Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blood Donation


On 27th February, 2014 (Yesterday), in India, we celebrated Mahashiv Ratri. I along with my friend Mr. Bhatti went to the temple of Akshardham at Ludhiana (Punjab) India to celebrate Mahashivratri.
We enjoyed the langar (common feast cooked in common kitchen of the holy temple). Puri, chhole and kheer (sweet dish) was excellent in taste. Perhaps the grace of God makes it so sweet and tasty. Aura in the temple was really peaceful, tensionless.
After having the feast, we went to meet the chief Swamiji but on the way we found that a CAMP OF BLOOD DONATION is organized by Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.
Both of us registered ourselves for donation. My age 56 and my friend’s 50 years. The attending doctor at reception asked, “have you donated blood during the past 3 month.” Our answer was no. “Do you have any disease or problem?” “No.”
Then she prepared two cards and noted all our particulars on those cards. Then she handed over those cards and a plastic bag with syringe tagged to it.
We went from reception to the blood donation room like heroes. We were feeling great as we were going to donate blood which would be used for SAVING some other person’s life who could be anyone not related with us.
It was really a great service to humanity.
We were asked to lie on the beds. Syringes were inserted in our right elbows to extract the blood. Rubber balls were given. We kept on pumping the rubber balls so that the blood flow may be maintained.
It took just 10 minutes and our BEST DONATION of life was done.
Then the syringes were removed and we came out of the blood donation room.
Out of the room, post blood donation desk attendant, a very polite doctor asked us to sit on the chairs and offered us glass of sugarless hot milk. Then bananas were offered. We drank the milk and ate the bananas.
I was feeling very fresh. Blood was donated and my blood pressure came to normal. Today, I felt that anger is quite reduced. In the morning, I was polite with my children and wife.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Take Control of Your Life.

         By Renee Singh *
Take Control of Your Life.
There are some qualities we are born with and emotional resilience is one of them. Some of us are lucky enough to have this in us but it canbe and should be learned and developed.
      If you are the type who would like to handle life’s challenges whether they are major or minor with greater ease, to grow from adversity and turn potentially negative events into positive ones, you definitely need to be more resilient.

    “As we advance in life and in years, coping with stress becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties, the inmost strength of heart is developed, “ Vincent Van Gogh said these very wise words which are most applicable in today’s day and age.

         What’s emotional resilience?

         This refers to one’s ability to adapt to stressful situations or crisis. Most resilient people can “roll with the punches” and adapt to adversity with no difficulties.
Less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes. It has been found that those stresses more easily can also manage major crisis with ease. Resilience has its benefits for daily life or when faced with tragedy.

               What influences emotional resilience?

       By and large it is something we are born with. 
Some people by nature are less upset by changes. This trait can more or less observed from childhood and can be noticed as a level of stability through one’s lifetime.
Emotional resilience is also related to some factors that are not under your control such as age, gender and exposure to trauma.
       Resilience is not a quality that you do or do not possess. There are varying degrees to how well you can handle stress and there are certain characteristics that are common to all.

Emotional awareness

People with emotional awareness understand what they are feeling and why.

Perseverance pays
Those with perseverance are action oriented and do not give up.

Positive thinking
Optimists see positives in all situations and believe in their own strengths.

Social support
Some of us tend to understand the value of social support and surround ourselves with supportive family and friends.

Spiritual Streak
Being connected to your spiritual side has been has been connected with stronger emotional resilience. If you are internally connected, you are definitely on a strong foundation level.

Sense of humour
Those with a sense of humor are able to laugh at life’s difficulties.

Individual perspective

·      Resilient people are able to learn from their own mistakes.
·      They see obstacles as challenges.
·      Allow adversities to make them stronger.
·      Find meaning in life’s challenges.
·      Do not see themselves  as victims.

           How to become more resilient?
    Emotional resilience can be developed. Stress and change are a part of life. There is much opportunity to practice resilience. We require to have interest and commitment and results are remarkable.

    Many people know of coping strategies which can help with stress. With diet and exercise programs one can cope with stress very well.

    The most successful individuals are those that can maintain a long term effort. Don’t give up your situation and trust the process.
     Just be patient with yourself and you will make yourself emotionally resilient.
              *Singh is  Chandigarh based psychotherapist.
Source: The Tribune Life+Style dated 24th February, 2014.


