A DOZEN THOUGHT


A man is a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes.

M.K .Gandhi [1869-1948]

Rise, awake and stop not till your goal is achieved.

Swami Vivekananda

If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.

Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

Somerset Maugham

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

M.K .Gandhi [1869-1948]

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover the impotence.

M.K .Gandhi [1869-1948]

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

Elbert Hubbard

Pay no heed to your critics because they are those who have failed in literature and art.

Ravi Maini

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WHAT LIES AT HEART OF THE MATTER

 

Calorie is a unit for measuring a quantity of heat; the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a gram of water by one degree Celsius. But here it refers to the energy we get from food. The word Calorie is also known as ‘kilocalorie’. A unit for measuring how much energy a food will produce. All foods provide us with energy which helps us maintain a stable body temperature and also perform day-to-day activities such as to move, read, exercise, and play. Foods and liquids like milk, juices, alcohols provide us energy, this energy supplied by food is measured in calories.

Balanced diet: A diet that contains the required amount of carbohydrates, protein, fats minerals and vitamins with enough of water is called a balanced diet. A balanced diet is one that is directly in proportion to a successful excessive weight loss. Choose the best of foods to build a balanced diet and a better life for yourself and your family.

Healthy diet: The aim of healthy eating is to get a balanced diet. A healthy diet in other words is in fact a balanced diet that includes vitamins and minerals; food that provides enough of fibre, important for a healthy digestive system and at the same time that also lowers cholesterol levels in blood.

As you very well know there are five basic groups of nutrients: Protein carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, and fat and enough of liquid diet including water.

PROTEINS: Proteins are important for repair maintenance and growth of cells. Eggs, milk and milk products, beans, nuts, fish and meat are few food products rich in protein. If a person does not get enough of protein in his diet to make up for the natural breakdown of body tissues, some of the less vital protein tissues in the body such as the muscles, are broken down to maintain such vital organs as the heart and kidneys. Bread and other cereals like rice; oats, barley, peas, and beans are sufficient to provide plenty of proteins but on the other hand  meat, fish, eggs, milk and cheese for that reason are all time favorites. Infection of any type in the body, broken bones, burns, excessive workout and the stern of surgery all lead to protein loss.

CARBOHYDRATE: Carbohydrate is an important source of energy. This is a substance such as sugar or starch that consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates in food provide the body with energy and heat. Foods such as bread, potatoes, and rice contain a lot of carbohydrate. It is basically a collective term for Cellulose, Starches, and Sugars.

Cellulose: Human beings do not digest cellulose neither it is a source of energy. Cellulose is required in diet because it is an important form of fibre and so promotes regular bowel movement [an act of emptying waste material from the human body, i.e. to go to the toilet] but at the same time remains undigested in the intestines.

Starches: Potatoes wheat and rice are rich in starch. The starch in food is further broken down and absorbed into the blood as glucose, a type of sugar.

Sugar: This is a sweet substance, used in cooking or to make puddings, tea, coffee, etc, sweeter. This is often in the form of white or brown crystals, such as caster sugar, icing sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar made from the juices that are found naturally in various plants, such as sugar cane, sugar beet, and various other fruits.  The main sugar in humans diet is sucrose. Sucrose is obtained from diet rich in sugar and its forms. Most of it is obtained from honey, jams, biscuits, cakes, tea, coffee and sweets.

Carbohydrates are further separated into two forms: Complex carbohydrate:

Complex carbohydrate is a better source of energy; simultaneously, a fibre rich diet, which is important for a healthy digestive system and lowers level of cholesterol in the blood.

Simple carbohydrate;

Roti, rice, bread, potato, cereals, noodles, are all complex form of carbohydrates. Basically, sugar in foods such as fruits, chocolates, biscuits, and ice- creams, soft drinks are all simple form of carbohydrates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EDUCATING THE GIRL CHILD MEANS EDUCATING THE FAMILY.

