Project Polish!

In this time of ‘Stay at Home’ ‘Social Distancing’ ‘Frequent Hand Washing’ etc, there’s hardly anything one can do. Seeing my frustration at the gym and swimming pool closing, Sunu assigned a challenging work for me.

Though we normally live in Kochi, we came to Bangalore for a short stay, but sort of got stuck with all the travel restrictions and issues.

The home in Jayanagar is a beautiful one overlooking just greenery and flowering trees. But we never lived here, and the maximum previous stay at a time was less than 2 weeks. The original (14 years) furniture and polishing are still good but can do well with a makeover.

Hence the project to polish all wooden surfaces like doors, windows, wardrobes, table, frames and railings. I am not good in DIY and never done anything worthwhile before. But there’s always the first time and no time’s better than now.

Assembled the following: 1. Wood polish, 2. Thinner. 3. Hand gloves 4. Paint brush 5. Emery paper 6. Metallic scraper 7. Clothes 8. Squatting mat

Got up a little late. Did the full set of yoga. Just as a support to polishing, did a clean head shave also along with regular shave. And we even had a light moment when Sunu while arranging the stuff took a comb and gave it me. ‘For what’! I had to ask, feeling my smooth head.

Work has started. The first few items are looking good. It should take a couple of days to finish, or more.

Project Polish!

Staying at Home

Most of us are now staying at home, voluntarily or otherwise. It’s an opportunity and at the same time a threat as to how everyone can be kept occupied.

The below social media post from writer friend Smitha got the attention. It describes the present situation correctly.

We all talked about spending time with the family and then suddenly the opportunity is thrust on us. But there are a few hiccups.

It’s not easy to keep the youngsters occupied. Of course they also welcome spending time together, but not confined to the boundaries of home, mostly. Their ideas are picnic, holidays, outdoors etc.

There’s an amount of fear prevailing, and it’s quite natural. But the combined efforts are to get over the situation, somehow.

Some of us are in whatsapp groups and everybody there is forwarding messages and videos and hardly anybody reads them. So the forwards start something like “this is the best I have seen on it. Don’t miss it”. And sometimes some people forward misinformation and spread fear.

There are some good ones also. An ex colleague Brinda has this on social media.

“Can’t help feeling that there is a message from the universe there somewhere! We all need to take stock and look at life a little differently – maybe?”

And a forward from Sheethal

Let’s support each other.

And here’s something entertaining

Staying at Home

We Have a Role to Play

World is in turmoil, mostly due to fear! Fear of the virus that’s spreading. And once in fear mode, more fear comes in, like melting economy, dangerous global warming etc etc.

The real danger is continued spread of the fear. The virus, though very dangerous is not taking lives in a big way. Effective precautions are seen to contain it’s spread. However the ‘hope’ is not seen to be encouraged.

People in the know are working hard on solutions to the problem. Luckily, there’s no significant blaming game. A lot of work is coordinated.

This is the time, we as ordinary people, are to play a role. First and foremost, don’t be instruments in spreading a rumour. There are experts to suggest the does and donts.

Social media is a weapon. It’s a weapon capable of spreading despair and rumours. It’s also an instrument to spread hope and love.

Let’s be instruments for spreading hope and love. People are getting isolated/ quarantined for common good. It’s not easy to lead the isolated life. If we know someone who’s quarantined or isolated for monitoring, why not be in touch with him on social media.

Let’s not discuss despair. Talk about the friendship, of the brave things when we were together in school, work or in groups. Better, chart out plans for a get together, picnic or some such nice things after the turmoil is over.

Greet good mornings, talk through the day. Do it individually rather than in groups. Whatsapp is a powerful tool, and address people individually and personally, taking the whatsapp numbers from group.

An important point to remember is that those who are willing to be in isolation is doing it for others/ us also. They are angels of goodwill.

Nobody should feel alone. We are all together. After all, what are friends for!

(Picture courtesy Pinterest)

We Have a Role to Play

Virtual Friends in Focus. Like Never Before!

There’s no denying the fact that the best way to enjoy and cherish friendship is with direct interaction. In fact virtual connections are being called the bane of this era.

