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2-3 cups of coffee daily linked to lower body fat in women



This news may make coffee-lover men depressed a bit as new research has revealed that women who drink two or three cups of coffee a day have been found to have lower total body and abdominal fat than those who drink less.

The study indicated that some compounds in coffee may have anti-obesity properties.

Overall, the average total body fat percentage was 2.8 per cent lower among women of all ages who drank two or three cups of coffee per day and the findings were consistent whether the coffee consumed was caffeinated or decaffeinated, and among smokers/non-smokers and those suffering from chronic diseases when compared to those in good health.

In men, the relationship was less significant, although men aged 20-44 who drank two or three cups per day had 1.3 per cent less total fat and 1.8 per cent less trunk fat than those who did not consume coffee, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

“Our research suggests that there may be bioactive compounds in coffee other than caffeine that regulate weight and which could potentially be used as anti-obesity compounds,” said Dr Lee Smith, senior study author from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

To reach this conclusion, researchers examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, organised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US, and looked at the relationship between cups of coffee drunk per day, and both total body fat percentage and abdominal or ‘trunk’ fat (adiposity).

They found that women aged 20-44 who drank two or three cups of coffee per day had the lowest levels of adiposity, 3.4 per cent lower than people who did not consume coffee.

Among women aged between 45-69, those who drank four or more cups had an adiposity percentage 4.1 per cent lower.

“It could be that coffee, or its effective ingredients, could be integrated into a healthy diet strategy to reduce the burden of chronic conditions related to the obesity epidemic,” said Smith, adding that it is important to interpret the findings of this study in light of its limitations.

Coffee naturally contains a variety of compounds including caffeine, antioxidants and diterpenes. These contribute not only to the unique flavour but also to the well-researched physiological effects of coffee.


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Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020: Sabarna Roy’s Latest Book Explains Mankind’s unconscious mind



Is it that the dead Freud lives in every biological man alive?

Sabarna Roy’s latest intellectual venture Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020 makes a bold attempt to find an answer to this very uneasy note of interrogation. This book certainly is one of the boldest attempts to simplify the psychoanalysis that still plays its role in today’s industrial society.

In fact, this is the question that had been tormenting some extraordinary human minds including Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov and Gustav Flaubert. The result, of course, was creation of immortal fictional characters like Ana Karenina, Madam Bovary and Lolita’s obsessive lover Humbert Humbert.

Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020 may one day find itself as one of the best modern work on psychoanalysis. In the recent times, no author like Sabarna Roy has made bold attempts to dissect the unconscious mind or the split personality of human mind.

This, perhaps, is the best work of modern times in which we find the how people suffer from the syndrome of unconscious mind that attracts them towards darker aspects of human life.

Such chapters like A Letter to a Step-daughterA Letter to Suranjana and Nocturnal Conversation between a Step-father and Step-daughter over desserts and coffee really carry our train of thoughts not only about man-woman relationship but also gives you glimpses of the dark comedies taking place in our industrial society every day, every moment.

To understand this particular work of Sabarna Roy, let us begin with Part-A of the book titled A Letter to a Step-daughter. The very title evokes massive curiosity among the readers. The stepdaughter of the father Babazula is Tulip. 

Here, the step-father Babuzula writes to step-daughter Tulip among other things of “Dark Side of the Mind” and the Idea of Duality. The step-father’s love for his step-daughter Tulip finds its supreme expression in a particular paragraph which is very touching.

This is: “I am your step-father, but at some level I do think, I am your father, because I would like to believe your creative-self would not have bloomed the way it has, had I not been a part of your growing up years. Now that you are grown-up and a creative woman, I seek validation of my art from you.”

The Part-B of Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020 is A Letter to Suranjana. In it, Sabarna Roy makes an honest attempt to simplify the scientific distinction between pedophiles and child molesters in the light of Vladimir Nabokov’s most controversial novel Lolita in which Humbert shows a split personality as far as his mad infatuation for the character Dolores Haze, a girl of 14, is concerned.

The most intellectual observation that Sabarna Roy makes is that Humbert, the Dolores-lover, may be a split personality but he is capable of feeling guilt thus trying to bring to light the fact that not all pedophiles are conscience-less.

This chapter, a letter to Suranjana with whom the step-father had a “wonderful session” on “Dark Side of the Mind”, rakes up the old controversy about pedophile Humbert. The author’s exoneration of Humbert as a pedophile and not an absolute child molester, of course, opens up a new vista for literary critics.

In Part-C of this book, we find a very thought provoking “Nocturnal Conversation between a Step-father and Step-daughter over desserts and coffee”.

