delicious Russian sour soup (Solyanka)
is one of the popular and
delicious non-veg soups of Russian
kitchen. Different kinds of
marinade or sauerkraut are used to
prepare this soup, so it is known
pints bullion (2 liters); 3-4 pcs.
sausages; 400 gm. chicken fillet
(or other meat); 2 onions; 2
pickled cucumbers; 3 tbsp. tomato
paste; 3 tbsp. olive oil (butter
or vegetable oil is also ok); 8
canned black or green olives; 10
black peppercorns; bay leaf; salt;
herbs (parsley, coriander etc);
spices (optional); 4 tbsp. sour
cream or just curd; 1/2 lemon
How to prepare?
broth (one can use any kind of
bone). If there is odd smell,
remove first broth and boil with
fresh water again for 30 minutes.
Add spices into broth according to
one’s taste (optional). Carve the
chicken fillet/meat and sausages
into fine slices. Shred the
onions into semi-rings and fry
without letting the onion brown.
Cut into slices the pickled
cucumbers and boil a little. Put
the slightly fried onion and
tomato paste, slightly boil
cucumbers, meat ingredients, herbs
(parsley, coriander etc), black
peppercorns and boil for 5-10
minutes. Then add olives (without
the stones) into broth. It is
highly recommended to add a little
bit of canned capers. Important
thing - the soup should be thick
enough, a little bit viscid.
Serve with sour cream/curd, a ring
of lemon (peeled), and finely
chopped herbs in a plate.
If you are going
to eat fresh cooked solyanka
at once you can follow the recipe
above. If you want to stand a
treat to your friends in a day or
two it is better to keep
mixture, broth and chopped meat
mixture. Just before serving join
all - it will take you a few
minutes but you and your friends
can enjoy fresh delicious
A bit expensive but
Have a good
Given below are
some phrases categorized according
to some common behavior patterns.
Most of us are engaged with such
situations creating barrier to our
actual necessary actions.
Scientists say that if you express
your common behaviors and try to
understand yourself, it resolves
most of your barriers to your
positive actions. So please try to
write love letter first to
yourself, and then to others in
your surroundings so as to
understand yourself and others and
feel better within yourself.
Begin by expressing
your anger, resentment and blame
and allow yourself to move through
the other levels until you get
down to the love. Each love-letter
has five parts and the lead-in
phrases given here may help you.
1. Anger and Blame
like it when ………..
2. Hurt and Sadness
3. Fear and
4. Guilt and
forgive me for…….
didn’t mean to……
Forgiveness, Understanding and
forgive you for……
Remember, if you
want to feel better, write a love
letter to yourself as frequently
as you can.
(Adopted from “The
20% Solution”, R. M. Dittler)
have shown that one can figure out
anyone’s mental syntax with some
practices – one can open the
combination to the vault of other’s
mind or his/her own by thinking like
a master locksmith does. For this,
you have to look for things you
weren’t seeing before, listen for
things you weren’t hearing before,
feel things you weren’t feeling
before, and ask the questions you
didn’t know to ask before. If you do
that elegantly and attentively, you
can elicit anyone’s strategies in
any situation. Before you can
effectively elicit strategies, you
must know what to look for, what the
clues that tell which part of a
person’s nervous system s/he is
using at any moment. It’s also
important to recognize some of the
common tendencies people develop and
to use them to create greater
rapport and results.
In fact, people tend
to use a particular part of their
neurology – Visual, Auditory, or
Kinesthetic – more than others. Just
as some people are right-handed and
others are left-handed, people tend
to favor one mode over the others.
And before eliciting someone’s
strategies, the key is to find out
others main representational system
– visual, auditory or kinesthetic.
Below listed are some
of the common characteristics people
use. Everyone has elements of all
these three modes, but most people
have one system that dominates. Try
to find out which category you
belong to most and then try to
Enjoys books and
Keeps a tidy work
Puts things back
where they belong.
Can be relied upon to
deliver messages promptly.
Finds items other
Remembers you mislaid
books, chalks and erasers.
Lets you know you
have an article of clothing out of
order or smudge on chin.
S/he is one of the
first to find the right page in a
paper, mistakes and all.
Uses balance, has
good spatial arrangement, and
perspective at higher levels.
