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Photographer Bhawana Verma’s Interview Dress like you’ve hired a stylist World’s best trekking locations Sports 2013 Collage.....& More!!
What’s inside ? Style.........3 How to dress like you’ve hired a stylist.
Learn how to be your own professional stylist with a quick review of common mistakes.
Tech............5 The future of programming A complete information on the current and future world of programming. Also find interesting information on types of programmers and find which one are you!
Sports........9 Sports 2013 Collage A summary of the important sports events in the year 2013 - A phenomenal year surely in history of sports!
People.....13 Photographer Bhawana Verma’s Interview. Amateurs or professionals. Take a bow to this professional. Exclusive Interview by STILLS
Enhancing creativity, empowering children. A must read for everyone and we hope that it inspires you to volunteer for a social cause..
Travel.....17 Most amazing trekking locations of the world. If you want take your adventure spirit to whole new level, get this down in your to-do list!
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How to dress like youâ€™ve hired A
Don't let merchandisers fool you with their impressive brand name presence and marketing! It is great to take a gander at store's display to get inspiration, yet don't download the window showcase of your favourite store onto your body. What you should do is that you mix and match and do whatever it takes not to purchase everything from one store. The chances are that the window dresser is nowhere near as stylish as you could be, don't you think? Shops will dependably orchestrate their clothes on hooks or presentations to demonstrate to you how all the pieces they're offering can work together... So if you catch yourself admiring one skirt at a distance, then snatching up item after item thinking you're making some miraculous, Nobel-worthy style-discoveries, hold onto your shopping basket for a second and exhale quietly. This capsule outfit you're collating, comprising pieces conveniently positioned parallel to each other could be about to render you style victim. Resembling a walking talking manifestation of H&M or Zara's spring collection is not going to win you any style followers. You will look one dimensional. It's so clear and frustrating when you see a fabulous looking lady from far off, however when you get up close, you understand she's essentially beautified herself in garments gathered singularly from the front showcase of Zara. Something about being stylish hinges on upon mystery. Blend and match your looks from better places â€” present the odd surprising item, for example a family treasure or something you got as a gift or you singled out your ventures.
Accents Style intensifying really identifies with patterns: the little or minor ways an overwhelming pattern gets joined into your every day wardrobe... With the rights stresses brought into your fundamental dress consolidations, you'll still seem as though you, however only a little a greater amount existing apart from everything else.
Never try too hard Neon: Neon ought to be presented in pieces. It's exceptionally vital to remember the foundation sense of taste for your neon execution: for daytime camel and white tones work preferable with neons than black. This arrangement keeps the look crisp without too harsh a difference... Fuschia pinks and oranges will work flawlessly on Indian skin tones... By and large, be careful about neon on the lower hald of your physique. Settle on something like a harsh corrosive green smaller than expected skirt with a slack white T-shirt over fuschia stockings or trousers â€” these are much harder to force off. Animal prints: It is not phenomenal that ladies go gaga for this addictive material so devotedly that they are unable to quit wearing it. What is the most effective method to detect this in your friends? Their world turns into one huge chasing cabin, made from panther print totes, stilettos, nail craftsmanship, telephone spreads, and even quilts. Utilize the animal print in accents and accessories such as a leopardprint cardigan. Moreover, provided that you're trying for an ultra striking panther print dress and you feel a little hesitant, balance the tone with a dark cardigan instead of a sequined jacket. Vintage: It flies above second-hand clothes when the designs are famous of a specific period, without trading off on the quality or fit of the piece of clothing... Colour fading is not dependably selfevident, particularly in shabby shops, so dependably hold your picked piece up to the light before you purchase to guarantee nothing has been bleached or spoilt. In conclusion, check for development pieces of information as indications of value which have which have withstood the sands of time: boned bodices, hand sewing, flat lining, bound buttonholes, handset zippers, covered buttons, piped seams, bias-bound edges, bound seam allowances, silk linings. These are all telltale signs of quality construction in any era.
