PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum PSG’s game against fierce rival Marseille was heated, especially in the second half, with cheap challenges from both teams and 11 yellow cards — six of them for the hosts.“We were solid and we tried to control the game,” PSG captain Thiago Silva said. “It’s a shame that we lost an important player (Neymar) at the end.”The win moved PSG 14 points clear of second-place Monaco, with only 11 games left. Marseille is two points further back in third.PSG’s first two goals stemmed from Marseille’s mistakes at the back.In the 10th minute, PSG right back Dani Alves’ pass behind the defense was easily read by left back Jordan Amavi. But rather than clearing the ball properly, his soft sliding tackle knocked it to Kylian Mbappe, who skipped past another defender before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner.ADVERTISEMENT The second goal came from the other side, as midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down the left and his cross found Neymar, whose side-footed pass was turned into his own net by center half Jorge Rolando in the 28th.PSG’s third in the 56th owed nothing to fortune, as Cavani expertly controlled Neymar’s pass from the left with the inside of his foot, easily turned Rolando and smacked in a powerful shot past goalkeeper Yohann Pele for his league-leading 24th of the season.Mbappe shook his head disapprovingly when substituted, with winger Angel Di Maria replacing him for the last 30 minutes.Marseille threatened mainly from midfielder Dimitri Payet’s laser-like free kicks, but no one could get on the end of them.___SAME OLD MISTAKESLyon’s poor defending cost the team once again as right back Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-minute equalizer for local rival Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw.Debuchy, a recent signing from Premier League Arsenal, was left unmarked inside the penalty area to steer in a shot off the post from Remy Cabella’s left-wing cross.Lyon has only two points from the past five games — conceding 11 goals — and the club’s hopes of securing a top-three finish and a place in next season’s Champions League are fading fast. Fourth-place Lyon is five points behind third-place Marseille.A brilliantly executed goal from striker Mariano Diaz, his 15th of the season, gave Lyon a 19th-minute lead. He chested down a long pass from Brazilian defender Marcelo with his back to goal, flicked the ball around a defender with his right foot and then regained his balance before adroitly clipping it with his left past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.The two teams are bitter rivals with 17 league titles between them, including a French-record 10 for Saint-Etienne. But Lyon has been the superior team for many years, winning seven titles from 2002-08.SAVED BY THE WOODWORK Read Next PSG’s Neymar, center left, is tackled by Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar went off on a stretcher after twisting his right ankle late in league leader Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was taken off with 10 minutes remaining, after going in for a challenge on Marseille defender Bouna Sarr.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nice was reprieved by the woodwork four times in a 0-0 draw at Bordeaux.Bordeaux striker Nicolas De Preville hit the crossbar in the first half and in stoppage time.The post was also hit by midfielder Soualiho Meite in the 12th minute and center half Paul Baysee in the 89th. Bordeaux is in eighth place and Nice remains ninth. PSG coach Unai Emery is hopeful that Neymar will recover in time for the Champions League game against Real Madrid on March 6. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.“The first tests revealed a twist. We will do further tests,” Emery said. “For the match against Real, if I had to say ‘yes or no’ right now, I’d say yes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar had his head in his hands and appeared tearful as he was taken off. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled under him.“Of course I’m worried about Neymar,” PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. “His ankle was quite swollen. He’s an important player for us and I hope he comes back quickly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Perlas outlasts UP to stay in hunt for semis spot

