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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why sleeping on left side is beneficial

--- copied from local circles ---
Why sleeping on left side is beneficial
Your sleeping position is especially important to consider for your mental and physical well-being. This is because there's more to the quality of sleep you're getting than its duration. In fact, a small body of research suggests that people who sleep on their left side are not only likely to sleep better, but are believed to be healthier than those who sleep on their right side. This idea stems from an ancient holistic approach to health and medicine developed in India, known as Ayurveda (meaning "the science of life"). But why sleep on your left side? It turns out that doing so enhances your digestion, alleviates back pain and also reduces heartburn.
1. It supports the body in getting rid of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials
According to Ayurvedic tradition, sleeping on your left side bolsters the lymphatic system, allowing your body to better filter lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes. In this respect, your sleeping position makes a difference, because the left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side. Furthermore, new research has found that sleeping on the left side can allow the body to clear waste chemicals from the brain more efficiently. In contrast, sleeping on your right side decreases the lymphatic system's efficiency.
2. It is good for the heart
Sleeping on your left side improves circulation to the heart. This theory is based on the idea of how gravity can facilitate both lymph drainage toward the heart, as well as circulation away from the heart.
3. It may reduce heartburn
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. On the contrary, lying on the right side may aggravate the symptoms. So, if you're struggling with heart burn, lie down on your left side for 10 minutes to alleviate the symptoms.
4. It may improve digestion
The idea that sleeping on your left side may improve digestion simply stems from a matter of gravity. The theory is that lying on the left side allows food waste to move easily from the large intestine into the colon. Therefore, this means that you are more likely to have a bowel movement upon waking. This sleeping position also allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally, as both organs are predominantly located on the left side. It may also better channel the gastric juices and easily promote the secretion of pancreatic enzymes. It therefore enables digestion to work little by little instead of all at once, which is what tends to happen when we sleep on the right side
5. It may alleviate back pain
Sleeping on the left side can relieve pressure on the spine, and is therefore ideal for people who suffer from chronic back pain, allowing them to feel more comfortable and get a good night's sleep.
6. It is beneficial for pregnant women
Besides boosting blood circulation, sleeping on the left side can also help relieve pressure on the back, keeping the uterus from squeezing the liver. This sleeping position also increases blood flow to the uterus, kidneys and fetus.
an article by shri brij gupta  in  local circles

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

an eight year old post re published.....5

school girls close their books 

it happens every where. the last time it was in alleppey kerala. it happens at regular intervals. the latest was a month back.
three girls of a school in alleppey committed suicide. these girls decided just after  living for 13 or 14 years on this earth to end the whole thing. they probably had enough.
police arrested three boys of the school.  they have been charged  with delivering the girls to the sex  racket.  scribes are out to know what filled their life and choked it.  we readers will probably get the story  on our breakfast table. neatly sliced and spiced to  taste.
we will soon know how the boys talked of divine  love. how the girls  fell for it and agreed to  try out everything in adolescent ecstasy. how the girls were shown the  video clippings  the next day and asked to report the day after and thereafter whenever they were called.  how they were used and abused , sold and bought back and sold again , rented out  on daily basis and then on hourly  rates.
we may also be told how the girls realised that it was all over for them and took the final plunge. 
but  we may never know who the boys were reporting to.   how the boys are recruited and retained. how big is the big boss and what his reach is.  neither the police nor the scribes will get any where   near the people who really controls it all. 
business will go on as usual . may be with renewed vigour to recover the cost of  managing the leak. and with better security system in place to rule out another leak with the result that we will hear less of such incidents in future.
but there are a few things which still haunt me . in spite of the sophistication i acquired , in spite of the practised ease with which i  turn away from most of the issues.

1.  ok. the girls were tricked into sex. but what made them think it is the end of the road . why didnt they think of confiding in their  parents after the first  incident .   is it because parents are not with their kids any more. are we the parents to blame.

2. what made the boys deliver their colleagues to the sex  racketeers.  is it  the money or the drugs or both.  what can we do about it .

3. did our morality kill the girls.  is our society to balme.   do we make our girls believe that there is no life after an accident  if it is of  the sexual variety.

Friday, January 22, 2016

subhash chandra bose

January 21, 2016
London 20 January:


Evidence provided by a Taiwanese official, Tan Ti-Ti, who was in charge of issuing cremation permits in Taipei, together with that of other local officials, put to rest any controversy about the last rites performed on Subhas Bose’s body.

Bose died as a result of a plane crash at Taiwan on 18 August 1945.

Tan Ti-Ti personally attended to Bose’s body at the concerned crematorium. His testimony is contained in the British Foreign Office’s file number FC1852/6 of 1956.

