7 Fish Oil Benefits Proven by Research

Research studies show fish oil benefits are down right amazing.

And knowing this is the second most important thing you can do for your health. (We’ll get to #1 in importance soon.)

Studies are published almost daily as the scientific community discovers more and more of the many extraordinary omega 3 fish oil benefits.

If you haven’t already been swept up in the net yet, here are 7 proven omega 3 benefits you should know about.

1. Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”

2. Cardiovascular Health. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

3. Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega 3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.

4. Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega 3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.

5. Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all omega 3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega 3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).

6. Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega 3 oils.

7. Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega 3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega 3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and causing apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.

So you can see why knowing these benefits is the second most important thing you can do for your health. Can you guess what number one is?

That’s right! Now it’s time to put your knowledge to work. Eat more cold water oily fish and start taking good quality pure omega 3 fish oil supplements regularly.

Copyright by Michael Byrd. All Rights Reserved.

Reasons Which Make Video Games the Most Addictive Interface

Talk about video games and all heads start turning. In the present scenario where the technology is advancing rapidly, the games are gaining huge momentum. Whether kids, youngsters or even elderly people, all seem to have swayed with its addiction. These have been in existence for quite a while now and is also one of the largest source of entertainment around us. To understand it better, let us have a close overview of the types of games and the negative and positive effects it has.

Types of Video interface games- These are of various kinds and have different skill sets, with time limitations as well, some are quite basic while others are too advanced. A few of them are-

• Casual Play Games- These games are generally of small duration and are easy to play. They do not need any specific software or system.

• Online gaming – These types of games can be played on any sort of browser and thus attracts a larger audience, involves strategy and role plays. These games need no specific operating system and are more often played by dedicated gamers.

• Social Network games- These are very common games which are played with the help of social networking forums in order to access its users.

Effects of Video Console Games- Playing such games comes very naturally to kids, something which needs not to be taught to them and they get well conversant with it as they keep playing and has its own effects, some which are quite positive, while others which are detrimental to the health and the overall well- being. Let us take a look at its positive and negative sides.

Positive Effects

• It is said that playing video console games makes the brain very sharp and improves hand eye synchronization.

• They become more adept in facing situations later in life as the skill sets of each level are different and they have to keep the pace going in order to play the game.

Negative Effects

• It is more of an addiction and kids give it the foremost importance.

• The attention diverts from studies due to playing games

• Few games involve getting violent in order to kill the opponent and win it so the player starts practicing the same in the real life as well.

• Physical exercise gets reduced as kids want to play video games and not outdoor games.

Even though video games are the most comfortable and user friendly gadgets for people of all ages, especially kids, yet if proper care is not taken it can prove hazardous for the health. So it is of utmost importance that these are given for a stipulated time and are played under proper guidance.

Japanese Developing Sex Robots

What propels human innovation? Well, we know where the funding comes from. We know that funding comes when a Return on Investment is available. What do people spend money on? Well, think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. People want to maintain self preservation, so you will find the greatest technological money flows in those things, which protect the sanctity of life; things such as Health Care and Medical advances, security and military. People also wish respect from their fellow man. They want to look good; thus you will find consumer items such as make-up, clothing, sports cars, etc. Humans also want companionship and entertainment and so we see advances in movie special effects, computer games and now the Japanese are developing human female robots. Today they advertise them as maids, receptionists and servers. But in the true spirit of Kama Sutra, you can bet that those Japanese robotic engineers will soon be designing Blonde Hair Blue Eyed sex robots to serve their will.

These Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot to date, well at least in the public domain. Secret research is being done now which looks towards the future to build robots so real they will fool humans, in other words they maybe sitting next to you and you would never even know it. The Japanese scientists call their new robot android Repliee Q1 Expo. She flutters her eyelids in normal human increments, looks like she is breathing and moves her hands just like a human would. This robot has over 42 actuators. But indeed, this is merely the first step in human type robotics.

