INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY June 21

 

Yogis and Yoga –proud contribution of India that is Bharath
For the health and harmony of people around the world-very great!
Unfortunate in India we attach not great faith and belief
At times we  hear derisive comments too- a misfortune indeed!

Yoga  invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition
Embodying unity of mind and body; thought and action;
Restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature;
Holistic approach to health and well-being.  to discover  sense of oneness!

My beloved father was my Yoga Master- from age ten he taught us
Mathsyaasana, mayuraasana, dhanuraasana, sarvaangasana
Sirsaasanaa and savaasanaa all to last for minutes forty five
Immediately after morning walk and then bath in cold water!

International Yoga Day is today the Twenty First of June
For the past five years, to raise global awareness about
Benefits of  ancient Indian practice.  resolution on this
Was introduced by India’s Ambassador to United Nations
One hundred and seventy seven joined as co-sponsors,
Highest number ever for any General Assembly resolution.
Adopted under the agenda of ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy,’
Recognized Yoga “provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”
And  beneficial for the health of the world population.

THEME FOR INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY this year
Is Climate Action. Yoga our ancient physical,
Mental and spiritual practice! ‘‘yoga’ to join or to unite,
Union of body and consciousness,” “continues to grow in popularity” .

 

 

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SIRSAASANAA-how to? NOT ME!!!!!!

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY JUNE 5th

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June Fifth yesterday was WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY a holy day to be cherished
And to take an oath to protect ENVIRONMENT at all cost-not to failed
For the world to live and enjoy peace and pleasure, joy and health
Environmental protection is nothing short of our valuable wealth!

World Environment Day this year hosted by China, with the theme
“Air Pollution”.We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about
The quality of air we breathe.Seven million people worldwide die
Prematurely each year from air pollution.Cruel it is to allow to die.

World Environment Day urges governments, industry, communities,
And individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and
Green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions
Across the world. Let us resolve to keep environment clean and clear!

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FIRST EVER TAMIL TRANSLATION OF THYAGARAJA’S TELUGU “PANCHA RATHNA KEERTHANAS ” into TAMIL -in 272 years – translated by me to the original  raga and Tala rendered by the Madurai team Smt. Ranganayaki Sachidanandam, Vocal, Sri Sachidanandam Violin and Dr. K Thiyagarajan, Mridangam is available as CD with a booklet costing Rs 150/- with me in- N V Subbaraman, 12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai 600101, Ph:04426544950/9840477552.

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Sunscreen Day May 27.,

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Unique indeed is the human mind to device the days in the world
Today it is Sunscreen Day on twenty seventh May save from the Sun world!
Sunscreen Day is clear indication of awful summer’s setting in
With the rising intensity of the sun it is important to use sunscreen
To protect the skin from dangerous and painful sunburns. Using sunscreen
A good and easy method.It defends the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays
And helps to prevent skin cancer. An important day it is and pays!

Different types of sunscreen for different types of skin, application,
Sun intensity and so on. Let us use Sunscreen Day to gather some information
As to which sunscreen is the best for our needs. Let us use and enjoy the sun!
Summer ,oh, Summer we know how to free ourselves from your hot rays!

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NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY-May 17th.

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Walking indeed is a gift of God for the humans- enjoyed till my early twenties
Sixty years ago- walk to college to and fro just sixteen miles-pleasure it was!
Let us forget four annas for college bus was a luxury and chose to walk
That stands in good stead at age seventy nine! Cycling to office great days!

Later couple of cars and bikes and cycles for years at home for use to go
Anywhere and every where-near or far-indispensable they had become-lo!
Third Friday of May-National Bike to Work day kindling thoughts
Of vehicles less and full- life!Great the benefits of biking!

People need to be encouraged to use bicycle to work.and all
Bicycling to work increases happiness helps brain function better.
Helps save all that money to be spent on petrol or bus fare.
Let us take cycle or jump on and enjoy a nice ride to work.

Benefits of Bicycling to Work are many physically, mentally and emotionally
Burns calories as jogging but less strains to joints. boosts our energy,
Lowers pressure, builds muscle, improves aerobic fitness!improves mental function.
Improves memory, learning and brain’s overall performance. makes better at work.

