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” Adding to it,” While we tried to ask Ajay about his period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi,Aabha-Doobhi?or Kings or even cricket They just sat Occasionally theyd move a wrist But only to get a glass to their lips There was Friday Unclewho came on Fridays I think he was a Gujarati gentlemanand I vaguely remember him as always dressed in white There was Dadiba Unclea wiry silent Parsi manwho claimed to be an ex-boxer and an ex-drummerwho also came home on Fridaysbut was not called Friday He used to roll his own cigarettesmostly little scrunched up things that in todays world might have been viewed with a certain suspicion but at the time were clearly above board The first time I had a weird friend like my grandfathersthe kind you didnt play withwas when I was in college His name was Bhaskar and I met him after one of my first English lectures in my FYJC (Science) We had argued nonsensically in Mrs Udvadias class about some obscure poem on speed And had both been impressed by the others ability to produce copious quantities of bullshit We soon became fast friendsinseparablevirtually And all we really did through the course of our friendship was talk We never played a game of cricket (I seriously doubt that Bhaskar even knows how to hold a bat and frankly Ive never even checked) or football or dabba But we talked a lot About girlfriends we never had About why we were on earth About Richard Bach and Fritjof Capra and Mr GodThis is Anna Occasionally wed bunk Friday class to see a moviebut only if there were lots of girls involved Otherwise we just talked We would meet at any time of the day or nightall it took was a phone callwe never had anything better to do There were no discos or pubs at the time and neither of us drank or smokedbecause that would have meant conforming to all the other smoker-drinker-users in college and conforming was just not cool So we talked At 3 am on Haji Alithe sparse night traffic zoomed behind usthe sea lapping at the rubble shore beneath our feet Sometimes we did not even talk Just sat in silence for many long hourstwo bespectacled nerds without computersgazing at the seasharing thoughts of what Our futureperhaps NoI dont think that ever came up Then Bhaskar got a girlfriend So I invented one for myself Just to keep him companyotherwise poor fellow would have felt all aloneno Mine was conveniently from out of town and maybe he guessed she only existed in my headwe used to read each others thoughts by this timeso surely he guessedbut he never said anythingjust gaped dutifully at all the wonderful stories I exchanged with his Then suddenlyfive years of college had passed and our lives started to untangle and separate into distinct strands Soon we were no longer in touch But every now and thenat miraculously important times in my lifehe would pop up Once when I was working in Calcuttaas the youngest Creative Head in Lintas Once for my daughters first birthdaywhich he didnt know about And then nowjust a few weeks agothis time via e-mailso technically we have not even metbut we have This last time he told me he was divorced nowhad a girlfriend and his 14-year-old daughter was visiting We talked a few timescatching up with our lives Thenas beforesilence Till we meet again And talk like time hasnt passed between us And perhaps it doesnt Weird friends are like that (Write to the columnist at [email protected]) For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: July 9 2016 12:13 am Scientific studies have found that chocolates contain more than 400 different chemical compounds called flavanoids which are known for their special health benefits Top News If you thought all food that tastes good is bad for us think again Chocolate a universally loved treat may actually be beneficial for us Earlier chocolate used to be criticised for its fat content and its consumption was a sin rather than a remedy It was associated with acne caries obesity high blood pressure coronary artery disease and diabetes Therefore many physicians tended to warn patients about the potential health hazards of consuming large amounts of chocolate However the recent discovery of biologically active phenolic compounds in cocoa has changed this perception and stimulated research on its effects in ageing oxidative stress blood pressure regulation and atherosclerosis Today chocolate is lauded for its tremendous health benefits The presence of chocolate in our diets dates back to 2000 years and more and its benefits were well known to the Aztecs in Mexico They used cocoa seeds for ceremonial purposes and for consumption by high-ranking individuals — priests government officials and warriors It’s not surprising that cocoa tree’s scientific name is Theobroma Cacao “Thebrome” means “the food of Gods” They recognised the general properties of cacao (later called cocoa) and used it to treat intestinal complaints to calm the nerves and as a stimulant They discovered that they could make a mind-alerting drink from the berries of the plant called cacao tree They made cocoa butter the creamy fat in the beans to sooth burns irritated skin and chapped lips European explorers introduced cocoa and chocolate to western culture Gradually the benefits of chocolates unfolded and many people began to include these in their diet