Lots of people ask me whether Delhi is the same as New Delhi!
People think that these 2 are different cities - but they are one.
The Capital of India is New Delhi, this was made the capital by the then British rulers to showcase their total control over the Indian Subcontinent, in the year 1911.
Before that Calcutta ( now known as Kolkata)was the capital of India.
The task of building the new part of Delhi was given to an architect called Edwin Lutyens. Lutyens designed the new part with particular emphasis to wide tree lined roads, proper layout and a pedestrian friendly approach.
In contrast the Old part of Delhi is congested with narrow lanes and is not pedestrian friendly. Old Delhi houses markets which have been used for centuries for trade and are full of colour and activity.
If you are a traveler and want to visit Delhi, it is best to visit the Old part and the Lutyens part of Delhi - to get a true picture of life in Delhi.
In summary, Old Delhi and New Delhi are the same city. If you decide to travel to India New Delhi, stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Delhi, India and try to get guided Delhi tours to both the old and the new part of Delhi - to get a feel of the city. If you want to see the Tourist Attractions in New Delhi read here. Other places to see in Delhi are India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid and Old Fort.
New Delhi Hotels can be booked via this site.
Friday, 30 May 2008
Lots of people ask me whether Delhi is the same as New Delhi!
A research published by Which - shows that 3 sun-screens fail to deliver the Sun Protection factor that they claim.
The 3 sun-screens to avoid this summer are:-
1. Marks & Spencer Formula Lotion - its actual SPF of 7.1 was less than half of that stated 15.
2. Malibu High Protection Lotion was found to be 10.2
3. Tesco Sun Protection Medium Lotion, with an SPF of 12, narrowly missed out on the 12.5 required to pass the industry standard test.
Best Buys Sunscreen Lotion
1. Sainsbury’s Sun Protect Lotion
2. Asda Sun System
3. Wilkinsons Wilko Sun Protection System Moisturising Sun Lotion.
All of them cost £3/- or less.
"Jessica Ross, editor of Which? Online, said: ‘Claims made by some sunscreen manufacturers are way off the mark and there are some shockingly bad products out there. Yet protecting yourself from the sun really doesn’t have to cost the earth.’"
So, when you go shopping for a sunscreen, buy the best buys and avoid the others. It is no use slapping some cream on and having no protection from the sun.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Currently, there is lots of interest in the Cosmetic Treatment Market for "Non Surgical Aesthetic Treatment". This article is to help raise awareness among residents of Doncaster & Sheffield about dermal fillers.
What is a Dermal Filler?
• A substance made from natural or synthetic material
• Injected into the skin, helps restore skin to its youthful appearance
• Thickness of the filler used depends on the depth of wrinkles or lines it is used to fill.
What makes a good Dermal Filler?
• Safe- non- allergic, no animal products, non cancerous
• Looks and feels natural
• No down time
• Long lasting
What are the types of fillers?
1. Natural Polymers:
• Proteins – (for eg: silk, insulin) COLLAGEN
• Carbohydrates – (for eg: cellulose, starch) HYALURONIC ACID
2. Synthetic Polymers:
• (for eg: Plastic, nylon, Teflon)
• Poly- L-lactic acid (Sculptra)
• Polymethyl methacrylate (Artefill)
• Calcium hydroxyapatite ( Radiesse)
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar. Its most important characteristic is its water retaining ability. HA is found naturally in eyes, hair, skin, joints and gums. Cross linking of HA makes it less degradable in the body. Examples of HA dermal fillers include Restylane, Hylaform, Juvaderm etc.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers are used to fill in:
• Frown Lines
• Lines between the nose and the lip
• Smokers lines around the mouth
• Lip enhancement
Dermal Fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse are used for facial volumising and contouring for :
• To fill in acne and trauma scars
Department of Health states that "Any fillers placed on the market as medical devices must meet the requirements of the Medical Devices Directive. Such materials must be CE-marked, which indicates that the manufacturer has verified that the product will not compromise the clinical condition or the safety of patients when used under the conditions and for the purposes intended, and that any risks are acceptable when weighed against the benefits anticipated from the clinical use intended by the manufacturer."
The risks of having dermal filers for "skin Rejuvenation" are
1. Allergic reaction to the material used
2. Nodule formation
3. Bruise to the treated area
How to chose a "Skin Rejuvenation" Provider
We as consumers should go to qualified people who have received training in handling and using dermal fillers.
I would personally go to a Doctor. Many people go to dentists and nurses too. Wherever you go make sure you choose a health provider who is registered with the "Health care Commission".
In Doncaster and Sheffield area Healthy Skin Clinic provides Dermal fillers in Doncaster and the treatments are done by a female doctor GP.
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Saturday, 17 May 2008
This post is on the request of Nick Dennison - who is a member of Team 4Oarsome.
This is a group of 4 guys who are taking part in the 2009 Woodvale Transatlantic Rowing Challenge- which is a rowing competition. The row takes approximately 50 days across 3000 miles of the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.
They are racing in order to raise money for two great Charities, Help for Heros and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). Their site 4oarsome shows the map of the journey.
