When innocence, curiosity and the simple joys of young lives are replaced by stress, depression and other negative factors alike, what you are left with is a spate of suicides, with no end in view!
The recent ‘Epidemic’ of student suicides has hit the city with more force than a Tsunami! An alarming rise in the number of stress related suicide cases amongst young students all over the country has given rise to some very pertinent questions. Questions such as ‘Who is responsible for this fatal stress build up in students? The parents or the education system?, ‘Is it high time that the education system itself is revamped?’, ‘Are movies like 3 idiots really responsible for such suicides?’ etc…
Given the emphasis on the rote learning nature of our education system, many students are simply unable to cope up. However the ‘No Mercy’ mindset adopted by the parents and society alike towards academic failure has done nothing but add to the ever increasing mountain of stress for the students.
This stress coupled with the depression of not being able to meet the heightened expectations of parents, peers and themselves too, many students are giving up! Young minds which are not conditioned to deal with such stress and depression are bound to break down, the result of which is for all of us to see.
Exploring the views of those directly affected, a leading daily conducted a survey which reported that while 71% of the student community blamed pressure and competition, 62% blamed parental expectation and pressure, surprisingly 27 %, a very small percentage of those interviewed found the education system alone to be at fault. A mere 3% agreed with movies being the reason behind these suicides!
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How to make a couch potato.
Take potato Chips add long hours of Cable TV, throw in a Couch and what you get is a well rounded Couch potato!!
Couch potatoes have been in existence for a long time now. Through the decades we have often heard our mothers use the saying ‘Turn off that TV or you’ll turn into a couch potato!’ to good use, every time we have been found lazing in front of the TV. And now with the recent reports indicating that too much TV can rocket our risk of death by almost 46%, we see the ugly truth behind the terminology ‘Couch Potato’
Many long hours spent viewing TV can lead to disastrous effects on our body, yet we are still just waking up to the actual harm caused by it!
A recent article in a leading daily had this to say about the topic, every hour in front of the TV was associated with an 11% increased risk of death from all causes, a 9% higher risk of cancer death, and an 18% increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) related death.
Now you do the math. And kindly turn that TV off while you are doing it, wouldn’t want you turning into a ‘Couch Potato’.
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Many people don't know how 'How Health Insurance works'. Here is an amazing video describing how Health Insurance works in a very simple way. Have a look!
Announcing the Champions of Healthy Kya Contest #1. Congratulations!
Thanks for the wonderful, wonderful participation!
Our earlier plan was to give out the calendars to 25 correct entries picked up through a lucky draw. But the awesome response won our hearts over, the generous souls that we are ;) - we decided to give out the calendar to all correct entries, plus some selected incorrect entries.
OK. We would also like to hear from you. First time winners...champions....people who didnt win....all of you! Do put your comments below.
The answers to the questions in the contest and some additional myths would be published on the portal...we will keep you posted regarding this ASAP.
So...here are the winners! If your name appears in the list below, click here to provide us with your shipping address before 14th Jan 2010!
update, 7th January 2010: *****This Contest is closed******Results to be declared today!
2009 will go and a fresh new 2010 would be here. Resolutions would be made and broken. What would keep you up to see many more such new years is keeping healthy.
What "Healthy" means and its awareness, is the first step towards being healthy, a cause and mission, we have taken up through our portal. Here's another push.
Presenting the simplest contest eva - Healthy Kya? Contest.
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About the Calendar:
2010's Medimanage Collector's Edition Health Calendars comprise lively and colorful leaves unearthing health myths in the fun way! Here's how one of the leaf looks.
The Calendar has 14 months - December 2009 to January 2011
UNICEF has come out with an amazing video on maternal mortality awareness. The video is worth watching and spreading. Have a look!
We are proud to share how KS Sankar from Medimanage spoke about health insurance at HR Infotech Association's 14th Annual Event. HR Infotech is an association HR professionals in IT industry. It is a premier institution engaged in promoting HR practices in Indian IT sector. Mr. Sankar from Medimanage spoke on how health management is important for organisation and how managing health insurance will require managing health.
Forbes India did a very nice article where Sri Sri Ravisankar answers questions of some large corporate honchos on How to go beyond Wealth creation. Questions were asked by Harsh Mariwala, Venugopal Dhoot, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.
Here's the extract of the article
When every breath of your body is focussed on creating wealth it takes an infinity to realise the expanse of the breath itself. Journeys across such an abstract expanse need a guide whose spiritual GPS is never offline. But then Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a man of God like no other. His powerful innovation of Sudarshan Kriya from the ancient system of Pranayam has calmed many a burdened mind.
It is hard to combine the commanding heights of spirituality with the mundane lowlands of everyday practical living the way Sri Sri has managed to do. So when a club of extremely wealthy men of practical world needed to understand how to go beyond all the wealth, Sri Sri was the obvious choice.
