30 Sep 2016

#189 Gateway to a happy and healthy heart

Gateway to a happy and healthy heart
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In this era of complete digitalization and sky touching advancements, man has become mechanical. The lifestyle which he follows has become monotonous and energy draining. If we analyse the average schedule of a man living in a metro city, we will find that most of his time is spent in office in front of the computers. This world of immense competition has rendered man with no time for himself or his family. He is becoming more of a machine. Even though the condition of living style has improved yet this lifestyle has induced a variety of health issues, the major ones being cardiovascular diseases.
Problems related to heart have been a major concern in recent years because of the following reports:
·        “India has the dubious distinction of being known as the coronary and diabetes capital of the world,” said Prof. Prakash Deedwania, University of California, San Francisco, USA. “These results show why - and must prompt the government to develop public health strategies that will change lifestyles, if these risk factors are to be controlled.”
·        Four people die of heart attack every minute in India and the age group is mainly between 30 and 50.
·        Twenty-five per cent of heart attack deaths occur in people less than 40.
·        Nine hundred people under 30 die due to heart disease in India every day.
Before moving to the solution of this problem, we should have a look at the major factors contributing to this:
1)     Smoking: It is one of the major factors which lead to heart related diseases. Apart from this, the tobacco consumption can also trigger this problem as tobacco stiffens the blood vessels as a result of which they become inelastic.
2)     Life style: In this fast paced competitive era, a man is left with no time to look after his physical health. Physical inactivity is the root cause of several ailments like obesity, hypertension, heart attack etc. The prevalent cut throat competition has also added fuel to the stress level of people.
3)     Unhealthy food habits: With the popularity of junk food, the intake of healthy food like green leafy vegetables, milk, pulses etc has reduced.   Junk food has aided the process of fat deposition in the body leading to obesity.
4)     Genetics: A man’s health of heart can be influenced by genetical reasons.
The following methods can be adopted to control heart related disease:
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1)     No to smoking: One has to quit smoking. It is said that a smoker will have more than twice as likely to have heart attack as a non smoker.
2)     Exercises: One should devote some hours for regular exercises which include aerobics, jogging and running. It will be helpful in controlling weight and make one active. Practice of Yoga will ensure a check on stress level.
3)     Weight control: It’s important to control the weight as obesity may lead to heart attack.
4)     Healthy food habits: The diet must be a balanced one consisting of low fat contents such as fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes. Limit the sugar consumption. Calories must be kept under control.
5)     Awareness: One should take the responsibility of his health. He should stay updated with the latest technology in the field of medicines and treatment. He should regularly have a check on his cholesterol level, blood pressure and diabetics.
Last but not the least, the cheapest medicine for any disease is happiness. Laugh as much as you can! Life is precious and so are we. Let’s fight with this challenge by being happy, active and health conscious.


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Swati Sarangi

18 Sep 2016

#188 My work in Ashwin issue of Agnishatdal Ezine

16 Sep 2016

#187 My poem being featured in Anthology by Colors-Shades of Life

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I’m happy to announce that one of my entries has got a place in the anthology by Colours-Shades of life.
Anthology featuring my poem by Colors-Shades of Life

This day has got another significance when I recall events from my memory lane(as assisted by my sister),we got placed in TCS during on-campus drive in the year 2014. Our joy knew no bounds. So, I shall remember this day for various memories! :) I feel honored and blessed!

Swati Sarangi

15 Sep 2016

#186 My Review of Bhadra issue of Agnishatdal

My Review of Bhadra issue of Agnishatdal

Agnishatdal is a collection of variety of literary work and art. One can find a mixture of mythological information, poems, interviews, photographs and digital paintings- all at one place- in this 122 page- long ezine. 

The opening note of the editor Sharmishtha Basu gives a brief insight about creating something beautiful. One can find an intelligent arrangement of digital paintings amidst the literary works. We can get to know about Rabindranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore. 

Then comes the section of stories, reflections and thoughts as illustrated by a well crafted digital painting by the creator herself.   An article entitling ‘A smile amidst the crowd’by Vishal Bheeroo can be seen as an inaugural one. It’s about an experience of the author meeting a stranger,a 9-year-old girl (might be a child labour),who smiled back at him confidently when he tried to a smile to show his sympathy.

A poem “Where is the truth?” by Ngobesing Romanus speaks about the quest for the ultimate truth of the life.

 Through her poem  ‘Prayer’ , the poetess Swati Sarangi wishes the almighty to be a torch bearer to guide her though the life.

 A poem ‘A genuine friend’ by Wendel A. Brown is a beautiful tribute to the wonderful friends we make in our life.

 ‘A partycrasher’ by Troy David Loy is a short fiction about the invasion of aliens. 

‘Life,love,wisdom by Lisa Ojanpera. 

‘Cheetah Reflection’ by Carolyn Page is a work to provide motivation to one self by drawing the inspiration from the animal Cheetah. 

