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|"Why Indians Sleep Less", April 25 |
"Man's body has become so accustomed to sleeping less that even if he has no work or deadlines to meet he finds other avenues to keep himself awake."
Arjyalopa Mishra, Cuttack
Success comes at a high price for those who compromise on sleep to reach their targets ("Why Indians Sleep Less", April 25). Inadequate sleep leads to several emotional and physical disorders that become chronic as people age. However, if these "fast trackers" learn to prioritise correctly, they would get enough time for sleep and achieve their goals with less stress.
Brinda Upadhyaya, on e-mail
Ambitious professionals who cut down on sleep to get more work done are achieving little towards that purpose. The brain needs adequate rest to function normally and any sleep deprivation will hamper its functioning. While some people may feel that more work has been done at the cost of sleep, its quality is bound to be affected.
P. Madhok, Mumbai
It has become de rigueur to party hard, lose sleep, and still be expected to be at one's perspicacious best the next morning. We have become blind followers of a culture which defines our leisure activities for us. It is high time to adopt a routine that suits our lifestyle.
K. Kapali Siva, Chennai
Gen Y might be happy to flaunt the tag of "nocturnal party animals" but they don't realise its serious repercussions. Blindly following unhealthy trends will spell doom sooner rather than later.
Epili Sagar, Singapore
As the mad race for money has started, people are left with no option but to cut down on sleeping hours. But the human body is also a machine and it cannot work efficiently if it is not maintained properly.
Shyamsunder P. Rathi, Surat
Whenever there is any talk of fitness, there are always two common factors-a nice gym and a training routine. People have forgotten the basic point of any fitness regime, which is to have at least eight hours of sleep.
Varun Malhotra, on e-mail
Indians may be sleeping less due to the BPO workstyle but this is also giving the Americans sleepless nights.
Anurag Khanna, on e-mail
I am a student of Class X and I work best at night. Your article might convince my parents to stop telling me to sleep early and leave me alone to study.
Ipshita Ahuja, on e-mail
Increasing work pressure and lack of fixed shift duties are playing havoc with our sleep patterns. Earlier, everything would shut down by 9 or 10 p.m. but now something or the other is going on round the clock.
Rakesh K.N., Edappal, Kerala
Raising a Stink
If L.K. Advani and A.B. Vajpayee are too old to hold any position in the BJP, shouldn't the rule apply to K.S. Sudarshan too ("Bite by Sound Bites", April 25)?
D.C. Desai, Powai
Sudarshan might have meant well but he has set a dangerous trend. More disenchanted leaders might opt to go public with their grievances about party matters, which will affect the morale of the workers. The old will yield place to the new in the natural order of things. Premature dislocation of a settled order often leads to chaos.
Jayatheertha S.A., Hyderabad
Your story carries some factually incorrect statements about me and my relationship with the RSS. I resigned as president of the BJP on my own, and was not removed from the post under RSS pressure. In fact, some leaders of the RSS had advised me against resigning. Besides, I repeatedly declined to accept any post after that despite being actively involved in party work as I wanted to set an example that one can work without holding a post. But my party colleagues felt it would be better if I took up a formal responsibility. There was no friction between the BJP and RSS on my appointment as party vice-president. In fact, I accepted the post only after seeking the guidance of senior RSS leaders. Also, I attended the intellectuals' meet at Bhopal at the invitation of the RSS. I have attended all four such meetings at its invitation.
M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajya Sabha MP and BJP vice-president
Hit for a Six
The six-match ban on an out-of-form Sourav Ganguly is a blessing in disguise ("Stand Down", April 25). Now he can do some introspection and decide on his future-whether he wants to be a cricketer or take up modelling as a full-time career.
Sudhir K. Bhave, Mumbai
Patience is the key and we must learn from other teams. Shahid Afridi was dropped because of his inconsistency but now he is almost indispensable to the Pakistan team. This is because he was given a second chance. We must support Ganguly, for as people say, "Form is temporary, class is permanent."
Amit Kumar Nanchahal, on e-mail
The time has come to sacrifice Ganguly the captain to bring back Ganguly the player. Sachin Tendulkar should be made the captain again and Anil Kumble should be made vice-captain. Their vast experience will work wonders for the team.
T.K. Bhatara, on e-mail
India's performance in the Kanpur and Delhi ODIs has amply proved Ganguly's importance as captain. He was really missed during those two matches. Hopefully all Ganguly bashers will now change their minds and realise that he can contribute a lot more to Indian cricket, through his leadership as well as his bat.
Kalyan Ghosh, Kolkata
| IN THE DOLDRUMS |
What should have happened 20 years ago in the CPI(M) happened now ("Red Star Rising", April 25). The party was led by old and senile leaders who were stuck in the past. Maybe the arrival of the younger leadership will also see the emergence of a philosophy that is more in tune with the times.
P.B. Sarpeshkar, Bangalore
Change is the only constant factor in the world. There should be an age limit for senior leaders to hand over the mantle to the younger generation. It is good that the leadership change in the CPI(M) was without any hitches and there was no unpleasantness over the issue as in some other parties.
Ujagar Singh, Chandigarh
Sign of the Times
The leaders of both India and Pakistan might have made statements in support of the bus service but the joy of the Kashmiris on both sides of the loc was the greater declaration in favour of peace than any political statement ("Trial By Fire", April 18). The terrorists should realise which way the wind is blowing and stop putting obstacles in the way of the caravan of peace.
P.K. Gupta, Bhatinda
It is not true that Sonia Gandhi refused to meet Ajit Jogi and the 12 Chhattisgarh MLAs ("The Dirty Battle Within", April 18). The meeting took place on April 5. Besides, the MLAs came to Delhi by train, not by air as reported in your story.
Shiv Daheria, Chhattisgarh MLA,
Amarjeet Bhagat, Chhattisgarh MLA
There is definitely a lot to look forward to in the coming months ("Summer of Desi Cool", April 18). People obviously want to see actors playing characters they can relate to rather than some New Yorker, who is far removed from their reality.
Shounak Dey, on e-mail
It's Not the System
It is not the system but the way in which it is being implemented that is to be blamed ("Killer Exams", March 28). The need of the hour is training programmes where teachers are taught to deal with students in the right manner.
Neha Sheth, Pune
The examination system need not be blamed for the spate of suicides by students. It is the exposure to numerous distractions and quest for shortcuts to success that make it hard for them to concentrate on their studies. As a result, they succumb to the pressure of examinations.
Nivedita Kaul, Jaipur