We all know that the Internet is used most in recreational use for surfing websites, such as pornography, chat, online dating and personal communications of the sort. It should be obvious that the near future of robotic androids will be used for sexual pleasure. Isaac Asimov and others have cited this as the most probable use. Not only have science fiction authors put these futuristic predicts forth but Hollywood has as well in several movies such as “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

Using tactile sensors and the latest Haptics research the Japanese scientists are well on their way to the development of their next marketable technology. The Repliee Q1 Expo has 42 actuators, but some of the MIT robots, will mimic the human nerves in the hand already have 250 sensors. New skin technologies will allow the robots to have real human skin grown in petri dishes and these might also be incorporated in the sexual revolution of robots. Want to learn more about Repliee Q1 Expo;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4714135.stm

The Great Gatsby – An Analysis of Love

“If love is only a will to possess, it is not love”. America in the 1920’s was a country where moral values were decaying. Every American had one objective to achieve: success.

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, presents realistic image of American life in the 1920’s. His characters, like many people of that period, only care for money; becoming rich is their main objective. As a result, their relationships, no longer based on love, fail.

All of the relationships in the novel are failures because they are not based on love, but on materialism.

One example of a failed relationship in The Great Gatsby is the adulterous affair between Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. This affair is based on mutual exploitation. Tom uses Myrtle for sex; Myrtle receives gifts and money in return. Tom Buchanan, a resident of East Egg, is “old money”, so he looks down on everyone who is not from his class. Thus, he treats Myrtle as if she is trash. Myrtle Wilson, the wife of poor George Wilson, has become disenchanted with her 12 year old marriage of her husband’s lack of success. Her desire for a better life is evident when she relates her first meeting with Tom:

“It was on the two little seats facing each other that are always the last ones left on the train. I was going up to New York to see my sister and spend the night. He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him, but every time he looked at me I had to pretend to be looking at the advertisement over his head. When we came into the station he was next to me, and his white shirt-front pressed against my arm, and so I told him I’d have to call a policeman, but he knew I lied. I was so excited that when I got into a taxi with him I didn’t hardly know I wasn’t getting into a subway train. All I kept thinking, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever” (Fitzgerald 42).

Myrtle even believes that Tom will leave Daisy and marry her. In reality, Tom does not even see Myrtle as a person but as a sexual object. This is made clean by his degrading treatment of Myrtle at the party, especially when he breaks her nose for having the nerve to mention his wife’s name:

” ‘Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai – ‘ Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 43).

The pathetic nature of their relationship is reinforced when she dies. After a fight with George Wilson, Myrtle runs away towards a golden car that she thinks is Tom’s. The golden colour of the car symbolizes money , the wealth that Myrtle so desires. Apparently, the car is driven by Daisy, another symbol of materialism, and what happens has a symbol of significance:

A moment later [Myrtle] rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting … The ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop … Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust … The mouth was wide open and ripped a little at the corners, as though she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long (Fitzgerald 143-44).

The nature of the relationship between Tom and Myrtle is best symbolized by the expensive dog leash Tom had bought for Myrtle’s puppy. It reflects the fact that Tom is the master, the one who controls his “pet” with money. As the master, Tom is free to do as he pleases. As the “dog”, Myrtle receives gifts for proper behaviour. The unequal status of Tom and Myrtle reflects the failure of their relationship, which, given its adulterous nature, was doomed to fail from the inception.

The Buchanan marriage is also a complete failure. It is the war that separated Daisy and Gatsby, and his absence is one of the reasons she married Tom. However, the most important factor was his money and status. Tom is from a rich family. He can give Daisy everything she wants. The wedding ceremony proved this:

In June [Daisy] married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars (Fitzgerald 82).

