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By Martin William
Health is one of the most important assets of life and shouldn’t be compromised for anything. Unfortunately, it’s sad to see that the majority of people take this blessing for granted and make little to no effort in trying to improve it. You may be busy with your busy life schedule, but trust me, you will regret not doing anything for the sake of your health later in life. Healthy habits have been long lost from our routines, and this bitter reality can be confirmed by answering the questions mentioned below:
- When was the last time you ate homemade fresh vegetable cuisine?
- When was the last time you drank at least 4 liters of water a day?
- When was the last time you slept on time?
- When was the last time you took a mental health break from everything?
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It’s pretty obvious that you are in deep thoughts right now because you don’t remember that last time you did each one of these mentioned things! Well, it’s never too late to start making a life-changing move for the sake of your health, and if you are one of those individuals who really want to do something positive for their health, now is the time my friend, that you start making an effort. Let it be clear that it all comes down to commitment and consistency. It’s not like that you adopt healthy habits for three days and move back to your previous unhealthy routine the fourth day. You have to make a commitment with yourself and then stick to it. Once you are ready, below are some tips that will help you to get on track.
Start Eating Healthy
Of course, it all starts from what’s going inside your body. You must add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and say goodbye to junk food. You can Google simple recipes to prepare healthy cuisine at home and nourish your body with all the essential nutrients that it’s deprived of over the years. Trust me, you will start noticing the change within days. You will ultimately start feeling fresh and energetic and a different kind of glow will appear on your skin. Consider adding smoothies to your breakfast as these drinks are very healthy.
One important thing that most people leave unnoticed is, to start a healthy lifestyle, it is of immense importance that the food that is going inside you is properly clean and free of all bacterias. Before cooking anything, make sure that your utensils are properly washed, and you must sanitize your hands. This reduces the risk of bacteria entering our food, thus making it all healthy for us.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Mental health is extremely important and crucial for your overall well-being and healthy lifestyle. It’s sad to see them paying no attention to their mental health. Every year, thousands of people fall victim to anxiety and depression. It’s better to give your mind some rest than losing it all soon. People are seen working extra hours, doing night shifts, and overburdening their brains more than they can actually take.
Remember that your brain is basically the central processing system of your body. How can you expect your body to work all fit when your brain is not in a good condition. If you ever feel that you are experiencing anxiety as a result of extra workload, immediately rest your mind and take a break. You can consider reading different books and informative articles on the internet to divert your mind. Consider reading an article on dragonfly to discover the unknown facts related to them.
Add Exercise to Your Routine
Exercise is very important for your well-being and a healthy lifestyle. By adding exercise to your daily routine, you can keep your joints from getting stiff. People who don’t exercise develop joint problems at a very early age because they are not providing any movement to their bones. Exercise also helps you to stay fit and burn some extra calories during the day. Consider adding morning walks and yoga to your daily routine and notice the difference within some days. Your body will start behaving in a totally different and positive way.
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Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.
The Mysore kingdom became a popular tourist destination after India became an independent country. The Wodeyar dynasty who succeeded Tipu Sultan are still royalty, but they do not rule the state. Their heritage and culture have become what Karnataka is famous for.
Among the many things that Mysore offers to the state of Karnataka, the Mysore Peta is one. In north India, various cultures have their own headgears. They wear their traditional outfits on the days of festivities and ceremonies. Likewise, in the south, especially in Karnataka, the Mysore Peta is worn.
Made of the traditional Mysore silk, the Peta is usually a white turban decorated with a gold silk thread. It is worn by the Maharaja of Mysore during Dasara, or any other public appearance. This tradition has been preserved and is used all over the state by prominent leaders.
Politicians who want to appease older, more experienced politicians, offer a peta as a sign of honour. International guests are welcomed into the city with a peta and silk shawl. In universities, the peta is worn as a replacement to the black caps, as a sign of graduation and scholarship.
Even today, in the court of Mysore, petas are worn and given out as tokens of honour. The peta of the king varies from the ones a courtier wears, and even among them, there is a difference according to status. Petas are made by a particular family and passed down from generation to generation.
Keywords: Mysore kingdom, peta, silk, Wodeyar