It also transpires from the file that Japanese army officers probably did not issue a death certificate in Bose’s name to maintain secrecy about his demise. 

Ko Keng Yuan, who was the Director of the Health Centre in Taipei, stated the matter of Bose’s death and whether the Cremation Permit was issued under an assumed name “were important secrets of the Japanese military”.

The proof contained in the Taiwanese police report sent to the British Foreign Office was, the file indicates, forwarded by the UK High Commission in Delhi to the Indian government in July 1956.

Tan Ti-Ti and C K Yen Testimonies:

Albert Franklin, British Consul General in Taiwan wrote to the Taiwanese government requesting an investigation into the death of Bose on 15 May 1956.

In response, C K Yen, Chairman of the Taiwan Provincial Government, sent a detailed police report dated June 27, 1956. This included an interview with Tan Ti-Ti, who said the cremation took place on 22 August 1945.

A Japanese army officer who accompanied the body told him: “The deceased was Bose, the Indian leader (on occasions he mentioned him as the Indian commander) who, proceeding to Tokyo on important business, was injured when his plane was involved in an accident.”

The previous day – 21 August 1945 – the same Japanese officer, according to Tan Ti-Ti, “submitted the death certificate of a certain Ichiro Okura”.

Yen clarified to Franklin that during World War 2 in the case of military personnel (Bose was then Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army) without family members in Taiwan, “permission for cremation was granted on the strength of a certificate from a military hospital”. This appears to have occurred in the case of Bose.

The police findings based on a report prepared by Taiwan’s Department of Health said: “There is a register of cremations at the Municipal Health Centre (formerly under the Welfare Section of the Taipei Municipal Government) and the officers of the Health Centre are of the opinion that the entry (regarding cremating Bose) was made in the name of Ichiro Okura.”

Tan Ti-Ti confirmed that on the day of the cremation the same Japanese army officer “came to the crematorium in a car in the company of an Indian”. He went on to say “the Indian (it was said he was Bose’s follower, some said he was an aide-de-camp; he was dressed in the white garment of Japanese soldiers under medical care, wore slippers, parts of his face were bandaged; he was tall and swarthy, wept bitterly and seemed extremely sorrowful”. This was obviously Bose’s ADC Colonel Habibur Rehman, who survived the crash, since the description fits him perfectly.

Tan Ti-Ti asserted he and another person called Lin Sui Mu opened the coffin. He added the body of Bose had been “put into a coffin for conveyance to Tokyo but the coffin was too big for aeroplanes available at the time”. It was, therefore, cremated in Taipei.

The next day (23 August 1945), the Indian (Col Rehman) and the same Japanese army officer came to collect the ashes, Tan Ti-Ti further maintained.

Matches Colonel Habibur Rehman’s Testimony:

Tan Ti-ti’s version of events matches with Col Rehman’s statement recorded by him on 24 August 1945 (posted on 16 January 2016), which said: "I requested the (Japanese) Army authorities to arrange for the early transportation of the body either to Singapore or Tokyo, preferably to Singapore."

He went on: "On 21-8-45 a senior Japanese Staff Officer informed me in the hospital that the length of box (coffin) did not allow the box being put into the plane. He suggested that the body be cremated in Taihoku (Japanese name for Taipei). Seeing no other alternative, I agreed to the suggestion and the body was cremated on 22-8-1945 at Taihoku under the arrangement of the Army authorities. The ashes were collected on 23-8-1945.” 

Corroboration of Harin Shah Visit:

Tan Ti-Ti also corroborated the visit to Taipei in 1946 of Indian journalist Harin Shah of the Free Press Journal. Shah had gone to investigate the circumstances of Bose’s death and cremation. 


Monday, January 18, 2016

an 8 year old post republished....3

courting debt and wedding death
it happens every time and  i  saw it again last month.

it was for the marriage of  my  uncle's daughter. 

 food was arranged for about 1000 people. the bill ?
 not  less than a lakh of rupees. and the ornaments
 weighed about a kilogram  and she visited the jeweller a
dozen times to select the items and to change each of them

 at least twice. and the sarees should  have costed nothing 
less than two lakhs.

we  sat down to finalise the accounts the next day.  my uncle

who is a retired school teacher did the sums and said if he could
 raise 5 lakhs somehow all his debts could be paid of.  can he sell
 off some property ? no. for the marriage of  the elder one
 what ever  land he had had been disposed of.  can he commute
the pension ? no. it has already been done to make the girl a doctor . 

now  what to do ? no one knows . not in the least my uncle . 

he is however relieved that everyone agreed that the function 
was grant.  he told me that prestige should be protected
 at any cost ,  money or no money. 

