My Bucket List had a book in it and I was not sure as to what and how I should be writing one. Some well-wishers suggested to write a travelogue as I used to travel for work or otherwise.
I was also lucky that I am a member of this blog group and help came up instantaneously. The sum total was the realization that I should be writing from the heart.
Encouraged by the support I decided to start writing and brought up an idea of forming the ‘Book Writers’ Club’ which was joined by a few friends. And I wanted my first few pages to be seen and reviewed by the club members.
I got a real review, ably correcting the plenty of mistakes and telling what should be taken care of from one of the members. She had one book published and here I am talking about her second and lovely book ‘Love.Exe’
If you have downloaded a complicatd software on an unreliable computer with moody internet, you get a picture of how the author unfurls the story. The story progresses like the exact stages in the software download, with the several yes/no, true/false confirmations concluding with the finish button.
That alone would make the book a hit among the tech savvy new generation. Particularly since the background is set on the dream destination for Indians for study and work – the U S A and Ivy League colleges, full scholarships and dream jobs with new gen tech and online companies.
About the Author
Manju Nambiar, originally from Kerala in India, after higher education in USA, now works in a leading frim in San Jose California and lives there with husband and daughter. Her first book ‘The Money Lender’ has been a hit.
The book is available on Amazon
The main character is a bright and beautiful girl from an orthodox South Indian family with ambition set on the typical Indian youngster intention of living the American Dream.
Marriage is what the parents think of daughters and that is what the compromise for any dream.
There is a transition from an attempted arranged marriage to love led marriage. Imagine the situation when the parties involved are the same in both the scenarios.
As a reader, I have a weakness of getting attached to the lead character. That is not the problem. The problem is that whoever is a villain to the good character (mostly heroine) has a red mark on him from me. And when the author cleverly brings the two close to where they work, I am not happy to see the villain making any gains on the heroine.
But I am unique. Almost all the others love the twist and are fascinated by the details of a real Indian experience in the campus and workplace in USA, especially when the love dominates the details. The book is a complete success in meticulously detailing every steps in the life of Indian Americans living the American Dream in the University and work office.
That’s when, though I wouldn’t like the villain coming anywhere near my heroine, all except me will be thrilled at the way the two get closer and closer and closer.
That makes a reader to get hooked on the book. That is everybody, young, old and even me.
Great romantic book and highly recommended.
Autophagy won the Nobel Prize in 2016 and Intermittent Fasting is spreading faster. The two help in getting rid of excess fat and unwanted cells from the body.
It’s about stressing the body to derive the benefits. And our ancestors were stressed with exposure to sudden variations in temperature for example.
Hydrotherapy is simulating it and I am happy to repost below my earlier blog on experiencing it.
My blog on Hydrotherapy in Cancun.
Yesterday i had a unique experience of hydrotherapy in ‘the Finest ‘ Paya Mujures resort in Cancun.
I was allowed only the swimming trunk and had to keep everything else including the phone in a locker and hence missed any detailed photos.
First it was in a sauna where body got warm and next was in a bathroom where a barrel with a hanging string was there. I pulled the string down and a barrel full of cold water bathed me. Wow
Then there was another bathroom where hot and cold alternating jets of water sprayed with power systematically all over the body.
Then it was a steam room with some salt all over the body. I could feel all pores opening and sweat pouring down. Then ice water was brought and poured on me head down. Double wow
Then there were a series of walking through small pools alternated with hot and cold water and different water jets worked on the body systematically.
Then another set of pools where very powerful water jets worked on you from above, sides and below.
Finally taken to a relaxing chair made of some stone and heated. Cold towel covered me and a small folded towel with perfumed and organic medicated was placed covering the eyes. Shoulders and neck were massaged making me fall asleep.
Overall a unique and rejuvenating experience.
Everybody with excess fat in the body, wants to get rid of it.
I am one of them and now follow the intermittent fasting technique with some remarkable success.
When you are in such a program, one of the ways of getting better in it, is to share experiences and support each other, from among similar minded people.
I have a few of my friends supporting and sharing experiences, which is priceless.
Right now we are on a question of what would be the best food choice during the eating window of intermittent fasting.
And now I chance upon a write up on ‘Autophagy’ and there are some tips to get better in what we are doing.
We can’t do everything that’s written as good. But we can pick and choose our own individual routine and see if it works well.
I am now in the process of doing that. Hopefully we will have more interested friends in joining in the support group.
The idea is to get rid of excess fat and now the unwanted cells through the steps in autophagy, while aiming to loose weight, tone up and feel energetic and healthy.
All those who are interested in more information on Intermittent fasting and autophagy are welcome to join in, to share experiences and for mutual support.
I am not talking about the wisdom of great philosophers, gurus and teachers. I am referring to simple day to day living practices of our ancestors.
