Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beautiful Sunset At The Grand Canyon: Some Photographs

                    This photo was taken in the afternoon, and it has come out quite well!

I have often heard that Landscape photography is a rather "slow" type of photography.
However it is strange this kind of photography contradicts itself, for it also means better hurry up and also wait.
For example when we set out to take a large panorama like the Grand Canyon, we know that the subject is not going anywhere, and we have all the time in the world to set up our camera, after finding the right angles and position ourselves and simply wait patiently. Our subject does not change here, but the light conditions change constantly throwing up beautiful hues of colors, and we have to hurry to catch them in our camera.

 So this is the so called,"Contradiction", where we also have to wait patiently and also hurry up simultaneously all at that very precise moment.
It can be fun doing this, especially in a place like Grand Canyon that too during sunrise and sunset.
We should not let our mind waver, seeing other people placed in other points and try to change positions often, that would totally ruin the whole purpose. Grand Canyon would look beautiful from any point it is so vast and beautiful and we can never go wrong, if we know what we are doing.

We must know that taking pictures in mid afternoon is a bad choice for light is going to be too harsh, and everything would look flat and lifeless, especially in a place like Grand Canyon. 

                                            These pictures were taken in the afternoon

Though we did take pictures of it in the afternoon too, for we were not sure whether we would come back to take pictures during the sunset. The pictures were OK, nothing great. The perfect time for such landscape photography, as we all know is only sunrise and sunset, as the atmosphere is cooler at this time, and it also brings a hue of colors playing around. Anything like the ocean, the mountains and the canyons, and other similar landscapes looks absolutely stunning in these times. The play of different colors changing every second  is by itself very fascinating to observe.

                        Dark clouds all of sudden: it even drizzled a bit and then there was sun
                                                  Click on the pictures to enlarge

Taking a photograph with the Rainbow behind is a bad idea, but I wanted it like that only, so both the rainbow and myself have not come out well.

All the pictures have been taken by my husband. He used to be a very good photographer once upon a time, however, after getting married to me, and my constant nagging to take photographs of me all the time has made him lose interest in photography. 
Now a days I keep practicing taking pictures  with the Nikon digital camera, (bought by him for me) I even take 'selfies'with that big camera. What to do when husband refuses, wife has to do it by herself only!

And also remember to carry your Tripod with you to get the best pictures. Now while travelling to many places it might be a little cumbersome to carry one, like we didn't carry it with us during our trip to the US, we just did the best we could without it. However, if your aim is to capture something in a professional way, and you would be travelling for that purpose only then, I am sure you would not leave without your Tripod.

Okay, photography is huge subject, and needs constant practice, everybody from professionals to amateurs click hundreds of pictures, and then select just a few good ones. Like everything it has some rules to be followed, but don't let rules stop you from taking a picture, which might turn out to be a masterpiece. With the coming of digital cameras it is no longer a big deal to take as many pictures as we want, and to keep on deleting the bad ones. Persistence is the name of the game.

Happy Clicking!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shape Aerobics Fitness Center

Shape Aerobics Fitness Center, Whitefield, Bangalore India.

A simple yet effective program that improves flexibility, mobility, posture, sleep, digestion, and overall health. From the first time itself, you'll see and feel the difference!
It is a combination of easy, yet effective cardiovascular routines interlaced with weights, and resistance work: a combination that ups your stamina and gets your body moving.
A few of my regular students who were game for posing for photographs, (others are still sleeping in their homes).

Being very hot these days in Bangalore, we thought it would be fun doing the body conditioning exercises on the lawn, and the driveway, therby enjoying the pleasant early morning breeze.

                                                              They look so happy!

                                    Concentration: the key to body conditioning exercises

The last 3 pictures are with my former students, who are now scattered in various places, not to be seen or heard. However, they too were very good students.

Happy Line Dancing Pose

                                                      Boxing their way to fitness!!