 

 

Education- they   say  is  extremely  important,  a  sure  way  to  success  they  call  it,  it inculcates  values,  ensures  a  good  career,  sets  in  civilized  behaviour,  secures  future and  the  list  continues.  But  that  surely  does  not  imply  for  men  alone!  Women  are equal  claimants  of  education  and  are  equally  deserving  of  it.  The  patriarch  family  or  whom  we  call  the  male  chauvinists  may  disagree  but  that  does  not  make  it  a lesser  truth.  A  survey  report  of  readers  digest  in  Saudi  Arabia  concluded  a  result  that  the  number  of  women  pursuing  education  after  primary  school  dropped drastically.  Not  surprisingly  even  male  literacy  rate  was  immensely  low  there. 

 

In  a  male  dominated  society  like  ours,  from  the  moment  a  girl  child  breathes  her initial  breath  she  is  taught  by  her  mother,  father  and  her  family  that  she  is  a  mere  girl  who  should   revolve  around  her  brother  like   planets  revolve  around  sun. That  he  is  the  center  of  attraction  and  she  is  not  all  that  important.  She  should  sacrifice  ceaselessly,  at  every  single  dawn  of  her  life. At  the  very  first  step  she has  to  forgo  her  education  for  her  brothers  education. This  is  where  our  society  falters. Today’s  girl  is tomorrow’s  mother,  wife  and  so  much  more. Her  values,  beliefs  will  decide  the values,  beliefs  and  mannerisms  of  her  family.  A  boy  may  be  the breadwinner  for  one  family  whereas  she  has  two  families’  to  earn  for  to  educate  and  their  needs  to  cater  to.  Why  then, her  education  is  forfeited?

 

A  Child’s  education  starts  much  before  he  starts  going  to  school.  The  new, curious  mind  wonders  numerous  questions. Mothers  should  be  able  to  respond  clearly  and  reasonably  to  the  child’s  queries. How  would  it  be  if  the  mother excuses  herself  replying,  “because  god’s  angry”  to  the  baby’s  question  “mom  why  does  the  earthquake  come?”  She  is  not  in  a  position  to  reply  reasonably  because she  is  herself  uneducated.  Soon  the  kid  will  settle  for  “GOD”  where  there  is  mystery  because  his  quest  for  information  is  supplemented  with  one eternal  answer  “GOD”. The  baby  would  probably  never  be  interested  in  the  mystical  world  of  science.

Women  are  valued  as  homemakers  and  have  diverse  roles  to  play-  role  of  a mother,  wife,  daughter  and  so  much  more. A  broken  home/marriage  is  an  attack  on  woman;  a  depraved  child  is  the  fault  of  woman. How  does  society  expect  her to  play  well  all  these  responsibilities  without  legitimately  equipping  her  with  something  so  indispensable  like  education?. Are  they   expected  to  lift  a  whole  globe day  and  night  and  not  complain  of  the  stoop?. Girls  being    potential  mothers  should  be educated  so  as  to  understand  and   acknowledge  the  need  of  education  in  the  life  of  her  kids. As  mothers  they  shape  the  future  of   their  little  one’s. All  saints  and  terrorists  were  once  babies. Their  nursing  to  a great  extent  has  determined  their  course. Kids  learn  of  their  every  waking  moment  and  during  this  time  mothers  are  their  closest  companions. They  observe, understand  and  learn  from  them  and  in  the  process  imbibe  a  legacy  of  beliefs   and  values  from  her.

 

Day  in,  day  out  the  cases  of  women  harassment  stream  as  headlines. A  22-year  old  Rajkot  woman  took  to  streets  semi-nude  to  protest  harassment  by  her  in-laws  and  husbands.  The  story  of  Kiranjeet  Ahluvalia  portrayed    in  “Provoked”  depicts   the   position   of   hundreds  of  women  struck  in  abusive  marriages. She  was  accused  of  setting  fire  to  her  husband  thus  breaking  free  from  an  abusive  marriage. ‘Women  harassment’  is  more  often  seen  where  women  are  not economically  empowered  which  mostly  is  due  to  lack  of  education  as  Aishwarya Rai  during  the  early  movie  repeated  several  times “English  no  good”. This  was  to  say  of  Kiranjeet  Ahluvalia   but  of  so  many  other  hapless  women. Most  accept  atrocities  as  destiny. A  fact  so  heartbreaking!  To  those  of  these  women  whom  sons  are  born  the  ‘TRICKLE DOWN’  affect  more than  possible  could   be…