FUTURE OF PROGRAMMING - Fenil Dedhia (references and sources mentioned at the end) A considerable measure of things that appeared insane ideas (GUI, Prolog, the Internet, E-mail) came to be reality and revolutionary, yet we could be still held back today by the same doubt over some IT advancements. Programming is changing. The PC era is reaching a closure, and programming engineers now work with a blast of mechanisms, work capacities, and issues that need diverse approaches from the single machine period. In our period of exploding information, the ability to do some kind of programming is increasingly important to every job, and programming is no longer the sole preserve of an engineering priesthood. Where is this article headed? The objective is to have the ability to depict the kind of programmers, key aptitudes that programmers require for the nearing decade, the spots they might as well centralize their studying, and separating between fleeting patterns & long haul shifts and at last the conclusion portraying the semantics of programmer mentality. A standout amongst the most treacherous types of technical debt is what Sebastian Sylvan, an Employee of Microsoft, calls future-coding. You may additionally call it over-engineering, second-system syndrome, and so forth. Its code is composed in an excessively expound and general path with a specific end goal to, what's to come coder explanations, pre-emptively handle use cases that we will "most likely see in future to come". Sylvan finds it a larger number of deceptive than plain "stupid code" in light of the fact that it transcendently influences brilliant individuals. It's basically savvy individuals with restricted experience – once you see the downsides of prospective coding a couple of times, you have a tendency to thump it off (despite the fact that there are influential affirmation predispositions at work) – however still, these are brilliant individuals you'd need to contract and keep around in you association in light of the fact that they'll do extraordinary.
The Two Street Lights Story Let's say you're making a game where a large portion of the time the player is navigating an urban environment. One day the artists ask for a feature to make it easier to place street lights in a level. They say: “Can we have a way to click a path through the level and have the game place lights at an even spacing along it?” This seems like an easy enough request, so you start implementing it. Here's where our story forks into two divergent paths. First option – the pragmatic coder The pragmatic coder writes some quick UI in the editor where the artist clicks on points in the level that gets stored into an array. On the runtime side he writes a dozen-line for-loop that simply walks the path segments at equal spacing and spawns a street light each time. Job done, the pragmatic coder moves on to the next task. Second option – the future-coder The future-coder writes the same UI as the pragmatic coder, but for the runtime he decides upon a different approach. After all, he's read books about design patterns and large scale software design, and he knows about the importance of the Single Responsibility Principle, and keeping code factored for changes that might occur in the future. Thus, he decides to abstract over the exact type of path used. Sure, the artists only asked for a simple path today, but in the future they might want a B-spline or some other kind of curve, so he pulls out the logic for the path into its own Path object that can step along the curve in some kind of iterator fashion. Of course, that's not enough, in order to change the behavior of the curve he puts this Path object behind an interface and adds a factory to spawn the right kind of path based on some kind of configuration parameter. He also updates the UI to allow for future kinds of paths. Maybe he even implements a B-spline option just so that he can test this properly with more than one option.
He has added a lot of new classes and glue code, and the code that actually uses it is a lot more opaque and hard to read than what the pragmatic programmer came up with. It will be worth it in the future, however, when this extra flexibility will pay off. The future-coder goes home late today, but feels good that he's written an elegant system that will stand the test of time, rather than just a dumb one-off implementation. DIFFERENT PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT TRENDS:Distributed computing The "typical" environment in which coding happens today is truly not quite the same as that of a decade back. Given targets, for example web applications, mobile and big data, the notion that a program only involves a single computer has disappeared. For the programmer, that means we must grapple with problems such as concurrency, locking, asynchronicity, network communication and protocols. Indeed, the most fundamental of web programming will lead you to commonality with ideas, for example caching. In light of these weights we see phenomena at diverse levels in the computing stack. At a large amount, cloud computing tries to moderate the harass of keeping up numerous machines and their system; at the application advancement level, systems attempt to exemplify recognizable examples and theoretical away tiresome detail; and at the dialect level, concurrency and systems administration computing is made more straightforward by the characteristics offered by dialects, for example Go or Scala. Device computing Look around your home. There are processors and programming in practically every electronic unit you have, which surely puts your Pc in a little minority. Not everyone will be occupied with programming for embedded apparatuses; however numerous designers will surely need to study what it is to create for a cell telephone. What's more in the not so removed future autos, rambles, glasses and keen dust. Indeed, inside additional universal computing, the ascent of the GPU exhibit as a progressed information crunching coprocessor needs non-customary programming. Diverse structure components require distinctive programming methodologies. Hobbyists and prototypers apparently equivalent are carrying equipment to existence with Arduino and Processing. Languages and programmers should react to issues long ago the realm of authorities, for example low memory and CPU speeds, force utilization, radio correspondence, hard and soft real-time requirements.