I just love my aerobics classes. I am very passionate about exercising, and it doesn't bother me even when I have no student to teach also, for nothing can stop me from exercising. I have been doing it for more than 20 years.

Friday, May 15, 2015

94 Years Old: Happy Birthday Dear Father!!!!

On this special day (15th May),  I want to share a story about my dad......
This part is a re- post.
 A  wedding in the family— I am excited for I hear my dad is coming to attend it. He is staying with me for a whole week— I can't believe it!

                            This was some 6 years back When he had come to attend the wedding

 The minute he enters the house he starts chatting with us non- stop….. for there are so many things to ask , so many things to share etc. etc. He is a real store – house of knowledge …. we have to just ask him something, and he would give a detailed explanation, amazing us with his intelligence, sharp memory, and great sense of humour. He would go back to his younger days and relate all the stories of how he met and married my mother.

Those days marriage was not a matter of choice …. it involved marrying for various reasons. Marrying within the family was considered to be best option for everybody. For example if your father’s sister had 5 or 6 daughters to be married it is the duty of the father to bring home at least one of his sister’s daughter as his daughter- in- law, this way he was helping in reducing the burden from his sister’s shoulders. Similarly an uncle could marry his own niece.
 This was the custom followed for ages all over south, though now it is not so much in vogue, but still some people follow it . As long as it is not direct blood relation everything is okay. One can’t even think of such things these days.

Well my father married his mother’s brother’s daughter, (which is my mother). According to him he was given the choice of marrying any 1 of the 2 daughters, who were suitable for his age. But he was in a dilemma, for both were good looking, and it was up to him to choose. So he changed the names of the girls in their horoscopes and also  changed his name in his horoscope, (because everybody knew everybody, the astrologer would not even bother to match horoscopes when it is in the family), so my father cheated a little and made him match the horoscope saying it was for a friend. Of the two only one matched, which happened to be my mother’s horoscope, and thus the choice was made. Another distant cousin married the elder daughter, in fact both my father and his cousin married the respective girls on the same day to save money. That was the way things were done in those days , one had to keep everything in the mind.

 But, although my parents remained happily married for 49 years, they were the sort of couple who could never see eye to eye on any issue, and since my father had the dominating streak, what he said only prevailed. My mother although loved him deeply, she hated this attitude. He had jokingly revealed to her, how he made the choice of marrying her, and whenever my mother happened to meet that astrologer, she would tell him that she felt like tying him to pole and give him 100 whip lashes.

 My parents life was full of ups and downs. Whenever my parents did get along, my mother would ask my father, to tell her the truth ….. that he married her because he fell for her , and he would always tell her it was not love. Now he is all alone, and he feels bad that he never told her how much he loved her.  He said he could have told her that at least once, but he was too proud to admit that to her.

But I am sure she must have guessed it long time ago, but simply wanted to know right from the horse’s mouth.  Now he feels her loss so much, that he would keep going back to the days when they were really happy, and he says they were made for each other despite their differences, that  the universe works in mysterious ways, though he thought at that time he could choose between the 2 sisters, and tried to hoodwink the astrologer, he must have known deep in his heart that it was my mother he always wanted to marry.

 This, coming from my father, now when my mother is no longer here to feel happy to hear it, was really moving.  However this is not the first time I am hearing him say this, for I have heard this story many times from him, but only after my mother passed away, which was  almost 19 years ago.

 Well, this is just one interesting story about my father and mother, there are many, many more, but it would take volumes to write about each every interesting facets of their turbulent lives together.

Accidents and my father are made for each other, but he would never let such incidents bother him. He would pick himself up from the scene of accident, and bleeding all over, he would be back home in the same moped. Being a Pharmacy graduate he would know what medicines to apply and within 2/3 days he would be back to normal with not even a single mark or scar to show how badly he was hurt.

Even recently about 15 days back he was hit by  somebody while he was travelling in his moped, left there to deal with it  all by himself, and as usual he was back on his feet and  came home riding the moped with lot of pain everywhere in his body, saying as usual his time is not all right: that he must have troubled the fellow who hit him and went off,  in some previous birth, and that it is all part of the game.......

