Different Views…… And Interesting……

It was in a function last evening that I met this educationist who founded a college specialising in clinical psychology.

We clicked, when a casual conversation went on to the time when St. Thomas landed in Kerala in AD 52.

The person holds three doctorates and one of them is in Holistic Yoga. According to him he’s the only PHD on the subject from india and he acquired it from University of California in Berkeley.

He is to meet the Prime Minister of India in three weeks time on the subject.

The most striking part of the discussion was on holistic yoga. Here it’s not only the exercise, diet and various yoga positions that is in focus, but the management of what is like a lifestyle.

He claims that medicines and accompanied diet and exercise are not the most effective healer, but it’s how you respond to the nature.

When you are one with the nature, the medical readings will come to normal.

As a simple example, when you do something, which you like and you get involved fully in it with passion, then you are one with nature and your health- medical, physical and mental will improve.

Perhaps I have some experience in this. When you work for money, you won’t get this passion and just remember the medical indicators like BP, blood sugar, lipids etc.

And consider doing something which you really like and get fully involved in it. Let the routines like diet, workout etc be same. The medical readings get to normal or better. I have a certification to give here.

We also discussed some other subjects, most important were on sex lives of people and the concept of equality. Perhaps this is not the right forum to discuss, but the information gathered were exceptional.

For example on equality, he says 50:50 is not correct. It’s 100% each. Men has a 100% role and women another 100% of their own. Make it 50%_50%, then the game is lost.

I am sure to meet this person again……

Different Views…… And Interesting……

A Wonderful Place……

I am not talking here about a physical place or a country for that matter. Then it’s a virtual place and it’s said that virtual places are a time waste.

No, it’s not! I am saying this with full emphasis, not because I am a proclaimed dreamer, alter ego to Walter Mitty, but it’s because of the physical happiness i feel here.

Yes I do…… and that’s the reason why I am here, first thing in the morning, before a long drive to attend a function. I want the comfort and happiness of being with my friends on this site.

You have become my dear friends, though I don’t know many of you personally at all. But I know you, closely, from what I read of your highly valuable scribbles here.

Sometimes I feel that I should have some more time to spend with your contributions. But surely there’s enough to be excited, every time I open the site.

I haven’t seen any ego on any of the interactions. This is priceless for me who is branded as very egoistic.

I am a simple and sincere follower of the simplicity and sincerity that I experience in your writings.

That makes me happy. And to be happy is the important thing.

And then, this is the place……

Good morning and happy blogging to all of you my dear friends……

A Wonderful Place……

I have this whatsapp Broadcast Group ‘Cooking Exotica & Fitness’ where I have my attempts at healthy items shared. Some of you are part of the group and have received this. Sharing here for my dear blog friends. Guacamole with Bangalore Avacado and minor modifications such as homemade virgin coconut oil instead of virgin olive oil, shallots for red onion, black salt for normal salt. Bangalore avacados are yellowish and probably better. Brief recipe: scooped and mashed avacado tendered with juice of half a lemon. Dice shallots and a slice of tomato. Add to avacado and mix two cut green chillies, black salt, black pepper powder and fresh coriander leaves. Add virgin coconut oil and it turned out into an excellent dip. Healthy and fresh ☑️

I have this whatsapp Broadcast Group ‘Cooking Exotica & Fitness’ where I have my attempts at healthy items shared. Some of you are part of the group and have received this. Sharing here for my dear blog friends. Guacamole with Bangalore Avacado and minor modifications such as homemade virgin coconut oil instead of virgin olive oil, shallots for red onion, black salt for normal salt. Bangalore avacados are yellowish and probably better. Brief recipe: scooped and mashed avacado tendered with juice of half a lemon. Dice shallots and a slice of tomato. Add to avacado and mix two cut green chillies, black salt, black pepper powder and fresh coriander leaves. Add virgin coconut oil and it turned out into an excellent dip. Healthy and fresh ☑️

Humour, Undefined……

Define humour, there may be many definitions that we can find in Google. But I think it’s undefined as it has a relation to circumstances, people and language.

For example, friends of ours were staying over when they came to attend a wedding which we also attended. By the grace of God, we managed to get an apartment in Kochi with beautiful waterfront. I love the place and the home is built beautifully.

Our friend however speaks everything in jest and he told me ‘either you can sell this place by 2075 or convert your car into a boat’. That’s because due to global warming the sea will rise 3 meters. Haha…….

I am reminded of an incident when I visited my cousin’s new home in bangalore. I just read on ultimate compliment. This is about a guy who only says bad things visiting a beautiful home but could not find anything bad or fault to say. So he said “it will be an effort to break this house”. I thought that it is an ultimate compliment for a good home.

But I didn’t want to take any chance and first narrated what I read and complimented my cousin using the same words. I thought I delivered the ultimate compliment, but my cousin did not speak to me for 5 years!

There’s a guy in bangalore where we have an apartment. He thinks he is witty and try to be that with every sentence. Boring….

