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HCG Hospital experts guide journalists through their hearts

Journalists were called to HCG Hospital for HEART CHECKUP last Saturday which included FBS, ECG, Lipid profile, 2D Echo Screening. I was one of them. What turned out to be informative in all these dreary, morbid process of giving blood and certifying yourself as sick was the auditorium in the cellar where two doctors addressed the journalists.

“My heart, your heart,” began Dr. Manoj Vithlani, Diabetes Consultant, HCG hospitals citing the slogan of HCG hospital. If the hearts are taken care of by each one of us everyone is healthy.

Cardiologist Dr Jay Shah stressed how important is BRISK WALKING. “One should walk briskly in the morning and walking releases endorphin which reduces stress hormones,” he said. In a 40 minute walk 125 calories are burnt that is a good way of keeping fit, he added. I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. THOSE WHO ARE SHY OF WALKING OR WALK AS IF THEY ARE WALKING IN THEIR BEDROOM DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MISSING. Brisk walking is akin to jogging and exhilarating.

Indeed endorphins could be the panacea of all ills not limited to only journalists. Brisk walking boosts endorphins reducing stress hormones alleviating depression. Regular exercise means production of feel-good endorphins which can improve the mood and even boost self-esteem.

Dr Shah had a stern warning to all of us. DON’T EAT BAKERY PRODUCTS SUCH AS KHARI BISCUITS AND BRANDED ONES LIKE BUTTER BISCUITS THAT ARE RICH IN “MAIDA.” All these maida products have maximum “Transfat” which can increase risk of atherosclerosis. Maida is harmful and best avoided, he said.

Since everyone is smoking polluted air why smoke cigarettes? Dr Shah asked. Smoking can also affect hair and nail growth.

For ushering in heart diseases and heart attacks diabetes is the main culprit. It is a silent killer. It leads to four times more heart attacks than otherwise. Diabetes must be checked and treated within first five years to keep it under control as the body gets used to the control measures in early stages and very difficult at later stages. It also reduces complications later. Those who ignore diabetes in early stages suffer high blood pressure later, Dr Manoj Vithlani warned.

“Stress undoubtedly is the most common ailment today. Each one of us suffers from stress including myself,” said Dr Jay Shah. Stress is dangerous because it leads to inflammation of the arteries. Chronic stress is indeed acts like a flame burning our arteries and leading to cardiac-vascular problems. Stress can change gene activity affecting the immune system.

Another note of warning he issued to all of us was WHEN THERE IS A CARDIAC PROBLEM NEVER CALL THE DOCTOR HOME. That leads to waste of time. Since a heart attack is progressive early intervention can limit the damage and to handle it only a hospital is the best option. One can give aspirin to the patient and take him to hospital (Modern science says chewing aspirin works faster than swallowing and can save life before medical intervention takes place). Never give sorbitol, Dr Shah said as it can complicate the heart problem leading to unintended consequences.

He made a surprising statement that obesity is linked to cancer. Of course not all obesity cases end in cancer but chances of cancer are very high in obese persons.

Remember SUGAR KILLS, Dr Shah said. “Do you know only after eating you feel hungry?” After eating if you sleep carbohydrates (calories) get deposited in your system that turns into fat later. So never keep chota mota snacks or picker-uppers at home as you become addicted to it after eating.

Many of us resort to multiple use of oil after once using it for frying puris or vadas. These re-heated oils are dangerous to health as they turn TOXIC, Dr Jay Shah said.

Erratic food consumption or lack of self-control in eating could be the cause of most of the heart diseases and cancer.

To keep healthy eat green leafy vegetables and fruits daily, said Dr Jay Shah. May his soul rest in peace.

I asked Dr Shah: “You suggest green leafy vegetables and fruits daily. Yet these are the ones that are most contaminated with chemicals. Is that the way to keep healthy?”

Dr Shah had to sheepishly admit such was the case as chemical contaminants are found in almost in everything we eat.

One journalist friend of mine later remarked once out of the auditorium. “Maybe we should eat grass to keep ourselves healthy.”

Isn’t that what the cows, buffaloes eat without succumbing to heart diseases, diabetes, BP and Cancer?
VN Balakrisna

shresth aheval awards Mehul Zala......

