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10 Amazing Summer Beverages You Must Drink To Beat The Heat!

As we welcome summers, let us refresh and replenish our body with some of the best summer beverages in order to beat the heat. We suggest a bunch of summer drinks that you must not miss out on.

10 Amazing Summer Beverages You Must Drink To Beat The Heat!

Summer Beverages:Come summers, temperatures begin to soar high leaving everyone feeling fatigued, sweaty and messed up. Staying hydrated is the most important factor to keep going in this sweltering heat and maintain good health. Your body tends to lose water at a faster pace due to excessive sweating. While water is the utmost important drink to quench thirst, you can try other summery beverages that not only satisfy your thirst but also keep your body cool. As we welcome summers, let us refresh and replenish our body with some of the best summer beverages in order to beat the heat. We suggest a bunch of summer drinks that you must not miss out on.

Here’s a list of summer drinks to beat the heat:

 

1. Aam Panna

An absolute lip-smacking drink that is mostly popular in Maharashtra is made with our favourite king of fruits- mango. This refreshing summer drink is prepared using mango pulp and blended with cumin, jeera and mint leaves. This drink does not only keep you refreshed but also energized through sunny days. Here’s an amazing recipe of aam panna that you’d love to savour every day.

aam pannaAn absolute lip-smacking drink that is mostly popular in Maharashtra is made with mango.

2. Jaljeera

Jaljeera is made using jeera and water. The cumin seeds or jeera is roasted and made into coarse powder and mixed in water. This solution is best for people dealing with digestion problems, especially during summers. Gulp down a chilled glass of jaljeera and endure summers like never before. Here’s a recipe of iced jaljeera that you’d love to savour every day.

jaljeeraJaljeera is made using jeera and water​.

3. Sattu Sharbat

What’s better than bringing a desi summer drink to your rescue? Sattu sharbat is one specialty from Bihar that keeps the body cool even during the sunniest day. It is made with sattu flour, sugar and water; that’s all it needs. It’s not only refreshing but also filling. Here’s a refreshing recipe of sattu sharbat that you will definitely fall in love with. https://food.ndtv.com/recipe-sattu-cooler-951290 Also, if you wish to make savoury sharbat, we have got you covered; here’s a recipe of sattu ka namkeen sharbat you must try.

sattuWhat’s better than bringing a desi summer drink to your rescue​?

4. Buttermilk (Chaas)

Buttermilk or popularly known as chaas is an amazing curd-based drink that is undoubtedly an Indian favourite. Chaas is a brilliant digestive, and the addition of spices like jeera only enhances the benefits it has to offer. Go on and use this masala chaas recipe to make this hot sunny day a refreshing one.

buttermilk 620x350Buttermilk or popularly known as chaas is an amazing curd-based drink.

5. Coconut Water

A chilled glass of coconut water can instantly cheer you up. The mild sweetness and fresh taste makes it just the perfect drink to keep summer blues at bay. It also makes for a great electrolyte, so every time you feel dehydrated, load up on some coconut water and you are good to go.

buttermilk with coconut waterA chilled glass of coconut water can instantly cheer you up.

6. Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane juice is used as a natural remedy to a host of problems. It makes for an energy drink and helps build up plasma and body fluids, helping you counter dehydration and dullness. Adding mint leaves to the juice will only help enhance the taste of your summer drink.

sugarcane juiceIt makes for an energy drink and helps build up plasma and body fluids​.