1.  is it time for a crusade to bring us keralites out of the false

 prestige  we live with ?
2.  will a new law limiting expenditure on marriages help ?

3. can we try social boycott  of extravagant marriages?

 i do not have an answer to his debt problems, i only hope that

 he does not scribble solutions in a suicide note. very many
 suicide notes in malayalam say unable to pay off debts and
  hence not interested in living.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

right to die with dignity

should we have a website or other public forum
where we can record our choice  for posterity
for our kids and relatives to follow strictly ? so that
the public and well wishers can ensure that our
wish is fulfilled and not violated
 once we are incapacitated.

                                  malayala manorama     09 january 2016     page 10


Thursday, January 7, 2016

an 8 year old post reproduced...2

killing for faith
it happened last year. everyone thought that was the last. but it happened again last month. every one saw it on the media.

kannur burnt again . people started  killing again. sitting far away in kochi i do not know what really happened.  and it is dificult to believe the media. they have reasons aplenty to distort facts. the most accepted excuse is that disclosure is against national interests which means this bit of news is only for the  privileged  like media persons and the people who made the news and the authorities whose  failure probably paved the way.  simply put you and me are not supposed to know the truth lest we react lest we speak out. so much for the free press in the country.

coming back to kannur,  innocent looking persons were hacked while sipping   tea.  simple looking persons were raced thru the streets and  sliced like vegetables when they fell .  ( last year teachers were dragged out from class room and slain ) the disturbing  common thread is that there was no fight no arguments. no immediate provocations at all. 

so no emotions were involved. no tempers.  not even revenge.  only cold blooded decisions and calculations.   well thought out plans and programs. 

yet there is a rationale .  people kill because of their faith . faith in communism, in swayamsevakism , in catholicism , in allahooism.

will these  executioners ever be debriefed  of the dogmas which their leaders have forced into  their brains ?

will  the leaders and  instigators  be exposed  and punished ever ?

can we at least hope for a long break before the next episode ?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

medical insurance scheme for bank retirees

so it is confirmed. bank retirees have been taken for a ride. and dumped in a ditch . thru the medical insurance scheme .  see for yourself.

 log in to the website of the third party administrator

user id          staffnumber@iba
password     date of birth      ddmmyyyy

and look at the list of network  hospitals.

just 9 in ernakulam. of which  recognisable names just 3.

others are unknown entities
3 in north paravur , 1 in kanjoor
2 eye care centres

and the beauty of it all.
not a single hospital in the
preferred provider network
(what ever it means )

may be it is just the first chapter. read on to get thrilled

Sunday, January 3, 2016

free basics again

this is in response to a great article i read recently

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

an 8 year old post recalled ....1

one more for the road

it happened yesterday. it happened the day before. it will happen tomorrow and the day after.

i was travelling in one of those city buses which take you to  ernakulam city. there was no   traffic jam for a change. and the bus ws also not crowded. i was enjoying the rare privilege of occupying a seat in one of the city buses ; that too on a working day.

suddenly  i heard a sound . that of metal parts rubbing together. i heard another sound and the bus screeched to a stop. we all got out  and saw a middle aged lady lying  in a pool of bed.  her right hand dangled free from the elbow. she was conscious and crying out in great pain.

some of the passengers called an auto and  rushed her to the hospital.   she may lose her arm but she will survive and get back to near normal life pretty soon.   thank god for the small mercies.

bus driver as usual escaped in another bus.  the crowd roughed up the door man and he too ran off.  (crowds are reacting these days.  we keralites are known for our analytical bend of mind. we generally  move away from any scene of action , brood over the nuances in silence or discus the implications loud and clear in  a group. we go rather deep into all aspects during the discussions. but we never get involved .but now a days we are  inclined to take action. at least in a crowd.)   and the conductor  did not dare to come back to the bus to retrieve his bag,  a little fear in the minds of those speeding devils will help. in course of time.

the point however is not any of this.  before the auto which took the injured to the hospital a maruti car appeared on the scene  . the only person in the car was the driver probably the owner.  back seat was  empty and big enough for the injured lady to relax.  he stopped the vehicle and explained that he is an employee and has to get to work in time. his boss will not listen to anything. so please excuse him.

we  in kerala had a time when anyone taking an inured to a hospital would be harassed for days. the police and the court and the hospital authorities   together will make him regret for the the rest of his life. thankfully the scene is changing  thanks to the initiative  taken by the government.

the point is
can the govt take some more steps
 advising the employers to
 grant  special leave  to an employee who helps an accident victim .
( give him  two days if an incentive is okay ) .  let the government make a beginning with its own employees.

yes  these are indeed  very small steps.   but let us try and give  that man in the car a small push. he may come over and be useful  the next time.