Then comes a series of wonderful photographs of nature of Dominic S. Collucci.

 ‘How fate was overcome’ by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy is a story about getting over the curse given by a saint. 

‘Weep not ‘ by Lisa Ojanpera beautiful photography of nature supported by wise lines. 

‘Journey to end with light’ by Dominic Collucci creates a unique comparison between candle and the life of a human being.

 ‘One must sleep before they are awakened’ by Dominic Collucci is a spiritual poem about the awakening of human to his inner consciousness. 

‘Tomorrow’s end by Carolyn Page with excerpt of the book.

‘Addiqtd book of poetry- A small compilation by modern poems’ by Swati Sarangi and her interview.

Interview of the creator of Success Inspirer’s World- Ngobesing Romanus .

Interview of Vishal Bheeroo.

Song birds sings to sun by Sharmishtha Basu

Clouds play by Sharmishtha Basu is a short poem creating images about the movement of clouds that bring rain.

‘Krishnavarna Neelavasan’ is a poem by Sharmishtha Basu originally written in Sanskrit in Devnagri Script ,then translated in English.

A mythological tale of ‘Parvati Swayamvar’ by Sharmishtha Basu narrates the love story of Lord Shiva and Parvati from Hindu Purana.

‘Story of Bangla Calendar’ by Sharmishtha Basu gives knowledge about the influence of Muslim calendar on Bengali calendar.

‘India this month’ by Sharmishtha Basu is a list of Indian festivals to be celebrated in near future.

‘Bengal this month’ by Sharmishtha Basu is a similar informative article as above listing various festivals celebrated in the month of Bhadra.

‘Pieces of past’ by Sharmishtha Basu provides a list of various chronological events of history.

The ezine ends with few spoilers ,digital paintings and concluding words from the creator.

My views in brief: It’s an ezine dedicated to the Bhadra month(Monsoon)of Hindu Calendar  as one can find various  pieces of information from the creator on it. Apart from this, it is flooded with various literary works and art. I feel too honoured to find my writing in this ezine. Thanks to Sharmishtha Basu for giving me an opportunity  to publish my works in this ezine.

Swati Sarangi


14 Sep 2016

#185 Writers of Agnishatdal Ashwin issue

13 Sep 2016

#184 My review for Agnishatdal Bhadra Issue

Words of fellow writer of Agnishatdal-Troy David Loy

Words from the Creator: Sharmishtha Basu

5 Sep 2016

#183 Granny's words of wisdom

Granny’s words of wisdom

Grandparents play a very important role in life of every one. They act as a protecting shield from the wrath of parents.  As a child, I was always pampered by my grandparents. We, grand children, were the apples of their eyes. Whenever I was punished by my mother for disobeying her orders, I would threaten her to complain against her to my granny (maternal grandmother). The summer vacation would send out a natural invitation to all my cousins to gather at my granny’s place at Puri. It was the time for which we all had waited to get assembled at a common place where we could enjoy together. Then the days at Puri would pass in chatting accompanied by laughter, playing, singing, dancing, fun and frolics.

Granny was a very devout lady who had a pious heart. Her thoughts were organised and crystal clear. She never thought ill of others. She was like an Acharya who practised everything what she preached so religiously. She was an Encyclopedia of Sanskrit shlokas. She would always suggest us never to observe or discuss ill qualities of others as it would start to develop inside us. She was very optimistic about people and life. She always appreciated the positive side of everyone she came across. I was so young to convince myself about the verity of her words then. Now, after so many years, when I accidentally came across a motivational book called ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Bryne , I’m able to connect to each word she spoke about life. The book gives a deep insight to the largest working force in the universe called ‘Law of attraction’. We surprisingly attract everything in our life, be it people, situations, opportunities and even accidents!  All these attractions are possible through our thoughts! Yes, that’s the truth. Our passionate thoughts materialise in life. It’s difficult to control each and every thought we encounter inside our mind but we can certainly regulate the kind of thoughts we want to have.
  Truly, Granny’s way of perceiving life and surrounding was very enlightening. Certainly the universe is very friendly and conspires to give everything to them who know how and what to ask for.

I wish everyone a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Lord Ganesha always shower his mercy upon you and your family.
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Swati Sarangi


4 Sep 2016

#182 Surprise


Each moment of life
Is a surprise
For it can’t be
Decoded even by the wise
The future is unpredictable
And the past is irreplaceable
Most important are our thoughts
So, a vigilant check on
Them is must

How surprising it is
When the law of attraction
Pulls every person, challenges or
Situations towards us unconsciously
The universe conspires to
Make us great
So, why do we wait?

Waiting for the moment right
Will never make the future bright
The feeling of possession
Of our desires makes
Us our own destiny’s creator
The concept of acquiring them
Is the most satisfying
That’s why life is a surprise
And each moment of it
Is a winning prize.
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Swati Sarangi