Surprisingly not a single person has ever helped him during such accidents. Somehow God has given him the strength to pull himself up and keep moving without looking back.

Now about the present:

 For the last 1 year or so he has been suffering from Dementia, and recently he went out on his own and got lost.
Last year he was a victim of a hit and run case. While he was waiting on  his Moped for the signal to change in mount Road in Chennai, an impatient, fellow riding a motor cycle, hit my father and  went away leaving my father badly injured and bleeding right in the middle of the busiest road in the city.
People around him came to his help and he was admitted to the general hospital there. Although he was wearing his helmet, he was badly  injured, and some part of his brain had been affected, and soon he slipped into Dementia.

In his confused state of mind he thought he was going to Srirangam and caught a bus from somewhere for that from his house in Beasnt Nagar. He promised that he would not go far and insisted he be left alone to take his morning walk by  himself. However, knowing his condition, my brother left about 10 minutes later to keep a watch on him from a safe distance, but unfortunately my father was nowhere to be seen.  Worried, my brother searched all the usual places he would generally visit and found him nowhere.
His story was put in News papers, along with his photos, but we did not get any response for quite sometime. Another photo was put again in a Tamil News paper and this time there was a response from a person from Kundrathur, somewhere close to Chengalpeth.

Ali a 42 year old scrap merchant found him in a very bad condition lying  near the road in front of the Mosque. Ali felt sorry for him, called a few friends, and they all cleaned up our father, took him home and changed his dirty Veshti,  got him into a clean lungi, bought some hot idlies and fed him. He was very weak, couldn't remember his name, only thing he kept repeating was "Srirangam". Since he is also deaf he could not understand what these good people were asking him.
Ali felt he needed medical treatment and immediately admitted him in the general hospital there.
The next day, he saw our father's picture in the Tamil News Paper, and immediately contacted my brother, saying, his father was in the general hospital there. Ali, we only know him by his name, for that good man didn't even want to meet my brother, he just gave him the ward number, and told him to take his father home. Such good people are rarely found in this world. I think our father was lucky to have found such good person, who went out of the way to help him.
It made us wonder: how many of us would go out of the way and help somebody lying like a beggar on the road, we would not even give such people a second thought.
The help rendered by Ali  would always make us remember him in our prayers, and also make us more conscious of people lying around in some helpless state like our father. Our father must have been roaming in that condition for days before he was found. We thank God for sending Ali like an angel to save our father.
In the hospital too he was well looked after not only by the doctors and nurses, but people coming to visit other patients  in that ward too were very good  to him, sharing their food with him.
My father, when he saw my brother was so relieved, he started crying uncontrollably, like a child, for he has become a child.
This man, our Father, who is so educated, so intelligent, has been reduced to this state: no one should ever get Dementia, it is the worst condition a person can suffer.
He is back home safe and healthy, and he has been told very strictly, that he cannot leave the house alone.
We thank our brother and his wife too, for taking very good care of him.

 I can only say that, I am proud to have had such a loving and patient mother, and I am equally proud to have a such a wonderful father, who, may have been very proud at one time and still is,  but is definitely a man with very good heart and a great smile and a positive attitude towards life.

Taken just 5 years back,  during our daughter's wedding. My dad looks so fit and smart.

Happy Birthday Day Dear Appa!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Magic!!!

Thoughts and images of my mother keep popping up in my mind every day in one way or other, and I am sure we all share this experience about people whom we love or loved very much. Many a time I have imaginary conversations with my mother, my father and other people whom I really love as though they were right there in front of me.

Being bombarded by the print media, electronic media, social media by the myriad advertisements about Mother's day, I feel sad as nowadays I don't have much to write about my mother. It is not that there is really nothing to write, but still I could not think of writing / sharing anything about her here in my blogs. It has been 3 years to the day since I last wrote about her on Mother's day.

