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Winter Solstice 2012

Today is the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s all due to Earth’s tilt, which ensures that the shortest day of every year falls around December 21. Some predicted that today would also mark Earth’s doomsday, thanks to a longstanding rumor that the Maya calendar ends on December 21, 2012.

First Night Duty in Hospital

It was just another evening when Dhananjay sir came to my room last evening quite tired from his surgery posting and said that he was quite upset for the plans for the night. Then suddenly something struck my mind and I asked him whether I could join him on his night duty as the next day was our holiday. I didn’t expect that but he accepted my proposal wholeheartedly and even promised me to teach things also. This was my first night experience at the emergency of hospital. It was thrilling for me as I could encounter some live cases there and learned a lot.

Jhalmuri: A Healthy and Delicious Snack

Jhalmuri (ঝালমুড়ি) is a popular street food in eastern India, especially in West Bengal. It is a great snack food – light, healthy and quick to fix and bursting with flavor. It’s spicy, tangy, crispy, & crunchy! Jhal in Bangla means spicy and Muri is of course the puffed rice and it is made by heating rice in a sand-filled oven. Muri is to rice as popcorn is to corn.

The Gangtok Flower Show

The tiny state of Sikkim in Northeast India is home to 600 species of orchids! It is to showcase this wonderful bounty of nature and other exotic flowers that Sikkim hosts an international flower festival every year from March to May. The state is home to 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants.