Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cleanliness is next to impossible?

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Sunday, October 09, 2011 0 comments

It has really been a long time since any change in this blog. Frankly, I’m a little queasy about writing, because of a long gap. But, there’s a reason why I chose to write something today. It’s an important message that I need to convey.

There is no doubt about the fact that most of us are occupied with a hell lot of things to do. Most of us either work for 6 days a week or 5 days. Meetings of the office, wasting time in traffic, work pressure, overtime, kids, family etc, all these factors eat away most of our time during the weekdays. Thus, we don’t have time for most of the things like spending time on ourselves. Most of all we don’t have time to just maintain an organized place to live.

In the worst case one may find himself amidst scattered newspapers all over the house, unwashed vessels, unwashed clothes, food dropped in the kitchen, overflowing dustbins, messed up wardrobes, books littered everywhere, dusty windows and fans, old rotten vegetables and fruits stacked up in the refrigerator, all the chairs in the house will be either preoccupied with clothes to be washed or something else. And bathrooms… well I don’t want to further describe this. All this and probably even more can be added if you can imagine. I am not sure if this is a normal thing to happen. But in most of our lives this is the truth. Most of us live in a mess. And most of us do not actually know what are the things present in the house.

What next? If someone thinks that he’s happy with the mess around, good for him. But if you really want to get all the mess out, then do it. Take out some time and just do away with all unwanted useless stuff, which has been stacked up for months or years together and retain only the things you really want. My request is please don’t get emotional when it comes to throwing away unwanted stuff.

One interesting trait that I have seen among people i.e. they do not want to get rid of old stuff that they do not use. They just want to keep it with them, even if it is worth nothing. It is something that has to do with their emotions. They just won’t let it go. Examples: an old suitcase that has been rusted and makes a creaking noise, waste clothes, old bulbs and appliances that have been damaged etc. If you have this special trait in you, please give it up. Yeah, that suitcase or those old clothes might be really close to your heart and storing them will provide comfort not only to you, but also, to some domestic pests.

Being a lover of cooking, the most sacred place in a house for me is the kitchen. Unluckily right now I don’t have access to any kitchen. But a messy kitchen in someone’s house is my turnoff. Kitchen cabinets, sinks, shelves, and slabs; all these can be a hub for pests if not maintained well.

This, I do not want to tell, but then it’s a horrible feeling to see girls/ladies messing around their kitchens or rooms. I mean, not being neat and hygienic at your kitchen is the worst thing. The site of dirty vessels stacked up in the sink is a pain to the eye. I’ve heard stories from my friends who stay at rented flats. Someone is not ready to wash the vessels because it feels dirty. Someone doesn’t want to mop the floor for the same reason. Hence, to them, it implies that keeping the house as it is, dusty and dirty feels clean. ;)

Till I came to Bangalore and started living here with girls of my age I didn’t bother about these issues. But after I did, I realized most of us do not give a damn to hygiene and cleanliness. I’m in a way lucky that I didn’t have much of bitter experiences as my other friends did. In short I just want to convey to all, please, try to incorporate some amount of neatness at your living place. It is your place after all. Even a tiny creature like an ant can so beautifully make a comfortable stay in its anthill for itself, then why not you? There should not be excuses on your mind that you have a small space or you stay in a paying guest room. It is still possible to make it look great.

It is not only about cleaning your house today. It is also about maintaining the same neatness and hygiene every single day without compromising on it. If you start getting involved into neatness and cleanliness, at one stage maintaining cleanliness becomes a habit and sometimes you might get obsessed with it too. Just don’t allow this obsession to be an irritation for someone else living with you. Give them some space and time and just let them know indirectly how you would want the place to be. They also will learn from you.

I have my message conveyed and it feels good. Even if one person changes his/her lifestyle, it’ll be even better.

Credits to Flickr for the photo I've used here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A few healthy words…

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Sunday, March 27, 2011 4 comments

Among all the problems we face, nothing is as big as a health issue. Be it being anemic, being allergic to food, falling ill at every month of the year, most of them ignore their food habits and get lost in their professional lives.

Right now I stay away from home and that means I’ve to take care of my food intake all by myself. The problem comes when nobody stops you from eating junk food. At home, parents are there to see to it that you are fed well. Even if you need fried food or sweets they’ll make it for you.

But what happens when we are all by ourselves? An urge gets into us that force us to eat the ever-tasty junk food we get outside. There is absolutely no harm if we have such foodstuffs once in 15 days or so. But when it becomes a frequent habit we can’t stop its effects either. We get so busy with our lives at times that we don’t have time to have food even. Coincidentally I just came across a person last week who has a really weird food habit. He works in an XYZ company. The issue about him is that, he chooses to eat only twice a day. Worst of all he relies on junk food like wafers, chaats, and fried food in order to avoid hunger. When you look at him you'll know he's not okay. He looks lean, pale, weak and has several health issues. I asked him whether he has met any doctor and whether he has any plans of changing his job and his food habits. He just shrugged and said its a routine for him. He doesn't mind being the way he is. I was stunned for the moment. He knows things are not okay with him, but his work seemed to be more important for him.

My piece of advice and the lessons I've learnt till now...

1. Its true that work load can be too much. We may need to skip a meal or postpone a meal by few hours. But before any such situation arises just remind yourself that a “healthy you” is more important. Take a break for 15 minutes and feed yourself with something good. Nothing more is required. No boss will tell his subordinate to skip food. If he does, then, just leave a comment on this post with your name.

2. Most of the times we go for shopping and we tend to get the urge of eating something tasty like chaats, chips, some fried stuff or pizzas, burgers etc. My piece of advice would be, to go for shopping immediately after having breakfast or immediately after a lunch. Don’t ever go to a super market or a mall on an empty stomach. You will end up purchasing loads and loads of unwanted eatables that you actually need to be far from.

3. If your intension is to lose some weight, then don't do a foolish thing of skipping meals. Just reduce content of fat in your food. Losing weight doesn't mean that you need to cut down on vitamins. Rely more on fruits and vegetables if you really want to stay healthy and lose weight.

4. Food is something you need to enjoy. I feel "eating is a feast". But don't make it a nightmare by gulping huge amounts of junk food. Eat healthy and even if you feel the urge of having junk don’t make it a daily habit. Once in a month and in worst case once in 15 days is just fine.

Credits to Flickr for the image I've used in this post.

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