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The best-kept secrets of Ratnagiri

Poorva Joshi The Konkan region of Maharashtra is often considered a hazardous zone for long drives: there are winding roads, blind turns, and steep downward slopes flanking the Arabian Sea on one side. There is also the treacherous continental shelf (slope of land going underwater) which means that an extra step on the beach will land you in dangerously deep …

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When food is medicine- Part I

Rohini Diniz Traditional healing systems have regarded food as medicine in the treatment and cure of various disease and India is home to a large repertoire of home remedies using fruits, vegetables, roots, spices and herbs. There is a natural home remedy for almost every ailment and many of these home remedies when taken at the onset of symptoms provides …

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Mindful menopause- Part I

Sujal Torgal Patil There are multiple stages in a woman’s life which prove to be life changing. Firstly the onset of menstruation, followed by the crucial stage of pregnancy and lastly the stage of menopause. Each stage brings about physical as well as psychological changes in the female body. The complete orchestra of the female anatomy and physiology is governed …

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Arthritis, joint, neck, knee, back pain and vitamin D

Luke Coutinho Do you spend a lot of time indoors during the day? Are you too busy to get some direct sun regularly? Do you use sunscreen to cover up? There is a good chance that you are vitamin D deficient and this deficiency is linked to perpetuation of one’s rheumatoid arthritis, joint, back, neck and knee pain. Over the …

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The China Syndrome: A nuclear nightmare

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT NETWORK Nuclear power and the people using it for ulterior motives has been one of the most favourite subjects of Hollywood filmmakers. ‘The China Syndrome’ (1979) is one such film, which besides being an effective thriller also questions the ethics of nuclear energy. Interestingly, this film led 1980s cycle of movies about atomic bombs …

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The saga of disappearing Goan cuisine

Exploring Goa through local Goan cuisine has been a delectable journey for many tourists. But, in the last few years the coastal belt has seen a number of Goan-cuisine restaurants being replaced with eateries offering fast food, Indian food and pseudo-continental and indo-Chinese food. While Goa Tourism has been channelising efforts to create a ‘brand Goa’ and increase tourist footfalls, …

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Don’t let this ‘waste’ your appetite

Zubin D’souza There is one undeniable fact about me that most people who know me would definitely agree with. I am one big, overgrown kid! I am forty-two, with a massive appetite and a round belly that keeps pace with my eating, a rounder head which I shave everyday and the mental IQ of a second grade kid. Although my …

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All roads lead to Uttarakhand: 6 weekend getaways for the summer

Sneha Mahale A road trip in the scorching summer heat may not sound like a winning proposition to most, but we were convinced to give it a try when the destinations included a mix of hill stations, an adventure haven and what is considered one of the “holiest cities in India”. Unsurprisingly, the hill state of Uttarakhand did not disappoint. …

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Road tripping the right way

Beaven Teixeira Buying a heavy duty cruiser bike often comes with a dream of travelling to an unknown destination or going solo on an adventure. For me it all began when I bought my Royal Enfield in 2009. Ever since then I had a dream of going on a road trip to either South India or Ladakh in Kashmir. And …

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Strengthen your immune system for monsoons

Rohini Diniz After the long hot and humid summer, the monsoon showers come as a respite to the heat, but along with them comes, damp gloomy weather, muck and filth leading to a host of health problems like respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Flooding, seepage of sewage into drinking water pipes and proliferation of flies results in contamination of food and …

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