first_imgLATEST STORIES Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon said it was her team’s strong, yet long, first set that gave them the confidence in pushing through.And although the Perlas Spikers dropped the following set, they were able to recover in the third and that boosted their morale, said Tiamzon, once more going into the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s a good thing we got the first set and at least we were able to gain the confidence and we realized that yes we can hold on to our lead,” said Tiamzon. “Because our team has a tendency to slow down once we see that we’re about to close things out.”Tiamzon and Ella De Jesus led BanKo Perlas with 15 points apiece while Kathy Bersola and skipper Sue Roces added a combined 27 as they jumped to the fifth spot, from sixth, in the eight-team tournament. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas kept its composure and remained in the quest for a semifinals spot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after dismantling University of the Philippines, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.An awry spike from Lady Maroon Diana Carlos ended the match in favor of the Perlas Spikers as they improved to a 2-3 standing while UP slipped to 1-4.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau card Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Diana Carlos had a game-high 24 points to lead the last-placed Lady Maroons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

50 is just a number for me: Tendulkar

first_imgHe doesn’t hide the fact that he is happy but for Sachin Tendulkar, “50 is just another number.””Yesterday was my father’s (late Ramesh Tendulkar) birthday. I dedicate this century to him. As for myself, I am happy and ok to have scored runs. I really don’t know how to express my feelings,” Tendulkar told reporters at the end of the day’s play which saw him reach 50th Test century.A teamman to the core, Sachin feels that the Indian team should be able to save the Test match.”I believe in positive thinking. If you remain positive, you will find positive things happening,” he said.Asked about the secret behind his stupendous form, he said, “It’s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn’t let it go.”Tendulkar was also happy that the team has batted well in the second innings.”It was extremely important for us to do well and send a strong message. The wicket was difficult to bat on in the first innings. We needed to remain positive and confident.”Asked about the pressure that was around him with the entire nation waiting for his 50th Test ton with bated breath, the legend feels that it was more of a media creation.”I wasn’t under any kind of pressure. It was you guys who laid the foundation stone of pressure. I just built around that foundation stone,” he said in jest.advertisementA champion in every sense of the term, he was gracious when he praised his rival Jacques Kallis for getting his maiden double hundred in Test cricket.”He (Jacques) is a great player. He has been the backbone of South African batting and what he has acheived is terrific.”Tendulkar also thanked his millions of fans back home in India and pledged to continue enthralling them with many more such moments.”I thank all my fans who have supported him in all these years. I promise that I would continue to perform and make you all happy. I hope that I will keep getting your support in future also.”-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Arvind and Aditi win national titles

first_imgHis languid style gives one the impression that Arvind Bhat doesn’t take things seriously. Often he has lost from winning positions.But on Monday, there was no doubting the veteran’s commitment as he quelled the challenge of Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Periapalli Kashyap 21- 13, 21- 17 to regain the national title at the Gymnasium Stadium here.In the process, the 31-year-old Bangalore shuttler laid his hands on the title he last won in his home city in 2008.In the women’s singles, the dream run of qualifier Arundhati Pantwane came to an end when she lost the final to defending champion Aditi Mutatkar.Kashyap would like to forget this match quickly.Not only did he lose a chance to clinch his maiden national title, but earned the dubious distinction of earning a yellow card for delaying tactics. Umpire Rakesh Shekhar pulled him up for wasting time between points.It was Bhat’s tactics which frustrated the Hyderabadi.Kashyap, who thrives playing the attacking game, found himself being denied the chance to smash. And to top it all, Bhat’s defence was impeccable as he returned Kashyap’s hits with ease.”I was quite confident of winning today. I think I played the perfect game against Kashyap.He likes to smash and I decided that I would deny him the chance to do that. I also ensured that I dominated the net – something which frustrated him,” said Arvind.In the opening game, it was Kashyap who took the early lead. Using his leaping smashes to telling effect, he jumped to a 5- 0 lead. But if the spectators thought that the Hyderabadi was going to run away with the title, they were in for surprise for Bhat, egged on by his mentors Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar, ensured that he taught the youngster a lesson or two.advertisementNot only did he claw his way back to 6- all, once he led 10- 8 he never relinquished his control winning the opener 21- 13.The second game saw a rejuvenated Kashyap try to fight his way back. He tried to upset Bhat’s rhythm by slowing down the pace of the game. But the seasoned campaigner that he is, Bhat was quick to re- assert his supremacy.Smashing hard and keeping the shuttle