Exercising makes people feel good about themselves, which is great for them but not for the people around them who have to listen to how much they run, lift, cycle or swim each day.
Like death, taxes and shrill TV anchors, flu viruses appear to be unstoppable this season. These viruses, as we all know, are evil beyond belief and strike people only on weekends, holidays or on weekdays when it’s impossible to stay home. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Unless you are a famous actress — like Halle Berry, who’s sporting a baby bump at 46 — the universe and everything in it seem to start conspiring against you having a baby from pretty much the moment you decide you want to be a parent. Sanchita Sharma
We’ve swatted them, squashed them, dissected and, perhaps, even accidentally swallowed them, but very few of us have salivated over a platter of grubs or a box of Belgian chocolates topped with gold-plated crickets (apparently, a delicacy). Food experts say we should. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Having often wondered whether the mixed nuts served at bars and restaurants are coated with wasabi or fungi, I decided to read up on the risks I was running each time I reached for communal masala peanuts. Sanchita Sharma reports.
For my teenage son, the perfect life is having free wi-fi everywhere — not just at hotels, airports, trains and museums, but also at sidewalk cafes and cabs. Apart from keeping you connected with work and friends, it allows you to download apps on the go, writes Sanchita Sharma.
When NASA astronaut and chemical engineer Donald Roy Pettit is not on a space shuttle mission or going meteorite-hunting in Antarctica, he spends his time innovating.
Journalists — both reporters and photojournalists — make it to the Forbes’ list of the “Most Stressful Jobs of 2013”, as do army personnel in conflict situations, senior corporate executives, PR executives and taxi drivers (all are far more stressed than cops, who barely make the list at number 10).
Studies indicate this needs to change as healthy natter over dinner is as essential as the wholesome home-cooked meals being served. Sanchita Sharma writes.
It's tough to imagine Delhi's tough-as-nails Chief Minister Shiela Dixit as a star-stuck young woman. And it's completely unimaginable to think of her wanting to be like her favourite Bollywood actress. Sanchita Sharma writes.
For most of us, exams are the first big exposure to performance anxiety that dogs us through life. If it doesn’t, it should, because everyone needs some amount of anxiety to hit their best shot, be it at work or at play, writes Sanchita Sharma.
Personal tragedies aside, news reports from Delhi and across India over past few weeks have left us all shaken and stirred. At times like this, when my thoughts jump all over the place, the only thing that can get some semblance of calm in my head is music.
Fast food advertisements: out of sight, out of mind.
It's a heartbreaking YouTube video, of a young girl holding up handwritten flashcards to describe years of bullying that drove her to depression, drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts.
If infection-causing organisms were even half as dumb as the dodo, the world would have been free on infection several decades ago. It was not to be.
Dumping your excess weight and its associated insecurities in a bariatric clinic may sound like a fairytale fantasy, but it is anything but. Even if your surgery is a breeze and you lose all the weight you wanted to, life doesn't always get the Cinderella ending you had hoped for.
Adverts for fatty food trigger hunger by stimulating the brain’s appetite control centre, announced researchers at the 94th annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in the US this week. Sanchita Sharma reports.
Increasingly, I find myself overwhelmed by the sheer number of people I see around me when I step out of home. Don't get me wrong. My home is in a quiet cult-de-sac and I like people. Sanchita Sharma writes.
All calories are equal, but some are more equal than others. This Orwellian truism applies to all the foods we eat and determines how much weight we do and, more importantly, don’t put on. Sanchita Sharma writes.
No contest, the brain is by far the most adaptable part of the human body. It’s play-doh like plasticity enables new learnings — some even to take over functions lost to accidents or age — till the day it permanently shuts down, while its inbuilt positioning system helps you deal with current emergencies by routing thoughts and responses through its 100 billion neurons (cells that send and receive electro-chemical signals to and from the brain and nervous system) for maximum alertness.