Was I Living Healthy?

Look at you! You don’t need to bother about your diet. You could eat whatever you want. You are so fit… Hmm isn’t this just what all those who are on the slimmer side almost always get to hear, from family and friends? But how true is this? For often many of us mix up these two things- ones’ body shape and size, with the actual physical health condition. And the mix ups don’t just end here. For many of us “dieting” equals “being healthy”.  “To be healthy” equals “cutting down on food”. Confused a great deal about these contrasting

When in Delhi, Mehendi the Dilli Way

There’s something about these Mehendiwalas in Delhi. With a fabulous imagination of dazzling designs, and dexterity in skills, they are surely unmatched.  Generally migrants from nearby places such as Rajasthan, Varanasi or Agra, all that these guys need to invest in are a couple of cones containing the mehendi mixture, two low lying stools/moda and try to manage a bit of space in a bustling market place. And it would be business time for them. However harsh the weather is- well Delhi could touch 45 degrees centigrade in summer and drop as low as 5 degrees centigrade in winters- these guys

Pickles- They Sure Do Tickle!!

It was a sweltering hot afternoon when I reached my mom’s home in Chennai. I was exhausted, my throat parched and my clothes soaking in sweat. In the dead of summer, my appetite almost always seems to diminish. But well you know how moms seldom agree to this. “You’ve got to eat something otherwise you would fall sick”, she said. “At least eat some curd rice. I have made fresh lemon pickle”. Ah! The South Indian in me came out totally. I was already drooling over the tanginess of the pickle. I agreed to eat curd rice, just for the

One Man's Fight Conserving the Endangered Dolphins

This post was featured in “The Better India”. You could also read it here How a Padma Shri Awardee is Fighting to Save the Gangetic Dolphins from Extinction The Ganges river dolphin is a fresh water dolphin that is found in the Gangetic Basin in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Essentially blind they hunt by emitting ultrasonic sounds, bouncing off preys, making them visualize an image in their minds. On the brink of extinction, their current   number stands at a mere two thousand. For someone who has grown up seeing these dolphins in the river bank in Patna, it is but natural

Aarushi- The Book by Avirook Sen

I don’t want to call this a review. It is my experience, my thoughts on the book. It was no easy read. It was one of my toughest. Not because of the writing, but just the mere events… They were the murders that gripped the nation. Eight years back Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bedroom in Noida. A day later the body of the prime suspect-the family servant Hemraj was discovered.  The case rocked the media, with practically every news channel lapping up every bit of information.  And with a press conference immediately following, that maligned the character

Adrenaline Rush at Rishikesh

For those who seek a bit of adventure in their lives, here is a perfect holiday destination. Take a break from that hectic life of yours and experience white water rafting in the pristine surroundings of Rishikesh. And trust me it would leave you asking for more! Fear not, ‘cause the best part of river rafting is that you don’t have to be an experienced swimmer. Just follow a few safety instructions and you could have the best time of your life. So wash your fears away and be ready to jump into the strong currents of the Ganges. The

#Eurovision2016- Through My Black Box

So it is that time of the year again– the time of the Eurovision Contest 2016. The Eurovision Song Contest or often shortened to ESC or Eurovision, is the longest-running annual international TV song competition, among European nations. The competition has been in existence since 1956. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.  Way back in the eighties, with just a little black and white television set and a handheld

She Cracked the UPSC Exam Not Once But Twice!

In 2013, Dr. Ruveda Salam, from the remote Farkin village in the border district of Kupwara, made history by becoming the first woman from the Kashmir valley to crack the UPSC exams. After serving as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai for a year, in 2015 she yet again cracked the UPSC exam to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer. Living in the Kashmir valley poses its own set of challenges. Political disturbances, strikes, curfews and local stone pelting episodes are many and frequent. Twenty seven year old Ruveda Salam had to face these challenges on

Road Rage at its Worst? Senseless Killing of Aditya Sachdeva

A young teen overtakes a SUV that belongs to a political member of Bihar’s Legislative Council. Her son who was behind the wheels is irked. He fires a couple of shots from his licensed revolver in the air forcing the teen to stop his vehicle. A scuffle, a fight and the young teen is shot dead. Road rage at its worst? What is it with the roads in our country? It just seems to have the capability to increase many a people’s blood pressure. And the latest victim of this rage is a 19 year old boy from Gaya in Bihar.

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