tight at the net, he was quick to close all the escape routes for Kashyap. He clinched the match with a good smash down the line which brooked no response.Arundhati heartbrokenIn the women’s singles final against Aditi, Arundhati seemed on course to become the first qualifier to win the women’s crown when she took a commanding 8- 2 lead in the decider.It was at this stage that the match changed course.The proceedings were brought to a halt to welcome the arrival of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The ensuing 10- minute break completely broke Arundhati’s concentration and she was never the same player once the game resumed.Aditi, realising that her opponent was not able to concentrate, was content to keep the shuttle in play and Arundhati made all the mistakes.Aditi retained her title when Arundhati netted a drop shot.last_img read more

Sangakkara writes to BCCI about non-payment of IPL dues

first_imgSri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about non-payment of dues from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – the franchise he represented in the first three editions of Indian Premier League.”Yes, Sangakkara has written to the BCCI about non-clearance of his dues. The matter came up for discussion during yesterday’s governing council meeting,” a senior official said on Thursday.It has been learnt that the player has expressed his apprehensions about playing for Kings XI Punjab in case they happen to pick him from the upcoming auctions until and unless his dues are cleared.Sangakkara was bought by KXIP during the first auction for USD 700,000. Incidentally, the management handed him the captaincy during the last edition removing Yuvraj Singh who led the team during the first two editions.However Kings XI Punjab had their worst among the three IPL seasons during last edition when they finished last.Not only Sangakkara, there are a few other players also who have played for either KXIP or Rajasthan Royals but are yet receive full payment.When IPL’s chief executive officer Sundar Raman was contacted on what will be their course of action, he didn’t divulge any information. “If there’s anything, we will inform you in due course of time,” was all he said.Repeated calls to KXIP COO Col Arvinder Singh went unanswered.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Get a wellness makeover

first_imgHealth and happiness may be the foundations for a good life, but factor in today’s life realities – relationships, money, parenting, schools, in-laws, career, commuting, competition – and being happy seems a utopian dream, something to postpone for the “future”.But this is no longer an option; not when strain and fatigue are telling on your everyday life; on your productivity and your mood. It’s happening to every single one of us. As we navigate difficult personal and professional terrain, keeping our physical and emotional balance has become trickier than ever. We argue more, cry more and stress more. We’re more anxious, irritable and short-tempered. And we often feel like we aren’t doing things that we should; things for which we no longer have the energy.There are no easy solutions to life’s big issues, and we do not claim to have them for you. What we do have, instead, is a tangible plan to transform your stressed-out life and make you feel like you’re in control again. We have culled out proven research, tested tips and expertise of professionals to put together this nine-month plan to help you feel less drained, relaxed and more upbeat. Before you start, ensure you go through the various medical tests that are critical prior to embarking on a new physical routine or changes in diet. Then, make a commitment to yourself to start this focussed plan – and experience a new you!The Health PlanApril: For Mind & BodyTake one afternoon “off” every two weeksadvertisementWhether you have a job or are a stayat-home wife and mother, it’s unlikely you take any time – relaxed, guilt-free, uninterrupted – just for yourself in an average week. Even waking up slightlylater-than-usual on a weekend is often instantly accompanied by a long list of chores, entertaining, grocery shopping, meeting family or ferrying the children to and from classes. Research proves, however, that taking a few hours off for yourself isn’t a selfish move, it’s a critical investment for your sanity and peace, and thereby your family’s wellbeing.Once a fortnight rexal – on a working weekday or on a Saturday if you are office bound – negotiate one afternoon completely for yourself.Pre-fix with a relative, a neighbour or a friend to take care of your child; order a meal in for dinner that night instead of cooking. Make this time nonnegotiable – let your husband, child or parent adjust their schedule around your needs on this one day, instead of the other way around.Use this time purely to unwind – picking up clothes from the tailor or visiting a sick relative don’t count, they’re still errands. This time is for pure leisure – reading at a caf (or in a quiet corner of your home if you