Thursday, May 31, 2012

Respite to the milk woes in the pipeline...

There has been a long standing grievance against our milk supplier as the milk packets arrive no later than 8-9 o'clock in the morning.
To end our woes, arrangement is being done so that milk reaches our door-step by 5 am.

We need to submit our requirements to Mr Vasudevan (Secretary, MASOWN) by one week. Cards will be made (one card per half litre) by the vendor and milk will be supplied likewise. An amount of Rs 450/- (approx.) is to be paid as advance for each card. Right now the vendor has provisions to supply mostly the 'green' Aavin packets and a limited number of 'blue' packets.

We need at least 500 cards for the system to get going.

Residents who desire to avail of this service may well let Mr Vasudevan  know within a weeks time. He may be reached at

Big guys carry their own schoolbags

In my Chennai neighbourhood I see parents  carrying bags,  as they walk their daughters/sons to the school bus.  Wonder when or how these school-goers would grow up.  At times ,  I want to  tell these kids they are big now, and  making mom or dad carry their schoolbags made them look small,  weak and helpless.   But then my wife,  more sensible of the two,  holds me back.
As parents,  we have all been guilty of pampering our children in varying degrees.  But I don’t remember carrying our only son’s  bag, not even in  his pre-school  year .  My wife usually took him to the nursery school.  What I do recall is,  when he started college, we travelled  with him to BITS, Pilani ;  stayed in his hostel for a day, tasted the mess food;  and  met a couple senior ‘wingies’ (staying in his hostel wing).  My bright idea was to persuade them not to subject our son to the kind of ragging  we witnessed on the campus.
But then,  as I later heard our son say,  the  wingies  I had met targeted  our son the moment our backs were turned on the Pilani campus.  So much for my bright idea.  Now I know, how  parents can help, if they stop being their children’s  baggage-keepers.
After first and second  semester  holiday,  on his return to Pilani  my wife and I  used to see  off our son at the Chennai Central Station. That most other students on Delhi-bound TamilNadu Express  made it to the station on their own wasn’t lost on our son.  But there was no way he could stop us from dropping him at the station.  On one of these train trips, I believe,  after the second semester,  a Pilani girl had her berth next to my son’s,  in 3-tier sleeper compartment. My wife, fussing over our son,  got down to setting his baggage for him, securely,  under the seat. The girl did this, for herself – arranging her baggage. What’s more, no one had come to see her off.  That was when our son put his put his foot down,  so to speak.  No more bag-carrying for him.  That was the last time he allowed us to see him off.  For the next three years he spent in Pilani, our son’s train to Delhi  left the Chennai Central, without our presence at the station.  The girl  on the train  was Anu Hasan.
Sheila Hailey’s  I Married a Bestseller   devotes a chapter on bringing up  children .  Shiela,  insisting that her children  helped them around the house,  assigned daughter Jane to dust daily Arthur’s study,  empty his wastebasket,  and set her  author father’s table  as organised as he wanted it,  using a checklist to get it right.  When she reached 13 Jane was given a monthly clothing allowance,  and was taught to sew.  Jane was made to realize she could get more out of  her monthly allowance, if she made the clothes herself.
Steven,  at age 10,  maintained the family swim pool, testing chlorine and acid levels,  adding chemicals when necessary,  and backwashing the filter.  Mom urged him to work for an allowance,  and Arthur encouraged his son to use tools at an early age.
Hailey who authored AirportHotelWheels  and several other bestsellers made it a point to  dine  with his children – aged ten, eight, and six -  and often shared his thoughts on the  book he was doing.  For children family dinner gave an opportunity to discuss with parents what they wanted to do in class and off-school.  The whole family spent quality time, feeling  relaxed.
Cross-filed from My Take by GVK

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aadit, Mantri's first-born, completes Year One

Aadit,  Mantri's first-born, completes one year today.  We caught up with him when grandma - Champa Chakraborti - was taking Aadit around Mantri's on a  stroller. And on our request, the birthday boy and his grandma posed for a picture with the shenbagum plant we have named after Aadit.
The planting of the shenbagum in June last year  marked the start of our community planting programme. We have since planted 20 saplings in  Mantri Synergy apartment complex. We have planted another shenbagum , named after schoolboy Srinivas ; we have planted  neems named after Nitya and Aadhya ( driveway pot-painters), after my grandsons - Sidharth and Nikhil - when they started going to pre-school in California. Recently  a mango was planted in celebration of  Advik (the second child to be born at Mantri's).
Under our community planting programme we have had saplings planted to celebrate the first resident to move in at Mantri's - Mr Nambir - the first elected executive committee of our association; and to celebrate the visit of Santa Ujjal on the first Christmas at Mantri's.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Christ didn't live in our neighbourhood

