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The Unwarranted War on Meat

Disclaimer: This post does not intend to offend any specific community or group of people nor promotes non-vegetarianism.

I am a vegetarian but a dozen of animals at my home are hardcore non-veg—eight cats and four hounds. So, in a family of primarily vegetarians, where serving non-veg food items happens occasionally during gatherings, cooking meat, for animals, became a daily affair. I live with a guilt: on the one hand, I save every animal, rat, bird, and chameleon, that my cat catch hold of; on the other, I am paying for killing animals so that my animals can have their stomach full. But, as the consequential reasoning says—between choosing good for them and the society in general, an individual must place their own happiness first—I chose to keep my animals happy. However, I am really bothered by the way a particular community is often targeted for eating meat.

Before getting into facts, I would like to narrate my own experience. It was around three years back, when I went to purchase meat and my vendor, who is a Hindu guy, returned me saying, “Mam, navratro pet toh bahaut kam business hota hei, kewal 10%” (Mam, the rate of sale is too low during the Navaratri period, only 10%). The statement revealed that majority makes 90% of his customers. Shocked, I recalled how, on particular occasions, the society made me believe that India is predominantly a vegetarian country and eating meat is a heinous practice customary in minorities. As always, I ignored this revelation because religion and politics are two beliefs that I never want to discuss on my timeline. But, lately, something caught my attention.

The national data reveal that 80% of Indian population consume different types of meat which is contrary to the popular belief (Biswas, 2019). Once again I found myself in a jaw-dropping situation but this time I chose to highlight the facts. Indian minorities constitute 19.5% of total populace, and even if I consider all of them meat-eaters, the majority of meat-eaters come from the most-practiced belief in the country, amounting to 60.5% (Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India ). Let’s have a look at calculation:

Percentage of meat-eaters: 80%

Percentage of minorities: 19.5%
Percentage of meat-eaters from the majority = (Total percentage of meat-eaters – percentage of minorities)

                                           = (80% – 19.5%)

                                            = 60.5%.

In a country where 60.5% populace from the majority belief consume meat and meat-based products, it is really unrealistic to target one particular belief. Mind you, I have kept Sikh community among minorities while performing calculation, which implies that these 60.5% meat-eaters are from the Hindu community. Now, I leave you with a question—Is it okay to target a particular minority community for eating meat?

PS. I hope the message remains intact without being broken into anti-nationalist and anti-Hindu movement. Jai Hind.

References     

Biswas, S. (2019). The myth of the Indian vegetarian nation. Retrieved 11 August 2019, from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43581122

“How the Nation Eats.” Retrieved 11 August 2019, from https://www.pressreader.com/india/sunday-express-8291/…/282140700654116

 Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Religion. censusindia.gov.in, accessed 11 Aug 2019.

Choose the Perfect Shoes


We place emphasis on the protection of eyes, hands, hair and skin. Do we ever think about our foot? Well, the research works say that there is a significant relationship between the type of footwear we use and the foot type and alignment. This claim is strengthened by the report of Bureau of Labor Statistics which states that wearing wrong footwear results in 44.5 million injuries worldwide. Thus, it can be concluded that right footwear play a substantial role in injury prevention.

Impact of Shoes on Our Body

Check your foot posture

Shoes affect our feet, ankles, calf, and joints. If shoes are inappropriate, such as too loose, tight or short, then the physical actions of body may cause discomfort, ultimately leading to pain and injuries. A painful foot creates uneasiness in the whole body. The common injuries caused by wearing improper shoes are:

  • Blisters
  • Bunions
  • Heel inflammation
  • Corns
  • Sprains
  • Hammer toes
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Back injuries.

Footwear that Causes Problems

Choosing wrong footwear may cause infinite foot issues

Heels. Heels may make you look attractive and boost your confidence. However, they are not good for foot health. Studies suggest that wearing heels restrict natural movement of the foot and create stress on toes and calf muscle fibers (practo.com).

Pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are used by ballet dancers. These shoes impose plantar pressure on the foot and cause potential injury risk. Hence, their use must be limited to dance practices (Pearson & Whitaker, 2012).

Converse-style Sneakers. Converse shoes are made of flexible material and hence they provide cushioning and shock absorption. However, they lack arch support due to which they causes foot problems such as heel inflammation, tendonitis and fractures (Lukoff 2019).

Flip-Flops. Flip-Flops lack both arch support and cushioning, which makes them good-for-nothing shoes. They may cause infinite foot issues, such as heel inflammation, strains and fractures (Lukoff 2019).

Rainboots. Rainboots may keep your feet dry but can serve as a medium for the growth of bacteria and fungi. Additionally, they cause stress on calf and lower legs. Rainboots reportedly cause “bacterial and fungal infections, wart viruses and blisters” (Lukoff 2019).   

Choosing the Right Shoes

As they say, prevention is better than cure. Choosing the right shoes help prevent foot injuries. Consider the following points while buying the shoes.