can ensure you’ll be left alone), watching a movie with a friend, browsing a gallery, getting a pedicure and a head massage, or just sleeping the afternoon away in your bedroom.Not used to doing leisure things alone? Start by including a friend in your plans if you’re wary of going to a caf or mall alone. Set a ground rule: talking shop (by which we mean about children, husband, home, in-laws, job and boss) are off limits. Feel free to gossip about friends or celebrities or television, though!Don’t make excuses – the more hectic your life, the more urgent your need for this personal time. Make it as much a priority and as immovable on your calendar as your child’s PTA meetings or your pet’s vaccines.May: For your BodyFactor 5 superfoods into your meal plansNutritional research seems to throw up new findings daily, but if they have been consistent on one thing, it is that the fibre and iron content of your food is directly related to your mood and energy levels. ‘Foods can really “up” your energy in three ways: by providing the body with sufficient calories, by delivering stimulants such as caffeine (in limited quantities, good for a shortterm energy boost), and by pushing the metabolism to burn fat more efficiently. As for mood, the best foods are those that stabilise blood sugar and trigger the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin,’ says an authentic online medical source, www.webmd.com. Make these five superfoods central to your diet for a sustained boost in your energy levels.Iron Include iron-rich foods such as spinach, tofu, lentils and soyabeans in your diet. Lack of iron deprives cells of adequate oxygen, and slows down the burning of carbs, making you feel tired with minimal activity. Women need about 33mg daily till their menopause, says Dr Kavita Khiara, a Mumbai-based nutritionist. For non-vegetarians, a weekly steak – yes, red meat – should definitely find a place on your meal plan. Vegetarians must add a daily Vitamin C pill to their schedule; iron found in vegetables is much harder to absorb by the body, and Vitamin C aids in its absorption.advertisementCarbohydrates A drastic cut of carbs from your diet will play havoc both on your energy levels and mood, as well as weight – the body’s preferred source of fuel. Carbs also raise the serotonin levels, which means they help cope with stress. Keep off all sweets, and pick wholegrains instead.Dahi (curd) This magnesium-rich superfood activates enzymes that are important for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Probiotic dahi keeps your digestive system clean, which helps your body absorb nutrients from food better. End result: more energy!Oatmeal ‘It’s your best friend for breakfast, especially when it is eaten with skimmed milk instead of water, and topped with any kind of berries you can find,’ says Dr Khiara. It is packed with fibre, calcium, iron and Vitamin A and will keep you satiated for long, thereby aiding weight loss.Fresh produce: Fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those with high water content (watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes and leafy vegetables), prevent dehydration, a major cause of fatigue and chronic exhaustion. Drink enough water – the eight-glasses-a-day rule is acceptable, but if you have a high-salt or high-sodium diet, sweat a lot, or don’t eat enough water-rich foods, then up your intake. Just spread it out across the day rather than in short bursts.June: For Mind & SoulThrow out the “energy vampire” from your lifeWe all know at least one person who drags us down whenever we see them or speak to them; someone who brings stress and emotional upheaval into your life; unpleasant people who seem to cause an intangible strain any time they’re around. Often, these “energy vampires” aren’t even particularly significant to us; yet they manage to cause a lot of angst in our lives. Consciously think over who this person or people are; it could be a friend, a co-worker, a neighbour. Make an effort to minimise contact, so that they’re not always piling their negative emotions onto you. Do not waste your time trying to change them – this only puts more pressure on you.Keep calls with them to less than five minutes; time yourself if needed.Avoid meeting them when you are alone; if other people are around, you are spared the solo assault.Make another friend/family member part of your support group; they can help deal with this person and take some pressure off you.Cut off as much contact as possible: and do not feel guilty about it. Distance yourself from such people whose behaviour does you harm; if you cannot change them, there is no need to join them.advertisementJuly: For your BodyPlay a game you’ve never played beforeThe last time you got on a cycle or played table tennis may have been over two decades ago or, worse, never. Make this your month to start! ‘Doing something new is always stimulating; when it’s physical, it has the additional impact of releasing feelgood endorphins, with the likely bonus of weight-loss,’ says Delhi-based