Coming as these tips and advice are from an IITian and a man who specialises in the science of ‘environics' that he has developed over the years, Empower Yourself: New Life Solutions for Health and Well-Being (Rs 295, Penguin) by Ajay Poddar is as serious a book as they come.
Poddar not only provides the theoretical backdrop to his science, but also provides practical utilities to make a life in this stressful, energy-sapping 21st century that much more easy to tackle.
Poddar not only dips into the old ‘tradional' methodologies but also tells us about modern research findings.
In the non-airy fairy language of empirical science, we are told about the benefits of music, channeling positive and negative energies from the body the importance of being in the right spaces.
In the revealing chapter, ‘Significance of Rituals,' the author deconstructs and commends customs and why they are beneficial.
Sprinkling of water before a meal, for instance, made sense in pre-electricity times to ward off insects. Eating curd and sugar cools the body and enhances energy levels. This is a book not only for the grandmother to refer to but also the grandchildren.