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.
Weight loss appears to be the number one measure in wellness. Looking good is one of the reasons for it while the growing epidemic of obesity is another.
However, the latest finding and what everyone should attempt to achieve as wellness goal is autophagy. It’s brought about by way of intermittent fasting, stressed out exercise and or diet leading to ketosis.
In an autophagy (Greek word for self eating), bad cells are cleaned up and repaired, new good cells grown and even human growth hormones are enhanced.
Nobel Prize winning research indicates cure and prevention to such horrific diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, inflammation of all kinds, heart health and even diabetes.
My observation of working with and interacting with a group titled ‘Intermittent Fasting Group’ is that weight loss still is top of priority.
It’s possible to achieve the autophagy stage with weight loss. Extreme and stressed out exercise is not easy and not for all.
The answer could be in Intermittent Fasting with a keto diet during the eating window. That’s a diet high in good fat, medium protein and less carbs.
Such a diet is easy said than practiced. Especially for people like me who are more into carbohydrates and that too with a sweet tooth. It’s even more difficult for vegetarians.
As such it’s worthwhile to do some study and test it with the priceless whatsapp broadcast group ‘Intermittent Fasting Group’.
Guidance and assistance are welcome.
I would like to give credit to discipline which enables me to do certain things in a good way. And to think about it, discipline has an overpowering influence on my personality.
To start with, my efforts on wellness and better health is built on discipline.
That’s not all, things like why I am a teetotaller, on the right side most of the times, not a public nuisance etc are due to the discipline ingrained in me.
Of course there are other qualities like empathy, compassion, helpfulness etc as positive sides and things like secretive, egoistic, intolerant etc on the negative side.
One of the first deeds, which had discipline as side effect was the getting up early during the childhood years. Getting up early was side effect to the requirement to be at the cashew nut trees the earliest to gather the nuts from the fallen fruits.
That’s because, those days there was no pocket money, but we were allowed to sell cashew nuts and keep the money.
Such acquired discipline is helping me in being strict with fasting under the program Intermittent Fasting, regular work out and Yoga etc, for example.
Here of course there are some drawbacks. While discipline makes you to get on to the mat, it involves an amount of monotony and repetition. I tend to stick to the same sets while on strength training, same type of swimming, same yoga steps, same number of suryanamaskars day in and out, same hours of fasting, same binging on sugar during eating window etc.
Discipline is thus something like a routine. But considering the benefits, it’s perhaps a very important and valuable asset to have.
If I remember right, migratory birds are absent or rare in the monsoon season.
And I am a bit curious to find this group, braving the rain and keep themselves busy searching for food in the backwaters in Kochi.
Interestingly I found this tribe in Australia, when I visited in April. As such the excitement is more to find them in the morning when I was sitting in the balcony, applying the ‘wet pack’ as part of a wellness program.
Perhaps it’s wanderlust or they like rain, that make them travel the miles and continents to reach the targeted destination.
Autophagy, a Greek word meaning self-eating is a Nobel Prize winning subject. Perhaps no other medical term is implying more positivity in wellness.
Benefits of autophagy are numerous. We have prevention or repair to many horrific things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, inflammation, heart health, diabetes and even aging.
I think I have the attention from you now.
Three ways are mentioned as inducers to autophagy.
2. Intermittent Fasting
3. Regular exercise (high intensity, interval)
High in natural good fat, moderate in protein ( too much protein inhibits autophagy) and low in carbs especially non fibre carbs.
Fasting, if possible every day (preferably) for a minimum of continuous 16 hours. When you eat during the eating hours, take a look at item 1 Diet
Preferably high intensity interval workout
High intensity is better than moderate and interval training is better to continuous and moderate workout.
Well, each one of the three can induce autophagy to an extent. How about doing all in an enjoyable way! Well like all good projects, team work ensures the best results. Hence my constant invitation to join our small broadcast group where even individual identities are kept confidential.
Personally, I am doing items two and three. I am bad on diet during my eating window. Most of it are carbs, that too non fibre like sugar based and starch.
Now I want to do good things with diet. One of the members in the group reduced weight by 14 kgs in about 6 months on diet and ketosis only. Perhaps this addresses the number one priority of a health buff- weight loss.
Incidentally, stress induces autophagy. I remember going through, while on a family holiday in Cancun, Mexico, something called hydro therapy, where stress was induced by methods like coming out of a hot sauna for a dip in ice cold water.
And we see politicians living longer threatening to cross 100 years. Well this one is only a casual observation.
But we need autophagy and all the allied benefits.
Best way is to do in a team. I welcome you again to join the whatsapp broadcast group set for this purpose. You don’t have to worry about other members knowing your contacts. In broadcast group, only the originator (me) has a total view.
