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A fitness fanatic friend of ours slipped and badly injured his hip and wrists during the recent rains. His `huff and puff’ routine was in jeopardy. To get his daily workout, he even tried walking. But it wasn’t good enough. When a team from the University of Alberta compared a 10,000-step...

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How Gujarat Ambuja Cements rehabilitated lands mined out at Kodinar Mining inevitably leads to changes in land use and alters livelihoods and landscapes. Over the past 20 years, the sector has been regulated through a series of legislations primarily for environmental protection. According an...

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Goonj is a unique effort to collect used household stuff for the needy, reports Sucheta Dalal It is the stated objective of Goonj (echo) that makes its commitment and realism stand out. It does not dole out huge amounts of money, does not to talk about wiping out poverty, but talks of taking...

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Among the many things Moghuls brought to India is a fondness for meat roasted on spits. Of course Indians used to eat roasted meat earlier. But the Central Asians’ patronage made kababs ubiquitous on the Indian subcontinent. The culinary form reached its zenith in states such as Lucknow and...

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Nita Mukherjee writes about a unique educational experiment His visiting card simply says Yogendra: Secretary, Bodh Shiksha Samiti. He does not want to mention the surname, which often reveals a person’s caste. In the highly stratified social milieu of Rajasthan, this makes a simple but...

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The deep red juice of pomegranate seems to work against prostate cancer cells grown in lab dishes and in mice, and also in humans, according to two recent studies reported by American scientists. Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants - chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their deep...

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Here is the story of a unique commune that converted an arid area into a green and fertile zone At a time when suicides by farmers have gradually been reduced to cold statistics reported by the media everyday, the Timbaktu Collective in Anantapur District is an astonishing story of how an arid...

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Spices have benefits beyond imparting flavour to food and drinks, say modern scientists from Holland and Canada. The researchers have thus buttressed the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic vaids, which lays great store by curative powers of spices such as long pepper and dried ginger. Nutrition...

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Sucheta Dalal writes about a unique 24-hour helpline for children  In the first week of August, India decided to ban the employment of children up to 14 years of age as domestic help or in the hospitality sector. The move is both welcome and long overdue. The rampant exploitation of children...

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It is a delicious irony hearing desi dudes blabber about Noni, which happens to be the Hawaiian name of a Mumbai tree called Morinda. At first, we thought we’d misheard the Bharatiya folk, which had turned ‘Nani’ into ‘Noni’. But when they started soliciting money for starting Noni...

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When foodies masquerading as editors (including your correspondent) start showing off their taste for sliced truffles and other hideously expensive culinary tidbits in their columns, hit back with a dictionary. Ask the mycophagous fellows where they get their Rabasse de Provence. Now any...

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Some do-gooders may end up undermining the Right to Information Act, finds Sucheta Dalal MoneyLIFE started this section by pointing out how the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been one of “the most empowering tools handed to socially-conscious Indians in over half a century since...

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It’s time we confronted one of the neglected facts of fitness life: one could blather on about push-ups and squats till the cows come home. But the fact remains that hardly anybody finds exercise exciting. We know that many of you folks are likely to burrow deeper into your blankets at the very...

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Sucheta Dalal on Dignity Foundation’s stellar work among senior citizens Sometime in the early 1990s, when I was at the Times of India, Mumbai, I used to hear an animated discussion in the next cubicle about plans for the first ever magazine for senior citizens between my colleague Vithal...

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US-based Raj Gilda profiles Vigyan Ashram and how its vocational training is giving direction to several lives India is on the path of economic liberalisation and growth, but this process of change will simply bypass over 24 million unemployed youngsters who live in our villages. This may...

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Udit Chaudhuri reports on a unique civic movement that started in Chennai The monsoon approaches. Traffic hold-ups. Flash floods. Putrid garbage. Civic authorities and citizens bickering… One young man sought to change all that. MB Nirmal, was inspired by the cleanliness and order in Hong Kong....

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Dr Nita Mukherjee writes about an extraordinary woman & her crusade  to help rural women & children Talking to Alice Garg about her work with downtrodden women, children and orphans in feudal Rajasthan sets off an entire kaleidoscope of emotions. One moment, her eyes well up with tears when she...

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Sonya Wadhwani profiles an organisationthat brings street kids to the mainstream Salaam Baalak Trust was born in 1988 with a portion of the proceeds from the film "Salaam Bombay!" by Mira Nair. The idea was to provide opportunity for street children to experience the joys of childhood. Some of...

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Sucheta Dalal reports on a unique social organisation that is... "Working women have faced hostility in countless ways ranging from condescending attitudes, hostile men's leagues in organisations, unequal pay, delayed promotions, sly remarks on the plight of spouses of working women, less...

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Sucheta Dalal on GIVE Foundation which has brought professionalism into charity One of the biggest travails even of simple charity in India is the nagging worry about whether one's money will be correctly spent. Another is the effort involved in reaching aid to those NGOs that pursue your...

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