The  lads  will  see  a  battered  position  of  their  mother  and  it’ll  hardly  ever  be  a rude  awakening  to  them,  rather  acceptable  and  lord  forbid  “practically  applicable”.  More  brutes  in  process! Educated  woman  who  are  in  most  cases  capable  of  being economically  independent  have  no  reason  to  stand  domestic  violence  or   be  their  husband’s  subordinates  or  for  that  matter   in  second  place.  She  is  in  a  position  to  stop  the  manufacture  of  more  brutes  by  educating  her  sons  not  to  be  like  their  daddy. Things  will  be  different  only  if  we  learn  to  respect  her  education.

 

 A  patriarch  once  remarked  of  Indian  society  that  “families  were  ‘peaceful  and happy’  in  the  past  when  most  women  were  uneducated,  restricted  to  homes,  not  daring  and  outspoken  and  thus  less  argument  between  sexes  and  lesser  divorces”. One  would  argue  how  it  makes  families  “peaceful  and  happy”. Will  the families of these  women  they’ve  left  behind  for  their  cruel  husbands  be  “unhappy”.  Further  the  explanation  goes  like  this…

Family  runs  on  two  wheels- man  and  woman  and  if  either  is  punctured  the  balance  is  disturbed. By  implying  that  whilst  the  male  disturbs  her  mentally  and emotionally,  she  internalizes  her  hurts  and  doesn’t  spell  out  the  agony  and  thus their  isn’t  retaliation  and  that  would  make  families  “peaceful  and  happy”  is  nothing   else  but  sheer  stupidity.  Ha!  “Peace  and  happiness”. Is  there  a  way  to liberation  from  such  brutes  for  such women?  Sure,through  education.

 

When  a  girl  child  is  educated,  the  educational  status  at  home  changes. Educated girl  is  heard by  her  parents  when   she   claims  that   this  is  what  is   taught  in  school .This  plays  a  big  role  in   awakening   and   notifying   them  if  not  about  bigger   matters,  at   least   the  basics  of  life. An  educated  woman  is  able  to  support  her   younger   siblings   and   children   financially   with   education.  And   not   just  financially  she  is   accomplished   enough  to  tell  them  something   about   cell,  nucleus   or   maybe   Harrappan  culture,  whichever  she is  good   at   Sciences   or   Arts. An   educated  woman   is   both  aware,  watchful  and   a   responsible  citizen. She  knows   the   rights  and  the  wrongs  and  is  decisive  enough  of   whether  to  support  her  husband’s  ventures.  She  is  a  guide   reminding  him  of  right  and  steering  them  off  the  wrong.

 

A  woman  is  divinity  in  the  sense  that  she  is  potent  of  giving  birth ,loving unconditionally, and  leading  her  family  towards  goodness. Provide  her  the  resources mandatory  for  her  growth  and  ones  family,  community  and  nation  will  consequentially  realize  from  the  outgrowth. Investment  on  her  education  not  only  enables  her  to  stand  on  her  feet  but  also  has  a  multiplier  effect.

 

A  praiseworthy  recommendation is  of  UN’s children agency  UNICEF  wherein every  working  children  is  supported  with  free  education.  The proposal is in effect in countries like Nepal, Congo,

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YOU LIVE ONLY ONCE

Problems ranging from muscle and joint stiffness to obesity or from palpitations to an increased risk of heart attack, regular and moderately vigorous activity, with at least 30 to 45 minutes of stamina building exercises, four times a week   [or more] reduces the likelihood of all these conditions. For weight loss and improved muscle appearance you will need to do some form of aerobic activity too. Work at intensity where you feel you are working hard but can keep going for at least 30 minutes. And this should definitely be more important to you than your work or no work, late night parties or no parties.

