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The obsession over 10,000 steps

The Obsession over 10,000 steps

With the advent of smartwatches, the obsession over the ‘no of steps’ one has completed in a day has hit the roof. More and more people are looking to the “Fitbit’s” and the “iWatch’s” in the hope of ensuring they reach the magic ‘10,000’ step mark. It seems as though fitness and having an active lifestyle is now being defined by the number of steps one completes in a day.

Devices like these have definitely ensured that fitness has probably become more mainstream than it ever was. What started from pedometers has moved on to smart devices, apps and even competitions for fitness. All of it has further emphasized that a good fitness regimen is the secret of a happy life.

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Microblog Mondays: Another year goes by..

Another year goes by..

Another year of natural and man – made disasters goes by..

Another year of increasing crime goes by..

Another year goes by with increasing temperatures across the planet..

Another year goes by with false promises by politicians in power..

Another year of decreasing human interaction and increasing online interaction goes by..

This is one way of remembering the year gone by. Or…

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Thursday Tree Love – Greenery at the Königsallee

Greenery at the Königsallee

Königsallee in Dusseldorf with its extensive list of fashion stores and retail chains is one of the most upscale districts in Europe. It has a canal running through its center with a lot many trees on either side.

This pic was taken in the Summer of 2018 when the drought in Europe was still at its peak. So you can imagine even after that, how green this place looks.

Linking to Thursday Tree love, a photo feature on Parul’s blog. 

C for Choice – #AtoZChallenge

C for Choice - #AtoZChallenge

Location: Off the coast of Antalya, Turkey

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

– J.K.Rowling

I am taking the A to Z Challenge 2018 with Blogchatter

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Microblog Mondays: Global Warming

Global Warming

It’s the same story every year and things seem to be just getting worse as the years pass by. Flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh have killed more than a 1000 people already in 2017. With rainfall of 300mm on 29th August 2017, Mumbai, India’s financial capital had its wettest August day in 2 decades. With a recovery cost of more than $ 180bn, Hurricane Harvey is expected to surpass Hurricane Katrina as the worst storm on record in United States.

The carbon dioxide levels are at an all time high. The global sea temperatures are breaking records like never before thus creating even stronger storm events. The extent of ice in Antartica is lower than it has ever been. There have been record heatwaves across Europe and US leading to multiple wildfires.

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A divided world

A Divided World

Everyday we hear and read about violence in various forms. We hear about hate, death and despair inflicted upon humanity across the planet.

We read about how arguments over the smallest of things could turn into national or international disasters if proper attention is not given. All this makes one wonder on how we can continue to live in such a divided world.

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N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The road leading to the Nizwa Fort

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The cannons welcome you

Forts are the heart and soul around which a lot of history revolves around in Oman. Nizwa Fort located in the city of Nizwa about 160km from Muscat, Oman’s capital is one of the most visited national monuments in the country.

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

Nizwa Fort welcomes you

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

It was built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi sometime around the 1650s. He is known as the one who played a key role in removing the Portugese from Oman.

N for Nizwa Fort in OmanN for Nizwa Fort in Oman

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Microblog Mondays: Xenophobia

Microblog Mondays: Xenophobia

As the years pass by, it seems as though we are becoming more and more intolerant of each other. Discrimination based on caste, creed, sex, religion and more is the order of the day in many societies across the planet. If we know that the individual is from a particular place and is of a particular caste or religion, more often than not we tend to form a negative bias in our minds even before talking to that individual.

Even though we are moving forwards in leaps and bounds in terms of technological developments, we are surely moving backwards when it comes to people to people contact. Xenophobia masquerading as nationalism is translating into verbal violence on social media and physical violence on the streets.

It’s just saddening that in this garb of nationalism, even after thousands of years of human evolution, we are still at war amongst each other.

Linking to Microblog Mondays 

Microblog Mondays: A visit to the Lucknow Gomti Riverfront

Lucknow Gomti Riverfront

These days it’s becoming really difficult to find lush green spaces amidst most overpopulated Indian cities. More and more youngsters of today are spending their time with their gadgets rather than coming out and taking a walk in fresh air. As various kinds of health problems like heart diseases, hypertension, obesity etc. mount, it’s becoming more important than ever to go out for walks if heading to the gym is not your cup of tea.

Lucknow Gomti Riverfront

And that’s where something like the Lucknow Gomti Riverfront comes in. Constantly ranked among the most polluted cities on the planet, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh in India has been in desperate need for green spaces. And looks like finally a start has been made. This 1500 crore project has involved cleaning up the Gomti river which flows through the city along with ensuring that more than 30 or so nullahs are cleaned and the sewage is not dumped into the river.

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Microblog Mondays: India’s smog emergency

India's Smog Emergency

India’s Smog Emergency

Source: http://www.jantakareporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/o-INDIA-SMOG-facebook.jpg

As if having more than 10 Indian cities in the list of the top 20 most polluted cities wasn’t enough, the last few days have been disastrous for people living in many parts of the country.

While people generally have to contend with pollution from all kinds of vehicles, construction, factories, tanneries, power plants, noise and more on most days, this time it’s the farmers of Punjab and some parts of Pakistan who are burning 30 billion kgs of leftover straw. This started a week or two week back and slowly the toxic smoke consisting of a variety of dangerous gases has moved through to Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Chandigarh and most other parts of North India creating an apocalyptic situation.

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