Naren Satya (centre) and Mitul manning the security desk at Mantri Synergy main gate on OMR.
I don’t suppose a gated community is designed to promote good  neighbourly relations.  That residents in my apartment complex barricade themselves behind an iron gate, manned by security staff, 24×7,  shows that  we don’t think much of neighbours,  of  our neibhourhood.  I am not suggesting those in gated communities  loath their  neighbours,  but they  don’t love them either.  And  Chennai’s OMR,  where I happen to live,   is mushrooming with gated communities.
Our residential complex,  Mantri Synergy,  has come up next to Hindustan University campus at  Padur,  an urbanising village.  And Mantri’s residents  aren’t  friendly with students as well as villagers in our neighbourhood.  Our security staff at the main gate are accustomed to dealing with boisterous  college guys  from next door  zipping through our driveway in noisy motor bikes; or creating a scene with the security staff at the main gate.
More recently,  we had a protesting group of neighbourhood villagers trying  to gate-crash into Mantri’s, bad-mouthing us for discharging effluent  from Mantri’s sewage treatment plant (STP) into the main road, raising  a stink in the neighbourhood. Our real-estate developer  didn’t provide for proper pipeline to carry excess flow from STP, and this  has resulted in the effluent discharge in  our neighbourhood.   Affected villagers, I gather,  have threatened to protest-dump their solid waste on our road-front.
‘ Love Thy Neighbour’  isn’t the ground rule in our gated community.  Which is why, I guess , Jesus H  Christ wouldn’t have been our neighbour on OMR.
Lesser mortals, however,  opt to live in a gated community because it gives them  a sense of security.  And every residential community in OMR  evolves its own security procedures.  At Akshayas,  they say,  a visiting tradesman or service technician  gets an entry pass to be signed by apartment resident, and returned at the gate on exit.  Elsewhere,  a plastic visitor’s badge is handed out  on entry, and collected  back after the visit,  at exit gate.
Our AC technician Rahim,  who has been around places says the security  routine at Mantri Snergy  is fairly cumbersome, clerical, and therefore time-consuming.  Idea is,   complicated procedure makes residents feel  more secure.  It took Rahim over 20 minutues, and a run-around in mid-day sun – from the gate to my D block apartment, and then to PropCare -  to complete the security requirements . And , by the time he was through with the security routine we had a power shutdown.   Rahim and  helper Suresh had to come the next day to service our air-conditioner,  and, presumably, they went through the security drill,  all over again.  No servicing guy can get his entry form stamped  at PropCare during lunch hour – 1 and 2 p m – and no one  is allowed in after office-hours,  6  p m.
A service technician declares his  name, cell number, flat owner’s name and number at the main gate. Details are entered in a  ledger, and also filled in on a printed permit form, which is  rubber-stamped at the gate and handed over to the technician for signature of the apartment owner.  The  permit form is then taken to PropCare -  Mantri estate maintenence office at the clubhouse – where it is rubber-stamped again.  Rahim was allowed out,  after his job was done, when he handed back at the exit gate  the permit paper – twice-stamped,  and signed by me.
The permit form Rahim brought for my signature  contained an undertaking that read:  I hereby authorise the above personal to work in my flat …..I will completely abide by the ‘interior guidlines’. I take full responsibility of (should read ‘for’) their character, incidents & actions. And below the dotted line on which I signed was this  punchline, in bold letters – SAFETY IS IN YOUR HANDS.
Cross-posted from My Take by GVK

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Adds to R & S Shelf

We have added some back numbers of  Reader's Digest , 1992 vintage, to the  Read & Share shelf at D block in Mantri's. Those of my generation who grew up reading them would agree RDs  never get dated, in the sense that you could always go back to them, to find something interesting that you had missed in your first read. Which is why these issues have been in my personal collection until now.
Our Books in Search of Readers  initiative is nearly two weeks old; and we have had many Mantri residents using the shelf,  from which you are free to take any title for reading; and to which you are welcome to contribute books you wish to share with others.
Manoranjan Pandey (C-Block) who picked up a book on Time Management left a note on Mantri synergy website, saying how useful he found it. His note makes our book-sharing efforts really worthwhile. You don't need to report or record in a register whenever you pick up a title from R & S shelf, but it helps if  you care to leave a note, by way of comment in this blog, or in our Mantri Synergy website.  We also have a Mantri Synergy  Book Group. in which you can discuss, refer, recommend and also list the titles you have in your personal collections.
We don't expect readers to log in before they take books home for reading. No register is kept at R & S Shelf. We leave it to readers  to return the books after reading. What we do appreciate is a brief online  note, as Mr Pandey chose to do.  This peps up our effort to sustain open-source book shelf, and , hopefully, put up such shelf in every lobby at Mantri Synergy.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kitchen waste converter