Eye Movement: Up
Breathing: High Chest
Speech Rate: Rapid
Talks to self
frequently or read out loud.
Wins spelling bees.
Tells stories and
Sings beautiful words
and tunes; keeps his/her place in a
round and harmonizes when older.
Tells his/her address
and phone number easily.
Calls home and finds
out when s/he needs to know.
Has a rich speaking
vocabulary (sounds old for his/her
Plays with words –
makes up rhyming nicknames for
friends or foes, singsongs, jumps
Acts like “the boss”
telling peers and others what to do,
how to play.
Likes poems, riddles,
Eye Movement: Side
Breathing: Mid Chest
Speech Rate: Moderate
Thumps peer on
arm/back in friendship, nudges
friends in fun.
Doesn’t break pencil
point in middle of a lesson.
Takes gadgets to
pieces and puts them back together
Likes to play with
clay; enjoys the sandbox.
Heads for the monkey
bars, parallel bars, rope climbing.
Doesn’t spill paint,
glue or milk at snack time/coffee at
Uses a handkerchief
or napkin without being told.
Uses his/her fists
before his/her mouth in an argument
Feels or touches
everything s/he walks past or stands
Eye Movement: Low
left or right
Breathing: Low Chest
Speech Rate: Slow
With little practice,
just by watching people and
listening to what they say, one can
get an immediate impression of which
system they are using. So try to
figure out about one’s communication
strategy and present your message in
a way that gets through.
(Adopted from: “Unlimited Power”,
What is dandruff?
“kapal ko chaya,” is
characterized by small, loose
flakes of dead skin on the scalp
or trapped in the hair. Dandruff
is not dangerous. Dandruff is a
natural process. However in some
cases it is caused by a yeast
infection of the skin. If it is
flaky only in one place or several
separate places then you probably
have another skin problem rather
than dandruff. Dandruff is not
infectious. It often goes away
quite suddenly and it does not
make you hairless. It may take a
little while to combat it
successfully. Dandruff may get
worse if you neglected it.
How do you
Well, dandruff usually appears as
an oily gray or yellow stuff that
clumps together in little balls,
or is real powdery and fine.
Flakes are usually just dry
scalp. A simple test that you can
take the next time you wash your
hair, after you blot dry the hair,
comb it. Dry scalp will for the
most part have washed away and you
will see few, if any flakes while
you are combing the hair. If on
the other hand you still see a
substantial amount of stuff in
your hair while combing it wet,
indicates you have dandruff. Once
you confirmed about your dandruff,
don't share towels or combs with
What causes the
Dandruff is a minor
problem but it can be embarrassing.
Dandruff may be caused by
several different factors, but the
exact underlying cause of dandruff
is unknown or is at least not
agreed upon by the medical
establishment. One possible cause
of dandruff may be sensitivity to,
or overgrowth of, a fungus present
on the scalp. Another possible
cause may be overactive oil glands
on the scalp, which cause an
increase of the natural skin
shedding process. Poor diet, poor
hygiene, genetic disposition,
hormonal imbalances and infections
may all possibly contribute to
dandruff. Some external
contributors to dandruff may
include infrequent shampooing of
the hair or inadequate hair
rinsing, improper use of
hair-coloring products, cold
weather and dry environment.
What you can do
Dandruff can disappear suddenly
without treatment or may take
multiple weeks of treatment to
improve. Prevention of dandruff
may be achieved by shampooing
regularly with a mild,
non-medicated shampoo. Stronger
anti-dandruff shampoos and lotions
are also available in market. When
you shampoo, rub vigorously.
Regardless of the dandruff shampoo
you are using, a little hard
rubbing can enhance its
effectiveness. When you wash your
hair, lather once, rinse, lather a
second time and really rub your
scalp as you shampoo. Your fingers
will help dislodge excess cells.
After you lather a second time,
let the shampoo sit on your head
for at least five minutes. That
way, you give the anti-dandruff
ingredients time to work. After
you have loosened all those little
cells, rinse and rinse again.
Shampoo daily. The more frequently
you shampoo, the better. It
prevents your scalp from
accumulating dead cells that will
precipitate a major outbreak.
If the above
treatment has not helped after 6
weeks, if the flakes are not over
the whole scalp but just in one or
more places, if you have scabs on
the scalp, you are advised
to visit the doctors.
(Sources: Health and nutrition