Hats off to Pradeep Mallik!...

Gujarat Media Club salutes its former president Pradeep Mallik that despite his father’s death when he was on the podium compering that GMC annual function and media function ceremony, he remained stable and not only continued his task but also completed it in style like a thorough professional.

The function started around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, with the arrival of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and he received this sad news at 8.50 p.m.

Gujarat Media Club salutes him for his commitment and dedication that despite such sudden shocking news It is his grace that he did not let the GMC president Darshan Desai any of the office-bearers of GMC know and quietly left the venue after spending a good time interacting with the guests. He informed the president by an sms only on Sunday morning.

Gujarat Media Club expresses its deep sorrow for the sad demise and prays that the Lord bestows on him and his family the courage and strength to bear the loss.

May his soul rest in peace.

Kuldeep Tiwari has recently joined as the Assistant Editor with Ahmedabad...

Kuldeep Tiwari has recently joined as the Assistant Editor with Ahmedabad Mirror, Times of India Group. He was previously working as the Editorial Director (English) at MeraNews, an online news portal. He has previously worked with Ahmedabad Mirror and DNA newspaper too.

The Times Power Women Awards 2018...

Lipi Goyal, daughter of our member Shailesh Goyal of Simulatons, recently recieved a certificate of recognition at The Times Power Women Awards 2018" in the category of Acting-Anchoring.

Youthful, vivacious and intuitive, Lipi Goyal is an anchor-actor-kathak dancer, known to establish an instant connect with her audience.

Leaving behind a remunerative career in advertising down South, Lipi found her calling in theatre and diligently shifted base to Mumbai.

Lipi's English play “Soulmates” opened to 2 sold out shows at the National Centre of Performing Arts. She also performs her monologue, “The Adventures of Sunita Bhabhi”, with the theatre group “Dreamstage”. Besides making her Hindi TV debut in Season 2 of Anil Kapoor’s “24”, Lipi has done two TV serials: “Umeed” in Hindi for DD National and “Apni Vacche Dariya” in Gujarati for DD Girnar.

Lipi has worked with actors like Tom Alter, Darshan Jariwala, Kiran Juneja, Amrita Puri, Madhurima Tuli, Homi Wadia, Cyrus Dastur, et al. She traversed with equal panache from compèring, Hindi and English stage plays to Gujarati and Hindi TV assignments and films.

Lipi's short film, “Mumbai Bullet” was screened at the Bunter Hund Film Festival in Munich and Mauritius followed by successive screenings at the Kala Ghoda Festival, 2016, Kerala Film festival and Goa Film Festival. It has also won the Best Short Film Award at Pratibimb Film Festival, Maharashtra, 2016.

LIPI Goyal is professional anchor with finesse. She has anchored more than hundred Corporate events including Awards Seminars, Conclaves, festivals, Wedding & Social events besides other. She also anchored prestigious international events in Canada.

Our member (RLM 032) and current Senior Vice-President Nayan Dave has bagged Silver Medal...

Our member (RLM 032) and current Senior Vice-President Nayan Dave has bagged Silver Medal at the national level lawn tennis tournament organised by All India Senior Tennis Association (AISTA) at Jaipur in Rajasthan in April first week. Nayan Dave played in the 45+ category doubles event along with his partner Sanjay Kumar from Lucknow at Rajasthan Tennis Club. He also reached the singles semi-finals. As per AISTA ranking updated in April 2018, Nayan is seeded 15th in the doubles and 23rd in the singles in his age category.

Gujarat Media Club Honours Five Journalists - 2013-14

GMC ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ Conferred on Veteran Bhagwatikumar Sharma

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Media Club (GMC) celebrated its 8th Foundation Day and ‘Second Awards’ function on Saturday by honouring five media persons for their work. It was a rare sight to see leading journalists and their families with literacy figures, academicians, bureaucrats and business leaders in a warm and excited ambience at Golden Glory Hall of Karnavati Club.

Worthy guests on the occasion included National Dairy Development Board Chairman T Nanda Kumar, ONGC Ahmedabad assest Executive Director Yash Malik and eminent literary personality and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Raghuveer Chaudhary.