V Balakrishnan, 76, retired railways enigneer, has developed a drum-like contraption that converts kitchen waste into organic manure.
He has set up a demo unit at his backyard in Kalakshetra Colony; runs a website - EnrichEarth - to promote the idea.  Mr Balakrishnan is available for consultation and would address, if invited, residents welfare associations interested in setting up kitchen waste converters. He says his model can be adopted for use in big apartment blocks such as Mantri Synergy.
Mr Balakrishnan is available at 9381038369 ; E-mail -   
Basic concept
The Hindu write-up

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mantri teaks, 'teak-talk hein'

My wife says this is the season for  trees to green. But I would credit our security man Jayaram,  for the fresh leaves that are showing up on the two teak trees close to our sewage treatment plant (STP). Jayaram, posted on STP security duty, took special care to nurse back to life  the teaks that had been 'coffined in concrete'.. The Mantri project  civil engineers , while cement-flooring car wash space, left no space around the trees for watering them.. It took an agitation by some green-minded residents  to get the developers carve out from concreted floor some breathing space for the withering  teak trees.
Mantri Synergy,  a 750-unit residential complex on Chennai's OMR, has been raised on what was  till five  years back a mango and coconut farm. A tree count, taken when Mantri's took up the land for contruction in 2008,  tallied 24 mango, 140 teak and 165 coconut trees. Ms Snehal Mantri had then offered to transplant most of these trees on the periphery of our residential complex.
She did save many teak, some coconut and a lone mango tree, which still stands close to our clubhouse grocery stores. But Mantri's marketing minds, betraying supreme indifference to the sentiments of their own company boss, coffined in concrete two teak trees leaving little breathing space for them to survive. With concrete flooring covering the soil above their roots the teaks faced a slow death.
Two months back, Mantri project team slaughtered three of the surviving coconut trees to make way for parking space. A few of us, residents, held a memorial service for the fallen coconut trees; and announced 'a pickaxe action' to save the 'concereted' teaks. Our threat worked, and Mantri project staff dug up some circular space around the trees to facilitate watering.
Among participants at our memorial service to slain coconut trees were Mr R Vasudevan, Mr Jagadeesh Mahadevan, Mr Manoranjan Pandey, Mr Krishna, and Mr Sourav Mohanty.

OMR sunrise

Early morning sun looks yellow, mellow before it starts turning on the heat  (104 F), so much that I feel our air-conditioners falls short on cooling effect. Besides, we have a three-hour power shutdown - 12-3 p m - at Mantri Synergy nowadays.

ECS payment of BSNL phone bill

BSNL website for making online payment of phone bills hasn't been functional for the last few months. So we have had to go to Kelambakkam BSNL cash  counter to make our payment.

Mr Natarajan (F block) who has been paying his phone bill through Electronic Clearing Service (ECS) has helped me get from the Kelambakkam BSNL office a mandate form for phone bill payment through ECS. Fill out details relating to your phone and bank account numbers, get the mandate form endorsed by the bank manager, and post it , with enclosures,  to the BSNL Accounts officer. Enclose with the form 1) a bank cheque leaf (cancelled) and 2) the latest paid telephone bill.

Postal address:
Sr.Accounts Officer (ECS)
BSNL Chennai Telephones
1, NSC Bose Road
Flower Bazaar Exchange
Chennai 600 001

We have e-mailed scanned copy of the BSNL mandate form to PropCare, in case they wish to take printouts for the benefit of BSNL landline subscribers at Mantri Synergy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Mantri pool shot

At Mantri's clubhouse pool,  Dayavant (G-block), who isn't even 2,  takes to water as if he has the run of the place.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Books in Search of Readers