  • Always buy shoes that best suit your foot type and alignment.
  • Always wear, walk, and check comfort level before buying.
  • While choosing shoes make sure there is space between your toe and shoes to allow your toes to move freely inside.
  • Always check out the quality of materials used and examine the shoe soles.
  • Avoid buying high heels and flip-flops.

The shoes must be lightweight and must have cushioning and provide support for shock absorption.

Choose perfect shoes that best suit your foot type and alignment

It is important to consider the body mechanism while choosing shoes. Improper fit and inflexible shoes may cause discomfort to foot which may make the whole body uncomfortable. Apart from discomfort, improper shoes may lead to a number of health issues in lower legs and muscles. Therefore, it is advisable to identify the foot type and choose comfortable and well-cushioned shoes to protect your feet and health.



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…and that’s what forever means.

Enrich Your Mind and Body with a Self-Hypnosis App

The human mind and its functioning have always been a mysterious concept for scientists and philosophers alike. Needless to say, the irresistible fascination it holds worked as a propeller, motivating the researchers to inititate a fact-finding mission. However, even after ages of rigorous attempts, the concept still lies unresolved and unexplainable. Among these unsettled mysteries of mind, the most stunning and perplexing is hypnosis which evolved with time and gained popularity as a therapy around the world. Its evolution motivated business minds to devise something profitable, causing the discovery of self-hypnosis apps.

Hypnosis is a subconscious state of mind in which a person is under the influence of an expert. These experts who induce hypnosis are generally referred to as hypnotists. Generally, a hypnotist uses a combination of hypnosis and therapy called as hypnotherapy. The aim of hypnotherapy is to treat disorders of mind, psyche, and body utilizing hypnosis. The success of the whole process of hypnosis depends on how well-coordinated is the interaction between a subject and the therapist.

Benefits of Hypnosis

Owing to the curiosity of people, hypnosis has gained popularity around the world, thanks to several trick performers who use hypnosis in their acts. However, hypnosis is clinically proven for delivering therapeutic and medical benefits to the patients. It is reportedly utilized for preventing self-destructive habits and addictions. Additionally, some reports claim that hypnosis is a great method to relieve stress, pain, and anxiety. Some of the benefits hypnosis provides are as follows:

Relaxation. Hypnosis successfully relieves stress and anxiety, leading individuals to have sound sleep. As a result, people generally feel light headed and relaxed during and after therapy sessions. Relaxation helps in fighting many emotional and mental discomforts.

Self-regulation. Low self-esteem is the prominent weakness of human beings that is the root cause of their failures. Evidently, low self-esteem has a negative impact not only on our personal and professional lives but also on social life. The only way to deal with it is self-awareness. During hypnotherapy, a hypnotist aims to repair the mind by replacing negative thinking patterns with the positive ones.

Confidence. Once the negative thinking pattern is lost, there develops a new, confident and self-aware personality that helps people grow further successful in life.

Therapeutic benefits. The medical and therapeutic benefits are the main reason behind the recent gain in popularity of hypnosis. According to the American Psychological Association, hypnosis notably reduces pain, anxiety, and stress. Hypnosis is also said to reduce symptoms of dementia.

Principles of Hypnosis

The act of inducing hypnosis is based on the following principles:

  • Involvement of persuasive and positive language to make the subject feel easy and comfortable
  • Clear delivery of speech to avoid any ambiguity
  • Establishing successful connecting with emotions and thinking pattern
  • Gaining interest and attention of the subject
  • Selection of appropriate event triggers
  • Proper flow of information from the hypnotist to the subject

Hypnosis Apps

Gathering courage, taking time, fixing appointments, and meeting therapist are the things of gone time. We live in a far advanced world where things happen with a finger click. The smartphone revolution has been a blessing especially to those who avoid stepping out due to time constraints or any other reasons. A plethora of apps have been introduced in the world to make shopping, coaching, reading, and paying bills easy tasks. Getting into the same race, many healthcare and wellness companies have introduced their apps for the wellbeing of people.

Among these apps, the hypnosis app has emerged as a powerful tool that helps people overcome their personal issues right in the comfort of their homes. The hypnosis apps contain audio and video sessions specially designed to meet the psychological needs of the people. Evidently, these apps have found effective in dealing

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • Quality of life
  • Stress reduction
  • Smoking cessation

Steps to Follow While During Self-hypnosis Sessions

  • Prepare your mind for the therapeutic session. It is a must to calm down your brain before the session begins.
  • The essence of any kind of success lies in belief. Have firm belief in the therapy sessions.
  • Improving the mind is not a one-day wonder. Be hopeful. Transition happens gradually step by step.
  • Self-hypnosis sessions are like meditations. Disconnect yourself from the world as you immerse yourself in self-recovery. Keep your mobiles and other devices away as they may cause a potential interruption in your session.
  • The last but most important step is to follow the golden rule of a happy life, that is, do not worry. A worried mind will not let you focus on the therapy session.

A hypnosis app is a fantastic tool not only for people with unhealthy minds but also for normal people. To deal with day-to-day stress and fatigue, everyone must make self-hypnosis sessions a part of their life.