According to Nick, "We shall row in pairs two hours on, two off for 50 days braving high seas, salt sores and monster wildlife; aiming to be the first crew across the line in Antigua. We shall drink desalinated water and require 9000 calories of food each per day which shall be made up from dehydrated ration packs and high calorie snacks."
The Crew consists of James Scott: Dentist, Nick Dennison: Doctor, Ali Mcleod: Surveyor, Ed Jones: Biologist/ researcher.
They are asking for your support by becoming their "Landcrew" and supporting their charities.
Nick says "Check out our site 4oarsome for further details about the boys, the race, the boat and the charities. The site will be updated regularly to keep you all in the loop."
Inevitably there shall be a beard-growing competition for the “lost at sea look"......
The Atlantic Rowing Race will start on the 2nd December 2009.
All the best to the Crew of 4Oarsome !
Edit:- As a Promotional offer, BnB Delhi is offering free 1 night stay to members of Team 4 Oarsome!
Update: I write a lot on Doncaster and here are some related posts on Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
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The above picture shows some of the fruits he was served there.
My friend visited Delhi and stayed at Inn @ Delhi and was very impressed at the hospitality and decor and by the excellent company he got.
So impressed was he that he has asked me to blog about it! This is his review.
He chose Delhi Inn because of a review he saw on Tripadvisor, instead of the usual New Delhi Hotels and he was so taken by it; he decided to go & stay with them and try it out.
He traveled to Delhi in April 2008 and was greeted at the airport by a placard bearing taxi driver, who was professional and took him straight to Delhi Homestay. There he was greeted by the owners who "asked" how his journey was and served him a welcome drink. he was quite taken by that - having traveled and stayed at "dull & impersonal" hotels extensively - he was just not prepared for this kind family treatment. He couldn't believe that owners ( Mr. Subhash Chander & Mrs. U Subhash) could be so caring & nice. His past experience of Delhi was that of "pushy people" out to get your money from the rickshaw valla's ( tuk-tuk owner's - as they are called in Delhi) to the hotel owners.
He was taken to his ground floor room with a separate entrance, which he chose out of the other rooms as he wanted some independence and found out that the rooms were quite big from the usual Delhi hotel Rooms.
He had breakfast and was raving about the quality of breakfast he received ( fresh fruit daily with a different Indian dish every day) and the lively breakfast conversations. He was particularly impressed by the fact the owners treated him as their son and even took him for their "Birthday Part" to a posh club in Delhi, Gymkhana Club. The next day he took a car from New Delhi car rental for his delhi tour. This was organized by the owners.
His stay of 3 days was extended to 10 days and he enjoyed every moment of it.
He especially liked the fact that he could go for a leisurely stroll in the 3 parks/gardens around the Delhi Inn in the evenings and get some peace & quite from the maddening crowd.
The location of the BnB is such that you are right next to the Mexican embassy in Delhi and their are security guards all over the gated colony and one feels quite safe; having heard stories of muggings etc in Delhi.
Overall, he says that he will rate his experience as 5- star and would definitely recommend it again. Infact, he has written tips on Delhi travel following his journey and on travel to India.
Edit - See our latest Review of Delhi airport hotels.
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* Inn at Delhi Review
* Delhi Airport Hotels Review
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Thursday, 15 May 2008
I read with interest the following news item that –
“Rising petrol prices, growing awareness of environmental issues and the popularity of cycling as a recreation sport has fueled a surge in demand for bicycles around the world.”
If you look at it closely, it makes perfect sense to use Push Bikes (as they are called in England) or cycles – as often as possible. If your work place is near to home – then ditching the gas guzzling, carbon spewing, environmentally hazardous monster ( some guys call it a “car”) – makes a hell of a difference to the environment. Not to mention the obvious benefits to health and saving a little money.
Some guys I know are so lazy that they take out the cars for 300 yards trip as well! When will some people have the sense to walk or bike and be health conscious!
Not only cycling is good for the battle weary beleaguered ozone layer and environment, it has obvious benefits (read weight loss, good cardio-vascular workout and savings).
Hopefully with the rising oil prices we will see more interest in cycling our way to health.
A short re-cap on the health benefits of Cycling
Cycling increases your strength, Stamina, aerobic fitness and general muscle function with little risk of over-exertion or strain. It also encourages healthy behaviour, especially diet. Research says that once you are feeling healthy after shedding a few pounds, you become more health conscious.
Lowering Risk of Heart Attack
The heart muscles are strengthened, resting pulse is lowered and blood fat levels reduced. People who cycle regularly suffer far less heart diseases than people who don’t.
Shedding excess Weight
By burning body fat, and raising your metabolic rate you can lose weight. Cycling is also a more comfortable form of exercise for the over weight than many other activities. If you are over weight and trying to lose weight, cycling is certainly gentler on your knees than pounding the pavement with the knees getting the shock waves going through them with every heel strike.
Your anxiety, stress and depression are all alleviated, partly due to the exercise itself and also the sheer pleasure of riding a bike. In medical speak; this is due to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are “feel good” hormones that are usually released after a good workout and make you feel better. Bicycling is often faster across town than any other way of transport, especially in busy, congested cities like London for example. So, no more getting stuck in traffic jams and losing your cool.
