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DEC. 4, 2005
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Interview With Giovanni Bisignani
After taking over the reigns at IATA, Giovanni Bisignani is in the cockpit directing many changes. His experience in handling the crisis after 9/11 crisis is invaluable. During his recent visit to India, Bisignani met BT's Amanpreet Singh and spoke about the challenges facing the aviation industry and how to fly safe. Excerpts.

"We Try To Create
A Joyful Work"
K Subrahmaniam, Covansys President and CEO, spoke to BT's Nitya Varadarajan.
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Business Today,  November 20, 2005
Tweak Your Crunches

Blame it on the festive season's excesses or on the onset of winter, but this is the time of the year that many people tend to let up a bit on their exercise and diet regimes. And sooner than later, it shows. The first sign usually is a podgier waistline, which, if left unchecked, can quickly become a full-blown paunch. Worse, multi-layered winter clothing can camouflage that blimp, working as another disincentive to work it off.

So, how do you keep your middle in shape? The answer as usual is simple: work out regularly and eat sensibly. But the problem with keeping waistlines toned and trim is that the exercises for abdominals (crunches, crunches, crunches) can be monotonous and boring.

The trick is in infusing a bit of variety to your tummy workout. Dump the boring old crunches and sit-ups and jazz up your AB routine with some new workouts. Here are two that you could add to your repertoire. The first one is 'The Twist'. For the twist, you'll need a barbell without weights or a long wooden pole or aluminium rod if the barbell seems too heavy. Here's how you do it. Stand with your feet a bit more than shoulder-width apart and the rod across the back of your shoulders, supported by your hands, as in the illustration. Now, without moving your lower body, twist your torso slowly to the right; hold for a couple of seconds before coming back to the starting position. Now do the same movement, but this time to the left. Keep the movement smooth and slow and your head up. The movement should be from your hips. This exercise primarily works out your obliques (sides of the waist). Do 25-30 reps (count a twist to the left and a twist to the right together as one rep) per set and three sets per session. You can easily do this exercise thrice a week.

The second exercise is a slight variation on the common crunch. Let's call it 'The Sole Tweak' because it involves the undersides of your feet. Lie with your back down on a mat and your knees bent but the soles of your feet facing each other. Now, slowly raise your head and shoulders by curling them forward like you would in an ordinary crunch; hold in this position for a couple of seconds before lowering your body back to the starting position. That's one rep. Try to do 15-20 reps per set and three sets per session.

Remember though that crunches alone can't shed the flab around your middle. You've also got to eat sensibly and burn calories by training your entire body via cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling or walking.


Forgot all about that crucial presentation you had to prepare? Missed your boss' birthday bash for the simple reason that you could remember neither the time nor the place (nor indeed, the fact that it was his birthday)? Lapses in memory aren't just a source of embarassment; they could hurt your career.

What it is: Memory loss is the inability to remember specific things. It is unusual forgetfulness that can be caused by brain damage. While mild memory-loss problems can occur in healthy adults, they can sometimes be a sign of a temporary problem, called delirium, or a persistent problem, called dementia.

What causes it: While memory loss is inevitable over the years, some factors like disease (Alzheimer's, depression or a stroke that disrupts blood supply to the brain ), injury, severe emotional trauma, alcoholism, stress, the side effects of medication (tranquilizers, typically), lack of sleep, seizures, infections and thyroid deficiency can accelerate the process. According to Dr Mukul Verma, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, depression, not aging, is the most common cause of memory loss. He says people whose diet lacks eggs, milk (and dairy products) and meat are more prone to memory loss than others because of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Treatments: They can be as simple as using cognitive exercises and mind games. Some treatments involve the consumption of vitamins (especially B12) and minerals. Medication schedules should be written down to avoid dependence on memory. Reality orientation, like supplying familiar music, objects or photos, is also recommended. As far as alternative therapies (this magazine doesn't believe in them) go, wearing a rudraksha or a pyramid shaped cap (for at least half an hour everyday) may help. Brahmi, an ayurvedic brain tonic, and regular yoga (sirshasana and gyaan mudra) may provide relief too.


Motion Video
The new iPod

Note that we didn't say Video iPod, like some newbie tech writers have. These days, all iPods (barring the Nano) can play videos; the new iPod has a wider (2.5" if measured diagonally) LCD screen and if you buy the 60gb model for Rs 29,400 (instead of the $399, Rs 17,955, you would pay for it in the us), you can watch up to 150 hours of video. The downside, apart from a low battery life if you play video (90-120 minutes), is that you cannot download anything from iTunes (yet to be launched in India), not those episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives that it currently sells. Still it is black (and black is, er, the new black) and thin (half the thickness of the old iPod), and it is obviously something Steve Jobs believes in-enough reasons to acquire one for most people.

Music For The Eyes

While on the subject of personal music players, imagine the ultimate one-upmanship question: Does your mp3 player offer UV protection? Well, in a recipe that spells dropped catches (in cricket, silly, and we'll come to the reason in a jiffy), Oakley (here's the reason: it is the most preferred eye-wear among cricketers), has integrated a 1gb flash mp3 player into a pair of sunglasses. It is called the Thump and can be found at all those places that retail stuff that isn't supposed to be retailed in India. It weighs in at a rather heavy $499 (Rs 22,455 at the day's exchange rates), and Indian opticians are not too sure that Oakley will launch it in India. Still, Rs 22,455 is a small price to pay for coolness.

Yet Another Browser

Who needs another browser? There's Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari (if you are a Macmaniac), even Netscape. Well, apparently a bunch of developers in the us do need another browser; the result is Flock, an open-source community developed browser (a la Firefox). The browser (free, obviously) is still in the 'Developer Beta' stage, which means that you either have to be a whiz or suicidal to try it (well, not quite but it's not quite ready yet). Now, it does have some rather nice features such as integrated blogging and photo-sharing services. Then, it did seriously slow down the computer we were trying it on. Download from

And More Motion Video
Yepp YJ-H70

The provenance of this product is a giveaway. Come on, how many companies you know will name their products thus? This one is from Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung (and, to be fair, we are big admirers of everything about Samsung products but the name). It is an mp3 player that can also play videos, and by that we mean regular mpeg-4 video files (one of the most common formats for video files; to play such files on the iPod, in contrast, you would have to convert them using Quicktime Pro). In terms of storage, the yj-h70 is a distant second to iPod, its 6gb comparing very unfavourably with the Apple machine's 60gb or 30gb. Then, if you want to be different, this may be just the thing. Price: Rs 18,400; yp-t8, 1gb for Rs 14,900 is also available.




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