CONCLUSION “The most dangerous thought that you can have as a creative person, is to think that you know what you are doing because, once you think you know what you are doing you stop looking around for other ways of doing things" –Bret Victor. We presumably all have a spot of the future-coder in us, however we should oppose him! The end result is that the future-coder practically never wins. In reality, anticipating the future is basically inconceivable, so don't even attempt. It hardly ever pays off. Best case, you've recently squandered a ton of time, however in reality reflection has cognitive overhead all around the task when perusing or debugging code, and can make it harder to manage unanticipated changes (incidentally), and also cause execution issues. Also indeed, when it does pay off it doesn't really purchase every one of you that much and is really a net negative on the grounds that it skews your instinct into believing that futurecoding is an exceptional thing. The human mind didn't advance to think in conceptual terms. You will likely have recognized this when attempting to comprehend another numerical thought – its much simpler assuming that you begin with cement illustrations instead of the completely general definitions and verifications! Basic code that simply does one thing in the stupidest way that is available sits down for a bit for somebody to comprehend, while assuming that you need to hop through unique classes and factories it can
take a crazy measure of time to comprehend something that really isn't all that complicated. All these extra virtual calls act as barriers to inlining, in addition to the overhead of the virtual function calls themselves, which cause performance issues. Yes, you've been told that you shouldn't worry about performance for code that isn't in a hotspot, but the reality is that for many applications there aren't any real hotspots anymore. It's depressing to look at the profiler for gameplay code and see that your warmest “hotspot” takes 5% of your frame time, and has already been optimized to death. By that time it's often too late – performance has been siphoned off by tens of thousands of small inefficiencies added over many years, all because people didn't want to worry about minor performance hits for code that wasn't on the mythical “hot-path”. Simple code tends to be cheaper to execute, most of the time, in addition to being better in almost every other way as well. We should just hack things together in the quickest way possible, with no regard for future maintainability? No, of course not. We should focus on doing things in the simplest way possible, not the quickest way possible. Often, the simplest way requires removing a bunch of cruft that has accumulated over time, deleting stateful flags, pulling logic out into clearly
You may as well enhance for straightforwardness, coherence and modifiability. Provided that you do, you will likewise wind up with code that is more maintainable, simple to change and upgrade in the future. Take the case above where our heroes required to include underpin for a B-spline. Wouldn't it be great if we could accept that there was no library for introducing a B-spline as of recently with the intention that they needed to include it. We'd need both sorts of programmers to haul that code out into its own function. The motivation for doing this isn't to try to predict the future, though! You pull it out into its own function because doing so makes the code easier to read today, by making sure the B-spline functionality is hidden behind a sensibly named function instead of cluttering up the “flow” of the main function with unnecessary details. The minor cognitive cost of the extra function call is vastly outweighed by the increased readability of hiding unimportant details. It's not about predicting the future, it's about increasing readability. Sensibly named function calls without side effects very nearly dependably add progressively to coherence then they require, in the event that they're virtual less thus, assuming that they have symptoms even less in this way, provided that they're in a class even less along these lines, et cetera.
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It's all a trade-off and the break-even point for any given abstraction will change depending on the specifics of what you're doing. Not many deliberation strategies have no merit whatsoever, however the way to programmer hell is cleared with bestpractices, connected too early. You might as well delay applying these deliberation systems until the cognitive and different expenses of utilizing them are unmistakably exceeded by their profits (e.g. when you have exhibited reusability for a segment). There are regularly genuine systems even in game engines where its splendidly sensible to apply a considerable lot of the reflection systems you've perused about in books about outline designs and huge scale software plan and so forth., yet the lion's share of code is better off assuming that you keep things straightforward, and abstain from attempting to predict the future. References & Source: Sebastian Sylvan & Edd Dumbill's and Bret Victor's articles and video respectively on future of programming.
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SPORTS ENDEAVORS 2013 AT A GLANCE â€“ (India)
3rd Asian Champions trophy: India stands fifth:
In a series of seven matches India won by 3-2 against Australia.
- Pr achi Shar ma For sports Year 2013 has been the year of major sporting events. The year was full of achievements as well as significant turnarounds for Indian sports world. Let's have a glance at major sports happenings of this year in India.
Sachin retires from international cricket.
India defeated West Indies by 2-0.
Indian Men's hockey team defeated Oman by 6-1 in 3 Asian Champions trophy at Japan. Pakistan won the title for the series. Indian women's team finished with silver at end of series. It has been announced by FIH recently that India will be hosting the 2018 Men's hockey world of cup. TH
18 Asian Archery competition: India won gold.
To begin with, in cricket, India won test series against West Indies by 2-0 on West Indies tour to India. Last match of the series played in Wankhede stadium Mumbai. In this last match India defeated Indies by an innings and 126 runs. Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was declared as man of the match for taking 10 wickets while Rohit Sharma as man of the series for scoring 288 in two innings. Pragyan Is the 7th Indian left arm spinner who took 10 wickets in a test match. With this series Sachin Tendulkar declared retirement from international cricket.
Legendary cricketer and India's pride Sachin has th played 200 test at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai against West Indies and announced his retirement from international cricket. The moment was an emotional moment for every cricket fan in India and world. Along with this an official announcement has been done from prime minister's office that Sachin will be awarded with Bharat Ratna award. Many famous personalities recommended him for this award. He is the first sportsperson to be given this honor.
India defeated Australia by 3-2 in a series of seven matches .In the last ODI of series played in Bangalore Australia is defeated by 57 runs chasing the target of 383 by India. Rohit Sharma shined in this match by scoring 209 in 158 balls with the help of stunning 16 sixes. From Australian side Faulkner scored the fastest century of ODI in 57 balls. Rohit Sharma was declared man of the match and man of the series. Along with this Virat Kohli is declared as No.1 Batsman in international cricket ranking.He scored total 344 runs with an average of 114.66.He jumped by 3 points after the series and secured no.1 position. Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are under top 20 of this list. WTA placed Sania in top 10 in world women's doubles ranking
Indian men team finished with gold in Taipei in 18 Asian Archery competition with 2086 points. The Trio of Abhishek Verma, Sandeep Kumar and Ratan Singh won over Korean0 Men's trio making nation proud and assured for a bright future of archery.
In latest WTA ranking declared in October 2013, Sania jumped from 11th to 9th position. She won two consecutive titles of Pan pacific and China open in month of October and thus consecutively stepped up by positions in World ranking. Number one ranking is shared by Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. Both the ladies belong to Italy.
ITF Doubles 2013: Sanam Singh and Vijayant Malik won the title.
IBL- Hyderabad Hotshots became first winner.
ITF Men's future Tennis doubles tournament had been organized this October 2013. The title was won by Sanam Singh and Vijayant Malik of India .The title winners awarded with an amout of US dollar 15000 .They won against Evan King of USA And Costin Paval of Romania by 7-6, 6-4.
Indian women hockey has a bright future, clear indications are given by Junior Women Hockey team when they brought the first bronze medal to India in junior hockey. India won the match against England in penalty shootout by 3-2. The tournament was organized in Monchengladbach, Germany this July .Netherlands leads the tournament with gold and Argentina finished with Silver. Indian vice 窶田aptain and forward Rani declared as player of the tournament.
Women Cricket team of India Won the T-20 series with a fantastic victory of 3-0 against Bangladesh. The last match of the series was played in Vadodra in which India won by 10 runs against Bangladesh. Bangladesh was chasing a target of 129 but finished with 113/7 in twenty over. India looses series by 1-2.
Archery world cup (Stage 3): Indians at 4th position.
PV Sindhu secured bronze in BWF world championship 2013.
The IBL tournament was inaugurated in New Delhi in August. This tournament offered the highest prize money ever for any badminton tournament in world. The Prize money was amount of 1000 US dollar which was given to Saina Nehwal as winner of the women's singles. Hyderabad Hotshots won the first Indian Badminton League title 2013.Hyderabad Hotshots won over Awadhe warriors in the final clash.The match was played in Sardar Patel stadium, Mumbai. For women's title Saina Nehwal for Hyderabad Hotshots won over PV Sindhu and for Men's title Gurusai Dutt deafeted by Ajay Jayaram.
India although won the third and final match against Pakistan in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi but lost the series 1-2 against Pakistan. Matches Played at Chennai and Kolkata were won by Pakistan.The series was played in early Jan 2013. Indian badminton player P V Sindhu secured a Bronze in BWF Championship 2013.She was defeated by Ratchanok Inthanon in semifinals. She became the third Indian Player after Prakash Padukone and Ashwin Ponnappa to win a medal in BWF world championship.Ratchanok Intanon of Thiland won Gold and Le Xuirui of China finished with silver medal. Junior Women Hockey world cup 2013: India brought home first bronze medal.
Archery World cup was organized this year in July in Colombia. Indians finished fourth by winning one gold and two bronze. Deepika Kumari won gold and a bronze for India while she paired with Antanu Das to win another bronze against Mexico in mixed team. She managed 4 perfect 10s against China to win gold for her team. T-20 international series: Indian women team won against Bangladesh:
Overall the year was satisfactory for Indian athletes and sportspersons and given the clues that India is growing as sporting nation accepting new challenges.
2.How do you educate yourself to take better photographs?