Send whatsapp to my number +91 9400056031 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are 30 now and can go upto 50 so that I can still give individual attention.
This is ‘chakka puzhukk’, staple food of Kerala village people since old times and now a super food.
Among the benefits, discovered rather recently, the ability to reduce blood glucose levels hit the headlines.
I remember a time when one of the branches of our Jackfruit tree extending to panchayat land bordering the river on the other side, fell down due to heavy and excessive jackfruits on it.
Being on the river bank and so on common land, anybody could have taken 14 or so huge fruits. But nobody bothered as jackfruits didn’t have that demand those days.
But now it’s a much sought after commodity due to it’s tasty options and more importantly the health benefits.
Chakka puzhukk is the most common dish made from the flesh of raw Jackfruit and the ingredients are simple and locally available.
Finely chopped raw Jackfruit (3cups) mixed with some water, half teaspoon turmeric powder and salt are boiled till it’s cooked.
One and half cup of grated coconut, quarter teaspoon cumin seeds, three green chillies and two pods of garlic are crushed together (I used Nutribullet for mild dry grinding).
Add the ground mix to the cooked Jackfruit, mix and cook for a short time on slow fire.
Heat three spoons of coconut oil, put half red onion, 4 shallots, curry leaves and mustard seeds. When it’s brown and done well with bursting of mustard seeds, add the mix to the cooked Jackfruit and mix well.
The super food is ready.
My mother could assemble the finished product into a pyramid shape and make a crater on top with a wooden spoon used for mixing the food.
And then in the crater on the volcanic looking structure, a specially made chicken curry gravy is poured. The gravy is allowed to flow down like lava.
I made a pyramid and pressed the top with an Icecream cup. Instead of a pyramid looking volcanic crater, I got a crater resembling one where a spaceship has landed or a crater on the moon.
A few months back, I started a broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting and it’s now proving to be highly valuable.
I started the small group after finding out that the large, mostly Facebook groups with several thousand members are full of stories of achievements beyond our simple imagination.
Our group has mostly known friends and relations and of course there are a few who joined after open invitation on this blog site. And it has the person who got me into IF as a valuable member.
We have not grown much in size, but grown definitely on content. The stories and articles exchanged have made IF a definite way of life. And I am happy to say that the greatest endorsement is with a Nobel Prize in Physiology (medicine) in 2016.
The Noble laureate Japanese doctor is talking about damaged cell repair and new human growth hormones as a result of fasting. Wow, that’s something incredible!
And it’s not the weight loss that is important. IF and the ‘autophagy’ that it can bring about is our best chance for a healthy life. Benefits include in areas such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, inflammation, blood pressure, arthritis, heart health etc etc.
Like all statutory warnings, diabetics are advised to consult the doctor before doing IF. Actually, one of the significant gains in IF is blood glucose stability and insulin control. And like all those taking anticipatory bail, I would also say ‘do consult your doctor, but definitely give it a try’ to those with elevated sugar levels. Those with low sugar issues, may concentrate on its treatment, and take doctor’s consent before joining in.
By the way, weight loss is just a side effect and not the primary goal. But it’s there with better toning up and glow.
Like I said before, being a whatsapp broadcast group, members keep their privacy and none except me will know who the fellow members are. However, I take the extra effort of sharing with the group any feedback without giving the identity of the contributor.
And this sharing and support is at the centre of the success of the group.
We can take more members and I sincerely invite you to come on board and share in the exclusive program with guaranteed success.
Whatsapp me on +91 9400056031 or mail me on email@example.com.
To give an inside information, almost everyone who has started the program has reported improved energy levels. And acknowledged that the support from the group, though anonymous is the incentive to stick on.
Monsoon has arrived and it’s beautiful here. Rains in Kerala are special. That’s when the entire state become air-conditioned with pleasant weather.
That’s not all, it’s beautiful to sit and watch the sheets of water coming down from the skies.
It started the day before. There were occasional rains before that, remains of the summer rains with humidity and worse, some thunder and lightning.
And it gave way to the South West Monsoon. The transition in some 18 hours is phenomenal. The humidity has disappeared and the thunder is gone. Total bliss is ushered in.
Last year in August there were some excess rains and the state perhaps would have withstood it, but for what is assessed to be human error in storing maximum water in some 33 dams and releasing all of them together when the water level continued to rise. The after effects were sad and to be avoided forever.
Normal monsoon is very welcome. The rivers get cleaned up and I fancy several trips to the river I grew up in. And of course the beautiful drive in the rain, through the good roads in the villages.
Last evening was my swimming day and the pre shower and the pool water felt cold but it energised me.
And I have one of the best spots to watch the rain. From my balcony across the sprawling backwaters.
Sincere welcome! Come and have coffee with me, watching the rains.