7. Lassi

What’s better than the Punjabi lassi? This smooth and creamy yogurt based refreshment is considered to be an amazing summer cooler. The best part is, you can easily add many variations to it, from classic to mint, avocado, mango to banana walnut lassi and more. If you haven’t tried any of these yet, fret not. Here are all the recipes you would need.

lassiWhat’s better than the Punjabi lassi?​

8. Barley Water

Barley water makes for an ancient remedy for good health. All you need to make this elixir is pearl barley, water, salt, a dash of honey and lemon and you are good to go. Here’s how you can make barley water at home.

barley water

 

9. Nimbu Paani Or Lemonade

Why to miss out on the most sought after summer drink, our very own nimbu paani or lemonade? A quick drink to make and amazingly delicious, this drink is prepared using mint leaves, lemons, sugar, salt and water. You can also add spices like cumin, coriander powder, black pepper, et al to make it interestingly tasty. Here’s a recipe of nimbu paani you must try.

lemonadeWhy to miss out on the most sought after summer drink​?

10. Watermelon juice

One of the best summer fruits is watermelon and what’s even better is its juice. It is super refreshing and its hydrating properties help keep your body hydrated and fresh.

watermelon granitaOne of the best summer fruits is watermelon and what’s even better is its juice.

So go ahead and enjoy these drinks and ensure a happy and healthy summer 2020!

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The Studio Ghibli Retrospective: ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

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Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is a film inextricably linked with my childhood. My first memory of seeing it is as a five-year-old, though I’ve been told I was even younger on my first viewing. The version I watched as a child was the old American dub made by 20th Century Fox, which doesn’t entirely hold up today, but has its own charms and worked well enough for me as a kid. I saw the film repeatedly, and the film’s main theme got stuck in my head. Whenever I’d see the little plants in my mother’s garden, I’d imagine Totoro was dancing around them in the night, allowing them to sprout like he did in the film (and yes, I did that silly dance too, thinking that it worked). But perhaps my fondest memory is when I realized that one of the main characters, Satsuki, was in fact just a short-haired girl and not a boy like I had originally thought. I was a stupid kid. And I’d never take it back.

There’s a reason why My Neighbor Totoro has transcended its own origins and become one of the definitive classics of animation and family films, crossing the boundaries of generations and languages worldwide. And yet, seeing the film now as an adult, My Neighbor Totoro is a much more rewarding experience than it has any right to be. It retains adorable characters, a sweet-natured innocence, warmth, and an uncanny ability to make me smile. What holds it all together, however, is a deep melancholy that bubbles underneath the surface. It’s easy to see why this is one of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved  films, and why it’s one of the best children’s stories of all time.

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How to be a Good Receptionist

Congratulations! You’ve hired a receptionist. It can be a little nerve-wracking having someone new come into the position, especially one as important to a company as a receptionistHiring a quality employee for a receptionist position means that you’ve hired the face of a company. You may begin to feel anxious determining if you’ve made the right choice or not. If you’re concerned that the new hire isn’t sure how to be a good receptionist and succeed in their new line of work, look no further.

How to be a good receptionist on the phone

How to be a Good Receptionist: On the Phone

One of the most important duties as a receptionist is to answer the phone correctly. This goes for both virtual receptionists as well as those who work in-office. In addition to taking messages and saying hello prior to announcing the business name, your name, and asking how you can help them, there a few things you may need to remember.

Be Enthusiastic

First and foremost, learn to love the sound of the phone ringing! It may sound like a silly ask, but remember: if the phone didn’t ring, your employer wouldn’t need to have you on staff. If you learn to love the sound of the phone, you’ll answer it with the enthusiasm that a good receptionist should have. If you’re answering the phone with a monotone voice, you’re not representing your company in the best light.

Be Prompt

How to be a good receptionist: be prompt

When you hear that phone ring, try to answer it by the second ring. Time goes by at a different rate for someone who is need of assistance. Three, four or five rings can feel like an eternity–at that point, they are already beginning to assume that their call will go unanswered.

The same goes for when you place someone on hold–try to keep that hold time under one minute. People become impatient quickly, and their mood may go sour as a result. Customers do not want to be on hold for long, and the longer that they are placed on hold, the lower their opinion of your company will be.