That is a marriage of convenience -not love- is apparent on several occasions in the novel. For example, while Daisy was giving birth to their only child, “Tom was God knows where” (Fitzgerald 23). Furthermore, Tom’s philandering begins only after 3 months of his marriage. A newspaper account of Tom’s accident mentions that the chambermaid he was with her broken arm. Of course, Daisy knows Tom ways too well; she even offers him her “little gold pencil” so that he gets the number of a “pretty but common” girl he is interested in at Gatsby’s party, although Tom pretends to want to switch tables for another reason. The fact is that their marriage is founded upon wealth and power; that is what keeps them together, and what reveals how barren a marriage it is.

Gatsby is the one who tries to separate Tom and Daisy. It is Gatsby’s dream to be reunited with Daisy, to go back to the past, and to marry Daisy. This is his incorruptible dream, as Gatsby tells Nick: “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ [Gatsby] cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!'” (Fitzgerald 117).

After reuniting with Daisy, Gatsby begins an affair that is made possible because he is extremely rich; Daisy is a materialist that can be lured by money. When they first reunite, Daisy shows little true emotion. It is only when he shows her his huge mansion and expensive possession that Daisy displays strong emotion. For example, as Gatsby shows her his expensive clothes from England; “Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily” (Fitzgerald 99).

When the affair between Gatsby and Daisy is discovered, Tom and Gatsby confront each other over Daisy. In this crucial event, Daisy reveals her true view of her affair with Gatsby – that it was simply a way of filling in her empty days, an entertainment. It is also revenge for Tom’s many adulterous affairs. Deep in her heart, she is not determined:” ‘Oh, you want too much!’ [Daisy] cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too'” (Fitzgerald 139).

Having betrayed Gatsby twice already, Daisy now betrays him for the final time – unwilling to face the consequence of Myrtle’s death, Daisy and Tom conspire to frame Gatsby for the accident. Gatsby is then killed by George Wilson, as Tom has led him to believe that Gatsby is both Myrtle’s lover and killer.

In the end, this relationship fails because Daisy values nothing but materialism; she does not even send a flower to Gatsby’s fueral.

Love is essential in a relationship. However, materialism is essential of the relationship presented in The Great Gatsby. Those relationships are failures because they are founded on the physical rather than the spiritual. Fitzgerald shows that any relationships based on materialism will fail in the end.

Real-Life Pokemon: The Mythological History of Animals

Animals and storytelling have been a part of human culture since Homo Sapiens came into existence. Living in a world filled with majestic creatures that we hunted for food, skinned for clothing, and kept as pets has influenced our lives in powerful ways: religion, politics, even warfare.

From sacred Egyptian cats to Hinduism’s holy cows, animals represent more than biological life-forms, they are intertwined in every aspect of our culture. Pokemon taps into this deep-seated psyche by extending the powers that animals have, and thus, their utility in human society.

Created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori, Pokemon (originally called “Pocket Monsters”) were adapted from real-life animals in the early 1990s. In the original video game, the player must capture Pokemon using specially design Poke Balls, and use them to fight fictitious competitors, collection various specialty badges with every defeat. Pokemon taps into our human instincts of companionship, competition, and journey. As a result, Pokemon became one of the largest pop culture trends throughout the work in the 90s.

Millennials grew up playing Pokemon video games, watching its cartoons, and playing its card games. As technology advanced, Nintendo, which publishes Pokemon, updated versions of the video games to play on advanced hardware. As smart technologies progressed, Niantic, a San Francisco Software company specializing in augmented reality, worked to create one of the most successful smartphone applications in history: Pokemon Go. Tapping into the public’s nostalgia of this cultural phenomenon, combined with new technologies, Pokemon Go allows users to catch their own Pokemon in their community through their smart phone.

Although Pokemon Go integrates novel technology to create a fundamentally unique experience for users, it has more than just software to thank for its success. At the core of its appeal to consumers is its connection to human psychology. Humans have always had an affinity for animals because they have shared our spaces since the development of our species. Because of this, our ancestors told stories and created mythologies around animals and the symbols they represent.