B h a w a n a V e r m a
*Photographer An ace Photographer with speciality in styles: Fashion, Portrait, Candid, Interior and Travel.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bhawanaverma.com
/bhawanavermaphotography We at STILLS are excited to present to you an exclusive short interview of one of the rising ace photographers of our country - Bhawana Verma. One look at her website or facebook page will impress you; We guarantee! Photography is all about capturing that perfect slice of time and aesthetics. Why do we take photos? To capture memories, to capture moments, to tell stories and tocommunicate with others. Why do we need photographers? Or why we are debted to them as a society? the answer is they help meet the needs of our community. It’s about giving people a visual reminder of their beauty and dignity. It’s about making individual connections with others who deserve it. It’s about really seeing people – the lens is just a tool to facilitate that connection. Photography is a very challenging and creative field and we at STILLS immensely respect all photographers! STILLS thanks Bhawana Verma to take time out for this Interview!
STILLS exclusive Interview with
Bhawana Verma: 1.How did photography became your passion and profession? I always had the quest to learn something new and I started photography just for fun. I was fortunate to have met my mentor Ashok Salian under whose guidance I learnt the art of photography which gradually became my passion and now a profession.
has been beautiful. I would like to thank my hubby for always encouraging me and my mentor for his guidance and blessings.
I like experimenting and exploring With a Master's degree in Computer Application Bhwana something new, be it with lights or Verma could have landed on a job with one of the software creating new looks. In fact, my giants, but she had art of photography as her muse, in her mind and heart. She chose to create magic with camera quest to learn something new got and made a profession out of her passion. me into doing different kinds of Enthusiastic and bubbling with ideas, Bhawana has lent photography be it street, candid, her creative skills to a large number of assignments that beauty or fashion. So in a way this include fashion photography, model portfolio, magazines, quest of trying out new things catalogs for eminent designers and celebrities. helped me in understanding what kind of photography I enjoy the 4.If you had to choose most. Besides this, I like to keep one lens which would it myself updated about new fashion be and why? trends. I also like to take feedback My favorite lens is 85mm. It is a from my mentor whenever great lens to capture portraits. possible.
5.What would you 3 . H o w w o u l d y o u advice to the young describe your style?How photographers? long have you been a Try everything. Fashion, Photojournalism, portraiture, photographer?
My Style is Candid and I enjoy capturing people the most. As I specialize in beauty and fashion photography I like to add this element of candidness to capture the uniqueness of my subject. I started photography 3 years back when my hubby gifted me my first dslr camera. The journey from being an amateur street photographer to becoming professional fashion photographer
nudes, whatever. You won't know what kind of photographer you are until you try it. Besides this, understand that photography is an art and a creative person first develops passion for his talent then his talent may get him commercial work. So first try to develop the passion for photography before you think of making it your profession.
Enhancing creativity empowering children
Enhancing Creativity, Nurturing Humanity and Building Lives, such great things are promised at most of the NGOs but very very few of them benefit society and leave an impact. One such organization is the Swapn Organization located in Delhi. Swapn is a marathi word meaning “Dream” and the organizations motto is to fulfil dreams. They work with underprivileged children and women, equipping them to better deal with the future. Swapn as an organization is tirelessly working to live up to its name and promise of making dreams come true. Their contribution and successful events in the society testify their perseverance, honesty and hardwork. If you really want to donate your hard-earned money ensuring it's worthwhile or contribute to the society by participating, you have found the right place. The two main pillars and essence of the organization's vision are Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh and Khushi Soni who come from very distinct professional fields. As a musician, one understands and appreciates the flourish of creativity and its importance in an individual's life. As a medical and mental health professional, the other brings a perspective and a different life experience to the table. Together, they both acknowledge the cathartic value of music & art and the power it holds in shaping one's life. In an effort to give back to the society, they envision a more constructive social environment and the exigent need to turn this vision & dream into a reality! As we know, the present situation of the under privileged class of India is pitiabler wherein people, especially children and women are reluctant to even dream, let alone trying to fulfil them. Swapn helps them in daring to dream and harness their potential in order to create a bright future for India.
Events conducted by Swapn: *Eye Care Camps These camps provided people with free of cost eye check-ups and spectacles. About 4,848 people have visited the camps where 1,614 spectacles have been provided to them and 637 cataracts have been diagnosed by the camp doctors. *Donation in Kind Swapn distributed blankets to Earth Servers, NGO, Blind School and Basti People. Swapn also provided food to blind children studying in Janta Andh Vidyalaya. *Public- Police Partnership An ongoing project with the Delhi Police in which workshops are being conducted for Police Officials at all levels. It has been covered in various media channels. So far the 20 workshops have been conducted with over 700 officials. *Crisis Intervention Call Their counsellors are also currently a part of the Crisis Intervention Cell of the Delhi Police which mainly looks at providing help via counselling to the rape victims as well as their families. In this venture our counsellors go to the site where the rape has taken place and counsel the victims there.