I was cooking as usual, making Rasam (a watery soup like dish), and some potato curry to go along with it. The aroma of tamarind, the rasam powder, the tomatoes along with curry leaves boiling started wafting throughout the house, which is not unusual. But today the aroma was a little different and special : it was the same aroma that I used to get whenever my mother made Rasam in our home !

I have been making Rasams for so many years, and it would always taste good. But only on rare occasions did I manage to replicate the aroma brought out by my mother's magical Rasam. At that moment, I would get so excited and shout out to the whole family that " today the Rasam smells just like Patti's (grandma's) Rasam and also tastes just like hers". I would dramatise it so much, that my children in the innocence of the very young would really believe that they were indeed tasting the best Rasam made especially for them by their grandma.

My mother would also invariably make an accompaniment for her heavenly Rasam - boiled potatoes coated with thinly sliced, finely chopped onions fried together so that the potatoes get a coat of the brown, self caramelised onions.

With no deliberate intent and by sheer coincidence, I made this type of Potato curry and Rasam today on Mother's day! And not just that : today my mother seemed to be by my side throughout, guiding me, tutoring me to create the utterly heavenly, delicious tasting Rasam and Potato curry.

"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wild flowers, the music of winds and the silence of the stars?
Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic.
It is such a simple yet an extraordinary part of the lives we live".

I find no words in my dictionary to describe the aroma or the taste of the Rasam and potato curry that my mother (my mother's soul) and I made today.

Thank you Amma, for being with me even when you are no longer here in this world : a magic that only mothers can accomplish!

Let there be some magic in your day too!

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thoughts Raining In My Mind....

As I  stood watching the thunder storm and the rains from our balcony,  I felt, all of a sudden, so much at peace with myself and the surrounding. It led me to wonder,  was there any moment in my life that I want to go back and re live again, did I miss any part of my life now?
The answer was a big 'No'.
I have lived in so  many places all over India, and loved each and every place, (some more of course), but do I want to go back and live the life I had lived , the answer was again: "No".
I mentally went through many of my experiences both good and bad, and felt happy thinking about them.
I am happy that, I still have photographic memory of each and everything that has happened till now, however, I neither want to change them, nor re live that life again.
Each event of the past showed me how I had automatically changed, sometimes in small ways and sometimes very drastically, and how those changes happened,  not by the influence of others but of my own free will. I was neither influenced by my parents, my in laws, my friends nor by my husband.

Now at this late stage of my life, I am still drawn towards new things, have new aspirations, new desires, new goals to follow through. I am so happy in the present, and the dreams I have woven for my future keeps egging me to dream on, keep wishing on, and gives me the confidence to look at all these things passing in front of me like pictures on a movie screen, making me feel in some weird kind of way, that theses things have actually happened  in the future.
I really feel thrilled with such thoughts floating inside me, and as I stand waiting for them to happen in their  own beautiful way (much better than I have been led to imagine), I feel : "They also serve who only stand and wait". ( Milton)
This might sound strange, but the meanings change, and may mean different things to different people according to the changes in their thought process, and their attitude  towards life.
I feel, the time has come in my life when I don't have to do anything, yet I would end up getting more than I wished for.
For : I believe  in my instincts and in the Universal life force, which has a way of taking care  of all my dreams.

What do you feel?
Please feel free to share them here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Earthlings Documentary: a movie that would move you to tears.

Since we all inhabit the Earth, all of us are considered earthlings. There is no sexism, no racism, or speciesism in the term earthling. It encompasses each and every one of us, warm or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrae or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and human alike.

Humans, therefore, being not the only species on this planet, share this world with millions of other living creatures as we all evolved here together. EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen. Highly recommended!

