High BMI and diabetes linked to cancer: Lancet Report

As many as 5.6 per cent of the new cancer cases in 2012 were caused due to diabetes and high BMI(above 25 kg/m2), according to a new Lancet study. The study analyzed 7, 92, 600 cases reported across 175 countries. It revealed that of the latest cases in 18 types of cancers, 5,44,300 attributable to high BMI, equaled 3.9 per cent of all cancers — almost double of the 2,80,100 cases accredited to diabetes (2 per cent).

 The findings are crucial for India- home to 62 million diabetics, and the global diabetes capital. The obesity cut-off for BMI has been slashed from the global 25 kg/m2 to 22 kg/m2, due to the proneness of Indians to obesity. Based on data collected by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, India reported 10,57,204 cases of cancer in 2012.During 2016-17, approximately  14.5 lakh cancer cases were registered by the National Cancer Registry.

 Former dean and professor of oncology at AIIMS, Dr P K Julka said, “Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for several cancers, including that of the breast. Obese people are also more prone to cancers of the uterus and gall bladder.’’

However, he stated that there were no Indian studies investigating whether low BMI cut-off for Indians, applicable for cardiovascular risks, hold true for cancer.

 Globally, 422 million adults have diabetes and 2.01 billion adults are obese. High BMI and diabetes are risk factors as high insulin and sugar levels, chronic inflammation, and deregulated sex hormones like oestrogen cause adverse effects.

 Percentage of cancers linked to diabetes and high BMI is expected to rise globally. Researchers approximate that proportion of related cancers will increase, on an average, more than 30 per cent in women and 20 per cent in men by 2025.

Sources: Indian Express, The Quint

Thimphu Prepares for annual Tshechu

In preparation for the much awaited Thimphu Tshechu, which begins next week, Thimphu Thromde has allocated 440 stalls to shopkeepers along the Norzin Lam. For each stall along the Norzin lam are charged Nu 1500 a day and stall at Changlingmithang will cost Nu.1000.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said Tshechu is not all about mask dances. “It is also about entertainment and social gathering to spend time with family and friends,” he said. “A person can go witness mask dances for few hours and then come back, shop and can go Changlingmithang to have lunch. We need to promote that sort of city life.”

He said that the thromde not only promotes Tshechu as an annual celebration but also for business opportunities. “However, we will not allow unethical things such as gambling and games involving darts and dices, as we have order from the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs to prohibit such activities.”

He said due to limited space thromde would not entertain any business person or shopkeepers which falls out of the Thimphu Vicinity.To manage waste thromde will deploy garbage trucks and road sweeping machines.

Traffic along the Norzin Lam will remain closed from September 29 to October 2

News Sources- Kuensel Online

When Drums Welcomed Ganesha

Photo Courtesy: puneganeshfestival.com
Photo Courtesy: puneganeshfestival.com

Pune, the cultural hub of Maharashtra, welcomed Lord Ganesha in the city with great joy and pomp. The rhythmic sound of dhols and tashas during procession made the atmosphere divine. These instruments are a form of offering service to the lord by devotees and a means of sharing their delight both on the onset and closure of the festival.

Earlier, a dhol was a means to gather people for makingpublic announcements. Today, Dhol Tasha symbolise the cultural heritage of Pune. The sound of dhols enthrals the public.

There are many dhol tasha pathaks in Pune who, every year, put up a grand show for not only Punekars, but for tourists who come to witness this grand festival.Every year they experiment with different music and formats. Various competitions are also organised between different dhol pathaks.

The president of Shivdigvijay pathak, Narendra Suryavanshi said, “Our dhols will tune to a special taal called Mrutrunjay Taal, exhibiting a Sanskrit poem on Sambhaji Raje. The Hind Dhwaj flag demonstrates the exclusiveness of our pathak, which will be enthroned on Rajgad fort, post which we will be play our tunes.”

Satyajit Shinde, co-ordinator of Naad Bramha pathak, said, “We have introduced many Hindi tunes like Dhinka chika, Dabang songs etc.to entertain the public”.

Shivmudra, an experienced pathak, are using historical tunes this year. Shiv Stuti, a tunenarrating the Shivaji Maharaj era, will be played. Due to their historic show, they have received invites from popular and historicGanpatimandals like Kesariwada Ganpati, Tambadi Jogeshwari Ganpati, Zilbya Maruti Ganpati and Vishram Bagh wada Ganpati.