If we skim through history, we will discover countless interactions between humans and animals, and stories based off of them which relayed important cultural messages. For example, lions represent authority, power, and dominance; lambs and snakes are often symbolized in religious texts, and eagles are seen as heralds of freedom.

One culture that was particularly influenced by animals was ancient Greece, which based a large portion of their religion on mythological creatures. One of the most famous storytellers of Ancient Greece, named Aesop, was famous for incorporating animals in his anecdotes which were used to convey important moral tales. These were used by politicians, religious leaders, and teachers to explain to audiences life-lessons in easy to understand ways.

Aesop relied heavily on the application of archetypes, which is a significant symbol or motif. Examples of archetypes include a mouse representing weakness and a turtle representing languidness. Aesop utilized motifs to express certain virtues or vices. One example of an Aesop’s fable is the tale of The Fox and The Crow, which can be found on AesopsFable.com, and which can be viewed on YouTube – Timeless Tales: The Fox and the Crow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hACpLj0_EiA

A Fox is awoken by a Crow who landed on a branch above, a piece of cheese in her beak.

Timeless Tales: The Fox and The Crow

“Oh Miss Crow! How great the morning is with your beauty! How lovely and glossy are your feathers? And those eyes, like glowing reflections of your soul. What a beautiful voice you must have, beyond all the other birds in the forest. Please, may I hear just one song to prove you really are the queen of all birds?”

The Crow, softened by the Fox’s compliments, lets out a loud “Caw!” However, as soon as she opens her mouth, the cheese falls to the ground, allowing the Fox to gobble up the morsel.

With a snicker he says, “Miss Crow, in exchange for your cheese, I shall give you advice: never trust a flatterer.”

Since the 6th century BC, when Aesop was alive, there have been thousands of fables attributed to his name across the world. From England to India, Aesop’s fables are used to instill values or warn of vices in children and adults alike. The Fox and The Crow is just one example of the many unique, fun, and thought-provoking fables that uses animals as symbols to convey a message in an entertaining manner. This tradition has carried into our current culture, proven by the resurgence of Pokemon through the augmented reality game, Pokemon Go.

Human evolution and its culture is deeply connected with animals, which is why they pervade so many of our myths and stories. For anyone interested in the mythological influences of Pokemon Go, and how animals and stories connect us, they can access thousands of Aesop’s fables at AesopsFable.com, one of the best resources for fables. You can scan through their catalog or search for previous versions and reiterations of Fables. They even have a growing catalog of narrations, animations, and books available.

One project that AesopsFable.com is developing is its Timeless Tales animation series which seeks to bring moral fables to the modern age in fun and engaging ways. Timeless Tales seeks to build self-worth to children and adults alike, allowing audiences to critically think about the virtues and vices of human nature – lessons which they can apply in their own lives. In modern media, there are few programs that offer opportunities for children to analyze and interpret the world around them from a moral standpoint. Timeless Tales hopes to give children insight into more complex human emotions and values so they may understand themselves and the world on a deeper level.

How to Build a Swag Camp Oven Using a Cardboard Box

Here are some instructions for a great swag camp oven you can use anywhere, no fire needed, and can be used under your swag tarp on rainy days, just needs some ventilation and don’t put it in your swag.

Here is a list of the stuff you will need.

1 cardboard box approx. 50cms square (a fruit box is ideal).

1 roll aluminium foil.

5 metal spikes or straight wire or skinny tent poles.

2 aluminium foil cooking dishes.

1 roll Paper (masking) tape.

How to put it together…

To build the lid cut the top off of the box about two inches from the top.

Line the lid and the bottom half of the box with foil, overlap and wrap around on the outside with tape.

To secure the foil to the lid make hoops with the masking tape and press the foil into place.

Insert the straight wire through the sides of the box about half way up the side to make a rack to place the foil dishes on.