 

Here is an example of a 5’ 4” woman with medium frame weighing 58 kilos: doing everyday household work.   

 

1.While dusting at home or office her shoulders, chest, and triceps are actively involved thus in the process she looses about: 180 calories per hour.

 

2.While folding and storing clothes in trunks, boxes, almiras, bags and suitcases her back, arms, legs, are actively involved thus in this process she looses around: 255 calories for each hour.

 

3.While vacuuming and cleaning floors and the carpets her hands, back, biceps are actively involved and in the process she looses around: 230 calories per hour.

 

4.While gardening and watering plants her forearms and wrists are actively involved in this process she looses approximately: 180 calories per hour.

 

5.While washing clothes, curtains and sofa sets her hands, wrist, back, neck and shoulders are aggressively involved and in the process she looses roughly: 400 calories for each hour.

 

6. While chasing fireflies (jugnu) her legs, backside, hands are energetically involved and in this process she looses around: 355 calories per hour.

 

 

          Many clubs and gyms have their own dieticians; who would definitely suggest a weight loss programme that is purposely designed according to ones body structure and requirements. Far from being unpleasant the whole point of exercise and fitness is to increase your enjoyment of life. And subsequently once you are hooked to it check the fat loss and not weight loss.

          We have two types of tissues in the body. Firstly it is the lean tissue [muscle] secondly the adipose tissue. Once you decide upon a crash-dieting course to shed off extra weight, you deny basic nutrition to your body and thus end up loosing muscle tissue rather than fat tissue. Now see how it works. When you loose muscle tissue the rate at which calories burn during rest drops tremendously, you do loose false body weight but in return the body slows down the basal metabolic rate  [BMR]. Once you loose muscle tissue, body automatically increases its potential for storing fat, because the body now requires that many fewer calories to sustain itself. Even a diet consisting of a mere 1500 calories a day would be too much for the body to use and hence portion of it would still be stored as fat. Of course, this would not be a decent way of looking slim because it is unhealthy and undesirable.

          The body needs about 2/3 of our normal food intake [known medically as BMR basic metabolic rate] to maintain normal body temperature, tone up muscles, and keep our heart and other organs functioning healthily. Therefore a healthy medium frame adult weighing around 62 Kgs would need approximately 2400 calories a day. That is 1600 calories to maintain the system of the body [to provide basic energy to the body] and rest of the day’s work such as dressing, eating, sitting, sleeping, doing other office and house hold activities would require another 800 calories.

          What has to be seriously analysed here is that no one particular type of exercise or workout can bring results. So what actually has to be done? Fat belongs to the entire body and not to a particular part like the abdomen, hips, chest and thighs. These exercises actually work the muscles underneath the fat. When incorrectly working on body muscles, most of the time one is not burning fat, but destroying the basic foundation of the body, that is ‘muscles’. Any workout that allows the body to burn calories at an accelerated rate even during rest is definitely a better activity to choose for fat reduction Therefore, it is best to go for a cardiovascular workout but not exceeding 45 minutes at a particular stretch to minimise the muscle loss. There is no way to prove whether the calories lost are from fat or muscle. Our body firstly uses glycogen as energy and in its absence chooses muscle tissue. Fat is the last choice as a source of energy for the body. Here it is self-explanatory that those to increase the BMR of the body go for weights training exercise at home, gym or the club.

          People also have misconception that cardiovascular exercises are the only way to drop body fat. Which is wrong because effective and long lasting method of burning fat is the weight-training programme with an appropriate blend of cardiovascular exercises. The combination and blend of these two are the best to lose body fat. Weight training the larger body parts such as legs, back, chest-using movements such as squats, rows and presses help in accelerating calorie loss even after the workout ends. If in any doubt, get further professional advice from an experienced and qualified instructor.