*Mentorship A group of privileged kids from SWAPN go to slums regularly and mentored the children there for whatever little our children can teach. Games: underprivileged children are taught games like SCRABBLE, CHESS; Read Aloud Stories: privileged kids read out moral stories in english and hindi to underpriviliged children; Art and Clay Modelling is also taught. Many reputed schools have been a part of this. *Uttrakhand Flood Relief Camps Swapn helped the flood victims in Uttarakhand. So far 5 truck loads full of food, clothes, tents and other necessities have been sent to Uttrakhand to help the victims rehabilitate. Two of their team members were placed in Uttrakhand constantly and were helping the victims rebuild their homes. *Flash Mob As a supporting hand towards the flood victims, SWAPN organized the FLASH MOB with over 150 privileged and underprivileged children. It was the First Ever Children's Equality Flash Mob of the world. Intention was to make the children aware of the Uttrakhand Floods as well as make them sensitive by bringing the children together in support of the victims. Through their endeavour they hoped to impart a sense of equality, humanity and cohesiveness among the children. *I LEAD INDIA The I Lead India Youth Brigade is an activist programme which is currently active in 27 cities of India & seeks to mobilize the youth, between 18-24 years of age, to make them agents of change. In every city 5 members are selected as Youth Brigade who then brings about a change under the able guidance of an experienced mentor. *Self- Development Workshop in Restaurants Workshops are being conducted for the personality development as well as communication skills enhancement of people from lower strata of the society and working in the hospitality industry *Devils circuit A 5 km race with Mud, freezing water, fire, ropes, concrete wall that block one's path. The course was designed to test the participant's endurance, strength and spirit. *Garba dandiya rass The event graced by traditional folk garba dancers, who alongwith performance also took a workshop each day for teaching people garba. Small stalls were put up exhibiting handicraft work of the rural women from Rajasthan. The money collected from the event was further utilized.
“Sometimes giving a hand to someone could mean the world to them.”
*Book.art (an art exhibition by the children for the children) An exhibition was put up of the canvases painted by kids, where in the art pieces were displayed and put for sale. Post the exhibition the money collected was utilized in bringing stationary kits for 100 underprivileged children.
The programs being enforced by the organization are: *Healthcare: Education, Awareness and Medical Service ? Free health checkups ? Awareness and educational programs on nutrition, hygiene, substance abuse and sexual health etc *Mental Health ? Assessment of mental health needs and avenues for dealing with it ? Psychological counseling to develop and strengthen coping strategies aimed at addressing mental health needs. ? Alternative therapies like Art Therapy/ Music Therapy/ Play therapy ? Developing self expression and creativity enhancement through various workshops *Education ? Teaching via interactive means ? Formal education & classroom learning ? Outbound camps for experiential learning
*Personality Development Encouraging all-round development through training in ? Arts & Crafts ? Music ? Dance ? Theatre ? Sports Swapn is always ready to welcome new volunteers who would like to help them in their mission by donating their time, energy and skills. Volunteer opportunities are available in the areas of Teaching, Project Development and Management, Fund-raising, Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Information Technology, Graphic Design, Counselling and other various areas. Support them in a new project or ongoing initiative with your: 1.Time – become a volunteer and also involve your employees 2.Energy & Expertise – teaching, technical skills, organizing events/campaigns, etc. 3.Funding – they require both monetary funding as well as supplies/resources (ex: stationary, computers, building space for our education centres, etc.) CONTACT SWAPN: Dr. Rachna K. Singh: +919810021945 Khushi Soni: +919899151515
This demanding 15- day (168km, 104mi) slog through Corsica is legendary for the diversity of landscapes it traverses. There are forests, granite moonscapes, windswept craters, glacial lakes, torrents, peat bogs, maquis, snow-capped peaks, plains and névés (stretches of ice formed from snow). But it doesn't come easy: the path is rocky and sometimes steep, and includes rickety bridges and slippery rock faces – all part of the fun. Created in 1972, the GR20 links Calenzana, in the Balagne, with Conca, north of Porto Vecchio.
GR20, FRANCE: This 33km (20mi) ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is currently traversed by thousands each year. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu winding its way up and down and around the mountains, taking three high passes en route. Views of white-tipped mountains and high cloud forest combine with the magic of walking from one cliff-hugging ruin to the next – understandably making this South America's most famous trail.
