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Living with Multiple Myeloma in Hyderabad , India . Random musings .


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Feeling as Cool as a Cucumber !

Most are aware of the benefits of eating Cucumber. Knowing is one part of the story , whereas actually consuming them is the important part. A lot of Indians especially in the North of India , include cucumber , carrot , beets , radish , onions etc in their daily diet , as a salad.

I was eating one chopped cucumber everyday as a snack . My intention was to reduce body heat due to consumption of Curcumin. I would eat at random times during the day and was not very regular too.

I have begun drinking Cucumber juice since one month. On the advice of my Ayurvedic Doctor , I now juice two cucumbers first thing in the morning . Takes just a few minutes to prepare a nice big glass of frothy cucumber juice. I peel the cucumbers as I am not sure that they are organic. I do not add any other ingredients and drink the lovely pale green liquid in one go 🙂 . It is neither tasty nor does it have any flavour.

Supposed to do a whole lot of good to the body. It alkalizes the body , reduces cholesterol, reduces Blood pressure, reduces Uric acid levels in the blood, keeps the kidneys healthy, reduces water retention in the body , good for the skin, reduces inflammation, prevents arthritis, has several Vitamins, is very low in calories, keeps the body hydrated etc.

Basically a great detox for the body.

I always had this warm feeling in my body . Since I started drinking this juice , my body feels cooler and my mind seems to be at peace and much calmer.

My ESR levels have always been on the higher side and I hope and wish that the cucumber detox will help in reducing this level.

Higher level of ESR is an indicator of inflammation in the body. Will get a test done after a week.

Inflammation is the leading cause of numerous diseases in the body.

Try this simple detox and see how it helps you. Cucumbers can be eaten throughout the year and are available throughout the year.

Take care !


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Become Rich , as in Abundance

Poets have a special place in my heart. I believe they belong to a different planet 🙂 . Their perspective on life and the way they mix and match words and phrases ,to express their feelings, always amazes me . I always had this wish of writing one too.

Here is my first attempt at writing a poem 🙂 . This may not even qualify as poetry , but there is always a beginning isn’t it …so here it is 🙂

 

Shower forgiveness , a great Medicine for your Soul              
             and be Rich in Peace. 

Help the less privileged , 
             be Rich with Blessings that you would receive.

Be Compassionate and Understanding , 
            and get Rich with the realization of Oneness of all beings.

Share your knowledge , a sure way to be Immortal
            and become Rich with all the Respect you will be receiving.

Accept people as they are,
            and become Rich with Empathy.

Introspect more often , rather than complain ,
            become Rich in ethics, values and morals.

Love yourself fiercely, as you cannot serve from an empty bowl,     
            and get Rich in serving mankind. 

Take only the good in others , ignore the bad,
            be Rich in being good to all. 

Do not suffocate those you Love, set them free,
            in turn be Rich with freedom , the Oxygen for your Soul.

Be full of Gratitude ,  great for your health ,
            and be the Richest one in the world.

 

 


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My Blog Name : Devil or Angel

If you wanted to know why I choose this crazy sounding name for my Blog , read on….Choosing the name of a Blog is tough.

A question crops up in my mind very often. Am I an Angel or a Devil or somewhere in between. There are folks who think I am a nice person and there are those who know my darker side and may not think good about me. I also appear very stern/rigid to a lot of people :). Hence , I often introspect and this question is the foremost one that frequently pops up in my head. I ask myself what is it that I am doing right and what is it about me that is not right . At times I am devilish , at times I am like a child and there are situations where I go by instinct , good and bad . And so , when I planned on starting a blog and had to decide on a name , this is what popped up immediately. I said to myself , why not !!? I felt that the Blog name should reflect my core personality and feelings.

The purpose of this Blog is to share my experiences while I battle Multiple Myeloma . I have always felt that my innate nature is responsible for my present condition. That I had not prioritised , I was not assertive, taken wrong decisions , was impulsive etc etc. So , that is how the name of my blog emerged.

Devil or Angel

This name reminds me to introspect more often . All of us think we are doing the best , that we are always right. But each one has to put themselves in the others shoes and understand why someone behaves in a particular way and observe how we are reacting . We also have to understand how our behavior is affecting others behavior towards us..

It is highly recommended that we list the Devilish stuff that we are made up of and also the good Angelic stuff .

I have a list of my own wrong stuff which I am aware and I have successfully eliminated most of it.

I am also aware of the nicer part of me.