Perhaps it’s now, that the importance of virtual connections and interactions are much in focus in a positive way.

Personally I am a proponent of virtual connections and social media interactions. Perhaps it removes many barriers in physical interactions like logistics, time and availability.

Now, why virtual connections are in focus! We are in one of the most difficult phases of our lives. The Corona virus has made the world to plunge into an atmosphere of fear. People are afraid of each other, afraid of inadvertently contracting the virus or passing it on to loved ones.

Most social interactions are being reviewed! Sports and entertainment cancelled, travel in jeopardy and the world is afraid and lonely.

Here’s where the virtual world has a role. Interact and support our dear ones. Let it be known that nobody is alone. Love and affection can cure anything. The virus, economic downturn all are temporary.

The opportunity comes with huge responsibility. Don’t ever spread rumours. The social media is for sharing love and friendship and not to frighten.

Just talk to friends, let them know that we’re in it together. That we will make a better world.

Communicate and let it be known that we do care.

Virtual Friends in Focus. Like Never Before!

Build Facilities, Will Win.

Jayanagar Sports Complex, Bangalore

The basketball court in Jayanagar now got the board supported by the crane like structure. What it does is that the players can concentrate on scoring without fear of a head injury, hitting the post when it was nearer to the play field like it was before.

In fact I see such facilities coming up or constantly getting improved in Bangalore. The swimming pool complex in Jayanagar is getting upgraded to Olympic standards. There are 50 meters pools and heated pools in many places.

First five of the 25 states in medals tally in Masters National Games in Vadodara

Certainly it’s the facilities and opportunities that put the state of Karnataka, way above in the medals tally.

I do hope that other states would take notice and build sports infrastructure. After all, health wellness are equally important to winning medals.

Some campaigning will be in order.

Build Facilities, Will Win.

Speeding Fine! On New Year

I got filmed for speed on the National Highway during daytime on new year day 2020. The offence was clocking 76 kms per hour and the photo showed no other vehicle nearby.

Well Kerala keeps 70 kms as limit on National Highways passing through the state. And there used to be a 10% margin of error before fines are imposed.

Not anymore. The ₹1500 (over 20 dollar) fine is three times the previous rate but ₹3500 less than what was initially proposed. Apparently the state government expects people to be grateful for such a massive reduction though it’s still a 300% increase.

Everyone knows that we can’t fight it but pay as the rules for recourse are painful. And I paid.

I am not a speed driver and I keep applying the brakes to bring the vehicle speed down. Well we used to press the accelerator for any speed when we were driving old model cars. But now with better roads and new cars, the brake is used to control the speed to the old limits.

That’s not all the story. It’s practically impossible to speed on congested roads on a regular day. Then how will the fine department meet the stiff targets set for them!

Catch all and sundry for violation. No grace or allowance for margin of error. Interestingly on the day I got the fine notice, social and mass media were full of the story of a drama company getting fined some ₹24,000 for carrying drama cutouts of certain height in the vehicle. The conclusion in the media is ‘what else they can do to meet the targets’

Apparently the remuneration for playing the drama was ₹25,000. They still made ₹1000 for the entire troupe.

My regret, is that people don’t still recognise me as a daredevil habitual speed offender.

No high, gutty macho image!

Speeding Fine! On New Year

Cochin Airport, best in many counts, but may not be wheelchair friendly!

Raised design strips crisscrossing airport floors.

Completed well in time, within original budget cost and beautifully designed, Cochin airport is the only one in the world run fully on solar power.

But the beautiful design and these red oxide strips crisscrossing the floor is a hurdle for wheelchair patients.

Wheelchairs use mostly lifts and it’s really hard to escape these hurdles before reaching the lift doors.

I would think that it’s an oversight, but would be a noble thing if it can be rectified so that the wheelchair passengers could be pulled on smooth surface.

Something the Cochin International Airport Authorities would do well to take a look .

Cochin Airport, best in many counts, but may not be wheelchair friendly!

Fitness Consulting

I chose fitness consulting as an activity, as i have something to share from my personal focus on fitness as a tool to age well.