 

SURPRISE YOURSELF

 

Most people think they are not the exercise type. Well that is wrong, you are in for a surprise. If you are trying to loose a few kilos, be careful what you eat after your workout. According to new study, some energy bars sold at the gyms may actually work to prevent weight loss. Researchers at Ohio State University gave a group of volunteers either a low moderate, or high-carbohydrate energy bar or white bread and monitored the volunteers’ insulin levels before and after they ate. Surprisingly, both the moderate and the high-carb bars caused greater jumps in insulin levels than the bread did, 35 and 73 percent greater, respectively. In contrast, the low carb-bar raised insulin levels by 26 percentages less than the bread.

          “The more your insulin level spikes after eating, the harder it is for your body to burn off fat”. Says Steve Hertzler [Ph.D.]. Many folks who loose weights discover later that they like being active and are the best after loosing that extra flesh.Researchers emphasise to follow the ‘D&ECP chart’ [diet and exercise combined programme] and also do a minimum of one session [one session has three sets of fifteen repetitions each e.g. 45 no’s in all] four times per week of moderate exercise for 12 weeks. Add to this a brisk walking stretch of 4.5 to 6 kilometres daily, five times a week for 12 weeks [Approximately 3 months] to shed off 10 kgs of extra weight, if you are around 75 kgs now.                        

          In a study from Stanford University in the year 2001-2002 researchers compared between two groups; in a ‘diet only programme’ [DOP] and another ‘diet and exercise combined programme’ [D&ECP]. After six months, volunteers in the [D&ECP] ‘diet and exercise combined programme’ reported feeling less hungry and some even found it was much easier to control eating and avoid and munchies than those in the diet only programme.

          The ability to control yourself over snacks and munches is great once you really understand that these will ultimately lead you no where at the end of the day. Add just a little more to all this hard work: Invent what exercises can do for you and your bodyline.

          In a recent study in California, researchers asked 13 ‘overweight’ women to begin brisk walking 45 minutes per session five times a week; it was later found that these ladies could not carry themselves for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. Therefore the timetable was rescheduled and reduced to 35 minutes. In the same period women were asked to cut back their calories intake [no fats no fries] through a dietician. Results had to be astonishing: After three months all the 13 overweight women had nearly lost 2.5 kilos to 4 kilos of weight. Most important, all of this loss was body fat; in fact fat in the women’s thigh muscles lowered by around 16% to 21% the women gained much better tone and improved aesthetics. The ability of lungs to take in more air jumped significantly, it increased to more than 8 percent. The women turned slimmer and gained extra stamina in due course of time. More important the loss in their body fat generated extra energy in them and above all improved their overall personality.

          “I have really tried this out and done it! Take my word on it. What a great relief it is to explain this to you”.  Want to bet…? So then, Get started!

          Watching kilos melt away is a great relief and an extremely wonderful experience in life. Seeing a new you in the mirror is exhilarating. Say if you have lost 10 kilos. Next time you go to your gymnasium [gym] get two five kilos each dumbbell. Well, just carry them around for three minutes.    [180 seconds] Heavy? That is exactly the extra weight you have had been carrying all these years.But at the same time, the pressure and greed to eat, eat, and eat more does not go away so soon. Stay alert even after you have reached your goal ‘weight’. How much you, exercise daily? How much you, eat? All this will have a huge payoff in terms of weight, health and self-confidence. What will you do now, when your weight is where you actually wanted it to be? Under control. Keep the weighing scales handy. Weigh yourself at least once a fortnight.

          Remember that as important is breakfast, lunch, and evening   session of drinks with late night dinners and parties for you and your family so is a good exercising routine. Therefore combine your eating habits with a good exercise and workout routine.   

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PHYSICAL FITNESS

 

   

 

         

 

          Definition of fitness is more than mere absence of illness and disease; it is a physical expression of vigour and vitality, being physically healthy and strong. It is the inner strength, a little extra stamina left in reserve to cope up with the last mile easily, even after an over dose of extra physical work. The three basic components of physical fitness are:

Suppleness. Strength. Stamina.  

