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The Sentinelese sometimes referred to as the Sentinel, are an indigenous tribe who live on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal, in the northeastern Indian Ocean. They are classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group and a Scheduled Tribe and are included in the larger category of Andamanese peoples.
The Sentinelese are the world's most remote tribe, and their quest has intrigued millions. They are self-sufficient on their tiny wooded island, North Sentinel, around the size of Manhattan. The Sentinelese have always been resistant to contact with the outside world. They are hostile against strangers and have murdered anyone who has attempted to land or landed on the island.
Group of Andamanese Sentinels catching turtles. wikimedia
The Sentinelese are hunters and gatherers by nature. They probably utilize bows and arrows to hunt terrestrial animals and capture local shellfish such as mud crabs and shells using primitive ways. Because of the number of roasted shells found in their villages, it is assumed that they eat a lot of molluscs. Some of their customs have not progressed beyond those of the Stone Age, and they are not known to have engaged in agriculture in the past.
The Sentinelese have been observed to have certain commonalities as well as some differences with the Onge People (another indigenous tribe of Little Andaman, one of the Andaman Islands in India). They all cook their food in a same manner. They have a lot in common when it comes to body decor and material culture.
There are also some similarities in the way their canoes are constructed. With sloping leaf-covered roofs and four-pole construction, the Sentinelese live in tiny, makeshift temporary houses. Having scavenged metal to make tools and weapons, as well as accepting aluminium cookware abandoned by the National Geographic Society in 1974, they understand the importance of metal.
The Sentinelese are hunters and gatherers by nature. They probably utilize bows and arrows to hunt terrestrial animals and capture local shellfish such as mud crabs and shells using primitive ways. Photo by Alireza Sahebi on Unsplash
Except for reusing scavenged metal by cold forging, they appear to be completely ignorant of metallurgy. They have also created boats that are suited for lagoon fishing, but instead of using paddles or oars to move them, they use long poles. They hardly ever utilize the canoes for cross-island travel. Bark strings are worn by both sexes, and daggers are always tucked into the waist belts of the males. They do, however, wear various decorations, like necklaces and headbands, but they are otherwise completely bare. It has been reported that people have been seen wearing the jawbones of deceased relatives.
The women have been observed dancing in a bent-knee stance, slapping both hands on their thighs at the same time as tapping their feet in a rhythmic manner.
The Sentinelese are one of six indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese. Photo by Vinayak Sharma on Unsplash
The Sentinelese are one of six indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese. They are also one of the most reclusive of these peoples. The Sentinelese, in contrast to the other races, appear to have continuously denied any contact with the rest of the world. Their attitude toward strangers is hostile, and they have killed anyone who have approached or landed on the island.
The first peaceful contact with the Sentinelese was established on January 4, 1991, by Triloknath Pandit, director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his team.
From 1997, Indian tourists were no longer permitted to visit the island. Survival International lobbyists protest and utilise public pressure to ensure that their right to stay disconnected from the outside world is maintained by the government. It is possible that illnesses to which they are not immune to will wipe out the whole tribe if they come in contact with others.
Keywords: Sentinelese, Nicobarese, Andaman Tribes , Indigenous, Great Andamanese.
Fashion's biggest extravaganza, The Met Gala 2021, made a comeback with a vengeance after a skip in 2020 due to the pandemic. The theme for this year's gala was 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion', and as usual in attendance were a long list of celebrities including actors, musicians and sportpersons. Many fashion houses and celebrities chose to dazzle with the dark side of fashion as capes, leather, face masks and all kinds of drama unfolded at the event, as black ruling the red carpet with its darker vibe.
Met Gala regulars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Emily Blunt, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid and the Kardashian-Jenner siblings were spotted alongside debutantes like 18-year-old British tennis star Emma Raducanu who recently won the US Open, Rose Leslie from 'The Game of Thrones', gymnast Nia Dennis and Justin and Hailey Beiber who walked the Me carpet together for the first time.
The event is hosted by Vogue's Dame Anna Wintour and is held annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Here's a look at some of the stars who chose to walk on the darker side:
The event is hosted by Vogue's Dame Anna Wintour and is held annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. | IANS
Keywords: Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Emily Blunt, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, the Kardashian-Jenner, Emma Raducanu, Met Gala
Many young and middle-aged people today are dying of sudden heart attacks. Studies show that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) strike Indians a decade earlier compared to their Western counterparts. Why is this happening? How can we prevent it? Are we just focused on post-heart attack action? Or should we be focused more on prevention?
Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach -- Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine shares an input that could prevent heart attacks at a young age:
Cholesterol is not the culprit, inflammation is: Many people believe that high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are the sole culprits behind their heart attacks. The main reasons behind most heart attacks are inflammation and oxidative damage in the heart, blood vessels, endothelial lining, arteries, and more. While maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important, we cannot blame heart attacks on cholesterol levels alone. What then can you do to keep inflammation in check and your heart strong? Adopt simple lifestyle changes.