Renowned journalist, novelist and poet Bhagwatikumar Sharma was honoured with GMC ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ for his contribution to journalism. The award carried a cheque for Rs 50,000 besides citation. As the 80-year-old Surat-based doyen was not well and unable to travel to Ahmedabad, his grandson Advait accepted the award on his behalf and thanked GMC.

GMC also announced awards in four other categories, each carrying a certificate and a cheque for Rs 25,000. These awards were supported by ONGC.

Asmita Dave’s report on a young kid’s fightback after losing both his hands in an electric shock impressed the jury members. She was awarded for filing the ‘Best News Report in print Gujarati while Roxy Gagdekar was selected for ‘Best News Report of the year’ in print English. His report on illegal mining in the state was hailed by the jury members.

Shailesh Raval was selected for the award of ‘Best News Photograph of the Year’. His worthy photograph of Garba in Vadodara brought him laurels from the jury.

Vivek Kumar Bhatt was selected for the ‘Best Television News Report of the Year’ award. His reporting in the forests of Chhatisgarh was nominated for the award.

An eminent jury consisting of former IIM Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia, management thinker and former minister Jay Narayan Vyas and out-going GMC President and Padma Shri awardee Devendra Patel.

On this occasion the newly elected committee of GMC was introduced to the gathering. The office-bearers:

President: Pradeep Mallik, Deputy Resident Editor, Ahmedabad Mirror; Senior Vice-president : Virendra Pandit, Special Correspondent, The Hindu Businessline; Vice- President Leena Misra, Resident Editor, The Indian Express; Vice-President Neha Amin, Executive Editor, Gujarat Global; Secretary General: Nayan Dave, Special Correspondent, The Pioneer; Secretary (organisation): Viren Vyas, News Editor, Gujarat Samachar, London; Joint Secreraty: Shatrughan Sharma, Special Correspondent, Dainik Jagaran, Joint Secretary: Manish Desai, Bureau Chief, CNBC Awaz; and Treasurer: Ram Mani Pandey, Senior Camera person, ABP News.

The programme was anchored by Bhupendra Singh. Distinguished guests and invitees included a galaxy of bureaucrats, journalists and media associates. Anil Johari, former Executive Director of ONGC, Ahmedabad assets also graced the occasion.

Five journalists bestowed first GMC Media Awards

March 25, 2013

Kirti Khatri Honoured for Lifetime Contribution to Journalism

On the occasion of its seventh Foundation Day, Gujarat Media Club gave away first ever ‘GMC Media Awards’ instituted in five categories at a gala function in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Veteran journalist and one of the longest serving editors of Gujarati daily ‘Kutchmitra’, Shri Kirti Khatri received first GMC Media Award for ‘Lifetime Contribution to Journalism from Prof. Y K Alagh. Mahesh Shah (Chitralekha) received Best News Report of the year Award (Print Gujarati), Uday Patel (Rajasthan Patrika) for Best News Report of the year Award(Print Hindi), Vijay Soneji (Divya Bhaskar) received the award for Best News Photograph of the year while Sanjay Joshi (Sandesh News) got the Best Television News Report the year Award. This is the first time that a professional media body is conferring media awards under various categories to professional journalists in Gujarat. The award is supported by ONGC.

The Jury led by renowned economist and former Union Minister Professor Y K Alagh were unanimous on Mr Khatri’s name among several entries received under the category. The other members of the jury were Dr Bakul Dholakia-Director AIIM, Dr Jay Narayan Vyas – eminent management thinker, technocrat & economist and veteran journalists Devendra Patel and R K Misra.

Ahmedabad based veteran journalist and columnist Devendra Patel was also felicitated by the Club on being conferred Padmashree this year. A special commemorative souvenir on the seventh year of the Club was also released during the function. GMC’s desk calendar for the financial year 2013-14 was also unveiled in the function by Social Entrepreneur & Educationist – Ms. Manjula Pooja Shroff with a desk calendar for the financial year 2013-14 displaying chosen photographs submitted by GMC Members.

The function was presided over by Prof. Y. K. Alagh. Leader of opposition in Gujarat Assembly and former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela was the chief guest while Dr. Jay Narayan Vyas was the Guest of Honour.

All the media awards and Shri Devendra Patel’s felicitation was bestowed by these dignitaries.