fitness trainer Kiran Sawhney.Find a partner, a like-minded friend or neighbour or, even better, your husband. Choose a game that doesn’t require fancy equipment or facilities – logistics shouldn’t become a challenge here, otherwise it defeats the feel-good purpose. Table tennis and badminton are good games to start with; cycling is another such activity. ‘I’ve been playing table tennis with my husband every week for the past two months,’ says 35-year-old Delhibased homemaker Ruchika Sharma, ‘and it’s amazing how wonderful I feel. The exercise makes me happy, and we are having so much fun together. Last week, we even played a couples’ game against our neighbours, and it had us charged up. It’s become a high-point for us!’Fix a half-hour date with your partner twice a week, and before you know it, you’ll be addicted to the rush of energy and positivity from the simple switch in your schedule.At month’s end: You totally dislike your new game? Switch to a different one the next month. Can’t manage anything physical? Go with scrabble or chess instead; you’ll still reap benefits from the excitement and competitiveness.August: For Body & SoulLaugh more and stay happy and healthyThis month, try to focus on factoring in things, people and activities that make you laugh or, at least, smile. It sounds almost too obvious; we all like things that make us happy: why should they need scheduling? But too often, we don’t make the time for the small things that can up our feel-good quotient: a funny film, a daily comic strip, a standup comedy act or a humorous writer. Slot one activity a week which you know you’ll have a light-hearted, good time doing.Rent DVDs of comedies and watch them together on Friday nights to set the tone for the weekend to come; a lot of these are family movies, so you can make this into laugh-together time. If the feelgood factor of laughter isn’t enough to convince you by itself, here is a more compelling reason: some researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, US, have recently made the incredible discovery that laughter is linked to the healthy functioning of blood vessels. People who laugh more live healthier lives, and are in fact more productive, says the study.At month’s end: Try a new route to humour yourself. Hunt online sites for stand-up comic acts in your city – this genre is new but is fast becoming very popular – so as a surprise, buy tickets for your husband and yourself. You may just discover a novel way to laugh together!September: For Mind & BodyMake your bedroom a low-stress zoneIt has been said often enough but somehow we are unable to limit the use of the bedroom to what it was originally meant for: to sleep, relax and unwind. Researchers have repeatedly found that removing distraction, stressful or workled gadgets from the bedroom helps you unwind more, sleep better and turns it into a zone that signals peace. That means no computer or laptop, no TV, and no newspapers in the bedroom.Why does this matter? Because the effect of information overload on the mind is a well-researched phenomena. Groundbreaking writer and futurist Alvin Toffler warned us about it over 30 years ago in his bestselling book Future Shock. He argued that the human brain has finite limits on the information it can assimilate and cope with; going beyond that limit causes the brain to become overloaded, with eventual physical and mental disturbance.And then there’s the problem of “packaging”, especially on television news. ‘The media often sensationalises or exaggerates certain events without highlighting their rare nature,’ worries Boston-based psychologist Rati A Raichand. ‘For example, stories about airplane accidents, or abductions – the fact is that these are low-probability events. But the way they’re depicted causes huge amounts of anxiety in a viewer’s mind, especially when it comes to things that can affect their families.You can’t insulate yourself from it completely, but recognising that this is a problem for your peace of mind is a critical first step. It sounds hard to do, but limiting your information sources – especially in an area designed just for unwinding – pays off richly. Make leisure magazines, music and books your bedroom companions and you’ll find it easier to sleep; your bedroom will also become a physical escape from the stress of the daily routine. A scented bedside candle, and flowers make a tangible difference to how you feel.How-to tip: Cannot get rid of the TV in your bedroom? Take up the challenge of not using it for about two weeks and assess if your bedroom feels like a more restful space to you. Is this too extreme for you? Set a daily time deadline – say, 9.30pm – after which the TV gets switched off. Still not do-able? Avoid news or business channels; instead, old movies, music channels and sometimes even cartoons will keep your mood upbeat.October: For body & soulMeditate a little every daySkeptics the world over have found that there’s nothing hocus-pocus about meditation; neither does it have anything to do with religion. Rather, it