In 2005, Earthlings premiered at the  Artivist Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Feature), followed by the  Boston International Film Festival, (where it won the Best Content Award), and at the San Diego Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Film, as well as the Humanitarian Award to Phoenix for his work on the film).
Watch this movie, (you can click on the video here.  It is a 1 hour 30 minutes movie) and see whether it makes you think a little more differently. Please comment only after you have watched this documentary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Karma: Do You Believe In It?

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Omar Khayaam.

I used to believe in karma while I was very young, obviously influenced by what was drummed into me by my parents and other such wise people of my time.They were not to blame for they were drummed to think like that and they passed it on to their children.
However, as I evolved, I came to understand, that there is not such thing as fate/ destiny or karma. We are just led to believe in such things which have been basically been man made just to instill the fear of God in us.
We may believe in some super power/ God, but we can change our attitude towards this Universal life force. We can definitely change our thought patterns, and view our lives from a different perspective. We can think we are the architect of our own destiny. No need to give the power of what happens or not happens in our lives to somebody / something else, like a fate, a destiny or a God.

What we might have done in our past births need not continue to haunt us in our present or our future births.
Yes we might have done some good things, and may have done some very horrible things in all our previous births, and it is natural, for we are human.

It  is easy for us to put the blame on something / someone, when things seem to baffle us: Fate/ karma is always there to shift the blame, fall back on such beliefs and sayings: "what goes round comes back, what we sow so we reap, we have to be good to escape punishment by some unknown hand", and so on....
We  tie ourselves in knots trying to do things with a lot of expectation, we seem to thrive in the unshakable thought that,what we do now would definitely come and haunt  in the present future in this birth itself or in our future births.  We eagerly await rewards and punishments for all our action.
Wake up, remember, there is no need to be a meek and blind follower. Come out of this whirlpool, and see the unlimited possibilities, that this life has to offer. We need not be stuck in the age  old beliefs.  We must understand that everything in life is not a business deal: you get only what you bargained for: that is so untrue.

The minute we decide to release ourselves of any kind of debts in all our past births and also free others who may feel that they are indebted to us, we not only become free ourselves but also free others from being attached to us or bound to us in any way. This a win win situation.

We jump out of the vicious cycle in which we were constantly made to go round and round without any end. We can forgive and ask to be forgiven and move on into a new lane.

I think our Vedas and our great spiritual books have actually said this only, but since we have become used to misinterpreting everything, we have lost the real meaning of life.

The above quote  by Omar Khayyam too is actually not what it seems to mean, read closely you would find a different meaning.

For me: I am neither bound by my past , nor by my present past, nor my future is bound by anything or anybody. I am a free bird and I remain a free bird forever.
Stop believing in karmas, and start thinking in more productive manner.

Do you believe in karma?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Wonderful Benefits Of Magnesium

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical to those often found in old age: irregular heartbeat, clogged arteries, increased risk of heart attack, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and predisposition to diabetes, muscle cramps especially during night etc.

If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions, you should know that you might be suffering from Magnesium deficiency. Now, surprisingly, rarely a doctor would tell to take some magnesium supplements to ease your aches and pains, I really don't know why. Are they not aware of its benefits, don't they update their knowledge in these days of fast learning which one can achieve through Internet, really surprising. Many doctors still are satisfied with whatever they learnt in their medical colleges. They may have learnt about magnesium and the good it can do to most of the people, but they have somehow forgotten. Instead, they would want you to try various expensive, fancy medicines, go through all kinds of unwanted surgeries, and make you believe, that old age is catching up with you, and you can only sit back and accept the inevitable.

You must have heard about Epsom salt, and its benefits, have you have tried using it?

Epsom salt is nothing but Magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.  Soaking in Epsom salt for 20 minutes is also good for weight loss.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
Epsom salt improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, and can help to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
Epson salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. However, it is strictly warned that Epsom salts should not be used to relieve constipation without the consultation of a physician. Many of us would have only heard about Milk Of Magnesia ( treatment for constipation), but Magnesium can do so many good things to your body.