          Suppleness:  Suppleness means flexibility or mobility of the neck, trunk and limbs. The more supple condition body is in, the more it permeates to the easy movement of the joints without any feeling of tiredness. It is an important feature of fitness; it allows the body to bend, stretch, turn and twist right and left with ease and without the slightest of strain or sprain. Suppleness workout stretches and soothes various muscles that help working of joints.

          Strength: Muscle power in other words is the strength of the body; this is the quality of being physically strong. Strength is an ability that one has to resist force or hold heavy weights without breaking or being dented. When muscles combine and continue to execute a   ‘certain job’ it is the natural force and power that performs from within. The maximum strength, a group of muscles apply to an action, differs from person to person it is the quality and ability of a person that gives him an added advantage over the rest of folks around him. Fewer or additional strength is required for pushing and shifting of different sorts of jobs. More strength comes with exercising muscles against resistance.

          Frankly, whatever your age, more resistance a muscle meets repeatedly when it functions, the more its individual fibre contracts and strengthens. Proper exercise and weight training strengthens body muscles that are regularly exercised against resistance respond by becoming bigger  stronger and improved.                         Stamina: The most essential fundamental of fitness is ‘charged power’ Power that stays. Power that translated here would well mean stamina and endurance. It is the capacity to keep on going without gasping for breath or going weak at the knees. This is basically active involvement of whole body muscles. Jogging, running, brisk walking, swimming is best to enhance stamina because in their working, muscles need more supply of oxygen. That puts extra demand, not only on the heart, lungs and circulation but also the muscles themselves.

 

 

 

 

THE FAST FORWARD MODE

 

Some always seem to be in a great hurry. Relax, rest, slow down, are words those have no meaning in their lives, as if they never existed. This group of individuals is riding on the fast track on board the ‘The Rajdhani Express’.                        

          Once I accompanied a visit to a big car showroom on the outskirts of city, on my friend’s request. Mr Fida Hussein Khan was soon busy; sales girl explained to him the advanced features that car was loaded with, fastest breakneck speed escorted with a fastest car cooling air-conditioner in its category, fastest pickup and the fastest acceleration and the fastest so on.

          He curiously watched me from the corner of his eyes, took a minute off from the sales girl, approached and enquired the cause for my impatience, which he had precisely articulated. Honestly, I persuaded him to go for an economically viable, medium but a doable version. He laughed it off and said, “Oh! Well, then why buy a car? There are side street and walkways for the pedestrians, choose those, instead. Life is like a highway. Drive as fast as possible and maintain speed to the fullest because there were greater risks involved if you were slow. The car driver behind you might ruthlessly hit your car from the rear if you trek at a sluggish pace.” He had made his point; This ‘breakneck speed lifestyle’ where it is easy to speed up than to slow down, lots of people dispute that even if you apply some breaks, someone might bang against you from the rear, before you could realize what had happened because he too is driving in the fastest lane, on the same highway just as you are. Do you understand the complications?

          God forbid, if someone should wakeup late in the morning or takes some extra time in the bathroom. The whole routine that has been itemized down to the very last second will turn upside down with a big Bang! Welcome to ‘ The Rajdhani Express’ I have revealed this expression to define our new mode of modern lifestyle. If you are busy full 24 hours of the day throughout the week, dashing from one destination to the next, polishing off one activity only to launch another, squeezing one more lemon into the already overflowing glass of soda. Welcome on board ‘The Rajdhani Express’ because then you are running this race. It is a non-stop race, an attempt to do as many things as quickly as possible and naturally all at once, even when you are on a holiday having fun with your family.

          The ‘Number One’ cause for stress in most of the people is “not having enough of time.” This is not surprising at all; if you stop to consider the way many of us speed through our days, as if chased by some invisible ghost. Modern high speed and comfortable cars take very less time to reach from one destination to another. We have microwave so one does not have to wait more; lunch is ready to eat in 30 seconds! Then there are ATM cards for those who do not fancy to stand in bank queue or laptop that will take around one minute to complete the entire banking transaction. And do not forget programmable dishwashers and washing machines. You have all the ammunition at your disposal.