is a route for calming yourself; to finding some peace within your current compulsions of space, relationships, lifestyle, career, children and more, instead of seeking an escape from them. It also physically relaxes the body, and puts the mind on an even keel.Meditation can be centered around a chant, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be so. The idea is to learn to empty your mind of all conscious thought. Pick any mantra that suits you. Don’t know any? The word “Om” has historically been used because it inspires peace.Fix a time and space to meditate; stick to it everyday. And while early morning has proved beneficial, don’t go against your grain when it comes to meditation: fighting to fit it in will not help.There’s no right or wrong way – you can sit on the floor, on a bed, staring at a wall, at an object that feels calming to you…It takes discipline and time to think about nothing; the first few weeks, don’t judge your results. Focus only on sticking to the habit for at least a month, starting with 5 minutes daily, pushing it up to 10 minutes in 2 to 3 weeks. Don’t make time the agenda – 5 minutes for months is fine if you can start to empty your mind of conscious thought for that duration.November: For Mind & BodySet yourself a small challenge every weekThere’s something fundamentally exciting about doing something you did not think you could – it could be as simple as trying a brand-new recipe, or wearing a new style of clothing or hair; or maybe more involved, such as learning a new form of dance or a sport (even a single session can be fun). Accomplishing new things brings a surge of positive energy and self-confidence; the bonus is it keeps people interested in you, since you constantly reveal new facets of your personality to them – and often, to yourself as well!Pick small challenges that you can switch around often, to keep your mind engaged. These aren’t meant to be “competitive” challenges – don’t try to outdo anyone else. Instead, savour the excitement of doing something new. You could try a dish from a completely different cuisine, such as Ethiopian or Moroccan, maybe. If you like music but don’t dare to sing, give karaoke a shot one night with friends! Don’t bother about staying in tune.December: For Mind & SoulDe-clutter your life. Now!We usually tend to do a lot of physical de-cluttering during festive times and at year’s end; this year, though, go beyond the physical purging of things and make it an emotional exercise as well. Anger, frustration, jealousy, irritation – these emotions build up over time and sap the mind and body of their positivity. In fact, according to Dr Matthew Burg, PhD, associate clinical professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, depression and negative emotions are associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Dealing with these emotions, though, is far more challenging than tackling a purely physical medical condition. ‘It’s not like going to a patient and saying, “You have high cholesterol, and here’s the pill,”‘ he says.Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, US, discovered a surprising way to help individuals whose heart health suffered due to negative emotions: listening to their favourite music. At a simple level, the music brought them joy; at a medical level, doctors found that listening to their favourite music caused tissue in the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate, which increased blood flow and reduced blood pressure.Music may be a great cure, and may work preventively as well, but nothing is more important than tackling negative, health-eroding emotions that can cause you physical and emotional damage, without you even knowing it.Make a start here: list down situations, people and grudges that make you deeply unhappy.Systematically go down your list, and over the course of this month, deal with what depresses you; if your husband or best friend or sibling’s manner hurts or offends you, talk to them about it, calmly but firmly. Explain why it’s important to you to resolve and move on. Find other outlets – basically deal with it, end it.If there are people or situations you cannot change, work at yourself to let go of old grudges, things in the past that you’re holding on to. Don’t go back to the old issues.Allow yourself to be imperfect this one time: no-one puts as much pressure on women as we do ourselves, to be perfect mothers, wives, homemakers, employees, daughters, daughters-inlaw, friends, sisters? Accept that trying your best is the most anyone can ask of you. And raise a toast to yourself for all that you are, and all that you manage to do every single day!last_img read more

Salman Khan to sport Shera’s security agency wear in ‘Bodyguard’