Saves money.convenient than car. getting stuck in traffic; finding parking spot;
Sudden mechanical problems gasoline or not. With bike, no problems. pedal right

Allows fresh air, be closer with surrounds and see the world
Not stressful- safer- Car emissions pollute the environment.
Jump on bike and pedal to work and then home again. with bike to work
Healthier, happier, more productive at work and save money!–

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CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM DAY-May 10th

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Any part of our dwelling unit must be kept neat and tidy
Cleanliness is next to Godliness said for long quite rightly.
Reportedly Gandhiji said toilet and kitchen be interchangeableS
Yes even the toilet must be so cleanly kept up is implied!

Normally many use their room as study or office room at home
If we are to work or study at peace surrounding must be clean!
May Tenth today is CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM DAY observed all over.
Get rid of the mess on Clean up Your Room Day this important day ever!

Parents and roommates say very often, clean up your room
Get rid of the mess on this day. cleaning up is a process often
Put off by many teenagers. Clean Up You Room Day includes getting
Rid of items that lay around randomly and gather dust.

Feather dusters, wet wipes and cleaning cloth handy on this day
Hoovering, cleaning the windows or picking up dirty clothes and
Stuff from the floor count as the day’s work! After a hard day’s work
One can invite friends and proudly present a clean and shiny room.

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world Red-Cross day May 8th.

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An organization born to love all and serve all at times of need
At all times of emergency-day or night, cold or hot,any time right.
That is WORLD RED CROSS DAY-today the Eighth of May all over the world
Let us salute the selfless volunteers of the societies – great and bold!
A noble set of people are there involving in this wonderful service
The world indeed are grateful to them for their timely attention!

World Red Cross societies and Red Crescent Societies largest network
Of humanitarians in the world offering relief to disaster affected.
Celebrating the World Red Cross Day in more than one hundred and seventy
And more countries-the strongest force of the world having unpaid assistants
including ninety seven million members and enrolled volunteers- all around
The world for helping two hundred and thirty three million people every year!.

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ORGANIC FOOD

 

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This week’s Sunday Story is of a different type in the sense it is a very serious subject that I am trying earnestly.

It is said in today’s world though longevity has substantially increased thanks to advanced  medical Science and   availability of health facilities even in rural parts, ,  health conditions have decreased due to several factors important being  ‘FOOD’!  Elders used to lament that the food they ate in their young ages were more nutritious than what is being available today! May be right or may be wrong. In the interest of growing more food  for the increasing population, agriculturists make use of  more and more chemical fertilizers which is not good for human health.

Objective of this Sunday Story is to think about Organic Food, get convinced about its efficacy and make efforts to follow by going in for Organic Food in our daily life to the extent possible.

The organic food almost like tsunami came about a decade ago, washing over our lives completely. From the humble cucumber to the exotic avocado, from pulses to salad leaves to spices to rice, every single food item we used to buy from the grocers suddenly had an organic cousin sitting next to it on the shelves – with the only obvious difference being a higher price tag. Soon, companies specializing in organic food deliveries came up, claiming to bring produce directly from an organic farm to our table. Now, many restaurants promise the same. This trend has surpassed all food trends and one can even get organic Diwali sweets now.

The United Nations’ recent declaration of Sikkim as the world’s first ‘organic state’ has brought the big organic debate back into focus: what exactly is organic – and how do we identify a genuine organic product?

Simply put, a product is organic if it is produced in a farming system that uses no chemicals, fertilizers, GMOs or artificial additives. Instead it relies on crop rotation, animal and plant manure, and biological pest controls. It is good for all. Following environmentally conscionable agro-ecology policies in growing food ensures a better future for our biodiversity and is nutritionally beneficial for us, including,  lowering the risk of cancer.

But with so much organic produces in the market, it is hard for the average consumer to sift authentic organic produce from something that may be just cashing in on the trend. So how does one make sure what we are eating is genuinely chemical-free? It is not exactly simple, but there are a few checks to do so.

Organic vs. 100% organic

The first difference we need to understand is that not all organic food in the market is 100% organic. Labeling plays an important role in identifying this difference. In India, one can get a farm certified by a whole host of certifying agencies approved under the National Program me for Organic Production (NPOP), and any food item may adhere to one or many organic certification standards.

