Allowed’
10. You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving some one’s house.
11. You load up the family car with as many people as possible.
12. You use plastic to cover anything new in your house whether it’s the remote control, VCR, or new couch.
13. Your parents tell you not to care what your friends think, but they won’t let you do certain things because of what the other ‘Uncles and Aunties’ will think.
14. You buy and display crockery, which is never used. As it is meant for a special occasion that never happens.
15. You use vinyl table cloth on your kitchen table.
16. You use grocery bags to hold the garbage.
17. You keep leftover food in your fridge in as many numbers of bowls as possible.
18. Your kitchen shelf is full of jars, varieties of bowls and plastic utensils (got free with purchase of other stuff)
19. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (and travel means any car ride longer than 15 minutes).
20. You own a rice cooker or a pressure cooker or both.
21. You fight over who pays the dinner bill.
22. You live with your parents and you are 40 years old. (And they prefer it that way).
23. You don’t use measuring cups when cooking.
24. You never learned how to stand in a queue.
25. You can only travel if there are 5 persons at least to see you off or receive you whether you are travelling by bus, train or plane.
26. You only make long distance calls after 11pm
27. Your conversation is laced with constant references to God even while talking about t he most mundane and insignificant matters.
28. You call an older person you never met before Uncle or Auntie.
29. When your parents meet a stranger and talk for a few minutes, you discover another distant cousin .
30. You have bed sheets on your sofas so as to keep them from getting dirty.
31. Its embarrassing if you’re invited to a wedding with less than 600 people.
32. You have mastered the art of bargaining in shopping.
33. You don’t engage in dialogue. You don’t pay the slightest attention to what the other person is saying. You impatiently wait for them to stop speaking so you can blurt out your piece.
34. You have strong opinions on everything under the sun. But when it comes to decision making, you allow issues to reach a crisis point and panic set in before you decide to act.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 08.10.2011)
- WHAT IS WEIGHT LOSS?
There are several options available to patients today who might be struggling with weight loss issues, and who are unable to shed unwanted pounds on their own through diet, exercise, and will power alone. Being overweight isn’t just a question of beauty society inflicts on us. Obesity is a medical condition which can have serious, even deadly, implications. Weight loss surgery is a solution for people who are endangering their lives. Overweight people are more likely to suffer from diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Revolutionary surgical procedures can be life-changing, life-saving, and undoubtedly beneficial to those who need assistance with their weight loss goals. There are several types of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) available today. A bariatric surgeon operates on the digestive organs which results in either a malabsorption of nutrients or a redirection of nutrients leading to successful weight loss in most cases.
There are other procedures available to those who desire a more shapely silhouette, those who have suffered from bodily damage due to childbirth, or those who simply want to improve their well-being by changing the appearance of their physical body. This is done through surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty and liposuction. Procedures such as these actually reshape the body and remove fat from inside the body.
WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURE?
A bariatric surgeon is the most qualified physician to perform any surgical procedure dealing with weight loss. These doctors are specialized in this area. A patient should ask it their surgeon maintains membership in the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). An experienced, qualified physician can assist a patient in making the right choices when it comes to this type of surgery.
A board certified plastic surgeon is the best choice for abdominoplasty. This ensures that the surgeon has at least five years experience and has been educated at a reputable institute for plastic surgery. Although many dermatologists perform liposuction, a plastic surgeon is a better choice because they have had more extensive surgical training in this type of procedure.
Types of Bariatric Surgery:
– Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery is gaining popularity because it is adjustable, reversible, and requires only a short hospital stay. In this procedure an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach through very small laparoscopic incisions, thus creating a smaller area for food to go into which limits food intake. This procedure allows a patient to feel full with only a small amount of food. The band can be altered quite easily as the patient needs.
– Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB) is a procedure where the stomach is divided into two potions. The upper, smaller portion of the stomach is directly connected to the small intestine so that food is redirected. This creates a lesser degree of absorption of what is eaten. The larger portion of the stomach maintains blood flow so that the gastric juices stimulate the stomach to eventually mix with the food of the small intestine, thereby creating weight loss.
– Sleeve Mastectomy (SG) is a procedure where the majority of the stomach is surgically removed. The remaining part of the stomach can only hold roughly three oz. which limits food intake. This is a simpler procedure than the Gastric Bypass because it does not involve surgical alteration of the intestines. However, for morbidly obese patients a second malabsorptive surgery may be necessary for optimal results.
Types of Cosmetic Weight Loss Procedures:
– Lipoplasty (Liposuction) is a surgical procedure that removes extra fat from the area between the muscle and skin. This is performed through the use of a small tube that is inserted directly into the fat through small incisions in the skin and then connected to a powerful suction pump. This procedures has dramatic results for improved body contour. This procedure is commonly performed on areas of the body where excess fat may be a problem.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is a procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. In most cases, the abdominoplasty will restore weakened or separated muscles and give the patient a smoother, firmer, more desirable abdomen. Abdominoplasty can also be used in conjunction with breast reconstruction as a method of treatment for women who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer. In this procedure, skin is grafted from the abdominal area and used to reconstruct the nipples.
The side effects of bariatric surgery can be reduced by following the physician’s guidelines following surgery. Often patients will experience nausea and vomiting, dehydration, food intolerance, changed bowel habits, dumping syndrome (characterized by sweating, feelings of weakness and/or diarrhea), and cold intolerance. These side effects are usually alleviated after a period of 1-3 months as the patient becomes accustomed to new eating habits. In addition, hair thinning may occur and women may experience increased fertility as a result of weight loss. Patients may also experience excessive, sagging skin after weight loss that may require plastic surgery for optimal satisfaction. With all this said, bariatric patients outweigh these side effects as minimal when compared with the alternative of a life of obesity and disease.
The side effects of liposuction can be scarring, bruising and swelling following surgery. Some patients experience lumpiness following liposuction, which usually disappears several months prior to surgery as the body becomes accustomed to its new shape. Abdominoplasty carries certain side effects, most commonly swelling and pain at the site of the incision. Although patients will experience some discomfort post-operative, this is the body’s natural defense in the healing process. Most discomfort patients experience will not last for a period of more than six weeks. As with any surgical procedure, patients need to closely follow the recommendations of their doctor, make sure they have plenty of help at home (particularly lifting small children), and follow up with any post-operative appointments as recommended.
When it comes to weight loss there are two categories that need to be addressed: health and well-being. Being overweight or just not feeling good about physical appearance can cause problems in relationships and alter your self esteem. No one wants to suffer from these problems, and it is refreshing to know that help is readily available. Obesity is a medical condition that affects a person’s health and ability to lead a normal, healthy lifestyle. In a case like this, a patient needs to carefully consider with their doctor the many options available through weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery is a revolutionary surgical procedure that has saved lives that seemed to be out of control, out of hope, and more importantly fighting the clock for survival.
If improvement in the existing shape of the body is desired through liposuction or a tummy tuck, a board-certified plastic surgeon can dramatically help both men and women to achieve a new, life-changing figure that can boost a patient’s self-image that may not be possible through diet and exercise alone. Whatever the weight loss goals are, finding the right doctor is imperative in any weight loss procedure. The results can and do change lives for the better…forever.
(source : http://www.matchadoctor.com/content/weight-loss)
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