New on Ageing Better

Aerobics such as jogging and interval training can make cells biologically younger compared to weight training, a study (European Heart Journal) says.

Apparently, telomeres the tiny bit of matter capping the tips of chromosomes have the most pervasive anti-ageing effects. They safeguard the DNA. The telomeres length is a measure of cell’s functional age. (Whoooo!).

The trick is in lengthening telomeres with lifestyle changes.

Then we are told elsewhere that strength training is essential for bone function and prevention of osteoporosis and muscle strength.

I do yoga, suryanamaskar, swimming and weights. But no interval training. Swimming for many is interval exercise but I do non stop, same speed swimming. I wonder if suryanamaskar qualifies as interval training.

Perhaps some adjustments are required.

And then I received a forward this morning. This was from a believer of the bearded guru from Coimbatore to me the total non believer.

It said snacking between meals is not good. I snack, like many health conscious. More important, I am a non believer.

New on Ageing Better

First Few Steps- And a Dream

I have taken the first few steps to the much discussed (here) dream plan of planting and tourism project.

My daughter is the architect and she’s briefed on the requirements. This will be discussed in detail when we will have the Christmas get together.

All of the dreams in the plan are to become dreams come true. Those include

– Plant fruits and spices trees adopting modern techniques and varieties

– Build a holiday home for tourism also

– Build a water body, storing natural rain water in the tank created by extracting rocks for building and boundary fencing.

– Plan aquaponics (growing fish and vegetables using a recycling/ cleaning/ fertigation process)

– Plan for fish spa and Koorichatty (refer my post with the same name).

I am mentioning these here with the intention of getting friends involved for possible get-togethers and other ways of participation. That’s one real reason why this is important.

I will have more on these in future posts and for continuity it will be the Koorichatty series.

First Few Steps- And a Dream

Hartal- A Paid Holiday in Kerala

Today’s a hartal day in Kerala. That means practically a shut down when vehicles are off the roads, offices empty and shops closed.

It all started as ‘Bandh’ where the proponents enforced a shutdown. That means the freedom of individuals are threatened which is an offence violating a constitutional guarantee.

Hartal is the alternative where it’s supposed to be voluntary, but enforced by violence if freedom and liberty are attempted.

But then, are people really concerned? They are, when they have a personal emergency. Otherwise it’s a paid holiday, or rest when the competition is also forced to rest. Students are happy when schools are closed.

Unless the attitude of people change in a big way, it will get celebrated. No work no pay is a good way, but that requires the government to assure complete safety and protection against violent interference.

Today’s hartal could generate a lot of ill will towards the promoter political party who’s reeling under a defeat in elections in the five states.

And they called hartal making someone committing suicide as a martyr in a protest they are in. But they called for hartal before the suicide note confirming it for personal reasons.

I do hope it will all end.

Hartal- A Paid Holiday in Kerala

Time’s Up, a Gender Equality Initiative

A new study conducted by the talent agency ‘Creative Artists Agency’ (CAA), has assisted me to stay on the subject of woman power.

The study analysed 350 top grossing films worldwide between January 2014 and December 2017.

Researchers found that small, medium and large budget movies all averaged better global grosses when a woman was listed as the lead star.

They studied the effect of ‘Bechdel Test’ also and found that those films passing the test did better. The test is an invention of the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, rates whether a movie features two women characters having a conversation about something other than a man.

The researchers found that every $ 1 billion film at the box office including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Beauty and the Beast passed the Bechdel test.

The analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company’s bottom line, said CEO of Time’s Up.

Bollywood is perhaps lagging behind due to ignorance. But ‘ Dirty Picture’ and Vidya Balan should be the eye opener.

And surely ‘the women the smarter’

Courtesy: Associated Press, New York.
Time’s Up, a Gender Equality Initiative

Friends, Friendship and Happiness

Facebook is compiling a short video of your most liked posts for the year.

I just saw mine and shared it also. Facebook prompted me to say something about the video and here’s what I wrote.

“Thank you all for touching my life beautifully this year!”.

I have 1114 Facebook friends but more here on WordPress. Moreover I follow many more of you here.

Talking about numbers the 3632 connections in LinkedIn take the top position. But that’s mostly business and professional connections.

I think WordPress also gives some statistics as one of my friends wrote ‘you are my number one commenter’.

Irrespective of all these statistics and memories, blogs here make us feel very intimate with the bloggers. This must be because of our ability to freely open our minds, hearts and souls without fear and inhibitions.

I have some of my best friends, mentees and I even found a mentor here.

Then what about soulmates. When I say yes, please don’t raise eyebrows, just read my posts.

“Soulmate…… a definition that changed all”

“A Place Where Soulmates Hide”

Please connect on Facebook with me on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157356693

Friends, Friendship and Happiness

Idiot Box

In about 40 minuets from now, I will be sitting in front of the television, watching the coverage of the counting of votes for the assembly elections of five states in India.

And there will be millions like me in front of the idiot box.

I like the name for the television set. But there’s a reminder from the set, telling us “it’s like the pot calling kettle black”.

Well, then we could be the idiots. Perhaps that’s true too, judging by the way television coverage has gone in India now. And the worst is panel discussions where a lot of biased noises are made, sometimes by paid participants.

So the idiot box is right in calling us idiots for watching it.

The only redemption is that numbers won’t lie. But really? GDP numbers are altered to suit those changing them. There are noises about Electronic Voting Machines manipulation (the jury is still out here) and now sci-fi allegations of machine tampering in strong rooms with power switched off to cut CCTV.

I hope the stories are stories and only the real numbers come out.

And what it is, will be people’s will.

Idiot Box

Politically Correct. May be the Game Changer.

I am talking about the power of women. I always held the belief that the women are the smarter.

And recently I saw here the link to a Guardian/ Observer article on women power and superiority.

A blogger post wondered why he has more female friends than male. A situation akin to mine.

I have some clear political beliefs and orientation, but the policy is to be silent on politics and religion.

But last night I saw a news channel flash line that the president of Indian National Congress Party writing to his party ruled chief ministers to get assembly resolutions passed reserving 30% of seats to women.

The correct thing being talked about but never worked on.

This could be need of the times and the game changer.

All the best

Politically Correct. May be the Game Changer.