How to get it cooking…

Place about 12 heat beads and 2 firelighters in a foil tray, let them burn until the flames have died out and they have turned white. Some new heat beads are better as they do not require firelighters and so no smell. Once white hot, the heat beads will provide about 2-3 hours of good heat. But you need to be patient, it takes about an hour for the heatbeads to really start working, so you need to get started early.

When the heat beads are ready, place the bottom half of the box over them, leaving one end propped up about half an inch to provide ventilation and keep the heatbeads burning.

Place your cooking dish full of food on the rack of wire.

Place the lid on, foil side down.

You can successfully cook roast beef, lamb, pork and vegetables, even bread, cakes, scones, muffins, etc.. Just about anything you can cook in your oven at home can be cooked in a swag camp box.

When you are finished you can just put everything in the rubbish bin, no clean up means more fishing time.

You can cook a simple roast dinner on the ground under your swag awning or tarp, a great idea on a wet day.

This oven is especially suited to swag camping as it folds flat, can be stored easily, and needs no firewood.

Give it a go the next time you find yourself hungry for some swag style cooking.

A Sore Penis Doesn’t Mean No Orgasm

It’s one of the most frustrating things a man can imagine: He wants to get off, but his penis doesn’t agree. In fact, he has a really sore penis that is difficult to touch, let alone stroke to a point of ecstasy. What’s a man to do when he needs an orgasm but a sore penis precludes that pleasure?

The good news is that a situation like this provides an opportunity learn something new. A man might think he knows his body very well, but a sore penis can force him to find erogenous zones he didn’t know he had. Here are a few ideas.

Unusual Erogenous Zones

Though a guy might think that his penis is the most sensitive part of his body, there are other areas that can send his imagination and his body soaring. When a partner plays in those areas, it’s entirely possible that his sore penis might enjoy it much more than he expected. For instance, a partner caressing a man’s ears could send him to the moon and back. Soft kisses on the neck and throat can do the same. The fingertips and hands are also very sensitive; a man could lie back, close his eyes and focus on the sensation when a partner plays with those fingertips. The result can be explosive.

Getting Close but Not Quite There

There are areas around the penis that can spark a lot of excitement, and those are worth exploring. The testicles are obviously very sensitive, and touching them in a variety of ways can get a man quite excited. In addition, touching a man’s rear can be a jolt of excitement that makes it quite easy for him to enjoy the playfulness without actually stressing out his sore penis. With some experimentation, a guy and his partner might find the strokes that actually bring on that orgasm without doing much touching of the penis – or perhaps none at all! It’s a great game to try.

Stimulate the Brain

It’s been said many times, because it’s true: The brain is the body’s largest erogenous zone. All attraction and stimulation begins there! So a man can spend some time thinking about past experiences, reading erotic material, watching adult videos, and otherwise spending all sorts of time engaging his brain. Some of these thoughts can be strong enough to lead to pleasure without further irritating an out-of-commission sore penis.

An Opportunity to Experiment

Though it might seem that a sore penis can lead to less fun than a man wants to have, the truth is that all that irritation forces a man to look and think elsewhere for the pleasure he once took for granted. This opens up whole new worlds of fun, from using toys designed for places other than the penis, to talking with a partner about new ways to find pleasure, to touching and enjoying each other in ways that they hadn’t considered before. It’s an important opportunity for good communication, which can lead to better sex down the road.

Maintaining Good Penis Care

Good penis care is vitally important when dealing with a sore penis. An injury to the penis can mean serious treatment and care, and to ensure good function in the long run, a doctor’s orders should always be followed. Be sure to ask the doctor when it is okay to begin using a top-quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil , which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin). This crème should contain natural ingredients, such as vitamin E and Shea butter, that help the skin heal without adding anymore stress to it.

Autism and Social Interaction

A characteristic of autism often described is a possible impairment in social interaction. However, parents sometimes get confused about the importance of a child having social interaction with same age peers. As a school psychologist, I have seen many scenarios of how parents interpret social interaction as it relates to autism.

