Monday, August 11, 2008

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How to tell if you have a Healthy Weight

After working with WiiFit for quite a while now, yesterday I decided to research a bit about BMI(Body Mass Index) good and bad weight etc and found interesting stuff which I thought of sharing with you all. If you don’t already know it, it’s a good read.

Okay so a good thing to know is that being Overweight and being Obese are two different things.
However both terms mean that the body weight is more than what it should be for a given height.

A body weight may include muscles, bones, water or fat.
Overweight is having more weight than one should according to his/her height regar
dless of what the weight comprises of.

A person is obese if the all the extra weight is because of fat content. .

It is important to know whether your weight falls within healthy weight range or not because there are certain health risks that maybe associated with extra body weight like heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis etc.

A good way to measure your body fat is to calculate your BMI.
The formula is -
BMI = (Weight in Kilograms / (Height in Meters) x (Height in Meters))
This is to evaluate a BMI of adult but not for children and is based on height and weight.
These BMIs are defined by
National Institutes of Health(NIH) as

Underweight-BMI (less than 18.5)
Healthy weight – BMI (18.5-24.9)
Overweight – BMI (25-29.9)
Obese- BMI (30 or higher)

Though BMI is a good estimate of excess weight, it has certain limitations because it does not give you an idea about the difference between muscle and fat, also it does not consider age and gender and therefore it is possible for a fit person to have a BMI in unhealthy range just because s(he) has more muscle mass like athletes.

Waist circumference is believed to be another good estimate of your body fat.

A person having body fat around waist has more chances of developing health related problems like high blood pressure etc than a person having body fat somewhere else.

According to
NIH
Women with waist measure of 35 inches or more maybe at increased health risks.

Men with waist measure of 40 inches or more maybe at increased health risks.

So I guess it’s a good idea to keep our waist circumference as well as body weight within the healthy range.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

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How to make Spicy and Tasty Chicken Curry

This chicken curry is real tasty and spicy, try it and you will love it. The masala is properly absorbed by chicken.

It’s easy to prepare with minimal ingredients usually available at home. tastes best with naan, rice or roti. I like it just like that.



Ingredients:

· Chicken- 10 medium pieces
· Yogurt – 1 cup
· Onion – 2 medium-finely chopped
· Garlic- 5 cloves- grated or paste
· Ginger-1 tablespoon- grated or paste
· Tomatoes-4 small/medium- blend
· Turmeric-1 teaspoon
· Coriander/Dhania powder- 2 tablespoon
· Red chili powder-1 tablespoon
· Garam masala powder- 1 teaspoon
· Garam masala whole- 4 cloves’, 1 big cardamom, bay leaf, whole red chilli- 2
· Salt-to taste
· Coriander leaves for garnishing


Method:

· Mix yogurt with half red chili powder, dhania powder and salt.
· Add chicken pieces to the yogurt mixture and keep aside
· In a deep frying pan heat oil and put whole garam masala in it
· Add onions and sauté till they become translucent
· Now add ginger garlic paste and sauté
· Add all the masala powder stir and add chicken and yogurt mixture
· Cook on slow heat till the chicken is 3/4th cooked
· Add tomatoes and cook further on slow heat till chicken is fully cooked and oil starts separating. · Garnish with chopped coriander

Notes:
No need to add water while cooking. If you like thin gravy you may add water at the end.
If you want you can also add chicken curry powder available in grocery stores in the chicken yogurt mixture.



Saturday, August 2, 2008

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How to Prepare for Business Analyst Interview

Have you got a problem? Do what you can where you are with what you've got~ Theodore Roosevelt


A business analysis is essentially solving problems by identifying the stated and implicit needs, understanding requirements and facilitating the solution development.


The business analyst is the bridge between various stake holders including the client teams, the solution teams and other stakeholders such as third party vendors. The analyst must facilitate gathering and understanding of requirements and ensure the communication is clear and unambiguous.

A business analyst role is applicable across industry and technology domains. The essence of the analyst is to bring a rational thought process and an understanding of the underlying industry (e.g. financial, retail, telecommunication, banking, manufacturing etc.) is an asset.

Sample Interview Questions – General:


1. What are your strength and weaknesses?
2. What are your future plans?
3. Why do you want to join us?

Business analyst interview would also include questions of interviewee’s understanding of what business analysis means and the process thereof.


Typical Topics of discussion:


1. Software development life cycle (SDLC).
2. Some methodologies like Rational unified process (RUP), Agile modeling etc, their definition and comparison.
3. Unified modeling language (UML)
4. Tools like rational rose, ClearCase, Poseidon etc
5. Traceability matrix – Definition and how to create it.
6. Joint application development (JAD) session

Notes:

It is very important to go through the company’s website before going for the interview and do a detailed analysis. Try to understand their corporate style and culture.
A reasonable understanding of the relevant industry domain is always an asset in an interview and can mean the difference in the success in an interview.
Internet is a good source of basic understanding of terms related to specific domains.
Here I am listing some terms and topics I think you should know, at least the definitions, related to finance and retail domain.


Finance domain:


1. Mergers and acquisitions
2. Capital markets
3. Money markets
4. Financial ratios such as P/E, IRR, ROI, EPS
5. Equity
6. Dividend
7. Budgeting

Retail domain:

1. Merchandising
2. Procurement
3. Shipping and Logistics
4. Inventory
5. Supply chain
6. Consumer and Consumer behavior
7. Point of sales-POS
8. Customer relation management(CRM)