This name keeps a check on me 🙂

As I continue to ponder on the nature of the mind , the conscious part , the subconscious part and the pure Consciousness , the cobwebs slowly get cleared. It is a highly liberating experience when we Let Go and realize that all of us were born innocent and got transformed due to various external factors. However , we have to put efforts to unload all the unnecessary baggage, called EGO, that we carry around and put all efforts to give back to humanity and nature so as to make the world a better place.

Not to forget that we are here for a purpose and at the end of the day we have to find that purpose for which we are brought into this world.

I hope to be less Devilish and more Angelic . It is a Work-in-Progress 🙂

 

 

 

 


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Random Musings – Apr 2018

Lethargy , drowsiness , muscle pains : Was feeling lethargic ,  drowsy and had mild Back pain all through the month. Felt like lying down often. Would wake up in the morning with Muscle pains and feverishness. I had got a Metabolic Profile test done during first week of March and all my parameters were normal except for Vitamin D. I did not take any supplements in-spite of being deficient in Vit D. I suspected the levels would have dropped further and went for a test again. My guess was right.  continued to be deficient.  On the advise of my Ayurvedic Doctor I have started taking Vitamin D injections. After 2 Injections I feel much better now . Few more coming up.

Visit to Nellore : Got the opportunity to visit our Village in Nellore. Went to Tirupati by flight and drove to Nellore via Venkatagiri. Mom and I had this wish to visit Venkatagiri to buy the famous Venkatagiri sarees . This wish was fulfilled. We did buy a few sarees . The Original traditional Venkatagiri cotton Sarees which had a border made with Pure silver threads are not available now. Unfortunately these are not being woven anymore.

It was beautiful pleasant drive in the evening .  The roads are very good .

Sunset near Venkatagiri Hills.

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Spent a few refreshing days in our Village .  Felt one with Nature , closer to the Earth, Sky, Air and Water . Saw numerous Stars in the Sky when there was no Power for a while. Can’t believe there are so so many stars , those living in the cities can never even  imagine . Had Dinners under the Stars while sitting on a wooden cot.. I would look forward to the evenings so I can lie down on a wooden cot watching the stars  . The Bay Of Bengal is around 7 km from our village. The Summer had just begun and during Summer months the best part of a day is the evenings due to the cool Sea Breeze which can be felt from around 4pm .  Walking barefoot on the Sand,  watching cattle , sheep , ducks enjoying in the fields . Time literally slows down.

These are Priceless moments that can never be experienced in the Cities.

Will post a few pics from the village in another blog post 🙂

Pudina (Mint)  Fried Rice : Made Pudina Fried rice for the first time. I use Mint leaves in several Masala Curries for its flavour, I make Pudina Chutney , I also use the leaves as a flavouring in several other fried rice recipes. But never used Mint leaves as the main ingredient in a Fried rice recipe.

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Harvested some fresh Organic Mint leaves from my garden. The dish was  yummy . Here is the recipe that I used.

Itching all over my Body: I started experiencing itching all over my body at random places and random intervals. I thought it was due to eating Brinjal . I had experienced this a couple of times earlier and the itching lasted a few days . This time it continued for 10 days and I had eaten just one small brinjal :). I was then convinced that there has to be some other cause. I finally discussed this with my Ayurvedic Doctor .He told me to reduce the dosage of Ashwagandha. I had been taking 2 capsules three times a day. So I completely stopped for a couple of days and the itching vanished. I am now back to my original dosage of 2 capsules two times a day and things are fine 🙂

I will be getting a Bone Marrow Test done in June. It’s been a year since I got the test done. Last June ,my Oncologist said that I can come back after a year instead of the usual six months, as I am ‘Technicaly cured’ 🙂 . During this one year I had been getting the CBP, LFT and RFT tests done once in a few months. I also got a Metabolic Profile test done. So far so good.

 

~ Take Care ~

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Stop being too nice

Unknowingly , I made some of the biggest blunders in my life . I always said nice things to people , was always accommodating and mostly didn’t hurt others feelings. 

I had always felt that one should not hurt others feelings at any cost.  It was always about telling only sweet things to all and ignoring anything negative.  Height of Positive thinking I guess 🙂

Everyone calls me a Nice person. Feels nice to be called nice but I was not truly happy just being nice. Many times I suppressed my true feelings. I now feel that a nice person is actually not nice and is not genuine all the way. I was always in a fix not knowing whether I was right in being ‘nice’ . I now realize I was subconsciously afraid of being criticized for having expressed the not so nice things , that I was not strong enough to face the consequence of expressing my true feelings and that I was not ready to lose friendships nor my reputation.

