You

You bring happiness to my life
You bring positivity in me
You are a blessing in disguise
You are the Hermione to my Ron
You have become a vital part of my soul
And a horcrux I never wanted to create
I live
As long as you stay with me.

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The Cry

Each day passes
Extraordinarily normal
The sun rises from the east
Then sets in the west
Farmers look at the sky
For the rain to pour
But the sun shines brightly
Bright enough to make us look away
I see a man walking barefoot
In this hot weather
On an unbuilt road
Only fear was his companion
The fear of not being able to
Take care of his loved ones and
Fear that cripples his living
For he couldn’t do anything
Dejected he leaves from there
Daring to dream of a better life
With nothing, but blisters on his feet
Waiting to shed a tear to wet the dryland.

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The Dilemma

Waiting for the thunder to fall upon me
I stand in the rain
In the rain, a desire to get wet
And to be touched by the tiny droplets
I stand confused
Do I want to live or I want to die?
Finding answers to the sole question
I have in my mind
I wanted the sky to fall upon me
Right at that moment.

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The Dilemma

Mistakes

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I was in a consternation

Always thinking about my mistakes

Never realizing about the beauty of mending them

But falling to the reality of the repercussions.

Are Packaged Goods Really ‘Good’?

The inspiration for this blog comes from a girl sitting next to me eating Doritos for around 30 minutes. Truly saying, not only the munching sound was annoying, the smell of jalapeno-flavored Doritos was making me also all the more hungry.

We all know that parents aren’t really great fans of packaged food items, because they know that these goods are dangerous for our health. The material used for packaging, storing and processing of food items is harmful to human health. The use or I must say the overuse of chemicals to increase the shelf life of the products makes people sick, obese and lethargic..

The most common and all-time favorite member of the packaged goods is CHIPS.

As we all know that chips are everyone’s favorite snack, at any time of the day. They are inexpensive, easily available (at every convenience store), and tasty. But the fact we are unaware of is that eating chips have negative effects on our health. They are typically high in fat and calories. And this raises the risk of weight gain and obesity. According to SFGate, one ounce of plain potato chips (15-20 chips), contains about 10 grams of fat and 154 calories. Chips might help us fill our stomach, but they aren’t any good source of nutrition. They are low in vitamins and minerals and affect our eating habits. We no longer consume healthy food items, once we are full eating chips. The levels of sodium and cholesterol contained in them are not that healthy too. Frequent chips consumption contributes to high cholesterol levels in our body. Since they are deep-fried, they contain trans fats as well as saturated fats (present in oils used for deep-frying) which also contribute to high cholesterol levels. Also, the sodium content in chips adversely impacts our cardiovascular health. Potato chips generally have between 120 and 180 milligrams of sodium per ounce. The high levels of sodium trigger an increase in the blood pressure in our body, which can lead to stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease, and kidney disease.

Moving on, next in the list, we have aerated drinks, also known as carbonated drinks. Carbonated drinks have high sugar content, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives like phosphoric acid, and chemicals to add color to these drinks. The high sugar content can cause diabetes and affect the heart as well as the liver. The phosphoric acid can cause bone loss and the citric acid can cause severe dental erosion. These drinks are also responsible for weight gain. According to CureJoy, having 1 or more soft drinks per day leads to a substantial weight gain and increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women. In men, having 1 or 2 servings of such drinks daily increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The story doesn’t end here. Aerated drinks can lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures. The excess amount of phosphoric acid intervenes with the proper calcium metabolism for proper bones. In addition to that, the amount of caffeine present in these drinks is highly addictive and interrupts our sleep and digestion.

Jellies and candies, which are every child’s favorite, are actually dangerous for their health. The preservatives and food colorings used in preparing these sweet toffees and candies pose a threat to children’s health. These contain saturated fat and sugars in risky amounts, which can cause dental cavities, weight gain, and poor nutrition. Eating candy on a regular basis adds to our calorie intake, ultimately leading to obesity, and other serious problems associated with it, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, and certain types of cancer.

Oh! And how can I forget to mention the frozen and ready to cook foods? Again, frozen foods are hazardous because of the preservatives used for a longer shelf life. These chemicals can cause nausea, tingling in limbs, headache, chest pain, fatigue, and serious breathing difficulties. They are carcinogenic (can lead to pancreatic cancer), can elevate blood pressure, and contribute to clogged arteries, due to the presence of Trans fats in them.