first_imgBollywood super star Salman Khan who plays a bodyguard in his upcoming film of the same name has chosen to wear the uniform of his personal bodyguard Shera, turning down offers from several security agencies trying to get him sport their clothing in his next release.”There were many agencies who were vying to get Salman Khan to wear the uniform of their company. The companies were hard selling their uniforms, as it would have done wonders to their business, if Salman was seen wearing their uniform since it was integral to the narrative of the film,” sources said.However, the actor who has a heart of gold, put his foot down, and decided to wear the uniform of his personal bodyguard Shera even though, people were ready to offer him money to the tune of Rs 7 crores, just to sport their uniform.Salman was adamant and very sure that he would be sporting no other brand and decided to wear the uniform of Shera’s company, they said.Producer Atul Agnihotri said they have been getting calls from various security agencies from the day the film was announced.”However Salman was absolutely clear that he wouldn’t wear any agency’s uniform. Shera is his personal bodyguard..he is close too and has used his name as a tag,” he said.Bodyguard will be Salman’s trilogy of Eid releases.Wanted released on Eid in 2009 followed by Dabangg next year. The film is co-produced by Reliance Entertainment and Atul Agnihotri’s Company. It starts shooting this week in Mumbai. The first schedule of the movie has been completed in Pune.advertisementlast_img read more

Letter from the editor-in-chief

first_imgOne of history’s more romantic parables claims that the shape of the shallow champagne glass was derived from wax moulds made of Marie Antoinette’s breasts, so that her consort king, Louis XVI of France, could always sip champagne from her bosom. Legend or not, it is curious that where royalty,One of history’s more romantic parables claims that the shape of the shallow champagne glass was derived from wax moulds made of Marie Antoinette’s breasts, so that her consort king, Louis XVI of France, could always sip champagne from her bosom. Legend or not, it is curious that where royalty is concerned, even the most farthing pieces of history appear strangely robust. Those who find amusement in records of luxurious extravagance would probably enjoy the indulgence and razzle dazzle glamour that defines all things royal.With heritage and hedonism as twin goals, Spice celebrates its sixth anniversary in honour of the fervid relentlessness of perfection that contours imperial pomp and splendour. From jewellery to food to fashion, royal luxury salutes the nostalgia of the beautiful and timeless-never-changing, ever-changing, trends, tokens and traditions that pay homage to heritage, yet retain an enduring charm that lulls the passage of time.When art bedecks life, jewellery is the piece de resistance: Spice strings together the lure of the eternal as history plays mannequin. From allegorically imposing to the sublime, we recreate the haunting allure of royal jewellery from south India. The highly evolved and involved lapidary styles were inspired as much by 11th Century temple sculpture as by local creative sensibilities.Superlatives may define the spectacle of pirouetting gemstones, but nothing invokes memories more evocatively than the wafting aroma of gourmet food. No wonder then, Spice journeyed to the heart of royal Rajputana for some gentle reminiscing and fearsome desert recipes.While the no-frills Jungali Maas, Laal Maas, Paanch Minute ka Titar, Paansla and Khad Khargosh were popular; they are all very rudimentary and prepared exclusively for the Shikar camps. Royal Rajasthani recipes were more exotic. Old records of the royal Rasowara or the kitchen section abound with curious tales of how it was a matter of great pride for the Maharaja if his kitchen could prepare an unusual meal that would better that of another royal kitchen.If a neighbouring prince served a full wild boar that had a live sparrow flying out of its stuffed insides, the royal cook received instructions to better the performance with a pigeon, if not a bigger bird, fly out of a goat or a similar animal.It was not just ego but passion that inspired competition and defined desire. If food was a favourite with the royals, excitement rode high on equestrian sport as well. At the height of its power, the Udaipur palace housed as many as 500 stables. Spice rode in rhythm with the legendary Marwari horses at Shikar Badi, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar’s prized stables on the outskirts of Udaipur.If horses proved loyal companions; fashion was a fickle, albeit favoured, lover. Starting with the wispy French chiffons and Basra pearls that were the trend du jour popularised by the royal Zenana of Rajasthan; the Sherwani and the Achkan have also inspired many contemporary couture renditions. Spice traverses the dusty annals of heritage fashion to explore the trends that have stirred genres and generations. After all, a parchment of the past is often a preview of the future.On another celebratory note, I am happy to report that one of our writers, Yvette Cardozo, has won a gold and silver award at the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) in Florida for two Spice features.advertisementlast_img read more