Alzheimer’s

There was no internet in office yesterday. We did n’t plank, so you can guess we are not into fitness as much as our silicon valley counterparts. But we did something else. We flipped the chairs to engage in human-to-human-conversation, on all sorts of topics, technology, hypothesis, marketing, growth hacking.

Food is free in office (fall for it people, this is another reason you should work for a startup like us… hihihi). Yesterday lunch arrived a little late.

No internet = No work

Hence, only worry in left in life at that moment was – hunger.

I and Shyam were sitting in the pantry, waiting for food, talking some stupid stuff (precisely, I was doing the stupid part, shyam was doing the talking part). Ranadheer, we call him Rana, our Head of Products, although he prefers to call himself a product manager, came in, saw us and snarkily said Aaahn! See the desperate folks are sitting here already, Shyam smirked.

Then ensued a chain of discussions when Rana stopped at one point, said

“I forgot the name. This has been happening since sometime, may be I’m getting old.”

Me – “May be you’re reading a lot these days?”

Rana – “That could be true as well. I’ve been reading a lot since last few days”

Shyam – “Short term memory loss of a kind?”

Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Short term memory loss is one of the symptoms.

Rana went on to narrate the story of his mother. In his words –

My mother is in her late seventies now.And now she has started showing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. She recognizes me and some other people. But she won’t remember when we met for the last time.

Few years back, when I visited her, she used to have a laundry list of complaints, formed of her anxieties, worries and fears. Like she’ll go whining about why her son visits her only once in a month, when she will see her grandson doing x, when will she meet Y etc. I’ve observed, as she grew old, her anxieties kept building up over the years. At the end of the day, she’ll be a sad old lady who has a lot of worries but she will be helpless about it. It was very saddening to see it happening.

…now, when she has forgotten everything, she is a happy lady

But now, when she has forgotten everything, she is a happy lady. It’s pretty astounding to see this. All of her worries are gone. She is no longer a whining old lady. She no longer fires those questions at me. Although, she’ll occasionally ask me if I’ll come next month or not, but that’s totally ok. I’m happy to see this transformation in her. In the coming years she will forget even more of the stuff. It’s good anyway. I’m happy to see her this way.

Shyam echoed the same sentiments and narrated his story about his grandmother.

My grandmother has Alzheimer’s too. But isn’t it a strange phenomena that people don’t forget everything, like, you know, those things deeply buried in the mind. I’ll give you an example, she doesn’t recognize me often, people around will have to tell her about me before she makes sense of me being there. It’s depressing,a bit disappointing that she forgot me, but you know, every morning when someone plays some records, she’ll recite & hum along the raga. She knows most ragas & still remembers them. Like, if someone plays one on the tv or on the record, she recognizes it immediately.

..every morning when someone plays some records, she’ll recite & hum along the raga. She knows most ragas & still remembers them..

 

Baffled with the deeper meaning this conversation carried, I thought to myself – Clearly the brain works in strange ways.

You forget all attachments, all regrets that you had in life, may be the sorrowful memories you had, and also the lovable memories you cherish all the time. It deprives you of the thoughts that would have made you feel attached in turn would have made your exit difficult.

It’s like the brain preparing you to be happy, may be in a invasive manner by erasing memories of people and events, and thus, erasing all emotions attached to all worldly possessions, so that you won’t have to live in regret and when death comes you’ll embrace it happily.

 

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Fitness tips: Healthy Food vs Unhealthy Food

We’ve talked enough on these. It’s about time we’ve seen people whining about fat and calories in their foods and talk about eating salads, sprouts and stupid health drinks.

I’d say that’s total bullsh*t.

When you go and workout, you burn calories. You still need more calories to withstand those burns and keep walking until the next day. You need all that fat & cholesterol for your testosterones, proteins for your muscles to grow and repair.

Human body is an intelligent machine and it’s receptive. If you feed it more energy than it requires, it stores them. Your objective is to take in all that calorie and burn that all the next day during your workout.

People with a sedentary lifestyle will complain about how little time they had. I be like – Really? Is that your excuse not to workout.

Let me tell you something. I took a 300 push up challenge last day & guess what 20 push ups and 5 pull ups take 2 minutes altogether. That’s lesser than the time it’d take you to brew your coffee. And, it safely burns your daily average calorie intake.

That said, there are precautions you’ve to take like – raw foods may contain bacteria, stale food is a strict no no. If you’re allergic to something, then don’t eat that.

In my case eating oily foods before workout resulted in heartburns, so I totally avoid it & recommend not going for that before workouts. But after workouts, you name it & I eat it.

Recently we saw articles about processed foods like bacon could cause cancer. So, if you don’t like to eat fast food or processed food, then go the natural way – you have milk, yoghurt, peanuts, cream, eggs, rice, pulses and what not.

So, the conclusion – Food is important for your body. Don’t classify it as healthy or unhealthy. And,

Da fuq you say, there is no such thing as unhealthy food. It’s not the food, it’s your lifestyle choices which are unhealthy.

Bonus video:

What’s the best time to workout?

answer – any god damned time

If you’re being a couch potato, sitting idle in front of that tv, finding reasons not to work out then you don’t need a right time for working out at all.

If you want to be trusted, then you have to be sincere with every commitment you make. Question here is – Do you trust yourself? Yes/No/Maybe? Are you sincere enough towards yourself? Did you do what you committed to yourself? More importantly, if you can not trust yourself with something, then you don’t deserve to be trusted by anyone else.

Watch this video through of a guy’s transformation story of 10 weeks. Precisely, snap to 2:40 in the time. This guy speaks up – what was his right time for training.

His commitment to self is incredible. After watching this video, ask this question to yourself again. You’ll get the answer.

स्वयमेव मृगेन्द्रता (SWAYAMEVA MRUGENDRATA)

What does स्वयमेव मृगेन्द्रता, SWAYAMEVA MRUGENDRATA mean?

You may see it going along with Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS)’s emblem

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Courtesy: HSS Websites & their G+ page

And often below the logo/emblem of every Saraswati Sishu/Vidya Mandir where a young boy is seen playing with his hand in the mouth of an adult (male) lion.

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Courtesy: orissadiary.com
Courtesy: saraswatividyamandir.in
Courtesy: saraswatividyamandir.in

The statement has a truly inspirational meaning to it.

Swayam(स्वयम) stands for self.

Mruga/Mriga (मृग) stands for deer. However, in this context, it stands for all the animals of the forest.

Indra(इन्द्र), although the namesake suggests the king/leader of all devasit can also refer to the king or the master in general.

So, as perceived, in the context of the forest, a Mrugendra (मृगेन्द्र) stands for the king of all animals of the forest i.e. the lion.

The official meaning of the statement is as follows:

There is no official coronation ceremony (rajyabhishekha) held to crown the lion as the king of the forest. It becomes king by its own attributes and might.

When applied in the context of humans, it basically is about leadership. One doesn’t need any official recognition or ceremony to be identified as a leader. One needs to  enhance his/her personality, build up strength/courage, strong enough to fight or match-the-might of the strongest – to become the leader.

In a detailed article about  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its ideals, Pragya Tiwari writes:

The Sangh’s real strength comes from its founder Dr Hedgewar’s diktat of Swayameva Mrugendrata – find within yourself the strength of the lion.

The same text goes with the emblem of the Saraswati Sishu/Vidya Mandir & fraternity of such schools.

The logo shows a courageous boy playing, or possibly fighting with a lion which represents the courage of the boy that parallels with the king of the forest i.e. the lion.

It asks every soul in this universe to find the strength, the lion, within and encourages to become leaders by virtue of their own might.