An interesting trend this year has been the increase in the number of women participants in dhol pathaks. KanchanKedar said, “It is great fun to play dhol for Ganpati bappa”.

Thus, the Punekar’s can witness a rhythmic dhol tasha music with a touch of both soulfulkirtans and Bollywood numbers.

A vegan’s experience of transcendence: Sukanta


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A cup of tea, rather a bowl of Rabri with the royals?… You are at the right place. Sukanta restaurant, which lies at the heart of the Deccan Gymkhana, a 11 km ride from Senapati Bapat Road, shall definitely fit your bill. Literally!

The wall murals and ambience gives you the feeling of being in little Rajasthan and so does the food. Priced at Rs. 260, the thali served is a fusion of Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine. It comprises of a variety of dishes that stand out for their authenticity and thus, joy to the typical vegetarian.

The thali also comprises of the Jawari rotla and the chawali usal that stand tall for their simplicity among the luxurious Malpoha and Rabri. I was left with a confused heart for I could find no beginning or end to the meal.

The bold spices in the Paneer Lavabdar with soft and juicy paneer made the dish a signature for the restaurant. The Dahi papdi chaat made me gorge into the streets of Maharashtra in the pleasantly lit, air-conditioned ambience of the restaurant.

Dices of Sangham Dhokla generously sprinkled with perfectly roasted mustard and shredded coconut was a treat to the eyes and my taste buds. The raising agents in the Dhokla had been  blended with the dough to get the right crumble when bit into.

I felt like I was opening a gift when I dipped into the Rabri bowl. My first spoon of Rabri was a memory that shall remain untouched. Meadow fresh cow’s milk cooled along with saffron and crystal sugar and voila! My eyes widened when I found chocolate chips buoying on the glamorous mixture.

As I noshed down my first bowl of surprise, the rabri man waited for me to slide it down my tummy. My bowl was brimming like my face again and this time, I gourmandized the chocolate rabri.

Steaming Khichdi with a dollop of ghee was served while I gorged on the rest.

In spite of a few constraints like parking area and proximity to the location, dining in there was a delightful experience, especially when you are away from home.

In a $1.2 billion deal, Michael Kors buys Jimmy Choo

Pairing the perfect handbag with shoes is no longer a difficult task. Luxury fashion retailer, Michael Kors, announced that it has purchased British powerhouse, Jimmy Choo.

The deal is said to be for $1.2 billion, or £886 million, and is expected to catapult the diminishing sales of these high couture brands. Michael Kors, one of America’s and the world’s most affordable brand on the high couture shelf, has faced dipping sales over the years with a sizeable chunk of their consumer base opting for e-purchases, or more affordable retailers like Zara and H&M.

Jimmy Choo, started in 1996 in a market where shoes did not toe the line. With daring designs and revolutionary styles, a frenzied, loyal consumer base was found, with the likes of the late Princess Diana, Emma Stone, Kate Middleton, Kendall Jenner and Michelle Obama sporting them on the red carpet. They went up for sale in April and finalised with Michael Kors this week.

This deal comes just a month after luxury handbags and accessories giants, Coach and Kate Spade drew a buy-out deal worth $2.4 billion, bringing the affordable high fashion game to a far more competitive edge.


News Sources – The New York Times, Forbes

Strong Script saves Salman’s Tubelight from going off

Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu, Om Puri, Mohammed   Zeeshan Ayyub.
Director: Kabir Khan
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

As the Bollywood tradition goes, 2017 also witnessed actor Salman Khan celebrating Eid with his fans with his latest venture ‘Tubelight’. The Salman-Kabir Khan actor-director duo famous for Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, delivered another film for ‘Bhai’ fans to enjoy during the festival.

The movie claimed to be an emotional and family watch by the star is set in the backdrop of the 1962 Indo-China war and tries to portray the consequences of war on not only the soldiers’ lives but also the lives of their loved ones who are left behind waiting for their return.