Olden times, hunters spend time to gather food for the families, groups and clans. And when the food was brought, everybody assembled to eat.
Probably the hunters spent 16 hours to catch enough food so that everyone could eat for the rest of the time. And that’s exactly the, now popular, Intermittent fasting.
Olden times food was raw, fresh, natural and without external stimulants. We now advocate fresh, unprocessed and organic food.
Humans and animals had the ability to identify and use natural herbs and medicines. Though we lost the ability to spot the right herb, there’s a quest for herbal medicines.
Animals, however haven’t lost their instinct, but the challenge is destruction of nature for them to spot remedies.
And we make a hue and cry about this destruction and replacement of virgin jungle with concrete jungle.
Basically the challenge now is to acquire the animal instinct, back.
Yachters Djillali Zaknoun from France and Patrycja Lukasiewicz from Poland on their ‘around the world in a yacht’ journey were berthed in the only International Marina in India, Kochi.
We were truly amazed at their adventures, having been on the high seas for the past four years, visiting countries across the world.
They were in Kochi, Kerala for the past two weeks and are off to Djibouti on the lovely yacht Dona Zita, and will be finally back in France by September 2019.
We made friends with them and took them to some interior locations in Kerala such as the beautiful Munnar, Vagamon and even to our ancestral house.
Though we introduced them to our friends, Sunu (my wife) thought that they should have some real publicity.
The great organiser and good in contacts that she is, she got hold of reporters from national newspapers ‘The Hindu’ and ‘ Indian Express’.
The enthusiastic reporters visited the sailors on their boat and interviewed them and published the story in the respective newspapers.
The picture is of the coverage in ‘The Hindu’ and even we are in the photo when we took them for a vegetarian meal which they prefer.
Pat and Dji Dji were extremely happy and collected sufficient number of copies of the newspapers so that they have a new story to tell in their voyage.
I am sure that my wife’s action will assist in generating interest in similar adventurous visitors to come to Kerala. A good step towards tourism promotion.
I have been feeling good, looking better and have better energy, ever since I started on the intermittent fasting and allied program.
Today I am completing two months into the program and incidentally I am on my first travel outside the state involving some hotel stay. And it brings up some challenges.
The reason I bring up this subject again is on the firm belief that one needs peer support in maintaining good things such as this.
The assistance and feedback can be in both ways. For example, I have a feedback that all good things happened will get reversed once the program is stopped or relaxed.
This is a very valuable feedback. And it helps in making some resolutions. For example, I am going to skip breakfast, even though the hotel room comes with free breakfast. I could skip lunch or dinner, but then most of them are with friends and it doesn’t work well that way.
Again the point, why go back on the program! When it does good for your mind and body, continue. Don’t discount the fact that skipping meals saves money also.
So the maintenance need not be a concern. And it’s possible to improve on the program.
Perhaps that’s what I should do. Improve on the program, taking all the tips and share such positive experiences with friends.
Let maintenance be progressive.
This has always been a challenge in my Yoga session. My Yoga teacher used to help in lifting the legs to get me in the position.
Now I can do it myself, and I am very happy about it. Of course I am not so straight up as in the picture, but I ensure that the weight is balanced on the shoulder which is a big requirement.
This asana must be practiced either first thing in the morning or at least four to six hours after a meal. The stomach and bowels must be empty when you practice this asana. The food ingested must be digested. As such it compliments well with intermittent fasting.
These are some amazing benefits of shoulder stand yoga pose. (Adopted from an article)
1 It helps calm the brain, cures mild depression, and relieves stress.
2 It helps stimulate the prostate glands, the thyroid glands, and the abdominal organs.
3 The neck and shoulders get a good stretch.
4 The buttocks and legs get toned.
5 Digestion is improved, and metabolism is regulated.
6 This asana relieves the symptoms of menopause.
7 Fatigue and insomnia are reduced.
8 This asana helps cure sinusitis, asthma, and infertility.
My Yoga teacher insists that ‘Matsyasana’ should follow immediately after ‘Sarvangasana’. Also please get expert help if you’re starting it new.
It’s my weighing scale and I climb on it at least twice a day.
The scale has two readings, the outer one in pounds and the inner one in kilograms.
I used to read the inner kilograms earlier, but the measurements now are in pounds. The calculation is the current reading which is less from the base as on January 19, 2019. The reduction in pounds then is a bigger number than in kilograms.
Jan 19 is the day I started my Intermittent fasting routine. And today’s reading shows a reduction of eleven pounds.
The readings are accurate without the possible variation of weights of dress, footwear etc. No chance as none of such external materials are worn while taking the weight.
A reading is taken in the morning after the morning chores and then again closer to the end of the 16 hour fasting. I am now trained at noticing fractional differences.
And I see a difference, a reduction and it’s quite satisfying.
The scale is a happy companion.