Health/Wellness

THE GOOD FAT

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR 

Fat can be good for you. You get the idea — because, the big fat thing has been alarmingly misinterpreted without taking into account the quality of fats we eat. It al...
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PS: THE MEMORY NUTRIENT

RICHARD FIRSHEIN 

Jim Weston was 71, when he first faced bypass surgery. Although he had had attacks of angina [chest pain] prior to surgery, causing frequent discomfort, Jim’s mind had ...
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MAGNESIUM & CFS

RICHARD FIRSHEIN

Chronic fatigue syndrome [CFS], according to the Centers for Dise...
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Art/Literature/Culture

THERE’S HOPE YET

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN

India is a big-government country. From the national, state and city to village levels, there are millions of ‘babus’ with permanent jobs — some of them sinecures as well &mdas...
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THE MONTEVERDI ALLURE

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR 

Claudio Monteverdi was one of music's greatest composers. He was his own symphony, and magnum opus. A martinet classicist, Mon...
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HIS AIRNESS, JORDAN

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

When ‘His Airness,’ Michael ‘Magic’ Jordan, or just MJ, the King Arthur of Basketball, made his final bow from the game, exactly 15 years ago, his legion of fans were happy, e...
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Philosophy/Spirituality/New-Age

WALK THE TALK

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN

I visualise sometimes, at the risk of being immodest, when by dint of honest hard work, patience and perseverance, I may get well-deserved recognition — national or global — and, accolades to go with it. I may be...

TELL ME WHY

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA 

You and I,
Are born to die
Then why the fear
Why, why, oh why?

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TROUBLE IS LIKE MERCURY

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN 

The Mercury Retrograde and the associated disruption of transportation and communication equipment/device — and, ah, the foiling of trav...

Science/Technology

FULL CIRCLE, AHOY

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN

It has always been a matter of perspective. Half-empty, or half-full, to cull the psychologist’s lingo. This applies to what the anthroposphere was regard...

PLASTICS: GOOD & BAD

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

The world of plastics is nothing short of a wonder — a ‘smorgasbord’ of realistic miracles. Picture this — as scientists bend light through wafer-thin plastics, while using silicone, the outcome is nothing...

RIGHT IS JUST A BYTE AWAY

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

Our manufacturing economy has given way to a radically restructured, decentralised information web: of globally dispersed facts, knowledge and ideas. They are not only principal products, but they are also much sought-after rewar...