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The Glow of Hope- A Mesmerising Woman


The Glow of Hope is a painting that is alternately called ‘Woman with the Lamp’. This painting was painted by the artist S L Haldankar between 1945-46. This painting is currently stored in  Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery at Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore, India. 

The painting is of an Indian woman holding a lighted lamp in one hand, and covering the flame with another hand, illuminating her face with a gorgeous soft glow. The effect of the painting is heightened by the shadow of this woman in the back.  The woman in the painting is the third daughter of the artists, Gita Haldankar. 

The story behind this painting is that one Diwali (festival of lights) Haldankar saw his daughter in a beautiful saree with a candle in her hand and her hands covering the flame. The rays of light radiated through the gap of her fingers and created a soft luminance on her face. This made Haldankar decide that he would paint this captivating beauty on a canvas. 

The speciality of this painting is that is a watercolor painting, and thus it shows the artist’s mastery in his art. He wanted to use this medium for his painting to show the world that he has enough skills required in any artist, that he can make a painting without any single mistake. The painting has no deliberate distortions in it. 

This painting is a captivating beauty that can make you think that you staring right into a real woman’s eyes. If you have never seen this painting before, we suggest you do so!

Virgin Coconut Oil – Uses and Benefits


Coconut oil, also known as Copra oil, is an edible oil that is extracted from the kernels of coconuts. Coconut oil has very high levels of fats, up to 99%, thus it is advised that consumption of coconut oil on a daily basis should be limited. 

The fats that are present in this coconut oil gives a lot of health benefits. The energy present in virgin coconut oil helps in burning fats, thus in turn in helps you for weight loss. Since the oil itself also has a high amount of fats present, it is important that we combine this diet with regular exercise and a balanced diet. 

You can use virgin coconut oil in your daily consumption. You can add it as a flavour enhancer in your daily morning tea or coffee. It is also known for making curries more lip-smacking. It is also used to bake pastries and cakes.

Thus, coconut oil has its own benefits and needs to be consumed in a more aware way.

Gingelly Oil – Benefits and Uses


Gingelly oil, also known as sesame oil, is an edible oil that is derived from sesame seeds. This vegetable oil gives a unique taste to your food, as well as has much nutritional value included in it. It is a flavour enhancer in many cuisines, with a nutty aroma and taste. It is known as the earliest crop-based oil. 

The essential nutrient that sesame or gingelly oil provides in our daily diet is vitamin K.

It is used widely in cooking in Asian countries. The Chinese use sesame oil in their food preparation. In Japan, a paste called rayu is made from chilli and gingelly oil. In South India, this oil is mainly used in curries. 

For Industrial use, it is used mainly in cosmetics products and as a coating to stored grains.