                 By Renu Parteep Kaur*
Eat, Pray, Lose
Are you having a hard time sticking to your diet plan?
Yes, it’s really difficult to stick to extremely low-calorie diets, which can hurt your long-term success. Boredom and hunger can both undermine your weight-loss goals.
It is important to remember that too much or crash weight loss has many negative consequences for the body and your health.
Everyone has different body structure. While one person may be very thin naturally and may not be suffering from any negative health effect, but for others losing their weight      
may be unachievable without putting one;s body under dangerous stress.
You are what you eat.
Cutting calories is an approach most dieters take to meet their weight loss goals. But it is once in a while that people take calorie restrictions too far; making their weight loss slower and more difficult by slowing their metabolism. As the saying goes, “We are what we eat,” our food choices have a huge impact on how we look and feel, both physically and mentally.
Understand calorie.
Eating a well-rounded and varied diet will go a long way towards making sure you have all the nutrients you need. Remember that our body uses everything put into it and what we give it determines how it’s used for good health, or for bad.
       Low calorie diet does not mean the consumption of reduced amount of calorie rich foods. Such a diet only precipitates hunger, causes interim weight loss and deprives the body of nutrition. An unplanned low calorie diet which is also devoid of important nutrients having a low nutritional value is therefore, unable to regulate metabolism in the body, which can be the cause of lifestyle diseases.
What to eat?
1.   Fat-free(skim) milk instead of whole milk.
2.   Fat-free frozen yoghurt instead of ice-creams.
3.   Graham crackers, ginger snaps, fig bars instead of cookies.
4.   Egg whites or egg substitutes instead of whole eggs.
5.   Canned broth-based soups instead of canned cream soups.
6.   Jelly, jam, or honey on bread or toast instead of butter or margarine on toast or bread.
7.   Chicken or turkey without skin (white meat) instead of chicken or turkey with skin, duck or goose.
8.   Opt for fresh or frozen vegetables over canned vegetables.
9.   Chocolate syrup instead of fudge sauce.
In addition to above, avoid processed or pre-packaged foods. Processed foods like canned soups or frozen dinners contain hidden sodium that quickly surpasses the recommended limit. Simply choosing low fat products when there is an option is a good way to reduce fat and calories.
Think long term
1.            Always go in for lifestyle change and not for short term diet. Permanent weight loss is not something that a “quick fix” diet can achieve.
2.            Low calorie diet is not recommended for children, adolescents and pregnant women. Individuals who usually go on such a diet are extremely over weight, Dieters usually lose 0.5 to 2 kg per week or a total of about 5 kg in 4 weeks. The specifics of weight loss diet are hard to describe as the diet mainly depends on one’s individual needs.
To set yourself up  for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small manageable steps rather than drastic change.
          *Renupreet Kaur is diet therapist and obesity expert.
Source: Tribune Life+Style dated 24th February, 2014.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Gap between Haves and Have Nots.

Can it be narrowed?

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

 You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot further the brotherhood of many by encouraging class hatred.

 You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." -

Abraham Lincoln

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Monday, January 6, 2014

New Guests


50-60 New Guests join me for breakfast.

Really great interesting breakfast.

I sleep on the top floor of my house. One day I saw that some small birds: parrots, crows, pigeons and squirrels were enjoying a morning stroll at the top roof.

I got an idea. In the morning, I need breakfast. These birds and animals too may need it. I took 2-3 handfuls of grain and threw on the top roof of my room.

That day, no bird or animal came and I found the grains were intact there.

I thought that little birds have got scared and hence did not turn up to eat those grains.

But the next day, I found, lot of chirping on the roof. I scaled the stairs to view a beautiful scene.

About 50-60 birds were enjoying the breakfast. My hungry soul felt happy. Natural happiness was this.

Now I splatter 3-4 handfuls of grains every night on the roof.

And my little friends, enjoy the breakfast in the morning. Water is now placed in small bowls.

I sit in an alcove of my stairs and watch the words. They chirp. They flutter. They quarrel to snatch the grain from others.

Small words feel scared from the big one like crows. Crows sit on the boundaries of the walls of the roof.

One day, I did not splatter the grains for the breakfast of my tiny friends. At about 5 am in the morning when I was in the bed, I heard lot of chirping.

I immediately realized that I have not splattered their food and hence all this fuss.

I took the grains and went up. Threw from far off place hiding myself at the stairs so that they may not fly away.

Wow! what a wonderful scene that was. Except a big ones, all the birds jumped on the food. In a few minutes, all the grains were eaten by them and they flew away. Roof was as clean as it was earlier.

They are not greedy like humans. They eat, feel satisfied and fly away. Where, I don't know.

Now in the morning, I always love to hear their chirping. That soothes me.

When they drink water, the scene is really beautiful. They shake the wings and feathers. Really wonderful.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Better Life

15 Mantras for Better Living

1.                               Talk           -----------                             Slowly          
2.                                Eat            -----------                             Sensibly
3.                               Breathe      -----------                             Deeply
4.                               Exercise     -----------                             Daily
5.                               Sleep         -----------                             Sufficiently and soundly.

6.                               Dress        ------------                            Smartly
7.                               Act           ------------                            Fearlessly
8.                               Work       ------------                            Patiently
9.                               Think       ------------                             Positively
10.                             Trust        ------------                             Cautiously

11.                             Learn      ------------                              Practically
12.                             Plan        ------------                              Orderly
13.                             Earn       -------------                             Honestly
14.                             Save      -------------                              Regularly
15.                             Spend    -------------                             Intelligently

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