Tears rolled out from his eyes and he was looking worried. As his mother saw him, she thought he should get a chance to speak out his feelings. After making lots of effort he spoke with trembling voice “Dear Mom, I am sorry! I tried my best but could not make it happen, I could not win this time” and he was standing like a culprit to be punished.

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Background

In late 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a novel Coronavirus initially known as 2019-n CoV and later renamed to COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. A group of people showed pneumonia-like symptoms and they were associated with a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan.

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People of all ages in the country are falling sick more frequently than before. Ironically, the incidences of non-communicable diseases are very much on the rise and so is the cost of medical expenses. The perennial shortage of doctors and nurses is still a cause of concern, notwithstanding opening of more medical colleges in the country.

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This year too large number of people from more than 170 countries across the world is going to celebrate “International Yoga Day” on 21st June by participating to practice Yoga. It is really heartening that Yoga - science of integrating body, mind and soul is getting ever growing acceptance in all time zones. Obviously, this is an appropriate moment to discuss few Yoga exercise (Asana) which would definitely benefit immensely if we practice them consciously and sincerely on a regular basis.

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All of us are born to live and live healthy. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Nevertheless, even those people who have materialistic security to a reasonable extent find it difficult to remain normally healthy and disease free. The health issues related to millions of have-nots, who still have many socio-economic problems despite our country being independent for more than seventy long years, are far bigger in any way.

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It is all knowing that healthy life is the foundation of a happy life. It is also said that children are the future of any society and the country. Data shows that school children constitute 20% of our population. That is more than 250 million. As such, it is absolutely necessary to educate our children properly and also keep them healthy. Then only they can really face the challenges of life well, shoulder the responsibilities like a responsible citizen of the country and also live happily.

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Between the 1500s and 1700s, the spices route describes a lengthy journey where spices were taken for trade from Asia to Europe in ships, caravans and on elephant back. The world’s most significant industry in ancient times, the spices trade defined commerce, provided remedies for ailments and even influenced worldwide culinary tradition and cuisine.

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Success means achieving or getting what one cherishes. Success, as the achievement of one’s goal, is not a matter of good luck or chance attainment. Also, effortless success is insipid and hardly provides any psychological thrill. Real success is what one earns by dint of honest and hard work. Only in hard earned success one finds a sense of contentment, fulfillment, gains confidence and enhances personality.

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More than 1.25 billion people who live in India have variety of social, cultural, ecological, political and economic problems. As a consequence of these problems, a large population suffers from different physical, mental and spiritual problems in their day-to-day life. To say, increasing number of people is falling prey to many preventable and terminal diseases and consequently thousands of people are dying too.

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Obesity is becoming a big health issue for countries like India despite the fact that millions of people are sleeping hungry at night; millions of infants are grossly under-nourished and under-weight. According to a recent health report, third highest number of obese and overweight people lives in India. 11% adolescent and 20% adults are suffering from obesity. Women are double in number than men in our country on this count.

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The author at a coffee plantation.

After living in Bihar for more than two decades, tea runs in my arteries and veins just like blood. Tea rules over my mind and heart like every other being in Bihar. I never thought, even in my dreams, that any other drink can dethrone this "Queen of Beverages" from my heart ever!

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