Sibling Interaction

Parents often describe a child as having plenty of interaction with a brother or sister. However, this is limited because the sibling may overcompensate for the child he or she knows so well. The sibling many give the toy or item before the child even has to ask. In other cases, the sibling may give his or her food to a crying child without any type of social communication required. A sibling can also be aggressive taking the child’s toy and running away before the child with possible autism can even respond. A sibling may start talking and answering for the child which does not facilitate the social interaction of the child. If possible, parents should seek to provide a wide range of play experiences that extend beyond sibling play.

Older Children Interaction

Parents sometimes describe that a child only wants to play with older children. The issues arise for children with autism when the older child initiates more of the play experiences and social interaction. The older child may set up the ‘play school’ by organizing the materials, teaching the lesson, handing out the papers and giving social praise. However, the young child may only respond or not respond in the play experiences. The child with autism may not be provided enough play experiences and opportunities to initiate the social interaction.

Adult Interaction

I once heard a parent describe the social interaction for a child with autism and all of the interaction described was with adults. Sure, I have seen this many times with an only child who interacts with mom, dad and a grandparent. However, I have also heard of too much interaction with adult therapists. I heard one parent suggest that she did not want a preschool program for the child because the child would miss out on all of the therapy. A child with autism may be receiving individual therapy with an adult physical therapist, an adult occupational therapist, an adult speech therapist and an adult behavior therapist. The problem with this approach is that the child is only socially interacting and communicating with adults and missing out on the important social skills that can be learned from same age peers.

Ways to Increase Social Interaction with Peers

-Consider recreation center camps and classes that are age based where the child can learn new things and fun learning activities from peers who are close to his or her age.

-Let the child explore interactive lessons that are taught by adults, but where the child has practical experiences with peers. Swimming lessons or dance lessons provide a nice introduction for young children to learn a new skills and observe and interact with peers who are learning the same new skill.

-Club or social group interaction can provide many same age experiences for young children. Children attending various clubs can watch other children showing and demonstrating the use of objects. Other young children may bring an item to a young child with autism and wait for a response. A child may want to point out something in the room for another child to look at or respond to in the play or group area.

-Finally parents should not forget the importance of providing healthy social interaction experiences for young children with autism. Any social interaction opportunity that provides the child with autism time to improve communication with others and interaction in a social environment can be positive and rewarding for the child to learn new social skills.

Fairs and Festivals of Gujarat

Vibrant Gujarat is known as the Colours of India. Fascinating archaeological sites, superb Jain, Hindu and Islamic architecture, exquisite crafts and rare wildlife, including the Asiatic lion are among Gujarat’s attractions. The state is famous for its fairs and festivals.

Trineteshwer Mahadev Fair

This is one of India’s picturesque traditional events. Like Pushkar in Rajasthan, Tarnetar is an ethnic fair which has attracted the attention of tourists. Believed to the site of Draupadi’s Swayambara, when Arjuna, disguised as a Brahmin, won her hand in the archery contest, Tarnetar is important due to its location by a holy river and is said to be the ancient route of the Ganga.

During the fair, women from many pastoral communities select their life partners. The men indicate their eligibility by carrying embroidered umbrellas. All suitors dress up in extremely colourful attires and ornaments. Dances, folk music, devotional hymns and contests are other cultural aspects that add to the fair’s atmosphere.

Modhera Dance Festival

Modhera dance Festival is a three day festival of Indian classical dance. One can enjoy these dance forms in the setting in which they were originally performed.

Somnath Mahadeo Fair

This fair celebrates the birth of Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva, and features stage-shows, folk dances and instrumental music in the spectacular setting of Somnath’s shore temple.