We seemed to have hit the hot button because questions from men of Mammon flowed freely. To make sure the answers had depth, we picked four questions that seemed to be most fundamental and intricate. But that was till Sri Sri answered them; after that they were blindingly obvious.
Harsh Mariwala Chairman & MD, Marico Industries
A: The Dharmashastras advise a man to divide wealth in five portions:
The most intelligent thing would be to undertake all the charitable works during one’s lifetime itself. However, when you write a will with the wealth that is left to you, definitely give a substantial portion for charitable work. Venugopal Dhoot Chairman & MD, Videocon
What is the best contribution one can make to a better society? Make billions, spend billions, or give away billions?
A: The best way is to do both: To make billions, spend a little less, save the rest and give away!Twenty percent of your earnings should be earmarked for charity. However, charity should be self-sustainable. That is, it should create more wealth rather than perpetuating the cycle of poverty and dependence. In this sense, the best form of charity would be providing quality education for children and more importantly, building a good character in them.
In the 11th chapter of the Bhagawad Gita, Lord Krishna said, “Win the war with enemies and enjoy a prosperous empire.” How can a businessman be altruistic and yet follow this piece of advice? Is there a way to resolve this riddle?
Krishna’s advice was not for a recluse, but addressed to a prince. The Gita should not be dismissed as a text for people who are not in the world. In fact, the Gita is of no use for people who are retiring from the world. The entire Bhagavad Gita is focused on the prince who had to shoulder a huge responsibility, encounter complex situations and solve complicated human relations to make the country productive. Any business empire has to perform all these functions: They have to manage human resources; resolve conflicts.
One cannot be emotional and say: “I don’t want to compete with anybody. The world of business is always a struggle — a fight. Your weapons are speculation, bidding, negotiation, branding, marketing, pricing, innovation etc. These are the weapons for you to fight the business wars and you should fight it to your complete satisfaction. If it does not turn out to be viable, naturally you lose your fight. (Non-viability, heavy competition, lack of HR, labour problems)
You can’t do business with a charitable mindset. Charity and business should be kept separate altogether. However when it comes to enjoying the fruits of your business, you should have a charitable mind. You must keep aside a portion for charity. Analjit Singh Chairman & MD, Max India
If one has faith and believes God exists, how important is it to pray, meditate, etc.?
A: Prayer is asking God what you want for yourself or thanking Him for what you have received. Meditation is listening to God’s will. If you believe in God, then you will definitely want to connect and communicate with Him. The way to communicate with Him is through prayer and meditation. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Partner, RaRe Enterprises
“My principles in life are as follows:
I would seek your divine views and thoughts on my beliefs and principles of life.
A: What you have mentioned are some moral and ethical values. Spirituality is recognising that you are a part of the universal spirit and that there is no ‘Other’. Spirituality is recognising the truth that a Divine Power is managing the creation and your own life. No doubt integrity, charity, compassion etc. are all virtues which are essential by-products of spirituality. How calm and dynamic you are at the same time, how compassionate and shrewd you are at the same time indicates the depths of your spirituality.
Laughter relives stress, laughter improves the mood and laughter helps you enjoy the life to the fullest. Laughter is the best medicine to stay healthy. If laughter can help you to stay healthy then why not laugh and spread happiness?? The video below is an attempt to spread the happiness through laughter or a simple smile and stay healthy. Enjoy the video and spread the same
I was deputed to a joint venture (JV) by my parent company. It was the practice at the parent company that medical expenses of employees were directly reimbursed by the employer. But in the JV company, they took a group mediclaim policy instead of reimbursement of medical expenses. After the completion of my stint with the JV, the parent company called me back. I am still in service. I had to undergo treatment immediately after I left the JV company. Since the group insurance policy was in force, I utilised it and the insurance company settled the claim, too, after due verification.
The insurer sent the cheque to the JV company for onward payment to me. On receiving it, the JV company sent me a letter, questioning my right to group mediclaim when I am not in service with them. I replied that I am still in the service of the company, the JV is still in force and if it intended to not continue the facility for me, why had it not deleted my name?
Meanwhile, the JV tried to return the cheque to the insurance company, which says it is a valid claim, duly discharged. To make any claims from the parent company, I would need original bills, which are with the insurer. What is the way out for me?
Under a group insurance policy, a claim can be rejected only if there is a clause that the employee has to be in service for lodging a claim. In most policies, the claim gets paid even if the person is no longer working with the company. Hence, the option now available is to request the JV company to pay the proceeds of the claim to you for the expenses incurred by you. Or, you can request it to return the claim cheque to the insurer and then they should obtain the original bills and receipts from the insurer to enable you to claim from your parent company.