Health & Wellness

In the Festival Season: Kesar Peda Modak and Gulkand Coconut Ladoo

In the Festival Season: Kesar Peda Modak and Gulkand Coconut Ladoo

This year’s Ganesh Chaturthi was very special for many reasons. It was special because it was the first one we celebrated after our wedding, hereby beginning a tradition we intend to carry on for years to come. We also made our own idol for the occasion and most...
Accessing Different Sides Of My Personality

Accessing Different Sides Of My Personality

Q. People see me as a balanced, kind of mellow, non-reactive, reasonable and sensitive guy. This is all true in a way. I tend to not stand out and am not that assertive. I am starting to feel frustrated in being that kind of a person. I feel ordinary, repressed and at...
Gifts From Nature

Gifts From Nature

Indian Superfoods. By Rujuta Diwekar. Published by Westland Ltd. Paperback, 174 pages. You have probably read about superfoods that will boost your health. Blueberries, kale, almonds, broccoli, sweet potato, goji berries, and many more are roundly praised. While these...
Pity, Sympathy Or Compassion: How to Help

Pity, Sympathy Or Compassion: How to Help

Q. When I encounter someone in pain—physical, emotional or otherwise, I tend to have strong reactions. I think of how unfair it is for someone to suffer or I get into pitying them. I feel sorry and start to feel sad. I hear people talking about sympathy and compassion...
Think Away Your Chronic Pain

Think Away Your Chronic Pain

In his book, The Divided Mind, John Sarno describes the case of a young engineer who was suffering from severe back and leg pain for over eight months. He had tried conventional treatments, but to no avail. His MRI showed a herniated disk for which he had been advised...
Summer Cookouts and Picnics

Summer Cookouts and Picnics

The idea of a summer cookout generally conjures a vision of meat on an open fire, but the joy of cooking and sharing food outdoors can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well. Among my fondest childhood memories of my village is that of farmers sitting around an open fire...