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By Salil Gewali
Just about two weeks back I was coincidentally confronted with the most contrasting situation in a market. On the one hand a crowd of people jostling in front of a wine store, but on the other hand one woman standing near the bookstall which was closed. On my inquiry, she informed me that she was looking for a particular physics book for her daughter appearing for the Class-12 exam. I noticed a clear feeling of distress overwhelming her since she could not find the book.
Having seen the rush at the nearby wine store for bottles of liquor and herself not finding a copy of the book for the daughter appearing the exam must have made the lady think what is quite unthinkable. A question that may have crisscrossed her mind could be why there is no restriction on wine stores — which has taken a heavy toll on our youths, but a restriction on opening the bookstall. Can we wish away this disgraceful situation standing on the high pedestal of the 21st Century? I am quite bewildered. Something must be amiss so far as “setting the priority” is concerned.
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Incidentally, all kinds of academic proficiencies, all kinds of developmental activities, and modern advances achieved only because we and our forefathers read and studied the great books. They read great “works” of Pythagoras, Aristotle, Marshal, Leibniz, Milton, Faraday, Pasteur, Newton, Dalton, Hegel, Engels, Ramanujan, Dickens, and so on and so forth. So, needlessly to say, for knowledge our children now entirely depend upon academic institutions and the prescribed textbooks.
But, due to COVID-19, the schools/colleges are almost closed since over a year. Should we now “deprive” our kids of textbooks as well? Come on, let’s cudgel up our brain. Let’s be more pragmatic. What could be likely if our school-going children “remain idle” at home for a longer period of time without books. Usually, either they will while away their time playing addictive games or watch frivolous entertainment programs on TV which may not be very healthy for their tender minds.
If the government can consider allowing the hardware shops to open during the containment period why not they consider allowing the bookstalls as well to open to cater to the considerable needs of students in the state —- of course, under the strict enforcement of Covid norms.
This will doubtlessly keep our children off many “harmful indulgences.” Moreover, why do we have to limit ourselves to the only idea of construction of new concert buildings and roads and to accelerate urbanization for development? What is more important for the government is to work out the policies that will help encourage our children to “construct” their better minds and improve their “mental ecology”.
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For our better tomorrow, we need to educate them in every possible way. Come what may, the government/parents must be extra careful and make sure that the lockdown isolation is not adversely affecting the mindsets of our kids. Due to idleness, they are more likely to fall prey to various wrong habits due to peer pressures. Why don’t we ever think about these inevitable realities? Is the increasing cases of “drug addiction” and alcoholism among our youths not the bigger challenge to the state?
Here I recall a beautiful quote by a famous American journalist Margaret Fuller — “ Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Very true indeed! Great readers usually emerged as great figures in the future. If each of our individual authorities at the helm of affairs harks back, everything appears like an open book. They all had put “utmost efforts” to read their books for knowledge resulting in which they are in higher positions now. Therefore, to my mind, “books are as essential as food to our body. They alone can effectively nourish the minds of our children. There are many interesting anecdotes in which Einstein, Edison, and Pascal have forgotten their food but they have never forgotten to read in the “good” books. Good books and sports can alone lure children away from bad habits and wrong influences.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema