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Pranayama is for Everyone

Prayanama benefits us in several ways. It regulates our body's processes, reduces stress, protects us from common respiratory issues, improves sleep and digestion and so on. It also makes one feel joyful. Learning Pranayama has two elements:

1. Some guidance from a practitioner who understands every human body is different
2. Regularity, regularity and regularity

The following instructions are to help you start your Pranayama journey.

Some simple instructions to follow for Pranayama in the morning:

*Pre*

Loose dress.
Empty bowel
Take bath if weather in your city is warm
No tea/coffee or any food prior to this (last 4 hours at least).
Two classes of water, at least 10 minutes before starting. Warm water ideally.
Basic Yoga mat

*During*

No aroma of food, perfume or agarbatti nearby
Please open the window - fresh air/ventilated room is an important requirement.
Don't wear watches or trackers etc.
Turn off the fan

*Post*

Move/walk within the house for 10 minutes at least
No tea/coffee…

President Abdul Kalam- random reflections of a citizen

Very few people can dream big. Even fewer can pursue those dreams to reality. A visionary, a technocrat and a project manager par-excellence rolled into one is Abdul Kalam for us.President A.P.J Abdul Kalam is one such distinguished person who has proved that dreams can be chased to reality by hard work. No wonder President Kalam is such a popular president. How popular, read on.

Few days before MS Subbulakshmi died, President Kalam visited her at her house in Chennai. It was evening post work hour and due to President Kalam's visit, the Police had stopped traffic. I was heading home and found myself in a jam at Kottur bridge connecting Turnbulls road with Gandhi Mandam road. We were curious why the traffic is standstill and people including myself felt frustrated. Frustrated till the policeman on duty uttered the word 'Kalam'. It was a different story that point onwards. People switched off the engines, locked their cars and stood on the road median, just to get a glimpse of President Kalam's cavalcade, which was visible for few seconds as it approached MS house from IIT side and the closest it came to us was about a km away! The president possibly stayed there for five minutes or so, got back in the car and sped back. All we could see was the car lights. Nobody whined about this traffic delay that day. The only complaint was that we could not see Kalam.

I was reminded of this incident recently when I found a colleague of mine reading Indomitable Spirit by Dr Kalam. I ended up borrowing that book which I am reading currently. I was instantly tempted to read this book because I had the chance to read Wings of Fire(co-authored by Arun Tiwari) few years back.



What strikes most about Kalam's writing is the simplicity with which he talks about his travails of life and the fact that he writes about his failures as much as his success. He is not afraid to talk about what gave him happiness and what made him sadness. And he does that in the most unassuming way. And unlike the politicans who talk about good of the country and never mean it, Kalam comes out as a thankful deviation. Wings of Fire was very inspiring read, and so is Indomitable Spirit which is bound touch you, because it is so easy to relate it to our own pursuits of life. See all his books here. If there is one complaint you would have about his writing is that he does not appear stiff-like-a-president but too humble and real.
Some strange things about Kalam. Like all things Kalam, the official website of the President of India has his personal impression too. The website has all his speeches, but more than that, it has a quiz for children in its Children Corner. Another unique thing about Kalam something that we all know but do not realize, that he is the President of World's largest democracy and belongs to no particular party!
This is the email I received when I greeted Abdul Kalam on his birthday(In about four hours flat)
----- Forwarded message from presidentofindia@rb.nic.in -----
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 15:00:14 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Re: Wish you a Thousand Years
To:Shashi Bala Prasad
Dear Shashi Bala Prasad and Mr. Rajesh Kumar,
Thanks for your greetings.
My best wishes to you and
your child.
Kalam
> Dear President Kalam . We take this opportunity to send you our greetings on your birthday. May > you live a thousand years so that generations of Indians can continue to draw inspiration from you.> May your vision for new India come true.We >feel very happy when our four year old daughter sees you on TV and recognizes you.> Best Wishes once again.
>Regards
> Mrs. Shashi Bala Prasad
> Rajesh Kumar
(I do not care if he keyed in the rely himself or his staff did so, the point is he has setup a mechanism that works!)
So whether you read business or anything else, do read Kalam's books at your first chance. And if you have read them, please leave comments here for my benefit.We are blessed to be living in his times.

Comments

Unknown said…
I like the new look of your blog-all spruced up for spring!!I read fiction mostly but will try to get hold of this book.
The Malaysian. said…
He's a one-in-a-billion kind of individual. I think he should stay on as President for another term.
Unknown said…
rajesh...i have been wanting to read one of his books...after reading your post, will do sooner...cheers
Anonymous said…
It sucks to hear the names suggested as replacements for Kalam. Kalam is probaly praised too much, but he deserves a great deal of appreciation nevertheless. More than his scientific achievements, I like his personality and the way he managed to impress upon the population without fan-fare. The current vice president and other possible replacement make me very sad. If he indeed goes, it will take a long time for me to respect the President's post again.
Unknown said…
President Kalam is the visionary and the 'man of action' who can give India a more sharp and intelligent outlook because he believes that "Knowledge is power". He has the compassion for human and as well as animals. I want him to continue the Presidentship. I am a great fan of him.

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