Bicycling is a fuel-free form of transport. By switching from car & motor bike to cycle for short journeys, you save on petrol cost. Moreover, you don’t waste time exercising for the sake of it. Cycling fits into your daily routine.
Go green with Biking
Cycling is healthy, both for you as an individual, and also for the community you live in. You help to cut air, noise pollution and traffic congestion. Using a bicycle is easy, cheap, convenient, healthy and fun.
Sounds too good to be true!
Try it yourself. Join the millions of people who experience the sheer pleasure of riding a bike.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
This post will list the Spotlight On reviews done by me for easy reference and better navigability.
I will be using the spotlight section to write posts on prominent personalities or topics that I know of and find interesting.
1. Ibuprofen Better for childhood Fevers
3. VuMedi- Surgeon only video sharing website
4. Barkha Dutt, Chetanya Kunte & NDTV
This post will list the reviews done by me for easy reference and better navigability.
1. Laser Hair Removal Doncaster
2. Healthy Skin Clinic Doncaster
3. Delhi Inn Review
4. Project 4Oarsome
5. Review of Dermal Fillers in Doncaster and Sheffield
6. New Delhi Dentist - Review
8. Hello Health
9. Delhi airport Hotels - Bed n Breakfast Delhi
10. VuMedi - Surgeon only video sharing website
12. Chyetanya Kunte Vs Barkha Dutt & NDTV
Friday, 2 May 2008
Oxford and Liverpool university researchers believe death rates among women aged under 50 may be plateauing after continuous falls since the 1970s.
They studied all deaths in England and Wales from 1931 to 2005 and found the pace of the drop had started to slow.
Heart disease death rates for all age groups increased until the 1970s, but have been falling continuously since.
The research paper titled “Patterns of coronary heart disease mortality over the 20th century in England and Wales: possible plateaus in the rate of decline” published in the BMC Public Health journal, were disturbing.
In Conclusion the report states - "Although CHD mortality rates continue to drop in older age groups the actual burden of coronary heart disease is increasing due to the ageing of the population. The rate of improvement in CHD mortality appears to be beginning to decline and may even be reversing among younger women."
The report pointed out that obesity and diabetes levels have been rising in younger age groups over the last 10 years, while physical activity levels have fallen.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director for the British Heart Foundation, which helped to fund the study, said the findings were "worrying".
"Heart disease should be a very real issue for all women, and younger generations must take action now to cut down their risk."
Read my previous posts on Target Heart Rate to measure your initial fitness level and monitor your progress in a fitness program.
Also see Smoking Kills Video - to stop smoking, another risk factor for Heart Attacks in Women.
A study by the University of Scotland published online, suggests that binge eating and crash dieting may significantly reduce life expectancy.
Researchers from Glasgow University observed that fish given a "binge then diet" food regime had a reduced lifespan of up to 25%.
The scientists believe that the findings could have implications for teenagers and growing children who follow extreme patterns of dieting for weight loss.
“Professor Neil Metcalfe said: “The fish on the fluctuating diet put just as much effort into breeding – the males became brightly coloured as usual and the females produced the normal number of eggs. However, on average their lifespan was three-quarters that of animals eating a constant amount every day.”
The research found that the difference in lifespan was not a consequence of more rapid ageing but an increase in the risk of sudden death.
They seem to suggest that Binge eating and then dieting, commonly seen in teenagers who are acutely “image aware” can lead to sudden death.
The study recommends that eating a constant amount of food every day is a healthier option. Latest research also shows that using Orlistat can also help in weight loss, when used in conjunction with dieting sensibly. Weight Loss surgery is also an option for those who have tried everything under the Sun and have failed.
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I was invited by Skin Clinic Doncaster to review their laser hair removal Doncaster process.
Doctor of the Skin Clinic uses the aesthetic laser Suprano, a state of the art diode laser which is virtually painless and very effective for hair removal.
Here is a summary of what I learnt:-
* A series of 6-12 treatment sessions may be needed though improvement may be noticed after just one.
* Each treatment session may take 15 -30 minutes depending on the treatment area.
"Skin Clinic Doncaster's website states that a wide selection of skin complaints can be successfully treated with lasers like:
1. Permanent hair reduction
2. Colour and texture improvement
3. Facial and leg thread veins
4. Rosacea and mild inflammatory acne
5. Small haemangioma
6. Acne scars
8. Warts and verrucae
9. Photo rejuvenation- skin tightening of face, cheek and neck
10. Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles: under the eye, crow’s feet and forehead
11. Tattoo removal"
Although laser hair removal is painless and permanent, it might take a few sessions for it fully remove unwanted hair - it depends on the skin and hair type.
I liked the fact that a Doctor is doing these procedures, after undergoing training and attending various courses abroad and getting the requisite certification. It is not run by a nurse or a hair dresser.
Most of the women, i was told, go to their local beauty saloon for Laser Hair Removal in Doncaster. They are not aware that Skin Clinic offers painless and permanent hair removal by laser in Doncaster. What a shame when you can have the same treatment by a trained, professional Doctor!
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