By this time, you will be wondering what should we probably eat then. First of all, packaged food items aren’t really dangerous if consumed in limited and healthy amounts. Also, there are alternatives available. Baked potato chips and tortilla chips are healthy alternatives. Although they do not have a lesser amount of salt (sodium level), they are not deep fried and are lower in calories and fat. Also, we should try to consume more fruits, which are natural sources of sugar, and not give candies to the kids. Parents should develop healthy eating habits in their kids, and should not depend upon any sort of packaged food.

Eating well is a form of self-respect. So, respect yourself, people!

Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/negative-effects-chips-2980.html

https://www.curejoy.com/content/harmful-effects-of-soft-drinks/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/509860-why-is-candy-bad-for-your-health/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/unexpected-side-effects-of-frozen-food/#gref

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Why Should You Care About Other’s Access To WaSH?

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Sanitation refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human waste and aims to improve and protect the health and well-being of people. It includes all four of these engineering-based management systems such as excreta management systems, wastewater management systems which include wastewater treatment plants, solid waste management systems, and drainage systems. People around the world do not have access to basic sanitation facilities. Although sanitation is a basic human right, many people struggle hard to gain access to something as basic as a pour-flush toilet and a septic tank. Around 2.3 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets and latrines. Inadequate sanitation facilities contribute to other problems such as lack of access to clean and safe water which further results in causing diseases such as diarrhea as well as cholera.

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Around the world, 946 million people in 2014 went to the toilet outside because they really do not have an option. Adequate sanitation, along with access to safe water and good hygiene is fundamental to the well-being of people. The absence of sanitation exposes children to infectious diseases such as typhoid and diarrhea, and these diseases hinder their ability to absorb nutrients which leaves them malnourished. Inability to meet the requirements of basic sanitation and quality water as well as poor hygiene cause a great number of world’s poorer people to die from many pollution-borne diseases which can be avoided with little care.

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Getting access to clean water isn’t that simple anymore as one might think. Over 1 billion people lack access to an adequate water supply worldwide. Open defecation and improper waste management are the main reasons for the lack of access to clean and safe water. More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged without treatment into rivers or seas. I conducted a survey and it had a question about describing some of the sanitation-related challenges faced by people around the world. The responses to the question included that people in various countries do not have clean and safe water to drink and also lack the most basic sanitation facilities. They have to relieve themselves either in open or no proper infrastructure, low-quality, toilets. In addition to that, open defecation and improper waste management contaminates the water and makes it unsuitable to drink. The sad fact is that the responsibility of collecting water falls on women and girls. Defecating in open exposes them to assaults and rape, which increases the concern of their safety and emphasizes that every human should be provided with resources to have access to basic sanitation.

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Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban areas. According to The Guardian, nine in ten people who practice open defecation live in rural areas. Sub-Saharan Africa faces specific challenges while providing basic sanitation and safe, accessible water for its growing population. In 2004, 38% people (the highest percentage of the population across the world for the year 2004) in sub-Saharan Africa lacked access to basic sanitation. There are limited sources of water available to provide clean drinking water to the entire population of Africa.

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Improving water and sanitation programs plays a crucial role in the overall development (sustaining economic development). Every US $1 invested in improved sanitation translates into an average return of US$9. The aim of this piece is to make the readers aware of the situation of people who do not have access to the facilities in various countries. Sustainability Development Goal is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. While we are struggling for providing people with adequate sanitation and access to safe as well as clean drinking water, how do we aim to provide the future generations with these facilities? Providing people with access to clean and safe water is the least we can contribute to, and make the situation better. The government must come up with suitable and effective programs to ensure that every citizen has access to sanitation and water. Providing everyone with these facilities can help promote gender equality and achieve poverty as well as health-related goals. The prevention of sanitation and water-related diseases could save up to 7 billion dollars per year in health system costs.

With all these ongoing efforts, campaigns by organizations, and global-level programs in progress, we can hope a world with everyone having access to basic necessities of life such as sanitation, water, and ultimately, good health.

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Sources:

https://thewaterproject.org/water-crisis/water-in-crisis-rural-urban-africa

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/water-stress-sub-saharan-africa

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jul/01/global-access-clean-water-sanitation-mapped

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/water-and-sanitation/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/water-sanitation-hygiene/en/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iyevn-ZLHcTOIzL52zXxtk6FiQUP6rXN7-bwLomPUFw/edit?usp=sharing

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