Some friends have expressed concern about safety of books on the Read & Share shelf placed at D block lobby in our apartments complex. What, if people forget to return the books they take away for reading. Admittedly, there would be some forgetful book-takers. But I wouldn’t let them defeat a community reading initiative. We call it, Books in Search of Readers (BISOR).
 I got the idea from  Bookcrossing , a website dedicated to “the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.”  Bookcrossing may not work in our town, where many of us treasure our books. We are so fond of  keeping  them on our shelf that we hesitate to loan our prized titles even to friends, if only because those who borrow books rarely return them. But then we also have books,  not so indispensable, taking up shelf-space, simply because we can’t find interested readers. A book-lover prefers to donate rather than dispose of unwanted books as ruddhi.
 So we thought of Books in Search of Readers – an idea that helps donars find readers in Mantri Synergy, a 9-block apartments complex that account for over 700 family units. The R & S shelf placed in D block is an experiment in open-source library. If it works, we could put up a book shelf in each of the other eight blocks. Viewed in the perspective of giving and sharing books, the idea of BISOR isn’t so bizarre as it sounds. Or is it ?
 We have had some people ask why we need to have a book shelf in lobby, when we have a decent, air-conditioned library at the clubhouse in our complex. A library, with its membership constraints , is a place where the interested, and only the eligible members go, looking for books to read. At BISOR we have books looking for readers. An open-source book-shelf is designed to attract anyone passing by the lobby or waiting a few minutes for a lift.
I don’t know how many people visit our clubhouse library; I suspect they would be fewer than those going to the gym. Book-reading isn’t a strong favourite as a past-time for most in today’s generation. Maybe, if we place a book self at the gym, we could get some interested in books. BISOR is a modest attempt to make books reach out to those who don’t usually visit a library. BISOR and Mantri Synergy book group can promote each other, and , hopefully, generate interest in books and reading in a close knit residential community.
Those leaving books on R & S shelf can list donated titles; and readers browsing R & S shelf can interact online in our community book group. Mantri Synergy book group can do with a lot more members than its current membership of three. 
Following titles on R & S shelf might interest you:
Kamala Markandaya's The Coffer Dams
The New Men by C P Snow
Enter Talking by Joan Rivers
Hitchhiker by Vinod George Joseph
Transforming  Capitalism by Arun Maira
Favorite Son, Steve Sohmer
Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man ? by Charles Barkley
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
My Life at IBM and Beyond, Thomas J Watson Jr.
The Best of Our Lives , Hall Bartlett
Double Cross, Sam and Chuch Giancana
If This World Were Mine, E Lynn Harris
The Last Hurrah, Edwin O'Connor
Time Management, Robert W Bly
Life of the Party, Christopher Ogden
Storyboard, John Bowen
The Book of Daniel, E L Doctorow
A Dream in Hawaii, Bhabani Bhattacharya
The Yermakov Transfer, Derrik Lambert
Exactly What We Want, Philip Oakes
What Makes Sammy Run ? Budd Schulberg
Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story by Carlos Baker
The Spike by Aenaud de Borchgrave
The Gorbachev Version by Richard Hugo
The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
Bring in books you can spare, and share to keep this shelf filled
The book-shelf is Mr Harinarayan's contribution. Mr Sachin of PropCare did the computer printout.

Cross-posted from My Take by GVK

Friday, May 4, 2012

Trash heaps, a blot on OMR-ECR landscape

 None of the 50 village panchayats  under  Tirupporur Panchayat Union have addressed the problem of solid  waste management, says a report in The Hindu. Absence of landfill sites, and lack of manpower plus
 infrastructure to handle garbage disposal compund the problem.
 Upshot is an unseemly mushrooming of roadside scrap heaps along OMR, such as this one, which has come up bang in front of Mantri Synergy.. Real estate developers and neighbourhood residents, far from exploring a solution, contribute to the garbage dump. Padur panchayat couldn't care less about the mounting trash heap on our roadside.
Real estate developers  have failed the community insofar as they neither put in place effective  waste collection and sewage disposal within their complex, nor gave much thought to an integrated approach to waste and sewage disposal problem  in the Padur-Kelambakkam area. Developers of Mantri Synergy,  who first planned for garbage chute system, dropped the idea,  but failed to come up with a credible waste management system to serve our 750-unit residential complex. Our suggestion for vermicompost plant was ignored, citing lack of space. Mantri marketing people appeared more interested in selling every available sq.ft. of open area as car parking slots.
Mantri apartment owners association is now lumbered with the waste disposal problem. Executive committee could consider household biogas units for conveting kitchen waste into cooking gas. Its feasibility could be examined. We could take a trip to in Venus Colony, Alwarpet, where apartment owners association has been working for the past 5 years a system of waste management that even gives them marginal returns from sale of organic manure.
Household biogas units would however not address the wider issue of solid waste management. Residents associations of Mantri's, X-S Real, Rosedale, the Ouranya Bay, the Akshyaya and other communities would need to come together, along with Padur panchayat, to draw up a joint waste collection and disposal strategy.
The civic infrastructure - waste and sewage disposal, and water supply - has become too big and serious an issue to be left for Panchayat alone to tackle. Mutual co-operation and co-ordiantion among the gated communities, and with Padur panchayat are essential for our common welfare.
And then there is scope for the Ugly Indian type of community work, if only public-spirited residents from all neighbourhood  communities can club-up to make it happen.
Waste disposal at kalashetra, Thiruvanmiyur