Kutch Mahotsava

A festival organised by Gujarat’s tourism authorities to develop tourism in Kutch. The festival features folk dance, music ballads, poetry, jewellery and regional handicrafts. The fair coincides with Dhrang Mela, a Shivaratri fair at a nearby temple, with rituals, acrobatics, camel, bullockcart races, bazaars and cultural shows.

Kite Flying Festival

One of the most celebrated festivals of Gujarat, Uttarayan is a way of commemorating the arrival of the Sun to the northern tropics. Kite-flying is an integral part of the festival and the Indian fighter kite is flown in competition, the aim being to severe the other flier’s kite strings. The Gujarat Tourism Corporation organizes an International kite-flying competition and demonstration in Ahmedabad, inviting experts from Australia, Japan and other countries.

Navaratri Dance Festival

This 9 night festival is popular in Gujarat and attractive tourist attractions from villages and small towns to large cities like Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat. The festival is celebrated with colourful Garba and Dandia Ras folk dances, ceremonial fasting and feasting. It ends with Dussehra when effigy of Ravana is burnt to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama.

Sidhapur Camel Fair

Another livestock fair celebrated by the locals, but not as colourful or attractive as Pushkar.

Some Sex Tips for the Winter Holidays

The winter holidays aren’t all jolly old St. Nick and reindeer tamping their hooves on the roof. While the younger set (much younger) may be worried about if they’ve been naughty or nice, the grown-ups know that sometimes naughty is about as nice as things can get. So during the winter holidays, it pays to grab life – one’s sex life, at least – by the mistletoe and make the season especially bright. As long as penis health isn’t a challenge, there’s no reason a couple can’t enjoy a sexy winter treat – and that goes double if they take advantage of these simple sex tips.

Take advantage of your highs. Not artificial highs – natural ones. Most babies are born in September, nine months after December. And this winter holidays month also typically reports a sizable jump in sales of condoms. That’s not really surprising. During cold winter months, people look for more indoor activities in order to stay physically active – and that definitely includes sex. People also tend to have a little more time off from work during the winter holidays, giving them more time to pay attention to their libidos. And since testosterone levels tend to be on the upswing in fall and winter, those libidos are primed for action. So with all that going on, take advantage of the season’s innate sexiness to dive under the covers or get cozy in front of a roaring fire.

And take advantage of that punch. Many couples find that just a little something alcoholic can get them even more “in the mood.” Many of the season’s bets punches have just that little extra tang to them that these couples are looking for. So if a little pick-me-up helps one or both partners relax, this is a fine season to find something tasty right at hand.

Explore seasonal fantasies. Even couples who haven’t done a lot of sexual role playing may find that the winter holidays provide the right framework for dipping their toes in. Find out just why Rudolph was so frustrated at being left out of all those reindeer games. Explore just what it is that makes Santa so jolly all the time. Pretend to be a Christmas tree and let someone hang plenty of decorations.

Dress up. It may not be Halloween, but the holidays are synonymous with seasonal themed clothing. Adult with snow scenes or holiday decorations on them are quite popular – and quite fun to remove from a partner. Wearing an elf’s hat and shoes and nothing else is surprisingly enticing. And something about candy canes on boxers and holly leaves on panties makes it even more fun to take them off.

Exchange toys. What sex tips list would be complete without encouragement to play with some sex toys? Sure, they can be holiday themed, like a vibrating egg with a snowman’s face or a penis ring that’s red on one side, green on the other. But even a year-round anal plug or a traditional set of handcuffs can add some spice when opening gifts under the tree.

Need any other sex tips for the winter holidays, men? Try this tip for all seasons: Every day, spend time using a first-rate penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil , which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Take stock of what penis health issues should be addressed. If persistent penis odor is a problem, look for an oil with vitamin A, which has strong antibacterial properties to help address this common problem. Has the manhood lost a little of its old zing in terms of sensitivity and sensation? Be sure the oil also contains L-carnitine, an amino acid that has special properties that help even roughly handled penises maintain proper sensitivity.