Next to Water, What you drink most?

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Water doesn’t get the same media attention as green tea, antioxidants, and the latest fad diets. Yet it plays a much more critical part in our daily lives and our bodies.

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and every system depends on water. So water is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

What Counts as Water?

Fruits are an excellent source for water. Watermelon is 90% water, so it ranks highest on the list. Oranges, grapefruit, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are also strong contenders.

Vegetables, though not as full of water as fruit, can also provide a nutrient-rich water source. Stick with celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and Romaine lettuce.

There are plenty of hidden sources of water in your diet. If you want to tap into these foods, reach for oatmeal, yogurt, soup, and smoothies.

Besides guzzling water, milk is a top choice to refuel. Sodas, even diet ones, get a bad rap for lacking nutritional value, but they can still be hydrating. Juices and sports drinks are also hydrating — you can lower the sugar content by diluting them with water.

Coffee and tea also count in your tally. Many used to believe that they were dehydrating, but that myth has been debunked. The diuretic effect does not offset hydration.

Alcohol is a huge dehydrator. You should try to limit your intake, but if you are going to raise a glass, aim for at least a one-to-one ratio with water. (Of course it is injurious to health as well as family! Better to avoid it)

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, experts suggests adding lemon to it. Or test out your own concoction, like sparkling water with raspberries with a sprig of mint.

Courtesy : http://www.webmd.com/

What’s wrong with Examinations? : Students’ Woe!

examinationIf we go by the definitions of the current educational system of the countries like India, Intelligence is directly proportional to the marks, a student can score in the exams.

Quantification of knowledge via exams is claimed to be a tool to measure intelligence. If we look deeper the reality sounds too intelligent 🙂 The following points are applicable to the majority of the examination procedures that we can see in our educational system.

Say four students are preparing for an examination on a subject A which is a mandatory one for them to study.

The question paper which will comprise of 100 questions

The subject A has N number of possible questions that can be asked. But, due to the syllabus there is a limitation, lets say typically the questions can reach a maximum of 1000.

So if a student can prepare answers for all the 1000 questions they can score the maximum marks in the exam.

Assume the students have prepared as follows for the exam

(S1) Student 1 : Prepares for answering 100 questions which the teacher advised him as the most important questions.
(S2) Student 2 : Prepares for answering 150 questions which another teacher advised his as the most important questions.
(S3) Student 3 : Prepares on own and has prepared for answering 600 questions.
(S4) Student 4 : Prepares for the exam, but excels in subject knowledge who knows to answer beyond the 1000 possible questions also.

Exam-2They all write the examination. Here are the results

S1 : All the 100 questions prepared were asked. S1 answers all correct and scores 100% – Passes with Distinction
S2 : 50 of the 150 questions prepared were asked in the exam. S2 answers all correct and scores 50% only – Passes
S3 : Who prepared for more than 600 but the bad luck only 10 questions were asked out of those and scores 10% – Fails
S4 : Answers all the 100 questions correct and scores 100% – Passes with Distinction

Now its time for us to think and try to answer the following questions:

Q1. Who is the intelligent Student? Obvious S4, but our education system puts S1 and S4 on the same scale! How to identify unique talents like S4 with current exam systems?
Q2. All the students are victims of the enforced pattern of the examination except S4. Isn’t it?
Q3. Who is comparatively intelligent among S1, S2 and S3? Well the answer is “Can’t say!” Because S2 and S3 cannot be blamed because it is the questioner/team who set the question paper has not included what the students prepared, in other words it is the questioner’s choice! Behold, so is it means that the topic what not are asked in the exam are useless to contribute any subject knowledge?

We can ask more questions and debate more on this topic endlessly. Of course the system of examination has streamlined the process of educating a lot and helped us to arrive where we are now. We cannot deny that fact it contributed to the growth of education.

But a fact what we cannot deny is for finding a handful of the so called intelligent people, our examinations curtailing, suppressing and limiting the true potentials of millions of other students. The demotivation kills the creativity in them gradually for not being recognized as intelligent via exams. Very few fights the odds and wins without educational failures, but the victims are more. 

However, every system on its growth exposes the weakest links and processes involved in it. Sometimes we need to go back ultimately to a point and re-frame the methodologies which are inappropriate for our progress.

This flaw or drawback in the assessment process is a huge topic to study what I have tried to explain is just the nose of the peak immersed in an ocean. The bigger picture goes far with individual student’s passion, subject interests, education vs career options, career vs economic growth of the individuals, overall social progress, etc., there are many things interlinked with the educational system.

To keep it simple, Education is everything, education can shape the future and is shaping the future now. If we do not change certain things in the education system we will lose the control over our future and will be trapped into a system of errors. Global Politics, Ecosystem of the Earth, Science and National Administrations will be the huge victims of it. Because education is the qualifier in many of the fields today, when it goes wrong everything will follow its track.

Think. Everything starts from a point, but we have multiple point of sources to the make the educational system more complex. Education need to be an excellent service to anybody in the world, then why exists a ranking order even for the educational institutes, to claim one is better than the other? Standardization is difficult, but is it impossible?

– Words by Din

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Curious Question #8 :) Answer updated : 0 degree doubled

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If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

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Here is the answer. The question says only zero degrees. It does not specify any metric like Celsius, Farenheit, or Kelvin. 

So if they mentioned in any one of the metric unit, we can easily convert to the other.

Say for Instance they told 0 degree in Celsius

then 0 degree celsius = 273 Kelvin = 32 degree Farenheit, so doubling it will be as follows

273*2 = 546 Kelvin = 1.9 degree celsius

32*2 = 64 deg. Farenheit = 1.9 degree celsius

Use same trick if they mention it in 0 degree farenhiet or kelvin

🙂 Be smart… 

The Alphabets of Happiness

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The Alphabets of Happiness

A – ACCEPT

Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B – BREAK AWAY

Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C – CREATE

Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.

D – DECIDE

Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E – EXPLORE

Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F – FORGIVE

Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G – GROW

Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H – HOPE

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I – IGNORE

Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J – JOURNEY

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, an you’ll grow.

K – KNOW

Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L – LOVE

Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

M – MANAGE

Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N – NOTICE

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O – OPEN

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P – PLAY

Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q – QUESTION

Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R – RELAX

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S – SHARE

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T – TRY

Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U – USE

Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that’s wasted has no value. Talent that’s used bill bring unexpected rewards.

V – VALUE

Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W – WORK

Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X – X-RAY

Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y – YIELD

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z – ZOOM

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.