Today scientific studies have found that chocolates contain more than 400 different chemical compounds called flavanoids Flavanoids are known for their special health benefits including antioxidant activity preventing oxidation of bad cholesterol anti-cancer effects lowering blood pressure reducing inflammation and boosting immunity According to scientific studies higher cocoa intake was associated with a reduction in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality Other benefits of chocolates include their mood-elevating and stress-relieving effects Theobromine in chocolates is believed to boost neuro-transmitters like serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain So chocolate can help reduce depression and induce a slight sense of euphoria The caffeine has an energising effect on the nervous system While all cocoa powder dark chocolates white chocolate and milk chocolate come from the cocoa tree the difference in their composition and processing gives them their unique characteristics Cocoa powder has the highest concentration of flavanoids (antioxidants) Dark chocolates have a higher percentage of cocoa solids at least 75 per cent with a little added sugar In unsweetened varieties of dark chocolates cocoa solids may be as high as 98 per cent It is these varieties which have been used in research studies and found to have cardio-protective and health benefits White chocolate is purely cocoa butter sugar flavor milk and contains no cocoa solids and therefore provide no special health benefits unlike dark chocolates Ensure you go for the darkest varieties and look for the highest percentage of cocoa solids (70 per cent) Remember you get about 500 kcals in a 100 gm bar of dark chocolate Some studies recommend a daily dose of about 50-150 gms of dark chocolate for its cardio-protective benefits Perhaps the best way to add dark chocolate to your diet is as a replacement for other cookies and sweets that you may be consuming This would prevent piling on extra weight from extra calories Author is a clinical nutritionist and founder of wwwtheweightmonitorcom and Whole Foods India For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top News

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We have come across cases where under-aged persons who procured fake gun licences were employed by security firms, he said According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone III) Mahesh Patilthe police is ready to issue 10-15 gun licences for 12-bore guns for each registered private security firm Deputy Commissioner (zone IV) Jalinder Supekar said security firms will have to follow the guidelines or face legal action For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Entertainment Feature Service | Published: November 20 2014 10:37 am A still from The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche Related News In Sonthar Gyal’s award-winning film The Sun Beaten Path (2011) a young man walks back home along a lonely mountain highway as he disguises the guilt of causing his mother’s accidental death While the picturesque setting of the Gobi desert maybe a welcome distraction for an audience Gyal’s film focuses on the deeper Buddhist attributes of redemption and contemplation The film will premiere in India as part of the Inner Path Festival of Buddhism being held at the Alliance Francaise in Delhi this Friday “Gyal is a Tibetan filmmaker who lives in Beijing and looks at the larger aspect of Buddhist virtues in his works Our effort is to screen films and work that open the path to Buddhism” says Aruna Vasudev President of the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and director of this festival “The scale of the festival this year is larger with over 16 feature films and documentaries with a focus towards drawing more practitioners to Buddhism” she says In its third year the highlight of this year’s festival will be a performance by Nepalese monk Ani Choying Drolma the singing nun who is known for putting her own spin to Buddhist and Tibetan chants; an art exhibition comprising works of 20 known and upcoming artistes such as Arpana Caur Shefali Munjal and calligrapher Qamar Dagar; a thangka exhibition by Sidharth; and an exhibition of illustrations to launch the Indian edition of the graphic novel The Magic Life of Milarepa by Chokyi Palmo There will be discourses by Tibetan monk Geshe Jangchup Choeden among other high ranking monks The closing performance will be by a group of Buddhist nuns popularly referred to as Kung Fu nuns from the Drukpa sect The Inner Path festival will be held between November 21-24 at Alliance Francaise Entry is free Contact: 9810157313 For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ranjit Lal | Published: September 4 2016 1:20 am These small birds may not be glamour princes or princesses like the sunbirds or some snazzy jazzy flycatchers but they seem to have earnest and charming personalities Top News If birds were to have Facebook pages of their own where like us they would toot their own horn and change their profile pictures every hour on the hour I can well imagine sparrows babblers crows mynas pigeons et al having the time of their lives Sparrows would shrilly lament about their persecution in cities around the world and their ouster from nesting sites over ceiling fans everywhere; babblers