LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


MoneyLIFE 21 December 2006
Since the bull run began in May 2003, the Sensex has gone up by 367%. The MoneyLIFE Index of lifestyle stocks has gone up by 507%. A major bull market for leisure, lifestyle and entertainment stocks has just begun   Economic liberalisation has transformed the landscape of India...

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Earlier, we talked about ‘Yoga of the Empty Fist’. This was about a fitness regimen without props, about ‘anytime-anywhere’ isometrics. These exercises involve static muscle contraction with no visible movement in the angle of the joint. As the name suggests (‘iso’ means ‘same’ and ‘metric’ is...

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It is a real challenge for extremely busy folks to join a fitness programme. Motivators have to resort to all sorts of stratagems to get them to find time. One involves making use of the bed itself as the fitness gym. The logic: even busy people have to lie down, some place, to sleep. So why not...

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Positive thoughts and nutrients nourish and nurture Joan Collins, the great Hollywood Diva says she doesn’t give her own age (73 years) much thought. But she does get startled whenever she sees it mentioned in print: “Wait a minute,” she says to herself. “That can’t be right. It’s...

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Sometimes the inquiry into origins of food can prove out to be illuminating. Consider the non-cereal Rajgira: it looks like poppy seeds (khus-khus) and is often used as substitute for cereals like wheat and rice during religious fasting days in western India. Rajgira is venerated for its ritual...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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