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The article “‘Calories in' is easy, ‘calories out' is arduous,” (Jan. 23) by Dr. V. Gurumoorthy was of immense value to every health conscious individual. With increasingly computerised jobs and leisure time spent watching TV, most people have become obese “couch potatoes.”

Adding to this are food habits that are no longer clean or healthy. In these circumstances, the doctor's advice to walk for at least an hour a day assumes great significance. As an octogenarian who has managed to remain fairly healthy by taking early-morning walks for decades, I too recommend this simple and safe exercise.

K.D. Viswanaathan,

Coimbatore

The article was indeed an eye-opener on the consequences of protruding bellies. To ‘reduce the belly,' one should follow a strict diet, make lifestyle changes and take up brisk walking. One hour of yoga every day will definitely give a feeling of good health.

Kala Chary,

Gurgaon

The article “A boring subject?” (Jan. 23) rekindled memories of my college days. Chemistry is as interesting a subject as physics or mathematics or computer science. It is a pity that it fails to find favour with students. While some of the branches of the subject are tough to comprehend, some are a walk in the park. “Practicals,” in particular, made chemistry interesting for me. Dealing with some dangerous chemicals in the lab and the molecular models in the classroom evoked interest in the subject.

J. Anantha Padmanabhan,

Srirangam

For a subject like chemistry to be interesting, the curriculum must be well designed and must have the charm to attract the young learner. Unfortunately, today's curricula are badly framed and lead to incoherence. Teachers also often contribute the “boring” tag to chemistry by the way they teach the subject. As the author has rightly suggested, when a lesson is connected with everyday incidents, children get engaged in it.

Satyanarayana Bairy,

Kothagudem

As a student I was terrified of chemistry because learning all the reactions by rote seemed impossible and pointless. Years later, as teacher, I realised that knowledge and comprehension are at the lowest levels of education. Application, synthesis, analysis and evaluation, which are the summum bonum of real education, were never tested in my exams. I regret the time lost and the effort unspent on really learning the subject. A challenging syllabus and an inspiring teacher can make the most difficult subject interesting and meaningful.

Francis Kuriakose,

Puducherry


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