Thursday, September 29, 2016

My ChhoteKadam towards a happy life

The mysteries of life is one of the key things that keeps us going everyday.  A life that is completely unpredictable beyond any means that can be both a blessing and a bane in disguise.  One may argue that you dont much control over your life as things are so rapid and changes happen everyday.

But it's not entirely true. You do possess a sizable control over your life, be it your career, work , relationships, wealth, family and more importantly health.

The primary motto to work very hard and earn wealth is primarily to lead a peaceful and happy life. So when you have a life that is constantly interrupted by health issues, diseases, infections, and other ailments, the joy of life is lost. You take more trips to the hospital than your work and probably stress about it than anything else. Every other work gets second priority when it comes to a health issue

But little do we realize that a huge portion of this can be preventable and a healthy life is indeed possible if we can make adjustments to our otherwise sedentary and lazy lifestyle. The pressure , work load factor has seen to be at alarmingly high levels in most companies, especially in the IT sector forcing many employees to neglect health and food and get tied up with work. It not only affects the work life balance but the stress and pressure can have a huge effect on their heart, mind and body. It pains me a lot when I see relatively young people suffering from High blood pressure, cholestrol and especially heart attacks. These ailments usually affected people of above 70 in earlier times, but right now its quite common to see even men at just 40 years having heart problems.

Having witnessed the consequences of these heart issues, I have decided on a conscious step to get my priorities straight and make small changes to my life that will steer me on the path of a healthy , happy life. As they say in Hindi, I may call these decisions as a "ChotaKadam" , that can later have a significant positive impact in my life. As a science lover, I strongly believe in the Butterfly effect which says that, a minor variation/event in life can lead to a signficantly different scenario several years later. So here are some of my Chota Kadams that I am following and strongly encourage my beloved readers to follow as well

1.Eat Right :

The first and foremost way in having a healthy life is to eat right. Avoiding junk food, oily and fatty foods is the key thing in protecting your heart. For foods that need oil, the right brand is also key in ensuring it doesn’t have any side effects

2. Balanced Diet :

The above one talked about avoiding unhealthy foods. The next step is to consume a balanced diet that also involves a lot of salads and fresh juices which can boost immunity, antioxidants and of course protects the heart . Greens are the only colour that you should focus when it comes to food.

3. Running :

I have written countless articles on running. No other form of exercise has equivalent health benefits like running. Every muscle and part of your body is utilized at its maximum, you burn away all the fat and calories and gets your heart pumping . The metabolism, stamina, energy and even weight loss aided by running are some of the amazing effects that one can benefit from.

4. Exercise :

There's nothing refreshing in the morning than going for a round of fitness exercise. Joining a gym or a fitness club or even the recently popular Zumba/Aerobics should probably be made mandatory if you are serious about your life. An hour of treadmills, some weight lifting and some ab crunches can be an absolute delightful way to kickstart your day. As you increase your protein count, and sweat it out in the gym ,you can watch all your stress and pressure whiff away into thin air . Being someone who hasn't missed a day of gymming for past 5-6 years, I can strongly advocate to its innumerable benefits

5. Avoiding Alcohol and Tobacco :

Though government has stressed extensively on the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco, the consumption level never seemed to have reduced . In fact every doctor has repeatdly claimed that the only major reason for heart attacks and other ailments is because of consumption of alcohol and tobacco

6. Avoiding Stressful behaviors : 

Life throws up problems all the time. Some may be easy and some may be too tough to solve immediately. Despite that, if you can take it up as a challenge and work towards solving it, instead of worrying too much and stress on it , it will have a lesser load on your heart. This applies to office issues too and you should take everything strictly as business and nothing as personal

7.Vacations : 

Most of the times we are caught up extensively in office work, project deadlines, team meetings etc. This leads to almost no time for family and of course added stress. A nice vacation for a week or atleast 3-4 days can make the mind relaxed, peaceful and the fresh air and scenery can be a good environment for your body

I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Run your way to fitness

Despite technology having pinned us down to our seats through various forms of social media and communication channels, the desire to be fit and be healthy is ever popular. The popularity of fitness bands,pedometers and smart watches have promoted the concept of a healthy active lifestyle, esp that involves a lot of walking and running.