Many people believe that high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are the sole culprits behind their heart attacks. | Flickr
Switch from ordinary substandard cooking oils to cold-pressed oils: Refined oils are highly inflammatory and a threat to your heart. Using refined oils just to save some money isn't a wise idea. Choose the right quality and quantity of oil to boost your heart health. It might cost you a few extra bucks, but remember, your health is not a cost but an investment.
Refined oils are highly inflammatory and a threat to your heart. Using refined oils just to save some money isn't a wise idea. | Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary on Unsplash
Switch from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one: Even if you don't engage in a full-fledged workout, just stay active. Walking and yoga are the most effective exercises. Choose fun workouts that you enjoy -- dancing, aerobics, Zumba, swimming, whatever it is, but keep that body moving. People who live a sedentary lifestyle are at high risk of heart attacks. Having said that, over-working out with little orno rest or recovery period is equally harmful. So, figure out the adequate level of activity your body needs and stick to it.
Even if you don't engage in a full-fledged workout, just stay active. Walking and yoga are the most effective exercises. | Photo by Peter Conlan on Unsplash
Don't take matters to your heart: Before renting out your heart space and mind space to a person, event or experience, ask yourself if it is worth it. While stress is inevitable, what sets a happy person apart from a stressed person is their capacity to diffuse and navigate stress and see things in a positive light. You can continue attending stress management classes and workshops, and while all of them can help you feel better for some time, the real change happens when you start changing your perspective towards life and how you relate to stress.Learn to accept and let go. Build your self-worth, create a beautiful inner world, reflect inwards, and allow these teachings to slip into your daily living.
Before renting out your heart space and mind space to a person, event or experience, ask yourself if it is worth it. |cPhoto by Tim Gouw on Unsplash
Fix your sleep routine: There is nothing cool about pulling an all-nighter to work or socialize more. Your body only cares about survival. Remember, your sleep is your heart's free drug. The chronic deprivation of it can increase your risk of a heart attack. Your heart is a muscle that needs recovery. Lack of sleep increases your insulin resistance and makes you more prone to type-2 diabetes and a gamut of metabolic conditions. So, adopt a fixed sleeping schedule and sleep deep.
There is nothing cool about pulling an all-nighter to work or socialize more. | Photo by Tetiana SHYSHKINA on Unsplash
We cannot wait for more misfortunate incidents to realize the importance of lifestyle and start prioritizing it. We must wake up and work towards prevention. Many of us may go through heart disease later in life, no matter how well we exercise or eat clean. So, identify risk factors and work towards tackling them. Even if one of your risk factors is genetic predisposition and there is nothing you can do about it, you can still alter your lifestyle. Our intelligent human body was designed to fix and heal itself. The least we can do is invest in it and help it do its job effectively. Lifestyle can help you bridge this gap.
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: lifestyle, heart, oil, stress, sleep, human, body, health, heart attack
When it comes to burgers, its not just the patty that makes it all worthwhile... one can't forget the cheese or the crunchy lettuce either. In India, McDonald's ensures their burgers use the freshest produce, which means that don't use any ordinary lettuce. The iceberg variety was first introduced in India by McDonald's, as early as the 90s, at a time when not many people were familiar with lettuce and used cabbage instead. Lettuce is a key ingredient known for its crunch, its odourless and is ideal for salads, sandwiches and burgers.
The fast food giant collaborated with local Indian suppliers and pioneered the local production of iceberg lettuce in the country. Their lettuce undergoes 30 quality and food safety checks. After harvesting, the lettuce is pre-cooled to a temperate of below 40C at the farm gate to maintain its freshness. It is then transported in refrigerated vehicles to the world-class processing plant where it is shredded to a measured length and width and then washed and cleaned thoroughly before being vacuum-packed.
The fast food giant collaborated with local Indian suppliers and pioneered the local production of iceberg lettuce in the country | Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash
Today, the lettuce that goes into your favourite burger is produced at a pristine height of 10,000 feet under the rain shadow areas of the Himalayas in the Manali and Lahaul districts. Over the last 15 years, the farm base that produces lettuce for McDonald's menu items has grown from 5 acres to more than 100 acres. The process for growing lettuce is very rigorous and thoroughly monitored starting with the selection of seed variety, nursery production, fertigation, integrated pest management and post-harvest technology. Over the years, the company has continued to engage with local suppliers in good agricultural practices, meeting the Gold Standards of food safety and hygiene. It has transferred global best practices in irrigation, pest control, seed selection benefitting nearly 250 small and marginal farmers across the country. These practices ensure the right conditions for the iceberg lettuce to grow.
With over 60 years of experience in developing the best quality standards for the industry to follow, it continues to build and strengthen the foundation of good food practices and knowledge transfer, while serving great-tasting menu items at a value to its customers. "At McDonald's, we are committed to offering great tasting food using high quality ingredients to our customers. To offer the best to our esteemed customers, we take extra care in ensuring that the highest levels of hygiene and food safety are maintained at every step of how our food is produced, where its ingredients are sourced from and how it is processed . We are committed to responsible sourcing and supporting farmers community growing lettuce for us." said Rajeev Ranjan, COO, McDonald's India , North and East.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: burger, india, lettuce, McDonalds, locals, North, East