Best moments from the Times Food Awards
Food & Health   Monday, January 9, 2017 IST


Imagine a gathering with the creme de Los Angeles crime of Tollywood, socialites and industrialists in attendance. Throw in platters of desirable meals, Mir's witty banter, generous amounts of enterprise gossip and oodles of glamour. What you get is an honestly epic birthday celebration. And, why no longer? after all, it was The instances food Awards 2017 — the showpiece event at ITC Sonar that celebrated the nice of food and feeds its creators on Thursday night.
The event kickstarted with the dapper Jisshu U Sengupta and the lovely Paoli launching the time's food manual Kolkata 2017 — authored with the aid of Salmoli Mukerji and conferring the distinguished awards on the ones who have saved us licking our palms all year round. as the winners got here up on level to just accept their awards, Mir, the host for the nighttime, had everybody giggling their heads off with his funny repartees. "if you have been to cook dinner Jisshu a romantic lunch, what would you prepare?" he requested an unprepared Paoli. To which, the actress, taking one properly have a look at the newly released book in her hand, requested him returned, "This e-book does not listing the recipes, does it?" Prosenjit Chatterjee too fell prey to Mir's hilarious antics. whilst the actor confessed that he has no longer had polish match bhajan considering the fact that years, Mir requested, "What approximately kisses? Has the number long past down with years as nicely?"t he banquet broke into suits of laughter. as soon as the honours for the pleasant eating places, confectioneries, chef, nightclubs and other categories were given out, guests made their way in the direction of the lavish buffet laid out by the award-prevailing restaurants.
Later within the night, we stuck Jisshu dashing toward the meals counters (he became busy catching up industry buddies over cocktails) and requested him if it's a cheat day for him. "My complete existence is a cheat day. I am looking ahead to the biryani and the cakes." We also stumped onto Sayantika, Mimi and Nusrat, the inseparable trio of the night, having lots fun. "We never food plan and we mean it whilst we are saying it," Mimi and Nusrat echoed, a good deal to our wonder. Nusrat introduced, "I look forward to this celebration every yr. What will be a higher birthday party than one with limitless meals on offer?" Touche to that. What a night time it's been!
 

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Staying glued to your smartphone is just the worst for your eyes
Food & Health   Monday, January 9, 2017 IST
 

Even after knowing its harmful effects, one finds it extremely difficult to keep that cell phone aside. But a new study has found that our smartphones may be doing more damage than we’d previously suspected, specifically to our eyes.

The report published in BMC Opthalmology revealed that children who spend more time on their phones have more symptoms of a dry-eye disease.

And when those children went without their phones for a whole month, their symptoms were reduced.

Dry eye disease is a condition that occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, which results in eyes becoming red, swollen and irritated.

Usually associated with older people, specialists believe it is underdiagnosed in children.


When we stare at screens, we blink less which means our tear film evaporates faster and our risk of dry-eye disease increases.

The BMC Opthalmology study assessed 916 Korean children between the ages of seven and 12. The children were given eye exams and 6.6 percent met the criteria for the dry-eye disease.

97 percent of those children revealed they used smartphones for 3.2 hours a day on average, compared to the 37 minutes a day by 55 per cent of children without any symptoms.

It’s not just with an increased risk of dry eye disease that smartphones are damaging our eyes, though.

Tanya Goodin, founder of digital detox specialists Time to Log Off, told The Independent: “We’ve known for a while that overuse of screens is affecting eyesight through a range of symptoms categorised as ‘digital eye strain’.”

Studies have shown that digital eye strain - the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen - amongst adults and children is on the up.

However, more than 30 percent of parents who say they are very concerned about the impact of digital devices on children’s eyes allow their kids to spend over three hours a day looking at screens.

Goodin, whose company runs digital detox camps for teenagers as well as retreats for adults, believes parents are right to be particularly worried about the implications for children.

Her top tips are: “Keeping daytime screen usage within healthy limits, no screens an hour before bedtime and no single screen session over two hours.”

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