Salman Khan has been trying to reinvent his image with projects like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and now Tubelight. The 51-year-old actor has attempted to venture far from his hero image to the vulnerable character of a man with the innocence and understanding of a child. The film, an official adaptation of the 2015 Hollywood film ‘Little Boy’ puts Salman in the role of a brother Lakshman, determined to bring back his younger brother Bharat, portrayed by Sohail Khan, who has gone to fight the 1962 war.

The chemistry between the Khan brothers manages to come out beautifully in some moments, but also becomes a drag many times. The awkward stance of Sohail Khan is clearly visible in the film, who doesn’t look at ease with his character. Playing a mentally-disabled character, called Tubelight by everyone around him, Salman is somewhere able to make up for his otherwise expression less face.

The makers of the film possibly tried to use the adorable child actor formula to add to the charm of the film again;eight-year-old Matin Rey Tangu failed to capture everyone’s audience unlike Harshaali who had managed to outshine even Salman in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

The scripting and camera of the film manage to win hearts to quite an extent. Scriptwriters Kabir Khan, Parveez Sheikh and Sandeep Srivastava deserve all the appreciation for the political commentary included in the film. Statements like “I don’t need a certificate to prove that I am an Indian” by Chinese actress Zhu Zhu who plays Matin’s mother clearly takes a dig at the constant certification of patriotism being awarded in our country recently. Mocking the concept of the person shouting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ the loudest to be the real Indian, again proves to a very smart and much needed take on the pitiable definition of nationalism gaining popularity in our nation. Lens work done by Aseem Mishra beautifully captures places like Ladakh and Manali, at the same time managing to recreate the 1960s aura.

The message of inclusiveness and Gandhian ideals and making friends with the enemy, although sounds cliché but comes out very innocently and beautifully on the screen. The acting definitely disappoints, but the script manages to save the film to some extent. The first half is far more engaging as the second becomes a bit of a drag. The female actors in the film aren’t able to leave their impact, while the supporting cast including Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Narayan and Yashpal Sharma as Major Tokas manage to do justice to their parts.

The cameo of Shah Rukh Khan comes out as a surprise but doesn’t really impress. The music of the film is way too loud, the songs are shot very well and manage to convey the emotions of the moments, but the makers could have possibly toned the sound a bit down as it unnecessarily overshadows the film.

The film being the late veteran Om Puri’s last, stars him in a fatherly role and plays out as a poetic eulogy to the legend.

*Spoiler Alert*

The symbolism in some of the scenes such as the one where Lakshman spreads Bharat’s ashes in the river with the latter’s soul running forward and mixing with the ashes comes out very strongly and conveys the emotions spot on. Although the scene is a copied one, it still plays out strikingly and creates a mark on the audience’s minds and hearts.


Overall, the simplicity in the approach and the attempt by Salman Khan to depict the naivety works out to some extent, although the scope of improvement is very much there. It might have been interesting if more emphasis could have been on child actor, still the film passes on as a one-time watch

Google doodle celebrates hero from forgotten times

New Delhi, January 3: Google India today celebrated India’s first female social reformer Savitribai Phule’s 186th birthday dedicating their doodle. The doodle portrayed a motherly figure of Savitribai protecting the women of India in her arms. She is the first Indian to have her doodle in 2017.

Regarded as the pioneer face to the Social Reform Movement for her work against cast and gender based discrimination in Maharashtra; Savitribai has given India a lot in terms of women’s education and welfare.

Born on January 3 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra, Phule is regarded as one of India’s first generation feminists for her significant contributions in ensuring equal opportunities for education under the British Raj.

In 1848, she opened a school for girls from different castes along with her husband Jyotirao Phule in Bhidewada, Pune. At that time she was welcomed with stone pelting in the orthodox Pune society.

In 1854, three years before the Sepoy Mutiny, she established a shelter for the widows and in 1864 built an accommodation to provide space for child brides, who were casted away by their families.

Although forgotten by the patriarchal writing of history, Google’s Art and Culture Platform, in partnership with feminist publisher Zubaan Books has been doing its bit to challenge this highlighting the achievements of people like Savitirbai in their new series of virtual exhibitions.

With over 1800 works of art and photographs sourced from 26 cultural institutions across the country, the viewer is introduced to grassroots activists, poet, scientists bearing rich history of women in India.

Sources: Hindustan Times, Scroll

Image source: google India