The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

Hair volumizer - Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Or you can even add a few teaspoons of Epsom salt to your conditioner and shampoo, shake them and use them as you would generally, the result: soft and thick hair.
Now this was about Epsom salt. But there is more about magnesium, so please read on:

The magnesium facts make it clear that the benefits of magnesium cannot be underestimated. Magnesium is available in the form of tablets. And, we are not aware that just taking calcium supplement is not enough. Because, generally, people, don't know their magnesium facts, a lot of people are unaware that magnesium and calcium should really be taken together. For example, an elderly person supplementing with calcium, but not with magnesium, is at risk of stroke, heart attack and blood clots. The rule of thumb is that magnesium supplements should be half the dose of calcium supplements so if you take 1000mg of calcium daily you need to take 400/500 mg daily of magnesium also. While magnesium sources are easily accessible, calcium in forms that the body finds easy to convert, are not. Therefore dual supplementation is recommended to cover nutritional gaps.

Magnesium is a powerful antioxidant that keeps cell membranes flexible and protected against the onslaught of cancer-causing free radicals. Magnesium facts such as these, can give you the information you need to prevent premature aging and even death. If you have been deficient in magnesium for a long time, you are probably also deficient in Vitamin E. This is likely because Vitamin E supplies in the body become exhausted fighting off the free radicals encouraged by the lack of magnesium. Magnesium supplements in conjunction with other magnesium sources will therefore protect the body's vitamin E supplies and thereby protect against aging.

There are wonderful benefits to taking magnesium supplements. Magnesium regulates the amount of calcium required to keep the heart beat steady. Magnesium also aids in the prevention and even the reversal of Adult Diabetes. The  reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium-- a highly refined, processed diet that is based mostly on white flour, white rice, meat and high fat dairy (all of which have no magnesium). Isn't it true?

Think brown, that is always healthy. Browse the net to know about the fruits, vegetables  and nuts that are rich  in this mineral. Just as other vitamins and minerals, we not be getting enough from the foods we eat, even if are eating healthy. Another factor could also be that food available now lacks the required amount of this mineral, than the food which was available during the previous generation. That is why they never had to suffer from the diseases which we suffer now.

However, it is best to consult your own family doctor before taking any kind of medicines.
As for myself, I was suffering from severe night cramps in one of my legs, and my friend gave me Magnesium tablet , and immediately my cramps stopped from the next day itself. I was really impressed, and wanted to know more about this miracle mineral, and I started reading a lot about it in the net. I now have a regular stock of Epsom salt in my house to soak my feet. You can also make a spray out of it at home and spray it all over your body, wait for about 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. by that time your body would have absorbed the required Magnesium, and it would erase all the pain from the various parts of your body. This is for people who don't have a bathtub to soak their body, or who don't have time for soaking. It is so easy and so affordable to make this spray which is sold abroad for quite a few dollars. It is called Magnesium oil,( oil because it has a temporary oily feeling, which will vanish within seconds). 
The best Magnesium to make this oil is Magnesium Chloride, which is available only online.  For the recipe go to the net.

In fact Magnesium tablets too are not available in any  of the chemist shops here  in Bangalore, I had to order it online. However, you can easily get Epsom salts in all chemist shops.
A range of easily accessible food sources contain magnesium including whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. If you need to supplement, magnesium oxide is not recommended as it often makes people feel unwell. Effective magnesium supplements are magnesium chloride, magnesium-aspartate, magnesium gluconate and magnesium lactate. 
Remember,  it would take a while some times to see the result, for if you are deficient in this mineral, it would take some time, for your body to get sufficient amount through the tablets and the Epsom salt soak before you can reap the benefits.
(Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Stan_Rogers)

 The best Magnesium tablets are: Doctor's Best, High Absorption 100% Chelated Magnesium, Fully Reacted, Not Buffered, (240 tablets). Please do your research in the net before taking anything on your own.

Epsom salt

Magnesium Chloride

Do let me know whether you have ever tried this mineral in any form.