Since elections in quite a few constituencies are over I decided to visit some of those who had stood for the elections and find out what they were doing, “Where is your husband?” I asked the wife of an independent candidate, who had lost his deposit in the last ten elections he had stood in.

“Busy preparing his victory speech!” she said, a pleased look on her face.

“But he’s never won till now?” I asked surprised.

“He gives the speech to all who voted for him!” she said.

“When and where?” I asked.

“On 23rd May in our bedroom!” she said, “He stands on the cot and thanks me! But this time he’s in for a surprise!”

“Why?” I asked.

“I didn’t vote for him!” she whispered with a pleased look.

The next candidate I visited was busy going round his house instructing a contractor about something, “What are you doing?” I asked.

“I’m making an outer wall, around this wall!” he said as the contractor nodded.

“For security?” I asked.

“No, to store all the bribe money people will now come to give me for something or other. The space between the two walls, will fool the income tax people!” And the contractor nodded in agreement.

I moved away as I saw an army of masons entering and then saw the chief from the ruling party. “How are you spending your time?” I asked pleasantly.

“I am expecting a visitor!” he said with a smile and the next moment a bullet proof car drove up and a dimple cheeked young man got out and walked over to the chief from the ruling party and hugged him.

“You do have a 56 inch chest!” said the dimple cheeked young man.

“And you are not really a pappu!” said the man from the ruling party smiling, “Come let us go in and have a chai. I still make good tea!”

“Whoa! Whoa!” I shouted to the watchman, “Those two are….”

“Yes sir! Yes sir!” said the watchman, “They are just making plans that in case they both don’t get enough seats, they will come together and form a government!”

“But they fought each other tooth and nail and the voters for both were distinctly different!” I said shocked.

“Sir!” said the watchman, “Politics makes strange….!”

“Yes! Yes! I know!” I said, and slunk back to my room deciding not to do any more checking about what the others were doing. I just didn’t want anymore shocks..! 

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By Buvnesh

The bench press is a compound movement (including two or more muscles) which helps in developing the pectoral muscles (chest muscles), and increasing the mass of the upper body. 

Steps in doing a bench press:

1. Lie down on the exercise bench with your feet wide apart in such a way that they help balance your body while performing the exercise. Use a fairly wide grip i.e. slightly wider than your shoulders.

2. Now lower the weights towards your chest about nipple level and then push it back up overhead. Inhale deeply as you lower the weights and exhale while pushing the weights overhead.

3. Keep your chest up at all times, maintain an arch in the lower back, and keep your feet flexed.

Stick to the rep range between 9-25 rep in total i.e. 3 sets of 3 reps (or) 5 sets of 5 reps and no more.

One can go upto 12-25 reps if defining your pectoral muscles is your goal, i.e. 4 sets of 8-12 reps, progressively increasing the weights. Developing a proportionate chest takes a while and a lot of hard work. So start benching with weights according to your goals.

Until then, keep grinding! Ciao, till next week! 

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By Buvnesh

Anyone joining a gym needs to have thorough knowledge of his physical and cardiovascular capacity. This can easily be done with the help of a ‘Check-List”.  My ‘Check-List’ is a set of functional movements that help me understand my clients’ capacity, and plan a workout, based on their individual weaknesses and strengths.

There are certain functional movements that we all do daily, while performing normal, routine tasks. 

SQUATS: A very common example of a squat would be sitting on and getting up from, a chair. Depth is important in a Squat; the lowest one can go is parallel to the floor. How widely placed one’s feet are, that is stance, has to be taken care of. If the knees point forward as one squats, then the ankles need to be fixed. And if they point sideways, then the stance needs to be fixed.    

PUSH-UPS: There are about 99 or even more variations of push-ups but the traditional push-ups is enough to access a person’s push capacity.

PULL-UPS: Pull-ups are extremely helpful in building up strength.

SIT-UPS and PLANKS help determine a person’s core strength.

DEAD-LIFTS helps to access a person’s lower back capacity as one lifts weights off the ground.