Among the prominent guests present were senior IAS,IPS officers like Ravi Saxena, Anuradha Mall, P C Pande, Vinod Mall, A K Sharma, K K Ojha, Piyush Patel and leading doctors Bharat Gadhavi, Sameer Dani, Binoy Palkhiwala and D G Vijay.

The Club also introduced its new office bearers for the year 2013-14. The office bearers are President Shri Devendra Patel (Sandesh), Senior Vice-President Shri Pradeep Mallik (Ahmedabad Mirror), Vice-Presidents – Shri Yogesh Sharma (Gujarat Global) and Shri Binu Alex (, Secretary-General Shri Rathin Das (The Pioneer), Secretary (Organisation) Dixit Soni (Samay TV), Joint Secretaries Shri Ketan Joshi (Zee Business) and Shri Viren Vyas (Gujarat Samachar UK) and finally Treasurer-Shri Ram Mani Pandey (ABP News).

Gujarat Media Club was set up in the year 2006 as a section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956, a non-profit company. GMC’s objective includes promotion of honorable practice, foster ethical standards in the profession, encourage advance studies, establish literary circles, arrange lectures and discussions related to field of journalism.

ગુજરાત મીડિયા ક્લબ દ્વારા પાંચ પત્રકારો એવોર્ડથી સન્માનિત
પત્રકારત્વ ક્ષેત્રે દીર્ધકાલીન પ્રદાન બદલ કીર્તિ ખત્રીને પુરસ્કૃત કરવામાં આવ્યા
‘પદ્મશ્રી’ માટે વરિષ્ઠ પત્રકાર દેવેન્દ્ર પટેલનું સન્માન

અમદાવાદઃ ગુજરાત મીડિયા ક્લબ (જીએમસી) દ્વારા તેના સાતમા સ્થાપના દિન પ્રસંગે શનિવાર, ૨૩ માર્ચ, ૨૦૧૩ના રોજ અમદાવાદ ખાતે ઓએનજીસીના સહયોગથી યોજાયેલા એક શાનદાર સમારંભમાં વિવિધ શ્રેણીમાં પાંચ પત્રકાર-ફોટોગ્રાફરને ‘જીએમસી એવોર્ડ’થી સન્માનિત કરવામાં આવ્યા. પીઢ પત્રકાર અને કચ્છના લોકપ્રિય દૈનિક ‘કચ્છમિત્ર’માં સંપાદક તરીકે દીર્ઘકાલીન સેવા આપી રહેલા શ્રી કીર્તિ ખત્રીને ‘લાઇફ ટાઇમ કોન્ટ્રીબ્યુશન ટુ જર્નલિઝમ’ એવોર્ડ એનાયત કરવામાં આવ્યો. જાણીતા અર્થશાસ્ત્રી અને ભૂતપૂર્વ કેન્દ્રીય પ્રધાન વાય.કે. અલઘની અધ્યક્ષતામાં નિર્ણાયક સમિતિએ આ શ્રેણીમાં સૂચવાયેલા વિવિધ નામોમાં તેમની સર્વાનુમતે પસંદગી કરી છે. નિર્ણાયક સમિતિના અન્ય સભ્યોમાં વિખ્યાત અર્થશાસ્ત્રી, મેનેજમેન્ટ ગુરુ અને ટેક્નોક્રેટ ડો. જયનારાયણ વ્યાસ, અદાણી ઇન્સ્ટિટ્યૂટ ઓફ ઇન્ફ્રાસ્ટ્રક્ચર મેનેજમેન્ટના ડાયરેક્ટર અને જાણીતા અર્થશાસ્ત્રી ડો. બકુલ ધોળકિયા, પીઢ પત્રકારો- દેવેન્દ્ર પટેલ અને આર. કે. મિશ્રાનો સમાવેશ થાય છે.