would shout about all the windows they’d hammered on and gardens they’ve searched and raided — and all the undeclared goodies (spiders cockroaches fair and lovely maggots and beetle larvae etc) they have recovered and eaten; mynahs would strut about shouting like intellectuals on the Big Fight crows would boast about being the most superior species of all and of course pigeons would shock everyone by posting clips of the XXX-rated stuff they get up to all the time in public places One little bird that I think would with a polite shudder decline to join Facebook would be the Oriental white-eye If you saw this little bird you’d understand why straightaway It’s smaller than a sparrow yellow-olive above and off-white below and wears a white monocle over each eye which gives it a studious goggle-eyed appearance It’s a solemn serious quirky little bird not given to larking around and frivolous pastimes; you can well imagine a pair reading The Origin of the Species aloud to their chicks at bedtime every night But in their own quiet way white-eyes seem to have done extremely well I see and hear them nearly every day in the garden on the bougainvillea outside the bedroom Certainly in numbers they’ve outstripped sparrows and maybe even pigeons Even up in the hills they’re pretty much ubiquitous They seem to keep a low profile and are always on the move You can make out that they’re around if you hear a soft background jingling call or a slightly plaintive if musical “chee-chee-chee” which they utter as they move around in the trees They like staying up in the foliage and rarely come down except maybe for the odd bath or so They flit around in groups — of up to maybe 50 strong experts say and split up in pairs for breeding between February and September And yes they’re found all over the country in parks gardens wooded areas forests hill stations orchards and even in mangrove forests They’re restless little birds and it can be challenging to get a fix on them as they flit around probing blooms for nectar (they’re important cross-pollinators) with their specially adapted beaks and tongues or as they snap up small creepy-crawlies for their protein requirements Often they comically hang upside down on a twig or stem solemnly cocking their heads this way and that as they examine say a bunch of madhumalti blooms with curious interest And just as you’ve got a fix on one little bird a whole lot of them (including this one) will suddenly take off in undulating flight jingling happily as they vanish into the sky They build — experts say only the female does the hard work — delicate little cup-like nests made of lichen and cobweb and plant fibre slung like little hammocks in the fork of branches and lay two or three pale blue eggs in it The chicks fledge in 10 days flat and both parents look after the brood While nesting they mob off palm squirrels and have to be wary of predators such as bats and other nasty birds Just this morning I heard them calling frantically in the garden kept company by the alarmed shouts of tailor-birds and the heckling of babblers I thought a cat must be prowling around but the catcalling went on and on I stepped out into the garden and sure enough there was agitation in the foliage at the far end of the garden as the little birds flitted around frantically A movement to my left caught my eye and I turned just in time to see a shikra flap off from a low branch on the golden bottlebrush not five feet away It disappeared into the neighbouring garden and then must have flown off because the catcalling stopped suddenly like someone had pulled a switch It’s not too easy to photograph these little fellows; you need to be very quiet and unobtrusive and have a lot of patience Some years ago I stationed myself under the kumquat tree in the garden (since deceased alas) where a small party of them were disporting themselves and availing themselves of the flowers’ nectar The trouble was that they didn’t keep still but were jumpy and restless like kids on a sugar high (which they probably had too) On another occasion I caught a pair contemplating their life together on a branch and sweetly preening each other and managed to reel off a few shots These small birds may not be glamour princes or princesses like the sunbirds or some snazzy jazzy flycatchers but they seem to have earnest and charming personalities and their solemn goggle-eyed expressions can never fail to winkle a smile out of you Which these days is more than enough Ranjit Lal is an author environmentalist and birdwatcher For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Suman K Jha | Kanpur/lucknow | Published: April 29 2009 1:35 am Related News The BJP is struggling to wriggle out of the spot it finds itself inafter Varun Gandhi invoked the name of his father and a leading light of the Congress during the EmergencySanjay Gandhito argue his case for a strong leadership. The Trump administration said funding reductions are necessary to focus DOE’s efforts on its core missions and basic research.Joshad Alma Siddiquie (father of Eshaan and Guffran), Google is betting on the AI future where it can see itself as a strong contender to Apple and Amazon.Germany, For all the latest Entertainment News,3 million units of Redmi Note 3 have been sold in India till date.

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