Thursday, May 3, 2012

'The Hindu' on Sholinganallur Aavin dairy

There is one thing I simply can't find at the Aavin dairy in Sholinganallur — cows. For a plant that processes close to 3.8 lakh litres of milk a day, all I see is just a lot of gleaming stainless steel, twisted into pipes and shaped into six enormous silos, standing guard at the entrance. I've just driven down the busy OMR, and entered the sprawling dairy. A ‘wash your hands and feet' board welcomes me as I enter the low, one-storied building, and I dip my feet in a trough of water laced with disinfectant. “Where are the cows?” I ask, as soon as I meet two Aavin employees.
 They smile indulgently; I suppose they get asked this a lot. “All our milk comes from Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruchi and Thanjavur. The Corporation does not allow cows to be reared within city limits,” I'm told. “But I've seen many cows in the city,” I argue. “We don't buy that milk; all our cows are registered, they're under the care of our veterinarians, while the farmers are taught good hygiene practices,”they say.
Read more in The Hindu

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Taxi/auto on call at Padur,OMR

 When we move in at Mantri's an year back we reliedfor taxi hire only on Mr Linganathan (8825389400) whose MTS agency takes care of house-keeping. He still operates taxi service, though we have other options such as Fast Track.
The cab driver who gave us this contact card said customers at Mantri's and elsewhere at Padur can call the head ofice at 24732020/28889999. The card's flipside (see photo) gives rates and other details.
Some of us at Mantri's have a working arrangement with a couple of Auto-drivers on call. I usually call Sudhakar (9962190790) or Yesu (9840958159). Both live in Padur and usually park their three-wheelers at Hindustan University. .They don't give me concession, but I have come to rely on these two, if only because I am not cut out for arguing with auto-drivers with penchant for over-charging vulnerable customers.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Neem, also called 'Village Pharmacy'

A neem plant at Mantri backyard, planted by Mrs & Mr Nambiar(G-001), the first resident of our complex.Residents have since planted four other neems at Mantri's.  

