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  • World Around Me

    Does “To be healthy” equal “cutting down on food”?

    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 thoughts, my last few weeks were spent doing immense reading…

  • World Around Me

    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 could always be spotted, calling out to you to get…

  • World Around Me

    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 to be concerned about their survival. Meet Prof Ravindra Sinha…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    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 of the young girl and the parents; all hell broke…

  • World Around Me

    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 best time to be there is from February to May…

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    Eurovision- 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 radio in homes for entertainment, information about contests such as…