Consider your Tone

It’s said that during a face-to-face conversation, 55% of the communication is through body language, 38% is through tone of voice, and only 7% is from the words used. However, on the telephone, 83% of your communication is through your tone of voice. Only 17% is the words you’re using!How to be a good receptionist: Half of my problems are because of my tone of voice, everyone thinks I'm arguing while I'm actually talking

With that being the case, it’s very important to not sound monotone, which will come off like like you’re uninterested in helping them. It’s even more crucial that you don’t let outside issues put you in a mood that will have your tone sound angry. Too much is on the line for you to not sound kind as the first impression of a company.

Smile!

Yes, even (and especially!) when you are answering the phone. When you smile, it turns on a part of your brain that instantly makes you happier. That will make you sound more approachable on the phone. Some suggest that receptionists should keep a mirror on their desk to see themselves smile. That way, you’ll be constantly reminded to keep a smile on your face and a great attitude toward others.

How to be a good receptionist: smile!

Phrases to Say Frequently

  • Please
  • Thank you
  • You’re welcome
  • My pleasure
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Have a great day
  • Have a great weekend
  • The caller’s name

How to be a Good Receptionist: At the Office

How to be a good receptionist in person

If you’re a receptionist in person, you’ll need to be aware of a few other things. For one, the person in front of you should take precedence over a ringing phone. If you’re already engaged with a customer on the phone, you should find a way to acknowledge the present guest. Smile or nod to let them know that they are important to you and you will be with them shortly.

Appearance & Professionalism

Because a receptionist is the face of a company, it is all the more important to maintain a professional appearance. Appropriate business attire, well kempt hair, and good hygiene are expected. A good receptionist does not chew gum during work hours, nor check their personal phone. They will have good posture and be sure not to slouch.

How to be a good receptionist: appearance and professionalism

Be Enthusiastic in Person

You should greet anyone who comes in the door with enthusiasm. The customer should be your priority! Don’t let anything going on in or outside of the office affect your performance and ability to be welcoming to customers. No one should know if you’re having on off day, feeling sad or angry. You also shouldn’t alert to a caller of that by speaking with a rushed voice or hurrying them on hold.

The customer should become your passion. Even if they may be wrong, it is not your job to make them aware of this. It’s your job to give them exceptional customer service and to direct them toward whom they need to speak to.

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15 Amazing Dog Facts

Our dogs have always been our most loyal companions, so it’s only natural that we want to know as much as we can about them. Keep reading for our top 15 dog facts that you won’t believe!

Our dogs have always been our best friends, our loyal companions and most importantly, our family. So it’s only natural that we are completely fascinated by dog facts and information. We’re utterly besotted with our four-pawed friends and want to discover absolutely everything possible about them, so when we hear a dog fact it fills us with a sense of joy and wonder.

From why dog’s noses are wet, to the tallest dog in the world, prepare to have your mind blown with these amazing dog facts.

 

Fun facts about dogs

1. Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals

This amazing dog fact might answer a long-standing question that dog owners have. Why are dogs noses wet? Vetstreet says that the answer is that dog’s noses are wet to help them absorb scent chemicals! Their nose secretes a special mucus that helps to absorb these chemicals, and then they lick their noses to sample them, helping them understand what the smell is.

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2. Newfoundlands are amazing lifeguards

Newfoundland dogs are the ultimate doggy lifeguards, because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning.

Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!

3. The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear

In an interview in 2013, Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song! How’s that for an amazing dog fact?

4. Three dogs survived the Titanic sinking

Did you know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Vetstreet states that the dogs were in first class and included a Pomeranian puppy – which her owner wrapped in a blanket to escape with, and everyone thought she was carrying a baby. Another Pomeranian and a Pekingese were also rescued. Move over Rose and Jack!

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5. A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court

According to PBS, a Bloodhound’s sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Now if you thought that was an incredible dog fact, prepare to have your mind blown.

Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles!

6. The tallest dog in the world is 44 inches tall

The tallest dog in the world ever was a Great Dane named Zeus! Measured at 44 inches tall on October 4th 2011, he’s the current Guinness World Record holder.

7. Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel

If you thought all dogs barked, then prepare yourself for this dog fact. The Basenji dog doesn’t tend to bark, instead they are known to yodel, whine or scream.

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8. A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long distance race

Greyhound would actually beat a Cheetah in a long distance race! According to Psychology Today, Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles.

 

Where the Cheetah is incredibly fast it can only keep its speed for around 200 -300 yards, so they may have the running start but it would soon be surpassed by a Greyhound!

9. A blind man and his guide dog hiked the Appalachian Trail

According to the Washington Post, for eight months during 1990 a blind man named Bill Irwin hiked the Appalachian Trail with his guide dog, Orient helping him along the way. Dogs truly are man’s best friend.

10. The Ewoks in Star Wars were based on a dog

If you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll love this amazing dog fact. The Los Angeles Times claims that George Lucas modelled the Ewoks after his family dog!

11. 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear

UFAW states that on average around 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear and 5% are deaf in both. This is due to something called the extreme piebald gene which is responsible for their white coat and blue eyes (in some of them). Dalmatians with larger dark patches are less likely to be deaf.

12. The Saluki is the oldest dog breed

The Guinness World Record for the oldest dog breed is held by the Saluki. The breed dates back to 329BC and were kept as royal pets in Ancient Egypt. Reportedly, there are also carvings found in Southern Iraq of a dog that looks similar to a Saluki which dates back to 7000BC.

13. Chow Chows and Shar-Peis have black tongues

The Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds that have fully black tongues. Even more interesting, the cause of these black tongues is currently unknown.

14. Dogs have three eyelids

Many owners haven’t heard of this interesting dog fact, but did you know that your four-legged friend has three eyelids? According to iHeartDogs, the third lid is called the ‘haw’ or nictitating membrane, and it’s responsible for keeping the eye protected and lubricated.

15. The African Hunting dog is the most successful hunter in the world

The African Hunting Dog is the most successful land hunter in the world. They’re successful in 50-70% of their hunts, which makes them consistently the best mammalian hunter, they even hold the current Guinness World Record for it.

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Qualities of a Winning Personality

 

The Importance of a Winning Attitude at the Workplace | by Nandita Abraham  | The Startup | Medium

Qualities of a Winning Personality

1. Exhibit integrity – A person is said to have integrity if what they say and what they do are rooted in the same set of core values.

2. Don’t speak badly of others – If you speak badly about others to a friend, the chances are you’ll also speak badly about them. Hence, they are likely to be hesitant in what they share with you.

3. Be an optimist – This doesn’t mean burying your head in the sand. It meanschoosing not to dwell on the negatives, and actively looking for the positives.

4. Make the effort to be helpful – Life is so much sweeter if you’re thoughtful and kind – and we rarely forget someone who’s caring and warm.

5. Set some goals and have some ambition – This is an extremely contagious quality. Not only will you achieve higher goals for yourself, you’ll give hope to others, and inspire them to try.

6. Seek to be compassionate and understanding – All of us face battles and experience hard times. Empathising with others when life is tough helps to ease their burden and renew their inner spark.

7. Believe in, love and respect yourself – If you don’t accept, respect and love yourself, then you’ll send out vibes that you’re inadequate. However, it you love, believe in and treat yourself well then it’s likely that others will treat you that way, too.

8. Persist until you succeed – Although ambition is important, it is not enough. You have to persevere if you’re going to succeed. So when you stumble or fall down just get up and start again. Then keep on going till you finally succeed.

9. Be open minded and willing to learn – If you’re closed in your thinking and set in your ways then you’ll never discover a different, better way .. and you’ll close yourself off to other possibilities.

10. Take responsibility for your life – Blaming others for your problems, or acting like a victim won’t help you to move forwards, and have the life you want. Take control of your destiny. Success is up to you.

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