What do we do when we get a chain mail forwarded into our Inbox ? Most of us, most of the time, reach for 'delete' button. But when I got this one on 'the many wonders of neem'  I couldn't trash it . But I didn't wish to blog about it either without a cross-check,  without doing some Google search for endorsement .
Google search took me a website about motherhood where someone wrote  - My mother in law once visited our home and saw the Neem tree. She said it is known in Kenya to treat '40 diseases'.
Another web reference on neem had this to say: Neem extracts have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on food crops. It has been proven in various research studies  that Neem is non-toxic to birds, beneficial insects or humans and protects crops from over 200 of the most costly pests.
Following is the edited version of  the  'forwarded mail'  I saved for sharing. Thank you, E R Ramachandran, a blogger friend who sent me the mail.
1) Neem is fast growing, evergreen, has medicinal attributes to treat 40 different ailments. All parts of the tree is used for treating illness - leaves, fruit, seeds and even the bark contain medicinal properties.
2) People call it  'Divine Tree, “Village Pharmacy”, “Heal All” and “Nature’s Drugstore”.
3) Diabetes: Neem has been found to have reduced insulin requirement by as much as 50% without altering the blood glucose levels. Take 3 to 5 drops internally each day.
4) Neem  cleanses blood, stimulates antibody protection and strengthens the immune system.
5) As a mouth wash it treats infections, mouth ulcers, bleeding sore gums; even helps prevent tooth decay!
6)For pink eye the juice of neem leaves can be used as eye drops, warm 5-10 ml and apply several drops.
7) Jaundice - mix 30 ml of neem juice with 15 ml of honey, take it on empty stomach for seven days.
8) For burning sensations, excessive sweating, add 5 to 10 drops of neem oil in a glass of milk before going to bed.
9)Psoriasis - 2 capsules,taken three times daily after meals with a glass of water.     Another treatment for psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, fungal conditions, cold sores and athletes foot, is to mix 1 tablespoon neem oil and 4 ounces of olive oil. This should be applied at least twice daily to the affected areas.
10) Acne problems -  take 2 capsules twice daily.
11) Moles and warts removal - one drop of undiluted neem oil should be directly applied to the mole or wart and then covered with a small bandage. The procedure should be repeated daily using fresh oil and clean bandage.
12)Sinusitis - plain pure neem oil can be used as nasal drops. Use two drops twice daily, morning and evening.
13)Athletes foot - soak feet in warm water with 15 ml of neem oil.
14) Earaches - warm some oil and apply a few drops into the ear.
15) Hemorrhoids - apply some neem oil to a cotton ball and gently rub for about a week. If preferred, a paste can be made by adding a small amount of olive oil or Aloe Vera oil until desired consistency is reached.
16) Prevent hair loss - mix a few drops of neem oil with coconut or olive oil and massage into scalp.This can even prevent hair graying!
17) Cuts and abrasions - Neem helps. Increases blood flow which aids in creating the collagen fibers that helps the wounds to close.
18)Burns, sunburn - neem oil can kill the bacteria, reduce the pain and stimulate the immune system.
19) Head lice - neem oil should be massaged into the scalp and left on over-night. Shampoo your hair as usual the next morning.
20) Neem detoxifies body, helps maintain circulatory systems, digestive and respiratory systems and helps keep the urinary tract free of infections.
21)Lab studies incidcate neem can treat symptoms of food poisoning associated with both salmonella and staphylococcus. Neem extracts kill the salmonella bacteria and flush it out of your system, reducing the severity and length of the ailment.
22) Chicken pox - neem paste applied directly to the sores caused by chicken pox, will relieve itching and reduce scarring.
23) Neem tea taken twice weekly can even help prevent colds. If you already have the symptoms associated with a cold they can be lessened by drinking neem tea three times a day.It will help alleviate the fever, cough, aches and pains, sore throat, fatigue and nasal congestion.
24) Neem has anti-fungal properties that have been shown to aide in the treatment of athletes foot, yeast infections, thrush and even ringworm.
25) In treating hepatitis, 80% of test subjects showed improvement. Neem extract can  block the infection that causes this virus.
26) Drinking neem tea during an outbreak of influenza helps alleviate symptoms and speed up the recovery.Neem has ability to work around viruses and prevent them from even infecting the cells.
27) Neem based powder used for jock itch will reduce itching, dry the area and kill the fungus.For severe cases a neem lotion may be more effective.
28)The length and severity of an outbreak of mononucleosis can be decreased by drinking neem tea twice a day for two weeks.
29) Shingles - neem cream should be applied to the affected area at least three times a day. Severe cases should also be treated with neem tea after each meal, but tea should not be consumed for more than two weeks at a time.
30) Thrush can be treated with neem tea, it can reduce inflammation, pain and speed healing.
31) Children under the age of 12 should not drink neem tea, for children this young it should only be used to gargle.
32) Secondary bacterial infections in the nasal passages and respiratory system can be decreased by inhaling steam from boiling the leaves.
33) Study on neem shows cholesterol levels can be brought down when taken for a month in either the capsule form or the extract.
34)Scientific studies show that neem reduces blood clot, heart irregularities and even reduce blood pressure. Results can be seen within one month on a regimen of extract or capsules.
34) Neem increases production of T-cells in body to fight infections.
35) Neem oil on the skin is known to actually rejuvenate the skin; promote collagen and will work to treat many skin conditions including acne. Acne can be cleared up within days by taking two neem capsules twice daily.
36) Neem will help in fighting chronic fatigue.
37) Headache - neem powder should be applied to the forehead, neem oil should also work.
38) Inflammation, pain and swelling of the joints associated with arthritis can be greatly relieved with the use of neem.
39) Clinical research has shown remarkable effects in the reduction of tumors.
40) Neem is effective in treating gastritis, indigestion and heartburn.Blood disorders such as blood poisoning, kidney problems and poor circulation have been benefited by the use of neem.
Neem is being studied as a treatment for AIDS, cancer, allergies, diabetes and both male and female forms of birth control!
Neem oil should be stored in a cool dark place, if the oil solidifies it can be placed in warm water to bring back to liquid form.