In this intellectual offering, Sabarna Roy tries to say, “In life, there are certain things that are within our control, and a lot many things that are beyond our control. The aggregate of determinate and indeterminate factors makes life indeterminate. Uncertainty is closely associated with indeterminateness as indeterminate problems are likely to have multiple solutions.”

In it, Babazula, the step-father of Tulip, sides with Anna Karenina, the character of the novel of Leo Tolstoy by the same name. Apparently, he again rakes up an intellectual storm and perhaps, inviting critical assessments from literary figures.

Sabarna Roy puts forth a very valuable suggestion: When Anna Karenina was written, the influence of genes on man’s actions was not well understood. This is a very strong intellectual suggestion based on science. It deals with split personality syndrome with which, perhaps, Anna Karenina suffered.

To substantiate his argument, Sabarna Roy gives reference to Nikhilesh, the main character of Rabindranath Tagore’s book Ghare Baire. Nikhilesh too was split in his thoughts that results in a tragedy.

To corroborate his standpoint, Sabarna Roy gives scientific reasons. It runs like this: “Classical physics and how we would think in the years to come would change forever when light was first considered to be wave-particle; gravity a field and not force.”

At the concluding chapter of Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020, we find the beautiful Winter Poems 2020 which is a poem cycle of 21 very sharp and incisive poems. It is all about manifold aspects of human life and vivid confrontation between the poet and his alter-ego.

An engineer by profession, Sabarna Roy is the author of five best selling books. They are: Pentacles, Frosted Glass, Abyss, Winter Poems and Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018 Time Frozen in Myriad Thoughts.

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Potpourri by Urvashi Tandon – a rare pearl from the ever drying ocean of children literature



Children literature which, once upon a time, was one of the most explored genre in India had taken the backseat in the last few decades. It does not feel good to see the way the number of quality books had dropped in this category over the years. Thankfully, author Urvashi Tandon had decided to put an end to this draught by penning this rare gem named ‘Potpourri’ which is a pearl from the ever drying ocean of children literature.

Talking about the book, the first thing which is going to appeal to the intended target reader group of this book is the very attractive cover. The cover is perfectly suitable to the young minds. The pictures on the cover creates an immediate sense of attraction.

Once, the readers start reading the book, it is the content that keeps the minds glued to it. There are a total of ten short stories in the book. Instead of designing the stories with a preachy flavour, the author had decided to give the stories realistic wraps. The beauty of the entire book is in the underlying messages the stories convey. The modus operandi followed to articulate the messages is what amazes the readers the most.

The choice of content makes the stories even better. The story-lines range from ‘creating an impact on the environment’ to ‘steps towards a better society’. These are areas where the young citizens can start creating tiny impacts starting from a very tender age.

Also, the success of a children book lies on the fact how well the adults are receiving the book. That’s where this particular book clicks so well. This is one book which is going to be liked by young and adult readers alike.

A big chunk of the reason behind the lovely construction of the book also connects back to the background the author Urvashi Tandon comes from. She is a professor of Anaesthesiology, who is trained in Paediatric Anaesthesia. It is this connect which prompted her to write for children. The fact that she is also an energy healer, helped her to bring the desired degree of positivity in each story of the book.

Overall, this is one of the best engaging gifts you can present your kid during the ongoing lockdown phase.

Buy “Potpourri: Stories For Children” From Amazon For Just Rs.149

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#SheNeedsPad : An initiative to help lockdown-affected females in India



In view of the ongoing pandemic, everything has come to a halt. The nationwide lockdown has confined to their homes. However, the migrant workers are the worst affected. In this scorching heat, they have been returning to their natives. These migrants include those small kids and women too. With a number of problems, women are walking or travelling (if arranged). Considering other health issues, women are always at a hit. Every month they have to go through menses which not only causes health problems but also requires proper arrangement of sanitary pads.

Keeping all these problems in mind, Likee, a short video platform, has come forward and collaborated with a feminine hygiene brand, Everteen, to come to the rescue of women who are deprived of basic necessities such as sanitary pads due to the ongoing lockdown triggered by COVID-19 pandemic in India.

The association is aimed at raising funds and increasing awareness about the initiative titled ‘She Needs Pad’. Everteen is aiming to distribute as many as one million free sanitary pads throughout India through this P2P social initiative.

Bollywood actresses, including Isha Koppikar, Meera and Sarleen Kaur, have also stepped forward to become a part of the campaign wherein they spread and convey the message among people about how some women had been deprived of some basic essentials they require to lead their day-to-day life. They informed their fans as to how they could help lockdown affected females through the social media platform.

A hyperlink has been provided under #SheNeedsPad, which has so far clocked more than 30 million views, to redirect users to the website launched for the purpose. The hyperlink also enables Likee users to make donations towards the cause with utmost ease.


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