Preparing the Pongal rice is part of the rituals:
Thai Pongal, the harvest festival celebrated by Tamils across the
world, falls on January 15. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill
over". The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to
denote future wishes for the family.
Traditionally celebrated at harvest time, it's a celebration of the
prosperity associated with the harvest by thanking the sun god, rain and
the farm animals that have helped in the harvest.
In villages, new clothes are worn and people owning cows find this
The traditional Pongal rice (rice pudding) which is a dish of sweet
concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk is prepared in the front
garden. It is spread on a banana leaf and served with fruits like banana
and mango. Later the Tamils share their Pongal rice with neighbours,
friends and relatives.
The Thai Pongal menu includes a variety of traditional dishes from a
variety of Pongals to side dishes such as vadai, payasam, aviyal and
sweetmeats. Try out these recipes for your Thai Pongal 2011.
Get 'cracking' to rejuvenate your feet:
Without doubt, your feet are the most active part of your body, even
more than your hands. Most of the time they are definitely overworked.
Especially in today's day and age, the big metros are so widespread that
one has to cover long distances to get from one place to the next be it
for job or other work. Therefore it is very much essential that one must
take extra care of their feet in order to avoid having foot problems
Cracked, dry heels are a very common but painful foot condition. The
cracks are caused by dry skin. The skin then thickens and calluses form
around the edge of the heel making the problem worse.
It isn't hard to heal cracked heels and keep your feet looking and
feeling good. Moreover it is better to take steps to avoid facing these
problems by following the following guidelines.
* Do not expose your feet to extreme climate i.e., extreme cold or
* Wash feet daily in lukewarm water, blot dry without rubbing and
apply a urea-based cream.
If your heels are very dry, use a pumice stone to slough off dry skin,
cover feet with petroleum jelly and put a pair of socks before going to
* Pedicure your feet more often.
* Use hot-cold water technique. Dip your feet in hot water and then
after five minutes dip it in cold water. Do this for 20 minutes. This
method improves the blood circulation.
* Choose your shoes carefully and pick only the best quality.