I have come across several people who are very straight forward and frank in whatever they say. I had a wrong opinion about such people. I now realize that they were being true to their innermost feelings . They express exactly what they feel. They just don’t care if they are being harsh or hurtful. Whereas, it is us who unnecessarily attribute too much importance to their opinions. Everyone is free to express their opinion isn’t it and so should we. Express and let go.

After some introspection , thanks to some of the motivational quotes that I see on FB, Whatsapp etc , I finally feel happy expressing what I truly feel .

Here are a few such quotes which have been very powerful in creating a new me.

I now enjoy saying No 🙂 . I feel powerful and in control when I blurt out that No or when I disagree. Of late I have begun expressing my true feelings at home, at work or with friends. It feels so good , feels like new found freedom. Am sure this helps in improving our health too.

I have made up my mind not to regret after those words have left my mouth 🙂 .

I will just say and forget .

I will be strong about my opinion on any matter.

Will let people find their own solutions.

And it is ok to not be liked .

express

 

 

 

 


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A few clicks with my phone camera during last few months

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On my way back from work . Dark clouds and Heavy downpour at around 5pm. Clicked from inside my car.

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Diwali decor in our Balcony. Strings of electric lights and rows of Oil Diyas on the ledge. Marigold flowers on the Main Door.

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A rainy day . Spotted lots of little diamonds caught between the leaves when I reached home. On my balcony.

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A foggy morning near my place of work. Great place for walking/jogging.

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Golden trumpet blooms in our little garden. Clicked one morning while I was starting to go to work. These were drenched during the showers in the previous night.

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View of the lawns in ISB. This was my first visit to the beautiful campus.

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Mom presented this pot to me. There were lots of buds when I got the pot with this plant. Clicked this pic and sent to Mom . She would ask me if they had bloomed.

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Another cloudy day. Clicked this when I went for a long drive with Mom one day.

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Lakshmi Puja on the evening of Diwali.

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Tried to capture the rain drops . The scene was ethereal . Cool breeze , sound of rain , the golden glow from the street light with the falling rain drops . Tried my best to capture those drops but failed.


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Diwali and cancellation of my Official trip to Delhi.

Every festival in India is celebrated with gaiety . Diwali too is celebrated in all parts of India in different ways. 

Almost all the Hindus clean up their homes , all family members get involved in decorating the house with Rangoli , thoran and diyas . Most Hindus also perform puja to Goddess Lakshmi in the evening .

There was a time when I too would look forward to Diwali , I still do but now there is some nervousness.

It is due to the burning of firecrackers during Diwali. All the towns and cities turn  into gas chambers and the fog worsens the situation as the weather transitions from Rainy season to the Winter season . The environment turns toxic owning to the harmful chemicals used in the making of  these crackers. 

There is a rise in patients getting admitted to hospitals immediately after Diwali with complaints of respiratory issues. Small children and old are the most affected. In spite of the rise in pollution people do not realize the harm that we are causing to ourselves and the planet by burning crackers.  

Glad that in 2016 the Supreme Court had banned the burning of crackers in Delhi . But, how many heed to the order. Every day some of the News Channels display the pollution levels in the bigger towns and cities in the Country. This year it is learnt that Crackers are already illegally stocked up by the traders in spite of the ban . They will find numerous discreet ways to sell their wares.

I am allergic to dust and all kinds of smoke. I do my best to avoid such environments.This year Diwali is being celebrated on 19 Oct.  I had to cancel my Official trip to Delhi on 23 Oct  for this reason. I cannot take the risk of travelling during this time as the smog in Delhi is very severe and pollution reaches very dangerous levels. Emissions from vehicles, Thermal power plants around Delhi and crop stubble burning around Delhi are the reasons for the severe Smog in Delhi during this part of the year. Add to this all the toxic emissions from burning Fire crackers and you create a recipe for disaster. Delhi turns into the worst polluted city in the world.

Unfortunately , people do not understand and compete with friends and neighbors as to who burns the most crackers. It also pains that the supreme court ban is being  politicized and communal color added 😦

Looking forward to the day when Firecrackers are banned all over the country . High time the manufacturing of these crackers are banned. Hope to celebrate a noiseless , smokeless  and pollution free Diwali in the near future. 

 

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Happy Deepawali !!