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My Columns

  • Sugar: the sweet devil

    Sugar: the sweet devil

    One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive,” says the hieroglyph on an ancient Egyptian tomb. I was reminded of this wisdom when I came across a paper in the British Medical Journal on how sugar consumption can [...]

  • Invest in real friendships

    Invest in real friendships

    My close friends keep me grounded, help me stay centred, remind me of what is important and make me laugh, a lot. Good friends are a necessity, particularly in the times we live in. Our everyday lives are hectic, filled with physical and emotional stresses [...]

  • Money can buy you smiles…

    Money can buy you smiles…

    There is a popular belief that the things that bring us happiness aren’t for sale. Songs have been sung about this, poetry written, and while it’s a lovely sentiment, it is wrong. Money allows us to buffer ourselves against daily worries and gives us more [...]

When a cough can turn dangerous

Rajinder Singh has been Delhi-based entrepreneur Vinay Gupta’s driver for 20-odd years. He drives him to the office every day, takes care of his dry-cleaning and even [...]

The metabolic monster

Arjun Sharma is an IT professional in his mid-40s, working in Bangalore. He used to play squash and tennis but in the last few years the long [...]

A micronutrient deficit

In her address to Parliament in June, President Pratibha Patil spoke of the enactment of a new law, the National Food Security Act. She said: “Every family [...]

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