Perhaps the compelling reason is the positive results of intermittent fasting which I have been following for over a year now.

Intermittent Fasting is the wellness program where rich rewards are on offer with perhaps the easier sacrifices. And I am confident in suggesting the routine to my friends with just one caution of consulting the doctor on restricting any prescribed medicine, only during eating window.

Nobel Prize winning studies and researches on both animals and humans are suggesting unimaginable positive benefits of this period fasting and delaying food intake.

Naturally, this attracts a large number of experts on the subject. This is good as long as a commercial interest or powerful lobby do not influence a slight variation for the sake of the product or idea they are paid to promote.

Honest sharing of personal experience is important and that’s what I am aiming to achieve here.

Today’s focus is on fat burning and weight loss with intermittent fasting. 12 hours into fasting, the food based energy released by liver get completely used up. Then starts the fat burning.

If so, exercising vigorously during the fasting hours after 12 hours should accelerate fat being used more as fuel.

I adjusted my schedule accordingly, doing some good yoga and weights during the last few hours of fasting.

But the improved energy levels and concentration seem to be getting affected, with something like a fatigue setting in. Of course the one hour weights have been vigorous with six packs in mind.

Going through some researches and studies, it indicates that the fat burning is almost the same when working out on empty stomach or with food fuel. Worse, vigorous weight training on empty stomach could result in getting muscles used as fuel and resultant muscle loss.

I am shifting schedule again with weights and swimming moving into the eating window with just yoga during fasting hours.

The results and observations will be shared here and in the Intermittent Fasting Group.

Fitness Consulting

Bengaluru! Still Bangalored!

E-Waste Drop Box

So many good things are going for Bangalore. This e-waste drop box, I found on the main entrance to the BBMP (Bangalore Municipal Corporation) head office.

One good thing is the weather. Well almost! You may find nursing some allergy while enjoying the weather. But it’s cool, literally.

The Namma Metro has plans to cover the entire city. The stretches completed are full with users. The progress is slow. But it’s the snail which won the race.

There’s greenery everywhere, justifying the old name of ‘garden city’. Then there’s Lal Bagh, the biggest and the best.

And then there’s traffic. The city just won the number one in the world title for the worst traffic.

But we remember the snail 🐌

Bengaluru! Still Bangalored!

Fitness Consulting!

I have recently updated my LinkedIn profile as a ‘fitness consultant’.

Fitness has been a passion from early years and I used to work out regularly with not much of a result in looks and body shape, except during my stay in Hong Kong where the gym in the building was fabulous and youngsters were looking at me for advice as I could show some muscles.

But the 45 minutes non stop swimming at the house pool while working in Philippines didn’t produce much results with weight slightly increasing. And I blamed osmosis!

Later a Kuwait based friend introduced me to Intermittent Fasting. And, like in all passions, I started on it religiously on the 19th of January 2019. I am even mentoring a whatsapp group on Intermittent Fasting.

Studies followed, as being a mentor vested in some responsibilities. These studies led to workouts during fasting hours to accelerate energy usage, fat burning and the onset of autophagy.

I have now a schedule of only water for about 16 to 18 hours from dinner, serious yoga from 12 hours into fasting, some weights and gym before a late lunch which is first meal from dinner on previous day. The major exercise swimming however is just before end of the 6 to 8 hours eating window, but It has also the competitive masters game as objective. These workouts burn about 1200 to 1400 calories a day.

Autophagy is the main objective where cellular repair, less inflammation, prevention and cure to some deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer etc are indicated.

But there’s a problem! The experts on the subject seem to promote a product and to do that might be altering the speech to highlight the benefits of that product to boost autophagy. Coffee, bullet proof variety of it, green tea, dark chocolate etc are good for autophagy, but may not be good during fasting hours. All these and Keto can be during eating window. One expert even suggests that toxins are not cleaned during autophagy, instead accelerates it’s release into body. The expert runs a residential detox program franchise. You see!

So, there’s an opportunity for fitness consultant. And I am thinking about it. The aim is to advise unbiased and researched solutions to fitness.

Watch this space.

Fitness Consulting!