• Gardening,  Lifestyle

    Persimmon cultivation in Nagaland

    Persimmon cultivation in Nagaland is about 15 years old. It is mainly grown in Pfutsero area. The popularity of the fruit is growing. Not well known A wedding on 16th October 2018 at Kohima must be the first time in Nagaland when persimmon was served as the main fruit item. Guests were curious and asked the name of the fruit and where it came from. This shows that the fruit is new in Nagaland and people are unaware that it is grown locally. China, Japan, and Korea have been cultivating the fruit since prehistoric times. The fruit was introduced in India by Europeans in Kullu valley, Himachal Pradesh in 1921.…

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    Lifestyle

    Wellness through Yoga alone?

    Promotion of wellness in a multi-cultural multi-religious nation should be open ended… Yoga is not the only way. Health and Wellness Health includes wellness. The WHO definition of Health, 1948 uses the term wellbeing to mean that health is not just the absence of diseases but includes mental and social wellness. The standard textbooks of preventive and social medicine have long acknowledged the importance of spiritual wellbeing as a determinant of health. The concept of ‘social determinants of health’ says that not only the biological or physical environmental factors, but the social environment of an individual or a population is also responsible for disease causation and good health. So, the…

  • Lifestyle

    Why am I not losing weight?

    The more important question, however, is ‘What should be the intensity of the exercise to lose weight? On my way to work yesterday, I picked a colleague who has been trying to lose weight to control her high Blood Pressure. She has borderline hypertension for which her doctor had advised lifestyle modification: Diet control and physical exercise. She said she has controlled her diet which includes reducing of salt, fat and sugar intake. She said she has daily exercise as she walks long distance to take her child to school. She must be walking a minimum of 2 km daily. But her weight is not coming down. I’m sure many…

  • Lifestyle

    The five-fold benefits of Gardening

    It has not been long since I took up gardening. But on looking back, I realized that I had it in me all along. I didn’t have the time and space for it, living in hostels for nine years and in a rented place in Delhi for two years. I remember that my aunt took me to the garden when I was a kid and let me put seeds on the ground which she tilled. She said some hands reap a more bountiful harvest. She didn’t know people call it ‘green thumb’ or ‘green fingers’ elsewhere, but she knew the concept. It is amazing how beliefs like this exist among…

  • Lifestyle

    Bougainvillea

    My fascination for bougainvillea is as old as my marriage, which is 3 years old. I was able to make my wife fall for it too and we have been collecting as many varieties/colors as we can. This specimen in the photo is one of the prettiest, that it has multiple colours in one plant. It is possible to achieve that also by grafting different colored plants into one. What we have come to understand about growing Bougainvillea is that it is easy to propagate (cuttings around June), low maintenance, loves sun (needs it to bloom), cannot tolerate freezing temperature, and doesn’t like wet feet. It can be grown in…

  • Lifestyle

    I was sick, now I am poor: The impact of health care expenditure

    A society’s progress is not measured by how splendid a show one puts up at a festival or how good the top layers in the society are performing. But it is measured by how much it does to protect those people who live on the edge of a cliff. What would have a Chakhesang Naga village farmer not done before deciding to sell off his paddy field to pay for his son’s medical bills? Left with nothing else, he did it; for who wouldn’t have done so if that can save the life of one’s only son? If a single showing is worth a thousand telling, the story of desperation…

  • Lifestyle

    Child Mortality Statistics: Not just numbers

    Health statistics are not just numbers in a table, shades of colors in a chart, or dots in a map; but they are measures of human suffering. Behind such mathematical and statistical figures of our health and disease data are real people who either suffered or died In my presentations, I point to the health statistics and say that these are not just numbers in a table, shades of colors in a chart, or dots in a map; but they are measures of human suffering. Behind such mathematical and statistical figures of our health and disease data are real people who either suffered or died. Chances are that in the…

  • Lifestyle

    Pursuing a hobby

    A hobby can turn into the primary profession. Also keeping a hobby as a hobby is worth pursuing and developing.  I have toyed with the idea of changing career in midlife. I am nowhere near it mentally and have no particular area of work in mind. But I am happy that I have started working on a hobby that I have been thinking of for many years. It is the art of making bonsai. Circa 2003, I went for a plant exhibition in Imphal where I was mesmerized by miniature trees planted in pots. The trees were familiar except that they looked old and small. I didn’t know they are…