Inca Trail, Peru Reaching a height of 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Pattar, this three-week trek is extremely popular with those who want to be able to say, 'I've been to the base of the world's highest mountain'. The difficult trek passes undeniably spectacular scenery and is trafficked by Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu. The heights reached during this trek are literally dizzying until you acclimatise to the altitude, and the continuous cutting across valleys certainly has its ups and downs.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal Indian Himalayas, India
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Fewer folk trek on the Indian side of the world's greatest mountain range. So, if isolation's your thing try trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Hardcore hikers can try teetering along the mountain tops for 24 days from Spiti to Ladakh. This extremely remote and challenging walk follows ancient trade routes. The bleak high-altitude desert terrain inspired Rudyard Kipling to exclaim, 'Surely the gods live here; this is no place for men'.
Pays Dogon, Mali
'The land of the Dogon people' is one of Africa's most breathtaking regions. A trek here can last anywhere between two and 10 days, and takes in the soaring cliffs of the Bandiagara escarpment inlaid with old abandoned cliff dwellings. Dogon villages dot the cliffs and are an extraordinary highlight of the journey. The Dogon are known for their masked stilt dancers, intricately carved doors and pueblo-like dwellings built into the side of the escarpment.
Tasmania's prehistoriclooking wilderness is most accessible on the 80km (50mi, five- to six-day) Overland Track. Snaking its way between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair (Australia's deepest natural freshwater lake), the well-defined path (boardwalked in parts) passes craggy mountains, beautiful lakes and tarns, extensive forests and moorlands. Those who want more can take numerous side walks leading to waterfalls, valleys and still more summits including Mt Ossa (1,617m, 5,305ft) – Tassie's highest.
Overland Track, Australia See the stunning subalpine scenery of New Zealand's South Island surrounding this medium three-day (32km, 20mi) track. At the base of New Zealand's Southern Alps, the track passes through two national parks: Fiordland and Mt Aspiring. Highlights include the views from Harris Saddle and atop Conical Hill – from where you can see waves breaking on the distant beach. The main challenge for this popular hike is actually securing a place among the limited numbers who are allowed on the track at any time.
A 26km (16mi) journey through dramatic canyons carved over centuries by the Virgin River, the Narrows in Zion National Park is a hike like no other. The route is the river, with over half of the hike spent wading and sometimes swimming. The hike can be traversed in a day, though some choose to take the hanging gardens and natural springs at a more leisurely pace – spending a night at one of the park's 12 camp grounds.
The Haute Route, FranceSwitzerland
Routeburn Track, New Zealand
The Narrows, USA Baltoro Glacier & K2, Pakistan Leading from Chamonix in France through the southern Valais to Zermatt in Switzerland, the Haute Route traverses some of the highest and most scenic country accessible to walkers anywhere in the Alps. The summer Haute Route walk (which takes a different course than the more famous winter skitouring route) takes around two weeks to complete. It mainly involves 'pass hopping' and demands a high level of fitness, with every section containing a high huff factor.
This corridor of ice leads to the colossal peak of K2 (8,611m, 28,251ft), the world's second-highest peak. This incomparable trek traverses some of the most humbling scenery on the planet. What begins following icy rivers boldly goes to the guts of the glacier before leading to the granite pyramidal mountains including Paiju (6,610m, 21,686ft), Uli Biaho (6,417m, 21,053ft), Great Trango Tower (6,286m, 20,623ft) and ultimately K2. If the 15 days doesn't floor you, take side trips to more moraine-covered glaciers.
Lifestyle Best places to eat
around the world for
Christmas We at STILLS are diehard foodie lovers and we truly comprehend the value of the best dishes in our lives. Christmas is the opportunity that permits everyone to eat the best and exotic food without carrying any guilt. Christmas is the occasion when people like me spend time with friends and families, enjoying the togetherness with festive feasts that include delicious cakes and best wine…no doubt. So, for all people who are international foodies, we are presenting the complete list of best restaurants from all around the world that serve tempting, delicious recipes for every Christmas Eve and New Year. Here is the list of the best places for your taste buds during Christmas holidays: Restaurant name: Duck & Waffle Place: City of London Duck & Waffle is famous for its hearty Christmas meal like Bbq-Spiced Crispy Pig Ears, Smoked Cow Ricotta salad and Pumpkin Arrancini. Some more tasty delicacies like Jerusalem Artichoke Tortelli and Spicy Ox Cheek will guarantee titillate your taste buds. Restaurant name: Dishoom Place: Navi Mumbai, India. Celebrate your Christmas in purely mumbai style with palatable and exotic taste. All time favorite starters such as Pav Bhaji, Vegetable Samosa and Keema Pav. Mains include some toothsome dishes like Turkey Naan, Paneer Tikka and above all the infamous Biryani that will really give you a glimpse of Indian delicacies. To experience Christmas fully with a twist, try their traditional Christmas pudding and the ultimate Indian sweet Kulfi will tantalize your taste buds with utmost flavors.