શ્રી ખત્રીનું સન્માનપત્રક, ટ્રોફી અને શાલ ઓઢાડીને બહુમાન કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું, સાથે રૂ. ૫૦, ૦૦૦નો રોકડ પુરસ્કાર પણ એનાયત કરવામાં આવ્યો. આ સમારંભમાં ચાર અન્ય શ્રેણીમાં પણ એવોર્ડ એનાયત કરવામાં આવ્યા. જેમાં શ્રી મહેશ શાહ (ચિત્રલેખા)ને બેસ્ટ ન્યૂ઼ઝ રિપોર્ટ પ્રિન્ટ (ગુજરાતી), શ્રી ઉદય પટેલ (રાજસ્થાન પત્રિકા)ને બેસ્ટ ન્યૂઝ રિપોર્ટ પ્રિન્ટ (હિન્દી), શ્રી સંજય જોશી (સંદેશ ન્યૂઝ)ને બેસ્ટ ટેલિવિઝન ન્યૂઝ રિપોર્ટ ઓફ ધ ઇયર અને શ્રી વિજય સોનેજી (દિવ્ય ભાસ્કર)ને બેસ્ટ ન્યૂઝ ફોટોગ્રાફ ઓફ ધ ઇયર માટે સન્માનપત્રક અને રૂ. ૨૫, ૦૦૦ રોકડ પુરસ્કારરૂપે આપવામાં આવ્યા.

આ પ્રસંગે વરિષ્ઠ પત્રકાર અને કટાર લેખક શ્રી દેવેન્દ્ર પટેલનું આ વર્ષે ‘પદ્મશ્રી’ સન્માન જાહેર થવાની ઉજવણીના ભાગરૂપે બહુમાન કરવામાં આવ્યું. ઉલ્લેખનીય છે કે ગુજરાતના ઇતિહાસમા પ્રથમ વખત કોઈ પત્રકાર ને ‘પદ્મશ્રી’ સન્માન મળી રહ્યું છે.

ઉપરાંત સમારંભમાં ક્લબના સાતમા સ્થાપના દિનની ઉજવણી પ્રસંગે વિશેષ સોવેનિયર અને નાણાંકીય વર્ષ ૨૦૧૩-૧૪ના ડેસ્ક કેલેન્ડરનું વિમોચન પણ કરવામાં આવ્યું. આ કેલેન્ડરમાં જાણીતા અખબારી ફોટોગ્રાફરોની તસવીરોનો સમાવેશ કરવામાં આવ્યો છે.

આ પ્રસંગે ક્લબના વર્ષ ૨૦૧૩-૧૪ના નવા હોદ્દેદારોનો પરિચય કરાવવામાં આવ્યો. જેમાં પ્રમુખ- શ્રી દેવેન્દ્ર પટેલ (સંપાદકીય સલાહકાર-સંદેશ), સિનિયર વાઇસ પ્રેસિડેન્ટ- શ્રી પ્રદીપ મલિક (ડેપ્યુટી રેસિડેન્ટ એડિટર-અમદાવાદ મિરર), વાઇસ પ્રેસિડેન્ટ – શ્રી યોગેશ શર્મા (એડિટર-ગુજરાત ગ્લોબલ) અને શ્રી બિનુ એલેક્ષ (એડિટર-કોમોડોટીઓનલાઇન), સેક્રેટરી જનરલ- શ્રી રથિન દાસ (સ્પે. કોરસપોન્ડન્ટ-ધ પાયોનિયર), સેક્રેટરી (સંગઠન)- શ્રી દીક્ષિત સોની (બ્યૂરો ચીફ-સમય ટીવી), સંયુક્ત સચિવ-શ્રી કેતન જોશી (કોરસપોન્ડન્ટ-ઝી બિઝનેસ) અને શ્રી વિરેન વ્યાસ (ન્યૂઝ એડિટર-ગુજરાત સમાચાર, યુકે) અને ખજાનચી- રામમણી પાંડેય (સિનિયર કેમેરામેન- એબીપી ન્યૂઝ) નો સમાવેશ થાય છે.

ગુજરાત મીડિયા ક્લબની સ્થાપના વર્ષ ૨૦૦૬માં કરવામાં આવી હતી. ક્લબના ઉદ્દેશોમાં પત્રકારત્વની સન્માનિય કાર્ય પ્રણાલીને પ્રોત્સાહન, વ્યવસાયમાં નૈતિક ધોરણોનો વિકાસ, વિશેષ અભ્યાસને પ્રોત્સાહન, સાહિત્યિક વર્તુળોની સ્થાપના અને પત્રકારત્વના ક્ષેત્રે પ્રવચનો અને ચર્ચાઓના આયોજનનો સમાવેશ થાય છે.