Book Review: Ultimate Grandmother Hacks by Kavita Devgan

Ultimate Grandmother Hacks
Author: Kavita Devgan
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 5/5

“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
~ Mehmet Oz

When we were young, we often heard the jargon ‘दादाजी के नुस्खे.. हैं बड़े काम के…!’ As soon as the foreign bacteria would invade the vulnerable body, the kitchen would transform into a small clinic and the ingredients would become the medicines. Our grandmother would take up the role of the doctor and she would prescribe the medication that would do the wonders in the blink of an eye.

With the inclination towards a sedentary lifestyle, old habits have gone forgotten. And in such a situation, ‘Ultimate Grandmother Hacks’ proves out to be a lifesaver. Written after a lot of research and experience, this book treasures a lot of home remedies that can be any port in the storm. This is a self-help book that aims at making the readers aware of their bodies and teaches them the use of everyday ingredients to cure the ailments. It not only teaches us to change, rather modify, our lifestyle but also introduces us to several practices that can help us live healthy and hearty.

The prowess of the authoress lies in segregating the contents into right sections, beginning with the knowledge of self (understanding your body), followed by right application of vegetables, herbs, milk, fruits and the leftovers. The book offers interesting insights and compelling facts about our lifestyle and how it plays a major role in shaping our health.
Dealing with a wide range of common problems like acidity, constipation and congestion will become easy after reading this book. It also offers different breakfast recipes and tips to add ‘tadka’ to the mundane lunch and dinner food items.

Overall, unlike the other self-help books on nutrition, this book has been written with precision as the author does not beat around the bush. She explains the importance of the less common elements like figs, flaxseeds and oats. Simultaneously, she also illustrates the disadvantages of eating beyond the threshold limit. This is definitely a recommended read and a must-have on your bookshelf.

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