Restaurant name: Amici Miei Place: Shoreditch If you love traditional Italian delicacies such as Pumpkin Flan with Raschera Founde, Duck Terrine with Crostini Bread and Caramelized Onion then you should visit Amici Miei for a delicious feast. Indulge yourself in divine home made desserts such as Sicillian Cassata served with Almonds, Mint and Hot Chocolate sauce. Restaurant name: Neighborhood Place: San Diego Serve excellent appetizers and specializes in sipping whiskey with great beer selection. It provides pretty good value for beer and food. The mood inside is incredibly hip, progressive and concurrently comfortable. Restaurant name: Gaylord Place: Oxford Street, London Gaylords is the only place in London where you can find true Indian food in very fine ambiance. Their paneer tikka and black dal are lip smacking. Soft butter chicken made in cream and expensive spices just melts in your mouth. Tamarind mojito is interesting and out of the world. One thing you will find very unique that they serve fresh coconut w a t e r, s o m e t h i n g t h a t i s u n u s u a l i n restaurants…..so they not only cares for your craving but your skin as well…(Bonus for girls….) Restaurant name: Greek on the Green Place: Brazil You can enjoy Christmas like never before as they ready to arm up your day and night with their finest delectable Greek food. You can enjoy your meal with the glass of decent wine. The excellent vibes of the interior will give you a soothing and relaxing feeling of vacations.
Restaurant name: Meze Meze Place: North Finchley They are the best in offering Mediterranean cuisine delights such as hummus, kisir, tabule and other dips. Their Lamb Shish, salmon kebab, kofte are simply appetizing. Try their famous Baklava to end your year in an earthy, exotic and Mediterranean way. Restaurant name: Hunan Gourmet Restaurant; Place: Columbus This restaurant has a wide menu selection with soothing ambiance that appeals to the guests. Hot and sour was great. Shrimp egg foo young was excellent. Chicken with string beans, Szechuan scallops are also yummylecious. Their lo mein type dishes are terrific and Mongolian beef is great too. Hunan tofu is very presentable and colorful with broccoli, red peppers, onions, mushrooms and the spicy sauce that bring life to a vegetable dish. They have their traditional dragon dance once a year on Chinese New Year. Restaurant name: Hazev Place: London Hazev is the staple of life that serves the bestest Turkish food. Their enormous platter include grilled meats, minty and fresh salads and tabbouleh, tempting sausages, tomato based smoky meat, large bowls of creamy hummous, plenty of warm fresh bread and always compulsory to serve the bowl of spicy chilli sauce. Wait…this is not all….you will also get the finest of wines that are served in ultra reasonable price.
CAKE And now it is time to soothe your sweet tooth. I know that no festival is complete without sweets and when we are taking about Christmas how is it possible to forget the cake..
FOR THE CAKE: 6 large eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon, vanilla essence, 4 ounce melted unsweetened baking chocolate & 1 cup sifted flour. Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla together until thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Alternately fold chocolate and flour into the egg mixture, ending with flour. Pour the batter into 3 8-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured. (Do not use oil to grease the pans: use butter or Crisco or a similar solid fat). Bake the layers in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes; then carefully turn out on racks and allow to cool completely. FOR THE SYRUP: ¼ cup sugar, 1/3 cup water & 2 tablespoon Kirsch. Make syrup by mixing together sugar and water and boiling for 5 minutes. When syrup has cooled, stir in kirsch. Prick the cake layers and pour syrup over all 3 layers. FOR THE FILLING: 1½ cups confectioner's icing sugar, 1/3 cup unsalted butter, 1 large egg yolk & 2 tablespoon Kirsch. To make the butter-cream filling, beat together sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in Kirsch.
Bakery: Macrina bakery Place: Seattle This bakery is world famous for its Macrina's Red Velvet Cake. Buttermilk is the secret ingredient to create this moist red cake. It comes in four tasty slices adorn by a not-so-sweet white chocolate cream cheese icing. It will entice your taste buds and you will forget everything for its super soft texture.
CAKE ASSEMBLY: For toppings, use 2 cups drained canned sour cherries & whipped cream.To assemble cake, place 1 layer on a cake plate. Spread with butter cream filling. Using 3/4 cup of the cherries, which have been patted dry, drop cherries evenly over cream. Place second layer on cake. Repeat. Place third layer on top. Fold 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar into the whipped cream. Cover the sides and top of the cake with whipped cream.
We are sharing the secret recipe with STILLS readers for one of the best cakes of the world.
We hope you have a great time making it. STILLS Wishes you all a Merry Christmas!