Time to Abolish Income-tax on Salaries?

It is a matter of hours before the next Union Budget is presented. And never has been there a better time to abolish income-tax on salaries once and for all. Despite all the propaganda, it has never resulted in any benefit for the poor. A controversial subject and one that would normally take a few thousand pages to be debated and discussed comprehensively, but this is a humble endeavour, within the scope of a blog article, to present a concise case to permanently abolish income-tax on the salaried employees and suggestions to recoup the losses. I also believe that it is only the present government which has the courage to introduce radical reforms, and there is no better time than now. I w

Are Organic Foods Really Healthier?

There is an overdose of information in this age, most of it invalid and not backed by any research whatsoever. The series of MYTHBUSTERS continues. And the focus continues on two of the largest health epidemics in India, which are actually related – obesity and diabetes. Weight-loss is one of those industries that has seriously boomed in the past few decades and probably one of the largest industries in the health sector today – including both the organized and the unorganized players. In a previous post on this blog, we did go through some of the myths created and we will go through a few more here. The statistics from WHO and elsewhere covered in the previous post also highlighted the fac

12 Strategies To Tame Your Monkey Mind and Arrest Negative Thoughts

Today, 12 Jan 2019, is the 156th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It reminds me of one of his parables in his book on 'Raja Yoga'. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a man is stung by a scorpion, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey. - Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga This is one blog post that I am sure t

How Do You Talk To Yourself

Be very careful how you are talking to yourself - because YOU are listening! The thoughts that prompt you to speak to yourself in a given situation are heard by your subconscious mind. Especially, when you are in a near-trance-like state, it sinks straight in and the suggestions are accepted by your subconscious mind. Studies reveal that 80% of the thoughts you have were the same thoughts you had yesterday. Imagine the impact this self-talk is having on you if they are acting like daily affirmations, unintentional but then your subconscious, which cannot distinguish between reality and imagination does not know that. How do you talk to yourself? Do you address yourself in the first person pr

A Solution To Global Energy Problems

Often, there is a solution to many problems, only restricted by the collective lethargy amongst the stakeholders. This is one such case. Whilst different countries have varied problems including poverty, war, hunger, etc., one problem common to most countries around the world is ENERGY. For more than a century, we have known of alternative sources of energy, they are taught in school textbooks too, yet the problem remains unresolved. Even as recently as 3 years ago says this source, an overwhelming 87% of the world's energy requirements were met through fossil fuels, 33% through oil, 30% through coal and 24% through natural gas. After the 1973 oil crisis (less than half a century ago), the

Where Calendars Align

Have you ever wondered how it is possible that there are dozens of different calendars around the world, depending on religion and other factors where each calendar has different months and different dates yet the weekdays are always the same. For example today is the 11th day of January in the year 2019, according to the Gregorian calendar; the 5th day of Pausha in the year 1940 according to the Marathi calendar and the 27th day of Maargazhi in the year 1940 according to the Tamil calendar. In the example I have given here, the years for the two Indian calendars match, however there are others where the year too would differ. Yet in all the calendars mentioned here, plus many more, the day

What Happens After We Die | The Fear of Death

One of the biggest mysteries ever - would you not be curious to know what happens after you die? How would you feel now if you had that knowledge? How would your life change, how would you change the way you live, if you knew what happens after you die? The fear of death is one of the top five fears in the world, others being fear of public speaking, fear of loneliness, fear of open spaces, fear of spiders and the like. Do you know the 'light-in-the-refrigerator' syndrome? How would you know if the light is switched off or on when the door is closed? Only by opening the door, by doing which it is no longer closed. Death is a light-in-the-refrigerator syndrome. The only way to know precisely

The Epidemic That is Now Pandemic | Obesity

The leading cause of premature death worldwide is indeed obesity. In a study in 2015, over 600 million adults and 100 million children were found obese over 195 countries. My second post in a series of MYTHBUSTERS also seeks to destroy the belief that it is caused by hereditary or genetic factors. You can access the previous one here. Contrary to popular belief, only a small percentage of obesity cases can be linked to genetic factors. Again, as in the previous article, please note that a genetic predisposition does not necessarily translate into a certainty of the disease. Ironically, even as World Hunger Statistics show that 12.9 per cent of the world population is undernourished, an equal

Reversing India's Fastest Growing Disease - Type 2 Diabetes

With this first post on New Year's day, I commence a new series of MYTHBUSTERS on my blog. India has the dubious distinction of being the Diabetes capital of the world! It is estimated that by 2030, over 100 million people in India will have type 2 diabetes. The World Health Organization (WHO) avers that almost 9% of the Indian population between the ages of 20 to 70 would suffer from diabetes. By 2040, an additional 70 million are also estimated to become pre-diabetic (whatever that means). The good news is for the healthcare industry, which estimates a growth of 20% in insulin requirements over the next decade. The bad news is that insulin does not cure diabetes, it is merely replaces the

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