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April 24, 2009

Malayalee cuisine and healthy food

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Recently we came across this article in New York Times(one of the most viewed articles) which listed 11 best (healthy and nutritious)food items which are easier to find but not usually end up in shopping carts. Surprisingly at least 6 out of 11 listed items are part of regular Malayalee diet. They are beets, cabbage, Swiss Chard(Cheera), cinnamon, sardines(if you are non-vegetarian) and turmeric. This is encouraging for us and it makes sense to stick to our diet and culinary style. Click here to read the full article.

  1. Beets: Think of beets as red spinach, Dr. Bowden said, because they are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.
    How to eat: Fresh, raw and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power.
  2. Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.
    How to eat: Asian-style slaw or as a crunchy topping on burgers and sandwiches.
  3. Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
    How to eat it: Chop and saute in olive oil.
  4. Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
    How to eat it: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal.[The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating]



April 22, 2009

Ami sings

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Ami Shalabh is a 3rd grade student in Spring Street School, Shrewsbury. Her hobbies are singing, dancing and playing soccer. Ami believes that she’s destined to be famous and  if you listen to her rendition of Yeh Ishq Hai (from Jab we Met) below you would also agree with her.

PS: during the recent NEMA Spring fever 2009, Ami sang this song while her sister Nikita,Mrinalini and Kushi danced.

Mukunda Mukunda

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Here’s one of the dances we had for Spring Fever 2009, a well choreographed number, Mukunda Mukunda of Dasavatharam:

Choreography: Rani and Deepa

Performers: Rani, Deepa, Meena, jiby, Anjali, Manju, Hareena, Vidya, Sreeshma, Soniya

April 21, 2009

Winners of Essay and Arts competition

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As part of Spring fever 2009 Essay and Arts competitions were held on april 11th. The results for these competitions were announced on April 18th. Below is the list of winners, congratulations to the winners!

Essay competition:

Group 11 & Below:
1st – Meghana V Nair
2nd – Sapna Peruvemba

Group 12 & Above:
1st – Chitanya Gopu
2nd – Pooja Arumugam

Arts Competition:

Group 7 & Below:
1st – Meghana Vadassery
2nd – Lakshmi Pillai

Group 8 – 10 yrs:
1st – Nikita Shalabh
2nd – Ganga Nair

Group 11 & Above:
1st – Praveen Menon
2nd -Gauri Vasudevan

April 20, 2009

Countdown – 10 Days for Sreeniyaan Twenty-20

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April 15, 2009

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Spring Fever 2009


On April 18th NEMA would hold the annual arts and talents day, this year’s version named as Spring Fever 2009.  So what’s different this year?

  • Essay competition – A short essay competition for children was held on April 11th in Shrewsbury public library. This is a remarkable step, to find out budding writers and thinkers in our community.  We hope that this would occur every year and more children would participate. The response and participation this year was phenomenal. The winners, chosen by eminent judges, would be announced on April 18th during Spring Fever 09.
  • Painting competition – Like the essay competition, was held on April 11th.  This was a huge hit. Scores of budding artists participated in this contest and the winners would be announced on April 18th.
  • Fashion show – Different from the usual parade which goes in the name of fashion show in similar events, this one is beautifully choreographed and sequenced.  This is an unique attempt by NEMA  with the help of few persons who are experienced in organizing similar events. Intense preparations are going on for this and few local boutiques are participating in this show. This show would showcase ethnic Indian  as well as western costumes.

What else ?  Following the traditions of yesteryears, NEMA would showcase and provide a venue for local talents. Songs, Dances and many other attractions. If we does not support the talented artists among us , who would?  Show your support by attending Spring Fever 2009. For more details on venue timing etc, click  here.  This would be a fever worth catching.

PS: Click here to watch photos taken during the Painting competetion.

April 14, 2009


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A Noble Cause

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A small gesture from you would go a long way in guaranteeing a secure future for an underprivileged child in India. Akshaya Patra is spearheading this noble cause, please see the details in the flyer below:


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