Consumers inspect organic vegetables sold out of the back of a car in Chennai (C Suresh Kumar/ BCCL Tamil Nadu)

. “While not all organic food in the market is 100% organic, it is definitely possible to get 100% organic food in India. There are a lot of people doing good work and putting in a lot of effort to produce quality 100% organic produce, and the labeling standard is very strict, so that’s our best guide.”

Unless the product clearly says 100% organic, we need to research the certification standards of the label on our food to understand exactly how organic the food is. The international standard of declaring anything organic requires it to be strictly chemical and pesticide-free but India doesn’t always follow the rules.

Understanding certificates and standards

An organic farm may strive to get certified by Indian and international standards both. We can get various organic food certifications, such as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) authorized bodies, EU organic standard and more.

Just you see a display in KANNU KUTTI ORGANIC SHOP  near my home in Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai.

 

 

Indu Bhandari Sinha, partner in the Indo-Australian JV, Indus Jaivik Aura, and a
firm believer in Vedic farming, thinks mere certification is no guarantee that your food is organic. “I would not be surprised if 80% of the standards specified by organic bodies in India are not followed by most ‘organic farmers’. I have also known cases where people use one certification to sell their other non-organic foods or, worse, buy certificates.”

Small farmers who do the good work and produce organic crops often find it too cumbersome or confusing to get the right certification.

Llook out for the PGS India certification. International standard certifications like USDA and EU are also a good way to ensure a stricter check.

The role of water

Groundwater pollution is one of the major causes of chemicals seeping into crops, raising a big question on how organic any food produced in India is. Rainwater harvesting is a solution – farms such as Jayram’s use large rainwater harvesting tanks to supply their farms with unpolluted water through the year.

An organic farm in Tamil Nadu (P. Sreedharan/ BCCL Tamil Nadu)

“Apart from rainwater harvesting, we also need to do long-term planning and make an effort to rejuvenate the ground water by following best practices. Ideally, one should individually strive to replenish the water under their land,” says Indu.

The India Organic logo, a bird logo, is an important check in this respect. If you are dedicated enough, you can also resort to legwork and due diligence to actually check how the farm where your food is coming from uses water. Most organic farms are open to public and anyone can go and check their practices anytime.

The price factor

Price, in fact, shouldn’t be a factor. There is no real reason for organic food to be more expensive than non-organic, and experts agree that there is hardly any difference in the cost of normal and organic farming.

“High cost does not equal organic food,” says Indu. “It is the middleman that makes the price high, not the farmer. If a non-organic apple is Rs 60 per kg, organic apple might be Rs 80 per kg but the middleman and branding can take it up to Rs 200 per kg or even more, depending on how upmarket the colony is, where the produce is selling.”

The farmers do not make money on these high costs that we as consumers pay for organic food.

Price only becomes a factor in consumption. Shelf life of organic food is low because it does not have additives and preservatives. “Buy in small quantities!” suggests Jayram, offering a simple solution. Buy less and consume fast – those are the only two precautions you need to keep in mind with organic produce.

How organic is ‘organic’?

Testing organic food for chemicals is a lengthy and expensive prospect. While people are continuously devising new ways of detecting impurities and pesticides in milk and vegetables, for now the only solution to making sure that you are eating 100% organic food may be to… grow your own food.

An organic terrace garden in Mumbai (Uma Kadam/ BCCL MUMBAI)

It is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Vertical gardens and small home patches are pretty common in urban homes now. Indu suggest a more organised approach. “The government should encourage people to grow their own organic food,” she says. “They should install a station in every colony, something like the Kendriya Bhandar outlets, where people can get responsibly sourced native heirloom seeds, nourished soil, and other things they need to have balcony or terrace gardens. These stores can also help people recycle and be a one-stop green solution for people. It is the government’s job to encourage green habits.”

In Delhi, this will not only ensure organic food, it will also improve the air quality! Until you are ready to grow your own organic food, the next best option is to buy seasonal produce from a local vegetable hawker rather than a branded organic banana.

Let us make efforts to switch over to ORGANIC FOOD gradually. So this much for this Sunday story. We shall carry on. Till tomorrow good bye!

 

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