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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…

  • Reflection

    Consumed by the immediate

    Life is simple. But it is also not. The immediate concerns of the day consume me. But if there is any moment when I can get out of my own body and observe myself from a distance, I am confused. Should I continue like this, or make a clean break and live differently henceforth? Life has no ‘Rewind’ but routine is hard to change. I can idealize a better life to live but I am stuck with the present one. Is it so bad to need change? If given another chance to relive a day, for example, how I lived yesterday the 26th of August 2018, can I do better?…

  • 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…

  • Reflection

    Life Review

    Life review can allow mid-course corrections to the long term goals that we have. Just as we have movie review and departmental review meetings, it is good to review life periodically. How often? I think at least half-yearly. If we simply drift, it is not hard to lose our way. Take for example, materialism. Unless we pause and think about the greater purpose of life, it is easy to become materialistic because that is where gravity of life pulls. We think about making money, lots of money. We think about needs and wants we have and try to justify pursuing to meet all such needs and wants. We compare our…

  • Reflection

    All blames are not equal

    We are all to be blamed (for Corruption in Nagaland). But are we equally to be blamed? Generalization of the blame is the game that people in power play to keep things as they are. Even before any work is executed, minister of a department cuts a certain percentage of the department fund. Not satisfied with the slice that he cut out at source, he interferes and paralyses the department activities. He takes the lion’s share of the appointments by placing people who are not fit for the job. He inserts people where there are no vacancies making the government spend excess on salaries. He then takes the lion’s share…

  • Reflection

    Neymarish

    Tharoor was wrong. But are we also not ‘Neymarish’? Burning effigy for a reference to headgear? Come on. CM and Naga Hoho have said it. Let it rest there. Are we people who are most easily offended? One wrong touch and we roll on the floor like Neymar. Our identity is such a touchy subject that one small wrong comment on it and we go crazy. We are aware of the history but we don’t have to bring it all up each and every single time. For instance, although discrimination of people from the region is real, I don’t have to be offended each time I am mistaken for a…

  • Reflection

    AFC

    Animal fight club Battle of the beasts World’s deadliest killers Monster fish Deadly jaws Wild encounters Animals gone wild Killer dragons Fast and fierce What are these? Yes, they are television programs. Scroll the TV schedule through your remote control to see how repeatedly these are shown in a day and the number of hours they take. Contrast that with Psalm 104 of the Bible. Do these television channels always have these kinds of programs in the past? I don’t think so. It must be viewers who are influencing the channels to show these programs. So, what does this say about us humans? Our minds have become perverted. These programs…

  • Reflection

    Of church, alliance, and clarifications

    Including…lest it be said, ‘why didn’t you say this before election?’ Questions have been raised at NBCC, a church body for speaking out against a political party. It is legitimate to ask why a religious body should ‘campaign’ against a political party, especially when election is fast approaching. Some people say that the church should at the most stay at campaigning for a clean election process but not go beyond to muddy itself in political affairs of the state. Religion and politics should not be mixed is the cry of these people. If the political parties were all just political parties which are for development, anti-corruption, and so on and…

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    How not to mix religion and politics

    For those who are sick and tired of mixing religion and politics, this is what I would recommend. Wrap religion in a soft warm cloth and place it in a cute little box; and please don’t forget to turn that tiny key to lock it. Place it in your almirah locker where you keep your precious stuffs like jewelry or your original documents. On Sunday morning, you open the cute little box and apply religion on your face. Don’t forget to rub it gently over your nose and your cheeks with your finger tips in a circling movement. Now, you are glowing and set for the day. Say a little…

  • Reflection

    A thought about my office drivers

    What I have observed over the years is that drivers bring their officers to office in the morning, play cards the whole day, and go back in the evening. There are times when that is the not the day’s routine but those times are few. If they accumulate the time spent on playing cards for a year, it will be a month’s worth of time or more. If accumulated over 10 years, it may be a year’s duration or more. During the length of one’s service, it may be enough to complete a Ph.D. A Ph.D may not be a desirable thing for them, but they could use the time…