An elderly doctor staying in our building is like that. He wants his version of humour in everything, but the added pain is that it’s all too long and repetitive. Also we can’t be rude to stop it considering his age.

Humour doesn’t work always. At least there’s one thing required of a joke master. He should be able to laugh at his stupidity……

Humour, Undefined……

The Coach……

One of my favourite bosses has a saying ‘we train animals and coach people’. While giving business presentations, we were cautious not to use training, instead to say coaching or education.

That’s what happened with my coach. Actually I met her and assumed the role of mentor. But soon I realised the inner strength of the mentee and swiftly the transformation in reverse took place.

As a start she gave tips on working out and the adaptation showed changes in me. Naturally I called her my trainer. The response was ‘no I am the coach’.

The coach then introduced me to ‘the secret’ law of attraction, that happiness is the most important and the extreme ‘it’s ok to be selfish to be happy’

Recently I read a Facebook post that one falls in love three times in a lifetime. Well, my friends used to say that I am of a category who falls in love, say three times while on a short walk.

But the forward must be talking of true love. Of course you can’t be falling in three true loves in a short walk.

Well then it’s a relief that you can do it three times. Put it this way, happiness is most desired and you’re happy when in love. So the opportunity for us to be happy is enhanced three times. That’s a relief.

The rider here is that you have to believe that all the three true loves are not mutually exclusive. Otherwise, there’s no fun.

Don’t read me wrong, I am not ridiculing love per se. But perhaps you also will be relieved that the two or three you have is normal and not your fault. Others, please excuse.

Then why am I bringing this up when the subject is my coach?

Well, well; no kidding me……

The Coach……

Sleep Measuring……

I moved from Fitbit to Apple Watch for the glamour, though the sleep quality measurement was missing.

The solution was through Apps from the AppStore ‘HeartWatch’ and ‘Cardiogram’. Cardiogram has a tie-up with University of Southern California for a research and I promptly joined in. That gets each and every of my heartbeat transmitted online to the big data analytics of the research program. See, we can participate in good causes while doing personal things.

I have my Apple Watch on my wrist logged on to the sleep measuring feature when I go to bed. I have been observing my waking heartbeat at a healthy average of about 55 but a bit concerned about not meeting (sometimes with a good margin) my target of 7 hours of sleep.

The last few days were busy with guests staying over and wedding etc resulting in a shortage of regular exercise. So I hit the gym yesterday for over an hour for resistance and floor exercises. And I did my regular swim but reduced (slightly) to 70 non-stop laps instead of the regular 80 in the 20 meter pool.

I was truly and rightly tiered and managed to go to bed at 9.58 pm.  There was a bit of disruption at midnight when the unseasonal thunder got my wife disturbed and asked whether she should switch off the TV, Fridge etc. I don’t know whether she did for I was really tired.

Morning I woke up a few minutes past 6 and realised that I was in bed for more than 8 hours after a very long time.

Here are the key items in the Apple Watch reading:

Regular Heartbeat- Average 62, minimum 55, highest 68 (this is for the full day)

Waking heartbeat- 50

Sleeping Heartbeat- Average for the 8 hours 64, minimum 49, maximum 112 (this high was just 9 minutes into sleep, did I see a bad or was it an exciting dream?).

Sleep recharge based on the 7 hour target- 88%. Interestingly the Watch program measures actual sleep based on movement analysis.

But quality of sleep is measured @ 65%.

Interesting……

Sleep Measuring……

Kerala Christian Weddings……

We had a wedding ceremony last evening where both the bride and the groom are related to us.  This is a typical situation in Kerala catholic families even though the size of the community is not small.

The reason why everyone in the family has a connection to everyone in the family of a similar standing and background, is the arranged marriage culture.

The youngsters are well educated, studying in great institutions across the globe, and still they are comfortable with arranged marriages.

The only reason that I can think of is probably that a matchmaking happens much earlier with the families identifying the match and encouraging interaction with each other for the identified victims.

I know, I am rude in saying victims because one gets amazed at the happiness of the couple at the church and during receptions.

This is a deviation from the earlier times when it was customary for the bride to cry as they are to leave the parents for some unknown guy. I am sure those were not the fake tears.

But now we find the newly married couple the most active and vibrant.

The good thing about this arrangement is that the post marriage assimilation of the families are smooth and welcome.

Someone mentioned that yesterday’s was a blue blood wedding, a term which infers that the forefathers of the families were baptised by St.Thomas in AD 52.

Then there are any number of blue blood and one could wonder how the apostle could handle so many.

But for the time being, it’s good to say that my family also belong to the exclusive group. After all there’s a claim that the researchers from my family Vellukunnel and a Namboothiri bramin family of Vellur illam met in the finding that a section of the illam got baptised by Thoma in 52 and settled down in the place where we are now.

It’s like the British and the French meeting under sea building the Eurotunnel.  

Incidentally St Peter took two more years to build the church in Rome in 54!!!

Kerala Christian Weddings……