Though there are countless ways and tips to be healthy, lose weight and be fit, there's nothing that comes close to the joy of running. Running, for defined intervals, on a periodic basis has in-numerous benefits that can basically eliminate your whole medical cabinet

So how does running help in maintaining one's health and beauty? 

  • Stress : Stress can be one of the most damaging factors of health as it takes both a physical and mental stress . Running helps you to destress completely and helps you spend all that energy in a much more focussed manner. It gives you a great diversion as compared to a monotonous lifestyle
  • Losing Weight : Without doubt, running is the single most effective exercise that helps you to lose weight pretty quickly and in a much healthy manner. The body burns every bit of that excess calorie/energy as you run and effectively burns away the fat. 
  • Beauty : Running not only helps in maintaining good health , but it also helps in releasing endorphines, brings out those toxins through sweat and gives you a clear skin. With those shedding of fat and a lean body through running, you just got yourself a whole new makeover as well
  • Immune System and Strength : Ask any athelete, fitness expert or sportsman .Their only advice to excel at your sport is to go for regular running. Running aids in providing a robust immune system, strengthens your calf muscles and bone density and hence giving you stamina and strength

Run to Breathe

Interestingly, a NGO  called “Royon Samajik Sansthan”, which works towards public health, education and social initiatives have come up with a Heritage Run concept. Their campaign titled “Vedaan Run to Breathe” aims to organize runs and further widen public awareness on critical social issues.

To make these runs more interesting, they have partnered with Archaeological Survey of India and have kept the venues in heritage sites, thereby bringing out the cultural importance, diversity and the importance behind these beautiful places. Some of these cities included Rajasthan, Bihar, Ghaziabad and even in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh.

In particular the Heritage run at Haldighati, Rajasthan held on Oct 9,2016 is a highly anticipated event. 

Geography and History of Haldighati, Rajasthan 

Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan in western India which connects Rajsamand and Pali districts. The pass is located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Udaipur and approx. 300Kms from Jaipur/Ahmedabad.

The mountain pass is historically a very significant location . It is the site of the famous Battle of Haldighati, which took place in 1576 between the Kingdom of Mewar and the Mughal Army led by king Mansingh. Maharana Pratap led the armed forces of Mewar against the Mughals who fought under the command of Mughal emperor Akbar's general Man Singh I of Amer.

The Route :

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The exciting Haldighati run will be along spectacular scenic routes and will cover 4 ASI Heritage Sites present alongside the Haldighati Run Route viz. Haldighati Pass, Chetak Memorial, Rakht Talai and Badshahi Baug. You can get to run in the following categories: 2.5Kms, 5Kms, 10Kms and 21Kms

The Event :

The Haldighati run (#HaldighatiRun) is on Oct 9th .For more information on this and other upcoming runs, just check out and register yourself at the earliest

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Flipkart's Fall : A result of Google seach ?

A google search result literally has the power to make or break a company. One thing I noticed off late, people were telling Flipkart has lost its magic and they have completely switched to Amazon
Trying to understand a reason behind this, I found out the reason was Google!

3-4 months back , when you began to search for a product in Google, Google lists in a picture box the same item being sold by different retailers including FK, Amazon, Snapdeal, Jabong etc.The first or second was always Flipkart, prompting for high conversion of sale.

Now Flipkart has disappeared from the search results (though they are selling the product and at half the price in some cases). Is this a case of deliberate manipulation by Google or is it a technical bug Flipkart has to address? Flipkart however seems to appear in the search result but not in the image search results, which happens to be the key

In the below example, I searched for a particular brand of perfume. Which one would you click? The Amazon one with the pic or the Flipkart one in text?

Note : Amazon is selling this at 800 but Flipkart is selling from 321,but not appearing in the images!

When you click on the "sponsored icon" in the right of the image result, Google says this:
(Does this mean Google is not indexing/crawling Flipkart or not being compensated well enough?)

Flipkart selling at around 364 ( starting at 321) for the same product