          In theory this frees us from the burden of shopping, cooking, cleaning and finishing household jobs or visiting the bank and give us the luxury of thirty odd minutes more, everyday, but sadly it is not so. It does not work practically that way.

           Sooner or later, the stress of speed shows. Perhaps you are already knowledgeable and conversant regarding the ugly effects of prolonged illness, hypertension, backache, spinal pains, and vertebra dislocation. Recently I came across an article in one of the leading daily newspapers in India. This supplement ‘Men & Women’ of the Sunday Chandigarh edition of The Times of India carried interesting article on film star Shah Rukh Khan by Geety Sehgal that has further cemented my point of view. The Mega Star says, “that his life is all about moving towards the future at full speed, without looking back, his attitude has always been to get the maximum out of life when he is not sleeping he is working and there is nothing like ‘hanging out’ for him and he have always been very aware of the fact that there are only few hours in a day and he has to experience everything in them.”

          The fact remains, no matter, how fine-tuned your hasty schedule maybe, it is ultimately not a healthy one. Although people say that if they only had 27 hours in a day instead of 24 hours they would be happier and live much easily and comfortably. But they often do not realize that if they had those three hours extra each day, they would still manage to professionally fill them up with more stress than comfort. Migraine, food indigestion, weight gain, unfortunate-miscarriages, premature greying, hair loss, and the heart attack at young age. And so this race continues to the unknown destination, with the tank full, batteries over charged, and throttle to the maximum.

          High anxiety causes a constant flood of Adrenaline, which delivers instant energy, but it can be highly addictive. Adrenaline is not meant for repeated daily use. Adrenaline is our body’s ‘emergency reserve’ quota. Its chemical properties give extra super human strength to lift the rear of car to save a kid’s life.

          When you start using this unusual energy to sprint to the railway station for the morning train. It is already late by three minutes you run the last ten stretches, jump long and high enough to the roar of passengers and children, in a successful effort grab the coach handle and makeup for your place in the 9 ‘O’clock train. You have done it and you have become the hero. Right? No, Wrong! Experts say, that you will reach a ‘point of no return’ where you would literally experience the uncomfortable feeling of withdrawal if you try to slow down. In fact you would feel better keeping the adrenaline pumping. But your body cannot perform like that forever; after all at some point of time “you are going to crash……….head on”. Remember that.

          When you talk on the cell phone, a cup of tea in one hand, you switch on the dishwasher, while waiting for a minute for the microwave, you check your e-mail. Food in one hand you would see the latest at the stock market. Honestly, you would not even do, the everyday morning thing, without the newspaper in hand.

          Multitasking has become a new approach of life. People acknowledge that they cannot sit alone and watch TV; they have to be doing something or the other as to use the phone or send a SMS, because they say, “they get bored doing one thing at a time.” In some cases multitasking can even be life threatening. Talking on the phone while driving, for instance, quadruples your risk of having an accident. Really?

          The truth is, being idle for a little while makes some people nervous. Latest stress disorder is the, “vacation anxiety.” What is that? Think about it when you are free. Many businessmen would routinely call their office and give the hotel phone number to their personal assistant, in case of an emergency. Oh, look here! They are supposed to be on a vacation. Let us see what happens, for such people, taking more than a couple of days ‘off’ (two days-three days at the most) breeds’ anxiety. An out of turn phone ring would panic them, something might have had happened back at the office, it would turn out to be a friends’ phone call, just to say ‘hello’ to you and your family.

          Even, if you somehow manage to makeup to the beauty and peace of the lands and the beautiful mountain sites of Macleodganj [Dharamshala, Himachal Pardesh, India] it is a safe bet that there is a mobile phone neatly placed in your pocket, equipped to call you back at office in a three seconds notice flat. And you call this a ‘vacation.’    Forget it!

  

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