Elated by medals, humbled by Masters! My first National Games.

I won two silver (50 meters butterfly and 100 meters freestyle) and one bronze (50 meters freestyle) in the just finished National Masters Games in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Thousands of athletes from all over india competed with the best in their age group for glory in sports.

The atmosphere and camaraderie experienced is equal or even better than a university games.

Some of the participants are really aged. It’s heartening to see some of them barely managing to climb the stairs, but roaring in the pool with graceful strokes in the water. Similar is the case with other events.

It’s my first national meet. Work took me outside India and that probably is the only excuse I have for not participating earlier.

Here I am to stay, and try earnestly to fulfill my stated objective of competing in a world championship.

One gold today was an objective. A slightly different approach of selecting a different style in place of freestyle would have given me that opportunity. But the humbling by real masters is a learning experience.

I will search gold and learn from Masters for which I will be training earnestly.

Come join us in the Masters journey.

Elated by medals, humbled by Masters! My first National Games.

The ‘No Pain, No Gain’ Mantra!

It’s so true in almost everything, perhaps in everything good and desirable.

We say this mantra, especially when we refer to working out in the gym for better health.

Then the same should be applicable to the best wellness program, Intermittent Fasting!

Intermittent Fasting is a top subject when it comes to better health and benefits. And when something is so popular, it’s only natural that a whole lot of people start giving opinions.

Giving information is good, but not so when commercial interests work on it.

We need to be guarded again such attempts to corrupt a good thing for business interest.

A case in point is the view that one shouldn’t miss breakfast. But then breakfast is the most branded meal with a number of multinationals producing breakfast items. We don’t know if breakfast is unbreakable or it’s the lobby saying it.

When we read research on Intermittent Fasting and it’s goal of autophagy, it’s clear that clean fasting is better and if you can do dry fasting, then it’s even better.

But there are people saying that black coffee, black tea, herbs, good fat, green drinks etc are okay while fasting. Well here we can see some multinational product lobby, probably hiding behind.

So, do Intermittent Fasting the clean way with only water. If you are comfortable enough try dry fasting in between or more.

But if you are willing to dilute the best results with some calories from black coffee etc. do it. But only if you’re already on coffee or tea. But please don’t start an addiction for the sake of it.

Just remember, ‘no pain, no gain’.

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The ‘No Pain, No Gain’ Mantra!

Bananas Forever. Delicious Banana Sweet Dish.

This is a tradition exotic sweet dish that I shared with my “Cooking Exotica & Fitness’ whatsapp broadcast group.

Broadcast on Cooking Exotica & Fitness:

When you get a lot of ripe Kerala bananas! Sunu’s cousin presented us with a whole bunch of ripe bananas from his plantation. More than we could use, and tradition came into play. The process of drying bananas in sunlight and making it to last years. And it can be used for occasional sweet dishes. Here bananas are cut length wise and dried in sun. Took a few and cut into small pieces. Added grated coconut and paani (palm syrup) and the delicious dish is ready.


Bananas Forever. Delicious Banana Sweet Dish.


T V Antony IAS, my wife Sunu’s brother, passed away in Chennai this afternoon. My wife was with him in the hospital at the time.

A Padmabhushan awardee, T V Antony was Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu State and had the distinction of serving under both the governments of opposing political parties.

Another notable distinction is that his father T A Varghese ICS was also the Chief Secretary of the State.

T V Antony was a specialist in population control and was advising several state governments on the subject.

The funeral is scheduled for Monday, January 27 in Chennai.

RIP brother-in-law.


Chakka Vevichathu. The Health Food Jackfruit

Chakka (Jackfruit) vevichathu is officially recognised as health food with virtues including lowering of blood sugar.

In season, Jackfruit is plenty available in Kerala, but it’s only part of the story. It’s not easy to get to the eatable part of the giant fruit, even if you’re lucky to get it down the huge trees.

Ripe Jackfruit is easier to cut, easier only to the raw one. And the raw one is the healthier food and vevichathu, which is part of the original staple food of Kerala is the best.

Our people in the villages have the right tools and skills to rip open the fruit and to get the delicious final cooked product on to the dining table.

But I know, my curiosity and passion for Jackfruit delicacies like chips, unda, ada etc almost died when I struggled with the whole fruit when I made them.

In that backdrop, I was delighted to see this ready made, easy to cook product on the supermarket shelf.

It’s made by a plantation giant of tea gardens and rubber estates. They have plenty of Jackfruit trees and the brand carries it’s weight.

It’s tasty, easy to make and I am happy trying it today. Just put the stuff in boiling water for about 5 minutes and it’s ready.

Great stuff indeed.

Chakka Vevichathu. The Health Food Jackfruit

Game Changer! It Well Could Be!!

It was Farhad, my Standard Chartered Bank, India boss who suggested I see the Netflix item ‘Game Changers’.

And I couldn’t believe, world’s strongest, fastest and the best go for plant based protein to enhance their performance.

I am a complete non vegetarian and I look at meat, eggs and diary based protein to help me with my new intense workout schedule.

After watching on Netflix, I am now looking at what plant based protein I can go for.

I am going to tell my Intermittent Fasting Group about it. Perhaps they know about it already. But it’s sure to call for major changes to those on Keto diet and non vegetarian diet as to what to eat during the eating window.

Of course, there are many vegetarians in the group and even they can fine tune their diet to proper plant based protein and share their experiences.

Imagine becoming a Vegan! Well if it improves performance, why not!

Especially, with the huge focus on performance.

Game Changer! It Well Could Be!!

Masters Games. Extended Opportunity in Sports!

I am accompanying a contingent of 392 athletes representing Kerala to compete in the National Masters Games in Vadodara (Gujarat) in February 2020.

Masters Games are for veterans and competitions are for older age groups in brackets of five years, like 50 to 54, 65 to 69, 74 to 79 etc.

The events include athletics, swimming, and various popular group games like football, volleyball, hockey and skill events like archery, shooting etc.

This is a great opportunity for sports people to continue the preparations and training for top honours.

There’s in fact world championships and world records for each age group for various items.

Absolutely a golden opportunity for keeping fit and achieving dream honours.

Masters Games. Extended Opportunity in Sports!