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Mind over Matter: A priority for marathoners

Shalini Gupta For someone who has been counselling runners and sportspersons for a decade, Divya Parashar once herself battled with a host of medical conditions like obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. A PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Delhi-based Parashar took to running in 2009 to maintain fitness. Initially training to run …

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In need of a major makeover

Amrit Mathur Searching for answers to challenges threatening it, cricket’s different formats are looking to reboot, upgrade, innovate and reinvent. Test cricket, in commercial ICU for some time, needs a major makeover. Following others, India has accepted night games hoping the change in ball colour will ensure cricket’s purest form remains in the pink of health. A late afternoon start …

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Losing weight can help reverse diabetes

SANCHITA SHARMA People newly diagnosed with Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes, which affects roughly seven per cent of all adults in India, over the past five years now have a chance of reversing the disease using very low calorie diet or a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet to lower body weight and improve glucose control. Being overweight is the biggest risk factor …

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AI meets Art

Two paintings up for auction in New York highlight a growing interest in artificial intelligence-created works – a technique that could transform how art is made and viewed but is also stirring up passionate debate. The art world was stunned last year when an AI painting was sold for $432,500, and auctioneers are keen to further test demand for computer-generated …

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The neuroscience of empathy

Luis Dias “As a species, why are we willing to kill, exploit, or willfully disregard people we’ve never met?” This question leapt out of my laptop screen just as I was winding down and calling it a night. It struck a chord. It is a question, perhaps differently phrased, that troubles me a lot, and I’m sure I’m not alone: …

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The Karhade Bramhan Itihas

TENSING RODRIGUES Karhade bramhan is indeed an enigma. It may be a good idea to explore the history of the group within the framework of the divisions of the bramhan in Brhatkomkan. Sahyadrikhand’s Karastr seems to have been derived from Karhatak, the old name of the region around the confluence of the Krsna and Koyna rivers; it seems to have …

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Walking into a trap

Barkha Dutt The decision by the Supreme Court to send the Sabarimala case to a larger constitutional bench is disappointing. While there is no formal stay on the entry of women into the shrine – the restrictions were lifted by a 2018 court order that will now be reviewed – ferocious and violent protests and political pussyfooting means that an …

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Delving into Indian mythology

The old Konkani Bharata, a book by Mysuru researcher Rocky V Miranda, was recently released in Panaji. NT NETWORK shares an excerpt from the read which delves into 16th century Mahabharata NT NETWORK Manuscripts There are two old Konkani manuscripts in Roman script in Braga, Portugal, at the University of Minho Library (formerly, Braga District Library): Codex 771(C 772). C …

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Snappy, Scissor-sharp, Salient

Patricia Pereira-Sethi When I first joined Newsweek, an editor was assigned to tutor and instruct me in the essence of magazine writing. Or any quality writing for that matter. Copy must always be crisp and concise, with an emphasis on verbs and not on adjectives, he coached me. It must hold the reader tight in its embrace. It cannot roll …

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Government has egg on its face

Ramachandra Guha On July 22, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, met the Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in Washington. At a press conference after their meeting, Trump offered to mediate between India and Pakistan in solving the Kashmir dispute. “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” he said. Trump even claimed that our …

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