The TREADMILL helps to access a person’s cardiovascular capacity. For those who cannot run well on a treadmill, there is the option for spot running and skipping.

What one looks for when the above mentioned movements are performed is the posture, point of fatigue, etc. a good posture helps avoid injuries, and hit the muscle targeted.

So friends, get started, hit the gym and stay fit! Ciao, till next week!

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Have been reading with interest and rising concern, the sexual misbehavior charges levelled against the Chief Justice of India, and the different reactions from many I am in touch witheveryday. Sadly, most of them cast aspersions on the victim, and unfortunately this is what happens with most cases of sexual harassment, rape or molestation.

I was at a gathering a few months ago, when a lady and a very intelligent one, I was talking to announced that she a teacher had filed sexual harassment charges against a master in the school where she had taught. She then recounted with sadness that it was just a matter of time before the school gave not the master, but her, marching orders!

It was a school belonging to one of the most powerful industrialists in the country, and the master concerned used to be flown by helicopter quite often to teach the children of this rich gentleman. The school did not think that what they were doing was allowing atiger loose in a sheepfold! They did not think that this same man, now hugely emboldened would do even worse in an environment which had not just other female teachers but girl students.

No, all, they thought of was to save their man!

Let’s not take the role of a judge and decide who is innocent and who isn’t, what I would like you to ponder on today is,what is your reaction to any woman who fights the muscled mighty?

“Let it be!” “You won’t win!” “Why waste your health, money and career!” “Men are like that!”

Did you ever think that with every one of these predators going free, your daughter, sister or even mother is not safe? That knowing they can get away with it, they carry on regardless?

Did you ever think, that by supporting that lone woman, you guard your own? Have you ever realized that by making it difficult for her, by discouraging her, by laughing behind her back, it could well be your woman, who’s the next victim?

Do you know what a lonely fight it is? You don’t? Then in your mind, turn and look at your wife, your daughter and place them where this lady or young girl is trying to cry for justice.

Dare to put your woman on the anvil where the victim is. After that turn and lend muscle to these of the gentler sex;form a brigade, an army and a nation that will not tolerate this nonsense from any man, whether he be from the richest family, in the most powerful post or another vagabond!

Hear their cry, and dare to act on it..! 

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Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship 2019

Description: London School of Economics and Political Science is providing early career researchers with an opportunity to undertake 6 months research-based project at the LSE India Observatory. The fellowship program focuses on Economy and Society in India and South Asia.

Eligibility: Indian applicants with a Ph.D. Degree who are early career researchers and are employed at established institutions in India or other SAARC nations may apply for this fellowship.

Prizes & Rewards: The fellows of this program will be provided monthly subsistence fund of GBP1750 along with access to LSE lab facilities and travel (related) expenses for the research project.

Last Date to Apply: April 29, 2019

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TIFR Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellowships 2019

Description: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is inviting doctoral candidates to become visiting postdoctoral fellow at the institute for studies in theoretical physics with scholarships and multiple benefits. The fellowship also offers a chance for experienced candidates to secure Jawaharlal Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowship benefits.

Eligibility: Candidates who have a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics or have submitted their thesis to an institution for award of such degree may apply for this fellowship.

Prizes & Rewards: Selected fellows will get a suitable fixed monthly stipend and on-campus accommodation support with access to medical facilities of the campus for the duration of their post-doctoral studies

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2019

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IFMA Foundation Scholarship Program 2019

Description: International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation is providing Facility Management (FM) professionals and managers an opportunity to avail this scholarship and pursue higher education to enhance their career options. The scholarship provides benefits of financial assistance and professional exposure for higher education in Facilities Management.

Eligibility: Students pursuing undergraduate or graduate courses in Facilities Management or related fields with minimum 80% score in previous qualifying exam may apply for this scholarship. Working facility managers may also apply.

Prizes & Rewards: Selected scholars will be provided financial awards from US$1500 to US$10000 for higher education. The scholarship also provides funds for travel, accommodation, meals etc. to attend IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Exhibition (WW), Pheonix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2019

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